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  1. The valence-bond self-consistent field method (VB-SCF): Theory and test calculations

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    van Lenthe, J. H.; Balint-Kurti, G. G.

    1983-05-01

    A new and very general form of valence-bond theory is described. In this theory the molecular wave function is written as any desired linear combination of valence-bond structures, and the nonorthogonal orbitals used in the construction of the valence-bond structures are allowed to distort to their optimal shapes. The orbital optimization is achieved through successive transformations of an orbital basis. The theory of the method is based on an extension of the ``generalized Brillouin theorem'' which is presented in the text. The new VB-SCF method is a generalization of the molecular orbital MC-SCF method to permit the use of nonorthogonal orbitals. It, therefore, encompasses the MC-SCF method as a restricted subclass. Several different forms of restriction may be imposed on the orbitals and on the optimization procedures. One of these only allows orbitals centered on the same atom to mix during optimization and in this way generates optimal hybrid orbitals, which it is expected will prove to be of particular interest in providing simple qualitative descriptions of the chemical bond. Test calculations are presented for LiH, He+2, and for the ground-state potential energy curve of OH. The VB-SCF wave function and optimized orbitals may be used as a starting point for the construction of a larger multistructure valence-bond wave function which we term a VB-CI function. The VB-SCF and VB-CI results presented in the paper show that the method is capable of yielding very accurate molecular potential energy curves.

  2. Valence-Bond Theory and Chemical Structure.

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    Klein, Douglas J.; Trinajstic, Nenad

    1990-01-01

    Discussed is the importance of valence bond theory on the quantum-mechanical theory of chemical structure and the nature of the chemical bond. Described briefly are early VB theory, development of VB theory, modern versions, solid-state applications, models, treatment in textbooks, and flaws in criticisms of valence bond theory. (KR)

  3. The Valence Bond Interpretation of Molecular Geometry.

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    Smith, Derek W.

    1980-01-01

    Presents ways in which the valence bond (VB) theory describes the bonding and geometry of molecules, following directly from earlier principles laid down by Pauling and others. Two other theories (molecular orbital approach and valence shell electron pair repulsion) are discussed and compared to VB. (CS)

  4. Valence bond entanglement entropy.

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    Alet, Fabien; Capponi, Sylvain; Laflorencie, Nicolas; Mambrini, Matthieu

    2007-09-14

    We introduce for SU(2) quantum spin systems the valence bond entanglement entropy as a counting of valence bond spin singlets shared by two subsystems. For a large class of antiferromagnetic systems, it can be calculated in all dimensions with quantum Monte Carlo simulations in the valence bond basis. We show numerically that this quantity displays all features of the von Neumann entanglement entropy for several one-dimensional systems. For two-dimensional Heisenberg models, we find a strict area law for a valence bond solid state and multiplicative logarithmic corrections for the Néel phase. PMID:17930468

  5. XMVB: a program for ab initio nonorthogonal valence bond computations.

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    Song, Lingchun; Mo, Yirong; Zhang, Qianer; Wu, Wei

    2005-04-15

    An ab initio nonorthogonal valence bond program, called XMVB, is described in this article. The XMVB package uses Heitler-London-Slater-Pauling (HLSP) functions as state functions, and calculations can be performed with either all independent state functions for a molecule or preferably a few selected important state functions. Both our proposed paired-permanent-determinant approach and conventional Slater determinant expansion algorithm are implemented for the evaluation of the Hamiltonian and overlap matrix elements among VB functions. XMVB contains the capabilities of valence bond self-consistent field (VBSCF), breathing orbital valence bond (BOVB), and valence bond configuration interaction (VBCI) computations. The VB orbitals, used to construct VB functions, can be defined flexibly in the calculations depending on particular applications and focused problems, and they may be strictly localized, delocalized, or bonded-distorted (semidelocalized). The parallel version of XMVB based on MPI (Message Passing Interface) is also available. PMID:15704237

  6. Measurement of the low energy spectral contribution in coincidence with valence band (VB) energy levels of Ag(100) using VB-VB coincidence spectroscopy

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    Gladen, R. W.; Joglekar, P. V.; Lim, Z. H.; Shastry, K.; Hulbert, S. L.; Weiss, A. H.

    A set of coincidence measurements were obtained for the study and measurement of the electron contribution arising from the inter-valence band (VB) transitions along with the inelastically scattered VB electron contribution. These Auger-unrelated contributions arise in the Auger spectrum (Ag 4p NVV) obtained using Auger Photoelectron Coincidence Spectroscopy (APECS). The measured Auger-unrelated contribution can be eliminated from Auger spectrum to obtain the spectrum related to Auger. In our VB-VB coincidence measurement, a photon beam of energy 180eV was used to probe the Ag(100) sample. The coincidence spectrum was obtained using two Cylindrical Mirror Analyzers (CMA's). The scan CMA measured the low energy electron contribution in the energy range 0-70eV in coincidence with VB electrons measured by the fixed CMA. In this talk, we present the data obtained for VB-VB coincidence at the valence band energy of 171eV along with the coincidence measurements in the energy range of 4p core and valence band. NSF DMR 0907679, NSF Award Number: 1213727. Use of the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory, was supported by the U.S. DOE, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DEAC02-98CH10886.

  7. Chemical Bonding: The Orthogonal Valence-Bond View

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    Sax, Alexander F.

    2015-01-01

    Chemical bonding is the stabilization of a molecular system by charge- and spin-reorganization processes in chemical reactions. These processes are said to be local, because the number of atoms involved is very small. With multi-configurational self-consistent field (MCSCF) wave functions, these processes can be calculated, but the local information is hidden by the delocalized molecular orbitals (MO) used to construct the wave functions. The transformation of such wave functions into valence bond (VB) wave functions, which are based on localized orbitals, reveals the hidden information; this transformation is called a VB reading of MCSCF wave functions. The two-electron VB wave functions describing the Lewis electron pair that connects two atoms are frequently called covalent or neutral, suggesting that these wave functions describe an electronic situation where two electrons are never located at the same atom; such electronic situations and the wave functions describing them are called ionic. When the distance between two atoms decreases, however, every covalent VB wave function composed of non-orthogonal atomic orbitals changes its character from neutral to ionic. However, this change in the character of conventional VB wave functions is hidden by its mathematical form. Orthogonal VB wave functions composed of orthonormalized orbitals never change their character. When localized fragment orbitals are used instead of atomic orbitals, one can decide which local information is revealed and which remains hidden. In this paper, we analyze four chemical reactions by transforming the MCSCF wave functions into orthogonal VB wave functions; we show how the reactions are influenced by changing the atoms involved or by changing their local symmetry. Using orthogonal instead of non-orthogonal orbitals is not just a technical issue; it also changes the interpretation, revealing the properties of wave functions that remain otherwise undetected. PMID:25906476

  8. Valence-bond description of chemical reactions on Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics trajectories

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    Noguchi, Nao; Nakano, Haruyuki

    2009-04-01

    The nature of chemical bonds on dynamic paths was investigated using the complete active space valence-bond (CASVB) method and the Born-Oppenheimer dynamics. To extract the chemical bond picture during reactions, a scheme to collect contributions from several VB (resonance) structures into a small numbers of indices was introduced. In this scheme, a tree diagram for the VB structures is constructed with the numbers of the ionic bonds treated as generation. A pair of VB structures is related to each other if one VB structure is transferred into the other by changing a covalent bond to an ionic bond. The former and latter VB structures are named parent and child structures, respectively. The weights of the bond pictures are computed as the sum of the CASVB occupation numbers running from the top generation to the bottom along the descent of the VB structures. Thus, a number of CASVB occupation numbers are collected into a small number of indices, and a clear bond picture may be obtained from the CASVB wave function. The scheme was applied to the hydrogen exchange reaction H2+F→H+HF and the Diels-Alder reaction C5H6(cyclopentadiene)+CH2=CH2(ethylene)→C7H10(norbornene). In both the reactions, the scheme gave a clear picture for the Born-Oppenheimer dynamics trajectories. The reconstruction of the bonds during reactions was well described by following the temporal changes in weight.

  9. On the Relative Merits of Non-Orthogonal and Orthogonal Valence Bond Methods Illustrated on the Hydrogen Molecule

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    Angeli, Celestino; Cimiraglia, Renzo; Malrieu, Jean-Paul

    2008-01-01

    Valence bond (VB) is one of the cornerstone theories of quantum chemistry. Even if in practical applications the molecular orbital (MO) approach has obtained more attention, some basic chemical concepts (such as the nature of the chemical bond and the failure of the single determinant-based MO methods in describing the bond cleavage) are normally…

  10. How valence bond theory can help you understand your (bio)chemical reaction.

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    Shurki, Avital; Derat, Etienne; Barrozo, Alexandre; Kamerlin, Shina Caroline Lynn

    2015-03-01

    Almost a century has passed since valence bond (VB) theory was originally introduced to explain covalent bonding in the H2 molecule within a quantum mechanical framework. The past century has seen constant improvements in this theory, with no less than two distinct Nobel prizes based on work that is essentially developments in VB theory. Additionally, ongoing advances in both methodology and computational power have greatly expanded the scope of problems that VB theory can address. In this Tutorial Review, we aim to give the reader a solid understanding of the foundations of modern VB theory, using a didactic example of a model SN2 reaction to illustrate its immediate applications. This will be complemented by examples of challenging problems that at present can only be efficiently addressed by VB-based approaches. Finally, the ongoing importance of VB theory is demonstrated. It is concluded that VB will continue to be a major driving force for chemistry in the century to come. PMID:25352378

  11. Red-Shifting versus Blue-Shifting Hydrogen Bonds: Perspective from Ab Initio Valence Bond Theory.

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    Chang, Xin; Zhang, Yang; Weng, Xinzhen; Su, Peifeng; Wu, Wei; Mo, Yirong

    2016-05-01

    Both proper, red-shifting and improper, blue-shifting hydrogen bonds have been well-recognized with enormous experimental and computational studies. The current consensus is that there is no difference in nature between these two kinds of hydrogen bonds, where the electrostatic interaction dominates. Since most if not all the computational studies are based on molecular orbital theory, it would be interesting to gain insight into the hydrogen bonds with modern valence bond (VB) theory. In this work, we performed ab initio VBSCF computations on a series of hydrogen-bonding systems, where the sole hydrogen bond donor CF3H interacts with ten hydrogen bond acceptors Y (═NH2CH3, NH3, NH2Cl, OH(-), H2O, CH3OH, (CH3)2O, F(-), HF, or CH3F). This series includes four red-shifting and six blue-shifting hydrogen bonds. Consistent with existing findings in literature, VB-based energy decomposition analyses show that electrostatic interaction plays the dominating role and polarization plays the secondary role in all these hydrogen-bonding systems, and the charge transfer interaction, which denotes the hyperconjugation effect, contributes only slightly to the total interaction energy. As VB theory describes any real chemical bond in terms of pure covalent and ionic structures, our fragment interaction analysis reveals that with the approaching of a hydrogen bond acceptor Y, the covalent state of the F3C-H bond tends to blue-shift, due to the strong repulsion between the hydrogen atom and Y. In contrast, the ionic state F3C(-) H(+) leads to the red-shifting of the C-H vibrational frequency, owing to the attraction between the proton and Y. Thus, the relative weights of the covalent and ionic structures essentially determine the direction of frequency change. Indeed, we find the correlation between the structural weights and vibrational frequency changes. PMID:27074500

  12. Recasting wave functions into valence bond structures: A simple projection method to describe excited states.

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    Racine, Julien; Hagebaum-Reignier, Denis; Carissan, Yannick; Humbel, Stéphane

    2016-03-30

    A method is proposed to obtain coefficients and weights of valence bond (VB) determinants from multi configurational wave functions. This reading of the wave functions can apply to ground states as well as excited states. The method is based on projection operators. Both energetic and overlap-based criteria are used to assess the quality of the resulting VB wave function. The approach gives a simple access to a VB rewriting for low-lying states, and it is applied to the allyl cation, to the allyl radical and to the ethene (notably to the V-state). For these states, large overlap between VB and multi reference wave functions are easily obtained. The approach proves to be useful to propose an interpretation of the nature of the V-state of ethene. PMID:26786547

  13. The application of cholesky decomposition in valence bond calculation.

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    Gong, Xiping; Chen, Zhenhua; Wu, Wei

    2016-09-01

    The Cholesky decomposition (CD) technique, used to approximate the two-electron repulsion integrals (ERIs), is applied to the valence bond self-consistent field (VBSCF) method. Test calculations on ethylene, C2 n H2 n +2 , and C2 n H4 n -2 molecules (n = 1-7) show that the performance of the VBSCF method is much improved using the CD technique, and thus, the integral transformation from basis functions to VB orbitals is no longer the bottleneck in VBSCF calculations. The errors of the CD-based ERIs and of the total energy are controlled by the CD threshold, for which a value of 10(-6) ensures to control the total energy error within 10(-6) Hartree. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27377531

  14. An efficient algorithm for energy gradients and orbital optimization in valence bond theory.

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    Song, Lingchun; Song, Jinshuai; Mo, Yirong; Wu, Wei

    2009-02-01

    An efficient algorithm for energy gradients in valence bond theory with nonorthogonal orbitals is presented. A general Hartree-Fock-like expression for the Hamiltonian matrix element between valence bond (VB) determinants is derived by introducing a transition density matrix. Analytical expressions for the energy gradients with respect to the orbital coefficients are obtained explicitly, whose scaling for computational cost is m(4), where m is the number of basis functions, and is thus approximately the same as in HF method. Compared with other existing approaches, the present algorithm has lower scaling, and thus is much more efficient. Furthermore, the expression for the energy gradient with respect to the nuclear coordinates is also presented, and it provides an effective algorithm for the geometry optimization and the evaluation of various molecular properties in VB theory. Test applications show that our new algorithm runs faster than other methods. PMID:18629879

  15. Exploring the Nature of the H[subscript 2] Bond. 1. Using Spreadsheet Calculations to Examine the Valence Bond and Molecular Orbital Methods

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    Halpern, Arthur M.; Glendening, Eric D.

    2013-01-01

    A three-part project for students in physical chemistry, computational chemistry, or independent study is described in which they explore applications of valence bond (VB) and molecular orbital-configuration interaction (MO-CI) treatments of H[subscript 2]. Using a scientific spreadsheet, students construct potential-energy (PE) curves for several…

  16. Nonorthogonal orbital based N-body reduced density matrices and their applications to valence bond theory. I. Hamiltonian matrix elements between internally contracted excited valence bond wave functions.

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    Chen, Zhenhua; Chen, Xun; Wu, Wei

    2013-04-28

    In this series, the n-body reduced density matrix (n-RDM) approach for nonorthogonal orbitals and their applications to ab initio valence bond (VB) methods are presented. As the first paper of this series, Hamiltonian matrix elements between internally contracted VB wave functions are explicitly provided by means of nonorthogonal orbital based RDM approach. To this end, a more generalized Wick's theorem, called enhanced Wick's theorem, is presented both in arithmetical and in graphical forms, by which the deduction of expressions for the matrix elements between internally contracted VB wave functions is dramatically simplified, and the matrix elements are finally expressed in terms of tensor contractions of electronic integrals and n-RDMs of the reference VB self-consistent field wave function. A string-based algorithm is developed for the purpose of evaluating n-RDMs in an efficient way. Using the techniques presented in this paper, one is able to develop new methods and efficient algorithms for nonorthogonal orbital based many-electron theory much easier than by use of the first quantized formulism. PMID:23635123

  17. Nonorthogonal orbital based N-body reduced density matrices and their applications to valence bond theory. I. Hamiltonian matrix elements between internally contracted excited valence bond wave functions

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    Chen, Zhenhua; Chen, Xun; Wu, Wei

    2013-04-01

    In this series, the n-body reduced density matrix (n-RDM) approach for nonorthogonal orbitals and their applications to ab initio valence bond (VB) methods are presented. As the first paper of this series, Hamiltonian matrix elements between internally contracted VB wave functions are explicitly provided by means of nonorthogonal orbital based RDM approach. To this end, a more generalized Wick's theorem, called enhanced Wick's theorem, is presented both in arithmetical and in graphical forms, by which the deduction of expressions for the matrix elements between internally contracted VB wave functions is dramatically simplified, and the matrix elements are finally expressed in terms of tensor contractions of electronic integrals and n-RDMs of the reference VB self-consistent field wave function. A string-based algorithm is developed for the purpose of evaluating n-RDMs in an efficient way. Using the techniques presented in this paper, one is able to develop new methods and efficient algorithms for nonorthogonal orbital based many-electron theory much easier than by use of the first quantized formulism.

  18. The variational subspace valence bond method

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    Fletcher, Graham D.

    2015-04-07

    The variational subspace valence bond (VSVB) method based on overlapping orbitals is introduced. VSVB provides variational support against collapse for the optimization of overlapping linear combinations of atomic orbitals (OLCAOs) using modified orbital expansions, without recourse to orthogonalization. OLCAO have the advantage of being naturally localized, chemically intuitive (to individually model bonds and lone pairs, for example), and transferrable between different molecular systems. Such features are exploited to avoid key computational bottlenecks. Since the OLCAO can be doubly occupied, VSVB can access very large problems, and calculations on systems with several hundred atoms are presented.

  19. Exact valence bond entanglement entropy and probability distribution in the XXX spin chain and the potts model.

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    Jacobsen, J L; Saleur, H

    2008-02-29

    We determine exactly the probability distribution of the number N_(c) of valence bonds connecting a subsystem of length L>1 to the rest of the system in the ground state of the XXX antiferromagnetic spin chain. This provides, in particular, the asymptotic behavior of the valence-bond entanglement entropy S_(VB)=N_(c)ln2=4ln2/pi(2)lnL disproving a recent conjecture that this should be related with the von Neumann entropy, and thus equal to 1/3lnL. Our results generalize to the Q-state Potts model. PMID:18352661

  20. Reentrant valence transition in EuO at high pressures : beyond the bond-valence model

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    Souza-Neto, N.M.; Zhao, J.; Alp, E.; Shen, G.; Sinogeikin, S. V.; Lapertot, G.; Haskel, D.

    2012-07-12

    The pressure-dependent relation between Eu valence and lattice structure in model compound EuO is studied with synchrotron-based x-ray spectroscopic and diffraction techniques. Contrary to expectation, a 7% volume collapse at {approx}45 GPa is accompanied by a reentrant Eu valence transition into a lower valence state. In addition to highlighting the need for probing both structure and electronic states directly when valence information is sought in mixed-valent systems, the results also show that widely used bond-valence methods fail to quantitatively describe the complex electronic valence behavior of EuO under pressure.

  1. The valence bond way: reactivity patterns of cytochrome P450 enzymes and synthetic analogs.

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    Shaik, Sason; Lai, Wenzhen; Chen, Hui; Wang, Yong

    2010-08-17

    The preceding decade has witnessed an immense surge of activity in the bioinorganic chemistry of transition metal enzymes and synthetic analogs that model their operation. The wide range of research covers both experimental and theoretical investigations of structure and reactivity patterns. Theory, and especially density functional theory (DFT), has become a very useful tool, an important partner of experiment in resolving structural and mechanistic issues. This flare of activity has generated a great deal of knowledge on intermediates, transition states, barriers, rate constants, rate-equilibrium relationships, stereoselectivity, and so forth. This abundance of acquired knowledge has created the need for establishing order, namely, the outlining of broad generalizations, as well as the creation of a more-intuitive interface between experimental and theoretical data. The valence bond (VB) diagram model, originally developed for organic reactions, is such a theoretical framework that has the potential to guide the requisite generalizations in the field of bioinorganic chemical reactivity. In this Account, we briefly describe the principles of construction of VB diagrams for bioinorganic reactions, detailing applications in the booming research area of heme enzyme (specifically cytochrome P450) reactivity, and particularly two archetypal reactions of these enzymes, alkane hydroxylation and thioether sulfoxidation. For congruence with the lingua franca of bioinorganic chemistry, the VB model is formulated to create bridges to (i) the molecular orbital (MO) description, (ii) the oxidation state formulation of transition metal complexes, and (iii) widely used concepts such as the Bell-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) principle. The VB diagram model reveals the origins of the barrier, describes the formation of transition states and reaction intermediates, and allows the prediction of barrier heights and structure-reactivity relationships. Thus, from the VB diagram model, we can

  2. Valence bond and von Neumann entanglement entropy in Heisenberg ladders.

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    Kallin, Ann B; González, Iván; Hastings, Matthew B; Melko, Roger G

    2009-09-11

    We present a direct comparison of the recently proposed valence bond entanglement entropy and the von Neumann entanglement entropy on spin-1/2 Heisenberg systems using quantum Monte Carlo and density-matrix renormalization group simulations. For one-dimensional chains we show that the valence bond entropy can be either less or greater than the von Neumann entropy; hence, it cannot provide a bound on the latter. On ladder geometries, simulations with up to seven legs are sufficient to indicate that the von Neumann entropy in two dimensions obeys an area law, even though the valence bond entanglement entropy has a multiplicative logarithmic correction. PMID:19792398

  3. Orbital Exponent Optimization in Elementary VB Calculations of the Chemical Bond in the Ground State of Simple Molecular Systems

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    Magnasco, Valerio

    2008-01-01

    Orbital exponent optimization in the elementary ab-initio VB calculation of the ground states of H[subscript 2][superscript +], H[subscript 2], He[subscript 2][superscript +], He[subscript 2] gives a fair description of the exchange-overlap component of the interatomic interaction that is important in the bond region. Correct bond lengths and…

  4. Reinterpretation of the bond-valence model with bond-order formalism: An improved bond-valence-based interatomic potential for PbTiO3

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    Liu, Shi; Grinberg, Ilya; Takenaka, Hiroyuki; Rappe, Andrew M.

    2013-09-01

    We present a modified bond-valence model of PbTiO3 based on the principles of bond-valence and bond-valence vector conservation. The relationship between the bond-valence model and the bond-order potential is derived analytically in the framework of a tight-binding model. An energy term, bond-valence vector energy, is introduced into the atomistic model and the potential parameters are reoptimized. This model potential can be applied both to canonical-ensemble (NVT) and isobaric-isothermal ensemble (NPT) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. This model reproduces the experimental phase transition in NVT MD simulations and also exhibits the experimental sequence of temperature-driven and pressure-driven phase transitions in NPT simulations. We expect that this improved bond-valence model can be applied to a broad range of inorganic materials.

  5. Valence-Bond Concepts in Coordination Chemistry and the Nature of Metal-Metal Bonds.

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    Pauling, Linus; Herman, Zelek S.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses the valence-bond method, applying it to some coordination compounds of metals, especially those involving metal-metal bonds. Suggests that transition metals can form as many as nine covalent bonds, permitting valence-theory to be extended to transition metal compounds in a more effective way than has been possible before. (JN)

  6. Bond-valence methods for pKa prediction. II. Bond-valence, electrostatic, molecular geometry, and solvation effects

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    Bickmore, Barry R.; Rosso, Kevin M.; Tadanier, Christopher J.; Bylaska, Eric J.; Doud, Darrin

    2006-08-15

    In a previous contribution, we outlined a method for predicting (hydr)oxy-acid and oxide surface acidity constants based on three main factors: bond valence, Me?O bond ionicity, and molecular shape. Here electrostatics calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations are used to qualitatively show that Me?O bond ionicity controls the extent to which the electrostatic work of proton removal departs from ideality, bond valence controls the extent of solvation of individual functional groups, and bond valence and molecular shape controls local dielectric response. These results are consistent with our model of acidity, but completely at odds with other methods of predicting acidity constants for use in multisite complexation models. In particular, our ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of solvated monomers clearly indicate that hydrogen bonding between (hydr)oxo-groups and water molecules adjusts to obey the valence sum rule, rather than maintaining a fixed valence based on the coordination of the oxygen atom as predicted by the standard MUSIC model.

  7. Valence Bond Theory of Correlated-Electron Superconductivity

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    Dutta, Tirthankar; Mazumdar, Sumit; Clay, Torsten

    Whether or not the weakly doped Mott-Hubbard semiconductor is superconducting remains controversial. We present a new valence bond theory of correlated-electron superconductivity, that has overlap with the original RVB approach, and yet is substantively different. Superconductivity within the theory emerges from a correlated-electron state in which there is a strong tendency to spin-singlet formation, and where the bandwidth due to pair-tunneling is very large. We show that such a situation occurs far away from the 1/2-filled band, at or near banfilling of 1/4. In the presence of electron-phonon interactions the 1/4-filled band can form a spin-paired CDW state that we have called a paired-electron crystal, and that is a Wigner crystal of pairs. In the presence of frustration the spin-paired bonds become mobile to give a paired-electron liquid, which is a precursor to superconductivity. The superconducting state here is reached from a co-operative effect between electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, and the theory thus has overlap also with the bipolaron theory of superconductivity. We will present exact numerical calculations on a 4x4 lattice using the valence bond basis to substantiate our conjectures. Supported by DOE Grant DE-FG02-06ER46315 and NSF-CHE-151475.

  8. Valence-bond quantum Monte Carlo algorithms defined on trees.

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    Deschner, Andreas; Sørensen, Erik S

    2014-09-01

    We present a class of algorithms for performing valence-bond quantum Monte Carlo of quantum spin models. Valence-bond quantum Monte Carlo is a projective T=0 Monte Carlo method based on sampling of a set of operator strings that can be viewed as forming a treelike structure. The algorithms presented here utilize the notion of a worm that moves up and down this tree and changes the associated operator string. In quite general terms, we derive a set of equations whose solutions correspond to a whole class of algorithms. As specific examples of this class of algorithms, we focus on two cases. The bouncing worm algorithm, for which updates are always accepted by allowing the worm to bounce up and down the tree, and the driven worm algorithm, where a single parameter controls how far up the tree the worm reaches before turning around. The latter algorithm involves only a single bounce where the worm turns from going up the tree to going down. The presence of the control parameter necessitates the introduction of an acceptance probability for the update. PMID:25314561

  9. On the Construction of Diabatic and Adiabatic Potential Energy Surfaces Based on Ab Initio Valence Bond Theory‡

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    Song, Lingchun; Gao, Jiali

    2009-01-01

    A theoretical model is presented for deriving effective diabatic states based on ab initio self-consistent field valence bond (VBSCF) theory by reducing the multi-configurational VB Hamiltonian into an effective two-state model. We describe two computational approaches for the optimization of the effective diabatic configurations, resulting in two ways of interpreting such effective diabatic states. In the variational diabatic configuration (VDC) method, the energies of the individual diabatic states are variationally minimized. In the consistent diabatic configuration (CDC) method, both the configuration coefficients and orbital coefficients are simultaneously optimized to minimize the adiabatic ground-state energy in VBSCF calculations. In addition, we describe a mixed molecular orbital and valence bond (MOVB) approach to construct the CDC diabatic and adiabatic states for a chemical reaction, whereas the VDC-MOVB method has been described previously. Employing the symmetric SN2 reaction between NH3 and CH3NH3+ as a test system, we found that the results from ab initio VBSCF and from MOVB calculations are in good agreement, suggesting that the computationally efficient MOVB method is a reasonable model for VB simulations of condensed phase reactions. The results indicate that CDC and VDC diabatic states converge, respectively, to covalent and ionic states as the molecular geometries are distorted from the minimum of the respective diabatic state along the reaction coordinate. Furthermore, the resonance energy that stabilizes the energy of crossing between the two diabatic states, resulting in the transition state of the adiabatic ground-state reaction, has a strong dependence on the overlap integral between the two diabatic states and is a function of both the exchange integral and the total diabatic ground-state energy. PMID:18828577

  10. Resonating Valence Bond states for low dimensional S=1 antiferromagnets

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    Liu, Zheng-Xin; Zhou, Yi; Ng, Tai-Kai

    2014-03-01

    We study S = 1 spin liquid states in low dimensions. We show that the resonating-valence-bond (RVB) picture of S = 1 / 2 spin liquid state can be generalized to S = 1 case. For S = 1 system, a many-body singlet (with even site number) can be decomposed into superposition of products of two-body singlets. In other words, the product states of two-body singlets, called the singlet pair states (SPSs), are over complete to span the Hilbert space of many-body singlets. Furthermore, we generalized fermionic representation and the corresponding mean field theory and Gutzwiller projected stats to S = 1 models. We applied our theory to study 1D anti-ferromagnetic bilinear-biquadratic model and show that both the ground states (including the phase transition point) and the excited states can be understood excellently well within the framework. Our method can be applied to 2D S = 1 antiferromagnets.

  11. Quantum phase transitions around the staggered valence-bond solid

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    Xu Cenke; Balents, Leon

    2011-07-01

    Motivated by recent numerical results, we study the quantum phase transitions between Z{sub 2} spin-liquid, Neel-ordered, and various valence-bond solid (VBS) states on the honeycomb and square lattices, with emphasis on the staggered VBS. In contrast to the well-understood columnar VBS order, the staggered VBS is not described by an XY-order parameter with Z{sub N} anisotropy close to these quantum phase transitions. Instead, we demonstrate that on the honeycomb lattice, the staggered VBS is more appropriately described as an O(3)- or CP(2)-order parameter with cubic anisotropy, while on the square lattice it is described by an O(4)- or CP(3)-order parameter.

  12. Overlap populations, bond orders and valences for 'fuzzy' atoms

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    Mayer, I.; Salvador, P.

    2004-01-01

    Proper definitions are proposed to calculate interatomic overlap populations, bond order (multiplicity) indices and actual atomic valences from the results of ab initio quantum chemical calculations, in terms of 'fuzzy' atoms, i.e., such divisions of the three-dimensional physical space into atomic regions in which the regions assigned to the individual atoms have no sharp boundaries but exhibit a continuous transition from one to another. The results of test calculations are in agreement with the classical chemical notions, exhibit unexpectedly small basis sensitivity and do not depend too much on the selection of the weight function defining the actual division of the space into 'fuzzy' atomic regions. The scheme is applicable on both SCF and correlated levels of theory. A free program is available.

  13. Mesoscopic resonating valence bond system on a triple dot.

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    Le Hur, Karyn; Recher, Patrik; Dupont, Emilie; Loss, Daniel

    2006-03-17

    We theoretically introduce a mesoscopic pendulum from a triple dot. The pendulum is fastened through a singly occupied dot (spin qubit). Two other strongly capacitively coupled islands form a double-dot charge qubit with one electron in excess oscillating between the two low-energy charge states (1,0) and (0,1). The triple dot is placed between two superconducting leads. Under realistic conditions, the main proximity effect stems from the injection of resonating singlet (valence) bonds on the triple dot. This gives rise to a Josephson current that is charge- and spin-dependent and, as a consequence, exhibits a distinct resonance as a function of the superconducting phase difference. PMID:16605773

  14. Resonating valence bond wave functions and classical interacting dimer models.

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    Damle, Kedar; Dhar, Deepak; Ramola, Kabir

    2012-06-15

    We relate properties of nearest-neighbor resonating valence-bond (NNRVB) wave functions for SU(g) spin systems on two-dimensional bipartite lattices to those of fully packed interacting classical dimer models on the same lattice. The interaction energy can be expressed as a sum of n-body potentials V(n), which are recursively determined from the NNRVB wave function on finite subgraphs of the original lattice. The magnitude of the n-body interaction V(n) (n>1) is of order O(g(-(n-1))) for small g(-1). The leading term is a two-body nearest-neighbor interaction V2(g) favoring two parallel dimers on elementary plaquettes. For SU(2) spins, using our calculated value of V2(g=2), we find that the long-distance behavior of the bond-energy correlation function is dominated by an oscillatory term that decays as 1/|r|α with α≈1.22. This result is in remarkable quantitative agreement with earlier direct numerical studies of the corresponding wave function, which give α≈1.20. PMID:23004328

  15. Topologically distinct classes of valence-bond solid states with their parent Hamiltonians

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    Tu Honghao; Zhang Guangming; Xiang Tao; Liu Zhengxin; Ng Taikai

    2009-07-01

    We present a general method to construct one-dimensional translationally invariant valence-bond solid states with a built-in Lie group G and derive their matrix product representations. The general strategies to find their parent Hamiltonians are provided so that the valence-bond solid states are their unique ground states. For quantum integer-spin-S chains, we discuss two topologically distinct classes of valence-bond solid states: one consists of two virtual SU(2) spin-J variables in each site and another is formed by using two SO(2S+1) spinors. Among them, a spin-1 fermionic valence-bond solid state, its parent Hamiltonian, and its properties are discussed in detail. Moreover, two types of valence-bond solid states with SO(5) symmetries are further generalized and their respective properties are analyzed as well.

