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  1. Exploratory Synthesis: The Fascinating and Diverse Chemistry of Polar Intermetallic Phases

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    Corbett, John D.

    2009-12-07

    Exploratory synthetic adventures regarding the inorganic chemistry of polar intermetallic phases have proven to be especially productive of novel compositions, new and unprecedented structures, and unusual bonding regimes. Reactions of diverse elements with widely different electronegativities allow the definition of two opposed classes of products: polycationic or polyanionic clusters or networks of metals paired with the corresponding monatomic anions or cations. These can be usefully viewed as intermetallic 'salts', redox products of simpler neutral intermetallic systems but with widely different factors governing their stabilities. Thus, combinations of rare-earth metals alone or with late transition metals form a novel variety of polymetal network structures with relatively isolated telluride (or halide) spacer anions. Similarly, extensions of traditional Zintl phases of the alkali or alkaline-earth metals from the later p elements to the earlier triels, Ga-Tl especially, yield many new and elegant polyanionic structures. The substitution or addition of still earlier p or late d metal components produces still electron-poorer and more condensed polar intermetallic phases with increasingly delocalized bonding, higher coordination numbers, and more unusual structures and bonding. These discoveries have also led to new approaches: electronic tuning via band calculations to generate new families of quasicrystals and their crystalline approximants with their characteristic structural regimes and regularities. Gold as a substituent generates particularly novel bonding in arrays of mixed metals or polygold anionic networks.

  2. Synthesis, Structure and bonding Analysis of the Polar Intermetallic Phase Ca2Pt2Cd

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    Samal, Saroj L.; Corbett, John D.

    2012-08-14

    The polar intermetallic phase Ca2Pt2Cd was discovered during explorations of the Ca-Pt-Cd system. The compound was synthesized by high temperature reactions, and its structure refined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction as orthorhombic, Immm, a = 4.4514(5), b = 5.8415(6), c = 8.5976(9) Å, Z = 2. The structure formally contains infinite, planar networks of [Pt2Cd]4– along the ab plane, which can be described as tessellation of six and four-member rings of the anions, with cations stuffed between the anion layers. The infinite condensed platinum chains show a substantial long–short distortion of 0.52 Å, an appreciable difference between Ca2Pt2Cd (26 valence electrons) and the isotypic but regular Ca2Cu2Ga (29 VE). The relatively large cation proportion diminishes the usual dominance of polar (Pt–Cd) and 5d–5d (Pt–Pt) contributions to the total Hamilton populations.

  3. Nonstoichiometry of Al-Zr intermetallic phases

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    Radmilovic, V.; Thomas, G.

    1994-06-01

    Nonstoichiometry of metastable cubic {beta}{prime} and equilibrium tetragonal {beta} Al-Zr intermetallic phases of the nominal composition Al{sub 3}Zr in Al-rich alloys has been extensively studied. It is proposed that the ``dark contrast`` of {beta}{prime} core in {beta}{prime}/{sigma}{prime} complex precipitates, in Al-Li-Zr based alloys, is caused by incorporation of Al and Li atoms into the {beta}{prime} phase on Zr sublattice sites, forming nonstoichiometric Al-Zr intermetallic phases, rather than by Li partitioning only. {beta}{prime} particles contain very small amounts of Zr, approximately 5 at.%, much less than the stoichiometric 25 at.% in the Al{sub 3}Zr metastable phase. These particles are, according to simulation of high resolution images, of the Al{sub 3}(Al{sub 0.4}Li{sub 0.4}Zr{sub 0.2}) type. Nonstoichiometric particles of average composition Al{sub 4}Zr and Al{sub 6}Zr are observed also in the binary Al-Zr alloy, even after annealing for several hours at 600{degree}C.

  4. Phase stability in processing of high temperature intermetallic alloys

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    Perepezko, J.H.; Nunes, C.A.; Yi, S.H.; Thoma, D.J.

    1997-12-31

    In the development of high temperature intermetallics involving various aluminides, silicides and Laves phases, it has become evident that it is essential to consider the strong influence of materials processing throughout all stages. The underlying basis for alloy synthesis, processing and the assessment of thermal stability is established by the relevant phase equilibria, the characteristic diffusivities and the possible solidification reaction pathways. In almost all cases the microstructures of the most useful metallic alloys are multiphase assemblies in which the relative phase fractions, compositions and morphologies play key roles in optimizing the performance under high temperature conditions. The microstructure designs are usually tailored for strength, toughness, creep resistance and environmental stability and involve a balance of features derived from mixtures of a ductile phase and intermetallic phases. There is a clear experience that the level of materials processing can only be as sophisticated as the level of knowledge of the phase equilibria and the underlying kinetics. In many of the contemporary intermetallic alloys the phase stability must be considered in terms of multicomponent equilibria and non-stoichiometric intermetallic compositions. Recent developments in several important intermetallic alloy classes illustrate the guidance into alloy design and processing options provided by systematic studies of phase stability. 58 refs., 7 figs.

  5. Effect of intermetallic phases on the anodic oxidation and corrosion of 5A06 aluminum alloy

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    Li, Song-mei; Li, Ying-dong; Zhang, You; Liu, Jian-hua; Yu, Mei

    2015-02-01

    Intermetallic phases were found to influence the anodic oxidation and corrosion behavior of 5A06 aluminum alloy. Scattered intermetallic particles were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) after pretreatment. The anodic film was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and its corrosion resistance was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization in NaCl solution. The results show that the size of Al-Fe-Mg-Mn particles gradually decreases with the iron content. During anodizing, these intermetallic particles are gradually dissolved, leading to the complex porosity in the anodic film beneath the particles. After anodizing, the residual particles are mainly silicon-containing phases, which are embedded in the anodic film. Electrochemical measurements indicate that the porous anodic film layer is easily penetrated, and the barrier plays a dominant role in the overall protection. Meanwhile, self-healing behavior is observed during the long immersion time.

  6. Electrocatalytic activity of ordered intermetallic phases for fuel cell applications.

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    Casado-Rivera, Emerilis; Volpe, David J; Alden, Laif; Lind, Cora; Downie, Craig; Vázquez-Alvarez, Terannie; Angelo, Antonio C D; DiSalvo, Francis J; Abruña, Héctor D

    2004-03-31

    The electrocatalytic activities of a wide range of ordered intermetallic phases toward a variety of potential fuels have been studied, and results have been compared to those of a pure polycrystalline platinum (Pt(pc)) electrode. A significant number of the ordered intermetallic phases exhibited enhanced electrocatalytic activity when compared to that of Pt, in terms of both oxidation onset potential and current density. The PtBi, PtIn, and PtPb ordered intermetallic phases appeared to be the most promising electrocatalysts tested thus far for fuel cell applications. PtPb, in particular, showed an onset potential that was 100 mV less positive and a peak current density approximately 40 times higher than those observed for Pt in the case of methanol oxidation. The ability to control the geometric and electronic structures of the electrocatalytic material by using ordered intermetallic phases has been shown to be a promising direction of inquiry in the search for superior electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications. PMID:15038758

  7. BaHg2TI2. An Unusual Polar Intermetallic Phase with Strong Differentiation between the Neighboring elements Mercury and Thallium

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    Dai, Jing-Cao; Gupta, Shalabh; Gourdon, Olivier; Kim, Hyun-Jeong; Corbett, John D.

    2009-05-21

    High yields of the novel BaHg{sub 2}Tl{sub 2} are achieved from reactions of the appropriate cast alloys at 400 C. (Isotypic SrHg{sub 2}Tl{sub 2} also exists.) The tetragonal barium structure (P4{sub 2}/mnm, a = 10.606 {angstrom}, c = 5.159 {angstrom}) was refined from both single-crystal X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data in order to ensure the atom site assignments although distances and calculated atom site population also support the results. The Hg and Tl network atoms are distinctive in their functions and bonding. Parallel chains of Hg hexagons and of Tl tetrahedra along c are constructed from polyhedra that share opposed like edges, and these are in turn interconnected by Hg?Tl bonds. Overall, the number of Tl?Tl bonds per cell exceeds the Hg?Hg type by 20:12, but these are {approx} 1:2 each in bonding according to their average -ICOHP values (related to overlap populations). Barium is bound within a close 15-atom polyhedron, 12 atoms of which are the more electronegative Hg. LMTO-ASA calculations show that scalar relativistic effects are particularly important for Hg 5d?6s mixing in Hg?Hg and Hg?Tl bonding, whereas relatively separate Tl 6s and 6p states are more important in Tl?Tl interactions. The 6p states of Hg and Tl and 5d of Ba define a dominant conduction band around E{sub F}, and the phase is metallic and Pauli-like paramagnetic. The thallium characteristics here are close to those in numerous alkali-metal?Tl cluster systems. Other active metal?mercury phases that have been studied theoretically are all distinctly electron-richer and more reduced, and without appreciable net 5d, 6s contributions to Hg?Hg bonding.

  8. BaHg2Tl2. An Unusual Polar Intermetallic Phase with Strong DifferentiationBetween the Neighboring Elements Mercury and Thallium

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    Dai, Jing-Chao; Gupta, Shalabh; Gourdon, Olivier; Proffen, Th.; Corbett, John D

    2009-01-01

    High yields of the novel BaHg2Tl2 are achieved from reactions of the appropriate cast alloys at ~ 400 C. (Isotypic SrHg2Tl2 also exists.) The tetragonal barium structure (P42/mnm, a = 10.417, c = 4.952 ) was refined from both single crystal X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data in order to ensure the atom site assignments although distances and atom site potentials all also supportive of the results. The Hg and Tl network atoms are distinctive in their functions and bonding. Parallel chains of Hg hexagons and of Tl tetrahedra along c are constructed of like polyhedra that share opposed like edges, and these are in turn interconnected by Hg Tl bonds. Overall, Tl Tl bonds per cell exceed Hg Hg by 20:12 although these are ~1:2 in bonding according to the −ICOHP (≈ overlap population) values. Barium is bound within a close 15-atom polyhedron, 12 of which are the more electronegative Hg. LMTO-ASA calculations show that scalar relativistic effects are particularly important for Hg (5d-6s mixing in Hg Hg and Hg Tl bonding), whereas relatively separate (lower) 5d and 6s states of Tl are more important in Tl Tl interactions, appropriate to the 6s2 6p1 ground state for the atom. The highest occupied states define a dominantly 6p band, and the phase is metallic and Pauli-like paramagnetic. Binary active metal mercury systems that have been studied theoretically all have distinctly higher electron populations per mercury.

  9. Grain boundary intermetallic phases in alloy 718

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    Burke, M.G. . Science and Technology Center); Miller, M.K. )

    1990-01-01

    A nickel base superalloy which is widely used in power generation applications, Alloy 718, has been studied by analytical electron microscopy in order to elucidate the development of the complex microstructure which is produced during a typical multistage thermal treatment. The distribution of {delta}, {gamma}{double prime}, {gamma}{prime} and Laves phases was found to be strongly dependent on aging treatment. 7 refs., 5 figs.

  10. Zintl and intermetallic phases grown from calcium/lithium flux

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    Blankenship, Trevor

    Metal flux synthes is a useful alternative method to high temperature solid state synthesis; it allows easy diffusion of reactants at lower temperatures, and presents favorable conditions for crystal growth. A mixed flux of calcium and lithium in a 1:1 ratio was explored in this work; this mixture melts at 300°C and is an excellent solvent for main group elements and CaH 2. Reactions of p-block elements in a 1:1 Ca/Li flux have produced several new intermetallic and Zintl phases. Electronegative elements from groups 14 and 15 are reduced to anions in this flux, yielding charge-balanced products. More electropositive metals from group 13 are not fully reduced; the resulting products are complex intermetallics. The reactions of tin or lead and carbon in Ca/Li flux produced the analogous phases Ca11Tt3C8 (Tt = Sn, Pb) in the monoclinic C21/c space group (a = 13.2117(8) A, b =10.7029(7) A, c = 14.2493(9) A, beta = 105.650(1)° for the Sn analog). These compounds are carbide Zintl phases that includes the rare combination of C3 4- and C22- units as well as Sn4- or Pb4- anions. Ca/Li flux reactions of CaH2 and arsenic have produced the Zintl phases LiCa3As 2H in orthorhombic Pnma (a = 11.4064(7), b = 4.2702(3), c = 11.8762(8) A), and Ca 13As6C0.46N1.155H6.045in tetragonal P4/mbm (a = 15.7493(15), c = 9.1062(9) A). The complex stoichiometry of the latter phase was caused by incorporation of light element contaminants and was studied by neutron diffraction, showing mixing of anionic sites to achieve charge balance. Ca/Li flux reactions with group 13 metals have resulted in several new intermetallic phases. Reactions of indium and CaH2 in the Ca/Li flux (with or without boron) formed Ca53In13B4-x H23+x(2.4 < x < 4.0) in cubic space group Im-3 (a = 16.3608(6) A) which features metallic indium atoms and ionic hydride sites. The electronic properties of this "subhydride" were confirmed by 1H and 115In NMR spectroscopy. Attempts to replace boron with carbon yielded Ca12InC13-x

  11. Griffiths phase behaviour in a frustrated antiferromagnetic intermetallic compound

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    Ghosh, Krishanu; Mazumdar, Chandan; Ranganathan, R.; Mukherjee, S.

    2015-01-01

    The rare coexistence of a Griffiths phase (GP) and a geometrically frustrated antiferromagnetism in the non-stoichiometric intermetallic compound GdFe0.17Sn2 (the paramagnetic Weiss temperature θp ~ −59 K) is reported in this work. The compound forms in the Cmcm space group with large structural anisotropy (b/c ~ 4). Interestingly, all the atoms in the unit cell possess the same point group symmetry (Wycoff position 4c), which is rather rare. The frustration parameter, f = |θp|/TN has been established as 3.6, with the Néel temperature TN and Griffiths temperature TG being 16.5 and 32 K, respectively. The TG has been determined from the heat capacity measurement and also from the magnetocaloric effect (MCE). It is also shown that substantial difference in GP region may exist between zero field and field cooled measurements - a fact hitherto not emphasized so far. PMID:26515256

  12. Thermal Stability of Intermetallic Phases in Fe-rich Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo Alloys

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    Yang, Ying; Tan, Lizhen; Busby, Jeremy T.

    2015-09-01

    Understanding the thermal stability of intermetallic phases in Fe-rich Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo alloys is critical to alloy design and application of Mo-containing austenitic steels. Coupled with thermodynamic modeling, the thermal stability of intermetallic Chi and Laves phases in two Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo alloys was investigated at 1273 K, 1123 K, and 973 K (1000 °C, 850 °C, and 700 °C) for different annealing times. The morphologies, compositions, and crystal structures of the precipitates of the intermetallic phases were carefully examined by scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Two key findings resulted from this study. First, the Chi phase is stable at high temperature, and with the decreasing temperature it transforms into the Laves phase that is stable at low temperature. Secondly, Cr, Mo, and Ni are soluble in both the Chi and Laves phases, with the solubility of Mo playing a major role in the relative stability of the intermetallic phases. The thermodynamic models that were developed were then applied to evaluating the effect of Mo on the thermal stability of intermetallic phases in type 316 and NF709 stainless steels.

  13. Intermetallic Phase Formation in Explosively Welded Al/Cu Bimetals

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-05-01

    Diffusion couples of aluminum and copper were fabricated by explosive welding process. The interface evolution caused by annealing at different temperatures and time durations was investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Annealing in the temperature range of 573 K to 773 K (300 °C to 500 °C) up to 408 hours showed that four types of intermetallic layers have been formed at the interface, namely Al2Cu, AlCu, Al3Cu4, and Al4Cu9. Moreover, it was observed that iron trace in aluminum caused the formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics in Al, which is near the interface of the Al-Cu intermetallic layers. Finally, the activation energies for the growth of Al2Cu, AlCu + Al3Cu4, Al4Cu9, and the total intermetallic layer were calculated to be about 83.3, 112.8, 121.6, and 109.4 kJ/mol, respectively. Considering common welding methods (i.e., explosive welding, cold rolling, and friction welding), although there is a great difference in welding mechanism, it is found that the total activation energy is approximately the same.

  14. Intermetallic Phase Formation in Explosively Welded Al/Cu Bimetals

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-08-01

    Diffusion couples of aluminum and copper were fabricated by explosive welding process. The interface evolution caused by annealing at different temperatures and time durations was investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Annealing in the temperature range of 573 K to 773 K (300 °C to 500 °C) up to 408 hours showed that four types of intermetallic layers have been formed at the interface, namely Al2Cu, AlCu, Al3Cu4, and Al4Cu9. Moreover, it was observed that iron trace in aluminum caused the formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics in Al, which is near the interface of the Al-Cu intermetallic layers. Finally, the activation energies for the growth of Al2Cu, AlCu + Al3Cu4, Al4Cu9, and the total intermetallic layer were calculated to be about 83.3, 112.8, 121.6, and 109.4 kJ/mol, respectively. Considering common welding methods ( i.e., explosive welding, cold rolling, and friction welding), although there is a great difference in welding mechanism, it is found that the total activation energy is approximately the same.

  15. The relationship between ordered intermetallic nanoparticle synthesis and the bulk phase diagram

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    DeSario, Douglas York

    In this thesis, a surfactant-free synthesis of binary and ternary metal nanoparticles via co-reduction of metal chloride precursors is used to investigate the relationship between the bulk phase diagram and the formation of ordered intermetallic structures. The majority of the synthesized phases are binary materials of the formula Pt-M (M = Sn, Sb, In, Bi), because of their propensity to form single-phase regions with very narrow phase widths, known as "line phases". These line phases are thermodynamically stable according to the bulk phase diagram; however, the relationship between bulk stability and stability in the nanoparticle regime - and the implications for nanoparticle growth and ordering behavior - have not been fully explored. The 1:1 Pt-Sn phase (PtSn) forms ordered intermetallic nanoparticles with small domain sizes (4.3 nm) at room temperature, without any thermal annealing required. Pt3Sn similarly orders at low temperature (200 oC), in contrast to the three Pt-rich line phases, all of which require higher annealing temperatures to form the intermetallic phase. Other Pt-M phases show varying degrees of ordering, but none are observed to have the same low-temperature ordering as the Pt-rich Pt-Sn phases. This behavior is extremely rare, with only one other phase to our knowledge (Pt-Bi) forming the intermetallic without annealing, and only under specific conditions. It is possible to make qualitative statements concerning which phases should easily order and form phase-pure products; however, in order to more quantitatively predict these patterns, a multivariate analysis utilizing many physical properties (e.g., melting point, whether a phase melts congruently or incongruently, crystal structure, etc) was conducted. Using principal components analysis, partial least squares regression, and logistic regression techniques, a model was constructed to determine which properties would be most predictive of phases that were able to be synthesized as pure

  16. Phase-Controlled Polarization Modulators

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    Chuss, D. T.; Wollack, E. J.; Novak, G.; Moseley, S. H.; Pisano, G.; Krejny, M.; U-Yen, K.

    2012-01-01

    We report technology development of millimeter/submillimeter polarization modulators that operate by introducing a a variable, controlled phase delay between two orthogonal polarization states. The variable-delay polarization modulator (VPM) operates via the introduction of a variable phase delay between two linear orthogonal polarization states, resulting in a variable mapping of a single linear polarization into a combination of that Stokes parameter and circular (Stokes V) polarization. Characterization of a prototype VPM is presented at 350 and 3000 microns. We also describe a modulator in which a variable phase delay is introduced between right- and left- circular polarization states. In this architecture, linear polarization is fully modulated. Each of these devices consists of a polarization diplexer parallel to and in front of a movable mirror. Modulation involves sub-wavelength translations of the mirror that change the magnitude of the phase delay.

  17. The preparation of the Ti-Al alloys based on intermetallic phases

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    Kosova, N.; Sachkov, V.; Kurzina, I.; Pichugina, A.; Vladimirov, A.; Kazantseva, L.; Sachkova, A.

    2016-01-01

    This article deals with a method of obtaining materials in the Ti-Al system. Research was carried out in accordance with the phase diagram of the system state. It was established, that both single-phase and multiphase systems, containing finely dispersed intermetallic compositions of phases Ti3Al, TiAl and TiAl3, are formed. Additionally, it was found that the pure finely dispersed (coherent-scattering region (CSR) up to 100 nm) intermetallic compound TiAl3 is formed at molar ratio of Ti:Al = 1:3. Experimentally proved the possibility of produce the complex composition of alloys and intermetallic compounds and products based on them.

  18. Phase stability of laves intermetallics in stainless steel-zirconium alloys.

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    Abraham, D. P.

    1999-04-08

    Phase transformations occurring in a stainless steel-15 wt% zirconium (SS-15Zr) alloy were studied by in situ neutron diffraction. Neutron diffraction patterns as a function of time were obtained on alloys that were held at various elevated temperatures (1084-1275 C). As-cast SS-15Zr alloys contain ferrite, austenite, ZrFe{sub 2}-type Laves polytypes C36 and C15, and small amounts of a Fe{sub 23}Zr{sub 6}-type intermetallic. Annealing at high temperatures resulted in an increase of the Fe{sub 23}Zr{sub 6}, intermetallic content. The C15 Laves polytype is the equilibrium phase for T {le} 1230 C; C36 is the stable polytype at higher temperatures ({approximately}1275 C). Phase changes were slow for temperatures <1100 C.These findings have important implications for use of the SS-15Zr alloy as a nuclear waste form.

  19. Evolution of Intermetallic Phases in Soldering of the Die Casting of Aluminum Alloys

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    Song, Jie; Wang, Xiaoming; DenOuden, Tony; Han, Qingyou

    2016-06-01

    Most die failures are resulted from chemical reactions of dies and molten aluminum in the die casting of aluminum. The formation of intermetallic phases between a steel die and molten aluminum is investigated by stationary immersion tests and compared to a real die casting process. Three intermetallic phases are identified in the stationary immersion tests: a composite layer and two compact layers. The composite layer is a mixture of α bcc, Al, and Si phases. The α bcc phase changes in morphology from rod-like to spherical shape, while the growth rate of the layer changes from parabolic to linear pattern with immersion time. The first compact layer forms rapidly after immersion and maintains a relatively constant thickness. The second compact layer forms after 4 hours of immersion and exhibits parabolic growth with immersion time. In comparison, only a composite layer and the first compact layer are observed in a real die casting process. The fresh molten aluminum of high growth rate washes away the second intermetallic layer easily.

  20. Chemical Frustration. A Design Principle for the Discovery of New Complex Alloy and Intermetallic Phases, Final Report

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    Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2015-06-23

    Final technical report for "Chemical Frustration: A Design Principle for the Discovery of New Complex Alloy and Intermetallic Phases" funded by the Office of Science through the Materials Chemistry Program of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  1. Hydrogen cycling-induced phase segregation in AB{sub 5}-type intermetallics

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    Mordkovich, V.Z.

    1998-12-31

    A study of hydrogen cycling-induced phase segregation in AB{sub 5}-type intermetallics is presented. Influence of temperature for the alloy compositions YNi{sub 4}Al, LaNi{sub 5}, Ce{sub 0.5}La{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 5} and Ce{sub 0.7}La{sub 0.3}Ni{sub 5} is shown. Morphology of the nanostructured particles formed is studied and discussed.

  2. Preparation of nanocrystalline metal oxides and intermetallic phases by controlled thermolysis of organometallic coordination polymers

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    Rehbein, Marcus; Epple, Matthias; Fischer, R. Dieter

    2000-06-01

    Organometallic coordination polymers of the super-Prussian blue type [(Me 3Sn) nM(CN) 6] (Me=CH 3; n=3, 4; M=Fe, Co, Ru) were subjected to thermolysis in different atmospheres (air, argon, hydrogen/nitrogen). In air, oxides were found: Fe 2O 3/SnO 2 (crystalline and nanocrystalline), Co 2SnO 4 and RuO 2. In argon and in hydrogen, the intermetallic phases FeSn 2, CoSn 2, Ru 3Sn 7 and Fe 3SnC were obtained. A detailed mechanistic study was carried out using thermogravimetry (TG), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS) at Fe, Co, Ru and Sn K-edges, infrared spectroscopy (IR) and elemental analysis. Below 250°C, Me 3SnCN and (CN) 2 are released, whereas above 250°C oxidation or pyrolysis leads to the corresponding oxides or intermetallic phases. Polymeric cyanides containing at least two metals have turned out to be suitable precursors to prepare well-defined oxides and intermetallic phases at comparatively low temperature.

  3. In situ XPS study of methanol reforming on PdGa near-surface intermetallic phases

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    Rameshan, Christoph; Stadlmayr, Werner; Penner, Simon; Lorenz, Harald; Mayr, Lukas; Hävecker, Michael; Blume, Raoul; Rocha, Tulio; Teschner, Detre; Knop-Gericke, Axel; Schlögl, Robert; Zemlyanov, Dmitry; Memmel, Norbert; Klötzer, Bernhard

    2012-01-01

    In situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and low-energy ion scattering were used to study the preparation, (thermo)chemical and catalytic properties of 1:1 PdGa intermetallic near-surface phases. Deposition of several multilayers of Ga metal and subsequent annealing to 503–523 K led to the formation of a multi-layered 1:1 PdGa near-surface state without desorption of excess Ga to the gas phase. In general, the composition of the PdGa model system is much more variable than that of its PdZn counterpart, which results in gradual changes of the near-surface composition with increasing annealing or reaction temperature. In contrast to near-surface PdZn, in methanol steam reforming, no temperature region with pronounced CO2 selectivity was observed, which is due to the inability of purely intermetallic PdGa to efficiently activate water. This allows to pinpoint the water-activating role of the intermetallic/support interface and/or of the oxide support in the related supported PdxGa/Ga2O3 systems, which exhibit high CO2 selectivity in a broad temperature range. In contrast, corresponding experiments starting on the purely bimetallic model surface in oxidative methanol reforming yielded high CO2 selectivity already at low temperatures (∼460 K), which is due to efficient O2 activation on PdGa. In situ detected partial and reversible oxidative Ga segregation on intermetallic PdGa is associated with total oxidation of intermediate C1 oxygenates to CO2. PMID:22875996

  4. Irradiation induced structural change in Mo2Zr intermetallic phase

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    Gan, J.; Keiser, Jr., D. D.; Miller, B. D.; Eriksson, N.; Sohn, Y. H.; Kirk, M.

    2016-05-14

    The Mo2Zr phase has been identified as a major interaction product at the interface of U-10Mo and Zr. Transmission electron microscopy in-situ irradiation with Kr ions at 200 °C with doses up to 2.0E + 16 ions/cm2 was carried out to investigate the radiation stability of the Mo2Zr. The Mo2Zr undergoes a radiation-induced structural change, from a large cubic (cF24) to a small cubic (cI2), along with an estimated 11.2% volume contraction without changing its composition. The structural change begins at irradiation dose below 1.0E + 14 ions/cm2. Furthermore, the transformed Mo2Zr phase demonstrates exceptional radiation tolerance with the developmentmore » of dislocations without bubble formation.« less

  5. Technetium Incorporation into C14 and C15 Laves Intermetallic Phases

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    Buck, Edgar C.; Schemer-Kohrn, Alan L.; Wierschke, Jonathan B.

    2013-01-23

    Laves-type intermetallics have been observed to be the dominant phases in a series of alloy compositions being designed for the immobilization technetium in a metallic waste form. The dominant metals in the alloy compositions were Fe-Mo and Fe-Mo-Zr. Alloy composition, Fe-Mo-Zr, also contained Pd, Zr, Cr, and Ni. Both non-radioactive rhenium-containing and radioactive technetium-bearing alloy compositions were investigated. In the Fe-Mo series, phases were observed Fe2Mo (C14 Laves phase) and ferrite in agreement with predictions. Both Tc and Re resided predominantly in the Laves phase. In the Fe-Mo-Zr system, the phases included hexagonal C14 with the composition (Fe,Cr)2Mo, cubic C15 phase with a (Fe,Ni)2Zr composition, and the hcp phase Pd2Zr.

  6. Numerical simulations of interfacial debonding in ductile-phase reinforced intermetallic matrix composites

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    Henshall, G.A.; Zywicz, E.; Strum, M.J.

    1993-08-10

    The fracture toughness of brittle intermetallic compounds can be improved by ductile-phase reinforcements. Effectiveness of the ductile phase in bridging cracks, and therefore increasing, the composite toughness, is known qualitatively to depend upon the extent of debonding, between the two phases. Numerical crack-growth simulations are used here to provide semi-quantitative predictions of the influence of interfacial debonding on the macroscopic stress-displacement behavior and, hence, the fracture toughness of an idealized Pb/glass composite. The interfacial toughness required to cause debonding, characterized by a constant critical energy release rate, is varied parametrically. As expected, higher interfacial toughness results in less interphase debonding, higher composite strength, and greater ductile-phase constraint. Consequently, the increase in ductile-phase triaxiality can potentially accelerate internal void formation and growth or facilitate cleavage fracture, either of which would likely decrease the toughness of the composite.

  7. Nonisothermal kinetics study of phase evolution of Zn-Fe intermetallics

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    Uwakweh, O.N.C.; Liu, Z.T.; Boisson, M.

    1996-12-31

    Through mechanical alloying of pure elemental powders of Fe and Zn, true homogeneous alloys of {Gamma} (Fe{sub 3}Zn{sub 10}), {Gamma}{sub 1} (Fe{sub 5}Zn{sub 21}), {delta} (FeZn{sub 7}) and {zeta} (FeZn{sub 13}) intermetallic phases are formed. Based on nonisothermal kinetics analyses, the highest activation energies associated with the metastable to stable transformations of these phases are determined as follows: 170 {+-} 1 kJ/mol, 251 {+-} 2 kJ/mol, 176 {+-} 1 kJ/mol and 737 {+-} 4 kJ/mol for the {Gamma}, {Gamma}{sub 1}, {delta} and {zeta}-phases, respectively. These values reflect different diffusion/thermally induced processes associated with the transition of each of these phases.

  8. Phase diagram of the Co-Al-W system. structure and phase transformations near the Co3(Al, W) intermetallic composition range

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    Kazantseva, N. V.; Demakov, S. L.; Yurovskikh, A. S.; Stepanova, N. N.; Vinogradova, N. I.; Davydov, D. I.; Lepikhin, S. V.

    2016-07-01

    Low-temperature portion of the polythermal section for the Co-Al-W system in the vicinity of the Co3(Al, W) intermetallic composition has been studied experimentally using electron microscopy and hightemperature X-ray diffraction analysis. Low-temperature structural phase transformations and temperature ranges of the existence of phases have been determined. The morphology of Co3(Al, W) intermetallic particles was studied as a function of the tungsten content in alloys.

  9. Crystal structures of three intermetallic phases in the Mo-Pt-Si system

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    Joubert, J.-M.; Tokaychuk, Ya.; Cerny, R.

    2010-01-15

    The crystal structures of three ternary Mo-Pt-Si intermetallic compounds have been determined ab initio from powder X-ray diffraction data. All three structures are representative of new structure types. Both the X (MoPt{sub 2}Si{sub 3}, Pmc2{sub 1}, oP12, a=3.48438(6), b=9.1511(2), c=5.48253(8) A) and Y (MoPt{sub 3}Si{sub 4}, Pnma, oP32, a=5.51210(9), b=3.49474(7), c=24.3090(4) A) phases derive from PtSi (FeAs type) structure while the Z phase (ideal composition Mo{sub 32}Pt{sub 20}Si{sub 16}, refined composition Mo{sub 29.9(2)}Pt{sub 21.0(3)}Si{sub 17.1(1)}, Cc, mC68, a=13.8868(3), b=8.0769(2), c=9.6110(2) A, beta=100.898(1){sup o}) present similarities with the group of Frank-Kasper phases. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structures of three ternary Mo-Pt-Si intermetallic compounds have been determined ab initio from powder X-ray diffraction data. The three structures represent new structure types.

  10. Chemical route for formation of intermetallic Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} phase

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    Denoix, A.; Solaiappan, A.; Ayral, R.M.; Rouessac, F.; Tedenac, J.C.

    2010-05-15

    Synthesis of intermetallic zinc antimonide phases via low temperature solution route was investigated. Trial experiments were carried out under inert atmosphere at 70 deg. C using metallic Zn, SbCl{sub 3} and NaBH{sub 4} as reactants and tetrahydrofuran (THF), dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) as organic media. Powder X-ray analysis confirmed the nucleation and growth of ZnSb phases in presence of excess Zn. SEM analysis revealed the existence of core-shell structure comprising of Zn core and Sb shell. Such particles get transformed into Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} crystalline phases upon thermal treatment at 300 deg. C/6 h in a silica tube closed under high secondary vacuum. - Graphical abstract: TEM observation of the Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} powder synthesized by soft chemistry.

  11. Structure and plasticity in hot deformed FeAl intermetallic phase base alloy

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    Kuc, Dariusz; Niewielski, Grzegorz; Bednarczyk, Iwona

    2009-10-15

    This paper constitutes part of research conducted on the possibility of forming alloys based on intermetallic phases from the Fe-Al system via thermoplastic processing. Insufficient plasticity, which is an inhibitor of further development of these intermetallics as construction materials, makes the range of their applications limited. In the paper, an analysis is conducted of the influence of deformation parameters on the structure of an alloy of Fe-Al with the B2 type structure. Axi-symmetric compression tests were carried out at temperatures ranging from 600 deg. C to 1200 deg. C and at a deformation rate from 0.001 s{sup 1} to 10 s{sup -1}. Structural examination was carried out using light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. A quantitative evaluation of the structure was made with the use of 'Met-Ilo'. The results obtained will be used for the development of mathematical models determining the influence of deformation parameters on the alloy structure.

  12. Growth of new ternary intermetallic phases from Ca/Zn eutectic flux

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    Stojanovic, Milorad Latturner, Susan E.

    2007-03-15

    The eutectic 7.3:2.7 molar ratio mixture of calcium and zinc metal melts at 394 deg. C and was explored as a solvent for the growth of new intermetallic phases for potential use as hydrogen storage materials. The reaction of nickel in this molten mixture produces two new phases-the CaCu{sub 5}-related structure CaNi{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} (P6/mmm, a=8.9814(5) A, c=4.0665(5) A) and a new cubic structure Ca{sub 21}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} (Fd-3m, a=21.5051(4) A). Palladium-containing reactions produced CaPd{sub 0.85}Zn{sub 1.15} with the orthorhombic TiNiSi structure type (Pnma, a=7.1728(9) A, b=4.3949(5) A, c=7.7430(9) A). Reactions of platinum in the Ca/Zn mixture produce Ca{sub 6}Pt{sub 3}Zn{sub 5}, with an orthorhombic structure related to that of W{sub 3}CoB{sub 3} (Pmmn, a=13.7339(9) A, b=4.3907(3) A, c=10.7894(7) A). - Graphical abstract: The calcium/zinc eutectic is a useful synthesis medium for the growth of new intermetallic phases. Addition of group 10 transition metals to this flux produces ternary phases CaNi{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}, Ca{sub 21}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36}, CaPd{sub 0.85}Zn{sub 1.15}, and Ca{sub 6}Pt{sub 3}Zn{sub 5}. The nickel-centered zinc icosahedron surrounded by a pentagonal dodecahedron of calcium atoms is found in Ca{sub 21}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36}.

  13. Enhanced polarization by the coherent heterophase interface between polar and non-polar phases

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    Kim, Gi-Yeop; Sung, Kil-Dong; Rhyim, Youngmok; Yoon, Seog-Young; Kim, Min-Soo; Jeong, Soon-Jong; Kim, Kwang-Ho; Ryu, Jungho; Kim, Sung-Dae; Choi, Si-Young

    2016-03-01

    A piezoelectric composite containing the ferroelectric polar (Bi(Na0.8K0.2)0.5TiO3: f-BNKT) and the non-polar (0.94Bi(Na0.75K0.25)0.5TiO3-0.06BiAlO3: BNKT-BA) phases exhibits synergetic properties which combine the beneficial aspects of each phase, i.e., the high saturated polarization (Ps) of the polar phase and the low coercive field (Ec) of the non-polar phase. To understand the origin of such a fruitful outcome from this type of polar/non-polar heterophase structure, comprehensive studies are conducted, including transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and finite element method (FEM) analyses. The TEM results show that the polar/non-polar composite has a core/shell structure in which the polar phase (core) is surrounded by a non-polar phase (shell). In situ electrical biasing TEM experiments visualize that the ferroelectric domains in the polar core are aligned even under an electric field of ~1 kV mm-1, which is much lower than its intrinsic coercive field (~3 kV mm-1). From the FEM analyses, we can find that the enhanced polarization of the polar phase is promoted by an additional internal field at the phase boundary which originates from the preferential polarization of the relaxor-like non-polar phase. From the present study, we conclude that the coherent interface between polar and non-polar phases is a key factor for understanding the enhanced piezoelectric properties of the composite.A piezoelectric composite containing the ferroelectric polar (Bi(Na0.8K0.2)0.5TiO3: f-BNKT) and the non-polar (0.94Bi(Na0.75K0.25)0.5TiO3-0.06BiAlO3: BNKT-BA) phases exhibits synergetic properties which combine the beneficial aspects of each phase, i.e., the high saturated polarization (Ps) of the polar phase and the low coercive field (Ec) of the non-polar phase. To understand the origin of such a fruitful outcome from this type of polar/non-polar heterophase structure, comprehensive studies are conducted, including transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and finite element

  14. SrZn2Sn2 and Ca2Zn3Sn6 — two new Ae-Zn-Sn polar intermetallic compounds (Ae: alkaline earth metal)

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    Stegmaier, Saskia; Fässler, Thomas F.

    2012-08-01

    SrZn2Sn2 and Ca2Zn3Sn6, two closely related new polar intermetallic compounds, were obtained by high temperature reactions of the elements. Their crystal structures were determined with single crystal XRD methods, and their electronic structures were analyzed by means of DFT calculations. The Zn-Sn structure part of SrZn2Sn2 comprises (anti-)PbO-like {ZnSn4/4} and {SnZn4/4} layers. Ca2Zn3Sn6 shows similar {ZnSn4/4} layers and {Sn4Zn} slabs constructed of a covalently bonded Sn scaffold capped by Zn atoms. For both phases, the two types of layers are alternatingly stacked and interconnected via Zn-Sn bonds. SrZn2Sn2 adopts the SrPd2Bi2 structure type, and Ca2Zn3Sn6 is isotypic to the R2Zn3Ge6 compounds (R=La, Ce, Pr, Nd). Band structure calculations indicate that both SrZn2Sn2 and Ca2Zn3Sn6 are metallic. Analyses of the chemical bonding with the electron localization function (ELF) show lone pair like basins at Sn atoms and Zn-Sn bonding interactions between the layers for both title phases, and covalent Sn-Sn bonding within the {Sn4Zn} layers of Ca2Zn3Sn6.

  15. Polarized gravitational waves from cosmological phase transitions

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    Kisslinger, Leonard; Kahniashvili, Tina

    2015-08-01

    We estimate the degree of circular polarization for the gravitational waves generated during the electroweak and QCD phase transitions from the kinetic and magnetic helicity generated by bubble collisions during those cosmological phase transitions.

  16. Enhanced polarization by the coherent heterophase interface between polar and non-polar phases.

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    Kim, Gi-Yeop; Sung, Kil-Dong; Rhyim, Youngmok; Yoon, Seog-Young; Kim, Min-Soo; Jeong, Soon-Jong; Kim, Kwang-Ho; Ryu, Jungho; Kim, Sung-Dae; Choi, Si-Young

    2016-04-14

    A piezoelectric composite containing the ferroelectric polar (Bi(Na0.8K0.2)0.5TiO3: f-BNKT) and the non-polar (0.94Bi(Na0.75K0.25)0.5TiO3-0.06BiAlO3: BNKT-BA) phases exhibits synergetic properties which combine the beneficial aspects of each phase, i.e., the high saturated polarization (Ps) of the polar phase and the low coercive field (Ec) of the non-polar phase. To understand the origin of such a fruitful outcome from this type of polar/non-polar heterophase structure, comprehensive studies are conducted, including transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and finite element method (FEM) analyses. The TEM results show that the polar/non-polar composite has a core/shell structure in which the polar phase (core) is surrounded by a non-polar phase (shell). In situ electrical biasing TEM experiments visualize that the ferroelectric domains in the polar core are aligned even under an electric field of ∼1 kV mm(-1), which is much lower than its intrinsic coercive field (∼3 kV mm(-1)). From the FEM analyses, we can find that the enhanced polarization of the polar phase is promoted by an additional internal field at the phase boundary which originates from the preferential polarization of the relaxor-like non-polar phase. From the present study, we conclude that the coherent interface between polar and non-polar phases is a key factor for understanding the enhanced piezoelectric properties of the composite. PMID:26601654

  17. Structural properties, phase stability, elastic properties and electronic structures of Cu-Ti intermetallics

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    Chen, Shuai; Duan, Yong-Hua; Huang, Bo; Hu, Wen-Cheng

    2015-11-01

    The structural properties, phase stabilities, anisotropic elastic properties and electronic structures of Cu-Ti intermetallics have been systematically investigated using first principles based on the density functional theory. The calculated equilibrium structural parameters agree well with available experimental data. The ground-state convex hull of formation enthalpies as a function of Cu content is slightly symmetrical at CuTi with a minimal formation enthalpy (-13.861 kJ/mol of atoms), which indicates that CuTi is the most stable phase. The mechanical properties, including elastic constants, polycrystalline moduli and anisotropic indexes, were evaluated. G/B is more pertinent to hardness than to the shear modulus G due to the high power indexes of 1.137 for G/B. The mechanical anisotropy was also characterized by describing the three-dimensional (3D) surface constructions. The order of elastic anisotropy is Cu4Ti3 > Cu3Ti2 > α-Cu4Ti > Cu2Ti > CuTi > β-Cu4Ti > CuTi2. Finally, the electronic structures were discussed and Cu2Ti is a semiconductor.

  18. Role of Ag in the formation of interfacial intermetallic phases in Sn-Zn soldering

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    Song, Jenn-Ming; Liu, Pei-Chi; Shih, Chia-Ling; Lin, Kwang-Lung

    2005-09-01

    This study explored the effect of Ag as the substrate or alloying element of solders on the interfacial reaction in Sn-Zn soldering. Results show that instead of Ag-Sn compounds, ζ-AgZn and γ-Ag5Zn8 form at the Sn-Zn/Ag interface. The addition of Ag in Sn-Zn solders leads to the precipitation of ɛ-AgZn3 from the liquid solder on preformed interfacial intermetallics. The morphology of this additional AgZn3 is closely related to the solidification process of Ag-Zn intermetallics and the under intermetallic layer.

  19. Kinetic Stabilization of Ordered Intermetallic Phases as Fuel Cell Anode Materials

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    Liu, Yi; Lowe, Michael A.; DiSalvo, Francis J.; Abruña, Héctor D.

    2010-08-16

    The influence of fuel molecules on the stability of the ordered intermetallic PtBi and PtPb phases has been extensively studied by synchrotron-based in situ X-ray grazing incidence diffraction under active electrochemical control. Cycling the potential to increasingly positive values resulted in little change to the surface composition and crystalline structure when specific fuel molecules (such as formic acid for PtBi and formic acid or methanol for PtPb) were oxidized at the intermetallic electrode surface. This was demonstrated by the absence of diffraction peaks due to Pt domains that would be generated by the leaching out of the less noble metal. This phenomenon has been rationalized as a competition process between the oxidation of fuel molecules at the electrode surface and corrosion and damage of the surface due to the electrochemical treatment. For example, PtBi electrodes, which exhibit excellent catalytic activity toward the oxidation of formic acid, could be kinetically stabilized to such a corrosion/degradation process in the presence of formic acid even at relatively positive potentials. An analogous effect was observed for PtPb in the presence of methanol as fuel. In the absence of fuel molecules (formic acid for PtBi and formic acid and/or methanol for PtPb), various surface layers were generated by different electrochemical pretreatments in the presence of only a supporting electrolyte. Crystalline oxidized bismuth species (such as Bi2O3) with an ~50 nm domain size were formed on the PtBi electrode surface by holding the potential at +1.00 V or beyond for at least 30 min. On the other hand, platinum nanopaticles with an ~5 nm crystalline domain size were formed when cycling the potential to higher values. In the case of PtPb, the only detected corrosion product was PbSO 4, whose diffraction peaks were utilized to qualitatively analyze the lead leaching-out and dissolution processes. No crystalline lead oxide species

  20. Discovery and characterization of magnetism in sigma-phase intermetallic Fe-Re compounds

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    Cieślak, J. Dubiel, S. M.; Tobola, J.; Reissner, M.

    2014-11-14

    Systematic experimental studies (vibrating sample magnetometry) supported by theoretical calculations (electronic structure by spin self-consistent Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker Green's function method) were performed on a series of intermetallic sigma-phase Fe{sub 100−x}Re{sub x} (x = 43–53) compounds. All investigated samples exhibit magnetism with an ordering temperature ranging between ∼65 K for x = 43 and ∼23 K for x = 53. The magnetism was revealed to be itinerant and identified as a spin-glass (SG) possibly having a re-entrant character. The SG was found to be heterogeneous, viz., two regimes could be distinguished as far as irreversibility in temperature dependence of magnetization is concerned: (1) of a weak irreversibility and (2) of a strong one. According to the theoretical calculations, the main contribution to the magnetism comes from Fe atoms occupying all five sub lattices, while Re atoms have rather small magnetic moments. However, the calculated average magnetic moments highly (ferromagnetic ordering model) or moderately (antiparallel ordering model) overestimate the experimental data.

  1. Crystal Structure, Chemical Bonding and Magnetism Studies for Three Quinary Polar Intermetallic Compounds in the (Eu1−xCax)9In8(Ge1−ySny)8 (x = 0.66, y = 0.03) and the (Eu1−xCax)3In(Ge3−ySn1+y) (x = 0.66, 0.68; y = 0.13, 0.27) Phases

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    Woo, Hyein; Jang, Eunyoung; Kim, Jin; Lee, Yunho; Kim, Jongsik; You, Tae-Soo

    2015-01-01

    Three quinary polar intermetallic compounds in the (Eu1−xCax)9In8(Ge1−ySny)8 (x = 0.66, y = 0.03) and the (Eu1−xCax)3In(Ge3-ySn1+y) (x = 0.66, 0.68; y = 0.13, 0.27) phases have been synthesized using the molten In-metal flux method, and the crystal structures are characterized by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractions. Two orthorhombic structural types can be viewed as an assembly of polyanionic frameworks consisting of the In(Ge/Sn)4 tetrahedral chains, the bridging Ge2 dimers, either the annulene-like “12-membered rings” for the (Eu1−xCax)9In8(Ge1−ySny)8 series or the cis-trans Ge/Sn-chains for the (Eu1−xCax)3In(Ge3−ySn1+y) series, and several Eu/Ca-mixed cations. The most noticeable difference between two structural types is the amount and the location of the Sn-substitution for Ge: only a partial substitution (11%) occurs at the In(Ge/Sn)4 tetrahedron in the (Eu1−xCax)9In8(Ge1−ySny)8 series, whereas both a complete and a partial substitution (up to 27%) are observed, respectively, at the cis-trans Ge/Sn-chain and at the In(Ge/Sn)4 tetrahedron in the (Eu1−xCax)3In(Ge3−ySn1+y) series. A series of tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital calculations is conducted to understand overall electronic structures and chemical bonding among components. Magnetic susceptibility measurement indicates a ferromagnetic ordering of Eu atoms below 5 K for Eu1.02(1)Ca1.98InGe2.87(1)Sn1.13. PMID:25913380

  2. X-ray nano-diffraction study of Sr intermetallic phase during solidification of Al-Si hypoeutectic alloy

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    Manickaraj, Jeyakumar; Gorny, Anton; Shankar, Sumanth; Cai, Zhonghou

    2014-02-17

    The evolution of strontium (Sr) containing intermetallic phase in the eutectic reaction of Sr-modified Al-Si hypoeutectic alloy was studied with high energy synchrotron beam source for nano-diffraction experiments and x-ray fluorescence elemental mapping. Contrary to popular belief, Sr does not seem to interfere with the Twin Plane Re-entrant Edge (TPRE) growth mechanism of eutectic Si, but evolves as the Al{sub 2}Si{sub 2}Sr phase during the eutectic reaction at the boundary between the eutectic Si and Al grains.

  3. Exploring phase stability, electronic and mechanical properties of Ce-Pb intermetallic compounds using first-principles calculations

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    Tao, Xiaoma; Wang, Ziru; Lan, Chunxiang; Xu, Guanglong; Ouyang, Yifang; Du, Yong

    2016-05-01

    The phase stability, electronic and mechanical properties of Ce-Pb intermetallics have been investigated by using first-principles calculations. Five stable and four metastable phases of Ce-Pb intermetallics were verified. Among them, CePb2 has been confirmed as HfGa2-type structure. For Ce5Pb3, the high pressure phase transformation from D8m to D88 with trivalent Ce has been predicted to occur at P=1.2 GPa and a high temperature phase transformation has been predicted from D8m to D88 with tetravalent Ce at 531.5 K. The calculated lattice constants of the five stable phases are in good agreement with experimental values. The electronic density of states, charge density and electron localization function of Ce3Pb have been calculated, which indicated that the Ce and Pb show ionic behavior. The polycrystalline bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, and Poisson's ratio are also estimated from the calculated single crystalline elastic constants. All of the calculated elastic constants satisfy mechanical stability criteria. The microhardness and mechanical anisotropy are predicted. The anisotropic nature of the Ce-Pb intermetallic compounds are demonstrated by the three-dimensional orientation dependent surfaces of Young's moduli and linear compressibility are also demonstrated. The longitudinal, transverse and average sound velocities and the Debye temperatures are also obtained in this work. The Ce3Pb has the largest Debye temperature of 192.6 K, which means the Ce3Pb has a highest melting point and high thermal conductivity than other compounds.

  4. SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} - two new Ae-Zn-Sn polar intermetallic compounds (Ae: alkaline earth metal)

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    Stegmaier, Saskia; Faessler, Thomas F.

    2012-08-15

    SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}, two closely related new polar intermetallic compounds, were obtained by high temperature reactions of the elements. Their crystal structures were determined with single crystal XRD methods, and their electronic structures were analyzed by means of DFT calculations. The Zn-Sn structure part of SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} comprises (anti-)PbO-like {l_brace}ZnSn{sub 4/4}{r_brace} and {l_brace}SnZn{sub 4/4}{r_brace} layers. Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} shows similar {l_brace}ZnSn{sub 4/4}{r_brace} layers and {l_brace}Sn{sub 4}Zn{r_brace} slabs constructed of a covalently bonded Sn scaffold capped by Zn atoms. For both phases, the two types of layers are alternatingly stacked and interconnected via Zn-Sn bonds. SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} adopts the SrPd{sub 2}Bi{sub 2} structure type, and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} is isotypic to the R{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Ge{sub 6} compounds (R=La, Ce, Pr, Nd). Band structure calculations indicate that both SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6} are metallic. Analyses of the chemical bonding with the electron localization function (ELF) show lone pair like basins at Sn atoms and Zn-Sn bonding interactions between the layers for both title phases, and covalent Sn-Sn bonding within the {l_brace}Sn{sub 4}Zn{r_brace} layers of Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structures of the new Ae-Zn-Sn polar intermetallic phases SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New polar intermetallic phases SrZn{sub 2}Sn{sub 2} and Ca{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Sn{sub 6}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Obtained by high temperature reactions of the elements. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Single crystal XRD structure determination and DFT electronic structure calculations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Closely related crystal and electronic structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Metallic conductivity coexisting with lone pairs and covalent bonding

  5. Studies of magnetostriction and spin polarized band structures of rare earth intermetallics

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    Wallace, W. E.

    1979-01-01

    Anisotropic magnetostriction measurements of R6Fe23, R = (Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er) were carried out from 77 K to room temperature. Magnetic fields up to 2.1 Tesla were applied. All the compounds exhibited large magnetostrictions at 77 K, the largest effect being obtained for Tb6Fe23. Saturation magnetostriction values for the compounds were also determined for 77 K and room temperature. Results of the temperature dependence of magnetostriction for Er6Fe23 are in good agreement with Callen and Callen's single ion theory. Therefore, the main sources of magnetostriction in this compound is the Er ion. The spin-up and spin-down electronic energy bands, the density of states and the magnetic moments of YCo5, SmCo5, and GdCo5 were calculated by the spin polarized augmented plane wave technique. The calculations obtained show the origin of the moment, provide good estimates of its magnitude and variation, and the reasons for those variations. They also show the important role of partial charge transfer and of d-d electronic coupling. Calculations for LaNi5 and GdNi5 systems are discussed.

  6. Precipitation of an intermetallic phase with Pt{sub 2}Mo-type structure in alloy 625

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    Sundararaman, M.; Kumar, L.; Prasad, G.E.; Mukhopadhyay, P.; Banerjee, S.

    1999-01-01

    The microstructure of Alloy 625, which has undergone prolonged ({approximately}70,000 hours) service at temperatures close to but less than 600 C, has been characterized by transmission electron microscopy. The precipitation of an intermetallic phase Ni{sub 2}(Cr, Mo) with Pt{sub 2}Mo-type structure has been observed in addition to that of the {gamma}{double_prime} phase. Six variants of Ni{sub 2} (Cr, Mo) precipitates have been found to occur in the austenite grains. These particles exhibit a snowflake-like morphology and are uniformly distributed in the matrix. They have been found to dissolve when the alloy is subjected to short heat treatments at 700 C. The occurrence of the Ni{sub 2}(Cr, Mo) phase has been discussed by taking the alloy chemistry into consideration. Apart from the intermetallic phases, the precipitation of a M{sub 6}C-type carbide phase within the matrix and the formation of near continuous films, comprising discrete M{sub 6}C/M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbide particles, at the austenite grain boundaries have been noticed in the alloy after prolonged service.

  7. Europium substitution into intermetallic phases grown in Ca/Zn flux

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    Stojanovic, Milorad; Latturner, Susan E.

    2009-08-15

    Replacement of calcium with europium in the phases Ca{sub 21}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} and CaNi{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} was attempted to explore the possibility of substitution in metal flux reactions and potential magnetic interactions between closely spaced Eu{sup 2+} ions. Limited substitution occurs when Eu is added to the reaction of nickel in a Ca/Zn flux mixture, up to stoichiometries of Eu{sub 5.8(3)}Ca{sub 15.2(3)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} and Eu{sub 0.42(8)}Ca{sub 0.58(8)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}. Structural characterization and magnetic susceptibility studies on Eu{sub x}Ca{sub 21-x}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} phases indicate that the Eu and Ca ions do not form an even solid solution on their sites, but instead segregate in separate regions of the crystals. The europium-rich regions of the samples order ferromagnetically, with T{sub C} dependent on the size of the clusters. If the concentration of Eu in the flux is raised above 20 mol%, a new compound Eu{sub 1.63(1)}Ca{sub 1.37(1)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} (Cmcm, a=4.1150(5) A, b=16.948(2) A, c=10.302(1) A, Z=4, R{sub 1}=0.0396) is produced. - Graphical abstract: Exploration of europium substitution into intermetallic compounds grown in Ca/Zn flux has yielded analogs of Eu{sub x}Ca{sub 21-x}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 36} with unusual magnetic properties due to segregation of europium in the crystals; high concentrations of Eu in the flux trigger the growth of Eu{sub 1.63(1)}Ca{sub 1.37(1)}Ni{sub 2}Zn{sub 3} with a new structure type.

  8. Polar intermetallic compounds of the silicon and arsenic family elements and their ternary hydrides and fluorides

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    Leon-Escamilla, E.A.

    1996-10-17

    An investigation has been made on the effects of hydrogen and fluoride in the solid state chemistry of alkaline-earth and divalent rare-earth metal pnictide (Pn) and tetrelide (Tt) phases A{sub 5}(Pn,Tt,){sub 3}Z{sub x}, where A = Ca, Sr, Ba, Sm, Eu, Yb; Pn = As, Sb, Bi; Tt = Si, Ge, Sn, Pb and Z = H, F. Several trivalent rare-earth-metal pnictides, RE{sub 5}Pn{sub 3} (RE = Y, La, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm) and alkaline-earth-metal trielides, A{sub 5}Tr{sub 3}Z{sub x} (Tr = Ga, In, Tl) have been included in an effort to complete observed structural trends. Two main experimental techniques were followed throughout this work, (a) reactions in absence of hydrogen or under continuous high vacuum, and (b) reactions with binary metal hydrides, AH{sub x}, in closed containers. The results demonstrate that all the phases reported with the {beta}-Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}-type structure in the A{sub 5}Pn{sub 3} systems are hydrogen-stabilized compounds. Reactions in absence of hydrogen lead to compounds with the Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3}-type structure. The structure type {beta}-Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3} (= Ca{sub 5}SB{sub 3}F) was found to be characteristic of ternary systems and inaccurately associated with phases that form in the Y{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}-type. A new series of isomorphous Zintl compounds with the Ca{sub 16}Sb{sub 11}-type structure were prepared and studied as well. All the alkaline-earth-metal tetrelides, A{sub 5}Tt{sub 3}, that crystallize in the Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3}-type structure can be interstitially derivatized by hydrogen or fluoride. Binary and ternary compounds were characterized by Guinier powder patterns, single crystal X-ray and powder neutron diffraction techniques. In an effort to establish property-structure relationships, electrical resistivity and magnetic measurements were performed on selected systems, and the results were explained in terms of the Zintl concepts, aided by extended Hueckel band calculations.

  9. Planar versus puckered nets in the polar intermetallic series EuGaTt (Tt = Si, Ge, Sn).

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    You, Tae-Soo; Grin, Yuri; Miller, Gordon J

    2007-10-15

    The ternary polar intermetallic compounds EuGaTt (Tt = Si, Ge, Sn) have been synthesized and characterized experimentally, as well as theoretically. EuGaSi crystallizes in the hexagonal AlB(2)-type structure (space group P6/mmm, Z = 1, Pearson symbol hP3) with randomly distributed Ga and Si atoms on the graphite-type planes: a = 4.1687(6) A, c = 4.5543(9) A. On the other hand, EuGaGe and EuGaSn adopt the hexagonal YPtAs-type structure (space group P6(3)/mmc, Z = 4, Pearson symbol hP12): a = 4.2646(6) A and c = 18.041(5) A for EuGaGe; a = 4.5243(5) A and c = 18.067(3) A for EuGaSn. The three crystal structures contain formally [GaTt](2-) polyanionic 3-bonded, hexagonal networks, which change from planar to puckered and exhibit a significant decrease in interlayer Ga-Ga distances as the size of Tt increases. Magnetic susceptibility measurements of this series of compounds show Curie-Weiss behavior above 86(5), 95(5), and 116(5) K with magnetic moments of 7.93, 7.97, and 7.99 mu(B) for EuGaSi, EuGaGe, and EuGaSn, respectively, indicating a 4f(7) electronic configuration (Eu(2+)) for Eu atoms. X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) are also consistent with these magnetic properties. Electronic structure calculations supplemented by a crystal orbital Hamilton population (COHP) analysis identifies the synergy between atomic sizes, from both Eu and Tt atoms, and the orbital contributions from Eu toward influencing the structural features of EuGaTt. A multicentered interaction between planes of Eu atoms and the [GaTt](2-) layers rather than through-space Ga-Ga bonding is seen in ELF distributions. PMID:17880208

  10. The phase composition of Triton's polar caps

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    Duxbury, N. S.; Brown, R. H.

    1993-01-01

    Triton's polar caps are modeled as permanent nitrogen deposits hundreds of meters thick. Complex temperature variations on Triton's surface induce reversible transitions between the cubic and hexagonal phases of solid nitrogen, often with two coexisting propagating transition fronts. Subsurface temperature distributions are calculated using a two-dimensional thermal model with phase changes. The phase changes fracture the upper nitrogen layer, increasing its reflectivity and thus offering an explanation for the surprisingly high southern polar cap albedo (approximately 0.8) seen during the Voyager 2 flyby. The model has other implications for the phase transition phenomena on Triton, such as a plausible mechanism for the origin of geyser-like plume vent areas and a mechanism of energy transport toward them.

  11. The phase composition of Triton's polar caps

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    Duxbury, N. S.; Brown, R. H.

    1993-08-01

    Triton's polar caps are modeled as permanent nitrogen deposits hundreds of meters thick. Complex temperature variations on Triton's surface induce reversible transitions between the cubic and hexagonal phases of solid nitrogen, often with two coexisting propagating transition fronts. Subsurface temperature distributions are calculated using a two-dimensional thermal model with phase changes. The phase changes fracture the upper nitrogen layer, increasing its reflectivity and thus offering an explanation for the surprisingly high southern polar cap albedo (approximately 0.8) seen during the Voyager 2 flyby. The model has other implications for the phase transition phenomena on Triton, such as a plausible mechanism for the origin of geyser-like plume vent areas and a mechanism of energy transport toward them.

  12. The Phase Composition of Triton's Polar Caps.

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    Duxbury, N S; Brown, R H

    1993-08-01

    Triton's polar caps are modeled as permanent nitrogen deposits hundreds of meters thick. Complex temperature variations on Triton's surface induce reversible transitions between the cubic and hexagonal phases of solid nitrogen, often with two coexisting propagating transition fronts. Subsurface temperature distributions are calculated using a two-dimensional thermal model with phase changes. The phase changes fracture the upper nitrogen layer, increasing its reflectivity and thus offering an explanation for the surprisingly high southern polar cap albedo (approximately 0.8) seen during the Voyager 2 flyby. The model has other implications for the phase transition phenomena on Triton, such as a plausible mechanism for the origin of geyser-like plume vent areas and a mechanism of energy transport toward them. PMID:17757213

  13. X-ray diffraction study of the phase purity, order, and texture of ductile B2 intermetallics

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    Mulay, Rupalee; Wollmershauser, J.A. A.; Heisel, M A; Bei, Hongbin; Russell, A M; Agnew, S R

    2010-01-01

    Representatives (AgY, CuY, AgEr, CuDy, MgY and MgCe) of the newly discovered family of ductile stoichiometric B2 intermetallic (metal-rare-earth element, MR) compounds were characterized by X-ray diffraction, to determine if their anomalous ductility is related to an exceptional level of phase purity, lack of chemical ordering or a strong crystallographic texture. Brittle NiAl served as an anti-type in this study. We found that all of the rare-earth compounds, except MgY, have a significant volume fraction (-5-20vol.%) of second phases (M{sub 2}R intermetallics and R{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides), which has not been reported in previous studies of these materials. The most ductile of observed MR compounds, AgY, is highly ordered. A moderate texture was observed in AgY, which may explain its higher ductility (using polycrystal modeling) as compared to other MR compounds. However, the intrinsic polycrystalline ductility of these compounds in the randomly textured state (like that observed in CuY) still has no specific, definitive explanation.

  14. Selective aluminum dissolution as a means to observe the microstructure of nanocrystalline intermetallic phases from Al-Fe-Cr-Ti-Ce rapidly solidified alloy.

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    Michalcová, Alena; Vojtěch, Dalibor; Novák, Pavel

    2013-02-01

    Rapidly solidified aluminum alloys are promising materials with very fine microstructure. The microscopy observation of these materials is complicated due to overlay of fcc-Al matrix and different intermetallic phases. A possible way to solve this problem is to dissolve the Al matrix. By this process powder formed by single intermetallic phase particles is obtained. In this paper a new aqueous based dissolving agent for Al-based alloy is presented. The influence of oxidation agent (FeCl(3)) concentration on quality of extraction process was studied. PMID:23177792

  15. Heat treatment induced intermetallic phase transition of arc-sprayed coating prepared by the wires combination of aluminum-cathode and steel-anode

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    Chen, Yongxiong; Liang, Xiubing; Wei, Shicheng; Liu, Yan; Xu, Binshi

    2009-07-01

    A method to prepare intermetallic composite coatings employing the cost-efficient electric arc spraying twin wires assistant with suitable heat treatment was developed. In this study, a Fe-Al composite coating was produced by spraying twin wires, i.e. a carbon steel wire as the anode and an aluminum wire as the cathode. The inter-deposited Fe-Al coating was transformed in-situ to Fe-Al intermetallic composite coating after a post annealing treatment. The effect of annealing treatment conditions on phase composition, microstructure and mechanical properties of the coating was investigated by using XRD, SEM, EDS and OM as well as microhardness tester. The results show that the desirable intermetallic phases such as Fe 2Al 5, FeAl and Fe 3Al are obtained under the annealing condition. The main oxide in the coating is FeO which can partially transform to Fe 3O 4 up to the annealing condition.

  16. Formation of intermetallic phases in AlSi7Fe1 alloy processed under microgravity and forced fluid flow conditions and their influence on the permeability

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    Steinbach, S.; Ratke, L.; Zimmermann, G.; Budenkova, O.

    2016-03-01

    Ternary Al-6.5wt.%Si-0.93wt.%Fe alloy samples were directionally solidified on-board of the International Space Station ISS in the ESA payload Materials Science Laboratory (MSL) equipped with Low Gradient Furnace (LGF) under both purely diffusive and stimulated convective conditions induced by a rotating magnetic field. Using different analysis techniques the shape and distribution of the intermetallic phase β-Al5SiFe in the dendritic microstructure was investigated, to study the influence of solidification velocity and fluid flow on the size and spatial arrangement of intermetallics. Deep etching as well as 3-dimensional computer tomography measurements characterized the size and the shape of β-Al5SiFe platelets: Diffusive growth results in a rather homogeneous distribution of intermetallic phases, whereas forced flow promotes an increase in the amount and the size of β-Al5SiFe platelets in the centre region of the samples. The β-Al5SiFe intermetallics can form not only simple platelets, but also be curved, branched, crossed, interacting with dendrites and porosity located. This leads to formation of large and complex groups of Fe-rich intermetallics, which reduce the melt flow between dendrites leading to lower permeability of the mushy zone and might significantly decrease feeding ability in castings.

  17. Multiscale modeling of the influence of Fe content in a Al-Si-Cu alloy on the size distribution of intermetallic phases and micropores

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    Wang, Junsheng; Li, Mei; Allison, John; Lee, Peter D.

    2010-03-01

    A multiscale model was developed to simulate the formation of Fe-rich intermetallics and pores in quaternary Al-Si-Cu-Fe alloys. At the microscale, the multicomponent diffusion equations were solved for multiphase (liquid-solid-gas) materials via a finite difference framework to predict microstructure formation. A fast and robust decentered plate algorithm was developed to simulate the strong anisotropy of the solid/liquid interfacial energy for the Fe-rich intermetallic phase. The growth of porosity was controlled by local pressure drop due to solidification and interactions with surrounding solid phases, in addition to hydrogen diffusion. The microscale model was implemented as a subroutine in a commercial finite element package, producing a coupled multiscale model. This allows the influence of varying casting conditions on the Fe-rich intermetallics, the pores, and their interactions to be predicted. Synchrotron x-ray tomography experiments were performed to validate the model by comparing the three-dimensional morphology and size distribution of Fe-rich intermetallics as a function of Fe content. Large platelike Fe-rich β intermetallics were successfully simulated by the multiscale model and their influence on pore size distribution in shape castings was predicted as a function of casting conditions.

  18. Intermetallic nanoparticles

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    Singh, Dileep; Yusufoglu, Yusuf; Timofeeva, Elena; Routbort, Jules L.

    2015-11-20

    A process for preparing intermetallic nanoparticles of two or more metals is provided. In particular, the process includes the steps: a) dispersing nanoparticles of a first metal in a solvent to prepare a first metal solution, b) forming a reaction mixture with the first metal solution and a reducing agent, c) heating the reaction mixture to a reaction temperature; and d) adding a second metal solution containing a salt of a second metal to the reaction mixture. During this process, intermetallic nanoparticles, which contain a compound with the first and second metals are formed. The intermetallic nanoparticles with uniform size and a narrow size distribution is also provided. An electrochemical device such as a battery with the intermetallic nanoparticles is also provided.

