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Sample records for paramagnetic lanthanideiii-chrysin complexes

  1. Paramagnetic Europium Salen Complex and Sickle-Cell Anemia

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    Wynter, Clive I.; Ryan, D. H.; May, Leopold; Oliver, F. W.; Brown, Eugene; Hoffman, Eugene J.; Bernstein, David

    2005-04-01

    A new europium salen complex, Eu(salen)2NH4, was synthesized, and its composition was confirmed by chemical analysis and infrared spectroscopy. Further characterization was carried out by 151 Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility measurements. Mössbauer spectroscopic measurements were made at varying temperatures between 9 K and room temperature and a value of Debye temperature of 133 ±5 K was computed. Both Mössbauer and magnetic susceptibility measurements confirmed the paramagnetic behavior of this complex and the trivalent state of the europium ion. In view of the fact that the "odd" paramagnetic molecule NO has been shown to reverse sickling of red blood cells in sickle cell anemia, the interaction between the paramagnetic europium salen complex and sickle cells was examined after incubation with this europium complex and shown to have similar effects.

  2. NMR temperature measurements using a paramagnetic lanthanide complex.

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    Zuo, C S; Metz, K R; Sun, Y; Sherry, A D

    1998-07-01

    NMR thermometry has previously suffered from poor thermal resolution owing to the relatively weak dependence of chemical shift on temperature in diamagnetic molecules. In contrast, the shifts of nuclear spins near a paramagnetic center exhibit strong temperature dependencies. The chemical shifts of the thulium 1,4,7, 10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetrakis(methylene phosphonate) complex (TmDOTP5-) have been studied as a function of temperature, pH, and Ca2+ concentration over ranges which may be encountered in vivo. The results demonstrate that the 1H and 31P shifts in TmDOTP5- are highly sensitive to temperature and may be used for NMR thermometry with excellent accuracy and resolution. A new technique is also described which permits simultaneous measurements of temperature and pH changes from the shifts of multiple TmDOTP5- spectral lines. PMID:9654468

  3. Combining NMR of dynamic and paramagnetic molecules: fluxional high-spin nickel(II) complexes bearing bisguanidine ligands.

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    Roquette, Pascal; Maronna, Astrid; Reinmuth, Matthias; Kaifer, Elisabeth; Enders, Markus; Himmel, Hans-Jörg

    2011-03-01

    A detailed nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study was carried out on a series of paramagnetic, tetrahedrally coordinated nickel(II) dihalide complexes featuring chelating guanidine ligands. A complete assignment of the NMR signals for all complexes was achieved by sophisticated NMR experiments, including correlation spectra. The effects of halide exchange, as well as the variation in the guanidine-metal bite angles on the paramagnetic shifts, were assessed. The paramagnetic shift was derived with the aid of the diamagnetic NMR spectra of the analogous Zn complexes, which were synthesized for this purpose. The experimentally derived paramagnetic shift was then compared with the values obtained from quantum chemical (DFT) calculations. Furthermore, variable-temperature NMR studies were recorded for all complexes. It is demonstrated that NMR spectroscopy can be applied to evaluate the rate constants of fast fluxional processes within paramagnetic and catalytically active metal complexes. PMID:21268654

  4. Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Nonasulfated Tetrahyaluronan with a Paramagnetic Tag for Studying Its Complex with Interleukin-10.

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    Köhling, Sebastian; Künze, Georg; Lemmnitzer, Katharina; Bermudez, Marcel; Wolber, Gerhard; Schiller, Jürgen; Huster, Daniel; Rademann, Jörg

    2016-04-11

    Implants and artificial biomaterials containing sulfated hyaluronans have been shown to improve the healing of injured skin and bones. It is hypothesized that these effects are mediated by the binding of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) to growth factors and cytokines, resulting in the sequestering of proteins to the wound healing site and in modulated protein activity. Given that no direct synthetic access to sulfated oligohyaluronans has been available, little is known about their protein binding and the structure of the resulting protein complexes. Here, the chemoenzymatic preparation of oligohyaluronans on the gram scale is described. Oligohyaluronans are converted into anomeric azides at the reducing end, enabling the attachment of analytical labels through an anomeric ligation reaction. A nonasulfated tetrahyaluronan-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid derivative has been produced and used as a paramagnetic tag for the elucidation of the complex of this ligand with interleukin-10 using paramagnetic relaxation enhancement NMR analysis. The metal ion position is resolved with 1.0 Å, enabling a refined structural model of the complex. PMID:26918733

  5. A caged lanthanide complex as a paramagnetic shift agent for protein NMR.

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    Prudêncio, Miguel; Rohovec, Jan; Peters, Joop A; Tocheva, Elitza; Boulanger, Martin J; Murphy, Michael E P; Hupkes, Hermen-Jan; Kosters, Walter; Impagliazzo, Antonietta; Ubbink, Marcellus

    2004-07-01

    A lanthanide complex, named CLaNP (caged lanthanide NMR probe) has been developed for the characterisation of proteins by paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy. The probe consists of a lanthanide chelated by a derivative of DTPA (diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid) with two thiol reactive functional groups. The CLaNP molecule is attached to a protein by two engineered, surface-exposed, Cys residues in a bidentate manner. This drastically limits the dynamics of the metal relative to the protein and enables measurements of pseudocontact shifts. NMR spectroscopy experiments on a diamagnetic control and the crystal structure of the probe-protein complex demonstrate that the protein structure is not affected by probe attachment. The probe is able to induce pseudocontact shifts to at least 40 A from the metal and causes residual dipolar couplings due to alignment at a high magnetic field. The molecule exists in several isomeric forms with different paramagnetic tensors; this provides a fast way to obtain long-range distance restraints. PMID:15224334

  6. The dynamic complex of cytochrome c6 and cytochrome f studied with paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy.

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    Díaz-Moreno, Irene; Hulsker, Rinske; Skubak, Pavol; Foerster, Johannes M; Cavazzini, Davide; Finiguerra, Michelina G; Díaz-Quintana, Antonio; Moreno-Beltrán, Blas; Rossi, Gian-Luigi; Ullmann, G Matthias; Pannu, Navraj S; De la Rosa, Miguel A; Ubbink, Marcellus

    2014-08-01

    The rapid transfer of electrons in the photosynthetic redox chain is achieved by the formation of short-lived complexes of cytochrome b6f with the electron transfer proteins plastocyanin and cytochrome c6. A balance must exist between fast intermolecular electron transfer and rapid dissociation, which requires the formation of a complex that has limited specificity. The interaction of the soluble fragment of cytochrome f and cytochrome c6 from the cyanobacterium Nostoc sp. PCC 7119 was studied using NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The crystal structures of wild type, M58H and M58C cytochrome c6 were determined. The M58C variant is an excellent low potential mimic of the wild type protein and was used in chemical shift perturbation and paramagnetic relaxation NMR experiments to characterize the complex with cytochrome f. The interaction is highly dynamic and can be described as a pure encounter complex, with no dominant stereospecific complex. Ensemble docking calculations and Monte-Carlo simulations suggest a model in which charge-charge interactions pre-orient cytochrome c6 with its haem edge toward cytochrome f to form an ensemble of orientations with extensive contacts between the hydrophobic patches on both cytochromes, bringing the two haem groups sufficiently close to allow for rapid electron transfer. This model of complex formation allows for a gradual increase and decrease of the hydrophobic interactions during association and dissociation, thus avoiding a high transition state barrier that would slow down the dissociation process. PMID:24685428

  7. Structural Analysis of Protein-RNA Complexes in Solution Using NMR Paramagnetic Relaxation Enhancements.

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    Hennig, Janosch; Warner, Lisa R; Simon, Bernd; Geerlof, Arie; Mackereth, Cameron D; Sattler, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Biological activity in the cell is predominantly mediated by large multiprotein and protein-nucleic acid complexes that act together to ensure functional fidelity. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is the only method that can provide information for high-resolution three-dimensional structures and the conformational dynamics of these complexes in solution. Mapping of binding interfaces and molecular interactions along with the characterization of conformational dynamics is possible for very large protein complexes. In contrast, de novo structure determination by NMR becomes very time consuming and difficult for protein complexes larger than 30 kDa as data are noisy and sparse. Fortunately, high-resolution structures are often available for individual domains or subunits of a protein complex and thus sparse data can be used to define their arrangement and dynamics within the assembled complex. In these cases, NMR can therefore be efficiently combined with complementary solution techniques, such as small-angle X-ray or neutron scattering, to provide a comprehensive description of the structure and dynamics of protein complexes in solution. Particularly useful are NMR-derived paramagnetic relaxation enhancements (PREs), which provide long-range distance restraints (ca. 20Å) for structural analysis of large complexes and also report on conformational dynamics in solution. Here, we describe the use of PREs from sample production to structure calculation, focusing on protein-RNA complexes. On the basis of recent examples from our own research, we demonstrate the utility, present protocols, and discuss potential pitfalls when using PREs for studying the structure and dynamic features of protein-RNA complexes. PMID:26068746

  8. Coordination functionalization of graphene oxide with tetraazamacrocyclic complexes of nickel(II): Generation of paramagnetic centers

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    Basiuk, Vladimir A.; Alzate-Carvajal, Natalia; Henao-Holguín, Laura V.; Rybak-Akimova, Elena V.; Basiuk, Elena V.

    2016-05-01

    We describe a novel approach to functionalization of graphene oxide (GO) which allows for a facile generation of paramagnetic centers from two diamagnetic components. Coordination attachment of [Ni(cyclam)]2+ or [Ni(tet b)]2+ tetraazamacrocyclic cations to carboxylic groups of GO takes place under basic conditions in aqueous-based reaction medium. The procedure is very straightforward and does not require high temperatures or other harsh conditions. Changing the coordination geometry of Ni(II) from square-planar tetracoordinated to pseudooctahedral hexacoordinated brings about the conversion from low-spin to high-spin state of the metal centers. Even though the content of tetraazamacrocyclic complexes in functionalized GO samples was found to be relatively low (nickel content of ca. 1 wt%, as determined by thermogravimetric analysis, elemental analysis and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy), room temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements easily detected the appearance of paramagnetic properties in GO + [Ni(cyclam)] and GO + [Ni(tet b)] nanohybrids, with effective magnetic moments of 1.95 BM and 2.2 BM for, respectively. According to density functional theory calculations, the main spin density is localized at the macrocyclic complexes, without considerable extension to graphene sheet, which suggests insignificant ferromagnetic coupling in the nanohybrids, in agreement with the results of magnetic susceptibility measurements. The coordination attachment of Ni(II) tetraazamacrocycles to GO results in considerable changes in Fourier-transform infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectra, as well as in GO morphology, as observed by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, atomic force and scanning tunneling microscopy.

  9. Effect of chelate dynamics on water exchange reactions of paramagnetic aminopolycarboxylate complexes.

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    Maigut, Joachim; Meier, Roland; Zahl, Achim; van Eldik, Rudi

    2008-07-01

    Because of our interest in evaluating a possible relationship between complex dynamics and water exchange reactivity, we performed (1)H NMR studies on the paramagnetic aminopolycarboxylate complexes Fe (II)-TMDTA and Fe (II)-CyDTA and their diamagnetic analogues Zn (II)-TMDTA and Zn (II)-CyDTA. Whereas a fast Delta-Lambda isomerization was observed for the TMDTA species, no acetate scrambling between in-plane and out-of-plane positions is accessible for any of the CyDTA complexes because the rigid ligand backbone prevents any configurational changes in the chelate system. In variable-temperature (1)H NMR studies, no evidence of spectral coalescence due to nitrogen inversion was found for any of the complexes in the available temperature range. The TMDTA complexes exhibit the known solution behavior of EDTA, whereas the CyDTA complexes adopt static solution structures. Comparing the exchange kinetics of flexible EDTA-type complexes and static CyDTA complexes appears to be a suitable method for evaluating the effect of ligand dynamics on the overall reactivity. In order to assess information concerning the rates and mechanism of water exchange, we performed variable-temperature and -pressure (17)O NMR studies of Ni (II)-CyDTA, Fe (II)-CyDTA, and Mn (II)-CyDTA. For Ni (II)-CyDTA, no significant effects on line widths or chemical shifts were apparent, indicating either the absence of any chemical exchange or the existence of a very small amount of the water-coordinated complex in solution. For [Fe (II)(CyDTA)(H 2O)] (2-) and [Mn (II)(CyDTA)(H 2O)] (2-), exchange rate constant values of (1.1 +/- 0.3) x 10 (6) and (1.4 +/- 0.2) x 10 (8) s (-1), respectively, at 298 K were determined from fits to resonance-shift and line-broadening data. A relationship between chelate dynamics and reactivity seems to be operative, since the CyDTA complexes exhibited significantly slower reactions than their EDTA counterparts. The variable-pressure (17)O NMR measurements for [Mn (II

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Paramagnetic Tungsten Imido Complexes Bearing α-Diimine Ligands.

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    Tanahashi, Hiromasa; Ikeda, Hideaki; Tsurugi, Hayato; Mashima, Kazushi

    2016-02-15

    Tungsten imido complexes bearing a redox-active ligand, such as N,N'-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-1,4-diaza-2,3-dimethyl-1,3-butadiene (L1), N,N'-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-1,4-diaza-1,3-butadiene (L2), and 1,2-bis[(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imino]acenaphthene (L3), were prepared by salt-free reduction of W(═NC6H3-2,6-(i)Pr2)Cl4 (1) using 1-methyl-3,6-bis(trimethylsilyl)-1,4-cyclohexadiene (MBTCD) followed by addition of the corresponding redox-active ligands. In the initial stage, reaction of W(═NC6H3-2,6-(i)Pr2)Cl4 with MBTCD afforded a tetranuclear W(V) imido cluster, [W(═NC6H3-2,6-(i)Pr2)Cl3]4 (2), which served as a unique precursor for introducing redox-active ligands to the tungsten center to give the corresponding mononuclear complexes with a general formula of W(═NC6H3-2,6-(i)Pr2)Cl3(L) (3, L = L1; 4, L = L2; and 6, L = L3). X-ray analyses of complexes 3 and 6 revealed a neutral coordination mode of L1 and L3 to the tungsten in solid state, while the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of 3 and 4 clarified that a radical was predominantly located on the tungsten center supported by neutral L1 or L2, and the EPR spectra of complex 6 indicated that a radical was delocalized over both the tungsten center and the monoanionic redox-active ligand L3. PMID:26841126

  11. Spectroscopic and quantum chemical study of the structure of a new paramagnetic dimeric palladium(II,III) complex with creatine

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    Mitewa, Mariana; Enchev, Venelin; Bakalova, Tatyana

    2002-05-01

    The structure and coordination mode of the newly synthesized dimeric paramagnetic Pd(II,III) complex are studied using magneto-chemical, EPR and IR spectroscopic methods. In order to perform reliable assignment of the IR bands, the structure and IR spectrum of the free creatine were calculated using ab initio method. For calculation of the configuration of its deprotonated and doubly deprotonated forms the semiempirical AM1 method was used.

  12. NMR paramagnetic relaxation of the spin 2 complex Mn(III)TSPP: a unique mechanism.

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    Schaefle, Nathaniel; Sharp, Robert

    2005-04-21

    The S = 2 complex, manganese(III) meso-tetra(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphine chloride (Mn(III)TSPP) is a highly efficient relaxation agent with respect to water protons and has been studied extensively as a possible MRI contrast agent. The NMR relaxation mechanism has several unique aspects, key among which is the unusual role of zero-field splitting (zfs) interactions and the effect of these interactions on the electron spin dynamics. The principal determinant of the shape of the R1 magnetic relaxation dispersion (MRD) profile is the tetragonal 4th-order zfs tensor component, B4(4), which splits the levels of the m(S) = +/-2 non-Kramers doublet. When the splitting due to B4(4) exceeds the Zeeman splitting, the matrix elements of (S(z)) are driven into coherent oscillation, with the result that the NMR paramagnetic relaxation enhancement is suppressed. To confirm the fundamental aspects of this mechanism, proton R1 MRD data have been collected on polyacrylamide gel samples in which Mn(III)TSPP is reorientationally immobilized. Solute immobilization suppresses time-dependence in the electron spin Hamiltonian that is caused by Brownian motion, simplifying the theoretical analysis. Simultaneous fits of both gel and solution data were achieved using a single set of parameters, all of which were known or tightly constrained from prior experiments except the 4th-order zfs parameter, B4(4), and the electron spin relaxation times, which were found to differ in the m(S) = +/-1 and m(S) = +/-2 doublet manifolds. In liquid samples, but not in the gels, the B4(4)-induced splitting of the m(S) = +/-2 non-Kramers doublet is partially collapsed due to Brownian motion. This phenomenon affects the magnitudes of both B4(4) and electron spin relaxation times in the liquid samples. PMID:16833659

  13. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study of spin-labeled camptothecin derivatives: a different look of the ternary complex.

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    Ricci, Antonio; Marinello, Jessica; Bortolus, Marco; Sánchez, Albert; Grandas, Anna; Pedroso, Enrique; Pommier, Yves; Capranico, Giovanni; Maniero, Anna Lisa; Zagotto, Giuseppe

    2011-02-24

    Camptothecin (CPT) derivatives are clinically effective poisons of DNA topoisomerase I (Top1) able to form a ternary complex with the Top1-DNA complex. The aim of this investigation was to examine the dynamic aspects of the ternary complex formation by means of site-directed spin labeling electron paramagnetic resonance (SDSL-EPR). Two semisynthetic CPT derivatives bearing the paramagnetic moiety were synthesized, and their biological activity was tested. A 22-mer DNA oligonucleotide sequence with high affinity cleavage site for Top1 was also synthesized. EPR experiments were carried out on modified CPT in the presence of DNA, of Top1, or of both. In the last case, a slow motion component in the EPR signal appeared, indicating the formation of the ternary complex. Deconvolution of the EPR spectrum allowed to obtain the relative drug amounts in the complex. It was also possible to demonstrate that the residence time of CPT "trapped" in the ternary complex is longer than hundreds of microseconds. PMID:21254781

  14. Integration of Paramagnetic Diruthenium Complexes into an Extended Chain by Heterometallic Metal-Metal Bonds with Diplatinum Complexes.

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    Uemura, Kazuhiro; Uesugi, Naoyuki; Matsuyama, Akina; Ebihara, Masahiro; Yoshikawa, Hirofumi; Awaga, Kunio

    2016-07-18

    We successfully obtained a paramagnetic one-dimensional (1D) chain complex [{Ru2(O2CCH3)4}{Pt2(piam)2(NH3)4}2]n(PF6)4n·4nH2O (2; piam = pivalamidate) extended by metal-metal bonds. Compound 2 comprises two types of metal species, ruthenium and platinum, where an acetate-bridged dinuclear ruthenium complex (i.e., [Ru2]) and a pivalamidate-bridged platinum complex (i.e., [Pt2]) are connected by axial metal-metal bonds, forming an attractive quasi-1D infinite chain that can be expressed as -{[Pt2]-[Ru2]-[Pt2]}n-. Such axial metal-metal bonds are attributed to the interaction between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) along the z axis, where both the HOMO in [Pt2(II,II)] and the LUMO in [Ru2(II,II)] are σ* orbitals associated with metal cores. The crystal structure and X-ray photoelectron spectrum for 2 reveal that metal oxidation states are -{[Pt2(II,II)]-[Ru2(II,II)]-[Pt2(II,II)]}n-, where [Ru2(II,II)] can have an electronic configuration of σ(2)π(4)δ(2)δ*(2)π*(2) or σ(2)π(4)δ(2)π*(4). The magnetic susceptibility of 2 has a μeff [∝(χT)(1/2)] value of 2.77 μB per [Pt2(II,II)]-[Ru2(II,II)]-[Pt2(II,II)] unit at 300 K, showing that two unpaired electrons lie on π*(Ru2). Magnetic measurements performed at temperatures of 2-300 K indicate that S = 1 Ru2(II,II) units are weakly antiferromagnetically coupled (zJ = -1.4 cm(-1)) with a large zero-field splitting (D = 221 cm(-1)). PMID:27348516

  15. Binding energies and 19F nuclear magnetic deshielding in paramagnetic halogen-bonded complexes of TEMPO with haloperfluorocarbons.

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    Cavallotti, Carlo; Metrangolo, Pierangelo; Meyer, Franck; Recupero, Francesco; Resnati, Giuseppe

    2008-10-01

    19F NMR measurements and theoretical calculations were performed to study paramagnetic complexes of iodoperfluorocarbons with stable nitroxide radicals. Contrary to what is usually measured for diamagnetic halogen-bonded complexes involving iodoperfluorocarbons, it was found that the formation of complexes with the 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl(piperidin-1-yloxyl) (TEMPO) radical determines downfield shifts in the 19F NMR spectra. The experimental finding was confirmed by calculating nuclear shielding using density functional theory and correcting the isotropic diamagnetic (19)F chemical shift with contact interactions evaluated from the hyperfine coupling tensor. The computational analysis of the interaction between CF3I and TEMPO, by using DFT and MP2 theories, showed that the occurrence of the halogen bond between the interacting partners is associated with a significant charge transfer to CF3I and that the measured downfield shift is due to the occurring spin transfer. PMID:18795762

  16. Solvent and metal dependent (1)H NMR hyperfine shifts in paramagnetic pentaamminemetal cyanide-bridged mixed-valence complexes.

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    Laidlaw, William Michael; Thompson, Amber L; Denning, Robert Gordon

    2013-04-01

    (1)H NMR resonances, in several aprotic solvents, are reported for axial and equatorial ammonias coordinated to a single spin paramagnetic centre in the Robin-Day Class II cyanide-bridged mixed-valence cations [(OC)(5)Cr(μ-CN)M(NH(3))(5)](2+) (M = Ru, Os) as well as in the complex [(OC)(5)Re(μ-CN)Ru(NH(3))(5)](3+), whose synthesis and properties are reported herein. Using the appropriate isotropic hexaammine complex as a reference, the chemical shift difference between the ammonia protons, δ(ax) - δ(eq), is found to be very sensitive to the paramagnetic metal (M), the remote diamagnetic metal (Cr or Re) and also to the donor properties of the solvent (as well as the counter-ion) as a result of hydrogen bonding interactions. The difference varies linearly with the MMCT energy, and in [(OC)(5)Re(μ-CN)Ru(NH(3))(5)](3+) can be tuned from positive (δ(ax) > δ(eq)) to negative (δ(ax) < δ(eq)) through zero (δ(ax) = δ(eq)) by the choice of solvent. This reflects the sign and magnitude of the axial ligand field parameter which is in turn a result of changes in the π-donor-acceptor interactions between the donor-cyanide bridging group and the pentaammine metal unit. PMID:23361503

  17. The structure of the cytochrome p450cam-putidaredoxin complex determined by paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy and crystallography.

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    Hiruma, Yoshitaka; Hass, Mathias A S; Kikui, Yuki; Liu, Wei-Min; Ölmez, Betül; Skinner, Simon P; Blok, Anneloes; Kloosterman, Alexander; Koteishi, Hiroyasu; Löhr, Frank; Schwalbe, Harald; Nojiri, Masaki; Ubbink, Marcellus

    2013-11-15

    Cytochrome P450cam catalyzes the hydroxylation of camphor in a complex process involving two electron transfers (ETs) from the iron-sulfur protein putidaredoxin. The enzymatic control of the successive steps of catalysis is critical for a highly efficient reaction. The injection of the successive electrons is part of the control system. To understand the molecular interactions between putidaredoxin and cytochrome P450cam, we determined the structure of the complex both in solution and in the crystal state. Paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy using lanthanide tags yielded 446 structural restraints that were used to determine the solution structure. An ensemble of 10 structures with an RMSD of 1.3Å was obtained. The crystal structure of the complex was solved, showing a position of putidaredoxin that is identical with the one in the solution structure. The NMR data further demonstrate the presence of a minor state or set of states of the complex in solution, which is attributed to the presence of an encounter complex. The structure of the major state shows a small binding interface and a metal-to-metal distance of 16Å, with two pathways that provide strong electronic coupling of the redox centers. The interpretation of these results is discussed in the context of ET. The structure indicates that the ET rate can be much faster than the reported value, suggesting that the process may be gated. PMID:23856620

  18. Enhanced sensitivity and resolution in (1)H solid-state NMR spectroscopy of paramagnetic complexes under very fast magic angle spinning.

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    Wickramasinghe, Nalinda P; Shaibat, Medhat; Ishii, Yoshitaka

    2005-04-27

    High-resolution NMR spectroscopy for paramagnetic complexes in solids has been rarely performed because of its limited sensitivity and resolution due to large paramagnetic shifts and associated technical difficulties. The present study demonstrates that magic angle spinning (MAS) at speeds exceeding 20 kHz provides unusually high sensitivity and excellent resolution in 1H solid-state NMR (SSNMR) for paramagnetic systems. Spinning-speed dependence of 1H MAS spectra showed that very fast MAS (VFMAS) at 24-28 kHz enhanced sensitivity by a factor of 12-18, compared with the sensitivity of 1H SSNMR spectra under moderate MAS at 10 kHz, for Cu(dl-alanine)2.H2O and Mn(acac)3, for which the spectral ranges due to 1H paramagnetic shifts reach 200 and 1000 ppm, respectively. It was theoretically and experimentally confirmed that the absolute sensitivity of 1H VFMAS for small paramagnetic complexes such as Cu(dl-alanine)2 can be an order of magnitude higher than that of equimolar diamagnetic ligands because of short 1H T1 ( approximately 1 ms) of the paramagnetic systems and improved sensitivity under VFMAS. On the basis of this demonstrated high sensitivity, 1H SSNMR micro analysis of paramagnetic systems in a nanomole scale is proposed. Applications were performed on two polymorphs of Cu(II)(8-quinolinol)2, which is a suppressor of human cancer cells. It was demonstrated that 1H VFMAS SSNMR spectra accumulated for 20 nmol of the polycrystalline samples in 10 min enabled one to distinguish alpha- and beta-forms of Cu(II)(8-quinolinol)2 on the basis of shift positions and line widths. PMID:15839671

  19. Solid-state proton NMR of paramagnetic metal complexes: DANTE spin echoes for selective excitation in inhomogeneously broadened lines

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    Carnevale, Diego; Perez Linde, A. J.; Bauer, Gerald; Bodenhausen, Geoffrey

    2013-08-01

    The paramagnetic complex bis(oxazolinylphenyl)amine-Fe(III)Cl2 is investigated by means of solid-state proton NMR at 18.8 T (800 MHz) using magic-angle spinning at 65 kHz. Spin echoes that are excited and refocused by combs of rotor-synchronized pulses in the manner of 'Delays Alternating with Nutation for Tailored Excitation' (DANTE) allow one to characterize different chemical environments that severely overlap in conventional MAS spectra. Such sequences combine two apparently contradictory features: an overall bandwidth exceeding several MHz, and very selective irradiation of a few kHz within inhomogeneously broadened sidebands. The experimental hyperfine interactions correlate well with DFT calculations.

  20. Structural switching from paramagnetic to single-molecule magnet behaviour of LnZn2 trinuclear complexes.

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    Then, Poh Ling; Takehara, Chika; Kataoka, Yumiko; Nakano, Motohiro; Yamamura, Tomoo; Kajiwara, Takashi

    2015-11-01

    Five LnZn2 trinuclear complexes, [Ln(NO3){Zn(L)(SCN)}2] (H2L is a Schiff base ligand derived from o-vanillin and ethylenediamine; Ln = Tb 1, Dy 2, La 3, Tb0.14La0.864, and Dy0.21La0.795), were synthesised in which the Zn(II)-Ln(III)-Zn(II) array exhibits two slightly different arrangements: 1 and 2 exhibited slightly bent arrangements, whereas 3-5 exhibited more linear arrangements. These differences in the arrangements lead to a slightly different coordination geometry around Ln(III). From the detailed studies of dynamic susceptibility, 1 and 2 were found to be paramagnetic, whereas 4 and 5 were SMMs with barriers for the flipping of magnetisation with a height of 41.2(4) K and 156(4) K, respectively. PMID:26411298

  1. High binding yet accelerated guest rotation within a cucurbit[7]uril complex. Toward paramagnetic gyroscopes and rolling nanomachines.

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    Casano, G; Poulhès, F; Tran, T K; Ayhan, M M; Karoui, H; Siri, D; Gaudel-Siri, A; Rockenbauer, A; Jeschke, G; Bardelang, D; Tordo, P; Ouari, O

    2015-07-28

    The (15-oxo-3,7,11-triazadispiro[5.1.5.3]hexadec-7-yl)oxidanyl, a bis-spiropiperidinium nitroxide derived from TEMPONE, can be included in cucurbit[7]uril to form a strong (K(a)∼ 2 × 10(5) M(-1)) CB[7]@bPTO complex. EPR and MS spectra, DFT calculations, and unparalleled increased resistance (a factor of ∼10(3)) toward ascorbic acid reduction show evidence of deep inclusion of bPTO inside CB[7]. The unusual shape of the CB[7]@bPTO EPR spectrum can be explained by an anisotropic Brownian rotational diffusion, the global tumbling of the complex being slower than rotation of bPTO around its "long molecular axis" inside CB[7]. The CB[7] (stator) with the encapsulated bPTO (rotator) behaves as a supramolecular paramagnetic rotor with increased rotational speed of the rotator that has great potential for advanced nanoscale machines requiring wheels such as cucurbiturils with virtually no friction between the wheel and the axle for optimum wheel rotation (i.e. nanopulleys and nanocars). PMID:26123621

  2. Polynuclear water-soluble dinitrosyl iron complexes with cysteine or glutathione ligands: electron paramagnetic resonance and optical studies.

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    Vanin, Anatoly F; Poltorakov, Alexander P; Mikoyan, Vasak D; Kubrina, Lyudmila N; Burbaev, Dosymzhan S

    2010-09-15

    Electron paramagnetic resonance and optical spectrophotometric studies have demonstrated that low-molecular dinitrosyl iron complexes (DNICs) with cysteine or glutathione exist in aqueous solutions in the form of paramagnetic mononuclear (capital EM, Cyrillic-DNICs) and diamagnetic binuclear complexes (B-DNICs). The latter represent Roussin's red salt esters and can be prepared by treatment of aqueous solutions of Fe(2+) and thiols (small er, Cyrilliccapital EN, Cyrillic 7.4) with gaseous nitric oxide (NO) at the thiol:Fe(2+) ratio 1:1. capital EM, Cyrillic-DNICs are synthesized under identical conditions at the thiol:Fe(2+) ratios above 20 and produce an EPR signal with an electronic configuration {Fe(NO)(2)}(7) at g(aver.)=2.03. At neutral pH, aqueous solutions contain both M-DNICs and B-DNICs (the content of the latter makes up to 50% of the total DNIC pool). The concentration of B-DNICs decreases with a rise in pH; at small er, Cyrilliccapital EN, Cyrillic 9-10, the solutions contain predominantly M-DNICs. The addition of thiol excess to aqueous solutions of B-DNICs synthesized at the thiol:Fe(2+) ratio 1:2 results in their conversion into capital EM, Cyrillic-DNICs, the total amount of iron incorporated into M-DNICs not exceeding 50% of the total iron pool in B-DNICs. Air bubbling of cys-capital EM, Cyrillic-DNIC solutions results in cysteine oxidation-controlled conversion of capital EM, Cyrillic-DNICs first into cys-B-DNICs and then into the EPR-silent compound capital HA, Cyrillic able to generate a strong absorption band at 278 nm. In the presence of glutathione or cysteine excess, compound capital HA, Cyrillic is converted into B-DNIC/M-DNIC and is completely decomposed under effect of the Fe(2+) chelator small o, Cyrillic-phenanthroline or N-methyl-d-glucamine dithiocarbamate (MGD). Moreover, MGD initiates the synthesis of paramagnetic mononitrosyl iron complexes with MGD. It is hypothesized that compound capital HA, Cyrillic represents a polynuclear

  3. Increasing the sensitivity of NMR diffusion measurements by paramagnetic longitudinal relaxation enhancement, with application to ribosome–nascent chain complexes

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    Cassaignau, Anaïs M. E.; Cabrita, Lisa D.

    2016-01-01

    The translational diffusion of macromolecules can be examined non-invasively by stimulated echo (STE) NMR experiments to accurately determine their molecular sizes. These measurements can be important probes of intermolecular interactions and protein folding and unfolding, and are crucial in monitoring the integrity of large macromolecular assemblies such as ribosome–nascent chain complexes (RNCs). However, NMR studies of these complexes can be severely constrained by their slow tumbling, low solubility (with maximum concentrations of up to 10 μM), and short lifetimes resulting in weak signal, and therefore continuing improvements in experimental sensitivity are essential. Here we explore the use of the paramagnetic longitudinal relaxation enhancement (PLRE) agent NiDO2A on the sensitivity of 15N XSTE and SORDID heteronuclear STE experiments, which can be used to monitor the integrity of these unstable complexes. We exploit the dependence of the PLRE effect on the gyromagnetic ratio and electronic relaxation time to accelerate recovery of 1H magnetization without adversely affecting storage on Nz during diffusion delays or introducing significant transverse relaxation line broadening. By applying the longitudinal relaxation-optimized SORDID pulse sequence together with NiDO2A to 70S Escherichia coli ribosomes and RNCs, NMR diffusion sensitivity enhancements of up to 4.5-fold relative to XSTE are achieved, alongside ~1.9-fold improvements in two-dimensional NMR sensitivity, without compromising the sample integrity. We anticipate these results will significantly advance the use of NMR to probe dynamic regions of ribosomes and other large, unstable macromolecular assemblies. PMID:26253948

  4. Evaluation of synergistic antioxidant potential of complex mixtures using oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).

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    Parker, Tory L; Miller, Samantha A; Myers, Lauren E; Miguez, Fernando E; Engeseth, Nicki J

    2010-01-13

    Previous research has demonstrated that certain combinations of compounds result in a decrease in toxic or pro-oxidative effects, previously noted when compounds were administered singly. Thus, there is a need to study many complex interactions further. Two in vitro techniques [electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assays] were used in this study to assess pro- and antioxidant capacity and synergistic potential of various compounds. Rutin, p-coumaric acid, abscisic acid, ascorbic acid, and a sugar solution were evaluated individually at various concentrations and in all 26 possible combinations at concentrations found in certain foods (honey or papaya), both before and after simulated digestion. EPR results indicated sugar-containing combinations provided significantly higher antioxidant capacity; those combinations containing sugars and ascorbic acid demonstrated synergistic potential. The ORAC assay suggested additive effects, with some combinations having synergistic potential, although fewer combinations were significantly synergistic after digestion. Finally, ascorbic acid, caffeic acid, quercetin, and urate were evaluated at serum-achievable levels. EPR analysis did not demonstrate additive or synergistic potential, although ORAC analysis did, principally in combinations containing ascorbic acid. PMID:19957934

  5. Early folding events during light harvesting complex II assembly in vitro monitored by pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance.

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    Fehr, Niklas; García-Rubio, Inés; Jeschke, Gunnar; Paulsen, Harald

    2016-06-01

    Efficient energy transfer in the major light harvesting complex II (LHCII) of green plants is facilitated by the precise alignment of pigments due to the protein matrix they are bound to. Much is known about the import of the LHCII apoprotein into the chloroplast via the TOC/TIC system and its targeting to the thylakoid membrane but information is sparse about when and where the pigments are bound and how this is coordinated with protein folding. In vitro, the LHCII apoprotein spontaneously folds and binds its pigments if the detergent-solubilized protein is combined with a mixture of chlorophylls a and b and carotenoids. In the present work, we employed this approach to study apoprotein folding and pigment binding in a time-resolved manner by using pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). Intra-molecular distances were measured before folding, after 255 ms and 40 s folding time in the absence of cryoprotectant, and in the fully folded and assembled LHCII. In accordance with earlier results, the most of the folding of the three membrane-spanning alpha helices precedes their apposition into the final tertiary structure. However, their formation follows different kinetics, partially extending into the final phase of LHCII formation during which much of the condensation of the pigment-protein structure occurs, presumably governed by the binding of chlorophyll b. A rough timetable is proposed to sort partial events into the LHCII formation process. PMID:27063475

  6. Paramagnetic complexes of 9,10-anthraquinone on zeolite surfaces and their thermal transformations

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    Fionov, A. V.; Nekhaev, A. I.; Shchapin, I. Yu.; Maksimov, A. L.; Lunin, V. V.

    2013-12-01

    The concentration of one-electron transfer sites on the surface of H-ZSM-5, H-Y, H-mordenite, and H-β zeolites was measured by EPR using 9,10-antrhraquinone as a probe. It has been found that the hyperfine structure from four protons typical for one-centered complexes of anthraquinone with one acidic site was observed in the EPR spectra after anthraquinone interaction with a zeolite surface in the temperature range of 373 to 423 K. It has been established that an elevated temperature of 473 K promoted the decomposition of the adsorbed anthraquinone and the disappearance of the hyperfine structure. It has been shown that the thermal instability of anthraquinone adsorbed on zeolites changed in the series H-β > H-Y > H-ZSM-5 ˜ H-mordenite; the coke-forming ability of zeolites with regard to n-decane at 443 K changed in a similar manner. It has been established that the presence of air promoted coke-forming processes upon interaction between n-decane and zeolites.

  7. EPR, ENDOR, and HYSCORE study of the structure and the stability of vanadyl-porphyrin complexes encapsulated in silica: potential paramagnetic biomarkers for the origin of life.

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    Gourier, Didier; Delpoux, Olivier; Bonduelle, Audrey; Binet, Laurent; Ciofini, Ilaria; Vezin, Hervé

    2010-03-18

    The possibility of using vanadyl ions as paramagnetic biomarkers for the identification of traces of primitive life fossilized in silica rocks is studied by cw-EPR, ENDOR, HYSCORE, and DFT calculations. It is well-known that porphyrins, which are common to all living organisms, form vanadyl-porphyrin complexes in sediments deposited in oceans. However, the stability of these complexes over a very long time (more than 3 billion years) is not known. By encapsulating vanadyl-porphyrin complexes in silica synthesized by a sol-gel method to mimic SiO(2) sediments, we studied the structure and stability of these complexes upon step heating treatments by monitoring the evolution of the g factor and of the hyperfine interactions with (51)V, (1)H, (14)N, (13)C, and (29)Si nuclei. It is found that vanadyl-porphyrin complexes are progressively transformed into oxygenated vanadyl complexes by transfer of the VO(2+) ion from the porphyrin ring to the mineral matrix. The organic component is transformed into carbonaceous matter which contains paramagnetic centers (IOM(*) centers). To test the validity of this approach, we studied by EPR a 3490 million years old chert (polycrystalline SiO(2) rock) containing some of the oldest putative traces of life. This rock contains oxygenated vanadyl complexes and IOM(*) centers very similar to those found in the synthetic analogues. PMID:20175553

  8. Another challenge to paramagnetic relaxation theory: a study of paramagnetic proton NMR relaxation in closely related series of pyridine-derivatised dysprosium complexes.

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    Rogers, Nicola J; Finney, Katie-Louise N A; Senanayake, P Kanthi; Parker, David

    2016-02-14

    Measurements of the relaxation rate behaviour of two series of dysprosium complexes have been performed in solution, over the field range 1.0 to 16.5 Tesla. The field dependence has been modelled using Bloch-Redfield-Wangsness theory, allowing estimates of the electronic relaxation time, T1e, and the size of the magnetic susceptibility, μeff, to be made. Changes in relaxation rate of the order of 50% at higher fields were measured, following variation of the para-substituent in the single pyridine donor. The magnetic susceptibilities deviated unexpectedly from the free-ion values for certain derivatives in each series examined, in a manner that was independent of the electron-releasing/withdrawing ability of the pyridine substituent, suggesting that the polarisability of just one pyridine donor in octadenate ligands can play a significant role in defining the magnetic susceptibility anisotropy. PMID:26792243

  9. 4 f-4 f hypersensitivity in the absorption spectra and NMR studies on paramagnetic lanthanide chloride complexes with 1,10-phenanthroline in non-aqueous solutions

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    Hussain, H. A.; Iftikhar, K.

    2003-03-01

    The optical absorption and NMR studies of trivalent lanthanide chloride complexes with 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) are presented and discussed. The 1H NMR spectra of the complexes of La, Pr, Nd, Eu and Yb have been studied in methanol- d4. The resonances of phen in the NMR spectra of the paramagnetic complexes have been shifted to lower as well as higher fields, which is a manifestation of dipolar interaction. The H (2) protons of the heterocyclic amine display broad resonances. The degree of broadening in Pr, Nd, and Yb complexes follows the order Prparamagnetic shift is predominantly due to dipolar interaction. The electronic spectra of Pr, Nd, Ho and Er complexes have been investigated in methanol, pyridine, DMSO and DMF, which reveal that the hypersensitive transitions exhibit larger variation in oscillator strength values and band shapes. The change in the coordination geometry of the complexes and relative basicity of ligand are found responsible for oscillator strength and band shape variation. The interelectronic repulsion and covalency parameters show covalent nature of bonding between the metal and the ligand.

  10. Solution 1H NMR characterization of substrate-free C. diphtheriae heme oxygenase; pertinence for determining magnetic axes in paramagnetic substrate complexes

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    Du, Zhenming; Unno, Masaki; Matsui, Toshitaka; Ikeda-Saito, Masao; La Mar, Gerd N.

    2010-01-01

    Proton 2D NMR was used to confirm in solution a highly conserved portion of the molecular structure upon substrate loss for the heme oxygenase from the pathogenic bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae, HmuO. The chemical shifts for the conserved portion of the structure are assessed as references for the dipolar shifts needed to determine the orientation of the paramagnetic susceptibility tensor, χ, in paramagnetic substrate complexes of HmuO. It is shown that the chemical shifts for the structurally conserved portion of substrate-free HmuO serve as excellent references for residues with only small to moderate sized dipolar shifts in the cyanide-inhibited substrate complex of HmuO, yielding an orientation of χ that is essentially the same as conventionally obtained from large dipolar shifts based on empirical estimates of the diamagnetic reference. The implications of these diamagnetic chemical shifts for characterizing the hydrogen bonding in the physiologically relevant, resting-state, high-spin aquo complex are discussed. The pattern of labile proton exchange in the distal H-bond network of substrate-free HmuO allowed comparison of changes in dynamic stability of tertiary contacts in the substrate-free and substrate-bound HmuO and with the same complexes of human heme oxygenase. PMID:20655112

  11. Paramagnetic intermediates in reactions of the components of catalytic systems of the Ziegler type. Reactions of azo and azomethine complexes of Ni(II) with diethylaluminum chloride

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    Abbasov, Ya.A.; Ismailov, E.G.; Medzhidov, A.A.

    1988-04-01

    The intermediate paramagnetic particles, i.e., radical particles, complexes of Ni(I), and Ni/sub n/(O) aggregates, formed as a result of the reaction of azo and azomethine complexes of Ni(II) with Et/sub 2/AlCl in solvent media (toluene, THF, heptane) have been identified with the aid of ESR. The possibility of the stabilization of reactive intermediate complexes of Ni(I) by organophosphorus ligands (DPPE and TPP) has been demonstrated, and the magnetic-resonance parameters of their adducts have been determined. It has been postulated that the formation of radical particles occurs as a result of the coordination of the nitrogen atoms of the azo or azomethine ligands by the organoaluminum compound followed by splitting of the -N=N or -CH=N bonds.

  12. Tuning of the spin distribution between ligand- and metal-based spin: electron paramagnetic resonance of mixed-ligand molybdenum tris(dithiolene) complex anions.

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    Fekl, Ulrich; Sarkar, Biprajit; Kaim, Wolfgang; Zimmer-De Iuliis, Marco; Nguyen, Neilson

    2011-09-19

    Electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of homoleptic and mixed-ligand molybdenum tris(dithiolene) complex anions [Mo(tfd)(m)(bdt)(n)](-) (n + m = 3; bdt = S(2)C(6)H(4); tfd = S(2)C(2)(CF(3))(2)) reveal that the spin density has mixed metal-ligand character with more ligand-based spin for [Mo(tfd)(3)](-) and a higher degree of metal-based spin for [Mo(bdt)(3)](-): the magnitude of the isotropic (95,97)Mo hyperfine interaction increases continuously, by a factor of 2.5, on going from the former to the latter. The mixed complexes fall in between, and the metal character of the spin increases with the bdt content. The experiments were corroborated by density functional theory computations, which reproduce this steady increase in metal-based character. PMID:21853970

  13. Magnetic alignment and quadrupolar/paramagnetic cross-correlation in complexes of Na with LnDOTP5-

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    Eliav, Uzi; Chandra shekar, S.; Ling, Wen; Navon, Gil; Jerschow, Alexej

    2012-03-01

    The observation of a double-quantum filtered signal of quadrupolar nuclei (e.g. 23Na) in solution has been traditionally interpreted as a sign for anisotropic reorientational motion. Ling and Jerschow (2007) [23] have found that a 23Na double-quantum signal is observed also in solutions of TmDOTPNa5. Interference effects between the quadrupolar and the paramagnetic interactions have been reported to lead to the appearance of double-quantum coherences even in the absence of a residual quadrupolar interaction. In addition, such processes lead to differential linebroadening effects between the satellite transitions, akin to effects that are well known for dipolar-CSA cross-correlation. Here, we report experiments on sodium in the presence of LnDOTP compounds, where it is shown that these cross-correlation effects correlate well with the pseudo-contact shift. In addition, anisotropic g-values of the lanthanide compounds in question, can also lead to alignment within the magnetic field, and consequently to the appearance of line splitting and double-quantum coherences. The two competing effects are demonstrated and it is concluded that both cross-correlated relaxation and alignment in the magnetic field must be at work in the systems described here.

  14. Cobalt(II) "scorpionate" complexes as models for cobalt-substituted zinc enzymes: electronic structure investigation by high-frequency and -field electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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    Krzystek, J; Swenson, Dale C; Zvyagin, S A; Smirnov, Dmitry; Ozarowski, Andrew; Telser, Joshua

    2010-04-14

    A series of complexes of formula Tp(R,R')CoL, where Tp(R,R'-) = hydrotris(3-R,5-R'-pyrazol-1-yl)borate ("scorpionate") anion (R = tert-butyl, R' = H, Me, 2'-thienyl (Tn), L = Cl(-), NCS(-), NCO(-), N(3)(-)), has been characterized by electronic absorption spectroscopy in the visible and near-infrared (near-IR) region and by high-frequency and -field electron paramagnetic resonance (HFEPR). Reported here are also crystal structures of seven members of the series that have not been reported previously: R' = H, L = NCO(-), N(3)(-); R' = Me, L = Cl(-), NCS(-), NCO(-), N(3)(-); R' = Tn, L = Cl(-), NCS(-). These include a structure for Tp(t-Bu,Me)CoCl different from that previously reported. All of the investigated complexes contain a four-coordinate cobalt(II) ion (3d(7)) with approximate C(3v) point group symmetry about the metal ion and exhibit an S = (3)/(2) high-spin ground state. The use of HFEPR allows extraction of the full set of intrinsic S = (3)/(2) spin Hamiltonian parameters (D, E, and g values). The axial zero-field splitting parameter, D, for all investigated Tp(R,R')CoL complexes is always positive, a fact not easily determined by other methods. However, the magnitude of this parameter varies widely: 2.4 cm(-1) complexes following the angular overlap model (AOM). This description of electronic structure and bonding in pseudotetrahedral cobalt(II) complexes can enhance the understanding of similar sites in metalloproteins, specifically cobalt-substituted zinc enzymes. PMID:20329727

  15. Strategies to enhance signal intensity with paramagnetic fluorine-labelled lanthanide complexes as probes for 19F magnetic resonance.

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    Chalmers, Kirsten H; Botta, Mauro; Parker, David

    2011-01-28

    The synthesis and (19)F NMR spectroscopic properties are reported for three series of CF(3)-labelled lanthanide(III) complexes, based on mono- and diamide cyclen ligands. Analyses of variable temperature, pH and field (19)F, (17)O and (1)H NMR spectroscopic experiments are reported and the merits of a triphosphinate mono-amide complex defined by virtue of its favourable isomer distribution and attractive relaxation properties. These lead to an enhanced sensitivity of detection in (19)F magnetic resonance experiments versus a diamagnetic Y(III) analogue, paving the way for future shift and imaging studies. PMID:21127807

  16. Design principles and theory of paramagnetic fluorine-labelled lanthanide complexes as probes for (19)F magnetic resonance: a proof-of-concept study.

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    Chalmers, Kirsten H; De Luca, Elena; Hogg, Naomi H M; Kenwright, Alan M; Kuprov, Ilya; Parker, David; Botta, Mauro; Wilson, J Ian; Blamire, Andrew M

    2010-01-01

    The synthesis and spectroscopic properties of a series of CF(3)-labelled lanthanide(III) complexes (Ln=Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm) with amide-substituted ligands based on 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane are described. The theoretical contributions of the (19)F magnetic relaxation processes in these systems are critically assessed and selected volumetric plots are presented. These plots allow an accurate estimation of the increase in the rates of longitudinal and transverse relaxation as a function of the distance between the Ln(III) ion and the fluorine nucleus, the applied magnetic field, and the re-rotational correlation time of the complex, for a given Ln(III) ion. Selected complexes exhibit pH-dependent chemical shift behaviour, and a pK(a) of 7.0 was determined in one example based on the holmium complex of an ortho-cyano DO3A-monoamide ligand, which allowed the pH to be assessed by measuring the difference in chemical shift (varying by over 14 ppm) between two (19)F resonances. Relaxation analyses of variable-temperature and variable-field (19)F, (17)O and (1)H NMR spectroscopy experiments are reported, aided by identification of salient low-energy conformers by using density functional theory. The study of fluorine relaxation rates, over a field range of 4.7 to 16.5 T allowed precise computation of the distance between the Ln(III) ion and the CF(3) reporter group by using global fitting methods. The sensitivity benefits of using such paramagnetic fluorinated probes in (19)F NMR spectroscopic studies are quantified in preliminary spectroscopic and imaging experiments with respect to a diamagnetic yttrium(III) analogue. PMID:19957317

  17. Electronic structure of four-coordinate C3v nickel(II) scorpionate complexes: investigation by high-frequency and -field electron paramagnetic resonance and electronic absorption spectroscopies.

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    Desrochers, Patrick J; Telser, Joshua; Zvyagin, S A; Ozarowski, Andrew; Krzystek, J; Vicic, David A

    2006-10-30

    A series of complexes of formula TpNiX, where Tp*- = hydrotris(3,5-dimethylpyrazole)borate and X = Cl, Br, I, has been characterized by electronic absorption spectroscopy in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) region and by high-frequency and -field electron paramagnetic resonance (HFEPR) spectroscopy. The crystal structure of TpNiCl has been previously reported; that for TpNiBr is given here: space group = Pmc2(1), a = 13.209(2) A, b = 8.082(2) A, c = 17.639(4) A, alpha = beta = gamma = 90 degrees , Z = 4. TpNiX contains a four-coordinate nickel(II) ion (3d8) with approximate C3v point group symmetry about the metal and a resulting S = 1 high-spin ground state. As a consequence of sizable zero-field splitting (zfs), TpNiX complexes are "EPR silent" with use of conventional EPR; however, HFEPR allows observation of multiple transitions. Analysis of the resonance field versus the frequency dependence of these transitions allows extraction of the full set of spin Hamiltonian parameters. The axial zfs parameter for TpNiX displays pronounced halogen contributions down the series: D = +3.93(2), -11.43(3), -22.81(1) cm(-1), for X = Cl, Br, I, respectively. The magnitude and change in sign of D observed for TpNiX reflects the increasing bromine and iodine spin-orbit contributions facilitated by strong covalent interactions with nickel(II). These spin Hamiltonian parameters are combined with estimates of 3d energy levels based on the visible-NIR spectra to yield ligand-field parameters for these complexes following the angular overlap model (AOM). This description of electronic structure and bonding in a pseudotetrahedral nickel(II) complex can enhance the understanding of similar sites in metalloproteins, both native nickel enzymes and nickel-substituted zinc enzymes. PMID:17054352

  18. STM Study of Au(111) Surface-Grafted Paramagnetic Macrocyclic Complexes [Ni2L(Hmba)](+) via Ambidentate Coligands.

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    Salazar, Christian; Lach, Jochen; Rückerl, Florian; Baumann, Danny; Schimmel, Sebastian; Knupfer, Martin; Kersting, Berthold; Büchner, Bernd; Hess, Christian

    2016-05-10

    Molecular anchoring and electronic properties of macrocyclic complexes fixed on gold surfaces have been investigated mainly by using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and complemented with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Exchange-coupled macrocyclic complexes [Ni2L(Hmba)](+) were deposited via 4-mercaptobenzoate ligands on the surface of a Au(111) single crystal from a mM solution of the perchlorate salt [Ni2L(Hmba)]ClO4 in dichloromethane. The combined results from STM and XPS show the formation of large monolayers anchored via Au-S bonds with a height of about 1.5 nm. Two apparent granular structures are visible: one related to the dinickel molecular complexes (cationic structures) and a second one related to the counterions ClO4(-) which stabilize the monolayer. No type of short and long-range order is observed. STM tip-interaction with the monolayer reveals higher degradation after 8 h of measurement. Spectroscopy measurements suggest a gap of about 2.5 eV between HOMO and LUMO of the cationic structures and smaller gap in the areas related to the anionic structures. PMID:27093097

  19. Cyclic M2(RL)2 coordination complexes of 5-(3-[N-tert-Butyl-N-aminoxyl]phenyl)pyrimidine with paramagnetic transition metal dications.

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    Baskett, Martha; Lahti, Paul M; Paduan-Filho, Armando; Oliveira, Nei F

    2005-09-19

    5-(3-(N-tert-Butyl-N-aminoxyl)phenyl)pyrimidine (RL = 3NITPhPyrim) forms isostructural cyclic M2(RL)2 cyclic dimers with M(hfac)2 (M = Mn, Co, Cu; hfac = hexafluoroacetylacetonate). Mn2(hfac)4(RL)2 exhibits strong antiferromagnetic Mn-RL exchange, with weak ferromagnetic exchange (0.7 cm(-1)) between Mn-RL units that is consistent with a spin polarization exchange mechanism. The magnetic moment of Co2(hfac)4(RL)2 at higher temperatures is consistent with strongly antiferromagnetic exchange within the Co-NIT units and tends toward zero below 50 K at lower magnetic fields. Cu2(hfac)4(RL)2 shows more complex behavior, with no high-temperature plateau in chiT(T) up to 300 K but a monotonic decrease down to about 100 K. The Cu(II)-nitroxide bonds decrease by 0.2-0.3 A over the same temperature range, corresponding to a change of nitroxide coordination from axial to equatorial. This thermally reversible Jahn-Teller distortion leads to a thermally induced spin state conversion from a high-spin, paramagnetic state at higher temperature to a low-spin state at lower temperature. This spin state conversion is accompanied by a reversible solid-state thermochromic change between dull yellow-brown at room temperature and green at 77 K. PMID:16156631

  20. Upconverting rare-earth nanoparticles with a paramagnetic lanthanide complex shell for upconversion fluorescent and magnetic resonance dual-modality imaging

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    Wang, Yan; Ji, Lei; Zhang, Bingbo; Yin, Peihao; Qiu, Yanyan; Song, Daqian; Zhou, Juying; Li, Qi

    2013-05-01

    Multi-modal imaging based on multifunctional nanoparticles is a promising alternative approach to improve the sensitivity of early cancer diagnosis. In this study, highly upconverting fluorescence and strong relaxivity rare-earth nanoparticles coated with paramagnetic lanthanide complex shells and polyethylene glycol (PEGylated UCNPs@DTPA-Gd3+) are synthesized as dual-modality imaging contrast agents (CAs) for upconverting fluorescent and magnetic resonance dual-modality imaging. PEGylated UCNPs@DTPA-Gd3+ with sizes in the range of 32-86 nm are colloidally stable. They exhibit higher longitudinal relaxivity and transverse relaxivity in water (r1 and r2 values are 7.4 and 27.8 s-1 per mM Gd3+, respectively) than does commercial Gd-DTPA (r1 and r2 values of 3.7 and 4.6 s-1 per mM Gd3+, respectively). They are found to be biocompatible. In vitro cancer cell imaging shows good imaging contrast of PEGylated UCNPs@DTPA-Gd3+. In vivo upconversion fluorescent imaging and T1-weighted MRI show excellent enhancement of both fluorescent and MR signals in the livers of mice administered PEGylated UCNPs@DTPA-Gd3+. All the experimental results indicate that the synthesized PEGylated UCNPs@DTPA-Gd3+ present great potential for biomedical upconversion of fluorescent and magnetic resonance dual-modality imaging applications.

  1. Gd(III) complexes as paramagnetic tags: Evaluation of the spin delocalization over the nuclei of the ligand

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    Collauto, A.; Feintuch, A.; Qi, M.; Godt, A.; Meade, T.; Goldfarb, D.

    2016-02-01

    Complexes of the Gd(III) ion are currently being established as spin labels for distance determination in biomolecules by pulse dipolar spectroscopy. Because Gd(III) is an f ion, one expects electron spin density to be localized on the Gd(III) ion - an important feature for the mentioned application. Most of the complex ligands have nitrogens as Gd(III) coordinating atoms. Therefore, measurement of the 14N hyperfine coupling gives access to information on the localization of the electron spin on the Gd(III) ion. We carried out W-band, 1D and 2D 14N and 1H ENDOR measurements on the Gd(III) complexes Gd-DOTA, Gd-538, Gd-595, and Gd-PyMTA that serve as spin labels for Gd-Gd distance measurements. The obtained 14N spectra are particularly well resolved, revealing both the hyperfine and nuclear quadrupole splittings, which were assigned using 2D Mims ENDOR experiments. Additionally, the spectral contributions of the two different types of nitrogen atoms of Gd-PyMTA, the aliphatic N atom and the pyridine N atom, were distinguishable. The 14N hyperfine interaction was found to have a very small isotropic hyperfine component of -0.25 to -0.37 MHz. Furthermore, the anisotropic hyperfine interactions with the 14N nuclei and with the non-exchangeable protons of the ligands are well described by the point-dipole approximation using distances derived from the crystal structures. We therefore conclude that the spin density is fully localized on the Gd(III) ion and that the spin density distribution over the nuclei of the ligands is rightfully ignored when analyzing distance measurements.

  2. Gd(III) complexes as paramagnetic tags: Evaluation of the spin delocalization over the nuclei of the ligand.

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    Collauto, A; Feintuch, A; Qi, M; Godt, A; Meade, T; Goldfarb, D

    2016-02-01

    Complexes of the Gd(III) ion are currently being established as spin labels for distance determination in biomolecules by pulse dipolar spectroscopy. Because Gd(III) is an f ion, one expects electron spin density to be localized on the Gd(III) ion - an important feature for the mentioned application. Most of the complex ligands have nitrogens as Gd(III) coordinating atoms. Therefore, measurement of the (14)N hyperfine coupling gives access to information on the localization of the electron spin on the Gd(III) ion. We carried out W-band, 1D and 2D (14)N and (1)H ENDOR measurements on the Gd(III) complexes Gd-DOTA, Gd-538, Gd-595, and Gd-PyMTA that serve as spin labels for Gd-Gd distance measurements. The obtained (14)N spectra are particularly well resolved, revealing both the hyperfine and nuclear quadrupole splittings, which were assigned using 2D Mims ENDOR experiments. Additionally, the spectral contributions of the two different types of nitrogen atoms of Gd-PyMTA, the aliphatic N atom and the pyridine N atom, were distinguishable. The (14)N hyperfine interaction was found to have a very small isotropic hyperfine component of -0.25 to -0.37MHz. Furthermore, the anisotropic hyperfine interactions with the (14)N nuclei and with the non-exchangeable protons of the ligands are well described by the point-dipole approximation using distances derived from the crystal structures. We therefore conclude that the spin density is fully localized on the Gd(III) ion and that the spin density distribution over the nuclei of the ligands is rightfully ignored when analyzing distance measurements. PMID:26802219

  3. Fluxional processes in diamagnetic and paramagnetic allyl dicarbonyl and 2-methylallyl dicarbonyl molybdenum histidinato complexes as revealed by spectroscopic data and density functional calculations.

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    van Staveren, Dave R; Bill, Eckhard; Bothe, Eberhard; Bühl, Michael; Weyhermüller, Thomas; Metzler-Nolte, Nils

    2002-04-01

    This work describes a detailed study on the structure and dynamics of pseudooctahedral low-valent complexes of the type [Mo(His-N(epsilon)-R)(eta-2-R'-allyl)(CO)(2)] (His=N(delta),N,O-L-histidinate; R=H, R'=H (1); R=C(2)H(4)CO(2)Me, R'=H (2); R=H, R'=Me (3); R=C(2)H(4)CO(2)Me, R'=Me (4)). These diamagnetic 18-electron complexes were comprehensively characterized spectroscopically and by X-ray crystallography. In the solid state, the (substituted) allyl ligand is in an endo position in all compounds, but it is trans to the His-N(delta) atom in 1 and 2, whereas it is trans to the carboxylate O atom for the 2-Me-allyl compounds 3 and 4. In solution, both isomers are present in a solvent-dependent equilibrium. The third isomer (allyl trans to His-NH(2)) is not spectroscopically observed in solution. This is in agreement with the results from density functional (DFT) computations (BPW 91 functional) for 1 and 3, which predict a considerably higher energy (+6.3 and +5.9 kJ mol(-1), respectively) for this isomer. A likely path for isomerization is calculated, which is consistent with the activation energy determined by variable temperature NMR measurements. At least for 3, the preferred path involves several intermediates and a rotation of the 2-Me-allyl ligand. For the paramagnetic 17-electron congeners, DFT predicts the exo isomer of 3(+) with the 2-Me-allyl ligand trans to the carboxylate O atom to be by far the most stable isomer. For 1(+), an endo-exo equilibrium between the isomers with the allyl ligand trans to the carboxylate O atom is suggested. These suggestions are confirmed by EPR spectroscopy on the electrochemically generated species, which show signals for one- (4) and two- (2) metal-containing compounds. The appearance of the EPR spectra may be rationalized by inspection of the SOMOs from DFT calculations of the species in question. The notion of a metal-centered oxidation is also substantiated by IR spectroelectrochemistry and by UV/Vis spectra of the 17

  4. Kohn-Sham calculations of NMR shifts for paramagnetic 3d metal complexes: protocols, delocalization error, and the curious amide proton shifts of a high-spin iron(ii) macrocycle complex.

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    Martin, Bob; Autschbach, Jochen

    2016-08-01

    A theory for the nuclear chemical shifts of molecules in arbitrary spin states is applied to a set of paramagnetic organometallic complexes of 3d metals. Ligand chemical shifts are calculated and analyzed using Kohn-Sham (KS) density functional theory with and without relativistic corrections. The roles of the KS delocalization error, Gaussian-type versus Slater-type basis sets, relativistic effects (scalar and spin-orbit), and zero field splitting (ZFS) are investigated. A strong functional dependence of the chemical shifts is apparent and correlated with the delocalization error. The functional dependence is between one and two orders of magnitude larger than variations of the NMR shifts due the other influences that are investigated. ZFS effects are negligible in the determination of the NMR chemical shifts of the complexes except at very low temperatures. The DFT calculated shifts agree reasonably well with experiment. A 73 ppm difference in the NMR shifts of the two protons in the amide groups of a high-spin Fe(ii) macrocycle complex arises from selective O → Fe dative bonding that only involves the transfer of β spin density, along with orbital delocalization throughout the ligand bonding framework which electronically couples the coordinating oxygen lone pair orbitals directly to the amide trans proton. PMID:26952694

  5. Paramagnetic spin pumping.

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    Shiomi, Y; Saitoh, E

    2014-12-31

    We have demonstrated spin pumping from a paramagnetic state of an insulator La2NiMnO6 into a Pt film. Single-crystalline films of La2NiMnO6 which exhibit a ferromagnetic order at TC≈270  K were grown by pulsed laser deposition. The inverse spin Hall voltage induced by spin-current injection has been observed in the Pt layer not only in the ferromagnetic phase of La2NiMnO6, but also in a wide temperature range above TC. The efficient spin pumping in the paramagnetic phase is ascribable to ferromagnetic correlation, not to ferromagnetic order. PMID:25615367

  6. Mössbauer, electron paramagnetic resonance, and magnetic susceptibility studies on members of a new family of cyano-bridged 3d-4f complexes. Demonstration of anisotropic exchange in a Fe-Gd complex.

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    Stoian, Sebastian A; Paraschiv, Carmen; Kiritsakas, Nathalie; Lloret, Francesc; Münck, Eckard; Bominaar, Emile L; Andruh, Marius

    2010-04-01

    The synthesis and crystallographic characterization of a new family of M(mu-CN)Ln complexes are reported. Two structural series have been prepared by reacting in water rare earth nitrates (Ln(III) = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho) with K(3)[M(CN)(6)] (M(III) = Fe, Co) in the presence of hexamethylenetetramine (hmt). The first series consists of six isomorphous heterobinuclear complexes, [(CN)(5)M-CN-Ln(H(2)O)(8)].2hmt ([FeLa] 1, [FePr] 2, [FeNd] 3, [FeSm] 4, [FeEu] 5, [FeGd] 6), while the second series consists of four isostructural ionic complexes, [M(CN)(6)][Ln(H(2)O)(8)].hmt ([FeDy] 7, [FeHo] 8, [CoEu] 9, [CoGd] 10). The hexamethylenetetramine molecules contribute to the stabilization of the crystals by participating in an extended network of hydrogen bond interactions. In both series the aqua ligands are hydrogen bonded to the nitrogen atoms from both the terminal CN(-) groups and the hmt molecules. The [FeGd] complex has been analyzed with (57)Fe Mossbauer spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility measurements. We have also analyzed the [FeLa] complex, in which the paramagnetic Gd(III) is replaced by diamagnetic La(III), with (57)Fe Mossbauer spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and magnetic susceptibility measurements, to obtain information about the low-spin Fe(III) site that is not accessible in the presence of a paramagnetic ion at the complementary site. For the same reason, the [CoGd] complex, containing diamagnetic Co(III), was studied with EPR and magnetic susceptibility measurements, which confirmed the S = 7/2 spin of Gd(III). Prior knowledge about the paramagnetic sites in [FeGd] allows a detailed analysis of the exchange interactions between them. In particular, the question of whether the exchange interaction in [FeGd] is isotropic or anisotropic has been addressed. Standard variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements provide only the value for a linear combination of J(x), J(y), and J(z) but contain no information

  7. Paramagnetic and Diamagnetic Materials

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    Thompson, Frank

    2011-01-01

    Paramagnetic and diamagnetic materials are now generally known as the "Cinderella" materials of the magnetic world. However, susceptibility measurements made on these materials in the past have revealed many details about the molecular bonding and the atomic structure of the so-called "transition" elements. Indeed, the magnetic moment of neodymium…

  8. Unitized paramagnetic salt thermometer

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    Abraham, B.M.

    1982-06-01

    The details of construction and assembly of a cerous magnesium nitrate (CMN) paramagnetic thermometer are presented. The thermometer is a small unit consisting of a primary, two secondaries, the salt pill, and thermal links. The thermometer calibration changes very little on successive coolings and is reliable to 35 mK. A typical calibration curve is also presented.

  9. Demonstrating Paramagnetism Using Liquid Nitrogen.

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    Simmonds, Ray; And Others

    1994-01-01

    Describes how liquid nitrogen is attracted to the poles of neodymium magnets. Nitrogen is not paramagnetic, so the attraction suggests that the liquid nitrogen contains a small amount of oxygen, which causes the paramagnetism. (MVL)

  10. Acoustic paramagnetic logging tool

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    Vail, III, William B.

    1988-01-01

    New methods and apparatus are disclosed which allow measurement of the presence of oil and water in geological formations using a new physical effect called the Acoustic Paramagnetic Logging Effect (APLE). The presence of petroleum in formation causes a slight increase in the earth's magnetic field in the vicinity of the reservoir. This is the phenomena of paramagnetism. Application of an acoustic source to a geological formation at the Larmor frequency of the nucleons present causes the paramagnetism of the formation to disappear. This results in a decrease in the earth3 s magnetic field in the vicinity of the oil bearing formation. Repetitively frequency sweeping the acoustic source through the Larmor frequency of the nucleons present (approx. 2 kHz) causes an amplitude modulation of the earth's magnetic field which is a consequence of the APLE. The amplitude modulation of the earth's magnetic field is measured with an induction coil gradiometer and provides a direct measure of the amount of oil and water in the excitation zone of the formation . The phase of the signal is used to infer the longitudinal relaxation times of the fluids present, which results in the ability in general to separate oil and water and to measure the viscosity of the oil present. Such measurements may be preformed in open boreholes and in cased well bores.

  11. A paramagnetic molecular voltmeter.

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    Surek, Jack T; Thomas, David D

    2008-01-01

    We have developed a general electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) method to measure electrostatic potential at spin labels on proteins to millivolt accuracy. Electrostatic potential is fundamental to energy-transducing proteins like myosin, because molecular energy storage and retrieval is primarily electrostatic. Quantitative analysis of protein electrostatics demands a site-specific spectroscopic method sensitive to millivolt changes. Previous electrostatic potential studies on macromolecules fell short in sensitivity, accuracy and/or specificity. Our approach uses fast-relaxing charged and neutral paramagnetic relaxation agents (PRAs) to increase nitroxide spin label relaxation rate solely through collisional spin exchange. These PRAs were calibrated in experiments on small nitroxides of known structure and charge to account for differences in their relaxation efficiency. Nitroxide longitudinal (R(1)) and transverse (R(2)) relaxation rates were separated by applying lineshape analysis to progressive saturation spectra. The ratio of measured R(1) increases for each pair of charged and neutral PRAs measures the shift in local PRA concentration due to electrostatic potential. Voltage at the spin label is then calculated using the Boltzmann equation. Measured voltages for two small charged nitroxides agree with Debye-Hückel calculations. Voltage for spin-labeled myosin fragment S1 also agrees with calculation based on the pK shift of the reacted cysteine. PMID:17964835

  12. A Paramagnetic Molecular Voltmeter

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    Surek, Jack T.; Thomas, David D.