  16. Modern ab initio valence bond theory calculations reveal charge shift bonding in protic ionic liquids.

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    Patil, Amol Baliram; Bhanage, Bhalchandra Mahadeo

    2016-06-21

    The nature of bonding interactions between the cation and the anion of an ionic liquid is at the heart of understanding ionic liquid properties. A particularly interesting case is a special class of ionic liquids known as protic ionic liquids. The extent of proton transfer in protic ionic liquids has been observed to vary according to the interacting species. Back proton transfer renders protic ionic liquids volatile and to be considered as inferior ionic liquids. We try to address this issue by employing modern ab initio valence bond theory calculations. The results indicate that the bonding in the cation and the anion of a prototypical ionic liquid, ethylammonium nitrate, is fundamentally different. It is neither characteristic of covalent/polar covalent bonding nor ionic bonding but rather charge shift bonding as a resonance hybrid of two competing ionic molecular electronic structure configurations. An investigation of other analogous protic ionic liquids reveals that this charge shift bonding seems to be a typical characteristic of protic ionic liquids while the ionic solid analogue compound ammonium nitrate has less charge shift bonding character as compared to protic ionic liquids. Further the extent of charge shift bonding character has been found to be congruent with the trends in many physicochemical properties such as melting point, conductivity, viscosity, and ionicity of the studied ionic liquids indicating that percentage charge shift character may serve as a key descriptor for large scale computational screening of ionic liquids with desired properties. PMID:27229870

  17. Magnetization jumps in 1D valence bond solids

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    Iaizzi, Adam; Sandvik, Anders

    2015-03-01

    A valence bond solid (VBS) is a long-range nonmagnetic state with broken lattice symmetries that can appear in certain quantum spin systems with competing interactions. Recent innovations in models and simulation techniques have enabled large scale numerical studies of these states and associated quantum phase transitions from the standard magnetic (Néel, for two or more dimensions) or power-law critical states (in one dimension). These studies have found evidence for the fractionalization of triplons into deconfined or nearly deconfined spinons (spin-1/2 bosons) in the VBS phase and at critical points. We here study the VBS and magnetization as a function of an external magnetic field in an extended Heisenberg model, known as the J-Q model, in one dimension. Using the stochastic series expansion (SSE) quantum monte carlo method with directed loop updates, we find discontinuities in the induced magnetization from a partially magnetized to a fully polarized state. We characterize the phases and the first-order quantum phase transition.

  18. Configuration interaction studies using biorthogonal approach to VB basis

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    Kadolkar, C.; Sarma, C.R.; Rettrup, S.

    1995-01-15

    In the present article, we have attempted a systematic procedure for use of biorthogonal techniques to the configuration interaction studies in molecules using nonorthogonal valence bond (VB) orbitals. The procedure developed is integral-driven and a program based on this has been developed. Test runs of the program have been carried out in case of full and truncated configuration spaces. 29 refs., 3 tabs.

  19. Experimental Realization of Plaquette Resonating Valence-Bond States with Ultracold Atoms in Optical Superlattices

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    Nascimbène, S.; Chen, Y.-A.; Atala, M.; Aidelsburger, M.; Trotzky, S.; Paredes, B.; Bloch, I.

    2012-05-01

    The concept of valence-bond resonance plays a fundamental role in the theory of the chemical bond and is believed to lie at the heart of many-body quantum physical phenomena. Here we show direct experimental evidence of a time-resolved valence-bond quantum resonance with ultracold bosonic atoms in an optical lattice. By means of a superlattice structure we create a three-dimensional array of independent four-site plaquettes, which we can fully control and manipulate in parallel. Moreover, we show how small-scale plaquette resonating valence-bond (RVB) states with s- and d-wave symmetry can be created and characterized. We anticipate our findings to open the path towards the creation and analysis of many-body RVB states in ultracold atomic gases.

  20. Accounting for the differences in the structures and relative energies of the highly homoatomic np pi-np pi (n > or = 3)-bonded S2I4 2+, the Se-I pi-bonded Se2I4 2+, and their higher-energy isomers by AIM, MO, NBO, and VB methodologies.

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    Brownridge, Scott; Crawford, Margaret-Jane; Du, Hongbin; Harcourt, Richard D; Knapp, Carsten; Laitinen, Risto S; Passmore, Jack; Rautiainen, J Mikko; Suontamo, Reijo J; Valkonen, Jussi

    2007-02-01

    The bonding in the highly homoatomic np pi-np pi (n > or = 3)-bonded S2I42+ (three sigma + two pi bonds), the Se-I pi-bonded Se2I42+ (four sigma + one pi bonds), and their higher-energy isomers have been studied using modern DFT and ab initio calculations and theoretical analysis methods: atoms in molecules (AIM), molecular orbital (MO), natural bond orbital (NBO), and valence bond (VB) analyses, giving their relative energies, theoretical bond orders, and atomic charges. The aim of this work was to seek theory-based answers to four main questions: (1) Are the previously proposed simple pi*-pi* bonding models valid for S2I42+ and Se2I42+? (2) What accounts for the difference in the structures of S2I42+ and Se2I42+? (3) Why are the classically bonded isolobal P2I4 and As2I4 structures not adopted? (4) Is the high experimentally observed S-S bond order supported by theoretical bond orders, and how does it relate to high bond orders between other heavier main group elements? The AIM analysis confirmed the high bond orders and established that the weak bonds observed in S2I42+ and Se2I42+ are real and the bonding in these cations is covalent in nature. The full MO analysis confirmed that S2I42+ contains three sigma and two pi bonds, that the positive charge is essentially equally distributed over all atoms, that the bonding between S2 and two I2+ units in S2I42+ is best described by two mutually perpendicular 4c2e pi*-pi* bonds, and that in Se2I42+, two SeI2+ moieties are joined by a 6c2e pi*-pi* bond, both in agreement with previously suggested models. The VB treatment provided a complementary approach to MO analysis and provided insight how the formation of the weak bonds affects the other bonds. The NBO analysis and the calculated AIM charges showed that the minimization of the electrostatic repulsion between EI2+ units (E = S, Se) and the delocalization of the positive charge are the main factors that explain why the nonclassical structures are favored for S2I42

  1. Block-Localized Density Functional Theory (BLDFT), Diabatic Coupling, and Their Use in Valence Bond Theory for Representing Reactive Potential Energy Surfaces

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    Cembran, Alessandro; Song, Lingchun; Mo, Yirong; Gao, Jiali

    2010-01-01

    A multistate density functional theory in the framework of the valence bond model is described. The method is based on a block-localized density functional theory (BLDFT) for the construction of valence-bond-like diabatic electronic states and is suitable for the study of electron transfer reactions and for the representation of reactive potential energy surfaces. The method is equivalent to a valence bond theory with the treatment of the localized configurations by using density functional theory (VBDFT). In VBDFT, the electron densities and energies of the valence bond states are determined by BLDFT. A functional estimate of the off-diagonal matrix elements of the VB Hamiltonian is proposed, making use of the overlap integral between Kohn–Sham determinants and the exchange-correlation functional for the ground state substituted with the transition (exchange) density. In addition, we describe an approximate approach, in which the off-diagonal matrix element is computed by wave function theory using block-localized Kohn–Sham orbitals. The key feature is that the electron density of the adiabatic ground state is not directly computed nor used to obtain the ground-state energy; the energy is determined by diagonalization of the multistate valence bond Hamiltonian. This represents a departure from the standard single-determinant Kohn–Sham density functional theory. The multistate VBDFT method is illustrated by the bond dissociation of H2+ and a set of three nucleophilic substitution reactions in the DBH24 database. In the dissociation of H2+, the VBDFT method yields the correct asymptotic behavior as the two protons stretch to infinity, whereas approximate functionals fail badly. For the SN2 nucleophilic substitution reactions, the hybrid functional B3LYP severely underestimates the barrier heights, while the approximate two-state VBDFT method overcomes the self-interaction error, and overestimates the barrier heights. Inclusion of the ionic state in a three

  2. Comprehensive derivation of bond-valence parameters for ion pairs involving oxygen

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    Gagné, Olivier Charles; Hawthorne, Frank Christopher

    2015-01-01

    Published two-body bond-valence parameters for cation–oxygen bonds have been evaluated via the root mean-square deviation (RMSD) from the valence-sum rule for 128 cations, using 180 194 filtered bond lengths from 31 489 coordination polyhedra. Values of the RMSD range from 0.033–2.451 v.u. (1.1–40.9% per unit of charge) with a weighted mean of 0.174 v.u. (7.34% per unit of charge). The set of best published parameters has been determined for 128 ions and used as a benchmark for the determination of new bond-valence parameters in this paper. Two common methods for the derivation of bond-valence parameters have been evaluated: (1) fixing B and solving for R o; (2) the graphical method. On a subset of 90 ions observed in more than one coordination, fixing B at 0.37 Å leads to a mean weighted-RMSD of 0.139 v.u. (6.7% per unit of charge), while graphical derivation gives 0.161 v.u. (8.0% per unit of charge). The advantages and disadvantages of these (and other) methods of derivation have been considered, leading to the conclusion that current methods of derivation of bond-valence parameters are not satisfactory. A new method of derivation is introduced, the GRG (generalized reduced gradient) method, which leads to a mean weighted-RMSD of 0.128 v.u. (6.1% per unit of charge) over the same sample of 90 multiple-coordination ions. The evaluation of 19 two-parameter equations and 7 three-parameter equations to model the bond-valence–bond-length relation indicates that: (1) many equations can adequately describe the relation; (2) a plateau has been reached in the fit for two-parameter equations; (3) the equation of Brown & Altermatt (1985 ▸) is sufficiently good that use of any of the other equations tested is not warranted. Improved bond-valence parameters have been derived for 135 ions for the equation of Brown & Altermatt (1985 ▸) in terms of both the cation and anion bond-valence sums using the GRG method and our complete data set. PMID

  3. Nonorthogonal orbital based N-body reduced density matrices and their applications to valence bond theory. IV. The automatic implementation of the Hessian based VBSCF method.

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    Chen, Xun; Chen, Zhenhua; Wu, Wei

    2014-11-21

    In this paper, the Hessian matrix of valence bond (VB) self-consistent field (VBSCF) energy with respect to orbitals are evaluated by applying the nonorthogonal orbital based N-body reduced density matrices, which was presented in Paper I. To this end, an automatic formula/code generator (AFCG) is developed; with which the matrix elements between internally contracted excited configurations of VB wave function and the corresponding codes are generated automatically. Compared to the tedious manual formula deducing and implementing, AFCG is much more convenient and efficient, and enables us to avoid troublesome debugging. With the help of AFCG, the Hessian-based Newton-Raphson algorithm is implemented for the VBSCF orbital optimization. Test calculations indicate that the Newton-Raphson algorithm converges quadratically and has much better convergence behavior than the gradient-based LBFGS algorithms. Furthermore, a combined approach with LBFGS and Newton-Raphson algorithms is applied to reduce the total CPU time of the calculation. PMID:25416880

  4. Trends in Aromatic Oxidation Reactions Catalyzed by Cytochrome P450 Enzymes: A Valence Bond Modeling.

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    Shaik, Sason; Milko, Petr; Schyman, Patric; Usharani, Dandamudi; Chen, Hui

    2011-02-01

    The mixed density functional theory (DFT) and valence bond study described herein focuses on the activation of 17 benzene derivatives by the active species of Cytochrome P450, so-called Compound I (Cpd I), as well as by the methoxy radical, as a potentially simple model of Cpd I (Jones, J. P.; Mysinger, M.; Korzekwa, K. R. Drug Metab. Dispos. 2002, 30, 7-12). Valence bond modeling is employed to rationalize the P450 mechanism and its spin-state selectivity from first principles of electronic structure and to predict activation energies independently, using easily accessible properties of the reactants: the singlet-triplet excitation energies, the ionization potentials of the aromatics, and the electron affinity of Cpd I and/or of the methoxy radical. It is shown that the valence bond model rationalizes all the mechanistic aspects and predicts activation barriers (for 35 reactions) with reasonable accuracy compared to the DFT barriers with an average deviation of ±1.0 kcal·mol(-1) (for DFT barriers, see: Bathelt, C. M.; Ridder, L.; Mulholland, A. J.; Harvey, J. N. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2004, 2, 2998-3005). The valence bond modeling also reveals the mechanistic similarities between the P450 Cpd I and methoxy reactions and enables one to make predictions of barriers for reactions from other studies. PMID:26596155

  5. Electronic Structure of pi Systems: Part II. The Unification of Huckel and Valence Bond Theories.

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    Fox, Marye Anne; Matsen, F. A.

    1985-01-01

    Presents a new view of the electronic structure of pi systems that unifies molecular orbital and valence bond theories. Describes construction of electronic structure diagrams (central to this new view) which demonstrate how configuration interaction can improve qualitative predictions made from simple Huckel theory. (JN)

  6. Comment on ``Valence-bond theory and the evaluation of electronic energy matrix elements between nonorthogonal Slater determinants''

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    Gallup, G. A.

    1986-07-01

    In a recent article [Phys. Rev. A 31, 2107 (1985)] Leasure and Balint-Kurti claim to give a more efficient algorithm than any previously available for determining matrix elements of the Hamiltonian in valence-bond calculations. Actually, an algorithm of no significant difference and the same efficiency has been available since 1972 and has been applied to valence-bond calculations.

  7. Numerical studies of AKLT valence bond solids in one, two and three dimensions

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    Wierschem, Keola; Beach, Kevin

    The fixed-point valence bond solids of Affleck, Kennedy, Lieb and Tasaki (the so-called AKLT states) have become archetypes of symmetry protected topological order. These states are constructed by first placing M valence bonds on each pair of neighboring lattice points, and then symmetrizing the Mz resulting spin-1/2 degrees of freedom at each lattice site into a combined spin- S degree of freedom with 2 S = Mz (where M is the multiplicity of the AKLT state and z is the lattice coordination number). Using Monte Carlo sampling of the AKLT wavefunctions in the loop gas framework, we directly calculate correlation functions and energy gap estimators for these states in one, two and three dimensions. We also study the behavior of the so-called strange correlator, which has been proposed as a measure of symmetry protected topological order.

  8. Quantum computational capability of a 2D valence bond solid phase

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    Miyake, Akimasa

    2011-07-15

    Highlights: > Our model is the 2D valence bond solid phase of a quantum antiferromagnet. > Universal quantum computation is processed by measurements of quantum correlations. > An intrinsic complexity of strongly-correlated quantum systems could be a resource. - Abstract: Quantum phases of naturally-occurring systems exhibit distinctive collective phenomena as manifestation of their many-body correlations, in contrast to our persistent technological challenge to engineer at will such strong correlations artificially. Here we show theoretically that quantum correlations exhibited in the 2D valence bond solid phase of a quantum antiferromagnet, modeled by Affleck, Kennedy, Lieb, and Tasaki (AKLT) as a precursor of spin liquids and topological orders, are sufficiently complex yet structured enough to simulate universal quantum computation when every single spin can be measured individually. This unveils that an intrinsic complexity of naturally-occurring 2D quantum systems-which has been a long-standing challenge for traditional computers-could be tamed as a computationally valuable resource, even if we are limited not to create newly entanglement during computation. Our constructive protocol leverages a novel way to herald the correlations suitable for deterministic quantum computation through a random sampling, and may be extensible to other ground states of various 2D valence bond phases beyond the AKLT state.

  9. Resonating-Valence-Bond Physics Is Not Always Governed by the Shortest Tunneling Loops

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    Ralko, Arnaud; Rousochatzakis, Ioannis

    2015-10-01

    It is well known that the low-energy sector of quantum spin liquids and other magnetically disordered systems is governed by short-ranged resonating-valence bonds. Here we show that the standard minimal truncation to the nearest-neighbor valence-bond basis fails completely even for systems where it should work the most, according to received wisdom. This paradigm shift is demonstrated for the quantum spin-1 /2 square kagome, where strong geometric frustration, similar to the kagome, prevents magnetic ordering down to zero temperature. The shortest tunneling events bear the strongest longer-range singlet fluctuations, leading to amplitudes that do not drop exponentially with the length of the loop L , and to an unexpected loop-six valence-bond crystal, which is otherwise very high in energy at the minimal truncation level. The low-energy effective description gives in addition a clear example of correlated loop processes that depend not only on the type of the loop but also on its lattice embedding, a direct manifestation of the long-range nature of the virtual singlets.

  10. The Pairwise Correlated Generalized Valence Bond Model of Electronic Structure I; The Estimation of Pair Energies from Orbital Overlaps

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    Petersson, G. A.

    1974-01-01

    A new method for the accurate a priori calculation of atomic and molecular energies is proposed. The new method agrees with experiment to within less than 1 kcal/mole in all cases examined thus far, and is applicable to excited states and to transition states for chemical reactions. Since the new method corrects the results of generalized valence bond calculations for the effects of electron pair correlations, we call the new method the pairwise correlated generalized valence bond method. PMID:16592172

  11. Comments on valence-bond structures and charge-shift + recoupled-pair bonding for symmetrical 4-electron 3-centre bonding units

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    Harcourt, Richard D.

    2016-07-01

    Consideration is given to two charge-shift bonding schemes for a symmetrical 4-electron 3-centre hyperbonding unit with three overlapping atomic orbitals. One of these schemes includes the other scheme and the Hach-Rundle-Pimentel 3-centre molecular orbital model as special cases. SF4 and [Cu(H2O)6]2+ are used to illustrate aspects of charge-shift bonding and recoupled-pair bonding theory by generating the increased-valence structures that are associated with the preferred scheme.

  12. Electron density, exchange-correlation density, and bond characterization from the perspective of the valence-bond theory. II. Numerical results

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    Rincón, Luis; Alvarellos, J. E.; Almeida, Rafael

    2005-06-01

    In this work we have analyzed the bond character of a series of representative diatomic molecules, using valence bond and the atoms in molecules points of view. This is done using generalized valence-bond calculations. We have also employed more exigent levels, as configuration interaction with single and double excitations and complete active space self-consistent field calculations, in order to validate the generalized valence-bond results. We have explored the possibility that the known delocalization index, and a parameter that measures the excess or defect population within a given atomic basin, can be considered as indicators of the character of bond interaction. We conclude that for a proper description of the bond character, the global behavior of both the charge and two-electron densities should be considered.

  13. Strongly correlated valence electrons and core-level chemical bonding of Lithium at terapascal pressures

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    Hu, Anguang; Zhang, Fan

    2015-03-01

    As the simplest pure metal, lithium exhibits some novel properties on electrical conductivity and crystal structures under high pressure. All-electron density functional theory simulations, recently developed by using the linear combination of localized Slater atomic orbitals, revealed that the bandwidth of its valence bands remains almost unchanged within about 3.5 eV even up to a terapascal pressure range. This indicates that the development from delocalized to strongly correlated electronic systems takes place under compression, resulting in metal-semiconductor and superconductivity transitions together with a sequence of new high-pressure crystal phases, discovered experimentally. In contrast to the valence bands, the core-level bands become broadening up to about 10 eV at terapascal pressures. It means the transformation from chemical non-bonding to bonding for core electrons. Thus, dense lithium under compression can be characterized as core-level chemical bonding and a completely new class of strongly correlated materials with narrow bands filled in s-electron shells only.

  14. The Breathing Orbital Valence Bond Method in Diffusion Monte Carlo: C-H Bond Dissociation ofAcetylene

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    Domin, D.; Braida, Benoit; Lester Jr., William A.

    2008-05-30

    This study explores the use of breathing orbital valence bond (BOVB) trial wave functions for diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC). The approach is applied to the computation of the carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bond dissociation energy (BDE) of acetylene. DMC with BOVB trial wave functions yields a C-H BDE of 132.4 {+-} 0.9 kcal/mol, which is in excellent accord with the recommended experimental value of 132.8 {+-} 0.7 kcal/mol. These values are to be compared with DMC results obtained with single determinant trial wave functions, using Hartree-Fock orbitals (137.5 {+-} 0.5 kcal/mol) and local spin density (LDA) Kohn-Sham orbitals (135.6 {+-} 0.5 kcal/mol).

  15. Resonant valence bond states in zinc vacancies induce the ferromagnetism of ZnO

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    Sun, Shih-Jye

    2016-05-01

    A theoretical model was proposed to investigate the mechanism of ferromagnetism in ZnO as well as to simulate the experimental result that the ferromagnetism can be enhanced by UV irradiation as UV photon energy is equivalent to the band gap. In the model, the spin moments arise from the trapped electrons in oxygen vacancy states and coexist with the itinerant electrons which reside in zinc vacancy states and fall into resonant valence bond states. Charge exchange between the conduction band of ZnO and both vacancy states makes electrons on both vacancy states delocalized and results in a decrease of the ferromagnetism as well.

  16. Competing valence bond and symmetry-breaking Mott states of spin-3/2 fermions on a honeycomb lattice

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    Jakab, D.; Szirmai, E.; Lewenstein, M.; Szirmai, G.

    2016-02-01

    We investigate magnetic properties of strongly interacting four component spin-3/2 ultracold fermionic atoms in the Mott insulator limit with one particle per site in an optical lattice with honeycomb symmetry. In this limit, atomic tunneling is virtual, and only the atomic spins can exchange. We find a competition between symmetry-breaking and liquidlike disordered phases. Particularly interesting are valence bond states with bond centered magnetizations, situated between the ferromagnetic and conventional valence bond phases. In the framework of a mean-field theory, we calculate the phase diagram and identify an experimentally relevant parameter region where a homogeneous SU(4) symmetric Affleck-Kennedy-Lieb-Tasaki-like valence bond state is present.

  17. Emergent SO(5) Symmetry at the Néel to Valence-Bond-Solid Transition.

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    Nahum, Adam; Serna, P; Chalker, J T; Ortuño, M; Somoza, A M

    2015-12-31

    We show numerically that the "deconfined" quantum critical point between the Néel antiferromagnet and the columnar valence-bond solid, for a square lattice of spin 1/2, has an emergent SO(5) symmetry. This symmetry allows the Néel vector and the valence-bond solid order parameter to be rotated into each other. It is a remarkable (2+1)-dimensional analogue of the SO(4)=[SU(2)×SU(2)]/Z(2) symmetry that appears in the scaling limit for the spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain. The emergent SO(5) symmetry is strong evidence that the phase transition in the (2+1)-dimensional system is truly continuous, despite the violations of finite-size scaling observed previously in this problem. It also implies surprising relations between correlation functions at the transition. The symmetry enhancement is expected to apply generally to the critical two-component Abelian Higgs model (noncompact CP(1) model). The result indicates that in three dimensions there is an SO(5)-symmetric conformal field theory that has no relevant singlet operators, so is radically different from conventional Wilson-Fisher-type conformal field theories. PMID:26765019

  18. Implementation of umbrella integration within the framework of the empirical valence bond approach

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    Chakravorty, Dhruva K.; Kumarasiri, Malika; Soudackov, Alexander V.; Hammes-Schiffer, Sharon

    2009-01-01

    The umbrella integration method for calculating the potential of mean force (PMF) for a chemical reaction is implemented within the empirical valence bond (EVB) framework. In this implementation, the PMF is generated along the energy gap reaction coordinate, and the biasing potential is the difference between the mapping potential, which is defined to be a linear combination of the valence bond state energies, and the EVB ground state energy. The umbrella integration method is based on the derivative of the PMF with respect to the reaction coordinate. An analytical expression for this derivative applicable to certain types of EVB potentials is presented. The advantages of the umbrella integration method are illustrated by the application of both umbrella integration and the weighted histogram analysis method to the hydride transfer reaction catalyzed by the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase. This application demonstrates that the umbrella integration method reduces the statistical errors, converges efficiently, and does not require significantly overlapping windows. A modified version of the weighted histogram analysis method that shares these advantages is also proposed and implemented. PMID:19319209

  19. Empirical valence bond models for reactive potential energy surfaces: a parallel multilevel genetic program approach.

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    Bellucci, Michael A; Coker, David F

    2011-07-28

    We describe a new method for constructing empirical valence bond potential energy surfaces using a parallel multilevel genetic program (PMLGP). Genetic programs can be used to perform an efficient search through function space and parameter space to find the best functions and sets of parameters that fit energies obtained by ab initio electronic structure calculations. Building on the traditional genetic program approach, the PMLGP utilizes a hierarchy of genetic programming on two different levels. The lower level genetic programs are used to optimize coevolving populations in parallel while the higher level genetic program (HLGP) is used to optimize the genetic operator probabilities of the lower level genetic programs. The HLGP allows the algorithm to dynamically learn the mutation or combination of mutations that most effectively increase the fitness of the populations, causing a significant increase in the algorithm's accuracy and efficiency. The algorithm's accuracy and efficiency is tested against a standard parallel genetic program with a variety of one-dimensional test cases. Subsequently, the PMLGP is utilized to obtain an accurate empirical valence bond model for proton transfer in 3-hydroxy-gamma-pyrone in gas phase and protic solvent. PMID:21806098

  20. Generalized Valence Bond Description of Chalcogen-Nitrogen Compounds. III. Why the NO-OH and NS-OH Bonds Are So Different.

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    Takeshita, Tyler Y; Dunning, Thom H

    2016-09-01

    Crabtree et al. recently reported the microwave spectrum of nitrosyl-O-hydroxide (trans-NOOH), an isomer of nitrous acid, and found that this molecule has the longest O-O bond ever observed: 1.9149 Å ± 0.0005 Å. This is in marked contrast to the structure of the valence isoelectronic trans-NSOH molecule, which has a normal NS-OH bond length and strength. Generalized valence bond calculations show that the long bond in trans-NOOH is the result of a weak through-pair interaction that singlet couples the spins of the electrons in singly occupied orbitals on the hydroxyl radical and nitrogen atom, an interaction that is enhanced by the intervening lone pair of the oxygen atom in NO. The NS-OH bond is the result of the formation of a stable recoupled pair bond dyad, which accounts for both its length and strength. PMID:27501366

  1. Nonorthogonal orbital based N-body reduced density matrices and their applications to valence bond theory. II. An efficient algorithm for matrix elements and analytical energy gradients in VBSCF method.

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    Chen, Zhenhua; Chen, Xun; Wu, Wei

    2013-04-28

    In this paper, by applying the reduced density matrix (RDM) approach for nonorthogonal orbitals developed in the first paper of this series, efficient algorithms for matrix elements between VB structures and energy gradients in valence bond self-consistent field (VBSCF) method were presented. Both algorithms scale only as nm(4) for integral transformation and d(2)n(β)(2) for VB matrix elements and 3-RDM evaluation, while the computational costs of other procedures are negligible, where n, m, d, and n(β )are the numbers of variable occupied active orbitals, basis functions, determinants, and active β electrons, respectively. Using tensor properties of the energy gradients with respect to the orbital coefficients presented in the first paper of this series, a partial orthogonal auxiliary orbital set was introduced to reduce the computational cost of VBSCF calculation in which orbitals are flexibly defined. Test calculations on the Diels-Alder reaction of butadiene and ethylene have shown that the novel algorithm is very efficient for VBSCF calculations. PMID:23635124

  2. A modified two-state empirical valence bond model for proton transport in aqueous solutions

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    Mabuchi, Takuya; Fukushima, Akinori; Tokumasu, Takashi

    2015-07-01

    A detailed analysis of the proton solvation structure and transport properties in aqueous solutions is performed using classical molecular dynamics simulations. A refined two-state empirical valence bond (aTS-EVB) method, which is based on the EVB model of Walbran and Kornyshev and the anharmonic water force field, is developed in order to describe efficiently excess proton transport via the Grotthuss mechanism. The new aTS-EVB model clearly satisfies the requirement for simpler and faster calculation, because of the simplicity of the two-state EVB algorithm, while providing a better description of diffusive dynamics of the excess proton and water in comparison with the previous two-state EVB models, which significantly improves agreement with the available experimental data. The results of activation energies for the excess proton and water calculated between 300 and 340 K (the temperature range used in this study) are also found to be in good agreement with the corresponding experimental data.

  3. A modified two-state empirical valence bond model for proton transport in aqueous solutions

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    Mabuchi, Takuya; Fukushima, Akinori; Tokumasu, Takashi

    2015-07-07

    A detailed analysis of the proton solvation structure and transport properties in aqueous solutions is performed using classical molecular dynamics simulations. A refined two-state empirical valence bond (aTS-EVB) method, which is based on the EVB model of Walbran and Kornyshev and the anharmonic water force field, is developed in order to describe efficiently excess proton transport via the Grotthuss mechanism. The new aTS-EVB model clearly satisfies the requirement for simpler and faster calculation, because of the simplicity of the two-state EVB algorithm, while providing a better description of diffusive dynamics of the excess proton and water in comparison with the previous two-state EVB models, which significantly improves agreement with the available experimental data. The results of activation energies for the excess proton and water calculated between 300 and 340 K (the temperature range used in this study) are also found to be in good agreement with the corresponding experimental data.

  4. Effective field theory for one-dimensional valence-bond-solid phases and their symmetry protection

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    Fuji, Yohei

    2016-03-01

    We investigate valence-bond-solid (VBS) phases in one-dimensional spin systems by an effective field theory developed by Schulz [Phys. Rev. B 34, 6372 (1986), 10.1103/PhysRevB.34.6372]. While the distinction among the VBS phases is often understood in terms of different entanglement structures protected by certain symmetries, we adopt a different but more fundamental point of view, that is, different VBS phases are separated by a gap closing under certain symmetries. In this way, the effective field theory reproduces the known three symmetries: time reversal, bond-centered inversion, and dihedral group of π spin rotations. It also predicts that there exists another symmetry: site-centered inversion combined with a spin rotation by π . We demonstrate that the last symmetry gives distinct trivial phases, which cannot be characterized by their entanglement structure, in terms of a simple perturbative analysis in a spin chain. We also discuss several applications of the effective field theory to the phase transitions among VBS phases in microscopic models and an extension of the Lieb-Schultz-Mattis theorem to non-translational-invariant systems.

  5. Block correlated second order perturbation theory with a generalized valence bond reference function

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    Xu, Enhua; Li, Shuhua

    2013-11-07

    The block correlated second-order perturbation theory with a generalized valence bond (GVB) reference (GVB-BCPT2) is proposed. In this approach, each geminal in the GVB reference is considered as a “multi-orbital” block (a subset of spin orbitals), and each occupied or virtual spin orbital is also taken as a single block. The zeroth-order Hamiltonian is set to be the summation of the individual Hamiltonians of all blocks (with explicit two-electron operators within each geminal) so that the GVB reference function and all excited configuration functions are its eigenfunctions. The GVB-BCPT2 energy can be directly obtained without iteration, just like the second order Møller–Plesset perturbation method (MP2), both of which are size consistent. We have applied this GVB-BCPT2 method to investigate the equilibrium distances and spectroscopic constants of 7 diatomic molecules, conformational energy differences of 8 small molecules, and bond-breaking potential energy profiles in 3 systems. GVB-BCPT2 is demonstrated to have noticeably better performance than MP2 for systems with significant multi-reference character, and provide reasonably accurate results for some systems with large active spaces, which are beyond the capability of all CASSCF-based methods.