  19. Intermetallic nanoparticles

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    Singh, Dileep; Yusufoglu, Yusuf; Timofeeva, Elena; Routbort, Jules

    2015-07-14

    A process for preparing intermetallic nanoparticles of two or more metals is provided. In particular, the process includes the steps: a) dispersing nanoparticles of a first metal in a solvent to prepare a first metal solution, b) forming a reaction mixture with the first metal solution and a reducing agent, c) heating the reaction mixture to a reaction temperature; and d) adding a second metal solution containing a salt of a second metal to the reaction mixture. During this process, intermetallic nanoparticles, which contain a compound with the first and second metals are formed. The intermetallic nanoparticles with uniform size and a narrow size distribution is also provided. An electrochemical device such as a battery with the intermetallic nanoparticles is also provided.

  20. Effect of trace elements vanadium and nickel on iron intermetallic phases formation and distribution in DC cast 5xxx series aluminum ingots

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    Li, Gaofeng

    AA5657 alloy is one of the important members of 5xxx-series alloys. It has application in many fields as packing, electricity, architectural, and printing. These applications require high quality surface finishing, and the alloy ingots require homogeneous microstructure. In the industry of DC (direct-chill) casting of 1xxx and 5xxx-series aluminium ingots, there exist different cooling rates from the casting surface to the ingot center. Thus, different Fe intermetallic phases such as AlmFe, Al6Fe, alpha-AlFeSi and Al3Fe can form preferentially in different positions of the ingot. The Fe intermetallic phase transition in DC casting ingot may cause microstructure inhomogeneities, which in turn cause the so called fir-tree zones (FTZs) in the ingots as well as streaks and bands on the Al sheets. Nowadays, with the increase of impurity in aluminium smelting raw materials (coke, alumina, etc.), the levels of trace elements present in the primary metal is gradually increasing. The impact of this increase on the aluminium transformation process and the final products is uncertain. Thus, there is a clear need to better understand these impacts, which will allow identifying ways to mitigate the negative impacts. The study presented in this thesis was performed on AA5657 alloys to study the effect of trace elements V and Ni on Fe intermetallic phases formation and distribution. A slice of AA1050 alloy ingot with visible FTZs was also studied to characterize the Fe intermetallic phases transition across the FTZs. A DC simulator was built in the lab, which can reproduce the solidification conditions in the sub-surface regions of industry ingots. The methods for the characterization of Fe intermetallic particles were developed in this research. AlmFe, Al6Fe, alpha-AlFeSi and alpha-Al3Fe intermetallic phases were successfully identified by using Deep-etching method, EDS and EBSD technique in combination. Quantitative analysis of the Fe intermetallic particles was carried out by

  1. Polarization phase shifting dispersed fringe sensor.

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    Olczak, Gene

    2012-02-13

    The dispersed fringe sensor (DFS) has been demonstrated as an effective means of measuring mirror segment piston error for telescopes with primary mirror apertures below 10 meters. With larger proposed telescopes such as The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and The European Large Telescope (ELT) including ever more segments, there is a need for improvement in the co-phasing capability for segmented primary mirrors. In this paper a novel DFS that employs polarization phase shifting technology is introduced. This novel technology provides system designers and engineers with a new tool to extend the dynamic range of a DFS. PMID:22418128

  2. Structural, electronic and elastic properties of RERu2 (RE=Pr and Nd) Laves phase intermetallic compounds

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    Shrivastava, Deepika; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2016-05-01

    We have performed the first-principles calculations to study the structural, electronic and elastic properties of RERu2 (RE = Pr and Nd) Laves phase intermetallic compounds using full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange and correlation potential. The optimized lattices constant are in reasonable agreement with available experimental data. The electronic properties are analyzed in terms of band structures, total and partial density of states, which confirm their metallic character. The calculated elastic constants infer that these compounds are mechanically stable in C15 (MgCu2 type) structure and found to be ductile in nature.

  3. Crystal structure and chemical bonding of novel Li-containing polar intermetallic compound La{sub 11}Li{sub 12}Ge{sub 16}

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    Jung, Yaho; Nam, Gnu; Jeon, Jieun; Kim, Youngjo; You, Tae-Soo

    2012-12-15

    A novel Li-containing polar intermetallic compound La{sub 11}Li{sub 12}Ge{sub 16} has been synthesized using the high-temperature reaction method and characterized by both powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractions. The title compound crystallized in the orthorhombic crystal system (space group Immm, Z=2, Pearson symbol oI78) with fifteen crystallographically unique atomic positions in the asymmetric unit, and the lattice parameters are refined as a=4.5244(4) A, b=6.9932(6) A, and c=53.043(5) A. The complex crystal structure of the title compound can be described as a 2:1 intergrowth of two closely related compounds: La{sub 2}Li{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} (Ce{sub 2}Li{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}-type) and La{sub 3}Li{sub 4}Ge{sub 4} (Zr{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}Si{sub 4}-type) acting like 'building-blocks' along the c-axis. Six La sites are categorized into three distinct types based on the local coordination environment showing the coordination numbers of 12-14. Three unique Li sites are placed in the centers of local tetrahedra formed by four Ge atoms which eventually construct Ge{sub 2} dimers or 1-dimensional cis-/trans-Ge chains. Theoretical investigations using the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital (LMTO) method provide rationales for an improved structural stability and for unique local coordination geometries established by anionic elements including [LiGe{sub 4}] tetrahedra, cis-/trans-Ge chain and Ge{sub 2} dimers. - Graphical abstract: Reported is a novel ternary Li-containing polar intermetallic compound La{sub 11}Li{sub 12}Ge{sub 16}. The complex crystal structure can be viewed as a simple combination of two closely related known compounds acting as 'building-blocks', La{sub 2}Li{sub 2}G{sub 3} and La{sub 3}Li{sub 4}Ge{sub 4}, in a 2:1 stoichiometric ratio. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A novel Li-containing polar intermetallic compound La{sub 11}Li{sub 12}Ge{sub 16} was synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The complex crystal structure was easily explained as

  4. Section 2: Phase transformation studies in mechanically alloyed Fe-Nz and Fe-Zn-Si intermetallics

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    Jordan, A.; Uwakweh, O.N.C.; Maziasz, P.J.

    1997-04-01

    The initial stage of this study, which was completed in FY 1995, entailed an extensive analysis characterizing the structural evolution of the Fe-Zn intermetallic system. The primary interest in these Fe-Zn phases stems from the fact that they form an excellent coating for the corrosion protection of steel (i.e., automobile body panels). The Fe-Zn coating generally forms up to four intermetallic phases depending on the particular industrial application used, (i.e., galvanization, galvannealing, etc.). Since the different coating applications are non-equilibrium in nature, it becomes necessary to employ a non-equilibrium method for producing homogeneous alloys in the solid-state to reflect the structural changes occurring in a true coating. This was accomplished through the use of a high energy/non-equilibrium technique known as ball-milling which allowed the authors to monitor the evolution process of the alloys as they transformed from a metastable to stable equilibrium state. In FY 1996, this study was expanded to evaluate the presence of Si in the Fe-Zn system and its influence in the overall coating. The addition of silicon in steel gives rise to an increased coating. However, the mechanisms leading to the coating anomaly are still not fully understood. For this reason, mechanical alloying through ball-milling of pure elemental powders was used to study the structural changes occurring in the sandelin region (i.e., 0.12 wt % Si). Through the identification of invariant reactions (i.e., eutectic, etc.) the authors were able to explore the sandelin phenomenon and also determine the various fields or boundaries associated with the Fe-Zn-Si ternary system.

  5. Phase-resolved cyclotron spectroscopy of polars

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    Campbell, Ryan

    In this thesis we use phase-resolved cyclotron spectroscopy to study polars. Polars are a subset of cataclysmic variables where the primary WD is highly magnetic. In this case, the accretion flow is constrained along the magnetic field lines and eventually deposited on the WD, where the accreting material interacts with the atmosphere, forming a standing hydrodynamic shock at a location termed the accretion region, and emitting cyclotron radiation. Due to its field strength, cyclotron radiation from polars falls at either UV, optical or NIR wavelengths. While a substantial amount of optical cyclotron spectra have been published on polars, the NIR remains relatively unstudied. In this thesis, we present NIR spectroscopy for fifteen polars. Additionally, while a single cyclotron spectrum is needed to constrain the shock parameters, phase- resolved spectroscopy allows for a more in-depth analysis of the shock structure and the geometry of the accretion region. Of the fifteen polars observed, eight yielded spectra of adequate quality to be modeled in this manner: EF Eri, EQ Cet, AN UMa, VV Pup, AM Her, ST LMi, MR Ser, and MQ Dra. Initially, we used the industry standard "Constant Lambda (CL)" code to model each object. The code is fast, but produces only globally averaged values of the salient shock parameters: B - the magnetic field strength, kT - the plasma temperature, logL - the "size parameter" of the accretion column, and TH- the viewing angle between the observer and the magnetic field. For each object we present CL models for our NIR phase-resolved cyclotron spectra. Subsequently, we use a more advanced "Structured-Shock" code built by Fischer & Beuermann (2001)("F&B") to remodel three objects: EQ Cet, MQ Dra, and EF Eri. The F&B code allows for input of more physical parameters and most importantly does ray tracing through a simulated one-dimensional accretion column. To determine the outgoing spectrum, temperature and velocity profiles are needed to

  6. Primordial Inflation Polarization Explorer (Phase 2)

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    Kogurt, Alan; Bennett, Charles

    This is the Lead Proposal for the proposed investigation "Primordial Inflation Polarization Explorer (Phase 2)" We propose to fly the Primordial Inflation Polarization Explorer (PIPER) to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and search for the imprint of gravitational waves produced during an inflationary epoch in the early universe. Such a signal is expected to exist: the simplest inflation models predict tensor-to-scalar ratio 0.01 < r < 0.16 corresponding to detectable amplitudes in the range 30--100 nK. Detection of the inflationary signal would have profound consequences for both cosmology and high-energy physics. Not only would it establish inflation as a physical reality, it would provide a direct, model- independent determination of the relevant energy scale, shedding light on physics at energies twelve orders of magnitude beyond those accessible to direct experimentation in particle accelerators. PIPER is a balloon-borne instrument optimized to detect the inflationary signal on large angular scales. It consists of two co-aligned telescopes cooled to 1.5 K within a large liquid helium bucket dewar. A variable-delay polarization modulator (VPM) on each telescope chops between linear and circular polarization to isolate the polarized signal while rejecting the much brighter unpolarized emission. PIPER's innovative architecture combines cryogenic optics with kilo-pixel detector arrays to provide unprecedented sensitivity to CMB polarization. The fast modulation between linear and circular polarization takes advantage of the lack of astrophysical circular polarization to eliminate common sources of systematic error. The sensitivity and control of systematic errors in turn enable measurements over most of the sky from mid-latitude launch sites; long-duration Antarctic flights are not required. With sensitivity r < 0.007 at 95% CL, PIPER will either detect the inflationary signal or rule out nearly all large-field inflation models

  7. Third Intermetallic Matrix Composites Symposium, volume 350

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    Graves, J.A.; Bowman, R.R.; Lewandowski, J.J.

    1994-04-01

    Partial contents include: issues in potential IMC application for aerospace structures; powder metallurgy processing of intermetallic matrix composites; microstructure and properties of intermetallic matrix composites produced by reaction synthesis; combustion synthesis of niobium aluminide matrix composites; ambient temperature synthesis of bulk intermetallics; wear behavior of SHS intermetallic matrix composites; fracture characteristics of metal-intermetallic laminates produced by SHS reactions; and vapor phase synthesis of Ti aluminides and the interfacial bonding effect on the mechanical property of micro-composites reinforced by pyrolized SiC fibers.

  8. Innovative processing to produce advanced intermetallic materials. Phase 1 final report

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    Loutfy, R.O.

    1989-09-01

    The program demonstrates the technical feasibility of synthesizing submicron titanium aluminide in a thermal rf plasma. Micron and submicron spherical titanium aluminide particles are produced in argon, hydrogen, and argon/hydrogen plasmas from the reaction of TiCl4(g), and Al(g). The ratio of Ti and Al is varied to produce the compounds Ti3Al, TiAl, and TiAl3. Microalloying with boron and macroalloying with niobium is demonstrated. Ti3Al whiskers can be produced, as well as other intermetallics of niobium aluminide, nickel aluminide, and molybdenum disilicide in the plasma synthesis process. Since submicron particles are produced, they have a high surface area and are sensitive to oxidation if not treated with a fugitive protective coating or utilized in a nonoxidizing atmosphere. Ti3Al particles are consolidated and utilized as a matrix for TiC and AlN composites. The submicron AlTi3 has significantly higher strength at room temperature than reported for commercial Ti3Al-11Nb alloy and useable strength is maintained up to 1000 C. The elongation is about the same as for commercial material because of possible oxide contamination in powder handling. However, dimpling and nacking is evident in the fracture surface, which suggests true room temperature ductility. Titanium aluminides have the potential to replace superalloys and become the dominant material for aerospace engines, air frames and skins for hypersonic vehicles.

  9. Optimized Cu-Sn Wafer-Level Bonding Using Intermetallic Phase Characterization

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    Luu, Thi-Thuy; Duan, Ani; Aasmundtveit, Knut E.; Hoivik, Nils

    2013-12-01

    The objective of this study is to optimize the Cu/Sn solid-liquid interdiffusion process for wafer-level bonding applications. To optimize the temperature profile of the bonding process, the formation of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) which takes place during the bonding process needs to be well understood and characterized. In this study, a simulation model for the development of IMCs and the unreacted remaining Sn thickness as a function of the bonding temperature profile was developed. With this accurate simulation model, we are able to predict the parameters which are critical for bonding process optimization. The initial characterization focuses on a kinetics model of the Cu3Sn thickness growth and the amount of Sn thickness that reacts with Cu to form IMCs. As-plated Cu/Sn samples were annealed using different temperatures (150°C to 300°C) and durations (0 min to 320 min). The kinetics model is then extracted from the measured thickness of IMCs of the annealed samples.

  10. Nanospheres of a New Intermetallic FeSn5 Phase: Synthesis, Magnetic Properties and Anode Performance in Li-ion

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    Wang, X.L.; Feygenson, M.; Chen, H.; Lin, C.-H.; Ku, W.; Bai, J.; Aronson, M.C.; Tyson, T.A.; Han, W.-Q.

    2011-07-27

    We synthesized monodisperse nanospheres of an intermetallic FeSn{sub 5} phase via a nanocrystal-conversion protocol using preformed Sn nanospheres as templates. This tetragonal phase in P4/mcc space group, along with the defect structure Fe{sub 0.74}Sn{sub 5} of our nanospheres, has been resolved by synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement. Importantly, FeSn{sub 5}, which is not yet established in the Fe-Sn phase diagram, exhibits a quasi-one dimensional crystal structure along the c-axis, thus leading to interesting anisotropic thermal expansion and magnetic properties. Magnetization measurements indicate that nanospheres are superparamagnetic above the blocking temperature T{sub B} = 300 K, which is associated with the higher magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant K = 3.33 kJ m{sup -3}. The combination of the magnetization measurements and first-principles density functional theory calculations reveals the canted antiferromagnetic nature with significant spin fluctuation in lattice a-b plane. The low Fe concentration also leads Fe{sub 0.74}Sn{sub 5} to enhanced capacity as an anode in Li ion batteries.

  11. High-current vacuum-arc ion and plasma source ``Raduga-5'' application to intermetallic phase formation

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    Stepanov, Igor B.; Ryabchikov, Alexander I.; Kozlov, Eduard V.; Sharkeev, Yurii P.; Shulepov, Ivan A.; Kurzina, Irina A.; Sivin, Denis O.

    2006-03-01

    Phase composition, structural state, and mechanical properties of the ion-doped surface layers of Ni, Ti, and Fe targets with Al and Ti ions implanted into using the metal ion beam and plasma source Raduga 5 have been investigated. The high-intensity mode of implantation allowed us to obtain the ion-doped layers with the thickness exceeding the ion projected range by several orders of magnitude. By the transmission electron microscopy, it has been found that the fine-dispersed equilibrium intermetallic phases (Me3Al, MeAl) and the solid solution of aluminum were formed in the doped Ni, Ti, and Fe surface layers at the depth of up to 2600nm. The maximum dopant concentration reached 75%. It has been shown that the average size of the formed phases was of 70nm. The microhardness of the different target surface layers increased by 1.5-3 times. The wear resistance of the samples did not change within the temperature range of 300-700K.

  12. Theoretical screening of intermetallic ThMn12-type phases for new hard-magnetic compounds with low rare earth content

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    Körner, Wolfgang; Krugel, Georg; Elsässer, Christian

    2016-04-01

    We report on theoretical investigations of intermetallic phases derived from the ThMn12-type crystal structure. Our computational high-throughput screening (HTS) approach is extended to an estimation of the anisotropy constant K1, the anisotropy field Ha and the energy product (BH)max. The calculation of K1 is fast since it is based on the crystal field parameters and avoids expensive total-energy calculations with many k-points. Thus the HTS approach allows a very efficient search for hard-magnetic materials for which the magnetization M and the coercive field Hc connected to Ha represent the key quantities. Besides for NdFe12N which has the highest magnetization we report HTS results for several intermetallic phases based on Cerium which are interesting as alternative hard-magnetic phases because Cerium is a less ressource-critical element than Neodymium.

  13. Theoretical screening of intermetallic ThMn12-type phases for new hard-magnetic compounds with low rare earth content

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    Körner, Wolfgang; Krugel, Georg; Elsässer, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We report on theoretical investigations of intermetallic phases derived from the ThMn12-type crystal structure. Our computational high-throughput screening (HTS) approach is extended to an estimation of the anisotropy constant K1, the anisotropy field Ha and the energy product (BH)max. The calculation of K1 is fast since it is based on the crystal field parameters and avoids expensive total-energy calculations with many k-points. Thus the HTS approach allows a very efficient search for hard-magnetic materials for which the magnetization M and the coercive field Hc connected to Ha represent the key quantities. Besides for NdFe12N which has the highest magnetization we report HTS results for several intermetallic phases based on Cerium which are interesting as alternative hard-magnetic phases because Cerium is a less ressource-critical element than Neodymium. PMID:27098547

  14. Theoretical screening of intermetallic ThMn12-type phases for new hard-magnetic compounds with low rare earth content.

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    Körner, Wolfgang; Krugel, Georg; Elsässer, Christian

    2016-01-01

    We report on theoretical investigations of intermetallic phases derived from the ThMn12-type crystal structure. Our computational high-throughput screening (HTS) approach is extended to an estimation of the anisotropy constant K1, the anisotropy field Ha and the energy product (BH)max. The calculation of K1 is fast since it is based on the crystal field parameters and avoids expensive total-energy calculations with many k-points. Thus the HTS approach allows a very efficient search for hard-magnetic materials for which the magnetization M and the coercive field Hc connected to Ha represent the key quantities. Besides for NdFe12N which has the highest magnetization we report HTS results for several intermetallic phases based on Cerium which are interesting as alternative hard-magnetic phases because Cerium is a less ressource-critical element than Neodymium. PMID:27098547

  15. Study of fatigue and fracture behavior of NbCr{sub 2}-based alloys and intermetallic materials: Phase stability in NbCr{sub 2} Laves phase alloys

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    Zhu, J.H.; Liaw, P.K.; Liu, C.T.

    1996-08-01

    Phase stability in NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases is studied in this paper, using data from binary X-Cr, Nb-X, and ternary Nb-Cr-X phase diagrams. It was shown that when the atomic size ratios are kept identical, the average electron concentration factor (e/a = the average number of electrons per atom outside the closed shells of the component atoms) is the determinate factor in controlling the phase stability of NbCr{sub 2}-based transition-metal Laves phases. The e/a ratios for different Laves phase structures were determined as follows: with e/a < 5.76, the C15 structure is stabilized; at an e/a range of 5.88-7.53, the C14 structure is stabilized; with e/a > 7.65, the C15 structure was stabilized again. A further increase in the electron concentration factor (e/a > 8) leads to the disordering of the alloy. The electron concentration effect on the phase stability of transition-metal A{sub 3}B intermetallic compounds and Mg-based Laves phases is also reviewed and compared with the present observations in transition-metal Laves phases.

  16. Thermal stability of intermetallic phases in Fe-rich Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo alloys

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    Yang, Ying; Tan, Lizhen; Busby, Jeremy T.

    2015-06-12

    Understanding the stability of precipitate phases in the Fe-rich Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo alloys is critical to the alloy design and application of Mo-containing Austenitic steels. Coupled with thermodynamic modeling, stability of the chi and Laves phases in two Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo alloys were investigated at 1000, 850 and 700 °C for different annealing time. The morphologies, compositions and crystal structures of the matrix and precipitate phases were carefully examined by Scanning Electron Microscopy, Electron Probe Microanalysis, X-ray diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy. The two key findings resulted from this work. One is that the chi phase is stable at high temperature and transformed intomore » the Laves phase at low temperature. The other is that both the chi and Laves phases have large solubilites of Cr, Mo and Ni, among which the Mo solubility has a major role on the relative stability of the precipitate phases. The developed thermodynamic models were then applied to evaluating the Mo effect on the stability of precipitate phases in AISI 316 and NF709 alloys.« less

  17. Thermal stability of intermetallic phases in Fe-rich Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo alloys

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    Yang, Ying; Tan, Lizhen; Busby, Jeremy T.

    2015-06-12

    Understanding the stability of precipitate phases in the Fe-rich Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo alloys is critical to the alloy design and application of Mo-containing Austenitic steels. Coupled with thermodynamic modeling, stability of the chi and Laves phases in two Fe-Cr-Ni-Mo alloys were investigated at 1000, 850 and 700 °C for different annealing time. The morphologies, compositions and crystal structures of the matrix and precipitate phases were carefully examined by Scanning Electron Microscopy, Electron Probe Microanalysis, X-ray diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy. The two key findings resulted from this work. One is that the chi phase is stable at high temperature and transformed into the Laves phase at low temperature. The other is that both the chi and Laves phases have large solubilites of Cr, Mo and Ni, among which the Mo solubility has a major role on the relative stability of the precipitate phases. The developed thermodynamic models were then applied to evaluating the Mo effect on the stability of precipitate phases in AISI 316 and NF709 alloys.

  18. Broken ergodicity, memory effect, and rejuvenation in Taylor-phase and decagonal Al3(Mn,Pd,Fe) complex intermetallics

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    Dolinšek, J.; Slanovec, J.; Jagličić, Z.; Heggen, M.; Balanetskyy, S.; Feuerbacher, M.; Urban, K.

    2008-02-01

    The Taylor-phase complex intermetallic compound T-Al3Mn , its solid solutions with Pd and Fe, T-Al3(Mn,Pd) and T-Al3(Mn,Fe) , and the related decagonal d-Al-Mn-Fe quasicrystal belong to the class of magnetically frustrated spin systems that exhibit rich out-of-equilibrium spin dynamics in the nonergodic phase below the spin-freezing temperature Tf . Performing large variety of magnetic experiments as a function of temperature, magnetic field, aging time tw , and different thermal histories, we investigated broken-ergodicity phenomena of (i) a difference in the field-cooled and zero-field-cooled susceptibilities, (ii) the frequency-dependent freezing temperature, Tf(ν) , (iii) hysteresis and remanence, (iv) ultraslow decay of the thermoremanent magnetization, (v) the memory effect (a state of the spin system reached upon isothermal aging can be retrieved after a negative temperature cycle), and (vi) “rejuvenation” (small positive temperature cycle within the nonergodic phase erases the effect of previous aging). We show that the phenomena involving isothermal aging periods (the memory effect, rejuvenation, and the ultraslow decay of the thermoremanent magnetization) get simple explanation by considering that during aging under steady external conditions, localized spin regions quasiequilibrate into more stable configurations, so that higher thermal energy is needed to destroy these regions by spin flipping, as compared to the thermal energy required to reverse a frustrated spin in a disordered spin-glass configuration that forms in the case of no aging. Common to all the investigated broken-ergodicity phenomena is the slow approach of a magnetically frustrated spin system toward a global equilibrium, which can never be reached on accessible experimental time scales due to macroscopic equilibration times.

  19. Solid state phase equilibria and intermetallic compounds of the Al-Cr-Ho system

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    Pang, Mingjun; Zhan, Yongzhong; Du, Yong

    2013-02-15

    The solid state phase equilibria of the Al-Cr-Ho ternary system at 500 Degree-Sign C were experimentally investigated. The phase relations at 500 Degree-Sign C are governed by 14 three-phase regions, 29 two-phase regions and 15 single-phase regions. The existences of 10 binary compounds and 2 ternary phases have been confirmed. Al{sub 11}Cr{sub 2}, Al{sub 11}Cr{sub 4} and Al{sub 17}Ho{sub 2} were not found at 500 Degree-Sign C. Crystal structures of Al{sub 9}Cr{sub 4} and Al{sub 8}Cr{sub 4}Ho were determined by the Rietveld X-ray powder data refinement. Al{sub 9}Cr{sub 4} was found to exhibit cubic structure with space group I4-bar 3m (no. 217) and lattice parameters a=0.9107(5) nm. Al{sub 8}Cr{sub 4}Ho crystallizes in ThMn{sub 12} structure type with space group I4/mmm (no. 139) and lattice parameters a=0.8909(4) nm, c=0.5120(5) nm. It is concluded that the obtained Al{sub 4}Cr phase in this work should be {mu}-Al{sub 4}Cr by comparing with XRD pattern of the hexagonal {mu}-Al{sub 4}Mn compound. - Graphical abstract: The solid state phase equilibria of the Al-Cr-Ho ternary system at 500 Degree-Sign C. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al-Cr-Ho system has been investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al{sub 9}Cr{sub 4} has cubic structure with space group I4-bar 3m. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al{sub 8}Cr{sub 4}Ho crystallizes in ThMn{sub 12} type with space group I4/mmm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al{sub 4}Cr phase is {mu}-type at 500 Degree-Sign C.

  20. New method for computer analysis of complex intermetallic compounds and nanocluster model of the samson phase Cd{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}

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    Blatov, V. A.; Ilyushin, G. D.

    2010-12-15

    A new method is proposed for the computer analysis of crystal structures of complex intermetallic compounds (with more than 1000 atoms per unit cell) using a developed algorithm of the complete decomposition of the 3D graph of the structure into nanocluster substructures. This method has been implemented in the TOPOS software package and approved successfully in an analysis of the complex Cu{sub 3}Cd{sub 4} structure (Samson phase). Cu{sub 3}Cd{sub 4} structure models were used to establish a structural relationship between nanoclusters in this intermetallic compound and nanoclusters in other complex crystal structures: ZrZn{sub 22}, Ru{sub 7}Mg{sub 44}, NaCd{sub 2}, and Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 3}.

  1. Strength, fracture, and fatigue behavior of advanced high-temperature intermetallics reinforced with ductile phases

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    Soboyejo, W. O.; Rao, K. T. Venkateswara; Sastry, S. M. L.; Ritchie, R. O.

    1993-03-01

    The results of recent studies on the fatigue and fracture behavior of extruded Ti-48A1 + 20 vol pct TiNb and hot-isostatically pressed (“hipped”) MoSi2 + 20 vol pct Nb are presented (compositions in atomic percent unless stated otherwise). The effects of ductile phase reinforcement of Ti-48A1 and MoSi2 on the micromechanisms of fracture under monotonie and cyclic loading are elucidated. Micromechanics models are applied to the prediction of crack-tip shielding components, and the effects of temperature on tensile/compressive/flexure strengths are discussed. Ductile phase toughening under monotonie loading conditions is shown to be associated with lower fatigue crack growth resistance. The lower fatigue resistance is attributed to the absence of crack-tip shielding, higher crack opening displacements, and the effects of inelastic strains that are developed in ductile phase-reinforced composites under cyclic loading conditions.

  2. Correction of Errors in Polarization Based Dynamic Phase Shifting Interferometers

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    Kimbrough, Brad

    2014-10-01

    Polarization based interferometers for single snap-shot measurements allow single frame, quantitative phase acquisition for vibration insensitive measurements of optical surfaces. Application of these polarization based phase sensors requires the test and reference beams of the interferometer to be orthogonally polarized. As with all polarization based interferometers, these systems can suffer from phase dependent errors resulting from systematic polarization aberrations. This type of measurement error presents a particular challenge because it varies in magnitude both spatially and temporally between each measurement. In this article, a general discussion of phase calculation error is presented. We then present an algorithm that is capable of mitigating phase-dependent measurement errors on-the-fly. The algorithm implementation is non-iterative providing sensor frame rate limited phase calculations. Finally, results are presented for both a high numerical aperture system, where the residual error is reduced to the shot noise limit, and a system with significant birefringence in the test arm.

  3. Single crystal growth of Al-based intermetallic phases being approximants to quasicrystals

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    Gille, Peter; Bauer, Birgitta; Hahne, Michael; Smontara, Ana; Dolinšek, Janez

    2011-03-01

    Decagonal (d) quasicrystals are formed in a number of Al-based ternary systems with d-AlCoNi being the best studied decagonal phase. They are highly anisotropic showing unusual properties of e.g. electric and thermal transport when measured along the periodic or quasiperiodic directions. For a long time, this has been attributed to the lack of periodicity in certain crystallographic orientations. Some neighbouring phases in the Al-Co-Ni system as well as in related ternaries consist of the same type of large icosahedral clusters, but are periodic in all three directions, sometimes with very large unit cells. Therefore, they are called approximants to the decagonal quasicrystals. They allow comparative studies of these phases as to judge whether some unusual properties of quasicrystals arise from the lack of periodicity or from the common atomic arrangements. Additional to decagonal AlCoNi quasicrystals, various approximants (monoclinic Al13(Co,Ni)4, orthorhombic Al13Co4, orthorhombic Al4(Cr,Fe), monoclinic Al13Fe4 and its ternary extensions Al13(Fe,Cr)4 and Al13(Fe,Ni)4) were grown by the Czochralski method as large single crystals as to carry out transport orientation-dependent measurements. It could be found that transport properties show remarkably similar anisotropic features when comparing corresponding crystallographic directions in these phases that can be related to the periodic stacking of layers.

  4. Digital polarization holography advancing geometrical phase optics.

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    De Sio, Luciano; Roberts, David E; Liao, Zhi; Nersisyan, Sarik; Uskova, Olena; Wickboldt, Lloyd; Tabiryan, Nelson; Steeves, Diane M; Kimball, Brian R

    2016-08-01

    Geometrical phase or the fourth generation (4G) optics enables realization of optical components (lenses, prisms, gratings, spiral phase plates, etc.) by patterning the optical axis orientation in the plane of thin anisotropic films. Such components exhibit near 100% diffraction efficiency over a broadband of wavelengths. The films are obtained by coating liquid crystalline (LC) materials over substrates with patterned alignment conditions. Photo-anisotropic materials are used for producing desired alignment conditions at the substrate surface. We present and discuss here an opportunity of producing the widest variety of "free-form" 4G optical components with arbitrary spatial patterns of the optical anisotropy axis orientation with the aid of a digital spatial light polarization converter (DSLPC). The DSLPC is based on a reflective, high resolution spatial light modulator (SLM) combined with an "ad hoc" optical setup. The most attractive feature of the use of a DSLPC for photoalignment of nanometer thin photo-anisotropic coatings is that the orientation of the alignment layer, and therefore of the fabricated LC or LC polymer (LCP) components can be specified on a pixel-by-pixel basis with high spatial resolution. By varying the optical magnification or de-magnification the spatial resolution of the photoaligned layer can be adjusted to an optimum for each application. With a simple "click" it is possible to record different optical components as well as arbitrary patterns ranging from lenses to invisible labels and other transparent labels that reveal different images depending on the side from which they are viewed. PMID:27505793

  5. X-ray Fluorescence Investigation of Ordered Intermetallic Phases as Electrocatalysts towards the Oxidation of Small Organic Molecules

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    Liu, Yi; Lowe, Michael A.; Finkelstein, Ken D.; Dale, Darren S.; DiSalvo, Francis J.; Abruña, Héctor D.

    2010-10-13

    The composition of ordered intermetallic nanoparticles (PtBi and PtPb) has been quantitatively studied by in situ X-ray fluorescence (XRF) during active electrochemical control in solutions of supporting electrolyte and small organic molecules (SOMs). Because the Pt Lβ1,2 lines and the Bi Lα1,2 lines are only separated by 200 eV, an energy-dispersive detector and a multiple-channel analyzer (MCA) were used to record the major fluorescent emission lines from these two elements. The molar ratios of platinum to the less-noble elements (Bi, Pb) in the nanoparticles dramatically changed as a function of the applied upper limit potentials (Eulp) in cyclic voltammetric (CV) characterization. Similar to previous investigations for bulk intermetallic surfaces, the less-noble elements leached out from the surfaces of the intermetallic nanoparticles. For PtBi nanoparticles, the ratios of fluorescence intensities of Pt/Bi in the samples were 0.42, 0.96, and 1.36 for Eulp=+0.40, +0.80, and 1.20 V, respectively, while cycling the potential from -0.20 V to the Eulp value for 10 cycles. The leaching-out process of the less-noble elements occurred at more negative Eulp values than expected. After cycling to relatively positive Eulp values, nonuniform PtM (M=Bi of Pb) nanoparticles formed with a Pt-rich shell and intermetallic PtM core. When the supporting solutions contained active fuel molecules in addition to the intermetallic nanoparticles (formic acid for PtBi, formic acid and methanol for PtPb), kinetic stabilization effects were observed for Eulp=+0.80 V, in a way similar to the response of the bulk materials. It was of great importance to quantitatively explore the change in composition and structure of the intermetallic nanoparticles under active electrochemical control. More importantly, this approach represents a simple, universal, and multifunctional method for the study of multi

  6. Elliptically polarizing adjustable phase insertion device

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    Carr, Roger

    1995-01-01

    An insertion device for extracting polarized electromagnetic energy from a beam of particles is disclosed. The insertion device includes four linear arrays of magnets which are aligned with the particle beam. The magnetic field strength to which the particles are subjected is adjusted by altering the relative alignment of the arrays in a direction parallel to that of the particle beam. Both the energy and polarization of the extracted energy may be varied by moving the relevant arrays parallel to the beam direction. The present invention requires a substantially simpler and more economical superstructure than insertion devices in which the magnetic field strength is altered by changing the gap between arrays of magnets.

  7. Insight into structural, mechanical, electronic and thermodynamic properties of intermetallic phases in Zr-Sn system from first-principles calculations

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    Liu, Shuai; Zhan, Yongzhong; Wu, Junyan; Wei, Xuanchen

    2015-11-01

    The structural, phase stabilities, mechanical, electronic and thermodynamic properties of intermetallic phases in Zr-Sn system are investigated by using first-principles method. The equilibrium lattice constants, enthalpy of formation (ΔHform) and elastic constants are obtained and compared with available experimental and theoretical data. The configuration of Zr4Sn is measured with reasonable precision. The ΔHform of five hypothetical structures are obtained in order to find possible metastable phase for Zr-Sn system. The mechanical properties, including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio, are calculated by Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation and the Zr5Sn4 and Zr5Sn3 show excellent mechanical properties. The electronic density of states for Zr5Sn4, Zr5Sn3 and cP8-Zr3Sn are calculated to further investigate the stability of intermetallic compounds. Through the quasi-harmonic Debye model, the Debye temperature, heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient under temperature of 0-300 K and pressure of 0-50 GPa for Zr5Sn3 and Zr5Sn4 are deeply investigated.

  8. Intermetallic Compounds

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    Takagiwa, Y.; Matsuura, Y.; Kimura, K.

    2014-06-01

    We have focused on the binary narrow-bandgap intermetallic compounds FeGa3 and RuGa3 as thermoelectric materials. Their crystal structure is FeGa3-type (tetragonal, P42/ mnm) with 16 atoms per unit cell. Despite their simple crystal structure, their room temperature thermal conductivity is in the range 4-5-W-m-1-K-1. Both compounds have narrow-bandgaps of approximately 0.3-eV near the Fermi level. Because their Seebeck coefficients are quite large negative values in the range 350-<-| S 373K|-<-550- μV-K-1 for undoped samples, it should be possible to obtain highly efficient thermoelectric materials both by adjusting the carrier concentration and by reducing the thermal conductivity. Here, we report the effects of doping on the thermoelectric properties of FeGa3 and RuGa3 as n and p-type materials. The dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, was significantly improved by substitution of Sn for Ga in FeGa3 (electron-doping) and by substitution of Zn for Ga in RuGa3 (hole-doping), mainly as a result of optimization of the electronic part, S 2 σ.

  9. Polarity-adjustable reversed phase ultrathin-layer chromatography.

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    Hall, J Z; Taschuk, M T; Brett, M J

    2012-11-30

    Reversed phase thin layer chromatography (TLC) or high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) plates modified with C18, C8 or C2 to provide the silica-gel stationary phase with different polarities are available on the market, however, reversed phase plates with tunable polarity have not been reported. Given the limited variety of reversed phase plates, mobile phase composition optimization is necessary to obtain better separation of analytes with similar characteristics, which is often a time consuming step. We present polarity-adjustable reversed phase ultrathin-layer chromatography (UTLC) plates, which simplifies the mobile phase screening process and greatly expands the selection of reversed phase plates. The plates were fabricated on glass substrates with SiO(2) nanopillars deposited using the glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique. SiO(2) nanopillars were functionalized with octadecyltrichlorosilane to generate a super hydrophobic stationary phase. Unlike commercial silica-gel based stationary phases, the isolated nanopillar architecture presented here exposes a high surface area to post-fabrication surface treatments. In our work, an O(2) plasma treatment at different powers, pressures and exposure times was used to shorten the silane carbon chain and introduce COOH groups to the surface, producing plates with finely tunable polarities. Separation of a model dye mixture of Sudan blue and Sudan IV confirmed the tuning of surface polarities by measurement of retention behavior changes. The dye elution order reversed as a result of the change in surface polarity. When the same plasma treatment process was tested on commercial reversed phase plates, separation behavior did not change because the disordered and tortuous silica gel restricts the accessible surface area. Plasma treatment of GLAD structures with highly accessible surfaces improved control over interfacial properties, producing better reverse phase separations. PMID:23116804

  10. Elliptically polarizing adjustable phase insertion device

    DOEpatents

    Carr, R.

    1995-01-17

    An insertion device for extracting polarized electromagnetic energy from a beam of particles is disclosed. The insertion device includes four linear arrays of magnets which are aligned with the particle beam. The magnetic field strength to which the particles are subjected is adjusted by altering the relative alignment of the arrays in a direction parallel to that of the particle beam. Both the energy and polarization of the extracted energy may be varied by moving the relevant arrays parallel to the beam direction. The present invention requires a substantially simpler and more economical superstructure than insertion devices in which the magnetic field strength is altered by changing the gap between arrays of magnets. 3 figures.

  11. Ab Initio Study of Binary and Ternary Nb3(X,Y) A15 Intermetallic Phases (X,Y = Al, Ge, Si, Sn)

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    Papadimitriou, Ioannis; Utton, Claire; Scott, Andrew; Tsakiropoulos, Panos

    2015-02-01

    Elastic and thermodynamic properties of binary and ternary A15 phases containing Al, Ge, Si, and Sn were studied using the first-principles pseudopotential plane-wave method based on density functional theory. The temperature dependence of the enthalpy of formation for the A15 intermetallics is reported using the quasiharmonic approximation. Elastic properties of the studied compounds were calculated at T = 0 K and were in agreement with the measured values reported in the literature. The elastic properties and thermodynamic data for the metastable A15-Nb3Si are reported for the first time. The Nb3Si has the highest bulk, shear, and Young's modulus values and is predicted to be less ductile than the other three binary A15 intermetallics. The calculations suggest (i) that Al and Sn have a positive effect on the ductility of the A15 compounds of this study, (ii) that Ge as a ternary addition has a ductilizing effect only in the A15-Nb3Si, and (iii) that Si as a ternary addition has a negative effect on the ductility of all the A15 compounds of the present study. The linear thermal expansion coefficients of the Nb, Al, the A15 Nb3Al, Nb3Ge, Nb3Sn, and Nb3Si (A15) phases are reported. The Sn and Al additions in the Nb3Si stabilize the A15 structure, while the Ge addition has the opposite effect, stabilizing the tP32 Nb3Si.

  12. The Pancharatnam-Berry phase in polarization singular beams

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    Kumar, Vijay; Viswanathan, Nirmal K.

    2013-04-01

    Space-variant inhomogeneously polarized field formed due to superposition of orthogonally polarized Gaussian (LG00) and Laguerre-Gaussian (LG01) beams results in polarization singular beams with different morphology structures such as lemon, star and dipole patterns around the C-point in the beam cross-section. The Pancharatnam-Berry phase plays a critical role in the formation and characteristics of these spatially inhomogeneous fields. We present our experimental results wherein we measure the variable geometric phase by tracking the trajectory of the component vortices in the beam cross-section, by interfering with selective polarization states and by tracking different latitudes on the Poincaré sphere without the effect of a dynamic phase.

  13. Polyclusters and substitution effects in the Na-Au-Ga system: remarkable sodium bonding characteristics in polar intermetallics.

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Miller, Gordon J; Corbett, John D

    2013-11-01

    A systematic exploration of Na- and Au-poor parts of the Na-Au-Ga system (less than 15 at. % Na or Au) uncovered several compounds with novel structural features that are unusual for the rest of the system. Four ternary compounds Na1.00(3)Au0.18Ga1.82(1) (I), NaAu2Ga4 (II), Na5Au10Ga16 (III), and NaAu4Ga2 (IV) have been synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction: Na1.00(3)Au0.18Ga1.82(1)(I, P6/mmm, a = 15.181(2), c =9.129(2)Å, Z = 30); NaAu2Ga4 (II, Pnma, a = 16.733(3), b = 4.3330(9), c =7.358(3) Å, Z = 4); Na5Au10Ga16 (III, P6(3)/m, a = 10.754(2), c =11.457(2) Å, Z = 2); and NaAu4Ga2 (IV, P2(1)/c, a = 8.292(2), b = 7.361(1), c =9.220(2)Å, β = 116.15(3), Z = 4). Compound I lies between the large family of Bergman-related compounds and Na-poor Zintl-type compounds and exhibits a clathrate-like structure containing icosahedral clusters similar to those in cubic 1/1 approximants, as well as tunnels with highly disordered cation positions and fused Na-centered clusters. Structures II, III, and IV are built of polyanionic networks and clusters that generate novel tunnels in each that contain isolated, ordered Na atoms. Tight-binding electronic structure calculations using linear muffin-tin-orbital (LMTO) methods on II, III, IV and an idealized model of I show that all are metallic with evident pseudogaps at the Fermi levels. The integrated crystal orbital Hamilton populations for II-IV are typically dominated by Au-Ga, Ga-Ga, and Au-Au bonding, although Na-Au and Na-Ga contributions are also significant. Sodium's involvement into such covalency is consistent with that recently reported in Na-Au-M (M = Ga, Ge, Sn, Zn, and Cd) phases. PMID:24138102

  14. Polyclusters and Substitution Effects in the Na–Au–Ga System: Remarkable Sodium Bonding Characteristics in Polar Intermetallics

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    Smetana, Volodymyr; Miller, Gordon J.; Corbett, John D.

    2013-10-18

    A systematic exploration of Na- and Au-poor parts of the Na–Au–Ga system (less than 15 at. % Na or Au) uncovered several compounds with novel structural features that are unusual for the rest of the system. Four ternary compounds Na1.00(3)Au0.18Ga1.82(1) (I), NaAu2Ga4 (II), Na5Au10Ga16 (III), and NaAu4Ga2 (IV) have been synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction: Na1.00(3)Au0.18Ga1.82(1)(I, P6/mmm, a = 15.181(2), c =9.129(2)Å, Z = 30); NaAu2Ga4 (II, Pnma, a = 16.733(3), b = 4.3330(9), c =7.358(3) Å, Z = 4); Na5Au10Ga16 (III, P63/m, a = 10.754(2), c =11.457(2) Å, Z = 2); and NaAu4Ga2 (IV, P21/c, a = 8.292(2), b = 7.361(1), c =9.220(2)Å, β = 116.15(3), Z = 4). Compound I lies between the large family of Bergman-related compounds and Na-poor Zintl-type compounds and exhibits a clathrate-like structure containing icosahedral clusters similar to those in cubic 1/1 approximants, as well as tunnels with highly disordered cation positions and fused Na-centered clusters. Structures II, III, and IV are built of polyanionic networks and clusters that generate novel tunnels in each that contain isolated, ordered Na atoms. Tight-binding electronic structure calculations using linear muffin-tin-orbital (LMTO) methods on II, III, IV and an idealized model of I show that all are metallic with evident pseudogaps at the Fermi levels. The integrated crystal orbital Hamilton populations for II–IV are typically dominated by Au–Ga, Ga–Ga, and Au–Au bonding, although Na–Au and Na–Ga contributions are also significant. Sodium’s involvement into such covalency is consistent with that recently reported in Na–Au–M (M = Ga, Ge, Sn, Zn, and Cd) phases.

  15. Nonlinearity of Pancharatnam's geometric phase in polarizing interferometers.

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    Hils, B; Dultz, W; Martienssen, W

    1999-08-01

    Earlier investigations show a time-variable nonlinear shift of the fringe pattern in a polarizing interferometer while rotating a polarizer at the exit. This effect was identified as Pancharatnam's geometrical phase and proposed for applications in interferometry and fast optical switching devices. A heterodyne analysis attributes moving fringes to a frequency difference between the interfering beams; thus changing fringe velocities point to a dynamic frequency development within the period of the uniformly rotating analyzer. This explanation offends the intuition and we undertake an experimental and theoretical investigation of the effect to solve the paradox. We determine, e.g., the complete frequency and mode spectrum of an arbitrary state of polarization P0 behind a rotating linear analyzer and behind a rotating arbitrary linear birefringent plate. We find that, in spite of a fast changing phase in the interferometer, no other (higher) frequency components appear in the spectral distribution of the intensity at the exit than the double of the rotary frequency of the analyzer: phase nonlinearities are compensated for by intensity changes. Only a phase-sensitive detector like an array of photodetectors is able to observe the nonlinearity of Pancharatnam's geometrical phase. A single detector only finds a sinusoidal intensity variation. Our insight into these relations leads us to two new applications of Pancharatnam's phase: supersensitivity of a polarizing double beam interferometer with a video camera acting as a phase detector and external tuning of a Fizeau interferometer. PMID:11970029

  16. Polarization selective phase-change nanomodulator

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    Appavoo, Kannatassen; Haglund Jr., Richard F.

    2014-01-01

    Manipulating optical signals below the diffraction limit is crucial for next-generation data-storage and telecommunication technologies. Although controlling the flow of light around nanoscale waveguides was achieved over a decade ago, modulating optical signals at terahertz frequencies within nanoscale volumes remains a challenge. Since the physics underlying any modulator relies on changes in dielectric properties, the incorporation of strongly electron-correlated materials (SECMs) has been proposed because they can exhibit orders of magnitude changes in electrical and optical properties with modest thermal, electrical or optical trigger signals. Here we demonstrate a hybrid nanomodulator of deep sub-wavelength dimensions with an active volume of only 0.002 µm3 by spatially confining light on the nanometre length scale using a plasmonic nanostructure while simultaneously controlling the reactive near-field environment at its optical focus with a single, precisely positioned SECM nanostructure. Since the nanomodulator functionality hinges on this near-field electromagnetic interaction, the modulation is also selectively responsive to polarization. This architecture suggests one path for designing reconfigurable optoelectronic building blocks with responses that can be tailored with exquisite precision by varying size, geometry, and the intrinsic materials properties of the hybrid elements. PMID:25346427

  17. Polarization selective phase-change nanomodulator

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    Appavoo, Kannatassen; Haglund Jr., Richard F.

    2014-10-27

    Manipulating optical signals below the diffraction limit is crucial for next-generation data-storage and telecommunication technologies. Although controlling the flow of light around nanoscale waveguides was achieved over a decade ago, modulating optical signals at terahertz frequencies within nanoscale volumes remains a challenge. Since the physics underlying any modulator relies on changes in dielectric properties, the incorporation of strongly electron-correlated materials (SECMs) has been proposed because they can exhibit orders of magnitude changes in electrical and optical properties with modest thermal, electrical or optical trigger signals. Here we demonstrate a hybrid nanomodulator of deep sub-wavelength dimensions with an active volume ofmore » only 0.002 µm3 by spatially confining light on the nanometre length scale using a plasmonic nanostructure while simultaneously controlling the reactive near-field environment at its optical focus with a single, precisely positioned SECM nanostructure. Since the nanomodulator functionality hinges on this near-field electromagnetic interaction, the modulation is also selectively responsive to polarization. Lastly, this architecture suggests one path for designing reconfigurable optoelectronic building blocks with responses that can be tailored with exquisite precision by varying size, geometry, and the intrinsic materials properties of the hybrid elements.« less

  18. Polarization selective phase-change nanomodulator

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    Appavoo, Kannatassen; Haglund Jr., Richard F.

    2014-10-27

    Manipulating optical signals below the diffraction limit is crucial for next-generation data-storage and telecommunication technologies. Although controlling the flow of light around nanoscale waveguides was achieved over a decade ago, modulating optical signals at terahertz frequencies within nanoscale volumes remains a challenge. Since the physics underlying any modulator relies on changes in dielectric properties, the incorporation of strongly electron-correlated materials (SECMs) has been proposed because they can exhibit orders of magnitude changes in electrical and optical properties with modest thermal, electrical or optical trigger signals. Here we demonstrate a hybrid nanomodulator of deep sub-wavelength dimensions with an active volume of only 0.002 µm3 by spatially confining light on the nanometre length scale using a plasmonic nanostructure while simultaneously controlling the reactive near-field environment at its optical focus with a single, precisely positioned SECM nanostructure. Since the nanomodulator functionality hinges on this near-field electromagnetic interaction, the modulation is also selectively responsive to polarization. Lastly, this architecture suggests one path for designing reconfigurable optoelectronic building blocks with responses that can be tailored with exquisite precision by varying size, geometry, and the intrinsic materials properties of the hybrid elements.

  19. Analysis of input-polarization-induced phase noise in interferometric fiber-optic sensors and its reduction using polarization scrambling

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    Kersey, Alan D.; Marrone, Michael J.; Dandridge, Anthony

    1990-06-01

    The dependence of the phase shift of an interferometric fiber sensor on the input state of polarization is analyzed, and it is shown that fluctuations in the input polarization to a fiber interferometer can lead to the generation of excess phase noise. The relationship between this effect and the variation in visibility with input polarization is described and theoretically confirmed. The use of depolarized source light to eliminate input-polarization-induced excess phase noise is theoretically and experimentally demonstrated.

  20. Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography using continuous polarization modulation with arbitrary phase modulation amplitude

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    Lu, Zenghai; Kasaragod, Deepa K.; Matcher, Stephen J.

    2012-03-01

    We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that the phase retardance and relative optic-axis orientation of a sample can be calculated without prior knowledge of the actual value of the phase modulation amplitude when using a polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system based on continuous polarization modulation (CPM-PS-OCT). We also demonstrate that the sample Jones matrix can be calculated at any values of the phase modulation amplitude in a reasonable range depending on the system effective signal-to-noise ratio. This has fundamental importance for the development of clinical systems by simplifying the polarization modulator drive instrumentation and eliminating its calibration procedure. This was validated on measurements of a three-quarter waveplate and an equine tendon sample by a fiber-based swept-source CPM-PS-OCT system.

  1. Polarization Phase-Compensating Coats for Metallic Mirrors

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    Balasubramanian, Kunjithapatham

    2006-01-01

    A method of compensating for or minimizing phase differences between orthogonal polarizations of light reflected from metallic mirrors at oblique incidence, as, for example, from weakly curved mirrors, is undergoing development. The method is intended to satisfy a need to maintain precise polarization phase relationships or minimum polarization differences needed for proper operation of telescopes and other scientific instruments that include single or multiple mirrors. The basic idea of the method is to optimally coat mirrors with thin engineered layers of materials that introduce phase differences that, as nearly precisely as possible, are opposite of the undesired phase differences arising in reflection with non-optimum coatings. Depending on the specific optical system, the method could involve any or all of the following elements: a) Optimization of a single coat on all the mirrors in the system. b) Optimization of a unique coat for each mirror such that the polarization phase effects of the coat on one mirror compensate, to an acceptably high degree over an acceptably wide wavelength range, for those of the coat on another mirror. c) Tapering the coat on each mirror. Optimization could involve the choice of a single dielectric coating material and its thickness, or design of a more complex coat consisting of multiple layers of different dielectric materials and possibly some metallic materials. Such designs and coatings are particularly significant and needed for obtaining very high quality of wavefront required in high-contrast imaging instruments such as the NASA Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph.

  2. Polar Phase of Superfluid (3)He in Anisotropic Aerogel.

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    Dmitriev, V V; Senin, A A; Soldatov, A A; Yudin, A N

    2015-10-16

    We report the first observation of the polar phase of superfluid (3)He. This phase appears in (3)He confined in a new type of aerogel with a nearly parallel arrangement of strands which play the role of ordered impurities. Our experiments qualitatively agree with theoretical predictions and suggest that in other systems with unconventional Cooper pairing (e.g., in unconventional superconductors) similar phenomena may be found in the presence of anisotropic impurities. PMID:26550884

  3. Intensity, polarization, and phase information in optical disk systems.

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    Liang, Rongguang; Carriere, James; Mansuripur, Masud

    2002-03-10

    Digital information in optical data storage systems can be encoded in the intensity, in the polarization state, or in the phase of a carrier laser beam. Intensity modulation is achieved at the surface of the storage medium either through destructive interference from surface-relief features (e.g., CD or DVD pits) or through reflectivity variations (e.g., alteration of optical constants of phase-change media). Magneto-optical materials make use of the polar magneto-optical Kerr effect to produce polarization modulations of the focused beam reflected from the storage medium. Both surface-relief structures and material-property variations can create, at the exit pupil of the objective lens of the optical pickup, a phase modulation (this, in addition to any intensity or polarization modulation or both). Current optical data storage systems do not make use of this phase information, whose recovery could potentially increase the strength of the readout signal. We show how all three mechanisms can be exploited in a scanning optical microscope to reconstruct the recorded (or embedded) data patterns on various types of optical disk. PMID:11928756

  4. Relating polarization phase difference of SAR signals to scene properties

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    Ulaby, Fawwaz T.; Dobson, Myron C.; Mcdonald, Kyle C.; Senior, Thomas B. A.; Held, Daniel

    1987-01-01

    This paper examines the statistical behavior of the phase difference Delta-phi between the HH-polarized and VV-polarized backscattered signals recorded by an L-band SAR over an agricultural test site in Illinois. Polarization-phase difference distributions were generated for about 200 agricultural fields for which ground information had been acquired in conjunction with the SAR mission. For the overwhelming majority of cases, the Delta-phi distribution is symmetric and has a single major lobe centered at the mean value of the distribution Delta-phi. Whereas the mean Delta-phi was found to be close to zero degrees for bare soil, cut vegetation, alfalfa, soybeans, and clover, a different pattern was observed for the corn fields; the mean Delta-phi increased with increasing incidence angle Theta = 35 deg. The explanation proposed for this variation is that the corn canopy, most of whose mass is contained in its vertical stalks, acts like a uniaxial crystal characterized by different velocities of propagation for waves with horizontal and vertical polarization. Thus, it is hypothesized that the observed backscatter is contributed by a combination of propagation delay, forward scatter by the soil surface, and specular bistatic reflection by the stalks. Model calculations based on this assumption were found to be in general agreement with the phase observations.

  5. Nanospheres of a New Intermetalic FeSn5 Phase: Synthesis Magnetic Properties and Anode Performance in Li-ion Batteries

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    X Wang; M Feygenson; H Chen; C Lin; W Ku; J Bai; M Aronson; T Tyson; W Han

    2011-12-31

    We synthesized monodisperse nanospheres of an intermetallic FeSn{sub 5} phase via a nanocrystal-conversion protocol using preformed Sn nanospheres as templates. This tetragonal phase in P4/mcc space group, along with the defect structure Fe{sub 0.74}Sn{sub 5} of our nanospheres, has been resolved by synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement. Importantly, FeSn{sub 5}, which is not yet established in the Fe-Sn phase diagram, exhibits a quasi-one dimensional crystal structure along the c-axis, thus leading to interesting anisotropic thermal expansion and magnetic properties. Magnetization measurements indicate that nanospheres are superparamagnetic above the blocking temperature T{sub B} = 300 K, which is associated with the higher magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant K = 3.33 kJ m{sup -3}. The combination of the magnetization measurements and first-principles density functional theory calculations reveals the canted antiferromagnetic nature with significant spin fluctuation in lattice a-b plane. The low Fe concentration also leads Fe{sub 0.74}Sn{sub 5} to enhanced capacity as an anode in Li ion batteries.

  6. Numerical generation of a polarization singularity array with modulated amplitude and phase.

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    Ye, Dong; Peng, Xinyu; Zhao, Qi; Chen, Yanru

    2016-09-01

    A point having no defined polarized ellipse azimuthal angle (circularly polarized) in a space-variant vector field is called a polarization singularity, and it has three types: Lemon, Monstar, and Star. Recently, the connection of polarization singularities has been performed. Inspired by this, we conduct a numerical generation of a polarization singularity array. Our method is based on two orthogonal linearly polarized light beams with modulated amplitude and phase. With appropriate distribution functions of amplitudes and phases we can control the polarized states of polarization singularities, which offer a possibility to simulate a polarization singularity array. PMID:27607491

  7. Phase diagram and polarization of stable phases of (Ga1- x In x )2O3

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    Maccioni, Maria Barbara; Fiorentini, Vincenzo

    2016-04-01

    The full phase diagram of (Ga1- x In x )2O3 is obtained theoretically. The phases competing for the ground state are monoclinic β (low x), hexagonal (x ˜ 0.5), and bixbyite (large x). Three disconnected mixing regions interlace with two distinct phase-separation regions, and at x ˜ 0.5, the coexistence of hexagonal and β alloys with phase-separated binary components is expected. We also explore the permanent polarization of the phases, but none of them are polar. On the other hand, we find that ɛ-Ga2O3, which was stabilized in recent experiments, is pyroelectric with a large polarization and piezoelectric coupling, and could be used to produce high-density electron gases at interfaces.

  8. Phase-diversity phase-sensitive amplification in fiber loop with polarization beam splitter

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    Inoue, K.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we propose a parametric amplification scheme based on phase-sensitive amplification in an optical fiber. The proposed system consists of a nonlinear fiber and a dispersive medium in a loop configuration with a polarization beam splitter, where phase-sensitive amplification occurs bi-directionally. The dispersive medium shifts the relative phase between signal and pump lights, due to which the amplified signal light is always obtained regardless of the signal input phase, i.e., a phase-diversity operation is achieved, while the output phase is digitized as in conventional phase-sensitive amplifiers.

  9. Reaction synthesis of intermetallics

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    Deevi, S.C.; Sikka, V.K.

    1994-12-31

    Exothermicity associated with the synthesis of aluminides was utilized to obtain nickel, iron, and cobalt aluminides. Combustion synthesis, extrusion, and hot pressing were utilized to obtain intermetallics and their composites. Extrusion conditions, reduction ratios, and hot-pressing conditions of the intermetallics and their composites are discussed.

  10. IPRT polarized radiative transfer model intercomparison project - Phase A

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    Emde, Claudia; Barlakas, Vasileios; Cornet, Céline; Evans, Frank; Korkin, Sergey; Ota, Yoshifumi; Labonnote, Laurent C.; Lyapustin, Alexei; Macke, Andreas; Mayer, Bernhard; Wendisch, Manfred

    2015-10-01

    The polarization state of electromagnetic radiation scattered by atmospheric particles such as aerosols, cloud droplets, or ice crystals contains much more information about the optical and microphysical properties than the total intensity alone. For this reason an increasing number of polarimetric observations are performed from space, from the ground and from aircraft. Polarized radiative transfer models are required to interpret and analyse these measurements and to develop retrieval algorithms exploiting polarimetric observations. In the last years a large number of new codes have been developed, mostly for specific applications. Benchmark results are available for specific cases, but not for more sophisticated scenarios including polarized surface reflection and multi-layer atmospheres. The International Polarized Radiative Transfer (IPRT) working group of the International Radiation Commission (IRC) has initiated a model intercomparison project in order to fill this gap. This paper presents the results of the first phase A of the IPRT project which includes ten test cases, from simple setups with only one layer and Rayleigh scattering to rather sophisticated setups with a cloud embedded in a standard atmosphere above an ocean surface. All scenarios in the first phase A of the intercomparison project are for a one-dimensional plane-parallel model geometry. The commonly established benchmark results are available at the IPRT website.

  11. Suppression of the antiferroelectric phase during polarization cycling of an induced ferroelectric phase

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    Liu, Xiaoming; Tan, Xiaoli

    2015-08-17

    The ceramic Pb{sub 0.99}Nb{sub 0.02}[(Zr{sub 0.57}Sn{sub 0.43}){sub 0.92}Ti{sub 0.08}]{sub 0.98}O{sub 3} can exist in either an antiferroelectric or a ferroelectric phase at room temperature, depending on the thermal and electrical history. The antiferroelectric phase can be partially recovered from the induced ferroelectric phase when the applied field reverses polarity. Therefore, polarization cycling of the ferroelectric phase in the ceramic under bipolar fields at room temperature is accompanied with repeated phase transitions. In this letter, the stability of the recovered antiferroelectric phase upon electrical cycling of the ceramic is investigated. Ex-situ X-ray diffraction reveals that bipolar cycling suppresses the antiferroelectric phase; this is indirectly supported by piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 33} measurements. It is speculated that the accumulated charged point defects during polarization cycling stabilize the polar ferroelectric phase. The findings presented are important to the fundamental studies of electric fatigue and field-induced phase transitions in ferroelectrics.

  12. Investigation of Polarization Phase Difference Related to Forest Fields Characterizations

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    Majidi, M.; Maghsoudi, Y.

    2013-09-01

    The information content of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data significantly included in the radiometric polarization channels, hence polarimetric SAR data should be analyzed in relation with target structure. The importance of the phase difference between two co-polarized scattered signals due to the possible association between the biophysical parameters and the measured Polarization Phase Difference (PPD) statistics of the backscattered signal recorded components has been recognized in geophysical remote sensing. This paper examines two Radarsat-2 images statistics of the phase difference to describe the feasibility of relationship with the physical properties of scattering targets and tries to understand relevance of PPD statistics with various types of forest fields. As well as variation of incidence angle due to affecting on PPD statistics is investigated. The experimental forest pieces that are used in this research are characterized white pine (Pinus strobus L.), red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.), jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.), white spruce (Picea glauca (Moench Voss), black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill) B.S.P.), poplar (Populus L.), red oak (Quercus rubra L.) , aspen and ground vegetation. The experimental results show that despite of biophysical parameters have a wide diversity, PPD statistics are almost the same. Forest fields distributions as distributed targets have close to zero means regardless of the incidence angle. Also, The PPD distribution are function of both target and sensor parameters, but for more appropriate examination related to PPD statistics the observations should made in the leaf-off season or in bands with lower frequencies.

  13. Solid-State Transformation of Iron-Rich Intermetallic Phases in Al-Cu 206 Cast Alloys During Solution Heat Treatment

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    Liu, K.; Cao, X.; Chen, X.-G.

    2013-08-01

    The solid-state transformation of the iron-rich intermetallic phases in Al-Cu 206 cast alloys during the solution heat treatment was studied by using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Electron Back Scattered Diffraction (EBSD), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). At a normal solution treatment temperature of 793 K (520 °C), no visible variation is observed for the β-Fe phase solidified from the Al alloy melt. With increasing soaking time, however, the Chinese script α-Fe becomes unstable and progressively transforms into platelet β-Fe, termed as solid-state-transformed (STed) β-Fe to distinguish it from the β-Fe directly solidified from the Al alloy melt. The STed β-Fe preferentially nucleates on the α-Fe and then grows from the α-Fe/Al interface into α-Fe and/or Al matrix with a much higher growth rate in the α-Fe. The incomplete solid-state transformation from α-Fe into STed β-Fe leads to the fragmentation of the α-Fe. The formation of the STed β-Fe with increasing size and volume fraction after longer soaking time can deteriorate the tensile properties.

  14. New roles for icosahedral clusters in intermetallic phases: micelle-like segregation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions in Ca10Cd27Cu2.

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    Hadler, Amelia B; Harris, Nicholas A; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2013-11-20

    Despite significant progress in the structural characterization of the quasicrystalline state, the chemical origins of long- and short-range icosahedral order remain mysterious and a subject of debate. In this Article, we present the crystal structure of a new complex intermetallic phase, Ca10Cd27Cu2 (mC234.24), whose geometrical features offer clues to the driving forces underlying the icosahedral clusters that occur in Bergman-type quasicrystals. Ca10Cd27Cu2 adopts a C-centered monoclinic superstructure of the 1/1 Bergman approximant structure, in which [110] layers of Bergman clusters in the 1/1 structure are separated through the insertion of additional atoms (accompanied by substantial positional disorder). An examination of the coordination environments of Ca and Cu (in the ordered regions) reveals that the structure can be viewed as a combination of coordination polyhedra present in the nearest binary phases in the Ca-Cd-Cu compositional space. A notable feature is the separation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions, with Bergman clusters emerging as Ca-Cd Friauf polyhedra (derived from the MgZn2-type CaCd2 phase) encapsulate a Cu-Cd icosahedron similar to those appearing in Cu2Cd5. DFT chemical pressure calculations on nearby binary phases point to the importance of this segregation of Ca-Cd and Cu-Cd interactions. The mismatch in atomic size between Cu and Cd leads to an inability to satisfy Ca-Cu and Ca-Cd interactions simultaneously in the Friauf polyhedra of the nearby Laves phase CaCd2. The relegation of the Cu atoms to icosahedra prevents this frustration while nucleating the formation of Bergman clusters. PMID:24147875

  15. Mars Polar Cap During Transition Phase Instrument Checkout

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    2006-01-01

    During the last week of September and the first week or so of October 2006, scientific instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter were turned on to acquire test information during the transition phase leading up to full science operations. The mission's primary science phase will begin the first week of November 2006, following superior conjunction. (Superior conjunction is where a planet goes behind the sun as viewed from Earth.) Since it is very difficult to communicate with a spacecraft when it is close to the sun as seen from Earth, this checkout of the instruments was crucial to being ready for the primary science phase of the mission.

    Throughout the transition-phase testing, the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) acquired terminator (transition between nighttime and daytime) to terminator swaths of color images on every dayside orbit, as the spacecraft moved northward in its orbit. The south polar region was deep in winter shadow, but the north polar region was illuminated the entire Martian day. During the primary mission, such swaths will be assembled into global maps that portray the state of the Martian atmosphere -- its weather -- as seen every day and at every place at about 3 p.m. local solar time. After the transition phase completed, most of the instruments were turned off, but the Mars Climate Sounder and MARCI have been left on. Their data will be recorded and played back to Earth following the communications blackout associated with conjunction.

    Combined with wide-angle image mosaics taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor at 2 p.m. local solar time, the MARCI maps will be used to track motions of clouds.

    This image is a composite mosaic of four polar views of Mars, taken at midnight, 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. local Martian time. This is possible because during summer the sun is always shining in the polar region. It shows the mostly water-ice perennial cap (white area), sitting atop the north polar layered

  16. Stabilizing blue phase liquid crystals with linearly polarized UV light

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    Xu, Daming; Yuan, Jiamin; Schadt, Martin; Yan, Jing; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2015-03-01

    Polymer-stabilized blue-phase liquid crystal (PS-BPLC) has become an increasingly important technology trend for information display and photonic applications. BPLC exhibits several attractive features, such as reasonably wide temperature range, submillisecond gray-to-gray response time, no need for alignment layer, optically isotropic voltageoff state, and large cell gap tolerance when an in-plane switching (IPS) cell is employed. However, some bottlenecks such as high operation voltage, relatively low transmittance, and noticeable hysteresis and prolonged response time at high field region for IPS mode, still remain to be overcome before widespread application of BPLC can be realized. To reduce operation voltage, both new BPLC materials and new device structures have been investigated. In this paper, we demonstrate the stabilization a photopolymer-embedded blue phase liquid crystal precursor using a linearly polarized UV light for first time. When the UV polarization axis is perpendicular to the stripe electrodes of an IPS cell, anisotropic polymer networks are formed through the linear photo-polymerization process and the electrostriction effect is suppressed. As a result, the measured hysteresis is dramatically reduced from 6.95% to 0.36% and the response time shortened by ~2X compared to unpolarized UV exposure. To induce larger anisotropy in polymer networks for mitigating the electrostriction effect, high-intensity linearly polarized UV exposure is preferred. It is foreseeable this method will guide future BPLC device and material development as well as manufacturing process. The dawn of BPLCD is near.

