Science.gov

Sample records for oxysulfides

  1. Guided design of copper oxysulfide superconductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yee, Chuck-Hou; Birol, Turan; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2015-03-01

    Using the framework of chemical intuition introduced by Antipov, et. al., in his synthesis of the Hg-based high-temperature superconductors, supplemented with modern first-principles electronic structure tools, materials databases, and evolutionary algorithms capable of exploring large configurational spaces, we design a novel family of copper oxysulfides. We explore the predictions of theories based on charge-transfer energies, orbital distillation and uniaxial strain on the superconducting transition temperatures of these oxysulfides.

  2. Guided design of copper oxysulfide superconductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yee, Chuck-Hou; Birol, Turan; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2015-07-01

    We describe a framework for designing novel materials, combining modern first-principles electronic-structure tools, materials databases, and evolutionary algorithms capable of exploring large configurational spaces. Guided by the chemical principles introduced by Antipov et al., for the design and synthesis of the Hg-based high-temperature superconductors, we apply our framework to screen 333 proposed compositions to design a new layered copper oxysulfide, Hg(CaS)2CuO2. We evaluate the prospects of superconductivity in this oxysulfide using theories based on charge-transfer energies, orbital distillation and uniaxial strain.

  3. Kinetics and Mechanisms of Nanosilver Oxysulfidation

    PubMed Central

    Liu, Jingyu; Pennell, Kelly G.; Hurt, Robert H.

    2011-01-01

    Among the many new engineered nanomaterials, nanosilver is one of the highest priority cases for environmental risk assessment. Recent analysis of field samples from water treatment facilities suggests that silver is converted to silver sulfide, whose very low solubility may limit the bioavailability and adverse impact of silver in the environment. The present study demonstrates that silver nanoparticles react with dissolved sulfide species (HS−, S2−) under relevant but controlled laboratory conditions to produce silver sulfide nanostructures similar to those observed in the field. The reaction is tracked by time-resolved sulfide depletion measurements to yield quantitative reaction rates and stoichiometries. The reaction requires dissolved oxygen, and it is sensitive to pH and natural organic matter. Focusedion-beam analysis of surface films reveals an irregular coarse-grained sulfide phase that allows deep (> 1 μm) conversion of silver surfaces without passivation. At high sulfide concentrations, nanosilver oxysulfidation occurs by a direct particle-fluid reaction. At low sulfide concentration, quantitative kinetic analysis suggests a mechanistic switch to an oxidative dissolution/precipitation mechanism, in which the biologically active Ag+ ion is generated as an intermediate. The environmental transformation pathways for nanosilver will vary depending on the media-specific competing rates of oxidative dissolution and direct oxysulfidation. PMID:21770469

  4. Reduction of iron-silicon-oxysulfide by CO gas injection

    SciTech Connect

    Tamura, M.; Tokunaga, T.

    1999-10-01

    The reduction of liquid oxysulfide in the Fe-Si-S-O system by CO gas injection has been studied by monitoring the exit gas composition. The reduction rate of oxygen was calculated from the volume of evolved CO{sub 2}. Sulfur-bearing species such as COS were close to the detection limit of the mass spectrometer, which indicated that the reduction of sulfur was very limited. The volume of evolved CO{sub 2} reached steady values 1 minute after CO injection. The reduction reaction was controlled by a chemical reaction. The observed maximum reduction rate of oxygen at 1,250 C was 8.3 x 10{sup {minus}6} g-O/cm{sup 2} s, which was within the range of the reduction rates in other melts such as iron oxide and iron silicates.

  5. Zinc oxysulfide ternary alloy nanocrystals: A bandgap modulated photocatalyst

    SciTech Connect

    Pandey, Shiv K.; Pandey, Shipra; Pandey, Avinash C.; Mehrotra, G. K.

    2013-06-10

    Herein, we report a green economic route for the synthesis of a series of Zinc Oxysulfide (ZOS) (ZnO{sub 1-x}S{sub x}; 0 {<=} x {>=} 1; x = Sulfur) alloys nanoparticles. The crystallographic features of ZnO, ZOS, and ZnS confirmed by X-Ray Diffraction and validated by Transmission Electron Microscopy reveal the variation of lattice spacing in binary and ternary compositions with homogenous elemental distribution. The photocatalytic analysis of ZOS (0.4) is performed and compared with Degussa P25 to ascertain its photocatalytic activity against methyl orange under irradiation of 365 nm UV-Vis light. A bandgap of 2.7 eV for ZOS (0.4) aptly establishes its prospects for sunlight driven photocatalysis.

  6. Molten iron oxysulfide as a superior sulfur sorbent

    SciTech Connect

    Hepworth, M.T.

    1991-01-01

    Slagging combustors with injected lime or limestone are being considered as replacements for conventional coal burners. They have advantages in that they can be staged to reduce NO{sub x} and So{sub x} emissions. Iron oxide, as an alternative to lime or limestone may be effective not only as a desulfurizing agent, but under the right conditions of oxygen potential and after combination with sulfur, the reaction products of coal gases with iron oxide can act as a flux to produce a fluid phase. The thermodynamic conditions for optimum removal of sulfur from the first stage of a coal combustor are being determined by experiment and by use of existing data. Contour plots in which the pounds Of S0{sub 2} per million Btu of calorific power are plotted on isothermal ternary phase diagrams of the iron-oxygen-sulfur system. These contour plots determine the most favorable conditions for coal combustion in the presence of added iron oxide. Lowest S0{sub 2} pressures are close to the phase boundary limit between iron saturation and the oxysulfide liquid phase. Experimental studies in which ceramic containers (99% alumina) were used to contain the liquid were hampered by the tendency for the liquid to flow up and over the walls of containing vessels presumably as a result of surface tension effects. These effects, which make equilibration measurements difficult, may be favorable with respect to producing a high degree of reactivity of the oxysulfide with coal gases and resultant rapid reaction kinetics. As result of this problem, platinum containment vessels containers appear to avoid these surface tension effects. Thermodynamic and kinetic measurements are now being explored by thermogravimetric analysis.

  7. The BiCu1-xOS oxysulfide: Copper deficiency and electronic properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Berthebaud, D.; Guilmeau, E.; Lebedev, O. I.; Maignan, A.; Gamon, J.; Barboux, P.

    2016-05-01

    An oxysulfide series of nominal compositions BiCu1-xOS with x<0.20 has been prepared and its structural properties characterized by combining powder X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy techniques. It is found that this oxysulfide, crystallizing in the P4/nmm space group, tends to adopt a constant amount of copper vacancy corresponding to x=0.05 in the BiCu1-xOS formula. The presence of Cu vacancies is confirmed by HAADF-STEM analysis showing, in the Cu atomic columns, alternating peaks of different intensities in some very localized regions. For larger Cu deficiencies (x>0.05 in the nominal composition), other types of structural nanodefects are evidenced such as bismuth oxysulfides of the "BiOS" ternary system which might explain the report of superconductivity for the BiCu1-xOS oxysulfide. Local epitaxial growth of the BiCuOS oxysulfide on top of CuO is also observed. In marked contrast to the BiCu1-xOSe oxyselenide, these results give an explanation to the limited impact of Cu deficiency on the Seebeck coefficient in BiCu1-xOS compounds.

  8. Quantitative study on the chemical solution deposition of zinc oxysulfide

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Reinisch, Michael; Perkins, Craig L.; Steirer, K. Xerxes

    2015-11-21

    Zinc Oxysulfide (ZnOS) has demonstrated potential in the last decade to replace CdS as a buffer layer material since it is a wide-band-gap semiconductor with performance advantages over CdS (Eg = 2.4 eV) in the near UV-range for solar energy conversion. However, questions remain on the growth mechanisms of chemical bath deposited ZnOS. In this study, a detailed model is employed to calculate solubility diagrams that describe simple conditions for complex speciation control using only ammonium hydroxide without additional base. For these conditions, ZnOS is deposited via aqueous solution deposition on a quartz crystal microbalance in a continuous flow cell.more » Data is used to analyze the growth rate dependence on temperature and also to elucidate the effects of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) when used as a co-solvent. Activation energies (EA) of ZnOS are calculated for different flow rates and solution compositions. As a result, the measured EA relationships are affected by changes in the primary growth mechanism when DMSO is included.« less

  9. Quantitative study on the chemical solution deposition of zinc oxysulfide

    SciTech Connect

    Reinisch, Michael; Perkins, Craig L.; Steirer, K. Xerxes

    2015-11-21

    Zinc Oxysulfide (ZnOS) has demonstrated potential in the last decade to replace CdS as a buffer layer material since it is a wide-band-gap semiconductor with performance advantages over CdS (Eg = 2.4 eV) in the near UV-range for solar energy conversion. However, questions remain on the growth mechanisms of chemical bath deposited ZnOS. In this study, a detailed model is employed to calculate solubility diagrams that describe simple conditions for complex speciation control using only ammonium hydroxide without additional base. For these conditions, ZnOS is deposited via aqueous solution deposition on a quartz crystal microbalance in a continuous flow cell. Data is used to analyze the growth rate dependence on temperature and also to elucidate the effects of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) when used as a co-solvent. Activation energies (EA) of ZnOS are calculated for different flow rates and solution compositions. As a result, the measured EA relationships are affected by changes in the primary growth mechanism when DMSO is included.

  10. Comparison with industrial oxysulfide phosphors for solid state lighting

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pote, S. S.

    2016-05-01

    Y2O2S:Eu3+ was prepared by the flux method which is different from conventional solid state reaction and has many advantages over the conventional method in terms of ease of preparation and yield also. In this paper we have reported the crystal structure, XRD and method of preparation of Y2O2S:Eu3+ along with Eu3+ mechanism of emission and excitation with reference to solid state lighting. In the emission spectra, the strongest red-emission lines at 626 and 616 nm are due to transition from 5D0 → 7F2 level. The stronger emission at λem=626 nm confirms the formation of the oxysulfide host. We also made a comparison of our prepared sample with commercial sample from NICHIA Corporation Japan in terms of PL intensity which results that our sample is equally intense as that of NICHIA's sample. It is suggested that these characteristics can be useful for obtaining a low cost, red phosphor for the solid state lighting using near UV LED.

  11. Molten metal containment vessel with rare earth oxysulfide protective coating thereon and method of making same

    DOEpatents

    Krikorian, Oscar H.; Curtis, Paul G.

    1992-01-01

    An improved molten metal containment vessel is disclosed in which wetting of the vessel's inner wall surfaces by molten metal is inhibited by coating at least the inner surfaces of the containment vessel with one or more rare earth oxysulfide or rare earth sulfide compounds to inhibit wetting and or adherence by the molten metal to the surfaces of the containment vessel.

  12. Geometric magnetic frustration in RE{sub 2}O{sub 2}S oxysulfides (RE = Sm, Eu and Gd)

    SciTech Connect

    Biondo, V.; Sarvezuk, P.W.C.; Ivashita, F.F.; Silva, K.L.; Paesano, A.; Isnard, O.

    2014-06-01

    Graphical abstract: Stacked planes in the <001> direction of an oxysulfide structure, showing the triangular nets formed by rare earth cations, which moments present geometric magnetic frustration. - Highlights: • We prepared monophasic RE{sub 2}O{sub 2}S Oxysulfides (RE = Sm, Eu and Gd). • RE{sub 2}O{sub 2}S compounds were characterized regarding structural and magnetic properties. • Mössbauer spectra were obtained for Eu{sub 2}O{sub 2}S and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S at different temperatures. • Oxysulfides present geometric magnetic frustration of the rare-earth sublattice. - Abstract: RE{sub 2}O{sub 2}S oxysulfides (with RE = Sm, Eu and Gd) were prepared and characterized regarding their structural and magnetic properties. The compounds crystallized in the trigonal symmetry (space group P-3m/D{sub 3}{sup 3}d), with the lattice parameter varying linearly with the ionic radius of the RE cation. All these oxysulfides are magnetically frustrated and only the gadolinium sample showed magnetic order down to 3 K. The magnetic frustration is attributed to the spatial distribution of cations over the lattice, where the RE’s magnetic moments occupy the sites forming a triangular plane lattice, perpendicular to the direction. This geometric magnetic frustration was firstly recognized for these oxysulfides.

  13. Molten iron oxysulfide as a superior sulfur sorbent. Final report, [September 1989--1993

    SciTech Connect

    Hepworth, M.T.

    1993-03-31

    The studies had as original objective the analysis of conditions for using liquid iron oxysulfide as a desulfuring agent during coal gasification. Ancillary was a comparison of iron oxysulfide with lime as sorbents under conditions where lime reacts with S-bearing gases to form Ca sulfate or sulfide. Primary thrust is to determine the thermodynamic requirements for desulfurization by iron additions (e.g., taconite concentrate) during combustion in gasifiers operating at high equivalence ratios. Thermodynamic analysis of lime-oxygen-sulfur system shows why lime is injected into burners under oxidizing conditions; reducing conditions forms CaS, requiring its removal, otherwise oxidation and release of S would occur. Iron as the oxysulfide liquid has a range of stability and can be used as a desulfurizing agent, if the burner/gasifier operates in a sufficiently reducing regime (high equivalence ratio); this operating range is given and is calculable for a coal composition, temperature, stoichiometry. High moisture or hydrogen contents of the coal yield a poorer degree of desulfurization. Kinetic tests on individual iron oxide particles on substrates or Pt cups with a TGA apparatus fail to predict reaction rates within a burner. Preliminary tests on the Dynamic Containment Burner with acetylene give some promise that this system can produce the proper conditions of coal gasification for use of added iron as a sulfur sorbent.

  14. Preparation of Highly Crystallized Yttrium Oxysulfide Suspension via a Novel Colloidal Processing.

    PubMed

    Wang, Hong; Jiang, Tao; Xing, Ming-Ming; Fu, Yao; Peng, Yong; Luo, Xi-Xian

    2016-04-01

    High-crystallized Y2O2S suspension was synthesized by a novel two-step method of high temperature solid-state reaction and subsequent colloidal processing. The synthesis method proposed in this study retains all advantages of the high temperature solid-state reaction method. The obtained data agrees with that of the PDF card, which indicates the product is pure Y2O2S crystals. The results show that the prepared Y2O2S particles are highly crystallized without any significant defects. The fine smooth particles were almost regular, exhibiting an approximately subspherical shape. Quantitative image analysis of particles suggests a mean particle size of 120±34 nm. That is to say, the yttrium oxysulfide colloid prepared by this method have a very narrow size distribution. The obtained ethanol suspension shows Tyndall effect when irradiated with laser of wavelength 532 nm. In addition, the particles exhibit excellent dispersibility in ethanol solution. This is rarely observed for the covalent compounds, which generally present poor dispersibility in solution. As is known to all, the state of the dispersion depends on the acid leaching process. The acid leaching process facilitates the adsorption of ethanol molecules on the surface of the particles. The electrostatic repulsive force among colloidal particles will improve their rheological properties and dispersibility in solution. In this study, the particles can be dispersed well in ethanol after acid leaching. The method'proposed in this study can be extended for the preparation of mono-dispersed oxysulfide nanophosphors and may provide an efficient way for the preparation of stable covalent compound dispersions. PMID:27451744

  15. Bandgap engineering of colloidal zinc oxysulfide via lattice substitution with sulfur

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pandey, Shiv K.; Pandey, Shipra; Parashar, Vyom; Yadav, Raghvendra S.; Mehrotra, G. K.; Pandey, Avinash C.

    2014-01-01

    Zinc oxysulfide nanocrystals with zinc blende phase are synthesized through a wet-chemical method. An affirmation of the crystal structure, elemental homogeneity and phase transformation is obtained by X-ray diffraction and authenticated by electron micrographic studies. Theoretical observations have strongly supported the thermodynamic solubility limit for its (30%) formation. An anomalous bandgap bowing with modulation in bandgap from 3.74 eV (ZnO) to 3.93 eV (ZnS) was observed with a minimum bandgap of 2.7 eV. Tunable bandgap and a wide range of visible emission ascertain it as a potential material for optoelectronic and solar cell applications due to its large bandgap offsets.Zinc oxysulfide nanocrystals with zinc blende phase are synthesized through a wet-chemical method. An affirmation of the crystal structure, elemental homogeneity and phase transformation is obtained by X-ray diffraction and authenticated by electron micrographic studies. Theoretical observations have strongly supported the thermodynamic solubility limit for its (30%) formation. An anomalous bandgap bowing with modulation in bandgap from 3.74 eV (ZnO) to 3.93 eV (ZnS) was observed with a minimum bandgap of 2.7 eV. Tunable bandgap and a wide range of visible emission ascertain it as a potential material for optoelectronic and solar cell applications due to its large bandgap offsets. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental procedure, characterization techniques, lattice strain, XPS, TEM/HRTEM, HRSEM, EDAX, bandgap and bowing parameters calculation and PL study for whole composition. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr04457b

  16. Eu(3+) doped gadolinium oxysulfide (Gd(2)O(2)S) nanostructures-synthesis and optical and electronic properties.

    PubMed

    Thirumalai, J; Chandramohan, R; Divakar, R; Mohandas, E; Sekar, M; Parameswaran, P

    2008-10-01

    One-dimensional Eu(3+) doped gadolinium oxysulfide (Gd(2)O(2)S:Eu(3+)) nanotubes/nanorods have been synthesized via precursors of Gd(OH)(3) nanostructures using a hydrothermal technique. The blue-shifts in the optical spectra for the Gd(2)O(2)S:Eu(3+) system corresponding to the fundamental absorption and Eu(3+)-X(2-) ligand (X =  O/S) charge transfer bands (CTBs) are significant (∼0.22-0.36 eV) with respect to the bulk counterpart. The nanotubes are good candidates for investigating the size-induced electrical and optical properties of functional oxysulfides. In order to identify the origin and nature of the electronic transitions observed in the visible region, optical and photo-induced impedance measurements have been extended to the nanotubes in this report. PMID:21832604

  17. Solution preparation of the amorphous molybdenum oxysulfide MoOS{sub 2} and its use for catalysis

    SciTech Connect

    Genuit, Daisy; Bezverkhyy, Igor; Afanasiev, Pavel . E-mail: afanas@catalyse.univ-lyon1.fr

    2005-09-15

    Acid condensation of aqueous MoO{sub 2}S{sub 2} {sup 2-} anion yields amorphous MoOS{sub 2} oxysulfide. This compound possesses tubular morphology and when freshly precipitated is soluble in polar organics such as acetone and ethanol. The ensemble of characterizations (IR, UV-visible, EXAFS spectroscopy) suggests that it contains cyclic or short linear oligomers of neutral molybdenum (V) oxysulfide MoOS{sub 2} core. Thermal decomposition of MoOS{sub 2} under inert atmosphere leads to the formation of a mixture of MoO{sub 2} and MoS{sub 2} phases. Promotion of MoOS{sub 2} with cobalt followed by sulfidation leads to highly active HDS catalysts.