  6. Resonating Valence Bonds and Mean-Field d-Wave Superconductivity in Graphite

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    Black-Schaffer, Annica M.

    2010-04-27

    We investigate the possibility of inducing superconductivity in a graphite layer by electronic correlation effects. We use a phenomenological microscopic Hamiltonian which includes nearest neighbor hopping and an interaction term which explicitly favors nearest neighbor spin-singlets through the well-known resonance valence bond (RVB) character of planar organic molecules. Treating this Hamiltonian in mean-field theory, allowing for bond-dependent variation of the RVB order parameter, we show that both s- and d-wave superconducting states are possible. The d-wave solution belongs to a two-dimensional representation and breaks time reversal symmetry. At zero doping there exists a quantum critical point at the dimensionless coupling J/t = 1.91 and the s- and d-wave solutions are degenerate for low temperatures. At finite doping the d-wave solution has a significantly higher T{sub c} than the s-wave solution. By using density functional theory we show that the doping induced from sulfur absorption on a graphite layer is enough to cause an electronically driven d-wave superconductivity at graphite-sulfur interfaces. We also discuss applying our results to the case of the intercalated graphites as well as the validity of a mean-field approach.

  7. Is it True That the Normal Valence-Length Correlation Is Irrelevant for Metal-Metal Bonds?

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    Singh, Vijay; Dixit, Mudit; Kosa, Monica; Major, Dan Thomas; Levi, Elena; Aurbach, Doron

    2016-04-01

    The most intriguing feature of metal-metal bonds in inorganic compounds is an apparent lack of correlation between the bond order and the bond length. In this study, we combine a variety of literature data obtained by quantum chemistry and our results based on the empirical bond valence model (BVM), to confirm for the first time the existence of a normal exponential correlation between the effective bond order (EBO) and the length of the metal-metal bonds. The difference between the EBO and the formal bond order is attributed to steric conflict between the (TM)n cluster (TM=transition metal) and its environment. This conflict, affected mainly by structural type, should cause high lattice strains, but electron redistribution around TM atoms, evident from the BVM calculations, results in a full or partial strain relaxation. PMID:26929001

  8. Resonating valence bond and {sigma}-charge density wave phases in a benzannulated phenalenyl radical.

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    Bag, P.; Itkis, M. E.; .Pal, S. K; Donnadieu, B.; Tham, F. S.; Park, H.; Schlueter, J. A.; Siegrist, T.; Haddon, R. C.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of California of Riverside; Florida State Univ.

    2010-01-01

    We report the preparation of the first benzannulated phenalenyl neutral radical conductor (18), and we show that the compound displays unprecedented solid state behavior: the structure is dominated by two sets of intermolecular interactions: (1) a {pi}-chain structure with superimposed {pi}-overlap of the benzannulated phenalenyls along [0 0 1], and (2) an interchain overlap involving a pair of carbon atoms (C4) along [0 1 0]. The {pi}-chain-type stacking motif is reminiscent of previously reported phenalenyl radicals and the room temperature structure (space group P2/c) together with the conductivity of {sigma}{sub RT} = 0.03 S/cm and the Pauli-like magnetic susceptibility are best described by the resonating valence bond (RVB) model. The interchain interaction is unstable with respect to the formation of a {sigma}-charge density wave ({sigma}-CDW) involving pairs of C4 carbon atoms between adjacent radicals and this phase is characterized by the P2{sub 1}/c space group which involves a doubling of the unit cell along the [0 1 0] direction. The RVB and CDW phases compete for structural occupancy throughout the whole temperature range (15-293 K) with the RVB phase predominating at 15 and 293 K and the {sigma}-CDW phase achieving a maximum structural occupancy of about 60% at 150 K where it produces clearly discernible effects on the magnetism and conductivity.

  9. Valence bond and enzyme catalysis: a time to break down and a time to build up.

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    Sharir-Ivry, Avital; Varatharaj, Rajapandian; Shurki, Avital

    2015-05-01

    Understanding enzyme catalysis and developing ability to control of it are two great challenges in biochemistry. A few successful examples of computational-based enzyme design have proved the fantastic potential of computational approaches in this field, however, relatively modest rate enhancements have been reported and the further development of complementary methods is still required. Herein we propose a conceptually simple scheme to identify the specific role that each residue plays in catalysis. The scheme is based on a breakdown of the total catalytic effect into contributions of individual protein residues, which are further decomposed into chemically interpretable components by using valence bond theory. The scheme is shown to shed light on the origin of catalysis in wild-type haloalkane dehalogenase (wt-DhlA) and its mutants. Furthermore, the understanding gained through our scheme is shown to have great potential in facilitating the selection of non-optimal sites for catalysis and suggesting effective mutations to enhance the enzymatic rate. PMID:25808731

  10. Structural and magnetic properties of Ba2LuMoO6: a valence bond glass.

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    Coomer, Fiona C; Cussen, Edmund J

    2013-02-27

    We report here the synthesis of the site ordered double perovskite Ba(2)LuMoO(6). Rietveld refinement of room temperature powder x-ray diffraction measurements indicates that it crystallizes in the cubic space group Fm3m, with a = 8.3265(1) Å. Powder neutron diffraction data indicate that, unusually, this cubic symmetry is maintained down to 2 K, with [Formula: see text], Mo(5+) ions situated on the frustrated face-centred cubic lattice. Despite dc-susceptibility measurements showing Curie-Weiss behaviour with strong antiferromagnetic interactions at T ≥ 200 K, there is no evidence of long range magnetic ordering at 2 K. At T ≤ 50 K, susceptibility measurements indicate a loss in moment to ∼18% of the expected value, and there is a corresponding loss in the magnitude of the magnetic exchange. The structural and magnetic properties of this compound are compared with the related compound Ba(2)YMoO(6), which is a valence bond glass. PMID:23343826

  11. Nonorthogonal orbital based n-body reduced density matrices and their applications to valence bond theory. III. Second-order perturbation theory using valence bond self-consistent field function as reference.

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    Chen, Zhenhua; Chen, Xun; Ying, Fuming; Gu, Junjing; Zhang, Huaiyu; Wu, Wei

    2014-10-01

    Using the formulas and techniques developed in Papers I and II of this series, the recently developed second-order perturbation theory based on a valence bond self-consistent field reference function (VBPT2) has been extended by using the internally contracted correction wave function. This ansatz strongly reduces the size of the interaction space compared to the uncontracted wave function and thus improves the capability of the VBPT2 method dramatically. Test calculations show that internally contracted VBPT2 using only a small number of reference valence bond functions, can give results as accuracy as the VBPT2 method and other more sophisticated methods such as full configuration interaction and multireference configuration interaction. PMID:25296795

  12. Electronic Structure and Bonding in Co-Based Single and Mixed Valence Oxides: A Quantum Chemical Perspective.

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    Singh, Vijay; Major, Dan Thomas

    2016-04-01

    The mixed valence cobalt oxide, Co3O4, is a potential candidate as a photovoltaic (PV) material, which also exhibits intriguing chemical and catalytic properties. Here, we present a comparative study of the electronic, magnetic, and chemical bonding properties of mixed valence Co3O4 (i.e., Co(2+/3+)) with the related single valence CoO (i.e., Co(2+)) and Co2O3 (i.e., Co(3+)) oxides using density functional theory (DFT). We have employed a range of theoretical methods, including pure DFT, DFT+U, and a range-separated exchange-correlation functional (HSE06). We compare the electronic structure and band gap of the oxide materials, with available photoemission spectroscopy and optical band gaps. Our calculations suggest that the bonding between Co(3+) and O(2-) ions in Co2O3 and Co3O4 and Co(2+) and O(2-) ions in CoO and Co3O4 are rather different. We find that Co2O3 and Co3O4 are weakly correlated materials, whereas CoO is a strongly correlated material. Furthermore, our computed one-electron energy level diagrams reveal that strong Co-O antibonding states are present at the top of the valence band for all the cobalt oxides, hinting at a defect tolerant capacity in these materials. These results, which give a detailed picture of the chemical bonding in related single and mixed valence cobalt oxides, may serve as a guide to enhance the PV or photoelectrochemical activity of Co3O4, by reducing its internal defect states or changing its electronic structure by doping or alloying with suitable elements. PMID:27010797

  13. CLASSICAL TRAJECTORY MODELS FOR ELECTRONICALLY NON-ADIABATIC COLLISION PROCESSES: A CLASSICAL VALENCE BOND MODEL FOR ELECTRONIC DEGREES OF FREEDOM

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    Miller, William H.; Orel, Ann E.

    1980-11-01

    A classical interpretation of the Dirac-Van Vleck spin version of valence bond theory is used to obtain a classical model for electronic degrees of freedom within the valence bond framework. The approach is illustrated by deriving the explicit forms of the classical Hamiltonians, involving electronic and heavy particle degrees of freedom, for the H-H{sub 2}, F-H{sub 2} , and O-H{sub 2} systems. It is also shown how the initial conditions for both electronic and heavy particle degrees of freedom are chosen to carry out a classical trajectory simulation of collision processes. The attractive feature of this model is that it is as eaaily applicable to electronically non-adiabatic processes as it is to adiabatic ones.

  14. Emergence of superconductivity, valence bond order and Mott insulators in Pd[(dmit)2] based organic salts

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    Kee, Hae-Young

    2014-03-01

    The EtMe3P and EtMe3Sb nearly triangular organic salts are distinguished from most other Pd[(dmit)2] based salts, as they display valence bond and no long range order, respectively. Under pressure, a superconducting phase is revealed in EtMe3P near the boundary of valence bond order. We use slave-rotor theory with an enlarged unit cell to study competition between uniform and broken translational symmetry states, offering a theoretical framework capturing the superconducting, valence bond order, spin liquid, and metallic phases on an isotropic triangular lattice. Our finite temperature phase diagram manifests a remarkable resemblance to the phase diagram of the EtMe3P salt, where the re-entrant transitions of the type insulator-metal-insulator can be explained by an entropy difference between metal and the U(1) spin liquid. We find that the superconducting pairing symmetry is d +/- id , and predict different temperature dependences of the specific heat between the spin liquid and metal. Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, NSERC of Canada.

  15. Transitions to valence-bond solid order in a honeycomb lattice antiferromagnet

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    Pujari, Sumiran; Alet, Fabien; Damle, Kedar

    2015-03-01

    We use quantum Monte Carlo methods to study the ground-state phase diagram of a S =1 /2 honeycomb lattice magnet in which a nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic exchange J (favoring Néel order) competes with two different multispin interaction terms: a six-spin interaction Q3 that favors columnar valence-bond solid (VBS) order, and a four-spin interaction Q2 that favors staggered VBS order. For Q3˜Q2≫J , we establish that the competition between the two different VBS orders stabilizes Néel order in a large swath of the phase diagram even when J is the smallest energy scale in the Hamiltonian. When Q3≫(Q2,J ) [ Q2≫(Q3,J ) ], this model exhibits at zero temperature phase transition from the Néel state to a columnar (staggered) VBS state. We establish that the Néel-columnar VBS transition is continuous for all values of Q2, and that critical properties along the entire phase boundary are well characterized by critical exponents and amplitudes of the noncompact CP1 (NCCP1) theory of deconfined criticality, similar to what is observed on a square lattice. However, a surprising threefold anisotropy of the phase of the VBS order parameter at criticality, whose presence was recently noted at the Q2=0 deconfined critical point, is seen to persist all along this phase boundary. We use a classical analogy to explore this by studying the critical point of a three-dimensional X Y model with a fourfold anisotropy field which is known to be weakly irrelevant at the three-dimensional X Y critical point. In this case, we again find that the critical anisotropy appears to saturate to a nonzero value over the range of sizes accessible to our simulations.

  16. Chemical composition, crystal structure, and their relationships with the intrinsic properties of spinel-type crystals based on bond valences.

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    Liu, Xiao; Wang, Hao; Lavina, Barbara; Tu, Bingtian; Wang, Weimin; Fu, Zhengyi

    2014-06-16

    Spinel-type crystals may possess complex and versatile chemical composition and crystal structure, which leads to difficulty in constructing relationships among the chemical composition, crystal structure, and intrinsic properties. In this work, we develop new empirical methods based on bond valences to estimate the intrinsic properties, namely, compressibility and thermal expansion of complex spinel-type crystals. The composition-weighted average of bond force constants in tetrahedral and octahedral coordination polyhedra is derived as a function of the composition-weighted average of bond valences, which can be calculated according to the experimental chemical composition and crystal structural parameters. We discuss the coupled effects of tetrahedral and octahedral frameworks on the aforementioned intrinsic properties. The bulk modulus could be quantitatively calculated from the composition-weighted average of bond force constants in tetrahedral and octahedral coordination polyhedra. In contrast, a quantitative estimation of the thermal expansion coefficient could be obtained from the composition-weighted average of bond force constants in octahedral coordination polyhedra. These empirical methods have been validated by the results obtained for a new complex quaternary spinel-type oxynitride Mg0.268Al2.577O3.733N0.267 as well as MgAl2O4 and Al2.85O3.45N0.55 from the literature. Further, these empirical methods have the potential to be extensively applied in other types of complex crystals. PMID:24871452

  17. Spin Nematics, Valence-Bond Solids, and Spin Liquids in SO(N) Quantum Spin Models on the Triangular Lattice.

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    Kaul, Ribhu K

    2015-10-01

    We introduce a simple model of SO(N) spins with two-site interactions which is amenable to quantum Monte Carlo studies without a sign problem on nonbipartite lattices. We present numerical results for this model on the two-dimensional triangular lattice where we find evidence for a spin nematic at small N, a valence-bond solid at large N, and a quantum spin liquid at intermediate N. By the introduction of a sign-free four-site interaction, we uncover a rich phase diagram with evidence for both first-order and exotic continuous phase transitions. PMID:26550748

  18. Reliability of the pair-defect-sum approximation for the strength of valence-bond orbitals

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    Pauling, Linus; Herman, Zelek S.; Kamb, Barclay J.

    1982-01-01

    The pair-defect-sum approximation to the bond strength of a hybrid orbital (angular wave functions only) is compared to the rigorous value as a function of bond angle for seven types of bonding situations, with between three and eight bond directions equivalent by geometrical symmetry operations and with only one independent bond angle. The approximation is seen to be an excellent one in all cases, and the results provide a rationale for the application of this approximation to a variety of problems. PMID:16593167

  19. Correlation of molecular valence- and K-shell photoionization resonances with bond lengths

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    Sheehy, J. A.; Gil, T. J.; Winstead, C. L.; Farren, R. E.; Langhoff, P. W.

    1989-01-01

    The relationship between the interatomic distance and the positions of valence-shell and K-shell sigma(asterisk) photoionization resonances is investigated theoretically for the molecules C2, F2, N2, O2, CO, NO, C2H2, C2H4, C2H6, HCN, H2CO, N20, CO2, and C2N2. The results of molecular-orbital computations are presented in three-dimensional diagrams, which are shown to be similar to the wave functions of a particle in a cylindrical well, confirming the validity of free-electron molecular-orbital (FEMO) approximations for modeling the potential along the symmetry axis. FEMO orbital energies and resonance positions are found to be in good agreement with previous theoretical and experimental results. Also included is a Feshbach-Fano analysis of the relevance of virtual-valence orbitals to the appearance of single-channel resonances in molecular photoionization cross sections.

  20. Internal-strain effect on the valence band of strained silicon and its correlation with the bond angles

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    Inaoka, Takeshi Yanagisawa, Susumu; Kadekawa, Yukihiro

    2014-02-14

    By means of the first-principles density-functional theory, we investigate the effect of relative atom displacement in the crystal unit cell, namely, internal strain on the valence-band dispersion of strained silicon, and find close correlation of this effect with variation in the specific bond angles due to internal strain. We consider the [111] ([110]) band dispersion for (111) ((110)) biaxial tensility and [111] ([110]) uniaxial compression, because remarkably small values of hole effective mass m* can be obtained in this dispersion. Under the practical condition of no normal stress, biaxial tensility (uniaxial compression) involves additional normal compression (tensility) and internal strain. With an increase in the internal-strain parameter, the energy separation between the highest and second-highest valence bands becomes strikingly larger, and the highest band with conspicuously small m* extends remarkably down to a lower energy region, until it intersects or becomes admixed with the second band. This is closely correlated with the change in the specific bond angles, and this change can reasonably explain the above enlargement of the band separation.

  1. Plaquette valence-bond solid in the square-lattice J1-J2 antiferromagnet Heisenberg model: A bond operator approach

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    Doretto, R. L.

    2014-03-01

    We study the plaquette valence-bond solid phase of the spin-1/2J1-J2 antiferromagnet Heisenberg model on the square lattice within the bond-operator theory. We start by considering four S =1/2 spins on a single plaquette and determine the bond operator representation for the spin operators in terms of singlet, triplet, and quintet boson operators. The formalism is then applied to the J1-J2 model and an effective interacting boson model in terms of singlets and triplets is derived. The effective model is analyzed within the harmonic approximation and the previous results of Zhitomirsky and Ueda [Phys. Rev. B 54, 9007 (1996), 10.1103/PhysRevB.54.9007] are recovered. By perturbatively including cubic (triplet-triplet-triplet and singlet-triplet-triplet) and quartic interactions, we find that the plaquette valence-bond solid phase is stable within the parameter region 0.340.48J1, it is related to a singlet-singlet excitation at the X =(π/2,0) point of the tetramerized Brillouin zone.

  2. On the Nature of Bonding in Parallel Spins in Monovalent Metal Clusters

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    Danovich, David; Shaik, Sason

    2016-05-01

    As we approach the Lewis model centennial, it may be timely to discuss novel bonding motifs. Accordingly, this review discusses no-pair ferromagnetic (NPFM) bonds that hold together monovalent metallic atoms using exclusively parallel spins. Thus, without any traditional electron-pair bonds, the bonding energy per atom in these clusters can reach 20 kcal mol-1. This review describes the origins of NPFM bonding using a valence bond (VB) analysis, which shows that this bonding motif arises from bound triplet electron pairs that are delocalized over all the close neighbors of a given atom in the cluster. The VB model accounts for the tendency of NPFM clusters to assume polyhedral shapes with rather high symmetry and for the very steep rise of the bonding energy per atom. The advent of NPFM clusters offers new horizons in chemistry of highly magnetic species sensitive to magnetic and electric fields.

  3. On the Nature of Bonding in Parallel Spins in Monovalent Metal Clusters.

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    Danovich, David; Shaik, Sason

    2016-05-27

    As we approach the Lewis model centennial, it may be timely to discuss novel bonding motifs. Accordingly, this review discusses no-pair ferromagnetic (NPFM) bonds that hold together monovalent metallic atoms using exclusively parallel spins. Thus, without any traditional electron-pair bonds, the bonding energy per atom in these clusters can reach 20 kcal mol(-1). This review describes the origins of NPFM bonding using a valence bond (VB) analysis, which shows that this bonding motif arises from bound triplet electron pairs that are delocalized over all the close neighbors of a given atom in the cluster. The VB model accounts for the tendency of NPFM clusters to assume polyhedral shapes with rather high symmetry and for the very steep rise of the bonding energy per atom. The advent of NPFM clusters offers new horizons in chemistry of highly magnetic species sensitive to magnetic and electric fields. PMID:27070320

  4. Spectral Correspondence to the Evolution of Chemical Bond and Valence Band in Oxidation

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    Sun, Chang Q.; Zhang, Sam; Hing, Peter; Wei, Jun; Xie, Hong; Wee, Andrew T. S.

    Spectroscopy covering energies around Fermi level of a metal is of particular interest as it does give direct information of bond forming and its consequence on the energy states (DOS). However, the origin of some outstanding spectral features from metal surface with chemisorbed oxygen has not yet been well established. It is shown in this letter that a bond-to-band model for oxidation enables the nature of a sum of spectral features to be consistently defined. All the spectral changes in the STS, XPS, UPS, photoemission spectroscopy (PES) and the thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) are classified by four DOS features around Fermi level and three bonding processes. Such a definition leads not only to new knowledge of the nature of O-metal interaction but also to a direct understanding of the bond-and-band forming dynamics.

  5. Analysis of the bond-valence method for calculating (29) Si and (31) P magnetic shielding in covalent network solids.

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    Holmes, Sean T; Alkan, Fahri; Iuliucci, Robbie J; Mueller, Karl T; Dybowski, Cecil

    2016-07-01

    (29) Si and (31) P magnetic-shielding tensors in covalent network solids have been evaluated using periodic and cluster-based calculations. The cluster-based computational methodology employs pseudoatoms to reduce the net charge (resulting from missing co-ordination on the terminal atoms) through valence modification of terminal atoms using bond-valence theory (VMTA/BV). The magnetic-shielding tensors computed with the VMTA/BV method are compared to magnetic-shielding tensors determined with the periodic GIPAW approach. The cluster-based all-electron calculations agree with experiment better than the GIPAW calculations, particularly for predicting absolute magnetic shielding and for predicting chemical shifts. The performance of the DFT functionals CA-PZ, PW91, PBE, rPBE, PBEsol, WC, and PBE0 are assessed for the prediction of (29) Si and (31) P magnetic-shielding constants. Calculations using the hybrid functional PBE0, in combination with the VMTA/BV approach, result in excellent agreement with experiment. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27117609

  6. Electronic Model for CoO2 Layer Based Systems: Chiral Resonating Valence Bond Metal and Superconductivity

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    Baskaran, G.

    2003-08-01

    Takada et al. have reported superconductivity in layered NaxCoO2yH2O (Tc≈5 K). We model a reference neutral CoO2 layer as an orbitally nondegenerate spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic Mott insulator on a triangular lattice and NaxCoO2yH2O as electron doped Mott insulators described by a t-J model. It is suggested that at optimal doping chiral spin fluctuations enhanced by the dopant dynamics lead to a gapful d-wave superconducting state. A chiral resonating valence bond (RVB) metal, a parity and time (PT) reversal violating state with condensed RVB gauge fields, with a possible weak ferromagnetism, and low temperature p-wave superconductivity are also suggested at higher dopings.

  7. Efficient automatic screening for Li ion conductive inorganic oxides with bond valence pathway models and percolation algorithm

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    Nakayama, Masanobu; Kimura, Mayumi; Jalem, Randy; Kasuga, Toshihiro

    2016-01-01

    Fast ion conductive solid oxide electrolytes are urgently needed because of the development of batteries, fuel cells, and sensors. Ab initio density functional theory can predict ionic conductivities with high accuracy, although it often requires large computational resources and time. In this paper, we use empirical bond valence relations [Adams et al., Phys. Status Solidi A 208, 1746 (2011)] and a percolation algorithm for fast, efficient, fully automated evaluation of migration energies for Li ion conduction in 14 olivine-type LiMXO4 compounds. The results showed a high correlation coefficient with the ab initio density functional theory (DFT) approach, indicating that our method could be attractive for identifying fast ion conductors in databases of numerous candidates.

  8. The Quadruple Bonding in C2 Reproduces the Properties of the Molecule.

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    Shaik, Sason; Danovich, David; Braida, Benoit; Hiberty, Philippe C

    2016-03-14

    Ever since Lewis depicted the triple bond for acetylene, triple bonding has been considered as the highest limit of multiple bonding for main elements. Here we show that C2 is bonded by a quadruple bond that can be distinctly characterized by valence-bond (VB) calculations. We demonstrate that the quadruply-bonded structure determines the key observables of the molecule, and accounts by itself for about 90% of the molecule's bond dissociation energy, and for its bond lengths and its force constant. The quadruply-bonded structure is made of two strong π bonds, one strong σ bond and a weaker fourth σ-type bond, the bond strength of which is estimated as 17-21 kcal mol(-1). Alternative VB structures with double bonds; either two π bonds or one π bond and one σ bond lie at 129.5 and 106.1 kcal mol(-1), respectively, above the quadruply-bonded structure, and they collapse to the latter structure given freedom to improve their double bonding by dative σ bonding. The usefulness of the quadruply-bonded model is underscored by "predicting" the properties of the (3)Σ+u state. C2's very high reactivity is rooted in its fourth weak bond. Thus, carbon and first-row main elements are open to quadruple bonding! PMID:26880488

  9. Insights into the Electronic Structure of Ozone and Sulfur Dioxide from Generalized Valence Bond Theory: Addition of Hydrogen Atoms.

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    Lindquist, Beth A; Takeshita, Tyler Y; Dunning, Thom H

    2016-05-01

    Ozone (O3) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) are valence isoelectronic species, yet their properties and reactivities differ dramatically. In particular, O3 is highly reactive, whereas SO2 is chemically relatively stable. In this paper, we investigate serial addition of hydrogen atoms to both the terminal atoms of O3 and SO2 and to the central atom of these species. It is well-known that the terminal atoms of O3 are much more amenable to bond formation than those of SO2. We show that the differences in the electronic structure of the π systems in the parent triatomic species account for the differences in the addition of hydrogen atoms to the terminal atoms of O3 and SO2. Further, we find that the π system in SO2, which is a recoupled pair bond dyad, facilitates the addition of hydrogen atoms to the sulfur atom, resulting in stable HSO2 and H2SO2 species. PMID:27070292

  10. Geometry of trigonal boron coordination sphere in boronic acids derivatives - a bond-valence vector model approach.

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    Czerwińska, Karolina; Madura, Izabela D; Zachara, Janusz

    2016-04-01

    The systematic analysis of the geometry of three-coordinate boron in boronic acid derivatives with a common [CBO2] skeleton is presented. The study is based on the bond-valence vector (BVV) model [Zachara (2007). Inorg. Chem. 46, 9760-9767], a simple tool for the identification and quantitative estimation of both steric and electronic factors causing deformations of the coordination sphere. The empirical bond-valence (BV) parameters in the exponential equation [Brown & Altermatt (1985). Acta Cryst. B41, 244-247] rij and b, for B-O and B-C bonds were determined using data deposited in the Cambridge Structural Database. The values obtained amount to rBO = 1.364 Å, bBO = 0.37 Å, rBC = 1.569 Å, bBC = 0.28 Å, and they were further used in the calculation of BVV lengths. The values of the resultant BVV were less than 0.10 v.u. for 95% of the set comprising 897 [CBO2] fragments. Analysis of the distribution of BVV components allowed for the description of subtle in- and out-of plane deviations from the `ideal' (sp(2)) geometry of boron coordination sphere. The distortions specific for distinct groups of compounds such as boronic acids, cyclic and acyclic esters, benzoxaboroles and hemiesters were revealed. In cyclic esters the direction of strains was found to be controlled by the ring size effect. It was shown that the syn or anti location of substituents on O atoms is decisive for the deformations direction for both acids and acyclic esters. The greatest strains were observed in the case of benzoxaboroles which showed the highest deviation from the zero value of the resultant BVV. The out-of-plane distortions, described by the vz component of the resultant BVV, were ascertained to be useful in the identification of weak secondary interactions on the fourth coordination site of the boron centre. PMID:27048726

  11. On The Nature of the Halogen Bond.

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    Wang, Changwei; Danovich, David; Mo, Yirong; Shaik, Sason

    2014-09-01

    The wide-ranging applications of the halogen bond (X-bond), notably in self-assembling materials and medicinal chemistry, have placed this weak intermolecular interaction in a center of great deal of attention. There is a need to elucidate the physical nature of the halogen bond for better understanding of its similarity and differences vis-à-vis other weak intermolecular interactions, for example, hydrogen bond, as well as for developing improved force-fields to simulate nano- and biomaterials involving X-bonds. This understanding is the focus of the present study that combines the insights of a bottom-up approach based on ab initio valence bond (VB) theory and the block-localized wave function (BLW) theory that uses monomers to reconstruct the wave function of a complex. To this end and with an aim of unification, we studied the nature of X-bonds in 55 complexes using the combination of VB and BLW theories. Our conclusion is clear-cut; most of the X-bonds are held by charge transfer interactions (i.e., intermolecular hyperconjugation) as envisioned more than 60 years ago by Mulliken. This is consistent with the experimental and computational findings that X-bonds are more directional than H-bonds. Furthermore, the good linear correlation between charge transfer energies and total interaction energies partially accounts for the success of simple force fields in the simulation of large systems involving X-bonds. PMID:26588518

  12. Low-energy physical properties of high- Tc superconducting Cu oxides: A comparison between the resonating valence bond and experiments

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    Yang, Kai-Yu; Shih, C. T.; Chou, C. P.; Huang, S. M.; Lee, T. K.; Xiang, T.; Zhang, F. C.

    2006-06-01

    In a recent review by Anderson and co-workers, it was pointed out that an early resonating valence bond (RVB) theory is able to explain a number of unusual properties of high-temperature superconducting (SC) Cu oxides. Here we extend previous calculations to study more systematically the low-energy physical properties of the plain vanilla d -wave RVB state, and to compare the results with the available experiments. We use a renormalized mean-field theory combined with variational Monte Carlo and power Lanczos methods to study the RVB state of an extended t-J model in a square lattice with parameters suitable for the hole-doped Cu oxides. The physical observable quantities we study include the specific heat, the linear residual thermal conductivity, the in-plane magnetic penetration depth, the quasiparticle energy at the antinode (π,0) , the superconducting energy gap, the quasiparticle spectra, and the Drude weights. The traits of nodes (including kF , the Fermi velocity vF , and the velocity along Fermi surface v2 ), and the SC order parameter are studied. Comparisons of the theory and the experiments in cuprates show an overall qualitative agreement, especially on their doping dependences.

  13. Valence-bond solid as the quantum ground state in honeycomb layered urusovite CuAl (As O4)O

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    Vasiliev, A. N.; Volkova, O. S.; Zvereva, E. A.; Koshelev, A. V.; Urusov, V. S.; Chareev, D. A.; Petkov, V. I.; Sukhanov, M. V.; Rahaman, B.; Saha-Dasgupta, T.

    2015-04-01

    The synthetic mineral urusovite CuAl (As O4)O was prepared through the wet chemistry route and characterized over a wide temperature range in terms of studies of magnetization, specific heat, and X-band electron spin resonance. The basic structural units of the compound are distorted square pyramids Cu O5 assembled into corrugated honeycomb layers separated by As O4 and Al O4 tetrahedrons. Both thermodynamic and resonant measurements indicate that CuAl (As O4)O is a spin gap system with a gap of ˜350 K . The electronic structure calculations performed within the framework of density functional theory suggest a weakly interacting dimer model with antiferromagnetic signs for both intradimer and interdimer superexchange interactions. This establishes the valence bond solid as the quantum ground state of the title compound. The pronounced discrepancy between experimental data and calculations within the weakly interacting dimer model at elevated temperatures is ascribed in part to the steep increase of the intradimer exchange interaction parameter driven by the thermal expansion effects.

  14. Multistate empirical valence bond study of temperature and confinement effects on proton transfer in water inside hydrophobic nanochannels.