  17. Progress report on DOE research project [Thermodynamic and kinetic behavior of systems with intermetallic and intermediate phases

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    Tsakalakos, T.; Semenovskaya-Khachaturyan, S.; Khachaturyan, A.G.

    2000-12-13

    A theoretical investigation was made of the coherent displacive phase transformation between two equilibrium single-phase states producing several orientation variants of the product phase. The research was focused on a behavior of coherent systems (martensitic systems, metal and ceramic, and ferroelectric systems) with defects. The computer simulation demonstrated that randomly distributed static defects may drastically affect the thermodynamics, kinetics, and morphology of the transformation. In particular, the interaction of the transformation mode with the defects may be responsible for appearance of two new fields in the phase diagram: (i) the two-phase field describing the tweed microstructure, which consists of the retain parent phase and the variants of the product phase and (ii) the single-phase field describing the tweed microstructure, which consists of the variants of the product phase. These new fields can be attributed to the pre-transitional states observed in some of th e displacive transformations. The microstructure evolution resulting in formation of the thermoelastic equilibrium is path dependent. This unusual behavior is expected in systems with a sharp dependence of the transition temperature on the defect concentration.

  18. Condensation phase of the Martian south polar cap

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    Capuano, J.; Reed, M.; James, P. B.

    1992-01-01

    One type of database that can be useful in limiting models of the Mars surface-atmosphere system is the time dependent boundary of CO2 frost for the polar caps. Data acquired by the thermal infrared sensors on spacecraft are not limited by the lighting problems that hamper visual observations. The surface temperature of solid CO2 is limited by Clapeyron's equation as a function of the local partial pressure of CO2 gas. The growth was studied of the Martian south polar cap using the Viking IRTM dataset. These data are available in five bands, four of which should correspond to surface radiation in clear conditions; the 20 micron data was examined in the first phase.

  19. Shaping of attosecond pulses by phase-stabilized polarization gating

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    Sansone, G.; Benedetti, E.; Caumes, J. P.; Stagira, S.; Vozzi, C.; Nisoli, M.; Poletto, L.; Villoresi, P.; Strelkov, V.; Sola, I.; Elouga, L. B.; Zaïr, A.; Mével, E.; Constant, E.

    2009-12-01

    We demonstrate that the characteristics of the high-order harmonic spectra generated by few-cycle carrier-envelope phase-stabilized pulses can be finely adjusted by controlling the time-dependent ellipticity. The experimental measurements show evidence for the generation of single, pairs, and trains of attosecond pulses by controlling the time window of linear polarization of the driving pulses. The influence of the carrier-envelope phase on the generation process in different confinement configurations is interpreted and analyzed using a nonadiabatic stationary phase model. We show that the xuv emission depends critically on particular aspects of the fundamental electric field that allows us to steer the electron trajectories on the time scale of tens of attoseconds.

  20. Edge states and phase diagram for graphene under polarized light

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    Wang, Yi -Xiang; Li, Fuxiang

    2016-03-22

    In this paper, we investigate the topological phase transitions in graphene under the modulation of circularly polarized light, by analyzing the changes of edge states and its topological structures. A full phase diagram, with several different topological phases, is presented in the parameter space spanned by the driving frequency and light strength. We find that the high-Chern number behavior is very common in the driven system. While the one-photon resonance can create the chiral edge states in the π-gap, the two-photon resonance will induce the counter-propagating edge modes in the zero-energy gap. When the driving light strength is strong, themore » number and even the chirality of the edge states may change in the π-gap. The robustness of the edge states to disorder potential is also examined. We close by discussing the feasibility of experimental proposals.« less

  1. Edge states and phase diagram for graphene under polarized light

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    Wang, Yi-Xiang; Li, Fuxiang

    2016-07-01

    In this work, we investigate the topological phase transitions in graphene under the modulation of circularly polarized light, by analyzing the changes of edge states and its topological structures. A full phase diagram, with several different topological phases, is presented in the parameter space spanned by the driving frequency and light strength. We find that the high-Chern number behavior is very common in the driven system. While the one-photon resonance can create the chiral edge states in the π-gap, the two-photon resonance will induce the counter-propagating edge modes in the zero-energy gap. When the driving light strength is strong, the number and even the chirality of the edge states may change in the π-gap. The robustness of the edge states to disorder potential is also examined. We close by discussing the feasibility of experimental proposals.

  2. Polarization-phase tomography of biological fluids polycrystalline structure

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    Dubolazov, A. V.; Vanchuliak, O. Ya.; Garazdiuk, M.; Sidor, M. I.; Motrich, A. V.; Kostiuk, S. V.

    2013-12-01

    Our research is aimed at designing an experimental method of Fourier's laser polarization phasometry of the layers of human effusion for an express diagnostics during surgery and a differentiation of the degree of severity (acute - gangrenous) appendectomy by means of statistical, correlation and fractal analysis of the coherent scattered field. A model of generalized optical anisotropy of polycrystal networks of albumin and globulin of the effusion of appendicitis has been suggested and the method of Fourier's phasometry of linear (a phase shift between the orthogonal components of the laser wave amplitude) and circular (the angle of rotation of the polarization plane) birefringence with a spatial-frequency selection of the coordinate distributions for the differentiation of acute and gangrenous conditions have been analytically substantiated. Comparative studies of the efficacy of the methods of direct mapping of phase distributions and Fourier's phasometry of a laser radiation field transformed by the dendritic and spherolitic networks of albumin and globulin of the layers of effusion of appendicitis on the basis of complex statistical, correlation and fractal analysis of the structure of phase maps.

  3. Phase relation and microstructure of NbCr{sub 2} Laves intermetallics in ternary Nb-Cr-X alloy systems

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    Yoshida, M.; Takasugi, T.

    1997-12-31

    The isothermal phase diagrams of ternary alloy systems Nb-Cr-V and Nb-Cr-Mo are determined by metallography, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX). In two alloy systems, the C15 NbCr{sub 2} Laves phases are equilibrated directly with bcc solid solution without forming any intermediate phases. Relatively large amount of ternary elements V and Mo are soluble in the C15 NbCr{sub 2} Laves phases. It is shown that the C15 Laves phases extend along directions so that V occupies Cr site while Mo occupies Nb site. Also, characteristic structure containing micro twins and stacking faults is observed in the C15 Laves phase alloyed with Mo. Bcc phase has a wider solid solution range in the X(=V and Mo)-rich side than the Nb-rich and Cr-rich sides. A variety of duplex microstructures are observed depending on alloy system and alloy composition.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of Fe-Ti-Sb intermetallic compounds: Discovery of a new Slater-Pauling phase

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    Naghibolashrafi, N.; Keshavarz, S.; Hegde, Vinay I.; Gupta, A.; Butler, W. H.; Romero, J.; Munira, K.; LeClair, P.; Mazumdar, D.; Ma, J.; Ghosh, A. W.; Wolverton, C.

    2016-03-01

    Compounds of Fe, Ti, and Sb were prepared using arc melting and vacuum annealing. Fe2TiSb , expected to be a full Heusler compound crystallizing in the L 21 structure, was shown by XRD and SEM analyses to be composed of weakly magnetic grains of nominal composition Fe1.5TiSb with iron-rich precipitates in the grain boundaries. FeTiSb, a composition consistent with the formation of a half-Heusler compound, also decomposed into Fe1.5TiSb grains with Ti-Sb rich precipitates and was weakly magnetic. The dominant Fe1.5TiSb phase appears to crystallize in a defective L 21 -like structure with iron vacancies. Based on this finding, a first-principles DFT-based binary cluster expansion of Fe and vacancies on the Fe sublattice of the L 21 structure was performed. Using the cluster expansion, we computationally scanned >103 configurations and predict a novel, stable, nonmagnetic semiconductor phase to be the zero-temperature ground state. This new structure is an ordered arrangement of Fe and vacancies, belonging to the space group R 3 m , with composition Fe1.5TiSb , i.e., between the full- and half-Heusler compositions. This phase can be visualized as alternate layers of L 21 phase Fe2TiSb and C 1b phase FeTiSb, with layering along the [111] direction of the original cubic phases. Our experimental results on annealed samples support this predicted ground-state composition, but further work is required to confirm that the R 3 m structure is the ground state.

  5. Polarization-phase dynamics in a four-frequency gas ring laser with elliptical polarization of counter-propagating waves

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    Svirina, L. P.

    2006-09-01

    Based on a developed and experimentally tested model, self-oscillatory lasing regimes have been studied for a Class A four-frequency gas ring laser with linear coupling of elliptically polarized counter-propagating waves. In the self-oscillatory regime, switching of the intensities, polarization states, and phase differences of the counter-propagating waves is observed, and also a polarization-phase dynamics effect involving displacement of the intensity switching point (with respect to detuning), due to the phase shift as a result of an ellipticity different from zero.

  6. Solid-state transformation of Fe-rich intermetallic phases in Al–5.0Cu–0.6Mn squeeze cast alloy with variable Fe contents during solution heat treatment

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    Lin, Bo; Zhang, Weiwen; Zhao, Yuliang; Li, Yuanyuan

    2015-06-15

    The Al–5.0 wt.% Cu–0.6 wt.% Mn alloys with a variable Fe content were prepared by squeeze casting. Optical microscopy (OM), Deep etching technique, scanning electron microscopy(SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to examine the solid-state transformation of Fe-rich intermetallics during the solution heat treatment. The results showed that the Chinese script-like α-Fe, Al{sub 6}(FeMn) and needle-like Al{sub 3}(FeMn) phases transform to a new Cu-rich β-Fe (Al{sub 7}Cu{sub 2}(FeMn)) phase during solution heat treatment. The possible reaction and overall transformation kinetics of the solid-state phase transformation for the Fe-rich intermetallics were investigated. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • The α-Fe, Al{sub 6}(FeMn) and Al{sub 3}(FeMn) phases change to the β-Fe phases. • Possible reactions of Fe phases during solution heat treatment are discussed. • The overall fractional transformation rate follows an Avrami curve.

  7. Silicon waveguide polarization rotation Bragg grating with phase shift section and sampled grating scheme

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    Okayama, Hideaki; Onawa, Yosuke; Shimura, Daisuke; Yaegashi, Hiroki; Sasaki, Hironori

    2016-08-01

    We describe a Bragg grating with a phase shift section and a sampled grating scheme that converts input polarization to orthogonal polarization. A very narrow polarization-independent wavelength peak can be generated by phase shift structures and polarization-independent multiple diffraction peaks by sampled gratings. The characteristics of the device were examined by transfer matrix and finite-difference time-domain methods.

  8. A wideband photonic microwave phase shifter using polarization-dependent intensity modulation

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    Wang, Weiyu; Sun, Wenhui; Wang, Wenting; Tong, Youwan; Zheng, Jianyu; Yuan, Haiqing; Wang, Xin; Bai, Jinhua; Yu, Lijuan; Liu, Jianguo; Zhu, Ninghua

    2015-12-01

    We present a tunable and wideband microwave photonic phase shifter based on polarization-dependence of the LiNbO3 Mach-Zehender modulator (MZM). In the proposed device, an orthogonal single sideband modulation is implemented by using a MZM and an optical band-pass filter. With the polarizer to synthesize the polarization orthogonal optical carrier and sideband, the phase of the optical microwave signal output from the polarizer can be tuned from 0 to 360° by simply adjusting the polarization direction of the lights whereas the amplitude keeps constant. A full range tunable phase shifting in the frequency range of 10-35 GHz is achieved.

  9. Propagation of polarized light in opals: Amplitude and phase anisotropy

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    Baryshev, A. V. Dokukin, M. E.; Merzlikin, A. M.; Inoue, M.

    2011-03-15

    The interaction of linearly polarized light with photonic crystals based on bulk and thin-film synthetic opals is studied. Experimental transmission spectra and spectra showing the polarization state of light transmitted through opals are discussed. A change in polarization is found for waves experiencing Bragg diffraction from systems of crystallographic planes of the opal lattice. It is shown that the polarization plane of the incident linearly polarized wave at the exit from photonic crystals can be considerably rotated. In addition, incident linearly polarized light can be transformed to elliptically polarized light with the turned major axis of the polarization ellipse. Analysis of polarization states of transmitted light by using the transfer-matrix theory and homogenization theory revealed good agreement between calculated and experimental spectra.

  10. Mixed-phased particles in polar stratospheric ice clouds

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    Bogdan, Anatoli; Molina, Mario J.; Loerting, Thomas

    2010-05-01

    Keywords: polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs), ozone depletion, differential scanning calorimeter. The rate of chlorine activation reactions, which lead to ozone depletion in the winter/spring polar stratosphere (Molina, 1994), depends on the phase state of the surface of polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) ice crystals (McNeil et al., 2006). PSCs are thought to consist of solid ice and NAT (nitric acid trihydrate, HNO3× 3H2O) particles and supercooled HNO3/H2SO4/H2O droplets. The corresponding PSCs are called Type II, Ia, and Ib PSCs, respectively (Zondlo et al., 1998). Type II PSCs are formed in the Antarctic region below the ice frost point of 189 K by homogeneous freezing of HNO3/H2SO4/H2O droplets (Chang et al., 1999) with the excess of HNO3. The PSC ice crystals are thought to be solid. However, the fate of H+, NO3-, SO42- ions during freezing was not investigated. Our differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) studies of freezing emulsified HNO3/H2SO4/H2O droplets of sizes and compositions representative of the polar stratosphere demonstrate that during the freezing of the droplets, H+, NO3-, SO42- are expelled from the ice lattice. The expelled ions form a residual solution around the formed ice crystals. The residual solution does not freeze but transforms to glassy state at ~150 K (Bogdan et al., 2010). By contrast to glass-formation in these nitric-acid rich ternary mixtures the residual solution freezes in the case of sulphuric-acid rich ternary mixtures (Bogdan and Molina, 2009). For example, we can consider the phase separation into ice and a residual solution during the freezing of 23/3 wt% HNO3/H2SO4/H2O droplets. On cooling, ice is formed at ~189 K. This is inferred from the fact that the corresponding melting peak at ~248 K exactly matches the melting point of ice in the phase diagram of HNO3/H2SO4/H2O containing 3 wt % H2SO4. After the ice has formed, the glass transition occurs at Tg ≈ 150 K. The appearance of the glass transition indicates that the

  11. Spatiotemporal polarization gradients in phase-bearing light

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    Lembessis, V. E.; Babiker, M.

    2010-03-15

    It is shown how the interference of two circularly polarized laser beams endowed with orbital angular momentum can give rise to spatial and temporal polarization gradients, displaying axial as well as angular symmetry properties. Illustrations are given with reference to circularly polarized Laguerre-Gaussian beams as typical light beams carrying orbital angular momentum.

  12. Potentiodynamic polarization effect on phase and microstructure of SAC305 solder in hydrochloric acid solution

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    Zaini, Nurwahida Binti Mohd; Nazeri, Muhammad Firdaus Bin Mohd

    2016-07-01

    The corrosion analysis of SAC305 lead free solder was investigated in Hydrochloric acid (HCl) solution. Potentiodynamic polarization was used to polarize the SAC305. The effect of polarization on the phase and microstructure were compared to as-prepared SAC305 solder. Potentiodynamic polarization introduces mixed corrosion products on the surface of SAC305 solder. The XRD analysis confirms that the mixed corrosion products emerged on the surface after polarization by formation of SnO and SnO2 of which confirmed that dissolution of Sn was dominant during polarization. Microstructure analysis reveal the presence of gap and porosities produced limits the protection offered by the passivation film.

  13. Microstructural Evolution and Compressive Properties of Two-Phase Nb-Fe Alloys Containing the C14 Laves Phase NbFe2 Intermetallic Compound

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    Li, K. W.; Wang, X. B.; Wang, W. X.; Li, S. M.; Gong, D. Q.; Fu, H. Z.

    2016-02-01

    Microstructural evolution and compressive properties of two-phase Nb-Fe binary alloys based on the C14 Laves phase NbFe2 were characterized at both the hypo- and hypereutectic compositions. The experimental results indicated that the microstructures of the two alloys consisted of fully eutectics containing Fe and NbFe2 phases at the bottom of the ingots corresponding to the largest solidification rates. With the decrease of solidification rate, the microstructures developed into primary Fe (NbFe2) dendrites plus eutectics in the middle and top parts of the ingots. The microstructural evolutions along the axis of the ingots were analyzed by considering the competitive growth between the primary phase and eutectic as well as using microstructure selection models based on the maximum interface temperature criterion. Furthermore, the compressive properties of the two alloys were measured and the enhancements were explained in terms of the second Fe phase and halo toughening mechanisms.

  14. Antiferroelectric-ferroelectric phase boundary enhances polarization extension in rhombohedral Pb(Zr,Ti)O3

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    Ghosh, Anirban; Damjanovic, Dragan

    2011-12-01

    The main mechanism of properties enhancement in the morphotropic phase boundary region separating tetragonal and rhombohedral phases of Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 (PZT) is related to polarization rotation. It is shown here that in proximity of the morphotropic phase boundary separating antiferroelectric and rhombohedral phases (near x = 0.1) and at elevated temperatures the properties are dominated by polarization extension. These results may provide a guideline for developing alternative piezoelectric materials to PZT.

  15. Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography measurements with different phase modulation amplitude when using continuous polarization modulation

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    Lu, Zenghai; Kasaragod, Deepa K.; Matcher, Stephen J.

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that the phase retardance and relative optic-axis orientation of a sample can be calculated without prior knowledge of the actual value of the phase modulation amplitude when using a polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system based on continuous polarization modulation (CPM-PS-OCT). We also demonstrate that the sample Jones matrix can be calculated at any values of the phase modulation amplitude in a reasonable range depending on the system effective signal-to-noise ratio. This has fundamental importance for the development of clinical systems by simplifying the polarization modulator drive instrumentation and eliminating its calibration procedure. This was validated on measurements of a three-quarter waveplate and an equine tendon sample by a fiber-based swept-source CPM-PS-OCT system.

  16. Thermal phase evolution of Pt-Si intermetallic thin films prepared by the activated adsorption of SiH{sub 4} on Pt(100) and comparison to known structural models

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    Bondos, J.C.; Drummer, N.E.; Gewirth, A.A.; Nuzzo, R.G.

    1999-03-24

    The authors have investigated the growth, morphology, and phase evolution of Pt-Si intermetallic thin films using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). These materials were formed through an inverted CVD deposition process that involves the exposure of a Pt(100) crystal to silane (SiH{sup 4}) followed by flash annealing treatments. Structural studies performed as a function of the annealing temperature reveal a complicated phase behavior that involves the sequential formation of four atomically ordered phases with multilevel character. The nature of this process is analyzed to obtain information about the primary structure-determining interactions responsible for the phase transformations seen in this system. This report describes the structure-determining influences seen on the Pt(100) surface and provide a comparison with earlier results obtained on Pt(111) and Ni surfaces. The substrate effects are marked and the differences between the results obtained on Pt(100) and Pt(111) are discussed in detail. A model is presented that relates the structure of the phases obtained on the Pt(100) surface to known bulk Pt silicide phases. Of particular interest is the finding that inverted CVD via the thermolytic decomposition of SiH{sub 4} on the Pt(100) substrate yields, upon suitable thermal treatment, a ({radical} 17 x {radical} 17)R14.0{degree} overlayer structure exhibiting two chiral surface domains. This multilayer structure is well described by a termination of the bulk Pt-Si intermetallic phase that is isomorphic with the well-known Ni{sub 12}P{sub 5} structure.

  17. Dielectric metasurfaces for complete control of phase and polarization with subwavelength spatial resolution and high transmission.

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    Arbabi, Amir; Horie, Yu; Bagheri, Mahmood; Faraon, Andrei

    2015-11-01

    Metasurfaces are planar structures that locally modify the polarization, phase and amplitude of light in reflection or transmission, thus enabling lithographically patterned flat optical components with functionalities controlled by design. Transmissive metasurfaces are especially important, as most optical systems used in practice operate in transmission. Several types of transmissive metasurface have been realized, but with either low transmission efficiencies or limited control over polarization and phase. Here, we show a metasurface platform based on high-contrast dielectric elliptical nanoposts that provides complete control of polarization and phase with subwavelength spatial resolution and an experimentally measured efficiency ranging from 72% to 97%, depending on the exact design. Such complete control enables the realization of most free-space transmissive optical elements such as lenses, phase plates, wave plates, polarizers, beamsplitters, as well as polarization-switchable phase holograms and arbitrary vector beam generators using the same metamaterial platform. PMID:26322944

  18. Characterization of polarization-independent phase modulation method for practical plug and play quantum cryptography

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    Kwon, Osung; Lee, Min-Soo; Woo, Min Ki; Park, Byung Kwon; Kim, Il Young; Kim, Yong-Su; Han, Sang-Wook; Moon, Sung

    2015-12-01

    We characterized a polarization-independent phase modulation method, called double phase modulation, for a practical plug and play quantum key distribution (QKD) system. Following investigation of theoretical backgrounds, we applied the method to the practical QKD system and characterized the performance through comparing single phase modulation (SPM) and double phase modulation. Consequently, we obtained repeatable and accurate phase modulation confirmed by high visibility single photon interference even for input signals with arbitrary polarization. Further, the results show that only 80% of the bias voltage required in the case of single phase modulation is needed to obtain the target amount of phase modulation.

  19. Focusing light through scattering media by full-polarization digital optical phase conjugation

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    Shen, Yuecheng; Liu, Yan; Ma, Cheng; Wang, Lihong V.

    2016-01-01

    Digital optical phase conjugation (DOPC) is an emerging technique for focusing light through or within scattering media such as biological tissue. Since DOPC systems are based on time reversal, they benefit from collecting as much information about the scattered light as possible. However, existing DOPC techniques record and subsequently phase-conjugate the scattered light in only a single polarization state, limited by the operating principle of spatial light modulators. Here, we develop the first full-polarization DOPC system which records and phase-conjugates scattered light along two orthogonal polarizations. When focusing light through thick scattering media, such as 2 mm and 4 mm thick chicken breast tissue, our full-polarization DOPC system on average doubles the focal peak-to-background ratio achieved by single-polarization DOPC systems and improves the phase conjugation fidelity. PMID:26977651

  20. Focusing light through scattering media by full-polarization digital optical phase conjugation.

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    Shen, Yuecheng; Liu, Yan; Ma, Cheng; Wang, Lihong V

    2016-03-15

    Digital optical phase conjugation (DOPC) is an emerging technique for focusing light through or within scattering media such as biological tissue. Since DOPC systems are based on time reversal, they benefit from collecting as much information about the scattered light as possible. However, existing DOPC techniques record and subsequently phase-conjugate the scattered light in only a single-polarization state, limited by the operating principle of spatial light modulators. Here, we develop the first, to the best of our knowledge, full-polarization DOPC system that records and phase-conjugates scattered light along two orthogonal polarizations. When focusing light through thick scattering media, such as 2 mm and 4 mm-thick chicken breast tissue, our full-polarization DOPC system on average doubles the focal peak-to-background ratio achieved by single-polarization DOPC systems and improves the phase-conjugation fidelity. PMID:26977651

  1. Arbitrary polarized beams generated and detected by one phase-only LC-SLM

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    Chen, Dong; Qi, Junli; Wang, Weihua; Chen, Yu; Gu, Guohua; Chu, Delin; Zhang, Qianghua; Deng, Haifei; Zhao, Sugui; Han, Jiajia; Wang, Rongfei

    2014-09-01

    Arbitrary polarized beams, including homogeneously polarized beams and cylindrical vector beams, have been generated by an experimental setup with one phase-only liquid crystal spatial light modulator, and a four-path method was demonstrated to measure the polarization degree of detected beams. Besides, another method was proposed to measure the polarization directions of cylindrical vector beams. The polarized states can be calculated by controlling the spatial light modulator and optical intensity obtained from a CCD. The generation setup and detection methods have simple structure and low cost, and they are available for multi wavelength input beams, and the detection methods can realize real-time and on-line measurement.

  2. A polar-embedded C30 stationary phase: preparation and evaluation.

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    Zhang, Mingliang; Mai, Wenpeng; Zhao, Liang; Guo, Yong; Qiu, Hongdeng

    2015-04-01

    A novel polar-embedded C30 stationary phase has been synthesized and characterized. The polar carbamate group was generated homogeneously in situ by the catalytic reaction between isocyanate and primary alcohol. The simple one-pot synthetic strategy provided an efficient and effective strategy for modification of silica spheres. Efficiency, selectivity and silanol activity of the resulting column were characterized in detail with different classes of analytes that included Standard Reference Materials (SRM) 870, SRM 869b and SRM 1647e, alkylbenzene congeners, as well as polar-substituted aromatics. The polar-embedded C30 stationary phase was found to exhibit excellent shape selectivity. PMID:25725953

  3. SrAu4In4 and Sr4Au9In13: Polar Intermetallic Structures with Cations in Augmented Hexagonal Prismatic Environments

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    Palasyuk, A.; Dai, J.C.; Corbett, J.

    2008-03-11

    The title compounds were synthesized via high-temperature reactions of the elements in welded Ta tubes and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses and band structure calculations. SrAu{sub 3.76(2)}In{sub 4.24} crystallizes in the YCo{sub 5}In{sub 3} structure type with two of eight network sites occupied by mixtures of Au and In: Pnma, Z = 4, a = 13.946(7), b = 4.458(2), c = 12.921(6) {angstrom}. Its phase breadth appears to be small. Sr{sub 4}Au{sub 9}In{sub 13} exhibits a new structure type, P{sub 6}m2, Z = 1, a = 12.701(2), c = 4.4350(9) {angstrom}. The Sr atoms in both compounds center hexagonal prisms of nominally alternating In and Au atoms and also have nine augmenting (outer) Au + In atoms around their waists so as to define 21-vertex Sr{at}Au{sub 9}M{sub 4}In{sub 8} (M = Au/In) and Sr{at}Au{sub 9}In{sub 12} polyhedra, respectively. The relatively larger Sr content in the second phase also leads to condensation of some of the ideal building units into trefoil-like cages with edge-shared six-member rings. One overall driving force for the formation of these structures can be viewed as the need for each Sr cation to have as many close neighbors as possible in the more anionic Au-In network. The results also depend on the cation size as well as on the flexibility of the anionic network and an efficient intercluster condensation mode as all clusters are shared. Band structure calculations (LMTO-ASA) emphasize the greater strengths (overlap populations) of the Au-In bonds and confirm expectations that both compounds are metallic.

  4. Elementary diffusion jump of iron atoms in intermetallic phases studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy; 1: Fe-Al close to equiatomic stoichiometry

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    Vogl, G.; Sepiol, B. . Inst. fuer Festkoerperphysik)

    1994-09-01

    The authors have studied the quasielastic broadening of the [sup 57]Fe Moessbauer resonance in the intermetallic compound FeAl in order to determine the diffusion jump mechanism of the Fe atoms. From the angular dependence of the line broadening relative to an oriented single crystal they deduce that the Fe atoms jump effectively to different neighbor sites on the Fe sublattice. The jump is, however, not a direct one, but rather a combination of a jump into a nearest neighbor vacancy--leading to short-time occupation of an antistructure site on the Al sublattice--and a jump into a vacancy back on the Fe sublattice.

  5. Generation of nondiffracting quasi-circular polarization beams using an amplitude modulated phase hologram.

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    Yuan, G H; Wei, S B; Yuan, X-C

    2011-08-01

    We propose an approach to the generation of nondiffracting quasi-circularly polarized beams by a highly focusing azimuthally polarized beam using an amplitude modulated spiral phase hologram. Numerical verifications are implemented in the calculation of the electromagnetic fields and Poynting vector field near the focus based on the vector diffraction theory, and the polarization of the wavefront near the focal plane is analyzed in detail by calculating the Stokes polarization parameters. It is found that the electric field, magnetic field, and Poynting vector field can simultaneously be uniform and nondiverging over a relatively long axial range of ~7.23λ. In the transverse plane, the ellipticity and azimuthal angle of the local polarization ellipse varies from point to point. No polarization singularity and phase singularity are found at the beam center, which makes the bright spot possible. PMID:21811334

  6. Synthesis, structure, and bonding in K12Au21Sn4. A polar intermetallic compound with dense Au20 and open AuSn4 layers

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    Li, Bin; Kim, Sung-Jin; Miller, Gordon J.; and Corbett, John D.

    2009-10-29

    The new phase K{sub 12}Au{sub 21}Sn{sub 4} has been synthesized by direct reaction of the elements at elevated temperatures. Single crystal X-ray diffraction established its orthorhombic structure, space group Pmmn (No. 59), a = 12.162(2); b = 18.058(4); c = 8.657(2) {angstrom}, V = 1901.3(7) {angstrom}{sup 3}, and Z = 2. The structure consists of infinite puckered sheets of vertex-sharing gold tetrahedra (Au{sub 20}) that are tied together by thin layers of alternating four-bonded-Sn and -Au atoms (AuSn{sub 4}). Remarkably, the dense but electron-poorer blocks of Au tetrahedra coexist with more open and saturated Au-Sn layers, which are fragments of a zinc blende type structure that maximize tetrahedral heteroatomic bonding outside of the network of gold tetrahedra. LMTO band structure calculations reveal metallic properties and a pseudogap at 256 valence electrons per formula unit, only three electrons fewer than in the title compound and at a point at which strong Au-Sn bonding is optimized. Additionally, the tight coordination of the Au framework atoms by K plays an important bonding role: each Au tetrahedra has 10 K neighbors and each K atom has 8-12 Au contacts. The appreciably different role of the p element Sn in this structure from that in the triel members in K{sub 3}Au{sub 5}In and Rb{sub 2}Au{sub 3}Tl appears to arise from its higher electron count which leads to better p-bonding (valence electron concentrations = 1.32 versus 1.22).

  7. Labyrinthine instability in freely suspended films of a polarization-modulated smectic phase

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    Eremin, Alexey; Kornek, Ulrike; Stannarius, Ralf; Weissflog, Wolfgang; Nádasi, Hajnalka; Araoka, Fumito; Takezoe, Hideo

    2013-12-01

    We report on fingering and labyrinthine instabilities of the layer dislocation lines in freely suspended polar liquid-crystalline films. These polar fingerlike and labyrinth structures reversibly form upon a transition into a modulated phase. External electric fields of several kV/m applied in the film plane can reversibly influence the formation of the finger textures. We show that the labyrinthine pattern is intrinsically related to regular splay deformations of the polarization.

  8. Creating circularly polarized light with a phase-shifting mirror

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    Aurand, Bastian; Kuschel, Stephan; Rödel, Christian; Heyer, Martin; Wunderlich, Frank; Jäckel, Oliver; Kaluza, Malte C.; Paulus, Gerhard G.; Kühl, Thomas

    2011-08-01

    We report on the performance of a system employing a multi-layer coated mirror creating circularly polarized light in a fully reflective setup. With one specially designed mirror we are able to create laser pulses with an ellipticity of more than ɛ = 98% over the entire spectral bandwidth from initially linearly polarized Titanium:Sapphire femtosecond laser pulses. We tested the homogeneity of the polarization with beam sizes of the order of approximately 10 cm. The damage threshold was determined to be nearly 400 times higher than for a transmissive quartz-wave plate which suggests applications in high intensity laser experiments. Another advantage of the reflective scheme is the absence of nonlinear effects changing the spectrum or the pulse-form and the scalability of coating fabrication to large aperture mirrors.

  9. Recent advances in ordered intermetallics

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    Liu, C.T.

    1992-12-31

    This paper briefly summarizes recent advances in intermetallic research and development. Ordered intermetallics based on aluminides and silicides possess attractive properties for structural applications at elevated temperatures in hostile environments; however, brittle fracture and poor fracture resistance limit their use as engineering materials in many cases. In recent years, considerable efforts have been devoted to the study of the brittle fracture behavior of intermetallic alloys; as a result, both intrinsic and extrinsic factors governing brittle fracture have been identified. Recent advances in first-principles calculations and atomistic simulations further help us in understanding atomic bonding, dislocation configuration, and alloying effects in intermetallics. The basic understanding has led to the development of nickel, iron, and titanium aluminide alloys with improved mechanical and metallurgical properties for structural use. Industrial interest in ductile intermetallic alloys is high, and several examples of industrial involvement are mentioned.

  10. Recent advances in ordered intermetallics

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    Liu, C.T.

    1994-12-31

    Ordered intermetallic alloys based on aluminides and silicides offer many advantages for structural use at high temperatures in hostile environments. Attractive properties include excellent oxidation and corrosion resistance, light weight, and superior strength at high temperatures. The major concern for structural use of intermetallics was their low ductility and poor fracture resistance at ambient temperatures. For the past 10 years, considerable effort was devoted to R&D of ordered intermetallic alloys, and progress has been made on understanding intrinsic and extrinsic factors controlling brittle fracture in intermetallic alloys based on aluminides and silicides. Parallel effort on alloy design has led to the development of a number of ductile and strong intermetallic alloys based on Ni{sub 3}Al, NiAl, Fe{sub 3}Al, FeAl, Ti{sub 3}Al, and TiAl systems for structural applications.

  11. In-line phase retarder and polarimeter for conversion of linear to circular polarization

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    Kortright, J.B.; Smith, N.V.; Denlinger, J.D.

    1997-04-01

    An in-line polarimeter including phase retarder and linear polarizer was designed and commissioned on undulator beamline 7.0 for the purpose of converting linear to circular polarization for experiments downstream. In commissioning studies, Mo/Si multilayers at 95 eV were used both as the upstream, freestanding phase retarder and the downstream linear polarized. The polarization properties of the phase retarder were characterized by direct polarimetry and by collecting MCD spectra in photoemission from Gd and other magnetic surfaces. The resonant birefringence of transmission multilayers results from differing distributions of s- and p-component wave fields in the multilayer when operating near a structural (Bragg) interference condition. The resulting phase retardation is especially strong when the interference is at or near the Brewster angle, which is roughly 45{degrees} in the EUV and soft x-ray ranges.

  12. Anisotropic pure-phase plates for quality improvement of partially coherent, partially polarized beams.

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    Martínez-Herrero, Rosario; Mejías, Pedro M; Piquero, Gemma

    2003-03-01

    From a theoretical point of view, the use of anisotropic pure-phase plates (APP) is considered in order to improve the quality parameter of certain partially coherent, partially polarized beams. It is shown that, to optimize the beam-quality parameter, the phases of the two Cartesian components of the field at the output of the APP plate should be identical and should exhibit a quadratic dependence on the radial polar coordinate. PMID:12630845

  13. Anisotropic pure-phase plates for quality improvement of partially coherent, partially polarized beams

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    MartíNez-Herrero, Rosario; MejíAs, Pedro M.; Piquero, Gemma

    2003-03-01

    From a theoretical point of view, the use of anisotropic pure-phase plates (APP) is considered in order to improve the quality parameter of certain partially coherent, partially polarized beams. It is shown that, to optimize the beam-quality parameter, the phases of the two Cartesian components of the field at the output of the APP plate should be identical and should exhibit a quadratic dependence on the radial polar coordinate.

  14. Polarization-phase images of liquor polycrystalline films in determining time of death.

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    Garazdyuk, M S; Bachinskyi, V T; Vanchulyak, O Ya; Ushenko, A G; Dubolazov, O V; Gorsky, M P

    2016-04-20

    An optical model for generalized optical anisotropy of polycrystalline networks of albumin and globulin liquor of the human brain has been suggested. The polarization-phase method for spatial and frequency differentiation of linear and circular birefringence coordinate distributions has been analytically substantiated. A set of criteria documenting the dynamics of polarization-phase images of liquor polycrystalline films has been identified in determining time of death. PMID:27140134

  15. Effects of polarization and phase modulation on the focal spot in 4Pi microscopy

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    Liu, Shaocong; You, Shangting; Fang, Yue; Wang, Yifan; Kuang, Cuifang; Liu, Xu

    2016-07-01

    In 4Pi microscopy, the intensity and polarization distributions of the focal spot directly determine the system resolution, influencing its extended applications. This paper illustrates how the focal spot is affected by the polarization and phase modulation of the incident beams. Various combinations of polarization states and phase modulations are considered and their effects on the focal spot are investigated. The optimal configurations for generating a solid spot and a doughnut-shaped spot are proposed. This paper provides the theoretical basis and reference for extended applications, such as super-resolution confocal microscopy, 4Pi microscopy or 4Pi-STED microscopy.

  16. Phase-space representation and polarization domains of random electromagnetic fields.

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    Castaneda, Roman; Betancur, Rafael; Herrera, Jorge; Carrasquilla, Juan

    2008-08-01

    The phase-space representation of stationary random electromagnetic fields is developed by using electromagnetic spatial coherence wavelets. The propagation of the field's power and states of spatial coherence and polarization results from correlations between the components of the field vectors at pairs of points in space. Polarization domains are theoretically predicted as the structure of the field polarization at the observation plane. In addition, the phase-space representation provides a generalization of the Poynting theorem. Theoretical predictions are examined by numerically simulating the Young experiment with electromagnetic waves. The experimental implementation of these results is a current subject of research. PMID:18670539

  17. Spin pump for boosting spin polarization of superfluid He3 A1 phase

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    Yamaguchi, A.; Aoki, Y.; Murakawa, S.; Ishimoto, H.; Kojima, H.

    2009-08-01

    Mechanical pumping and filtering of spin-polarized condensate were realized in the superfluid He3 A1 phase by the pneumatic pumping action of an electrostatically actuated diaphragm. Spin pumping increased the net spin polarization by 20-50% as measured by the induced pressure change during spin pumping. The observed spin relaxation time was consistent with the increased spin polarization. These observations demonstrate the feasibility of using spin pumping to substantially increase the effective magnetic field to which the A1 phase is exposed.

  18. A polarization independent liquid crystal phase modulation adopting surface pinning effect of polymer dispersed liquid crystals

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    Lin, Yi-Hsin; Tsou, Yu-Shih

    2011-12-01

    A polarization-independent liquid crystal (LC) phase modulation using the surface pinning effect of polymer dispersed liquid crystals (SP-PDLC) is demonstrated. In the bulk region of the SP-PDLC, the orientations of LC directors are randomly dispersed; thus, any polarization of incident light experiences the same averaged refractive index. In the regions near glass substrates, the LC droplets are pinned. The orientations of top and bottom droplets are orthogonal. Two eigen-polarizations of an incident light experience the same phase shift. As a result, the SP-PDLC is polarization independent. Polarizer-free microlens arrays of SP-PDLC are also demonstrated. The SP-PDLC has potential for application in spatial light modulators, laser beam steering, and electrically tunable microprisms.

  19. Polarization conversion system with liquid-crystal geometric-phase-based cylindrical lens

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    Honma, Michinori; Nose, Toshiaki

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate a polarization conversion system by utilizing the polarization-splitting function of a liquid-crystal (LC) geometric-phase-based cylindrical lens. The system was constructed by combining the LC lens with a partially rubbed cell. The operation principle includes the following two steps. (i) The incident light is first decomposed into right- and left-handed circularly polarized light (RCP and LCP, respectively) as an attribute of geometric-phase-based optical elements. (ii) Then, only the RCP light is transformed into LCP light by passing it through the partially rubbed cell; as a result, the incident unpolarized light is converted into LCP light. We experimentally reveal the feasibility of the system by evaluating the effects, on the polarization conversion capability, of the diffraction efficiency, focal length, and partially rubbed cell’s retardation. The polarization conversion efficiency was obtained to be 65% on average for 400-700 nm and a maximum of 79% at 610 nm.

  20. Surfaces of complex intermetallic compounds: insights from density functional calculations.

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    Hafner, Jürgen; Krajčí, Marian

    2014-11-18

    CONSPECTUS: Complex intermetallic compounds are a class of ordered alloys consisting of quasicrystals and other ordered compounds with large unit cells; many of them are approximant phases to quasicrystals. Quasicrystals are the limiting case where the unit cell becomes infinitely large; approximants are series of periodic structures converging to the quasicrystal. While the unique properties of quasicrystals have inspired many investigations of their surfaces, relatively little attention has been devoted to the surface properties of the approximants. In general, complex intermetallic compounds display rather irregular, often strongly corrugated surfaces, making the determination of their atomic structure a very complex and challenging task. During recent years, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) has been used to study the surfaces of several complex intermetallic compounds. If atomic resolution can be achieved, STM permits visualization of the local atomistic surface structure. However, the interpretation of the STM images is often ambiguous and sometimes even impossible without a realistic model of the structure of the surface and the distribution of the electronic density above the surface. Here we demonstrate that ab initio density functional theory (DFT) can be used to determine the energetics and the geometric and electronic structures of the stable surfaces of complex intermetallic compounds. Calculations for surfaces with different chemical compositions can be performed in the grand canonical ensemble. Simulated cleavage experiments permit us to determine the formation of the cleavage planes requiring the lowest energy. The investigation of the adsorption of molecular species permits a comparison with temperature-programmed thermal desorption experiments. Calculated surface electronic densities of state can be compared with the results of photoelectron spectroscopy. Simulations of detailed STM images can be directly confronted with the experimental results

  1. Laser polarization and phase control of up-conversion fluorescence in rare-earth ions

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    Yao, Yunhua; Zhang, Shian; Zhang, Hui; Ding, Jingxin; Jia, Tianqing; Qiu, Jianrong; Sun, Zhenrong

    2014-01-01

    We theoretically and experimentally demonstrate the up-conversion fluorescence control via resonance-mediated two-photon absorption in rare-earth ions by varying both the laser polarization and phase. We show that both the laser polarization and phase can control the up-conversion fluorescence, and the up-conversion fluorescence intensity is decreased when the laser polarization changes from linear through elliptical to circular. We also show that the laser polarization will affect the control efficiency of the up-conversion fluorescence by varying the laser phase, and the circular polarization will reduce the control efficiency. Furthermore, we suggest that the control efficiency by varying the laser polarization and the effect of the laser polarization on the control efficiency by varying the laser phase can be artificially manipulated by controlling the laser spectral bandwidth. This optical control method opens a new opportunity to control the up-conversion fluorescence of rare-earth ions, which may have significant impact on the related applications of rare-earth ions. PMID:25465401

  2. Quantum phase gate and controlled entanglement with polar molecules

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    Charron, Eric; Keller, Arne; Atabek, Osman; Milman, Perola

    2007-03-15

    We propose an alternative scenario for the generation of entanglement between rotational quantum states of two polar molecules. This entanglement arises from dipole-dipole interaction, and is controlled by a sequence of laser pulses simultaneously exciting both molecules. We study the efficiency of the process, and discuss possible experimental implementations with cold molecules trapped in optical lattices or in solid matrices. Finally, various entanglement detection procedures are presented, and their suitability for these two physical situations is analyzed.

  3. Multi-frequency phase-coded microwave signal generation based on polarization modulation and balanced detection.

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    Zhu, Dan; Xu, Weiyuan; Wei, Zhengwu; Pan, Shilong

    2016-01-01

    Photonic multi-frequency phase-coded microwave signal generation is proposed and demonstrated based on polarization modulation and balanced detection. Consisting of only a polarization modulator (PolM) driven by an electrical coding data, a polarization beam splitter (PBS) and a balanced photodetector (BPD), the proposed microwave phase coder has no requirement on the wavelength, intensity modulation format, or modulation index of the input optical microwave signal, and allows phase coding of arbitrary-format RF signals, which enables multi-frequency phase coding with compact structure, simple operation, and high flexibility. A proof-of-concept experiment is performed, achieving simultaneous phase coding of 15 and 30 GHz, or 10 and 20 GHz RF signals with a coding rate of 5  Gb/s. PMID:26696170

  4. First-principles studies of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds

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    Zhou Yi; Wen Bin; Ma Yunqing; Melnik, Roderick; Liu Xingjun

    2012-03-15

    The structural properties, heats of formation, elastic properties, and electronic structures of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are investigated in detail based on density functional theory. Our results indicate that all Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds calculated here are mechanically stable except for P21/m-Ni{sub 3}Ta and hc-NiTa{sub 2}. Furthermore, we found that Pmmn-Ni{sub 3}Ta is the ground state stable phase of Ni{sub 3}Ta polymorphs. The polycrystalline elastic modulus has been deduced by using the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. All Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds in our study, except for NiTa, are ductile materials by corresponding G/K values and poisson's ratio. The calculated heats of formation demonstrated that Ni{sub 2}Ta are thermodynamically unstable. Our results also indicated that all Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds analyzed here are conductors. The density of state demonstrated the structure stability increases with the Ta concentration. - Graphical abstract: Mechanical properties and formation heats of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are discussed in detail in this paper. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are investigated by first principle calculations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer P21/m-Ni{sub 3}Ta and hc-NiTa{sub 2} are mechanically unstable phases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pmmn-Ni{sub 3}Ta is ground stable phase of Ni{sub 3}Ta polymorphs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are conducting materials.

  5. Advanced ordered intermetallic alloy deployment

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    Liu, C.T.; Maziasz, P.J.; Easton, D.S.

    1997-04-01

    The need for high-strength, high-temperature, and light-weight materials for structural applications has generated a great deal of interest in ordered intermetallic alloys, particularly in {gamma}-based titanium aluminides {gamma}-based TiAl alloys offer an attractive mix of low density ({approximately}4g/cm{sup 3}), good creep resistance, and high-temperature strength and oxidation resistance. For rotating or high-speed components. TiAl also has a high damping coefficient which minimizes vibrations and noise. These alloys generally contain two phases. {alpha}{sub 2} (DO{sub 19} structure) and {gamma} (L 1{sub 0}), at temperatures below 1120{degrees}C, the euticoid temperature. The mechanical properties of TiAl-based alloys are sensitive to both alloy compositions and microstructure. Depending on heat-treatment and thermomechanical processing, microstructures with near equiaxed {gamma}, a duplex structure (a mix of the {gamma} and {alpha}{sub 2} phases) can be developed in TiAl alloys containing 45 to 50 at. % Al. The major concern for structural use of TiAl alloys is their low ductility and poor fracture resistance at ambient temperatures. The purpose of this project is to improve the fracture toughness of TiAl-based alloys by controlling alloy composition, microstructure and thermomechanical treatment. This work is expected to lead to the development of TiAl alloys with significantly improved fracture toughness and tensile ductility for structural use.

  6. Nonequilibrium phase transitions, fluctuations and correlations in an active contractile polar fluid.

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    Gowrishankar, Kripa; Rao, Madan

    2016-02-21

    We study the patterning, fluctuations and correlations of an active polar fluid consisting of contractile polar filaments on a two-dimensional substrate, using a hydrodynamic description. The steady states generically consist of arrays of inward pointing asters and show a continuous transition from a moving lamellar phase, a moving aster street, to a stationary aster lattice with no net polar order. We next study the effect of spatio-temporal athermal noise, parametrized by an active temperature TA, on the stability of the ordered phases. In contrast to its equilibrium counterpart, we find that the active crystal shows true long range order at low TA. On increasing TA, the asters dynamically remodel, concomitantly we find novel phase transitions characterized by bond-orientational and polar order upon "heating". PMID:26742682

  7. Microstructure and electrochemical characterization of laser melt-deposited Ti{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}Si/NiTi intermetallic alloys

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    Dong Lixin Wang Huaming

    2008-11-15

    Corrosion and wear resistant Ti{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}Si/NiTi intermetallic alloys with Ti{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}Si as the reinforcing phase and the ductile NiTi as the toughening phase were designed and fabricated by the laser melt-deposition manufacturing process. Electrochemical behavior of the alloys was investigated using potentiodynamic polarization testing and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in an NaOH solution. The results showed that the alloys have outstanding corrosion resistance due to the formation of a protective passive surface film of Ni(OH){sub 2} as well as the high chemical stability and strong inter-atomic bonds inherent to Ti{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}Si and NiTi intermetallics. The Ti{sub 2}Ni{sub 3}Si content has a significant influence on the microstructure of the alloys but only a slight effect on electrochemical corrosion properties.

  8. Polarization-phase filtering of laser images of biological liquids

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    Ushenko, Yu. A.; Sidor, M.

    2013-06-01

    Our work is aimed at searching the possibilities to perform diagnostics and differentiation of structures inherent to liquid-crystal networks of blood plasma with various pathologies (health - breast cancer) by using the method to determine the coordinate distributions of phase shifts (phase maps) between orthogonal components of laser radiation amplitudes with the following statistical, fractal and singular analyses of these distributions.

  9. Direct observation of the recovery of an antiferroelectric phase during polarization reversal of an induced ferroelectric phase

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    Guo, Hanzheng; Tan, Xiaoli

    2015-04-01

    Electric fields are generally known to favor the ferroelectric polar state over the antiferroelectric nonpolar state for their Coulomb interactions with dipoles in the crystal. In this paper, we directly image an electric-field-assisted ferroelectric-to-antiferroelectric phase transition during polarization reversal of the ferroelectric phase in polycrystalline P b0.99{N b0.02[(Zr0.57Sn0.43) 0.92T i0.08] 0.98}O3 . With the electric-field in situ transmission electron microscopy technique, such an unlikely phenomenon is verified to occur by both domain morphology change and electron-diffraction analysis. The slower kinetics of the phase transition, compared with ferroelectric polarization reversal, is suggested to contribute to this unusual behavior.

  10. Testing Models for the Shallow Decay Phase of Gamma-Ray Burst Afterglows with Polarization Observations

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    Lan, Mi-Xiang; Wu, Xue-Feng; Dai, Zi-Gao

    2016-08-01

    The X-ray afterglows of almost one-half of gamma-ray bursts have been discovered by the Swift satellite to have a shallow decay phase of which the origin remains mysterious. Two main models have been proposed to explain this phase: relativistic wind bubbles (RWBs) and structured ejecta, which could originate from millisecond magnetars and rapidly rotating black holes, respectively. Based on these models, we investigate polarization evolution in the shallow decay phase of X-ray and optical afterglows. We find that in the RWB model, a significant bump of the polarization degree evolution curve appears during the shallow decay phase of both optical and X-ray afterglows, while the polarization position angle abruptly changes its direction by 90°. In the structured ejecta model, however, the polarization degree does not evolve significantly during the shallow decay phase of afterglows whether the magnetic field configuration in the ejecta is random or globally large-scale. Therefore, we conclude that these two models for the shallow decay phase and relevant central engines would be testable with future polarization observations.

  11. Supersolid Phase with Cold Polar Molecules on a Triangular Lattice

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    Pollet, L.; Picon, J. D.; Buechler, H. P.; Troyer, M.

    2010-03-26

    We study a system of heteronuclear molecules on a triangular lattice and analyze the potential of this system for the experimental realization of a supersolid phase. The ground state phase diagram contains superfluid, solid, and supersolid phases. At finite temperatures and strong interactions there is an additional emulsion region, in contrast with similar models with short-range interactions. We derive the maximal critical temperature T{sub c} and the corresponding entropy S/N=0.04(1) for supersolidity and find feasible experimental conditions for its realization.

  12. Phases of a polar spin-1 Bose gas in a magnetic field

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    Kis-Szabó, Krisztián; Szépfalusy, Péter; Szirmai, Gergely

    2007-05-01

    The two Bose Einstein condensed phases of a polar spin-1 gas at nonzero magnetizations and temperatures are investigated. The Hugenholtz Pines theorem is generalized to this system. Crossover to a quantum phase transition is also studied. Results are discussed in a mean field approximation.

  13. Twist phase-induced polarization changes in electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model beams

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    Cai, Y.; Korotkova, O.

    2009-08-01

    Electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model (EGSM) beam with twist phase (i.e., twisted EGSM beam) is introduced as an extension of its scalar version based on the unified theory of coherence and polarization. We show how analytical paraxial propagation formulae of isotropic and anisotropic EGSM beams passing through a general astigmatic ABCD optical system can be modified in the presence of the twist phase. Numerical examples demonstrate that the twist phase affects the spectral density, the state of coherence, and the degree of polarization of EGSM beams on propagation.

  14. Phase boundary of spin-polarized-current state of electrons in bilayer graphene

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    Yan, Xin-Zhong; Ma, Yinfeng; Ting, C. S.

    2016-06-01

    Using a four-band Hamiltonian, we study the phase boundary of spin-polarized-current state (SPCS) of interacting electrons in bilayer graphene. The model of spin-polarized-current state has previously been shown to resolve a number of experimental puzzles in bilayer graphene. The phase boundaries of the SPCS with and without the external voltage between the two layers are obtained in this work. An unusual phase boundary where there are two transition temperatures for a given carrier concentration is found at finite external voltage. The physics of this phenomenon is explained.

  15. Intermetallic Layers in Soldered Joints

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    1998-12-10

    ILAG solves the one-dimensional partial differential equations describing the multiphase, multicomponent, solid-state diffusion-controlled growth of intermetallic layers in soldered joints. This software provides an analysis capability for materials researchers to examine intermetallic growth mechanisms in a wide variety of defense and commercial applications involving both traditional and advanced materials. ILAG calculates the interface positions of the layers, as well as the spatial distribution of constituent mass fractions, and outputs the results at user-prescribed simulation times.

  16. Polarization-independent submillisecond phase modulation utilizing polymer/short-pitch cholesteric liquid crystal composite.

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    Kobashi, Junji; Kim, Hoekyung; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-11-15

    A broadband, polarization-independent phase modulation spanning the visible range is demonstrated using a polymer/cholesteric liquid crystal composite with optical pitch in the ultraviolet. Polarization insensitivity is achieved as a result of two effects: (1) optical anisotropy of the rod-like molecules is canceled out by the short helical pitch, and (2) stabilization of the Grandjean texture by the polymer network suppresses depolarization. Polarization-independent modulation of the refractive index by approximately 0.045, corresponding to a phase modulation of π at 500 nm, is achieved with submillisecond response times. Our material system opens new avenues for polarization-independent, tunable optical devices, such as narrow bandpass filters, gratings, and adaptive lenses. PMID:26565875

  17. Simultaneous analysis method for polar and non-polar ginsenosides in red ginseng by reversed-phase HPLC-PAD.

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    Lee, Sa-Im; Kwon, Ha-Jeong; Lee, Yong-Moon; Lee, Je-Hyun; Hong, Seon-Pyo

    2012-02-23

    The paper describes the development of a simultaneous determination method for polar and non-polar ginsenosides in red ginseng with a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography-pulsed amperometric detection method. This method could be applied directly without any pretreatment steps and enabled the performance of highly sensitive analysis within 1h. The detection (S/N=3) and quantification (S/N=10) limits for the ginsenosides ranged 0.02-0.10 ng and 0.1-0.3 ng, respectively. The linear regression coefficients ranged 0.9975-0.9998. Intra- and inter-day precisions were <9.91%. The mean recoveries ranged 98.08-103.06%. The total amount of ginsenosides in the hairy root of red ginseng was higher than that in the main root. PMID:22119615

  18. Phase regeneration for polarization-division multiplexed signals based on vector dual-pump nondegenerate phase sensitive amplification.

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    Yang, Weili; Yu, Yu; Ye, Mengyuan; Chen, Guanyu; Zhang, Chi; Zhang, Xinliang

    2015-02-01

    The polarization-division multiplexing (PDM) technology is a practical method to double the transmission capacity, and the corresponding phase regeneration (PR) for PDM signals is meaningful and necessary to extend the transmission distance and increase the transparency for the phase-encoded PDM system. Those reported PDM PR schemes either utilized polarization-diversity technique or required special PDM format. In order to overcome these issues, the PR for the PDM phase-modulated signals is proposed and theoretically demonstrated in this paper, based on the vector dual-pump nondegenerate phase sensitive amplification (PSA). The theoretical model is established and the detailed characteristics are investigated to optimize the PR performance. Results show an obvious phase squeezing for the degraded 80 Gbit/s PDM differential phase-shift keying (DPSK) signals, and the error vector magnitude (EVM) of the regenerated signals on dual polarization states can be improved from 22.58% and 21.39% to 4.57% and 4.63%, respectively. Furthermore, the applicability of the proposed scheme for PDM quaternary-phase shift keying (QPSK) signals is investigated. The proposed scheme can be useful and promising in current PDM based coherent fiber-optic communication. PMID:25836072

  19. Microwave assisted combustion synthesis of non-equilibrium intermetallic compounds.

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    Veronesi, Paolo; Rosa, Roberto; Colombini, Elena; Leonelli, Cristina; Poli, Giorgio; Casagrande, Angelo

    2010-01-01

    A simplified model of the microwave-assisted combustion synthesis of Ni and Al metal powders to form the NiAl intermetallic on titanium and steel substrates is presented. The simulation couples an electro-thermal model with a chemical model, accounting for local heat generation due to the highly exothermic nature of the reactions between the powders. Numerical results, validated by experimental values, show that the capability of microwaves to convey energy, and not heat, can be used to alter the temperature profiles during and after the combustion synthesis, leading to unique intermetallic microstructures. This phenomenon is ascribed to the extended existence of high temperature liquid intermetallic phases, which react with the metallic substrates at the interface. Moreover, microwave heating selectivity allows to maintain the bulk of the substrate metallic materials to a much lower temperature, compared to combustion synthesis in conventionally heated furnaces, thus reducing possible unwanted transformations like phase change or oxidation. PMID:21721328

  20. Shaping the focal field of radially/azimuthally polarized phase vortex with Zernike polynomials

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    Wei, Lei; Urbach, H. Paul

    2016-06-01

    The focal field properties of radially/azimuthally polarized Zernike polynomials are studied. A method to design the pupil field in order to shape the focal field of radially or azimuthally polarized phase vortex is introduced. With this method, we are able to obtain a pupil field to achieve a longitudinally polarized hollow spot with a depth of focus up to 12λ and 0.28λ lateral resolution (FWHM) for an optical system with numerical aperture 0.99; a pupil field to generate eight focal spots along the optical axis is also obtained with this method.

  1. Polar Phase of One-dimensional Bosons with Large Spin

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    Tsvelik, A.M.; Shlyapnikov, G.

    2011-06-20

    Spinor ultracold gases in one dimension (1D) represent an interesting example of strongly correlated quantum fluids. They have a rich phase diagram and exhibit a variety of quantum phase transitions. We consider a 1D spinor gas of bosons with a large spin S. A particular example is the gas of chromium atoms (S = 3), where the dipolar collisions efficiently change the magnetization and make the system sensitive to the linear Zeeman effect. We argue that in 1D the most interesting effects come from the pairing interaction. If this interaction is negative, it gives rise to a (quasi)condensate of singlet bosonic pairs with an algebraic order at zero temperature, and for (2S+1) >> 1 the saddle point approximation leads to physically transparent results. Since in 1D one needs a finite energy to destroy a pair, the spectrum of spin excitations has a gap. Hence, in the absence of a magnetic field, there is only one gapless mode corresponding to phase fluctuations of the pair quasicondensate. Once the magnetic field exceeds the gap, another condensate emerges, namely the quasicondensate of unpaired bosons with spins aligned along the magnetic field. The spectrum then contains two gapless modes corresponding to the singlet-paired and spin-aligned unpaired Bose condensed particles, respectively. At T = 0, the corresponding phase transition is of the commensurate-incommensurate type.

  2. B phase with polar distortion in superfluid {sup 3}He in “ordered” aerogel

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    Dmitriev, V. V. Senin, A. A.; Soldatov, A. A.; Surovtsev, E. V.; Yudin, A. N.

    2014-12-15

    The properties of the low-temperature superfluid phase of {sup 3}He in “nematically ordered” aerogel in which strands are almost parallel to one another are investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance methods. Such a strong anisotropy of the aerogel affects the phase diagram of {sup 3}He and the structure of superfluid phases. A theoretical model of the B phase with polar distortion is developed. It is shown that this model successfully describes the observed properties of the low-temperature phase.

  3. Phase control of six-wave mixing from circularly polarized light

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    Zhang, Yunzhe; Liu, Zhe; Wang, Hang; Li, Shuoke; Zhang, Weitao; Yi, Wenhui; Zhang, Yanpeng

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the phase control of six-wave mixing (SWM) in atomic system with multi-Zeeman levels theoretically and experimentally. With the relative phase varying, the switch between bright and dark state can appear in probe transmission signal. Then we demonstrate the evolution of six-wave mixing generated in bright and dark states by scanning the frequency detuning of the dressing field at different polarized probe field. Meanwhile, by utilizing the strong dressing effect of circular polarized light, we observe pure dark state switched to pure bright state in terms of energy level splitting, and compare different phases under different detuning of circularly polarized light. Theoretical calculations are in well agreement with the experimental observations.

  4. Intermetallics for structural applications

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    Sikka, V.K.; Deevi, S.C.

    1995-09-01

    Intermetallics are introduced as possible structural materials. The attributes and useful temperature limits of eight of the most likely candidates have been described. In addition, detailed descriptions are given for chemical compositions, corrosion properties, mechanical properties, melting and processing, and applications of Ni{sub 3}Al and Fe{sub 3}Al-based alloys. Mechanical properties of Ni{sub 3}Al-based alloys are compared with commercially used HU alloys in the cast condition and Haynes 214 in the wrought condition. The mechanical properties of Fe{sub 3}Al-based alloys are compared with an oxide-dispersion-strengthened (ODS) Inco alloy MA-956. Comparisons have shown that Ni{sub 3}Al-based alloys offer the best combination of oxidation and carburization resistance and are significantly stronger than the commercially used HU alloy for many of the furnace-fixture applications. However, the Fe{sub 3}Al-based alloys, which offer the best sulfidation resistance of the commercially available alloys, are significantly weaker in creep than the ODS MA-956 alloy. Even with the current strength level, Fe{sub 3}Al-based alloys are superior as porous, sintered metal filters for hot-gas cleanup in coal gasification systems. Oxide-dispersion strengthening of the Fe{sub 3}Al-based alloys is currently under way to improve their creep strength.

  5. A Tunable Dispersion-Free Terahertz Metadevice with Pancharatnam-Berry-Phase-Enabled Modulation and Polarization Control.

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    Cong, Longqing; Xu, Ningning; Han, Jiaguang; Zhang, Weili; Singh, Ranjan

    2015-11-01

    It is extremely challenging to control the phase of light at will in free space. Here, Pancharatnam-Berry-phase-enabled, tunable phase control of free-space light is experimentally demonstrated in an ultrathin flexible dispersion-free metadevice. This metadevice enables the broadband conversion of linearly polarized light into any desired output polarization. PMID:26421902

  6. Pseudo-polar tilted smectic phases exhibited by bent-core hockey stick shaped molecules.

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    Malkar, Deepshika; Sadashiva, B K; Roy, Arun

    2016-06-14

    We report experimental and theoretical studies on two new achiral fluid lamellar phases exhibited by bent-core hockey stick shaped molecules. The packing of these bent-core hockey stick shaped molecules in the layers leads to a pseudo-polar order in these tilted smectic phases. An anticlinic SmCA type stacking of the pseudo-polar layers is observed in the higher temperature smectic phase, while in the lower temperature phase the difference in the azimuthal angles of the tilt directions in successive layers is between zero and π with a randomized tilt organization between the successive layers. The randomness arises due to the sign degeneracy of the azimuthal angle difference of the tilt directions in successive layers. Both of these smectic phases show a strong electro-optic response which can be exploited for potential applications. PMID:27157895

  7. Oligonuclear molecular models of intermetallic phases: a case study on [Pd2Zn6Ga2(Cp*)5(CH3)3].

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    Bollermann, Timo; Molon, Mariusz; Gemel, Christian; Freitag, Kerstin; Seidel, Rüdiger W; von Hopffgarten, Moritz; Jerabek, Paul; Frenking, Gernot; Fischer, Roland A

    2012-04-16

    The synthesis, characterization, and theoretical investigation by means of quantum-chemical calculations of an oligonuclear metal-rich compound are presented. The reaction of homoleptic dinuclear palladium compound [Pd(2)(μ-GaCp*)(3)(GaCp*)(2)] with ZnMe(2) resulted in the formation of unprecedented ternary Pd/Ga/Zn compound [Pd(2)Zn(6)Ga(2)(Cp*)(5)(CH(3))(3)] (1), which was analyzed by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, MS, elemental analysis, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound 1 consisted of two C(s)-symmetric molecular isomers, as revealed by NMR spectroscopy, at which distinct site-preferences related to the Ga and Zn positions were observed by quantum-chemical calculations. Structural characterization of compound 1 showed significantly different coordination environments for both palladium centers. Whilst one Pd atom sat in the central of a bi-capped trigonal prism, thereby resulting in a formal 18-valence electron fragment, {Pd(ZnMe)(2)(ZnCp*)(4)(GaMe)}, the other Pd atom occupied one capping unit, thereby resulting in a highly unsaturated 12-valence electron fragment, {Pd(GaCp*)}. The bonding situation, as determined by atoms-in-molecules analysis (AIM), NBO partial charges, and molecular orbital (MO) analysis, pointed out that significant Pd-Pd interactions had a large stake in the stabilization of this unusual molecule. The characterization and quantum-chemical calculations of compound 1 revealed distinct similarities to related M/Zn/Ga Hume-Rothery intermetallic solid-state compounds, such as Ga/Zn-exchange reactions, the site-preferences of the Zn/Ga positions, and direct M-M bonding, which contributes to the overall stability of the metal-rich compound. PMID:22416016

  8. Anomalous temperature dependence of gas chromatographic retention indices of polar compounds on non-polar stationary phases.

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    Pavlovskii, Alexander A; Héberger, Károly; Zenkevich, Igor G

    2016-05-01

    Increasing the reliability of both GC and GC-MS identification requires appropriate interlaboratory reproducibility of gas chromatographic retention indices (I). Known temperature dependence, I(T), is the main source of non-reproducibility of these parameters. It can be approximated with a simple linear function I(T). However, since mid-1990s-beginning of 2000s some examples of anomalous temperature dependence, I(T), preferably for polar analytes on non-polar stationary phases were revealed independently by different authors. The effect implies the variations in the sign of the temperature coefficients β=dI/dT for selected compounds and, hence, the appearance of the I-extrema (usually, minima). The current work provides evidence that the character of the anomalous I(Т) dependences (ascending, descending, or with extrema) is strongly influenced by the amounts of analytes injected into the chromatographic column, but these anomalies appeared not to be connected directly with the mass overloading of separation systems. The physicochemical model is proposed to describe the observed anomalies of I(T) dependence. This model is based on three previously known principles of chromatography, namely: The superposition of these objectives allows understanding both the unusual temperature dependence of retention indices, and the influence of the amounts of polar analytes injected into GC column on the parameters of this dependence. PMID:27062719

  9. Phase transition observations and discrimination of small cloud particles by light polarization in expansion chamber experiments

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    Nichman, Leonid; Fuchs, Claudia; Järvinen, Emma; Ignatius, Karoliina; Florian Höppel, Niko; Dias, Antonio; Heinritzi, Martin; Simon, Mario; Tröstl, Jasmin; Wagner, Andrea Christine; Wagner, Robert; Williamson, Christina; Yan, Chao; Connolly, Paul James; Dorsey, James Robert; Duplissy, Jonathan; Ehrhart, Sebastian; Frege, Carla; Gordon, Hamish; Hoyle, Christopher Robert; Bjerring Kristensen, Thomas; Steiner, Gerhard; McPherson Donahue, Neil; Flagan, Richard; Gallagher, Martin William; Kirkby, Jasper; Möhler, Ottmar; Saathoff, Harald; Schnaiter, Martin; Stratmann, Frank; Tomé, António

    2016-03-01

    Cloud microphysical processes involving the ice phase in tropospheric clouds are among the major uncertainties in cloud formation, weather, and general circulation models. The detection of aerosol particles, liquid droplets, and ice crystals, especially in the small cloud particle-size range below 50 μm, remains challenging in mixed phase, often unstable environments. The Cloud Aerosol Spectrometer with Polarization (CASPOL) is an airborne instrument that has the ability to detect such small cloud particles and measure the variability in polarization state of their backscattered light. Here we operate the versatile Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets (CLOUD) chamber facility at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to produce controlled mixed phase and other clouds by adiabatic expansions in an ultraclean environment, and use the CASPOL to discriminate between different aerosols, water, and ice particles. In this paper, optical property measurements of mixed-phase clouds and viscous secondary organic aerosol (SOA) are presented. We report observations of significant liquid-viscous SOA particle polarization transitions under dry conditions using CASPOL. Cluster analysis techniques were subsequently used to classify different types of particles according to their polarization ratios during phase transition. A classification map is presented for water droplets, organic aerosol (e.g., SOA and oxalic acid), crystalline substances such as ammonium sulfate, and volcanic ash. Finally, we discuss the benefits and limitations of this classification approach for atmospherically relevant concentrations and mixtures with respect to the CLOUD 8-9 campaigns and its potential contribution to tropical troposphere layer analysis.