    2008-01-01

    We have developed a general electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) method to measure electrostatic potential at spin labels on proteins to millivolt accuracy. Electrostatic potential is fundamental to energy-transducing proteins like myosin, because molecular energy storage and retrieval is primarily electrostatic. Quantitative analysis of protein electrostatics demands a site-specific spectroscopic method sensitive to millivolt changes. Previous electrostatic potential studies on macromolecules fell short in sensitivity, accuracy and/or specificity. Our approach uses fast-relaxing charged and neutral paramagnetic relaxation agents (PRAs) to increase nitroxide spin label relaxation rate solely through collisional spin exchange. These PRAs were calibrated in experiments on small nitroxides of known structure and charge to account for differences in their relaxation efficiency. Nitroxide longitudinal (R1) and transverse (R2) relaxation rates were separated by applying lineshape analysis to progressive saturation spectra. The ratio of measured R1 increases for each pair of charged and neutral PRAs measures the shift in local PRA concentration due to electrostatic potential. Voltage at the spin label is then calculated using the Boltzmann equation. Measured voltages for two small charged nitroxides agree with Debye-Hückel calculations. Voltage for spin-labeled myosin fragment S1 also agrees with calculation based on the pK shift of the reacted cysteine. PMID:17964835

  13. Paramagnetic lanthanide chelates for multicontrast MRI.

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    Cakić, Nevenka; Savić, Tanja; Stricker-Shaver, Janice; Truffault, Vincent; Platas-Iglesias, Carlos; Mirkes, Christian; Pohmann, Rolf; Scheffler, Klaus; Angelovski, Goran

    2016-07-28

    The preparation of a paramagnetic chelator that serves as a platform for multicontrast MRI, and can be utilized either as a T1-weighted, paraCEST or (19)F MRI contrast agent is reported. Its europium(iii) complex exhibits an extremely slow water exchange rate which is optimal for the use in CEST MRI. The potential of this platform was demonstrated through a series of MRI studies on tube phantoms and animals. PMID:27291157

  14. Influence of inner-sphere processes on the paramagnetic shifts in the {sup 1}H NMR spectra of some mixed-ligand complexes of rare-earth elements

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    Khachatryan, A.S.; Vashchuk, A.V.; Panyushkin, V.T.

    1995-12-20

    Concentration dependences of the observed chemical shifts in the NMR spectra of 1:1:1 and 1:2:1 mixed-ligand complexes of rare-earth elements with acetylacetone and acrylic, methacrylic, maleic, and fumaric acids were analyzed. The complexes undergo inner-sphere structural transformations involving different modes of coordination of the unsaturated acid, which is capable of coordination to the central ion through both the carboxylic group and {pi} electrons of the double bond. The possibility of determining equilibrium constants and limiting chemical shifts of the isomeric forms of the complexes was demonstrated. 9 refs., 4 figs.

  15. Paramagnetic titanium(III) and zirconium(III) metallocene complexes as precatalysts for the dehydrocoupling/dehydrogenation of amine-boranes.

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    Helten, Holger; Dutta, Barnali; Vance, James R; Sloan, Matthew E; Haddow, Mairi F; Sproules, Stephen; Collison, David; Whittell, George R; Lloyd-Jones, Guy C; Manners, Ian

    2013-01-01

    Complexes of Group 4 metallocenes in the +3 oxidation state and amidoborane or phosphidoborane function as efficient precatalysts for the dehydrocoupling/dehydrogenation of amine-boranes, such as Me(2) NH⋅BH(3). Such Ti(III) -amidoborane complexes are generated in [Cp(2)Ti]-catalyzed amine-borane dehydrocoupling reactions, for which diamagnetic M(II) and M(IV) species have been previously postulated as precatalysts and intermediates. PMID:23197391

  16. Charge Transfer Salts of BO with Paramagnetic Isothiocyanato Complex Anions: (BO)[ M(isoq) 2(NCS) 4]; M=Cr III or Fe III, isoq=isoquinoline and BO=Bis(ethylenedioxo)tetrathiafulvalene

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    Setifi, Fatima; Ota, Akira; Ouahab, Lahcéne; Golhen, Stèphane; Yamochi, Hideki; Saito, Gunzi

    2002-11-01

    The preparation, X-ray structures and magnetic properties of two isostructural new charge transfer salts: (BO)[ M(isoq) 2(NCS) 4]; M=Cr III(1), Fe III(2) and isoq=isoquinoline are reported. Their structure consists of alternate organic and inorganic layers, each layer being formed by mixed columns of BO radical cations and paramagnetic metal complex anions. There are short intermolecular contacts between donor and anion (S2 anion· · ·S4 BO<3.5 Å) and between adjacent BO molecules (O· · · O1<3.2 Å). The two compounds are insulators. ESR measurements show single signal without separating the donor and anion spins. The magnetic measurements obey the Curie-Weiss law and revealed dominant antiferromagnetic interactions between anion spin and donor spin, but long-range magnetic ordering did not occur down to 2 K. This is directly related to structural reasons which were deduced from a comparison of the title compounds with other 1:1 salts containing same anion complexes and different donors.

  17. Nuclear magnetic resonance characterization of a paramagnetic DNA-drug complex with high spin cobalt; assignment of the 1H and 31P NMR spectra, and determination of electronic, spectroscopic and molecular properties.

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    Gochin, M

    1998-08-01

    The proton NMR spectrum of the ternary complex between the octamer duplex d(TTGGCCAA)2, two molecules of the drug chromomycin-A3, and a divalent cobalt ion has been assigned. Assignment procedures used standard two-dimensional techniques and relied upon the expected NOE contacts observed in the equivalent diamagnetic complex containing zinc. The magnetic susceptibility tensor for the cobalt was determined and used to calculate shifts for all nuclei, aiding in the assignment process and verification. Relaxation, susceptibility, temperature and field dependence studies of the paramagnetic spectrum enabled determination of electronic properties of the octahedral cobalt complex. The electronic relaxation tau(s) was determined to be 2.5 +/- 1.5 ps; the effective isotropic g value was found to be 2.6 +/- 0.2, indicating strong spin-orbit coupling. The magnetic susceptibility tensor was determined to be chi(xx) = 8.9 x 10(-3) cm3/mol, chi(yy) = 9.5 x 10(-3) cm3/mol, chi(zz) = 12.8 * 10(-3) cm3/mol. A tentative rotational correlation time of 8 ns was obtained for the complex. Both macroscopic and microscopic susceptibility measurements revealed deviations from Curie behavior over the temperature range accessible in the study. Non-selective relaxation rates were found to be inaccurate for defining distances from the metal center. However, pseudocontact shifts could be calculated with high accuracy using the dipolar shift equation. Isotropic hyperfine shifts were factored into contact and dipolar terms, revealing that the dipolar shift predominates and that contact shifts are relatively small. PMID:9751997

  18. Charge transfer complexes of fullerenes containing C60˙(-) and C70˙(-) radical anions with paramagnetic Co(II)(dppe)2Cl(+) cations (dppe: 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane).

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    Konarev, Dmitri V; Troyanov, Sergey I; Otsuka, Akihiro; Yamochi, Hideki; Saito, Gunzi; Lyubovskaya, Rimma N

    2016-04-12

    The reduction of Co(II)(dppe)Cl2 with sodium fluorenone ketyl produces a red solution containing the Co(I) species. The dissolution of C60 in the obtained solution followed by the precipitation of crystals with hexane yields a salt {Co(I)(dppe)2(+)}(C60˙(-))·2C6H4Cl2 and a novel complex {Co(dppe)2Cl}(C60) (). With C70, only the crystals of {Co(dppe)2Cl}(C70)·0.5C6H4Cl2 () are formed. Complex contains zig-zag fullerene chains whereas closely packed double chains are formed from fullerenes in . According to the optical spectra and magnetic data charge transfer occurs in both and with the formation of the Co(II)(dppe)2Cl(+) cations and the C60˙(-) or C70˙(-) radical anions. In spite of the close packing in crystals, C60˙(-) or C70˙(-) retain their monomeric form at least down to 100 K. The effective magnetic moments of and of 1.98 and 2.27μB at 300 K, respectively, do not attain the value of 2.45μB expected for the system with two non-interacting S = 1/2 spins at full charge transfer to fullerenes. Most probably diamagnetic {Co(I)(dppe)2Cl}(0) and neutral fullerenes are partially preserved in the samples which can explain the weak magnetic coupling of spins and the absence of fullerene dimerization in both complexes. The EPR spectra of and show asymmetric signals approximated by several lines with g-factors ranging from 2.0009 to 2.3325. These signals originate from the exchange interaction between the paramagnetic Co(II)(dppe)2Cl(+) cations and the fullerene˙(-) radical anions. PMID:26956368

  19. X-Band Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Comparison of Mononuclear Mn(IV)-oxo and Mn(IV)-hydroxo Complexes and Quantum Chemical Investigation of Mn(IV) Zero-Field Splitting.

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    Leto, Domenick F; Massie, Allyssa A; Colmer, Hannah E; Jackson, Timothy A

    2016-04-01

    X-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was used to probe the ground-state electronic structures of mononuclear Mn(IV) complexes [Mn(IV)(OH)2(Me2EBC)](2+) and [Mn(IV)(O)(OH)(Me2EBC)](+). These compounds are known to effect C-H bond oxidation reactions by a hydrogen-atom transfer mechanism. They provide an ideal system for comparing Mn(IV)-hydroxo versus Mn(IV)-oxo motifs, as they differ by only a proton. Simulations of 5 K EPR data, along with analysis of variable-temperature EPR signal intensities, allowed for the estimation of ground-state zero-field splitting (ZFS) and (55)Mn hyperfine parameters for both complexes. From this analysis, it was concluded that the Mn(IV)-oxo complex [Mn(IV)(O)(OH)(Me2EBC)](+) has an axial ZFS parameter D (D = +1.2(0.4) cm(-1)) and rhombicity (E/D = 0.22(1)) perturbed relative to the Mn(IV)-hydroxo analogue [Mn(IV)(OH)2(Me2EBC)](2+) (|D| = 0.75(0.25) cm(-1); E/D = 0.15(2)), although the complexes have similar (55)Mn values (a = 7.7 and 7.5 mT, respectively). The ZFS parameters for [Mn(IV)(OH)2(Me2EBC)](2+) were compared with values obtained previously through variable-temperature, variable-field magnetic circular dichroism (VTVH MCD) experiments. While the VTVH MCD analysis can provide a reasonable estimate of the magnitude of D, the E/D values were poorly defined. Using the ZFS parameters reported for these complexes and five other mononuclear Mn(IV) complexes, we employed coupled-perturbed density functional theory (CP-DFT) and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) calculations with second-order n-electron valence-state perturbation theory (NEVPT2) correction, to compare the ability of these two quantum chemical methods for reproducing experimental ZFS parameters for Mn(IV) centers. The CP-DFT approach was found to provide reasonably acceptable values for D, whereas the CASSCF/NEVPT2 method fared worse, considerably overestimating the magnitude of D in several cases. Both methods were poor in

  20. Paramagnetic squeezing of QCD matter.

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    Bali, G S; Bruckmann, F; Endrődi, G; Schäfer, A

    2014-01-31

    We determine the magnetization of quantum chromodynamics for several temperatures around and above the transition between the hadronic and the quark-gluon phases of strongly interacting matter. We obtain a paramagnetic response that increases in strength with the temperature. We argue that due to this paramagnetism, chunks of quark-gluon plasma produced in noncentral heavy ion collisions should become squeezed perpendicular to the magnetic field. This anisotropy will then contribute to the elliptic flow v2 observed in such collisions, in addition to the pressure gradient that is usually taken into account. We present a simple estimate for the magnitude of this new effect and a rough comparison to the effect due to the initial collision geometry. We conclude that the paramagnetic effect might have a significant impact on the value of v2. PMID:24580441

  1. Syntheses of Group 4 ansa-trovacene complexes and conversion of [1]silatrovacenophanes into paramagnetic metallopolymers by ring-opening polymerization.

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    Adams, Christopher J; Braunschweig, Holger; Fuss, Marco; Kraft, Katharina; Kupfer, Thomas; Manners, Ian; Radacki, Krzysztof; Whittell, George R

    2011-09-01

    An improved protocol for the selective dilithiation of [V(η(5)-C(5)H(5))(η(7)-C(7)H(7))] has been developed, which afforded [V(η(5)-C(5)H(4)Li)(η(7)-C(7)H(6)Li)]·PMDTA (5; PMDTA=N,N,N',N'',N''-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine) in almost quantitative yield (98%). In the solid state, the species features a dimeric structure with two terminal and two bridging lithium atoms, with the latter connecting both sandwich subunits. Reaction with suitable Group 4 dihalide compounds enabled the isolation of highly strained silicon- and germanium-bridged [1]trovacenophanes 6 and 7. Similarly, reaction of 5 with Cl(2)Sn(2)tBu(4) afforded the rather unstrained complex [V(η(5)-C(5)H(4))(η(7)-C(7)H(6))Sn(2)tBu(4)] (8), which together with 7 represent the first trovacenophanes to incorporate heavier analogues of silicon in the ansa-bridge. Ring-opening polymerization reactions of [V(η(5)-C(5)H(4))(η(7)-C(7)H(6))SiRR'] (2a: R=R'=Me; 6: R=Me, R'=iPr) were performed by heating in a solution of toluene in the presence of the Karstedt catalyst, which resulted in the formation of the corresponding soluble poly(trovacenylsilanes) in yields of 41 and 33%, respectively. As estimated by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), the macromolecules possess molecular weights of M(n)=10,010 and 5580 g mol(-1) with polydispersity indices of 2.31 and 1.64 for 9 and 10, respectively. ESR spectroscopic studies on 9 and 10 revealed only a single broad resonance in each case without any identifiable (51)V hyperfine coupling. PMID:21812040

  2. Thermochromism and switchable paramagnetism of cobalt(II) in thiocyanate ionic liquids.

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    Osborne, Stephen J; Wellens, Sil; Ward, Chris; Felton, Solveig; Bowman, Robert M; Binnemans, Koen; Swadźba-Kwaśny, Małgorzata; Gunaratne, H Q Nimal; Nockemann, Peter

    2015-07-01

    Temperature-dependent switching of paramagnetism of a cobalt(II) complex is observed in an ionic liquid solution. Paramagnetic and thermochromic switching occur simultaneously due to a reversible change in coordination. This reversible switching is possible in the ionic liquid solution, which enables mobility of thiocyanate anions by remaining mobile at low temperatures and acts as an anion reservoir. PMID:26053484

  3. Solid-State 17O NMR of Paramagnetic Coordination Compounds**

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    Kong, Xianqi; Terskikh, Victor V.; Khade, Rahul L.; Yang, Liu; Rorick, Amber; Zhang, Yong; He, Peng; Huang, Yining; Wu, Gang

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that high-quality solid-state 17O (I = 5/2) NMR spectra can be successfully obtained for paramagnetic coordination compounds in which oxygen atoms are directly bonded to the paramagnetic metal centers. For complexes containing V(III) (S = 1), Cu(II) (S = 1/2), and Mn(III) (S = 2) metal centers, the 17O isotropic paramagnetic shifts were found to span a range of more than 10000 ppm. In several cases, high-resolution 17O NMR spectra were recorded under very fast magic-angle spinning (MAS) conditions at 21.1 T. Quantum chemical computations using density functional theory (DFT) qualitatively reproduced the experimental 17O hyperfine shift tensors. PMID:25694203

  4. Barnett effect in paramagnetic states

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    Ono, Masao; Chudo, Hiroyuki; Harii, Kazuya; Okayasu, Satoru; Matsuo, Mamoru; Ieda, Jun'ichi; Takahashi, Ryo; Maekawa, Sadamichi; Saitoh, Eiji

    2015-11-01

    We report the observation of the Barnett effect in paramagnetic states by mechanically rotating gadolinium (Gd) metal with a rotational frequency of up to 1.5 kHz above the Curie temperature. An in situ magnetic measurement setup comprising a high-speed rotational system and a fluxgate magnetic sensor was developed for the measurement. Temperature dependence of the observed magnetization follows that of paramagnetic susceptibility, indicating that any emergent magnetic field is proportional to the rotational frequency and is independent of temperature. From the proportionality constant of the emergent field, the gyromagnetic ratio of Gd is calculated to be -29 ±5 GHz /T . This study revisits the primordial issue of magnetism with modern technologies to shed new light on the fundamental spin-rotation coupling.

  5. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Retrospective Dosimetry

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    Romanyukha, Alex; Trompier, Francois

    2011-05-05

    Necessity for, principles of, and general concepts of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) retrospective dosimetry are presented. Also presented and given in details are examples of EPR retrospective dosimetry applications in tooth enamel, bone, and fingernails with focus on general approaches for solving technical and methodological problems. Advantages, drawbacks, and possible future developments are discussed and an extensive bibliography on EPR retrospective dosimetry is provided.

  6. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in Nb

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    Kostic, P.; Veal, B.; Paulikas, A.P.; Welp, U.; Todt, V.R.; Gu, C.; Geiser, U.; Williams, J.M.; Carlson, K.D.; Klemm, R.A.

    1996-01-01

    The paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME), or Wohlleben effect, in which the field-cooled magnetization of superconducting samples is paramagnetic below {ital T}{sub {ital c}}, has been reported to occur in some samples of a variety of high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} cuprate superconductors. It has been proposed that the effect arose in granular hole-doped cuprates from current loops with {pi} phase shifts of the superconducting order parameter at some grain-boundary junctions. It is argued that such behavior would be expected to occur in a {ital d}-wave superconductor, but not in a conventional {ital s}-wave superconductor. To test this hypothesis, we have searched for the occurrence of the effect in Nb, and have confirmed a recent report by Minhaj {ital et} {ital al}. of its occurrence in some Nb samples. For these studies, the effects of stray fields and field gradients in the measurement volume of the superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer have been carefully considered to rule out the possibility that measurement artifacts might be responsible for the apparent paramagnetic behavior in Nb. The {ital M}({ital T}) and {ital M}({ital H}) curves obtained in Nb samples that show the PME also show remarkably strong resemblance to those curves reported for the cuprate materials exhibiting the PME. Evidence is presented that the effect arises from inhomogeneously trapped flux, and is strongly influenced by sample geometry and surface effects. These results suggest that, for the effect to be observable, {ital T}{sub {ital c}} on the sample surface must be different from the bulk {ital T}{sub {ital c}}. The occurrence of the PME in Nb strongly suggests that the observation of this effect is unrelated to {ital d}-wave superconductivity. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  7. Stable paramagnetic half-sandwich Mo(V) and W(V) polyhydride complexes. Structural, spectroscopic, electrochemical, theoretical, and decomposition mechanism studies of [Cp*MH{sub 3}(dppe)]{sup +} (M = Mo, W)

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    Pleune, B.; Morales, D.; Meunier-Prest, R.; Richard, P.; Collange, E.; Fettinger, J.C.; Poli, R.

    1999-03-17

    Compounds Cp*MH{sub 3}(dppe) (M = Mo, 1; W, 2) are oxidized chemically and electrochemically to the corresponding 17-electron cations 1{sup +} and 2{sup +}. Analogous oxidations of 1-d{sub 3} and 2-d{sub 3} provide 1{sup +}-d{sub 3} and 2{sup +}-d{sub 3}, respectively. Complex 2{sup +} is stable in CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}, THF and MeCN at room temperature. A single-crystal X-ray analysis of the PF{sub 6}{sup {minus}} salt of 2{sup +} shows a geometry optimization of the [CpWH{sub 3}(PH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}PH{sub 2})]{sup +} model at the B3LYP/LANL2DZ level. Identical calculations on the neutral analogue also reproduce the previously reported trigonal prismatic structure for 1. A blue shift in the M-H stretching vibrations upon oxidation for both Mo and W compounds indicates that a M-H bond strengthening accompanies the oxidation process. The DFT calculations (M-H bond lengths, BDE, and stretching frequencies) are in good agreement with the experimental results. Complex 1{sup +} decomposes in solution at room temperature by one or more of three different mechanisms depending on conditions: H{sub 2} reductive elimination, solvent-assisted disproportionation, or deprotonation. In THF or CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}, a reductive elimination of H{sub 2} affords the stable paramagnetic monohydride Cp*MoH(dppe)PF{sub 6} (3), which adds a molecule of solvent in CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}, THF, and MeCN. EPR studies show that the CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} molecule coordinates in a bidentate model to afford a 19-electron configuration. A solvent dependence of the decomposition rate [k(CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}) {approx} 7.8k(THF) at 0 C] and an inverse isotope effect [k{sub H}/k{sub d} = 0.50(3) in CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} at 0 C] indicate the nature of 1{sup +} as a classical trihydride and suggest a decomposition mechanism which involves equilibrium conversion to a nonclassical intermediate followed by a rate-determining associate exchange of H{sub 2} with a solvent molecule. In MeCN at 20 C, a solvent

  8. Paramagnetic Ligand Tagging To Identify Protein Binding Sites

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    2015-01-01

    Transient biomolecular interactions are the cornerstones of the cellular machinery. The identification of the binding sites for low affinity molecular encounters is essential for the development of high affinity pharmaceuticals from weakly binding leads but is hindered by the lack of robust methodologies for characterization of weakly binding complexes. We introduce a paramagnetic ligand tagging approach that enables localization of low affinity protein–ligand binding clefts by detection and analysis of intermolecular protein NMR pseudocontact shifts, which are invoked by the covalent attachment of a paramagnetic lanthanoid chelating tag to the ligand of interest. The methodology is corroborated by identification of the low millimolar volatile anesthetic interaction site of the calcium sensor protein calmodulin. It presents an efficient route to binding site localization for low affinity complexes and is applicable to rapid screening of protein–ligand systems with varying binding affinity. PMID:26289584

  9. Demonstrations on Paramagnetism with an Electronic Balance.

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    Cortel, Adolf

    1998-01-01

    A paramagnetic substance is attracted by a magnetic field with a force proportional to its magnetic susceptibility which is related to the number of unpaired electrons in the atoms. Data are used to establish oxidation states and bonding properties. Describes a simple setup to demonstrate the paramagnetism of common inorganic compounds. (DKM)

  10. Paramagnetic supercurrent in a mesoscopic superconducting disk

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    Kanda, Akinobu; Ootuka, Youiti

    2003-05-01

    We report an experimental evidence for the paramagnetic supercurrent flowing along the periphery of a mesoscopic superconducting disk in decreasing perpendicular magnetic fields. The sample is an Al superconducting disk with a thin drain lead. Several Cu leads are connected to different parts of the ring periphery through highly resistive tunnel junctions. From voltage drop across a tunnel junction, we study the change in the local superconducting energy gap as a function of perpendicular magnetic field. We find that the energy gap at the ring periphery decreases with decreasing the magnetic field, showing that the circulating supercurrent is in the direction supporting the external magnetic field ( paramagnetic). The condition for the observation is the same as that for the paramagnetic Meissner effect (Geim et al., Nature 390 (1997) 259), implying that the origin of the paramagnetic Meissner effect is the paramagnetic supercurrent.

  11. Ultrasensitive proteome analysis using paramagnetic bead technology

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    Hughes, Christopher S; Foehr, Sophia; Garfield, David A; Furlong, Eileen E; Steinmetz, Lars M; Krijgsveld, Jeroen

    2014-01-01

    In order to obtain a systems-level understanding of a complex biological system, detailed proteome information is essential. Despite great progress in proteomics technologies, thorough interrogation of the proteome from quantity-limited biological samples is hampered by inefficiencies during processing. To address these challenges, here we introduce a novel protocol using paramagnetic beads, termed Single-Pot Solid-Phase-enhanced Sample Preparation (SP3). SP3 provides a rapid and unbiased means of proteomic sample preparation in a single tube that facilitates ultrasensitive analysis by outperforming existing protocols in terms of efficiency, scalability, speed, throughput, and flexibility. To illustrate these benefits, characterization of 1,000 HeLa cells and single Drosophila embryos is used to establish that SP3 provides an enhanced platform for profiling proteomes derived from sub-microgram amounts of material. These data present a first view of developmental stage-specific proteome dynamics in Drosophila at a single-embryo resolution, permitting characterization of inter-individual expression variation. Together, the findings of this work position SP3 as a superior protocol that facilitates exciting new directions in multiple areas of proteomics ranging from developmental biology to clinical applications. PMID:25358341

  12. Giant paramagnetic Meissner effect in multiband superconductors.

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    da Silva, R M; Milošević, M V; Shanenko, A A; Peeters, F M; Aguiar, J Albino

    2015-01-01

    Superconductors, ideally diamagnetic when in the Meissner state, can also exhibit paramagnetic behavior due to trapped magnetic flux. In the absence of pinning such paramagnetic response is weak, and ceases with increasing sample thickness. Here we show that in multiband superconductors paramagnetic response can be observed even in slab geometries, and can be far larger than any previous estimate - even multiply larger than the diamagnetic Meissner response for the same applied magnetic field. We link the appearance of this giant paramagnetic response to the broad crossover between conventional Type-I and Type-II superconductors, where Abrikosov vortices interact non-monotonically and multibody effects become important, causing unique flux configurations and their locking in the presence of surfaces. PMID:26244936

  13. Giant paramagnetic Meissner effect in multiband superconductors

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    da Silva, R. M.; Milošević, M. V.; Shanenko, A. A.; Peeters, F. M.; Aguiar, J. Albino

    2015-01-01

    Superconductors, ideally diamagnetic when in the Meissner state, can also exhibit paramagnetic behavior due to trapped magnetic flux. In the absence of pinning such paramagnetic response is weak, and ceases with increasing sample thickness. Here we show that in multiband superconductors paramagnetic response can be observed even in slab geometries, and can be far larger than any previous estimate - even multiply larger than the diamagnetic Meissner response for the same applied magnetic field. We link the appearance of this giant paramagnetic response to the broad crossover between conventional Type-I and Type-II superconductors, where Abrikosov vortices interact non-monotonically and multibody effects become important, causing unique flux configurations and their locking in the presence of surfaces. PMID:26244936

  14. Giant paramagnetic Meissner effect in multiband superconductors

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    da Silva, R. M.; Milošević, M. V.; Shanenko, A. A.; Peeters, F. M.; Aguiar, J. Albino

    2015-08-01

    Superconductors, ideally diamagnetic when in the Meissner state, can also exhibit paramagnetic behavior due to trapped magnetic flux. In the absence of pinning such paramagnetic response is weak, and ceases with increasing sample thickness. Here we show that in multiband superconductors paramagnetic response can be observed even in slab geometries, and can be far larger than any previous estimate - even multiply larger than the diamagnetic Meissner response for the same applied magnetic field. We link the appearance of this giant paramagnetic response to the broad crossover between conventional Type-I and Type-II superconductors, where Abrikosov vortices interact non-monotonically and multibody effects become important, causing unique flux configurations and their locking in the presence of surfaces.

  15. General magnetic transition dipole moments for electron paramagnetic resonance.

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    Nehrkorn, Joscha; Schnegg, Alexander; Holldack, Karsten; Stoll, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    We present general expressions for the magnetic transition rates in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments of anisotropic spin systems in the solid state. The expressions apply to general spin centers and arbitrary excitation geometry (Voigt, Faraday, and intermediate). They work for linear and circular polarized as well as unpolarized excitation, and for crystals and powders. The expressions are based on the concept of the (complex) magnetic transition dipole moment vector. Using the new theory, we determine the parities of ground and excited spin states of high-spin (S=5/2) Fe(III) in hemin from the polarization dependence of experimental EPR line intensities. PMID:25615456

  16. End-to-End Thiocyanato-Bridged Helical Chain Polymer and Dichlorido-Bridged Copper(II) Complexes with a Hydrazone Ligand: Synthesis, Characterisation by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and Variable-Temperature Magnetic Studies, and Inhibitory Effects on Human Colorectal Carcinoma Cells.

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    Das, Kuheli; Datta, Amitabha; Sinha, Chittaranjan; Huang, Jui-Hsien; Garribba, Eugenio; Hsiao, Ching-Sheng; Hsu, Chin-Lin

    2012-04-01

    The reactions of the tridentate hydrazone ligand, N'-[1-(pyridin-2-yl)ethylidene]acetohydrazide (HL), obtained by condensation of 2-acetylpyridine with acetic hyadrazide, with copper nitrate trihydrate in the presence of thiocyanate, or with CuCl2 produce two distinct coordination compounds, namely a one-dimensional helical coordination chain of [CuL(NCS)] n (1) units, and a doubly chlorido-bridged dinuclear complex [Cu2L2Cl2] (2) (where L=CH3C(O)=N-N=CCH3C5H4N). Single-crystal X-ray structural determination studies reveal that in complex 1, a deprotonated hydrazone ligand L(-) coordinates a copper(II) ion that is bridged to two neighbouring metal centres by SCN(-) anions, generating a one-dimensional helical coordination chain. In complex 2, two symmetry-related, adjacent copper(II) coordination entities are doubly chlorido-bridged, producing a dicopper entity with a Cu⋅⋅⋅Cu distance of 3.402 (1) Å. The two coordination compounds have been fully characterised by elemental analysis, spectroscopic techniques including IR, UV-vis and electron paramagnetic resonance, and variable-temperature magnetic studies. The biological effects of 1 and 2 on the viability of human colorectal carcinoma cells (COLO-205 and HT-29) were evaluated using an MTT assay, and the results indicate that these complexes induce a decrease in cell-population growth of human colorectal carcinoma cells with apoptosis. PMID:24551495

  17. Elucidating transient macromolecular interactions using paramagnetic relaxation enhancement

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    Clore, G. Marius; Tang, Chun; Iwahara, Junji

    2007-01-01

    Recent advances in the use of paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) in structure refinement and in the analysis of transient dynamic processes involved in macromolecular complex formation are presented. In the slow exchange regime, we show, using the SRY/DNA complex as an example, that the PRE provides a powerful tool that can lead to significant increases in the reliability and accuracy of NMR structure determinations. Refinement necessitates the use of an ensemble representation of the paramagnetic center and a model free extension of the Solomon-Bloembergen equations. In the fast exchange regime, the PRE provides insight into dynamic processes and the existence of transient, low population intermediate species. The PRE allows one to characterize dynamic non-specific binding of a protein to DNA; to directly demonstrate that the search process whereby a transcription factor locates its specific DNA target site involves both intramolecular (sliding) and intermolecular (hopping and intersegment transfer) translocation; and to detect and visualize the distribution of an ensemble of transient encounter complexes in protein-protein association. PMID:17913493

  18. Paramagnetic intrinsic Meissner effect in a bulk

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    Lebed, A. G.

    2008-10-01

    We calculate the free energy of a quasi-two-dimensional (Q2D) superconductor with ξ⊥ < d in a parallel magnetic field, where ξ⊥ is a perpendicular to the conducting layer coherence length and d is the interlayer distance. It is shown to be different from that in the famous Lawrence-Doniach model. In particular, at high enough magnetic fields, the Meissner currents are found to create an unexpected paramagnetic moment due to the shrinking of the Cooper pairs “sizes” in a direction perpendicular to the conducting layers. We suggest measuring this paramagnetic intrinsic Meissner effect in Q2D superconductors and superconducting superlattices.

  19. Alignment mechanisms of paramagnetic grains revisited

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    Seki, Munezo

    1989-01-01

    Taking into account the tight coupling of grain axis with angular momentum due to effective dissipation of rotation energy, the alignment of spheroidal grains was investigated by paramagnetic relaxation. Alignment degree will be significantly improved in diffuse clouds. The inclusions of superparamagnetic (SPM) substances may play a key role in grain alignment in dark clouds as well as in diffuse clouds.

  20. Dual excitation acoustic paramagnetic logging tool

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    Vail, III, William B.

    1989-01-01

    New methods and apparatus are disclosed which allow measurement of the presence of oil and water in gelogical formations using a new physical effect called the Acoustic Paramagnetic Logging Effect (APLE). The presence of petroleum in formation causes a slight increase in the earth's magnetic field in the vicinity of the reservoir. This is the phenomena of paramagnetism. Application of an acoustic source to a geological formation at the Larmor frequency of the nucleous present causes the paramagnetism of the formation to disappear. This results in a decrease in the earth's magnetic field in the vicinity of the oil bearing formation. Repetitively frequency sweeping the acoustic source through the Larmor frequency of the nucleons present (approx. 2 kHz) causes an amplitude modulation of the earth's magnetic field which is a consequence of the APLE. The amplitude modulation of the earth's magnetic field is measured with an induction coil gradiometer and provides a direct measure of the amount of oil and water in the excitation zone of the formation. The phase of the signal is used to infer the longitudinal relaxation times of the fluids present, which results in the ability in general to separate oil and water and to measure the viscosity of the oil present. Such measurements may be preformed in open boreholes and in cased well bores. The Dual Excitation Acoustic Paramagnetic Logging Tool employing two acoustic sources is also described.

  1. Collective modes in cold paramagnetic gases

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    Andreeva, T L; Rubin, P L

    2014-02-28

    We have obtained a condition for the emergence of spin waves in paramagnetic gases Re >> ImÂ, which is fulfilled only at temperatures of the order of 1 μK. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  2. Paramagnetic ellipsoidal microswimmer in a magnetic field

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    Sandoval, Mario; Fan, Louis; Pak, On Shun

    We study the two-dimensional Brownian dynamics of an ellipsoidal paramagnetic microswimmer moving at low-Reynolds-number and subject to a magnetic field. Its corresponding mean-square displacement tensor showing the effect of particles's shape, activity and magnetic field, on the microswimmer's diffusion is analytically obtained. A comparison among analytical and computational results is also made and we obtain excellent agreement.

  3. Dual excitation acoustic paramagnetic logging tool

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    Vail, W.B. III.

    1989-02-14

    New methods and apparatus are disclosed which allow measurement of the presence of oil and water in geological formations using a new physical effect called the Acoustic Paramagnetic Logging Effect (APLE). The presence of petroleum in formation causes a slight increase in the earth's magnetic field in the vicinity of the reservoir. This is the phenomena of paramagnetism. Application of an acoustic source to a geological formation at the Larmor frequency of the nucleons present causes the paramagnetism of the formation to disappear. This results in a decrease in the earth's magnetic field in the vicinity of the oil bearing formation. Repetitively frequency sweeping the acoustic source through the Larmor frequency of the nucleons present (approx. 2 kHz) causes an amplitude modulation of the earth's magnetic field which is a consequence of the APLE. The amplitude modulation of the earth's magnetic field is measured with an induction coil gradiometer and provides a direct measure of the amount of oil and water in the excitation zone of the formation. The phase of the signal is used to infer the longitudinal relaxation times of the fluids present, which results in the ability in general to separate oil and water and to measure the viscosity of the oil present. Such measurements may be performed in open boreholes and in cased well bores. The Dual Excitation Acoustic Paramagnetic Logging Tool employing two acoustic sources is also described. 6 figs.

  4. Paramagnetic shimming for high-field MRI

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    Tomasi, D.; Tomasi, D.; Wang, R.L.

    2009-01-20

    The diamagnetism of biological tissues reduces the homogeneity of the magnetic field and may limit the number of samples in multi-sample gradient-recalled echo (GRE) experiments. This study aims to (1) evaluate the magnetic field distortions and signal loss artifacts in GRE images of proximal water samples, and (2) develop a passive shimming device to overcome this limitation. The magnetic field distribution produced by a diamagnetic H{sub 2}O sphere and a paramagnetic CuSO{sub 4} disk in a secondary phantom were mapped using GRE experiments and the phase reference method, and compared to the corresponding magnetostatics models. The water sphere produced a pronounced signal loss artifact in amplitude images. This artifact was significantly reduced when the paramagnetic disk was placed symmetrically between the water sphere and the secondary spherical phantom. The present study suggests that the use of paramagnetic shimming devices can help to minimize susceptibility-related MRI signal losses and to increase the number of samples in multi-sample MRI experiments. The volume susceptibility and the shape of paramagnetic shimming devices could be optimized for particular setups and samples accordingly.

  5. Paramagnetic Meissner effect and related dynamical phenomena

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    Li, Mai Suan

    2003-03-01

    The hallmark of superconductivity is the diamagnetic response to external magnetic field. In striking contrast to this behavior, a paramagnetic response or paramagnetic Meissner effect was observed in ceramic high- Tc and in conventional superconductors. The present review is given on this interesting effect and related phenomena. We begin with a detailed discussion of experimental results on the paramagnetic Meissner effect in both granular and conventional superconductors. There are two main mechanisms leading to the paramagnetic response: the so-called d-wave and the flux compression. In the first scenario, the Josephson critical current between two d-wave superconductors becomes negative or equivalently one has a π junction. The paramagnetic signal occurs due to the nonzero spontaneous supercurrent circulating in a loop consisting of odd number of π junctions. In addition to the d-wave mechanism we present the flux compression mechanism for the paramagnetic Meissner effect. The compression may be due to either an inhomogeneous superconducting transition or flux trap inside the giant vortex state. The flux trapping which acts like a total nonzero spontaneous magnetic moment causes the paramagnetic signal. The anisotropic pairing scenario is believed to be valid for granular materials while the flux trap one can be applied to both conventional and high- Tc superconductors. The study of different phenomena by a three-dimensional lattice model of randomly distributed π Josephson junctions with finite self-inductance occupies the main part of our review. By simulations one can show that the chiral glass phase in which chiralities are frozen in time and in space may occur in granular superconductors possessing d-wave pairing symmetry. Experimental attempts on the search for the chiral glass phase are analysed. Experiments on dynamical phenomena such as AC susceptibility, compensation effect, anomalous microwave absorption, aging effect, AC resistivity and

  6. Paramagnetic carbon-13 shifts induced by the free radical tempo. 2. Nitrogen heterocycles

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    Qui, Z.W.; Grant, D.M.; Pugmire, R.J.

    1984-02-08

    With use of the free radical Tempo as a shift and relaxation reagent, both paramagnetic shifts and spin-lattice relaxation rates of nitrogen heterocycles are reported. Paramagnetic shifts of these compounds are larger than the corresponding shifts of the aromatic hydrocarbons, indicating a stronger interaction between nitrogen heterocyclic compounds and Tempo. Paramagnetic shifts increase with the number of nitrogen atoms per molecule. For pyridine type compounds, both shift and relaxation data show that the stronger interaction is not at the adjacent positions to the nitrogen atoms. It would appear in these heterocyclic complexes with Tempo that the nitrogen atoms tend to orient away from the N-O group in Tempo. In contrast, imidazole and indole exhibit a much stronger interaction with the Tempo due to hydrogen bond formation, and the positions near the N-H group exhibit larger paramagnetic shifts and relaxation rates. An approximate static model involving an indole-Tempo, hydrogen-bond complex accounts for the relaxation data from which both an equilibrium constant of complexation and a hydrogen-bond distance in the indole-Tempo complex could be estimated.

  7. Spin dynamics in paramagnetic diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Phan, Van-Nham; Tran, Minh-Tien

    2015-10-01

    Microscopic properties of low-energy spin dynamics in diluted magnetic semiconductor are addressed in a framework of the Kondo lattice model including random distribution of magnetic dopants. Based on the fluctuation-dissipation theorem, we derive an explicit dependence of the spin diffusion coefficient on the single-particle Green function which is directly evaluated by dynamical mean-field theory. In the paramagnetic state, the magnetic scattering has been manifested to suppress spin diffusion. In agreement with other ferromagnet systems, we also point out that the spin diffusion in diluted magnetic semiconductors at small carrier concentration displays a monotonic 1 /T -like temperature dependence. By investigating the spin diffusion coefficient on a wide range of the model parameters, the obtained results have provided a significant scenario to understand the spin dynamics in the paramagnetic diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  8. Electrically Driven Spin Dynamics of Paramagnetic Impurities

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    Saha, D.; Siddiqui, L.; Bhattacharya, P.; Datta, S.; Basu, D.; Holub, M.

    2008-05-01

    The spin dynamics of dilute paramagnetic impurities embedded in a semiconductor GaAs channel of a conventional lateral spin valve has been investigated. It is observed that the electron spin of paramagnetic Mn atoms can be polarized electrically when driven by a spin valve in the antiparallel configuration. The transient current through the MnAs/GaAs/MnAs spin valve bears the signature of the underlying spin dynamics driven by the exchange interaction between the conduction band electrons in GaAs and the localized Mn electron spins. The time constant for this interaction is observed to be dependent on temperature and is estimated to be 80 ns at 15 K.

  9. Electrically driven spin dynamics of paramagnetic impurities.

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    Saha, D; Siddiqui, L; Bhattacharya, P; Datta, S; Basu, D; Holub, M

    2008-05-16

    The spin dynamics of dilute paramagnetic impurities embedded in a semiconductor GaAs channel of a conventional lateral spin valve has been investigated. It is observed that the electron spin of paramagnetic Mn atoms can be polarized electrically when driven by a spin valve in the antiparallel configuration. The transient current through the MnAs/GaAs/MnAs spin valve bears the signature of the underlying spin dynamics driven by the exchange interaction between the conduction band electrons in GaAs and the localized Mn electron spins. The time constant for this interaction is observed to be dependent on temperature and is estimated to be 80 ns at 15 K. PMID:18518470

  10. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in Pb nanowire arrays

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    Yuan, Shijun; Ren, Liyuan; Li, Fashen

    2004-03-01

    The Meissner effect is one of the basic properties of superconductors. Recently, many experiments have shown that small-size superconducting samples may be paramagnetic in a weak magnetic field, the so-called paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME). In this paper, we report the observation of the PME in Pb nanowire arrays. We find that the signal of the PME increases with decreasing diameter of the nanowires. In a lead nanowire array of diameter about 40 nm, the oscillations of the PME are observed in field-cooling temperature-dependent magnetization M(T) curves. Surprisingly, the PME was also observed in zero-field-cooling M(T) curves. We conclude that the PME is in association with the metastable states in superconductors. The PME plays an important role only if the proportion of surface superconductors is sufficiently large.

  11. Stoner-enhanced paramagnetism in tungsten tetraboride.

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    Shen, Jiaoyan; Zhou, Jingming; Zhao, Meng; Liu, Guozhen; Gao, Ju; Yao, Jinlei

    2016-01-20

    We demonstrate that tungsten tetraboride (WB4), a heavy transition metallic compound without magnetic atoms, is an exchange-enhanced paramagnet revealed by the magnetization and specific heat measurements. WB4 has a small effective magnetic moment of 0.53 μB/fu. The high magnetic susceptibility in the magnitude of 1 memu (mol·Oe)(-1) below 10 K obeys quadratic temperature dependence. The upturn behavior of C(P)/T versus T(2) at low temperatures is attributed to the electron-paramagnon interactions. A high Stoner enhancement parameter, Z  =  0.93, was derived to explain the enhanced paramagnetism based on the Stoner model. PMID:26683343

  12. Reversible Redox Chemistry and Catalytic C(sp(3))-H Amination Reactivity of a Paramagnetic Pd Complex Bearing a Redox-Active o-Aminophenol-Derived NNO Pincer Ligand.

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    Broere, Daniël L J; van Leest, Nicolaas P; de Bruin, Bas; Siegler, Maxime A; van der Vlugt, Jarl Ivar

    2016-09-01

    The synthesis, spectroelectrochemical characterization (ultraviolet-visible and nuclear magnetic resonance), solid state structures, and computational metric parameters of three isostructural PdCl(NNO) complexes 1 [PdCl(NNO(ISQ))], 2 {[PdCl(NNO(AP))](-)}, and 5 {[PdCl(NNO(IBQ))](+)} (NNO = o-aminophenol-derived redox-active ligand with a pendant pyridine) with different NNO oxidation states are described. The reduced diamagnetic complex 2 readily reacts with halogenated solvents, including lattice solvent from crystalline pure material, as supported by spectroscopic data and density functional theory calculations. Thorough removal of chlorinated impurities allows for modest catalytic turnover in the conversion of 4-phenylbutyl azide into N-protected 2-phenylpyrrolidine, which is the first example of a palladium-catalyzed radical-type transformation facilitated by a redox-active ligand as well as the first C-H amination mediated by ligand-to-substrate single-electron transfer. PMID:27525360

  13. The structure of the inhibitory complex of alloxanthine (1H-pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine-4,6-diol) with the molybdenum centre of xanthine oxidase from electron-paramagnetic-resonance spectroscopy.

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    Hawkes, T R; George, G N; Bray, R C

    1984-01-01

    Studies were carried out on the inhibitory complex of alloxanthine (1H-pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine-4,5-diol) with xanthine oxidase, in extension of the work of Williams & Bray [Biochem. J. (1981) 195, 753-760]. By suitable regulation of the reaction conditions, up to 10% of the functional enzyme could be converted into the complex in the Mo(V) oxidation state. The e.p.r. spectrum of the complex was investigated in detail with the help of computer simulation and substitution with stable isotopes. Close structural analogy of the signal-giving species to that of the Very Rapid intermediate in enzyme turnover is shown by g-values (2.0279, 1.9593 and 1.9442) and by coupling to 33S in the cyanide-labile site of the enzyme [A(33S) 0.30, 3.10 and 0.70mT]. However, whereas in the Very Rapid signal there is strong coupling to 17O [Gutteridge & Bray, Biochem. J. (1980) 189, 615-623], instead, in the Alloxanthine signal there is strong coupling to a single nitrogen atom [A(14N) 0.35, 0.35, 0.32 mT]. This is presumed to originate from the 2-position of the heterocyclic ring system. From this work and from earlier kinetic studies it is concluded that alloxanthine, after being bound reversibly at the active centre, reacts slowly with it, in a specific manner, distinct from that in the normal catalytic reaction with substrates. This reaction involves elimination of an oxygen ligand of molybdenum and co-ordination, in this site, of alloxanthine via the N-2 nitrogen atom, to give a complex that is structurally but not chemically closely analogous to that of the Very Rapid species. PMID:6326752

  14. Investigation of paramagnetic response of metallic epoxies

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    Ash, R. L.; Chegini, H.

    1986-01-01

    The paramagnetic properties of epoxies which were impregnated with metal ions were examined as the primary task in this research. A major conclusion was that the quality control of the epoxies was insufficient to permit reliable evaluation. Subsequently, a new set of specimens is being prepared. As an additional task, a new method is investigated for estimating heats of combustion for saturated hydrocarbons. The results of that investigation have shown that the empirical approach is a promising method for on-line measurements.

  15. Tetrachloridocuprates(II)—Synthesis and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy

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    Winter, Alette; Zabel, André; Strauch, Peter

    2012-01-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) on the basis of metal containing anions and/or cations are of interest for a variety of technical applications e.g., synthesis of particles, magnetic or thermochromic materials. We present the synthesis and the results of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopic analyses of a series of some new potential ionic liquids based on tetrachloridocuprates(II), [CuCl4]2−, with different sterically demanding cations: hexadecyltrimethylammonium 1, tetradecyltrimethylammonium 2, tetrabutylammonium 3 and benzyltriethylammonium 4. The cations in the new compounds were used to achieve a reasonable separation of the paramagnetic Cu(II) ions for EPR spectroscopy. The EPR hyperfine structure was not resolved. This is due to the exchange broadening, resulting from still incomplete separation of the paramagnetic Cu(II) centers. Nevertheless, the principal values of the electron Zeemann tensor (g║ and g┴) of the complexes could be determined. Even though the solid substances show slightly different colors, the UV/Vis spectra are nearly identical, indicating structural changes of the tetrachloridocuprate moieties between solid state and solution. The complexes have a promising potential e.g., as high temperature ionic liquids, as precursors for the formation of copper chloride particles or as catalytic paramagnetic ionic liquids. PMID:22408411

  16. Unconventional dynamic hysteresis in a periodic assembly of paramagnetic colloids

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    Tierno, Pietro; Johansen, Tom H.; Sancho, J. M.

    2013-06-01

    Dynamic hysteresis phenomena are widespread in physical sciences and describe the complex behavior of systems driven out of equilibrium by a periodic forcing. We use here paramagnetic colloids above a stripe-patterned garnet film as the model system to study dynamic hysteresis, the latter induced when the particles are periodically translated by an oscillating magnetic field. In contrast to the expected behavior for a bistable system, we observe that the area of the hysteresis loop decreases by increasing the driving frequency and reduces to zero for frequencies higher than 5-7s-1. To explain the experimental results, we develop a simple model based on an overdamped Brownian particle driven by a periodic potential with an oscillating amplitude.

  17. Paramagnetic and Antiferromagnetic Spin Seebeck Effect

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    Wu, Stephen

    We report on the observation of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in both antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic insulators. By using a microscale on-chip local heater, it is possible to generate a large thermal gradient confined to the chip surface without a large increase in the total sample temperature. This technique allows us to easily access low temperatures (200 mK) and high magnetic fields (14 T) through conventional dilution refrigeration and superconducting magnet setups. By exploring this regime, we detect the spin Seebeck effect through the spin-flop transition in antiferromagnetic MnF2 when a large magnetic field (>9 T) is applied along the easy axis direction. Using the same technique, we are also able to resolve a spin Seebeck effect from the paramagnetic phase of geometrically frustrated antiferromagnet Gd3Ga5O12 (gadolinium gallium garnet) and antiferromagnetic DyScO3 (DSO). Since these measurements occur above the ordering temperatures of these two materials, short-range magnetic order is implicated as the cause of the spin Seebeck effect in these systems. The discovery of the spin Seebeck effect in these two materials classes suggest that both antiferromagnetic spin waves and spin excitations from short range magnetic order may be used to generate spin current from insulators and that the spin wave spectra of individual materials are highly important to the specifics of the longitudinal spin Seebeck effect. Since insulating antiferromagnets and paramagnets are far more common than the typical insulating ferrimagnetic materials used in spin Seebeck experiments, this discovery opens up a large new class of materials for use in spin caloritronic devices. All authors acknowledge support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. The use of facilities at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, was supported by the U.S. DOE, BES under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  18. Novel paramagnetic AT1 receptor antagonists.

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    Tan, Nichole P H; Taylor, Michelle K; Bottle, Steven E; Wright, Christine E; Ziogas, James; White, Jonathan M; Schiesser, Carl H; Jani, Nitya V

    2011-11-28

    Novel paramagnetic selective angiotensin AT(1) receptor antagonists (sartans) bearing nitroxides (3, 4) have been prepared and their pharmacology evaluated in vitro as well as in vivo. Compounds 3, 4 proved to be effective sartans with pK(B) estimates in the range 6.2-9.1. In addition, the sodium salt (11) of 4 (R = Bu) is able to protect against vascular injury in hypertensive rats as determined by its ability to attenuate the development of intimal thickening caused by balloon injury of the carotid artery. PMID:21963998

  19. Change in the paramagnetic characteristics of coals during metamorphism

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    Bineev, E.A.; Peresun'ko, T.F.

    1983-01-01

    The paper studies the paramagnetic properties of deep-mined coals on samples taken from one seam with a wide spectrum of metamorphism. Changes which take place in the concentration of paramagnetic centres within the various types of coal are related to structural and chemical transformations which occur with progressive coalification. Comparisons of EPR and X-ray structural and elementary analyses produce a picture of those particular paramagnetic centres which are responsible for the wide- and narrow-band EPR signals.

  20. Vortex states in superconductors with strong Pauli-paramagnetic effect

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    Ichioka, Masanori; Machida, Kazushige

    2007-08-01

    Using quasiclassical theory, we analyze the vortex structure of strong-paramagnetic superconductors. There, induced paramagnetic moments are accumulated exclusively around the vortex core. We quantitatively evaluate the significant paramagnetic effect in the H dependence of various quantities, such as low temperature specific heat, Knight shift, magnetization, and the flux line lattice (FLL) form factor. The anomalous H dependence of the FLL form factor observed by the small angle neutron scattering in CeCoIn5 is attributable to the large paramagnetic contribution.

  1. Spin paramagnetic deformation of a neutron star

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    Suvorov, A. G.; Mastrano, A.; Melatos, A.

    2016-02-01

    Quantum mechanical corrections to the hydromagnetic force balance equation, derived from the microscopic Schrödinger-Pauli theory of quantum plasmas, modify the equilibrium structure and hence the mass quadrupole moment of a neutron star. It is shown here that the dominant effect - spin paramagnetism - is most significant in a magnetar, where one typically has μ _B|B|≳ k_B T_e, where μB is the Bohr magneton, B is the magnetic field, and Te is the electron temperature. The spin paramagnetic deformation of a non-barotropic magnetar with a linked poloidal-toroidal magnetic field is calculated to be up to ˜10 times greater than the deformation caused solely by the Lorentz force. It depends on the degree of Pauli blocking by conduction electrons and the propensity to form magnetic domains, processes which are incompletely modelled at magnetar field strengths. The star becomes more oblate, as the toroidal field component strengthens. The result implies that existing classical predictions underestimate the maximum strength of the gravitational wave signal from rapidly spinning magnetars at birth. Turning the argument around, future gravitational-wave upper limits of increasing sensitivity will place ever-stricter constraints on the physics of Pauli blocking and magnetic domain formation under magnetar conditions.

  2. Spin fluctuations in 3d paramagnetic metals

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    Wysocki, Aleksander; Kutepov, Andrey; Antropov, Vladimir

    Spin fluctuations (SFs) in 3d paramagnetic metals were investigated using the linear response formalism within the time dependent density functional theory. An efficient scheme of frequency integration using the Matsubara technique has been implemented and tested. The SFs spectrum in 3d paramagnets is analyzed in real and reciprocal spaces as a function of frequency and temperature. For all materials the SFs are characterized by the coexistence of low and high energy branches which originate from different regions of the Brillouin zone. The low-energy ones can be measured by neutron scattering experiments while the high-energy SFs appear to be more localized. Further, we studied the nature of square of fluctuating magnetic moment in these materials. This work was supported, in part, by the Critical Materials Institute, an Energy Innovation Hub funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and by the Office of Basic Energy Science, Division of Materials Science and Engineering. The research was performed at Ames Laboratory, which is operated for the U.S. DOE by Iowa State University under contract # DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  3. High field electron paramagnetic resonance characterization of electronic and structural environments for paramagnetic metal ions and organic free radicals in Deepwater Horizon oil spill tar balls.

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    Ramachandran, Vasanth; van Tol, Johan; McKenna, Amy M; Rodgers, Ryan P; Marshall, Alan G; Dalal, Naresh S

    2015-02-17

    In the first use of high-field electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy to characterize paramagnetic metal-organic and free radical species from tar balls and weathered crude oil samples from the Gulf of Mexico (collected after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill) and an asphalt volcano sample collected off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA, we are able to identify for the first time the various paramagnetic species present in the native state of these samples and understand their molecular structures and bonding. The two tar ball and one asphalt volcano samples contain three distinct paramagnetic species: (i) an organic free radical, (ii) a [VO](2+) containing porphyrin, and (iii) a Mn(2+) containing complex. The organic free radical was found to have a disc-shaped or flat structure, based on its axially symmetric spectrum. The characteristic spectral features of the vanadyl species closely resemble those of pure vanadyl porphyrin; hence, its nuclear framework around the vanadyl ion must be similar to that of vanadyl octaethyl porphyrin (VOOEP). The Mn(2+) ion, essentially undetected by low-field EPR, yields a high-field EPR spectrum with well-resolved hyperfine features devoid of zero-field splitting, characteristic of tetrahedral or octahedral Mn-O bonding. Although the lower-field EPR signals from the organic free radicals in fossil fuel samples have been investigated over the last 5 decades, the observed signal was featureless. In contrast, high-field EPR (up to 240 GHz) reveals that the species is a disc-shaped hydrocarbon molecule in which the unpaired electron is extensively delocalized. We envisage that the measured g-value components will serve as a sensitive basis for electronic structure calculations. High-field electron nuclear double resonance experiments should provide an accurate picture of the spin density distribution for both the vanadyl-porphyrin and Mn(2+) complexes, as well as the organic free radical, and will be the focus of follow

  4. Paramagnetic metal ions in pulsed ESR distance distribution measurements.

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    Ji, Ming; Ruthstein, Sharon; Saxena, Sunil

    2014-02-18

    The use of pulsed electron spin resonance (ESR) to measure interspin distance distributions has advanced biophysical research. The three major techniques that use pulsed ESR are relaxation rate based distance measurements, double quantum coherence (DQC), and double electron electron resonance (DEER). Among these methods, the DEER technique has become particularly popular largely because it is easy to implement on commercial instruments and because programs are available to analyze experimental data. Researchers have widely used DEER to measure the structure and conformational dynamics of molecules labeled with the methanethiosulfonate spin label (MTSSL). Recently, researchers have exploited endogenously bound paramagnetic metal ions as spin probes as a way to determine structural constraints in metalloproteins. In this context Cu(2+) has served as a useful paramagnetic metal probe at X-band for DEER based distance measurements. Sample preparation is simple, and a coordinated-Cu(2+) ion offers limited spatial flexibility, making it an attractive probe for DEER experiments. On the other hand, Cu(2+) has a broad absorption ESR spectrum at low temperature, which leads to two potential complications. First, the Cu(2+)-based DEER time domain data has lower signal to noise ratio compared with MTSSL. Second, accurate distance distribution analysis often requires high-quality experimental data at different external magnetic fields or with different frequency offsets. In this Account, we summarize characteristics of Cu(2+)-based DEER distance distribution measurements and data analysis methods. We highlight a novel application of such measurements in a protein-DNA complex to identify the metal ion binding site and to elucidate its chemical mechanism of function. We also survey the progress of research on other metal ions in high frequency DEER experiments. PMID:24289139

  5. Paramagnetic Materials for PASER and Tunable RF Absorption

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    Antipov, Sergey P.; Schoessow, Paul; Kanareykin, Alexei; Jing Chunguang; Poluektov, Oleg; Gai Wei

    2010-11-04

    We report on the use of paramagnetic active media for the PASER (Particle Acceleration by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) and for dielectric loaded accelerating structures with tunable absorption for high order modes. The dielectric is doped with a material exhibiting high paramagnetic resonance, e.g. ruby with Cr{sup 3+}. The absorption frequency can be tuned by a magnetic field.

  6. Magneto-Optical Properties of Paramagnetic Superrotors

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    Milner, A. A.; Korobenko, A.; Floß, J.; Averbukh, I. Sh.; Milner, V.

    2015-07-01

    We study the dynamics of paramagnetic molecular superrotors in an external magnetic field. An optical centrifuge is used to create dense ensembles of oxygen molecules in ultrahigh rotational states. In is shown, for the first time, that the gas of rotating molecules becomes optically birefringent in the presence of a magnetic field. The discovered effect of "magneto-rotational birefringence" indicates the preferential alignment of molecular axes along the field direction. We provide an intuitive qualitative model, in which the influence of the applied magnetic field on the molecular orientation is mediated by the spin-rotation coupling. This model is supported by the direct imaging of the distribution of molecular axes, the demonstration of the magnetic reversal of the rotational Raman signal, and by numerical calculations.

  7. Magneto-Optical Properties of Paramagnetic Superrotors.

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    Milner, A A; Korobenko, A; Floß, J; Averbukh, I Sh; Milner, V

    2015-07-17

    We study the dynamics of paramagnetic molecular superrotors in an external magnetic field. An optical centrifuge is used to create dense ensembles of oxygen molecules in ultrahigh rotational states. In is shown, for the first time, that the gas of rotating molecules becomes optically birefringent in the presence of a magnetic field. The discovered effect of "magneto-rotational birefringence" indicates the preferential alignment of molecular axes along the field direction. We provide an intuitive qualitative model, in which the influence of the applied magnetic field on the molecular orientation is mediated by the spin-rotation coupling. This model is supported by the direct imaging of the distribution of molecular axes, the demonstration of the magnetic reversal of the rotational Raman signal, and by numerical calculations. PMID:26230789

  8. Electron paramagnetic resonance at dislocations in germanium

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    Pakulis, E.J.

    1982-06-01

    The first observation of the paramagnetic resonance of electrons at dislocations in germanium single crystals is reported. Under subband gap optical excitation, two sets of lines are detected: four lines about the <111> axes with g/sub perpendicular to/ = 0.34 and g/sub parallel/ = 1.94, and 24 lines with g/sub perpendicular to/ = 0.73 and g/sub parallel/ = 1.89 about <111> axes with the six-fold 1.2/sup 0/ distortion. This represents the first measurement of the disortion angle of a dislocation dangling bond. The possibility that the distortion results from a Peierls transition along the dislocation line is discussed.

  9. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in conventional Nb superconductors

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    Thompson, D.J.; Wenger, L.E.; Chen, J.T.

    1996-11-01

    The paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME), in which the field-cooled-magnetization (FCM) of superconducting samples is positive below the superconducting transition temperature T{sub c}, has been observed in certain ceramic and single-crystal samples of the high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors and more recently in disk-shaped Nb samples. Through systematic investigations of the conditions for observing the PME in Nb disks, various surface treatments to the Nb disks were found to change both the zero-field-cooled-magnetization (ZFCM) and the FCM, including the appearance of a positive FCM in samples previously not exhibiting the PME as well as the elimination of the PME through surface abrasion. These results suggest that the PME arises from the field distributions created by the flux pinning associated with microstructural defects on the surface layer of the disk.

  10. Paramagnetic intrinsic Meissner effect in layered superconductors

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    Lebed, A. G.

    2008-07-01

    Free energy of a layered superconductor with ξ⊥paramagnetic intrinsic Meissner effect in a bulk is suggested to detect, by measuring in-plane torque, the upper critical field and magnetization in layered organic and high- Tc superconductors, as well as in superconducting superlattices.

  11. Paramagnetic Intrinsic Meissner Effect in Layered Superconductors

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    Lebed, Andrei

    2008-03-01

    Free energy of a quasi-two-dimensional superconductor with a coherence length perpendicular to the conducting layers being less than an inter-layer distance is calculated. The free energy is shown to differ from that in the textbook Lawerence-Doniach model at high fields, where the Meissner currents are found to create an unexpected positive magnetic moment due to shrinking of the Cooper pairs ``sizes'' by a magnetic field. This unique phenomenon - paramagnetic intrinsic Meissner effect (PIME) in a bulk [1] - is suggested to detect by measuring in-plane magnetization and torque in layered organic and high-Tc superconductors as well as in superconducting superlattices. [1] A.G. Lebed, Physical Review Letters, submitted.

  12. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Pr

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    Tezuka, Keitaro; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2001-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of tetravalent praseodymium ions doped in the cubic perovskite compound BaHfO{sub 3} have been measured at 4.2 K. A very large hyperfine interaction with the {sup 141}Pr nucleus was observed in the spectrum of Pr{sup 4+}/ BaHfO{sub 3}. The results were analyzed based on the weak field approximation, and the g value (|g|=0.619) and a hyperfine coupling constant (A=0.0589 cm{sup {minus}1}) were obtained. The measured g value is much smaller than |-10/7|, which indicates that the crystal field effect on the behavior of a 4f electron is large. These g and A values were compared with the EPR results for other f{sup 1} ions in an octahedral crystal field.

  13. Paramagnetic shimming for wide-range variable-field NMR.

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    Ichijo, Naoki; Takeda, Kazuyuki; Takegoshi, K

    2014-09-01

    We propose a new passive shimming strategy for variable-field NMR experiments, in which the magnetic field produced by paramagnetic shim pieces placed inside the magnet bore compensates the inhomogeneity of a variable-field magnet for a wide range of magnet currents. Paramagnetic shimming is demonstrated in (7)Li, (87)Rb, and (45)Sc NMR of a liquid solution sample in magnetic fields of 3.4, 4.0, and 5.4T at a fixed carrier frequency of 56.0MHz. Since both the main-field inhomogeneity and the paramagnetic magnetization are proportional to the main-magnet current, the resonance lines are equally narrowed by the improved field homogeneity with an identical configuration of the paramagnetic shim pieces. Paramagnetic shimming presented in this work opens the possibility of high-resolution variable-field NMR experiments. PMID:25080372

  14. Paramagnetic moment in field-cooled superconducting plates: Paramagnetic Meissner effect

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    Koshelev, A.E.; Larkin, A.I.

    1995-11-01

    We calculate the magnetic moment for thin superconducting plates after field cooling. We consider the situation when the whole magnetic flux is trapped within the strip and compressed due to inhomogeneous cooling. We demonstrate that the magnetic moment in such a state is paramagnetic. For a thin superconducting strip we found exact solutions for the field and current distributions at any degree of flux compression. The cases of complete and partial Bean states were considered. For a thin superconducting disk we found an approximate solution for the case of weak compression and a complete Bean state. The mechanism considered can explain the paramagnetic Meissner effect observed recently in some high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} superconductors and in Nb.

  15. Intracellular hypoxia of tumor tissue estimated by noninvasive electron paramagnetic resonance oximetry technique using paramagnetic probes.

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    Matsumoto, Atsuko; Matsumoto, Ken-ichiro; Matsumoto, Shingo; Hyodo, Fuminori; Sowers, Anastasia L; Koscielniak, Janusz W; Devasahayam, Nallathamby; Subramanian, Sankaran; Mitchell, James B; Krishna, Murali C

    2011-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) oximetry at 700 MHz operating frequency employing a surface coil resonator is used to assess tissue partial pressure of oxygen (pO(2)) using paramagnetic media whose linewidth and decay constant are related to oxygen concentration. Differences in extracellular and intracellular pO(2) in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) tumor tissue were tested using several types of water-soluble paramagnetic media, which localize extracellularly or permeate through the cell membrane. The nitroxide carboxy-PROXYL (CxP) can only be distributed in blood plasma and extracellular fluids whereas the nitroxides carbamoyl-PROXYL (CmP) and TEMPOL (TPL) can permeate cell membranes and localize intracellularly. EPR signal decay constant and the linewidth of the intravenously administered nitroxides in SCC tumor tissues implanted in mouse thigh and the contralateral normal muscle of healthy mice breathing gases with different pO(2) were compared. The pO(2) in the blood can depend on the oxygen content in the breathing gas while tissue pO(2) was not directly influenced by pO(2) in the breathing gas. The decay constants of CmP and TPL in tumor tissue were significantly larger than in the normal muscles, and lower linewidths of CmP and TPL in tumor tissue was observed. The SCC tumor showed intracellular hypoxia even though the extracellular pO(2) is similar to normal tissue in the peripheral region. PMID:21212532

  16. Seeing the invisible by paramagnetic and diamagnetic NMR

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    Clore, G. Marius

    2014-01-01

    Sparsely populated transient states of proteins and their complexes play an important role in many biological processes including protein–protein and protein–DNA recognition, allostery, conformational selection, induced fit and self-assembly. These states are difficult to study as their low population and transient nature makes them effectively invisible to conventional structural and biophysical techniques. In the present article, I summarize recent NMR developments in our laboratory, including the use of paramagnetic relaxation enhancement, lifetime line broadening and dark-state exchange saturation transfer spectroscopy, that have permitted such sparsely populated states to be detected, characterized and, in some instances, visualized. I illustrate the application of these methods to the elucidation of mechanisms whereby transcription factors locate their specific target sites within an overwhelming sea of non-specific DNA, to the characterization of encounter complexes in protein–protein recognition, to largescale interdomain motions involved in ligand binding, and to the interaction of monomeric amyloid β-peptide with the surface of amyloid protofibrils and the internal cavity surface of the chaperonin GroEL. PMID:24256222

  17. Fast structure-based assignment of 15N HSQC spectra of selectively 15N-labeled paramagnetic proteins.

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    Pintacuda, Guido; Keniry, Max A; Huber, Thomas; Park, Ah Young; Dixon, Nicholas E; Otting, Gottfried

    2004-03-10

    A novel strategy for fast NMR resonance assignment of (15)N HSQC spectra of proteins is presented. It requires the structure coordinates of the protein, a paramagnetic center, and one or more residue-selectively (15)N-labeled samples. Comparison of sensitive undecoupled (15)N HSQC spectra recorded of paramagnetic and diamagnetic samples yields data for every cross-peak on pseudocontact shift, paramagnetic relaxation enhancement, cross-correlation between Curie-spin and dipole-dipole relaxation, and residual dipolar coupling. Comparison of these four different paramagnetic quantities with predictions from the three-dimensional structure simultaneously yields the resonance assignment and the anisotropy of the susceptibility tensor of the paramagnetic center. The method is demonstrated with the 30 kDa complex between the N-terminal domain of the epsilon subunit and the theta subunit of Escherichia coli DNA polymerase III. The program PLATYPUS was developed to perform the assignment, provide a measure of reliability of the assignment, and determine the susceptibility tensor anisotropy. PMID:14995214

  18. Topological paramagnetism in frustrated spin-1 Mott insulators

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    Wang, Chong; Nahum, Adam; Senthil, T.

    2015-05-01

    Time-reversal-protected three-dimensional (3D) topological paramagnets are magnetic analogs of the celebrated 3D topological insulators. Such paramagnets have a bulk gap and no exotic bulk excitations, but have non-trivial surface states protected by symmetry. We propose that frustrated spin-1 quantum magnets are a natural setting for realizing such states in three dimensions. We describe a physical picture of the ground-state wave function for such a spin-1 topological paramagnet in terms of loops of fluctuating Haldane chains with nontrivial linking phases. We illustrate some aspects of such loop gases with simple exactly solvable models. We also show how 3D topological paramagnets can be very naturally accessed within a slave particle description of a spin-1 magnet. Specifically, we construct slave-particle mean-field states which are naturally driven into the topological paramagnet upon including fluctuations. We propose bulk projected wave functions for the topological paramagnet based on this slave-particle description. An alternate slave-particle construction leads to a stable U (1 ) quantum spin liquid from which a topological paramagnet may be accessed by condensing the emergent magnetic monopole excitation of the spin liquid.

