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  1. Carbon dioxide on the satellites of Saturn: Results from the Cassini VIMS investigation and revisions to the VIMS wavelength scale

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    Carbon dioxide on the satellites of Saturn: Results from the Cassini VIMS investigation of C­O in carbon dioxide (CO2) at or near the nominal solid-phase laboratory wavelength of 4.2675 lm (2343.3 cmÀ1 ), discovered with the Visible-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on the Cassini space

  2. Carbon dioxide on the satellites of Saturn: Results from the Cassini VIMS investigation and revisions to the VIMS wavelength scale

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    Cruikshank, D.P.; Meyer, A.W.; Brown, R.H.; Clark, R.N.; Jaumann, R.; Stephan, K.; Hibbitts, C.A.; Sandford, S.A.; Mastrapa, R.M.E.; Filacchione, G.; Ore, C.M.D.; Nicholson, P.D.; Buratti, B.J.; McCord, T.B.; Nelson, R.M.; Dalton, J.B.; Baines, K.H.; Matson, D.L.

    2010-01-01

    Several of the icy satellites of Saturn show the spectroscopic signature of the asymmetric stretching mode of C-O in carbon dioxide (CO2) at or near the nominal solid-phase laboratory wavelength of 4.2675 ??m (2343.3 cm-1), discovered with the Visible-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on the Cassini spacecraft. We report here on an analysis of the variation in wavelength and width of the CO2 absorption band in the spectra of Phoebe, Iapetus, Hyperion, and Dione. Comparisons are made to laboratory spectra of pure CO2, CO2 clathrates, ternary mixtures of CO2 with other volatiles, implanted and adsorbed CO2 in non-volatile materials, and ab initio theoretical calculations of CO2 * nH2O. At the wavelength resolution of VIMS, the CO2 on Phoebe is indistinguishable from pure CO2 ice (each molecule's nearby neighbors are also CO2) or type II clathrate of CO2 in H2O. In contrast, the CO2 band on Iapetus, Hyperion, and Dione is shifted to shorter wavelengths (typically ???4.255 ??m (???2350.2 cm-1)) and broadened. These wavelengths are characteristic of complexes of CO2 with different near-neighbor molecules that are encountered in other volatile mixtures such as with H2O and CH3OH, and non-volatile host materials like silicates, some clays, and zeolites. We suggest that Phoebe's CO2 is native to the body as part of the initial inventory of condensates and now exposed on the surface, while CO2 on the other three satellites results at least in part from particle or UV irradiation of native H2O plus a source of C, implantation or accretion from external sources, or redistribution of native CO2 from the interior. The analysis presented here depends on an accurate VIMS wavelength scale. In preparation for this work, the baseline wavelength calibration for the Cassini VIMS was found to be distorted around 4.3 ??m, apparently as a consequence of telluric CO2 gas absorption in the pre-launch calibration. The effect can be reproduced by convolving a sequence of model detector response profiles with a deep atmospheric CO2 absorption profile, producing distorted detector profile shapes and shifted central positions. In a laboratory blackbody spectrum used for radiance calibration, close examination of the CO2 absorption profile shows a similar deviation from that expected from a model. These modeled effects appear to be sufficient to explain the distortion in the existing wavelength calibration now in use. A modification to the wavelength calibration for 13 adjacent bands is provided. The affected channels span about 0.2 ??m centered on 4.28 ??m. The maximum wavelength change is about 10 nm toward longer wavelength. This adjustment has implications for interpretation of some of the spectral features observed in the affected wavelength interval, such as from CO2, as discussed in this paper.

  3. Multi-wavelength studies of Saturn's rings to constrain ring particle properties and ring structure: the VIMS perspective

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    Filacchione, G.; Capaccioni, F.; Ciarniello, M.; Nicholson, P. D.; Hedmann, M. M.; Clark, R. N.; Cerroni, P.; Spilker, L. J.; Colwell, J.; Bradley, T.

    2012-04-01

    Saturn has the most prominent and complex ring system in our solar system, extending along radial axis from 74658 km (inner C ring edge) to 136780 km (outer A). The physical and dynamical properties of ring particles can be fully understood only using a broad spectral range, which allow us to recognize very different processes. In this context, the scientific goal of our investigation is the study of Saturn's rings particle properties using combined datasets returned from different instruments aboard the Cassini mission. We are merging rings observations and compare results collected by Cassini's UV Imaging Spectrometer (UVIS), Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS), Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) and Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS). Merging multi-wavelength data sets allow us to test different thermal models, combining the effects of particle albedo, regolith composition, grain size and thermal properties with the ring structure. In this work we report about the VIMS contributions to this investigation, coming from the analysis of 0.35-5.1 µm spectra of A, B, C rings and Cassini Division. VIMS, in fact, has the capabilities to determine ring particles composition (water ice vs. chromophores mixed within ice), surface regolith grain size and particle albedo. After having described the dataset considered in this work (several rings radial mosaics taken at 12° ? phase ? 136° and -21° ? opening angle ? +5°) and the method to reduce data to spectrograms, we explain how the spectral indicators we have selected (slopes and band parameters) allow us to infer ring particle properties across different regions. Specifically, we report about: 1) the variations induced by illumination phase on visible reddening and water ice bands depth; 2) the average composition and regolith grain size of ring particles in A, B, C rings and CD; 3) an application of Hapke's model to compare VIMS data with synthetic spectra.

  4. Scaled Strong Field Interactions at Long Wavelengths

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    Sistrunk, Emily Frances

    The strong field regime describes interactions between light and matter where the electric field of the laser is a significant fraction of the binding field of the atom. Short pulsed lasers are capable of producing local fields on the order of the atomic unit of electric field. Under the influence of such strong fields, the ionization regime and electron dynamics are highly dependent on the wavelength used to drive the interaction. Few studies have been performed in the mid-infrared (MIR) spectral range. Using MIR wavelengths, the ponderomotive energy, Up, imposed on the electrons can be a factor of 20 greater than in the visible and near-infrared. Experiments on above threshold ionization (ATI) of cesium, nonsequential ionization (NSI) of noble gases, and high harmonic generation (HHG) in condensed phase media highlight the benefits of performing strong field investigations in the MIR. The photoelectron energy spectrum from above threshold ionization (ATI) of atoms provides details about the strong field interaction. Cesium atoms driven by a 3.6 mum laser indicate that excited states can play a large role in ionization from the ground state. Previous experiments on argon in the near-infrared can be compared to cesium at 3.6 im due to their similar Keldysh-scaling. Unlike argon, the measured ionization yield in cesium saturates at a higher intensity than predicted due to the Stark shift of the ground state. Such shifts have not been detected in argon. The low-lying 6P excited states of cesium produce a strong effect on the photoelectron energy spectrum, resulting in a splitting of each ATI peak. Enhancements in the photoelectron energy spectrum similar to those found in argon are observed in cesium. These enhancements are relatively insensitive to ellipticity of the drive laser. To take advantage of the large ponderomotive energy associated with Mid-IR lasers, ionization of argon, krypton and xenon is studied at 3.6 im. The factor of 20 increase in Up between the near-infrared and MIR experiments allows electrons to return with up to ~300eV in energy. Inelastic scattering of returning electrons impinging on their parent ion results in impact ionization, producing up to the 6th charge state in xenon. The large increase in the ionization yield produced by impact ionization is understood by scaling the impact ionization cross section by the electron return energy distribution and the calculated wavepacket spread. Elastic scattering of the returning electrons provides information about the structure of the parent ion, as the differential cross section can be extracted from the experimental photoelectron angular distribution. High harmonic generation (HHG) in atomic gases occurs with notoriously low conversion efficiency. The advantages of a MIR laser system are used to study HHG in liquid and solid samples. The long wavelength makes possible the first demonstration of high order harmonics from the bulk of a crystalline solid. Harmonics generated in liquids appear perturbative in nature, while those generated in a crystal are highly nonperturbative. The high order harmonics yield information about the strong field response of the crystal's band structure. The use of MIR wavelengths allows the observation of new strong field phenomena. As all of the above methods are applicable to molecules as well as atoms, MIR studies have a strong impact on understanding the interaction between light and matter.

  5. Seasonal temperature variations observed by Cassini-VIMS on Saturn's satellites

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    Filacchione, Gianrico; Capaccioni, Fabrizio; D'Aversa, Emiliano; Tosi, Federico; Ciarniello, Mauro; Clark, Roger N.; Brown, Robert H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Dalle Ore, Cristina M.; Scipioni, Francesca; Cerroni, Priscilla

    2015-04-01

    We report about temperature maps of Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione and Rhea derived from Cassini/VIMS data. Observations taken during the entire duration of the Cassini mission (2004-2014) were processed. Since equinox occurred in 2009, this dataset includes both pre and post equinox viewing geometries. VIMS data taken at spatial resolution of 20-40 km/pixel allow us to study the correlation of the temperature at regional scale resolution with solar illumination conditions, geological features and seasons. The retrieval of the temperature from IR reflectance data is based on the comparison with laboratory measurements (Clark et al., Icarus 218, 831, 2012): when a sample of pure crystalline water ice particles is cooled, the 3.6 µm peak moves towards shorter wavelengths, from about 3.65 µm at T=123 K to about 3.55 µm at T=88 K. Mastrapa et al. (ApJ 701, 104, 2009) have measured a similar trend also in the imaginary part (k) of the refractive index of water ice when a sample is cooled from T=140 K to 20 K. Being Saturn's satellites surfaces dominated by water ice (Filacchione et al., Icarus 220, 1064, 2012), the measurement of the wavelength at which the 3.6 µm reflectance peak occurs can be considered as a good temperature marker. This method was already applied to Saturn rings VIMS mosaics to retrieve ring particles temperature (Filacchione et al., Icarus 241, 45, 2014). By using geometry projection techniques applied to VIMS data, we have mapped temperature variations as a function of LST and season on the regular satellites surfaces. Pre and post-equinox temperature maps built at the same LST allow us to follow seasonal variations across summer and winter hemispheres. Moreover, temperature variations seen across satellites surfaces appear correlated with geological features, leading-trailing asymmetries, local color patterns and equatorial radiation lenses.

  6. Principal components analysis of Jupiter VIMS spectra

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Bellucci, G.; Formisano, V.; D'Aversa, E.; Brown, R.H.; Baines, K.H.; Bibring, J.-P.; Buratti, B.J.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.; Clark, R.N.; Coradini, A.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Drossart, P.; Jaumann, R.; Langevin, Y.; Matson, D.L.; McCord, T.B.; Mennella, V.; Nelson, R.M.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sicardy, B.; Sotin, C.; Chamberlain, M.C.; Hansen, G.; Hibbits, K.; Showalter, M.; Filacchione, G.

    2004-01-01

    During Cassini - Jupiter flyby occurred in December 2000, Visual-Infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) instrument took several image cubes of Jupiter at different phase angles and distances. We have analysed the spectral images acquired by the VIMS visual channel by means of a principal component analysis technique (PCA). The original data set consists of 96 spectral images in the 0.35-1.05 ??m wavelength range. The product of the analysis are new PC bands, which contain all the spectral variance of the original data. These new components have been used to produce a map of Jupiter made of seven coherent spectral classes. The map confirms previously published work done on the Great Red Spot by using NIMS data. Some other new findings, presently under investigation, are presented. ?? 2004 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of COSPAR.

  7. Spectral properties and temperature radial profiles of Saturn's main rings by Cassini-VIMS: variability with solar phase and elevation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Filacchione, Gianrico; Capaccioni, F.; Ciarniello, M.; Clark, R. N.; Nicholson, P. D.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Brown, R. H.; Cuzzi, J. N.; Altobelli, N.; Spilker, L. J.; Hedman, M. M.; Dalle Ore, C. M.; Cerroni, P.

    2013-10-01

    We report about Saturn's rings average spectral properties and temperature as retrieved from ten Cassini VIMS radial mosaics acquired between october 2004 and january 2010. The dataset includes observations taken with solar phase running between 12° to 136° and elevation angle between -21° to +5°. These observations, after being reduced in spectrograms, e.g. 2D arrays containing the VIS-IR spectral (0.35-5.0 ?m) and spatial (from 73.500 to 141.375 km) information, allow us a direct comparison of the derived spectral properties on a common spatial scale. Significant changes in VIS reddening, water ice abundance and grain sizes are observed across different rings radial regions. When observed at high solar phases, a remarkable increase of VIS reddening and water ice band depths is found, as a consequence of the presence of a red contaminant intimately mixed within water ice grains. Ring's particles temperature is retrieved by using the wavelength of the 3.6 ?m continuum peak on reflectance spectra as a marker. For pure water ice the position of the peak, as measured in laboratory, shifts towards shorter wavelengths when temperature decreases, from about 3.65 ?m at 123 K to about 3.55 ?m at 88 K. When applied to VIMS rings observations, this method allow us to infer the average temperature across ring regions sampled with 400 km-wide radial bins. VIMS temperature radial profiles are compared with similar CIRS measurements acquired at the same time. We have found a substantial agreement between VIMS and CIRS results for the A and B ring while VIMS measures higher temperatures than CIRS across C ring and CD as a consequence of the lower optical depth and deviation from pure water ice composition. In summary, VIMS results show that 1) across C ring and CD the 3.6 ?m peak wavelength is always higher than across B and A rings: C and CD are warmer than A and B rings; 2) when the solar elevation angle decreases to 0° (equinox) the peak's position shifts at shorter wavelengths: rings become colder; 3) when both afternoon and morning ansae observations are available, we have measured higher temperature across the afternoon ansa

  8. Mapping and interpretation of Sinlap crater on Titan using Cassini VIMS and RADAR data

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    Le, Mouelic S.; Paillou, P.; Janssen, M.A.; Barnes, J.W.; Rodriguez, S.; Sotin, C.; Brown, R.H.; Baines, K.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Crapeau, M.; Encrenaz, P.J.; Jaumann, R.; Geudtner, D.; Paganelli, F.; Soderblom, L.; Tobie, G.; Wall, S.

    2008-01-01

    Only a few impact craters have been unambiguously detected on Titan by the Cassini-Huygens mission. Among these, Sinlap is the only one that has been observed both by the RADAR and VIMS instruments. This paper describes observations at centimeter and infrared wavelengths which provide complementary information about the composition, topography, and surface roughness. Several units appear in VIMS false color composites of band ratios in the Sinlap area, suggesting compositional heterogeneities. A bright pixel possibly related to a central peak does not show significant spectral variations, indicating either that the impact site was vertically homogeneous, or that this area has been recovered by homogeneous deposits. Both VIMS ratio images and dielectric constant measurements suggest the presence of an area enriched in water ice around the main ejecta blanket. Since the Ku-band SAR may see subsurface structures at the meter scale, the difference between infrared and SAR observations can be explained by the presence of a thin layer transparent to the radar. An analogy with terrestrial craters in Libya supports this interpretation. Finally, a tentative model describes the geological history of this area prior, during, and after the impact. It involves mainly the creation of ballistic ejecta and an expanding plume of vapor triggered by the impact, followed by the redeposition of icy spherules recondensed from this vapor plume blown downwind. Subsequent evolution is then driven by erosional processes and aeolian deposition. Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.

  9. Mapping and interpretation of Sinlap crater on Titan using Cassini VIMS and RADAR data

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    Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Paillou, Philippe; Janssen, Michael A.; Barnes, Jason W.; Rodriguez, Sébastien; Sotin, Christophe; Brown, Robert H.; Baines, Kevin H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Clark, Roger N.; Crapeau, Marc; Encrenaz, Pierre J.; Jaumann, Ralf; Geudtner, Dirk; Paganelli, Flora; Soderblom, Laurence; Tobie, Gabriel; Wall, Steve

    2008-04-01

    Only a few impact craters have been unambiguously detected on Titan by the Cassini-Huygens mission. Among these, Sinlap is the only one that has been observed both by the RADAR and VIMS instruments. This paper describes observations at centimeter and infrared wavelengths which provide complementary information about the composition, topography, and surface roughness. Several units appear in VIMS false color composites of band ratios in the Sinlap area, suggesting compositional heterogeneities. A bright pixel possibly related to a central peak does not show significant spectral variations, indicating either that the impact site was vertically homogeneous, or that this area has been recovered by homogeneous deposits. Both VIMS ratio images and dielectric constant measurements suggest the presence of an area enriched in water ice around the main ejecta blanket. Since the Ku-band SAR may see subsurface structures at the meter scale, the difference between infrared and SAR observations can be explained by the presence of a thin layer transparent to the radar. An analogy with terrestrial craters in Libya supports this interpretation. Finally, a tentative model describes the geological history of this area prior, during, and after the impact. It involves mainly the creation of ballistic ejecta and an expanding plume of vapor triggered by the impact, followed by the redeposition of icy spherules recondensed from this vapor plume blown downwind. Subsequent evolution is then driven by erosional processes and aeolian deposition.

  10. A close look at Saturn's rings with Cassini VIMS

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    Nicholson, P.D.; Hedman, M.M.; Clark, R.N.; Showalter, M.R.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Cuzzi, J.N.; Filacchione, G.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.; Hansen, G.B.; Sicardy, B.; Drossart, P.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Baines, K.H.; Coradini, A.

    2008-01-01

    Soon after the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft entered orbit about Saturn on 1 July 2004, its Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer obtained two continuous spectral scans across the rings, covering the wavelength range 0.35-5.1 ??m, at a spatial resolution of 15-25 km. The first scan covers the outer C and inner B rings, while the second covers the Cassini Division and the entire A ring. Comparisons of the VIMS radial reflectance profile at 1.08 ??m with similar profiles at a wavelength of 0.45 ??m assembled from Voyager images show very little change in ring structure over the intervening 24 years, with the exception of a few features already known to be noncircular. A model for single-scattering by a classical, many-particle-thick slab of material with normal optical depths derived from the Voyager photopolarimeter stellar occultation is found to provide an excellent fit to the observed VIMS reflectance profiles for the C ring and Cassini Division, and an acceptable fit for the inner B ring. The A ring deviates significantly from such a model, consistent with previous suggestions that this region may be closer to a monolayer. An additional complication here is the azimuthally-variable average optical depth associated with "self-gravity wakes" in this region and the fact that much of the A ring may be a mixture of almost opaque wakes and relatively transparent interwake zones. Consistently with previous studies, we find that the near-infrared spectra of all main ring regions are dominated by water ice, with a typical regolith grain radius of 5-20 ??m, while the steep decrease in visual reflectance shortward of 0.6 ??m is suggestive of an organic contaminant, perhaps tholin-like. Although no materials other than H2O ice have been identified with any certainty in the VIMS spectra of the rings, significant radial variations are seen in the strength of the water-ice absorption bands. Across the boundary between the C and B rings, over a radial range of ???7000 km, the near-IR band depths strengthen considerably. A very similar pattern is seen across the outer half of the Cassini Division and into the inner A ring, accompanied by a steepening of the red slope in the visible spectrum shortward of 0.55 ??m. We attribute these trends-as well as smaller-scale variations associated with strong density waves in the A ring-to differing grain sizes in the tholin-contaminated icy regolith that covers the surfaces of the decimeter-to-meter sized ring particles. On the largest scale, the spectral variations seen by VIMS suggest that the rings may be divided into two larger 'ring complexes,' with similar internal variations in structure, optical depth, particle size, regolith texture and composition. The inner complex comprises the C and B rings, while the outer comprises the Cassini Division and A ring. ?? 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Spectrophotometric Modeling of Rhea's Surface from Vims Data

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    Ciarniello, Mauro; Capaccioni, F.; Filacchione, G.; Clark, R. N.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Cerroni, P.; Coradini, A.; Brown, R. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Tosi, F.; Stephan, K.

    2010-10-01

    The huge amount of hyperspectral data from the VIMS (Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) instrument onboard Cassini spacecraft allows the study of the surface properties of icy bodies in Saturnian system in the 0.35 - 5.1 um spectral range. In this work we have analyzed 112 full disk images of Rhea with solar phase angle range 0°-110°. The goal of this work is to perform a quantitative evaluation of physical parameters affecting the spectrophotometric behavior of the satellite's surface. We have applied the Hapke model (Hapke, 1993) in order to describe both the full-disk phase function at each wavelength and the spectrum at given phase angles. With this approach we are able to constrain ice grain size and the amount of organic contaminants as well as the opposition effect surge and the surface roughness of Rhea. The best fit model is represented by an intraparticle mixture of water ice and Triton tholin (99.6%-0.4%) and particle radius of 38 um. What emerges from the analysis is that wavelength dependent parameters, i.e. opposition surge width and amplitude (h, Bo) and single particle phase function parameters (b,v), are correlated with the estimated single scattering albedo of particles (w), as expected for media with grain size larger than the wavelength. Regarding the opposition effect, we find that both Shadow Hiding and Coherent Backscattering contribute. The surface roughness parameter we obtain is theta=33°. This value is fairly high if compared to surface structures (e.g. reliefs or craters), which supports the hypotesis of a correlation with size scales on the order of particle clumping. This research is fully supported by an Italian Space Agency grant.

  12. Performance studies of the parallel VIM code

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    Shi, B.; Blomquist, R.N.

    1996-05-01

    In this paper, the authors evaluate the performance of the parallel version of the VIM Monte Carlo code on the IBM SPx at the High Performance Computing Research Facility at ANL. Three test problems with contrasting computational characteristics were used to assess effects in performance. A statistical method for estimating the inefficiencies due to load imbalance and communication is also introduced. VIM is a large scale continuous energy Monte Carlo radiation transport program and was parallelized using history partitioning, the master/worker approach, and p4 message passing library. Dynamic load balancing is accomplished when the master processor assigns chunks of histories to workers that have completed a previously assigned task, accommodating variations in the lengths of histories, processor speeds, and worker loads. At the end of each batch (generation), the fission sites and tallies are sent from each worker to the master process, contributing to the parallel inefficiency. All communications are between master and workers, and are serial. The SPx is a scalable 128-node parallel supercomputer with high-performance Omega switches of 63 {micro}sec latency and 35 MBytes/sec bandwidth. For uniform and reproducible performance, they used only the 120 identical regular processors (IBM RS/6000) and excluded the remaining eight planet nodes, which may be loaded by other`s jobs.

  13. Composition of Titan's surface from Cassini VIMS

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    McCord, T.B.; Hansen, G.B.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Cruikshank, D.P.; D'Aversa, E.; Griffith, C.A.; Baines, E.K.H.; Brown, R.H.; Dalle, Ore C.M.; Filacchione, G.; Formisano, V.; Hibbitts, C.A.; Jaumann, R.; Lunine, J.I.; Nelson, R.M.; Sotin, C.

    2006-01-01

    Titan's bulk density along with Solar System formation models indicates considerable water as well as silicates as its major constituents. This satellite's dense atmosphere of nitrogen with methane is unique. Deposits or even oceans of organic compounds have been suggested to exist on Titan's solid surface due to UV-induced photochemistry in the atmosphere. Thus, the composition of the surface is a major piece of evidence needed to determine Titan's history. However, studies of the surface are hindered by the thick, absorbing, hazy and in some places cloudy atmosphere. Ground-based telescope investigations of the integral disk of Titan attempted to observe the surface albedo in spectral windows between methane absorptions by calculating and removing the haze effects. Their results were reported to be consistent with water ice on the surface that is contaminated with a small amount of dark material, perhaps organic material like tholin. We analyze here the recent Cassini Mission's visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) observations that resolve regions on Titan. VIMS is able to see surface features and shows that there are spectral and therefore likely compositional units. By several methods, spectral albedo estimates within methane absorption windows between 0.75 and 5 ??m were obtained for different surface units using VIMS image cubes from the Cassini-Huygens Titan Ta encounter. Of the spots studied, there appears to be two compositional classes present that are associated with the lower albedo and the higher albedo materials, with some variety among the brighter regions. These were compared with spectra of several different candidate materials. Our results show that the spectrum of water ice contaminated with a darker material matches the reflectance of the lower albedo Titan regions if the spectral slope from 2.71 to 2.79 ??m in the poorly understood 2.8-??m methane window is ignored. The spectra for brighter regions are not matched by the spectrum of water ice or unoxidized tholin, in pure form or in mixtures with sufficient ice or tholin present to allow the water ice or tholin spectral features to be discerned. We find that the 2.8-??m methane absorption window is complex and seems to consist of two weak subwindows at 2.7 and 2.8 ??m that have unknown opacities. A ratio image at these two wavelengths reveals an anomalous region on Titan that has a reflectance unlike any material so far identified, but it is unclear how much the reflectances in these two subwindows pertain to the surface. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. S im ulation And Analysis Of VIM Measurements: Feedback On Design Parameters

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    Orozco Suárez, D.; Bellot Rubio, L. R.; Vargas, S.; Bonet, J. A.; Martíez Pillet, V.; del Toro Iniesta, J. C.

    2007-01-01

    The Visible-light Imager and Magnetograph (VIM) proposed for the ESA Solar Orbiter mission will observe a photo spheric spectral line at high spatial resolution. Here we simulate and interpret VIM measurements. Realistic MHD models are used to synthesize "observed" Stokes profiles of the photospheric Fe I 617.3 nm line. The profiles are degraded by telescope diffraction and detector pixel size to a spatial resolution of 162 km on the solar surface. We stufy the influence of spectral resolving power, noise, and limited wavelength sampling on the vector magnetic fields and line-of-sight velocities derived from Milne-Eddington inversions of the simulated measurements. VIM will provide reasonably accurate values of the atmospheric parametes even with the filter widths of 120 Å and 3 wavelength positions plus continuum, as long as the noise level is kept below 10-3 Ic.

  15. Molding the flow of light at deep sub-wavelength scale

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    Han, Seunghoon; Genov, Dentcho; Liu, Zhaowei; Bartal, Guy; Zhang, Xiang

    2007-01-01

    The diffractive nature of light has limited optics and photonics to operate at scales much larger than the wavelength of light. The major challenge in scaling-down integrated photonics is how to mold the light flow below diffraction-limit in all three dimensions. A high index solid immersion lens can improve the spatial resolution by increasing the medium refractive index, but only to few times higher than in air. Photonic crystals can guide light in three dimensions, however, the guided beam width is around a wavelength. Surface plasmons has a potential to reach the sub-wavelength scales; nevertheless, it is confined in the two-dimensional interface between metals and dielectrics. Here, we present a new approach for molding the light flow at the deep sub-wavelength scale, using metamaterials with uniquely designed dispersion. We develop a design methodology for realizing sub-wavelength ray optics, and demonstrate lambda/10 width light beams flow through three-dimensional space.

  16. Saturn's satellites temperatures inferred from Cassini-VIMS reflectance spectra

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Filacchione, G.; Capaccioni, F.; Clark, R. N.; Ciarniello, M.; Brown, R. H.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Buratti, B. J.; Cuzzi, J. N.; Spilker, L. J.; Nicholson, P. D.; Dalle Ore, C.; Cerroni, P.; Tosi, F.; Scipioni, F.

    2013-12-01

    The spectral position of the 3.6 ?m continuum peak measured on Cassini-VIMS reflectance spectra is used as a marker to infer the temperature of the regolith particles covering the surfaces of Saturn's icy satellites. Laboratory measurements indicate that for pure water ice the position of the 3.6 ?m peak is temperature-dependent: it shifts towards shorter wavelengths when the ice is cooled, moving from about 3.65 ?m at T=123 K to about 3.55 ?m at T=88 K. Starting from this experimental evidence we have used a 4th-degree polynomial fit between 3.2 and 3.8 µm to measure the wavelength at which the peak occurs with the view toward using it as a marker to retrieve the temperatures of the satellites. This method is applied to about 240 disk-integrated observations of Saturn's regular satellites collected by VIMS between 2004 and 2011 (Filacchione et al. Icarus 220, 2012) with solar phase in the 20-40 deg range, corresponding to late morning-early afternoon local times. From these observations we have retrieved average temperatures for Mimas (~88 K), Enceladus (<<88 K), Tethys (<88 K), Dione (~100 K), Rhea (~108 K), Hyperion (~113 K), Iapetus trailing (~138K) and Iapetus leading hemisphere (>170K). For some satellites, like Tethys and Dione, for which observations on both leading and trailing hemispheres are available, we have measured average temperatures higher by about 10 K on the trailing than on the leading hemisphere. Temperatures measured by VIMS with this method are in general much higher than corresponding ones reported by CIRS: this is a consequence of the shallow skindepth (few microns) to which VIMS is sensitive while CIRS measures temperature at greater depth (few millimeters). Grain size and contaminants embedded in water ice may also play a role in the 3.6 ?m peak properties and these effects have yet to be investigated. Combining VIMS and CIRS measurements will allow us to better characterize the regolith physical proper ties and heat transport mechanisms

  17. Dominant Wavelength of Small-Scale Folds Between Enceladus' South Polar Tiger Stripes

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    Preuss, L. J.; Barr, A. C.

    2010-03-01

    High-resolution images of Enceladus' south polar terrain reveal regions of small-scale folds between Damascus and Baghdad sulci. We will present the results of a systematic study of the folding wavelength using Fourier transform methods.

  18. IR-dust observations of Comet Tempel 2 with CRAF VIMS

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    Combi, Michael R.; McCord, T. B.; Bell, J. F.; Brown, R. H.; Clark, R. N.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Johnson, T. V.; Lebofsky, L. A.; Matson, D. L.

    1988-09-01

    Measurement strategies are now being planned for using the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) to observe the asteroid Hestia, and the nucleus, and the gas and dust in the coma of comet P/Tempel 2 as part of the Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby (CRAF) mission. The spectral range of VIMS will cover wavelengths from 0.35 to 5.2 micrometers, with a spectral resolution of 11 nm from 0.35 to 2.4 micrometers and of 22 nm from 2.4 to 5.2 micrometers. The instantaneous field of view (IFOV) provided by the foreoptics is 0.5 milliradians, and the current design of the instrument provides for a scanning secondary mirror which will scan a swath of length 72 IFOVs. The CRAF high resolution scan platform motion will permit slewing VIMS in a direction perpendicular to the swath. This enables the building of a two dimensional image in any or all wavelength channels. Important measurements of the dust coma will include the onset of early coma activity, the mapping of gas and dust jets and correlations with active nucleus areas, observations of the dust coma from various scattering phase angles, coverage of the low wavelength portion of the thermal radiation, and the 3.4 micrometer hydrocarbon emission. A description of the VIMS instrument is presented.

  19. Titan's surface composition and atmospheric transmission with solar occultation measurements by Cassini VIMS

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    Hayne, Paul O.; McCord, Thomas B.; Sotin, Christophe

    2014-11-01

    Solar occultation measurements by the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) reveal the near-infrared transmission of Titan's atmosphere down to an altitude of ?40 km. By combining these observations with VIMS reflectance measurements of Titan's surface and knowledge of haze and gas opacity profiles from the Huygens probe, we constrain a simple model for the transfer of radiation in Titan's atmosphere in order to derive surface reflectance in the methane windows used for compositional analysis. The advantages of this model are twofold: (1) it is accurate enough to yield useful results, yet simple enough to be implemented in just a few lines of code, and (2) the model parameters are directly constrained by the VIMS occultation and on-planet measurements. We focus on the 2.0, 2.7, 2.8 and 5.0 ?m windows, where haze opacity is minimized, and diagnostic vibrational bands exist for water ice and other candidate surface species. A particularly important result is the strong atmospheric attenuation at 2.7 ?m compared to 2.8 ?m, resulting in a reversal of apparent spectral slope in a compositionally diagnostic wavelength range. These results show that Titan's surface reflectance is much "bluer" and more closely matched by water ice than the uncorrected spectra would indicate, although the majority of Titan's surface has a spectrum consistent with mixtures (either intimate or areal) of water ice and haze particles precipitated from the atmosphere. Compositions of geologic units can be accurately modeled as mixtures ranging from predominantly water ice (Sinlap crater ejecta and margins of dark equatorial terrain) to predominantly organic-rich (Tui Regio and Hotei Regio), with particles in the size range ?10-20 ?m. In distinguishing between hypothesized formation mechanisms for Tui and Hotei Regio, their organic-rich composition favors a process that concentrates precipitated haze particles, such as playa lake evaporite deposition (Barnes, J.W., Bow, J., Schwartz, J., Brown, R.H., Soderblom, J.M., Hayes, A.G., Vixie, G., Le Mouélic, S., Rodriguez, S., Sotin, C., Jaumann, R., Stephan, K., Soderblom, L.A., Clark, R.N., Buratti, B.J., Baines, K.H., Nicholson, P.D. [2011]. Icarus, 216, 136-140). In other places, kilometer-scale exposures of nearly pure water ice bedrock on Titan's surface indicate relatively locally rapid erosion compared to rates of accumulation of solid hydrocarbons precipitated from the atmosphere. Somewhat surprisingly, Titan's vast equatorial dune fields appear slightly enriched in water ice compared to the surrounding bright regions, but the spectrum of the dune material itself may nonetheless be consistent with a predominantly organic haze-derived composition.

  20. About the Portuguese VIM3 version

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    Pellegrino, O.; Cruz, A.; Oliveira, J. C.; Filipe, E.

    2015-02-01

    For the first time, a unique Portuguese version of the International Vocabulary of Metrology (VIM) was organized and published by the National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) of Portugal and Brazil. This challenge could be met thanks to the experiences of the respective translations of the previous editions of the VIM and to the new Orthographic Agreement (AO) of the Portuguese speaking countries. After a brief historical review of the VIMs and their Portuguese versions, this communication aims to display the main steps that led to the final joint translation. Advantage was taken of this 3rd edition and of the AO to update the Portuguese multiplicative prefix writing "kilo" in coherence with the respective symbol "k". By way of answer to the questions raised by the recent edition of the VIM (VIM3) that stresses on the concepts associated to the terms, some suggestions are proposed and inconsistencies are identified, in order to facilitate the understanding and the dissemination of the document. These few suggestions for the next edition of the VIM also intended to standardize the terminology found in normative texts of different scientific fields which unfortunately does not necessarily tend to be consistent between them.

  1. Biochemical Characterization of VIM-39, a VIM-1-Like Metallo-?-Lactamase Variant from a Multidrug-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae Isolate from Greece.

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    Papagiannitsis, Costas C; Pollini, Simona; De Luca, Filomena; Rossolini, Gian Maria; Docquier, Jean-Denis; Hrabák, Jaroslav

    2015-12-01

    VIM-39, a VIM-1-like metallo-?-lactamase variant (VIM-1 Thr33Ala His224Leu) was identified in a clinical isolate of Klebsiella pneumoniae belonging to sequence type 147. VIM-39 hydrolyzed ampicillin, cephalothin, and imipenem more efficiently than did VIM-1 and VIM-26 (a VIM-1 variant with the His224Leu substitution) because of higher turnover rates. PMID:26369975

  2. Investigation of Titan's surface and atmosphere photometric functions using the Cassini/VIMS instrument

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    Cornet, Thomas; Altobelli, Nicolas; Rodriguez, Sébastien; Maltagliati, Luca; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Sotin, Christophe; Brown, Robert; Barnes, Jason; Buratti, Bonnie; Baines, Kevin; Clark, Roger; Nicholson, Phillip

    2015-04-01

    After 106 flybys spread over 10 years, the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument acquired 33151 hyperspectral cubes pointing at the surface of Titan on the dayside. Despite this huge amount of data available for surface studies, and due to the strong influence of the atmosphere (methane absorption and haze scattering), Titan's surface is only visible with VIMS in 7 spectral atmospheric windows centred at 0.93, 1.08, 1.27, 1.59, 2.01, 2.7-2.8 and 5 microns. Atmospheric scattering and absorption effects dominate Titan's spectrum at wavelengths shorter than 3 microns, while the 5 micron window, almost insensitive to the haze scattering, only presents a reduced atmospheric absorption contribution to the signal recorded by VIMS. In all cases, the recorded I/F represents an apparent albedo, which depends on the atmospheric contributions and the surface photometry at each wavelength. We therefore aim to determine real albedo values for Titan's surface by finding photometric functions for the surface and the atmosphere that could be used as a basis for empirical corrections or Radiative Transfer calculations. After updating the navigation of the VIMS archive, we decomposed the entire VIMS data set into a MySQL relational database gathering the viewing geometry, location, time (season) and I/F (for pure atmosphere and surface-atmosphere images) for each pixel of the 33151 individual VIMS cubes. We then isolated all the VIMS pixels where Titan's surface has been repeatedly imaged at low phase angles (< 20 degrees) in order to characterize phase curves for the surface at 5 microns and for the atmosphere. Among these, the T88 flyby appears noteworthy, with a "Emergence-Phase Function (EPF)"-type observation: 25 cubes acquired during the same flyby, over the same area (close to Tortola Facula, in relatively dark terrains), at a constant incidence and with varying emergence and phase (from 0 to 60 degrees) angles. The data clearly exhibit an increase of I/F at 5 microns at very low phase angles, which is indicative of an opposition effect for the surface, and kinks in the I/F at low and high emergence/phase angles, increasing with decreasing wavelength (and thus with increasing atmospheric scattering). The latter dependency is present in both pure atmosphere and surface-atmosphere images, which clearly indicates that it is of atmospheric origin. We are currently investigating these dependencies with angles and try to determine best fit models that would describe the phase curves for the surface at 5 microns and for the atmosphere at lower wavelengths in this particular area.

  3. Monitoring Enceladus' activity with Cassini-VIMS

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    Hedman, M. M.; Gosmeyer, C.; Nicholson, P. D.

    2012-12-01

    The plumes of water vapor and ice grains spewing out from cracks near Enceladus' south pole are one of Cassini's most remarkable discoveries. However, it is not yet clear what processes control or power this geological activity. One way to constrain what is going on below Enceladus' surface is to look for temporal variability in the plume. In certain tidal models, the activity level of individual plume sources may rise or fall on orbital timescales due to flexing, but variations on longer time scales are also conceivable. The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) onboard the Cassini Spacecraft has observed Enceladus' plumes roughly 20 times between 2005 and 2012. These observations cover a wide range of viewing conditions, with phase angles ranging from 150 to 170 degrees. In general, comparing such observations to one another is challenging due to the relatively weak signals, high background levels and significant phase effects involved. However, the currently-available data sets include multiple observations made at almost the same phase angles, but a range of different times and orbital phases relative to pericenter. Hence we can now make controlled comparisons of the plume's brightness at a given viewing geometry. Preliminary investigations of these data hint that the total brightness of the plume might vary with orbital phase relative to pericenter and/or with longer seasonal timescales. Thus when this analysis is complete, we should be able to constrain and quantify temporal variations in the plume's activity.

  4. The ‘Excess’ Emission from the Warm Surface Adjacent to Active Fissures on Enceladus from Combined VIMS and CIRS Spectra

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    Goguen, Jay D.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Howell, Robert R.

    2015-11-01

    The exciting discovery of thermal emission from the tiger stripe fissures at the S. pole of Enceladus is a major highlight of the Cassini mission. Both VIMS (Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) and CIRS (Composite InfraRed Spectrometer) detect the thermal ‘blackbody’ spectrum emitted from the warm fissure areas. The VIMS instrument is uniquely suited to measuring the hottest active locations because VIMS covers the 3 to 5 micron wavelength range where the rising edge of the Planck function for these T~200 K areas dominates the emission spectrum. At longer wavelengths, the spectrum is more complicated because contributions from small hot areas and larger cooler areas combine to form the broad emission spectrum that is detected by the CIRS instrument at wavelengths >6.7 microns. It is the combination of VIMS and CIRS spectra that paint a more complete portrait of the fissure heat transfer processes. Using spectra that span both the VIMS and CIRS wavelengths places a stronger constraint on the T distribution near the fissures than consideration of the spectra from either instrument alone.We show that when the best (= highest spatial resolution, 800 m/pixel and smaller) VIMS and CIRS spectra of the fissure thermal emission are considered together, there is a large (up to 400%) component of ‘excess’ emission spanning 7 to 17 microns that requires explanation. New analysis of ~2 km spatial resolution VIMS spectra of the Damascus hot spot on 8/13/2010 are similar to the highest resolution 4/14/2012 VIMS Baghdad spectra, confirming that differences in location or time between the best VIMS and CIRS spectra do not explain away the excess. The obvious interpretation is that there are processes that transfer heat from the fissure eruption to the surface within 400 m of the fissure center in addition to heat conduction through the fissure walls. Candidate heat transfer processes include fallback of large warm low velocity ice particles from the edges of the plume, and condensation of the low velocity component of water vapor expanding outward from the edge of the plume.This research was conducted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technolgy, Pasadena, CA.

  5. Wavelength scaling of efficient high-order harmonic generation by two-color infrared laser fields

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    Lan Pengfei; Takahashi, Eiji J.; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2010-06-15

    We theoretically investigate and demonstrate a better wavelength scaling of harmonic yield in a two-color infrared field. By mixing a Ti:sapphire assistant field with the infrared driving field, we show that high harmonic generation is enhanced and the harmonic yield scales as {lambda}{sup -3}-{lambda}{sup -4} in the plateau region, which falls more slowly as the increase of the driving laser wavelength {lambda} compared with {lambda}{sup -5}-{lambda}{sup -6} in a one-color infrared field.

  6. Hapke modeling of Rhea surface properties through Cassini-VIMS spectra

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    Ciarniello, M.; Capaccioni, F.; Filacchione, G.; Clark, R.N.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Cerroni, P.; Coradini, A.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Tosi, F.; Stephan, K.

    2011-01-01

    The surface properties of the icy bodies in the saturnian system have been investigated by means of the Cassini-VIMS (Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) hyperspectral imager which operates in the 0.35-5.1. ??m wavelength range. In particular, we have analyzed 111 full disk hyperspectral images of Rhea ranging in solar phase between 0.08?? and 109.8??. These data have been previously analyzed by Filacchione et al. (Filacchione, G. et al. [2007]. Icarus 186, 259-290; Filacchione, G. et al. [2010]. Icarus 206, 507-523) to study, adopting various "spectral indicators" (such as spectral slopes, band depth, and continuum level), the relations among various saturnian satellites. As a further step we proceed in this paper to a quantitative evaluation of the physical parameters determining the spectrophotometric properties of Rhea's surface. To do this we have applied Hapke (Hapke, B. [1993]. Theory of Reflectance and Emittance Spectroscopy, Topics in Remote Sensing: 3 Springer, Berlin) IMSA model (Isotropic Multiple Scattering Approximation) which allow us to model the phase function at VIS-IR (visible-infrared) wavelengths as well as the spectra taking into account various types of mixtures of surface materials. Thanks to this method we have been able to constrain the size of water ice particles covering the surface, the amount of organic contaminants, the large scale surface roughness and the opposition effect surge. From our analysis it appears that wavelength dependent parameters, e.g. opposition surge width (h) and single-particle phase function parameters (b,. v), are strongly correlated to the estimated single-scattering albedo of particles. For Rhea the best fit solution is obtained by assuming: (1) an intraparticle mixture of crystalline water ice and a small amount (0.4%) of Triton tholin; (2) a monodisperse grain size distribution having a particle diameter am= 38. ??m; and (3) a surface roughness parameter value of 33??. The study of phase function shows that both shadow hiding and coherent backscattering contribute to the opposition surge. This study represents the first attempt, in the case of Rhea, to join the spectral and the photometric analysis. The surface model we derived gives a good quantitative description of both spectrum and phase curve of the satellite. The same approach and model, with appropriate modifications, shall be applied to VIMS data of the other icy satellites of Saturn, in order to reveal similarities and differences in the surface characteristics to understand how these bodies interact with their environment. ?? 2011 Elsevier Inc.

  7. Cassini Vims Observations Of Thermal Emission From The Warmest 'Tiger Stripes' Near The South Pole On Enceladus

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    Goguen, Jay D.; Buratti, B. J.; Brown, R. H.; Clark, R. N.; Nicholson, P. D.; Hedman, M. M.; Sotin, C.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Baines, K. H.; Lawrence, K. J.; Spencer, J. R.; Blackburn, D.

    2012-10-01

    The discovery and continuing investigation of the long linear fissures near Enceladus’ south pole is a major highlight of the Cassini mission to Saturn. Known as the ‘tiger stripes’, these fissures are the source of water dominated plumes and extensive thermal emission (Spencer et al, 2006; Porco et al, 2006). This paper presents new observational constraints on the highest temperature component of the tiger stripes thermal emission using VIMS (Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) spectra. Because VIMS detects the thermal emission at 4 to 5 micrometer wavelengths, VIMS is sensitive to the rising edge of Planck function for temperatures near 200 K, making the new VIMS spectra complementary to the CIRS observations acquired at longer wavelengths. Although the thermal emission spectra of the hottest areas is only a small piece of the Enceladus and tiger stripe puzzle, it is an important missing piece that we will use to model how and where the detected heat is generated and the physical processes that transport the heat to the observable surface. Our first definitive detection of thermal emission from Baghdad Sulcus was reported in Blackburn et al (LPSC 2012) from VIMS data acquired during E11 (August 2010). Due to seasonal change during the mission, the Enceladus S. pole region has entered the perpetual winter night and reflected sunlight does not interfere with VIMS measurements of the faint thermal emission as it did early in the mission. During the 75 km altitude targeted encounter E18 (April 2012), VIMS acquired a 2 minute long sequence of 25 ms integration time spectra through a single high resolution pixel as Cassini passed over the South pole. The resulting data has the best spatial resolution of the thermal emission acquired to date. This work was supported in part by a grant from NASA’s Outer Planets Research Program.

  8. Effect of short-scale turbulence on kilometer wavelength irregularities in the equatorial electrojet

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    Ronchi, C.; Sudan, R.N. ); Similon, P.L. )

    1990-01-01

    The kilometer scale irregularities in the daytime equatorial electrojet are studied within the framework of a two-fluid, nonlocal theory of the gradient drift instability. A separation of scales is introduced into the equations in order to model the effects of the subgrid, short-wavelength ({lambda} < 100 m) modes. The presence of the short-scale turbulence is included in the large-scale equations through the average nonlinear flux due to the small-scale nonlinear terms. With the use of the linear ion continuity equation the nonlinear flux is expressed in terms of the large-scale quantities and of the small-scale density fluctuation spectrum. It is shown that the small-scale turbulence contributes to the large-scale equations through turbulent mobility and diffusion coefficients. For a particular choice for the small-scale density fluctuation spectrum the turbulent mobility is determined as a function of altitude, and its peak equals a few times the classical Pedersen mobility value. The equilibrium solutions of the large-scale equations are also derived in the presence of the short-wavelength turbulence. The localization of the current layer is seen to shift toward higher altitudes, and the current density profile conforms well with some of the available experimental data.

  9. Space switching enabled tunable wavelength converter and its application in large scale optical interconnect architecture

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    Xu, Zhaowen; Zhou, Luying; Cheng, Xiaofei

    2016-01-01

    We propose a large scale Clos structure based optical interconnect by employing cyclic arrayed waveguide grating routers (AWGRs) and novel space switching enabled tunable wavelength converters (SS-TWCs). The 1:2 or 1:4 SS-TWCs expand the scale of the optical interconnect up to 8 times of standard Clos structure while using the same AWGR modules. Experimental results are given to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed optical interconnect.

  10. Cassini VIMS Measurements of Thermal Emission from the Tiger Stripes on Enceladus

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    Goguen, Jay D.; Buratti, Bonnie J.

    2014-11-01

    The 3 to 5?m sensitivity of the Cassini VIMS instrument detects the rising, short-wavelength edge Planck thermal radiation from the highest temperature ( 200 K) component of the active fissures at the south pole of Enceladus. The tiger stripe fissures are heated by the escaping warm water vapor that forms the plumes. During an extremely low 7 km altitude pass through the plumes in 2012, Goguen et al. (2013) used VIMS in the high-speed occultation mode to measure the temperature and width of an active site along the Baghdad fissure. In this presentation, we will give an overview of the some of the other VIMS measurements of thermal emission from the tiger stripes and compare the emission from different active locations at different times for data that is already archived in the Planetary Data System.Goguen, J.D., et al. (2013). The Temperature and Width of an Active Fissure on Enceladus Measured with Cassini VIMS during the 14 April 2012 South Pole Flyover. Icarus 226,1128-1137.

  11. Adsorption equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics of ?-amylase on poly(DVB-VIM)-Cu(+2) magnetic metal-chelate affinity sorbent.

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    Osman, Bilgen; Kara, Ali; Demirbel, Emel; Kök, Senay; Be?irli, Necati

    2012-09-01

    Designing an immobilised metal ion affinity process on large-scale demands that a thorough understanding be developed regarding the adsorption behaviour of proteins on metal-loaded gels and the characteristic adsorption parameters to be evaluated. In view of this requirement, interaction of ?-amylase as a model protein with newly synthesised magnetic-poly(divinylbenzene-1-vinylimidazole) [m-poly(DVB-VIM)] microbeads (average diameter, 53-212 ?m) was investigated. The m-poly(DVB-VIM) microbeads were prepared by copolymerising of divinylbenzene (DVB) with 1-vinylimidazole (VIM). The m-poly(DVB-VIM) microbeads were characterised by N(2) adsorption/desorption isotherms, electron spin resonance, elemental analysis, scanning electron microscope and swelling studies. Cu(2+) ions were chelated on the m-poly(DVB-VIM) beads and used in adsorption of ?-amylase in a batch system. The maximum ?-amylase adsorption capacity of the m-poly(DVB-VIM)-Cu(2+) beads was determined as 10.84 mg/g at pH 6.0, 25 °C. The adsorption data were analyzed using three isotherm models, which are the Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherm models. The pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order, modified Ritchie's-second-order and intraparticle diffusion models were used to test dynamic experimental data. The study of temperature effect was quantified by calculating various thermodynamic parameters such as Gibbs free energy, enthalpy and entropy changes. PMID:22736275

  12. Cassini VIMS observations of the Galilean satellites including the VIMS calibration procedure

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    McCord, T.B.; Coradini, A.; Hibbitts, C.A.; Capaccioni, F.; Hansen, G.B.; Filacchione, G.; Clark, R.N.; Cerroni, P.; Brown, R.H.; Baines, K.H.; Bellucci, G.; Bibring, J.-P.; Buratti, B.J.; Bussoletti, E.; Combes, M.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Drossart, P.; Formisano, V.; Jaumann, R.; Langevin, Y.; Matson, D.L.; Nelson, R.M.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sicardy, B.; Sotin, C.

    2004-01-01

    The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) observed the Galilean satellites during the Cassini spacecraft's 2000/2001 flyby of Jupiter, providing compositional and thermal information about their surfaces. The Cassini spacecraft approached the jovian system no closer than about 126 Jupiter radii, about 9 million kilometers, at a phase angle of < 90 ??, resulting in only sub-pixel observations by VIMS of the Galilean satellites. Nevertheless, most of the spectral features discovered by the Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS) aboard the Galileo spacecraft during more than four years of observations have been identified in the VIMS data analyzed so far, including a possible 13C absorption. In addition, VIMS made observations in the visible part of the spectrum and at several new phase angles for all the Galilean satellites and the calculated phase functions are presented. In the process of analyzing these data, the VIMS radiometric and spectral calibrations were better determined in preparation for entry into the Saturn system. Treatment of these data is presented as an example of the VIMS data reduction, calibration and analysis process and a detailed explanation is given of the calibration process applied to the Jupiter data. ?? 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Effect of short scale turbulence on kilometer wavelength irregularities in the equatorial electrojet

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    Ronchi, C.; Sudan, R.N. . Lab. of Plasma Studies); Similon, P.L. . Dept. of Applied Physics)

    1989-01-01

    The kilometer-scale irregularities in the daytime equatorial electrojet are studied within the framework of a two-fluid, quasilinear, nonlocal theory of the gradient-drift instability. The effect of the short scale turbulence is included into the large scale equations through turbulent mobility and diffusion operators obtained from a quasilinear treatment of the electron equations. The turbulent mobility is determined as a function of altitude in terms of the small scale density fluctuation spectrum, and its peak equals a few times the classical Pedersen mobility value. The equilibrium solutions of the large scale equations are derived in the presence of the short wavelength turbulence. The localization of the unstable modes and of the current layer is seen to shift towards higher altitudes and the current density profile conforms well with some of the available experimental data. The local and nonlocal linear growth rates of the long wavelength modes are also obtained and discussed. The nonlocal linearized equations for the large scales are integrated numerically and the effects of the turbulent mobility and of velocity shear are discussed.

  14. Reduction of CCD observations made with a scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer. III. Wavelength scale refinement

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    Moiseev, A. V.

    2015-10-01

    We describe the recent modifications to the data reduction technique for observations acquired with the scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) mounted on the 6-m telescope of the Special Astrophysical Observatory that allow the wavelength scale to be correctly computed in the case of large mutual offsets of studied objects in interferograms.We examine the parameters of the scanning FPIs used in the SCORPIO-2 multimode focal reducer.

  15. Large-scale characterization of silicon nitride-based evanescent couplers at 532nm wavelength

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    Claes, Tom; Jansen, Roelof; Neutens, Pieter; Du Bois, Bert; Helin, Philippe; Severi, Simone; Van Dorpe, Pol; Deshpande, Paru; Rottenberg, Xavier

    2014-05-01

    Recently, the photonics community has a renewed attention for silicon nitride.1-3 When deposited at temperatures below 650K with plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD),4 it enables photonic circuits fabricated on-top of standard complementary metaloxidesemiconductor (CMOS) electronics. Silicon nitride is moreover transparent to wavelengths that are visible to the human eye and detectable with available silicon detectors, thus offering a photonics platform for a range of applications that is not accessible with the popular silicon-on-insulator platform. However, first-time-right design of large-scale circuits for demanding specifications requires reliable models of the basic photonic building blocks, like evanescent couplers (Figure 1), components that couple power between multiple waveguides. While these models typically exist for the silicon-on-insulator platform, they still lack maturity for the emerging silicon nitride platform. Therefore, we meticulously studied silicon nitride-based evanescent couplers fabricated in our 200mm-wafer facility. We produced the structures in a silicon nitride film deposited with low-temperature PECVD, and patterned it using optical lithography at a wavelength of 193nm and reactive ion etching. We measured the performance of as much as 250 different designs at 532nm wavelength, a central wavelength in the visible range for which laser sources are widespread. For each design, we measured the progressive transmission of up-to 10 cascaded identical couplers (Figure 2(a)), yielding very accurate figures for the coupling factor (Figure 2(b)). This paper presents the trends extracted from this vast data set (Figure 3), and elaborates on the impact of the couplers bend radius and gap on its coupling factors (Figure 4 and Figure 5). We think that the large- scale characterization of evanescent couplers presented in this paper, in excellent agreement with the simulated performance of the devices, forms the basis for a component library that enables accurate design of silicon nitride-based photonic circuitry.

  16. Mimas: Preliminary Evidence For Amorphous Water Ice from VIMS

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    Cruikshank, Dale P.; Marzo, G. A.; Pinilla-Alonso, N.; Roush, T. L.; Mastrapa, R. M.; DalleOre, C. M.; Buratti, B. J.; Stephan, K.

    2010-01-01

    We have conducted a statistical clustering analysis (1,2) on a mosaic of VIMS data cubes obtained on February 13, 2010, for Saturn s satellite Mimas. Seven VIMS cubes were geometrically projected and re-sampled to a common spatial resolution. The clustering technique consists of a partitioning algorithm coupled to a criterion that prevents sub-optimal solutions and tests for the influence of random noise in the measurements. The clustering technique is agnostic about the meaning of the clusters, and scientific interpretation requires their a posteriori evaluation. The preliminary results yielded five clusters, demonstrating that spectral variability across Mimas surface is statistically significant. The ratios of the means calculated for each of the clusters show structure within the 1.6- micron water ice band, as well as the shape and the central wavelength of the strong ice band at 2 micron, that map spatially in patterns apparently related to the topography of Mimas, in particular certain regions in and around Herschel crater. The mean spectra of the five clusters, show similarities with laboratory spectra of amorphous and crystalline H2O ice (3) that are suggestive of the presence of an amorphous ice component in certain regions of Mimas, notably on the central peak of Herschel, on the crater floor, and in faults surrounding the crater. This may represent a mixture of both ice phases, or perhaps a layer of amorphous ice on a base of crystalline ice. Another possible occurrence of amorphous ice appears southwest of Herschel, close to the south pole.

  17. Comparison of Cassini/VIMS and Huygens/DISR observations: Implications for Titan's geology and atmospheric haze

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    Sotin, Christophe; Karkoschka, Eric; Lawrence, Ken; LeMouelic, Stephane; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Solomonidou, Anezina; Barnes, Jason; Brown, Robert; Buratti, Bonnie; Kirk, Randy; Soderblom, Jason; Soderblom, Larry; Baines, Kevin; Clark, Roger; Nicholson, Phil

    2015-04-01

    The Huygens probe made in situ observations of Titan's atmosphere and surface in an area of Titan now known as a high equatorial plateau named Adiri surrounded by dune fields. These observations, made in January 2005, provide ground truth for remote sensing observations. This study focuses on the comparison between observations made by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on Cassini spacecraft and the Descent Imager / Spectral Radiometer (DISR) on the Huygens probe. Two of the DISR instrument suite are relevant to the comparison with VIMS: the high resolution imager (HRI) and the Downward-Looking Infrared Spectrometer (DLIS) whose spectral range overlaps with the VIMS instrument between 0.9- and 1.6-?m. The comparison provides key information that can be applied to the VIMS data set which globally covers Titan's surface. The VIMS instrument can observe Titan's surface in 7 spectral atmospheric windows centred at 0.93, 1.08, 1.27, 1.59, 2.01, 2.7-2.8 and 5 microns [1]. Determining the spectral properties of the surface, and therefore the composition, requires the removal of the atmospheric contribution which includes absorption and scattering by atmospheric molecules and haze particles. Radiative transfer models have been using the DISR derived opacities to retrieve the surface albedo of Titan's surface. Light curves derived from VIMS solar occultation observations show that the atmospheric opacities above 80 km are in very good agreement with the DISR observations. However, the extrapolation of the DISR-derived opacities below 80 km at wavelengths above 1.6-?m predicts opacities much larger than those derived from the VIMS solar occultation observations. At 5-?m, the DISR extrapolation predicts a value of the optical depth three times larger than the value derived from the VIMS observations. The radiative transfer model used to retrieve the surface albedo [2] must be corrected accordingly. The VIMS instrument acquired one high resolution image of the Huygens Landing Site. On this image, the VIMS footprint is identical to the DLIS footprint when the Huygens probe was at 18 km altitude. The DLIS and VIMS images match very well, which allows a precise determination of the location of the two DLIS spectra taken at 18 km altitude. The comparison of the VIMS and DLIS surface albedo shows a good agreement at 1.27- and 1.59-?m. On the other hand, the DLIS surface albedo values at 0.92- and 1.08-?m are much larger than the VIMS values. We are currently investigating the reasons of this difference. This work has been performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract to NASA. [1] Sotin C. et al. (2005) Nature, 435, 786-789. {2] Hirtzig M. et al. (2013) Icarus, 226, 470-486.

  18. 1.3 mm WAVELENGTH VLBI OF SAGITTARIUS A*: DETECTION OF TIME-VARIABLE EMISSION ON EVENT HORIZON SCALES

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    Fish, Vincent L.

    Sagittarius A*, the ~4 × 10[superscript 6] M ? black hole candidate at the Galactic center, can be studied on Schwarzschild radius scales with (sub)millimeter wavelength very long baseline interferometry (VLBI). We report ...

  19. Hunting down horizon-scale effects with multi-wavelength surveys

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    Fonseca, José; Santos, Mário; Maartens, Roy

    2015-01-01

    Next-generation cosmological surveys will probe ever larger volumes of the Universe, including the largest scales, near and beyond the horizon. On these scales, the galaxy power spectrum carries signatures of local primordial non-Gaussianity (PNG) and horizon-scale General Relativistic (GR) effects. But cosmic variance severely limits detection of horizon-scale effects. In order to beat down cosmic variance, we can combine surveys via the multi-tracer technique. This method benefits from large bias differences between two tracers of the underlying dark matter distribution, which suggests a multi-wavelength combination of large volume surveys that are planned on a similar time-scale. We show that the combination of two contemporaneous surveys, a large neutral hydrogen intensity mapping survey in SKA Phase\\,1 and a Euclid-like photometric survey, will provide unprecedented constraints on PNG as well as detection of the GR effects. We forecast that the error on local PNG will break through the cosmic-variance li...

  20. Hunting down horizon-scale effects with multi-wavelength surveys

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    José Fonseca; Stefano Camera; Mário G. Santos; Roy Maartens

    2015-10-12

    Next-generation cosmological surveys will probe ever larger volumes of the Universe, including the largest scales, near and beyond the horizon. On these scales, the galaxy power spectrum carries signatures of local primordial non-Gaussianity (PNG) and horizon-scale general relativistic (GR) effects. However, cosmic variance limits the detection of horizon-scale effects. Combining different surveys via the multi-tracer method allows us to reduce the effect down cosmic variance. This method benefits from large bias differences between two tracers of the underlying dark matter distribution, which suggests a multi-wavelength combination of large volume surveys that are planned on a similar timescale. We show that the combination of two contemporaneous surveys, a large neutral hydrogen intensity mapping survey in SKA Phase1 and a Euclid-like photometric survey, will provide unprecedented constraints on PNG as well as detection of the GR effects. We forecast that the error on local PNG will break through the cosmic variance limit on cosmic microwave background surveys and achieve $\\sigma(f_{NL})\\simeq1.4-0.5$, depending on assumed priors, bias, and sky coverage. GR effects are more robust to changes in the assumed fiducial model, and we forecast that they can be detected with a signal-to-noise of about $14$.

  1. Hunting Down Horizon-scale Effects with Multi-wavelength Surveys

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    Fonseca, José; Camera, Stefano; Santos, Mário G.; Maartens, Roy

    2015-10-01

    Next-generation cosmological surveys will probe ever larger volumes of the universe, including the largest scales, near and beyond the horizon. On these scales, the galaxy power spectrum carries signatures of local primordial non-Gaussianity (PNG) and horizon-scale general relativistic (GR) effects. However, cosmic variance limits the detection of horizon-scale effects. Combining different surveys via the multi-tracer method allows us to reduce the effect of cosmic variance. This method benefits from large bias differences between two tracers of the underlying dark matter distribution, which suggests a multi-wavelength combination of large volume surveys that are planned on a similar timescale. We show that the combination of two contemporaneous surveys, a large neutral hydrogen intensity mapping survey in SKA Phase 1 and a Euclid-like photometric survey, will provide unprecedented constraints on PNG as well as detection of the GR effects. We forecast that the error on local PNG will break through the cosmic variance limit on cosmic microwave background surveys and achieve ? ({f}{{NL}})? 1.4-0.5, depending on assumed priors, bias, and sky coverage. GR effects are more robust to changes in the assumed fiducial model, and we forecast that they can be detected with a signal-to-noise of about 14.

  2. Impact of long-range wavelength-scale distortion on fine-structure constant measurements.

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    Dumont, Vincent; Webb, John Kelvin

    2015-08-01

    New ideas in unification theories suggest space-time variations of dimensionless physical constants may exist and that they might be within reach of current instrumental precision available from the world's best observatories. State-of-the-art observations already hint at such an effect. If confirmed, fundamental revisions in standard physics would be required.Accurate calibrations are of course crucial in searches for space-time variations of dimensionless physical constants using spectroscopic observations from the world's best observatories. Several recent studies reveal wavelength distortions in optical echelle spectrographs. These are not yet understood and they have not yet been measured using the actual science data used to derive constraints on space-time variation of alpha (critical since they appear to vary with time). In this work we study the impact of such distortions on measurements of the fine structure constant, alpha, observed at high redshift using high-resolution quasar spectroscopy.We have carried out extensive high-performance computing calculations that quantify the effect accurately for the first time, using the same quasar spectra used to measure alpha at high redshift. The spectra we use were obtained using the Keck telescope in Hawaii and the European Southern Observatory's VLT.We explain the detailed methodologies required, using instrumental configuration information from each wavelength setting used in forming a final summed spectrum. Our results show that whilst long-range wavelength-scale distortions do exist, and hence contribute an additional systematic error, these systematics (measured directly from the science exposures themselves) are small and unlikely to explain the spatial variations alpha of reported recently.

  3. Cassini/VIMS observations of the moon

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    Belluci, G.; Brown, R.H.; Formisano, V.; Baines, K.H.; Bibring, J.-P.; Buratti, B.J.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.; Clark, R.N.; Coradini, A.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Drossart, P.; Jaumann, R.; Langevin, Y.; Matson, D.L.; McCord, T.B.; Mennella, V.; Miller, E.; Nelson, R.M.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sicardy, B.; Sotin, C.

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, we present preliminary scientific results obtained from the analysis of VIMS (Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) lunar images and spectra. These data were obtained during the Cassini Earth flyby in August 1999. Spectral ratios have been produced in order to derive lunar mineralogical maps. Some spectra observed at the north-east lunar limb, show few unusual absorption features located at 0.357, 0.430 and 0.452 ??m, the origin of which is presently unknown. ?? 2002 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Study of wavelength-shifting chemicals for use in large-scale water Cherenkov detectors

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    M. Sweany; A. Bernstein; S. Dazeley; J. Dunmore; J. Felde; R. Svoboda; M. Tripathi

    2011-10-14

    Cherenkov detectors employ various methods to maximize light collection at the photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). These generally involve the use of highly reflective materials lining the interior of the detector, reflective materials around the PMTs, or wavelength-shifting sheets around the PMTs. Recently, the use of water-soluble wavelength-shifters has been explored to increase the measurable light yield of Cherenkov radiation in water. These wave-shifting chemicals are capable of absorbing light in the ultravoilet and re-emitting the light in a range detectable by PMTs. Using a 250 L water Cherenkov detector, we have characterized the increase in light yield from three compounds in water: 4-Methylumbelliferone, Carbostyril-124, and Amino-G Salt. We report the gain in PMT response at a concentration of 1 ppm as: 1.88 $\\pm$ 0.02 for 4-Methylumbelliferone, stable to within 0.5% over 50 days, 1.37 $\\pm$ 0.03 for Carbostyril-124, and 1.20 $\\pm$ 0.02 for Amino-G Salt. The response of 4-Methylumbelliferone was modeled, resulting in a simulated gain within 9% of the experimental gain at 1 ppm concentration. Finally, we report an increase in neutron detection performance of a large-scale (3.5 kL) gadolinium-doped water Cherenkov detector at a 4-Methylumbelliferone concentration of 1 ppm.

  5. Study of wavelength-shifting chemicals for use in large-scale water Cherenkov detectors

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    Sweany, M; Bernstein, A; Dazeley, S; Dunmore, J; Felde, J; Svoboda, R; Tripathi, S M

    2011-09-21

    Cherenkov detectors employ various methods to maximize light collection at the photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). These generally involve the use of highly reflective materials lining the interior of the detector, reflective materials around the PMTs, or wavelength-shifting sheets around the PMTs. Recently, the use of water-soluble wavelength-shifters has been explored to increase the measurable light yield of Cherenkov radiation in water. These wave-shifting chemicals are capable of absorbing light in the ultravoilet and re-emitting the light in a range detectable by PMTs. Using a 250 L water Cherenkov detector, we have characterized the increase in light yield from three compounds in water: 4-Methylumbelliferone, Carbostyril-124, and Amino-G Salt. We report the gain in PMT response at a concentration of 1 ppm as: 1.88 {+-} 0.02 for 4-Methylumbelliferone, stable to within 0.5% over 50 days, 1.37 {+-} 0.03 for Carbostyril-124, and 1.20 {+-} 0.02 for Amino-G Salt. The response of 4-Methylumbelliferone was modeled, resulting in a simulated gain within 9% of the experimental gain at 1 ppm concentration. Finally, we report an increase in neutron detection performance of a large-scale (3.5 kL) gadolinium-doped water Cherenkov detector at a 4-Methylumbelliferone concentration of 1 ppm.

  6. Probing the parsec-scale accretion flow of 3C 84 with millimeter wavelength polarimetry

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    Plambeck, R. L.; Bower, G. C.; Rao, Ramprasad; Marrone, D. P.; Jorstad, S. G.; Marscher, A. P.; Doeleman, S. S.; Fish, V. L.; Johnson, M. D.

    2014-12-10

    We report the discovery of Faraday rotation toward radio source 3C 84, the active galactic nucleus in NGC 1275 at the core of the Perseus Cluster. The rotation measure (RM), determined from polarization observations at wavelengths of 1.3 and 0.9 mm, is (8.7 ± 2.3)× 10{sup 5} rad m{sup –2}, among the largest ever measured. The RM remained relatively constant over a 2 yr period even as the intrinsic polarization position angle wrapped through a span of 300°. The Faraday rotation is likely to originate either in the boundary layer of the radio jet from the nucleus or in the accretion flow onto the central black hole. The accretion flow probably is disk-like rather than spherical on scales of less than a parsec, otherwise the RM would be even larger.

  7. Multigroup calculations using VIM: A user's guide to ISOVIM

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    Blomquist, R.N.

    1992-09-01

    Monte Carlo calculations have long been used to benchmark more a mate approximate solution methods for reactor physics problems. The power of VIM (ref 1) lies partly in the detailed geometrical representations incorporating the (generally) curved surfaces of combinatorial geometry, and partly in the fine energy detail of pointwise cross sections which are independent of the neutron spectrum. When differences arise between Monte Carlo and deterministic calculations, the question arises, is the error in the multigroup cross sections, in the treatment of transport effects, or in the mesh-based treatment of space in the deterministic calculation The answers may not be obvious, but may be identified by combining the exact geometry capability of VIM with the multigroup formalism. We can now run VIM in a multigroup mode by producing special VIM Material files which contain point-wise data describing multigroup data with histograms. This forces VIM to solve the multigroup problem with only three small code modifications. P[sub N] scattering is simulated with the usual tabulated angular distributions with 20 equally-sized scattering angle cosine meshes. This document describes the VIM multigroup capability, the procedures for generating multigroup cross sections for VIM, and their use. The multigroup cross section generating code, ISOVIM, is described, and benchmark testing is documented.

  8. Cassini/VIMS observation of an Io post-eclipse brightening event

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    Bellucci, G.; D'Aversa, E.; Formisano, V.; Cruikshank, D.; Nelson, R.M.; Clark, R.N.; Baines, K.H.; Matson, D.; Brown, R.H.; McCord, T.B.; Buratti, B.J.; Nicholson, P.D.

    2004-01-01

    During the Cassini-Jupiter flyby, VIMS observed Io at different phase angles, both in full sunlight and in eclipse. By using the sunlight measurements, we were able to produce phase curves in the visual through all the near infrared wavelengths covered by the VIMS instrument (0.85-5.1 ??m). The phase angle spanned from ???2?? to ???120??. The measurements, done just after Io emerged from Jupiter's shadow, show an increase of about 15% in Io's reflectance with respect to what would be predicted by the phase curve. This behavior is observed at wavelengths >1.2 ??m. Moreover, just after emergence from eclipse an increase of about 25% is observed in the depth of SO2 frost bands at 4.07 and 4.35 ??m. At 0.879

  9. Lessons learned from applying VIM to fast reactor critical experiments

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    Schaefer, R.W.; McKnight, R.D.; Collins, P.J.

    1995-05-17

    VIM is a continuous energy Monte Carlo code first developed around 1970 for the analysis of plate-type, fast-neutron, zero-power critical assemblies. In most respects, VIM is functionally equivalent to the MCNP code but it has two features that make uniquely suited to the analysis of fast reactor critical experiments: (1) the plate lattice geometry option, which allows efficient description of and neutron tracking in the assembly geometry, and (2) a statistical treatment of neutron cross section data in the unresolved resonance range. Since its inception, VIM`s capabilities have expanded to include numerous features, such as thermal neutron cross sections, photon cross sections, and combinatorial and other geometry options, that have allowed its use in a wide range of neutral-particle transport problems. The earliest validation work at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) focused on the validation of VIM itself. This work showed that, in order for VIM to be a ``rigorous`` tool, extreme detail in the pointwise Monte Carlo libraries was needed, and the required detail was added. The emphasis soon shifted to validating models, methods, data and codes against VIM. Most of this work was done in the context of analyzing critical experiments in zero power reactor (ZPR) assemblies. The purpose of this paper is to present some of the lessons learned from using VIM in ZPR analysis work. This involves such areas as uncovering problems in deterministic methods and models, pitfalls in using Monte Carlo codes, and improving predictions. The numerical illustrations included here were taken from the extensive documentation cited as references.

  10. Theoretical Study of Light Trapping in Nanostructured Thin Film Solar Cells Using Wavelength-Scale Silver Particles.

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    Dabirian, Ali; Taghavinia, Nima

    2015-07-15

    We propose and theoretically evaluate a plasmonic light trapping solution for thin film photovoltaic devices that comprises a monolayer or a submonolayer of wavelength-scale silver particles. We systematically study the effect of silver particle size using full-wave electromagnetic simulations. We find that light trapping is significantly enhanced when wavelength-scale silver particles rather than the ones with subwavelength dimensions are used. We demonstrate that a densely packed monolayer of spherical 700 nm silver particles enhances integrated optical absorption under standard air mass 1.5 global (AM1.5G) in a 7 ?m-thick N719-sensitized solar cell by 40% whereas enhancement is smaller than 2% when 100 nm ones are used. Superior performance of wavelength-scale silver particles is attributed to high-order whispering gallery modes that they support. These modes scatter the light over a wider angular range, hence increasing the density of both waveguide and resonance modes within the dye-sensitized layer. PMID:26135021

  11. Beam displacement as a function of temperature and turbulence length scale at two different laser radiation wavelengths.

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    Isterling, William M; Dally, Bassam B; Alwahabi, Zeyad T; Dubovinsky, Miro; Wright, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    Narrow laser beams directed from aircraft may at times pass through the exhaust plume of the engines and potentially degrade some of the laser beam characteristics. This paper reports on controlled studies of laser beam deviation arising from propagation through turbulent hot gases, in a well-characterized laboratory burner, with conditions of relevance to aircraft engine exhaust plumes. The impact of the temperature, laser wavelength, and turbulence length scale on the beam deviation has been investigated. It was found that the laser beam displacement increases with the turbulent integral length scale. The effect of temperature on the laser beam angular deviation, ?, using two different laser wavelengths, namely 4.67 ?m and 632.8 nm, was recorded. It was found that the beam deviation for both wavelengths may be semiempirically modeled using a single function of the form, ?=a(b+(1/T)(2))(-1), with two parameters only, a and b, where ? is in microradians and T is the temperature in °C. PMID:22270413

  12. Titan’s surface and atmosphere from Cassini/VIMS data with updated methane opacity

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    Hirtzig, M.; Bézard, B.; Lellouch, E.; Coustenis, A.; de Bergh, C.; Drossart, P.; Campargue, A.; Boudon, V.; Tyuterev, V.; Rannou, P.; Cours, T.; Kassi, S.; Nikitin, A.; Mondelain, D.; Rodriguez, S.; Le Mouélic, S.

    2013-09-01

    We present an analysis of Titan data acquired by the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS), making use of recent improvements in methane spectroscopic parameters in the region 1.3-5.2 ?m. We first analyzed VIMS spectra covering a 8 × 10-km2 area near the Huygens landing site in order to constrain the single scattering albedo (?0) of the aerosols over all of the VIMS spectral range. Our aerosol model agrees with that derived from Huygens Probe Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) in situ measurements below 1.6 ?m. At longer wavelengths, ?0 steadily decreases from 0.92 at 1.6 ?m to about 0.70 at 2.5 ?m and abruptly drops to about 0.50 near 2.6 ?m, a spectral variation that differs from that of Khare et al.’s (Khare, B.N., Sagan, C., Arakawa, E.T., Suits, F., Callcott, T.A., Williams, M.W. [1984]. Icarus 60, 127-137) laboratory tholins. Our analysis shows that the far wings of the strong methane bands on both sides of the transparency windows provide a significant source of opacity in these windows, and that their unknown sub-Lorentzian behavior limits our ability to determine precisely the surface albedos. Below 1.6 ?m, the retrieved surface albedos agree with those derived from Huygens/DISR. The VIMS spectrum at 2.0 ?m indicates a surface albedo of 0.11 ± 0.01, larger than derived in previous studies, and inconsistent with the signature of water ice. A series of VIMS data taken from 2004 to 2010 between 40°S and 40°N were then analyzed to monitor the latitudinal and temporal evolution of the atmospheric aerosol content. In the 2004-2008 period, the haze extinction is larger at Northern mid-latitudes by ?20% with respect to the Huygens site, whereas Southern mid-latitudes are depleted by ?15-20%. In 2009-2010, a progressive decline of the haze content in the Northern hemisphere is observed but no reversal of the North-to-South asymmetry is seen till mid-2010. Finally, data from five regions in Tui Regio and Fensal that show markedly different spectral behaviors and morphologies were analyzed to investigate the wavelength dependence of their surface albedo. The difference between bright and dark regions can be explained by different contents of small-sized tholins at the surface, brighter regions being more tholin-rich than dark regions, including the Huygens landing site. On the other hand, the albedo spectrum of the so-called blue regions, either dark or bright, can be explained by an excess of water ice particles, compared with the Huygens landing site. The spectrum of a 5-?m bright region in Tui Regio indicates a large excess of small-sized tholins relative to the Huygens site, but does not point to any particular surface composition.

  13. Non-O1/Non-O139 Vibrio cholerae Avian Isolate from France Cocarrying the bla(VIM-1) and bla(VIM-4) Genes.

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    Aberkane, Salim; Compain, Fabrice; Barraud, Olivier; Ouédraogo, Abdoul-Salam; Bouzinbi, Nicolas; Vittecoq, Marion; Jean-Pierre, Hélène; Decré, Dominique; Godreuil, Sylvain

    2015-10-01

    We describe here a non-O1/non-O139 Vibrio cholerae isolate producing both VIM-1 and VIM-4 carbapenemases. It was isolated from a yellow-legged gull in southern France. The blaVIM genes were part of a class 1 integron structure located in an IncA/C plasmid. This study emphasizes the presence of carbapenemase genes in wildlife microbiota. PMID:26169421

  14. Saturn's north polar cyclone and hexagon at depth revealed by Cassini/VIMS

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    Baines, Kevin H.; Momary, Thomas W.; Fletcher, Leigh N.; Showman, Adam P.; Roos-Serote, Maarten; Brown, Robert H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Clark, Roger N.; Nicholson, Philip D.

