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  1. Ferroelectric devices using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanoparticles

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    Paik, Young Hun; Shokri Kojori, Hossein; Kim, Sung Jin

    2016-02-01

    We successfully demonstrate the synthesis of lead zirconate titanate nanoparticles (PZT NPs) and a ferroelectric device using the synthesized PZT NPs. The crystalline structure and the size of the nanocrystals are studied using x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. We observe <100 nm of PZT NPs and this result matches dynamic light scattering measurements. A solution-based low-temperature process is used to fabricate PZT NP-based devices on an indium tin oxide substrate. The fabricated ferroelectric devices are characterized using various optical and electrical measurements and we verify ferroelectric properties including ferroelectric hysteresis and the ferroelectric photovoltaic effect. Our approach enables low-temperature solution-based processes that could be used for various applications. To the best of our knowledge, this low-temperature solution processed ferroelectric device using PZT NPs is the first successful demonstration of its kind.

  2. Ferroelectric devices using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanoparticles.

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    Paik, Young Hun; Kojori, Hossein Shokri; Kim, Sung Jin

    2016-02-19

    We successfully demonstrate the synthesis of lead zirconate titanate nanoparticles (PZT NPs) and a ferroelectric device using the synthesized PZT NPs. The crystalline structure and the size of the nanocrystals are studied using x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. We observe <100 nm of PZT NPs and this result matches dynamic light scattering measurements. A solution-based low-temperature process is used to fabricate PZT NP-based devices on an indium tin oxide substrate. The fabricated ferroelectric devices are characterized using various optical and electrical measurements and we verify ferroelectric properties including ferroelectric hysteresis and the ferroelectric photovoltaic effect. Our approach enables low-temperature solution-based processes that could be used for various applications. To the best of our knowledge, this low-temperature solution processed ferroelectric device using PZT NPs is the first successful demonstration of its kind. PMID:26788984

  3. Mechanical and dielectric characterization of lead zirconate titanate(PZT)/polyurethane(PU) thin film composite for energy harvesting

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    Aboubakr, S.; Rguiti, M.; Hajjaji, A.; Eddiai, A.; Courtois, C.; d'Astorg, S.

    2014-04-01

    The Lead Zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic is known by its piezoelectric feature, but also by its stiffness, the use of a composite based on a polyurethane (PU) matrix charged by a piezoelectric material, enable to generate a large deformation of the material, therefore harvesting more energy. This new material will provide a competitive alternative and low cost manufacturing technology of autonomous systems (smart clothes, car seat, boat sail, flag ...). A thin film of the PZT/PU composite was prepared using up to 80 vol. % of ceramic. Due to the dielectric nature of the PZT, inclusions of this one in a PU matrix raises the permittivity of the composite, on other hand this latter seems to decline at high frequencies.

  4. Dielectric properties of rare earth (Sm and La) substituted lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics

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    Dipti, Singh, Sangeeta; Juneja, J. K.; Raina, K. K.; Prakash, Chandra

    2013-06-01

    In the present paper, we are reporting the studies on dielectric properties of Lanthanum (La) and Samarium (Sm) substituted Lead Zirconate Titanate with compositional formula Pb(1.02-x)SmxZr0.55Ti0.45O3 and Pb(1.02-x)LaxZr0.55Ti0.45O3 with x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03. The materials were synthesized by solid state reaction route. XRD analysis shows that all the samples be in single phase with tetragonal structure. Dielectric properties were studied as a function of temperature.

  5. Reactive ion etching of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin film capacitors

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    Vijay, D.P.; Desu, S.B.; Pan, W. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering)

    1993-09-01

    One of the key processing concerns in the integration of PbZr[sub x]Ti[sub 1[minus]x]O[sub 3](PZT) thin film capacitors into the existing VLSI for ferroelectric or dynamic random access memory applications is the patterning of these films and the electrodes. In this work, the authors have identified a suitable etch gas (CCl[sub 2]F[sub 2]) for dry etching of PZT thin films on RuO[sub 2] electrodes. The etch rate and anisotropy have been studied as a function of etching conditions. The trends in the effect on the etch rate of the gas pressure, RF power and O[sub 2] additions to the etch gas have been determined and an etching mechanism has been proposed. It was found that ion bombardment effects are primarily responsible for the etching of both PZT and RuO[sub 2] thin films. Etch rates of the order of 20--30 nm/min were obtained for PZT thin films under low gas pressure and high RF power conditions. The etch residues and the relative etch rates of the components of the PZT solid solution were determined using XPS. The results show that the etching of PbO is the limiting factor in the etch process.

  6. Sound velocity variation as function of polarization state in Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) Ceramics

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    Essolaani, W.; Farhat, N.

    2012-02-01

    There are several ultrasonic techniques to measure the sound velocity, for example, the pulse-echo method. In such method, the size of transducer used to measure the sound velocity must be in the same order of the sample size. If not, the incompatibility of sizes becomes an error source of the sound velocity measurement. In this work, the Laser Induced Pressure Pulse (LIPP) method is used as ultrasonic method. This method has been very useful for studying the spatial distribution of charges and polarization in dielectrics. We take advantage of the fact that the method allows the sound velocity measurement, to study its variation as function of polarization state in (PZT) ceramics. In a sample with a known thickness e, the sound velocity ν is deduced from the measurement of the transit time T. The sound velocity depends on the elastic constants which in turn they depend on poling conditions. Thus, the variation of the sound velocity is related to the direction and the amplitude of the polarization.

  7. Design, fabrication, test, and evaluation of RF MEMS series switches using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin film actuators

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    Polcawich, Ronald G.

    The aim of this thesis was to design and prototype a robust, low voltage RF MEMS switch for use in military phased arrays. The frequencies of interest for this work include very low frequencies down to DC operation with the upper limit extending to at least 40 GHz. This broad frequency requirement requires a robust high frequency design and simulation using microwave transmission lines. With the aid of researchers at the US Army Research Laboratory, co-planar waveguide (CPW) transmission lines were chosen and designed to provide a low loss, 50 ohm impedance transmission line for the switch. CPW designs allow for both series and shunt switch configuration with this work focusing on a series switch. Furthermore, a series switch an ohmic contact was chosen as opposed to capacitive contacts. Piezoelectric actuation is chosen for the switch to enable operating voltages less than 10 volts while still maintaining a restoring force to prevent stiction. To meet these demands, lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films have been chosen for the piezoelectric actuator. Mechanical modeling of cantilevers comprised of an elastic layer and a Pt-PZT-Pt actuator were used to demonstrate feasibility of closing large gaps between switch contacts. Placement of the actuator to minimize perturbations to the RF transmission line is critical for broadband performance. Using fabrication design rules, electro-mechanical modeling, and high frequency design, the actuators were designed to fit with the RF gap between the RF conductor and ground planes of the CPW transmission line. Optimal performance was obtained with the actuators mechanically isolated from a majority of the RF transmission except for a small section that provides the contact pad to enable switch closure. The resulting switch is the first demonstrated first surface micromachined RF MEMS switch operating from DC to 65 GHz. This switch has a median actuation voltage below 5 volts with operation as low as 2 volts. Isolation in the off state is better than -20 dB across the frequency band with values better than -60 dB observed for frequency below 1 GHz. The insertion loss in the on state is less than 1 dB below 40 GHz and remains below 2 dB up to 65 GHz. Switching time was demonstrated at 40 mus and was limited by bouncing between the contacts, with initial contact observed at less than 10 mus. The cycle reliability of this switch has been tested with high contact resistance failures observed in the low 106 cycles range. The reliability appears to be limited by organic contamination between the contacting surfaces, possibly the result of resist residue and/or the development of a frictional polymer on the platinum coated contact surface. With one application of this RF MEMS switch targeted for military phased arrays, temperature sensitivity is an extremely important characteristic. The PZT SW5.1 design exhibited excellent off state performance with no change in the isolation characteristics from -25°C to 100°C. However, in the on state, the actuation voltage is required to increase to 20 volts to ensure operation at 100°C. The temperature sensitivity was improved by redesigning the RF contact pad to enable co-linear contact between the RF input and output sides of the transmission. This redesign, PZT SW5.2, successfully enables operation of the PZT RF MEMS switch from -25°C to 100°C with an actuation voltage less than 10 volts. The isolation of the newer design remains similar to the earlier design with values better than -20 dB up through 50 GHz. The insertion loss of this design exhibited a slight improvement compared to the earlier design with values less than 0.3 dB below 40 GHz and rising to 0.5 dB up through 50 GHz. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  8. Improved pyroelectric performance for thin film lead zirconate titanate (PZT) capacitors with IrO2 electrodes

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    Hanrahan, B.; Sanchez, L.; Waits, C. M.; Polcawich, R. G.

    2016-01-01

    A four orders-of-magnitude reduction in high temperature leakage current was realized through the use of IrO2 top electrodes in thin film lead zirconate titanate capacitors which has been shown to directly impact the performance of future energy conversion applications. Pyroelectric energy conversion is enhanced near the material Curie temperature, but elevated leakage current in this temperature range hinders current applications. Conductivity experiments varying temperature, composition, and applied bias showed that oxygen vacancy hopping dominates the leakage current in the thin film capacitors above 200 °C. IrO2 top electrodes allow for a reduction in vacancy concentration by allowing for oxygen to be reintroduced during a post-processing annealing step for the thin film. The power lost to leakage current through the pyroelectric conversion cycle is explored. Improvements in remnant polarization and pyroelectric constant are also realized.

  9. Symmetries and multiferroic properties of novel room-temperature magnetoelectrics: Lead iron tantalate – lead zirconate titanate (PFT/PZT)

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    Sanchez, Dilsom A.; Ortega, N.; Kumar, Ashok; Roque-Malherbe, R.; Polanco, R.; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2011-12-01

    Mixing 60-70% lead zirconate titanate with 40-30% lead iron tantalate produces a single-phase, low-loss, room-temperature multiferroic with magnetoelectric coupling: (PbZr₀.₅₃Ti₀.₄₇O₃) (1-x)- (PbFe₀.₅Ta₀.₅O₃)x. The present study combines x-ray scattering, magnetic and polarization hysteresis in both phases, plus a second-order dielectric divergence (to epsilon = 6000 at 475 K for 0.4 PFT; to 4000 at 520 K for 0.3 PFT) for an unambiguous assignment as a C2v-C4v (Pmm2-P4mm) transition. The material exhibits square saturated magnetic hysteresis loops with 0.1 emu/g at 295 K and saturation polarization Pr = 25 μC/cm², which actually increases (to 40 μC/cm²) in the high-T tetragonal phase, representingmore » an exciting new room temperature oxide multiferroic to compete with BiFeO₃. Additional transitions at high temperatures (cubic at T>1300 K) and low temperatures (rhombohedral or monoclinic at T<250 K) are found. These are the lowest-loss room-temperature multiferroics known, which is a great advantage for magnetoelectric devices.« less

  10. Ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate nanocomposites for thick-film applications

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    Yao, K.; Zhu, W.; Yao, X.

    1997-09-01

    In this paper, the authors report the experimental results of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thick-films prepared from the sol-gel derived nanocomposites. Transparent Pb-Zr-Ti-B-Si gels were synthesized from various metal organic precursors. PZT grains with the size of one hundred nanometers were homogeneously grown from the gels in the annealing process. Then PZT thick-films were prepared using the gel-derived glass-ceramic powders with average particle size below 300 nm. Surficial morphology, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the films were studied. The characteristics of such films are attributed to the nano-sized composite structure of the gel-derived PZT glass-ceramic precursors.

  11. Plasma-sprayed lead zirconate titanate-glass composites

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    Sherrit, S.; Savin, C.R.; Wiederick, H.D.; Mukherjee, B.K. . Dept. of Physics); Prasad, S.E. )

    1994-07-01

    A plasma-spray process was used to produce piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-glass composite thick films. The films were found to have the same crystal structure as the PZT (Navy-type V) and lead-based glass starting powder mixture. The films showed good adhesion to stainless steel and silver-coated glass slides and poor adhesion to aluminum substrates. The dielectric constant of the films varied between 58 and 20 with dissipations between 0.019 and 0.032. The films were poled, and their piezoelectric charge coefficient, d[sub 33], was 1.1 pC/N.

  12. Ferroelastic domains in lead-free barium zirconate titanate - barium calcium titanate piezoceramics

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    Ehmke, Matthias Claudius

    Piezoelectricity was first discovered by Pierre and Jaque Curie in the year 1880. Nowadays, piezoelectric materials are used in many application such as high voltage generation in gas igniters, actuation in micro-positioning devices, generation and detection of acoustic waves, emitters and receivers for sonar technology, ultrasonic cleaning, ultrasound medical therapy, and micropumps for ink-jet printers. The most commonly used piezoelectric material since the 1950's is the solid solution system lead zirconate titanate (PZT) that offers high piezoelectric performance under a large range of operating conditions. However, the toxicity of lead requires the replacement of PZT. The studied lead-free alternatives are commonly based on potassium sodium niobate (KNN) and bismuth sodium titanate (BNT), and more recently zirconium and calcium substituted barium titanate (BZT-BCT). The BZT-BCT system exhibits large piezoelectric coefficients that can exceed even those of most PZT compositions under certain conditions. Piezoelectricity was first discovered by Pierre and Jaque Curie in the year 1880. Nowadays, piezoelectric materials are used in many application such as high voltage generation in gas igniters, actuation in micro-positioning devices, generation and detection of acoustic waves, emitters and receivers for sonar technology, ultrasonic cleaning, ultrasound medical therapy, and micropumps for ink-jet printers. The most commonly used piezoelectric material since the 1950's is the solid solution system lead zirconate titanate (PZT) that offers high piezoelectric performance under a large range of operating conditions. However, the toxicity of lead requires the replacement of PZT. The studied lead-free alternatives are commonly based on potassium sodium niobate (KNN) and bismuth sodium titanate (BNT), and more recently zirconium and calcium substituted barium titanate (BZT-BCT). The BZT-BCT system exhibits large piezoelectric coefficients that can exceed even those of most PZT compositions under certain conditions.

  13. Measurement of incident position of hypervelocity particles on piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate detector

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    Takechi, Seiji; Onishi, Toshiyuki; Minami, Shigeyuki; Miyachi, Takashi; Fujii, Masayuki; Hasebe, Nobuyuki; Nogami, Ken-ichi; Ohashi, Hideo; Sasaki, Sho; Shibata, Hiromi; Iwai, Takeo; Gruen, Eberhard; Srama, Ralf; Okada, Nagaya

    2008-04-15

    A cosmic dust detector for use onboard a satellite is currently being developed by using piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT). The characteristics of the PZT detector have been studied by bombarding it with hypervelocity iron (Fe) particles supplied by a Van de Graaff accelerator. One central electrode and four peripheral electrodes were placed on the front surface of the PZT detector to measure the impact positions of the incident Fe particles. It was demonstrated that the point of impact on the PZT detector could be identified by using information on the time at which the first peak of the output signal obtained from each electrode appeared.

  14. Fundamental study of hydrothermally synthesized lead zirconate titanate polycrystals deposited on a Ti substrate during nucleation

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    Abe, Toshinobu; Ozeki, Seiya; Kuribayashi Kurosawa, Minoru; Takeuchi, Shinichi

    2015-07-01

    We previously fabricated a piezoelectric transducer from a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) polycrystalline film deposited on a Ti substrate by a hydrothermal synthesis method. However, the hydrothermal synthesis required a long deposition time to achieve the necessary film thickness. In this study, we confirmed that the thickness of the PZT polycrystalline film increased when the solution was stirred at 245 rpm during synthesis, and that the optimum deposition time was 5 h.

  15. Characterization of lead zirconate titanate microwires using digital image correlation

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Miller, Alexander T.; Sodano, Henry A.

    2015-04-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) microwires with applications in sensors, actuators, and energy harvesters are produced using hydrothermal synthesis. The synthesized microwires are relatively large with an average length of about 450 microns and an average width of 4 microns. Each of these individual PZT microwires can be integrated in smart systems as an active phase or be used as an independent smart material. In this paper, the synthesis procedure and characterization of these large microwires is demonstrated. The converse piezoelectric properties of the microwires are measured using digital image correlation after clamping and adding electrodes at each end of the microwire. It has been shown in the literature that digital image correlation can be used as a precise tool for rapid characterization of piezoelectric materials. Here, it is demonstrated that this technique can be applied to characterize the actual response of piezoelectric materials at the micron scale.

  16. Relationship between orientation factor of lead zirconate titanate nanowires and dielectric permittivity of nanocomposites

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    Tang, Haixiong E-mail: hsodano@ufl.edu; Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Sodano, Henry A. E-mail: hsodano@ufl.edu

    2013-11-25

    The relationship between the orientation of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanowires dispersed in nanocomposites and the resulting dielectric constants are quantified. The orientation of the PZT nanowires embedded in a polymer matrix is controlled by varying the draw ratio and subsequently quantified using Herman's Orientation Factor. Consequently, it is demonstrated that the dielectric constants of nanocomposites are improved by increasing the orientation factor of the PZT nanowires. This technique is proposed to improve the dielectric constant of the nanocomposites without the need for additional filler volume fraction since the nanocomposites are utilized in a wide range of high dielectric permittivity electronic components.

  17. Pyrochlore to perovskite phase transformation in sol-gel derived lead-zirconate-titanate thin films

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    Kwok, Chi Kong; Desu, Seshu B.

    1992-03-01

    Pyrochlore to perovskite phase transformation in sol-gel derived lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) films was studied by x-ray diffraction and transmission-electron microscopy (TEM). X-ray diffraction studies of PZT films on sapphire substrates indicated that the pyrochlore to perovskite phase transformation was completed at 650 C. In contrast, TEM investigations of free-standing PZT films showed that the phase transformation was completed at much higher temperatures. This discrepancy in the behavior of free-standing films versus films on substrate can be related to the size effect.

  18. Dielectric and pyroelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate/polyurethane composites

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    Lam, K.S.; Wong, Y.W.; Tai, L.S.; Poon, Y.M.; Shin, F.G.

    2004-10-01

    0-3 composite ranging between 0 and 3, of ferroelectric ceramic lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and thermoplastic elastomer polyurethane (PU) were fabricated. The pyroelectric and dielectric properties of the hot-pressed thin film samples of various PZT volume fractions were measured. The experimental dielectric permittivities and losses agreed reasonably well with the Bruggeman model. The room temperature pyroelectric coefficients of the composites were found to increase linearly with PZT volume fraction and substantially larger than expected. For example, for a composite with 30% PZT, its pyroelectric coefficient is about 90 {mu}C/m{sup 2}K at room temperature, which is more than tenfold of a PZT/PVDF composite of the same ceramic volume fraction. We propose a model in which the electrical conductivity of the composite system is taken into consideration to explain the linear relationship and the extraordinarily large pyroelectric coefficients obtained.

  19. Electrostriction of lead zirconate titanate/polyurethane composites

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    Lam, K. S.; Zhou, Y.; Wong, Y. W.; Shin, F. G.

    2005-05-01

    Electrostriction of a ferroelectric inclusion/nonferroelectric matrix composite system was studied. The samples were prepared by blending the lead zirconate titanate (PZT) particles with the thermoplastic polyurethane through extrusion and subsequently by hot pressing. Quasistatic cyclic electric fields were applied across the samples while strains and currents were monitored simultaneously. It was found that the electrostriction of the composites depended on the applied electric field in a hysteretic manner. In particular at the high-field regime, the samples exhibited a reversal in the electrostrictive strain. This switching effect occurred at a critical field which was inversely proportional to the PZT content. An associated increase in the displacement current with the critical field was also observed. It indicates that the switching in strain of the composites was mainly due to the flipping of the PZT dipoles in the nonferroelectric polymer matrix. A model was developed for describing the electrostriction behavior of this composite system and the calculated results are comparable to the experimental curves. The success of this theoretical model encourages its application further to the ferroelectric-ferroelectric composite systems.

  20. Simulation and calculation of the piezoelectric modulus of a lead zirconate-titanate thin film in a test microstructure

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    Amelichev, V. V.; Saikin, D. A.; Roshchin, V. M.; Silibin, M. V.

    2010-12-15

    Results of simulation of stresses in the test structure of a silicon beam and analytical calculation of piezoelectric modulus d{sub 31} of a lead zirconate-titanate (PZT) thin film arranged in the region of an elastic element are presented. The characteristics of the sensitive element of acceleration are calculated based on a PZT thin film with an inertial mass made of silicon.

  1. Pb nanowire formation on Al/lead zirconate titanate surfaces in high-pressure hydrogen

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    Alvine, Kyle J.; Shutthanandan, V.; Arey, Bruce W.; Wang, Chong M.; Bennett, Wendy D.; Pitman, Stan G.

    2012-07-12

    Thin films of Al on lead zirconate titanate (PZT) annealed in high-pressure hydrogen at 100C exhibit surface Pb nanowire growth. Wire diameter is approximately 80 nm and length can exceed 100 microns. Based on microstructural analysis using electron microscopy and ion scattering, a vapor-solid scheme with hydrogen as a carrier gas was proposed as a growth mechanism. We expect that these observations may lead to controlled Pb nanowires growth through pattering of the Al film.

  2. Niobium doped lead zirconate titanate films for infrared sensor application

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    Han, Hui

    Nb-doped lead zirconate titanate with formula Pb1-x/2 Nbx(Zr0.2Ti0.8)1-xO 3 (x=0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.04, and abbreviated as PNZT) films with two thicknesses: one of approximately 200 nm and the other of 1 mum, were grown on platinized silicon (Pt/TiOx/SiO2/Si) substrates using the method of chemical solution deposition. These chemical precursors were prepared in-house, and through careful control of the processing procedures high quality films were grown. All the films exhibit highly preferred (111) orientation without any presence of the impurity phase. We systematically investigated the Nb doping effect on the electrical properties of PZT films. Results indicate that Nb belongs to a class of soft dopants for lead zirconate titanate films, and as a result it increases the ferroelectric polarization, pyroelectric coefficient, dielectric constant and tan delta loss. In the capacitors with the configuration of Pt/PNZT/Pt, the leakage current at low electric fields is dominated by the interface-controlled Schottky emission, whereas bulk-controlled Frenkel-Poole emission dominates at high electric fields. Nb-doping up to 2 atomic % can remarkably suppress the Frenkel-Poole emission process. The suppression of mobile oxygen vacancies by Nb donor dopants lowered the leakage current and increases the domain wall mobility. Study also shows that 1% Nb doped PZT films exhibit the highest pyroelectric coefficient, figure of merit and voltage response among all the samples. Therefore these films with such superior properties are potential candidates for applications, especially for fabrication of uncooled pyroelectric IR sensors with better performance.

  3. Enhanced piezoelectric property of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics with one dimensional ordered pore structure

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    Guo Rui; Wang Changan; Yang Ankun; Fu Juntao

    2010-12-15

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with one dimensional ordered pore structure (1-3 type porous PZT ceramics) were fabricated in this study. The special structure not only enhanced the piezoelectric and dielectric properties effectively but also further decreased the acoustic impedance. All samples exhibited excellent piezoelectric properties despite high porosities. The d{sub 33} value was 608 pC /N (remained 88% that of dense PZT) when the porosity was up to 68.7%. The d{sub 33} value was 690 pC /N (same as dense PZT) when the porosity was 41.7%. The lowest acoustic impedance (Z) reached 1.3 MRayls. These results are promising for improving performance in hydrophones applications.

  4. Photoassisted water decomposition by ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate ceramics with anomalous photovoltaic effects

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    Inoue, Y.; Sato, K.; Sato, K.; Miyama, H.

    1986-06-19

    Ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with the polarization vector defined perpendicular to surface were employed, with and without Pt deposition, as photocatalysts for water decomposition under conditions in which either the positive or negative polar surface was irradiated with Xe light. The activity of H/sub 2/ formation was 10-40 times higher for the positive than for the negative polar surface. It was shown that PZT is a useful photocatalyst and the activity differences between the oppositely polarized surfaces are associated with the inherent anomalous photovoltaic effects of the ferroelectrics.

  5. Detection of high-energy heavy ions using piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate

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    Takechi, Seiji; Morinaga, Shin-ya; Kurozumi, Atsuma; Miyachi, Takashi; Fujii, Masayuki; Hasebe, Nobuyuki; Shibata, Hiromi; Murakami, Takeshi; Uchihori, Yukio; Okada, Nagaya

    2009-04-15

    The characteristics of a radiation detector fabricated with stacks of piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) elements were studied by irradiating it with a 400 MeV/n xenon (Xe) beam for various beam pulse durations. This detector is referred to as the multilayered detector (MD). To understand the production mechanism behind the output voltage obtained from the MD, measurement of the spatial distribution of the output signals generated in the MD was attempted. It was found that the amplitude observed was dependent on the number of Xe ions per unit time and the amount of ionization loss energy of Xe ions in PZT.

  6. Structural contribution to the ferroelectric fatigue in lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Hinterstein, M.; Rouquette, J.; Haines, J.; Papet, Ph.; Glaum, J.; Knapp, M.; Eckert, J.; Hoffman, M.

    2014-09-01

    Many ferroelectric devices are based on doped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB), at which the relevant material's properties approach their maximum. Based on a synchrotron x-ray diffraction study of MPB PZT, bulk fatigue is unambiguously found to arise from a less effective field induced tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation, at which the degradation of the polarization flipping is detected by a less intense and more diffuse anomaly in the atomic displacement parameter of lead. The time dependence of the ferroelectric response on a structural level down to 250 ?s confirms this interpretation in the time scale of the piezolectric strain response.

  7. Pyroelectric response of lead zirconate titanate thin films on silicon: Effect of thermal stresses

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    Kesim, M. T.; Zhang, J.; Alpay, S. P.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Mantese, J. V.; Whatmore, R. W.

    2013-11-28

    Ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate [Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O){sub 3}, (PZT x:1-x)] has received considerable interest for applications related to uncooled infrared devices due to its large pyroelectric figures of merit near room temperature, and the fact that such devices are inherently ac coupled, allowing for simplified image post processing. For ferroelectric films made by industry-standard deposition techniques, stresses develop in the PZT layer upon cooling from the processing/growth temperature due to thermal mismatch between the film and the substrate. In this study, we use a non-linear thermodynamic model to investigate the pyroelectric properties of polycrystalline PZT thin films for five different compositions (PZT 40:60, PZT 30:70, PZT 20:80, PZT 10:90, PZT 0:100) on silicon as a function of processing temperature (25–800 °C). It is shown that the in-plane thermal stresses in PZT thin films alter the out-of-plane polarization and the ferroelectric phase transformation temperature, with profound effect on the pyroelectric properties. PZT 30:70 is found to have the largest pyroelectric coefficient (0.042 μC cm{sup −2} °C{sup −1}, comparable to bulk values) at a growth temperature of 550 °C; typical to what is currently used for many deposition processes. Our results indicate that it is possible to optimize the pyroelectric response of PZT thin films by adjusting the Ti composition and the processing temperature, thereby, enabling the tailoring of material properties for optimization relative to a specific deposition process.

  8. Effect of microwave annealing temperatures on lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Bhaskar, Ankam; Chang, H. Y.; Chang, T. H.; Cheng, S. Y.

    2007-10-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (Pb1.1(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3) thin films of thickness 260 nm on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates were densified by 2.45 GHz microwave annealing. The PZT thin films were annealed at various annealing temperatures from 400 to 700 °C for 30 min. X-ray diffraction showed that the pyrochlore phase was transformed to the perovskite phase at 450 °C and the film was fully crystallized. The secondary (again pyrochlore) phase was observed in the PZT thin films, which were annealed above 550 °C. The surface morphologies were changed above 550 °C of the PZT thin films due to the secondary phase. Higher dielectric constant (ɛr) and lower dielectric loss coercive field (Ec) were achieved for the 450 °C film than for the other annealed films.

  9. Dust detector using piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate with current-to-voltage converting amplifier for functional advancement

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    Kobayashi, Masanori; Miyachi, Takashi; Hattori, Maki; Sugita, Seiji; Takechi, Seiji; Okada, Nagaya

    2013-03-01

    This paper describes the concept of a dust monitor using lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with a large detection area. Its potential as a dust detector is experimentally demonstrated. The dust monitor has a small volume compared to an impact ionization detector with the same detection area, due to the PZT sensor. The PZT sensor, as a traditional device for the in-situ observation of hypervelocity dust particles, has been used for momentum measurement. The hypervelocity impact signals of PZT sensors are typically read by charge-sensitive amplifiers. Instead, we suggest a new method that a current-to-voltage converting amplifier is useful for interpreting the impact signal of a PZT sensor arising from dust particles down to 0.5 ?m in radius. We propose that datasets of dust impacts can be obtained with a higher statistical accuracy, if the new method is applied to instruments on forthcoming interplanetary-space-cruising spacecrafts.

  10. Effects of Electric Field and Biaxial Flexure on the Failure of Poled Lead Zirconate Titanate

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    Wang, Hong; Wereszczak, Andrew A

    2008-01-01

    Reliable design of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezo stack actuators demands that a number of issues, including electromechanical coupling and ceramic strength-size scaling, be scrutinized. This study addresses those through the use of ball-on-ring (BoR) biaxial flexure strength tests of a PZT piezoelectric material that is concurrently subjected to an electric field. The Weibull strength distributions and fracture surfaces were examined. The mechanical failures were further analyzed in terms of internal stress, energy release rate, and domain-switching toughening. Both the sign and the magnitude of an electric field had a significant effect on the strength of poled PZT within the tested range. A surface flaw type with a depth of ~18 m was identified to be the strength limiter and responsible for the failure of the tested PZT under both mechanical and electromechanical loadings. With ~0.74 in the absence of electric field, the fracture toughness of the poled PZT was affected by an applied electric field just as the strength was affected. These results and observations have the potential to serve probabilistic reliability analysis and design optimization of multilayer PZT piezo actuators.

  11. Effects of electric field and biaxial flexure on the failure of poled lead zirconate titanate.

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    Wang, Hong; Wereszczak, Andrew A

    2008-12-01

    Reliable design of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezo stack actuators demands that several issues, including electromechanical coupling and ceramic strength-size scaling, be scrutinized. This study addresses those through the use of ball-on-ring (BoR) biaxial flexure strength tests of a PZT piezoelectric material that is concurrently subjected to an electric field. The Weibull strength distributions and fracture surfaces were examined. The mechanical failures were further analyzed in terms of internal stress, energy release rate, and domain-switching toughening. Both the sign and the magnitude of an electric field had a significant effect on the strength of poled PZT within the tested range. A surface flaw type with an average depth of around 18 microm was identified to be the strength limiter and responsible for the failure of the tested PZT under both mechanical and electromechanical loadings. With a value of 0.74 MPa.m(1/2) in the absence of electric field, the fracture toughness of the poled PZT was affected by an applied electric field just as the strength was affected. These results and observations have the potential to serve probabilistic reliability analysis and design optimization of multilayer PZT piezo actuators. PMID:19126481

  12. Development of a stress sensor based on the piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate for impact stress measurement

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    Liu, Yiming; Xu, Bin; Li, Lifei; Li, Bing

    2012-04-01

    The measurement of stress of concrete structures under impact loading and other strong dynamic loadings is crucial for the monitoring of health and damage detection. Due to its main advantages including availability, extremely high rigidity, high natural frequency, wide measuring range, high stability, high reproducibility, high linearity and wide operating temperature range, piezoelectric (Lead Zirconate Titanate, PZT) ceramic materials has been a widely used smart material for both sensing and actuation for monitoring and control in engineering structures. In this paper, a kind of stress sensor based on piezoelectric ceramics for impact stress measuring of concrete structures is developed. Because the PZT is fragile, in order to employ it for the health monitoring of concrete structures, special handling and treatment should be taken to protect the PZT and to make it survive and work properly in concrete. The commercially available PZT patch with lead wires is first applied with an insulation coating to prevent water and moisture damage, and then is packaged by jacketing it by two small precasted cylinder concrete blocks with enough strength to form a smart aggregate (SA). The employed PZT patch has a dimension of 10mm x 10mm x 0.3mm. In order to calibrate the PZT based stress sensor for impact stress measuring, a dropping hammer was designed and calibration test on the sensitivity of the proposed transducer was carried out with an industry charge amplifier. The voltage output of the stress sensor and the impact force under different free falling heights and impact mass were recorded with a high sampling rate data acquisition system. Based on the test measurements, the sensibility of the PZT based stress sensor was determined. Results show that the output of the PZT based stress sensor is proportional to the stress level and the repeatability of the measurement is very good. The self-made piezoelectric stress sensor can be easily embedded in concrete and provide reliable stress sensing under dynamic loadings.

  13. Development of a stress sensor based on the piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate for impact stress measurement

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    Liu, Yiming; Xu, Bin; Li, Lifei; Li, Bing

    2011-11-01

    The measurement of stress of concrete structures under impact loading and other strong dynamic loadings is crucial for the monitoring of health and damage detection. Due to its main advantages including availability, extremely high rigidity, high natural frequency, wide measuring range, high stability, high reproducibility, high linearity and wide operating temperature range, piezoelectric (Lead Zirconate Titanate, PZT) ceramic materials has been a widely used smart material for both sensing and actuation for monitoring and control in engineering structures. In this paper, a kind of stress sensor based on piezoelectric ceramics for impact stress measuring of concrete structures is developed. Because the PZT is fragile, in order to employ it for the health monitoring of concrete structures, special handling and treatment should be taken to protect the PZT and to make it survive and work properly in concrete. The commercially available PZT patch with lead wires is first applied with an insulation coating to prevent water and moisture damage, and then is packaged by jacketing it by two small precasted cylinder concrete blocks with enough strength to form a smart aggregate (SA). The employed PZT patch has a dimension of 10mm x 10mm x 0.3mm. In order to calibrate the PZT based stress sensor for impact stress measuring, a dropping hammer was designed and calibration test on the sensitivity of the proposed transducer was carried out with an industry charge amplifier. The voltage output of the stress sensor and the impact force under different free falling heights and impact mass were recorded with a high sampling rate data acquisition system. Based on the test measurements, the sensibility of the PZT based stress sensor was determined. Results show that the output of the PZT based stress sensor is proportional to the stress level and the repeatability of the measurement is very good. The self-made piezoelectric stress sensor can be easily embedded in concrete and provide reliable stress sensing under dynamic loadings.

  14. Fatigue of extracted lead zirconate titanate multilayer actuators under unipolar high field electric cycling

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    Wang, Hong; Lin, Hua-Tay

    2014-01-01

    Testing of large prototype lead zirconate titanate (PZT) stacks presents substantial technical challenges to electronic testing systems, so an alternative approach that uses subunits extracted from prototypes has been pursued. Extracted 10-layer and 20-layer plate specimens were subjected to an electric cycle test under an electric field of 3.0/0.0 kV/mm, 100 Hz to 10^8 cycles. The effects of measurement field level and stack size (number of PZT layers) on the fatigue responses of piezoelectric and dielectric coefficients were observed. On-line monitoring permitted examination of the fatigue response of the PZT stacks. The fatigue rate (based on on-line monitoring) and themore » fatigue index (based on the conductance spectrum from impedance measurement or small signal measurement) were developed to quantify the fatigue status of the PZT stacks. The controlling fatigue mechanism was analyzed against the fatigue observations. The data presented can serve as input to design optimization of PZT stacks and to operation optimization in critical applications such as piezoelectric fuel injectors in heavy-duty diesel engines.« less

  15. Fatigue of extracted lead zirconate titanate multilayer actuators under unipolar high field electric cycling

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    Wang, Hong; Lee, Sung-Min; Wang, James L.; Lin, Hua-Tay

    2014-12-01

    Testing of large prototype lead zirconate titanate (PZT) stacks presents substantial technical challenges to electronic testing systems, so an alternative approach that uses subunits extracted from prototypes has been pursued. Extracted 10-layer and 20-layer plate specimens were subjected to an electric cycle test under an electric field of 3.0/0.0 kV/mm, 100 Hz to 108 cycles. The effects of measurement field level and stack size (number of PZT layers) on the fatigue responses of piezoelectric and dielectric coefficients were observed. On-line monitoring permitted examination of the fatigue response of the PZT stacks. The fatigue rate (based on on-line monitoring) and the fatigue index (based on the conductance spectrum from impedance measurement or small signal measurement) were developed to quantify the fatigue status of the PZT stacks. The controlling fatigue mechanism was analyzed against the fatigue observations. The data presented can serve as input to design optimization of PZT stacks and to operation optimization in critical applications, such as piezoelectric fuel injectors in heavy-duty diesel engines.

  16. High Quality Factor Silicon Cantilever Transduced by Piezoelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate Film for Mass Sensing Applications

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    Lu, Jian; Ikehara, Tsuyoshi; Zhang, Yi; Mihara, Takashi; Itoh, Toshihiro; Maeda, Ryutaro

    2007-12-01

    In this paper, we present a single-crystal silicon cantilever integrated with piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) film as both an actuator and a sensor for resonant-based mass sensing applications. The pattern size of the PZT film was restricted to the fixed end of the cantilever to suppress intrinsic energy loss from the PZT film and multi layered structure. The energy dissipation mechanism of the cantilever was discussed. The mechanical quality factor (Q-factor) and sensitivity dependence on the cantilevers geometry were investigated. It was found that the Q-factor and sensitivity of the cantilever can be markedly improved by partially covering the cantilever with the PZT film. Under atmospheric pressure, excellent Q-factor of 808 was achieved by a 30-?m-wide 100-?m-long cantilever at fundamental resonant mode. Under reduced pressure, the proposed cantilever exhibits Q-factor several times greater than that of our previous reported fully PZT-covered cantilever. Moreover, high-mode vibration was successfully demonstrated using the proposed structure for the pursuit of higher mass-detection sensitivity.

  17. Fatigue of extracted lead zirconate titanate multilayer actuators under unipolar high field electric cycling

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    Wang, Hong Lee, Sung-Min; Wang, James L.; Lin, Hua-Tay

    2014-12-21

    Testing of large prototype lead zirconate titanate (PZT) stacks presents substantial technical challenges to electronic testing systems, so an alternative approach that uses subunits extracted from prototypes has been pursued. Extracted 10-layer and 20-layer plate specimens were subjected to an electric cycle test under an electric field of 3.0/0.0 kV/mm, 100 Hz to 10{sup 8} cycles. The effects of measurement field level and stack size (number of PZT layers) on the fatigue responses of piezoelectric and dielectric coefficients were observed. On-line monitoring permitted examination of the fatigue response of the PZT stacks. The fatigue rate (based on on-line monitoring) and the fatigue index (based on the conductance spectrum from impedance measurement or small signal measurement) were developed to quantify the fatigue status of the PZT stacks. The controlling fatigue mechanism was analyzed against the fatigue observations. The data presented can serve as input to design optimization of PZT stacks and to operation optimization in critical applications, such as piezoelectric fuel injectors in heavy-duty diesel engines.