  10. Generation of phase-coded microwave signals using a polarization-modulator-based photonic microwave phase shifter.

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    Zhang, Yamei; Pan, Shilong

    2013-03-01

    A scheme for the generation of phase-coded microwave signals using an electrically tunable photonic microwave phase shifter is proposed and demonstrated. The photonic phase shifter is based on a single-sideband polarization modulator (PolM), and the tuning of the phase shifter is implemented by a second PolM. By introducing an RF signal to the first PolM and an electrical coding signal to the second PolM, a phase-coded microwave signal with binary phase codes or polyphase codes is achieved. An experiment is performed. The simple and flexible operation, high coding rate, large frequency range, excellent transmission performance, and high stability of the system is confirmed. PMID:23455292

  11. Reverse-phase HPLC method for measuring polarity distributions of natural organic matter.

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    Namjesnik-Dejanovic, Ksenija; Cabaniss, Stephen E

    2004-02-15

    A reverse-phase high-pressure liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) method was developed to measure the polarity distribution of natural organic matter (NOM) samples. The polarity distribution is obtained by calibrating an octadecyl bonded silica phase column and polar eluent with compounds of known octanol-water partition coefficient (Kow) and using this calibration curve to transform NOM retention times into an equivalent Kow. Polarity distributions treat the NOM samples as a complex mixture rather than summarizing the polarity in a single number. The method is sensitive, with UV detection allowing quantitation of samples with <5 mg of C/L. Individual chromatograms are acquired in <20 min, allowing much faster analysis on smaller samples than XAD resin separation or 13C NMR. Polarity distributions of 10 representative NOM isolates and 2 whole water samples indicate that NOM is generally hydrophilic in nature (log Kow < 2), although XAD-8 isolates are more hydrophobic than RO isolates from the same source. Hydrophilicity, as indicated by recovery from the HPLC column, is correlated to the elemental oxygen/carbon ratio but does not correlate strongly with molecular weight or 13C NMR aromaticity. PMID:14998025

  12. Polarization effects and phase equilibria in high-energy-density polyvinylidene-fluoride-based polymers.

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    Ranjan, V.; Yu, L.; Nakhmanson, S.; Bernholc, J.; Nardelli, M. B.; Materials Science Division; North Carolina State Univ.; ORNL

    2010-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations, the phase diagrams of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and its copolymers under an applied electric field are studied and phase transitions between their nonpolar {alpha} and polar {beta} phases are discussed. The results show that the degree of copolymerization is a crucial parameter controlling the structural phase transition. In particular, for tetrafluoroethylene (TeFE) concentration above 12%, PVDF-TeFE is stabilized in the {beta} phase, whereas the {alpha} phase is stable for lower concentrations. As larger electric fields are applied, domains with smaller concentrations ({le} 12%) undergo a transition from the {alpha} to the {beta} phase until a breakdown field of {approx}600 MV m{sup -1} is reached. These structural phase transitions can be exploited for efficient storage of electrical energy.

  13. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NEW INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS

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    Professor Monica Sorescu

    2003-05-07

    This six-month work is focused mainly on the properties of novel magnetic intermetallics. In the first project, we synthesized several 2:17 intermetallic compounds, namely Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}Si{sub 2}, Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}Al{sub 2}2, Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}SiAl and Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}SiMn, as well as several 1:12 intermetallic compounds, such as NdFe{sub 10}Si{sub 2}, NdFe{sub 10}Al{sub 2}, NdFe{sub 10}SiAl and NdFe{sub 10}MnAl. In the second project, seven compositions of Nd{sub x}Fe{sub 100-x-y}B{sub y} ribbons were prepared by a melt spinning method with Nd and B content increasing from 7.3 and 3.6 to 11 and 6, respectively. The alloys were annealed under optimized conditions to obtain a composite material consisting of the hard magnetic Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B and soft magnetic {alpha}-Fe phases, typical of a spring magnet structure. In the third project, intermetallic compounds of the type Zr{sub 1}Cr{sub 1}Fe{sub 1}T{sub 0.8} with T=Al, Co and Fe were subjected to hydrogenation. In the fourth project, we performed three crucial experiments. In the first experiment, we subjected a mixture of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Fe(80-20 wt%) to mechanochemical activation by high-energy ball milling, for time periods ranging from 0.5 to 14 hours. In the second experiment, we ball-milled Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}:Co{sup 2+} (x=0.1) for time intervals between 2.5 and 17.5 hours. Finally, we exposed a mixture of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Co(80-20 wt%) to mechanochemical activation for time periods ranging from 0.5 to 10 hours. In all cases, the structural and magnetic properties of the systems involved were elucidated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Moessbauer spectroscopy and hysteresis loop measurements. The four projects resulted in four papers, which are currently being considered for publication in Intermetallics, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Journal of Materials Science Letters and Journal of Materials Science. The contributions reveal for the first time in literature the effect of

  14. Ferroelectric order in liquid crystal phases of polar disk-shaped ellipsoids

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    Bose, Tushar Kanti; Saha, Jayashree

    2014-05-01

    The demonstration of a spontaneous macroscopic ferroelectric order in liquid phases in the absence of any long range positional order is considered an outstanding problem of both fundamental and technological interest. Recently, we reported that a system of polar achiral disklike ellipsoids can spontaneously exhibit a long searched ferroelectric nematic phase and a ferroelectric columnar phase with strong axial polarization. The major role is played by the dipolar interactions. The model system of interest consists of attractive-repulsive Gay-Berne oblate ellipsoids embedded with two parallel point dipoles positioned symmetrically on the equatorial plane of the ellipsoids. In the present work, we investigate in detail the profound effects of changing the separation between the two symmetrically placed dipoles and the strength of the dipoles upon the existence of different ferroelectric discotic liquid crystal phases via extensive off-lattice N-P-T Monte Carlo simulations. Ferroelectric biaxial phases are exhibited in addition to the uniaxial ferroelectric fluids where the phase biaxiality results from the dipolar interactions. The structures of all the ferroelectric configurations of interest are presented in detail. Simple phase diagrams are determined which include different polar and apolar discotic fluids generated by the system.

  15. Ferroelectric order in liquid crystal phases of polar disk-shaped ellipsoids.

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    Bose, Tushar Kanti; Saha, Jayashree

    2014-05-01

    The demonstration of a spontaneous macroscopic ferroelectric order in liquid phases in the absence of any long range positional order is considered an outstanding problem of both fundamental and technological interest. Recently, we reported that a system of polar achiral disklike ellipsoids can spontaneously exhibit a long searched ferroelectric nematic phase and a ferroelectric columnar phase with strong axial polarization. The major role is played by the dipolar interactions. The model system of interest consists of attractive-repulsive Gay-Berne oblate ellipsoids embedded with two parallel point dipoles positioned symmetrically on the equatorial plane of the ellipsoids. In the present work, we investigate in detail the profound effects of changing the separation between the two symmetrically placed dipoles and the strength of the dipoles upon the existence of different ferroelectric discotic liquid crystal phases via extensive off-lattice N-P-T Monte Carlo simulations. Ferroelectric biaxial phases are exhibited in addition to the uniaxial ferroelectric fluids where the phase biaxiality results from the dipolar interactions. The structures of all the ferroelectric configurations of interest are presented in detail. Simple phase diagrams are determined which include different polar and apolar discotic fluids generated by the system. PMID:25353817

  16. Measurement of displacement and distance with a polarization phase shifting folded Twyman Green interferometer.

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    Chatterjee, Sanjib; Kumar, Y Pavan

    2015-11-20

    A Sagnac interferometer (SI), consisting of a polarization beam splitter (PBS), along with two equally spaced plane mirrors that are inclined at 45° to each other, is transformed into a folded Twyman Green interferometer (TGI) by placing a mirrored parallel plate (MPP) into the hypotenuse arm of the SI. The converging input beam produced by a telescope objective (TO) is split into reflected (s-polarized) and transmitted (p-polarized) components by the PBS. The p- and s-polarized focal spots are made to fall on the mirrored end surfaces of the parallel plate (PP). The retroreflected p- and s-polarized beams become collimated after passing through the TO. A linear shift of the PP in either (longitudinal) direction alters the positions of the p- and s-polarized focal spots and results in a set of converging and diverging spherical wavefronts that interfere to form concentric circular fringes. We applied polarization phase-shifting interferometry to obtain the optical path difference (OPD) variation of the interference field. The displacement is calculated from the OPD variation. A validation experiment has been carried out by introducing known shifts to the PP. The setup can be used for displacement as well as distance measurement. PMID:26836546

  17. Fiber looped phase conjugation of polarization multiplexed signals for pre-compensation of fiber nonlinearity effect.

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    Pelusi, Mark D

    2013-09-01

    Compensation of nonlinear distortion of polarization-multiplexed (PolMux) signals in optical fiber is evaluated experimentally using all-optical signal pre-distortion and fiber loop phase-conjugation at the transmitter. An improved bit error rate is shown for high baud rate, 80 Gb/s RZ-DPSK PolMux signals before transmission in a 728 km long dispersion-managed fiber link employing a direct detection receiver. The partial compensation of nonlinear distortion for both single channel and 3 × 80 Gb/s WDM PolMux signals is observed, despite the impact from the inter-polarization nonlinearity and the associated polarization scattering. Evidence of the limited compensation of inter-polarization nonlinearity is shown. PMID:24104017

  18. Polarization lidar operation for measuring backscatter phase matrices of oriented scatterers.

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    Hayman, Matthew; Spuler, Scott; Morley, Bruce; VanAndel, Joseph

    2012-12-31

    We describe implementation and demonstration of a polarization technique adapted for lidar to measure all unique elements of the volume backscatter phase matrix. This capability allows for detection of preferential orientation within a scattering volume, and may improve scattering inversions on oriented ice crystals. The technique is enabled using a Mueller formalism commonly employed in polarimetry, which does not require the lidar instrument be polarization preserving. Instead, the accuracy of the polarization measurements are limited by the accuracy of the instrument characterization. A high spectral resolution lidar at the National Center for Atmospheric Research was modified to demonstrate this polarization technique. Two observations where the instrument is tilted off zenith are presented. In the first case, the lidar detects flattened large raindrops oriented along the same direction due to drag forces from falling. The second case is an ice cloud approximately 5 km above lidar base that contains preferentially oriented ice crystals in a narrow altitude band. PMID:23388782

  19. Phase-space structures and ionization dynamics of the hydrogen atom in elliptically polarized microwaves

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    Shchekinova, E.; Chandre, C.; Uzer, T.

    2006-10-01

    The multiphoton ionization of hydrogen atoms in a strong elliptically polarized microwave field exhibits complex features that are not observed for ionization in circular and linear polarized fields. Experimental data reveal high sensitivity of ionization dynamics to the small changes of the field polarization. The multidimensional nature of the problem makes widely used diagnostics of dynamics, such as Poincaré surfaces of section, impractical. We analyze the phase-space dynamics using the finite time stability analysis rendered by the fast Lyapunov indicators technique. The concept of zero-velocity surface is used to initialize the calculations and visualize the dynamics. Our analysis provides stability maps calculated for the initial energy at the maximum and below the saddle of the zero-velocity surface. We estimate qualitatively the dependence of ionization thresholds on the parameters of the applied field, such as polarization and scaled amplitude.

  20. Security authentication using phase-encoded nanoparticle structures and polarized light.

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    Carnicer, Artur; Hassanfiroozi, Amir; Latorre-Carmona, Pedro; Huang, Yi-Pai; Javidi, Bahram

    2015-01-15

    Phase-encoded nanostructures such as quick response (QR) codes made of metallic nanoparticles are suggested to be used in security and authentication applications. We present a polarimetric optical method able to authenticate random phase-encoded QR codes. The system is illuminated using polarized light, and the QR code is encoded using a phase-only random mask. Using classification algorithms, it is possible to validate the QR code from the examination of the polarimetric signature of the speckle pattern. We used Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistical test and Support Vector Machine algorithms to authenticate the phase-encoded QR codes using polarimetric signatures. PMID:25679827

  1. Magnesium silicide intermetallic alloys

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    Li, Gh.; Gill, H. S.; Varin, R. A.

    1993-11-01

    Methods of induction melting an ultra-low-density magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) intermetallic and its alloys and the resulting microstructure and microhardness were studied. The highest quality ingots of Mg2Si alloys were obtained by triple melting in a graphite crucible coated with boron nitride to eliminate reactivity, under overpressure of high-purity argon (1.3 X 105 Pa), at a temperature close to but not exceeding 1105 °C ± 5 °C to avoid excessive evaporation of Mg. After establishing the proper induction-melting conditions, the Mg-Si binary alloys and several Mg2Si alloys macroalloyed with 1 at. pct of Al, Ni, Co, Cu, Ag, Zn, Mn, Cr, and Fe were induction melted and, after solidification, investigated by optical microscopy and quantitative X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Both the Mg-rich and Si-rich eutectic in the binary alloys exhibited a small but systematic increase in the Si content as the overall composition of the binary alloy moved closer toward the Mg2Si line compound. The Vickers microhardness (VHN) of the as-solidified Mg-rich and Si-rich eutectics in the Mg-Si binary alloys decreased with increasing Mg (decreasing Si) content in the eutectic. This behavior persisted even after annealing for 75 hours at 0.89 pct of the respective eutectic temperature. The Mg-rich eutectic in the Mg2Si + Al, Ni, Co, Cu, Ag, and Zn alloys contained sections exhibiting a different optical contrast and chemical composition than the rest of the eutectic. Some particles dispersed in the Mg2Si matrix were found in the Mg2Si + Cr, Mn, and Fe alloys. The EDS results are presented and discussed and compared with the VHN data.

  2. A method to calibrate phase fluctuation in polarization-sensitive swept-source optical coherence tomography

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    Lu, Zenghai; Kasaragod, Deepa K.; Matcher, Stephen J.

    2011-06-01

    A phase fluctuation calibration method is presented for polarization-sensitive swept-source optical coherence tomography (PS-SS-OCT) using continuous polarization modulation. The method consists of the generation of a continuous triggered tone-burst waveform rather than an asynchronous waveform by use of a function generator and the removal of the global phases of the measured Jones matrices by use of matrix normalization. This could remove the use of auxiliary optical components for the phase fluctuation compensation in the system, which reduces the system complexity. Phase fluctuation calibration is necessary to obtain the reference Jones matrix by averaging the measured Jones matrices at sample surfaces. Measurements on an equine tendon sample were made by the PS-SS-OCT system to validate the proposed method.

  3. Enhanced ferroelectric polarization and possible morphotrophic phase boundary in PZT-based alloys

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    Parker, David S.; Herklotz, Andreas; Ward, T. Z.; McGuire, Michael A.; Singh, David J.

    2016-05-01

    We present a combined theoretical and experimental study of alloys of the high performance piezoelectric PZT (PbZr0.5Ti0.5O3 ) with BZnT (BiZn0.5Ti0.5O3 ) and BZnZr (BiZn0.5Zr0.5O3 ), focusing on atomic displacements, ferroelectric polarization, and elastic stability. From theory we find that the 75-25 PZT-BZnT alloy has substantially larger cation displacements, and hence ferroelectric polarization than the PZT base material, on the tetragonal side of the phase diagram. We also find a possible morphotrophic phase boundary in this system by comparing displacement patterns and optimized c /a ratios. Elastic stability calculations find the structures to be essentially stable. Experiments indicate the feasibility of sample synthesis within this alloy system, although measurements do not find significant polarization, probably due to a large coercive field.

  4. Method to calibrate phase fluctuation in polarization-sensitive swept-source optical coherence tomography

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    Lu, Zenghai; Kasaragod, Deepa K.; Matcher, Stephen J.

    2011-07-01

    We present a phase fluctuation calibration method for polarization-sensitive swept-source optical coherence tomography (PS-SS-OCT) using continuous polarization modulation. The method uses a low-voltage broadband polarization modulator driven by a synchronized sinusoidal burst waveform rather than an asynchronous waveform, together with the removal of the global phases of the measured Jones matrices by the use of matrix normalization. This makes it possible to average the measured Jones matrices to remove the artifact due to the speckle noise of the signal in the sample without introducing auxiliary optical components into the sample arm. This method was validated on measurements of an equine tendon sample by the PS-SS-OCT system.

  5. Germanium x-ray phase plates for the production of circularly polarized x-rays

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    Yahnke, C.J.; Srajer, G.; Haeffner, D.R.; Mills, D.M.; Assoufid, L.

    1993-10-01

    The authors have constructed an x-ray phase plate to produce both linearly and circularly polarized x-rays at discrete energies between 20 keV and 88 keV. The plate is a monolithic two-crystal design, constructed from germanium, which increases the resultant degree of circular polarization of the output beam. They have measured the degree of circular polarization at 65 keV to be 90% {+-} 4%, significantly better than that produced by silicon phase plates. This radiation was used to measure the magnetic Compton profile for Fe, which was found to be in good agreement with theory and previous work. The underlying x-ray optics and the characterization of the device between 62 keV and 93 keV at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source are presented.

  6. Ground-state phases of polarized deuterium species

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    Panoff, R.M.; Clark, J.W.

    1987-10-01

    Microscopic prediction of the ground-state phase of electron-spin-aligned bulk atomic deuterium (Darrow-down) is attempted, based on the variational Monte Carlo method. The accurate pair potential of Kolos and Wolniewicz is assumed, and three versions of Darrow-down are considered, which, respectively, involve one, two, and three equally occupied nuclear spin states. The most definitive results on the zero-temperature equations of state of these systems are obtained with optimized ground-state trial wave functions incorporating Jastrow pair correlations, triplet correlations, and momentum-dependent backflow effects. The species Darrow-down/sub 3/ is bound already at the pure Jastrow level, while the energy expectation value of Darrow-down/sub 2/ dips below zero upon supplementing the Jastrow description by triplets and momentum-dependent backflow. The variational energy of Darrow-down/sub 1/ remains positive under all current refinements of the ground-state trial function. We conclude that the systems Darrow-down/sub 3/ and Darrow-down/sub 2/, if they could be manufactured and stabilized at relevant densities, would be Fermi liquids at sufficiently low temperature; on the other hand, it is likely that Darrow-down/sub 1/ would remain gaseous down to absolute zero.

  7. ANALYTIC MODELS FOR ALBEDOS, PHASE CURVES, AND POLARIZATION OF REFLECTED LIGHT FROM EXOPLANETS

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    Madhusudhan, Nikku; Burrows, Adam E-mail: burrows@astro.princeton.edu

    2012-03-01

    New observational facilities are becoming increasingly capable of observing reflected light from transiting and directly imaged extrasolar planets. In this study, we provide an analytic framework to interpret observed phase curves, geometric albedos, and polarization of giant planet atmospheres. We compute the observables for non-conservative Rayleigh scattering in homogeneous semi-infinite atmospheres using both scalar and vector formalisms. In addition, we compute phase curves and albedos for Lambertian, isotropic, and anisotropic scattering phase functions. We provide analytic expressions for geometric albedos and spherical albedos as a function of the scattering albedo for Rayleigh scattering in semi-infinite atmospheres. Given an observed geometric albedo our prescriptions can be used to estimate the underlying scattering albedo of the atmosphere, which in turn is indicative of the scattering and absorptive properties of the atmosphere. We also study the dependence of polarization in Rayleigh scattering atmospheres on the orbital parameters of the planet-star system, particularly on the orbital inclination. We show how the orbital inclination of non-transiting exoplanets can be constrained from their observed polarization parameters. We consolidate the formalism, solution techniques, and results from analytic models available in the literature, often scattered in various sources, and present a systematic procedure to compute albedos, phase curves, and polarization of reflected light.

  8. Diagnostic efficiency of Mueller-matrix polarization reconstruction system of the phase structure of liver tissue

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    Zabolotna, Natalia I.; Pavlov, Sergii V.; Radchenko, Kostiantyn O.; Stasenko, Vladyslav A.; Wójcik, Waldemar; Kussambayeva, Nazym

    2015-12-01

    The application field of using the Mueller-matrix polarizing reconstruction system of phase structure of biological layer for optical-anisotropic parameters differentiation of histological sections of healthy and rat's liver with hepatitis were investigated. Comparison of system informativity with known systems on indexes of sensitivity, specificity and balanced accuracy were performed.

  9. Anomalous temperature dependence of gas chromatographic retention indices of polar compounds on nonpolar phases

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    Zenkevich, I. G.; Pavlovskii, A. A.

    2016-05-01

    The character of the temperature dependences of the retention indices RI( T) of polar sorbates on nonpolar stationary phases was found to depend on the dosed amounts of sorbates, but not on column overloading. A physicochemical model was suggested to explain the observed anomalies in RI( T).

  10. Characteristics of block-periodic phased-array antennas with circular polarization of the radiated field

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    Likhoded, Iu. V.; Mironnikov, A. S.

    1990-02-01

    The paper presents results of a numerical investigation of the directivity characteristics of a block-periodic waveguide phased-array antenna with circular polarization of the radiated field. The advantages of this array from the viewpoint of maximining the ellipticity coefficent of the radiated field in the scanning sector are pointed out.

  11. On Helium 1083 nm Line Polarization during the Impulsive Phase of an X1 Flare

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    Judge, Philip G.; Kleint, Lucia; Sainz Dalda, Alberto

    2015-12-01

    We analyze spectropolarimetric data of the He i 1083 nm multiplet (1s2s{}3{S}1-1s2p{}3{P}2,1,0o) during the X1 flare SOL2014-03-29T17:48, obtained with the Facility Infrared Spectrometer (FIRS) at the Dunn Solar Telescope. While scanning active region NOAA 12017, the FIRS slit crossed a flare ribbon during the impulsive phase, when the helium line intensities turned into emission at ≲twice the continuum intensity. Their linear polarization profiles are of the same sign across the multiplet including 1082.9 nm, intensity-like, at ≲5% of the continuum intensity. Weaker Zeeman-induced linear polarization is also observed. Only the strongest linear polarization coincides with hard X-ray (HXR) emission at 30-70 keV observed by RHESSI. The polarization is generally more extended and lasts longer than the HXR emission. The upper J = 0 level of the 1082.9 nm component is unpolarizable thus, lower-level polarization is the culprit. We make non-LTE radiative transfer calculations in thermal slabs optimized to fit only intensities. The linear polarizations are naturally reproduced, through a systematic change of sign with wavelength of the radiation anisotropy when slab optical depths of the 1082.9 component are ≲1. Neither are collisions with beams of particles needed, nor can they produce the same sign of polarization of the 1082.9 and 1083.0 nm components. The He i line polarization merely requires heating sufficient to produce slabs of the required thickness. Widely different polarizations of Hα, reported previously, are explained by different radiative anisotropies arising from slabs of different optical depths.

  12. Laws of formation of polar smectic phases under a frustrated interaction

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    Dolganov, P. V.; Zhilin, V. M.; Kats, E. I.

    2012-12-15

    The Landau theory of phase transitions with a two-component order parameter is used to systematically calculate the structures and phase diagrams of polar liquid crystals. Commensurate and incommensurate structures with a layer-type period form as a result of a frustration interaction. Phase diagrams are calculated when various short- and long-range interlayer interactions are sequentially introduced. As a result, the nature of formation of various structures is revealed. The calculated phase diagrams explain the formation of various phases, their temperature sequence (including so-called 'unusual' sequence of phases), and the nature of forces responsible for the formation of a certain structure and the shape of a phase diagram.

  13. Formation of intermetallics at the interface of explosively welded Ni-Al multilayered composites during annealing

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    Ogneva, T. S.; Lazurenko, D. V.; Bataev, I. A.; Mali, V. I.; Esikov, M. A.; Bataev, A. A.

    2016-04-01

    The Ni-Al multilayer composite was fabricated using explosive welding. The zones of mixing of Ni and Al are observed at the composite interfaces after the welding. The composition of these zones is inhomogeneous. Continuous homogeneous intermetallic layers are formed at the interface after heat treatment at 620 °C during 5 h These intermetallic layers consist of NiAl3 and Ni2Al3 phases. The presence of mixed zones significantly accelerates the growth rate of intermetallic phases at the initial stages of heating.

  14. Plasticity and grain boundary structure of {delta}{sub 1k} and {delta}{sub 1p} intermetallic phases in the Fe-Zn system

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    Hong, M.H.; Saka, H.

    1997-10-01

    Two polycrystalline specimens of single phase with composition of 87.6 at.% Zn({delta}{sub 1k}) and 90.6 at.% Zn({delta}{sub 1p} phase) in the Fe-Zn system have been prepared and deformed in compression between 200 C and 650 C. Below 350 C the {delta}{sub 1k} phase is brittle, but above 400 C it is ductile. By contrast, the {delta}{sub 1p} phase never showed plasticity at any deformation temperature and strain rate. The microstructures of {delta}{sub 1k} and {delta}{sub 1p} phases were studied by optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) technique and correlated with the difference in plasticity. The difference in grain boundary structure between {delta}{sub 1k} and {delta}{sub 1p} phases was found to be the primary reason for the observed difference in plasticity.

  15. Absolute polarity determination of teeth cementum by phase sensitive second harmonic generation microscopy.

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    Aboulfadl, Hanane; Hulliger, Jürg

    2015-10-01

    The absolute sign of local polarity in relation to the biological growth direction has been investigated for teeth cementum using phase sensitive second harmonic generation microscopy (PS-SHGM) and a crystal of 2-cyclooctylamino-5-nitropyridine (COANP) as a nonlinear optic (NLO) reference material. A second harmonic generation (SHG) response was found in two directions of cementum: radial (acellular extrinsic fibers that are oriented more or less perpendicular to the root surface) and circumferential (cellular intrinsic fibers that are oriented more or less parallel to the surface). A mono-polar state was demonstrated for acellular extrinsic cementum. However, along the different parts of cementum in circumferential direction, two corresponding domains were observed featuring an opposite sign of polarity indicative for a bi-polar microscopic state of cellular intrinsic cementum. The phase information showed that the orientation of radial collagen fibrils of cementum is regularly organized with the donor (D) groups pointing to the surface. Circumferential collagen molecules feature orientational disorder and are oriented up and down in random manner showing acceptor or donor groups at the surface of cementum. Considering that the cementum continues to grow in thickness throughout life, we can conclude that the cementum is growing circumferentially in two opposite directions and radially in one direction. A Markov chain type model for polarity formation in the direction of growth predicts D-groups preferably appearing at the fiber front. PMID:26297858

  16. Generation of bright phase-matched circularly-polarized extreme ultraviolet high harmonics

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    Kfir, Ofer; Grychtol, Patrik; Turgut, Emrah; Knut, Ronny; Zusin, Dmitriy; Popmintchev, Dimitar; Popmintchev, Tenio; Nembach, Hans; Shaw, Justin M.; Fleischer, Avner; Kapteyn, Henry; Murnane, Margaret; Cohen, Oren

    2015-02-01

    Circularly-polarized extreme ultraviolet and X-ray radiation is useful for analysing the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of materials. To date, such radiation has only been available at large-scale X-ray facilities such as synchrotrons. Here, we demonstrate the first bright, phase-matched, extreme ultraviolet circularly-polarized high harmonics source. The harmonics are emitted when bi-chromatic counter-rotating circularly-polarized laser pulses field-ionize a gas in a hollow-core waveguide. We use this new light source for magnetic circular dichroism measurements at the M-shell absorption edges of Co. We show that phase-matching of circularly-polarized harmonics is unique and robust, producing a photon flux comparable to linearly polarized high harmonic sources. This work represents a critical advance towards the development of table-top systems for element-specific imaging and spectroscopy of multiple elements simultaneously in magnetic and other chiral media with very high spatial and temporal resolution.

  17. Kilohertz generation of high contrast polarization states for visible femtosecond pulses via phase-locked acousto-optic pulse shapers

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    Seiler, Hélène; Walsh, Brenna; Palato, Samuel; Kambhampati, Patanjali; Thai, Alexandre; Forget, Nicolas; Crozatier, Vincent

    2015-09-14

    We present a detailed analysis of a setup capable of arbitrary amplitude, phase, and polarization shaping of broadband visible femtosecond pulses at 1 kHz via a pair of actively phase stabilized acousto-optic programmable dispersive filters arranged in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer geometry. The setup features phase stability values around λ/225 at 580 nm as well as degrees of polarization of at least 0.9 for any polarization state. Both numbers are important metrics to evaluate a setup's potential for applications based on polarization-shaped femtosecond pulses, such as fully coherent multi-dimensional electronic spectroscopy.

  18. Phase-controllable spin wave generation in iron garnet by linearly polarized light pulses

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    Yoshimine, Isao; Iida, Ryugo; Shimura, Tsutomu; Satoh, Takuya; Stupakiewicz, Andrzej; Maziewski, Andrzej

    2014-07-28

    A phase-controlled spin wave was non-thermally generated in bismuth-doped rare-earth iron garnet by linearly polarized light pulses. We controlled the initial phase of the spin wave continuously within a range of 180° by changing the polarization azimuth of the excitation light. The azimuth dependences of the initial phase and amplitude of the spin wave were attributed to a combination of the inverse Cotton-Mouton effect and photoinduced magnetic anisotropy. Temporally and spatially resolved spin wave propagation was observed with a CCD camera, and the waveform was in good agreement with calculations. A nonlinear effect of the spin excitation was observed for excitation fluences higher than 100 mJ/cm{sup 2}.

  19. A high-power microwave circular polarizer and its application on phase shifter

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    Shao, Hao; Hu, Yongmei; Chang, Chao; Guo, Letian

    2016-04-01

    A high-power waveguide dual circular polarizer was theoretically designed and proof-of-principle was experimentally tested. It consists of two incident rectangular waveguides with a perpendicular H-plane junction, one circular waveguide with a pair of trapezoidal grooves coupled in E-plane at the top, a spherical crown located at the bottom, and an iris at the perpendicular junction of two rectangular waveguides. When wave incidents at one of the two separated rectangular waveguides, it, respectively, generates a left-hand circular polarized wave or a right-hand circular polarized wave in the circular waveguide. By adding a dumbbell-like metal plug driven with a high speed servomotor, a movable short circuit is formed along the circular waveguide to adjust the output RF phase of the rectangular port, realizing a high-speed high-power phase shifter. The C-band high power microwave (HPM) experiments were carried out, and the power capacity of the HPM polarizer and phase shifter was demonstrated to reach gigawatt level.

  20. 1.14 Tb/s DP-QPSK WDM polarization-diverse optical phase conjugation.

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    Stephens, M F C; Tan, M; Phillips, I D; Sygletos, S; Harper, P; Doran, N J

    2014-05-19

    Optical phase conjugation (OPC) of a polarization-multiplexed comb of 10x114Gb/s DP-QPSK signals has been demonstrated for the first time, occupying a spectral bandwidth of >1 THz (~9 nm). The nonlinear element employed for the OPC was highly nonlinear fiber (HNLF) optimized for the suppression of stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) and configured in a bi-directional loop offering polarization diversity. Pump power (each way about the loop) and input signal power to the OPC subsystem were optimized at 29.7 dBm and + 3 dBm respectively producing a Q(2) penalty of ≤ 0.9 dB over all conjugate wavelengths, polarizations and output OSNR (up to 20 dB). PMID:24921305

  1. Phase-resolved Spectroscopy of the Intermediate Polars -- TV Col and V1223 Sgr

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    Long, K.

    The cataclysmic variables called intermediate polars are characterized by magnetic fields that rip material from an accretion disk and funnel it to a WD that is not phase-locked to the binary period of the system. This is a proposal to use FUSE to conduct a time-resolved spectroscopic study to dissect the emission of two long-period intermediate polars, V1223 Sgr and TV Col, with very different inclination angles. These, along with the short-period high-inclination IP EX Hya (already observed with FUSE), comprise the only IPs with accurate distances derived from HST astrometry. We will isolate emission from the photosphere of the WD, the magnetically dominated accretion curtain, and the accretion stream. Having characterized the emission sources, we will explore the physical conditions in these same regions, and develop an integrated picture of these two intermediate polars.

  2. Polarity, selectivity and performance of hydrophilic organic/salt-containing aqueous two-phase system on counter-current chromatography for polar compounds.

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    Liu, Dan; Hong, Zhilai; Gao, Mingzhe; Wang, Zhixin; Gu, Ming; Zhang, Xiaozhe; Xiao, Hongbin

    2016-05-27

    The essential attributes of a solvent system for separation polar compounds on CCC are polarity, selectively and performance. Here, hydrophilic organic/salt-containing aqueous two-phase system (HO/S TPS) was evaluated as an alternative solvent system for CCC separation of polar compounds. Polarity measurements based on Rohrschneider-Snyder parameter was developed as quantitative assessing the polarity of HO/S TPS and comparing with an organic/aqueous system. All investigated 1-butanol/ethanol/saturated ammonium sulfate solution/water (BEAsWat) and 1-butanol/ethanol/saturated dipotassium hydrogen phosphate solution/water (BEDhpWat) systems with polarity values of organic phase from 4.5 to 6.8, were more polar than chloroform/methanol/water (1/1/1). The considerable water content of BEAsWat and BEDhpWat (0/1/1/1/) was 45.4 and 42.6% (w%) of hydrophilic organic phase, and 66.4 and 51.2% (w%) of salt-containing aqueous phase, respectively, closed to conventional aqueous two-phase system. Therefore, the polarity of HO/S TPS is in the middle of organic/aqueous and aqueous two-phase system. The LogKC values of twenty four polar compounds as model mixture confirmed that the polarities of HO/S TPSs were matched to that of the polar compounds and shown to be a very selective technique capable of separating positional isomers. Moreover, BEAsWat and BEDhpWat systems can be easily retained in CCC column with suitable elution mode. The hydrodynamic behavior reversion of HO/S TPS on hydrodynamic CCC was observed and was tentatively explained based on the density difference. Finally, caffeoylquinic acid isomers and dihydroxybenzoic acid isomers were successfully separated with HO/S TPS on CCC, respectively. Those results demonstrate that HO/S TPS on CCC is a performant and stable way to separate polar compounds from natural products. PMID:27131958

  3. A Low-Noise Delta-Sigma Phase Modulator for Polar Transmitters

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    Zhou, Bo

    2014-01-01

    A low-noise phase modulator, using finite-impulse-response (FIR) filtering embedded delta-sigma (ΔΣ) fractional-N phase-locked loop (PLL), is fabricated in 0.18 μm CMOS for GSM/EDGE polar transmitters. A simplified digital compensation filter with inverse-FIR and -PLL features is proposed to trade off the transmitter noise and linearity. Experimental results show that the presented architecture performs RF phase modulation well with 20 mW power dissipation from 1.6 V supply and achieves the root-mean-square (rms) and peak phase errors of 4° and 8.5°, respectively. The measured and simulated phase noises of −104 dBc/Hz and −120 dBc/Hz at 400-kHz offset from 1.8-GHz carrier frequency are observed, respectively. PMID:24719578

  4. A low-noise delta-sigma phase modulator for polar transmitters.

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    Zhou, Bo

    2014-01-01

    A low-noise phase modulator, using finite-impulse-response (FIR) filtering embedded delta-sigma (ΔΣ) fractional-N phase-locked loop (PLL), is fabricated in 0.18 μ m CMOS for GSM/EDGE polar transmitters. A simplified digital compensation filter with inverse-FIR and -PLL features is proposed to trade off the transmitter noise and linearity. Experimental results show that the presented architecture performs RF phase modulation well with 20 mW power dissipation from 1.6 V supply and achieves the root-mean-square (rms) and peak phase errors of 4° and 8.5°, respectively. The measured and simulated phase noises of -104 dBc/Hz and -120 dBc/Hz at 400-kHz offset from 1.8-GHz carrier frequency are observed, respectively. PMID:24719578

  5. Distributed phase birefringence measurements based on polarization correlation in phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometers.

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    Soto, Marcelo A; Lu, Xin; Martins, Hugo F; Gonzalez-Herraez, Miguel; Thévenaz, Luc

    2015-09-21

    In this paper a technique to measure the distributed birefringence profile along optical fibers is proposed and experimentally validated. The method is based on the spectral correlation between two sets of orthogonally-polarized measurements acquired using a phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometer (ϕOTDR). The correlation between the two measured spectra gives a resonance (correlation) peak at a frequency detuning that is proportional to the local refractive index difference between the two orthogonal polarization axes of the fiber. In this way the method enables local phase birefringence measurements at any position along optical fibers, so that any longitudinal fluctuation can be precisely evaluated with metric spatial resolution. The method has been experimentally validated by measuring fibers with low and high birefringence, such as standard single-mode fibers as well as conventional polarization-maintaining fibers. The technique has potential applications in the characterization of optical fibers for telecommunications as well as in distributed optical fiber sensing. PMID:26406692

  6. NMR Properties of the Polar Phase of Superfluid ^3He in Anisotropic Aerogel Under Rotation

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    Mineev, V. P.

    2016-09-01

    The polar phase of superfluid ^3He is stable in "nematically ordered" densed aerogel. A rotating vessel with the polar superfluid can be filled either by an array of the single quantum vortices or by an array of the half-quantum vortices. It is shown that the inhomogeneous distribution of the spin part of the order parameter arising in an array of half-quantum vortices in strong enough magnetic field tilted to the average direction of aerogel strands leads to the appearance of a satellite in the NMR signal shifted in the negative direction with respect to the Larmor frequency. The satellite is absent in the case of an array of single quantum vortices which allows to distinguish these two configurations. The polar state in the anisotropic aerogel with lower density transforms at lower temperatures to the axipolar state. The array of half-quantum vortices created in the polar phase keeps its structure under transition to the axipolar state. The temperature dependence of the vortex-satellite NMR frequency is found to be slower below the transition temperature to the axipolar state.

  7. Interaction types and their like-polarization phase-angle difference signatures

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    Paris, Jack F.

    1992-01-01

    The JPL Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AIRSAR) measures the full polarimetric properties of scene objects. AIRSAR data contain a complete set of magnitudes (for all linearly-polarized combinations (viz., VV, HH, and CS (cross Polarization))) and phase-angle differences (for all pairs of linearly-polarized components) for each image pixel. Radar images users have been greatly interested in the like-polarization (LK) phase-angle difference parameter, delta phi(sub LK). Usually, it is associated with the type of interaction between microwaves and scene-object scattering-elements. One value of delta phi(sub LK) is said to be produced by a dominant single scattering (or reflection) event, and another value is said to be the result of a dominant double-scattering (or double reflection) event. these are often called 'single bounce' and 'double bounce' interaction signatures, respectively. There appears to be a significant amount of confusion about how the interaction processes produce the characteristic values of delta phi(sub LK) and about what value of delta phi(sub LK) should be associated with each specific type. This issue is addressed.

  8. Phase interpretation for polarization-dependent near-field images of high-density gratings

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    Zheng, Jiangjun; Zhou, Changhe; Wang, Bo

    2008-06-01

    It has been described that the near-field images of a high-density grating at the half self-imaging distance could be different for TE and TM polarization states. We propose that the phases of the diffraction orders play an important role in such polarization dependence. The view is verified through the coincidence of the numerical result of finite-difference time-domain method and the reconstructed results from the rigorous coupled-wave analysis. Field distributions of TE and TM polarizations are given numerically for a grating with period d = 2.3 λ, which are verified through experiments with the scanning near-field optical microscopy technique. The concept of phase interpretation not only explains the polarization dependence at the half self-imaging distance of gratings with a physical view, but also, it could be widely used to describe the near-field diffraction of a variety of periodic diffractive optical elements whose feature size comparable to the wavelength.

  9. NMR Properties of the Polar Phase of Superfluid ^3 He in Anisotropic Aerogel Under Rotation

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    Mineev, V. P.

    2016-04-01

    The polar phase of superfluid ^3 He is stable in "nematically ordered" densed aerogel. A rotating vessel with the polar superfluid can be filled either by an array of the single quantum vortices or by an array of the half-quantum vortices. It is shown that the inhomogeneous distribution of the spin part of the order parameter arising in an array of half-quantum vortices in strong enough magnetic field tilted to the average direction of aerogel strands leads to the appearance of a satellite in the NMR signal shifted in the negative direction with respect to the Larmor frequency. The satellite is absent in the case of an array of single quantum vortices which allows to distinguish these two configurations. The polar state in the anisotropic aerogel with lower density transforms at lower temperatures to the axipolar state. The array of half-quantum vortices created in the polar phase keeps its structure under transition to the axipolar state. The temperature dependence of the vortex-satellite NMR frequency is found to be slower below the transition temperature to the axipolar state.

  10. Optically controlled microwave phase shifter based on nonlinear polarization rotation in a highly nonlinear fiber.

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    Li, Wei; Sun, Wen Hui; Wang, Wen Ting; Zhu, Ning Hua

    2014-06-01

    This Letter reports an optically controlled microwave phase shifter with an ultra-wideband working bandwidth and a full 360° phase shifting range based on nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) in a highly nonlinear fiber (HNLF). A continuous wave probe light is modulated by a polarization modulator (PolM) that is driven by a microwave signal to be phase shifted. The optical carrier and the first-order sidebands of the probe light experience different phase shifts due to the NPR induced by the control light in the HNLF. An optical bandpass filter is used to realize single-sideband modulation of the probe light by removing one of the first-order sidebands, as well as to reject the control light. After detecting by a photodetector, the phase of the recovered microwave signal is continuously tunable by adjusting the power of the control light. The proposed approach is theoretically analyzed and experimentally verified. A full 360° tunable phase shift is realized over an ultra-wideband frequency range from 8 to 38 GHz when the power of the control light is tuned from 0 to 570 mW. PMID:24876035

  11. Enhanced ferroelectric polarization and potential morphotrophic phase boundary in PZT-based alloys

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    Parker, David; McGuire, Michael; Singh, David

    We present a combined theoretical and experimental study of alloys of the high performance piezoelectric PZT (PbZr0.5Ti0.5O3) with BZnT (BiZn0.5Ti0.5O3) and BZnZr (BiZn0.5Zr0.5O3), focussing on lattice instabilities, atomic displacements and ferroelectric polarization. From theory we find that the 75 - 25 PZT - BZnT alloy has substantially larger cation displacements, and hence ferroelectric polarization than the PZT base material, on the tetragonal side of the phase diagram. We also find a possible morphotrophic phase boundary in this system by comparing displacement patterns and optimized c/a ratios. Experiments indicate the feasibility of sample synthesis within this alloy system.

  12. Polarization maintaining fiber magnetic sensor based on the digital phase generated carrier technology

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    Zhang, Xueliang; Meng, Zhou; Hu, Zhengliang; Yang, Huayong; Song, Zhangqi; Hu, Yongming

    2008-12-01

    A polarization maintaining fiber (PMF) magnetic field sensor based on a digital phase generated carrier (PGC) technology is presented. A magnetic sensor constructed with two magnetostrictive strips attached on the sensing fiber is joined in the sensing arm of a fiber Michelson interferometer. The fiber optic interferometric system is made of all PMF, which inhibits the polarization-induced signal fading. The light source is a fiber laser which can be modulated directly. The PGC metnod is used to demodulate magnetic field signal avoiding phase induced interferometric signal fading, and ensure the sensing partto be all fiber structure. A fiber optic magnetic field sensor with appreciate size for the fiber optic hydrophone towed array is obtained, which can be used to sense the enviromental magnetic field along the sensing direction.This sensor is a good choice for the directional angle measurement through sensing the Earth magnetic field in the array shape measurement of a fiber optic hydrophone towed array.

  13. Visualizing the phenomena of wave interference, phase-shifting and polarization by interactive computer simulations

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    Rivera-Ortega, Uriel; Dirckx, Joris

    2015-09-01

    In this manuscript a computer based simulation is proposed for teaching concepts of interference of light (under the scheme of a Michelson interferometer), phase-shifting and polarization states. The user can change some parameters of the interfering waves, such as their amplitude and phase difference in order to graphically represent the polarization state of a simulated travelling wave. Regarding to the interference simulation, the user is able to change the wavelength and type of the interfering waves by selecting combinations between planar and Gaussian profiles, as well as the optical path difference by translating or tilting one of the two mirrors in the interferometer setup, all of this via a graphical user interface (GUI) designed in MATLAB. A theoretical introduction and simulation results for each phenomenon will be shown. Due to the simulation characteristics, this GUI can be a very good non-formal learning resource.

  14. Beam quality changes of radially and azimuthally polarized fields propagating through quartic phase plates

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    Martínez-Herrero, R.; Piquero, G.; Mejías, P. M.

    2008-02-01

    In terms of the so-called irradiance moments of a light field, the beam quality change, Δ Q, of radially and azimuthally polarized beams caused by propagation through a quartic phase plate (as occurs, for example, in strongly pumped laser rods used in high-power solid-state lasers) is studied. Analytical expressions for Δ Q are given, and a comparison between the scalar and vectorial regimes is also shown. The results are applied to several cases of interest.

  15. Effect of ferroelastic twin walls on local polarization switching: Phase-field modeling

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    Choudhury, S.; Zhang, J. X.; Li, Y. L.; Chen, L. Q.; Jia, Q. X.; Kalinin, S. V.

    2008-10-01

    Local polarization switching in epitaxial ferroelectric thin films in the presence of ferroelastic domain walls was studied using phase-field approach. The nucleation bias profile across a twin wall was analyzed, and the localization of preferential nucleation sites was established. This analysis was further extended to a realistic domain structure with multiple twin boundaries. It was observed that the local nucleation voltage required for a 180° domain switching is closely related to the number of such local defects.

  16. Effect of ferroelastic twin walls on local polarizations switching - phase field modeling

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    Jia, Quanzi; Choudhury, S; Zhang, J X; Li, Y L; Chen, Q; Kalinin, S V

    2008-01-01

    Local polarization switching in epitaxial ferroelectric thin films in the presence of ferroelastic domain walls was studied using phase-field approach. The nucleation bias profile across a twin wall was analyzed, and the localization of preferential nucleation sites was established. This analysis was further extended to a realistic domain structure with multiple twin boundaries. It was observed that the local nucleation voltage required for a 180{sup o} domain switching is closely related to the number of such local defects.

  17. Phase of the quantum harmonic oscillator with applications to optical polarization

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    Shepard, Scott R.

    1993-01-01

    The phase of the quantum harmonic oscillator, the temporal distribution of a particle in a square-well potential, and a quantum theory of angles are derived from a general theory of complementarity. Schwinger's harmonic oscillator model of angular momenta is modified for the case of photons. Angular distributions for systems of identical and distinguishable particles are discussed. Unitary and antiunitary time reversal operators are then presented and applied to optical polarization states in birefringent media.

  18. Polarization dependence of the phase of interference between single- and two-photon ionization.

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    Baranova, N B; Chudinov, A N; Shulginov, A A; Zel'dovich, B Y

    1991-09-01

    The interference between single-photon and two-photon ionization has been observed for electrons ejected in the direction n from the photomultiplier cathode exposed simultaneously to the picosecond pulse of a Nd laser E(omega) and its second harmonic E(2omega). The change of the phase difference of such interference was measured for the switch of the polarizations from E(omega) ||n, E(2omega) ||n to E(omega) ? n, E(2omega) || n. PMID:19776966

  19. Limonene in Arizona liquid systems used in countercurrent chromatography. II Polarity and stationary-phase retention.

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    Faure, K; Bouju, E; Doby, J; Berthod, A

    2014-09-01

    The previous article in this series described the physico-chemical properties and chemical compositions of the two phases of the limonene-ethyl acetate-ethanol-water biphasic liquid system. This system was designed to be a "green" version of the so-called Arizona (AZ) scale of heptane-ethyl acetate-methanol compositions in which the heptane-ethyl acetate volume ratio is exactly the same as the methanol-water ratio. The first major difference between the standard and "green" AZ systems is the difference in upper and lower phase densities. The higher density of limonene compared with heptane greatly reduces the density difference of the "green" system: half the compositions have a density difference lower than 0.06 g mL(-1), precluding their use in hydrodynamic CCC columns. The other major difference is the phase polarity. The better distribution of ethanol between the upper organic and lower aqueous phases of the "green" AZ scale renders them more polar than their counterparts in standard heptane-based compositions. The test solutes aspirin and coumarin have higher distribution constants in the "green" AZ compositions. It is revealed that a hydrostatic column is suitable for use with all "green" compositions, with very good phase retention and limited driving pressure at high flow rates. A hydrodynamic column only functioned at limited flow rates with polar compositions of sufficient phase-density difference. The CCC chromatograms obtained with different compositions and columns are shown, and their peak position and sharpness discussed. PMID:25084735

  20. Electronic structure, phase stability, and vibrational properties of Ir-based intermetallic compound IrX (X=Al, Sc, and Ga)

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    Arıkan, N.; Charifi, Z.; Baaziz, H.; Uğur, Ş.; Ünver, H.; Uğur, G.

    2015-02-01

    The phase stability and mechanical properties of B2 type IrX (X=Al, Sc and Ga) compounds are investigated. Self-consistenttotal-energy calculations in the framework of density functional theory using the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) to determine the equations of state and the elastic constants of IrX (X=Al, Sc, and Ga) in the B2 phase have been performed. The calculations predicted the equilibrium lattice constants, which are about 1% greater than experiments for IrAl, 1.81% for IrGa, and 0.71% for IrSc compound. IrAl is shown to be the least compressible, and it is followed by IrGa and the IrSc compound. The phase stability of the studied compounds is checked. The brittleness and ductility properties of IrX (X=Al, Sc, and Ga) are determined by Poisson's ratio σ criterion and Pugh's criterion. IrGa compound is a ductile material; however, IrAl and IrSc show brittleness. The band structure and density of states (DOS), and phonon dispersion curves have been obtained and analyzed. The position of the Fermi level and the contribution of d electrons to the density of states near EF is studied and discussed in detail. We also used the phonon density of states and quasiharmonic approximation to calculate and predict some thermodynamic properties such as constant-volume specific heat capacity of the B2 phase of IrX (X=Al, Sc and Ga) compounds.

  1. Characterizing polarized illumination in high numerical aperture optical lithography with phase shifting masks

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    McIntyre, Gregory Russell

    The primary objective of this dissertation is to develop the phase shifting mask (PSM) as a precision instrument to characterize effects in optical lithography related to the use of polarized partially coherent illumination. The intent is to provide an in-situ characterization technique to add to the lithographer's tool-kit to help enable the stable and repeatable mass production of integrated circuits with feature sizes approaching 1/6th the wavelength of light being used. A series of complex-valued mathematical functions have been derived from basic principles and recent advances in photomask fabrication technology have enabled their implementation with four-phase mask making. When located in the object plane of an imaging system, these test functions serve to engineer a wavefiront that interacts with one particular optical effect, creating a measurable signal in the image plane. In most cases, these test patterns leverage proximity effects to create a central image intensity and are theoretically the most sensitive to the desired effect. Five novel classes of test patterns have been developed for in-situ characterization. The first two classes, The Linear Phase Grating (LPG) and Linear Phase Ring (LPR), both serve to characterize illumination angular distribution and uniformity by creating signals dependent on illumination angular frequency. The third class consists of the Radial Phase Grating (RPG) and Proximity Effect Polarization Analyzers (PEPA), which each create a polarization-dependent signal by taking advantage of the image reversal of one polarization component at high numerical aperture (NA). PSM Polarimetry employs a series of these patterns to form a complete polarization characterization of any arbitrary illumination scheme. The fourth and fifth classes employ sub-resolution interferometric reference probes to coherently interact with proximity effect spillover from a surrounding pattern. They measure the effective phase and transmission of the

  2. Phase Diagram of Two-Dimensional Polar Condensates in a Magnetic Field

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    James, A. J. A.; Lamacraft, A.

    2011-04-08

    Spin-1 condensates in the polar (antiferromagnetic) phase in two dimensions are shown to undergo a transition of the Ising type, in addition to the expected Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) transition of half-vortices, due to the quadratic Zeeman effect. We establish the phase diagram in terms of temperature and the strength of the Zeeman effect using Monte Carlo simulations. When the Zeeman effect is sufficiently strong, the Ising and KT transitions meet. For very strong Zeeman field the remaining transition is of the familiar integer KT type.

  3. Polarization induced Z2 and Chern topological phases in a periodically driving field

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    Pi, Shu-Ting; Savrasov, Sergey

    2016-01-01

    Z2 and Chern topological phases such as newly discovered quantum spin Hall and original quantum Hall states hardly both co–exist in a single material due to their contradictory requirement on the time–reversal symmetry (TRS). We show that although the TRS is broken in systems with a periodically driving field, an effective TRS can still be defined provided the ac–field is linearly polarized or certain other conditions are satisfied. The controllable TRS provides us a route to manipulate contradictory phases by tuning the polarization. To demonstrate the idea, we consider a tight-binding model that is relevant to several monolayered materials as a benchmark system. Our calculation shows not only topological Z2 to Chern phase transition occurs but rich Chern phases are also observed. In addition, we also discussed the realization of our proposal in real materials, such as spin-orbit coupled graphene and crystal Bismuth. This opens the possibility of manipulating various topological phases in a single material and can be a promising approach to engineer new electronic states of matter. PMID:26965181

  4. Polarization induced Z2 and Chern topological phases in a periodically driving field.

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    Pi, Shu-Ting; Savrasov, Sergey

    2016-01-01

    Z2 and Chern topological phases such as newly discovered quantum spin Hall and original quantum Hall states hardly both co-exist in a single material due to their contradictory requirement on the time-reversal symmetry (TRS). We show that although the TRS is broken in systems with a periodically driving field, an effective TRS can still be defined provided the ac-field is linearly polarized or certain other conditions are satisfied. The controllable TRS provides us a route to manipulate contradictory phases by tuning the polarization. To demonstrate the idea, we consider a tight-binding model that is relevant to several monolayered materials as a benchmark system. Our calculation shows not only topological Z2 to Chern phase transition occurs but rich Chern phases are also observed. In addition, we also discussed the realization of our proposal in real materials, such as spin-orbit coupled graphene and crystal Bismuth. This opens the possibility of manipulating various topological phases in a single material and can be a promising approach to engineer new electronic states of matter. PMID:26965181

  5. Polarization induced Z2 and Chern topological phases in a periodically driving field

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    Pi, Shu-Ting; Savrasov, Sergey

    2016-03-01

    Z2 and Chern topological phases such as newly discovered quantum spin Hall and original quantum Hall states hardly both co–exist in a single material due to their contradictory requirement on the time–reversal symmetry (TRS). We show that although the TRS is broken in systems with a periodically driving field, an effective TRS can still be defined provided the ac–field is linearly polarized or certain other conditions are satisfied. The controllable TRS provides us a route to manipulate contradictory phases by tuning the polarization. To demonstrate the idea, we consider a tight-binding model that is relevant to several monolayered materials as a benchmark system. Our calculation shows not only topological Z2 to Chern phase transition occurs but rich Chern phases are also observed. In addition, we also discussed the realization of our proposal in real materials, such as spin-orbit coupled graphene and crystal Bismuth. This opens the possibility of manipulating various topological phases in a single material and can be a promising approach to engineer new electronic states of matter.

  6. Phase Shift of Polarized Light after Transmission through a Biaxial Anisotropic Thin Film

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    Hou, Yong-Qiang; Li, Xu; He, Kai; Qi, Hong-Ji; Yi, Kui; Shao, Jian-Da

    2013-01-01

    Based on the theoretical analysis of biaxial birefringent thin films with characteristic matrix method, we investigate the phase shift on transmission of a tilted columnar biaxial film at normal and oblique incidence over 300-1200 nm for s- and p-polarized waves. Compared with the simplified calculation method, the interference effects of the birefringent thin film are considered to yield more accurate results. The quarter wavelength phase shift calculated with the characteristic matrix method is consistent with that monitored with in situ measurement by two-angle ellipsometry, which validates our complied program for the calculation of the phase shift of the biaxial anisotropic thin film. Furthermore, the characteristic matrix method can be easily used to obtain continuous adjustable phase retardation at oblique incidence, whereas the simplified calculation method is valid for the case of normal incidence. A greater generality and superiority of the characteristic matrix method is presented.

  7. Cu-Au, Ag-Au, Cu-Ag, and Ni-Au intermetallics: First-principles study of temperature-composition phase diagrams and structures

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    Ozoliņš, V.; Wolverton, C.; Zunger, Alex

    1998-03-01

    The classic metallurgical systems-noble-metal alloys-that have formed the benchmark for various alloy theories are revisited. First-principles fully relaxed general-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (LAPW) total energies of a few ordered structures are used as input to a mixed-space cluster expansion calculation to study the phase stability, thermodynamic properties, and bond lengths in Cu-Au, Ag-Au, Cu-Ag, and Ni-Au alloys. (i) Our theoretical calculations correctly reproduce the tendencies of Ag-Au and Cu-Au to form compounds and Ni-Au and Cu-Ag to phase separate at T=0 K. (ii) Of all possible structures, Cu3Au (L12) and CuAu (L10) are found to be the most stable low-temperature phases of Cu1-xAux with transition temperatures of 530 K and 660 K, respectively, compared to the experimental values 663 K and ~670 K. The significant improvement over previous first-principles studies is attributed to the more accurate treatment of atomic relaxations in the present work. (iii) LAPW formation enthalpies demonstrate that L12, the commonly assumed stable phase of CuAu3, is not the ground state for Au-rich alloys, but rather that ordered (100) superlattices are stabilized. (iv) We extract the nonconfigurational (e.g., vibrational) entropies of formation and obtain large values for the size-mismatched systems: 0.48 kB/atom in Ni0.5Au0.5 (T=1100 K), 0.37 kB/atom in Cu0.141Ag0.859 (T=1052 K), and 0.16 kB/atom in Cu0.5Au0.5 (T=800 K). (v) Using 8 atom/cell special quasirandom structures we study the bond lengths in disordered Cu-Au and Ni-Au alloys and obtain good qualitative agreement with recent extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure measurements.

  8. Low-Temperature Synthesis Routes to Intermetallic Superconductors

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    Schaak, Raymond E

    2008-01-08

    Over the past few years, our group has gained expertise at developing low-temperature solution-based synthetic pathways to complex nanoscale solids, with particular emphasis on nanocrystalline intermetallic compounds. Our synthetic capabilities are providing tools to reproducibly generate intermetallic nanostructures with simultaneous control over crystal structure, composition, and morphology. This DOE-funded project aims to expand these capabilities to intermetallic superconductors. This could represent an important addition to the tools that are available for the synthesis and processing of intermetallic superconductors, which traditionally utilize high-temperature, high-pressure, thin film, or gas-phase vacuum deposition methods. Our current knowledge of intermetallic superconductors suggests that significant enhancements could result from the inherent benefits of low-temperature solution synthesis, e.g. metastable phase formation, control over nanoscale morphology to facilitate size-dependent property studies, robust and inexpensive processability, low-temperature annealing and consolidation, and impurity incorporation (for doping, stoichiometry control, flux pinning, and improving the critical fields). Our focus is on understanding the superconducting properties as a function of synthetic route, crystal structure, crystallite size, and morphology, and developing the synthetic tools necessary to accomplish this. This research program can currently be divided into two classes of superconducting materials: intermetallics (transition metal/post transition metal) and metal carbides/borides. Both involve the development and exploitation of low-temperature synthesis routes followed by detailed characterization of structures and properties, with the goal of understanding how the synthetic pathways influence key superconducting properties of selected target materials. Because of the low-temperature methods used to synthesize them and the nanocrystalline morphologies

  9. Concomitant use of polarization and positive phase contrast microscopy for the study of microbial cells.

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    Žižka, Zdeněk; Gabriel, Jiří

    2015-11-01

    Polarization and positive phase contrast microscope were concomitantly used in the study of the internal structure of microbial cells. Positive phase contrast allowed us to view even the fine cell structure with a refractive index approaching that of the surrounding environment, e.g., the cytoplasm, and transferred the invisible phase image to a visible amplitude image. With polarization microscopy, crossed polarizing filters together with compensators and a rotary stage showed the birefringence of different cell structures. Material containing algae was collected in ponds in Sýkořice and Zbečno villages (Křivoklát region). The objects were studied in laboratory microscopes LOMO MIN-8 Sankt Petersburg and Polmi A Carl Zeiss Jena fitted with special optics for positive phase contrast, polarizers, analyzers, compensators, rotary stages, and digital SLR camera Nikon D 70 for image capture. Anisotropic granules were found in the cells of flagellates of the order Euglenales, in green algae of the orders Chlorococcales and Chlorellales, and in desmid algae of the order Desmidiales. The cell walls of filamentous algae of the orders Zygnematales and Ulotrichales were found to exhibit significant birefringence; in addition, relatively small amounts of small granules were found in the cytoplasm. A typical shape-related birefringence of the cylindrical walls and the septa between the cells differed in intensity, which was especially apparent when using a Zeiss compensator RI-c during its successive double setting. In conclusion, the anisotropic granules found in the investigated algae mostly showed strong birefringence and varied in number, size, and location of the cells. Representatives of the order Chlorococcales contained the highest number of granules per cell, and the size of these granules was almost double than that of the other monitored microorganisms. Very strong birefringence was exhibited by cell walls of filamentous algae; it differed in the intensity

  10. Zn13(CrxAl1-x)27 (x = 0.34-0.37): a new intermetallic phase containing icosahedra as building units

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    Thimmaiah, Srinivasa; Han, Mi-Kyung; Miller, Gordon J.

    2011-03-13

    The title compounds Zn{sub 13}(Cr{sub x}Al{sub 1-x}){sub 27} (x = 0.34-0.37) were obtained by melting the pure elements at 923 K, and followed by a heat treatment at 723 K in a tantalum container. According to single crystal structural analysis, the title compounds crystallize in the rhombohedral system, adopting a new structure type (R-3m, a = 7.5971(8), c = 36.816(6), for crystal I). Single crystal X-ray structural analysis reveals a statistical mixing of Cr/Al in their crystallographic positions. Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction as well as energy dispersive X-ray analyses suggested the title phase to have a narrow homogeneity range. The substructure of Zn{sub 13}(Cr{sub x}Al{sub 1-x}){sub 27} shows close resemblance with the Mn{sub 3}Al{sub 10} structure type. A bonding analysis, through crystal orbital Hamiltonian populations (COHPs), of 'Cr{sub 9}Al{sub 18}Zn{sub 13}' as a representative composition indicated that both homo- and heteronuclear interactions are important for the stability of this new phase.

  11. A simple method for the synthesis of a polar-embedded and polar-endcapped reversed-phase chromatographic packing with low activity of residue silanols.

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    Liu, Hai-Yan; Li, Zhi-Yong; Liu, Dan; Xue, Ying-Wen; Shi, Zhi-Guo

    2016-04-22

    Octadecyl bonded silica (ODS) is the most popular packing for reversed-phase chromatography. However, it generally demonstrates bad resolution for polar analytes because of the residue silanols and its poor stability in aqueous mobile phase. To address the problem, a new reversed-phase packing containing both polar-embedded and polar-endcapped moieties was proposed. It was prepared by a very simple method, in which the epoxide addition reaction of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane with 1-octadecanethiol proceeded simultaneously with the reaction of silane coupling onto silica particles. By controlling the molecular ratio of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane to 1-octadecanethiol higher than 1.0 (1.56 for the present study), both polar-embedded and polar-endcapped moieties were achieved onto the packing. The performance of the packing was evaluated in detail. The results demonstrated that neutral, acidic and basic analytes were well separated on the packing. The column efficiency for phenanthrene was 34,200 theoretical plates per meter. In addition, four nucleotides can be separated in 100% phosphate buffered saline solution with good reproducibility, which indicates the packing has good stability in aqueous mobile phase. Amitriptyline, a typical basic analytes, was eluted out with relatively symmetric peak shape (asymmetry factor of 1.36), which implies that the packing has not suffered from the negative effect of residue silanols significantly. Good stability in buffer solution of pH ranging from 2.0 to 10.0 was also documented for the packing. PMID:27033982

  12. Polarization transfer solid-state NMR for studying surfactant phase behavior.

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    Nowacka, Agnieszka; Mohr, Parveen Choudhary; Norrman, Jens; Martin, Rachel W; Topgaard, Daniel

    2010-11-16

    The phase behavior of amphiphiles, e.g., lipids and surfactants, at low water content is of great interest for many technical and pharmaceutical applications. When put in contact with air having a moderate relative humidity, amphiphiles often exhibit coexistence between solid and liquid crystalline phases, making their complete characterization difficult. This study describes a (13)C solid-state NMR technique for the investigation of amphiphile phase behavior in the water-poor regime. While the (13)C chemical shift is an indicator of molecular conformation, the (13)C signal intensities obtained with the CP and INEPT polarization transfer schemes yield information on molecular dynamics. A theoretical analysis incorporating the effect of molecular segment reorientation, with the correlation time τ(c) and order parameter S, shows that INEPT is most efficient for mobile segments with τ(c) < 0.01 μs and S < 0.05, while CP yields maximal signal for rigid segments with τ(c) > 10 μs and/or S > 0.5 under typical solid-state NMR experimental conditions. For liquid crystalline phases, where τ(c) < 0.01 μs and 0 < S < 0.3, the observed CP and INEPT intensities serve as a gauge of S. The combination of information on molecular conformation and dynamics permits facile phase diagram determination for systems with solid crystalline, solid amorphous, anisotropic liquid crystalline, and isotropic liquid (crystalline) phases as demonstrated by experiments on a series of reference systems with known phase structure. Three solid phases (anhydrous crystal, dihydrate, gel), two anisotropic liquid crystalline phases (normal hexagonal, lamellar), and two isotropic liquid crystalline phases (micellar cubic, bicontinuous cubic) are identified in the temperature-composition phase diagram of the cetyltrimethylammonium succinate/water system. Replacing the succinate counterion with DNA prevents the formation of phases other than hexagonal and leads to a general increase of τ(c). PMID

  13. A low cost design to eliminate polarization induced phase shift for dual Mach-Zehnder fiber interferometer

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    Li, Rui; Liang, Sheng; Liu, Qianzhe; Xiao, Wen

    2015-08-01

    In dual Mach-Zehnder interferometer (DMZI) system, polarization induced phase shift (PIPS) leads to a big location error. Traditional approaches adopt polarization controller (PC) to eliminate PIPS by controlling polarization state (PS) of light source. Through establishing the influence model of input light PS and equivalent polarization parameters of sensing cable on interference signals, an approach using a simplified polarization controller (PC) to obtain high location accuracy is proposed. The simplified PC is composed of a polarizer and a fiber-fused half-wave plate and can provide a linearly polarized light with azimuth angle controlled. Simulation and experiment indicate that the proposed method and PC design not only has capability of eliminating PIPS, but also has the benefits of low cost and easy control.

  14. Universal polarization terahertz phase controllers using randomly aligned liquid crystal cells with graphene electrodes.

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    Sasaki, Tomoyuki; Noda, Kohei; Kawatsuki, Nobuhiro; Ono, Hiroshi

    2015-04-01

    We present a universal polarization terahertz (THz) phase controller using a randomly aligned liquid crystal (LC) cell with graphene electrodes. The LC cell was fabricated using a nematic LC and two quartz substrates that were coated with a monolayer of graphene as the transparent electrode. The LC in the cell was prepared without any alignment treatments and was randomly aligned. The size of the random domains and the width of the disclination lines in the LC layer were several tens of microns. These textures disappeared when an alternating voltage was applied to the LC through the graphene layers. Using a THz time domain spectroscopic technique, we investigated the complex transmittance of the LC cell. The LC cell was highly transparent in the THz frequency range, and there was little change in the transmittance with the applied voltage. This indicated that the scattering loss originating in the randomly aligned LC molecules was small for the THz waves. We also demonstrated that the THz phase shift could be controlled by the applied voltage. The amplitude of the phase shift was explained by the ordinary and extraordinary refractive indices of the LC. These LC cells with graphene electrodes can be used to realize universal polarization THz phase controllers because of the random alignment. PMID:25831380

  15. Intermetallic-Based High-Temperature Materials

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    Sikka, V.K.