    2009-12-01

    A high-speed cyclonic vortex centered on the north pole of Saturn has been revealed by the visual-infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) onboard the Cassini-Huygens Orbiter, thus showing that the tropospheres of both poles of Saturn are occupied by cyclonic vortices with winds exceeding 135 m/s. High-spatial-resolution (~200 km per pixel) images acquired predominantly under night-time conditions during Saturn's polar winter - using a thermal wavelength of 5.1 ?m to obtain time-lapsed imagery of discrete, deep-seated (>2.1-bar) cloud features viewed in silhouette against Saturn's internally generated thermal glow - show a classic cyclonic structure, with prograde winds exceeding 135 m/s at its maximum near 88.3° (planetocentric) latitude, and decreasing to <30 m/s at 89.7° near the vortex center and<20 m/s at 80.5°. High-speed winds, exceeding 125 m/s, were also measured for cloud features at depth near 76° (planetocentric) latitude within the polar hexagon consistent with the idea that the hexagon itself, which remains nearly stationary, is a westward (retrograde) propagating Rossby wave - as proposed by Allison (1990, Science 247, 1061-1063) - with a maximum wave speed near 2-bars pressure of ~125 m/s. Winds are ~25 m/s stronger than observed by Voyager, suggesting temporal variability. Images acquired of one side of the hexagon in dawn conditions as the polar winter wanes shows the hexagon is still visible in reflected sunlight nearly 28 years since its discovery, that a similar 3-lane structure is observed in reflected and thermal light, and that the cloudtops may be typically lower in the hexagon than in nearby discrete cloud features outside of it. Clouds are well-correlated in visible and 5.1 ?m images, indicating little windshear above the ~2-bar level. The polar cyclone is similar in size and shape to its counterpart at the south pole; a primary difference is the presence of a small (<600 km in diameter) nearly pole-centered cloud, perhaps indicative of localized upwelling. Many dozens of discrete, circular cloud features dot the polar region, with typical diameters of 300-700 km. Equatorward of 87.8°N, their compact nature in the high-wind polar environment suggests that vertical shear in horizontal winds may be modest on 1000 km scales. These circular clouds may be anticyclonic vortices produced by baroclinic instabilities, barotropic instabilities, moist convection or other processes. The existence of cyclones at both poles of Saturn indicates that cyclonic circulation may be an important dynamical style in planets with significant atmospheres.

  15. Exploring the Role of Residue 228 in Substrate and Inhibitor Recognition by VIM Metallo-?-lactamases.

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    Mojica, Maria F; Mahler, S Graciela; Bethel, Christopher R; Taracila, Magdalena A; Kosmopoulou, Magda; Papp-Wallace, Krisztina M; Llarrull, Leticia I; Wilson, Brigid M; Marshall, Steven H; Wallace, Christopher J; Villegas, Maria V; Harris, Michael E; Vila, Alejandro J; Spencer, James; Bonomo, Robert A

    2015-05-26

    ?-Lactamase inhibitors (BLIs) restore the efficacy of otherwise obsolete ?-lactams. However, commercially available BLIs are not effective against metallo-?-lactamases (MBLs), which continue to be disseminated globally. One group of the most clinically important MBLs is the VIM family. The discovery of VIM-24, a natural variant of VIM-2, possessing an R228L substitution and a novel phenotype, compelled us to explore the role of this position and its effects on substrate specificity. We employed mutagenesis, biochemical and biophysical assays, and crystallography. VIM-24 (R228L) confers enhanced resistance to cephems and increases the rate of turnover compared to that of VIM-2 (kcat/KM increased by 6- and 10-fold for ceftazidime and cefepime, respectively). Likely the R ? L substitution relieves steric clashes and accommodates the C3N-methyl pyrrolidine group of cephems. Four novel bisthiazolidine (BTZ) inhibitors were next synthesized and tested against these MBLs. These inhibitors inactivated VIM-2 and VIM-24 equally well (Ki* values of 40-640 nM) through a two-step process in which an initial enzyme (E)-inhibitor (I) complex (EI) undergoes a conformational transition to a more stable species, E*I. As both VIM-2 and VIM-24 were inhibited in a similar manner, the crystal structure of a VIM-2-BTZ complex was determined at 1.25 Å and revealed interactions of the inhibitor thiol with the VIM Zn center. Most importantly, BTZs also restored the activity of imipenem against Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in whole cell assays producing VIM-24 and VIM-2, respectively. Our results suggest a role for position 228 in defining the substrate specificity of VIM MBLs and show that BTZ inhibitors are not affected by the R228L substitution. PMID:25915520

  16. Temperature maps of Saturn's satellites retrieved from Cassini-VIMS observations (Invited)

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    Filacchione, Gianrico; Capaccioni, Fabrizio; Ciarniello, Mauro; Tosi, Federico; D'Aversa, Emiliano; Clark, Roger N.; Brown, Robert N.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Dalle Ore, Cristina M.; Scipioni, Francesca; Cerroni, Priscilla

    2014-11-01

    The spectral position of the 3.6 µm continuum peak measured on Cassini-VIMS reflectance spectra is used to infer the temperature of the regolith particles covering the surfaces of Saturn’s icy satellites. Laboratory measurements by Clark et al. (2012) have shown that 3.6 µm peak for pure crystalline water ice particles shifts towards shorter wavelengths when the sample is cooled, moving from about 3.65 µm at T=123 K to about 3.55 µm at T=88 K. A similar trend is observed also in the imaginary part (k) of the refractive index of water ice when the sample is cooled from T=140 K to 20 K (Mastrapa et al., 2009). Since water ice is the dominant endmember on Saturn’s satellites surfaces (Clark and Owensby, 1981; Clark et al., 1984; Filacchione et al., 2012), the measurement of the wavelength at which the 3.6 µm reflectance peak occurs can be considered as a temperature indicator. We report on our temperature maps of Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione and Rhea derived by applying this method to Cassini-VIMS data taken at spatial resolution of 20-40 km/pixel. These maps allow us to correlate the temperature distribution with solar illumination conditions and with geological features. On average Enceladus’ mid-latitudes regions appear at T<100 K while the south pole tiger-stripes active area shows a thermal emission at T>115 K. Tethys’ and Mimas’ equatorial lenses show significant thermal anomalies: despite the fact that these features have low visible albedo they appear colder than the surrounding mid-latitude regions as a consequence of a much higher thermal inertia. On Mimas, the floor of Herschel crater appears warmer (T>115 K) than the adjacent equatorial lens area (T<110 K). Finally, the analysis of Dione shows that the temperature across the bright wispy terrains is lower than the nearby low albedo areas.

  17. Multi-wavelength Monitoring of Lensed Quasars: Deciphering Quasar Structure at Micro-arcseconds Scales

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    Mosquera, Ana; Morgan, Christopher W.; Kochanek, Christopher S.; Dai, Xinyu; Chen, Bin; MacLeod, Chelsea Louise; Chartas, George

    2016-01-01

    Microlensing in multiply imaged gravitationally lensed quasars provides us with a unique tool to zoom in on the structure of AGN and explore their physics in more detail. Microlensing magnification, caused primarily by stars and white dwarfs close to the line of sight towards the lensed quasar images, is seen as uncorrelated flux variations due to the relative motions of the quasar, the lens, its stars, and the observer, and it depends on the structural and dynamical properties of the source and the lens. Since the magnification depends upon the size of the source, we can use microlensing to measure the size of quasar emission regions. In essence, the amplitude of the microlensing variability encodes the source size, with smaller sources showing larger variability amplitudes. Using state of the art microlensing techniques, our team has performed pioneering research in the field based on multi-wavelength space and ground-based observations. Among the most remarkable results, using Chandra observations we have set the first quantitative constraints on the sizes of the X-ray emission regions of quasars. In this work l briefly describe the methodology, the results from our previous multi-wavelength monitoring programs, and the next frontier of exploring the dependence of the structure of the X-ray emission regions on black hole mass and X-ray energy.

  18. Rough contact mechanics for graded bulk rheology: The role of small-scale wavelengths on rubber friction

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    Michele Scaraggi; Davide Comingio

    2015-10-13

    We present a numerical model for the prediction of the rough contact mechanics of a viscoelastic block, with graded rheology, in steady sliding contact with a randomly rough rigid surface. In particular, we derive the effective surface response of a stepwise or continuously-graded block in the Fourier domain, which is then embedded in a Fourier-based residuals molecular dynamic formulation of the contact mechanics. Finally we discuss on the role of small-scale wavelengths on rubber friction and contact area, and we demonstrate that the rough contact mechanics exhibits effective interface properties which converge to asymptotes upon increase of the small-scale roughness content, when a realistic rheology of the confinement is taken into account.

  19. Modulational interaction between the short-wavelength lower-hybrid waves and slow, large-scale density fluctuations

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    Uecer, Defne; Shapiro, Vitali D.

    2005-11-15

    Conditions are formulated for modulational instability of two modes with disparate time and space scales, and the modulational interaction of fast and short-wavelength lower-hybrid waves with slow, large-scale inertial Alfven and ion-acoustic waves is analyzed. Instability is driven by Reynolds' stresses exerted on plasma by the lower-hybrid waves. Reynolds' stresses lead to the formation of background density modulations in which the lower-hybrid wave can be localized. It is concluded that the lower-hybrid solitary structures observed in the auroral ionosphere can be created by Reynolds' stresses of the lower-hybrid waves. In many respects, the observed structures exhibit properties of wave localizations that result from modulational instability.

  20. 1.3 mm WAVELENGTH VLBI OF SAGITTARIUS A*: DETECTION OF TIME-VARIABLE EMISSION ON EVENT HORIZON SCALES

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    Fish, Vincent L.; Doeleman, Sheperd S.; Beaudoin, Christopher; Bolin, David E.; Rogers, Alan E. E.; Blundell, Ray; Gurwell, Mark A.; Moran, James M.; Primiani, Rurik; Bower, Geoffrey C.; Plambeck, Richard; Chamberlin, Richard; Freund, Robert; Friberg, Per; Honma, Mareki; Oyama, Tomoaki; Inoue, Makoto; Krichbaum, Thomas P.; Lamb, James; Marrone, Daniel P.

    2011-02-01

    Sagittarius A*, the {approx}4 x 10{sup 6} M{sub sun} black hole candidate at the Galactic center, can be studied on Schwarzschild radius scales with (sub)millimeter wavelength very long baseline interferometry (VLBI). We report on 1.3 mm wavelength observations of Sgr A* using a VLBI array consisting of the JCMT on Mauna Kea, the Arizona Radio Observatory's Submillimeter Telescope on Mt. Graham in Arizona, and two telescopes of the CARMA array at Cedar Flat in California. Both Sgr A* and the quasar calibrator 1924-292 were observed over three consecutive nights, and both sources were clearly detected on all baselines. For the first time, we are able to extract 1.3 mm VLBI interferometer phase information on Sgr A* through measurement of closure phase on the triangle of baselines. On the third night of observing, the correlated flux density of Sgr A* on all VLBI baselines increased relative to the first two nights, providing strong evidence for time-variable change on scales of a few Schwarzschild radii. These results suggest that future VLBI observations with greater sensitivity and additional baselines will play a valuable role in determining the structure of emission near the event horizon of Sgr A*.

  1. VIMS Observations of the Moon: a Recalibration in the Search for Water

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    Hibbitts, C.; Hansen, G. B.

    2009-12-01

    Motivated by the possibility that small amounts of adsorbed water may be stable on illuminated portions of the lunar surface, possibly as OH- , (e.g. Starukhina and Shkuratov, 2000; Hibbitts et al., 2009; Dyar et al., 2009; McCord et al., 2009) and to confirm not yet released observations by other spacecraft, we have reanalyzed the VIMS (Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) observations of the Moon for absorption features near 3 microns - a very strong absorption band due to the presence of OH- or H2O. The VIMS instrument onboard the Cassini spacecraft measures reflected solar and thermally emitted radiation from ~ 0.35 to 5.1 microns in 352 channels. On August 18, 1999, the Cassini spacecraft flew between the Earth and the Moon, within 380,000 km of the lunar surface at a phase angle of 90deg and a subsolar point of 0.33N, 257E (Brown et al., 2000), obtaining 12 observations fully within its field of view at a sub-spacecraft spatial resolution of about 190 km/pixel. Designed for operation at 10 a.u., the instrument offers the potential for very high SNR measurements of solar reflectance and thermal emission from of the lunar surface to investigate the presence and abundance of water and other trace materials, provided that significant calibration issues are appropriately addressed. Due to a combination of operating at higher temperatures than designed for and due to high thermal flux from the parts of the Moon’s surface that are warm, the VIMS instrument saturates in the infrared shortward of 1.65 microns and longward of ~ 3.5 - 4 microns, with longer wavelengths remaining useful for colder areas of the surface. In this preliminary effort, we have recalibrated each of the 12 observations relative to the equatorial limb by fitting the spectrum of the limb to a polynomial curve, resulting in an arbitrarily smooth spectrum, but deriving an empirical adjustment to the radiometric calibration that allows us to compare other areas of the Moon to the limb. This technique has the disadvantage of erasing any feature, real or artifact, in the spectrum of the limb, but will allow us to explore the possibility of stronger bands present elsewhere such as at the cooler higher latitudes or on the terminator. The mentioned disadvantage is mitigated by the fact that the spectrum of the equatorial limb is strongly affected by thermal emission near 3 microns and longer wavelengths, and any real spectral features will be muted, the absorption band in reflectance ‘filled in’ by the emitted energy. This subsequently-derived modification to the VIMS calibration is applied to three other selected regions: equatorial terminator, north polar, and south polar terrains. We currently find that the south polar terrain possesses a weak, ~ 3% feature beginning near 2.73-microns and not rising again, that may be consistent with a small amount of water or OH-. The northern terrain does not possess this feature. More detailed analyses will be presented, but additional, high spatial resolution spectra covering the 2.5-4 micron region are needed to better constrain the possibility of water and other trace materials on the lit portions of the Moon.

  2. A large-scale cosmic microwave background anisotropy measurement at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths

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    Page, Lyman A.; Cheng, Edward S.; Meyer, Stephan S.

    1990-01-01

    A balloon-borne experiment to measure the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation at angular scales of 4 deg or greater is reported. The instrument simultaneously measures in four spectral bands centered on 5.6, 8.7, 15.8, and 22.5/cm. Three results are presented: (1) the 95-percent confidence limit for monochromatic anisotropies is 0.0001 or less on angular scales of 10 deg; (2) the Galactic plane dust emission at l = 42 deg is consistent with a nu-squared emissivity law at frequencies above 15/cm, with excess emission below 15/cm; and (3) atmospheric ozone at an altitude of 35 km may form clumps as large as Delta emissivity/emissivity = 0.002.

  3. Spectral challenges of individual wavelength-scale particles: strong phonons and their distorted lineshapes.

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    Ravi, Aruna; Malone, Marvin A; Luthra, Antriksh; Lioi, David; Coe, James V

    2013-07-01

    Beyond our own interest in airborne particulate matter, the prediction of extinction and absorption spectra of single particles of mixed composition has wide use in astronomy, geology, atmospheric sciences, and nanotechnology. Single particle spectra present different challenges than traditional spectroscopic approaches. To quantify the amount of a material in a bulk sample (molecules in solution or the gas phase), one might employ the Beer-Lambert law assuming a simple slab-type assay geometry and averaging over orientation, whereas with single particles one might have a specific orientation and require a nonlinear, Mie-like particle theory. The complicating single particle issues include: strong and broad scattering at wavelengths similar to the particle size, phonon lineshape phase shifting, particle shape effects, distortion of transition lineshapes by strong vibrational bands, bi- and trirefringence, crystal orientation effects including dispersion, and composition mixtures. This work uses a combination of three-dimensional finite difference time domain (3D-FDTD) calculations and experimental infrared spectra on single, crystalline quartz particles to illustrate some of the challenges--in particular the distortion of lineshapes by strong phonons that lie within a range of strong scattering. It turns out that many mineral dust components in the inhalable size range have strong phonons. A Mie-Bruggeman model for single particle spectra is presented to isolate the effects of strong phonons on lineshapes which has utility for analysing the spectra of single, mixed-composition particles. This model will ultimately enable the determination of volume fractions of components in single particles that are mixtures of many materials with strong phonons, as are the dust particles breathed into people's lungs. PMID:23703537

  4. Saturn's F Ring In Vims Observations Of A Cassini Ring-plane Crossing

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    Scharringhausen, Britt; Storck-Post, S. B.; Rehnberg, M. E.; Sans, S. A.; Wolfe, S. M.

    2010-10-01

    During a ring-plane crossing (RPX), Saturn's rings are viewed edge-on. As a result, the front of the F ring obscures the main rings--and the back of the back of the F ring is obscured by the main rings of Saturn--to varying degrees as the geometry of the observation changes. RPX observations therefore provide a chance to probe the vertical structure of the F ring. We present Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) data from a 1-2 December 2005 ring-plane crossing by the Cassini Spacecraft. This dataset includes 150 VIMS QUBs of one ansa of the ring. Each QUB includes an image of 12 by 64 pixels at each of 352 wavelengths from 0.35 to 5.1 microns. The QUBs were taken at intervals of less than 10 minutes as Cassini passed from the north (unlit) side of the rings to the south (sunlit) side (solar B=-19.5°) with spacecraft ring-opening angles of 0.016° to -0.014°. The images closest to RPX have ring-opening angles of 0.0000067°. The size of one pixel on the rings is 1000 km, so the rings are vertically unresolved. The unprecedented temporal resolution in this dataset allows us to observe a sudden brightening of the rings just before RPX, which is caused by the back of the F ring emerging from behind the main rings. Another feature in the lightcurve is due to a cluster of four clumps orbiting in the F ring. We present spectroscopy of the ring system and its variation with position in the rings and with time. We interpret the spectra in terms of differing contributions from the main rings and the F ring. This research is supported by the Mead Witter Foundation.

  5. Evolution of 30 years of the International Vocabulary of Metrology (VIM)

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    Mari, Luca

    2015-02-01

    Since its first edition, published in 1984, the International Vocabulary of Metrology (VIM) has become a landmark for the language of measurement, and in its three editions it has evolved together with the evolution of measurement science and its applications. This paper discusses the fundamental features of the VIM as a concept system and proposes some highlights about the way in the VIM some basic and general concepts of measurement have changed their definitions in the last thirty years.

  6. Hydrogen atom temperature measured with wavelength-modulated laser absorption spectroscopy in large scale filament arc negative hydrogen ion source

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    Nakano, H. Goto, M.; Tsumori, K.; Kisaki, M.; Ikeda, K.; Nagaoka, K.; Osakabe, M.; Takeiri, Y.; Kaneko, O.; Nishiyama, S.; Sasaki, K.

    2015-04-08

    The velocity distribution function of hydrogen atoms is one of the useful parameters to understand particle dynamics from negative hydrogen production to extraction in a negative hydrogen ion source. Hydrogen atom temperature is one of the indicators of the velocity distribution function. To find a feasibility of hydrogen atom temperature measurement in large scale filament arc negative hydrogen ion source for fusion, a model calculation of wavelength-modulated laser absorption spectroscopy of the hydrogen Balmer alpha line was performed. By utilizing a wide range tunable diode laser, we successfully obtained the hydrogen atom temperature of ?3000?K in the vicinity of the plasma grid electrode. The hydrogen atom temperature increases as well as the arc power, and becomes constant after decreasing with the filling of hydrogen gas pressure.

  7. Saturn B and C ring studies at multiple wavelengths

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    Spilker, Linda; Deau, Estelle; Morishima, Ryuji; Filacchione, Gianrico; Hedman, Matt; Nicholson, Phil; Colwell, Josh; Bradley, Todd; Pilorz, Stu

    2015-04-01

    We can learn a great deal about the characteristics of Saturn's ring particles and their regoliths by modeling the changes in their brightness, color and temperature with changing viewing geometry over a wide range of wavelengths, from ultraviolet through the thermal infrared. Data from Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS), Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS), Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) and Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) are jointly studied using data from the lit and unlit main rings at multiple geometries and solar elevations. Using multi-wavelength data sets allow us to test different thermal models by combining the effects of particle albedo, regolith grain size and surface roughness with thermal emissivity and inertia, particle spin rate and spin axis orientation. With the high spatial resolution of the Cassini data it is now possible to analyze these effects at smaller spatial scales and characterize higher optical depth regions in faint rings such as the outer C ring, where albedo differences may be present. The CIRS temperature and ISS color variations are confined primarily to phase angle over a range of solar elevations with only small differences from changing spacecraft elevation. Color and temperature dependence with varying solar elevation angle are also observed. Brightness dependence with changing solar elevation angle and phase angle is observed with UVIS. VIMS observations show that the IR ice absorption band depths are a very weak function of phase angle, out to ~140 deg phase, suggesting that interparticle light scattering is relatively unimportant except at very high phase angles. These results imply that the individual properties of the ring particles may play a larger role than the collective properties of the rings, in particular at visible wavelengths. The temperature and color variation with phase angle may be a result of scattering within the regolith and on possibly rough surfaces of the clumps, as well as a contribution from scattering between individual particles in a many-particle-thick layer. Preliminary results from our joint studies will be presented. This research was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with NASA. Copyright 2015 California Institute of Technology. Government sponsorship is acknowledged.

  8. Monitoring the Seasonal Evolution of the North and South Polar Vortex on Titan during 10 Years with Cassini/Vims

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    Le Mouelic, S.; Rousseau, B.; Rodriguez, S.; Cornet, T.; Sotin, C.; Barnes, J. W.; Brown, R. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Baines, K. H.; Clark, R. N.; Nicholson, P. D.

    2014-12-01

    Cassini entered in Saturn's orbit in July 2004. In ten years, more than 100 targeted flybys of Titan have been performed. We focus our study on the comprehensive analysis of the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer data set acquired between 2004 and 2014, with a particular emphasis on the atmospheric polar features. First evidences for a vast ethane cloud covering the North Pole have been detected as soon as the second targeted flyby in December 2005 [1]. The first detailed imaging of this north polar feature with VIMS was obtained in December 2006, thanks to a change in inclination of the spacecraft orbit [2]. At this time, the northern lakes and seas of Titan were totally masked to the optical instruments by the haze and clouds, whereas the southern pole was well illuminated and mostly clear of haze and vast clouds. Subsequent flybys revealed that the vast north polar feature was progressively vanishing around the equinox in 2009 [2,3,4], in agreement with the predictions of Global Circulation Models [5]. It revealed progressively the underlying lakes to the ISS and VIMS instruments. First evidences of an atmospheric vortex growing over the South Pole occurred in May 2012, with a high altitude feature detected at each flybys since then. In this study, we have computed individual global maps of the north and south poles for each of the 100 targeted flybys, using VIMS wavelengths sensitive both to clouds and surface features. This allows a more complete monitoring of the evolution of the north polar cloud than was previously done before using a selection of individual flybys only. It also provides a detailed investigation of what is currently acting over the South Pole. [1] Griffith et al., Science, 2006. [2] Le Mouélic et al., PSS, 2012. [3] Rodriguez et al., Nature, 2009. [4] Rodriguez et al., Icarus 2011. [5] Rannou et al., Science 2005

  9. A measurement of the large-scale cosmic microwave background anisotropy at 1.8 millimeter wavelength

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    Meyer, Stephan S.; Cheng, Edward S.; Page, Lyman A.

    1991-01-01

    This measurement of the large-scale cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR) anisotropy places the most stringent constraints to date on fluctuations in the CMBR on angular scales greater than about 4 deg. Using a four-channel bolometric radiometer operating at 1.8, 1.1, 0.63, and 0.44 mm, the diffuse sky brightness over half of the northern hemisphere has been mapped with an angular resolution of 3.8 deg. Analysis of the sky map at the longest wavelength for Galactic latitudes of 15 deg or more yields a 95-percent confidence level upper limit on fluctuations of the CMBR at Delta T/T of 1.6 x 10 to the -5th with a statistical power of 92 percent for Gaussian fluctuations at a correlation angle of 13 deg. Between 3 deg and 22 deg, the upper limit of fluctuations is 4.0 x 10 to the -5th . An anisotropy is detected in the map, but it cannot yet be attributed to primordial sources. The ultimate sensitivity for this experiment is 7 x 10 to the -6th over this angular range for Gaussian fluctuations.

  10. Titan's aerosol optical properties with VIMS observations at the limb of Titan

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    Rannou, Pascal; Seignovert, Benoit; Lavvas, Panayotis; Lemouelic, Stéphane; Sotin, Christophe

    2015-11-01

    The study of Titan properties with remote sensing relies on a good knowledge of the atmosphere properties. The in-situ observations made by Huygens combined with recent advances in the definition of methane properties enable to model and interpret observations with a very good accuracy. Thanks to these progresses, we can analyze in this work the observations made at the limb of Titan in order to retrieve information on the haze properties as its vertical profiles but also the spectral behaviour between 0.88 and 5.2 ?m.To study the haze layer and more generally the source of opacities in the stratosphere, we use som observation made at the limbe of Titan by the VIMS instrument onboard Cassini. We used a model in spherical geometry and in single scattering, and we accounted for the multiple scattering with a parallel plane model that evaluate the multiple scattering source function at the plane of the limb.Our scope is to retrieve informations about the vertical distribution of the haze, its spectral properties, but also to obtain details about the shape of the methane windows to disantangle the role of the methane and of the aerosols.We started our study at the latitude of 55°N, with a image taken in 2006 with a relatively high spatial resolution (for VIMS). Our preliminary results shows the spectral properties of the aerosols are the same whatever the altitude. This is a consequence of the large scale mixing. From limb profile between 0.9 and 5.2 ?m, we can probe the haze layer from about 500 km (at 0.9 ?m) to the ground (at 5.2 ?m). We find that the vertical profile of the haze layer shows three distinct scale heights with transitions around 250 km and 350 km. We also clearly a transition around 70-90 km that may be due to the top of a condensation layer.

  11. Virginia Wetlands Report Center for Coastal Resources Management www.ccrm.vims.edu

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    Virginia Wetlands Report Center for Coastal Resources Management www.ccrm.vims.edu Volume 30, Issue 1 An Annual Publication Focused on Virginia Wetland Issues and Training Spring 2015 Celebrating VIMS goals, closely monitoring progress, then making corrections as needed. The Virginia Institute of Marine

  12. Saturn's north polar cyclone and hexagon at depth revealed by Cassini/VIMS

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    Baines, K.H.; Momary, T.W.; Fletcher, L.N.; Showman, A.P.; Roos-Serote, M.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Nicholson, P.D.

    2009-01-01

    A high-speed cyclonic vortex centered on the north pole of Saturn has been revealed by the visual-infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) onboard the Cassini-Huygens Orbiter, thus showing that the tropospheres of both poles of Saturn are occupied by cyclonic vortices with winds exceeding 135 m/s. High-spatial-resolution (~200 km per pixel) images acquired predominantly under night-time conditions during Saturn's polar winter-using a thermal wavelength of 5.1 ??m to obtain time-lapsed imagery of discrete, deep-seated (>2.1-bar) cloud features viewed in silhouette against Saturn's internally generated thermal glow-show a classic cyclonic structure, with prograde winds exceeding 135 m/s at its maximum near 88.3?? (planetocentric) latitude, and decreasing to <30 m/s at 89.7?? near the vortex center and<20 m/s at 80.5??. High-speed winds, exceeding 125 m/s, were also measured for cloud features at depth near 76?? (planetocentric) latitude within the polar hexagon consistent with the idea that the hexagon itself, which remains nearly stationary, is a westward (retrograde) propagating Rossby wave - as proposed by Allison (1990, Science 247, 1061-1063) - with a maximum wave speed near 2-bars pressure of ~125 m/s. Winds are ~25 m/s stronger than observed by Voyager, suggesting temporal variability. Images acquired of one side of the hexagon in dawn conditions as the polar winter wanes shows the hexagon is still visible in reflected sunlight nearly 28 years since its discovery, that a similar 3-lane structure is observed in reflected and thermal light, and that the cloudtops may be typically lower in the hexagon than in nearby discrete cloud features outside of it. Clouds are well-correlated in visible and 5.1 ??m images, indicating little windshear above the ~2-bar level. The polar cyclone is similar in size and shape to its counterpart at the south pole; a primary difference is the presence of a small (<600 km in diameter) nearly pole-centered cloud, perhaps indicative of localized upwelling. Many dozens of discrete, circular cloud features dot the polar region, with typical diameters of 300-700 km. Equatorward of 87.8??N, their compact nature in the high-wind polar environment suggests that vertical shear in horizontal winds may be modest on 1000 km scales. These circular clouds may be anticyclonic vortices produced by baroclinic instabilities, barotropic instabilities, moist convection or other processes. The existence of cyclones at both poles of Saturn indicates that cyclonic circulation may be an important dynamical style in planets with significant atmospheres. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. The Saturnian satellite Rhea as seen by Cassini VIMS

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    Stephan, K.; Jaumann, R.; Wagner, R.; Clark, R.N.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Giese, B.; Hibbitts, C.A.; Roatsch, T.; Matz, K.-D.; Brown, R.H.; Filacchione, G.; Cappacioni, F.; Scholten, F.; Buratti, B.J.; Hansen, G.B.; Nicholson, P.D.; Baines, K.H.; Nelson, R.M.; Matson, D.L.

    2012-01-01

    Since the arrival of the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn in June 2004, the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer has obtained new spectral data of the icy satellites of Saturn in the spectral range from 0.35 to 5.2 ??m. Numerous flybys were performed at Saturn's second largest satellite Rhea, providing a nearly complete coverage with pixel-ground resolutions sufficient to analyze variations of spectral properties across Rhea's surface in detail. We present an overview of the VIMS observations obtained so far, as well as the analysis of the spectral properties identified in the VIMS spectra and their variations across its surface compared with spatially highly resolved Cassini ISS images and digital elevation models. Spectral variations measured across Rhea's surface are similar to the variations observed in the VIMS observations of its neighbor Dione, implying similar processes causing or at least inducing their occurrence. Thus, magnetospheric particles and dust impacting onto the trailing hemisphere appear to be responsible for the concentration of dark rocky/organic material and minor amounts of CO 2 in the cratered terrain on the trailing hemisphere. Despite the prominent spectral signatures of Rhea's fresh impact crater Inktomi, radiation effects were identified that also affect the H 2O ice-rich cratered terrain of the leading hemisphere. The concentration of H 2O ice in the vicinity of steep tectonic scarps near 270??W and geologically fresh impact craters implies that Rhea exhibits an icy crust at least in the upper few kilometers. Despite the evidence for past tectonic events, no indications of recent endogenically powered processes could be identified in the Cassini data. ?? 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Remote sensing applications in marine science programs at VIMS

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    Gordon, H. H.; Penney, M. E.; Byrne, R. J.

    1974-01-01

    Scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) utilized remote sensing in three programs: (1) tonal variations in imagery of wetlands; (2) use of the thermal infrared to delineate the discharge cooling water at the Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) nuclear power station on the James River; and (3) the use of aerial photography to determine the volume storage function for water in the marsh-bay complex fed by Wachapreague Inlet on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Details of the investigations are given, along with significant results.

  15. Using the VIMS Dataset to Understand Titan’s Hydrologic Cycle Through Cloud Characterization

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    Corlies, Paul; Hayes, Alexander G.; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Adamkovics, Mate; Rojo, Patricio; Turtle, Elizabeth P.

    2015-11-01

    Along with Earth, Titan is the only body in our Solar System to possess an active hydrologic cycle. Monitoring how Titan’s methane-based hydrologic cycle varies with season over Saturn’s 29.7-year orbital period is essential for understanding its climate system.Using a newly developed radiative transfer pipeline, with updated HITRAN methane line parameters, we will present an ongoing analysis of the known cloud observations in the VIMS dataset. Although much work has gone into finding clouds in this dataset, little work has been done on understanding the characteristics of these clouds, barring a handful of individual analyses. Our pipeline allows for fast determination of these cloud characteristics including optical depth, altitude, and mean drop size. VIMS offers two advantages: providing consecutive observations of individual cloud systems to help diagnose formation mechanism and providing a decade long dataset to track seasonal variations, like those observed in cloud frequency and location. Characterizing clouds allows for an understanding of seasonally varying formation mechanisms, traces Titan’s atmospheric methane content across seasonal timescales, and can indicate clouds that could potentially have precipitated to provide context for interpreting observed surface features.We will also present an update on an ongoing ground based- cloud monitoring campaign. This campaign, begun in April 2014, has (nearly) continually monitored Titan on a variety of telescopes for the past 1.5 years. To date, no cloud activity has been observed, despite the variety in observation techniques that multiple telescopes allow. This is interesting because large cloud outbursts were observed during the equivalent point in southern summer and suggest a dichotomy in the seasonal dynamics of Titan’s atmosphere. Understanding when and with what frequency clouds begin to form in the north is crucial to understanding Titan’s hydrologic cycle on seasonal time scales.

  16. Large-scale wavelength and polarization insensitive optical switch on SOI from 1260 nm to 1360 nm

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    Dorin, Bryce A.; Goodwill, Dominic; Bernier, Eric; Ye, Winnie N.

    2013-10-01

    The 2x2 optical switch is a crucial component to the future of optical communications and integrated optics. Optical switches on the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform have shown advantages in terms of device footprint and switching speed. However, due to the intrinsic properties of SOI rib waveguides, these devices suffer from a strong wavelength and polarization dependent response. Our work presents an SOI based Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) switch which is both polarization and wavelength insensitive over a large bandwidth of 1260-1360 nm. We have completed detailed analyses on the polarization and wavelength performance of the MZI, and obtained optimized parameters in a novel design to reduce the crosstalk f or transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) modes over the wavelength range 1260-1360 nm. Our simulations suggest that we successfully obtained a polarization and wavelength insensitive MZI. A crosstalk level below -18 dB is achieved for both the TE and TM modes in the on-state and the off-state, across the 100 nm bandwidth. Such a polarization and wavelength insensitive switch has a variety of applications in wavelength division multiplexing and other communication systems.

  17. Multigroup calculations using VIM: A user`s guide to ISOVIM

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    Blomquist, R.N.

    1992-09-01

    Monte Carlo calculations have long been used to benchmark more a mate approximate solution methods for reactor physics problems. The power of VIM (ref 1) lies partly in the detailed geometrical representations incorporating the (generally) curved surfaces of combinatorial geometry, and partly in the fine energy detail of pointwise cross sections which are independent of the neutron spectrum. When differences arise between Monte Carlo and deterministic calculations, the question arises, is the error in the multigroup cross sections, in the treatment of transport effects, or in the mesh-based treatment of space in the deterministic calculation? The answers may not be obvious, but may be identified by combining the exact geometry capability of VIM with the multigroup formalism. We can now run VIM in a multigroup mode by producing special VIM Material files which contain point-wise data describing multigroup data with histograms. This forces VIM to solve the multigroup problem with only three small code modifications. P{sub N} scattering is simulated with the usual tabulated angular distributions with 20 equally-sized scattering angle cosine meshes. This document describes the VIM multigroup capability, the procedures for generating multigroup cross sections for VIM, and their use. The multigroup cross section generating code, ISOVIM, is described, and benchmark testing is documented.

  18. Latitudinal variations in Titan’s methane and haze from Cassini VIMS observations

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    Penteado, Paulo F.; Griffith, Caitlin A.; Tomasko, Martin G.; Engel, Steffi; See, Charles; Doose, Lyn; Baines, Kevin H.; Brown, Robert H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Clark, Roger; Nicholson, Phillip; Sotin, Christophe

    2010-03-01

    We analyze observations taken with Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS), to determine the current methane and haze latitudinal distribution between 60°S and 40°N. The methane variation was measured primarily from its absorption band at 0.61 ?m, which is optically thin enough to be sensitive to the methane abundance at 20-50 km altitude. Haze characteristics were determined from Titan's 0.4-1.6 ?m spectra, which sample Titan's atmosphere from the surface to 200 km altitude. Radiative transfer models based on the haze properties and methane absorption profiles at the Huygens site reproduced the observed VIMS spectra and allowed us to retrieve latitude variations in the methane abundance and haze. We find the haze variations can be reproduced by varying only the density and single scattering albedo above 80 km altitude. There is an ambiguity between methane abundance and haze optical depth, because higher haze optical depth causes shallower methane bands; thus a family of solutions is allowed by the data. We find that haze variations alone, with a constant methane abundance, can reproduce the spatial variation in the methane bands if the haze density increases by 60% between 20°S and 10°S (roughly the sub-solar latitude) and single scattering absorption increases by 20% between 60°S and 40°N. On the other hand, a higher abundance of methane between 20 and 50 km in the summer hemisphere, as much as two times that of the winter hemisphere, is also possible, if the haze variations are minimized. The range of possible methane variations between 27°S and 19°N is consistent with condensation as a result of temperature variations of 0-1.5 K at 20-30 km. Our analysis indicates that the latitudinal variations in Titan's visible to near-IR albedo, the north/south asymmetry (NSA), result primarily from variations in the thickness of the darker haze layer, detected by Huygens DISR, above 80 km altitude. If we assume little to no latitudinal methane variations we can reproduce the NSA wavelength signatures with the derived haze characteristics. We calculate the solar heating rate as a function of latitude and derive variations of ˜10-15% near the sub-solar latitude resulting from the NSA. Most of the latitudinal variations in the heating rate stem from changes in solar zenith angle rather than compositional variations.

  19. Latitudinal variations in Titan's methane and haze from Cassini VIMS observations

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    Penteado, P.F.; Griffith, C.A.; Tomasko, M.G.; Engel, S.; See, C.; Doose, L.; Baines, K.H.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.; Nicholson, P.; Sotin, C.

    2010-01-01

    We analyze observations taken with Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS), to determine the current methane and haze latitudinal distribution between 60??S and 40??N. The methane variation was measured primarily from its absorption band at 0.61 ??m, which is optically thin enough to be sensitive to the methane abundance at 20-50 km altitude. Haze characteristics were determined from Titan's 0.4-1.6 ??m spectra, which sample Titan's atmosphere from the surface to 200 km altitude. Radiative transfer models based on the haze properties and methane absorption profiles at the Huygens site reproduced the observed VIMS spectra and allowed us to retrieve latitude variations in the methane abundance and haze. We find the haze variations can be reproduced by varying only the density and single scattering albedo above 80 km altitude. There is an ambiguity between methane abundance and haze optical depth, because higher haze optical depth causes shallower methane bands; thus a family of solutions is allowed by the data. We find that haze variations alone, with a constant methane abundance, can reproduce the spatial variation in the methane bands if the haze density increases by 60% between 20??S and 10??S (roughly the sub-solar latitude) and single scattering absorption increases by 20% between 60??S and 40??N. On the other hand, a higher abundance of methane between 20 and 50 km in the summer hemisphere, as much as two times that of the winter hemisphere, is also possible, if the haze variations are minimized. The range of possible methane variations between 27??S and 19??N is consistent with condensation as a result of temperature variations of 0-1.5 K at 20-30 km. Our analysis indicates that the latitudinal variations in Titan's visible to near-IR albedo, the north/south asymmetry (NSA), result primarily from variations in the thickness of the darker haze layer, detected by Huygens DISR, above 80 km altitude. If we assume little to no latitudinal methane variations we can reproduce the NSA wavelength signatures with the derived haze characteristics. We calculate the solar heating rate as a function of latitude and derive variations of ???10-15% near the sub-solar latitude resulting from the NSA. Most of the latitudinal variations in the heating rate stem from changes in solar zenith angle rather than compositional variations. ?? 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. VIMS spectral mapping observations of Titan during the Cassini prime mission

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    Barnes, Jason W.; Soderblom, Jason M.; Brown, Robert H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Sotin, Christophe; Baines, Kevin H.; Clark, Roger N.; Jaumann, Ralf; McCord, Thomas B.; Nelson, Robert; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Griffith, Caitlin; Penteado, Paulo; Tosi, Federico; Pitman, Karly M.; Soderblom, Laurence; Stephan, Katrin; Hayne, Paul; Vixie, Graham; Bibring, Jean-Pierre; Bellucci, Giancarlo; Capaccioni, Fabrizio; Cerroni, Priscilla; Coradini, Angioletta; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Drossart, Pierre; Formisano, Vittorio; Langevin, Yves; Matson, Dennis L.; Nicholson, Phillip D.; Sicardy, Bruno

    2009-12-01

    This is a data paper designed to facilitate the use of and comparisons to Cassini/visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) spectral mapping data of Saturn's moon Titan. We present thumbnail orthographic projections of flyby mosaics from each Titan encounter during the Cassini prime mission, 2004 July 1 through 2008 June 30. For each flyby we also describe the encounter geometry, and we discuss the studies that have previously been published using the VIMS dataset. The resulting compliation of metadata provides a complementary big-picture overview of the VIMS data in the public archive, and should be a useful reference for future Titan studies.

  1. VIMS spectral mapping observations of Titan during the Cassini prime mission

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    Barnes, J.W.; Soderblom, J.M.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Sotin, C.; Baines, K.H.; Clark, R.N.; Jaumann, R.; McCord, T.B.; Nelson, R.; Le, Mouelic S.; Rodriguez, S.; Griffith, C.; Penteado, P.; Tosi, F.; Pitman, K.M.; Soderblom, L.; Stephan, K.; Hayne, P.; Vixie, G.; Bibring, J.-P.; Bellucci, G.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.; Coradini, A.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Drossart, P.; Formisano, V.; Langevin, Y.; Matson, D.L.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sicardy, B.

    2009-01-01

    This is a data paper designed to facilitate the use of and comparisons to Cassini/visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) spectral mapping data of Saturn's moon Titan. We present thumbnail orthographic projections of flyby mosaics from each Titan encounter during the Cassini prime mission, 2004 July 1 through 2008 June 30. For each flyby we also describe the encounter geometry, and we discuss the studies that have previously been published using the VIMS dataset. The resulting compliation of metadata provides a complementary big-picture overview of the VIMS data in the public archive, and should be a useful reference for future Titan studies. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

  2. Precipitation-induced surface brightenings seen on Titan by Cassini VIMS and ISS

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    Barnes, Jason W.

    Abstract Observations from Cassini VIMS and ISS show localized but extensive surface brightenings in the wake of the 2010 September cloudburst. Four separate areas, all at similar latitude, show similar changes: Yalaing ...

  3. Emitted Power Of Jupiter Based On Cassini CIRS And VIMS Observations

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    Li, Liming; Baines, Kevin H.; Smith, Mark A.; West, Robert A.; Perez-Hoyos, Santiago; Trammel, Harold J.; Simon-Miller, Amy A.; Conrath, Barney J.; Gierasch, Peter J.; Orton, Glenn S.; Nixon, Conor A.; Filacchione, Gianrico; Fry, Patrick M.; Momary, Thomas W.

    2012-01-01

    The emitted power of Jupiter and its meridional distribution are determined from observations by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) and Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (VIMS) onboard Cassini during its flyby en route to Saturn in late 2000 and early 2001. Jupiter's global- average emitted power and effective temperature are measured to be 14.10+/-0.03 W/sq m and 125.57+/-0.07 K, respectively. On a global scale, Jupiter's 5-micron thermal emission contributes approx. 0.7+/-0.1 % to the total emitted power at the global scale, but it can reach approx. 1.9+/-0.6% at 15degN. The meridional distribution of emitted power shows a significant asymmetry between the two hemispheres with the emitted power in the northern hemisphere 3.0+/-0.3% larger than that in the southern hemisphere. Such an asymmetry shown in the Cassini epoch (2000-01) is not present during the Voyager epoch (1979). In addition, the global-average emitted power increased approx. 3.8+/-1.0% between the two epochs. The temporal variation of Jupiter's total emitted power is mainly due to the warming of atmospheric layers around the pressure level of 200 mbar. The temporal variation of emitted power was also discovered on Saturn (Li et al., 2010). Therefore, we suggest that the varying emitted power is a common phenomenon on the giant planets.

  4. Connections between Spectra and Structure in Saturn's Main Rings Based on Cassini VIMS Data

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    Hedman, M M; Cuzzi, J N; Clark, R N; Filacchione, G; Capaccioni, F; Ciarniello, M

    2012-01-01

    Saturn's main rings exhibit variations in both their opacity and spectral properties on a broad range of spatial scales, and the correlations between these parameters can provide insights into the processes that shape the composition and dynamics of the rings. The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument onboard the Cassini Spacecraft has obtained spectra of the rings between 0.35 and 5.2 microns with sufficient spatial resolution to discern variations on scales below 200 km. These relatively high-resolution spectral data reveal that both the depths of the near-infrared water-ice absorption bands and the visible spectral slopes are often correlated with structural parameters such as the rings' optical depth. Using a simplified model for the ring-particles' regolith properties, we have begun to disentangle the trends due to changes in the gross composition of the ring particles from those that may be due to shifts in the texture of the ring particles' regolith. Consistent with previous studie...

  5. Global mapping and characterization of Titan's dune fields with Cassini: Correlation between RADAR and VIMS observations

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    Rodriguez, S.; Garcia, A.; Lucas, A.; Appéré, T.; Le Gall, A.; Reffet, E.; Le Corre, L.; Le Mouélic, S.; Cornet, T.; Courrech du Pont, S.; Narteau, C.; Bourgeois, O.; Radebaugh, J.; Arnold, K.; Barnes, J. W.; Stephan, K.; Jaumann, R.; Sotin, C.; Brown, R. H.; Lorenz, R. D.; Turtle, E. P.

    2014-02-01

    Vast fields of linear dunes have been observed in the equatorial regions of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. As the Cassini mission, in orbit around Saturn since July 2004 and extended until May 2017, carries on, the high-resolution coverage of Titan's surface increases, revealing new dune fields and allowing refinements in the examination of their properties. In this paper, we present the joint analysis of Cassini's microwave and infrared global scale observations of Titan. Integrating within an up-to-date global map of Titan all the Cassini RADAR and VIMS (Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) images - the latter being empirically corrected for atmospheric scattering and surface photometry, from July 2004 through July 2013 and June 2010 respectively, we found very good qualitative and quantitative spatial matching between the geographic distribution of the dune fields and a specific infrared spectral unit (namely the “dark brown” unit). The high degree of spatial correlation between dunes and the “dark brown” unit has important implications for Titan's geology and climate. We found that RADAR-mapped dunes and the “dark brown” unit are similarly confined within the equatorial belt (±30° in latitudes) with an equivalent distribution with latitude, suggesting an increasing sediment availability and mobility at Titan's tropics relative to higher latitudes, compatible with the lower ground humidity predicted in equatorial regions by General Circulation Models. Furthermore, the strong correlation between RADAR-mapped dunes and the VIMS “dark brown” unit (72%) allows us to better constrain the total surface area covered by dune material, previously estimated from the extrapolation of the RADAR observations alone. According to our calculations, dune material cover 17.5 ± 1.5% of Titan's surface area, equivalent to a total surface area of 14.6 ± 1.2 million km2 (˜1.5 times the surface area of Earth's Sahara desert). The VIMS “dark brown” coloration of the dune material is here confirmed at large spatial scale. If the sand particle composition is dominated by solid organics produced in and settling from the atmosphere, as supported by our spectral modeling and by previous spectral analysis, microwave radiometric data and atmospheric modeling, dune fields are one of the major surface hydrocarbon reservoirs on Titan. Assuming two possible scenarios for the sand distribution (either the sand is (1) entirely trapped in dune landforms, or (2) trapped in dunes at places where dune landforms are firmly observed and in sand sheets elsewhere), we estimate the volume of hydrocarbons trapped in the dune sediment to be comprised between 1.7 and 4.4 × 105 km3, corresponding to an average total mass of 230,000 GT, in comparison with ˜4000-30,000 GT of hydrocarbons in the polar lakes and seas. This indicates a maximum age for the dune sediments of ˜730-Myr, consistent with estimations of the ages of the current Titan's atmospheric methane and surface.

  6. Multi-Wavelength Observations of the Spatio-Temporal Evolution of Solar Flares with AIA/SDO: I. Universal Scaling Laws of Space and Time Parameters

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    Aschwanden, Markus J; Liu, Kai

    2013-01-01

    We extend a previous statistical solar flare study of 155 GOES M- and X-class flares observed with AIA/SDO (Aschwanden 2012) to all 7 coronal wavelengths (94, 131, 171, 193, 211, 304, 335 \\ang) to test the wavelength-dependence of scaling laws and statistical distributions. Except for the 171 and 193 \\ang\\ wavelengths, which are affected by EUV dimming caused by coronal mass ejections (CMEs), we find near-identical size distributions of geometric (lengths $L$, flare areas $A$, volumes $V$, fractal dimension $D_2$), temporal (flare durations $T$), and spatio-temporal parameters (diffusion coefficient $\\kappa$, spreading exponent $\\beta$, and maximum expansion velocities $v_{max}$) in different wavelengths, which are consistent with the universal predictions of the fractal-diffusive avalanche model of a slowly-driven self-organized criticality (FD-SOC) system, i.e., $N(L) \\propto L^{-3}$, $N(A) \\propto A^{-2}$, $N(V) \\propto V^{-5/3}$, $N(T) \\propto T^{-2}$, $D_2=3/2$, for a Euclidean dimension $d=3$. Empirical...

  7. Identification of VIM-2-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa from Tanzania is associated with sequence types 244 and 640 and the location of blaVIM-2 in a TniC integron.

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    Moyo, Sabrina; Haldorsen, Bjørg; Aboud, Said; Blomberg, Bjørn; Maselle, Samuel Y; Sundsfjord, Arnfinn; Langeland, Nina; Samuelsen, Ørjan

    2015-01-01

    Epidemiological data on carbapenemase-producing Gram-negative bacteria on the African continent are limited. Here, we report the identification of VIM-2-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates in Tanzania. Eight out of 90 clinical isolates of P. aeruginosa from a tertiary care hospital in Dar es Salaam were shown to harbor bla(VIM-2). The bla(VIM-2)-positive isolates belonged to two different sequence types (ST), ST244 and ST640, with bla(VIM-2) located in an unusual integron structure lacking the 3' conserved region of qac?E1-sul1. PMID:25331700

  8. Isolation of VIM-2-Producing Pseudomonas monteilii Clinical Strains Disseminated in a Tertiary Hospital in Northern Spain

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    Guzmán-Gómez, Laura P.; Fernández-Martínez, Marta; Román, Elena; Rodríguez, Cristina; Marco, Francesc; Vila, Jordi; Martínez-Martínez, Luis

    2014-01-01

    We describe here the occurrence of blaVIM-2 in 10 carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas monteilii strains isolated from different clinical samples from patients at the University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla in northern Spain. All the blaVIM-2-harboring P. monteilii isolates possessed a class 1 integron, with the cassette array [intI1_blaVIM-2_aac(6?)-Ib_qacE?1_sul1]. Our results show the emergence of VIM-2-producing multidrug-resistant species other than Pseudomonas aeruginosa or Pseudomonas putida in a Spanish hospital. P. monteilii, although sporadically isolated, should also be considered an important metallo-?-lactamase (MBL) reservoir. PMID:25421471

  9. MULTI-WAVELENGTH OBSERVATIONS OF THE SPATIO-TEMPORAL EVOLUTION OF SOLAR FLARES WITH AIA/SDO. I. UNIVERSAL SCALING LAWS OF SPACE AND TIME PARAMETERS

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    Aschwanden, Markus J.; Zhang, Jie; Liu, Kai E-mail: jzhang7@gmu.edu

    2013-09-20

    We extend a previous statistical solar flare study of 155 GOES M- and X-class flares observed with AIA/SDO to all seven coronal wavelengths (94, 131, 171, 193, 211, 304, and 335 Å) to test the wavelength dependence of scaling laws and statistical distributions. Except for the 171 and 193 Å wavelengths, which are affected by EUV dimming caused by coronal mass ejections (CMEs), we find near-identical size distributions of geometric (lengths L, flare areas A, volumes V, and fractal dimension D{sub 2}), temporal (flare durations T), and spatio-temporal parameters (diffusion coefficient ?, spreading exponent ?, and maximum expansion velocities v{sub max}) in different wavelengths, which are consistent with the universal predictions of the fractal-diffusive avalanche model of a slowly driven, self-organized criticality (FD-SOC) system, i.e., N(L)?L {sup –3}, N(A)?A {sup –2}, N(V)?V {sup –5/3}, N(T)?T {sup –2}, and D{sub 2} = 3/2, for a Euclidean dimension d = 3. Empirically, we find also a new strong correlation ??L {sup 0.94±0.01} and the three-parameter scaling law L?? T {sup 0.1}, which is more consistent with the logistic-growth model than with classical diffusion. The findings suggest long-range correlation lengths in the FD-SOC system that operate in the vicinity of a critical state, which could be used for predictions of individual extreme events. We find also that eruptive flares (with accompanying CMEs) have larger volumes V, longer flare durations T, higher EUV and soft X-ray fluxes, and somewhat larger diffusion coefficients ? than confined flares (without CMEs)

  10. Multi-wavelength Observations of the Spatio-temporal Evolution of Solar Flares with AIA/SDO. I. Universal Scaling Laws of Space and Time Parameters

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    Aschwanden, Markus J.; Zhang, Jie; Liu, Kai

    2013-09-01

    We extend a previous statistical solar flare study of 155 GOES M- and X-class flares observed with AIA/SDO to all seven coronal wavelengths (94, 131, 171, 193, 211, 304, and 335 Å) to test the wavelength dependence of scaling laws and statistical distributions. Except for the 171 and 193 Å wavelengths, which are affected by EUV dimming caused by coronal mass ejections (CMEs), we find near-identical size distributions of geometric (lengths L, flare areas A, volumes V, and fractal dimension D 2), temporal (flare durations T), and spatio-temporal parameters (diffusion coefficient ?, spreading exponent ?, and maximum expansion velocities v max) in different wavelengths, which are consistent with the universal predictions of the fractal-diffusive avalanche model of a slowly driven, self-organized criticality (FD-SOC) system, i.e., N(L)vpropL -3, N(A)vpropA -2, N(V)vpropV -5/3, N(T)vpropT -2, and D 2 = 3/2, for a Euclidean dimension d = 3. Empirically, we find also a new strong correlation ?vpropL 0.94 ± 0.01 and the three-parameter scaling law Lvprop? T 0.1, which is more consistent with the logistic-growth model than with classical diffusion. The findings suggest long-range correlation lengths in the FD-SOC system that operate in the vicinity of a critical state, which could be used for predictions of individual extreme events. We find also that eruptive flares (with accompanying CMEs) have larger volumes V, longer flare durations T, higher EUV and soft X-ray fluxes, and somewhat larger diffusion coefficients ? than confined flares (without CMEs).

  11. Cloud structure of Jupiter’s troposphere from Cassini VIMS

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    Giles, Rohini S.; Fletcher, Leigh N.; Irwin, Patrick G.

    2014-11-01

    Cassini VIMS 4.5-5.1?m thermal emission spectra were used to study the composition and cloud structure of Jupiter’s middle troposphere during the 2000/2001 flyby. The radiance observed varies considerably across the planet (a factor of 50 between the warm North Equatorial Belt and the cool Equatorial Zone) but the spectral shape remains constant, suggesting the presence of a spectrally flat, spatially inhomogeneous cloud deck. Spectra were analysed using the NEMESIS radiative transfer code and retrieval algorithm. Both night- and day-side nadir spectra could be well reproduced using a model with a single, compact, grey cloud deck. For hotter spectra, this grey cloud could be located as deep as 3.0 bar, but the cooler spectra required the cloud deck to be at pressures of 1.2 bar or less. At these pressures, the clouds are expected to be NH4SH or NH3, but the single-scattering albedos of pure ices of NH3 or NH4SH produce spectral features that are incompatible with the VIMS data. These spectral signatures may be masked by complex rimming/coating processes, and/or by the presence of multiple cloud decks. Retrievals show that the cloud optical thickness varies significantly with latitude and longitude. The North Equatorial Belt contains discrete cloud-free “hot-spots” whose radiance is twice as bright as the coolest parts of the belt. The turbulent region in the wake of the Great Red Spot (GRS) has the thickest clouds of the South Equatorial Belt; these begin to thin out on the opposite hemisphere, 180° away from the GRS. The relatively low spectral resolution and model degeneracies mean that no variability could be detected (or ruled out) in the gaseous species (NH3, PH3 and other disequilibrium species). A limb darkening analysis was carried out using the nightside observations. Extreme inhomogeneity within latitude circles meant that simultaneous retrievals at different emission angles were not possible. However, forward modelling was used to show that highly scattering particles are required to produce results consistent with the data. Acceptable fits were obtained using cloud particles with high single-scatter albedos (?>0.85) and low asymmetry parameters (g<0.75).

  12. Inhibitors of VIM-2 by screening pharmacologically active and click-chemistry compound libraries.

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    Minond, Dmitriy; Saldanha, S Adrian; Subramaniam, Prem; Spaargaren, Michael; Spicer, Timothy; Fotsing, Joseph R; Weide, Timo; Fokin, Valery V; Sharpless, K Barry; Galleni, Moreno; Bebrone, Carine; Lassaux, Patricia; Hodder, Peter

    2009-07-15

    VIM-2 is an Ambler class B metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL) capable of hydrolyzing a broad-spectrum of beta-lactam antibiotics. Although the discovery and development of MBL inhibitors continue to be an area of active research, an array of potent, small molecule inhibitors is yet to be fully characterized for VIM-2. In the presented research, a compound library screening approach was used to identify and characterize VIM-2 inhibitors from a library of pharmacologically active compounds as well as a focused 'click' chemistry library. The four most potent VIM-2 inhibitors resulting from a VIM-2 screen were characterized by kinetic studies in order to determine K(i) and mechanism of enzyme inhibition. As a result, two previously described pharmacologic agents, mitoxantrone (1,4-dihydroxy-5,8-bis([2-([2-hydroxyethyl]amino)ethyl]amino)-9,10-anthracenedione) and 4-chloromercuribenzoic acid (pCMB) were found to be active, the former as a non-competitive inhibitor (K(i)=K(i)(')=1.5+/-0.2microM) and the latter as a slowly reversible or irreversible inhibitor. Additionally, two novel sulfonyl-triazole analogs from the click library were identified as potent, competitive VIM-2 inhibitors: N-((4-((but-3-ynyloxy)methyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-5-yl)methyl)-4-iodobenzenesulfonamide (1, K(i)=0.41+/-0.03microM) and 4-iodo-N-((4-(methoxymethyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-5-yl)methyl)benzenesulfonamide (2, K(i)=1.4+/-0.10microM). Mitoxantrone and pCMB were also found to potentiate imipenem efficacy in MIC and synergy assays employing Escherichia coli. Taken together, all four compounds represent useful chemical probes to further investigate mechanisms of VIM-2 inhibition in biochemical and microbiology-based assays. PMID:19553129

  13. The Ring System of Saturn as Seen by Cassini-VIMS (Invited)

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    Filacchione, G.; Ciarniello, M.; Capaccioni, F.

    2015-08-01

    Since 2004 the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) aboard Cassini has acquired numerous hyperspectral mosaics in the 0.35-5.1 ?m spectral range of Saturn's main rings in very different illumination and viewing geometries. These observations have allowed us to infer the ring particles physical properties and composition: water ice abundance is estimated through the 1.25-1.5-2.0 ?m band depths, chromophores distribution is derived from visible spectral slopes while organic material is traced by the aliphatic compounds signature at 3.42 ?m which appears stronger on CD and C ring than on A-B rings (Filacchione et al., 2014). Observed reflectance spectra are fitted with a spectrophotometric model based on Montecarlo ray-tracing with the scope to infer particles composition while disentangling photometric effects (caused by multiple scattering, opposition surge and forward scattering) which depend on illumination/viewing geometries. Spectral bond albedo for different regions of the rings has been best-fitted using Hapke's radiative transfer modeling (Ciarniello et al, 2011) by choosing different mixtures of water ice, tholin, and amorphous carbon particles populations. While tholin distribution seems to be fairly constant across the rings, the amorphous carbon appears anti-correlated with optical depth. Moreover, dark material contamination is less effective on densest regions, where the more intense rejuvenation processes occur, in agreement with the ballistic transport theory (Cuzzi and Estrada,1998). Finally, the 3.6 ?m continuum peak wavelength is used to infer particles temperature, which is anti-correlated with the albedo and the optical depth (tau): low-albedo/low-tau C ring and CD have higher temperatures than A-B rings where albedo and tau are high. This trend matches direct temperature measurements by CIRS (Spilker et al., 2013).

  14. Cassini-VIMS observations of Saturn's main rings: I. Spectral properties and temperature radial profiles variability with phase angle and elevation

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    Filacchione, G.; Ciarniello, M.; Capaccioni, F.; Clark, R. N.; Nicholson, P. D.; Hedman, M. M.; Cuzzi, J. N.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Dalle Ore, C. M.; Brown, R. H.; Cerroni, P.; Altobelli, N.; Spilker, L. J.

    2014-10-01

    The spectral properties and thermal behavior of Saturn's rings are determined from a dataset of ten radial mosaics acquired by Cassini-VIMS (Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) between October 29th 2004 and January 27th 2010 with phase angle ranging between 5.7° and 132.4° and elevation angles between -23.5° and 2.6°. These observations, after reduction to spectrograms, e.g. 2D arrays containing the VIS-IR (0.35-5.1 ?m) spectral information versus radial distance from Saturn (from 73.500 to 141.375 km, 400 km/bin), allow us to compare the derived spectral and thermal properties of the ring particles on a common reference. Spectral properties: rings spectra are characterized by an intense reddening at visible wavelengths while they maintain a strong similarity with water ice in the infrared domain. Significant changes in VIS reddening, water ice abundance and grain sizes are observed across different radial regions resulting in correlation with optical depth and local structures. The availability of observations taken at very different phase angles allows us to examine spectrophotometric properties of the ring's particles. When observed at high phase angles, a remarkable increase of visible reddening and water ice band depths is found, probably as a consequence of the presence of a red-colored contaminant intimately mixed within water ice grains and of multiple scattering. At low phases the analysis of the 3.2-3.6 ?m range shows faint spectral signatures at 3.42-3.52 ?m which are compatible with the CH2 aliphatic stretch. The 3.29 ?m PAH aromatic stretch absorption is not clearly detectable on this dataset. VIMS results indicate that ring particles contain about 90-95% water ice while the remaining 5-10% is consistent with different contaminants like amorphous carbon or tholins. However, we cannot exclude the presence of nanophase iron or hematite produced by iron oxidation in the rings tenuous oxygen atmosphere, intimately mixed with the ice grains. Greater pollution caused by meteoritic material is seen in the C ring and Cassini division while the low levels of aliphatic material observed by VIMS in the A and B rings particles are an evidence that they are pristine. Thermal properties: the ring-particles' temperature is retrieved by fitting the spectral position of the 3.6 ?m continuum peak observed on reflectance spectra: in case of pure water ice the position of the peak, as measured in laboratory, shifts towards shorter wavelengths when temperature decreases, moving from about 3.65 ?m at 123 K to about 3.55 ?m at 88 K. When applied to VIMS rings observations, this method allows us to infer the average temperature across ring regions sampled through 400 km-wide radial bins. Comparing VIMS temperature radial profiles with similar CIRS measurements acquired at the same time we have found a substantial agreement between the two instruments' results across the A and B rings. In general VIMS measures higher temperatures than CIRS across C ring and Cassini division as a consequence of the lower optical depth and the resulting pollution that creates a deviation from pure water ice composition of these regions. VIMS results point out that across C ring and CD the 3.6 ?m peak wavelength is always higher than across B and A rings and therefore C ring and CD are warmer than A and B rings. VIMS observations allow us to investigate also diurnal and seasonal effects: comparing antisolar and subsolar ansae observations we have measured higher temperature on the latter. As the solar elevation angle decreases to 0° (equinox), the peak's position shifts at shorter wavelengths because ring's particles becomes colder. Merging multi-wavelength data sets allow us to test different thermal models, combining the effects of particle albedo, regolith composition, grain size and thermal properties with the ring structures.

  15. Cassini-VIMS at Jupiter: Solar occultation measurements using Io

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    Formisano, V.; D'Aversa, E.; Bellucci, G.; Baines, K.H.; Bibring, J.-P.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.; Clark, R.N.; Coradini, A.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Drossart, P.; Jaumann, R.; Langevin, Y.; Matson, D.L.; McCord, T.B.; Mennella, V.; Nelson, R.M.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sicardy, B.; Sotin, C.; Chamberlain, M.C.; Hansen, G.; Hibbits, K.; Showalter, M.; Filacchione, G.

    2003-01-01

    We report unusual and somewhat unexpected observations of the jovian satellite Io, showing strong methane absorption bands. These observations were made by the Cassini VIMS experiment during the Jupiter flyby of December/January 2000/2001. The explanation is straightforward: Entering or exiting from Jupiter's shadow during an eclipse, Io is illuminated by solar light which has transited the atmosphere of Jupiter. This light, therefore becomes imprinted with the spectral signature of Jupiter's upper atmosphere, which includes strong atmospheric methane absorption bands. Intercepting solar light refracted by the jovian atmosphere, Io essentially becomes a "miffor" for solar occultation events of Jupiter. The thickness of the layer where refracted solar light is observed is so large (more than 3000 km at Io's orbit), that we can foresee a nearly continuous multi-year period of similar events at Saturn, utilizing the large and bright ring system. During Cassini's 4-year nominal mission, this probing tecnique should reveal information of Saturn's atmosphere over a large range of southern latitudes and times. ?? 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Molecular epidemiology of VIM-1 producing Escherichia coli from Germany referred to the National Reference Laboratory.

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    Kaase, Martin; Pfennigwerth, Niels; Lange, Felix; Anders, Agnes; Gatermann, Sören G

    2015-10-01

    The distribution of carbapenemase genes in Escherichia coli strains isolated between September 2009 and May 2013 in Germany was investigated. Out of 192 isolates with carbapenemase production OXA-48 was found in 44.8%, VIM-1 in 18.8%, NDM-1 in 11.5% and KPC-2 in 6.8%. Patients with VIM-1 producing E. coli (n=36) differed from patients with OXA-48 by an older age, less frequent mention of travel history and an increased proportion of clinical over screening specimens. These data might indicate that introduction from abroad is of minor importance for VIM-1 producing E. coli compared to other carbapenemases. Multilocus sequence typing revealed that E. coli with VIM-1 were mostly multiclonal, emphasizing the role of horizontal gene transfer in its spread. Susceptibility testing of VIM-1 producing E. coli demonstrated aztreonam susceptibility in 55.6%. Among non-?-lactams susceptibility rates of >90% were observed for amikacin, tigecycline, colistin, fosfomycin and nitrofurantoin. PMID:26321009

  17. Molecular epidemiology of Enterobacteriaceae that produce VIMs and IMPs from the SMART surveillance program.

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    Peirano, Gisele; Lascols, Christine; Hackel, Meredith; Hoban, Daryl J; Pitout, Johann D D

    2014-03-01

    A study was designed to characterize 35 non-repeat isolates of VIM- and IMP-producing Enterobacteriaceae obtained from the SMART surveillance program. Characterization was done by polymerase chain reaction, sequencing, and multi-locus sequencing. The VIM-1, -2, -5, -26, -27, -33, and IMP-1 and -26-producing Enterobacteriaceae were obtained from Greece, Italy, Spain, Philippines, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, USA, and India. Plasmids varied in size from 60 to 300 kb and belonged to IncA/C, IncF, IncHI1, IncL/M, IncN, and IncK incompatibility groups. The most common gene cassettes consisted of blaIMP-26, qacG, aacA4 and blaVIM, aacA7, dhfrI, and aadA1. Intercountry, interhospital, intrahospital, interspecies, and intraclonal spread of blaVIM and blaIMP containing plasmids and sequence types (STs) occurred in Greece, Italy, Spain, and Philippines. ST147 with IncA/C and IncF plasmids is an important drug-resistant ST among Klebsiella pneumoniae with VIMs. Our study highlights the importance of surveillance programs using molecular techniques as powerful tools to identify the transmission of STs with their respective plasmids. PMID:24387958

  18. Infections with VIM-1 Metallo-?-Lactamase-Producing Enterobacter cloacae and Their Correlation with Clinical Outcome?

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    Falcone, Marco; Mezzatesta, Maria Lina; Perilli, Mariagrazia; Forcella, Chiara; Giordano, Alessandra; Cafiso, Viviana; Amicosante, Gianfranco; Stefani, Stefania; Venditti, Mario

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to ascertain the incidence and clinical significance of metallo-?-lactamases among Enterobacter strains isolated from patients with nosocomial infections. We prospectively collected data on patients with Enterobacter infection during a 13-month period. All of the strains were investigated for antibiotic susceptibility, the presence and expression of metallo-?-lactamases, and clonality. Of 29 infections (11 involving the urinary tract, 7 pneumonias, 3 skin/soft tissue infections, 3 intra-abdominal infections, 3 bacteremias, and 2 other infections), 7 (24%) were caused by Enterobacter cloacae strains harboring a blaVIM-1 gene associated or not with a blaSHV12 gene. Infections caused by VIM-1-producing strains were more frequently associated with a recent prior hospitalization (P = 0.006), cirrhosis (P = 0.03), relapse of infection (P < 0.001), and more prolonged duration of antibiotic therapy (P = 0.01) than were other infections. All of the isolates were susceptible to imipenem and meropenem and had blaVIM-1 preceded by a weak P1 promoter and inactivated P2 promoters. Most VIM-1-producing Enterobacter isolates belonged to a main clone, but four different clones were found. Multiclonal VIM-1-producing E. cloacae infections are difficult to diagnose due to an apparent susceptibility to various beta-lactams, including carbapenems, and are associated with a high relapse rate and a more prolonged duration of antibiotic therapy. PMID:19741074

  19. Nosocomial emerging of (VIM1) carbapenemase-producing isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae in North of Iran

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    Rajabnia, Ramazan; Asgharpour, Fariba; Ferdosi Shahandashti, Elaheh; Moulana, Zahra

    2015-01-01

    Background and Objectives: The rapid emergence and dissemination of carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae strains and other members of the Enterobacteriaceae poses a considerable threat to the care of hospitalized patients and to public health. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of metallo-?-lactamases (MBL) and VIM-1 gene in multidrug-resistant strains of K. pneumoniae. Methods: 50 isolates of non – duplicated K. pneumoniae cultured from patients at intensive care units were tested for their susceptibilities to 13 different antibiotics using microbroth dilution assay. Isolates showing resistance to at least one of the carbapenems were checked for production of metallo-?-lactamase (MBLs) using imipenem–EDTA synergy tests. PCR was used to detect the gene encoding VIM-1 metallo-?-lactamase (MBL). Results: Of 50 clinical isolates, 26 (52%) were resistant to imipenem in disk diffusion method. Using imipenem–EDTA synergy tests, production of MBL was detected in 15 (30%) isolates. PCR assay showed that 15 isolates were positive for VIM and these included 10 and 5 isolates showing positive and negative results in phenotypic method of MBL detection test respectively. Amikacin was found as the most effective antibiotic against the MBL producers in this study. Conclusion: The emergence of bla(VIM-1) producing K. pneumoniae in North of Iran is concerning. Microorganisms producing bla(VIM-1) constitute the prevalent multidrug-resistant population of K. pneumoniae in that region. PMID:26622969

  20. Pterin pigment granules are responsible for both broadband light scattering and wavelength selective absorption in the wing scales of pierid butterflies.

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    Morehouse, Nathan I; Vukusic, Peter; Rutowski, Ron

    2007-02-01

    A small but growing literature indicates that many animal colours are produced by combinations of structural and pigmentary mechanisms. We investigated one such complex colour phenotype: the highly chromatic wing colours of pierid butterflies including oranges, yellows and patterns which appear white to the human eye, but strongly absorb the ultraviolet (UV) wavelengths visible to butterflies. Pierids produce these bright colours using wing scales that contain collections of minute granules. However, to date, no work has directly characterized the molecular composition or optical properties of these granules. We present results that indicate these granules contain pterin pigments. We also find that pterin granules increase light reflection from single wing scales, such that wing scales containing denser granule arrays reflect more light than those with less dense granule collections. As male wing scales contain more pterin granules than those of females, the sexual dichromatism found in many pierid species can be explained by differences in wing scale pterin deposition. Additionally, the colour pattern elements produced by these pterins are known to be important during mating interactions in a number of pierid species. Therefore, we discuss the potential relevance of our results within the framework of sexual selection and colour signal evolution. PMID:17164199

  1. Comparison between Dione' and Helene' surfaces using Cassini VIMS

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    Scipioni, F.; Tosi, F.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.; Filacchione, G.; Federico, C.

    2012-04-01

    With 1122 km in diameter, Dione is the second largest inner moon of Saturn. The Voyager spacecrafts observed Dione in 1980 and revealed a complex surface structure. Afterwards, Dione was closely observed by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft from 2004 to 2011. Dione's surface is composed primarily by water ice with minor abundances of volatiles such as CO2 and CN. The satellite's surface can be divided into some distinct classes: most notably, heavily cratered terrains and less cratered plains. Most of Dione's surface is covered by the heavily cratered terrains, located mainly in the trailing hemisphere and crossed by high-albedo wispy streaks. The origin of the dark material that covers the heavily cratered terrains is still unknown, while wispy units are likely tectonic features. Helene is a Dione's trojan moonlet, which orbits around Saturn in Dione's lagrangian point L4. The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument onboard the Cassini Orbiter is able to acquire hyperspectral cubes in the overall spectral range from 0.35 to 5.1 ?m. We have selected 76 VIMS cubes of Dione in the IR range between 0.85 and 5.1 ?m. These data show at the same time a spatial resolution better than 100 km and a good S/N ratio. We have normalized all of the spectra at ?=2.23 ?m in order to minimize photometric effects due to different observation conditions. To emphasize the existence of spectral units, we have applied the supervised clustering technique Spectral Angle Mapper (SAM) to the infrared spectra of each cube. A classification method applied to hyperspectral data shows up to be crucial to understand geochemical processes taking place on the icy satellites' surfaces, and, in this particular case, to investigate the possible presence on the surface of Dione of non water-ice materials, such as methane and ammonia. Some classes show also a peculiar trend with respect to the phase angle, possibly related to surface structure. Moreover, the use of this technique allowed us to emphasize the dichotomy existing between Dione's trailing and leading hemispheres. For each terrain unit and for selected values of the phase angle (25°, 38°, 43°, 47°, 63°, 70° and 78°), we evaluated the difference between the mean spectrum of Dione and the mean spectrum of Helene. The spectral comparison shows that the most prominent difference is related to the water-ice absorption bands at 1.5 and 2.0 ?m and the CO2 absorption band at 4.26 ?m, indicating that the dark material is more abundant on Dione' surface than on Helene's. Moreover, the relative maximum in reflectance located around 3.5 ?m is a marker of the average size of ice grains. By comparing Dione' and Helene's spectra, it turns out that Helene's ice grains are on an average larger than those of Dione.

  2. Uplift of the South African Plateau: mantle-scale deformation, long wavelength relief growth and offshore sediment budget

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    Guillocheau, François; Dauteuil, Olivier; Baby, Guillaume; Robin, Cécile

    2013-04-01

    The South African Plateau is one of the largest very long wavelength relief (x1000 km) of the world that could be related to mantle dynamics and the effect of the African superplume. Unfortunately, the timing of the uplift and the different steps of the relief growth are still debated with a Late Cretaceous uplift scenario and an Oligocene one. Whatever model, few attentions were paid to the evolution of the overall geomorphic system, from the upstream erosional system to the downstream depositional system. This study is based, onshore, on the mapping and chronology of all the macroforms (weathering surfaces and associated alterites, pediments and pediplains, incised rivers, wave-cut platforms) dated by intersection with the few preserved sediments and the volcanics (mainly kimberlites pipes) and, offshore, on a more classical dataset of seismic lines and petroleum wells (characterization and dating of forced regression, sediment volume measurement, etc..). The main result of this study is that the South African Plateau is an old Late Cretaceous Plateau reactivated during Paleogene times and fossilized since the Middle Miocene. • During Late Cretaceous, in a semiarid climatic setting, the main uplift occurred from the east (around 95 Ma) to the west (around 75 Ma) and could result from the migration of the African plate over the African superplume: This is the paroxysm of the erosion with the growth of a large delta offshore present-day Orange River mouth (sedimentation rate around 100 000 km3/Ma). • During Paleocene - Mid Eocene times, in more humid conditions and in response to a more subtle long wavelength deformation, pedimentation occurred mainly localised along Cape Fold Belt feeding a large delta offshore western Cape Peninsula. During Mid Eocene times, all those landscapes are fossilized and weathered by laterites. • Late Eocene and Oligocene is the second period of uplift of the Plateau, localised along its Indian Ocean side (Drackensberg Moutains), feeding a smaller delta offshore Tugela River (Durban area - sedimentation rate around 15 000 km3/Ma). The mechanism of uplift, located along the Agulhas - Falklands Fracture Zone, is unknown. • Since at least Middle Miocene times, all those relief have been fossilized, with very low erosion rates (x1m/Ma), in response to the major aridification of southern Africa. Keywords: South Africa, Plateau uplift, Mantle dynamics, Climate, Siliciclastic sediment fluxes

  3. Characterization of long-wavelength errors in large scale deformation studies: Application to the Central Nevada Seismic Belt

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    Greene, F.; Amelung, F.; Wdowinski, S.

    2011-12-01

    We present the contemporary velocity field in the western Basin and Range province observed by ~ 20 years of satellite radar imagery. A recent study in the Central Nevada Seismic Belt (CNSB) reported a broad area of uplift (~ 2-3 mm/yr) explained by postseismic mantle relaxation after a sequence of four earthquakes (M ~ 7) that occurred in the first half of the 20th century. This previous study is limited in temporal coverage, since only ~ 9 years of SAR data was used. In this study we use two different approaches to investigate the contemporary crustal deformation at the CNSB. In the first approach we produce line of sight (LOS) velocity fields for different time periods (1992 - 2000, 1999 - 2009 and 1992 - 2009) by averaging independent interferograms with small perpendicular baselines (< 150 m). In the second approach we produce time-series using the European Remote Sensing Satellites ERS 1/2 and Envisat from two decades of data. Both approaches suggest that the uplift velocity decreased for the last ten years, which is consistent with models of postseismic relaxation. Unfortunately, long-wavelength noise can be introduced to InSAR data from uncertainties in the satellite orbits and the signal can easily be confused. To understand how these errors affect our results, we analyze InSAR data of non-deforming areas from 20 years of ERS and Envisat data. Since deformation is not present, we can directly parameterize orbital phase contributions in terms of vertical and horizontal baseline errors and analyze the statistical distributions of these errors in different regions of the world. Finally, we apply to our area of study (a swath nearly 600 km long in CNSB) a recently proposed method to remove orbital phase errors from the InSAR deformation time series by using continuous GPS observations and a physical orbital model. The error distribution in non-deforming areas is valuable for the assessment of the apparent deformation signal observed at CNSB.