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    Tahat, Amani; Martí, Jordi

    2016-07-01

    Microscopic characteristics of an aqueous excess proton in a wide range of thermodynamic states, from low density amorphous ices (down to 100 K) to high temperature liquids under the critical point (up to 600 K), placed inside hydrophobic graphene slabs at the nanometric scale (with interplate distances between 3.1 and 0.7 nm wide) have been analyzed by means of molecular dynamics simulations. Water-proton and carbon-proton forces were modeled with a multistate empirical valence bond method. Densities between 0.07 and 0.02 Å(-3) have been considered. As a general trend, we observed a competition between effects of confinement and temperature on structure and dynamical properties of the lone proton. Confinement has strong influence on the local structure of the proton, whereas the main effect of temperature on proton properties is observed on its dynamics, with significant variation of proton transfer rates, proton diffusion coefficients, and characteristic frequencies of vibrational motions. Proton transfer is an activated process with energy barriers between 1 and 10 kJ/mol for both proton transfer and diffusion, depending of the temperature range considered and also on the interplate distance. Arrhenius-like behavior of the transfer rates and of proton diffusion are clearly observed for states above 100 K. Spectral densities of proton species indicated that in all states Zundel-like and Eigen-like complexes survive at some extent. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27189810

  15. On the transferability of electron density in binary vanadium borides VB, V3B4 and VB2.

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    Terlan, Bürgehan; Akselrud, Lev; Baranov, Alexey I; Borrmann, Horst; Grin, Yuri

    2015-12-01

    Binary vanadium borides are suitable model systems for a systematic analysis of the transferability concept in intermetallic compounds due to chemical intergrowth in their crystal structures. In order to underline this structural relationship, topological properties of the electron density in VB, V3B4 and VB2 reconstructed from high-resolution single-crystal X-ray diffraction data as well as derived from quantum chemical calculations, are analysed in terms of Bader's Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules [Bader (1990). Atoms in Molecules: A Quantum Theory, 1st ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press]. The compounds VB, V3B4 and VB2 are characterized by a charge transfer from the metal to boron together with two predominant atomic interactions, the shared covalent B-B interactions and the polar covalent B-M interactions. The resembling features of the crystal structures are well reflected by the respective B-B interatomic distances as well as by ρ(r) values at the B-B bond critical points. The latter decrease with an increase in the corresponding interatomic distances. The B-B bonds show transferable electron density properties at bond critical points depending on the respective bond distances. PMID:26634735

  16. Chemical bonding and charge redistribution - Valence band and core level correlations for the Ni/Si, Pd/Si, and Pt/Si systems

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    Grunthaner, P. J.; Grunthaner, F. J.; Madhukar, A.

    1982-01-01

    Via a systematic study of the correlation between the core and valence level X-ray photoemission spectra, the nature of the chemical bonding and charge redistribution for bulk transition metal silicides has been examined. Particular emphasis is placed on Pt2Si and PtSi. It is observed that the strength of the metal (d)-silicon (p) interaction increases in the order Ni2Si, Pd2Si, Pt2Si. It is also observed that both the metal and silicon core lines shift to higher binding energy as the silicides are formed. The notion of charge redistribution for metallic bonds is invoked to explain these data.

  17. The nature of chemical bonds from PNOF5 calculations.

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    Matxain, Jon M; Piris, Mario; Uranga, Jon; Lopez, Xabier; Merino, Gabriel; Ugalde, Jesus M

    2012-06-18

    Natural orbital functional theory (NOFT) is used for the first time in the analysis of different types of chemical bonds. Concretely, the Piris natural orbital functional PNOF5 is used. It provides a localization scheme that yields an orbital picture which agrees very well with the empirical valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR) and Bent's rule, as well as with other theoretical pictures provided by valence bond (VB) or linear combination of atomic orbitals-molecular orbital (LCAO-MO) methods. In this context, PNOF5 provides a novel tool for chemical bond analysis. In this work, PNOF5 is applied to selected molecules that have ionic, polar covalent, covalent, multiple (σ and π), 3c-2e, and 3c-4e bonds. PMID:22615195

  18. An Effective Hamiltonian Molecular Orbital-Valence Bond (MOVB) Approach for Chemical Reactions Applied to the Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction of Hydrosulfide Ion and Chloromethane.

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    Song, Lingchun; Mo, Yirong; Gao, Jiali

    2009-01-01

    An effective Hamiltonian mixed molecular orbital and valence bond (EH-MOVB) method is described to obtain an accurate potential energy surface for chemical reactions. Building upon previous results on the construction of diabatic and adiabatic potential surfaces using ab initio MOVB theory, we introduce a diabatic-coupling scaling factor to uniformly scale the ab initio off-diagonal matrix element H(12) such that the computed energy of reaction from the EH-MOVB method is in agreement with the target value. The scaling factor is very close to unity, resulting in minimal alteration of the potential energy surface of the original MOVB model. Furthermore, the relative energy between the reactant and product diabatic states in the EH-MOVB method can be improved to match the experimental energy of reaction. A key ingredient in the EH-MOVB theory is that the off-diagonal matrix elements are functions of all degrees of freedom of the system and the overlap matrix is explicitly evaluated. The EH-MOVB method has been applied to the nucleophilic substitution reaction between hydrosulfide and chloromethane to illustrate the methodology and the results were matched to reproduce the results from ab initio valence bond self-consistent valence bond (VBSCF) calculations. The diabatic coupling (the off-diagonal matrix element in the generalized secular equation) has small variations along the minimum energy reaction path in the EH-MOVB model, whereas it shows a maximum value at the transition state and has nearly zero values in the regions of the ion-dipole complexes from VBSCF calculations. The difference in the diabatic coupling stabilization is attributed to the large overlap integral in the computationally efficient MOVB method. PMID:20047006

  19. An Effective Hamiltonian Molecular Orbital-Valence Bond (MOVB) Approach for Chemical Reactions Applied to the Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction of Hydrosulfide Ion and Chloromethane

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    Song, Lingchun; Mo, Yirong; Gao, Jiali

    2009-01-01

    An effective Hamiltonian mixed molecular orbital and valence bond (EH-MOVB) method is described to obtain an accurate potential energy surface for chemical reactions. Building upon previous results on the construction of diabatic and adiabatic potential surfaces using ab initio MOVB theory, we introduce a diabatic-coupling scaling factor to uniformly scale the ab initio off-diagonal matrix element H12 such that the computed energy of reaction from the EH-MOVB method is in agreement with the target value. The scaling factor is very close to unity, resulting in minimal alteration of the potential energy surface of the original MOVB model. Furthermore, the relative energy between the reactant and product diabatic states in the EH-MOVB method can be improved to match the experimental energy of reaction. A key ingredient in the EH-MOVB theory is that the off-diagonal matrix elements are functions of all degrees of freedom of the system and the overlap matrix is explicitly evaluated. The EH-MOVB method has been applied to the nucleophilic substitution reaction between hydrosulfide and chloromethane to illustrate the methodology and the results were matched to reproduce the results from ab initio valence bond self-consistent valence bond (VBSCF) calculations. The diabatic coupling (the off-diagonal matrix element in the generalized secular equation) has small variations along the minimum energy reaction path in the EH-MOVB model, whereas it shows a maximum value at the transition state and has nearly zero values in the regions of the ion-dipole complexes from VBSCF calculations. The difference in the diabatic coupling stabilization is attributed to the large overlap integral in the computationally efficient MOVB method. PMID:20047006

  20. Metal-Metal Bonding in Trinuclear, Mixed-Valence [Ti3X12](4-) (X = F, Cl, Br, I) Face-Shared Complexes.

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    Hewage, Jinasena W; Cavigliasso, Germán; Stranger, Robert

    2015-11-16

    Metal-metal bonding in structurally characterized In4Ti3Br12, comprising linear, mixed-valence d(1)d(2)d(1) face-shared [Ti3Br12](4-) units with a Ti-Ti separation of 3.087 Å and strong antiferromagnetic coupling (Θ = -1216 K), has been investigated using density functional theory. The antiferromagnetic configuration, in which the single d electron on each terminal Ti(III) (d(1)) metal center is aligned antiparallel to the two electrons occupying the central Ti(II) (d(2)) metal site, is shown to best agree with the reported structural and magnetic data and is consistent with an S = 0 ground state in which two of the four metal-based electrons are involved in a two-electron, three-center σ bond between the Ti atoms (formal Ti-Ti bond order of ∼0.5). However, the unpaired spin densities on the Ti sites indicate that while the metal-metal σ interaction is strong, the electrons are not fully paired off and consequently dominate the ground state antiferromagnetic coupling. The same overall partially delocalized bonding regime is predicted for the other three halide [Ti3X12](4-) (X = F, Cl, I) systems with the metal-metal bonding becoming weaker as the halide group is descended. The possibility of bond-stretch isomerism was also examined where one isomer has a symmetric structure with identical Ti-Ti bonds while the other is unsymmetric with one short and one long Ti-Ti bond. Although calculations indicate that the latter form is more stable, the barrier to interconversion between equivalent unsymmetric forms, where the short Ti-Ti bond is on one side of the trinuclear unit or the other, is relatively small such that at room temperature only the averaged (symmetric) structure is likely to be observed. PMID:26523831

  1. Generalized valence bond description of the ground states (X(1)Σg(+)) of homonuclear pnictogen diatomic molecules: N2, P2, and As2.

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    Xu, Lu T; Dunning, Thom H

    2015-06-01

    The ground state, X1Σg+, of N2 is a textbook example of a molecule with a triple bond consisting of one σ and two π bonds. This assignment, which is usually rationalized using molecular orbital (MO) theory, implicitly assumes that the spins of the three pairs of electrons involved in the bonds are singlet-coupled (perfect pairing). However, for a six-electron singlet state, there are five distinct ways to couple the electron spins. The generalized valence bond (GVB) wave function lifts this restriction, including all of the five spin functions for the six electrons involved in the bond. For N2, we find that the perfect pairing spin function is indeed dominant at Re but that it becomes progressively less so from N2 to P2 and As2. Although the perfect pairing spin function is still the most important spin function in P2, the importance of a quasi-atomic spin function, which singlet couples the spins of the electrons in the σ orbitals while high spin coupling those of the electrons in the π orbitals on each center, has significantly increased relative to N2 and, in As2, the perfect pairing and quasi-atomic spin couplings are on essentially the same footing. This change in the spin coupling of the electrons in the bonding orbitals down the periodic table may contribute to the rather dramatic decrease in the strengths of the Pn2 bonds from N2 to As2 as well as in the increase in their chemical reactivity and should be taken into account in more detailed analyses of the bond energies in these species. We also compare the spin coupling in N2 with that in C2, where the quasi-atomic spin coupling dominants around Re. PMID:26575549

  2. Electronic structure and chemical bonding of {alpha}- and {beta}-CeIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} intermediate valence compounds

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    Matar, Samir F.; Poettgen, Rainer; Chevalier, Bernard

    2012-02-15

    The dimorphism of the intermediate valence ternary cerium silicide CeIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} in the ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} ({alpha}) and CaBe{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} ({beta}) modifications is addressed in the framework of the density functional theory. The geometry optimization is in good agreement with the experiment and the subsequent establishment of the energy-volume equation of state (EOS) indicates a stabilization of the {beta}-type relative to the {alpha}-type concomitant with the trend of the cerium valence, changing to tetravalent in {beta}-CeIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}. This is equally shown from the site projected DOS and from the large increase of the electronic contribution to the specific heat. The chemical bonding indicates the strongest bonding interactions within the Ir-Si substructure in both varieties. Stabilization of {beta}-CeIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} with almost tetravalent cerium is in good agreement with Th{sup IV}Ir{sub 2}Si{sub 2} which exclusively crystallizes in the CaBe{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} type. The EOS behavior of different RIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} (R=Th, Ce, La) is comparatively discussed. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structures of {alpha}- and {beta}-CeIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}. Relevant interatomic distances (A), the three-dimensional [Ir{sub 2}Si{sub 2}] networks and the crystallographically independent iridium and silicon sites are indicated. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Energy stabilization of (HT) {beta}-CeIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} versus (LT) {alpha}-CeIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} from DFT methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Concomitant with the change of Ce valence to tetravalent (HT)-enhanced specific heat. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Equations of states for La, Ce and Th members with CeIr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} resembling tetravalent-Th. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chemical bonding shows changes on the {l_brace}Ir{sub 2}Si{sub 2}{r_brace} intralayer and Ce{sup IV}-Ir bonds.

  3. Qgui: A high-throughput interface for automated setup and analysis of free energy calculations and empirical valence bond simulations in biological systems.

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    Isaksen, Geir Villy; Andberg, Tor Arne Heim; Åqvist, Johan; Brandsdal, Bjørn Olav

    2015-07-01

    Structural information and activity data has increased rapidly for many protein targets during the last decades. In this paper, we present a high-throughput interface (Qgui) for automated free energy and empirical valence bond (EVB) calculations that use molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for conformational sampling. Applications to ligand binding using both the linear interaction energy (LIE) method and the free energy perturbation (FEP) technique are given using the estrogen receptor (ERα) as a model system. Examples of free energy profiles obtained using the EVB method for the rate-limiting step of the enzymatic reaction catalyzed by trypsin are also shown. In addition, we present calculation of high-precision Arrhenius plots to obtain the thermodynamic activation enthalpy and entropy with Qgui from running a large number of EVB simulations. PMID:26080356

  4. Chemical-shift tensors of heavy nuclei in network solids: a DFT/ZORA investigation of (207)Pb chemical-shift tensors using the bond-valence method.

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    Alkan, Fahri; Dybowski, C

    2015-10-14

    Cluster models are used in calculation of (207)Pb NMR magnetic-shielding parameters of α-PbO, β-PbO, Pb3O4, Pb2SnO4, PbF2, PbCl2, PbBr2, PbClOH, PbBrOH, PbIOH, PbSiO3, and Pb3(PO4)2. We examine the effects of cluster size, method of termination of the cluster, charge on the cluster, introduction of exact exchange, and relativistic effects on calculation of magnetic-shielding tensors with density functional theory. Proper termination of the cluster for a network solid, including approximations such as compensation of charge by the bond-valence (BV) method, is essential to provide results that agree with experiment. The inclusion of relativistic effects at the spin-orbit level for such heavy nuclei is an essential factor in achieving agreement with experiment. PMID:26345261

  5. On the efficiency of VBSCF algorithms, a comment on "An efficient algorithm for energy gradients and orbital optimization in valence bond theory".

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    van Lenthe, J H; Broer-Braam, H B; Rashid, Z

    2012-03-30

    We comment on the paper [Song et al., J. Comput. Chem. 2009, 30, 399]. and discuss the efficiency of the orbital optimization and gradient evaluation in the Valence Bond Self Consistent Field (VBSCF) method. We note that Song et al. neglect to properly reference Broer et al., who published an algorithm [Broer and Nieuwpoort, Theor. Chim. Acta 1988, 73, 405] to use a Fock matrix to compute a matrix element between two different determinants, which can be used for an orbital optimization. Further, Song et al. publish a misleading comparison with our VBSCF algorithm [Dijkstra and van Lenthe, J. Chem. Phys. 2000, 113, 2100; van Lenthe et al., Mol. Phys. 1991, 73, 1159] to enable them to favorably compare their algorithm with ours. We give detail timings in terms of different orbital types in the calculation and actual timings for the example cases. PMID:22278948

  6. Atomic Structure and Valence: Level II, Unit 10, Lesson 1; Chemical Bonding: Lesson 2; The Table of Elements: Lesson 3; Electrolysis: Lesson 4. Advanced General Education Program. A High School Self-Study Program.

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    This self-study program for high-school level contains lessons on: Atomic Structure and Valence, Chemical Bonding, The Table of Elements, and Electrolysis. Each of the lessons concludes with a Mastery Test to be completed by the student. (DB)

  7. Valence State Driven Site Preference in the Quaternary Compound Ca5MgAgGe5: An Electron-Deficient Phase with Optimized Bonding

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    Ponou, Simeon; Lidin, Sven; Zhang, Yuemei; Miller, Gordon J.

    2014-04-18

    The quaternary phase Ca5Mg0.95Ag1.05(1)Ge5 (3) was synthesized by high-temperature solid-state techniques, and its crystal structure was determined by single-crystal diffraction methods in the orthorhombic space group Pnma – Wyckoff sequence c12 with a = 23.1481(4) Å, b = 4.4736(1) Å, c = 11.0128(2) Å, V = 1140.43(4) Å3, Z = 4. The crystal structure can be described as linear intergrowths of slabs cut from the CaGe (CrB-type) and the CaMGe (TiNiSi-type; M = Mg, Ag) structures. Hence, 3 is a hettotype of the hitherto missing n = 3 member of the structure series with the general formula R2+nT2X2+n, previously described with n = 1, 2, and 4. The member with n = 3 was predicted in the space group Cmcm – Wyckoff sequence f5c2. The experimental space group Pnma (in the nonstandard setting Pmcn) corresponds to a klassengleiche symmetry reduction of index two of the predicted space group Cmcm. This transition originates from the switching of one Ge and one Ag position in the TiNiSi-related slab, a process that triggers an uncoupling of each of the five 8f sites in Cmcm into two 4c sites in Pnma. The Mg/Ag site preference was investigated using VASP calculations and revealed a remarkable example of an intermetallic compound for which the electrostatic valency principle is a critical structure-directing force. The compound is deficient by one valence electron according to the Zintl concept, but LMTO electronic structure calculations indicate electronic stabilization and overall bonding optimization in the polyanionic network. Other stability factors beyond the Zintl concept that may account for the electronic stabilization are discussed.

  8. The Haldane State in CsNiCl 3 Detected by Magnetization Measurements —Observation of Quantum-Classical Crossover and the Valence Bond Solid State—

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    Asano, Takayuki; Ajiro, Yoshitami; Mekata, Mamoru; Kamishima, Kenji; Koui, Katsuhiko; Goto, Tsuneaki; Furusawa, Masahiro; Hori, Hidenobu

    1997-02-01

    We have confirmed from susceptibility and magnetization measurements that the Haldane state really exists in 1D phase of CsNiCl3 which undergoes 3D ordering at T N=4.8 K. The observed susceptibility at low fields follows the predicted curve for the S=1 quantum chain with energy gap (Δ/k B˜10 K) down to near T N. A more definite evidence for the Haldane state is given by studying the effect of the nonmagnetic impurities. We have revealed a real existence of S=1/2 edge states characteristic of the Haldane state and further revealed a crossover from the quantum to classical regimes as a function of both temperature and field. The result is consistent with the model that at low temperatures (TValence-Bond-Solid while at high temperatures (T>|J|/k B) and high fields (H>H G) the system is not in the Haldane state any more.

  9. High-throughput design and optimization of fast lithium ion conductors by the combination of bond-valence method and density functional theory

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    Xiao, Ruijuan; Li, Hong; Chen, Liquan

    2015-09-01

    Looking for solid state electrolytes with fast lithium ion conduction is an important prerequisite for developing all-solid-state lithium secondary batteries. By combining the simulation techniques in different levels of accuracy, e.g. the bond-valence (BV) method and the density functional theory (DFT), a high-throughput design and optimization scheme is proposed for searching fast lithium ion conductors as candidate solid state electrolytes for lithium rechargeable batteries. The screening from more than 1000 compounds is performed through BV-based method, and the ability to predict reliable tendency of the Li+ migration energy barriers is confirmed by comparing with the results from DFT calculations. β-Li3PS4 is taken as a model system to demonstrate the application of this combination method in optimizing properties of solid electrolytes. By employing the high-throughput DFT simulations to more than 200 structures of the doping derivatives of β-Li3PS4, the effects of doping on the ionic conductivities in this material are predicted by the BV calculations. The O-doping scheme is proposed as a promising way to improve the kinetic properties of this materials, and the validity of the optimization is proved by the first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) simulations.

  10. A minimalistic approach to static and dynamic electron correlations: Amending generalized valence bond method with extended random phase approximation correlation correction

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    Chatterjee, Koushik; Pastorczak, Ewa; Jawulski, Konrad; Pernal, Katarzyna

    2016-06-01

    A perfect-pairing generalized valence bond (GVB) approximation is known to be one of the simplest approximations, which allows one to capture the essence of static correlation in molecular systems. In spite of its attractive feature of being relatively computationally efficient, this approximation misses a large portion of dynamic correlation and does not offer sufficient accuracy to be generally useful for studying electronic structure of molecules. We propose to correct the GVB model and alleviate some of its deficiencies by amending it with the correlation energy correction derived from the recently formulated extended random phase approximation (ERPA). On the examples of systems of diverse electronic structures, we show that the resulting ERPA-GVB method greatly improves upon the GVB model. ERPA-GVB recovers most of the electron correlation and it yields energy barrier heights of excellent accuracy. Thanks to a balanced treatment of static and dynamic correlation, ERPA-GVB stays reliable when one moves from systems dominated by dynamic electron correlation to those for which the static correlation comes into play.

  11. High-throughput design and optimization of fast lithium ion conductors by the combination of bond-valence method and density functional theory

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    Xiao, Ruijuan; Li, Hong; Chen, Liquan

    2015-01-01

    Looking for solid state electrolytes with fast lithium ion conduction is an important prerequisite for developing all-solid-state lithium secondary batteries. By combining the simulation techniques in different levels of accuracy, e.g. the bond-valence (BV) method and the density functional theory (DFT), a high-throughput design and optimization scheme is proposed for searching fast lithium ion conductors as candidate solid state electrolytes for lithium rechargeable batteries. The screening from more than 1000 compounds is performed through BV-based method, and the ability to predict reliable tendency of the Li+ migration energy barriers is confirmed by comparing with the results from DFT calculations. β-Li3PS4 is taken as a model system to demonstrate the application of this combination method in optimizing properties of solid electrolytes. By employing the high-throughput DFT simulations to more than 200 structures of the doping derivatives of β-Li3PS4, the effects of doping on the ionic conductivities in this material are predicted by the BV calculations. The O-doping scheme is proposed as a promising way to improve the kinetic properties of this materials, and the validity of the optimization is proved by the first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) simulations. PMID:26387639

  12. Using the constrained DFT approach in generating diabatic surfaces and off diagonal empirical valence bond terms for modeling reactions in condensed phases.

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    Hong, Gongyi; Rosta, Edina; Warshel, Arieh

    2006-10-01

    The empirical valence bond (EVB) model provides an extremely powerful way for modeling and analyzing chemical reactions in solutions and proteins. However, this model is based on the unverified assumption that the off diagonal elements of the EVB Hamiltonian do not change significantly upon transfer of the reacting system from one phase to another. This ad hoc assumption has been rationalized by its consistency with empirically observed linear free energy relationships, as well as by other qualitative considerations. Nevertheless, this assumption has not been rigorously established. The present work explores the validity of the above EVB key assumption by a rigorous numerical approach. This is done by exploiting the ability of the frozen density functional theory (FDFT) and the constrained density functional theory (CDFT) models to generate convenient diabatic states for QM/MM treatments, and thus to examine the relationship between the diabatic and adiabatic surfaces, as well as the corresponding effective off diagonal elements. It is found that, at least for the test case of S(N)()2 reactions, the off diagonal element does not change significantly upon moving from the gas phase to solutions and thus the EVB assumption is valid and extremely useful. PMID:17004821

  13. First-order superfluid to valence-bond solid phase transitions in easy-plane SU (N ) magnets for small N

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    D'Emidio, Jonathan; Kaul, Ribhu K.

    2016-02-01

    We consider the easy-plane limit of bipartite SU (N ) Heisenberg Hamiltonians, which have a fundamental representation on one sublattice and the conjugate to fundamental on the other sublattice. For N =2 the easy plane limit of the SU(2) Heisenberg model is the well-known quantum X Y model of a lattice superfluid. We introduce a logical method to generalize the quantum X Y model to arbitrary N , which keeps the Hamiltonian sign-free. We show that these quantum Hamiltonians have a world-line representation as the statistical mechanics of certain tightly packed loop models of N colors in which neighboring loops are disallowed from having the same color. In this loop representation we design an efficient Monte Carlo cluster algorithm for our model. We present extensive numerical results for these models on the two dimensional square lattice, where we find the nearest neighbor model has superfluid order for N ≤5 and valence-bond order for N >5 . By introducing SU (N ) easy-plane symmetric four-spin couplings we are able to tune across the superfluid-VBS phase boundary for all N ≤5 . We present clear evidence that this quantum phase transition is first order for N =2 and N =5 , suggesting that easy-plane deconfined criticality runs away generically to a first-order transition for small N .

  14. Connecting a new non-adiabatic vibrational mass to the bonding mechanism of LiH: A quantum superposition of ionic and covalent states

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    Diniz, Leonardo G.; Alijah, Alexander; Adamowicz, Ludwik; Mohallem, José R.

    2015-07-01

    Non-adiabatic vibrational calculations performed with the accuracy of 0.2 cm-1 spanning the whole energy spectrum up to the dissociation limit for 7LiH are reported. A so far unknown v = 23 energy level is predicted. The key feature of the approach used in the calculations is a valence-bond (VB) based procedure for determining the effective masses of the two vibrating atoms, which depend on the internuclear distance, R. It is found that all LiH electrons participate in the vibrational motion. The R-dependent masses are obtained from the analysis of the simple VB two-configuration ionic-covalent representation of the electronic wave function. These findings are consistent with an interpretation of the chemical bond in LiH as a quantum mechanical superposition of one-electron ionic and covalent states.

  15. Spectroscopic constants of diatomic molecules computed correcting Hartree-Fock or general-valence-bond potential-energy curves with correlation-energy functionals

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    Pérez-Jordá, José M.; San-Fabián, Emilio; Moscardó, Federico

    1992-04-01

    The Kohn-Sham energy with exact exchange [using the exact Hartree-Fock (HF) exchange but an approximate correlation-energy functional] may be computed very accurately by adding the correlation obtained from the HF density to the total HF energy. Three density functionals are used: local spin density (LSD), LSD with self-interaction correction, and LSD with generalized gradient correction. This scheme has been extended (Lie-Clementi, Colle-Salvetti, and Moscardo-San-Fabian) to be used with general-valence-bond (GVB) energies and wave functions, so that the extra correlation included in the GVB energy is not counted again. The effect of all these approximate correlations on HF or GVB spectroscopic constants (Re,ωe, and De) is studied. Approximate relations showing how correlation affects them are derived, and may be summarized as follows: (1) the effect on Re and ωe depends only on the correlation derivative at Re, and (2) the effect on De depends mainly on the correlation difference between quasidissociated and equilibrium geometries. A consequence is that all the correlation corrections tested here give larger ωe and De and shorter Re than the uncorrected HF or GVB values. This trend is correct for De for both HF and GVB. For Re and ωe, it is correct in most cases for GVB, but it often fails for the HF cases. A comparison is made with Kohn-Sham calculations with both exchange and correlation approximated. As a final conclusion, it is found that, within the present scheme, a qualitatively correct HF or GVB potential-energy curve, together with a correlation-energy approximation with correct dissociation behavior, is crucial for obtaining good estimates of spectroscopic constants.

  16. Effect of the valence electron concentration on the bulk modulus and chemical bonding in Ta{sub 2}AC and Zr{sub 2}AC (A=Al, Si, and P)

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    Schneider, Jochen M.; Music, Denis; Sun Zhimei

    2005-03-15

    We have studied the effect of the valence electron concentration, on the bulk modulus and the chemical bonding in Ta{sub 2}AC and Zr{sub 2}AC (A=Al, Si, and P) by means of ab initio calculations. Our equilibrium volume and the hexagonal ratio (c/a) agree well (within 2.7% and 1.2%, respectively) with previously published experimental data for Ta{sub 2}AlC. The bulk moduli of both Ta{sub 2}AC and Zr{sub 2}AC increase as Al is substituted with Si and P by 13.1% and 20.1%, respectively. This can be understood since the substitution is associated with an increased valence electron concentration, resulting in band filling and an extensive increase in cohesion.

  17. Analysis of Bonding Patterns in the Valence Isoelectronic series O3, S3, SO2 and OS2 in Terms of Oriented Quasi-Atomic Molecular Orbitals

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    Glezakou, Vassiliki Alexandra; Elbert, Stephen T; Xantheas, Sotiris S; Ruedenberg, Klaus

    2010-08-26

    A novel analysis of the chemical bonding pattern in the valence isoelectronic series of triatomic molecules O3, S3, SO2 and OS2 is reported. The analysis is based on examining the bond order matrix elements between the Oriented Localized Molecular Orbitals (OLMOs) that are localized on the three individual left (L), center (C) and right (R) atoms. The analysis indicates that there is a (L-C) and (C-R) π-bonding interaction and a (L-R) π-antibonding interaction. This finding supports the previously proposed "partial biradical" interpretation of these triatomic systems, which had recently been challenged.

  18. DERIVATION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF VALENCE MOLECULAR CONNECTIVITY

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    The physical basis for valence molecular connectivity was studied. The sigma sup upsilon and sigma values are cardinal numbers describing the electronic structure of atoms in their valence states. The value (sigma sup upsilon) + (sigma) describes the volume of a bonding atom whil...

  19. Combined valence bond-molecular mechanics potential-energy surface and direct dynamics study of rate constants and kinetic isotope effects for the H +C2H6 reaction

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    Chakraborty, Arindam; Zhao, Yan; Lin, Hai; Truhlar, Donald G.

    2006-01-01

    This article presents a multifaceted study of the reaction H +C2H6→H2+C2H5 and three of its deuterium-substituted isotopologs. First we present high-level electronic structure calculations by the W1, G3SX, MCG3-MPWB, CBS-APNO, and MC-QCISD/3 methods that lead to a best estimate of the barrier height of 11.8±0.5kcal/mol. Then we obtain a specific reaction parameter for the MPW density functional in order that it reproduces the best estimate of the barrier height; this yields the MPW54 functional. The MPW54 functional, as well as the MPW60 functional that was previously parametrized for the H +CH4 reaction, is used with canonical variational theory with small-curvature tunneling to calculate the rate constants for all four ethane reactions from 200 to 2000 K. The final MPW54 calculations are based on curvilinear-coordinate generalized-normal-mode analysis along the reaction path, and they include scaled frequencies and an anharmonic C-C bond torsion. They agree with experiment within 31% for 467-826 K except for a 38% deviation at 748 K; the results for the isotopologs are predictions since these rate constants have never been measured. The kinetic isotope effects (KIEs) are analyzed to reveal the contributions from subsets of vibrational partition functions and from tunneling, which conspire to yield a nonmonotonic temperature dependence for one of the KIEs. The stationary points and reaction-path potential of the MPW54 potential-energy surface are then used to parametrize a new kind of analytical potential-energy surface that combines a semiempirical valence bond formalism for the reactive part of the molecule with a standard molecular mechanics force field for the rest; this may be considered to be either an extension of molecular mechanics to treat a reactive potential-energy surface or a new kind of combined quantum-mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) method in which the QM part is semiempirical valence bond theory; that is, the new potential

  20. Resolving CuO chain and CuO2 plane contributions to the YBa2Cu3O7 -δ valence band by standing-wave excited hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Thiess, S.; Lee, T.-L.; Aruta, C.; Lin, C. T.; Venturini, F.; Brookes, N. B.; Cowie, B. C. C.; Zegenhagen, J.

    2015-08-01

    We analyzed the valence band (VB) of the 90 K high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 -δ by photoelectron spectroscopy under standing-wave excitation employing hard x rays. Precisely positioning the standing-wave intensity in the unit cell allows selectively probing the VB yield from the CuO chains and CuO2 planes, respectively. Both contribute strongly over the whole VB but the spectral weight of the planes is significantly higher than the chains within about 2 eV from the Fermi level. In the x-ray regime, the major contribution to the VB emission is coming from Cu 3 d .