  18. Characterization of imaging performances of gadolinium-oxysulfide phosphors made for X-ray imaging by using a sedimentation process

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yun, Seungman; Han, Jong Chul; Joe, Okla; Ko, Jong Soo; Kim, Young Soo; Kim, Ho Kyung

    2012-02-01

    The development of a pixel-structured scintillator has recently been exploited to confine optical transport onto a corresponding photodiode pixel. This conceptual design of scintillators may provide high detection efficiency while preserving high spatial resolution in digital X-ray imaging detector systems. The sedimentation approach is one method to fill gadolinium-oxysulfide phosphors into a pixel-structured micro-well array. To fully understand the X-ray imaging characteristics of a pixel-structured design with sedimented gadolinium-oxysulfide phosphors, the imaging performance of gadolinium-oxysulfide phosphor layers made by using sedimentation should be characterized in advance. We have fabricated gadolinium-oxysulfide phosphor screens by using a simple sedimentation method. In order to characterize the imaging performances of the developed phosphor screens, we overlaid them onto a photodiode array with a pixel pitch of 48 microns and thus completed indirect-conversion X-ray imaging detectors. The imaging performance of the detector was investigated in terms of the modulation-transfer function (MTF), the noise-power spectrum, and the detective quantum efficiency (DQE). The results were compared with those of detectors employing commercial phosphor screens. Although the developed screen was about 1.5 times thicker than the commercial one, the X-ray sensitivity was comparable to that of the commercial phosphor. The MTF performance was worse than that of the commercial screen, and that MTF performance also governed the DQE performance of the detector over the entire spatial-frequency band. If the sedimented phosphors are pixel-structured with micro-well arrays, however, the MTF performance can be defined by using only the pixel size. Therefore, a design to enhance the X-ray sensitivity for the sedimentation method should be considered.

  19. Silicon Oxysulfide, OSiS: Rotational Spectrum, Quantum-Chemical Calculations, and Equilibrium Structure.

    PubMed

    Thorwirth, Sven; Mück, Leonie Anna; Gauss, Jürgen; Tamassia, Filippo; Lattanzi, Valerio; McCarthy, Michael C

    2011-06-01

    Silicon oxysulfide, OSiS, and seven of its minor isotopic species have been characterized for the first time in the gas phase at high spectral resolution by means of Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. The equilibrium structure of OSiS has been determined from the experimental data using calculated vibration-rotation interaction constants. The structural parameters (rO-Si = 1.5064 Å and rSi-S = 1.9133 Å) are in very good agreement with values from high-level quantum chemical calculations using coupled-cluster techniques together with sophisticated additivity and extrapolation schemes. The bond distances in OSiS are very short in comparison with those in SiO and SiS. This unexpected finding is explained by the partial charges calculated for OSiS via a natural population analysis. The results suggest that electrostatic effects rather than multiple bonding are the key factors in determining bonding in this triatomic molecule. The data presented provide the spectroscopic information needed for radio astronomical searches for OSiS. PMID:26295414

  20. Molten iron oxysulfide as a superior sulfur sorbent. Technical progress report, June 1, 1991--August 31, 1991

    SciTech Connect

    Hepworth, M.T.

    1991-12-31

    Slagging combustors with injected lime or limestone are being considered as replacements for conventional coal burners. They have advantages in that they can be staged to reduce NO{sub x} and So{sub x} emissions. Iron oxide, as an alternative to lime or limestone may be effective not only as a desulfurizing agent, but under the right conditions of oxygen potential and after combination with sulfur, the reaction products of coal gases with iron oxide can act as a flux to produce a fluid phase. The thermodynamic conditions for optimum removal of sulfur from the first stage of a coal combustor are being determined by experiment and by use of existing data. Contour plots in which the pounds Of S0{sub 2} per million Btu of calorific power are plotted on isothermal ternary phase diagrams of the iron-oxygen-sulfur system. These contour plots determine the most favorable conditions for coal combustion in the presence of added iron oxide. Lowest S0{sub 2} pressures are close to the phase boundary limit between iron saturation and the oxysulfide liquid phase. Experimental studies in which ceramic containers (99% alumina) were used to contain the liquid were hampered by the tendency for the liquid to flow up and over the walls of containing vessels presumably as a result of surface tension effects. These effects, which make equilibration measurements difficult, may be favorable with respect to producing a high degree of reactivity of the oxysulfide with coal gases and resultant rapid reaction kinetics. As result of this problem, platinum containment vessels containers appear to avoid these surface tension effects. Thermodynamic and kinetic measurements are now being explored by thermogravimetric analysis.

  1. A new continuous two-step molecular precursor route to rare-earth oxysulfides Ln{sub 2}O{sub 2}S

    SciTech Connect

    De Crom, N.

    2012-07-15

    A continuous two-step molecular precursor pathway is designed for the preparation of rare-earth oxysulfides Ln{sub 2}O{sub 2}S (Ln=Y, La, Pr, Nd, Sm-Lu). This new route involves a first oxidation step leading to the rare-earth oxysulfate Ln{sub 2}O{sub 2}SO{sub 4} which is subsequently reduced to the rare-earth oxysulfide Ln{sub 2}O{sub 2}S by switching to a H{sub 2}-Ar atmosphere. The whole process occurs at a temperature significantly lower than usual solid state synthesis (T{<=}650 Degree-Sign C) and avoids the use of dangerous sulfur-based gases, providing a convenient route to the synthesis of the entire series of Ln{sub 2}O{sub 2}S. The molecular precursors consist in heteroleptic dithiocarbamate complexes [Ln(Et{sub 2}dtc){sub 3}(phen)] and [Ln(Et{sub 2}dtc){sub 3}(bipy)] (Et{sub 2}dtc=N,N-diethyldithiocarbamate; phen=1,10-phenanthroline; bipy=2,2 Prime -bipyridine) and were synthesized by a new high yield and high purity synthesis route. The nature of the molecular precursor determines the minimum synthesis temperature and influences therefore the purity of the final Ln{sub 2}O{sub 2}S crystalline phase. - Graphical abstract: A continuous two-step molecular precursor pathway was designed for the preparation of rare-earth oxysulfides Ln{sub 2}O{sub 2}S (Ln=Y, La, Pr, Nd, Sm-Lu), starting from heteroleptic dithiocarbamate complexes. The influence of the nature of the molecular precursor on the minimum synthesis temperature and on the purity of the final Ln{sub 2}O{sub 2}S crystalline phase is discussed. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new high yield and high purity synthesis route of rare earth dithiocarbamates is described. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer These compounds are used as precursors in a continuous process leading to rare-earth oxysulfides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The oxysulfides are obtained under much more moderate conditions than previously described.

  2. Deposition of rare-earth phosphate, fluoride, and oxysulfide films by gas-phase thermolysis of {beta}-diketonate complexes

    SciTech Connect

    Gorshkov, N.I.; Suglobov, D.N.; Sidorenko, G.V.

    1995-07-01

    Rare-earth fluoride, phosphate, and oxysulfide films have been obtained by gas-phase thermolysis of appropriate rare-earth mixed-ligand and tris-chelate {beta}-diketonate complexes. Gas-phase thermolysis of Ln(PTFA){sub 3} {center_dot}HMPA and Ln(HFA){sub 3}{center_dot}2HMPA (PTFA is pivaloyltrifluoroacetonate ligand and HFA is hexafluoracetylacetonate ligand, HMPA is hexamethylphosphoric triamide, Ln = Nd, Eu, Er) in a flow of air or N{sub 2}O yields a finely dispersed phosphate phase. Thermolysis of Ln(HFA){sub 3} {center_dot}DME (Ln = Nd, Eu, Er, DME is 1,2-dimethoxyethane) yields carbon-free fluoride films, whereas in the case of Er(HFA){sub 3}{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O and Er(PTFA){sub 3} erbium oxyfluoride and oxide films are deposited. Thermolysis of Nd(DPM){sub 3} (DPM is dipivaloylmethanate ligand) in hydrogen sulfide flow yields and Nd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S phase.

  3. The influence of diffusion temperature on the structural, optical and magnetic properties of manganese-doped zinc oxysulfide thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Polat, İ.; Aksu, S.; Altunbaş, M.; Yılmaz, S.; Bacaksız, E.

    2011-10-01

    We investigated the structural, optical and magnetic properties of Mn-doped zinc oxysulfide films. Zn(O,S) films were deposited by a spray pyrolysis method on glass substrate. A thin Mn layer evaporated on these films served as the source for the diffusion doping. The XRD pattern of undoped films revealed the presence of two wurtzite phases corresponding to ZnS and ZnO with a strong preferred orientation along the ZnS (0 0 2) hexagonal plane direction. SEM showed a similar surface morphology for the undoped and Mn-doped films, displaying regular arrays of hexagonal micro-rods perpendicular to the substrate. The optical transmission measurements showed that both undoped and Mn diffusion-doped films had a low average transmittance less than about 10%. The gap energy is decreased from 3.42 to 3.33 eV upon annealing at 400 °C. Photoluminescence studies at 300 K show that the incorporation of manganese leads to a decrease of deep level band intensity compared to undoped sample. Clear ferromagnetic loops were observed for the Mn-doped Zn(O,S) films, which might be due to the presence of point defects.

  4. Open-Framework Oxysulfide Based on the Supertetrahedral [In4Sn16O10S34](12-) Cluster and Efficient Sequestration of Heavy Metals.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Xian-Ming; Sarma, Debajit; Wu, Ya-Qin; Wang, Li; Ning, Zhi-Xue; Zhang, Fu-Qiang; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2016-05-01

    The new ion-exchange oxy-sulfide material has a three-dimensional open framework comprising the pseudo-T4 supertetrahedral [In4Sn16O10S34](12-) cluster. This material has large pores and is a fast ion exchanger. It exhibits high selectivity in sequestering heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions including solutions containing heavy concentrations of sodium, calcium, ammonium, magnesium, zinc, carbonate, phosphate, and acetate ions. Moreover, the ion-exchange efficiency in competitive ion-exchange experiments involving mixtures of metal ions is significantly higher than for solutions of single metal ions. PMID:27082786

  5. Terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulfide (Gd2O2S:Tb) scintillation-based polymer optical fibre sensor for real time monitoring of radiation dose in oncology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lewis, E.; O'Keeffe, S.; Grattan, M.; Hounsell, A.; McCarthy, D.; Woulfe, P.; Cronin, J.; Mihai, L.; Sporea, D.; Santhanam, A.; Agazaryan, N.

    2014-05-01

    A PMMA based plastic optical fibre sensor for use in real time radiotherapy dosimetry is presented. The optical fibre tip is coated with a scintillation material, terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulfide (Gd2O2S:Tb), which fluoresces when exposed to ionising radiation (X-Ray). The emitted visible light signal penetrates the sensor optical fibre and propagates along the transmitting fibre at the end of which it is remotely monitored using a fluorescence spectrometer. The results demonstrate good repeatability, with a maximum percentage error of 0.5% and the response is independent of dose rate.

  6. Framework to predict optimal buffer layer pairing for thin film solar cell absorbers: A case study for tin sulfide/zinc oxysulfide

    SciTech Connect

    Mangan, Niall M.; Brandt, Riley E.; Steinmann, Vera; Jaramillo, R.; Poindexter, Jeremy R.; Chakraborty, Rupak; Buonassisi, Tonio; Yang, Chuanxi; Park, Helen Hejin; Zhao, Xizhu; Gordon, Roy G.

    2015-09-21

    An outstanding challenge in the development of novel functional materials for optoelectronic devices is identifying suitable charge-carrier contact layers. Herein, we simulate the photovoltaic device performance of various n-type contact material pairings with tin(II) sulfide (SnS), a p-type absorber. The performance of the contacting material, and resulting device efficiency, depend most strongly on two variables: conduction band offset between absorber and contact layer, and doping concentration within the contact layer. By generating a 2D contour plot of device efficiency as a function of these two variables, we create a performance-space plot for contacting layers on a given absorber material. For a simulated high-lifetime SnS absorber, this 2D performance-space illustrates two maxima, one local and one global. The local maximum occurs over a wide range of contact-layer doping concentrations (below 10{sup 16 }cm{sup −3}), but only a narrow range of conduction band offsets (0 to −0.1 eV), and is highly sensitive to interface recombination. This first maximum is ideal for early-stage absorber research because it is more robust to low bulk-minority-carrier lifetime and pinholes (shunts), enabling device efficiencies approaching half the Shockley-Queisser limit, greater than 16%. The global maximum is achieved with contact-layer doping concentrations greater than 10{sup 18 }cm{sup −3}, but for a wider range of band offsets (−0.1 to 0.2 eV), and is insensitive to interface recombination. This second maximum is ideal for high-quality films because it is more robust to interface recombination, enabling device efficiencies approaching the Shockley-Queisser limit, greater than 20%. Band offset measurements using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and carrier concentration approximated from resistivity measurements are used to characterize the zinc oxysulfide contacting layers in recent record-efficiency SnS devices. Simulations representative of these

  7. Crystal Structure, Electronic Structure, and Photocatalytic Activity of Oxysulfides: La2Ta2ZrS2O8, La2Ta2TiS2O8, and La2Nb2TiS2O8.

    PubMed

    Goto, Yosuke; Seo, Jeongsuk; Kumamoto, Kazunori; Hisatomi, Takashi; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu; Kamihara, Yoichi; Katayama, Masao; Minegishi, Tsutomu; Domen, Kazunari

    2016-04-01

    The novel oxysulfides La2Ta2ZrS2O8 (LTZSO), La2Ta2TiS2O8 (LTTSO), and La2Nb2TiS2O8 (LNTSO) were synthesized, and their crystal structures, electronic structures, and photocatalytic activities for water splitting under visible light were investigated. Density functional theory calculations showed that these compounds are direct-band-gap semiconductors. Close to the conduction band minimum, the main contribution to the band structure comes from the d orbitals of Zr or Ti ions, while the region near the valence band maximum is associated with the 3p orbitals of S ions. The absorption-edge wavelength was determined to be 540 nm for LTZSO and 700 nm for LTTSO and LNTSO. An analysis of the crystal structure using synchrotron X-ray diffraction revealed that these compounds contained antisite defects at transition metal ion sites, and these were considered to be the origin of the broad absorption at wavelengths longer than that corresponding to band-gap excitation. LTZSO was revealed to be active in the oxygen evolution reaction from aqueous solution containing a sacrificial electron acceptor under visible-light illumination. This result was supported by the band alignment and flat-band potential determined by photoelectron spectroscopy and Mott-Schottky plots. PMID:27008368

  8. Bulk superconductivity in bismuth oxysulfide Bi4O4S3.

    PubMed

    Singh, Shiva Kumar; Kumar, Anuj; Gahtori, Bhasker; Shruti; Sharma, Gyaneshwar; Patnaik, Satyabrata; Awana, Veer P S

    2012-10-10

    A very recent report on the observation of superconductivity in Bi(4)O(4)S(3) [Mizuguchi, Y.; http://arxiv.org/abs/1207.3145] could potentially reignite the search for superconductivity in a broad range of layered sulfides. We report here the synthesis of Bi(4)O(4)S(3) at 500 °C by a vacuum encapsulation technique and its basic characterizations. The as-synthesized Bi(4)O(4)S(3) was contaminated with small amounts of Bi(2)S(3) and Bi impurities. The majority phase was found to be tetragonal (space group I4/mmm) with lattice parameters a = 3.9697(2) Å and c = 41.3520(1) Å. Both AC and DC magnetization measurements confirmed that Bi(4)O(4)S(3) is a bulk superconductor with a superconducting transition temperature (T(c)) of 4.4 K. Isothermal magnetization (M-H) measurements indicated closed loops with clear signatures of flux pinning and irreversible behavior. The lower critical field (H(c1)) at 2 K for the new superconductor was found to be ~15 Oe. Magnetotransport measurements showed a broadening of the resistivity (ρ) and a decrease in T(c) (ρ = 0) with increasing magnetic field. The extrapolated upper critical field H(c2)(0) was ~31 kOe with a corresponding Ginzburg-Landau coherence length of ~100 Å . In the normal state, the ρ ~ T(2) dependence was not indicated. Hall resistivity data showed a nonlinear magnetic field dependence. Our magnetization and electrical transport measurements substantiate the appearance of bulk superconductivity in as-synthesized Bi(4)O(4)S(3). On the other hand, Bi heat-treated at the same temperature is not superconducting, thus excluding the possibility of impurity-driven superconductivity in the newly discovered superconductor Bi(4)O(4)S(3). PMID:23003214

  9. Synthesis, Crystal Structure, and Photoelectric Properties of a New Layered Bismuth Oxysulfide.

    PubMed

    Meng, Sha; Zhang, Xian; Zhang, Ganghua; Wang, Yaoming; Zhang, Hui; Huang, Fuqiang

    2015-06-15

    [Bi2O2]-containing tetragonal compounds have received enormous attention due to unique functions including ferroelectricity, photocatalysis, and superconductivity. Here, a new layered compound Bi9O7.5S6 was synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route. The compound, belonging to a new structure type crystallizes in a rhombohedral system with space group R3̅m (a = 4.0685(1) Å, c = 31.029(5) Å, V = 444.8(1) Å(3), Z = 1). The overall crystal structure consists of alternatively packed unique [Bi2O2] and [BiS2] layers along [001] which are combined with each other by van der Waals interaction. The phase purity of the product is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction. XPS analyses indicate +3 for Bi and -2 for S atoms. The temperature dependence of resistivity ρ(T) indicates that the semiconducting sample follows the mechanisms of variable range hopping (VRH) and adiabatic small polaron hopping (SPH). The direct-transition band gap, Eg = 1.27 eV derived from optical absorption spectrum, falls in the optimal region of solar absorber materials. Accordingly, the photoelectric measurement demonstrates the potential for applications for photovoltaic devices. PMID:26016620

  10. Co-solvent enhanced zinc oxysulfide buffer layers in Kesterite copper zinc tin selenide solar cells.

    PubMed

    Steirer, K Xerxes; Garris, Rebekah L; Li, Jian V; Dzara, Michael J; Ndione, Paul F; Ramanathan, Kannan; Repins, Ingrid; Teeter, Glenn; Perkins, Craig L

    2015-06-21

    A co-solvent, dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), is added to the aqueous chemical "bath" deposition (CBD) process used to grow ZnOS buffer layers for thin film Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) solar cells. Device performance improves markedly as fill factors increase from 0.17 to 0.51 upon the co-solvent addition. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses are presented for quasi-in situ CZTSe/CBD-ZnOS interfaces prepared under an inert atmosphere and yield valence band offsets equal to -1.0 eV for both ZnOS preparations. When combined with optical band gap data, conduction band offsets exceed 1 eV for the water and the water/DMSO solutions. XPS measurements show increased downward band bending in the CZTSe absorber layer when the ZnOS buffer layer is deposited from water only. Admittance spectroscopy data shows that the ZnOS deposited from water increases the built-in potential (Vbi) yet these solar cells perform poorly compared to those made with DMSO added. The band energy offsets imply an alternate form of transport through this junction. Possible mechanisms are discussed, which circumvent the otherwise large conduction band spike between CZTSe and ZnOS, and improve functionality with the low-band gap absorber, CZTSe (Eg = 0.96 eV). PMID:26000570

  11. Calculation of the UV-visible spectra and the stability of Mo and Re oxysulfides in aqueous solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tossell, J. A.