  4. The surface composition of Iapetus: Mapping results from Cassini VIMS

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    Clark, Roger N.; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Jaumann, Ralf; Brown, Robert H.; Stephan, Katrin; Dalle Ore, Cristina Morea; Eric Livo, K.; Pearson, Neil; Curchin, John M.; Hoefen, Todd M.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Filacchione, Gianrico; Baines, Kevin H.; Nicholson, Philip D.

    2012-04-01

    Cassini VIMS has obtained spatially resolved imaging spectroscopy data on numerous satellites of Saturn. A very close fly-by of Iapetus on September 10, 2007 provided the best data on the spectral signature and spatial extent of dark material on Iapetus. This Cassini Rev 49 Iapetus fly-by provided spatially resolved imaging spectroscopy data of the dark material and the leading/trailing side transition from the dark material to visually bright ice on the trailing side. Compositional mapping and radiative transfer modeling shows that the dark material is composed of metallic iron, nano-size iron oxide (hematite), CO2, H2O ice, and possible signatures of ammonia, bound water, H2 or OH-bearing minerals, trace organics, and as yet unidentified materials. CO2 indicates a pattern of increasing CO2 strength from the leading side apex to the transition zone to the icy trailing side. A Rayleigh scattering peak in the visible part of the spectrum indicates the dark material has a large component of fine, sub-0.5-?m diameter particles consistent with nanophase hematite and nanophase iron. Spectral signatures of ice also indicate that sub-0.5-?m diameter particles are present in the icy regions. Multiple lines of evidence point to an external origin for the dark material on Iapetus, including the global spatial pattern of dark material, local patterns including crater and cliff walls shielding implantation on slopes facing away from the leading side, exposing clean ice, and slopes facing the leading direction which show higher abundances of dark material. Multiple spectral features and overall spectral shape of the dark material on Iapetus match those seen on Phoebe, Hyperion, Dione, Epimetheus, Saturn's rings Cassini Division, and the F-ring implying the material has a common composition throughout the Saturn system. The dark material appears to have significant components of nanophase metallic iron and nanophase hematite contributing to the observed UV absorption. The blue scattering peak with a strong UV-visible absorption is observed in spectra of all satellites that contain dark material, again pointing to a common origin of contamination by metallic iron that is partially oxidized.

  5. Virginia Wetlands Report Center for Coastal Resources Management www.ccrm.vims.edu

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    Virginia Wetlands Report Center for Coastal Resources Management www.ccrm.vims.edu Volume 28, Issue 1 An Annual Publication Focused on Virginia Wetland Issues and Training Spring 2013 The Virginia Wetlands Report is an annual publication of the Wetlands Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine

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    Virginia Wetlands Report Center for Coastal Resources Management www.ccrm.vims.edu Volume 25, Issue 2 A Biannual Publication Focused on Virginia Wetland Issues and Training Fall 2010 The Center for a website update was provided by DEQ's Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through a grant from NOAA

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    Virginia Wetlands Report Center for Coastal Resources Management www.ccrm.vims.edu Volume 26, Issue 1 A Biannual Publication Focused on Virginia Wetland Issues and Training Spring 2011 The Center are established in the field. General Assembly Updates The Virginia GeneralAssembly passed a resolution during

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    Virginia Wetlands Report Center for Coastal Resources Management www.ccrm.vims.edu Volume 27, Issue 1 A Biannual Publication Focused on Virginia Wetland Issues and Training Spring 2012 As the impacts with the latest information on expected future trends in sea level in southeastern Virginia. In this issue

  9. High-resolution CASSINI-VIMS mosaics of Titan and the icy Saturnian satellites

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    Jaumann, R.; Stephan, K.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; McCord, T.B.; Coradini, A.; Capaccioni, F.; Filacchione, G.; Cerroni, P.; Baines, K.H.; Bellucci, G.; Bibring, J.-P.; Combes, M.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Drossart, P.; Formisano, V.; Langevin, Y.; Matson, D.L.; Nelson, R.M.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sicardy, B.; Sotin, C.; Soderbloom, L.A.; Griffith, C.; Matz, K.-D.; Roatsch, Th.; Scholten, F.; Porco, C.C.

    2006-01-01

    The Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) onboard the CASSINI spacecraft obtained new spectral data of the icy satellites of Saturn after its arrival at Saturn in June 2004. VIMS operates in a spectral range from 0.35 to 5.2 ??m, generating image cubes in which each pixel represents a spectrum consisting of 352 contiguous wavebands. As an imaging spectrometer VIMS combines the characteristics of both a spectrometer and an imaging instrument. This makes it possible to analyze the spectrum of each pixel separately and to map the spectral characteristics spatially, which is important to study the relationships between spectral information and geological and geomorphologic surface features. The spatial analysis of the spectral data requires the determination of the exact geographic position of each pixel on the specific surface and that all 352 spectral elements of each pixel show the same region of the target. We developed a method to reproject each pixel geometrically and to convert the spectral data into map projected image cubes. This method can also be applied to mosaic different VIMS observations. Based on these mosaics, maps of the spectral properties for each Saturnian satellite can be derived and attributed to geographic positions as well as to geological and geomorphologic surface features. These map-projected mosaics are the basis for all further investigations. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  11. Biochemical, Mechanistic, and Spectroscopic Characterization of Metallo-?-lactamase VIM-2

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    This study examines metal binding to metallo-?-lactamase VIM-2, demonstrating the first successful preparation of a Co(II)-substituted VIM-2 analogue. Spectroscopic studies of the half- and fully metal loaded enzymes show that both Zn(II) and Co(II) bind cooperatively, where the major species present, regardless of stoichiometry, are apo- and di-Zn (or di-Co) enzymes. We determined the di-Zn VIM-2 structure to a resolution of 1.55 Å, and this structure supports results from spectroscopic studies. Kinetics, both steady-state and pre-steady-state, show that VIM-2 utilizes a mechanism that proceeds through a very short-lived anionic intermediate when chromacef is used as the substrate. Comparison with other B1 enzymes shows that those that bind Zn(II) cooperatively are better poised to protonate the intermediate on its formation, compared to those that bind Zn(II) non-cooperatively, which uniformly build up substantial amounts of the intermediate. PMID:25356958

  12. Effect of Vim thalamic DBS in Parkinson's disease on F wave duration.

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    Pakarian, Pooya; Rayegani, Seyed Mansoor; Shahzadi, Sohrab

    2004-09-01

    F waves were recorded from abductor hallucis muscle in eight Parkinsonian patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes surgically implanted in their Vim thalamic nucleus in two conditions of DBS ON and OFF. Patients with relatively anteriorly located electrodes exhibited a significant reduction in F wave duration and also in the UPDRS rigidity score of the corresponding foot when the DBS was ON. In contrast, patients with relatively posteriorly located electrodes exhibited no significant difference in F wave duration in the two DBS ON and OFF conditions. The rigidity UPDRS score in the corresponding foot diminished very little in the latter group. Both groups had great improvement in their tremor at rest UPDRS score in that foot when the DBS was ON. Vim surgery is generally accepted to affect tremor mechanisms. However, surgical intervention in anterior parts of Vim has been reported to affect rigidity mechanisms. This correspondence of these two symptoms of rigidity and tremor with the two locations of anterior and relatively posterior Vim may indicate the contribution of mechanisms of rigidity, but not tremor, in enhancement of F wave duration and hyper excitability of spinal motoneuron. PMID:15337258

  13. Aromatic and aliphatic organic materials on Iapetus: Analysis of Cassini VIMS data

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    Cruikshank, Dale P.; Dalle Ore, Cristina M.; Clark, Roger N.; Pendleton, Yvonne J.

    2014-05-01

    We present a quantitative analysis of the hydrocarbon and other organic molecular inventory as a component of the low-albedo material of Saturn’s satellite Iapetus, based on a revision of the calibration of the Cassini VIMS instrument. Our study uses hyperspectral data from a mosaic of Iapetus’ surface (Pinilla-Alonso, N., Roush, T.L., Marzo, G.A., Cruikshank, D.P., Dalle Ore, C.M. [2011]. Icarus 215, 75-82) constructed from VIMS data on a close fly-by of the satellite. We extracted 2235 individual spectra of the low-albedo regions, and with a clustering analysis tool (Dalle Ore, C.M., Cruikshank, D.P., Clark, R.N. [2012]. Icarus 221, 735-743), separated them into two spectrally distinct groups, one concentrated on the leading hemisphere of Iapetus, and the other group on the trailing. This distribution is broadly consistent with that found from Cassini ISS data analyzed by Denk et al. (Denk, T. et al. [2010]. Science 327, 435-439). We modeled the average spectra of the two geographic regions using the materials and techniques described by Clark et al. (Clark, R.N., Cruikshank, D.P., Jaumann, R., Brown, R.H., Stephan, K., Dalle Ore, C.M., Livio, K.E., Pearson, N., Curchin, J.M., Hoefen, T.M., Buratti, B.J., Filacchione, G., Baines, K.H., Nicholson, P.D. [2012]. Icarus 218, 831-860), and after dividing the Iapetus spectrum by the model for each case, we extracted the resulting spectra in the interval 2.7-4.0 ?m for analysis of the organic molecular bands. The spectra reveal the Csbnd H stretching modes of aromatic hydrocarbons at ?3.28 ?m (?3050 cm-1), plus four blended bands of aliphatic sbnd CH2sbnd and sbnd CH3 in the range ?3.36-3.52 ?m (?2980-2840 cm-1). In these data, the aromatic band, probably indicating the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), is unusually strong in comparison to the aliphatic bands, as was found for Hyperion (Dalton, J.B., Cruikshank, D.P., Clark, R.N. [2012]. Icarus 220, 752-776; Dalle Ore, C.M., Cruikshank, D.P., Clark, R.N. [2012], op. cit.) and Phoebe (Dalle Ore, C.M., Cruikshank, D.P., Clark, R.N. [2012], op. cit.). Our Gaussian decomposition of the organic band region suggests the presence of molecular bands in addition to those noted above, specifically bands attributable to cycloalkanes, olefinic compounds, CH3OH, and N-substituted PAHs, as well as possible Hn-PAHs (PAHs with excess peripheral H atoms). In a minimalist interpretation of the Gaussian band fitting, we find the ratio of aromatic CH to aliphatic CH2 + CH3 functional groups for both the leading and trailing hemispheres of Iapetus is ?10, with no clear difference between them. In the aliphatic component of the surface material, the ratio CH2/CH3 is 4.0 on the leading hemisphere and 3.0 on the trailing; both values are higher than those found in interstellar dust and other Solar System materials and the difference between the two hemispheres may be statistically significant. The superficial layer of low-albedo material on Iapetus originated in the interior of Phoebe and is being transported to and deposited on Iapetus (and Hyperion) in the current epoch via the Phoebe dust ring (Tosi, F., Turrini, D., Coradini, A., Filacchione, G., and the VIMS Team [2010]. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 403, 1113-1130; Tamayo, D., Burns, J.A., Hamilton, D.P., Hedman, M.M. [2011]. Icarus 215, 260-278). The PAHs on Iapetus exist in a H2O-rich environment, and consequently are subject to UV destruction by hydrogenation on short time-scales. The occurrence of this material is therefore consistent with the assertion that the deposition of the PAH-bearing dust is occurring at the present time. If the organic inventory we observe represents the interior composition of Phoebe, we may be sampling the original material from a region of the solar nebula beyond Neptune where Phoebe formed prior to its capture by Saturn (Johnson, T.V., Lunine, J.I. [2005]. Nature 435, 69-71).

  14. Study on imipenem resistance and prevalence of blaVIM1 and blaVIM2 metallo-beta lactamases among clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from Mashhad, Northeast of Iran

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    Mirbagheri, Seyedeh Zohreh; Meshkat, Zahra; Naderinasab, Mahboubeh; Rostami, Sina; Nabavinia, Maryam Sadat; Rahmati, Mehdi

    2015-01-01

    Background and Objectives: The main cause of serious nosocomial infections is a Gram-negative pathogen known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa). Carbapenems are widely used as an appropriate treatment for these infections, however resistance to these agents has been observed and is increasing. Metallo beta-lactamase (MBLs) enzyme is one of the main causes of resistance to carbapenem. In the current study the frequency and production of VIM1 and VIM2 by imipenem-resistant P. aeruginosa isolates of patients hospitalized in Imam Reza hospital were evaluated. Materials and Methods: In this study, 131 clinical samples were collected from patients hospitalized in Imam Reza hospital in Mashhad during a 15-month period from May 2011 to November 2012. After verification of P. aeruginosa isolates, antibiotic resistance patterns of isolates were determined for 14 antibiotics by Kirby-Bauer standard disk diffusion according to the CLSI guidelines. Combined-disk test was used for phenotypic determination of MBLs-producing isolates and after DNA extraction, genotypic determination of VIM1 and VIM2 metallo beta-lactamase genes was carried out using Multiplex-PCR. Results: Of 63 imipenem-resistant isolates (48.5%), 56 (88.8%) were MBL-producing in phenotypic assessments. Also amongst imipenem-resistant isolates, the frequency of VIM1 and VIM2 genes were 58.7 and 3.17%, respectively. Conclusion: The results of the current study along with the results of the other conducted studies in Iran in recent years demonstrate that the average resistance to imipenem in P. aeruginosa isolates was 51.3% which has increased in comparison with the results in 2006 (32.9%). It was also determined that the frequency of VIM1 gene was more than VIM2 gene. In phenotypic assessment by using CD method, 49.6% of isolates were determined as MBLs-producing. The sensitivity and specificity of this method were verified in comparison with the results of PCR test.

  15. Saturn's icy satellites investigated by Cassini-VIMS. I. Full-disk properties: 350-5100 nm reflectance spectra and phase curves

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    Filacchione, G.; Capaccioni, F.; McCord, T.B.; Coradini, A.; Cerroni, P.; Bellucci, G.; Tosi, F.; D'Aversa, E.; Formisano, V.; Brown, R.H.; Baines, K.H.; Bibring, J.-P.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Combes, M.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Drossart, P.; Jaumann, R.; Langevin, Y.; Matson, D.L.; Mennella, V.; Nelson, R.M.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sicardy, B.; Sotin, C.; Hansen, G.; Hibbitts, K.; Showalter, M.; Newman, S.

    2007-01-01

    Saturn's icy satellites are among the main scientific objectives of the Cassini-VIMS (Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) experiment. This paper contains a first systematic and comparative analysis of the full-disk spectral properties of Dione, Enceladus, Epimetheus, Hyperion, Iapetus, Mimas, Phoebe, Rhea and Tethys as observed by VIMS from July 2004 to June 2005. The disk integrated properties (350-5100 nm reflectance spectra and phase curves at 550-2232 nm) and images of satellites are reported and discussed in detail together with the observed geometry. In general, the spectra in the visible spectral range are almost featureless and can be classified according to the spectral slopes: from the bluish Enceladus and Phoebe to the redder Iapetus, Hyperion and Epimetheus. In the 1000-1300 nm range the spectra of Enceladus, Tethys, Mimas and Rhea are characterized by a negative slope, consistent with a surface largely dominated by water ice, while the spectra of Iapetus, Hyperion and Phoebe show a considerable reddening pointing out the relevant role played by darkening materials present on the surface. In between these two classes are Dione and Epimetheus, which have a flat spectrum in this range. The main absorption bands identified in the infrared are the 1520, 2020, 3000 nm H2O/OH bands (for all satellites), although Iapetus dark terrains show mostly a deep 3000 nm band while the 1520 and 2020 nm bands are very faint. In this spectral range, the Iapetus spectrum is characterized by a strong reddening. The CO2 band at 4260 nm and the Fresnel ice peak around 3100 nm are evident only on Hyperion, Phoebe and Iapetus. The phase curves at 550 and at 2232 nm are reported for all the available observations in the 0??-144?? range; Rhea shows an opposition surge at visible wavelengths in the 0.5??-1.17?? interval. The improvement on the retrieval of the full-disk reflectance spectra can be appreciated by a direct comparison with ground-based telescopic data available from literature. Finally, data processing strategies and recent upgrades introduced in the VIMS-V calibration pipeline (flat-field and destriping-despiking algorithm) are discussed in appendices. ?? 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Correlations between Cassini VIMS spectra and RADAR SAR images: Implications for Titan's surface composition and the character of the Huygens Probe Landing Site

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    Soderblom, L.A.; Kirk, R.L.; Lunine, J.I.; Anderson, J.A.; Baines, K.H.; Barnes, J.W.; Barrett, J.M.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Elachi, C.; Janssen, M.A.; Jaumann, R.; Karkoschka, E.; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Lopes, R.M.; Lorenz, R.D.; McCord, T.B.; Nicholson, P.D.; Radebaugh, J.; Rizk, B.; Sotin, C.; Stofan, E.R.; Sucharski, T.L.; Tomasko, M.G.; Wall, S.D.

    2007-01-01

    Titan's vast equatorial fields of RADAR-dark longitudinal dunes seen in Cassini RADAR synthetic aperture images correlate with one of two dark surface units discriminated as "brown" and "blue" in Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) color composites of short-wavelength infrared spectral cubes (RGB as 2.0, 1.6, 1.3 ??m). In such composites bluer materials exhibit higher reflectance at 1.3 ??m and lower at 1.6 and 2.0 ??m. The dark brown unit is highly correlated with the RADAR-dark dunes. The dark brown unit shows less evidence of water ice suggesting that the saltating grains of the dunes are largely composed of hydrocarbons and/or nitriles. In general, the bright units also show less evidence of absorption due to water ice and are inferred to consist of deposits of bright fine precipitating tholin aerosol dust. Some set of chemical/mechanical processes may be converting the bright fine-grained aerosol deposits into the dark saltating hydrocarbon and/or nitrile grains. Alternatively the dark dune materials may be derived from a different type of air aerosol photochemical product than are the bright materials. In our model, both the bright aerosol and dark hydrocarbon dune deposits mantle the VIMS dark blue water ice-rich substrate. We postulate that the bright mantles are effectively invisible (transparent) in RADAR synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images leading to lack of correlation in the RADAR images with optically bright mantling units. RADAR images mostly show only dark dunes and the water ice substrate that varies in roughness, fracturing, and porosity. If the rate of deposition of bright aerosol is 0.001-0.01 ??m/yr, the surface would be coated (to optical instruments) in hundreds-to-thousands of years unless cleansing processes are active. The dark dunes must be mobile on this very short timescale to prevent the accumulation of bright coatings. Huygens landed in a region of the VIMS bright and dark blue materials and about 30 km south of the nearest occurrence of dunes visible in the RADAR SAR images. Fluvial/pluvial processes, every few centuries or millennia, must be cleansing the dark floors of the incised channels and scouring the dark plains at the Huygens landing site both imaged by Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR). ?? 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Looking at some equatorial regions on Titan using Cassini/VIMS and RADAR data: a case for changes in surface properties

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    Solomonidou, Anezina; Coustenis, Athena; Lopes, Rosaly; Hirtzig, Mathieu; Bratsolis, Emmanuel; Drossart, Pierre; Le Mouélic, Stephane; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Jaumann, Ralf; Stephan, Katrin; Bampasidis, Georgios; Sotin, Christophe; Brown, Robert

    2014-05-01

    Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has a complex, dynamic and -in some aspects- Earth-like atmosphere and surface. Data from the remote sensing instruments on board Cassini, particularly VIMS and the RADAR, have shown the presence of diverse terrains on the surface, suggesting exogenic and endogenic processes [1;2;3]. In this research we focus on some equatorial regions that have been identified as possibly subject to changes, having particular spectral properties and possibly being the strongest cryovolcanic candidate regions, that is: Sotra Patera, Hotei Regio and Tui Regio [1,4,5]. We use VIMS data, to which we apply a state-of-the-art Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and radiative transfer methods [4;7] with updated parameterization for the spectroscopic data and infer the surface albedos of all of these regions, that we interpret in terms of possible surface composition and morphology combining with information from RADAR data. Indeed, by including despeckled SAR images we identify geomorphological units and investigate spatial and temporal geological relationships [6]. This combination provides us with implications on the surface composition of different units. By looking at evolution with time, we find that two of these regions show albedo changes with time, for Tui Regio from 2005-2009 (darkening) and Sotra Patera from 2005-2006 (brightening) at all wavelengths, indicating that dynamical processes control the regions, compatible with their complex morphology. In conclusion, we also associate radiometry and topographic data with the compositional information from VIMS to derive constraints on the chemical composition and the geology of the surface and finally the nature of these regions. References: [1] Lopes, R.M.C., et al.: JGR, 118, 416-435; [2] Solomonidou, A., et al.: PSS, 70, 77-104; [3] Moore, J.M., and Howard, A.D.: GRL, 37, L22205, 2010; [4] Solomonidou, A., et al.: submitted(a); [5] Solomonidou, A., et al.: submitted(b); [6] Bratsolis, E., et al.: PSS, 61, 108-113; [7] Hirtzig, M., et al.: Icarus, 226, 470-486.

  18. The roles of RgpB and Kgp in late onset gingipain activity in the vimA-defective mutant of Porphyromonas gingivalis W83.

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    Dou, Y; Robles, A; Roy, F; Aruni, A W; Sandberg, L; Nothnagel, E; Fletcher, H M

    2015-10-01

    Previous studies have shown that VimA, an acetyltransferase, can modulate gingipain biogenesis in Porphyromonas gingivalis. Inactivation of the vimA gene resulted in isogenic mutants that showed a late onset of gingipain activity that only occurred during the stationary growth phase. To further elucidate the role and contribution of the gingipains in this VimA-dependent process, isogenic mutants defective in the gingipain genes in the vimA-deficient genetic background were evaluated. In contrast with the wild-type strain, RgpB and Kgp gingipain activities were absent in exponential phase in the ?rgpA::tetQ-vimA::ermF mutant. However, these activities increased to 31 and 53%, respectively, of that of the wild-type during stationary phase. In the ?rgpA::cat-?kgp::tetQ-vimA::ermF mutant, the RgpB protein was observed in the extracellular fraction but no activity was present even at the stationary growth phase. There was no gingipain activity observed in the ?rgpB::cat-?kgp::tetQ-vimA::ermF mutant whereas Kgp activity in ?rgpA::cat-?rgpB::tetQ-vimA::ermF mutant was 24% of the wild-type at late stationary phase. In contrast to RgpA, the glycosylation profile of the RgpB catalytic domain from both W83 and P. gingivalis FLL92 (vimA::ermF) showed similarity. Taken together, the results suggest multiple gingipain activation pathways in P. gingivalis. Whereas the maturation pathways for RgpA and RgpB are different, the late-onset gingipain activity in the vimA-defective mutant was due to activation/maturation of RgpB and Kgp. Moreover, unlike RgpA, which is VimA-dependent, the maturation/activation pathways for RgpB and Kgp are interdependent in the absence VimA. PMID:25858089

  19. VIM-Based Dynamic Sparse Grid Approach to Partial Differential Equations

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    Mei, Shu-Li

    2014-01-01

    Combining the variational iteration method (VIM) with the sparse grid theory, a dynamic sparse grid approach for nonlinear PDEs is proposed in this paper. In this method, a multilevel interpolation operator is constructed based on the sparse grids theory firstly. The operator is based on the linear combination of the basic functions and independent of them. Second, by means of the precise integration method (PIM), the VIM is developed to solve the nonlinear system of ODEs which is obtained from the discretization of the PDEs. In addition, a dynamic choice scheme on both of the inner and external grid points is proposed. It is different from the traditional interval wavelet collocation method in which the choice of both of the inner and external grid points is dynamic. The numerical experiments show that our method is better than the traditional wavelet collocation method, especially in solving the PDEs with the Nuemann boundary conditions. PMID:24723805

  20. KPC and VIM producing Enterobacter cloacae strain from a hospital in northeastern Venezuela.

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    Martínez, Dianny; Marcano, Daniel; Rodulfo, Hectorina; Salgado, Nurys; Cuaical, Nirvia; Rodriguez, Lucy; Caña, Luisa; Medina, Belkis; Guzman, Militza; De Donato, Marcos

    2015-06-01

    An 83-year-old male patient is admitted to the central hospital in Cumana, Venezuela with severe urinary infection, history of hospitalizaions and prolonged antimicrobial treatments. A strain of Enterobacter cloacae was isolated showing resistance to multiple types of antibiotics (only sensitive to gentamicin), with phenotype of serine- and metallo-carbapenemases. Both, bla(VIM-2) and bla(KPC) genes were detected in the isolate. This is the first report of an Enterobacteriaceae species producing both KPC carbapenemase and VIM metallo carbapenemase in Venezuela. This finding has a great clinical and epidemiological impact in the region, because of the feasibility of transferring these genes, through mobile elements to other strains of Enterobacter and to other infection-causing species of bacteria. PMID:26299058

  1. VIM-based dynamic sparse grid approach to partial differential equations.

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    Mei, Shu-Li

    2014-01-01

    Combining the variational iteration method (VIM) with the sparse grid theory, a dynamic sparse grid approach for nonlinear PDEs is proposed in this paper. In this method, a multilevel interpolation operator is constructed based on the sparse grids theory firstly. The operator is based on the linear combination of the basic functions and independent of them. Second, by means of the precise integration method (PIM), the VIM is developed to solve the nonlinear system of ODEs which is obtained from the discretization of the PDEs. In addition, a dynamic choice scheme on both of the inner and external grid points is proposed. It is different from the traditional interval wavelet collocation method in which the choice of both of the inner and external grid points is dynamic. The numerical experiments show that our method is better than the traditional wavelet collocation method, especially in solving the PDEs with the Nuemann boundary conditions. PMID:24723805

  2. Titan's surface and atmosphere from Cassini/VIMS data with updated methane opacity

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    Hirtzig, M.; Bézard, B.; Coustenis, A.; Lellouch, E.; Drossart, P.; deBergh, C.; Campargue, A.; Boudon, V.; Tyuterev, V.; Rannou, P.; Cours, T.; Kassi, S.; Nikitin, A.; Wang, L.; Solomonidou, A.; Schmitt, B.; Rodriguez, S.

    2012-04-01

    In this paper we present an updated analysis of VIMS data in view of recent developments on the methane opacity in the 1.3-5.2 µm region, a very important parameter in simulating Titan's spectrum. We use a multi-stream radiative transfer model, benefitting from the latest methane absorption coefficients available [1], which allows us to determine more accurately the haze and surface contributions. This code is applied to Cassini/VIMS spectro-imaging data of various regions with very different spectral responses to extract information on the content of the lower atmosphere (0-200 km) as well as on the surface properties. In particular, we update the DISR aerosol model [2] for the Huygens landing site that we then adjust to fit the data for other locations on Titan's disk. Fitting VIMS data taken from 2004 to 2010 (TA to T70), around Titan's mid-latitudes (40°S-40°N), we determine the latitudinal and temporal evolution of the aerosol population, monitoring the North-South Asymmetry. While around the equinox [3] witnessed the collapse of the detached haze layer, we measure a continuous depletion of the aerosols throughout the atmosphere, although the NSA remains with a brighter northern hemisphere. Using this improved atmospheric model, we also retrieve surface albedos simultaneously for all the seven windows in the whole VIMS range for these regions, also recovering the shape of the surface albedo within each window. Eventually, we look for Titan's surface probable chemical composition, using mixtures of dark and complex hydrocarbons like bitumens and tholins, as well as bright CH4, CO2, NH3 and H2O ices of various grain sizes. [4] [1] Campargue, A. et al., (2012) Icarus, submitted. [2] Tomasko, M. et al., (2008) Planetary and Space Science, 56, 669. [3] West, R.A. et al., (2011) Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L06204. [4] Hirtzig, M. et al., (2012) Planetary and Space Science, submitted.

  3. Titan solar occultation observed by Cassini/VIMS: Gas absorption and constraints on aerosol composition

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    Bellucci, A.; Sicardy, B.; Drossart, P.; Rannou, P.; Nicholson, P. D.; Hedman, M.; Baines, K. H.; Burrati, B.

    2009-05-01

    A solar occultation by Titan's atmosphere has been observed through the solar port of the Cassini/VIMS instrument on January 15th, 2006. Transmission spectra acquired during solar egress probe the atmosphere in the altitude range 70 to 900 km at the latitude of 71° S. Several molecular absorption bands of CH 4 and CO are visible in these data. A line-by-line radiative transfer calculation in spherical geometry is used to model three methane bands (1.7, 2.3, 3.3 ?m) and the CO 4.7 ?m band. Above 200 km, the methane 2.3 ?m band is well fit with constant mixing ratio between 1.4 and 1.7%, in agreement with in situ and other Cassini measurements. Under 200 km, there are discrepancies between models and observations that are yet fully understood. Under 480 km, the 3.3 ?m CH 4 band is mixed with a large and deep additional absorption. It corresponds to the C-H stretching mode of aliphatic hydrocarbon chains attached to large organic molecules. The CO 4.7 ?m band is observed in the lower stratosphere (altitudes below 150 km) and is well fit with a model with constant mixing ratio of 33±10 ppm. The continuum level of the observed transmission spectra provides new constraints on the aerosol content of the atmosphere. A model using fractal aggregates and optical properties of tholins produced by Khare et al. [Khare, B.N., Sagan, C., Arakawa, E.T., Suits, F., Callcott, T.A., Williams, M.W., 1984. Icarus 60, 127-137] is developed. Fractal aggregates with more than 1000 spheres of radius 0.05 ?m are needed to fit the data. Clear differences in the chemical composition are revealed between tholins and actual haze particles. Extinction and density profiles are also retrieved using an inversion of the continuum values. An exponential increase of the haze number density is observed under 420 km with a typical scale height of 60 km.

  4. Opposition Surges on Icy Moons: Observations by Cassini VIMS and ISS between 0.2 and five microns

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    Buratti, Bonnie; Dalba, Paul; Brown, Robert; Clark, Roger; Hillier, John; Mosher, Joel; Baines, Kevin; Nicholson, Phillip

    2013-04-01

    The opposition effect is the surge in brightness that most airless bodies exhibit as they become fully illuminated to an observer. Important information about the physical nature of the surface, including the constituent particle sizes and their size distribution, the compaction state of the upper regolith, and composition are embedded in the effect. Models that describe the surge in terms of physical parameters have been developed during recent decades. The acquisition of "true opposition" is rare and fleeting (and for objects in inclined orbits, nearly unattainable), so testing and application of the models has been hampered. During the 9 years of the Cassini-Huygens mission, a wealth of data at and near opposition has been collected for the 6 main icy satellites of Saturn: Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, and Iapetus, including some recently obtained key data for Enceladus and Mimas. Furthermore, the combined spectral range of the Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) and Visible Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) cameras spans 0.20-5.1 microns, which includes many spectral regions not observable from the ground. This extraordinary coverage in solar phase angle and in spectral range provides in essence a laboratory in which to test models of the opposition effect. Although these moons are bright in the visible region, where multiple scattering complicates the modeling, they are dark in many regions of the infrared, enabling a more robust analysis. Some satellites have data for both leading and trailing sides, allowing an investigation of alteration effects such as meteoritic and magnetospheric bombardment and accretion of E-ring particles. Small particles accreted onto their surfaces from the E-ring appear to become "invisible" at the longer wavelengths. All of the moons exhibit a very steep curve at solar phase angles less than one degree, suggesting that coherent backscatter is present. However, this "supersurge" is present even at wavelengths where there is little multiple scattering: since coherent backscatter is a phenomenon that depends on multiple scattering, it does not fully explain the small-angle surge. One of our most significant findings is that the wavelength dependence of the width and amplitude of the opposition surge does not follow a trend that clearly applies to every moon. Funded by NASA.

  5. Saturn's icy satellites and rings investigated by Cassini-VIMS: III - Radial compositional variability

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    Filacchione, G.; Capaccioni, F.; Ciarniello, M.; Clark, R. N.; Cuzzi, J. N.; Nicholson, P. D.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Hedman, M. M.; Buratti, B. J.; Lunine, J. I.; Soderblom, L. A.; Tosi, F.; Cerroni, P.; Brown, R. H.; McCord, T. B.; Jaumann, R.; Stephan, K.; Baines, K. H.; Flamini, E.

    2012-08-01

    In the last few years Cassini-VIMS, the Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, returned to us a comprehensive view of the Saturn's icy satellites and rings. After having analyzed the satellites' spectral properties (Filacchione, G., Capaccioni, F., McCord, T.B., Coradini, A., Cerroni, P., Bellucci, G., Tosi, F., D'Aversa, E., Formisano, V., Brown, R.H., Baines, K.H., Bibring, J.P., Buratti, B.J., Clark, R.N., Combes, M., Cruikshank, D.P., Drossart, P., Jaumann, R., Langevin, Y., Matson, D.L., Mennella, V., Nelson, R.M., Nicholson, P.D., Sicardy, B., Sotin, C., Hansen, G., Hibbitts, K., Showalter, M., Newman, S. [2007]. Icarus 186, 259-290, paper I) and their distribution across the satellites' hemispheres (Filacchione, G., Capaccioni, F., Clark, R.N., Cuzzi, J.N., Cruikshank, D.P., Coradini, A., Cerroni, P., Nicholson, P.D., McCord, T.B., Brown, R.H., Buratti, B.J., Tosi, F., Nelson, R.M., Jaumann, R., Stephan, K. [2010]. Icarus 206, 507-523, paper II), we proceed in this paper to investigate the radial variability of icy satellites (principal and minor) and main rings average spectral properties. This analysis is done by using 2264 disk-integrated observations of the satellites and a 12 × 700 pixels-wide rings radial mosaic acquired with a spatial resolution of about 125 km/pixel. Using different VIS and IR spectral indicators, e.g. spectral slopes and band depths, we perform a comparative analysis of these data aimed to measure the distribution of water ice and red contaminant materials across Saturn's system. The average surface regolith grain sizes are estimated with different indicators through comparison with laboratory and synthetic spectra. These measurements highlight very striking differences in the population here analyzed, which vary from the almost uncontaminated and water ice-rich surfaces of Enceladus and Calypso to the metal/organic-rich and red surfaces of Iapetus' leading hemisphere and Phoebe. Rings spectra appear more red than the icy satellites in the visible range but show more intense 1.5-2.0 ?m band depths. Although their orbits are close to the F-ring, Prometheus and Pandora are different in surface composition: Prometheus in fact appears very water ice-rich but at the same time very red at VIS wavelengths. These properties make it very similar to A-B ring particles while Pandora is bluer. Moving outwards, we see the effects of E ring particles, generated by Enceladus plumes, which contaminate satellites surfaces from Mimas out to Rhea. We found some differences between Tethys lagrangian moons, Calypso being much more water ice-rich and bluer than Telesto. Among outer satellites (Hyperion, Iapetus and Phoebe) we observe a linear trend in both water ice decrease and in reddening, Hyperion being the reddest object of the population. The correlations among spectral slopes, band depths, visual albedo and phase permit us to cluster the saturnian population in different spectral classes which are detected not only among the principal satellites and rings but among co-orbital minor moons as well. These bodies are effectively the "connection" elements, both in term of composition and evolution, between the principal satellites and main rings. Finally, we have applied Hapke's theory to retrieve the best spectral fits to Saturn's inner regular satellites (from Mimas to Dione) using the same methodology applied previously for Rhea data discussed in Ciarniello et al. (Ciarniello, M., Capaccioni, F., Filacchione, G., Clark, R.N., Cruikshank, D.P., Cerroni, P., Coradini, A., Brown, R.H., Buratti, B.J., Tosi, F., Stephan, K. [2011]. Icarus 214, 541-555).

  6. The temperature and width of an active fissure on Enceladus measured with Cassini VIMS during the 14 April 2012 South Pole flyover

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    Goguen, Jay D.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Brown, Robert H.; Clark, Roger N.; Nicholson, Phillip D.; Hedman, Matthew M.; Howell, Robert R.; Sotin, Christophe; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Baines, Kevin H.; Lawrence, Kenneth J.; Spencer, John R.; Blackburn, David G.

    2013-09-01

    The width and temperature of the active fissures on Saturn’s satellite Enceladus provide key observable constraints on physical models of these geyser-like eruptions. We analyze a sequence of high spatial resolution near-infrared spectra acquired with VIMS at 0.025 s intervals during a 74 km altitude flyover of the South Pole of Enceladus by the Cassini spacecraft on 14 April 2012 UTC. A thermal-emission spectrum covering 3- to 5-?m wavelengths was detected as the field of view crossed one of the four major fissures, Baghdad Sulcus, within 1 km of 82.36S latitude and 28.24W longitude. We interpret this spectrum as thermal emission from a linear fissure with temperature 197 ± 20 K and width 9 m. At the above wavelengths, the spectrum is dominated by the warmest temperature component. Looking downward into the fissure at only 13° from the vertical, we conclude that our results measure the temperature of the interior fissure walls (and the H2O vapor) at depths within 40 m of the surface.

  7. Multi-wavelength High-resolution Observations of a Small-scale Emerging Magnetic Flux Event and the Chromospheric and Coronal Response

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    Vargas Domínguez, Santiago; Kosovichev, Alexander; Yurchyshyn, Vasyl

    2014-10-01

    State-of-the-art solar instrumentation is now revealing magnetic activity of the Sun with unprecedented temporal and spatial resolutions. Observations with the 1.6 m aperture New Solar Telescope (NST) of the Big Bear Solar Observatory are making next steps in our understanding of the solar surface structure. Granular-scale magnetic flux emergence and the response of the solar atmosphere are among the key research topics of high-resolution solar physics. As part of a joint observing program with NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission on 2013 August 7, the NST observed active region NOAA 11,810 in the photospheric TiO 7057 Å band with a resolution of pixel size of 0.''034 and chromospheric He I 10830 Å and H? 6563 Å wavelengths. Complementary data are provided by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and Hinode space-based telescopes. The region displayed a group of solar pores, in the vicinity of which we detect a small-scale buoyant horizontal magnetic flux tube causing granular alignments and interacting with the preexisting ambient field in the upper atmospheric layers. Following the expansion of distorted granules at the emergence site, we observed a sudden appearance of an extended surge in the He I 10830 Å data (bandpass of 0.05 Å). The IRIS transition region imaging caught ejection of a hot plasma jet associated with the He I surge. The SDO/HMI data used to study the evolution of the magnetic and Doppler velocity fields reveal emerging magnetic loop-like structures. Hinode/Ca II H and IRIS filtergrams detail the connectivities of the newly emerged magnetic field in the lower solar chromosphere. From these data, we find that the orientation of the emerging magnetic field lines from a twisted flux tube formed an angle of ~45° with the overlying ambient field. Nevertheless, the interaction of emerging magnetic field lines with the pre-existing overlying field generates high-temperature emission regions and boosts the surge/jet production. The localized heating is detected before and after the first signs of the surge/jet ejection. We compare the results with previous observations and theoretical models and propose a scenario for the activation of plasma jet/surges and confined heating triggered by buoyant magnetic flux tubes rising up into a magnetized upper environment. Such process may play a significant role in the mass and energy flow from the interior to the corona.

  8. Multi-wavelength high-resolution observations of a small-scale emerging magnetic flux event and the chromospheric and coronal response

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    Vargas Domínguez, Santiago; Kosovichev, Alexander; Yurchyshyn, Vasyl

    2014-10-20

    State-of-the-art solar instrumentation is now revealing magnetic activity of the Sun with unprecedented temporal and spatial resolutions. Observations with the 1.6 m aperture New Solar Telescope (NST) of the Big Bear Solar Observatory are making next steps in our understanding of the solar surface structure. Granular-scale magnetic flux emergence and the response of the solar atmosphere are among the key research topics of high-resolution solar physics. As part of a joint observing program with NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission on 2013 August 7, the NST observed active region NOAA 11,810 in the photospheric TiO 7057 Å band with a resolution of pixel size of 0.''034 and chromospheric He I 10830 Å and H? 6563 Å wavelengths. Complementary data are provided by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and Hinode space-based telescopes. The region displayed a group of solar pores, in the vicinity of which we detect a small-scale buoyant horizontal magnetic flux tube causing granular alignments and interacting with the preexisting ambient field in the upper atmospheric layers. Following the expansion of distorted granules at the emergence site, we observed a sudden appearance of an extended surge in the He I 10830 Å data (bandpass of 0.05 Å). The IRIS transition region imaging caught ejection of a hot plasma jet associated with the He I surge. The SDO/HMI data used to study the evolution of the magnetic and Doppler velocity fields reveal emerging magnetic loop-like structures. Hinode/Ca II H and IRIS filtergrams detail the connectivities of the newly emerged magnetic field in the lower solar chromosphere. From these data, we find that the orientation of the emerging magnetic field lines from a twisted flux tube formed an angle of ?45° with the overlying ambient field. Nevertheless, the interaction of emerging magnetic field lines with the pre-existing overlying field generates high-temperature emission regions and boosts the surge/jet production. The localized heating is detected before and after the first signs of the surge/jet ejection. We compare the results with previous observations and theoretical models and propose a scenario for the activation of plasma jet/surges and confined heating triggered by buoyant magnetic flux tubes rising up into a magnetized upper environment. Such process may play a significant role in the mass and energy flow from the interior to the corona.

  9. Vertical structure mapping of Saturn's 2011 giant vortex by means of Cassini VIMS-V data analysis.

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    Oliva, Fabrizio; Adriani, Alberto; Moriconi, Maria Luisa; D'Aversa, Emiliano; Liberti, Gian Luigi

    On December 2010 a giant storm erupted in Saturn's North springtime hemisphere. A giant vortex formed in the storm wake and persisted after the principal outburst exhausted on July 2011. The vortex had been imaged several times by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on board the Cassini probe, starting from May 2011, and it was still present in the December 2012 observations In this work we have analyzed the data recorded by the visual channel of the spectrometer (VIMS-V). VIMS-V operates in the spectral range 350 - 1050 nm with a nominal spectral resolution of 7.3 nm and a nominal angular resolution of 500 ?rad. Spectral data have been first analyzed by a forward radiative transfer model based on the LibRadtran code, then an inverse model has used to retrieve microphysical and geometrical properties of the clouds overlying the vortex. The forward model relies on the assumptions of a plane parallel atmosphere, multiple scattering, the Mie theory to compute single scattering properties and the molecular scattering adapted to Saturn’s atmosphere. The inverse code is based on the optimal estimation technique, it is robust and capable to handle several free parameters at a time. The best fits to the observed radiance spectra are obtained by means of a least square analysis, in which the cost function is minimized taking advantage of the Gauss-Newton method. Applying this procedure, we produced spatial maps for each of the free parameters, including: effective radii for the particles size distributions of each cloud or aerosol deck; total number densities of the particles; and top pressures of each deck. In this work we focused on the data retrieved by VIMS on August 2011. We plan to extend the analysis on data retrieved months later, to map the evolution the parameters undergo in time. The analysis extension to the range 1.0-5.0 micron, covered by the infrared channel of VIMS (VIMS-IR) is also planned.

  10. Studying Titan's surface photometry in the 5 microns atmospheric window with the Cassini/VIMS instrument

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    Cornet, T.; Altobelli, N.; Sotin, C.; Le Mouelic, S.; Rodriguez, S.; Philippe, S.; Brown, R. H.; Barnes, J. W.; Buratti, B. J.; Baines, K. H.; Clark, R. N.; Nicholson, P. D.

    2014-12-01

    Due to the influence of methane gas and a thick aerosols haze in the atmosphere, Titan's surface is only visible in 7 spectral atmospheric windows centered at 0.93, 1.08, 1.27, 1.59, 2.01, 2.7-2.8 and 5 microns with the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). The 5 microns atmospheric window constitutes the only one being almost insensitive to the haze scattering and which presents only a reduced atmospheric absorption contribution to the signal recorded by the instrument. Despite these advantages leading to the almost direct view of the surface, the 5 microns window is also the noisiest spectral window of the entire VIMS spectrum (an effect highly dependent on the time exposure used for the observations), and it is not totally free from atmospheric contributions, enough to keep "artefacts" in mosaics of several thousands of cubes due to atmospheric and surface photometric effects amplified by the very heterogeneous viewing conditions between each Titan flyby. At first order, a lambertian surface photometry at 5 microns has been used as an initial parameter in order to estimate atmospheric opacity and surface photometry in all VIMS atmospheric windows and to determine the albedo of the surface, yet unknown, both using radiative transfer codes on single cubes or empirical techniques on global hyperspectral mosaics. Other studies suggested that Titan's surface photometry would not be uniquely lambertian but would also contain anisotropic lunar-like contributions. In the present work, we aim at constraining accurately the surface photometry of Titan and residual atmospheric absorption effects in this 5 microns window using a comprehensive study of relevant sites located at various latitudes. Those include bright and dark (dunes) terrains, 5-microns bright terrains (Hotei Regio and Tui Regio), the Huygens Landing Site and high latitudes polar lakes and seas. The VIMS 2004 to 2014 database, composed of more than 40,000 hyperspectral cubes acquired on Titan, has been decomposed into a MySQL relational database in order to perform the present study looking at both spatial and temporal (seasonal) aspects.

  11. His224 Alters the R2 Drug Binding Site and Phe218 Influences the Catalytic Efficiency of the Metallo-?-Lactamase VIM-7

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    Skagseth, Susann; Edvardsen, Kine Susann Waade; Lorentzen, Marit Sjo; Bjerga, Gro Elin Kjæreng; Leiros, Ingar; Samuelsen, Ørjan

    2014-01-01

    Metallo-?-lactamases (MBLs) are the causative mechanism for resistance to ?-lactams, including carbapenems, in many Gram-negative pathogenic bacteria. One important family of MBLs is the Verona integron-encoded MBLs (VIM). In this study, the importance of residues Asp120, Phe218, and His224 in the most divergent VIM variant, VIM-7, was investigated to better understand the roles of these residues in VIM enzymes through mutations, enzyme kinetics, crystal structures, thermostability, and docking experiments. The tVIM-7-D120A mutant with a tobacco etch virus (TEV) cleavage site was enzymatically inactive, and its structure showed the presence of only the Zn1 ion. The mutant was less thermostable, with a melting temperature (Tm) of 48.5°C, compared to 55.3°C for the wild-type tVIM-7. In the F218Y mutant, a hydrogen bonding cluster was established involving residues Asn70, Asp84, and Arg121. The tVIM-7-F218Y mutant had enhanced activity compared to wild-type tVIM-7, and a slightly higher Tm (57.1°C) was observed, most likely due to the hydrogen bonding cluster. Furthermore, the introduction of two additional hydrogen bonds adjacent to the active site in the tVIM-7-H224Y mutant gave a higher thermostability (Tm, 62.9°C) and increased enzymatic activity compared to those of the wild-type tVIM-7. Docking of ceftazidime in to the active site of tVIM-7, tVIM-7-H224Y, and VIM-7-F218Y revealed that the side-chain conformations of residue 224 and Arg228 in the L3 loop and Tyr67 in the L1 loop all influence possible substrate binding conformations. In conclusion, the residue composition of the L3 loop, as shown with the single H224Y mutation, is important for activity particularly toward the positively charged cephalosporins like cefepime and ceftazidime. PMID:24913158

  12. Method of Controlling Lasing Wavelength(s)

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    Barnes, Norman P. (Inventor); Murray, Keith E. (Inventor); Hutcheson, Ralph L. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A method is provided to control the lasing wavelength of a laser material without changing or adjusting the mechanical components of a laser device, The rate at which the laser material is pumped with the pumping energy is controlled so that lasing occurs at one or more lasing wavelengths based on the rate. The lasing wavelengths are determined by transition lifetimes and/or energy transfer rates.

  13. ISO terminological analysis of the VIM3 concepts 'quantity' and 'kind-of-quantity'

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    Dybkaer, René

    2010-06-01

    The recent third edition of the International Vocabulary of Metrology—Basic and General Concepts and Associated Terms (VIM3) (JCGM 200:2008 (Sèvres: BIPM); also ISO/IEC Guide 99:2007 3rd edn (Geneva: ISO)) has undergone important changes, not least by adhering to ISO International Standards on terminology work (ISO 704:2000 Terminology Work—Principles and Methods; ISO 1087-1:2000 Terminology Work—Vocabulary—Part 1: Theory and Application; ISO 10241:1992 International Terminology Standards—Preparation and Layout). A recent critique (Mari 2009 Metrologia 46 L11-L15)—based on Object-Oriented Analysis—centres on the meaning and relation of the two first and fundamental concepts 'quantity'Single quotation marks ('...') or bold type indicate a concept when necessary, double quotation marks ("...") a term or quotation. and the new entry 'kind-of-quantity'. This makes it timely to analyse the two concepts, their relation and their respective role in forming the generic hierarchical concept system of VIM3 from 'property' to individual quantities. It is suggested that 'kind-of-quantity' acts as a division criterionSynonyms are "criterion of subdivision", "type of characteristic(s)", see the annexe..

  14. Cloud structure and composition of Jupiter's troposphere from 5- ? m Cassini VIMS spectroscopy

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    Giles, R. S.; Fletcher, L. N.; Irwin, P. G. J.

    2015-09-01

    Jupiter's tropospheric composition and cloud structure are studied using Cassini VIMS 4.5-5.1 ? m thermal emission spectra from the 2000-2001 flyby. We make use of both nadir and limb darkening observations on the planet's nightside, and compare these with dayside observations. Although there is significant spatial variability in the 5- ? m brightness temperatures, the shape of the spectra remain very similar across the planet, suggesting the presence of a spectrally-flat, spatially inhomogeneous cloud deck. We find that a simple cloud model consisting of a single, compact cloud is able to reproduce both nightside and dayside spectra, subject to the following constraints: (i) the cloud base is located at pressures of 1.2 bar or lower; (ii) the cloud particles are highly scattering; and (iii) the cloud is sufficiently spectrally flat. Using this cloud model, we search for global variability in the cloud opacity and the phosphine deep volume mixing ratio. We find that the vast majority of the 5- ? m inhomogeneity can be accounted for by variations in the thickness of the cloud decks, with huge differences between the cloudy zones and the relatively cloud-free belts. The relatively low spectral resolution of VIMS limits reliable retrievals of gaseous species, but some evidence is found for an enhancement in the abundance of phosphine at high latitudes.

  15. Distribution of icy particles across Enceladus' surface as derived from Cassini-VIMS measurements

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    Jaumann, R.; Stephan, K.; Hansen, G.B.; Clark, R.N.; Buratti, B.J.; Brown, R.H.; Baines, K.H.; Newman, S.F.; Bellucci, G.; Filacchione, G.; Coradini, A.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Griffith, C.A.; Hibbitts, C.A.; McCord, T.B.; Nelson, R.M.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sotin, C.; Wagner, R.

    2008-01-01

    The surface of Enceladus consists almost completely of water ice. As the band depths of water ice absorptions are sensitive to the size of particles, absorptions can be used to map variations of icy particles across the surface. The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) observed Enceladus with a high spatial resolution during three Cassini flybys in 2005 (orbits EN 003, EN 004 and EN 011). Based on these data we measured the band depths of water ice absorptions at 1.04, 1.25, 1.5, and 2 ??m. These band depths were compared to water ice models that represent theoretically calculated reflectance spectra for a range of particle diameters between 2 ??m and 1 mm. The agreement between the experimental (VIMS) and model values supports the assumption that pure water ice characterizes the surface of Enceladus and therefore that variations in band depth correspond to variations in water ice particle diameters. Our measurements show that the particle diameter of water ice increases toward younger tectonically altered surface units with the largest particles exposed in relatively "fresh" surface material. The smallest particles were generally found in old densely cratered terrains. The largest particles (???0.2 mm) are concentrated in the so called "tiger stripes" at the south pole. In general, the particle diameters are strongly correlated with geologic features and surface ages, indicating a stratigraphic evolution of the surface that is caused by cryovolcanic resurfacing and impact gardening. ?? 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Synthesis of Metallo-?-Lactamase VIM-2 Is Associated with a Fitness Reduction in Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium

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    Cordeiro, Nicolás F.; Chabalgoity, José A.; Yim, Lucía

    2014-01-01

    Antibiotic resistance, especially due to ?-lactamases, has become one of the main obstacles in the correct treatment of Salmonella infections; furthermore, antibiotic resistance determines a gain of function that may encompass a biological cost, or fitness reduction, to the resistant bacteria. The aim of this work was to determine in vitro if the production of the class B ?-lactamase VIM-2 determined a fitness cost for Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. To that end the gene blaVIM-2 was cloned into the virulent strain S. Typhimurium SL1344, using both the tightly regulated pBAD22 vector and the natural plasmid pST12, for inducible and constitutive expression, respectively. Fitness studies were performed by means of motility, growth rate, invasiveness in epithelial cells, and plasmid stability. The expression of blaVIM-2 was accompanied by alterations in micro- and macroscopic morphology and reduced growth rate and motility, as well as diminished invasiveness in epithelial cells. These results suggest that VIM-2 production entails a substantial fitness cost for S. Typhimurium, which in turn may account for the extremely low number of reports of metallo-?-lactamase-producing Salmonella spp. PMID:25136026

  17. Multiplex real-time PCR probe-based for identification of strains producing: OXA48, VIM, KPC and NDM.

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    Favaro, Marco; Sarti, Mario; Fontana, Carla

    2014-11-01

    The spread of multi-resistant enterobacteria, particularly carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), in both community and hospital settings is a global problem. The phenotypic identification of CRE is complex, occasionally inconclusive and time consuming. However, commercially available molecular assays are very expensive, and many do not allow the simultaneous identification of all genetic markers of resistance that have been recognised in CRE (bla KPC, bla OXA-48, bla VIM and bla NDM). The aim of the present study is to describe a new test: a multiplex real time PCR probe-based assay designed for the simultaneous detection of KPC, OXA-48, VIM and NDM in a short time (no longer than 90 min from the extraction of DNA to detection). Our assay correctly identified 63 CRE isolates and all standard reference strains tested, in agreement with and extending the results of phenotypic identification tests; additionally, a KPC-VIM co-expressing Enterobacter aerogenes isolate was identified using the new assay, whereas traditional methods failed to detect it. The assay was also able to correctly detect 28 CRE-producers from 50 positive blood cultures, again detecting, in four specimens, the presence of CRE co-expressing KPC and VIM, which were only partially identified by traditional methods. Finally, when used directly on rectal swabs, the assay enabled the identification of CRE-carrier patients, for whom isolation is mandatory in a hospital setting. PMID:25154795

  18. First Report of an Extensively Drug-Resistant VIM-2 Metallo-?-Lactamase-Producing Brevundimonas diminuta Clinical Isolate

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    Almuzara, Marisa N.; Barberis, Claudia M.; Rodríguez, Carlos H.; Famiglietti, Angela M. R.; Ramirez, Maria S.

    2012-01-01

    In the literature, only three Brevundimonas diminuta environmental isolates carrying metallo-?-lactamase genes were recently published. However, so far, no B. diminuta clinical isolates carrying these carbapenem resistance genes have been described. Here we report the first VIM-2 metallo-?-lactamase-producing B. diminuta clinical isolate obtained from an immunocompromised patient. PMID:22692741

  19. SELF-GRAVITY WAKE STRUCTURES IN SATURN'S A RING REVEALED BY CASSINI VIMS Matthew M. Hedman and Philip D. Nicholson

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    Salo, Heikki

    SELF-GRAVITY WAKE STRUCTURES IN SATURN'S A RING REVEALED BY CASSINI VIMS Matthew M. Hedman a series of occultations of the star o Ceti (Mira) by Saturn's rings. These observations revealed depth of Saturn's rings was provided by a stellar occultation observed by the Voyager 2 spacecraft

  20. resistome analysis of Enterobacter cloacae CY01, an extensively drug-resistant strain producing VIM-1 metallo-?-lactamase from China.

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    Yang, Ling; Wu, Ai-Wu; Su, Dan-Hong; Lin, Yong-Ping; Chen, Ding-Qiang; Qiu, Yu-Rong

    2014-10-01

    Resistome analysis of clinical VIM-1-producing Enterobacter cloacae strain CY01 from China revealed the presence of multiple resistance determinants. Two resistance plasmids were identified in CY01. The pCY-VIM plasmid was 14 kb in size and possessed a replicase gene (repA), a gene cluster encoding the partitioning function (parABC), and a carbapenemase gene (blaVIM-1). Another 5.9-kb plasmid, pCY-MdT, with an aac(6')-Ib gene, was very closely related (13 nucleotide differences) to pMdT1, a ColE1 plasmid carrying aac(6')-Ib-cr4. PMID:25114139

  1. Geology of the Selk crater region on Titan from Cassini VIMS observations

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    Soderblom, J.M.; Brown, R.H.; Soderblom, L.A.; Barnes, J.W.; Jaumann, R.; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Sotin, C.; Stephan, K.; Baines, K.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Nicholson, P.D.

    2010-01-01

    Observations of Titan obtained by the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) have revealed Selk crater, a geologically young, bright-rimmed, impact crater located ???800. km north-northwest of the Huygens landing site. The crater rim-crest diameter is ???90. km; its floor diameter is ???60. km. A central pit/peak, 20-30. km in diameter, is seen; the ratio of the size of this feature to the crater diameter is consistent with similarly sized craters on Ganymede and Callisto, all of which are dome craters. The VIMS data, unfortunately, are not of sufficient resolution to detect such a dome. The inner rim of Selk crater is fluted, probably by eolian erosion, while the outer flank and presumed ejecta blanket appear dissected by drainages (particularly to the east), likely the result of fluvial erosion. Terracing is observed on the northern and western walls of Selk crater within a 10-15. km wide terrace zone identified in VIMS data; the terrace zone is bright in SAR data, consistent with it being a rough surface. The terrace zone is slightly wider than those observed on Ganymede and Callisto and may reflect differences in thermal structure and/or composition of the lithosphere. The polygonal appearance of the crater likely results from two preexisting planes of weakness (oriented at azimuths of 21?? and 122?? east of north). A unit of generally bright terrain that exhibits similar infrared-color variation and contrast to Selk crater extends east-southeast from the crater several hundred kilometers. We informally refer to this terrain as the Selk "bench." Both Selk and the bench are surrounded by the infrared-dark Belet dune field. Hypotheses for the genesis of the optically bright terrain of the bench include: wind shadowing in the lee of Selk crater preventing the encroachment of dunes, impact-induced cryovolcanism, flow of a fluidized-ejecta blanket (similar to the bright crater outflows observed on Venus), and erosion of a streamlined upland formed in the lee of Selk crater by fluid flow. Vestigial circular outlines in this feature just east of Selk's ejecta blanket suggest that this might be a remnant of an ancient, cratered crust. Evidently the southern margin of the feature has sufficient relief to prevent the encroachment of dunes from the Belet dune field. We conclude that this feature either represents a relatively high-viscosity, fluidized-ejecta flow (a class intermediate to ejecta blankets and long venusian-style ejecta flows) or a streamlined upland remnant that formed downstream from the crater by erosive fluid flow from the west-northwest. ?? 2010 Elsevier Inc.

  2. Saturn's icy satellites investigated by Cassini-VIMS. II. Results at the end of nominal mission

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    Filacchione, G.; Capaccioni, F.; Clark, R.N.; Cuzzi, J.N.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Coradini, A.; Cerroni, P.; Nicholson, P.D.; McCord, T.B.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Tosi, F.; Nelson, R.M.; Jaumann, R.; Stephan, K.

    2010-01-01

    We report the detailed analysis of the spectrophotometric properties of Saturn's icy satellites as derived by full-disk observations obtained by visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) experiment aboard Cassini. In this paper, we have extended the coverage until the end of the Cassini's nominal mission (June 1st 2008), while a previous paper (Filacchione, G., and 28 colleagues [2007]. Icarus 186, 259-290, hereby referred to as Paper I) reported the preliminary results of this study. During the four years of nominal mission, VIMS has observed the entire population of Saturn's icy satellites allowing us to make a comparative analysis of the VIS-NIR spectral properties of the major satellites (Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Hyperion, Iapetus) and irregular moons (Atlas, Prometheus, Pandora, Janus, Epimetheus, Telesto, Calypso, Phoebe). The results we discuss here are derived from the entire dataset available at June 2008 which consists of 1417 full-disk observations acquired from a variety of distances and inclinations from the equatorial plane, with different phase angles and hemispheric coverage. The most important spectrophotometric indicators (as defined in Paper I: I/F continua at 0.55 ??m, 1.822 ??m and 3.547 ??m, visible spectral slopes, water and carbon dioxide bands depths and positions) are calculated for each observation in order to investigate the disk-integrated composition of the satellites, the distribution of water ice respect to "contaminants" abundances and typical regolith grain properties. These quantities vary from the almost pure water ice surfaces of Enceladus and Calypso to the organic and carbon dioxide rich Hyperion, Iapetus and Phoebe. Janus visible colors are intermediate between these two classes having a slightly positive spectral slope. These results could help to decipher the origins and evolutionary history of the minor moons of the Saturn's system. We introduce a polar representation of the spectrophotometric parameters as function of the solar phase angle (along radial distance) and of the effective longitude interval illuminated by the Sun and covered by VIMS during the observation (in azimuth) to better investigate the spatial distribution of the spectrophotometric quantities across the regular satellites hemispheres. Finally, we report the observed spectral positions of the 4.26 ??m band of the carbon dioxide present in the surface material of three outermost moons Hyperion, Iapetus and Phoebe. ?? 2009 Elsevier Inc.

  3. Cassini/VIMS Observes Rough Surfaces on Titan's Punga Mare in Specular Reflection

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    Barnes, Jason W.; Sotin, Christophe; Soderblom, Jason M.; Brown, Robert H.; Hayes, Alexander G.; Donelan, Mark; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Le Mouelic, Stephane; Baines, Kevin H.; McCord, Thomas B.

    2014-08-01

    Cassini/VIMS high-phase specular observations of Titan's north pole during the T85 flyby show evidence for isolated patches of rough liquid surface within the boundaries of the sea Punga Mare. The roughness shows typical slopes of 6°±1°. These rough areas could be either wet mudflats or a wavy sea. Because of their large areal extent, patchy geographic distribution, and uniform appearance at low phase, we prefer a waves interpretation. Applying theoretical wave calculations based on Titan conditions our slope determination allows us to infer winds of 0.76±0.09 m/s and significant wave heights of 2+2-1 cm at the time and locations of the observation. If correct, these would represent the first waves seen on Titan's seas, and also the first extraterrestrial sea-surface waves in general.

  4. Simultaneous mapping of Titan's surface albedo and aerosol opacity from Cassini/VIMS massive inversion

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    Maltagliati, L.; Rodriguez, S.; Sotin, C.; Cornet, T.; Rannou, P.; Le Mouelic, S.; Solomonidou, A.; Coustenis, A.; Brown, R.

    2015-10-01

    Titan still lacks information on the cartography of its surface albedo, due to the complications linked to the treatment of the atmospheric contributions on surface observations. We present in this paper the results of our massive inversion method that we developed to treat Cassini/VIMS h yperspectral data of Titan. Our minimization procedure is based on look-up tables (LUTs) we create from a state-of-the-art radiative transfer (RT) model[1]. This allows us to decrease the computational time by a factor of several thousands with respect to the standard radiative transfer applications. We will present the improvements on the RT modeling thanks to the acquisition of new information on Titan's aerosol properties and our results for the simultaneous mapping of Titan's surface albedo and aerosol abundance in some regions of interest.

  5. Fast forward modeling of Titan's infrared spectra to invert VIMS/Cassini hyperspectral images

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    Rodriguez, S.; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Rannou, P.; Combe, J.-P.; Corre, L.L.; Tobie, G.; Barnes, J.W.; Sotin, C.; Brown, R.H.; Baines, K.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Nicholson, P.D.

    2009-01-01

    The surface of Titan, the largest icy moon of Saturn, is veiled by a very thick and hazy atmosphere. The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer onboard the Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since July 2004, conduct an intensive survey of Titan with the objective to understand the complex nature of the atmosphere and surface of the mysterious moon and the way they interact. Accurate radiative transfer modeling is necessary to analyze Titan's infrared spectra, but are often very computer resources demanding. As Cassini has gathered hitherto millions of spectra of Titan and will still observe it until at least 2010, we report here on the development of a new rapid, simple and versatile radiative transfer model specially designed to invert VIMS datacubes. ?? 2009 IEEE.

  6. Cassini/VIMS hyperspectral observations of the HUYGENS landing site on Titan

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    Rodriguez, S.; Le, Mouelic S.; Sotin, C.; Clenet, H.; Clark, R.N.; Buratti, B.; Brown, R.H.; McCord, T.B.; Nicholson, P.D.; Baines, K.H.

    2006-01-01

    Titan is one of the primary scientific objectives of the NASA-ESA-ASI Cassini-Huygens mission. Scattering by haze particles in Titan's atmosphere and numerous methane absorptions dramatically veil Titan's surface in the visible range, though it can be studied more easily in some narrow infrared windows. The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument onboard the Cassini spacecraft successfully imaged its surface in the atmospheric windows, taking hyperspectral images in the range 0.4-5.2 ??m. On 26 October (TA flyby) and 13 December 2004 (TB flyby), the Cassini-Huygens mission flew over Titan at an altitude lower than 1200 km at closest approach. We report here on the analysis of VIMS images of the Huygens landing site acquired at TA and TB, with a spatial resolution ranging from 16 to14.4 km/pixel. The pure atmospheric backscattering component is corrected by using both an empirical method and a first-order theoretical model. Both approaches provide consistent results. After the removal of scattering, ratio images reveal subtle surface heterogeneities. A particularly contrasted structure appears in ratio images involving the 1.59 and 2.03 ??m images north of the Huygens landing site. Although pure water ice cannot be the only component exposed at Titan's surface, this area is consistent with a local enrichment in exposed water ice and seems to be consistent with DISR/Huygens images and spectra interpretations. The images show also a morphological structure that can be interpreted as a 150 km diameter impact crater with a central peak. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. NH-1,2,3-Triazole-based Inhibitors of the VIM-2 Metallo-?-Lactamase: Synthesis and Structure-Activity Studies

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    Weide, Timo; Saldanha, S. Adrian; Minond, Dmitriy; Spicer, Timothy P.; Fotsing, Joseph R.; Spaargaren, Michael; Frère, Jean-Marie; Bebrone, Carine; Sharpless, K. Barry; Hodder, Peter S.; Fokin, Valery V.

    2010-01-01

    Metallo-ß-lactamases (MBL) are an emerging cause of bacterial resistance to antibiotic treatment. The VIM-2 ß-lactamase is the most commonly encountered MBL in clinical isolates worldwide. Described here are potent and selective small molecule inhibitors of VIM-2 containing the arylsulfonyl-NH-1,2,3-triazole chemotype that potentiate the efficacy of the ß-lactam, imipenem, in E. coli. PMID:20625539

  8. Design of the focal plane array assembly for the Mars Observer/Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (MO/VIMS)

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    Niblack, Curtiss A.; Evans, Thomas G.; Toft, J. Brian

    1989-01-01

    A unique focal plane array (FPA) assembly combining both electronic and optical components in a single hermetically sealed hybrid package has been designed to meet the performance requirements imposed on the focal plane assembly in the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) for the Mars Observer (MO) mission. Inside the FPA package is a configuration of three multiplexed linear arrays containing 320 detector elements, a combination of Si and InSb, allowing continuous spectral coverage from 0.35 to 5.14 microns. An optical subassembly consisting of two spectral order-sorting filters with intrinsic field-of-view apertures requiring critical optical alignment is also internal to the hybrid. Several engineering issues arose during the MO/VIMS FPA development phase which had challenging design ramifications. FPA performance requirements, design approach, and critical issues are discussed.

  9. Structural diversity of the 3-micron absorption band in Enceladus’ plume from Cassini VIMS: Insights into subsurface environmental conditions

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    Dhingra, Deepak; Hedman, Matthew M.; Clark, Roger N.

    2015-11-01

    Water ice particles in Enceladus’ plume display their diagnostic 3-micron absorption band in Cassini VIMS data. These near infrared measurements of the plume also exhibit noticeable variations in the character of this band. Mie theory calculations reveal that the shape and location of the 3-micron band are controlled by a number of environmental and structural parameters. Hence, this band provides important insights into the properties of the water ice grains and about the subsurface environmental conditions under which they formed. For example, the position of the 3-micron absorption band minimum can be used to distinguish between crystalline and amorphous forms of water ice and to constrain the formation temperature of the ice grains. VIMS data indicates that the water ice grains in the plume are dominantly crystalline which could indicate formation temperatures above 113 K [e.g. 1, 2]. However, there are slight (but observable) variations in the band minimum position and band shape that may hint at the possibility of varying abundance of amorphous ice particles within the plume. The modeling results further indicate that there are systematic shifts in band minimum position with temperature for any given form of ice but the crystalline and amorphous forms of water ice are still distinguishable at VIMS spectral resolution. Analysis of the eruptions from individual source fissures (tiger stripes) using selected VIMS observations reveal differences in the 3-micron band shape that may reflect differences in the size distributions of the water ice particles along individual fissures. Mie theory models suggest that big ice particles (>3 micron) may be an important component of the plume.[1] Kouchi, A., T. Yamamoto, T. Kozasa, T. Kuroda, and J. M. Greenberg (1994) A&A, 290, 1009-1018 [2] Mastrapa, R. M. E., W. M. Grundy, and M. S. Gudipati (2013) in M. S. Gudipati and J. Castillo-Rogez (Eds.), The Science of Solar System Ices, pp. 371.

  10. MULTI-WAVELENGTH OBSERVATIONS OF THE SPATIO-TEMPORAL EVOLUTION OF SOLAR FLARES WITH AIA/SDO. II. HYDRODYNAMIC SCALING LAWS AND THERMAL ENERGIES

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    Aschwanden, Markus J.; Shimizu, Toshifumi E-mail: shimizu.toshifumi@isas.jaxa.jp

    2013-10-20

    In this study we measure physical parameters of the same set of 155 M- and X-class solar flares observed with AIA/SDO as analyzed in Paper I, by performing a differential emission measure analysis to determine the flare peak emission measure EM{sub p} , peak temperature T{sub p} , electron density n{sub p} , and thermal energy E{sub th}, in addition to the spatial scales L, areas A, and volumes V measured in Paper I. The parameter ranges for M- and X-class flares are log (EM{sub p}) = 47.0-50.5, T{sub p} = 5.0-17.8 MK, n{sub p} = 4 × 10{sup 9}-9 × 10{sup 11} cm{sup –3}, and thermal energies of E{sub th} = 1.6 × 10{sup 28}-1.1 × 10{sup 32} erg. We find that these parameters obey the Rosner-Tucker-Vaiana (RTV) scaling law T{sub p}{sup 2}?n{sub p} L and H?T {sup 7/2} L {sup –2} during the peak time t{sub p} of the flare density n{sub p} , when energy balance between the heating rate H and the conductive and radiative loss rates is achieved for a short instant and thus enables the applicability of the RTV scaling law. The application of the RTV scaling law predicts power-law distributions for all physical parameters, which we demonstrate with numerical Monte Carlo simulations as well as with analytical calculations. A consequence of the RTV law is also that we can retrieve the size distribution of heating rates, for which we find N(H)?H {sup –1.8}, which is consistent with the magnetic flux distribution N(?)??{sup –1.85} observed by Parnell et al. and the heating flux scaling law F{sub H} ?HL?B/L of Schrijver et al.. The fractal-diffusive self-organized criticality model in conjunction with the RTV scaling law reproduces the observed power-law distributions and their slopes for all geometrical and physical parameters and can be used to predict the size distributions for other flare data sets, instruments, and detection algorithms.

  11. Titan's cloud seasonal activity from winter to spring with Cassini/VIMS

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    Rodriguez, S.; Le, Mouelic S.; Rannou, P.; Sotin, C.; Brown, R.H.; Barnes, J.W.; Griffith, C.A.; Burgalat, J.; Baines, K.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Nicholson, P.D.

    2011-01-01

    Since Saturn orbital insertion in July 2004, the Cassini orbiter has been observing Titan throughout most of the northern winter season (October 2002-August 2009) and the beginning of spring, allowing a detailed monitoring of Titan's cloud coverage at high spatial resolution with close flybys on a monthly basis. This study reports on the analysis of all the near-infrared images of Titan's clouds acquired by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) during 67 targeted flybys of Titan between July 2004 and April 2010.The VIMS observations show numerous sporadic clouds at southern high and mid-latitudes, rare clouds in the equatorial region, and reveal a long-lived cloud cap above the north pole, ubiquitous poleward of 60??N. These observations allow us to follow the evolution of the cloud coverage during almost a 6-year period including the equinox, and greatly help to further constrain global circulation models (GCMs). After 4. years of regular outbursts observed by Cassini between 2004 and 2008, southern polar cloud activity started declining, and completely ceased 1. year before spring equinox. The extensive cloud system over the north pole, stable between 2004 and 2008, progressively fractionated and vanished as Titan entered into northern spring. At southern mid-latitudes, clouds were continuously observed throughout the VIMS observing period, even after equinox, in a latitude band between 30??S and 60??S. During the whole period of observation, only a dozen clouds were observed closer to the equator, though they were slightly more frequent as equinox approached. We also investigated the distribution of clouds with longitude. We found that southern polar clouds, before disappearing in mid-2008, were systematically concentrated in the leading hemisphere of Titan, in particular above and to the east of Ontario Lacus, the largest reservoir of hydrocarbons in the area. Clouds are also non-homogeneously distributed with longitude at southern mid-latitudes. The n= 2-mode wave pattern of the distribution, observed since 2003 by Earth-based telescopes and confirmed by our Cassini observations, may be attributed to Saturn's tides. Although the latitudinal distribution of clouds is now relatively well reproduced and understood by the GCMs, the non-homogeneous longitudinal distributions and the evolution of the cloud coverage with seasons still need investigation. If the observation of a few single clouds at the tropics and at northern mid-latitudes late in winter and at the start of spring cannot be further interpreted for the moment, the obvious shutdown of the cloud activity at Titan's poles provides clear signs of the onset of the general circulation turnover that is expected to accompany the beginning of Titan's northern spring. According to our GCM, the persistence of clouds at certain latitudes rather suggests a 'sudden' shift in near future of the meteorology into the more illuminated hemisphere. Finally, the observed seasonal change in cloud activity occurred with a significant time lag that is not predicted by our model. This may be due to an overall methane humidity at Titan's surface higher than previously expected. ?? 2011 Elsevier Inc.

  12. Titan's cloud seasonal activity from winter to spring with Cassini/VIMS

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rodriguez, S.; Le Mouélic, S.; Rannou, P.; Sotin, C.; Brown, R. H.; Barnes, J. W.; Griffith, C. A.; Burgalat, J.; Baines, K. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Clark, R. N.; Nicholson, P. D.

    2011-11-01

    Since Saturn orbital insertion in July 2004, the Cassini orbiter has been observing Titan throughout most of the northern winter season (October 2002-August 2009) and the beginning of spring, allowing a detailed monitoring of Titan's cloud coverage at high spatial resolution with close flybys on a monthly basis. This study reports on the analysis of all the near-infrared images of Titan's clouds acquired by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) during 67 targeted flybys of Titan between July 2004 and April 2010. The VIMS observations show numerous sporadic clouds at southern high and mid-latitudes, rare clouds in the equatorial region, and reveal a long-lived cloud cap above the north pole, ubiquitous poleward of 60°N. These observations allow us to follow the evolution of the cloud coverage during almost a 6-year period including the equinox, and greatly help to further constrain global circulation models (GCMs). After 4 years of regular outbursts observed by Cassini between 2004 and 2008, southern polar cloud activity started declining, and completely ceased 1 year before spring equinox. The extensive cloud system over the north pole, stable between 2004 and 2008, progressively fractionated and vanished as Titan entered into northern spring. At southern mid-latitudes, clouds were continuously observed throughout the VIMS observing period, even after equinox, in a latitude band between 30°S and 60°S. During the whole period of observation, only a dozen clouds were observed closer to the equator, though they were slightly more frequent as equinox approached. We also investigated the distribution of clouds with longitude. We found that southern polar clouds, before disappearing in mid-2008, were systematically concentrated in the leading hemisphere of Titan, in particular above and to the east of Ontario Lacus, the largest reservoir of hydrocarbons in the area. Clouds are also non-homogeneously distributed with longitude at southern mid-latitudes. The n = 2-mode wave pattern of the distribution, observed since 2003 by Earth-based telescopes and confirmed by our Cassini observations, may be attributed to Saturn's tides. Although the latitudinal distribution of clouds is now relatively well reproduced and understood by the GCMs, the non-homogeneous longitudinal distributions and the evolution of the cloud coverage with seasons still need investigation. If the observation of a few single clouds at the tropics and at northern mid-latitudes late in winter and at the start of spring cannot be further interpreted for the moment, the obvious shutdown of the cloud activity at Titan's poles provides clear signs of the onset of the general circulation turnover that is expected to accompany the beginning of Titan's northern spring. According to our GCM, the persistence of clouds at certain latitudes rather suggests a 'sudden' shift in near future of the meteorology into the more illuminated hemisphere. Finally, the observed seasonal change in cloud activity occurred with a significant time lag that is not predicted by our model. This may be due to an overall methane humidity at Titan's surface higher than previously expected.