  18. Fatigue of extracted lead zirconate titanate multilayer actuators under unipolar high field electric cycling

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    Wang, Hong; Lee, Sung Min; Wang, James L; Lin, Hua-Tay

    2014-01-01

    Testing of large prototype lead zirconate titanate (PZT) stacks presents substantial technical challenges to electronic testing systems, so an alternative approach that uses subunits extracted from prototypes has been pursued. Extracted 10-layer and 20-layer plate specimens were subjected to an electric cycle test under an electric field of 3.0/0.0 kV/mm, 100 Hz to 10^8 cycles. The effects of measurement field level and stack size (number of PZT layers) on the fatigue responses of piezoelectric and dielectric coefficients were observed. On-line monitoring permitted examination of the fatigue response of the PZT stacks. The fatigue rate (based on on-line monitoring) and the fatigue index (based on the conductance spectrum from impedance measurement or small signal measurement) were developed to quantify the fatigue status of the PZT stacks. The controlling fatigue mechanism was analyzed against the fatigue observations. The data presented can serve as input to design optimization of PZT stacks and to operation optimization in critical applications such as piezoelectric fuel injectors in heavy-duty diesel engines.

  19. Low temperature synthesis of stoichiometric and homogeneous lead zirconate titanate powder by oxalate and hydroxide coprecipitation

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    Guiffard, B.; Troccaz, M.

    1998-12-01

    A wet procedure to prepare stoichiometric and homogeneous PZT powder (Pb(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3}) is described. Starting reagents are tetra-n-butyl zirconate, titanate, and lead acetate. The synthesis is based upon the coprecipitation of metal hydroxides Pb(OH){sub 2}, ZrO(OH){sub 2}, TiO(OH){sub 2} and lead oxalate PbC{sub 2}O{sub 4} in the pH range 9--10. Monophasic and sub-micrometer-sized PZT powder was obtained by calcination of the mixture of hydroxides and oxalate at 700 C. The study shows that highly tetragonal PZT phase appeared after heating at 500 C only. No intermediate phase such as PbTiO{sub 3} was detected. The presence of two different lead precursors in the precipitate--Pb(OH){sub 2} and PbC{sub 2}O{sub 4}--involved this low-temperature PZT formation without intermediate mixed oxide. Dense and compositionally homogeneous PZT ceramics were obtained by sintering the calcined powder at 1200 C. These samples exhibited good dielectric and piezoelectric properties.

  20. Temperature Dependent Electrical Properties of PZT Wafer

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    Basu, T.; Sen, S.; Seal, A.; Sen, A.

    2016-01-01

    The electrical and electromechanical properties of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) wafers were investigated and compared with PZT bulk. PZT wafers were prepared by tape casting technique. The transition temperature of both the PZT forms remained the same. The transition from an asymmetric to a symmetric shape was observed for PZT wafers at higher temperature. The piezoelectric coefficient (d 33) values obtained were 560 pc/N and 234 pc/N, and the electromechanical coupling coefficient (k p) values were 0.68 and 0.49 for bulk and wafer, respectively. The reduction in polarization after fatigue was only ~3% in case of PZT bulk and ~7% for PZT wafer.

  1. Hydrogen diffusion in Lead Zirconate Titanate and Barium Titanate

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    Alvine, Kyle J.; Vijayakumar, M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Schemer-Kohrn, Alan L.; Pitman, Stan G.

    2012-08-28

    Hydrogen is a potential clean-burning, next-generation fuel for vehicle and stationary power. Unfortunately, hydrogen is also well known to have serious materials compatibility issues in metals, polymers, and ceramics. Piezoelectric actuator materials proposed for low-cost, high efficiency high-pressure hydrogen internal combustion engines (HICE) are known to degrade rapidly in hydrogen. This limits their potential use and poses challenges for HICE. Hydrogen-induced degradation of piezoelectrics is also an issue for low-pressure hydrogen passivation in ferroelectric random access memory. Currently, there is a lack of data in the literature on hydrogen species diffusion in piezoelectrics in the temperature range appropriate for the HICE as charged via a gaseous route. We present 1HNMR quantification of the local hydrogen species diffusion within lead zirconate titanate and barium titanate on samples charged by exposure to high-pressure gaseous hydrogen ∼32 MPa. Results are discussed in context of theoretically predicted interstitial hydrogen lattice sites and aqueous charging experiments from existing literature.

  2. Pressure-temperature phase diagram for a tin modified lead zirconate titanate ceramic.

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    Grubbs, Robert K.; DiAntonio, Christopher Brian; Yang, Pin; Roesler, Alexander William; Montgomery, Stephen Tedford; Moore, Roger Howard

    2010-06-01

    Structural phase transformations between ferroelectric (FE), antiferroelectric (AFE), and paraelectric (FE) phases are frequently observed in the zirconia-rich phase region on the lead zirconate-titanate (PZT) phase diagram. Since the free energy difference among these phases is small, phase transformation can be easily induced by temperature, pressure and electric field. These induced transformation characteristics have been used for many practical applications. This study focuses on a hydrostatic pressure induced FE-to-AFE phase transformation in a tin modified PZT ceramic (PSZT). The relative phase stability between FE and AFE phases is determined by the dielectric permittivity measurement as a function of temperature from -60 C to 125 C. A pressure-temperature phase diagram for the PSZT system will be presented.

  3. Biaxial Flexural Strength of Poled Lead Zirconate Titanate under High Electric Field with Extended Field Range

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    Zhang, Kewei; Zeng, Fan W; Wang, Hong; Lin, Hua-Tay

    2013-01-01

    In the present work, as-received poled lead zirconate titanate, or PZT 5A, was examined using ball-on-ring (BoR) mechanical testing coupled with an electric field. Electric fields in the range of 4Ec (Ec, coercive field) with controlled loading paths were applied, and mechanical tests at a substantial number of characteristic electric field levels were conducted. Commercial electronic liquid FC-40 was used to prevent the setup from dielectric breakdown under a high electric field. Weibull strength distribution was used to interpret the mechanical strength data. The data showed that the strength levels of the PZT-5A tested under OC (open circuit) in air and in FC-40 were almost the same. It was further revealed that , for the studied cases, the effect of loading history on the biaxial flexural strength of the PZT was significant in -Ec, but not in OC or zero field as well as 4Ec . An asymmetry V curve was observed for the characteristic strength-electric field graph, and the bottom of V curve was located near the negative coercive field. Microscopy analysis showed that surface-located volume-distributed flaws were the strength limiter and responsible for the failure of the tested PZT under electromechanical loadings.

  4. Transverse piezoelectric coefficient measurement of flexible lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Dufay, T.; Guiffard, B.; Seveno, R.; Thomas, J.-C.

    2015-05-28

    Highly flexible lead zirconate titanate, Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} (PZT), thin films have been realized by modified sol-gel process. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient d{sub 31} was determined from the tip displacement of bending-mode actuators made of PZT cantilever deposited onto bare or RuO{sub 2} coated aluminium substrate (16 μm thick). The influence of the thickness of ruthenium dioxide RuO{sub 2} and PZT layers was investigated for Pb(Zr{sub 0.57}Ti{sub 0.43})O{sub 3}. The modification of Zr/Ti ratio from 40/60 to 60/40 was done for 3 μm thick PZT thin films onto aluminium (Al) and Al/RuO{sub 2} substrates. A laser vibrometer was used to measure the beam displacement under controlled electric field. The experimental results were fitted in order to find the piezoelectric coefficient. Very large tip deflections of about 1 mm under low voltage (∼8 V) were measured for every cantilevers at the resonance frequency (∼180 Hz). For a given Zr/Ti ratio of 58/42, it was found that the addition of a 40 nm thick RuO{sub 2} interfacial layer between the aluminium substrate and the PZT layer induces a remarkable increase of the d{sub 31} coefficient by a factor of 2.7, thus corresponding to a maximal d{sub 31} value of 33 pC/N. These results make the recently developed PZT/Al thin films very attractive for both low frequency bending mode actuating applications and vibrating energy harvesting.

  5. Transverse piezoelectric coefficient measurement of flexible lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Dufay, T.; Guiffard, B.; Thomas, J.-C.; Seveno, R.

    2015-05-01

    Highly flexible lead zirconate titanate, Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), thin films have been realized by modified sol-gel process. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient d31 was determined from the tip displacement of bending-mode actuators made of PZT cantilever deposited onto bare or RuO2 coated aluminium substrate (16 μm thick). The influence of the thickness of ruthenium dioxide RuO2 and PZT layers was investigated for Pb(Zr0.57Ti0.43)O3. The modification of Zr/Ti ratio from 40/60 to 60/40 was done for 3 μm thick PZT thin films onto aluminium (Al) and Al/RuO2 substrates. A laser vibrometer was used to measure the beam displacement under controlled electric field. The experimental results were fitted in order to find the piezoelectric coefficient. Very large tip deflections of about 1 mm under low voltage (˜8 V) were measured for every cantilevers at the resonance frequency (˜180 Hz). For a given Zr/Ti ratio of 58/42, it was found that the addition of a 40 nm thick RuO2 interfacial layer between the aluminium substrate and the PZT layer induces a remarkable increase of the d31 coefficient by a factor of 2.7, thus corresponding to a maximal d31 value of 33 pC/N. These results make the recently developed PZT/Al thin films very attractive for both low frequency bending mode actuating applications and vibrating energy harvesting.

  6. Microwave emission from lead zirconate titanate induced by impulsive mechanical load

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    Aman, A.; Majcherek, S.; Hirsch, S.; Schmidt, B.

    2015-10-01

    This paper focuses on microwave emission from Lead zirconate titanate Pb [ZrxTi1-x] O3 (PZT) induced by mechanical stressing. The mechanical stress was initiated by impact of a sharp tungsten indenter on the upper surface of PZT ceramic. The sequences of microwave and current impulses, which flew from indenter to electric ground, were detected simultaneously. The voltage between the upper and lower surface of ceramic was measured to obtain the behavior of mechanical force acting on ceramic during the impact. It was found that the amplitude, form, and frequency of measured microwave impulses were different by compression and restitution phase of impact. Two different mechanisms of electron emission, responsible for microwave impulse generation, were proposed based on the dissimilar impulse behavior. The field emission from tungsten indenter is dominant during compression, whereas ferroemission dominates during restitution phase. Indeed, it was observed that the direction of the current flow, i.e., sign of current impulses is changed by transitions from compression to restitution phase of impact. The observed dissimilar behavior of microwave impulses, caused by increasing and decreasing applied force, can be used to calculate the contact time and behavior of mechanical force during mechanical impact on ceramic surface. It is shown that the generation of microwave impulses exhibits high reproducibility, impulse intensity, a low damping factor, and high mechanical failure resistance. Based on these microwave emission properties of PZT, the development of new type of stress sensor with spatial resolution of few microns becomes possible.

  7. Lead zirconate titanate thin films directly on copper electrodes for ferroelectric, dielectric and piezoelectric applications

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    Kingon, Angus I.; Srinivasan, Sudarsan

    2005-03-01

    Replacement of noble metal electrodes by base metals significantly lowers the cost of ferroelectric, piezoelectric and dielectric devices. Here, we demonstrate that it is possible to process lead zirconate (Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3, or PZT) thin films directly on base metal copper foils. We explore the impact of the oxygen partial pressure during processing, and demonstrate that high-quality films and interfaces can be achieved through control of the oxygen partial pressure within a narrow window predicted by thermodynamic stability considerations. This demonstration has broad implications, opening up the possibility of the use of low-cost, high-conductivity copper electrodes for a range of Pb-based perovskite materials, including PZT films in embedded printed circuit board applications for capacitors, varactors and sensors; multilayer PZT piezoelectric stacks; and multilayer dielectric and electrostrictive devices based on lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate. We also point out that the capacitors do not fatigue on repeated switching, unlike those with Pt noble metal electrodes. Instead, they appear to be fatigue-resistant, like capacitors with oxide electrodes. This may have implications for ferroelectric non-volatile memories.

  8. Strength Properties of Aged Poled Lead Zirconate Titanate Subjected to Electromechanical Loadings

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    Zhang, Kewei; Zeng, Fan W; Wang, Hong; Lin, Hua-Tay

    2012-01-01

    Electric field and aging time are two important factors that affect the mechanical strength and long-term reliability of lead zirconate titanate or PZT actuators. In the present work, a commercial PZT-5A aged four years was examined using ball-on-ring (BoR) mechanical testing under coupled electric fields. The electric field range of -3E{sub c} to +3E{sub c} (E{sub c}, coercive electric field) was studied (i.e., -3E{sub c}, -E{sub c}, 0, +E{sub c}, +2E{sub c}, and +3E{sub c}) with a controlled electric loading path. A Weibull distribution was used to interpret the mechanical strength data. With an electric field preloaded from 0 to -3E{sub c}, it was found that subsequent increases in the electric field resulted in an asymmetrical V-shaped curve of mechanical strength against the electric field. The bottom of the V curve was located near the zero electric field level. Microscopy analysis showed that pores were the strength limiter for the tested PZT under electromechanical loadings.

  9. A statistical model approximation for perovskite solid-solutions: A Raman study of lead-zirconate-titanate single crystal

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    Frantti, J.; Fujioka, Y.; Puretzky, A.; Xie, Y.; Ye, Z.-G.; Glazer, A. M.

    2013-05-01

    Lead titanate (PbTiO3) is a classical example of a ferroelectric perovskite oxide illustrating a displacive phase transition accompanied by softening of a symmetry-breaking mode. The underlying assumption justifying the soft-mode theory is that the crystal is macroscopically sufficiently uniform that a meaningful free energy function can be formed. In contrast to PbTiO3, experimental studies show that the phase transition behaviour of lead-zirconate-titanate solid solution (PZT) is far more subtle. Most of the studies on the PZT system have been dedicated to ceramic or powder samples, in which case an unambiguous soft-mode study is not possible, as modes with different symmetries appear together. Our Raman scattering study on titanium-rich PZT single crystal shows that the phase transitions in PZT cannot be described by a simple soft-mode theory. In strong contrast to PbTiO3, splitting of transverse E-symmetry modes reveals that there are different locally ordered regions. The role of crystal defects, random distribution of Ti and Zr at the B-cation site and Pb ions shifted away from their ideal positions, dictates the phase transition mechanism. A statistical model explaining the observed peak splitting and phase transformation to a complex state with spatially varying local order in the vicinity of the morphotropic phase boundary is given.

  10. A statistical model approximation for perovskite solid-solutions: a Raman study of lead-zirconate- titanate single crystal

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    Frantti, Johannes; Fujioka, Y; Puretzky, Alexander A; Xie, Y; Glazer, A

    2013-01-01

    Lead titanate (PbTiO3) is a classical example of a ferroelectric perovskite oxide illustrating a displacive phase transition accompanied by a softening of a symmetry-breaking mode. The underlying assumption justifying the soft-mode theory is that the crystal is macroscopically sufficiently uniform so that a meaningful free energy function can be formed. In contrast to PbTiO3, experimental studies show that the phase transition behaviour of lead-zirconate-titanate solid solution (PZT) is far more subtle. Most of the studies on the PZT system have been dedicated to ceramic or powder samples, in which case an unambiguous soft-mode study is not possible, as modes with different symmetries appear together. Our Raman scattering study on titanium-rich PZT single crystal shows that the phase transitions in PZT cannot be described by a simple soft-mode theory. In strong contrast to PbTiO3, splitting of transverse E-symmetry modes reveals that there are different locally-ordered regions. The role of crystal defects, random distribution of Ti and Zr at the B- cation site and Pb ions shifted away from their ideal positions, dictates the phase transition mechanism. A statistical model explaining the observed peak splitting and phase transformation to a complex state with spatially varying local order in the vicinity of the morphotropic phase boundary is given.

  11. Internal Friction and Dielectric Measurements in Lead Zirconate Titanate Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Bourim, El Mostafa; Tanaka, Hidehiko; Gabbay, Maurice; Fantozzi, Gilbert

    2000-09-01

    Elastic modulus (Youngs modulus M and shear modulus G) and internal friction Q-1 are measured as a function of temperature from {-}180{\\degC} to 500C in undoped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ferroelectric ceramics in the range of kHz and low frequencies (0.1 to 1 Hz). New phase transition temperatures at the morphotropic zone at low temperatures are determined from the elastic modulus minimum. Permittivity \\varepsilon and dielectric loss \\tan(?) are measured in the frequency range of 20 Hz to 10 kHz. Both mechanical and electrical measurements allow the observation of relaxation peaks in the ferroelectric phase. The Arrhenius plots of all these results show that it is possible to investigate these relaxation processes using both experimental techniques.

  12. Piezoelectric and Dielectric Performance of Poled Lead Zirconate Titanate Subjected to Electric Cyclic Fatigue

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    Wang, Hong; Matsunaga, Tadashi; Lin, Hua-Tay; Mottern, Alexander M; Wereszczak, Andrew A

    2012-01-01

    Poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) material as a single-layer plate was tested using piezodilatometer under electric cyclic loading in both unipolar and bipolar modes. Their responses were evaluated using unipolar and bipolar measurements on the same setup. Mechanical strain and charge density or polarization loops exhibited various variations when the material was cycled to more than 10^8 cycles. Important quantities including loop amplitude, hysteresis, switchable polarization, coercive field have been characterized accordingly under corresponding measurement conditions. At the same time, offset polarization and bias electric field of the material were observed to be changed and the trend was found to be related to the measurement condition also. Finally, the piezoelectric and dielectric coefficients were analyzed and their implications to the application of interest have been discussed.

  13. Substrate Clamping Effects on Irreversible Domain Wall Dynamics in Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films

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    Griggio, Flavio; Jesse, Stephen; Kumar, Amit; Ovchinnikov, Oleg S; Kim, H.; Jackson, T. N.; Damjanovic, Dragan; Kalinin, Sergei V; Trolier-Mckinstry, Susan E

    2012-01-01

    The role of long-range strain interactions on domain wall dynamics is explored through macroscopic and local measurements of nonlinear behavior in mechanically clamped and released polycrystalline lead zirconate-titanate (PZT) films. Released films show a dramatic change in the global dielectric nonlinearity and its frequency dependence as a function of mechanical clamping. Furthermore, we observe a transition from strong clustering of the nonlinear response for the clamped case to almost uniform nonlinearity for the released film. This behavior is ascribed to increased mobility of domain walls. These results suggest the dominant role of collective strain interactions mediated by the local and global mechanical boundary conditions on the domain wall dynamics. The work presented in this Letter demonstrates that measurements on clamped films may considerably underestimate the piezoelectric coefficients and coupling constants of released structures used in microelectromechanical systems, energy harvesting systems, and microrobots.

  14. Internal field and self-polarization in lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Osipov, V. V.; Kiselev, D. A.; Kaptelov, E. Yu.; Senkevich, S. V.; Pronin, I. P.

    2015-09-01

    It has been shown that 300-nm-thick polycrystalline films of lead zirconate titanate (PZT), the compositions of which correspond to the region of morphotropic phase boundary, undergo anomalous changes in the composition and the microstructure as the annealing temperature increases. This causes substantial variations in the dielectric and piezoelectric responses, the spontaneous polarization and the internal field value. It has been demonstrated that the self-polarization varies nonmonotonically with increasing the internal field and is characterized by a threshold effect. The role of excess lead oxide and its influence on the formation of the self-polarization and the change in the effective permittivity of the ferroelectric layer has been discussed.

  15. Fatigue and failure responses of lead zirconate titanate multilayer actuator under unipolar high-field electric cycling

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    Zeng, Fan W; Wang, Hong; Lin, Hua-Tay

    2013-01-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer actuators with an interdigital electrode design were studied under high electric fields (3 and 6 kV/mm) in a unipolar cycling mode. A 100 Hz sine wave was used in cycling. Five specimens tested under 6 kV/mm failed from 3.8 10^5 to 7 10^5 cycles, whereas three other specimens tested under 3 kV/mm were found to be still functional after 10^8 cycles. Variations in piezoelectric and dielectric responses of the tested specimens were observed during the fatigue test, depending on the measuring and cycling conditions. Selected fatigued and damaged actuators were characterized using an impedance analyzer or small signal measurement. A scanning acoustic microscope also was employed as a nondestructive tool to detect the presence of defects. Failed plates were subsequently sectioned, and the extensive cracks and porous regions were observed to be across the PZT layers. The results from this study have demonstrated that the high-field cycling can accelerate the fatigue of PZT stacks as long as the partial discharge is controlled. The small signal measurement can also be integrated into the large signal measurement to characterize the fatigue response of PZT stacks in a more comprehensive basis. The former can further serve as an experimental method to monitor the behavior of PZT stacks.

  16. Patterned growth of Au nanoparticles on polycrystalline lead zirconate titanate surfaces.

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    Kim, Jung Hun; Kwon, Sangwoo; Yang, Woochul

    2014-10-01

    We report the patterned growth of Au nanoparticles (NPs) on polarity-patterned polycrystalline lead zirconate titanate (PZT) as a template through photochemical reaction. The photochemical deposition of the Au NPs includes ultraviolet (UV) light illumination of the patterned PZT while immersed in a HAuCl4 solution. In particular, the influence of the UV wavelength, and the influence of the solution with the stabilizer and reducer on the growth selectivity of the Au NPs on the polarity-patterned regions was investigated. For a UV light of 365 nm wavelength, corresponding to a band-gap excitation of the PZT, more Au NPs were deposited on the + z polar region than on the other non-polar regions. However, no deposition of the Au NPs was observed for UV light wave-lengths longer than - 365 nm. When ascorbic acid (AA) as a reducer and cetyl-trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a stabilizer were added to the HAuCl4 solution, the Au NPs on the + z polar region were observed to be deposited with a UV light of 435 nm, which is larger than the optical band gap wavelength of the PZT. Also, the growth selectivity and size uniformity on the + z region was significantly improved. These results could be due to the defect-induced photo-excitation of electrons and enhanced reduction process of Au+ ions by adding the reducer and the stabilizer in the photo-chemical process. This study suggests the possibility of the patterned growth of Au NPs on a ferroelectric surface through polarity patterning and photochemical reaction by optimizing the UV wavelength and employing reduction potential agents in a metal salt solution. PMID:25942907

  17. EPDM composite membranes modified with cerium doped lead zirconate titanate

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    Zaharescu, T.; Dumitru, A.; Lungulescu, M. E.; Velciu, G.

    2016-01-01

    This study was performed on ?-irradiated ethylene-propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) loaded with lead zirconate titanate. The inorganic phase has a perovskite structure with general formula Pb(Zr0.65-xCexTi0.35)O3. The three composites with different Ce dopant concentrations revealed the stabilization activity of filler against oxidation proved by chemiluminescence investigation in respect to pristine polymer. The presence of cerium low concentrations in the solid lead zirconate titanate nanoparticles causes significant slowing of oxidation rate during radiation exposure. The improvement in the stabilization feature of filler is correlated with the existence of traps, whose interaction with free radicals assumes medium energy due to their convenient depth.

  18. A circular array transducer for photoacoustic imaging by using piezoelectric single crystal lead magnesium niobate-lead zirconate titanate

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    Cao, Yonggang; Ha, Kanglyeol; Kim, Moojoon; Kang, Hyunwook; Oh, Jung-Hwan; Kim, Jungsoon

    2015-07-01

    The ultrasound transducers of which center frequencies are lower than 10 MHz are commonly used in low frequency photoacoustic (PA) imaging systems. However, the improvement of their sensitivity is still needed to detect weak PA signals. In this study, a circular array transducer was constructed by using 120 needle hydrophones made of piezoelectric single crystal lead magnesium niobate-lead zirconate titanate (PMN-PZT). The needle hydrophone was designed to have high sensitivity and wide bandwidth through the Krimtholz-Leedom-Matthaei (KLM) simulation of receiving impulse response. The sensitivity of the fabricated PMN-PZT hydrophone was compared with a commercial poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) needle hydrophone. The usefulness of the circular array transducer was demonstrated by applying it to a PA system for obtaining images.

  19. Study of the characteristics of a piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate radiation detector using a pulsed xenon source

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    Miyachi, Takashi; Fujii, Masayuki; Hasebe, Nobuyuki; Okudaira, Osamu; Takechi, Seiji; Kurozumi, Atsuma; Morinaga, Shinya; Uno, Takefumi; Shibata, Hiromi; Kobayashi, Masanori; Murakami, Takeshi; Uchihori, Yukio; Okada, Nagaya

    2010-05-15

    The detector characteristics of piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) were studied by directly irradiating a multilayered PZT detector with 400 MeV/n xenon ions. An extracted beam was processed with a rotating slit. Thus, passed through {approx}10{sup 3} xenon ions were available for 50 to 250 {mu}s. The effect of polarization on the output signal was discussed, and the optimal electrode configuration was determined. The output signal appeared as an isolated pulse whose amplitude was qualitatively understood by the Bethe-Bloch formula. However, the calculated and the observed values differed depending on the rotation speed of the slit. A process that can explain the differences is presented here. The output signal appearing beyond the range of 400 MeV/n xenon ion beam was discussed. The sensitivity was compared with that obtained with hypervelocity collision of dust.

  20. Investigation of the additive induced doping effects in gelcast soft lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Guo Dong; Cai Kai; Li Longtu; Gui Zhilun

    2009-09-01

    Due to the high sensitivity of the electrical properties of electronic ceramics to various factors, knowledge about the possible influence of the processing procedure on their electrical performance is critical for applying a new technique to the fabrication of the materials. In this study, various electrical parameters, complex impedance spectra, ferroelectric hysteresis loops, and microstructures of soft lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics formed by the gelcasting technique from suspensions with various dispersants were investigated in comparison with those of the conventional dry pressed ones. We found that the sodium ion, which is the main cation in many commercial surfactants, exhibited obvious hard doping effects; thus causing deteriorated performance of the gelcast PZT ceramics. While a certain impurity ion introduced by a dispersant was also found to induce soft doping characteristics and improve the electrical performance of the materials. The results suggest that the doping effects of the metal ions or impurities introduced by the dispersants, or other additives, should be generally considered for applying a wet processing technique to forming multicomponent electronic ceramics.

  1. Phase transition revealed by Raman spectroscopy in screen-printed lead zirconate titanate thick films

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    Zhang, Hongxue; Uusimaki, Antti; Leppavuori, Seppo; Karjalainen, Pentti

    1994-10-01

    The transition from rhombohedral phase to tetragonal in screen-printed lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thick films was studied using Raman-scattering spectroscopy, and the results were compared with those of x-ray-diffractometry investigations. The unfired films were subjected to rapid firing in an air atmosphere at temperatures ranging from 960 to 1150 C. During firing the composition of the films changed gradually as lead evaporated, which moved the composition of films to the ZrO2-PZT region and resulted in precipitation of ZrO2. This caused the original rhombohedral structure to be converted to tetragonal. Correspondingly, the Raman spectra also changed with increasing firing temperature. The variation in Raman spectra was characterized by three frequency regions, denoted as the low-, intermediate-, and high-frequency region, respectively, which are related to three cubic T(sub 1u) modes. Moreover, it was also observed that the appearance of tetragonal modes was delayed from the formation of tetragonal structure during the process. This discrepancy suggested the existence of a certain 'mismatch' in structure.

  2. Characterization of Piezoelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate from the Viewpoint of Transducer and Power Generator Properties

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    Ichiki, Masaaki; Ashida, Katsura; Kitahara, Tokio

    2002-11-01

    Mechanical, electrical and transducer properties of piezoelectrics are estimated using a newly proposed method. Transducer properties of piezoelectrics, i.e., power generation and energy conversion properties, are useful for application to power microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices. Electrical and mechanical properties of piezoelectrics could be estimated from the viewpoint of application to electronic devices using a trial measuring apparatus. The electromechanical coupling constant is estimated to be 0.53 in the case of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) using the same apparatus under short- and open-circuit conditions. The electromechanical coupling constant is calculated from the mechanical properties, i.e., two kinds of Youngs modulus. On the other hand, the output peak power of PZT transducers is determined to be approximately 3 ?W, which is the product of a 1.8 V voltage and a 1.7 ?A current, in the case of 40 N input applied load. Since output voltage and current exhibit linear relationships with applied load, the output electrical power is equal to the square of the applied load. This shows that piezoelectrics attached to the sole could realize mW electrical power through the efficient use of total human weight.

  3. Structural health monitoring of multi-spot welded joints using a lead zirconate titanate based active sensing approach

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    Yao, Ping; Kong, Qingzhao; Xu, Kai; Jiang, Tianyong; Huo, Lin-sheng; Song, Gangbing

    2016-01-01

    Failures of spot welded joints directly reduce the load capacity of adjacent structures. Due to their complexity and invisibility, real-time health monitoring of spot welded joints is still a challenge. In this paper, a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) based active sensing approach was proposed to monitor the structural health of multi-spot welded joints in real time. In the active sensing approach, one PZT transducer was used as an actuator to generate a guided stress wave, while another one, as a sensor, detected the wave response. Failure of a spot welded joint reduces the stress wave paths and attenuates the wave propagation energy from the actuator to the sensor. A total of four specimens made of dual phase steel with spot welds, including two specimens with 20 mm intervals of spot welded joints and two with 25 mm intervals, were designed and fabricated for this research. Under tensile tests, the spot welded joints successively failed, resulting in the PZT sensor reporting decreased received energy. The energy attenuations due to the failures of joints were clearly observed by the PZT sensor signal in both the time domain and frequency domain. In addition, a wavelet packet-based spot-weld failure indicator was developed to quantitatively evaluate the failure condition corresponding to the number of failed joints.

  4. The fabrication of silicon-based PZT microstructures using an aerosol deposition method

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    Wang, Xuan-Yu; Lee, Chi-Yuan; Hu, Yuh-Chung; Shih, Wen-Pin; Lee, Chih-Cheng; Huang, Jung-Tang; Chang, Pei-Zen

    2008-05-01

    This paper presents a series of processes for fabricating lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) microstructures on a silicon substrate. An aerosol deposition method was used to deposit PZT thick film at room temperature. The low temperature deposition enabled a special lift-off process for patterning thick PZT films using a THB-151N photoresist. The milling rate of THB-151N by PZT particles was found to be the same as the PZT deposition rate of 5 ?m h-1. Using this patterning technique, complex configurations of PZT microstructures have been demonstrated. Suspended multi-layer PZT microstructures have also been realized in this work.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of thick-film piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate ceramic resonators by tape-casting.

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    Qin, Lifeng; Sun, Yingying; Wang, Qing-Ming; Zhong, Youliang; Ou, Ming; Jiang, Zhishui; Tian, Wei

    2012-12-01

    In this paper, thick-film piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic resonators with thicknesses down to tens of micrometers have been fabricated by tape-casting processing. PZT ceramic resonators with composition near the morphotropic phase boundary and with different dopants added were prepared for piezoelectric transducer applications. Material property characterization for these thick-film PZT resonators is essential for device design and applications. For the property characterization, a recently developed normalized electrical impedance spectrum method was used to determine the electromechanical coefficient and the complex piezoelectric, elastic, and dielectric coefficients from the electrical measurement of resonators using thick films. In this work, nine PZT thick-film resonators have been fabricated and characterized, and two different types of resonators, namely thickness longitudinal and transverse modes, were used for material property characterization. The results were compared with those determined by the IEEE standard method, and they agreed well. It was found that depending on the PZT formulation and dopants, the relative permittivities ?(T)(33)/?(0) measured at 2 kHz for these thick-films are in the range of 1527 to 4829, piezoelectric stress constants (e(33) in the range of 15 to 26 C/m(2), piezoelectric strain constants (d(31)) in the range of -169 10(-12) C/N to -314 10(-12) C/N, electromechanical coupling coefficients (k(t)) in the range of 0.48 to 0.53, and k(31) in the range of 0.35 to 0.38. The characterization results shows tape-casting processing can be used to fabricate high-quality PZT thick-film resonators, and the extracted material constants can be used to for device design and application. PMID:23221230

  6. Phase Formation in PZT Phosphorus-Doped Ceramics (abstract)

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    Celi, L. A.; Caballero, A. C.; Villegas, M.; Eiras, J. A.; Moure, C.; Fernndez, J. F.

    2009-04-01

    The surface modification of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with phosphate ester leaves a phosphorus residue absorbed onto the particle surface. During the sintering processes, this surface layer reacts with the PZT to form lead-rich compounds, such as Pb3(PO4)2 and Pb4(P2O9). The formation of such a compounds may be the responsible for the grain growth inhibition observed in PZT-modified ceramics, as well as the lead loss reduction.

  7. Active layers of high-performance lead zirconate titanate at temperatures compatible with silicon nano- and microelecronic devices

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    Bretos, Iñigo; Jiménez, Ricardo; Tomczyk, Monika; Rodríguez-Castellón, Enrique; Vilarinho, Paula M.; Calzada, M. Lourdes

    2016-01-01

    Applications of ferroelectric materials in modern microelectronics will be greatly encouraged if the thermal incompatibility between inorganic ferroelectrics and semiconductor devices is overcome. Here, solution-processable layers of the most commercial ferroelectric compound ─ morphotrophic phase boundary lead zirconate titanate, namely Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) ─ are grown on silicon substrates at temperatures well below the standard CMOS process of semiconductor technology. The method, potentially transferable to a broader range of Zr:Ti ratios, is based on the addition of crystalline nanoseeds to photosensitive solutions of PZT resulting in perovskite crystallization from only 350 °C after the enhanced decomposition of metal precursors in the films by UV irradiation. A remanent polarization of 10.0 μC cm−2 is obtained for these films that is in the order of the switching charge densities demanded for FeRAM devices. Also, a dielectric constant of ~90 is measured at zero voltage which exceeds that of current single-oxide candidates for capacitance applications. The multifunctionality of the films is additionally demonstrated by their pyroelectric and piezoelectric performance. The potential integration of PZT layers at such low fabrication temperatures may redefine the concept design of classical microelectronic devices, besides allowing inorganic ferroelectrics to enter the scene of the emerging large-area, flexible electronics. PMID:26837240

  8. Active layers of high-performance lead zirconate titanate at temperatures compatible with silicon nano- and microelecronic devices

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    Bretos, Iñigo; Jiménez, Ricardo; Tomczyk, Monika; Rodríguez-Castellón, Enrique; Vilarinho, Paula M.; Calzada, M. Lourdes

    2016-02-01

    Applications of ferroelectric materials in modern microelectronics will be greatly encouraged if the thermal incompatibility between inorganic ferroelectrics and semiconductor devices is overcome. Here, solution-processable layers of the most commercial ferroelectric compound – morphotrophic phase boundary lead zirconate titanate, namely Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) – are grown on silicon substrates at temperatures well below the standard CMOS process of semiconductor technology. The method, potentially transferable to a broader range of Zr:Ti ratios, is based on the addition of crystalline nanoseeds to photosensitive solutions of PZT resulting in perovskite crystallization from only 350 °C after the enhanced decomposition of metal precursors in the films by UV irradiation. A remanent polarization of 10.0 μC cm‑2 is obtained for these films that is in the order of the switching charge densities demanded for FeRAM devices. Also, a dielectric constant of ~90 is measured at zero voltage which exceeds that of current single-oxide candidates for capacitance applications. The multifunctionality of the films is additionally demonstrated by their pyroelectric and piezoelectric performance. The potential integration of PZT layers at such low fabrication temperatures may redefine the concept design of classical microelectronic devices, besides allowing inorganic ferroelectrics to enter the scene of the emerging large-area, flexible electronics.

  9. Lead zirconate titanate-based thick films for high-frequency focused ultrasound transducers prepared by electrophoretic deposition.

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    Abellard, Andr-Pierre; Kuscer, Danjela; Grgoire, Jean-Marc; Lethiecq, Marc; Malic, Barbara; Levassort, Franck

    2014-03-01

    An electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process with high deposition rate was used to fabricate a curved piezoelectric thick film devoted to high-frequency transducers for medical imaging. Niobium-doped lead zirconate titanate (PZTNb) powder was stabilized in ethanol to prepare a suspension with high zeta potential and low conductivity. A gold layer, pad-printed and fired on a curved porous PZT substrate, was used as the working electrode for the deposition of the PZTNb thick film. This substrate was chosen because it has the required properties (acoustic impedance and attenuation) to be used directly as a backing for the high-frequency transducer, leading to a simplified process for transducer assembly with this integrated structure. PZT-Nb thick films were also deposited by EPD on flat gold-coated alumina substrates as a reference. The thickness of the films was between 20 and 35 ?m, and their electromechanical performance was comparable to standard PZT bulk ceramics with a thickness coupling factor of 48%. For the curved thick film, the thickness coupling factor was slightly lower. The corresponding integrated structure was used to fabricate a transducer with a center frequency of 40 MHz and an f-number of 2.8. It was integrated into a realtime ultrasound scanner and used to image human forearm skin; the resulting images showed, for the first time, the efficacy of the EPD process for these imaging applications. PMID:24569258

  10. Active layers of high-performance lead zirconate titanate at temperatures compatible with silicon nano- and microelecronic devices.

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    Bretos, Iñigo; Jiménez, Ricardo; Tomczyk, Monika; Rodríguez-Castellón, Enrique; Vilarinho, Paula M; Calzada, M Lourdes

    2016-01-01

    Applications of ferroelectric materials in modern microelectronics will be greatly encouraged if the thermal incompatibility between inorganic ferroelectrics and semiconductor devices is overcome. Here, solution-processable layers of the most commercial ferroelectric compound ─ morphotrophic phase boundary lead zirconate titanate, namely Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) ─ are grown on silicon substrates at temperatures well below the standard CMOS process of semiconductor technology. The method, potentially transferable to a broader range of Zr:Ti ratios, is based on the addition of crystalline nanoseeds to photosensitive solutions of PZT resulting in perovskite crystallization from only 350 °C after the enhanced decomposition of metal precursors in the films by UV irradiation. A remanent polarization of 10.0 μC cm(-2) is obtained for these films that is in the order of the switching charge densities demanded for FeRAM devices. Also, a dielectric constant of ~90 is measured at zero voltage which exceeds that of current single-oxide candidates for capacitance applications. The multifunctionality of the films is additionally demonstrated by their pyroelectric and piezoelectric performance. The potential integration of PZT layers at such low fabrication temperatures may redefine the concept design of classical microelectronic devices, besides allowing inorganic ferroelectrics to enter the scene of the emerging large-area, flexible electronics. PMID:26837240

  11. Converse mode piezoelectric coefficient for lead zirconate titanate thin film with interdigitated electrode

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    Chidambaram, N.; Balma, D.; Nigon, R.; Mazzalai, A.; Matloub, R.; Sandu, C. S.; Muralt, P.