    2005-05-01

    Erickson and Helz (2000) established that molybdate, MoO 4-2, is quickly and completely transformed to thiomolybdate, MoS 4-2, by reaction with sulfide. They monitored the equilibria and kinetics of this process by measuring the UV-visible spectra of solutions containing the different oxythiomolybdate species. There is interest in the analogous reactions for the ReO 4- species but little experimental data. We have therefore calculated quantum-chemically the equilibrium constants in solution for the sulfidation reactions of both MoO 4-2 and ReO 4-, as well as recalculating their UV-visible charge-transfer spectra. Calculations using configuration interaction singles and time-dependent hybrid Hartree-Fock density functional methods give good absolute values and trends in UV-vis energies for both series. For MoO 4-2 the calculated equilibrium constants for the various sulfidation steps match reasonably well against the experimental values (within two log K units). For the ReO 4- sulfidation reaction the first two steps are considerably less favorable than for MoO 4-2, suggesting that the "geochemical switch" of Erickson and Helz, a rapid transformation of oxyanion to thioanion highly dependent on sulfide concentration, will be less effective in the Re case. However, both our calculations and experiment indicate that ReO 4- and ReS 4- are both easier to reduce than their Mo analogs, so that reduction of these Re(VII) species will be the preferred mechanism for their removal from seawater. A previous suggestion that the neutral species MoO 4H 2 is actually the hydrated octahedral Mo(OH) 6 species is found to be incorrect, but the MoO 3(OH 2) 3 species, a highly distorted six-coordinate complex, is almost competitive in energy with MoO 4H 2 plus two H 2O.

  12. Photoluminescence properties and energy levels of RE (RE = Pr, Sm, Er, Tm) in layered-CaZnOS oxysulfide

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Feng, Ang; Chen, Xiang-Yang; Zhao, Jing-Tai

    2013-12-07

    RE{sup 3+} (RE = Pr, Sm, Er, Tm)-activated CaZnOS samples were prepared by a solid-state reaction method at high temperature, and their photoluminescence properties were investigated. Doping with RE{sup 3+} (RE = Pr, Sm, Er, Tm) into layered-CaZnOS resulted in typical RE{sup 3+} (RE = Pr, Sm, Er, Tm) f-f line absorptions and emissions, as well as the charge transfer band of Sm{sup 3+} at about 3.3 eV. The energy level scheme containing the position of the 4f and 5d levels of all divalent and trivalent lanthanide ions with respect to the valence and conduction bands of CaZnOS has been constructed based on the new data presented in this work, together with the data from literature on Ce{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 2+} doping in CaZnOS. The detailed energy level scheme provides a platform for interpreting the optical spectra and could be used to comment on the valence stability of the lanthanide ions in CaZnOS.

  13. Temperature effect on zinc oxysulfide-Zn(O,S) films synthesized by atomic layer deposition for Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Bugot, Cathy Schneider, Nathanaëlle; Jubault, Marie; Lincot, Daniel; Donsanti, Frédérique

    2015-01-15

    Thin films of Zn(O,S) were deposited by atomic layer deposition from diethylzinc, water (H{sub 2}O), and hydrogen sulfide (H{sub 2}S). First, a study on the influence of the H{sub 2}S/(H{sub 2}O+H{sub 2}S) pulse ratio from pure ZnO to pure ZnS was performed at deposition temperature T{sub dep}=120 and 200 °C. Zn(O,S) films had higher S content than expected, and this effect was stronger at T{sub dep}=200 °C. Then, Zn(O,S) films have been synthesized over the range of temperature 120–220 °C at the constant H{sub 2}S/(H{sub 2}O+H{sub 2}S) pulse ratio of 9%. For T{sub dep}<180 °C, high and almost constant S content has been measured in the films. The significant increase of the S/(O+S) atomic ratio for T{sub dep}>180 °C confirmed that exchange reactions occurred between the Zn(O,S) growing films and H{sub 2}S. The grazing incidence x-ray diffraction patterns showed Zn(O,S) films with hexagonal wurtzite structures and with an optimum crystallization for temperatures T{sub dep}=160–180 °C. Indeed, in this temperature range, well crystallized and large grains were obtained which was in good correlation with the film morphology determined by scanning electron microscope; and Hall effect measurements revealed low resistivities, high carrier concentrations (>10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}), and low mobilities. From these results, the authors propose the existence of a temperature range where the properties undergo significant changes while the atomic composition remains constant.

  14. Bandgap narrowing in the layered oxysulfide semiconductor Ba3Fe2O5Cu2S2: Role of FeO2 layer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Han, Zhang; Shifeng, Jin; Liwei, Guo; Shijie, Shen; Zhiping, Lin; Xiaolong, Chen

    2016-02-01

    A new layered Cu-based oxychalcogenide Ba3Fe2O5Cu2S2 has been synthesized and its magnetic and electronic properties were revealed. Ba3Fe2O5Cu2S2 is built up by alternatively stacking [Cu2S2]2- layers and iron perovskite oxide [(FeO2)(BaO)(FeO2)]2- layers along the c axis that are separated by barium ions with Fe3+ fivefold coordinated by a square-pyramidal arrangement of oxygen. From the bond valence arguments, we inferred that in layered CuCh-based (Ch = S, Se, Te) compounds the +3 cation in perovskite oxide sheet prefers a square pyramidal site, while the lower valence cation prefers the square planar sites. The studies on susceptibility, transport, and optical reflectivity indicate that Ba3Fe2O5Cu2S2 is an antiferromagnetic semiconductor with a Néel temperature of 121 K and an optical bandgap of 1.03 eV. The measurement of heat capacity from 10 K to room temperature shows no anomaly at 121 K. The Debye temperature is determined to be 113 K. Theoretical calculations indicate that the conduction band minimum is predominantly contributed by O 2p and 3d states of Fe ions that antiferromagnetically arranged in FeO2 layers. The Fe 3d states are located at lower energy and result in a narrow bandgap in comparison with that of the isostructural Sr3Sc2O5Cu2S2. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51472266, 51202286, and 91422303), the Strategic Priority Research Program (B) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07020100) and the ICDD.

  15. Effects of rare-earth filters on patient exposure and image contrast

    SciTech Connect

    Mauriello, S.M.; Washburn, D.B.; Matteson, S.R.

    1987-08-01

    Minimizing patient exposure while maintaining a diagnostically acceptable radiograph is a major goal in diagnostic radiography. Rare-earth filters may be the means to achieve this goal due to their band-pass effect. The purpose of this study was to examine the image contrast effects and exposure reductions for various thicknesses of aluminum, samarium, gadolinium, gadolinium oxysulfide, and gadolinium oxysulfide added to 2.5 mm of aluminum. Trials were conducted on an intra-oral dental x-ray unit (range, 65 to 90 kVp). When compared with conventional aluminum, all of the rare-earth filters provided lower radiation exposures, with gadolinium in the metallic or oxysulfide form providing the lowest exposures. Samarium, at a thickness of 0.127 mm, yielded the highest image contrast. Gadolinium or gadolinium oxysulfide added to 2.5 mm of aluminum resulted in a slight loss of contrast when compared with conventional aluminum filtration. This loss may not be clinically significant, and when coupled with the reduced exposure afforded by these filters, they become viable as acceptable alternatives to aluminum filtration.

  16. Comparison of high-MTF and reduced-noise radiographic imaging systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bunch, Phillip C.

    1995-05-01

    The objective imaging characteristics of a wide range of gandolinium oxysulfide-based, zero- crossover, screen-film combinations are presented and compared. It is shown that complex high-spatial frequency versus low-spatial frequency performance tradeoffs are found among these systems, when these systems are examined in terms of sensitometric response, modulation transfer function, noise equivalent quanta, and detective quantum efficiency.

  17. Pressure/temperature sensitive inorganic phosphors. [La/sub 2/O/sub 2/S:Eu

    SciTech Connect

    Seals, W.O.; Offen, H.W.; Turley, W.D.

    1987-01-01

    Kistler gauges are presently used to monitor pressures generated in various types of experimental tests. When a one-gallon container of stores liquid propellant was impacted by a shaped charge, hydraulic pressures in excess of 100,000 psi were produced. This destroyed the gauges. A class of inorganic phosphors, including rare earth-doped lanthanum oxysulfide (La/sub 2/O/sub 2/S:Eu) and yittrium oxysulfide (Y/sub 2/O/sub 2/S:Eu), show spectral emission characteristics that are strongly pressure dependent. The intensity of the emission lines and fluorescence decay time if individual emission lines show pressure dependence in the range of several kbar to greater than 100 kbar. These properties suggest that these phosphors could be applied as remotely operated pressure transducers. In addition phosphors show temperature dependence. This paper discusses the potential of inorganic phosphors to measure high pressure and also examines temperature effects. 5 refs., 7 figs

  18. Structure, mechanical properties, and fracture of 20GL cast steel

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schastlivtsev, V. M.; Tabatchikova, T. I.; Yakovleva, I. L.; Klyueva, S. Yu.

    2014-04-01

    The structure and mechanical properties of 20GL steel are studied. It is shown that a significant decrease in the ductility and impact toughness of the steel is caused by intercrystalline fracture, which is induced by a weakening of the intercrystallite bonds due to the existence of coarse lamellar pearlite and nonmetallic inclusions, namely, film inclusions and eutectic-type oxysulfides, at the boundaries of primary crystals. Annealing from a temperature in the intercritical range is found to improve the mechanical properties.

  19. Thermodynamics and phase relations of the Fe-O-S-Si2(sat) system at 1200 °C and the effect of copper

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, H.; Rankin, W. J.

    1994-01-01

    A laboratory investigation was carried out in which iron was reacted in silica crucibles with an atmosphere of controlled oxygen and sulfur partial pressures. The equilibrium compositions of the melts were determined over the range 10-12 to 10-9 atm oxygen and 10-2.75 to 10-1 atm sulfur and it was found that the Fe-O-S-SiO2 system can exist as either a slag or oxysulfide. The oxysulfide contained appreciable quantities of dissolved oxygen and silica, although the levels decreased as the sulfur content was increased. Sulfur also had the effect of reducing the solubility of silica in the slag. When copper was added to the system, the solubility of oxygen and silica in the oxysulfide phase decreased dramatically. The results are examined in terms of the thermodynamics of the relevant reactions, and the predominance area diagram for the copper-free system was established by combining the present results with those of earlier investigations.

  20. Two-dimensional thermography using La{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Eu and Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Eu thermal phosphors

    SciTech Connect

    Taliaferro, J.M.; Allison, S.W.; Tobin, K.W.

    1991-11-01

    This report describes efforts to obtain two-dimensional temperature profiles of aerodynamic surfaces by using imaging techniques in conjunction with fluorescence thermometry. The fluorescence of several temperature sensitive phosphors were observed by using an image-intensified, charge coupled device (CCD) camera. The intensity profile of the image for two emission wavelengths was stored and processed to yield temperature profiles of a coated specimen. The best results were obtained with oxysulfide phosphors, which showed temperature dependence from ambient to 200{degree}C. The temperature resolution was about 0.5%C at ambient. 3 refs.

  1. Two-dimensional thermography using La sub 2 O sub 2 S:Eu and Y sub 2 O sub 2 S:Eu thermal phosphors

    SciTech Connect

    Taliaferro, J.M.; Allison, S.W.; Tobin, K.W.

    1991-11-01

    This report describes efforts to obtain two-dimensional temperature profiles of aerodynamic surfaces by using imaging techniques in conjunction with fluorescence thermometry. The fluorescence of several temperature sensitive phosphors were observed by using an image-intensified, charge coupled device (CCD) camera. The intensity profile of the image for two emission wavelengths was stored and processed to yield temperature profiles of a coated specimen. The best results were obtained with oxysulfide phosphors, which showed temperature dependence from ambient to 200{degree}C. The temperature resolution was about 0.5%C at ambient. 3 refs.

  2. Thermodynamic Modeling of Sulfide Capacity of Na2O-Containing Oxide Melts

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Moosavi-Khoonsari, Elmira; Jung, In-Ho

    2016-07-01

    Thermodynamic modeling of the sulfide dissolution in the Na2O-FetO-CaO-MgO-MnO-Al2O3-SiO2 multicomponent slags was performed to investigate the desulfurization of hot metal using Na2O-containing fluxes. The dissolution behavior of sulfur in the melts was modeled using the modified quasi-chemical model in the quadruplet approximation. This model can take into account the short-range ordering and the reciprocal exchange reaction of cations and anions in oxy-sulfide slags. Experimental sulfide capacity data were well predicted from the model with only three model parameters.

  3. Effect of inoculation on the properties of 7Kh2SMF roller steel

    SciTech Connect

    Kiselev, V.I.; Zvigintseva, G.E.; Nikolaeva, N.L.

    1988-03-01

    The effect of electrochemical inoculation of 7Kh2SMF steel by rare earth and rare metals during electroslag remelting was studied. The remelting was done in a crystallizer under flux with additions of rare earth metal oxides of the cerium group and rare metals such as niobium, tantalum, and zirconium. Steel inclusions were measured by an ocular rule and divided according to their composition into oxides, sulfides, oxysulfides, and nitrides. The inoculation of rare earth and rare metals caused a change in the type of carbon distribution in steel, reduced oxide and nonmetallic inclusions, and smoothed the structure over the ingot cross section.

  4. Thermolysis of lanthanide dithiocarbamate complexes

    SciTech Connect

    Boncher, William L.; Regulacio, Michelle D.; Stoll, Sarah L.

    2010-01-15

    Polycrystalline lanthanide sulfide materials were formed at low temperatures using a single-source precursor based on the lanthanide dithiocarbamate complex. The synthesis temperatures are generally lower than standard solid state preparations, avoid toxic sulfurizing gases and provide a convenient route to prepare lanthanide chalcogenide nanoparticles. Depending on the reaction conditions and oxophilicity of the lanthanide, the sulfide material was formed with oxidized products including oxysulfides, oxysulfates and the oxide. - Graphical abstract: Polycrystalline lanthanide sulfide materials were formed at low temperatures using a single-source precursor based on the lanthanide dithiocarbamate complex.

  5. 40 CFR 68.130 - List of substances.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...-41-4 1,000 b Formaldehyde (solution) 50-00-0 15,000 b Furan 110-00-9 5,000 b Hydrazine 302-01-2 15...-0 Propadiene 463-49-0 10,000 f 463-58-1 Carbon oxysulfide 463-58-1 10,000 f 463-82-1 2,2...,000 b Ammonia (anhydrous) 7664-41-7 10,000 a, b Ammonia (conc 20% or greater) 7664-41-7 20,000 a,...

  6. 40 CFR 68.130 - List of substances.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...-41-4 1,000 b Formaldehyde (solution) 50-00-0 15,000 b Furan 110-00-9 5,000 b Hydrazine 302-01-2 15...-0 Propadiene 463-49-0 10,000 f 463-58-1 Carbon oxysulfide 463-58-1 10,000 f 463-82-1 2,2...,000 b Ammonia (anhydrous) 7664-41-7 10,000 a, b Ammonia (conc 20% or greater) 7664-41-7 20,000 a,...

  7. 40 CFR 68.130 - List of substances.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...-41-4 1,000 b Formaldehyde (solution) 50-00-0 15,000 b Furan 110-00-9 5,000 b Hydrazine 302-01-2 15...-0 Propadiene 463-49-0 10,000 f 463-58-1 Carbon oxysulfide 463-58-1 10,000 f 463-82-1 2,2...,000 b Ammonia (anhydrous) 7664-41-7 10,000 a, b Ammonia (conc 20% or greater) 7664-41-7 20,000 a,...

  8. 40 CFR 68.130 - List of substances.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...-41-4 1,000 b Formaldehyde (solution) 50-00-0 15,000 b Furan 110-00-9 5,000 b Hydrazine 302-01-2 15...-0 Propadiene 463-49-0 10,000 f 463-58-1 Carbon oxysulfide 463-58-1 10,000 f 463-82-1 2,2...,000 b Ammonia (anhydrous) 7664-41-7 10,000 a, b Ammonia (conc 20% or greater) 7664-41-7 20,000 a,...

  9. Synthesis and characterization of physical properties of Gd2O2S:Pr3+ semi-nanoflower phosphor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bagheri, A.; Rezaee Ebrahim Saraee, Kh.; Shakur, H. R.; Zamani Zeinali, H.

    2016-05-01

    Pure gadolinium oxysulfide phosphor (Gd2O2S) and trivalent praseodymium-doped gadolinium oxysulfide phosphor (Gd2O2S:Pr3+) scintillators with semi-nanoflower crystalline structures were successfully synthesized through a precipitation method and subsequent calcination treatment as a converter for X-ray imaging detectors. The characterization such as the crystal structures and nanostructure of Gd2O2S:Pr3+ scintillator measured by XRD and FeE-SEM experiment. The optical properties of Gd2O2S:Pr3+ scintillator were studied. Luminescence spectra of Gd2O2S:Pr3+ under 320 nm UV excitation show a green emission at near 511 nm corresponding to the 3P0-3H4 of Pr ions. After scintillation properties of synthesized Gd2O2S:Pr3+ scintillator investigated, Gd2O2S:Pr3+ scintillating film fabricated on a glass substrate by a sedimentation method. X-ray imaging of the fabricated scintillators confirmed that the Gd2O2S:Pr3+ scintillator could be used for radiography applications in which good spatial resolution is needed.

  10. Synthesis and characterization Bi2O2S thin film via chemical bath deposition at low pH

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    KARİPER, İ. Afşin

    2016-06-01

    Bismuth oxysulfide thin film was prepared using Bi(NO3)3 and Na2S as reactive. Since bismuth in the form of bismuth oxide is dissolved into water, bismuth and sulfide concentration of the chemical bath is very important. Bismuth oxysulfide (Bi2O2S) thin films were produced below pH 2. Tested bismuth and sulfide concentrations are as follows: 2 × 10- 1 M, 2 × 10- 2 M, 2 × 10- 3 M, 2 × 10- 4 M bismuth and 1 × 10- 1 M, 1 × 10- 2 M, 1 × 10- 3 M, 1 × 10- 4 M sulfide. The structure of the films was examined via X-ray diffraction (XRD). Optical properties, such as transmission and absorbance were measured with Ultra violet-visible spectrum, and then refractive index and reflectivity were calculated. The pH of chemical bath was stabilized below pH of 2 using 13.85 mL concentrated nitric acid. Deposition time and temperature of the baths were 4 h and 30 °C. It has been found that bismuth and sulfide concentrations affected the structure and thickness of the film. Also, optical band gap of the films varied with concentration, parallel to the change of the structure and film thickness.

  11. Proton-conducting cerate ceramics

    SciTech Connect

    Pederson, L.R.; Coffey, G.W.; Bates, J.L.; Weber, W.J.