  13. The Polar Winds of Saturn as Determined by Cassini/VIMS: Seasonally Variable or Not?

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Momary, Thomas W.; Baines, K. H.; Brown, R. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Clark, R. N.; Nicholson, P. D.; Sotin, C.; Cassini/VIMS Science Team

    2013-10-01

    The high inclination of Cassini's current orbit allows VIMS to once again obtain spectacular views of Saturn’s poles, not seen since 2008. We present new imagery and investigate the effect of seasonal variability on Saturn’s polar winds. The north pole now basks in spring daylight and we again observe the long-enduring northern Polar Hexagon, discovered in Voyager imagery by Godfrey (Icarus 76, 335-356, 1988). This feature seemed to stay fixed in a rotational system defined by the Voyager-era radio rotation rate (Desch & Kaiser, Geophys. Res. Lett, 8, 253-256, 1981) in both original Voyager and 2008 VIMS observations. Yet new images indicate a shift, with the hexagon rotating ~10° of longitude from Nov. 2012 to May 2013. Discrete clouds still race around the edges of the 5-?m-bright hexagon at speeds of ~100 m/s, as we observed in 2008 (Baines, Momary, et al., Plan. Space. Sci 57, 1671-1681, 2009). We also recover a massive storm system residing just inside the hexagon edge at ~80° N. lat. Since 2008, this storm has shifted poleward by 1.5° and turned 5 ?m dark (cloudy), where it was 5 ?m bright when last observed (i.e. cloud free). It now moves zonally faster at ~25 m/s vs. ~14 m/s in 2008. This enduring "shepherd" storm may force and maintain the hexagon shape. We also recover twin 5-?m-dark storms (Snake Eyes) moving slowly at ~15 m/s near 67° N lat. However, while the two features appear to maintain a relatively constant zonal separation on average (14° ), with the trailing feature remaining near 67° N lat., the leading storm appears to oscillate ~1° in latitude and drift in longitude. At the south pole, discrete clouds whirl, now in darkness, around a hurricane-like vortex consisting of a cloudless "eye" extending at least 1 bar deeper than surrounding rings of clouds. These clouds still appear to be moving as a classical vortex with winds reaching a maximum of ~200 m/s near 87° S lat. and then falling off to zero at the pole. In contrast, clouds near 75° S. lat. are nearly stationary, consistent with 2008 observations. Our preliminary results suggest limited seasonal variability of Saturn’s polar winds.

  14. Spectroscopic Identification of E-Ring Deposits on Enceladus Using Cassini-Vims Dat

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Scipioni, F.; Schenk, P.; Tosi, F.

    2014-12-01

    Enceladus' surface is composed mostrly of pure water ice. The Cassini spacecraft has observed present-day geologic activity at the moon's South Polar region (the so-called "Tiger Stripes"). Plumes of micron-sized particles composed of water ice and other contaminants (CO2, NH3, CH4) erupting from this region are the major source of Saturn's E-ring. Some of this material, however, falls on Enceladus' surface to form deposits that extend to the north at ~220°E and ~40°E and whose highest concentration is at the south pole. The Cassini VIMS spectrometer acquires hyperspectral data in the 0.3-5.1 ?m spectral range. We selected VIMS cubes of Enceladus in the IR range (0.8-5.1 ?m), and minimized photometric effects due to different illumination conditions by normalizing all spectra at 2.23 ?m. We aim to identify E-ring deposits across Enceladus' surface through the variation in band depth of the main water-ice spectral features located at 1.25, 1.5, and 2.0 ?m. Since plumes deposits on the surface undergo darkening processes for less time than surrounding terrains, they appear brighter and so the water-ice absorption bands must be deeper. For all pixels in the selected cubes, we measured the band depths for the main water-ice absorptions and the height of the 3.6 ?m reflection peak, whose value relates to grain size. To characterize the global variation of water-ice band depths across Enceladus, we divided the surface into a 1°x1° grid and then averaged the band depths and peak values inside each square cell. This approach clearly identifies plums deposits. As expected, the highest concentrations occur at Enceladus' south pole, where band depths values are the deepest across the entire moon's surface. Our results confirm that plume particles fall in north-oriented patterns at ~40°E and ~220°E, and disappear around ~0°E and ~180°E. In addition, we observed a possible non-plume related regional variation in all major water ice absorption bands on the leading side.

  15. Cassini VIMS Spectra of the Earth from Saturn Orbit: an Extrasolar Planet Analog

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Clark, Roger Nelson; Hedman, Matthew M.; Brown, Robert H.; Filacchione, Gianrico; Nicholson, Philip D.; Barnes, Jason W.

    2015-11-01

    Cassini VIMS has obtained spectra of the Earth while in Saturn orbit making observations of the Saturn system when the sun was behind Saturn. The observations, made in September 15, 2006 and July 19, 2013 are visible-near-infrared spectra (0.35 - 5.1 microns) of the Earth obtained at the furthest distance from the sun to date. The Earth was sub-pixel, 0.0088 milliradian in 2013 and 0.0085 milliradian in 2006, and the signal-to-noise ratio is low. A VIMS pixel IFOV is 0.25 x 0.5milliradian. As such, these data are likely representative of the first spectra that might be obtained of extrasolar terrestrial-like planets. What information can be derived from such remote observations? The observation made in 2013 had a phase angle of 97 degrees with multipleimage cubes providing a higher S/N average. The 2006 observation was made at a phase angle of 33 degrees but is a single cube, 1 pixel. The 2006 observation has Africa dominant on the disk, while the 2013 observation is mostly ocean with part of South America in sunlight. The 2013 visible data show clear signatures of Rayleigh scattering but this blue coloring can be from both the atmosphere and/or ocean. The 2006 data show a flatter spectrum, a signature of land. Both observations include the Moon in the field of view. The 0.35-2.5 micron spectral range shows significant absorption due to H2O liquid + gas. The thermal signature is very strong with the highest S/N of the entire spectrum. The best fit preliminary temperatures are 280 K with a small 380 K component (from the Moon), putting at least some of the planet in the goldilocks zone. There is strong absorption by CO2 at 4.25 microns in both 2013 and 2006 data. There is possible detection of chlorophyll and oxygen emission but higher S/N would be required for a positive detection. The spectral profile of the thermal emission could be used to constrain the diameter of the planet. If such spectra were obtained of an extrasolar planet, we could conclude that the planet had large regions of liquid water and exposed land at temperatures excellent for life in a habitable zone. If the chlorophyll signature could be confirmed, it would be a positive identification of life from a remote distance

  16. Virtual interactive musculoskeletal system (VIMS) in orthopaedic research, education and clinical patient care

    PubMed Central

    Chao, Edmund YS; Armiger, Robert S; Yoshida, Hiroaki; Lim, Jonathan; Haraguchi, Naoki

    2007-01-01

    The ability to combine physiology and engineering analyses with computer sciences has opened the door to the possibility of creating the "Virtual Human" reality. This paper presents a broad foundation for a full-featured biomechanical simulator for the human musculoskeletal system physiology. This simulation technology unites the expertise in biomechanical analysis and graphic modeling to investigate joint and connective tissue mechanics at the structural level and to visualize the results in both static and animated forms together with the model. Adaptable anatomical models including prosthetic implants and fracture fixation devices and a robust computational infrastructure for static, kinematic, kinetic, and stress analyses under varying boundary and loading conditions are incorporated on a common platform, the VIMS (Virtual Interactive Musculoskeletal System). Within this software system, a manageable database containing long bone dimensions, connective tissue material properties and a library of skeletal joint system functional activities and loading conditions are also available and they can easily be modified, updated and expanded. Application software is also available to allow end-users to perform biomechanical analyses interactively. Examples using these models and the computational algorithms in a virtual laboratory environment are used to demonstrate the utility of these unique database and simulation technology. This integrated system, model library and database will impact on orthopaedic education, basic research, device development and application, and clinical patient care related to musculoskeletal joint system reconstruction, trauma management, and rehabilitation. PMID:17343764

  17. Investigations of Saturn’s Main Rings over Broad Range of Wavelengths

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Spilker, Linda J.; Deau, Estelle; Morishima, Ryuji; Filacchione, Gianrico; Hedman, Matt; Nicholson, Phil; Colwell, Josh; Bradley, Todd; Showalter, Mark; Pilorz, Stu; Brooks, Shawn; Ciarniello, Mauro

    2015-11-01

    An abundance of information about the characteristics of Saturn’s ring particles and their regolith can be obtained by comparing the changes in their brightness, color and temperature with changing viewing geometry over a wide range of wavelengths from ultraviolet through the thermal infrared. Data from Cassini’s Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS), Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS), Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) and Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) are jointly studied using data from the lit and unlit main rings at multiple geometries and solar elevations over 11 years of the Cassini mission. Using multi-wavelength data sets allows us to test different thermal models by combining the effects of particle albedo, regolith grain size and surface roughness with thermal emissivity and inertia, particle spin rate and spin axis orientation.CIRS temperatures, ISS colors and UVIS brightness appear to vary noticeably with phase angle, but are not a strong function of spacecraft elevation angle. Color, temperature and brightness dependence on solar elevation angle are also observed. VIMS observations show that the infrared ice absorption band depths change with the solar phase angle, in particular between 0-20° and at high phase. This trend indicates that single scattering approximation is correct only at low phases (<20°) while at high phase multiple scattering must be taken into account.These results imply that the individual properties of the ring particles may play a larger role than the collective properties of the rings, in particular at visible wavelengths. The temperature and color variation with phase angle may be a result of scattering within the regolith, as well as scattering between individual particles or clumps in a many-particle-thick layer. Initial results from our joint studies will be presented.This research was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with NASA. Copyright 2015 California Institute of Technology. Government sponsorship is acknowledged.

  18. Laser wavelength metrology with color sensor chips.

    PubMed

    Jones, Tyler B; Otterstrom, Nils; Jackson, Jarom; Archibald, James; Durfee, Dallin S

    2015-12-14

    We present a laser wavelength meter based on a commercial color sensor chip. The chip consists of an array of photodiodes with different absorptive color filters. By comparing the relative amplitudes of light on the photodiodes, the wavelength of light can be determined. In addition to absorption in the filters, etalon effects add additional spectral features which improve the precision of the device. Comparing the measurements from the device to a commercial wavelength meter and to an atomic reference, we found that the device has picometer-level precision and picometer-scale drift over a period longer than a month. PMID:26699036

  19. The PdBI arcsecond whirlpool survey (PAWS). I. A cloud-scale/multi-wavelength view of the interstellar medium in a grand-design spiral galaxy

    SciTech Connect

    Schinnerer, Eva; Meidt, Sharon E.; Hughes, Annie; Colombo, Dario; Pety, Jérôme; Schuster, Karl F.; Dumas, Gaëlle; García-Burillo, Santiago; Dobbs, Clare L.; Leroy, Adam K.; Kramer, Carsten; Thompson, Todd A.; Regan, Michael W.

    2013-12-10

    The Plateau de Bure Interferometer Arcsecond Whirlpool Survey has mapped the molecular gas in the central ?9 kpc of M51 in its {sup 12}CO(1-0) line emission at a cloud-scale resolution of ?40 pc using both IRAM telescopes. We utilize this data set to quantitatively characterize the relation of molecular gas (or CO emission) to other tracers of the interstellar medium, star formation, and stellar populations of varying ages. Using two-dimensional maps, a polar cross-correlation technique and pixel-by-pixel diagrams, we find: (1) that (as expected) the distribution of the molecular gas can be linked to different components of the gravitational potential; (2) evidence for a physical link between CO line emission and radio continuum that seems not to be caused by massive stars, but rather depends on the gas density; (3) a close spatial relation between polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and molecular gas emission, but no predictive power of PAH emission for the molecular gas mass; (4) that the I – H color map is an excellent predictor of the distribution (and to a lesser degree, the brightness) of CO emission; and (5) that the impact of massive (UV-intense) young star-forming regions on the bulk of the molecular gas in central ?9 kpc cannot be significant due to a complex spatial relation between molecular gas and star-forming regions that ranges from cospatial to spatially offset to absent. The last point, in particular, highlights the importance of galactic environment—and thus the underlying gravitational potential—for the distribution of molecular gas and star formation.

  20. Short wavelength FELS

    SciTech Connect

    Sheffield, R.L.

    1991-01-01

    The generation of coherent ultraviolet and shorter wavelength light is presently limited to synchrotron sources. The recent progress in the development of brighter electron beams enables the use of much lower energy electron rf linacs to reach short-wavelengths than previously considered possible. This paper will summarize the present results obtained with synchrotron sources, review proposed short- wavelength FEL designs and then present a new design which is capable of over an order of magnitude higher power to the extreme ultraviolet. 17 refs., 10 figs.

  1. Search for and limits on plume activity on Mimas, Tethys, and Dione with the Cassini Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS)

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Buratti, B.J.; Faulk, S.P.; Mosher, J.; Baines, K.H.; Brown, R.H.; Clark, R.N.; Nicholson, P.D.

    2011-01-01

    Cassini Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) observations of Mimas, Tethys, and Dione obtained during the nominal and extended missions at large solar phase angles were analyzed to search for plume activity. No forward scattered peaks in the solar phase curves of these satellites were detected. The upper limit on water vapor production for Mimas and Tethys is one order of magnitude less than the production for Enceladus. For Dione, the upper limit is two orders of magnitude less, suggesting this world is as inert as Rhea (Pitman, K.M., Buratti, B.J., Mosher, J.A., Bauer, J.M., Momary, T., Brown, R.H., Nicholson, P.D., Hedman, M.M. [2008]. Astrophys. J. Lett. 680, L65-L68). Although the plumes are best seen at ???2.0. ??m, Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) Narrow Angle Camera images obtained at the same time as the VIMS data were also inspected for these features. None of the Cassini ISS images shows evidence for plumes. The absence of evidence for any Enceladus-like plumes on the medium-sized saturnian satellites cannot absolutely rule out current geologic activity. The activity may below our threshold of detection, or it may be occurring but not captured on the handful of observations at large solar phase angles obtained for each moon. Many VIMS and ISS images of Enceladus at large solar phase angles, for example, do not contain plumes, as the active "tiger stripes" in the south pole region are pointed away from the spacecraft at these times. The 7-year Cassini Solstice Mission is scheduled to gather additional measurements at large solar phase angles that are capable of revealing activity on the saturnian moons. ?? 2011 Elsevier Inc.

  2. Cassini VIMS observations of H3+ emission on the nightside of Jupiter

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stallard, Tom S.; Melin, Henrik; Miller, Steve; Badman, Sarah V.; Baines, Kevin H.; Brown, Robert H.; Blake, James S. D.; O'Donoghue, James; Johnson, Rosie E.; Bools, Bethany; Pilkington, Nathan M.; East, Oliver T. L.; Fletcher, Mark

    2015-08-01

    We present the first detailed analysis of H3+ nightside emission from Jupiter, using Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) data from the Cassini flyby in 2000-2001, producing the first Jovian maps of nightside H3+ emission, temperature, and column density. Using these, we identify and characterize regions of H3+ nightside emission, compared against past observations of H3+ emission on the dayside. We focus our investigation on the region previously described as "mid-to-low latitude emission," the source for which has been controversial. We find that the brightest of this emission is generated at Jovigraphic latitudes similar to the most equatorward extent of the main auroral emission but concentrated at longitudes eastward of this emission. The emission is produced by enhanced H3+ density, with temperatures dropping away in this region. This emission has a loose association with the predicted location of diffuse aurora produced by pitch angle scattering in the north, but not in the south. This emission also lays in the path of subrotating winds flowing from the aurora, suggesting a transport origin. Some differences are seen between dayside and nightside subauroral emissions, with dayside emission extending more equatorward, perhaps caused by the lack of sunlight ionization on the nightside, and unmeasured changes in temperature. Ionospheric temperatures are hotter in the polar region (~1100-1500 K), dropping away toward the equator (as low as 750 K), broadly similar to values on the dayside, highlighting the dominance of auroral effects in the polar region. No equatorial emission is observed, suggesting that very little particle precipitation occurs away from the polar regions.

  3. Short wavelength laser

    DOEpatents

    Hagelstein, P.L.

    1984-06-25

    A short wavelength laser is provided that is driven by conventional-laser pulses. A multiplicity of panels, mounted on substrates, are supported in two separated and alternately staggered facing and parallel arrays disposed along an approximately linear path. When the panels are illuminated by the conventional-laser pulses, single pass EUV or soft x-ray laser pulses are produced.

  4. Titan’s mid-latitude surface regions with Cassini VIMS and RADAR

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Solomonidou, Anezina; Lopes, Rosaly M. C.; Coustenis, Athena; Malaska, Michael; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Maltagliati, Luca; Drossart, Pierre; Janssen, Michael; Lawrence, Kenneth; Jaumann, Ralf; Sohl, Frank; Stephan, Katrin; Brown, Robert H.; Bratsolis, Emmanuel; Matsoukas, Christos

    2015-11-01

    The Cassini-Huygens mission instruments have revealed Titan to have a complex and dynamic atmosphere and surface. Data from the remote sensing instruments have shown the presence of diverse surface terrains in terms of morphology and composition, suggesting both exogenic and endogenic processes [1]. We define both the surface and atmospheric contributions in the VIMS spectro-imaging data by use of a radiative transfer code in the near-IR range [2]. To complement this dataset, the Cassini RADAR instrument provides additional information on the surface morphology, from which valuable geological interpretations can be obtained [3]. We examine the origin of key Titan terrains, covering the mid-latitude zones extending from 50ºN to 50ºS. The different geological terrains we investigate include: mountains, plains, labyrinths, craters, dune fields, and possible cryovolcanic and/or evaporite features. We have found that the labyrinth terrains and the undifferentiated plains seem to consist of a very similar if not the same material, while the different types of plains show compositional variations [3]. The processes most likely linked to their formation are aeolian, fluvial, sedimentary, lacustrine, in addition to the deposition of atmospheric products though the process of photolysis and sedimentation of organics. We show that temporal variations of surface albedo exist for two of the candidate cryovolcanic regions. The surface albedo variations together with the presence of volcanic-like morphological features suggest that the active regions are possibly related to the deep interior, possibly via cryovolcanism processes (with important implications for the satellite’s astrobiological potential) as also indicated by new interior structure models of Titan and corresponding calculations of the spatial pattern of maximum tidal stresses [4]. However, an explanation attributed to exogenic processes is also possible [5]. We will report on results from our most recent research on the surface properties of Titan.[1] Solomonidou et al. Icarus, accepted. [2] Solomonidou et al. JGR 119, 1729–1747, 2014. [3] Lopes et al. Icarus, in rev. [4] Sohl et al. JGR 119, 1013-1036, 2014. [5] Moore & Pappalardo, Icarus 212, 790-806, 2011.

  5. Cassini VIMS and RADAR investigation of Titan's equatorial regions: a case for changes in surface properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Solomonidou, Anezina; Coustenis, Athena; Lopes, Rosaly M. C.; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Hirtzig, Mathieu; Malaska, Michael; Stephan, Katrin; Sotin, Christophe; Drossart, Pierre; Jaumann, Ralf; Bratsolis, Emmanuel; Le Mouélic, Stephane; Brown, Robert H.

    2015-04-01

    The Cassini-Huygens instruments revealed that Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has - in many aspects - a complex, dynamic and Earth-like surface [1;2;3]. Understanding the distribution and interplay of geologic processes on Titan is important for constraining models of its interior, surface-atmosphere interactions, and climate evolution. Data from the remote sensing instruments have shown the presence of diverse terrains, suggesting exogenic and endogenic processes, whose composition remains largely unknown. Interpreting surface features further requires precise knowledge of the contribution by the dense intervening atmosphere, especially the troposphere, which can be recovered from near-IR data such as those collected by Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) collects in the so-called "methane windows". In order to simulate the atmospheric contribution and extract surface information, a statistical tool (PCA) and a radiative transfer code are applied on certain regions of interest (i.e. possibly geologically varying and suggested in some cases to be cryovolcanic and/or evaporitic in origin) [4;5;7]. We also analyze RADAR despeckled SAR images in terms of morphology [6]. For comparison, we also look at undifferentiated plains and dune fields regions that are not expected to change with time. We find that Tui Regio and Sotra Patera change with time becoming darker and brighter respectively in terms of surface albedo while the plains and the suggested evaporitic areas in the equatorial regions do not present any significant change [5]. The surface brightening of Sotra supports a possible internal rather than exogenic origin. The unchanged surface behavior of the plains supports a sedimentary origin rather than cryovolcanic. Preliminary results on the chemical composition of the changed regions with time are also presented. We therefore suggest that temporal variations of surface albedo (in chemical composition and/or morphology) exist for some areas on Titan, but that their origin may differ from one region to the other. Such a variety of geologic processes and their relationship to the methane cycle make Titan particularly significant in Solar System studies. References: [1] Lopes, R.M.C., et al.: JGR, 118, 416-435, 2013 [2] Solomonidou, A., et al.: PSS, 70, 77-104, 2013 [3] Moore, J.M., and Howard, A.D.: GRL, 37, L22205, 2010; [4] Solomonidou, A., et al.: JGR, 119, 1729-1747, 2014; [5] Solomonidou, A., et al.: Icarus, submitted, 2015; [6] Bratsolis, E., et al.: PSS, 61, 108-113, 2012; [7] Hirtzig, M., et al.: Icarus, 226, 470-486, 2013.

  6. Galilean Satellite Surface Non-Ice Constituents: New Results from the Cassini/Huygens VIMS Jupiter Flyby in the Context of the Galileo NIMS Results

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    McCord, T. B.; Brown, R.; Baines, K.; Bellucci, G.; Bibring, J.-P.; Buratti, B.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.; Clark, R.; Coradini, A.

    2001-01-01

    The Cassini mission Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) is currently returning data for the Galilean satellites. Examples of the new satellite data and the initial interpretations will be presented in the context of the Galileo NIMS data and results. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  7. Sub-wavelength diffractive optics

    SciTech Connect

    Warren, M.E.; Wendt, J.R.; Vawter, G.A.

    1998-03-01

    This report represents the completion of a three-year Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program to investigate sub-wavelength surface relief structures fabricated by direct-write e-beam technology as unique and very high-efficiency optical elements. A semiconductor layer with sub-wavelength sized etched openings or features can be considered as a layer with an effective index of refraction determined by the fraction of the surface filled with semiconductor relative to the fraction filled with air or other material. Such as a layer can be used to implement planar gradient-index lenses on a surface. Additionally, the nanometer-scale surface structures have diffractive properties that allow the direct manipulation of polarization and altering of the reflective properties of surfaces. With this technology a single direct-write mask and etch can be used to integrate a wide variety of optical functions into a device surface with high efficiencies; allowing for example, direct integration of polarizing optics into the surface with high efficiencies; allowing for example, direct integration of polarizing optics into the surfaces of devices, forming anti-reflection surfaces or fabricating high-efficiency, high-numerical aperture lenses, including integration inside vertical semiconductor laser cavities.

  8. Astronomical Studies at Infrared Wavelengths

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    Rinehart, Stephen A.

    2009-01-01

    Astronomical studies at infrared wavelengths have dramatically improved our understanding of the universe, and observations with Spitzer, Herschel, and SOFIA will continue to provide exciting new discoveries. The relatively low angular resolution of these missions, however, is insufficient to resolve the physical scale on which mid-to far-infrared emission arises, resulting in source and structure ambiguities that limit our ability to answer key science questions. Interferometry enables high angular resolution at these wavelengths - a powerful tool for scientific discovery. We will build the Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII), an eight-meter baseline Michelson stellar interferometer to fly on a high-altitude balloon. BETTII's spectral-spatial capability, provided by an instrument using double-Fourier techniques, will address key questions about the nature of disks in young star clusters and active galactic nuclei and the envelopes of evolved stars. BETTII will also lay the technological groundwork for future balloon programs, paving the way for interferometric observations of exoplanets.

  9. Compositional Mapping of Saturn's Satellite Dione with Cassini VIMS and Implications for Dark Material in the Saturn System

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    Clark, R. N.; Brown, R. H.; Jaumann, R.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Buratti, B. J.; Baines, K. H.; Nelson, R. M.; Nicholson, P. D.; Moore, J. M.; Curchin, J.; Hoefen, T.; Stephan, K.

    2006-12-01

    The Cassini spacecraft has made multiple observations of Dione and other satellites in the Saturn system, including a fly-by of Dione on October 11, 2005, passing within 1059 km. The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) obtained 0.35-5.1 micron image cubes during the fly-by, and the data have been mosaicked for study. The data were searched for absorption features and their spatial locations mapped. Spectra of Dione are dominated by absorptions due to water ice, with weak features from a carbon dioxide absorption near 4.26 microns and from a non-ice component exhibiting a 2.42 micron absorption also seen in spectra of Phoebe (Clark et al, Nature, 2005), Iapetus, Hyperion, and the F-ring. A broad absorption extending from 0.5 to about 1.5 microns, similar to absorptions in ferrous iron (Fe2+) bearing minerals, shows prominently in Dione spectra. The Dione spectra have a strong UV absorption short of 0.5 microns. Some crater rims show one side dominated by dark material and the other side dominated by water ice. The distribution of these materials could be explained by implantation of dark material from the trailing side direction, or implantation of ice from the leading side of Dione's orbital direction. An alternative interpretation of the Fe2+ spectral structure could be sub-micron dark grains embedded in the ice that causes Rayleigh scattering, resulting in curvature of the spectrum that mimics the Fe2+ feature. Sub-micron dark grains hitting the trailing side of Dione could create the observed spectral and spatial patterns observed by VIMS. Furthermore, the abundance of the dark material must remain less than about 1% or the Rayleigh scattering effect would be suppressed such that the reflectance spectrum loses the Rayleigh component. Rayleigh yet still maintain spectral differences in the visible spectrum between satellites.

  10. Saturn's North Polar Vortex Revealed by Cassini/VIMS: Zonal Wind Structure and Constraints on Cloud Distributions

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    Baines, Kevin H.; Momary, T. W.; Fletcher, L. N.; Buratti, B. J.; Roos-Serote, M.; Showman, A. P.; Brown, R. H.; Clark, R. N.; Nicholson, P. D.

    2008-09-01

    We present the first high-spatial resolution, near-nadir imagery and movies of Saturn's north polar region that reveal the wind structure of a north polar vortex. Obtained by Cassini/VIMS on June 15, 2008 from high over Saturn's polar region (sub-spacecraft latitude of 65 degrees N. lat) at an altitude of 0.42 million km during the long polar night, these 210-per-pixel images of the polar region north of 73 degrees N. latitude show several concentric cloud rings and hundreds of individual cloud features in silhouette against the 5-micron background thermal glow of Saturn's deep atmosphere. In contrast to the clear eye of the south polar vortex, the north polar vortex sports a central cloud feature about 650-km in diameter. Zonal winds reach a maximum of 150 m/s near 88 degrees N. latitude (planetocentric) - comparable to the south polar vortex maximum of 190 m/s near 88 degrees S. latitude - and fall off nearly monotonically to 10 m/s near 80 degrees N. latitude. At slightly greater distance from the pole, inside the north polar hexagon in the 75-77 degree N. latitude region, zonal winds increase dramatically to 130 m/s, as silhouetted clouds are seen speeding aroud the "race track” of the hexagonal feature. VIMS 5-micron thermal observations over a 1.6-year period from October 29, 2006 to June 15, 2008 are consistent with the polar hexagon structure itself remaining fixed in the Voyager-era radio rotation rate (Desch and Kaiser, Geophys. Res. Lett, 8, 253-256, 1981) to within an accuracy of 3 seconds per rotational period. This agrees with the stationary nature of the wave in this rotation system found by Godfrey (Icarus 76, 335-356, 1988), but is inconsistent with rotation rates found during the current Cassini era.

  11. The atmospheres of Saturn and Titan in the near-infrared: First results of Cassini/Vims

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    Baines, K.H.; Momary, T.W.; Buratti, B.J.; Matson, D.L.; Nelson, R.M.; Drossart, P.; Sicardy, B.; Formisano, V.; Bellucci, G.; Coradini, A.; Griffith, C.; Brown, R.H.; Bibring, J.-P.; Langevin, Y.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.; Clark, R.N.; Combes, M.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Jaumann, R.; McCordt, T.B.; Mennella, V.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sotin, C.

    2006-01-01

    The wide spectral coverage and extensive spatial, temporal, and phase-angle mapping capabilities of the Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) onboard the Cassini-Huygens Orbiter are producing fundamental new insights into the nature of the atmospheres of Saturn and Titan. For both bodies, VIMS maps over time and solar phase angles provide information for a multitude of atmospheric constituents and aerosol layers, providing new insights into atmospheric structure and dynamical and chemical processes. For Saturn, salient early results include evidence for phosphine depletion in relatively dark and less cloudy belts at temperate and mid-latitudes compared to the relatively bright and cloudier Equatorial Region, consistent with traditional theories of belts being regions of relative downwelling. Additional Saturn results include (1) the mapping of enhanced trace gas absorptions at the south pole, and (2) the first high phase-angle, high-spatial-resolution imagery of CH4 fluorescence. An additional fundamental new result is the first nighttime near-infrared mapping of Saturn, clearly showing discrete meteorological features relatively deep in the atmosphere beneath the planet's sunlit haze and cloud layers, thus revealing a new dynamical regime at depth where vertical dynamics is relatively more important than zonal dynamics in determining cloud morphology. Zonal wind measurements at deeper levels than previously available are achieved by tracking these features over multiple days, thereby providing measurements of zonal wind shears within Saturn's troposphere when compared to cloudtop movements measured in reflected sunlight. For Titan, initial results include (1) the first detection and mapping of thermal emission spectra of CO, CO2, and CH3D on Titan's nightside limb, (2) the mapping of CH4 fluorescence over the dayside bright limb, extending to ??? 750 km altitude, (3) wind measurements of ???0.5 ms-1, favoring prograde, from the movement of a persistent (multiple months) south polar cloud near 88??S latitude, and (4) the imaging of two transient mid-southern-latitude cloud features. ?? Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006.

  12. Not So Titanic Winds: Cassini/VIMS Observations of Cloud Features in the Southern Hemisphere of Titan

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    Momary, T. W.; Baines, K. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Griffith, C.; Brown, R. H.; Jaumann, R.; Drossart, P.; Cassini VIMS

    2004-11-01

    One atmospheric science objective of VIMS is to measure windspeeds of cloud features in the Saturnian system at known altitudes, as determined from the 352 spectral bands that VIMS provides. The Titan encounter of 2 July 2004 provided the first opportunity to measure cloud-tracked winds on Titan. Spectral imagery revealed that cloud coverage of Titan was sparse, covering less than 1.5% of the observed sunlit surface. Nevertheless several clouds were followed during the encounter. The most prominent cloud, comprising the bulk of the cloud coverage, was located near the South Pole ( 87 degrees south, 0 degrees lon) and was roughly circular with a diameter of 600 ± 110 km. We tracked this feature over 11 images spanning a 13 hour period. In an attempt to quantify movement of the clouds in a Titanian windstream, we navigated the clouds using three distinct methods: 1) by tracking the brightest pixel in each cloud feature and employing SPICE kernel derived geometry, 2) similarly, by tracking the centroid of the main cloud feature, and 3) for the first time for an outer solar system body, by tracking relative to surface features seen in atmospheric spectral windows, most notably at 2.02 microns. The variable brightness of the most prominent cloud feature and its proximity to the South Pole of Titan make it rather difficult to track accurately. However, preliminary results obtained by tracking the centroid of the main cloud feature, as well as by tracking relative to surface features, indicate that there is little movement over a period of 13 hours. Specifically, we measure a mean windspeed of 0.5 ± 3.3 m/s in the prograde direction.

  13. Scale

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    Schaffhauser, Dian

    2009-01-01

    The common approach to scaling, according to Christopher Dede, a professor of learning technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is to jump in and say, "Let's go out and find more money, recruit more participants, hire more people. Let's just keep doing the same thing, bigger and bigger." That, he observes, "tends to fail, and fail…

  14. Outbreak of Carbapenem-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Producing VIM-8, a Novel Metallo-?-Lactamase, in a Tertiary Care Center in Cali, Colombia

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    Crespo, M. P.; Woodford, N.; Sinclair, A.; Kaufmann, M. E.; Turton, J; Glover, J.; Velez, J. D.; Castañeda, C. R.; Recalde, M.; Livermore, D. M.

    2004-01-01

    The prevalence of imipenem resistance among Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates at a 195-bed tertiary care medical center in Cali, Colombia, rose from 2% in 1996 to 28% in 1997 and to over 40% in 2003. Many isolates showed high-level multiresistance, and phenotypic characterization suggested the spread of a predominant strain with minor variants. Sixty-six resistant isolates collected between February 1999 and July 2003 from hospitalized patients (n = 54) and environmental samples (n = 12) were subjected to a fuller analysis. Genetic fingerprints were compared by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) of SpeI-digested genomic DNA, and blaIMP and blaVIM genes were sought by PCR. PFGE and serotyping indicated that 52 of the 66 isolates belonged to a single strain, with 82% similarity; the PFGE pattern for this organism was designated pattern A. Two further pairs of isolates represented single strains; the remaining nine isolates were unique, and in the case of one isolate, no satisfactory PFGE profile could be obtained. The pattern A isolates were mostly of serotype O12 and were highly resistant to imipenem (MICs, 32 to >256 ?g/ml), with this resistance decreased eightfold or more in the presence of EDTA. They yielded amplicons with blaVIM-specific primers, and sequencing of DNA from a representative isolate revealed blaVIM-8, a novel allele with three polymorphisms compared with the sequence of blaVIM-2. Two of these nucleotide changes were silent, but the third determined a Thr139Ala substitution. Only 4 of 13 resistant isolates (2 clinical isolates and 2 environmental isolates) assigned to other PFGE types carried blaVIM alleles, whereas the others were less multiresistant and mostly had lower levels of imipenem resistance (MICs, ?32 ?g/ml) which was not significantly reduced by EDTA. No blaIMP alleles were detected. During 2003, when the environmental study was undertaken, serotype O12 isolates with blaVIM were recovered from sinks and stethoscopes in the most-affected units, although not from the hands of staff; the problem declined once these reservoirs were disinfected and hygienic precautions were reinforced. PMID:15528701

  15. Scales

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    Murray Gibson

    2007-04-27

    Musical scales involve notes that, sounded simultaneously (chords), sound good together. The result is the left brain meeting the right brain — a Pythagorean interval of overlapping notes. This synergy would suggest less difference between the working of the right brain and the left brain than common wisdom would dictate. The pleasing sound of harmony comes when two notes share a common harmonic, meaning that their frequencies are in simple integer ratios, such as 3/2 (G/C) or 5/4 (E/C).

  16. Scales

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    Murray Gibson

    2010-01-08

    Musical scales involve notes that, sounded simultaneously (chords), sound good together. The result is the left brain meeting the right brain ? a Pythagorean interval of overlapping notes. This synergy would suggest less difference between the working of the right brain and the left brain than common wisdom would dictate. The pleasing sound of harmony comes when two notes share a common harmonic, meaning that their frequencies are in simple integer ratios, such as 3/2 (G/C) or 5/4 (E/C).

  17. Wavelength-conserving grating router for intermediate wavelength density

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    Deri, Robert J.; Patel, Rajesh R.; Bond, Steven W.; Bennett, Cory V.

    2007-03-20

    A wavelength router to be used for fiber optical networking router is based on a diffraction grating which utilizes only N wavelengths to interconnect N inputs to N outputs. The basic approach is to augment the grating with additional couplers or wavelength selective elements so than N-1 of the 2N-1 outputs are combined with other N outputs (leaving only N outputs). One embodiment uses directional couplers as combiners. Another embodiment uses wavelength-selective couplers. Another embodiment uses a pair of diffraction gratings to maintain parallel propagation of all optical beams. Also, beam combining can be implemented either by using retroflection back through the grating pair or by using couplers.

  18. Detection and Genetic Characterization of Metallo-?-Lactamase IMP-1 and VIM-2 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Strains From Different Hospitals in Kermanshah, Iran

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    Abiri, Ramin; Mohammadi, Pantea; Shavani, Navid; Rezaei, Mansour

    2015-01-01

    Background: Pseudomonas aeruginosais a frequent nosocomial pathogen that causes severe diseases in many settings. Carbapenems, including meropenem and imipenem, are effective antibiotics against this organism. However, the use of carbapenems has been hampered by the emergence of strains resistant to carbapenemsvia different mechanisms such as the production of metallo-?-lactamases (MBLs), which hydrolyze all carbapenems. Several kinds of MBLs have been reported, among them VIM and IMP types being the most clinically significant carbapenemases. Objectives: We aimed to determine the distribution of blaVIM-2 and blaIMP-1 transferable genes encoding MBLs in P. aeruginosa isolated from three academic hospitals in Kermanshah. Patients and Methods: From 22nd June to 22nd September 2012, 225 isolates of P. aeruginosa were collected. These isolates were tested for antibiotic susceptibility with the Kirby-Bauer disk-diffusion method, and the MBLs were assessed using the imipenem-EDTA double-disk synergy test. The isolates were investigated for blaVIM-2 and blaIMP-1 genes using polymerase chain reaction. Results: Among the 225 isolates, 33.7% (76/225) and 18.1% (41/225) were resistant to imipenem and meropenem, respectively. Of the 76 imipenem-resistant P. aeruginosa strains, 45 (59.2%) were positive for MBLs, 34 (75%) strains carried the blaIMP-1 gene, and 1 (2.2%) strain carried the blaVIM-2 gene. Conclusions: Our results showed that there was a high frequency of IMP-1 positive P. aeruginosa in the different wards of the hospitals. PMID:26495110

  19. Similar Frequencies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Isolates Producing KPC and VIM Carbapenemases in Diverse Genetic Clones at Tertiary-Care Hospitals in Medellín, Colombia

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    Vanegas, Johanna M.; Cienfuegos, Astrid V.; Ocampo, Ana M.; López, Lucelly; del Corral, Helena; Roncancio, Gustavo; Sierra, Patricia; Echeverri-Toro, Lina; Ospina, Sigifredo; Maldonado, Natalia; Robledo, Carlos; Restrepo, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    Carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa has become a serious health threat worldwide due to the limited options available for its treatment. Understanding its epidemiology contributes to the control of antibiotic resistance. The aim of this study was to describe the clinical and molecular characteristics of infections caused by carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa isolates in five tertiary-care hospitals in Medellín, Colombia. A cross-sectional study was conducted in five tertiary-care hospitals from June 2012 to March 2014. All hospitalized patients infected by carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa were included. Clinical information was obtained from medical records. Molecular analyses included PCR for detection of blaVIM, blaIMP, blaNDM, blaOXA-48, and blaKPC genes plus pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) for molecular typing. A total of 235 patients were enrolled: 91.1% of them were adults (n = 214), 88.1% (n = 207) had prior antibiotic use, and 14.9% (n = 35) had urinary tract infections. The blaVIM-2 and blaKPC-2 genes were detected in 13.6% (n = 32) and 11.5% (n = 27), respectively, of all isolates. Two isolates harbored both genes simultaneously. For KPC-producing isolates, PFGE revealed closely related strains within each hospital, and sequence types (STs) ST362 and ST235 and two new STs were found by MLST. With PFGE, VIM-producing isolates appeared highly diverse, and MLST revealed ST111 in four hospitals and five new STs. These results show that KPC-producing P. aeruginosa is currently disseminating rapidly and occurring at a frequency similar to that of VIM-producing P. aeruginosa isolates (approximately 1:1 ratio) in Medellín, Colombia. Diverse genetic backgrounds among resistant strains suggest an excessive antibiotic pressure resulting in the selection of resistant strains. PMID:25210071

  20. Photometric properties of Titan's surface from Cassini VIMS: Relevance to titan's hemispherical albedo dichotomy and surface stability

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    Nelson, R.M.; Brown, R.H.; Hapke, B.W.; Smythe, W.D.; Kamp, L.; Boryta, M.D.; Leader, F.; Baines, K.H.; Bellucci, G.; Bibring, J.-P.; Buratti, B.J.; Capaccioni, F.; Cerroni, P.; Clark, R.N.; Combes, M.; Coradini, A.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Drossart, P.; Formisano, V.; Jaumann, R.; Langevin, Y.; Matson, D.L.; McCord, T.B.; Mennella, V.; Nicholson, P.D.; Sicardy, B.; Sotin, C.

    2006-01-01

    The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) instrument on the Cassini Saturn Orbiter returned spectral imaging data as the spacecraft undertook six close encounters with Titan beginning 7 July, 2004. Three of these flybys each produced overlapping coverage of two distinct regions of Titan's surface. Twenty-four points were selected on approximately opposite hemispheres to serve as photometric controls. Six points were selected in each of four reflectance classes. On one hemisphere each control point was observed at three distinct phase angles. From the derived phase coefficients, preliminary normal reflectances were derived for each reflectance class. The normal reflectance of Titan's surface units at 2.0178 ??m ranged from 0.079 to 0.185 for the most absorbing to the most reflective units assuming no contribution from absorbing haze. When a modest haze contribution of ??=0.1 is considered these numbers increase to 0.089-0.215. We find that the lowest three reflectance classes have comparable normal reflectance on either hemisphere. However, for the highest brightness class the normal reflectance is higher on the hemisphere encompassing longitude 14-65?? compared to the same high brightness class for the hemisphere encompassing 122-156?? longitude. We conclude that an albedo dichotomy observed in continental sized units on Titan is due not only to one unit having more areal coverage of reflective material than the other but the material on the brighter unit is intrinsically more reflective than the most reflective material on the other unit. This suggests that surface renewal processes are more widespread on Titan's more reflective units than on its less reflective units. We note that one of our photometric control points has increased in reflectance by 12% relative to the surrounding terrain from July of 2004 to April and May of 2005. Possible causes of this effect include atmospheric processes such as ground fog or orographic clouds; the suggestion of active volcanism cannot be ruled out. Several interesting circular features which resembled impact craters were identified on Titan's surface at the time of the initial Titan flyby in July of 2004. We traced photometric profiles through two of these candidate craters and attempted to fit these profiles to the photometric properties expected from model depressions. We find that the best-fit attempt to model these features as craters requires that they be unrealistically deep, approximately 70 km deep. We conclude that despite their appearance, these circular features are not craters, however, the possibility that they are palimpsests cannot be ruled out. We used two methods to test for the presence of vast expanses of liquids on Titan's surface that had been suggested to resemble oceans. Specular reflection of sunlight would be indicative of widespread liquids on the surface; we found no evidence of this. A large liquid body should also show uniformity in photometric profile; we found the profiles to be highly variable. The lack of specular reflection and the high photometric variability in the profiles across candidate oceans is inconsistent with the presence of vast expanses of flat-lying liquids on Titan's surface. While liquid accumulation may be present as small, sub-pixel-sized bodies, or in areas of the surface which still remain to be observed by VIMS, the presence of large ocean-sized accumulations of liquids can be ruled out. The Cassini orbital tour offers the opportunity for VIMS to image the same parts of Titan's surface repeatedly at many different illumination and observation geometries. This creates the possibility of understanding the properties of Titan's atmosphere and haze by iteratively adapting models to create a best fit to the surface reflectance properties. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Compositional mapping of Saturn's satellite Dione with Cassini VIMS and implications of dark material in the Saturn system

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    Clark, R.N.; Curchin, J.M.; Jaumann, R.; Cruikshank, D.P.; Brown, R.H.; Hoefen, T.M.; Stephan, K.; Moore, Johnnie N.; Buratti, B.J.; Baines, K.H.; Nicholson, P.D.; Nelson, R.M.

    2008-01-01

    Cassini VIMS has obtained spatially resolved imaging spectroscopy data on numerous satellites of Saturn. A very close fly-by of Dione provided key information for solving the riddle of the origin of the dark material in the Saturn system. The Dione VIMS data show a pattern of bombardment of fine, sub-0.5-??m diameter particles impacting the satellite from the trailing side direction. Multiple lines of evidence point to an external origin for the dark material on Dione, including the global spatial pattern of dark material, local patterns including crater and cliff walls shielding implantation on slopes facing away from the trailing side, exposing clean ice, and slopes facing the trailing direction which show higher abundances of dark material. Multiple spectral features of the dark material match those seen on Phoebe, Iapetus, Hyperion, Epimetheus and the F-ring, implying the material has a common composition throughout the Saturn system. However, the exact composition of the dark material remains a mystery, except that bound water and, tentatively, ammonia are detected, and there is evidence both for and against cyanide compounds. Exact identification of composition requires additional laboratory work. A blue scattering peak with a strong UV-visible absorption is observed in spectra of all satellites which contain dark material, and the cause is Rayleigh scattering, again pointing to a common origin. The Rayleigh scattering effect is confirmed with laboratory experiments using ice and 0.2-??m diameter carbon grains when the carbon abundance is less than about 2% by weight. Rayleigh scattering in solids is also confirmed in naturally occurring terrestrial rocks, and in previously published reflectance studies. The spatial pattern, Rayleigh scattering effect, and spectral properties argue that the dark material is only a thin coating on Dione's surface, and by extension is only a thin coating on Phoebe, Hyperion, and Iapetus, although the dark material abundance appears higher on Iapetus, and may be locally thick. As previously concluded for Phoebe, the dark material appears to be external to the Saturn system and may be cometary in origin. We also report a possible detection of material around Dione which may indicate Dione is active and contributes material to the E-ring, but this observation must be confirmed.

  2. A newly discovered impact crater in Titan's Senkyo: Cassini VIMS observations and comparison with other impact features

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    Buratti, B.J.; Sotin, C.; Lawrence, K.; Brown, R.H.; Le, Mouelic S.; Soderblom, J.M.; Barnes, J.; Clark, R.N.; Baines, K.H.; Nicholson, P.D.

    2012-01-01

    Senkyo is an equatorial plain on Titan filled with dunes and surrounded by hummocky plateaus. During the Titan targeted flyby T61 on August 25, 2009, the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) onboard the Cassini spacecraft observed a circular feature, centered at 5.4?? N and 341??W, that superimposes the dune fields and a bright plateau. This circular feature, which has been named Paxsi by the International Astronomical Union, is 120??10 km in diameter (measured from the outer edge of the crater rim) and exhibits a central bright area that can be interpreted as the central peak or pit of an impact crater. Although there are only a handful of certain impact craters on Titan, there are two other craters that are of similar size to this newly discovered feature and that have been studied by VIMS: Sinlap (Le Mou??lic et al, 2008) and Selk (Soderblom et al, 2010). Sinlap is associated with a large downwind, fan-like feature that may have been formed from an impact plume that rapidly expanded and deposited icy particles onto the surface. Although much of the surrounding region is covered with dunes, the plume region is devoid of dunes. The formation process of Selk also appears to have removed (or covered up) dunes from parts of the adjacent dune-filled terrain. The circular feature on Senkyo is quite different: there is no evidence of an ejecta blanket and the crater itself appears to be infilled with dune material. The rim of the crater appears to be eroded by fluvial processes; at one point the rim is breached. The rim is unusually narrow, which may be due to mass wasting on its inside and subsequent infill by dunes. Based on these observations, we interpret this newly discovered feature to be a more eroded crater than both Sinlap and Selk. Paxsi may have formed during a period when Titan was warmer and more ductile than it is currently. ?? 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Two-wavelength microscopic speckle interferometry using colour CCD camera

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    Upputuri, Paul K.; Pramanik, Manojit; Kothiyal, Mahendra P.; Nandigana, Krishna M.

    2015-03-01

    Single wavelength microscopic speckle interferometry is widely used for deformation, shape and non-destructive testing (NDT) of engineering structures. However the single wavelength configuration fails to quantify the large deformation due to the overcrowding of fringes and it cannot provide shape of a specimen under test. In this paper, we discuss a two wavelength microscopic speckle interferometry using single-chip colour CCD camera for characterization of microsamples. The use of colour CCD allows simultaneous acquisition of speckle patterns at two different wavelengths and thus it makes the data acquisition as simple as single wavelength case. For the quantitative measurement, an error compensating 8-step phase shifted algorithm is used. The system allows quantification of large deformation and shape of a specimen with rough surface. The design of the system along with few experimental results on small scale rough specimens is presented.

  4. Focal plane imaging systems for millimeter wavelengths

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    Goldsmith, P.F. . National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center); Hsieh, C.T.; Huguenin, G.R.; Kapitzky, J.; Moore, E.L. )

    1993-10-01

    The authors discuss critical aspects of imaging system design and describe several different imaging systems employing focal plane array receivers operating in the 3mm--2mm wavelength range. Recent progress in millimeter-wavelength optics, antennas, receivers and other components permits greatly enhanced system performance in a wide range of applications. The authors discuss a radiometric camera for all-weather autonomous aircraft landing capability and a high sensitivity cryogenically cooled array for use in radio astronomical spectroscopy. A near-focus system for identification of plastic materials concealed underneath clothing employs a two element lens, and has been demonstrated in active (transmitting) and passive (radiometric) modes. A dual mode imaging system for plasma diagnostics utilize both active and passive modes at its [approx equal]140 GHz operating frequency to study small-scale structure. The radiometric imaging systems employ between 15 and 256 Schottky barrier diode mixers while the imaging receivers for the active systems include 64 element video detector arrays.

  5. Long wavelength irregularities in the equatorial electrojet

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    Kudeki, E.; Farley, D.T.; Fejer, B.G.

    1982-06-01

    We have used the radar interferometer technique at Jicamarca to study in detail irregularities with wavelengths of a few kilometers generated in the unstable equatorial electrojet plasma during strong type 1 conditions. In-situ rocket observations of the same instability process are discussed in a companion paper. These large scale primary waves travel essentially horizontally and have large amplitudes. The vertical electron drift velocities driven by the horizontal wave electric fields reach or exceed the ion-acoustic velocity even though the horizontal phase velocity of the wave is considerably smaller. A straightforward extension to the long wavelength regime of the usual linear theory of the electrojet instability explains this and several other observed features of these dominant primary waves.

  6. Long wavelength irregularities in the equatorial electrojet

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    Kudeki, E.; Farley, D. T.; Fejer, B. G.

    1982-01-01

    The radar interferometer technique is used at Jicamarca to study in detail irregularities with wavelengths of a few kilometers generated in the unstable equatorial electrojet plasma during strong type 1 conditions. In-situ rocket observations of the same instability process are discussed in a companion paper. These large scale primary waves travel essentially horizontally and have large amplitudes. The vertical electron drift velocities driven by the horizontal wave electric fields reach or exceed the ion-acoustic velocity even though the horizontal phase velocity of the wave is considerably smaller. A straightforward extension to the long wavelength regime of the usual linear theory of the electrojet instability explains this and several other observed features of these dominant primary waves.

  7. Saturn's Great Storm of 2010-2011: Evidence for ammonia and water ices from analysis of VIMS spectra

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    Sromovsky, Lawrence; Fry, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    Our analysis of Cassini/VIMS near-infrared spectra of Saturn's Great Storm of 2010-2011 reveals a multi-component aerosol composition comprised primarily of ammonia ice, with a significant component of water ice. The most likely third component is ammonium hydrosulfide or some weakly absorbing material similar to what dominates visible clouds outside the storm region. Horizontally heterogeneous models favor ammonium hydrosulfide as the third component, while horizontally uniform models favor the weak absorber. Both models rely on water ice absorption to compensate for residual spectral gradients produced by ammonia ice from 3.0 microns to 3.1 microns and need the third component to fill in the sharp ammonia ice absorption peak near 2.96 microns. The best heterogeneous model has spatial coverage fractions of 55% ammonia ice, 22% water ice, and 23% ammonium hydrosulfide. The best homogeneous model has an optically thin layer of weakly absorbing particles above an optically thick layer of water ice particles coa...

  8. Storm clouds on Saturn: Lightning-induced chemistry and associated materials consistent with Cassini/VIMS spectra

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    Baines, K.H.; Delitsky, M.L.; Momary, T.W.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Nicholson, P.D.

    2009-01-01

    Thunderstorm activity on Saturn is associated with optically detectable clouds that are atypically dark throughout the near-infrared. As observed by Cassini/VIMS, these clouds are ~20% less reflective than typical neighboring clouds throughout the spectral range from 0.8 ??m to at least 4.1 ??m. We propose that active thunderstorms originating in the 10-20 bar water-condensation region vertically transport dark materials at depth to the ~1 bar level where they can be observed. These materials in part may be produced by chemical processes associated with lightning, likely within the water clouds near the ~10 bar freezing level of water, as detected by the electrostatic discharge of lightning flashes observed by Cassini/RPWS (e.g., Fischer et al. 2008, Space Sci. Rev., 137, 271-285). We review lightning-induced pyrolytic chemistry involving a variety of Saturnian constituents, including hydrogen, methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, phosphine, and water. We find that the lack of absorption in the 1-2 ??m spectral region by lightning-generated sulfuric and phosphorous condensates renders these constituents as minor players in determining the color of the dark storm clouds. Relatively small particulates of elemental carbon, formed by lightning-induced dissociation of methane and subsequently upwelled from depth - perhaps embedded within and on the surface of spectrally bright condensates such as ammonium hydrosulfide or ammonia - may be a dominant optical material within the dark thunderstorm-related clouds of Saturn. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Storm clouds on Saturn: Lightning-induced chemistry and associated materials consistent with Cassini/VIMS spectra

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    Baines, Kevin H.; Delitsky, Mona L.; Momary, Thomas W.; Brown, Robert H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Clark, Roger N.; Nicholson, Philip D.

    2009-12-01

    Thunderstorm activity on Saturn is associated with optically detectable clouds that are atypically dark throughout the near-infrared. As observed by Cassini/VIMS, these clouds are ~20% less reflective than typical neighboring clouds throughout the spectral range from 0.8 ?m to at least 4.1 ?m. We propose that active thunderstorms originating in the 10-20 bar water-condensation region vertically transport dark materials at depth to the ~1 bar level where they can be observed. These materials in part may be produced by chemical processes associated with lightning, likely within the water clouds near the ~10 bar freezing level of water, as detected by the electrostatic discharge of lightning flashes observed by Cassini/RPWS (e.g., Fischer et al. 2008, Space Sci. Rev., 137, 271-285). We review lightning-induced pyrolytic chemistry involving a variety of Saturnian constituents, including hydrogen, methane, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, phosphine, and water. We find that the lack of absorption in the 1-2 ?m spectral region by lightning-generated sulfuric and phosphorous condensates renders these constituents as minor players in determining the color of the dark storm clouds. Relatively small particulates of elemental carbon, formed by lightning-induced dissociation of methane and subsequently upwelled from depth - perhaps embedded within and on the surface of spectrally bright condensates such as ammonium hydrosulfide or ammonia - may be a dominant optical material within the dark thunderstorm-related clouds of Saturn.

  10. Metallo-beta-lactamase-producing Gram-negative bacilli in Korean Nationwide Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance group hospitals in 2003: continued prevalence of VIM-producing Pseudomonas spp. and increase of IMP-producing Acinetobacter spp.

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    Lee, Kyungwon; Ha, Gyoung Yim; Shin, Bo-Moon; Kim, Jin Ju; Kang, Jung Oak; Jang, Sook Jin; Yong, Dongeun; Chong, Yunsop

    2004-09-01

    Metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL)-producing Pseudomonas spp. and Acinetobacter spp. were prevalent in Korean hospitals. In this study, the prevalence and presence of MBL-producing isolates among imipenem-nonsusceptible and imipenem-susceptible isolates, respectively, were screened. The genetic and phenotypic characteristics of MBL-producing isolates were determined. Among imipenem-nonsusceptible isolates, 52 (11.1%) of 467 Pseudomonas spp. were blaVIM-like allele-positive, and 33 (15.1%) of 218 Acinetobacter spp. were either blaVIM- or blaIMP-like allele-positive. One blaVIM-like allele-positive isolate of Acinetobacter spp. was detected among 84 imipenem-susceptible Acinetobacter isolates. The minimum inhibitory concentration for 90% of isolates of imipenem was higher (>128 microg/mL) for Pseudomonas spp. than Acinetobacter spp. (16 microg/mL), although both had blaVIM-like allele. The source of MBL-producing isolates was mostly the sputum and urine of patients in the intensive care unit. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis analysis suggested the intra- and inter-hospital spread of MBL-producing strains at some hospitals. In conclusion, blaVIM-like allele-positive P. aeruginosa remained highly prevalent, and the proportion of blaIMP-like allele-positive Acinetobacter spp. has increased significantly in most Korean hospitals. PMID:15380278

  11. Self-gravity wake structures in Saturn's a ring revealed by Cassini vims

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    Hedman, M.M.; Nicholson, P.D.; Salo, H.; Wallis, B.D.; Buratti, B.J.; Baines, K.H.; Brown, R.H.; Clark, R.N.

    2007-01-01

    During the summer of 2005, the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer onboard the Cassini spacecraft observed a series of occultations of the star o Ceti (Mira) by Saturn's rings. These observations revealed pronounced variations in the optical depth of the A ring with longitude, which can be attributed to oriented structures in the rings known as self-gravity wakes. While the wakes themselves are only tens of meters across and below the resolution of the measurements, we are able to obtain information about the orientation and shapes of these structures by comparing the observed transmission at different longitudes with predictions from a simple model. Our findings include the following: (1) The orientation of the wakes varies systematically with radius, trailing by between 64?? and 72?? relative to the local radial direction. (2) The maximum transmission peaks at roughly 8% for B = 3.45?? in the middle A ring (???129,000 km). (3) Both the wake orientation and maximum transmission vary anomalously in the vicinity of two strong density waves (Janus 5:4 and Mimas 5:3). (4) The ratio of the wake vertical thickness H to the wake pattern wavelength ?? (assuming infinite, straight, regularly-spaced wake structures) varies from 0.12 to 0.09 across the A ring. Gravitational instability theory predicts ?? ??? 60 m, which suggests that the wake structures in the A ring are only ???6 m thick. ?? 2007. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

  12. AWG Filter for Wavelength Interrogator

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    Black, Richard J. (Inventor); Costa, Joannes M. (Inventor); Faridian, Fereydoun (Inventor); Moslehi, Behzad (Inventor); Sotoudeh, Vahid (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A wavelength interrogator is coupled to a circulator which couples optical energy from a broadband source to an optical fiber having a plurality of sensors, each sensor reflecting optical energy at a unique wavelength and directing the reflected optical energy to an AWG. The AWG has a detector coupled to each output, and the reflected optical energy from each grating is coupled to the skirt edge response of the AWG such that the adjacent channel responses form a complementary pair response. The complementary pair response is used to convert an AWG skirt response to a wavelength.

  13. Wavelength tunable laser beam shaping.

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    Forbes, Andrew; Dickey, Fred; DeGama, Mapule; du Plessis, Anton

    2012-01-01

    Laser beam shaping by phase-only transformations, often referred to as field mapping, has for a long time been considered wavelength dependent. In this Letter we outline a simple mathematical argument that shows how the problem may be formulated in a wavelength tunable manner, requiring only a minor adjustment in the observation plane. We verify the theoretical prediction by experiment using the example of a Gaussian-to-flattop-beam transformation, and we show that the shaping is valid across a wide range of wavelengths for a single diffractive optical element. PMID:22212787

  14. Multiple-wavelength tunable laser

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    Barnes, Norman P. (Inventor); Walsh, Brian M. (Inventor); Reichle, Donald J. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A tunable laser includes dispersion optics for separating generated laser pulses into first and second wavelength pulses directed along first and second optical paths. First and second reflective mirrors are disposed in the first and second optical paths, respectively. The laser's output mirror is partially reflective and partially transmissive with respect to the first wavelength and the second wavelength in accordance with provided criteria. A first resonator length is defined between the output mirror and the first mirror, while a second resonator length is defined between the output mirror and the second mirror. The second resonator length is a function of the first resonator length.

  15. Titan: Preliminary results on surface properties and photometry from VIMS observations of the early flybys

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    Buratti, B.J.; Sotin, C.; Brown, R.H.; Hicks, M.D.; Clark, R.N.; Mosher, J.A.; McCord, T.B.; Jaumann, R.; Baines, K.H.; Nicholson, P.D.; Momary, T.; Simonelli, D.P.; Sicardy, B.

    2006-01-01

    Cassini observations of the surface of Titan offer unprecedented views of its surface through atmospheric windows in the 1-5 ??m region. Images obtained in windows for which the haze opacity is low can be used to derive quantitative photometric parameters such as albedo and albedo distribution, and physical properties such as roughness and particle characteristics. Images from the early Titan flybys, particularly T0, Ta, and T5 have been analyzed to create albedo maps in the 2.01 and 2.73 ??m windows. We find the average normal reflectance at these two wavelengths to be 0.15??0.02 and 0.035??0.003, respectively. Titan's surface is bifurcated into two albedo regimes, particularly at 2.01 ??m. Analysis of these two regimes to understand the physical character of the surface was accomplished with a macroscopic roughness model. We find that the two types of surface have substantially different roughness, with the low-albedo surface exhibiting mean slope angles of ???18??, and the high-albedo terrain having a much more substantial roughness with a mean slope angle of ???34??. A single-scattering phase function approximated by a one-term Henyey-Greenstein equation was also fit to each unit. Titan's surface is back-scattering (g???0.3-0.4), and does not exhibit substantially different backscattering behavior between the two terrains. Our results suggest that two distinct geophysical domains exist on Titan: a bright region cut by deep drainage channels and a relatively smooth surface. The two terrains are covered by a film or a coating of particles perhaps precipitated from the satellite's haze layer and transported by eolian processes. Our results are preliminary: more accurate values for the surface albedo and physical parameters will be derived as more data is gathered by the Cassini spacecraft and as a more complete radiative transfer model is developed from both Cassini orbiter and Huygens Lander measurements. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Wavelength multiplexing for information transmission

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    Bartelt, H. O.

    1978-12-01

    Optical information depends normally on one or two dimensions. A parallel transmission through a zero-dimentional fiber therefore needs a suitable coding. For an achromatric grey level object this can be achieved by the use of wavelength multiplexing. The information of each position in the original object is carried by a different wavelength. Simple dispersive elements perform the encoding and decoding process. Application examples are shown for the transmission of bar codes and paper tape data.

  17. Wavelength calibration with Fabry Perot Interferometers - yes we can!

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    Franziskus Bauer, Florian; Zechmeister, Mathias; Reiners, Ansgar

    2015-08-01

    Hollow-cathode lamps (HCLs) are used as default wavelength standard for spectroscopic measurements but have a number of well-known shortcomings. Advancing to cm/s precision in radial velocity experiments requires more stable calibration sources with more uniform line distributions. Fabry Perot Interferometers (FPI) are a practical alternative with a well-suited line distribution at relatively low cost. We present a simple method to characterize FPIs using standard HCLs and including the FPI spectrum in the wavelength calibration process. We propose to use the HCL wavelength solution to define a rough wavelength scale that is used to approximate the FPI peak positions. We assume that the FPI mirror distance is a smooth function of wavelength and utilize the large number of FPI peaks (typically 10^4) to consistently model all FPI peak wavelengths. With this approach, we anchor the dense FPI lines with the absolute HCL-scale combining their precision and accuracy. We test our method with the HARPS spectrograph and compare our wavelength calibration to one derived from a laser frequency comb (LFC) spectrum. Our combined HCL/FPI wavelength calibration removes the known, large-amplitude distortions of 50 m/s that occur in the HCL solution. Direct comparison with the LFC solution bears only small differences between the LFC and the HCL/FPI solutions and demonstrates that the HCL/FPI solution can overcome the most important shortcomings in HCL wavelength solutions. An FPI can provide an economical alternative to LFCs in particular for smaller projects.

  18. Towards short wavelengths FELs workshop

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    Ben-Zvi, I.; Winick, H.

    1993-12-01

    This workshop was caged because of the growing perception in the FEL source community that recent advances have made it possible to extend FEL operation to wavelengths about two orders of magnitude shorter than the 240 nm that has been achieved to date. In addition short wavelength FELs offer the possibilities of extremely high peak power (several gigawatts) and very short pulses (of the order of 100 fs). Several groups in the USA are developing plans for such short wavelength FEL facilities. However, reviewers of these plans have pointed out that it would be highly desirable to first carry out proof-of-principle experiments at longer wavelengths to increase confidence that the shorter wavelength devices will indeed perform as calculated. The need for such experiments has now been broadly accepted by the FEL community. Such experiments were the main focus of this workshop as described in the following objectives distributed to attendees: (1) Define measurements needed to gain confidence that short wavelength FELs will perform as calculated. (2) List possible hardware that could be used to carry out these measurements in the near term. (3) Define a prioritized FEL physics experimental program and suggested timetable. (4) Form collaborative teams to carry out this program.

  19. Evolution of a Dark Anti-Cyclone on Saturn Associated with the Great Lightning Storm of 2010/2011 Through the Eyes of Cassini/VIMS

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    Momary, Thomas W.; Baines, K. H.; Brown, R. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Clark, R. N.; Nicholson, P. D.; Sotin, C.

    2012-10-01

    A massive dark anti-cyclonic storm system on Saturn spanning some 7? of longitude and 2? of latitude was observed by Cassini/VIMS at a planetocentric latitude of 37? on 4 January 2012 and 26 January 2012. During this time, it drifted some 54? of longitude at a speed of 23.1 ± 0.2 m/s prograde, a drift speed which correlates well with the canonical Voyager (and VIMS) wind profiles for Saturn at this latitude. The spot also drifted northward during this time by 1? and became noticeably "squished" in morphology. Using this drift rate and extrapolating backward, we find that the position corresponds to the large (> 5,000 km) anti-cyclone observed by VIMS on 11 May 2011 at 35.4? latitude (pc) and 49.4? W. longitude. This would represent 8 months of observation of this titanic feature, which was associated with the major lightning storm of 2010-2011, following the spot as it changed in size and morphology and drifted northward. The spot underwent a dramatic shift in shape in the 3 weeks of January, changing from roughly oval to a highly elongated pancake shape as it apparently bumped up against the dark band at 40? latitude and experienced a powerful shear. The evolution suggests that we are watching the death throes of this feature in our most recent observations. Finally, the dark spot was darker than surrounding regions in May 2011 and maintained its dark color across all pseudo-continua from 1.0 to 4.0 ?m between May 2011 and early January 2012.

  20. On the discovery of CO nighttime emissions on Titan by Cassini/VIMS: Derived stratospheric abundances and geological implications

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    Baines, K.H.; Drossart, P.; Lopez-Valverde, M. A.; Atreya, S.K.; Sotin, C.; Momary, T.W.; Brown, R.H.; Buratti, B.J.; Clark, R.N.; Nicholson, P.D.

    2006-01-01

    We present a quantitative analysis of CO thermal emissions discovered on the nightside of Titan by Baines et al. [2005. The atmospheres of Saturn and Titan in the near-infrared: First results of Cassini/VIMS. Earth, Moon, and Planets, 96, 119-147]. in Cassini/VIMS spectral imagery. We identify these emission features as the P and R branches of the 1-0 vibrational band of carbon monoxide (CO) near 4.65 ??m. For CH3D, the prominent Q branch of the ??2 fundamental band of CH3D near 4.55 ??m is apparent. CO2 emissions from the strong v3 vibrational band are virtually absent, indicating a CO2 abundance several orders of magnitude less than CO, in agreement with previous investigations. Analysis of CO emission spectra obtained over a variety of altitudes on Titan's nightside limb indicates that the stratospheric abundance of CO is 32??15 ppm, and together with other recent determinations, suggests a vertical distribution of CO nearly constant at this value from the surface throughout the troposphere to at least the stratopause near 300 km altitude. The corresponding total atmospheric content of CO in Titan is ???2.9??1.5??1014 kg. Given the long lifetime of CO in the oxygen-poor Titan atmosphere (???0.5-1.0 Gyr), we find a mean CO atmospheric production rate of 6??3??105 kg yr-1. Given the lack of primordial heavy noble gases observed by Huygens [Niemann et al., 2005. The abundances of constituents of Titan's atmosphere from the GCMS on the Huygens probe. Nature, 438, 779-784], the primary source of atmospheric CO is likely surface emissions. The implied CO/CH4 mixing ratio of near-surface material is 1.8??0.9??10-4, based on an average methane surface emission rate over the past 0.5 Gyr of 1.3??10-13 gm cm-2 s-1 as required to balance hydrocarbon haze production via methane photolysis [Wilson and Atreya, 2004. Current state of modeling the photochemistry of Titan's mutually dependent atmosphere and ionosphere. J. Geophys. Res. 109, E06002 Doi:10.1029/2003JE002181]. This low CO/CH4 ratio is much lower than expected for the sub-nebular formation region of Titan and supports the hypothesis [e.g., Atreya et al., 2005. Methane on Titan: photochemical-meteorological-hydrogeochemical cycle. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc. 37, 735] that the conversion of primordial CO and other carbon-bearing materials into CH4-enriched clathrate-hydrates occurs within the deep interior of Titan via the release of hydrogen through the serpentinization process followed by Fischer-Tropsch catalysis. The time-averaged predicted emission rate of methane-rich surface materials is ???0.02 km3 yr-1, a value significantly lower than the rate of silicate lava production for the Earth and Venus, but nonetheless indicative of significant active geological processes reshaping the surface of Titan. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. On the Discovery of CO Nighttime Emissions on Titan by Cassini/VIMS: Derived Stratospheric Abundances and Geological Implications

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    Bainesa, Kevin H.; Drossart, Pierre; Lopez-Valverde, Miguel A.; Atreya, Sushil K.; Sotin, Christophe; Momary, Thomas W.; Brown, Robert H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Clark, Roger N.; Nicholson, Philip D.

    2006-01-01

    We present a quantitative analysis of CO thermal emissions discovered on the nightside of Titan by Baines et al. [2005. The atmospheres of Saturn and Titan in the near-infrared: First results of Cassini/VIMS. Earth, Moon, and Planets, 96, 119-147] in Cassini/VIMS spectral imagery. We identify these emission features as the P and R branches of the 1-0 vibrational band of carbon monoxide (CO) near 4.65 microns. For CH3D, the prominent Q branch of the nu(2) fundamental band of CH3D near 4.55 microns is apparent. CO2 emissions from the strong nu(3) vibrational band are virtually absent, indicating a CO2 abundance several orders of magnitude less than CO, in agreement with previous investigations. Analysis of CO emission spectra obtained over a variety of altitudes on Titan's nightside limb indicates that the stratospheric abundance of CO is 32 +/- 15 ppm, and together with other recent determinations, suggests a vertical distribution of CO nearly constant at this value from the surface throughout the troposphere to at least the stratopause near 300 km altitude. The corresponding total atmospheric content of CO in Titan is similar to 2.9 +/- 1.5 x 10(exp 14) kg. Given the long lifetime of CO in the oxygen-poor Titan atmosphere (similar to 0.5-1.0 Gyr), we find a mean CO atmospheric production rate of 6 +/- 3 x 10(exp 5) kg yr(exp -1). Given the lack of primordial heavy noble gases observed by Huygens [Niemann et al., 2005. The abundances of constituents of Titan's atmosphere from the GCMS on the Huygens probe. Nature, 438, 779-784], the primary source of atmospheric CO is likely surface emissions. The implied CO/CH4 mixing ratio of near-surface material is 1.8 +/- 0.9 x 10(exp -4), based on an average methane surface emission rate over the past 0.5 Gyr of 1.3 x 10(exp -13) gm cm(exp -2) s(exp -1) as required to balance hydrocarbon haze production via methane photolysis [Wilson and Atreya, 2004. Current state of modeling the photochemistry of Titan's mutually dependent atmosphere and ionosphere. J. Geophys. Res. 109, E06002 Doi: 10.1029/2003JE002181]. This low CO/CH4 ratio is much lower than expected for the sub-nebular formation region of Titan and supports the hypothesis [e.g., Atreya et al., 2005. Methane on Titan: photochemical-meteorological-hydrogeochemical cycle. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc. 37, 735] that the conversion of primordial CO and other carbon-bearing materials into CH4-enriched clathrate-hydrates occurs within the deep interior of Titan via the release of hydrogen through the serpentinization process followed by Fischer-Tropsch catalysis. The time-averaged predicted emission rate of methane-rich surface materials is approximately 0.02 km(exp 3) yr (exp -1), a value significantly lower than the rate of silicate lava production for the Earth and Venus, but nonetheless indicative of significant geological processes reshaping the surface of Titan.

  2. On the discovery of CO nighttime emissions on Titan by Cassini/VIMS: Derived stratospheric abundances and geological implications

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    Baines, Kevin H.; Drossart, Pierre; Lopez-Valverde, Miguel A.; Atreya, Sushil K.; Sotin, Christophe; Momary, Thomas W.; Brown, Robert H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Clark, Roger N.; Nicholson, Philip D.

    2006-12-01

    We present a quantitative analysis of CO thermal emissions discovered on the nightside of Titan by Baines et al. [2005. The atmospheres of Saturn and Titan in the near-infrared: First results of Cassini/VIMS. Earth, Moon, and Planets, 96, 119-147]. in Cassini/VIMS spectral imagery. We identify these emission features as the P and R branches of the 1-0 vibrational band of carbon monoxide (CO) near 4.65 ?m. For CH 3D, the prominent Q branch of the ? 2 fundamental band of CH 3D near 4.55 ?m is apparent. CO 2 emissions from the strong v3 vibrational band are virtually absent, indicating a CO 2 abundance several orders of magnitude less than CO, in agreement with previous investigations. Analysis of CO emission spectra obtained over a variety of altitudes on Titan's nightside limb indicates that the stratospheric abundance of CO is 32±15 ppm, and together with other recent determinations, suggests a vertical distribution of CO nearly constant at this value from the surface throughout the troposphere to at least the stratopause near 300 km altitude. The corresponding total atmospheric content of CO in Titan is ˜2.9±1.5×10 14 kg. Given the long lifetime of CO in the oxygen-poor Titan atmosphere (˜0.5-1.0 Gyr), we find a mean CO atmospheric production rate of 6±3×10 5 kg yr -1. Given the lack of primordial heavy noble gases observed by Huygens [Niemann et al., 2005. The abundances of constituents of Titan's atmosphere from the GCMS on the Huygens probe. Nature, 438, 779-784], the primary source of atmospheric CO is likely surface emissions. The implied CO/CH 4 mixing ratio of near-surface material is 1.8±0.9×10 -4, based on an average methane surface emission rate over the past 0.5 Gyr of 1.3×10 -13 gm cm -2 s -1 as required to balance hydrocarbon haze production via methane photolysis [Wilson and Atreya, 2004. Current state of modeling the photochemistry of Titan's mutually dependent atmosphere and ionosphere. J. Geophys. Res. 109, E06002 Doi:10.1029/2003JE002181]. This low CO/CH 4 ratio is much lower than expected for the sub-nebular formation region of Titan and supports the hypothesis [e.g., Atreya et al., 2005. Methane on Titan: photochemical-meteorological-hydrogeochemical cycle. Bull. Am. Astron. Soc. 37, 735] that the conversion of primordial CO and other carbon-bearing materials into CH 4-enriched clathrate-hydrates occurs within the deep interior of Titan via the release of hydrogen through the serpentinization process followed by Fischer-Tropsch catalysis. The time-averaged predicted emission rate of methane-rich surface materials is ˜0.02 km 3 yr -1, a value significantly lower than the rate of silicate lava production for the Earth and Venus, but nonetheless indicative of significant active geological processes reshaping the surface of Titan.

  3. Evolution of possibly active regions on Titan using Cassini/VIMS data analysis

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    Solomonidou, Anezina; Coustenis, Athena; Hirtzig, Mathieu; Bratsolis, Emmanuel; Drossart, Pierre; Bampasidis, Georgios; Kyriakopoulos, Konstantinos; Le Mouélic, Stephane; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Jaumann, Ralf; Stephan, Katrin; Lopes, Rosaly M. C.; Sotin, Christophe; Brown, Robert H.; Stamatelopoulou-Seymour, Karen; Moussas, Xenophon

    2013-04-01

    We present a study of Titan's complex geology with a focus on the satellite's surface regions that are showing spectral variations with time possibly linked to geological activity. We apply a statistical method, the Principal Component Analysis (PCA) [1] and a radiative transfer method (RT) [1,2] on three potentially 'active' regions on Titan, i.e. surface areas possibly subject to change over time (in brightness and/or in color etc.), namely Tui Regio (20°S, 130°W), a 1,500-km long flow-like figure, Hotei Regio (26°S, 78°W), a 700-km wide volcanic-like terrain, and Sotra Facula (15°S, 42°W), a 235-km in diameter area. With our PCA method we manage to isolate regions of distinct spectral response in all data available for our three study areas. Then, with our follow-up radiative transfer code we retrieve the surface albedo of the isolated regions with respect to the Huygens landing site albedo, which we use as a reference region and we compare them. Using this double procedure, we study the temporal surface variations of the three regions witnessing albedo changes with time for Tui Regio from 2005-2009 (darkening) and Sotra Facula from 2005-2006 (brightening) at all wavelengths. Hotei Regio has been suggested to present brightness variations over a two-year period (2004-2005) by Nelson et al. 2009 [3]. However, we find that the to-date available observations of that region present issues (geometry, resolution) that prevent an accurate application of our radiative transfer model to infer surface information with the desired accuracy. Therefore, we do not detect any significant surface albedo variations over time from 2004 and until 2009 given the uncertainties involved. The surface albedo variations, which we currently investigate in terms of chemical composition, and the volcanic-like features such as calderas, domes and lobate flows, which are present within the regions as shown by RADAR data analysis [e.g. 4], suggest that these features are compatible with internal phenomena such as cryovolcanism. Another study focusing on these areas suggests that Tui Regio and Hotei Regio could be paleolake clusters [5]. In the future, considering that the extracted surface albedos contain information on the chemical composition of the regions and their nature, we plan to better evaluate the temporal changes and to associate chemical composition inferences with morphological information to determine the nature of these regions. References: [1] Solomonidou, A., et al.: in prep. [2] Hirtzig, M., et al.: submitted to Icarus. [3] Nelson, R., et al.: Icarus 199, 429-441, 2009. [4] Lopes, R.M.C., et al.: JGR, in press. [5] Moore, J.M., and Howard, A.D.: GRL 37, L22205, 2010.

  4. On the wavelength of self-organized shoreline sand waves

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    Falqués, A.; van den Berg, N.; Ribas, F.; Caballeria, M.; Calvete, D.

    2012-04-01

    Shoreline sand waves are undulations of the shoreline that extend into the bathymetry up to a certain depth. Here we will focus on self-organized sand waves that form due to shoreline instability in case of very oblique wave incidence (Ashton et al., 2001). The model of Ashton and co-authors did not predict any wavelength selection for the emerging sand waves whereas Falqués and Calvete (2005) predicted a wavelength selection in the range 4-15 km. This difference is attributable to that Falqués and Calvete (2005) computed wave refraction and shoaling over the actual curvilinear depth contours while Ashton et al. (2001) assumed locally rectilinear and parallel contours. Although there exist shoreline features at a larger scale (Ashton et al. 2001; Falqués et al. 2011) sand waves at a few km scale are more common (Ruessink and Jeuken, 2002; Davidson-Arnott and van Heyningen, 2003; Falqués et al., 2011; Medellin et al., 2008) . While their characteristic wavelength is a robust model output (Falqués and Calvete, 2005; Uguccioni et al., 2006; van den Berg et al., 2011) the physical reasons for the existence of a wavelength selection are still unknown. Furthermore, the parameter dependence of the dominant wavelength, Lm, is largely unexplored. In particular, the disparity between the large length scale of sand waves and the relevant length scales of the problem: width of the surf zone, water wave wavelength, etc. is intriguing. The aim of the present contribution is to gain insight into those physical reasons and the dependence of Lm on beach profile and water wave properties. The essence of sandwave behaviour can be captured with the simple one-line shoreline modelling concept by looking at the alongshore position of the maximum in total transport rate Q, which is here investigated with both the linearized model of Falqués and Calvete (2005) and the nonlinear model of van den Berg et al. (2011) . It is found that the position of that maximum is largely controlled by the alongshore distribution of wave energy associated to the sand wave, mainly affected in turn by : A) refractive wave energy spreading and B) refractive energy focusing by the crest. Furthermore, for large L the growthrate decreases to 0 since the gradients in wave energy and hence the gradients in Q decrease. As a result, there is a minimum wavelength, Lc, for growth and an optimum wavelength Lm > Lcof maximum growth. Experiments with different bathymetric profiles and different wave conditions are made to investigate the sensitivity of Lm . It is found that Lm scales with ?0/? where ?0 is the water wave wavelength in deep water and ? the beach slope.