  1. Fabrication of VB2/air cells for electrochemical testing.

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    Stuart, Jessica; Lopez, Ruben; Lau, Jason; Li, Xuguang; Waje, Mahesh; Mullings, Matthew; Rhodes, Christopher; Licht, Stuart

    2013-01-01

    A technique to investigate the properties and performance of new multi-electron metal/air battery systems is proposed and presented. A method for synthesizing nanoscopic VB2 is presented as well as step-by-step procedure for applying a zirconium oxide coating to the VB2 particles for stabilization upon discharge. The process for disassembling existing zinc/air cells is shown, in addition construction of the new working electrode to replace the conventional zinc/air cell anode with a the nanoscopic VB2 anode. Finally, discharge of the completed VB2/air battery is reported. We show that using the zinc/air cell as a test bed is useful to provide a consistent configuration to study the performance of the high-energy high capacity nanoscopic VB2 anode. PMID:23962835

  2. Fabrication of VB2/Air Cells for Electrochemical Testing

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    Stuart, Jessica; Lopez, Ruben; Lau, Jason; Li, Xuguang; Waje, Mahesh; Mullings, Matthew; Rhodes, Christopher; Licht, Stuart

    2013-01-01

    A technique to investigate the properties and performance of new multi-electron metal/air battery systems is proposed and presented. A method for synthesizing nanoscopic VB2 is presented as well as step-by-step procedure for applying a zirconium oxide coating to the VB2 particles for stabilization upon discharge. The process for disassembling existing zinc/air cells is shown, in addition construction of the new working electrode to replace the conventional zinc/air cell anode with a the nanoscopic VB2 anode. Finally, discharge of the completed VB2/air battery is reported. We show that using the zinc/air cell as a test bed is useful to provide a consistent configuration to study the performance of the high-energy high capacity nanoscopic VB2 anode. PMID:23962835

  3. Nature of the Xe(VI)-N Bonds in F6 XeNCCH3 and F6 Xe(NCCH3)2 and the Stereochemical Activity of Their Xenon Valence Electron Lone Pairs.

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    Haner, Jamie; Matsumoto, Kazuhiko; Mercier, Hélène P A; Schrobilgen, Gary J

    2016-03-24

    The recently reported syntheses and X-ray crystal structures of the highly endothermic compounds F6XeNCCH3 and F6Xe(NCCH3)2 ⋅CH3CN provide the first, albeit weakly covalent, Xe(VI)-N bonds. The XeF6 unit of F6 XeNCCH3 possesses distorted octahedral (C3v ) symmetry similar to gas-phase XeF6 , whereas the XeF6 unit of F6 Xe(NCCH3)2 ⋅CH3CN possesses C2v symmetry. Herein, the natural bond orbital (NBO), atoms in molecules (AIM), electron localization function (ELF), and molecular electrostatic potential surface (MEPS) analyses show that the Xe valence electron lone pairs (VELPs) of both compounds are stereochemically active. The Xe VELPS are diffuse and ineffectively screen their Xe cores so that the Xe VELP positions correspond to the most electrophilic regions of the MEPS, which enables the opposing N VELP of CH3CN to coordinate to this region. These bonds are predominantly electrostatic in nature and are interpreted as σ-hole interactions. PMID:26918266

  4. Consequences of Optimal Bond Valence on Structural Rigidity and Improved Luminescence Properties in SrxBa2-xSiO4:Eu2+ Orthosilicate Phosphors

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    Denault, Kristin A.; Brgoch, Jakoah; Gaultois, Michael W.; Mikhailovsky, Alexander; Petry, Ralf; Winkler, Holger; DenBaars, Steven P.; Seshadri, Ram

    2014-08-19

    The orthosilicate phosphors SrxBa2–xSiO4:Eu2+ have now been known for over four decades and have found extensive recent use in solid-state white lighting. It is well-recognized in the literature and in practice that intermediate compositions in the solid-solutions between the orthosilicates Sr2SiO4 and Ba2SiO4 yield the best phosphor hosts when the thermal stability of luminescence is considered. We employ a combination of synchrotron X-ray diffraction, total scattering measurements, density functional theory calculations, and low-temperature heat capacity measurements, in conjunction with detailed temperature- and time-resolved studies of luminescence properties to understand the origins of the improved luminescence properties. We observe that in the intermediate compositions, the two cation sites in the crystal structure are optimally bonded as determined from bond valence sum calculations. Optimal bonding results in a more rigid lattice, as established by the intermediate compositions possessing the highest Debye temperature, which are determined experimentally from low-temperature heat capacity measurements. Greater rigidity in turn results in the highest luminescence efficiency for intermediate compositions at elevated temperatures.

  5. Geometrical frustration in the spin liquid β'-Me3EtSb[Pd(dmit)2]2 and the valence-bond solid Me3EtP[Pd(dmit)2]2.

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    Scriven, E P; Powell, B J

    2012-08-31

    We show that the electronic structures of the title compounds predicted by density functional theory are well described by tight binding models. We determine the frustration ratio, J'/J, of the Heisenberg model on the anisotropic triangular lattice, which describes the spin degrees of freedom in the Mott insulating phase for a range of Pd(dmit)2 salts. All of the antiferromagnetic materials studied have J'/J is < or approximately equal to 0.5 or J'/J > or approximately equal to 0.9, and all salts with 0.5 < or approximately equal to J'/J < or approximately equal to 0.9 are known, experimentally, to be charge ordered valence-bond solids or spin liquids. PMID:23002879

  6. Direct infrared imaging of VB 8

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    Skrutskie, M. F.; Forret, W. J.; Shure, M. A.

    1987-01-01

    Near-infrared images of VB 8 taken at K (2.2 microns) and L-prime (3.75 microns) during a period of good seeing at the IRTF show no evidence of the brown dwarf companion reported by McCarthy et al. (1985). Any companion 1.0 arcsec away from the primary must be at least 4 mag fainter than the primary at K and 3 mag fainter at L-prime in order to escape detection. A faint nebula centered on the star with scattering properties similar to a nebula detected near another main-sequence M star, Lalande 21185 (reported by McCarthy in 1986), may account for the extended emission detected by speckle observations.

  7. Levels of Valence

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    Shuman, Vera; Sander, David; Scherer, Klaus R.

    2013-01-01

    The distinction between the positive and the negative is fundamental in our emotional life. In appraisal theories, in particular in the component process model of emotion (Scherer, 1984, 2010), qualitatively different types of valence are proposed based on appraisals of (un)pleasantness, goal obstructiveness/conduciveness, low or high power, self-(in)congruence, and moral badness/goodness. This multifaceted conceptualization of valence is highly compatible with the frequent observation of mixed feelings in real life. However, it seems to contradict the one-dimensional conceptualization of valence often encountered in psychological theories, and the notion of valence as a common currency used to explain choice behavior. Here, we propose a framework to integrate the seemingly disparate conceptualizations of multifaceted valence and one-dimensional valence by suggesting that valence should be conceived at different levels, micro and macro. Micro-valences correspond to qualitatively different types of evaluations, potentially resulting in mixed feelings, whereas one-dimensional macro-valence corresponds to an integrative “common currency” to compare alternatives for choices. We propose that conceptualizing levels of valence may focus research attention on the mechanisms that relate valence at one level (micro) to valence at another level (macro), leading to new hypotheses, and addressing various concerns that have been raised about the valence concept, such as the valence-emotion relation. PMID:23717292

  8. Unified studies of chemical bonding structures and resonant scattering in light neutron-excess systems, 10,12Be.

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    Ito, Makoto; Ikeda, Kiyomi

    2014-09-01

    The generalized two-center cluster model (GTCM), which can treat covalent, ionic and atomic configurations in general systems with two inert cores plus valence nucleons, is formulated in the basis of the microscopic cluster model. In this model, the covalent configurations constructed by the molecular orbital (MO) method and the atomic (or ionic) configuration obtained by the valence bonding (VB) method can be handled in a consistent manner. The GTCM is applied to the light neutron-rich system (10,12)Be = α + α + Xn (X = 2, 4). The continuous and smooth changes of the neutron orbits from the covalent MO states to the ionic VB states are clearly observed in the adiabatic energy surfaces (AESs), which are the energy curves obtained with a variation of the α-α distance. The energy levels obtained from the AESs nicely reproduce the recent observations over a wide energy region. The individual spectra are characterized in terms of chemical-bonding-like structures, such as the covalent MO or ionic VB structures, according to analysis of their intrinsic wave functions. From the analysis of AESs, the formation of the mysterious 0(2)(+) states in (10,12)Be, which have anomalously small excitation energies in comparison to a naive shell-model prediction, is investigated. A large enhancement in a monopole transition from a ground MO state to an ionic α + (6,8)He VB state is found, which seems to be consistent with a recent observation. In the unbound region, the structure problem, which handles the total system of α + α + Xn (X = 2, 4) as a bound or quasi-bound state, and the reaction problem, induced by the collision of an asymptotic VB state of α + (6,8)He, are combined by the GTCM. The properties of unbound resonant states are discussed in close connection to the reaction mechanism, and some enhancement factors originating from the properties of the intrinsic states are predicted in the reaction observables. PMID:25222183

  9. The valence band structure of Ag{sub x}Rh{sub 1–x} alloy nanoparticles

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    Yang, Anli; Sakata, Osami; Kusada, Kohei; Kobayashi, Hirokazu; Yayama, Tomoe; Ishimoto, Takayoshi; Yoshikawa, Hideki; Koyama, Michihisa; and others

    2014-10-13

    The valence band (VB) structures of face-centered-cubic Ag-Rh alloy nanoparticles (NPs), which are known to have excellent hydrogen-storage properties, were investigated using bulk-sensitive hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The observed VB spectra profiles of the Ag-Rh alloy NPs do not resemble simple linear combinations of the VB spectra of Ag and Rh NPs. The observed VB hybridization was qualitatively reproduced via a first-principles calculation. The electronic structure of the Ag{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 0.5} alloy NPs near the Fermi edge was strikingly similar to that of Pd NPs, whose superior hydrogen-storage properties are well known.

  10. Dynamics of dipole- and valence bound anions in iodide-adenine binary complexes: A time-resolved photoelectron imaging and quantum mechanical investigation

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    Stephansen, Anne B.; King, Sarah B.; Li, Wei-Li; Kunin, Alice; Yokoi, Yuki; Minoshima, Yusuke; Takayanagi, Toshiyuki; Neumark, Daniel M.

    2015-09-14

    Dipole bound (DB) and valence bound (VB) anions of binary iodide-adenine complexes have been studied using one-color and time-resolved photoelectron imaging at excitation energies near the vertical detachment energy. The experiments are complemented by quantum chemical calculations. One-color spectra show evidence for two adenine tautomers, the canonical, biologically relevant A9 tautomer and the A3 tautomer. In the UV-pump/IR-probe time-resolved experiments, transient adenine anions can be formed by electron transfer from the iodide. These experiments show signals from both DB and VB states of adenine anions formed on femto- and picosecond time scales, respectively. Analysis of the spectra and comparison with calculations suggest that while both the A9 and A3 tautomers contribute to the DB signal, only the DB state of the A3 tautomer undergoes a transition to the VB anion. The VB anion of A9 is higher in energy than both the DB anion and the neutral, and the VB anion is therefore not accessible through the DB state. Experimental evidence of the metastable A9 VB anion is instead observed as a shape resonance in the one-color photoelectron spectra, as a result of UV absorption by A9 and subsequent electron transfer from iodide into the empty π-orbital. In contrast, the iodide-A3 complex constitutes an excellent example of how DB states can act as doorway state for VB anion formation when the VB state is energetically available.

  11. Dynamics of dipole- and valence bound anions in iodide-adenine binary complexes: A time-resolved photoelectron imaging and quantum mechanical investigation

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    Stephansen, Anne B.; King, Sarah B.; Yokoi, Yuki; Minoshima, Yusuke; Li, Wei-Li; Kunin, Alice; Takayanagi, Toshiyuki; Neumark, Daniel M.

    2015-09-01

    Dipole bound (DB) and valence bound (VB) anions of binary iodide-adenine complexes have been studied using one-color and time-resolved photoelectron imaging at excitation energies near the vertical detachment energy. The experiments are complemented by quantum chemical calculations. One-color spectra show evidence for two adenine tautomers, the canonical, biologically relevant A9 tautomer and the A3 tautomer. In the UV-pump/IR-probe time-resolved experiments, transient adenine anions can be formed by electron transfer from the iodide. These experiments show signals from both DB and VB states of adenine anions formed on femto- and picosecond time scales, respectively. Analysis of the spectra and comparison with calculations suggest that while both the A9 and A3 tautomers contribute to the DB signal, only the DB state of the A3 tautomer undergoes a transition to the VB anion. The VB anion of A9 is higher in energy than both the DB anion and the neutral, and the VB anion is therefore not accessible through the DB state. Experimental evidence of the metastable A9 VB anion is instead observed as a shape resonance in the one-color photoelectron spectra, as a result of UV absorption by A9 and subsequent electron transfer from iodide into the empty π-orbital. In contrast, the iodide-A3 complex constitutes an excellent example of how DB states can act as doorway state for VB anion formation when the VB state is energetically available.

  12. Coulombic Models in Chemical Bonding.

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    Sacks, Lawrence J.

    1986-01-01

    Compares the coulumbic point charge model for hydrogen chloride with the valence bond model. It is not possible to assign either a nonpolar or ionic canonical form of the valence bond model, while the covalent-ionic bond distribution does conform to the point charge model. (JM)

  13. How resonance assists hydrogen bonding interactions: an energy decomposition analysis.

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    Beck, John Frederick; Mo, Yirong

    2007-01-15

    Block-localized wave function (BLW) method, which is a variant of the ab initio valence bond (VB) theory, was employed to explore the nature of resonance-assisted hydrogen bonds (RAHBs) and to investigate the mechanism of synergistic interplay between pi delocalization and hydrogen-bonding interactions. We examined the dimers of formic acid, formamide, 4-pyrimidinone, 2-pyridinone, 2-hydroxpyridine, and 2-hydroxycyclopenta-2,4-dien-1-one. In addition, we studied the interactions in beta-diketone enols with a simplified model, namely the hydrogen bonds of 3-hydroxypropenal with both ethenol and formaldehyde. The intermolecular interaction energies, either with or without the involvement of pi resonance, were decomposed into the Hitler-London energy (DeltaEHL), polarization energy (DeltaEpol), charge transfer energy (DeltaECT), and electron correlation energy (DeltaEcor) terms. This allows for the examination of the character of hydrogen bonds and the impact of pi conjugation on hydrogen bonding interactions. Although it has been proposed that resonance-assisted hydrogen bonds are accompanied with an increasing of covalency character, our analyses showed that the enhanced interactions mostly originate from the classical dipole-dipole (i.e., electrostatic) attraction, as resonance redistributes the electron density and increases the dipole moments in monomers. The covalency of hydrogen bonds, however, changes very little. This disputes the belief that RAHB is primarily covalent in nature. Accordingly, we recommend the term "resonance-assisted binding (RAB)" instead of "resonance-assisted hydrogen bonding (RHAB)" to highlight the electrostatic, which is a long-range effect, rather than the electron transfer nature of the enhanced stabilization in RAHBs. PMID:17143867

  14. Highly efficient perturbative + variational strategy based on orthogonal valence bond theory for the evaluation of magnetic coupling constants. Application to the trinuclear Cu(ii) site of multicopper oxidases.

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    Tenti, Lorenzo; Maynau, Daniel; Angeli, Celestino; Calzado, Carmen J

    2016-07-21

    A new strategy based on orthogonal valence-bond analysis of the wave function combined with intermediate Hamiltonian theory has been applied to the evaluation of the magnetic coupling constants in two AF systems. This approach provides both a quantitative estimate of the J value and a detailed analysis of the main physical mechanisms controlling the coupling, using a combined perturbative + variational scheme. The procedure requires a selection of the dominant excitations to be treated variationally. Two methods have been employed: a brute-force selection, using a logic similar to that of the CIPSI approach, or entanglement measures, which identify the most interacting orbitals in the system. Once a reduced set of excitations (about 300 determinants) is established, the interaction matrix is dressed at the second-order of perturbation by the remaining excitations of the CI space. The diagonalization of the dressed matrix provides J values in good agreement with experimental ones, at a very low-cost. This approach demonstrates the key role of d → d* excitations in the quantitative description of the magnetic coupling, as well as the importance of using an extended active space, including the bridging ligand orbitals, for the binuclear model of the intermediates of multicopper oxidases. The method is a promising tool for dealing with complex systems containing several active centers, as an alternative to both pure variational and DFT approaches. PMID:27336417

  15. Valence, Covalence, Hypervalence, Oxidation State, and Coordination Number

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    Smith, Derek W.

    2005-01-01

    Valence as a numerical measure of an atom's combining power, expressed by the number of bonds it forms in a molecular formulation of the compound in question, was unable to cope with coordination compounds. The covalence of an atom is the nearest model equivalent, but is subject to ambiguity since it often depends on which bonding model is being…

  16. An investigation report about the lack of VB1

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    Zhu, Hangju

    2016-01-01

    From August 1 to September 26, 2012, 30 workers who had the symptom of edema in both lower limbs were reported in Yancheng, Four severe edemas in both lower limbs workers were sent to the hospital, and one person of the workers died. The epidemiology investigation and laboratory testing (in the urine loading tests, the concentration of VB1 of the workers living in the factory for more than half of the year decreased far below the normal values) were conducted to explore the cause. Furthermore, after one-week intramuscular injection of thiamine treatment, the clinical symptoms of the workers had been improved greatly. Finally, the lake of the thiamine (VB1) was considered to be the reason of this incident.

  17. An investigation report about the lack of VB1.

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    Zhu, Hangju; Sun, Guiju; Zhu, Baoli

    2016-08-01

    From August 1 to September 26, 2012, 30 workers who had the symptom of edema in both lower limbs were reported in Yancheng, Four severe edemas in both lower limbs workers were sent to the hospital, and one person of the workers died. The epidemiology investigation and laboratory testing (in the urine loading tests, the concentration of VB1 of the workers living in the factory for more than half of the year decreased far below the normal values) were conducted to explore the cause. Furthermore, after one-week intramuscular injection of thiamine treatment, the clinical symptoms of the workers had been improved greatly. Finally, the lake of the thiamine (VB1) was considered to be the reason of this incident. PMID:27621883

  18. Micro-valences: perceiving affective valence in everyday objects.

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    Lebrecht, Sophie; Bar, Moshe; Barrett, Lisa Feldman; Tarr, Michael J

    2012-01-01

    Perceiving the affective valence of objects influences how we think about and react to the world around us. Conversely, the speed and quality with which we visually recognize objects in a visual scene can vary dramatically depending on that scene's affective content. Although typical visual scenes contain mostly "everyday" objects, the affect perception in visual objects has been studied using somewhat atypical stimuli with strong affective valences (e.g., guns or roses). Here we explore whether affective valence must be strong or overt to exert an effect on our visual perception. We conclude that everyday objects carry subtle affective valences - "micro-valences" - which are intrinsic to their perceptual representation. PMID:22529828

  19. Climatology of Vb cyclones, physical mechanisms and their impact on extreme precipitation over Central Europe

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    Messmer, M.; Gómez-Navarro, J. J.; Raible, C. C.

    2015-09-01

    Cyclones, which develop over the western Mediterranean and move northeastward are a major source of extreme weather and known to be responsible for heavy precipitation over the northern side of the Alpine range and Central Europe. As the relevant processes triggering these so-called Vb events and their impact on extreme precipitation are not yet fully understood, this study focuses on gaining insight into the dynamics of past events. For this, a cyclone detection and tracking tool is applied to the ERA-Interim reanalysis (1979-2013) to identify prominent Vb situations. Precipitation in the ERA-Interim and the E-OBS data sets is used to evaluate case-to-case precipitation amounts and to assess consistency between the two data sets. Both data sets exhibit high variability in precipitation amounts among different Vb events. While only 23 % of all Vb events are associated with extreme precipitation, around 15 % of all extreme precipitation days (99 percentile) over the northern Alpine region and Central Europe are induced by Vb events, although Vb cyclones are rare events (2.3 per year). To obtain a better understanding of the variability within Vb events, the analysis of the 10 heaviest and lowest precipitation Vb events reveals noticeable differences in the state of the atmosphere. These differences are most pronounced in the geopotential height and potential vorticity field, indicating a much stronger cyclone for heavy precipitation events. The related differences in wind direction are responsible for the moisture transport around the Alps and the orographical lifting along the northern slopes of the Alps. These effects are the main reasons for a disastrous outcome of Vb events, and consequently are absent in the Vb events associated with low precipitation. Hence, our results point out that heavy precipitation related to Vb events is mainly related to large-scale dynamics rather than to thermodynamic processes.

  20. THE PROPOSED GIANT PLANET ORBITING VB 10 DOES NOT EXIST

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    Bean, Jacob L.; Seifahrt, Andreas; Reiners, Ansgar; Dreizler, Stefan; Hartman, Henrik; Nilsson, Hampus; Henry, Todd J.; Wiedemann, Guenter

    2010-03-01

    We present high-precision relative radial velocities of the very low mass star VB 10 that were obtained over a time span of 0.61 years as part of an ongoing search for planets around stars at the end of the main sequence. The radial velocities were measured from high-resolution near-infrared spectra obtained using the CRIRES instrument on the Very Large Telescope with an ammonia gas cell. The typical internal precision of the measurements is 10 m s{sup -1}. These data do not exhibit significant variability and are essentially constant at a level consistent with the measurement uncertainties. Therefore, we do not detect the radial velocity variations of VB 10 expected due to the presence of an orbiting giant planet similar to that recently proposed by Pravdo and Shaklan based on apparent astrometric perturbations. In addition, we do not confirm the {approx}1 km s{sup -1} radial velocity variability of the star tentatively detected by Zapatero Osorio and colleagues with lower precision measurements. Our measurements rule out planets with M {sub p} > 3 M {sub Jup} and the orbital period and inclination suggested by Pravdo and Shaklan at better than 5{sigma} confidence. We conclude that the planet detection claimed by Pravdo and Shaklan is spurious on the basis of this result. Although the outcome of this work is a non-detection, it illustrates the potential of using ammonia cell radial velocities to detect planets around very low mass stars.

  1. VB12-coated Gel-Core-SLN containing insulin: Another way to improve oral absorption.

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    He, Haibing; Wang, Puxiu; Cai, Cuifang; Yang, Rui; Tang, Xing

    2015-09-30

    To improve the oral absorption of insulin, a novel carrier of Vitamin B12 (VB12) gel core solid lipid nanopaticles (Gel-Core-SLN, GCSLN) was designed with a gel core, lipid matrix and VB12-coated surface. VB12-stearate was synthesized and characterized by infrared spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and mass spectrometry (MS). Sol-gel conversion following ultrasonic heating and double emulsion technology were combined to implant the insulin-containing gel into solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN). The influence of the mode of administration, food, the amount of VB12-stearate and the particle size on the oral absorption of insulin incorporated in the VB12-GCSLN was investigated. The determined partition coefficient (LogP) of VB12-stearate in a dichloromethane (DCM)-water system was 3.4. This new structure of VB12-GCSLN had higher insulin encapsulation efficiency (EE) of 55.9%, a lower burst release of less than 10% in the first 2h. In vivo studies demonstrated that stronger absorption of insulin with a relative pharmacological availability (PA) of 9.31% compared with the normal insulin-loaded SLN and GCSLN and fairly stable blood glucose levels up to 12h were maintained without any sharp fluctuations. This study suggests that VB12-GCSLN containing insulin appears to be a promising nano carrier for oral delivery of biomacromolecules with relatively high pharmacological availability. PMID:26253378

  2. Vb-type cyclones and their role in extreme precipitation events in Central Europe

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    Messmer, Martina; José Gómez-Navarro, Juan; Raible, Christoph C.

    2015-04-01

    Extreme weather situations are of major relevance for society, since they lead to great economical and personal damage. In Central Europe, one important source of extreme precipitation accompanied by large flooding events is the so-called Vb-event, classified by W. J. Van Bebber in 1891. Vb-events are defined as cyclones developing over the western Mediterranean that move north eastward. They can uptake large amounts of moisture, which is then transported towards the Alps and Central Europe, inducing heavy precipitation and flooding events. Despite their importance the relevant processes triggering Vb-events and their impact in extreme precipitation are not yet fully understood. The overall goal of this study research is to understand the dynamics of the past events and to provide a reliable climatology, which would provide a first guess for future behaviour of these potentially disastrous situations. A cyclone detection and tracking tool is applied to ERA Interim reanalysis (1979-2013) in order to identify the most prominent Vb-situations. Vb-events are detected and tracked in the geopotential height at 850 hPa. Subsequently, the cyclones are automatically filtered with criteria based on the origin and end of the track, which allows us discarding those paths that should not be considered as Vb-events. Precipitation in the ERA Interim and E-OBS database is used to evaluate the precipitation amounts corresponding to each case and to assess the consistency between datasets. ERA Interim and E-OBS data consistently indicate that there is great variability in precipitation amounts within different Vb-events. While it is expected that Vb-events are associated with extreme precipitation, this is only true for about one quarter of all cases. Nevertheless around 15% of extreme precipitation days (99 percentile) over the Alpine region are triggered by Vb-events. In order to obtain a better understanding of the large variability in Vb-events, the ten heaviest and lowest

  3. Valence and diffuse-bound anions of noble-gas complexes with uracil

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    Streit, Lívia; Dolgounitcheva, O.; Zakrzewski, V. G.; Ortiz, J. V.

    2012-11-01

    Valence-bound (VB) and diffuse-bound (DB) anions of noble-gas (Ar, Kr, and Xe) complexes with uracil have been studied with ab initio methods. MP2 optimizations revealed minima corresponding to anions of both kinds in each case. Coupled-cluster singles and doubles with perturbative triples, CCSD(T), and electron propagator single-point calculations were performed in order to assess vertical and adiabatic electron detachment energies of these complexes. Ab initio electron propagator calculations employed the outer valence Green's function and partial third-order approximations, and the algebraic diagrammatic construction in third order. Basis set effects have been systematically examined. DB anions of all three complexes were adiabatically bound, with calculated adiabatic electron attachment energies below 0.06 eV. Corresponding vertical electron detachment energies were below 0.1 eV. As to VB anions, only the Xe complex had a positive adiabatic electron detachment energy, of 0.01 eV, with a corresponding vertical electron detachment energy of 0.6 eV. These computational findings are consistent with the interpretation of results previously obtained experimentally by Hendricks et al.

  4. Reversible conversion of valence-tautomeric copper metal-organic frameworks dependent single-crystal-to-single-crystal oxidation/reduction: a redox-switchable catalyst for C-H bonds activation reaction.

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    Huang, Chao; Wu, Jie; Song, Chuanjun; Ding, Ran; Qiao, Yan; Hou, Hongwei; Chang, Junbiao; Fan, Yaoting

    2015-06-28

    Upon single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) oxidation/reduction, reversible structural transformations take place between the anionic porous zeolite-like Cu(I) framework and a topologically equivalent neutral Cu(I)Cu(II) mixed-valent framework. The unique conversion behavior of the Cu(I) framework endowed it as a redox-switchable catalyst for the direct arylation of heterocycle C-H bonds. PMID:25994106

  5. Micro-Valences: Perceiving Affective Valence in Everyday Objects

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    Lebrecht, Sophie; Bar, Moshe; Barrett, Lisa Feldman; Tarr, Michael J.

    2012-01-01

    Perceiving the affective valence of objects influences how we think about and react to the world around us. Conversely, the speed and quality with which we visually recognize objects in a visual scene can vary dramatically depending on that scene’s affective content. Although typical visual scenes contain mostly “everyday” objects, the affect perception in visual objects has been studied using somewhat atypical stimuli with strong affective valences (e.g., guns or roses). Here we explore whether affective valence must be strong or overt to exert an effect on our visual perception. We conclude that everyday objects carry subtle affective valences – “micro-valences” – which are intrinsic to their perceptual representation. PMID:22529828

  6. Cloning and DNA sequence analysis of an aac(3)-Vb gene from Serratia marcescens.

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    Rather, P N; Mierzwa, R; Hare, R S; Miller, G H; Shaw, K J

    1992-01-01

    The AAC(3)-V resistance mechanism is characterized by high-level resistance to the aminoglycosides gentamicin, netilmicin, 2'-N-ethylnetilmicin, and 6'-N-ethylnetilmicin and moderate resistance levels to tobramycin. Serratia marcescens 82041944 contains an AA(3)-V resistance mechanism as determined from aminoglycoside resistance profiles. This strain, however, does not exhibit hybridization with a probe derived from the previously cloned aac(3)-Va gene, (R. Allmansberger, B. Bräu, and W. Piepersberg, Mol. Gen. Genet. 198:514-520, 1985). High-pressure liquid chromatography analysis of the acetylation products of sisomicin carried out by extracts of S. marcescens 82041944 have demonstrated the presence of an AAC(3) enzyme. We have cloned the gene encoding this acetyltransferase and have designated it aac(3)-Vb. Nucleotide sequence comparisons show that the aac(3)-Va and aac(3)-Vb genes are 72% identical. The predicted AAC(3)-Vb protein is 28,782 Da. Comparisons of the deduced amino acid sequences show 75% identity and 84% similarity between the AAC(3)-Va and AAC(3)-Vb proteins. The use of a DNA fragment internal to the aac(3)-Vb as a hybridization probe demonstrated that the aac(3)-Vb gene is very rare in clinical isolates possessing an AAC(3)-V mechanism. PMID:1444303

  7. Removal of Vanadium from Molten Aluminum-Part I. Analysis of VB2 Formation

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    Khaliq, Abdul; Rhamdhani, Muhammad Akbar; Brooks, Geoffrey A.; Grandfield, John F.

    2014-04-01

    Aluminum has been used as an alternative to copper for electrical conductor applications. However, the presence of certain impurities in aluminum, such as V, Ti, Zr, Cr, and Fe, has detrimental effect on its electrical conductivity. These impurities can be removed by the addition of an Al-B master alloy containing AlB2 or AlB12 phase, known as boron treatment. The detailed mechanism of borides formation, however, is not well understood. In the current study, a systematic investigation of vanadium diborides (VB2) formation in the Al-V-B alloys was carried out. The study comprised thermodynamic assessment and experimental investigation on the Al-V-B system under typical industrial processing conditions. It was predicted from thermodynamic analysis that VB2 are stable borides of V and do not dissolve readily in the temperatures ranging from 948 K to 1173 K (675 °C to 900 °C). The experimental investigation showed that the mechanism of VB2 formation and V removal in an Al-V-B system is complex as it involves a number of steps such as chemical reaction, mass transfers in bulk liquid and inside the VB2 ring, and diffusions of B and V through the VB2 layer. Comparative analysis of thermodynamic and experimental results showed that the aluminum alloys were far from equilibrium and that the overall process was limited by the kinetics of B diffusion through the VB2 ring.

  8. Mixed Valence Niobium

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    Keating, Steven James

    1992-01-01

    The structural, crystal-chemical, and electrical properties of perovskites are reviewed, with respect to metallic phases similar to tungsten bronze. Phase diagrams are presented for the SrO-NbO-NbO_{2.5 } and SrNbO_3-KNbO _3-rm Sr_{0.5}NbO _3 ternaries, and for the SrNbO_3 -rm Sr_{0.5}NbO_3 binary. The influence of oxygen partial pressure, temperature, melting, and solid solutions affecting the perovskite phase rm Sr_{x}NbO _3 (0.75 <= x < 1.0) are detailed. The phase rm Sr_5Nb_4O_{15-y} (0.0 <= y <= 1.04) is discussed and XRD data are presented. The effects of A-cation substitutions in the rm A_{x}NbO_3 (A = K^+, Ba^{2+ }, Sr^{2+}, La^{3+}, Gd^ {3+}, Y^{3+} ) perovskite have been investigated. Large ions such as K^+ and Ba^ {2+} cause x to approach unity, whereas smaller ions such as Sr^{2+} and La^{3+} increase the ability of the A-site to accommodate vacancies (i.e. x < 1). Ba^{2+} results in an increase in the lattice parameter of the perovskite, whereas K^+ (which requires oxidation of Nb^{4+} to Nb^{5+}) results in a lattice parameter decrease, even though it has an ionic radius similar to Ba^{2+} . A unique relationship between unit cell volume and valence is established, suggesting that the oxidation state of the NbO_6 network dictates the lattice parameters and stability of the perovskite. The resistivity variation for rm Sr_{x}NbO_3, (Ba,Sr)NbO _3, (K,Sr)NbO_3, and (rm K_{0.5}Sr_ {0.5})NbO_3 indicates metallic behavior between 298K and 77K. Resistivity increased as the Nb was oxidized from Nb^{4+} to Nb^{5+}, but metallic properties persisted to at least Nb^ {5+}/(Nb^{5+} + Nb^{4+}) = 0.5. The influence of the exchanges Sr^{2+} = Ba^{2+} and V_{rm A} + Sr ^{2+} = 2K^+ on the electrical resistivity of the perovskite suggests ordering or band structure effects which are orders of magnitude stronger than those observed in metal alloys. Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate Pauli-paramagnetism. At low temperature (<15K), the paramagnetic

  9. A Multidimensional Measure of Work Valences

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    Porfeli, Erik J.; Lee, Bora; Weigold, Ingrid K.