  19. Paramagnetic relaxation of long-lived coherences in solution NMR.

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    Singh, Maninder; Srinivas, Chinthalapalli; Deb, Mayukh; Kurur, Narayanan D

    2013-12-01

    Long-lived coherences (LLCs) are known to have lifetimes much longer than transverse magnetization or single quantum coherences (SQCs). The effect of paramagnetic ions on the relaxation of LLCs is not known. This is particularly important, as LLCs have potential applications in various fields like analytical NMR, in vivo NMR and MR imaging methods. We study here the behaviour of LLCs in the presence of paramagnetic relaxation agents. The stepwise increase in the concentration of the metal ion is followed by measuring various relaxation rates. The effect of paramagnetic ions is analysed in terms of the external random field's contribution to the relaxation of two coupled protons in 2,3,6-trichlorobenzaldehyde. The LLCs relax faster than ordinary SQCs in the presence of paramagnetic ions of varying character. This is explained on the basis of an increase in the contribution of the external random field to relaxation due to a paramagnetic relaxation mechanism. Comparison is also made with ordinary Zeeman relaxation rates like R1, R2, R1ρ and also with rate of relaxation of long-lived states RLLS which are known to be less sensitive to paramagnetically induced relaxation. Also, the extent of correlation of random fields at two proton sites is studied and is found to be strongly correlated with each other. The obtained correlation constant is found to be independent of the nature of added paramagnetic impurities. PMID:24151221

  20. Protein docking using an ensemble of spin labels optimized by intra-molecular paramagnetic relaxation enhancement.

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    Schilder, Jesika; Liu, Wei-Min; Kumar, Pravin; Overhand, Mark; Huber, Martina; Ubbink, Marcellus

    2016-02-17

    Paramagnetic NMR is a useful technique to study proteins and protein complexes and the use of paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) for this purpose has become wide-spread. PREs are commonly generated using paramagnetic spin labels (SLs) that contain an unpaired electron in the form of a nitroxide radical, with 1-oxyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-2,5-dihydropyrrol-3-ylmethyl methane thiosulfonate (MTSL) being the most popular tag. The inherent flexibility of the SL causes sampling of several conformations in solution, which can be problematic as over- or underestimation of the spatial distribution of the unpaired electron in structural calculations will lead to errors in the distance restraints. We investigated the effect of this mobility on the accuracy of protein-protein docking calculations using intermolecular PRE data by comparing MTSL and the less mobile 3-methanesulfonilthiomethyl-4-(pyridin-3-yl)-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-2,5-dihydro-1H-pyrrol-1-yloxyl (pyMTSL) on the dynamic complex of cytochrome c and cytochrome c peroxidase. No significant differences were found between the two SLs. Docking was performed using either single or multiple conformers and either fixed or flexible SLs. It was found that mobility of the SLs is the limiting factor for obtaining accurate solutions. Optimization of SL conformer orientations using intra-molecular PRE improves the accuracy of docking. PMID:26356049

  1. Hydrodynamic instability in a magnetically driven suspension of paramagnetic red blood cells.

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    Kashevsky, B E; Zholud, A M; Kashevsky, S B

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the magnetically driven motion in suspensions of paramagnetic particles. Our object is diluted deoxygenated whole blood with paramagnetic red blood cells (RBCs). We use direct observations in a closed vertical Hele-Shaw channel, and a well-defined magnetic force field applied horizontally in the channel plane. At very low cell concentrations, we register single-particle motion mode, track individual cells and determine their hydrodynamic and magnetic characteristics. Above 0.2 volume percent concentration, we observe local swirls and a global transient quasi-periodic vortex structure, intensifying with increasing cell concentration, but surprisingly this does not influence the time and purity of the magnetic extraction of RBCs. Our observations shed light on the behavioral complexity of magnetically driven submagnetic suspensions, an important issue for the emerging microfluidic technology of direct magnetic cell separation and intriguing for the mechanics of particulate soft matter. PMID:26212385

  2. Analysis of paramagnetic centers for threevalent iron in aluminosilicates

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    Apushkinskaya, D.; Apushkinskiy, E.; Popov, B.; Romanov, V. N.; Saveliev, V.; Sobolevskiy, V.

    2015-09-01

    We present the results of investigation of the defects in fluorine aluminosilicates from the Volyn-field Al2 [SiO4][F,OH]2 by the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) method. The studies were carried out on the spectrometer Bruker ER 220D. Three types of EPR spectra of single centers were obtained. Their angular dependence was also investigated. The obtained EPR spectra correspond to the paramagnetic ion Fe3+ in the high-spin state S = 5/2. Three types of paramagnetic centers were found: one with cubic-symmetry and two with orthorhombic- symmetries.

  3. Paramagnetism in colour superconductivity and compact stars

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    Ferrer, Efrain J.; de la Incera, Vivian

    2007-06-01

    It is quite plausible that colour superconductivity occurs in the inner regions of neutron stars. At the same time, it is known that strong magnetic fields exist in the interior of these compact objects. In this paper we discuss some important effects that can occur in the colour superconducting core of compact stars due to the presence of the stars' magnetic field. In particular, we consider the modification of the gluon dynamics for a colour superconductor with three massless quark flavours in the presence of an external magnetic field. We show that the long-range component of the external magnetic field that penetrates the colour-flavour locked phase produces an instability for field values larger than the charged gluons' Meissner mass. As a consequence, the ground state is restructured forming a vortex state characterized by the condensation of charged gluons and the creation of magnetic flux tubes. In the vortex state the magnetic field outside the flux tubes is equal to the applied one, while inside the tubes its strength increases by an amount that depends on the amplitude of the gluon condensate. This paramagnetic behaviour of the colour superconductor can be relevant for the physics of compact stars.

  4. In vivo imaging of a stable paramagnetic probe by pulsed-radiofrequency electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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    Murugesan, R; Cook, J A; Devasahayam, N; Afeworki, M; Subramanian, S; Tschudin, R; Larsen, J A; Mitchell, J B; Russo, A; Krishna, M C

    1997-09-01

    Imaging of free radicals by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy using time domain acquisition as in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has not been attempted because of the short spin-spin relaxation times, typically under 1 microsecond, of most biologically relevant paramagnetic species. Recent advances in radiofrequency (RF) electronics have enabled the generation of pulses of the order of 10-50 ns. Such short pulses provide adequate spectral coverage for EPR studies at 300 MHz resonant frequency. Acquisition of free induction decays (FID) of paramagnetic species possessing inhomogenously broadened narrow lines after pulsed excitation is feasible with an appropriate digitizer/averager. This report describes the use of time-domain RF EPR spectrometry and imaging for in vivo applications. FID responses were collected from a water-soluble, narrow line width spin probe within phantom samples in solution and also when infused intravenously in an anesthetized mouse. Using static magnetic field gradients and back-projection methods of image reconstruction, two-dimensional images of the spin-probe distribution were obtained in phantom samples as well as in a mouse. The resolution in the images was better than 0.7 mm and devoid of motional artifacts in the in vivo study. Results from this study suggest a potential use for pulsed RF EPR imaging (EPRI) for three-dimensional spatial and spectral-spatial imaging applications. In particular, pulsed EPRI may find use in vivo studies to minimize motional artifacts from cardiac and lung motion that cause significant problems in frequency-domain spectral acquisition, such as in continuous wave (cw) EPR techniques. PMID:9339442

  5. Enhancement of T1 and T2 relaxation by paramagnetic silica-coated nanocrystals

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    Gerion, D; Herberg, J; Gjersing, E; Ramon, E; Maxwell, R; Gray, J W; Budinger, T F; Chen, F F

    2006-08-28

    We present the first comprehensive investigation on water-soluble nanoparticles embedded into a paramagnetic shell and their properties as an MRI contrast agent. The nanoprobes are constructed with an inorganic core embedded into an ultra-thin silica shell covalently linked to chelated Gd{sup 3+} paramagnetic ions that act as an MRI contrast agent. The chelator contains the molecule DOTA and the inorganic core contains a fluorescent CdSe/ZnS qdots in Au nanoparticles. Optical properties of the cores (fluorescence emission or plasmon position) are not affected by the neither the silica shell nor the presence of the chelated paramagnetic ions. The resulting complex is a MRI/fluorescence probe with a diameter of 8 to 15 nm. This probe is highly soluble in high ionic strength buffers at pH ranging from {approx}4 to 11. In MRI experiments at clinical field strengths of 60 MHz, the QDs probes posses spin-lattice (T{sub 1}) and a spin-spin (T{sub 2}) relaxivities of 1018.6 +/- 19.4 mM{sup -1} s{sup -1} and 2438.1 +/- 46.3 mM{sup -1} s{sup -1} respectively for probes having {approx}8 nm. This increase in relaxivity has been correlated to the number of paramagnetic ions covalently linked to the silica shell, ranging from approximately 45 to over 320. We found that each bound chelated paramagnetic species contributes by over 23 mM{sup -1} s{sup -1} to the total T{sub 1} and by over 54 mM{sup -1} s{sup -1} to the total T{sub 2} relaxivity respectively. The contrast power is modulated by the number of paramagnetic moieties linked to the silica shell and is only limited by the number of chelated paramagnetic species that can be packed on the surface. So far, the sensitivity of our probes is in the 100 nM range for 8-10 nm particles and reaches 10 nM for particles with approximately 15-18 nm in diameter. The sensitivities values in solutions are equivalent of those obtained with small superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles of 7 nm diameter clustered into a 100 nm polymeric

  6. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in multiply-connected superconductors

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    Nielsen, A. P.; Cawthorne, A. B.; Wellstood, F. C.; Lobb, C. J.; Barbara, P.; Forrester, M. G.; Newrock, R. S.

    2001-03-01

    We have measured a paramagnetic Meissner effect in square Nb-Al_2O_3-Nb Josephson-junction arrays of different sizes (100×150 and 100×30 junctions) using a scanning SQUID microscope. We find that although the array is sometimes diamagnetic, it is preferentially paramagnetic and increasingly paramagnetic with increasing external field, for external fields from zero Φ0 up to 20 Φ0 per unit cell of the array, where Φ0 is the flux quantum. In all cases, we observe diamagnetic screening currents around the edge of the sample. We present a simple model which describes remarkably well the observed paramagnetic phenomena, and is generally applicable to any granular superconducting sample in which the grain size is larger than the penetration depth.

  7. Magnetic control of convection in nonconducting paramagnetic fluids

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    Huang, Jie; Edwards, Boyd F.; Gray, Donald D.

    1998-01-01

    An inhomogeneous magnetic field exerts a magnetic body force on magnetically permeable fluids. A recent experiment [D. Braithwaite, E. Beaugnon, and R. Tournier, Nature (London) 354, 134 (1991)] demonstrates that this force can be used to compensate for gravity and to control convection in a paramagnetic solution of gadolinium nitrate. We provide the theory of magnetically controlled convection in a horizontal paramagnetic fluid layer heated from either above or below. Our theoretical predictions agree with the experiments.

  8. Magnetic stabilization and vorticity in submillimeter paramagnetic liquid tubes

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    Coey, J. Michael D.; Aogaki, Ryoichi; Byrne, Fiona; Stamenov, Plamen

    2009-01-01

    It is possible to suppress convection and dispersion of a paramagnetic liquid by means of a magnetic field. A tube of paramagnetic liquid can be stabilized in water along a ferromagnetic track in a vertical magnetic field, but not in a horizontal field. Conversely, an “antitube” of water can be stabilized in a paramagnetic liquid along the same track in a transverse horizontal field, but not in a vertical field. The stability arises from the interaction of the induced moment in the solution with the magnetic field gradient in the vicinity of the track. The magnetic force causes the tube of paramagnetic liquid to behave as if it were encased by an elastic membrane whose cross-section is modified by gravitational forces and Maxwell stress. Convection from the tube to its surroundings is inhibited, but not diffusion. Liquid motion within the paramagnetic tube, however, exhibits vorticity in tubes of diameter 1 mm or less—conditions where classical pipe flow would be perfectly streamline, and mixing extremely slow. The liquid tube is found to slide along the track almost without friction. Paramagnetic liquid tubes and antitubes offer appealing new prospects for mass transport, microfluidics, and electrodeposition. PMID:19416873

  9. Predicting paramagnetic 1H NMR chemical shifts and state-energy separations in spin-crossover host-guest systems.

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    Isley, William C; Zarra, Salvatore; Carlson, Rebecca K; Bilbeisi, Rana A; Ronson, Tanya K; Nitschke, Jonathan R; Gagliardi, Laura; Cramer, Christopher J

    2014-06-14

    The behaviour of metal-organic cages upon guest encapsulation can be difficult to elucidate in solution. Paramagnetic metal centres introduce additional dispersion of signals that is useful for characterisation of host-guest complexes in solution using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). However, paramagnetic centres also complicate spectral assignment due to line broadening, signal integration error, and large changes in chemical shifts, which can be difficult to assign even for known compounds. Quantum chemical predictions can provide information that greatly facilitates the assignment of NMR signals and identification of species present. Here we explore how the prediction of paramagnetic NMR spectra may be used to gain insight into the spin crossover (SCO) properties of iron(II)-based metal organic coordination cages, specifically examining how the structure of the local metal coordination environment affects SCO. To represent the tetrahedral metal-organic cage, a model system is generated by considering an isolated metal-ion vertex: fac-ML3(2+) (M = Fe(II), Co(II); L = N-phenyl-2-pyridinaldimine). The sensitivity of the (1)H paramagnetic chemical shifts to local coordination environments is assessed and utilised to shed light on spin crossover behaviour in iron complexes. Our data indicate that expansion of the metal coordination sphere must precede any thermal SCO. An attempt to correlate experimental enthalpies of SCO with static properties of bound guests shows that no simple relationship exists, and that effects are likely due to nuanced dynamic response to encapsulation. PMID:24752730

  10. Interpreting the Paramagnetic NMR Spectra of Potential Ru(III) Metallodrugs: Synergy between Experiment and Relativistic DFT Calculations.

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    Novotný, Jan; Sojka, Martin; Komorovsky, Stanislav; Nečas, Marek; Marek, Radek

    2016-07-13

    Ruthenium-based compounds are potential candidates for use as anticancer metallodrugs. The central ruthenium atom can be in the oxidation state +2 (e.g., RAPTA, RAED) or +3 (e.g., NAMI, KP). In this study we focus on paramagnetic NAMI analogs of a general structure [4-R-pyH](+)trans-[Ru(III)Cl4(DMSO)(4-R-py)](-), where 4-R-py stands for a 4-substituted pyridine. As paramagnetic systems are generally considered difficult to characterize in detail by NMR spectroscopy, we performed a systematic structural and methodological NMR study of complexes containing variously substituted pyridines. The effect of the paramagnetic nature of these complexes on the (1)H and (13)C NMR chemical shifts was systematically investigated by temperature-dependent NMR experiments and density-functional theory (DFT) calculations. To understand the electronic factors influencing the orbital (δ(orb), temperature-independent) and paramagnetic (δ(para), temperature-dependent) contributions to the total NMR chemical shifts, a relativistic two-component DFT approach was used. The paramagnetic contributions to the (13)C NMR chemical shifts are correlated with the distribution of spin density in the ligand moiety and the (13)C isotropic hyperfine coupling constants, Aiso((13)C), for the individual carbon atoms. To analyze the mechanism of spin distribution in the ligand, the contributions of molecular spin-orbitals (MSOs) to the hyperfine coupling constants and the spatial distribution of the z-component of the spin density in the MSOs calculated at the relativistic four-component DFT level are discussed and rationalized. The significant effects of the substituent and the solvent on δ(para), particularly the contact contribution, are demonstrated. This work should contribute to further understanding of the link between the electronic structure and the NMR chemical shifts in open-shell systems, including the ruthenium-based metallodrugs investigated in this account. PMID:27312929

  11. Magnetic couplings in the chemical shift of paramagnetic NMR.

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    Vaara, Juha; Rouf, Syed Awais; Mareš, Jiří

    2015-10-13

    We apply the Kurland-McGarvey (J. Magn. Reson. 1970, 2, 286) theory for the NMR shielding of paramagnetic molecules, particularly its special case limited to the ground-state multiplet characterized by zero-field splitting (ZFS) interaction of the form S·D·S. The correct formulation for this problem was recently presented by Soncini and Van den Heuvel (J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 138, 054113). With the effective electron spin quantum number S, the theory involves 2S+1 states, of which all but one are low-lying excited states, between which magnetic couplings take place by Zeeman and hyperfine interactions. We investigate these couplings as a function of temperature, focusing on both the high- and low-temperature behaviors. As has been seen in work by others, the full treatment of magnetic couplings is crucial for a realistic description of the temperature behavior of NMR shielding up to normal measurement temperatures. At high temperatures, depending on the magnitude of ZFS, the effect of magnetic couplings diminishes, and the Zeeman and hyperfine interactions become effectively averaged in the thermally occupied states of the multiplet. At still higher temperatures, the ZFS may be omitted altogether, and the shielding properties may be evaluated using a doublet-like formula, with all the 2S+1 states becoming effectively degenerate at the limit of vanishing magnetic field. We demonstrate these features using first-principles calculations of Ni(II), Co(II), Cr(II), and Cr(III) complexes, which have ZFS of different sizes and signs. A non-monotonic inverse temperature dependence of the hyperfine shift is predicted for axially symmetric integer-spin systems with a positive D parameter of ZFS. This is due to the magnetic coupling terms that are proportional to kT at low temperatures, canceling the Curie-type 1/kT prefactor of the hyperfine shielding in this case. PMID:26574272

  12. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in MgB 2

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    Sözeri, Hüseyin; Dorosinskii, Lev; Topal, Uǧur; Ercan, İsmail

    2004-08-01

    We observed the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) in MgB 2 pellets after cooling in low fields of less than 1 Oe. As external magnetic field increases, the paramagnetic response of the sample decreases and disappears completely at 1 Oe. Effect of gamma irradiation on magnetic properties of MgB 2 has been investigated at low fields. In irradiated samples, the magnitude of the PME was found to be lower. To understand that whether this effect is of geometrical origin (so called flux compression model) or whether it is intrinsic to the material (e.g., π-junctions), measurements were performed with two samples having different geometries. Our results showed that paramagnetic response did not change as the geometry changes.

  13. Pauli paramagnetic gas in the framework of Riemannian geometry.

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    Kaviani, K; Dalafi-Rezaie, A

    1999-10-01

    We investigate the thermodynamic curvature resulting from a Riemannian geometry approach to thermodynamics for the Pauli paramagnetic gas which is a system of identical fermions each with spin 1 / 2, and also for classical ideal paramagnetic gas. We find that both the curvature of classical ideal paramagnetic gas and the curvature of the Pauli gas in the classical limit reduce to that of a two-component ideal gas. On the other hand, it is seen straightforwardly that the curvature of classical gas satisfies the geometrical equation exactly. Also a simple relationship between the curvature of Pauli gas and the correlation volume is obtained. We see that it is only in the classical and semiclassical regime that the absolute value of the thermodynamic curvature can be interpreted as a measure of the stability of the system. PMID:11970187

  14. On Quantum Gravity, Asymptotic Safety and Paramagnetic Dominance

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    Nink, Andreas; Reuter, Martin

    2013-04-01

    We discuss the conceptual ideas underlying the Asymptotic Safety approach to the nonperturbative renormalization of gravity. By now numerous functional renormalization group (RG) studies predict the existence of a suitable nontrivial ultraviolet (UV) fixed point. We use an analogy to elementary magnetic systems to uncover the physical mechanism behind the emergence of this fixed point. It is seen to result from the dominance of certain paramagnetic-type interactions over diamagnetic ones. Furthermore, the spacetimes of quantum Einstein gravity (QEG) behave like a polarizable medium with a "paramagnetic" response to external perturbations. Similarities with the vacuum state of Yang-Mills theory are pointed out.

  15. Van vleck paramagnetism in orthorhombic TiO2 (Brookite)

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    Senftle, F.E.; Thorpe, A.N.

    1968-01-01

    The magnetic susceptibility of the orthorhombic form of titanium dioxide has been measured from 5 to 300??K. After deducting the temperature-dependent component, which is probably due to defects or impurities, and the free-ion diamagnetic component, the Van Vleck paramagnetism was estimated to be 33??10-6 emu/mole. Comparison is made between this value and the Van Vleck paramagnetism of strontium titanate and the two tetragonal forms of titanium dioxide: rutile and anatase. ?? 1968 The American Physical Society.

  16. Electron paramagnetic resonance of a donor in aluminum nitride crystals

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    Evans, S. M.; Giles, N. C.; Halliburton, L. E.; Slack, G. A.; Schujman, S. B.; Schowalter, L. J.

    2006-02-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectra are obtained from a donor in aluminum nitride (AlN) crystals. Although observed in as-grown crystals, exposure to x rays significantly increases the concentration of this center. ENDOR identifies a strong hyperfine interaction with one aluminum neighbor along the c axis and weaker equivalent hyperfine interactions with three additional aluminum neighbors in the basal plane. These aluminum interactions indicate that the responsible center is a deep donor at a nitrogen site. The observed paramagnetic defect is either a neutral oxygen substituting for nitrogen (ON0) or a neutral nitrogen vacancy (VN0).

  17. Extrinsic paramagnetic Meissner effect in multiphase indium-tin alloys

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    Chu, Shaoyan; Schwartz, Adam J.; Massalski, Thaddeus B.; Laughlin, David E.

    2006-09-01

    The authors report the observation of a paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) in a two-phase In-Sn alloy in which the phases become superconducting at different temperatures. This observation has been tested and confirmed by constructing an artificial In-Sn sample in which one phase was deliberately encapsulated in another. The authors conclude that PME is extrinsic, rather than intrinsic, and thus describe it as an extrinsic paramagnetic Meissner effect (EPME). It is expected to occur in multiple-phase samples where more than one phase is superconducting and where a suitable microstructural phase distribution is developed. In such samples EPME can be produced at will.

  18. Nanostructure of Materials Determined by Relayed Paramagnetic Relaxation Enhancement

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    2015-01-01

    Particle and domain sizes strongly influence the properties of materials. Here we present an NMR approach based on paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) relayed by spin diffusion (SD), which allows us to determine lengths in the nm−μm range. We demonstrate the method on multicomponent organic polymer mixtures by selectively doping one component with a paramagnetic center in order to measure the domain size in a second component. Using this approach we determine domain sizes in ethyl cellulose/hydroxypropyl cellulose film coatings in pharmaceutical controlled release formulations. Here we measure particle sizes ranging from around 50 to 200 nm. PMID:26397956

  19. On Quantum Gravity, Asymptotic Safety, and Paramagnetic Dominance

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    Nink, Andreas; Reuter, Martin

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the conceptual ideas underlying the Asymptotic Safety approach to the nonperturbative renormalization of gravity. By now numerous functional renormalization group studies predict the existence of a suitable nontrivial ultraviolet fixed point. We use an analogy to elementary magnetic systems to uncover the physical mechanism behind the emergence of this fixed point. It is seen to result from the dominance of certain paramagnetic-type interactions over diamagnetic ones. Furthermore, the spacetimes of Quantum Einstein Gravity behave like a polarizable medium with a "paramagnetic" response to external perturbations. Similarities with the vacuum state of Yang-Mills theory are pointed out.

  20. Enhancement of Paramagnetic Relaxation by Photoexcited Gold Nanorods

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    Wen, Tao; Wamer, Wayne G.; Subczynski, Witold K.; Hou, Shuai; Wu, Xiaochun; Yin, Jun-Jie

    2016-01-01

    Electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy was used to investigate the switchable, light-dependent effects of gold nanorods (GNRs) on paramagnetic properties of nitroxide spin probes. The photoexcited GNRs enhanced the spin-spin and spin-lattice relaxations of nitroxide spin probes. It was shown that molecular oxygen plays the key role in this process. Our results demonstrate that ESR is a powerful tool for investigating the events following photoexcitation of GNRs. The novel light-controlled effects observed for GNRs on paramagnetic properties and activities of surrounding molecules have a number of significant applications where oxygen sensing and oxygen activity is important. PMID:27071507

  1. Apparatus for magnetic separation of paramagnetic and diamagnetic material

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    Doctor, R.D.

    1988-10-18

    The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for segregating paramagnetic from diamagnetic particles in particulate material and, in particular, to the open gradient magnetic separation of ash producing components and pyritic sulfur from coal. The apparatus includes a vertical cylinder and a rotatable vertical screw positioned within the cylinder, the screw having a helical blade angled downwardly and outwardly from the axis. Rotation of the vertical screw causes denser particles, which in the case of coal include pyritic sulfur and ash, which are paramagnetic, to migrate to the outside of the screw, and less dense particles, such as the low sulfur organic portion of the coal, which are diamagnetic, to migrate towards the center of the screw. A vibration mechanism attached to the screw causes the screw to vibrate during rotation, agitating and thereby accommodating further segregation of the particles. An open gradient magnetic field is applied circumferentially along the entire length of the screw by a superconducting quadrupole magnet. The open gradient magnetic field further segregates the paramagnetic particles from the diamagnetic particles. The paramagnetic particles may then be directed from the cylinder into a first storage bin, and the diamagnetic particles, which are suitable for relatively clean combustion, may be directed into a second storage bin. 5 figs.

  2. Apparatus for magnetic separation of paramagnetic and diamagnetic material

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    Doctor, R.D.

    1986-07-24

    The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for segregating paramagnetic from diamagnetic particles in particulate material and, in particular, to the open gradient magnetic separation of ash producing components and pyritic sulfur from coal. The apparatus includes a vertical cylinder and a rotatable vertical screw positioned within the cylinder, the screw having a helical blade angled downwardly and outwardly from the axis. Rotation of the vertical screw causes denser particles, which in the case of coal include pyritic sulfur and ash, which are paramagnetic, to migrate to the outside of the screw, and less dense particles, such as the low sulfur organic portion of the coal, which are diamagnetic, to migrate towards the center of the screw. A vibration mechanism attached to the screw causes the screw to vibrate during rotation, agitating and thereby accommodating further segregation of the particles. An open gradient magnetic field is applied circumferentially along the entire length of the screw by a superconducting quadrupole magnet. The open gradient magnetic field further segregates the paramagnetic-particles from the diamagnetic particles. The paramagnetic particles may then be directed from the cylinder into a first storage bin, and the diamagnetic particles, which are suitable for relatively clean combustion, may be directed into a second storage bin. 5 figs.

  3. Cancer detection based on Raman spectra super-paramagnetic clustering

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    González-Solís, José Luis; Guizar-Ruiz, Juan Ignacio; Martínez-Espinosa, Juan Carlos; Martínez-Zerega, Brenda Esmeralda; Juárez-López, Héctor Alfonso; Vargas-Rodríguez, Héctor; Gallegos-Infante, Luis Armando; González-Silva, Ricardo Armando; Espinoza-Padilla, Pedro Basilio; Palomares-Anda, Pascual

    2016-08-01

    The clustering of Raman spectra of serum sample is analyzed using the super-paramagnetic clustering technique based in the Potts spin model. We investigated the clustering of biochemical networks by using Raman data that define edge lengths in the network, and where the interactions are functions of the Raman spectra's individual band intensities. For this study, we used two groups of 58 and 102 control Raman spectra and the intensities of 160, 150 and 42 Raman spectra of serum samples from breast and cervical cancer and leukemia patients, respectively. The spectra were collected from patients from different hospitals from Mexico. By using super-paramagnetic clustering technique, we identified the most natural and compact clusters allowing us to discriminate the control and cancer patients. A special interest was the leukemia case where its nearly hierarchical observed structure allowed the identification of the patients's leukemia type. The goal of this study is to apply a model of statistical physics, as the super-paramagnetic, to find these natural clusters that allow us to design a cancer detection method. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of preliminary results evaluating the usefulness of super-paramagnetic clustering in the discipline of spectroscopy where it is used for classification of spectra.

  4. Apparatus for magnetic separation of paramagnetic and diamagnetic material

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    Doctor, Richard D.

    1988-01-01

    The present invention relates to methods and apparatus for segregating paramagnetic from diamagnetic particles in particulate material and, in particular, to the open gradient magnetic separation of ash producing components and pyritic sulfur from coal. The apparatus includes a vertical cylinder and a rotatable vertical screw positioned within the cylinder, the screw having a helical blade angled downwardly and outwardly from the axis. Rotation of the vertical screw causes denser particles, which in the case of coal include pyritic sulfur and ash, which are paramagnetic, to migrate to the outside of the screw, and less dense particles, such as the low sulfur organic portion of the coal, which are diamagnetic, to migrate towards the center of the screw. A vibration mechanism attached to the screw causes the screw to vibrate during rotation, agitating and thereby accommodating further segregation of the particles. An open gradient magnetic field is applied circumferentially along the entire length of the screw by a superconducting quadropole magnet. The open gradient magnetic field further segregates the paramagnetic particles from the diamagnetic particles. The paramagnetic particles may then be directed from the cylinder into a first storage bin, and the diamagnetic particles, which are suitable for relatively clean combustion, may be directed into a second storage bin.

  5. Electron paramagnetic resonance study of two smectic A liquid crystals.

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    Fryburg, G. C.; Gelerinter, E.; Fishel, D. L.

    1972-01-01

    Study of the molecular ordering in two smectic A liquid crystals using vanadyl acetylacetonate as a paramagnetic probe. The average hyperfine splitting of the spectrum in the smectic A mesophase is measured as a function of the orientation relative to the dc magnetic field of the spectrometer after alignment of the molecules of the liquid crystal.

  6. Paramagnetic-Salt Thermometer With Flux Pump And SQUID's

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    Strayer, Donald M.; Israelsson, Ulf E.

    1993-01-01

    Paramagnetic-salt low-temperature thermometer incorporates improved superconducting magnetic-flux pump, multiple superconducting quantum interference devices as magnetometers, and feedback stabilization of magnetic flux. Requires much smaller initial magnetizing currents and provides improved temperature resolution via suppression of drift in magnetic induction.

  7. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in high-temperature superconductors

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    Braunisch, W.; Knauf, N.; Bauer, G.; Kock, A.; Becker, A.; Freitag, B.; Gruetz, A.; Kataev, V.; Neuhausen, S.; Roden, B.; Khomskii, D.; Wohlleben, D. ); Bock, J.; Preisler, E. )

    1993-08-01

    We have studied the low-field Meissner effect of polycrystalline Bi high-temperature superconductors using a special superconducting-quantum-interference-device magnetometer. In certain samples a surprising feature was observed: Instead of the usual diamagnetic moment a paramagnetic moment develops in the field cooling mode below [ital T][sub [ital c

  8. Introduction to Spin Label Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Proteins

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    Melanson, Michelle; Sood, Abha; Torok, Fanni; Torok, Marianna

    2013-01-01

    An undergraduate laboratory exercise is described to demonstrate the biochemical applications of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The beta93 cysteine residue of hemoglobin is labeled by the covalent binding of 3-maleimido-proxyl (5-MSL) and 2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-1-oxyl-3-methyl methanethiosulfonate (MTSL), respectively. The excess…

  9. The Paramagnetic Pillared Bentonites as Digestive Tract MRI Contrast Agents

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    Mojović, Miloš; Daković, Marko; Omerašević, Mia; Mojović, Zorica; Banković, Predrag; Milutinović-Nikolić, Aleksandra; Jovanović, Dušan

    The increased use of imaging techniques in diagnostic studies, such as MRI, has contributed to the development of the wide range of new materials which could be successfully used as image improving agents. However, there is a lack of such substances in the area of gastrointestinal tract MRI. Many of the traditionally popular relaxation altering agents show poor results and disadvantages provoking black bowel, side effects of diarrhea and the presence of artifacts arising from clumping. Paramagnetic species seem to be potentially suitable agents for these studies, but contrast opacification has been reported and less than 60% of the gastrointestinal tract magnetic resonance scans showed improved delineation of abdominal pathologies. The new solution has been proposed as zeolites or smectite clays (hectorite and montmorillonite) enclosing of paramagnetic metal ions obtained by ion-exchange methods. However, such materials have problems of leakage of paramagnetic ions causing the appearance of the various side-effects. In this study we show that Co+2 and Dy+3 paramagnetic-pillared bentonites could be successfully used as MRI digestive tract non-leaching contrast agents, altering the longitudinal and transverse relaxation times of fluids in contact with the clay minerals.

  10. Paramagnetic copper centers in ferroelectric lead germanate with halogens

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    Vazhenin, V. A.; Potapov, A. P.; Artyomov, M. Yu.; Vylkov, A. I.

    2014-08-01

    The electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum of triclinic bivalent copper centers in copper-doped Pb5Ge3O11 single crystals has been investigated. The spectrum intensity increases after thermal treatment in a chlorine- or fluorine-containing atmosphere. The parameters of the electron Zeeman, hyperfine, and nuclear quadrupole interactions have been determined. The model of the observed centers has been proposed.

  11. Application of Paramagnetically Tagged Molecules for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Biofilm Mass Transport Processes▿

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    Ramanan, B.; Holmes, W. M.; Sloan, W. T.; Phoenix, V. R.

    2010-01-01

    Molecules become readily visible by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) when labeled with a paramagnetic tag. Consequently, MRI can be used to image their transport through porous media. In this study, we demonstrated that this method could be applied to image mass transport processes in biofilms. The transport of a complex of gadolinium and diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA), a commercially available paramagnetic molecule, was imaged both in agar (as a homogeneous test system) and in a phototrophic biofilm. The images collected were T1 weighted, where T1 is an MRI property of the biofilm and is dependent on Gd-DTPA concentration. A calibration protocol was applied to convert T1 parameter maps into concentration maps, thus revealing the spatially resolved concentrations of this tracer at different time intervals. Comparing the data obtained from the agar experiment with data from a one-dimensional diffusion model revealed that transport of Gd-DTPA in agar was purely via diffusion, with a diffusion coefficient of 7.2 × 10−10 m2 s−1. In contrast, comparison of data from the phototrophic biofilm experiment with data from a two-dimensional diffusion model revealed that transport of Gd-DTPA inside the biofilm was by both diffusion and advection, equivalent to a diffusion coefficient of 1.04 × 10−9 m2 s−1. This technology can be used to further explore mass transport processes in biofilms, either by using the wide range of commercially available paramagnetically tagged molecules and nanoparticles or by using bespoke tagged molecules. PMID:20435773

  12. Characterizing Oxygen Local Environments in Paramagnetic Battery Materials via (17)O NMR and DFT Calculations.

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    Seymour, Ieuan D; Middlemiss, Derek S; Halat, David M; Trease, Nicole M; Pell, Andrew J; Grey, Clare P

    2016-08-01

    Experimental techniques that probe the local environment around O in paramagnetic Li-ion cathode materials are essential in order to understand the complex phase transformations and O redox processes that can occur during electrochemical delithiation. While Li NMR is a well-established technique for studying the local environment of Li ions in paramagnetic battery materials, the use of (17)O NMR in the same materials has not yet been reported. In this work, we present a combined (17)O NMR and hybrid density functional theory study of the local O environments in Li2MnO3, a model compound for layered Li-ion batteries. After a simple (17)O enrichment procedure, we observed five resonances with large (17)O shifts ascribed to the Fermi contact interaction with directly bonded Mn(4+) ions. The five peaks were separated into two groups with shifts at 1600 to 1950 ppm and 2100 to 2450 ppm, which, with the aid of first-principles calculations, were assigned to the (17)O shifts of environments similar to the 4i and 8j sites in pristine Li2MnO3, respectively. The multiple O environments in each region were ascribed to the presence of stacking faults within the Li2MnO3 structure. From the ratio of the intensities of the different (17)O environments, the percentage of stacking faults was found to be ca. 10%. The methodology for studying (17)O shifts in paramagnetic solids described in this work will be useful for studying the local environments of O in a range of technologically interesting transition metal oxides. PMID:27404908

  13. Sensitivity enhancement using paramagnetic relaxation in MAS solid-state NMR of perdeuterated proteins

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    Linser, Rasmus; Chevelkov, Veniamin; Diehl, Anne; Reif, Bernd

    2007-12-01

    Previously, Ishii et al., could show that chelated paramagnetic ions can be employed to significantly decrease the recycle delay of a MAS solid-state NMR experiment [N.P. Wickramasinghe, M. Kotecha, A. Samoson, J. Past, Y. Ishii, Sensitivity enhancement in C-13 solid-state NMR of protein microcrystals by use of paramagnetic metal ions for optimizing H-1 T-1 relaxation, J. Magn. Reson. 184 (2007) 350-356]. Application of the method is limited to very robust samples, for which sample stability is not compromised by RF induced heating. In addition, probe integrity might be perturbed in standard MAS PRE experiments due to the use of very short duty cycles. We show that these deleterious effects can be avoided if perdeuterated proteins are employed that have been re-crystallized from D 2O:H 2O = 9:1 containing buffer solutions. The experiments are demonstrated using the SH3 domain of chicken α-spectrin as a model system. The labeling scheme allows to record proton detected 1H, 15N correlation spectra with very high resolution in the absence of heteronuclear dipolar decoupling. Cu-edta as a doping reagent yields a reduction of the recycle delay by up to a factor of 15. In particular, we find that the 1H T1 for the bulk H N magnetization is reduced from 4.4 s to 0.3 s if the Cu-edta concentration is increased from 0 mM to 250 mM. Possible perturbations like chemical shift changes or line broadening due to the paramagnetic chelate complex are minimal. No degradation of our samples was observed in the course of the experiments.

  14. Electron paramagnetic resonance study of paramagnetic centers in carbon-fumed silica adsorbent

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    Savchenko, D. V.; Shanina, B. D.; Kalabukhova, E. N.; Sitnikov, A. A.; Lysenko, V. S.; Tertykh, V. A.

    2014-04-07

    Fumed silica A-300 was carbonized by means of pyrolysis of CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}. The obtained initial SiO{sub 2}:C nanopowders of black color, with an average diameter of 14–16 nm and carbon (C) concentration 7 wt. %, subjected to the oxidation and passivation treatment were studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in the temperature range 4–400 K. Two EPR signals of Lorentzian lineshape with nearly equal g-factors and different linewidth were observed in the initial, oxidized, and passivated SiO{sub 2}:C nanopowders. The two-component EPR spectrum was explained by the presence of C in two electronic states. The intensive narrow EPR signal, which has a temperature-dependent intensity, linewidth, and resonance field position, was attributed to the carbon-related defect with non-localized electron hopping between neighboring C-dangling bonds. The striking effect is that the temperature dependence of the EPR linewidth demonstrates the motional narrowing of the EPR signal at very low temperatures from 4 K to 20 K, which is not typically for nonmetallic materials and was explained by the quantum character of C layer conductivity in the SiO{sub 2}:C. The observed peaks in the temperature dependence of the conduction electron EPR signal integral intensity in the high-temperature range 200–440 K was explained by the presence of the C nanodots at the surface of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and the ejection of electrons from the confinement energy levels of C quantum dot when the temperature becomes comparable to the confinement energy.

  15. Electron paramagnetic resonance study of paramagnetic centers in carbon-fumed silica adsorbent

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    Savchenko, D. V.; Shanina, B. D.; Kalabukhova, E. N.; Sitnikov, A. A.; Lysenko, V. S.; Tertykh, V. A.

    2014-04-01

    Fumed silica A-300 was carbonized by means of pyrolysis of CH2Cl2. The obtained initial SiO2:C nanopowders of black color, with an average diameter of 14-16 nm and carbon (C) concentration 7 wt. %, subjected to the oxidation and passivation treatment were studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in the temperature range 4-400 K. Two EPR signals of Lorentzian lineshape with nearly equal g-factors and different linewidth were observed in the initial, oxidized, and passivated SiO2:C nanopowders. The two-component EPR spectrum was explained by the presence of C in two electronic states. The intensive narrow EPR signal, which has a temperature-dependent intensity, linewidth, and resonance field position, was attributed to the carbon-related defect with non-localized electron hopping between neighboring C-dangling bonds. The striking effect is that the temperature dependence of the EPR linewidth demonstrates the motional narrowing of the EPR signal at very low temperatures from 4 K to 20 K, which is not typically for nonmetallic materials and was explained by the quantum character of C layer conductivity in the SiO2:C. The observed peaks in the temperature dependence of the conduction electron EPR signal integral intensity in the high-temperature range 200-440 K was explained by the presence of the C nanodots at the surface of SiO2 nanoparticles and the ejection of electrons from the confinement energy levels of C quantum dot when the temperature becomes comparable to the confinement energy.

  16. Light induced particle organization in paramagnetic fluids

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    Bacia, Marcin; Masajada, Jan; Drobczyński, Sławomir; Lamperska, Weronika; Kutrowska, Joanna; Walczak, Katarzyna

    2014-12-01

    Magnetic fluids (ferrofluids) consist of magnetic nanoparticles (diameter ~10nm) which are dispersed in a liquid, often with the use of surfactants. They were first developed by NASA to address the unique requirements of moving liquid fuel in microgravity conditions. With a help of a holographic optical tweezers, interaction of magnetic nanoparticles with strongly focused laser beam was observed. When the light intensity was high enough, magnetic nanoparticles were removed from the beam center and they formed a dark ring. Creation process lasts less than 330μs and cannot be observed precisely even with ultrafast camera. Such rings exist when the laser beam is affecting the sample and disappear (with a lifespan of 10'th second range) after the laser is switched off. Moreover, when several rings are created simultaneously, complex interactions between them can be observed. In this work, the results of our experiments will be presented with hypotheses about the physical background of such a behavior.

  17. Speciation of Iron (III) Oxide Nanoparticles and Other Paramagnetic Intermediates during High-Temperature Oxidative Pyrolysis of 1-Methylnaphthalene

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    Herring, Michael P.; Khachatryan, Lavrent; Dellinger, Barry

    2015-01-01

    Low Temperature Matrix Isolation - Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (LTMI-EPR) Spectroscopy was utilized to identify the species of iron oxide nanoparticles generated during the oxidative pyrolysis of 1-methylnaphthalene (1-MN). The otherwise gas-phase reactions of 1--MN were impacted by a polypropylenimine tetra-hexacontaamine dendrimer complexed with iron (III) nitrate nonahydrate diluted in air under atmospheric conditions. The EPR fine structure of Fe (III)2O3 nanoparticles clusters, characterized by g-factors of 2.00, 2.28, 3.76 and 4.37 were detected on a cold finger maintained at 77 K after accumulation over a multitude of experiments. Additionally, a high valence Fe (IV) paramagnetic intermediate and superoxide anion-radicals, O2•− adsorbed on nanoparticle surfaces in the form of Fe (IV) --- O2•− were detected from the quenching area of Zone 1 in the gas-phase. PMID:26413257

  18. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of a Single NV Nanodiamond Attached to an Individual Biomolecule.

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    Teeling-Smith, Richelle M; Jung, Young Woo; Scozzaro, Nicolas; Cardellino, Jeremy; Rampersaud, Isaac; North, Justin A; Šimon, Marek; Bhallamudi, Vidya P; Rampersaud, Arfaan; Johnston-Halperin, Ezekiel; Poirier, Michael G; Hammel, P Chris

    2016-05-10

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), an established and powerful methodology for studying atomic-scale biomolecular structure and dynamics, typically requires in excess of 10(12) labeled biomolecules. Single-molecule measurements provide improved insights into heterogeneous behaviors that can be masked in ensemble measurements and are often essential for illuminating the molecular mechanisms behind the function of a biomolecule. Here, we report EPR measurements of a single labeled biomolecule. We selectively label an individual double-stranded DNA molecule with a single nanodiamond containing nitrogen-vacancy centers, and optically detect the paramagnetic resonance of nitrogen-vacancy spins in the nanodiamond probe. Analysis of the spectrum reveals that the nanodiamond probe has complete rotational freedom and that the characteristic timescale for reorientation of the nanodiamond probe is slow compared with the transverse spin relaxation time. This demonstration of EPR spectroscopy of a single nanodiamond-labeled DNA provides the foundation for the development of single-molecule magnetic resonance studies of complex biomolecular systems. PMID:27166812

  19. Homogeneity of doping with paramagnetic ions by NMR.

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    Li, Wenyu; Celinski, Vinicius R; Weber, Johannes; Kunkel, Nathalie; Kohlmann, Holger; Schmedt auf der Günne, Jörn

    2016-04-14

    In NMR, paramagnetic dopants change the relaxation behavior and the chemical shift of the nuclei in their immediate environment. Based on the concept that the "immediate environment" in a diamagnetic host material can be described as a sphere with radius r0, we developed a function for the fraction of unperturbed nuclei (the fraction of nuclei outside the sphere) which gives a link between the effective radius and the doping concentration. In the case of a homogeneous doping scenario a characteristic dependence is observed in both theory and experiment. We validated the model on a sample series where paramagnetic Eu(II) ions are doped into crystalline SrH2. The fraction of unperturbed nuclei was determined from the (1)H NMR signal and follows the predicted curve for a homogeneous doping scenario where the radius r0 is 17 Å. PMID:27003194

  20. Improved paramagnetic chelate for molecular imaging with MRI

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    Winter, Patrick; Athey, Phillip; Kiefer, Garry; Gulyas, Gyongyi; Frank, Keith; Fuhrhop, Ralph; Robertson, David; Wickline, Samuel; Lanza, Gregory

    2005-05-01

    The relaxivity and transmetallation of two lipophilic paramagnetic chelates incorporated onto perfluorocarbon nanoparticles, i.e., gadolinium-methoxy-tetraazacyclododecane-tetraacetic acid phosphatidylethanolamine (Gd-MeO-DOTA-PE) and gadolinium-methoxy-tetraazacyclododecane-tetraacetic acid triglycine phosphatidylethanolamine (Gd-MeO-DOTA-triglycine-PE (Gd-MeO-DOTA-triglycine-PE)), were compared to a prototypic gadolinium-diethylene-triamine-pentaacetic acid bis-oleate (Gd-DTPA-BOA) paramagnetic formulation. Nanoparticles with MeO-DOTA-based chelates demonstrated higher relaxivity (40% higher for Gd-MeO-DOTA-PE and 55% higher for Gd-MeO-DOTA-triglycine-PE) and less transmetallation than the original Gd-DTPA-BOA-based agent.

  1. Spin injection and spin transport in paramagnetic insulators

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    Okamoto, Satoshi

    2016-02-22

    We investigate the spin injection and the spin transport in paramagnetic insulators described by simple Heisenberg interactions using auxiliary particle methods. Some of these methods allow access to both paramagnetic states above magnetic transition temperatures and magnetic states at low temperatures. It is predicted that the spin injection at an interface with a normal metal is rather insensitive to temperatures above the magnetic transition temperature. On the other hand below the transition temperature, it decreases monotonically and disappears at zero temperature. We also analyze the bulk spin conductance. We show that the conductance becomes zero at zero temperature as predictedmore » by linear spin wave theory but increases with temperature and is maximized around the magnetic transition temperature. These findings suggest that the compromise between the two effects determines the optimal temperature for spintronics applications utilizing magnetic insulators.« less

  2. Finite pulse effects in CPMG pulse trains on paramagnetic materials.

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    Leskes, Michal; Grey, Clare P

    2015-09-14

    The Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) sequence is commonly used in high resolution NMR spectroscopy and in magnetic resonance imaging for the measurement of transverse relaxation in systems that are subject to diffusion in internal or external gradients and is superior to the Hahn echo measurement, which is more sensitive to diffusion effects. Similarly, it can potentially be used to study dynamic processes in electrode materials for lithium ion batteries. Here we compare the (7)Li signal decay curves obtained with the CPMG and Hahn echo sequences under static conditions (i.e., in the absence of magic angle spinning) in paramagnetic materials with varying transition metal ion concentrations. Our results indicate that under CPMG pulse trains the lifetime of the (7)Li signal is substantially extended and is correlated with the strength of the electron-nuclear interaction. Numerical simulations and analytical calculations using Floquet theory suggest that the combination of large interactions and a train of finite pulses, results in a spin locking effect which significantly slows the signal's decay. While these effects complicate the interpretation of CPMG-based investigations of diffusion and chemical exchange in paramagnetic materials, they may provide a useful approach to extend the signal's lifetime in these often fast relaxing systems, enabling the use of correlation experiments. Furthermore, these results highlight the importance of developing a deeper understanding of the effects of the large paramagnetic interactions during multiple pulse experiments in order to extend the experimental arsenal available for static and in situ NMR investigations of paramagnetic materials. PMID:26246217

  3. Hyperfine Structure and Exchange Narrowing of Paramagnetic Resonance

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    Townes, C. H.; Turkevich, J.

    1950-01-01

    Discussion of electronic paramagnetic resonance for the free radical á, á-diphenyl â-picryl hydrazyl as observed by its effect on the transmission of microwave through a TE{sub 01} cavity with a small amount of the free radical placed approximately on the axis of the cavity; the half-width of this resonance at half maximum absorption was 1.45 oersteds.

  4. Electron-paramagnetic resonance detection with software time locking

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    Aloisi, Giovanni; Mannini, Matteo; Caneschi, Andrea; Dolci, David; Carlà, Marcello

    2014-02-01

    A setup for electron paramagnetic resonance with narrow band digital detection is described. A low frequency reference tone is added to the radio frequency signal. This reference signal, after digital detection, is used to lock the resonance signal, even in the absence of hardware time locking among the radio frequency generator, the conversion local oscillators, and the sampling stage. Results obtained with 2,2-Diphenyl-1-Pycryl-Hydrazil are presented and discussed.

  5. Investigation of electron paramagnetic resonance in carbon tubes

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    Byszewski, P.; Nabialek, A.

    1996-04-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) on carbon nanotubes was measured in a wide range of temperatures, the resonance disappeared after oxidizing the tubes. The results are discussed in terms of graphite properties and a model introducing a deformation potential to describe tubular structure. It leads to persistent ring currents in the magnetic field due to the carriers circular motion around a tube. A spin angular-momentum interaction is discussed in an attempt to explain the lack of EPR in purified carbon nanotubes.

  6. The role of spinning electrons in paramagnetic phenomena

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    Bose, D. M.

    1986-01-01

    An attempt is made to explain paramagnetic phenomena without assuming the orientation of a molecule or ion in a magnetic field. Only the spin angular momentum is assumed to be responsible. A derivative of the Gurie-Langevin law and the magnetic moments of ions are given as a function of the number of electrons in an inner, incomplete shell. An explanation of Gerlach's experiments with iron and nickel vapors is attempted. An explanation of magnetomechanical experiments with ferromagne elements is given.

  7. Electron paramagnetic resonance and optical absorption spectral studies on chalcocite

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    Reddy, S. Lakshmi; Fayazuddin, Md.; Frost, Ray L.; Endo, Tamio

    2007-11-01

    A chalcocite mineral sample of Shaha, Congo is used in the present study. An electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study on powdered sample confirms the presence of Mn(II), Fe(III) and Cu(II). Optical absorption spectrum indicates that Fe(III) impurity is present in octahedral structure whereas Cu(II) is present in rhombically distorted octahedral environment. Mid-infrared results are due to water and sulphate fundamentals.

  8. Electron paramagnetic resonance and optical absorption spectral studies on chalcocite.

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    Reddy, S Lakshmi; Fayazuddin, Md; Frost, Ray L; Endo, Tamio

    2007-11-01

    A chalcocite mineral sample of Shaha, Congo is used in the present study. An electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study on powdered sample confirms the presence of Mn(II), Fe(III) and Cu(II). Optical absorption spectrum indicates that Fe(III) impurity is present in octahedral structure whereas Cu(II) is present in rhombically distorted octahedral environment. Mid-infrared results are due to water and sulphate fundamentals. PMID:17324611

  9. Detection of Nitric Oxide by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

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    Hogg, Neil

    2010-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy has been used in a number of ways to study nitric oxide chemistry and biology. As an intrinsically stable and relatively unreactive diatomic free radical, the challenges for detecting this species by EPR are somewhat different than those for transient radical species. This review gives a basic introduction to EPR spectroscopy and discusses its uses to assess and quantify nitric oxide formation in biological systems. PMID:20304044

  10. Electron paramagnetic resonance of material properties and processes

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    Brower, K. L.

    1980-01-01

    This paper demonstrates, primarily for the non-specialist and within the context of new and recent achievements, the diagnostic value of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) in the study of material properties and processes. I have selected three EPR studies which demonstrate the elegance and uniqueness of EPR in atomic defect studies and exemplify unusual achievements through the use of new techniques for material measurement and preparation. A brief introduction into the origin, interaction, and detection of unpaired electrons is included.

  11. Imaging of Brain Tumors With Paramagnetic Vesicles Targeted to Phosphatidylserine

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    Winter, Patrick M.; Pearce, John; Chu, Zhengtao; McPherson, Christopher M.; Takigiku, Ray; Lee, Jing-Huei; Qi, Xiaoyang

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To investigate paramagnetic saposin C and dioleylphosphatidylserine (SapC-DOPS) vesicles as a targeted contrast agent for imaging phosphatidylserine (PS) expressed by glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) tumors. Materials and Methods Gd-DTPA-BSA/SapC-DOPS vesicles were formulated, and the vesicle diameter and relaxivity were measured. Targeting of Gd-DTPA-BSA/ SapC-DOPS vesicles to tumor cells in vitro and in vivo was compared with nontargeted paramagnetic vesicles (lacking SapC). Mice with GBM brain tumors were imaged at 3, 10, 20, and 24 h postinjection to measure the relaxation rate (R1) in the tumor and the normal brain. Results The mean diameter of vesicles was 175 nm, and the relaxivity at 7 Tesla was 3.32 (s*mM)−1 relative to the gadolinium concentration. Gd-DTPA-BSA/SapC-DOPS vesicles targeted cultured cancer cells, leading to an increased R1 and gadolinium level in the cells. In vivo, Gd-DTPA-BSA/SapC-DOPS vesicles produced a 9% increase in the R1 of GBM brain tumors in mice 10 h postinjection, but only minimal changes (1.2% increase) in the normal brain. Nontargeted paramagnetic vesicles yielded minimal change in the tumor R1 at 10 h postinjection (1.3%). Conclusion These experiments demonstrate that Gd-DTPA-BSA/SapC-DOPS vesicles can selectively target implanted brain tumors in vivo, providing noninvasive mapping of the cancer biomarker PS. PMID:24797437

  12. A Sub-Millimeter Solenoid Device for Trapping Paramagnetic Microbeads

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    Garcia, L D; Cheung, L C; Mikkelsen, J C; Santiago, J G; bernhardt, A F; Malba, V

    2001-08-01

    We present the design and preliminary evaluation of a paramagnetic microsphere trapping and separation device consisting of a copper solenoid wrapped around a 1.3 mm diameter glass capillary. The magnetization and subsequent dipole-dipole interaction of paramagnetic spheres under an applied magnetic field results in the formation of bead chains that persist and grow under the applied field, but quickly disperse upon field removal. The chaining of paramagnetic spheres is important to the design of magnetic-based separation devices because the viscous-drag-limited velocities of chains are typically several times larger than that of individual particles. We have performed a set of experiments designed to evaluate the performance of a sub-millimeter solenoid device including measurements of the temperature versus field strength of the device, observations of the controlled chain formation process, and preliminary observations regarding the maximum flow rate over which the bead chains can be held in place by magnetic forces. These results are applicable to the design and characterization of magnetically induced microsphere trapping and separation systems which use pressure driven flow.

  13. Tris buffer modulates polydopamine growth, aggregation, and paramagnetic properties.

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    Della Vecchia, Nicola Fyodor; Luchini, Alessandra; Napolitano, Alessandra; D'Errico, Gerardino; Vitiello, Giuseppe; Szekely, Noemi; d'Ischia, Marco; Paduano, Luigi

    2014-08-19

    Despite the growing technological interest of polydopamine (dopamine melanin)-based coatings for a broad variety of applications, the factors governing particle size, shape, and electronic properties of this bioinspired multifunctional material have remained little understood. Herein, we report a detailed characterization of polydopamine growth, particle morphology, and paramagnetic properties as a function of dopamine concentration and nature of the buffer (pH 8.5). Dynamic Light Scattering data revealed an increase in the hydrodynamic radii (Rh) of melanin particles with increasing dopamine concentration in all buffers examined, especially in phosphate buffer. Conversely, a marked inhibition of particle growth was apparent in Tris buffer, with Rh remaining as low as <100 nm during polymerization of 0.5 mM dopamine. Small angle neutron scattering data suggested formation of bidimensional structures in phosphate or bicarbonate buffers, while apparently three-dimensional fractal objects prevailed in Tris buffer. Finally, electron paramagnetic resonance spectra revealed a broader signal amplitude with a peculiar power saturation decay profile for polydopamine samples prepared in Tris buffer, denoting more homogeneous paramagnetic centers with respect to similar samples obtained in phosphate and bicarbonate buffers. Overall, these results disclose Tris buffer as an efficient modulator of polydopamine buildup and properties for the rational control and fine-tuning of melanin aggregate size, morphology, and free radical behavior. PMID:25066905

  14. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of Nitrogenase and Nitrogenase Components from Clostridium pasteurianum W5 and Azotobacter vinelandii OP

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    Orme-Johnson, W. H.; Hamilton, W. D.; Jones, T. L.; Tso, M.-Y. W.; Burris, R. H.; Shah, V. K.; Brill, W. J.

    1972-01-01

    The electron paramagnetic resonance of nitrogenase components, separately and together with the other reactants in the nitrogenase system (namely, reductant and Mg·ATP), have been examined at low temperatures (<20°K). The MoFe protein, component I or molybdoferredoxin, in the oxidized (but not oxygen-inactivated) state yields signals with g-values of 4.3, 3.7, and 2.01, and when reduced has no observable electron paramagnetic resonance. The Fe protein, component II, or azoferredoxin, yields a signal with g-values of 2.05, 1.94, and 1.89 in the reduced state that is converted by Mg·ATP into an axial signal with g-values near 2.05 and 1.94, and a second split signal near g = 4.3. The Fe protein has no definite electron paramagnetic resonance in the oxidized (not oxygen-denatured) state under these conditions. The Mg·ATP complex of reduced Fe protein reduces the MoFe protein, whereas dithionite alone does not reduce the MoFe protein. Reoxidation of the system by substrate leads to disappearance of the Fe protein signal and the reappearance of the MoFe protein signal. Thus Mg·ATP, which is hydrolyzed during substrate reduction, converts the Fe protein to a reductant capable of transferring electrons to MoFe protein, after which substrate reduction occurs. PMID:4343957

  15. Self-assembly triggered by self-assembly: optically active, paramagnetic micelles encapsulated in protein cage nanoparticles.

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    Millán, Jealemy Galindo; Brasch, Melanie; Anaya-Plaza, Eduardo; de la Escosura, Andrés; Velders, Aldrik H; Reinhoudt, David N; Torres, Tomás; Koay, Melissa S T; Cornelissen, Jeroen J L M

    2014-07-01

    In this contribution, optically active and paramagnetic micelles of the ligand 1,4,7,10-tetraaza-1-(1-carboxymethylundecane)-4,7,10-triacetic acid cyclododecane (DOTAC10) have been incorporated inside capsids of the cowpea chlorotic mottle virus (CCMV) protein through a hierarchical process of self-assembly triggered by self-assembly. The DOTAC10 ligand was used to complex Gd(III), in order to form paramagnetic micelles, as well as to encapsulate an amphiphilic Zn(II) phthalocyanine (ZnPc) dye that optically confirmed the encapsulation of the micelles. The incorporation of ZnPc molecules in the paramagnetic micelles led to high capsid loading of both Gd(III) and ZnPc, as the micelles were stabilized by the amphiphilic dye encapsulation. The resulting protein cage nanoparticles (PCNs) show an improved r1 relaxivity, suggesting the possible use of these nanostructures as contrast agents (CAs) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Since the encapsulated ZnPc dye also has a potential therapeutic value, the present results represent a first step towards the consecution of fully self-assembled PCNs for multimodal imaging and therapy. PMID:24513535

  16. Direct electron paramagnetic resonance study of tobacco. 1. Manganese(ii) as a marker.

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    Morsy, M A; Khaled, M M

    2001-02-01

    Three categories of tobacco products were studied using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy: Cuban cigar brand name Montecristo, four international trademark cigarettes, and three types of Middle Eastern tobacco blends called Al-Moassal or Jurak. The Montecristo Cuban cigar is used as standard of high-quality tobacco. Mainly two EPR signals from all of the studied samples are observed: a very weak sharp EPR signal superimposed on a broad signal. The broad EPR signal is attributed to a manganese(II) complex. The intensity of the manganese(II) EPR signal is found to be related to the quality of the tobacco content. The sharp signal, which is characteristic of semiquinone radicals, is observed at room temperature, and its intensity increases drastically with temperature. PMID:11262012

  17. Detection of Nitric Oxide by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Spin-Trapping with Iron-Dithiocarbamates.

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    Maia, Luisa B; Moura, José J G

    2016-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy is the ideal methodology to identify radicals (detection and characterization of molecular structure) and to study their kinetics, in both simple and complex biological systems. The very low concentration and short life-time of NO and of many other radicals do not favor its direct detection and spin-traps are needed to produce a new and persistent radical that can be subsequently detected by EPR spectroscopy.In this chapter, we present the basic concepts of EPR spectroscopy and of some spin-trapping methodologies to study NO. The "strengths and weaknesses" of iron-dithiocarbamates utilization, the NO traps of choice for the authors, are thoroughly discussed and a detailed description of the method to quantify the NO formation by molybdoenzymes is provided. PMID:27094413

  18. Hybrid lanthanide nanoparticles with paramagnetic shell coated on upconversion fluorescent nanocrystals.

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    Li, Zhengquan; Zhang, Yong; Shuter, Borys; Muhammad Idris, Niagara

    2009-10-20

    Nanoparticles comprising of fluorescent probes and MRI contrast agents are highly desirable for biomedical applications due to their ability to be detected at different modes, optically and magnetically. However, most fluorescent probes in such nanoparticles synthesized so far are down-conversion phosphors such as organic dyes and quantum dots, which are known to display many intrinsic limitations. Here, we report a core-shell hybrid lanthanide nanoparticle consisting of an upconverting lanthanide nanocrystal core and a paramagnetic lanthanide complex shell. These nanoparticles are uniform in size, stable in water, and show both high MR relaxivities and upconversion fluorescence, which may have the potential to serve as a versatile imaging tool for smart detection or diagnosis in future biomedical engineering. PMID:19764797

  19. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance -- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Three Axis Vector Magnetometer

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    Bulatowicz, Michael; Clark, Philip; Griffith, Robert; Larsen, Michael; Mirijanian, James

    2012-06-01

    The Northrop Grumman Corporation is leveraging the technology developed for the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Gyroscope (NMRG) to build a combined Electron Paramagnetic Resonance -- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (EPR-NMR) magnetometer. The EPR-NMR approach provides a high bandwidth and high sensitivity simultaneous measurement of all three vector components of the magnetic field averaged over the small volume of the sensor's one vapor cell. This poster will describe the history, operational principles, and design basics of the EPR-NMR magnetometer including an overview of the NSD designs developed and demonstrated to date. General performance results will also be presented.

  20. Synthesis and study of new paramagnetic resveratrol analogues.

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    Kálai, Tamás; Borza, Erzsébet; Antus, Csenge; Radnai, Balázs; Gulyás-Fekete, Gergely; Fehér, Andrea; Sümegi, Balázs; Hideg, Kálmán

    2011-12-15

    New resveratrol analogues containing five- and six-membered nitroxides and isoindoline nitroxides were synthesized. These new compounds were compared to resveratrol based on their ABTS radical scavenging ability as well on their capacity to suppress inflammatory process in macrophages induced by lipopolysaccharides. The ABTS and ROS scavenging activities of new molecules were the same or weaker than that of resveratrol, but some of paramagnetic resveratrol derivatives suppressed nitrite and TNFα production more efficiently than resveratrol. Based on these results the new nitroxide and phenol containing hybrid molecules can be considered as new antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. PMID:22088309

  1. Magnetic refrigeration apparatus with belt of ferro or paramagnetic material

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    Barclay, John A.; Stewart, Walter F.; Henke, Michael D.; Kalash, Kenneth E.

    1987-01-01

    A magnetic refrigerator operating in the 12 to 77K range utilizes a belt which carries ferromagnetic or paramagnetic material and which is disposed in a loop which passes through the center of a solenoidal magnet to achieve cooling. The magnetic material carried by the belt, which can be blocks in frames of a linked belt, can be a mixture of substances with different Curie temperatures arranged such that the Curie temperatures progressively increase from one edge of the belt to the other. This magnetic refrigerator can be used to cool and liquefy hydrogen or other fluids.

  2. Magnetic refrigeration apparatus with belt of ferro or paramagnetic material

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    Barclay, J.A.; Stewart, W.F.; Henke, M.D.; Kalash, K.E.

    1986-04-03

    A magnetic refrigerator operating in the 12 to 77 K range utilizes a belt which carries ferromagnetic or paramagnetic material and which is disposed in a loop which passes through the center of a solenoidal magnet to achieve cooling. The magnetic material carried by the belt, which can be blocks in frames of a linked belt, can be a mixture of substances with different Curie temperatures arranged such that the Curie temperatures progressively increase from one edge of the belt to the other. This magnetic refrigerator can be used to cool and liquefy hydrogen or other fluids.

  3. Electron paramagnetic resonance in Zn1-xCoxO

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    Acosta-Humánez, F.; Cogollo Pitalúa, R.; Almanza, O.

    2013-03-01

    In this paper is reported the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) studies in Zn1-xCoxO powder, with 0.01≤x≤0.05, at many temperatures (105-250 K). These samples were synthesized by the sol-gel method (citrate route). Results suggest that the ferromagnetism behavior of the materials is governed by ferromagnetic coupling among cobalt ions. For cobalt concentration higher than 3% were obtained mean size particle higher than 25 nm, measured by X-ray diffraction, and for this were also observed shallow free radical.

  4. Electron paramagnetic resonance of nitroxide-doped magnetic fluids

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    Morais, P. C.; Alonso, A.; Silva, O.; Buske, N.

    2002-11-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance was used to investigate surface-coated magnetite-based magnetic fluids doped with TEMPOL. Two magnetic fluid samples, having magnetite nanoparticles with average diameter of 94 Å and coated with different coating layers (lauric acid plus ethoxylated polyalcohol in one case and oleoylsarcosine in the other case), were doped with TEMPOL (6 mM and pH 7.4) and investigated as a function of the nanoparticle concentration. The resonance field and the resonance linewidth both scale linearly with the nanoparticle concentration.

  5. Applications of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy to study interactions of iron proteins in cells with nitric oxide

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    Cammack, R.; Shergill, J. K.; Ananda Inalsingh, V.; Hughes, Martin N.

    1998-12-01

    Nitric oxide and species derived from it have a wide range of biological functions. Some applications of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy are reviewed, for observing nitrosyl species in biological systems. Nitrite has long been used as a food preservative owing to its bacteriostatic effect on spoilage bacteria. Nitrosyl complexes such as sodium nitroprusside, which are added experimentally as NO-generators, themselves produce paramagnetic nitrosyl species, which may be seen by EPR. We have used this to observe the effects of nitroprusside on clostridial cells. After growth in the presence of sublethal concentrations of nitroprusside, the cells show they have been converted into other, presumably less toxic, nitrosyl complexes such as (RS) 2Fe(NO) 2. Nitric oxide is cytotoxic, partly due to its effects on mitochondria. This is exploited in the destruction of cancer cells by the immune system. The targets include iron-sulfur proteins. It appears that species derived from nitric oxide such as peroxynitrite may be responsible. Addition of peroxynitrite to mitochondria led to depletion of the EPR-detectable iron-sulfur clusters. Paramagnetic complexes are formed in vivo from hemoglobin, in conditions such as experimental endotoxic shock. This has been used to follow the course of production of NO by macrophages. We have examined the effects of suppression of NO synthase using biopterin antagonists. Another method is to use an injected NO-trapping agent, Fe-diethyldithiocarbamate (Fe-DETC) to detect accumulated NO by EPR. In this way we have observed the effects of depletion of serum arginine by arginase. In brains from victims of Parkinson's disease, a nitrosyl species, identified as nitrosyl hemoglobin, has been observed in substantia nigra. This is an indication for the involvement of nitric oxide or a derived species in the damage to this organ.

  6. Paramagnetic supercurrent and transition points between different vortex states in mesoscopic superconducting disks

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    Kanda, Akinobu; Ootuka, Youiti

    2004-05-01

    We investigated the paramagnetic supercurrent and the transition points between different vortex states in mesoscopic superconducting disks. We observed paramagnetic supercurrent in four disks: two 33 nm thick and two 50 nm thick, all 1.50 μm in diameter. Analyses of the supercurrent symmetry and the intervals between transition points showed that defects did not play a crucial role in our samples or in the samples first reported to show the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) [Nature 396 (1998) 144]. This supports our previous conclusion that the origin of the PME is the paramagnetic supercurrent.

  7. A tuneable doubly stacked dielectric resonator housed in an intact TE 102 cavity for electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Mattar, Saba M.; Emwas, Abdul H.

    2003-01-01

    An EPR resonator is constructed by inserting a pair of dielectric ceramic rings in an unmodified rectangular TE 102 cavity. It is tuneable over the range of 8.0-10.0 GHz. Therefore, existing EPR cavities can be easily converted to resonators with superior signal-to-noise ratios that are at least 24 times larger than the original ones in this extended frequency range. The resonator's performance is tested using DPPH, TEMPONE, MnO and Cu 2+ complexes and displays excellent resolution and sensitivity. Thus EPR spectra of small paramagnetic organic and inorganic samples and spin labeled biomolecules may be obtained without resorting to loop gap resonators.

  8. Paramagnetic relaxation enhancements in unfolded proteins: Theory and application to drkN SH3 domain

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    Xue, Yi; Podkorytov, Ivan S; Rao, D Krishna; Benjamin, Nathan; Sun, Honglei; Skrynnikov, Nikolai R

    2009-01-01

    Site-directed spin labeling in combination with paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) measurements is one of the most promising techniques for studying unfolded proteins. Since the pioneering work of Gillespie and Shortle (J Mol Biol 1997;268:158), PRE data from unfolded proteins have been interpreted using the theory that was originally developed for rotational spin relaxation. At the same time, it can be readily recognized that the relative motion of the paramagnetic tag attached to the peptide chain and the reporter spin such as 1HN is best described as a translation. With this notion in mind, we developed a number of models for the PRE effect in unfolded proteins: (i) mutual diffusion of the two tethered spheres, (ii) mutual diffusion of the two tethered spheres subject to a harmonic potential, (iii) mutual diffusion of the two tethered spheres subject to a simulated mean-force potential (Smoluchowski equation); (iv) explicit-atom molecular dynamics simulation. The new models were used to predict the dependences of the PRE rates on the 1HN residue number and static magnetic field strength; the results are appreciably different from the Gillespie–Shortle model. At the same time, the Gillespie–Shortle approach is expected to be generally adequate if the goal is to reconstruct the distance distributions between 1HN spins and the paramagnetic center (provided that the characteristic correlation time is known with a reasonable accuracy). The theory has been tested by measuring the PRE rates in three spin-labeled mutants of the drkN SH3 domain in 2M guanidinium chloride. Two modifications introduced into the measurement scheme—using a reference compound to calibrate the signals from the two samples (oxidized and reduced) and using peak volumes instead of intensities to determine the PRE rates—lead to a substantial improvement in the quality of data. The PRE data from the denatured drkN SH3 are mostly consistent with the model of moderately expanded random

  9. Collective spin excitations in 2D paramagnet with dipole interaction

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    Tsiberkin, Kirill

    2016-02-01

    The collective spin excitations in the unbounded 2D paramagnetic system with dipole interactions are studied. The model Hamiltonian includes Zeeman energy and dipole interaction energy, while the exchange vanishes. The system is placed into a constant uniform magnetic field which is orthogonal to the lattice plane. It provides the equilibrium state with spin ordering along the field direction, and the saturation is reached at zero temperature. We consider the deviations of spin magnetic moments from its equilibrium position along the external field. The Holstein-Primakoff representation is applied to spin operators in low-temperature approximation. When the interaction between the spin waves is negligible and only two-magnon terms are taken into account, the Hamiltonian diagonalisation is possible. We obtain the dispersion relation for spin waves in the square and hexagonal honeycomb lattice. Bose-Einstein statistics determine the average number of spin deviations, and total system magnetization. The lattice structure does not influence on magnetization at the long-wavelength limit. The dependencies of the relative magnetization and longitudinal susceptibility on temperature and external field intensity are found. The internal energy and specific heat of the Bose gas of spin waves are calculated. The collective spin excitations play a significant role in the properties of the paramagnetic system at low temperature and strong external magnetic field.