  5. Multi-centre evaluation of real-time multiplex PCR for detection of carbapenemase genes OXA-48, VIM, IMP, NDM and KPC

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background Resistance to carbapenem antibiotics is emerging worldwide among Enterobacteriaceae. To prevent hospital transmission due to unnoticed carriage of carbapenemase producing micro-organisms in newly admitted patients, or follow-up of patients in an outbreak setting, a molecular screening method was developed for detection of the most prevalent carbapenemase genes; blaOXA-48, blaVIM, blaIMP, blaNDM and blaKPC. Methods A real-time multiplex PCR assay was evaluated using a collection of 86 Gram negative isolates, including 62 carbapenemase producers. Seven different laboratories carried out this method and used the assay for detection of the carbapenemase genes on a selection of 20 isolates. Results Both sensitivity and specificity of the multiplex PCR assay was 100%, as established by results on the strain collection and the inter-laboratory comparisons. Conclusions In this study, we present a multiplex real-time PCR that is a robust, reliable and rapid method for the detection of the most prevalent carbapenemases blaOXA-48, blaVIM, blaIMP, blaNDM and blaKPC, and is suitable for screening of broth cultured rectal swabs and for identification of carbapenemase genes in cultures. PMID:24422880

  6. Wavelength shifting of intra-cavity photons: Adiabatic wavelength tuning in rapidly wavelength-swept lasers

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    Jirauschek, Christian; Huber, Robert

    2015-01-01

    We analyze the physics behind the newest generation of rapidly wavelength tunable sources for optical coherence tomography (OCT), retaining a single longitudinal cavity mode during operation without repeated build up of lasing. In this context, we theoretically investigate the currently existing concepts of rapidly wavelength-swept lasers based on tuning of the cavity length or refractive index, leading to an altered optical path length inside the resonator. Specifically, we consider vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with microelectromechanical system (MEMS) mirrors as well as Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) and Vernier-tuned distributed Bragg reflector (VT-DBR) lasers. Based on heuristic arguments and exact analytical solutions of Maxwell’s equations for a fundamental laser resonator model, we show that adiabatic wavelength tuning is achieved, i.e., hopping between cavity modes associated with a repeated build up of lasing is avoided, and the photon number is conserved. As a consequence, no fundamental limit exists for the wavelength tuning speed, in principle enabling wide-range wavelength sweeps at arbitrary tuning speeds with narrow instantaneous linewidth. PMID:26203373

  7. Wavelength shifting of intra-cavity photons: Adiabatic wavelength tuning in rapidly wavelength-swept lasers.

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    Jirauschek, Christian; Huber, Robert

    2015-07-01

    We analyze the physics behind the newest generation of rapidly wavelength tunable sources for optical coherence tomography (OCT), retaining a single longitudinal cavity mode during operation without repeated build up of lasing. In this context, we theoretically investigate the currently existing concepts of rapidly wavelength-swept lasers based on tuning of the cavity length or refractive index, leading to an altered optical path length inside the resonator. Specifically, we consider vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) with microelectromechanical system (MEMS) mirrors as well as Fourier domain mode-locked (FDML) and Vernier-tuned distributed Bragg reflector (VT-DBR) lasers. Based on heuristic arguments and exact analytical solutions of Maxwell's equations for a fundamental laser resonator model, we show that adiabatic wavelength tuning is achieved, i.e., hopping between cavity modes associated with a repeated build up of lasing is avoided, and the photon number is conserved. As a consequence, no fundamental limit exists for the wavelength tuning speed, in principle enabling wide-range wavelength sweeps at arbitrary tuning speeds with narrow instantaneous linewidth. PMID:26203373

  8. SIX YEARS OF FERMI-LAT AND MULTI-WAVELENGTH MONITORING OF THE BROAD-LINE RADIO GALAXY 3C 120: JET DISSIPATION AT SUB-PARSEC SCALES FROM THE CENTRAL ENGINE

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    Tanaka, Y. T.; Doi, A.; Inoue, Y.; Stawarz, L.; Cheung, C. C.; Fukazawa, Y.; Itoh, R.; Gurwell, M. A.; Tahara, M.; Kataoka, J.

    2015-01-30

    We present multi-wavelength monitoring results for the broad-line radio galaxy 3C 120 in the MeV/GeV, sub-millimeter, and 43 GHz bands over 6 yr. Over the past 2 yr, the Fermi-Large Area Telescope sporadically detected 3C 120 with high significance and the 230 GHz data also suggest an enhanced activity of the source. After the MeV/GeV detection from 3C 120 in MJD 56240–56300, 43 GHz Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) monitoring revealed a brightening of the radio core, followed by the ejection of a superluminal knot. Since we observed the ?-ray and VLBA phenomena in temporal proximity to each other, it is naturally assumed that they are physically connected. This assumption was further supported by the subsequent observation that the 43 GHz core brightened again after a ?-ray flare occurred around MJD 56560. We can then infer that the MeV/GeV emission took place inside an unresolved 43 GHz core of 3C 120 and that the jet dissipation occurred at sub-parsec distances from the central black hole (BH), if we take the distance of the 43 GHz core from the central BH as ?0.5 pc, as previously estimated from the time lag between X-ray dips and knot ejections. Based on our constraints on the relative locations of the emission regions and energetic arguments, we conclude that the ? rays are more favorably produced via the synchrotron self-Compton process, rather than inverse Compton scattering of external photons coming from the broad line region or hot dusty torus. We also derived the electron distribution and magnetic field by modeling the simultaneous broadband spectrum.

  9. Wavelength-modulated photocapacitance spectroscopy

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    Kamieniecki, E.; Lagowski, J.; Gatos, H. C.

    1980-01-01

    Derivative deep-level spectroscopy was achieved with wavelength-modulated photocapacitance employing MOS structures and Schottky barriers. The energy position and photoionization characteristics of deep levels of melt-grown GaAs and the Cr level in high-resistivity GaAs were determined. The advantages of this method over existing methods for deep-level spectroscopy are discussed.

  10. Long Wavelength Array Station Architecture

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    Ellingson, Steven W.

    1 Long Wavelength Array Station Architecture Prepared By: Names(s) and Signature(s) Organization Date Steve Ellingson VT 2007-11-09 Approved By: Name and Signature Organization Date Steve Ellingson Lee J Rickard NM 1-19 007-11-19 VT U 2007-1 2 #12;LWA Station Architecture Ver. 1.0 Steve Ellingson

  11. Solid colloidal optical wavelength filter

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    Alvarez, Joseph L. (Boulder, CO)

    1992-01-01

    A solid colloidal optical wavelength filter includes a suspension of spheal particles dispersed in a coagulable medium such as a setting plastic. The filter is formed by suspending spherical particles in a coagulable medium; agitating the particles and coagulable medium to produce an emulsion of particles suspended in the coagulable medium; and allowing the coagulable medium and suspended emulsion of particles to cool.

  12. The Evolution of Saturn’s Storm-Perturbed Latitudinal Band Determined from Cassini/VIMS Daytime and Nighttime Spectra

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    Baines, K. H.; Sromovsky, Larry A.; Fry, Patrick M.; Moimary, Thomas W.; Badman, Sarah; Brown, Robert H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Clark, Roger N.; Nicholson, Philip D.; Sotin, Christophe

    2015-11-01

    Saturn’s Great Storm of 2010-2011 was one of the most powerful convective events ever witnessed, as indicated, for example, by its ability to deliver spectrally-identifiable water ice to the top of its convective tower ~200 km above the water vapor condensation level near 20 bar (Sromovsky, L. A., et al., Icarus 226, 402-418. 2013), and by its ability over ~ 6 months to encircle the planet with apparently anvil-like ammonia clouds sheared away from the top of its convective tower(s). Within a half-year after the storm subsided in mid-2011, these globe-encircling anvil-like clouds appeared to have largely disappeared, replaced by a 5-micron-bright band encircling the planet over nearly the same latitude region the storm generated clouds had been, indicating a dramatic decrease in the opacity of aerosols sensitive to 5-micron radiation (heat) emanating from the warm depths of the planet. Here we present quantitative results on the 5-year evolution of this storm-affected, 5-micron-bright region, from its initial appearance associated with a large anti-cyclone that formed in the Spring of 2011 through May 26-27, 2015, using both daytime and nighttime Cassini/VIMS spectral maps. Compared to the “normal”, unperturbed regional cloud structure upstream of the storm as observed on Feb 24, 2011, we find that the initial 5-micron-bright region on May 11, 2011 had lost ~60% of its upper-cloud (100-500 mbar) opacity (i. e., nominally, 2.7 opacity post-storm at 2-microns vs 7.1 pre-storm) and that the pressure of an opaque, putatively NH4SH, optically-thick “sheet” cloud dropped in altitude from a pre-storm level of 2.9 bar to the 3.2-bar level post-storm. Subsequently over the next 4 years, the upper-cloud region recovered half of its lost opacity, reaching ~5.6 on March 21, 2014 (and nearly recovered, to ~ 7 in our tentative May 26-27, 2015 data), corresponding to an e-folding time back to pre-storm opacity of 2.7 years, but the lower cloud has dropped down to the 3.3-bar level (rising to ~ 3.0 bar in our tentative analysis of the May 2015 data). Throughout, the region has remained 5-micron-bright, predominantly due to the deeper, warmer level of the opaque putative NH4SH cloud.

  13. Spectral and morphological properties of various geological types of Titan’s surface with Cassini VIMS and RADAR

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    Solomonidou, Anezina; Coustenis, Athena; Lopes, Rosaly M.; Hirtzig, Mathieu; Rodriguez, Sebastien; Malaska, Michael; Drossart, Pierre; Sotin, Christophe; Bratsolis, Emmanuel; Matsoukas, Chris; Brown, Robert; Maltagliati, Luca

    2015-08-01

    Cassini’s VIMS and the RADAR have been investigating Titan’s surface since 2004. Both instruments unveiled the dynamic and complex surface expressions of this Saturnian moon, suggesting exogenic and endogenic processes [1;2;3]. In order to evaluate the atmospheric contribution and thereafter extract surface information, a Radiative transfer code is used to analyse different regions and to monitor their spectral behaviour over time [4;5;7]. We furthermore use RADAR despeckled SAR images to infer information on the morphology [6]. We find that temporal variations of surface albedo occur for some areas, but that their origin may differ from one region to the other. Tui Regio and Sotra Patera change with time becoming darker and brighter respectively in terms of surface albedo. In contrast, we find that the undifferentiated plains and the suggested evaporitic areas in the equatorial regions do not present any significant change [5]. This observation supports the hypothesis that Titan is surface brightening of Sotra supports a possible internal rather than an exogenic origin. This observation supports the hypothesis that Titan is a cryovolcanic world due to the presence of local complex volcanic-like geomorphology [1] and indications of surface albedo changes [4,5]. Potential sources of the energy for cryovolcanism include tidal heating, possible internal convection, and ice tectonics, is believed to be a pre-requisite of a habitable planetary body as it allows the recycling of minerals and potential nutrients and provides localized energy sources. A recent study has shown that tidal forces are a constant and significant source of internal deformation on Titan and the interior liquid water ocean can be relatively warm for reasonable amounts of ammonia concentrations [8].[1] Lopes, R.M.C., et al. JGR, 118, 2013 [2] Solomonidou, A., et al. PSS, 70, 2013 [3] Moore, J.M. GRL, 37, 2010 [4] Solomonidou, A., et al. JGR, 119, 2014 [5] Solomonidou, A., et al. submitted [6] Bratsolis, E., et al. PSS, 61, 2012 [7] Hirtzig, M., et al. Icarus, 226, 2013 [8] Sohl, F., et al. JGR, 119, 2014.

  14. Far-field measurements of short-wavelength surface plasmons

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    Blau, Yochai; Gjonaj, Bergin; David, Asaf; Dolev, Shimon; Shterman, Doron; Bartal, Guy

    2015-03-23

    We present direct far-field measurements of short-wavelength surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) by conventional optics means. Plasmonic wavelength as short as 231?nm was observed for 532?nm illumination on a Ag?Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} platform, demonstrating the capability to characterize SPPs well below the optical diffraction limit. This is done by scaling a sub-wavelength interferometric pattern to a far-field resolvable periodicity. These subwavelength patterns are obtained by coupling light into counter-propagating SPP waves to create a standing-wave pattern of half the SPP wavelength periodicity. Such patterns are mapped by a scattering slit, tilted at an angle so as to increase the periodicity of the intensity pattern along it to more than the free-space wavelength, making it resolvable by diffraction limited optics. The simplicity of the method as well as its large dynamic range of measurable wavelengths make it an optimal technique to characterize the properties of plasmonic devices and high-index dielectric waveguides, to improve their design accuracy and enhance their functionality.

  15. Wavelength stabilized multi-kW diode laser systems

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    Köhler, Bernd; Unger, Andreas; Kindervater, Tobias; Drovs, Simon; Wolf, Paul; Hubrich, Ralf; Beczkowiak, Anna; Auch, Stefan; Müntz, Holger; Biesenbach, Jens

    2015-03-01

    We report on wavelength stabilized high-power diode laser systems with enhanced spectral brightness by means of Volume Holographic Gratings. High-power diode laser modules typically have a relatively broad spectral width of about 3 to 6 nm. In addition the center wavelength shifts by changing the temperature and the driving current, which is obstructive for pumping applications with small absorption bandwidths. Wavelength stabilization of high-power diode laser systems is an important method to increase the efficiency of diode pumped solid-state lasers. It also enables power scaling by dense wavelength multiplexing. To ensure a wide locking range and efficient wavelength stabilization the parameters of the Volume Holographic Grating and the parameters of the diode laser bar have to be adapted carefully. Important parameters are the reflectivity of the Volume Holographic Grating, the reflectivity of the diode laser bar as well as its angular and spectral emission characteristics. In this paper we present detailed data on wavelength stabilized diode laser systems with and without fiber coupling in the spectral range from 634 nm up to 1533 nm. The maximum output power of 2.7 kW was measured for a fiber coupled system (1000 ?m, NA 0.22), which was stabilized at a wavelength of 969 nm with a spectral width of only 0.6 nm (90% value). Another example is a narrow line-width diode laser stack, which was stabilized at a wavelength of 1533 nm with a spectral bandwidth below 1 nm and an output power of 835 W.

  16. A Survey of Advance Reservation Routing and Wavelength Assignment in Wavelength-Routed

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    Vokkarane, Vinod M.

    ForReview Only 1 A Survey of Advance Reservation Routing and Wavelength Assignment in Wavelength-Routed. Index Terms--Advance reservation, scheduled demands, WDM, survey, wavelength-routed, and RWA. I--Traditionally, research on routing and wavelength assignment over wavelength-routed WDM networks is concerned

  17. Wavelength Selection in Gyrotactic Bioconvection.

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    Ghorai, S; Singh, R; Hill, N A

    2015-06-01

    We investigate pattern formation by swimming micro-organisms (bioconvection), when their orientation is determined by balance between gravitational and viscous torques (gyrotaxis), due to being bottom heavy. The governing equations, which consist of the Navier-Stokes equations for an incompressible fluid coupled with a micro-organism conservation equation, are solved numerically in a large cross section chamber with periodic boundary conditions in the horizontal directions. The influence of key parameters on wavelength selection in bioconvection patterns is investigated numerically. For realistic ranges of parameter values, the computed wavelengths are in good agreement with the experimental observations provided that the diffusion due to randomness in cell swimming behaviour is small, refuting a recently published claim that the mathematical model becomes inaccurate at long times. We also provide the first computational evidence of "bottom-standing" plumes in a three-dimensional simulation. PMID:25963246

  18. Modal interactions between a large-wavelength inclined interface and small-wavelength multimode perturbations in a Richtmyer-Meshkov instability

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    McFarland, Jacob A.; Reilly, David; Black, Wolfgang; Greenough, Jeffrey A.; Ranjan, Devesh

    2015-07-01

    The interaction of a small-wavelength multimodal perturbation with a large-wavelength inclined interface perturbation is investigated for the reshocked Richtmyer-Meshkov instability using three-dimensional simulations. The ares code, developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was used for these simulations and a detailed comparison of simulation results and experiments performed at the Georgia Tech Shock Tube facility is presented first for code validation. Simulation results are presented for four cases that vary in large-wavelength perturbation amplitude and the presence of secondary small-wavelength multimode perturbations. Previously developed measures of mixing and turbulence quantities are presented that highlight the large variation in perturbation length scales created by the inclined interface and the multimode complex perturbation. Measures are developed for entrainment, and turbulence anisotropy that help to identify the effects of and competition between each perturbations type. It is shown through multiple measures that before reshock the flow processes a distinct memory of the initial conditions that is present in both large-scale-driven entrainment measures and small-scale-driven mixing measures. After reshock the flow develops to a turbulentlike state that retains a memory of high-amplitude but not low-amplitude large-wavelength perturbations. It is also shown that the high-amplitude large-wavelength perturbation is capable of producing small-scale mixing and turbulent features similar to the small-wavelength multimode perturbations.

  19. Modal interactions between a large-wavelength inclined interface and small-wavelength multimode perturbations in a Richtmyer-Meshkov instability.

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    McFarland, Jacob A; Reilly, David; Black, Wolfgang; Greenough, Jeffrey A; Ranjan, Devesh

    2015-07-01

    The interaction of a small-wavelength multimodal perturbation with a large-wavelength inclined interface perturbation is investigated for the reshocked Richtmyer-Meshkov instability using three-dimensional simulations. The ares code, developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was used for these simulations and a detailed comparison of simulation results and experiments performed at the Georgia Tech Shock Tube facility is presented first for code validation. Simulation results are presented for four cases that vary in large-wavelength perturbation amplitude and the presence of secondary small-wavelength multimode perturbations. Previously developed measures of mixing and turbulence quantities are presented that highlight the large variation in perturbation length scales created by the inclined interface and the multimode complex perturbation. Measures are developed for entrainment, and turbulence anisotropy that help to identify the effects of and competition between each perturbations type. It is shown through multiple measures that before reshock the flow processes a distinct memory of the initial conditions that is present in both large-scale-driven entrainment measures and small-scale-driven mixing measures. After reshock the flow develops to a turbulentlike state that retains a memory of high-amplitude but not low-amplitude large-wavelength perturbations. It is also shown that the high-amplitude large-wavelength perturbation is capable of producing small-scale mixing and turbulent features similar to the small-wavelength multimode perturbations. PMID:26274285

  20. Dry friction between laser-patterned surfaces: Role of alignment, structural wavelength and

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    Mueser, Martin

    1 Dry friction between laser-patterned surfaces: Role of alignment, structural wavelength.gachot@mx.uni-saarland.de Abstract The ability to tune friction by tailoring surface topographies at micron length scales friction between laser-textured surfaces. Line-like laser patterns with varying structural wavelengths

  1. A preliminary mechanical property and stress corrosion evaluation of VIM-VAR work strengthened and direct aged Inconel 718 bar material

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    Montano, J. W.

    1987-01-01

    This report presents a preliminary mechanical property and stress corrosion evaluation of double melted (vacuum induction melted (VIM), and vacuum arc remelted (VAR)), solution treated, work strengthened and direct aged Inconel 718 alloy bar (5.50 in. (13.97 cm) diameter). Two sets of tensile specimens, one direct single aged and the other direct double aged, were tested at ambient temperature in both the longitudinal and transverse directions. Longitudinal tensile and yield strengths in excess of 200 ksi (1378.96 MPa) and 168 ksi (1158.33 MPa), respectively, were realized at ambient temperature, for the direct double aged specimen. No failures occurred in the single or double edged longitudinal and transverse tensile specimens stressed to 75 and 100 percent of their respective yield strengths and exposed to a salt fog environment for 180 days. Tensile tests performed after the stress corrosion test showed no mechanical property degradation.

  2. Metallo-?-Lactamase-Producing Pseudomonas spp. in Korea: High Prevalence of Isolates with VIM-2 Type and Emergence of Isolates with IMP-1 Type

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    Lee, Kyungwon; Park, Ae Ja; Kim, Moon Yeun; Lee, Hee Joo; Cho, Ji-Hyun; Kang, Jung Oak; Yong, Dongeun

    2009-01-01

    Purpose Two Korean nationwide studies showed that metallo-?-lactamases (MBLs)-producing-Pseudomonas spp. are not rare. The aim of this study was to assess the trends of MBL-producing isolates among imipenem-resistant isolates of Pseudomonas spp. Materials and Methods Imipenem-resistant clinical isolates were collected from 23 hospitals and one commercial laboratory participating in the KONSAR program in 2005. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was used to detect MBL genes. Results Alleles of MBL genes were detected in 10.8% of 415 Pseudomonas aeruginosa and 66.7% of 12 P. putida isolates from 18 of 24 hospitals/laboratory. Among the 14 IMP-1-like and 39 VIM-2-like MBLs, emergence of IMP-6 was detected for the first time. Conclusion Prevalence of MBL-producing P. aeruginosa has not significantly increased, but IMP-6 emerged in P. aeruginosa. PMID:19568593

  3. Wavelength dependence of the apparent diameter of retinal blood vessels

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    Park, Robert; Twietmeyer, Karen; Chipman, Russell; Beaudry, Neil; Salyer, David

    2005-04-01

    Imaging of retinal blood vessels may assist in the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and hypertension. However, close examination reveals that the contrast and apparent diameter of vessels are dependent on the wavelength of the illuminating light. In this study multispectral images of large arteries and veins within enucleated swine eyes are obtained with a modified fundus camera by use of intravitreal illumination. The diameters of selected vessels are measured as a function of wavelength by cross-sectional analysis. A fixed scale with spectrally independent dimension is placed above the retina to isolate the chromatic effects of the imaging system and eye. Significant apparent differences between arterial and venous diameters are found, with larger diameters observed at shorter wavelengths. These differences are due primarily to spectral absorption in the cylindrical blood column.

  4. Compact silicon photonic wavelength-tunable laser diode with ultra-wide wavelength tuning range

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    Kita, Tomohiro Tang, Rui; Yamada, Hirohito

    2015-03-16

    We present a wavelength-tunable laser diode with a 99-nm-wide wavelength tuning range. It has a compact wavelength-tunable filter with high wavelength selectivity fabricated using silicon photonics technology. The silicon photonic wavelength-tunable filter with wide wavelength tuning range was realized using two ring resonators and an asymmetric Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The wavelength-tunable laser diode fabricated by butt-joining a silicon photonic filter and semiconductor optical amplifier shows stable single-mode operation over a wide wavelength range.

  5. Extensively Drug-Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Isolates Containing blaVIM-2 and Elements of Salmonella Genomic Island 2: a New Genetic Resistance Determinant in Northeast Ohio

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    Perez, Federico; Hujer, Andrea M.; Marshall, Steven H.; Ray, Amy J.; Rather, Philip N.; Suwantarat, Nuntra; Dumford, Donald; O'Shea, Patrick; Domitrovic, T. Nicholas J.; Salata, Robert A.; Chavda, Kalyan D.; Chen, Liang; Kreiswirth, Barry N.; Vila, Alejandro J.; Haussler, Susanne; Jacobs, Michael R.

    2014-01-01

    Carbapenems are a mainstay of treatment for infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Carbapenem resistance mediated by metallo-?-lactamases (MBLs) remains uncommon in the United States, despite the worldwide emergence of this group of enzymes. Between March 2012 and May 2013, we detected MBL-producing P. aeruginosa in a university-affiliated health care system in northeast Ohio. We examined the clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients, defined the resistance determinants and structure of the genetic element harboring the blaMBL gene through genome sequencing, and typed MBL-producing P. aeruginosa isolates using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), repetitive sequence-based PCR (rep-PCR), and multilocus sequence typing (MLST). Seven patients were affected that were hospitalized at three community hospitals, a long-term-care facility, and a tertiary care center; one of the patients died as a result of infection. Isolates belonged to sequence type 233 (ST233) and were extensively drug resistant (XDR), including resistance to all fluoroquinolones, aminoglycosides, and ?-lactams; two isolates were nonsusceptible to colistin. The blaMBL gene was identified as blaVIM-2 contained within a class 1 integron (In559), similar to the cassette array previously detected in isolates from Norway, Russia, Taiwan, and Chicago, IL. Genomic sequencing and assembly revealed that In559 was part of a novel 35-kb region that also included a Tn501-like transposon and Salmonella genomic island 2 (SGI2)-homologous sequences. This analysis of XDR strains producing VIM-2 from northeast Ohio revealed a novel recombination event between Salmonella and P. aeruginosa, heralding a new antibiotic resistance threat in this region's health care system. PMID:25070102

  6. Measurement Assurance Program for Wavelength Dependence of

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    Measurement Assurance Program for Wavelength Dependence of Polarization Dependent Loss in Fiber SERVICES: Measurement Assurance Program for Wavelength Dependence of Polarization Dependent Loss in Fiber, Assurance Procedure for the PDL MAP.............................. 13 Appendix B, The PDL Measurement System

  7. Optical phase-space modes, self-focusing, and the wavelength as tunable ?

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    Zheltikov, A. M.

    2015-12-01

    The Hamiltonian optics notion of phase-space modes is shown to be central to understanding self-focusing, multiple filamentation, and the ?2 scaling of the self-focusing threshold with the radiation wavelength ?.

  8. Multiple wavelength light collimator and monitor

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    Gore, Warren J. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    An optical system for receiving and collimating light and for transporting and processing light received in each of N wavelength ranges, including near-ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared and mid-infrared wavelengths, to determine a fraction of light received, and associated dark current, in each wavelength range in each of a sequence of time intervals.

  9. Radar scattering laws and wavelength dependence of the lunar surface

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    Simpson, R. A.

    1978-01-01

    Data from Apollo lunar bistatic radar experiments have been processed to give probability density functions for surface slopes. These show best agreement with a Hagfors scattering law, though data having both gaussian and exponential characteristics also exist. Surface roughness estimates range from 4 deg in maria to at least 8 deg in highlands, values which are appropriate to 25 m horizontal scales and which are areal averages over tens of square kilometers. Roughness varies with wavelength, most strongly in maria.

  10. Wavelength-doubling optical parametric oscillator

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    Armstrong, Darrell J. (Albuquerque, NM); Smith, Arlee V. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2007-07-24

    A wavelength-doubling optical parametric oscillator (OPO) comprising a type II nonlinear optical medium for generating a pair of degenerate waves at twice a pump wavelength and a plurality of mirrors for rotating the polarization of one wave by 90 degrees to produce a wavelength-doubled beam with an increased output energy by coupling both of the degenerate waves out of the OPO cavity through the same output coupler following polarization rotation of one of the degenerate waves.

  11. The Anticyclonic Eye of the Storm: Evolution of Saturn’s Great Storm Region and Associated Anticyclone as seen by Cassini/VIMS

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    Momary, Thomas W.; Baines, Kevin H.

    2014-11-01

    A massive storm system erupted in Saturn’s northern hemisphere in late 2010, ultimately sweeping clean the cloudy region previously occupied by the long-lived (> 5 years) String of Pearls feature. This latitude band has remained relatively cloud free (5 ?m bright) ever since, but for a massive anticyclonic oval storm system. We have observed this persistent feature with Cassini/VIMS over several years and find that it has oscillated latitudinally north and south in this stormy region. It was centered at 35.9° planetocentric latitude in May 2011, drifting northward to 37.8° in 2012, hovering around 37° through much of 2013, then settling southward to ~35.9° in 2014. It periodically bumps up against the dark band above it, even interacting with it in Aug. 2013. We measure a prograde drift speed of ~22 m/s in 2012, increasing as much as 60% as it drifted northward in 2013, then finally relaxing back to a more moderate ~15 m/s in July 2014 as the oval sagged southward, all consistent with the Voyager wind profile for these latitudes. The feature has evolved in morphology as well. It spanned 4.9° x 3.18° in 2011. By 2012-2013 it had elongated zonally and contracted latitudinally to span on average ~7.3° x ~2.9°, contracting further to an average ~5.5° x 2.9°. The oval has varied in terms of cloudiness, being ~90% 5-?m dark (obscured) in 2011, whereas by 2013 it was mostly bright (clear) with a thin dark edge, resembling a smoke ring. It is currently about half obscured and half bright. Since 2012, the storm latitude of ~33 - 38° N itself has remained remarkably clear, being much more 5-?m intense than anything on the planet. Preliminary results indicate however that it has begun to dim. Between early 2012 and 2014 it has steadily diminished in brightness relative to the nearby clouds above it by ~46%. We are continuing to monitor the evolution of this storm region and the related anticyclone over time with Cassini/VIMS.

  12. The Ongoing Evolution of a Long-Lived Anticyclone in Saturn’s Great Storm Region as seen by Cassini/VIMS

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    Momary, Thomas W.; Baines, Kevin H.; Badman, Sarah; Brown, Robert H.; Buratti, Bonnie J.; Clark, Roger N.; Nicholson, Philip D.; Sotin, Christophe

    2015-11-01

    Once the home of the enigmatic String of Pearls feature on Saturn, the region of 34o N was the scene of a titanic storm system that swept around the planet in late 2010/2011. It left two things in its wake - a clear 5-?m bright zone around the planet, and a curious and persistent anticylone, both of which remain to this day. We have observed this anticyclone with Cassini/VIMS since 2011 and find that it seems to oscillate up and down latitudinally in this stormy region. Centered at 35.9o planetocentric latitude in May 2011, it drifted northward to 37.8o in 2012, hovered near 37o through 2013, then settled southward back down to ~35.9o in 2014. 2015 has it once again drifting northward to ~37o. It also periodically interacts with the dark band above it exchanging material in August 2013 and May 2015. We measured a prograde zonal drift speed of ~22 m/s in 2012, increasing as much as 60% through 2013, then relaxing back to a more moderate ~15 m/s in 2014 as the oval sagged southward. We expect its current 15.4 m/s rate to increase if it continues to drift northward in latitude, following the Voyager wind profile. The feature has varied in size as well, spanning 4.9o x 3.2o in 2011, elongating zonally to 7.3o x 2.9o by 2013, contracting in 2014 to an average of ~5.5o x ~2.9o, and growing again to ~9o x ~4o in 2015, with an extended tendril of material streaming off one edge in May. By August, it was symmetrically oval again. It has varied in terms of cloudiness, being ~90% 5-?m dark (obscured) in 2011, whereas by 2013 it was mostly bright (clear) with a thin dark edge, now returning to ~90% dark in 2015. By utilizing night observations to isolate thermal flux, we find that the mean 5-?m flux coming from the anticyclone has diminished steadily by about 50% since 2013. The storm latitude of ~34o N itself has remained remarkably 5-?m bright since 2011, but has begun to dim as well, and is now bisected by a thin dark cloudy ribbon which appears associated with the anticyclone. We are continuing to monitor the evolution of the anticyclone and the Storm Region over time with Cassini/VIMS.

  13. Optimum wavelengths for two color ranging

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    Degnan, John J.

    1993-06-01

    The range uncertainties associated with the refractive atmosphere can be mitigated by the technique of two color, or dual wavelength, ranging. The precision of the differential time of flight (DTOF) measurement depends on the atmospheric dispersion between the two wavelengths, the received pulsewidths and photoelectron counts, and on the amount of temporal averaging. In general, the transmitted wavelengths are not independently chosen but instead are generated via nonlinear optics techniques (harmonic crystals, Raman scattering, etc.) which also determine their relative pulsewidths. The mean received photoelectrons at each wavelength are calculated via the familiar radar link equation which contains several wavelength dependent parameters. By collecting the various wavelength dependent terms, one can define a wavelength figure of merit for a two color laser ranging system. In this paper, we apply the wavelength figure of merit to the case of an extremely clear atmosphere and draw several conclusions regarding the relative merits of fundamental-second harmonic, fundamental-third harmonic, second-third harmonic, and Raman two color systems. We find that, in spite of the larger dispersion between wavelengths, fundamental-third harmonic systems have the lowest figure of merit due to a combination of poor detector performance at the fundamental and poor atmospheric transmission at the third harmonic. The fundamental-second harmonic systems (approximately 700 nm and 350 nm) have the highest figure of merit, but second-third harmonic systems, using fundamental transmitters near 1000 nm, are a close second. Raman-shifted transmitters appear to offer no advantage over harmonic systems because of the relatively small wavelength separation that can be achieved in light gases such as hydrogen and the lack of good ultrashort pulse transmitters with an optimum fundamental wavelength near 400 nm.

  14. Optimum wavelengths for two color ranging

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    Degnan, John J.

    1993-01-01

    The range uncertainties associated with the refractive atmosphere can be mitigated by the technique of two color, or dual wavelength, ranging. The precision of the differential time of flight (DTOF) measurement depends on the atmospheric dispersion between the two wavelengths, the received pulsewidths and photoelectron counts, and on the amount of temporal averaging. In general, the transmitted wavelengths are not independently chosen but instead are generated via nonlinear optics techniques (harmonic crystals, Raman scattering, etc.) which also determine their relative pulsewidths. The mean received photoelectrons at each wavelength are calculated via the familiar radar link equation which contains several wavelength dependent parameters. By collecting the various wavelength dependent terms, one can define a wavelength figure of merit for a two color laser ranging system. In this paper, we apply the wavelength figure of merit to the case of an extremely clear atmosphere and draw several conclusions regarding the relative merits of fundamental-second harmonic, fundamental-third harmonic, second-third harmonic, and Raman two color systems. We find that, in spite of the larger dispersion between wavelengths, fundamental-third harmonic systems have the lowest figure of merit due to a combination of poor detector performance at the fundamental and poor atmospheric transmission at the third harmonic. The fundamental-second harmonic systems (approximately 700 nm and 350 nm) have the highest figure of merit, but second-third harmonic systems, using fundamental transmitters near 1000 nm, are a close second. Raman-shifted transmitters appear to offer no advantage over harmonic systems because of the relatively small wavelength separation that can be achieved in light gases such as hydrogen and the lack of good ultrashort pulse transmitters with an optimum fundamental wavelength near 400 nm.

  15. SS 433: Results of a Recent Multi-wavelength Campaign

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    Sandip K. Chakrabarti; B. G. Anandarao; S. Pal; Soumen Mondal; A. Nandi; A. Bhattacharyya; Samir Mandal; Ram Sagar; J. C. Pandey; A. Pati; S. K. Saha

    2005-01-14

    We conducted a multi-wavelength campaign in September-October, 2002, to observe SS 433. We used 45 meter sized 30 dishes of Giant Meter Radio Telescope (GMRT) for radio observation, 1.2 meter Physical Research Laboratory Infra-red telescope at Mt Abu for IR, 1 meter Telescope at the State Observatory, Nainital for Optical photometry, 2.3 meter optical telescope at the Vainu Bappu observatory for spectrum and Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) Target of Opportunity (TOO) observation for X-ray observations. We find sharp variations in intensity in time-scales of a few minutes in X-rays, IR and radio wavelengths. Differential photometry at the IR observation clearly indicated significant intrinsic variations in short time scales of minutes throughout the campaign. Combining results of these wavelengths, we find a signature of delay of about two days between IR and Radio. The X-ray spectrum yielded double Fe line profiles which corresponded to red and blue components of the relativistic jet. We also present the broadband spectrum averaged over the campaign duration.

  16. Semiconductor laser with multiple lasing wavelengths

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    Fischer, Arthur J.; Choquette, Kent D.; Chow, Weng W.

    2003-07-29

    A new class of multi-terminal vertical-cavity semiconductor laser components has been developed. These multi-terminal laser components can be switched, either electrically or optically, between distinct lasing wavelengths, or can be made to lase simultaneously at multiple wavelengths.

  17. Use of two wavelengths in microscopic TV holography for nondestructive testing

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    Upputuri, Paul Kumar; Umapathy, Somasundaram; Pramanik, Manojit; Kothiyal, Mahendra Prasad; Nandigana, Krishna Mohan

    2014-11-01

    Single wavelength TV holography is a widely used whole-field noncontacting optical method for nondestructive testing (NDT) of engineering structures. However, with a single wavelength configuration, it is difficult to quantify the large amplitude defects due to the overcrowding of fringes in the defect location. In this work, we propose a two wavelength microscopic TV holography using a single-chip color charge-coupled device (CCD) camera for NDT of microspecimens. The use of a color CCD allows simultaneous acquisition of speckle patterns at two different wavelengths and makes the data acquisition as simple as that of the single wavelength case. For the quantitative measurement of the defect, an error compensating eight-step phase-shifted algorithm is used. The design of the system and a few experimental results on small-scale rough specimens are presented.

  18. IUE data reduction: Wavelength determinations and line identifications using a VAX/750 computer

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    Davidson, J. P.; Bord, D. J.

    A fully automated, interactive system for determining the wavelengths of features in extracted IUE spectra is described. Wavelengths are recorded from video displays of expanded plots of individual orders using a movable cursor, and then corrected for IUE wavelength scale errors. The estimated accuracy of an individual wavelength in the final tabulation is 0.050 A. Such lists are ideally suited for line identification work using the method of wavelength coincidence statistics (WCS). The results of WCS studies of the ultraviolet spectra of the chemically peculiar (CP) stars iota Coronae Borealis and kappa Camcri. Aside from confirming a number of previously reported aspects of the abundance patterns in these stars, the searches produced some interesting, new discoveries, notably the presence of Hf in the spectrum of kappa Camcri. The implications of this work for theories designed to account for anomalous abundances in chemically peculiar stars are discussed.

  19. Extended measures for controlling an outbreak of VIM-1 producing imipenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in a liver transplant centre in France, 2003-2004.

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    Kassis-Chikhani, N; Saliba, F; Carbonne, A; Neuville, S; Decre, D; Sengelin, C; Guerin, C; Gastiaburu, N; Lavigne-Kriaa, A; Boutelier, C; Arlet, G; Samuel, D; Castaing, D; Dussaix, E; Jarlier, V

    2010-11-18

    We report the successful control of an outbreak caused by imipenem-resistant VIM-1-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (IR-Kp) in France. This outbreak occurred in a care centre for abdominal surgery that includes a 15-bed liver intensive care unit and performs more than 130 liver transplantations per year. The index case was a patient with acute liver failure transferred from a hospital in Greece for urgent liver transplantation who was carrying IR-Kp at admission as revealed by routine culture of a rectal swab. Infection control measures were undertaken and included contact isolation and promotion of hand hygiene with alcohol-based hand rub solution. Nevertheless, secondary IR-Kp cases were identified during the six following months from 3 December 2003 to 2 June 2004. From 2 June to 21 October, extended infection control measures were set up, such as cohorting IR-Kp carriers, contact patients and new patients in distinct sections with dedicated staff, limiting ward admission, and strict control of patient transfer. They led to a rapid control of the outbreak. The global attack rate of the IR-Kp outbreak was 2.5%, 13% in liver transplant patients and 0.4% in the other patients in the care centre (p<0.005). Systematic screening for IR-Kp of all patients admitted to the care centre is still maintained to date and no secondary IR-Kp case has been detected since 2 June 2004. PMID:21144428

  20. Use of Imipenem To Detect KPC, NDM, OXA, IMP, and VIM Carbapenemase Activity from Gram-Negative Rods in 75 Minutes Using Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry

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    Kulkarni, M. V.; Zurita, A. N.; Pyka, J. S.; Murray, T. S.; Hodsdon, M. E.

    2014-01-01

    Resistance to extended-spectrum ?-lactam antibiotics has led to a greater reliance upon carbapenems, but the expression of carbapenemases threatens to limit the utility of these drugs. Current methods to detect carbapenemase activity are suboptimal, requiring prolonged incubations during which ineffective therapy may be prescribed. We previously described a sensitive and specific assay for the detection of carbapenemase activity using ertapenem and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). In this study, we assessed 402 Gram-negative rods, including both Enterobacteriaceae and non-Enterobacteriaceae expressing IMP, VIM, KPC, NDM, and/or OXA carbapenemases, by using imipenem, meropenem, and ertapenem with LC-MS/MS assays. LC-MS/MS methods for the detection of intact and hydrolyzed carbapenems from an enrichment broth were developed. No ion suppression was observed, and the limits of detection for all three drugs were below 0.04 ?g/ml. The sensitivity and specificity of meropenem and ertapenem for carbapenemase activity among non-Enterobacteriaceae were low, but imipenem demonstrated a sensitivity and specificity of 96% and 95%, respectively, among all Gram-negative rods (GNR) tested, including both Enterobacteriaceae and non-Enterobacteriaceae. LC-MS/MS allows for the analysis of more complex matrices, and this LC-MS/MS assay could easily be adapted for use with primary specimens requiring growth enrichment. PMID:24789180

  1. A mechanical property and stress corrosion evaluation of VIM-ESR-VAR work strengthened and direct double aged Inconel 718 bar material

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    Montano, J. W.

    1986-01-01

    Presented are the mechanical properties and the stress corrosion resistance of triple melted vacuum induction melted (VIM), electro-slag remelted (ESR), and vacuum arc remelted (VAR), solution treated, work strengthened and direct double aged Inconel 718 alloy bars 4.00 in. (10.16) and 5.75 in. (14.60 cm) diameter. Tensile, charpy v-notched impact, and compact tension specimens were tested at ambient temperature in both the longitudinal and transverse directions. Longitudinal tensile and yield strengths in excess of 220 ksi (1516.85 MPa) and 200 ksi (1378.00 MPa) respectively, were realized at ambient temperature. Additional charpy impact and compact tension tests were performed at -100 F (-73 C). Longitudinal charpy impact strength equalled or exceeded 12.0 ft-lbs (16.3 Joules) at ambient and at -100 F(-73 C) while longitudinal compact (LC) tension fracture toughness strength remained above 79 ksi (86.80 MPa) at ambient and at -100 F(-73 C) temperatures. No failures occurred in the longitudinal or transverse tensile specimens stressed to 75 and 100 percent of their respective yield strengths and exposed to a salt fog environment for 180 days. Tensile tests performed after the stress corrosion test indicated no mechanical property degradation.

  2. Differential Expression of ADAM23, CDKN2A (P16), MMP14 and VIM Associated with Giant Cell Tumor of Bone

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    Conceição, André Luis Giacometti; Babeto, Erica; Candido, Natalia Maria; Franco, Fernanda Craveiro; de Campos Zuccari, Débora Aparecida Pires; Bonilha, Jane Lopes; Cordeiro, José Antônio; Calmon, Marilia Freitas; Rahal, Paula

    2015-01-01

    Though benign, giant cell tumor of bone (GCTB) can become aggressive and can exhibit a high mitotic rate, necrosis and rarely vascular invasion and metastasis. GCTB has unique histologic characteristics, a high rate of multinucleated cells, a variable and unpredictable growth potential and uncertain biological behavior. In this study, we sought to identify genes differentially expressed in GCTB, thus building a molecular profile of this tumor. We performed quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), immunohistochemistry and analyses of methylation to identify genes that are putatively associated with GCTB. The expression of the ADAM23 and CDKN2A genes was decreased in GCTB samples compared to normal bone tissue, measured by qPCR. Additionally, a high hypermethylation frequency of the promoter regions of ADAM23 and CDKN2A in GCTB was observed. The expression of the MAP2K3, MMP14, TIMP2 and VIM genes was significantly higher in GCTB than in normal bone tissue, a fact that was confirmed by qPCR and immunohistochemistry. The set of genes identified here furthers our understanding of the molecular basis of GCTB. PMID:26078788

  3. A mechanical property and stress corrosion evaluation of VIM-ESR-VAR work strengthened and direct double aged Inconel 718 bar material

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    Montano, J. W.

    1986-09-01

    Presented are the mechanical properties and the stress corrosion resistance of triple melted vacuum induction melted (VIM), electro-slag remelted (ESR), and vacuum arc remelted (VAR), solution treated, work strengthened and direct double aged Inconel 718 alloy bars 4.00 in. (10.16) and 5.75 in. (14.60 cm) diameter. Tensile, charpy v-notched impact, and compact tension specimens were tested at ambient temperature in both the longitudinal and transverse directions. Longitudinal tensile and yield strengths in excess of 220 ksi (1516.85 MPa) and 200 ksi (1378.00 MPa) respectively, were realized at ambient temperature. Additional charpy impact and compact tension tests were performed at -100 F (-73 C). Longitudinal charpy impact strength equalled or exceeded 12.0 ft-lbs (16.3 Joules) at ambient and at -100 F(-73 C) while longitudinal compact (LC) tension fracture toughness strength remained above 79 ksi (86.80 MPa) at ambient and at -100 F(-73 C) temperatures. No failures occurred in the longitudinal or transverse tensile specimens stressed to 75 and 100 percent of their respective yield strengths and exposed to a salt fog environment for 180 days. Tensile tests performed after the stress corrosion test indicated no mechanical property degradation.

  4. Titan's atmosphere as observed by Cassini/VIMS solar occultations: CH$_4$, CO and evidence for C$_2$H$_6$ absorption

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    Maltagliati, L; Vinatier, S; Hedman, M M; Lellouch, E; Nicholson, P D; Sotin, C; de Kok, R J; Sicardy, B

    2014-01-01

    We present an analysis of the VIMS solar occultations dataset, which allows us to extract vertically resolved information on the characteristics of Titan's atmosphere between 100-700 km with a characteristic vertical resolution of 10 km. After a series of data treatment procedures, 4 occultations out of 10 are retained. This sample covers different seasons and latitudes of Titan. The transmittances show clearly the evolution of the haze and detect the detached layer at 310 km in Sept. 2011 at mid-northern latitudes. Through the inversion of the transmission spectra with a line-by-line radiative transfer code we retrieve the vertical distribution of CH$_4$ and CO mixing ratio. The two methane bands at 1.4 and 1.7 {\\mu}m are always in good agreement and yield an average stratospheric abundance of $1.28\\pm0.08$%. This is significantly less than the value of 1.48% obtained by the GCMS/Huygens instrument. The analysis of the residual spectra after the inversion shows that there are additional absorptions which aff...

  5. A plasmonic metal grating wavelength splitter

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    Yu, Yue; Sun, Chen; Li, Junhao; Deng, Xiaoxu

    2015-01-01

    A plasmonic metal grating wavelength splitter is theoretically investigated and experimentally demonstrated. Based on the periodical waveguide theories, the negative real part of the propagation constant of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) (\\text{Re}?ft[? \\right]<0 ) in metal grating is derived in a wavelength range which is determined by the grating parameters. The transmission prohibition at the negative \\text{Re}?ft[? \\right] is utilized to realize the wavelength splitting by the metal grating with different grating periods and fill factors on the left and right half. The metal grating plasmonic splitter is simulated by the finite difference time domain simulation method, the characteristics of which are consistent well with theoretical predictions. The plasmonic wavelength splitter is fabricated by electron beam lithography and the ion beam etching process. The SPPs excited by an incident wavelength of 532 and 650?nm are experimentally split and observed under an optical microscope using a charge-coupled device camera.

  6. THE CIRCULAR POLARIZATION OF SAGITTARIUS A* AT SUBMILLIMETER WAVELENGTHS

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    Munoz, D. J.; Moran, J. M.; Marrone, D. P.; Rao, R.

    2012-02-01

    We report the first detections of circularly polarized emission at submillimeter wavelengths from the compact radio source and supermassive black hole candidate Sgr A* at a level of 1.2% {+-} 0.3% at 1.3 mm wavelength (230 GHz) and 1.6% {+-} 0.3% at 860 {mu}m (345 GHz) with the same handedness, left circular polarization (LCP), as observed at all lower frequencies (1.4-15 GHz). The observations, taken with the Submillimeter Array in multiple epochs, also show simultaneous linear polarization (LP) at both wavelengths of about 6%. These properties differ sharply from those at wavelengths longer than 1 cm (frequencies below 30 GHz), where weak circular polarization (CP) ({approx}0.5%) dominates over LP, which is not detected at similar fractional limits. We describe an extensive set of tests to ensure the accuracy of our measurements. We find no CP in any other source, including the bright quasar 1924-292, which traces the same path on the sky as Sgr A* and therefore should be subject to identical systematic errors originating in the instrument frame. Since a relativistic synchrotron plasma is expected to produce little CP, the observed CP is probably generated close to the event horizon by the Faraday conversion process. We use a simple approximation to show that the phase shift associated with Faraday conversion can be nearly independent of frequency, a sufficient condition to make the handedness of CP independent of frequency. Because the size of the {tau} = 1 surface changes by more than an order of magnitude between 1.4 and 345 GHz, the magnetic field must be coherent over such scales to consistently produce LCP. To improve our understanding of the environment of SgrA* critical future measurements includes determining whether the Faraday rotation deviates from a {lambda}{sup 2} dependence in wavelength and whether the circular and linear components of the flux density are correlated.

  7. Enabling Arbitrary Wavelength Optical Frequency Combs on Chip

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    Soltani, Mohammad; Maleki, Lute

    2015-01-01

    A necessary condition for generation of bright soliton Kerr frequency combs in microresonators is to achieve anomalous group velocity dispersion (GVD) for the resonator modes. This condition is hard to implement in visible as well as ultraviolet since the majority of optical materials are characterized with large normal GVD in these wavelength regions. We overcome this challenge by borrowing ideas from strongly dispersive coupled systems in solid state physics and optics. We show that photonic compound ring resonators can possess large anomalous GVD at any desirable wavelength, even if each individual resonator is characterized with normal GVD. Based on this concept we design a mode locked frequency comb with thin-film silicon nitride compound ring resonators in the vicinity of Rubidium D1 line (794.6nm) and propose to use this optical comb as a flywheel for chip-scale optical clocks.

  8. Wavelengths effective in induction of malignant melanoma

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    Setlow, R.B.; Grist, E.; Thompson, K.; Woodhead, A.D. )

    1993-07-15

    It is generally agreed that sunlight exposure is one of the etiologic agents in malignant melanoma of fair-skinned individuals. However, the wavelengths responsible for tumorigenesis are not known, although DNA is assumed to be the target because individuals defective in the repair of UV damage to DNA are several thousandfold more prone to the disease than the average population. Heavily pigmented back-cross hybrids of the genus Xiphophorus (platyfish and swordtails) are very sensitive to melanoma induction by single exposures to UV. The authors irradiated groups of five 6-day-old fish with narrow wavelength bands at 302, 313, 365, 405, and 436 nm and score the irradiated animals for melanomas 4 months later. They used several exposures at each wavelength to obtain estimates of the sensitivity for melanoma induction as a function of exposure and wavelength. The action spectrum (sensitivity per incident photon as a function of wavelength) for melanoma induction shows appreciable sensitivity at 365, 405, and probably 436 nm, suggesting that wavelengths not absorbed directly in DNA are effective in induction. They interpret the results as indicating that light energy absorbed in melanin is effective in inducing melanomas in this animal model and that, in natural sunlight, 90-95% of melanoma induction may be attributed to wavelengths >320 nm-the UV-A and visible spectral regions. 25 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Wavelengths Effective in Induction of Malignant Melanoma

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    Setlow, Richard B.; Grist, Eleanor; Thompson, Keith; Woodhead, Avril D.

    1993-07-01

    It is generally agreed that sunlight exposure is one of the etiologic agents in malignant melanoma of fair-skinned individuals. However, the wavelengths responsible for tumorigenesis are not known, although DNA is assumed to be the target because individuals defective in the repair of UV damage to DNA are several thousandfold more prone to the disease than the average population. Heavily pigmented backcross hybrids of the genus Xiphophorus (platyfish and swordtails) are very sensitive to melanoma induction by single exposures to UV. We irradiated groups of five 6-day-old fish with narrow wavelength bands at 302, 313, 365, 405, and 436 nm and scored the irradiated animals for melanomas 4 months later. We used several exposures at each wavelength to obtain estimates of the sensitivity for melanoma induction as a function of exposure and wavelength. The action spectrum (sensitivity per incident photon as a function of wavelength) for melanoma induction shows appreciable sensitivity at 365, 405, and probably 436 nm, suggesting that wavelengths not absorbed directly in DNA are effective in induction. We interpret the results as indicating that light energy absorbed in melanin is effective in inducing melanomas in this animal model and that, in natural sunlight, 90-95% of melanoma induction may be attributed to wavelengths > 320 nm-the UV-A and visible spectral regions.

  10. Semiconductor devices for optical communications in 1 micron band of wavelength. [gallium indium arsenide phosphide lasers and diodes

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    Suematsu, Y.; Iga, K.

    1980-01-01

    Crystal growth and the characteristics of semiconductor lasers and diodes for the long wavelength band used in optical communications are examined. It is concluded that to utilize the advantages of this band, it is necessary to have a large scale multiple wavelength communication, along with optical cumulative circuits and optical exchangers.

  11. Multimode fiber optic wavelength division multiplexing

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    Spencer, J. L.

    1982-01-01

    Optical wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) systems, with signals transmitted on different wavelengths through a single optical fiber, can have increased bandwidth and fault isolation properties over single wavelength optical systems. Two WDM system designs that might be used with multimode fibers are considered and a general description of the components which could be used to implement the system are given. The components described are sources, multiplexers, demultiplexers, and detectors. Emphasis is given to the demultiplexer technique which is the major developmental component in the WDM system.

  12. Optical amplification at the 1. 31 wavelength

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    Cockroft, N.J.

    1994-02-15

    An optical amplifier operating at the 1.31 [mu]m wavelength for use in such applications as telecommunications, cable television, and computer systems is described. An optical fiber or other waveguide device is doped with both Tm[sup 3+] and Pr[sup 3+] ions. When pumped by a diode laser operating at a wavelength of 785 nm, energy is transferred from the Tm[sup 3+] ions to the Pr[sup 3+] ions, causing the Pr[sup 3+] ions to amplify at a wavelength of 1.31. 1 figure.

  13. Magic wavelengths for terahertz clock transitions

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    Zhou Xiaoji; Xu Xia; Chen Xuzong; Chen Jingbiao

    2010-01-15

    Magic wavelengths for laser trapping of boson isotopes of alkaline-earth metal atoms Sr, Ca, and Mg are investigated while considering terahertz clock transitions between the {sup 3}P{sub 0}, {sup 3}P{sub 1}, and {sup 3}P{sub 2} metastable triplet states. Our calculation shows that magic wavelengths for laser trapping do exist. This result is important because those metastable states have already been used to make accurate clocks in the terahertz frequency domain. Detailed discussions for magic wavelengths for terahertz clock transitions are given in this article.

  14. Multiple wavelength photolithography for preparing multilayer microstructures

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    Dentinger, Paul Michael (Livermore, CA); Krafcik, Karen Lee (Livermore, CA)

    2003-06-24

    The invention relates to a multilayer microstructure and a method for preparing thereof. The method involves first applying a first photodefinable composition having a first exposure wavelength on a substrate to form a first polymeric layer. A portion of the first photodefinable composition is then exposed to electromagnetic radiation of the first exposure wavelength to form a first pattern in the first polymeric layer. After exposing the first polymeric layer, a second photodefinable composition having a second exposure wavelength is applied on the first polymeric layer to form a second polymeric layer. A portion of the second photodefinable composition is then exposed to electromagnetic radiation of the second exposure wavelength to form a second pattern in the second polymeric layer. In addition, a portion of each layer is removed according to the patterns to form a multilayer microstructure having a cavity having a shape that corresponds to the portions removed.

  15. Apparatus for shifting the wavelength of light

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    McCulla, William H. (Oak Ridge, TN); Allen, Jr., John D. (Knoxville, TN)

    1983-01-01

    A light beam is reflected back and forth between a rotating body having a retroreflection corner at opposite ends thereof and a fixed mirror to change the wavelength of the light beam by the Doppler effect.

  16. Wavelength-selective infrared Salisbury screen absorber.

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    Jung, Joo-Yun; Park, Jong Yeon; Han, Sangwook; Weling, Aniruddha S; Neikirk, Dean P

    2014-04-10

    Experimental long wavelength infrared spectral response characterization of a narrowband Salisbury screen absorber suitable for use in microbolometer focal plane arrays is presented. We have demonstrated a microfabricated germanium dielectric support structure layer that replaces the usual silicon nitride structural layer in microbolometers. The fabricated Salisbury screen absorber consists of a chromium resistive sheet as an absorber layer above a germanium dielectric/air-gap/interference structure. In order to produce wavelength-selective narrowband absorption, the general design rules for the germanium dielectric supported Salisbury screen show that the thickness of the air gap should be a half wavelength thick and the optical thickness of the germanium layer a quarter dielectric wavelength thick. PMID:24787414

  17. Multi-Wavelength Observations of Nearby Starburst Galaxies

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    Lee, Janice

    2015-08-01

    Do cycles of violent, intense, but short-lived bursts constitute a significant mode of global star formation in present-day galaxies? Such events can have a profound effect on galaxies, particularly those with shallow potential wells, and observational measures of their prevalence inform our understanding of a wide range of issues in galaxy evolution. I will highlight what we have learned about starbursts from multi-wavelength observations of galaxies in the local volume on both galactic and smaller scales, and explore how connections with the study of the deaths of massive stars may further our understanding of open issues in galaxy evolution.

  18. Damping of long-wavelength kinetic alfven fluctuations: linear theory

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    Gary, S Peter; Borovsky, Joseph E

    2008-01-01

    The full electromagnetic linear dispersion equation for kinetic Alfven fluctuations in a homogeneous, isotropic, Maxwellian electron-proton plasma is solved numerically in the long wavelength limit. The solutions are summarized by an analytic expression for the damping rate of such modes at propagation sufficiently oblique to the background magnetic field B{sub o} which scales as k{sub {perpendicular}}{sup 2} k{sub {parallel}} where the subscripts denote directions relative to B{sub o}. This damping progressively (although not monotonically) increases with increasing electron {beta}, corresponding to four distinct damping regimes: nonresonant, electron Landau, proton Landau, and proton transit-time damping.

  19. Wavelength Selection in Unstable Homoepitaxial Step Flow Growth

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    Maroutian, T.; Douillard, L.; Ernst, H.-J.

    1999-11-01

    The growth of Cu on a vicinal Cu surface is investigated using variable temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. A meandering instability caused by the step edge barrier for diffusion leads to a lateral patterning of the surface with a temperature-dependent, distinctive wavelength. This length scale is set by nucleation of one-dimensional islands at step edges. In the temperature range covered by our experiment (230 to 400 K) a specific slope of the growth features within the plane of the surface is selected. This may point to a pronounced spatial anisotropy of the step edge barrier.

  20. Observations of Venus at 1-meter wavelength

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    Butler, Bryan J.

    2014-11-01

    Radio wavelength observations of Venus (including from the Magellan spacecraft) have been a powerful method of probing its surface and atmosphere since the 1950's. The emission is generally understood to come from a combination of emission and absorption in the subsurface, surface, and atmosphere at cm and shorter wavelengths [1]. There is, however, a long-standing mystery regarding the long wavelength emission from Venus. First discovered at wavelengths of 50 cm and greater [2], the effect was later confirmed to extend to wavelengths as short as 13 cm [1,3]. The brightness temperatures are depressed significantly 50 K around 10-20 cm, increasing to as much as 200 K around 1 m) from what one would expect from a "normal" surface (e.g., similar to the Moon or Earth) [1-3].No simple surface and subsurface model of Venus can reproduce these large depressions in the long wavelength emission [1-3]. Simple atmospheric and ionospheric models fail similarly. In an attempt to constrain the brightness temperature spectrum more fully, new observations have been made at wavelengths that cover the range 60 cm to 1.3 m at the Very Large Array, using the newly available low-band receiving systems there [4]. The new observations were made over a very wide wavelength range and at several Venus phases, with that wide parameter space coverage potentially allowing us to pinpoint the cause of the phenomenon. The observations and potential interpretations will be presented and discussed.[1] Butler et al. 2001, Icarus, 154, 226. [2] Schloerb et al. 1976, Icarus, 29, 329; Muhleman et al. 1973, ApJ, 183, 1081; Condon et al. 1973, ApJ, 183, 1075; Kuzmin 1965, Radiophysics. [3] Butler & Sault 2003, IAUSS, 1E, 17B. [4] Intema et al. 2014, BASI, 1.

  1. Long Wavelength Monitoring of Protein Kinase Activity

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    Oien, Nathan P.; Nguyen, Luong T.; Jernigan, Finith E.; Priestman, Melanie A.

    2014-01-01

    A family of long wavelength protein kinase fluorescent reporters is described in which the probing wavelength is pre-programmed using readily available fluorophores. These agents can assess protein kinase activity within the optical window of tissue, as exemplified by monitoring endogenous cAMP-dependent protein kinase activity (1) in erythrocyte lysates and (2) in intact erythrocytes using a light-activatable reporter. PMID:24604833

  2. Short wavelength regenerative amplifier free electron lasers

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    Dunning, D J; Thompson, N R

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we discuss extending the operating wavelength range of tunable Regenerative Amplifier FELs to shorter wavelengths than current design proposals, notably into the XUV regions of the spectrum and beyond where the reflectivity of broadband optics is very low. Simulation studies are presented which demonstrate the development of good temporal coherence in generic systems with a broadband radiation feedback of less than one part in ten thousand.

  3. Grating cavity dual wavelength dye laser.

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    Zapata-Nava, Oscar Javier; Rodríguez-Montero, Ponciano; Iturbe-Castillo, M David; Treviño-Palacios, Carlos Gerardo

    2011-02-14

    We report simultaneous dual wavelength dye laser emission using Littman-Metcalf and Littrow cavity configurations with minimum cavity elements. Dual wavelength operation is obtained by laser operation in two optical paths inside the cavity, one of which uses reflection in the circulating dye cell. Styryl 14 laser dye operating in the 910 nm to 960 nm was used in a 15%:85% PC/EG solvent green pumped with a Q-switched doubled Nd3+:YAG laser. PMID:21369171

  4. Blocking Analysis of Multifiber Wavelength-Routed Networks

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    Jue, Jason P.

    by the wave- length continuity constraint, i.e., the constraint that the same wavelength has to be used . Therefore an incoming wavelength can be switched to any outgoing fiber in which the same wavelength is still. In addition, since the wavelength correlation caused by the wavelength continuity constraint is ignored

  5. Tn6249, a new Tn6162 transposon derivative carrying a double-integron platform and involved with acquisition of the blaVIM-1 metallo-?-lactamase gene in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Di Pilato, Vincenzo; Pollini, Simona; Rossolini, Gian Maria

    2015-03-01

    The In70.2 integron platform appears to be a conserved structure involved in the dissemination of the blaVIM-1 metallo-?-lactamase gene in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The genetic context of the In70.2 integron platform from P. aeruginosa VR-143/97, the VIM-1-producing index strain isolated in Italy in 1997, was fully characterized by a next-generation sequencing approach refined by conventional sequencing. The In70.2 integron platform from VR-143/97 was found to be associated with a defective Tn402-like transposon inserted into the urf2 gene of a Tn3 family transposon of an original structure, named Tn6249, which also carried a partially deleted mer operon and an In90 integron platform in a tail-to-tail orientation. Tn6249 was inserted into a PACS171b-like genomic island, which was in turn inserted into the endA gene of the Pseudomonas chromosomal backbone. Tn6249 showed a similar structure and a conserved location with respect to that of Tn6060, a Tn3 family transposon associated with In70.2 and carrying a double-integron platform, which was detected in a VIM-1-producing P. aeruginosa strain isolated in Australia in 2008. Both Tn6249 and Tn6060 are apparently derived from Tn6162, a mercury resistance transposon carrying an integron platform, which was found in P. aeruginosa isolates from different geographic locations. The conservation of the genetic context of Tn6249 and Tn6060 suggests an in situ evolution of these elements after the insertion of a Tn6162-like ancestor into the PACS171b-like genomic island (GI) present in the genome of a successful widespread P. aeruginosa clonal lineage. PMID:25547348

  6. From Satellites to Rings: The Diversity of the Saturnian System Ices in the VIS-NIR at the End of Cassini-VIMS Nominal Mission

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    Filacchione, Gianrico; Capaccioni, F.; Tosi, F.; Coradini, A.; Cerroni, P.; Clark, R. N.; Cuzzi, J. N.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Nicholson, P. D.; Hedman, M. M.; McCord, T. B.; Brown, R. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Jaumann, R.; Stephan, K.

    2008-09-01

    After four years of nominal mission, VIMS has observed the whole population of Saturnian icy objects allowing a comparative analysis of the VIS-NIR spectral properties of the regular satellites (Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Hyperion, Iapetus, Phoebe), minor moons (Atlas, Prometheus, Pandora, Janus, Epimetheus, Telesto, Calypso) and main rings (A, B, C and Cassini division). The results we present are derived from the whole dataset available at june 2008 which consists of about 1500 full-disk observations of the moons as well as several radial mosaics of the ring system. The most important spectrophotometric indicators (I/F continua, VIS spectral slopes, water and carbon dioxide IR bands strengths and positions) are calculated for each observation in order to identify the disk-integrated compositional units of the satellites, the distribution of water ice respect to "contaminants” abundances and typical regolith grain properties for both satellites and rings. These quantities are varying between the almost pure water ice surfaces of Enceladus and Calypso to the organic and carbon dioxide rich Hyperion, Iapetus and Phoebe. Some significant differences are detected in the VIS colors of co-orbital moons Epimetheus and Janus, with the first very red and therefore similar to Hyperion while the last is more "neutral” these results could help to decipher the origins and evolutional story of these two moons. The water ice band strengths of the A-B rings are the most intense of the Saturnian system denoting a minimal presence of "contaminants” which can be estimated thanks to the 350-520 nm spectral slope. Finally we compare these spectral parameters with some TNOs and outer solar system objects (1995UG5, 90377-Sedna, 1996TO66, Pholus, Triton, Charon, Oberon, Titania) to search for possible analogies. This research was possible thanks to the support of the Italian Space Agency (ASI).

  7. The Thunderstorm-related Clouds of Saturn: Composition, Structure, and Origin as Constrained from Cassini/VIMS Spectral Imagery

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    Baines, Kevin H.; Kim, J. H.; Momary, T. W.; Buratti, B. J.; Delitsky, M. L.; Clark, R. N.; Brown, R. H.; Nicholson, P. D.; Cassini/VIMS Science Team

    2009-09-01

    Thunderstorm activity on Saturn is associated with two types of spectroscopically-unique clouds. Type #1 features are comparatively localized (< 2000 km in extent), short-lived clouds that are bright in most pseudo-continua wavelengths from 0.8 to 4.1 micron but are also lower in 2.73-micron reflectivity, similar to Jupiter's spectroscopically-identifiable clouds (2002, Icarus 159, 74-94). As on Jupiter, these clouds may be markers of unusually powerful updrafts - perhaps associated with underlying water-based thunderstorms - that transport ammonia gas from depth to the cloud-producing ammonia condensation level. Indeed, electrostatic discharge signals of lightning have been detected at these locales by Cassini/RPWS (e.g., 2008, Space Sci. Rev., 137, 271- 285). In contrast, Type #2 clouds are larger ( > 4000 km in extent), have a circular shape, and are longer-lived, lasting for weeks rather than days. These clouds are dark throughout the near-infrared, with reflectivities 20% less than typical neighboring clouds at all 0.8-4.1-micron pseudo-continua. We propose that active thunderstorms originating in the 10-20 bar water-condensation region vertically transport dark materials at depth to the observable level near 1 bar. As well, this material may be produced by lightning within such convective storms. Investigation of a variety of lightning-generated materials formed from Saturnian gases reveals the most viable candidate spectroscopic material to be relatively small particulates of elemental carbon, formed by lightning-induced dissociation of methane. We postulate that these particles are subsequently upwelled from depth - perhaps embedded within and on the surface of spectrally-bright condensates such as ammonium hydrosulfide. Initial results for the single-scattering albedo (SSA) of dark clouds with cloudtops in the 0.9-1.5-bar range indicate a Mie-scattering SSA of 0.9501 - 0.9552 for 1-micron radius aerosols at 0.8 micron, considerably lower than for the putative ammonia clouds which have a SSA of 0.9858-0.9898 for the same conditions.

  8. The dynamics of interacting nonlinearities governing long wavelength driftwave turbulence

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    Newman, D.E.

    1993-09-01

    Because of the ubiquitous nature of turbulence and the vast array of different systems which have turbulent solutions, the study of turbulence is an area of active research. Much present day understanding of turbulence is rooted in the well established properties of homogeneous Navier-Stokes turbulence, which, due to its relative simplicity, allows for approximate analytic solutions. This work examines a group of turbulent systems with marked differences from Navier-Stokes turbulence, and attempts to quantify some of their properties. This group of systems represents a variety of drift wave fluctuations believed to be of fundamental importance in laboratory fusion devices. From extensive simulation of simple local fluid models of long wavelength drift wave turbulence in tokamaks, a reasonably complete picture of the basic properties of spectral transfer and saturation has emerged. These studies indicate that many conventional notions concerning directions of cascades, locality and isotropy of transfer, frequencies of fluctuations, and stationarity of saturation are not valid for moderate to long wavelengths. In particular, spectral energy transfer at long wavelengths is dominated by the E {times} B nonlinearity, which carries energy to short scale in a manner that is highly nonlocal and anisotropic. In marked contrast to the canonical self-similar cascade dynamics of Kolmogorov, energy is efficiently passed between modes separated by the entire spectrum range in a correlation time. At short wavelengths, transfer is dominated by the polarization drift nonlinearity. While the standard dual cascade applies in this subrange, it is found that finite spectrum size can produce cascades that are reverse directed and are nonconservative in enstrophy and energy similarity ranges. In regions where both nonlinearities are important, cross-coupling between the nolinearities gives rise to large no frequency shifts as well as changes in the spectral dynamics.

  9. Optical lithography at a 126-nm wavelength

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    Kang, Hoyoung; Bourov, Anatoly; Smith, Bruce W.

    2001-08-01

    There is a window of opportunity for optical lithography between wavelengths of 100 nm and 157 nm that warrants exploration as a next generation technology. We will present activities underway to explore the feasibility of VUV optical lithography in this region with respect to source, optical design, materials, processes, masks, resolution enhancement, and compatibility with existing technologies. We have constructed a small field prototype lithography system using the second continuum 126nm emission wavelength of the Argon excimer. This has been accomplished using a small dielectric barrier discharge lamp with output on the order of 10mW/cm2 and small field catoptric imaging systems based on a modified Cassegrain system. Capacitance focus gauge and piezo electric stage has been installed for fine focusing. In order to achieve sub-half wavelength resolution that would be required to compete with 157nm lithography and others, we have started exploring the feasibility of using liquefied noble gas immersion fluids to increase effective value of lens numerical aperture by factors approaching 1.4x. Conventional silylation process works well with 126nm with high sensitivity. Chemically amplified DUV negative resist looks very good material for 126 nm. Initial contact printing image shows good selectivity and process control. An effort is also underway to explore the use of inorganic resist materials, as silver halide material for instance, to replace the conventional polymeric imaging systems that are currently employed at longer wavelengths, but may be problematic at these VUV wavelengths. Early accomplishments are encouraging. Prototype optical research tools can be used to reveal issues involved with 126nm lithography and solve initial problems. Though many challenges do exist at this short wavelength, it is quite feasible that lithography at this wavelength could meet the part of the needs of future device generations.

  10. Efficient multicast routing in wavelength-division-multiplexing networks with light splitting and wavelength conversion

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    Zheng, Sheng; Tian, Jinwen; Liu, Jian

    2005-04-01

    We propose wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) networks with light splitting and wavelength conversion that can efficiently support multicast routing between nodes. Our iterative algorithm analyzes the original multicast routing network by decomposing it into multicast subgroups. These subgroups have the same wavelength, and the individual subgroup is combined to build a multicast tree. From the multicast tree, we can compute efficiently to multicast for short paths. Numerical results obtained for the ARPANET show that our algorithm can greatly reduce the optical blocking probability and the number of required wavelength conversions.

  11. Millimeter wavelength spectroscopy and continuum studies of the planets

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    Vandenbout, P. A.; Davis, J. H.

    1979-01-01

    Careful observations were made at 86.1 GHz to derive the absolute brightness temperatures of the Sun (7914 + or - 192 K), Venus (357.5 + or - 13.1 K), Jupiter (179.4 + or - 4.7K), and Saturn (153.4 + or - 4.8 K) with a standard error of about 3%. This is a significant improvement in accuracy over previous results. A stable transmitter and novel superheterodyne receiver were constructed and used to determine the effective collecting area of the MWO 4.9 m antenna relative to a previously calibrated standard gain horn. The thermal scale was set by calibrating the radiometer with carefully constructed and tested hot and cold loads. The brightness temperatures may be used to establish an absolute calibration scale and to determine the antenna aperture and beam efficiencies of other radio telescopes at 3.5 mm wavelength.

  12. Plasmonic All-Optical Tunable Wavelength Shifter

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    Flugel, B.; Macararenhas, A.; Snoke, D. W.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K.

    2007-12-01

    At present, wavelength-division-multiplexed fibre lines routinely operate at 10 Gbit s{sup -1} per channel. The transition from static-path networks to true all-optical networks encompassing many nodes, in which channels are added/dropped and efficiently reassigned, will require improved tools for all-optical wavelength shifting. Specifically, one must be able to shift the carrier wavelength (frequency) of an optical data signal over tens of nanometres (a THz range) without the bottleneck of electrical conversion. Popular approaches to this problem make use of the nonlinear interaction between two wavelengths within a semiconductor optical amplifier whereas more novel methods invoke terahertz-frequency electro-optic modulation and polaritons. Here we outline the principles and demonstrate the use of optically excited plasmons as a tunable frequency source that can be mixed with a laser frequency through Raman scattering. The scheme is all-optical and enables dynamical control of the output carrier wavelength simply by varying the power of a control laser.

  13. Wavelength-codified fiber laser hydrogen detector

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    Ortigosa-Blanch, A.; Díez, A.; González-Segura, A.; Cruz, J. L.; Andrés, M. V.

    2005-11-01

    We report a scheme for an optical hydrogen detector that codifies the information in wavelength. The system is based on an erbium-doped fiber laser with two coupled cavities and a Palladium-coated tapered fiber within one of the laser cavities. The tapered fiber acts as the hydrogen-sensing element. When the sensing element is exposed to a hydrogen atmosphere, its attenuation decreases changing the cavity losses. This change leads the system to switch lasing from the wavelength of the auxiliary cavity to the characteristic wavelength of the cavity which contains the sensing element. The detection level can be shifted by adjusting the reflective elements of the cavity containing the sensing element.

  14. Mechanisms and Methods for Selective Wavelength Filtering

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    Tuma, Margaret (Inventor); Brown, Thomas G. (Inventor); Gruhlke, Russell (Inventor)

    2007-01-01

    An optical filter includes a dielectric waveguide layer, supporting waveguide modes at specific wavelengths and receiving incident light, a corrugated film layer, composed of one of a metal and a semiconductor and positioned adjacent to a second surface of the waveguide layer and a sensor layer, wherein the sensor layer is capable of absorbing optical energy and generating a corresponding electrical signal. The metal film layer supports a plurality of plasmons, the plurality of plasmons producing a first field and is excited by a transverse mode of the waveguide modes at a wavelength interval. The first field penetrates the sensor layer and the sensor layer generates an electrical signal corresponding to an intensity of received incident light within the wavelength interval.

  15. Solar Radius Variations: An Inquisitive Wavelength Dependence

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    Rozelot, Jean Pierre; Kosovichev, Alexander; Kilcik, Ali

    2015-10-01

    Recent solar radius determinations from space observations of Mercury and Venus transits have been made by different teams in 2003, 2006, 2012, and 2014. Seemingly the results are not consistent: the authors interpreted the discrepancies as caused by the different methods of analysis. However, looking at the wavelength dependence and adding other available observations from X-EUV up to radio, a typical wavelength dependence can be found, reflecting the different heights at which the lines are formed. Measurements obtained during different periods of time would, in principle, allow us to detect a signature of radius temporal dependence. However, the available data are not sufficiently numerous to detect a significant dependence, at least at the level of the uncertainty at which the observations were made. Lastly, no unique theoretical model is available today to reproduce the strong wavelength dependence of the solar radius, which shows an unexpected minimum at around (6.6 ± 1.9) ?m, after a parabolic fit.

  16. Wavelength sharing in WDM passive optical networks

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    Darcie, Thomas E.; Barakat, Neil; Iannone, Patrick P.; Reichmann, Kenneth C.

    2008-11-01

    Progress towards the definition of next-generation passive optical networks (PONs) based on wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) is reviewed and compared to emerging requirements. A key challenge is providing ultra-high (e.g. 10 Gbps) bandwidth for demanding users while cost-effectively supporting less-demanding users. A new approach is presented in which diverse bandwidth requirements are supported on a conventional WDM PON outside plant through the use of flexible wavelength sharing in the local office. An example is demonstrated experimentally showing that with 16 users per passive node, each wavelength can be shared by up to 16 users distributed across up to 16 PONs served by the same local office. Factors limiting sharing and throughput are discussed.

  17. Device for wavelength-selective imaging

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    Frangioni, John V. (Wayland, MA)

    2010-09-14

    An imaging device captures both a visible light image and a diagnostic image, the diagnostic image corresponding to emissions from an imaging medium within the object. The visible light image (which may be color or grayscale) and the diagnostic image may be superimposed to display regions of diagnostic significance within a visible light image. A number of imaging media may be used according to an intended application for the imaging device, and an imaging medium may have wavelengths above, below, or within the visible light spectrum. The devices described herein may be advantageously packaged within a single integrated device or other solid state device, and/or employed in an integrated, single-camera medical imaging system, as well as many non-medical imaging systems that would benefit from simultaneous capture of visible-light wavelength images along with images at other wavelengths.