    1999-04-25

    The intermetallic-based alloys for high-temperature applications are introduced. General characteristics of intermetallics are followed by identification of nickel and iron aluminides as the most practical alloys for commercial applications. An overview of the alloy compositions, melting processes, and mechanical properties for nickel and iron aluminizes are presented. The current applications and commercial producers of nickel and iron aluminizes are given. A brief description of the future prospects of intermetallic-based alloys is also given.

  16. Probing local and global ferroelectric phase stability and polarization switching in ordered macroporous PZT

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    Mclachlan, Martyn A.; McComb, D W; Ryan, Mary P.; Morozovska, Anna N; Eliseev, E. A.; Payzant, E Andrew; Jesse, Stephen; Seal, Katyayani; Kalinin, Sergei V

    2011-01-01

    We describe the characterization, ferroelectric phase stability and polarization switching in strain-free macroscopic assemblies of 50-100 nm wide PbZr0.3Ti0.7O3 (PZT) nanostructures (ferroelectric nanosponges). The structures present uniquely large areas and volumes of PZT where the microstructure is spatially modulated and the composition is homogeneous. Variable temperature powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies show that the global structure is tetragonal at room temperature and undergoes a reversible tetragonal to cubic phase transition on heating/cooling. Our studies indicate that this transition temperature is 30-50 C lower than unstructured PZT of the same composition. To characterize and confirm that the structures are ferroelectric we have utilized piezoresponse force spectroscopy and we demonstrate that the switching polarization can be spatially mapped within the structures. Corresponding polarization distributions have been calculated for the bulk and nanostructured materials using a two-parameter direct variational method based on Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire equation. Our studies correlate global and local characterization of ferroelectric nanostructures revealing that in the nanosponges tetragonal and ferroelectric PZT is stabilized and open a pathway for effective studies of nanoscale ferroelectrics in large volumes.

  17. A Laboratory Study on the Phase Transition for Polar Stratospheric Cloud Particles

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    Teets, Edward H., Jr.

    1997-01-01

    The nucleation and growth of different phases of simulated polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) particles were investigated in the laboratory. Solutions and mixtures of solutions at concentrations 1 to 5 m (molality) of ammonium sulfate, ammonium bisulfate, sodium chloride, sulfuric acid, and nitric acid were supercooled to prescribed temperatures below their equilibrium melting point. These solutions were contained in small diameter glass tubing of volumes ranging from 2.6 to 0.04 ml. Samples were nucleated by insertion of an ice crystal, or in some cases by a liquid nitrogen cooled wire. Crystallization velocities were determined by timing the crystal growth front passages along the glass tubing. Solution mixtures containing aircraft exhaust (soot) were also examined. Crystallization rates increased as deltaT2, where deltaT is the supercooling for weak solutions (2 m or less). The higher concentrated solutions (greater than 3 m) showed rates significantly less than deltaT2. This reduced rate suggested an onset of a glass phase. Results were applied to the nucleation of highly concentrated solutions at various stages of polar stratospheric cloud development within the polar stratosphere.

  18. Polarization lidar observations of backscatter phase matrices from oriented ice crystals and rain.

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    Hayman, Matthew; Spuler, Scott; Morley, Bruce

    2014-07-14

    Oriented particles can exhibit different polarization properties than randomly oriented particles. These properties cannot be resolved by conventional polarization lidar systems and are capable of corrupting the interpretation of depolarization ratio measurements. Additionally, the typical characteristics of backscatter phase matrices from atmospheric oriented particles are not well established. The National Center for Atmospheric Research High Spectral Resolution Lidar was outfitted in spring of 2012 to measure the backscatter phase matrix, allowing it to fully characterize the polarization properties of oriented particles. The lidar data analyzed here considers operation at 4°, 22° and 32° off zenith in Boulder, CO, USA (40.0°N,105.2°W). The HSRL has primarily observed oriented ice crystal signatures at lidar tilt angles near 32° off zenith which corresponds to an expected peak in backscatter from horizontally oriented plates. The maximum occurrence frequency of oriented ice crystals is measured at 5 km, where 2% of clouds produced significant oriented ice signatures by exhibiting diattenuation in their scattering matrices. The HSRL also observed oriented particle characteristics of rain at all three tilt angles. Oriented signatures in rain are common at all three tilt angles. As many as 70% of all rain observations made at 22° off zenith exhibited oriented signatures. The oriented rain signatures exhibit significant linear diattenuation and retardance. PMID:25090513

  19. Polarity-based fractionation in proteomics: hydrophilic interaction vs reversed-phase liquid chromatography.

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    Jafari, M; Mirzaie, M; Khodabandeh, M; Rezadoost, H; Ghassempour, A; Aboul-Enein, H Y

    2016-07-01

    During recent decades, hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) ahs been introduced to fractionate or purify especially polar solutes such as peptides and proteins while reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) is also a common strategy. RPLC is also a common dimension in multidimensional chromatography. In this study, the potential of HILIC vs RPLC chromatography was compared for proteome mapping of human peripheral blood mononuclear cell extract. In HILIC a silica-based stationary phase and for RPLC a C18 column were applied. Then separated proteins were eluted to an ion trap mass spectrometry system. Our results showed that the HILIC leads to more proteins being identified in comparison to RPLC. Among the total 181 identified proteins, 56 and 38 proteins were fractionated specifically by HILIC and RPLC, respectively. In order to demonstrate this, the physicochemical properties of identified proteins such as polarity and hydrophobicity were considered. This analysis indicated that polarity may play a major role in the HILIC separation of proteins vs RPLC. Using gene ontology enrichment analysis, it was also observed that differences in physicochemical properties conform to the cellular compartment and biological features. Finally, this study highlighted the potential of HILIC and the great orthogonality of RPLC in gel-free proteomic studies. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26555197

  20. Enhanced ferroelectric polarization and possible morphotrophic phase boundary in PZT-based alloys

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    Parker, David S.; Singh, David; McGuire, Michael A.; Herklotz, Andreas; Ward, Thomas Zac

    2016-05-16

    We present a combined theoretical and experimental study of alloys of the high performance piezoelectric PZT (PbZr0.5Ti0.5O3) with BZnT (BiZn0.5Ti0.5O3) and BZnZr (BiZn0.5Zr0.5O3), focusing on atomic displacements, ferroelectric polarization, and elastic stability. From theory we find that the 75-25 PZT-BZnT alloy has substantially larger cation displacements, and hence ferroelectric polarization than the PZT base material, on the tetragonal side of the phase diagram. We also find a possible morphotrophic phase boundary in this system by comparing displacement patterns and optimized c/a ratios. Elastic stability calculations find the structures to be essentially stable. Lastly, experiments indicate the feasibility of sample synthesismore » within this alloy system, although measurements do not find significant polarization, probably due to a large coercive field.« less

  1. Phase dynamics in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with delayed optical feedback and cross-polarized reinjection

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    Javaloyes, J.; Marconi, M.; Giudici, M.

    2014-08-01

    We study theoretically the nonlinear polarization dynamics of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers in the presence of an external cavity providing delayed optical feedback and cross-polarized reinjection. We show that, far from the laser threshold, the dynamics remains confined close to the equatorial plane of a Poincaré sphere with a fixed radius. It entails that the evolution of the system is described by two phase variables: the orientation phase of the quasilinear polarization and the optical phase of the field. We explore the complex modal structure given by the double reinjection configuration and how it evolves between the cases of single cross-polarized reinjection and single optical feedback, hence disclosing the relationship with the Lang-Kobayashi model. We also reinterpret the square-wave switching observed by J. Mulet et al. [Phys. Rev. A 76, 043801 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevA.76.043801] in terms of phase kinks.

  2. Barkhausen-like antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition driven by spin polarized current

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    Suzuki, Ippei; Naito, Tomoyuki; Itoh, Mitsuru; Taniyama, Tomoyasu

    2015-08-24

    We provide clear evidence for the effect of a spin polarized current on the antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition of an FeRh wire at Co/FeRh wire junctions, where the antiferromagnetic ground state of FeRh is suppressed by injecting a spin polarized current. We find a discrete change in the current-voltage characteristics with increasing current density, which we attribute to the Barkhausen-like motion of antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic interfaces within the FeRh wire. The effect can be understood via spin transfer, which exerts a torque to the antiferromagnetic moments of FeRh, together with non-equilibrium magnetic effective field at the interface. The conclusion is reinforced by the fact that spin unpolarized current injection from a nonmagnetic Cu electrode has no effects on the antiferromagnetic state of FeRh.

  3. Barkhausen-like antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition driven by spin polarized current

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    Suzuki, Ippei; Naito, Tomoyuki; Itoh, Mitsuru; Taniyama, Tomoyasu

    2015-08-01

    We provide clear evidence for the effect of a spin polarized current on the antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition of an FeRh wire at Co/FeRh wire junctions, where the antiferromagnetic ground state of FeRh is suppressed by injecting a spin polarized current. We find a discrete change in the current-voltage characteristics with increasing current density, which we attribute to the Barkhausen-like motion of antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic interfaces within the FeRh wire. The effect can be understood via spin transfer, which exerts a torque to the antiferromagnetic moments of FeRh, together with non-equilibrium magnetic effective field at the interface. The conclusion is reinforced by the fact that spin unpolarized current injection from a nonmagnetic Cu electrode has no effects on the antiferromagnetic state of FeRh.

  4. Phase-conjugation and self-oscillation with copropagating cross-polarized beams

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    Vallet, M.; Pinard, M.; Grynberg, G.

    1991-03-01

    We present the result of an experiment on optical phase conjugation made with a probe beam propagating in the same direction as the forward pump beam but having an orthogonal polarization. Using the difference of polarization, we separate the reflected beam from the backward pump beam. Is is shown that the amplitude of the reflected beam is the sum of two components, one proportional to the conjugate of the probe and one proportional to the amplitude of the probe. The experiment is done in sodium vapor and reflectivities larger than 350% have been observed near the D 1 transition. Weaker reflectivities due to a less efficient optical pumping are obtained near the D 2 line. We also describe the characteristics of the cw oscillation that appears between the Na cell and a mirror.

  5. Strain-induced phase transition and electron spin-polarization in graphene spirals

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    Zhang, Xiaoming; Zhao, Mingwen

    2014-01-01

    Spin-polarized triangular graphene nanoflakes (t-GNFs) serve as ideal building blocks for the long-desired ferromagnetic graphene superlattices, but they are always assembled to planar structures which reduce its mechanical properties. Here, by joining t-GNFs in a spiral way, we propose one-dimensional graphene spirals (GSs) with superior mechanical properties and tunable electronic structures. We demonstrate theoretically the unique features of electron motion in the spiral lattice by means of first-principles calculations combined with a simple Hubbard model. Within a linear elastic deformation range, the GSs are nonmagnetic metals. When the axial tensile strain exceeds an ultimate strain, however, they convert to magnetic semiconductors with stable ferromagnetic ordering along the edges. Such strain-induced phase transition and tunable electron spin-polarization revealed in the GSs open a new avenue for spintronics devices. PMID:25027550

  6. A polarization independent phase gradient metasurface for spoof plasmon polaritons coupling

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    Wu, Chenjun; Cheng, Yongzhi; Wang, Wenying; He, Bo; Gong, Rongzhou

    2016-02-01

    A polarization-independent phase-gradient metasurface (PGM) is proposed, and theoretically as well as experimentally investigated, for realizing spoof surface plasmon polariton (SPP) coupling. The designed PGM is a periodic array comprising a dielectric substrate sandwiched between a metallic split cross structure and a continuous metallic film. The numerical results for the designed PGM indicate that normally incident electromagnetic waves can be efficiently coupled into spoof SPPs, since the additional wave vector generated by the designed PGM is greater than that of the incident waves. Both simulations and experiments demonstrate that the designed PGM, as a spoof SPP coupler, is insensitive to polarization, and highly efficient under normally incident X-band radiation.

  7. Apparatus and method for phase fronts based on superluminal polarization current

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    Singleton, John; Ardavan, Houshang; Ardavan, Arzhang

    2012-02-28

    An apparatus and method for a radiation source involving phase fronts emanating from an accelerated, oscillating polarization current whose distribution pattern moves superluminally (that is, faster than light in vacuo). Theoretical predictions and experimental measurements using an existing prototype superluminal source show that the phase fronts from such a source can be made to be very complex. Consequently, it will be very difficult for an aircraft imaged by such a radiation to detect where this radiation has come from. Moreover, the complexity of the phase fronts makes it almost impossible for electronics on an aircraft to synthesize a rogue reflection. A simple directional antenna and timing system should, on the other hand, be sufficient for the radar operators to locate the aircraft, given knowledge of their own source's speed and modulation pattern.

  8. Polarization dependence of phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometry and its suppression method based on orthogonal-state of polarization pulse pair

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    Zhang, Yixin; Xu, Yemian; Shan, Yuanyuan; Sun, Zhenhong; Zhu, Fan; Zhang, Xuping

    2016-07-01

    Phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometry (Φ-OTDR) has been widely used in various applications for its distributed measurement capability of dynamic disturbance along the entire sensing fiber. Commonly, the sensing system is considered to be only sensitive to the phase change and capable of detecting multiple vibration events. In application, once any of the vibration events leads to a local birefringence change, the polarization evolution of the signal will be disturbed along the following fiber, which will result in the generation of polarization-related noise and the failure of identification for multipoint vibration events. We will reveal the polarization-dependence of Φ-OTDR both theoretically and experimentally. To suppress the polarization-dependence of Φ-OTDR, an orthogonal-state of polarization pulse pair method has been proposed, making the sensing system purely phase-sensitive. The experiment result has shown that maximum noise suppression ratio of 11.2 dB and mean noise suppression ratio of 4.9 dB could be achieved, which confirmed the validity of the proposed method.

  9. Cluster expansion of fcc Pd-V intermetallics

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    de Fontaine, D.; Wolverton, C.; Ceder, G. ); Dreysse, H. . Lab. de Physique du Solide)

    1991-06-01

    A cluster expansion is used to compute fcc ground states from first principles for the Pd-V system. Intermetallic structures are not assumed but derived rigorously by minimizing the configurational energy subject to linear constraints. A large number of concentration-independent interactions are calculated by the method of direct configurational averaging. Agreement with the fcc-based portion of the experimentally-determined Pd-V phase diagram is quite satisfactory. 25 refs., 2 figs.

  10. Broadband polarization-independent perfect absorber using a phase-change metamaterial at visible frequencies.

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    Cao, Tun; Wei, Chen-wei; Simpson, Robert E; Zhang, Lei; Cryan, Martin J

    2014-01-01

    We report a broadband polarization-independent perfect absorber with wide-angle near unity absorbance in the visible regime. Our structure is composed of an array of thin Au squares separated from a continuous Au film by a phase change material (Ge2Sb2Te5) layer. It shows that the near perfect absorbance is flat and broad over a wide-angle incidence up to 80° for either transverse electric or magnetic polarization due to a high imaginary part of the dielectric permittivity of Ge2Sb2Te5. The electric field, magnetic field and current distributions in the absorber are investigated to explain the physical origin of the absorbance. Moreover, we carried out numerical simulations to investigate the temporal variation of temperature in the Ge2Sb2Te5 layer and to show that the temperature of amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5 can be raised from room temperature to > 433 K (amorphous-to-crystalline phase transition temperature) in just 0.37 ns with a low light intensity of 95 nW/μm(2), owing to the enhanced broadband light absorbance through strong plasmonic resonances in the absorber. The proposed phase-change metamaterial provides a simple way to realize a broadband perfect absorber in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) regions and is important for a number of applications including thermally controlled photonic devices, solar energy conversion and optical data storage. PMID:24492415

  11. Broadband Polarization-Independent Perfect Absorber Using a Phase-Change Metamaterial at Visible Frequencies

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    Cao, Tun; Wei, Chen-wei; Simpson, Robert E.; Zhang, Lei; Cryan, Martin J.

    2014-01-01

    We report a broadband polarization-independent perfect absorber with wide-angle near unity absorbance in the visible regime. Our structure is composed of an array of thin Au squares separated from a continuous Au film by a phase change material (Ge2Sb2Te5) layer. It shows that the near perfect absorbance is flat and broad over a wide-angle incidence up to 80° for either transverse electric or magnetic polarization due to a high imaginary part of the dielectric permittivity of Ge2Sb2Te5. The electric field, magnetic field and current distributions in the absorber are investigated to explain the physical origin of the absorbance. Moreover, we carried out numerical simulations to investigate the temporal variation of temperature in the Ge2Sb2Te5 layer and to show that the temperature of amorphous Ge2Sb2Te5 can be raised from room temperature to > 433 K (amorphous-to-crystalline phase transition temperature) in just 0.37 ns with a low light intensity of 95 nW/μm2, owing to the enhanced broadband light absorbance through strong plasmonic resonances in the absorber. The proposed phase-change metamaterial provides a simple way to realize a broadband perfect absorber in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) regions and is important for a number of applications including thermally controlled photonic devices, solar energy conversion and optical data storage. PMID:24492415

  12. tert-Butyl Carbocation in Condensed Phases: Stabilization via Hyperconjugation, Polarization, and Hydrogen Bonding.

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    Stoyanov, Evgenii S; Gomes, Gabriel dos Passos

    2015-08-13

    Despite the seeming similarity of the infrared (IR) spectra between tert-butyl cations (t-Bu(+)) in gaseous and condensed phases, there are important but so far unrecognized differences. The IR spectroscopic investigation of the hydrogen (H)-bonding of t-Bu(+) with the immediate environment together with the X-ray crystallographic data shows that one CH3 group of t-Bu(+) differs from the other two. In the Ar-tagged t-Bu(+) in vacuum, this group is predominantly polarized, showing three C-H stretch vibrations at 2913, 2965, and 3036 cm(-1) whereas the other two methyls are predominantly involved in strong hyperconjugation, yielding an intense triple IR band with a maximum at 2839 cm(-1). In a condensed phase, the bulk solvent effect promoted participation of the polarized CH3 group in additional hyperconjugation, decreasing its νCH3 frequencies by approximately 120 cm(-1), whereas frequencies of the other CH3 groups decreased by only ca. 4-10 cm(-1). This observation indicates that the influence of the condensed phase on t-Bu(+) stabilization is substantial. Thus, enhancement of H-bonding between t-Bu(+) and Anion(-) strengthens hyperconjugation and promotes further cation stabilization. PMID:26172244

  13. Development of Polar Order in the Liquid Crystal Phases of a 4-Cyanoresorcinol-Based Bent-Core Mesogen with Fluorinated Azobenzene Wings.

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    Alaasar, Mohamed; Prehm, Marko; Tamba, Maria-Gabriela; Sebastián, Nerea; Eremin, Alexey; Tschierske, Carsten

    2016-01-18

    A bent-core mesogen consisting of a 4-cyanoresorcinol unit as the central core and laterally fluorinated azobenzene wings forms four different smectic LC phase structures in the sequence SmA-SmCs -SmCs PAR -M, all involving polar SmCs PS domains with growing coherence length of tilt and polar order on decreasing temperature. The SmA phase is a cluster-type de Vries phase with randomized tilt and polar direction; in the paraelectric SmCs phase the tilt becomes uniform, although polar order is still short-range. Increasing polar correlation leads to a new tilted and randomized polar smectic phase with antipolar correlation between the domains (SmCs PAR ) which then transforms into a viscous polar mesophase M. As another interesting feature, spontaneous symmetry breaking by formation of a conglomerate of chiral domains is observed in the non-polar paraelectric SmCs phase. PMID:26581648

  14. Method for making devices having intermetallic structures and intermetallic devices made thereby

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    Paul, Brian Kevin; Wilson, Richard Dean; Alman, David Eli

    2004-01-06

    A method and system for making a monolithic intermetallic structure are presented. The structure is made from lamina blanks which comprise multiple layers of metals which are patternable, or intermetallic lamina blanks that are patternable. Lamina blanks are patterned, stacked and registered, and processed to form a monolithic intermetallic structure. The advantages of a patterned monolithic intermetallic structure include physical characteristics such as melting temperature, thermal conductivity, and corrosion resistance. Applications are broad, and include among others, use as a microreactor, heat recycling device, and apparatus for producing superheated steam. Monolithic intermetallic structures may contain one or more catalysts within the internal features.

  15. Self-consistent relativistic random-phase approximation with vacuum polarization

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    Haga, A.; Toki, H.; Tamenaga, S.; Horikawa, Y.; Yadav, H.L.

    2005-09-01

    We present a theoretical formulation for the description of nuclear excitations within the framework of a relativistic random-phase approximation whereby the vacuum polarization arising from nucleon-antinucleon fields is duly accounted for. The vacuum contribution to the Lagrangian is explicitly described as extra new terms of interacting mesons by means of the derivative expansion of the effective action. It is shown that the self-consistent calculation yields zero eigenvalue for the spurious isoscalar-dipole state and also conserves the vector-current density.

  16. Dispersion characterization of group birefringence in polarization-maintaining fiber using a Kerr phase-interrogator

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    Lu, Yang; Baker, Chams; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2015-07-01

    We present a new approach to characterize dispersion of group birefringence in a long polarization-maintaining fiber (PMF). Two sinusoidal optical signals are respectively launched into fast and slow axes of a PMF under test. Wavelength dependent group-delay difference between two sinusoidal optical signals induced by group birefringence in the PMF is measured using a Kerr phase-interrogator, and dispersion of group birefringence is characterized from the group-delay difference. Measurements of wavelength dependent group birefringence and group birefringence dispersion for a 459.4-m Panda PMF are experimentally demonstrated.

  17. Circularly polarized carrier-envelope-phase stable attosecond pulse generation based on coherent undulator radiation.

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    Tóth, Gy; Tibai, Z; Nagy-Csiha, Zs; Márton, Zs; Almási, G; Hebling, J

    2015-09-15

    In this Letter, we present a new method for generation of circularly polarized attosecond pulses. According to our calculations, shape-controlled, carrier-envelope-phase stable pulses of several hundred nanojoule energy could be produced by exploitation of the coherent undulator radiation of an electron bunch. Our calculations are based on an existing particle accelerator system (FLASH II in DESY, Germany). We investigated the energy dependence of the attosecond pulses on the energy of electrons and the parameters of the radiator undulator, which generate the electromagnetic radiation. PMID:26371925

  18. Cycle of phase, coherence and polarization singularities in Young's three-pinhole experiment.

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    Pang, Xiaoyan; Gbur, Greg; Visser, Taco D

    2015-12-28

    It is now well-established that a variety of singularities can be characterized and observed in optical wavefields. It is also known that these phase singularities, polarization singularities and coherence singularities are physically related, but the exact nature of their relationship is still somewhat unclear. We show how a Young-type three-pinhole interference experiment can be used to create a continuous cycle of transformations between classes of singularities, often accompanied by topological reactions in which different singularities are created and annihilated. This arrangement serves to clarify the relationships between the different singularity types, and provides a simple tool for further exploration. PMID:26832065

  19. Frequency-dependent polarization-angle-phase-shift in the microwave-induced magnetoresistance oscillations

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    Liu, Han-Chun; Ye, Tianyu; Mani, R. G.; Wegscheider, W.

    2015-02-14

    Linear polarization angle, θ, dependent measurements of the microwave radiation-induced oscillatory magnetoresistance, R{sub xx}, in high mobility GaAs/AlGaAs 2D electron devices have shown a θ dependence in the oscillatory amplitude along with magnetic field, frequency, and extrema-dependent phase shifts, θ{sub 0}. Here, we suggest a microwave frequency dependence of θ{sub 0}(f) using an analysis that averages over other smaller contributions, when those contributions are smaller than estimates of the experimental uncertainty.

  20. Thermomechanical processing of plasma sprayed intermetallic sheets

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    Hajaligol, Mohammad R.; Scorey, Clive; Sikka, Vinod K.; Deevi, Seetharama C.; Fleischhauer, Grier; Lilly, Jr., A. Clifton; German, Randall M.

    2001-01-01

    A powder metallurgical process of preparing a sheet from a powder having an intermetallic alloy composition such as an iron, nickel or titanium aluminide. The sheet can be manufactured into electrical resistance heating elements having improved room temperature ductility, electrical resistivity, cyclic fatigue resistance, high temperature oxidation resistance, low and high temperature strength, and/or resistance to high temperature sagging. The iron aluminide has an entirely ferritic microstructure which is free of austenite and can include, in weight %, 4 to 32% Al, and optional additions such as .ltoreq.1% Cr, .gtoreq.0.05% Zr .ltoreq.2% Ti, .ltoreq.2% Mo, .ltoreq.1% Ni, .ltoreq.0.75% C, .ltoreq.0.1% B, .ltoreq.1% submicron oxide particles and/or electrically insulating or electrically conductive covalent ceramic particles, .ltoreq.1% rare earth metal, and/or .ltoreq.3% Cu. The process includes forming a non-densified metal sheet by consolidating a powder having an intermetallic alloy composition such as by roll compaction, tape casting or plasma spraying, forming a cold rolled sheet by cold rolling the non-densified metal sheet so as to increase the density and reduce the thickness thereof and annealing the cold rolled sheet. The powder can be a water, polymer or gas atomized powder which is subjecting to sieving and/or blending with a binder prior to the consolidation step. After the consolidation step, the sheet can be partially sintered. The cold rolling and/or annealing steps can be repeated to achieve the desired sheet thickness and properties. The annealing can be carried out in a vacuum furnace with a vacuum or inert atmosphere. During final annealing, the cold rolled sheet recrystallizes to an average grain size of about 10 to 30 .mu.m. Final stress relief annealing can be carried out in the B2 phase temperature range.

  1. Polarization transport of transverse acoustic waves: Berry phase and spin Hall effect of phonons

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    Bliokh, K. Yu.; Freilikher, V. D.

    2006-11-01

    We carry out a detailed analysis of the short-wave (semiclassical) approximation for the linear equations of the elasticity in a smoothly inhomogeneous isotropic medium. It is shown that the polarization properties of the transverse waves are completely analogous to those of electromagnetic waves and can be considered as spin properties of optical phonons. In particular, the Hamiltonian of the transverse waves contains an additional term of the phonon spin-orbit interaction arising from the Berry gauge potential in the momentum space. This potential is diagonal in the basis of the circularly polarized waves and corresponds to the field of two “magnetic monopoles” of opposite signs for phonons of opposite helicities. This leads to the appearance of the Berry phase in the equation for the polarization evolution and an additional “anomalous velocity” term in the ray equations. The anomalous velocity has the form of the “Lorentz force” caused by the Berry gauge field in momentum space and gives rise to the transverse transport of waves of opposite helicities in opposite directions. This is a manifestation of the spin Hall effect of optical phonons. The effect directly relates to the conservation of total angular momentum of phonons and also influences reflection from a sharp boundary (acoustic analog of the transverse Ferdorov-Imbert shift).

  2. Ionic liquids-based crosslinked copolymer sorbents for headspace solid-phase microextraction of polar alcohols.

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    Feng, Juanjuan; Sun, Min; Wang, Xusheng; Liu, Xia; Jiang, Shengxiang

    2012-07-01

    Halogen-based polymeric ionic liquid (PIL) fibers, which have proved efficient for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) of polar compounds, were with very limited fiber lifetimes. In this work, a novel crosslinked PIL sorbent with satisfactory stability and durability was prepared in situ via crosslinking polymerization processes on microstructured-silver coated stainless steel wire. 1,1'-(1,6-Hexanediyl)bis(1-vinylimidazolium) bibromide ionic liquid was synthesized and used as the crosslinking agent, with 1-vinyl-3-octylimidazolium bromide as monomer. Extraction properties of the fiber for polar alcohols in polar aqueous matrix were examined using headspace SPME (HS-SPME) coupled to gas chromatography-flame ionization detection (GC-FID). Under the optimized extraction and desorption conditions, the established method exhibited high extraction capacity. Wide linear ranges were obtained with correlation coefficients (R) ranging from 0.9947 to 0.9999. Limits of detection were in the range of 0.5-20 μg L⁻¹. Compared with the non-crosslinked PIL fiber, the proposed crosslinked PIL fiber was with higher thermal stability and durability and longer lifetime. Four different liquor beverages were analyzed as real samples and good results were obtained. PMID:22673810

  3. Suppressors made from intermetallic materials

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    Klett, James W; Muth, Thomas R; Cler, Dan L

    2014-11-04

    Disclosed are several examples of apparatuses for suppressing the blast and flash produced as a projectile is expelled by gases from a firearm. In some examples, gases are diverted away from the central chamber to an expansion chamber by baffles. The gases are absorbed by the expansion chamber and desorbed slowly, thus decreasing pressure and increasing residence time of the gases. In other examples, the gases impinge against a plurality of rods before expanding through passages between the rods to decrease the pressure and increase the residence time of the gases. These and other exemplary suppressors are made from an intermetallic material composition for enhanced strength and oxidation resistance at high operational temperatures.

  4. A birefringent polarization modulator: Application to phase measurement in conoscopic interference patterns

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    Veiras, F. E.; Garea, M. T.; Perez, L. I.

    2016-04-01

    Conoscopic interferometry for crystal characterization is a very well-known technique with increasing applications in different fields of technology. The advantage of the scheme proposed here is the introduction of a polarization modulator that allows the recovery of the phase information contained in conoscopic interferograms. This represents a real advantage since the most relevant physical information of the sample under study is usually contained in the phase of the fringe pattern. Moreover, this technique works successfully even when there are no visible fringes. The setup employed is a simple conoscopic interferometer where the elements under study correspond to two birefringent crystal slabs and a commercial mica wave plate. It allows the crystals to be characterized and the wave plate retardance to be measured as a function of the angle of incidence. The modulator itself consists of a single tiltable crystal plate which, by means of phase shifting techniques, permits the recovery of a phase map for each sample. It is inexpensive and it can be easily calibrated, so it works with a wide range of phase shifting interferometry algorithms. We show that our scheme is easily adaptable to algorithms that require either a low or high amount of interferograms.

  5. Massive spalling of intermetallic compounds in solder-substrate reactions due to limited supply of the active element

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    Yang, S. C.; Ho, C. E.; Chang, C. W.; Kao, C. R.

    2007-04-15

    Massive spalling of intermetallic compounds has been reported in the literature for several solder/substrate systems, including SnAgCu soldered on Ni substrate, SnZn on Cu, high-Pb PbSn on Cu, and high-Pb PbSn on Ni. In this work, a unified thermodynamic argument is proposed to explain this rather unusual phenomenon. According to this argument, two necessary conditions must be met. The number one condition is that at least one of the reactive constituents of the solder must be present in a limited amount, and the second condition is that the soldering reaction has to be very sensitive to its concentration. With the growth of intermetallic, more and more atoms of this constituent are extracted out of the solder and incorporated into the intermetallic. As the concentration of this constituent decreases, the original intermetallic at the interface becomes a nonequilibrium phase, and the spalling of the original intermetallic occurs.

  6. Polar Effects Control the Gas-phase Reactivity of Charged para-Benzyne Analogs

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    Wittrig, Ashley M.; Archibold, Enada F.; Sheng, Huaming; Nash, John J.; Kenttämaa, Hilkka I.

    2014-01-01

    The gas-phase reactivity of charged para-benzynes is entirely unexplored as they and/or their precursors tend to undergo ring-opening upon their generation. We report here a gas-phase reactivity study of two such benzynes, the 2,5-didehydropyridinium and 5,8-didehydroisoquinolinium cations, generated in a modified dual-linear quadrupole ion trap (DLQIT) mass spectrometer. Both biradicals were found to form diagnostic products with organic molecules, indicating the presence of two radical sites. As opposed to earlier predictions that the singlet-triplet (S-T) splitting controls the radical reactivity of such species, the 2,5-didehydropyridinium cation reacts much faster in spite of its larger S-T splitting. Calculated vertical electron affinities of the radical sites of the para-benzynes, a parameter related to the polarity of the transition states of their reactions, appears to be the most important reactivity controlling factor. PMID:25838787

  7. Organization of the polarization splay modulated smectic liquid crystal phase by topographic confinement

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    Ki Yoon, Dong; Deb, Rajdeep; Chen, Dong; Körblova, Eva; Shao, Renfan; Ishikawa, Ken; Rao, Nandiraju V. S.; Walba, David M.; Smalyukh, Ivan I.; Clark, Noel A.

    2010-01-01

    Recently, the topographic patterning of surfaces by lithography and nanoimprinting has emerged as a new and powerful tool for producing single structural domains of liquid crystals and other soft materials. Here the use of surface topography is extended to the organization of liquid crystals of bent-core molecules, soft materials that, on the one hand, exhibit a rich, exciting, and intensely studied array of novel phases, but that, on the other hand, have proved very difficult to align. Among the most notorious in this regard are the polarization splay modulated (B7) phases, in which the symmetry-required preference for ferroelectric polarization to be locally bouquet-like or “splayed” is expressed. Filling space with splay of a single sign requires defects and in the B7 splay is accommodated in the form of periodic splay stripes spaced by defects and coupled to smectic layer undulations. Upon cooling from the isotropic phase this structure grows via a first order transition in the form of an exotic array of twisted filaments and focal conic defects that are influenced very little by classic alignment methods. By contrast, growth under conditions of confinement in rectangular topographic channels is found to produce completely new growth morphology, generating highly ordered periodic layering patterns. The resulting macroscopic order will be of great use in further exploration of the physical properties of bent-core phases and offers a route for application of difficult-to-align soft materials as are encountered in organic electronic and optical applications. PMID:21098307

  8. Polarization screening-induced magnetic phase gradients at complex oxide interfaces.

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    Spurgeon, Steven R; Balachandran, Prasanna V; Kepaptsoglou, Despoina M; Damodaran, Anoop R; Karthik, J; Nejati, Siamak; Jones, Lewys; Ambaye, Haile; Lauter, Valeria; Ramasse, Quentin M; Lau, Kenneth K S; Martin, Lane W; Rondinelli, James M; Taheri, Mitra L

    2015-01-01

    Thin-film oxide heterostructures show great potential for use in spintronic memories, where electronic charge and spin are coupled to transport information. Here we use a La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO)/PbZr0.2Ti0.8O3 (PZT) model system to explore how local variations in electronic and magnetic phases mediate this coupling. We present direct, local measurements of valence, ferroelectric polarization and magnetization, from which we map the phases at the LSMO/PZT interface. We combine these experimental results with electronic structure calculations to elucidate the microscopic interactions governing the interfacial response of this system. We observe a magnetic asymmetry at the LSMO/PZT interface that depends on the local PZT polarization and gives rise to gradients in local magnetic moments; this is associated with a metal-insulator transition at the interface, which results in significantly different charge-transfer screening lengths. This study establishes a framework to understand the fundamental asymmetries of magnetoelectric coupling in oxide heterostructures. PMID:25879160

  9. An experimental study of growth and phase change of polar stratospheric cloud particles

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    Hallett, John; Teets, Edward

    1992-01-01

    This report describes the progress made on understanding phase changes related to solutions which may comprise Polar Stratospheric Clouds. In particular, it is concerned with techniques for investigating specific classes of metastability and phase change which may be important not only in Polar Stratospheric Clouds but in all atmospheric aerosols in general. While the lower level atmospheric aerosol consists of mixtures of (NH4)(SO4)2, NH4HSO4, NaCl among others, there is evidence that aerosol at PSC levels is composed of acid aerosol, either injected from volcanic events (such as Pinatubo) or having diffused upward from the lower atmosphere. In particular, sulfuric acid and nitric acid are known to occur at PSC levels, and are suspected of catalyzing ozone destruction reactions by adsorption on surfaces of crystallized particles. The present study has centered on two approaches: (1) the extent of supercooling (with respect to ice) and supersaturation (with respect to hydrate) and the nature of crystal growth in acid solutions of specific molality; and (2) the nature of growth from the vapor of HNO3 - H2O crystals both on a substrate and on a pre-existing aerosol.

  10. Target tracking using log-polar transform-based shifted phase-encoded joint transform correlation

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    Islam, Mohammed Nazrul; Bitew, Worku T.

    2014-04-01

    Automatic target detection and tracking requires efficient recognition of the target pattern in variable environmental conditions. Optical joint transform correlation (JTC) method has been proven to be efficient in recognizing a target without requiring complex optical set up. However, the classical JTC suffers from poor correlation performance, which can be improved through the use of different and modified designs. A very successful scheme is developed by employing phase-shifted and phase-encoded fringe-adjusted JTC (SPFJTC), which provides with a high discrimination between a target and non-target objects in a given scene and better utilization of the space-bandwidth resource. Further enhancement of the target detection performance can be achieved by incorporating log-polar transform in the SPFJTC technique. We applied the SPFJTC technique to the log-polar transformation of both the reference image and the input scene that makes the pattern recognition invariant to rotation and scale variations. Peak-to-side lobe ratio is measured and a threshold operation is employed to detect and track a target in an unknown input scene.

  11. Superplastic ceramics and intermetallics and their potential applications

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    Wadsworth, J.; Nieh, T.G.

    1994-11-01

    Recent advances in the basic understanding of superplasticity and superplastic forming of ceramics and intermetallics are reviewed. Fine-grained superplastic ceramics, including yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal, Y- or MgO-doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} Hydroxyapatite, {beta}-spodumene glass ceramics, Al{sub 2}0{sub 3}-YTZP two-phase composites, SiC-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and Fe-Fe{sub 3}C composites, are discussed. Superplasticity in the nickel-base (e.g., Ni{sub 3}Al and Ni{sub 3}Si) and titanium-base intermetallics (TiAl and T1{sub 3}Al), is described. Deformation mechanisms as well as microstructural requirements and effects such as grain size, grain growth, and grain-boundary phases, on the superplastic deformation behavior am addressed. Factors that control the superplastic tensile elongation of ceramics are discussed. Superplastic forming, and particularly biaxial gas-pressure forming, of several ceramics and intermetallics are presented with comments on the likelihood of commercial application.

  12. Discontinuously reinforced intermetallic matrix composites via XD synthesis. [exothermal dispersion

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    Kumar, K. S.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1992-01-01

    A review is given of recent results obtained for discontinuously reinforced intermetallic matrix composites produced using the XD process. Intermetallic matrices investigated include NiAl, multiphase NiAl + Ni2AlTi, CoAl, near-gamma titanium aluminides, and Ll2 trialuminides containing minor amounts of second phase. Such mechanical properties as low and high temperature strength, compressive and tensile creep, elastic modulus, ambient ductility, and fracture toughness are discussed as functions of reinforcement size, shape, and volume fraction. Microstructures before and after deformation are examined and correlated with measured properties. An observation of interest in many of the systems examined is 'dispersion weakening' at high temperatures and high strain rates. This behavior is not specific to the XD process; rather similar observations have been reported in other discontinuous composites. Proposed mechanisms for this behavior are presented.

  13. Theoretical energy release of thermites, intermetallics, and combustible metals

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    Fischer, S.H.; Grubelich, M.C.

    1998-06-01

    Thermite (metal oxide) mixtures, intermetallic reactants, and metal fuels have long been used in pyrotechnic applications. Advantages of these systems typically include high energy density, impact insensitivity, high combustion temperature, and a wide range of gas production. They generally exhibit high temperature stability, and possess insensitive ignition properties. In this paper, the authors review the applications, benefits, and characteristics of thermite mixtures, intermetallic reactants, and metal fuels. Calculated values for reactant density, heat of reaction (per unit mass and per unit volume), and reaction temperature (without and with consideration of phase changes and the variation of specific heat values) are tabulated. These data are ranked in several ways, according to density, heat of reaction, reaction temperature, and gas production.

  14. Na-Au intermetallic compounds formed under high pressure at room temperature

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    Takemura, K.; Fujihisa, H.

    2011-07-01

    High-pressure powder x-ray diffraction experiments have revealed that sodium and gold react at room temperature and form Na-Au intermetallic compounds under high pressure. We have identified four intermetallic phases up to 60 GPa. The first phase (phase I) is the known Na2Au with the tetragonal CuAl2-type structure. It changed to the second phase (phase II) at ˜0.8 GPa, which has the composition Na3Au with the trigonal Cu3As-type or hexagonal Cu3P-type structure. Phase II further transformed to phase III at 3.6 GPa. Phase III has the same composition, Na3Au, with the cubic BiF3-type structure. Finally, phase III changed to phase IV at ˜54 GPa. Phase IV gives broad diffraction peaks, indicating large structural disorder.

  15. Anisotropic lattice response induced by a linearly-polarized femtosecond optical pulse excitation in interfacial phase change memory material

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    Makino, Kotaro; Saito, Yuta; Fons, Paul; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Nakano, Takashi; Tominaga, Junji; Hase, Muneaki

    2016-01-01

    Optical excitation of matter with linearly-polarized femtosecond pulses creates a transient non-equilibrium lattice displacement along a certain direction. Here, the pump and probe pulse polarization dependence of the photo-induced ultrafast lattice dynamics in (GeTe)2/(Sb2Te3)4 interfacial phase change memory material is investigated under obliquely incident conditions. Drastic pump polarization dependence of the coherent phonon amplitude is observed when the probe polarization angle is parallel to the c–axis of the sample, while the pump polarization dependence is negligible when the probe polarization angle is perpendicular to the c–axis. The enhancement of phonon oscillation amplitude due to pump polarization rotation for a specific probe polarization angle is only found in the early time stage (≤2 ps). These results indicate that the origin of the pump and probe polarization dependence is dominantly attributable to the anisotropically-formed photo-excited carriers which cause the directional lattice dynamics. PMID:26805401

  16. Anisotropic lattice response induced by a linearly-polarized femtosecond optical pulse excitation in interfacial phase change memory material.

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    Makino, Kotaro; Saito, Yuta; Fons, Paul; Kolobov, Alexander V; Nakano, Takashi; Tominaga, Junji; Hase, Muneaki

    2016-01-01

    Optical excitation of matter with linearly-polarized femtosecond pulses creates a transient non-equilibrium lattice displacement along a certain direction. Here, the pump and probe pulse polarization dependence of the photo-induced ultrafast lattice dynamics in (GeTe)2/(Sb2Te3)4 interfacial phase change memory material is investigated under obliquely incident conditions. Drastic pump polarization dependence of the coherent phonon amplitude is observed when the probe polarization angle is parallel to the c-axis of the sample, while the pump polarization dependence is negligible when the probe polarization angle is perpendicular to the c-axis. The enhancement of phonon oscillation amplitude due to pump polarization rotation for a specific probe polarization angle is only found in the early time stage (≤2 ps). These results indicate that the origin of the pump and probe polarization dependence is dominantly attributable to the anisotropically-formed photo-excited carriers which cause the directional lattice dynamics. PMID:26805401

  17. Anisotropic lattice response induced by a linearly-polarized femtosecond optical pulse excitation in interfacial phase change memory material

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    Makino, Kotaro; Saito, Yuta; Fons, Paul; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Nakano, Takashi; Tominaga, Junji; Hase, Muneaki

    2016-01-01

    Optical excitation of matter with linearly-polarized femtosecond pulses creates a transient non-equilibrium lattice displacement along a certain direction. Here, the pump and probe pulse polarization dependence of the photo-induced ultrafast lattice dynamics in (GeTe)2/(Sb2Te3)4 interfacial phase change memory material is investigated under obliquely incident conditions. Drastic pump polarization dependence of the coherent phonon amplitude is observed when the probe polarization angle is parallel to the c-axis of the sample, while the pump polarization dependence is negligible when the probe polarization angle is perpendicular to the c-axis. The enhancement of phonon oscillation amplitude due to pump polarization rotation for a specific probe polarization angle is only found in the early time stage (≤2 ps). These results indicate that the origin of the pump and probe polarization dependence is dominantly attributable to the anisotropically-formed photo-excited carriers which cause the directional lattice dynamics.

  18. Four-dimensional key design in amplitude, phase, polarization and distance for optical encryption based on polarization digital holography and QR code.

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    Lin, Chao; Shen, Xueju; Li, Baochen

    2014-08-25

    We demonstrate that all parameters of optical lightwave can be simultaneously designed as keys in security system. This multi-dimensional property of key can significantly enlarge the key space and further enhance the security level of the system. The single-shot off-axis digital holography with orthogonal polarized reference waves is employed to perform polarization state recording on object wave. Two pieces of polarization holograms are calculated and fabricated to be arranged in reference arms to generate random amplitude and phase distribution respectively. When reconstruction, original information which is represented with QR code can be retrieved using Fresnel diffraction with decryption keys and read out noise-free. Numerical simulation results for this cryptosystem are presented. An analysis on the key sensitivity and fault tolerance properties are also provided. PMID:25321276

  19. Polarization Sensitive THz TDS and Fabrication of Alignment Cells for Solution Phase THz Spectroscopy

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    George, Deepu Koshy

    sense that it makes use of the polarization state of THz pulse which is also the case for the alignment spectroscopy. PMOTS technique detects the rotation and change in ellipticity to the incident polarization from which the hall coefficients of the sample can be calculated. The final section deals with the fabrication of Dynamical Alignment Terahertz Spectroscopy cells for solution phase measurements. Design, fabrication and process optimization are detailed. Micro-fabrication based on optical lithography and SU-8 negative photoresist has been explored.

  20. Structure Defect Property Relationships in Binary Intermetallics

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    Medasani, Bharat; Ding, Hong; Chen, Wei; Persson, Kristin; Canning, Andrew; Haranczyk, Maciej; Asta, Mark

    2015-03-01

    Ordered intermetallics are light weight materials with technologically useful high temperature properties such as creep resistance. Knowledge of constitutional and thermal defects is required to understand these properties. Vacancies and antisites are the dominant defects in the intermetallics and their concentrations and formation enthalpies could be computed by using first principles density functional theory and thermodynamic formalisms such as dilute solution method. Previously many properties of the intermetallics such as melting temperatures and formation enthalpies were statistically analyzed for large number of intermetallics using structure maps and data mining approaches. We undertook a similar exercise to establish the dependence of the defect properties in binary intermetallics on the underlying structural and chemical composition. For more than 200 binary intermetallics comprising of AB, AB2 and AB3 structures, we computed the concentrations and formation enthalpies of vacancies and antisites in a small range of stoichiometries deviating from ideal stoichiometry. The calculated defect properties were datamined to gain predictive capabilities of defect properties as well as to classify the intermetallics for their suitability in high-T applications. Supported by the US DOE under Contract No. DEAC02-05CH11231 under the Materials Project Center grant (Award No. EDCBEE).

  1. Design of C18 Organic Phases with Multiple Embedded Polar Groups for Ultraversatile Applications with Ultrahigh Selectivity.

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    Mallik, Abul K; Qiu, Hongdeng; Oishi, Tomohiro; Kuwahara, Yutaka; Takafuji, Makoto; Ihara, Hirotaka

    2015-07-01

    For the first time, we synthesized multiple embedded polar groups (EPGs) containing linear C18 organic phases. The new materials were characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, (1)H NMR, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT), solid-state (13)C cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CP/MAS) NMR, suspended-state (1)H NMR, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). (29)Si CP/MAS NMR was carried out to investigate the degree of cross-linking of the silane and silane functionality of the modified silica. Solid-state (13)C CP/MAS NMR and suspended-state (1)H NMR spectroscopy indicated a higher alkyl chain order for the phase containing four EPGs than for the phase with three EPGs. To correlate the NMR results with temperature-dependent chromatographic studies, standard reference materials (SRM 869b and SRM 1647e), a column selectivity test mixture for liquid chromatography was employed. A single EPG containing the C18 phase was also prepared in a similar manner to be used as a reference column especially for the separation of basic and polar compounds in reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC) and hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC), respectively. Detailed chromatographic characterization of the new phases was performed in terms of their surface coverage, hydrophobic selectivity, shape selectivity, hydrogen bonding capacity, and ion-exchange capacity at pH 2.7 and 7.6 for RPLC as well as their hydrophilicity, the selectivity for hydrophilic-hydrophobic substituents, the selectivity for the region and configurational differences in hydrophilic substituents, the evaluation of electrostatic interactions, and the evaluation of the acidic-basic nature for HILIC-mode separation. Furthermore, peak shapes for the basic analytes propranolol and amitriptyline were studied as a function of the number of EPGs on the C18 phases in the RPLC. The chromatographic performance of multiple EPGs containing C18 HILIC phases is illustrated

  2. Ground state searches in fcc intermetallics

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    Wolverton, C.; de Fontaine, D. ); Ceder, G. ); Dreysse, H. . Lab. de Physique du Solide)

    1991-12-01

    A cluster expansion is used to predict the fcc ground states, i.e., the stable phases at zero Kelvin as a function of composition, for alloy systems. The intermetallic structures are not assumed, but derived regorously by minimizing the configurational energy subject to linear constraints. This ground state search includes pair and multiplet interactions which spatially extend to fourth nearest neighbor. A large number of these concentration-independent interactions are computed by the method of direct configurational averaging using a linearized-muffin-tin orbital Hamiltonian cast into tight binding form (TB-LMTO). The interactions, derived without the use of any adjustable or experimentally obtained parameters, are compared to those calculated via the generalized perturbation method extention of the coherent potential approximation within the context of a KKR Hamiltonian (KKR-CPA-GPM). Agreement with the KKR-CPA-GPM results is quite excellent, as is the comparison of the ground state results with the fcc-based portions of the experimentally-determined phase diagrams under consideration.

  3. Polarization effects on the electric properties of urea and thiourea molecules in solid phase

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    Santos, O. L.; Fonseca, T. L. Sabino, J. R.; Georg, H. C.; Castro, M. A.

    2015-12-21

    We present theoretical results for the dipole moment, linear polarizability, and first hyperpolarizability of the urea and thiourea molecules in solid phase. The in-crystal electric properties were determined by applying a supermolecule approach in combination with an iterative electrostatic scheme, in which the surrounding molecules are represented by point charges. It is found for both urea and thiourea molecules that the influence of the polarization effects is mild for the linear polarizability, but it is marked for the dipole moment and first hyperpolarizability. The replacement of oxygen atoms by sulfur atoms increases, in general, the electric responses. Our second-order Møller–Plesset perturbation theory based iterative scheme predicts for the in-crystal dipole moment of urea and thiourea the values of 7.54 and 9.19 D which are, respectively, increased by 61% and 58%, in comparison with the corresponding isolated values. The result for urea is in agreement with the available experimental result of 6.56 D. In addition, we present an estimate of macroscopic quantities considering explicit unit cells of urea and thiourea crystals including environment polarization effects. These supermolecule calculations take into account partially the exchange and dispersion effects. The results illustrate the role played by the electrostatic interactions on the static second-order nonlinear susceptibility of the urea crystal.

  4. Direct acceleration of electrons by a circular polarized laser pulse with phase modulation

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    Zhu, Lun-Wu; Sheng, Zheng-Mao; Yu, M. Y.

    2013-11-15

    Electron acceleration by transversely echelon phase-modulated (EPM) circularly polarized (CP) intense laser pulse is investigated. Solution of the relativistic electron equations of motion shows that the CP EPM light wave structure can disrupt the harmonic response of a trapped electron not only in the transverse direction but also in the direction of laser propagation. In each laser cycle, there can be a net gain in the electron's transverse momentum, which is promptly converted into the forward direction by the Lorentz force. As a result, the electron can be trapped and accelerated in the favorable phase of the laser for a rather long time. Its momentum gain then accumulates and can eventually reach high levels. It is also found that with the CP EPM laser, the net acceleration of the electron is not sensitive to its initial position and velocity relative to the phase of the laser fields, so that such a laser can also be useful for accelerating thermal electron bunches to high energies.

  5. Environmental Effects in Advanced Intermetallics

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    Liu, C.T.

    1998-11-24

    This paper provides a comprehensive review of environmental embrittlement in iron and nickel aluminizes. The embrittlement involves the interaction of these intermetallics with moisture in air and generation of atomic hydrogen, resulting in hydrogen-induced embrittlement at ambient temperatures. Environmental embrittlement promotes brittle grain-boundary fracture in Ni{sub 3}Al alloys but brittle cleavage fracture in Fe{sub 3}Al-FeAl alloys. The embrittlement strongly depends on strain rate, with tensile-ductility increase with increasing strain rate. It has been demonstrated that environmental embrittlement can be alleviated by alloying additions, surface modifications, and control of grain size and shape. Boron tends to segregate strongly to grain boundaries and is most effective in suppressing environmental embrittlement in Ni{sub 3}Al alloys. The mechanistic understanding of alloy effects and environmental embrittlement has led to the development of nickel and iron aluminide alloys with improved properties for structural use at elevated temperatures in hostile environments.

  6. Method of making sintered ductile intermetallic-bonded ceramic composites

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    Plucknett, Kevin; Tiegs, Terry N.; Becher, Paul F.

    1999-01-01

    A method of making an intermetallic-bonded ceramic composite involves combining a particulate brittle intermetallic precursor with a particulate reactant metal and a particulate ceramic to form a mixture and heating the mixture in a non-oxidizing atmosphere at a sufficient temperature and for a sufficient time to react the brittle intermetallic precursor and the reactant metal to form a ductile intermetallic and sinter the mixture to form a ductile intermetallic-bonded ceramic composite.

  7. Method of making sintered ductile intermetallic-bonded ceramic composites

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    Plucknett, K.; Tiegs, T.N.; Becher, P.F.

    1999-05-18

    A method of making an intermetallic-bonded ceramic composite involves combining a particulate brittle intermetallic precursor with a particulate reactant metal and a particulate ceramic to form a mixture and heating the mixture in a non-oxidizing atmosphere at a sufficient temperature and for a sufficient time to react the brittle intermetallic precursor and the reactant metal to form a ductile intermetallic and sinter the mixture to form a ductile intermetallic-bonded ceramic composite. 2 figs.

  8. Magnetic field controlled FZ single crystal growth of intermetallic compounds

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    Hermann, R.; Behr, G.; Gerbeth, G.; Priede, J.; Uhlemann, H.-J.; Fischer, F.; Schultz, L.

    2005-02-01

    Intermetallic rare-earth-transition-metal compounds with their coexistence of magnetic ordering and superconductivity are still of great scientific interest. The crystal growth of bulk single crystals is very often unsuccessful due to an unfavorable solid-liquid interface geometry enclosing concave fringes. The aim of the work is the contactless control of heat and material transport during floating-zone single crystal growth of intermetallic compounds. This control is provided by a tailored design of the electromagnetic field and the resulting electromagnetically driven convection. Numerical simulations for the determination of the electromagnetic field configuration induced by the RF heater coil and the solution of the coupled heat and hydrodynamic equations were done for the model substance Ni with and without additional magnetic field. As a result, an innovative magnetic two-phase stirrer system has been developed which enables the controlled influence on the melt ranging from intensive inwards/outwards flows to flows almost at rest. The selection of parameters necessary for the desired fluid flow is determined from numerical simulation. The basis for the calculations are the process-related fluid flow conditions which are determined by the mode of heating, heat radiation at the free surface and material parameters. This treatment of the problem leads to the customised magnetic field for the special intermetallic compound. The application of the new magnetic system leads to a distinct improvement of the solid-liquid interface validated on experiments with the model substance Nickel.

  9. Measurements of antenna polar diagrams and efficiencies using a phase-switched interferometer

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    Vincent, R. A.; Candy, B.; Briggs, B. H.

    1986-01-01

    It is desirable to know antenna polar patterns and efficiencies accurately. In the past, calibration measurements have been made using balloons and aircraft and more recently satellites. These techniques are usually very expensive. It is shown that under certain circumstances it is possible to use a simpler and inexpensive technique by connecting together the antenna under test with another antenna to form a phase switched interferometer as first described by Ryle (1952). The technique does require a suitable radio source which gives measurable powers when using small antennas and since dipoles have broad patterns, radio sources with similar right ascensions but different declinations to the primary source can be a problem. These problems can partly be overcome by filtering the interference pattern.

  10. Active near infrared linear polarizer based on VO2 phase transition

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    Peng, Xiao-Yu; Wang, Bing; Teng, Jinghua; Kana Kana, J. B.; Zhang, Xinhai

    2013-10-01

    We demonstrate via the numerical simulation the modulation of the transmission of visible and near-infrared light through a hybrid grating structure containing a gold metallic wire-grid grating patterned on a thermochromic vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin film. We find that the transmission through the subwavelength slits of this hybrid device is significantly modulated in the near-infrared region due to the phase transition of VO2 film from insulator to metal when the temperature increases from 30 °C to 85 °C. By optimizing the hybrid-grating architecture parameters, the best switching efficiency of our hybrid grating at 1.5 μm reaches to 40%, and extinction ratio is larger than 1013. The capability of switching on/off and fine tuning of the thick hybrid grating parameters make our hybrid-grating structure a promising candidate of an active broadband linear polarizer with high switching efficiency and extinction ratio.

  11. CCRL2 regulates M1/M2 polarization during EAE recovery phase.

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    Mazzon, Cristina; Zanotti, Lucia; Wang, Li; Del Prete, Annalisa; Fontana, Elena; Salvi, Valentina; Poliani, Pietro Luigi; Sozzani, Silvano

    2016-06-01

    Chemokine (CC motif) receptor-like 2 is a 7-transmembrane protein related to the family of the atypical chemokine receptors, which are proteins devoid of chemotactic activity and involved in the control of inflammation. Experimental autoimmune encephalitis is an autoimmune disorder that replicates the inflammatory aspects of multiple sclerosis. Chemokine (CC motif) receptor-like 2-deficient mice developed exacerbated, nonresolving disease with protracted inflammatory response and increased demyelination. The increased severity of the disease was associated with higher levels of microglia/macrophage activation markers and imbalanced M1/M2 polarization. Thus, chemokine (CC motif) receptor-like 2 is involved in the downregulation of central nervous system-associated experimental autoimmune encephalitis inflammation in the recovery phase of the disease. Therefore chemokine (CC motif) receptor-like 2 should be considered to be a molecule involved in the regulation of the inflammatory response associated with multiple sclerosis. PMID:26744451

  12. The structure and phase of cloud tops as observed by polarization lidar

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    Spinhirne, J. D.; Hansen, M. Z.; Simpson, J.

    1983-01-01

    High-resolution observations of the structure of cloud tops have been obtained with polarization lidar operated from a high altitude aircraft. Case studies of measurements acquired from cumuliform cloud systems are presented, two from September 1979 observations in the area of Florida and adjacent waters and a third during the May 1981 CCOPE experiment in southeast Montana. Accurate cloud top height structure and relative density of hydrometers are obtained from the lidar return signal intensity. Correlation between the signal return intensity and active updrafts was noted. Thin cirrus overlying developing turrets was observed in some cases. Typical values of the observed backscatter cross section were 0.1-5 (km/sr) for cumulonimbus tops. The depolarization ratio of the lidar signals was a function of the thermodynamic phase of cloud top areas. An increase of the cloud top depolarization with decreasing temperature was found for temperatures above and below -40 C.

  13. Phase-locking of oscillating images using laser-induced spin-polarized pulse TEM.

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    Kuwahara, Makoto; Nambo, Yoshito; Kusunoki, Soichiro; Jin, Xiuguang; Saitoh, Koh; Asano, Hidefumi; Ujihara, Toru; Takeda, Yoshikazu; Nakanishi, Tsutomu; Tanaka, Nobuo

    2013-12-01

    Pulse-mode operation was realized in spin-polarized transmission electron microscopy (SP-TEM) using a laser-driven electron gun with a GaAs-GaAsP strained-layer-superlattice photocathode. TEM images were acquired with a pulsed electron beam with a 5-μs pulse duration. Phase locking of wobbling TEM images was demonstrated using a pulsed beam with a 1-kHz repetition frequency, which matched the image wobbling frequency. It was found that in composite images formed by superimposing 2 × 10(4) separate single-pulse exposures, the amount of image blurring due to wobbling was a linear function of the pulse duration. These results suggest the possibility of pump-probe measurements in SP-TEM using the pulsed electron beam as a probe, allowing nanometer-scale time-resolved spin mapping. PMID:23797969

  14. Room-temperature electric polarization induced by phase separation in multiferroic GdMn2O5

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    Khannanov, B. Kh.; Sanina, V. A.; Golovenchits, E. I.; Scheglov, M. P.

    2016-02-01

    It was generally accepted until recently that multiferroics RMn2O5 crystallized in the centrosymmetric space group Pbam and ferroelectricity in them could exist only at low temperatures due to the magnetic exchange striction. Recent comprehensive structural studies [V. Baledent et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 117601 (2015)] have shown that the actual symmetry of RMn2O5 at room temperature is a noncentrosymmetric monoclinic space group Pm, which allows room temperature ferroelectricity to exist. However, such a polarization has not yet been found. Our electric polarization loop studies of GdMn2O5 have revealed that a polarization does exist up to room temperature. This polarization occurs mainly in restricted polar domains that arise in the initial GdMn2O5 matrix due to phase separation and charge carrier self-organization. These domains are selfconsistent with the matrix, which leads to the noncentrosymmetricity of the entire crystal. The polarization is controlled by a magnetic field, thereby demonstrating the presence of magnetoelectric coupling. The lowtemperature ferroelectricity enhances the restricted polar domain polarization along the b axis.

  15. A polarization-independent liquid crystal phase modulation using polymer-network liquid crystals in a 90° twisted cell

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    Lin, Yi-Hsin; Chen, Ming-Syuan; Lin, Wei-Chih; Tsou, Yu-Shih

    2012-07-01

    A polarization-independent liquid crystal phase modulation using polymer-network liquid crystals in a 90° twisted cell (T-PNLC) is demonstrated. T-PNLC consists of three layers. Liquid crystal (LC) directors in the two layers near glass substrates are orthogonal to each other and those two layers modulate two eigen-polarizations of an incident light. As a result, two eigen-polarizations of an incident light experience the same phase shift. In the middle layer, LC directors are perpendicular to the glass substrate and contribute no phase shift. The phase shift of T-PNLC is electrically tunable and polarization-independent. T-PNLC does not require any bias voltage for operation. The phase shift is 0.28 π rad for the voltage of 30 Vrms. By measuring and analyzing the optical phase shift of T-PNLC at the oblique incidence of transverse magnetic wave, the pretilt angle of LC directors and the effective thickness of three layers are obtained and discussed. The potential applications are spatial light modulators, laser beam steering, and micro-lens arrays.

  16. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of the Ti-45Al-5Fe Intermetallic Alloy

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    Nazarova, T. I.; Imayev, V. M.; Imayev, R. M.

    2015-10-01

    Microstructure including changes in the phase composition and mechanical compression properties of the Ti-45Al-5Fe (at.%) intermetallic alloy manufactured by casting and subjected to homogenization annealing are investigated as functions of the temperature. The initial alloy has a homogeneous predominantly lamellar structure with relatively small size of colonies of three intermetallic phases: γ(TiAl), τ2(Al2FeTi), and α2(Ti3Al) in the approximate volume ratio 75:20:5. Compression tests have revealed the enhanced strength at room temperature and the improved hot workability at 800°C compared to those of TNM alloys of last generation.

  17. New technique in plasma polarimetry: Evolution equations for angular parameters ‘amplitude ratio-phase difference’ of polarization ellipse

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    Kravtsov, Yury A.; Chrzanowski, Janusz; Bieg, Bohdan

    2012-02-01

    New technique is suggested in plasma polarimetry: Differential equations for angular parameters of polarization ellipse, characterizing the amplitude ratio and the phase difference between orthogonal components of the wave field. Equations for angular variables ‘amplitude ratio-phase difference’ are derived, which allow direct calculation of the parameters of polarization ellipse, omitting solutions for the Stokes vector. The simplest analytical solutions are presented for the pure Faraday and the pure Cotton-Mouton effects. Behavior of angular parameters in the homogeneous and inhomogeneous plasmas is illustrated by numerical modeling in conditions when the Faraday and Cotton-Mouton effects are large enough and comparable in strength.

  18. New twisted intermetallic compound superconductor: A concept

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    Coles, W. D.; Brown, G. V.; Laurence, J. C.

    1972-01-01

    Method for processing Nb3Sn and other intermetallic compound superconductors produces a twisted, stabilized wire or tube which can be used to wind electromagnetics, armatures, rotors, and field windings for motors and generators as well as other magnetic devices.

  19. Ferroelectric phase transition and spontaneous electric polarization in CaMn7O12 from first principles

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    Dai, Jian-Qing; Song, Yu-Min; Zhang, Hu

    2015-11-01

    The phase transition mechanism and ferroelectric polarization of CaMn7O12 are investigated by using the density functional theory. Our results show that the P3 space group should be the ground-state structure with R3 as the intermediate phase. It is the helicoidal magnetic order that induces the first transition to the R3 phase while the second transition to P3 structure results from soft modes under the constraint of the magnetic structure. The two phase transitions from R\\bar{3} through R3 to P3 are second order and first order, respectively, which is consistent with experimental observations. Group theoretical analysis shows that the particular domain states and multi-domain structure of the P3 phase match with the observed coexistence of two magnetic modulations below TN2 = 48 K. Our calculated electric polarization is also in good agreement with experiment. By analyzing the polarization contributions from both mode and atomic-decomposition viewpoints, we find that the Raman-type distortions give rise to a significant contribution to the total polarization. This unexpected result can be understood through the asymmetric change of the Born effective charges caused by the particular helicoidal magnetic order, which leads to an abnormal infrared character of the purely Raman-active modes.

  20. Phonon coupling to dynamic short-range polar order in a relaxor ferroelectric near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    John A. Schneeloch; Xu, Zhijun; Winn, B.; Stock, C.; Gehring, P. M.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Xu, Guangyong

    2015-12-28

    We report neutron inelastic scattering experiments on single-crystal PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 doped with 32% PbTiO3, a relaxor ferroelectric that lies close to the morphotropic phase boundary. When cooled under an electric field E∥ [001] into tetragonal and monoclinic phases, the scattering cross section from transverse acoustic (TA) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens and shifts to higher energy relative to that under zero-field-cooled conditions. Likewise, the scattering cross section from transverse optic (TO) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens for energy transfers 4 ≤ ℏω ≤ 9 meV. However, TA and TO phonons polarized perpendicular to E show no change. This anisotropic field response is similar to that of the diffuse scattering cross section, which, as previously reported, is suppressed when polarized parallel to E but not when polarized perpendicular to E. Lastly, our findings suggest that the lattice dynamics and dynamic short-range polar correlations that give rise to the diffuse scattering are coupled.

  1. Phonon coupling to dynamic short-range polar order in a relaxor ferroelectric near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    John A. Schneeloch; Xu, Zhijun; Winn, B.; Stock, C.; Gehring, P. M.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Xu, Guangyong

    2015-12-28

    We report neutron inelastic scattering experiments on single-crystal PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3 doped with 32% PbTiO3, a relaxor ferroelectric that lies close to the morphotropic phase boundary. When cooled under an electric field E∥ [001] into tetragonal and monoclinic phases, the scattering cross section from transverse acoustic (TA) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens and shifts to higher energy relative to that under zero-field-cooled conditions. Likewise, the scattering cross section from transverse optic (TO) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens for energy transfers 4 ≤ ℏω ≤ 9 meV. However, TA and TO phonons polarized perpendicular to E show no change. This anisotropicmore » field response is similar to that of the diffuse scattering cross section, which, as previously reported, is suppressed when polarized parallel to E but not when polarized perpendicular to E. Lastly, our findings suggest that the lattice dynamics and dynamic short-range polar correlations that give rise to the diffuse scattering are coupled.« less

  2. Phonon coupling to dynamic short-range polar order in a relaxor ferroelectric near the morphotropic phase boundary

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    Schneeloch, John A.; Xu, Zhijun; Winn, B.; Stock, C.; Gehring, P. M.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Xu, Guangyong

    2015-12-01

    We report neutron inelastic scattering experiments on single-crystal PbMg1 /3Nb2 /3O3 doped with 32% PbTiO3, a relaxor ferroelectric that lies close to the morphotropic phase boundary. When cooled under an electric field E ∥ [001] into tetragonal and monoclinic phases, the scattering cross section from transverse acoustic (TA) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens and shifts to higher energy relative to that under zero-field-cooled conditions. Likewise, the scattering cross section from transverse optic (TO) phonons polarized parallel to E weakens for energy transfers 4 ≤ℏ ω ≤9 meV. However, TA and TO phonons polarized perpendicular to E show no change. This anisotropic field response is similar to that of the diffuse scattering cross section, which, as previously reported, is suppressed when polarized parallel to E but not when polarized perpendicular to E . Our findings suggest that the lattice dynamics and dynamic short-range polar correlations that give rise to the diffuse scattering are coupled.