  10. Electron paramagnetic resonance of a donor in aluminum nitride crystals.

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    Evans, Sean; Giles, Nancy; Halliburton, Larry; Slack, Glen; Schujman, Sandra; Schowalter, Leo

    2006-03-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) have been used to characterize a dominant donor in single crystals of aluminum nitride (AlN). A broad EPR signal, with g (parallel) = 2.002 and g (perpendicular) = 2.006, is observed in the as-grown crystals. Exposure to x-rays (i.e., ionizing radiation) increases the concentration of this center by a factor of five to ten (depending on sample), thus indicating that most of these centers are initially present in the crystals in a nonparamagnetic charge state. ENDOR identifies a strong hyperfine interaction with one aluminum neighbor along the c axis (described by A (parallel) = 111.30 MHz, A (perpendicular) = 54.19 MHz, and P = 0.289 MHz) and weaker equivalent hyperfine interactions with three additional aluminum neighbors in the basal plane. These aluminum interactions indicate that the responsible center is a deep donor at a nitrogen site. The observed paramagnetic defect is either a neutral oxygen substituting for nitrogen or a neutral nitrogen vacancy. This work was supported at West Virginia University by the National Science Foundation (Grant DMR-0508140). One of the authors (SME) received support from the WV EPSCoR STEM fellowship program.

  11. Electron paramagnetic resonance in positively charged Au25 molecular nanoclusters.

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    Akbari-Sharbaf, Arash; Hesari, Mahdi; Workentin, Mark S; Fanchini, Giovanni

    2013-01-14

    In this study, we investigated the unpaired electrons and singly occupied molecular orbitals (SOMO) of positively charged Au(25) molecular clusters using solid-state electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The EPR powder spectra of the positively charged (Au(25) (+)) and neutral (Au(25) (0)) species of Au(25) are discussed and compared. Our study demonstrates that Au(25) (+) is paramagnetic with a SOMO that is mostly localized about the central gold atom in the core of the molecule and possesses a strong p-type atomic character. The unpaired electron spin is demonstrated to strongly interact with the nuclear spins from other (197)Au nuclei in the core of Au(25) (+) molecules and the hyperfine tensor describing such interaction was extracted from the comparison of the EPR spectra with quantum mechanical simulations assuming an anisotropic structure of the core. Our simulations suggest that the core of Au(25) (+) molecular clusters is more distorted than in the corresponding neutral counterpart. They also confirm previous hypotheses suggesting that the icosahedral core of Au(25) (+) experiences contraction with decreasing temperature. PMID:23320681

  12. Internalization of paramagnetic phosphatidylserine-containing liposomes by macrophages

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    2012-01-01

    Background Inflammation plays an important role in many pathologies, including cardiovascular diseases, neurological conditions and oncology, and is considered an important predictor for disease progression and outcome. In vivo imaging of inflammatory cells will improve diagnosis and provide a read-out for therapy efficacy. Paramagnetic phosphatidylserine (PS)-containing liposomes were developed for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and confocal microscopy imaging of macrophages. These nanoparticles also provide a platform to combine imaging with targeted drug delivery. Results Incorporation of PS into liposomes did not affect liposomal size and morphology up to 12 mol% of PS. Liposomes containing 6 mol% of PS showed the highest uptake by murine macrophages, while only minor uptake was observed in endothelial cells. Uptake of liposomes containing 6 mol% of PS was dependent on the presence of Ca2+ and Mg2+. Furthermore, these 6 mol% PS-containing liposomes were mainly internalized into macrophages, whereas liposomes without PS only bound to the macrophage cell membrane. Conclusions Paramagnetic liposomes containing 6 mol% of PS for MR imaging of macrophages have been developed. In vitro these liposomes showed specific internalization by macrophages. Therefore, these liposomes might be suitable for in vivo visualization of macrophage content and for (visualization of) targeted drug delivery to inflammatory cells. PMID:22929153

  13. Electron paramagnetic resonance in Cu-doped ZnO

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    Buchheit, R.; Acosta-Humánez, F.; Almanza, O.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles (Zn1‑xCuxO, x = 3%), with a calcination temperature of 500∘C were synthesized using the sol-gel method. The particles were analyzed using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) at X-band, measurement in a temperature range from 90 K to room temperature. AAS confirmed a good correspondence between the experimental doping concentration and the theoretical value. XRD reveals the presence of ZnO phase in hexagonal wurtzite structure and a nanoparticle size for the samples synthesized. EPR spectroscopy shows the presence of point defects in both samples with g-values of g = 1.959 for shallow donors and g = 2.004 for ionized vacancies. It is important when these materials are required have been used as catalysts, as suggested that it is not necessary prepare them at higher temperature. A simulation of the Cu EPR signal using an anisotropic spin Hamiltonian was performed and showed good coincidence with the experimental spectra. It was shown that Cu2+ ions enter interstitial octahedral sites of orthorhombic symmetry in the wurtzite crystal structure. Temperature dependence of the EPR linewidth and signal intensity shows a paramagnetic behavior of the sample in the measurement range. A Néel temperature TN = 78 ± 19 K was determined.

  14. Grain alignment: Role of radiative torques and paramagnetic relaxation

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    Lazarian, Alexander; Andersson, B.-G.; Hoang, Thiem

    2015-05-01

    Polarization arising from aligned dust grains presents a unique opportunity to study magnetic fields in the diffuse interstellar medium and molecular clouds. Polarization from circumstellar regions, accretion disks and comet atmospheres can also be related to aligned dust.To reliably trace magnetic fields quantitative theory of grain alignment is required. Formulating the theory that would correspond to observations was one of the longstanding problems in astrophysics. Lately this problem has been successfully addressed, and in this review we summarize some of the most important theoretical advances in the theory of grain alignment by radiative torques (RATs) that act on realistic irregular dust grains. We discuss an analytical model of RATs and the ways to make RAT alignment more efficient, e.g. through paramagnetic relaxation when grains have inclusions with strong magnetic response. For very small grains for which RAT alignment is inefficient, we also discuss paramagnetic relaxation and a process termed resonance relaxation. We provide an extensive analysis of the observational tests of grain alignment theory.

  15. Paramagnetic ionic liquids for measurements of density using magnetic levitation.

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    Bwambok, David K; Thuo, Martin M; Atkinson, Manza B J; Mirica, Katherine A; Shapiro, Nathan D; Whitesides, George M

    2013-09-01

    Paramagnetic ionic liquids (PILs) provide new capabilities to measurements of density using magnetic levitation (MagLev). In a typical measurement, a diamagnetic object of unknown density is placed in a container containing a PIL. The container is placed between two magnets (typically NdFeB, oriented with like poles facing). The density of the diamagnetic object can be determined by measuring its position in the magnetic field along the vertical axis (levitation height, h), either as an absolute value or relative to internal standards of known density. For density measurements by MagLev, PILs have three advantages over solutions of paramagnetic salts in aqueous or organic solutions: (i) negligible vapor pressures; (ii) low melting points; (iii) high thermal stabilities. In addition, the densities, magnetic susceptibilities, glass transition temperatures, thermal decomposition temperatures, viscosities, and hydrophobicities of PILs can be tuned over broad ranges by choosing the cation-anion pair. The low melting points and high thermal stabilities of PILs provide large liquidus windows for density measurements. This paper demonstrates applications and advantages of PILs in density-based analyses using MagLev. PMID:23972068

  16. High-field paramagnetic Meissner effect up to 14 T in melt-textured YBa2Cu3O7-δ

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    Dias, F. T.; Vieira, V. N.; Wolff-Fabris, F.; Kampert, E.; Gouvêa, C. P.; Campos, A. P. C.; Archanjo, B. S.; Schaf, J.; Obradors, X.; Puig, T.; Roa, J. J.; Sahoo, B. K.

    2016-06-01

    We have performed magnetization experiments in a melt-textured YBa2Cu3O7-δ (Y123) sample with Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) inclusions, under magnetic fields up to 14 T applied parallel or perpendicular to the ab plane. Magnetic anisotropy and paramagnetic moments were observed in both FC (field-cooling) and FCW (field-cooled warming) procedures and these features correspond to the so-called High-Field Paramagnetic Meissner Effect (HFPME). The HFPME effect increases monotonically as the magnetic field rises and a strong paramagnetic relaxation, toward increasing paramagnetic moment was additionally observed as a function of time. Microscopy analysis revealed a complex and correlated microstructure of the Y211 particles. These correlated defects are well known to cause strong flux pinning. Our results suggest a scenario of strong flux compression within weak or non-superconducting regions of the samples, developed as a consequence of the Meissner effect and assisted by strong flux pinning by the Y211 particles. This scenario is observed up to 14 T and clearly persists beyond.

  17. How paramagnetic and diamagnetic LMOCs detect picric acid from surface water and the intracellular environment: a combined experimental and DFT-D3 study.

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    Ghosh, Pritam; Banerjee, Priyabrata

    2016-08-17

    Diamagnetic and Paramagnetic Luminescent Metal Organic Complexes (LMOCs) have been reported for Explosive and Pollutant Nitro Aromatic (epNAC) recognition. The diamagnetic complex shows a highly intense AIE induced by NEt3H(+), which disappears after picric acid recognition and subsequently RET will quench the emission intensity. Radical stabilized paramagnetic LMOCs seem to be active but show lower sensing efficiency in comparison with diamagnetic LMOCs. Solution and solid state spectroscopy studies along with DFT-D3 have been executed to enlighten the host guest interaction. Limit of PA detection is ∼250 ppb with a binding constant of 1.2 × 10(5) M(-1). Time-stepping, i.e. intervening in the problem of picric acid recognition from surface water collected from several places of West Bengal, India, has been performed. Mutagenic picric acid has been successfully detected in an aqueous medium inside both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells at a ppm level using fluorescence microscopy. PMID:27171212

  18. Paramagnetic Phospholipid-Based Micelles Targeting VCAM-1 Receptors for MRI Visualization of Inflammation.

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    Pagoto, Amerigo; Stefania, Rachele; Garello, Francesca; Arena, Francesca; Digilio, Giuseppe; Aime, Silvio; Terreno, Enzo

    2016-08-17

    Inflammation is signaled by the overexpression of epitopes on the vascular endothelium that primarily aim at recruiting immune cells into the inflamed area. The intravascular localization of these biomarkers makes them suitable targets for the MRI visualization of inflammation. Phospholipid-based nanosystems appear excellent candidates in virtue of their good biocompatibility, ability to deliver a high number of imaging units at the target site, and for the easy functionalization with targeting vectors. In this work, phospholipid-based micelles (hydrodynamic diameter of 20 nm) loaded with the amphiphilic Gd(III)-complex Gd-DOTAMA(C18)2 were vectorized with a small peptide able to specifically bind VCAM-1 receptors. The micelles displayed a high longitudinal relaxivity (36.4 s(-1)mmolGd(-1) at 25 °C and 0.7 T). A (1)H- and (17)O-water relaxometry study indicated that the paramagnetic complex embedded in the nanoparticles adopted two isomeric conformations, likely reflecting the well-known square antiprismatic (SAP) and twisted square antiprismatic (TSAP) configurations typically observed in DOTA-like lanthanide complexes. Interestingly, the TSAP structure, showing a much faster exchange rate for the water molecule coordinated to the metal ion, was the most abundant, thus explaining the high relaxivity of the micellar agent. The systemic administration of the micelles into a lipopolysaccharide-induced murine model of acute inflammation successfully demonstrated the ability of the targeting agents to detect the diseased area by T1 contrast enhanced MRI. PMID:27315634

  19. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectral study of [Mn(acs)2(2-pic)2(H2O)2] single crystals

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    Kocakoç, Mehpeyker; Tapramaz, Recep

    2016-03-01

    Acesulfame potassium salt is a synthetic and non-caloric sweetener. It is also important chemically for its capability of being ligand in coordination compounds, because it can bind over Nitrogen and Oxygen atoms of carbonyl and sulfonyl groups and ring oxygen. Some acesulfame containing transition metal ion complexes with mixed ligands exhibit solvato and thermo chromic properties and these properties make them physically important. In this work single crystals of Mn+2 ion complex with mixed ligand, [Mn(acs)2(2-pic)2(H2O)2], was studied with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. EPR parameters were determined. Zero field splitting parameters indicated that the complex was highly symmetric. Variable temperature studies showed no detectable chance in spectra.

  20. Molecular dynamics in paramagnetic materials as studied by magic-angle spinning 2H NMR spectra.

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    Mizuno, Motohiro; Suzuki, You; Endo, Kazunaka; Murakami, Miwa; Tansho, Masataka; Shimizu, Tadashi

    2007-12-20

    A magic-angle spinning (MAS) 2H NMR experiment was applied to study the molecular motion in paramagnetic compounds. The temperature dependences of 2H MAS NMR spectra were measured for paramagnetic [M(H2O)6][SiF6] (M=Ni2+, Mn2+, Co2+) and diamagnetic [Zn(H2O)6][SiF6]. The paramagnetic compounds exhibited an asymmetric line shape in 2H MAS NMR spectra because of the electron-nuclear dipolar coupling. The drastic changes in the shape of spinning sideband patterns and in the line width of spinning sidebands due to the 180 degrees flip of water molecules and the reorientation of [M(H2O)6]2+ about its C3 axis were observed. In the paramagnetic compounds, paramagnetic spin-spin relaxation and anisotropic g-factor result in additional linebroadening of each of the spinning sidebands. The spectral simulation of MAS 2H NMR, including the effects of paramagnetic shift and anisotropic spin-spin relaxation due to electron-nuclear dipolar coupling and anisotropic g-factor, was performed for several molecular motions. Information about molecular motions in the dynamic range of 10(2) s(-1)paramagnetic compounds from the analysis of 2H MAS NMR spectra when these paramagnetic effects are taken into account. PMID:18027914

  1. Electron paramagnetic resonance of individual atoms on a surface.

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    Baumann, Susanne; Paul, William; Choi, Taeyoung; Lutz, Christopher P; Ardavan, Arzhang; Heinrich, Andreas J

    2015-10-23

    We combined the high-energy resolution of conventional spin resonance (here ~10 nano-electron volts) with scanning tunneling microscopy to measure electron paramagnetic resonance of individual iron (Fe) atoms placed on a magnesium oxide film. We drove the spin resonance with an oscillating electric field (20 to 30 gigahertz) between tip and sample. The readout of the Fe atom's quantum state was performed by spin-polarized detection of the atomic-scale tunneling magnetoresistance. We determine an energy relaxation time of T1 ≈ 100 microseconds and a phase-coherence time of T2 ≈ 210 nanoseconds. The spin resonance signals of different Fe atoms differ by much more than their resonance linewidth; in a traditional ensemble measurement, this difference would appear as inhomogeneous broadening. PMID:26494753

  2. Modified Mason number for charged paramagnetic colloidal suspensions

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    Du, Di; Hilou, Elaa; Biswal, Sibani Lisa

    2016-06-01

    The dynamics of magnetorheological fluids have typically been described by the Mason number, a governing parameter defined as the ratio between viscous and magnetic forces in the fluid. For most experimental suspensions of magnetic particles, surface forces, such as steric and electrostatic interactions, can significantly influence the dynamics. Here we propose a theory of a modified Mason number that accounts for surface forces and show that this modified Mason number is a function of interparticle distance. We demonstrate that this modified Mason number is accurate in describing the dynamics of a rotating pair of paramagnetic colloids of identical or mismatched sizes in either high or low salt solutions. The modified Mason number is confirmed to be pseudoconstant for particle pairs and particle chains undergoing a stable-metastable transition during rotation. The interparticle distance term can be calculated using theory or can be measured experimentally. This modified Mason number is more applicable to magnetorheological systems where surface forces are not negligible.

  3. Magnetic nanoparticle imaging using multiple electron paramagnetic resonance activation sequences

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    Coene, A. Dupré, L.; Crevecoeur, G.

    2015-05-07

    Magnetic nanoparticles play an important role in several biomedical applications such as hyperthermia, drug targeting, and disease detection. To realize an effective working of these applications, the spatial distribution of the particles needs to be accurately known, in a non-invasive way. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) is a promising and sensitive measurement technique for recovering these distributions. In the conventional approach, EPR is applied with a homogeneous magnetic field. In this paper, we employ different heterogeneous magnetic fields that allow to stabilize the solution of the associated inverse problem and to obtain localized spatial information. A comparison is made between the two approaches and our novel adaptation shows an average increase in reconstruction quality by 5% and is 12 times more robust towards noise. Furthermore, our approach allows to speed up the EPR measurements while still obtaining reconstructions with an improved accuracy and noise robustness compared to homogeneous EPR.

  4. Super-paramagnetic clustering of yeast gene expression profiles

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    Getz, G.; Levine, E.; Domany, E.; Zhang, M. Q.

    2000-04-01

    High-density DNA arrays, used to monitor gene expression at a genomic scale, have produced vast amounts of information which require the development of efficient computational methods to analyze them. The important first step is to extract the fundamental patterns of gene expression inherent in the data. This paper describes the application of a novel clustering algorithm, super-paramagnetic clustering (SPC) to analysis of gene expression profiles that were generated recently during a study of the yeast cell cycle. SPC was used to organize genes into biologically relevant clusters that are suggestive for their co-regulation. Some of the advantages of SPC are its robustness against noise and initialization, a clear signature of cluster formation and splitting, and an unsupervised self-organized determination of the number of clusters at each resolution. Our analysis revealed interesting correlated behavior of several groups of genes which has not been previously identified.

  5. Electron paramagnetic resonance investigation of metalloendofullerene derived carbon nanotube peapods

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    Jakes, P.; Gembus, A.; Dinse, K.-P.; Hata, K.

    2008-02-01

    Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNT) prepared by the "super growth" method and arc-grown material were used as templates for peapod preparation with La@C82. A qualitative change of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) properties of La@C82 is observed after incorporation into SWNT. The loss of lanthanum hyperfine interaction in combination with the observed increase of EPR susceptibility by two orders of magnitude after peapod preparation when comparing with signals from "empty" tubes is indicative for the generation of itinerant spins by charge and spin transfer from La@C82 to the tubes. This interpretation is supported by the observation of fast spin dephasing, detected with pulsed EPR techniques.

  6. Electron paramagnetic resonance investigation of metalloendofullerene derived carbon nanotube peapods.

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    Jakes, P; Gembus, A; Dinse, K-P; Hata, K

    2008-02-01

    Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNT) prepared by the "super growth" method and arc-grown material were used as templates for peapod preparation with La@C(82). A qualitative change of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) properties of La@C(82) is observed after incorporation into SWNT. The loss of lanthanum hyperfine interaction in combination with the observed increase of EPR susceptibility by two orders of magnitude after peapod preparation when comparing with signals from "empty" tubes is indicative for the generation of itinerant spins by charge and spin transfer from La@C(82) to the tubes. This interpretation is supported by the observation of fast spin dephasing, detected with pulsed EPR techniques. PMID:18266423

  7. Wohlleben Effect (paramagnetic Meissner Effect) in high-temperature superconductors

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    Khomskii, D. |

    1994-04-01

    Recently a quite unexpected phenomenon was observed during the study of the magnetic properties of High-T{sub c} superconductors: In the field-cooled regime the magnetic response of some HTSC at very low fields ({le} 1 Oe), instead of being diamagnetic, becomes paramagnetic. Such behavior is perfectly reproducible and stable. This effect is now called the Wohlleben Effect. The samples showing the Wohlleben effect also display anomalous behavior in some other properties (microwave absorption, second harmonic of magnetic susceptibility). In this paper a survey is given of the experimental studies of this and related phenomena, carried out in different laboratories. Corresponding theoretical models are also discussed. The effect is attributed to the formation of spontaneous currents (spontaneous orbital magnetic moments) in the ground state of the weak link network in case when Josephson coupling between certain grains is negative ({pi}-contacts). Microscopic mechanisms of inverse Josephson coupling are discussed especially in connection with the possible unconventional pairing in HTSC.

  8. Enhanced Wireless Power Transmission Using Strong Paramagnetic Response

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    Ahn, Dukju; Kiani, Mehdi; Ghovanloo, Maysam

    2015-01-01

    A method of quasi-static magnetic resonant coupling has been presented for improving the power transmission efficiency (PTE) in near-field wireless power transmission, which improves upon the state of the art. The traditional source resonator on the transmitter side is equipped with an additional resonator with a resonance frequency that is tuned substantially higher than the magnetic field excitation frequency. This additional resonator enhances the magnetic dipole moment and the effective permeability of the power transmitter, owing to a phenomenon known as the strong paramagnetic response. Both theoretical calculations and experimental results show increased PTE due to amplification of the effective permeability. In measurements, the PTE was improved from 57.8% to 64.2% at the nominal distance of 15 cm when the effective permeability was 2.6. The power delivered to load was also improved significantly, with the same 10 V excitation voltage, from 0.38 to 5.26 W. PMID:26120144

  9. Quantum Paramagnet in a π Flux Triangular Lattice Hubbard Model.

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    Rachel, Stephan; Laubach, Manuel; Reuther, Johannes; Thomale, Ronny

    2015-04-24

    We propose the π flux triangular lattice Hubbard model (π THM) as a prototypical setup to stabilize magnetically disordered quantum states of matter in the presence of charge fluctuations. The quantum paramagnetic domain of the π THM that we identify for intermediate Hubbard U is framed by a Dirac semimetal for weak coupling and by 120° Néel order for strong coupling. Generalizing the Klein duality from spin Hamiltonians to tight-binding models, the π THM maps to a Hubbard model which corresponds to the (J_{H},J_{K})=(-1,2) Heisenberg-Kitaev model in its strong coupling limit. The π THM provides a promising microscopic testing ground for exotic finite-U spin liquid ground states amenable to numerical investigation. PMID:25955072

  10. Search for exotic short-range interactions using paramagnetic insulators

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    Chu, Pinghan; Weisman, E.; Liu, C. -Y.; Long, J. C.

    2015-05-26

    We describe a proposed experimental search for exotic spin-coupled interactions using a solid-state paramagnetic insulator. The experiment is sensitive to the net magnetization induced by the exotic interaction between the unpaired insulator electrons with a dense, nonmagnetic mass in close proximity. An existing experiment has been used to set limits on the electric dipole moment of the electron by probing the magnetization induced in a cryogenic gadolinium gallium garnet sample on application of a strong electric field. With suitable additions, including a movable source mass, this experiment can be used to explore “monopole-dipole” forces on polarized electrons with unique ormore » unprecedented sensitivity. As a result, the solid-state, nonmagnetic construction, combined with the low-noise conditions and extremely sensitive magnetometry available at cryogenic temperatures could lead to a sensitivity over 10 orders of magnitude greater than exiting limits in the range below 1 mm.« less

  11. Search for exotic short-range interactions using paramagnetic insulators

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    Chu, Pinghan; Weisman, E.; Liu, C. -Y.; Long, J. C.

    2015-05-26

    We describe a proposed experimental search for exotic spin-coupled interactions using a solid-state paramagnetic insulator. The experiment is sensitive to the net magnetization induced by the exotic interaction between the unpaired insulator electrons with a dense, nonmagnetic mass in close proximity. An existing experiment has been used to set limits on the electric dipole moment of the electron by probing the magnetization induced in a cryogenic gadolinium gallium garnet sample on application of a strong electric field. With suitable additions, including a movable source mass, this experiment can be used to explore “monopole-dipole” forces on polarized electrons with unique or unprecedented sensitivity. As a result, the solid-state, nonmagnetic construction, combined with the low-noise conditions and extremely sensitive magnetometry available at cryogenic temperatures could lead to a sensitivity over 10 orders of magnitude greater than exiting limits in the range below 1 mm.

  12. Horizontal deflection of single particle in a paramagnetic fluid.

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    Liu, S; Yi, Xiang; Leaper, M; Miles, N J

    2014-06-01

    This paper describes the horizontal deflection behaviour of a single particle in paramagnetic fluids under a high-gradient superconducting magnetic field. A glass box was designed to carry out experiments and test assumptions. It was found that the particles were deflected away from the magnet bore centre and particles with different density and/or susceptibility settled at a certain position on the container floor due to the combined forces of gravity and magneto-Archimedes as well as lateral buoyant (displacement) force. Matlab was chosen to simulate the movement of the particle in the magnetic fluid, the simulation results were in good accordance with experimental data. The results presented here, though, are still very much in their infancy, which could potentially form the basis of a new approach to separating materials based on a combination of density and susceptibility. PMID:24894886

  13. Can Induced Orbital Paramagnetism Be Controlled by Strong Magnetic Fields?

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    Pagola, G I; Ferraro, M B; Lazzeretti, P

    2009-11-10

    Magnetic hypersusceptibilities and hypershielding at the nuclei of BH, CH(+), C4H4, and C8H8 molecules in the presence of an external spatially uniform, time-independent magnetic field have been investigated accounting for cubic response contributions via Rayleigh-Schrödinger perturbation theory. Numerical estimates have been obtained at the coupled Hartree-Fock and density-functional levels of theory within the conventional common-origin approach, using extended gaugeless basis sets. The fundamental role of electron correlation effects was assessed. Critical values of the applied magnetic field at which transition from paramagnetic to diamagnetic behavior would occur were estimated. It is shown that perturbative methods may successfully be employed to estimate the interaction energy for big cyclic molecules. PMID:26609984

  14. Use of paramagnetic chelated metal derivatives of polysaccharides and spin-labeled polysaccharides as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging

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    Bligh, S.W.; Harding, C.T.; Sadler, P.J.; Bulman, R.A.; Bydder, G.M.; Pennock, J.M.; Kelly, J.D.; Latham, I.A.; Marriott, J.A. )

    1991-02-01

    Soluble and insoluble polysaccharides were derivatized with diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) and/or spin-labeled with 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl (TEMPO). Polysaccharides derivatized with DTPA were prepared via cyanogen bromide activation, coupling to a diamine linker, and to DTPA anhydride. Spin-labeled polysaccharides were also prepared via cyanogen bromide activation. The extent of derivatization for dextran (18 kDa) was about 120 glucose units per DTPA, and for cellulose and starch about 15-30 units per DTPA. For spin-labeled polysaccharides, the average loading ranged from 1 nitroxide per 16 glucose units for starch to 181 for dextran (82 kDa). These derivatized paramagnetic polysaccharides were shown to be more effective relaxants than the small paramagnetic molecules alone. Both soluble and insoluble polysaccharide-linker-DTPA-Gd(3) complexes were effectively cleared from the body (rats) after oral administration. After intravenous administration, the biodistribution of dextran-linker-DTPA-Gd(3) complexes differed significantly from that of GdDTPA. Reduction of the nitroxide by ascorbic acid was retarded in the polysaccharide derivatives, particularly in starch derivatized with both nitroxide and linker-DTPA-Cu(2). These agents showed contrast enhancement in the gastrointestinal tract of rabbits.

  15. 13C-NMR study of labeled vinyl groups in paramagnetic myoglobin derivatives.

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    Sankar, S S; La Mar, G N; Smith, K M; Fujinari, E M

    1987-04-01

    The 13C-NMR spectra of high-spin met-aquo myoglobin, spin-equilibrium met-azido myoglobin, low-spin met-cyano myoglobin, deoxy myoglobin and carbonmonoxy myoglobin from sperm whale reconstituted with hemin 13C enriched at both vinyl alpha or beta positions have been recorded. In all cases the labeled vinyl 13C signals are clearly resolved and useful spectra could be obtained within approx. 15 minutes. The decoupling of multiplet structure due to attached proton(s) has led to the specific assignment of vinyl 13C alpha signals in all paramagnetic derivatives and the 13C beta signals in met-cyano myoglobin. In all other cases, the collapse of the proton multiplet structure as a function of 1H decoupling frequency has located, but not assigned, the attached 1H resonance positions which are obscured by the intense diamagnetic envelope in the 1H-NMR spectrum. The resulting vinyl 13C hyperfine shifts follow Curie behavior, and the patterns closely resemble those in the appropriate model complexes in the same oxidation/spin/ligation state, except that the protein exhibits more in-plane asymmetry. The hyperfine shift patterns are indicative of dominant pi contact shifts for all ferric complexes. Deoxy myoglobin vinyl 13C and 1H contact shifts provide little evidence for pi bonding. PMID:3828362

  16. Magnetic resonance studies of isotopically labeled paramagnetic proteins: (2FE-2S) ferredoxins

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    Cheng, H.; Xia, B.; Chae, Y.K.; Westler, W.M.; Markley, J.L.

    1994-12-01

    Recent developments in NMR spectroscopy, especially multidimensional, multinuclear NMR techniques, have made NMR the most versatile tool available for studying protein structure and function in solution. Unlike diamagnetic proteins, paramagnetic proteins contain centers with unpaired electrons. These unpaired electrons interact with magnetic nuclei either through chemical bonds by a contact mechanism or through space by a pseudocontact mechanism. Such interactions make the acquisition and analysis of NMR spectra of paramagnetic proteins more challenging than those of diamagnetic proteins. Some NMR signals from paramagnetic proteins are shifted outside the chemical shift region characteristic of diamagnetic proteins; these {open_quotes}hyperfine-shifted{close_quotes} resonances originate from nuclei that interact with unpaired electrons from the paramagnetic center. The large chemical shift dispersion in spectra of paramagnetic proteins makes it difficult to excite the entire spectral window and leads to distortions in the baseline. Interactions with paramagnetic centers shorten T{sub 1} and T{sub 2} relaxation times of nuclei; the consequences are line broadening and lower spectral sensitivity. Scalar (through bond) and dipolar (through space) interactions between pairs of nuclei are what give rise to crosspeak signals in multi-dimensional NMR spectra of small diamagnetic proteins. When such interactions involve a nucleus that is strongly relaxed by interaction with a paramagnetic center, specialized methods may be needed for its detection or it may be completely undetectable by present nD NMR methods.

  17. Determination of S-nitrosothiols in biological and clinical samples using electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometry with spin trapping.

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    Winyard, Paul G; Knight, Iona A; Shaw, Frances L; Rocks, Sophie A; Davies, Claire A; Eggleton, Paul; Haigh, Richard; Whiteman, Matthew; Benjamin, Nigel

    2008-01-01

    S-Nitroso moieties, such as the S-nitroso group within S-nitrosated albumin, constitute a potential endogenous reservoir of nitric oxide (NO.) in human tissues and other biological systems. Moreover, S-nitroso compounds are under investigation as therapeutic agents in humans. Therefore, it is important to be able to detect S-nitrosothiols (RSNOs) in human extracellular fluids, such as plasma and synovial fluid, as well as other biological samples. This chapter describes a method for the determination of S-nitrosothiols in biofluids. The method is based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometry, in combination with spin trapping using a ferrous ion complex of the iron chelator N-methyl-d-glucamine dithiocarbamate under alkaline conditions. This iron complex mediates the decomposition of RSNO to NO., as well as spin trapping the generated NO.. The resulting spin adduct has a unique EPR signal that can be quantified. PMID:18554533

  18. Paramagnetic Intermediates Generated by Radical S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM) Enzymes

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    2015-01-01

    Conspectus A [4Fe–4S]+ cluster reduces a bound S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) molecule, cleaving it into methionine and a 5′-deoxyadenosyl radical (5′-dA•). This step initiates the varied chemistry catalyzed by each of the so-called radical SAM enzymes. The strongly oxidizing 5′-dA• is quenched by abstracting a H-atom from a target species. In some cases, this species is an exogenous molecule of substrate, for example, l-tyrosine in the [FeFe] hydrogenase maturase, HydG. In other cases, the target is a proteinaceous residue as in all the glycyl radical forming enzymes. The generation of this initial radical species and the subsequent chemistry involving downstream radical intermediates is meticulously controlled by the enzyme so as to prevent unwanted reactions. But the manner in which this control is exerted is unknown. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy has proven to be a valuable tool used to gain insight into these mechanisms. In this Account, we summarize efforts to trap such radical intermediates in radical SAM enzymes and highlight four examples in which EPR spectroscopic results have shed significant light on the corresponding mechanism. For lysine 2,3-aminomutase, nearly each possible intermediate, from an analogue of the initial 5′-dA• to the product radical l-β-lysine, has been explored. A paramagnetic intermediate observed in biotin synthase is shown to involve an auxiliary [FeS] cluster whose bridging sulfide is a co-substrate for the final step in the biosynthesis of vitamin B7. In HydG, the l-tyrosine substrate is converted in unprecedented fashion to a 4-oxidobenzyl radical on the way to generating CO and CN– ligands for the [FeFe] cluster of hydrogenase. And finally, EPR has confirmed a mechanistic proposal for the antibiotic resistance protein Cfr, which methylates the unactivated sp2-hybridized C8-carbon of an adenosine base of 23S ribosomal RNA. These four systems provide just a brief survey of the ever-growing set

  19. Extrinsic Paramagnetic Meissner Effect in Multiphase Indium-Tin Alloys

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    Chu, S; Schwartz, A J; Massalski, T B; Laughlin, D E

    2005-12-02

    A well-known effect in superconducting materials below their critical temperatures (T{sub c}) is the reduction to zero of their electrical resistivities. Concomitantly, the materials become perfect diamagnets for small fields. This effect, termed the Meissner Effect, allows for the direct measurement of the transition temperature (T{sub c}) by magnetic techniques such as the superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). A Paramagnetic Meissner Effect (PME), i.e., the unexpected observation of positive magnetic moment in a superconductor below its critical temperature during field cooling (FC), was first reported in 1989 by Svedlindh et al. (1). The origin of PME in high T{sub c} superconductors has been discussed by numerous investigators as possibly resulting from {pi}-junctions, d-wave behavior, giant vortex states, flux compression, or weak links. In conventional superconductors like Nb, the PME was ascribed to the inhomogeneous nature of such samples, whereby their surface is sufficiently different from the interior and becomes superconducting at a higher temperature than the interior on cooling, thereby trapping the magnetic flux. There remains significant controversy regarding the fundamental origin of the PME. Here, we show that the PME in two-phase and three-phase In-Sn alloys is a property resulting from the morphological distribution of the multiple phases. We propose that PME in these alloys results from microstructural encapsulation of the grains of one superconducting phase inside the grains of another (e.g., the matrix) which has a higher T{sub c}. Hence the PME in this case is extrinsic in nature rather than intrinsic to the material, and could be described as an Extrinsic Paramagnetic Meissner Effect (EPME). It may be expected to occur in multiple-phase alloy samples where more than one of the phases is superconducting, or in nominally single-phase materials where the surface of the specimen, grain boundaries, or other defects have different

  20. Paramagnetic Liquid Bridge in a Gravity-Compensating Magnetic Field

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    Mahajan, Milind P.; Tsige, Mesfin; Taylor, P. L.; Rosenblatt, Charles

    1999-01-01

    Magnetic levitation was used to stabilize cylindrical columns of a paramagnetic liquid in air between two solid supports. The maximum achievable length to diameter ratio R(sub max) was approx. (3.10 +/- 0.07), very close to the Rayleigh-Plateau limit of pi. For smaller R, the stability of the column was measured as a function of the Bond number, which could be continuously varied by adjusting the strength of the magnetic field. Liquid bridges supported by two solid surfaces have been attracting scientific attention since the time of Rayleigh and Plateau. For a cylindrical bridge of length L and diameter d, it was shown theoretically that in zero gravity the maximum slenderness ratio R (identically = L/d) is pi. The stability and ultimate collapse of such bridges is of interest because of their importance in a number of industrial processes and their potential for low gravity applications. In the presence of gravity, however, the cylindrical shape of an axisymmetric bridge tends to deform, limiting its stability and decreasing the maximum achievable value of R. Theoretical studies have discussed the stability and possible shapes of axisymmetric bridges. Experiments typically are performed in either a Plateau tank, in which the bridge is surrounded by a density-matched immiscible fluid, or in a space-borne microgravity environment. It has been shown, for example, that the stability limit R can be pushed beyond pi by using flow stabilization, by acoustic radiation pressure, or by forming columns in the presence of an axial electric field. In this work, magnetic levitation was used to simulate a low gravity environment and create quasi-cylindrical liquid columns in air. Use of a magnetic field permits us to continuously vary the Bond number B identically equal to (g)(rho)d(exp 2)/4(sigma), where g is the gravitational acceleration, rho is the density of the liquid, and sigma is the surface tension of the liquid in air. The dimensionless Bond number represents the

  1. Monitoring changes of paramagnetically-shifted 31P signals in phospholipid vesicles

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    Joyce, Rebecca E.; Williams, Thomas L.; Serpell, Louise C.; Day, Iain J.

    2016-03-01

    Phospholipid vesicles are commonly used as biomimetics in the investigation of the interaction of various species with cell membranes. In this letter we present a 31P NMR investigation of a simple vesicle system using a paramagnetic shift reagent to probe the inner and outer layers of the lipid bilayer. Time-dependent changes in the 31P NMR signal are observed, which differ whether the paramagnetic species is inside or outside the vesicle, and on the choice of buffer solution used. An interpretation of these results is given in terms of the interaction of the paramagnetic shift reagent with the lipids.

  2. Comment on {open_quotes}Paramagnetic Meissner effect in Nb{close_quotes}

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    Rice, T.M.; Sigrist, M.

    1997-06-01

    The observation of a small paramagnetic signal in a bulk s-wave superconductor Nb does not justify the conclusion drawn by Kosti{hacek c} {ital et al.} that our previous proposal interpreting the paramagnetism of ceramic high-T{sub c} cuprates as arising from the d-wave symmetry of the superconducting state is unlikely to be correct. Several experimental tests are proposed to distinguish between paramagnetism caused by flux compression and that associated with unconventional symmetry. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Maximally spaced projection sequencing in electron paramagnetic resonance imaging

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    Redler, Gage; Epel, Boris; Halpern, Howard J.

    2015-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI) provides 3D images of absolute oxygen concentration (pO2) in vivo with excellent spatial and pO2 resolution. When investigating such physiologic parameters in living animals, the situation is inherently dynamic. Improvements in temporal resolution and experimental versatility are necessary to properly study such a system. Uniformly distributed projections result in efficient use of data for image reconstruction. This has dictated current methods such as equal-solid-angle (ESA) spacing of projections. However, acquisition sequencing must still be optimized to achieve uniformity throughout imaging. An object-independent method for uniform acquisition of projections, using the ESA uniform distribution for the final set of projections, is presented. Each successive projection maximizes the distance in the gradient space between itself and prior projections. This maximally spaced projection sequencing (MSPS) method improves image quality for intermediate images reconstructed from incomplete projection sets, enabling useful real-time reconstruction. This method also provides improved experimental versatility, reduced artifacts, and the ability to adjust temporal resolution post factum to best fit the data and its application. The MSPS method in EPRI provides the improvements necessary to more appropriately study a dynamic system. PMID:26185490

  4. Electron paramagnetic resonance of Er3+ ions in aluminum nitride

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    Yang, Shan; Evans, S. M.; Halliburton, L. E.; Slack, G. A.; Schujman, S. B.; Morgan, K. E.; Bondokov, R. T.; Mueller, S. G.

    2009-01-01

    An electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum from Er3+ ions has been observed in a bulk single crystal of aluminum nitride (AlN). These Er3+ ions were introduced into the crystal during growth and had a concentration of approximately 2×1016 cm-3. The Er3+ EPR signal, monitored at 4.5 K, exhibits axial symmetry (the unique axis is parallel to the c axis in this wurtzite lattice) and shows well-resolved hyperfine splittings due to E167r nuclei. An absence of site splittings in the EPR angular dependence indicates that these erbium ions, replacing aluminum ions in the AlN crystal, have no nearby defects. Principal values for the g and hyperfine matrices are g∥=4.337, g⊥=7.647, |A∥|=454 MHz, and |A⊥|=796 MHz. Forbidden transitions, appearing in the low-field portion of the hyperfine spectrum when the magnetic field is rotated a few degrees away from the c axis, give |P|=7.8 MHz for the nuclear electric quadrupole parameter.

  5. Single Acquisition Quantitative Single Point Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Jang, Hyungseok; Subramanian, Sankaran; Devasahayam, Nallathamby; Saito, Keita; Matsumoto, Shingo; Krishna, Murali C; McMillan, Alan B

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI) has emerged as a promising non-invasive technology to dynamically image tissue oxygenation. Due to its extremely short spin-spin relaxation times, EPRI benefits from a single-point imaging (SPI) scheme where the entire FID signal is captured using pure phase encoding. However, direct T2*/pO2 quantification is inhibited due to constant magnitude gradients which result in time-decreasing FOV. Therefore, conventional acquisition techniques require repeated imaging experiments with differing gradient amplitudes (typically 3), which results in long acquisition time. Methods In this study, gridding was evaluated as a method to reconstruct images with equal FOV to enable direct T2*/pO2 quantification within a single imaging experiment. Additionally, an enhanced reconstruction technique that shares high spatial k-space regions throughout different phase encoding time delays was investigated (k-space extrapolation). Results The combined application of gridding and k-space extrapolation enables pixelwise quantification of T2* from a single acquisition with improved image quality across a wide range of phase encoding delay times. The calculated T2*/pO2 does not vary across this time range. Conclusion By utilizing gridding and k-space extrapolation, accurate T2*/pO2 quantification can be achieved within a single dataset to allow enhanced temporal resolution (by a factor of 3). PMID:23913515

  6. Uniform Spinning Sampling Gradient Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Johnson, David H.; Ahmad, Rizwan; Liu, Yangping; Chen, Zhiyu; Samouilov, Alexandre; Zweier, Jay L.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To improve the quality and speed of electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI) acquisition by combining a uniform sampling distribution with spinning gradient acquisition. Theory and Methods A uniform sampling distribution was derived for spinning gradient EPRI acquisition (Uniform Spinning Sampling, USS) and compared to the existing (Equilinear Spinning Sampling, ESS) acquisition strategy. Novel corrections were introduced to reduce artifacts in experimental data. Results Simulations demonstrated that USS puts an equal number of projections near each axis whereas ESS puts excessive projections at one axis, wasting acquisition time. Artifact corrections added to the magnetic gradient waveforms reduced noise and correlation between projections. USS images had higher SNR (85.9±0.8 vs. 56.2±0.8) and lower mean-squared error than ESS images. The quality of the USS images did not vary with the magnetic gradient orientation, in contrast to ESS images. The quality of rat heart images was improved using USS compared to that with ESS or traditional fast-scan acquisitions. Conclusion A novel EPRI acquisition which combines spinning gradient acquisition with a uniform sampling distribution was developed. This USS spinning gradient acquisition offers superior SNR and reduced artifacts compared to prior methods enabling potential improvements in speed and quality of EPR imaging in biological applications. PMID:23475830

  7. Aspects of Quantum Computing with Polar Paramagnetic Molecules

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    Karra, Mallikarjun; Friedrich, Bretislav

    2015-05-01

    Since the original proposal by DeMille, arrays of optically trapped ultracold polar molecules have been considered among the most promising prototype platforms for the implementation of a quantum computer. The qubit of a molecular array is realized by a single dipolar molecule entangled via its dipole-dipole interaction with the rest of the array's molecules. A superimposed inhomogeneous electric field precludes the quenching of the body-fixed dipole moments by rotation and a time dependent external field controls the qubits to perform gate operations. Much like our previous work in which we considered the simplest cases of a polar 1 Σ and a symmetric top molecule, here we consider a X2Π3 / 2 polar molecule (exemplified by the OH radical) which, by virtue of its nonzero electronic spin and orbital angular momenta, is, in addition, paramagnetic. We demonstrate entanglement tuning by evaluating the concurrence (and the requisite frequencies needed for gate operations) between two such molecules in the presence of varying electric and magnetic fields. Finally, we discuss the conditions required for achieving qubit addressability (transition frequency difference, Δω , as compared with the concomitant Stark and Zeeman broadening) and high fidelity. International Max Planck Research School - Functional Interfaces in Physics and Chemistry.

  8. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance studies of x-ray irradiated Nafion

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    Fragoso, Juan; Usher, Timothy

    2007-03-01

    Fuel cells promise a bright future as power sources for a variety of electronic equipment as well as more power demanding elements. Nafion (DuPont's trademark of a sulfonated tetrafluorethylene polymer modified from Teflon) is the heart of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) as well as Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFCs). Fuel cells are used to power electronic equipment on spacecraft, satellites and unpiloted high altitude aircraft, where ionizing radiation can be a concern. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) is a spectroscopic technique that is very sensitive to free radicals such as those produced by ionizing radiation therefore EPR can give us a window into the degradation of the Nafion membranes due to the ionizing radiation. Nafion samples were irradiated using a x-ray diffractometer with a copper target operating at 40kV and 55mA for at least 3hrs. X-Band EPR spectroscopy of the irradiated nafion reveals a peak at 3400G with a width of 10G, which decays over time, completely diminishing in a couple of weeks. Preliminary results from the polarization studies on the effects of ionizing radiation will also be presented.

  9. Paramagnetic materials and practical algorithmic cooling for NMR quantum computing

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    Fernandez, Jose M.; Mor, Tal; Weinstein, Yossi

    2003-08-01

    Algorithmic cooling is a method devised by Boykin, Mor Rowchodhury, Vatan and Vrijen (PNAS Mar '02) for initializing NMR systems in general and NMR quantum computers in particular. The algorithm recursively employs two steps. The first is an adiabatic entropy compression of the computation qubits of the system. The second step is an isothermal heat transfer from the system to the environment through a set of reset qubits that reach thermal relaxation rapidly. To allow experimental algorithmic cooling, the thermalization time of the reset qubits must be much shorter than the thermalization time of the computation qubits. We investigated the effect of the paramagnetic material Chromium Acetylacetonate on the thermalization times of computation qubits (carbons) and reset qubit (hydrogen). We report here the accomplishment of an improved ratio of the thermalization times from T1(H)/T1(C) of approximately 5 to around 15. The magnetic ions from the Chromium Acetylacetonate interact with the reset qubit reducing their thermalization time, while their effect on the less exposed computation qubits is found to be weaker. An experimental demonstrating of non adiabatic cooling by thermalization and magnetic ion is currently performed by our group based on these results.

  10. The Contribution of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance to Melanoma Research

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    Godechal, Quentin; Gallez, Bernard

    2011-01-01

    The incidence of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is rising each year. However, some aspects of the tumor initiation and development are still unclear, and the current method of diagnosis, based on the visual aspect of the tumor, shows limitations. For these reasons, developments of new techniques are ongoing to improve basic knowledge on the disease and diagnosis of tumors in individual patients. This paper shows how electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), a method able to detect free radicals trapped in melanin pigments, has recently brought its unique value to this specific field. The general principles of the method and the convenience of melanin as an endogenous substrate for EPR measurements are explained. Then, the way by which EPR has recently helped to assess the contribution of ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) to the initiation of melanoma is described. Finally, we describe the improvements of EPR spectrometry and imaging in the detection and mapping of melanin pigments inside ex vivo and in vivo melanomas. We discuss how these advances might improve the diagnosis of this skin cancer and point out the present capabilities and limitations of the method. PMID:21941659

  11. Detection of electron paramagnetic resonance absorption using frequency modulation.

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    Hirata, Hiroshi; Kuyama, Toshifumi; Ono, Mitsuhiro; Shimoyama, Yuhei

    2003-10-01

    A frequency modulation (FM) method was developed to measure electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) absorption. The first-derivative spectrum of 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) powder was measured with this FM method. Frequency modulation of up to 1.6 MHz (peak-to-peak) was achieved at a microwave carrier frequency of 1.1 GHz. This corresponds to a magnetic field modulation of 57microT (peak-to-peak) at 40.3 mT. By using a tunable microwave resonator and automatic control systems, we achieved a practical continuous-wave (CW) EPR spectrometer that incorporates the FM method. In the present experiments, the EPR signal intensity was proportional to the magnitude of frequency modulation. The background signal at the modulation frequency (1 kHz) for EPR detection was also proportional to the magnitude of frequency modulation. An automatic matching control (AMC) system reduced the amplitude of noise in microwave detection and improved the baseline stability. Distortion of the spectral lineshape was seen when the spectrometer settings were not appropriate, e.g., with a lack of the open-loop gain in automatic tuning control (ATC). FM is an alternative to field modulation when the side-effect of field modulation is detrimental for EPR detection. The present spectroscopic technique based on the FM scheme is useful for measuring the first derivative with respect to the microwave frequency in investigations of electron-spin-related phenomena. PMID:14511592

  12. Detection of electron paramagnetic resonance absorption using frequency modulation

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    Hirata, Hiroshi; Kuyama, Toshifumi; Ono, Mitsuhiro; Shimoyama, Yuhei

    2003-10-01

    A frequency modulation (FM) method was developed to measure electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) absorption. The first-derivative spectrum of 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) powder was measured with this FM method. Frequency modulation of up to 1.6 MHz (peak-to-peak) was achieved at a microwave carrier frequency of 1.1 GHz. This corresponds to a magnetic field modulation of 57 μT (peak-to-peak) at 40.3 mT. By using a tunable microwave resonator and automatic control systems, we achieved a practical continuous-wave (CW) EPR spectrometer that incorporates the FM method. In the present experiments, the EPR signal intensity was proportional to the magnitude of frequency modulation. The background signal at the modulation frequency (1 kHz) for EPR detection was also proportional to the magnitude of frequency modulation. An automatic matching control (AMC) system reduced the amplitude of noise in microwave detection and improved the baseline stability. Distortion of the spectral lineshape was seen when the spectrometer settings were not appropriate, e.g., with a lack of the open-loop gain in automatic tuning control (ATC). FM is an alternative to field modulation when the side-effect of field modulation is detrimental for EPR detection. The present spectroscopic technique based on the FM scheme is useful for measuring the first derivative with respect to the microwave frequency in investigations of electron-spin-related phenomena.

  13. Scalar Relativistic Computations and Localized Orbital Analyses of Nuclear Hyperfine Coupling and Paramagnetic NMR Chemical Shifts

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    Aquino, Fredy W.; Pritchard, Ben; Autschbach, Jochen

    2012-02-14

    A method is reported by which calculated hyperfine coupling constants (HFCCs) and paramagnetic NMR (pNMR) chemical shifts can be analyzed in a chemically intuitive way by decomposition into contributions from localized molecular orbitals (LMOs). A new module for density functional calculations with nonhybrid functionals, global hybrids, and range-separated hybrids, utilizing the two-component relativistic zeroth-order regular approximation (ZORA), has been implemented in the parallel open-source NWChem quantum chemistry package. Benchmark results are reported for a test set of few-atom molecules with light and heavy elements. Finite nucleus effects on ¹⁹⁹Hg HFCCs are shown to be on the order of -11 to -15%. A proof of concept for the LMO analysis is provided for the metal and fluorine HFCCs of TiF₃ and NpF₆. Calculated pNMR chemical shifts are reported for the 2-methylphenyl-t-butylnitroxide radical and for five cyclopentadienyl (Cp) sandwich complexes with 3d metals. Nickelocene and vanadocene carbon pNMR shifts are analyzed in detail, demonstrating that the large carbon pNMR shifts calculated as +1540 for Ni (exptl.: +1514) and -443 for V (exptl.: -510) are caused by different spin-polarization mechanisms. For Ni, Cp to Ni π back-donation dominates the result, whereas for vanadocene, V to Cp σ donation with relaxation of the carbon 1s shells can be identified as the dominant mechanism.

  14. Time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance of radical pair intermediates in cryptochromes

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    Biskup, Till

    2013-12-01

    Electron transfer plays a key role in many biological systems, including core complexes of photosynthesis and respiration. As this involves unpaired electron spins, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is the method of choice to investigate such processes. Systems that show photo-induced charge separation and electron transfer are of particular interest, as here the processes can easily be synchronised to the experiment and therefore followed directly over its time course. One particular class of proteins, the cryptochromes, showing charge separation and in turn spin-correlated radical pairs upon excitation with blue light, have been investigated by time-resolved EPR spectroscopy in great detail and the results obtained so far are summarised in this contribution. Highlights include the first observation of spin-correlated radical pairs in these proteins, a fact with great impact on the proposed role as key part of a magnetic compass of migratory birds, as well as the assignment of the radical-pair partners and the unravelling of alternative and unexpected electron transfer pathways in these proteins, giving new insights into aspects of biological electron transfer itself.

  15. Superparamagnetic And Paramagnetic MRI Contrast Agents: Application Of Rapid Magnetic Resonance Imaging To Assess Renal Function

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    Carvlin, Mark J.; Renshaw, Perry F.; Arger, Peter; Kundel, Harold L.; Dougherty, Larry; Axel, Leon; Kassab, Eleanor; Moore, Bethanne

    1988-06-01

    The paramagnetic chelate complex, gadolinium-diethylene-triamine-pentaacetic acid, Gd-DTPA, and superparamagnetic particles, such as those composed of dextran coated magnetite, function as magnetic resonance contrast agents by changing the relaxation rates, 1/T1 and 1/T2. The effects that these agents have upon MR signal intensity are determined by: the inherent biophysical properties of the tissue being imaged, the concentration of the contrast agent and the data acquisition scheme (pulse sequence parameters) employed. Following the time course of MR signal change in the first minutes after the injection of contrast agent(s) allows a dynamic assessment of organ functions in a manner analogous to certain nuclear medicine studies. In order to study renal function, sequential MR fast scan images, gradient echo (TR=35/TE=7 msec, flip angle=25 degrees), were acquired, one every 12 seconds, after intravenous injection of Gd-DTPA and/or dextran-magnetite. Gd-DTPA, which is freely filtered at the glomerulus and is neither secreted nor reabsorbed, provides information concerning renal perfusion, glomerular filtration and tubular concentrating ability. Dextran-magnetite (200 A diameter), which is primarily contained within the intravascular space shortly after injection, provides information on blood flow to and distribution within the kidney. The MR signal change observed after administration of contrast agents varied dramatically depending upon the agents injected and the imaging parameters used. Hence a broad range of physiolgic processes may be described using these techniques, i.e. contrast agent enhanced functional MR examinations.

  16. Structural investigation and electron paramagnetic resonance of vanadyl doped alkali niobium borate glasses.

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    Agarwal, A; Sheoran, A; Sanghi, S; Bhatnagar, V; Gupta, S K; Arora, M

    2010-03-01

    Glasses with compositions xNb(2)O(5).(30-x)M(2)O.69B(2)O(3) (where M=Li, Na, K; x=0, 4, 8 mol%) doped with 1 mol% V(2)O(5) have been prepared using normal melt quench technique. The IR transmission spectra of the glasses have been studied over the range 400-4000 cm(-1). The changes caused by the addition of Nb(2)O(5) on the structure of these glasses have been reported. The electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of VO(2+) ions in these glasses have been recorded in X-band (9.14 GHz) at room temperature (300 K). The spin Hamiltonian parameters, dipolar hyperfine coupling parameter and Fermi contact interaction parameter have been calculated. It is observed that the resultant resonance spectra contain hyperfine structures (hfs) due to V(4+) ions which exist as VO(2+) ions in octahedral coordination with a tetragonal compression in the present glasses. The tetragonality of V(4+)O(6) complex decreases with increasing concentration of Nb(2)O(5). The 3d(xy) orbit contracts with increase in Nb(2)O(5):M(2)O ratio. Values of the theoretical optical basicity, Lambda(th), have also been reported. PMID:20060775

  17. Flux line lattice form factor and paramagnetic effects in type II superconductors

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    Ichioka, Masanori; Machida, Kazushige

    2009-03-01

    Based on the quasiclassical Eilenberger theory, we investigate the vortex structure in type II superconductors with strong Pauli-paramagnetic contributions due to the Zeeman effect. We quantitatively study how the paramagnetic effect suppresses the superconductivity, and evaluate the flux line lattice (FLL) form factor from the calculated internal field distribution both in the s-wave and d-wave pairings. When the paramagnetic effects are strong, the intensity of the FLL form factor increases toward Hc2 as a function of an applied field, instead of exponential decay. This anomalous field dependence is due to the induced paramagnetic moments around the vortex core. We discuss the anomalous field-dependence of the FLL form factor observed by the small angle neutron scattering in CeCoIn5.

  18. Small-angle neutron scattering of nanocrystalline gadolinium and holmium with random paramagnetic susceptibility.

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    Döbrich, Frank; Bick, Jens-Peter; Birringer, Rainer; Wolff, Matthias; Kohlbrecher, Joachim; Michels, Andreas

    2015-02-01

    A neutron study of nanocrystalline terbium (Balaji G et al 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 227202) has shown that the randomly oriented anisotropy of the paramagnetic susceptibility tensor may lead to strongly correlated nanoscale spin disorder in the paramagnetic state which can be probed very effectively by magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). In principle, this scenario is also applicable to other rare-earth metals and the size of the effect is expected to scale with the strength of the anisotropy in the paramagnetic state. Here, we report SANS results (in the paramagnetic state) on nanocrystalline inert-gas condensed samples of Gd and Ho, which represent the cases of low and high anisotropy, respectively. PMID:25563439

  19. Small-angle neutron scattering of nanocrystalline gadolinium and holmium with random paramagnetic susceptibility

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    Döbrich, Frank; Bick, Jens-Peter; Birringer, Rainer; Wolff, Matthias; Kohlbrecher, Joachim; Michels, Andreas

    2015-02-01

    A neutron study of nanocrystalline terbium (Balaji G et al 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 227202) has shown that the randomly oriented anisotropy of the paramagnetic susceptibility tensor may lead to strongly correlated nanoscale spin disorder in the paramagnetic state which can be probed very effectively by magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). In principle, this scenario is also applicable to other rare-earth metals and the size of the effect is expected to scale with the strength of the anisotropy in the paramagnetic state. Here, we report SANS results (in the paramagnetic state) on nanocrystalline inert-gas condensed samples of Gd and Ho, which represent the cases of low and high anisotropy, respectively.

  20. Reduction of artifact of metallic implant in magnetic resonance imaging by combining paramagnetic and diamagnetic materials

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    Gao, Yanhui; Muramatsu, Kazuhiro; Kushibe, Atsumichi; Yamazaki, Keita; Chiba, Akihiko; Yamamoto, Toru

    2010-05-01

    The method of coating the metallic implant made of paramagnetic materials with diamagnetic materials has been proposed to reduce the magnetic disturbance of metallic implants which causes artifact in magnetic resonance imaging. The optimal thicknesses of the diamagnetic coatings have been obtained for a straight cylindrical hip joint and an aneurysm clip by using the magnetic field analysis of the finite element method (FEM). Whereas in the manufacturing, with respect to the mechanical force of the diamagnetic material, etc., the new structure of dual-material model with diamagnetic material inside and paramagnetic material outside is considered better. In this paper, first the effectiveness of the structure of the dual-material model with actual diamagnetic material inside and paramagnetic material outside is investigated by using the FEM. Then optimal thicknesses of paramagnetic coating of two models are obtained. Finally the effectiveness of the dual-material model is verified by the experiment.

  1. Microscale Demonstration of the Paramagnetism of Liquid Oxygen with a Neodymium Magnet

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    Mattson, Bruce

    2007-01-01

    A microscale classroom demonstration of the paramagnetic behavior of various samples of liquid oxygen with neodymium magnet is being presented. The experiment should be done with extreme caution, as liquid oxygen reacts violently with organic matters.

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Prospective Grant of Exclusive License: Electron... of use limited to electron paramagnetic resonance devices and systems for oximetry. DATES:...

  3. Model-free nuclear magnetic resonance study of intermolecular free energy landscapes in liquids with paramagnetic Ln3+ spotlights: theory and application to Arg-Gly-Asp.

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    Fries, Pascal H

    2012-01-28

    We propose an easily applicable method for investigating the pair distribution function of a lanthanide Ln(3+) complex LnL (L = ligand) with respect to any solvent or solute molecule A carrying observable nuclear spins. Let r be the distance of Ln(3+) to the observed nuclear spin I. We derive a simple expression of the experimental value of the configurational average of 1/r(6) in terms of longitudinal paramagnetic relaxation (rate) enhancements (PREs) of the spin I measured on a standard high-resolution NMR spectrometer and due to well-chosen concentrations of LnL complexes in which Ln(3+) is a fast-relaxing paramagnetic lanthanide or the slowly-relaxing gadolinium Gd(3+). The derivation is justified in the general case of a molecule A which is by turns in a bound state where it follows the complex and a free state where it moves independently. It rests on the expression of the underlying PRE theory in terms of the angle-dependent pair distribution function of LnL and A. The simplifications of this theory in the high-field regime and under the condition of fast exchange between bound and free states are carefully discussed. We also show that original information on the angle dependence of the molecular pair distribution function can be gained from the measured paramagnetic dipolar shifts induced by complexed fast-relaxing Ln(3+) ions. The method is illustrated by the case study of the anionic Lnttha(3-) = [Ln(3+)(ttha)](3-) (ttha(6-) = triethylene tetraamine hexacetate) complex interacting with the biologically important tripeptide Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) which carries peripheral ionic groups. The usefulness of an auxiliary reference outer sphere probe solute is emphasized. PMID:22299888

  4. Model-free nuclear magnetic resonance study of intermolecular free energy landscapes in liquids with paramagnetic Ln3+ spotlights: Theory and application to Arg-Gly-Asp

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    Fries, Pascal H.

    2012-01-01

    We propose an easily applicable method for investigating the pair distribution function of a lanthanide Ln3+ complex LnL (L = ligand) with respect to any solvent or solute molecule A carrying observable nuclear spins. Let r be the distance of Ln3+ to the observed nuclear spin I. We derive a simple expression of the experimental value of the configurational average of 1/r6 in terms of longitudinal paramagnetic relaxation (rate) enhancements (PREs) of the spin I measured on a standard high-resolution NMR spectrometer and due to well-chosen concentrations of LnL complexes in which Ln3+ is a fast-relaxing paramagnetic lanthanide or the slowly-relaxing gadolinium Gd3+. The derivation is justified in the general case of a molecule A which is by turns in a bound state where it follows the complex and a free state where it moves independently. It rests on the expression of the underlying PRE theory in terms of the angle-dependent pair distribution function of LnL and A. The simplifications of this theory in the high-field regime and under the condition of fast exchange between bound and free states are carefully discussed. We also show that original information on the angle dependence of the molecular pair distribution function can be gained from the measured paramagnetic dipolar shifts induced by complexed fast-relaxing Ln3+ ions. The method is illustrated by the case study of the anionic Lnttha3- = [Ln3+(ttha)]3- (ttha6- = triethylene tetraamine hexacetate) complex interacting with the biologically important tripeptide Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) which carries peripheral ionic groups. The usefulness of an auxiliary reference outer sphere probe solute is emphasized.

  5. Characterisation and evaluation of paramagnetic fluorine labelled glycol chitosan conjugates for (19)F and (1)H magnetic resonance imaging.

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    De Luca, Elena; Harvey, Peter; Chalmers, Kirsten H; Mishra, Anurag; Senanayake, P Kanthi; Wilson, J Ian; Botta, Mauro; Fekete, Marianna; Blamire, Andrew M; Parker, David

    2014-02-01

    Medium molecular weight glycol chitosan conjugates have been prepared, linked by an amide bond to paramagnetic Gd(III), Ho(III) and Dy(III) macrocyclic complexes in which a trifluoromethyl reporter group is located 6.5 Å from the paramagnetic centre. The faster relaxation of the observed nucleus allows modified pulse sequences to be used with shorter acquisition times. The polydisperse materials have been characterised by gel permeation chromatography, revealing an average molecular weight on the order of 13,800 (Gd), 14,600 (Dy) and 16,200 (Ho), consistent with the presence of 8.5, 9.5 and 13 complexes, respectively. The gadolinium conjugate was prepared for both a q = 1 monoamide tricarboxylate conjugate (r1p 11.2 mM(-1) s(-1), 310 K, 1.4 T) and a q = 0 triphosphinate system, and conventional contrast-enhanced proton MRI studies at 7 T were undertaken in mice bearing an HT-29 or an HCT-116 colorectal tumour xenograft (17 μmol/kg). Enhanced contrast was observed following injection in the tail vein in tumour tissue, with uptake also evident in the liver and kidney with a tumour-to-liver ratio of 2:1 at 13 min, and large amounts in the kidney and bladder consistent with predominant renal clearance. Parallel experiments observing the (19)F resonance in the holmium conjugate complex using a surface coil did not succeed owing to its high R2 value (750 Hz, 7 T). However, the fluorine signal in the dysprosium triphosphinate chitosan conjugate [R1/R2 = 0.6 and R1 = 145 Hz (7 T)] was sharper and could be observed in vivo at -65.7 ppm, following intravenous tail vein injection of a dose of 34 μmol/kg. PMID:23955558

  6. Me{sup 5}C{sup 5}Ni(acac): A monomeric, paramagnetic, 18-electron, spin-equilibrium molecule

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    Smith, M.E.; Anderson, R.A. |

    1996-11-13

    New synthetic procedures have been developed for Me{sup 5}C{sup 5}M(acac), M = Co or Ni. The crystal structures of these 17- or 18-electron monomers show that the compounds are isomorphous and in space group P1{bar O}, with the planes defined by the Me{sup 5}C{sup 5} ring and the M(acac) fragment perpendicular to within 5{degree}. The Me{sup 5}C{sup 5} ring in both molecules has an ene-allyl distortion which is rationalized by the low molecular symmetry (C{sup s}), which removes the degeneracy in the e{sup +} and e{sup -} ring orbitals. The electronic structure of the cobalt compound is {sup 2}A, as deduced from magnetic susceptibility and EPR spectroscopy. The electronic structure of the nickel compound depends upon the temperature. In the solid state, the compound is diamagnetic below 150 K, but it becomes paramagnetic with increasing temperature. The {sup 1}H NMR chemical shift of the compound in solution are nonlinear in temperature, and a plot of {delta} vs T{sup -1} yields an equilibrium constant of 0.47 at 303 K for the low spin high spin equilibrium. The 20-electron phosphine complexes of nickel can be isolated; Me{sup 5}C{sup 5}Ni(acac)(PMe{sup 3}) is a simple paramagnet with two unpaired spins, but the PEt{sup 3} complex exists in equilibrium with its base-free compound in solution. The cobalt compound does not give an isolable phosphine complex. A simple symmetry orbital model is proposed that accounts for the electronic and molecular structures of these organometallic compounds. 34 refs., 7 figs., 5 tabs.

  7. Small-angle neutron scattering of nanocrystalline terbium with random paramagnetic susceptibility.

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    Balaji, G; Ghosh, S; Döbrich, F; Eckerlebe, H; Weissmüller, J

    2008-06-01

    We report magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data for the nanocrystalline rare earth metal Terbium in its paramagnetic state. Whereas critical scattering dominates at large momentum transfer, q, the (magnetic-) field response of the scattering at small q arises from the spatial nonuniformity of the paramagnetic susceptibility tensor. The finding of an interrelation between SANS and the susceptibility suggests a way for characterizing the nonuniform magnetic interactions in hard magnets by neutron scattering. PMID:18643454

  8. Observation of Paramagnetic Supercurrent in Mesoscopic Superconducting Rings and Disks Using Multiple-Small Method

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    Kanda, A.; Baelus, B. J.; Peeters, F. M.; Kadowaki, K.; Ootuka, Y.

    2005-08-01

    Responses of mesoscopic superconducting rings and disks to perpendicular magnetic fields are studied by using the multiple-small-tunnel-junction method, in which transport properties of several small tunnel junctions attached to the sample are measured simultaneously. This allows us for a direct experimental observation of the paramagnetic supercurrent, which is closely related to the paramagnetic Meissner effect. The results are compared with numerical results based on the nonlinear Ginzburg-Landau theory.

  9. Paramagnetic Meissner Effect in Josephson-Coupled Network of Ybco Ceramics

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    Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Yasunaka, Miyoko; Takagi, Seishi; Koyama, Kuniyuki; Mizuno, Kiyoshi

    2003-03-01

    Magnetic properties of a typical weak-link system, ceramic YBa2Cu3O7-δ, have been investigated in order to clarify the inter-grain superconducting ordering. Paramagnetic Meissner behavior is observed in the field-cooled magnetization of the ceramics below the inter-grain transition temperature. The result suggests that the paramagnetic Meissner effect is one of the inter-grain properties and is due to the spontaneous orbital currents in a Josephson network with π-junctions.

  10. Synthesis and EPR Characterization of Exohedrally Perfluoroalkylated Paramagnetic Lanthanum Metallofullerenes: A Fluorous Phase Approach

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    Tagmatarchis, Nikos; Taninaka, Atsushi; Shinohara, Hisanori; Prato, Maurizio

    2002-10-01

    A strategy to chemically derivatize the outer sphere of endohedral metallofullerenes by using a modern organic technique that utilizes a fluorous synthesis-partitioning approach has been developed. The newly synthesized materials were found to be paramagnetic species and were characterized by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR), laser desorption time-of-flight spectrometry (LD-TOF) and electronic absorption spectroscopy (UV-VIS-NIR). The systematic study of exohedrally derivatized endohedral metallofullerenes should ultimately provide technologically intriguing novel nano-materials.