  18. On storage rings for short wavelength FELs

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    Chattopadhyay, S.

    1990-01-01

    Significant advances have been made recently in the understanding of FEL physics and the technology of associated systems. We have witnessed experimental successes in the operation of FELs from the far infrared to the visible and near UV. All of the basic physics of FELs, as advanced up to date, in the small and high gain regimes (including exponential growth from noise, optical guiding, etc.) have been proved experimentally in the near or far infrared. These successes motivate us to explore the design of FEL systems at even shorter wavelengths, in the UV, XUV and soft x-ray regions, assuming that the same physics remain valid at these wavelengths. This paper is concerned with issues in the physics and design of storage rings as drivers of short wavelength FELs. 10 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Cryogenic Amplifier Based Receivers at Submillimeter Wavelengths

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    Chattopadhyay, Goutam; Reck, Theodore and; Schlecht, Erich; Lin, Robert; Deal, William

    2012-01-01

    The operating frequency of InP high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) based amplifiers has moved well in the submillimeter-wave frequencies over the last couple of years. Working amplifiers with usable gain in waveguide packages has been reported beyond 700 GHz. When cooled cryogenically, they have shown substantial improvement in their noise temperature. This has opened up the real possibility of cryogenic amplifier based heterodyne receivers at submillimeter wavelengths for ground-based, air-borne, and space-based instruments for astrophysics, planetary, and Earth science applications. This paper provides an overview of the science applications at submillimeter wavelengths that will benefit from this technology. It also describes the current state of the InP HEMT based cryogenic amplifier receivers at submillimeter wavelengths.

  20. Dynamic polarizabilities and magic wavelengths for dysprosium

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    Dzuba, V. A.; Flambaum, V. V.; Lev, Benjamin L.

    2011-03-15

    We theoretically study dynamic scalar polarizabilities of the ground and select long-lived excited states of dysprosium, a highly magnetic atom recently laser cooled and trapped. We demonstrate that there is a set of magic wavelengths of the unpolarized lattice laser field for each pair of states, which includes the ground state and one of these excited states. At these wavelengths, the energy shift due to laser field is the same for both states, which can be useful for resolved sideband cooling on narrow transitions and precision spectroscopy. We present an analytical formula that, near resonances, allows for the determination of approximate values of the magic wavelengths without calculating the dynamic polarizabilities of the excited states.

  1. Molecular detection of metallo-?-lactamase genes, blaIMP-1, blaVIM-2 and blaSPM-1 in imipenem resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from clinical specimens in teaching hospitals of Ahvaz, Iran

    PubMed Central

    Moosavian, Mojtaba; Rahimzadeh, Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    Background and Objectives: Carbapenem resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a serious cause of nosocomial infections. The main purpose of the study is to determine the prevalence rate of imipenem resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa carrying metallo-ß-lactamase (MBL) genes. Material and Methods: 236 Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates were collected from teaching hospitals of Ahvaz University of Medical Sciences during a period of 9 months in 2012. These strains were identified using conventional microbiological tests. The susceptibility of isolates to antibiotics were assessed using disk diffusion test. The IMP-EDTA combination disk phenotypic test was performed for detection of MBL producing strains. Finally, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed to detect MBL genes, blaIMP-1, blaVIM-2 and blaSPM-1 in imipenem resistant strains. Results: Out of 236 examined isolates, 122 isolates (51.4%) were resistant to imipenem. The IMP-EDTA combination test showed that among 122 imipenem resistant strains, 110 strains (90%) were phenotipically MBL producers. Additionally, the results of PCR method showed that 2 strains (1.6%) and 67strains (55%) of imipenem resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates contained blaVIM-2 and blaIMP-1 genes respectively. No SPM-1gene was found in the examined samples. Conclusion: Resistance of P. aeruginosa isolates to imipenem due to MBL enzymes is increasing in Ahavaz. Because of clinical significance of this kind of resistance, rapid detection of MBL producing strains and followed by appropriate treatment is necessary to prevent the spreading of these organisms.

  2. Driving-laser wavelength dependence of high-order harmonic generation in H{sub 2}{sup +} molecules

    SciTech Connect

    Liu Candong; Zeng Zhinan; Wei Pengfei; Liu Peng; Li Ruxin; Xu Zhizhan

    2010-03-15

    The electron-nuclear dynamics of one-dimensional H{sub 2}{sup +} molecular high harmonic generation is investigated by numerical integration of the non-Born-Oppenheimer time-dependent Schroedinger equation. It is found that the nuclear motion and electron ionization are more significant for the longer wavelength and the stronger intensity of the driving laser pulse. When the ground-state H{sub 2}{sup +} molecule is driven by a short laser pulse (ten optical cycles in the calculations), a strong signature of nuclear motion is seen in the wavelength scaling (800-2000 nm) of harmonic yield, following a {lambda}{sup -(7-8)} scaling law at a constant laser intensity. It is attributed to the fast ground-state depletion induced by the strong nuclear motion, when using the long wavelength. Consequently, the wavelength scaling gives an insight into the nuclear dynamics.

  3. Dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser with tunable wavelength spacing using a twin core fiber-based filter

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    Yin, Guolu; Lou, Shuqin; Wang, Xin; Han, Bolin

    2014-05-01

    A dual-wavelength erbium-doped fiber laser with tunable wavelength spacing was proposed and experimentally demonstrated by using a twin core fiber (TCF)-based filter. Benefiting from the polarization dependence of the TCF-based filter, the laser operated in dual-wavelength oscillation with two orthogonal polarization states. By adjusting the polarization controller, the wavelength spacing was tuned from 0.1 nm to 1.2 nm without shifting the centre position of the two wavelengths. By stretching the TCF, the two wavelengths were simultaneously tuned with fixed wavelength spacing. Such a dual-wavelength fiber laser could find applications in optical fiber sensors and microwave photonics generation.

  4. Effects of Laser Wavelength on Ablator Testing

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    White, Susan M.

    2014-01-01

    Wavelength-dependent or spectral radiation effects are potentially significant for thermal protection materials. NASA atmospheric entry simulations include trajectories with significant levels of shock layer radiation which is concentrated in narrow spectral lines. Tests using two different high powered lasers, the 10.6 micron LHMEL I CO2 laser and the near-infrared 1.07 micron fiber laser, on low density ablative thermal protection materials offer a unique opportunity to evaluate spectral effects. Test results indicated that the laser wavelength can impact the thermal response of an ablative material, in terms of bond-line temperatures, penetration times, mass losses, and char layer thicknesses.

  5. Quantum key distribution network with wavelength addressing

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    Xiao-Fan Mo; Tao Zhang; Fang-Xing Xu; Zheng-Fu Han; Guang-Can Guo

    2006-10-15

    Most traditional applications of quantum cryptography are point-to-point communications, in which only two users can exchange keys. In this letter, we present a network scheme that enable quantum key distribution between multi-user with wavelength addressing. Considering the current state of wavelength division multiplexing technique, dozens or hundreds of users can be connected to such a network and directly exchange keys with each other. With the scheme, a 4-user demonstration network was built up and key exchanges were performed.

  6. Short wavelength ion temperature gradient turbulence

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    Chowdhury, J.; Ganesh, R.; Brunner, S.; Lapillonne, X.; Villard, L.; Jenko, F.

    2012-10-15

    The ion temperature gradient (ITG) mode in the high wavenumber regime (k{sub y}{rho}{sub s}>1), referred to as short wavelength ion temperature gradient mode (SWITG) is studied using the nonlinear gyrokinetic electromagnetic code GENE. It is shown that, although the SWITG mode may be linearly more unstable than the standard long wavelength (k{sub y}{rho}{sub s}<1) ITG mode, nonlinearly its contribution to the total thermal ion heat transport is found to be low. We interpret this as resulting from an increased zonal flow shearing effect on the SWITG mode suppression.

  7. An international evaluation of holmium oxide solution reference materials for wavelength calibration in molecular absorption spectrophotometry.

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    Travis, John C; Zwinkels, Joanne C; Mercader, Flora; Ruíz, Arquímedes; Early, Edward A; Smith, Melody V; Noël, Mario; Maley, Marissa; Kramer, Gary W; Eckerle, Kenneth L; Duewer, David L

    2002-07-15

    Commercial spectrophotometers typically use absorption-based wavelength calibration reference materials to provide wavelength accuracy for their applications. Low-mass fractions of holmium oxide (Ho2O3) in dilute acidic aqueous solution and in glass matrixes have been favored for use as wavelength calibration materials on the basis of spectral coverage and absorption band shape. Both aqueous and glass Ho2O3 reference materials are available commercially and through various National Metrology Institutes (NMIs). Three NMIs of the North American Cooperation in Metrology (NORAMET) have evaluated the performance of Ho3-(aq)-based Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) under "routine" operating conditions using commercial instrumentation. The study was not intended to intercompare national wavelength scales but to demonstrate comparability of wavelength measurements among the participants and between two versions of the CRMs. It was also designed to acquire data from a variety of spectrophotometers for use in a NIST study of wavelength assignment algorithms and to provide a basis for a possible reassessment of NIST-certified Ho3+(aq) band locations. The resulting data show a substantial level of agreement among laboratories, instruments, CRM preparations, and peak-location algorithms. At the same time, it is demonstrated that the wavelength comparability of the five participating instruments can actually be improved by calibrating all of the instruments to the consensus Ho3+(aq) band locations. This finding supports the value of absorption-based wavelength standards for calibrating absorption spectrophotometers. Coupled with the demonstrated robustness of the band position values with respect to preparation and measurement conditions, it also supports the concept of extending the present approach to additional NMIs in order to certify properly prepared dilute acidic Ho2O3 solution as an intrinsic wavelength standard. PMID:12139047

  8. SWCam: the short wavelength camera for the CCAT Observatory

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    Stacey, Gordon J.; Parshley, Stephen; Nikola, Thomas; Cortes-Medellin, German; Schoenwald, Justin; Rajagopalan, Ganesh; Niemack, Michael D.; Jenness, Tim; Gallardo, Patricio; Koopman, Brian; Dowell, Charles D.; Day, Peter K.; Hollister, Matthew I.; Kovacs, Attila; LeDuc, Henry G.; McKenney, Christopher M.; Monroe, Ryan M.; Yoshida, Hiroshige; Zmuidzinas, Jonas; Swenson, Loren J.; Radford, Simon J.; Nguyen, Hien Trong; Mroczkowski, Anthony K.; Glenn, Jason; Wheeler, Jordan; Maloney, Philip; Brugger, Spencer; Adams, Joseph D.; Bertoldi, Frank; Schaaf, Reinhold; Halpern, Mark; Scott, Douglas; Marsden, Galen; Sayers, Jack; Chapman, Scott; Vieira, Joaquin D.

    2014-08-01

    We describe the Short Wavelength Camera (SWCam) for the CCAT observatory including the primary science drivers, the coupling of the science drivers to the instrument requirements, the resulting implementation of the design, and its performance expectations at first light. CCAT is a 25 m submillimeter telescope planned to operate at 5600 meters, near the summit of Cerro Chajnantor in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. CCAT is designed to give a total wave front error of 12.5 ?m rms, so that combined with its high and exceptionally dry site, the facility will provide unsurpassed point source sensitivity deep into the short submillimeter bands to wavelengths as short as the 200 ?m telluric window. The SWCam system consists of 7 sub-cameras that address 4 different telluric windows: 4 subcameras at 350 ?m, 1 at 450 ?m, 1 at 850 ?m, and 1 at 2 mm wavelength. Each sub-camera has a 6' diameter field of view, so that the total instantaneous field of view for SWCam is equivalent to a 16' diameter circle. Each focal plane is populated with near unit filling factor arrays of Lumped Element Kinetic Inductance Detectors (LEKIDs) with pixels scaled to subtend an solid angle of (?/D)2 on the sky. The total pixel count is 57,160. We expect background limited performance at each wavelength, and to be able to map < 35(°)2 of sky to 5 ? on the confusion noise at each wavelength per year with this first light instrument. Our primary science goal is to resolve the Cosmic Far-IR Background (CIRB) in our four colors so that we may explore the star and galaxy formation history of the Universe extending to within 500 million years of the Big Bang. CCAT's large and high-accuracy aperture, its fast slewing speed, use of instruments with large format arrays, and being located at a superb site enables mapping speeds of up to three orders of magnitude larger than contemporary or near future facilities and makes it uniquely sensitive, especially in the short submm bands.

  9. Using Long Wavelength Gravity to Understand Continental Structure and Processes

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    Webb, Susan

    2013-04-01

    In most interpretations of gravity data, the long wavelength signal is removed as an unimportant regional contribution. This convention is largely historical; in the past it was difficult to model data at a variety of scales, and regional/residual separation became standard practice. This is especially true in exploration studies where near surface ore deposits are the target (e.g. LaFehr and Nabighian, 2012). With the development of a large variety of rapid 2D and 3D gravity modelling packages that are widely available, a more regional context for ore deposits and other crustal features can be considered. The inclusion of the regional long wavelength signal in the interpretation can dramatically alter the result, especially when the scale of consideration is on the order of the scale of crustal flexure. Large basins, such as the South African Karoo basin (Mesozoic) and even the smaller Witwatersrand basin (Archean), are likely to have deformed the Moho during their formation, although not all of these features appear to be preserved in present-day Moho geometry. Gravity modelling to Moho depths may dramatically alter the detailed interpretation of the deeper sections of these basins, with implications for resources such as gold, coal, gas and even carbon capture and storage (CCS). A clear cut example of this is seen in the interpretation of the gravity data of the Bushveld Complex (BC). When the crust is allowed to flex, the mafic lithologies of the BC can be allowed to connect laterally, resulting in an enormous layered intrusion 400 x 400 km across. This interpretation has been confirmed by the presence of BC xenoliths in a kimberlite near the centre of the Complex (Webb, Ashwal and Cawthorn, 2011, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol., 162: 101-107). The implication is that the BC mineral resources are also likely to be laterally connected, easily quadrupling the amount of mineralization, although the depth of the deposits remains uncertain. Due to the inherent ambiguity of gravity interpretations, inversion results tend to concentrate density variations towards the surface, making it difficult to accurately invert for Moho depth from gravity measurements. An added complication is the density variations in the uppermost mantle associated with Archaean cratonic keels. These lateral variations have similar gravity wavelengths to the gravity signal due to Moho variations; these two signals are unlikely to be resolved independently through inversion. As more crustal thickness data become available, large scale features, and even smaller mineral deposits can be more accurately evaluated.

  10. Influence of wavelength on nonadiabatic effects in circularly polarized strong-field ionization

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    Yuan, MingHu; Zhao, GuangJiu; Liu, HongPing

    2015-11-01

    The influence of wavelength on nonadiabatic effects in an intensive, circularly polarized laser field has been studied by solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation of a single active electron of the argon atom in a three-dimensional spherical coordinate system. The nonadiabatic process considering the nonzero initial velocity of the electron is very vital to reproducing the experimental observation. Our calculated photoelectron angular distribution in the directions perpendicular to the polarization plane shows nonadiabatic effects in strong laser ionization. The analysis of angular distribution on the "fast" time scale corresponding to wavelength indicates that as the wavelength gets shorter, the nonadiabatic effects get stronger. While the analysis on the "slow" time scale corresponding to the pulse envelope shows that the short pulse duration comes to play an important role for the nonadiabatic effects. When the pulse duration is more than 15 cycles, the influence of pulse duration on nonadiabatic effects fades away and the effects approach stabilization.

  11. Electricity and short wavelength radiation generator

    DOEpatents

    George, E.V.

    1985-08-26

    Methods and associated apparati for use of collisions of high energy atoms and ions of He, Ne, or Ar with themselves or with high energy neutrons to produce short wavelength radiation (lambda approx. = 840-1300 A) that may be utilized to produce cathode-anode currents or photovoltaic currents.

  12. Self Calibration of a 2-wavelength Pyrometer

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    Ng, Daniel

    1998-01-01

    Pyrometers require calibrations to determine their instrument constants before they can be used in remote temperature measurements. These constants reflect the combined effects of detector response, the transmissivities of intervening optical media (windows and gases) and the emissivity of the measured surface. We describe here the principal and the demonstration of self calibrating 2-wavelength pyrometer.

  13. Discrete wavelength-locked external cavity laser

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    Pilgrim, Jeffrey S. (Inventor); Silver, Joel A. (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    An external cavity laser (and method of generating laser light) comprising: a laser light source; means for collimating light output by the laser light source; a diffraction grating receiving collimated light; a cavity feedback mirror reflecting light received from the diffraction grating back to the diffraction grating; and means for reliably tuning the external cavity laser to discrete wavelengths.

  14. SDIO long wavelength infrared detector requirements

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    Duston, Dwight

    1990-01-01

    The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) has a significant requirement for infrared sensors for surveillance, tracking and discrimination of objects in space. Projected SDIO needs cover the range from short wavelengths out to 30 microns. Large arrays are required, and producibility and cost are major factors. The SDIO is pursuing several approaches including innovative concepts based on semiconductors and superconductors.

  15. RESOLVING THE MOTH AT MILLIMETER WAVELENGTHS

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    Ricarte, Angelo; Moldvai, Noel; Hughes, A. Meredith; Duchene, Gaspard; Williams, Jonathan P.; Andrews, Sean M.; Wilner, David J.

    2013-09-01

    HD 61005, also known as ''The Moth'', is one of only a handful of debris disks that exhibit swept-back ''wings'' thought to be caused by interaction with the ambient interstellar medium (ISM). We present 1.3 mm Submillimeter Array observations of the debris disk around HD 61005 at a spatial resolution of 1.''9 that resolve the emission from large grains for the first time. The disk exhibits a double-peaked morphology at millimeter wavelengths, consistent with an optically thin ring viewed close to edge-on. To investigate the disk structure and the properties of the dust grains we simultaneously model the spatially resolved 1.3 mm visibilities and the unresolved spectral energy distribution (SED). The temperatures indicated by the SED are consistent with expected temperatures for grains close to the blowout size located at radii commensurate with the millimeter and scattered light data. We also perform a visibility-domain analysis of the spatial distribution of millimeter-wavelength flux, incorporating constraints on the disk geometry from scattered light imaging, and find suggestive evidence of wavelength-dependent structure. The millimeter-wavelength emission apparently originates predominantly from the thin ring component rather than tracing the ''wings'' observed in scattered light. The implied segregation of large dust grains in the ring is consistent with an ISM-driven origin for the scattered light wings.

  16. Resolving the Moth at Millimeter Wavelengths

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    Ricarte, Angelo; Moldvai, Noel; Hughes, A. Meredith; Duchêne, Gaspard; Williams, Jonathan P.; Andrews, Sean M.; Wilner, David J.

    2013-09-01

    HD 61005, also known as "The Moth," is one of only a handful of debris disks that exhibit swept-back "wings" thought to be caused by interaction with the ambient interstellar medium (ISM). We present 1.3 mm Submillimeter Array observations of the debris disk around HD 61005 at a spatial resolution of 1.''9 that resolve the emission from large grains for the first time. The disk exhibits a double-peaked morphology at millimeter wavelengths, consistent with an optically thin ring viewed close to edge-on. To investigate the disk structure and the properties of the dust grains we simultaneously model the spatially resolved 1.3 mm visibilities and the unresolved spectral energy distribution (SED). The temperatures indicated by the SED are consistent with expected temperatures for grains close to the blowout size located at radii commensurate with the millimeter and scattered light data. We also perform a visibility-domain analysis of the spatial distribution of millimeter-wavelength flux, incorporating constraints on the disk geometry from scattered light imaging, and find suggestive evidence of wavelength-dependent structure. The millimeter-wavelength emission apparently originates predominantly from the thin ring component rather than tracing the "wings" observed in scattered light. The implied segregation of large dust grains in the ring is consistent with an ISM-driven origin for the scattered light wings.

  17. Two-wavelength spatial-heterodyne holography

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    Hanson, Gregory R. (Clinton, TN); Bingham, Philip R. (Knoxville, TN); Simpson, John T. (Knoxville, TN); Karnowski, Thomas P. (Knoxville, TN); Voelkl, Edgar (Austin, TX)

    2007-12-25

    Systems and methods are described for obtaining two-wavelength differential-phase holograms. A method includes determining a difference between a filtered analyzed recorded first spatially heterodyne hologram phase and a filtered analyzed recorded second spatially-heterodyned hologram phase.

  18. The wavelength dependence of Triton's light curve

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    Hillier, J.; Veverka, J.; Helfenstein, P.; Mcewen, A.

    1991-01-01

    Using Voyager observations, it is demonstrated that Triton's orbital light curve is strongly wavelength-dependent, a characteristic which readily explains some of the apparent discrepancies among pre-Voyager telescopic measurements. Specifically, a light curve amplitude (peak to peak) is found that decreases systematically with increasing wavelength from about 0.08 magnitude (peak to peak) near 200 nm to less than 0.02 magnitude near 1000 nm. Peak brightness occurs near 90 deg orbital longitude (leading hemisphere). The brightness variation across this hemisphere is close to sinusoidal; the variation across the darker hemisphere is more complex. The decrease in light curve amplitude with increasing wavelength appears to be due to a decrease in contrast among surface markings, rather than to atmospheric obscuration. The model also explains the observed decrease in the amplitude of Triton's light curve at visible wavelengths over the past decade, a decrease related to the current migration of the subsolar latitude toward the south pole; it is predicted that this trend will continue into the 1990s.

  19. Wavelength-band-tuning photodiodes by using various metallic nanoparticles

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    Hwang, J. D.; Chan, Y. D.; Chou, T. C.

    2015-11-01

    Wavelength-band tuning was easily achieved in this work by depositing various metallic nanoparticles (NPs) on silicon p-n junction photodiodes (PDs). The normalization spectrum of the PDs deposited with gold (Au) NPs reveals a high-wavelength pass characteristic; the PDs with silver (Ag) NPs coating behave as a low-wavelength pass, and the PDs with Au/Ag bimetallic NPs appear as a band-wavelength pass PD with a full width at half maximum of 450 ? 630 nm. The issue of wavelength-band tuning is due to the different plasmonic resonance wavelengths associated with various metallic NPs. The extinction plot shows the Au NPs have a longer resonant wavelength of about 545 nm, leading to the incident light with a wavelength near or longer than 545 nm scattered by the Au NPs, hence a high-wavelength pass PD. The PDs with Ag NPs, due to the Ag NPs, exhibit a short resonant wavelength of 430 nm, and the short-wavelength incident light is absorbed near the silicon (Si) surface, where the Ag NPs is atop it. The shorter-wavelength incident light is enhanced by the plasmonic resonance of Ag NPs, making a low-wavelength PD. The Au/Ag NPs presents a resonant wavelength of 500 nm between the Au and Ag NPs. For the incident light with a wavelength close to 500 nm, a constructive interference causes a substantial increase in the local electromagnetic field, hence leading to a band-wavelength pass PD.

  20. Widely tunable wavelength spacing dual-wavelength single longitudinal mode erbium doped fiber laser

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    Sun, Tiegang; Guo, Yubin; Wang, Tianshu; Huo, Jiayu; Zhang, Le

    2014-06-01

    A simple widely tunable wavelength spacing dual-wavelength single longitudinal mode (SLM) erbium doped fiber laser (EDFL) based on cascaded fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) and birefringent fiber filter is proposed and demonstrated. Experimental results show that the lasing wavelength spacing is widely tunable in a range from 2 nm to 18 nm, which has potential to generate frequency tunable terahertz (THz) waves by beating the lasing dual-wavelength in a high speed photodetector. The birefringent fiber filter acts as an ultra-narrow bandpass filter and benefits the simultaneous oscillation of dual-wavelength in a single laser cavity. The output peak power of the lasing dual-wavelength is approximately equalized at room temperature, and a high optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) is realized in the whole tuning range. The SLM operation of dual-wavelength fiber laser is verified by Fabry-Perot (F-P) scanning interferometer, and the clear eye diagram proves that the proposed fiber laser is effective in the application of fiber optic communication system.

  1. Quantitative phase imaging by three-wavelength digital holography

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    Mann, Christopher J; Bingham, Philip R; Tobin Jr, Kenneth William; Paquit, Vincent C

    2008-01-01

    Three-wavelength digital holography is applied to obtain surface height measurements over several microns of range, while simultaneously maintaining the low noise precision of the single wavelength phase measurement. The precision is preserved by the use of intermediate synthetic wavelength steps generated from the three wavelengths and the use of hierarchical optical phase unwrapping. As the complex wave-front of each wavelength can be captured simultaneously in one digital image, real-time performance is achievable.

  2. The IAG solar flux atlas: Accurate wavelengths and absolute convective blueshift in standard solar spectra

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    Reiners, Ansgar; Lemke, Ulrike; Hinrichs, Johannes; Reinsch, Klaus

    2015-01-01

    We present a new solar flux atlas with the aim to understand wavelength precision and accuracy in solar benchmark data. The atlas covers the wavelength range 405--2300 nm and was observed at the Institut f\\"ur Astrophysik, G\\"ottingen (IAG) with a Fourier Transform Spectrograph. In contrast to other FTS atlases, the entire visible wavelength range was observed simultaneously using only one spectrograph setting. We compare the wavelength solution of the new atlas to the Kitt Peak solar flux atlases and to the HARPS frequency-comb calibrated solar atlas. Comparison reveals systematics in the two Kitt Peak FTS atlases resulting from their wavelength scale construction, and shows consistency between the IAG and the HARPS atlas. We conclude that the IAG atlas is precise and accurate on the order of $\\pm 10$ m s$^{-1}$ in the wavelength range 405--1065 nm while the Kitt Peak atlases show deviations as large as several ten to 100 m s$^{-1}$. We determine absolute convective blueshift across the spectrum from the IAG...

  3. Multi-wavelength injection seeded mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator for DIAL

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    Webb, M.S.; Stanion, K.B.; Deane, D.J.

    1996-01-27

    We have constructed and fielded a multi-wavelength injection seeded mid-IR OPO source for DIAL. This OPO system was built for ground based remote sensing measurements of species with both broad (300 cm{sup -1}) and narrow absorption bandwidths (0.07 cm{sup -1} FWHM). The OPO utilizes a single frequency tunable diode laser for the injection seeded signal wavelength in the region from 6400 to 6700 cm{sup -1} and an angle phase-matched 5 cm LiNbO3 crystal to provide large tuning excursions on a slow time scale. The pump was a diode pumped Nd:YAG MOPA (9398 cm{sup -1}) running at 180 Hz. This pump source was repeatedly injection seeded with a different wavelength on each of film sequential shots forming a set of three pulses having wavelength separations on the order of 0.4 cm{sup -1} at a three color set repetition rate of 60 Hz. This combination of OPO signal and pump source produced a set of three time staggered idler wavelengths separated by 0.4 cm{sup -1} with the center wavelength tunable from 2700 to 3000 cm{sup -1}. This OPO system was used in field test experiments to detect the release of chemicals from a standoff distance of 3.3 Km. We present key OPO design criteria, performance data, and numerical simulations that agree with our observations of pump induced spectral impurities in the OPO output.

  4. Alternative explanation for intermediate--wavelength magnetic anomalies

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    Shure, L.; Parker, R.L.

    1981-12-10

    Harrison and Carle and others have examined very long profiles of the magnetic field and have calculated one-dimensional power spectra. In these they expect to see, but do not find, a minimum in power at intermediate wavelengths, between 65 and 150 km. Conventional one-dimensional models of the field predict very little power in this band, which lies between the spectral peaks arising from sources in the crust and the core. Mantle sources or high-intensity, long-wavelength magnetizations have been proposed to account for the observations. An alternative, more plausible explanation is that one-dimensional spectra of two-dimensional fields contain contributions from wavenumbers in the perpendicular (i.e., nonsampled) direction. Unless the seafloor spreading anomalies are perfectly lineated at right angles to the profile, some low-wavenumber energy must be attributed to this effect; we propose that such directional aliasing is a major factor in the power spectra. To support this idea we discuss theoretical models and analyze a large-scale marine survey.

  5. A superradiant clock laser on a magic wavelength optical lattice.

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    Maier, Thomas; Kraemer, Sebastian; Ostermann, Laurin; Ritsch, Helmut

    2014-06-01

    An ideal superradiant laser on an optical clock transition of noninteracting cold atoms is predicted to exhibit an extreme frequency stability and accuracy far below mHz-linewidth. In any concrete setup sufficiently many atoms have to be confined and pumped within a finite cavity mode volume. Using a magic wavelength lattice minimizes light shifts and allows for almost uniform coupling to the cavity mode. Nevertheless, the atoms are subject to dipole-dipole interaction and collective spontaneous decay which compromises the ultimate frequency stability. In the high density limit the Dicke superradiant linewidth enhancement will broaden the laser line and nearest neighbor couplings will induce shifts and fluctuations of the laser frequency. We estimate the magnitude and scaling of these effects by direct numerical simulations of few atom systems for different geometries and densities. For Strontium in a regularly filled magic wavelength configuration atomic interactions induce small laser frequency shifts only and collective spontaneous emission weakly broadens the laser. These interactions generally enhance the laser sensitivity to cavity length fluctuations but for optimally chosen operating conditions can lead to an improved synchronization of the atomic dipoles. PMID:24921521

  6. Saturn's aurora observed by the Cassini camera at visible wavelengths

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    Dyudina, Ulyana A; Ewald, Shawn P; Wellington, Danika

    2015-01-01

    The first observations of Saturn's visible-wavelength aurora were made by the Cassini camera. The aurora was observed between 2006 and 2013 in the northern and southern hemispheres. The color of the aurora changes from pink at a few hundred km above the horizon to purple at 1000-1500 km above the horizon. The spectrum observed in 9 filters spanning wavelengths from 250 nm to 1000 nm has a prominent H-alpha line and roughly agrees with laboratory simulated auroras. Auroras in both hemispheres vary dramatically with longitude. Auroras form bright arcs between 70 and 80 degree latitude north and between 65 and 80 degree latitude south, which sometimes spiral around the pole, and sometimes form double arcs. A large 10,000-km-scale longitudinal brightness structure persists for more than 100 hours. This structure rotates approximately together with Saturn. On top of the large steady structure, the auroras brighten suddenly on the timescales of a few minutes. These brightenings repeat with a period of about 1 hour....

  7. Investigation into metamaterial structures operating at terahertz wavelength

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    Langley, Derrick; Coutu, Ronald A., Jr.; Starman, LaVern A.; Marciniak, Michael A.

    2010-02-01

    Our investigation addresses the modeling, design and fabrication of artificial structures, commonly called metamaterials. Metamaterials enable electromagnetic properties which do not naturally exist from basic structural symmetry. This investigation focuses on the modeling, fabrication and testing of metamaterials at terahertz wavelengths. This research utilizes a foundry fabrication process called PolyMUMPs to construct the metamaterial array. The PolyMUMPS process is commonly used for MEMS devices and consists of three polysilicon and two silicon dioxide layers. An array of split ring resonators consisting of the polysilicon and silicon dioxide layers was constructed. The split ring resonators are an important aspect to the metamaterial because they allow us to take advantage of structural properties such as scaling, resonant frequency response, and magnetic flux. The metamaterial structure obtains its symmetry from the etching process used to isolate the individual patterns. The "as-built" figure of merit (FOM) is defined as the ratio of the real component to the imaginary component of the refractive index. By comparing the analytical and FEM models to identify key limitations of the FOM structures, this investigation will point out manufacturing limitations that can be adjusted to improve the FOM. By gaining a higher ratio to the FOM, this improves the overall performance of the metamaterial structure at the selected wavelength. Through the understanding obtained from the modeling data and actual manufacturing comparison, changes to key parameters which limit the FOM can lead to metamaterial array improvements and ultimately to better components suitable for terahertz applications.

  8. Polarizabilities, Atomic Clocks, and Magic Wavelengths

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    Safronova, Marianna

    2008-05-01

    I will describe the high-precision calculations of the static and frequency-dependent polarizabilities in alkali-metal atoms and Ca^+. The resulting polarizability values are used for a variety of applications from reducing the decoherence in quantum logic gates to the evaluation of the black-body radiation (BBR) shifts for optical frequency standards. Our alkali-metal atom polarizability calculations can be used to predict the oscillation frequencies of optically-trapped atoms, and particularly the ratios of frequencies of different species held in the same trap. We identify wavelengths at which two different alkali atoms have the same oscillation frequency. We also evaluate ``magic'' wavelengths in alkali-metal atoms for which np and ns levels have the same ac-Stark shift enabling state-insensitive optical cooling and trapping. The calculation of the BBR shift for the optical frequency standard with Ca^+ ion is also described.

  9. Coordinated observations of PHEMU at radio wavelengths.

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    Pluchino, S.; Schillirò, F.; Salerno, E.; Pupillo, G.; Kraus, A.; Mack, K.-H.

    We present preliminary results for our study of mutual phenomena of the Galilean satellites performed at radio wavelengths with the Medicina and Noto antennas of the Istituto di Radioastronomia \\textendash{} INAF, and with the Effelsberg 100-m radio telescope of the Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomy. Measurements of the radio flux density variation occurred during the mutual occultations of Io by Europa and Ganymede were carried out during the PHEMU09 campaign at K- and Q-band. Flux density variations observed for the first time at radio wavelengths are consistent with the typical optical patterns measured when partial occultations occurred. The flux density drops indicate a non-linear dependence with the percentage of overlapped area.

  10. Discrete Wavelength-Locked External Cavity Laser

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    Pilgrim, Jeffrey S.; Silver, Joel A.

    2004-01-01

    A prototype improved external cavity laser (ECL) was demonstrated in the second phase of a continuing effort to develop wavelength-agile lasers for fiber-optic communications and trace-gas-sensing applications. This laser is designed to offer next-generation performance for incorporation into fiber-optic networks. By eliminating several optical components and simplifying others used in prior designs, the design of this laser reduces costs, making lasers of this type very competitive in a price-sensitive market. Diode lasers have become enabling devices for fiber optic networks because of their cost, compactness, and spectral properties. ECLs built around diode laser gain elements further enhance capabilities by virtue of their excellent spectral properties with significantly increased (relative to prior lasers) wavelength tuning ranges. It is essential to exploit the increased spectral coverage of ECLs while simultaneously insuring that they operate only at precisely defined communication channels (wavelengths). Heretofore, this requirement has typically been satisfied through incorporation of add-in optical components that lock the ECL output wavelengths to these specific channels. Such add-in components contribute substantially to the costs of ECL lasers to be used as sources for optical communication networks. Furthermore, the optical alignment of these components, needed to attain the required wavelength precision, is a non-trivial task and can contribute substantially to production costs. The design of the present improved ECL differs significantly from the designs of prior ECLs. The present design relies on inherent features of components already included within an ECL, with slight modifications so that these components perform their normal functions while simultaneously effecting locking to the required discrete wavelengths. Hence, add-in optical components and the associated cost of alignment can be eliminated. The figure shows the locking feedback signal, and the frequency locking achieved by use of this signal, as a mirror is tilted through a range of angles to tune the ECL through 48 channels. The data for the frequency plot were obtained, simultaneously with the data for the locking-signal plot, by using a scanning Michelson interferometer to precisely determine the ECL wavelength (and, hence, frequency). Given the ability of the Michelson interferometer to obtain highly precise readings, the frequency plot can be taken to be a reliable indication of single-mode operation. The discontinuities in the frequency plot signify the switching of the ECL between channels; in other words, they indicate tuning with locking to discrete frequencies. The peaks of the feedbacklocking signal correspond to the centers, or near centers, of the mirror angle scan through the corresponding channels. Thus, it is clear that when the feedback-locking signal is at a local maximum, the ECL is operating at single frequency at or near the middle frequency of the selected channel. This is all that is required for precisely locking the ECL output wavelength. The locking is achieved without additional external optical components.

  11. Wavelength regulation in iodopsin, a cone pigment.

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    Chen, J G; Nakamura, T; Ebrey, T G; Ok, H; Konno, K; Derguini, F; Nakanishi, K; Honig, B

    1989-01-01

    The opsin shift, the difference in wavenumber between the absorption peak of a visual pigment and the protonated Schiff base of the chromophore, represents the influence of the opsin binding site on the chromophore. The opsin shift for the chicken cone pigment iodopsin is much larger than that for rhodopsin. To understand the origin of this opsin shift and the mechanism of wavelength regulation in iodopsin, a series of synthetic 9-cis and 11-cis dehydro- and dihydro-retinals was used to regenerate iodopsin-based pigments. The opsin shifts of these pigments are quite similar to those found in bacteriorhodopsin-based artificial pigments. On the basis of these studies, a tentative model of wavelength regulation in iodopsin is proposed. PMID:2524224

  12. WAVELENGTH CALIBRATION OF THE HAMILTON ECHELLE SPECTROGRAPH

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    Pakhomov, Yu. V.; Zhao, G.

    2013-10-01

    We present the wavelength calibration of the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph at Lick Observatory. The main problem with the calibration of this spectrograph arises from the fact that thorium lines are absent in the spectrum of the presumed ThAr hollow-cathode lamp now under operation; numerous unknown strong lines, which have been identified as titanium lines, are present in the spectrum. We estimate the temperature of the lamp's gas which permits us to calculate the intensities of the lines and to select a large number of relevant Ti I and Ti II lines. The resulting titanium line list for the Lick hollow-cathode lamp is presented. The wavelength calibration using this line list was made with an accuracy of about 0.006 Å.

  13. Eye-safe visible wavelength lidar

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    Cooley, T. W.; Reagan, J. A.

    1992-01-01

    Recent technological advances on several fronts offer the possibility for relatively low-cost, eye-safe visible-wavelength lidar systems for autonomous aerosol/environmental monitoring applications. Improved silicon photodiodes and avalanche photodiodes that have become available offer high-quantum-efficiency detection at very low dark counts (10 to 1000 count/s) and can be used in a photon counting mode for signal plus background and dark current photoelectron count rates of megahertz. The essential requirements and features of a possible lidar system that capitalizes on technical advances on several fronts are outlined. A baseline lidar system is suggested for monitoring tropospheric and stratospheric aerosols. Sensitivity to wavelength, background radiation, detector characteristics, and other system parameters is discussed for several simulated data sets.

  14. Deformable mirror for short wavelength applications

    DOEpatents

    Chapman, Henry N. (2417 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA 94586); Sweeney, Donald W. (5020 Canyon Crest Dr., San Ramon, CA 94583)

    1999-01-01

    A deformable mirror compatible with short wavelength (extreme ultraviolet) radiation that can be precisely controlled to nanometer and subnanometer accuracy is described. Actuators are coupled between a reaction plate and a face plate which has a reflective coating. A control system adjusts the voltage supplied to the actuators; by coordinating the voltages supplied to the actuators, the reflective surface of the mirror can be deformed to correct for dimensional errors in the mirror or to produce a desired contour.

  15. Source of coherent short wavelength radiation

    DOEpatents

    Villa, Francesco (Alameda, CA)

    1990-01-01

    An apparatus for producing coherent radiation ranging from X-rays to the far ultraviolet (i.e., 1 Kev to 10 eV) utilizing the Compton scattering effect. A photon beam from a laser is scattered on a high energy electron bunch from a pulse power linac. The short wavelength radiation produced by such scattering has sufficient intensity and spatial coherence for use in high resolution applications such as microscopy.

  16. Short wavelength striations on expanding plasma clouds

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    Winske, D.; Gary, S.P.

    1989-01-01

    The growth and evolution of short wavelength (

  17. Optimal wavelength-space crossbar switches for supercomputer optical interconnects.

    PubMed

    Roudas, Ioannis; Hemenway, B Roe; Grzybowski, Richard R; Karinou, Fotini

    2012-08-27

    We propose a most economical design of the Optical Shared MemOry Supercomputer Interconnect System (OSMOSIS) all-optical, wavelength-space crossbar switch fabric. It is shown, by analysis and simulation, that the total number of on-off gates required for the proposed N × N switch fabric can scale asymptotically as N ln N if the number of input/output ports N can be factored into a product of small primes. This is of the same order of magnitude as Shannon's lower bound for switch complexity, according to which the minimum number of two-state switches required for the construction of a N × N permutation switch is log2 (N!). PMID:23037091

  18. Carbon structures with three-dimensional periodicity at optical wavelengths

    PubMed

    Zakhidov; Baughman; Iqbal; Cui; Khayrullin; Dantas; Marti; Ralchenko

    1998-10-30

    Porous carbons that are three-dimensionally periodic on the scale of optical wavelengths were made by a synthesis route resembling the geological formation of natural opal. Porous silica opal crystals were sintered to form an intersphere interface through which the silica was removed after infiltration with carbon or a carbon precursor. The resulting porous carbons had different structures depending on synthesis conditions. Both diamond and glassy carbon inverse opals resulted from volume filling. Graphite inverse opals, comprising 40-angstrom-thick layers of graphite sheets tiled on spherical surfaces, were produced by surface templating. The carbon inverse opals provide examples of both dielectric and metallic optical photonic crystals. They strongly diffract light and may provide a route toward photonic band-gap materials. PMID:9794752

  19. Gas sensing using wavelength modulation spectroscopy

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    Viveiros, D.; Ribeiro, J.; Flores, D.; Ferreira, J.; Frazao, O.; Santos, J. L.; Baptista, J. M.

    2014-08-01

    An experimental setup has been developed for different gas species sensing based on the Wavelength Modulation Spectroscopy (WMS) principle. The target is the measurement of ammonia, carbon dioxide and methane concentrations. The WMS is a rather sensitive technique for detecting atomic/molecular species presenting the advantage that it can be used in the near-infrared region using optical telecommunications technology. In this technique, the laser wavelength and intensity are modulated applying a sine wave signal through the injection current, which allows the shift of the detection bandwidth to higher frequencies where laser intensity noise is reduced. The wavelength modulated laser light is tuned to the absorption line of the target gas and the absorption information can be retrieved by means of synchronous detection using a lock-in amplifier, where the amplitude of the second harmonic of the laser modulation frequency is proportional to the gas concentration. The amplitude of the second harmonic is normalised by the average laser intensity and detector gain through a LabVIEW® application, where the main advantage of normalising is that the effects of laser output power fluctuations and any variations in laser transmission, or optical-electrical detector gain are eliminated. Two types of sensing heads based on free space light propagation with different optical path length were used, permitting redundancy operation and technology validation.

  20. Multiple wavelength X-ray monochromators

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    Steinmeyer, Peter A. (Arvada, CO)

    1992-11-17

    An improved apparatus and method is provided for separating input x-ray radiation containing first and second x-ray wavelengths into spatially separate first and second output radiation which contain the first and second x-ray wavelengths, respectively. The apparatus includes a crystalline diffractor which includes a first set of parallel crystal planes, where each of the planes is spaced a predetermined first distance from one another. The crystalline diffractor also includes a second set of parallel crystal planes inclined at an angle with respect to the first set of crystal planes where each of the planes of the second set of parallel crystal planes is spaced a predetermined second distance from one another. In one embodiment, the crystalline diffractor is comprised of a single crystal. In a second embodiment, the crystalline diffractor is comprised of a stack of two crystals. In a third embodiment, the crystalline diffractor includes a single crystal that is bent for focussing the separate first and second output x-ray radiation wavelengths into separate focal points.

  1. Magic wavelengths in the alkaline earth ions

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    Kaur, Jasmeet; Arora, Bindiya; Sahoo, B K

    2015-01-01

    We present magic wavelengths for the $nS$ - $nP_{1/2,3/2}$ and $nS$ - $mD_{3/2,5/2}$ transitions, with the respective ground and first excited $D$ states principal quantum numbers $n$ and $m$, in the Mg$^+$, Ca$^+$, Sr$^+$ and Ba$^+$ alkaline earth ions for linearly polarized lights by plotting dynamic polarizatbilities of the $nS$, $nP_{1/2,3/2}$ and $mD_{3/2,5/2}$ states of the ions. These dynamic polarizabilities are evaluated by employing a relativistic all-order perturbative method and their accuracies are ratified by comparing their static values with the available high precision experimental or other theoretical results. Moreover, some of the magic wavelengths identified by us in Ca$^+$ concurs with the recent measurements reported in [{\\bf Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 223001 (2015)}]. Knowledge of these magic wavelengths are propitious to carry out many proposed high precision measurements trapping the above ions in the electric fields with the corresponding frequencies.

  2. Wavelength switching in an optical klystron

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    Berryman, K.W.; Smith, T.I.

    1995-12-31

    A symmetric optical klystron consists of two identical undulator sections separated a dispersive section. For a device of a given length, an optical klystron is capable of producing much more bunching, and therefore more gain, than a traditional undulator. Another consequence of introducing dispersion between two undulator sections is that the overall spontaneous radiation pattern results from the interference between the two undulator sections, and as such resembles a standard undulator radiation pattern modulated by a sinusoidal interference term. The presence of several wavelength peaks in the spontaneous lineshape implies an equal number of peaks in the gain spectrum. If the strength of the dispersion section is adjusted to provide nearly equal gain on the two largest of these peaks, then they will compete, and the FEL may switch wavelengths based on noise, cavity length, or other perturbations. We provide the first observations of this behavior, using the FIREFLY system at the Stanford Picosecond FEL Center. In FIREFLY, relative wavelength switching by more than 3%--more than twice the laser linewidth-has been observed by varying dispersion section strength, while at intermediate points stable switching has also been observed as a function of cavity length.

  3. Multiple wavelength X-ray monochromators

    DOEpatents

    Steinmeyer, P.A.

    1992-11-17

    An improved apparatus and method is provided for separating input x-ray radiation containing first and second x-ray wavelengths into spatially separate first and second output radiation which contain the first and second x-ray wavelengths, respectively. The apparatus includes a crystalline diffractor which includes a first set of parallel crystal planes, where each of the planes is spaced a predetermined first distance from one another. The crystalline diffractor also includes a second set of parallel crystal planes inclined at an angle with respect to the first set of crystal planes where each of the planes of the second set of parallel crystal planes is spaced a predetermined second distance from one another. In one embodiment, the crystalline diffractor is comprised of a single crystal. In a second embodiment, the crystalline diffractor is comprised of a stack of two crystals. In a third embodiment, the crystalline diffractor includes a single crystal that is bent for focusing the separate first and second output x-ray radiation wavelengths into separate focal points. 3 figs.

  4. Aerosol optical properties measured in Argentina: wavelength dependence and variability based on sun photometer measurements

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    Ristori, P.; Otero, L.; Fochesatto, J.; Flamant, P. H.; Wolfram, E.; Quel, E.; Piacentini, R.; Holben, B.

    2003-07-01

    This paper deals with the spectral dependence and time variability of Ångström wavelength exponent scaling law ( ?), which is the spectral varying slope of the logarithmic relationship between aerosol optical depths ( ?) and the wavelength ( ?). It is commonly used to retrieve intensive air masses optical properties such as aerosol size distribution from extensive quantities ( ?) and Ångström turbidity coefficient ( ?). This spectral variation of ? is studied at different wavelengths from measurements taken by ground-based sun photometer covering from near-infrared to ultraviolet range. We analyze the spectral measurement of aerosols optical depths at eight specific selected wavelengths from 340 to 1020 nm using the sun photometer measurements from AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET) from NASA. Data from the entire year 2000 were used from instruments deployed at two different sites covering the regions of Argentina as northcentral at Cordoba CETT (31.5S, 64.4W) and "pampa húmeda" at Buenos Aires CEILAP (34.5S, 58.5W). A new approach of Ångström wavelength exponent spectral variation was developed to take into account with a more accurate precision the significant curvature appearing in the logarithmic relation between ? and ?. Using the direct spectral solar radiation set, time series of Ångström coefficient of turbidity and wavelength scaling law was computed with a day to day data base clustering with uncertainty lower than 0.01 in the optical depth reconstruction over the bulk sun photometer measurements. Temporal series of constant and spectral dependence of wavelength exponent scaling law and turbidity coefficient was derived and shown to vary in space and time. Different meteorological forcing for both sites was evidenced using a regression coefficient analysis to well assess the spectral dependence of wavelength exponent coefficient due to the different cumulating mode of particles and air masses origin at different sites. This spectral decomposition is a key issue in aerosols analysis of steady state and regional scale intrusion episodes with strong connection to their potential contribution of pollution episodes in air-quality problems on urban environment.

  5. Saturn's north polar cyclone and hexagon at depth revealed by Cassini/VIMS Kevin H. Baines a,, Thomas W. Momary a

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    night-time conditions during Saturn's polar winter--using a thermal wavelength of 5.1 mm to obtain time-lapsed imagery of discrete, deep-seated (42.1-bar) cloud features viewed in silhouette against Saturn's internally generated thermal glow--show a classic cyclonic structure, with prograde winds exceeding 135 m

  6. Saturn's aurora observed by the Cassini camera at visible wavelengths

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    Dyudina, Ulyana A.; Ingersoll, Andrew P.; Ewald, Shawn P.; Wellington, Danika

    2016-01-01

    The first observations of Saturn's visible-wavelength aurora were made by the Cassini camera. The aurora was observed between 2006 and 2013 in the northern and southern hemispheres. The color of the aurora changes from pink at a few hundred km above the horizon to purple at 1000-1500 km above the horizon. The spectrum observed in 9 filters spanning wavelengths from 250 nm to 1000 nm has a prominent H-alpha line and roughly agrees with laboratory simulated auroras. Auroras in both hemispheres vary dramatically with longitude. Auroras form bright arcs between 70° and 80° latitude north and between 65° and 80° latitude south, which sometimes spiral around the pole, and sometimes form double arcs. A large 10,000-km-scale longitudinal brightness structure persists for more than 100 h. This structure rotates approximately together with Saturn. On top of the large steady structure, the auroras brighten suddenly on the timescales of a few minutes. These brightenings repeat with a period of ?1 h. Smaller, 1000-km-scale structures may move faster or lag behind Saturn's rotation on timescales of tens of minutes. The persistence of nearly-corotating large bright longitudinal structure in the auroral oval seen in two movies spanning 8 and 11 rotations gives an estimate on the period of 10.65 ± 0.15 h for 2009 in the northern oval and 10.8 ± 0.1 h for 2012 in the southern oval. The 2009 north aurora period is close to the north branch of Saturn Kilometric Radiation (SKR) detected at that time.

  7. Wavelength meter having single mode fiber optics multiplexed inputs

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    Hackel, Richard P. (Livermore, CA); Paris, Robert D. (San Ramon, CA); Feldman, Mark (Pleasanton, CA)

    1993-01-01

    A wavelength meter having a single mode fiber optics input is disclosed. The single mode fiber enables a plurality of laser beams to be multiplexed to form a multiplexed input to the wavelength meter. The wavelength meter can provide a determination of the wavelength of any one or all of the plurality of laser beams by suitable processing. Another aspect of the present invention is that one of the laser beams could be a known reference laser having a predetermined wavelength. Hence, the improved wavelength meter can provide an on-line calibration capability with the reference laser input as one of the plurality of laser beams.

  8. Wavelength meter having single mode fiber optics multiplexed inputs

    DOEpatents

    Hackel, R.P.; Paris, R.D.; Feldman, M.

    1993-02-23

    A wavelength meter having a single mode fiber optics input is disclosed. The single mode fiber enables a plurality of laser beams to be multiplexed to form a multiplexed input to the wavelength meter. The wavelength meter can provide a determination of the wavelength of any one or all of the plurality of laser beams by suitable processing. Another aspect of the present invention is that one of the laser beams could be a known reference laser having a predetermined wavelength. Hence, the improved wavelength meter can provide an on-line calibration capability with the reference laser input as one of the plurality of laser beams.

  9. Wavelength Shifters and Interactions of EDTA with Acrylic & LAB

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    Mohan, Yuvraj; SNO+ Collaboration

    2014-09-01

    The SNO + experiment, an upgrade to the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, will use linear alkyl-benzene (LAB) liquid scintillator to probe new physics, including 0 ??? decay. Event detection efficiency is heavily affected by radioactive backgrounds, two sources being Rn-222 and Po-210 daughters, some of which has become embedded in the SNO + acrylic vessel after years underground. The leading candidate for polonium leaching is Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). Before deployment on-site, EDTA's effects on the mechanical integrity of acrylic must be determined. It also must not be soluble in LAB or must be removed before scintillator fill of the vessel, as its presence would result in reduced light yield due to scattering. It was found that EDTA had negligible effects on the Young's Modulus of acrylic. EDTA is also slightly soluble in LAB, but can be completely removed by rinsing with water. Additionally, the study of the light yield and alpha/beta timing profiles of two wavelength shifters - bisMSB and perylene - is critical to determining which should be added to the 0 ??? isotope (tellurium) LAB cocktail. Small-scale results hint that perylene might be better, but this is being confirmed with larger-scale tests. The SNO + experiment, an upgrade to the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, will use linear alkyl-benzene (LAB) liquid scintillator to probe new physics, including 0 ??? decay. Event detection efficiency is heavily affected by radioactive backgrounds, two sources being Rn-222 and Po-210 daughters, some of which has become embedded in the SNO + acrylic vessel after years underground. The leading candidate for polonium leaching is Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). Before deployment on-site, EDTA's effects on the mechanical integrity of acrylic must be determined. It also must not be soluble in LAB or must be removed before scintillator fill of the vessel, as its presence would result in reduced light yield due to scattering. It was found that EDTA had negligible effects on the Young's Modulus of acrylic. EDTA is also slightly soluble in LAB, but can be completely removed by rinsing with water. Additionally, the study of the light yield and alpha/beta timing profiles of two wavelength shifters - bisMSB and perylene - is critical to determining which should be added to the 0 ??? isotope (tellurium) LAB cocktail. Small-scale results hint that perylene might be better, but this is being confirmed with larger-scale tests. University of Pennsylvania and SNO+ Collaboration.

  10. Prevalence of blaNDM, blaPER, blaVEB, blaIMP, and blaVIM Genes among Acinetobacter baumannii Isolated from Two Hospitals of Tehran, Iran

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    Fallah, Fatemeh; Noori, Maryam; Goudarzi, Hossein; Karimi, Abdollah; Erfanimanesh, Soroor; Alimehr, Shadi

    2014-01-01

    Background and Objectives. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of blaNDM, blaPER, blaVEB, blaIMP, and blaVIM type genes among A. baumannii isolates from hospitalized patients in two hospitals in Tehran, Iran. Patients and Methods. Antibiotic susceptibility tests were performed by Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion and Broth microdilution methods. The frequency of MBL (metallo-beta-lactamase) and ESBL (extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase) producers was evaluated by CDDT. The ?-lactamases genes were detected by PCR and sequencing methods. Results. The resistance of A. baumannii isolates against tested antibiotics was as follows: 103 (95.4%) to ceftazidime, 108 (100%) to cefotaxime, 105 (95.7%) to cefepime, 99 (91.7%) to imipenem, 99 (91.7%) to meropenem, 87 (80.6%) to amikacin, 105 (97.2%) to piperacillin, 100 (92.6%) to ciprofloxacin, 103 (95.4%) to piperacillin/tazobactam, 44 (40.7%) to gentamicin, 106 (98.1%) to ampicillin/sulbactam, 106 (98.1%) to co-trimoxazole, 87 (80.6%) to tetracycline, and 1 (1.8%) to colistin. Using combined disk diffusion test, 91 (84.2%) and 86 (86.86%) were ESBL and MBL producers, respectively. The prevalence of blaPER-1, blaVEB-1, blaIMP-1, and blaVIM-1 genes was 71 (78.03%), 36 (39.5%), 3 (3.48%), and 15 (17.44%), respectively. Conclusions. The prevalence of ESBLs and MBLs-producing A. baumannii strains detected in this study is a major concern and highlights the need of infection control measures. PMID:25133013

  11. Far-infrared and submillimeter wavelength observations of star-forming dense cores. II - Images

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    Ladd, E. F.; Adams, Fred C.; Fuller, G. A.; Myers, P. C.; Casey, S.; Davidson, J. A.; Harper, D. A.; Padman, R.

    1991-01-01

    This paper reports on far-infrared and submillimeter wavelength observations of low-mass protostellar candidates. The data set comprises emission maps of nine sources observed over a wavelength range 100-800 microns. The emission is extended at all wavelengths longer than 100 microns. The apparent size of the emission regions is weakly correlated with the beam size and is consistent with an underlying specific intensity profile which is scale-free. The observed emission maps are not circular, but have a mean aspect ratio of 1.3, and the position angles are similar to those determined from maps of molecular emission. The observational results are used in conjunction with theoretical considerations to constrain the physical properties of the putative protostellar envelopes.

  12. Wavelength-selective visible-light detector based on integrated graphene transistor and surface plasmon coupler

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    Smith, Christian W.; Maukonen, Doug; Peale, R. E.; Fredricksen, C. J.; Ishigami, M.; Cleary, J. W.

    2014-06-01

    We have invented a novel photodetector by mating a surface plasmon resonance coupler with a graphene field effect transistor. The device enables wavelength selectivity for spectral sensing applications. Surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) are generated in a 50 nm thick Ag film on the surface of a prism in the Kretschmann configuration positioned 500 nm from a graphene FET. Incident photons of a given wavelength excite SPPs at a specific incidence angle. These SPP fields excite a transient current whose amplitude follows the angular resonance spectrum of the SPP absorption feature. Though demonstrated first at visible wavelengths, the approach can be extended far into the infrared. We also demonstrate that the resonant current is strongly modulated by gate bias applied to the FET, providing a clear path towards large-scale spectral imagers with locally addressable pixels.

  13. Laser-to-electricity energy converter for short wavelengths

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    Stirn, R. J.; Yeh, Y. C. M.

    1975-01-01

    Short-wavelength energy converter can be made using Schottky barrier structure. It has wider band gap than p-n junction silicon semiconductors, and thus it has improved response at wavelengths down to and including ultraviolet region.

  14. Quasi-optical diplexer for millimeter wavelengths.

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    Payne, J M; Wordeman, M R

    1978-12-01

    A quasi-optical diplexer for injection of signal and local oscillator frequencies into a mixer at millimeter wave-lengths is described. The diplexer accepts both image and signal bands, presents low loss at both the signal and local oscillator frequencies and rejects local oscillator noise at the signal frequency. The configuration of the device makes it particularly useful for Cassegrain receivers using a cooled mixer and a lens corrected feed system. The diplexer has been tested at 150 GHz on the 11-m radio telescope operated by The National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. PMID:18699048

  15. Lunar space weathering at ultraviolet wavelengths

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    Denevi, B. W.; Robinson, M. S.; Sato, H.; Hapke, B.; McEwen, A. S.; Hawke, B. R.

    2011-10-01

    The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Wide Angle Camera (WAC) images nearly the entire Moon each month through two ultraviolet (UV) filters (bandpasses centered at 321 and 360 nm) and five visible filters (415, 566, 604, 643, and 689 nm) [1]. Global coverage at UV wavelengths provides a fresh opportunity to examine the rate and causes of space weathering on the Moon. We find that UV observations provide a new tool to more confidently identify the least weathered material. Only the youngest craters (<~100 My) appear fresh in the UV, and the UV reflectance of lunar swirls is consistent with limited space weathering.

  16. Using large radio telescopes at decametre wavelengths

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    Lecacheux, A.; Konovalenko, A. A.; Rucker, H. O.

    2003-04-01

    With the aim of evaluating the actual possibilities of doing, from the ground, sensitive radio astronomy at decametre wavelengths (particularly below 40 MHz), an extensive program of radio observations was carried out, in 1999-2002, by using digital spectral and waveform analysers (DSP) of new generation, connected to several of the largest, decametre radio telescopes in the world (i.e. the UTR-2 and URANs arrays in Ukraine, and the Nançay Decameter Array in France). We report and briefly discuss some new findings, dealing with decametre radiation from Jupiter and the Solar Corona: namely the discovery of new kinds of hyper fine structures in spectrograms of the active Sun, and a new characterisation of Jupiter's "millisecond" radiation, whose waveform samples, with time resolution down to 40 nanoseconds, and correlated measurements, by using far distant antennas (3000 km), have been obtained. In addition, scattering effects, caused by the terrestrial ionosphere and the interplanetary medium, could be disentangled, through high time resolution, wide band analyses of solar, planetary and strong galactic radio sources. Consequences for decametre wavelength imaging at high spatial resolution (VLBI) are outlined. Furthermore, in spite of the very unfavourable electromagnetic environment in this frequency range, a substantial increase in quality of the observations, was shown to be provided by using new generation spectrometers, based on sophisticated digital techniques. Indeed, the available, high dynamic range of such devices greatly decrease the effects of artificial and natural radio interference. We give several examples of successful signal detection in case of much weaker radio sources than Solar System ones, down to the ˜1 Jy intensity level. In summary, we conclude that searching for sensitivity improvement at decametre wavelength is justified, and is now technically feasible, in particular by building giant, phased antenna arrays of much larger collecting area (as in the LOFAR project). One must also take into account some specifics of this wavelength range - but somewhat unusual in "classical" radio astronomy -, i.e. a very high level and density of radio interference (telecommunications) and the variable ionosphere. Some applications to Solar System radio astronomy are briefly outlined.

  17. Using large radio telescopes at decametre wavelengths

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    Lecacheux, A.; Konovalenko, A. A.; Rucker, H. O.

    2004-12-01

    With the aim of evaluating the actual possibilities of doing, from the ground, sensitive radio astronomy at decametre wavelengths (particularly below ˜50MHz), an extensive program of radio observations was carried out, in 1999-2002, by using digital spectral and waveform analysers (DSP) of new generation, connected to several of the largest, decametre radio telescopes in the world (i.e., the UTR-2 and URANs arrays in Ukraine, and the Nançay Decametre Array in France). We report and briefly discuss some new findings, dealing with decametre radiation from Jupiter and the Solar Corona: namely the discovery of new kinds of hyper fine structures in spectrograms of the active Sun, and a new characterisation of Jupiter's "millisecond" radiation, whose waveform samples, with time resolution down to 40 ns, and correlated measurements, by using far distant antennas (3000 km), have been obtained. In addition, scattering effects, caused by the terrestrial ionosphere and the interplanetary medium, could be disentangled through high time resolution and wide-band analyses of solar, planetary and strong galactic radio sources. Consequences for decametre wavelength imaging at high spatial resolution (VLBI) are outlined. Furthermore, in spite of the very unfavourable electromagnetic environment in this frequency range, a substantial increase in the quality of the observations was shown to be provided by using new generation spectrometers, based on sophisticated digital techniques. Indeed, the available, high dynamic range of such devices greatly decreases the effects of artificial and natural radio interference. We give several examples of successful signal detection in the case of much weaker radio sources than Solar System ones, down to the ˜1Jy intensity level. In summary, we conclude that searching for sensitivity improvement at the decametre wavelength is scientifically quite justified, and is now technically feasible, in particular by building giant, phased antenna arrays of much larger collecting area (as in the LOFAR project). In this task, one must be careful of some specifics of this wavelength range - somewhat unusual in "classical" radio astronomy - i.e., very high level and density of radio interference (telecommunications) and the variable terrestrial ionosphere.

  18. SAGE 3: A visible wavelength limb sounder

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    Chu, W. P.; Mccormick, M. P.; Zawodny, J.; Mcmaster, L. R.

    1990-01-01

    A brief description is presented for the SAGE 3 (Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment 3) instrument that has been selected to fly onboard the National Polar Platform 1 (NPOP 1) for the Earth Observational System (Eos) in 1996. The SAGE 3 instrument will perform earth limb sounding with the solar occultation technique measuring the ultraviolet (UV), the visible, and the near infrared (IR) wavelength solar radiation. The instrument will produce atmospheric data for the vertical distribution of aerosol, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, water vapor, and oxygen. The details of the instrument design, data flow, and processing requirements are discussed.

  19. Two wavelength division multiplexing WAN trials

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    Lennon, W.J.; Thombley, R.L.

    1995-01-20

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as a super-user, supercomputer, and super-application site, is anticipating the future bandwidth and protocol requirements necessary to connect to other such sites as well as to connect to remote-sited control centers and experiments. In this paper the authors discuss their vision of the future of Wide Area Networking, describe the plans for a wavelength division multiplexed link connecting Livermore with the University of California at Berkeley and describe plans for a transparent, {approx} 10 Gb/s ring around San Francisco Bay.

  20. Wavelength-band-tuning photodiodes by using various metallic nanoparticles.

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    Hwang, J D; Chan, Y D; Chou, T C

    2015-11-20

    Wavelength-band tuning was easily achieved in this work by depositing various metallic nanoparticles (NPs) on silicon p-n junction photodiodes (PDs). The normalization spectrum of the PDs deposited with gold (Au) NPs reveals a high-wavelength pass characteristic; the PDs with silver (Ag) NPs coating behave as a low-wavelength pass, and the PDs with Au/Ag bimetallic NPs appear as a band-wavelength pass PD with a full width at half maximum of 450 ? 630 nm. The issue of wavelength-band tuning is due to the different plasmonic resonance wavelengths associated with various metallic NPs. The extinction plot shows the Au NPs have a longer resonant wavelength of about 545 nm, leading to the incident light with a wavelength near or longer than 545 nm scattered by the Au NPs, hence a high-wavelength pass PD. The PDs with Ag NPs, due to the Ag NPs, exhibit a short resonant wavelength of 430 nm, and the short-wavelength incident light is absorbed near the silicon (Si) surface, where the Ag NPs is atop it. The shorter-wavelength incident light is enhanced by the plasmonic resonance of Ag NPs, making a low-wavelength PD. The Au/Ag NPs presents a resonant wavelength of 500 nm between the Au and Ag NPs. For the incident light with a wavelength close to 500 nm, a constructive interference causes a substantial increase in the local electromagnetic field, hence leading to a band-wavelength pass PD. PMID:26508114

  1. Wavelength-Division Multiplexing Of Bipolar Digital Signals

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    Gibbons, Ronnie D.; Ubele, John L., II

    1994-01-01

    In system, bipolar digital data transmitted by use of wavelength-division multiplexing on single optical fiber. Two different wavelengths used to transmit pulses signifying "positive" or "negative" bipolar digital data. Simultaneous absence of pulses at both wavelengths signifies digital "zero."

  2. WAVELENGTH CONVERSION USING BISMUTH-BASED NONLINEAR OPTICAL LOOP MIRROR

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    Wai, Ping-kong Alexander

    WAVELENGTH CONVERSION USING BISMUTH-BASED NONLINEAR OPTICAL LOOP MIRROR C. C. Lee,1§ P. K. A. Wai,1 of bismuth-based highly-nonlinear fiber in optical loop mirror configuration (Bi-NOLM). Both inverted and non of the wavelength converter is also measured. Keywords: Bismuth based fiber, wavelength conversion, optical signal

  3. Resolving The Moth at Millimeter Wavelengths

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    Ricarte, Angelo; Hughes, A Meredith; Duchêne, Gaspard; Williams, Jonathan P; Andrews, Sean M; Wilner, David J

    2013-01-01

    HD 61005, also known as "The Moth," is one of only a handful of debris disks that exhibit swept-back "wings" thought to be caused by interaction with the ambient interstellar medium (ISM). We present 1.3 mm Submillimeter Array (SMA) observations of the debris disk around HD 61005 at a spatial resolution of 1.9 arcsec that resolve the emission from large grains for the first time. The disk exhibits a double-peaked morphology at millimeter wavelengths, consistent with an optically thin ring viewed close to edge-on. To investigate the disk structure and the properties of the dust grains we simultaneously model the spatially resolved 1.3 mm visibilities and the unresolved spectral energy distribution. The temperatures indicated by the SED are consistent with expected temperatures for grains close to the blowout size located at radii commensurate with the millimeter and scattered light data. We also perform a visibility-domain analysis of the spatial distribution of millimeter-wavelength flux, incorporating constr...

  4. Coherence techniques at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths

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    Chang, Chang

    2002-10-01

    The renaissance of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) and soft x-ray (SXR) optics in recent years is mainly driven by the desire of printing and observing ever smaller features, as in lithography and microscopy. This attribute is complemented by the unique opportunity for element specific identification presented by the large number of atomic resonances, essentially for all materials in this range of photon energies. Together, these have driven the need for new short-wavelength radiation sources (e.g. third generation synchrotron radiation facilities), and novel optical components, that in turn permit new research in areas that have not yet been fully explored. This dissertation is directed towards advancing this new field by contributing to the characterization of spatial coherence properties of undulator radiation and, for the first time, introducing Fourier optical elements to this short-wavelength spectral region. The first experiment in this dissertation uses the Thompson-Wolf two-pinhole method to characterize the spatial coherence properties of the undulator radiation at Beamline 12 of the Advanced Light Source. High spatial coherence EUV radiation is demonstrated with appropriate spatial filtering. The effects of small vertical source size and beamline apertures are observed. The difference in the measured horizontal and vertical coherence profile evokes further theoretical studies on coherence propagation of an EUV undulator beamline. A numerical simulation based on the Huygens-Fresnel principle is performed.

  5. Saras Measurement of the Radio Background At Long Wavelengths

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    Patra, Nipanjana; Subrahmanyan, Ravi; Sethi, Shiv; Udaya Shankar, N.; Raghunathan, A.

    2015-03-01

    SARAS is a correlation spectrometer connected to a frequency independent antenna that is purpose-designed for precision measurements of the radio background at long wavelengths. The design, calibration, and observing strategies admit solutions for the internal additive contributions to the radiometer response, and hence a separation of these contaminants from the antenna temperature. We present here a wideband measurement of the radio sky spectrum by SARAS that provides an accurate measurement of the absolute brightness and spectral index between 110 and 175 MHz. Accuracy in the measurement of absolute sky brightness is limited by systematic errors of magnitude 1.2%; errors in calibration and in the joint estimation of sky and system model parameters are relatively smaller. We use this wide-angle measurement of the sky brightness using the precision wide-band dipole antenna to provide an improved absolute calibration for the 150 MHz all-sky map of Landecker and Wielebinski: subtracting an offset of 21.4 K and scaling by a factor of 1.05 will reduce the overall offset error to 8 K (from 50 K) and scale error to 0.8% (from 5%). The SARAS measurement of the temperature spectral index is in the range ?2.3 to ?2.45 in the 110–175 MHz band and indicates that the region toward the Galactic bulge has a relatively flatter index.

  6. Multi-wavelength Study Of The Cygnus Loop

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    Leahy, Denis A.

    2006-06-01

    The Cygnus Loop is one of the nearest supernova remnants (440pc), allowing studies of spatial variations to be carried out at high physical resolution compared to other supernova remnants.The work of Hester, Raymond and Blair (1994) showed strong evidence for recent rapid shock deceleration in the Cygnus Loop.This is the result of a supernova explosion inside a stellar wind cavity, where the explosion has in the last few hundred years encountered the dense wall of the cavity.Over the past decade or so significant new observations have been made over the entire wavelength rangeincluding X-rays (Chandra), ultraviolet (FUSE), visible (HST), and radio.Here, results of the newer observations will be reviewed, including both larger scale observations of the global structure of the Cygnus Loop, and finer scale observations on the nature of the shocks and physical processes in the supernova remnant.This work supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

  7. Geometrical measurement of cardiac wavelength in reaction-diffusion models

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    Dupraz, Marie; Jacquemet, Vincent

    2014-09-01

    The dynamics of reentrant arrhythmias often consists in multiple wavelets propagating throughout an excitable medium. An arrhythmia can be sustained only if these reentrant waves have a sufficiently short wavelength defined as the distance traveled by the excitation wave during its refractory period. In a uniform medium, wavelength may be estimated as the product of propagation velocity and refractory period (electrophysiological wavelength). In order to accurately measure wavelength in more general substrates relevant to atrial arrhythmias (heterogeneous and anisotropic), we developed a mathematical framework to define geometrical wavelength at each time instant based on the length of streamlines following the propagation velocity field within refractory regions. Two computational methods were implemented: a Lagrangian approach in which a set of streamlines were integrated, and an Eulerian approach in which wavelength was the solution of a partial differential equation. These methods were compared in 1D/2D tissues and in a model of the left atrium. An advantage of geometrical definition of wavelength is that the wavelength of a wavelet can be tracked over time with high temporal resolution and smaller temporal variability in an anisotropic and heterogeneous medium. The results showed that the average electrophysiological wavelength was consistent with geometrical measurements of wavelength. Wavelets were however often shorter than the electrophysiological wavelength due to interactions with boundaries and other wavelets. These tools may help to assess more accurately the relation between substrate properties and wavelet dynamics in computer models.

  8. Selection of remote sensing techniques - Surface roughness information from 3 cm wavelength SLAR images

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    Schaber, G. G.; Berlin, G. L.; Pitrone, D. J.

    1976-01-01

    The value of SLAR (Side-Looking Airborne Radar) image data for detecting and measuring small-scale surface roughness is examined, using as an example the Cottonball Basin in Death Valley National Monument, California. The SLAR image was obtained by an X-band (3 cm wavelength) synthetic aperture radar system operated at an altitude of 10,732 m above sea level. The polarization of the transmitted and received signals was horizontal. Film density values were used to produce color hypsometric maps of small-scale surface irregularities. It is shown that semi-quantitative surface roughness information, from uniquely flat surfaces such as the Cottonball Basin, can be obtained by analysis of 3 cm wavelength SLAR images calibrated by limited field measurements. Quantitative roughness data could be obtained with proper consideration of modifying surface and radar system parameters.

  9. High-performance parallel processors based on star-coupled wavelength division multiplexing optical interconnects

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    Deri, Robert J. (Pleasanton, CA); DeGroot, Anthony J. (Castro Valley, CA); Haigh, Ronald E. (Arvada, CO)

    2002-01-01

    As the performance of individual elements within parallel processing systems increases, increased communication capability between distributed processor and memory elements is required. There is great interest in using fiber optics to improve interconnect communication beyond that attainable using electronic technology. Several groups have considered WDM, star-coupled optical interconnects. The invention uses a fiber optic transceiver to provide low latency, high bandwidth channels for such interconnects using a robust multimode fiber technology. Instruction-level simulation is used to quantify the bandwidth, latency, and concurrency required for such interconnects to scale to 256 nodes, each operating at 1 GFLOPS performance. Performance scales have been shown to .apprxeq.100 GFLOPS for scientific application kernels using a small number of wavelengths (8 to 32), only one wavelength received per node, and achievable optoelectronic bandwidth and latency.

  10. Experimental investigation of wavelength dependence of penetration depth and imaging contrast for ultrahigh-resolution optical coherence tomography

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    Ishida, S.; Nishizawa, N.; Itoh, K.

    2011-03-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non invasive optical imaging technology for micron-scale cross-sectional imaging of biological tissue and materials. Although OCT has many advantages in medical equipments, low penetration depth is a serious limitation for other applications. To realize the ultrahigh resolution and the high penetration depth at the same time, it is effective to choose the proper wavelength to maximize the light penetration and enhance the image contrast at deeper depths. Recently, we have demonstrated ultrahigh resolution and high penetration depth OCT by use of all-fiber based Gaussian shaped supercontinuum source at 1.7 ?m center wavelength. Gaussian-like supercontinuum with 360 nm bandwidth at center wavelength of 1.7 ?m was generated by ultrashort pulse Er doped fiber laser based system. In this paper, using 0.8 ?m and 1.3 ?m SC sources in addition to the 1.7 ?m SC source, we have investigated the wavelength dependence of ultrahigh resolution OCT in terms of penetration depth. Longitudinal resolutions at each wavelength region are almost 4.6 ?m in air. The obtained sensitivity was 95 dB for all wavelength regions. We confirmed the difference of imaging contrast and penetration depth with hamster's cheek pouch and so on. As the wavelength was increased, the magnitude of penetration depth was increased for these samples.

  11. Short-wavelength ablation of solids: pulse duration and wavelength effects

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    Juha, Libor; Bittner, Michal; Chvostova, Dagmar; Letal, Vit; Krasa, Josef; Otcenasek, Zdenek; Kozlova, Michaela; Polan, Jiri; Prag, Ansgar R.; Rus, Bedrich; Stupka, Michal; Krzywinski, Jacek; Andrejczuk, Andrzej; Pelka, Jerzy B.; Sobierajski, Ryszard H.; Ryc, Leszek; Feldhaus, Josef; Boody, Frederick P.; Fiedorowicz, Henryk; Bartnik, Andrzej; Mikolajczyk, Janusz; Rakowski, Rafal; Kubat, P.; Pina, Ladislav; Grisham, Michael E.; Vaschenko, Georgiy O.; Menoni, Carmen S.; Rocca, Jorge J. G.

    2004-11-01

    For conventional wavelength (UV-Vis-IR) lasers delivering radiation energy to the surface of materials, ablation thresholds, ablation (etch) rates, and the quality of ablated structures often differ dramatically between short (typically nanosecond) and ultrashort (typically femtosecond) pulses. Various short-wavelength (l < 100 nm) lasers emitting pulses with durations ranging from ~ 10 fs to ~ 1 ns have recently been put into a routine operation. This makes it possible to investigate how the ablation characteristics depend on the pulse duration in the XUV spectral region. 1.2-ns pulses of 46.9-nm radiation delivered from a capillary-discharge Ne-like Ar laser (Colorado State University, Fort Collins), focused by a spherical Sc/Si multilayer-coated mirror were used for an ablation of organic polymers and silicon. Various materials were irradiated with ellipsoidal-mirror-focused XUV radiation (? = 86 nm, ? = 30-100 fs) generated by the free-electron laser (FEL) operated at the TESLA Test Facility (TTF1 FEL) in Hamburg. The beam of the Ne-like Zn XUV laser (? = 21.2 nm, ? < 100 ps) driven by the Prague Asterix Laser System (PALS) was also successfully focused by a spherical Si/Mo multilayer-coated mirror to ablate various materials. Based on the results of the experiments, the etch rates for three different pulse durations are compared using the XUV-ABLATOR code to compensate for the wavelength difference. Comparing the values of etch rates calculated for short pulses with those measured for ultrashort pulses, we can study the influence of pulse duration on XUV ablation efficiency. Ablation efficiencies measured with short pulses at various wavelengths (i.e. 86/46.9/21.2 nm from the above-mentioned lasers and ~ 1 nm from the double stream gas-puff Xe plasma source driven by PALS) show that the wavelength influences the etch rate mainly through the different attenuation lengths.

  12. Innovative Long Wavelength Infrared Detector Workshop Proceedings

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    Grunthaner, Frank J.