    1996-08-01

    Single-cell solid oxide fuel cells were constructed using strontium cerate as the electrolyte and their performance tested. Like certain zirconates, hafnates, and tantalates, the cerate perovskites are among a class of solid electrolytes that conduct protons at elevated temperatures. Depending on the temperature and chemical environment, these ceramics also support electronic and oxygen ion currents. A maximum power output of {approx}100 mW per cm{sup 2} electrolyte surface area was obtained at 900{degrees}C using 4% hydrogen as the fuel and air as the oxidant. A series of rare earth/ceria/zirconia were prepared and their electrical properties characterized. Rare earth dopants included ytterbia, yttria, terbia, and europia. Ionic conductivities were highest for rare earth/ceria and rare earth zirconia compositions; a minimum in ionic conductivity for all series were found for equimolar mixtures of ceria and zirconia. Cerium oxysulfide is of interest in fossil energy applications because of its high chemical stability and refractory nature. An alternative synthesis route to preparing cerium oxysulfide powders has been developed using combustion techniques.

  12. Anti-Stokes luminescence o Ln2O2S: Er(3+), Yb(3+) in triplexes excited in the 0.9. 1.53 and 1.59-micron ranges, part 2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kurochkin, A. V.; Mailibaeva, L. M.; Manashirov, O. Ya.; Sattarov, D. K.; Smirnov, V. B.

    1992-10-01

    Studies are reported of IR anti-Stokes luminescence of three Ln2O2S:Er(sup 3 +), Yb(sup 3 +) luminophores incorporated in triplexes under excitation by different IR sources in the 0.93, 1.53, and 1.59 mu m ranges. Spectra of three different anti-Stokes luminophores (Ln = Y, Fd and La) are examined and the fine structure of each individual anti-Stokes band is analyzed. The appearance of these bands is explained on the basis of energy structures of doping Er(sup 3 +) and Yb(sup 3 +) ions in the studied oxysulfides. The anti-Stokes luminescence spectra excited by IR sources with lambda(sub max) = 0.93 and 1.53 mu m are compared. For the same oxysulfides doped by Er(sup 3 +) only or by both Er(sup 3 +) and Yb(sup 3 +), differences in the fine structures of the 0.99-micron band are explained, this band being the most promising for conversion of IR radiation in the 1.4-1.7 -micron range. The results obtained indicate the possibility to develop, using the anti-Stokes luminophores studied, a uniform polychromatic IR image converter and to suggest ways for its further improvement.

  13. Synthesis and characterization Bi2O2S thin film via chemical bath deposition at low pH.

    PubMed

    Kariper, I Afşin

    2016-06-15

    Bismuth oxysulfide thin film was prepared using Bi(NO3)3 and Na2S as reactive. Since bismuth in the form of bismuth oxide is dissolved into water, bismuth and sulfide concentration of the chemical bath is very important. Bismuth oxysulfide (Bi2O2S) thin films were produced below pH2. Tested bismuth and sulfide concentrations are as follows: 2×10(-1)M, 2×10(-2)M, 2×10(-3)M, 2×10(-4)M bismuth and 1×10(-1)M, 1×10(-2)M, 1×10(-3)M, 1×10(-4)M sulfide. The structure of the films was examined via X-ray diffraction (XRD). Optical properties, such as transmission and absorbance were measured with Ultra violet-visible spectrum, and then refractive index and reflectivity were calculated. The pH of chemical bath was stabilized below pH of 2 using 13.85mL concentrated nitric acid. Deposition time and temperature of the baths were 4h and 30°C. It has been found that bismuth and sulfide concentrations affected the structure and thickness of the film. Also, optical band gap of the films varied with concentration, parallel to the change of the structure and film thickness. PMID:27043873

  14. Characterizing energy dependence and count rate performance of a dual scintillator fiber-optic detector for computed tomography

    SciTech Connect

    Hoerner, Matthew R. Stepusin, Elliott J.; Hyer, Daniel E.; Hintenlang, David E.

    2015-03-15

    Purpose: Kilovoltage (kV) x-rays pose a significant challenge for radiation dosimetry. In the kV energy range, even small differences in material composition can result in significant variations in the absorbed energy between soft tissue and the detector. In addition, the use of electronic systems in light detection has demonstrated measurement losses at high photon fluence rates incident to the detector. This study investigated the feasibility of using a novel dual scintillator detector and whether its response to changes in beam energy from scatter and hardening is readily quantified. The detector incorporates a tissue-equivalent plastic scintillator and a gadolinium oxysulfide scintillator, which has a higher sensitivity to scatter x-rays. Methods: The detector was constructed by coupling two scintillators: (1) small cylindrical plastic scintillator, 500 μm in diameter and 2 mm in length, and (2) 100 micron sheet of gadolinium oxysulfide 500 μm in diameter, each to a 2 m long optical fiber, which acts as a light guide to transmit scintillation photons from the sensitive element to a photomultiplier tube. Count rate linearity data were obtained from a wide range of exposure rates delivered from a radiological x-ray tube by adjusting the tube current. The data were fitted to a nonparalyzable dead time model to characterize the time response. The true counting rate was related to the reference free air dose air rate measured with a 0.6 cm{sup 3} Radcal{sup ®} thimble chamber as described in AAPM Report No. 111. Secondary electron and photon spectra were evaluated using Monte Carlo techniques to analyze ionization quenching and photon energy-absorption characteristics from free-in-air and in phantom measurements. The depth/energy dependence of the detector was characterized using a computed tomography dose index QA phantom consisting of nested adult head and body segments. The phantom provided up to 32 cm of acrylic with a compatible 0.6 cm{sup 3} calibrated

  15. Design and synthesis of a new layered thermoelectric material LaPbBiS3O.

    PubMed

    Sun, Yun-Lei; Ablimit, Abduweli; Zhai, Hui-Fei; Bao, Jin-Ke; Tang, Zhang-Tu; Wang, Xin-Bo; Wang, Nan-Lin; Feng, Chun-Mu; Cao, Guang-Han

    2014-10-20

    A new quinary oxysulfide LaPbBiS3O was designed and successfully synthesized via a solid-state reaction in a sealed evacuated quartz tube. This material, composed of stacked NaCl-like [M4S6] (where M = Pb, Bi) layers and fluorite-type [La2O2] layers, crystallizes in the tetragonal space group P4/nmm with a = 4.0982(1) Å, c = 19.7754(6) Å, and Z = 2. Electrical resistivity and Hall effect measurements demonstrate that it is a narrow gap semiconductor with an activation energy of ∼17 meV. The thermopower and the figure of merit at room temperature were measured to be -52 μV/K and 0.23, respectively, which makes LaPbBiS3O and its derivatives be promising for thermoelectric applications. PMID:25272272

  16. Laser-induced fluorescence of phosphors for remote cryogenic thermometry

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Beshears, D. L.; Capps, G. J.; Cates, M. R.; Simmons, C. M.; Schwenterly, S. W.

    1990-01-01

    Remote cryogenic temperature measurements can be made by inducing fluorescence in phosphors with temperature-dependent emissions and measuring the emission lifetimes. The thermographic phosphor technique can be used for making precision, noncontact, cryogenic-temperature measurements in electrically hostile environments, such as high dc electric or magnetic fields. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is interested in using these thermographic phosphors for mapping hot spots on cryogenic tank walls. Europium-doped lanthanum oxysulfide (La2O2S:Eu) and magnesium fluorogermanate doped with manganese (Mg4FGeO6:Mn) are suitable for low-temperature surface thermometry. Several emission lines, excited by a 337-nm ultraviolet laser, provide fluorescence lifetimes having logarithmic dependence with temperature from 4 to above 125 K. A calibration curve for both La2O2S:Eu and Mg4FGeO6:Mn is presented, as well as emission spectra taken at room temperature and 11 K.

  17. Red persistent luminescence and magnetic properties of nanomaterials for multimodal imaging

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rosticher, C.; Chanéac, C.; Viana, B.; Fortin, M. A.; Lagueux, J.; Faucher, L.

    2014-03-01

    We present a new generation of nanotracers with persistent luminescence properties in the red-near IR range for small animal imaging. Silicates, oxysulfides and calcium phosphates nanoparticles doped with transition metal and lanthanide ions were developed in this aim. We have focused our attention in this paper on the biocompatible TCP/HAp phosphate compounds doped with Eu, Mn, Dy and on the Gd2O2S:Eu, Mg, Ti materials in the form of nanoparticles. All the nanosensors were hydrothermally synthesized and if the phosphate has a very high interest due to its biocompatibility Gd2O2S:Eu, Mg, Ti was investigated as a multimodal agent for possible in vivo optical imaging and MRI imaging.

  18. Rietveld neutron powder profile analysis and electrical conductivity of the fast silver-ion conductor (LaO)AgS

    SciTech Connect

    Wilmer, D.; Wuensch, B. J.; Jorgensen, J. D.

    1999-11-18

    Lanthanum silver oxysulfide, (LaO)AgS, exhibits a predominantly ionic conductivity of 10{sup {minus}3} to 10{sup {minus}1} S/cm between 300 K and 770 K. The tetragonal structure consists of alternating (LaO) and (AgS) sheets, their sequence being O-La-S-Ag-S-La-O. The structure suggests that ionic transport arises from migration of silver ions within the AgS layers analogous to sodium ion transport in Na-{beta}-alumina. Neutron powder diffraction data measured at five temperatures between 300 K and 770 K are analyzed using the Rietveld method to determine the distribution and thermal vibration parameters of the mobile silver ions. The structural investigation is accompanied by measurements of the total conductivity in the same temperature range in order to resolve severe discrepancies in the literature data.

  19. Automated NDT techniques in radioactive waste management

    SciTech Connect

    Barna, B.A.; Brown, B.W.; Anderson, B.C.

    1983-01-01

    The prime NDT method selected for characterization of the waste is real-time x-radiography (RTR). An RTR system specifically designed for the TRU waste inspection is currently being used to develop the best techniques for waste certification. It is based on a standard 420 kV constant potential x-ray machine with a rare-earth fluorescing screen (gadolinium oxysulfide) functioning as an image converter. The low-light-level image produced on the screen is picked up by a CCTV camera with an image intensifier coupled to a plumbicon imaging tube. The system was designed for automated waste container handling and translation. Image analysis is not currently automated, although the CCTV image is digitized to allow signal averaging and edge enhancement through digital filtering. The digitized image is available through an IEEE 488 I/O port for more sophisticated computerized analysis.

  20. Optical fiber sensor for low dose gamma irradiation monitoring

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    de Andrés, Ana I.; Esteban, Ã.`scar; Embid, Miguel

    2016-05-01

    An optical fiber gamma ray detector is presented in this work. It is based on a Terbium doped Gadolinium Oxysulfide (Gd2O2S:Tb) scintillating powder which cover a chemically etched polymer fiber tip. This etching improves the fluorescence gathering by the optical fiber. The final diameter has been selected to fulfill the trade-off between light gathering and mechanical strength. Powder has been encapsulated inside a microtube where the fiber tip is immersed. The sensor has been irradiated with different air Kerma doses up to 2 Gy/h with a 137Cs source, and the spectral distribution of the fluorescence intensity has been recorded in a commercial grade CCD spectrometer. The obtained signal-to-noise ratio is good enough even for low doses, which has allowed to reduce the integration time in the spectrometer. The presented results show the feasibility for using low cost equipment to detect/measure ionizing radiation as gamma rays are.

  1. Characterization of low dimensional molybdenum sulfide nanostructures

    SciTech Connect

    Camacho-Bragado, G. Alejandra; Elechiguerra, Jose Luis; Yacaman, Miguel Jose

    2008-03-15

    It is presented a detailed structural characterization of a nanostructured form of molybdenum disulfide. The material consists of a layer of highly textured molybdenum sulfide growing off a molybdenum dioxide core. The structure and chemical composition of the synthesized nanostructured sulfide was compared to two well-known forms of molybdenum disulfide, i.e. a commercial molybdenite sample and a poorly crystalline sulfide. X-ray diffraction, high-resolution electron microscopy and electron diffraction showed that the material reported here presents crystalline nanodomains with a crystal structure corresponding to the 2H polytype of molybdenum disulfide. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to demonstrate the differences between our sulfide and other materials such as amorphous MoS{sub 3}, oxysulfides and poorly crystalline MoS{sub 2}, corroborating the molybdenite-2H stacking in this form of sulfide. The material under study showed a high proportion of crystalline planes different from the basal plane.

  2. In situ microscopic studies on the structural and chemical behaviors of lithium-ion battery materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shao, Minhua

    2014-12-01

    The direct observation of the microstructural evolution and state-of-charge (SOC) distribution in active materials is crucial to understand the lithiation/delithiation mechanisms during electrochemical cycling of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Owing to their high spatial resolutions and capability to map chemical states by combining other spectroscopic techniques, microscopic techniques including X-ray fluorescence (XRF) microscopy, Raman microscopy, transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) play significant roles in real time monitoring the dynamic changes in the LIB electrodes and materials. This paper reviews the recent progress of using in situ microscopic techniques to study LIB materials, including Si-, Sn-, Ge-, C- and metal oxides-based anode materials, and layered oxysulfide, metal fluorides, LiCoO2, LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2, LiMn2O4, LiFePO4 cathode materials.

  3. Improving the Spatial Resolution of Neutron Imaging at Paul Scherrer Institut - The Neutron Microscope Project

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trtik, Pavel; Hovind, Jan; Grünzweig, Christian; Bollhalder, Alex; Thominet, Vincent; David, Christian; Kaestner, Anders; Lehmann, Eberhard H.

    Here we present results stemming from the first prototype of the Neutron Microscope instrument at Paul ScherrerInstitut (PSI). The instrument is based on a very thin gadolinium oxysulfide (Gd2O2S:Tb+) scintillator screen and a magnifying optics. The Neutron Microscope prototype has been tested at the ICON and the BOA beamlines at PSI and sub-10 μm features can be clearly resolved on a focussed ion beam (FIB) enhance test object - a gadolinium-based Siemens star. The spatial resolution of the images of the gadolinium-based Siemensstar assessed by Fourier ring correlation was about 7.6 μm. The outlook for future improvement of the Neutron Microscope system is presented.

  4. Performance characteristics of high-MTF screen-film systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bunch, Phillip C.

    1994-05-01

    The development of specialized dyes that essentially prevent light from crossing the film base in double-coated gadolinium oxysulfide (GOS) phosphor-based radiographic systems has made it possible to design screen-film combinations with significantly improved MTF characteristics. Specifically, by using GOS-based screens with reduced light diffusion properties in combination with near-zero-crossover radiographic films, significantly improved MTF can be obtained at competitive speed and effective x-ray attenuation levels. The basic performance characteristics of such screen-film systems are described in some detail, including x-ray attenuation properties, sensitivity to scattered x-radiation, sensitometric data, contrast transfer functions, noise equivalent quanta, and detective quantum efficiency. It is also shown that high-MTF GOS screens are available that meet or exceed the performance characteristics of comparable UV-emitting yttrium tantalate phosphor-based materials.

  5. Contrasting behaviour of the co-activators in the luminescence spectra of Y2O2S:Tb3+,Er3+ nanometre sized particles under UV and red light excitation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yan, Xiao; Fern, George R.; Withnall, Robert; Silver, Jack

    2013-01-01

    Nanometre sized particles of terbium and erbium co-doped yttrium oxysulfide up-converting phosphors were prepared by a urea homogeneous-precipitation method. Results from X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy studies on the microstructure and luminescent properties of the materials are reported. Upconversion emission was observed from the Er3+ cations when particles were excited with laser light of 632.8 nm wavelength. Under these conditions no interactions between the Er3+ cations and the Tb3+ cations were observed. In contrast there was evidence from the Stokes emission of the Er3+ cations under 254 nm excitation for an interaction between the Er3+ and Tb3+ cations reducing intensity of the latter's blue and green emission bands by cross relaxation processes.

  6. Contrasting behaviour of the co-activators in the luminescence spectra of Y2O2S:Tb3+,Er3+ nanometre sized particles under UV and red light excitation.

    PubMed

    Yan, Xiao; Fern, George R; Withnall, Robert; Silver, Jack

    2013-02-01

    Nanometre sized particles of terbium and erbium co-doped yttrium oxysulfide up-converting phosphors were prepared by a urea homogeneous-precipitation method. Results from X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy studies on the microstructure and luminescent properties of the materials are reported. Upconversion emission was observed from the Er(3+) cations when particles were excited with laser light of 632.8 nm wavelength. Under these conditions no interactions between the Er(3+) cations and the Tb(3+) cations were observed. In contrast there was evidence from the Stokes emission of the Er(3+) cations under 254 nm excitation for an interaction between the Er(3+) and Tb(3+) cations reducing intensity of the latter's blue and green emission bands by cross relaxation processes. PMID:23263157

  7. Atomic layer deposition of Al-incorporated Zn(O,S) thin films with tunable electrical properties

    SciTech Connect

    Park, Helen Hejin; Jayaraman, Ashwin; Heasley, Rachel; Yang, Chuanxi; Hartle, Lauren; Gordon, Roy G.; Mankad, Ravin; Haight, Richard; Gunawan, Oki; Mitzi, David B.

    2014-11-17

    Zinc oxysulfide, Zn(O,S), films grown by atomic layer deposition were incorporated with aluminum to adjust the carrier concentration. The electron carrier concentration increased up to one order of magnitude from 10{sup 19} to 10{sup 20} cm{sup −3} with aluminum incorporation and sulfur content in the range of 0 ≤ S/(Zn+Al) ≤ 0.16. However, the carrier concentration decreased by five orders of magnitude from 10{sup 19} to 10{sup 14} cm{sup −3} for S/(Zn+Al) = 0.34 and decreased even further when S/(Zn+Al) > 0.34. Such tunable electrical properties are potentially useful for graded buffer layers in thin-film photovoltaic applications.

  8. The reaction of ceria coatings on mica with H{sub 2}S An in-situ X-ray diffraction study

    SciTech Connect

    Bertaux, S.; Reynders, P.; Schweda, E

    2004-05-05

    Thin layers of ceria were deposited on the surface of mica platelets in solution. The reaction of such particles with hydrogen sulfide yields a red colored special effect pigment. The ceria layer reacts with H{sub 2}S to produce a variety of sulfide and oxysulfide phases. The reaction path discovered in situ by time and temperature resolved X-ray diffraction is CeO{sub 2}{yields}CeS{sub 2}{yields}C-Ce{sub 2}S{sub 3}{yields}Ce{sub 10}S{sub 14}O. The reaction itself is extremely variable depending on gas flow, heating rates and decomposition atmospheres. Effects on the thin film are recorded by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and revealed a destruction of the layer once red Ce{sub 10}S{sub 14}O was formed. The product layer then reveals the typical nonwetting behaviour of a liquid on a surface.