    2015-04-01

    The use of interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) in conjunction with ferroelectric thin films shows many attractive features for piezoelectric MEMS applications. In this work, growth of {1 0 0}-textured lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films was achieved on insulating MgO buffered, oxidized silicon substrates. IDEs were fabricated by lift-off techniques and cantilevers were formed by dicing. The deflection upon application of a sweeping voltage was measured as large signal response in parallel to the ferroelectric polarization (PV loop). Likewise, the small signal piezoelectric response was measured in parallel to the capacitance-voltage (CV) measurement. In this way, a complete picture of the ferroelectric-piezoelectric element was obtained. From the deflection, the in-plane piezoelectric stress in the PZT thin film was derived and, from this, the effective piezoelectric coefficients. For the latter, two types were defined: an engineering type corresponding to the average value along the IDE, which can directly be compared to coefficient of a parallel plate electrode (PPE) capacitor and a second one that approximately yields the idealized coefficient governing between the electrode fingers. The IDE structures were experimentally compared with PPE structures of identical film thickness. The resulting coefficients were of opposite sign, as expected. In spite of a much better polarization loop, the IDE device showed a lower average piezoelectric stress. The estimated peak value between the fingers was about the same as in the PPE device, corresponding to about 20 C m-2. Nevertheless, the result is very promising for cases where compressive piezoelectric stresses are required and for preventing cracking due to large piezoelectric tensile stresses in PPE systems.

  12. Formation and properties of porous films of lead zirconate titanate

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    Seregin, D. S.; Vorotilov, K. A.; Sigov, A. S.; Zubkova, E. N.; Abdullaev, D. A.; Kotova, N. M.; Vishnevskiy, A. S.

    2015-03-01

    The processes of formation and the properties of porous ceramic lead zirconate titanate films have been considered. The porous structure formed by thermal destruction of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) with the molecular weight 29000 makes it possible to increase the cracking-free film thickness (by a factor of approximately two for one deposition at 20 wt % PVP; in this case, the volume porosity is 33%). An increase in the porosity decreases the permittivity ɛ; at 20 wt % PVP, ɛ = 432-456 depending on the film thickness. These values are less than those in nonporous films by a factor of more than two. An increase in the porosity is accompanied by an increase in the remanent polarization in the films. However, the hysteresis loop shape changes in the region of saturation polarization.

  13. Luminescence studies of perovskite structured titanates: A review

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    Nag Bhargavi, G.; Khare, Ayush

    2015-06-01

    Apart from widely known dielectric and ferroelectric properties, the perovskite type materials also constitute a class of materials, which are recently investigated for their optical properties. These materials are being used for fabrication of various microelectronics and optoelectronic devices. Photoluminescence (PL), mechanoluminescence (ML) and thermoluminescence (TL) are such phenomena offering numerous applications in different fields like electro-optics, flat panel displays, LED technology, sensors, dynamic visualization etc. This paper briefly reviews the status and new progress in luminescence studies of ferroelectric materials like barium titanate (BT), barium zirconate titanate (BZT), calcium titanate (CT), calcium zirconate titanate (CZT), lead titanate (PT), lead zirconate titanate (PZT), etc., prepared through various methods.

  14. Neutron irradiation effects on domain wall mobility and reversibility in lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Graham, Joseph T.; Brennecka, Geoff L.; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Ferreira, Paulo; Small, Leo; Duquette, David; Apblett, Christopher; Landsberger, Sheldon

    2013-03-28

    The effects of neutron-induced damage on the ferroelectric properties of thin film lead zirconate titanate (PZT) were investigated. Two sets of PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} films of varying initial quality were irradiated in a research nuclear reactor up to a maximum 1 MeV equivalent neutron fluence of (5.16 {+-} 0.03) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 15} cm{sup -2}. Changes in domain wall mobility and reversibility were characterized by polarization-electric field measurements, Rayleigh analysis, and analysis of first order reversal curves (FORC). With increasing fluence, extrinsic contributions to the small-signal permittivity diminished. Additionally, redistribution of irreversible hysterons towards higher coercive fields was observed accompanied by the formation of a secondary hysteron peak following exposure to high fluence levels. The changes are attributed to the radiation-induced formation of defect dipoles and other charged defects, which serve as effective domain wall pinning sites. Differences in damage accumulation rates with initial film quality were observed between the film sets suggesting a dominance of pre-irradiation microstructure on changes in macroscopic switching behavior.

  15. Vibration Characteristics of Piezoelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate by Fluid Flow in Intravascular Oxygenator

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    Kim, Gi?Beum; Hong, Chul?Un; Kwon, Tae?Kyu

    2006-04-01

    In this paper, we describe the enhancement in oxygen transfer rate in hollow-fiber-membrane (HFM) modules using a plumbum piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) actuator and a piezoelectric poly vinylidene fluoride (PVDF) sensor. We developed a vibrating intravascular lung assist device (VIVLAD) for patients having chronic respiratory problems and performed experiments on hydrodynamic flow through a bundle of sinusoidal vibrating hollow fibers. These modules were used to provide some insight into how wall vibrations might enhance the performance of an intravascular lung assist device. The experimental design and procedure are then applied to the fabrication of a device used to assess the effectiveness of membrane vibrations. The test section was a cylindrical duct with an inner diameter of 30 mm. The flow rate was controlled by a pump and monitored by a built-in flowmeter. The vibration apparatus was composed of a piezovibrator, a function generator, and a power amplifier. The direction of vibration was radial to the fluid flow. Gas flow rates of up to 6 L/min through 120-cm-long hollow fibers were achieved by exciting the piezovibrator. The time and frequency responses of PVDF sensors were investigated through various frequencies in VIVLAD. In these devices, the flow of blood and the source of oxygen were separated by a semipermeable membrane that allows oxygen and carbon dioxide to diffuse into and out of the fluid, respectively. Results of the experiments have shown that a vibrating intravascular lung assist device performs effectively.

  16. Fabrication and modeling of bismuth titanate-PZT ceramic transducers for high temperature applications

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    Reinhardt, B.; Searfass, C.; Cyphers, R.; Sinding, K.; Pheil, C.; Tittmann, B.

    2013-01-01

    Utilization of a spray-on deposition technique of ferroelectric bismuth titanate (Bi4Ti3O12) composites has a competitive advantage to standard ultrasonic transducers. These can conform to curved surfaces, can operate at high temperature (Curie-Weiss temperature 685 C) and are mechanically well-coupled to a substrate. However, an issue with many high temperature transducers such as bismuth titanate ceramics is that they have relatively low transduction efficiency, i.e. d33 is about 12-14 pC/F in Bi4Ti3O12 versus 650 pC/F in PZT-5H. It is a common conception that high-temperature capability comes at the cost of electro-mechanical coupling. It will be shown that the high temperature capability of bismuth-titanate-PZT composite transducers using the spray-on deposition technique previously developed, improves the electro-mechanical coupling while maintaining the high temperature performance and mechanical coupling. This material could provide advantages in harsh environments where high signal-to-noise ratios are needed.

  17. In situ neutron diffraction studies of a commercial, soft lead zirconate titanate ceramic: response to electric fields and mechanical stress

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    Pramanick, Abhijit; Prewitt, Anderson D.; Cottrell, Michelle A.; Lee, Wayne; Studer, Andrew J.; An, Ke; Hubbard, Camden R.; Jones, Jacob L.

    2010-06-01

    Structural changes in commercial lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics (EC-65) under the application of electric fields and mechanical stress were measured using neutron diffraction instruments at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The structural changes during electric-field application were measured on the WOMBAT beamline at ANSTO and include non-180° domain switching, lattice strains and field-induced phase transformations. Using time-resolved data acquisition capabilities, lattice strains were measured under cyclic electric fields at times as short as 30 μs. Structural changes including the (002) and (200) lattice strains and non-180° domain switching were measured during uniaxial mechanical compression on the NRSF2 instrument at ORNL. Contraction of the crystallographic polarization axis, (002), and reorientation of non-180° domains occur at lowest stresses, followed by (200) elastic strains at higher stresses.

  18. Effects of Pb5Ge3O11 on pyroelectric lead-zirconate-titanate thick films deposited on silicon substrate by electrophoresis deposition

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    Gui Wu, Chuan; Peng, Qiang Xiang; Sun, Xiang Yu; Meng, Jia; Yao, Shuai; Luo, Wen Bo; Li Zhang, Wan

    2015-04-01

    The effects of Pb5Ge3O11 (PGO) sintering additive on the sintering temperature (Ts) and pyroelectric properties of 1 1 mm2 lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) thick films on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates were studied. The pattern of PGO-added PZT thick films were formed directly by electrophoresis deposition (EPD). The PGO percentage and Ts were optimized at the range from 0 to 9 wt % and 700 to 900 C, respectively. The energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) results showed that the diffusion between Si and PZT were weaken gradually as the Ts decreased. The sintered PZT films sintered at 800 C with 3 wt % PGO exhibited room-temperature pyroelectric coefficient (Pc) of 1.73 10-8 C/(cm2K), figure of merit for detectivity (FD) of 1.9 10-5 Pa-0.5, permittivity of 330 and dielectric loss of 1.5% (1 kHz), respectively. These results demonstrate that the directly patterned PGO-added PZT thick films fabricated by EPD show potential application in MEMS detectors.

  19. Domain wall motion effect on the anelastic behavior in lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramics

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    Bourim, El Mostafa; Tanaka, Hidehiko; Gabbay, Maurice; Fantozzi, Gilbert; Cheng, Bo Lin

    2002-05-01

    Three undoped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics were prepared with compositions close to the morphotropic phase boundary: Pb(Zr0.50Ti0.50)O3, Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3, and Pb(Zr0.54Ti0.46)O3. Internal friction Q-1 and shear modulus G were measured versus temperature from 20 C to 500 C. Experiments were performed on an inverted torsional pendulum at low frequencies (0.1, 0.3, and 1 Hz). The ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition results in a peak (P1) of Q-1 correlated with a sharp minimum M1 of G. Moreover the Q-1(T) curves show two relaxation peaks called R1 and R2 respectively, correlated with two shear modulus anomalies called A1 and A2 on the G(T) curves. The main features of the transition P1 peak are studied, they suggest that its behavior is similar to the internal friction peaks associated with martensitic transformation. The relaxation peak, R1 and R2 are both attributed to motion of domain walls (DWs), and can be analyzed by thermal activated process described by Arrhenius law. The R2 peak is demonstrated to be due to the interaction of domain walls and oxygen vacancies because it depends on oxygen vacancy concentration and electrical polarization. However, the R1 peak is more complex; its height is found to be increased as stress amplitude and heating rate increase. It seems that the R1 peak is influenced by three mechanisms: (i) relaxation due to DW-point defects interaction, (ii) variation of domain wall density, and (iii) domain wall depinning from point defect clusters.

  20. Preparation and Characterization of PZT Thin Films

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    Bose, A.; Sreemany, M.; Bhattacharyya, D. K.; Sen, Suchitra; Halder, S. K.

    2008-07-29

    In analogy with Piezoelectric Wafer Active Sensors (PWAS), Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) thin films also seem to be promising for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) due to a number of reasons. Firstly, PZT thin films with well oriented domains show enhanced piezoelectric response. Secondly, PWAS requires comparatively large voltage leading to a demand for thin PZT films (<< {mu}m in thickness) for low voltage operation at {<=}10 V. This work focuses on two different aspects: (a) growing oriented PZT thin films in ferroelectric perovskite phase in the range of (80-150) nm thickness on epitaxial Si/Pt without a seed layer and (b) synthesizing perovskite phase in PZT thin films on Corning glass 1737 using a seed layer of TiO{sub x} (TiO{sub x} thickness ranging between 30 nm to 500 nm)

  1. Evaluation of antibacterial properties of Barium Zirconate Titanate (BZT) nanoparticle

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    Mohseni, Simin; Aghayan, Mahdi; Ghorani-Azam, Adel; Behdani, Mohammad; Asoodeh, Ahmad

    2014-01-01

    So far, the antibacterial activity of some organic and inorganic compounds has been studied. Barium zirconate titanate [Ba(ZrxTi1-x)O3] (x = 0.05) nanoparticle is an example of inorganic materials. In vitro studies have provided evidence for the antibacterial activity of this nanoparticle. In the current study, the nano-powder was synthesized by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction showed that the powder was single-phase and had a perovskite structure at the calcination temperature of 1000 °C. Antibacterial activity of the desired nanoparticle was assessed on two gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus PTCC1431 and Micrococcus luteus PTCC1625) and two gram-negative (Escherichia coli HP101BA 7601c and clinically isolated Klebsiella pneumoniae) bacteria according to Radial Diffusion Assay (RDA). The results showed that the antibacterial activity of BZT nano-powder on both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria was acceptable. The minimum inhibitory concentration of this nano-powder was determined. The results showed that MIC values for E. coli, K. pneumoniae, M. luteus and S. aureus were about 2.3 μg/mL, 7.3 μg/mL, 3 μg/mL and 12 μg/mL, respectively. Minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) was also evaluated and showed that the growth of E. coli, K. pneumoniae, M. luteus and S. aureus could be decreased at 2.3, 14, 3 and 18 μg/mL of BZT. Average log reduction in viable bacteria count in time-kill assay ranged between 6 Log10 cfu/mL to zero after 24 h of incubation with BZT nanoparticle. PMID:25763046

  2. Detection of indentation induced Fe-to-Afe phase transformation in lead zirconate titanate.

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    Baddorf, Arthur P.; Shin, Junsoo; Gogotsi, Yury G.; Buchheit, Thomas Edward; Watson, Chad Samuel; Kalinin, Sergei; Juliano, Thomas F.

    2005-08-01

    Instrumented indentation was combined with microscopy and spectroscopy analysis to investigate the local mechanically induced ferroelectric to anti-ferroelectric phase transformation of niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate 95/5. Indentation experiments to a depth of 2 {micro}m were performed using a Berkovich pyramidal three-sided diamond tip. Subsequent Raman spectroscopy and piezoelectric force microscopy revealed that indentation locally induced the ferroelectric to antiferroelectric phase transformation. Piezoelectric force microscopy demonstrated the ability to map the individual phases within and near indented regions on the niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics.

  3. Raman study of lead zirconate titanate under uniaxial stress

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    TALLANT, DAVID R.; SIMPSON, REGINA L.; GRAZIER, J. MARK; ZEUCH, DAVID H.; OLSON, WALTER R.; TUTTLE, BRUCE A.

    2000-04-01

    The authors used micro-Raman spectroscopy to monitor the ferroelectric (FE) to antiferroelectric (AFE) phase transition in PZT ceramic bars during the application of uniaxial stress. They designed and constructed a simple loading device, which can apply sufficient uniaxial force to transform reasonably large ceramic bars while being small enough to fit on the mechanical stage of the microscope used for Raman analysis. Raman spectra of individual grains in ceramic PZT bars were obtained as the stress on the bar was increased in increments. At the same time gauges attached to the PZT bar recorded axial and lateral strains induced by the applied stress. The Raman spectra were used to calculate an FE coordinate, which is related to the fraction of FE phase present. The authors present data showing changes in the FE coordinates of individual PZT grains and correlate these changes to stress-strain data, which plot the macroscopic evolution of the FE-to-AFE transformation. Their data indicates that the FE-to-AFE transformation does not occur simultaneously for all PZT grains but that grains react individually to local conditions.

  4. Influence of combined external stress and electric field on electric properties of 0.5% Fe-doped lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Suchanicz, J.; Kim-Ngan, N.-T. H.; Konieczny, K.; Jankowska-Sumara, I.; Sitko, D.; Goc-Jaglo, D.; Balogh, A. G.

    2009-11-01

    Influence of uniaxial pressure (0-1000 bars) applied parallel to or perpendicularly to the ac or dc electric field (in one-dimensional or two-dimensional manner) on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of hard lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics were investigated. The experimental results revealed that applying uniaxial pressure leads to a reduction in the peak intensity of the electric permittivity (epsilon), of the frequency dispersion as well as of the dielectric hysteresis. Moreover, with increasing pressure the peak intensity of epsilon becomes diffused and shifts to a higher temperature. It was also found that simultaneous application of uniaxial pressure and electric field (perpendicular to each other) in the poling process improves the ferroelectric properties. This indeed indicates new possibility for poling materials with a high coercive field and/or high electric conductivity. The effects of uniaxial load are weaker than that obtained for soft PZT ceramics. It was concluded that applying uniaxial pressure induces similar effects as increasing the Ti ion concentration in PZT system. The obtained results were interpreted through Cochran soft mode and domain switching processes under applying of pressure.

  5. Development of a straightness measurement and compensation system with multiple right-angle reflectors and a lead zirconate titanate-based compensation stage

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    Liu, Chien-Hung; Chen, Jui-Hung; Teng, Yun-Feng

    2009-11-15

    This paper presents a real-time straightness measurement and compensation system with an optical straightness measurement system and a single-axis flexure-hinge type lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-based compensation stage. The optical straightness measurement system consists of a He-Ne laser, a quadrant photodiode detector, and five right-angle reflectors. Multiple laser beam reflections between the right-angle reflectors increase the sensitivity of the straightness measurement by a factor of 6. The right-angle reflectors can be moved by the flexure-hinge type PZT-based compensation stage that is actuated by a PZT actuator to ensure that the laser beam is always projected onto the center of the quadrant detector. These two systems are integrated and fixed on a scanning stage. The resolution of the straightness measurement system is 0.1 {mu}m. Using the real-time straightness compensation system, the straightness error of the scanning stage is fed back to the control system. The compensated straightness error of the scanning stage system was reduced from 6.5 {mu}m to less than 1 {mu}m.

  6. Oriented lead zirconate titanate thin films: Characterization of film crystallization

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    Voigt, J.A.; Tuttle, B.A.; Headley, T.J.; Eatough, M.O.; Lamppa, D.L.; Goodnow, D.

    1993-11-01

    Film processing temperature and time was varied to characterize the pyrochlore-to-perovskite crystallization of solution-derived PZT 20/80 thin films. 3000 {Angstrom} thick films were prepared by spin deposition using <100> single crystal MgO as substrate. By controlled rapid thermal processing, films at different stages in the perovskite crystallization process were prepared with the tetragonal PZT 20/80 phase being <100>/<001> oriented relative to the MgO surface. An activation energy for the conversion process of 326 kJ/mole was determined by use of an Arrhenius expression using rate constants found by application of the method of Avrami. Activation energy for formation of the PZT 20/80 perovskite phase of the solution-derived films compared favorably with that calculated from data by Kwok and Desu for sputter-deposited 3500 {Angstrom} thick PZT 55/45 films. Similarity in activation energies indicates that the energetics of the conversion process are not strongly dependent on the method used for film deposition.

  7. Phase Formation in PZT Phosphorus-Doped Ceramics

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    Celi, L. A.; Caballero, A. C.; Villegas, M.; Moure, C.; Fernandez, J. F.; Eiras, J. A.

    2009-04-19

    The surface modification of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics with phosphate ester leaves a phosphorus residue absorbed onto the particle surface. During the sintering processes, this surface layer reacts with the PZT to form lead-rich compounds, such as Pb{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and Pb{sub 4}(P{sub 2}O{sub 9}). The formation of such a compounds may be the responsible for the grain growth inhibition observed in PZT-modified ceramics, as well as the lead loss reduction.

  8. Dielectric Properties of PVDF/PZT

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    Zak, A. Khorsand; Chen, Gan Wee; Majid, W. H. Abd.

    2011-03-30

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/ lead zirconate titanate nanocomposite (PVDF/PZT-NPs) were successfully prepared by mixing fine Pb(Zr{sub 0.52}, Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3} nanoparticles (PZT-NPs) into a PVDF solution under ultrasonication. The mixture was spin coated onto glass substrate and then annealed at 80 deg. C. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the structure and properties of the obtained thin-film nanocomposites. The nanocomposites exhibited good dielectric stability over a wide frequency range.

  9. Surface micromachined peristaltic pumps using lead zirconate titanate film

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    Hong, Eunki

    In recent years, miniaturization of mass spectrometer systems has been studied for portable chemical and biological sensors. In this study, the design, fabrication and characterization of MEMS pumps which could be integrated into a MEMS mass spectrometer was investigated. The MEMS pumps were designed as peristaltic pumps with three interconnected chambers. Sequential motion of the piezoelectric diaphragms on these chambers effect pumping. Diaphragm actuators driven with ring-shaped interdigitated transducer (IDT) electrodes were required to generate deflections of several micrometers. This design used SiO2 and PZT as the passive and active layers, respectively. Zirconia films were used as barrier layers to prevent the rapid diffusion of Pb in PZT into the SiO2 at crystallization temperatures. The residual stresses of SiO2, PZT, and ZrO 2 were evaluated to be -147, 100--150 and 230--270 MPa after the final film deposition. Diaphragm actuators were fabricated by bulk micromachining. The PZT in the actuators showed good dielectric; and ferroelectric properties. The dielectric constants were around 660 with dielectric losses of below 2% at 10 kHz. The remanent polarizations and coercive fields were 20 muC/cm2 and 50 kV/cm. The diaphragm actuators behaved more like membranes than plates and had a residual stress of 86 MPa. Non-180 domain motion of the PZT layer in diaphragm actuators was limited due to the residual stress and clamping by the elastic passive silicon oxide. For 980 mum diameter diaphragm actuators with an IDT spacing of 10 mum, center deflections of around 4.3 mum, larger than the thickness of the structure, were obtained at a voltage of 120 V. The deflection profiles had a funnel shape due to the relative contributions of d31 and d33 piezoelectric coefficients. In addition, the deflection profiles from IDT-mode diaphragm actuators were modified using annular IDT electrodes with inactive center areas. For a given voltage applied to the electrodes, the deflection decreases with increasing percentage of inactive area. However, the deflection profile is much flatter for diaphragms with a higher percentage of inactive area, resulting in a larger stroke volume for the MEMS pumps. The MEMS pumps were fabricated by surface micromachining. The fabrication steps included formation of chamber and channel structures by reactive ion etching (RIE) and subsequent release of diaphragm structures using a XeF 2 process. Ion-milling was used to form portholes for the pump structure. The diaphragm actuators in the structures generated enough deflection to touch the bottom of chambers 3--4 mum deep. Sequential motion of the diaphragm actuators in a three stage peristaltic pump was demonstrated.

  10. A study of capacitance-voltage characteristics of lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric thin films and their usage to investigate polarization and coercive field.

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    Zhu, H; Chu, D P

    2011-12-14

    Capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films with a thickness of 130 nm were measured between 300 and 533 K. The transition between ferroelectric and paraelectric phases was revealed to be of second order in our case, with a Curie temperature at around 450 K. A linear relationship was found between the measured capacitance and the inverse square root of the applied voltage. It was shown that such a relationship could be fitted well by a universal expression of C/A = k(V+V(0))(-1/2) and that this expression could be derived by expanding the Landau-Devonshire free energy at an effective equilibrium position of the Ti/Zr ion in a PZT unit cell. By using the derived equations in this work, the free energy parameters for an individual material can be obtained solely from the corresponding C-V data, and the temperature dependences of both remnant polarization and coercive voltage are shown to be in quantitative agreement with the experimental data. PMID:22109898

  11. Effects of porosity on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Yang, An-Kun; Wang, Chang-An; Guo, Rui; Huang, Yong

    2011-04-01

    We report porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics fabricated by tert-butyl alcohol-based gel-casting process which show a very high thickness electromechanical coupling coefficient (0.77), high hydrostatic figure of merit (959410-15 m2/N), and low acoustic impedance (3.7 Mrayls). We show that the porosity effectively affects the performance of the samples in two ways: (1) a higher porosity simplifies the resonance behavior, leading to more efficient energy transduction; (2) its replacement of active ceramic phase leads to low relative permittivity, high hydrostatic figure of merit, and low acoustic impedance. It was confirmed the properties could be tailored by controlling the porosity.

  12. Dielectric loss peak due to platinum electrode porosity in lead zirconate titanate thin-film capacitors

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    Jung, D. J.; Dawber, M.; Ruediger, A.; Scott, J. F.; Kim, H. H.; Kim, Kinam

    2002-09-01

    Impedance spectroscopy measurements were carried out in situ on lead zirconate titanate capacitors 1.21.2 ?m2 in size on a Samsung 4 Mbit 6 in, wafer. We show here that large dielectric loss appears at low frequencies, which is a constriction effect due to the porosity of the platinum electrode. Porous platinum electrodes facilitate an oxygen electrode reaction. The effect may be removed by annealing the platinum electrode at moderate temperature (300 C). Such an anneal should thus be considered an essential step in the fabrication of a ferroelectric thin-film capacitor on Pt.

  13. Structural description of the macroscopic piezo- and ferroelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate.

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    Hinterstein, M; Rouquette, J; Haines, J; Papet, Ph; Knapp, M; Glaum, J; Fuess, H

    2011-08-12

    An in situ structural description of the origin of the ferroelectric properties as a function of the applied electric field E was obtained by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. A setup was used to average the effects of the preferred orientation induced by the strong piezoelectric strain and solve in situ the crystal structure as a function of the applied electric field. Hence, we were able to describe the microscopic origin of the macroscopic ferro- and piezoelectric properties of the most widely used ferroelectric material, lead zirconate titanate. PMID:21902430

  14. Low Temperature Sintering of PZT

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    Medesi, A.; Greiner, T.; Benkler, M.; Megnin, C.; Hanemann, T.

    2014-11-01

    This paper describes the fabrication and characterization of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) films fired in a liquid-phase sintering process at 900 C in air. In detail the manufacturing of piezoelectric multilayers with internal pure silver (Tm = 961 C) electrodes are reported. The feasibility of ten sintering aids in two different volume fractions was investigated for a commercial hard PZT powder (PIC 181, PI Ceramics) with respect to density, microstructure, mechanical behaviour, and piezoelectric properties. Li2O, Li2CO3, PbO, MnO2, V2O5, CuO, Bi2O3, the eutectic mixtures Cu2OPbO and PbOWO3 and the ternary system Li2CO3Bi2O3CuO (LBCu) have been tested as liquid phase sintering aids. The combination of PZT with LBCu showed the best results. With 5 vol.% LBCu an average relative density of 97% and a characteristic breaking strength of 77 MPa was achieved. Composition of PZT with 2 vol.% LBCu exhibits the highest averaged piezoelectrical charge constant (d33) of 181 pC/N.

  15. A PZT nanofiber composites sensor for structure health monitoring

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    Chen, Xi; Shi, Yong

    2011-04-01

    A nanoscale active fiber composites (NAFCs) based acoustic emission (AE) sensor with high sensitivity is developed. The lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanofibers, with the diameter of approximately 80 nm, were electrospun on a silicon substrate. Nanofibers were parallel aligned on the substrate under a controlled electric field. The interdigitated electrodes were deposited on the PZT nanofibers and packaged by spinning a thin soft polymer layer on the top of the sensor. The hysteresis loop shows a typical ferroelectric property of as-spun PZT nanofibers. The mathematical model of the voltage generation when the elastic waves were reaching to sensor was studied. The sensor was tested by mounting on a steel surface and the measured output voltage under the periodic impact of a grounded steel bar was over 35 mV. The small size of the developed PZT NAFCs AE sensor shows a promising application in monitoring the structures by integrated into composites.

  16. EFFECTS OF ELECTRIC FIELD ON THE BIAXIAL STRENGTH OF POLED PZT

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    Wang, Hong; Wereszczak, Andrew A

    2008-01-01

    The mechanical integrity of piezoelectric ceramics plays a crucial role in the performance and design of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezo stack actuators especially as PZT actuators become physically larger and are sought to operate under harsher conditions. The reliable design of such systems demands additional consideration of a number of issues that include electro-mechanical coupling as well as strength-size scaling. This study addresses some of those issues through the use of ball-on-ring (BoR) equibiaxial flexure strength tests of two PZT piezo ceramics. The BoR biaxial flexure tests were conducted with two PZT materials under different electric fields. Fracture surfaces and failure initiations were analyzed using optical and scanning electronic microscopy. The effects of electric fields on the two-parameter Weibull distribution are discussed. These results will serve as input data for future probabilistic reliability analysis of multilayer PZT piezo actuators.

  17. PVDF-PZT nanocomposite film based self-charging power cell

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    Zhang, Yan; Zhang, Yujing; Xue, Xinyu; Cui, Chunxiao; He, Bin; Nie, Yuxin; Deng, Ping; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2014-03-01

    A novel PVDF-PZT nanocomposite film has been proposed and used as a piezoseparator in self-charging power cells (SCPCs). The structure, composed of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and lead zirconate titanate (PZT), provides a high piezoelectric output, because PZT in this nanocomposite film can improve the piezopotential compared to the pure PVDF film. The SCPC based on this nanocomposite film can be efficiently charged up by the mechanical deformation in the absence of an external power source. The charge capacity of the PVDF-PZT nanocomposite film based SCPC in 240 s is 0.010 ?A h, higher than that of a pure PVDF film based SCPC (0.004 ?A h). This is the first demonstration of using PVDF-PZT nanocomposite film as a piezoseparator for SCPC, and is an important step for the practical applications of SCPC for harvesting and storing mechanical energy.

  18. Luminescence of transparent glass ceramics containing Er3+ and Yb3+ zirconate-titanate nanocrystals

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    Skoptsov, N. A.; Denisov, I. A.; Malyarevich, A. M.; Yumashev, K. V.; Dymshits, O. S.; Zhilin, A. A.; Alekseeva, I. P.

    2011-11-01

    Luminescence regularities have been studied in new erbium/ytterbium materials based on glasses and glass ceramics of a magnesium-aluminosilicate system containing nanoscale erbium/ytterbium zirconate titanate crystals with the pyrochlore structure. Lifetimes of Yb3+ and Er3+ ions in the 2 F5/2 state and in the 4I11/2 and 4I13/2 states, respectively, and the efficiency of Yb3+ → Er3+ energy transfer have been evaluated. The identified spectral-luminescent characteristics of the studied glasses and glass ceramics co-doped with erbium and ytterbium ions show that these materials are promising media for producing laser generation in the spectral range around 1.5 μm.

  19. Effect of Nd3+ concentration quenching in highly doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ferroelectric ceramics

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    de Camargo, A. S. S.; Jacinto, C.; Nunes, L. A. O.; Catunda, T.; Garcia, D.; Botero, . R.; Eiras, J. A.

    2007-03-01

    The concentration dependence of the fluorescence quantum efficiency in Nd3+ doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT), transparent ceramics, is presented. The total emission decay of the emitting level F3/24 is close to exponential, even for high Nd3+ concentration Nt, due to the very low probability of the cross relaxation energy transfer processes among ions. Owing to this low probability, it was inferred that Nd:PLZT presents lower concentration quenching than other laser materials as Nd:YAG. The figure of merit ?Nt, where ? is the fluorescence quantum efficiency, presents a maximum around 6.0wt% Nd2O3, indicating the good prospects of concentrated samples for miniaturization of the laser medium (microchip laser).

  20. Effects of porosity on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Yang Ankun; Wang Changan; Guo Rui; Huang Yong

    2011-04-11

    We report porous lead zirconate titanate ceramics fabricated by tert-butyl alcohol-based gel-casting process which show a very high thickness electromechanical coupling coefficient (0.77), high hydrostatic figure of merit (9594x10{sup -15} m{sup 2}/N), and low acoustic impedance (3.7 Mrayls). We show that the porosity effectively affects the performance of the samples in two ways: (1) a higher porosity simplifies the resonance behavior, leading to more efficient energy transduction; (2) its replacement of active ceramic phase leads to low relative permittivity, high hydrostatic figure of merit, and low acoustic impedance. It was confirmed the properties could be tailored by controlling the porosity.

  1. Deposition of sol-gel derived lanthanum zirconate titanate thin films on copper substrates.

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    Narayanan, M.; Kwon, D. K.; Ma, B.; Balchandran, U.; Energy Systems

    2008-06-23

    Lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) thin films were directly deposited on copper substrates by chemical solution deposition and crystallized at temperatures of {approx_equal} 650 C under low pO{sub 2} conditions. Although the crystallization conditions used are conducive for copper oxidation, a thin layer ({approx}115 nm) of PLZT was sufficient to protect the underlying copper from oxidation. Films exhibited well saturated hysteresis loops with remanent polarization {approx}24 {micro}C/cm{sup 2} and dielectric constants {approx}730. Indirect evidence suggests that the oxygen vacancies created during the high temperature processing are responsible for the degradation of the electrical properties of these thin films. Techniques for avoiding this problem are proposed.

  2. Conformable amplified lead zirconate titanate sensors with enhanced piezoelectric response for cutaneous pressure monitoring

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    Dagdeviren, Canan; Su, Yewang; Joe, Pauline; Yona, Raissa; Liu, Yuhao; Kim, Yun-Soung; Huang, Yongan; Damadoran, Anoop R.; Xia, Jing; Martin, Lane W.; Huang, Yonggang; Rogers, John A.

    2014-08-01

    The ability to measure subtle changes in arterial pressure using devices mounted on the skin can be valuable for monitoring vital signs in emergency care, detecting the early onset of cardiovascular disease and continuously assessing health status. Conventional technologies are well suited for use in traditional clinical settings, but cannot be easily adapted for sustained use during daily activities. Here we introduce a conformal device that avoids these limitations. Ultrathin inorganic piezoelectric and semiconductor materials on elastomer substrates enable amplified, low hysteresis measurements of pressure on the skin, with high levels of sensitivity (~0.005 Pa) and fast response times (~0.1 ms). Experimental and theoretical studies reveal enhanced piezoelectric responses in lead zirconate titanate that follow from integration on soft supports as well as engineering behaviours of the associated devices. Calibrated measurements of pressure variations of blood flow in near-surface arteries demonstrate capabilities for measuring radial artery augmentation index and pulse pressure velocity.

  3. Photoluminescence of barium titanate and barium zirconate in multilayer disordered thin films at room temperature.

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    Moreira, M L; Gurgel, M F C; Mambrini, G P; Leite, E R; Pizani, P S; Varela, J A; Longo, E

    2008-09-25

    The emission of wide band photoluminescence showed a synergic effect on barium zirconate and barium titanate thin films in alternate multilayer system at room temperature by 488 nm exiting wavelength. The thin films obtained by spin-coating were annealed at 350, 450, and 550 degrees C for 2 h. The X-ray patterns revealed the complete separation among the BaTiO3 and BaZrO3 phases in the adjacent films. Visible and intense photoluminescence was governed by BaZrO3 thin films in the multilayer system. Quantum mechanics calculations were used in order to simulate ordered and disordered thin films structures. The disordered models, which were built by using the displacement of formers and modifier networks, showed a different symmetry in each system, which is in accordance with experimental photoluminescence emission, thus allowing to establish a correlation among the structural and optical properties of these multilayered systems. PMID:18593105

  4. Processing and structural properties of random oriented lead lanthanum zirconate titanate thin films

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    Arajo, E.B.; Nahime, B.O.; Melo, M.; Dinelli, F.; Tantussi, F.; Baschieri, P.; Fuso, F.; Allegrini, M.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: Pyrochlore phase crystallizes near the bottom film-electrode interface. PLZT films show a non-uniform microstrain and crystallite size in depth profile. Complex grainy structure leads to different elastic modulus at the nanoscale. - Abstract: Polycrystalline lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) thin films have been prepared by a polymeric chemical route to understand the mechanisms of phase transformations and map the microstructure and elastic properties at the nanoscale in these films. X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ultrasonic force microscopy (UFM) have been used as investigative tools. On one side, PLZT films with mixed-phase show that the pyrochlore phase crystallizes predominantly in the bottom film-electrode interface while a pure perovskite phase crystallizes in top film surface. On the contrary, pyrochlore-free PLZT films show a non-uniform microstrain and crystallite size along the film thickness with a heterogeneous complex grainy structure leading to different elastic properties at nanoscale.

  5. Influences of thin Ni layer on the electrical and absorption properties of PZT thin film pyroelectric IR sensors

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    Liu, Weiguo; Ko, Jongsoo; Zhu, Weiguang

    2000-06-01

    A solid precursor was used to prepare ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) 30/70 thin films using the sol-gel deposition method. To apply PZT thin films for uncooled pyroelectric IR sensors, a Ni layer was deposited onto the PZT thin films, serving both as a selective absorption layer and as the top electrode. The absorption properties of such Ni coated multi-layered pyroelectric sensors were studied in the visible and infrared wavelength ranges. The maximum absorption coefficient of this type of IR sensor was measured to be 0.8 at 0.633 ?m and 0.7 at 4 ?m wavelength, respectively. A striking asymmetric polarization hysteresis loop in these PZT thin films with Ni as the top electrode was observed as a direct consequence. This asymmetric polarization was attributed to cause the difference in the dynamic pyroelectric responses in these Ni/PZT/Pt films, poled either positively or negatively before the measurement.

  6. Estimate of the changes in the characteristics of a PZT vibrator under a space environment

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    Kim, Jungsoon; Lee, Sanghoon; Kim, Moojoon

    2015-03-01

    To utilize lead zirconate titanate (PZT) vibrators in the aerospace industry, we formulate the changes in the characteristics of the vibrator for the transverse mode and the thickness mode as functions of the temperature. For practical use, we adopted a few linear functions and a square function as regression functions in order to estimate the characteristics of the commercialized PZT-5 series of ceramics. The input admittance characteristics were calculated using the characteristic functions suggested in this study, and the results showed good agreement with the measured ones.

  7. Piezoelectric properties and applications of PZT nanofibers

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    Zhang, Guitao

    1D piezoelectric nano structures, such as nanofibers, nanowires, nanobelts, etc., attracted great research interest recently. Because of their active properties which can transform mechanical energy into electrical energy, or vice versa, nano piezoelectric materials become building blocks for novel nanoelectronics and nanosensors. Pursuing higher piezoelectric response is the main driving force for developing nano piezoelectric materials. Several different theories have predicted a positive size effect that the piezoelectric property would be enhanced by reducing the feature size. But until now, there is no strong experimental proof due to difficulties in measurement of nanoscale material's piezoelectric constant. In this thesis, a resonant Piezo Force Microscopy (PFM) method was employed to accurately measure the piezoelectric deformation of Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) nanofibers. During the experiment, the AFM probe was brought into contact with piezoelectric samples and worked at the first resonant mode. AC voltages with a DC offset were applied to the PZT nanofibers. A lock-in amplifier was used to pick up the sample's deformation signal at the resonant frequency. By using this method, small piezoelectric deformation was detected. Further, influences from electrostatic force and testing equipment can be eliminated by a special calibration process. With this technique, piezoelectric constant d33 of PZT nanofibers with diameters ranging from 9 nm to 270 nm were measured. The results showed that the d33 ranged from 65 pm/V to 380 pm/V depending on diameters of nanofibers. A positive size effect was observed. Next, PZT nanofiber polarization was studied using AFM lithography method. Piezoelectric domain switching process and piezoelectric property enhancement phenomena were observed. After fully polarization, the piezoelectric constant d33 can achieve 721.4 pm/V, which was significantly higher than that of PZT bulk material (~220 pm/V), PZT thin film (~60 to 130 pm/V) and PZT micro fibers (~260 pm/V). Feature size as well as the substrate constraint showed a great influence on the polarization of these PZT nanofibers. Finally, applications of PZT nanofibers for making MEMS actuators, leaf generators, and ultrasound transducers were demonstrated. These devices showed the vast application potentials of the PZT nanofibers that have great piezoelectric property and excellent mechanical property.