  11. Luminescent/paramagnetic xanthane probes in the study of labeled biological assemblies

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    Burghardt, Thomas P.; Toft, Daniel J.; Ajtai, Katalin

    1993-05-01

    The techniques for specifying the angular distribution of luminescent and paramagnetic probes on biological assemblies have been combined in the investigation of probe orientation and order of labeled myosin cross-bridges muscle fibers. This combination has been accomplished on two levels involving: (1) a mathematical formalism that permits the combination of data from individual luminescent and paramagnetic probes, and (2) the introduction of a family of specific extrinsic probes that are capable of producing an interpretable luminescent and paramagnetic signal when attached to a muscle fiber. The mathematical formalism has been applied to several probes of the myosin cross-bridge in muscle fibers to establish that the cross-bridge rotates during muscle contraction to produce muscle shortening (Burghardt & Ajtai, 1992 Biochemistry 31, 200; Ajtai et al., 1992 Biochemistry 31, 207). The luminescent/paramagnetic probes have also been employed in the investigation of order and orientation of cross-bridge in muscle fibers (Ajtai & Burghardt, 1992 Biochemistry 31, 4265). The properties of these dual nature probes invites further development of experimental techniques exploiting the high orientation sensitivity of paramagnetic probes with the ability of the probe to absorb and emit light. Flash-photolysis electron paramagnetic resonance is one such technique that may prove useful in the investigation of probe order in biological assemblies.

  12. Observation of 1H-13C and 1H-1H proximities in a paramagnetic solid by NMR at high magnetic field under ultra-fast MAS.

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    Li, Shenhui; Trébosc, Julien; Lafon, Olivier; Zhou, Lei; Shen, Ming; Pourpoint, Frédérique; Amoureux, Jean-Paul; Deng, Feng

    2015-02-01

    The assignment of NMR signals in paramagnetic solids is often challenging since: (i) the large paramagnetic shifts often mask the diamagnetic shifts specific to the local chemical environment, and (ii) the hyperfine interactions with unpaired electrons broaden the NMR spectra and decrease the coherence lifetime, thus reducing the efficiency of usual homo- and hetero-nuclear NMR correlation experiments. Here we show that the assignment of (1)H and (13)C signals in isotopically unmodified paramagnetic compounds with moderate hyperfine interactions can be facilitated by the use of two two-dimensional (2D) experiments: (i) (1)H-(13)C correlations with (1)H detection and (ii) (1)H-(1)H double-quantum↔single-quantum correlations. These methods are experimentally demonstrated on isotopically unmodified copper (II) complex of l-alanine at high magnetic field (18.8 T) and ultra-fast Magic Angle Spinning (MAS) frequency of 62.5 kHz. Compared to (13)C detection, we show that (1)H detection leads to a 3-fold enhancement in sensitivity for (1)H-(13)C 2D correlation experiments. By combining (1)H-(13)C and (1)H-(1)H 2D correlation experiments with the analysis of (13)C longitudinal relaxation times, we have been able to assign the (1)H and (13)C signals of each l-alanine ligand. PMID:25557861

  13. Dating Carbonaceous Matter in Archean Cherts by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance

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    Bourbin, M.; Derenne, S.; Binet, L.; Le Du, Y.; Westall, F.; Kremer, B.; Gautret, P.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Ancient geological materials are likely to be contaminated through geological times. Thus, establishing the syngeneity of the organic matter embedded in a mineral matrix is a crucial step in the study of very ancient rocks. This is particularly the case for Archean siliceous sedimentary rocks (cherts), which record the earliest traces of life. We used electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) for assessing the syngeneity of organic matter in cherts that have a metamorphic grade no higher than greenschist. A correlation between the age of Precambrian samples and the shape of their EPR signal was established and statistically tested. As thermal treatments impact organic matter maturity, the effect of temperature on this syngeneity proxy was studied; cyanobacteria were submitted to cumulative short thermal treatment at high temperatures followed by an analysis of their EPR parameters. The resulting carbonaceous matter showed an evolution similar to that of a thermally treated young chert. Furthermore, the possible effect of metamorphism, which is a longer thermal event at lower temperatures, was ruled out for cherts older than 2 Gyr, based on the study of Silurian cherts of the same age and same precursors but various metamorphic grades. We determined that even the most metamorphosed sample did not exhibit the lineshape of an Archean sample. In the hope of detecting organic contamination in Archean cherts, a “contamination-like” mixture was prepared and studied by EPR. It resulted that the lineshape analysis alone does not allow contamination detection and that it must be performed along with cumulative thermal treatments. Such treatments were applied to three Archean chert samples, making dating of their carbonaceous matter possible. We concluded that EPR is a powerful tool to study primitive organic matter and could be used in further exobiology studies on low-metamorphic grade samples (from Mars for example). Key Words: Kerogen—Sedimentary rocks

  14. Dating carbonaceous matter in archean cherts by electron paramagnetic resonance.

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    Bourbin, M; Gourier, D; Derenne, S; Binet, L; Le Du, Y; Westall, F; Kremer, B; Gautret, P

    2013-02-01

    Ancient geological materials are likely to be contaminated through geological times. Thus, establishing the syngeneity of the organic matter embedded in a mineral matrix is a crucial step in the study of very ancient rocks. This is particularly the case for Archean siliceous sedimentary rocks (cherts), which record the earliest traces of life. We used electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) for assessing the syngeneity of organic matter in cherts that have a metamorphic grade no higher than greenschist. A correlation between the age of Precambrian samples and the shape of their EPR signal was established and statistically tested. As thermal treatments impact organic matter maturity, the effect of temperature on this syngeneity proxy was studied; cyanobacteria were submitted to cumulative short thermal treatment at high temperatures followed by an analysis of their EPR parameters. The resulting carbonaceous matter showed an evolution similar to that of a thermally treated young chert. Furthermore, the possible effect of metamorphism, which is a longer thermal event at lower temperatures, was ruled out for cherts older than 2 Gyr, based on the study of Silurian cherts of the same age and same precursors but various metamorphic grades. We determined that even the most metamorphosed sample did not exhibit the lineshape of an Archean sample. In the hope of detecting organic contamination in Archean cherts, a "contamination-like" mixture was prepared and studied by EPR. It resulted that the lineshape analysis alone does not allow contamination detection and that it must be performed along with cumulative thermal treatments. Such treatments were applied to three Archean chert samples, making dating of their carbonaceous matter possible. We concluded that EPR is a powerful tool to study primitive organic matter and could be used in further exobiology studies on low-metamorphic grade samples (from Mars for example). PMID:23397956

  15. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Nitroxide-Labeled Calmodulin

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    Bowman, Paula B.; Puett, David

    2014-01-01

    Calmodulin (CaM) is a highly conserved calcium-binding protein consisting of two homologous domains, each of which contains two EF-hands, that is known to bind well over 300 proteins and peptides. In most cases the (Ca2+)4-form of CaM leads to the activation of a key regulatory enzyme or protein in a myriad of biological processes. Using the nitroxide spin-labeling reagent, 3-(2-iodoacetamido)-2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-1-pyrrolidinyl oxyl, bovine brain CaM was modified at 2-3 methionines with retention of activity as judged by the activation of cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase. X-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was used to measure the spectral changes upon addition of Ca2+ to the apo-form of spin-labeled protein. A significant loss of spectral intensity, arising primarily from reductions in the heights of the low, intermediate, and high field peaks, accompanied Ca2+ binding. The midpoint of the Ca2+-mediated transition determined by EPR occurred at a higher Ca2+ concentration than that measured with circular dichroic spectroscopy and enzyme activation. Recent data have indicated that the transition from the apo-state of CaM to the fully saturated form, [Ca2+)4-CaM], contains a compact intermediate corresponding to [Ca2+)2-CaM], and the present results suggest that the spin probes are reporting on Ca2+ binding to the last two sites in the N-terminal domain, i.e. for the [Ca2+)2-CaM] → [Ca2+)4-CaM] transition in which the compact structure becomes more extended. EPR of CaM, spin-labeled at methionines, offers a different approach for studying Ca2+-mediated conformational changes and may emerge as a useful technique for monitoring interactions with target proteins. PMID:24718677

  16. Electron paramagnetic resonance dosimetry: Methodology and material characterization

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    Hayes, Robert Bruce

    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) methodologies for radiation dose reconstruction are investigated using various dosimeter materials. Specifically, methodologies were developed and used that were intended to improve the accuracy and precision of EPR dosimetric techniques, including combining specimen rotation during measurement, use of an internal manganese standard, instrument stabilization techniques and strict measurement protocols. Characterization and quantification of these improvements were preformed on three specific EPR dosimeter materials. The dosimeter materials investigated using these optimized EPR techniques were Walrus teeth, human tooth enamel and alanine dosimeters. Walrus teeth showed the least desirable properties for EPR dosimetry yielding large native signals and low sensitivity (EPR signal per unit dose). The methods for tooth enamel and alanine resulted in large improvements in precision and accuracy. The minimum detectable dose (MDD) found for alanine was approximately 30 mGy (three standard deviations from the measured zero dose value). This is a sensitivity improvement of 5 to 10 over other specialized techniques published in the literature that offer MDD's in the range of 150 mGy to 300 mGy. The accuracy of the method on tooth enamel was comparable to that typically reported in the literature although the measurement precision was increased by about 7. This improvement in measurement precision enables various applications including dose vs. depth profile analysis and a more nondestructive testing evaluation (where the whole sample need not be additively irradiated in order to calibrate its radiation response). A nondestructive evaluation of numerous samples showed that the method could reconstruct the same doses to within 10 mGy of those evaluated destructively. Doses used for this assessment were in the range of 100 to 250 mGy. The method had sufficient stability to measure tooth enamel samples exhibiting extreme anisotropy with a

  17. Magnetothermal Convection in Nonconducting Diamagnetic and Paramagnetic Fluids

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    Edwards, Boyd F.; Gray, Donald D.; Huang, Jie

    1996-01-01

    Nonuniform magnetic fields exert a magnetic body force on electrically nonconducting classical fluids. These include paramagnetic fluids such as gaseous and liquid oxygen and diamagnetic fluids such as helium. Recent experiments show that this force can overwhelm the force of gravity even at the surface of the earth; it can levitate liquids and gases, quench candle flames, block gas flows, and suppress heat transport. Thermal gradients render the magnetic force nonuniform through the temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility. These thermal gradients can therefore drive magnetic convection analogous to buoyancy-driven convection. This magnetothermal convection can overwhelm convection driven by gravitational buoyancy in terrestrial experiments. The objectives of the proposed ground-based theoretical study are (a) to supply the magnetothermohydrodynamic theory necessary to understand these recent experiments and (b) to explore the consequences of nonuniform magnetic fields in microgravity. Even the linear theory for the onset of magnetothermal convection is lacking in the literature. We intend to supply the linear and nonlinear theory based on the thermohydrodynamic equations supplemented by the magnetic body force. We intend to investigate the effect of magnetic fields on gas blockage and heat transport in microgravity. Since magnetic fields provide a means of creating arbitrary, controllable body force distributions, we intend to investigate the possibility of using magnetic fields to position and control fluids in microgravity. We also intend to investigate the possibility of creating stationary terrestrial microgravity environments by using the magnetic force to effectively cancel gravity. These investigations may aid in the design of space-based heat-transfer, combustion, and human-life-support equipment.

  18. Towards Human Oxygen Images with Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Epel, Boris; Redler, Gage; Tormyshev, Victor; Halpern, Howard J.

    2016-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI) has been used to noninvasively provide 3D images of absolute oxygen concentration (pO2) in small animals. These oxygen images are well resolved both spatially (∼1mm) and in pO2 (1-3 torr). EPRI preclinical images of pO2 have demonstrated extremely promising results for various applications investigating oxygen related physiologic and biologic processes as well as the dependence of various disease states on pO2, such as the role of hypoxia in cancer. Recent developments have been made that help to progress EPRI towards the eventual goal of human application. For example, a bimodal crossed-wire surface coil has been developed. Very preliminary tests demonstrated a 20 dB isolation between transmit and receive for this coil, with an anticipated additional 20dB achievable. This could potentially be used to image local pO2 in human subjects with superficial tumors with EPRI. Local excitation and detection will reduce the specific absorption rate limitations on images and eliminate any possible power deposition concerns. Additionally, a large 9 mT EPRI magnet has been constructed which can fit and provide static main and gradient fields for imaging local anatomy in an entire human. One potential obstacle that must be overcome in order to use EPRI to image humans is the approved use of the requisite EPRI spin probe imaging agent (trityl). While nontoxic, EPRI trityl spin probes have been injected intravenously when imaging small animals, which results in relatively high total body injection doses that would not be suitable for human imaging applications. Work has been done demonstrating the alternative use of intratumoral (IT) injections, which can reduce the amount of trityl required for imaging by a factor of 2000- relative to a whole body intravenous injection. The development of a large magnet that can accommodate human subjects, the design of a surface coil for imaging of superficial pO2, and the reduction of required

  19. Semiquinone Radicals from Oxygenated Polychlorinated Biphenyls: Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Studies

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    2008-01-01

    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can be oxygenated to form very reactive hydroquinone and quinone products. A guiding hypothesis in the PCB research community is that some of the detrimental health effects of some PCBs are a consequence of these oxygenated forms undergoing one-electron oxidation or reduction, generating semiquinone radicals (SQ•−). These radicals can enter into a futile redox cycle resulting in the formation of reactive oxygen species, that is, superoxide and hydrogen peroxide. Here, we examine some of the properties and chemistry of these semiquinone free radicals. Using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to detect SQ•− formation, we observed that (i) xanthine oxidase can reduce quinone PCBs to the corresponding SQ•−; (ii) the heme-containing peroxidases (horseradish and lactoperoxidase) can oxidize hydroquinone PCBs to the corresponding SQ•−; (iii) tyrosinase acting on PCB ortho-hydroquinones leads to the formation of SQ•−; (iv) mixtures of PCB quinone and hydroquinone form SQ•− via a comproportionation reaction; (v) SQ•− are formed when hydroquinone-PCBs undergo autoxidation in high pH buffer (≈>pH 8); and, surprisingly, (vi) quinone-PCBs in high pH buffer can also form SQ•−; (vii) these observations along with EPR suggest that hydroxide anion can add to the quinone ring; (viii) H2O2 in basic solution reacts rapidly with PCB-quinones; and (ix) at near-neutral pH SOD can catalyze the oxidization of PCB-hydroquinone to quinone, yielding H2O2. However, using 5,5-dimethylpyrroline-1-oxide (DMPO) as a spin-trapping agent, we did not trap superoxide, indicating that generation of superoxide from SQ•− is not kinetically favorable. These observations demonstrate multiple routes for the formation of SQ•− from PCB-quinones and hydroquinones. Our data also point to futile redox cycling as being one mechanism by which oxygenated PCBs can lead to the formation of reactive oxygen species, but this is most efficient

  20. High field electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions—A multipurpose machine to study paramagnetic species on well defined single crystal surfaces

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    Rocker, J.; Cornu, D.; Kieseritzky, E.; Seiler, A.; Bondarchuk, O.; Hänsel-Ziegler, W.; Risse, T.; Freund, H.-J.

    2014-08-01

    A new ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer operating at 94 GHz to investigate paramagnetic centers on single crystal surfaces is described. It is particularly designed to study paramagnetic centers on well-defined model catalysts using epitaxial thin oxide films grown on metal single crystals. The EPR setup is based on a commercial Bruker E600 spectrometer, which is adapted to ultrahigh vacuum conditions using a home made Fabry Perot resonator. The key idea of the resonator is to use the planar metal single crystal required to grow the single crystalline oxide films as one of the mirrors of the resonator. EPR spectroscopy is solely sensitive to paramagnetic species, which are typically minority species in such a system. Hence, additional experimental characterization tools are required to allow for a comprehensive investigation of the surface. The apparatus includes a preparation chamber hosting equipment, which is required to prepare supported model catalysts. In addition, surface characterization tools such as low energy electron diffraction (LEED)/Auger spectroscopy, temperature programmed desorption (TPD), and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) are available to characterize the surfaces. A second chamber used to perform EPR spectroscopy at 94 GHz has a room temperature scanning tunneling microscope attached to it, which allows for real space structural characterization. The heart of the UHV adaptation of the EPR experiment is the sealing of the Fabry-Perot resonator against atmosphere. To this end it is possible to use a thin sapphire window glued to the backside of the coupling orifice of the Fabry Perot resonator. With the help of a variety of stabilization measures reducing vibrations as well as thermal drift it is possible to accumulate data for a time span, which is for low temperature measurements only limited by the amount of liquid helium. Test measurements show that the system can detect paramagnetic

  1. High field electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy under ultrahigh vacuum conditions—A multipurpose machine to study paramagnetic species on well defined single crystal surfaces

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    Rocker, J.; Cornu, D.; Kieseritzky, E.; Hänsel-Ziegler, W.; Freund, H.-J.; Seiler, A.; Bondarchuk, O.

    2014-08-01

    A new ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer operating at 94 GHz to investigate paramagnetic centers on single crystal surfaces is described. It is particularly designed to study paramagnetic centers on well-defined model catalysts using epitaxial thin oxide films grown on metal single crystals. The EPR setup is based on a commercial Bruker E600 spectrometer, which is adapted to ultrahigh vacuum conditions using a home made Fabry Perot resonator. The key idea of the resonator is to use the planar metal single crystal required to grow the single crystalline oxide films as one of the mirrors of the resonator. EPR spectroscopy is solely sensitive to paramagnetic species, which are typically minority species in such a system. Hence, additional experimental characterization tools are required to allow for a comprehensive investigation of the surface. The apparatus includes a preparation chamber hosting equipment, which is required to prepare supported model catalysts. In addition, surface characterization tools such as low energy electron diffraction (LEED)/Auger spectroscopy, temperature programmed desorption (TPD), and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) are available to characterize the surfaces. A second chamber used to perform EPR spectroscopy at 94 GHz has a room temperature scanning tunneling microscope attached to it, which allows for real space structural characterization. The heart of the UHV adaptation of the EPR experiment is the sealing of the Fabry-Perot resonator against atmosphere. To this end it is possible to use a thin sapphire window glued to the backside of the coupling orifice of the Fabry Perot resonator. With the help of a variety of stabilization measures reducing vibrations as well as thermal drift it is possible to accumulate data for a time span, which is for low temperature measurements only limited by the amount of liquid helium. Test measurements show that the system can detect paramagnetic

  2. Paramagnetic dipole centers in KTaO3: Electron-spin-resonance and dielectric spectroscopy study

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    Laguta, V. V.; Glinchuk, M. D.; Bykov, I. P.; Rosa, J.; Jastrabík, L.; Savinov, M.; Trybuła, Z.

    2000-02-01

    Electron-spin-resonance (ESR) and dielectric spectroscopy techniques have been applied to study the dipole centers connected with Mn2+ and Fe3+ impurity ions substituted for K+ in the incipient ferroelectric KTaO3. It was shown that the reorientations of paramagnetic dipole complexes Fe3+-OI (OI is the interstitial oxygen) give rise to dielectric losses near T~=185 K at the frequency 1 kHz. Their activation energy Er=0.34 eV was obtained both from dielectric and ESR measurements. The peak of dielectric losses at T~=55 K was observed in KTaO3 doped by low concentrations of Mn2+(n~0.01 at. %). At n>~0.3 at. % a pronounced peak of dielectric susceptibility similar to that in KTaO3:Li was revealed in addition to the aforementioned losses peak. The studies of electric field and temperature dependence of Mn2+ ESR intensities with respect to the local Lorentz field had shown that the dipole moment 1.4 eÅ can be associated with Mn2+ ion. The origin of this dipole moment was shown to be off-center displacement Δ~=0.9 Å of Mn2+ from the K+ site in one of six [001]-type directions. The relaxation rate of these dipoles after the polarizing electric field switching off was directly measured by the ESR method. It was described by Arrhenius law with activation energy Er=0.104 eV, which is close to the value obtained from dielectric measurements. Possible sources of dielectric losses in nominally pure KTaO3 single crystals in the vicinity of T~40 K are analyzed and discussed on the basis of both present work data and earlier results collected from the literature.

  3. Enhanced dynamic electron paramagnetic resonance imaging of in vivo physiology

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    Redler, Gage

    It is well established that low oxygen concentration (hypoxia) in tumors strongly affects their malignant state and resistance to therapy. The importance of tumor oxygenation status has led to increased interest in the development of robust oxygen imaging modalities. One such method is electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI). EPRI has provided a non-invasive, quantitative imaging modality with sensitivity deep in tissues, capable of investigating static oxygen concentration (pO2) in vivo and has helped to corroborate the correlation between chronic states of hypoxia and tumor malignancy. However, when studying the complicated physiology of a living animal, the situation tends to be inherently dynamic. It has been found that in certain tumor regions there may exist steady states of hypoxia, or chronic hypoxia, whereas in other regions there may exist transient states of hypoxia, or acute hypoxia. It has been postulated that the negative prognostic implications associated with hypoxic tumors may be amplified for acutely hypoxic tumors. However, controversial data and a current lack in methods with the capability to noninvasively image tumor pO2 in vivo with sufficient spatial, temporal, and pO 2 resolution preclude definitive conclusions on the relationships between the different forms of hypoxia and the differences in their clinical implications. A particularly promising oxygen imaging modality that can help to study both chronic and acute hypoxia and elucidate important physiological and clinical differences is rapid Dynamic EPRI. The focus of this work is the development of methods enabling Dynamic EPRI of in vivo physiology as well as its potential applications. This work describes methods which enhance various aspects of EPRI in order to establish a more robust Dynamic EPRI capable of noninvasively studying and quantifying acute hypoxia in vivo. These enhancements are achieved through improvements that span from methods for the acquisition of individual

  4. Structural studies of proteins by paramagnetic solid-state NMR spectroscopy

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    Jaroniec, Christopher P.

    2015-01-01

    Paramagnetism-based nuclear pseudocontact shifts and spin relaxation enhancements contain a wealth of information in solid-state NMR spectra about electron-nucleus distances on the ~20 Å length scale, far beyond that normally probed through measurements of nuclear dipolar couplings. Such data are especially vital in the context of structural studies of proteins and other biological molecules that suffer from a sparse number of experimentally-accessible atomic distances constraining their three-dimensional fold or intermolecular interactions. This perspective provides a brief overview of the recent developments and applications of paramagnetic magic-angle spinning NMR to biological systems, with primary focus on the investigations of metalloproteins and natively diamagnetic proteins modified with covalent paramagnetic tags. PMID:25797004

  5. Existence of featureless paramagnets on the square and the honeycomb lattices in 2+1 dimensions

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    Jian, Chao-Ming; Zaletel, Michael

    2016-01-01

    The peculiar features of quantum magnetism sometimes forbid the existence of gapped "featureless" paramagnets which are fully symmetric and unfractionalized. The Lieb-Schultz-Mattis theorem is an example of such a constraint, but it is not known what the most general restriction might be. We focus on the existence of featureless paramagnets on the spin-1 square lattice and the spin-1 and spin-1/2 honeycomb lattice with spin rotation and space group symmetries in 2+1 dimensions. Although featureless paramagnet phases are not ruled out by any existing theorem, field theoretic arguments disfavor their existence. Nevertheless, by generalizing the construction of Affleck, Kennedy, Lieb, and Tasaki to a class we call "slave-spin" states, we propose featureless wave functions for these models. The featurelessness of the spin-1 slave-spin states on the square and honeycomb lattice are verified both analytically and numerically, but the status of the spin-1/2 honeycomb state remains unclear.

  6. Origin of paramagnetic magnetization in field-cooled YBa2Cu3O7-δ films

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    Luzhbin, D. A.; Pan, A. V.; Komashko, V. A.; Flis, V. S.; Pan, V. M.; Dou, S. X.; Esquinazi, P.

    2004-01-01

    Temperature dependences of the magnetic moment have been measured in YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films over a wide magnetic-field range (5⩽H⩽104 Oe). In these films a paramagnetic signal known as the paramagnetic Meissner effect has been observed. The experimental data in the films, which have strong pinning and high critical current densities (Jc˜2×106 A/cm2 at 77 K), are shown to be highly consistent with the theoretical model proposed by Koshelev and Larkin [Phys. Rev. B 52, 13 559 (1995)]. This finding indicates that the origin of the paramagnetic effect is ultimately associated with nucleation and inhomogeneous spatial redistribution of magnetic vortices in a sample which is cooled down in a magnetic field. It is also shown that the distribution of vortices is extremely sensitive to the interplay of film properties and the real experimental conditions of the measurements.

  7. Role of paramagnetic chromium in chromium(VI)-induced damage in cultured mammalian cells.

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    Sugiyama, M

    1994-09-01

    Chromium(VI) compounds are known to be potent toxic and carcinogenic agents. Because chromium(VI) is easily taken up by cells and is subsequently reduced to chromium(III), the formation of paramagnetic chromium such as chromium(V) and chromium(III) is believed to play a role in the adverse biological effects of chromium(VI) compounds. The present report, uses electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy; the importance of the role of paramagnetic chromium in chromium(VI)-induced damage in intact cultured cells is discussed, based upon our studies with antioxidants including vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), B2 (riboflavin), C (ascorbic acid), and so on. These studies appear to confirm the participation of paramagnetic Cr such as chromium(V) and Chromium(III) in chromium(VI)-induced cellular damage. PMID:7843124

  8. Electron paramagnetic resonance investigation of purified catalyst-free single-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Zaka, Mujtaba; Ito, Yasuhiro; Wang, Huiliang; Yan, Wenjing; Robertson, Alex; Wu, Yimin A; Rümmeli, Mark H; Staunton, David; Hashimoto, Takeshi; Morton, John J L; Ardavan, Arzhang; Briggs, G Andrew D; Warner, Jamie H

    2010-12-28

    Electron paramagnetic resonance of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) has been bedevilled by the presence of paramagnetic impurities. To address this, SWCNTs produced by laser ablation with a nonmagnetic PtRhRe catalyst were purified through a multiple step centrifugation process in order to remove amorphous carbon and catalyst impurities. Centrifugation of a SWCNT solution resulted in sedimentation of carbon nanotube bundles containing clusters of catalyst particles, while isolated nanotubes with reduced catalyst particle content remained in the supernatant. Further ultracentrifugation resulted in highly purified SWCNT samples with a narrow diameter distribution and almost no detectable catalyst particles. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) signals were detected only for samples which contained catalyst particles, with the ultracentrifuged SWCNTs showing no EPR signal at X-band (9.4 GHz) and fields < 0.4 T. PMID:21082779

  9. Paramagnetic relaxation and Wohlleben effect in field-cooled Nb thin films

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    Terentiev, A.; Watkins, D.B.; De Long, L.E.; Morgan, D.J.; Ketterson, J.B.

    1999-07-01

    The {open_quotes}Wohlleben effect{close_quotes} (paramagnetic Meissner effect) is found in uniform applied magnetic fields only above a threshold value H{sub 0}{approx}10{sup 2}&hthinsp;Oe for field-cooled Nb films of thickness less than 1000 {Angstrom}. The initial diamagnetic magnetization observed upon field cooling to fixed temperatures just below T{sub c} gives way to a logarithmic time relaxation toward paramagnetic values comparable to the critical state magnetization over a period of several hours (normalized rate S{approx}0.1), implying that the development of the paramagnetic state is moderated by fast flux creep processes. Small field gradients {approx}10{endash}20 mOe/cm are found to influence the occurrence of the effect for applied fields H{lt}H{sub 0}. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  10. Structural studies of proteins by paramagnetic solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Jaroniec, Christopher P

    2015-04-01

    Paramagnetism-based nuclear pseudocontact shifts and spin relaxation enhancements contain a wealth of information in solid-state NMR spectra about electron-nucleus distances on the ∼20 Å length scale, far beyond that normally probed through measurements of nuclear dipolar couplings. Such data are especially vital in the context of structural studies of proteins and other biological molecules that suffer from a sparse number of experimentally-accessible atomic distances constraining their three-dimensional fold or intermolecular interactions. This perspective provides a brief overview of the recent developments and applications of paramagnetic magic-angle spinning NMR to biological systems, with primary focus on the investigations of metalloproteins and natively diamagnetic proteins modified with covalent paramagnetic tags. PMID:25797004

  11. Structural studies of proteins by paramagnetic solid-state NMR spectroscopy

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    Jaroniec, Christopher P.

    2015-04-01

    Paramagnetism-based nuclear pseudocontact shifts and spin relaxation enhancements contain a wealth of information in solid-state NMR spectra about electron-nucleus distances on the ∼20 Å length scale, far beyond that normally probed through measurements of nuclear dipolar couplings. Such data are especially vital in the context of structural studies of proteins and other biological molecules that suffer from a sparse number of experimentally-accessible atomic distances constraining their three-dimensional fold or intermolecular interactions. This perspective provides a brief overview of the recent developments and applications of paramagnetic magic-angle spinning NMR to biological systems, with primary focus on the investigations of metalloproteins and natively diamagnetic proteins modified with covalent paramagnetic tags.

  12. Models for Copper Dynamic Behavior in Doped Cadmium dl-Histidine Crystals: Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and Crystallographic Analysis.

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    Colaneri, Michael J; Teat, Simon J; Vitali, Jacqueline

    2015-11-12

    Electron paramagnetic resonance and crystallographic studies of copper-doped cadmium dl-histidine, abbreviated as CdDLHis, were undertaken to gain further understanding on the relationship between site structure and dynamic behavior in biological model complexes. X-ray diffraction measurements determined the crystal structure of CdDLHis at 100 and 298 K. CdDLHis crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with two cadmium complexes per asymmetric unit. In each complex, the Cd is hexacoordinated to two histidine molecules. Both histidines are l in one complex and d in the other. Additionally, each complex contains multiple waters of varying disorder. Single crystal EPR spectroscopic splitting (g) and copper hyperfine (A(Cu)) tensors at room temperature (principal values: g = 2.249, 2.089, 2.050; A(Cu) = -453, -30.5, -0.08 MHz) were determined from rotational experiments. Alignments of the tensor directions with the host structure were used to position the copper unpaired dx(2)-y(2) orbital in an approximate plane made by four proposed ligand atoms: the N-imidazole and N-amino of one histidine, and the N-amino and O-carboxyl of the other. Each complex has two such planes related by noncrystallographic symmetry, which make an angle of 65° and have a 1.56 Å distance between their midpoints. These findings are consistent with three interpretations that can adequately explain previous temperature-dependent EPR powder spectra of this system: (1) a local structural distortion (static strain) at the copper site has a temperature dependence significant enough to affect the EPR pattern, (2) the copper can hop between the two sites in each complex at high temperature, and (3) there exists a dynamic Jahn-Teller effect involving the copper ligands. PMID:26501364

  13. Paramagnetic Meissner effect and finite spin susceptibility in an asymmetric superconductor

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    He Lianyi; Jin Meng; Zhuang Pengfei

    2006-01-01

    A general analysis of Meissner effect and spin susceptibility of a uniform superconductor in an asymmetric two-component fermion system is presented in nonrelativistic field theory approach. We found that the pairing mechanism dominates the magnetization property of superconductivity and the asymmetry enhances the paramagnetism of the system. At the turning point from BCS to breached pairing superconductivity, the Meissner mass squared and spin susceptibility are divergent at zero temperature. In the breached pairing state induced by chemical potential difference and mass difference between the two kinds of fermions, the system goes from paramagnetism to diamagnetism, when the mass ratio of the two species increases.

  14. Radiation-induced electron paramagnetic resonance signal and soybean isoflavones content

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    de Oliveira, Marcos R. R.; Mandarino, José M. G.; del Mastro, Nelida L.

    2012-09-01

    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) is a well-known spectroscopic technique that detects paramagnetic centers and can detect free radicals with high sensitivity. In food, free radicals can be generated by several commonly used industrial processes, such as radiosterilization or heat treatment. EPR spectroscopy is used to detect radioinduced free radicals in food. In this work the relation between EPR signal induced by gamma irradiation treatment and soybean isoflavones content was investigated. Present results did not show correlation between total isoflavones content and the EPR signal. Nevertheless, some isoflavone contents had a negative correlation with the radiation-induced EPR signal.

  15. In vitro study of deep capture of paramagnetic particle for targeting therapeutics

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    Pei, Ning; Huang, Zheyong; Ma, Wenli; Ge, Junbo; Zheng, Wenling

    2009-09-01

    Magnetic targeting, a promising therapeutic strategy for localizing systemically delivered drug to target tissue, is limited by magnetic attenuation. To satisfy the need of deep magnetic targeting, a special apparatus in which the magnetic flux density can be focused at a distance from the pole was designed. To test the aggregation property of this apparatus, we observed the accumulation of 500-nm paramagnetic particles as flowing through a tube served as a model of blood vessels. The relationship of the accumulation of the paramagnetic particles, the magnetic flux density, the magnetic field gradient and the fluid velocity was studied by theoretical considerations.

  16. Direction-dependent freezing of diamagnetic colloidal tracers suspended in paramagnetic ionic liquids.

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    Passow, Christopher; Fischer, Birgit; Sprung, Michael; Köckerling, Martin; Wagner, Joachim

    2014-07-01

    The dynamic behavior of an inverse ferrofluid consisting of diamagnetic, spherical silica particles suspended in the paramagnetic ionic liquid (EMIm)2[Co(NCS)4] is investigated by means of x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy in the presence of an external magnetic field. Dipole-dipole interactions between the diamagnetic holes in the paramagnetic continuum of the suspending medium induce a direction-dependence of the diffusive motion of the colloidal particles: due to a magnetic repulsion perpendicular to the direction of an external field the diffusive motion of the colloidal particles is selectively frozen in this direction. PMID:24940991

  17. Behaviour of Paramagnetic Light Rare Earth Ions in LRE-123 Superconductors

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    Jirsa, M.; Rameš, M.; Muralidhar, M.; Volochová, D.; Diko, P.

    The slightly curved paramagnetic background (due to Brillouin dependence) of the paramagnetic light rare earth ions in 123 superconductors mixes below Tc with reversible magnetization, which hinders evaluation of the associated thermodynamic characteristics. We propose a method how to determine the effective number of magnetons per ion, the principal parameter of the Brillouin function course, even in materials with pores, with unknown or varying density and/or the local composition. The method was tested on various types of compounds containing Gd ions, like pure Gd-211, tetragonal Gd-123, (Y,Gd)-123, and (Nd,Eu,Gd)- 123 and on orthorhombic (oxygenated) Gd-123 and (Nd,Eu,Gd)-123.

  18. A Cu(II)2 Paramagnetic Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer Contrast Agent Enabled by Magnetic Exchange Coupling.

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    Du, Kang; Harris, T David

    2016-06-29

    The ability of magnetic exchange coupling to enable observation of paramagnetic chemical exchange saturation transfer (PARACEST) in transition metal ions with long electronic relaxation times (τs) is demonstrated. Metalation of the dinucleating, tetra(carboxamide) ligand HL with Cu(2+) in the presence of pyrophosphate (P2O7)(4-) affords the complex [LCu(II)2(P2O7)](-). Solution-phase variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility data reveal weak ferromagnetic superexchange coupling between the two S = 1/2 Cu(II) centers, with a coupling constant of J = +2.69(5) cm(-1), to give an S = 1 ground state. This coupling results in a sharpened NMR line width relative to a GaCu analogue, indicative of a shortening of τs. Presaturation of the amide protons in the Cu2 complex at 37 °C leads to a 14% intensity decrease in the bulk water (1)H NMR signal through the CEST effect. Conversely, no CEST effect is observed in the GaCu complex. These results provide the first example of a Cu-based PARACEST magnetic resonance contrast agent and demonstrate the potential to expand the metal ion toolbox for PARACEST agents through introduction of magnetic exchange coupling. PMID:27276533

  19. The use of chemical shift temperature gradients to establish the paramagnetic susceptibility tensor orientation: implication for structure determination/refinement in paramagnetic metalloproteins.

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    Xia, Z; Nguyen, B D; La Mar, G N

    2000-06-01

    The use of dipolar shifts as important constraints in refining molecular structure of paramagnetic metalloproteins by solution NMR is now well established. A crucial initial step in this procedure is the determination of the orientation. of the anisotropic paramagnetic susceptibility tensor in the molecular frame which is generated interactively with the structure refinement. The use of dipolar shifts as constraints demands knowledge of the diamagnetic shift. which, however, is very often not directly and easily accessible. We demonstrate that temperature gradients of dipolar shifts can serve as alternative constraints for determining the orientation of the magnetic axes, thereby eliminating the need to estimate the diamagnetic shifts. This approach is tested on low-spin, ferric sperm whale cyanometmyoglobin by determining the orientation, anisotropies and anisotropy temperature gradients by the alternate routes of using dipolar shifts and dipolar shift gradients as constraints. The alternate routes ultimately lead to very similar orientation of the magnetic axes, magnetic anisotropies and magnetic anisotropy temperature gradients which, by inference, would lead to an equally valid description of the molecular structure. It is expected that the use of the dipolar shift temperature gradients, rather than the dipolar shifts directly, as constraints will provide an accurate shortcut in a solution structure determination of a paramagnetic metalloprotein. PMID:10921780

  20. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance: A High-Resolution Tool for Muscle Physiology

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    Thompson, LaDora V.; Lowe, Dawn A.; Ferrington, Deborah A.; Thomas, David D.

    2015-01-01

    Skeletal muscle function can be altered by changes in protein structure and motion. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) paired with site-directed spin labeling has been used to study the relationships between (a) muscle force and myosin structure and (b) muscle relaxation and Ca-ATPase motion and structure. PMID:11210444

  1. The Effect of Electronic Paramagnetism on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Frequencies in Metals

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    Townes, C. H.; Herring, C.; Knight, W. D.

    1950-09-22

    Observations on the shifts of nuclear resonances in metals ( Li{sup 7}, Na{sup 23}, Cu {sup 63}, Be{sup 9}, Pb{sup 207}, Al{sup 27}, and Ca{sup 69} ) due to free electron paramagnetism; comparison with theoretical values.

  2. Numerical calculation of interaction forces between paramagnetic colloids in two-dimensional systems

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    Du, Di; Toffoletto, Frank; Biswal, Sibani Lisa

    2014-04-01

    Typically the force between paramagnetic particles in a uniform magnetic field is described using the dipolar model, which is inaccurate when particles are in close proximity to each other. Instead, the exact force between paramagnetic particles can be determined by solving a three-dimensional Laplace's equation for magnetostatics under specified boundary conditions and calculating the Maxwell stress tensor. The analytical solution to this multi-boundary-condition Laplace's equation can be obtained by using a solid harmonics expansion in conjunction with the Hobson formula. However, for a multibody system, finite truncation of the Hobson formula does not lead to convergence of the expansion at all points, which makes the approximation physically unrealistic. Here we present a numerical method for solving this Laplace's equation for magnetostatics. This method uses a smoothed representation to replace all the boundary conditions. A two-step propagation is used to dramatically accelerate the calculation without losing accuracy. Using this method, we calculate the force between two paramagnetic particles in a uniform and a rotational external field and compare our results with other models. Furthermore, the many-body effects for three-particle, ten-particle, and 24-particle systems are examined using the same method. We also calculate the interaction between particles with different magnetic susceptibilities and particle diameters. The Laplace's equation solver method described in this article that is used to determine the force between paramagnetic particles is shown to be very useful for dynamic simulations for both two-particle systems and a large cluster of particles.

  3. Evidence of surface paramagnetism in niobium and consequences for the superconducting cavity surface impedance.

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    Prolier, T.; Kharitonov, M.; Pellin, M.; Zasadzinski, J.; Ciovati, G.

    2011-06-01

    The presence of magnetic impurities in native niobium oxides have been confirmed by Point contact spectroscopy (PCT), SQUID magnetometry and Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). All niobium (Nb) samples displayed a small impurity contribution to the magnetic susceptibility at low temperatures which exhibited Curie-Weiss behavior, indicative of weakly coupled localized paramagnetic moments. By examining Nb samples with widely varying surface-to-volume ratios (rods, foils, wires, powders) it was found that the impurity contribution is correlated with surface area. Tunneling measurements which use the native oxide layers as barriers exhibit a zero-bias conductance peak which splits in a magnetic field >; 4T, consistent with the Appelbaum-Anderson model for spin flip tunneling. Viewed together the experiments strongly suggest that the native oxides of Nb are intrinsically defective, and consistently exhibit localized paramagnetic moments caused by oxygen vacancies in Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The computation of the surface impedance (R{sub s}) in presence of magnetic impurities in the Shiba approximation reveals the saturation at low temperature of R{sub s}, suggesting that magnetic impurities are responsible for the so-called residual resistance. These properties may have an impact on Nb based superconducting devices and shine a new light on the origin of the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME).

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

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    Herlihy, James; And Others

    1981-01-01

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

  5. An EPR study on tea: Identification of paramagnetic species, effect of heat and sweeteners

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    Bıyık, Recep; Tapramaz, Recep

    2009-10-01

    Tea ( Camellia Sinensis) is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, and is known to be having therapeutic, antioxidant and nutritional effects. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectral studies made on the tea cultivated along the shore of Black Sea, Turkey, show Mn 2+ and Fe 3+ centers in green tea leaves and in black tea extract. Dry black tea flakes and dry extract show additional sharp line attributed to semiquinone radical. The origins of the paramagnetic species in black tea are defined and discussed. Effect of humidity and heat are investigated. It is observed that dry extract of black tea melts at 100 °C and the semiquinone radical lives up to 140 °C while Mn 2+ sextet disappears just above 100 °C in tea extract. Natural and synthetics sweeteners have different effects on the paramagnetic centers. White sugar (sucrose) quenches the Mn 2+ and semiquinone lines in black tea EPR spectrum, and glucose, fructose, lactose and maltose quench Fe 3+ line while synthetic sweeteners acesulfam potassium, aspartame and sodium saccharine do not have any effect on paramagnetic species in tea.

  6. THE INTERACTION OF PARAMAGNETIC RELAXATION REAGENTS WITH INTRA- AND INTERMOLECULAR HYDROGEN BONDED PHENOLS

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    Intermolecular electron-nuclear 13-C relaxation times (T(1)sup e's) from solutions containing the paramagnetic relaxation reagent (PARR), Cr(acac)3, used in conjunction with 13-C T(1)'s in diamagnetic solutions (intramolecular 13-C - (1)H dipolar T(1)'s) provide a significant inc...

  7. Paramagnetic centers in products of the mechanical treatment of potassium persulfate

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    Radstig, V.A.; Politov, A.A.

    1985-07-01

    It was shown that the mechanical breakdown of potassium persulfate at 77/sup 0/K is accompanied by the formation of paramagnetic centers of the types of SO/sub 4//sup -/, SO/sub 5//sup -/, and radical pairs. It was established that heating a mechanically activated sample to 375/sup 0/K leads to an increase in the concentration of paramagnetic centers by more than an order of magnitude. This process is due to breakdown of the (S/sub 2/O/sub 8/)/sup 2 -/ anions and randomization of the structure of the persulfate as a result of mechanical influences. The effects of randomization of the structure of the solid are also manifested in the changes in the form of the ESR spectra of the paramagnetic centers and the increase in the rate of the chemical conversions of the radicals. The direction of the reactions of paramagnetic centers of different structures in potassium persulfate was established, and a radical-chain scheme of thermal decomposition of the substance was proposed on this basis.

  8. In Vivo Formation of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance-Detectable Nitric Oxide and of Nitrotyrosine Is Not Impaired during Murine Leishmaniasis

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    Giorgio, Selma; Linares, Edlaine; Ischiropoulos, Harry; Von Zuben, Fernando José; Yamada, Aureo; Augusto, Ohara

    1998-01-01

    Recent studies have provided evidence for a dual role of nitric oxide (NO) during murine leishmaniasis. To explore this problem, we monitored the formation of NO and its derived oxidants during the course of Leishmania amazonensis infection in tissues of susceptible (BALB/c) and relatively resistant (C57BL/6) mice. NO production was detected directly by low-temperature electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of animal tissues. Both mouse strains presented detectable levels of hemoglobin nitrosyl (HbNO) complexes and of heme nitrosyl and iron-dithiol-dinitrosyl complexes in the blood and footpad lesions, respectively. Estimation of the nitrosyl complex levels demonstrated that most of the NO is synthesized in the footpad lesions. In agreement, immunohistochemical analysis of the lesions demonstrated the presence of nitrotyrosine in proteins of macrophage vacuoles and parasites. Since macrophages lack myeloperoxidase, peroxynitrite is likely to be the nitrating NO metabolite produced during the infection. The levels of HbNO complexes in the blood reflected changes occurring during the infection such as those in parasite burden and lesion size. The maximum levels of HbNO complexes detected in the blood of susceptible mice were higher than those of C57BL/6 mice but occurred at late stages of infection and were accompanied by the presence of bacteria in the cutaneous lesions. The results indicate that the local production of NO is an important mechanism for the elimination of parasites if it occurs before the parasite burden becomes too high. From then on, elevated production of NO and derived oxidants aggravates the inflammatory process with the occurrence of a hypoxic environment that may favor secondary infections. PMID:9453645

  9. ELECTRON PARAMAGNETIC RESONANCE DOSIMETRY FOR A LARGE-SCALE RADIATION INCIDENT

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    Swartz, Harold M.; Flood, Ann Barry; Williams, Benjamin B.; Dong, Ruhong; Swarts, Steven G.; He, Xiaoming; Grinberg, Oleg; Sidabras, Jason; Demidenko, Eugene; Gui, Jiang; Gladstone, David J.; Jarvis, Lesley A.; Kmiec, Maciej M.; Kobayashi, Kyo; Lesniewski, Piotr N.; Marsh, Stephen D.P.; Matthews, Thomas P.; Nicolalde, Roberto J.; Pennington, Patrick M.; Raynolds, Timothy; Salikhov, Ildar; Wilcox, Dean E.; Zaki, Bassem I.

    2013-01-01

    With possibilities for radiation terrorism and intensified concerns about nuclear accidents since the recent Fukushima Daiichi event, the potential exposure of large numbers of individuals to radiation that could lead to acute clinical effects has become a major concern. For the medical community to cope with such an event and avoid overwhelming the medical care system, it is essential to identify not only individuals who have received clinically significant exposures and need medical intervention but also those who do not need treatment. The ability of electron paramagnetic resonance to measure radiation-induced paramagnetic species, which persist in certain tissues (e.g., teeth, fingernails, toenails, bone, and hair), has led this technique to become a prominent method for screening significantly exposed individuals. Although the technical requirements needed to develop this method for effective application in a radiation event are daunting, remarkable progress has been made. In collaboration with General Electric, and through funding committed by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, electron paramagnetic resonance tooth dosimetry of the upper incisors is being developed to become a Food and Drug Administration-approved and manufacturable device designed to carry out triage for a threshold dose of 2 Gy. Significant progress has also been made in the development of electron paramagnetic resonance nail dosimetry based on measurements of nails in situ under point-of-care conditions, and in the near future this may become a second field-ready technique. Based on recent progress in measurements of nail clippings, we anticipate that this technique may be implementable at remotely located laboratories to provide additional information when the measurements of dose on site need to be supplemented. We conclude that electron paramagnetic resonance dosimetry is likely to be a useful part of triage for a large-scale radiation incident. PMID:22850230

  10. Two-dimensional NMR measurement and point dipole model prediction of paramagnetic shift tensors in solids

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    Walder, Brennan J.; Dey, Krishna K.; Davis, Michael C.; Baltisberger, Jay H.; Grandinetti, Philip J.

    2015-01-01

    A new two-dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) experiment to separate and correlate the first-order quadrupolar and chemical/paramagnetic shift interactions is described. This experiment, which we call the shifting-d echo experiment, allows a more precise determination of tensor principal components values and their relative orientation. It is designed using the recently introduced symmetry pathway concept. A comparison of the shifting-d experiment with earlier proposed methods is presented and experimentally illustrated in the case of 2H (I = 1) paramagnetic shift and quadrupolar tensors of CuCl2ṡ2D2O. The benefits of the shifting-d echo experiment over other methods are a factor of two improvement in sensitivity and the suppression of major artifacts. From the 2D lineshape analysis of the shifting-d spectrum, the 2H quadrupolar coupling parameters are = 118.1 kHz and <ηq> = 0.88, and the 2H paramagnetic shift tensor anisotropy parameters are <ζP> = - 152.5 ppm and <ηP> = 0.91. The orientation of the quadrupolar coupling principal axis system (PAS) relative to the paramagnetic shift anisotropy principal axis system is given by ( α , β , γ ) = ( /π 2 , /π 2 , 0 ) . Using a simple ligand hopping model, the tensor parameters in the absence of exchange are estimated. On the basis of this analysis, the instantaneous principal components and orientation of the quadrupolar coupling are found to be in excellent agreement with previous measurements. A new point dipole model for predicting the paramagnetic shift tensor is proposed yielding significantly better agreement than previously used models. In the new model, the dipoles are displaced from nuclei at positions associated with high electron density in the singly occupied molecular orbital predicted from ligand field theory.

  11. Structure and dynamics in B12 enzyme catalysis revealed by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Warncke, Kurt

    2009-03-01

    Challenges to the understanding of how protein structure and dynamics contribute to catalysis in enzymes, and the use of time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopic techniques to address the challenges, are examined in the context of the coenzyme B12-dependent enzyme, ethanolamine ammonia-lyase (EAL), from Salmonella typhimurium. EAL conducts the homolytic cleavage of the coenzyme cobalt-carbon bond, intraprotein radical migration (5-6 å), and hydrogen atom transfers, which enable the core radical-mediated rearrangement reaction. Thermodynamic and activation parameters are measured in two experimental systems, which were developed to isolate sub-sequences from the multi-step catalytic cycle, as follows: (1) A dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO)/water cryosolvent system is used to prepare the kinetically-arrested enzyme/coenzyme/substrate ternary complex in fluid solution at 230 K.[1] Temperature-step initiated cobalt-carbon bond cleavage and radical pair separation to form the Co(II)-substrate radical pair are monitored by using time-resolved, full-spectrum EPR spectroscopy (234<=T<=250 K).[1] (2) The Co(II)-substrate radical pair is cryotrapped in frozen aqueous solution at T<150 K, and then promoted to react by a temperature step. The reaction of the substrate radical along the native pathway to form the diamagnetic bound products is monitored by using time-resolved, full-spectrum EPR spectroscopy (187<=T<=217 K).[2] High temporal resolution is achieved, because the reactions are dramatically slowed at the low temperatures, relative to the initiation and spectrum acquistion times. The results are combined with high resolution structures of the reactant centers, obtained by pulsed-EPR spectroscopies,[3] and the protein, obtained by structural proteomics[4] and EPR and electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) in combination with site directed mutagenesis,[5] to approach a molecular level description of protein contributions to catalysis in EAL. [4

  12. Preparation and characterization of DABCO δ+x-C δ-60( y) charge transfer complex

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    Priyadarsini, K. I.; Mohan, H.; Tyagi, A. K.; Mittal, J. P.

    1994-12-01

    A stable complex of C 60 with an organic donor (tertiary amine, DABCO) has been prepared in the solid state at room temperature. The charge transfer complex, DABCO δ+x-C δ-60( y) is characterised by powder X-ray diffraction and FTIR methods. The complex is soluble in an aqueous medium and shows weak paramagnetic properties.

  13. Paramagnetic centers in single-walled carbon nanotubes encapsulated with palladium and their interaction with hydrogen at H/C ≥ 1.0

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    Lipson, A. G.; Saunin, E. I.; Lyakhov, B. F.; Tsivadze, A. Yu.

    2008-10-01

    The nature of paramagnetic centers in a nanostructure based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) encapsulated with Pd was studied by EPR spectroscopy at 77 and 293 K. It was found that strong charge-transfer π complexes of the (Pd-C x ) type, which manifested themselves as a narrow resonance (Δ H = 6 8 G and g = 2.002 at T = 77 k), were formed in the Pd-SWCNT composite along with impurity centers (Fe3O4 nanoparticles within the nanotubes), which were responsible for a broad EPR signal (Δ H = 75 G and g = 2.065 at T = 293 K). These complexes were found to be predominant adsorption sites responsible for a high gravimetric density of hydrogen (H/C ≥ 1.0) within the single-walled carbon nanotubes.

  14. Characterization of the Shigella and Salmonella Type III Secretion System Tip-Translocon Protein-Protein Interaction by Paramagnetic Relaxation Enhancement.

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    Kaur, Kawaljit; Chatterjee, Srirupa; De Guzman, Roberto N

    2016-04-15

    Many Gram-negative pathogens, such as Shigella and Salmonella, assemble the type III secretion system (T3SS) to inject virulence proteins directly into eukaryotic cells to initiate infectious diseases. The needle apparatus of the T3SS consists of a base, an extracellular needle, a tip protein complex, and a translocon. The atomic structure of the assembled tip complex and the translocon is unknown. Here, we show by NMR paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) that the mixed α-β domain at the distal region of the Shigella and Salmonella tip proteins interacts with the N-terminal ectodomain of their major translocon proteins. Our results reveal the binding surfaces involved in the tip-translocon protein-protein interaction and provide insights about the assembly of the needle apparatus of the T3SS. PMID:26749041

  15. Paramagnetic ions enable tuning of nuclear relaxation rates and provide long-range structural restraints in solid-state NMR of proteins.

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    Nadaud, Philippe S; Helmus, Jonathan J; Kall, Stefanie L; Jaroniec, Christopher P

    2009-06-17

    Magic-angle-spinning solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (SSNMR) studies of natively diamagnetic uniformly (13)C,(15)N-enriched proteins, intentionally modified with side chains containing paramagnetic ions, are presented, with the aim of using the concomitant nuclear paramagnetic relaxation enhancements (PREs) as a source of long-range structural information. The paramagnetic ions are incorporated at selected sites in the protein as EDTA-metal complexes by introducing a solvent-exposed cysteine residue using site-directed mutagenesis, followed by modification with a thiol-specific reagent, N-[S-(2-pyridylthio)cysteaminyl]EDTA-metal. Here, this approach is demonstrated for the K28C and T53C mutants of B1 immunoglobulin-binding domain of protein G (GB1), modified with EDTA-Mn(2+) and EDTA-Cu(2+) side chains. It is shown that incorporation of paramagnetic moieties, exhibiting different relaxation times and spin quantum numbers, facilitates the convenient modulation of longitudinal (R(1)) and transverse (R(2), R(1rho)) relaxation rates of the protein (1)H, (13)C, and (15)N nuclei. Specifically, the EDTA-Mn(2+) side chain generates large distance-dependent transverse relaxation enhancements, analogous to those observed previously in the presence of nitroxide spin labels, while this phenomenon is significantly attenuated for the Cu(2+) center. Both Mn(2+) and Cu(2+) ions cause considerable longitudinal nuclear PREs. The combination of negligible transverse and substantial longitudinal relaxation enhancements obtained with the EDTA-Cu(2+) side chain is especially advantageous, because it enables structural restraints for most sites in the protein to be readily accessed via quantitative, site-resolved measurements of nuclear R(1) rate constants by multidimensional SSNMR methods. This is demonstrated here for backbone amide (15)N nuclei, using methods based on 2D (15)N-(13)C chemical shift correlation spectroscopy. The measured longitudinal PREs are found to be highly

  16. Paramagnetic and Glass States in Superconductive YBa2Cu4O8 Ceramics of Sub-Micron Scale Grains

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    Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Oniki, Ryo; Mito, Masaki; Takagi, Seishi; Hagiwara, Makoto

    2005-08-01

    The YBa2Cu4O8 ceramic superconductor shows successive superconducting transitions and is considered as a random Josephson-coupled networks of 0- and π-junctions. We have investigated the magnetic properties in order to clarify the inter-grain glass and Paramagnetic Meissner behavior at low field. A thermodynamically stable chiral-glass state in the field cooled-cooling and a metastable paramagnetic one in the field cooled-warming are observed below the inter-grain transition temperature. The results agree well the so-called d-wave mechanism leading to Paramagnetic Meissner effects in ceramic high-Tc superconductors.

  17. Magneto-induced stress enhancing effect in a colloidal suspension of paramagnetic and superparamagnetic particles dispersed in a ferrofluid medium.

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    Liu, Taixiang; Gong, Xinglong; Xu, Yangguang; Xuan, Shouhu

    2014-02-14

    The magneto-induced stress and relative microstructure in a colloidal suspension of paramagnetic and superparamagnetic particles dispersed in a ferrofluid medium is studied using particle-level dynamics simulation. It shows that the stress perpendicular to the direction of an external uniaxial magnetic field can be strongly enhanced by increasing the ratio of paramagnetic particles to approaching that of superparamagnetic particles. The magnetic field-induced net-like or embedded chain-like microstructures formed by paramagnetic and superparamagnetic particles contribute to this stress enhancing effect. PMID:24837318

  18. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study of Thermally Treated Bismuth Subgallate

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    Ramos, Paweł; Pilawa, Barbara

    2014-01-01

    Complex of bismuth, an anti-inflammatory drug, was studied by EPR spectroscopy. The aim of this study was to determine concentrations and properties of free radicals formed during thermal sterilization of bismuth subgallate according to pharmacopoeia norms to optimize its sterilization process. Different temperatures (160°C, 170°C, and 180°C) and times (120 minutes, 60 minutes, and 30 minutes) of sterilization were used. Interactions of bismuth subgallate with DPPH, the model free radical reference, were checked. g-Factors, amplitudes (A), integral intensities (I), and linewidths (ΔBpp) were obtained. Integral intensities were obtained by double integration of the first-derivative EPR lines. The influence of microwave power in the range of 2.2–70 mW on shape and parameters of the EPR spectra was examined. Thermal sterilization produced free radicals in bismuth subgallate in all tested cases. Strong interactions with free radicals were pointed out for all the analysed samples containing bismuth independent of sterilization conditions. Optimal conditions of thermal sterilization for bismuth subgallate with the lowest free radical formation are temperature 170°C and time of heating 60 minutes. Strong dipolar interactions exist in thermally sterilized bismuth subgallate. EPR spectroscopy is a useful method of examination of thermal sterilization conditions. PMID:25525421

  19. Electron paramagnetic resonance study of thermally treated bismuth subgallate.

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    Ramos, Paweł; Pilawa, Barbara

    2014-01-01

    Complex of bismuth, an anti-inflammatory drug, was studied by EPR spectroscopy. The aim of this study was to determine concentrations and properties of free radicals formed during thermal sterilization of bismuth subgallate according to pharmacopoeia norms to optimize its sterilization process. Different temperatures (160°C, 170°C, and 180°C) and times (120 minutes, 60 minutes, and 30 minutes) of sterilization were used. Interactions of bismuth subgallate with DPPH, the model free radical reference, were checked. g-Factors, amplitudes (A), integral intensities (I), and linewidths (ΔB pp) were obtained. Integral intensities were obtained by double integration of the first-derivative EPR lines. The influence of microwave power in the range of 2.2-70 mW on shape and parameters of the EPR spectra was examined. Thermal sterilization produced free radicals in bismuth subgallate in all tested cases. Strong interactions with free radicals were pointed out for all the analysed samples containing bismuth independent of sterilization conditions. Optimal conditions of thermal sterilization for bismuth subgallate with the lowest free radical formation are temperature 170°C and time of heating 60 minutes. Strong dipolar interactions exist in thermally sterilized bismuth subgallate. EPR spectroscopy is a useful method of examination of thermal sterilization conditions. PMID:25525421

  20. Paramagnetic carbon-13 shifts induced by the free radical 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyl-1-oxy. 1. Simple aromatic and paraffinic hydrocarbons

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    Qiu, Z.W.; Grant, D.M.; Pugmire, R.J.

    1982-05-19

    Using the free radical 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyl-1-oxy (TEMPO) as a shift reagent, both apparent and true molar paramagnetic shifts of 22 compounds are reported. Paramagnetic shifts increase monotonically with measures of conjugation and aromaticity. The nonalternant hydrocarbons experience greater effects than the corresponding alternant systems. Steric hindrance effects become important factors in various methyl derivatives. As previously supposed the shifts do not appear to relate primarily with either the frontier spin densities or with ..pi..-charge densities. Therefore, the direct charge-transfer or spin delocalization proposals requiring a strong intermolecular interaction of the ..pi..-stacking variety are felt not to be attractive. Linear correlation exists between these and Morishima's data and between the data for TEMPO and 4-OH-TEMPO. In each case TEMPO is more effetive as a shift reagent than the other two nitroxide free radicals. A shift model involving a pseudocontact interaction during the existence of a transient weak complex is supported by these data. 5 figures, 1 table.

  1. Observations of Pauli paramagnetic effects on the flux line lattice in CeCoIn5

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    White, J. S.; Das, P.; Eskildsen, M. R.; DeBeer-Schmitt, L.; Forgan, E. M.; Bianchi, A. D.; Kenzelmann, M.; Zolliker, M.; Gerber, S.; Gavilano, J. L.; Mesot, J.; Movshovich, R.; Bauer, E. D.; Sarrao, J. L.; Petrovic, C.

    2010-02-01

    From small-angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattice (FLL) in CeCoIn5, with magnetic field applied parallel to the crystal c-axis, we obtain the field and temperature dependence of the FLL form factor (FF), which is a measure of the spatial variation of the field in the mixed state. We extend our earlier work (Bianchi et al 2008 Science 319 177) to temperatures up to 1250 mK. Over the entire temperature range, paramagnetism in the flux line cores results in an increase of the FF with field. Near Hc2 the FF decreases again, and our results indicate that this fall-off extends outside the proposed Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) region. Instead, we attribute the decrease to a paramagnetic suppression of Cooper pairing. At higher temperatures, a gradual crossover toward more conventional mixed state behavior is observed.

  2. Observations of Pauli Paramagnetic Effects on the Flux Line Lattice in CeCoIn5

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    Petrovic, C.; White, J.S.; Das, P.; Eskildsen, M.R.; DeBeer-Schmitt, L.; Forgan, E.M.; Bianchi, A.D.; Kenzelmann, M.; Zolliker, M.; Gerber, S.; Gavilano, J.L.; Mesot, J.; Movshovich, R.; E D Bauer, E.D.; Sarrao, J.L.

    2010-02-01

    From small-angle neutron scattering studies of the flux line lattice (FLL) in CeCoIn{sub 5}, with magnetic field applied parallel to the crystal c-axis, we obtain the field and temperature dependence of the FLL form factor (FF), which is a measure of the spatial variation of the field in the mixed state. We extend our earlier work (Bianchi et al 2008 Science 319 177) to temperatures up to 1250 mK. Over the entire temperature range, paramagnetism in the flux line cores results in an increase of the FF with field. Near H{sub c2} the FF decreases again, and our results indicate that this fall-off extends outside the proposed Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) region. Instead, we attribute the decrease to a paramagnetic suppression of Cooper pairing. At higher temperatures, a gradual crossover toward more conventional mixed state behavior is observed.

  3. Identification of a paramagnetic recombination center in silicon/silicon-dioxide interface

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    Matsuoka, T.; Sekiguchi, T.; Itoh, K. M.; Vlasenko, L. S.; Vlasenko, M. P.

    2012-04-09

    A paramagnetic recombination center having an orthorhombic symmetry with g[110] = 2.0095(2), g[001] = 2.0038(2), and g[110] = 2.0029(2) is found at the interface between silicon and native oxide. The center is referred to P{sub m} center and observed by a spin dependent recombination based electron paramagnetic resonance detection that has the sensitivity of {approx}10{sup 11} spins/cm{sup 2}. The employment of an isotopically enriched {sup 28}Si sample with the concentration of {sup 29}Si nuclear spins reduced to 0.017% leads to narrowing of the resonance line. This narrowing is the key for the accurate determination of the angular dependence of the g-factor.

  4. Paramagnetic molecule induced strong antiferromagnetic exchange coupling on a magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics device

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    Tyagi, Pawan; Baker, Collin; D'Angelo, Christopher

    2015-07-01

    This paper reports our Monte Carlo (MC) studies aiming to explain the experimentally observed paramagnetic molecule induced antiferromagnetic coupling between ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes. Recently developed magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics devices (MTJMSDs) were prepared by chemically bonding the paramagnetic molecules between the FM electrodes along the tunnel junction’s perimeter. These MTJMSDs exhibited molecule-induced strong antiferromagnetic coupling. We simulated the 3D atomic model analogous to the MTJMSD and studied the effect of molecule’s magnetic couplings with the two FM electrodes. Simulations show that when a molecule established ferromagnetic coupling with one electrode and antiferromagnetic coupling with the other electrode, then theoretical results effectively explained the experimental findings. Our studies suggest that in order to align MTJMSDs’ electrodes antiparallel to each other, the exchange coupling strength between a molecule and FM electrodes should be ˜50% of the interatomic exchange coupling for the FM electrodes.

  5. Paramagnetic molecule induced strong antiferromagnetic exchange coupling on a magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics device.

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    Tyagi, Pawan; Baker, Collin; D'Angelo, Christopher

    2015-07-31

    This paper reports our Monte Carlo (MC) studies aiming to explain the experimentally observed paramagnetic molecule induced antiferromagnetic coupling between ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes. Recently developed magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics devices (MTJMSDs) were prepared by chemically bonding the paramagnetic molecules between the FM electrodes along the tunnel junction's perimeter. These MTJMSDs exhibited molecule-induced strong antiferromagnetic coupling. We simulated the 3D atomic model analogous to the MTJMSD and studied the effect of molecule's magnetic couplings with the two FM electrodes. Simulations show that when a molecule established ferromagnetic coupling with one electrode and antiferromagnetic coupling with the other electrode, then theoretical results effectively explained the experimental findings. Our studies suggest that in order to align MTJMSDs' electrodes antiparallel to each other, the exchange coupling strength between a molecule and FM electrodes should be ∼50% of the interatomic exchange coupling for the FM electrodes. PMID:26159362

  6. Paramagnetic moments in YBa2Cu3O7-δ nanocomposite films

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    Dias, F. T.; Vieira, V. N.; Silva, D. L.; Albino Aguiar, J.; Valadão, D. R. B.; Obradors, X.; Puig, T.; Wolff-Fabris, F.; Kampert, E.

    2014-08-01

    We report on magnetization studies in YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films with dispersed Ba2YTaO6 nanoparticles. The magnetization measurements were made using a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Magnetic moments were measured as functions temperature using zero-field cooling (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) prescriptions for magnetic fields up to 10 T applied parallel and perpendicular to the ab planes. A paramagnetic response related to the superconducting state was observed during the FC experiments. This effect, known as paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME), apparently increases when the magnetic field is increased. We discuss our PME results in terms of the strong pinning scenario modulated by Ba2YTaO6 nanoparticles dispersed into the superconducting matrix.

  7. Paramagnetic Meissner Transitions in Pb Films and the Vortex Compression Model

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    Brandt, D.; Binns, C.; Gurman, S. J.; Torricelli, G.; Gray, D. S. W.

    2011-05-01

    The magnetic flux exclusion known as Meissner effect resulting from a perfectly diamagnetic susceptibility χ=-1 is one of the defining features of type-I superconductivity. More recently some materials have been reported to undergo a transition to a paramagnetic state as they are cooled through their superconducting transition temperature (Svedlindh et al. in Physica C, pp. 162-164, 1989; Li in Phys. Rep. 376:133-223, 2003). This is known as the Paramagnetic Meissner Effect (PME). Here we report the observation of a transition from the Meissner state to a PME state in thin Pb films. We go on to show how simple modifications to the vortex compression model developed by Koshelev and Larkin (Phys. Rev. B 52:13559-13562, 1995) yield magnetization-vs-temperature curves in good qualitative agreement with the magnetization curves reported in the experiment.

  8. Paramagnetic reentrant effect in high purity mesoscopic AgNb proximity structures

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    Muller-Allinger; Mota

    2000-04-01

    We discuss the magnetic response of clean Ag coated Nb proximity cylinders in the temperature range 150 &mgr;Kparamagnetic reentrant effect, discovered some years ago [P. Visani, A. C. Mota, and A. Pollini, Phys. Rev. Lett. 65, 1514 (1990)], superimposing on full Meissner screening. The logarithmic slope of the reentrant paramagnetic susceptibility chi(para)(T) approximately exp(-L/xi(N)) is limited by the condition xi(N) = n L, with xi(N) = Planck's over 2piv(F)/2pik(B)T, the thermal coherence length and n = 1,2,4. At the lowest temperatures, chi(para) compensates the diamagnetic susceptibility of the whole AgNb structure. PMID:11019037

  9. On the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Studies in Mixed Alkali Borate Glasses

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    Padmaja, G.; Reddy, T. Goverdhan; Kistaiah, P.

    2011-10-20

    Mixed alkali effect in oxide based glasses is one of the current research activity and studies on the behavior of spectroscopic parameters in these systems are quite important to understand the basic nature of this phenomenon. EPR studies of mixed alkali glasses Li{sub 2}O-K{sub 2}O-ZnO-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped with Fe{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 2+} were carried out at room temperature. The EPR spectra show typical resonances of d{sup 5} system (Fe{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 2+}) in all the measured glass specimens. Evaluated hyperfine constant, number of paramagnetic centers and paramagnetic susceptibility values show deviation from the linearity with the progressive substitution of the Li ion with K in glass network.

  10. Electron paramagnetic resonance of spin-variable metallomesogens [Fe L 2] X ( X = PF6, SCN)

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    Ovchinnikov, I. V.; Ivanova, T. A.; Turanov, A. N.; Garipov, R. R.

    2009-10-01

    Significant differences in the manifestation of spin-crossover properties of the mesogen compounds [Fe L 2] X with oxysalicylidene- N'-ethyl- N-ethylenediamine ligands L and anions X = PF{6/-} and SCH- have been found by means of electron paramagnetic resonance. The electron paramagnetic resonance data and the quantum-chemical calculation within the density functional theory enables us to establish that the observed specific features are associated with the incorporation of the SCH- ion into the first coordination sphere of the Fe(III) ion. The role of the transition of the material to the liquid-state phase in the formation of a low-dimensional (two-dimensional) structure with stronger intermolecular interactions has been revealed.

  11. Energy of interaction between carbon impurities in paramagnetic γ-iron

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    Ponomareva, A. V.; Gornostyrev, Yu. N.; Abrikosov, I. A.

    2015-04-15

    The energies of interaction between carbon impurity atoms in paramagnetic fcc iron (austenite) are calculated using electron density functional theory. Point defects in the paramagnetic matrix are described using a statistical approach that takes into account local magnetic fluctuations and atomic relaxation in the environment of impurity atoms. It is shown that, in addition to local deformations, magnetism significantly contributes to the energies of dissolution and interaction of carbon atoms. The values of the carbon-carbon interaction energy are indicative of a significant repulsion between these atoms in the first and second coordination spheres. The results of calculations are consistent with estimates obtained from experimental data on the activity of carbon impurity atoms in iron.