  9. Dynamics of near-alpha titanium welding

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Neuberger, Brett William

    Typically, when gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) is employed to join near-alpha titanium alloys, the resulting weld fusion zone (FZ) is much harder than that of the base metal (BM), thereby leading to lost ductility. The aim of this investigation was to improve FZ ductility of Ti-5Al-1Sn-1V-1Zr-0.8Mo by modifying filler metal chemistry. In this regard, metallic yttrium was added to the filler metal and aluminum concentration reduced. It was believed that additions of yttrium would lead to formation of yttria in the weld melt, thereby promoting heterogeneous nucleation. Since oxygen and aluminum both act as alpha-stabilizers, expected pickup of oxygen during the welding process will be offset by the aluminum reduction. Tensile testing indicated that modified filler metal welds showed a dramatic increase in ductility of the FZ. Fracture toughness testing showed that while JIC values decreased in all welds, the tearing modulus, T, in modified filler metal welds was significantly higher than that of matching filler metal welds. Microhardness mapping of the weld zones illustrated that modified filler metal welds were significantly softer than matching filler metal welds. Microstructural examinations were completed through the use of optical, SEM and TEM studies, indicating that there was a presence of nano-particles in the weld FZ. XPS analysis identified these particles as yttrium oxysulfate. WDS analysis across the welds' heat affected zones demonstrated that there is an internal diffusion of oxygen from the BM into the FZ. Research results indicate yttrium oxysulfide particles form in the weld pool, act as a drag force on the solidification front and limit growth of prior-beta grain boundaries. The reduced prior-beta grain size and removal of interstitial oxygen from the matrix in modified filler metal welds, further enhanced by oxidation of yttrium oxysulfide to yttrium oxysulfate, leads to increased ductility in the weld's FZ. Addition of yttrium to the weld also

  10. Image Quality Assessment of a CMOS/Gd2O2S:Pr,Ce,F X-ray Sensor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Michail, C. M.; Seferis, I. E.; Sideras, T.; Valais, I. G.; Fountos, G. P.; Bakas, A.; Panayiotakis, G. S.; Kandarakis, I. S.

    2015-09-01

    The aim of the present study was to examine the image quality performance of a CMOS digital imaging optical sensor coupled to custom made gadolinium oxysulfide powder scintillators, doped with praseodymium, cerium and fluorine (Gd2O2S:Pr,Ce,F) screens. The screens, with coating thicknesses 35.7 and 71.2 mg/cm2, were prepared in our laboratory from Gd2O2S:Pr,Ce,F powder (Phosphor Technology, Ltd) by sedimentation on silica substrates and were placed in direct contact with the optical sensor. Image quality was determined through a single index image quality parameter (information capacity). The CMOS sensor/Gd2O2S:Pr,Ce,F screens combinations were irradiated under the RQA-5 (IEC 62220-1) beam quality. The detector response function was linear for the exposure range under investigation. Under the general radiography conditions, both Gd2O2S:Pr,Ce,F screen/CMOS combinations exhibited comparable overall imaging properties, in terms of the information capacity, to previously published scintillators, such as Gd2O2S:Eu.

  11. Inclusions and Microstructure of Ce-Added Weld Metal Coarse Grain Heat-Affected Zone in Twin-Wire Submerged-Arc Welding

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yu, S. F.; Yan, N.; Chen, Y.

    2016-06-01

    In high heat-input multi-pass twin-wire submerged-arc welding, weld metal of previous pass will be affected by the heat input of subsequent one and form coarse-grained heat-affected zone (CGHAZ). This study focused on the effects of welding thermal cycle on the inclusions and microstructure of Ce-alloyed weld metal CGHAZ. According to the study of inclusions and microstructure of weld metal CGHAZ, it was found that the composition and type of the inclusions did not change under the effect of welding thermal cycle. Although the inclusions were coarsened slightly, the promoting ability to acicular ferrite (AF) was not deprived after thermal cycling. There are three types of AF in weld metal CGHAZ, which include oxy-sulfides of Ce inclusions-promoted AF, home-position-precipitated AF, and sympathetic AF. Results showed more than 80% of microstructure was AF, which greatly benefited the mechanical properties of weld metal CGHAZ, even though granular bainite and M-A constituents were generated.

  12. In situ measurements of high temperature growth of correlated systems: a materials by design scheme

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    He, Hua

    There is great interest in developing new ways to use predictive theory to accelerate materials synthesis. We have previously shown that DFT +DMFT electronic structure calculations are successful at predicting gaps and ordered moments, even when correlations are very strong.[ 1 , 2 ] Building on these results, we set out to explore an even closer integration of theory and synthesis, aiming to discover new routes for doping Mott insulators and producing new superconductors. In situ high temperature high energy X-ray diffraction is used to determine the crystal structures of compounds just as they form from the growths, and the structural information is used as input for DFT +DMFT calculations that predict functionality, closing the synthesis loop by suggesting productive new directions. Using this approach, we have investigated the transition metal oxysulfide system Ba-Co-S-O and successfully discovered the new compound BaCoSO, and identified it as an interesting small gap Mott insulator by DFT +DMFT calculations even before any traditional crystal growth is attempted in the lab We acknowledge the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering for providing the NSSEFF funds that supported this research.

  13. Development of x-ray imaging technique for liquid screening at airport

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sulaiman, Nurhani binti; Srisatit, Somyot

    2016-01-01

    X-ray imaging technology is a viable option to recognize flammable liquids for the purposes of aviation security. In this study, an X-ray imaging technology was developed whereby, the image viewing system was built with the use of a digital camera coupled with a gadolinium oxysulfide (GOS) fluorescent screen. The camera was equipped with a software for remote control setting of the camera via a USB cable which allows the images to be captured. The image was analysed to determine the average grey level using a software designed by Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0. The data was obtained for various densities of liquid thickness of 4.5 cm, 6.0 cm and 7.5 cm respectively for X-ray energies ranging from 70 to 200 kVp. In order to verify the reliability of the constructed calibration data, the system was tested with a few types of unknown liquids. The developed system could be conveniently employed for security screening in order to discriminate between a threat and an innocuous liquid.

  14. Low cost, high resolution x-ray detector system for digital radiography and computed tomography

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, C.R.; Erker, J.W.

    1993-12-31

    The authors have designed and evaluated a novel design of line array x-ray detector for use with digital radiography (DR) and computed tomography (CT) systems. The Radiographic Line Scan (RLS) detector is less than half the cost of discrete multi-channel line array detectors, yet provides the potential for resolution to less than 25 {micro}m at energies of 420 kV. The RLS detector consists of a scintillator fiber-optically coupled to a thermo-electrically cooled line array CCD. Gadolinium oxysulfide screen material has been used as the scintillator, in thicknesses up to 250 {micro}m. Scintillating glass, which is formed into a fiber optic bundle, has also been used in thicknesses up to 2 mm. The large 2.5 mm by 25 {micro}m CCD cells provide high dynamic range while preserving high resolution; the 2.5 mm dimension is oriented in the x-ray absorption direction while the 25 {micro}m dimension is oriented in the resolution direction. Servo controlled thermo-electric cooling of the CCD to a fixed temperature provides reduction of dark current and stabilization of the output. Greater dynamic range is achieved by reducing the dark current, while output stabilization reduces the need for frequent calibration of the detector. Measured performance characteristics are presented along with DR and CT images produced using the RLS detector.

  15. Laser-induced fluorescence of phosphors for remote cryogenic thermometry

    SciTech Connect

    Beshears, D.L.; Capps, G.J.; Cates, M.R.; Simmons, C.M.; Schwenterly, S.W.

    1990-01-01

    Remote cryogenic temperature measurements can be made by inducing fluorescence in phosphors with temperature-dependent emissions and measuring the emission lifetimes. The thermographic phosphor technique can be used for making precision, non-contact, cryogenic temperature measurements in electrically hostile environments, such as high DC electric or magnetic fields. NASA is interested in utilizing these thermographic phosphors for mapping hot spots on cryogenic tank walls. Europium-doped lanthanum oxysulfide (La{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Eu) and magnesium fluorogermanate doped with manganese (Mg{sub 4}(F)GeO{sub 6}:Mn) are suitable for low-temperature surface thermometry. Several emission lines, excited by a 337 nm UV laser, provide fluorescence lifetimes having logarithmic dependence with temperatures from 4 to 125 Kelvin. A calibration curve for both La{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Eu and Mg{sub 4}(F)GeO{sub 6}:Mn are presented as well as emission spectra taken at room temperature and 7 Kelvin.

  16. Reaction of Hydrogen Sulfide with Oxygen in the Presence ofSulfite

    SciTech Connect

    Weres, Oleh; Tsao, Leon

    1983-01-01

    Commonly, abatement of hydrogen sulfide emissions from a geothermal powerplant requires that hydrogen sulfide dissolved in the cooling water be eliminated by chemical reaction. Oxidation by atmospheric oxygen is the preferred reaction, but requires a suitable catalyst. Nickel is the most potent and thereby cheapest catalyst for this purpose. One Mg/L nickel in the cooling water would allow 99% removal of hydrogen sulfide to be attained. A major drawback of catalytic air oxidation is that colloidal sulfur is a major reaction product; this causes rapid sludge accumulation and deposition of sulfur scale. The authors studied the kinetics and product distribution of the reaction of hydrogen sulfide with oxygen, catalyzed by nickel. Adding sodium sulfite to the solution completely suppresses formation of colloidal sulfur by converting it to thiosulfate. The oxidation reaction is an autocatalytic, free radical chain reaction. A rate expression for this reaction and a detailed reaction mechanism were developed. Nickel catalyzes the chain initiation step, and polysulfidoradical ions propagate the chains. Several complexes of iron and cobalt were also studied. Iron citrate and iron N-hydroxyEDT are the most effective iron based catalysts. Uncomplexed cobalt is as effective as nickel, but forms a precipitate of cobalt oxysulfide and is too expensive for practical use.

  17. Reaction of hydrogen sulfide with oxygen in the presence of sulfite

    SciTech Connect

    Weres, O.; Tsao, L.

    1983-01-14

    Commonly, abatement of hydrogen sulfide emission from a geothermal powerplant requires that hydrogen sulfide dissolved in the cooling water be eliminated by chemical reaction. Oxidation by atmospheric oxygen is the preferred reaction, but requires a suitable catalyst. Nickel is the most potent and thereby cheapest catalyst for this purpose. One mg/L nickel in the cooling water would allow 99% removal of hydrogen sulfide to be attained. A major drawback of catalytic air oxidation is that colloidal sulfur is a major reaction product; this causes rapid sludge accumulation and deposition of sulfur scale. We studied the kinetics and product distribution of the reaction of hydrogen sulfide with oxygen, catalyzed by nickel. Adding sodium sulfite to the solution completely suppresses formation of colloidal sulfur by converting it to thiosulfate. The oxidation reaction is an autocatalytic, free radical chain reaction. A rate expression for this reaction and a detailed reaction mechanism were developed. Nickel catalyzes the chain initiation step, and polysulfidoradical ions propagate the chains. Several complexes of iron and cobalt were also studied. Iron citrate and iron N-hydroxyEDTA are the most effective iron based catalysts. Uncomplexed cobalt is as effective as nickel, but forms a precipitate of cobalt oxysulfide and is too expensive for practical use. 33 figures, 9 tables.

  18. Silicone as a binder in composite electrolytes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Inada, Taro; Takada, Kazunori; Kajiyama, Akihisa; Sasaki, Hideki; Kondo, Shigeo; Watanabe, Mamoru; Murayama, Masahiro; Kanno, Ryoji

    A liquid silicone was used as a binder to make composite solid electrolytes from lithium-ion conductive inorganic solid electrolytes (ISEs): an oxysulfide glass, 0.01Li 3PO 4-0.63Li 2S-0.36SiS 2 and/or a lithium germanium thio-phosphate, Li 3.25Ge 0.25P 0.75S 4. Ionic conductivities of the composites were of the order of 10 -4 Scm -1, even when the silicone was enriched to 10% (v/v). On the other hand, the composite with styrene-butadiene block co-polymer (SBR) or polypropylene oxide-polyethylene oxide (PO-EO) co-polymer as binder showed much lower conductivity. In the composite electrolyte, the silicone rubber must partly cover the surface of the ISE particles because the composite electrolyte is molded before the vulcanization of the fluid liquid silicone; and thus, it must rarely interfere with the conduction between the ISE particles. Hydrocarbons were found to be suitable in the preparation process of the composite solid electrolyte (CSE).

  19. X-ray imaging with scintillator-sensitized hybrid organic photodetectors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Büchele, Patric; Richter, Moses; Tedde, Sandro F.; Matt, Gebhard J.; Ankah, Genesis N.; Fischer, Rene; Biele, Markus; Metzger, Wilhelm; Lilliu, Samuele; Bikondoa, Oier; MacDonald, J. Emyr; Brabec, Christoph J.; Kraus, Tobias; Lemmer, Uli; Schmidt, Oliver

    2015-12-01

    Medical X-ray imaging requires cost-effective and high-resolution flat-panel detectors for the energy range between 20 and 120 keV. Solution-processed photodetectors provide the opportunity to fabricate detectors with a large active area at low cost. Here, we present a disruptive approach that improves the resolution of such detectors by incorporating terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulfide scintillator particles into an organic photodetector matrix. The X-ray induced light emission from the scintillators is absorbed within hundreds of nanometres, which is negligible compared with the pixel size. Hence, optical crosstalk, a limiting factor in the resolution of scintillator-based X-ray detectors, is minimized. The concept is validated with a 256 × 256 pixel detector with a resolution of 4.75 lp mm-1 at a MTF = 0.2, significantly better than previous stacked scintillator-based flat-panel detectors. We achieved a resolution that proves the feasibility of solution-based detectors in medical applications. Time-resolved electrical characterization showed enhanced charge carrier mobility with increased scintillator filling, which is explained by morphological changes.

  20. Inclusions and Microstructure of Ce-Added Weld Metal Coarse Grain Heat-Affected Zone in Twin-Wire Submerged-Arc Welding

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yu, S. F.; Yan, N.; Chen, Y.

    2016-04-01

    In high heat-input multi-pass twin-wire submerged-arc welding, weld metal of previous pass will be affected by the heat input of subsequent one and form coarse-grained heat-affected zone (CGHAZ). This study focused on the effects of welding thermal cycle on the inclusions and microstructure of Ce-alloyed weld metal CGHAZ. According to the study of inclusions and microstructure of weld metal CGHAZ, it was found that the composition and type of the inclusions did not change under the effect of welding thermal cycle. Although the inclusions were coarsened slightly, the promoting ability to acicular ferrite (AF) was not deprived after thermal cycling. There are three types of AF in weld metal CGHAZ, which include oxy-sulfides of Ce inclusions-promoted AF, home-position-precipitated AF, and sympathetic AF. Results showed more than 80% of microstructure was AF, which greatly benefited the mechanical properties of weld metal CGHAZ, even though granular bainite and M-A constituents were generated.

  1. Effect of the CaO-Al2O3-Based Top Slag on the Cleanliness of Stainless Steel During Secondary Metallurgy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yan, Pengcheng; Huang, Shuigen; Pandelaers, Lieven; Van Dyck, Joris; Guo, Muxing; Blanpain, Bart

    2013-10-01

    The ladle treatment of a 18 pct Cr-9 pct Ni stainless steel, with desulfurization as its main purpose, was simulated on a laboratory scale. The influence of the top slag chemistry on the steel cleanliness was evaluated. A higher steel cleanliness was obtained with an optimized lime-alumina-based slag than with a lime-fluorspar-based slag. The inclusions were found to be mainly in the form of oxysulfide; the alumina content in the inclusions first increased and subsequently showed a slow drop, while the sulfide content decreased during the treatment. The equilibrium between steel and inclusions was found to be more easily reached than that between slag and steel. A slag-steel kinetic model was used to predict the steel chemistry evolution during the treatment. Furthermore, a slag-steel-inclusions interaction kinetic model was developed to calculate the change of alumina content in the inclusions during the ladle treatment. The sulfide content of inclusions was also calculated and compared with the measured values.

  2. ALD Zn(O,S) Thin Films’ Interfacial Chemical and Structural Configuration Probed by XAS

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    The ability to precisely control interfaces of atomic layer deposited (ALD) zinc oxysulfide (Zn(O,S)) buffer layers to other layers allows precise tuning of solar cell performance. The O K- and S K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) of ∼2–4 nm thin Zn(O,S) films reveals the chemical and structural influences of their interface with ZnO, a common electrode material and diffusion barrier in solar cells. We observe that sulfate formation at oxide/sulfide interfaces is independent of film composition, a result of sulfur diffusion toward interfaces. Leveraging sulfur’s diffusivity, we propose an alternative ALD process in which the zinc precursor pulse is bypassed during H2S exposure. Such a process yields similar results to the nanolaminate deposition method and highlights mechanistic differences between ALD sulfides and oxides. By identifying chemical species and structural evolution at sulfide/oxide interfaces, this work provides insights into increasing thin film solar cell efficiencies. PMID:27223620

  3. Use of a laser-induced fluorescence thermal imaging system for film cooling heat transfer measurement

    SciTech Connect

    Chyu, M.K.

    1996-04-01

    This paper describes a novel approach based on fluorescence imaging of thermographic phosphor that enables the simultaneous determination of both local film effectiveness and local heat transfer on a film-cooled surface. The film cooling model demonstrated consists of a single row of three discrete holes on a flat plate. The transient temperature measurement relies on the temperature-sensitive fluorescent properties of europium-doped lanthanum oxysulfide (La{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Eu{sup +3}) thermographic phosphor. A series of full-field surface temperatures, mainstream temperatures, and coolant film temperatures were acquired during the heating of a test surface. These temperatures are used to calculate the heat transfer coefficients and the film effectiveness simultaneously. Because of the superior spatial resolution capability for the heat transfer data reduced from these temperature frames, the laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) imaging system, the present study observes the detailed heat transfer characteristics over a film-protected surface. The trend of the results agrees with those obtained using other conventional thermal methods, as well as the liquid crystal imaging technique. One major advantage of this technique is the capability to record a large number of temperature frames over a given testing period. This offers multiple-sample consistency.

  4. ALD Zn(O,S) Thin Films' Interfacial Chemical and Structural Configuration Probed by XAS.

    PubMed

    Dadlani, Anup L; Acharya, Shinjita; Trejo, Orlando; Prinz, Fritz B; Torgersen, Jan

    2016-06-15

    The ability to precisely control interfaces of atomic layer deposited (ALD) zinc oxysulfide (Zn(O,S)) buffer layers to other layers allows precise tuning of solar cell performance. The O K- and S K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) of ∼2-4 nm thin Zn(O,S) films reveals the chemical and structural influences of their interface with ZnO, a common electrode material and diffusion barrier in solar cells. We observe that sulfate formation at oxide/sulfide interfaces is independent of film composition, a result of sulfur diffusion toward interfaces. Leveraging sulfur's diffusivity, we propose an alternative ALD process in which the zinc precursor pulse is bypassed during H2S exposure. Such a process yields similar results to the nanolaminate deposition method and highlights mechanistic differences between ALD sulfides and oxides. By identifying chemical species and structural evolution at sulfide/oxide interfaces, this work provides insights into increasing thin film solar cell efficiencies. PMID:27223620

  5. Resistive switching characteristics of Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6/Al devices constructed on plastic substrates.