  8. Oxalate co-precipitation synthesis of calcium zirconate and calcium titanate powders.

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    Hernandez-Sanchez, Bernadette A.; Tuttle, Bruce Andrew

    2009-06-01

    Fine powders of calcium zirconate (CaZrO{sub 3}, CZ) and calcium titanate (CaTiO{sub 3}, CT) were synthesized using a nonaqueous oxalate co-precipitation route from Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}4 H{sub 2}O and group(IV) n-butoxides (Ti(OBu{sup n}){sub 4} or Zr(OBu{sup n}){sub 4}). Several reaction conditions and batch sizes (2-35 g) were explored to determine their influence on final particle size, morphology, and phase. Characterization of the as-prepared oxalate precursors, oven dried oxalate precursors (60-90 C), and calcined powders (635-900 C) were analyzed with TGA/DTA, XRD, TEM, and SEM. Densification and sintering studies on pressed CZ pellets at 1375 and 1400 C were also performed. Through the developed oxalate co-precipitation route, densification temperatures for CZ were lowered by 125 C from the 1500 C firing temperature required for conventional mixed oxide powders. Low field electrical tests of the CZ pellets indicated excellent dielectric properties with dielectric constants of {approx}30 and a dissipation factor of 0.0004 were measured at 1 kHz.

  9. Improved dielectric properties of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate thin films on copper substrates.

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    Narayanan, M.; Ma, B.; Balachandran, U.; Energy Systems

    2010-01-01

    Thin films of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) were directly deposited on copper substrates by chemical solution deposition and crystallized at temperatures of {approx} 650 C under low oxygen partial pressure (pO{sub 2}) to create film-on-foil capacitor sheets. The dielectric properties of the capacitors formed have much improved dielectric properties compared to those reported previously. The key to the enhanced properties is a reduction in the time that the film is exposed to lower pO{sub 2} by employing a direct insertion strategy to crystallize the films together with the solution chemistry employed. Films exhibited well-saturated hysteresis loops with remanent polarization of {approx} 20 {micro}C/cm{sup 2}, dielectric constant of > 1100, and dielectric loss of < 0.07. Energy densities of {approx} 32 J/cm{sup 3} were obtained at a field of {approx} 1.9 MV/cm on a {approx} 1 {micro}m thick film with 250 {micro}m Pt electrodes.

  10. Develop techniques for ion implantation of PLZT (lead-lanthanum-zirconate-titanate) for adaptive optics

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    Batishko, C.R.; Brimhall, J.L.; Pawlewicz, W.T.; Stahl, K.A.; Toburen, L.H.

    1987-07-01

    Research was conducted at Pacific Northwest Laboratory to develop high photosensitivity adaptive optical elements utilizing ion implanted lanthanum-doped lead-zirconate-titanate (PLZT). One centimeter square samples were prepared by implanting ferroelectric and anti-ferroelectric PLZT with a variety of species or combinations of species. These included Ne, O, Ni, Ne/Cr, Ne/Al, Ne/Ni, Ne/O, and Ni/O, at a variety of energies and fluences. An indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode coating was designed to give a balance of high conductivity and optical transmission at near uv to near ir wavelengths. Samples were characterized for photosensitivity; implanted layer thickness, index of refraction, and density; electrode (ITO) conductivity; and in some cases, residual stress curvature. Thin film anti-ferroelectric PLZT was deposited in a preliminary experiment. The structure was amorphous with x-ray diffraction showing the beginnings of a structure at substrate temperatures of approximately 550/sup 0/C. This report summarizes the research and provides a sampling of the data taken during the report period.

  11. Develop techniques for ion implantation of (lead-lanthanum-zirconate-titanate) for adaptive optics

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    Batishko, C. R.; Brimhall, J. L.; Pawlewicz, W. T.; Stahl, K. A.; Toburen, L. H.

    1987-09-01

    Research was conducted at Pacific Northwest Laboratory to develop high photosensitivity adaptive optical elements utilizing ion implanted lanthanum-doped lead-zirconate-titanate (PLZT). One centimeter square samples were prepared by implanting ferroelectric and anti-ferroelectric PLZT with a variety of species or combinations of species. These included Ne, O, Ni, Ne/Cr, Ne/Al, Ne/Ni, Ne/O, and Ni/O, at a variety of energies and fluences. An indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode coating was designed to give a balance of high conductivity and optical transmission at near uv to near ir wavelengths. Samples were characterized for photosensitivity; implanted layer thickness, index of refraction, and density; electrode (ITO) conductivity; and in some cases, residual stress curvature. Thin film anti-ferroelectric PLZT was deposited in a preliminary experiment. The structure was amorphous with x-ray diffraction showing the beginnings of a structure at substrate temperatures of approximately 550 C. This report summarizes the research and provides a sampling of the data taken during the report period.

  12. Study of samarium modified lead zirconate titanate and nickel zinc ferrite composite system

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    Rani, Rekha; Juneja, J. K.; Singh, Sangeeta; Raina, K. K.; Prakash, Chandra

    2015-03-01

    In the present work, composites of samarium substituted lead zirconate titanate and nickel zinc ferrite with compositional formula 0.95Pb1-3x/2 SmxZr0.65Ti0.35O3-0.05Ni0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4 (x=0, 0.01, 0.02 and 0.03) were prepared by the conventional solid state route. X-ray diffraction analysis was carried out to confirm the coexistence of individual phases. Microstructural study was done by using scanning electron microscope. Dielectric constant and loss were studied as a function of temperature and frequency. To study ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the composite samples, corresponding P-E and M-H hysteresis loops were recorded. Change in magnetic properties of electrically poled composite sample (x=0.02) was studied to confirm the magnetoelectric (ME) coupling. ME coefficient (dE/dH) of the samples (x=0 and 0.02) was measured as a function of DC magnetic field.

  13. Microstrain in tetragonal lead-zirconate-titanate: the effect of pressure on the ionic displacements.

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    Frantti, J; Fujioka, Y; Zhang, J; Zhu, J; Vogel, S C; Zhao, Y

    2014-08-01

    Piezoelectric materials respond to external stimuli by adjusting atomic positions. In solid-solutions, the changes occurring in atomic scale are very complex since the short- and long-range order are different. Standard methods used in diffraction data analysis fail to model the short-range order accurately. Pressure-induced cation displacements in ferroelectric Pb(Zr(0.45)Ti(0.55))O3 perovskite oxide are modeled by starting from a short-range order. We show that the model gives the average structure correctly and properly describes the local structure. The origin of the microstrain in lead zirconate titanate is the spatially varying Zr and Ti concentration and atomic distances, which is taken into account in the simulation. High-pressure neutron powder diffraction and simulation techniques are applied for the determination of atomic positions and bond-valences as a function of pressure. Under hydrostatic pressure, the material loses its piezoelectric properties far before the transition to the cubic phase takes place. The total cation valence +6 is preserved up to 3.31 GPa by compensating the increasing B-cation valence by decreasing Pb-displacement from the high-symmetry position. At 3.31 GPa, Pb-displacement is zero and the material is no more ferroelectric. This is also the pressure at which the Pb-valence is minimized. The average structure is still tetragonal. The model for microstrain predicts that the transition occurs over a finite pressure range: Pb-displacements are spatially varying and follow the distribution of Zr and Ti ions. PMID:25173278

  14. Chemical solution deposition of ferroelectric lead lanthanum zirconate titanate films on base-metal foils.

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    Ma, B.; Kwon, D.-K.; Narayanan, M.; Balachandran, U.

    2009-01-01

    Development of electronic devices with better performance and smaller size requires the passive components to be embedded within a printed wire board (PWB). The 'film-on-foil' approach is the most viable method for embedding these components within a PWB. We have deposited high-permittivity ferroelectric lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (Pb{sub 0.92}La{sub 0.08}Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub x}, PLZT 8/52/48) films on base metal foils by chemical solution deposition. These prefabricated capacitor sheets can be embedded into PWBs for power electronic applications. To eliminate the parasitic effect caused by the formation of a low-permittivity interfacial oxide, a conductive buffer layer of lanthanum nickel oxide (LNO) was applied by chemical solution deposition on nickel foil before the deposition of PLZT. With a {approx} 0.7-{micro}m-thick ferroelectric PLZT film grown on LNO-buffered nickel foil, we measured capacitance densities of 1.5 {micro}F/cm{sup 2}, breakdown field strength E{sub b} > 1.2 MV/cm, and leakage current density of 2 x 10{sup -8}A/cm{sup 2}. The dielectric relaxation current decay obeys the Curie-von Schweidler law, with exponent n = 0.85 and 0.94 for PLZT grown directly on Ni and that grown on LNO-buffered Ni foils, respectively. When compared with samples deposited directly on Ni substrate, PLZT grown on LNO buffered Ni substrates exhibit slimmer hysteresis loop and better energy storage capability. With these desirable characters, PLZT film-on-foil capacitors hold particular promise for use in high-voltage embedded passives.

  15. Microstrain in tetragonal lead-zirconate-titanate: The effect of pressure on the ionic displacements

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    Frantti, J. Fujioka, Y.; Zhang, J.; Zhu, J.; Vogel, S. C.; Zhao, Y.

    2014-08-15

    Piezoelectric materials respond to external stimuli by adjusting atomic positions. In solid-solutions, the changes occurring in atomic scale are very complex since the short- and long-range order are different. Standard methods used in diffraction data analysis fail to model the short-range order accurately. Pressure-induced cation displacements in ferroelectric Pb(Zr{sub 0.45}Ti{sub 0.55})O{sub 3} perovskite oxide are modeled by starting from a short-range order. We show that the model gives the average structure correctly and properly describes the local structure. The origin of the microstrain in lead zirconate titanate is the spatially varying Zr and Ti concentration and atomic distances, which is taken into account in the simulation. High-pressure neutron powder diffraction and simulation techniques are applied for the determination of atomic positions and bond-valences as a function of pressure. Under hydrostatic pressure, the material loses its piezoelectric properties far before the transition to the cubic phase takes place. The total cation valence +6 is preserved up to 3.31 GPa by compensating the increasing B-cation valence by decreasing Pb-displacement from the high-symmetry position. At 3.31 GPa, Pb-displacement is zero and the material is no more ferroelectric. This is also the pressure at which the Pb-valence is minimized. The average structure is still tetragonal. The model for microstrain predicts that the transition occurs over a finite pressure range: Pb-displacements are spatially varying and follow the distribution of Zr and Ti ions.

  16. Dielectric and Ferroelectric Properties of Lead Lanthanum Zirconate Titanate Thin Films for Capacitive Energy Storage

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    Tong, Sheng

    As the increasing requirement of alternative energy with less pollution influence and higher energy efficient, new energy source and related storage methods are hot topic nowadays. Capacitors that supply high instant power are one of the keys in this application for both economic and functional design aspects. To lower the cost and increases the volumetric efficiency and reliability, relaxor thin films are considered as one of the candidates of the next generation capacitors. The research mainly focuses on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of lead lanthanum zirconate titanate or Pb1-xLax(ZryTi1-y)O3 (PLZT, x/y/1-y) relaxor thin films deposited on silicon (Si) and nickel (Ni) substrates in a range of thickness with different bottom electrodes, e.g. Platinum (Pt) and LaNiO3 (LNO). The final fabricated PLZT film capacitors will show strong potential for the energy storage application. The method adopted is the acetic acid assisted sol-gel deposition for the PLZT thin films. The wet chemical process is cost-effective and easily to scale up for plant/industrial products. We investigated the different bottom electrode/substrate influence in structure, microstructure, phases/defects, and heat-treatment conditions to achieve the optimized PLZT thin films. Issues of basic physical size effects in the PLZT thin films were also investigated, including thickness effects in the dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the films in a wide range of temperatures, the phase transition of the thin-film relaxors, lanthanum content effect, electrode-dielectric junction, misfit strain effect, etc. Based on the results and analysis, optimum PLZT film capacitors can be determined of proper substrate/electrode/dielectric that achieves the desired dielectric properties required for different applications, especially a more cost-effective method to develop volumetrically efficient capacitors with high charge density, energy density, dielectric breakdown strength, energy storage efficiency, and low dielectric loss, leakage current density.

  17. The effect of low-fluence neutron irradiation on silver-electroded lead-zirconate-titanate piezoelectric ceramics

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    Broomfield, G. H.

    1980-06-01

    The properties of several different versions of near equi-molar proportioned lead-zirconate-titanate ceramic piezoelectric plates were measured after irradiation for up to 48 h in an MTR hollow fuel element. The irradiation temperature was 180 50C and the maximum fluences 3.5 10 19 thermal and 1.4 10 19 fission neutrons/cm 2. The irradiation decreased the capacitance, increased the thickness-mode resonant frequencies and decreased the elevated temperature electromechanical coupling in all of the samples tested. The effects are considered to be due to a change in the electrode bonding and a reduction in the polarisation of the ceramic.

  18. NOVEL LEAD ZIRCONATE TITANATE COMPOSITE VIA FREEZING TECHNOLOGY FOR HIGH FREQUENCY TRANSDUCER APPLICATIONS

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    ZHU, B. P.; ZHOU, Q. F.; HU, C. H.; SHUNG, K. K.; GORZKOWSKI, E. P.; PAN, M. J.

    2011-01-01

    Novel PZT-5A ceramic-polymer composite was prepared via freezing technology. This composite exhibited good dielectric and ferroelectric behaviors. At 1 kHz, the dielectric constant and the dielectric loss were 546 and 0.046, respectively, while the remnant polarization was 13.0 ?C/cm2 at room temperature. The electromechanical coupling coefficient (kt) of PZT-5A composite was measured to be 0.54, which is similar to that of PZT piezoelectric ceramic. The piezoelectric coefficient (d33) of PZT-5A composite was determined to be ~250 pC/N. Using this composite, a 58MHz single element transducer with the bandwidth of 70% at ?6dB was built, and the insertion loss was tested to be ?29dB around the central frequency. PMID:21785672

  19. Thermally induced modifications of the optic properties of lead zirconate titanate thin films obtained on different substrates by sol-gel synthesis

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    D'Elia, Stefano; Castriota, Marco; Scaramuzza, Nicola; Versace, Carlo; Cazzanelli, Enzo; Vena, Carlo; Strangi, Giuseppe; Bartolino, Roberto; Policicchio, Alfonso; Agostino, Raffaele Giuseppe

    2008-12-15

    Lead zirconium titanate PbZr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}O{sub 3} (PZT) thin films have been obtained by sol-gel synthesis, deposited on different substrates [float glass, indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated float glass, and intrinsic silicon wafer], and later subjected to different thermal treatments. The morphologic and the structural properties of both PZT thin films and substrates have been investigated by scanning electron microscope and their composition was determined by energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis. Moreover, variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry provides relevant information on the electronic and optical properties of the samples. In particular, the optical constant dispersion of PZT deposited on ITO-coated float glasses shows a small absorption resonance in the near IR region, not observed in PZT films deposited on the other substrates, so that such absorption resonance can be explained by interfacial effects between ITO and PZT layers. This hypothesis is also supported by EDX measurements, showing an interdiffusion of lead and indium ions, across the PZT-ITO interface, that can generate a peculiar charge distribution in this region.

  20. Evaluation of PZT thin films on Ag coated Si substrates

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    Zhang, Hong-Xue; Karjalainen, Pentti; Uusimki, Antti; Leppvuori, Seppo

    1994-12-01

    Fabrication characteristics of hybrid thin film components are investigated. Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) films, thickness 10 ?m, are fabricated by using laser ablation on the Ag electrode (about 1 ?m thick) which is deposited on 200 ?m Si substrates by evaporation. Composition close to the target material is obtained in PZT films even in air and without substrate heating. Low surface energy in the Ag-Si system causes spheroidization of the Ag layer on the fresh Si substrate, but the surface can be modified by grinding and oxidization. Only some cavities exist at the interface. The interface between the Ag electrode and PZT layer is physically continuous, as revealed by electron microscopy. After annealing at 750C for 2 h, the PZT layer consists of the rhombohedral perovskite phase with a fraction of the pyrochlore phase. Detrimental interdiffusion between Pb and Si occurs during annealing if the PZT thin film is directly on the Si substrate. This is retarded by the presence of the Ag layer.

  1. Evidence of temperature dependent domain wall dynamics in hard lead zirconate titanate piezoceramics

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    Garcia, J. E.; Ochoa, D. A.; Gomis, V.; Eiras, J. A.; Prez, R.

    2012-07-01

    This work presents a study of the domain wall dynamics in Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 (PZT)-based piezoceramics by means of the temperature dependence non-linear dielectric response and hysteresis loop measurements. In soft PZT, non-linear response gradually increases as the temperature is raised. A similar response is displayed by hard PZT at low temperatures. However, rather more complex behavior is detected at temperatures above 200 K. The anomalous response, which is very marked at room temperature, becomes even greater when the electric field is increased. The non-linear dielectric response is analyzed in the framework of the Rayleigh model. The results suggest a clear change in the domain wall dynamics in hard PZT, which is not observed in soft PZT. Observation of the hysteresis loops confirms that a strong effect of domain wall pinning emerges near room temperature. The change in domain wall dynamics appears as the main cause of the dielectric response difference between both kinds of materials at room temperature.

  2. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Using PZT Bimorphs and Multilayered Stacks

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    Panda, Prasanta Kumar; Sahoo, Benudhar; Chandraiah, M.; Raghavan, Sreekumari; Manoj, Bindu; Ramakrishna, J.; Kiran, P.

    2015-11-01

    Piezoelectric materials have a unique ability to interchange electrical and mechanical energy. This property allows the absorption of mechanical energy such as ambient vibration and its transformation into electrical energy. The electrical energy generated can be used to power low-power electronic devices. In the present study, energy harvesting by lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer (ML) stacks and bimorphs is presented. The devices were fabricated by a tape casting technique and were poled at 2 kV/mm for 30 min immersed in a silicone oil bath maintained at 60°C. The energy harvesting characteristics of the fabricated devices were measured in a suitably assembled test setup. The output voltage obtained from the PZT bimorphs and ML stacks was 450 mV and 125 mV, respectively. The higher output voltage from the bimorph is due to its low capacitance.

  3. Properties of Sr- and Sb-doped PZT-Portland cement composites

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    Chaipanich, A.; Rujijanagul, G.; Tunkasiri, T.

    2009-02-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic-cement-based composites have increasingly been recognized as an attractive new composite material for use as a sensor in structural applications. In this work, PZT was doped with Sr and Sb (PSZT) to give it greater dielectric constant ( ? r) and higher piezoelectric coefficient ( d 33) values than normal PZT and is the first time that it is mixed with normal Portland cement to produce a 0-3 connectivity PSZT-Portland cement composite using PSZT contents of 50% and 70% by volume. Scanning electron micrographs show PSZT ceramic particles closely surrounded by the hydrated cement matrix where a dense microstructure can be observed in the interfacial zone. Both the ? r and d 33 values were found to increase with PSZT content and the values are amongst the highest so far for these types of composites, where the ? r and d 33 values reached 590 and 48 pC/N, respectively.

  4. Temperature Dependent Mechanical Property of PZT Film: An Investigation by Nanoindentation

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    Li, Yingwei; Feng, Shangming; Wu, Wenping; Li, Faxin

    2015-01-01

    Load-depth curves of an unpoled Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) film composite as a function of temperature were measured by nanoindentation technique. Its reduce modulus and hardness were calculated by the typical Oliver-Pharr method. Then the true modulus and hardness of the PZT film were assessed by decoupling the influence of substrate using methods proposed by Zhou et al. and Korsunsky et al., respectively. Results show that the indentation depth and modulus increase, but the hardness decreases at elevated temperature. The increasing of indentation depth and the decreasing of hardness are thought to be caused by the decreasing of the critical stress needed to excite dislocation initiation at high temperature. The increasing of true modulus is attributed to the reducing of recoverable indentation depth induced by back-switched domains. The influence of residual stress on the indentation behavior of PZT film composite was also investigated by measuring its load-depth curves with pre-load strains. PMID:25768957

  5. Temperature dependent mechanical property of PZT film: an investigation by nanoindentation.

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    Li, Yingwei; Feng, Shangming; Wu, Wenping; Li, Faxin

    2015-01-01

    Load-depth curves of an unpoled Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) film composite as a function of temperature were measured by nanoindentation technique. Its reduce modulus and hardness were calculated by the typical Oliver-Pharr method. Then the true modulus and hardness of the PZT film were assessed by decoupling the influence of substrate using methods proposed by Zhou et al. and Korsunsky et al., respectively. Results show that the indentation depth and modulus increase, but the hardness decreases at elevated temperature. The increasing of indentation depth and the decreasing of hardness are thought to be caused by the decreasing of the critical stress needed to excite dislocation initiation at high temperature. The increasing of true modulus is attributed to the reducing of recoverable indentation depth induced by back-switched domains. The influence of residual stress on the indentation behavior of PZT film composite was also investigated by measuring its load-depth curves with pre-load strains. PMID:25768957

  6. Domain pinning near a single-grain boundary in tetragonal and rhombohedral lead zirconate titanate films

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    Marincel, D. M.; Zhang, H. R.; Britson, J.; Belianinov, A.; Jesse, S.; Kalinin, S. V.; Chen, L. Q.; Rainforth, W. M.; Reaney, I. M.; Randall, C. A.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.

    2015-04-01

    The interaction of grain boundaries with ferroelectric domain walls strongly influences the extrinsic contribution to piezoelectric activity in Pb Zr1 -x,TixO3 (PZT), ubiquitous in modern transducers and actuators. However, the fundamental understanding of these phenomena has been limited by complex mechanisms originating from the interplay of atomic-level domain wall pinning, collective domain wall dynamics, and emergent mesoscopic behavior. This contribution utilizes engineered grain boundaries created by depositing epitaxial PZT films with various Zr:Ti ratios onto 24 tilt SrTi O3 bicrystals. The nonlinear piezoelectric response and surface domain structure across the boundary are investigated using piezoresponse force microscopy while the cross-sectional domain structure is studied using transmission electron microscopy. The grain boundary reduces domain wall motion over a width of 800 70 nm for PZT 45:55 and 450 30 nm for PZT 52:48. Phase field modeling provides an understanding of the elastic and electric fields associated with the grain boundary and local domain configurations. This study demonstrates that complex mesoscopic behaviors can be explored to complement atomic-level pictures of the material system.

  7. Grain growth kinetics and electrical properties of lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate (9/65/35) based ferroelectric ceramics

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    Roca, R. Alvarez; Guerrero, F.; Botero, E. R.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Guerra, J. D. S.

    2009-01-01

    The influence of the microstructural characteristics on the dielectric and electrical properties has been investigated for Nd{sup 3+} doped lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics, obtained by the conventional solid-state reaction method, by taking into account different sintering conditions. The grain growth mechanism has been investigated and a cubic-type grain growth law was observed for samples with grain size varying from 1.00 up to 2.35 {mu}m. The porosity and grain size dependences of the phase transition parameters, such as the maximum dielectric permittivity and its corresponding temperature ({epsilon}{sub m} and T{sub m}, respectively) were also investigated. The ac conductivity analyses followed the universal Jonscher law. The behavior of the frequency exponent (s) was analyzed through the correlated barrier hopping model. Both ac and dc conductivity results have been correlated with the observed microstructural features.

  8. Nd3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ferroelectric ceramic as a laser material: Energy transfer and stimulated emission

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    de Camargo, A. S. S.; Botero, . R.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Nunes, L. A. O.

    2005-04-01

    An investigation of the spectroscopic characteristics of high optical quality Nd3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ferroelectric ceramics was done to evaluate its potentiality as a near-infrared laser active host. Nonradiative losses that could compromise laser action were quantified in terms of the Judd-Ofelt theory, the Dexter model for ion-ion energy transfer and by measuring excited state absorptions. It was verified that under low power 0.8?m diode pumping, ion-ion energy transfers are negligible and the system presents ? =0.87. Stimulated emission was observed at 1.06?m (?SE=3.510-20cm2) with no influence of ESA transitions.

  9. Thermal lens and Auger upconversion losses' effect on the efficiency of Nd3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ceramics

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    de Camargo, Andrea S. S.; Jacinto, Carlos; Catunda, Tomaz; Nunes, Luiz Antonio De O.; Garcia, Ducinei; Eiras, Jos Antonio

    2006-10-01

    A thorough investigation of optical losses for the 1064nm emission in Nd3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) transparent ceramics is presented. Thermal lens experiments were carried out to evaluate thermo-optical properties and the fluorescence quantum efficiency of the emitting level 4F3/2. Excited-state absorption losses were measured in the emitting wavelength region, and the Auger upconversion energy transfer parameter ? was calculated. By using ?, the pump-intensity dependence of the optical gain at 1064nm, the fluorescence quantum efficiency, and the generation of heat in the ceramic were simulated for a high 803nm pump-power regime. Since the radiative and nonradiative losses in Nd:PLZT were verified to be considerably lower than in various commercial laser crystals and glasses, it is suggested that this material might become an interesting alternative for high-power laser emission.

  10. Grain growth kinetics and electrical properties of lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate (9/65/35) based ferroelectric ceramics

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    Roca, R. Alvarez; Botero, E. R.; Guerrero, F.; Guerra, J. D. S.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.

    2009-01-01

    The influence of the microstructural characteristics on the dielectric and electrical properties has been investigated for Nd3+ doped lanthanum modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics, obtained by the conventional solid-state reaction method, by taking into account different sintering conditions. The grain growth mechanism has been investigated and a cubic-type grain growth law was observed for samples with grain size varying from 1.00 up to 2.35 ?m. The porosity and grain size dependences of the phase transition parameters, such as the maximum dielectric permittivity and its corresponding temperature (?m and Tm, respectively) were also investigated. The ac conductivity analyses followed the universal Jonscher law. The behavior of the frequency exponent (s) was analyzed through the correlated barrier hopping model. Both ac and dc conductivity results have been correlated with the observed microstructural features.

  11. Electrical field dependence of thermo-optical parameters in transparent lead lanthanum zirconated titanate ceramic: Thermal lens measurements

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    Falcao, E. A.; Eiras, J. A.; Garcia, D.; Pereira, J. R. D.; Santos, I. A.; Rohling, J. H.; Medina, A. N.; Baesso, M. L.

    2011-12-01

    In this work, thermal lens spectroscopy was used to analyze the thermo-optical properties of the transparent ceramic lead lanthanum zirconated titanate or PLZT 10/65/35 as a function of the external electric field, from 0 to 1200 kV/m. The results show that when increasing the electrical field in the sample, the temperature coefficient of optical path length presented parallel and perpendicular components. For the parallel component, the electrical field makes this parameter alternate from positive to negative and from negative to positive and so on. This behavior as a function of an external electric field may be useful in the development of electro-optical devices with this transparent ceramic.

  12. Modified Johnson model for ferroelectric lead lanthanum zirconate titanate at very high fields and below Curie temperature.

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    Narayanan, M.; Tong, S.; Ma, B.; Liu, S.; Balachandran, U.

    2012-01-01

    A modified Johnson model is proposed to describe the nonlinear field dependence of the dielectric constant ({var_epsilon}-E loop) in ferroelectric materials below the Curie temperature. This model describes the characteristic ferroelectric 'butterfly' shape observed in typical {var_epsilon}-E loops. The predicted nonlinear behavior agreed well with the measured values in both the low- and high-field regions for lead lanthanum zirconate titanate films. The proposed model was also validated at different temperatures below the ferroelectric-to-paraelectric Curie point. The anharmonic coefficient in the model decreased from 6.142 x 10{sup -19} cm{sup 2}/V{sup 2} to 2.039 x 10{sup -19} cm{sup 2}/V{sup 2} when the temperature increased from 25 C to 250 C.

  13. Deformation in lead zirconate titanate ceramics under large signal electric field loading measured by digital image correlation.

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    Chen, Di; Kamlah, Marc

    2015-11-01

    Digital image correlation, a noncontact and nondestructive method, was employed to monitor the deformation of lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramics. This method is based on imaging a speckle pattern on the specimen surface during the test and subsequently correlating each image of the deformed pattern to that in the reference state. In our work, both longitudinal and transverse strains were calculated from imaging a bulk sample under a 2 kV/mm electric field. Compared with linear variable displacement transducer data, the results from this correlation method were validated. At the same time, based on this optical technique, different strain-electric field butterfly loops can be drawn from correspondingly selected regions of interest. Combined with contour plots of strain on the surface of the sample, the deformation of bulk ceramic sample under uniaxial electric field loading without any mechanical constraints is proven to be highly homogenous under macro-observing scale. PMID:26628144

  14. Deformation in lead zirconate titanate ceramics under large signal electric field loading measured by digital image correlation

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    Chen, Di; Kamlah, Marc

    2015-11-01

    Digital image correlation, a noncontact and nondestructive method, was employed to monitor the deformation of lead zirconate titanate piezoelectric ceramics. This method is based on imaging a speckle pattern on the specimen surface during the test and subsequently correlating each image of the deformed pattern to that in the reference state. In our work, both longitudinal and transverse strains were calculated from imaging a bulk sample under a ±2 kV/mm electric field. Compared with linear variable displacement transducer data, the results from this correlation method were validated. At the same time, based on this optical technique, different strain-electric field butterfly loops can be drawn from correspondingly selected regions of interest. Combined with contour plots of strain on the surface of the sample, the deformation of bulk ceramic sample under uniaxial electric field loading without any mechanical constraints is proven to be highly homogenous under macro-observing scale.

  15. Ultrasonic Imaging for Poling Uniformity Measurements in PZT Ceramic Elements

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    Jamieson, E.E.

    2000-03-14

    This report summarizes the results of a project sponsored by Honeywell Corporation (formerly AlliedSignal Inc.) Federal Manufacturing and Technologies/Kansas City (FM and T/KC) and conducted jointly with the University of Missouri, Rolla, titled ''Ultrasonic Imaging for Poling Uniformity Measurements in PZT Ceramic Elements.'' In this three-month research project, a series of experiments was performed on soft and hard lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) structures to determine the effectiveness of ultrasonic measurements as a nondestructive method of evaluating poling quality and uniformity. The study revealed that acoustic velocity correlates well with the degree of poling of PZT structures, as predicted by elastic theory. Additionally, time-of-flight (TOF) imaging was shown to be an ideal tool for viewing the spatial distribution of poled material and of material affected by the electric field beyond the edge of electroded regions. Finally, the effectiveness of ultrasonic methods for flaw detection and evaluation of PZT/stainless steel bonds was also demonstrated.

  16. Microfabrication of PZT force sensors for minimally invasive surgical tools

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    Ezhilvalavan, S.; Zhang, Zaoli; Loh, Jeremy; Ying, Jackie Y.

    2006-04-01

    Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is the most exciting and rapidly developing area where force sensing is actually of central importance. Micromachined piezoelectric sensors can be integrated onto MIS tools for improved diagnosis and treatment monitoring. A micro-machined freestanding lead zirconate titanate (PZT) force sensor is fabricated using five masks process incorporating deep reactive ion, ion beam and wet-chemical etching techniques. The PZT sensor is designed as a parallel plate capacitor structure in which the sol-gel prepared 1-µm thick PZT film is sandwiched between top (Au/Cr) and bottom (Pt/Ti) metal electrodes mounted on a thin Si membrane. This paper also describes a new wet chemical approach for patterning PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 films. The etch recipe provided excellent etch control, minimized undercut, preserved the photoresist mask, and effectively removed the residues on the etched surfaces. A high etch rate (200 nm/min), high selectivity with respect to photoresist, and limited under-cutting (1.5:1, lateral : thickness) were obtained. The fabricated force sensor exhibited good ferroelectric properties. The current fabrication procedure and electrical analysis can be considered as a breakthrough for fabricating freestanding PZT force sensor in any desired shape and dimensions, as well as a good example of ferroelectric microdevices.

  17. Stress-optic modulator in TriPleX platform using a ezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin film.

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    Hosseini, Naser; Dekker, Ronald; Hoekman, Marcel; Dekkers, Matthijn; Bos, Jan; Leinse, Arne; Heideman, Rene

    2015-06-01

    We will demonstrate a stress-optic phase modulator in the passive SiN-based TriPleX platform using a layer of piezoelectric material. Regarding the stress-optic effect, the piezoelectric layer deposited on top of an optical waveguide is employed to control the phase of propagating light in the structure by applying an electrical field across the layer. In this work, it is demonstrated that the stress-optic effect lowers the power consumption by a factor of one million for quasi-DC operation and increases the modulation speed by three orders of magnitude, compared to currently used thermo-optic modulation in the TriPleX platform. PMID:26072771

  18. Polar-axis-oriented crystal growth of tetragonal PZT films on stainless steel substrate using pseudo-perovskite nanosheet buffer layer

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    Minemura, Yoshiki; Ichinose, Daichi; Nagasaka, Kohei; Kim, Jin Woon; Shima, Hiromi; Nishida, Ken; Kiguchi, Takanori; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Oshima, Naoya; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Uchida, Hiroshi

    2015-07-01

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) film with polar axis orientation was grown on a SUS 316L stainless steel substrate with the help of a Ca2Nb3O10 nanosheet (ns-CN) layer that had a pseudo-perovskite-type crystal structure. The ns-CN buffer layer was supported on a platinized SUS 316L (Pt/SUS) substrate, followed by chemical solution deposition (CSD) of the PZT films with tetragonal symmetry (Zr/Ti =40/60). The PZT films consisting of c-domain, with [001]-axis orientation of the perovskite unit cell, were deposited on the ns-CN/Pt/SUS substrate owing to (i) epitaxial lattice matching between the unit cell of PZT and substrate surface and (ii) in-plane thermal stress applied to the PZT film during cooling-down step of CSD procedure. The c-domain-oriented PZT film on ns-CN/Pt/SUS substrate exhibited enhanced remanent polarization of approximately 52 μC/cm2 and lowered dielectric permittivity of approximately 230, which are superior to those of conventional PZT films with random crystal orientation and comparable to those of epitaxial PZT films grown on (100)SrRuO3//(100)SrTiO3 substrates.

  19. Influence of crystal phase and transparent substrates on electro-optic properties of lead zirconate titanate films

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    Zhu, M. M.; Du, Z. H.; Ma, J.

    2010-12-01

    Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3}[x=0.52, PZT(52) near morphotropic phase boundary], tetragonal PZT(65), and rhombohedral PZT(20) thin films have been fabricated on different transparent substrates by radio frequency sputtering. The optical studies show that the band gap energies and refractive indices of the PZT thin films are crystal phase dependent. The largest electro-optic (EO) coefficient of 219.6 pm/V has been achieved by controlling the crystal phase of the PZT thin films. The linear EO coefficients of PZT(52) films on the (Pb{sub 0.86}La{sub 0.14})TiO{sub 3}-coated glass, indium tin oxides, and MgO substrates are also studied. Such study could contribute to the crystal phase and substrate dependent PZT films for electro-optic devices and multifunctional integrated circuits.

  20. PZT Thin Film Piezoelectric Traveling Wave Motor

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    Shen, Dexin; Zhang, Baoan; Yang, Genqing; Jiao, Jiwei; Lu, Jianguo; Wang, Weiyuan

    1995-01-01

    With the development of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), its various applications are attracting more and more attention. Among MEMS, micro motors, electrostatic and electromagnetic, are the typical and important ones. As an alternative approach, the piezoelectric traveling wave micro motor, based on thin film material and integrated circuit technologies, circumvents many of the drawbacks of the above mentioned two types of motors and displays distinct advantages. In this paper we report on a lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) piezoelectric thin film traveling wave motor. The PZT film with a thickness of 150 micrometers and a diameter of 8 mm was first deposited onto a metal substrate as the stator material. Then, eight sections were patterned to form the stator electrodes. The rotor had an 8 kHz frequency power supply. The rotation speed of the motor is 100 rpm. The relationship of the friction between the stator and the rotor and the structure of the rotor on rotation were also studied.

  1. Preparation and Characterization of PZT Wafers

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    Seal, A.; Rao, B. S. S. Chandra; Kamath, S. V.; Sen, A.; Maiti, H. S.

    2008-07-01

    Piezoelectric materials have recently attracted a lot of attention for ultrasonic structural health monitoring (shm) in aerospace, defence and civilian sectors, where they can act as both actuators and sensors. Incidentally, piezoelectric materials in the form of wafers (pwas-piezoelectric wafer active sensor, approx. 5-10 mm square and 0.2-0.3 mm thickness) are inexpensive, non intrusive and non-resonant wide band devices that can be surface-mounted on existing structures, inserted between the layers of lap joints or embedded inside composite materials. The material of choice for piezoelectric wafers is lead zirconate titanate (PZT) of composition close to morphotropic phase boundary [pb(zr0.52 ti0.48)o3]. However, an excess pbo is normally added to pzt as a densification aid and also to make up for the lead loss during high temperature sintering. Hence, it is of paramount importance to know how the shift of the lead content from the morphotropic composition affects the piezoelectric and mechanical properties of the sintered wafers, keeping in view the importance of mechanical properties of wafers in shm. In the present study, we observed that with the increase in the lead content of the sintered wafers, the dielectric and piezoelectric constants decreased. However, the elastic modulus, hardness and fracture toughness of the wafers increased with increasing lead content in the composition. Hence, the lead content in the sintered wafers should be optimized to get acceptable piezoelectric and mechanical

  2. Residual stress relief due to fatigue in tetragonal lead zirconate titanate ceramics

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    Hall, D. A.; Mori, T.; Comyn, T. P.; Ringgaard, E.; Wright, J. P.

    2013-07-14

    High energy synchrotron XRD was employed to determine the lattice strain {epsilon}{l_brace}111{r_brace}and diffraction peak intensity ratio R{l_brace}200{r_brace}in tetragonal PZT ceramics, both in the virgin poled state and after a bipolar fatigue experiment. It was shown that the occurrence of microstructural damage during fatigue was accompanied by a reduction in the gradient of the {epsilon}{l_brace}111{r_brace}-cos{sup 2} {psi} plot, indicating a reduction in the level of residual stress due to poling. In contrast, the fraction of oriented 90 Degree-Sign ferroelectric domains, quantified in terms of R{l_brace}200{r_brace}, was not affected significantly by fatigue. The change in residual stress due to fatigue is interpreted in terms of a change in the average elastic stiffness of the polycrystalline matrix due to the presence of inter-granular microcracks.