  12. Aggregation process of paramagnetic particles in fluid in the magnetic field.

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    Pei, Ning; Cheng, Xiaoye; Huang, Zheyong; Wang, Xiang; Yang, Kai; Wang, Ye; Gong, Yongyong

    2016-07-01

    Magnetic targeting is a promising therapeutic strategy for localizing systemically delivered magnetic responsive drugs or cells to target tissue, but excessive aggregation of magnetic particles could result in vascular embolization. To analyze the reason for embolization, the attractive process of magnetic particles in magnetic field (MF) was studied in this paper by analyzing the form of the aggregated paramagnetic particles while the particle suspension flowed through a tube, which served as a model of blood vessels. The effects of magnetic flux density and fluid velocity on the formation of aggregated paramagnetic particles were investigated. The number of large aggregated clusters dramatically increased with increment in the magnetic flux density and decreased with increment in the fluid velocity. The analysis of accumulative process demonstrates the MF around initially attracted particles was focused, which induced the formation of clusters and increased the possibility of embolism. Bioelectromagnetics. 37:323-330, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27126920

  13. On the Paramagnetic Impurity Concentration of Silicate Glasses from Low-Temperature Physics

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    Bonfanti, Silvia; Jug, Giancarlo

    2015-08-01

    The concentration of paramagnetic trace impurities in glasses can be determined via precise SQUID measurements of the sample's magnetization in a magnetic field. However, the existence of quasi-ordered structural inhomogeneities in the disordered solid causes correlated tunneling currents that can contribute to the magnetization, surprisingly, also at the higher temperatures. We show that taking into account such tunneling systems gives rise to a good agreement between the concentrations extracted from SQUID magnetization and those extracted from low-temperature heat capacity measurements. Without suitable inclusion of such magnetization contribution from the tunneling currents, we find that the concentration of paramagnetic impurities gets considerably over-estimated. This analysis represents a further positive test for the structural inhomogeneity theory of the magnetic effects in the cold glasses.

  14. Electron paramagnetic resonance and FT-IR spectroscopic studies of glycine anhydride and betaine hydrochloride

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    Halim Başkan, M.; Kartal, Zeki; Aydın, Murat

    2015-12-01

    Gamma irradiated powders of glycine anhydride and betaine hydrochloride have been investigated at room temperature by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). In these compounds, the observed paramagnetic species were attributed to the R1 and R2 radicals, respectively. It was determined that the free electron interacted with environmental protons and 14N nucleus in both radicals. The EPR spectra of gamma irradiated powder samples remained unchanged at room temperature for two weeks after irradiation. Also, the Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), FT-Raman and thermal analyses of both compounds were investigated. The functional groups in the molecular structures of glycine anhydride and betaine hydrochloride were identified by vibrational spectroscopies (FT-IR and FT-Raman).

  15. Paramagnetic and ferromagnetic resonance imaging with a tip-on-cantilever magnetic resonance force microscope

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    Wago, K.; Botkin, D.; Yannoni, C. S.; Rugar, D.

    1998-05-01

    A magnetic resonance force microscope with a "tip-on-cantilever" configuration was used to compare imaging characteristics of paramagnetic and ferromagnetic samples. Three-dimensional electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) imaging of diphenylpicrylhydrazil (DPPH) particles was accomplished by scanning the sample in two dimensions while stepping an external field. The EPR force map showed broad response reflecting the size and shape of the sample, allowing a three-dimensional real-space magnetization image to be successfully reconstructed. In contrast to the EPR case, ferromagnetic resonance imaging of a micron-scale yttrium iron garnet sample showed no significant line broadening despite the strong field gradient (˜10 G/μm). Two-dimensional force maps revealed spatial dependence of magnetostatic and magnetoelastic modes.

  16. Comparison of Paramagnetic and Ferromagnetic Resonance Imaging with an Improved Magnetic Resonance Force Microscope

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    Wago, K.; Botkin, D.; Yannoni, C. S.; Rugar, D.

    1998-03-01

    A magnetic resonance force microscope with an improved ``tip-on-cantilever'' configuration was used to compare imaging characteristics of paramagnetic and ferromagnetic samples. Three-dimensional electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) imaging of diphenylpicrylhydrazil (DPPH) particles was accomplished by scanning the sample in two dimensions while stepping an external field. The EPR force map showed broad response reflecting the size and shape of the sample, allowing a three-dimensional real-space magnetization image to be successfully reconstructed. In contrast to the EPR case, ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) imaging of a micron-scale yttrium iron garnet (YIG) sample showed no significant line broadening despite the strong field gradient ( ~ 10 G/μm). Two-dimensional force maps revealed spatial dependence of magnetostatic and magnetoelastic modes.

  17. Microfluidic immunomagnetic multi-target sorting--a model for controlling deflection of paramagnetic beads.

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    Tsai, Scott S H; Griffiths, Ian M; Stone, Howard A

    2011-08-01

    We describe a microfluidic system that uses a magnetic field to sort paramagnetic beads by deflecting them in the direction normal to the flow. In the experiments we systematically study the dependence of the beads' deflection on bead size and susceptibility, magnet strength, fluid speed and viscosity, and device geometry. We also develop a design parameter that can aid in the design of microfluidic devices for immunomagnetic multi-target sorting. PMID:21677937

  18. Numerical calculation of interaction forces between paramagnetic colloids in two-dimensional systems.

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    Du, Di; Toffoletto, Frank; Biswal, Sibani Lisa

    2014-04-01

    Typically the force between paramagnetic particles in a uniform magnetic field is described using the dipolar model, which is inaccurate when particles are in close proximity to each other. Instead, the exact force between paramagnetic particles can be determined by solving a three-dimensional Laplace's equation for magnetostatics under specified boundary conditions and calculating the Maxwell stress tensor. The analytical solution to this multi-boundary-condition Laplace's equation can be obtained by using a solid harmonics expansion in conjunction with the Hobson formula. However, for a multibody system, finite truncation of the Hobson formula does not lead to convergence of the expansion at all points, which makes the approximation physically unrealistic. Here we present a numerical method for solving this Laplace's equation for magnetostatics. This method uses a smoothed representation to replace all the boundary conditions. A two-step propagation is used to dramatically accelerate the calculation without losing accuracy. Using this method, we calculate the force between two paramagnetic particles in a uniform and a rotational external field and compare our results with other models. Furthermore, the many-body effects for three-particle, ten-particle, and 24-particle systems are examined using the same method. We also calculate the interaction between particles with different magnetic susceptibilities and particle diameters. The Laplace's equation solver method described in this article that is used to determine the force between paramagnetic particles is shown to be very useful for dynamic simulations for both two-particle systems and a large cluster of particles. PMID:24827363

  19. Process and apparatus for preparing textured crystalline materials using anisotropy in the paramagnetic susceptibility

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    Holloway, Aleksey

    1992-01-07

    The present invention discloses a process and apparatus for forming textures in materials. The process comprises heating a material having an anisotropy in the paramagnetic or diamagnetic susceptibility within a magnetic field. The material is heated to a temperature approaching its melting point while a magnetic field of at least 10.sup.4 Oe is simultaneously applied. The process and apparatus produce highly textured bulk and elongated materials with high current densities below critical superconducting temperatures.

  20. Paramagnet induced signal quenching in MAS-DNP experiments in frozen homogeneous solutions

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    Corzilius, Björn; Andreas, Loren B.; Smith, Albert A.; Ni, Qing Zhe; Griffin, Robert G.

    2014-03-01

    The effects of nuclear signal quenching induced by the presence of a paramagnetic polarizing agent are documented for conditions used in magic angle spinning (MAS)-dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) experiments on homogeneous solutions. In particular, we present a detailed analysis of three time constants: (1) the longitudinal build-up time constant TB for 1H; (2) the rotating frame relaxation time constant T1ρ for 1H and 13C and (3) T2 of 13C, the transverse relaxation time constant in the laboratory frame. These relaxation times were measured during microwave irradiation at a magnetic field of 5 T (140 GHz) as a function of the concentration of four polarizing agents: TOTAPOL, 4-amino-TEMPO, trityl (OX063), and Gd-DOTA and are compared to those obtained for a sample lacking paramagnetic doping. We also report the EPR relaxation time constants T1S and T2S, the DNP enhancements, ε, and the parameter E, defined below, which measures the sensitivity enhancement for the four polarizing agents as a function of the electron concentration. We observe substantial intensity losses (paramagnetic quenching) with all of the polarizing agents due to broadening mechanisms and cross relaxation during MAS. In particular, the monoradical trityl and biradical TOTAPOL induce ∼40% and 50% loss of signal intensity. In contrast there is little suppression of signal intensity in static samples containing these paramagnetic species. Despite the losses due to quenching, we find that all of the polarizing agents provide substantial gains in signal intensity with DNP, and in particular that the net enhancement is optimal for biradicals that operate with the cross effect. We discuss the possibility that much of this polarization loss can be regained with the development of instrumentation and methods to perform electron decoupling.

  1. Exchange enhanced paramagnetism of rare-earth (yttrium)-transition metal compounds

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    Burzo, Emil

    2015-12-01

    The magnetic susceptibilities, χ, of R-M and R-M-B exchange enhanced paramagnets where R = Y, La, Lu and M= Co, Ni are analysed. As a general feature, there is a T2 dependence of χ values at T < 10 K, while for T > T* a Curie-Weiss behavior is shown. The experimental data are discussed in correlation with band structure calculations. The pressure dependence of LuCo2 magnetic susceptibility is also analysed.

  2. Charge distributions due to paramagnetism and diamagnetism in thin mesoscopic superconducting rings [rapid communication

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    Zhu, Bao-He; Zhou, Shi-Ping; Zha, Guo-Qiao; Yang, Kui

    2005-05-01

    The charge distribution in a thin mesoscopic superconducting ring is investigated by the phenomenological Ginzburg Landau theory. Considering a ring in a giant vortex state, we find that the charge near the inner radius may change its sign from negative to positive with increasing the applied field. It is also found that the charge distributions are due to the competition between the paramagnetic Meissner effect and the diamagnetic Meissner effect.

  3. Paramagnetic vortex state in Pr 2- xCe xCuO 4 single crystals

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    Sonier, J. E.; Poon, K. F.; Luke, G. M.; Kyriakou, P.; Miller, R. I.; Fournier, P.; Greene, R. L.

    2003-05-01

    Transverse-field muon spin rotation (TF-μSR) measurements of the internal magnetic field distribution of Pr 2- xCe xCuO 4 single crystals reveal a large increase in the magnitude of the average field in the vortex state under field-cooling conditions. The observed increase in the average internal magnetic field measured by μSR is discussed in the context of the paramagnetic Meissner effect.

  4. Process and apparatus for preparing textured crystalline materials using anisotropy in the paramagnetic susceptibility

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    Holloway, A.

    1992-01-07

    The present invention discloses a process and apparatus for forming textures in materials. The process comprises heating a material having an anisotropy in the paramagnetic or diamagnetic susceptibility within a magnetic field. The material is heated to a temperature approaching its melting point while a magnetic field of at least 10[sup 4]Oe is simultaneously applied. The process and apparatus produce highly textured bulk and elongated materials with high current densities below critical superconducting temperatures. 6 figs.

  5. Cavity- and waveguide-resonators in electron paramagnetic resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance, and magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Webb, Andrew

    2014-11-01

    Cavity resonators are widely used in electron paramagnetic resonance, very high field magnetic resonance microimaging and also in high field human imaging. The basic principles and designs of different forms of cavity resonators including rectangular, cylindrical, re-entrant, cavity magnetrons, toroidal cavities and dielectric resonators are reviewed. Applications in EPR and MRI are summarized, and finally the topic of traveling wave MRI using the magnet bore as a waveguide is discussed. PMID:25456314

  6. Holographic paramagnetism-ferromagnetism phase transition in the Born-Infeld electrodynamics

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    Wu, Ya-Bo; Zhang, Cheng-Yuan; Lu, Jun-Wang; Fan, Bi; Shu, Shuang; Liu, Yu-Chen

    2016-09-01

    In the probe limit, we investigate the effects of the Born-Infeld electrodynamics on the holographic paramagnetism-ferromagnetism phase transition in the background of a Schwarzschild-AdS black hole spacetime. We find that the presence of Born-Infeld scale parameter b decreases the critical temperature and makes the magnetic moment harder to form in the case of without external field. Furthermore, the increase of b will result in extending the period of the external magnetic field.

  7. Exchange enhanced paramagnetism of rare-earth (yttrium)-transition metal compounds

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    Burzo, Emil

    2015-12-07

    The magnetic susceptibilities, χ, of R-M and R-M-B exchange enhanced paramagnets where R = Y, La, Lu and M= Co, Ni are analysed. As a general feature, there is a T{sup 2} dependence of χ values at T < 10 K, while for T > T* a Curie-Weiss behavior is shown. The experimental data are discussed in correlation with band structure calculations. The pressure dependence of LuCo{sub 2} magnetic susceptibility is also analysed.

  8. A QUANTUM MECHANICAL STUDY OF STRUCTURAL AND ELECTRONIC DILUTION EFFECTS IN PARAMAGNETIC CHEMICAL EXCHANGE SATURATION TRANSFER AGENTS

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    Miller, Whelton A.; Moore, Preston B.

    2014-01-01

    We present a computational study of the effect of chemical modifications of the meta and para substituents in the coordinating pendant arm of a modified 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-N, N’, N″, N‴-tetraamide (DOTAM) ligand on the Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) signal. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is currently one of the most widely used techniques available. MRI has led to a new class of pharmaceuticals termed “imagining” or “contrast” agents. These agents usually work by incorporating lanthanide metals such as Gadolinium (Gd) and Europium (Eu). This allows the contrast agents to take advantage of the paramagnetic properties of the metals, which in turn enhances the signal detectable by MRI. The effect of simple electron-withdrawing (e.g., nitro) and electron-donating (e.g., methyl) substituents chemically attached to a modified chelate arm (pendant arm) is quantified by charge transfer interactions in the coordinated water-chelate system computed from quantum mechanics. This study attempts to reveal the origin of the substituent effect on the CEST signal and the electronic structure of the complex. We find that the extent of Charge Transfer (CT) depends on orbital orientations and overlaps. However, CT interactions occur simultaneously from all arms, which causes a dilution effect with respect to the pendant arm. PMID:25485283

  9. Investigation of Antioxidant Activity of Pomegranate Juices by Means of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and UV-Vis Spectroscopy.

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    Kozik, Violetta; Jarzembek, Krystyna; Jędrzejowska, Agnieszka; Bąk, Andrzej; Polak, Justyna; Bartoszek, Mariola; Pytlakowska, Katarzyna

    2015-01-01

    Pomegranate fruit (Punica granatum L.) is a source of numerous phenolic compounds, and it contains flavonoids such as anthocyanins, anthocyanidins, cyanidins, catechins and other complexes of flavonoids, ellagitannins, and hydrolyzed tannins. Pomegranate juice shows antioxidant, antiproliferative, and anti-atherosclerotic properties. The antioxidant capacity (TEAC) of the pomegranate juices was measured using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH•) as a source of free radicals, and the total phenolic (TP) content was measured using UV-Vis spectroscopy. All the examined pomegranate juices exhibited relatively high antioxidant properties. The TEAC values determined by means of EPR spectroscopy using Trolox (TE) as a free radical scavenger were in the range of 463.12 to 1911.91 μmol TE/100 mL juice. The TP content measured by the Folin-Ciocalteu method, using gallic acid (GA) as a free radical scavenger, widely varied in the investigated pomegranate juice samples and ranged from 1673.62 to 5263.87 mg GA/1 L juice. The strongest antioxidant properties were observed with the fresh pomegranate juices obtained from the fruits originating from Israel, Lebanon, and Azerbaijan. Correlation analysis of numerical data obtained by means of EPR spectroscopy (TEAC) and UV-Vis spectroscopy (TP) gave correlation coefficient (r)=0.90 and determination coefficient (r2)=0.81 (P<0.05). PMID:26268964

  10. Paramagnetic Molecular Grippers: The Elements of Six-State Redox Switches.

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    Milić, Jovana; Zalibera, Michal; Pochorovski, Igor; Trapp, Nils; Nomrowski, Julia; Neshchadin, Dmytro; Ruhlmann, Laurent; Boudon, Corinne; Wenger, Oliver S; Savitsky, Anton; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Gescheidt, Georg; Diederich, François

    2016-07-01

    The development of semiquinone-based resorcin[4]arene cavitands expands the toolbox of switchable molecular grippers by introducing the first paramagnetic representatives. The semiquinone (SQ) states were generated electrochemically, chemically, and photochemically. We analyzed their electronic, conformational, and binding properties by cyclic voltammetry, ultraviolet/visible (UV/vis) spectroelectrochemistry, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and transient absorption spectroscopy, in conjunction with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The utility of UV/vis spectroelectrochemistry and EPR spectroscopy in evaluating the conformational features of resorcin[4]arene cavitands is demonstrated. Guest binding properties were found to be enhanced in the SQ state as compared to the quinone (Q) or the hydroquinone (HQ) states of the cavitands. Thus, these paramagnetic SQ intermediates open the way to six-state redox switches provided by two conformations (open and closed) in three redox states (Q, SQ, and HQ) possessing distinct binding ability. The switchable magnetic properties of these molecular grippers and their responsiveness to electrical stimuli has the potential for development of efficient molecular devices. PMID:27300355

  11. Micro magnetofluidics: droplet manipulation of double emulsions based on paramagnetic ionic liquids.

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    Misuk, Viktor; Mai, Andreas; Giannopoulos, Konstantinos; Alobaid, Falah; Epple, Bernd; Loewe, Holger

    2013-12-01

    The ability to control and manipulate discrete fluid droplets by magnetic fields offers new opportunities in microfluidics. A surfactant-free and easy to realize technique for the continuous generation of double emulsion droplets, composed of an organic solvent and a paramagnetic ionic liquid, is applied. The inner phase of the emulsion droplet consists of imidazolium-based ionic liquids with either iron, manganese, nickel or dysprosium containing anions which provide paramagnetic behaviour. The double emulsion droplets are dispersed in a continuous phase of FC-40. All substances - the organic phase, the paramagnetic ionic liquid and the continuous phase -are immiscible. The magnetic properties of ionic liquids allow, through the influence of external magnetic fields, the manipulation of individual emulsion droplets such as capture and release, rotation and distortion. Arrays of magnets allow a coalescence of emulsion droplets and their subsequent mixing by flowing through an alternating permanent magnetic field. In addition, the double emulsion droplets can be split and reunified, or continuously separated into their original phases. PMID:24108233

  12. Paramagnetic Salt Pill Design for Magnetic Refrigerators Used In-Space Applications

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    Hagmann, C.; Benford, D. J.; Richards, P. L.

    An adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) is described which was designed for use in the multiband imaging photometer for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF). This refrigerator was required to cool bolometric detectors for infrared and millimetre waves to 0.1 K. A paramagnetic salt pill with a number of novel features was developed to meet the stringent requirements for an ADR used in space. An unusual paramagnetic salt, chromic caesium alum (CCA), is used to meet the requirement of thermal stability under the bake-out temperatures used in commissioning space cryogenic vacuum systems. The cycle time for the refrigerator has been reduced to almost-equal-to 30 min by attention to thermal time constants and by growing the CCA salt directly on to an array of gold wires. Crystal growing procedures were developed to overcome problems with the low solubility of CCA in water. The salt pill is sealed in stainless steel to retain water of hydration and is constructed of materials which are not corroded by commonly used paramagnetic salts.

  13. Paramagnetic Nanoparticles Leave Their Mark on Nuclear Spins of Transiently Adsorbed Proteins.

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    Zanzoni, Serena; Pedroni, Marco; D'Onofrio, Mariapina; Speghini, Adolfo; Assfalg, Michael

    2016-01-13

    The successful application of nanomaterials in biosciences necessitates an in-depth understanding of how they interface with biomolecules. Transient associations of proteins with nanoparticles (NPs) are accessible by solution NMR spectroscopy, albeit with some limitations. The incorporation of paramagnetic centers into NPs offers new opportunities to explore bio-nano interfaces. We propose NMR paramagnetic relaxation enhancement as a new tool to detect NP-binding surfaces on proteins with increased sensitivity, also extending the applicability of NMR investigations to heterogeneous biomolecular mixtures. The adsorption of ubiquitin on gadolinium-doped fluoride-based NPs produced residue-specific NMR line-broadening effects mapping to a contiguous area on the surface of the protein. Importantly, an identical paramagnetic fingerprint was observed in the presence of a competing protein-protein association equilibrium, exemplifying possible interactions taking place in crowded biological media. The interaction was further characterized using isothermal titration calorimetry and upconversion emission measurements. The data indicate that the used fluoride-based NPs are not biologically inert but rather are capable of biomolecular recognition. PMID:26683352

  14. Selective observation of a spinning-sideband manifold of paramagnetic solids by rotation-synchronized DANTE

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    Murakami, Miwa; Arai, Hajime; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Ogumi, Zempachi

    2013-06-01

    We examine applicability of rotation-synchronized Delays Alternating with Nutation for Tailored Excitation (rs-DANTE) to a crowded sideband spectrum spreading over a few 100 kHz by the paramagnetic interaction. It is shown that rs-DANTE can be used to excite 6Li spinning sideband manifolds of the three crystallographic Li sites (2b, 4h, and 2c) in a magic-angle spinning (MAS) spectrum of 6Li-enriched Li2MnO3. The observed lineshape is insensitive to rf inhomogeneiety, thus indicating practical applicability of rs-DANTE to a paramagnetic system. Each sideband pattern can be described by the paramagnetic anisotropies evaluated by taking the electron-6Li dipolar interactions into account. The isotropic chemical shift for each site can thus be obtained by comparing the experimental sideband pattern to the calculated one. It is therefore possible by this approach to obtain both isotropic and anisotropic shift information. Further effects of structural disorder in Li2MnO3 on the isotropic shift and the sideband pattern are discussed.

  15. Paramagnetic Meissner effect at high fields in YCaBaCuO single crystal

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    Dias, F. T.; Vieira, V. N.; Falck, A. L.; da Silva, D. L.; Pureur, P.; Schaf, J.

    2012-12-01

    We report on systematic magnetization experiments in an Y1-xCaxBa2Cu3O7-δ (x = 0.25 at%) single crystal. The magnetization experiments were made using a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer (SQUID). Magnetic moments were measured as functions of the temperature according to the zero-field cooling (ZFC), field-cooled cooling (FCC), and field-cooled warming (FCW) prescriptions. The time-dependence of the FC magnetization at fixed magnetic fields was studied. Magnetic fields up to 50 kOe were applied and a paramagnetic response related to the superconducting state was observed when strong enough fields were applied parallel to the c axis. The magnitude of the high field paramagnetic moment (HFPME) increases when the field is augmented. The effect shows strong and anomalous time dependence, such that the paramagnetic moment increases as a function of the time. An YBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystal exhibiting the same effect was used for comparison. We discuss our results in terms of the flux compression scenario into the sample modulated by Ca concentration.

  16. Mechanics of semiflexible chains formed by poly(ethylene glycol)-linked paramagnetic particles.

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    Biswal, Sibani Lisa; Gast, Alice P

    2003-08-01

    Magnetorheological particles, permanently linked into chains, provide a magnetically actuated means to manipulate microscopic fluid flow. Paramagnetic colloidal particles form reversible chains by acquiring dipole moments in the presence of an external magnetic field. By chemically connecting paramagnetic colloidal particles, flexible magnetoresponsive chains can be created. We link the paramagnetic microspheres using streptavidin-biotin binding. Streptavidin coated microspheres are placed in a flow cell and a magnetic field is applied, causing the particles to form chains. Then a solution of polymeric linkers of bis-biotin-poly(ethylene glycol) molecules is added in the presence of the field. These linked chains remain responsive to a magnetic field; however, in the absence of an external magnetic field these chains bend and flex due to thermal motion. The chain flexibility is determined by the length of the spacer molecule between particles and is quantified by the flexural rigidity or bending stiffness. To understand the mechanical properties of the chains, we use a variety of optical trapping experiments to measure the flexural rigidity. Increasing the length of the poly(ethylene glycol) chain in the linker increases the flexibility of the chains. PMID:14524968

  17. Ferromagnetic cluster glass state induced by non-magnetic ions in a paramagnetic host

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    Yamamoto, Takafumi D.; Okazaki, Ryuji; Taniguchi, Hiroki; Terasaki, Ichiro

    A paramagnetic metal CaRuO3 has been known to show unique impurity effects, where a magnetic ordering is induced by a partial substitution of transition metal ions for Ru. Since this phenomenon occurs regardless of the magnetism of the substituted ions, it must reflect a magnetic instability of this ruthenate. Understanding such physical properties is one of intriguing issues in condensed matter physics. In this talk, we report an unconventional magnetic state induced by substituting non-magnetic Sc3+ ions. We find that the static magnetic susceptibilities of all Sc-substituted samples show ferromagnetic-like features below 40 K, while the Curie-Weiss temperature dramatically changes with increasing x. This inconsistency is a sign of non-uniform magnetic system. We propose a phenomenological model and show that the static magnetic properties can be described as a volume average of a paramagnetic component originated from Ru4+ ions and a ferromagnetic one driven by Sc substitution [T. D. Yamamoto et al., JPSJ 84, 014708 (2015).]. Furthermore our dynamic magnetic measurements reveal a ferromagnetic cluster glass state embedded in the paramagnetic and metallic host of CaRuO3.

  18. Upcycling: converting waste plastics into paramagnetic, conducting, solid, pure carbon microspheres.

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    Pol, Vilas Ganpat

    2010-06-15

    The recent tremendous increase in the volume of waste plastics (WP) will have a harmful environmental impact on the health of living beings. Hundreds of years are required to degrade WP in atmospheric conditions. Hence, in coming years, in addition to traditional recycling services, innovative "upcycling" processes are necessary. This article presents an environmentally benign, solvent-free autogenic process that converts various WP [low density polyethylene (LDPE), high density polyethylene (HDPE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polystyrene (PS), or their mixtures] into carbon microspheres (CMSs), an industrially significant, value-added product. The thermal dissociation of these individual or mixed WP in a closed reactor under autogenic pressure ( approximately 1000 psi) produced dry, pure powder of CMSs. In this paper, the optimization of process parameters such as the effect of mixing of WP with other materials, and the role of reaction temperature and time are reported. Employing advanced analytical techniques, the atomic structure, composition, and morphology of as-obtained CMSs were analyzed. The room-temperature paramagnetism in CMSs prepared from waste LDPE, HDPE, and PS was further studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The conducting and paramagnetic nature of CMSs holds promise for their potential applications in toners, printers, paints, batteries, lubricants, and tires. PMID:20481621

  19. Upcycling : converting waste plastics into paramagnetic, conducting, solid, pure carbon microspheres.

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    Pol, V.

    2010-06-15

    The recent tremendous increase in the volume of waste plastics (WP) will have a harmful environmental impact on the health of living beings. Hundreds of years are required to degrade WP in atmospheric conditions. Hence, in coming years, in addition to traditional recycling services, innovative 'upcycling' processes are necessary. This article presents an environmentally benign, solvent-free autogenic process that converts various WP [low density polyethylene (LDPE), high density polyethylene (HDPE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polystyrene (PS), or their mixtures] into carbon microspheres (CMSs), an industrially significant, value-added product. The thermal dissociation of these individual or mixed WP in a closed reactor under autogenic pressure (1000 psi) produced dry, pure powder of CMSs. In this paper, the optimization of process parameters such as the effect of mixing of WP with other materials, and the role of reaction temperature and time are reported. Employing advanced analytical techniques, the atomic structure, composition, and morphology of as-obtained CMSs were analyzed. The room-temperature paramagnetism in CMSs prepared from waste LDPE, HDPE, and PS was further studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The conducting and paramagnetic nature of CMSs holds promise for their potential applications in toners, printers, paints, batteries, lubricants, and tires.

  20. Electron paramagnetic resonance imaging for real-time monitoring of Li-ion batteries

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    Sathiya, M.; Leriche, J.-B.; Salager, E.; Gourier, D.; Tarascon, J.-M.; Vezin, H.

    2015-01-01

    Batteries for electrical storage are central to any future alternative energy paradigm. The ability to probe the redox mechanisms occurring at electrodes during their operation is essential to improve battery performances. Here we present the first report on Electron Paramagnetic Resonance operando spectroscopy and in situ imaging of a Li-ion battery using Li2Ru0.75Sn0.25O3, a high-capacity (>270 mAh g−1) Li-rich layered oxide, as positive electrode. By monitoring operando the electron paramagnetic resonance signals of Ru5+ and paramagnetic oxygen species, we unambiguously prove the formation of reversible (O2)n− species that contribute to their high capacity. In addition, we visualize by imaging with micrometric resolution the plating/stripping of Li at the negative electrode and highlight the zones of nucleation and growth of Ru5+/oxygen species at the positive electrode. This efficient way to locate ‘electron’-related phenomena opens a new area in the field of battery characterization that should enable future breakthroughs in battery research. PMID:25662295

  1. Paramagnetic Meissner effect and strong time dependence at high fields in melt-textured high- T C superconductors

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    de Paiva Gouvêa, Cristol; Dias, Fábio Teixeira; das Neves Vieira, Valdemar; da Silva, Douglas Langie; Schaf, Jacob; Wolff-Fabris, Frederik; Rovira, Joan Josep Roa

    2013-05-01

    In this work we report on systematic field-cooled magnetization experiments in melt-textured YBa2Cu3O7- δ samples containing Y211 precipitates. Magnetic fields up to 14 T were applied either parallel or perpendicular to the ab planes and a strong paramagnetic response related to the superconducting state was observed. This effect is known as paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME). The magnitude of the PME increases when the field is augmented. This effect shows a strong paramagnetic relaxation, such that the paramagnetic moment increases as a function of the time. The pinning by the Y211 particles plays a crucial role in the explanation of this effect and our results suggest that the pinning capacity can produce a strong flux compression into the sample, originating the PME and the strong time dependence.

  2. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance: a tool for in situ detection, imaging and dating of biosignatures in primitive organic matter

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    Gourier, D.; Binet, L.; Vezin, H.

    2012-04-01

    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and imaging are based on the interaction of a microwave electromagnetic field (typically in the GHz range) with electron spins in presence of an external magnetic field. Contrary to UV-visible and Infrared light, microwave radiation can penetrate in most non conducting materials, so that EPR is sensitive to the bulk (and not to the surface) of samples. All the paramagnetic defects, impurities, point defects in the mineral matrix, radicals in carbonaceous matter of an ancient rock can be detected by this technique. As the most ancient traces of life, as old as 3.5 Gy, are recorded as carbonaceous microstructures in siliceous sedimentary structures (cherts), the radical defects of these microstructures can be probed in situ without sample preparation. By using continuous-wave EPR, the fossilized carbonaceous matter can be mapped at the sub-millimeter scale (EPR imaging)[1], and can be dated with respect to the host rock (evolution of the EPR lineshape)[2]. Thus this method could be used for contamination detection (endolithic bacteria, infiltration etc…). By using pulsed-EPR spectroscopy (instead of continuous wave), nuclear magnetic transitions of elements in and around radicals can be detected with a high resolution and sensitivity. We show that specific nuclear transitions for hydrogen (1H and 2D) and 13C (and other nuclei such as 29Si and 31P) can be identified in extraterrestrial carbonaceous matter (meteorites) and in Precambrian and younger cherts. These pulsed techniques provide molecular scale biosignatures for primitive life detection and internal probes to study the history of organic matter in the early solar system [3,4]. Paramagnetic biosignatures are not limited to the organic component of cherts. Specific EPR biosignatures of metal ions can be detected in biominerals such as MnO2 [5] or in molecular V4+ complexes [6]. EPR is thus a potential technique for the search of primitive life on Earth and

  3. Paramagnetic Meissner effect at high fields in melt-textured YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ

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    Dias, F. T.; Pureur, P.; Rodrigues, P., Jr.; Obradors, X.

    2001-05-01

    We observe the paramagnetic Meissner effect in melt-textured YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ samples after cooling in fields from 1 up to 50 kOe. The results suggest that the paramagnetic moments are primarily generated by compression of the magnetic flux into the sample in the course of the field cooling procedure. We also observe that the field-cooled moments relax towards positive values in experiments performed at constant field and temperature.

  4. Patterns formed by paramagnetic particles in a horizontal layer of a magnetorheological fluid subjected to a dc magnetic field.

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    Ukai, Tomofumi; Maekawa, Toru

    2004-03-01

    We investigate the patterns formed by paramagnetic particles, which are dispersed in a liquid solvent subjected to a dc magnetic field. We calculate the dynamics of paramagnetic particles by the Brownian dynamics method based on the Langevin equation. We, in particular, focus on the effect of the system height on the pattern formations. We also discuss the mechanism of the pattern formations and the dynamics of the structure creation processes. PMID:15089337

  5. Ferromagnetic, dia-/paramagnetic and superparamagnetic components of Aral Sea sediments: significance for paleoenvironmental reconstruction

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    Kosareva, Lina; Nourgaliev, Danis; Kuzina, Dilyara; Spassov, Simo; Fattakhova, Leysan

    2015-04-01

    Modern lake sediments are a unique source of information for climate changes, regionally and globally, because all environmental variations are recorded by these sediments with high resolution. Magnetic minerals are hereby of particular interest, because they occur almost in any environment, because they are susceptible tracing environmental changes, which are closely related to their formation conditions, and because magnetic mineral concentrations in the ppm range can be detected. Our goal is to decipher the magnetic susceptibility signal in lake sediments by decomposing the bulk susceptibility signal of a lake sediment sequence into ferromagnetic (χf), dia-/paramagnetic (χp) and superparamagnetic (χsp) components. Each of these has a different origin: paramagnetic minerals are usually attributed to terrigenous sediment input, ferromagnetics are of biogenic origin, and superparamagnetic minerals may be of either biogenic or terrigenous origin. In sediments, paramagnetic components contribute most to the bulk susceptibility signal, because the ferromagnetic contributions are low. Most sediments of modern lakes contain a lot of organic material and water, which are both diamagnetic. High-field susceptibility changes reflect thus changes in terrigenous input. The latter increases with precipitation which augments the influx of terrigenous material carried by rivers into the lake, consequently the susceptibility increases sharply. However, under certain conditions, such for instance during shrinking water table or withering of tributaries, the lake biota grows stronger and the bacterial activity, including magnetotactic bacteria, increases. This results in an enhanced ferromagnetic component (χf). Superparamagnetic (SP) components may also be formed, but their magnetic grain size is much smaller, i.e. in the order of about 30-40 nm. This abstract presents a new method to discriminate and to quantify the contribution of dia- and paramagnetic, ferromagnetic and

  6. Two-dimensional NMR measurement and point dipole model prediction of paramagnetic shift tensors in solids

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    Walder, Brennan J.; Davis, Michael C.; Grandinetti, Philip J.; Dey, Krishna K.; Baltisberger, Jay H.

    2015-01-07

    A new two-dimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) experiment to separate and correlate the first-order quadrupolar and chemical/paramagnetic shift interactions is described. This experiment, which we call the shifting-d echo experiment, allows a more precise determination of tensor principal components values and their relative orientation. It is designed using the recently introduced symmetry pathway concept. A comparison of the shifting-d experiment with earlier proposed methods is presented and experimentally illustrated in the case of {sup 2}H (I = 1) paramagnetic shift and quadrupolar tensors of CuCl{sub 2}⋅2D{sub 2}O. The benefits of the shifting-d echo experiment over other methods are a factor of two improvement in sensitivity and the suppression of major artifacts. From the 2D lineshape analysis of the shifting-d spectrum, the {sup 2}H quadrupolar coupling parameters are 〈C{sub q}〉 = 118.1 kHz and 〈η{sub q}〉 = 0.88, and the {sup 2}H paramagnetic shift tensor anisotropy parameters are 〈ζ{sub P}〉 = − 152.5 ppm and 〈η{sub P}〉 = 0.91. The orientation of the quadrupolar coupling principal axis system (PAS) relative to the paramagnetic shift anisotropy principal axis system is given by (α,β,γ)=((π)/2 ,(π)/2 ,0). Using a simple ligand hopping model, the tensor parameters in the absence of exchange are estimated. On the basis of this analysis, the instantaneous principal components and orientation of the quadrupolar coupling are found to be in excellent agreement with previous measurements. A new point dipole model for predicting the paramagnetic shift tensor is proposed yielding significantly better agreement than previously used models. In the new model, the dipoles are displaced from nuclei at positions associated with high electron density in the singly occupied molecular orbital predicted from ligand field theory.

  7. Paramagnetic effect at low and high magnetic fields in melt-textured YBa2Cu3O7-δ

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    Dias, Fábio Teixeira; Pureur, Paulo; Rodrigues, Pedro, Jr.; Obradors, Xavier

    2004-12-01

    We report on systematic field-cooled magnetization experiments in five different melt-textured YBa2Cu3O7 samples containing large amounts of Y2BaCuO5 precipitates. These composites were grown with the Bridgman or top-seeding techniques. Fields ranging from 1Oe up to 50kOe were applied either parallel or perpendicular to the Cu-O2 atomic planes. In the low field limit, we observed the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) in a Bridgman grown sample for the configuration where the field is oriented parallel to the Cu-O2 atomic planes. Contrasting with this unique observation at low fields, a paramagnetic response related to the superconducting state was observed in all of the studied samples when strong enough fields were applied in both orientations. This high-field paramagnetic effect shows some noticeable differences when compared to the most frequently reported PME at very low fields. In particular, the magnitude of the high-field paramagnetic moment increases when the field is augmented. Moreover, this effect shows a strong and anomalous relaxation, such that the paramagnetic moment increases as a function of the time. The anisotropy of the high-field paramagnetic moment depends on the sample microstructure, suggesting that pinning by the Y2BaCuO5 particles plays a crucial role in the explanation of this effect in the melt-processed YBa2Cu3O7 materials.

  8. Accurate Structure and Dynamics of the Metal-Site of Paramagnetic Metalloproteins from NMR Parameters Using Natural Bond Orbitals

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    2012-01-01

    A natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis of unpaired electron spin density in metalloproteins is presented, which allows a fast and robust calculation of paramagnetic NMR parameters. Approximately 90% of the unpaired electron spin density occupies metal–ligand NBOs, allowing the majority of the density to be modeled by only a few NBOs that reflect the chemical bonding environment. We show that the paramagnetic relaxation rate of protons can be calculated accurately using only the metal–ligand NBOs and that these rates are in good agreement with corresponding rates measured experimentally. This holds, in particular, for protons of ligand residues where the point-dipole approximation breaks down. To describe the paramagnetic relaxation of heavy nuclei, also the electron spin density in the local orbitals must be taken into account. Geometric distance restraints for 15N can be derived from the paramagnetic relaxation enhancement and the Fermi contact shift when local NBOs are included in the analysis. Thus, the NBO approach allows us to include experimental paramagnetic NMR parameters of 15N nuclei as restraints in a structure optimization protocol. We performed a molecular dynamics simulation and structure determination of oxidized rubredoxin using the experimentally obtained paramagnetic NMR parameters of 15N. The corresponding structures obtained are in good agreement with the crystal structure of rubredoxin. Thus, the NBO approach allows an accurate description of the geometric structure and the dynamics of metalloproteins, when NMR parameters are available of nuclei in the immediate vicinity of the metal-site. PMID:22329704

  9. Paramagnetic 1H and 13C NMR studies on cobalt-substituted human carbonic anhydrase I carboxymethylated at active site histidine-200: molecular basis for the changes in catalytic properties induced by the modification.

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    Khalifah, R G; Rogers, J I; Harmon, P; Morely, P J; Carroll, S B

    1984-07-01

    Using bromo[1-13C]acetate to modify N tau of His-200 of human carbonic anhydrase isozyme I leads to the introduction of a useful 13C NMR probe into the active site. To complement our previous diamagnetic NMR studies with this probe, we have now succeeded in directly observing the paramagnetically perturbed resonance of the carboxylate in the cobalt-substituted modified enzyme above pH 8. In the pH range 8-10, the resonance undergoes a pH-dependent slow-exchange process, with the more alkaline form having a much smaller pseudocontact shift and a narrower line width. Below pH 8, the resonance apparently undergoes a very large paramagnetic downfield shift that was estimated by extrapolation. An ionization of approximate pK of 6 appears to control this process. Paramagnetic spin-relaxation studies on the resonance under conditions where it was directly observed yielded distance measurements between the carboxylate carbon and the active site cobalt ion. In inhibitor complexes, this distance was in the range of 5-7 A. In the absence of inhibitors, the distance was approximately 3.0-3.2 A at pH 7.9, consistent with the coordination of the carboxylate to the metal. However, at pH 10, the distance was increased to 4.8 A. These distance determinations were aided by relaxation measurements of a paramagnetically shifted proton resonance at 60-65 ppm downfield assigned by others to a proton of a ligand histidine of metal and confirmed by us to be 5.2 +/- 0.1 A from the metal. Our findings provide a molecular basis for the observed changes in catalytic properties that accompany the carboxymethylation. PMID:6432037

  10. Oxygen as a paramagnetic probe of clustering and solvent exposure in folded and unfolded states of an SH3 domain.

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    Bezsonova, Irina; Evanics, Ferenc; Marsh, Joseph A; Forman-Kay, Julie D; Prosser, R Scott

    2007-02-14

    The N-terminal SH3 domain of the Drosophila modular protein Drk undergoes slow exchange between a folded (Fexch) and highly populated unfolded (Uexch) state under nondenaturing buffer conditions, enabling both Fexch and Uexch states to be simultaneously monitored. The addition of dissolved oxygen, equilibrated to a partial pressure of either 30 atm or 60 atm, provides the means to study solvent exposure with atomic resolution via 13C NMR paramagnetic shifts in 1H,13C HSQC (heteronuclear single quantum coherence) spectra. Absolute differences in these paramagnetic shifts between the Fexch and Uexch states allow the discrimination of regions of the protein which undergo change in solvent exposure upon unfolding. Contact with dissolved oxygen for both the Fexch and Uexch states could also be assessed through 13C paramagnetic shifts which were normalized based on the corresponding paramagnetic shifts seen in the free amino acids. In the Fexch state, the 13C nuclei belonging to the hydrophobic core of the protein exhibited very weak normalized paramagnetic shifts while those with greater solvent accessible surface area exhibited significantly larger normalized shifts. The Uexch state displayed less varied 13C paramagnetic shifts although distinct regions of protection from solvent exposure could be identified by a lack of such shifts. These regions, which included Phe9, Thr12, Ala13, Lys21, Thr22, Ile24, Ile27, and Arg38, overlapped with those found to have residual nativelike and non-native structures in previous studies and in some cases provided novel information. Thus, the paramagnetic shifts from dissolved oxygen are highly useful in the study of a transient structure or clustering in disordered systems, where conventional NMR measurements (couplings, chemical shift deviations from random coil values, and NOEs) may give little information. PMID:17253684

  11. Paramagnetic defects in electron-irradiated yttria-stabilized zirconia: Effect of yttria content

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    Costantini, Jean-Marc; Beuneu, Francois; Morrison-Smith, Sarah E.; Devanathan, Ramaswami; Weber, William J.

    2011-12-20

    We have studied the effect of the yttria content on the paramagnetic centres in electron-irradiated yttria-stabilized zirconia (ZrO2: Y3+) or YSZ. Single crystals with 9.5 mol% or 18 mol% Y2O3 were irradiated with electrons of 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 MeV. The paramagnetic centre production was studied by X-band EPR spectroscopy. The same paramagnetic centres were identified for both chemical compositions, namely two electron centres, i.e. i) F+-type centres (involving singly ionized oxygen vacancies), and ii) so-called T centres (Zr3+ in a trigonal symmetry site), and hole-centres. A strong effect is observed on the production of hole-centres which are strongly enhanced when doubling the yttria content. However, no striking effect is found on the electron centres (except the enhancement of an extra line associated to the F+-type centres). It is concluded that hole-centres are produced by inelastic interactions, whereas F+-type centres are produced by elastic collisions with no effect of the yttria content on the defect production rate. In the latter case, the threshold displacement energy (Ed) of oxygen is estimated from the electron-energy dependence of the F+-type centre production rate, with no significant effect of the yttria content on Ed. An Ed value larger than 120 eV is found. Accordingly, classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with a Buckingham-type potential show that Ed values for Y and O are likely to be in excess of 200 eV. It is concluded that F+-type centres might be actually oxygen divacancies (F2+-type centres). Due to the difficulty in displacing O or Y atoms, the radiation-induced defects may alternatively be a result of Zr atom displacements for Ed = 80 ± 1 eV with subsequent defect re-arrangement.

  12. Sorption selectivity in natural organic matter studied with nitroxyl paramagnetic relaxation probes.

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    Lattao, Charisma; Cao, Xiaoyan; Li, Yuan; Mao, Jingdong; Schmidt-Rohr, Klaus; Chappell, Mark A; Miller, Lesley F; dela Cruz, Albert Leo; Pignatello, Joseph J

    2012-12-01

    Sorption site selectivity and mechanism in natural organic matter (NOM) were addressed spectroscopically by the sorption of paramagnetic nitroxyl compounds (spin probes) of different polarity, TEMPO (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl) and HTEMPO (4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl). The sorbents were Pahokee peat, Beulah-Zap lignite, and a polystyrene-poly(vinyl methyl ether) (PS-PVME) polymer blend representing the mixed aliphatic-aromatic, polar-nonpolar character of NOM. Nuclear-electron spin interaction serves as an efficient relaxation pathway, resulting in attenuation of the (13)C-CP/TOSS NMR signal for (13)C nuclei in proximity to the N-O· group (r(-6) dependence). In the natural solids the spin probes sorbed more specifically (greater isotherm nonlinearity) and had lower rotational mobility (broader electron paramagnetic resonance signals) than in PS-PVME. Titration with spin probe indicated almost no selectivity for the different carbon functional groups of PS-PVME, and little to no selectivity for the different carbon moieties of Pahokee and Beulah, including aromatic, alkyl, O-alkyl, di-O-alkyl, and O-methyl. In any case, sorption site selectivity of spin probes to NOM was always weaker than partition selectivity found in model solvent-water (toluene, hexadecane, anisole, octanol) and cellulose-water systems. The results indicate little or no preferential sorption in NOM based on functional group chemistry or putative microdomain character, but rather are consistent with the filling of pores whose walls have an average chemical environment reflecting the bulk chemical composition of the solid. This work demonstrates for the first time the use of paramagnetic probes to study sorption specificity. PMID:23078290

  13. Paramagnetic Defects in Electron-Irradiated Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia: Effect of Yttria Content

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    Costantini, Jean-Marc; Beuneu, Francois; Morrison-Smith, Sarah; Devanathan, Ram; Weber, William J

    2011-01-01

    We have studied the effect of the yttria content on the paramagnetic centres in electron-irradiated yttria-stabilized zirconia (ZrO2: Y3+) or YSZ. Single crystals with 9.5 mol% or 18 mol% Y2O3 were irradiated with electrons of 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 MeV. The paramagnetic centre production was studied by X-band EPR spectroscopy. The same paramagnetic centres were identified for both chemical compositions, namely two electron centres, i.e. i) F+-type centres (involving singly ionized oxygen vacancies), and ii) so-called T centres (Zr3+ in a trigonal symmetry site), and hole-centres. A strong effect is observed on the production of hole-centres which are strongly enhanced when doubling the yttria content. However, no striking effect is found on the electron centres (except the enhancement of an extra line associated to the F+-type centres). It is concluded that hole-centres are produced by inelastic interactions, whereas F+-type centres are produced by elastic collisions with no effect of the yttria content on the defect production rate. In the latter case, the threshold displacement energy (Ed) of oxygen is estimated from the electron-energy dependence of the F+-type centre production rate, with no significant effect of the yttria content on Ed. An Ed value larger than 120 eV is found. Accordingly, classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with a Buckingham-type potential show that Ed values for Y and O are likely to be in excess of 200 eV. Due to the difficulty in displacing O or Y atoms, the radiation-induced defects may alternatively be a result of Zr atom displacements for Ed = 80 1 eV with subsequent defect re-arrangement.

  14. Paramagnetic Meissner effect of high-temperature granular superconductors: Interpretation by anisotropic and isotropic models

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    Chen, F.H. |; Horng, W.C.; Hsu, H.T.; Tseng, T.Y.

    1995-02-01

    The field-cooled magnetization of high-{Tc} superconducting ceramics measured in low magnetic field exhibits the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME), i.e., the diamagnetic signal initially increases with decrease in temperature but reaches a maximum at temperature T{sub d} and later decreases with decrease in temperature. Even in some samples the signal is ultimately able to transform inversely into a paramagnetic regime once the sample is cooled below a temperature T{sub p} as long as the applied field is sufficiently small. This PME has been observed in various high-{Tc} cuprates and is explained by disparate aspects. An anisotropic model, in which the granular superconductors are assumed to be ideally anisotropic, was first alternatively proposed in the present work so as to theoretically account for this effect. On the other hand, an isotropic model, suitable for granular superconductors with randomly oriented grains, was proposed to deal with the samples prepared by a conventional solid-state reaction method. The anomalous magnetization behavior in the present model was demonstrated to be the superposition of the diamagnetic signal, which occurs as a result of the intragranular shielding currents, over the paramagnetic one due to the induction of the intergranular component induced by these currents where the intergranular one behaved as the effective pinning centers. The PME was demonstrated by this model to exist parasitically in granular superconductors. This intergranular effect is therefore worthy of remark when evaluating the volume fraction of superconductivity for the samples from the Meissner signal, in particular, at a low magnetic field.

  15. Curie-type paramagnetic NMR relaxation in the aqueous solution of Ni(II).

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    Mareš, Jiří; Hanni, Matti; Lantto, Perttu; Lounila, Juhani; Vaara, Juha

    2014-04-21

    Ni(2+)(aq) has been used for many decades as a model system for paramagnetic nuclear magnetic resonance (pNMR) relaxation studies. More recently, its magnetic properties and also nuclear magnetic relaxation rates have been studied computationally. We have calculated electron paramagnetic resonance and NMR parameters using quantum-mechanical (QM) computation of molecular dynamics snapshots, obtained using a polarizable empirical force field. Statistical averages of hyperfine coupling, g- and zero-field splitting tensors, as well as the pNMR shielding terms, are compared to the available experimental and computational data. In accordance with our previous work, the isotropic hyperfine coupling as well as nuclear shielding values agree well with experimental measurements for the (17)O nuclei of water molecules in the first solvation shell of the nickel ion, whereas larger deviations are found for (1)H centers. We report, for the first time, the Curie-type contribution to the pNMR relaxation rate using QM calculations together with Redfield relaxation theory. The Curie relaxation mechanism is analogous to chemical shift anisotropy relaxation, well-known in diamagnetic NMR. Due to the predominance of other types of paramagnetic relaxation mechanisms for this system, it is possible to extract the Curie term only computationally. The Curie mechanism alone would result in around 16 and 20 s(-1) of relaxation rates (R1 and R2 respectively) for the (1)H nuclei of water molecules bonded to the Ni(2+) center, in a magnetic field of 11.7 T. The corresponding (17)O relaxation rates are around 33 and 38 s(-1). We also report the Curie contribution to the relaxation rate for molecules beyond the first solvation shell in a 1 M solution of Ni(2+) in water. PMID:24595457

  16. Paramagnetic alignment of small grains: A novel method for measuring interstellar magnetic fields

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    Hoang, Thiem; Martin, P. G.; Lazarian, A.

    2014-07-20

    We present a novel method to measure the strength of interstellar magnetic fields using ultraviolet (UV) polarization of starlight that is in part produced by weakly aligned, small dust grains. We begin with calculating the degrees of the paramagnetic alignment of small (size a ∼ 0.01 μm) and very small (a ∼ 0.001 μm) grains in the interstellar magnetic field due to the Davis-Greenstein relaxation and resonance relaxation. To calculate the degrees of paramagnetic alignment, we use Langevin equations and take into account various interaction processes essential for the rotational dynamics of small grains. We find that the alignment of small grains is necessary to reproduce the observed polarization in the UV, although the polarization arising from these small grains is negligible at the optical and infrared (IR) wavelengths. Based on fitting theoretical models to observed extinction and polarization curves, we find that the best-fit model for the case with the peak wavelength of polarization λ{sub max} < 0.55 μm requires a higher degree of alignment of small grains than for the typical case with λ{sub max} = 0.55 μm. We interpret the correlation between the systematic increase of the UV polarization relative to maximum polarization (i.e., of p(6 μm{sup –1})/p{sub max}) with λ{sub max}{sup −1} for cases of low λ{sub max} by appealing to the higher degree of alignment of small grains. We utilize the correlation of the paramagnetic alignment of small grains with the magnetic field strength B to suggest a new way to measure B using the observable parameters λ{sub max} and p(6 μm{sup –1})/p{sub max}.

  17. Temperature dependence of contact and dipolar NMR chemical shifts in paramagnetic molecules

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    Martin, Bob; Autschbach, Jochen

    2015-02-07

    Using a recently proposed equation for NMR nuclear magnetic shielding for molecules with unpaired electrons [A. Soncini and W. Van den Heuvel, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 021103 (2013)], equations for the temperature (T) dependent isotropic shielding for multiplets with an effective spin S equal to 1/2, 1, 3/2, 2, and 5/2 in terms of electron paramagnetic resonance spin Hamiltonian parameters are derived and then expanded in powers of 1/T. One simplifying assumption used is that a matrix derived from the zero-field splitting (ZFS) tensor and the Zeeman coupling matrix (g-tensor) share the same principal axis system. The influence of the rhombic ZFS parameter E is only investigated for S = 1. Expressions for paramagnetic contact shielding (from the isotropic part of the hyperfine coupling matrix) and pseudo-contact or dipolar shielding (from the anisotropic part of the hyperfine coupling matrix) are considered separately. The leading order is always 1/T. A temperature dependence of the contact shielding as 1/T and of the dipolar shielding as 1/T{sup 2}, which is sometimes assumed in the assignment of paramagnetic chemical shifts, is shown to arise only if S ≥ 1 and zero-field splitting is appreciable, and only if the Zeeman coupling matrix is nearly isotropic (Δg = 0). In such situations, an assignment of contact versus dipolar shifts may be possible based only on linear and quadratic fits of measured variable-temperature chemical shifts versus 1/T. Numerical data are provided for nickelocene (S = 1). Even under the assumption of Δg = 0, a different leading order of contact and dipolar shifts in powers of 1/T is not obtained for S = 3/2. When Δg is not very small, dipolar and contact shifts both depend in leading order in 1/T in all cases, with sizable contributions in order 1/T{sup n} with n = 2 and higher.

  18. EPR-based approach for the localization of paramagnetic metal ions in biomolecules.

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    Abdullin, Dinar; Florin, Nicole; Hagelueken, Gregor; Schiemann, Olav

    2015-02-01

    Metal ions play an important role in the catalysis and folding of proteins and oligonucleotides. Their localization within the three-dimensional fold of such biomolecules is therefore an important goal in understanding structure-function relationships. A trilateration approach for the localization of metal ions by means of long-range distance measurements based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is introduced. The approach is tested on the Cu(2+) center of azurin, and factors affecting the precision of the method are discussed. PMID:25522037

  19. The effect of magnetization anisotropy and paramagnetic susceptibility on the magnetization process

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    Bolyachkin, A. S.; Neznakhin, D. S.; Bartashevich, M. I.

    2015-12-01

    The Sucksmith-Thompson method is a widespread technique for the accurate evaluation of magnetocrystalline anisotropy constants K1 and K2 of a single crystal with easy magnetization axis or basal plane type magnetic anisotropy. In this work, a generalized form of the method is represented. It takes into account several magnetization process features: spontaneous magnetization anisotropy, high-field differential susceptibility (paramagnetic process), and stray fields in terms of the demagnetizing factor. Corrected anisotropy field expressions for both magnetic anisotropy types are also established herein. The modified approach was verified by magnetization measurements of single crystalline LaCo5 and YFe3.

  20. Environmental Factors Influencing the Hyperfine Structure of Manganous Low-Temperature Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectra

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    Nebert, D. W.; Allen, B. T.

    1966-01-01

    Hyperfine structure is observed in low temperature (T = -180°C) EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance) spectra of a number of solutions containing Mn++ ions 13, 15) which have characteristics in common with low temperature EPR spectra from biological substances such as mitochondria and microsomes (1-4). This investigation is an attempt to understand the features of these signals in terms of the molecular environment of the manganous ion, and a qualitative explanation for the observations reported here is advanced in terms of the amount of axial distortion of a manganese hydrate in different environments. PMID:4289642

  1. Paramagnetic short-range order in MnF 2 beyond the critical region

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    Hohlwein, Dietmar; Zeiske, Thomas

    2000-03-01

    Measurements of paramagnetic diffuse scattering in a single crystal of MnF 2 were done in complete ( h k 0) and ( h 0 l) planes at the Flat-cone diffractometer E2 of the Berlin reactor. The data have been evaluated with an extended molecular field theory up to a temperature of 170 K ( TN=67.4 K). Good agreement with the experiment could be achieved by introducing a renormalized temperature as parameter. This parameter describes the transition between the critical and the molecular field region.

  2. Nondestructive measurement of large objects with electron paramagnetic resonance: Pottery, sculpture, and jewel ornament

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    Ikeya, Motoji; Yamamoto, Masahiro; Ishii, Hiroshi

    1994-12-01

    A cylindicral cavity of TE111 mode with an aperture of 3 mm in diameter has been used to measure the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum of a large object placed over the aperture. EPR spectra of a precious fossil of a dinosaur tooth piece and a fossil bone of the Machikane Alligator were measured nondestructively in addition to a jadeite sculpture, a pearl and turquoise necklace, a large turmaline, a star ruby, and ceramic pottery. Thus, EPR can be a nondestructive tool to detect forgery and to test the authenticity in art as well as to allocate ancient objects in archaeological provenance study.

  3. Paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition in epitaxial tetragonal CuMnAs (invited)

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    Hills, V.; Wadley, P.; Campion, R. P.; Novak, V.; Beardsley, R.; Edmonds, K. W.; Gallagher, B. L.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Jungwirth, T.

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, we use neutron scattering and electrical transport to investigate the paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic phase transition in tetragonal CuMnAs films on GaP(001). X-ray diffraction and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy measurements show that the films are chemically ordered with high structural quality. The temperature dependence of the structurally forbidden (100) neutron scattering peak is used to determine the Néel temperature, TN. We then demonstrate the presence of a clear peak in the temperature derivative of the resistivity around TN. The effect of disorder-induced broadening on the shape of the peak is discussed.

  4. Paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition in epitaxial tetragonal CuMnAs (invited)

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    Hills, V.; Wadley, P. Campion, R. P.; Beardsley, R.; Edmonds, K. W.; Gallagher, B. L.; Novak, V.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Jungwirth, T.

    2015-05-07

    In this paper, we use neutron scattering and electrical transport to investigate the paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic phase transition in tetragonal CuMnAs films on GaP(001). X-ray diffraction and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy measurements show that the films are chemically ordered with high structural quality. The temperature dependence of the structurally forbidden (100) neutron scattering peak is used to determine the Néel temperature, T{sub N}. We then demonstrate the presence of a clear peak in the temperature derivative of the resistivity around T{sub N}. The effect of disorder-induced broadening on the shape of the peak is discussed.

  5. High-energy spin-density-wave correlated fluctuations in paramagnetic Cr + 5 at. % V

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    Werner, S.A.; Fawcett, E.; Elmiger, M.W.; Shirane, G.

    1992-11-01

    Measurements of the magnetic fluctuations, termed spin-density-wave (SDW) paramagnons, in the nearly antiferromagnetic alloy Cr + 5 at.%V are extended up in energy to about 80 MeV. These fluctuating spin-spin correlations occur at incommensurate positions, corresponding to the SDW wavevector Q. Their characteristic energy is at least an order of magnitude larger than that of the magnetic fluctuations seen in the paramagnetic phase of pure Cr, but their intensity is more than two orders of magnitude smaller. We find that the dynamic susceptibility decreases by about 50% between temperature T = 10K and 300K.

  6. High-energy spin-density-wave correlated fluctuations in paramagnetic Cr + 5 at. % V

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    Werner, S.A. . Dept. of Physics); Fawcett, E. . Dept. of Physics); Elmiger, M.W.; Shirane, G. )

    1992-01-01

    Measurements of the magnetic fluctuations, termed spin-density-wave (SDW) paramagnons, in the nearly antiferromagnetic alloy Cr + 5 at.%V are extended up in energy to about 80 MeV. These fluctuating spin-spin correlations occur at incommensurate positions, corresponding to the SDW wavevector Q. Their characteristic energy is at least an order of magnitude larger than that of the magnetic fluctuations seen in the paramagnetic phase of pure Cr, but their intensity is more than two orders of magnitude smaller. We find that the dynamic susceptibility decreases by about 50% between temperature T = 10K and 300K.

  7. Ageing, rejuvenation and memory phenomena in a Bi-2212 superconductor showing the paramagnetic Meissner effect

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    Papadopoulou, E. L.; Nordblad, P.

    2001-07-01

    A melt-cast Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 sample showing the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) and an ageing phenomenon has been studied by magnetic relaxation and ac-susceptibility experiments. A memory behaviour is observed in the low frequency ac-suscpetibility and in the magnetisation vs. temperature curves measured on heating after certain cooling protocols. It is also found that large enough temperature shifts and positive temperature perturbations cause rejuvenation of the ageing system. All these observations show striking similarities with the ageing behaviour of spin glasses and indicate the existence of a low temperature glassy phase in this PME material.

  8. Controlled switching between paramagnetic and diamagnetic Meissner effects in superconductor-ferromagnet Pb-Co nanocomposites

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    Xing, Y. T.; Micklitz, H.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.; Rappoport, T. G.

    2009-12-01

    A hybrid system which consists of a superconducting (SC) Pb film (100 nm thickness) containing ˜1vol% single domain ferromagnetic (FM) Co particles of mean size ˜4.5nm reveal unusual magnetic properties: (i) a controlled switching between the usual diamagnetic and the unusual paramagnetic Meissner effect in field cooling as well as in zero-field-cooling experiments (ii) amplification of the positive magnetization when the sample enters the SC state below Tc . These experimental findings can be explained by the formation of spontaneous vortices and the possible alignment of these vortices due to the alignment of the Co particle FM moments by an external magnetic field.

  9. Flux dynamics of a superconductor showing a glassy paramagnetic Meissner state

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    Papadopoulou, E. L.; Svedlindh, P.; Nordblad, P.

    2002-04-01

    The flux dynamics of a bulk, melt-cast Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 (Bi2212) sample has been studied by using ac-susceptibility measurements. The sample shows the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) and it is found that the dynamic properties of the PME are remarkably different from the dynamics of the PME of sintered Bi2212 samples. The dynamics of sintered samples implies the existence of independent spontaneous current loops, the dynamics of the melt-cast sample, in addition, suggests that the current loops in this case interact to form a low-temperature glassy phase with some similarities to a spin-glass phase.

  10. The paramagnetic Meissner effect resulting from the persistence of the giant vortex state

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    Moshchalkov, V.V.; Bruyndoncx, V.; Qiu, X.G.

    1996-11-01

    The paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME), recently observed in high-T{sub c} materials and also in Nb, can be successfully explained by the persistence of the giant vortex state with the fixed orbital quantum number L. This state is formed in superconductors in the field cooled regime at the third critical field. The self-consistent numerical solution of the Ginzburg-Landau equations clearly shows that the compression of the flux trapped inside the giant vortex state results in the PME. The PME is suppressed, and the normal diamagnetic response is recovered, by increasing the applied field.

  11. Improvement of temporal resolution for three-dimensional continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance imaging

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    Sato-Akaba, Hideo; Fujii, Hirotada; Hirata, Hiroshi

    2008-12-01

    This paper describes improved temporal resolution for three-dimensional (3D) continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) imaging. To improve temporal resolution, the duration of magnetic filed scanning that is used to obtain an EPR spectrum for each projection was reduced to 40 ms. The Helmholtz coil pair for field scanning was driven by triangular waves. The uniform distribution of projections was also used to reduce the number of projections for 3D image reconstruction. The reduction reaction of 4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-piperidinooxy with ascorbic acid was visualized by improved 3D EPR imaging techniques with a temporal resolution of 5.8 s.

  12. Macroscopic T nonconservation - Prospects for a new experiment. [magnetizing paramagnet by electric field

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    Bialek, W.; Moody, J.; Wilczek, F.

    1986-01-01

    Breakdown of time-reversal invariance can be detected in macroscopic samples as a magnetic alignment along an electric field. It is shown that both fundamental and practical limits to the detection of this effect in paramagnets correspond to measurement of electron electric dipole moments down to d(e) of about 10 to the -28th e cm on 50-g quantities of EuS near its Curie point; this compares to the current limit of d(e) not greater than 10 to the -24th e cm. Strategies for still greater sensitivity are outlined.

  13. Electron injection at the PTCDA/metal interface detected by electron paramagnetic resonance

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    Gerardi, G. J.; Domenico, J.; Muraca, A.; Gerardi, H. K.

    2014-02-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance absorption was observed for samples prepared by vacuum vapor deposition of thin films of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) on metal films of magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al) and silver (Ag) but not on gold (Au) or PTCDA on quartz. The resonance absorption is seen as a Lorentzian line with g-value of 2.0030 and a linewidth of 0.19 mT. The signal is attributed to PTCDA anions at the metal organic interface. The relative values of the metal work function and the PTCDA electron affinity appear to determine the occurrence of the EPR absorption.

  14. Al-doped MgB2 materials studied using electron paramagnetic resonance and Raman spectroscopy

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    Bateni, Ali; Erdem, Emre; Repp, Sergej; Weber, Stefan; Somer, Mehmet

    2016-05-01

    Undoped and aluminum (Al) doped magnesium diboride (MgB2) samples were synthesized using a high-temperature solid-state synthesis method. The microscopic defect structures of Al-doped MgB2 samples were systematically investigated using X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance. It was found that Mg-vacancies are responsible for defect-induced peculiarities in MgB2. Above a certain level of Al doping, enhanced conductive properties of MgB2 disappear due to filling of vacancies or trapping of Al in Mg-related vacancy sites.

  15. Role of paramagnetic polyconjugated clusters in lignin antioxidant activity (in vitro)

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    Dizhbite, T.; Ponomarenko, J.; Andersone, A.; Dobele, G.; Lauberts, M.; Krasilnikova, J.; Mironova-Ulmane, N.; Telysheva, G.

    2012-08-01

    Using physico-chemical methods (EPR, SEC, Py-GC/MS and UV/VIS spectroscopy) and wet chemical analysis, the characteristics of 6 hardwood lignins in terms of functionality, molecular weight and composition of lignin substructures were determined and considered together with the results of DPPH•, ABTS•+ and O2•- antioxidant assays with the aim to understand the relationships governing antioxidant properties of lignin. The strong positive linear correlation between lignin antioxidant capacity in the three assays used and the extent of conjugation of paramagnetic polyconjugated clusters in lignin macromolecules was found. The biological activity of the most active alkaline lignins was assessed by in vitro experiment with human blood.

  16. Ferromagnetism on a paramagnetic host background in cobalt-doped Bi2Se3 topological insulator

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    Zhang, Min; Lü, Li; Wei, Zhan-Tao; Yang, Xin-Sheng; Zhao, Yong

    2014-07-01

    Cobalt-doped Bi2Se3 topological insulators have been grown though melt-grown reaction. The Bi2Se3 matrix is diamagnetic and doped sample is a superposition of ferromagnetism (FM) and paramagnetism (PM) behavior at low temperature. The values of MSmol, Hc, and Mr increase as the Co concentration increases. Two possible explanations have been proposed for the origin of ferromagnetism in Co-doped Bi2Se3. One is the magnetic ordering from nanoclusters of Co-Se compound in the crystals, and the other is Ruderman—Kittel—Kasuya—Yosida (RKKY) interaction between magnetic impurities.

  17. Degradation of edible oil during food processing by ultrasound: electron paramagnetic resonance, physicochemical, and sensory appreciation.

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    Pingret, Daniella; Durand, Grégory; Fabiano-Tixier, Anne-Sylvie; Rockenbauer, Antal; Ginies, Christian; Chemat, Farid

    2012-08-01

    During ultrasound processing of lipid-containing food, some off-flavors can be detected, which can incite depreciation by consumers. The impacts of ultrasound treatment on sunflower oil using two different ultrasound horns (titanium and pyrex) were evaluated. An electron paramagnetic resonance study was performed to identify and quantify the formed radicals, along with the assessment of classical physicochemical parameters such as peroxide value, acid value, anisidine value, conjugated dienes, polar compounds, water content, polymer quantification, fatty acid composition, and volatiles profile. The study shows an increase of formed radicals in sonicated oils, as well as the modification of physicochemical parameters evidencing an oxidation of treated oils. PMID:22804736

  18. Electron paramagnetic resonance of Fe3+ in near-stoichiometric LiTaO3

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    Loyo-Menoyo, M.; Keeble, D. J.; Furukawa, Y.; Kitamura, K.

    2004-12-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) experiments on the dominant Fe3+ centre in near-stoichiometric LiTaO3 crystals grown by the double crucible Czochralski method are reported. A near complete roadmap of EPR positions was obtained, and transitions from two magnetically non-equivalent sites clearly resolved in the zx plane, perpendicular to the glide plane. This allowed accurate determination of C3 symmetry spin Hamiltonian parameters. Newman superposition model analyses of second and fourth order zero field splitting term parameters were performed to give further insight into the site of incorporation. The second order calculations provide evidence for Fe3+ substitution within the Li octahedron.

  19. Spin label electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies of Huntington disease erythrocyte membranes.