    PubMed

    Han, Yong; Cho, Kyoungah; Kim, Sangsig

    2012-07-01

    In this study, Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6Al devices are fabricated on plastic substrates using the sputtering method at room temperature. The ratio of O/S in the zinc oxysulfide thin film is confirmed to be 0.4/0.6 from the Auger depth profiling. The Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6/Al devices show unipolar resistive switching behaviors and the ratio of the measured resistance in the low-resistance state (LRS) to that in the high-resistance state (HRS) is above 10(4). The conduction mechanism of the LRS is governed by Ohm's law. On the other hand, in the HRS, the conduction mechanism at low voltages is controlled by Ohm's law, but that at high voltages results from the Poole-Frenkel emission mechanism. The Ohmic and Poole-Frenkel conduction mechanisms observed in the LRS and HRS support the filament model of unipolar resistive switching. The memory characteristics of the Cu/ZnO0.4S0.6/Al devices are retained for 10(4) sec without any change. PMID:22966644

  6. Use of a laser-induced fluorescence thermal imaging system for film cooling heat transfer measurement

    SciTech Connect

    Chyu, M.K.

    1995-10-01

    This paper describes a novel approach based on fluorescence imaging of thermographic phosphor that enables the simultaneous determination of both local film effectiveness and local heat transfer on a film-cooled surface. The film cooling model demonstrated consists of a single row of three discrete holes on a flat plate. The transient temperature measurement relies on the temperature-sensitive fluorescent properties of europium-doped lanthanum oxysulfide (La{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:EU{sup 3+}) thermographic phosphor. A series of full-field surface temperatures, mainstream temperatures, and coolant film temperatures were acquired during the heating of a test surface. These temperatures are used to calculate the heat transfer coefficients and the film effectiveness simultaneously. Because of the superior spatial resolution capability for the heat transfer data reduced from these temperature frames, the laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) imaging system, the present study observes the detailed heat transfer characteristics over a film-protected surface. The trend of the results agrees with those obtained using other conventional thermal methods, as well as the liquid crystal imaging technique. One major advantage of this technique is the capability to record a large number of temperature frames over a given testing period. This offers multiple-sample consistency.

  7. Monte Carlo simulation of the transit dosimetric response of an a-Si electronic portal imaging device

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Blake, S. J.; McNamara, A. L.; Vial, P.; Holloway, L.; Greer, P. B.; Kuncic, Z.

    2014-03-01

    Amorphous silicon (a-Si) electronic portal imaging devices (EPIDs) are x-ray detectors frequently used in radiotherapy imaging and dosimetry applications. EPIDs employ a copper plate and gadolinium oxysulfide phosphor screen with an array of a-Si photodiodes to indirectly detect incident radiation. In this study, a previously developed Monte Carlo (MC) model of an a-Si EPID has been extended for transit dosimetry. The GEANT4 MC toolkit was used to integrate an a-Si EPID model with two phantoms and a 6 MV x-ray source. A solid water phantom was used to simulate EPID transmission factors, field size output factors and relative dose profiles and results were compared to experimental measurements. An anthropomorphic head phantom was used to qualitatively compare simulated and measured portal images of humanoid anatomy. Calculated transmission factors and field size output factors agreed to within 2.0% and 1.9% of experimental measurements, respectively. A comparison of calculated and measured relative dose profiles yielded >98% of points passing a gamma analysis with 3%/3 mm criterion for all field sizes. The simulated anthropomorphic head phantom image shows macroscopic anatomical features and qualitatively agrees with the measured image. Results validate the suitability of the MC model for predicting EPID response in transit dosimetry.

  8. Efficient plasma-enhanced method for layered LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 cathodes with sulfur atom-scale modification for superior-performance Li-ion batteries

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jiang, Qianqian; Chen, Ning; Liu, Dongdong; Wang, Shuangyin; Zhang, Han

    2016-05-01

    In order to improve the electrochemical performance of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 as a lithium insertion positive electrode material, atom-scale modification was realized to obtain the layered oxysulfide LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2-xSx using a novel plasma-enhanced doping strategy. The structure and electrochemical performance of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2-xSx are investigated systematically, which confirms that the S doping can make the structure stable and benefit the electrochemical performance. The phys-chemical characterizations indicate that oxygen atoms in the initial LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 have been partially replaced by S atoms. It should be pointed out that the atom-scale modification does not significantly alter the intrinsic structure of the cathode. Compared to the pristine material, the LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2-xSx shows a superior performance with a higher capacity (200.4 mA h g-1) and a significantly improved cycling stability (maintaining 94.46% of its initial discharge capacity after 100 cycles). Moreover, it has an excellent rate performance especially at elevated performance, which is probably due to the faster Li+ transportation after S doping into the layered structure. All the results show that the atom-scale modification with sulfur atoms on LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2, which significantly improved the electrochemical performance, offers a novel anionic doping strategy to realize the atom-scale modification of electrode materials to improve their electrochemical performance.In order to improve the electrochemical performance of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 as a lithium insertion positive electrode material, atom-scale modification was realized to obtain the layered oxysulfide LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2-xSx using a novel plasma-enhanced doping strategy. The structure and electrochemical performance of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2-xSx are investigated systematically, which confirms that the S doping can make the structure stable and benefit the electrochemical performance. The phys

  9. Evaluation of the modulation transfer function of megavoltage X-rays

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Min, Jung-Whan; Kim, Ki-Won; Kim, Jung-Min; Choi, In-Seok; Jeong, Hoi-Woun; Son, Soon-Yong; Back, Geum-Mun; Jung, Jae-Hong; Jung, Jae-Yong; Choe, Bo-Young

    2014-12-01

    The modulation transfer function (MTF) must be measured against the requirements of the specific digital imaging application under consideration in order to evaluate the performance of detector equipment and to further develop the detector by performing quality-assurance (QA) procedures. The purpose of this study was to measure the MTF in digital megavoltage images (DMVs) for radiation therapy (RT) by using an edge block. We used 6 megavolts (MVs) of energy for the pre-sampling MTF, along with a photo-stimulating phosphor-based computed radiography (CR) system and a hexalon lead screen that contained a terbium-doped gadolinium oxysulfide granular phosphor (Gd2O2S:Tb). The DMV MTF was measured at both low and high resolutions according to changes in the dose in monitor units (MUs) by using four different detector combinations: CR-IP (image plate: photo-stimulable phosphor screen), CR-IP-Lead (image plate + lead screen), CR-IP-Regular (fast front screen + image plate + fast front screen) and CR-IP-Fast (fast back screen + image plate + fast front screen). At a low resolution, the MTF 50% and the MTF 10% when using the CR-IP detector increased by about 30% and 46%, in proportion to the increase in the dose from 1 to 20 MU, respectively. At a high resolution, the CR-IP and the CR-IP-Lead detectors showed increases in the MTF of about 8% or 10% when the dose increased from 1 to 20 MU. The present study, therefore, evaluates how edge methods can be helpful in taking MTF measurements during QA tests of a megavoltage imaging (MVI) system.

  10. Imaging responses of on-site CsI and Gd2O2S flat-panel detectors: Dependence on the tube voltage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jeon, Hosang; Chung, Myung Jin; Youn, Seungman; Nam, Jiho; Lee, Jayoung; Park, Dahl; Kim, Wontaek; Ki, Yongkan; Kim, Ho Kyung

    2015-07-01

    One of the emerging issues in radiography is low-dose imaging to minimize patient's exposure. The scintillating materials employed in most indirect flat-panel detectors show a drastic change of X-ray photon absorption efficiency around their K-edge energies that consequently affects image quality. Using various tube voltages, we investigated the imaging performance of most popular scintillators: cesium iodide (CsI) and gadolinium oxysulfide (Gd2O2S). The integrated detective quantum efficiencies (iDQE) of four detectors installed in the same hospital were evaluated according to the standardized procedure IEC 62220-1 at tube voltages of 40 - 120 kVp. The iDQE values of the Gd2O2S detectors were normalized by those of CsI detectors to exclude the effects of image postprocessing. The contrast-to-noise ratios (CNR) were also evaluated by using an anthropomorphic chest phantom. The iDQE of the CsI detector outperformed that of the Gd2O2S detector over all tube voltages. Moreover, we noted that the iDQE of the Gd2O2S detectors quickly rolled off with decreasing tube voltage under 70 kVp. The CNRs of the two scintillators were similar at 120 kVp. At 60 kVp, however, the CNR of Gd2O2S was about half that of CsI. Compared to the Gd2O2S detectors, variations in the DQE performance of the CsI detectors were relatively immune to variations in the applied tube voltages. Therefore, we claim that Gd2O2S detectors are inappropriate for use in low-tube-voltage imaging (e.g., extremities and pediatrics) with low patient exposure.

  11. Efficient plasma-enhanced method for layered LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 cathodes with sulfur atom-scale modification for superior-performance Li-ion batteries.

    PubMed

    Jiang, Qianqian; Chen, Ning; Liu, Dongdong; Wang, Shuangyin; Zhang, Han

    2016-06-01

    In order to improve the electrochemical performance of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 as a lithium insertion positive electrode material, atom-scale modification was realized to obtain the layered oxysulfide LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2-xSx using a novel plasma-enhanced doping strategy. The structure and electrochemical performance of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2-xSx are investigated systematically, which confirms that the S doping can make the structure stable and benefit the electrochemical performance. The phys-chemical characterizations indicate that oxygen atoms in the initial LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 have been partially replaced by S atoms. It should be pointed out that the atom-scale modification does not significantly alter the intrinsic structure of the cathode. Compared to the pristine material, the LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2-xSx shows a superior performance with a higher capacity (200.4 mA h g(-1)) and a significantly improved cycling stability (maintaining 94.46% of its initial discharge capacity after 100 cycles). Moreover, it has an excellent rate performance especially at elevated performance, which is probably due to the faster Li(+) transportation after S doping into the layered structure. All the results show that the atom-scale modification with sulfur atoms on LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2, which significantly improved the electrochemical performance, offers a novel anionic doping strategy to realize the atom-scale modification of electrode materials to improve their electrochemical performance. PMID:27189799

  12. Improving detector spatial resolution using pixelated scintillators with a barrier rib structure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Langechuan; Lu, Minghui; Cao, Wanqing; Peng, Luke; Chen, Arthur

    2016-03-01

    Indirect conversion flat panel detectors (FPDs) based on amorphous silicon (a-Si) technology are widely used in digital X-ray imaging. In such FPDs a scintillator layer is used for converting X-rays into visible light photons. However, the lateral spread of these photons inside the scintillator layer reduces spatial resolution of the FPD. In this study, FPDs incorporating pixelated scintillators with a barrier rib structure were developed to limit lateral spread of light photons thereby improving spatial resolution. For the pixelated scintillator, a two-dimensional barrier rib structure was first manufactured on a substrate layer, coated with reflective materials, and filled to the rim with the scintillating material of gadolinium oxysulfide (GOS). Several scintillator samples were fabricated, with pitch size varying from 160 to 280 μm and rib height from 200 to 280 μm. The samples were directly coupled to an a-Si flat panel photodiode array with a pitch of 200 μm to convert optical photons to electronic signals. With the pixelated scintillator, the detector modulation transfer function was shown to improve significantly (by 94% at 2 cycle/mm) compared to a detector using an unstructured GOS layer. However, the prototype does show lower sensitivity due to the decrease in scintillator fill factor. The preliminary results demonstrated the feasibility of using the barrier-rib structure to improve the spatial resolution of FPDs. Such an improvement would greatly benefit nondestructive testing applications where the spatial resolution is the most important parameter. Further investigation will focus on improving the detector sensitivity and exploring its medical applications.

  13. Tungsten disulfide nanotubes reinforced biodegradable polymers for bone tissue engineering.

    PubMed

    Lalwani, Gaurav; Henslee, Allan M; Farshid, Behzad; Parmar, Priyanka; Lin, Liangjun; Qin, Yi-Xian; Kasper, F Kurtis; Mikos, Antonios G; Sitharaman, Balaji

    2013-09-01

    In this study, we have investigated the efficacy of inorganic nanotubes as reinforcing agents to improve the mechanical properties of poly(propylene fumarate) (PPF) composites as a function of nanomaterial loading concentration (0.01-0.2 wt.%). Tungsten disulfide nanotubes (WSNTs) were used as reinforcing agents in the experimental group. Single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs and MWCNTs) were used as positive controls, and crosslinked PPF composites were used as the baseline control. Mechanical testing (compression and three-point bending) shows a significant enhancement (up to 28-190%) in the mechanical properties (compressive modulus, compressive yield strength, flexural modulus and flexural yield strength) of WSNT-reinforced PPF nanocomposites compared to the baseline control. In comparison to the positive controls, significant improvements in the mechanical properties of WSNT nanocomposites were also observed at various concentrations. In general, the inorganic nanotubes (WSNTs) showed mechanical reinforcement better than (up to 127%) or equivalent to that of carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs and MWCNTs). Sol fraction analysis showed significant increases in the crosslinking density of PPF in the presence of WSNTs (0.01-0.2 wt.%). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis on thin sections of crosslinked nanocomposites showed the presence of WSNTs as individual nanotubes in the PPF matrix, whereas SWCNTs and MWCNTs existed as micron-sized aggregates. The trend in the surface area of nanostructures obtained by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis was SWCNTs>MWCNTs>WSNTs. The BET surface area analysis, TEM analysis and sol fraction analysis results taken together suggest that chemical composition (inorganic vs. carbon nanomaterials), the presence of functional groups (such as sulfide and oxysulfide) and individual dispersion of the nanomaterials in the polymer matrix (absence of aggregation of the reinforcing agent) are the key parameters

  14. Platinum Metal-Free Catalysts for Selective Soft Oxidative Methane → Ethylene Coupling. Scope and Mechanistic Observations.

    PubMed

    Peter, Matthias; Marks, Tobin J

    2015-12-01

    Using abundant soft oxidants, a high methane-to-ethylene conversion might be achievable due to the low thermodynamic driving force for over-oxidation. Here we report on the oxidative coupling of methane by gaseous S2 (SOCM). The catalytic properties of Pd/Fe3O4 are compared with those of Fe3O4, and it is found that high ethylene selectivities can be achieved without noble metals; conversion and selectivity on Fe3O4 are stable for at least 48 h at SOCM conditions. SOCM data for 10 oxides are compared, and ethylene selectivities as high as 33% are found; the C2H4/C2H6 ratios of 9-12 observed at the highest S2 conversions are significantly higher than the C2H4/C2H6 ratios usually found in the CH4 coupling with O2. Complementary in-detail analytical studies show that, on Mg, Zr, Sm, W, and La catalysts, which strongly coke during the reaction, lower ethylene selectivities are observed than on Fe, Ti, and Cr catalysts, which only coke to a minor extent. Further catalyst-dependent changes during SOCM in surface area, surface composition, and partial conversion to oxysulfides and sulfides are discussed. Evidence concerning the reaction mechanism is obtained taking into account the selectivity for the different reaction products versus the contact time. CH4 coupling proceeds non-oxidatively with the evolution of H2 on some catalysts, and evidence is presented that C2H4 and C2H2 formation occur via C2H6 and C2H4 dehydrogenation, respectively. PMID:26551955

  15. Electron structure and photoluminescence behavior of Ti0.09Y1.91O2S

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tang, Yujing; Dai, Shouyu; Fang, Yan

    2009-02-01

    The Ti-doped yttrium oxysulfide (Ti0.09Y1.91O2S) was synthesized by sintering the mixture of sulfur (S)- and Ti-doped yttrium oxide (Ti0.09Y1.91O3); Ti0.09Y1.91O3, the same as yttrium oxide, form cubic lattice (C-type) with six coordinated polyhedron of the metal ions, but the synthesized Ti0.09Y1.91O2S displays trigonal P3¯m1 structure. X-ray photoelectron spectrograph analysis reveals that the Ti ion is in quadrivalence state, no Ti2+ and Ti3+ ions were found. Besides, the shift of core level Ti 2p and valence band top was observed, which results from the change in the lattice structure. The changes in electronic state density are attributed to an increase in sulfur and a decrease in oxygen. Under the wavelength of 514.5 nm radiation of Ar-ion Laser excited, Ti-doped Y2O3 shows an asymmetry emission spectrum at about 644 nm, and Ti0.09Y1.91O2S has two broad bands emission spectra centered at 744 and 383 nm have been observed. The two broad bands correspond to usual fluorescence and upconversion spectrum, respectively. We assume that the Ti 3d level structure is similar to the Mn 3d one of manganites. The observed emission spectra were attributed to the spin-allowed T32g-T31g and T31g-T31g transition. The relation between electron structure and luminescence behavior was discussed in detail.

  16. TH-C-17A-07: Visualizing and Quantifying Radiation Therapy in Real-Time Using a Novel Beam Imaging Technique

    SciTech Connect

    Jenkins, C; Naczynski, D; Xing, L

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: Radiation therapy uses invisible high energy X-rays to treat an invisible tumor. Proper positioning of the treatment beam relative to the patient's anatomy during dose delivery is critically important to the success of treatment. We develop and characterize a novel radiation therapy beam visualization technique for real-time monitoring of patient treatment. Methods: Custom made flexible scintillator sheets were fabricated from gadolinium oxysulfide (GOS) particles that had been doped with terbium within a silicone elastomer matrix. Sheets of several thicknesses ranging from 0.3 to 1mm were prepared and tested. Sheets were exposed to megavoltage X-ray and electron beams from a Varian linac and the resulting optical signal was collected by multiple CMOS cameras placed in the treatment room. Real-time images were collected for different beam energies and dose rates. Signal intensity and SNR were calculated by processing the acquired images. Results: All signals were detectable in the presence of full room lighting and at an integration time of 45ms. Average signal intensity and SNR increased with both sheet thickness and dose rate and decreased with beam energy and incident light. For a given sheet thickness and beam energy the correlation between dose rate and signal intensity was highly linear. Increased sheet thickness or dose rate results in a linear increase in the detected signal. All results are consistent with analytical approximations. Conclusion: The technique offers a means of accurately visualizing a radiation therapy beam shape and fluence in real time. The effects of salient parameters have been characterized and will enable further optimization of the technique as it is implemented into the clinical workflow. The project described was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health through UL1 TR001085.

  17. An experimentally supported model for the origin of charge transport barrier in Zn(O,S)/CIGSSe solar cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chua, Rou Hua; Li, Xianglin; Walter, Thomas; Teh, Lay Kuan; Hahn, Thomas; Hergert, Frank; Mhaisalkar, Subodh; Wong, Lydia Helena

    2016-01-01

    Zinc oxysulfide buffer layers with [O]:[S] of 1:0, 6:1, 4:1, 2:1, and 1:1 ratios were deposited by atomic layer deposition on Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 absorbers and made into finished solar cells. We demonstrate using Time-Resolved Photoluminescence that the minority carrier lifetime of Zn(O,S) buffered solar cells is dependent on the sulfur content of the buffer layer. τ1 for devices with [O]:[S] of 1:0-4:1 are <10 ns, indicating efficient charge separation in devices with low sulfur content. An additional τ2 is observed for relaxed devices with [O]:[S] of 2:1 and both relaxed and light soaked devices with [O]:[S] of 1:1. Corroborated with one-dimensional electronic band structure simulation results, we attribute this additional decay lifetime to radiative recombination in the absorber due to excessive acceptor-type defects in sulfur-rich Zn(O,S) buffer layer that causes a buildup in interface-barrier for charge transport. A light soaking step shortens the carrier lifetime for the moderately sulfur-rich 2:1 device when excess acceptors are passivated in the buffer, reducing the crossover in the dark and illuminated I-V curves. However, when a high concentration of excess acceptors exist in the buffer and cannot be passivated by light soaking, as with the sulfur-rich 1:1 device, then cell efficiency of the device will remain low.