  3. Simulated polarization diversity lidar returns from water and precipitating mixed phase clouds.

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    Sassen, K; Zhao, H; Dodd, G C

    1992-05-20

    The dependence of polarization lidar returns on basic microphysical and thermodynamic variables is assessed by using a cloud model to simulate the growth of water and mixed (water and ice) phase clouds. Cloud contents that evolve with height in updrafts are converted, by using Mie theory, into cloud droplet single and double backscattering and attenuation coefficients. The lidar equation includes forward multiple scattering attenuation corrections based on diffraction theory for droplets and ice crystals, whose relative scattering contributions are treated empirically. Lidar depolarization is computed from droplet and crystal single scattering and an analytical treatment of droplet double scattering. Water cloud results reveal the expected increases in linear depolarization ratios (delta) with increasing lidar field of view and distance to cloud but also show that depolarization is a function of cloud liquid water content, which depends primarily on temperature. Ice crystals modulate mixed phase cloud liquid water contents through water vapor competition effects, thereby affecting multiple scattering delta values as functions of updraft velocity, temperature, and crystal size and concentration. Although the minimum delta at cloud base increases with increasing ice content, the peak measurable delta in the cloud decreases. Comparison with field data demonstrate that this modeling approach is a valuable supplement to cloud measurements. PMID:20725225

  4. Experimental Insights into the Sulfuric Acid/Water Phase Diagram: Implications for Polar Stratospheric Clouds

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    Beyer, K. D.; Hansen, A. R.

    2002-05-01

    We have investigated the H2SO4/H2O binary liquid/solid phase diagram using a highly sensitive differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and infrared spectroscopy of thin films. In particular we have sought to investigate the region from pure ice to sulfuric acid hemihexahydrate (SAH, H2SO4ú6.5H2O), including a detailed look at the sulfuric acid octahydrate (SAO). Our studies have found that there is a unique, repeatable IR spectra for SAO, which is not merely a combination of spectra of ice and sulfuric acid tetrahydrate (SAT), as has been previously suggested could be the case. From our DSC studies, we have identified the melting, or solid/solid phase transition of the octahydrate. We have also determined from our studies using the energy of fusion for SAO that SAO is a major component of H2SO4 solutions in the range 20 - 40 wt.% when they freeze. Our results indicate that SAO could be a significant portion of solid or partially frozen polar stratospheric cloud particles. As such, key stratospheric reactions should be studied on SAO surfaces.

  5. Influence of moieties for the phase stability, spontaneous polarization and dielectric relaxations in an achiral ferroelectric bent liquid crystal, PBUOB

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    Chalapathi, P. V.; Srinivasulu, M.; Pisipati, V. G. K. M.; Satyanarayana, Ch.; Potukuchi, D. M.

    2011-05-01

    The occurrence of ferroelelectric phases and influence of chemical moieties in the area of supra-molecular achiral Bent core Liquid Crystals (BLCs) are reviewed. Synthesis of an intermediate/higher homolog of PBnOB series (for n=11), PBUOB, viz. 1,3-Phenyline-Bis(4-UndecylOxy Benzoate), is presented. Smectic LC phases exhibited by PBUOB are characterized by Polarized Optical Microscopy (POM), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Spontaneous Polarization ( PS) techniques. Observations infer a bi-variant FE LC smectic phase occurrence, viz., isotropic→B 2(FE)→B 5(FE)→solid phases in cooling and solid→B 5→isotropic phases in heating scans. Occurrence of B 2 phase is monotropic (in cooling), while B 5 phase is enantiotropic. I-B 2 and B 2-B 5 phase transitions are found to be of first order nature. The FE phases possess a moderate PS value of ∼40 nC cm -2. Transition temperatures from dielectric studies agree with those from TM and DSC. Two modes of relaxations are observed, viz., a slow scissor mode at ∼1 kHz and a fast mode at ∼1 MHz. Anisotropic Dipolar Model is proposed to explain the reorientation mechanism. Arrhenius shifts of Relaxation Frequency ( fR) show differing activation energies for two modes, i.e., 0.11 and 0.98 eV; 0.25 and 1.18 eV in B 2 and B 5 phases, respectively. Temperature variation of dielectric increment Δ ε and α-parameter LC phases reveals the relative fixture of dipole moment in polar smectic layers. An analytical study for the thermal stability, PS and fR in the FE phases is presented with respect to the constitution and configuration of moieties in BLCs.

  6. A polarization-independent liquid crystal phase modulation using polymer-network liquid crystal with orthogonal alignment layers

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    Chen, Ming-Syuan; Lin, Wei-Chih; Tsou, Yu-Shih; Lin, Yi-Hsin

    2012-10-01

    A polarization-independent liquid crystal (LC) phase modulation using polymer-network liquid crystals with orthogonal alignments layers (T-PNLC) is demonstrated. T-PNLC consists of three layers. LC directors in the two layers near glass substrates are orthogonal to each other. In the middle layer, LC directors are perpendicular to the glass substrate. The advantages of such T-PNLC include polarizer-free, larger phase shift (~0.4π rad) than the residual phase type (<0.05π rad), and low operating voltage (< 30Vrms). It does not require bias voltage for avoiding scattering because the refractive index of liquid crystals matches that of polymers. The phase shift of T-PNLC is affected by the cell gap and the curing voltages. The potential applications are laser beam steering, spatial light modulators and electrically tunable micro-lens arrays.

  7. Forming metal-intermetallic or metal-ceramic composites by self-propagating high-temperature reactions

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    Rawers, James C.; Alman, David E.; Petty, Jr., Arthur V.

    1996-01-01

    Industrial applications of composites often require that the final product have a complex shape. In this invention intermetallic or ceramic phases are formed from sheets of unreacted elemental metals. The process described in this invention allows the final product shape be formed prior to the formation of the composite. This saves energy and allows formation of shaped articles of metal-intermetallic composites composed of brittle materials that cannot be deformed without breaking.

  8. Helicity-selective phase-matching and quasi-phase matching of circularly polarized high-order harmonics: towards chiral attosecond pulses

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    Kfir, Ofer; Grychtol, Patrik; Turgut, Emrah; Knut, Ronny; Zusin, Dmitriy; Fleischer, Avner; Bordo, Eliyahu; Fan, Tingting; Popmintchev, Dimitar; Popmintchev, Tenio; Kapteyn, Henry; Murnane, Margaret; Cohen, Oren

    2016-06-01

    Phase matching of circularly polarized high-order harmonics driven by counter-rotating bi-chromatic lasers was recently predicted theoretically and demonstrated experimentally. In that work, phase matching was analyzed by assuming that the total energy, spin angular momentum and linear momentum of the photons participating in the process are conserved. Here we propose a new perspective on phase matching of circularly polarized high harmonics. We derive an extended phase matching condition by requiring a new propagation matching condition between the classical vectorial bi-chromatic laser pump and harmonics fields. This allows us to include the influence of the laser pulse envelopes on phase matching. We find that the helicity dependent phase matching facilitates generation of high harmonics beams with a high degree of chirality. Indeed, we present an experimentally measured chiral spectrum that can support a train of attosecond pulses with a high degree of circular polarization. Moreover, while the degree of circularity of the most intense pulse approaches unity, all other pulses exhibit reduced circularity. This feature suggests the possibility of using a train of attosecond pulses as an isolated attosecond probe for chiral-sensitive experiments.

  9. Estimation of age based on tooth cementum annulations: A comparative study using light, polarized, and phase contrast microscopy

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    Kaur, Prabhpreet; Astekar, Madhusudan; Singh, Jappreet; Arora, Karandeep Singh; Bhalla, Gagandeep

    2015-01-01

    Context: The identification of living or deceased persons using unique traits and characteristics of the teeth and jaws is a cornerstone of forensic science. Teeth have been used to estimate age both in the young and old, as well as in the living and dead. Gradual structural changes in teeth throughout life are the basis for age estimation. Tooth cementum annulation (TCA) is a microscopic method for the determination of an individual's age based on the analysis of incremental lines of cementum. Aim: To compare ages estimated using incremental lines of cementum as visualized by bright field microscopy, polarized microscopy, and phase contrast microscopy with the actual age of subject and to determine accuracy and feasibility of the method used. Materials and Methods: Cementum annulations of 60 permanent teeth were analyzed after longitudinal ground sections were made in the mesiodistal plane. The incremental lines were counted manually using a light, polarized and phase contrast microscopy. Ages were estimated and then compared with the actual age of individual. Statistical Analysis: Analysis of variance (ANOVA), Student's t-test, the Pearson product-moment corre (PPMCC) and regression analysis were performed. Results: PPMCC value r = 0.347, 0.542 and 0.989 were obtained using light, polarized and phase contrast microscopy methods respectively. Conclusion: It was concluded that incremental lines of cementum were most clearly visible under a phase contrast microscope, followed by a polarized microscope, and then a light microscope when used for age estimation. PMID:26816462

  10. Selective separation and purification of highly polar basic compounds using a silica-based strong cation exchange stationary phase.

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    Long, Zhen; Guo, Zhimou; Xue, Xingya; Zhang, Xiuli; Nordahl, Lilly; Liang, Xinmiao

    2013-12-01

    Compared to moderately and weakly hydrophilic bases, highly polar basic compounds are even more difficult to separate due to their poor retention in reversed phase (RP) mode. This study described the successful applications of a strong cation exchange (SCX) stationary phase to achieve symmetric peak shape, adequate retention and selectivity in the separation of very polar basic compounds. Salt and acetonitrile concentrations were adjusted to optimize the separation. Good correlations (R(2)=0.998-1.000) between the logarithm of the retention factor and the logarithm of salt or acetonitrile concentration were obtained. Gradients generated by changing salt or acetonitrile concentration were compared for the analysis of different highly polar bases. Although all of the analytes were eluted more quickly with an acetonitrile gradient, the effect of the gradients tested on peak width and peak shape varied with respect to analyte. In addition, the effects of different types of cation and anion additives were also investigated. After separation parameters were acquired, the SCX-based method was utilized to analyze highly hydrophilic alkaloids from Scopolia tangutica Maxim with high separation efficiency (plate numbers>32,000 m(-1)). Concurrently, one very polar alkaloid fraction was purified with symmetric peak shape using the current method. Our results suggest that SCX stationary phase can be used as an alternative to RP stationary phase in the analysis and purification of highly hydrophilic basic compounds. PMID:24267097

  11. Dislocation sources in ordered intermetallics

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    Yoo, M.H.; Appel, F.; Wagner, R.; Mecking, H.

    1996-09-01

    An overview on the current understanding of dislocation sources and multiplication mechanisms is made for ordered intermetallic alloys of the L1{sub 2}, B2, and D0{sub 19} structures. In L1{sub 2} alloys, a large disparity of edge/screw segments in their relative mobility reduces the efficiency of a Frank-Read Type multiplication mechanism. In Fe-40%Al of the B2 structure, a variety of dislocation sources are available for <111> slip, including ones resulting from condensation of thermal vacancies. In NiAl with the relatively high APB energy, <100> dislocations may result from the dislocation decomposition reactions, the prismatic punching out from inclusion particles, and/or steps and coated layers of the surface. Internal interfaces often provide sites for dislocation multiplication, e.g., grain boundaries, sub-boundaries in Ni{sub 3}Ga, NiAl and Ti{sub 3}Al, and antiphase domain boundaries in Ti{sub 3}Al. As for the crack tip as a dislocation source, extended SISFs trailed by super-Shockley partials emanating form the cracks in Ni{sub 3}Al and Co{sub 3}Ti are discussed in view of a possible toughening mechanism.

  12. Hydrogen in polar intermetallics: Syntheses and structures of the ternary Ca5Bi3D0.93, Yb5Bi3Hx, and Sm5Bi3H~1 by powder neutron or single crystal X-ray diffraction

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    Leon-Escamilla, E. Alejandro; Dervenagas, Panagiotis; Stasis, Constantine; Corbett, John D.

    2010-01-01

    The syntheses of the title compounds are described in detail. Structural characterizations from refinements of single crystal X-ray diffraction data for Yb{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}H{sub x} and Sm{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}H{sub 1} and of powder neutron diffraction data for Ca{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}D{sub 0.93(3)} are reported. These confirm that all three crystallize with the heavy atom structure type of {beta}-Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}, and the third gives the first proof that the deuterium lies in the center of nominal calcium tetrahedra, isostructural with the Ca{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}F-type structure. These Ca and Yb phases are particularly stable with respect to dissociation to Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3}-type product plus H{sub 2}. Some contradictions in the literature regarding Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3} and Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}H{sub x} phases are considered in terms of adventitious hydrogen impurities that are generated during reactions in fused silica containers at elevated temperatures.

  13. Neutral polar methacrylate-based monoliths for normal phase nano-LC and CEC of polar species including N-glycans.

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    Zhong, Hengwen; El Rassi, Ziad

    2009-01-01

    Neutral diol methacrylate-based monoliths were developed for normal phase chromatography (NPC) and NP-CEC of polar compounds including N-glycans. Four different diol methacrylate-based monoliths were synthesized via the copolymerization of a functional monomer using either glyceryl monomethacrylate (GMM) or glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) and a crosslinker either ethylene dimethacrylate (EDMA) or trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate (TRIM). While the GMM-based monoliths yield in one reaction step polar diol methacrylate monoliths that are ready for use in NPC or NP-CEC, the GMA-based monoliths required a postmodification with hot sulfuric acid to convert the epoxy functions into diols before use in NPC or NP-CEC. All the four monoliths are neutral and void of fixed charges on their surfaces but yet exhibited relatively strong EOF in NP-CEC. The EOF is attributed to the adsorption of ions from the mobile phase thus forming the electric double layer necessary for producing a bulk mobile phase flow. Under the same in situ copolymerization conditions of GMM or GMA with either EDMA or TRIM, the GMM-EDMA monolith was the best choice in terms of retention, separation efficiency, EOF velocity in CEC and linear flow velocity in Nano-LC. PMID:19058161

  14. Suppression of metastable-phase inclusion in N-polar (0001{sup ¯}) InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Shojiki, Kanako Iwabuchi, Takuya; Kuboya, Shigeyuki; Choi, Jung-Hun; Tanikawa, Tomoyuki; Hanada, Takashi; Katayama, Ryuji; Matsuoka, Takashi; Usami, Noritaka

    2015-06-01

    The metastable zincblende (ZB) phase in N-polar (0001{sup ¯}) (−c-plane) InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQWs) grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy is elucidated by the electron backscatter diffraction measurements. From the comparison between the −c-plane and Ga-polar (0001) (+c-plane), the −c-plane MQWs were found to be suffered from the severe ZB-phase inclusion, while ZB-inclusion is negligible in the +c-plane MQWs grown under the same growth conditions. The ZB-phase inclusion is a hurdle for fabricating the −c-plane light-emitting diodes because the islands with a triangular shape appeared on a surface in the ZB-phase domains. To improve the purity of stable wurtzite (WZ)-phase, the optimum conditions were investigated. The ZB-phase is dramatically eliminated with decreasing the V/III ratio and increasing the growth temperature. To obtain much-higher-quality MQWs, the thinner InGaN wells and the hydrogen introduction during GaN barriers growth were tried. Consequently, MQWs with almost pure WZ phase and with atomically smooth surface have been demonstrated.

  15. Suppression of metastable-phase inclusion in N-polar (000 1 ¯) InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Shojiki, Kanako; Choi, Jung-Hun; Iwabuchi, Takuya; Usami, Noritaka; Tanikawa, Tomoyuki; Kuboya, Shigeyuki; Hanada, Takashi; Katayama, Ryuji; Matsuoka, Takashi

    2015-06-01

    The metastable zincblende (ZB) phase in N-polar (000 1 ¯) (-c-plane) InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQWs) grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy is elucidated by the electron backscatter diffraction measurements. From the comparison between the -c-plane and Ga-polar (0001 ) (+c-plane), the -c-plane MQWs were found to be suffered from the severe ZB-phase inclusion, while ZB-inclusion is negligible in the +c-plane MQWs grown under the same growth conditions. The ZB-phase inclusion is a hurdle for fabricating the -c-plane light-emitting diodes because the islands with a triangular shape appeared on a surface in the ZB-phase domains. To improve the purity of stable wurtzite (WZ)-phase, the optimum conditions were investigated. The ZB-phase is dramatically eliminated with decreasing the V/III ratio and increasing the growth temperature. To obtain much-higher-quality MQWs, the thinner InGaN wells and the hydrogen introduction during GaN barriers growth were tried. Consequently, MQWs with almost pure WZ phase and with atomically smooth surface have been demonstrated.

  16. Experimental verification of PSM polarimetry: monitoring polarization at 193nm high-NA with phase shift masks

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    McIntyre, Gregory; Neureuther, Andrew; Slonaker, Steve; Vellanki, Venu; Reynolds, Patrick

    2006-03-01

    The initial experimental verification of a polarization monitoring technique is presented. A series of phase shifting mask patterns produce polarization dependent signals in photoresist and are capable of monitoring the Stokes parameters of any arbitrary illumination scheme. Experiments on two test reticles have been conducted. The first reticle consisted of a series of radial phase gratings (RPG) and employed special apertures to select particular illumination angles. Measurement sensitivities of about 0.3 percent of the clear field per percent change in polarization state were observed. The second test reticle employed the more sensitive proximity effect polarization analyzers (PEPA), a more robust experimental setup, and a backside pinhole layer for illumination angle selection and to enable characterization of the full illuminator. Despite an initial complication with the backside pinhole alignment, the results correlate with theory. Theory suggests that, once the pinhole alignment is corrected in the near future, the second reticle should achieve a measurement sensitivity of about 1 percent of the clear field per percent change in polarization state. This corresponds to a measurement of the Stokes parameters after test mask calibration, to within about 0.02 to 0.03. Various potential improvements to the design, fabrication of the mask, and experimental setup are discussed. Additionally, to decrease measurement time, a design modification and double exposure technique is proposed to enable electrical detection of the measurement signal.

  17. The oxidation of Ni-rich Ni-Al intermetallics

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    Doychak, J.; Smialek, J. L.; Barrett, C. A.

    1989-01-01

    The oxidation of Ni-Al intermetallic alloys in the beta-NiAl phase field and in the two phase beta-NiAl/gamma'-Ni3Al phase field has been studied between 1000 and 1400 C. The stoichiometric beta-NiAl alloy doped with Zr was superior to other alloy compositions under cyclic and isothermal oxidation. The isothermal growth rates did not increase monotonically as the alloy Al content was decreased. The characteristically ridged alpha-Al203 scale morphology, consisting of cells of thin, textured oxide with thick growth ridges at cell boundaries, forms on oxidized beta-NiAl alloys. The correlation of scale features with isothermal growth rates indicates a predominant grain boundary diffusion growth mechanism. The 1200 C cyclic oxidation resistance decreases near the lower end of the beta-NiAl phase field.

  18. The oxidation of Ni-rich Ni-Al intermetallics

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    Doychak, Joseph; Smialek, James L.; Barrett, Charles A.

    1988-01-01

    The oxidation of Ni-Al intermetallic alloys in the beta-NiAl phase field and in the two phase beta-NiAl/gamma'-Ni3Al phase field has been studied between 1000 and 1400 C. The stoichiometric beta-NiAl alloy doped with Zr was superior to other alloy compositions under cyclic and isothermal oxidation. The isothermal growth rates did not increase monotonically as the alloy Al content was decreased. The characteristically ridged alpha-Al2O3 scale morphology, consisting of cells of thin, textured oxide with thick growth ridges at cell boundaries, forms on oxidized beta-NiAl alloys. The correlation of scale features with isothermal growth rates indicates a predominant grain boundary diffusion growth mechanism. The 1200 C cyclic oxidation resistance decreases near the lower end of the beta-NiAl phase field.

  19. Modeling of Intermetallic Compounds Growth Between Dissimilar Metals

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Yin; Prangnell, Philip; Robson, Joseph

    2015-09-01

    A model has been developed to predict growth kinetics of the intermetallic phases (IMCs) formed in a reactive diffusion couple between two metals for the case where multiple IMC phases are observed. The model explicitly accounts for the effect of grain boundary diffusion through the IMC layer, and can thus be used to explore the effect of IMC grain size on the thickening of the reaction layer. The model has been applied to the industrially important case of aluminum to magnesium alloy diffusion couples in which several different IMC phases are possible. It is demonstrated that there is a transition from grain boundary-dominated diffusion to lattice-dominated diffusion at a critical grain size, which is different for each IMC phase. The varying contribution of grain boundary diffusion to the overall thickening kinetics with changing grain size helps explain the large scatter in thickening kinetics reported for diffusion couples produced under different conditions.

  20. Topological phases in atoms and molecules in spin-polarized electron scattering

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    Williams, James; Pravica, Luka; Samarin, Sergey; Kathi, Sudarshan; Guagliardo, Paul; CentreAtomic, Molecular; Surface Physics Team

    2013-05-01

    Observations of spin-polarized electron impact excitation of zinc atoms, ionization of helium atoms and dissociative excitation of molecules indicate a topological phase. The parallel transport of the spin vector gives rise to an effective `monopole' magnetic field and an apparent spin-orbit interaction. In excitation, the Stokes parameters of radiated photons show alignment and orientation. Excitation of a superposition of 2s and 2p states on atomic hydrogen in an external electric field show beats in Lyman alpha radiation as predicted for a circular vortex. Ionization of helium atoms show minima in (e,2e) angular and energy differential cross sections associated with a linear vortex (Macek, Feagin). Exchange dissociative excitation of methane shows radiated photons from a Jahn-Teller ``avoided crossing'' of potential energy curves (Mead and Truhlar). The observations are consistent with fundamental principles that a gauge-invariant quantity is potentially a physical observable and the topology of a ring indicates a magnetic-flux line enclosed by the ring is equivalent to a vortex line. Funding was received from the Australian Research Council and The University of Western Australia.

  1. [Corrected Title: Solid-Phase Extraction of Polar Compounds from Water] Automated Electrostatics Environmental Chamber

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    Sauer, Richard; Rutz, Jeffrey; Schultz, John

    2005-01-01

    A solid-phase extraction (SPE) process has been developed for removing alcohols, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones, amines, and other polar organic compounds from water. This process can be either a subprocess of a water-reclamation process or a means of extracting organic compounds from water samples for gas-chromatographic analysis. This SPE process is an attractive alternative to an Environmental Protection Administration liquid-liquid extraction process that generates some pollution and does not work in a microgravitational environment. In this SPE process, one forces a water sample through a resin bed by use of positive pressure on the upstream side and/or suction on the downstream side, thereby causing organic compounds from the water to be adsorbed onto the resin. If gas-chromatographic analysis is to be done, the resin is dried by use of a suitable gas, then the adsorbed compounds are extracted from the resin by use of a solvent. Unlike the liquid-liquid process, the SPE process works in both microgravity and Earth gravity. In comparison with the liquid-liquid process, the SPE process is more efficient, extracts a wider range of organic compounds, generates less pollution, and costs less.

  2. Unique determination of the -CN group tilt angle in Langmuir monolayers using sum-frequency polarization null angle and phase

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    Velarde Ruiz Esparza, Luis A.; Wang, Hongfei

    2013-10-14

    The relative phase and amplitude ratio between the ssp and ppp polarization combinations of the vibrational sum-frequency generation (SFG) response can be uniquely and accurately determined by the polarization null angle (PNA) method. In this report we show that PNA measurements of the -CN vibration in the 4-n pentyl-4'-cyanoterphenyl (5CT) Langmuir monolayer at the air/water interface yields ssp and ppp response of the same phase, while those in the 4-n-octyl-4'cyanobiphenyl (8CB) Langmuir monolayer have the opposite phase. Accordingly, the -CN group in the 5CT monolayer is tilted around 25+/-2 from the interface normal, while that in the 8CB is tilted around 57+/-2, consistent with the significant differences in the phase diagrams and hydrogen bonding SFG spectra of the two Langmuir monolayers as reported in the literature. These results also demonstrate that in SFG studies the relative phase information of the different polarization combinations, especially for the ssp and ppp, is important in the unique determination of the tilt angle and conformation of a molecular group at the interface.

  3. Electrically tunable microlens arrays based on polarization-independent optical phase of nano liquid crystal droplets dispersed in polymer matrix.

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    Yu, Ji Hoon; Chen, Hung-Shan; Chen, Po-Ju; Song, Ki Hoon; Noh, Seong Cheol; Lee, Jae Myeong; Ren, Hongwen; Lin, Yi-Hsin; Lee, Seung Hee

    2015-06-29

    Electrically tunable focusing microlens arrays based on polarization independent optical phase of nano liquid crystal droplets dispersed in polymer matrix are demonstrated. Such an optical medium is optically isotropic which is so-called an optically isotropic liquid crystals (OILC). We not only discuss the optical theory of OILC, but also demonstrate polarization independent optical phase modulation based on the OILC. The experimental results and analytical discussion show that the optical phase of OILC microlens arrays results from mainly orientational birefringence which is much larger than the electric-field-induced birefringence (or Kerr effect). The response time of OILC microlens arrays is fast~5.3ms and the tunable focal length ranges from 3.4 mm to 3.8 mm. The potential applications are light field imaging systems, 3D integrating imaging systems and devices for augment reality. PMID:26191743

  4. N-single-helix photonic-metamaterial based broadband optical range circular polarizer by induced phase lags between helices.

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    Behera, Saraswati; Joseph, Joby

    2015-02-10

    In this work, we have designed a photonic-metamaterial based broadband circular polarizer using N=4 phase-lagged aluminum single helices arranged in a square array as a unit cell. The effect of phase differences between the helices in an array on the optical performance of the structure is studied, and a comparative study is done with that of multi-intertwined helices. It is observed that the proposed metamaterial structure shows circular polarization sensitivity over a broad optical wavelength range (≈450-900  nm), with improved optical performance in average extinction ratio and broad positive circular dichroism in comparison to multiple intertwined helices. The induced phase lag between the helices in a square-array based unit cell reduces the linear birefringence and leads to the recovery of circular space symmetry in the structure. PMID:25968042

  5. One-shot phase stepping with a pulsed laser and modulation of polarization: application to speckle interferometry.

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    Rodríguez-Zurita, G; García-Arellano, A; Toto-Arellano, N I; Flores-Muñoz, V H; Pastrana-Sánchez, R; Robledo-Sánchez, C; Martínez-Bravo, O; Vásquez-Pasmiño, N; Costa-Vera, C

    2015-09-01

    For applications involving time varying optical phase distributions, fast cameras and/or pulsed lasers have to be used. To apply phase-shifting interferometry techniques (PSI) as well, single shot capture is required. Among others, modulation of polarization and phase grating interferometry is a possible technique to be considered. In this paper, a report about the use of this technique based on a double pulse laser system is presented. Single-pulse and twin-pulse operations are considered both in optical interferometers as well as in ESPI systems (mainly in subtraction mode). In ESPI a reduction of the degree of polarization appears due to scattering, so some measures have to be taken to prevent such deletereous effect. To show the feasibility of the proposed variants some experimental results are presented. PMID:26368442

  6. Phase-coherent orthogonally polarized optical single sideband modulation with arbitrarily tunable optical carrier-to-sideband ratio.

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    Wang, Wen Ting; Liu, Jian Guo; Mei, Hai Kuo; Zhu, Ning Hua

    2016-01-11

    We propose and experimentally verify a novel approach to achieve phase-coherence orthogonally polarized optical single sideband (OSSB) modulation with a tunable optically carrier-to-sideband ratio (OCSR). In our scheme, the orthogonally polarized OSSB signal is achieved using a dual-polarization quadrature phase shift keying (DP-QPSK) modulator without an optical band-pass filter (OBPF). Therefore, the proposed method is wavelength independent. The DP-QPSK modulator includes two parallel QPSK modulators locating on its two arms. The upper QPSK modulator of the DP-QPSK modulator is driven by two quadrature sinusoidal microwave signals and works at the frequency shifting condition whose bias voltages are optimized to suppress the optical. The lower QPSK modulator of that works at the maximum transmission point and the optical carrier is not modulated. The OCSR is continuously tunable by simply adjusting the bias voltages of the lower modulator. The frequency shifting optical signal from the upper QPSK modulator and the optical carrier from the lower QPSK modulator are combined together at the output of the DP-QPSK modulator. The optical carrier and sideband are polarized orthogonally. The generated OSSB signals could be used to shift and code the phase of the microwave signal and generate ultra-wideband (UWB) microwave pulse. The proposed method is analyzed and experimental demonstrated. PMID:26832269

  7. Time history of laser pulse polarization transformation as a tool of the isotropic-nematic phase transition in liquid crystals

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    Makarov, Vladimir A.; Il'inova, Tamara M.; Marchenko, Tatiana B.; Shkurinov, Aleksandr P.; Zolot'ko, Alexander S.

    2003-06-01

    We theoretically investigate in the aberrationless approximation the self-action of the elliptically polarized Gaussian pulse during its propagation in a thin dish with a nematic liquid crystal in the isotropic phase. Quadrature formulas are obtained to describe the time history of the intensity, the elliptisity degree and the rotation angle of the polarization ellipse of the output radiation at the different points of the beam cross-section. They are expressed in terms of the parameters describing two, essential near the temperature of the isotropic-nematic phase transition, mechanisms of the spatial nonlocality of the nonlinear medium optical response, and in terms of the other parameters, which describe the nematic liquid crystal and the elliptically polarized incident pulse. The former mechanism is specified by the medium heating due to light absorption; the latter is determined by the fluctuations of the nematic liquid crystal order parameter tensor near the temperature of the isotropic-nematic phase transition. It is shown that for some values of temperature and of the nematic liquid crystal parameters the elliptical polarization of the incident pulse, which is constant at the entry of the thin dish, transforms into the linear or another different elliptical one at the exit and keeps this new state up to the pulse tail. The dependence of the ellipticity degree on time becomes significantly nonmonotonic and changes its sign in some cases. The nonlocality of the nonlinear medium optical response weakens these transformations.

  8. Chemistry and Properties of Complex Intermetallics from Metallic Fluxes

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    Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2015-03-28

    This project investigated the reaction chemistry and synthesis of new intermetallic materials with complex compositions and structures using metallic fluxes as solvents. It was found that the metallic fluxes offer several key advantages in facilitating the formation and crystal growth of new materials. The fluxes mostly explored were liquid aluminum, gallium and indium. The main purpose of this project was to exploit the potential of metallic fluxes as high temperature solvent for materials discovery in the broad class of intermetallics. This work opened new paths to compound formation. We discovered many new Si (or Ge)-based compounds with novel structures, bonding and physicochemical properties. We created new insights about the reaction chemistry that is responsible for stabilizing the new materials. We also studied the structural and compositional relationships to understand their properties. We investigated the use of Group-13 metals Al, Ga and In as solvents and have generated a wide variety of new results including several new ternary and quaternary materials with fascinating structures and properties as well as new insights as to how these systems are stabilized in the fluxes. The project focused on reactions of metals from the rare earth element family in combination with transition metals with Si and Ge. For example molten gallium has serves both as a reactive and non-reactive solvent in the preparation and crystallization of intermetallics in the system RE/M/Ga/Ge(Si). Molten indium behaves similarly in that it too is an excellent reaction medium, but it gives compounds that are different from those obtained from gallium. Some of the new phase identified in the aluminide class are complex phases and may be present in many advanced Al-matrix alloys. Such phases play a key role in determining (either beneficially or detrimentally) the mechanical properties of advanced Al-matrix alloys. This project enhanced our basic knowledge of the solid state chemistry

  9. Microstrip Antennas with Polarization Diversity across a Wide Frequency Range and Phased Array Antennas for Radar and Satellite Communications

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    Ho, Kevin Ming-Jiang

    The thesis comprises of 3 projects; an L-band microstrip antenna with frequency agility and polarization diversity, X-band phased array antennas incorporating commercially packaged RFIC phased array chips, and studies for Ku/Ka-band shared aperture antenna array. The first project features the use of commercially packaged RF-MEMS SPDT switches, that boasts of high reliability, high linearity, low losses, hermetically packaged and fully compatible for SMTA processes for mass-assembly and production. Using the switches in a novel manner for the feed network, microstrip antennas with polarization diversity are presented. Frequency agility is achieved with the use of tuning diodes to provide capacitive loading to the antenna element. Additional inductance effects from surface-mounted capacitors, and its impact, is introduced. Theoretical cross-polarization of probe-fed antenna elements is presented for both linear and circular polarized microstrip antennas. Designs and measurements are presented, for microstrip antennas with polarization diversity, wide frequency tuning range, and both features. Replacement of the tuning diodes with commercially-packaged high Q RF MEMS tunable capacitors will allow for significant improvements to the radiation efficiency. In another project, multi-channel CMOS RFIC phased-array receiver chips are assembled in QFN packages and directly integrated on the same multi-layered PCB stack-up with the antenna arrays. Problems of isolation from the PCB-QFN interface, and potential performance degradation on antenna array from the use of commercial-grade laminates for assembly requirements, namely potential scan blindness and radiation efficiency, are presented. Causes for apparent drift of dielectric constant for microstrip circuits, and high conductor losses observed in measurements, are introduced. Finally, studies are performed for the design of a Ku/Ka-Band shared aperture array. Different approaches for developing dual-band shared apertures

  10. Effect of Specific Energy Input on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Nickel-Base Intermetallic Alloy Deposited by Laser Cladding

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    Awasthi, Reena; Kumar, Santosh; Chandra, Kamlesh; Vishwanadh, B.; Kishore, R.; Viswanadham, C. S.; Srivastava, D.; Dey, G. K.

    2012-12-01

    This article describes the microstructural features and mechanical properties of nickel-base intermetallic alloy laser-clad layers on stainless steel-316 L substrate, with specific attention on the effect of laser-specific energy input (defined as the energy required per unit of the clad mass, kJ/g) on the microstructure and properties of the clad layer, keeping the other laser-cladding parameters same. Defect-free clad layers were observed, in which various solidified zones could be distinguished: planar crystallization near the substrate/clad interface, followed by cellular and dendritic morphology towards the surface of the clad layer. The clad layers were characterized by the presence of a hard molybdenum-rich hexagonal close-packed (hcp) intermetallic Laves phase dispersed in a relatively softer face-centered cubic (fcc) gamma solid solution or a fine lamellar eutectic phase mixture of an intermetallic Laves phase and gamma solid solution. The microstructure and properties of the clad layers showed a strong correlation with the laser-specific energy input. As the specific energy input increased, the dilution of the clad layer increased and the microstructure changed from a hypereutectic structure (with a compact dispersion of characteristic primary hard intermetallic Laves phase in eutectic phase mixture) to near eutectic or hypoeutectic structure (with reduced fraction of primary hard intermetallic Laves phase) with a corresponding decrease in the clad layer hardness.

  11. Atomic interaction of the MEAM type for the study of intermetallics in the Al-U alloy

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    Pascuet, M. I.; Fernández, J. R.

    2015-12-01

    Interaction for both pure Al and Al-U alloys of the MEAM type are developed. The obtained Al interatomic potential assures its compatibility with the details of the framework presently adopted. The Al-U interaction fits various properties of the Al2U, Al3U and Al4U intermetallics. The potential verifies the stability of the intermetallic structures in a temperature range compatible with that observed in the phase diagram, and also takes into account the greater stability of these structures relative to others that are competitive in energy. The intermetallics are characterized by calculating elastic and thermal properties and point defect parameters. Molecular dynamics simulations show a growth of the Al3U intermetallic in the Al/U interface in agreement with experimental evidence.

  12. Polarization-controlled evolution of light transverse modes and associated Pancharatnam geometric phase in orbital angular momentum

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    Karimi, Ebrahim; Marrucci, Lorenzo; Slussarenko, Sergei; Piccirillo, Bruno; Santamato, Enrico

    2010-05-15

    We present an easy, efficient, and fast method to generate arbitrary linear combinations of light orbital angular-momentum eigenstates l={+-}2 starting from a linearly polarized TEM{sub 00} laser beam. The method exploits the spin-to-orbital angular-momentum conversion capability of a liquid-crystal-based q plate and a Dove prism inserted into a Sagnac polarizing interferometer. The nominal generation efficiency is 100%, being limited only by reflection and scattering losses in the optical components. When closed paths are followed on the polarization Poincare sphere of the input beam, the associated Pancharatnam geometric phase is transferred unchanged to the orbital angular momentum state of the output beam.

  13. Coherence and polarization of electromagnetic beams modulated by random phase screens and their changes through complex ABCD optical systems.

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    Hanson, Steen G; Wang, Wei; Jakobsen, Michael L; Takeda, Mitsuo

    2008-09-01

    The change of coherence and polarization of an electromagnetic beam modulated by a random anisotropic phase screen passing through any optical system is found within the framework of complex ABCD-matrix theory This means that the formalism can treat imaging and Fourier transform and free-space optical systems, as well as fractional Fourier transform systems, with finite-size limiting apertures of Gaussian transmission shape. Thus, the current paper shall be considered as a continuation, extension, and generalization of a previous work by Shirai and Wolf [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A21, 1907 (2004)]. It will be shown that the inclusion of apertures in the optical system strongly influences not only the propagation of spatial coherence but also the degree of polarization of a propagating field. Analytical expressions of coherence and polarization propagation will be given in terms of the matrix elements for any complex optical system. PMID:18758562

  14. Ultra-thin and polarization-independent phase gradient metasurface for high-efficiency spoof surface-plasmon-polariton coupling

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    Wu, Chenjun; Cheng, Yongzhi; Wang, Wenying; He, Bo; Gong, Rongzhou

    2015-12-01

    In this study, a polarization-independent phase-gradient metasurface (PGM) for spoof surface-plasmon-polariton (SPP) coupling is proposed and investigated using theoretical simulations and experiments. The designed PGM is composed of a periodic array, which consists of a dielectric spacer sandwiched between a metallic petal structure and metal film. The numerical results indicate that, when the composite surface wave vector is greater than that of the incident wave, an arbitrarily incident linearly polarized electromagnetic wave can be efficiently coupled to yield a spoof SPP. The results obtained from both simulation and experiments are consistent with theoretical predictions. The PGM spoof SPP coupler design is polarization independent and highly efficient at the X-band.

  15. A New Phase of Exploration and Understanding: Planning for The International Polar Year - 2007/2008

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    Rapley, C.; Bell, R.

    2004-05-01

    Planning is underway for an International Polar Year in 2007-2008. (IPY 2007/8) which will be a significant research opportunity to further our understanding of polar regions and polar processes. The International Polar Year has the potential to capture the public's imagination and convey the crucial role that the polar regions play in global systems. IPY 2007/8 will be an international programme of coordinated, interdisciplinary, scientific research in the Earth's polar regions to explore new frontiers, to increase our ability to detect changes at the Earth's poles and to deepen our understanding of polar processes and their global linkages. A crucial component of the IPY 2007/8 will be to attract and develop the next generation of polar scientists, engineers and leaders and to capture the interest of the public and decision-makers. The vision is for many nations to work together to gain holistic insights into planetary processes, targeted at exploring and increasing our understanding of the poles and their role in the global system. The concept of an International Polar Year 2007/8 has been endorsed and advanced by a broad range of global and polar research groups both internationally and nationally. To date 18 nations have formed national committees who are coordinating IPY activities nationally. The International Council for Science (ICSU) formed an International Polar Year Planning Group (IPY-PG) to stimulate, encourage and organize a debate on the International Polar Year 2007/8, formulate a set of objectives and develop a high level Science Plan. The Planning Group has sought input from the international science community and to date has received 138 ideas from over 22 nations. This input from the international community covers both poles, global processes and a diverse spectrum of disciplines. To date the input from the science community has identified key questions and proposed projects within the three major themes proposed by the ICSU IPY Planning Group

  16. A high energy phase retarder for the simultaneous production of right- and left-handed circularly polarized x-rays

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    Venkataraman, C.T.; Lang, J.C.; Nelson, C.S.; Srajer, G.; Haeffner, D.R.; Shastri, S.D.

    1997-09-01

    The authors have fabricated and characterized the performance of a monolithic Ge Bragg-Laue phase retarder capable of simultaneously producing both right- and left-handed circularly polarized x rays. The energy range of operation of the phase retarder is between 50 and 100 keV making it well suited to the measurement of spin-dependent Compton profiles within the impulse approximation, primarily because of the increased momentum resolution and larger Compton scattering cross section available at these higher incident energies. Although the phase retarder was optimized for operation at 86 keV, it can produce highly circularly polarized x rays over a substantial energy range. The performance of the phase retarder was tested via magnetic Compton scattering measurements on an Fe sample at the undulator A of the Advanced Photon Source. It was found to perform well in terms of flux and degree of circular polarization thereby greatly reducing the data collection times required for this inherently weak scattering process.

  17. Growth of polar and non-polar nitride semiconductor quasi-substrates by hydride vapor phase epitaxy for the development of optoelectronic devices by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Moldawer, Adam Lyle

    The family of nitride semiconductors has had a profound influence on the development of optoelectronics for a large variety of applications. However, as of yet there are no native substrates commercially available that are grown by liquid phase methods as with Si and GaAs. As a result, the majority of electronic and optoelectronic devices are grown heteroepitaxially on sapphire and SiC. This PhD research addresses both the development of polar and non-polar GaN and AIN templates by Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy (HVPE) on sapphire and SiC substrates, as well as the growth and characterization of optoelectronic devices on these templates by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Polar and non-polar GaN templates have been grown in a vertical HVPE reactor on the C- and R-planes of sapphire respectively. The growth conditions have been optimized to allow the formation for thick (50um) GaN templates without cracks. These templates were characterized structurally by studying their surface morphologies by SEM and AFM, and their structure through XRD and TEM. The polar C-plane GaN templates were found to be atomically smooth. However, the surface morphology of the non-polar GaN films grown on the R-plane of sapphire were found to have a facetted surface morphology, with the facets intersecting at 120° angles. This surface morphology reflects an equilibrium growth, since the A-plane of GaN grows faster than the M-planes of GaN due to the lower atomic density of the plane. For the development of deep-UV optoelectronics, it is required to grow AIGaN quantum wells on AIN templates. However, since AIN is a high melting point material, such templates have to be grown at higher temperatures, close to half the melting point of the material (1500 °C). As these temperatures cannot be easily obtained by traditional furnace heating, an HVPE reactor has been designed to heat the substrate inductively to these temperatures. This apparatus has been used to grow high-quality, transparent AIN films

  18. Chemical effect on diffusion in intermetallic compounds

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    Chen, Yi-Ting

    With the trend of big data and the Internet of things, we live in a world full of personal electronic devices and small electronic devices. In order to make the devices more powerful, advanced electronic packaging such as wafer level packaging or 3D IC packaging play an important role. Furthermore, ?-bumps, which connect silicon dies together with dimension less than 10 ?m, are crucial parts in advanced packaging. Owing to the dimension of ?-bumps, they transform into intermetallic compound from tin based solder after the liquid state bonding process. Moreover, many new reliability issues will occur in electronic packaging when the bonding materials change; in this case, we no longer have tin based solder joint, instead, we have intermetallic compound ?-bumps. Most of the potential reliability issues in intermetallic compounds are caused by the chemical reactions driven by atomic diffusion in the material; thus, to know the diffusivities of atoms inside a material is significant and can help us to further analyze the reliability issues. However, we are lacking these kinds of data in intermetallic compound because there are some problems if used traditional Darken's analysis. Therefore, we considered Wagner diffusivity in our system to solve the problems and applied the concept of chemical effect on diffusion by taking the advantage that large amount of energy will release when compounds formed. Moreover, by inventing the holes markers made by Focus ion beam (FIB), we can conduct the diffusion experiment and obtain the tracer diffusivities of atoms inside the intermetallic compound. We applied the technique on Ni3Sn4 and Cu3Sn, which are two of the most common materials in electronic packaging, and the tracer diffusivities are measured under several different temperatures; moreover, microstructure of the intermetallic compounds are investigated to ensure the diffusion environment. Additionally, the detail diffusion mechanism was also discussed in aspect of diffusion

  19. Single-shot dual-wavelength phase reconstruction in off-axis digital holography with polarization-multiplexing transmission.

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    Wang, Zhe; Jiang, Zhuqing; Chen, Yifei

    2016-08-01

    A new system for single-shot dual-wavelength digital holographic microscopy with polarization-multiplexing path-shared transmission is presented. The key feature of the optical configuration is that the interference waves of two wavelengths having orthogonal polarization can transmit in the same interferometer paths at the same time, and two polarizers orthogonal to each other are placed in front of the CCD to realize single-shot recording of two holograms. The correlative filtering algorithm of the spatial-frequency spectrum for dual-wavelength digital holograms is reliable and efficient in the dual-wavelength path-shared configuration. The phase reconstruction in dual-wavelength digital holographic imaging is achieved by using this filtering algorithm. The experiment results of phase reconstruction of a groove grating demonstrate the reliability and validity of this optical configuration and the correlative filtering algorithm. This polarization-multiplexing configuration for dual-wavelength digital holography is compact and has more flexibility for the replacement of different-wavelength lasers. PMID:27505390

  20. A New Phase of Exploration and Understanding: Planning for The International Polar Year - 2007/2008

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    Bell, R. E.; Rapley, C.; Elfring, C.; Allison, I.; Bindschadler, R.; Chown, S.; Duhaime, G.; Kotlyakov, V.; Orheim, O.; Zhang, Z.; Kuhn, M.; Schalke, H.; Pandey, P.; Petersen, H. K.; Casassa, G.

    2003-12-01

    Planning is underway to hold an International Polar Year in 2007-2008. IPY 2007-2008 stands to be a significant research opportunity to further our understanding of polar regions and polar processes. The International Polar Year has the potential to capture the public's imagination and convey the crucial role that the polar regions play in global systems. IPY 2007-2008 is envisioned to be an intense, international campaign of coordinated polar observations and analysis, which will be bipolar in focus, multidisciplinary in scope, and truly international in participation. The vision is for many nations to work together to gain holistic insights into planetary processes, targeted at exploring and increasing our understanding of the poles and their roles in the global system. The concept of an International Polar Year 2007 - 2008 has been endorsed and advanced by a broad range of global and polar research groups. Earlier this year, the International Council for Science (ICSU) formed an International Polar Year Planning Group (IPY-PG) which met for the first time at the end of July. The Planning Group discussed ways to create an open process that encourages broad input from the international community. The Planning Group began to describe the desired goals of IPY 2007-2008, which should address compelling science issues through multi-national programs, enable scientific programs which would not otherwise occur, attract and develop the next generation of polar scientists, and engage the public. The Planning Group has identified three overarching themes that we hope can serve as the foundation for IPY 2007-2008: Exploring the Earth's Icy Domains, Decoding the Role of the Poles in Global Change Understanding Polar Processes. The Planning Group envisions focused research activities under each of these major themes. For example, a program to explore the sub-ice environment of East Antarctica would fit under the theme Exploring the Earth's Icy Domains, a program of Integrated

  1. Thermal stability of sputtered intermetallic Al-Au coatings

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    Moser, M.; Mayrhofer, P. H.; Ross, I. M.; Rainforth, W. M.

    2007-09-15

    Recently, the authors have shown that single-phase Al{sub 2}Au coatings, prepared by unbalanced magnetron sputtering, exhibit a dense columnar structure and highest hardness and indentation moduli of 8 and 144 GPa, respectively, within the Al-Au films investigated. This study focuses on the thermal stability of Al{sub 2}Au with respect to films containing more Al and Au having Al/Au at. % ratios of 4.32 and 1.85, respectively. Single-phase Al{sub 2}Au has the highest onset temperature for recovery of 475 deg. C and recrystallization of 575 deg. C. Upon annealing Au- and Al-rich films, their stresses deviate from the linear thermoelastic behavior at temperatures (T) above 200 and 450 deg. C, respectively, due to pores and metallic phases present. Metastable Au within the as-deposited Au-rich film is consumed by the growing intermetallic AlAu and AlAu{sub 2} phases at T{>=}450 deg. C, which themselves melt at {approx}625 deg. C. Due to nanometer scale segregations of Al, encapsulated by Al{sub 2}Au in Al-rich coatings, their melting point is reduced by {approx}85 deg. C to 575 deg. C. Dynamic thermal analyses up to 1100 deg. C in synthetic air reveal the single-phase Al{sub 2}Au films with a superior thermal stability and only negligible oxidation. At 750 deg. C, the mass gain is {approx}1.5 mg/cm{sup 2} after 50 h isothermal exposure. Based on the investigations, the authors can conclude that single-phase intermetallic Al{sub 2}Au films have a high potential for oxidation protection of sensitive materials.

  2. Development of intermetallic coatings for fusion power applications

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    Park, J.H.; Domenico, T.; Dragel, G.; Clark, R.

    1994-03-01

    In the design of liquid-metal cooling systems, corrosion resistance of structural materials and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) force and its subsequent influence on thermal hydraulics and corrosion are major concerns. The objective of this study is to develop stable corrosion-resistant electrical insulator coatings at the liquid-metal/structural-material interface, with emphasis on electrically insulating coatings that prevent adverse MHD-generated currents from passing through the structural walls. Vanadium and V-base alloys are potential materials for structural applications in a fusion reactor. Insulator coatings inside the tubing are required when the system is cooled by liquid metals. Various intermetallic films were produced on V, V-t, and V-20 Ti, V-5Cr-t and V-15Cr-t, and Ti, and Types 304 and 316 stainless steel. The intermetallic layers were developed by exposure of the materials to liquid lithium of 3--5 at.% and containing dissolved metallic solutes at temperatures of 416--880{degrees}C. Subsequently, electrical insulator coatings were produced by reaction of the reactive layers with dissolved nitrogen in liquid lithium or by air oxidation under controlled conditions at 600--1000{degrees}C. These reactions converted the intermetallic layers to electrically insulating oxide/nitride or oxy-nitride layers. This coating method could be applied to a commercial product. The liquid metal can be used over and over because only the solutes are consumed within the liquid metal. The technique can be applied to various shapes because the coating is formed by liquid-phase reaction. This paper will discuss initial results on the nature of the coatings and their in-situ electrical resistivity characteristics in liquid lithium at high temperatures.

  3. Chemical bonding in equiatomic cerium intermetallics - The case of CeMgSn, CePdSn, and CeMgPb

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    Matar, Samir F.; Pöttgen, Rainer

    2015-10-01

    The electronic and magnetic structures and the properties of chemical bonding in isopointal CeMgSn and CePdSn (both phases belong to the family of TiNiSi related intermetallics, space group Pnma) and CeMgPb belonging to the family of CeScSi intermetallics, space group I4/mmm, have been investigated within the density functional theory (DFT). The charge analyses indicate negatively charged tin and lead leading to assign the compounds as stannides and plumbides, as also illustrated by the mapping of the electron localization function ELF. Calculations within spin-degenerate non-magnetic spin-polarized ferro- (SP-F) and SP-antiferromagnetic configurations led to assign a major role of Ce 4f states in the onset of ordered moments within SP-AF ground states from energy differences. Chemical bonding analyses from crystal orbital overlap populations revealed the strongest interactions for Ce-Sn in CeMgSn, Ce-Pb in CeMgPb, and Ce-Pd in CePdSn.

  4. Rapid liquid phase sintered Mn doped BiFeO3 ceramics with enhanced polarization and weak magnetization

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    Kumar, Manoj; Yadav, K. L.

    2007-12-01

    Single-phase BiFe1-xMnxO3 multiferroic ceramics have been synthesized by rapid liquid phase sintering method to study the influence of Mn substitution on their crystal structure, dielectric, magnetic, and ferroelectric behaviors. From XRD analysis it is seen that Mn substitution does not affect the crystal structure of the BiFe1-xMnxO3 system. An enhancement in magnetization was observed for BiFe1-xMnxO3 ceramics. However, the ferooelectric hysteresis loops were not really saturated, we observed a spontaneous polarization of 10.23μC /cm2 under the applied field of 42kV/cm and remanent polarization of 3.99μC/cm2 for x =0.3 ceramic.

  5. Self-homodyne free-space optical communication system based on orthogonally polarized binary phase shift keying.

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    Cai, Guangyu; Sun, Jianfeng; Li, Guangyuan; Zhang, Guo; Xu, Mengmeng; Zhang, Bo; Yue, Chaolei; Liu, Liren

    2016-06-10

    A self-homodyne laser communication system based on orthogonally polarized binary phase shift keying is demonstrated. The working principles of this method and the structure of a transceiver are described using theoretical calculations. Moreover, the signal-to-noise ratio, sensitivity, and bit error rate are analyzed for the amplifier-noise-limited case. The reported experiment validates the feasibility of the proposed method and demonstrates its advantageous sensitivity as a self-homodyne communication system. PMID:27409006

  6. Magnetoelectric effect and magnetic phase diagram of a polar ferrimagnet CaBaFe4O7

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    Kocsis, V.; Tokunaga, Y.; Bordács, S.; Kriener, M.; Puri, A.; Zeitler, U.; Taguchi, Y.; Tokura, Y.; Kézsmárki, I.

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic phase diagram of a polar ferrimagnet CaBaFe4O7 with a magnetic easy axis has been investigated by measurements of magnetization, specific heat, and magnetoelectricity. A ferrimagnetic transition takes place at TC 1=275 K within the orthorhombic phase followed by a second magnetic transition at TC 2=211 K. Below TC 2, successive metamagnetic transitions occur for magnetic fields applied perpendicular to the easy axis, implying a sequential emergence of magnetic states which are neither collinear nor coplanar. The observation of the static magnetoelectric effect was limited to temperatures below 120 K due to the conducting nature of the crystals at higher temperatures. The magnitude of the ferroelectric polarization shows large changes between the different field-induced magnetic phases. The low-field state is characterized by a large linear magnetoelectric coefficient of αc c=39 ps/m, while a gigantic polarization change of Δ P =850 μ C /m2 is observed for μoH =14 T applied along the easy axis.

  7. Photonic generation of widely tunable phase-coded microwave signals based on a dual-parallel polarization modulator.

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    Liu, Shifeng; Zhu, Dan; Wei, Zhengwu; Pan, Shilong

    2014-07-01

    A photonic approach for the generation of a widely tunable arbitrarily phase-coded microwave signal based on a dual-parallel polarization modulator (DP-PolM) is proposed and demonstrated without using any optical or electrical filter. Two orthogonally polarized ± first-order optical sidebands with suppressed carrier are generated based on the DP-PolM, and their polarization directions are aligned with the two principal axes of the following PolM. Phase coding is implemented at a following PolM driven by an electrical coding signal. The inherent frequency-doubling operation can make the system work at a frequency beyond the operation bandwidth of the DP-PolM and the 90° hybrid. Because no optical or electrical filter is applied, good frequency tunability is realized. An experiment is performed. The generation of phase-coded signals tuning from 10 to 40 GHz with up to 10  Gbit/s coding rates is verified. PMID:24978781

  8. Polar Positioning of Phase-Separated Liquid Compartments in Cells Regulated by an mRNA Competition Mechanism.

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    Saha, Shambaditya; Weber, Christoph A; Nousch, Marco; Adame-Arana, Omar; Hoege, Carsten; Hein, Marco Y; Osborne-Nishimura, Erin; Mahamid, Julia; Jahnel, Marcus; Jawerth, Louise; Pozniakovski, Andrej; Eckmann, Christian R; Jülicher, Frank; Hyman, Anthony A

    2016-09-01

    P granules are non-membrane-bound RNA-protein compartments that are involved in germline development in C. elegans. They are liquids that condense at one end of the embryo by localized phase separation, driven by gradients of polarity proteins such as the mRNA-binding protein MEX-5. To probe how polarity proteins regulate phase separation, we combined biochemistry and theoretical modeling. We reconstitute P granule-like droplets in vitro using a single protein PGL-3. By combining in vitro reconstitution with measurements of intracellular concentrations, we show that competition between PGL-3 and MEX-5 for mRNA can regulate the formation of PGL-3 droplets. Using theory, we show that, in a MEX-5 gradient, this mRNA competition mechanism can drive a gradient of P granule assembly with similar spatial and temporal characteristics to P granule assembly in vivo. We conclude that gradients of polarity proteins can position RNP granules during development by using RNA competition to regulate local phase separation. PMID:27594427

  9. The μ3 model of acids and bases: extending the Lewis theory to intermetallics.

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    Stacey, Timothy E; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2012-04-01

    A central challenge in the design of new metallic materials is the elucidation of the chemical factors underlying the structures of intermetallic compounds. Analogies to molecular bonding phenomena, such as the Zintl concept, have proven very productive in approaching this goal. In this Article, we extend a foundational concept of molecular chemistry to intermetallics: the Lewis theory of acids and bases. The connection is developed through the method of moments, as applied to DFT-calibrated Hückel calculations. We begin by illustrating that the third and fourth moments (μ(3) and μ(4)) of the electronic density of states (DOS) distribution tune the properties of a pseudogap. μ(3) controls the balance of states above and below the DOS minimum, with μ(4) then determining the minimum's depth. In this way, μ(3) predicts an ideal occupancy for the DOS distribution. The μ(3)-ideal electron count is used to forge a link between the reactivity of transition metals toward intermetallic phase formation, and that of Lewis acids and bases toward adduct formation. This is accomplished through a moments-based definition of acidity which classifies systems that are electron-poor relative to the μ(3)-ideal as μ(3)-acidic, and those that are electron-rich as μ(3)-basic. The reaction of μ(3) acids and bases, whether in the formation of a Lewis acid/base adduct or an intermetallic phase, tends to neutralize the μ(3) acidity or basicity of the reactants. This μ(3)-neutralization is traced to the influence of electronegativity differences at heteroatomic contacts on the projected DOS curves of the atoms involved. The role of μ(3)-acid/base interactions in intermetallic phases is demonstrated through the examination of 23 binary phases forming between 3d metals, the stability range of the CsCl type, and structural trends within the Ti-Ni system. PMID:22420716

  10. Surfaces of Intermetallics: Quasicrystals and Beyond

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    Yuen, Chad

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this work is to characterize surfaces of intermetallics, including quasicrystals. In this work, surface characterization is primarily focused on composition and structure using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) performed under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions.

  11. High-temperature ordered intermetallic alloys VII

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    Koch, C.C.; Liu, C.T.; Stoloff, N.S.; Wanner, A.

    1997-12-31

    This volume is divided into the following sections: (1) processing; (2) titanium aluminides; (3) creep and fatigue of titanium aluminides; (4) iron aluminides; (5) nickel aluminides; (6) refractory metal-based and other intermetallics; and (7) composites. Separate abstracts were prepared for most papers in this volume.

  12. Surface order at surfactant-laden interfaces between isotropic liquid crystals and liquid phases with different polarity

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    Feng, Xunda; Bahr, Christian

    2011-03-01

    We present an ellipsometry study of the interface between thermotropic liquid crystals and liquid phases consisting of various binary mixtures of water and glycerol. The liquid-crystal samples contain a small constant amount of a surfactant which induces a homeotropic anchoring at the interface. We determine the smectic or nematic order at the interface in the temperature range above the liquid-crystal-isotropic transition while the water to glycerol ratio is varied, corresponding to a systematic modification of the polarity of the liquid phase. The surface-induced order becomes less pronounced with increasing glycerol concentration in the liquid phase. The observed behavior is compared with previous studies in which the surfactant concentration in the liquid-crystal bulk phase was varied. The results indicate that in both cases the magnitude of the surfactant coverage at the interface is the key quantity which determines the liquid-crystal surface order at the interface.

  13. Dissolution of iron intermetallics in Al-Si alloys through nonequilibrium heat treatment

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    Anantha Narayanan, L. |; Samuel, F.H.; Gruzleski, J.E.

    1995-08-01

    Conventional heat treatment techniques in Al-Si alloys to achieve optimum mechanical properties are limited to precipitation strengthening processes due to the presence of second-phase particles and spheroidization of silicon particles. The iron intermetallic compounds present in the microstructure of these alloys are reported to be stable, and they do not dissolve during conventional (equilibrium) heat treatments. The dissolution behavior of iron intermetallics on nonequilibrium heat treatment has been investigated by means of microstructure and mechanical property studies. The dissolution of iron intermetallics improves with increasing solution temperature. The addition of manganese to the alloy hinders the dissolution of iron intermetallics. Nonequilibrium heat treatment increases the strength properties of high iron alloys until a critical solution temperature is exceeded. Above this temperature, a large amount of liquid phase is formed as a result of interdendritic and grain boundary melting. The optimum solution treatment temperature for Al-6Si-3.5Cu-0.3Mg-1Fe alloys is found to be between 515 C and 520 C.

  14. Advances in nanoscale alloys and intermetallics: low temperature solution chemistry synthesis and application in catalysis.

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    Jana, Subhra

    2015-11-21

    Based on the bottom-up chemistry techniques, the size, shape, and composition controlled synthesis of nanoparticles can now be achieved uniformly, which is of great importance to the nanoscience community as well as in modern catalysis research. The low-temperature solution-phase synthesis approach represents one of the most attractive strategies and has been utilized to synthesize nanoscale metals, alloys and intermetallics, including a number of new metastable phases. This perspective will highlight the solution-based nanoparticle synthesis techniques, a low-temperature platform, for the synthesis of size and shape-tunable nanoscale transition metals, alloys, and intermetallics from the literature, keeping a focus on the utility of these nanomaterials in understanding the catalysis. For each solution-based nanoparticle synthesis technique, a comprehensive overview has been given for the reported nanoscale metals, alloys, and intermetallics, followed by critical comments. Finally, their enhanced catalytic activity and durability as novel catalysts have been discussed towards several hydrogenation/dehydrogenation reactions and also for different inorganic to organic reactions. Hence, the captivating advantages of this controllable low-temperature solution chemistry approach have several important implications and together with them this approach provides a promising route to the development of next-generation nanostructured metals, alloys, and intermetallics since they possess fascinating properties as well as outstanding catalytic activity. PMID:26477400

  15. Polarity control of GaN grown on pulsed-laser-deposited AlN/GaN template by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Yoo, Jinyeop; Shojiki, Kanako; Tanikawa, Tomoyuki; Kuboya, Shigeyuki; Hanada, Takashi; Katayama, Ryuji; Matsuoka, Takashi

    2016-05-01

    We report on the polarity control of GaN regrown on pulsed-laser-deposition-grown N-polar AlN on a metalorganic-vapor-phase-epitaxy-grown Ga-polar GaN template. The polarity of the regrown GaN, which was confirmed using aqueous KOH solutions, can be inverted from that of AlN by inserting a low-temperature GaN (LT-GaN) buffer layer. We hypothetically ascribe the Ga-polarity selection of GaN on the LT-GaN buffer layer to the mixed polarity of LT-GaN grains and higher growth rate of the Ga-polar grain, which covers up the N-polar grain during the initial stage of the high-temperature growth. The X-ray rocking curve analysis revealed that the edge-dislocation density in the N-polar regrown GaN is 5 to 8 times smaller than that in the Ga-polar regrown GaN. N-polar GaN grows directly on N-polar AlN at higher temperatures. Therefore, nucleus islands grow larger than those of LT-GaN and the area fraction of coalescence boundaries between islands, where edge dislocations emerge, becomes smaller.

  16. Theoretical Energy Release of Thermites, Intermetallics, and Combustible Metals

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    Fischer, S.H.; Grubelich, M.C.

    1999-05-14

    Thermite mixtures, intermetallic reactants, and metal fuels have long been used in pyrotechnic applications. Advantages of these systems typically include high energy density, high combustion temperature, and a wide range of gas production. They generally exhibit high temperature stability and possess insensitive ignition properties. For the specific applications of humanitarian demining and disposal of unexploded ordnance, these pyrotechnic formulations offer additional benefits. The combination of high thermal input with low brisance can be used to neutralize the energetic materials in mines and other ordnance without the "explosive" high-blast-pressure events that can cause extensive collateral damage to personnel, facilities, and the environment. In this paper, we review the applications, benefits, and characteristics of thermite mixtures, intermetallic reactants, and metal fuels. Calculated values for reactant density, heat of reaction (per unit mass and per unit volume), and reaction temperature (without and with consideration of phase changes and the variation of specific heat values) are tabulated. These data are ranked in several ways, according to density, heat of reaction, reaction temperature, and gas production.

  17. In situ examination of moving crack tips in ordered intermetallics.

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    Heuer, J.; Lam, N. Q.; Okamoto, P. R.; Stubbins, J. F.

    1999-01-25

    Recent studies have shown that high stress concentrations at moving crack tips in the intermetallic compound NiTi can induce a crystalline-to-amorphous (C-A) transformation of the crack tip region. This stress-induced C-A transformation has a temperature dependence and crystallization behavior similar to those of ion irradiation-induced C-A transformation of NiTi. The present study examines if these similarities between stress- and irradiation-induced amorphization hold true for two other intermetallic compounds, CuTi and Ni{sub 3}Ti. In situ straining was performed in an intermediate-voltage transmission electron microscope. The presence or absence of an amorphous phase was determined by dark field imaging and selected area diffraction of crack tip regions. Crack tips in both CuTi and Ni{sub 3}Ti were found to remain crystalline upon fracture. The observed absence of stress-induced amorphization in Ni{sub 3}Ti is consistent with its known absence during irradiation, but the absence in CuTi differs from its known irradiation-induced amorphization behavior. Reasons for the similarity and difference are discussed.

  18. Spark plasma sintering of titanium aluminide intermetallics and its composites

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    Aldoshan, Abdelhakim Ahmed

    Titanium aluminide intermetallics are a distinct class of engineering materials having unique properties over conventional titanium alloys. gamma-TiAl compound possesses competitive physical and mechanical properties at elevated temperature applications compared to Ni-based superalloys. gamma-TiAl composite materials exhibit high melting point, low density, high strength and excellent corrosion resistance. Spark plasma sintering (SPS) is one of the powder metallurgy techniques where powder mixture undergoes simultaneous application of uniaxial pressure and pulsed direct current. Unlike other sintering techniques such as hot iso-static pressing and hot pressing, SPS compacts the materials in shorter time (< 10 min) with a lower temperature and leads to highly dense products. Reactive synthesis of titanium aluminide intermetallics is carried out using SPS. Reactive sintering takes place between liquid aluminum and solid titanium. In this work, reactive sintering through SPS was used to fabricate fully densified gamma-TiAl and titanium aluminide composites starting from elemental powders at different sintering temperatures. It was observed that sintering temperature played significant role in the densification of titanium aluminide composites. gamma-TiAl was the predominate phase at different temperatures. The effect of increasing sintering temperature on microhardness, microstructure, yield strength and wear behavior of titanium aluminide was studied. Addition of graphene nanoplatelets to titanium aluminide matrix resulted in change in microhardness. In Ti-Al-graphene composites, a noticeable decrease in coefficient of friction was observed due to the influence of self-lubrication caused by graphene.

  19. The role of zinc on the chemistry of complex intermetallic compounds

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    Xie, Weiwei

    2014-01-01

    Combining experiments and electronic structure theory provides the framework to design and discover new families of complex intermetallic phases and to understand factors that stabilize both new and known phases. Using solid state synthesis and multiple structural determinations, ferromagnetic β-Mn type Co8+xZn12–x was analyzed for their crystal and electronic structures.