    2012-01-01

    Work valence is derived from expectancy-valence theory and the literature on children's vocational development and is presumed to be a general appraisal of work that emerges during the childhood period. Work valence serves to promote and inhibit the motivation and tasks associated with vocational development. A measure of work valence, composed of…

  10. Direct determination of the band offset in atomic layer deposited ZnO/hydrogenated amorphous silicon heterojunctions from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy valence band spectra

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    Korte, L. Rößler, R.; Pettenkofer, C.

    2014-05-28

    The chemical composition and band alignment at the heterointerface between atomic layer deposition-grown zinc oxide (ZnO) and hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) is investigated using monochromatized X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A new approach for obtaining the valence band offset ΔE{sub V} is developed, which consists in fitting the valence band (VB) spectrum obtained for a-Si:H with a thin ZnO overlayer as the sum of experimentally obtained VB spectra of a bulk a-Si:H film and a thick ZnO film. This approach allows obtaining ΔE{sub V} = 2.71 ± 0.15 eV with a minimum of assumptions, and also yields information on the change in band bending of both substrate and ZnO film. The band offset results are compared to values obtained using the usual approach of comparing valence band edge-to-core level energy differences, ΔE{sub B,CL} − ΔE{sub B,VB}. Furthermore, a theoretical value for the VB offset is calculated from the concept of charge neutrality level line-up, using literature data for the charge neutrality levels and the experimentally determined ZnO/a-Si:H interface dipole. The thus obtained value of ΔE{sub V}{sup CNL} = 2.65 ± 0.3 eV agrees well with the experimental ΔE{sub V}.

  11. Evaluation of valence band top and electron affinity of SiO2 and Si-based semiconductors using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Fujimura, Nobuyuki; Ohta, Akio; Makihara, Katsunori; Miyazaki, Seiichi

    2016-08-01

    An evaluation method for the energy level of the valence band (VB) top from the vacuum level (VL) for metals, dielectrics, and semiconductors from the results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is presented for the accurate determination of the energy band diagram for materials of interest. In this method, the VB top can be determined by the energy difference between the onset of VB signals and the cut-off energy for secondary photoelectrons by considering the X-ray excitation energy (hν). The energy level of the VB top for three kinds of Si-based materials (H-terminated Si, wet-cleaned 4H-SiC, and thermally grown SiO2) has been investigated by XPS under monochromatized Al Kα radiation (hν = 1486.6 eV). We have also demonstrated the determination of the electron affinity for the samples by this measurement technique in combination with the measured and reported energy bandgaps (E g).

  12. Valence quark spin distribution functions

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    Nathan Isgur

    1998-09-01

    The hyperfine interactions of the constituent quark model provide a natural explanation for many nucleon properties, including the {Delta} - N splitting, the charge radius of the neutron, and the observation that the proton's quark distribution function ratio d(x)/u(x) {r_arrow} 0 as x {r_arrow} 1. The hyperfine-perturbed quark model also makes predictions for the nucleon spin-dependent distribution functions. Precision measurements of the resulting asymmetries A{sub 1}{sup p}(x) and A{sub 1}{sup n}(x) in the valence region can test this model and thereby the hypothesis that the valence quark spin distributions are ''normal''.

  13. Forming Beliefs: Why Valence Matters.

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    Sharot, Tali; Garrett, Neil

    2016-01-01

    One of the most salient attributes of information is valence: whether a piece of news is good or bad. Contrary to classic learning theories, which implicitly assume beliefs are adjusted similarly regardless of valence, we review evidence suggesting that different rules and mechanisms underlie learning from desirable and undesirable information. For self-relevant beliefs this asymmetry generates a positive bias, with significant implications for individuals and society. We discuss the boundaries of this asymmetry, characterize the neural system supporting it, and describe how changes in this circuit are related to individual differences in behavior. PMID:26704856

  14. Sensitivity Experiments on the Impact of Vb-Cyclones to Ocean Temperature and Soil Moisture Changes

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    Messmer, Martina; José Gómez-Navarro, Juan; Raible, Christoph C.

    2016-04-01

    Cyclones developing over the western Mediterranean and move northeastward are a major source of extreme weather and responsible for heavy precipitation over Central Europe. Gaining insight into these processes is crucial to improve the projection of changes in frequency and severity of these so-called Vb-cyclones under future climate change scenarios. This study explores the impact of climate change on Vb-events through a number of idealized sensitivity experiments that assess the role of the sea surface temperature (SST) and soil moisture and their contribution to the moisture content in the atmosphere in recent Vb-events. To achieve this task, we use the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) to dynamically downscale the ERA Interim reanalysis, simulating five prominent Vb-events that led to extreme precipitation in Central Europe. WRF allows simulating a physical consistent response of Vb-cyclones to different SSTs and soil water volumes. The changes in SSTs are designed to follow the expected temperature changes in a future climate scenario. Additionally the corresponding uncertainty in such projections is considered. Results indicate that although an increase of the Mediterranean SSTs leads to increased precipitation over Central Europe, e.g. 136% greater precipitation in the +5 K experiment compared to the control simulation, a change in the high-impact region of Vb-events at the northern side of the Alps is not found. This counter-intuitive behavior seems to be related to the increase of atmospheric instability over the artificially heated SSTs. Thereby, precipitation notably increases over the east Adriatic coast in response to warmer SSTs, which corresponds to the first location where the air is lifted. However, Vb-events become less destructive in their high-impact region, due to high loss of atmospheric water. Further experiments demonstrate that changing the SSTs of the Atlantic invokes almost no reaction (around 1% change) with respect to

  15. Implementation of RS-485 Communication between PLC and PC of Distributed Control System Based on VB

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    Lian Zhang, Chuan; Da Huang, Zhi; Qing Zhou, Gui; Chong, Kil To

    2015-05-01

    This paper focuses on achieving RS-485 communication between programmable logical controller (PLC) and PC based on visual basic 6.0 (VB6.0) on an experimental automatic production line. Mitsubishi FX2N PLCs and a PC are chosen as slave stations and main station, respectively. Monitoring software is developed using VB6.0 for data input/output, flow control and online parameters setting. As a result, all functions are fulfilled with robust performance. It is concluded from results that one PC can monitor several PLCs using RS-485 communication.

  16. Characterization of Vc-Vb Particles Reinforced Fe-Based Composite Coatings Produced by Laser Cladding

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    Qu, K. L.; Wang, X. H.; Wang, Z. K.

    2016-03-01

    In situ synthesized VC-VB particles reinforced Fe-based composite coatings were produced by laser beam melting mixture of ferrovanadium (Fe-V) alloy, boron carbide (B4C), CaF2 and Fe-based self-melting powders. The results showed that VB particles with black regular and irregular blocky shape and VC with black flower-like shape were uniformly distributed in the coatings. The type, amount, and size of the reinforcements were influenced by the content of FeV40 and B4C powders. Compared to the substrate, the hardness and wear resistance of the composite coatings were greatly improved.

  17. 30 CFR 57.22218 - Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines... NONMETAL MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22218 Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines). (a) All seals, and those stoppings that separate main intake from...

  18. 30 CFR 57.22218 - Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines... NONMETAL MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22218 Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines). (a) All seals, and those stoppings that separate main intake from...

  19. 30 CFR 57.22218 - Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines... NONMETAL MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22218 Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines). (a) All seals, and those stoppings that separate main intake from...

  20. 30 CFR 57.22218 - Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines... NONMETAL MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22218 Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines). (a) All seals, and those stoppings that separate main intake from...

  1. 30 CFR 57.22218 - Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines... NONMETAL MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22218 Seals and stoppings (III, V-A, and V-B mines). (a) All seals, and those stoppings that separate main intake from...

  2. Valence-bound and diffuse-bound anions of 5-azauracil.

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    Corzo, H H; Dolgounitcheva, O; Zakrzewski, V G; Ortiz, J V

    2014-08-28

    Structures, isomerization energies, and electron binding energies of 5-azauracil and its anions have been calculated ab initio with perturbative, coupled-cluster, and electron-propagator methods. Tautomeric structures, including those produced by proton transfer to a CH group, have been considered. Dyson orbitals and pole strengths from electron-propagator calculations validated a simple, molecular-orbital picture of anion formation. In one case, an electron may enter a delocalized π orbital, yielding a valence-bound (VB) anion with a puckered ring structure. The corresponding electron affinity is 0.27 eV; the vertical electron detachment energy (VEDE) of this anion 1.05 eV. An electron also may enter a molecular orbital that lies outside the nuclear framework, resulting in a diffuse-bound (DB) anion. In the latter case, the electron affinity is 0.06 eV and the VEDE of the DB anion is 0.09 eV. Another VB isomer that is only 0.02 eV more stable than the neutral molecule has a VEDE of 2.0 eV. PMID:25102270

  3. Aesthetic valence of visual illusions

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    Stevanov, Jasmina; Marković, Slobodan; Kitaoka, Akiyoshi

    2012-01-01

    Visual illusions constitute an interesting perceptual phenomenon, but they also have an aesthetic and affective dimension. We hypothesized that the illusive nature itself causes the increased aesthetic and affective valence of illusions compared with their non-illusory counterparts. We created pairs of stimuli. One qualified as a standard visual illusion whereas the other one did not, although they were matched in as many perceptual dimensions as possible. The phenomenal quality of being an illusion had significant effects on “Aesthetic Experience” (fascinating, irresistible, exceptional, etc), “Evaluation” (pleasant, cheerful, clear, bright, etc), “Arousal” (interesting, imaginative, complex, diverse, etc), and “Regularity” (balanced, coherent, clear, realistic, etc). A subsequent multiple regression analysis suggested that Arousal was a better predictor of Aesthetic Experience than Evaluation. The findings of this study demonstrate that illusion is a phenomenal quality of the percept which has measurable aesthetic and affective valence. PMID:23145272

  4. THE VALENCE OF CORPUSCULAR PROTEINS.

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    Gorin, M H; Mover, L S

    1942-07-20

    BY THE USE OF TWO EXTREME MODELS: a hydrated sphere and an unhydrated rod the valence (net charge) of corpuscular proteins can be successfully calculated from electric mobility data by the Debye-Hückel theory (modified to include the effect of the ions in the ion atmosphere) in conjunction with the electrophoretic theory of Henry. As pointed out by Abramson, this permits a comparison with values for the valence from titration data. Electrometric titration measurements of serum albumin B (Kekwick) have been determined at several ionic strengths. These results, together with the available data in the literature for serum albumin B, egg albumin, and beta-lactoglobulin have been used to compare values for the valence calculated from measurements of titration, electrophoresis, and membrane potentials. The results indicate that the usual interpretation of titration curves is open to serious question. By extrapolation of the titration data to zero ionic strength and protein concentration, there results an "intrinsic" net charge curve describing the binding of H(+) (OH(-)) ion alone. This curve agrees closely, in each case, with values of the valence calculated from mobility data (which in turn are in close accord with those estimated from membrane potential measurements). The experimental titration curves in the presence of appreciable quantities of ions and protein deviate widely from the ideal curve. It is suggested that, under these conditions, binding of undissociated acid (base) leads to erroneous values for the net charge. This binding would not affect the electrophoretic mobility. Values of the net charge obtained by the two extreme models from electrophoretic data are in agreement within 15 to 20 per cent. The agreement between the cylindrical model and the titration data is somewhat better in each case than with the sphere; i.e., this comparison enables a choice to be made between asymmetry and hydration in the interpretation of results from sedimentation and

  5. Bonding study of TiC and TiN. I. High-precision x-ray-diffraction determination of the valence-electron density distribution, Debye-Waller temperature factors, and atomic static displacements in TiC0.94 and TiN0.99

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    Dunand, A.; Flack, H. D.; Yvon, K.

    1985-02-01

    Single-crystal, high-precision, high-resolution x-ray-diffraction measurements of the substoichiometric refractory compounds TiC and TiN have been performed with AgKα radiation. Severe anisotropic general extinction affects the intense low-order reflections. Inhomogeneity in the mosaic spread and domain size produces small but significant differences between reflection and antireflection for the same plane of diffraction. These effects have been modeled and refined together with a scale factor, isotropic thermal parameters, a population parameter of the nonmetal site, the amplitude of metal-atom static displacements around nonmetal vacancies, and an atomic model which includes occupancy factors of the separate orbital contributions of the valence electrons combined with κ expansion-contraction parameters. At convergence, the ``agreement indices'' (or ``reliability factors'') were R=0.0025 for TiC0.94 and R=0.0023 for TiN0.99. The refined population parameters indicate a chemical composition of TiC0.939(9) and TiN0.99(2). The mean-square amplitudes of thermal vibrations, Ti=0.002 38(2) AṦ, C=0.003 35(8) AṦ, Ti=0.002 94(1) AṦ, and N=0.003 08(12) AṦ are consistent with the respective atomic masses. 36% of the metal atoms in TiC0.94 are involved in a relaxation around the nonmetal vacancies, being displaced from their sublattice sites by 0.097(2) Å along [100]. No evidence for static displacements was found in TiN0.99. The valence-electron density distribution can be described satisfactorily in terms of deformed atoms. No buildup of charge density occurs between atomic sites. Our analysis, similar to a Mulliken partitioning, shows first that ionicity is important, with a charge transfer from the metal to the nonmetal of [2.1(4)]e in the carbide and [1.9(4)]e in the nitride, and secondly that the charge asphericity around the metal atoms is larger in the former than in the latter, while no departure from spherical symmetry is

  6. Geometrical requirements for transition-metal-centered aromatic boron wheels: the case of VB10(-).

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    Li, Wei-Li; Romanescu, Constantin; Piazza, Zachary A; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2012-10-21

    A class of transition-metal-centered aromatic boron wheels (D(nh)-M©B(n)(q-)) have been recently produced and characterized according to an electronic design principle. Here we investigate the interplay between electronic and geometric requirements for the molecular wheels using the case of VB(10)(-), which is isoelectronic to the decacoordinated molecular wheels, Ta©B(10)(-) and Nb©B(10)(-). Photoelectron spectra of VB(10)(-) are observed to be broad and complicated with relatively low electron binding energies, in contrast to the simple and high electron binding energies observed for the molecular wheels of its heavier congeners. An unbiased global minimum search found the most stable isomer of VB(10)(-) to be a singlet "boat"-like structure (C(2)), in which the V atom is coordinated to a quasi-planar B(10) unit. A similar triplet C(2v) boat-like isomer is found to be almost degenerate to the C(2) structure, whereas the beautiful molecular wheel structure, D(10h)-V©B(10)(-), is significantly higher in energy on the potential energy surface. Therefore, even though the VB(10)(-) system fulfills the electronic requirement to form a D(10h)-M©B(10)(-) aromatic molecular wheel, the V atom is too small to stabilize the ten-membered boron ring. PMID:22968622

  7. Analysis of the linear response function relating AL to VB{sub s} for individual substorms

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    Blanchard, G.T.; McPherron, R.L.

    1995-10-01

    Time series of the AL index and rectified solar wind electric field are used to study solar wind coupling to auroral ionospheric currents during individual substorms. Calculation of the individual filters is accompanied by representing them as the product of two simple filters: a low-pass filter that accounts for the response of the ionospheric electric field to the reconnection electric field, and a filter composed of delta function. The delta functions each have the effect of delaying and scaling the response of AL relative to VB{sub s} without distorting the waveform of VB{sub s}. Nearly all significant correlation between AL and VB{sub s} can be accounted for when the second filter contains only two components. This result suggests that the westward electrojet indexed by AL is controlled by two distinct processes, both proportional to VB{sub s}. For an ensemble of 117 isolated substorms the average prediction efficiency of a filter with two delays is 71%. If one were able to determine the exact values of the two delays and the two gain factors prior to an event, then one would be able to estimate the instantaneous magnetospheric response function. The authors examined season, universal time, and prior activity as possible factors controlling the magnitude of the parameters but found no apparent relationships. Until such relations are found the average parameters provide the best estimate but account for only 47% of the variance in the AL index. 20 refs., 10 figs.

  8. Microhardness of Czochralski-grown single crystals of VB{sub 2}

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    Bulfon, C.; Sassik, H.; Leithe-Jasper, A.; Rogl, P.

    1997-10-01

    Single crystals of congruent melting hexagonal VB{sub 2} were grown used a triarc furnace applying the Czochralski technique. Orientation dependent microhardness measurements on a single crystal reveal quasi similar hardness in the crystallographic directions <00.1> and <10.0>, whereas the <10.1> shows slightly lower values.

  9. Bearer channel control protocol for the dynamic VB5.2 interface in ATM access networks

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    Fragoulopoulos, Stratos K.; Mavrommatis, K. I.; Venieris, Iakovos S.

    1996-12-01

    In the multi-vendor systems, a customer connected to an Access network (AN) must be capable of selecting a specific Service Node (SN) according to the services the SN provides. The multiplicity of technologically varying AN calls for the definition of a standard reference point between the AN and the SN widely known as the VB interface. Two versions are currently offered. The VB5.1 is simpler to implement but is not as flexible as the VB5.2, which supports switched connections. The VB5.2 functionality is closely coupled to the Broadband Bearer Channel Connection Protocol (B-BCCP). The B-BCCP is used for conveying the necessary information for dynamic resource allocation, traffic policing and routing in the AN as well as for information exchange concerning the status of the AN before a new call is established by the SN. By relying on such a protocol for the exchange of information instead of intercepting and interpreting signalling messages in the AN, the architecture of the AN is simplified because the functionality related to processing is not duplicated. In this paper a prominent B- BCCP candidate is defined, called the Service node Access network Interaction Protocol.

  10. Proteolytic activity of Enterococcus faecalis VB63F for reduction of allergenicity of bovine milk proteins.

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    Biscola, V; Tulini, F L; Choiset, Y; Rabesona, H; Ivanova, I; Chobert, J-M; Todorov, S D; Haertlé, T; Franco, B D G M

    2016-07-01

    With the aim of screening proteolytic strains of lactic acid bacteria to evaluate their potential for the reduction of allergenicity of the major bovine milk proteins, we isolated a new proteolytic strain of Enterococcus faecalis (Ent. faecalis VB63F) from raw bovine milk. The proteases produced by this strain had strong activity against caseins (αS1-, αS2-, and β-casein), in both skim milk and sodium caseinate. However, only partial hydrolysis of whey proteins was observed. Proteolysis of Na-caseinate and whey proteins, observed after sodium dodecyl sulfate-PAGE, was confirmed by analysis of peptide profiles by reversed-phase HPLC. Inhibition of proteolysis with EDTA indicated that the proteases produced by Ent. faecalis VB63F belonged to the group of metalloproteases. The optimal conditions for their activity were 42°C and pH 6.5. The majority of assessed virulence genes were absent in Ent. faecalis VB63F. The obtained results suggest that Ent. faecalis VB63F could be efficient in reducing the immunoreactivity of bovine milk proteins. PMID:27179865

  11. Draft Genome Sequence of Cyanobacterium Hassallia byssoidea Strain VB512170, Isolated from Monuments in India

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    Singh, Deeksha; Chandrababunaidu, Mathu Malar; Panda, Arijit; Sen, Diya; Bhattacharyya, Sourav

    2015-01-01

    The draft genome assembly of Hassallia byssoidea strain VB512170 with a genome size of ~13 Mb and 10,183 protein-coding genes in 62 scaffolds is reported here for the first time. This is a terrestrial hydrophobic cyanobacterium isolated from monuments in India. We report several copies of luciferase and antibiotic genes in this organism. PMID:25745001

  12. Superconductivity in the liquid-dimer valence-bond state

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    Ioffe, L.B.; Larkin, A.I. )

    1989-10-01

    Introducing an unambiguous prescription which converts singlet dimers into quasidipoles, we describe the low-energy excitations in the liquid-dimer state as fluctuations of the average dipole moment. The exchange of these fluctuations leads to a long-range interaction between holes in this state. This interaction favors the two-particle Bose condensate and destroys the order parameter of the one-particle Bose condensate even at zero temperature.

  13. ChsVb, a class VII chitin synthase involved in septation, is critical for pathogenicity in Fusarium oxysporum.

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    Martín-Urdíroz, Magdalena; Roncero, M Isabel G; González-Reyes, José Antonio; Ruiz-Roldán, Carmen

    2008-01-01

    A new myosin motor-like chitin synthase gene, chsVb, has been identified in the vascular wilt fungus Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici. Phylogenetic analysis of the deduced amino acid sequence of the chsVb chitin synthase 2 domain (CS2) revealed that ChsVb belongs to class VII chitin synthases. The ChsVb myosin motor-like domain (MMD) is shorter than the MMD of class V chitin synthases and does not contain typical ATP-binding motifs. Targeted disrupted single (DeltachsVb) and double (DeltachsV DeltachsVb) mutants were unable to infect and colonize tomato plants or grow invasively on tomato fruit tissue. These strains were hypersensitive to compounds that interfere with fungal cell wall assembly, produced lemon-like shaped conidia, and showed swollen balloon-like structures in hyphal subapical regions, thickened walls, aberrant septa, and intrahyphal hyphae. Our results suggest that the chsVb gene is likely to function in polarized growth and confirm the critical importance of cell wall integrity in the complex infection process of this fungus. PMID:17993572

  14. Electronegativity and the Bond Triangle

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    Meek, Terry L.; Garner, Leah D.

    2005-01-01

    The usefulness of the bond triangle for categorizing compounds of the main-group elements may be extended by the use of weighted average electronegativities to allow distinction between compounds of the same elements with different stoichiometries. In such cases a higher valency for the central atom leads to greater covalent character and the…

  15. Valence band structure of binary chalcogenide vitreous semiconductors by high-resolution XPS

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    Kozyukhin, S.; Golovchak, R.; Kovalskiy, A.; Shpotyuk, O.; Jain, H.

    2011-04-15

    High-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to study regularities in the formation of valence band electronic structure in binary As{sub x}Se{sub 100-x}, As{sub x}S{sub 100-x}, Ge{sub x}Se{sub 100-x} and Ge{sub x}S{sub 100-x} chalcogenide vitreous semiconductors. It is shown that the highest occupied energetic states in the valence band of these materials are formed by lone pair electrons of chalcogen atoms, which play dominant role in the formation of valence band electronic structure of chalcogen-rich glasses. A well-expressed contribution from chalcogen bonding p electrons and more deep s orbitals are also recorded in the experimental valence band XPS spectra. Compositional dependences of the observed bands are qualitatively analyzed from structural and compositional points of view.

  16. X-ray imaging of chemically active valence electrons during a pericyclic reaction

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    Bredtmann, Timm; Ivanov, Misha; Dixit, Gopal

    2014-01-01

    Time-resolved imaging of chemically active valence electron densities is a long-sought goal, as these electrons dictate the course of chemical reactions. However, X-ray scattering is always dominated by the core and inert valence electrons, making time-resolved X-ray imaging of chemically active valence electron densities extremely challenging. Here we demonstrate an effective and robust method, which emphasizes the information encoded in weakly scattered photons, to image chemically active valence electron densities. The degenerate Cope rearrangement of semibullvalene, a pericyclic reaction, is used as an example to visually illustrate our approach. Our work also provides experimental access to the long-standing problem of synchronous versus asynchronous bond formation and breaking during pericyclic reactions. PMID:25424639

  17. X-ray imaging of chemically active valence electrons during a pericyclic reaction

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    Bredtmann, Timm; Ivanov, Misha; Dixit, Gopal

    2014-11-01

    Time-resolved imaging of chemically active valence electron densities is a long-sought goal, as these electrons dictate the course of chemical reactions. However, X-ray scattering is always dominated by the core and inert valence electrons, making time-resolved X-ray imaging of chemically active valence electron densities extremely challenging. Here we demonstrate an effective and robust method, which emphasizes the information encoded in weakly scattered photons, to image chemically active valence electron densities. The degenerate Cope rearrangement of semibullvalene, a pericyclic reaction, is used as an example to visually illustrate our approach. Our work also provides experimental access to the long-standing problem of synchronous versus asynchronous bond formation and breaking during pericyclic reactions.

  18. Cluster molecular orbital description of the electronic structures of mixed-valence iron oxides and silicates

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    Sherman, David M.

    1986-01-01

    A molecular orbital description, based on spin-unrestricted X??-scattered wave calculations, is given for the electronic structures of mixed valence iron oxides and silicates. The cluster calculations show that electron hopping and optical intervalence charge-transger result from weak FeFe bonding across shared edges of FeO6 coordination polyhedra. In agreement with Zener's double exchange model, FeFe bonding is found to stabilize ferromagnetic coupling between Fe2+ and Fe3+ cations. ?? 1986.

  19. Rab11a and myosin Vb regulate recycling of the M4 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor.

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    Volpicelli, Laura A; Lah, James J; Fang, Guofu; Goldenring, James R; Levey, Allan I

    2002-11-15

    Agonist-induced internalization followed by subsequent return to the cell surface regulates G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) activity. Because the cellular responsiveness to ligand depends on the balance between receptor degradation and recycling, it is crucial to identify the molecules involved in GPCR recovery to the cell surface. In this study, we identify mechanisms involved in the recycling of the M4 subtype of muscarinic acetylcholine receptor. M4 is highly expressed in the CNS, plays a role in locomotor activity, and is a novel therapeutic target for neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Previous studies show that, after cholinergic stimulation, M4 internalizes from the cell surface to endosomes in cell culture and the rat brain. Here, we show that, after activation, M4 traffics to transferrin receptor- and Rab11a-positive perinuclear endosomes. Expression of the constitutively GDP-bound, inactive mutant Rab11aS25N inhibits M4 trafficking to recycling endosomes. Expression of the C-terminal tail of myosin Vb, a Rab11a effector, enhances M4 accumulation in perinuclear endosomes. Both Rab11aS25N and the myosin Vb tail impair M4 recycling. The results demonstrate that GPCR recycling is mediated through a discrete pathway using both Rab11a and myosin Vb. PMID:12427833

  20. Cluster ion distributions and correlation with fragment valence in laser-induced mass spectra of oxides

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    Michiels, E.; Bijbels, R.

    1984-06-01

    Laser microprobe mass analysis (LAMMA) spectra are described for binary oxides belonging to different groups in the periodic table. The positive and negative cluster ion distributions show a strong correlation with the valence electron configuration of the metal in the oxide. The bond dissociation energy of the MO/sup +/ ion also affects the intensity distributions. 20 references, 10 figures.

  1. The influence of spectral nudging in simulating Vb-events with COSMO-CLM

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    Paumann, Manuela; Anders, Ivonne; Hofstätter, Michael; Chimani, Barbara

    2015-04-01

    In previous studies certain European cyclones have been investigated in terms of related extreme precipitation events in Austria. Those systems passing the Mediterranean are of special interest as the atmospheric moisture content is increased. It has been shown in recent investigations that state-of-the-art RCMs can approximately reproduce observed heavy precipitation characteristics. This provides a basic confidence in the models ability to capture future changes of such events under increased greenhouse gas conditions as well. In this contribution we focus on high spatial and temporal scales and assess the currently achievable accuracy in the simulation of Vb-events. The state-of-the-art regional climate model CCLM is applied in a hindcast-mode to the case of individual Vb-events in August 2002 and Mai/June 2013. Besides the conventional forcing of the regional climate model at its lateral boundaries a spectral nudging technique is applied. This means that inside the model area the regional model is forced to accept the analysis for large scales whereas it has no effect on the small scales. The simulations for the Vb-events mentioned above covering the European domain have been varied systematically by changing nudging factor, number of nudged waves, nudged variables, and other parameters. The resulting precipitation amounts have been compared to E-OBS gridded European precipitation data set and a recent high spatially resolved precipitation data set for Austria (GPARD-6). Varying the spectral nudging setup in the short-term Vb-cases helps us on one hand learn something about 3D-processes during Vb-events e.g. vorticity and formation but on the other hand identify the model deficiencies. The results show, that increasing the number of nudged waves from 1 to 7 as well as the choice of the variables used in the nudging process have a large influence on the development of the low pressure system and the related precipitation patterns. On the contrary, the nudging

  2. The influence of spectral nudging in simulating individual Vb-events with COSMO-CLM

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    Paumann, Manuela; Anders, Ivonne; Hofstätter, Michael; Chimani, Barbara

    2014-05-01

    In previous studies certain European cyclones have been investigated in terms of related extreme precipitation events in Austria. Those systems passing the Mediterranean are of special interest as the atmospheric moisture content is increased. It has been shown in recent investigations that state-of-the-art RCMs can approximately reproduce observed heavy precipitation characteristics. This provides a basic confidence in the models ability to capture future changes of such events under increased greenhouse gas conditions as well. In this contribution we focus on high spatial and temporal scales and assess the currently achievable accuracy in the simulation of Vb-events. The state-of-the-art regional climate model CCLM is applied in a hindcast-mode to the case of individual Vb-events in August 2002 and Mai/June 2013. Besides the conventional forcing of the regional climate model at its lateral boundaries a spectral nudging technique is applied. This means that inside the model area the regional model is forced to accept the analysis for large scales whereas it has no effect on the small scales. The simulations for the Vb-events mentioned above covering the European domain have been varied systematically by changing nudging factor, number of nudged waves, nudged variables, and other parameters. The resulting precipitation amounts have been compared to E-OBS gridded European precipitation data set and a recent high spatially resolved precipitation data set for Austria (GPARD-6). Varying the spectral nudging setup in the short-term Vb-cases helps us on one hand learn something about 3D-processes during Vb-events e.g. vorticity and formation but on the other hand identify the model deficiencies. The results show, that increasing the number of nudged waves from 1 to 7 as well as the choice of the variables used in the nudging process have a large influence on the development of the low pressure system and the related precipitation patterns. On the contrary, the nudging

  3. Fundamental aspects of recoupled pair bonds. I. Recoupled pair bonds in carbon and sulfur monofluoride

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    Dunning, Thom H. Xu, Lu T.; Takeshita, Tyler Y.

    2015-01-21

    The number of singly occupied orbitals in the ground-state atomic configuration of an element defines its nominal valence. For carbon and sulfur, with two singly occupied orbitals in their {sup 3}P ground states, the nominal valence is two. However, in both cases, it is possible to form more bonds than indicated by the nominal valence—up to four bonds for carbon and six bonds for sulfur. In carbon, the electrons in the 2s lone pair can participate in bonding, and in sulfur the electrons in both the 3p and 3s lone pairs can participate. Carbon 2s and sulfur 3p recoupled pair bonds are the basis for the tetravalence of carbon and sulfur, and 3s recoupled pair bonds enable sulfur to be hexavalent. In this paper, we report generalized valence bond as well as more accurate calculations on the a{sup 4}Σ{sup −} states of CF and SF, which are archetypal examples of molecules that possess recoupled pair bonds. These calculations provide insights into the fundamental nature of recoupled pair bonds and illustrate the key differences between recoupled pair bonds formed with the 2s lone pair of carbon, as a representative of the early p-block elements, and recoupled pair bonds formed with the 3p lone pair of sulfur, as a representative of the late p-block elements.