  18. Microstructure, texture evolution and magnetic properties of strip-casting non-oriented 6.5 wt.% Si electrical steel doped with cerium

    SciTech Connect

    Li, Hao-Ze Liu, Hai-Tao; Liu, Zhen-Yu Wang, Guo-Dong

    2015-05-15

    A 0.3 mm thick non-oriented 6.5 wt.% Si electrical steel sheet doped with cerium is produced by twin-roll strip casting, hot rolling, warm rolling and annealing. A detailed study of the cerium precipitates in the as-cast strip, microstructure and texture evolution at different processing stages is carried out by electron probe micro-analysis, optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron backscattered diffraction analysis. Grain interior distributing precipitates identified as Ce-oxides, Ce-oxysulfides and Ce-phosphides, and boundary distributing Ce-oxides and Ce-phosphides are observed in the as-cast strip. The initial as-cast strip is characterized by a much finer solidification microstructure and dominated by obvious < 001 >//ND texture through the strip thickness. After hot and warm rolling, inhomogeneous microstructure containing large amounts of in-grain shear bands is characterized by mixed < 110 >//RD and < 111 >//ND textures. The texture of the annealed sheet with a relatively large average grain size is far more optimized by the domination of the beneficial cube, rotated cube, (001)< 120 > to (001)< 130 > and Goss texture components, and the elimination of the detrimental γ-fiber texture, leading to a superior magnetic induction and improved iron loss. - Highlights: • An Fe–6.5 wt.% Si as-cast strip doped with cerium was produced. • A thin warm rolled sheet with limited edge cracks was obtained. • Microstructure and texture evolution at each stage were investigated. • Strong λ-fiber and Goss recrystallization textures were formed. • The magnetic properties of the annealed sheet were significantly improved.

  19. Novel applications of diagnostic x-rays in activating photo-agents through x-ray induced visible luminescence from rare-earth particles: an in vitro study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abliz, Erkinay; Collins, Joshua E.; Friedberg, Joseph S.; Kumar, Ajith; Bell, Howard; Waynant, Ronald W.; Tata, Darrell B.

    2010-02-01

    Photodynamic agents such as Photofrin II (Photo II) utilized in photodynamic therapy (PDT) possess a remarkable property to become preferentially retained within the tumor's micro-environment. Upon the photo-agent's activation through visible light photon absorption, the agents exert their cellular cytotoxicity through type II and type I mechanistic pathways through extensive generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS): singlet oxygen 1O2, superoxide anion O2 -, and hydrogen peroxide H2O2, within the intratumoral environment. Unfortunately, due to shallow visible light penetration depth (~2mm to 5mm) in tissues, the PDT strategy currently has largely been restricted to the treatments of surface tumors, such as the melanomas. Additional invasive strategies through optical fibers are currently utilized in getting the visible light into the intended deep seated targets within the body for PDT. In this communication, we report on a novel strategy in utilizing "soft" energy diagnostic X-rays to indirectly activate Photo II through X-ray induced luminescence from Gadolinium oxysulfide (20 micron dimension) particles doped with Terbium: Gd2O2S:Tb. X-ray induced visible luminescence from Gd2O2S:Tb particles was spectroscopically characterized and the ROS production levels from clinically relevant concentration (10 μg/ml) of Photo II was quantified through changes in the Vitamin C absorbance. ROS kinetics through X-ray induced luminescence was found to be similar to the ROS kinetics from red He-Ne laser exposures used in the clinics. Taken together, in-vitro findings herein provide the basis for future studies in determining the safety and efficacy of this non-invasive X-ray induced luminescence strategy in activating photo-agent in deep seated tumors.

  20. Tungsten Disulfide Nanotubes Reinforced Biodegradable Polymers for Bone Tissue Engineering

    PubMed Central

    Lalwani, Gaurav; Henslee, Allan M.; Farshid, Behzad; Parmar, Priyanka; Lin, Liangjun; Qin, Yi-Xian; Kasper, F. Kurtis; Mikos, Antonios G.; Sitharaman, Balaji

    2013-01-01

    In this study, we have investigated the efficacy of inorganic nanotubes as reinforcing agents to improve the mechanical properties of poly(propylene fumarate) (PPF) composites as a function of nanomaterial loading concentration (0.01-0.2 wt%). Tungsten disulfide nanotubes (WSNTs) were used as reinforcing agents in the experimental groups. Single- and multi- walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs and MWCNTs) were used as positive controls, and crosslinked PPF composites were used as baseline control. Mechanical testing (compression and three-point bending) shows a significant enhancement (up to 28-190%) in the mechanical properties (compressive modulus, compressive yield strength, flexural modulus, and flexural yield strength) of WSNT reinforced PPF nanocomposites compared to the baseline control. In comparison to positive controls, at various concentrations, significant improvements in the mechanical properties of WSNT nanocomposites were also observed. In general, the inorganic nanotubes (WSNTs) showed a better (up to 127%) or equivalent mechanical reinforcement compared to carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs and MWCNTs). Sol fraction analysis showed significant increases in the crosslinking density of PPF in the presence of WSNTs (0.01-0.2 wt%). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis on thin sections of crosslinked nanocomposites showed the presence of WSNTs as individual nanotubes in the PPF matrix, whereas SWCNTs and MWCNTs existed as micron sized aggregates. The trend in the surface area of nanostructures obtained by BET surface area analysis was SWCNTs > MWCNTs > WSNTs. The BET surface area analysis, TEM analysis, and sol fraction analysis results taken together suggest that chemical composition (inorganic vs. carbon nanomaterials), presence of functional groups (such as sulfide and oxysulfide), and individual dispersion of the nanomaterials in the polymer matrix (absence of aggregation of the reinforcing agent) are the key parameters affecting the mechanical

  1. Electrodeposition of ZnO-doped films as window layer for Cd-free CIGS-based solar cells

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tsin, Fabien; Vénérosy, Amélie; Hildebrandt, Thibaud; Hariskos, Dimitrios; Naghavi, Negar; Lincot, Daniel; Rousset, Jean

    2016-02-01

    The Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) thin film solar cell technology has made a steady progress within the last decade reaching efficiency up to 22.3% on laboratory scale, thus overpassing the highest efficiency for polycrystalline silicon solar cells. High efficiency CIGS modules employ a so-called buffer layer of cadmium sulfide CdS deposited by Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD), which presence and Cd-containing waste present some environmental concerns. A second potential bottleneck for CIGS technology is its window layer made of i-ZnO/ZnO:Al, which is deposited by sputtering requiring expensive vacuum equipment. A non-vacuum deposition of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) relying on simpler equipment with lower investment costs will be more economically attractive, and could increase competitiveness of CIGS-based modules with the mainstream silicon-based technologies. In the frame of Novazolar project, we have developed a low-cost aqueous solution photo assisted electrodeposition process of the ZnO-based window layer for high efficiency CIGS-based solar cells. The window layer deposition have been first optimized on classical CdS buffer layer leading to cells with efficiencies similar to those measured with the sputtered references on the same absorber (15%). The the optimized ZnO doped layer has been adapted to cadmium free devices where the CdS is replaced by chemical bath deposited zinc oxysulfide Zn(S,O) buffer layer. The effect of different growth parameters has been studied on CBD-Zn(S,O)-plated co-evaporated Cu(In,Ga)Se2 substrates provided by the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie-und Wasserstoff-Forschung (ZSW). This optimization of the electrodeposition of ZnO:Cl on CIGS/Zn(S,O) stacks led to record efficiency of 14%, while the reference cell with a sputtered (Zn,Mg)O/ZnO:Al window layer has an efficiency of 15.2%.

  2. Electron structure and photoluminescence behavior of Ti{sub 0.09}Y{sub 1.91}O{sub 2}S

    SciTech Connect

    Tang Yujing; Dai Shouyu; Fang Yan

    2009-02-01

    The Ti-doped yttrium oxysulfide (Ti{sub 0.09}Y{sub 1.91}O{sub 2}S) was synthesized by sintering the mixture of sulfur (S)- and Ti-doped yttrium oxide (Ti{sub 0.09}Y{sub 1.91}O{sub 3}); Ti{sub 0.09}Y{sub 1.91}O{sub 3}, the same as yttrium oxide, form cubic lattice (C-type) with six coordinated polyhedron of the metal ions, but the synthesized Ti{sub 0.09}Y{sub 1.91}O{sub 2}S displays trigonal P3m1 structure. X-ray photoelectron spectrograph analysis reveals that the Ti ion is in quadrivalence state, no Ti{sup 2+} and Ti{sup 3+} ions were found. Besides, the shift of core level Ti 2p and valence band top was observed, which results from the change in the lattice structure. The changes in electronic state density are attributed to an increase in sulfur and a decrease in oxygen. Under the wavelength of 514.5 nm radiation of Ar-ion Laser excited, Ti-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} shows an asymmetry emission spectrum at about 644 nm, and Ti{sub 0.09}Y{sub 1.91}O{sub 2}S has two broad bands emission spectra centered at 744 and 383 nm have been observed. The two broad bands correspond to usual fluorescence and upconversion spectrum, respectively. We assume that the Ti 3d level structure is similar to the Mn 3d one of manganites. The observed emission spectra were attributed to the spin-allowed {sup 3}T{sub 2g}-{sup 3}T{sub 1g} and {sup 3}T{sub 1g}-{sup 3}T{sub 1g} transition. The relation between electron structure and luminescence behavior was discussed in detail.

  3. Towards an ab initio description of correlated materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yee, Chuck-Hou

    the superconducting transition temperatures across the cuprate families. In the second, we extend this idea towards first-principles design of cuprates by exploring a new family of copper oxysulfides.

  4. Processing and characterization of new oxy-sulfo-telluride glasses in the Ge-Sb-Te-S-O system

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, C.; Jackson, J.; Petit, L.; Rivero-Baleine, C.; Richardson, K.

    2010-08-15

    New oxy-sulfo-telluride glasses have been prepared in the Ge-Sb-Te-S-O system employing a two-step melting process which involves the processing of a chalcogenide glass (ChG) and subsequent melting with TeO{sub 2} or Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The progressive incorporation of O at the expense of S was found to increase the density and the glass transition temperature and to decrease the molar volume of the investigated oxy-sulfo-telluride glasses. We also observed a shift of the vis-NIR cut-off wavelength to longer wavelength probably due to changes in Sb coordination within the glass matrix and overall matrix polarizability. Using Raman spectroscopy, correlations have been shown between the formation of Ge- and Sb-based oxysulfide structural units and the S/O ratio. Lastly, two glasses with similar composition (Ge{sub 20}Sb{sub 6}S{sub 64}Te{sub 3}O{sub 7}) processed by melting the Ge{sub 23}Sb{sub 7}S{sub 70} glass with TeO{sub 2} or the Ge{sub 23}Sb{sub 2}S{sub 72}Te{sub 4} glass with Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} were found to have slightly different physical, thermal, optical and structural properties. These changes are thought to result mainly from the higher moisture content and sensitivity of the TeO{sub 2} starting materials as compared to that of the Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}. - Graphical abstract: In this paper, we discuss our most recent findings on the processing and characterization of new ChG glasses prepared with small levels of Te, melted either with TeO{sub 2} or Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders. We explain how these new oxy-sulfo-telluride glasses are prepared and we correlate the physical, thermal and optical properties of the investigated glasses to the structure changes induced by the addition of oxygen in the Ge-Sb-S-Te glass network.

  5. (Mn 1-xPb x)Pb 10+ySb 12-yS 26-yCl 4+yO, a new oxy-chloro-sulfide with ˜2 nm-spaced (Mn,Pb)Cl 4 single chains within a waffle-type crystal structure

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Doussier, Charlotte; Moëlo, Yves; Léone, Philippe; Meerschaut, Alain

    2007-08-01

    The new oxy-chloro-sulfide (Mn 1-xPb x)Pb 10+ySb 12-yS 26-yCl 4+yO ( x ∈ [0.2-0.3]; y ∈ [0.3-1.6]) was synthesized by dry way at 500-600 °C. A single crystal ˜Mn 0.7Pb 11.0Sb 11.3S 25.3Cl 4.7O indicates a monoclinic symmetry, space group C2 /m, with a = 37.480(8), b = 4.1178(8), c = 18.167(4) Å, β = 106.37(3)°, V = 2690.2(9) Å 3, Z = 2. Its crystal structure was determined by X-ray single crystal diffraction, with a final R = 5.11%. Modular analysis of the crystal structure reveals a "waffle" architecture, where complex rods with lozenge section delimitate an internal channel filled by a single chain of (Mn 0.7Pb 0.3)Cl 6 octahedra connected by opposite edges. Minimal inter-chain distances are close to 18 Å. The rod wall, two-atom thick, presents, in alternation with S atoms, Pb or (Pb,Sb) cations with prismatic coordination in the internal atom layer, while the external atom layer is constituted exclusively by Sb cations with dissymmetric square pyramidal coordination. A (Pb,Sb) 2S 2 fragment connects two successive rods along (2 0 1) to form a waffle-type palissadic layer. The unique O position, half filled, presents the same environment than the isolated O positions in the oxy-sulfide Pb 14Sb 30S 54O 5, or oxy-chloro-sulfides Pb 18Sb 20S 46Cl 2O and (Cu,Ag) 2Pb 21Sb 23S 55ClO. This compound belongs to a pseudo-homologous series of chalcogenides with waffle structure, ordered according to the size of their lozenge shape channel. Such a complex senary compound of the oxy-chloro-sulfide type illustrates the structural competition between three cations, on one hand, and, on the other hand, three anions. This compound is of special interest regarding the 1D distribution of magnetic Mn 2+ atoms at the ˜2 nm scale.

  6. WE-D-17A-02: Evaluation of a Two-Dimensional Optical Dosimeter On Measuring Lateral Profiles of Proton Pencil Beams

    SciTech Connect

    Hsi, W; Lee, T; Schultz, T; Arjomandy, B; Park, S; Gao, M; Pankuch, M; Boyer, S; Mah, D; Pillainayagam, M; Schreuder, A

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the accuracy of a two-dimensional optical dosimeter on measuring lateral profiles for spots and scanned fields of proton pencil beams. Methods: A digital camera with a color image senor was utilized to image proton-induced scintillations on Gadolinium-oxysulfide phosphor reflected by a stainless-steel mirror. Intensities of three colors were summed for each pixel with proper spatial-resolution calibration. To benchmark this dosimeter, the field size and penumbra for 100mm square fields of singleenergy pencil-scan protons were measured and compared between this optical dosimeter and an ionization-chamber profiler. Sigma widths of proton spots in air were measured and compared between this dosimeter and a commercial optical dosimeter. Clinical proton beams with ranges between 80 mm and 300 mm at CDH proton center were used for this benchmark. Results: Pixel resolutions vary 1.5% between two perpendicular axes. For a pencil-scan field with 302 mm range, measured field sizes and penumbras between two detection systems agreed to 0.5 mm and 0.3 mm, respectively. Sigma widths agree to 0.3 mm between two optical dosimeters for a proton spot with 158 mm range; having widths of 5.76 mm and 5.92 mm for X and Y axes, respectively. Similar agreements were obtained for others beam ranges. This dosimeter was successfully utilizing on mapping the shapes and sizes of proton spots at the technical acceptance of McLaren proton therapy system. Snow-flake spots seen on images indicated the image sensor having pixels damaged by radiations. Minor variations in intensity between different colors were observed. Conclusions: The accuracy of our dosimeter was in good agreement with other established devices in measuring lateral profiles of pencil-scan fields and proton spots. A precise docking mechanism for camera was designed to keep aligned optical path while replacing damaged image senor. Causes for minor variations between emitted color lights will be investigated.

  7. Hybrid x-ray/optical luminescence imaging: Characterization of experimental conditions

    SciTech Connect

    Carpenter, C. M.; Sun, C.; Pratx, G.; Rao, R.; Xing, L.