  20. Carrier-envelope-phase effects and V-like structure in nonsequential double ionization by elliptical polarization

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    Li, Yingbin; Yu, Benhai; Tang, Qingbin; Hua, Duanyang; Tong, Aihong; Jiang, Chenghuan; Shen, Naifeng; Li, Yongchao; Ge, Guixian; Wan, Jianguo

    2016-07-01

    The nonsequential double ionization (NSDI) of atom is revisited by elliptically polarized few-cycle laser pulse with the classical ensemble method. We focus on the events that both electrons emit into the same direction along the long and short axis of the laser polarization plane, and how do the correlated electron momentum spectra of these two events depends on the carrier-envelope-phase (CEP). We first exhibit that the double-ionization probability has a negligible dependence on CEP. Back analysis shows that the ionization dynamics of the second electron are strongly depend on the CEP, which is significantly responsible for the CEP-dependent correlated electron momentum spectra. Besides, the correlated electron momentum spectrum along the long axis of the laser polarization plane reproduces the so-called V-like structure (also called the figurelike structure) observed in experiments [A. Staudte, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 263002 (2007); A. Rudenko, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 263003 (2007)]. We sort the V-like shape into two regions and find that the different regions exhibit significantly different dynamics behaviors. Simultaneously, we demonstrate that the electron pairs emitted into the same direction along the short axis of the laser polarization plane is a result of the nuclear-electron attraction, and both the nuclear-electron attraction and e-e repulsion significantly contribute to the V-like structure.

  1. Development of intermetallic-hardened abrasion-resistant weld hardfacing alloys

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    School, M.R.

    1986-01-01

    Chromium and cobalt are strategic materials in the US and both are major constituents in many weld hardfacing alloys. Substitution for these materials or alternatives to their use was a primary direction of this investigation which was conducted in conjunction with the US Bureau of Mines. Minimization of the use of strategic materials was the criteria guiding the development of intermetallic-hardened abrasion resistant weld hardfacing materials. Other criteria were that the new alloy contain a hard intermetallic compound in an FCC matrix, and that these intermetallic compounds be stable at room temperature. A survey of ternary systems was made and the Fe-Mo-Ni system was selected to provide a basis for alloy development. Fe-Mo-Ni alloys synthesized by arc-melting and similar alloys made by welding possessed similar microstructures, a (Fe, Ni){sub 7}Mo{sub 6} intermetallic plus austenite eutectic in an austenitic matrix. These materials exhibited poor abrasive resistance. Silicon additions to the alloy promoted formation of a Laves phase FeMoSi intermetallic which helped increase the abrasive wear resistance. Through a series of alloy chemistry iterations a final composition of Fe-20Mo-15Ni-5Si was selected. Heat treatment of this alloy at 550 to 650 C caused second phase precipitation in the matrix and raised the hardness about 14 points HRC to 50 HRC. The alloy's wear rate, measured with the pin-on-drum abrasive wear test, was 6.3 to 6.5 mg/m. However this was twice the wear rate observed in commercial high-carbon high-chromium alloys. Based on examination of the alloy microstructures, their chemistry, and an analysis of the Fe-Mo-Si phase system; directions for further research are to increase the molybdenum and silicon content to produce a Fe-20Mo-10Ni-15Si composition.

  2. New magnets from interstitial intermetallics

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    Coey, J. M. D.; Skomski, R.

    1993-01-01

    The outlook for improving the energy product of permanent magnets beyond the theoretical limit of 516 kJ/m3 for Nd2Fe14B is discussed. Most promising are nanostructured two-phase magnets consisting of an aligned hard-magnetic skeleton phase possessing exceptionally high uniaxial anisotropy and a soft-magnetic phase which assures a high magnetization. Brown's paradox is discussed for inhomogeneous magnets, and micromagnetic calculations are used to predict energy products as high as 1090 kJ/m3 in suitable nanostructured Sm2Fe17N3/Fe65Co35 composites, such as multilayers or disordered two-phase magnets with common c axis.

  3. Structural and Electronic Investigations of Complex Intermetallic Compounds

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    Ko, Hyunjin

    2008-01-01

    structures of these and related materials. Such calculations allow us to examine various interactions at the atomic scale, interactions which include orbital overlap, two-electron interactions, and Madelung terms. Moreover, these electronic studies also provide links between the angstrom-scale atomic interactions and the macro-scale physical properties, such as magnetism. Over the past few decades, there have been many significant developments toward understanding structure-bonding-property relationships in extended solids in terms of variables including atomic size, valence electron concentration, and electronegativity. However, many simple approaches based on electron counting, e.g., the octet rule, the 18-electron rule, or Wade's rules for boranes, cannot be applied adequately or universally to many of the more complex intermetallic compounds. For intermetallic phases that include late transition metals and post transition main group elements as their constituents, one classification scheme has been developed and effectively applied by using their valence electron count per atom (vec). These compounds are known as Hume-Rothery electron phases, and they have a variety of structure types with vec < 2.0 as shown in Table 1.

  4. Spectral-domain measurement of the strain sensitivity of phase modal birefringence of polarization-maintaining optical fibers

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    Kaczmarek, Cezary

    2016-09-01

    The paper presents a new and simple method of measuring the strain sensitivity of phase modal birefringence (dΔn/dε) of polarization maintaining fibers (PMFs). The method is based on measuring the spectral strain sensitivity of a strain sensor in the configuration of a Sagnac interferometer with a PMF. The measured spectral strain sensitivity of the sensor is used to determine the strain sensitivity of phase modal birefringence and the polarimetric strain sensitivity of the PMF. In addition, a new procedure for determining the sign of the strain sensitivity of phase and group modal birefringence of a PMF. Using this method, measurements of the strain sensitivity of modal birefringence of PMFs were performed: a PM-PCF and a Bow-Tie fiber, in the wavelength range 1460-1600 nm. A comparison of the results of these measurements with results obtained using other methods for the same types of fibers is presented.

  5. Highly entangled photons and rapidly responding polarization qubit phase gates in a room-temperature active Raman gain medium

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    Hang Chao; Huang Guoxiang

    2010-11-15

    We present a scheme for obtaining entangled photons and quantum phase gates in a room-temperature four-state tripod-type atomic system with two-mode active Raman gain (ARG). We analyze the linear and nonlinear optical responses of this ARG system and show that the scheme is fundamentally different from those based on electromagnetically induced transparency and hence can avoid significant probe-field absorption as well as a temperature-related Doppler effect. We demonstrate that highly entangled photon pairs can be produced and rapidly responding polarization qubit phase gates can be constructed based on the unique features of the enhanced cross-phase-modulation and superluminal probe-field propagation of the system.

  6. Concerted spatial-frequency and polarization-phase filtering of laser images of polycrystalline networks of blood plasma smears

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    Ushenko, Yu A.

    2012-11-01

    The complex technique of concerted polarization-phase and spatial-frequency filtering of blood plasma laser images is suggested. The possibility of obtaining the coordinate distributions of phases of linearly and circularly birefringent protein networks of blood plasma separately is presented. The statistical (moments of the first to fourth orders) and scale self-similar (logarithmic dependences of power spectra) structure of phase maps of different types of birefringence of blood plasma of two groups of patients-healthy people (donors) and those suffering from rectal cancer-is investigated. The diagnostically sensitive parameters of a pathological change of the birefringence of blood plasma polycrystalline networks are determined. The effectiveness of this technique for detecting change in birefringence in the smears of other biological fluids in diagnosing the appearance of cholelithiasis (bile), operative differentiation of the acute and gangrenous appendicitis (exudate), and differentiation of inflammatory diseases of joints (synovial fluid) is shown.

  7. Quaternary borocarbides: New class of intermetallic superconductors

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    Nagarajan, R.; Gupta, L. C.; Dhar, S. K.; Mazumdar, Chandan; Hossain, Zakir; Godart, C.; Levy-Clement, C.; Padalia, B. D.; Vijayaraghavan, R.

    1995-01-01

    Our recent discovery of superconductivity (SC) in the four-element multiphase Y-Ni-B-C system at an elevated temperature (TC approximately 12 K) has opened up great possibilities of identifying new superconducting materials and generating new physics. Superconductivity with Tc (greater than 20 K) higher than that known so far in bulk intermetallics has been observed in multiphase Y-Pd-B-C and Th-Pd-B-C systems and a family of single phase materials RENi2B2C (RE= Y, rare earth) have been found. Our investigations show YNi2B2C to be a strong coupling hard type-II SC. HC2(T) exhibits an unconventional temperature dependence. Specific heat and magnetization studies reveal coexistence of SC and magnetism in RNi2B2C (R = Ho, Er, Tm) with magnetic ordering temperatures (Tc approximately 8 K, 10.5 K, 11 K and Tm approximately 5 K, approximately 7K, approximately 4 K respectively) that are remarkably higher than those in known magnetic superconductors . Mu-SR studies suggest the possibility of Ni atoms carrying a moment in TmNi2B2C. Resistivity results suggests a double re-entrant transition (SC-normal-SC) in HoNi2B2C. RENi2B2C (RE = Ce, Nd, Gd) do not show SC down to 4.2 K. The Nd- and Gd-compounds order magnetically at approximately 4.5 K and approximately 19.5 K, respectively. Two SC transitions are observed in Y-Pd-B-C (Tc approximately 22 K, approximately 10 K) and in Th-Pd-B-C (Tc approximately 20 K, approximately 14 K) systems, which indicate that there are at least two structures which support SC in these borocarbides. In our multiphase ThNi2B2C we observe SC at approximately 6 K. No SC was seen in multiphase UNi2B2C, UPd2B2C, UOs2Ge2C and UPd5B3C(0.35) down to 4.2 K. Tc in YNi2B2C is depressed by substitutions (Gd, Th and U at Y-sites and Fe, Co at Ni-sites).

  8. Quaternary borocarbides: New class of intermetallic superconductors

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    Nagarajan, R.; Gupta, L. C.; Dhar, S. K.; Mazumdar, Chandan; Hossain, Zakir; Godart, C.; Levy-Clement, C.; Padalia, B. D.; Vijayaraghavan, R.

    1995-04-01

    Our recent discovery of superconductivity (SC) in the four-element multiphase Y-Ni-B-C system at an elevated temperature (TC approximately 12 K) has opened up great possibilities of identifying new superconducting materials and generating new physics. Superconductivity with Tc (greater than 20 K) higher than that known so far in bulk intermetallics has been observed in multiphase Y-Pd-B-C and Th-Pd-B-C systems and a family of single phase materials RENi2B2C (RE= Y, rare earth) have been found. Our investigations show YNi2B2C to be a strong coupling hard type-II SC. HC2(T) exhibits an unconventional temperature dependence. Specific heat and magnetization studies reveal coexistence of SC and magnetism in RNi2B2C (R = Ho, Er, Tm) with magnetic ordering temperatures (Tc approximately 8 K, 10.5 K, 11 K and Tm approximately 5 K, approximately 7K, approximately 4 K respectively) that are remarkably higher than those in known magnetic superconductors . Mu-SR studies suggest the possibility of Ni atoms carrying a moment in TmNi2B2C. Resistivity results suggests a double re-entrant transition (SC-normal-SC) in HoNi2B2C. RENi2B2C (RE = Ce, Nd, Gd) do not show SC down to 4.2 K. The Nd- and Gd-compounds order magnetically at approximately 4.5 K and approximately 19.5 K, respectively. Two SC transitions are observed in Y-Pd-B-C (Tc approximately 22 K, approximately 10 K) and in Th-Pd-B-C (Tc approximately 20 K, approximately 14 K) systems, which indicate that there are at least two structures which support SC in these borocarbides. In our multiphase ThNi2B2C we observe SC at approximately 6 K. No SC was seen in multiphase UNi2B2C, UPd2B2C, UOs2Ge2C and UPd5B3C(0.35) down to 4.2 K. Tc in YNi2B2C is depressed by substitutions (Gd, Th and U at Y-sites and Fe, Co at Ni-sites).

  9. Metal thin-film optical polarizers for space applications, phase 2

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    Slocum, Robert E.

    1991-01-01

    A light polarizing material was developed for wavelengths in the visible and near infrared spectral band (400 to 3,000 nm). The material is comprised of ellipsoidal silver particles uniformly distributed and aligned on the surface of an optical material. A method is set forth for making polarizing material by evaporatively coating a smooth glass surface with ellipsoidal silver particles. The wavelength of peak absorption is chosen by selecting the aspect ratio of the ellipsoidal metal particles and the refractive index of the material surrounding the metal particles. The wavelength of peak absorption can be selected to fall at a desired wavelength in the range from 400 to 3,000 nm by control of the deposition process. This method is demonstrated by evaporative deposition of silver particles directly on to a smooth optical surface. By applying a multilayer silver coating of a glass disc, a contrast of greater than 40,000 was achieved at 590 nm. A polarizing filter was designed, fabricated, and assembled which achieved contrast of 100,00 at 59 nm and can serve as a replacement for crystal polarizers.

  10. Measurements of the backscattering phase matrices of crystal clouds with a polarization lidar

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    Kaul, B. V.; Kuznetsov, A. L.; Polovtseva, E. R.

    1992-01-01

    A polarization technique based on measurements of intensities of the polarized I(parallel) and crosspolarized I(perpendicular) components of scattered radiation is often used in lidar studies of aerosols. The ratio I(perp)/I(para) is related to nonsphericity of scattering particles and it is often called, though unjustified, depolarization. Correct definition of the term has previously been shown to be the value d = 1 - P, where P is the degree of polarization defined in terms of the Stokes parameters. In fact, measurements of I(para) and I(perp) enable one to determine the Stokes parameter Q = I(para) - I(perp), and under the condition U = V = 0 the depolarization is determined by the relationship d = 2 x I(perp)/(I(para) + I(perp)). In 1988 a new cycle of measuring the Stokes parameters of lidar returns from scattering media irradiated with a linearly polarized light was started. Based on the lidar data obtained during the 1988-1990 period, a classification of scattering ensembles was made which reveals five types of the scattering particle ensembles differing by a combination of the Stokes parameters. In the 1990-1991 period, a cycle of measurements of the lidar returns' Stokes parameters was carried out using sounding radiation.

  11. Strains and polarization developed during electric field-induced antiferroelectric to ferroelectric phase transformations in lead zirconate-based ceramics

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    Frederick, Joshua

    Widespread adoption of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, will necessitate an efficient way to interface with energy storage devices in order to ensure around-the-clock energy delivery during off-peak hours. Energy storage devices implementing linear dielectric capacitors offer exceptional power density (i.e. rate of charge/discharge), but cannot match the energy density (i.e. storage capacity) of batteries. However, replacing the linear dielectric in capacitors with an antiferroelectric material has the potential to increase the energy density by approximately one order of magnitude. Since the energy is stored via a reversible and diffusionless antiferroelectric-to-ferroelectric phase transformation, the high power density is maintained. In this study, the response of antiferroelectric Pb0.99Nb 0.02[(Zr0.57Sn0.43)1-yTi y]0.98O3 ceramics with compositions near an antiferroelectric/ferroelectric phase boundary were systemically characterized in the presence of electric fields. By altering the titanium content ( y in the chemical formula) the phase boundary was incrementally approached, allowing for detailed study of the electric field-induced phase transformation in this region of structural instability. The key parameters of polarization, longitudinal strain, and transverse strain were simultaneously recorded as a function of externally applied electric fields on all compositions. It was found that the volume expansion and polarization developed during the antiferroelectric-to-ferroelectric phase transformation remained ~0.4% and ~30 muC/cm2, respectively, regardless of the composition in the range of 0.060 ≤ y ≤ 0.075. However, the critical field strengths associated with the phase transformation varied in a linear fashion with y, supporting the suggestion that increasing the titanium content strengthens the ferroelectric ordering of the system. Application of axial and radial compressive pre-stresses to samples with composition y = 0

  12. Mechanical behavior of molybdenum-modified Cr{sub 3}Si/Cr{sub 5}Si{sub 3} intermetallics

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    Nazmy, M.; Noseda, C.; Augustin, S.; Lipetzky, P.; Stoloff, N.S.

    1997-12-31

    Two molybdenum-modified chromium silicide base intermetallics have been prepared by powder metallurgy and investigated with respect to the hardness, flexural strength and fracture toughness at different temperatures. As toughening phase, tungsten, Pt-6%Rh and Saphikon fibers were tried to improve the toughness of these two intermetallics. The tungsten fibers generated microcracks in the base material due to the large mismatch in the coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) between the fiber and the intermetallic. The Pt-6%Rh and Saphikon fibers did not exhibit such cracking. An improvement in the fracture toughness was observed especially at elevated temperatures. The Saphikon fibers did not show interfacial reaction. Some limited diffusion of silicon was detected in the Pt-6%Rh phase after 1,400 C treatment.

  13. Considerations on HILIC and Polar Organic Solvent Based Separations: Use of Cyclodextrin and Macrocyclic Glycopetide Stationary Phases

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    Wang, Chunlei; Jiang, Chunxia; Armstrong, Daniel W

    2015-01-01

    There is a natural tendency in science to prefer straightforward, logical classification systems. The use of mobile phase-stationary phase combinations that do not fit neatly into the standard “normal phase” or “reversed-phase” categories has been going on for over 50 years. The term “hydrophilic interaction chromatography” (HILIC) is sometimes being used as a general category for these “other” separations. In some cases it may be appropriate and in others, not. Indeed the mechanistic constrains used to define the method seem to be varying with time. Given the name HILIC, it is assumed that water is not only present in the mobile phase, but also plays an essential role in the retention mechanism. However, there is residual water present in all organic solvents. Regardless, the number of reported separations in this alternative mode has increased tremendously in the last two decades. This is due to the advent of new stationary phases and an emphasis on polar, biologically important molecules. We discuss the relationships between HILIC and other chromatographic modes. We then examine two classes of stationary phases that have played a major role in these separations. These particular stationary phases can be used to provide appreciable mechanistic information as well. PMID:18615818

  14. First-principle studies of Ca-X (X=Si,Ge,Sn,Pb) intermetallic compounds

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    Yang Zhiwen; Shi Dongmin; Wen Bin; Melnik, Roderick; Yao Shan; Li Tingju

    2010-01-15

    The structural properties, elastic properties, heats of formation, electronic structures, and densities of states of 20 intermetallic compounds in the Ca-X (X=Si, Ge, Sn, Pb) systems have been systematically investigated by using first-principle calculations. Our computational results indicated that with increasing atomic weight of X, the bulk modulus of Ca-X intermetallic compounds decreases gradually. It was also found that Ca{sub 36}Sn{sub 23} and CaPb are mechanically unstable phases. Results on the electronic energy band and densities of states also indicated that Ca{sub 3}Si{sub 4} is an indirect band gap semiconductor with a band gap of 0.598 eV, and Ca{sub 2}Si, Ca{sub 2}Ge, Ca{sub 2}Sn, and Ca{sub 2}Pb are direct band gap semiconductors with band gaps of 0.324, 0.265, 0.06, and 0.07 eV, respectively. In addition, it is found that the absolute values of heats of formation for all Ca-X intermetallics are larger than 30 kJ/mol atom. - Graphical abstract: Calculated (a) bulk moduli and (b) shear moduli of Ca-X system intermetallic compounds.

  15. Bergman Clusters, Multiple Bonds, and Defect Planes: Synthetic Outcomes of Chemical Frustration in Ternary Intermetallic Systems

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    Hadler, Amelia Beth

    Intermetallics crystallize in a variety of complex structures, many of which show unusual bonding or intriguing properties. Understanding what factors drive this structural chemistry would be a valuable step towards designing new intermetallics with specific structures or properties. One pathway towards understanding and predicting the structures of complex intermetallics is chemical frustration, a design tool which harnesses competition between incompatible bonding or packing modes to induce complexity in ternary intermetallic systems. The research outlined in this thesis focuses on developing chemical frustration through exploratory synthesis in ternary systems designed to induce frustration between the tetrahedral close packing of many intermetallics and the simple cubic packing seen for ionic salts or elemental metals. Syntheses in three systems yielded six new ternary intermetallics, four of which crystallize in novel structure types. Three were discovered in the Ca-Cu-Cd system: Ca5Cu2Cd and Ca2Cu 2Cd9, which adopt ternary variants of binary structures, and Ca10Cu2Cd27, which crystallizes in a new structure built from Bergman clusters. All three structures can be traced to electronic packing frustration induced by the similar electronegativities but different metallic radii of Cu and Cd. The Gd-Fe-C system yielded the new carbometalate Gd13Fe 10C13 and an oxycarbide derivative. These phases crystallize in structures built from Gd tricapped trigonal prisms interpenetrated by an Fe-C network. Theoretical analyses reveal that Fe-Fe and Fe-C multiple bonding is found throughout this network. A theoretical investigation of similar carbides uncovers additional metal-metal, metal-carbon, and carbon-carbon multiple bonding. This unusual bonding stabilizes the carbides by satisfying preferred electron counts for their transition metal sites. One new phase, Mg4.5Pd5Ge1.5, was found in the Mg-Pd-Ge system. Its structure is closely related to the CsCl-type structure of

  16. Forging of FeAl intermetallic compounds

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    Flores, O.; Juarez, J.; Campillo, B.; Martinez, L.; Schneibel, J.H.

    1994-09-01

    Much activity has been concentrated on the development of intermetallic compounds with the aim of improving tensile ductility, fracture toughness and high notch sensitivity in order to develop an attractive combination of properties for high and low temperature applications. This paper reports experience in processing and forging of FeAl intermetallic of B2 type. During the experiments two different temperatures were employed, and the specimens were forged after annealing in air, 10{sup {minus}2} torr vacuum and argon. From the results it was learned that annealing FeAl in argon atmosphere prior to forging resulted in better deformation behavior than for the other two environments. For the higher forging temperature used in the experiments (700C), the as-cast microstructure becomes partially recrystallized.

  17. A Study on the Formation of Intermetallics During the Heat Treatment of Explosively Welded Al-Ti Multilayers

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    Foadian, Farzad; Soltanieh, Mansour; Adeli, Mandana; Etminanbakhsh, Majid

    2014-04-01

    Metallic-intermetallic laminate composites are promising materials for many applications, namely, in the aerospace industry. Ti/TiAl3 laminates are one of the interesting laminate composites, which are mostly used in aerospace applications. In this work, commercially pure aluminum and titanium sheets were explosively joined. The multilayer samples were annealed between 1 and 260 hours at 903 K (630 °C) in ambient atmosphere, and the formation and growth of the intermetallic compound at the Ti/Al interface were monitored. Microstructural investigations were carried out using optical and scanning electron microscopes equipped with energy-dispersive spectroscopy and the X-ray diffraction technique. The microhardness profile of the layers was also determined. The thickness and type of Al-Ti intermetallics were determined. It was found that the only intermetallic phase observed in the interfaces was TiAl3. It was also shown that two mechanisms for TiAl3 growth exist: reaction and diffusion controlled. The growth exponent was equal to 0.94 for the reaction-controlled mechanism (first step) and 0.31 for the diffusion-controlled mechanism (second step). These values were in good agreement with theoretical values (1 and 0.5 for the first and second steps, respectively). Based on the results of this research, a kinetic model for the formation and growth of TiAl3 intermetallic phase was proposed.

  18. 110 km transmission of 160 Gbit/s RZ-DQPSK signals by midspan polarization-insensitive optical phase conjugation in a Ti:PPLN waveguide.

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    Hu, Hao; Nouroozi, Rahman; Ludwig, Reinhold; Schmidt-Langhorst, Carsten; Suche, Hubertus; Sohler, Wolfgang; Schubert, Colja

    2010-09-01

    We demonstrate 160 Gbit/s return-to-zero (RZ) differential quarternary phase-shift keying (DQPSK) signal transmission over a 110 km single-mode fiber by taking advantage of mid-span optical phase conjugation (OPC). The technique is based on nonlinear wavelength conversion by cascaded second harmonic and difference frequency generation in a Ti:PPLN waveguide. Error-free operation with a negligible optical signal-to-noise ratio penalty for the signal after the OPC transmission without and with polarization scrambling was achieved. The results also show the polarization insensitivity of the OPC system using a polarization diversity scheme. PMID:20808351

  19. Plasma spray forming metals, intermetallics, and composites

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    Sampath, Sanjay; Herman, Herbert

    1993-07-01

    Plasma spray processing is a droplet deposition method that combines the steps of melting, rapid solidification, and consolidation into a single step. The versatility of the technology enables the processing of freestanding bulk, near-net shapes of a wide range of alloys, intermetallics, ceramics, and composites, while still retaining the benefits of rapid solidification processing. In particular, it is possible to produce dense forms through vacuum plasma spraying.

  20. Oxygen stabilized zirconium vanadium intermetallic compound

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    Mendelsohn, Marshall H.; Gruen, Dieter M.

    1982-01-01

    An oxygen stabilized intermetallic compound having the formula Zr.sub.x OV.sub.y where x=0.7 to 2.0 and y=0.18 to 0.33. The compound is capable of reversibly sorbing hydrogen at temperatures from -196.degree. C. to 450.degree. C. at pressures down to 10.sup.-6 Torr. The compound is also capable of selectively sorbing hydrogen from gaseous mixtures in the presence of CO and CO.sub.2.

  1. Arc Casting Intermetallic Alloy (Materials Preparation Center)

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    2010-01-01

    Arc casting of intermetallic (La-Ni-Sn) AB5 alloy used for metal hydride hydrogen storage. Upon solidification the Sn is partially rejected and increases in concentration in the remaining liquid. Upon completing solidification there is a great deal of internal stress in the ingot. As the ingot cools further the stress is relieved. This material was cast at the Ames Laboratorys Materials Preparation Center http://www.mpc.ameslab.gov

  2. High-energy Nd:Cr:GSGG lasers based on phase and polarization conjugated multiple-pass amplifiers

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    Jackel, Steven M.; Moshe, Inon; Kaufman, Alon; Lavi, Raphael; Lallouz, Raphael

    1997-07-01

    Lasers based on Nd:Cr:GSGG low-energy oscillator/high-energy multiple-pass amplifiers produced 1.7 J pulses in a M2 approximately equals 2 divergence beam at 2.4% electrical efficiency. Thermal lensing and birefringence correction were major factors driving the amplifier design. Essential components in achieving a moderate average power output were an intra-amplifier telescope to correct for lowest order thermal focusing, a phase conjugate mirror to correct for higher order thermal lensing aberrations, and a linear optics derived polarization conjugator to correct for birefringence.

  3. Reflection-induced linear polarization rotation and phase modulation between orthogonal waves for refractive index variation measurement.

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    Twu, Ruey-Ching; Wang, Jhao-Sheng

    2016-04-01

    An optical phase interrogation is proposed to study reflection-induced linear polarization rotation in a common-path homodyne interferometer. This optical methodology can also be applied to the measurement of the refractive index variation of a liquid solution. The performance of the refractive index sensing structure is discussed theoretically, and the experimental results demonstrated a very good ability based on the proposed schemes. Compared with a conventional common-path heterodyne interferometer, the proposed homodyne interferometer with only a single channel reduced the usage of optic elements. PMID:27192320

  4. ⁵⁷Fe polarization-dependent synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy using a diamond phase plate and an iron borate nuclear Bragg monochromator.

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    Mitsui, Takaya; Imai, Yasuhiko; Masuda, Ryo; Seto, Makoto; Mibu, Ko

    2015-03-01

    Energy-domain (57)Fe polarization-dependent synchrotron radiation Mössbauer spectroscopy was developed by using a diamond X-ray phase plate and an iron borate nuclear Bragg monochromator. The former controls the polarization of the incident synchrotron radiation X-rays and the latter filters the (57)Fe-Mössbauer radiation with a narrow bandwidth of ∼3.4 Γ0 (Γ0 ≃ 4.7 neV: natural linewidth of the (57)Fe nucleus) from the broadband synchrotron radiation. The developed nuclear diffraction optics allowed (57)Fe-Mössbauer studies to be performed with various polarization states, i.e. linear polarization, circular polarization and non-polarization. In this paper, the spectrometer system, beam characterization, performance-test experiments and a grazing-incidence Mössbauer measurement of an isotope-enriched ((57)Fe: 95%) iron thin film are described. PMID:25723944

  5. Intermetallic bonded ceramic matrix composites

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    Plucknett, K.P.; Tiegs, T.N.; Alexander, K.B.; Becher, P.F.; Schneibel, J.H.; Waters, S.B.; Menchhofer, P.A.

    1995-07-01

    A range of carbide and oxide-based cermets have been developed utilizing ductile nickel aluminide (Ni{sub 3}Al) alloy binder phases. Some of these, notably materials based upon tungsten and titanium carbides (WC and TiC respectively), offer potential as alternatives to the cermets which use cobalt binders (i.e. WC/Co). Samples have been prepared by blending commercially available Ni{sub 3}Al alloy powders with the desired ceramic phases, followed by hot-pressing. Alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) matrix materials have also been prepared by pressurized molten alloy infiltration. The microstructure, flexure strength and fracture toughness of selected materials are discussed.

  6. Plastic deformation of ordered intermetallic alloys: Fundamental aspects

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    Yoo, M.H.

    1994-10-01

    Fundamental aspects of plastic deformation in ordered intermetallic alloys are reviewed by directly comparing the temperature-dependent yield stresses of Ni{sub 3}Al and Ni{sub 3}Si (the L1{sub 2} structure), NiAl and FeAl (the B2 structure), and TiAl and Ti{sub 3}Al (non-cubic L1{sub 0} and D0{sub 19} structures, respectively). While the yield strength anomaly observed in Ni{sub 3}Al is consistent with the prevailing dislocation models, that found in stoichiometric Ni{sub 3}Si is not. The strong plastic anisotropy observed in NiAl stems from the high antiphase boundary energy, and that found in two-phase {gamma}-TiAl/{alpha}{sub 2}-Ti{sub 3}Al is due to the exceptionally high compressive yield strength along the c-axis of Ti{sub 3}Al.

  7. Overview of the development of FeAl intermetallic alloys

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    Maziasz, P.J.; Liu, C.T.; Goodwin, G.M.

    1995-09-01

    B2-phase FeAl ordered intermetallic alloys based on an Fe-36 at.% Al composition are being developed to optimize a combination of properties that includes high-temperature strength, room-temperature ductility, and weldability. Microalloying with boron and proper processing are very important for FeAl properties optimization. These alloys also have the good to outstanding resistance to oxidation, sulfidation, and corrosion in molten salts or chlorides at elevated temperatures, characteristic of FeAl with 30--40 at.% Al. Ingot- and powder-metallurgy (IM and PM, respectively) processing both produce good properties, including strength above 400 MPa up to about 750 C. Technology development to produce FeAl components for industry testing is in progress. In parallel, weld-overlay cladding and powder coating technologies are also being developed to take immediate advantage of the high-temperature corrosion/oxidation and erosion/wear resistance of FeAl.

  8. Local Polarization Dynamics and Bias-Induced Phase Transitions in Ferroelectric Relaxors: Time-resolved Spectroscopy and Ergodic Gap Mapping

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    Kalinin, S. V.; Rodriguez, B.; Nikiforov, M. P.; Balke, N.; Jesse, S.; Ovchinnikov, O. S.; Bokov, A. A.; Ye, Z.-G.

    2009-03-01

    Mesoscopic domain structure and dynamics in PMN-PT solis solutions is studied using spatially resolved time- and voltage spectroscopic imaging modes. For compositions close to the MPB, we observe the formation of classical ferroelectric domains with rough self-affine boundaries. In the ergodic phase (PMN and PMN-10PT), the formation of non-classical labyrinthine domain patterns characterized by a single characteristic length scale is observed. The (a) persistence of these patterns well above Tc and (b) the fact that cannot be switched by tip bias suggest that they can be attributed to the frozen polarization component. Spatial variability of polarization relaxation dynamics in PMN-10PT is studied. Local relaxation attributed to the reorientation of polar nanoregions was found to follow stretched exponential dependence, with β 0.4, much larger than the macroscopic value determined from dielectric spectra (β 0.09). The spatial inhomogeneity of relaxation time distribution with the presence of 100-200 nm ``fast'' and ``slow'' regions is observed. The results are analyzed to map the Vogel-Fulcher temperatures on the nanoscale. The applicability of this technique to map ``ergodic gap'' distribution on the surface is discussed. Research supported by the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is managed by UT-Battelle, LLC.

  9. Brushing up on the history of intermetallics in dentistry

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    Waterstrat, Richard M.

    1990-03-01

    Employing a silver-tin-mercury intermetallic to repair cavities may seem a little unusual, but intermetallics are quite common in dentistry, ranging from gold crowns to braces. Although the human mouth can be unfriendly territory for a brittle intermetallic alloy, dental amalgam has been around since 659 A.D., and its technology has been developed to the point where a filling can be expected to last 30 years or more.

  10. Phase behavior and microstructure of microemulsions with a room-temperature ionic liquid as the polar phase.

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    Atkin, Rob; Warr, Gregory G

    2007-08-01

    Microemulsions of nonionic alkyl oligoethyleneoxide (CiEj) surfactants, alkanes, and ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), a room-temperature ionic liquid, have been prepared and characterized. Studies of phase behavior reveal that EAN microemulsions have many features in common with corresponding aqueous systems, the primary difference being that higher surfactant concentrations and longer surfactant tailgroups are required to offset the decreased solvophobicity the surfactant molecules in EAN compared with water. The response of the EAN microemulsions to variation in the length of the alkane, surfactant headgroup, and surfactant tailgroup has been found to parallel that observed in aqueous systems in most instances. EAN microemulsions exhibit a single broad small-angle X-ray scattering peak, like aqueous systems. These are well described by the Teubner-Strey model. A lamellar phase was also observed for surfactants with longer tails at lower temperatures. The scattering peaks of both microemulsion and lamellar phases move to lower wave vector on increasing temperature. This is ascribed to a decrease in the interfacial area of the surfactant layer. Phase behavior, small-angle X-ray scattering, and conductivity experiments have allowed the weakly to strongly structured transition to be identified for EAN systems. PMID:17636975

  11. Simultaneous calorimetric and polarization microscopy investigations of light induced changes over phase transitions in a liquid crystal-napthopyran mixture

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    Paoloni, S.; Mercuri, F.; Marinelli, M.; Pizzoferrato, R.; Zammit, U.; Kosa, T.; Sukhomlinova, L.; Taheri, B.

    2015-10-01

    We have studied the specific heat and the thermal conductivity in a 4-(n-octyl)-4'-cyanobiphenyl liquid crystal (LC)-photochromic molecules mixture, before, during, and after the photo-activation of the dispersed photochromic molecules, over both the smectic A-nematic and the nematic-isotropic phase transitions. The evaluation of the specific heat has enabled the determination of the changes of the phase transition characteristics induced by the photochromic molecules photoisomerization, while that of the thermal conductivity could be used to monitor the modifications induced in the average LC molecular orientation. The polarization microscopy imaging of the sample texture constituted a valuable support for the interpretation of the obtained thermal conductivity results.

  12. Multi-component analysis of polar water pollutants using sequential solid-phase extraction followed by LC-ESI-MS.

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    Loos, Robert; Hanke, Georg; Eisenreich, Steven J

    2003-06-01

    A multi-component screening analysis method for polar to medium-polar water pollutants was developed. Sample clean-up and group separation are performed by sequential solid-phase extraction (SSPE) using automated SPE with C18 and polymeric sorbent materials. Analyses are performed by liquid chromatography electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS) using a single-quadrupole instrument. More than 90 priority compounds of environmental interest--comprising the most important chemical and substance classes: phenols, carboxylic acids, aromatic sulfonates, aromatic amines, pharmaceuticals, surfactants, dyes, and pesticides--have been chosen for the experiments. The compounds are divided by the SSPE procedure into 3 different polarity classes. The extraction recoveries were determined in the 3 fractions for every single substance, and were for most of the analytes in the range of 50-100%. A mixture of hexane-dichloromethane was used for the elution of nonpolar compounds like alkylphenols from C18. Methanol and acetone are well suited for the elution of more polar substances. The limits of detection (LODs) were determined for all compounds. Effluents from municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) treating waste water from textile industries; and the corresponding receiving waters (rivers and lakes) have been analysed with the developed method. Urban and industrial pollution was observed in rivers and streams in the area north of Milan, Italy. In the water samples different phenols (nitrophenols, bisphenol A, nonylphenol), alkylphenol ethoxylate surfactants, their metabolites with endocrine disrupting potential, aromatic sulfonates, linear alkylbenzenesulfonate surfactants, dyes, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and a dichlorobenzidine compound were identified. PMID:12833980

  13. Polarization Aberrations

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    Mcguire, James P., Jr.; Chipman, Russell A.

    1990-01-01

    The analysis of the polarization characteristics displayed by optical systems can be divided into two categories: geometrical and physical. Geometrical analysis calculates the change in polarization of a wavefront between pupils in an optical instrument. Physical analysis propagates the polarized fields wherever the geometrical analysis is not valid, i.e., near the edges of stops, near images, in anisotropic media, etc. Polarization aberration theory provides a starting point for geometrical design and facilitates subsequent optimization. The polarization aberrations described arise from differences in the transmitted (or reflected) amplitudes and phases at interfaces. The polarization aberration matrix (PAM) is calculated for isotropic rotationally symmetric systems through fourth order and includes the interface phase, amplitude, linear diattenuation, and linear retardance aberrations. The exponential form of Jones matrices used are discussed. The PAM in Jones matrix is introduced. The exact calculation of polarization aberrations through polarization ray tracing is described. The report is divided into three sections: I. Rotationally Symmetric Optical Systems; II. Tilted and Decentered Optical Systems; and Polarization Analysis of LIDARs.

  14. Oxidation Control of Atmospheric Plasma Sprayed FeAl Intermetallic Coatings Using Dry-Ice Blasting

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    Song, Bo; Dong, Shujuan; Coddet, Pierre; Hansz, Bernard; Grosdidier, Thierry; Liao, Hanlin; Coddet, Christian

    2013-03-01

    The performance of atmospheric plasma sprayed FeAl coatings has been remarkably limited because of oxidation and phase transformation during the high-temperature process of preparation. In the present work, FeAl intermetallic coatings were prepared by atmospheric plasma spraying combined with dry-ice blasting. The microstructure, oxidation, porosity, and surface roughness of FeAl intermetallic coatings were investigated. The results show that a denser FeAl coating with a lower content of oxide and lower degree of phase transformation can be achieved because of the cryogenic, the cleaning, and the mechanical effects of dry-ice blasting. The surface roughness value decreased, and the adhesive strength of FeAl coating increased after the application of dry-ice blasting during the atmospheric plasma spraying process. Moreover, the microhardness of the FeAl coating increased by 72%, due to the lower porosity and higher dislocation density.

  15. Enhanced resolution of Mentha piperita volatile fraction using a novel medium-polarity ionic liquid gas chromatography stationary phase.

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    Ragonese, Carla; Sciarrone, Danilo; Grasso, Elisa; Dugo, Paola; Mondello, Luigi

    2016-02-01

    The evaluation of a novel medium-polarity ionic-liquid-based gas chromatography column, SLB-IL60, towards the analysis of a complex essential oil, namely, a peppermint essential oil sample, is reported. The SLB-IL60 30 m column was subjected to bleeding measurements, by means of conventional gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. The SLB-IL60 column was then evaluated in the analysis of pure standard compounds, chosen as typical constituents of peppermint essential oil. Resolution and peak symmetry (expressed as tailing factors at 10% of peak height) were measured and the results were compared to those obtained on the most widely used columns in such an application, namely a medium-polarity [100% poly(ethyleneglycol)] stationary phase, and an apolar 5% diphenyl/95% dimethyl siloxane. The final part of the evaluation was dedicated to the gas chromatography with mass spectrometry analysis of a peppermint essential oil sample and again the data were compared to those obtained on the 100% poly(ethyleneglycol) and the 5% diphenyl/95% dimethyl siloxane phase. Linear retention indices were determined for all the identified components on the ionic liquid capillary. PMID:26613675

  16. Special high speed imaging techniques using phase, aperture, and polarization effects

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    Zhao, Wenjing; Skaloud, Daniel C.; Kutz, Sascha; Rothe, Hendrik; Hahlweg, Cornelius F.

    2013-09-01

    The present paper gives an overview on some special techniques for high speed video recording used and investigated in our department for observing the behaviour of transparent media under high temperature, pressure and stress conditions. Such techniques are shadowgraph and schlieren imaging for objects in gaseous environment, and cross polarization techniques for transparent liquids and solid bodies. The examples shown are derived from investigations of exploding conductors and impact studies on glass, plastic and gelatine. Further some concepts for the extraction of slides along the optical axis by decreasing the depth of field using ring apertures are discussed in short.

  17. Measurement of the surface form error of large aperture plane optical surfaces with a polarization phase-shifting liquid reference reflection Fizeau interferometer.

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    Chatterjee, Sanjib; Kumar, Y Pavan; Singh, Rishipal; Singh, Sarvendra

    2016-01-10

    A polarization phase-shifting liquid reference reflection Fizeau interferometer has been proposed. A polarization cyclic path optical configuration along with a concave telescope mirror is used to produce a pair of expanded, collimated p and s polarized beams with a small angular separation between them. The collimated beams are deflected along a vertical direction toward a Fizeau interferometer cavity formed between a liquid surface that acts as a reference surface and a plane test surface. Either the p or s polarized beam is allowed to strike the liquid surface normally and the orientation of the test surface is adjusted to reflect the other beam, having orthogonal linear polarization, in the direction of the normally reflected reference beam from the liquid surface. A combination of a quarter-wave plate and linear polarizer is used to apply polarization phase shift between the test and reference beams, and quantitative surface form error is measured by applying phase-shifting interferometry. A method for elimination of the residual system aberration is discussed. Results obtained for an optically polished BK-7 disk of clear aperture diameter ≈160  mm are presented. PMID:26835767

  18. Polarization Splay as the Origin of Modulation in the B1 and B7 Smectic Phases of Bent-Core Molecules

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    Coleman,D.; Jones, C.; Nakata, M.; Clark, N.; Walba, D.; Weissflog, W.; Fodor-Csorba, K.; Watanabe, J.; Novotna, V.; Hamplova, V.

    2008-01-01

    We report a generalized scenario for the formation of modulated smectic phases of bent-core molecules based on locally ferroelectric layering and spontaneous splay of the polarization. Twelve phases are proposed, distinguished by neighboring splay stripes with either syn- or antiorder of the polarization and undulation slope, in addition to layer continuity versus layer discontinuity at the intervening defects. We outline the experimental techniques necessary to differentiate among the phases and interpret previous results in the present context, using high resolution x-ray scattering diffraction and block and undulation models of the layer organization to distinguish among the three 2D lattice types which emerge.

  19. Polar and nonpolar phases of BiMO{sub 3}: A review

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    Belik, Alexei A.

    2012-11-15

    Simple Bi-based compounds, BiMO{sub 3}, are quite interesting materials. They offer large variations in crystal symmetries, polarity, and properties. Their chemical simplicity makes them ideal systems for materials fabrications, theoretical understanding, and thin-film growths. They can only be prepared at high-pressure high-temperature conditions (except for BiFeO{sub 3}) in a bulk form. Some of them can be stabilized in thin films (M=Al, Sc, Cr, Mn, and Fe). In this review, we collect and analyze the recent experimental and theoretical results on BiMO{sub 3} with M=Al, Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Ga, In, and Rh. In addition, unresolved problems and desirable future experiments are emphasized especially for the highly controversial compound BiMnO{sub 3}. - Graphical abstract: Crystal symmetries in which BiMO{sub 3} compounds crystallize. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer BiMO{sub 3} compounds offer large variations in crystal symmetries, polarity, and properties. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experimental and theoretical results on BiMO{sub 3} were reviewed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Unresolved problems and desirable future experiments are emphasized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Special attention is paid on the highly controversial compound BiMnO{sub 3}.

  20. Organic high ionic strength aqueous two-phase solvent system series for separation of ultra-polar compounds by spiral high-speed counter-current chromatography

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    Zeng, Yun; Liu, Gang; Ma, Ying; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Ito, Yoichiro

    2011-01-01

    Existing two-phase solvent systems for high-speed countercurrent chromatography cover the separation of hydrophobic to moderately polar compounds, but often fail to provide suitable partition coefficient values for highly polar compounds such as sulfonic acids, catecholamines and zwitter ions. The present paper introduces a new solvent series which can be applied for the separation of these polar compounds. It is composed of 1-butanol, ethanol, saturated ammonium sulfate and water at various volume ratios and consists of a series of 10 steps which are arranged according to the polarity of the solvent system so that the two-phase solvent system with suitable K values for the target compound(s) can be found in a few steps. Each solvent system gives proper volume ratio and high density difference between the two phases to provide a satisfactory level of retention of the stationary phase in the spiral column assembly. The method is validated by partition coefficient measurement of four typical polar compounds including methyl green (basic dye), tartrazine (sulfonic acid), tyrosine (zwitter ion) and epinephrine (a catecholamine), all of which show low partition coefficient values in the polar 1-butanol-water system. The capability of the method is demonstrated by separation of three catecholamines. PMID:22033108

  1. The polar phase response property of monopolar ECG voltages using a Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CAD)-based data acquisition system.

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    Goswami, B; Mitra, M; Nag, B; Mitra, T K

    1993-11-01

    The present paper discusses a Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CAD) based data acquisition and polar phase response study of the ECG. The scalar ECG does not show vector properties although such properties are embedded in it. In the present paper the polar phase response property of monopolar chest lead (V1 to V6) ECG voltages has been studied. A software tool has been used to evaluate the relative phase response of ECG voltages. The data acquisition of monopolar ECG records of chest leads V1 to V6 from the chart recorder has been done with the help of the AutoCAD application package. The spin harmonic constituents of ECG voltages are evaluated at each harmonic plane and the polar phase responses are studied at each plane. Some interesting results have been observed in some typical cases which are discussed in the paper. PMID:8307653

  2. Phase-space distributions in quasi-polar coordinates and the fractional Fourier transform.

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    Alieva, T; Bastiaans, M J

    2000-12-01

    The ambiguity function and Cohen's class of bilinear phase-space distributions are represented in a quasipolar coordinate system instead of in a Cartesian system. Relationships between these distributions and the fractional Fourier transform are derived; in particular, derivatives of the ambiguity function are related to moments of the fractional power spectra. A simplification is achieved for the description of underspread signals, for optical beam characterization, and for the generation of signal-adaptive phase-space distributions. PMID:11140493

  3. DOE-EPSCoR. Exchange interactions in epitaxial intermetallic layered systems

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    LeClair, Patrick R.; Gary, Mankey J.

    2015-05-25

    The goal of this research is to develop a fundamental understanding of the exchange interactions in epitaxial intermetallic alloy thin films and multilayers, including films and multilayers of Fe-Pt, Co-Pt and Fe-P-Rh alloys deposited on MgO and Al2O3 substrates. Our prior results have revealed that these materials have a rich variety of ferromagnetic, paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases which are sensitive functions of composition, substrate symmetry and layer thickness. Epitaxial antiferromagnetic films of FePt alloys exhibit a different phase diagram than bulk alloys. The antiferromagnetism of these materials has both spin ordering transitions and spin orienting transitions. The objectives include the study of exchange-inversion materials and the interface of these materials with ferromagnets. Our aim is to formulate a complete understanding of the magnetic ordering in these materials, as well as developing an understanding of how the spin structure is modified through contact with a ferromagnetic material at the interface. The ultimate goal is to develop the ability to tune the phase diagram of the materials to produce layered structures with tunable magnetic properties. The alloy systems that we will study have a degree of complexity and richness of magnetic phases that requires the use of the advanced tools offered by the DOE-operated national laboratory facilities, such as neutron and x-ray scattering to measure spin ordering, spin orientations, and element-specific magnetic moments. We plan to contribute to DOE’s mission of producing “Materials by Design” with properties determined by alloy composition and crystal structure. We have developed the methods for fabricating and have performed neutron diffraction experiments on some of the most interesting phases, and our work will serve to answer questions raised about the element-specific magnetizations using the magnetic x-ray dichroism techniques and interface magnetism in layered structures

  4. Tight focusing of a higher-order radially polarized beam transmitting through multi-zone binary phase pupil filters.

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    Guo, Hanming; Weng, Xiaoyu; Jiang, Man; Zhao, Yanhui; Sui, Guorong; Hu, Qi; Wang, Yang; Zhuang, Songlin

    2013-03-11

    When the pupil filters are used to improve the performance of the imaging system, the conversion efficiency is a critical characteristic for real applications. Here, in order to take full advantage of the subwavelength focusing property of the radially polarized higher-order Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) beam, we introduce the multi-zone binary phase pupil filters into the imaging system to deal with the problem that the focal spot is split along the z axis for the small size parameter of the incident LG beam. We provide an easy-to-perform procedure for the design of multi-zone binary phase pupil filters, where the zone numbers of π phase are uncertain when the optimizing procedure starts. Based on this optimizing procedure, we successfully find the set of optimum structures of a seventeen-belt binary phase pupil filters and generate the excellent focal spot, where the depth of focus, the focal spot transverse size, the Strehl ratio, and the sidelobe intensity are 9.53λ, 0.41λ, 41.75% and 16.35% in vacuum, respectively. Most importantly, even allowing the power loss of the incident LG beam truncated by the pupil of the imaging system, the conversion efficiency is still as high as 37.3%. Theoretical calculations show that we succeed to have sufficient conversion efficiency while utilizing the pupil filters to decrease the focal spot and extend the depth of focus. PMID:23482107

  5. Microstructural evolution and intermetallic formation in Al-8wt% Si-0.8wt% Fe alloy due to grain refiner and modifier additions

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    Hassani, Amir; Ranjbar, Khalil; Sami, Sattar

    2012-08-01

    An alloy of Al-8wt% Si-0.8wt% Fe was cast in a metallic die, and its microstructural changes due to Ti-B refiner and Sr modifier additions were studied. Apart from usual refinement and modification of the microstructure, some mutual influences of the additives took place, and no mutual poisoning effects by these additives, in combined form, were observed. It was noticed that the dimensions of the iron-rich intermetallics were influenced by the additives causing them to become larger. The needle-shaped intermetallics that were obtained from refiner addition became thicker and longer when adding the modifier. It was also found that α-Al and eutectic silicon phases preferentially nucleate on different types of intermetallic compounds. The more iron content of the intermetallic compounds and the more changes in their dimensions occurred. Formation of the shrinkage porosities was also observed.

  6. Preparation and properties of the Ni-Al/Fe-Al intermetallics composite coating produced by plasma cladding

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    Zhang, Li-Min; Liu, Bang-Wu; Sun, Dong-Bai

    2011-12-01

    A novel approach to produce an intermetallic composite coating was put forward. The microstructure, microhardness, and dry-sliding wear behavior of the composite coating were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectrum (EDS) analysis, microhardness test, and ball-on-disc wear experiment. XRD results indicate that some new phases FeAl, Fe0.23Ni0.77Al, and Ni3Al exit in the composite coating with the Al2O3 addition. SEM results show that the coating is bonded with carbon steel metallurgically and exhibits typical rapid directional solidification structures. The Cr7C3 carbide and intermetallic compounds co-reinforced composite coating has a high average hardness and exhibits an excellent wear resistance under dry-sliding wear test compared with the Cr7C3 carbide-reinforced composite coating. The formation mechanism of the intermetallic compounds was also investigated.

  7. Intermetallic strengthened alumina-forming austenitic steels for energy applications

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    Hu, Bin

    In order to achieve energy conversion efficiencies of >50 % for steam turbines/boilers in power generation systems, materials required are strong, corrosion-resistant at high temperatures (>700°C), and economically viable. Austenitic steels strengthened with Laves phase and Ni3Al precipitates, and alloyed with aluminum to improve oxidation resistance, are potential candidate materials for these applications. The creep resistance of these alloys is significantly improved through intermetallic strengthening (Laves-Fe 2Nb + L12-Ni3Al precipitates) without harmful effects on oxidation resistance. This research starts with microstructural and microchemical analyses of these intermetallic strengthened alumina-forming austenitic steels in a scanning electron microscope. The microchemistry of precipitates, as determined by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and transmission electron microscope, is also studied. Different thermo-mechanical treatments were carried out to these stainless steels in an attempt to further improve their mechanical properties. The microstructural and microchemical analyses were again performed after the thermo-mechanical processing. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction was used to measure the lattice parameters of these steels after different thermo-mechanical treatments. Tensile tests at both room and elevated temperatures were performed to study mechanical behaviors of this novel alloy system; the deformation mechanisms were studied by strain rate jump tests at elevated temperatures. Failure analysis and post-mortem TEM analysis were performed to study the creep failure mechanisms of these alumina-forming austenitic steels after creep tests. Experiments were carried out to study the effects of boron and carbon additions in the aged alumina-forming austenitic steels.

  8. Surface complexation reaction for phase transfer of hydrophobic quantum dot from nonpolar to polar medium.

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    Bhandari, Satyapriya; Roy, Shilaj; Pramanik, Sabyasachi; Chattopadhyay, Arun

    2014-09-01

    Chemical reaction between oleate-capped Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S quantum dots (Qdots) and 8-hydroxyquinoline (HQ) led to formation of a surface complex, which was accompanied by transfer of hydrophobic Qdots from nonpolar (hexane) to polar (water) medium with high efficiency. The stability of the complex on the surface was achieved via involvement of dangling sulfide bonds. Moreover, the transferred hydrophilic Qdots--herein called as quantum dot complex (QDC)--exhibited new and superior optical properties in comparison to bare inorganic complexes with retention of the dimension and core structure of the Qdots. Finally, the new and superior optical properties of water-soluble QDC make them potentially useful for biological--in addition to light emitting device (LED)--applications. PMID:25133937

  9. Polarized fluorescence of polyatomic fragments produced through photodissociation of polyatomic molecules in the gas phase

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    Blokhin, A. P.; Gelin, M. F.; Kalosha, I. I.; Polubisok, S. A.; Tolkachev, V. A.

    1999-01-01

    A combined theoretical and experimental study is carried of the polarized emission of polyatomic products produced through photodissociation of polyatomic molecules. A general approach, based on the formalism of dissociation kernels and orientational correlation functions, is developed to predict anisotropy of the fluorescence of photoproducts. We consider the most general case of asymmetric top parent and product molecules. The rotational predissociation effect is taken into account. Various kinds of photoreactions are studied: those when fragments after dissociation are in the electronically excited states and those when fragments are in the ground electronic states so that additional laser pulse is necessary to excite their fluorescence. Particular attention is concentrated on those practically important extreme cases, when predissociation times and lifetimes of the electronically excited states of photoproducts are short or long as compared to the averaged period of free rotation. The steady state polarized fluorescence of radicals produced through dissociation of several disulfides into two identical radicals is measured. The results are interpreted in the framework of the free recoil model (FRM). In this model, photoproducts are assumed to experience no torque and fly apart freely, so that the only origin of the fragment rotation is rotation of the parent molecule. Predictions of the impulsive model (IM), in which fragments are supposed to suffer instantaneous torque due to the rupture of the chemical bonds of the parent molecule, are demonstrated to disagree strongly with our experimental data. This gives an additional confirmation of the validity of the FRM in describing dissociation of polyatomic molecules into polyatomic fragments. The FRM can therefore be invoked to estimate interrelation between the characteristic times, governing the processes of dissociation and emission, and the averaged period of free molecular rotation. Also, the FRM can be used

  10. Synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of novel intermetallic compounds R2Co2SiC (R = Pr, Nd).

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    Zhou, Sixuan; Mishra, Trinath; Wang, Man; Shatruk, Michael; Cao, Huibo; Latturner, Susan E

    2014-06-16

    The intermetallic compounds R2Co2SiC (R = Pr, Nd) were prepared from the reaction of silicon and carbon in either Pr/Co or Nd/Co eutectic flux. These phases crystallize with a new stuffed variant of the W2CoB2 structure type in orthorhombic space group Immm with unit cell parameters a = 3.978(4) Å, b = 6.094(5) Å, c = 8.903(8) Å (Z = 2; R1 = 0.0302) for Nd2Co2SiC. Silicon, cobalt, and carbon atoms form two-dimensional flat sheets, which are separated by puckered layers of rare-earth cations. Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that the rare earth cations in both analogues order ferromagnetically at low temperature (TC ≈ 12 K for Nd2Co2SiC and TC ≈ 20 K for Pr2Co2SiC). Single-crystal neutron diffraction data for Nd2Co2SiC indicate that Nd moments initially align ferromagnetically along the c axis around ∼12 K, but below 11 K, they tilt slightly away from the c axis, in the ac plane. Electronic structure calculations confirm the lack of spin polarization for Co 3d moments. PMID:24898034

  11. Choosing the polarity of the phase-encoding direction in diffusion MRI: Does it matter for group analysis?

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    Kennis, M.; van Rooij, S.J.H.; Kahn, R.S.; Geuze, E.; Leemans, A.

    2016-01-01

    Notorious for degrading diffusion MRI data quality are so-called susceptibility-induced off-resonance fields, which cause non-linear geometric image deformations. While acquiring additional data to correct for these distortions alleviates the adverse effects of this artifact drastically – e.g., by reversing the polarity of the phase-encoding (PE) direction – this strategy is often not an option due to scan time constraints. Especially in a clinical context, where patient comfort and safety are of paramount importance, acquisition specifications are preferred that minimize scan time, typically resulting in data obtained with only one PE direction. In this work, we investigated whether choosing a different polarity of the PE direction would affect the outcome of a specific clinical research study. To address this methodological question, fractional anisotropy (FA) estimates of FreeSurfer brain regions were obtained in civilian and combat controls, remitted posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patients, and persistent PTSD patients before and after trauma-focused therapy and were compared between diffusion MRI data sets acquired with different polarities of the PE direction (posterior-to-anterior, PA and anterior-to-posterior, AP). Our results demonstrate that regional FA estimates differ on average in the order of 5% between AP and PA PE data. In addition, when comparing FA estimates between different subject groups for specific cingulum subdivisions, the conclusions for AP and PA PE data were not in agreement. These findings increase our understanding of how one of the most pronounced data artifacts in diffusion MRI can impact group analyses and should encourage users to be more cautious when interpreting and reporting study outcomes derived from data acquired along a single PE direction. PMID:27158586

  12. Contrasting morphologies of O-rich ZnO epitaxy on Zn- and O-polar thin film surfaces: Phase-field model

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    Yu, Yan-Mei; Liu, Bang-Gui

    2008-05-01

    The island growths during the epitaxy of differently polar ZnO thin films under O-rich condition are simulated in terms of a phase-field model. The different island nucleation modes as well as the different atom migration and influx sticking ability are considered on the Zn-polar surfaces and the O-polar ones. By reproducing the morphological variation from the smooth two-dimensional island growth on the Zn-polar surfaces to the rough three-dimensional islands on the O-polar surfaces, our simulated results indicate that the surface morphology of the ZnO thin films is dependent not only on the migration ability and influx rate but also on the island nucleation kinetics. For the Zn-polarity, the easy island nucleation contributes to the smooth morphology as a result of the limited migration and fast influx. However, the reduced nucleation kinetics on the O-polar surfaces causes the developed three-dimensional island growth. This phase-field modeling should be applicable to other semiconductor epitaxial growths.

  13. Headspace analysis of polar organic compounds in biological matrixes using solid phase microextraction (SPME)

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    Analysis of biological fluids and waste material is difficult and tedious given the sample matrix. A rapid automated method for the determination of volatile fatty acids and phenolic and indole compounds was developed using a multipurpose sampler (MPS) with solid phase microextraction (SPME) and GC-...

  14. The Interaction Between Dynamics and Chemistry of Ozone in the Set-Up Phase of the Northern Hemisphere Polar Vortex

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    Kawa, S.R.; Douglass, A. R.; Bevilacqua, R.; Margitan, J. J.; Sen, B.; Einaudi, Franco (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Understanding stratospheric ozone loss to the point of accurately predicting ozone in the future requires correctly distinguishing chemical from transport-induced changes in ozone. For example, evaluating the impact of chlorine reduction in controlling stratospheric ozone loss requires estimating the amount of ozone lost in chemical reactions in the polar winter and spring. The Northern Hemisphere winter polar region is a particularly crucial and interesting area because it appears that the Northern vortex may currently be poised near the threshold of extreme ozone destruction such as that which now occurs annually in the Antarctic ozone "hole." In this presentation we explore the interaction of ozone transport and chemistry through the Northern late summer and fall seasons as the vortex circulation becomes established. This phase of the seasonal cycle determines the starting point for heterogeneous processes and chlorine-driven loss that take control in the winter vortex. Using a combination of profile data from POAM, HALOE, and in situ measurements, we show that relatively low ozone at high latitudes in the middle stratosphere is associated with vortex airmasses and that these ozone abundances evolve photochemically from characteristically higher values at the end of the summer. The zonal variance of ozone mixing ratio also increases greatly at this time consistent with increasing wave-driven transport. Comparison with a three-dimensional chemistry-transport model is used to generalize the findings from the limited set of observations and quantify the relative roles of transport and chemistry in determining the ozone mixing ratio distributions.

  15. Total electron content and l-band amplitude and phase scintillation measurements in the polar-cap ionosphere

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    Klobuchar, J.A.; Bishop, G.J.; Doherty, P.H.

    1987-03-30

    The first measurements of absolute Total Electron Content (TEC) and L-band amplitude and phase scintillation was made from Thule, Greenland, a polar cap station, in early 1984. These measurements were made using signals transmitted from the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. The variability of the TEC, especially during the afternoon to pre-midnight hours, is large, with increases in TEC above the background values of greater than 100% not uncommon. During one disturbed time, quasi-periodic TEC enhancements having periods as short as ten minutes and amplitudes equal to the background TEC were observed for over two hours. The TEC during some of the disturbed periods in the dark Thule ionosphere exceeded mid-latitude daytime values. Amplitude scintillations were small, not exceeding 3 dB peak to peak during the entire observing period, but they were associated with the times of TEC enhancements, with some evidence for stronger scintillation occurring during the negative gradients of the TEC enhancements. Phase scintillations were highest during some of the times of enhanced TEC, and depend critically upon the phase detrend internal used.

  16. Deformation-Induced Amorphization of Copper-Titanium Intermetallics

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    Askenazy, Philip Douglas

    Two methods of inducing amorphization in Cu-Ti intermetallic compounds by mechanical means have been investigated. Ingots of compositions Cu_{35}Ti _{65} and Cu_ {33.3}Ti_{66.7} were rapidly quenched into ribbons. The microstructure consisted largely of microcrystals in an amorphous matrix, which were either quenched in or grown by annealing. The ribbons were cold-rolled, which reduced their effective thickness by a factor of about 8. The status of the intermetallic compound CuTi_2 was monitored by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The crystals were found to amorphize as rolling progressed. This behavior was not reproduced in polycrystalline samples that had no amorphous matrix present initially. The presence of the amorphous phase is thus necessary for amorphization of the crystal: it eliminates the need to nucleate the new glass, and it prevents the ribbon from disintegrating at high deformation stages. It may also change the deformation mechanism that occurs in the crystals, retarding the onset of amorphization. Diffuse scattering in close-packed directions is similar to that seen in electron irradiation experiments. It is postulated that the chemical disorder present in antiphase boundaries caused by deformation raises the free energy of the crystal higher than that of the amorphous phase. Ingots of the same compound were worn against each other in a custom-built wear apparatus. The design eliminates iron contamination of the wear sample and requires relatively small quantities of material. Alteration of the surface structure was monitored by plane-view and cross -sectional TEM. Larger subsurface crystals exhibit diffuse scattering, similar to that found in the rolled samples. A wide range of grain sizes was observed, due to the inhomogeneous nature of the wear process. An unusual phase was observed at the surface, consisting of a nanometer-scale mixture of aligned nanocrystalline regions and disordered areas. Some amorphous phase is

  17. Generating high-current monoenergetic proton beams by a circularly polarized laser pulse in the phase-stable acceleration regime.

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    Yan, X Q; Lin, C; Sheng, Z M; Guo, Z Y; Liu, B C; Lu, Y R; Fang, J X; Chen, J E

    2008-04-01

    A new ion acceleration method, namely, phase-stable acceleration, using circularly-polarized laser pulses is proposed. When the initial target density n(0) and thickness D satisfy a(L) approximately (n(0)/n(c))D/lambda(L) and D>l(s) with a(L), lambda(L), l(s), and n(c) the normalized laser amplitude, the laser wavelength in vacuum, the plasma skin depth, and the critical density of the incident laser pulse, respectively, a quasiequilibrium for the electrons is established by the light pressure and the space charge electrostatic field at the interacting front of the laser pulse. The ions within the skin depth of the laser pulse are synchronously accelerated and bunched by the electrostatic field, and thereby a high-intensity monoenergetic proton beam can be generated. The proton dynamics is investigated analytically and the results are verified by one- and two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. PMID:18517963

  18. Measurement of the Second Order Non-linear Susceptibility of Collagen using Polarization Modulation and Phase-sensitive Detection

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    Stoller, P; Kim, B-M; Rubenchik, A M; Reiser, K M; Da Silva, L B

    2001-03-03

    The measurement of the second order nonlinear susceptibility of collagen in various biological tissues has potential applications in the detection of structural changes which are related to different pathological conditions. We investigate second harmonic generation in rat-tail tendon, a highly organized collagen structure consisting of parallel fibers. Using an electro-optic modulator and a quarter-wave plate, we modulate the linear polarization of an ultra-short pulse laser beam that is used to measure second harmonic generation (SHG) in a confocal microscopy setup. Phase-sensitive detection of the generated signal, coupled with a simple model of the collagen protein structures, allows us to measure a parameter {gamma} related to nonlinear susceptibility and to determine the relative orientation of the structures. Our preliminary results indicate that it may be possible to use this parameter to characterize the structure.

  19. Negative initial phase shift of Kerr rotation generated from the building-up process of resident electron spin polarization in a CdTe single quantum well

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    Yan, L.-P.; Kurosawa, M.; Kaji, R.; Karczewski, G.; Takeyama, S.; Adachi, S.

    2014-11-01

    Initial phase shift in a precessional motion of resident electron-spin polarization is studied in a CdTe/Cd 0.85Mg0.15Te single quantum well using a time-resolved Kerr rotation technique. The generation dynamics of resident electron-spin polarization involve the formation and transformation of the associated optically excited states and are complicated particularly in the early time region. A careful analysis of the phase shift gives a deep understanding of the generation processes. In the experiments, the negative phase shift of the resident electron-spin polarization is observed, and the mechanism associated especially with a quick hole spin flip in negative trions is studied through the dependences on excitation power and magnetic field strength.

  20. The impact of absorption coefficient on polarimetric determination of Berry phase based depth resolved characterization of biomedical scattering samples: a polarized Monte Carlo investigation

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    Baba, Justin S; Koju, Vijay; John, Dwayne O

    2016-01-01

    The modulation of the state of polarization of photons due to scatter generates associated geometric phase that is being investigated as a means for decreasing the degree of uncertainty in back-projecting the paths traversed by photons detected in backscattered geometry. In our previous work, we established that polarimetrically detected Berry phase correlates with the mean photon penetration depth of the backscattered photons collected for image formation. In this work, we report on the impact of state-of-linear-polarization (SOLP) filtering on both the magnitude and population distributions of image forming detected photons as a function of the absorption coefficient of the scattering sample. The results, based on Berry phase tracking implemented Polarized Monte Carlo Code, indicate that sample absorption plays a significant role in the mean depth attained by the image forming backscattered detected photons.

  1. Significant geomagnetic differences in both phase and amplitude observed at "conjugate" polar latitudes near the December 1903 Solstice

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    Egeland, Alv; Deehr, Charles

    2014-05-01

    During Roald Amundsen's exploration of the Northwest Passage (1903-1906) he conducted systematic measurements of diurnal and seasonal variations of the north magnetic dip pole (NMDP) at Gjøahavn (~ 68 N, 95 E). The NMDP variations have been largely interpreted as indicating control by the polarity of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF); the Svalgard-Mansurov (S-M) effect. In Sir Robert Scott's Discovery expedition, geomagnetic observations were made in 1903 from Cape Armitage, Antarctica (~78 S, 168 E). Unwittingly, the measurements of Amundsen and Scott were acquired near conjugate ends of the same magnetic field lines. While their separation in solar local time is ~ 5 hours, they differ in magnetic local time less than 1/2 hour. However, up to this time no direct comparison of the two sets of magnetic observations has ever been made. This presentation contains an analysis of magnetic perturbations observed at both locations for comparison with contemporary and present day monthly-averaged diurnal variations, even if the overlap in data among these expeditions is somewhat limited. The near magnetic conjugacy of Gjøahavn- Cape Armitage locations makes these measurements valuable. Our analysis shows: (1) While similar variations appeared at both ends of the joining magnetic field they manifest significant differences in both phase and amplitude, (2) present day NMDP variations appear consistent with the S-M effect analyses when compared with satellite measurements of solar wind/IMF measurements, (3) differences at the "conjugate" locations cannot be explained in terms of the S-M effect alone. The roles of lobe cell and ionospheric conductance at polar magnetically "conjugate" locations are used to explain the observed phase and amplitude differences.