  3. Bolted joint looseness damage detection using electromechanical impedance measurements by PZT sensors

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    Chen, Mengqi; Xu, Bin

    2012-04-01

    Bolted joints are of great importance in steel structures. Any levels of looseness or even failure in the bolted joints if not earlier be found in time, will continuously change the connection strength and stiffness, causing cumulative damage to the structure, or even resulting in a sudden structural failure. Thus, it is crucial to develop efficient detection approach for early looseness in bolted joint. In particular, electro-mechanical impedance (EMI)-based damage detection technique which uses smart piezoelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) patches has emerged as a potential tool for local damage detection of engineering structures. This paper presents a feasibility study on the application of an EMI-based bolted joint looseness detection with PZT patches. One steel specimen and an aluminum specimen were designed and the bolt looseness damage was introduced by loosening some connection bolts. Impedance measurement for each PZT sensor on the two sides of bolted joint with different distances from the loosened bolts was carried out on. A quantitative identification method based on a statistical damage index, the root mean square deviation (RMSD) of the EMI over different frequency bands, was proposed to assess the presence of damage. Results showed the RMSD can detect the existence of looseness damage and the sensitivity of the PZT sensors are investigated for the bolted joint structure. Also, the sensitive region of the PZT patches in different frequency ranges for both specimens were discussed. The proposed approaches have great potential to be applied in practice for the looseness detection in bolted joints.

  4. Bolted joint looseness damage detection using electromechanical impedance measurements by PZT sensors

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    Chen, Mengqi; Xu, Bin

    2011-11-01

    Bolted joints are of great importance in steel structures. Any levels of looseness or even failure in the bolted joints if not earlier be found in time, will continuously change the connection strength and stiffness, causing cumulative damage to the structure, or even resulting in a sudden structural failure. Thus, it is crucial to develop efficient detection approach for early looseness in bolted joint. In particular, electro-mechanical impedance (EMI)-based damage detection technique which uses smart piezoelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) patches has emerged as a potential tool for local damage detection of engineering structures. This paper presents a feasibility study on the application of an EMI-based bolted joint looseness detection with PZT patches. One steel specimen and an aluminum specimen were designed and the bolt looseness damage was introduced by loosening some connection bolts. Impedance measurement for each PZT sensor on the two sides of bolted joint with different distances from the loosened bolts was carried out on. A quantitative identification method based on a statistical damage index, the root mean square deviation (RMSD) of the EMI over different frequency bands, was proposed to assess the presence of damage. Results showed the RMSD can detect the existence of looseness damage and the sensitivity of the PZT sensors are investigated for the bolted joint structure. Also, the sensitive region of the PZT patches in different frequency ranges for both specimens were discussed. The proposed approaches have great potential to be applied in practice for the looseness detection in bolted joints.

  5. Depolarization and Electrical Response of Porous PZT 95/5 Ferroelectric Ceramics under Shock Wave Compression

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    Wang, Zhi-Zhu; Jiang, Yi-Xuan; Zhang, Pan; Wang, Xing-Zhe; He, Hong-Liang

    2014-07-01

    The release of bound charges by shock wave loading of poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT 95/5) ferroelectric ceramics can result in a high-power electrical energy output. In this study, a theoretical formulation describing the depolarization and electrical response of porous PZT 95/5 ceramics in the normal mode to shock wave compression loading perpendicular to the polarization direction is developed. The depoling process in porous poled PZT 95/5 ceramics is analyzed by using a parallel circuit consisting of a current source, capacitance, conductance and a circuit load. This modeling takes the effects of porosity on wave velocity and remanent polarization and dielectric constant into account, and the effects of variations in dielectric constant and conductivity in the shocked region are assessed. The output current characteristics of porous PZT 95/5 ceramics under short-circuit and resistive load conditions are analyzed and compared with the experiment, with the results showing that theoretical predictions taking into consideration the porosity of ferroelectric ceramics are in close agreement with the experimentally measured electrical response of porous PZT 95/5 under shock wave compression loading.

  6. Processing and characterization of piezoelectric 0-3 PZT/LCT/PA composites

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    Babu, I.; van den Ende, D. A.; de With, G.

    2010-10-01

    PZT/LCT/PA (lead zirconate titanate Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3/Liquid crystalline thermosets/polyamide) composites of 0-3 connectivity were fabricated by hot-pressing. Commercially available PZT powder was calcined at different temperatures for the optimization of the composite properties. The phase transition during calcination of the powder was studied by x-ray diffraction and the particle size by light scattering and scanning electron microscopy. The relative permittivity ?r, piezoelectric charge constant d33, conductivity ? and elastic modulus E of the composites were found to increase with increasing ceramic volume fraction phiv. The obtained d33 and g33 values of this newly developed PZT/LCT/PA composite with 50 vol% PZT using a low poling voltage of 60 kV cm-1 and poling time of 30 min are 42 pC N-1 and 65 mV m N-1, respectively, which are high values for this volume fraction in comparison with the other 0-3 composites reported. Good agreement was found between the experimental data of relative permittivity and piezoelectric constants with several theoretical models (Jayasundere, Yamada and Lichtenecker) of 0-3 composites. In order to assess the correlation of the experimental data with the theoretical models, the experimental data obtained from PZT/PA composites were also included.

  7. Application of reusable PZT sensors for monitoring initial hydration of concrete

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    Sabet Divsholi, Bahador; Yang, Yaowen

    2009-03-01

    To increase the efficiency of in-situ casting or precast of concrete, determining the optimal time of demolding is very important for concrete suppliers. In the first few hours after mixing, the fresh concrete gradually achieves solid properties with reasonable compressive strength. Due to different type and amount of cementitious materials, concrete additives (e.g. retarders) and curing temperature, different rates of hardening are expected. In addition, some other factors like the quality of the cementitious materials further increase the uncertainty in determining appropriate time for demolding of concrete. Electro-mechanical impedance (EMI) based lead zirconate titanate (PZT) sensors have been used for damage detection and structural identification for various engineering structures. In this work, a reusable PZT sensor for monitoring initial hydration of concrete is developed, where a piece of PZT is bonded to a piece of metal with two bolts tightened inside of the holes drilled in the metal. An impedance analyzer is used to acquire the signature of this reusable sensor. During the concrete casting, the bolts and the bottom surface of the metal is set to penetrate part of the fresh concrete. At different stages of the first 48 hours after casting, the PZT signatures are acquired. A statistical analysis technique is employed to associate the change in concrete strength with the changes in the PZT admittance signatures. The results show that the developed sensor is able to effectively monitor the initial hydration of concrete, and can be detached from the concrete for future use.

  8. A Reusable PZT Transducer for Monitoring Initial Hydration and Structural Health of Concrete

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    Yang, Yaowen; Divsholi, Bahador Sabet; Soh, Chee Kiong

    2010-01-01

    During the construction of a concrete structure, strength monitoring is important to ensure the safety of both personnel and the structure. Furthermore, to increase the efficiency of in situ casting or precast of concrete, determining the optimal time of demolding is important for concrete suppliers. Surface bonded lead zirconate titanate (PZT) transducers have been used for damage detection and parameter identification for various engineering structures over the last two decades. In this work, a reusable PZT transducer setup for monitoring initial hydration of concrete and structural health is developed, where a piece of PZT is bonded to an enclosure with two bolts tightened inside the holes drilled in the enclosure. An impedance analyzer is used to acquire the admittance signatures of the PZT. Root mean square deviation (RMSD) is employed to associate the change in concrete strength with changes in the PZT admittance signatures. The results show that the reusable setup is able to effectively monitor the initial hydration of concrete and the structural health. It can also be detached from the concrete for future re-use. PMID:22399929

  9. High-field dielectric and piezoelectric performance of soft lead zirconate titanate piezoceramics under combined electromechanical loading

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    Zhou, Dayu; Kamlah, Marc

    2004-12-01

    Piezoelectric actuators normally have complicated structures and work under severe loading conditions, e.g., high driving electric field and significant compressive preload. This study is focused on the experimental investigation of the electromechanical properties of a commercial soft lead zirconate titanate material under loading conditions simulating the in-service environment of high-strain actuators. The polarization and strain responses were first measured under a constant-stress preload. A significant enhancement of the dielectric and piezoelectric performance is observed within a small prestress range. At much higher preload levels, the predominant mechanical depolarization effect makes the material exhibits hardly any piezoeffect. In the other two series of tests, the specimen was subjected to cyclic mechanical load with different mean stresses and amplitudes. When the stress is applied in-phase with electrical loading, the polarization and strain outputs are found to monotonically decrease with an increase in stress amplitude, until mechanical loading completely impedes the piezoelectric response. An inverse effect occurs for the out-of-phase electromechanical loading tests, in which the polarization and strain outputs increase with increasing stress amplitude. In general, the enhanced polarization and strain responses are accompanied by an unfavorable increased hysteresis and, consequently, increased energy loss. An attempt has been made to explain the experimental findings by simultaneously taking into account the effects of dielectric response, elastic deformation, irreversible domain switching, and piezoeffects.

  10. Characterizing reliability of multilayer PZT actuators

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    Hooker, S. A.

    2006-03-01

    Many new applications are emerging for piezoelectric ceramics including adaptive structures, active-flow-control devices, and vibration and noise suppression systems. Additionally, there are opportunities to use these devices in the biomedical field for miniature pumps, ultrasonic surgical tools, micro-needle arrays, and nanorobotics. In each of these instances, actuator stability is critical, representing a significant challenge for piezoelectric ceramic materials. In particular, the properties of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) have been found to degrade, often significantly, during continuous operation due to a combination of domain pinning, relaxation of interfacial stress, and, in the worst cases, micro-crack formation. This degradation, referred to as actuator fatigue, can be even more pronounced when high voltages are used to achieve maximum displacement or more complex actuator designs are required. For example, multilayer actuators, such as co-fired stacks, are important for many emerging applications and are now being produced with very small physical dimensions, lowering power requirements. However, multilayer components may be highly susceptible to long-term fatigue due to the large number of interfaces involved in their configuration. In this work, we report a method for rapidly characterizing the reliability of multilayer PZT actuators by monitoring degradation in switching polarization over time. To verify this approach, a series of miniature (3 mm x 3 mm x 2 mm) multilayer actuators were characterized over 1 million cumulative cycles. These actuators were produced commercially from soft PZT materials, and the sintering temperature was varied to tailor the ceramic microstructure and performance characteristics. Evaluation of cyclic polarization degradation was found to be an effective method for illuminating differences among the different actuators tested, as well as serving to predict their long-term resistance to fatigue.

  11. Ferroelectric/Ferroelastic domain wall motion in dense and porous tetragonal lead zirconate titanate films.

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    Johnson-Wilke, Raegan L; Wilke, Rudeger H T; Wallace, Margeaux; Rajashekhar, Adarsh; Esteves, Giovanni; Merritt, Zachary; Jones, Jacob L; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2015-01-01

    Direct evidence of ferroelectric/ferroelastic domain reorientation is shown in Pb(Zr0.30Ti0.70)O3 (PZT30/70) thin films clamped to a rigid silicon substrate using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction during application of electric fields. Both dense films and films with 3 to 4 vol% porosity were measured. On application of electric fields exceeding the coercive field, it is shown that the porous films exhibit a greater volume fraction of ferroelastic domain reorientation (approximately 12 vol% of domains reorient at 3 times the coercive field, Ec) relative to the dense films (~3.5 vol% at 3Ec). Furthermore, the volume fraction of domain reorientation significantly exceeded that predicted by linear mixing rules. The high response of domain reorientation in porous films is discussed in the context of two mechanisms: local enhancement of the electric field near the pores and a reduction of substrate clamping resulting from the lowering of the film stiffness as a result of the porosity. Similar measurements during weak-field (subcoercive) amplitudes showed 0.6% volume fraction of domains reoriented for the porous films, which demonstrates that extrinsic effects contribute to the dielectric and piezoelectric properties. PMID:25585389

  12. Phase field simulation of domain switching dynamics in multiaxial lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Britson, Jason

    The defining characteristic of ferroelectric materials is their ability to be switched between energetically equivalent polarization states. This behavior has led to an interest in ferroelectrics for a wide range of bulk and thin film applications such as mechanical actuators and ferroelectric random access memory devices. Ferroelectric switching depends on domain wall motion, however, and is critically influenced by the existence of defects such as dislocations and preexisting domains. Domain wall motion in thin film applications can be controlled by individual local defects due to the reduced length scale of the system. This dissertation describes the impact of preexisting ferroelastic domains and misfits dislocations in coherent (001)-oriented Pb(Zr0.2,Ti0.8)O3 (PZT) thin films on the switching response and domain structure. A phase field model based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory that accounts for the electrostatic and mechanical interactions is used to describe domain structures in ferroelectric PZT thin films. To solve the governing equations a semi-implicit Fourier-Spectral scheme is developed that accommodates boundary conditions appropriate to the thin film geometry. Errors are reduced in the solutions at the film edges through extensions to the model developed to correct the Fourier transform around stationary discontinuities at the thin film edges. This correction is shown to result in increased accuracy of the phase field model needed to appropriately describe dynamic switching responses in the thin film. Investigation of switching around preexisting ferroelastic domains showed these defects are strong obstacles to switching in PZT thin films. Directly above the ferroelastic domain the magnitude of the required nucleation bias underneath a tip-like electrode was found to be elevated compared to the required bias far from the domain. Locally both the piezoelectric and dielectric responses of the thin film were found to be suppressed, which is in agreement with previously reported experimental results. Modeling results also showed that built in electric fields and long range strains around the ferroelastic domains were responsible for the observed property changes. During switching embedded ferroelastic domains were shown to arrest 180° ferroelectric switching by forming partially stabilized charged 90° domain walls in which the local bound charge was accommodated by substantial broadening of the domain wall. This led to the charged interface remaining stable over a modest range of applied biases and necessitated a larger switching bias than required far from the ferroelastic domain. This result may explain previously observed experimental difficulty poling PZT thin films around ferroelastic domain structures. Ferroelastic domains were then modeled around misfit dislocations in coherent thin films to better quantify interactions between two common types of elastic defects. Isolated misfit dislocations relieving compressive strain in the thin film were found to locally stabilize ferroelastic domains due to the creation of in-plane tensile stresses around the dislocations. Ferroelastic domains in thinner films extended completely to the free surface of the thin film, while in films with larger thicknesses only small, wedge-shaped domains were observed. The transition between the two domain structures with film thickness is shown to be well reproduced with transmission electron microscopy results. Calculations of the total free energy and its derivatives in the system show the transition has the characteristics of a first order transition at the critical thickness. These results show how dislocations may stabilize the wide range of observed domain structures based on the local stress environment around the dislocation. Dynamic responses of ferroelastic domains around dislocations were found to be reduced through elastic interactions. Inclusions of dislocations near the substrate interface reduced both the real part of the dielectric response and the loss tangent, indicating misfit dislocations are strong pinning centers in thin films. A method to separate the domain wall and lattice contributions to the total response is proposed and used to show that the reduction in response is due to decreases in the domain wall mobility around the dislocations caused by the local nonuniform stress state. This provides insight into the causes of reduced responses in ferroelectric thin films that is then used to demonstrate a film geometry that maximizes the local dielectric response in the system. This work provides insight into switching in ferroelectric thin films around specific common elastic defects and provides a basis for investigating the impact of other classes of defects that are difficult to isolate and study experimentally. For instance, point defects such as oxygen vacancies around moving domain walls could be more easily studied with phase field models. Further, phase field modeling creates a method to quantitatively rank the impact of various defect types on ferroelectric switching. By studying common defects, efforts to produce high quality devices by minimizing defect concentration can be focused on eliminating the most critical defects.

  13. Ferroelectric domain switching of individual nanoscale grains in polycrystalline lead zirconate titanate thin films

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    Jing, Yuanyuan

    2011-12-01

    This thesis will focus on the switching behavior of nanoscale ferroelectric domains in polycrystalline thin films. Ferroelectrics are a class of dielectric materials that demonstrate spontaneous polarizations under zero applied electric field. A region with the same polarization is called a ferroelectric domain. One important attribute of ferroelectrics is the domain switching from one thermodynamically stable state to another by application of an external electric field. Ferroelectric domain switching has been intensively investigated in epitaxial thin films. However, little is known about the domain switching in polycrystalline thin films. The main reason is that each grain is differently orientated and each is in a unique local stress and electric field determined by neighboring grains. To understand and deterministically control the nanoscale domain switching in polycrystalline thin films, it's critical to experimentally identify the effect of local microstructure (grain orientation and grain boundary misorientation) on the individual grain switching behavior. In this thesis, the effect of local microstructure on domain switching has been quantitatively analyzed in a 100 nm thick polycrystalline PbZr 0.2Ti0.8O3 thin film. The ferroelectric domains are characterized by Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM), with their switching behavior analyzed by Polarization Difference Maps (PDMs, an analytical technique developed in this work). The local microstructure is determined by Electron Back Scattering Diffraction (EBSD). The results are discussed in chapter 3 to 6. Chapter 3 introduces the PDMs technique that enables the rapid identification of 0o, 90o switching and 180o switching in polycrystalline thin films. By assigning different colors to different types of switching, the full nature of polarization switching can be visualized simultaneously for large number of domains or grains in one map. In chapter 4, an external electric field reversal experiment has been carried out in a polycrystalline PZT thin film. Using PDMs, 90 switching of individual grains is identified in addition to the expected 180 switching. What is noteworthy is that a significant number of grains undergo 90 switching in both switching and relaxation processes, a striking contrast with epitaxial thin films where only 180o switching have been reported. In chapter 5, the reason that a large amount of 90o switching occurred in a polycrystalline thin film is studied by experimentally characterizing the local microstructure. The preliminary results show a direct correlation between the crystal orientation of a chosen grain and its switching type, indicating that the switching of a grain is dominated by its orientation. For a minority of the grains, however, the neighboring grain should play a dominant role. The effects of neighboring grains on the center grain switching are studied in chapter 6. Switching loops are carried out at different positions within individual grains. A correlation across grain boundaries in the coercive bias was observed for almost all measured grain boundaries. Even inside the same grain, different grain boundaries can either facilitate or hinder the switching, depending on the grain boundary misorientation. Future work is discussed in chapter 7, including the non-deterministic domain switching in polycrystalline thin films, the influence of electron beams on the domain switching behavior, and the domain relaxation through 90o switching. In conclusion, a large fraction of 90o switching is found in a polycrystalline PZT thin film. The switching of an individual grain is found to be mainly determined by the grain orientation and the grain boundary misorientations. Grains orientated close to the [001] direction are more likely to go through a 90o switching than a 180o switching. Grain boundaries with different misorientation angles tend to either hinder or facilitate the switching of grains on both sides.

  14. Effects of O + irradiation on infrared sensing characteristics of modified PZT ceramic

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    Batra, A. K.; Guggilla, Padmaja; Aggarwal, Mohan; Lal, R. B.

    2006-05-01

    Perovskite ceramics of modified lead zirconate-titanate (PZT) type have been extensively studied because of their excellent dielectric, electro-optical, piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. Oxygen ions with 200 keV energy and doses of 1.0 × 10 16 ions/cm 2 were irradiated onto a commercially available modified PZT sample having good pyroelectric properties for use in infrared detectors. Its response was studied in terms of dielectric and pyroelectric properties before and after irradiation; a decrease in dielectric constants ( ɛ', ɛ″) and pyroelectric coefficient is observed. Results are explained on the basis of structural defects such as oxygen vacancies, radiation-induced charges trapped at structural defects and domain dynamics. The material figure-of-merits for their use in infrared sensing devices are calculated and compared with un-irradiated sample.

  15. Titan

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    Müller-Wodarg, Ingo; Griffith, Caitlin A.; Lellouch, Emmanuel; Cravens, Thomas E.

    2014-03-01

    Introduction I. C. F. Müller-Wodarg, C. A. Griffith, E. Lellouch and T. E. Cravens; Prologue 1: the genesis of Cassini-Huygens W.-H. Ip, T. Owen and D. Gautier; Prologue 2: building a space flight instrument: a P.I.'s perspective M. Tomasko; 1. The origin and evolution of Titan G. Tobie, J. I. Lunine, J. Monteux, O. Mousis and F. Nimmo; 2. Titan's surface geology O. Aharonson, A. G. Hayes, P. O. Hayne, R. M. Lopes, A. Lucas and J. T. Perron; 3. Thermal structure of Titan's troposphere and middle atmosphere F. M. Flasar, R. K. Achterberg and P. J. Schinder; 4. The general circulation of Titan's lower and middle atmosphere S. Lebonnois, F. M. Flasar, T. Tokano and C. E. Newman; 5. The composition of Titan's atmosphere B. Bézard, R. V. Yelle and C. A. Nixon; 6. Storms, clouds, and weather C. A. Griffith, S. Rafkin, P. Rannou and C. P. McKay; 7. Chemistry of Titan's atmosphere V. Vuitton, O. Dutuit, M. A. Smith and N. Balucani; 8. Titan's haze R. West, P. Lavvas, C. Anderson and H. Imanaka; 9. Titan's upper atmosphere: thermal structure, dynamics, and energetics R. V. Yelle and I. C. F. Müller-Wodarg; 10. Titan's upper atmosphere/exosphere, escape processes, and rates D. F. Strobel and J. Cui; 11. Titan's ionosphere M. Galand, A. J. Coates, T. E. Cravens and J.-E. Wahlund; 12. Titan's magnetospheric and plasma environment J.-E. Wahlund, R. Modolo, C. Bertucci and A. J. Coates.

  16. A method to decrease the harmonic distortion in Mn-Zn ferrite/PZT and Ni-Zn ferrite/PZT layered composite rings exhibiting high magnetoelectric effects

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    Loyau, V.; Morin, V.; Fortineau, J.; LoBue, M.; Mazaleyrat, F.

    2015-10-01

    We have investigated the magnetoelectric (ME) effect in layered composite rings subjected to circumferential AC magnetic fields and DC magnetic fields in radial, axial, or circumferential directions. Bilayer samples were obtained combining different grades of commercial Mn-Zn ferrites or Ni-Zn ferrites with commercial lead zirconate titanate (PZT). Mn-Zn ferrites with low magnetostriction saturation ( λs<10-6 ) and low magneto-crystalline anisotropy constants show high ME capabilities when associated with PZT in ring structures. In certain conditions, these ME effects are higher than those obtained with Terfenol-D/PZT composites in the same layered ring structure. Magnetostrictive and mechanical characterizations have given results that explain these high ME performances. Nevertheless, Mn-Zn ferrite/PZT composites exhibit voltages responses with low linearity especially at high signal level. Based on the particular structure of the ME device, a method to decrease the nonlinear harmonic distortion of the ME voltages is proposed. Harmonic distortion analysis of ME voltages measured in different configurations allows us to explain the phenomenon.

  17. Fabrication and Evaluation of One-Axis Oriented Lead Zirconate Titanate Films Using Metal-Oxide Nanosheet Interface Layer

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    Minemura, Yoshiki; Nagasaka, Kohei; Kiguchi, Takanori; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Uchida, Hiroshi

    2013-09-01

    Nanosheet Ca2Nb3O20 (ns-CN) layers with pseudo-perovskite-type crystal configuration were applied on the surface of polycrystalline metal substrates to achieve preferential crystal orientation of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) films for the purpose of enhanced ferroelectricity comparable to that of epitaxial thin films. PZT films with tetragonal symmetry (Zr/Ti=0.40:0.60) were fabricated by chemical solution deposition (CSD) on ns-CN-buffered Inconel 625 and SUS 316L substrates, while ns-CN was applied on the the substrates by dip-coating. The preferential crystal growth on the ns-CN layer can be achieved by favorable lattice matching between (001)/(100)PZT and (001)ns-CN planes. The degree of (001) orientation was increased for PZT films on ns-CN/Inconel 625 and ns-CN/SUS 316L substrates, whereas randomly-oriented PZT films with a lower degree of (001) orientation were grown on bare and Inconel 625 films. Enhanced remanent polarization of 60 C/cm2 was confirmed for the PZT films on ns-CN/metal substrates, ascribed to the preferential alignment of the polar [001] axis normal to the substrate surface, although it also suffered from higher coercive field above 500 kV/cm caused by PZT/metal interfacial reaction.

  18. Structural and spectroscopic properties of rare-earth (Nd3+, Er3+, and Yb3+) doped transparent lead lanthanum zirconate titanate ceramics

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    de Camargo, Andrea S. S.; de O. Nunes, Luiz Antonio; Santos, Ivair A.; Garcia, Ducinei; Eiras, Jos Antonio

    2004-02-01

    This work presents the structural and spectroscopic characterization of transparent lead lanthanum zirconate titanate ceramics doped with Nd3+, Er3+, or Yb3+ ions. High optical quality samples presenting the perovskite structure were prepared through a mixed oxides method followed by conventional sintering or uniaxial hot pressing. Absorption and luminescence spectra were measured, and radiative emission parameters were calculated for Nd3+- and Er3+-doped samples. The results indicate the potential of these polycrystalline host-ion combinations for the construction of diode-pumped lasers in the near-infrared region.

  19. Effects of acetylacetone additions on PZT thin film processing

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    Schwartz, R.W.; Assink, R.A.; Dimos, D.; Sinclair, M.B.; Boyle, T.J.; Buchheit, C.D.

    1995-02-01

    Sol-gel processing methods are frequently used for the fabrication of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films for many electronic applications. Our standard approach for film fabrication utilizes lead acetate and acetic acid modified metal alkoxides of zirconium and titanium in the preparation of our precursor solutions. This report highlights some of our recent results on the effects of the addition of a second chelating ligand, acetylacetone, to this process. The authors discuss the changes in film drying behavior, densification and ceramic microstructure which accompany acetylacetone additions to the precursor solution and relate the observed variations in processing behavior to differences in chemical precursor structure induced by the acetylacetone ligand. Improvements in thin film microstructure, ferroelectric and optical properties are observed when acetylacetone is added to the precursor solution.

  20. Titan

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    Coustenis, A.; Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    Titan, SATURN's largest satellite, is a distant world: far away from the Sun and its close, warm TERRESTRIAL PLANETS. A fair distance from Saturn, too. Seen from Titan, at more than a million kilometers away, Saturn looks like a big yellowish ball, permanently girdled by an icy hoop. The Sun's disk is hard to see at a distance of close to one billion five hundred kilometers, more than nine times ...

  1. Static/dynamic trade-off performance of PZT thick film micro-actuators

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    Bienaim, Alex; Chalvet, Vincent; Clvy, Cdric; Gauthier-Manuel, Ludovic; Baron, Thomas; Rakotondrabe, Micky

    2015-07-01

    Piezoelectric actuators are widespread in the design of micro/nanorobotic tools and microsystems. Studies toward the integration of such actuators in complex micromechatronic systems require the size reduction of these actuators while retaining a wide range of performance. Two main fabrication processes are currently used for the fabrication of piezoelectric actuators, providing very different behaviors: (i) the use of a bulk lead zirconate titanate (PZT) layer and (ii) the use of thin film growth. In this paper, we propose a trade-off between these two extreme processes and technologies in order to explore the performance of new actuators. This resulted in the design and fabrication of thick film PZT unimorph cantilevers. They allowed a high level of performance, both in the static (displacement) and dynamic (first resonance frequency) regimes, in addition to being small in size. Such cantilever sizes are obtained through the wafer scale bonding and thinning of a PZT plate onto a silicon on insulator wafer. The piezoelectric cantilevers have a 26 ?m thick PZT layer with a 5 ?m thick silicon layer, over a length of 4 mm and a width of 150 ?m. Experimental characterization has shown that the static displacements obtained are in excess of 4.8 ?m V-1 and the resonance frequencies are up to 1103 Hz, which are useful for large displacements and low voltage actuators.

  2. Fast and wide-band response infrared detector using porous PZT pyroelectric thick film

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    Wu, C. G.; Sun, X. Y.; Meng, J.; Luo, W. B.; Li, P.; Peng, Q. X.; Luo, Y. S.; Shuai, Y.

    2014-03-01

    Porous lead zirconate titanate (PbZr0.3Ti0.7O3, PZT30/70) thick films and detectors for pyroelectric applications have been fabricated on alumina substrates by screen-printing technology. Low temperature sintering of PZT thick films have been achieved at 850 C by using Li2CO3 and Bi2O3 sintering aids. The microstructure of PZT thick film has been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The dielectric properties were measured using HP 4284 at 1 kHz under 25 C. The permittivity and loss tangent of the thick films were 94 and 0.017, respectively. Curie temperature of PZT thick film was 425 C as revealed by dielectric constant temperature measurement. The pyroelectric coefficient was determined to be 0.9 10-8 Ccm-2 K-1 by dynamic current measurement. Infrared detector sensitive element of dual capacitance was fabricated by laser directly write technology. Detectivity of the detectors were measured using mechanically chopped blackbody radiation. Detectivity ranging from 1.23 108 to 1.75 108 (cm Hz1/2 W-1) was derived at frequency range from 175.5 Hz to 1367 Hz, and D*'s -3 dB cut-off frequency bandwidth was 1.2 kHz. The results indicate that the infrared detectors based on porous thick films have great potential applications in fast and wide-band frequency response conditions.

  3. High-pressure neutron study of the morphotropic lead-zirconate-titanate: Phase transitions in a two-phase system

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    Frantti, J.; Fujioka, Y.; Zhang, J.; Wang, S.; Vogel, S. C.; Nieminen, R. M.; Asiri, A. M.; Zhao, Y.; Obaid, A. Y.; Mkhalid, I. A.

    2012-07-01

    The present study was dedicated to the classical piezoelectric, lead-zirconate-titanate ceramic with composition Pb(Zr0.54Ti0.46)O3 at the Zr-rich side of the morphotropic phase boundary at which two phases co-exists. The pressure-induced changes in the phase fractions were studied by high-pressure neutron powder diffraction technique up to 3 GPa and 773 K. The two co-existing phases were rhombohedral R3c and monoclinic Cm at room temperature and R3c and P4mm above 1 GPa and 400 K. The experiments show that pressure favors the R3c phase over the Cm and P4mm phases, whereas at elevated temperatures entropy favours the P4mm phase. At 1 GPa pressure, the transition to the cubic Pm3¯m phase occurred at around 600 K. Pressure lowers the Cm →P4mm transition temperature. The Cm phase was found to continuously transform to the P4mm phase with increasing pressure, which is inline with the usual notion that the hydrostatic pressure favours higher symmetry structures. At the same time, the phase fraction of the R3c phase was increasing, implying discontinuous Cm →R3c phase transition. This is in clear contrast to the polarization rotation model according to which the Cm would link the tetragonal and rhombohedral phases by being a phase in which the polarization would, more or less continuously, rotate from the tetragonal polarization direction to the rhombohedral direction. Pressure induces large changes in phase fractions contributing to the extrinsic piezoelectricity. The changes are not entirely reversible, as was revealed by noting that after high-pressure experiments the amount of rhombohedral phase was larger than initially, suggesting that on the Zr-rich side of the phase boundary the monoclinic phase is metastable. An important contribution to the intrinsic piezoelectricity was revealed: a large displacement of the B cations (Zr and Ti) with respect to the oxygen anions is induced by pressure.

  4. An experimental investigation of lead zirconate titanate--epoxy-multi-walled carbon nanotube bulk and flexible thick film composites

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    Banerjee, Sankha

    Piezoelectric sensors and actuators are needed for a wide range of applications from physiological measurement to industrial monitoring systems. Sensors that can be easily integrated with the host, while maintaining high sensitivity and reliability over a wide range of frequencies are not readily feasible and economical with homogenous piezoelectric materials. It is well known that two-phase piezoelectric-epoxy composites offer several benefits over their single phase counterparts, as the properties of the constituent phases combine to improve the range of applicability. However, the piezoelectric properties of these materials suffer from the electrically insulating properties of the epoxy matrix. The electrical properties of the matrix may be enhanced by including electrically conducting inclusions however, less is known about the mechanisms that drive the changes in these properties. Hence, this experimental investigation of sensor materials builds on the previous work in two-phase piezoelectric composites, where the aims are to understand the roles that specific fabrication parameters and inclusion composition play in determining the piezoelectric and dielectric performance the aforementioned composites. The materials under investigation will be comprised of Lead Zirconate Titanate, Epofix Cold-Setting Embedding Resin and multi-walled carbon nanotubes, i.e. the piezoelectric, epoxy and electrical inclusions respectively. Our work suggests that inclusion of MWCNTs enhances the piezoelectric and dielectric properties with increasing volume fraction below the percolation threshold. This work seeks to understand how the processing parameters: poling temperature, poling type and particle distribution influence the contact resistance, space charge double layer at the piezoelectric and conductor interfaces and electric field intensity at the piezoelectric boundary, which all ultimately dictate the piezoelectric and dielectric performance of the composite materials. Conventional solid oxide mixing, spin coating and deposition techniques will be used to fabricate the bulk and thick films. The piezoelectric and dielectric performance will be determined from the measurement of the piezoelectric strain coefficients, d33 and d31, dielectric constant, impedance and dielectric spectrum, dielectric loss tangent, and capacitance. These measurements will be correlated with inclusion size, shape, distribution, and surface morphology observations obtained from the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM).

  5. PZT Thin-Film Micro Probe Device with Dual Top Electrodes

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    Luo, Chuan

    Lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin-film actuators have been studied intensively for years because of their potential applications in many fields. In this dissertation, a PZT thin-film micro probe device is designed, fabricated, studied, and proven to be acceptable as an intracochlear acoustic actuator. The micro probe device takes the form of a cantilever with a PZT thin-film diaphragm at the tip of the probe. The tip portion of the probe will be implanted in cochlea later in animal tests to prove its feasibility in hearing rehabilitation. The contribution of the dissertation is three-fold. First, a dual top electrodes design, consisting of a center electrode and an outer electrode, is developed to improve actuation displacement of the PZT thin-film diaphragm. The improvement by the dual top electrodes design is studied via a finite element model. When the dimensions of the dual electrodes are optimized, the displacement of the PZT thin-film diaphragm increases about 30%. A PZT thin-film diaphragm with dual top electrodes is fabricated to prove the concept, and experimental results confirm the predictions from the finite element analyses. Moreover, the dual electrode design can accommodate presence of significant residual stresses in the PZT thin-film diaphragm by changing the phase difference between the two electrodes. Second, a PZT thin-film micro probe device is fabricated and tested. The fabrication process consists of PZT thin-film deposition and deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). The uniqueness of the fabrication process is an automatic dicing mechanism that allows a large number of probes to be released easily from the wafer. Moreover, the fabrication is very efficient, because the DRIE process will form the PZT thin-film diaphragm and the special dicing mechanism simultaneously. After the probes are fabricated, they are tested with various possible implantation depths (i.e., boundary conditions). Experimental results show that future implantation depths should be less than 3 mm in order to guarantee the first resonant frequency above 60 kHz. Finally, a package for the PZT thin-film micro probe device is developed to ensure its proper function in an aqueous environment, such as inside of cochlea. The package is an insulation layer of parylene coating on the probe. A finite element analysis indicates that a coating thickness of less than 1 mum will reduce the PZT diaphragm displacement by less than 10%. A special fixture is designed to hold a large number of probes for parylene deposition of a thickness of 250 nm. A packaged probe is then submerged in deionized water and functions properly for at least 55 hours. Displacement and impedance of the probe are measured via a laser Doppler vibrometer and an impedance analyzer, respectively. Experimental results show that displacement of the PZT diaphragm increases about 30% in two hours, after the probe is submerged in the deionized water. The impedance measurement shows consistent trends. A hypothesis to explain this unusual phenomenon is diffusion of water molecules into the PZT thin film. High-resolution SEM images of the probe indicate presence of numerous nano-pores in the surface of the PZT thin film, indirectly confirming the hypothesis. Keywords: PZT, Thin-Film, Dual Electrodes, Parylene Coating, Aqueous Environment, Cochlear Implant

  6. Aerosol deposited PZT actuated 2D scanner system

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    Schipf, David R.; Chen, Chao-Ting; Kuo, Chun-Liang; Chu, Kang-Yu; Wu, Wen-Jong; Wang, Wei-Chih

    2015-04-01

    A new lead-zirconium-titanate (PZT) actuator design for a micro scanning illuminating device is being developed. The thin PZT film is deposited directly on stainless steel by using an aerosol deposition machine. The aerosol deposition method enables inexpensive, quick, room temperature fabrication while producing high quality PZT films. The presented scanners would be attractive for endoscopic device applications, where inexpensive systems with high resolution would be a move toward disposal endoscopes. The design of this scanning illuminator and fabrication method are presented. Measurements of the PZT layer surface roughness and the aerosol deposited PZT powder particle diameter are presented. Ongoing work and fabrication challenges are discussed.

  7. Cavitation sensor with hydrothermally synthesized lead zirconate titanate polycrystalline film deposited on cylindrical titanium pipe: Estimation of acoustic cavitation field and basic characteristics of cavitation sensor

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    Shiiba, Michihisa; Uchida, Takeyoshi; Kikuchi, Tsuneo; Ishikawa, Mutzuo; Kawashima, Norimichi; Kurosawa, Minoru; Takeuchi, Shinichi

    2012-05-01

    We have developed a small cavitation sensor by deposition of hydrothermally synthesized lead zirconate titanate polycrystalline film onto the outer surface of a hollow cylindrical titanium pipe. The spatial distribution of acoustic cavitation generated in the vessel of a 150 kHz sonoreactor was measured by using the broadband integrated voltage (BIV) calculated from the output signal of the cavitation sensor. A spatial distribution similar to the sonochemical luminescence pattern could be observed in the measured BIV results. We found that our fabricated cavitation sensor could measure the spatial distribution of acoustic cavitation in a high-intensity ultrasound field for a period exceeding 150 h without damage. We also measured the spatial distribution and directivity of the receiving sensitivity for characterization of the sensor. The measured results suggest that the BIV and cavitation signal included in the output signal of the cavitation sensor are a consequence of the acoustic cavitation generated in the sensor's cylindrical hollow.