  4. Adsorption mechanism and valency of catechol-functionalized hyperbranched polyglycerols

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    Krysiak, Stefanie; Wei, Qiang; Rischka, Klaus; Hartwig, Andreas; Haag, Rainer

    2015-01-01

    Summary Nature often serves as a model system for developing new adhesives. In aqueous environments, mussel-inspired adhesives are promising candidates. Understanding the mechanism of the extraordinarily strong adhesive bonds of the catechol group will likely aid in the development of adhesives. With this aim, we study the adhesion of catechol-based adhesives to metal oxides on the molecular level using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The comparison of single catechols (dopamine) with multiple catechols on hyperbranched polyglycerols (hPG) at various pH and dwell times allowed us to further increase our understanding. In particular, we were able to elucidate how to achieve strong bonds of different valency. It was concluded that hyperbranched polyglycerols with added catechol end groups are promising candidates for durable surface coatings. PMID:26150898

  5. The Chemical Bond in C2.

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    Hermann, Markus; Frenking, Gernot

    2016-03-14

    Quantum chemical calculations using the complete active space of the valence orbitals have been carried out for Hn CCHn (n=0-3) and N2 . The quadratic force constants and the stretching potentials of Hn CCHn have been calculated at the CASSCF/cc-pVTZ level. The bond dissociation energies of the C-C bonds of C2 and HC≡CH were computed using explicitly correlated CASPT2-F12/cc-pVTZ-F12 wave functions. The bond dissociation energies and the force constants suggest that C2 has a weaker C-C bond than acetylene. The analysis of the CASSCF wavefunctions in conjunction with the effective bond orders of the multiple bonds shows that there are four bonding components in C2 , while there are only three in acetylene and in N2 . The bonding components in C2 consist of two weakly bonding σ bonds and two electron-sharing π bonds. The bonding situation in C2 can be described with the σ bonds in Be2 that are enforced by two π bonds. There is no single Lewis structure that adequately depicts the bonding situation in C2 . The assignment of quadruple bonding in C2 is misleading, because the bond is weaker than the triple bond in HC≡CH. PMID:26756311

  6. Avoided valence transition in a plutonium superconductor.

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    Ramshaw, B J; Shekhter, Arkady; McDonald, Ross D; Betts, Jon B; Mitchell, J N; Tobash, P H; Mielke, C H; Bauer, E D; Migliori, Albert

    2015-03-17

    The d and f electrons in correlated metals are often neither fully localized around their host nuclei nor fully itinerant. This localized/itinerant duality underlies the correlated electronic states of the high-Tc cuprate superconductors and the heavy-fermion intermetallics and is nowhere more apparent than in the 5f valence electrons of plutonium. Here, we report the full set of symmetry-resolved elastic moduli of PuCoGa5--the highest Tc superconductor of the heavy fermions (Tc = 18.5 K)--and find that the bulk modulus softens anomalously over a wide range in temperature above Tc. The elastic symmetry channel in which this softening occurs is characteristic of a valence instability--therefore, we identify the elastic softening with fluctuations of the plutonium 5f mixed-valence state. These valence fluctuations disappear when the superconducting gap opens at Tc, suggesting that electrons near the Fermi surface play an essential role in the mixed-valence physics of this system and that PuCoGa5 avoids a valence transition by entering the superconducting state. The lack of magnetism in PuCoGa5 has made it difficult to reconcile with most other heavy-fermion superconductors, where superconductivity is generally believed to be mediated by magnetic fluctuations. Our observations suggest that valence fluctuations play a critical role in the unusually high Tc of PuCoGa5. PMID:25737548

  7. Avoided valence transition in a plutonium superconductor

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    Ramshaw, B. J.; Shekhter, Arkady; McDonald, Ross D.; Betts, Jon B.; Mitchell, J. N.; Tobash, P. H.; Mielke, C. H.; Bauer, E. D.; Migliori, Albert

    2015-01-01

    The d and f electrons in correlated metals are often neither fully localized around their host nuclei nor fully itinerant. This localized/itinerant duality underlies the correlated electronic states of the high-Tc cuprate superconductors and the heavy-fermion intermetallics and is nowhere more apparent than in the 5f valence electrons of plutonium. Here, we report the full set of symmetry-resolved elastic moduli of PuCoGa5—the highest Tc superconductor of the heavy fermions (Tc = 18.5 K)—and find that the bulk modulus softens anomalously over a wide range in temperature above Tc. The elastic symmetry channel in which this softening occurs is characteristic of a valence instability—therefore, we identify the elastic softening with fluctuations of the plutonium 5f mixed-valence state. These valence fluctuations disappear when the superconducting gap opens at Tc, suggesting that electrons near the Fermi surface play an essential role in the mixed-valence physics of this system and that PuCoGa5 avoids a valence transition by entering the superconducting state. The lack of magnetism in PuCoGa5 has made it difficult to reconcile with most other heavy-fermion superconductors, where superconductivity is generally believed to be mediated by magnetic fluctuations. Our observations suggest that valence fluctuations play a critical role in the unusually high Tc of PuCoGa5. PMID:25737548

  8. Crossover from impurity to valence band in diluted magnetic semiconductors: Role of Coulomb attraction by acceptors

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    Popescu, Florentin; Sen, Cengiz; Dagotto, Elbio R; Moreo, Adriana

    2007-01-01

    The crossover between an impurity band (IB) and a valence band (VB) regime as a function of the magnetic impurity concentration in a model for diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMSs) is studied systematically by taking into consideration the Coulomb attraction between the carriers and the magnetic impurities. The density of states and the ferromagnetic transition temperature of a spin-fermion model applied to DMSs are evaluated using dynamical mean-field theory and Monte Carlo (MC) calculations. It is shown that the addition of a square-well-like attractive potential can generate an IB at small enough Mn doping x for values of the p-d exchange J that are not strong enough to generate one by themselves. We observe that the IB merges with the VB when x>=xc where xc is a function of J and the Coulomb strength V. Using MC simulations, we demonstrate that the range of the Coulomb attraction plays an important role. While the on-site attraction, which has been used in previous numerical simulations, effectively renormalizes J for all values of x, an unphysical result, a nearest-neighbor range attraction renormalizes J only at very low dopings, i.e., until the bound holes wave functions start to overlap. Thus, our results indicate that the Coulomb attraction can be neglected to study Mn-doped GaSb, GaAs, and GaP in the relevant doping regimes, but it should be included in the case of Mn-doped GaN, which is expected to be in the IB regime.

  9. Bent Bonds and Multiple Bonds.

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    Robinson, Edward A.; Gillespie, Ronald J.

    1980-01-01

    Considers carbon-carbon multiple bonds in terms of Pauling's bent bond model, which allows direct calculation of double and triple bonds from the length of a CC single bond. Lengths of these multiple bonds are estimated from direct measurements on "bent-bond" models constructed of plastic tubing and standard kits. (CS)

  10. Sodium-sulfur battery development. Phase VB final report, October 1, 1981--February 28, 1985

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    1985-04-01

    This report describes the technical progress made under Contract No. DE-AM04-79CH10012 between the U.S. Department of Energy, Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporations and Ford Motor Company, for the period 1 October 1981 through 28 February 1985, which is designated as Phase VB of the Sodium-Sulfur Battery Development Program. During this period, Ford Aerospace held prime technical responsibility and Ford Motor Company carried out supporting research. Ceramatec, Inc., was a major subcontractor to Ford Aerospace for electrolyte development and production.

  11. Aluminum-Oxide Temperatures on the Mark VB, VE, VR, 15, and Mark 25 Assemblies

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    Aleman, S.E.

    2001-07-17

    The task was to compute the maximum aluminum-oxide and oxide-coolant temperatures of assemblies cladded in 99+ percent aluminum. The assemblies considered were the Mark VB, VE, V5, 15 and 25. These assemblies consist of nested slug columns with individual uranium slugs cladded in aluminum cans. The CREDIT code was modified to calculate the oxide film thickness and the aluminum-oxide temperature at each axial increment. This information in this report will be used to evaluate the potential for cladding corrosion of the Mark 25 assembly.

  12. Aluminum-Oxide Temperatures on the Mark VB, VE, VR, 15, and Mark 25 Assemblies

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    Aleman, S.E.

    2001-07-17

    The task was to compute the maximum aluminum-oxide and oxide-coolant temperatures of assemblies cladded in 99 plus percent aluminum. The assemblies considered were the Mark VB, VE, V5, 15 and 25. These assemblies consist of nested slug columns with individual uranium slugs cladded in aluminum cans. The CREDIT code was modified to calculate the oxide film thickness and the aluminum-oxide temperature at each axial increment. The information in this report will be used to evaluate the potential for cladding corrosion of the Mark 25 assembly.

  13. Action versus valence in decision making

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    Guitart-Masip, Marc; Duzel, Emrah; Dolan, Ray; Dayan, Peter

    2014-01-01

    The selection of actions, and the vigor with which they are executed, are influenced by the affective valence of predicted outcomes. This interaction between action and valence significantly influences appropriate and inappropriate choices and is implicated in the expression of psychiatric and neurological abnormalities, including impulsivity and addiction. We review a series of recent human behavioral, neuroimaging, and pharmacological studies whose key design feature is an orthogonal manipulation of action and valence. These studies find that the interaction between the two is subject to the critical influence of dopamine. They also challenge existing views that neural representations in the striatum focus on valence, showing instead a dominance of the anticipation of action. PMID:24581556

  14. M{sub 1-x}[W{sub 2}O{sub 2}X{sub 6}] with M=K{sup +}, Tl{sup +}, Ag{sup +}, Hg{sup 2+}, Pb{sup 2+}; X=Cl, Br-A class of mixed valence tungsten (IV,V) compounds with layered structures, W-W bonds and high conductivity

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    Beck, Johannes . E-mail: j.beck@uni-bonn.de; Kusterer, Christian; Hoffmann, Rolf-Dieter; Poettgen, Rainer

    2006-08-15

    The crystal structure of WOCl{sub 3}, determined on the basis of powder diffraction data (tetragonal, P4{sub 2}/mnm, a=10.6856(6), c=3.8537(2)), is isotypic to WOI{sub 3} and contains one-dimensional strands of edge-sharing double-octahedral W{sub 2}O{sub 4/2}Cl{sub 6} groups connected via common corners in trans position. A W-W bond of 2.99A is present within the planar W{sub 2}Cl{sub 6} groups. A series of non-stochiometric, mixed valence W(IV,V) compounds M{sub 1-x}[W{sub 2}O{sub 2}Cl{sub 6}] can be obtained from WOCl{sub 3} by reaction with metal halides (TlCl, KCl, PbCl{sub 2}) or by reaction of elemental Hg with WOCl{sub 4}. All were characterized by single crystal structure determinations and EDX measurements (Tl{sub 0.981(2)}[W{sub 2}O{sub 2}Cl{sub 6}]: monoclinic, C2/m, a=12.7050(4), b=3.7797(1), c=10.5651(3)A, {beta}=107.656(1){sup o}; K{sub 0.84(2)}[W{sub 2}O{sub 2}Cl{sub 6}]: monoclinic, C2/m, a=12.812(3), b=3.7779(6), c=10.196(3)A, {beta}=107.422(8){sup o}; Pb{sub 0.549(3)}[W{sub 2}O{sub 2}Cl{sub 6}]: orthorhombic, Immm,a=3.7659(1), b=9.8975(4), c=12.1332(6)A; Hg{sub 0.554(6)}[W{sub 2}O{sub 2}Cl{sub 6}]: monoclinic, C2/m, a=12.8361(8), b=3.7622(3), c=10.2581(9)A, {beta}=113.645(3){sup o}). Two representatives of this family of compounds have already been reported: Na[W{sub 2}O{sub 2}Br{sub 6}] [Y.-Q. Zhang, K. Peters, H.G. von Schnering, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 624 (1998) 1415-1418] and Ag{sub 0.74}[W{sub 2}O{sub 2}Br{sub 6}] [S. Imhaine, C. Perrin, M. Sergent, Mat. Res. Bull. 33 (1998) 927-933]. The Ag containing compound can be obtained from elemental Ag and WOBr{sub 3}. The crystal structure, originally reported in the triclinic system, was redetermined and shown to be monoclinic with space group C2/m (a=13.7338(10), b=3.7769(3), c=10.7954(9)A, {beta}=112.401(3){sup o}). The crystal structures of these compounds are in close relationship to the structure of WOCl{sub 3} and all contain W{sub 2}O{sub 4/2}X{sub 6} (X=Cl, Br) double strands with the mono

  15. Myosin Vb and Rab11a regulate phosphorylation of ezrin in enterocytes.

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    Dhekne, Herschel S; Hsiao, Nai-Hua; Roelofs, Pieter; Kumari, Meena; Slim, Christiaan L; Rings, Edmond H H M; van Ijzendoorn, Sven C D

    2014-03-01

    Microvilli at the apical surface of enterocytes allow the efficient absorption of nutrients in the intestine. Ezrin activation by its phosphorylation at T567 is important for microvilli development, but how such ezrin phosphorylation is controlled is not well understood. We demonstrate that a subset of kinases that phosphorylate ezrin closely co-distributes with apical recycling endosome marker Rab11a in the subapical domain. Expression of dominant-negative Rab11a mutant or depletion of the Rab11a-binding motor protein myosin Vb prevents the subapical enrichment of Rab11a and these kinases and inhibits ezrin phosphorylation and microvilli development, without affecting the polarized distribution of ezrin itself. We observe a similar loss of the subapical enrichment of Rab11a and the kinases and reduced phosphorylation of ezrin in microvillus inclusion disease, which is associated with MYO5B mutations, intestinal microvilli atrophy and malabsorption. Thus, part of the machinery for ezrin activation depends on recycling endosomes controlled by myosin Vb and Rab11a which, we propose, might act as subapical signaling platforms that enterocytes use to regulate development of microvilli and maintain human intestinal function. PMID:24413175

  16. ALLOYING-DRIVEN PHASE STABILITY IN GROUP-VB TRANSITION METALS UNDER COMPRESSION

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    Landa, A; Soderlind, P

    2011-04-11

    The change in phase stability of Group-VB (V, Nb, and Ta) transition metals due to pressure and alloying is explored by means of first-principles electronic-structure calculations. It is shown that under compression stabilization or destabilization of the ground-state body-centered cubic (bcc) phase of the metal is mainly dictated by the band-structure energy that correlates well with the position of the Kohn anomaly in the transverse acoustic phonon mode. The predicted position of the Kohn anomaly in V, Nb, and Ta is found to be in a good agreement with data from the inelastic x-ray or neutron scattering measurements. In the case of alloying the change in phase stability is defined by the interplay between the band-structure and Madelung energies. We show that band-structure effects determine phase stability when a particular Group-VB metal is alloyed with its nearest neighbors within the same d-transition series: the neighbor with less and more d electrons destabilize and stabilize the bcc phase, respectively. When V is alloyed with neighbors of a higher (4d- or 5d-) transition series, both electrostatic Madelung and band-structure energies stabilize the body-centered-cubic phase. The opposite effect (destabilization) happens when Nb or Ta is alloyed with neighbors of the 3d-transition series.

  17. Spectroscopic studies, fluorescence quenching by molecular oxygen and amplified spontaneous emission of 1,4-bis [2-(2-pyridyl) vinyl] benzene (P2VB) diolefinic laser dye

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    El-Daly, Samy A.; Ebeid, E. M.

    2014-04-01

    The UV-visible electronic absorption spectra, molar absorptivity, fluorescence spectra, fluorescence quantum yield and excited state lifetime of 1,4-bis [2-(2-pyridyl) vinyl] benzene P2VB were measured in different solvents. The fluorescence quenching of P2VB by molecular oxygen was also studied using lifetime measurements. A 2 × 10-4 mol dm-3 solution of P2VB in dimethyl formamide (DMF) gave amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) in blue spectral region with emission maximum at 420 nm upon pumping by 337.1 nitrogen laser pulse. The photochemical quantum yields (ϕc) of trans-cis photoisomerization of P2VB were calculated in different organic solvents. The photoreactivity of P2VB are also studied PMMA matrix.

  18. The valence-fluctuating ground state of plutonium

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    Janoschek, Marc; Das, Pinaki; Chakrabarti, Bismayan; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Lumsden, Mark D.; Lawrence, John M.; Thompson, Joe D.; Lander, Gerard H.; Mitchell, Jeremy N.; Richmond, Scott; Ramos, Mike; Trouw, Frans; Zhu, Jian -Xin; Haule, Kristjan; Kotliar, Gabriel; Bauer, Eric D.

    2015-07-10

    A central issue in material science is to obtain understanding of the electronic correlations that control complex materials. Such electronic correlations frequently arise because of the competition of localized and itinerant electronic degrees of freedom. Although the respective limits of well-localized or entirely itinerant ground states are well understood, the intermediate regime that controls the functional properties of complex materials continues to challenge theoretical understanding. We have used neutron spectroscopy to investigate plutonium, which is a prototypical material at the brink between bonding and nonbonding configurations. In addition, our study reveals that the ground state of plutonium is governed by valence fluctuations, that is, a quantum mechanical superposition of localized and itinerant electronic configurations as recently predicted by dynamical mean field theory. Our results not only resolve the long-standing controversy between experiment and theory on plutonium’s magnetism but also suggest an improved understanding of the effects of such electronic dichotomy in complex materials.

  19. The valence-fluctuating ground state of plutonium

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    Janoschek, Marc; Das, Pinaki; Chakrabarti, Bismayan; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Lumsden, Mark D.; Lawrence, John M.; Thompson, Joe D.; Lander, Gerard H.; Mitchell, Jeremy N.; Richmond, Scott; Ramos, Mike; Trouw, Frans; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Haule, Kristjan; Kotliar, Gabriel; Bauer, Eric D.

    2015-01-01

    A central issue in material science is to obtain understanding of the electronic correlations that control complex materials. Such electronic correlations frequently arise because of the competition of localized and itinerant electronic degrees of freedom. Although the respective limits of well-localized or entirely itinerant ground states are well understood, the intermediate regime that controls the functional properties of complex materials continues to challenge theoretical understanding. We have used neutron spectroscopy to investigate plutonium, which is a prototypical material at the brink between bonding and nonbonding configurations. Our study reveals that the ground state of plutonium is governed by valence fluctuations, that is, a quantum mechanical superposition of localized and itinerant electronic configurations as recently predicted by dynamical mean field theory. Our results not only resolve the long-standing controversy between experiment and theory on plutonium’s magnetism but also suggest an improved understanding of the effects of such electronic dichotomy in complex materials. PMID:26601219

  20. The role of valence-band excitation in laser ablation of KCl

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    Haglund, Richard F., Jr.; Tang, Kai; Bunton, Patrick H.; Wang, Ling-Jun

    1991-01-01

    We present recent measurements of excited-atom and ion emission from KCl surfaces illuminated by vacuum-ultraviolet synchrotron radiation (h-nu = 8-28 eV) and ultraviolet laser light (h-nu = 4 eV). At low intensities characteristic of the synchrotron experiments, excited atoms are desorbed by simple valence-band excitation process involving the metallization of the KCl surface. At the higher intensities typical of laser desorption and ablation, we observe a strong decrease in K emission as a function of the number of laser shots, but an essentially constant yield of Cl. K(+) and Cl(-) emission at high intensities show similar behavior. The energetics of these desorption phenomena can be treated in a bond-orbital model which shows that creation of a single valence hole is sufficient to excite an ion to an anti-bonding state.

  1. Molybdenum Valence in Basaltic Silicate Melts

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    Danielson, L. R.; Righter, K.; Newville, M.; Sutton, S.; Pando, K.

    2010-01-01

    The moderately siderophile element molybdenum has been used as an indicator in planetary differentiation processes, and is particularly relevant to core formation [for example, 1-6]. However, models that apply experimental data to an equilibrium differentiation scenario infer the oxidation state of molybdenum from solubility data or from multivariable coefficients from metal-silicate partitioning data [1,3,7]. Partitioning behavior of molybdenum, a multivalent element with a transition near the J02 of interest for core formation (IW-2) will be sensitive to changes in JO2 of the system and silicate melt structure. In a silicate melt, Mo can occur in either 4+ or 6+ valence state, and Mo6+ can be either octahedrally or tetrahedrally coordinated. Here we present first XANES measurements of Mo valence in basaltic run products at a range of P, T, and JO2 and further quantify the valence transition of Mo.

  2. A Valence Tautomeric Dinuclear Copper Tetrakisguanidine Complex.

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    Wiesner, Sven; Wagner, Arne; Kaifer, Elisabeth; Himmel, Hans-Jörg

    2016-07-18

    We report on the first valence tautomeric dinuclear copper complex, featuring 2,3,5,6-tetrakis(tetramethylguanidino)pyridine as a bridging redox-active GFA (guanidino-functionalized aromatic) ligand. The preferred electronic structure of the complex is massively influenced by the environment. In the solid state and in nonpolar solvents a paramagnetic, dinuclear Cu(II) complex with a neutral GFA ligand is present. In polar solvents, the electronic structure changes to a diamagnetic, dinuclear Cu(I) complex with a twofold-oxidized GFA ligand. Using acetone as a solvent, both electronic structures are accessible due to a temperature-dependent equilibrium between the two valence tautomeric complexes. Our results pave the way for a broader use of valence tautomeric transition-metal complexes in catalytic reactions since anionic coligands can now be tolerated owing to the neutral/positively charged GFA ligand. PMID:27310335

  3. Painlevé analysis, nonlocal symmetry and explicit interaction solutions for supersymmetric mKdVB equation

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    Ren, Bo

    2016-08-01

    The N = 1 supersymmetric mKdVB system is transformed to a coupled bosonic system by using the bosonization approach. By a singularity structure analysis, the bosonized supersymmetric mKdVB (BSmKdVB) equation admits the Painlevé property. Starting from the standard truncated Painlevé method, the nonlocal symmetry for the BSmKdVB equation is obtained. To solve the first Lie's principle related with the nonlocal symmetry, the nonlocal symmetry is localized to the Lie point symmetry by introducing multiple new fields. Thanks to localization processes, similarity reductions for the prolonged systems are studied by the Lie point symmetry method. The interaction solutions among solitons and other complicated waves including Painlevé II waves and periodic cnoidal waves are given through the reduction theorems. The soliton-cnoidal wave interaction solutions are explicitly given by using the mapping and deformation method. The concrete soliton-cnoidal interaction solutions are displayed both in analytical and graphical ways.

  4. 30 CFR 57.22314 - Flow-control devices (V-A and V-B mines).

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Flow-control devices (V-A and V-B mines). 57.22314 Section 57.22314 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR... MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Equipment § 57.22314 Flow-control...

  5. Mixed Valence and Spin Fluctuations in Cerium

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    Andraka, Bohdan

    The pseudobinary alloys Ce(Ni(,x)Co(,1-x))(,2), (Ce(,x)La(,1-x))Ni(,2) and (Ce(,x)Y(,1-x))Ni(,2), where 0 < x < 1, have been studied. The room temperature lattice constant, the magnetic susceptibility in the 6 to 300 K temperature range, the low temperature specific heat in the 0.4 to 25 K range and the electrical resistivity in the 0.4 to 300 K range were measured. Additionally, X -ray absorption around L(,3) edge has been studied using the synchroton radiation. Both, thermodynamic and L(,3) probes yield similar results for the changes of valence of Ce across these systems. We have established that Ce is in the saturated valence state in the Ce(Ni(,x)Co(,1 -x))(,2) for x < 0.25. The valence decreases with x in the 0.25 to 1 concentration range. Similarly, the valence of Ce decreases in the (Ce, Y)Ni(,2) systems upon substitution of Y for Ce. The results obtained for the (Ce(,x)La(,1 -x))Ni(,2) system are interpreted in terms of changes of the Ce('3+) impurity levels. Spin fluctuations due to the 3d electrons play an important role in these systems.

  6. Affective Priming with Associatively Acquired Valence

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    Aguado, Luis; Pierna, Manuel; Saugar, Cristina

    2005-01-01

    Three experiments explored the effect of affectively congruent or incongruent primes on evaluation responses to positive or negative valenced targets (the "affective priming" effect). Experiment 1 replicated the basic affective priming effect with Spanish nouns: reaction time for evaluative responses (pleasant/unpleasant) were slower on…

  7. Valence atom with bohmian quantum potential: the golden ratio approach

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    2012-01-01

    Background The alternative quantum mechanical description of total energy given by Bohmian theory was merged with the concept of the golden ratio and its appearance as the Heisenberg imbalance to provide a new density-based description of the valence atomic state and reactivity charge with the aim of clarifying their features with respect to the so-called DFT ground state and critical charge, respectively. Results The results, based on the so-called double variational algorithm for chemical spaces of reactivity, are fundamental and, among other issues regarding chemical bonding, solve the existing paradox of using a cubic parabola to describe a quadratic charge dependency. Conclusions Overall, the paper provides a qualitative-quantitative explanation of chemical reactivity based on more than half of an electronic pair in bonding, and provide new, more realistic values for the so-called “universal” electronegativity and chemical hardness of atomic systems engaged in reactivity (analogous to the atoms-in-molecules framework). PMID:23146157

  8. Measurement of valence-band offset at native oxide/BaSi2 interfaces by hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Takabe, Ryota; Du, Weijie; Ito, Keita; Takeuchi, Hiroki; Toko, Kaoru; Ueda, Shigenori; Kimura, Akio; Suemasu, Takashi

    2016-01-01

    Undoped n-type BaSi2 films were grown on Si(111) by molecular beam epitaxy, and the valence band (VB) offset at the interface between the BaSi2 and its native oxide was measured by hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) at room temperature. HAXPES enabled us to investigate the electronic states of the buried BaSi2 layer non-destructively thanks to its large analysis depth. We performed the depth-analysis by varying the take-off angle (TOA) of photoelectrons as 15°, 30°, and 90° with respect to the sample surface and succeeded to obtain the VB spectra of the BaSi2 and the native oxide separately. The VB maximum was located at -1.0 eV from the Fermi energy for the BaSi2 and -4.9 eV for the native oxide. We found that the band bending did not occur near the native oxide/BaSi2 interface. This result was clarified by the fact that the core-level emission peaks did not shift regardless of TOA (i.e., analysis depth). Thus, the barrier height of the native oxide for the minority-carriers in the undoped n-BaSi2 (holes) was determined to be 3.9 eV. No band bending in the BaSi2 close to the interface also suggests that the large minority-carrier lifetime in undoped n-BaSi2 films capped with native oxide is attributed not to the band bending in the BaSi2, which pushes away photogenerated minority carriers from the defective surface region, but to the decrease of defective states by the native oxide.

  9. Bond Issues.

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    Pollack, Rachel H.

    2000-01-01

    Notes trends toward increased borrowing by colleges and universities and offers guidelines for institutions that are considering issuing bonds to raise money for capital projects. Discussion covers advantages of using bond financing, how use of bonds impacts on traditional fund raising, other cautions and concerns, and some troubling aspects of…

  10. A corpuscular picture of electrons in chemical bond

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    Ando, Koji

    2016-03-01

    We introduce a theory of chemical bond with a corpuscular picture of electrons. It employs a minimal set of localized electron wave packets with "floating and breathing" degrees of freedom and the spin-coupling of non-orthogonal valence-bond theory. Its accuracy for describing potential energy curves of chemical bonds in ground and excited states of spin singlet and triplet is examined.

  11. A corpuscular picture of electrons in chemical bond.

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    Ando, Koji

    2016-03-28

    We introduce a theory of chemical bond with a corpuscular picture of electrons. It employs a minimal set of localized electron wave packets with "floating and breathing" degrees of freedom and the spin-coupling of non-orthogonal valence-bond theory. Its accuracy for describing potential energy curves of chemical bonds in ground and excited states of spin singlet and triplet is examined. PMID:27036429

  12. Pauling bond strength, bond length and electron density distribution

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    Gibbs, Gerald V.; Ross, Nancy L.; Cox, David F.; Rosso, Kevin M.; Iversen, Bo B.; Spackman, M. A.

    2014-01-18

    A power law regression equation, = 1.46(<ρ(rc)>/r)-0.19, connecting the average experimental bond lengths, , with the average accumulation of the electron density at the bond critical point, <ρ(rc)>, between bonded metal M and oxygen atoms, determined at ambient conditions for oxide crystals, where r is the row number of the M atom, is similar to the regression equation R(M-O) = 1.39(ρ(rc)/r)-0.21 determined for three perovskite crystals for pressures as high as 80 GPa. The two equations are also comparable with those, = 1.43(/r)-0.21, determined for a large number of oxide crystals at ambient conditions and = 1.39(/r)-0.22, determined for geometry optimized hydroxyacid molecules, that connect the bond lengths to the average Pauling electrostatic bond strength, , for the M-O bonded interactions. On the basis of the correspondence between the two sets of equations connecting ρ(rc) and the Pauling bond strength s with bond length, it appears that Pauling’s simple definition of bond strength closely mimics the accumulation of the electron density between bonded pairs of atoms. The similarity of the expressions for the crystals and molecules is compelling evidence that the M-O bonded interactions for the crystals and molecules 2 containing the same bonded interactions are comparable. Similar expressions, connecting bond lengths and bond strength, have also been found to hold for fluoride, nitride and sulfide molecules and crystals. The Brown-Shannon bond valence, σ, power law expression σ = [R1/(R(M-O)]N that has found wide use in crystal chemistry, is shown to be connected to a more universal expression determined for oxides and the perovskites, <ρ(rc)> = r[(1.41)/]4.76, demonstrating that the bond valence for a bonded interaction is likewise closely connected to the accumulation of the electron density between the bonded atoms. Unlike the Brown-Shannon expression, it is universal in that it holds for the M

  13. Gaining control over rare earth valence fluctuations

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    Wohlleben, D.

    1987-05-31

    This paper briefly deals with the problem of narrow band materials. It addresses a new theoretical approach to the fluctuation of valence electrons in rare earth elements. It is believed that the phenomena of interest arize from an instability of the partially filled d or f shell of certain atoms when they are put into a metallic host. The theoretical models which dominate the scene work with two local d or f states on one hand and a structureless sea of free conduction electrons on the other. This procedure ignores at least half of the essential physics; the other held is kept alive in the term valence fluctuation. Basically, what the prevalent models ignore is that, in all these systems, the entire atoms as the source of the anomalies are being dealt with, not just their f shells. In other words, there is important structure in the sea of conduction electrons.

  14. Pion valence-quark parton distribution function

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    Chang, Lei; Thomas, Anthony W.

    2015-10-01

    Within the Dyson-Schwinger equation formulation of QCD, a rainbow ladder truncation is used to calculate the pion valence-quark distribution function (PDF). The gap equation is renormalized at a typical hadronic scale, of order 0.5 GeV, which is also set as the default initial scale for the pion PDF. We implement a corrected leading-order expression for the PDF which ensures that the valence-quarks carry all of the pion's light-front momentum at the initial scale. The scaling behavior of the pion PDF at a typical partonic scale of order 5.2 GeV is found to be (1 - x) ν, with ν ≃ 1.6, as x approaches one.