  2. Synthesis and densification of Ni{sub 3}(Si, Ti) intermetallics by hot isostatic pressing

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    Van Dyck, S.; Delaey, L.; Froyen, L.; Buekenhout, L.

    1996-12-31

    The production of complex parts from Ni{sub 3}(Si, Ti) intermetallic materials by reactive powder metallurgy offers significant advantages over more conventional processing techniques. The main problem associated with reactive powder metallurgy is controlling the exothermic reaction accompanying the synthesis of the intermetallic compound. The uncontrolled release of heat during the conversion of the reactants into nickel silicide leads to unacceptable deformation and melting of the part. The thermal evolution of a part during reactive synthesis of the intermetallic phase is described based on kinetic and heat transfer equations, giving the temperature and phase change as a function of the applied temperature cycle and the mass and size of the part under consideration. From this model, methods for controlling the exothermic reaction during synthesis are derived. When preparing nickel silicides by reactive powder metallurgy, the application of external pressure is required to eliminate porosity and to obtain good mechanical properties. The properties of materials produced by hot isostatic pressing, with different methods of reaction control, are compared to materials prepared from prealloyed powders. It is shown that by reactive HIP, materials can be obtained with a fracture strength exceeding 2,000 MPa.

  3. Prediction of Host-Guest Na-Fe Intermetallics at High Pressures.

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    Zhou, Yuanyuan; Wang, Hui; Zhu, Chunye; Liu, Hanyu; Tse, John S; Ma, Yanming

    2016-07-18

    High pressure can fundamentally alter the electronic structure of elemental metals, leading to the unexpected formation of intermetallics with unusual structural features. In the present study, the phase stabilities and structural changes of Na-Fe intermetallics under pressure were studied using unbiased structure searching methods, combined with density functional theory calculations. Two intermetallics with stoichiometries Na3Fe and Na4Fe are found to be thermodynamically stable at pressures above 120 and 155 GPa, respectively. An interesting structural feature is that both have form a host-guest-like structure with Na sublattices constructed from small and large polygons similar to the host framework of the self-hosting incommensurate phases observed in Group I and II elements. Apart from the one-dimensional (1D) Fe chains running through the large channels, more interestingly, electrides are found to localize in the small channels between the layers. Electron topological analysis shows secondary bonding interactions between the Fe atoms and the interstitial electrides help to stabilize these structures. PMID:27341197

  4. Novel Nanocrystalline Intermetallic Coatings for Metal Alloys in Coal-fired Environments

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    Z. Zak Fang; H. Y. Sohn

    2009-08-31

    Intermetallic coatings (iron aluminide and nickel aluminide) were prepared by a novel reaction process. In the process, the aluminide coating is formed by an in-situ reaction between the aluminum powder fed through a plasma transferred arc (PTA) torch and the metal substrate (steel or Ni-base alloy). Subjected to the high temperature within an argon plasma zone, aluminum powder and the surface of the substrate melt and react to form the aluminide coatings. The prepared coatings were found to be aluminide phases that are porosity-free and metallurgically bonded to the substrate. The coatings also exhibit excellent high-temperature corrosion resistance under the conditions which simulate the steam-side and fire-side environments in coal-fired boilers. It is expected that the principle demonstrated in this process can be applied to the preparation of other intermetallic and alloy coatings.

  5. Cold Sprayed Intermetallic Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Leshchinsky, Evgeny

    Conventional thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems consist of a duplex structure with a metallic bond coat and a ceramic heat-isolative topcoat. Several recent research activities are concentrated on the development of improved multilayer bond coat and TBC materials. This study represents an investigation performed for the aluminum based bond coats, especially those with reduced thermal conductivities. Using alternative TBC materials, such as metal alloys and intermetallics, their processing methods can be further optimized to achieve the best thermal physical parameters. One example is the ten-layer system in which cold sprayed aluminum based intermetallics are synthesized. These systems demonstrated improved heat insulation and thermal fatigue capabilities compared to conventional TBC. The microstructures and properties of the laminar coatings were characterized by SEM, EDS, XRD; micromechanical and durability tests were performed to define the structure and coating formation mechanisms. Application prospects for HCCI engines are discussed. Fuel energy can be utilized more efficiently with the concept of low heat rejection engines with applied TBC.

  6. Magnetism in grain-boundary phase of a NdFeB sintered magnet studied by spin-polarized scanning electron microscopy

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    Kohashi, Teruo Motai, Kumi; Nishiuchi, Takeshi; Hirosawa, Satoshi

    2014-06-09

    The magnetism in the grain-boundary phase of a NdFeB sintered magnet was measured by spin-polarized scanning electron microscopy (spin SEM). A sample magnet was fractured in the ultra-high-vacuum chamber to avoid oxidation, and its magnetizations in the exposed grain-boundary phase on the fracture surface were evaluated through the spin polarization of secondary electrons. Spin-SEM images were taken as the fracture surface was milled gradually by argon ions, and the magnetization in the grain-boundary phase was quantitatively obtained separately from that of the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B phase. The obtained magnetization shows that the grain-boundary phase of this magnet has substantial magnetization, which was confirmed to be ferromagnetic.

  7. The critical behavior of the dielectric constant in the polar + polar binary liquid mixture nitromethane + 3-pentanol: an unusual sign of its critical amplitude in the one-phase region.

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    Leys, Jan; Losada-Pérez, Patricia; Troncoso, Jacobo; Glorieux, Christ; Thoen, Jan

    2011-07-14

    Dielectric constant measurements have been carried out in the one- and two-phase regions near the critical point of the polar + polar binary liquid mixture nitromethane + 3-pentanol. In the two-phase region, evidence for the |t|(2β) singularity in the coexistence-curve diameter has been detected, thus confirming the novel predictions of complete scaling theory for liquid-liquid criticality. In the one-phase region, an "unusual" negative sign for the amplitude of the |t|(1-α) singularity has been encountered for the first time in an upper critical solution temperature type of binary liquid mixture at atmospheric pressure. Mass density measurements have also been carried out to provide additional information related to such experimental finding, which entails an increase of the critical temperature T(c) under an electric field. PMID:21766958

  8. SH-SV Polarization Anisotropy:Interpretation of Experimentally Measured Love and Rayleigh Wave Phase Velocities

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    Gurung, G.; Schwab, F. A.; Jo, B. G.; Lee, W. D.; Oh, C. W. W.

    2015-12-01

    It is sometimes not possible to find a single isotropic structure whose computed phase velocities fit both the experimental, fundamental-mode Love and Rayleigh wave data, for earth models that are perfectly elastic and are composed of thick, low contrast layers. Usually, velocity anisotropy of the body waves is applied to the earth models to fit the data. A few early studies used thin, high contrast layers in perfectly-elastic isotropic models to obtain approximate fit to the experimental data; here, we improve and expand this successful isotropic modelling by generalizing to realistic, anelastic layers, and by also requiring a fit to the fundamental-mode Love and Rayleigh wave amplitude-attenuation data. We treat the Love and Rayleigh wave data from the central United States, where this Love-Rayleigh "discrepancy" was discovered by McEvilly. Using only the experimental phase-velocity data, with the insertion of a thin, high contrast LVZ in each of the granitic, basaltic-grabbroic, and olivine regions, we find a continuum of isotropic models that give successful fits to the experimental data. Then by adding experimental amplitude-attenuation to the data, we attempt to reduce this huge volume of isotropic solutions: with the three thin LVZs, we successfully restricted the solutions by simultaneously fitting the experimental data for both Love and Rayleigh wave, phase-velocity and amplitude-attenuation dispersions. However, in the solution the body-wave velocities and Q values of these thin layers are improbably low, and these single-layer LVZs can only be considered effective representations; the true, physical situation requires the replacement of any one of these single-layer LVZs by a vertical distribution of N layers, each having the same thickness as the original thin layer. A simple scaling of the single-layer, seismic velocities and Qs then provides completely reasonable values for these parameters in the N-layer representation (which yields the same

  9. The distribution alloying elements in alnico 8 and 9 magnets: Site preference of ternary Ti, Fe, Co, and Ni additions in DO3 Fe3Al, Co3Al, and Ni3Al based intermetallic phases

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    Samolyuk, G. D.; Újfalussy, B.; Stocks, G. M.

    2014-11-07

    Recently, interest in alnico magnetic alloys has been rekindled due to their potential to substitute for rare-earth based permanent magnets provided modest improvements in their coercivity can be achieved without loss of saturation magnetization. Recent experimental studies have indicated that atomic and magnetic structure of the two phases (one AlNi-based, the other FeCo-based) that comprise these spinodally decomposed alloy is not as simple as previously thought. A key issue that arises is the distribution of Fe, Co and Ti within the AlNi-based matrix phase. In our paper we report the results of first-principles calculations of the site preference of ternarymore » alloying additions in DO3 Fe3Al, Co3Al and Ni3Al alloys, as models for the aluminide phase. For compound compositions that are Al rich, which corresponds to experimental situation, Ti and Fe are found to occupy the sites, while Co and Ni prefer the sites of the DO3 lattice. Finally, an important finding is that the magnetic moments of transition metals in Fe3Al and Co3Al are ordered ferromagnetically, whereas the Ni3Al were found to be nonmagnetic unless the Fe or Co are added as a ternary element.« less

  10. Enantiomer-Selective Photolysis of Cold Gas-Phase Tryptophan in L-Serine Clusters with Linearly Polarized Light

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    Fujihara, Akimasa; Maeda, Naoto; Hayakawa, Shigeo

    2014-04-01

    Photostability of cold gas-phase tryptophan (Trp) enantiomers in L-serine (L-Ser) clusters at 8 K as a model for interstellar molecular clouds was examined using a tandem mass spectrometer containing a cold ion trap to investigate the hypothesis that homochirality in gas-phase Ser clusters promotes the enantiomeric enrichment of other amino acids via enantiomer-selective photolysis with linearly polarized light. In the UV excitation of heterochiral H+ (L-Ser) 3(D-Trp), the CO2-eliminated product in the cluster was observed. In contrast, the photodissociation mass spectrum of homochiral H+(L-Ser)3(L-Trp) showed that photolysis of amino acids in the cluster did not occur due to the evaporation of L-Ser molecules. In the spectra of the homochiral H+(L-Ser) (L-Trp) and heterochiral H+(L-Ser) (D-Trp), the evaporation of L-Ser was the primary reaction pathway, and no difference between the L- and D-enantiomers was observed. The findings confirm that when 3 L-Ser units are present in the cluster, the photolytic decomposition of Trp is enantiomerically selective.

  11. Far-field sub-diffraction focusing lens based on binary amplitude-phase mask for linearly polarized light.

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    Chen, Gang; Zhang, Kun; Yu, Anping; Wang, Xianyou; Zhang, Zhihai; Li, Yuyan; Wen, Zhongquan; Li, Chen; Dai, Luru; Jiang, Senling; Lin, Feng

    2016-05-16

    Planar lenses are attractive photonic devices due to its minimized size and easy to integrate. However, planar lenses designed in traditional ways are restricted by the diffraction limit. They have difficulties in further reducing the focal spot size beyond the diffraction limit. Super-oscillation provides a possible way to solve the problem. However, lenses based on super-oscillation have always been affected by huge sidelobes, which resulted in limited field of view and difficulties in real applications. To address the problem, in the paper, a far-field sub-diffraction lens based on binary amplitude-phase mask was demonstrated under illumination of linearly polarized plane wave at wavelength 632.8 nm. The lens realized a long focal length of 148λ (94 µm), and the full width at half maximum of the focal line was 0.406λ, which was super-oscillatory. More important is that such a flat lens has small sidelobes and wide field of view. Within the measured range of [-132λ, + 120λ], the maximum sidelobe observed on the focal plane was less than 22% of the central peak. Such binary amplitude-phase planar lens can also be extended to long focal length far-field sub-diffraction focusing lens for other spectrum ranges. PMID:27409922

  12. Dissolution of Cu/Mg Bearing Intermetallics in Al-Si Foundry Alloys

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    Javidani, Mousa; Larouche, Daniel; Grant Chen, X.

    2016-08-01

    Evolutions of the Cu/Mg bearing intermetallics were thoroughly investigated in four Al-Si hypoeutectic alloys containing various Cu (1 and 1.6 wt pct) and Mg (0.4 and 0.8 wt pct) contents. The area fractions of Cu/Mg bearing phases before and after solution heat treatment (SHT) were quantified to evaluate the solubility/stability of the phases. Two Mg-bearing intermetallics (Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6, π-Al8FeMg3Si6) which appear as gray color under optical microscope were discriminated by the developed etchant. Moreover, the concentrations of the elements (Cu, Mg, and Si) in α-Al were analyzed. The results illustrated that in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg, Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6 phase was dissolved after 6 hours of SHT at 778 K (505 °C); but containing in the alloys ~0.8 pct Mg, it was insoluble/ partially soluble. Furthermore, after SHT at 778 K (505 °C), Mg2Si was partially substituted by Q-phase. Applying a two-step SHT [6 hours@778 K (505 °C) + 8 hours@798 K (525 °C)] in the alloys containing ~0.4 pct Mg helped to further dissolve the remaining Mg bearing intermetallics and further modified the microstructure, but in the alloys containing ~0.8 pct Mg, it caused partial melting of Q-phase. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out to assess the phase formation in equilibrium and in non-equilibrium conditions. There was an excellent agreement between the experimental results and the predicted results.

  13. Substantial Cd-Cd Bonding in Ca6PtCd11: A Condensed Intermetallic Phase Built of Pentagonal Cd7 and Rectangular Cd4/2Pt Pyramids

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    Gulo, Fakhili; Samal, Saroj L.; Corbett, John D.

    2013-08-19

    The new trail-breaking compound Ca6PtCd11 has been synthesized and its structural and bonding properties investigated. This unusual phase features an unprecedented degree of cadmium aggregation, including linear chains, novel Cd7 PBP aggregates, and edge-shared chains of PtCd4/2 square pyramids. Manifestations of this chemistry elsewhere has evidently been precluded in earlier work by the inclusion of larger amounts of the strong d-metal bonding Au or Pt. Under the right conditions Cd seems quite effective as an open s,p-band metal.

  14. Critical behaviour of ionic solutions in non-polar solvents with a liquid - liquid phase transition

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    Schröer, W.; Kleemeier, M.; Plikat, M.; Weiss, V.; Wiegand, S.

    1996-11-01

    Turbidity measurements showing crossover from mean-field to Ising criticality have been reported by Narayanan and Pitzer for the liquid - liquid phase transition in ionic solutions of alkyl-ammonium picrates in higher alcohols. The Ising region was found to increase with the dielectric permittivity D for solvents with 4 < D < 8. It was conjectured that the Ising region becomes too small to be observed for lower values of D, which is in accordance with the finding of mean-field criticality in the system triethylhexylammonium triethylhexylborate 0953-8984/8/47/023/img1 in diphenyl ether 0953-8984/8/47/023/img2, where 0953-8984/8/47/023/img3. In order to check this hypothesis, we investigate solutions of salts in non-protonating solvents with D<2.5. The systems are tetrabutylammonium naphthyl sulphonate 0953-8984/8/47/023/img4 in toluene and tributylheptylammonium dodecyl sulphate 0953-8984/8/47/023/img5 in cyclohexane. The location of the critical points in the corresponding state diagram is in general agreement with the model system of charged hard spheres in a dielectric continuum, i.e. the restricted primitive model (RPM). However, changes of 0953-8984/8/47/023/img6 by minute variations of the salt and of the solvent (toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene) cannot be explained by the RPM. We report measurements of the phase diagram and light-scattering results. The amplitudes of the correlation length are up to an order of magnitude larger than those typically found in non-ionic fluids. For the new systems, but also for the solution of 0953-8984/8/47/023/img7 in 0953-8984/8/47/023/img8, Ising criticality is found in the region of 0953-8984/8/47/023/img9.

  15. Dual-polarity GaN micropillars grown by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy: Cross-correlation between structural and optical properties

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    Coulon, P. M.; Mexis, M.; Teisseire, M.; Vennéguès, P.; Leroux, M.; Zuniga-Perez, J.; Jublot, M.

    2014-04-21

    Self-assembled catalyst-free GaN micropillars grown on (0001) sapphire substrates by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy are investigated. Transmission electron microscopy, as well as KOH etching, shows the systematic presence of two domains of opposite polarity within each single micropillar. The analysis of the initial growth stages indicates that such double polarity originates at the micropillar/substrate interface, i.e., during the micropillar nucleation, and it propagates along the micropillar. Furthermore, dislocations are also generated at the wire/substrate interface, but bend after several hundreds of nanometers. This leads to micropillars several tens of micrometers in length that are dislocation-free. Spatially resolved cathodoluminescence and microphotoluminescence show large differences in the optical properties of each polarity domain, suggesting unequal impurity/dopant/vacancy incorporation depending on the polarity.

  16. Spatially resolved study of polarized micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy on single GaAs nanowires with mixed zincblende and wurtzite phases

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    Mukherjee, Amlan; Ghosh, Sandip; Breuer, Steffen; Jahn, Uwe; Geelhaar, Lutz; Grahn, Holger T.

    2015-02-07

    Localized and polarized photoluminescence spectra are observed in single GaAs nanowires with mixed zincblende and wurtzite phases, grown using molecular beam epitaxy. For low excitation intensities, the photoluminescence emission exhibits narrow spectral features predominantly polarized perpendicular to the nanowire axis. For high excitation intensities, the photoluminescence spectra transform into dominant broadened features, which exhibit different peak energies and polarization properties. The strongly polarized emission at high excitation intensities is identified as being due to a spatially direct transition in wurtzite sections of the nanowires. The analysis, including band structure calculations suggests that carriers in the wurtzite sections diffuse into regions where the average low-temperature peak emission energy and crystal field parameter are 1.535 eV and 20 meV, respectively.

  17. Intermetallic compound formation at Cu-Al wire bond interface

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    Bae, In-Tae; Young Jung, Dae; Chen, William T.; Du Yong

    2012-12-15

    Intermetallic compound (IMC) formation and evolution at Cu-Al wire bond interface were studied using focused ion beam /scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM)/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), nano beam electron diffraction (NBED) and structure factor (SF) calculation. It was found that discrete IMC patches were formed at the Cu/Al interface in as-packaged state and they grew toward Al pad after high temperature storage (HTS) environment at 150 Degree-Sign C. TEM/EDS and NBED results combined with SF calculation revealed the evidence of metastable {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} IMC phase (tetragonal, space group: I4m2, a = 0.404 nm, c= 0.580 nm) formed at Cu/Al interfaces in both of the as-packaged and the post-HTS samples. Two feasible mechanisms for the formation of the metastable {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} phase are discussed based on (1) non-equilibrium cooling of wire bond that is attributed to highly short bonding process time and (2) the epitaxial relationships between Cu and {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2}, which can minimize lattice mismatch for {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} to grow on Cu.

  18. Processing and properties of molybdenum silicide intermetallics containing boron

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    Schneibel, J.H.; Liu, C.T.; Heatherly, L. Jr.; Carmichael, C.A.

    1998-11-01

    The processing and mechanical properties of Mo-Si-B intermetallic alloys with compositions Mo-26.7Si-7.3B and Mo-12Si-8.5B (at.%) were investigated. The first alloy consisted of the phases Mo{sub 3}Si, Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3} (T1) and Mo{sub 5}SiB{sub 2} (T2). Attempts to extrude castings of this alloy at 1700 or 1800 C were not successful. Hot isostatic pressing of elemental powders was more promising and room temperature flexure strengths on the order of 200 MPa were reached. The second alloy with the composition Mo-12Si-8.5B could be readily cast and consisted of {alpha}-Mo inclusion in a brittle matrix of Mo{sub 3}Si and T2. A heat treatment of 1 day at 1600C in vacuum improved the room temperature strength and fracture toughness. Values on the order of 500 MPa and 10 MPa m{sup 1/2}, respectively, were obtained. Consistent with ductile phase toughening, limited plastic deformation as well as debonding of the {alpha}-Mo inclusions were seen on fracture surfaces.

  19. Influence of non-aqueous phase liquid configuration on induced polarization parameters: Conceptual models applied to a time-domain field case study

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    Johansson, Sara; Fiandaca, Gianluca; Dahlin, Torleif

    2015-12-01

    Resistivity and induced polarization (IP) measurements on soil contaminated with non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) show a great variety in results in previous research. Several laboratory studies have suggested that the presence of NAPLs in soil samples generally decrease the magnitude of the IP-effect, while others have indicated the opposite. A number of conceptual models have been proposed suggesting that NAPLs can alter the pore space in different ways, e.g. by coating the grain surfaces and thus inhibiting grain polarization, or by changing the pore throat size and thus affecting the membrane polarization mechanism. The main aim of this paper is to review previously published conceptual models and to introduce some new concepts of possible residual NAPL configurations in the pore space. Time domain induced polarization measurements were performed at a NAPL contaminated field site, and the data were inverted using the Constant Phase Angle (CPA) model and the Cole-Cole model respectively. No significant phase anomalies were observed in the source area of the contamination when the CPA inverted profiles were compared with soil sampling results of free-phase contaminant concentrations. However, relatively strong phase and normalized phase anomalies appeared next to the source area, where residual free-phase presence could be expected according to the chemical data. We conclude that depending on the NAPL configuration, different spectral IP responses can be expected. In previous research, the NAPL configurations in different samples or field sites are often unknown, and this may to some extent explain why different results have been achieved by different authors. In our field case, we believe that the NAPL forms a more or less continuous phase in the pore space of the source zone leading to an absence of IP anomalies. The increase in phase and normalized phase angle observed next to the source zone is interpreted as a degradation zone. The ongoing biodegradation

  20. Containerless automated processing of intermetallic compounds and composites

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    Johnson, D. R.; Joslin, S. M.; Reviere, R. D.; Oliver, B. F.; Noebe, R. D.

    1993-01-01

    An automated containerless processing system has been developed to directionally solidify high temperature materials, intermetallic compounds, and intermetallic/metallic composites. The system incorporates a wide range of ultra-high purity chemical processing conditions. The utilization of image processing for automated control negates the need for temperature measurements for process control. The list of recent systems that have been processed includes Cr, Mo, Mn, Nb, Ni, Ti, V, and Zr containing aluminides. Possible uses of the system, process control approaches, and properties and structures of recently processed intermetallics are reviewed.

  1. Titanium aluminide intermetallic alloys with improved wear resistance

    DOEpatents

    Qu, Jun; Lin, Hua-Tay; Blau, Peter J.; Sikka, Vinod K.

    2014-07-08

    The invention is directed to a method for producing a titanium aluminide intermetallic alloy composition having an improved wear resistance, the method comprising heating a titanium aluminide intermetallic alloy material in an oxygen-containing environment at a temperature and for a time sufficient to produce a top oxide layer and underlying oxygen-diffused layer, followed by removal of the top oxide layer such that the oxygen-diffused layer is exposed. The invention is also directed to the resulting oxygen-diffused titanium aluminide intermetallic alloy, as well as mechanical components or devices containing the improved alloy composition.

  2. Deposition of Functional Coatings Based on Intermetallic Systems TiAl on the Steel Surface by Vacuum Arc Plasma

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Budilov, V.; Vardanyan, E.; Ramazanov, K.

    2015-11-01

    Laws governing the formation of intermetallic phase by sequential deposition of nano-sized layers coatings from vacuum arc plasma were studied. Mathematical modeling process of deposition by vacuum arc plasma was performed. In order to identify the structural and phase composition of coatings and to explain their physical and chemical behaviour XRD studies were carried out. Production tests of the hardened punching tools were performed.

  3. Methods for polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon determination in air samples using polar-bonded phase HPLC and GC-MS with application to oil refinery samples

    SciTech Connect

    Karlesky, K.L.

    1985-01-01

    Particle samples were collected using high volume air samplers fitted with glass fiber filters or with a cascade impactor containing paper filters. They were then cleaned using either extraction with dimethylsulfoxide and pentane or utilizing a small cartridge containing a diamine polar-bonded phase material, the second method being more effective. Vapor phase PAH were sampled using an apparatus designed in the laboratory. After collection, the resins were desorbed with solvent and the PAH content was determined. The suitability of the resins decrease in the following order: Amberlite XAD-2, Chromosorb 105, Tenax GC, coconut charcoal, and Ambesorb XE-348. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was used to determine the behavior of PAH in the normal and reversed phase on polar-bonded phases containing amine, diamine, and pyrrolidone substrates. Results support the proposed mechanism in the normal phase and indicate that both a partitioning and liquid-solid adsorption mechanism takes place in the reversed phase depending upon the mobile phase. Occasionally, these polar-bonded phases can be deactivated by the formation of amine-carbonyl complexes from polar aldehydes or ketones in the solvent or sample. Deactivation can be reversed by flushing with water to hydrolyze the Schiff's base imine back to the amine. Gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) was used to analyze air samples from oil refineries in Port Arthur, collected over a period of three years. The analytical procedures are applied to the collected samples to determine if they contain detectable amounts of PAH. The GC-MS analysis was adequate for this study but the use of SIM detection is preferred because of the greater sensitivity for PAH.

  4. Roles of Titanium-Intermetallic Compound Layer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lee, Chii-Chang

    Four different configurations have been tested: Al-Cu, Ti/Al-Cu, Al-Cu/Ti, and Ti/Al-Cu/Ti to evaluate the possible contributions of Ti-intermetallic compound layer(s) to enhancement of the lifetime to failure. Basically, the proposed mechanisms can be classified into two groups: shunting effect and effects limited to changes in Al-Cu conducting layer(s). A resistance monitoring technique was adopted to supplement lifetime measurement to separate these two effects. By correlating the first resistance jump (spike) to the happening of a complete open across Al-Cu layer, it was found that the shunting effect contributes to enhancement of the lifetime by 4 times in Ti/Al-Cu, 2 times in Al-Cu/Ti, and 2 times in Ti/Al-Cu/Ti. A Ti underlayer was found to contribute mainly the shunting effect. However, from drift velocity measurements and failure mode analysis, it is possible to deduce that a Ti overlayer contributes not only the shunting effect but also another effect that acts to diminish the grain boundary mass transport rate by a factor of about 76. It is believed that the latter effect is a consequence of the high compressive yield stength conferred by the Ti-intermetallic compound overlayer to the Al-Cu layer. Finally, an important non-destructive technique, based on the characteristic x-rays generated by energetic electrons, to characterize the mass divergences in multilayer interconnects, was developed in this research, called SMEISIS, representing Simultaneous Multiple Elements Intensity Scanning of Interconnecting Stripes. This technique was proved to be capable of revealing detail about the shapes, nature, and location of mass divergence that cannot be revealed by thermal wave image technique and that requires time consuming multiple sectioning in TEM and SEM methods.

  5. Surface and finite size effects impact on the phase diagrams, polar, and dielectric properties of (Sr,Bi)Ta2O9 ferroelectric nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Eliseev, E. A.; Semchenko, A. V.; Fomichov, Y. M.; Glinchuk, M. D.; Sidsky, V. V.; Kolos, V. V.; Pleskachevsky, Yu. M.; Silibin, M. V.; Morozovsky, N. V.; Morozovska, A. N.

    2016-05-01

    In the framework of the thermodynamic approach Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire (LGD) combined with the equations of electrostatics, we investigated the effect of polarization surface screening on finite size effects of the phase diagrams, polar, and dielectric properties of ferroelectric nanoparticles of different shapes. We obtained and analyzed the analytical results for the dependences of the ferroelectric phase transition temperature, critical size, spontaneous polarization, and thermodynamic coercive field on the shape and size of the nanoparticles. The pronounced size effect of these characteristics on the scaling parameter, the ratio of the particle characteristic size to the length of the surface screening, was revealed. Also our modeling predicts a significant impact of the flexo-chemical effect (that is a joint action of flexoelectric effect and chemical pressure) on the temperature of phase transition, polar, and dielectric properties of nanoparticles when their chemical composition deviates from the stoichiometric one. We showed on the example of the stoichiometric nanosized SrBi2Ta2O9 particles that except the vicinity of the critical size, where the system splitting into domains has an important role, results of analytical calculation of the spontaneous polarization have a little difference from the numerical ones. We revealed a strong impact of the flexo-chemical effect on the phase transition temperature, polar, and dielectric properties of SryBi2+xTa2O9 nanoparticles when the ratio Sr/Bi deviates from the stoichiometric value of 0.5 within the range from 0.35 to 0.65. From the analysis of experimental data, we derived the parameters of the theory, namely, the coefficients of expansion of the LGD functional, the contribution of flexo-chemical effect, and the length of the surface screening.

  6. A solid phase extraction procedure for determination of triazine herbicides and polar metabolites in natural waters

    SciTech Connect

    Young, M.S.

    1996-11-01

    Atrazine and related triazine herbicides are used in great quantities throughout the world for pre-emergence weed control. In the central United States, for example, millions of kilograms of triazines are applied each year. In areas of heavy usage, surface water supplies are often affected by runoff of these substances and their transformation products. Therefore, a number of these compounds are routinely monitored in drinking water in the United States, particularly in agricultural areas such as the Mississippi river valley. There is also significant interest regarding the fate and transport of the triazine herbicides in the natural environment. In Europe, where groundwater is utilized for a high proportion of drinking water supplies, the EC has established more stringent limits than has the US EPA. Currently, the US limit is 3 {mu}g/L for atrazine; the European limit is 0.1 {mu}g/L for atrazine or any individual regulated pesticide, and 0.5 {mu}g/L for the sum of all pesticides. Because groundwater levels in agricultural areas were consistently above this limit, Germany banned the use of Atrazine in 1991, and has recommended banning the use of this herbicide throughout the European Community (EC). Clearly, a rugged method for determination of the triazine herbicides is desirable with detection limits in the part per trillion range. Because direct determination at these levels is not usually possible, sample enrichment techniques, such as solid phase extraction (SPE), must be employed. In this study, Porapak RDX Sep-Pak{reg_sign} cartridges were used for trace enrichment of triazines and metabolites.

  7. Scanning force microscopy study of phase segregation in fuel cell membrane materials as a function of solvent polarity and relative humidity

    SciTech Connect

    Hawley, Marilyn Emily; Kim, Yu S; Hjelm, Rex P

    2010-01-01

    Scanning force microscopy (SFM) phase imaging provides a powerful method for directly studying and comparing phase segregation in fuel cell membrane materials due to different preparation and under different temperature and hwnidity exposures. In this work, we explored two parameters that can influence phase segregation: the properties of the solvents used in casting membrane films and how these solvents alter phase segregation after exposure to boiling water as a function of time. SFM was used under ambient conditions to image phase segregation in Nafion samples prepared using five different solvents. Samples were then subjected to water vapor maintained at 100C for periods ranging from 30 minutes to three hours and re-imaged using the same phase imaging conditions. SFM shows what appears to be an increase in phase segregation as a function of solvent polarity that changes as a function of water exposure.

  8. Preparation and characterization of Fe-Al intermetallic layer on the surface of T91 heat-resistant steel

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shi, Zimu; Cao, Jianbo; Han, Fusheng

    2014-04-01

    A Fe-Al intermetallic layer was formed on the surface of T91 heat-resistant steel by a molten aluminum hot-dipping and heat diffusion treatment. It is shown that the layer was composed of Al, FeAl3 and Fe2Al5 phases in the as-dipped state while only Fe3Al phase retained after the heat treatment. The intermetallic layer exhibited typical columnar grain structure after the heat treatment, and the thickness of aluminizing layer was increased from 55 μm at 760 °C to around 100 μm at 1050 °C heat treatment. Such a phase composition and grain morphology are favorable for the oxidation and corrosion resistance of T91 steel.

  9. Effect of solvent strength and temperature on retention for a polar-endcapped, octadecylsiloxane-bonded silica stationary phase with methanol-water mobile phases.

    PubMed

    Kiridena, Waruna; Poole, Colin F; Koziol, Wladyslaw W

    2004-12-10

    Synergi Hydro-RP is a new type of polar-endcapped, octadecylsiloxane-bonded silica packing for reversed-phase liquid chromatography. Its retention properties as a function of solvent strength and temperature are evaluated from the change in retention factors over the composition range (0-70% v/v methanol) and temperature range (25-65 degrees C) using the solvation parameter model and response surface methodologies. The main factors that affect retention are solute size and hydrogen-bond basicity, with minor contributions from solute hydrogen-bond acidity, dipole-type and electron lone pair interactions. Within the easily accessible range for both temperature and solvent strength, the ability to change selectivity is much greater for solvent strength than temperature. Also, a significant portion of the effect of increasing temperature is to reduce retention without changing selectivity. Response surfaces for the system constants are smooth and non-linear, except for cavity formation and dispersion interactions (v system constant), which is linear. Modeling of the response surfaces suggests that solvent strength and temperature are not independent factors for the b, s and e system constants and for the model intercept (c term). PMID:15628160

  10. Strengthening by intermetallic nanoprecipitation in Fe–Cr–Al–Ti alloy

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Capdevila, C.; Aranda, M. M.; Rementeria, R.; Chao, J.; Urones-Garrote, E.; Aldazabal, J.; Miller, Michael K.

    2016-02-05

    In this paper, the strengthening mechanism observed during ageing at temperatures of 435 and 475 °C in the oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) Fe–Cr–Al–Ti system has been investigated. Atom probe tomography (APT) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analyses determined that the alloy undergoes simultaneous precipitation of Cr-rich (α' phase) and nanoscale precipitation of TiAl-rich intermetallic particles (β' phase). APT indicated that the composition of the intermetallic β' phase is Fe2AlTi0.6Cr0.4, and the evolving composition of α' phase with ageing time was also determined. The results obtained from HRTEM analyses allow us to confirm that the β' precipitates exhibit a cubicmore » structure and hence their crystallography is related to the Heusler-type Fe2AlTi (L21) structure. Finally, the strengthening could be explained on the basis of two hardening effects that occur simultaneously: the first is due to the α-α' phase separation through the modulus effect, and the second mechanism is due to the interaction of nanoscale β' particles with dislocations.« less

  11. Multishell Intermetallic Onions by Symmetrical Configuration of Ordered Domains

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    Yu, R.; Chen, W.; Cheng, Z. Y.; Li, Y. D.; Zhu, J.

    2010-11-01

    Ordered domains are utilized to construct new nanostructures, i.e., multishell intermetallic onions, which are formed by symmetrical configuration of ordered domains. Through density-functional theory calculations, we have shown that the energy penalties for introducing antiphase boundaries into the nanoparticles are small in some alloy systems compared to typical surface energies, making it feasible to prepare intermetallic onions by tuning surface energies. The unique surface atomic arrangements would provide opportunities for developing novel materials like efficient catalysts.

  12. Single-frequency pulsed Brillouin-thulium fiber laser at 2 µm with nonlinear polarization rotation and active phase modulation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Xiong; Lv, Haibin; Zhou, Pu; Wu, Weijun; Wang, Xiaolin; Xiao, Hu; Liu, Zejin

    2014-10-01

    We present a single-frequency (SF) pulsed fiber laser at 2 µm based on stimulated Brillouin scattering in a thulium-doped fiber laser. The effective feedback of the fiber laser is quite weak to induce pulse operation. Nonlinear polarization rotation and active phase modulation are employed to compress the pulse width and stabilize the pulse train. This SF pulsed Brillouin-thulium fiber laser (BTFL) can generate a stable pulse train with a repetition rate of ˜310 kHz and a pulse width of ˜200 ns. The repetition rate of the pulse train can be adjusted by controlling the cavity length, and the pulse width can be tuned between 200 and 500 ns. The central wavelength locates at 1971.58 nm with an optical signal-to-noise ratio of more than 40 dB, and the linewidth is about 6 MHz. This is the first demonstration of the SF pulsed BTFL as far as we know.

  13. Oblique incidence effect on steering efficiency of liquid crystal polarization gratings used for optical phased array beam steering amplification

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xiangjie, Zhao; Jiazhu, Duan; Dayong, Zhang; Cangli, Liu; Yongquan, Luo

    2016-07-01

    A liquid crystal polarization grating (LCPG) is proposed that amplifies the steering angle of a liquid crystal optical phased array for non-mechanical beam steering, taking advantage of its high steering efficiency under normal incidence. However, oblique incidence may play an important role in the overall steering efficiency. The effect of oblique incidence on steering efficiency of a LCPG was analyzed by numerically solving the extended Jones matrix and considering propagation crosstalk. The results indicate that the outgoing laser beam is amplitude-modulated under the effect of oblique incidence and behaves as a sinusoidal-modulated amplitude grating, which diffracts certain energies to non-blazed orders. Over-oblique incidence may even eliminate the steering effect of the incident beam. The modulation depth of the induced amplitude grating was found to be proportional to the product of sinusoidal value of oblique incidence angle and the LC layer thickness, and inversely proportional to the periodic pitch length of the LCPG. Both in-plane incidence and out-of-plane incidence behave similarly to influence the steering efficiency. Finally, the overall steering efficiency for cascaded LCPGs was analyzed and a difference of up to 11 % steering efficiency can be induced between different LCPG configurations, even without considering the over-oblique incidence effect. Both the modulation depth and final steering efficiency can be optimized by varying the LC birefringence and layer thickness.

  14. Reduction of phase-induced intensity noise in a fiber-based coherent Doppler lidar using polarization control.

    PubMed

    Rodrigo, Peter John; Pedersen, Christian

    2010-03-01

    Optimization of signal-to-noise ratio is an important aspect in the design of optical heterodyne detection systems such as a coherent Doppler lidar (CDL). In a CDL, optimal performance is achieved when the noise in the detector signal is dominated by local oscillator shot-noise. Most modern CDL systems are built using rugged and cost-efficient fiber optic components. Unfortunately, leakage signals such as residual reflections inherent within fiber components (e.g. circulator) can introduce phase-induced intensity noise (PIIN) to the Doppler spectrum in a CDL. Such excess noise may be a few orders of magnitude above the shot-noise level within the relevant CDL frequency bandwidth--corrupting the measurement of typically weak backscattered signals. In this study, observation of PIIN in a fiber-based CDL with a master-oscillator power-amplifier tapered semiconductor laser source is reported. Furthermore, we experimentally demonstrate what we believe is a newly proposed method using a simple polarization scheme to reduce PIIN by more than an order of magnitude. PMID:20389545

  15. Nondiffracting transversally polarized beam.

    PubMed

    Yuan, G H; Wei, S B; Yuan, X-C

    2011-09-01

    Generation of a nondiffracting transversally polarized beam by means of transmitting an azimuthally polarized beam through a multibelt spiral phase hologram and then highly focusing by a high-NA lens is presented. A relatively long depth of focus (∼4.84λ) of the electric field with only radial and azimuthal components is achieved. The polarization of the wavefront near the focal plane is analyzed in detail by calculating the Stokes polarization parameters. It is found that the polarization is spatially varying and entirely transversally polarized, and the polarization singularity disappears at the beam center, which makes the central bright channel possible. PMID:21886250

  16. Polarizing phase shifting interferometry of total internal reflection light for measurement of refractive index and its spatial variation in liquid samples

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Das, Tania; Bhattacharya, Kallol

    2016-07-01

    It is well known that the phase change in total internal reflection (TIR) is a function of the refractive indices of the pair of media involved. The spatial phase variations in a totally internally reflected beam are accurately measured using a Mach Zehnder interferometer employing polarization phase shifting technique. The evaluated phase change is then related to the refractive index variations of the rarer medium. One of the salient features of the proposed technique is that, unlike most interferometric methods where the measured phase is a function of the sample thickness, TIR phase is independent of the sample thickness as long as the evanescent wave field is fully confined within the sample. The theory of the technique is discussed and experimental results showing the three-dimensional profiles of the measured refractive indices and its spatial variations are presented.

  17. First Principles Study of Al-Li Intermetallic Compounds

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yu, Hai-li; Duan, Xiao-hui; Ma, Yong-jun; Zeng, Min

    2012-12-01

    The structural properties, heats of formation, elastic properties, and electronic structures of four compositions of binary Al-Li intermetallics, Al3Li, AlLi, Al2Li3, and Al4Li9, are analyzed in detail by using density functional theory. The calculated formation heats indicate a strong chemical interaction between Al and Li for all the Al-Li intermetallics. In particular, in the Li-rich Al-Li compounds, the thermodynamic stability of intermetallics linearly decreases with increasing concentration of Li. According to the computational single crystal elastic constants, all the four Al-Li intermetallic compounds considered here are mechanically stable. The polycrystalline elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio have been deduced by using Voigt, Reuss, and Hill approximations, and the calculated ratios of bulk modulus to shear modulus indicate that the four compositions of binary Al-Li intermetallics are brittle materials. With the increase of Li concentration, the bulk modulus of Al-Li intermetallics decreases in a linear manner.

  18. First-principles studies of Al-Ni intermetallic compounds

    SciTech Connect

    Shi Dongmin; Wen Bin; Melnik, Roderick; Yao Shan; Li Tingju

    2009-10-15

    The structural properties, heats of formation, elastic properties, and electronic structures of Al-Ni intermetallic compounds are analyzed here in detail by using density functional theory. Higher calculated absolute values of heats of formation indicate a very strong chemical interaction between Al and Ni for all Al-Ni intermetallic compounds. According to the computational single crystal elastic constants, all the Al-Ni intermetallic compounds considered here are mechanically stable. The polycrystalline elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio have been deduced by using Voigt, Reuss, and Hill (VRH) approximations, and the calculated ratio of shear modulus to bulk modulus indicated that AlNi, Al{sub 3}Ni, AlNi{sub 3} and Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 5} compounds are ductile materials, but Al{sub 4}Ni{sub 3} and Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2} are brittle materials. With increasing Ni concentration, the bulk modulus of Al-Ni intermetallic compounds increases in a linear manner. The electronic energy band structures confirm that all Al-Ni intermetallic compounds are conductors. - Graphical abstract: Calculated bulk modulus compared to experimental and other theoretical values for the Al-Ni intermetallic compounds.

  19. Two-step polarization switching mediated by a nonpolar intermediate phase in Hf0.4Zr0.6O2 thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Park, Min Hyuk; Kim, Han Joon; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Yu Jin; Moon, Taehwan; Kim, Keum Do; Hyun, Seung Dam; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-07-01

    The broken ferroelectric hysteresis loop achieved from a Hf0.4Zr0.6O2 film was interpreted based on the first order phase transition theory. The two-step polarization switching, which was expected from the theory, could be observed by dynamic pulse switching measurement. The variations in the interfacial capacitance values along with switching time and number of switching cycles could also be estimated from the pulse switching test. Being different from the one-step polarization switching in other ferroelectric films, two-step polarization switching produced two slanted plateau regions where the estimated interfacial capacitance values were different from each other. This could be understood based on the quantitative model of the two-step polarization switching with the involvement of an intermediate nonpolar phase. The Hf0.4Zr0.6O2 film was changed from antiferroelectric-like to ferroelectric-like with the increasing number of electric field cycles, which could be induced by the field driven phase change.

  20. Two-step polarization switching mediated by a nonpolar intermediate phase in Hf0.4Zr0.6O2 thin films.

    PubMed

    Park, Min Hyuk; Kim, Han Joon; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Yu Jin; Moon, Taehwan; Kim, Keum Do; Hyun, Seung Dam; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-07-21

    The broken ferroelectric hysteresis loop achieved from a Hf0.4Zr0.6O2 film was interpreted based on the first order phase transition theory. The two-step polarization switching, which was expected from the theory, could be observed by dynamic pulse switching measurement. The variations in the interfacial capacitance values along with switching time and number of switching cycles could also be estimated from the pulse switching test. Being different from the one-step polarization switching in other ferroelectric films, two-step polarization switching produced two slanted plateau regions where the estimated interfacial capacitance values were different from each other. This could be understood based on the quantitative model of the two-step polarization switching with the involvement of an intermediate nonpolar phase. The Hf0.4Zr0.6O2 film was changed from antiferroelectric-like to ferroelectric-like with the increasing number of electric field cycles, which could be induced by the field driven phase change. PMID:26726129

  1. Molecular assembly and organic film growth on complex intermetallic surfaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Al-Mahboob, Abdullah; Sharma, Hem Raj; Sadowski, Jerzy T.; Ledieu, Julian; Fournée, Vincent; McGrath, Ronan

    We extensively studied the role of molecular symmetry and symmetry/structures of wide ranges of substrate-surfaces from non-periodic to periodic to quasi-crystalline in nucleation, growth and phase transition in films made of organic molecular materials. Recently, most interest in quasicrystals is due to the generalization of aperiodic ordering to several classes of systems. Compared to periodic materials, these provide a closer approximation to an isotropic first Brillouin zone, which is of great importance to the design of new functional materials. Here, we present results obtained from our ongoing study of interface mediated molecular assembly extended on complex intermetallic surfaces with specific examples of C60 and Zn-phthalocyanine on quasicrystalline and approximant surfaces. We employed in-situ real-time low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) for investigation of the processes in assembly and film growth and post-growth STM study and DFT calculations to understand structural details and growth mechanism. Research were carried out in part at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Lab, USA; partly at Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, France; and partly at the Surface Science Research Centre, University of Liverpool, UK.

  2. Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of Nanoparticles of Intermetallic Compounds

    SciTech Connect

    DiSalvo, Francis J.

    2015-03-12

    The research program from 2010 to the end of the grant focused on understanding the factors important to the synthesis of single phase intermetallic nano-particles (NPs), their size, crystalline order, surface properties and electrochemical activity. The synthetic method developed is a co-reduction of mixtures of single metal precursors by strong, soluble reducing agents in a non-protic solvent, tetrahydrofuran (THF). With some exceptions, the particles obtained by room temperature reduction are random alloys that need to be annealed at modest temperatures (200 to 600 °C) in order to develop an ordered structure. To avoid significant particle size growth and agglomeration, the particles must be protected by surface coatings. We developed a novel method of coating the metal nanoparticles with KCl, a by-product of the reduction reaction if the proper reducing agents are employed. In that case, a composite product containing individual metal nanoparticles in a KCl matrix is obtained. The composite can be heated to at least 600 °C without significant agglomeration or growth in particle size. Washing the annealed product in the presence of catalyst supports in ethylene glycol removes the KCl and deposits the particles on the support. Six publications present the method and its application to producing and studying new catalyst/support combinations for fuel cell applications. Three publications concern the use of related methods to explore new lithium-sulfur battery concepts.

  3. A ship-in-a-bottle strategy to synthesize encapsulated intermetallic nanoparticle catalysts: Exemplified for furfural hydrogenation

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Maligal-Ganesh, Raghu V.; Xiao, Chaoxian; Goh, Tian Wei; Wang, Lin -Lin; Gustafson, Jeffrey; Pei, Yuchen; Qi, Zhiyuan; Johnson, Duane D.; Zhang, Shiran; Tao, Franklin; et al

    2016-01-28

    In this paper, intermetallic compounds are garnering increasing attention as efficient catalysts for improved selectivity in chemical processes. Here, using a ship-in-a-bottle strategy, we synthesize single-phase platinum-based intermetallic nanoparticles (NPs) protected by a mesoporous silica (mSiO2) shell by heterogeneous reduction and nucleation of Sn, Pb, or Zn in mSiO2-encapsulated Pt NPs. For selective hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol, a dramatic increase in activity and selectivity is observed when intermetallic NPs catalysts are used in comparison to Pt@mSiO2. Among the intermetallic NPs, PtSn@mSiO2 exhibits the best performance, requiring only one-tenth of the quantity of Pt used in Pt@mSiO2 for similarmore » activity and near 100% selectivity to furfuryl alcohol. A high-temperature oxidation–reduction treatment easily reverses any carbon deposition-induced catalyst deactivation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows the importance of surface composition to the activity, whereas density functional theory calculations reveal that the enhanced selectivity on PtSn compared to Pt is due to the different furfural adsorption configurations on the two surfaces.« less

  4. Investigation of the field-induced ferromagnetic phase transition in spin-polarized neutron matter: A lowest order constrained variational approach

    SciTech Connect

    Bordbar, G. H.; Rezaei, Z.; Montakhab, Afshin

    2011-04-15

    In this article, the lowest order constrained variational method is used to investigate the magnetic properties of spin-polarized neutron matter in the presence of strong magnetic field at zero temperature employing the AV{sub 18} potential. Our results indicate that a ferromagnetic phase transition is induced by a strong magnetic field with strength greater than 10{sup 18} G, leading to a partial spin polarization of the neutron matter. It is also shown that the equation of state of neutron matter in the presence of a magnetic field is stiffer than in the absence of a magnetic field.

  5. Crystal plasticity aspects of a lamellar intermetallic microstructure

    SciTech Connect

    Schloegl, S.M.; Fischer, F.D.; Minchev, O.I.; Rammerstorfer, F.G.

    1995-12-31

    Two-phase TiAl intermetallics consisting of {gamma} (TiAl) and {alpha}{sub 2} (Ti{sub 3}Al) lamellae possess mechanical properties which significantly differ from that of single-phase alloys. There are many experimental results of polysynthetically twinned (PST) TiAl crystals, which contain only a single set of lamellae with a specific orientation. Their yield stress at room temperature depends strongly on the angle {theta} between the orientation of the lamellae and the load axis. Furthermore, when compression loads are applied in the direction of the lamellae some sort of {open_quote}microbuckling{close_quote} could be observed, especially at high temperature during the primary forming process. In the paper this nonlinear anisotropic behavior is simulated by micromechanical computational methods with regard to finding a constitutive law for a polycrystal with lamellar grains. The modeling is based on the unit-cell techniques using the finite element method. Because of the orientation relationship of (111){sub {gamma}} {parallel} (0001){sub {alpha}2} and {l_angle}1{rvec 1}0{r_angle}{sub {gamma}} {parallel} {l_angle}11{rvec 2}0{r_angle}{sub {alpha}2}, is necessary to use crystal plasticity. The major deformation modes of the -Y phase at room temperature are ordinary slip along (110) and deformation twinning, i.e., true twinning of the (111){l_angle}11{rvec 2} type. These two modes are simulated in the unit-cell analyses. Using the micromechanical models, stress-strain curves are calculated for orientation angles {theta} varying in the range of 0{degrees} {le} {theta} {le} 90{degrees}, and the computed yield stresses are compared with experimental results. The {open_quote}microbuckling{close_quote} of the lamellae under compression loading is studied as well.

  6. Polarization-insensitive all-optical dual pump-phase transmultiplexing from 2 × 10-GBd OOKs to 10-GBd RZ-QPSK using cross-phase modulation in a birefringent nonlinear PCF.

    PubMed

    Mahmood, T; Cannon, B M; Astar, W; Carter, G M

    2014-12-29

    Polarization-insensitive (PI) all-optical dual pump-phase transmultiplexing from 2 × 10-GBd OOKs to 10-GBd RZ-QPSK was successfully demonstrated in a birefringent nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (PCF), by utilizing cross-phase modulation (XPM) and the inherent birefringence of the device, for the first time. PI operation was achieved by launching the probe and one pump off-axis while the state of polarization (SOP) of the other pump was randomized. Optimum pump-probe detuning, all within the C-Band, was also utilized to reduce the polarization-induced power fluctuation. Receiver sensitivity penalty at 10-9 bit-error-rate was < 5.5 dB in PI operation, relative to the FPGA-precoded RZ-DQPSK baseline. PMID:25607146

  7. Synthesis of cerium rich intermetallics using molten metal eutectics

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    Tucker, Patricia Christine

    Metal eutectic fluxes are useful for exploratory synthesis of new intermetallic phases. In this work the use of cerium/transition metal eutectics such as: Ce/Co, Ce/Ni, and Ce/Fe have yielded many new synthetically and magnetically complex phases. Structural units that were previously observed in phases grown in La/Ni eutectic reactions have also been observed in new structures and analogs grown from cerium/transition metal eutectics. These structural units include a main group element coordinated by 9 rare-earth atoms (such as the Al Ce9 clusters seen in Ce31.0(2)Fe11.8(5)Al6.5(6) B13C4), trigonal planar FeC3 units (also seen in Ce31.0(2)Fe11.8(5)Al6.5(6)B 13C4), iron clusters capped by light elements (Fe4C 6 frustrated tetrahedral in Ce21Fe8M7C 14, and larger Fe clusters in Ce33Fe14B25 C34). Variants of these building blocks were observed in Ce10Co2B7C16 with square Co units and chains of B and C connected to them, Fe2C8 units observed in Ce7Fe2C9, and FeC4 observed in Ce4FeGa0.85Al0.15C4 and Ce4FeAlC4. Two new phases were grown from Ce/Fe eutectic, Ce33Fe 14B25C34 and Ce33Fe13B 18C34 which exhibits very similar structures, but significantly different magnetic behavior. Structurally these two phases are similar. Both crystallize in the Im-3m space group, but differ by the centering of the Fe clusters. Ce33Fe14B25C34 contains Fe clusters centered by B atoms and Al doped on the Fe2 site. In Ce33Fe13B18C34, the Fe cluster is a perfect cuboctahedron. Ce33Fe14B25 C34 exhibits mixed valent behavior of cerium at 75K and no magnetic moment on iron, where-as Ce33Fe13B18C 34 exhibits tetravalent cerium and its iron clusters undergo a ferromagnetic transition at 180K. Another borocarbide, Ce10Co2B7C 16 was synthesized from Ce/Co eutectic flux. This structure features squares of Co surrounded by chains of C and B and a sea of cerium atoms. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility measurements at 1 Tesla were fit to a modified Curie-Weiss law and a moment per Ce was

  8. Sign-Reversing Orbital Polarization in the Nematic Phase of FeSe due to the C2 Symmetry Breaking in the Self-Energy

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    Onari, Seiichiro; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    To understand the nematicity in Fe-based superconductors, nontrivial k dependence of the orbital polarization [Δ Ex z(k ) , Δ Ey z(k )] in the nematic phase, such as the sign reversal of the orbital splitting between Γ and X , Y points in FeSe, provides significant information. To solve this problem, we study the spontaneous symmetry breaking with respect to the orbital polarization and spin susceptibility self-consistently. In FeSe, due to the sign-reversing orbital order, the hole and electron pockets are elongated along the ky and kx axes, respectively, consistently with experiments. In addition, an electron pocket splits into two Dirac cone Fermi pockets while increasing the orbital polarization. The orbital order in Fe-based superconductors originates from the strong positive feedback between the nematic orbital order and spin susceptibility.

  9. Sign-Reversing Orbital Polarization in the Nematic Phase of FeSe due to the C_{2} Symmetry Breaking in the Self-Energy.

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    Onari, Seiichiro; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    To understand the nematicity in Fe-based superconductors, nontrivial k dependence of the orbital polarization [ΔE_{xz}(k), ΔE_{yz}(k)] in the nematic phase, such as the sign reversal of the orbital splitting between Γ and X, Y points in FeSe, provides significant information. To solve this problem, we study the spontaneous symmetry breaking with respect to the orbital polarization and spin susceptibility self-consistently. In FeSe, due to the sign-reversing orbital order, the hole and electron pockets are elongated along the k_{y} and k_{x} axes, respectively, consistently with experiments. In addition, an electron pocket splits into two Dirac cone Fermi pockets while increasing the orbital polarization. The orbital order in Fe-based superconductors originates from the strong positive feedback between the nematic orbital order and spin susceptibility. PMID:27314734

  10. High temperature intermetallic binders for HVOF carbides

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    Shaw, K.G.; Gruninger, M.F.; Jarosinski, W.J.

    1994-12-31

    Gas turbines technology has a long history of employing the desirable high temperature physical attributes of ceramic-metallic (cermet) materials. The most commonly used coatings incorporate combinations of WC-Co and Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr, which have also been successfully utilized in other non-turbine coating applications. Increased turbine operating temperatures and other high temperature service conditions have made apparent the attractive notion of increasing the temperature capability and corrosion resistance of these coatings. In this study the intermetallic binder NiAl has been used to replace the cobalt and NiCr constituents of conventional WC and Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2} cermet powders. The composite carbide thermal spray powders were fabricated for use in the HVOF coating process. The structure of HVOF deposited NiAl-carbide coatings are compared directly to the more familiar WC-Co and Cr{sub 3}C{sub 2}-NiCr coatings using X-ray diffraction, back-scattered electron imaging (BEI) and electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Hardness variations with temperature are reported and compared between the NiAl and Co/NiCr binders.

  11. Driving magnetostructural transitions in layered intermetallic compounds.

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    Wang, J L; Caron, L; Campbell, S J; Kennedy, S J; Hofmann, M; Cheng, Z X; Din, M F Md; Studer, A J; Brück, E; Dou, S X

    2013-05-24

    We report the dramatic effect of applied pressure and magnetic field on the layered intermetallic compound Pr(0.5)Y(0.5)Mn(2)Ge(2). In the absence of pressure or magnetic field this compound displays interplanar ferromagnetism at room temperature and undergoes an isostructural first order magnetic transition (FOMT) to an antiferromagnetic state below 158 K, followed by another FOMT at 50 K due to the reemergence of ferromagnetism as praseodymium orders (T(C)(Pr)). The application of a magnetic field drives these two transitions towards each other, whereas the application of pressure drives them apart. Pressure also produces a giant magnetocaloric effect such that a threefold increase of the entropy change associated with the lower FOMT (at T(C)(Pr)) is seen under a pressure of 7.5 kbar. First principles calculations, using density functional theory, show that this remarkable magnetic behavior derives from the strong magnetoelastic coupling of the manganese layers in this compound. PMID:23745927

  12. Thermal stress effects in intermetallic matrix composites

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    Wright, P. K.; Sensmeier, M. D.; Kupperman, D. S.; Wadley, H. N. G.

    1993-01-01

    Intermetallic matrix composites develop residual stresses from the large thermal expansion mismatch (delta-alpha) between the fibers and matrix. This work was undertaken to: establish improved techniques to measure these thermal stresses in IMC's; determine residual stresses in a variety of IMC systems by experiments and modeling; and, determine the effect of residual stresses on selected mechanical properties of an IMC. X ray diffraction (XRD), neutron diffraction (ND), synchrotron XRD (SXRD), and ultrasonics (US) techniques for measuring thermal stresses in IMC were examined and ND was selected as the most promising technique. ND was demonstrated on a variety of IMC systems encompassing Ti- and Ni-base matrices, SiC, W, and Al2O3 fibers, and different fiber fractions (Vf). Experimental results on these systems agreed with predictions of a concentric cylinder model. In SiC/Ti-base systems, little yielding was found and stresses were controlled primarily by delta-alpha and Vf. In Ni-base matrix systems, yield strength of the matrix and Vf controlled stress levels. The longitudinal residual stresses in SCS-6/Ti-24Al-llNb composite were modified by thermomechanical processing. Increasing residual stress decreased ultimate tensile strength in agreement with model predictions. Fiber pushout strength showed an unexpected inverse correlation with residual stress. In-plane shear yield strength showed no dependence on residual stress. Higher levels of residual tension led to higher fatigue crack growth rates, as suggested by matrix mean stress effects.

  13. Bulk and defect properties of ordered intermetallics

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    Fu, C.L.; Yoo, M.H.

    1993-12-31

    First-principles calculations based on the local-density-functional theory have been used to investigate the factors governing strength of ordered intermetallic alloys. Unlike Ni{sub 3}Al, calculated elastic constants and shear fault energies indicate anomalous yield strength behavior is not likely to occur in Ni{sub 3}Si. This suggests the inadequacy of cross-slip-pinning model to explain the strength anomaly in the L1{sub 2} structure. For strongly ordered NiAl, the defect structure is dominated by two types of defects -- monovacancies on the Ni sites and substitutional antisite defects on the Al sites. By contrast, for Ni{sub 3}Al, absence of structural vacancies and deviations from stoichiometry are accommodated by substitutional antisite defects on both sublattices. Intrinsic strengthening mechanisms in TiAl are discussed in terms of calculated elastic constants and shear fault energies. Because of reduced fault energies at the {gamma}/{alpha}{sub 2} interface, slip and twinning contribute significantly to high shear deformation of the lamellar structure.

  14. SCB ignition of pyrotechnics, thermites and intermetallics

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    Bickes, R.W. Jr.; Grubelich, M.C.

    1996-09-01

    We investigated ignition of pyrotechnics, metal-fuel/metal-oxide compositions (thermites), and exothermic alloy compositions (intermetallics) using a semiconductor bridge (SCB). It was shown that these materials could be ignited at low energy levels with an appropriately designed SCB, proper loading density, and good thermal isolation. Materials tested included Al/CuO, B/BaCrO{sub 4}, TiH{sub 1.65}/KClO{sub 4}, Ti/KClO{sub 4}, Zr/BaCrO{sub 4}, Zr/CuO, Zr/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Zr/KClO{sub 4}, and 100-mesh Al/Pd. Firing set was a capacitor discharge unit with charge capacitors ranging from 3 to 20,000 {mu}F at charge voltages 5-50 V. Devices functioned a few miliseconds after onset of current pulse at input energies as low as 3 mJ. We also report on a thermite torch design.

  15. Marine target detection in quad-pol synthetic aperture radar imagery based on the relative phase of cross-polarized channels

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    Wang, Yunhua; Li, Huimin; Zhang, Yanmin; Guo, Lixin

    2015-01-01

    A focus on marine target detection in noise corrupted fully polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) is presented. The property of the relative phase between two cross-polarized channels reveals that the relative phases evaluated within sea surface area or noise corrupted area are widely spread phase angle region [-π,π] due to decorrelation effect; however, the relative phases are concentrated to zero and ±π for real target and its first-order azimuth ambiguities (FOAAs), respectively. Exploiting this physical behavior, the reciprocal of the mean square value of the relative phase (RMSRP) is defined as a new parameter for target detection, and the experiments based on fully polarimetric Radarsat-2 SAR images show that the strong noise and the FOAAs can be effectively suppressed in RMSRP image. Meanwhile, validity of the new parameter for target detection is also verified by two typical Radarsat-2 SAR images, in which targets' ambiguities and strong noise are present.

  16. Solar Wind Sources in the Late Declining Phase of Cycle 23: Effects of the Weak Solar Polar Field on High Speed Streams

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    Luhmann, J. G.; Lee, C. O.; Li, Yan; Arge, C. N.; Galvin, A. B.; Simunac, K.; Russell, C. T.; Howard, R. A.; Petrie, G.

    2009-05-01

    The declining phases of solar cycles are known for their high speed solar wind streams that dominate the geomagnetic responses during this period. Outstanding questions about these streams, which can provide the fastest winds of the solar cycle, concern their solar origins, persistence, and predictability. The declining phase of cycle 23 has lasted significantly longer than the corresponding phases of the previous two cycles. Solar magnetograph observations suggest that the solar polar magnetic field is also ˜ 2 - 3 times weaker. The launch of STEREO in late 2006 provided additional incentive to examine the origins of what is observed at 1 AU in the recent cycle, with the OMNI data base at the NSSDC available as an Earth/L1 baseline for comparisons. Here we focus on the year 2007 when the solar corona exhibited large, long-lived mid-to-low latitude coronal holes and polar hole extensions observed by both SOHO and STEREO imagers. STEREO provides in situ measurements consistent with rigidly corotating solar wind stream structure at up to ˜ 45° heliolongitude separation by late 2007. This stability justifies the use of magnetogram-based steady 3D solar wind models to map the observed high speed winds back to their coronal sources. We apply the WSA solar wind model currently running at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center with the expectation that it should perform its best at this quiet time. The model comparisons confirm the origins of the observed high speed streams expected from the solar images, but also reveal uncertainties in the solar wind source mapping associated with this cycle’s weaker solar polar fields. Overall, the results illustrate the importance of having accurate polar fields in synoptic maps used in solar wind forecast models. At the most fundamental level, they demonstrate the control of the solar polar fields over the high speed wind sources, and thus one specific connection between the solar dynamo and the solar wind character.

  17. Controlling the polarity of metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy-grown GaP on Si(111) for subsequent III-V nanowire growth

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    Paszuk, A.; Brückner, S.; Steidl, M.; Zhao, W.; Dobrich, A.; Supplie, O.; Kleinschmidt, P.; Prost, W.; Hannappel, T.

    2015-06-01

    Nanowire growth on heteroepitaxial GaP/Si(111) by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy requires the [-1-1-1] face, i.e., GaP(111) material with B-type polarity. Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) allows us to identify the polarity of GaP grown on Si(111), since (2×2) and (1×1) surface reconstructions are associated with GaP(111)A and GaP(111)B, respectively. In dependence on the pre-growth treatment of the Si(111) substrates, we were able to control the polarity of the GaP buffers. GaP films grown on the H-terminated Si(111) surface exhibited A-type polarity, while GaP grown on Si surfaces terminated with arsenic exhibited a (1×1) LEED pattern, indicating B-type polarity. We obtained vertical GaAs nanowire growth on heteroepitaxial GaP with (1×1) surface reconstruction only, in agreement with growth experiments on homoepitaxially grown GaP(111).

  18. Controlling the polarity of metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy-grown GaP on Si(111) for subsequent III-V nanowire growth

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    Paszuk, A.; Steidl, M.; Zhao, W.; Dobrich, A.; Kleinschmidt, P.; Brückner, S.; Supplie, O.; Hannappel, T.; Prost, W.

    2015-06-08

    Nanowire growth on heteroepitaxial GaP/Si(111) by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy requires the [-1-1-1] face, i.e., GaP(111) material with B-type polarity. Low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) allows us to identify the polarity of GaP grown on Si(111), since (2×2) and (1×1) surface reconstructions are associated with GaP(111)A and GaP(111)B, respectively. In dependence on the pre-growth treatment of the Si(111) substrates, we were able to control the polarity of the GaP buffers. GaP films grown on the H-terminated Si(111) surface exhibited A-type polarity, while GaP grown on Si surfaces terminated with arsenic exhibited a (1×1) LEED pattern, indicating B-type polarity. We obtained vertical GaAs nanowire growth on heteroepitaxial GaP with (1×1) surface reconstruction only, in agreement with growth experiments on homoepitaxially grown GaP(111)

  19. Controlling the cation distribution and electric polarization with epitaxial strain in Aurivillius-phase Bi5FeTi3O15

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    Birenbaum, Axiel Yaël; Ederer, Claude

    2016-02-01

    This work explores the impact of in-plane bi-axial (epitaxial) strain on the cation distribution and electric polarization of the Aurivillius-phase compound Bi5FeTi3O15 using first-principles electronic structure calculations. Our calculations indicate that the site preference of the Fe3+ cation can be controlled via epitaxial strain. Tensile strain enhances the preference for the inner sites within the perovskite-like layers of the Aurivillius-phase structure, whereas compressive strain favors occupation of the outer sites, i.e., the sites close to the Bi2O2 layer. Controlling the distribution of the magnetic cations offers the possibility to control magnetic order in this magnetically dilute system. Furthermore, the magnitude of the electric polarization is strongly strain-dependent, increasing under tensile strain and decreasing under compressive strain. We find strongly anomalous Born effective charges, both of the Bi3+ and the Ti4+ cations.

  20. Evidence of electronic polarization of the As ion in the superconducting phase of F-doped LaFeAsO

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    Kim, Jungeun; Fujiwara, Akihiko; Sawada, Tomohiro; Kim, Younghun; Sugimoto, Kunihisa; Kato, Kenichi; Tanaka, Hiroshi; Ishikado, Motoyuki; Shamoto, Shin-ichi; Takata, Masaki

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the nature of superconductivity in iron-based compounds is essential in the development of new strategies to increase T c. Using a charge density analysis based on synchrotron radiation X-ray powder diffraction data, we found that the charge carriers only accumulated in the iron layer of the superconducting phase of LaFeAsO1 − xFx at low temperatures. Analysis of the electrostatic potential distribution revealed the concerted enhancement of the electronic polarization of the As ions and the carrier redistribution. This suggests that the enhanced electronic polarization of the As ion plays an important role in inducing high T c superconductivity, and that the polaron concept, which has been previously regarded as an untenable mechanism, should be reconsidered for the description of the iron–arsenide superconducting phase. PMID:25075333