  8. Miniature cryogenic valves for a Titan Lake sampling system

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    Sherrit, Stewart; Zimmerman, Wayne; Takano, Nobuyuki; Avellar, Louisa

    2014-04-01

    The Cassini mission has revealed Titan to be one of the most Earthlike worlds in the Solar System complete with many of the same surface features including lakes, river channels, basins, and dunes. But unlike Earth, the materials and fluids on Titan are composed of cryogenic organic compounds with lakes of liquid methane and ethane. One of the potential mission concepts to explore Titan is to land a floating platform on one of the Titan Lakes and determine the local lake chemistry. In order to accomplish this within the expected mass volume and power budgets there is a need to pursue the development for a low power lightweight cryogenic valves which can be used along with vacuum lines to sample lake liquid and to distribute to various instruments aboard the Lander. To meet this need we have initiated the development of low power cryogenic valves and actuators based on a single crystal piezoelectric flextensional stacks produced by TRS ceramics Inc. Since the origin of such high electromechanical properties of Relaxor-PT single crystals is due to the polarization rotation effect, (i.e., intrinsic contributions), the strain per volt decrease at cryogenic temperatures is much lower than in standard Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) ceramics. This makes them promising candidates for cryogenic actuators with regards to the stroke for a given voltage. This paper will present our Titan Lake Sampling and Sample Handling system design and the development of small cryogenic piezoelectric valves developed to meet the system specifications.

  9. A study of PZT thin films and ferroelectric field effect transistors

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    Abdul Basit, Nasir

    Lead zirconate titanate (Pb(Zr,Ti)Osb3 or PZT) is a well known ferroelectric material for its high polarization values, dielectric constant, and resistivity. We have studied PZT films, and ferroelectric field effect transistors (FEFETs) incorporating PZT films. One of the primary factors in synthesis and crystallization of PZT films is the proper control of the lead content of the films. We obtained highly oriented and ferroelectric PZT thin films by RF magnetron sputtering. The stoichiometric PZT target with Zr/Ti ratio of 53/47 was used. No excess lead was used either during sputtering or during post-deposition annealing. Films deposited at 200spC or below crystallize into a perovskite phase on receiving anneal treatment at 590spC or above. The annealing study, carried out using a conventional furnace, also revealed that the perovskite formation completes during the first 5 minutes of annealing. The annealed films are highly (100) oriented on (111)-Pt coated oxidized Si substrates. Maximum polarization of 36 muC/cmsp2, remanent polarization of 20 muC/cmsp2, and coercive field of 22 kV/cm were obtained with excellent fatigue resistance. This suggests that the low thermal-budget process, low-temperature deposition and short-time anneal in a conventional furnace, with a stoichiometric target may be appropriate as a reliable, simple, and economical method of preparing PZT films. Depositions at 500spC or higher, however, resulted in TisbxOsby or ZrTiOsb4 films suggesting that lead was significantly lost during deposition. FEFETs provide a nonvolatile memory with a nondestructive read-out. FEFETs have been fabricated by incorporating a ferroelectric layer in the gate structure of a MOSFET but the interface problems have resulted in devices with poor characteristics. We used an MgO buffer layer between PZT film and Si substrate. A thin oxide layer was grown on Si before MgO deposition to provide a clean channel between source and drain. The devices fabricated in this way clearly show the memory effect. The theoretical aspects were studied and a model was developed for the device based on ferroelectric hysteresis curve. A good comparison between the experimental and model values was observed.

  10. PZT piezoelectric films on glass for Gen-X imaging

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    Wilke, Rudeger H. T.; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan; Reid, Paul B.; Schwartz, Daniel A.

    2010-09-01

    The proposed adaptive optics system for the Gen-X telescope uses piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) films deposited on flexible glass substrates. The low softening transition of the glass substrates imposes several processing challenges that require the development of new approaches to deposit high quality PZT thin films. Synthesis and optimization of chemical solution deposited 1 ?m thick films of PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 on small area (1 in2) and large area (16 in2) Pt/Ti/glass substrates has been performed. In order to avoid warping of the glass at temperatures typically used to crystallize PZT films ({700C), a lower temperature, two-step crystallization process was employed. An {80 nm thick seed layer of PbZr0.30Ti0.70O3 was deposited to promote the growth of the perovskite phase. After the deposition of the seed layer, the films were annealed in a rapid thermal annealing (RTA) furnace at 550C for 3 minutes to nucleate the perovskite phase. This was followed by isothermal annealing at 550C for 1 hour to complete crystallization. For the subsequent PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 layers, the same RTA protocol was performed, with the isothermal crystallization implemented following the deposition of three PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 spin-coated layers. Over the frequency range of 1 kHz to 100 kHz, films exhibit relative permittivity values near 800 with loss tangents below 0.07. Hysteresis loops show low levels of imprint with coercive fields of 40-50 kV/cm in the forward direction and 50-70 kV/cm in the reverse direction. The remanent polarization varied from 25-35 ?C/cm2 and e31,f values were approximately -5.0 C/m2. In scaling up the growth procedure to large area films, where warping becomes more pronounced due to the increased size of the substrate, the pyrolysis and crystallization conditions were performed in a box furnace to improve the temperature uniformity. By depositing films on both sides of the glass substrate, the tensile stresses are balanced, providing a sufficiently flat surface to continue PZT deposition. The properties of the large area film are comparable to those obtained on small substrates. While sol-gel processing is a viable approach to the deposition of high quality PZT thin films on glass substrates, preliminary results using RF magnetron sputter deposition demonstrate comparable properties with a significantly simpler process that offers a superior route for large scale production.

  11. Lanthanide-Assisted Deposition of Strongly Electro-optic PZT Thin Films on Silicon: Toward Integrated Active Nanophotonic Devices.

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    George, J P; Smet, P F; Botterman, J; Bliznuk, V; Woestenborghs, W; Van Thourhout, D; Neyts, K; Beeckman, J

    2015-06-24

    The electro-optical properties of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films depend strongly on the quality and crystallographic orientation of the thin films. We demonstrate a novel method to grow highly textured PZT thin films on silicon using the chemical solution deposition (CSD) process. We report the use of ultrathin (5-15 nm) lanthanide (La, Pr, Nd, Sm) based intermediate layers for obtaining preferentially (100) oriented PZT thin films. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate preferentially oriented intermediate Ln2O2CO3 layers providing an excellent lattice match with the PZT thin films grown on top. The XRD and scanning electron microscopy measurements reveal that the annealed layers are dense, uniform, crack-free and highly oriented (>99.8%) without apparent defects or secondary phases. The EDX and HRTEM characterization confirm that the template layers act as an efficient diffusion barrier and form a sharp interface between the substrate and the PZT. The electrical measurements indicate a dielectric constant of ∼650, low dielectric loss of ∼0.02, coercive field of 70 kV/cm, remnant polarization of 25 μC/cm(2), and large breakdown electric field of 1000 kV/cm. Finally, the effective electro-optic coefficients of the films are estimated with a spectroscopic ellipsometer measurement, considering the electric field induced variations in the phase reflectance ratio. The electro-optic measurements reveal excellent linear effective pockels coefficients of 110 to 240 pm/V, which makes the CSD deposited PZT thin film an ideal candidate for Si-based active integrated nanophotonic devices. PMID:26043103

  12. Temperature dependence of a PZT piezoelectric sensor for Mercury Dust Monitor up to 150 C

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    Iwai, Takeo

    We have been developing a cosmic dust detector for BepiColombo Mercury exploration mission, called Mercury Dust Monitor (MDM). The MDM uses piezoelectric sensors made of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramics for estimation of dust flux and momentum of incident particles. The PZT sensors of MDM, installed on the surface of a side panel of the MMO without a sunshade, will be exposed to severe heat influx from the sun. The sensors are expected to reach their maximum temperature of 167 C at perihelion. Since the MDM is not just a dust counter but a particle analyzer, the dependence of the impact signals on temperature is essential to deduce quantitative information on the incident particles from the signals. We have carried out experiments on the temperature dependence of impact signals between room temperature and 150 C. A halogen lamp heater is used for heating of a disk PZT sensor in a vacuum chamber at the end of a beam line from the electrostatic accelerator at Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPI-K). A linear correlation between the output amplitude voltage of the first oscillation and the momentum of accelerated particles remains even at 150 C, and, more importantly, there is no clear difference in the slopes of the linear correlation for room temperature and 150 C. This result is quite preferable because it should make the practical data analysis from the MDM easy.

  13. A Feasibility Study of PZT Thin-Film Microactuators for Hybrid Cochlear Implants.

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    Lee, Cheng-Chun; Shen, I; Hume, C; Cao, G

    2005-01-01

    Hybrid cochlear implants would integrate electric and acoustic auditory stimulation into a single unit to rehabilitate patients with sensori-neural hearing loss. Conceptually, hybrid cochlear implants consist of an electrode array, as in traditional cochlear implants, and an acoustic microactuator to generate pressure waves inside the cochlea. To enable hybrid cochlear implants, one must develop acoustic actuators small enough to be placed directly into the cochlea. In this study, the microactuators consist of a silicon diaphragm and a Lead-Zirconate-Titanate Oxide (PZT) thin film. Two actuators are tested. For the first actuator, the diaphragm size is 1.1 mm by 1.1 mm, the diaphragm thickness is about 12 m, and the PZT film thickness is 1 ?m. The microactuator is tested in an unloaded condition (in air) and a loaded condition (with water and glass sheets) equivalent to a loading of 17 Pa. The microactuator presents a constant displacement of 16 nm, when the driving voltage is sinusoidal with amplitude of 5 V and frequency ranging from 500 Hz to 10 kHz. For the second actuator, the diaphragm size is 800 ?m by 800 ?m, the diaphragm thickness is 1 ?m, and the PZT film thickness remains 1 m. The second actuator presents a displacement of 6 nm, when the sinusoidal driving voltage is 7.5 V in amplitude. Given that the motion of the stapes in normal hearing is 10-30 nm when the incoming sound pressure is 1 Pa (i.e. PMID:17282598

  14. Feasibility of PZT ceramics for impact damage detection in composite structures

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    Dib, Gerges; Koricho, Ermias; Karpenko, Oleksii; Haq, Mahmood; Udpa, Lalita; Udpa, Satish S.

    2015-03-01

    Fiber reinforced plastic composites are becoming widely used in vehicles and airframe structures due to their high strength to weight ratio. However unlike metals, the multilayered composite structures are more susceptible to damage mechanisms such as disbonds and delaminations due to impacts. It is often difficult to visually detect the damage. Lead-Zirconate-Titanate (PZT) thin films are becoming popular for in-situ structural health monitoring due to their small size, high piezoelectric coupling coefficient, and ease of surface-mounting and/or embedding in composite structures. A network of such transducers could be utilized for damage detection using guided wave techniques, impedance techniques, or passive impact detection techniques. However, the PZT films are subject to the same impact probabilities that the structure encounters. If the transducers fail due to the subjected impacts, they can result in false readings and ultimately failing to correctly detect damage in the structure. This paper presents a feasibility study using the guided wave S0 mode for detecting impact damage. The health of the structure is quantified using guided wave measurements, and the PZT health is monitored using impedance methods.

  15. Development of fine scale PZT ceramic fiber/polymer shell composite transducers

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    Livneh, S.S.; Janas, V.F.; Safari, A.

    1995-07-01

    The relic processing technique was used to fabricate fine-scale piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic fiber/polymer shell composites. In this technique sacrificial activated carbon fabrics were soaked in a PZT precursor solution, dried, and heat treated to form piezoceramic relics. Relics were embedded with polymer, which was allowed to cure, and the resulting composites were polished, electroded, and poled. Different facets of the composite-forming process were examined: structural modifications, soaking, firing, and polymer impregnation. The physical and electromechanical properties of the unique resulting composite were evaluated. Optimized PZT shell composites with 39 vol% ceramic exhibited the following property values: K{approximately}200, tan {delta} {approximately} 5.5%, d{sub 33} {approximately} 290 pC/N, d{sub h} {approximately} 100 pC/N, d{sub h}g{sub h} {approximately} 6000 {times} 10 {sup {minus}15} m{sup 2}/N, k{sub p} {approximately} 0.19, and k{sub t} {approximately} 0.28.

  16. Phase diagrams, dielectric response, and piezoelectric properties of epitaxial ultrathin (001) lead zirconate titanate films under anisotropic misfit strains

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    Qiu, Q. Y.; Alpay, S. P.; Nagarajan, V.

    2010-06-01

    We develop a nonlinear thermodynamic model to predict the phase stability of ultrathin epitaxial (001)-oriented ferroelectric PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) films with x =1.0, 0.9, 0.8, and 0.7 on substrates which induce anisotropic in-plane strains. The theoretical formalism incorporates the relaxation by misfit dislocations at the film deposition temperature, the possibility of formation of ferroelectric polydomain structures, and the effect of the internal electric field that is generated due to incomplete charge screening at the film-electrode interfaces and the termination of the ferroelectric layer. This analysis allows the development of misfit strain phase diagrams that provide the regions of stability of monodomain and polydomain structures at a given temperature, film thickness, and composition. It is shown that the range of stability for rotational monodomain phase is markedly increased in comparison to the same ferroelectric films on isotropic substrates. Furthermore, the model finds a strong similarity between ultrathin PbTiO3 and relatively thicker PZT films in terms of phase stability. The combinations of the in-plane misfit strains that yield a phase transition sequence that results in a polarization rotation from the c-phase (polarization parallel to the [001] direction in the film) to the r-phase, and eventually to an in-plane polarization parallel to the [110] direction (the aa-phase) is determined to be the path with the most attractive dielectric and piezoelectric coefficients resulting in enhancements of 10 to 100 times in the dielectric permittivity and piezoresponse compared to bulk tetragonal ferroelectrics of the same PZT composition.

  17. Effects of high energy x ray and proton irradiation on lead zirconate titanate thin films' dielectric and piezoelectric response

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    Bastani, Y.; Cortes-Pena, A. Y.; Wilson, A. D.; Gerardin, S.; Bagatin, M.; Paccagnella, A.; Bassiri-Gharb, N.; School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332

    2013-05-13

    The effects of irradiation by X rays and protons on the dielectric and piezoelectric response of highly (100)-textured polycrystalline Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} (PZT) thin films have been studied. Low-field dielectric permittivity, remanent polarization, and piezoelectric d{sub 33,f} response all degraded with exposure to radiation, for doses higher than 300 krad. At first approximation, the degradation increased at higher radiation doses, and was stronger in samples exposed to X rays, compared to the proton-irradiated ones. Nonlinear and high-field dielectric characterization suggest a radiation-induced reduction of the extrinsic contributions to the response, attributed to increased pinning of the domain walls by the radiation-induced point defects.

  18. Damage Evaluation Based on a Wave Energy Flow Map Using Multiple PZT Sensors

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    Liu, Yaolu; Hu, Ning; Xu, Hong; Yuan, Weifeng; Yan, Cheng; Li, Yuan; Goda, Riu; Alamusi; Qiu, Jinhao; Ning, Huiming; Wu, Liangke

    2014-01-01

    A new wave energy flow (WEF) map concept was proposed in this work. Based on it, an improved technique incorporating the laser scanning method and Betti's reciprocal theorem was developed to evaluate the shape and size of damage as well as to realize visualization of wave propagation. In this technique, a simple signal processing algorithm was proposed to construct the WEF map when waves propagate through an inspection region, and multiple lead zirconate titanate (PZT) sensors were employed to improve inspection reliability. Various damages in aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastic laminated plates were experimentally and numerically evaluated to validate this technique. The results show that it can effectively evaluate the shape and size of damage from wave field variations around the damage in the WEF map. PMID:24463430

  19. Identification of crystalline elastic anisotropy in PZT ceramics from in-situ blocking stress measurements

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    Daniel, L.; Hall, D. A.; Withers, P. J.; Webber, K. G.; King, A.

    2014-05-07

    High energy x-ray diffraction measurements of lattice strains were performed on a rhombohedral Lead Zirconate Titanate ceramic (PZT 55-45) under combinations of applied electric field and compressive stress. These measurements allow the construction of blocking stress curves for different sets of crystallographic orientations which reflect the single crystal elastic anisotropy. A micro-mechanical interpretation of the results is then proposed. Assuming cubic symmetry for the crystalline elastic stiffness tensor and isotropy for the macroscopic elastic properties, the elastic properties of the single crystal are extracted from the measured data. An anisotropy ratio close to 0.3 is found (compared to 1 for isotropic materials). The high level of anisotropy found in this work suggests that crystalline elastic anisotropy should not be neglected in the modelling of ferroelectric materials.

  20. Large Stroke Vertical PZT Microactuator With High-Speed Rotational Scanning

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    Qiu, Zhen; Rhee, Choong-Ho; Choi, Jongsoo; Wang, Thomas D.; Oldham, Kenn R.

    2014-01-01

    A thin-film piezoelectric microactuator using a novel combination of active vertical translational scanning and passive resonant rotational scanning is presented. Thin-film lead-zirconate-titanate unimorph bending beams surrounding a central platform provide nearly 200-μm displacement at 18 V with bandwidth greater than 200 Hz. Inside the platform, a mirror mount, or mirror surface, supported by silicon dioxide spring beams can be excited to resonance by low-voltage; high-frequency excitation of the outer PZT beams. Over ±5.5° mechanical resonance is obtained at 3.8 kHz and ±2 V. The combination of large translational vertical displacements and high-speed rotational scanning is intended to support real-time cross-sectional imaging in a dual axes confocal endomicroscope. PMID:25506187

  1. Identification of crystalline elastic anisotropy in PZT ceramics from in-situ blocking stress measurements

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    Daniel, L.; Hall, D. A.; Webber, K. G.; King, A.; Withers, P. J.

    2014-05-01

    High energy x-ray diffraction measurements of lattice strains were performed on a rhombohedral Lead Zirconate Titanate ceramic (PZT 55-45) under combinations of applied electric field and compressive stress. These measurements allow the construction of blocking stress curves for different sets of crystallographic orientations which reflect the single crystal elastic anisotropy. A micro-mechanical interpretation of the results is then proposed. Assuming cubic symmetry for the crystalline elastic stiffness tensor and isotropy for the macroscopic elastic properties, the elastic properties of the single crystal are extracted from the measured data. An anisotropy ratio close to 0.3 is found (compared to 1 for isotropic materials). The high level of anisotropy found in this work suggests that crystalline elastic anisotropy should not be neglected in the modelling of ferroelectric materials.

  2. Adjustable grazing incidence x-ray optics based on thin PZT films

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    Cotroneo, Vincenzo; Davis, William N.; Marquez, Vanessa; Reid, Paul B.; Schwartz, Daniel A.; Johnson-Wilke, Raegan L.; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan E.; Wilke, Rudeger H. T.

    2012-10-01

    The direct deposition of piezoelectric thin films on thin substrates offers an appealing technology for the realization of lightweight adjustable mirrors capable of sub-arcsecond resolution. This solution will make it possible to realize X-ray telescopes with both large effective area and exceptional angular resolution and, in particular, it will enable the realization of the adjustable optics for the proposed mission Square Meter Arcsecond Resolution X-ray Telescope (SMART-X). In the past years we demonstrated for the first time the possibility of depositing a working piezoelectric thin film (1-5 um) made of lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) on glass. Here we review the recent progress in film deposition and influence function characterization and comparison with finite element models. The suitability of the deposited films is analyzed and some constrains on the piezoelectric film performances are derived. The future steps in the development of the technology are described.

  3. Fabrication and characterization of micromachined high-frequency tonpilz transducers derived by PZT thick films.

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    Zhou, Qifa; Cannata, Jonathan M; Meyer, Richard J; van Tol, David J; Tadigadapa, Srinivas; Hughes, W Jack; Shung, K Kirk; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2005-03-01

    Miniaturized tonpilz transducers are potentially useful for ultrasonic imaging in the 10 to 100 MHz frequency range due to their higher efficiency and output capabilities. In this work, 4 to 10-microm thick piezoelectric thin films were used as the active element in the construction of miniaturized tonpilz structures. The tonpilz stack consisted of silver/lead zirconate titanate (PZT)/lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3)/silicon on insulator (SOI) substrates. First, conductive LaNiO3 thin films, approximately 300 nm in thickness, were grown on SOI substrates by a metalorganic decomposition (MOD) method. The room temperature resistivity of the LaNiO3 was 6.5 x 10(-6) omega x m. Randomly oriented PZT (52/48) films up to 7-microm thick were then deposited using a sol-gel process on the LaNiO3-coated SOI substrates. The PZT films with LaNiO3 bottom electrodes showed good dielectric and ferroelectric properties. The relative dielectric permittivity (at 1 kHz) was about 1030. The remanent polarization of PZT films was larger than 26 microC/cm2. The effective transverse piezoelectric e31,f coefficient of PZT thick films was about -6.5 C/m2 when poled at -75 kV/cm for 15 minutes at room temperature. Enhanced piezoelectric properties were obtained on poling the PZT films at higher temperatures. A silver layer about 40-microm thick was prepared by silver powder dispersed in epoxy and deposited onto the PZT film to form the tail mass of the tonpilz structure. The top layers of this wafer were subsequently diced with a saw, and the structure was bonded to a second wafer. The original silicon carrier wafer was polished and etched using a Xenon difluoride (XeF2) etching system. The resulting structures showed good piezoelectric activity. This process flow should enable integration of the piezoelectric elements with drive/receive electronics. PMID:15857042

  4. Development of dual PZT transducers for reference-free crack detection in thin plate structures.

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    Sohn, Hoon; Kim, Seuno Bum

    2010-01-01

    A new Lamb-wave-based nondestructive testing (NDT) technique, which does not rely on previously stored baseline data, is developed for crack monitoring in plate structures. Commonly, the presence of damage is identified by comparing "current data" measured from a potentially damaged stage of a structure with "baseline data" previously obtained at the intact condition of the structure. In practice, structural defects typically take place long after collection of the baseline data, and the baseline data can be also affected by external loading, temperature variations, and changing boundary conditions. To eliminate the dependence on the baseline data comparison, the authors previously developed a reference-free NDT technique using 2 pairs of collocated lead zirconate titanate (PZT) transducers placed on both sides of a plate. This reference-free technique is further advanced in the present study by the necessity of attaching transducers only on a single surface of a structure for certain applications such as aircraft. To achieve this goal, a new design of PZT transducers called dual PZT transducers is proposed. Crack formation creates Lamb wave mode conversion due to a sudden thickness change of the structure. This crack appearance is instantly detected from the measured Lamb wave signals using the dual PZT transducers. This study also suggests a reference-free statistical approach that enables damage classification using only the currently measured data set. Numerical simulations and experiments were conducted using an aluminum plate with uniform thickness and fundamental Lamb waves modes to demonstrate the applicability of the proposed technique to reference-free crack detection. PMID:20040449

  5. A PZT-based smart aggregate for compressive seismic stress monitoring

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    Hou, S.; Zhang, H. B.; Ou, J. P.

    2012-10-01

    A PZT-based smart aggregate (SA) for compressive seismic stress monitoring is proposed in this paper. The proposed SA consists of a piece of PZT (lead zirconate titanate) patch sandwiched between a pair of marble cubes through epoxy. A soft PZT is selected, rendering the SA as a potential actuator in active sensing. Finite element analysis (FEA) was conducted to investigate the stress distribution in the SA under compression, which is used for calculating its sensitivity to compressive stresses. With a commercially available charge amplifier, the frequency response of both the amplitude and the phase shift of the sensing system are investigated by applying the frequency sweep loading scheme on the proposed SA. The frequency ranges from 0.01 to 10 Hz, corresponding to the range of seismic frequency response of most building structures. The alternating load for evaluating SA sensitivity was applied by the servo-hydraulic machine. The lower limit of frequency response is determined to be 0.5 Hz. The depolarization process of the piezoelectric coefficient of the selected PZT material was investigated to decide the load-holding time in calibration tests. The degradation of the piezoelectric coefficient with a series of compressive pre-stresses from 4.8 to 24 MPa was evaluated, and the experimental results showed that the influence from the considered range of pre-stresses is negligible. Using a commercially available charge amplifier, the proposed SA-based sensing system can monitor the seismic stress of low- and middle-rise building structures under moderate earthquakes.

  6. Enhancing the dielectric property of 0.69PZT-0.31PZNN thick films by optimizing the poling condition

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    Song, Daniel; Woo, Min Sik; Ahn, Jung Hwan; Sung, Tae Hyun

    2015-05-01

    We investigated how the applied electric-field's magnitude and the poling time affected, respectively, the dielectric property and the microstructure of piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate/lead zirconate nickel niobate (PZT-PZNN) thick films in order to apply the films to piezoelectric energy harvesters. Several 300-m-thick, 10 10-mm2 PZT-PZNN squares were tape cast, laminated, sintered, and poled under 2-, 4-, 6-, 10-, 14-, and 15-kV/mm electric fields for 30 min. The 10-kV/mm electric field produced the highest d 33 g 33 without mechanically damaging the sample. Further, samples were sintered at 950, 1000, and 1020 C and subsequently poled at 10 kV/mm (previously determined as the magnitude of the optimal poling electric field) for 15, 30, 60, 120, and 240 min to investigate how the poling time affected the piezoelectric ceramic's microstructure. The optimal poling time for all the sintered samples was 60 min. Further, the piezoelectric ceramics composed of small grains and poled longer than 60 min showed higher dielectric constants. However, those composed of large grains and poled for times shorter than 60 min showed higher dielectric constants because the element mobility of the piezoelectric ceramics increased with increasing poling time.

  7. Solid state NMR as a new approach for the structural characterization of rare-earth doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate laser ceramics

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    Mohr, Daniel; de Camargo, Andrea S. S.; Schneider, Jos F.; Queiroz, Thiago B.; Eckert, Hellmut; Botero, riton R.; Garcia, Ducinei; Eiras, Jos A.

    2008-10-01

    To facilitate the design of laser host materials with optimized emission properties, detailed structural information at the atomic level is essential, regarding the local bonding environment of the active ions (distribution over distinct lattice sites) and their extent of local clustering as well as their population distribution over separate micro- or nanophases. The present study explores the potential of solid state NMR spectroscopy to provide such understanding for rare-earth doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) ceramics. As the NMR signals of the paramagnetic dopant species cannot be observed directly, two complementary approaches are utilized: (1) direct observation of diamagnetic mimics using 45Sc NMR and (2) study of the paramagnetic interaction of the constituent host lattice nuclei with the rare-earth dopant, using 207Pb NMR lineshape analysis. 45Sc MAS NMR spectra of scandium-doped PLZT samples unambiguously reveal scandium to be six-coordinated, suggesting that this rare-earth ion substitutes in the B site. Static 207Pb spin echo NMR spectra of a series of Tm-doped PLZT samples reveal a clear influence of paramagnetic rare-earth dopant concentration on the NMR lineshape. In the latter case high-fidelity spectra can be obtained by spin echo mapping under systematic incrementation of the excitation frequency, benefiting from the signal-to-noise enhancement afforded by spin echo train Fourier transforms. Consistent with XRD data, the 207Pb NMR lineshape analysis suggests that statistical incorporation into the PLZT lattice occurs at dopant levels of up to 1 wt.% Tm 3+, while at higher levels the solubility limit is reached.

  8. Optical amplification in disordered electrooptic Tm{sup 3+} and Ho{sup 3+} codoped lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics and study of spectroscopy and communication between cations

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    Zhao, Hua; Zhang, Kun; Xu, Long; Sun, Fankui; Zhang, Jingwen; Chen, Xuesheng; Li, Kewen K.

    2014-02-21

    Rare earth doped electro-optic (EO) ceramics of lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate (PLZT) are promising in building multifunctional optical devices, by taking advantage of both EO effect and optical activity. In this work, the combination of the measured spectra of absorption and photoluminescence, the fluorescent decay, the calculated Judd-Ofelt parameters, and measured single pass gain in Tm{sup 3+}, Ho{sup 3+} codoped PLZT ceramics have marked them out as promising gain media in building electrically controllable lasers/optical amplifiers and other multifunctional devices. Optical energy storage was also observed in the optical amplification dynamics.

  9. Emission, plasma formation, and brightness of a PZT ferroelectric cathode

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    Sampayan, S.; Caporaso, G.; Trimble, D.; Westenskow, G.

    1995-04-27

    We have measured an 36-A-cm{sup {minus}2} current emission density over the surface area of an 11.4-cm{sup 2}-area Lead-Titanate- Zirconate (PZT) ferroelectric cathode with a pulsed anode-cathode (A-K) potential of 50 kV. We have also observed currents above those predicted by classical Child-Langmuir formula for a wide variety of cases. Since a plasma within the A-K gap could also lead to increase current emission we are attempting to measure the properties of the plasma near the cathode surface at emission time. In other measurements, we have observed strong gap currents in the absence of an A-K potential. Further, we continue to make brightness measurements of the emitted beam and observe spatially non-uniform emission and large shot-to-shot variation. Measurements show individual beamlets with a brightness as high 10{sup 11} Am{sup {minus}2} rad{sup {minus}2}.

  10. A PZT-based smart aggregate for seismic shear stress monitoring

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    Hou, S.; Zhang, H. B.; Ou, J. P.

    2013-06-01

    A lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-based smart aggregate (SA) is proposed for seismic shear stress monitoring in concrete structures. This SA uses a d15-mode PZT as the sensing element. A calibration test is designed in which a cyclic shear stress with a dominant frequency of the earthquake response spectrum is applied on the two opposite sides of the proposed SA using a specially designed loading mold. The test is repeated on six copies of the proposed SA. The maximum applied shear stress is larger than the shear strength of ordinary concrete to allow measurements during failure. The output voltage of the SA is experimentally verified as varying linearly with the applied stress in the loading range. The sensitivity of the proposed SA to the applied stress under the given boundary conditions is examined. The calibrated sensitivity value is then compared with the calculated value, which is obtained by computing the stress distribution in the SA using finite element analysis (FEA). The calculated values and the calibrated values are approximately the same, indicating that the established finite element (FE) model is reliable. Monotonic loading is also applied on the proposed SA to induce cracks between the SA and the loading mold, and the SAs response to cracking processes is examined. It is found that the proposed SA underestimates the cracking process. This study demonstrates that the proposed SA can be used in monitoring the overall shear stress development process in concrete during a seismic event.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of thick PZT films via sol-gel dip coating method

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    Shakeri, Amid; Abdizadeh, Hossein; Golobostanfard, Mohammad Reza

    2014-09-01

    Thick films of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) offer possibilities for micro-electro-mechanical systems such as high frequency ultrasonic transducers. In this paper, crack-free thick films of PZT have been prepared up to 45 ?m thickness via modified sol-gel dip coating method. In this procedure, acetic acid-alcoholic based sol is used by applying diethanolamine (DEA) and deionized water as additives. The effects of DEA and water on the crystal structure and surface morphology of the films are investigated. The mechanisms of acetic acid and DEA complexations are introduced by using FTIR spectrometer which illustrates suitable substitution of complexing agents with alkoxide groups. DEA/(Ti + Zr) = 0.5 or water/(Ti + Zr) = 0.5 are determined as the optimum molar ratio of additives, which lead to the formation of almost pure perovskite phase with the tetragonal lattice parameters of ct = 4.16 ? and at = 4.02 ? and a distortion of 2%. Values of remanent polarization and dielectric constant of 7.8 ?C cm-2 and 1630 were obtained for 45 ?m thick films, respectively.

  12. Powering low-power implants using PZT transducer discs operated in the radial mode

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    Sanni, Ayodele; Vilches, Antonio

    2013-11-01

    This paper reports experimental results that are used to compare operation characteristics of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) piezoelectric ceramic discs operated in the radial mode. The devices are driven to radially vibrate at their lowest fundamental resonant frequency and thus transmit and receive power when immersed in a liquid phantom. A number of 1 mm 10 mm (thickness diameter) PZT discs are characterized experimentally within a propagation tank and results discussed. On the basis of these measured characteristics, a novel application is developed and reported for the first time. This consists of a tuned LC resonator circuit which is used at the receiving disc to maximize sensitivity as well as a Seiko start-up IC S-882Z which is employed to charge a capacitor that drives a PIC microcontroller (?C) once the voltage exceeds 2 V DC. We show that a mean input power of 486 mW RMS results in 976 ?W RMS received over a range of 80 mm and that this is sufficient to periodically (every 60 s) power the ?C to directly drive a red LED for 5 ms with a current of 4.8 mA/flash. This approach is suitable for low-power, periodically activated analogue bio-implant applications.

  13. Direct strain energy harvesting in automobile tires using piezoelectric PZT-polymer composites

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    van den Ende, D. A.; van de Wiel, H. J.; Groen, W. A.; van der Zwaag, S.

    2012-01-01

    Direct piezoelectric strain energy harvesting can be used to power wireless autonomous sensors in environments where low frequency, high strains are present, such as in automobile tires during operation. However, these high strains place stringent demands on the materials with respect to mechanical failure or depolarization, especially at elevated temperatures. In this work, three kinds of ceramic-polymer composite piezoelectric materials were evaluated and compared against state-of-the-art piezoelectric materials. The new composites are unstructured and structured composites containing granular lead zirconate titanate (PZT) particles or PZT fibers in a polyurethane matrix. The composites were used to build energy harvesting patches which were attached to a tire and tested under simulated rolling conditions. The energy density of the piezoelectric ceramic-polymer composite materials is initially not as high as that of the reference materials (a macro-fiber composite and a polyvinylidene fluoride polymer). However, the area normalized power output of the composites after temperature and strain cycling is comparable to that of the reference devices because the piezoelectric ceramic-polymer composites did not degrade during operation.

  14. Fatigue Response of a PZT Multilayer Actuator under High-Field Electric Cycling with Mechanical Preload

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    Wang, Hong; Wereszczak, Andrew A; Lin, Hua-Tay

    2009-01-01

    An electric fatigue test system has been developed for piezoelectric actuator with a mechanical loading capability. Fatigue responses of a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multilayer actuator (MLA) with a plate-through electrode configuration have been studied under an electric field (1.7 times that of a coercive field of PZT material) and a concurrent mechanical preload (30.0 MPa). A total of 1.0x10^9 cycles were carried out. Variations in charge density and mechanical strain under a high electric field and constant mechanical loads were observed during the fatigue test. The dc and the first harmonic (at 10 Hz) dielectric and piezoelectric coefficients were subsequently characterized by using FFT (Fast Fourier Transformation). It has been observed that both the dielectric and the piezoelectric coefficients underwent a monotonic decrease prior to 2.86x10^8 cycles under the relevant preload, and then fluctuated to a certain extent. Both the dielectric loss tangent and the piezoelectric loss tangent also exhibited the fluctuations after a certain amount of drop but at different levels relative to the pre-fatigue. And finally, the results were discussed with respect to domain wall mobility, microcracking, and other pre-existing anomalies.

  15. Preparation and characterization of sol-gel-derived PZT thin films for microactuators

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    Wang, Zhanjie; Maeda, Ryutaro; Kikuchi, Kaoru M.

    1999-03-01

    Crack-free ferroelectric thin films of lead zirconate titanate with thickness of 3 micrometers for microactuators were fabricated using Sol-Gel spin-coating onto Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates. The precursor solution was prepared from lead acetate, zirconium-n-propoxide and titanium tetraisopropoxide. 2-propanol was used as the solvent. The crystalline phase as well as preferred orientation in the PZT films were investigated using x-ray diffraction analysis. The microstructure and composition of the films were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, respectively. The well-crystallized perovskite phase and the preferred orientations in the direction of the (100) plane were obtained using the heat treatment for dry at 120 degrees C, for pyrolysis at 300 degrees C and for crystallization at 600 degrees C. The prepared films showed nanometer grains with smooth and uniform surface. The dielectric constants and loss values of these films measured at 1 kHz were approximately 1250 and 0.04, respectively, while the remnant polarization and the coercive field were 45.5 (mu) C/cm2 and 58.5 kV/cm. Our results suggest that fabrication of good structural quality PZT films of a few micrometers thick for use in micro actuators is possible.

  16. Clamping effect on the piezoelectric responses of screen-printed low temperature PZT/Polymer films on flexible substrates

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    Almusallam, A.; Yang, K.; Zhu, D.; Torah, R. N.; Komolafe, A.; Tudor, J.; Beeby, S. P.

    2015-11-01

    This paper introduces a new flexible lead zirconate titanate (PZT)/polymer composite material that can be screen-printed onto fabrics and flexible substrates, and investigates the clamping effect of these substrates on the characterization of the piezoelectric material. Experimental results showed that the optimum blend of PZT/polymer binder with a weight ratio of 12:1 provides a dielectric constant of 146. The measured value of the piezoelectric coefficient d33 was found to depend on the substrate used. Measured d33clp values of 70, 40, 36 pC N‑1 were obtained from the optimum formulation printed on Polyester–cotton with an interface layer, Kapton and alumina substrates, respectively. The variation in the measured d33clp values occurs because of the effect of the mechanical boundary conditions of the substrate. The piezoelectric film is mechanically bonded to the surface of the substrate and this constrains the film in the plane of the substrate (the 1-direction). This constraint means that the perpendicular forces (applied in the 3-direction) used to measure d33 introduce a strain in the 1-direction that produces a charge of the opposite polarity to that induced by the d33 effect. This is due to the negative sign of the d31 coefficient and has the effect of reducing the measured d33 value. Theoretical and experimental investigations confirm a reduction of 13%, 50% and 55% in the estimated freestanding d33fs values (80 pC N‑1) on Polyester–cotton, Kapton and alumina substrates, respectively. These results demonstrate the effect of the boundary conditions of the substrate/PZT interface on the piezoelectric response of the PZT/polymer film and in particular the reduced effect of fabric substrates due to their lowered stiffness.

  17. Optimization of a 0.69PZT-0.31PZNN thick film by controlling slurry viscosity and tape-casting blade height

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    Song, Daniel; Woo, Min Sik; Ahn, Jung Hwan; Sung, Tae Hyun; Kim, Kyoung Bum

    2014-12-01

    We investigated how the viscosities of piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate/lead zirconate nickel niobate (PZT-PZNN) slurry samples affect the laminated-film densities based on various conditions of degassing time for 0, 30, and 60 min. PZT-PZNN slurries with different viscosities were tape casted into green sheets by adjusting the comma blade height to 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 ?m. As a result the slurry viscosity linearly increased with increasing slurry degassing time, and the thickness of the green sheet increased with increasing comma blade height. The density and the dielectric properties of piezoelectric ceramic films with the same thicknesses, but composed of different numbers of layers, were compared. The laminated-film density and the dielectric property d33 g33 increased with decreasing number of laminated layers. However, when the viscosity of the slurry was too high (degassing time > 60 min) and the comma blade height was too high (comma blade height > 300 ?m), the tape-casted green sheet was too thick to have enough time to dry. By controlling the slurry viscosity by adjusting the degassing time and the comma blade height, we were able to optimize the thickness of the green sheet in a tape-casting. The optimal green sheet thickness was < 70 ?m, and the number of sheets laminated should be minimized to increase the film's density and dielectric constant.

  18. Measurement of effective piezoelectric coefficients of PZT thin films for energy harvesting application with interdigitated electrodes.