    1990-01-01

    The focus of the workshop was on innovative long wavelength (lambda less than 17 microns) infrared (LWIR) detectors with the potential of meeting future NASA and DoD long-duration space application needs. Requirements are for focal plane arrays which operate near 65K using active refrigeration with mission lifetimes of five to ten years. The workshop addressed innovative concepts, new material systems, novel device physics, and current progress in relation to benchmark technology. It also provided a forum for discussion of performance characterization, producibility, reliability, and fundamental limitations of device physics. It covered the status of the incumbent HgCdTe technology, which shows encouraging progress towards LWIR arrays, and provided a snapshot of research and development in several new contender technologies.

  13. Wavelength of Reticulate Bedforms on the Tharsis Montes, Mars: Spacing Control by Atmospheric Density

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    Bridges, N. T.; Rosenthal, A.; Lorenz, R. D.

    2009-12-01

    Images of the Tharsis Montes and surrounding areas from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) document numerous ridges at the scale of several meters that have been interpreted as aeolian ripples composed of dust aggregates [Bridges et al., 2009]. Dominant morphologies are linear/accordion and honeycomb, with the former common on the volcano flanks and plains and the latter in calderas and other closed depressions. We have recently measured the wavelength of reticulate bedforms in nine HiRISE images on Olympus, Ascraeus, and Pavonis Mons over an elevation range of 3.4 to 21.6 km to determine if there is dependence of wavelength on local atmospheric pressure. This elevation range is greater than that elsewhere on Mars and given the probable similar composition of the bedforms, allows us to critically examine any wavelength dependence on pressure. Three of the images are dominated by honeycomb bedforms, with the other images having mainly linear or accordion. Within each image, 4 sub-regions were selected. Within these sub-regions, 10 traverses were made in which the wavelengths of 4-7 ripple sets were measured, each along a parallel line. This resulted in 200-234 ripple wavelength measurements per image. The results show that reticulate bedform wavelengths are inversely proportional to local atmospheric pressure (power law fit of -0.9, with R2 of 0.6). This suggests that atmospheric density is controlling the wavelength of ripple formation. At present, we are uncertain of the precise physical mechanism that may exert such a control and will present several hypotheses in our poster. We note that the threshold speed is inversely proportional to the square root of density. Ripple wavelength, in turn, is proportional to the square of the excess shear velocity [Pelletier, 2009], and, if this is proportional to the friction speed, wavelength should be proportional to inverse density, consistent with the observations. Variations from a perfect fit may be reflective of local wind conditions, threshold speeds, and particle properties. Bridges, NT. et al. (2009), Icarus, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2009.07.035 Pelletier, J.D. (2009), Geomorphology, 105, 322-33.

  14. Chemical analysis of uranium-niobium alloys by wavelength dispersive spectroscopy at the sigma complex

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    Papin, Pallas A.

    2012-06-01

    Uranium-niobium alloys play an important role in the nation's nuclear stockpile. It is possible to chemically quantify this alloy at a micron scale by using a technique know as wavelength dispersive spectroscopy. This report documents how this technique was used and how it is possible to reproduce measurements of this type. Discussion regarding the accuracy and precision of the measurements, the development of standards, and the comparison of different ways to model the matrices are all presented.

  15. Anyon statistics and its variation with wavelength in Maxwell-Chern-Simons gauge theories

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    Shizuya, K.; Tamura, H.

    1990-12-01

    It is shown that the statistics of anyons changes with wavelength in the presence of the Maxwell kinetic term. The characteristic scale is set by the mass m of the gauge field, and an anyon can be viewed as a point charge surrounded by a gauge-field cloud of size ? {1}/{m}. The fractional statistics realized for well-separated anyons turns out to disappear when the anyons come very close to that their clouds well overlap.

  16. Features of the long-wavelength impurity photoconductivity spectrum in compensated germanium

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    Druzhinin, Y.P.; Chirkova, E.G.

    1995-09-01

    This paper discusses the impurity photoconductivity spectra of compensated Ge: (Cu, Sb) in the photoheating regime, in which the photon energy is comparable to the scale of the random potential well, and the temperature is 4.2 K. Three sections are distinguished in the long-wavelength cutoff region, corresponding to different energy relaxation and charge-carrier transport mechanisms, including a mechanism that involves the participation of optical phonons. 6 refs., 1 fig.

  17. Development of a wavelength-shifting fiber-based photon detector for LBNE

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    Wasserman, R.; Buchanan, N.

    2013-10-01

    The proposed LBNE experiment will employ liquid argon TPCs for the far detector. We are developing a photon detector prototype based on wavelength-shifting fibers and utilizing silicon photomultipliers for potential use in the LBNE far detector. This paper describes progress and plans of the prototype development. An update on the development of a cryogenic detector development test facility, which includes a 500 L cryostat designed for testing full-scale photon detector components for LBNE will also be covered.

  18. A rapid, dispersion-based wavelength-stepped and wavelength-swept laser for optical coherence tomography

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    Tozburun, Serhat; Siddiqui, Meena; Vakoc, Benjamin J.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract: Optical-domain subsampling enables Fourier-domain OCT imaging at high-speeds and extended depth ranges while limiting the required acquisition bandwidth. To perform optical-domain subsampling, a wavelength-stepped rather than a wavelength-swept source is required. This preliminary study introduces a novel design for a rapid wavelength-stepped laser source that uses dispersive fibers in combination with a fast lithium-niobate modulator to achieve wavelength selection. A laser with 200 GHz wavelength-stepping and a sweep rate of 9 MHz over a 94 nm range at a center wavelength of 1550 nm is demonstrated. A reconfiguration of this source design to a continuous wavelength-swept light for conventional Fourier-domain OCT is also demonstrated. PMID:24663631

  19. Information-theoretic method for wavelength selection in bioluminescence tomography

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    Basevi, Hector R. A.; Guggenheim, James A.; Dehghani, Hamid; Styles, Iain B.

    2013-06-01

    Practical imaging constraints restrict the number of wavelengths that can be measured in a single Biolumines- cence Tomography imaging session, but it is unclear which set of measurement wavelengths is optimal, in the sense of providing the most information about the bioluminescent source. Mutual Information was used to integrate knowledge of the type of bioluminescent source likely to be present, the optical properties of tissue and physics of light propagation, and the noise characteristics of the imaging system, in order to quantify the information contained in measurements at different sets of wavelengths. The approach was applied to a two-dimensional sim- ulation of Bioluminescence Tomography imaging of a mouse, and the results indicate that different wavelengths and sets of wavelengths contain different amounts of information. When imaging at a single wavelength, 580nm was found to be optimal, and when imaging at two wavelengths, 570nm and 580nm were found to be optimal. Examination of the dispersion of the posterior distributions for single wavelengths suggests that information regarding the location of the centre of the bioluminescence distribution is relatively independent of wavelength, whilst information regarding the width of the bioluminescence distribution is relatively wavelength specific.

  20. Integration of optical functionality for image sensing through sub-wavelength geometry design

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    Catrysse, Peter B.

    2015-05-01

    Integration and pixel scaling are enabling trends for low-cost, small form-factor, light-weight, and low-power camera systems across all optical frequency bands. Integration allows on-chip implementations of optical functionalities, e.g., polarization, color and spectral selectivity, which were previously achieved using bulky external components (e.g., prisms, filter wheels). Wavelength-size pixels require focusing and guiding of light at the pixel-level (e.g., micro-lenses, light guides), which was not necessary for larger pixels. On-chip integration of optical functionalities and pixel-level light control is often based on miniaturized versions of conventional optical components. These components derive their functionality from material properties or shapes, but do not lend themselves well to integration or scale to wavelengthsize pixels. Here, I present an overview of innovative integrated optical devices that overcome the problems associated with the integration and scaling of conventional components. They are enabled by scaling of imager and focal plane array technology, and by advanced nanofabrication. Wafer-scale processing and nanofabrication have made nano-scale patterning possible, while recent discoveries regarding the optical properties of nano-patterned structures have opened up important opportunities to develop ultra-compact photonic devices. I discuss design implementations for the visible (VIS) and infrared (IR) wavelength bands, including VIS integrated color pixels (ICPs) in a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology with geometry-based color filters, micro-lens functionality based on planar nanoaperture designs, and metal-based spectral filters for mid-wave IR (MWIR) multispectral imaging that can be implemented using standard nanofabrication methods. The devices are planar and/or ultra-thin, rely on processcompatible materials only, and derive their functionality from sub-wavelength geometry design.

  1. A Tunable Laser System for the Wavelength Calibration of Multi-Object Spectrographs

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    Cramer, Claire; Brown, S.; Dupree, A. K.; Korzennik, S. G.; Lykke, K. R.; Szentgyorgyi, A.

    2009-12-01

    High-resolution spectroscopy is an essential technique in the search for extra-solar earths, time variation of fundamental constants, and dark matter in the galactic halo. A problem that must be addressed in order to improve upon existing measurements is the wavelength calibration of multi-object echelle spectrographs (MOS). Precise MOS wavelength calibration is largely an unsolved problem. Optimally, calibration light should illuminate the spectrograph pupil with the same intensity distribution as a science object. This is best achieved by making the path of the calibration light and star light follow the same optical path. For a single object spectrograph, this is straightforward. The difficulty arises when hundreds of apertures (fibers) located in different places in the focal plane must be calibrated in a reasonable amount of time. The ThAr calibration lamps typically used for high-resolution spectroscopy are too faint to reflect from a dome screen that acts as a proxy for an infinite conjugate, and shining lamp light directly onto the focal plane leads to position- and fiber-dependent shifts and distortions of the wavelength scale. We present preliminary results from a scheme we have deployed at the MMT 6.5m telescope to wavelength calibrate the Hectochelle MOS with tunable lasers. Narrowband tunable lasers are bright enough to compensate dome screen attenuation, and can be scanned over a typical MOS free spectral range of 10 nm in under a minute. We record the wavelengths in each laser calibration scan with a commercial scanning Michelson interferometer, which gives a precision and accuracy of 50 m/s for each line, comparable to the photon-limited Doppler precision of a typical multi-object echelle spectrograph. In this poster, we describe the tunable laser system, compare wavelength solutions generated from the tunable laser system and ThAr lamps, and present examples of astronomical data calibrated with the laser.

  2. CONFIRMING THE PRIMARILY SMOOTH STRUCTURE OF THE VEGA DEBRIS DISK AT MILLIMETER WAVELENGTHS

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    Hughes, A. Meredith; Plambeck, Richard; Chiang, Eugene; Wilner, David J.; Andrews, Sean M.; Mason, Brian; Carpenter, John M.; Chiang, Hsin-Fang; Williams, Jonathan P.; Hales, Antonio; Su, Kate; Dicker, Simon; Korngut, Phil; Devlin, Mark

    2012-05-01

    Clumpy structure in the debris disk around Vega has been previously reported at millimeter wavelengths and attributed to concentrations of dust grains trapped in resonances with an unseen planet. However, recent imaging at similar wavelengths with higher sensitivity has disputed the observed structure. We present three new millimeter-wavelength observations that help to resolve the puzzling and contradictory observations. We have observed the Vega system with the Submillimeter Array (SMA) at a wavelength of 880 {mu}m and an angular resolution of 5''; with the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA) at a wavelength of 1.3 mm and an angular resolution of 5''; and with the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) at a wavelength of 3.3 mm and angular resolution of 10''. Despite high sensitivity and short baselines, we do not detect the Vega debris disk in either of the interferometric data sets (SMA and CARMA), which should be sensitive at high significance to clumpy structure based on previously reported observations. We obtain a marginal (3{sigma}) detection of disk emission in the GBT data; the spatial distribution of the emission is not well constrained. We analyze the observations in the context of several different models, demonstrating that the observations are consistent with a smooth, broad, axisymmetric disk with inner radius 20-100 AU and width {approx}> 50 AU. The interferometric data require that at least half of the 860 {mu}m emission detected by previous single-dish observations with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope be distributed axisymmetrically, ruling out strong contributions from flux concentrations on spatial scales of {approx}<100 AU. These observations support recent results from the Plateau de Bure Interferometer indicating that previous detections of clumpy structure in the Vega debris disk were spurious.

  3. Synthetic wavelength-based phase unwrapping in Fourier domain optical coherence tomography

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    Hendargo, Hansford C.; Zhao, Mingtao; Shepherd, Neal; Izatt, Joseph A.

    2009-02-01

    Phase-sensitive adjuncts to optical coherence tomography (OCT) including Doppler and polarization-sensitive implementations allow for quantitative depth-resolved measurements of sample structure and dynamics including fluid flows and orientation of birefringent structures. The development of Fourier-domain OCT (FDOCT), particularly spectrometer-based spectral-domain systems with no moving parts (spectral-domain OCT or SDOCT), have greatly enhanced the phase stability of OCT systems particularly when implemented in a common-path geometry. The latter combination has given rise to a new class of nm-scale sensitive quantitative phase microscopies we have termed spectral domain phase microscopy. However, the phase information in all of these techniques suffers from a 2? ambiguity that limits resolvable pathlength differences to less than half the source center wavelength. This is problematic for situations such as cellular imaging, Doppler velocimetry, or polarization sensitive applications where it may be necessary to monitor sample profiles, displacements, phase differences, or refractive index variations which vary rapidly in space or time. A technique previously introduced in phase shifting interferometry uses phase information from multiple wavelengths to overcome this limitation. We show that by appropriate spectral windowing of the broadband light source already used in OCT, particularly by reshaping the source spectrum about two different center wavelengths, the resulting phase variation may be cast in terms of a much longer synthetic wavelength chosen to span the phase variation of interest. We show theoretically that the optimal choice of synthetic wavelength depends upon a tradeoff between the minimum resolvable phase and the length of unambiguous phase measurement. We demonstrate this technique using a broadband source centered at 790 nm by correctly reconstructing the phase profile from a phantom sample containing multiple 2? wrapping artifacts at the center wavelength and compare our result with atomic force microscopy.

  4. Wire grid polarizers for visible wavelengths

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    Johnson, Joshua Hans

    Detailed analysis of wire-grid (WG) polarizers for visible wavelengths is presented. Rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) is used to model their performance. The optimum choice of metal for the wires is identified, and the effects of different substrate indices of refraction are considered. The polarization properties are considered with changes in the physical parameters, including period, duty cycle, and wire thickness. It is shown that the performance of WG polarizers improves with increasing angle of incidence. The effect of non-square wire profiles is considered, as is the effect of adding additional dielectric layers between the wires and the substrate. The effect of metal oxide layers forming on the wires is also modeled. While most of this work concerns WG polarizers used in transmission, the performance in reflection is also discussed. Several visible-wavelength WG polarizers were fabricated at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility (CNF) in Ithaca, NY. Electron-beam lithography was used to write the patterns for these devices, and two different methods of pattern transfer were compared. These were the lift-off method and reactive-ion etching (RIE). We found that lift-off could not produce wires thick enough for good polarization properties. RIE could produce much thicker wires with good profiles and was used for all of the experimental work presented here. Two different methods for metal film deposition, evaporation and sputtering were also compared. Films deposited by sputtering were found to have much lower indices of refraction and to not respond to etching as well. Thermally evaporated films performed much better in WG polarizers. Alternative methods for the mass-production of visible-wavelength WG polarizers are also discussed. The performance of the fabricated WG polarizers is compared to theory. When the measured physical parameters are used in RCWA to predict the performance, the measured extinction ratio is found to be much lower than the predicted result in all cases. The measured transmission coefficient was somewhat higher than predicted by theory. These discrepancies occurred regardless of the film deposition or pattern transfer process used. Three different models are compared to explain these differences. These are the size effect, an effective-medium theory, and an increased oxide thickness model. The best model is found to be an increased oxide thickness on the wires. As the film is etched, previously unexposed grain boundaries and pores in the films become exposed to the atmosphere, allowing oxygen to enter the wires and oxidize them. Modeling this excess oxidation as an increased oxide thickness on the wires gives excellent agreement between theory and experiment. Measured changes in the polarization properties with changing physical parameters are found to agree with the theoretical predictions. The performance of several commercially-available visible polarizers are also measured and compared. Finally, some methods for enhancing the performance further are discussed.

  5. Attacking practical quantum key distribution system with wavelength dependent beam splitter and multi-wavelength sources

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    Hong-Wei Li; Shuang Wang; Jing-Zheng Huang; Wei Chen; Zhen-Qiang Yin; Fang-Yi Li; Zheng Zhou; Dong Liu; Yang Zhang; Guang-Can Guo; Wan-Su Bao; Zheng-Fu Han

    2011-12-20

    Unconditional security of quantum key distribution protocol can be guaranteed by the basic property of quantum mechanics. Unfortunately, the practical quantum key distribution system always have some imperfections, and the practical system may be attacked if the imperfection can be controlled by the eavesdropper Eve. Applying the fatal security loophole introduced by the imperfect beam splitter's wavelength dependent optical property, we propose wavelength-dependent attacking model, which can be applied to almost all practical quantum key distribution systems with the passive state modulation and photon state detection after the practical beam splitter. Utilizing our attacking model, we experimentally demonstrate the attacking system based on practical polarization encoding quantum key distribution system with almost 100% success probability. Our result demonstrate that all practical devices require tightened security inspection for avoiding side channel attacks in practical quantum key distribution experimental realizations.

  6. Composite multiple wavelength laser material and multiple wavelength laser for use therewith

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    Jani, Mahendra G. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    A composite multiple wavelength laser material is provided and is typically constructed with a common axis of construction in the form of a rod of uniform cross-section. The rod comprises a plurality of segments of laser material bonded, e.g., diffusion bonded, to one another along the common axis. Each segment lases at a unique wavelength when excited to produce a laser emission. The segments can be made from a birefringent material doped with laser active ions. If the same birefringent host material is used for all segments, ground-state absorption losses can be reduced by terminating either end of the rod with end segments made from undoped pieces of the birefringent material.

  7. Four-wavelength retinal vessel oximetry

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    Drewes, Jonathan Jensen

    1999-11-01

    This dissertation documents the design and construction of a four-wavelength retinal vessel oximeter, the Eye Oximeter (EOX). The EOX scans low-powered laser beams (at 629, 678, 821 and 899 nm) into the eye and across a targeted retinal vessel to measure the transmittance of the blood within the vessel. From the transmittance measurements, the oxygen saturation of the blood within the vessel is computed. Retinal vessel oxygen saturation has been suggested as a useful parameter for monitoring a wide range of conditions including occult blood loss and a variety of ophthalmic diseases. An artificial eye that simulates the geometry of a human retinal vessel was constructed and used to calibrate the EOX saturation measurement. A number of different oximetry equations were developed and tested. From measurements made on whole human blood in the artificial eye, an oximetry equation that places a linear wavelength dependance on the scattering losses (3% decrease from 629 to 899 nm) is found to best calibrate the EOX oxygen saturation measurement. This calibration also requires that an adjustment be made to the absorption coefficient of hemoglobin at 629 nm that has been reported in the literature. More than 4,000 measurements were made in the eyes of three human subjects during the development of the EOX. Applying the oximetry equation developed through the in vitro experiments to human data, the average human retinal venous oxygen saturation is estimated to be 0.63 +/- 0.07 and the average human retinal arterial oxygen saturation is 0.99 +/- 0.03. Furthermore, measurements made away from the optic disk resulted in a larger variance in the calculated saturation when compared to measurements made on the optic disk. A series of EOX experiments using anesthetized swine helped to verify the sensitivity of the EOX measurement of oxygen saturation. It is found that the calibration in swine differed from the calibration in the artificial eye. An empirical calibration from the swine measurements was applied to the human measurements. With this correction, the average human retinal venous oxygen saturation was found to be 0.40 +/- 0.08 and the average human retinal arterial oxygen saturation was found to be 0.98 +/- 0.03. This suggests that the swine, human and model eye measurements may each require a different calibration because of differences between the spectral characteristics of their ocular fundi. Finally, further in vitro and in vivo experimentation is proposed so that the goal of having an accurate, absolute measurement of the human retinal vessel oxygen saturation will be realized.

  8. Reference wavelength method for a two-color pyrometer.

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    Hahn, J W; Rhee, C

    1987-12-15

    The reference wavelength method is used for a two-color pyrometer and, with the reference wavelength method, an analytical formula of the ratio temperature for the two-color pyrometer is derived. For one channel of the two-color pyrometer, with a triangular spectral response of 0.1-micro m FWHM and 2.0-micro m peak wavelength, the effective wavelength and the correction factors with several reference wavelengths are determined. By fitting the curves of the effective wavelength and the correction factor to simple functional forms of temperature, the radiance errors for both cases are calculated. Also, it is found that the correction factor determined in a single-color pyrometer can be used directly in one channel of the two-color pyrometer without additional calculation. PMID:20523516

  9. Identification of aerosol composition from multi-wavelength lidar measurements

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    Wood, S. A.

    1984-01-01

    This paper seeks to develop the potential of lidar for the identification of the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols. Available numerical computations suggest that aerosols can be identified by the wavelength dependence of aerosol optical properties. Since lidar can derive the volume backscatter coefficient as a function of wavelength, a multi-wavelength lidar system may be able to provide valuable information on the composition of aerosols. This research theoretically investigates the volume backscatter coefficients for the aerosol classes, sea-salts, and sulfates, as a function of wavelength. The results show that these aerosol compositions can be characterized and identified by their backscatter wavelength dependence. A method to utilize multi-wavelength lidar measurements to discriminate between compositionally different thin aerosol layers is discussed.

  10. Broadband Wavelength Spanning Holographic Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystals

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    Rai, Kashma; Shriyan, Sameet; Fontecchio, Adam

    2008-03-01

    Broadened interaction wavelength of holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystals (HPDLCs) have extensive applications in beam steering for instrument clusters, hyperspectral imaging, wavelength filtering and construction of lightweight optics. A novel simultaneous time and spatial multiplexing formation configuration is proposed here, to increase narrow wavelength reflecting notch to broad range wavelength spanning device. HPDLC films have electro-optic controllability by applying field. No moving parts, light weight, small footprint compared to prisms and lenses, high color purity make the broadband wavelength HPDLCs desirable for the above applications. Varying the incident laser beam exposure angles using motorized rotating stage, during formation is the key step here for their formation in a single medium. The fabricated broadband wavelength sensitive HPDLCs are characterized for the uniformity of the reflected peak and electro optic response. Their output wavefront is analyzed using wavefront analysis technique.

  11. Measurement of Magic Wavelengths for the ^{40}Ca^{+} Clock Transition.

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    Liu, Pei-Liang; Huang, Yao; Bian, Wu; Shao, Hu; Guan, Hua; Tang, Yong-Bo; Li, Cheng-Bin; Mitroy, J; Gao, Ke-Lin

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrate experimentally the existence of magic wavelengths and determine the ratio of oscillator strengths for a single trapped ion. For the first time, two magic wavelengths near 396 nm for the ^{40}Ca^{+} clock transition are measured simultaneously with high precision. By tuning the applied laser to an intermediate wavelength between transitions 4s_{1/2}?4p_{1/2} and 4s_{1/2}?4p_{3/2}, the sensitivity of the clock transition Stark shift to the oscillator strengths is greatly enhanced. Furthermore, with the measured magic wavelengths, we determine the ratio of the oscillator strengths with a deviation of less than 0.5%. Our experimental method may be applied to measure magic wavelengths for other ion clock transitions. Promisingly, the measurement of these magic wavelengths paves the way to building all-optical trapped ion clocks. PMID:26196619

  12. Multiple-channel wavelength conversions in a photonic crystal cavity.

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    Jeon, Seungwoo; Song, Bong-Shik; Yamada, Shota; Yamaguchi, Yuki; Upham, Jeremy; Asano, Takashi; Noda, Susumu

    2015-02-23

    We demonstrate multiple-channel wavelength conversions of second harmonic and sum frequency generations in a silicon carbide photonic crystal cavity. The cavity is designed to have multiple modes including a nanocavity mode and Fabry-Pérot modes. Multiple-channel wavelength conversions in the nanocavity and Fabry-Pérot modes are shown experimentally. Furthermore, we investigate the polarization characteristics of wavelength-converted light. The experimental results of the polarization are in good agreement with calculation. PMID:25836489

  13. Visible-wavelength semiconductor lasers and arrays

    DOEpatents

    Schneider, Jr., Richard P. (Albuquerque, NM); Crawford, Mary H. (Albuquerque, NM)

    1996-01-01

    A visible semiconductor laser. The visible semiconductor laser includes an InAlGaP active region surrounded by one or more AlGaAs layers on each side, with carbon as the sole p-type dopant. Embodiments of the invention are provided as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and as edge-emitting lasers (EELs). One or more transition layers comprised of a substantially indium-free semiconductor alloy such as AlAsP, AlGaAsP, or the like may be provided between the InAlGaP active region and the AlGaAS DBR mirrors or confinement layers to improve carrier injection and device efficiency by reducing any band offsets. Visible VCSEL devices fabricated according to the invention with a one-wavelength-thick (1.lambda.) optical cavity operate continuous-wave (cw) with lasing output powers up to 8 mW, and a peak power conversion efficiency of up to 11%.

  14. Visible-wavelength semiconductor lasers and arrays

    DOEpatents

    Schneider, R.P. Jr.; Crawford, M.H.

    1996-09-17

    The visible semiconductor laser includes an InAlGaP active region surrounded by one or more AlGaAs layers on each side, with carbon as the sole p-type dopant. Embodiments of the invention are provided as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and as edge-emitting lasers (EELs). One or more transition layers comprised of a substantially indium-free semiconductor alloy such as AlAsP, AlGaAsP, or the like may be provided between the InAlGaP active region and the AlGaAS DBR mirrors or confinement layers to improve carrier injection and device efficiency by reducing any band offsets. Visible VCSEL devices fabricated according to the invention with a one-wavelength-thick (1{lambda}) optical cavity operate continuous-wave (cw) with lasing output powers up to 8 mW, and a peak power conversion efficiency of up to 11%. 5 figs.

  15. Multi-wavelength spectroscopy of oriented erythrocytes

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    Serebrennikova, Yulia M.; Garcia-Rubio, Luis H.; Smith, Jennifer M.; Huffman, Debra E.

    2010-02-01

    Accurate characterization of the optical properties of erythrocytes is essential for the applications in optical biomedicine, in particular, for diagnosis of blood related diseases. The observed optical properties strongly depend on the erythrocyte's size, hemoglobin composition and orientation relative to the incident light. We explored the effect of orientation on the absorption and scattering properties of erythrocytes suspended in saline using UV-visible spectroscopy and theoretical predictive modeling based on anomalous diffraction approximation. We demonstrate that the orientation of erythrocytes in dilute saline suspensions is not random and produces consistent spectral pattern. Numerical analysis showed that the multi-wavelength absorption and scattering properties of erythrocytes in dilute suspensions can be accurately described with two orientation populations. These orientation populations with respect to the incident light are face-on incidence and edge-on incidence. The variances of the orientation angles for each population are less than 15 degrees and the relative proportions of the two populations strongly depend on the number density of the erythrocytes in suspensions. Further, the identified orientation populations exhibit different sensitivities to the changes in the compositional and morphological properties of erythrocytes. The anomalous diffraction model based on these orientation populations predicts the absorption and scattering properties of erythrocytes with accuracy greater than 99%. Establishment of the optical properties of normal erythrocytes allows for detection of the disease induced changes in the erythrocyte spectral signatures.

  16. Data Reduction of Multi-wavelength Observations

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    Pilia, M; Pellizzoni, A P; Bachetti, M; Piano, G; Poddighe, A; Egron, E; Iacolina, M N; Melis, A; Concu, R; Possenti, A; Perrodin, D

    2015-01-01

    Multi-messenger astronomy is becoming the key to understanding the Universe from a comprehensive perspective. In most cases, the data and the technology are already in place, therefore it is important to provide an easily-accessible package that combines datasets from multiple telescopes at different wavelengths. In order to achieve this, we are working to produce a data analysis pipeline that allows the data reduction from different instruments without needing detailed knowledge of each observation. Ideally, the specifics of each observation are automatically dealt with, while the necessary information on how to handle the data in each case is provided by a tutorial that is included in the program. We first focus our project on the study of pulsars and their wind nebulae (PWNe) at radio and gamma-ray frequencies. In this way, we aim to combine time-domain and imaging datasets at two extremes of the electromagnetic spectrum. In addition, the emission has the same non-thermal origin in pulsars at radio and gam...

  17. Underdense radiation sources: Moving towards longer wavelengths

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    Back, C. A.; Seely, J. F.; Weaver, J. L.; Feldman, U.; Tommasini, R.; Glendinning, S. G.; Chung, H.-K.; Rosen, M.; Lee, R. W.; Scott, H. A.; Tillack, M.; Kilkenny, J. D.

    2006-06-01

    Underdense radiation sources have been developed to provide efficient laboratory multi-keV radiation sources for radiography and radiation hardening studies. In these plasmas laser absorption by inverse bremsstrahlung leads to high x-ray conversion efficiency because of efficient ionization of the low density aerogel or gas targets. Now we performing experiments in the soft x-ray energy regime where the atomic physics models are much more complicated. In recent experiments at the NIKE laser, we have irradiated a Ti-doped SiO{2} aerogel with up to 1650 J of 248 nm wavelength light. The absolute Ti L-shell emission in the 200-800 eV range is measured with a diagnostic that uses a transmission grating coupled to Si photodiodes. We will give an overview of the temporally-resolved absolutely calibrated spectra obtained over a range of conditions. Eventually we hope to extend our studies to x-ray production in the EUV range.

  18. OPS laser EPI design for different wavelengths

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    Moloney, J. V.; Hader, J.; Li, H.; Kaneda, Y.; Wang, T. S.; Yarborough, M.; Koch, S. W.; Stolz, W.; Kunert, B.; Bueckers, C.; Chaterjee, S.; Hardesty, G.

    2009-02-01

    Design of optimized semiconductor optically-pumped semiconductor lasers (OPSLs) depends on many ingredients starting from the quantum wells, barrier and cladding layers all the way through to the resonant-periodic gain (RPG) and high reflectivity Bragg mirror (DBR) making up the OPSL active mirror. Accurate growth of the individual layers making up the RPG region is critical if performance degradation due to cavity misalignment is to be avoided. Optimization of the RPG+DBR structure requires knowledge of the heat generation and heating sinking of the active mirror. Nonlinear Control Strategies SimuLaseTM software, based on rigorous many-body calculations of the semiconductor optical response, allows for quantum well and barrier optimization by correlating low intensity photoluminescence spectra computed for the design, with direct experimentally measured wafer-level edge and surface PL spectra. Consequently, an OPSL device optimization procedure ideally requires a direct iterative interaction between designer and grower. In this article, we discuss the application of the many-body microscopic approach to OPSL devices lasing at 850nm, 1040nm and 2?m. The latter device involves and application of the many-body approach to mid-IR OPSLs based on antimonide materials. Finally we will present results on based on structural modifications of the epitaxial structure and/or novel material combinations that offer the potential to extend OPSL technology to new wavelength ranges.

  19. Chandra Multi-wavelength Plane Survey

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    Zhao, Ping; Grindlay, Jonathan E.; Hong, Jae Sub; Servillat, Mathieu; van den Berg, Maureen C.

    2015-08-01

    The ChaMPlane Survey is designed to investigate the nature of the serendipitous X-ray point sources discovered by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, with its unprecedented spatial resolution, in the galactic plane. This multi-wavelength survey includes data from the Chandra archive and our own 840ks Chandra observations near the galactic center, as well as optical and infrared images and spectra we obtained from the Gemini-S, CTIO-4m, KPNO-4m, Magellan, MMT, WIYN and FLWO-1.5m. Its science goals are: 1) to determine the space density of faint accretion-powered binaries, mainly accreting white dwarfs in cataclysmic variables (CVs) and neutron stars or black holes in low-mass X-ray binaries in quiescence (qLMXBs) in the Galaxy; 2) to measure the Be High-Mass X-ray Binary (BeHMXB) density; and 3) to study the population of stellar coronal X-ray sources. We report our findings and summarize selected highlights from this legacy survey.

  20. Smoke optical depths - Magnitude, variability, and wavelength dependence

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    Pueschel, R. F.; Russell, P. B.; Colburn, D. A.; Ackerman, T. P.; Allen, D. A.

    1988-01-01

    An airborne autotracking sun-photometer has been used to measure magnitudes, temporal/spatial variabilities, and the wavelength dependence of optical depths in the near-ultraviolet to near-infrared spectrum of smoke from two forest fires and one jet fuel fire and of background air. Jet fuel smoke optical depths were found to be generally less wavelength dependent than background aerosol optical depths. Forest fire smoke optical depths, however, showed a wide range of wavelength depedences, such as incidents of wavelength-independent extinction.

  1. A novel multimode interference wavelength division demultiplexer in photonic crystal

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    Fan, Hongming; Liao, Qinghua; Zhang, Xuan; Dan, Yi; Yu, Tianbao; Huang, Yongzhen

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, we propose a novel wavelength division demultiplexer (WDDM) based on multimode interference (MMI) effect. The structure of WDDM is composed of three MMI regions, which can efficiently make two wavelengths (1310 nm and 1500 nm) to get through and one wavelength (1550 nm) to reflect back. In addition, it may also realize the separation for 1310/1500 nm. The transmittance higher than 97% and the crosstalk lower than -25 dB are achieved. It can also be extended to other wavelengths by changing the parameters of structure. The proposed device may have practical applications in photonic integrated circuits.

  2. Long external cavity Si photonic wavelength tunable laser diode

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    Kita, Tomohiro; Nemoto, Keita; Yamada, Hirohito

    2014-01-01

    We fabricated wavelength-tunable laser diodes with external cavity consist of Si photonic wire waveguide ring resonators. About 51.5 nm wavelength tuning operation, which covers the entire L-band of the optical communication wavelength range, was obtained. The cavity length dependence of the spectral line width was verified to obtain narrower spectral linewidth. The observed spectral linewidth of 3.78 mm long cavity and 8.19 mm long cavity are 131.0 and 64.8 kHz, respectively. The advantage of long external cavity to design the narrow spectral linewidth Si photonic wavelength tunable laser diode was confirmed.

  3. Clear sky atmosphere at cm-wavelengths from climatology data

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    Lew, Bartosz; Uscka-Kowalkowska, Joanna

    2016-01-01

    We utilize ground-based, balloon-borne and satellite climatology data to reconstruct site and season-dependent vertical profiles of precipitable water vapour (PWV). We use these profiles to solve radiative transfer through the atmosphere, and derive atmospheric brightness temperature (Tatm) and optical depth (?) at centimetre wavelengths. We validate the reconstruction by comparing the model column PWV with photometric measurements of PWV, performed in clear sky conditions pointed towards the Sun. Based on the measurements, we devise a selection criteria to filter the climatology data to match the PWV levels to the expectations of the clear sky conditions. We apply the reconstruction to the location of a Polish 32-metre radio telescope, and characterize Tatm and ? year round, at selected frequencies. We also derive the zenith distance dependence for these parameters, and discuss the shortcomings of using planar, single-layer and optically thin atmospheric models in continuum radio-source flux-density measurement calibrations. We obtain PWV-Tatm and PWV-? scaling relations in clear sky conditions, and constrain limits to which the actual Tatm and ? can deviate from those derived solely from the climatological data. Finally, we suggest a statistical method to detect clear sky that involves ground-level measurements of relative humidity. Accuracy is tested using local climatological data. The method may be useful to constrain cloud cover in cases when no other (and more robust) climatological data are available.

  4. Using wavelength and slope to infer the historical origin of semiarid vegetation bands.

    PubMed

    Sherratt, Jonathan A

    2015-04-01

    Landscape-scale patterns of vegetation occur worldwide at interfaces between semiarid and arid climates. They are important as potential indicators of climate change and imminent regime shifts and are widely thought to arise from positive feedback between vegetation and infiltration of rainwater. On gentle slopes the typical pattern form is bands (stripes), oriented parallel to the contours, and their wavelength is probably the most accessible statistic for vegetation patterns. Recent field studies have found an inverse correlation between pattern wavelength and slope, in apparent contradiction with the predictions of mathematical models. Here I show that this "contradiction" is based on a flawed approach to calculating the wavelength in models. When pattern generation is considered in detail, the theory is fully consistent with empirical results. For realistic parameters, degradation of uniform vegetation generates patterns whose wavelength increases with slope, whereas colonization of bare ground gives the opposite trend. Therefore, the empirical finding of an inverse relationship can be used, in conjunction with climate records, to infer the historical origin of the patterns. Specifically, for the African Sahel my results suggest that banded vegetation originated by the colonization of bare ground during circa 1760-1790 or since circa 1850. PMID:25831503

  5. Using wavelength and slope to infer the historical origin of semiarid vegetation bands

    PubMed Central

    Sherratt, Jonathan A.

    2015-01-01

    Landscape-scale patterns of vegetation occur worldwide at interfaces between semiarid and arid climates. They are important as potential indicators of climate change and imminent regime shifts and are widely thought to arise from positive feedback between vegetation and infiltration of rainwater. On gentle slopes the typical pattern form is bands (stripes), oriented parallel to the contours, and their wavelength is probably the most accessible statistic for vegetation patterns. Recent field studies have found an inverse correlation between pattern wavelength and slope, in apparent contradiction with the predictions of mathematical models. Here I show that this “contradiction” is based on a flawed approach to calculating the wavelength in models. When pattern generation is considered in detail, the theory is fully consistent with empirical results. For realistic parameters, degradation of uniform vegetation generates patterns whose wavelength increases with slope, whereas colonization of bare ground gives the opposite trend. Therefore, the empirical finding of an inverse relationship can be used, in conjunction with climate records, to infer the historical origin of the patterns. Specifically, for the African Sahel my results suggest that banded vegetation originated by the colonization of bare ground during circa 1760–1790 or since circa 1850. PMID:25831503

  6. Ultra-short wavelength operation of a thulium fibre laser in the 1660-1750 nm wavelength band.

    PubMed

    Daniel, J M O; Simakov, N; Tokurakawa, M; Ibsen, M; Clarkson, W A

    2015-07-13

    Ultra-short wavelength operation of a thulium fibre laser is investigated. Through use of core pumping and high feedback efficiency wavelength selection, a continuously-tunable fibre laser source operating from 1660 nm to 1720 nm is demonstrated in a silica host. We discuss the range of applications within this important wavelength band such as polymer materials processing and medical applications targeting characteristic C-H bond resonance peaks. As a demonstration of the power scalability of thulium fibre lasers in this band, fixed wavelength operation at 1726 nm with output power up 12.6 W and with slope efficiency > 60% is also shown. PMID:26191883

  7. Ultra-broadband wavelength-swept Tm-doped fiber laser using wavelength-combined gain stages.

    PubMed

    Tokurakawa, M; Daniel, J M O; Chenug, C S; Liang, H; Clarkson, W A

    2015-01-12

    A wavelength-swept thulium-doped fiber laser system employing two parallel cavities with two different fiber gain stages is reported. The fiber gain stages were tailored to provide emission in complementary bands with external wavelength-dependent feedback cavities sharing a common rotating polygon mirror for wavelength scanning. The wavelength-swept laser outputs from the fiber gain elements were spectrally combined by means of a dichroic mirror and yielded over 500 mW of output with a scanning range from ~1740 nm to ~2070 nm for a scanning frequency of ~340 Hz. PMID:25835692

  8. All-fiber wavelength-tunable Tm/Ho-codoped laser between 1727 nm and 2030 nm

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    Xue, Guanghui; Zhang, Bin; Yin, Ke; Yang, Weiqiang; Hou, Jing

    2015-02-01

    Lasers in the eye-safe 2 ?m spectral region are attracting significant interest due to a variety of applications such as atmospheric lidar sensing and medical treatment, which require laser sources matching the absorption lines of various molecules in the 2 ?m wavelength region. We demonstrate an all-fiber Tm/Ho-codoped laser operating in the 2 ?m wavelength region with a wide wavelength tuning range of more than 300 nm. The Tm/Ho-codoped fiber laser (THFL) was built in a ring cavity configuration with a fiberized grating-based tunable filter to select the operating wavelength. The tunable wavelength range of the THFL was from 1727 nm to 2030 nm. To the best of our knowledge, this is the widest tuning range that has been reported for an all-fiber rare-earth-doped laser to date. Efficient short wavelength operation was also achieved. The output power of the THFL was further scaled up from 1810 nm to 2010 nm by using a stage of Tm/Ho-codoped fiber amplifier (THFA), which exhibited the maximum slope efficiency of 42.6% with output power of 408 mW at 1910 nm.

  9. Long Wavelength Emission from Extrasolar Planets

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    Butler, B. J.

    2003-05-01

    At long wavelengths (? > 6 m; ? < 40 MHz), the emission from Jupiter is dominated by extremely strong and variable cyclotron maser emission. This emission arises from solar wind deposited keV electrons in the magnetosphere, which subsequently develop an anisotropy in their energy distribution, becoming unstable. When these electrons encounter the auroral zones of the planet, emission results at the gyrofrequency of the magnetic field at the location of the electron (fg = 2.8 Bgauss MHz). The emission is very sporadic, but can reach magnitudes of 105 Jy. In addition, the emission is modulated by the satellite Io. It would be extremely valuable to detect this type of emission from Extrasolar Giant Planets (EGPs), because it provides the following: Direct detection of the EGP; Presence and strength of the EGP magnetic field; Existence of satellites; Rotation period of the EGP. Current predictions (using the so-called ``Radiometric Bode's Law'') suggest that it is possible to detect this type of emission from EGPs, but that it is necessary to catch the planet in an outburst. Even in outburst, the predicted emission is weak, of order mJy. Searches with the VLA at 74 and 330 MHz have been unsuccessful so far [2]. Added sensitivity and lower frequencies are what are needed for more conclusive searches for this emission. There are currently two instruments being proposed to be built which would provide additional sensitivity at low frequencies: LOFAR and SKA. Prospects seem good that at least LOFAR may come on-line within the next decade or so. [1] Farrell et al., 1999, JGR, 104, 14025; Zarka et al., 2001, Ap&SS, 277, 293. [2] Bastian et al., 2000, ApJ, 545, 1058.

  10. Fast fiber-optic multi-wavelength pyrometer

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    Fu, Tairan; Tan, Peng; Pang, Chuanhe; Zhao, Huan; Shen, Yi

    2011-06-01

    A fast fiber-optic multi-wavelength pyrometer was developed for the ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectra from 200 nm to 1700 nm using a CCD detector and an InGaAs detector. The pyrometer system conveniently and quickly provides the sufficient choices of multiple measurement wavelengths using optical diffraction, which avoids the use of narrow-band filters. Flexible optical fibers are used to transmit the radiation so the pyrometer can be used for temperature measurements in harsh environments. The setup and calibrations (wavelength calibration, nonlinearity calibration, and radiation response calibration) of this pyrometer system were described. Development of the multi-wavelength pyrometer involved optimization of the bandwidth and temperature discrimination of the multiple spectra data. The analysis results showed that the wavelength intervals, ??CCD = 30 nm and ??InGaAs = 50 nm, are the suitable choices as a tradeoff between the simple emissivity model assumption and the multiple signal discrimination. The temperature discrimination was also quantificationally evaluated for various wavelengths and temperatures. The measurement performance of the fiber-optic multi-wavelength pyrometer was partially verified through measurements with a high-temperature blackbody and actual hot metals. This multi-wavelength pyrometer can be used for remote high-temperature measurements.

  11. Fast fiber-optic multi-wavelength pyrometer.

    PubMed

    Fu, Tairan; Tan, Peng; Pang, Chuanhe; Zhao, Huan; Shen, Yi

    2011-06-01

    A fast fiber-optic multi-wavelength pyrometer was developed for the ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectra from 200 nm to 1700 nm using a CCD detector and an InGaAs detector. The pyrometer system conveniently and quickly provides the sufficient choices of multiple measurement wavelengths using optical diffraction, which avoids the use of narrow-band filters. Flexible optical fibers are used to transmit the radiation so the pyrometer can be used for temperature measurements in harsh environments. The setup and calibrations (wavelength calibration, nonlinearity calibration, and radiation response calibration) of this pyrometer system were described. Development of the multi-wavelength pyrometer involved optimization of the bandwidth and temperature discrimination of the multiple spectra data. The analysis results showed that the wavelength intervals, ??(CCD) = 30 nm and ??(InGaAs) = 50 nm, are the suitable choices as a tradeoff between the simple emissivity model assumption and the multiple signal discrimination. The temperature discrimination was also quantificationally evaluated for various wavelengths and temperatures. The measurement performance of the fiber-optic multi-wavelength pyrometer was partially verified through measurements with a high-temperature blackbody and actual hot metals. This multi-wavelength pyrometer can be used for remote high-temperature measurements. PMID:21721719

  12. Planarian Phototactic Assay Reveals Differential Behavioral Responses Based on Wavelength

    PubMed Central

    Paskin, Taylor R.; Jellies, John; Bacher, Jessica; Beane, Wendy S.

    2014-01-01

    Planarians are free-living aquatic flatworms that possess a well-documented photophobic response to light. With a true central nervous system and simple cerebral eyes (ocelli), planarians are an emerging model for regenerative eye research. However, comparatively little is known about the physiology of their photoreception or how their behavior is affected by various wavelengths. Most phototactic studies have examined planarian behavior using white light. Here, we describe a novel planarian behavioral assay to test responses to small ranges of visible wavelengths (red, blue, green), as well as ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) which have not previously been examined. Our data show that planarians display behavioral responses across a range of wavelengths. These responses occur in a hierarchy, with the shortest wavelengths (UV) causing the most intense photophobic responses while longer wavelengths produce no effect (red) or an apparent attraction (IR). In addition, our data reveals that planarian photophobia is comprised of both a general photophobic response (that drives planarians to escape the light source regardless of wavelength) and wavelength-specific responses that encompass specific behavioral reactions to individual wavelengths. Our results serve to improve the understanding of planarian phototaxis and suggest that behavioral studies performed with white light mask a complex behavioral interaction with the environment. PMID:25493551

  13. 47 CFR 2.101 - Frequency and wavelength bands.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 1 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Frequency and wavelength bands. 2.101 Section 2.101 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION GENERAL FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS AND RADIO TREATY MATTERS; GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS Allocation, Assignment, and Use of Radio Frequencies § 2.101 Frequency and wavelength bands. (a) The...

  14. 47 CFR 2.101 - Frequency and wavelength bands.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Frequency and wavelength bands. 2.101 Section 2.101 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION GENERAL FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS AND RADIO TREATY MATTERS; GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS Allocation, Assignment, and Use of Radio Frequencies § 2.101 Frequency and wavelength bands. (a) The...

  15. BROWSING A WEALTH OF MILLIMETER-WAVELENGTH DOPPLER SPECTRA DATA

    E-print Network

    of vertically pointing millimeter wavelength Doppler radar spectra at both 35 and 95 GHz. The recordingBROWSING A WEALTH OF MILLIMETER-WAVELENGTH DOPPLER SPECTRA DATA Johnson, K., Luke, E., Kollias, P Conference on Radar Meteorology, Williamsburg, VA Oct. 5-9, 2009 Environmental Sciences Department

  16. TOWARD DECODING THE MORPHOLOGY OF MILLIMETER WAVELENGTH DOPPLER RADAR SPECTRA

    E-print Network

    TOWARD DECODING THE MORPHOLOGY OF MILLIMETER WAVELENGTH DOPPLER RADAR SPECTRA E. Luke and P, NY www.bnl.gov ABSTRACT Traditionally, spectra from profiling millimeter wavelength Doppler radars strategies of these radars provide high-resolution (2 sec, 45 m) 256-point FFT Doppler spectra from clouds

  17. Simultaneous amplitude modulation and wavelength conversion in an

    E-print Network

    Shy,Jow-Tsong

    in a nonlinear optical material. This periodic sign re- versal also occurs to the electro-optic coefficient in the material. Recently, electro-optic wavelength tuning in PPLN by applying an electric field to either the +z exists approximately 30-lm from the PPLN surface. A more feasible electro-optic wavelength tuning

  18. Wavelength Assignment in Optical Networks with Imprecise Network State Information

    E-print Network

    Ramasubramanian, Srinivasan

    Wavelength Assignment in Optical Networks with Imprecise Network State Information Satyajeet Ahuja assignment (RWA) in wavelength-routed all-optical networks is critical for achieving high efficiency over advertisement and the estimated average traffic over the link. The estimated probabilities are then used to find

  19. Dynamic Routing and Wavelength Assignment Using First Policy Iteration,

    E-print Network

    Hyytiä, Esa

    Dynamic Routing and Wavelength Assignment Using First Policy Iteration, Inhomogeneous Traffic Case Abstract The routing and wavelength assignment problem (RWA) in WDM network can be viewed as a Markov the traffic, e.g. inhomogeneous arrival rates. In this paper we propose an approach where, starting from

  20. Planarian Phototactic Assay Reveals Differential Behavioral Responses Based on Wavelength.

    PubMed

    Paskin, Taylor R; Jellies, John; Bacher, Jessica; Beane, Wendy S

    2014-01-01

    Planarians are free-living aquatic flatworms that possess a well-documented photophobic response to light. With a true central nervous system and simple cerebral eyes (ocelli), planarians are an emerging model for regenerative eye research. However, comparatively little is known about the physiology of their photoreception or how their behavior is affected by various wavelengths. Most phototactic studies have examined planarian behavior using white light. Here, we describe a novel planarian behavioral assay to test responses to small ranges of visible wavelengths (red, blue, green), as well as ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) which have not previously been examined. Our data show that planarians display behavioral responses across a range of wavelengths. These responses occur in a hierarchy, with the shortest wavelengths (UV) causing the most intense photophobic responses while longer wavelengths produce no effect (red) or an apparent attraction (IR). In addition, our data reveals that planarian photophobia is comprised of both a general photophobic response (that drives planarians to escape the light source regardless of wavelength) and wavelength-specific responses that encompass specific behavioral reactions to individual wavelengths. Our results serve to improve the understanding of planarian phototaxis and suggest that behavioral studies performed with white light mask a complex behavioral interaction with the environment. PMID:25493551

  1. 47 CFR 2.101 - Frequency and wavelength bands.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 1 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Frequency and wavelength bands. 2.101 Section 2.101 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION GENERAL FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS AND RADIO TREATY MATTERS; GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS Allocation, Assignment, and Use of Radio Frequencies § 2.101 Frequency and wavelength bands. (a) The...

  2. 47 CFR 2.101 - Frequency and wavelength bands.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 1 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Frequency and wavelength bands. 2.101 Section 2.101 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION GENERAL FREQUENCY ALLOCATIONS AND RADIO TREATY MATTERS; GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS Allocation, Assignment, and Use of Radio Frequencies § 2.101 Frequency and wavelength bands. (a) The...

  3. Global optimization of omnidirectional wavelength selective emitters/absorbers

    E-print Network

    Global optimization of omnidirectional wavelength selective emitters/absorbers based on dielectric, polarization insensitive, wavelength selective emission/absorption. Using non-linear global optimizationPhCs are demonstrated. The optimized designs possess high hemispherically aver- age emittance/absorptance H of 0

  4. Systematic wavelength selection for improved multivariate spectral analysis

    DOEpatents

    Thomas, Edward V. (2828 Georgia NE., Albuquerque, NM 87110); Robinson, Mark R. (1603 Solano NE., Albuquerque, NM 87110); Haaland, David M. (809 Richmond Dr. SE., Albuquerque, NM 87106)

    1995-01-01

    Methods and apparatus for determining in a biological material one or more unknown values of at least one known characteristic (e.g. the concentration of an analyte such as glucose in blood or the concentration of one or more blood gas parameters) with a model based on a set of samples with known values of the known characteristics and a multivariate algorithm using several wavelength subsets. The method includes selecting multiple wavelength subsets, from the electromagnetic spectral region appropriate for determining the known characteristic, for use by an algorithm wherein the selection of wavelength subsets improves the model's fitness of the determination for the unknown values of the known characteristic. The selection process utilizes multivariate search methods that select both predictive and synergistic wavelengths within the range of wavelengths utilized. The fitness of the wavelength subsets is determined by the fitness function F=.function.(cost, performance). The method includes the steps of: (1) using one or more applications of a genetic algorithm to produce one or more count spectra, with multiple count spectra then combined to produce a combined count spectrum; (2) smoothing the count spectrum; (3) selecting a threshold count from a count spectrum to select these wavelength subsets which optimize the fitness function; and (4) eliminating a portion of the selected wavelength subsets. The determination of the unknown values can be made: (1) noninvasively and in vivo; (2) invasively and in vivo; or (3) in vitro.

  5. Sinusoidal wavelength-scanning interferometer using an acousto-optic tunable filter with double feedback control for real-time distance measurement

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    Sasaki, Osami; Matsubara, Daiki; Suzuki, Takamasa

    2008-12-01

    Optical path difference (OPD) and amplitude of a sinusoidal wavelength-scanning (SWS) are controlled with double feedback control system in an SWS interferometer, so that a ruler marking every wavelength and a ruler with scales smaller than a wavelength are generated. These two rulers enable us to measure an OPD longer than a wavelength. An acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) is adopted as a wavelength-scanning device. The frequency of the SWS is 10 KHZ, and the measurement time required to reach a stable point of the control system is about 7ms. The measurement range is from 65 m to 190 m with the measurement error less than 4nm.

  6. Lethal effects of short-wavelength visible light on insects

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    Hori, Masatoshi; Shibuya, Kazuki; Sato, Mitsunari; Saito, Yoshino

    2014-12-01

    We investigated the lethal effects of visible light on insects by using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The toxic effects of ultraviolet (UV) light, particularly shortwave (i.e., UVB and UVC) light, on organisms are well known. However, the effects of irradiation with visible light remain unclear, although shorter wavelengths are known to be more lethal. Irradiation with visible light is not thought to cause mortality in complex animals including insects. Here, however, we found that irradiation with short-wavelength visible (blue) light killed eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults of Drosophila melanogaster. Blue light was also lethal to mosquitoes and flour beetles, but the effective wavelength at which mortality occurred differed among the insect species. Our findings suggest that highly toxic wavelengths of visible light are species-specific in insects, and that shorter wavelengths are not always more toxic. For some animals, such as insects, blue light is more harmful than UV light.

  7. Optimal wavelength band clustering for multispectral iris recognition.

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    Gong, Yazhuo; Zhang, David; Shi, Pengfei; Yan, Jingqi

    2012-07-01

    This work explores the possibility of clustering spectral wavelengths based on the maximum dissimilarity of iris textures. The eventual goal is to determine how many bands of spectral wavelengths will be enough for iris multispectral fusion and to find these bands that will provide higher performance of iris multispectral recognition. A multispectral acquisition system was first designed for imaging the iris at narrow spectral bands in the range of 420 to 940 nm. Next, a set of 60 human iris images that correspond to the right and left eyes of 30 different subjects were acquired for an analysis. Finally, we determined that 3 clusters were enough to represent the 10 feature bands of spectral wavelengths using the agglomerative clustering based on two-dimensional principal component analysis. The experimental results suggest (1) the number, center, and composition of clusters of spectral wavelengths and (2) the higher performance of iris multispectral recognition based on a three wavelengths-bands fusion. PMID:22772098

  8. Polarization-independent optical wavelength filter for channel dropping applications

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    Deri, R.J.; Patterson, F.

    1996-05-07

    The polarization dependence of optical wavelength filters is eliminated by using waveguide directional couplers. Material birefringence is used to compensate for the waveguide (electromagnetic) birefringence which is the original cause of the polarization dependence. Material birefringence is introduced in a controllable fashion by replacing bulk waveguide layers by finely layered composites, such as multiple quantum wells using III-V semiconductor materials. The filter has use in wavelength-division multiplexed fiber optic communication systems. This filter has broad application for wavelength-tunable receivers in fiber optic communication links, which may be used for telecommunications, optical computer interconnect links, or fiber optic sensor systems. Since multiple-wavelength systems are increasingly being used for all of these applications, the filter is useable whenever a rapidly tunable, wavelength-filtering receiver is required. 14 figs.

  9. Polarization-independent optical wavelength filter for channel dropping applications

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    Deri, Robert J. (Pleasanton, CA); Patterson, Frank (Livermore, CA)

    1996-01-01

    The polarization dependence of optical wavelength filters is eliminated by using waveguide directional couplers. Material birefringence is used to compensate for the waveguide (electromagnetic) birefringence which is the original cause of the polarization dependence. Material birefringence is introduced in a controllable fashion by replacing bulk waveguide layers by finely layered composites, such as multiple quantum wells using III-V semiconductor materials. The filter has use in wavelength-division-multiplexed fiber optic communication systems. This filter has broad application for wavelength-tunable receivers in fiber optic communication links, which may be used for telecommunications, optical computer interconnect links, or fiber optic sensor systems. Since multiple-wavelength systems are increasingly being used for all of these applications, the filter is useable whenever a rapidly tunable, wavelength-filtering receiver is required.

  10. Lethal effects of short-wavelength visible light on insects

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    Hori, Masatoshi; Shibuya, Kazuki; Sato, Mitsunari; Saito, Yoshino

    2014-01-01

    We investigated the lethal effects of visible light on insects by using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The toxic effects of ultraviolet (UV) light, particularly shortwave (i.e., UVB and UVC) light, on organisms are well known. However, the effects of irradiation with visible light remain unclear, although shorter wavelengths are known to be more lethal. Irradiation with visible light is not thought to cause mortality in complex animals including insects. Here, however, we found that irradiation with short-wavelength visible (blue) light killed eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults of Drosophila melanogaster. Blue light was also lethal to mosquitoes and flour beetles, but the effective wavelength at which mortality occurred differed among the insect species. Our findings suggest that highly toxic wavelengths of visible light are species-specific in insects, and that shorter wavelengths are not always more toxic. For some animals, such as insects, blue light is more harmful than UV light. PMID:25488603

  11. Structure Measurements of Leaf and Woody Components of Forests with Dual-Wavelength Lidar Scanning Data

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    Strahler, A. H.; Li, Z.; Schaaf, C.; Howe, G.; Martel, J.; Hewawasam, K.; Douglas, E. S.; Chakrabarti, S.; Cook, T.; Paynter, I.; Saenz, E. J.; Wang, Z.; Woodcock, C. E.; Jupp, D. L. B.; Schaefer, M.; Newnham, G.

    2014-12-01

    Forest structure plays a critical role in the exchange of energy, carbon and water between land and atmosphere and nutrient cycle. We can provide detailed forest structure measurements of leaf and woody components with the Dual Wavelength Echidna® Lidar (DWEL), which acquires full-waveform scans at both near-infrared (NIR, 1064 nm) and shortwave infrared (SWIR, 1548 nm) wavelengths from simultaneous laser pulses. We collected DWEL scans at a broadleaf forest stand and a conifer forest stand at Harvard Forest in June 2014. Power returned from leaves is much lower than from woody materials such as trunks and branches at the SWIR wavelength due to the liquid water absorption by leaves, whereas returned power at the NIR wavelength is similar from both leaves and woody materials. We threshold a normalized difference index (NDI), defined as the difference between returned power at the two wavelengths divided by their sum, to classify each return pulse as a leaf or trunk/branch hit. We obtain leaf area index (LAI), woody area index (WAI) and vertical profiles of leaf and woody components directly from classified lidar hits without empirical wood-to-total ratios as are commonly used in optical methods of LAI estimation. Tree heights, diameter at breast height (DBH), and stem count density are the other forest structure parameters estimated from our DWEL scans. The separation of leaf and woody components in tandem with fine-scale forest structure measurements will benefit studies on carbon allocation of forest ecosystems and improve our understanding of the effects of forest structure on ecosystem functions. This research is supported by NSF grant, MRI-0923389

  12. Long wavelength infrared camera (LWIRC): a 10 micron camera for the Keck Telescope

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    Wishnow, E.H.; Danchi, W.C.; Tuthill, P.; Wurtz, R.; Jernigan, J.G.; Arens, J.F.

    1998-05-01

    The Long Wavelength Infrared Camera (LWIRC) is a facility instrument for the Keck Observatory designed to operate at the f/25 forward Cassegrain focus of the Keck I telescope. The camera operates over the wavelength band 7-13 {micro}m using ZnSe transmissive optics. A set of filters, a circular variable filter (CVF), and a mid-infrared polarizer are available, as are three plate scales: 0.05``, 0.10``, 0.21`` per pixel. The camera focal plane array and optics are cooled using liquid helium. The system has been refurbished with a 128 x 128 pixel Si:As detector array. The electronics readout system used to clock the array is compatible with both the hardware and software of the other Keck infrared instruments NIRC and LWS. A new pre-amplifier/A-D converter has been designed and constructed which decreases greatly the system susceptibility to noise.

  13. Tracing the ISM magnetic field morphology: The potential of multi-wavelength polarization measurements

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    Reissl, S; Seifried, D

    2014-01-01

    $\\textit{Aims.}$ We present a case study to demonstrate the potential of multi-wavelength polarization measurements. The aim is to investigate the effects that dichroic polarization and thermal re-emission have on tracing the magnetic field in the interstellar medium (ISM). Furthermore, we analyze the crucial influence of imperfectly aligned compact dust grains on the resulting synthetic continuum polarization maps.$\\\\ \\textit{Methods.}$ We developed an extended version of the well-known 3D Monte-Carlo radiation transport code MC3D for multi-wavelength polarization simulations running on an adaptive grid.We investigated the interplay between radiation, magnetic fields and dust grains. Our results were produced by post-processing both ideal density distributions and sophisticated magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) collapse simulations with radiative transfer simulations. We derived spatially resolved maps of intensity, optical depth, and linear and circular polarization at various inclination angles and scales in a wav...

  14. Decimeter-Wavelength Polarimetric Radar Imaging of the Icy Moons of Jupiter

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    Rosen, P. A.; Gurrola, E. M.; Madsen, S. N.

    2003-01-01

    Imaging radars with wavelengths in the range of 10 cm to 1 m can deeply penetrate the surface of an icy body, revealing details of the geomorphology, local structure, and electrical properties of the upper layers. Radar studies of icy surfaces on Earth have used the polarization state of backscatter echoes at multiple frequencies to characterize the surface and subsurface properties of glaciers, showing relatively smooth surfaces on the scale of radar wave-lengths, and subsurface scattering from volume scatterers consistent with ice pipes and lenses. These volume scattering effects are evident in enhanced polarization ratios over a limited range of backscatter incidence angles. The Galilean satellites exhibit similarly enhanced polarization ratios and volumetric scattering effects, but the observations are limited in angular resolution, leading to ambiguity in interpreting the scattering mechanisms and their structural implications.

  15. Photoemission electron microscopy of localized surface plasmons in silver nanostructures at telecommunication wavelengths

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    Mårsell, Erik; Arnold, Cord L; Xu, Hongxing; Mauritsson, Johan; Mikkelsen, Anders

    2015-01-01

    We image the field enhancement at Ag nanostructures using femtosecond laser pulses with a center wavelength of 1.55 micrometer. Imaging is based on non-linear photoemission observed in a photoemission electron microscope (PEEM). The images are directly compared to ultra violet PEEM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging of the same structures. Further, we have carried out atomic scale scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) on the same type of Ag nanostructures and on the Au substrate. Measuring the photoelectron spectrum from individual Ag particles shows a larger contribution from higher order photoemission process above the work function threshold than would be predicted by a fully perturbative model, consistent with recent results using shorter wavelengths. Investigating a wide selection of both Ag nanoparticles and nanowires, field enhancement is observed from 30% of the Ag nanoparticles and from none of the nanowires. No laser-induced damage is observed of the nanostructures neither during the PEEM ...

  16. Neptune’s global circulation deduced from multi-wavelength observations

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    de Pater, Imke; Fletcher, Leigh N.; Luszcz-Cook, Statia; DeBoer, David; Butler, Bryan; Hammel, Heidi B.; Sitko, Michael L.; Orton, Glenn; Marcus, Philip S.

    2014-07-01

    We observed Neptune between June and October 2003 at near- and mid-infrared wavelengths with the 10-m W.M. Keck II and I telescopes, respectively; and at radio wavelengths with the Very Large Array. Images were obtained at near-infrared wavelengths with NIRC2 coupled to the adaptive optics system in both broad- and narrow-band filters between 1.2 and 2.2 ?m. In the mid-infrared we imaged Neptune at wavelengths between 8 and 22 ?m, and obtained slit-resolved spectra at 8-13 ?m and 18-22 ?m. At radio wavelengths we mapped the planet in discrete filters between 0.7 and 6 cm. We analyzed each dataset separately with a radiative-transfer program that is optimized for that particular wavelength regime. At southern midlatitudes the atmosphere appears to be cooler at mid-infrared wavelengths than anywhere else on the planet. We interpret this to be caused by adiabatic cooling due to air rising at midlatitudes at all longitudes from the upper troposphere up to ?0.1 mbar levels. At near-infrared wavelengths we find two distinct cloud layers at these latitudes: a relatively deep layer of clouds (presumably methane) in the troposphere at pressure levels P?300-?600 mbar, which we suggest to be caused by the large-scale upwelling and its accompanying adiabatic cooling and condensation of methane; and a higher, spatially intermittent, layer of clouds in the stratosphere at 20-30 mbar. The latitudes of these high clouds encompass an anticyclonic band of zonal flow, which suggests that they may be due to strong, but localized, vertical upwellings associated with local anticyclones, rather than plumes in convective (i.e., cyclonic) storms. Clouds at northern midlatitudes are located at the highest altitudes in the atmosphere, near 10 mbar. Neptune’s south pole is considerably enhanced in brightness at both mid-infrared and radio wavelengths, i.e., from ?0.1 mbar levels in the stratosphere down to tens of bars in the troposphere. We interpret this to be due to subsiding motions from the stratosphere all the way down to the deep troposphere. The enhanced brightness observed at mid-infrared wavelengths is interpreted to be due to adiabatic heating by compression in the stratosphere, and the enhanced brightness temperature at radio wavelengths reveals that the subsiding air over the pole is very dry; the relative humidity of H2S over the pole is only 5% at altitudes above the NH4SH cloud at ?40 bar. The low humidity region extends from the south pole down to latitudes of 66°S. This is near the same latitudes as the south polar prograde jet signifying the boundary of the polar vortex. We suggest that the South Polar Features (SPFs) at latitudes of 60-70° are convective storms, produced by baroclinic instabilities expected to be produced at latitudes near the south polar prograde jet. Taken together, our data suggest a global circulation pattern where air is rising above southern and northern midlatitudes, from the troposphere up well into the stratosphere, and subsidence of dry air over the pole and equator from the stratosphere down into the troposphere. We suggest that this pattern extends all the way from ?0.1 mbar down to pressures of ?40 bar.

  17. A Study of Wavelength Calibration of NEWSIPS High-Dispersion Spectra

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    Myron A. Smith

    2001-04-03

    In this study we cross-correlate many IUE echellograms of a variety of stars to evaluate systematic error sources in the wavelength zeropoint of all three cameras. We first evaluated differences between the final archived ("NEWSIPS") and the originally processed ("IUESIPS") spectra. These show a clear time dependence in zeropoint for the SWP camera due to revisions in the IUESIPS wavelength scale. Small IUESIPS - NEWSIPS differences are also found for the LWR camera. We also examined wavelength zeropoint disparities between data obtained both through the small and large entrance apertures and for observations made by different target acquisition modes for faint and bright stars. We found that velocities resulting from these alternative observing modes are nil. For large-aperture observations the dominant error source is the target position placement in the aperture. We searched for spurious trends with time, and found only a suggestion of time trends for faint stars observed with the SWP camera. We also discovered 1-day, +/-3 km/s sinusoidsal patterns in intensive monitoring data which are ascribable to changes in telescope focus resulting from thermal drifts. In the second part of the paper, we measured mean zeropoint errors of NEWSIPS echellogram data against laboratory results by using the GHRS spectral atlas of the 10 Lac. We find that the derived apparent velocity difference for this star is -1 +/-3.5 km/s. Several less precise comparisons lead to similar results. The zeropoints of the NEWSIPS-processed LWP/LWR cameras are evaluated and are also found to be nearly zero (+/-5 km/s) relative to HST atlases of Arcturus and Procyon atlas. These results do not support result by Gonzalez-Riestra et al. that corrections should be introduced to the wavelength scales of various NEWSIPS high-dispersion data products.

  18. Multi-wavelength fiber laser based on self-seed light amplification and wavelength-dependent gain

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    Luo, Yiyang; Xia, Li; Sun, Qizhen; Li, Wei; Ran, Yanli; Liu, Deming

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, a multi-wavelength fiber laser based on self-seed light amplification and wavelength-dependent gain is proposed and demonstrated. A pumped erbium-doped fiber (EDF) in the linear cavity acts as the seed light source, which is also conducive to the gain equalization. A high power erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) is deployed for self-seed amplification, and a highly nonlinear fiber (HNLF) is incorporated in the ring cavity to alleviate the mode competition induced by the homogeneous gain broadening of EDF. In the experiments, 25-wavelength operation within 0.5 dB uniformity is achieved with the extinction ratio of ~42 dB using 500 m HNLF, and 38-wavelength operation within 3 dB uniformity is obtained with the extinction ratio of ~35 dB using 1000 m HNLF. Our proposed laser has more lasing wavelengths with a better uniformity and stability.

  19. Wavelength-dependent optical enhancement of superconducting interlayer coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4

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    Casandruc, E.; Nicoletti, D.; Rajasekaran, S.; Laplace, Y.; Khanna, V.; Gu, G.; Hill, J. P.; Cavalleri, A.

    2015-05-05

    We analyze the pump wavelength dependence for the photo-induced enhancement of interlayer coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4, which is promoted by optical melting of the stripe order. In the equilibrium superconducting state (T more »stronger upon tuning of the pump wavelength from the mid-infrared to the visible, underscoring an unconventional competition between stripe order and superconductivity, which occurs on energy scales far above the ordering temperature.« less

  20. Wavelength-Agile External-Cavity Diode Laser for DWDM

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    Pilgrim, Jeffrey S.; Bomse, David S.

    2006-01-01

    A prototype external-cavity diode laser (ECDL) has been developed for communication systems utilizing dense wavelength- division multiplexing (DWDM). This ECDL is an updated version of the ECDL reported in Wavelength-Agile External- Cavity Diode Laser (LEW-17090), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 25, No. 11 (November 2001), page 14a. To recapitulate: The wavelength-agile ECDL combines the stability of an external-cavity laser with the wavelength agility of a diode laser. Wavelength is modulated by modulating the injection current of the diode-laser gain element. The external cavity is a Littman-Metcalf resonator, in which the zeroth-order output from a diffraction grating is used as the laser output and the first-order-diffracted light is retro-reflected by a cavity feedback mirror, which establishes one end of the resonator. The other end of the resonator is the output surface of a Fabry-Perot resonator that constitutes the diode-laser gain element. Wavelength is selected by choosing the angle of the diffracted return beam, as determined by position of the feedback mirror. The present wavelength-agile ECDL is distinguished by design details that enable coverage of all 60 channels, separated by 100-GHz frequency intervals, that are specified in DWDM standards.

  1. Tweaks to Turing Patterns, Wavelength Transitions in CDIMA

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    Gaskins, Delora; Pruc, Emily; Dolnik, Milos; Epstein, Irving

    2015-03-01

    Alan Turing predicted that stationary patterns could arise from a uniform steady state in a system through the processes of reaction and diffusion. Beyond the Turing instability, there exist spatially periodic states with different wavelengths. Pattern transitions, including those transitions to patterns of differing wavelengths are of interest in reaction-diffusion systems including ecological systems with patterned biomass prone to desertification. We study pattern transitions in the chlorine dioxide-iodine-malonic acid (CDIMA) system which is the prototypical system for the study of Turing patterns in chemical systems. Additions of selected halides (bromides and chlorides) to the system in its patterned state have led to the observation of up to a five fold increase in wavelength. With the concentration of these halides as bifurcation parameter we observe that these large wavelength patterns are bistable with the uniform steady state. We explore the pattern wavelength selection of this system. Wavelength halving and super lattice structure formation result from transitions between patterns of different wavelengths.

  2. Flares of Sagittarius a* at Millimeter Wavelengths

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    Atsushi Miyazaki; Takahiro Tsutsumi; Makoto Miyoshi; Masato Tsuboi; Zhi-Qiang Shen

    2005-12-28

    We have performed monitoring observations of the flux density toward the Galactic center compact radio source, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), which is a supermassive black hole, from 1996 to 2005 using the Nobeyama Millimeter Array of the Nobeyama Radio Observatory, Japan. These monitoring observations of Sgr A* were carried out in the 3- and 2-mm (100 and 140 GHz) bands, and we have detected several flares of Sgr A*. We found intraday variation of Sgr A* in the 2000 March flare. The twofold increase timescale is estimated to be about 1.5 hr at 140 GHz. This intraday variability suggests that the physical size of the flare-emitting region is compact on a scale at or below about 12 AU (~150 Rs; Schwarzschild radius). On the other hand, clear evidence of long-term periodic variability was not found from a periodicity analysis of our current millimeter data set.

  3. 128 x 128 Pixel long wavelength infrared acquisition camera

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    LeVan, P.D.; Colucci, D.; Cowan, W.D.; Figie, B.D.; Stewart, E.J.

    1994-12-31

    This paper describes a Phillips Laboratory internal design for a high sensitivity, large field of view infrared acquisition camera. Currently, the acquisition of a satellite with the 1.5 meter telescope of the Starfire Optical Range typically requires a sunlit target and dark sky. However, the level of thermal radiation from such a satellite is often sufficiently high in the Long Wavelength Infrared (LWIR) to permit detection with ground based telescopes irrespective of target illumination. The drawbacks of LWIR acquisition include the high levels of thermal radiation from both the telescope and the atmosphere which pose two constraints: (1), the ``background signal`` usually exceeds the target signal and must be removed on time scales over which it is relatively constant, and (2), associated with the background signal is a noise level that dominates all system noise sources. The background signal level at the detector array for the application varies between 10{sup 15} to 10{sup 16} photons sec{sup {minus}1} cm{sup {minus}2}, depending on the infrared bandpass used. The optical design for the LWIR acquisition camera maps a 128 x 128 pixel detector array onto a two milliradian (mrad) scene. The optical design uses two aspheric lenses, one to re-image the field onto a cold field stop, and the telescope pupil onto a cryogenic chopping mirror and collocated radiation stop. The second lens re-images the field stop onto the detector array. Aberrations are designed to be better than diffraction limited over the entire two mrad field of view. The end product of the acquisition system is a video display of the infrared scene, with the background signal removed. A user then positions mouse-driven cross hairs over a target in the scene. The resulting position and time update is used to revise the target ephemeris, and to provide pointing information for target acquisition by other SOR tracking platforms.

  4. Fiber optics for the future - wavelength division multiplexing

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    Spencer, J. L.

    1982-01-01

    Optical wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) systems, with signals transmitted on different wavelengths through a single fiber, can have increased information capacity and fault isolation properties over single wavelength optical systems. This paper describes a typical WDM system. The applicability of future standards to such a system are discussed. Also, a state-of-the-art survey of optical multimode components which could be used to implement the system are made. The components to be surveyed are sources, multiplexers, and detectors. Emphasis is given to the demultiplexer techniques which are the major developmental components in the WDM system.

  5. Effect of graphene on plasmonic metasurfaces at infrared wavelengths

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    Ogawa, Shinpei Fujisawa, Daisuke; Ueno, Masashi

    2013-11-15

    Significant enhancement of infrared transmittance by the presence of a graphene layer on a plasmonic metasurface (PLM) has been demonstrated. PLMs with different configurations were fabricated, and their transmittance with and without graphene was compared. Selective enhancement by graphene occurred at the plasmon resonance wavelength. The degree of enhancement was found to depend on the width of the gap between the periodic metal regions in the PLM. A maximum enhancement of ?210% was achieved at a wavelength of 10 ?m. The ability to achieve such a drastic increase in transmittance at the plasmon resonant wavelength is expected to lead to improvements in the performance of energy collecting devices and optical sensors.

  6. Wavelength routing beyond the standard graph coloring approach

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    Blankenhorn, Thomas

    2004-04-01

    When lightpaths are routed in the planning stage of transparent optical networks, the textbook approach is to use algorithms that try to minimize the overall number of wavelengths used in the . We demonstrate that this method cannot be expected to minimize actual costs when the marginal cost of instlling more wavelengths is a declining function of the number of wavelengths already installed, as is frequently the case. We further demonstrate how cost optimization can theoretically be improved with algorithms based on Prim"s algorithm. Finally, we test this theory with simulaion on a series of actual network topologies, which confirm the theoretical analysis.

  7. Optical amplification at the 1.31 wavelength

    DOEpatents

    Cockroft, Nigel J. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1994-01-01

    An optical amplifier operating at the 1.31 .mu.m wavelength for use in such applications as telecommunications, cable television, and computer systems. An optical fiber or other waveguide device is doped with both Tm.sup.3+ and Pr.sup.3+ ions. When pumped by a diode laser operating at a wavelength of 785 nm, energy is transferred from the Tm.sup.3+ ions to the Pr.sup.3+ ions, causing the Pr.sup.3+ ions to amplify at a wavelength of 1.31

  8. Wavelength resolved specific optical rotations and homochiral equilibria.

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    Polavarapu, P L; Covington, C L

    2015-09-01

    The fundamental expressions governing specific optical rotations (SORs) of homochiral systems exhibiting monomer-dimer equilibria are presented. These equations are then utilized with the experimental measurements of wavelength resolved circular birefringence for (R)-(-)-?-hydroxy-?,?-dimethyl-?-butyrolactone, to determine the wavelength resolved SORs of monomer and dimer components for the first time. Density functional theory predictions on the corresponding dispersion properties of monomer and dimer are found to match with experimentally determined quantities within a factor of ?2. The wavelength resolved circular birefringence in the liquid solution phase thus provides a powerful means to investigate the molecular properties involved in homochiral equilibria. PMID:26227210

  9. The wavelength of supercritical surface tension driven Benard convection

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    Koschmieder, E. L.

    1991-01-01

    The size or the wavelength of moderately supercritical surface tension driven Benard convection has been investigated experimentally in a thin fluid layer of large aspect ratio. It has been found that the number of the hexagonal convection cells increases with increased temperature differences, up to 1.3 times the critical temperature difference. That means that the wavelength of surface tension driven convection decreases after onset of the instability for moderately nonlinear conditions. This result is in striking contrast to the well-known increase of the wavelength of buoyancy driven Rayleigh-Benard convection.

  10. Nonstoichiometric Laser Materials: Designer Wavelengths in Neodymium Doped Garnets

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    Walsh, Brian M.; Barnes, Norman P.