  15. Influence of VB group doped TiO2 on photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Liu, Jia; Duan, Yandong; Zhou, Xiaowen; Lin, Yuan

    2013-07-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cell with VB group (vanadium (V), niobium (Nb) and tantalum (Ta)) doped TiO2 prepared by hydrothermal method shows a higher photovoltaic efficiency compared with the undoped TiO2. All the VB doping shift the flat band potential positively and increase the doping density which is investigated by Mott-Schottky plot. The positive shift of flat band potential improves the driving force of injecting electron from the LUMO of dye to the conduction band of TiO2 and the photocurrent. On the other hand, the increase of doping density accelerates transfer rate of electrons in TiO2 than the un-doped, which is confirmed by intensity-modulated photocurrent. V-, Nb-, Ta-doped TiO2 exhibited photovoltaic performance with 7.80%, 8.33%, 8.18%, respectively, compared with that of the cells based on pure TiO2 (7.42%).

  16. Core-Level And Valence-Band Study Using Angle-Integrated Photoemission on LaFeAsO(0.9)F(0.1)

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    Garcia, D.R.; Jozwiak, C.; Hwang, C.G.; Fedorov, A.; Hanrahan, S.M.; Wilson, S.D.; Rotundu, C.R.; Freelon, B.K.; Birgeneau, R.J.; Bourret-Courchesne, E.; Lanzara, A.

    2009-05-18

    Using angle-integrated photoemission spectroscopy we have probed the novel LaFeAsO{sub 0.9}F{sub 0.1} superconductor over a wide range of photon energies and temperatures. We have provided a full characterization of the orbital character of the valence-band (VB) density of states (DOS) and of the magnitude of the d-p hybridization energy. Finally, we have identified two characteristic temperatures: 90 K where a pseudogap-like feature appears to close and 120 K where a sudden change in the DOS near E{sub F} occurs. We associate these phenomena with the spin density wave magnetic ordering and the structural transition seen in the parent compound, respectively. These results suggest the important role of electron correlation, spin physics, and structural distortion in the physics of Fe-based superconductors.

  17. Pattern classification of valence in depression.

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    Habes, I; Krall, S C; Johnston, S J; Yuen, K S L; Healy, D; Goebel, R; Sorger, B; Linden, D E J

    2013-01-01

    Neuroimaging biomarkers of depression have potential to aid diagnosis, identify individuals at risk and predict treatment response or course of illness. Nevertheless none have been identified so far, potentially because no single brain parameter captures the complexity of the pathophysiology of depression. Multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) may overcome this issue as it can identify patterns of voxels that are spatially distributed across the brain. Here we present the results of an MVPA to investigate the neuronal patterns underlying passive viewing of positive, negative and neutral pictures in depressed patients. A linear support vector machine (SVM) was trained to discriminate different valence conditions based on the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data of nine unipolar depressed patients. A similar dataset obtained in nine healthy individuals was included to conduct a group classification analysis via linear discriminant analysis (LDA). Accuracy scores of 86% or higher were obtained for each valence contrast via patterns that included limbic areas such as the amygdala and frontal areas such as the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex. The LDA identified two areas (the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex and caudate nucleus) that allowed group classification with 72.2% accuracy. Our preliminary findings suggest that MVPA can identify stable valence patterns, with more sensitivity than univariate analysis, in depressed participants and that it may be possible to discriminate between healthy and depressed individuals based on differences in the brain's response to emotional cues. PMID:24179819

  18. Pattern classification of valence in depression☆

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    Habes, I.; Krall, S.C.; Johnston, S.J.; Yuen, K.S.L.; Healy, D.; Goebel, R.; Sorger, B.; Linden, D.E.J.

    2013-01-01

    Neuroimaging biomarkers of depression have potential to aid diagnosis, identify individuals at risk and predict treatment response or course of illness. Nevertheless none have been identified so far, potentially because no single brain parameter captures the complexity of the pathophysiology of depression. Multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA) may overcome this issue as it can identify patterns of voxels that are spatially distributed across the brain. Here we present the results of an MVPA to investigate the neuronal patterns underlying passive viewing of positive, negative and neutral pictures in depressed patients. A linear support vector machine (SVM) was trained to discriminate different valence conditions based on the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data of nine unipolar depressed patients. A similar dataset obtained in nine healthy individuals was included to conduct a group classification analysis via linear discriminant analysis (LDA). Accuracy scores of 86% or higher were obtained for each valence contrast via patterns that included limbic areas such as the amygdala and frontal areas such as the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex. The LDA identified two areas (the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex and caudate nucleus) that allowed group classification with 72.2% accuracy. Our preliminary findings suggest that MVPA can identify stable valence patterns, with more sensitivity than univariate analysis, in depressed participants and that it may be possible to discriminate between healthy and depressed individuals based on differences in the brain's response to emotional cues. PMID:24179819

  19. Human Amygdala Represents the Complete Spectrum of Subjective Valence

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    Jin, Jingwen; Zelano, Christina; Gottfried, Jay A.

    2015-01-01

    Although the amygdala is a major locus for hedonic processing, how it encodes valence information is poorly understood. Given the hedonic potency of odor stimuli and the amygdala's anatomical proximity to the peripheral olfactory system, we combined high-resolution fMRI with pattern-based multivariate techniques to examine how valence information is encoded in the amygdala. Ten human subjects underwent fMRI scanning while smelling 9 odorants that systematically varied in perceived valence. Representational similarity analyses showed that amygdala codes the entire dimension of valence, ranging from pleasantness to unpleasantness. This unidimensional representation significantly correlated with self-reported valence ratings but not with intensity ratings. Furthermore, within-trial valence representations evolved over time, prioritizing earlier differentiation of unpleasant stimuli. Together, these findings underscore the idea that both spatial and temporal features uniquely encode pleasant and unpleasant odor valence in the amygdala. The availability of a unidimensional valence code in the amygdala, distributed in both space and time, would create greater flexibility in determining the pleasantness or unpleasantness of stimuli, providing a mechanism by which expectation, context, attention, and learning could influence affective boundaries for guiding behavior. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Our findings elucidate the mechanisms of affective processing in the amygdala by demonstrating that this brain region represents the entire valence dimension from pleasant to unpleasant. An important implication of this unidimensional valence code is that pleasant and unpleasant valence cannot coexist in the amygdale because overlap of fMRI ensemble patterns for these two valence extremes obscures their unique content. This functional architecture, whereby subjective valence maps onto a pattern continuum between pleasant and unpleasant poles, offers a robust mechanism by which context

  20. 30 CFR 57.22231 - Actions at 0.25 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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  1. 30 CFR 57.22238 - Actions at 2.0 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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  2. 30 CFR 57.22231 - Actions at 0.25 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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  3. 30 CFR 57.22238 - Actions at 2.0 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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  4. 30 CFR 57.22238 - Actions at 2.0 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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  5. 30 CFR 57.22238 - Actions at 2.0 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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  6. 30 CFR 57.22231 - Actions at 0.25 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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  7. 30 CFR 57.22231 - Actions at 0.25 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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  8. 30 CFR 57.22238 - Actions at 2.0 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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    2011-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Actions at 2.0 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines). 57.22238 Section 57.22238 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION... Actions at 2.0 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines). If methane reaches 2.0 percent in the...

  9. 30 CFR 57.22231 - Actions at 0.25 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines).

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    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Actions at 0.25 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines). 57.22231 Section 57.22231 Mineral Resources MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION... Actions at 0.25 percent methane (I-B, II-B, V-B, and VI mines). If methane reaches 0.25 percent in...

  10. Draft Genome Sequence of Colistin-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Strain VB22595 Isolated from a Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection.

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    Veeraraghavan, Balaji; Anandan, Shalini; Ragupathi, Naveen Kumar Devanga; Vijayakumar, Saranya; Sethuvel, Dhiviya Prabaa Muthuirulandi; Biswas, Indranil

    2016-01-01

    Acinetobacter baumannii is an important emerging pathogen that causes health care-associated infections. In this study, we determined the genome of a multidrug-resistant clinical strain, VB22595, isolated from a hospital in Southern India. The draft genome indicates that strain VB22595 encodes a genome of ~3.92 Mb in size and does not contain plasmid derived MCR-1 for colistin resistance. PMID:27516521

  11. Draft Genome Sequence of Colistin-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Strain VB22595 Isolated from a Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection

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    Veeraraghavan, Balaji; Anandan, Shalini; Ragupathi, Naveen Kumar Devanga; Vijayakumar, Saranya; Sethuvel, Dhiviya Prabaa Muthuirulandi

    2016-01-01

    Acinetobacter baumannii is an important emerging pathogen that causes health care-associated infections. In this study, we determined the genome of a multidrug-resistant clinical strain, VB22595, isolated from a hospital in Southern India. The draft genome indicates that strain VB22595 encodes a genome of ~3.92 Mb in size and does not contain plasmid derived MCR-1 for colistin resistance. PMID:27516521

  12. Development of a GMP Phase III purification process for VB4-845, an immunotoxin expressed in E. coli using high cell density fermentation.

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    Premsukh, Arjune; Lavoie, Joelle M; Cizeau, Jeannick; Entwistle, Joycelyn; MacDonald, Glen C

    2011-07-01

    VB4-845 is a recombinant immunotoxin comprised of an anti-epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) scFv fused to a truncated form of the bacterial toxin, Pseudomonas exotoxin A. VB4-845, purified from TB fed-batch fermentation, showed clinical efficacy when administered locally to treat non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck (SCCHN). Here, we describe the implementation of an Escherichia coli high cell density (HCD) cultivation and purification process for VB4-845. HCD cultivation was a prerequisite for achieving higher yields necessary for Phase III clinical trials and commercialization. Using this process, the VB4-845 titer in the supernatant was increased by 30-fold over the original TB fed-batch cultivation. To obtain clinical grade material, a process involving a five-step column purification procedure was implemented and led to an overall recovery of ∼ 40%. VB4-845 purity of >97% was achieved after the first three columns following the removal of low-molecular weight product-related impurities and aggregates. Endotoxins were effectively separated from VB4-845 on the Q-columns and by washing the Ni-column with a detergent buffer while host cell proteins were removed using ceramic hydroxyapatite. Comparability studies demonstrated that the purified product from the Phase III process was identical to the Phase II reference standard produced using TB fed-batch fermentation. PMID:21421055

  13. A comparative study of dissociation of thymidine molecules following valence or core photoionization

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    Itälä, E.; Huels, M. A.; Rachlew, E.; Kooser, K.; Hägerth, T.; Kukk, E.

    2013-11-01

    We have studied the fragmentation of gas phase thymidine following valence and core ionization using synchrotron radiation, combined with electron energy and ion mass resolved detection in coincidence. To identify certain fragment masses 13C labelled thymidine was also used. We find that in large part, the photofragmentation of thymidine can be described as separated thymine and 2-deoxy-d-ribose cations. However, also the intact thymidine radical cation, formation of intact base and sugar cations from glycosidic bond cleavage and several new thymidine-specific fragments are observed after valence ionization. Conversely, at the photoionization of C 1s electrons neither parent thymidine cations nor any fragments above 55 amu were detected, and only ion pairs with small masses survive core ionization, Auger decay and the subsequent Coulomb separation of the DNA sub-unit. This demonstrates the genotoxic nature of soft x-rays which in cells induce complex clustered damage similar to those yielded by heavy particles.

  14. The nature of the fourth bond in the ground state of C2: the quadruple bond conundrum.

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    Danovich, David; Hiberty, Philippe C; Wu, Wei; Rzepa, Henry S; Shaik, Sason

    2014-05-19

    Does, or doesn't C2 break the glass ceiling of triple bonding? This work provides an overview on the bonding conundrum in C2 and on the recent discussions regarding our proposal that it possesses a quadruple bond. As such, we focus herein on the main point of contention, the 4th bond of C2, and discuss the main views. We present new data and an overview of the nature of the 4th bond--its proposed antiferromagnetically coupled nature, its strength, and a derivation of its bond energy from experimentally based thermochemical data. We address the bond-order conundrum of C2 arising from generalized VB (GVB) calculations by comparing it to HC≡CH, and showing that the two molecules behave very similarly, and C2 is in no way an exception. We analyse the root cause of the deviation of C2 from the Badger Rule, and demonstrate that the reason for the smaller force constant (FC) of C2 relative to HC≡CH has nothing to do with the bond energies, or with the number of bonds in the two molecules. The FC is determined primarily by the bond length, which is set by the balance between the bond length preferences of the σ- versus π-bonds in the two molecules. This interplay in the case of C2 clearly shows the fingerprints of the 4th bond. Our discussion resolves the points of contention and shows that the arguments used to dismiss the quadruple bond nature of C2 are not well founded. PMID:24782210

  15. Energy Correlation among Three Photoelectrons Emitted in Core-Valence-Valence Triple Photoionization of Ne

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    Hikosaka, Y.; Soejima, K.; Lablanquie, P.; Penent, F.; Palaudoux, J.; Andric, L.; Shigemasa, E.; Suzuki, I. H.; Nakano, M.; Ito, K.

    2011-09-09

    The direct observation of triple photoionization involving one inner shell and two valence electrons is reported. The energy distribution of the three photoelectrons emitted from Ne is obtained using a very efficient multielectron coincidence method using the magnetic bottle electron spectroscopic technique. A predominance of the direct path to triple photoionization for the formation of Ne{sup 3+} in the 1s2s{sup 2}2p{sup 4} configuration is observed. It is demonstrated that the energy distribution evolves with photon energy and indicates a significant difference with triple photoionization involving only valence electrons.

  16. Energy Correlation among Three Photoelectrons Emitted in Core-Valence-Valence Triple Photoionization of Ne

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    Hikosaka, Y.; Lablanquie, P.; Penent, F.; Palaudoux, J.; Andric, L.; Soejima, K.; Shigemasa, E.; Suzuki, I. H.; Nakano, M.; Ito, K.

    2011-09-01

    The direct observation of triple photoionization involving one inner shell and two valence electrons is reported. The energy distribution of the three photoelectrons emitted from Ne is obtained using a very efficient multielectron coincidence method using the magnetic bottle electron spectroscopic technique. A predominance of the direct path to triple photoionization for the formation of Ne3+ in the 1s2s22p4 configuration is observed. It is demonstrated that the energy distribution evolves with photon energy and indicates a significant difference with triple photoionization involving only valence electrons.

  17. Energy correlation among three photoelectrons emitted in core-valence-valence triple photoionization of Ne.

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    Hikosaka, Y; Lablanquie, P; Penent, F; Palaudoux, J; Andric, L; Soejima, K; Shigemasa, E; Suzuki, I H; Nakano, M; Ito, K

    2011-09-01

    The direct observation of triple photoionization involving one inner shell and two valence electrons is reported. The energy distribution of the three photoelectrons emitted from Ne is obtained using a very efficient multielectron coincidence method using the magnetic bottle electron spectroscopic technique. A predominance of the direct path to triple photoionization for the formation of Ne3+ in the 1s 2s2 2p4 configuration is observed. It is demonstrated that the energy distribution evolves with photon energy and indicates a significant difference with triple photoionization involving only valence electrons. PMID:22026663

  18. Institutional Bonding.

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    Allard, M. June

    Institutional bonding was examined at a public, urban commuter college with exceptionally high attrition and visibly low morale. Changes in bonding and attrition were measured 6 years after a 2-year effort to develop school identity and student feelings of membership. It was found that a simple index of campus morale is provided by level of…

  19. Extreme floods in central Europe over the past 500 years: Role of cyclone pathway ``Zugstrasse Vb''

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    Mudelsee, M.; BöRngen, M.; Tetzlaff, G.; Grünewald, U.

    2004-12-01

    Anthropogenically induced climate change has been hypothesized to add to the risk of extreme river floods because a warmer atmosphere can carry more water. In the case of the central European rivers Elbe and Oder, another possibility that has been considered is a more frequent occurrence of a weather situation of the type "Zugstrasse Vb," where a low-pressure system travels from the Adriatic region northeastward, carrying moist air and bringing orographic rainfall in the mountainous catchment areas (Erzgebirge, Sudeten, and Beskids). Analysis of long, homogeneous records of past floods allows us to test such ideas. M. Mudelsee and co-workers recently presented flood records for the middle parts of the Elbe and Oder, which go continuously back to A.D. 1021 and A.D. 1269, respectively. Here we review the reconstruction and assess the data quality of the records, which are based on combining documentary data from the interval up to 1850 and measurements thereafter, finding both the Elbe and Oder records to provide reliable information on heavy floods at least since A.D. 1500. We explain that the statistical method of kernel occurrence rate estimation can overcome deficiencies of techniques previously used to investigate trends in the occurrence of climatic extremes, because it (1) allows nonmonotonic trends, (2) imposes no parametric restrictions, and (3) provides confidence bands, which are essential for evaluating whether observed trends are real or came by chance into the data. We further give a hypothesis test that can be used to evaluate monotonic trends. On the basis of these data and methods, we find for both the Elbe and Oder rivers (1) significant downward trends in winter flood risk during the twentieth century, (2) no significant trends in summer flood risk in the twentieth century, and (3) significant variations in flood risk during past centuries, with notable differences between the Elbe and Oder. The observed trends are shown to be both robust against

  20. Myosin Vb uncoupling from RAB8A and RAB11A elicits microvillus inclusion disease

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    Knowles, Byron C.; Roland, Joseph T.; Krishnan, Moorthy; Tyska, Matthew J.; Lapierre, Lynne A.; Dickman, Paul S.; Goldenring, James R.; Shub, Mitchell D.

    2014-01-01

    Microvillus inclusion disease (MVID) is a severe form of congenital diarrhea that arises from inactivating mutations in the gene encoding myosin Vb (MYO5B). We have examined the association of mutations in MYO5B and disruption of microvillar assembly and polarity in enterocytes. Stable MYO5B knockdown (MYO5B-KD) in CaCo2-BBE cells elicited loss of microvilli, alterations in junctional claudins, and disruption of apical and basolateral trafficking; however, no microvillus inclusions were observed in MYO5B-KD cells. Expression of WT MYO5B in MYO5B-KD cells restored microvilli; however, expression of MYO5B-P660L, a MVID-associated mutation found within Navajo populations, did not rescue the MYO5B-KD phenotype but induced formation of microvillus inclusions. Microvilli establishment required interaction between RAB8A and MYO5B, while loss of the interaction between RAB11A and MYO5B induced microvillus inclusions. Using surface biotinylation and dual immunofluorescence staining in MYO5B-KD cells expressing mutant forms of MYO5B, we observed that early microvillus inclusions were positive for the sorting marker SNX18 and derived from apical membrane internalization. In patients with MVID, MYO5B-P660L results in global changes in polarity at the villus tips that could account for deficits in apical absorption, loss of microvilli, aberrant junctions, and losses in transcellular ion transport pathways, likely leading to the MVID clinical phenotype of neonatal secretory diarrhea. PMID:24892806

  1. STRONG CONSTRAINTS TO THE PUTATIVE PLANET CANDIDATE AROUND VB 10 USING DOPPLER SPECTROSCOPY

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    Anglada-Escude, Guillem; Shkolnik, Evgenya L.; Weinberger, Alycia J.; Thompson, Ian B.; Osip, David J.; Debes, John H. E-mail: shkolnik@dtm.ciw.edu E-mail: ian@obs.carnegiescience.edu E-mail: john.H.debes@nasa.gov

    2010-03-01

    We present new radial velocity (RV) measurements of the ultra-cool dwarf VB 10, which was recently announced to host a giant planet detected with astrometry. The new observations were obtained using optical spectrographs (MIKE/Magellan and ESPaDOnS/CFHT) and cover 65% of the reported period of 270 days. The nominal precision of the new Doppler measurements is about 150 m s{sup -1} while their standard deviation is 250 m s{sup -1}. However, there are indications that such a larger variation is due to uncontrolled systematic errors. We apply least-squares periodograms to identify the most significant signals and evaluate their false alarm probabilities (FAPs). We show that this method is the proper generalization to astrometric data because (1) it mitigates the coupling of the orbital parameters with the parallax and proper motion, and (2) it permits a direct generalization to include nonlinear Keplerian parameters in a combined fit to astrometry and RV data. Our analysis of the astrometry alone uncovers the reported 270 day period and an even stronger signal at {approx}50 days. We estimate the uncertainties in the parameters using a Markov chain Monte Carlo approach. Although the new data alone cannot rule out the presence of a candidate, when combined with published RV measurements, the FAPs of the best solutions grow to unacceptable levels strongly suggesting that the observed astrometric wobble is not due to an unseen companion. The new measurements put an upper limit of m sin i {approx} 2.5 m {sub jup} for a companion with a period shorter than one year and moderate eccentricities.

  2. Cyclic Di-GMP-Regulated Periplasmic Proteolysis of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa Type Vb Secretion System Substrate

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    Cooley, Richard B.; Smith, T. Jarrod; Leung, Wilfred; Tierney, Valerie; Borlee, Bradley R.; O'Toole, George A.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT We previously identified a second-messenger-regulated signaling system in the environmental bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens which controls biofilm formation in response to levels of environmental inorganic phosphate. This system contains the transmembrane cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) receptor LapD and the periplasmic protease LapG. LapD regulates LapG and controls the ability of this protease to process a large cell surface adhesin protein, LapA. While LapDG orthologs can be identified in diverse bacteria, predictions of LapG substrates are sparse. Notably, the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa harbors LapDG orthologs, but neither the substrate of LapG nor any associated secretion machinery has been identified to date. Here, we identified P. aeruginosa CdrA, a protein known to mediate cell-cell aggregation and biofilm maturation, as a substrate of LapG. We also demonstrated LapDG to be a minimal system sufficient to control CdrA localization in response to changes in the intracellular concentration of c-di-GMP. Our work establishes this biofilm signaling node as a regulator of a type Vb secretion system substrate in a clinically important pathogen. IMPORTANCE Here, the biological relevance of a conserved yet orphan signaling system in the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa is revealed. In particular, we identified the adhesin CdrA, the cargo of a two-partner secretion system, as a substrate of a periplasmic protease whose activity is controlled by intracellular c-di-GMP levels and a corresponding transmembrane receptor via an inside-out signaling mechanism. The data indicate a posttranslational control mechanism of CdrA via c-di-GMP, in addition to its established transcriptional regulation via the same second messenger. PMID:26100041

  3. Valence and excited states of LiH-

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    Gutsev, Gennady L.; Nooijen, Marcel; Bartlett, Rodney J.

    1998-03-01

    Valence and excited dipole-bound states of the LiH- anion are calculated with the recently developed electron-attachment equation-of-motion coupled-cluster technique. It is found that the first dipole-bound state of LiH- corresponds to the second dissociation channel LiH--->Li-(1S)+H(2S). The second (excited) dipole-bound state of LiH- is below the neutral ground-state potential energy curve only for some range of the Li-H internuclear distance. This state appears at bond lengths larger than ~2.0 Å and decays at Li-H distances longer than ~4.2 Å, where the dipole moment of LiH becomes smaller than the critical value of 2.5 D. The adiabatic electron affinity of LiH calculated at the coupled-cluster level with the iterative inclusion of all single, double, and triple excitations and a large atomic natural orbital basis set is 0.327 eV, almost matching the recently obtained experimental value of 0.342+/-0.012 eV.

  4. The valence-fluctuating ground state of plutonium

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    Janoschek, Marc; Das, Pinaki; Chakrabarti, Bismayan; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Lumsden, Mark D.; Lawrence, John M.; Thompson, Joe D.; Lander, Gerard H.; Mitchell, Jeremy N.; Richmond, Scott; et al

    2015-07-10

    A central issue in material science is to obtain understanding of the electronic correlations that control complex materials. Such electronic correlations frequently arise because of the competition of localized and itinerant electronic degrees of freedom. Although the respective limits of well-localized or entirely itinerant ground states are well understood, the intermediate regime that controls the functional properties of complex materials continues to challenge theoretical understanding. We have used neutron spectroscopy to investigate plutonium, which is a prototypical material at the brink between bonding and nonbonding configurations. In addition, our study reveals that the ground state of plutonium is governed bymore » valence fluctuations, that is, a quantum mechanical superposition of localized and itinerant electronic configurations as recently predicted by dynamical mean field theory. Our results not only resolve the long-standing controversy between experiment and theory on plutonium’s magnetism but also suggest an improved understanding of the effects of such electronic dichotomy in complex materials.« less

  5. Separability Between Valence and Conduction Bands in Transition Metal Clusters

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    Apra, Edoardo; Carter, Emily A.; Fortunelli, Alessandro

    2004-07-30

    Simplified theories of transition metal electronic structure have been postulated for many decades. Here we test one such approximation, namely separate treatments of d (valence) and s/p (conduction) electrons in transition metal clusters, within a density functional formalism. Two different basic approaches are considered: (a) an independent-band approximation, in which the d- and s/p-bands interact only via the ?-dependent components of the Kohn-Sham operator; and (b) a more realistic approximation, in which the lowest-energy d- and s/p-orbitals (separately derived) are allowed to interact through explicit off-diagonal coupling matrix elements. Results are presented for the energy differences among three structural forms (icosahedral, cuboctahedral and truncated decahedral) of 13-atom Ni and Pt clusters. We demonstrate that an explicit decoupling of the d- and s/p-bands does not produce accurate results for the clusters considered here, not even for nickel, i.e., the transition metal for which d-s/p mixing should be at its minimum. By contrast, allowing the lowest energy orbitals of the two separate bands to interact improves the results considerably, and assures a fair description of metal-metal bonding. This suggests simplified models that exclude explicit d-s/p coupling should be employed with caution.

  6. Valence tautomerism in synthetic models of cytochrome P450.

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    Das, Pradip Kumar; Samanta, Subhra; McQuarters, Ashley B; Lehnert, Nicolai; Dey, Abhishek

    2016-06-14

    CytP450s have a cysteine-bound heme cofactor that, in its as-isolated resting (oxidized) form, can be conclusively described as a ferric thiolate species. Unlike the native enzyme, most synthetic thiolate-bound ferric porphyrins are unstable in air unless the axial thiolate ligand is sterically protected. Spectroscopic investigations on a series of synthetic mimics of cytP450 indicate that a thiolate-bound ferric porphyrin coexists in organic solutions at room temperature (RT) with a thiyl-radical bound ferrous porphyrin, i.e., its valence tautomer. The ferric thiolate state is favored by greater enthalpy and is air stable. The ferrous thiyl state is favored by entropy, populates at RT, and degrades in air. These ground states can be reversibly interchanged at RT by the addition or removal of water to the apolar medium. It is concluded that hydrogen bonding and local electrostatics protect the resting oxidized cytP450 active site from degradation in air by stabilizing the ferric thiolate ground state in contrast to its synthetic analogs. PMID:27302948

  7. Experimental study of the valence band of Bi2Se3

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    Gao, Yi-Bin; He, Bin; Parker, David; Androulakis, Ioannis; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2014-09-26

    The valence band of Bi2Se3 is investigated with Shubnikov - de Haas measurements, galvanomagnetic and thermoelectric transport. At low hole concentration, the hole Fermi surface is closed and box-like, but at higher concentrations it develops tube-like extensions that are open. The experimentally determined density-of-states effective mass is lighter than density-functional theory calculations predict; while we cannot give a definitive explanation for this, we suspect that the theory may lack sufficient precision to compute room-temperature transport properties, such as the Seebeck coefficient, in solids in which there are Van der Waals interlayer bonds.

  8. Stellar Activity at the End of the Main Sequence: GHRS Observations of the M8 Ve Star VB 10

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    Linsky, Jeffrey L.; Wood, Brian E.; Brown, Alexander; Giampapa, Mark S.; Ambruster, Carol

    1995-01-01

    We present Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph observations of the M8 Ve star VB 10 (equal to G1 752B), located very near the end of the stellar main sequence, and its dM3.5 binary companion G1 752A. These coeval stars provide a test bed for studying whether the outer atmospheres of stars respond to changes in internal structure as stars become fully convective near mass 0.3 solar mass (about spectral type M5), where the nature of the stellar magnetic dynamo presumably changes, and near the transition from red to brown dwarfs near mass 0.08 solar mass (about spectral type M9), when hydrogen burning ceases at the end of the main sequence. We obtain upper limits for the quiescent emission of VB 10 but observe a transition region spectrum during a large flare, which indicates that some type of magnetic dynamo must be present. Two indirect lines of evidence-scaling from the observed X-ray emission and scaling from a time-resolved flare on AD Leo suggest that the fraction of the stellar bolometric luminosity that heats the transition region of VB 10 outside of obvious flares is comparable to, or larger than, that for G1 752A. This suggests an increase in the magnetic heating rates, as measured by L(sub line)/L(sub bol) ratios, across the radiative/convective core boundary and as stars approach the red/brown dwarf boundary. These results provide new constraints for dynamo models and models of coronal and transition-region heating in late-type stars.

  9. ON THE DETECTABILITY OF A PREDICTED MESOLENSING EVENT ASSOCIATED WITH THE HIGH PROPER MOTION STAR VB 10

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    Lepine, Sebastien; DiStefano, Rosanne E-mail: rd@cfa.harvard.edu

    2012-04-10

    Extrapolation of the astrometric motion of the nearby low-mass star VB 10 indicates that sometime in late 2011 December or during the first 2-3 months of 2012, the star will make a close approach to a background point source. Based on astrometric uncertainties, we estimate a 1 in 2 chance that the distance of closest approach {rho}{sub min} will be less than 100 mas, a 1 in 5 chance that {rho}{sub min} < 50 mas, and a 1 in 10 chance that {rho}{sub min} < 20 mas. The last would result in a microlensing event with a 6% magnification in the light from the background source and an astrometric shift of 3.3 mas. The lensing signal will however be significantly diluted by the light from VB 10, which is 1.5 mag brighter than the background source in B band, 5 mag brighter in I band, and 10 mag brighter in K band, making the event undetectable in all but the bluer optical bands. However, we show that if VB 10 happens to harbor a {approx}1 M{sub J} planet on a moderately wide ( Almost-Equal-To 0.18 AU-0.84 AU) orbit, there is a chance (1% to more than 10%, depending on the distance of closest approach and orbital period and inclination) that a passage of the planet closer to the background source will result in a secondary event of higher magnification. The detection of secondary events could be made possible with a several-times-per-night multi-site monitoring campaign.

  10. Strong Constraints to the Putative Planet Candidate around VB 10 Using Doppler Spectroscopy

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    Anglada-Escudé, Guillem; Shkolnik, Evgenya L.; Weinberger, Alycia J.; Thompson, Ian B.; Osip, David J.; Debes, John H.

    2010-03-01

    We present new radial velocity (RV) measurements of the ultra-cool dwarf VB 10, which was recently announced to host a giant planet detected with astrometry. The new observations were obtained using optical spectrographs (MIKE/Magellan and ESPaDOnS/CFHT) and cover 65% of the reported period of 270 days. The nominal precision of the new Doppler measurements is about 150 m s-1 while their standard deviation is 250 m s-1. However, there are indications that such a larger variation is due to uncontrolled systematic errors. We apply least-squares periodograms to identify the most significant signals and evaluate their false alarm probabilities (FAPs). We show that this method is the proper generalization to astrometric data because (1) it mitigates the coupling of the orbital parameters with the parallax and proper motion, and (2) it permits a direct generalization to include nonlinear Keplerian parameters in a combined fit to astrometry and RV data. Our analysis of the astrometry alone uncovers the reported 270 day period and an even stronger signal at ~50 days. We estimate the uncertainties in the parameters using a Markov chain Monte Carlo approach. Although the new data alone cannot rule out the presence of a candidate, when combined with published RV measurements, the FAPs of the best solutions grow to unacceptable levels strongly suggesting that the observed astrometric wobble is not due to an unseen companion. The new measurements put an upper limit of m sin i ~ 2.5 m jup for a companion with a period shorter than one year and moderate eccentricities. Based on observations collected with the 6.5 m Magellan Telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile, at the W. M. Keck Observatory, and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). The Keck Observatory is operated as a scientific partnership between the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and NASA, and was made possible by the generous financial support of the W. M. Keck