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    Chidambaram, Nachiappan; Mazzalai, Andrea; Muralt, Paul

    2012-08-01

    Interdigitated electrode (IDE) systems with lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films play an increasingly important role for two reasons: first, such a configuration generates higher voltages than parallel plate capacitor-type electrode (PPE) structures, and second, the application of an electric field leads to a compressive stress component in addition to the overall stress state, unlike a PPE structure, which results in tensile stress component. Because ceramics tend to crack at relatively moderate tensile stresses, this means that IDEs have a lower risk of cracking than PPEs. For these reasons, IDE systems are ideal for energy harvesting of vibration energy, and for actuators. Systematic investigations of PZT films with IDE systems have not yet been undertaken. In this work, we present results on the evaluation of the in-plane piezoelectric coefficients with IDE systems. Additionally, we also propose a simple and measurable figure of merit (FOM) to analyze and evaluate the relevant piezoelectric parameter for harvesting efficiency without the need to fabricate the energy harvesting device. Idealized effective coefficients e(IDE) and h(IDE) are derived, showing its composite nature with about one-third contribution of the transverse effect, and about two-thirds contribution of the longitudinal effect in the case of a PZT film deposited on a (100)-oriented silicon wafer with the in-plane electric field along one of the <011> Si directions. Randomly oriented 1-μm-thick PZT 53/47 film deposited by a sol-gel technique, was evaluated and yielded an effective coefficient e(IDE) of 15 C·m(-2). Our FOM is the product between effective e and h coefficient representing twice the electrical energy density stored in the piezoelectric film per unit strain deformation (both for IDE and PPE systems). Assuming homogeneous fields between the fingers, and neglecting the contribution from below the electrode fingers, the FOM for IDE structures with larger electrode gap is derived to be twice as large as for PPE structures, for PZT-5H properties. The experiments yielded an FOM of the IDE structures of 1.25 × 10(10) J/m(3) and 14 mV/μ strain. PMID:22899110

  19. Real-Time, Label-Free, All-Electrical Detection of Salmonella typhimurium Using Lead Zirconate Titanate/Gold-Coated Glass Cantilevers at any Relative Humidity

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    Zhu, Qing; Shih, Wan Y.; Shih, Wei-Heng

    2007-01-01

    We have examined non-insulated PZT/gold-coated glass cantilevers for real-time, label-free detection of Salmonella t. by partial dipping at any relative humidity. The PZT/gold-coated glass cantilevers were consisted of a 0.127 mm thick PZT layer about 0.8 mm long, 2 mm wide bonded to a 0.15 mm thick gold-coated glass layer with a 3.0 mm long gold-coated glass tip for detection. We showed that by placing the water level at the nodal point, about 0.8 mm from the free end of the gold-glass tip, there was a 1-hr window in which the resonance frequency was stable despite the water level change by evaporation at 20% relative humidity or higher. By dipping the cantilevers to their nodal point, we were able to do real-time, label-free detection without background resonance frequency corrections at any relative humidity. The partially dipped PZT/gold-coated glass cantilever exhibited mass detection sensitivity, ?m/?f = ?510?11g/Hz, and a detection concentration sensitivity, 5103 cells/ml in 2 ml of liquid, which was about two orders of magnitude lower than that of a 5 MHz QCM. It was also about two orders of magnitude lower than the infection dosage and one order of magnitude lower that the detection limit of a commercial Raptor sensor. PMID:22872784

  20. Local piezoelectric behavior in PZT-based thin films for ultrasound transducers

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    Griggio, Flavio

    Piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are currently used in inkjet printers and precision resonators; numerous additional applications are being investigated for sensors, low-voltage actuators, and transducers. This work was aimed at improving piezoelectric MEMS by taking two approaches: 1) identifying factors affecting the piezoelectric response of ferroelectric thin films and 2) demonstrating integration of these films into a high frequency array transducer. It was found that there are several key factors influencing the piezoelectric response of thin films for a given material composition. First, large grain size improves the piezoelectric response. This was demonstrated using chemical solution deposited lead nickel niobate -- lead zirconate titanate (0.3)Pb(Ni 0.33Nb0.67)O3 - (0.7)Pb(Zr0.45Ti 0.55O3), (PNN-PZT) ferroelectric thin films. It was shown that this composition allows greater microstructural control than does PZT. Dielectric permittivities ranging from 1350 to 1520 and a transverse piezoelectric coefficient e31,f as high as -- 9.7 C/m 2 were observed for films of about 0.25 mum in thickness. The permittivity and piezoelectric response as well as extrinsic contributions to the dielectric constant increased by 14 and 12 % respectively for samples with grain sizes ranging from 110 to 270 nm. A second factor influencing the piezoelectric response is film composition with respect to the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB). The composition dependence of the dielectric and piezoelectric nonlinearities was characterized in epitaxially grown (0.3)Pb(Ni0.33Nb0.67)O3-(0.7)Pb(Zr xTi1-xO3) thin films deposited on SrTiO 3 to minimize the influence of large-angle grain boundaries. Tetragonal, MPB and rhombohedral films were prepared by changing the Zr/Ti ratio. The largest dielectric and piezoelectric nonlinearities were observed for the rhombohedral sample; this resulted from a higher domain wall mobility due to a smaller ferroelectric distortion and superior crystal quality. Thirdly, changes in the mechanical boundary conditions experienced by a ferroelectric thin film were found to influence both the properties and the length scale for correlated motion of domain walls. Microfabrication was employed to release the PZT films from the Si substrate. Nonlinear piezoelectric maps, by band excitation piezoforce microscopy, showed formation of clusters of higher nonlinear activities of similar size for clamped PZT films with different microstructures. However PZT films that had been released from the Si substrate showed a distinct increase in the correlation length associated with coupled domain wall motion, suggesting that the local mechanical boundary conditions, more than microstructure or composition govern the domain wall dynamics. Release of both the local and the global stress states in films produced dielectric nonlinearities comparable to those of bulk ceramics. The second research direction was targeted at demonstrating the functionality of a one dimensional transducer array. A diaphragm geometry was used for the transducer arrays in order to benefit from the unimorph-type displacement of the PZT-SiO2 layers. For this purpose, the PZT and remaining films in the stack were patterned using reactive ion etching and partially released from the underlying silicon substrate by XeF2 etching from the top. Admittance measurements on the fabricated structures showed resonance frequencies at 40 MHz for a 80 mum diameter-wide diaphragms with a PZT thickness of 1.74 mum. In-water transmit and receive functionalities were demonstrated. A bandwidth on receive of 80 % centered at 40 MHz was determined during pitch-mode tests.

  1. 2.8 and 1.55 ?m emission from diode-pumped Er3+-doped and Yb3+ co-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate transparent ferroelectric ceramic

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    de Camargo, A. S. S.; Botero, . R.; Andreeta, . R. M.; Garcia, D.; Eiras, J. A.; Nunes, L. A. O.

    2005-06-01

    This work reports the observation of intense emissions at 2.8 and 1.55?m from optical quality diode-pumped Er3+-doped lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) transparent ferroelectric ceramic. Radiative properties were calculated using the Judd Ofelt theory, and the respective values of ? =0.09 and ? =0.94 were obtained. The effect of ytterbium co-doping the PLZT: Er3+ samples was investigated in an attempt to increase intensities. It was found that Yb3+?Er3+ energy transfer processes, that favor Er3+ upconversion, are detrimental to the efficiency of midinfrared emissions. Even so, the advantageous spectroscopic characteristics of PLZT: Er3+ associated with its excellent thermal and mechanical properties, indicate it is a potential cost-effective laser active media.

  2. Quick response PZT/P(VDF-TrFE) composite film pyroelectric infrared sensor with patterned polyimide thermal isolation layer

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    Wu, C. G.; Li, P.; Cai, G. Q.; Luo, W. B.; Sun, X. Y.; Peng, Q. X.; Zhang, W. L.

    2014-09-01

    The fabrication method and the pyroelectric response of a single element infrared sensor based lead zirconate titanate (PZT) particles and polyvinylidene fluoride P(VDF-TrFE) copolymer composite thick film is reported in this paper. A special thermal insulation structure, including polyimide (PI) thermal insulation layer and thermal insulation tanks, was used in this device. The thermal insulation tanks were fabricated by laser micro-etching technique. Voltage responsivity (RV), noise voltage (Vnoise), noise equivalent power (NEP), and detectivity (D*) of the PZT/P(VDF-TrFE) based infrared sensor are 1.2 × 103 V/W, 1.25 × 10-6 V Hz1/2, 1.1 × 10-9 W and 1.9 × 108 cm Hz1/2 W-1 at 137.3 Hz modulation frequency, respectively. The thermal time constant of the infrared sensor τT was about 15 ms. The results demonstrate that the composite infrared sensor show a high detectivity at high chopper frequency, which is an essential advantage in infrared detectors and some other devices.

  3. Experimental investigation into the effect of substrate clamping on the piezoelectric behaviour of thick-film PZT elements

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    Torah, R. N.; Beeby, S. P.; White, N. M.

    2004-04-01

    This paper details an experimental investigation of the clamping effect associated with thick-film piezoelectric elements printed on a substrate. The clamping effect reduces the measured piezoelectric coefficient, d33, of the film. This reduction is due to the influence of the d31 component in the film when a deformation of the structure occurs, by either the direct or indirect piezoelectric effect. Theoretical analysis shows a reduction in the measured d33 of 62%, i.e. a standard bulk lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-5H sample with a manufacturer specified d33 of 593pC/N would fall to 227.8pC/N. To confirm this effect, the d33 coefficients of five thin bulk PZT-5H samples of 220 m thickness were measured before and after their attachment to a metallized 96% alumina substrate. The experimental results show a reduction in d33 of 74% from 529pC/N to 139pC/N. The theoretical analysis was then applied to existing University of Southampton thick-film devices. It is estimated that the measured d33 value of 131pC/N of the thick-film devices is the equivalent of an unconstrained d33 of 345pC/N.

  4. Accurate modeling of PZT-induced Lamb wave propagation in structures by using a novel spectral finite element method

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    Ge, Luyao; Wang, Xinwei; Wang, Feng

    2014-09-01

    This paper presents an investigation on the numerical simulation of Lamb wave propagation problems in plate-like structures. Based on the simple plate theory with six variables and extended Chebyshev nodes, a novel formulation of two-dimensional spectral finite elements (2D SFEs) with and without a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) layer is proposed. A simple technique is used in the formulations to avoid inherent thickness locking, which exists in the simple plate theory. Contrary to the existing methods, only one voltage degree of freedom is introduced for each PZT element. Formulations have been worked out in detail, and analysis of the base plates with and without PZTs has been carried out. The accuracy of the proposed 2D SFE is verified by comparing the simulations to data obtained by the finite element method-base commercial software ANSYS with very fine meshes and with existing experimental data. Numerical results indicate that the proposed method is efficient in simulating Lamb wave propagation in plate-like structures.

  5. Characterization of PZT Capacitor Structures with Various Electrode Materials Processed In-Situ Using AN Automated, Rotating Elemental Target, Ion Beam Deposition System

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    Gifford, Kenneth Douglas

    Ferroelectric thin film capacitor structures containing lead zirconate titanate (PZT) as the dielectric, with the chemical formula Pb(rm Zr_{x }Ti_{1-x})O_3, were synthesized in-situ with an automated ion beam sputter deposition system. Platinum (Pt), conductive ruthenium oxide (RuO_2), and two types of Pt-RuO_2 hybrid electrodes were used as the electrode materials. The capacitor structures are characterized in terms of microstructure and electrical characteristics. Reduction or elimination of non-ferroelectric phases, that nucleate during PZT processing on Pt/TiO _2/MgO and RuO_2/MgO substrates, is achieved by reducing the thickness of the individually deposited layers and by interposing a buffer layer (~100-200A) of PbTiO _3 (PT) between the bottom electrode and the PZT film. Capacitor structures containing a Pt electrode exhibit poor fatigue resistance, irregardless of the PZT microstructure or the use of a PT buffer layer. From these results, and results from similar capacitors synthesized with sol-gel and laser ablation, PZT-based capacitor structures containing Pt electrodes are considered to be unsuitable for use in memory devices. Using a PT buffer layer, in capacitor structures containing RuO_2 top and bottom electrodes and polycrystalline, highly (101) oriented PZT, reduces or eliminates the nucleation of zirconium-titanium oxide, non-ferroelectric species at the bottom electrode interface during processing. This results in good fatigue resistance up to ~2times10^ {10} switching cycles. DC leakage current density vs. time measurements follow the Curie-von Schweidler law, J(t) ~ t^ {rm -n}. Identification of the high electric field current conduction mechanism is inconclusive. The good fatigue resistance, low dc leakage current, and excellent retention, qualifies the use of these capacitor structures in non-volatile random access (NVRAM) and dynamic random access (DRAM) memory devices. Excellent fatigue resistance (10% loss in remanent polarization up to ~2times10^ {10} switching cycles), low dc leakage current, and excellent retention are observed in capacitor structures containing polycrystalline PZT (exhibiting dominant (001) and (100) XRD reflections), a Pt-RuO_2 hybrid bottom electrode (Type IA), and an RuO _2 top electrode. These results, and electrical characterization results on capacitors containing co-deposited Pt-RuO_2 hybrid electrodes (Type II), show potential for application of these capacitor structures in NVRAM and DRAM memory devices.

  6. In situ growth of lead zirconate titanate thin films by hybrid process: sol-gel method and pulsed-laser deposition

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    Wang, Z.J. . E-mail: wangzj@argon.material.tohoku.ac.jp; Kokawa, H.; Maeda, R.

    2005-02-01

    Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} (PZT) thin films were grown in situ on Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates by a hybrid process consisting of the sol-gel method and pulsed-laser deposition (PLD). The deposition temperature to obtain the perovskite phase in the hybrid process is 460 deg C, significantly lower than in the case of direct film deposition by PLD on a Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the preferred orientation of PZT films can be controlled using the layer deposited by the sol-gel method and highly (1 1 1)- or (1 0 0)-oriented PZT films were obtained. A transmission electron microscope image showed that the film had a polycrystalline columnar microstructure extending through its thickness, and no sharp boundary was observed between the layers deposited by the sol-gel method and PLD. A high-resolution electron microscope image and electron diffraction analysis revealed that the crystalline lattice of the layers deposited by the sol-gel method and PLD was continuous and there was no difference in crystalline orientation between the layers. These results indicate that the solid-phase epitaxial effect between the PZT layers deposited by the sol-gel method and PLD reduces the deposition temperature to obtain the perovskite phase during PLD, and causes the films to exhibit the same preferred orientation as that of the layer deposited by the sol-gel method. The dielectric constant and remanent polarization of the films deposited in situ at 460 deg C were approximately 900 and 15 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}, respectively.

  7. Micromachined bulk PZT tissue contrast sensor for fine needle aspiration biopsy.

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    Li, Tao; Gianchandani, Roma Y; Gianchandani, Yogesh B

    2007-02-01

    This paper describes a micromachined piezoelectric sensor, integrated into a cavity at the tip of a biopsy needle, and preliminary experiments to determine if such a device can be used for real-time tissue differentiation, which is needed for needle positioning guidance during fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy. The sensor is fabricated from bulk lead zirconate titanate (PZT), using a customized process in which micro electro-discharge machining is used to form a steel tool that is subsequently used for batch-mode ultrasonic micromachining of bulk PZT ceramic. The resulting sensor is 50 microm thick and 200 microm in diameter. It is placed in the biopsy needle cavity, against a steel diaphragm which is 300 microm diameter and has an average thickness of 23 microm. Devices were tested in materials that mimic the ultrasound characteristics of human tissue, used in the training of physicians, and with porcine fat and muscle tissue. In both schemes, the magnitude and frequency of an electrical impedance resonance peak showed tissue-specific characteristics as the needle was inserted. For example, in the porcine tissue, the impedance peak frequency changed approximately 13 MHz from the initial 163 MHz, and the magnitude changed approximately 1600 Omega from the initial 2100 Omega, as the needle moved from fat to muscle. Samples including oils and saline solution were tested for calibration, and an empirical tissue contrast model shows an approximately proportional relationship between measured frequency shift and sample acoustic impedance. These results suggest that the device can complement existing methods for guidance during biopsies. PMID:17268619

  8. Fabrication and Characterization of PZT Thick Films for Sensing and Actuation

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    Jang, Ling-Sheng; Kuo, Kuo-Ching

    2007-01-01

    Lead Zirconate Titanate oxide (PZT) thick films with thicknesses of up to 10 mm were developed using a modified sol-gel technique. Usually, the film thickness is less than 1 mm by conventional sol-gel processing, while the electrical charge accumulation which reveals the direct effect of piezoelectricity is proportional to the film thickness and therefore restricted. Two approaches were adopted to conventional sol-gel processing precursor concentration modulation and rapid thermal annealing. A 10 ?m thick film was successfully fabricated by coating 16 times via this technique. The thickness of each coating layer was about 0.6 mm and the morphology of the film was dense with a crack-free area as large as 16 mm2. In addition, the structure, surface morphology and physical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) and electrical performance. The dielectric constant and hysteresis loops were measured as electric characteristics. This study investigates the actuation and sensing performance of the vibrating structures with the piezoelectric thick film. The actuation tests demonstrated that a 4 mm 4 mm 6.5 mm PZT film drove a 40 mm 7 mm 0.5 mm silicon beam as an actuator. Additionally, it generated an electrical signal of 60 mVpp as a sensor, while vibration was input by a shaker. The frequencies of the first two modes of the beam were compared with the theoretical values obtained by Euler-Bernoulli beam theory. The linearity of the actuation and sensing tests were also examined.

  9. Out-of-Plane Translational PZT Bimorph Actuator with Archimedes’ Spiral Actuating Tethers

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    Yang, Chenye; Liu, Sanwei; Livermore, Carol

    2015-12-01

    The design, finite element analysis (FEA), and experimental characterization of a MEMS out-of-plane (vertical) translational lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) bimorph actuator supported on Archimedes’ spiral tethers are presented. Two types of bimorph actuators with different electrode patterns (with spiral tethers half actuated or fully actuated) are designed and fabricated. Both designs are fabricated by commercial processes and are compatible with integration into more complex MEMS systems. Finite element analysis (FEA) was used to analyze and predict the displacements of both types of actuators. The deflections of both fully- actuated and half-actuated devices were measured experimentally to validate the design. At an applied voltage of 110V, the out-of-plane deflections of the actuators with half-actuated and fully-actuated tethers were measured at about 17 μm and 29 μm respectively, in good agreement with FEA predictions of 17.1 μm and 25.8 μm. The corresponding blocking forces are predicted as 10 mN and 17 mN by FEA.

  10. Detection of cancer biomarkers by piezoelectric biosensor using PZT ceramic resonator as the transducer.

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    Su, Li; Zou, Lan; Fong, Chi-Chun; Wong, Wing-Leung; Wei, Fan; Wong, Kwok-Yin; Wu, Rudolf S S; Yang, Mengsu

    2013-08-15

    A novel piezoelectric biosensor using lead titanate zirconate (PZT) ceramic resonator as transducer was developed for label-free, cost-effective, and direct detection of cancer biomarkers. We designed a dual sensing scheme where two ceramic resonators were connected in parallel, in which one resonator was used as the sensing unit and the other as the control unit, in order to minimize environment influences including temperature fluctuation and to achieve the required frequency stability for biosensing applications. Detection of selected cancer biomarkers, such as prostate specific antigen (PSA) and ?-fetoprotein (AFP) was carried out to evaluate the performance of the biosensor. The device showed high sensitivity (0.25 ng/ml) and fast detection (within 30 min) with small amount of sample (1 ?l), which is compatible to that required by clinical measurements. The results also showed that the ceramic resonator-based piezoelectric biosensor platform could be utilized with different chemical interfaces, and the miniaturized size of the ceramic resonators makes it suitable for fabricating sensor arrays for multiplex detection. PMID:23542085

  11. Optical and electro-optic properties of micrometric thick lead zirconate titanate films on (Pb0.86,La0.14)TiO3/glass

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    Zhu, M. M.; Du, Z. H.; Ma, J.

    2009-07-01

    Highly (100)-oriented Pb(Zr0.52,Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) films of up to 2.4 ?m are deposited on the (Pb0.86,La0.14)TiO3 (PLT)-coated amorphous substrate by one cycle of sputtering and annealing. The films possess fibrous columnar nanostructures and vertically grow on the PLT/glass substrate. Microstructure analysis and property characterization indicate that the films possess very promising optical, waveguiding, and electro-optic (EO) properties, as well as low propagation loss. The transparency of >80% in the range of ? =400-1200 nm and the linear EO coefficient of 341.4 pm/V have been measured in the films. Due to the large EO coefficient and the micrometric thickness, a giant phase retardation of 2.93 rad has been measured under an electric field of 50 kV/mm.

  12. Array lead zirconate titanate/glass piezoelectric microcantilevers for real-time detection of Bacillus anthracis with 10 spores/ml sensitivity and 1/1000 selectivity in bacterial mixtures

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    McGovern, John-Paul; Shih, Wei-Heng; Rest, Richard F.; Purohit, Mitali; Mattiucci, Mark; Pourrezaei, Kambiz; Onaral, Banu; Shih, Wan Y.

    2009-12-01

    An array of three identical piezoelectric microcantilever sensors (PEMSs) consisting of a lead zirconate titanate layer bonded to a glass layer was fabricated and examined for simultaneous, in situ, real-time, all-electrical detection of Bacillus anthracis (BA) spores in an aqueous suspension using the first longitudinal extension mode of resonance. With anti-BA antibody immobilized on the sensor surfaces all three PEMS exhibited identical BA detection resonance frequency shifts at all tested concentrations, 10-107 spores/ml with a standard deviation of less than 10%. The detection concentration limit of 10 spores/ml was about two orders of magnitude lower than would be permitted by flexural peaks. In blinded-sample testing, the array PEMS detected BA in three samples containing BA: (1) 3.3103 spores/ml, (2) a mixture of 3.3103 spores/ml and 3.3105 S. aureus (SA) and P. aeruginosa (PA) per ml, and (3) a mixture of 3.3103 spores/ml with 3.3106 SA+PA/ml. There was no response to a sample containing only 3.3106 SA+PA/ml. These results illustrate the sensitivity, specificity, reusability, and reliability of array PEMS for in situ, real-time detection of BA spores.

  13. Optical tuning of electrical properties of PZT thin film deposited on STO

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    Gupta, Reema; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2015-11-01

    Present report deals with the optical tuning of electrical properties of PZT thin film based photodetector (PD). Lead Zirconium Titanate (PZT) thin film has been fabricated over epitaxially matched Strontium Titanate (STO) substrate using Pulsed Laser Deposition technique. Fine aluminium inter digital electrodes were patterned over PZT film to study the response of the PD. The photo response has been investigated by tuning the optical properties of the incident laser beam. The response was found to be modified according to the incident laser intensity and the distance between sample and laser. Moreover, PZT based photo detector was found to be highly sensitive towards small variation in the optical properties of the incident light. The intrinsic properties of the PZT thin film including its ferroelectric properties make it a novel material for the fabrication of UV based photo detector. The response of the PZT based Photodetector was found to be about 152 at a distance of 10cm between the PD and the UV laser of wavelength 365nm. The response time and recovery time were found to be 60 msec each which are much faster for UV detection as compared to other photodetectors. Moreover, a stable response was also observed on the repetitive UV sensing for the fabricated PZT based Photodetector.

  14. In-Situ phase and texture characterization of solution deposited PZT thin films during crystallization.

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    Brennecka, Geoffrey L.; Nittala, Krishna; Jones, Jacob L.

    2010-08-01

    Ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films are used for integrated capacitors, ferroelectric memory, and piezoelectric actuators. Solution deposition is routinely used to fabricate these thin films. During the solution deposition process, the precursor solutions are spin coated onto the substrate and then pyrolyzed to form an amorphous film. The amorphous film is then heated at a higher temperature (650-700 C) to crystallize the film into the desired perovskite phase. Phase purity is critical in achieving high ferroelectric properties. Moreover, due to the anisotropy in the structure and properties of PZT, it is desirable to control the texture obtained in these thin films. The heating rate during crystallization process is known to affect the sequence of phase evolution and texture obtained in these thin films. However, to date, a comprehensive understanding of how phase and texture evolution takes place is still lacking. To understand the effects of heating rate on phase and texture evolution, in-situ diffraction experiments during the crystallization of solution deposited PZT thin films were carried out at beamline 6-ID-B, Advanced Photon Source (APS). The high X-ray flux coupled with the sophisticated detectors available at the APS synchrotron source allow for in-situ characterization of phase and texture evolution at the high ramp rates that are commonly used during processing of PZT thin films. A PZT solution of nominal composition 52/48 (Zr/Ti) was spin coated onto a platinum-coated Si substrate (Pt//TiO{sub x}//SiO{sub 2}//Si). The films were crystallized using an infrared lamp, similar to a rapid thermal annealing furnace. The ramp rate was adjusted by controlling the voltage applied to the infrared lamp and increasing the voltage by a constant step with every acquisition. Four different ramp rates, ranging from {approx}1000 C/s to {approx}1 C/s, were investigated. The sample was aligned in grazing incidence to maximize the signal from the thin films. Successive diffraction patterns were acquired with a 1s acquisition time using a MAR SX-165 CCD detector during crystallization. The sample to detector distance and the tilt rotations of the detector were determined in Fit2D{copyright} by using Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as the calibrant. These corrections were applied to the patterns when binning the data into radial (2{theta}) and azimuthal bins. The texture observed in the thin film was qualitatively analyzed by fitting the intensity peaks along the azimuthal direction with a gaussian profile function to obtain the integrated intensity of the peaks. Data analysis and peak fitting was done using the curve fitting toolbox in MATLAB{copyright}. A fluorite-type phase was observed to form before the perovskite phase for all ramp rates. PtxPb is a transient intermetallic formed due to the interaction of the thin film and the bottom electrode during crystallization. Ramp rate was observed to significantly affect the amount of PtxPb observed in the thin films during crystallization. Ramp rate was also observed to affect the final texture obtained in the thin films. These results will be discussed in the poster in view of the current understanding of these materials.

  15. A three-degree-of-freedom thin-film PZT-actuated microactuator with large out-of-plane displacement

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    Choi, Jongsoo; Qiu, Zhen; Rhee, Choong-Ho; Wang, Thomas; Oldham, Kenn

    2014-01-01

    A novel three degree-of-freedom microactuator based on thin-film lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) is described with its detailed structural model. Its central rectangular-shaped mirror platform, also referred to as the stage, is actuated by four symmetric PZT bending legs such that each leg provides vertical translation for one corner of the stage. It has been developed to support real-time in vivo vertical cross-sectional imaging with a dual axes confocal endomicroscope for early cancer detection, having large displacements in three axes (z, ?x, ?y) and a relatively high bandwidth in the z-axis direction. Prototype microactuators closely meet the performance requirements for this application; in the out-of-plane (z-axis) direction, it has shown more than 177 ?m of displacement and about 84 Hz of structural natural frequency, when two diagonal legs are actuated at 14V. With all four legs, another prototype of the same design with lighter stage mass has achieved more than 430 ?m of out-of-plane displacement at 15V and about 200 Hz of bandwidth. The former design has shown approximately 6.4 and 2.9 of stage tilting about the x-axis and y-axis, respectively, at 14V. This paper also presents a modeling technique that uses experimental data to account for the effects of fabrication uncertainties in residual stress and structural dimensions. The presented model predicts the static motion of the stage within an average absolute error of 14.6 ?m, which approaches the desired imaging resolution, 5 ?m, and also reasonably anticipates the structural dynamic behavior of the stage. The refined model will support development of a future trajectory tracking controller for the system. PMID:25506131

  16. A three-degree-of-freedom thin-film PZT-actuated microactuator with large out-of-plane displacement

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    Choi, Jongsoo; Qiu, Zhen; Rhee, Choong-Ho; Wang, Thomas; Oldham, Kenn

    2014-07-01

    A novel three degree-of-freedom microactuator based on thin-film lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT) is described with its detailed structural model. Its central rectangular-shaped mirror platform, also referred to as the stage, is actuated by four symmetric PZT bending legs such that each leg provides vertical translation for one corner of the stage. It has been developed to support real-time in vivo vertical cross-sectional imaging with a dual axes confocal endomicroscope for early cancer detection, having large displacements in three axes (z, ?x,??y) and a relatively high bandwidth in the z-axis direction. Prototype microactuators closely meet the performance requirements for this application; in the out-of-plane (z-axis) direction, it has shown more than 177??m of displacement and about 84 Hz of structural natural frequency, when two diagonal legs are actuated at 14V. With all four legs, another prototype of the same design with lighter stage mass has achieved more than 430??m of out-of-plane displacement at 15V and about 200 Hz of bandwidth. The former design has shown approximately 6.4 and 2.9 of stage tilting about the x-axis and y-axis, respectively, at 14V. This paper also presents a modeling technique that uses experimental data to account for the effects of fabrication uncertainties in residual stress and structural dimensions. The presented model predicts the static motion of the stage within an average absolute error of 14.6 ?m, which approaches the desired imaging resolution, 5??m, and also reasonably anticipates the structural dynamic behavior of the stage. The refined model will support development of a future trajectory tracking controller for the system.

  17. Magnetoelectric effect in layered ferrite/PZT composites. Study of the demagnetizing effect on the magnetoelectric behavior

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    Loyau, V.; Morin, V.; Chaplier, G.; LoBue, M.; Mazaleyrat, F.

    2015-05-01

    We report the use of high magnetomechanical coupling ferrites in magnetoelectric (ME) layered composites. Bilayer samples combining (Ni0.973 Co0.027)1-xZnxFe2O4 ferrites (x = 0-0.5) synthesized by non conventional reactive Spark Plasma Sintering and commercial lead zirconate titanate (PZT) were characterized in term of ME voltage coefficients measured at sub-resonant frequency. Strong ME effects are obtained and we show that an annealing at 1000 °C and a quenching in air improve the piezomagnetic behavior of Zn-rich compositions. A theoretical model that predicts the ME behavior was developed, focusing our work on the demagnetizing effects in the transversal mode as well as the longitudinal mode. The model shows that: (i) high ME coefficients are obtained when ferrites with high magnetomechanical coupling are used in bilayer ME composites, (ii) the ME behavior in transversal and longitudinal modes is quite similar, and differences in the shapes of the ME curves are mainly due the demagnetizing effects, (iii) in the transversal mode, the magnetic field penetration depends on the ferrite layer thickness and the ME coefficient is affected accordingly. The two later points are confirmed by measurements on ME samples and calculations. Performances of the ME composites made with high magnetomechanical coupling ferrites are compared to those obtained using Terfenol-D materials in the same conditions of size, shape, and volume ratio. It appears that a ferrite with an optimized composition has performances comparable to those obtained with Terfenol-D material. Nevertheless, the fabrication processes of ferrites are quite simpler. Finally, a ferrite/PZT based ME composite was used as a current sensor.

  18. Sol-gel synthesis of high-quality SrRuO{sub 3} thin film electrodes suppressing the formation of detrimental RuO{sub 2} and the dielectric properties of integrated lead lanthanum zirconate titanate films.

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    Narayanan, M.; Tong, S.; Koritala, R.; Ma, B.; Pol, V.; Balachandran, U.

    2011-01-01

    A facile solution chemistry is demonstrated to fabricate high-quality polycrystalline strontium ruthenium oxide (SrRuO{sub 3}) thin film electrodes on silicon substrates suppressing the formation of undesired ruthenium oxide (RuO{sub 2}) for the deposition of dielectric and ferroelectric materials like lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT). The robust, highly crystalline SrRuO{sub 3} film fabrication process does not favor the formation of RuO{sub 2} because of molecular level modification of the precursors possessing analogous melting points, yielding homogeneous films. This chemistry is further understood and complemented by kinetic and thermodynamic analysis of the DTA data under nonisothermal conditions, with which the activation energies to form RuO{sub 2} and SrRuO{sub 3} were calculated to be 156 {+-} 17 and 96 {+-} 10 kJ/mol, respectively. The room-temperature resistivity of the SrRuO{sub 3} film was measured to be 850 {+-} 50 {mu}{Omega} cm on silicon (100) substrates. The dielectric properties of sol-gel-derived PLZT thin film capacitors on polycrystalline SrRuO{sub 3} electrodes were also measured to illustrate the high quality of the formed SrRuO{sub 3} bottom electrode. These results have broad implications for the expanded use of these conductive oxide electrodes in many applications that require low thermal budgets. The PLZT (8/52/48) films exhibited well-defined hysteresis loops with remanent polarization of {approx}10.5 {micro}C/cm{sup 2}, dielectric constant of >1450, dielectric loss of <0.06, and leakage current density of {approx}3.8 x 10{sup -8} A/cm{sup 2}. These dielectric properties are similar to those of PLZT on platinized silicon, indicating the high quality of the bottom conductive oxide layer. In addition, the PLZT capacitors were essentially fatigue free for >1 x 10{sup 9} cycles when deposited over an oxide electrode.

  19. Chem-prep PZT 95/5 for neutron generator applicatios : powder preparation characterization utilizing design of experiments.

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    Lockwood, Steven John; Rodman-Gonzales, Emily Diane; Voigt, James A.; Moore, Diana Lynn

    2003-07-01

    Niobium doped PZT 95/5 (lead zirconate-lead titanate) is the material used in voltage bars for all ferroelectric neutron generator power supplies. In June of 1999, the transfer and scale-up of the Sandia Process from Department 1846 to Department 14192 was initiated. The laboratory-scale process of 1.6 kg has been successfully scaled to a production batch quantity of 10 kg. This report documents efforts to characterize and optimize the production-scale process utilizing Design of Experiments methodology. Of the 34 factors identified in the powder preparation sub-process, 11 were initially selected for the screening design. Additional experiments and safety analysis subsequently reduced the screening design to six factors. Three of the six factors (Milling Time, Media Size, and Pyrolysis Air Flow) were identified as statistically significant for one or more responses and were further investigated through a full factorial interaction design. Analysis of the interaction design resulted in developing models for Powder Bulk Density, Powder Tap Density, and +20 Mesh Fraction. Subsequent batches validated the models. The initial baseline powder preparation conditions were modified, resulting in improved powder yield by significantly reducing the +20 mesh waste fraction. Response variation analysis indicated additional investigation of the powder preparation sub-process steps was necessary to identify and reduce the sources of variation to further optimize the process.

  20. High performance Au/PZT/TiOxNy/Si MFIS structure for next generation ferroelectric memory applications

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    Sharma, Deepak K.; Khosla, Robin; Sharma, Satinder K.

    2015-05-01

    The Metal-Ferroelectric-Insulator-Semiconductor (MFIS) capacitors with thin 20 nm lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and titanium oxynitride (TiOxNy) buffer layer were fabricated by RF magnetron sputtering technique and characterized. TiOxNy as a buffer layer deposited for the first time for MFIS application at different thicknesses and fabricated structure was found to exhibit excellent electrical characteristics at 14 nm TiOxNy. Memory window of 0.4 V was found at low sweep voltage of 3 V which increases to 1.8 V at sweep voltage of 14 V indicating multilevel data storage. Moreover the fabricated structure possesses low leakage current density of 4 A/cm2 at 36 nm TiOxNy which increases to 12 A/cm2 at 4 nm TiOxNy at 5 V, reasonable limit. Furthermore, the fabricated structure possesses outstanding data retention capability at 14 nm TiOxNy; the high and low capacitance becomes constant after few seconds and clearly distinguishable for 1h and 30 min. This shows that proposed MFIS structure is suitable for high performance ferroelectric memory applications.

  1. The optimization of the properties of the multicomponent PZT type ceramics by the choice of appropriate technological conditions

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    Czerwiec, M.; Zachariasz, R.; Ilczuk, J.; Bru?, B.; Zarycka, A.

    2005-10-01

    By the conventional ceramic sintering method, doped lead zirconate titanate (PZT) samples with the chemical composition 0.55PbTiO{3}-0.43PbZrO{3}-0.02[ Pb(Cd{0,5}W{0, 5})O{3}] have been obtained from oxides PbO, ZrO{2}, TiO2, CdO, WO{3}. For the samples of A series, synthesis was led in the 1223 K temperature by 3 hours and in the case of the samples of B series, by 6 hours in the same temperature but in two parts (each 3 hours long). Both series were sintered in the 1423 K temperature by 6 hours. All samples were subjected to polarization (T_pol.=423 K, E_pol.=30 kV/cm, t_pol.=30 min.) and next dielectric ({\\varepsilon^T}33/\\varepsilon0, tg?) properties were measured for the samples in the shape of discs. For the samples of B series, larger values of the dielectric permittivity {\\varepsilon^T}33/\\varepsilon0 were observed, as well as lower values of the dielectric loss tg?.

  2. Processing of PZT ceramics: aqueous mixing procedures for powder consolidation

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    Bunker, B.C.; Lamppa, D.L.; Moore, R.H.

    1986-02-01

    Inhomogeneities in chemical compositions and microstructures can result in lot-to-lot variations in the charge release characteristics of ferroelectric lead-zirconate-titanate ceramics. One source of inhomogeneity is agglomeration and selective sedimentation which occurs during aqueous mixing of the constituent oxides. Procedures using electrostatic and steric stabilization of oxide powders were developed for fabricating homogeneous powder compacts. Use of lead carbonate instead of lead oxide minimizes problems encountered using various slurry stabilization techniques.

  3. Effects of crystallization conditions on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of PZT thin films

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    Arajo, E. B.; Eiras, J. A.

    2003-08-01

    This paper reports studies on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin films crystallized by conventional thermal annealing (CTA) and rapid thermal annealing (RTA) in air, oxygen and nitrogen atmospheres to better understand, control and optimize these properties. The dielectric constant (varepsilon) and dissipation factor (tan delta) values, at a frequency of 100 kHz, for film crystallized in air by CTA process, were 358 and 0.039, respectively. Considering the same frequency for film crystallized in air by RTA, these values were 611 and 0.026, respectively. The different dielectric values were justified by a space-charge or interfacial polarization in films, often characterized as Maxwell-Wagner type. This effect was also responsible to dispersion at frequencies above 1 MHz in film crystallized in air by CTA process and film crystallized by RTA in oxygen atmosphere. The film crystallized by RTA under nitrogen atmosphere presented an evident dispersion at frequencies around 100 Hz, characterized by an increase in both varepsilon and tan delta. This dispersion was attributed to conductivity effects. The remanent polarization (Pr) and coercive field (Ec) were also obtained for all films. Films obtained from RTA in air presented higher Pr (17.8 muC cm-2) than film crystallized from CTA (7.8 muC cm-2). As a function of the crystallization atmospheres, films crystallized by RTA in air and nitrogen presented essentially the same Pr values (around 18 muC cm-2) but the Pr (3.9 muC cm-2) obtained from film crystallized under oxygen atmosphere was profoundly influenced.