    2008-01-01

    The tunable nature of lasers provides for a wide range of applications. Most applications rely on finding available laser wavelengths to meet the needs of the research. This article presents the concept of compositional tuning, whereby the laser wavelength is designed by exploiting nonstoichiometry. For research where precise wavelengths are required, such as remote sensing, this is highly advantageous. A theoretical basis for the concept is presented and experimental results in spectroscopic measurements support the theoretical basis. Laser operation nicely demonstrates the validity of the concept of designer lasers.

  11. Free-space wavelength-multiplexed optical scanner.

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    Yaqoob, Z; Rizvi, A A; Riza, N A

    2001-12-10

    A wavelength-multiplexed optical scanning scheme is proposed for deflecting a free-space optical beam by selection of the wavelength of the light incident on a wavelength-dispersive optical element. With fast tunable lasers or optical filters, this scanner features microsecond domain scan setting speeds and large- diameter apertures of several centimeters or more for subdegree angular scans. Analysis performed indicates an optimum scan range for a given diffraction order and grating period. Limitations include beam-spreading effects based on the varying scanner aperture sizes and the instantaneous information bandwidth of the data-carrying laser beam. PMID:18364951

  12. Effect of graphene on plasmonic metasurfaces at infrared wavelengths

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    Ogawa, Shinpei; Fujisawa, Daisuke; Ueno, Masashi

    2013-11-01

    Significant enhancement of infrared transmittance by the presence of a graphene layer on a plasmonic metasurface (PLM) has been demonstrated. PLMs with different configurations were fabricated, and their transmittance with and without graphene was compared. Selective enhancement by graphene occurred at the plasmon resonance wavelength. The degree of enhancement was found to depend on the width of the gap between the periodic metal regions in the PLM. A maximum enhancement of ˜210% was achieved at a wavelength of 10 ?m. The ability to achieve such a drastic increase in transmittance at the plasmon resonant wavelength is expected to lead to improvements in the performance of energy collecting devices and optical sensors.

  13. Observation of a Long-Wavelength Hosing Modulation of a High-Intensity Laser Pulse in Underdense Plasma

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    Kaluza, M. C.; Mangles, S. P. D.; Najmudin, Z.; Dangor, A. E.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Krushelnick, K.; Murphy, C. D.; Collier, J. L.; Divall, E. J.; Foster, P. S.; Hooker, C. J.; Langley, A. J.; Smith, J.

    2010-08-27

    We report the first experimental observation of a long-wavelength hosing modulation of a high-intensity laser pulse. Side-view images of the scattered optical radiation at the fundamental wavelength of the laser reveal a transverse oscillation of the laser pulse during its propagation through underdense plasma. The wavelength of the oscillation {lambda}{sub hosing} depends on the background plasma density n{sub e} and scales as {lambda}{sub hosing{approx}}n{sub e}{sup -3/2}. Comparisons with an analytical model and two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations reveal that this laser hosing can be induced by a spatiotemporal asymmetry of the intensity distribution in the laser focus which can be caused by a misalignment of the parabolic focusing mirror or of the diffraction gratings in the pulse compressor.

  14. Study on effect of optical wavelength on photo induced strain sensitivity in carbon nanotubes using fiber Bragg grating

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    Shivananju, B. N.; Asokan, S.; Misra, Abha

    2015-06-01

    In this work, the role of optical wavelength on the photo induced strain in carbon nanotubes (CNT) is probed using a Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG), upon exposure to infrared (IR) (21????mW-1) and visible (9????mW-1) radiations. The strain sensitivity in CNT is monitored over a smaller range (10-3 to 10-9 ?) by exposing to a low optical power varying in the range 10-3 to 10-6 W. In addition, the wavelength dependent response and recovery periods of CNT under IR (?rise = 150?ms, ?fall = 280?ms) and visible (?rise = 1.07?s, ?fall = 1.18?s) radiations are evaluated in detail. This study can be further extended to measure the sensitivity of nano-scale photo induced strains in nano materials and opens avenues to control mechanical actuation using various optical wavelengths.

  15. Improved wavelengths for Fe V and Ni V for analysis of spectra of white dwarf stellar stars

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    Ward, Jacob; Nave, Gillian

    2015-08-01

    A recent paper by J.C. Berengut et al. tests for a potential variation in the fine-structure constant, ?, in the presence of a high gravitational field through spectral analysis of white-dwarf stars. The spectrum of G191-B2B has prominent Fe V and Ni V lines in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) region that were used to determine any variation in ? via observed shifts in their wavelengths. Although no strong evidence for a variation was found, the authors did find a difference between values obtained for Fe V and Ni V that were indicative of a problem with the laboratory wavelengths. The laboratory wavelengths dominate the uncertainty of the measured variation, so improved values would tighten the constraints on the variation of ?.We have re-measured the spectra of Fe V and Ni V spectra in the VUV in order to reduce the wavelength uncertainties and put the two spectra on a consistent wavelength scale. The spectra were produced by a sliding spark light source with electrodes made of invar, an iron nickel alloy. Spectra of Fe V and Ni V were obtained using peak currents of 750-2000 A. The spectra were recorded using the NIST Normal Incidence Vacuum Spectrograph with phosphor image plates and photographic plates as detectors. Wavelengths from 1100 Å to 1800 Å were covered in a single exposure. A spectrum of a Pt/Ne hollow cathode lamp was also recorded for wavelength calibration.The spectra recorded on photographic plates are better resolved than the phosphor image plate spectra and are being measured in two ways. The first measures the positions of the spectral lines on a comparator, traditionally used to measure many archival spectra at NIST. The second uses a commercial image scanner to obtain a digital image of the plate that can be analyzed using line fitting software. Preliminary analysis of these spectra indicates that the literature values of the Fe V and Ni V wavelengths are not on the same scale and differ from our new measurements by up to 0.02 Å in some wavelength regions. We shall present improved analyses of the spectra using both methods and summarize their advantages and disadvantages.

  16. Wavelength-selective, sequential Q-switching laser cavity

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    Allario, F.; Lucht, R. A.

    1974-01-01

    Single-frequency continuous output of laser is converted into series of high-power laser pulses at high repetition rates. Applications include pollutant detection by absorption, laser gain measurements at discrete wavelengths, laser propagation measurement, and laser plasma diagnostics.

  17. Study of relationship between recording wavelength and hologram compression

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    Cai, Xiao-ou; Wang, Hui

    2006-09-01

    The present paper, based on the information theory of Shannon, studies the relationship between recording wavelength and hologram information content, and acquires the conclusion that hologram information content is inversely proportional to the square of the recording wavelength. And at the same time, we analyze two factors limiting human eye's resolving power, including pupil size and discrete photoreceptors in the human retina, and work out the number of 3D object points that can be resolved. Furthermore, we find out the recording wavelength of a hologram whose information content matches that of a reconstructed image. On the other hand, reconstruction of a hologram with visible light and recorded with long wavelength is elaborated theoretically. Therefore, it offers a brand-new thought and practical way to reduce the hologram information content, and eliminate its redundancy further.

  18. Wavelength selection and symmetry breaking in orbital wave ripples

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    Perron, J. Taylor

    Sand ripples formed by waves have a uniform wavelength while at equilibrium and develop defects while adjusting to changes in the flow. These patterns arise from the interaction of the flow with the bed topography, but the ...

  19. High power, high efficiency millimeter wavelength traveling wave tubes for high rate communications from deep space

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    Dayton, James A., Jr.

    1991-01-01

    The high-power transmitters needed for high data rate communications from deep space will require a new class of compact, high efficiency traveling wave tubes (TWT's). Many of the recent TWT developments in the microwave frequency range are generically applicable to mm wave devices, in particular much of the technology of computer aided design, cathodes, and multistage depressed collectors. However, because TWT dimensions scale approximately with wavelength, mm wave devices will be physically much smaller with inherently more stringent fabrication tolerances and sensitivity to thermal dissipation.

  20. Measurements of the wavelength dependence and other properties of stellar scintillation at Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

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    Dainty, J C; Levine, B M; Brames, B J; O'Donnell, K A

    1982-04-01

    The variance of intensity of stellar scintillation has been measured as a function of wavelength using photon counting and on-line digital analysis techniques. The experimental data are consistent with that predicted by the theory of Tatarski. Measurements of the temporal correlation function of intensity and the higher moments of the probability density function of scintillation are also described. Time scales in the 1.7-10-msec range were observed, and the observed higher moments were consistently lower than those predicted by a log normal distribution. All the measurements were made at Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii. PMID:20389831

  1. [Raman Spectroscopy Measurement System of Dual Wavelength Laser Module].

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    Fan, Xian-guang; Li, Fan; Wang, Xin; Xu, Ying-jie; Zeng, Yong-ming; Chen, Qi-zhen

    2015-03-01

    Fluorescence interference is one of common interference factors during detection of Raman spectroscopy, while shifted-excitation Raman difference spectroscopy (SERDS) is an effective detection means to reject it. SERDS excites the test substance by two laser with different wavelengths, then difference the obtained Raman spectroscopies. SERDS can eliminate the fluorescence interference effectively, because the fluorescence backgrounds of the two spectroscopies are the same while the Raman peaks are translated. The key factor of SERDS is the stability of the two excitation light wavelengths, the instability of wavelength difference would seriously affect the characteristics of the Raman peak reproduction. In this paper, the Raman spectroscopy measurement system is presented, where dual wavelength laser module can stably produce two bunch of excitation light (respectively 784.7 and 785.8 nm), which satisfies the requirements of SERDS detection. The major factors influencing wavelength of the laser are laser power and temperature. The system monitors them in real time to guarantee the stability of exciting light's wavelength. The hardware framework of this measurement system is mainly composed of ARM, dual wavelength laser module as well as its driving circuit, temperature control circuit, a digital optical switch, a spectrometer; the software of this system can achieve the Raman spectrogram automatically and then carry on the subsequent processing. The stability tests of this system for drive current and laser temperature are done. The experimental results demonstrate that the range of current proves to be less than 0.01 mA, the range of temperature less than 0.004 degrees C. The system can guarantee the stability of excitation wavelength effectively. Finally, perform the Raman spectroscopy detection to sesame oil of some brand and get good results. PMID:26117871

  2. Fast quantum dot single photon source triggered at telecommunications wavelength

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    Kelley Rivoire; Sonia Buckley; Arka Majumdar; Hyochul Kim; Pierre Petroff; Jelena Vuckovic

    2010-12-20

    We demonstrate a quantum dot single photon source at 900 nm triggered at 300 MHz by a continuous wave telecommunications wavelength laser followed by an electro-optic modulator. The quantum dot is excited by on-chip-generated second harmonic radiation, resonantly enhanced by a GaAs photonic crystal cavity surrounding the InAs quantum dot. Our result suggests a path toward the realization of telecommunications-wavelength-compatible quantum dot single photon sources with speeds exceeding 1 GHz.

  3. Multiple-wavelength Color Digital Holography for Monochromatic Image Reconstruction

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    Cheremkhin, P. A.; Shevkunov, I. A.; Petrov, N. V.

    In this paper, we consider the opposite problem, namely, using of color digital holograms simultaneously recorded on several wavelengths for the reconstruction of monochromatic images. Special feature of the procedure of monochromatic image reconstruction from the color hologram is the necessity of extracting information from separate spectral channels with a corresponding overlaying of obtained images to avoid mismatching of their spatial position caused by dependence of methods of numerical reconstruction from the laser wavelength.

  4. Optimizations of preprocessing and wavelength selection in predicting human total hemoglobin concentrations based on VIS/NIR spectroscopy

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    Yoon, Gilwon; Kim, Seonwoo; Kim, Yoen-Joo; Kim, Jongwon; Kim, Won Ky

    1998-04-01

    The importance and effects of data preprocessing and wavelength selection were investigated in predicting total hemoglobin concentrations form absorption spectra. Spectra of the 1 nm interval between 500-900nm were measured from the whole blood samples taken form 165 patients whose hemoglobin concentrations ranged between 7-17 g/dl. The concentrations were predicted using the partial least squares regression. A total of 18 different combinations of preprocessing were tested. The partial least squares regression analysis provided quite different results depending on preprocessing methods and a wide range of prediction accuracy was obtained. For example, the sum of squares of difference ranged from 6-18.6, R2 varied from 0.8333 to 0.9477 and the root mean squared errors were from 0.5504-0.966 g/dl. The best results was obtained from the data processed by linear regression baseline fitting, unit area correction, mean centering and variance scaling. Instead of using all wavelengths in the broad-band spectra, a discrete number of wavelengths were selected to predict the concentrations using our algorithm, which will be advantageous in developing compact and less expensive commercial devices. It proves that a careful selection of wavelengths can provide a comparable accuracy obtained from using the broad-band spectra. For our particular experimental data, the measurement form only three discrete wavelengths could provide excellent results.

  5. Topological insulator: Bi2Se3/polyvinyl alcohol film-assisted multi-wavelength ultrafast erbium-doped fiber laser

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    Guo, Bo; Yao, Yong; Yang, Yan-Fu; Yuan, Yi-Jun; Wang, Rui-Lai; Wang, Shu-Guang; Ren, Zhong-Hua; Yan, Bo

    2015-02-01

    We experimentally demonstrate a multi-wavelength ultrafast erbium-doped fiber laser incorporating a ?m-scale topological insulator: Bi2Se3/Polyvinyl Alcohol film as both an excellent saturable absorber for mode-locking and a high-nonlinear medium to induce a giant third order optical nonlinear effect for mitigating the mode competition of erbium-doped fiber laser and stabilizing the multi-wavelength oscillation. By properly adjusting the pump power and the polarization state, the single-, dual-, triple-, four-wavelength mode-locking pulse could be stably initiated. For the four-wavelength operation, we obtain its pulse width of ˜22 ps and a fundamental repetition rate of 8.83 MHz. The fiber laser exhibits the maximum output power of 9.7 mW with the pulse energy of 1.1 nJ and peak power of 50 W at the pump power of 155 mW. Our study shows that the simple, stable, low-cost multi-wavelength ultrafast fiber laser could be applied in various potential fields, such as optical communication, biomedical research, and radar system.

  6. Broadband mid-infrared wavelength conversion laser based on Cr2+ doped ceramic materials

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    Shang, Yaping; Yin, Ke; Li, Xiao; Wang, Peng; Xu, Xiaojun

    2015-10-01

    Broadband mid-infrared lasers are desirable for pretty important applications in fields of environmental protection, medical treatment, military applications, scientific, and other domains. Recently, super-continuum laser sources have achieved striking development. However, limited by the substrate materials, the output power scaling of the broadband mid-infrared fiber laser sources could not be increased drastically, especially for the long wavelength region. In this paper, we reported an experimental study about the broadband mid-infrared lasers based on Cr2+ doped II-VI ceramic materials, by using of a super-continuum laser source developed by our groups operating at 1550~2130nm with 200mW output power. The result suggested that the near-infrared spectral component of the super-continuum source was deeply absorbed by transition metal doped zinc chalcogenides ceramic materials, meanwhile the mid-infrared part, however, had been enhanced significantly by this new "power amplifier." Actually single-pass amplification efficiency was very limited. The best way to solve this problem was multi-pass amplification systems. We had shown an initial proof of this assumption by a double-pass experiments, the result was consistent with expected effect. Above all, the spectrum shaping from short wavelength to long wavelength was obtained. The innovative discovery had laid a solid foundation for high power, high efficiency, broadly tunable mid-infrared solid state lasers.

  7. Wavelength dependence of colorimetric properties of lighting sources based on multi-color LEDs.

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    Li, Hongtao; Mao, Xianglong; Han, Yanjun; Luo, Yi

    2013-02-11

    Taking color quality scale (CQS) as color rendering assessment criterion, the parameters including each color LED's peak wavelength ?i and fractional radiant flux Ii are optimized using genetic algorithm to maximize the luminous efficacy of radiation (LER) of the spectral power distributions (SPDs) of multi-color white light source with 3 to 7 components while maintaining the deviation of its color and color-rendering capability from that of the reference light source within the specified scope. Then the wavelength dependence of these SPDs is analyzed. It is shown that to achieve a Q(a) greater than 95 (5-color LEDs) or even close to 100 (7-color LEDs), the spectral energy could be concentrated in the range of 410~675 nm, indicating that this wavelength range makes a major contribution to high color rendering properties. Spectra filtering experiments show that spectrum around 580nm is harmful to color rendering. To obtain a white light source composed of 3-color LEDs with CQS Q(a) ? 80 and correlated color temperature (CCT) within 2700-6500K, the energy ratios among 410-495nm, 495-595nm, and 595-675nm intervals, can be simplified as that of the reference source with the same CCT. PMID:23481833

  8. Large-Aperture Wide-Bandwidth Anti-Reflection-Coated Silicon Lenses for Millimeter Wavelengths

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    Datta, R.; Munson, C. D.; Niemack, M. D.; McMahon, J. J.; Britton, J.; Wollack, E. J.; Beall, J.; Devlin, M. J.; Fowler, J.; Gallardo, P.; Hubmayr, J.; Irwin, K.; Newburgh, L.; Nibarger, J. P.; Page, L.; Quijada, M. A.; Schmitt, B. L.; Staggs, S. T.; Thornton, R.; Zhang, L.

    2013-01-01

    The increasing scale of cryogenic detector arrays for sub-millimeter and millimeter wavelength astrophysics has led to the need for large aperture, high index of refraction, low loss, cryogenic refracting optics. Silicon with n = 3.4, low loss, and relatively high thermal conductivity is a nearly optimal material for these purposes, but requires an antireflection (AR) coating with broad bandwidth, low loss, low reflectance, and a matched coffecient of thermal expansion. We present an AR coating for curved silicon optics comprised of subwavelength features cut into the lens surface with a custom three axis silicon dicing saw. These features constitute a metamaterial that behaves as a simple dielectric coating. We have fabricated and coated silicon lenses as large as 33.4 cm in diameter with coatings optimized for use between 125-165 GHz. Our design reduces average reflections to a few tenths of a percent for angles of incidence up to 30 deg. with low cross-polarization. We describe the design, tolerance, manufacture, and measurements of these coatings and present measurements of the optical properties of silicon at millimeter wavelengths at cryogenic and room temperatures. This coating and lens fabrication approach is applicable from centimeter to sub-millimeter wavelengths and can be used to fabricate coatings with greater than octave bandwidth.

  9. Multi-wavelength polarimetry and variability study of M87 jet during 2002-2008

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    Avachat, Sayali S.; Perlman, Eric S.; Cara, Mihai; Owen, Frazer; Harris, Daniel E.; Sparks, William B.; Li, Kunyang; Kosak, Katie

    2016-01-01

    In this dissertation, we present the multi-wavelength study of M87 jet. We compare the radio and optical polarimetry and variability. We attempt to study the spectrum of the jet in radio through X-rays wavelengths. By comparing the data with previously published VLA and HST observations, we show that the jet's morphology in total and polarized light is changing significantly on timescales of ~1 decade. We are looking for the variability of different knots and changes in their spectra using our deep, high resolution observations of the jet between 2002 and 2008. The observations have 2-3 times better resolution that any similar previous study (Perlman et al. 1999) in addition allowing us to observe variability. During this time, the nucleus showed month-scale variability in optical and X-rays and also flared twice in all wave- lengths including radio. The knot HST-1, located closest to the nucleus, displayed a huge flare, increasing about 100 times in brightness. The knot A and B complex shows variations in polarization structures indicating the presence of a helical magnetic field which may be responsible for the in-situ particle accelerations in the jet. We compare the evolution of different knots and components of the jet, when our observations overlap with the multi-wavelength monitoring campaigns conducted with HST and Chandra and comment on particle acceleration and main emission processes. We further use the data to investigate the observed 3-dimensional structure of the jet and the magnetic field structure.

  10. Sensitivity enhancement of grating interferometer based two-dimensional sensor arrays using two-wavelength readout

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    Ferhanoglu, Onur; Urey, Hakan

    2011-07-01

    Diffraction gratings integrated with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors offer displacement measurements with subnanometer sensitivity. However, the sensitivity of the interferometric readout may drop significantly based on the gap between the grating and the reference surface. A two-wavelength (2-{lambda}) readout method was previously tested using a single MEMS sensor for illustrating increased displacement measurement capability. This work demonstrates sensitivity enhancement on a sensor array with large scale parallelization ({approx}20,000 sensors). The statistical representation, which is developed to model sensitivity enhancement within a grating based sensor array, is supported by experimental results using a thermal sensor array. In the experiments, two lasers at different wavelengths (633 and 650 nm) illuminate the thermal sensor array from the backside, time-sequentially. The diffracted first order light from the array is imaged onto a single CCD camera. The target scene is reconstructed by observing the change in the first diffracted order diffraction intensity for both wavelengths. Merging of the data from two measurements with two lasers was performed by taking the larger of the two CCD measurements with respect to the reference image for each sensor. {approx}30% increase in the average sensitivity was demonstrated for a 160x120 pixel IR sensor array. Proposed architecture is also applicable to a variety of sensing applications, such as parallel biosensing and atomic force microscopy, for improved displacement measurements and enhanced sensitivity.

  11. Large-aperture Wide-bandwidth Antireflection-coated Silicon Lenses for Millimeter Wavelengths

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    Datta, R.; Munson, C. D.; Niemack, M. D.; McMahon, J. J.; Britton, J.; Wollack, Edward J.; Beall, J.; Devlin, M. J.; Fowler, J.; Gallardo, P.; Hubmayr, J.; Irwin, K.; Newburgh, L.; Nibarger, J. P.; Page, L.; Quijada, Manuel A.; Schmitt, B. L.; Staggs, S. T.; Thornton, R.; Zhang, L.

    2013-01-01

    The increasing scale of cryogenic detector arrays for submillimeter and millimeter wavelength astrophysics has led to the need for large aperture, high index of refraction, low loss, cryogenic refracting optics. Silicon with n 3.4, low loss, and high thermal conductivity is a nearly optimal material for these purposes but requires an antireflection (AR) coating with broad bandwidth, low loss, low reflectance, and a matched coefficient of thermal expansion. We present an AR coating for curved silicon optics comprised of subwavelength features cut into the lens surface with a custom three-axis silicon dicing saw. These features constitute a metamaterial that behaves as a simple dielectric coating.We have fabricated silicon lenses as large as 33.4 cm in diameter with micromachined layers optimized for use between 125 and 165 GHz. Our design reduces average reflections to a few tenths of a percent for angles of incidence up to 30deg with low cross polarization.We describe the design, tolerance, manufacture, and measurements of these coatings and present measurements of the optical properties of silicon at millimeter wavelengths at cryogenic and room temperatures. This coating and lens fabrication approach is applicable from centimeter to submillimeter wavelengths and can be used to fabricate coatings with greater than octave bandwidth.

  12. Integration of both dense wavelength-division multiplexing and coarse wavelength-division multiplexing demultiplexer on one photonic crystal chip

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    Tian, Huiping; Shen, Guansheng; Liu, Weijia; Ji, Yuefeng

    2013-07-01

    An integrated model of photonic crystal (PC) demultiplexer that can be used to combine dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) and coarse wavelength-division multiplexing (CWDM) systems is first proposed. By applying the PC demultiplexer, dense channel spacing 0.8 nm and coarse channel spacing 20 nm are obtained at the same time. The transmission can be improved to nearly 90%, and the crosstalk can be decreased to less than -18 dB by enlarging the width of the bus waveguide. The total size of the device is 21×42 ?m2. Four channels on one side of the demultiplexer can achieve DWDM in the wavelength range between 1575 and 1578 nm, and the other four channels on the other side can achieve CWDM in the wavelength range between 1490 and 1565 nm, respectively. The demonstrated demultiplexer can be applied in the future CWDM and DWDM system, and the architecture costs can be significantly reduced.

  13. Compactly packaged monolithic four-wavelength VCSEL array with 100-GHz wavelength spacing for future-proof mobile fronthaul transport.

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    Lee, Eun-Gu; Mun, Sil-Gu; Lee, Sang Soo; Lee, Jyung Chan; Lee, Jong Hyun

    2015-01-12

    We report a cost-effective transmitter optical sub-assembly using a monolithic four-wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) array with 100-GHz wavelength spacing for future-proof mobile fronthaul transport using the data rate of common public radio interface option 6. The wavelength spacing is achieved using selectively etched cavity control layers and fine current adjustment. The differences in operating current and output power for maintaining the wavelength spacing of four VCSELs are <1.4 mA and <1 dB, respectively. Stable operation performance without mode hopping is observed, and error-free transmission under direct modulation is demonstrated over a 20-km single-mode fiber without any dispersion-compensation techniques. PMID:25835675

  14. On the wavelength dependence of the effects of turbulence on average refraction angles in occultations by planetary atmospheres

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    Haugstad, B. S.; Eshleman, V. R.

    1979-01-01

    The dependence of the effects of planetary atmospheric turbulence on radio or optical wavelength in occultation experiments is discussed, and the analysis of Hubbard and Jokipii (1977) is criticized. It is argued that in deriving a necessary condition for the applicability of their method, Hubbard and Jokipii neglect a factor proportional to the square of the ratio of atmospheric or local Fresnel zone radius and the inner scale of turbulence, and fail to establish sufficient conditions, thereby omitting the square of the ratio of atmospheric scale height and the local Fresnel zone radius. The total discrepancy is said to mean that the results correspond to geometrical optics instead of wave optics, as claimed, thus being inapplicable in a dicussion of wavelength dependence. Calculations based on geometrical optics show that the bias in the average bending angle depends on the wavelength in the same way as does the bias in phase path caused by turbulence in a homogeneous atmosphere. Hubbard and Jokipii comment that the criterion of Haugstad and Eshleman is incorrect and show that there is a large wave optical domain where the results are independent of wavelength.

  15. "Untangling the centimetre-wavelength sky"

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    Leahy, J. Patrick

    2015-08-01

    The global SED of the Milky Way reaches a minimum at about 80 GHz. In the decade below this, three emission processes predominate: synchrotron, from cosmic ray leptons spiralling in the Galactic magnetic field; free-free, from ionized gas in nebulae and the diffuse warm ionized medium; and anomalous microwaves (AME), believed to be dipole emission from spinning very small dust grains. Each component provides unique diagnostics: synchroton traces the lepton energy spectrum near 20 GeV and reveals the local and global structure of the Galactic magnetic field, free-free probes ionized gas where the usual H-alpha tracer is obscured, and AME traces a new interstellar component, whose relation to the general dust population can now be explored. In total intensity, accurate separation of these components is a hard problem not yet completely solved, mainly due to the spatial variability of the AME spectrum, which in the Planck 2015 analysis dominates the SED between 20 and 60 GHz. New large-area surveys in the frequency decade below the satellite microwave will, in combination with Planck and WMAP, will provide a far more robust determination of each component.In contrast to the confused situation in total intensity, only synchrotron contributes significant polarization in our band, and WMAP and Planck give a clear view of the polarized synchrotron sky, for the first time effectively free of Faraday rotation and depolarization. New ground-based microwave polarization surveys such as GMIMS, S-PASS, C-BASS, and QUIJOTE, will add much higher sensitivity and also have the high frequency resolution needed to trace the line-of-sight component of the magnetic field via Faraday synthesis. The polarization along the Galactic plane constrains models of the global Galactic magnetic field. Away from the plane, polarization probes the tangling of the field in the Galactic halo and clarifies the structure of the Galactic loops and spurs, which impose a large-scale coherence on the synchrotron sky. These loops are the largest objects in the sky, but their nature and distance is still controversial, and will be clarified by on-going studies of the ISM structure within 1-2 kpc of the Sun.

  16. Increased signals from short-wavelength-excited fluorescent molecules using sub-Ti:Sapphire wavelengths

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    NORRIS, G; AMOR, R; DEMPSTER, J; AMOS, W B; MCCONNELL, G

    2012-01-01

    We report the use of an all-solid-state ultrashort pulsed source specifically for two-photon microscopy at wavelengths shorter than those of the conventional Ti:Sapphire laser. Our approach involves sum–frequency mixing of the output from an optical parametric oscillator (?= 1400–1640 nm) synchronously pumped by a Yb-doped fibre laser (?= 1064 nm), with the residual pump radiation. This generated an fs-pulsed output tunable in the red spectral region (?= 620–636 nm, ?150 mW, 405 fs, 80 MHz, M2? 1.3). We demonstrate the performance of our ultrashort pulsed system using fluorescently labelled and autofluorescent tissue, and compare with conventional Ti:Sapphire excitation. We observe a more than 3-fold increase in fluorescence signal intensity using our visible laser source in comparison with the Ti:Sapphire laser for two-photon excitation at equal illumination peak powers of 1.16 kW or less. PMID:23078118

  17. The wavelength dependence of polarization in NGC 2023

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    Rolph, C. D.; Scarrott, S. M.

    1989-01-01

    NGC 2023 is a bright reflection nebula illuminated by the central star HD37903. At 2 microns the nebula is seen solely by reflected light from the central star but in the NIR there is excess radiation that is supposed to arise from thermal emission from a population of small grains (Sellgren, 1984). The unexpectedly high surface brightness at R and I wavelengths has led to the suggestion that even at these wavelengths there is a significant contribution from this thermal emission process (Witt, Schild, and Kraiman, 1984). If the nebula is seen by reflected starlight then this radiation will be linearly polarized. The level of polarization depends on the scattering geometry, grain size distribution, etc., and is typically 20 to 40 percent for nebulae such as NGC 1999 which is morphologically similar to NGC 2023. If, in any waveband, there is a contribution of radiation from emission processes this radiation will be unpolarized and will serve to dilute the scattered radiation to give a lower level of observed polarization. A study of the wavelength dependence of polarization in nebulae in which there may be thermal emission from grains will indicate the contribution from this process to the total luminosity. Polarization maps were produced in BVRI wavebands for the NGC 2023 nebulosity which confirm that at all wavelengths it is a reflection nebula illuminated by a central star. The wavelength dependence of polarization at representative points in the nebula and in a scatter plot of polarization in V and I wavebands at all points at which measurements are given. Results indicate that throughout the nebula there is a general trend for the level of polarization to increase with wavelength and that maximum levels of polarization occur at the longest wavelengths. No evidence is seen in the data for any significant contribution from the thermal emission from grains in the BVRI luminosity of NGC 2023.

  18. Continuous wavelet characterization of the wavelengths and regularity of meandering rivers

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    Zolezzi, Guido; Güneralp, Inci

    2016-01-01

    Meanders are oscillatory systems characterized with multiple spatial frequencies in their planforms. Although the concept of dominant meander wavelength (DMW) is central to morphodynamic research on river meandering, shorter and longer spatial scales of oscillations are also relevant. Using Continuous Wavelet Transform (CWT), we present an objective quantitative characterization of the relevant wavelengths of meandering rivers. Analysis of synthetic meanders generated through Kinoshita curves and real meandering rivers show that DMW can be better detected by applying CWT to the spatial series of the direction-angle, instead of curvature, because the latter shifts the meander oscillation energy toward shorter harmonics. This is related to the typical observed high ratio of meander arclength to channel width, as emerging from field observations and from morphodynamic modeling of meanders, implying the dimensionless wavenumber of meander oscillations to be an O(10-1) number. The capability of CWT of capturing local as well as global information in a spatial series is exploited by analyzing two CWT-based indicators, which express the relevance of other wavelengths with respect to the local DMW within the same reach (M?) and the variability of the local DMW with respect to the global DMW (S?). Thresholding the M? indicator shows that the global DMW corresponds to local DMW for only the most regular meanders. At longer scales, the S? indicator also reveals the existence of spatial modulations of the direction-angle oscillations in real meandering rivers, which have been previously detected only in synthetic planforms generated by morphodynamic models. This correspondence between observations and modeling indicates the potential of CWT analysis of meanders to provide further insight into the connections between the form and processes of channel meandering, as it suggests that spatial modulations might be inherent in meander-planform dynamics and related to the tendency of meanders to evolve in wavegroups, a potential cause of the so called 'cutoff avalanches' observed in natural and modeled meandering streams.

  19. Extraordinary wavelength reduction in terahertz graphene-cladded photonic crystal slabs

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    Williamson, Ian A D; Wang, Zheng

    2015-01-01

    Photonic crystal slabs have been widely used in nanophotonics for light confinement, dispersion engineering, nonlinearity enhancement, and other unusual effects arising from their structural periodicity. Sub-micron device sizes and mode volumes are routine for silicon-based photonic crystal slabs, however spectrally they are limited to operate in the near infrared. Here, we show that two single-layer graphene sheets allow silicon photonic crystal slabs with submicron periodicity to operate in the terahertz regime, with an extreme 100x wavelength reduction and excellent out-of-plane confinement. The graphene-cladded photonic crystal slabs exhibit band structures closely resembling those of ideal two-dimensional photonic crystals, with broad two-dimensional photonic band gaps even when the slab thickness approaches zero. The overall photonic band structure not only scales with the graphene Fermi level, but more importantly scales to lower frequencies with reduced slab thickness. Just like ideal 2D photonic crys...

  20. High rejection bandpass optical filters based on sub-wavelength metal patch arrays.

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    Le Perchec, J; de Lamaestre, R Espiau; Brun, M; Rochat, N; Gravrand, O; Badano, G; Hazart, J; Nicoletti, S

    2011-08-15

    We report the study of a resonant bandpass filter made of a very thin subwavelength metal patch array coupled to a high index dielectric waveguide. The spectral properties of those filters can easily be tuned by playing on the lateral dimensions of the grating. They exhibit high and narrow transmission peaks together with very good rejection of light out of the pass-band and low angular dependance. An experimental demonstration using standard large scale silicon microelectronics processes is presented in the mid infrared spectral range. This concept of filters can easily be scaled throughout the optical spectrum, and can be integrated within focal plane arrays of various imaging technologies, down to visible wavelengths. PMID:21934934

  1. High-Quality Extended-Wavelength Materials for Optoelectronic Applications

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    Sharma, Ankur R.

    Photodetectors in the 1.7 to 4.0 ?m range are being commercially developed on InP substrates to meet the needs of longer wavelength applications such as thermal and medical sensing. Currently, these devices utilize high indium content metamorphic Ga1-xInxAs (x > 0.53) layers to extend the wavelength range beyond the 1.7 ?m achievable using lattice matched GaInAs. The large lattice mismatch required to reach the extended wavelengths results in photodetector materials that contain a large number of misfit dislocations. The low quality of these materials results in a large nonradiative Shockley Read Hall generation/recombination rate that is manifested as an undesirable large thermal noise level in these photodetectors. This work focuses on utilizing the different band structure engineering methods to design more efficient devices on InP substrates. One prospective way to improve photodetector performance at the extended wavelengths is to utilize lattice matched GaInAs/GaAsSb structures that have a type-II band alignment, where the ground state transition energy of the superlattice is smaller than the bandgap of either constituent material. Over the extended wavelength range of 2 to 3 ?m this superlattice structure has an optimal period thickness of 3.4 to 5.2 nm and a wavefunction overlap of 0.8 to 0.4, respectively. In using a type-II superlattice to extend the cutoff wavelength there is a tradeoff between the wavelength reached and the electron-hole wavefunction overlap realized, and hence absorption coefficient achieved. This tradeoff and the subsequent reduction in performance can be overcome by two methods: adding bismuth to this type-II material system; applying strain on both layers in the system to attain strain-balanced condition. These allow the valance band alignment and hence the wavefunction overlap to be tuned independently of the wavelength cutoff. Adding 3% bismuth to the GaInAs constituent material, the resulting lattice matched Ga0.516In0.484As0.970Bi0.030 /GaAs0.511Sb0.489superlattice realizes a 50% larger absorption coefficient. While as, similar results can be achieved with strain-balanced condition with strain limited to 1.9% on either layer. The optimal design rules derived from the different possibilities make it feasible to extract superlattice period thickness with the best absorption coefficient for any cutoff wavelength in the range.

  2. Micropolarizing device for long wavelength infrared polarization imaging.

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    Wendt, Joel Robert; Carter, Tony Ray; Samora, Sally; Cruz-Cabrera, Alvaro Augusto; Vawter, Gregory Allen; Kemme, Shanalyn A.; Alford, Charles Fred; Boye, Robert R.; Smith, Jody Lynn

    2006-11-01

    The goal of this project is to fabricate a four-state pixelated subwavelength optical device that enables mid-wave infrared (MWIR) or long-wave infrared (LWIR) snapshot polarimetric imaging. The polarization information can help to classify imaged materials and identify objects of interest for numerous remote sensing and military applications. While traditional, sequential polarimetric imaging produces scenes with polarization information through a series of assembled images, snapshot polarimetric imaging collects the spatial distribution of all four Stokes parameters simultaneously. In this way any noise due to scene movement from one frame to the next is eliminated. We fabricated several arrays of subwavelength components for MWIR polarization imaging applications. Each pixel unit of the array consists of four elements. These elements are micropolarizers with three or four different polarizing axis orientations. The fourth element sometimes has a micro birefringent waveplate on the top of one of the micropolarizers. The linear micropolarizers were fabricated by patterning nano-scale metallic grids on a transparent substrate. A large area birefringent waveplate was fabricated by deeply etching a subwavelength structure into a dielectric substrate. The principle of making linear micropolarizers for long wavelengths is based upon strong anisotropic absorption of light in the nano-metallic grid structures. The nano-metallic grid structures are patterned with different orientations; therefore, the micropolarizers have different polarization axes. The birefringent waveplate is a deeply etched dielectric one-dimensional subwavelength grating; therefore two orthogonally polarized waves have different phase delays. Finally, in this project, we investigated the near field and diffractive effects of the subwavelength element apertures upon detection. The fabricated pixelated polarizers had a measured extinction ratios larger than 100:1 for pixel sizes in the order of 15 {micro}m by 15 {micro}m that exceed by 7 times previously reported devices. The fabricated birefringent diffractive waveplates had a total variation of phase delay rms of 9.41 degrees with an average delay of 80.6 degrees across the MWIR spectral region. We found that diffraction effects change the requirement for separation between focal plane arrays (FPA) micropolarizer arrays and birefringent waveplates arrays, originally in the order of hundreds of microns (which are the typical substrate thickness) to a few microns or less. This new requirement leads us to propose new approaches to fabricate these devices.

  3. Choice of the laser wavelength for a herpetic keratitis treatment

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    Razhev, Alexander M.; Bagayev, Sergei N.; Chernikh, Valery V.; Kargapoltsev, Evgeny S.; Trunov, Alexander; Zhupikov, Andrey A.

    2002-06-01

    For the first time the effect of the UV laser radiation to human eye cornea with herpetic keratitis was experimentally investigated. In experiments the UV radiation of ArF (193 nm), KrCl (223 nm), KrF (248 nm) excimer lasers were used. Optimal laser radiation parameters for the treatment of the herpetic keratitis were determined. The immuno-biochemical investigations were carried out and the results of clinical trials are presented. The maximum ablation rate was obtained for the 248 nm radiation wavelength. The process of healing was successful but in some cases the haze on the surface of the cornea was observed. When used the 193 nm radiation wavelength the corneal surface was clear without any hazes but the epithelization process was slower than for 248 nm wavelength and in some cases the relapse was occurred. The best results for herpetic keratitis treatment have been achieved by utilizing the 223 nm radiation wavelength of the KrCl excimer laser. The use of the 223 nm radiation wavelength allows treating the herpetic keratitis with low traumatic process of ablation and provides high quality of corneal surface.

  4. Highly efficient entanglement swapping and teleportation at telecom wavelength

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    Jin, Rui-Bo; Takeoka, Masahiro; Takagi, Utako; Shimizu, Ryosuke; Sasaki, Masahide

    2015-03-01

    Entanglement swapping at telecom wavelengths is at the heart of quantum networking in optical fiber infrastructures. Although entanglement swapping has been demonstrated experimentally so far using various types of entangled photon sources both in near-infrared and telecom wavelength regions, the rate of swapping operation has been too low to be applied to practical quantum protocols, due to limited efficiency of entangled photon sources and photon detectors. Here we demonstrate drastic improvement of the efficiency at telecom wavelength by using two ultra-bright entangled photon sources and four highly efficient superconducting nanowire single photon detectors. We have attained a four-fold coincidence count rate of 108 counts per second, which is three orders higher than the previous experiments at telecom wavelengths. A raw (net) visibility in a Hong-Ou-Mandel interference between the two independent entangled sources was 73.3 +/- 1.0% (85.1 +/- 0.8%). We performed the teleportation and entanglement swapping, and obtained a fidelity of 76.3% in the swapping test. Our results on the coincidence count rates are comparable with the ones ever recorded in teleportation/swapping and multi-photon entanglement generation experiments at around 800 nm wavelengths. Our setup opens the way to practical implementation of device-independent quantum key distribution and its distance extension by the entanglement swapping as well as multi-photon entangled state generation in telecom band infrastructures with both space and fiber links.

  5. Magnetically controllable wavelength-division-multiplexing fiber coupler.

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    Lin, Wei; Zhang, Hao; Song, Binbin; Miao, Yinping; Liu, Bo; Yan, Donglin; Liu, Yange

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, a magnetically controllable wavelength-division-multiplexing (WDM) fiber coupler has been proposed and experimentally demonstrated. A theoretical model has been established to analyze the influences of the weak as well as strong couplings to the wavelength tunability of this coupler. Experimental results show that the operation wavelength tunability of the proposed WDM coupler could be fulfilled for an applied magnetic field intensity range of 0 Oe to 500 Oe, and particularly it possesses high operation performances within the magnetic field intensity ranging from 25 Oe to 125 Oe when additional transmission loss and isolation are both considered. Within this range, the two selected channels show the wavelength tunability of 0.05 nm/Oe and 0.0744 nm/Oe, respectively, and the isolation between the two branches is higher than 24.089 dB. Owing to its high isolation, good splitting ratio stability, and high wavelength tunability, the proposed controllable WDM coupler is anticipated to find potential applications in such fields as fiber laser, fiber sensing and fiber-optic communications. Moreover, the fiber coupler integrated with the magnetic fluid would be valuable for the design of magnetically controllable mode-division-multiplexing devices. PMID:25969208

  6. Effect of wavelength on cutaneous pigment using pulsed irradiation

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    Sherwood, K.A.; Murray, S.; Kurban, A.K.; Tan, O.T.

    1989-05-01

    Several reports have been published over the last two decades describing the successful removal of benign cutaneous pigmented lesions such as lentigines, cafe au lait macules' nevi, nevus of Ota, and lentigo maligna by a variety of lasers such as the excimer (351 nm), argon (488,514 nm), ruby (694 nm), Nd:YAG (1060 nm), and CO/sub 2/ (10,600 nm). Laser treatment has been applied to lesions with a range of pigment depths from superficial lentigines in the epidermis to the nevus of Ota in the reticular dermis. Widely divergent laser parameters of wavelength, pulse duration, energy density, and spotsizes have been used, but the laser parameters used to treat this range of lesions have been arbitrary, with little effort focused on defining optimal laser parameters for removal of each type. In this study, miniature black pig skin was exposed to five wavelengths (504, 590, 694, 720, and 750 nm) covering the absorption spectrum of melanin. At each wavelength, a range of energy densities was examined. Skin biopsies taken from laser-exposed sites were examined histologically in an attempt to establish whether optimal laser parameters exist for destroying pigment cells in skin. Of the five wavelengths examined, 504 nm produced the most pigment specific injury; this specificity being maintained even at the highest energy density of 7.0 J/cm2. Thus, for the destruction of melanin-containing cells in the epidermal compartment, 504 nm wavelength appears optimal.

  7. Finite wavelength surface-tension driven instabilities in soft solids

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    Xuan, Chen

    2015-01-01

    We deploy linear stability analysis to find the threshold wavelength ($\\lambda$) and surface tension ($\\gamma$) of Rayleigh-Plateau type "peristaltic" instabilities in incompressible neo-Hookean solids in a range of cylindrical geometries with radius $R_0$. First we consider a solid cylinder, and recover the well-known, infinite wavelength instability for $\\gamma\\ge6 \\mu R_0$, where $\\mu$ is the solid's shear modulus. Second, we consider a volume-conserving (e.g.\\ fluid filled) cylindrical cavity through an infinite solid, and demonstrate infinite wavelength instability, but for $\\gamma\\ge 2 \\mu R_0$. Third, we consider a solid cylinder embedded in a different infinite solid, and find a finite wavelength instability with $\\lambda\\propto R_0$, at surface tension $\\gamma \\propto \\mu R_0$, where the constants depend on the two solids' modulus ratio. Finally, we consider an empty cylindrical cavity through an infinite solid, and find an instability with finite wavelength, $\\lambda \\approx2 R_0$, for $\\gamma\\ge 2....

  8. Super sub-wavelength patterns in photon coincidence detection

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    Liu, Ruifeng; Zhang, Pei; Zhou, Yu; Gao, Hong; Li, Fuli

    2014-01-01

    High-precision measurements implemented with light are desired in all fields of science. However, light acts as a wave, and the Rayleigh criterion in classical optics yields a diffraction limit that prevents obtaining a resolution smaller than the wavelength. Sub-wavelength interference has potential application in lithography because it beats the classical Rayleigh resolution limit. Here, we carefully study second-order correlation theory to establish the physics behind sub-wavelength interference in photon coincidence detection. A Young's double slit experiment with pseudo-thermal light is performed to test the second-order correlation pattern. The results show that when two point detectors are scanned in different ways, super sub-wavelength interference patterns can be obtained. We then provide a theoretical explanation for this surprising result, and demonstrate that this explanation is also suitable for the results found for entangled light. Furthermore, we discuss the limitations of these types of super sub-wavelength interference patterns in quantum lithography. PMID:24531057

  9. Highly efficient entanglement swapping and teleportation at telecom wavelength.

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    Jin, Rui-Bo; Takeoka, Masahiro; Takagi, Utako; Shimizu, Ryosuke; Sasaki, Masahide

    2015-01-01

    Entanglement swapping at telecom wavelengths is at the heart of quantum networking in optical fiber infrastructures. Although entanglement swapping has been demonstrated experimentally so far using various types of entangled photon sources both in near-infrared and telecom wavelength regions, the rate of swapping operation has been too low to be applied to practical quantum protocols, due to limited efficiency of entangled photon sources and photon detectors. Here we demonstrate drastic improvement of the efficiency at telecom wavelength by using two ultra-bright entangled photon sources and four highly efficient superconducting nanowire single photon detectors. We have attained a four-fold coincidence count rate of 108 counts per second, which is three orders higher than the previous experiments at telecom wavelengths. A raw (net) visibility in a Hong-Ou-Mandel interference between the two independent entangled sources was 73.3 ± 1.0% (85.1 ± 0.8%). We performed the teleportation and entanglement swapping, and obtained a fidelity of 76.3% in the swapping test. Our results on the coincidence count rates are comparable with the ones ever recorded in teleportation/swapping and multi-photon entanglement generation experiments at around 800 nm wavelengths. Our setup opens the way to practical implementation of device-independent quantum key distribution and its distance extension by the entanglement swapping as well as multi-photon entangled state generation in telecom band infrastructures with both space and fiber links. PMID:25791212

  10. Highly efficient entanglement swapping and teleportation at telecom wavelength

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    Jin, Rui-Bo; Takeoka, Masahiro; Takagi, Utako; Shimizu, Ryosuke; Sasaki, Masahide

    2015-01-01

    Entanglement swapping at telecom wavelengths is at the heart of quantum networking in optical fiber infrastructures. Although entanglement swapping has been demonstrated experimentally so far using various types of entangled photon sources both in near-infrared and telecom wavelength regions, the rate of swapping operation has been too low to be applied to practical quantum protocols, due to limited efficiency of entangled photon sources and photon detectors. Here we demonstrate drastic improvement of the efficiency at telecom wavelength by using two ultra-bright entangled photon sources and four highly efficient superconducting nanowire single photon detectors. We have attained a four-fold coincidence count rate of 108 counts per second, which is three orders higher than the previous experiments at telecom wavelengths. A raw (net) visibility in a Hong-Ou-Mandel interference between the two independent entangled sources was 73.3 ± 1.0% (85.1 ± 0.8%). We performed the teleportation and entanglement swapping, and obtained a fidelity of 76.3% in the swapping test. Our results on the coincidence count rates are comparable with the ones ever recorded in teleportation/swapping and multi-photon entanglement generation experiments at around 800?nm wavelengths. Our setup opens the way to practical implementation of device-independent quantum key distribution and its distance extension by the entanglement swapping as well as multi-photon entangled state generation in telecom band infrastructures with both space and fiber links. PMID:25791212

  11. Weak Scintillation Observations of Pulsar B1929+10 at Centimeter Wavelengths

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    Lambert, H. C.; Rickett, B. J.; Kramer, M.; Wielebinski, R.

    1997-12-01

    We present flux density variations of the nearby pulsar B1929+10 at 3.6, 6, and 13cm observed with the 100m radio telescope at Effelsberg, Germany. The variations are partially correlated between the different wavelengths and have characteristic time scales of about 30 minutes and modulation indices increasing with wavelength from 0.1 to 0.7. We interpret the variations as weak interstellar scintillations and compare them with theory based on models for the spectrum and spatial distribution of the interstellar plasma density. In weak scintillation, the intensity spectrum is equal to the plasma density spectrum times a high pass filter, which depends slowly on the spatial distribution. We consider the Kolmogorov spectrum model with and without an inner scale cut-off and we model the spatial distribution as either concentrated in a thin layer or uniformly extended along the line of sight. The theoretical structure functions for intensity fluctuations are fitted to the structure functions estimated from the measurements and used to constrain the model parameters.

  12. Short Wavelength Seeding through Compression for Fee Electron Lasers

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    Qiang, Ji

    2010-03-29

    In this paper, we propose a seeding scheme that compresses an initial laser modulation in the longitudinal phase space of an electron beam by using two opposite sign bunch compressors and two opposite sign energy chirpers. This scheme could potentially reduce the initial modulation wavelength by a factor of C and increase the energy modulation amplitude by a factor of C , where Cis the compression factor of the first bunch compressor. Using two lasers as energy chirpers, such a modulation compression scheme can generate kilo-Ampershort wavelength current modulation with significant bunching factor from an initial a few tens Amper current. This compression scheme can also be used togenerate a prebunched single atto-second short wavelength current modulation and prebunched two color, two atto-second modulations.

  13. A medium-power widely tunable single wavelength fiber laser

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    Das, Gautam; Valiunas, Jonas

    2008-06-01

    The authors report a medium-power widely tunable single wavelength fiber laser. The laser wavelength was tuned from 1530 nm to 1575 nm. The gain medium consisted of a double-clad erbium-ytterbium codoped fiber. An un-pumped elliptical core erbium-doped fiber was used as a saturable absorber inside the cavity to reduce the laser linewidth and mode hopping. The output power of the laser at each lasing wavelength was more than 100 mW. The linewidth of the laser was 8 MHz, measured using a scanning Fabry-Perot spectrum analyzer of resolution 6.5 MHz. The laser was stable at room temperature with an intensity fluctuation of less than 0.2 dB.

  14. Analysis of a spinning polygon wavelength swept laser

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    Johnson, Bart; Kuznetsov, Mark; Goldberg, Brian D; Whitney, Peter; Flanders, Dale C

    2015-01-01

    It has been known for quite some time that spinning polygon, and similar, swept lasers used in OCT favor the short to long wavelength sweep direction because of four wave mixing in the gain medium. Here we have reformulated the problem in the time domain and show experimentally and through numerical simulation that these lasers are pulsed. The emitted pulses modulate the gain medium refractive index to red shift the light. Instead of new wavelengths being built up slowly from spontaneous emission, each pulse hops to a longer wavelength by nonlinear means, tracking the tunable filter. This allows high speed, low noise tuning in the blue to red direction. Based on this model, we make the first coherence length calculations for a swept source.

  15. Solar Radius Variations: a New Look on the Wavelength Dependence

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    Rozelot, Jean-Pierre; Kosovichev, Alexander; Kilcik, Ali

    2015-08-01

    The possibility that the the Sun's radius is changing, even at a faint level, has been talk over a long time. As solar radius is certainly one of the most important basic pieces of astrophysical information, it is crucial to determine the physical mechanisms that may cause shrinking or expansion of the solar envelope. The wavelength dependence has been poorly examine up to now. In this talk, we examine recent solar radius determinations from space observation of Mercury and Venus transits that have been made by different teams, in 2006, 2012 and 2014. Seemingly results are not consistent: authors interpreted the discrepancies by the different methods of analysis used. However, looking at the wavelength dependence, adding other available observations, from X-EUV up to radio, a typical wavelength dependence can be found, reflecting the different heights at which the lines are formed. A possible explanation is proposed. Such results can be interesting for solar-stellar connections.

  16. Wavelength-selective photodetectors based on dye-superconductor assemblies

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    Eames, Sara J.; Jurbergs, David C.; Savoy, Steven M.; Zhao, Jianai; McDevitt, John T.

    1997-04-01

    A strategy for increasing the wavelength selectivity and responsivity of hybrid dye/superconductor optical sensors is described. Here, reflective 'mirror layers' deposited on the top surface of YBa2Cu3O7-(delta ) thin film devices are used to enhance the optical performance characteristics of such hybrid sensors. Quantification of the wavelength-selectivity for such detector structures is detailed for both dye/high-Tc superconductor and dye/mirror-layer/high-Tc superconductor systems. Optical response studies of the structures suggest that the inclusion of the mirror layer serves to enhance the wavelength-selectivity of the detector. Consequently, only the on-resonance signals captured by the dye layer are effectively sensed by the superconductor element. Measurements of the spectral response properties of the mirror layer-modified hybrid detectors show that energy transfer between the dye and superconducting elements is not diminished by the presence of this reflective layer.

  17. Recirculating photonic filter: A wavelength-selective true-time-delay device for optically controlled phased array sensors and wavelength code-division multiple access

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    Yegnanarayanan, Sivasubramaniam

    1999-10-01

    In this dissertation we propose a novel wavelength- selective photonic time-delay filter. This device consists of an optical phased-array waveguide grating in a recirculating feedback configuration: This all-optical tunable optical delay line device permits several novel applications in the optical processing of high frequency signals. The first application is as a true-time-delay generator for squint-free beam steering in optically-controlled microwave phased-array antennas where the optical carrier wavelength is used to select a desired time delay for the microwave signal. Time-delay beam steering ensure wide instantaneous bandwidth operation. The mapping of optical wavelength to the microwave beam direction permits a hardware compressive architecture for the optical control unit that can easily scale to large aperture antenna arrays. Prototype integrated optical chips consisting of optical filters and precision delay lines have demonstrated picosecond resolution time delays. Hybrid devices permit longer time-delays of several tens of nanoseconds through external fiber delay lines. Extension to optically controlled two-dimensional array beam steering using optical wavelength conversion between azimuth and elevation beam steering units is also explored. This overcomes optical/electrical/optical conversion losses in cascading individual beam steering units. A 2-element X-band optically controlled phased array transmitter is assembled in a compact test range to verify the wide bandwidth beam steering system. Such wavelength selective time delay filter devices can also transform optical pulses with wide spectral bandwidth into simultaneous wavelength and time coded waveforms. One application of such hybrid coded waveforms is in optical code-division multiple access (CDMA) communication. Their perfect delta-function autocorrelation and small cross-correlation properties result in significant improvements in the number of orthogonal codes and the number of simultaneous users compared to traditional incoherent CDMA. We demonstrate such hybrid encoding of picosecond pulses from a modelocked laser. The superior correlation properties of such encoded pulses have also been verified. Digital data transmission over a CDMA fiber link with matched filter decoding at the receiver is shown. Finally, we discuss the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) integrated optical technology for realizing passive and active devices such as discussed in this dissertation. This planar waveguide technology is attractive for the potential low cost silicon IC compatible fabrication and low waveguide losses above 1.2 ?m. This approach could transform the optical processing functions such as discussed here into real world application specific optical circuits. We present the design, fabrication and demonstration of filter devices in the silicon-on- insulator integrated optical waveguide technology wherein the filter can be actively controlled through free- carrier electro-optic tuning. Following the rapid progress in recent years in multiwavelength pulsed sources, optical filter components and high-speed high linearity photodetectors, optical processing devices such as discussed in this thesis could form the building block of systems performing complex signal processing functions such as sampling, synthesis and filtering of high-speed signals.

  18. Continuous blood oxygen saturation detection with single-wavelength photoacoustics

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    Peng, Qiwen; Gao, Fei; Feng, Xiaohua; Zheng, Yuanjin

    2015-03-01

    Blood oxygen saturation (SO2) reflects the oxygenation level in blood transport and tissue. Previous studies have shown the capability of non-invasive quantitative measurements of SO2 by multi-wavelength photoacoustic (PA) spectroscopy for diagnosis of brain, tumor hemodynamics and other pathophysiological phenomena. However, those multi-wavelength methods require a tunable laser or multiple lasers which are relatively expensive and bulky for filed measurement environment and applications. Besides, the operation of multiple wavelengths, calibration procedures and data processing gets system complicated, which reduces the feasibility and flexibility for continuous real-time monitoring. Here we report a newly proposed method by combining PA and scattered light signals wherein imposing a hypothesis that scattering intensity is linear to the concentrations of oxygenated hemoglobin and deoxygenated hemoglobin weighed by blood scattering coefficients. A rigorous theoretical relationship between PA and scattering signals is thus established, making it possible that SO2 can be measured with only one excitation wavelength. To verify the theory basis, both dual-ink phantoms and fresh porcine blood sample have been employed in the experiments. The phantom experiment is able to quantify the concentration of mixed red-green ink that is in precise agreement with pre-set values. The ex vivo experiment with fresh porcine blood was conducted and the results of the proposed single-wavelength method achieved high accuracy of 1% - 4% errors. These demonstrated that the proposed single-wavelength SO2 detection is able to provide non-invasive, accurate measurement of blood oxygenation, and herein create potential for applying it to real clinical applications with low cost and high flexibility.

  19. Use of Dual-wavelength Radar for Snow Parameter Estimates

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    Liao, Liang; Meneghini, Robert; Iguchi, Toshio; Detwiler, Andrew

    2005-01-01

    Use of dual-wavelength radar, with properly chosen wavelengths, will significantly lessen the ambiguities in the retrieval of microphysical properties of hydrometeors. In this paper, a dual-wavelength algorithm is described to estimate the characteristic parameters of the snow size distributions. An analysis of the computational results, made at X and Ka bands (T-39 airborne radar) and at S and X bands (CP-2 ground-based radar), indicates that valid estimates of the median volume diameter of snow particles, D(sub 0), should be possible if one of the two wavelengths of the radar operates in the non-Rayleigh scattering region. However, the accuracy may be affected to some extent if the shape factors of the Gamma function used for describing the particle distribution are chosen far from the true values or if cloud water attenuation is significant. To examine the validity and accuracy of the dual-wavelength radar algorithms, the algorithms are applied to the data taken from the Convective and Precipitation-Electrification Experiment (CaPE) in 1991, in which the dual-wavelength airborne radar was coordinated with in situ aircraft particle observations and ground-based radar measurements. Having carefully co-registered the data obtained from the different platforms, the airborne radar-derived size distributions are then compared with the in-situ measurements and ground-based radar. Good agreement is found for these comparisons despite the uncertainties resulting from mismatches of the sample volumes among the different sensors as well as spatial and temporal offsets.

  20. Phase noise analysis of two wavelength coherent imaging system.

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    Dapore, Benjamin R; Rabb, David J; Haus, Joseph W

    2013-12-16

    Two wavelength coherent imaging is a digital holographic technique that offers several advantages over conventional coherent imaging. One of the most significant advantages is the ability to extract 3D target information from the phase contrast image at a known difference frequency. However, phase noise detracts from the accuracy at which the target can be faithfully identified. We therefore describe a method for relating phase noise to the correlation of the image planes corresponding to each wavelength, among other parameters. The prediction of the phase noise spectrum of a scene will aid in determining our ability to reconstruct the target. PMID:24514640

  1. Planetary observations at a wavelength of 1. 32 mm

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    Ulich, B.L.; Dickel, J.R.; De Pater, I.

    1984-12-01

    Observations at a wavelength of 1.32 mm have been made of the Jovian planets, Ceres, the satellites Callisto and Ganymede, and the HII region DR 21. The observed brightness temperatures are presented. Those of the Jovian planets agree with the values expected from model atmosphere calculations, except that of Jupiter, which is lower than expected. Ceres and the satellites do not have atmospheres so their emission arised in their subsurface layers. The observed brightness temperatures are intermediate between those measured at infrared and centimeter wavelengths. 30 references.

  2. Wavelength conversion by dynamically reconfiguring a nested photonic crystal cavity.

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    Khorshidahmad, Amin; Kirk, Andrew G

    2010-04-12

    A dynamically reconfigurable nested photonic crystal cavity suitable for frequency conversion applications is proposed. Dynamic switching between two distinct cavities allows intermodal transition via spatially-uniform tuning of the refractive index. Exclusion of the initial resonant mode from the Eigen modes of the tuned cavity precludes the adiabatic wavelength conversion process. Multiple intermodal transitions are suppressed by the symmetry of the mode profiles of the two cavities. Over 90nm wavelength shift (from L-band to the S-band) is shown numerically. PMID:20588614

  3. Aperture Mask for Unambiguous Parity Determination in Long Wavelength Imagers

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    Bos, Brent

    2011-01-01

    A document discusses a new parity pupil mask design that allows users to unambiguously determine the image space coordinate system of all the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) science instruments by using two out-of-focus images. This is an improvement over existing mask designs that could not completely eliminate the coordinate system parity ambiguity at a wavelength of 5.6 microns. To mitigate the problem of how the presence of diffraction artifacts can obscure the pupil mask detail, this innovation has been created with specifically designed edge features so that the image space coordinate system parity can be determined in the presence of diffraction, even at long wavelengths.

  4. Magic wavelength for the hydrogen 1 S -2 S transition

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    Kawasaki, Akio

    2015-10-01

    The magic wavelength for an optical lattice for hydrogen atoms that cancels the lowest order ac Stark shift of the 1 S -2 S transition is calculated to be 513 nm. The magnitudes of the ac Stark shift ? E =-119 Hz/(kW/cm2) and the slope d ? E /d ? =-2.77 Hz/(GHz kW/cm2) at the magic wavelength suggest that a stable and narrow-line-width trapping laser is necessary to achieve a deep enough optical lattice to confine hydrogen atoms in a way that gives a small enough light shift for the precision spectroscopy of the 1 S -2 S transition.

  5. Aluminum nitride nanophotonic circuits operating at ultraviolet wavelengths

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    Stegmaier, M.; Ebert, J.; Meckbach, J. M.; Ilin, K.; Siegel, M.; Pernice, W. H. P.

    2014-03-01

    Aluminum nitride (AlN) has recently emerged as a promising material for integrated photonics due to a large bandgap and attractive optical properties. Exploiting the wideband transparency, we demonstrate waveguiding in AlN-on-Insulator circuits from near-infrared to ultraviolet wavelengths using nanophotonic components with dimensions down to 40 nm. By measuring the propagation loss over a wide spectral range, we conclude that both scattering and absorption of AlN-intrinsic defects contribute to strong attenuation at short wavelengths, thus providing guidelines for future improvements in thin-film deposition and circuit fabrication.

  6. Automated variable wavelength interferometry in reflected light mode

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    Litwin, D.; Galas, J.; Blocki, N.

    2006-04-01

    The paper concentrates on the double-refracting systems - particularly variable wavelength techniques (VAWI) for reflected light... The family of techniques for (transmitted and reflected light) is especially recommended for studying objects, which produce optical path difference more than a few wavelengths. In such cases classical approach consisting in measuring deflection of interference fringes is not useful because of edge effects that break continuity of interference fringes. The VAWI methods have been invented in the time when image processing devices and computers were hardly available. Automated devices unfold a completely new approach to the classical measurement procedures. The paper discusses mainly construction aspects of the systems in context of the computerised instruments.

  7. Aluminum nitride nanophotonic circuits operating at ultraviolet wavelengths

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    Stegmaier, M.; Ebert, J.; Pernice, W. H. P.; Meckbach, J. M.; Ilin, K.; Siegel, M.

    2014-03-03

    Aluminum nitride (AlN) has recently emerged as a promising material for integrated photonics due to a large bandgap and attractive optical properties. Exploiting the wideband transparency, we demonstrate waveguiding in AlN-on-Insulator circuits from near-infrared to ultraviolet wavelengths using nanophotonic components with dimensions down to 40?nm. By measuring the propagation loss over a wide spectral range, we conclude that both scattering and absorption of AlN-intrinsic defects contribute to strong attenuation at short wavelengths, thus providing guidelines for future improvements in thin-film deposition and circuit fabrication.

  8. Collecting EUV mask images through focus by wavelength tuning

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    Goldberg, Kenneth A.; Mochi, Iacopo; Huh, Sungmin

    2009-02-23

    Using an extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) microscope to produce high-quality images of EUV reticles, we have developed a new wavelength tuning method to acquire through-focus data series with a higher level of stability and repeatability than was previously possible. We utilize the chromatic focal-length dependence of a diffractive Fresnel zoneplate objective lens, and while holding the mask sample mechanically still, we tune the wavelength through a narrow range, in small steps. In this paper, we demonstrate the method and discuss the relative advantages that this data collection technique affords.

  9. Three Dimensional Imaging with Multiple Wavelength Speckle Interferometry

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    Bernacki, Bruce E.; Cannon, Bret D.; Schiffern, John T.; Mendoza, Albert

    2014-05-28

    We present the design, modeling, construction, and results of a three-dimensional imager based upon multiple-wavelength speckle interferometry. A surface under test is illuminated with tunable laser light in a Michelson interferometer configuration while a speckled image is acquired at each laser frequency step. The resulting hypercube is Fourier transformed in the frequency dimension and the beat frequencies that result map the relative offsets of surface features. Synthetic wavelengths resulting from the laser tuning can probe features ranging from 18 microns to hundreds of millimeters. Three dimensional images will be presented along with modeling results.

  10. A millimeter wavelength radiation source using a dual grating resonator

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    Killoran, J.H.; Hacker, F.L.; Walsh, J.E. . Dept. of Physics)

    1994-10-01

    A novel means of producing coherent radiation by passing an electron through a dual-grating resonator is presented. The observed radiation is in accordance with the Smith-Purcell dispersion relation for a single grating. Feedback is provided by a second grating. Experiments carried out at beam energies from 30--55 KeV produced radiation at wavelengths from 6 to 0.75 mm. Power measurements were used to clarify the grating-beam interaction. Indications are that operation could be easily extended to shorter wavelengths to provide an inexpensive and compact radiation source in the far-infrared.

  11. Two-way quantum cryptography at different wavelengths

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    Christian Weedbrook; Carlo Ottaviani; Stefano Pirandola

    2013-09-30

    We study the security of two-way quantum cryptography at different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, from the optical range down to the microwave range. In particular, we consider a two-way quantum communication protocol where Gaussian-modulated thermal states are subject to random Gaussian displacements and finally homodyned. We show how its security threshold (in reverse reconciliation) is extremely robust with respect to the preparation noise and able to outperform the security thresholds of one-way protocols at any wavelength. As a result, improved security distances are now accessible for implementing quantum key distribution at the very challenging regime of infrared frequencies.

  12. Wavelength-scale confinement of light and its applications in on-chip photonic devices

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    Huang, Jingqing

    We present design and experimental work toward building room temperature, continuous-wave (CW) lasers with a cavity that confines light to a volume of ? (lambda/n)3. We begin with the mechanisms of strong optical confinement using dispersive metals and photonic crystals. Finite-difference time-domain methods (FDTD) are used to simulate the behavior of electromagnetic fields in the cavity; fast Fourier transform from FDTD-generated near-field data calculates the far-field radiation pattern from the microcavity laser. We then present our investigations into designs where metals are incorporated into microdisk and photonic crystal optical cavities to curb or redirect radiation loss. The significant effects of boundary conditions and substrate feedback on far-field radiation directionality are studied. We evaluate the threshold gain required to achieve room temperature lasing in these metallo-dielectric cavities. While studying the confinement mechanism of photonic crystals on metal substrate, it became clear that room temperature lasing can be achieved in optically-thick photonic crystal cavities, where the thicker semiconductor layer would give us more freedom in designing the vertical p-i-n doping profile within, for a less resistive and leaky electrical path for current injection operation. We fabricate and demonstrate single-mode room temperature lasing by optical pumping in an optically-thick single-defect cavity. We move on to present our design and characterization of coupled-cavity photonic crystal lasers operating with CW, high output power, and directional emission. Single-mode stable emission with output power on the order of 10 muW and linear polarization was achieved. Moreover, we switched from the commonly used InGaAsP quantum well material to the lesser-known InAsP quantum wells in InP cladding, and found that the large band-edge offset between InAsP and InP made a world of difference in achieving high power operation despite the large thermal resistance in the device. For a microcavity laser with directional radiation, Purcell-enhanced spontaneous emission, and diminished effects due to feedback from surrounding structures such as the substrate, nanobeam photonic crystal lasers are analyzed, fabricated, and characterized. Despite thermal resistance an order of magnitude higher than their 2D counterparts, quasi-CW operation with a soft threshold turn-on was achieved. Much work was done to optimize fabrication techniques in order to realize the optical cavity designs with little fabrication error. We detail the high-contrast hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) electron-beam lithography and deep vertical dry etch procedures especially developed for this work. Lastly, related projects on nonlinear silicon photonic devices are presented. Synthetic nonlinear polymer is integrated on to the silicon photonic platform to achieve low half-wave voltage electro-optic modulation. Causes and magnitude of the nonlinear loss particular to silicon waveguides with sub-mum 2 cross-section are evaluated.

  13. Drift wave transport scalings introduced by varying correlation length

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    Weiland, J.; Holod, I.

    2005-01-01

    Scalings of the correlation length of drift wave turbulence with magnetic current q, shear, elongation, and temperature ratio have been introduced into a drift wave transport model. The correlation length is calculated from linear scaling of the fastest growing mode. Such a procedure is supported by previous turbulence simulations with absorbing boundaries for short and long wavelengths. The resulting q and s scalings are now in better agreement with experimental scalings. In particular, the simulation results for transport barrier shots improve.

  14. SIMULTANEOUS MULTI-WAVELENGTH OBSERVATIONS OF Sgr A* DURING 2007 APRIL 1-11

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    Yusef-Zadeh, F.; Bushouse, H.; Wardle, M.; Heinke, C.; Roberts, D. A.; Dowell, C. D.; Brunthaler, A.; Reid, M. J.; Martin, C. L.; Marrone, D. P.; Porquet, D.; Grosso, N.; Dodds-Eden, K.; Gillessen, S.; Bower, G. C.; Wiesemeyer, H.; Miyazaki, A.; Pal, S.; Goldwurm, A.

    2009-11-20

    We report the detection of variable emission from Sgr A* in almost all wavelength bands (i.e., centimeter, millimeter, submillimeter, near-IR, and X-rays) during a multi-wavelength observing campaign. Three new moderate flares are detected simultaneously in both near-IR and X-ray bands. The ratio of X-ray to near-IR flux in the flares is consistent with inverse Compton scattering of near-IR photons by submillimeter emitting relativistic particles which follow scaling relations obtained from size measurements of Sgr A*. We also find that the flare statistics in near-IR wavelengths is consistent with the probability of flare emission being inversely proportional to the flux. At millimeter wavelengths, the presence of flare emission at 43 GHz (7 mm) using the Very Long Baseline Array with milliarcsecond spatial resolution indicates the first direct evidence that hourly timescale flares are localized within the inner 30 x 70 Schwarzschild radii of Sgr A*. We also show several cross-correlation plots between near-IR, millimeter, and submillimeter light curves that collectively demonstrate the presence of time delays between the peaks of emission up to 5 hr. The evidence for time delays at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths are consistent with the source of emission initially being optically thick followed by a transition to an optically thin regime. In particular, there is an intriguing correlation between the optically thin near-IR and X-ray flare and optically thick radio flare at 43 GHz that occurred on 2007 April 4. This would be the first evidence of a radio flare emission at 43 GHz delayed with respect to the near-IR and X-ray flare emission. The time delay measurements support the expansion of hot self-absorbed synchrotron plasma blob and weaken the hot spot model of flare emission. In addition, a simultaneous fit to 43 and 84 GHz light curves, using an adiabatic expansion model of hot plasma, appears to support a power law rather than a relativistic Maxwellian distribution of particles.

  15. The Design and Science Goals of LWCam, the CCAT Long-Wavelength Imager

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    Golwala, Sunil R.; CCAT Cosmology/SZ Science Working Group; CCAT Instrumentation Working Group

    2013-01-01

    We present the design of LWCam, the prospective facility long-wavelength imaging camera for CCAT. LWCam will provide a diffraction-limited 20' field-of-view with background-limited sensitivity in up to six bands: 750 um, 850 um, 1 mm, 1.3 mm, 2.0 mm, and 3.0 mm. It will use multi-scale phased-array antennas or multiband, corrugated platelet feedhorn arrays coupled via microstrip to titanium nitride MKIDs with an overall detector count exceeding 50,000. Photolithographic bandpass filters and microstrip channelizers will define spectral bands. LWCam will be able to map hundreds of square degrees per year to the confusion limit in these multiple bands, enabling the exhaustive study of continuum sources in the trans-mm wavelength region, including dusty, star-forming galaxies (DSFGs), galaxy clusters via the Sunyaev-Zeldovich (SZ) effect, and star-forming regions in our own and nearby galaxies. The multiple spectral bands and excellent angular resolution of LWCam will enable spectral separation of DSFGs and the thermal and kinetic Sunyaev-Zeldovich effects, including even relativistic corrections in the most massive galaxy clusters. LWCam will be ideally suited to survey for galaxy clusters via the thermal SZ effect and measure their peculiar velocities via the kinetic SZ effect as well as to study the intracluster medium of galaxy clusters from the core to the virial radius, including searches for substructure, internal bulk flows, turbulent pressure, and accretion shocks. With LWCam, it will be possible to detect the highest redshift galaxies via their mm/submm flux ratio (which peaks at mm wavelengths for DSFGs) and construct the auto- and frequency cross-power spectra of the cosmic infrared background to constrain models of their formation and evolution. LWCam's surveys will constrain the gas distribution in high-redshift groups and clusters by measuring the thermal SZ power spectum and will measure the duration of the epoch of reionization via the kinetic SZ power spectrum. LWCam will complement CCAT's short-wavelength imager SWCam and extragalactic multi object spectrometer X-Spec as well as numerous expected surveys over a range of wavelengths including DES, LSST, and eROSITA.

  16. Imaging spectrometry at visible and infrared wavelengths using image replication

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    Harvey, Andy

    Imaging spectrometry at visible and infrared wavelengths using image replication Andrew R Harvey1 that simultaneously achieves spectral filtering and image replication to yield a two- dimensional, snapshot spectral imager. Filtering is achieved by spectral demultiplexing; that is without rejection of light; so optical

  17. Angled multimode interferometer for bidirectional wavelength division (de)multiplexing

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    Hu, Y.; Thomson, D. J.; Khokhar, A. Z.; Stankovi?, S.; Mitchell, C. J.; Gardes, F. Y.; Penades, J. Soler; Mashanovich, G. Z.; Reed, G. T.

    2015-01-01

    We have demonstrated a bidirectional wavelength division (de)multiplexer (WDM) on the silicon-on-insulator platform using two 4-channel angled multimode interferometers (AMMIs) sharing the same multimode interference waveguide. An excellent match of the peak transmission wavelength of each channel between the two AMMIs was achieved. The input and output access waveguides were arranged in a configuration such that the propagation of light of one AMMI in the multimode interference waveguide suffered minimal perturbation by the input and output waveguides of the other AMMI. This type of device is ideal for the WDM system for datacom or telecom applications, e.g. an integrated optical transceiver, where the transmission wavelengths are required to match with the receiving wavelengths. The device also benefits from simple fabrication (as only a single lithography and etching step is required), improved convenience for the transceiver layout design, a reduction in tuning power and circuitry and efficient use of layout space. A low insertion loss of 3–4?dB, and low crosstalk of ?15 to ?20?dB, was achieved. PMID:26587242

  18. Laser cooling and trapping of potassium at magic wavelengths

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    M. S. Safronova; U. I. Safronova; Charles W. Clark

    2013-01-14

    We carry out a systematic study of the static and dynamic polarizabilities of the potassium atom using a first-principles high-precision relativistic all-order method in which all single, double, and partial triple excitations of the Dirac-Fock wave functions are included to all orders of perturbation theory. Recommended values are provided for a large number of electric-dipole matrix elements. Static polarizabilities of the 4s, 4p_j, 5s, 5p_j, and 3d_j states are compared with other theory and experiment where available. We use the results of the polarizability calculations to identify magic wavelengths for the 4s-np transitions for $n = 4, 5$, i.e. those wavelengths for which the two levels have the same ac Stark shifts. These facilitate state-insensitive optical cooling and trapping. The magic wavelengths for the $4s-5p$ transitions are of particular interest for attaining a quantum gas of potassium at high phase-space density. We find 20 such wavelengths in the technically interest region of 1050-1130 nm. Uncertainties of all recommended values are estimated.

  19. Polarization pyrometry: An improvement to multi-wavelength optical pyrometry

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    Ni, P. A.; More, R. M.; Yoneda, H.; Bieniosek, F. M.

    2012-12-01

    We describe a new method that improves upon temperature measurement by optical pyrometry. The main uncertainty in the traditional pyrometry technique is the surface emissivity, which is generally unknown and hard to measure. A common approach to deal with this problem is to measure the thermal emission at multiple wavelengths - an approach called multi-wavelength pyrometry. However, this technique can still result in a level of uncertainty in the surface temperature that is unsatisfactory for scientific applications, such as a measurement of equation of state of warm dense matter. In contrast to the conventional multi-wavelength technique, in the polarization pyrometry approach described herein, p- and s-polarization components of thermal radiation at multiple-angles are used to deduce the temperature. This paper describes the concept and the results of an initial proof-of-principle static experiment with an electrically heated tungsten ribbon. It was found that in the same experiment, the accuracy of the polarization pyrometry measurement was substantially greater than that achieved using conventional multi-wavelength pyrometry.

  20. Three-wavelength pyrometer for measuring flame temperatures.

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    Cashdollar, K L

    1979-08-01

    This paper describes a pyrometer that measures the continuum radiation from particles in a flame or explosion at three wavelengths (0.8 microm, 0.9 microm, and 1.0 microm). The particle temperature is calculated from the radi