    2010-08-15

    Purpose: The feasibility of x-ray luminescence imaging is investigated using a dual-modality imaging system that merges x-ray and optical imaging. This modality utilizes x-ray activated nanophosphors that luminesce when excited by ionizing photons. By doping phosphors with lanthanides, which emit light in the visible and near infrared range, the luminescence is suitable for biological applications. This study examines practical aspects of this new modality including phosphor concentration, light emission linearity, detector damage, and spectral emission characteristics. Finally, the contrast produced by these phosphors is compared to that of x-ray fluoroscopy. Methods: Gadolinium and lanthanum oxysulfide phosphors doped with terbium (green emission) or europium (red emission) were studied. The light emission was imaged in a clinical x-ray scanner with a cooled CCD camera and a spectrophotometer; dose measurements were determined with a calibrated dosimeter. Using these properties, in addition to luminescence efficiency values found in the literature for a similar phosphor, minimum concentration calculations are performed. Finally, a 2.5 cm agar phantom with a 1 cm diameter cylindrical phosphor-filled inclusion (diluted at 10 mg/ml) is imaged to compare x-ray luminescence contrast with x-ray fluoroscopic contrast at a superficial location. Results: Dose to the CCD camera in the chosen imaging geometry was measured at less than 0.02 cGy/s. Emitted light was found to be linear with dose (R{sup 2}=1) and concentration (R{sup 2}=1). Emission peaks for clinical x-ray energies are less than 3 nm full width at half maximum, as expected from lanthanide dopants. The minimum practical concentration necessary to detect luminescent phosphors is dependent on dose; it is estimated that subpicomolar concentrations are detectable at the surface of the tissue with typical mammographic doses, with the minimum detectable concentration increasing with depth and decreasing with dose. In

  8. Hybrid x-ray∕optical luminescence imaging: Characterization of experimental conditions

    PubMed Central

    Carpenter, C. M.; Sun, C.; Pratx, G.; Rao, R.; Xing, L.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: The feasibility of x-ray luminescence imaging is investigated using a dual-modality imaging system that merges x-ray and optical imaging. This modality utilizes x-ray activated nanophosphors that luminesce when excited by ionizing photons. By doping phosphors with lanthanides, which emit light in the visible and near infrared range, the luminescence is suitable for biological applications. This study examines practical aspects of this new modality including phosphor concentration, light emission linearity, detector damage, and spectral emission characteristics. Finally, the contrast produced by these phosphors is compared to that of x-ray fluoroscopy. Methods: Gadolinium and lanthanum oxysulfide phosphors doped with terbium (green emission) or europium (red emission) were studied. The light emission was imaged in a clinical x-ray scanner with a cooled CCD camera and a spectrophotometer; dose measurements were determined with a calibrated dosimeter. Using these properties, in addition to luminescence efficiency values found in the literature for a similar phosphor, minimum concentration calculations are performed. Finally, a 2.5 cm agar phantom with a 1 cm diameter cylindrical phosphor-filled inclusion (diluted at 10 mg∕ml) is imaged to compare x-ray luminescence contrast with x-ray fluoroscopic contrast at a superficial location. Results: Dose to the CCD camera in the chosen imaging geometry was measured at less than 0.02 cGy∕s. Emitted light was found to be linear with dose (R2=1) and concentration (R2=1). Emission peaks for clinical x-ray energies are less than 3 nm full width at half maximum, as expected from lanthanide dopants. The minimum practical concentration necessary to detect luminescent phosphors is dependent on dose; it is estimated that subpicomolar concentrations are detectable at the surface of the tissue with typical mammographic doses, with the minimum detectable concentration increasing with depth and decreasing with dose. In a

  9. Metal oxide electrocatalysts for alternative energy technologies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pacquette, Adele Lawren

    This dissertation focuses on the development of metal oxide electrocatalysts with varying applications for alternative energy technologies. Interest in utilizing clean, renewable and sustainable sources of energy for powering the planet in the future has received much attention. This will address the growing concern of the need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The facile synthesis of metal oxides from earth abundant metals was explored in this work. The electrocatalysts can be incorporated into photoelectrochemical devices, fuel cells, and other energy storage devices. The first section addresses the utilization of semiconductors that can harness solar energy for water splitting to generate hydrogen. An oxysulfide was studied in order to combine the advantageous properties of the stability of metal oxides and the visible light absorbance of metal chalcogenides. Bi 2O2S was synthesized under facile hydrothermal conditions. The band gap of Bi2O2S was smaller than that of its oxide counterpart, Bi2O3. Light absorption by Bi 2O2S was extended to the visible region (>600 nm) in comparison to Bi2O3. The formation of a composite with In 2O3 was formed in order to create a UV irradiation protective coating of the Bi2O2S. The Bi2O2S/In 2O3 composite coupled with a dye CrTPP(Cl) and cocatalysts Pt and Co3O4 was utilized for water splitting under light irradiation to generate hydrogen and oxygen. The second section focuses on improving the stability and light absorption of semiconductors by changing the shapes and morphologies. One of the limitations of semiconductor materials is that recombination of electron-hole pairs occur within the bulk of the materials instead of migration to the surface. Three-dimensional shapes, such as nanorods, can prevent this recombination in comparison to spherical particles. Hierarchical structures, such as dendrites, cubes, and multipods, were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions, in order to reduce recombination and improve

  10. Geochemical Exploration Techniques Applicable in the Search for Copper Deposits

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Chaffee, Maurice A.

    1975-01-01

    Geochemical exploration is an important part of copper-resource evaluation. A large number of geochemical exploration techniques, both proved and untried, are available to the geochemist to use in the search for new copper deposits. Analyses of whole-rock samples have been used in both regional and local geochemical exploration surveys in the search for copper. Analyses of mineral separates, such as biotite, magnetite, and sulfides, have also been used. Analyses of soil samples are widely used in geochemical exploration, especially for localized surveys. It is important to distinguish between residual and transported soil types. Orientation studies should always be conducted prior to a geochemical investigation in a given area in order to determine the best soil horizon and the best size of soil material for sampling in that area. Silty frost boils, caliche, and desert varnish are specialized types of soil samples that might be useful sampling media. Soil gas is a new and potentially valuable geochemical sampling medium, especially in exploring for buried mineral deposits in arid regions. Gaseous products in samples of soil may be related to base-metal deposits and include mercury vapor, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, carbon oxysulfide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, the noble gases, the halogens, and many hydrocarbon compounds. Transported materials that have been used in geochemical sampling programs include glacial float boulders, glacial till, esker gravels, stream sediments, stream-sediment concentrates, and lake sediments. Stream-sediment sampling is probably the most widely used and most successful geochemical exploration technique. Hydrogeochemical exploration programs have utilized hot- and cold-spring waters and their precipitates as well as waters from lakes, streams, and wells. Organic gel found in lakes and at stream mouths is an unproved sampling medium. Suspended material and dissolved gases in any type of water may also be useful

  11. UT-CT: A National Resource for Applications of High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography in the Geological Sciences

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Carlson, W. D.; Ketcham, R. A.; Rowe, T. B.

    2002-12-01

    An NSF-sponsored (EAR-IF) shared multi-user facility dedicated to research applications of high-resolution X-ray computed tomography (CT) in the geological sciences has been in operation since 1997 at the University of Texas at Austin. The centerpiece of the facility is an industrial CT scanner custom-designed for geological applications. Because the instrument can optimize trade-offs among penetrating ability, spatial resolution, density discrimination, imaging modes, and scan times, it can image a very broad range of geological specimens and materials, and thus offers significant advantages over medical scanners and desktop microtomographs. Two tungsten-target X-ray sources (200-kV microfocal and 420-kV) and three X-ray detectors (image-intensifier, high-sensitivity cadmium tungstate linear array, and high-resolution gadolinium-oxysulfide radiographic line scanner) can be used in various combinations to meet specific imaging goals. Further flexibility is provided by multiple imaging modes: second-generation (translate-rotate), third-generation (rotate-only; centered and variably offset), and cone-beam (volume CT). The instrument can accommodate specimens as small as about 1 mm on a side, and as large as 0.5 m in diameter and 1.5 m tall. Applications in petrology and structural geology include measuring crystal sizes and locations to identify mechanisms governing the kinetics of metamorphic reactions; visualizing relationships between alteration zones and abundant macrodiamonds in Siberian eclogites to elucidate metasomatic processes in the mantle; characterizing morphologies of spiral inclusion trails in garnet to test hypotheses of porphyroblast rotation during growth; measuring vesicle size distributions in basaltic flows for determination of elevation at the time of eruption to constrain timing and rates of continental uplift; analysis of the geometry, connectivity, and tortuosity of migmatite leucosomes to define the topology of melt flow paths, for numerical

  12. Optimization of phosphor-based detector design for oblique x-ray incidence in digital breast tomosynthesis

    SciTech Connect

    Acciavatti, Raymond J.; Maidment, Andrew D. A.

    2011-11-15

    Purpose: In digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), a volumetric reconstruction of the breast is generated from a limited range of x-ray projections. One trade-off of DBT is resolution loss in the projections due to non-normal (i.e., oblique) x-ray incidence. Although degradation in image quality due to oblique incidence has been studied using empirical data and Monte Carlo simulations, a theoretical treatment has been lacking. The purpose of this work is to extend Swank's calculations of the transfer functions of turbid granular phosphors to oblique incidence. The model is ultimately used as a tool for optimizing the design of DBT detectors. Methods: A quantum-limited system and 20 keV x-rays are considered. Under these assumptions, the modulation transfer function (MTF) and noise power spectra (NPS) are derived using the diffusion approximation to the Boltzmann equation to model optical scatter within the phosphor. This approach is applicable to a nonstructured scintillator such as gadolinium oxysulfide doped with terbium (Gd{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Tb), which is commonly used in breast imaging and which can reasonably approximate other detector materials. The detective quantum efficiency (DQE) is then determined from the Nishikawa formulation, where it is written as the product of the x-ray quantum detection efficiency, the Swank factor, and the Lubberts fraction. Transfer functions are calculated for both front- and back-screen configurations, which differ by positioning the photocathode at the exit or entrance point of the x-ray beam, respectively. Results: In the front-screen configuration, MTF and DQE are found to have considerable angular dependence, while NPS is shown to vary minimally with projection angle. As expected, the high frequency MTF and DQE are degraded substantially at large angles. By contrast, all transfer functions for the back-screen configuration have the advantage of significantly less angular dependence. Using these models, we investigated the

  13. A piecewise-focused high DQE detector for MV imaging

    PubMed Central

    Star-Lack, Josh; Shedlock, Daniel; Swahn, Dennis; Humber, Dave; Wang, Adam; Hirsh, Hayley; Zentai, George; Sawkey, Daren; Kruger, Isaac; Sun, Mingshan; Abel, Eric; Virshup, Gary; Shin, Mihye; Fahrig, Rebecca

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: Electronic portal imagers (EPIDs) with high detective quantum efficiencies (DQEs) are sought to facilitate the use of the megavoltage (MV) radiotherapy treatment beam for image guidance. Potential advantages include high quality (treatment) beam’s eye view imaging, and improved cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) generating images with more accurate electron density maps with immunity to metal artifacts. One approach to increasing detector sensitivity is to couple a thick pixelated scintillator array to an active matrix flat panel imager (AMFPI) incorporating amorphous silicon thin film electronics. Cadmium tungstate (CWO) has many desirable scintillation properties including good light output, a high index of refraction, high optical transparency, and reasonable cost. However, due to the 0 1 0 cleave plane inherent in its crystalline structure, the difficulty of cutting and polishing CWO has, in part, limited its study relative to other scintillators such as cesium iodide and bismuth germanate (BGO). The goal of this work was to build and test a focused large-area pixelated “strip” CWO detector. Methods: A 361  ×  52 mm scintillator assembly that contained a total of 28 072 pixels was constructed. The assembly comprised seven subarrays, each 15 mm thick. Six of the subarrays were fabricated from CWO with a pixel pitch of 0.784 mm, while one array was constructed from BGO for comparison. Focusing was achieved by coupling the arrays to the Varian AS1000 AMFPI through a piecewise linear arc-shaped fiber optic plate. Simulation and experimental studies of modulation transfer function (MTF) and DQE were undertaken using a 6 MV beam, and comparisons were made between the performance of the pixelated strip assembly and the most common EPID configuration comprising a 1 mm-thick copper build-up plate attached to a 133 mg/cm2 gadolinium oxysulfide scintillator screen (Cu-GOS). Projection radiographs and CBCT images of phantoms were acquired. The work

  14. Analysis of a free-running synchronization artifact correction for MV-imaging with aSi:H flat panels

    SciTech Connect

    Mooslechner, Michaela; Mitterlechner, Bernhard; Weichenberger, Harald; Sedlmayer, Felix; Deutschmann, Heinz; Huber, Stefan

    2013-03-15

    Purpose: Solid state flat panel electronic portal imaging devices (EPIDs) are widely used for megavolt (MV) photon imaging applications in radiotherapy. In addition to their original purpose in patient position verification, they are convenient to use in quality assurance and dosimetry to verify beam geometry and dose deposition or to perform linear accelerator (linac) calibration procedures. However, native image frames from amorphous silicon (aSi:H) detectors show a range of artifacts which have to be eliminated by proper correction algorithms. When a panel is operated in free-running frame acquisition mode, moving vertical stripes (periodic synchronization artifacts) are a disturbing feature in image frames. Especially for applications in volumetric intensity modulated arc therapy (VMAT) or motion tracking, the synchronization (sync) artifacts are the limiting factor for potential and accuracy since they become even worse at higher frame rates and at lower dose rates, i.e., linac pulse repetition frequencies (PRFs). Methods: The authors introduced a synchronization correction method which is based on a theoretical model describing the interferences of the panel's readout clocking with the linac's dose pulsing. Depending on the applied PRF, a certain number of dose pulses is captured per frame which is readout columnwise, sequentially. The interference of the PRF with the panel readout is responsible for the period and the different gray value levels of the sync stripes, which can be calculated analytically. Sync artifacts can then be eliminated multiplicatively in precorrected frames without additional information about radiation pulse timing. Results: For the analysis, three aSi:H EPIDs of various types were investigated with 6 and 15 MV photon beams at varying PRFs of 25, 50, 100, 200, and 400 pulses per second. Applying the sync correction at panels with gadolinium oxysulfide scintillators improved single frame flood field image quality drastically

  15. Solid State Ionics Advanced Materials for Emerging Technologies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chowdari, B. V. R.; Careem, M. A.; Dissanayake, M. A. K. L.; Rajapakse, R. M. G.; Seneviratne, V. A.

    2006-06-01

    SiO[symbol]) ceramics via solid state sintering of Zr)[symbol] and SiO[symbol] and the effect of dopants on the zircon yield / U. Dhanayake, B. S. B. Karunaratne. Preparation and properties of vanadium doped ZnTe cermet thin films / M. S. Hossain, R. Islam, K. A. Khan. Dynamical properties and electronic structure of lithium-ion conductor / M. Kobayashi ... [et al.]. Cuprous ion conducting Montmorillonite-Polypyrrole nanocomposites / D. M. M. Krishantha ... [et al.]. Frequency dependence of conductivity studies on a newly synthesized superionic solid solution/mixed system: [0.75AgI: 0.25AgCl] / R. K. Nagarch, R. Kumar. Diffuse X-ray and neutron scattering from Powder PbS / X. Lian ... [et al.]. Electron affinity and work function of Pyrolytic MnO[symbol] thin films prepared from Mn(C[symbol]H[symbol]O[symbol])[symbol].4H[symbol]) / A. K. M. Farid Ul Islam, R. Islam, K. A. Khan. Crystal structure and heat capacity of Ba[symbol]Ca[symbol]Nb[symbol]O[symbol] / T. Shimoyama ... [et al.]. XPS and impedance investigations on amorphous vanadium oxide thin films / M. Kamalanathan ... [et al.]. Sintering and mixed electronic-ionic conducting properties of La[symbol]Sr[symbol]NiO[symbol] derived from a polyaminocarboxylate complex precursor / D.-P. Huang ... [et al.]. Preparation and characteristics of ball milled MgH[symbol] + M (M= Fe, VF[symbol] and FeF[symbol]) nanocomposites for hydrogen storage / N. W. B. Balasooriya, Ch. Poinsignon. Structural studies of oxysulfide glasses by X-ray diffraction and molecular dynamics simulation / R. Prasada Rao, M. Seshasayee, J. Dheepa. Synthesis, sintering and oxygen ionic conducting properties of Bi[symbol]V[symbol]Cu[symbol]O[symbol] / F. Zhang ... [et al.]. Synthesis and transport characteristics of PbI[symbol]-Ag[symbol]O-Cr[symbol]O[symbol] superioninc system / S. A. Suthanthiraraj, V. Mathew. Electronic conductivity of La[symbol]Sr[symbol]Ga[symbol]Mg[symbol]Co[symbol]O[symbol] electrolytes / K. Yamaji ... [et al.] -- pt. II. Electrode materials

  16. Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Production

    SciTech Connect

    Hu, Jian

    2013-12-23

    -circuit photocurrent density of the hybrid device (measured in a 2-electrode configuration) increased significantly without assistance of any external bias, i.e. from ≤1 mA/cm{sup 2} to ~5 mA/cm{sup 2}. With the copper chalcopyrite compounds, we have achieved a STH efficiency of 3.7% in a coplanar configuration with 3 a-Si solar cells and one CuGaSe{sub 2} photocathode. This material class exhibited good durability at a photocurrent density level of -4 mA/cm{sup 2} (“5% STH” equivalent) at a fixed potential (-0.45 VRHE). A poor band-edge alignment with the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) potential was identified as the main limitation for high STH efficiency. Three new pathways have been identified to solve this issue. First, PV driver with bandgap lower than that of amorphous silicon were investigated. Crystalline silicon was identified as possible bottom cell. Mechanical stacks made with one Si solar cell and one CuGaSe{sub 2} photocathode were built. A 400 mV anodic shift was observed with the Si cell, leading to photocurrent density of -5 mA/cm{sup 2} at 0VRHE (compared to 0 mA/cm{sup 2} at the same potential without PV driver). We also investigated the use of p-n junctions to shift CuGaSe{sub 2} flatband potential anodically. Reactively sputtered zinc oxy-sulfide thin films was evaluated as n-type buffer and deposited on CuGaSe{sub 2}. Ruthenium nanoparticles were then added as HER catalyst. A 250 mV anodic shift was observed with the p-n junction, leading to photocurrent density at 0VRHE of -1.5 mA/cm{sup 2}. Combining this device with a Si solar cell in a mechanical stack configuration shifted the onset potential further (+400 mV anodically), leading to photocurrent density of -7 mA/cm{sup 2} at 0VRHE. Finally, we developed wide bandgap copper chalcopyrite thin film materials. We demonstrated that Se can be substituted with S using a simple annealing step. Photocurrent densities in the 5-6 mA/cm{sub 2} range were obtained with red 2.0eV CuInGaS{sub 2} photocathodes

  17. Solid State Ionics Advanced Materials for Emerging Technologies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chowdari, B. V. R.; Careem, M. A.; Dissanayake, M. A. K. L.; Rajapakse, R. M. G.; Seneviratne, V. A.

    2006-06-01

    SiO[symbol]) ceramics via solid state sintering of Zr)[symbol] and SiO[symbol] and the effect of dopants on the zircon yield / U. Dhanayake, B. S. B. Karunaratne. Preparation and properties of vanadium doped ZnTe cermet thin films / M. S. Hossain, R. Islam, K. A. Khan. Dynamical properties and electronic structure of lithium-ion conductor / M. Kobayashi ... [et al.]. Cuprous ion conducting Montmorillonite-Polypyrrole nanocomposites / D. M. M. Krishantha ... [et al.]. Frequency dependence of conductivity studies on a newly synthesized superionic solid solution/mixed system: [0.75AgI: 0.25AgCl] / R. K. Nagarch, R. Kumar. Diffuse X-ray and neutron scattering from Powder PbS / X. Lian ... [et al.]. Electron affinity and work function of Pyrolytic MnO[symbol] thin films prepared from Mn(C[symbol]H[symbol]O[symbol])[symbol].4H[symbol]) / A. K. M. Farid Ul Islam, R. Islam, K. A. Khan. Crystal structure and heat capacity of Ba[symbol]Ca[symbol]Nb[symbol]O[symbol] / T. Shimoyama ... [et al.]. XPS and impedance investigations on amorphous vanadium oxide thin films / M. Kamalanathan ... [et al.]. Sintering and mixed electronic-ionic conducting properties of La[symbol]Sr[symbol]NiO[symbol] derived from a polyaminocarboxylate complex precursor / D.-P. Huang ... [et al.]. Preparation and characteristics of ball milled MgH[symbol] + M (M= Fe, VF[symbol] and FeF[symbol]) nanocomposites for hydrogen storage / N. W. B. Balasooriya, Ch. Poinsignon. Structural studies of oxysulfide glasses by X-ray diffraction and molecular dynamics simulation / R. Prasada Rao, M. Seshasayee, J. Dheepa. Synthesis, sintering and oxygen ionic conducting properties of Bi[symbol]V[symbol]Cu[symbol]O[symbol] / F. Zhang ... [et al.]. Synthesis and transport characteristics of PbI[symbol]-Ag[symbol]O-Cr[symbol]O[symbol] superioninc system / S. A. Suthanthiraraj, V. Mathew. Electronic conductivity of La[symbol]Sr[symbol]Ga[symbol]Mg[symbol]Co[symbol]O[symbol] electrolytes / K. Yamaji ... [et al.] -- pt. II. Electrode materials