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    Fung, L W; Ostrowski, M S

    1982-01-01

    Several spin-label electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies of red cell membranes appear to show abnormalities in some Huntington disease (HD) patients, but not in others. Both studies measure the W/S ratios, presumably under similar conditions, but have different results. We have studied the W/S ratio in some detail to gain a better understanding of this experimental parameter and to determine its potential application in detecting HD abnormalities. Our results offer little encouragement for continued use of W/S as an indication of membrane defect in HD. PMID:6282120

  20. Feasibility study of superresolution continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance imaging

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    Hirata, Hiroshi; Wakana, Michi; Susaki, Hitoshi

    2006-06-01

    In this letter, we report that superresolution continuous-wave electron paramagnetic resonance (cw-EPR) imaging is feasible for enhancing spatial resolution in images of unpaired electrons. We demonstrate one-dimensional superresolution EPR imaging for phantoms of 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) powder with a 650MHz cw-EPR imager. The spatial resolution was improved up to fivefold with iterative deconvolution techniques. Our superresolution EPR imaging includes two-stage postprocessing, i.e., noniterative deconvolution for measured EPR spectra and iterative deconvolution processing for a blurred EPR image profile with the point spread function of the low-pass window function being applied.

  1. Unravelling electronic and structural requisites of triplet-triplet energy transfer by advanced electron paramagnetic resonance and density functional theory

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    Di Valentin, M.; Salvadori, E.; Barone, V.; Carbonera, D.

    2013-10-01

    Advanced electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) techniques, in combination with Density Functional theory (DFT), have been applied to the comparative study of carotenoid triplet states in two major photosynthetic antenna complexes, the Peridinin-chlorophyll a-protein of dinoflagellates and the light-harvesting complex II of higher plants. Carotenoid triplet states are populated by triplet-triplet energy transfer (TTET) from chlorophyll molecules to photoprotect the system from singlet oxygen formation under light-stress conditions. The TTET process is strongly dependent on the relative arrangement and on the electronic properties of the triplet states involved. The proposed spectroscopic approach exploits the concept of spin conservation during TTET, which leads to recognisable spin polarisation effects in the time-resolved and field-swept echo-detected EPR spectra. The electron spin polarisation produced at the carotenoid acceptor site depends on the initial polarisation of the chlorophyll donor and on the relative geometrical arrangement of the donor-acceptor zero-field splitting axes. We have demonstrated that a proper analysis of the spectra in the framework of spin angular momentum conservation allows to derive the pathways of TTET and to gain insight into the structural requirements of this mechanism for those antenna complexes, whose X-ray structure is available. We have further proved that this method, developed for natural antenna complexes of known X-ray structure, can be extended to systems lacking structural information in order to derive the relative arrangement of the partners in the energy transfer process. The structural requirements for efficient TTET, obtained from time-resolved and pulse EPR, have been complemented by a detailed description of the electronic structure of the carotenoid triplet state, provided by pulse Electron-Nuclear DOuble Resonance (ENDOR) experiments. Triplet-state hyperfine couplings of the α- and β-protons of the

  2. Multifrequency pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance study of the S2 state of the photosystem II manganese cluster.

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    Yeagle, Gregory J; Gilchrist, M Lane; McCarrick, Robert M; Britt, R David

    2008-03-17

    Multifrequency electron spin-echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) spectroscopy is employed to measure the strength of the hyperfine coupling of magnetic nuclei to the paramagnetic (S = 1/2) S2 form of photosystem II (PSII). Previous X-band-frequency ESEEM studies indicated that one or more histidine nitrogens are electronically coupled to the tetranuclear manganese cluster in the S2 state of PSII. However, the spectral resolution was relatively poor at the approximately 9 GHz excitation frequency, precluding any in-depth analysis of the corresponding bonding interaction between the detected histidine and the manganese cluster. Here we report ESEEM experiments using higher X-, P-, and Ka-band microwave frequencies to target PSII membranes isolated from spinach. The X- to P-band ESEEM spectra suffer from the same poor resolution as that observed in previous experiments, while the Ka-band spectra show remarkably well-resolved features that allow for the direct determination of the nuclear quadrupolar couplings for a single I = 1(14)N nucleus. The Ka-band results demonstrate that at an applied field of 1.1 T we are much closer to the exact cancellation limit (alpha iso = 2nu(14)N) that optimizes ESEEM spectra. These results reveal hyperfine (alpha iso = 7.3 +/- 0.20 MHz and alpha dip = 0.50 +/- 0.10 MHz) and nuclear quadrupolar (e(2)qQ = 1.98 +/- 0.05 MHz and eta = 0.84 +/- 0.06) couplings for a single (14)N nucleus magnetically coupled to the manganese cluster in the S 2 state of PSII. These values are compared to the histidine imidazole nitrogen hyperfine and nuclear quadrupolar couplings found in superoxidized manganese catalase as well as (14)N couplings in relevant manganese model complexes. PMID:18330971

  3. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and Electron-Nuclear Double Resonance Studies of the Reactions of Cryogenerated Hydroperoxoferric–Hemoprotein Intermediates

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    2015-01-01

    The fleeting ferric peroxo and hydroperoxo intermediates of dioxygen activation by hemoproteins can be readily trapped and characterized during cryoradiolytic reduction of ferrous hemoprotein–O2 complexes at 77 K. Previous cryoannealing studies suggested that the relaxation of cryogenerated hydroperoxoferric intermediates of myoglobin (Mb), hemoglobin, and horseradish peroxidase (HRP), either trapped directly at 77 K or generated by cryoannealing of a trapped peroxo-ferric state, proceeds through dissociation of bound H2O2 and formation of the ferric heme without formation of the ferryl porphyrin π-cation radical intermediate, compound I (Cpd I). Herein we have reinvestigated the mechanism of decays of the cryogenerated hydroperoxyferric intermediates of α- and β-chains of human hemoglobin, HRP, and chloroperoxidase (CPO). The latter two proteins are well-known to form spectroscopically detectable quasistable Cpds I. Peroxoferric intermediates are trapped during 77 K cryoreduction of oxy Mb, α-chains, and β-chains of human hemoglobin and CPO. They convert into hydroperoxoferric intermediates during annealing at temperatures above 160 K. The hydroperoxoferric intermediate of HRP is trapped directly at 77 K. All studied hydroperoxoferric intermediates decay with measurable rates at temperatures above 170 K with appreciable solvent kinetic isotope effects. The hydroperoxoferric intermediate of β-chains converts to the S = 3/2 Cpd I, which in turn decays to an electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)-silent product at temperature above 220 K. For all the other hemoproteins studied, cryoannealing of the hydroperoxo intermediate directly yields an EPR-silent majority product. In each case, a second follow-up 77 K γ-irradiation of the annealed samples yields low-spin EPR signals characteristic of cryoreduced ferrylheme (compound II, Cpd II). This indicates that in general the hydroperoxoferric intermediates relax to Cpd I during cryoanealing at low temperatures, but

  4. Simulation of the S2 state multiline electron paramagnetic resonance signal of photosystem II: a multifrequency approach.

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    Ahrling, K A; Pace, R J

    1995-05-01

    The S2 state electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) multiline signal of Photosystem II has been simulated at Q-band (35 Ghz), X-band (9 GHz) and S-band (4 GHz) frequencies. The model used for the simulation assumes that the signal arises from an essentially magnetically isolated MnIII-MnIV dimer, with a ground state electronic spin ST = 1/2. The spectra are generated from exact numerical solution of a general spin Hamiltonian containing anisotropic hyperfine and quadrupolar interactions at both Mn nuclei. The features that distinguish the multiline from the EPR spectra of model manganese dimer complexes (additional width of the spectrum (195 mT), additional peaks (22), internal "superhyperfine" structure) are plausibly explained assuming an unusual ligand geometry at both Mn nuclei, giving rise to normally forbidden transitions from quadrupole interactions as well as hyperfine anisotropy. The fitted parameters indicate that the hyperfine and quadrupole interactions arise from Mn ions in low symmetry environments, corresponding approximately to the removal of one ligand from an octahedral geometry in both cases. For a quadrupole interaction of the magnitude indicated here to be present, the MnIII ion must be 5-coordinate and the MnIV 5-coordinate or possibly have a sixth, weakly bound ligand. The hyperfine parameters indicate a quasi-axial anisotropy at MnIII, which while consistent with Jahn-Teller distortion as expected for a d4 ion, corresponds here to the unpaired spin being in the ligand deficient, z direction of the molecular reference axis. The fitted parameters for MnIV are very unusual, showing a high degree of anisotropy not expected in a d3 ion. This degree of anisotropy could be qualitatively accounted for by a histidine ligand providing pi backbonding into the metal dxy orbital, together with a weakly bound or absent ligand in the x direction. PMID:7612851

  5. Dielectric and magnetic anisotropy of a nematic ytterbium complex

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    Dobrun, L. A. Sakhatskii, A. S.; Kovshik, A. P.; Ryumtsev, E. I.; Kolomiets, I. P.; Knyazev, A. A.; Galyametdinov, Yu. G.

    2015-05-15

    The sign and the magnitude of the dielectric anisotropy of an ytterbium-based paramagnetic nematic liquid crystal complex, namely, tris[1-(4-(4-propylcyclohexyl)phenyl)octane-1,3-dione]-[5,5'-di (heptadecile)-2,2'-bipyridine]ytterbium, are determined. The temperature dependence of the permittivity components of the complex is obtained in the temperature range of a nematic phase. The sign of the anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility of this compound is experimentally determined.

  6. Electronic structure and spectral properties of paramagnetic point defects in Si3N4

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    Pacchioni, Gianfranco; Erbetta, Davide

    1999-11-01

    The geometric and electronic structure and the optical, vibrational, and magnetic properties of paramagnetic point defects in Si3N4 have been studied by means of ab initio quantum-chemical methods. Using cluster models and gradient-corrected density functional theory or configuration interaction (CI) wave functions, we have studied the N3≡Si• and Si2=N• paramagnetic point defects, also known as K0 and N0 centers, respectively. The computed ground-state properties, in particular the hyperfine coupling constants of N3≡Si• and Si2=N•, the vibrational spectra of the corresponding hydrogenated centers, N3≡Si-H and Si2=N-H, and the valence density of states are correctly described, showing the adequacy of the cluster models used for the study of point defects in silicon nitride. The optical transitions associated with N and K centers have been computed by means of CI calculations. The results are compared with those of the analogous defects in SiO2, the nonbridging oxygen and the E' center, respectively.

  7. Chondroitin sulfate-capped super-paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as potential carriers of doxorubicin hydrochloride.

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    Mallick, Neha; Anwar, Mohammed; Asfer, Mohammed; Mehdi, Syed Hassan; Rizvi, Mohammed Moshahid Alam; Panda, Amulya Kumar; Talegaonkar, Sushama; Ahmad, Farhan Jalees

    2016-10-20

    Chondroitin-4-sulfate (CS), a glycosaminoglycan, was used to prepare CS-capped super-paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, which were further employed for loading a water-soluble chemotherapeutic agent (doxorubicin hydrochloride, DOX). CS-capped SPIONs have potential biomedical application in cancer targeting. The optimized formulation had a hydrodynamic size of 91.2±0.8nm (PDI; 0.228±0.004) and zeta potential of -49.1±1.66mV. DOX was loaded onto the formulation up to 2% (w/w) by physical interaction with CS. TEM showed nano-sized particles having a core-shell structure. XRD confirmed crystal phase of iron oxide. FT-IR conceived the interaction of iron oxide with CS as bidentate chelation and also confirmed DOX loading. Vibration sample magnetometry confirmed super-paramagnetic nature of nanoparticles, with saturation magnetization of 0.238emug(-1). In vitro release profile at pH 7.4 showed that 96.67% of DOX was released within 24h (first order kinetics). MTT assay in MCF7 cells showed significantly higher (p<0.0001) cytotoxicity for DOX in SPIONs than DOX solution (IC50 values 6.294±0.4169 and 11.316±0.1102μgmL(-1), respectively). PMID:27474599

  8. Intrinsic oscillations of spin current polarization in a paramagnetic resonant tunneling diode

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    Wójcik, P.; Adamowski, J.; Wołoszyn, M.; Spisak, B. J.

    2012-10-01

    A spin- and time-dependent electron transport has been studied in a paramagnetic resonant tunneling diode using the self-consistent Wigner-Poisson method. Based on the calculated current-voltage characteristics in an external magnetic field, we have demonstrated that under a constant bias both the spin-up and spin-down current components exhibit the THz oscillations in two different bias voltage regimes. We have shown that the oscillations of the spin-up (down) polarized current result from the coupling between the two resonance states: one localized in the triangular quantum well created in the emitter region and the second localized in the main quantum well. We have also elaborated the one-electron model of the current oscillations, which confirms the results obtained with the Wigner-Poisson method. The spin current oscillations can lower the effectiveness of spin filters based on the paramagnetic resonant tunneling structures and can be used to design the generators of the spin polarized current THz oscillations that can operate under the steady bias and constant magnetic field.

  9. Hysteresis loops of spin-dependent electronic current in a paramagnetic resonant tunnelling diode

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    Wójcik, P.; Spisak, B. J.; Wołoszyn, M.; Adamowski, J.

    2012-11-01

    Nonlinear properties of the spin-dependent electronic transport through a semiconductor resonant tunnelling diode with a paramagnetic quantum well are considered. The spin-dependent Wigner-Poisson model of the electronic transport and the two-current Mott’s formula for the independent spin channels are applied to determine the current-voltage curves of the nanodevice. Two types of the electronic current hysteresis loops are found in the current-voltage characteristics for both the spin components of the electronic current. The physical interpretation of these two types of the electronic current hysteresis loops is given based on the analysis of the spin-dependent electron densities and the potential energy profiles. The differences between the current-voltage characteristics for both the spin components of the electronic current allow us to explore the changes of the spin polarization of the current for different electric fields and determine the influence of the electronic current hysteresis on the spin polarization of the current flowing through the paramagnetic resonant tunnelling diode.

  10. On the propagation of hypersonic solitons in a strained paramagnetic crystal

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    Sazonov, S. V.

    2013-11-15

    Nonlinear dynamics of a subnanosecond transverse elastic pulse in a low-temperature paramagnetic crystal placed into a magnetic field and statically strained in the same direction is investigated. Paramagnetic impurities implanted into the crystal have an effective spin of 3/2, and the pulse propagates at right angles to the magnetic field. In the general case, the structure of the pulse is such that the approximation of slowly varying envelopes, which is standard for quasi-monochromatic signals, is inapplicable. Under certain conditions, the pulse propagation in the 1D case is described by the Konno-Kameyama-Sanuki integrable wave equation for strain, which is transformed into the Hirota equation for the envelope of the given strain in the quasi-monochromatic limit. The effect of transverse perturbations on extremely short and quasi-monochromatic solitons is studied in detail. The conditions and features of self-focusing and defocusing of acoustic solitons in the form of extremely short pulses and envelope solitons are revealed. The propagation of an extremely short “half-wave” hypersonic pulse in the “acoustic bullet” regime in the medium with a quasiequilibrium population of quantum sublevels of effective spins is predicted.

  11. Paramagnetic behavior of Co doped TiO2 nanocrystals controlled by self-purification mechanism

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    Anitha, B.; Khadar, M. Abdul; Banerjee, Alok

    2016-07-01

    Doping in nanocrystals is a challenging process because of the self- purification mechanism which tends to segregate out the dopants resulting in a greater dopant concentration near the surface than at the interior of nanocrystals. In the present work nanocrystals of TiO2 doped with different atom % of Co were synthesized by peroxide gel method. XRD analysis confirmed the tetragonal anatase structure and HRTEM images showed the rod-like morphology of the samples. Raman modes of anatase phase of TiO2 along with weak intensity peaks of Co3O4 for higher Co dopant concentrations were observed for the samples. EPR measurements revealed the presence of cobalt in +2 oxidation state in the TiO2 matrix. SQUID measurements indicated paramagnetic behavior of the Co doped TiO2 nanocrystals. The paramagnetic behavior is attributed to an increased concentration of Co2+ ions and an increased presence of Co3O4 phase near the surface of the TiO2 nanocrystals due to self-purification mechanism.

  12. Protein fold determined by paramagnetic magic-angle spinning solid-state NMR spectroscopy

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    Sengupta, Ishita; Nadaud, Philippe S.; Helmus, Jonathan J.; Schwieters, Charles D.; Jaroniec, Christopher P.

    2012-05-01

    Biomacromolecules that are challenging for the usual structural techniques can be studied with atomic resolution by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. However, the paucity of distance restraints >5 Å, traditionally derived from measurements of magnetic dipole-dipole couplings between protein nuclei, is a major bottleneck that hampers such structure elucidation efforts. Here, we describe a general approach that enables the rapid determination of global protein fold in the solid phase via measurements of nuclear paramagnetic relaxation enhancements (PREs) in several analogues of the protein of interest containing covalently attached paramagnetic tags, without the use of conventional internuclear distance restraints. The method is demonstrated using six cysteine-EDTA-Cu2+ mutants of the 56-residue B1 immunoglobulin-binding domain of protein G, for which ~230 longitudinal backbone 15N PREs corresponding to distances of ~10-20 Å were obtained. The mean protein fold determined in this manner agrees with the X-ray structure with a backbone atom root-mean-square deviation of 1.8 Å.

  13. Intrinsic Paramagnetic Meissner Effect Due to s -Wave Odd-Frequency Superconductivity

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    Di Bernardo, A.; Salman, Z.; Wang, X. L.; Amado, M.; Egilmez, M.; Flokstra, M. G.; Suter, A.; Lee, S. L.; Zhao, J. H.; Prokscha, T.; Morenzoni, E.; Blamire, M. G.; Linder, J.; Robinson, J. W. A.

    2015-10-01

    In 1933, Meissner and Ochsenfeld reported the expulsion of magnetic flux—the diamagnetic Meissner effect—from the interior of superconducting lead. This discovery was crucial in formulating the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory of superconductivity. In exotic superconducting systems BCS theory does not strictly apply. A classical example is a superconductor-magnet hybrid system where magnetic ordering breaks time-reversal symmetry of the superconducting condensate and results in the stabilization of an odd-frequency superconducting state. It has been predicted that under appropriate conditions, odd-frequency superconductivity should manifest in the Meissner state as fluctuations in the sign of the magnetic susceptibility, meaning that the superconductivity can either repel (diamagnetic) or attract (paramagnetic) external magnetic flux. Here, we report local probe measurements of faint magnetic fields in a Au /Ho /Nb trilayer system using low-energy muons, where antiferromagnetic Ho (4.5 nm) breaks time-reversal symmetry of the proximity-induced pair correlations in Au. From depth-resolved measurements below the superconducting transition of Nb, we observe a local enhancement of the magnetic field in Au that exceeds the externally applied field, thus proving the existence of an intrinsic paramagnetic Meissner effect arising from an odd-frequency superconducting state.

  14. Monitoring redox-sensitive paramagnetic contrast agent by EPRI, OMRI and MRI

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    Hyodo, Fuminori; Murugesan, Ramachandran; Matsumoto, Ken-ichiro; Hyodo, Emi; Subramanian, Sankaran; Mitchell, James B.; Krishna, Murali C.

    2008-01-01

    A comparative study of tissue redox-status imaging using commonly used redox sensitive nitroxides has been carried out using electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI), Overhauser magnetic resonance imaging (OMRI) and conventional T 1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, MRI. Imaging studies using phantoms of different nitroxides at different concentration levels showed that EPRI and OMRI sensitivities were found to be linearly dependent on line width of nitroxides up to 2 mM, and the enhancement in MRI intensity was linear up to 5 mM. The sensitivity and resolution of EPRI and OMRI images depended significantly on the line width of the nitroxides whereas the MRI images were almost independent of EPR line width. Reduction of the paramagnetic 3-carbamoyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethylpyrrolidine-1-oxyl (3CP) by ascorbic acid (AsA) to the diamagnetic by hydroxylamine was monitored from a sequence of temporal images, acquired using the three imaging modalities. The decay rates determined by all the three modalities were found to be similar. However the results suggest that T 1-weighted MRI can monitor the redox status, in addition to providing detailed anatomical structure in a short time. Therefore, a combination of MRI with nitroxides as metabolically responsive contrast agents can be a useful technique for the in vivo imaging probing tissue redox status.

  15. Local orthorhombic distortion and enhanced susceptibility in LaNiO3 paramagnet

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    Li, Bing; Yano, Shinichiro; Louca, Despina; Marshall, Luke; Zhou, Jian-Shi; Goodenough, John; Feygenson, Mikhail; Neuefeind, Jorg

    2014-03-01

    The perovskite LaNiO3 is metallic, and unlike other systems in this class of materials, it remains paramagnetic where only an enhancement in the magnetic susceptibility (χ) is observed below 200 K. Other rare earth nickelates are antiferromagnetic with an enhancement of χ in paramagnetic metallic state. Using neutron powder diffraction and the pair density function analysis, it is observed that the temperature dependence of the local atomic structure cannot be reproduced assuming the average crystal symmetry which is rhombohedral with the R 3 c space group. With rising temperature, octahedral distortions involving displacements of oxygen set in, and the symmetry is reduced to Pbnm . In this symmetry, the equivalent O site in the R 3 c splits into two and can account for all the features observed in the local lattice. The structural changes occur gradually, between 100 and 200 K. The local Ni-O-Ni bond angles are reduced from 164.5 to 163.5 ° during this transition. Such reduction of Ni-O-Ni bond angles may facilitate antiferromagnetic coupling and responsible for the temperature dependence of χ observed in LaNiO3 below 200 K.

  16. Super-paramagnetic nanoparticles synthesis in a thermal plasma reactor assisted by magnetic bottle

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    Cartaya, R.; Puerta, J.; Martín, P.

    2015-03-01

    The present work is a study of the synthesis of super-paramagnetic particles. A preliminary study based on thermodynamic diagrams of Gibbs free energy minimization, was performed with the CSIRO Thermochemical System. In this way, the synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles from precursor powder of ore iron in a thermal reactor, was performed. Then the process was simulated mathematically using magnetohydrodynamic and kinetic equations, in order to predict the synthesis process. A cylindrical reactor assisted by magnetic mirrors was used. The peak intensity of 0.1 tesla (1000 Gauss) was measured at the end of the solenoid. A PlazjetTM 105/15 thermal plasma torch was used. The precursor powder was iron oxide and the plasma gas, nitrogen. The magnetite powder was magnetized whit rare-earth super-magnets, alloy of neodymium-iron boron (NdFeB) grade N-42. The synthesized nanoparticles diameters was measured with a scanning electron microscope LECO and the permanent magnetization with a YOKOGAWA gauss meter, model 325i. Our experimental results show that it is possible the synthesis of super-paramagnetic nanoparticles in thermal plasma reactors.

  17. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in high-temperature superconductors: Experiments and interpretation

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    He, Y.; Muirhead, C.M.; Vinen, W.F.

    1996-05-01

    The results are presented of experiments on the paramagnetic Meissner effect, the appearance of a net paramagnetic moment when some high-temperature superconductors (especially Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O) are cooled in a very small magnetic field. For ease of interpretation the experiments relate exclusively to Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O in finely powdered form. Attention is paid not only to the magnetic moment observed during a field cool, but also to the moment remaining during a subsequent zero-field warm and to the moment developed during a field warm following a zero-field cool. The moments observed during a field cool are similar to those reported by other authors. A tentative interpretation of the results is made in terms of a model in which there is a concentration within the material of small local moments that can be polarized during a field cool. Information about both the magnitudes of these local moments and their concentrations is deduced. Evidence is presented that the observed local moments are too small to be accounted for by half flux quanta trapped in loops or within grains, such half flux quanta being associated with {pi} junctions or {ital d}-wave pairing. This suggests that either the local moments originate in some other way or the model is incorrect. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  18. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in superconductors from self-consistent solution of Ginzburg-Landau equations

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    Zharkov, G. F.

    2001-06-01

    The paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) is observed in small superconducting samples, and a number of controversial explanations of this effect are proposed, but there is as yet no clear understanding of its nature. In the present paper the PME is considered on the basis of Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. The one-dimensional solutions are obtained in a model case of a long superconducting cylinder for different cylinder radii R, GL parameters, κ and vorticities m. Acording to GL theory, the PME is caused by the presence of vortices inside the sample. The superconducting current flows around the vortex to screeen the vortex internal field from the bulk of the sample. Another current flows at the boundary to screen the external field H from entering the sample. These screening currents flow in opposite directions and contribute with opposite signs to the total magnetic moment (or magnetization) of the sample. Depending on H, the total magnetization M may be either negative (diamagnetism) or positive (paramagnetism). A detailed study of a very complicated sawlike dependence M(H) (and of other characteristics), which follow from the self-consistent solutions of the GL equations, is presented.

  19. A new ion-exchange adsorbent with paramagnetic properties for the separation of genomic DNA.

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    Feng, Guodong; Jiang, Luan; Wen, Puhong; Cui, Yali; Li, Hong; Hu, Daodao

    2011-11-21

    A new ion-exchange adsorbent (IEA) derived from Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2)-GPTMS-DEAE with paramagnetic properties was prepared. Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles were firstly prepared in water-in-oil microemulsion. The magnetic Fe(3)O(4) particles were modified in situ by hydrolysis and condensation reactions with tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) to form the core-shell Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2). The modified particles were further treated by 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) to form Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2)-GPTMS nanoparticles. Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2)-GPTMS-DEAE nanoparticles (IEA) were finally obtained through the condensation reaction between the Cl of diethylaminoethyl chloride-HCl (DEAE) and the epoxy groups of GPTMS in the Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2)-GPTMS. The obtained IEA has features of paramagnetic and ion exchange properties because of the Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles and protonated organic amine in the sample. The intermediates and final product obtained in the synthesis process were characterized. The separation result of genomic DNA from blood indicated that Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2)-GPTMS-DEAE nanoparticles have outstanding advantages in operation, selectivity, and capacity. PMID:21966668

  20. Ferromagnetic and paramagnetic magnetization of implanted GaN:Ho,Tb,Sm,Tm films

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    Maryško, M. Hejtmánek, J.; Laguta, V.; Sofer, Z.; Sedmidubský, D.; Šimek, P.; Veselý, M.; Mikulics, M.; Buchal, C.; Macková, A.; Malínský, P.; Wilhelm, R. A.

    2015-05-07

    The SQUID magnetic measurements were performed on the GaN films prepared by metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy and implanted by Tb{sup 3+}, Tm{sup 3+}, Sm{sup 3+}, and Ho{sup 3+} ions. The sapphire substrate was checked by the electron paramagnetic resonance method which showed a content of Cr{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 3+} impurities. The samples 5 × 5 mm{sup 2} were positioned in the classical straws and within an estimated accuracy of 10{sup −6 }emu, no ferromagnetic moment was detected in the temperature region of 2–300 K. The paramagnetic magnetization was studied for parallel and perpendicular orientation. In the case of GaN:Tb sample, at T = 2 K, a pronounced anisotropy with the easy axis perpendicular to the film was observed which can be explained by the lowest quasi-doublet state of the non-Kramers Tb{sup 3+} ion. The Weiss temperature deduced from the susceptibility data using the Curie-Weiss (C-W) law was found to depend substantially on the magnetic field.

  1. Pulling on super paramagnetic beads with micro cantilevers: single molecule mechanical assay application.

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    Muñoz, Romina; Aguilar Sandoval, Felipe; Wilson, Christian A M; Melo, Francisco

    2015-07-01

    This paper demonstrates that it is possible to trap and release a super paramagnetic micro bead by fixing three super paramagnetic micro beads in a triangular array at the sensitive end of a micro cantilever, and by simply switching on/off an external magnetic field. To provide evidence of this principle we trap a micro bead that is attached to the free end of single DNA molecule and that has been previously fixed at the other end to a glass surface, using the standard sample preparation protocol of magnetic tweezers assays. The switching process is reversible which preserves the integrity of the tethered molecule, and a local force applied over the tethered bead excludes the neighbouring beads from the magnetic trap. We have developed a quadrature phase interferometer which is able to perform under fluid environments to accurately measure small deflections, which permits the exploration of DNA elasticity. Our results agree with measurements from magnetic tweezer assays performed under similar conditions. Furthermore, compared to the magnetic tweezer methodology, the combination of the magnetic trap with a suitable measurement system for cantilever deflection, allows for the exploration of a wide range of forces using a local method that has an improved temporal resolution. PMID:26200136

  2. Probing the surface of a sweet protein: NMR study of MNEI with a paramagnetic probe

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    Niccolai, Neri; Spadaccini, Roberta; Scarselli, Maria; Bernini, Andrea; Crescenzi, Orlando; Spiga, Ottavia; Ciutti, Arianna; Di Maro, Daniela; Bracci, Luisa; Dalvit, Claudio; Temussi, Piero A.

    2001-01-01

    The design of safe sweeteners is very important for people who are affected by diabetes, hyperlipemia, and caries and other diseases that are linked to the consumption of sugars. Sweet proteins, which are found in several tropical plants, are many times sweeter than sucrose on a molar basis. A good understanding of their structure–function relationship can complement traditional SAR studies on small molecular weight sweeteners and thus help in the design of safe sweeteners. However, there is virtually no sequence homology and very little structural similarity among known sweet proteins. Studies on mutants of monellin, the best characterized of sweet proteins, proved not decisive in the localization of the main interaction points of monellin with its receptor. Accordingly, we resorted to an unbiased approach to restrict the search of likely areas of interaction on the surface of a typical sweet protein. It has been recently shown that an accurate survey of the surface of proteins by appropriate paramagnetic probes may locate interaction points on protein surface. Here we report the survey of the surface of MNEI, a single chain monellin, by means of a paramagnetic probe, and a direct assessment of bound water based on an application of ePHOGSY, an NMR experiment that is ideally suited to detect interactions of small ligands to a protein. Detailed surface mapping reveals the presence, on the surface of MNEI, of interaction points that include residues previously predicted by ELISA tests and by mutagenesis. PMID:11468346

  3. Protein fold determined by paramagnetic magic-angle spinning solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Sengupta, Ishita; Nadaud, Philippe S; Helmus, Jonathan J; Schwieters, Charles D; Jaroniec, Christopher P

    2012-05-01

    Biomacromolecules that are challenging for the usual structural techniques can be studied with atomic resolution by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. However, the paucity of distance restraints >5 Å, traditionally derived from measurements of magnetic dipole-dipole couplings between protein nuclei, is a major bottleneck that hampers such structure elucidation efforts. Here, we describe a general approach that enables the rapid determination of global protein fold in the solid phase via measurements of nuclear paramagnetic relaxation enhancements (PREs) in several analogues of the protein of interest containing covalently attached paramagnetic tags, without the use of conventional internuclear distance restraints. The method is demonstrated using six cysteine-EDTA-Cu(2+) mutants of the 56-residue B1 immunoglobulin-binding domain of protein G, for which ~230 longitudinal backbone (15)N PREs corresponding to distances of ~10-20 Å were obtained. The mean protein fold determined in this manner agrees with the X-ray structure with a backbone atom root-mean-square deviation of 1.8 Å. PMID:22522262

  4. 89Zr-Labeled Paramagnetic Octreotide-Liposomes for PET-MR Imaging of Cancer

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    Abou, Diane S.; Thorek, Daniel L. J.; Ramos, Nicholas N.; Pinkse, Martijn W. H.; Wolterbeek, Hubert T.; Carlin, Sean D.; Beattie, Bradley J.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose Dual-modality PET/MR platforms add a new dimension to patient diagnosis with high resolution, functional, and anatomical imaging. The full potential of this emerging hybrid modality could be realized by using a corresponding dual-modality probe. Here, we report pegylated liposome (LP) formulations, housing a MR T1 contrast agent (Gd) and the positron-emitting 89Zr (half-life: 3.27 days), for simultaneous PET and MR tumor imaging capabilities. Methods 89Zr oxophilicity was unexpectedly found advantageous for direct radiolabeling of preformed paramagnetic LPs. LPs were conjugated with octreotide to selectively target neuroendocrine tumors via human somatostatin receptor subtype 2 (SSTr2). 89Zr-Gd-LPs and octreotide-conjugated homolog were physically, chemically and biologically characterized. Results 89Zr-LPs showed reasonable stability over serum proteins and chelator challenges for proof-of-concept in vitro and in vivo investigations. Nuclear and paramagnetic tracking quantified superior SSTr2-recognition of octreotide-LP compared to controls. Conclusions This study demonstrated SSTr2-targeting specificity along with direct chelator-free 89Zr-labeling of LPs and dual PET/MR imaging properties. PMID:23224977

  5. Field-theory calculation of the electric dipole moment of the neutron and paramagnetic atoms

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    Blundell, S. A.; Griffith, J.; Sapirstein, J.

    2012-07-01

    Electric dipole moments (edms) of bound states that arise from the constituents having edms are studied with field-theoretic techniques. The systems treated are the neutron and a set of paramagnetic atoms. In the latter case it is well known that the atomic edm differs greatly from the electron edm when the internal electric fields of the atom are taken into account. In the nonrelativistic limit these fields lead to a complete suppression, but for heavy atoms large enhancement factors are present. A general bound-state field theory approach applicable to both the neutron and paramagnetic atoms is set up. It is applied first to the neutron, treating the quarks as moving freely in a confining spherical well. It is shown that the effect of internal electric fields is small in this case. The atomic problem is then revisited using field-theory techniques in place of the usual Hamiltonian methods, and the atomic enhancement factor is shown to be consistent with previous calculations. Possible application of bound-state techniques to other sources of the neutron edm is discussed.

  6. Ferromagnetic and paramagnetic magnetization of implanted GaN:Ho,Tb,Sm,Tm films

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    Maryško, M.; Hejtmánek, J.; Laguta, V.; Sofer, Z.; Sedmidubský, D.; Šimek, P.; Veselý, M.; Mikulics, M.; Buchal, C.; Macková, A.; Malínský, P.; Wilhelm, R. A.

    2015-05-01

    The SQUID magnetic measurements were performed on the GaN films prepared by metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy and implanted by Tb3+, Tm3+, Sm3+, and Ho3+ ions. The sapphire substrate was checked by the electron paramagnetic resonance method which showed a content of Cr3+ and Fe3+ impurities. The samples 5 × 5 mm2 were positioned in the classical straws and within an estimated accuracy of 10-6 emu, no ferromagnetic moment was detected in the temperature region of 2-300 K. The paramagnetic magnetization was studied for parallel and perpendicular orientation. In the case of GaN:Tb sample, at T = 2 K, a pronounced anisotropy with the easy axis perpendicular to the film was observed which can be explained by the lowest quasi-doublet state of the non-Kramers Tb3+ ion. The Weiss temperature deduced from the susceptibility data using the Curie-Weiss (C-W) law was found to depend substantially on the magnetic field.

  7. Labeling of human mesenchymal stem cell: Comparison between paramagnetic and superparamagnetic agents

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    Yang, Chung-Yi; Tai, Ming-Fong; Chen, Shin-Tai; Wang, Yi-Ting; Chen, Ya-Fang; Hsiao, Jong-Kai; Wang, Jaw-Lin; Liu, Hon-Man

    2009-04-01

    Paramagnetic and superparamagnetic substances are used to trace stem cell in living organisms under magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We compared paramagnetic and superparamagnetic substance for their labeling efficiency by using clinically widely used gadolinium chelates and iron oxide nanoparticles. Without the aid of transfection agent, human mesenchymal stem cells were labeled with each agent separately in different concentration and the optimized concentration was determined by maintaining same cell viability as unlabeled cells. Iron oxide nanoparticle labeling has a detecting threshold of 12 500 cells in vitro, while gadolinium chelates labeling could be detected for at least 50 000 cells. In life animal study, we found there is an eightfold sensitivity in cells labeled with iron oxide superparamagnetic nanoparticles; however, the magnetic susceptibility artifact would obscure the detail of adjacent anatomical structures. We conclude that labeling stem cells with superparamagnetic substance is more efficacious. However, the cells labeled by superparamagnetic nanoparticles might interfere with the interpretation of anatomical structure. These findings would be beneficial to applications of magnetic substances toward stem cell biology and tissue engineering.

  8. Monitoring redox-sensitive paramagnetic contrast agent by EPRI, OMRI and MRI.

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    Hyodo, Fuminori; Murugesan, Ramachandran; Matsumoto, Ken-ichiro; Hyodo, Emi; Subramanian, Sankaran; Mitchell, James B; Krishna, Murali C

    2008-01-01

    A comparative study of tissue redox-status imaging using commonly used redox sensitive nitroxides has been carried out using electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI), Overhauser magnetic resonance imaging (OMRI) and conventional T(1)-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, MRI. Imaging studies using phantoms of different nitroxides at different concentration levels showed that EPRI and OMRI sensitivities were found to be linearly dependent on line width of nitroxides up to 2 mM, and the enhancement in MRI intensity was linear up to 5 mM. The sensitivity and resolution of EPRI and OMRI images depended significantly on the line width of the nitroxides whereas the MRI images were almost independent of EPR line width. Reduction of the paramagnetic 3-carbamoyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethylpyrrolidine-1-oxyl (3CP) by ascorbic acid (AsA) to the diamagnetic by hydroxylamine was monitored from a sequence of temporal images, acquired using the three imaging modalities. The decay rates determined by all the three modalities were found to be similar. However the results suggest that T(1)-weighted MRI can monitor the redox status, in addition to providing detailed anatomical structure in a short time. Therefore, a combination of MRI with nitroxides as metabolically responsive contrast agents can be a useful technique for the in vivo imaging probing tissue redox status. PMID:18006345

  9. Monitoring Redox-Sensitive Paramagnetic Contrast Agent by EPRI, OMRI and MRI

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    Hyodo, Fuminori; Murugesan, Ramachandran; Matsumoto, Ken-ichiro; Hyodo, Emi; Subramanian, Sankaran; Mitchell, James B.; Krishna, Murali C.

    2008-01-01

    A comparative study of tissue redox-status imaging using commonly used redox sensitive nitroxides has been carried out using electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI), Overhauser magnetic resonance imaging (OMRI) and conventional T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, MRI. Imaging studies using phantoms of different nitroxides at different concentration levels showed that EPRI and OMRI sensitivities were found to be linearly dependent on line width of nitroxides up to 2 mM, and the enhancement in MRI intensity was linear up to 5 mM. The sensitivity and resolution of EPRI and OMRI images depended significantly on the line width of the nitroxides whereas the MRI images were almost independent of EPR line width. Reduction of the paramagnetic 3-carbamoyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethylpyrrolidine-1-oxyl (3CP) by ascorbic acid (AsA) to the diamagnetic by hydroxylamine was monitored from a sequence of temporal images, acquired using the three imaging modalities. The decay rates determined by all the three modalities were found to be similar. However the results suggest that T1 weighted MRI can monitor the redox status, in addition to providing detailed anatomical structure in a short time. Therefore, a combination of MRI with nitroxides as metabolically responsive contrast agents can be a useful technique for the in vivo imaging probing tissue redox status. PMID:18006345

  10. Calculation of electron paramagnetic resonance spectra from Brownian dynamics trajectories: application to nitroxide side chains in proteins.

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    Steinhoff, H J; Hubbell, W L

    1996-01-01

    We present a method to simulate electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of spin-labeled proteins that explicitly includes the protein structure in the vicinity of the attached spin label. The method is applied to a spin-labeled polyleucine alpha-helix trimer. From short (6 ns) stochastic dynamics simulations of this trimer, an effective potential energy function is calculated. Interaction with secondary and tertiary structures determine the reorientational motion of the spin label side chains. After reduction to a single particle problem, long stochastic dynamic trajectories (700 ns) of the spin label side-chain reorientation are calculated from which the Lamor frequency trajectory and subsequently the electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum is determined. The simulated spectra agree well with experimental electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of bacteriorhodopsin mutants with spin labels in similar secondary and tertiary environments as in the polyleucine. Images FIGURE 1 PMID:8889196

  11. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance studies on skeletal muscle actin indicate that the metal and nucleotide binding sites are separate.

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    Barden, J A; Cooke, R; Wright, P E; dos Remedios, C G

    1980-12-01

    The distance separating the high-affinity binding sites of actin for a divalent metal ion and nucleotide was evaluated by using high-resolution proton NMR and EPR spectroscopy. Replacement of the Ca2+ or Mg2+ bound to the high-affinity divalent cation site of G-actin by trivalent lanthanide ions such as La3+, EU3+, or Gd3+ results in an increase in the mobility of the bound ATP as observed in the NMR spectra of G-actin monomers. Little difference was observed between the spectra obtained in the presence of the diamagnetic La3+ control and the paramagnetic ions Eu3+ and Gd3+ which respectively shift and broaden the proton resonances of amino acids in the vicinity of the binding site. Analysis of the NMR spectra indicates that the metal and nucleotide binding sites are separated by a distance of at least 16 A. In the past, the metal and ATP have been widely assumed to bind as a complex. Further verification that the two sites on actin are physically separated was obtained by using an ATP analogue with a nitroxide spin-label bound at the 6' position of the purine ring. An estimate of the distance was made between the site containing the ATP analogue and the paramagnetic ion, Mn2+, bound to the cation binding site. These EPR experiments were not affected by the state of polymerization of the actin. The data obtained by using this technique support the conclusion stated above, namely, that the cation and nucleotide sites on either G- or F-actin are well separated. PMID:6257295

  12. Short-range magnetic correlations and spin dynamics in the paramagnetic regime of (Mn,Fe)2(P,Si)

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    Miao, X. F.; Caron, L.; Cedervall, J.; Gubbens, P. C. M.; Dalmas de Réotier, P.; Yaouanc, A.; Qian, F.; Wildes, A. R.; Luetkens, H.; Amato, A.; van Dijk, N. H.; Brück, E.

    2016-07-01

    The spatial and temporal correlations of magnetic moments in the paramagnetic regime of (Mn,Fe ) 2(P ,Si ) have been investigated by means of polarized neutron diffraction and muon-spin relaxation techniques. Short-range magnetic correlations are present at temperatures far above the ferromagnetic transition temperature (TC). This leads to deviations of paramagnetic susceptibility from Curie-Weiss behavior. These short-range magnetic correlations extend in space, slow down with decreasing temperature, and finally develop into long-range magnetic order at TC.

  13. Paramagnetic relaxation enhancement solid-state NMR studies of heterogeneous catalytic reaction over HY zeolite using natural abundance reactant.

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    Zhou, Lei; Li, Shenhui; Su, Yongchao; Li, Bojie; Deng, Feng

    2015-01-01

    Paramagnetic relaxation enhancement solid-state NMR (PRE ssNMR) technique was used to investigate catalytic reaction over zeolite HY. After introducing paramagnetic Cu(II) ions into the zeolite, the enhancement of longitudinal relaxation rates of nearby nuclei, i.e.(29)Si of the framework and (13)C of the absorbents, was measured. It was demonstrated that the PRE ssNMR technique facilitated the fast acquisition of NMR signals to monitor the heterogeneous catalytic reaction (such as acetone to hydrocarbon) using natural abundance reactants. PMID:25616847

  14. Characterization of radiation-induced damage in high performance polymers by electron paramagnetic resonance imaging spectroscopy

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    Suleman, Naushadalli K.

    1992-01-01

    The potential for long-term human activity beyond the Earth's protective magnetosphere is limited in part by the lack of detailed information on the effectiveness and performance of existing structural materials to shield the crew and spacecraft from highly penetrating space radiations. The two radiations of greatest concern are high energy protons emitted during solar flares and galactic cosmic rays which are energetic ions ranging from protons to highly oxidized iron. Although the interactions of such high-energy radiations with matter are not completely understood at this time, the effects of the incident radiation are clearly expected to include the formation of paramagnetic spin centers via ionization and bond-scission reactions in the molecular matrices of structural materials. Since this type of radiation damage is readily characterized by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, the NASA Langley Research Center EPR system was repaired and brought on-line during the 1991 ASEE term. A major goal of the 1992 ASEE term was to adapt the existing core of the LaRC EPR system to meet the requirements for EPR Imaging--a powerful new technique which provides detailed information on the internal structure of materials by mapping the spatial distribution of unpaired spin density in bulk media. Major impetus for this adaptation arises from the fact that information derived from EPRI complements other methods such as scanning electron microscopy which primarily characterize surface phenomena. The modification of the EPR system has been initiated by the construction of specially designed, counterwound Helmholtz coils which will be mounted on the main EPR electromagnet. The specifications of the coils have been set to achieve a static linear magnetic field gradient of 10 gauss/mm/amp along the principal (Z) axis of the Zeeman field. Construction is also in progress of a paramagnetic standard in which the spin distribution is known in all three dimensions. This

  15. Dynamics of structures in active suspensions of paramagnetic particles and applications to artificial micro-swimmers

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    Keaveny, Eric Edward

    Micron-size paramagnetic particles suspended in viscous fluid will aggregate to form linear chains when subject to a uniform magnetic field. This process provides a way of changing the rheological properties of a suspension or building structures for microfluidic devices. We present a method to efficiently and accurately quantify the magnetic interactions between these particles. With this model and the force-coupling method, we perform simulations of both small ensembles and suspensions of thousands of paramagnetic particles subject to shear flows or rotating applied magnetic fields and demonstrate that in these situations an accurate representation of the fluid forces is necessary to estimate chain length. The artificial micro-swimmer is a device constructed from a flagellum-like tail of chemically linked paramagnetic beads tethered to a human red blood cell. To simulate this device, we develop an elastic coupling model that treats each chemical link as an inextensible, flexible rod. We demonstrate that when this device is subject to a rotating applied magnetic field, the filament tail will deform into a helical shape rotating with the field and propel the swimmer through the viscous fluid. Using a continuous elastica/resistive force model, we explore further the dependence of the swimming speed on the magnetic forces and swimmer geometry in the low frequency limit. We then examine the interactions between two comoving swimmers and ascertain at what separation distance a far-field approximation of the hydrodynamics is sufficient to reproduce the swimmers' dynamics. We also provide simulations of a single swimmer near a rigid surface and demonstrate that under certain conditions the presence of a wall can enhance the swimming speed. We determine further the height dependence of the repulsion from the surface, and, in the case of the spiral swimmer, the lateral drift speed. Finally, we consider a "squirmer" model for a swimming microorganism, appropriate for

  16. A Valence Tautomeric Dinuclear Copper Tetrakisguanidine Complex.

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    Wiesner, Sven; Wagner, Arne; Kaifer, Elisabeth; Himmel, Hans-Jörg

    2016-07-18

    We report on the first valence tautomeric dinuclear copper complex, featuring 2,3,5,6-tetrakis(tetramethylguanidino)pyridine as a bridging redox-active GFA (guanidino-functionalized aromatic) ligand. The preferred electronic structure of the complex is massively influenced by the environment. In the solid state and in nonpolar solvents a paramagnetic, dinuclear Cu(II) complex with a neutral GFA ligand is present. In polar solvents, the electronic structure changes to a diamagnetic, dinuclear Cu(I) complex with a twofold-oxidized GFA ligand. Using acetone as a solvent, both electronic structures are accessible due to a temperature-dependent equilibrium between the two valence tautomeric complexes. Our results pave the way for a broader use of valence tautomeric transition-metal complexes in catalytic reactions since anionic coligands can now be tolerated owing to the neutral/positively charged GFA ligand. PMID:27310335

  17. Picosecond water dynamics adjacent to charged paramagnetic ions measured by magnetic relaxation dispersion

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    Lisitza, Natasha; Bryant, Robert G.

    2007-03-01

    Measurements of water-proton spin-lattice relaxation rate constants as a function of magnetic field strength [magnetic relaxation dispersion (MRD)] in aqueous solutions of paramagnetic solutes reveal a peak in the MRD profile. These previously unobserved peaks require that the time correlation functions describing the water-proton-electron dipolar coupling have a periodic contribution. In aqueous solutions of iron(III) ion the peak corresponds to a frequency of 8.7cm-1, which the authors ascribe to the motion of water participating in the second coordination sphere of the triply charged solute ion. Similar peaks of weaker intensity in the same time range are observed for aqueous solutions of chromium(III) chloride as well as for ion pairs formed by ammonium ion with trioxalatochromate(III) ion. The widths of the dispersion peaks are consistent with a lifetime for the periodic motion in the range of 5ps or longer.

  18. Generation of spin-polarized currents via cross-relaxation with dynamically pumped paramagnetic impurities

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    Meriles, Carlos A.; Doherty, Marcus W.

    2014-07-14

    Key to future spintronics and spin-based information processing technologies is the generation, manipulation, and detection of spin polarization in a solid state platform. Here, we theoretically explore an alternative route to spin injection via the use of dynamically polarized nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond. We focus on the geometry where carriers and NV centers are confined to proximate, parallel layers and use a “trap-and-release” model to calculate the spin cross-relaxation probabilities between the charge carriers and neighboring NV centers. We identify near-unity regimes of carrier polarization depending on the NV spin state, applied magnetic field, and carrier g-factor. In particular, we find that unlike holes, electron spins are distinctively robust against spin-lattice relaxation by other, unpolarized paramagnetic centers. Further, the polarization process is only weakly dependent on the carrier hopping dynamics, which makes this approach potentially applicable over a broad range of temperatures.

  19. Correlated substitution in paramagnetic Mn{sup 2+}-doped ZnO epitaxial films.

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    Droubay, T. C.; Keavney, D. J.; Kaspar, T. C.; Heald, S. M.; Wang, C. M.; Johnson, C. A.; Whitaker, K. M.; Gamelin, D. R.; Chambers, S. A.; X-Ray Science Division; PNNL; Univ. of Washington

    2009-04-01

    Epitaxial films of Mn2+-doped ZnO were deposited by pulsed laser deposition on {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) using targets created from Mn{sup 2+}-doped ZnO nanoparticles. Using x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, Mn(II) was found to substitute for Zn(II) in the wuertzite ZnO lattice with only a paramagnetic dichroic component from the Mn and no magnetic component from either the O or Zn. The dichroism reveals that, while substitutional, the Mn{sup 2+} distribution in the ZnO lattice is not stochastic. Rather, Mn{sup 2+} has a tendency to substitute with higher effective local concentrations than anticipated from a stochastic doping model.

  20. Denaturation studies of active-site labeled papain using electron paramagnetic resonance and fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Ping, Z A; Butterfiel, D A

    1991-01-01

    A spin-labeled p-chloromercuribenzoate (SL-PMB) and a fluorescence probe, 6-acryloyl-2-dimethylaminonaphthalene (Acrylodan), both of which bind to the single SH group located in the active site of papain, were used to investigate the interaction of papain (EC 3.4.22.2) with two protein denaturants. It was found that the active site of papain was highly stable in urea solution, but underwent a large conformational change in guanidine hydrochloride solution. Electron paramagnetic resonance and fluorescence results were in agreement and both paralleled enzymatic activity of papain with respect to both the variation in pH and denaturation. These results strongly suggest that SL-PMB and Acrylodan labels can be used to characterize the physical state of the active site of the enzyme. PMID:1657229

  1. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies of the tungsten-containing formate dehydrogenase from Clostridium thermoaceticum.

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    Deaton, J C; Solomon, E I; Watt, G D; Wetherbee, P J; Durfor, C N

    1987-12-16

    The redox centers in the tungsten-containing formate dehydrogenase from Clostridium thermoaceticum were examined by potentiometric titration and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. At low temperature two overlapping iron-sulfur signals which correlated with enzymatic activity were observed with formal potentials near -400 mV vs. SHE. Based on their temperature dependences, one signal is assigned to a reduced Fe2S2 cluster and one to a reduced Fe4S4 cluster. Quantitation of signal intensity suggests two Fe2S2 and two Fe4S4 clusters per formate dehydrogenase molecule. Another signal (g = 2.101, 1.980, 1.950) present in low concentrations at more negative potentials was observable up to 200 degrees K and is not attributed to any iron-sulfur cluster. The possible origin of this signal is analyzed using ligand field theory, and the redox behavior is considered with respect to possible ligation at the active site. PMID:2827642

  2. Bulk Quantum Computation with Pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance: Simulations of Single-Qubit Error Correction Schemes

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    Ishmuratov, I. K.; Baibekov, E. I.

    2015-12-01

    We investigate the possibility to restore transient nutations of electron spin centers embedded in the solid using specific composite pulse sequences developed previously for the application in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. We treat two types of systematic errors simultaneously: (i) rotation angle errors related to the spatial distribution of microwave field amplitude in the sample volume, and (ii) off-resonance errors related to the spectral distribution of Larmor precession frequencies of the electron spin centers. Our direct simulations of the transient signal in erbium- and chromium-doped CaWO4 crystal samples with and without error corrections show that the application of the selected composite pulse sequences can substantially increase the lifetime of Rabi oscillations. Finally, we discuss the applicability limitations of the studied pulse sequences for the use in solid-state electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.

  3. Growth Kinetics of the S Sub H Center on Magnesium Oxide Using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance

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    Jayne, J. P.

    1971-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy was used to study the growth of S sub H centers on magnesium oxide powder which had hydrogen adsorbed on its surface. The centers were produced by ultraviolet radiation. The effects of both radiation intensity and hydrogen pressure were also studied. At constant hydrogen pressure and radiation dose, the initial S sub H center growth rate was found to be zero order. Beyond the initial region the growth rate deviated from zero order and finally approached saturation. The results are interpreted in terms of a model which assumes that the S sub H center is a hydrogen atom associated with a surface vacancy. Saturation appears to result from a limited supply of surface vacancies.

  4. Study of the effects of hydroxyapatite nanocrystal codoping by pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance methods

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    Gafurov, M. R.; Biktagirov, T. B.; Mamin, G. V.; Shurtakova, D. V.; Klimashina, E. S.; Putlyaev, V. I.; Orlinskii, S. B.

    2016-03-01

    The effect of codoping of hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanocrystals with average sizes of 35 ± 15 nm during "wet" synthesis by CO 3 2- carbonate anions and Mn2+ cations on relaxation characteristics (for the times of electron spin-spin relaxation) of the NO 3 2- nitrate radical anion has been studied. By the example of HAP, it has been demonstrated that the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is an efficient method for studying anion-cation (co)doping of nanoscale particles. It has been shown experimentally and by quantummechanical calculations that simultaneous introduction of several ions can be energetically more favorable than their separate inclusion. Possible codoping models have been proposed, and their energy parameters have been calculated.

  5. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and DTA Investigation of Cr3+ in Tris(guanidinium) Hexafluoroaluminate Single Crystals

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    Lakshmi Kasturi, T.; Krishnan, V. G.

    1998-05-01

    Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) studies of Cr 3+ in single crystals of tris(guanidinium) hexafluoroaluminate, [C(NH2)3]3 AlF6 , have been carried out in the X-band region. A temperature dependent study of the zero-field splitting parameter D in the range 77-398 K shows the presence of a phase transition, which is supported by Differential Thermal Analysis. In addition, 19F superhyperfine struc-ture has been observed in the 9.3% naturally abundant 53Cr isotope hyperfine structure. D shows a large decrease with increasing temperature. The phase transition brings about a chemical inequivalence in the two chemically equivalent but magnetically inequivalent room temperature (CrF6)3- species. Compar-ison is made with the alums AlCl3 • 6H20, as well as other guanidinium aluminum salts.

  6. Electron paramagnetic resonance as a quantitative tool for the study of multiwalled carbon nanotubes

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    Coleman, J. N.; O'Brien, D. F.; Dalton, A. B.; McCarthy, B.; Lahr, B.; Barklie, R. C.; Blau, W. J.

    2000-12-01

    We have described a method that maximizes the phase separation of graphitic particles (GP) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) in solutions of various organic polymeric hosts. This involves the formation of sediment and a solute. These components were characterized for MWNT and GP content using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. All EPR signals could be deconvoluted into nanotube and GP components. When normalized, these components are representative of the mass of MWNT and GP present. This allows us to make quantitative measurements of nanotube and GP content in different environments. The most successful polymer host was poly (m-phenylenevinylene-co-2,5-dioctyloxy-p-phenylenevinylene) (PmPV). In this case the solute contained 63% of the added nanotubes with only 2% of the added graphite remaining.

  7. Optically detected electron paramagnetic resonance of AlN single crystals

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    Mason, P. M.; Przybylinska, H.; Watkins, G. D.; Choyke, W. J.; Slack, G. A.

    1999-01-01

    AlN single crystals have been investigated using photoluminescence (PL) and optical detection of electron paramagnetic resonance in the PL (ODEPR). All crystals were found to exhibit intense PL extending from the visible into the near infrared. Several S=1 centers, each with its own distinct emission spectrum, and distant S=1/2 pair recombination centers have been observed via ODEPR. In all except one center, D5, no hyperfine structure was observed preventing chemical identification of the impurity involved. In the case of D5 the partially resolved hyperfine structure suggests interaction with a 100% abundant nucleus of I~5/2. We present arguments to associate it with a displaced host aluminum atom.

  8. High-field paramagnetic Meissner effect in melt-textured YBCO

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    Dias, F. T.; Pureur, P.; Rodrigues, P.; Obradors, X.

    2004-08-01

    We present systematic field-cooled magnetization measurements in four directionally solidified samples of YBCO containing different amounts of Y211 precipitates. Fields up to 50 kOe were applied either parallel or perpendicular to the Cu-O 2 atomic planes. At high applied magnetic fields, the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) was observed in all of the studied samples, regardless of the field orientation with respect to the crystalline axes. This high-field PME shows some noticeable differences when compared to the most frequently investigated PME at low applied fields. Our results suggest that pinning by Y211 particles is important for explaining the high-field PME of melt-processed YBCO.

  9. High field paramagnetic Meissner effect in Mo100-xRex alloy superconductors

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    Sundar, Shyam; Chattopadhyay, M. K.; Sharath Chandra, L. S.; Roy, S. B.

    2015-07-01

    We have performed an experimental study on the temperature and field dependence of magnetization of a series of superconducting Mo100-xRex alloys. Our studies reveal the presence of high field paramagnetic effect (HFPME) in these low temperature superconductors. The results of our studies indicate that the HFPME in the Mo100-xRex alloys is related to the inhomogeneous distribution of strong and weak flux-line pinning centres, and the flux-compression resulting due to the same while cooling down the samples in the presence of high magnetic fields. The results are complemented by the studies on the temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity and heat capacity of these alloys in different constant magnetic fields. We compare our findings with the studies reported in literature on both low TC and high TC superconductors.

  10. Time dependence of the paramagnetic Meissner effect: Comparison between model calculations and experiments

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    Magnusson, J.; Andersson, J.; Bjoernander, M.; Nordblad, P.; Svedlindh, P.

    1995-05-01

    Experimental results of the temperature, field, and time dependence of the magnetization in high-temperature superconductors displaying the paramagnetic Meissner effect are compared with numerical results from model calculations. In experiments the relaxation rate of the zero-field-cooled magnetization exhibits novel field-dependent properties and the field-cooled magnetization is found to increase with time. A model based on an ensemble of superconducting loops, each loop containing an ordinary Josephson junction or a {pi} junction, is shown to be able to account for most of the experimental results. The time-dependent magnetization is explained by thermally activated flipping of spontaneous orbital magnetic moments, a dynamical process which is fundamentally different from the flux-creep phenomenon usually observed in type-II superconductors.

  11. Inducing the paramagnetic Meissner effect in Nb disks by surface ion implantation

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    Thompson, D.J.; Wenger, L.E.; Chen, J.T.

    1996-12-01

    After implanting Kr ions to a depth of 120 nm below both surfaces of disk-shaped Nb samples, the magnetization in a field-cooling measurement becomes positive at temperatures slightly below the superconducting transition temperature {ital T}{sub {ital c}}{approx_equal}9.2 K. In contrast, the field-cooled magnetization on similar disks prior to the ion implanting was diamagnetic. This behavior confirms earlier evidence that the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) is extremely sensitive to the surface microstructure. Furthermore the occurrence of the PME in these ion-implanted Nb disks results from the existence of lower {ital T}{sub {ital c}} surface defects having a sufficient depth relative to the disk thickness such that the resulting strong flux pinning from these defects gives rise to an inhomogeneous local field distribution. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  12. Comparison of pulse sequences for R1-based electron paramagnetic resonance oxygen imaging.

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    Epel, Boris; Halpern, Howard J

    2015-05-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spin-lattice relaxation (SLR) oxygen imaging has proven to be an indispensable tool for assessing oxygen partial pressure in live animals. EPR oxygen images show remarkable oxygen accuracy when combined with high precision and spatial resolution. Developing more effective means for obtaining SLR rates is of great practical, biological and medical importance. In this work we compared different pulse EPR imaging protocols and pulse sequences to establish advantages and areas of applicability for each method. Tests were performed using phantoms containing spin probes with oxygen concentrations relevant to in vivo oxymetry. We have found that for small animal size objects the inversion recovery sequence combined with the filtered backprojection reconstruction method delivers the best accuracy and precision. For large animals, in which large radio frequency energy deposition might be critical, free induction decay and three pulse stimulated echo sequences might find better practical usage. PMID:25828242

  13. Infrared absorption and electron paramagnetic resonance studies of vinyl radical in noble-gas matrices

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    Tanskanen, Hanna; Khriachtchev, Leonid; Raesaenen, Markku; Feldman, Vladimir I.; Sukhov, Fedor F.; Orlov, Aleksei Yu.; Tyurin, Daniil A.

    2005-08-08

    Vinyl radicals produced by annealing-induced reaction of mobilized hydrogen atoms with acetylene molecules in solid noble-gas matrices (Ar, Kr, and Xe) were characterized by Fourier transform infrared and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopies. The hydrogen atoms were generated from acetylene by UV photolysis or fast electron irradiation. Two vibrational modes of the vinyl radical ({nu}{sub 7} and {nu}{sub 5}) were assigned in IR absorption studies. The assignment is based on data for various isotopic substitutions (D and {sup 13}C) and confirmed by comparison with the EPR measurements and density-functional theory calculations. The data on the {nu}{sub 7} mode is in agreement with previous experimental and theoretical results whereas the {nu}{sub 5} frequency agrees well with the computational data but conflicts with the gas-phase IR emission results.

  14. Simultaneous electrochemical and electron paramagnetic resonance studies of carotenoids. Effect of electron donating and accepting substituents

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    Jeevarajan, A.S.; Khaled, M.; Kispert, L.D. )

    1994-08-11

    A series of substituted phenyl-7[prime]-apocarotenoids with varying electron donating and accepting substituents was examined by cyclic voltammogram (CV) and simultaneous electrochemical electron paramagnetic resonance (SEEPR). Carotenoids substituted with electron donating groups are more easily oxidized than those with electron accepting substituents. Comproportionation constants for the dication and the neutral species were measured by SEEPR techniques and by simulation of the CVs. The [Delta]H[sub pp] of the SEEPR spectrum of the cation radicals varies from 13.2 to 15.6 G, and the g factors are 2.0027 [+-] 0.0002. These EPR parameters suggest a polyene [pi]-cation radical structure. The CVs are calculated using DigiSim, a CV simulation program, and the proposed mechanism involves three electrode reactions and two homogeneous reactions. 24 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Study of ultrasonic attenuation in f-electron systems in the paramagnetic limit of Coulomb interaction

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    Shadangi, Asit Ku.; Rout, G. C.

    2015-05-15

    We report here a microscopic model study of ultrasonic attenuation in f-electron systems based on Periodic Anderson Model in which Coulomb interaction is considered within a mean-field approximation for a weak interaction. The Phonon is coupled to the conduction band and f-electrons. The phonon Green's function is calculated by Zubarev's technique of the Green's function method. The temperature dependent ultrasonic attenuation co-efficient is calculated from the imaginary part of the phonon self-energy in the dynamic and long wave length limit. The f-electron occupation number is calculated self-consistently in paramagnetic limit of Coulomb interaction. The effect of the Coulomb interaction on ultrasonic attenuation is studied by varying the phonon coupling parameters to the conduction and f-electrons, hybridization strength, the position of f-level and the Coulomb interaction Strength. Results are discussed on the basis of experimental results.

  16. Paramagnetism of the Co sublattice in ferromagnetic Zn1-xCoxO films

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    Barla, A.; Schmerber, G.; Beaurepaire, E.; Dinia, A.; Bieber, H.; Colis, S.; Scheurer, F.; Kappler, J.-P.; Imperia, P.; Nolting, F.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.; Müller, D.; Grob, J. J.

    2007-09-01

    Using the spectroscopies based on x-ray absorption, we have studied the structural and magnetic properties of Zn1-xCoxO films ( x=0.1 and 0.25) produced by reactive magnetron sputtering. These films show ferromagnetism with a Curie temperature TC above room temperature in bulk magnetization measurements. Our results show that the Co atoms are in a divalent state and in tetrahedral coordination, thus substituting Zn in the wurtzite-type structure of ZnO. However, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the CoL2,3 edges reveals that the Co3d sublattice is paramagnetic at all temperatures down to 2K , both at the surface and in the bulk of the films. The Co3d magnetic moment at room temperature is considerably smaller than that inferred from bulk magnetization measurements, suggesting that the Co3d electrons are not directly at the origin of the observed ferromagnetism.

  17. Study of free radicals in gamma irradiated cellulose of cultural heritage materials using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance

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    Kodama, Yasko; Rodrigues, Orlando, Jr.; Garcia, Rafael Henrique Lazzari; Santos, Paulo de Souza; Vasquez, Pablo A. S.

    2016-07-01

    Main subject of this article was to study room temperature stable radicals in Co-60 gamma irradiated contemporary paper using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectrometer (EPR). XRD was used to study the effect of ionizing radiation on the morphology of book paper. SEM images presented regions with cellulose fibers and regions with particles agglomeration on the cellulose fibers. Those agglomerations were rich in calcium, observed by EDS. XRD analysis confirmed presence of calcium carbonate diffraction peaks. The main objective of this study was to propose a method using conventional kinetics chemical reactions for the observed radical formed by ionizing radiation. Therefore, further analyses were made to study the half-life and the kinetics of the free radical created. This method can be suitably applied to study radicals on cultural heritage objects.

  18. Prospects for quantum computing with an array of ultracold polar paramagnetic molecules.

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    Karra, Mallikarjun; Sharma, Ketan; Friedrich, Bretislav; Kais, Sabre; Herschbach, Dudley

    2016-03-01

    Arrays of trapped ultracold molecules represent a promising platform for implementing a universal quantum computer. DeMille [Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 067901 (2002)] has detailed a prototype design based on Stark states of polar (1)Σ molecules as qubits. Herein, we consider an array of polar (2)Σ molecules which are, in addition, inherently paramagnetic and whose Hund's case (b) free-rotor pair-eigenstates are Bell states. We show that by subjecting the array to combinations of concurrent homogeneous and inhomogeneous electric and magnetic fields, the entanglement of the array's Stark and Zeeman states can be tuned and the qubit sites addressed. Two schemes for implementing an optically controlled CNOT gate are proposed and their feasibility discussed in the face of the broadening of spectral lines due to dipole-dipole coupling and the inhomogeneity of the electric and magnetic fields. PMID:26957163

  19. Exactly solvable models of spin liquids with spinons, and of three-dimensional topological paramagnets

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    Ben-Zion, Daniel; Das, Diptarka; McGreevy, John

    2016-04-01

    We develop a scheme to make exactly solvable gauge theories whose electric flux lines host (1+1)-dimensional topological phases. We use this exact "decorated-string-net" framework to construct several classes of interesting models. In particular, we construct an exactly solvable model of a quantum spin liquid whose (gapped) elementary excitations form doublets under an internal symmetry, and hence may be regarded as spin-carrying spinons. The model may be formulated, and is solvable, in any number of dimensions on any bipartite graph. Another example, in any dimension, has Z2 topological order and anyons which are Kramers' doublets of time-reversal symmetry. Further, we make exactly solvable models of three-dimensional topological paramagnets.

  20. Paramagnetic properties of Fe-Mn and Fe-V alloys: a DMFT study

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    Belozerov, Alexander S.; Anisimov, Vladimir I.

    2016-09-01

    We calculate magnetic susceptibility of paramagnetic bcc Fe-Mn and Fe-V alloys by two different approaches. The first approach employs the coherent potential approximation (CPA) combined with the dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). The material-specific Hamiltonians in the Wannier function basis are obtained by density functional theory. In the second approach, we construct supercells modeling the binary alloys and study them using DMFT. Both approaches lead to a qualitative agreement with experimental data. In particular, the decrease of Curie temperature with Mn content and a maximum at about 10 at.% V are well described in units of the Curie temperature of pure iron. In contrast to the Mn impurities, the V ones are found to be antiferromagnetically coupled to Fe atoms. Our calculations for the two-band Anderson–Hubbard model indicate that the antiferromagnetic coupling is responsible for a maximum in the concentration dependence of Curie temperature in Fe-V alloys.

  1. Temperature dependent electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) of SrZrO3

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    Gupta, Santosh K.; Pathak, Nimai; Ghosh, P. S.; Rajeshwari, B.; Natarajan, V.; Kadam, R. M.

    2015-10-01

    SrZrO3 (SZO), a distorted perovskite was synthesized using gel-combustion route employing citric acid as a fuel and ammonium nitrate as oxidizer followed by characterization using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). Purity of the sample is confirmed by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) analysis. Broadening and shift of the resonance field position in EPR spectrum to the lower field was observed as the temperature is lowered; which is the characteristic of ferromagnetic resonance spectra. The value of Curie-Weiss temperature obtained for SZO particles is 8.7 K. The positive sign of the Curie-Weiss temperature indicates that some of the spins are ferromagnetically coupled in this sample. Theoretical investigation using density functional theory (DFT) calculation revealed that Vacancy at zirconium site contribute maximum to the magnetic moment.

  2. An alternative method using microwave power saturate in fingernail/electron paramagnetic resonance dosimetry.

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    Choi, Hoon; Park, Byeongryong; Choi, Muhyun; Lee, Byungil; Lee, Cheol Eui

    2014-06-01

    An alternative method for fingernail/electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) dosimetry valid at low doses (0-3 Gy) is suggested in this paper. The method consisted of two steps. The first step involved dehydrating fingernail clippings to remove their water content by heating them at 70 °C for 72 h. As the water content in the fingernails decreased, the variability of the EPR signals improved. The second step involved measuring and fitting the EPR signals at successive microwave power levels. A newly derived value known as 'curvature', which was based on the conventional peak-to-peak amplitudes of the EPR signals, was applied for the dosimetry. This method could be used as an alternative method in cases of low-radiation exposure doses (<3 Gy) or where use of the conventional dosimetry method is not proper for a fingernail sample. PMID:24876339

  3. Lanthanide co-doped paramagnetic spindle-like mesocrystals for imaging and autophagy induction.

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    Xu, Yun-Jun; Lin, Jun; Lu, Yang; Zhong, Sheng-Liang; Wang, Lei; Dong, Liang; Wu, Ya-Dong; Peng, Jun; Zhang, Li; Pan, Xiao-Feng; Zhou, Wei; Zhao, Yang; Wen, Long-Ping; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2016-07-21

    We synthesized two novel lanthanide doped spindle-like mesocrystals, YF3:Ce,Eu,Gd and YF3:Ce,Tb,Gd (abbreviated as YEG and YTG mesospindles, respectively). Both of them possess paramagnetic and fluorescent properties, and their excellent cyto-compatibility and low haemolysis are further confirmed. Therefore, they could act as dual mode contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescence imaging. Furthermore, YEG and YTG mesospindles induce dose and time dependent autophagy by activating the PI3K signaling pathway. The autophagy induced by YEG and YTG mesocrystals is confirmed by enhanced autophagosome formation, normal cargo degradation, and no disruption of lysosomal function. This work is important to illustrate how rare-earth mesocrystals affect the autophagic pathway, indicating the potential of the YEG and YTG mesospindles in diagnosis and therapy. PMID:27346838

  4. Comparison of pulse sequences for R1-based electron paramagnetic resonance oxygen imaging

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    Epel, Boris; Halpern, Howard J.

    2015-05-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spin-lattice relaxation (SLR) oxygen imaging has proven to be an indispensable tool for assessing oxygen partial pressure in live animals. EPR oxygen images show remarkable oxygen accuracy when combined with high precision and spatial resolution. Developing more effective means for obtaining SLR rates is of great practical, biological and medical importance. In this work we compared different pulse EPR imaging protocols and pulse sequences to establish advantages and areas of applicability for each method. Tests were performed using phantoms containing spin probes with oxygen concentrations relevant to in vivo oxymetry. We have found that for small animal size objects the inversion recovery sequence combined with the filtered backprojection reconstruction method delivers the best accuracy and precision. For large animals, in which large radio frequency energy deposition might be critical, free induction decay and three pulse stimulated echo sequences might find better practical usage.

  5. Electron paramagnetic resonance linewidths and line shapes for the molecular magnets Fe8 and Mn12

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    Park, Kyungwha; Novotny, M. A.; Dalal, N. S.; Hill, S.; Rikvold, P. A.

    2002-05-01

    We study theoretically electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) linewidths for single crystals of the molecular magnets Fe8 and Mn12 as functions of energy eigenstates Ms, frequency, and temperature when a magnetic field along the easy axis is swept at fixed excitation frequency. This work was motivated by recent EPR experiments. To calculate the linewidths, we use density-matrix equations, including dipolar interactions and distributions of the uniaxial anisotropy parameter D and the Landé g factor. Our calculated linewidths agree well with the experimental data. We also examine the line shapes of the EPR spectra due to local rotations of the magnetic anisotropy axes caused by defects in samples. Our preliminary results predict that this effect leads to asymmetry in the EPR spectra.

  6. Prospects for quantum computing with an array of ultracold polar paramagnetic molecules

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    Karra, Mallikarjun; Sharma, Ketan; Friedrich, Bretislav; Kais, Sabre; Herschbach, Dudley

    2016-03-01

    Arrays of trapped ultracold molecules represent a promising platform for implementing a universal quantum computer. DeMille [Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 067901 (2002)] has detailed a prototype design based on Stark states of polar 1Σ molecules as qubits. Herein, we consider an array of polar 2Σ molecules which are, in addition, inherently paramagnetic and whose Hund's case (b) free-rotor pair-eigenstates are Bell states. We show that by subjecting the array to combinations of concurrent homogeneous and inhomogeneous electric and magnetic fields, the entanglement of the array's Stark and Zeeman states can be tuned and the qubit sites addressed. Two schemes for implementing an optically controlled CNOT gate are proposed and their feasibility discussed in the face of the broadening of spectral lines due to dipole-dipole coupling and the inhomogeneity of the electric and magnetic fields.

  7. Paramagnetic properties of Fe-Mn and Fe-V alloys: a DMFT study.

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    Belozerov, Alexander S; Anisimov, Vladimir I

    2016-09-01

    We calculate magnetic susceptibility of paramagnetic bcc Fe-Mn and Fe-V alloys by two different approaches. The first approach employs the coherent potential approximation (CPA) combined with the dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). The material-specific Hamiltonians in the Wannier function basis are obtained by density functional theory. In the second approach, we construct supercells modeling the binary alloys and study them using DMFT. Both approaches lead to a qualitative agreement with experimental data. In particular, the decrease of Curie temperature with Mn content and a maximum at about 10 at.% V are well described in units of the Curie temperature of pure iron. In contrast to the Mn impurities, the V ones are found to be antiferromagnetically coupled to Fe atoms. Our calculations for the two-band Anderson-Hubbard model indicate that the antiferromagnetic coupling is responsible for a maximum in the concentration dependence of Curie temperature in Fe-V alloys. PMID:27355416

  8. Imaging of Nitroxides at 250 MHz using Rapid-Scan Electron Paramagnetic Resonance

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    Biller, Joshua R.; Tseitlin, Mark; Quine, Richard W.; Rinard, George A.; Weismiller, Hilary A.; Elajaili, Hanan; Rosen, Gerald M.; Kao, Joseph P. Y.; Eaton, Sandra S.; Eaton, Gareth R.

    2014-01-01

    Projections for 2D spectral-spatial images were obtained by continuous wave and rapid-scan electron paramagnetic resonance using a bimodal cross-loop resonator at 251 MHz. The phantom consisted of three 4 mm tubes containing different 15N,2H-substituted nitroxides. Rapid-scan and continuous wave images were obtained with 5 min total acquisition times. For comparison, images also were obtained with 29 s acquisition time for rapid scan and 15 min for continuous wave. Relative to continuous wave projections obtained for the same data acquisition time, rapid-scan projections had significantly less low-frequency noise and substantially higher signal-to-noise at higher gradients. Because of the improved image quality for the same data acquisition time, linewidths could be determined more accurately from the rapid-scan images than from the continuous wave images. PMID:24650729

  9. Vector electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy with first and second harmonic displays of ferrihemoglobin.

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    Watari, H; Murakami, M; Seo, Y; Shimoyama, Y

    1989-07-31

    Superimposed plots of electron paramagnetic resonance spectra with the first and second harmonic displays of ferrihemoglobin at pH 9.1 and 90 K were measured at 20 degree intervals of phase angle using a phase-sensitive detector. The high spin signal in the g = 6 region was observed in both displays, and a small splitting of the signal was found in the calculated amplitude spectrum of the second harmonic display, with g values of 5.95 and 6.05. Low spin signals were observed at g = 2.55, 2.25 and 1.82 in both harmonic displays. A signal in the g = 2.05 region was observed only in the second harmonic display. The signal is probably associated with the low spin spectrum; however, its origin is obscure. PMID:2547369

  10. Evaluation of adriamycin nephropathy by an in vivo electron paramagnetic resonance

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    Oteki, Takaaki; Nagase, Sohji . E-mail: sohji-n@md.tsukuba.ac.jp; Yokoyama, Hidekatsu; Ohya, Hiroaki; Akatsuka, Takao; Tada, Mika; Ueda, Atsushi; Hirayama, Aki; koyama, Akio

    2005-07-01

    A rat model for human minimal change nephropathy was obtained by the intravenous injection of adriamycin (ADR) at 5 mg/kg. By using an in vivo electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer operating at 700 MHz, the temporal changes in signal intensities of a nitroxide radical, 4-hydroxyl-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl (TEMPOL), in the kidneys of rats with ADR nephropathy were investigated. The decay rate of the EPR signal intensity obtained in the kidney is indicative of the renal reducing ability. It was found that the reducing ability in the kidney declined on the 7th day after ADR administration and recovered after the 14th day. Impairment of the reducing ability occurred before the appearance of continuous urinary protein. The in vitro EPR study showed that this impairment of in vivo renal reducing ability is related to impairment of the reducing ability in the mitochondria.

  11. Paramagnetism in the kagome compounds (Zn ,Mg ,Cd ) Cu3(OH) 6Cl2

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    Iqbal, Yasir; Jeschke, Harald O.; Reuther, Johannes; Valentí, Roser; Mazin, I. I.; Greiter, Martin; Thomale, Ronny

    2015-12-01

    Frustrated magnetism on the kagome lattice has been a fertile ground for rich and fascinating physics, ranging from experimental evidence of a spin liquid to theoretical predictions of exotic superconductivity. Among experimentally realized spin-1/2 kagome magnets, herbertsmithite, kapellasite, and haydeeite [(Zn ,Mg ) Cu3(OH) 6Cl2] are all well described by a three-parameter Heisenberg model, but they exhibit distinctly different physics. We address the problem using a pseudofermion functional renormalization-group approach and analyze the low-energy physics in the experimentally accessible parameter range. Our analysis places kapellasite and haydeeite near the boundaries between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, implying that slight modifications could dramatically affect their magnetic properties. Inspired by this, we perform ab initio density functional theory calculations of (Zn,Mg,Cd ) Cu3 (OH) 6Cl2 at various pressures. Our results suggest that by varying pressure and composition one can traverse a paramagnetic regime between different magnetically ordered phases.

  12. Age of an Indonesian Fossil Tooth Determined by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance

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    Bogard, JS

    2004-04-07

    The first fossil hominid tooth recovered during 1999 excavations from the Cisanca River region in West Java, Indonesia, was associated with a series of bovid teeth from a single individual that was recovered 190 cm beneath the hominid tooth. The age of the fossil bovid teeth was determined using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis as part of an effort to bracket the age of the hominid tooth. The EPR-derived age of the bovid teeth is (5.16 {+-} 2.01) x 10{sup 5} years. However, the age estimate reported here is likely an underestimate of the actual age of deposition since evidence of heating was detected in the EPR spectra of the bovid teeth, and the heating may have caused a decrease in the intensity of EPR components on which the age calculation is based.

  13. Nonuniform paramagnetic state in nonstoichiometric lanthanum manganites La1- x Mn1- y O3

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    Arbuzova, T. I.; Naumov, S. V.

    2016-06-01

    The magnetic properties of nonstoichiometric lanthanum manganites La1- x Mn1- y O3 have been studied in the temperature range 80 K < T < 650 K. The Curie temperature T C changes nonmonotonically as the number of Mn4+ ions increases. In the paramagnetic region, there exist isolated Mn ions and magnetic polarons which can be conserved to T ⩽ 4 T C, independent of the lattice symmetry. In the T C < T < T pol region, the temperature dependences of the magnetic susceptibility are nonlinear and can be described by the Curie law with a temperature-dependent Curie constant C. The sample has been prepared having a composition near the O' → O structural transition; the spontaneous magnetization of the sample at T ⩽ 1.6 T C is associated to correlated polarons forming due to the double exchange in chains of the E-type antiferromagnetic phase.

  14. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy in radiation research: Current status and perspectives

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    Rana, Sudha; Chawla, Raman; Kumar, Raj; Singh, Shefali; Zheleva, Antoaneta; Dimitrova, Yanka; Gadjeva, Veselina; Arora, Rajesh; Sultana, Sarwat; Sharma, Rakesh Kumar

    2010-01-01

    Exposure to radiation leads to a number of health-related malfunctions. Ionizing radiation is more harmful than non-ionizing radiation, as it causes both direct and indirect effects. Irradiation with ionizing radiation results in free radical-induced oxidative stress. Free radical-mediated oxidative stress has been implicated in a plethora of diseased states, including cancer, arthritis, aging, Parkinson's disease, and so on. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy has various applications to measure free radicals, in radiation research. Free radicals disintegrate immediately in aqueous environment. Free radicals can be detected indirectly by the EPR spin trapping technique in which these forms stabilize the radical adduct and produce characteristic EPR spectra for specific radicals. Ionizing radiation-induced free radicals in calcified tissues, for example, teeth, bone, and fingernail, can be detected directly by EPR spectroscopy, due to their extended stability. Various applications of EPR in radiation research studies are discussed in this review. PMID:21814437

  15. Electrochemical electron paramagnetic resonance utilizing loop gap resonators and micro-electrochemical cells.

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    Tamski, Mika A; Macpherson, Julie V; Unwin, Patrick R; Newton, Mark E

    2015-09-28

    A miniaturised electrochemical cell design for Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) studies is reported. The cell incorporates a Loop Gap Resonator (LGR) for EPR investigation of electrochemically generated radicals in aqueous (and other large dielectric loss) samples and achieves accurate potential control for electrochemistry by using micro-wires as working electrodes. The electrochemical behaviour of the cell is analysed with COMSOL finite element models and the EPR sensitivity compared to a commercial TE011 cavity resonator using 4-hydroxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-oxyl (TEMPOL) as a reference. The electrochemical EPR performance is demonstrated using the reduction of methyl viologen as a redox probe in both water and acetonitrile. The data reported herein suggest that sub-micromolar concentrations of radical species can be detected in aqueous samples with accurate potential control, and that subtle solution processes coupled to electron transfer, such as comproportionation reactions, can be studied quantitatively using EPR. PMID:26291423

  16. Electron paramagnetic resonance of Cr3+ in near-stoichiometric LiTaO3

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    Loyo-Menoyo, M.; Keeble, D. J.; Furukawa, Y.; Kitamura, K.

    2005-06-01

    Electron-paramagnetic-resonance (EPR) experiments on the dominant Cr3+ center in near-stoichiometric LiTaO3 crystals, grown by the double crucible Czochralski method, are reported. A near complete roadmap of EPR positions was obtained allowing an accurate determination of the spin-Hamiltonian parameters. Newman superposition model calculations of zero-field splitting term were performed and support the model of Cr3+ incorporation within the Li octahedron. Calculations were also made for Cr3+ in LiNbO3, again good agreement with a Li site model was obtained for the main EPR center. The temperature dependence of the zero-field splitting parameter for Cr3+ in LiTaO3 was found to show anomalous behavior in the region of 40 K, suggesting the presence local structural instability at the ion site.

  17. Quantum size effect on the paramagnetic critical field in free-standing superconducting nanofilms.

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    Wójcik, P; Zegrodnik, M

    2014-11-12

    The quantum size effect on the in-plane paramagnetic critical field in Pb(1 1 1) free-standing nanofilms is investigated with the use of the spin-generalized Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations. It is shown that the critical field oscillates as a function of the nanofilm thickness with the period ∼ 2 ML (even-odd oscillations), modulated by the beating effect. The calculated values of the critical field for different nanofilm thicknesses are analyzed in the context of the Clogston-Chandrasekhar limit. It is found that the critical field for superconducting nanofilms differs from this limit. This phenomena is explained in terms of quantization of the electron energy caused by the confinement of electron motion in a direction perpendicular to the film. The thermal effect and thickness-dependence of electron-phonon coupling on the value of the critical magnetic field are also studied. PMID:25318561

  18. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Studies of Near-Surface Magnetic Properties of YBCO Thin Films

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    Pugel, D. E.; Xia, Y.-M.; Salamon, M. B.; Greene, L. H.

    2000-03-01

    Several thin film planar tunneling experiments are consistent with a broken time-reversal symmetry (BTRS) state [1-4].To compliment tunneling measurements, we have developed a technique to measure electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) effects of the near-surface region of a superconductor. Preliminary data are consistent with the spontaneous formation of magnetic moments at low temperature on YBCO thin films and may prove to be an important confirmation of BTRS. 1. Covington,M. et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 79, 277, (1997). 2. Kashiwaya, S. et al., J. Phys. Chem. Solids, 59, 2034, (1997). 3. Krupke, R. and Deutscher,G., Phys. Rev. Lett., 83, 4634, (1999). 4. Lesueur,J., Grison,X., Aprili,M. and Kontos,T., cond-mat/9909212. -------------------------------------------------------------

  19. Electron paramagnetic resonance study of Fe3+ in α-quartz: Hydrogen-compensated center

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    Mombourquette, M. J.; Minge, J.; Hantehzadeh, M. R.; Weil, J. A.; Halliburton, L. E.

    1989-03-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance and proton electron-nuclear double-resonance studies of a hydrogen-compensated Fe3+ (S=(5/2) center in synthetic iron-doped α-quartz have been carried out at 20 and 15 K, respectively. The spin-Hamiltonian parameters were determined, allowing anisotropy of the g matrix as well as [g,D,A(1H)]-matrix noncoaxiality, and including high-spin terms of the form S4. Evaluation of the results gives strong evidence that the center (called S2 by some workers) consists of a Fe3+ ion occurring substitutionally at a Si4+ site, charge compensated by an interstitial hydrogen ion. The label [FeO4/H+]0 is proposed for the center.

  20. Comparison of Pulse Sequences for R1–based Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Oxygen Imaging

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    Epel, Boris; Halpern, Howard J.

    2015-01-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spin-lattice relaxation (SLR) oxygen imaging has proven to be an indispensable tool for assessing oxygen partial pressure in live animals. EPR oxygen images show remarkable oxygen accuracy when combined with high precision and spatial resolution. Developing more effective means for obtaining SLR rates is of great practical, biological and medical importance. In this work we compared different pulse EPR imaging protocols and pulse sequences to establish advantages and areas of applicability for each method. Tests were performed using phantoms containing spin probes with oxygen concentrations relevant to in vivo oxymetry. We have found that for small animal size objects the inversion recovery sequence combined with the filtered backprojection reconstruction method delivers the best accuracy and precision. For large animals, in which large radio frequency energy deposition might be critical, free induction decay and three pulse stimulated echo sequences might find better practical usage. PMID:25828242

  1. Ligand-driven conformational changes of MurD visualized by paramagnetic NMR

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    Saio, Tomohide; Ogura, Kenji; Kumeta, Hiroyuki; Kobashigawa, Yoshihiro; Shimizu, Kazumi; Yokochi, Masashi; Kodama, Kota; Yamaguchi, Hiroto; Tsujishita, Hideki; Inagaki, Fuyuhiko

    2015-01-01

    Proteins, especially multi-domain proteins, often undergo drastic conformational changes upon binding to ligands or by post-translational modifications, which is a key step to regulate their function. However, the detailed mechanisms of such dynamic regulation of the functional processes are poorly understood because of the lack of an efficient tool. We here demonstrate detailed characterization of conformational changes of MurD, a 47 kDa protein enzyme consisting of three domains, by the use of solution NMR equipped with paramagnetic lanthanide probe. Quantitative analysis of pseudocontact shifts has identified a novel conformational state of MurD, named semi-closed conformation, which is found to be the key to understand how MurD regulates the binding of the ligands. The modulation of the affinity coupled with conformational changes accentuates the importance of conformational state to be evaluated in drug design. PMID:26582338

  2. Quantitative {sup 29}Si MAS NMR spectroscopy of cement and silica fume containing paramagnetic impurities

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    Hilbig, H. . E-mail: hilbig@cbm.bv.tum.de; Koehler, F.H.; Schiessl, P.

    2006-02-15

    The low natural abundance and the long spin lattice relaxation time of {sup 29}Si lead to long measurement times and/or low signal-to-noise ratios using {sup 29}Si magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopy. By contrast, samples containing paramagnetic iron ions have much shorter relaxation times, making measurements up to seven times more efficient, but at the same time making quantitative analysis unreliable. To solve the problem, the spin-lattice relaxation times of ordinary Portland cement (opc) and silica fume with and without iron content has been determined with inversion recovery experiments. The effect of varying the spectrum repetition time on the quantitative analysis is demonstrated for mixtures of opc with silica fume. For opc and silica fume with iron impurities repetition times as short as 5 s has permitted accurate quantitative analysis of the silicates present in these materials.

  3. Magnetoresistance near the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition in magnetic semiconductors

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    Brodowska, B.; Kuryliszyn-Kudelska, I.; Wojtowicz, T.; Arciszewska, M.; Dobrowolski, W.; Slynko, E. I.; Slynko, V. E.; Liu, X.; Furdyna, J. K.

    2008-07-01

    Magnetic and transport properties of ferromagnetic semiconductors (FMSs) near the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition were studied in two classes of FMSs: in the III-V-based In1-xMnxSb and Ga1-xMnxAs epitaxial films and in IV-VI-based Sn1-xMnxTe and Sn1-x-yMnxEryTe alloys in bulk crystal form. Magnetoresistance data for both FMS classes are in excellent agreement with the theory of Majumdar and Littlewood, indicating that near the Curie temperature, magnetic fluctuations play a key role as scattering centers. These results also show that the Majumdar-Littlewood model can be applied to magnetically very dilute systems.

  4. New Magnetic confirguration in paramagnetic phase of HoCo2

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    Bonilla, C.M.; Calvo, I.; Herrero-Albillos, J.; Figueroa, A.I.; Castan-Guerrero, C.; Bertolome, J.; Rodriguez-Velamazan, J.A.; Schmitz, D.; Weschke, E.; Paudyal, Durga; Pecharsky, Vitalij; Gschneidner Jr, Karl; Bartolome, F.; Garcia, D.

    2012-02-23

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements on HoCo2 reveal the inversion of Co moment at temperatures higher than the critical temperature, Tc, showing that the net magnetization under a field of the Ho and Co sublattices remain antiparallel even above Tc. The Ho moment also changes its orientation to align antiparallel to the applied field at high temperature giving rise to a new magnetic configuration in the paramagnetic regime. Transverse susceptibility (TS) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements performed above Tc indicate the existence of sizable magnetic short-range correlated regions in HoCo2. First principles calculations based on spin polarized local-density approximation, LSDA+U havebeen performed to obtain insights on the origin of the short-range correlated volume.

  5. Lanthanide co-doped paramagnetic spindle-like mesocrystals for imaging and autophagy induction

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    Xu, Yun-Jun; Lin, Jun; Lu, Yang; Zhong, Sheng-Liang; Wang, Lei; Dong, Liang; Wu, Ya-Dong; Peng, Jun; Zhang, Li; Pan, Xiao-Feng; Zhou, Wei; Zhao, Yang; Wen, Long-Ping; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2016-07-01

    We synthesized two novel lanthanide doped spindle-like mesocrystals, YF3:Ce,Eu,Gd and YF3:Ce,Tb,Gd (abbreviated as YEG and YTG mesospindles, respectively). Both of them possess paramagnetic and fluorescent properties, and their excellent cyto-compatibility and low haemolysis are further confirmed. Therefore, they could act as dual mode contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescence imaging. Furthermore, YEG and YTG mesospindles induce dose and time dependent autophagy by activating the PI3K signaling pathway. The autophagy induced by YEG and YTG mesocrystals is confirmed by enhanced autophagosome formation, normal cargo degradation, and no disruption of lysosomal function. This work is important to illustrate how rare-earth mesocrystals affect the autophagic pathway, indicating the potential of the YEG and YTG mesospindles in diagnosis and therapy.We synthesized two novel lanthanide doped spindle-like mesocrystals, YF3:Ce,Eu,Gd and YF3:Ce,Tb,Gd (abbreviated as YEG and YTG mesospindles, respectively). Both of them possess paramagnetic and fluorescent properties, and their excellent cyto-compatibility and low haemolysis are further confirmed. Therefore, they could act as dual mode contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescence imaging. Furthermore, YEG and YTG mesospindles induce dose and time dependent autophagy by activating the PI3K signaling pathway. The autophagy induced by YEG and YTG mesocrystals is confirmed by enhanced autophagosome formation, normal cargo degradation, and no disruption of lysosomal function. This work is important to illustrate how rare-earth mesocrystals affect the autophagic pathway, indicating the potential of the YEG and YTG mesospindles in diagnosis and therapy. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Size distribution, HRTEM image and additional cellular data. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr03171d

  6. Paramagnetism of cobalt-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by microwave solvothermal synthesis

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    Kusnieruk, Sylwia; Chudoba, Tadeusz; Gierlotka, Stanislaw; Lojkowski, Witold; Knoff, Wojciech; Lukasiewicz, Malgorzata I; Witkowski, Bartlomiej S; Wolska, Anna; Klepka, Marcin T; Story, Tomasz; Godlewski, Marek

    2015-01-01

    Summary Zinc oxide nanopowders doped with 1–15 mol % cobalt were produced by the microwave solvothermal synthesis (MSS) technique. The obtained nanoparticles were annealed at 800 °C in nitrogen (99.999%) and in synthetic air. The material nanostructure was investigated by means of the following techniques: X-ray diffraction (XRD), helium pycnometry density, specific surface area (SSA), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and with magnetometry using superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). Irrespective of the Co content, nanoparticles in their initial state present a similar morphology. They are composed of loosely agglomerated spherical particles with wurtzite-type crystal structure with crystallites of a mean size of 30 nm. Annealing to temperatures of up to 800 °C induced the growth of crystallites up to a maximum of 2 μm in diameter. For samples annealed in high purity nitrogen, the precipitation of metallic α-Co was detected for a Co content of 5 mol % or more. For samples annealed in synthetic air, no change of phase structure was detected, except for precipitation of Co3O4 for a Co content of 15 mol %. The results of the magentometry investigation indicated that all as-synthesized samples displayed paramagnetic properties with a contribution of anti-ferromagnetic coupling of Co–Co pairs. After annealing in synthetic air, the samples remained paramagnetic and samples annealed under nitrogen flow showed a magnetic response under the influences of a magnetic field, likely related to the precipitation of metallic Co in nanoparticles. PMID:26665067

  7. Assessment of melanoma extent and melanoma metastases invasion using electron paramagnetic resonance and bioluminescence imaging.

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    Godechal, Quentin; Defresne, Florence; Danhier, Pierre; Leveque, Philippe; Porporato, Paolo Ettore; Sonveaux, Pierre; Baurain, Jean-François; Feron, Olivier; Gallez, Bernard

    2011-01-01

    The clinical outcome of melanoma depends on the local and distant spread of the disease at the time of diagnosis, as the estimated 5-year survival rate is about 100% for superficial melanoma diagnosed early, but less than 10% for melanoma that has disseminated to major organs such as lungs. There is a crucial need for new effective methods for the detection and the characterization of melanomas. In the pre-clinical setting, this will help to understand the factors that contribute to the malignancy while the transfer into the clinic will contribute to an early effective treatment of patients. Melanoma lesions can be detected by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) using paramagnetic properties of melanin pigments. As part of the development of EPR imaging to characterize melanomas, we evaluated in the present study the usefulness of EPR to report on the extension of lung metastases by comparing the method with bioluminescence imaging using B16 melanoma cells expressing luciferase. B16 melanoma cells were injected subcutaneously or intravenously in C57/BL6 mice. The primary tumors or the lung colonization by melanoma cells was measured after several delay periods to obtain several degrees of invasiveness. The animals were measured in-vivo with bioluminescence after i.v. injection of luciferin. The primary tumors or lungs were then excised. After freeze-drying, the content of melanin in lungs was measured and imaged by EPR at 9 GHz. We observed a direct relationship between the EPR intensity and the bioluminescence intensity. Another tumor model (KHT sarcoma), non-pigmented but expressing luciferase, was used to confirm that the EPR signal was directly linked to the melanin pigment present in the tumors. PMID:21861288

  8. Facile synthesis of thermal- and photostable titania with paramagnetic oxygen vacancies for visible-light photocatalysis.

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    Zou, Xiaoxin; Liu, Jikai; Su, Juan; Zuo, Fan; Chen, Jiesheng; Feng, Pingyun

    2013-02-18

    A novel dopant-free TiO(2) photocatalyst (V(o)(.)-TiO(2)), which is self-modified by a large number of paramagnetic (single-electron-trapped) oxygen vacancies, was prepared by calcining a mixture of a porous amorphous TiO(2) precursor, imidazole, and hydrochloric acid at elevated temperature (450 °C) in air. Control experiments demonstrate that the porous TiO(2) precursor, imidazole, and hydrochloric acid are all necessary for the formation of V(o)(.)-TiO(2). Although the synthesis of V(o)(.)-TiO(2) originates from such a multicomponent system, this synthetic approach is facile, controllable, and reproducible. X-ray diffraction, XPS, and EPR spectroscopy reveal that the V(o)(.)-TiO(2) material with a high crystallinity embodies a mass of paramagnetic oxygen vacancies, and is free of other dopant species such as nitrogen and carbon. UV/Vis diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy and photoelectrochemical measurement demonstrate that V(o)(.)-TiO(2) is a stable visible-light-responsive material with photogenerated charge separation efficiency higher than N-TiO(2) and P25 under visible-light irradiation. The V(o)(.)-TiO(2) material exhibits not only satisfactory thermal- and photostability, but also superior photocatalytic activity for H(2) evolution (115 μmol h(-1) g(-1)) from water with methanol as sacrificial reagent under visible light (λ>400 nm) irradiation. Furthermore, the effects of reaction temperature, ratio of starting materials (imidazole:TiO(2) precursor) and calcination time on the photocatalytic activity and the microstructure of V(o)(.)-TiO(2) were elucidated. PMID:23307339

  9. Nanofiber-based paramagnetic probes for rapid, real-time biomedical oximetry.

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    Bhallamudi, Vidya P; Xue, Ruipeng; Purser, Carola M; Presley, Kayla F; Banasavadi-Siddegowda, Yeshavanth K; Hwang, Jinwoo; Kaur, Balveen; Hammel, P Chris; Poirier, Michael G; Lannutti, John J; Pandian, Ramasamy P

    2016-04-01

    EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance) based biological oximetry is a powerful tool that accurately and repeatedly measures tissue oxygen levels. In vivo determination of oxygen in tissues is crucial for the diagnosis and treatment of a number of diseases. Here, we report the first successful fabrication and remarkable properties of nanofiber sensors for EPR-oximetry applications. Lithium octa-n-butoxynaphthalocyanine (LiNc- BuO), an excellent paramagnetic oxygen sensor, was successfully encapsulated in 300-500 nm diameter fibers consisting of a core of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and a shell of polycaprolactone (PCL) by electrospinning. This core-shell nanosensor (LiNc-BuO-PDMS-PCL) shows a linear dependence of linewidth versus oxygen partial pressure (pO2). The nanofiber sensors have response and recovery times of 0.35 s and 0.55 s, respectively, these response and recovery times are ~12 times and ~218 times faster than those previously reported for PDMS-LiNc-BuO chip sensors. This greater responsiveness is likely due to the high porosity and excellent oxygen permeability of the nanofibers. Electrospinning of the structurally flexible PDMS enabled the fabrication of fibers having tailored spin densities. Core-shell encapsulation ensures the non-exposure of embedded LiNc-BuO and mitigates potential biocompatibility concerns. In vitro evaluation of the fiber performed under exposure to cultured cells showed that it is both stable and biocompatible. The unique combination of biocompatibility due to the PCL 'shell,' the excellent oxygen transparency of the PDMS core, and the excellent oxygen-sensing properties of LiNc-BuO makes LiNc-BuO-PDMS-PCL platform promising for long-term oximetry and repetitive oxygen measurements in both biological systems and clinical applications. PMID:27106026

  10. Vanadyl Phthalocyanine (C32H16N8VO): a near-perfect molecular paramagnet

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    Wang, Z.; Seehra, M. S.

    Transition-metal-doped phthalocyanines (TMPc, TM = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) are semiconductors with interesting photoconductive properties and so have potential applications in optoelectronic devices. TMPc are planar molecules with the TM atom at the center bound to four N atoms and forming a linear chain along the monoclinic b-axis. Recent magnetic studies reported in CuPc, CoPc, and MnPc show that the exchange coupling between the TM ions are either ferromagnetic as in MnPc or antiferromagnetic as in CuPc and CoPc. In contrast to TMPc, VOPc has a five- coordinate square pyramidal structure with a single electron associated with VO2+ ion. Here we report results from detailed investigations of the magnetic properties of powder sample of VOPc X-ray diffraction of which shows it to be triclinic. Temperature dependence of magnetization M from 2 K to 300 K in H = 1 kOe fits the Curie-Weiss (CW) law with θ = 0 K, μ = 1.665μB and g = 1.922 for spin S = 1/2 which indicates VOPc is paramagnetic without any exchange coupling between VO2+ ions, quite different from CuPc, CoPc and MnPc. Also, M vs. H data (up to 90 kOe) at 2 K, 5 K, 10 K, 25 K, 50 K, 100 K, and 300 K fit well with the Brillouin function variation for S = 1/2, again confirming perfect paramagnetism in VOPc.

  11. Temperature dependence on the electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of natural jasper from Taroko Gorge (Taiwan)

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    Hemantha Kumar, G. N.; Parthasarathy, G.; Chakradhar, R. P. S.; Rao, J. Lakshmana; Ratnakaram, Y. C.

    2010-04-01

    Structural properties of natural jasper from Taroko Gorge (Taiwan) have been investigated by means of powder X-ray diffraction, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic techniques. The EPR spectrum at room temperature exhibits a sharp resonance signal at g = 2.007 and two more resonance signals centered at g ≈ 4.3 and 14.0. The resonance signal at g = 2.007 has been attributed to the E' center and is related to a natural radiation-induced paramagnetic defect. Two more resonance signals centered at g ≈ 4.3 and 14.0 are characteristic of Fe3+ ions. The EPR spectra recorded at room temperature of jasper samples, heat-treated at temperatures ranging from 473 to 1,473 K exhibit marked temperature dependence. The resonance signal corresponding to E' center disappears at elevated temperatures. A broad, intense resonance signal centered at g ≈ 2.0 appears at elevated temperatures. This resonance signal is a characteristic of Fe3+ ions, which are present as hematite in the jasper sample. The intensity of the resonance signal becomes dominant at elevated temperatures at ≥873 K, masking g ≈ 4.3 and g ≈ 14.0 resonance signals. The EPR spectra of jasper heat-treated at 673 K have been recorded at temperatures between 123 and 296 K. The population of spin levels ( N) has been calculated for the broad g ≈ 2.0 resonance signal. It is found that N decreases with decreasing temperature. The linewidth (ΔH) of g ≈ 2.0 resonance signal of the heat-treated jasper is found to increase with decreasing temperature. This has been attributed to spin-spin interaction of the Fe3+ ions present in the form of hematite in the studied jasper sample.

  12. First-principles calculation of parameters of electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy in solids.

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    Kadantsev, Eugene S; Ziegler, Tom

    2010-12-01

    The hyperfine A-tensor and Zeeman g-tensor parameterize the interaction of an 'effective' electron spin with the magnetic field due to the nuclear spin and the homogeneous external magnetic field, respectively. The A- and g-tensors are the quantities of primary interest in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. In this paper, we review our work [E.S. Kadantsev, T. Ziegler, J. Phys. Chem. A 2008, 112, 4521; E. S. Kadantsev, T. Ziegler, J. Phys. Chem. A 2009, 113, 1327] on the calculation of these EPR parameters under periodic boundary conditions (PBC) from first-principles. Our methodology is based on the Kohn-Sham DFT (KS DFT), explicit usage of Bloch basis set made up of numerical and Slater-type atomic orbitals (NAOs/STOs), and is implemented in the 'full potential' program BAND. Our implementation does not rely on the frozen core approximation. The NAOs/STOs basis is well suited for the accurate representation of the electron density near the nuclei, a prerequisite for the calculation of highly accurate hyperfine parameters. In the case of g-tensor, our implementation is based on the method of Van Lenthe et al. [E. van Lenthe, P. E. S. Wormer, A. van der Avoird, J. Chem. Phys. 1997, 107, 2488] in which the spin-orbital coupling is taken into account variationally. We demonstrate the viability of our scheme by calculating EPR parameters of paramagnetic defects in solids. We consider the A-tensor of 'normal' and 'anomalous' muonium defect in IIIA-VA semiconductors as well as the S2 anion radical in KCl host crystal lattice. PMID:20821407

  13. Spin-mediated consciousness theory: possible roles of neural membrane nuclear spin ensembles and paramagnetic oxygen.

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    Hu, Huping; Wu, Maoxin

    2004-01-01

    A novel theory of consciousness is proposed in this paper. We postulate that consciousness is intrinsically connected to quantum spin since the latter is the origin of quantum effects in both Bohm and Hestenes quantum formulism and a fundamental quantum process associated with the structure of space-time. That is, spin is the "mind-pixel". The unity of mind is achieved by entanglement of the mind-pixels. Applying these ideas to the particular structures and dynamics of the brain, we theorize that human brain works as follows: through action potential modulated nuclear spin interactions and paramagnetic O2/NO driven activations, the nuclear spins inside neural membranes and proteins form various entangled quantum states some of which survive decoherence through quantum Zeno effects or in decoherence-free subspaces and then collapse contextually via irreversible and non-computable means producing consciousness and, in turn, the collective spin dynamics associated with said collapses have effects through spin chemistry on classical neural activities thus influencing the neural networks of the brain. Our proposal calls for extension of associative encoding of neural memories to the dynamical structures of neural membranes and proteins. Thus, according our theory, the nuclear spin ensembles are the "mind-screen" with nuclear spins as its pixels, the neural membranes and proteins are the mind-screen and memory matrices, and the biologically available paramagnetic species such as O2 and NO are pixel-activating agents. Together, they form the neural substrates of consciousness. We also present supporting evidence and make important predictions. We stress that our theory is experimentally verifiable with present technologies. Further, experimental realizations of intra-/inter-molecular nuclear spin coherence and entanglement, macroscopic entanglement of spin ensembles and NMR quantum computation, all in room temperatures, strongly suggest the possibility of a spin

  14. A Spectrometer for Dynamic Nuclear Polarization and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance at High Frequencies

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    Becerra, L. R.; Gerfen, G. J.; Bellew, B. F.; Bryant, J. A.; Hall, D. A.; Inati, S. J.; Weber, R. T.; Un, S.; Prisner, T. F.; McDermott, A. E.; Fishbein, K. W.; Kreischer, K. E.; Temkin, R. J.; Singel, D. J.; Griffin, R. G.

    A high-frequency dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP)/electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer operating at 211 MHz for 1H and 140 GHz for g= 2 paramagnetic centers (5 T static field) is described. The salient feature of the instrument is a cyclotron-resonance maser (gyrotron) which generates high-frequency, high-power microwave radiation. This gyrotron, which under conventional operation produces millisecond pulses at kilowatt powers, has been adapted to operate at ˜100 W for 1 to 20 s pulses and in the continuous wave mode at the 10 W power level. Experiments combining DNP with magic-angle spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance were performed on samples consisting of 2% by weight of the free radical BDPA doped into polystyrene. Room-temperature DNP enhancement factors of 10 for 1H and 40 for 13C were obtained in the NMR-MAS spectra. Static DNP NMR has also been performed on samples containing nitroxides dissolved in water:glycerol solvent mixtures. Enhancements of approximately 200 have been obtained for low-temperature (14 K) 1H NMR. A pulsed/CW EPR spectrometer operating at 140 GHz has been developed in conjunction with the DNP spectrometer. Microwave sources include Gunn-diode oscillators which provide low-power (20 mW) radiation, and the gyrotron, which has been used to deliver higher power levels in pulsed experiments. Results using this spectrometer are presented for continuous-wave and echo-detected EPR, electron spin-echo-envelope modulation (ESEEM), and Fourier-transform EPR.

  15. Paramagnetic moments and time effects in melt-textured NdBaCuO system with Nd422 inclusions

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    Dias, F. T.; Vieira, V. N.; Silva, D. L.; Wolff-Fabris, F.; Kampert, E.; Almeida, M. L.; Mesquita, F.; Hneda, M.; Roa, J. J.

    2015-03-01

    We have performed magnetic measurements in two melt-textured NdBa2Cu3O7-δ samples with Nd422 inclusions under magnetic fields from 0.05 up to 14 T, applied parallel to the ab planes. The measurements were made with a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Paramagnetic moments could be observed during FCC (field-cooled cooling) and FCW (field-cooled warming) experiments. This effect, known as Paramagnetic Meissner Effect (PME), persisted up to 14 T and strong irreversibilities were observed among FCC and FCW experiments, revealing the presence of time effects. These time effects were confirmed by specific magnetic relaxation experiments in different cooling rates and temperatures, showing an anomalous and curious paramagnetic behavior. We explain our results based on the flux-compressed state generated within nonsuperconducting regions of the sample, such as the Nd422 inclusions dispersed into the superconducting matrix. These inclusions may produce a strong vortex pinning that stabilize the paramagnetic state, allowing the admission of extra vortices into the sample responsible for the positive moments during the relaxation experiments.

  16. Effects of Paramagnetism and Electron Correlations on the Electronic Structure of MnO: Ab Initio Study

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    Yoon, Sangmoon; Jin, Kyoungsuk; Kang, Seoung-Hun; Nam, Ki Tae; Kim, Miyoung; Kwon, Young-Kyun

    Manganese oxide nanoparticles have attracted a lot of attentions as a promising candidate for next-generation catalyst. Therefore, understanding the electronic structure of manganese oxide in room temperature is highly required for the rational design of catalysts. We study the effects of paramagnetism and electron correlations on the electronic structure of MnO using ab initio density functional theory. Spin configurations of paramagnetism are postulated as the ensemble average of various spin disorders. Each initial disordered spin configuration is randomly generated with two constraints on magnetic local moments. We first investigate the influence of magnetic ordering on the elctronic structure of MnO using noncollinear spin calculations and find that the magnetic disorders make valence band maximum more delocalized. Moreover, we examine the role of electron correlations in the electronic structure of paramagnetic MnO using DFT +U calculations. Strong electron correlations modify not only the size of band gap but also the magnitude of local moments as in the antiferromagnetic MnO. Besides, the initialized spin disorder remains almost unchanged as electron correlation get stronger. Furthermore, our results obtained by considering both strong electron correlation and paramagnetism confirm experimentally-observed oxygen K edge X-ray emission spectra [1] reflecting the feature of valence bands. [1] E. Z. Kurmaev et al., Phys. Rev. B. 77, 165127 (2008).

  17. Solid-state NMR strategies for the structural characterization of paramagnetic NO adducts of Frustrated Lewis Pairs (FLPs).

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    Wiegand, Thomas; Sajid, Muhammad; Kehr, Gerald; Erker, Gerhard; Eckert, Hellmut

    2014-01-01

    By N,N addition of NO to the norbonane annulated borane-phosphane Frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) 1 a five-membered heterocyclic persistent aminoxyl radical 2 and its diamagnetic hydroxylamine reduction product 3 are prepared, and the comprehensive multinuclear solid state NMR characterization ((1)H, (11)B, (19)F, (31)P) of these FLP adducts is reported. Signal quantification experiments using a standard addition method reveal that the (11)B and (31)P NMR signals observed in 2 actually arise from molecular impurities of 3 embedded in the paramagnetic crystal. In contrast analogous quantification experiments reveal that the (1)H and (19)F MAS-NMR spectra originate from spin-carrying molecules. Peak assignments are based on DFT-calculated Mulliken spin densities, which lead to the surprising result that the largest paramagnetic shift affecting a proton NMR resonance in 2 originates from intermolecular interactions. For the (19)F nuclei, experiments and calculations indicate that paramagnetic shift effects are very small. In this case, assignments are based on DFT chemical shift calculations carried out on diamagnetic 3 and (19)F((11)B) Rotational Echo Adiabatic Passage DOuble Resonance (REAPDOR) experiments. The set of experiments described here defines an efficient strategy for the structural analysis of paramagnetic FLP adducts. PMID:24815176

  18. Strong impact of lattice vibrations on electronic and magnetic properties of paramagnetic Fe revealed by disordered local moments molecular dynamics

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    Alling, B.; Körmann, F.; Grabowski, B.; Glensk, A.; Abrikosov, I. A.; Neugebauer, J.

    2016-06-01

    We study the impact of lattice vibrations on magnetic and electronic properties of paramagnetic bcc and fcc iron at finite temperature, employing the disordered local moments molecular dynamics (DLM-MD) method. Vibrations strongly affect the distribution of local magnetic moments at finite temperature, which in turn correlates with the local atomic volumes. Without the explicit consideration of atomic vibrations, the mean local magnetic moment and mean field derived magnetic entropy of paramagnetic bcc Fe are larger compared to paramagnetic fcc Fe, which would indicate that the magnetic contribution stabilizes the bcc phase at high temperatures. In the present study we show that this assumption is not valid when the coupling between vibrations and magnetism is taken into account. At the γ -δ transition temperature (1662 K), the lattice distortions cause very similar magnetic moments of both bcc and fcc structures and hence magnetic entropy contributions. This finding can be traced back to the electronic densities of states, which also become increasingly similar between bcc and fcc Fe with increasing temperature. Given the sensitive interplay of the different physical excitation mechanisms, our results illustrate the need for an explicit consideration of vibrational disorder and its impact on electronic and magnetic properties to understand paramagnetic Fe. Furthermore, they suggest that at the γ -δ transition temperature electronic and magnetic contributions to the Gibbs free energy are extremely similar in bcc and fcc Fe.

  19. Paramagnetic effects on the NMR spectra of isotropic bicelles with headgroup modified chelator lipids and metal ions.

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    Tang, Ming; Mao, Kevin; Li, Stacey; Zhuang, Jianqin; Diallo, Koumba

    2016-06-21

    We characterized the paramagnetic effects of nine metal ions on NMR signals of isotropic bicelles with headgroup-modified lipids. We found that Mn(2+), Gd(3+) and Dy(3+) show evidence for influencing NMR signals on the surface more than inside and on the disc edge, providing distance information in the bilayers. PMID:27240538

  20. Surface-enhanced raman scattering detection of DNAs derived from virus genomes using au-coated paramagnetic nanoparticles

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    A magnetic capture-based, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) assay for DNA detection has been developed which utilizes Au-coated paramagnetic nanoparticles (Au@PMPs) as both a SERS substrate and effective bio-separation reagent for the selective removal of target DNAs from solution. Hybridizat...

  1. Visualizing, dating and determining the origin of the primitive carbonaceous matter in rocks: the potential of electron paramagnetic resonance

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    Binet, Laurent; Gourier, Didier; Delpoux, Olivier; Skrzypczak-Bonduelle, Audrey; Vezin, Herve; Derenne, Sylvie; Robert, Francois

    The study of primitive life on Earth is an essential task to determine the physical and chemical processes, which can lead to the emergence of life, and to devise methods to detect possible traces of life on Mars. Traces of primitive life should occur as residual fossil carbonaceous matter embedded in ancient rocks. However, on the early Earth or the early Mars, several sources, namely biological, chemical or extraplanetary, of carbonaceous matter must be considered. Besides, any fossilized carbonaceous matter, whether biological or abiotic, undergoes a complex evolution over geological times so that the memory of its precursors may be partially lost. Therefore the origin of ancient carbonaceous matter is difficult to assess on a chemical or structural basis. In addition, in the case of terrestrial rocks, unavoidable biogenic contamination by endolithic bacteria complicates the problem of proving the origin of primitive terrestrial organic matter. In the specific case of possible Martian rocks, it appears compelling to use techniques able to perform a non-destructive detection and analysis of the possible carbonaceous matter in such precious samples. Fossil carbonaceous matters contain radicals corresponding to unpaired electrons associated with broken chemical bonds or structural defects. These organic radicals are magnetic species, which can be detected and analyzed by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR). This technique is non-destructive, and sensitive enough to detect ideally 1 ppm of carbonaceous matter in a rock. To assess the potential of radicals to trace back the history and the origin of ancient carbonaceous matter, we performed an EPR study of a series of siliceous rocks (cherts) containing fossil carbonaceous matter with ages ranging from 45 Myr to 3.46 Byr. We showed that the distribution of the carbonaceous matter can be visualized within bulk sample by EPR imaging, with a submillimeter resolution, which may help detecting possible fossil bacterial

  2. Magnetic resonance evidence of manganese-graphene complexes in reduced graphene oxide

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    Panich, Alexander M.; Shames, Alexander I.; Aleksenskii, Aleksandr E.; Dideikin, Artur

    2012-03-01

    We report on EPR and NMR study of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) produced by the Hummers method. We show that this RGO sample reveals isolated Mn2+ ions, which originate from potassium permanganate used in the process of the sample preparation. These ions form paramagnetic charge-transfer complexes with the graphene planes and contribute to the 13C spin-lattice relaxation.

  3. Uptake of Cu{sup 2+} by the calcium carbonates vaterite and calcite as studied by continuous wave (CW) and pulse electron paramagnetic resonance

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    Schosseler, P.M.; Schweiger, A.; Wehrli, B.

    1999-07-01

    The investigation of the Cu{sup 2+} uptake by the calcium carbonate minerals vaterite and calcite with continuous wave and pulse electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) yields information on a molecular scale about the relevant complexation reactions at the mineral-water interface. The structural assignment is based on changes in the coordination geometry of the copper complexes. Magnetic interactions of the unpaired Cu{sup 2+} electron with nuclei of {sup 13}C-labeled carbonate ligands and protons from water or hydroxyl ligands in the first and second coordination spheres of the cation are detected by pulse EPR techniques. Results show that the Cu{sup 2+} ions are rapidly dehydrated upon adsorption on the mineral surface. The strong surface binding is due to monodentate coordination to three or four carbonate surface ions, comparable to chelate complexation in solution. The formation of square-planar or square-pyramidal copper complexes at exposed surface sites like kinks and steps yields a convincing explanation for the inhibition of calcium carbonate growth and dissolution. Upon recrystallization the Cu{sup 2+} ions are integrated into the calcite lattice where they exhibit a dynamic Jahn-Teller effect. The resulting local lattice distortions are expected to destabilize the Cu{sub x}-Ca{sub (1{minus}x)}CO{sub 3}(s) solid solution. Results support the concept of a dynamic calcium carbonate surface, covered by a thin, structured surface layer. The detailed structural information obtained for Cu{sup 2+} provides a better understanding of the interaction of other metal ions with calcium carbonate minerals.

  4. Decoupling of paramagnetic and ferrimagnetic AMS development during the experimental chemical compaction of illite shale powder

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    Bruijn, Rolf H. C.; Almqvist, Bjarne S. G.; Hirt, Ann M.; Benson, Philip M.

    2013-03-01

    Inclination shallowing of detrital remanent magnetization in sedimentary strata has solely been constrained for the mechanical processes associated with mud deposition and shallow compaction of clay-rich sediment, even though a significant part of mud diagenesis involves chemical compaction. Here we report, for the first time, on the laboratory simulation of magnetic assemblage development in a chemically compacting illite shale powder of natural origin. The experimental procedure comprised three compaction stages that, when combined, simulate the diagenesis and low-grade metamorphism of illite mud. First, the full extent of load-sensitive mechanical compaction is simulated by room temperature dry axial compression. Subsequently, temperature controlled chemical compaction is initiated by exposing the sample in two stages to amphibolite or granulite facies conditions (temperature is 490 to 750°C and confining pressure is 170 or 300 MPa) both in the absence (confining pressure only) and presence of a deformation stress field (axial compression or confined torsion). Thermodynamic equilibrium in the last two compaction stages was not reached, but illite and mica dehydroxylation initiated, thus providing a wet environment. Magnetic properties were characterized by magnetic susceptibility and its anisotropy (AMS) in both high- and low-applied field. Acquisition of isothermal remanent magnetization (IRM), stepwise three-component thermal de-magnetization of IRM and first-order reversal curves were used to characterize the remanence-bearing minerals. During the chemical compaction experiments ferrimagnetic iron-sulphides formed after reduction of magnetite and detrital pyrite in a low sulphur fugacity environment. The degree of low-field AMS is unaffected by porosity reduction from 15 to ˜1 per cent, regardless of operating conditions and compaction history. High-field paramagnetic AMS increases with compaction for all employed stress regimes and conditions, and is

  5. New chemometric approach MCR-ALS to unmix EPR spectroscopic data from complex mixtures

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    Fadel, Maya Abou; de Juan, Anna; Touati, Nadia; Vezin, Hervé; Duponchel, Ludovic

    2014-11-01

    Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra of mixtures are often difficult to interpret due to the superposition of spectral contribution of various species present in the complex materials. It is challenging to accurately identify the number of pure compounds present and to extract their pure spectra. In this study, the powerful chemometric method, multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS), is applied to identify different paramagnetic centers. This method is used to simultaneously extract, with no prior knowledge, the pure spectra and the corresponding concentration profiles of all the compounds in the unknown and unresolved mixtures. The goal of our work is to apply, for the first time, this new chemometrics methodology, MCR-ALS, on EPR spectroscopic data in order to characterize a series of distinct but strongly overlapping spectra of various paramagnetic species.

  6. Disappearance of electron-hole asymmetry in nanoparticles of Nd{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3}(x=0.6,0.4): magnetization and electron paramagnetic resonance evidence

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    Bhagyashree, K. S. Bhat, S. V.

    2015-05-07

    We study and compare magnetic and electron paramagnetic resonance behaviors of bulk and nanoparticles of Nd{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3} in hole doped (x=0.4;NCMOH) and electron doped (x=0.6;NCMOE) samples. NCMOH in bulk form shows a complex temperature dependence of magnetization M(T), with a charge ordering transition at ∼250 K, an antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition at ∼150 K, and a transition to a canted AFM phase/mixed phase at ∼80 K. Bulk NCMOE behaves quite differently with just a charge ordering transition at ∼280 K, thus providing a striking example of the so called electron-hole asymmetry. While our magnetization data on bulk samples are consistent with the earlier reports, the new results on the nanoparticles bring out drastic effects of size reduction. They show that M(T) behaviors of the two nanosamples are essentially similar in addition to the absence of the charge order in them thus providing strong evidence for vanishing of the electron-hole asymmetry in nanomanganites. This conclusion is further corroborated by electron paramagnetic resonance studies which show that the large difference in the “g” values and their temperature dependences found for the two bulk samples disappears as they approach a common behavior in the corresponding nanosamples.

  7. Use of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to Evaluate the Redox State In Vivo

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    SWARTZ, HAROLD M.; KHAN, NADEEM; KHRAMTSOV, VALERY V.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this article is to provide an overview of how electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) can be used to measure redox-related parameters in vivo. The values of this approach include that the measurements are made under fully physiological conditions, and some of the measurements cannot be made by other means. Three complementary approaches are used with in vivo EPR: the rate of reduction or reactions of nitroxides, spin trapping of free radicals, and measurements of thiols. All three approaches already have produced unique and useful information. The measurement of the rate of decrease of nitroxides technically is the simplest, but difficult to interpret because the measured parameter, reduction in the intensity of the nitroxide signal, can occur by several different mechanisms. In vivo spin trapping can provide direct evidence for the occurrence of specific free radicals in vivo and reflect relative changes, but accurate absolute quantification remains challenging. The measurement of thiols in vivo also appears likely to be useful, but its development as an in vivo technique is at an early stage. It seems likely that the use of in vivo EPR to measure redox processes will become an increasingly utilized and valuable tool. PMID:17678441

  8. Automated genomic DNA purification options in agricultural applications using MagneSil paramagnetic particles

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    Bitner, Rex M.; Koller, Susan C.

    2002-06-01

    The automated high throughput purification of genomic DNA form plant materials can be performed using MagneSil paramagnetic particles on the Beckman-Coulter FX, BioMek 2000, and the Tecan Genesis robot. Similar automated methods are available for DNA purifications from animal blood. These methods eliminate organic extractions, lengthy incubations and cumbersome filter plates. The DNA is suitable for applications such as PCR and RAPD analysis. Methods are described for processing traditionally difficult samples such as those containing large amounts of polyphenolics or oils, while still maintaining a high level of DNA purity. The robotic protocols have ben optimized for agricultural applications such as marker assisted breeding, seed-quality testing, and SNP discovery and scoring. In addition to high yield purification of DNA from plant samples or animal blood, the use of Promega's DNA-IQ purification system is also described. This method allows for the purification of a narrow range of DNA regardless of the amount of additional DNA that is present in the initial sample. This simultaneous Isolation and Quantification of DNA allows the DNA to be used directly in applications such as PCR, SNP analysis, and RAPD, without the need for separate quantitation of the DNA.

  9. Spin dynamics of paramagnetic centers with anisotropic g tensor and spin of 1/2.

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    Maryasov, Alexander G; Bowman, Michael K

    2012-08-01

    The influence of g tensor anisotropy on spin dynamics of paramagnetic centers having real or effective spin of 1/2 is studied. The g anisotropy affects both the excitation and the detection of EPR signals, producing noticeable differences between conventional continuous-wave (cw) EPR and pulsed EPR spectra. The magnitudes and directions of the spin and magnetic moment vectors are generally not proportional to each other, but are related to each other through the g tensor. The equilibrium magnetic moment direction is generally parallel to neither the magnetic field nor the spin quantization axis due to the g anisotropy. After excitation with short microwave pulses, the spin vector precesses around its quantization axis, in a plane that is generally not perpendicular to the applied magnetic field. Paradoxically, the magnetic moment vector precesses around its equilibrium direction in a plane exactly perpendicular to the external magnetic field. In the general case, the oscillating part of the magnetic moment is elliptically polarized and the direction of precession is determined by the sign of the g tensor determinant (g tensor signature). Conventional pulsed and cw EPR spectrometers do not allow determination of the g tensor signature or the ellipticity of the magnetic moment trajectory. It is generally impossible to set a uniform spin turning angle for simple pulses in an unoriented or 'powder' sample when g tensor anisotropy is significant. PMID:22743542

  10. Training effects on ROS production determined by electron paramagnetic resonance in master swimmers.

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    Mrakic-Sposta, Simona; Gussoni, Maristella; Porcelli, Simone; Pugliese, Lorenzo; Pavei, Gaspare; Bellistri, Giuseppe; Montorsi, Michela; Tacchini, Philippe; Vezzoli, Alessandra

    2015-01-01

    Acute exercise induces an increase in Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) production dependent on exercise intensity with highest ROS amount generated by strenuous exercise. However, chronic repetition of exercise, that is, exercise training, may reduce exercise-induced oxidative stress. Aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of 6-weeks high-intensity discontinuous training (HIDT), characterized by repeated variations of intensity and changes of redox potential, on ROS production and antioxidant capacity in sixteen master swimmers. Time course changes of ROS generation were assessed by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance in capillary blood by a microinvasive approach. An incremental arm-ergometer exercise (IE) until exhaustion was carried out at both before (PRE) and after (POST) training (Trg) period. A significant (P < 0.01) increase of ROS production from REST to the END of IE in PRE Trg (2.82 ± 0.66 versus 3.28 ± 0.66 µmol·min(-1)) was observed. HIDT increased peak oxygen consumption (36.1 ± 4.3 versus 40.6 ± 5.7 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1) PRE and POST Trg, resp.) and the antioxidant capacity (+13%) while it significantly decreased the ROS production both at REST (-20%) and after IE (-25%). The observed link between ROS production, adaptive antioxidant defense mechanisms, and peak oxygen consumption provides new insight into the correlation between ROS response pathways and muscle metabolic function. PMID:25874024

  11. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Imaging of the Spatial Distribution of Free Radicals in PMR-15 Polyimide Resins

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    Ahn, Myong K.; Eaton, Sandra S.; Eaton, Gareth R.; Meador, Mary Ann B.

    1997-01-01

    Prior studies have shown that free radicals generated by heating polyimides above 300 C are stable at room temperature and are involved in thermo-oxidative degradation in the presence of oxygen gas. Electron paramagnetic resonance imaging (EPRI) is a technique to determine the spatial distribution of free radicals. X-band (9.5 GHz) EPR images of PMR-15 polyimide were obtained with a spatial resolution of approximately 0.18 mm along a 2-mm dimension of the sample. In a polyimide sample that was not thermocycled, the radical distribution was uniform along the 2-mm dimension of the sample. For a polyimide sample that was exposed to thermocycling in air for 300 1-h cycles at 335 C, one-dimensional EPRI showed a higher concentration of free radicals in the surface layers than in the bulk sample. A spectral-spatial two-dimensional image showed that the EPR lineshape of the surface layer remained the same as that of the bulk. These EPRI results suggest that the thermo-oxidative degradation of PMR-15 resin involves free radicals present in the oxygen-rich surface layer.

  12. Paramagnetism and reentrant behavior in quasi-one-dimensional superconductors at high magnetic fields

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    Sa de Melo, C.A.R.

    1996-02-01

    The thermodynamics of quasi-one-dimensional superconductors in the presence of large magnetic fields is studied. When the quantum effects of the magnetic field are taken into account, several reentrant superconducting phases persist at very high fields. In the last reentrant phase the free energy change, the specific heat jump and the excess magnetization are estimated near the critical temperature. In particular, the excess magnetization is found to be paramagnetic as opposed to diamagnetic in weak fields and its sign is controlled by the slope of H{sub c{sub 2}} (T). The authors further generalize this result to the entire phase diagram (including all quantum phases) and to different physical systems using general thermodynamic relations which show that the sign of the excess magnetization {Delta}M of the superconducting state near H{sub c{sub 2}}(T) follows dH{sub c{sub 2}}(T)/dT. These relations provide a scenario for the evolution of the sign of {Delta}M from weak fields to strong fields.

  13. Soliton generation via continuous stokes acoustic self-scattering of hypersonic waves in a paramagnetic crystal

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    Bugay, A. N.; Sazonov, S. V.

    2008-08-15

    A new mechanism is proposed for continuous frequency down-conversion of acoustic waves propagating in a paramagnetic crystal at a low temperature in an applied magnetic field. A transverse hypersonic pulse generating a carrier-free longitudinal strain pulse via nonlinear effects is scattered by the generated pulse. This leads to a Stokes shift in the transverse hypersonic wave proportional to its intensity, and both pulses continue to propagate in the form of a mode-locked soliton. As the transverse-pulse frequency is Stokes shifted, its spectrum becomes narrower. This process can be effectively implemented only if the linear group velocity of the transverse hypersonic pulse equals the phase velocity of the longitudinal strain wave. These velocities are renormalized by spin-phonon coupling and can be made equal by adjusting the magnitude of the applied magnetic field. The transverse structure of the soliton depends on the sign of the group velocity dispersion of the transverse component. When the dispersion is positive, planar solitons can develop whose transverse component has a topological defect of dark vortex type and longitudinal component has a hole. In the opposite case, the formation of two-component acoustic 'bullets' or vortices localized in all directions is possible.

  14. Electron paramagnetic resonance study of a photosynthetic microbial mat and comparison with Archean cherts.

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    Bourbin, M; Derenne, S; Gourier, D; Rouzaud, J-N; Gautret, P; Westall, F

    2012-12-01

    Organic radicals in artificially carbonized biomass dominated by oxygenic and non-oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria, Microcoleus chthonoplastes-like and Chloroflexus-like bacteria respectively, were studied by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. The two bacteria species were sampled in mats from a hypersaline lake. They underwent accelerated ageing by cumulative thermal treatments to induce progressive carbonization of the biological material, mimicking the natural maturation of carbonaceous material of Archean age. For thermal treatments at temperatures higher than 620 °C, a drastic increase in the EPR linewidth is observed in the carbonaceous matter from oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria and not anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria. This selective EPR linewidth broadening reflects the presence of a catalytic element inducing formation of radical aggregates, without affecting the molecular structure or the microstructure of the organic matter, as shown by Raman spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy. For comparison, we carried out an EPR study of organic radicals in silicified carbonaceous rocks (cherts) from various localities, of different ages (0.42 to 3.5 Gyr) and having undergone various degrees of metamorphism, i.e. various degrees of natural carbonization. EPR linewidth dispersion for the most primitive samples was quite significant, pointing to a selective dipolar broadening similar to that observed for carbonized bacteria. This surprising result merits further evaluation in the light of its potential use as a marker of past bacterial metabolisms, in particular oxygenic photosynthesis, in Archean cherts. PMID:23254854

  15. Ageing and thermal recovery of paramagnetic centers induced by electron irradiation in yttria-stabilized zirconia

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    Costantini, J. M.; Beuneu, F.

    We have used electron spin resonance spectroscopy to study the defects induced in yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) single crystals by 2.5-MeV electron irradiations. Two paramagnetic centers are produced: the first one with an axial <111> symmetry is similar to the trigonal Zr3+ electron center (T center) found after X-ray irradiation or thermo-chemical reduction, whereas the second one is a new oxygen hole center with an axial <100> symmetry different from the orthorhombic O- center induced by X-ray irradiation. At a fluence around 10(18) e/cm(2) , both centers are bleached out near 600 K, like the corresponding X-ray induced defects. At a fluence around 10(19) e/cm(2) , defects are much more stable, since complete thermal bleaching occurs near 1000 K. Accordingly, ageing of as-irradiated samples shows that high-dose defects at more stable than the low-dose ones.

  16. Paramagnetic dysprosium-doped zinc oxide thin films grown by pulsed-laser deposition

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    Lo, Fang-Yuh Ting, Yi-Chieh; Chou, Kai-Chieh; Hsieh, Tsung-Chun; Ye, Cin-Wei; Hsu, Yung-Yuan; Liu, Hsiang-Lin; Chern, Ming-Yau

    2015-06-07

    Dysprosium(Dy)-doped zinc oxide (Dy:ZnO) thin films were fabricated on c-oriented sapphire substrate by pulsed-laser deposition with doping concentration ranging from 1 to 10 at. %. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman-scattering, optical transmission spectroscopy, and spectroscopic ellipsometry revealed incorporation of Dy into ZnO host matrix without secondary phase. Solubility limit of Dy in ZnO under our deposition condition was between 5 and 10 at. % according to XRD and Raman-scattering characteristics. Optical transmission spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry also showed increase in both transmittance in ultraviolet regime and band gap of Dy:ZnO with increasing Dy density. Zinc vacancies and zinc interstitials were identified by photoluminescence spectroscopy as the defects accompanied with Dy incorporation. Magnetic investigations with a superconducting quantum interference device showed paramagnetism without long-range order for all Dy:ZnO thin films, and a hint of antiferromagnetic alignment of Dy impurities was observed at highest doping concentration—indicating the overall contribution of zinc vacancies and zinc interstitials to magnetic interaction was either neutral or toward antiferromagnetic. From our investigations, Dy:ZnO thin films could be useful for spin alignment and magneto-optical applications.

  17. Lifshitz scaling effects on the holographic paramagnetism-ferromagnetism phase transition

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    Zhang, Cheng-Yuan; Wu, Ya-Bo; Jin, Yong-Yi; Chai, Yun-Tian; Hu, Mu-Hong; Zhang, Zhuo

    2016-06-01

    In the probe limit, we investigate holographic paramagnetism-ferromagnetism phase transition in the four-dimensional and five-dimensional Lifshitz black holes by means of numerical and semianalytical methods, which is realized by introducing a massive 2-form field coupled to the Maxwell field. We find that the Lifshitz dynamical exponent z contributes evidently to the magnetic moment and hysteresis loop of single magnetic domain quantitatively, not qualitatively. Concretely, in the case without an external magnetic field, the spontaneous magnetization and ferromagnetic phase transition happen when the temperature gets low enough, and the critical exponent for the magnetic moment is always 1 /2 , which is in agreement with the result from mean field theory. And the increasing z enhances the phase transition and increases the dc resistivity, which behaves as the colossal magnetic resistance effect in some materials. Furthermore, in the presence of the external magnetic field, the magnetic susceptibility satisfies the Cure-Weiss law with a general z . But the increase of z will result in shortening the period of the external magnetic field.

  18. Defects in paramagnetic Co-doped ZnO films studied by transmission electron microscopy

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    Kovács, A.; Duchamp, M.; Boothroyd, C. B.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.; Ney, A.; Ney, V.; Galindo, P. L.; Kaspar, T. C.; Chambers, S. A.

    2013-12-28

    We study planar defects in epitaxial Co:ZnO dilute magnetic semiconductor thin films deposited on c-plane sapphire (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), as well as the Co:ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface, using aberration-corrected transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. Co:ZnO samples that were deposited using pulsed laser deposition and reactive magnetron sputtering are both found to contain extrinsic stacking faults, incoherent interface structures, and compositional variations within the first 3–4 Co:ZnO layers next to the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate. The stacking fault density is in the range of 10{sup 17} cm{sup −3}. We also measure the local lattice distortions around the stacking faults. It is shown that despite the relatively high density of planar defects, lattice distortions, and small compositional variation, the Co:ZnO films retain paramagnetic properties.

  19. Paramagnetic hollow silica nanospheres for in vivo targeted ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.

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    An, Lu; Hu, He; Du, Jing; Wei, Jie; Wang, Li; Yang, Hong; Wu, Dongmei; Shi, Haili; Li, Fenghua; Yang, Shiping

    2014-07-01

    A series of hollow silica nanospheres (HSNSs) with sizes ranging from 100 to 400 nm were synthesized and used for primary ultrasound imaging (US) efficiency assessment. The 400 nm HSNSs were chosen as platform for conjugation with Gd-DTPA and cyclo-arginine-glycine-aspartic acid c(RGD) peptide to construct US and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) dual-modal contrast agents (CAs): [HSNSs@(DTPA-Gd)-RGD]. The obtained CAs displayed good physiological stability, low cytotoxicity and negligible hemolytic activity in vitro. Furthermore, the passive accumulation and active-targeting of the HSNSs in the tumor site of mice was demonstrated by US and MR imaging, respectively. The qualitative and quantitative biodistribution of the HSNSs showed that they mainly accumulated in the tissues of liver, lung, tumor after intravenous administration and then be excreted from feces. In addition, histological, hematological, blood and biochemical analysis were used to further study toxicity of the HSNSs, and all results indicated that there were no covert toxicity of HSNSs in mice after long exposure times. Findings from this study indicated that the silica-based paramagnetic HSNSs can be used as a platform for long-term targeted imaging and therapy studies safely in vivo. PMID:24703718

  20. NOTE: The effects of paramagnetic contrast agents on metabolite protons in aqueous solution

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    Murphy, Philip S.; Leach, Martin O.; Rowland, Ian J.

    2002-03-01

    The longitudinal (R1) and transverse (R2) relaxivities of the clinically used contrast agents Gd(DTPA)2-, Gd(DOTA)- and Gd(DTPA-BMA) have been determined in mixed aqueous metabolite solutions for choline, creatine and N-acetylaspartate. Measurements were performed at 1.5 T using a STEAM sequence on 25 mM metabolite solutions at pH = 7.4 and 22 °C. The data showed that for all the contrast agents and metabolites, R1 ~ R2. The largest range of relaxivity values was found for Gd(DTPA)2-, where R2 = 6.8 +/- 0.3 mM-1 s-1 for choline and 1.5 +/- 0.4 mM-1 s-1 for N-acetylaspartate. Variation in relaxivity values was attributed primarily to differences between the charges of the paramagnetic agent and metabolite. The maximum potential influence of the contrast agents on in vivo metabolite signals was calculated using the measured relaxivities.