  4. Scalable synthesis of morphotropic phase boundary lead zirconium titanate nanowires for energy harvesting.

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    Zhou, Zhi; Tang, Haixiong; Sodano, Henry A

    2014-12-01

    Lead zirconium titanate (PZT) nanowires are synthesized using a scalable two-step hydrothermal reaction. The piezo-electric coupling coefficient of the PZT NWs shows the highest value for PZT nano-wires in the literature (80 ± 5 pm/V). A PZT-NW-based nanocomposite is fabri-cated to demonstrate an energy-harvesting application with an open-circuit voltage up to 7 V and a power density up to 2.4 μW/cm(3) . PMID:25312483

  5. Titan Meteorology

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    Mitchell, Jonathan

    2012-04-01

    Titans methane clouds have received much attention since they were first discovered spectroscopically (Griffith et al. 1998). Titan's seasons evolve slowly, and there is growing evidence of a seasonal response in the regions of methane cloud formation (e.g. Rodriguez et al. 2009). A complete, three-dimensional view of Titans clouds is possible through the determination of cloud-top heights from Cassini images (e.g., dmkovics et al. 2010). Even though Titans surface is warmed by very little sunlight, we now know Titans methane clouds are convective, evolving through tens of kilometers of altitude on timescales of hours to days with dynamics similar to clouds that appear on Earth (Porco et al. 2005). Cassini ISS has also shown evidence of rain storms on Titan that produce surface accumulation of methane (Turtle et al. 2009). Most recently, Cassini has revealed a 1000-km-scale, arrow-shaped cloud at the equator followed by changes that appear to be evidence of surface precipitation (Turtle et al. 2011b). Individual convective towers simulated with high fidelity indicate that surface convergence of methane humidity and dynamic lifting are required to trigger deep, precipitating convection (e.g. Barth & Rafkin 2010). The global expanses of these cloud outbursts, the evidence for surface precipitation, and the requirement of dynamic convergence and lifting at the surface to trigger deep convection motivate an analysis of storm formation in the context of Titans global circulation. I will review our current understanding of Titans methane meteorology using Cassini and ground-based observations and, in particular, global circulation model simulations of Titans methane cycle. When compared with cloud observations, our simulations indicate an essential role for planetary-scale atmospheric waves in organizing convective storms on large scales (Mitchell et al. 2011). I will end with predictions of Titans weather during the upcoming northern hemisphere summer.

  6. Control of crystallographic texture and surface morphology of Pt/Tio2 templates for enhanced PZT thin film texture.

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    Fox, Austin J; Drawl, Bill; Fox, Glen R; Gibbons, Brady J; Trolier-McKinstry, Susan

    2015-01-01

    Optimized processing conditions for Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si templating electrodes were investigated. These electrodes are used to obtain [111] textured thin film lead zirconate titanate (Pb[ZrxTi1-x ]O3 0 ≤ x ≤ 1) (PZT). Titanium deposited by dc magnetron sputtering yields [0001] texture on a thermally oxidized Si wafer. It was found that by optimizing deposition time, pressure, power, and the chamber pre-conditioning, the Ti texture could be maximized while maintaining low surface roughness. When oxidized, titanium yields [100]-oriented rutile. This seed layer has as low as a 4.6% lattice mismatch with [111] Pt; thus, it is possible to achieve strongly oriented [111] Pt. The quality of the orientation and surface roughness of the TiO2 and the Ti directly affect the achievable Pt texture and surface morphology. A transition between optimal crystallographic texture and the smoothest templating surface occurs at approximately 30 nm of original Ti thickness (45 nm TiO2). This corresponds to 0.5 nm (2 nm for TiO2) rms roughness as determined by atomic force microscopy and a full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of the rocking curve 0002 (200) peak of 5.5/spl degrees/ (3.1/spl degrees/ for TiO2). A Pb[Zr0.52Ti 0.48]O3 layer was deposited and shown to template from the textured Pt electrode, with a maximum [111] Lotgering factor of 87% and a minimum 111 FWHM of 2.4/spl degrees/ at approximately 30 nm of original Ti. PMID:25585390

  7. Explosive crystallization of PZT microstructures by femtosecond infrared radiation

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    Elshin, A. S.; Firsova, N. Yu; Emelianov, V. I.; Pronin, I. P.; Senkevich, S. V.; Zhigalina, O. M.; Mishina, E. D.; Sigov, A. S.

    2015-12-01

    The features of microstructure crystallization into perovskite phase in lead zirconate titanate film by femtosecond laser radiation of near-infrared range were discussed. In-situ crystallization kinetics by method of second harmonic generation (SHG) was studied. The presence of several types of crystallization was shown, including ultra-fast (explosive) crystallization occurring immediately after the start of exposure, and slow (self-sustaining) crystallization, occurring after termination of exposure. The advantage of the second-harmonic generation microscopy for the study of annealed microstructures was shown. The morphology of microstructures was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  8. Biologically functionalized nanochannels on ferroelectric lead zirconium titanate surfaces.

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    Ocola, L. E.; Pan, W. C.; Kuo, M.; Tirumala, V. R.; Reiss, B. D.; Firestone, M. A.; Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

    2005-01-01

    We recently started a program at Argonne to exploit patterned, polarizable ferroelectric surfaces, such as lead zirconium titanate (PZT), as a means to create field-responsive inorganic-biomolecule interfaces to study and manipulate biomatter on surfaces. In this paper we will discuss the integration of nanochannels on the surface of PZT films and their selective functionalization to create nanovalves to control nanofluidic flow. Microfluidic devices have been fabricated using a variety of methods, ranging from thermal decomposition of buried patterned channels, to fabricating trenches via plasma etch or hot embossing followed by trench capping. Our work focuses on an alternative method by using a bilayer resist in an inverted configuration normally used for T- and Gamma- gate fabrication. This method is capable of yielding sub-100 nm nanochannels with high aspect ratios and sub-500nm alignment. We have recently demonstrated that the polarization hysteresis loop of PZT is the same before and after exposure to an aqueous environment. This opens the possibility of selective surface modification of PZT via coupling of a wide range of biomolecules (e.g., peptides, proteins) and the use of the electric-field-responsive properties of PZT to manipulate the function (e.g., orientation) of the tethered biomolecules. We have used phage display techniques to evolve specific peptide motifs that selectively bind to PZT. The optimum heptapeptide that facilitates both the attachment of functional biological molecules to the surface of PZT has been identified.

  9. Structural Properties of Ferroelectric Lead(Zirconium0.5,Titanium0.5)Oxygen3 Nanotube Array and Electronic Structure of Lao delta-doped strontium titanate

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    Adhikari, Rajendra P.

    In this Dissertation we begin with two introductions on: 1) ferroelectricity and related phenomena, and 2) novel properties of Oxide electronics and the generation of two dimensional electron gas. We then give theoretical background of density functional theory (including LDA+U) and pseudopotentials. The first part of research work is about structural, polarization, and dielectric properties of ferroelectric Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) solid solution in the form of a nanotube array, embedded in a matrix medium of different ferroelectric strengths. We use the effective Hamiltonian derived from first-principles and finite-temperature Monte Carlo methods to determine the various properties. We revealed different polarization phases of the system in the absence of an external electric field and explained these properties in microscopic detail. In the second part, we study the effects of compressive biaxial inplane strains on the electronic and structural properties of Lanthanum Oxide delta-doped Strontium Titanate supercell. We use first-principles density functional calculations within the local density approximation including also on-site Coulomb interaction energy. We approached the problem by comparing the band structures, localization of electronic states, and cation-anion displacements of unstrained and strained systems. We found a critical strain above which there are abrupt changes in conduction band dispersions and cation-anion displacements, indicating that inplane biaxial strain can drastically tune the properties of this system, which may have potential technological applications.

  10. Gas line PZT power transducer

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    Kude, W. B.; Gossler, A. A.

    1981-08-01

    An evaluation of power requirements for automatic or remote gas meter reading and a study of the possible sources of power generation to meet those requirements were conducted. The study found that employing lead zirconium titanium (PZT) needs to convert acoustic energy accompanying gas lines to electrical power is infeasible. Insufficient power is generated by this method due to the incompatible characteristics of broadband acoustic energy and frequency specific PZT efficiency. Only the mechanical energy stored in the compressed gas is found to be sufficient to power meter reading systems. This mechanical energy can be tapped at two locations. A small turbine or piston engine placed upstream of or in lieu of the final pressure regulators would generate ample power for meter reading. Using gas meters as engines to generate power also is sufficient.

  11. The effects of non-hydrostatic compression and applied electric field on the electromechanical behavior of poled PZT 95/5-2Nb ceramic during the F{sub R1} {yields} A{sub 0} polymorphic phase transformation

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    Zeuch, D.H.; Montgomery, S.T.; Zimmerer, D.J.

    1995-10-01

    We conducted hydrostatic and constant-stress-difference (CSD) experiments at room temperature on two different sintered batches of poled, niobium-doped lead-zirconate-titanate ceramic (PZT 95/5-2Nb). The objective of this test plan was to quantify the effects of nonhydrostatic stress on the electromechanical behavior of the ceramic during the ferroelectric, rhombohedral {yields} antiferroelectric, orthorhombic (FE {yields} AFE) phase transformation. We also performed a series of hydrostatic and triaxial compression experiments in which a 1000 V potential was applied to poled specimens to evaluate any effect of a sustained bias on the transformation. As we predicted from earlier tests on unpoled PZT 95/5-2Nb, increasing the stress difference up to 200 MPa (corresponding to a maximum resolved shear stress of 100 MPa) decreases the mean stress and confining pressure at which the transformation occurs by 25--33%, for both biased and unbiased conditions. This same stress difference also retards the rate of transformation at constant pressurization rate, resulting in reductions of up to an order of magnitude in the rate of charge release and peak voltage attained in our tests. This shear stress-voltage effect offers a plausible, though qualitative explanation for certain systematic failures that have occurred in neutron generator power supplies when seemingly minor design changes have been made. Transformation strains in poled ceramic are anisotropic (differing by up to 33%) in hydrostatic compression, and even more anisotropic under non-hydrostatic stress states. Application of a 1000 V bias appears to slightly increase (by {le}2%) the transformation pressure for poled ceramic, but evidence for this conclusion is weak.

  12. Optical and electro-optic properties of micrometric thick lead zirconate titanate films on (Pb{sub 0.86},La{sub 0.14})TiO{sub 3}/glass

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    Zhu, M. M.; Du, Z. H.; Ma, J.

    2009-07-15

    Highly (100)-oriented Pb(Zr{sub 0.52},Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3} (PZT) films of up to approx2.4 mum are deposited on the (Pb{sub 0.86},La{sub 0.14})TiO{sub 3} (PLT)-coated amorphous substrate by one cycle of sputtering and annealing. The films possess fibrous columnar nanostructures and vertically grow on the PLT/glass substrate. Microstructure analysis and property characterization indicate that the films possess very promising optical, waveguiding, and electro-optic (EO) properties, as well as low propagation loss. The transparency of >80% in the range of lambda=400-1200 nm and the linear EO coefficient of 341.4 pm/V have been measured in the films. Due to the large EO coefficient and the micrometric thickness, a giant phase retardation of 2.93 rad has been measured under an electric field of 50 kV/mm.

  13. Ceramic with zircon coating

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    Wang, Hongyu (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    An article comprises a silicon-containing substrate and a zircon coating. The article can comprise a silicon carbide/silicon (SiC/Si) substrate, a zircon (ZrSiO.sub.4) intermediate coating and an external environmental/thermal barrier coating.

  14. Improvement of the dielectric breakdown strength and leakage currents of nano-sized CFO PZT particulate composite thin film with high particle loadings by controlled percolation for magnetoelectric applications

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    Muchenik Cena, Tomas Ignacio

    Magnetic and electric properties of a nano-sized particulate composite thin film consisting of non-percolating 11 nm superparamagnetic CoFe2O4 (CFO, Cobalt Ferrite) particles dispersed in a pure perovskite Pb[Zr 0.52Ti0.48]O3 (PZT, Lead Zirconate Titanate) matrix have been studied. The main objective of the study was to fabricate a composite with high particle loading conserving good dielectric breakdown strength (DBS) and leakage currents, which are commonly decreased at high loadings levels due to percolation. In this work, a composite with 38 vol% particulate loading showing no sign of percolation was prepared and characterized by DBS, leakage and polarization measurements. This improvement is explained with an analytical model proposed by Kusy, where percolation is increased when the diameter of the particulates is larger than the diameter of the matrix precursor. As a result of this, the leakage currents measurements, at 667 kV/cm, indicated an increase from 3*10--6 to 6 *10--5 A/cm2 ( 5 *10--10 and 9 *10--9 S/m ) for the samples with 1 and 38 vol% particulate loading, respectively, that remains lower than the leakage current of the PZT thin film, 6* 10--3A/cm2 (9 * 10--7 S/m), due to the reduction in crystallite size and grain orientation. No percolation was observed by the DBS characterization either, the increase of conductive CFO particles from 1 to 38 vol% decreased the DBS from 1800 kV/cm to 1200 kV/cm, respectively, which is still considerably higher than the DBS of the PZT thin film, 700 kV/cm, due to same reasons. Moreover, the behavior of the DBS for different particulate loadings is explained by an non-percolative analytical model consisting in the grain size effect and reduction of the effective film thickness given by the conductive phase, showing a good fit to the experimental data. This is in contrast to previously reported particulate composites, with magnetic and electric properties, that show percolation for low amounts of particulate loadings destroying the electric properties of the ferroelectric phase. The design proposed in this work is of great interest for the fabrication of films with high magnetic particulate loadings without degrading the electric properties for magnetoelectric applications.

  15. Titan Karst

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    Malaska, M. J.; Mitchell, K. L.; Hodyss, R.; Nerenberg, P. S.; Hayes, A. G.

    2015-10-01

    The morphological evidence, theoretical calculations, and laboratory simulation are all consistent with the concept that karst could be a viable explanation for the features and closed depressions observed on Titan.

  16. Radiation Effects in Zircon

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    Ewing, Rodney C.; Meldrum, Alkiviathes; Wang, L. M.; Weber, William J.; Corrales, Louis R.

    2003-12-11

    The widespread distribution of zircon in the continental crust, its tendency to concentrate trace elements, particularly lanthanides and actinides, its use in age-dating, and its resistance to chemical and physical degradation have made zircon the most important accessory mineral in geologic studies. Because zircon is highly refractory, it also has important industrial applications, including its use as a lining material in high-temperature furnaces. However, during the past decade, zircon has also been proposed for advanced technology applications, such as a durable material for the immobilization of plutonium or, when modified by ion-beam irradiation, as an optic waveguide material. In all of these applications, the change in properties as a function of increasing radiation dose is of critical importance. In this chapter, we summarize the state-of-knowledge on the radiation damage accumulation process in zircon.

  17. EXAFS study of PZT sols

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    Arcon, Iztok; Malic, Barbara; Kosec, Marija; Kodre, Alojz

    2003-12-10

    The environment of lead atoms in PbZr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}O{sub 3} (PZT) sols was analyzed by EXAFS. The sols were prepared by 2-methoxyethanol-route from lead acetate, titanium n-propoxide, and zirconium n-propoxide, either unmodified or modified with acetic acid or acetylacetone. The addition of the modifier evokes the crystallization of the perovskite phase in the films at a lower temperature. In the sols a change in the local Pb environments is observed only after modification with 2 mol of acetylacetone or acetic acid per mole of Zr n-propoxide. With lower amounts of acetylacetone modifier the local Pb neighborhood is not affected.

  18. Polarization characterization of PZT disks and of embedded PZT plates by thermal wave methods

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    Eydam, Agnes Suchaneck, Gunnar Gerlach, Gerald; Esslinger, Sophia; Schönecker, Andreas; Neumeister, Peter

    2014-11-05

    In this work, the thermal wave method was applied to characterize PZT disks and embedded PZT plates with regard to the polarization magnitude and spatial homogeneity. The samples were exposed to periodic heating by means of a laser beam and the pyroelectric response was determined. Thermal relaxation times (single time constants or distributions of time constants) describe the heat losses of the PZT samples to the environment. The resulting pyroelectric current spectrum was fitted to the superposition of thermal relaxation processes. The pyroelectric coefficient gives insight in the polarization distribution. For PZT disks, the polarization distribution in the surface region showed a characteristic decrease towards the electrodes.

  19. Electrical properties of calcium modified PZT (52/48) ceramics

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    Kour, P.; Kumar, Pawan; Sinha, S. K.; Kar, Manoranjan

    2014-07-01

    To optimize the electrical properties of lead zirconate titanate, it was modified by calcium. Pb1-xCaxZr0.52Ti0.48O3, x=0.00, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06 and 0.10 composition, was prepared by the sol-gel technique. All the samples have been crystallized to a mixture of rhombohedral and tetragonal crystallographic phases. The dielectric constant increases with the increase in calcium concentration due to the increase in electronic polarization. The Curie temperature decreases with increase in calcium concentration of the sample. The ac conductivity of the sample obeys the Jonscher power law. The ac conductivity of the sample increases with the increase in calcium concentration. The impedance study shows the contribution from grain and grain boundary.

  20. Li diffusion in zircon

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    Cherniak, D. J.; Watson, E. B.

    2010-09-01

    Diffusion of Li under anhydrous conditions at 1 atm and under fluid-present elevated pressure (1.0-1.2 GPa) conditions has been measured in natural zircon. The source of diffusant for 1-atm experiments was ground natural spodumene, which was sealed under vacuum in silica glass capsules with polished slabs of zircon. An experiment using a Dy-bearing source was also conducted to evaluate possible rate-limiting effects on Li diffusion of slow-diffusing REE+3 that might provide charge balance. Diffusion experiments performed in the presence of H2O-CO2 fluid were run in a piston-cylinder apparatus, using a source consisting of a powdered mixture of spodumene, quartz and zircon with oxalic acid added to produce H2O-CO2 fluid. Nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) with the resonant nuclear reaction 7Li(p,?)8Be was used to measure diffusion profiles for the experiments. The following Arrhenius parameters were obtained for Li diffusion normal to the c-axis over the temperature range 703-1.151C at 1 atm for experiments run with the spodumene source: D_{text{Li}} = 7.17 10^{ - 7} { exp }( - 275 11 {text{kJmol}}^{ - 1} /{text{RT}}){text{m}}2 {text{s}}^{ - 1}. Diffusivities are similar for transport parallel to the c-axis, indicating little anisotropy for Li diffusion in zircon. Similar Li diffusivities were also found for experiments run under fluid-present conditions and for the experiment run with the Dy-bearing source. Li diffusion is considerably faster than diffusion of other cations in zircon, with a smaller activation energy for diffusion. Although Li diffusion in zircon is comparatively rapid, zircons will be moderately retentive of Li signatures at mid-crustal metamorphic temperatures, but they are unlikely to retain this information for geologically significant times under high-grade metamorphism.

  1. Modified lead titanate thin films for pyroelectric infrared detectors on gold electrodes

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    Ahmed, Moinuddin; Butler, Donald P.

    2015-07-01

    Pyroelectric infrared detectors provide the advantage of both a wide spectral response and dynamic range, which also has enabled systems to be developed with reduced size, weight and power consumption. This paper demonstrates the deposition of lead zirconium titanate (PZT) and lead calcium titanate (PCT) thin films for uncooled pyroelectric detectors with the utilization of gold electrodes. The modified lead titanate thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition on gold electrodes. The PZT and PCT thins films deposited and annealed at temperatures of 650 C and 550 C respectively demonstrated the best pyroelectric performance in this work. The thin films displayed a pyroelectric effect that increased with temperature. Poling of the thin films was carried out for a fixed time periods and fixed dc bias voltages at elevated temperature in order to increase the pyroelectric coefficient by establishing a spontaneous polarization of the thin films. Poling caused the pyroelectric current to increase one order of magnitude.

  2. Very High Frequency (Beyond 100 MHz) PZT Kerfless Linear Arrays

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    Wu, Da-Wei; Zhou, Qifa; Geng, Xuecang; Liu, Chang-Geng; Djuth, Frank; Shung, K. Kirk

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication, and measurements of very high frequency kerfless linear arrays prepared from PZT film and PZT bulk material. A 12-µm PZT thick film fabricated from PZT-5H powder/solution composite and a piece of 15-µm PZT-5H sheet were used to fabricate 32-element kerfless high-frequency linear arrays with photolithography. The PZT thick film was prepared by spin-coating of PZT sol-gel composite solution. The thin PZT-5H sheet sample was prepared by lapping a PZT-5H ceramic with a precision lapping machine. The measured results of the 2 arrays were compared. The PZT film array had a center frequency of 120 MHz, a bandwidth of 60% with a parylene matching layer, and an insertion loss of 41 dB. The PZT ceramic sheet array was found to have a center frequency of 128 MHz with a poorer bandwidth (40% with a parylene matching layer) but a better sensitivity (28 dB insertion loss). PMID:19942516

  3. Epitaxial growth of lead zirconium titanate thin films on Ag buffered Si substrates using rf sputtering

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    Wang Chun; Laughlin, David E.; Kryder, Mark H.

    2007-04-23

    Epitaxial lead zirconium titanate (PZT) (001) thin films with a Pt bottom electrode were deposited by rf sputtering onto Si(001) single crystal substrates with a Ag buffer layer. Both PZT(20/80) and PZT(53/47) samples were shown to consist of a single perovskite phase and to have the (001) orientation. The orientation relationship was determined to be PZT(001)[110](parallel sign)Pt(001)[110](parallel sign)Ag(001)[110](parallel sign)Si(001)[110]. The microstructure of the multilayer was studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The electron diffraction pattern confirmed the epitaxial relationship between each layer. The measured remanent polarization P{sub r} and coercive field E{sub c} of the PZT(20/80) thin film were 26 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and 110 kV/cm, respectively. For PZT(53/47), P{sub r} was 10 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and E{sub c} was 80 kV/cm.

  4. Genetic Adaptive Control for PZT Actuators

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    Kim, Jeongwook; Stover, Shelley K.; Madisetti, Vijay K.

    1995-01-01

    A piezoelectric transducer (PZT) is capable of providing linear motion if controlled correctly and could provide a replacement for traditional heavy and large servo systems using motors. This paper focuses on a genetic model reference adaptive control technique (GMRAC) for a PZT which is moving a mirror where the goal is to keep the mirror velocity constant. Genetic Algorithms (GAs) are an integral part of the GMRAC technique acting as the search engine for an optimal PID controller. Two methods are suggested to control the actuator in this research. The first one is to change the PID parameters and the other is to add an additional reference input in the system. The simulation results of these two methods are compared. Simulated Annealing (SA) is also used to solve the problem. Simulation results of GAs and SA are compared after simulation. GAs show the best result according to the simulation results. The entire model is designed using the Mathworks' Simulink tool.

  5. Crystallographic changes in lead zirconate titanate due to neutron irradiation

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    Henriques, Alexandra; Graham, Joseph T.; Landsberger, Sheldon; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Brennecka, Geoff L.; Brown, Donald W.; Forrester, Jennifer S.; Jones, Jacob L.

    2014-11-17

    Piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials are useful as the active element in non-destructive monitoring devices for high-radiation areas. Here, crystallographic structural refinement (i.e., the Rietveld method) is used to quantify the type and extent of structural changes in PbZr0.5Ti0.5O3 after exposure to a 1 MeV equivalent neutron fluence of 1.7 × 1015 neutrons/cm2. The results show a measurable decrease in the occupancy of Pb and O due to irradiation, with O vacancies in the tetragonal phase being created preferentially on one of the two O sites. The results demonstrate a method by which the effects of radiation on crystallographic structure maymore » be investigated.« less

  6. Crystallographic changes in lead zirconate titanate due to neutron irradiation

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    Henriques, Alexandra; Graham, Joseph T.; Landsberger, Sheldon; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Brennecka, Geoff L.; Brown, Donald W.; Forrester, Jennifer S.; Jones, Jacob L.

    2014-11-15

    Piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials are useful as the active element in non-destructive monitoring devices for high-radiation areas. Here, crystallographic structural refinement (i.e., the Rietveld method) is used to quantify the type and extent of structural changes in PbZr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} after exposure to a 1 MeV equivalent neutron fluence of 1.7 × 10{sup 15} neutrons/cm{sup 2}. The results show a measurable decrease in the occupancy of Pb and O due to irradiation, with O vacancies in the tetragonal phase being created preferentially on one of the two O sites. The results demonstrate a method by which the effects of radiation on crystallographic structure may be investigated.

  7. Crystallographic changes in lead zirconate titanate due to neutron irradiation

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    Henriques, Alexandra; Graham, Joseph T.; Landsberger, Sheldon; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Brennecka, Geoff L.; Brown, Donald W.; Forrester, Jennifer S.; Jones, Jacob L.

    2014-11-17

    Piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials are useful as the active element in non-destructive monitoring devices for high-radiation areas. Here, crystallographic structural refinement (i.e., the Rietveld method) is used to quantify the type and extent of structural changes in PbZr0.5Ti0.5O3 after exposure to a 1 MeV equivalent neutron fluence of 1.7 × 1015 neutrons/cm2. The results show a measurable decrease in the occupancy of Pb and O due to irradiation, with O vacancies in the tetragonal phase being created preferentially on one of the two O sites. The results demonstrate a method by which the effects of radiation on crystallographic structure may be investigated.

  8. Ti site occupancy in zircon

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    Tailby, N. D.; Walker, A. M.; Berry, A. J.; Hermann, J.; Evans, K. A.; Mavrogenes, J. A.; O'Neill, H. St. C.; Rodina, I. S.; Soldatov, A. V.; Rubatto, D.; Sutton, S. R.

    2011-02-01

    Ti site occupancy in zircon (ZrSiO 4) is fundamental to thermobarometry because substitution mechanisms control Ti content-temperature relations. Here we describe the results of three independent methods used to demonstrate that Ti substitutes for Si and not Zr in zircon. Zircon grains were synthesized from oxide powders held in a Na 2WO 4 flux at 1 bar and 1300 C. Zircon grains equilibrated with rutile + cristobalite show Ti contents (1201 ppm) nearly half that of zircon grains equilibrated with srilankite ((Ti,Zr)O 2) + tetragonal zirconia (2640 ppm). The lower Ti content of zircon grains produced at silica-saturated conditions indicates that Ti substitution predominately occurs on the Si site. Moreover, the higher Ti contents of silica-saturated experiments at 1 bar (1201 ppm), relative to those at 1 GPa (457 ppm, Ferry and Watson, 2007), indicates a substantial pressure effect on Ti solubility in zircon. Measured Ti K-? edge X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) spectra of synthetic zircon grains show energies and normalized intensities akin to those seen among tetrahedrally coordinated Ti-bearing standard minerals, strongly suggesting that Ti occupies the Si site. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirm that Ti substitution is most likely to occur on the Si site and predict a Ti-O bond length of 1.797 (compared to an average of 2.160 for substitution on the Zr site), in excellent agreement with X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectra of experimentally grown zircon grains which indicate a value of 1.76(1) . The software FEFF 8.4 was used to simulate XANES spectra from the defect structures determined by DFT for Ti substituting on both the Si and Zr sites. The predicted spectrum for Ti on the Si site reproduces all the key features of the experimental zircon spectra, whereas Ti on the Zr site is markedly different. All applied methods confirm that Ti substitutes for Si in zircon. Consequently, the Ti content of zircon at a given pressure is not only a function of temperature, but will increase with decreasing silica activity. Because elements that activate or quench cathodoluminescence (CL) in zircon are incorporated into the Zr site, a decoupling of CL from Ti contents - incorporated on the Si site in zircon is expected. This hypothesis has been verified by a systematic CL-trace element study of natural and experimental zircon.

  9. Sensitivity of Micro Cantilever Mass Sensor Transduced by PZT Film

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    Lu, Jian; Ikehara, Tsuyoshi; Konno, Mitsuo; Maeda, Ryutaro; Mihara, Takashi

    Piezoelectric thin film transduced micro resonator offers competitive potential applications in mass sensing technology because of its low driving-voltage, self-actuation self-sensation capability and better impedance-matching with electronics. In this paper, the authors fabricated PZT cantilevers with different geometries and PZT thicknesses. Then the authors investigated the essential aspects of the PZT cantilever for mass-detection sensitivity from the viewpoint of mechanical quality factor of the cantilever and piezoelectric induced output of the PZT film. It was found that the mass-detection sensitivity of the cantilever was improved at thicker PZT film under atmospheric conditions by taking advantage of quality factor. The sensitivity can be further improved several times when pressure was reduced into the molecular flow region and the intrinsic region. For a given material properties and structural layer thickness, the cantilever with thicker PZT film was expected to exhibit high open circuit voltage output, while the cantilever with thinner PZT film was expected to show high piezoelectric charge output. In addition, the residual stress of PZT film was found decreased at thicker film. The effects of residual stress in PZT film on cantilever's sensitivity were therefore discussed in this paper.

  10. Titanic: A Statistical Exploration.

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    Takis, Sandra L.

    1999-01-01

    Uses the available data about the Titanic's passengers to interest students in exploring categorical data and the chi-square distribution. Describes activities incorporated into a statistics class and gives additional resources for collecting information about the Titanic. (ASK)

  11. Etching fission tracks in zircons

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    Naeser, C.W.

    1969-01-01

    A new technique has been developed whereby fission tracks can be etched in zircon with a solution of sodium hydroxide at 220??C. Etching time varied between 15 minutes and 5 hours. Colored zircon required less etching time than the colorless varieties.

  12. Titan Haze

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    Anderson, Carrie M.; West, Robert; Lavvas, Panayotis

    2011-01-01

    The Titan haze exerts a dominating influence on surface visibility and atmospheric radiative heating at optical and near-infrared wavelengths and our desire to understand surface composition and atmospheric dynamics provides a strong motivation to study the properties of the haze. Prior to the Cassini/Huygens missions the haze was known to be global in extent, with a hemispheric contrast asymmetry, with a complicated structure in the polar vortex region poleward of about 55 deg latitude, and with a distinct layer near 370 km altitude outside of the polar vortex at the time of the Voyager 2 flyby. The haze particles measured by the Pioneer and Voyager spacecraft were both highly polarizing and strongly forward scattering, a combination that seems to require an aggregation of small (several tens of nm radius) primary particles. These same properties were seen in the Cassini orbiter and Huygens Probe data. The most extensive set of optical measurements were made inside the atmosphere by the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) instrument on the Huygens Probe. At the probe location as determined by the DISR measurements the average haze particle contained about 3000 primary particles whose radius is about 40 nm. Three distinct vertical regions were seen in the DISR data with differing particle properties. Refractive indices of the particles in the main haze layer resemble those reported by Khare et al. between O.3S and about 0.7 micron but are more absorbing than the Khare et al. results between 0.7 micron and the long-wavelength limit of the DISR spectra at 1.6 micron. These and other results are described by Tomasko et al., and a broader summary of results was given by Tomasko and West,. New data continue to stream in from the Cassini spacecraft. New data analyses and new laboratory and model results continue to move the field forward. Titan's 'detached' haze layer suffered a dramatic drop in altitude near equinox in 2009 with implications for the circulation and seasonal change in the stratosphere. The book chapter associated with this talk will also present new material on thermal-infrared data analysis and on new developments in laboratory work and haze microphysical modeling.

  13. Tides in Titan

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    Rappaport, Nicole J.

    1997-01-01

    Tides raised in Titan by Saturn give rise to a static and a periodic deformation; both will be measured with Doppler tracking during the CASSINI Tour of the Saturnian System. The latter deformation is due to the significant eccentricity of Titan's orbit and has a frequency equal to the orbital angular velocity of Titan.

  14. PZT-5A4/PA and PZT-5A4/PDMS piezoelectric composite bimorphs

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    Babu, I.; Hendrix, M. M. R. M.; de With, G.

    2014-02-01

    Disc type reinforced piezoelectric composite bimorphs with series connection were designed and the performance was investigated. The composite bimorphs (PZT/PA and PZT/PDMS (40/60 vol%)) were successfully fabricated by a compression molding and solution casting technique. The charge developed at an applied force of 150 N is 18150 pC (PZT/PA) and 2310 pC (PZT/PDMS), respectively. Electric force microscopy (EFM) is used to study the structural characterization and piezoelectric properties of the materials realized. A clear inverse piezoelectric effect was observed when the bimorphs were subjected to an electric field stepped up through 2, 6 and 10 V, indicating the net polarization direction of the different ferroelectric domains. The as-developed bimorphs have the basic structure of a sensor and actuator, and, since they do not use any bonding agent for bonding, they can provide a valuable alternative to the present bimorphs where bonding processes are required for their realization that can limit their application at high temperature.

  15. Interior of Titan

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    Stevenson, David J.

    1992-01-01

    General principles of Titan formation and evolution are addressed. Attention is focused on the volatile reservoir (defined as all constituents more volatile than water) of Titan's interior. Volatile poor models, in which Titan is like Granymede or Callisto with a thin (observed) volatile veneer are discussed and discarded. Volatile rich models in which the present Titan consists of a methane clathrate shell overlying a deep water ammonia ocean and solid ammonia hydrate are discussed. Titan has a central core of rock which is about one half of the total mass, and a superficial hydrocarbon 'ocean' stored in subsurface caverns and pore space.

  16. Intensive Titan exploration begins.

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    Mahaffy PR

    2005-05-13

    The Cassini Orbiter spacecraft first skimmed through the tenuous upper atmosphere of Titan on 26 October 2004. This moon of Saturn is unique in our solar system, with a dense nitrogen atmosphere that is cold enough in places to rain methane, the feedstock for the atmospheric chemistry that produces hydrocarbons, nitrile compounds, and Titan's orange haze. The data returned from this flyby supply new information on the magnetic field and plasma environment around Titan, expose new facets of the dynamics and chemistry of Titan's atmosphere, and provide the first glimpses of what appears to be a complex, fluid-processed, geologically young Titan surface.

  17. Intensive Titan exploration begins.

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    Mahaffy, Paul R

    2005-05-13

    The Cassini Orbiter spacecraft first skimmed through the tenuous upper atmosphere of Titan on 26 October 2004. This moon of Saturn is unique in our solar system, with a dense nitrogen atmosphere that is cold enough in places to rain methane, the feedstock for the atmospheric chemistry that produces hydrocarbons, nitrile compounds, and Titan's orange haze. The data returned from this flyby supply new information on the magnetic field and plasma environment around Titan, expose new facets of the dynamics and chemistry of Titan's atmosphere, and provide the first glimpses of what appears to be a complex, fluid-processed, geologically young Titan surface. PMID:15890870

  18. Intensive Titan exploration begins

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    Mahaffy, Paul R.

    2005-01-01

    The Cassini Orbiter spacecraft first skimmed through the tenuous upper atmosphere of Titan on 26 October 2004. This moon of Saturn is unique in our solar system, with a dense nitrogen atmosphere that is cold enough in places to rain methane, the feedstock for the atmospheric chemistry that produces hydrocarbons, nitrile compounds, and Titan's orange haze. The data returned from this flyby supply new information on the magnetic field and plasma environment around Titan, expose new facets of the dynamics and chemistry of Titan's atmosphere, and provide the first glimpses of what appears to be a complex, fluid-processed, geologically young Titan surface.

  19. Zircon Recycling in Arc Intrusions

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    Miller, J.; Barth, A.; Matzel, J.; Wooden, J.; Burgess, S.

    2008-12-01

    Recycling of zircon has been well established in arc intrusions and arc volcanoes, but a better understanding of where and how zircons are recycled can help illuminate how arc magma systems are constructed. To that end, we are conducting age, trace element (including Ti-in-zircon temperatures; TzrnTi) and isotopic studies of zircons from the Late Cretaceous (95-85 Ma) Tuolumne Intrusive Suite (TIS) in the Sierra Nevada Batholith (CA). Within the TIS zircons inherited from ancient basement sources and/or distinctly older host rocks are uncommon, but recycled zircon antecrysts from earlier periods of TIS-related magmatism are common and conspicuous in the inner and two most voluminous units of the TIS, the Half Dome and Cathedral Peak Granodiorites. All TIS units have low bulk Zr ([Zr]<150 ppm) and thus low calculated zircon saturation temperatures (Tzrnsat). Within the Half Dome and Cathedral Peak, TzrnTi values are predominantly at or below average Tzrnsat, and there is no apparent correlation between age and TzrnTi. At temperatures appropriate for granodiorite/tonalite melt generation (at or above biotite dehydration; >825°C), [Zr] in the TIS is a factor of 2 to 3 lower than saturation values. Low [Zr] in TIS rocks might be attributed to a very limited supply of zircon in the source, by disequilibrium melting and rapid melt extraction [1], by melting reactions involving formation of other phases that can incorporate appreciable Zr [2], or by removal of zircon at an earlier stage of magma evolution. Based on a preliminary compilation of literature data, low [Zr] is common to Late Cretaceous N.A. Cordilleran granodioritic/tonalitic intrusions (typically <200 ppm and frequently 100-150 ppm for individual large intrusions or intrusive suites). We infer from this that [Zr] in anatectic melts is probably not limited by zircon supply and is primarily controlled by melting parameters. Comparison of the data from TIS with one of these intrusions, the smaller but otherwise similar Late Cretaceous Bear Lake Intrusive Suite (BLIS) in the San Bernardino Mountains (CA), is especially illuminating. Like the TIS the BLIS zircons also have low TzrnTi values (at or below Tzrnsat). However, unlike in the TIS, inherited zircons (or zircon cores) are common (BLIS is intruded into Paleoproterozoic basement). This comparison suggests that lack of abundant inherited or xenocrystic zircon in TIS rocks may be a function of whether they are in high abundance in the melt source or host rocks rather than strong initial undersaturation, and that low [Zr] might reflect melting at temperatures below biotite or amphibole dehydration. The high abundance of zircons with low TzrnTi could also reflect low anatectic temperatures as intermediate-felsic magmas that are initially undersaturated should be dominated by zircons with TzrnTi > Tzrnsat [3]. A corollary is that slightly older zircon antecrysts that are common in the inner units of the TIS could be considered inherited if they are derived from remelting of slightly older intrusions. Remelting at such low temperatures in the arc would require a source of external water. Refs: [1] Sawyer, J.Pet 32:701-738; [2] Fraser et al, Geology 25:607-610; [3] Harrison et al, Geology 35:635- 638

  20. Chemically prepared PZT films doped with niobium

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    Tuttle, B.A.; Doughty, D.H.; Schwartz, R.; Garino, T.J.; Martinez, S.L.; Goodnow, D.; Hernandez, C.L.; Tissot, R.G.

    1989-01-01

    We report on the first ferroelectric measurements of chemically prepared thin films of PZT containing niobium, (PNZT). Polycrystalline, perovskite PNZT thin films were fabricated by spin coating Pt coated SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates with alkoxide solutions. We systematically doped our base composition, PZT 53/47, with niobium (0 to 10 at.%). Further compositional modifications included the variation of Zr/Ti ratio for films containing 2 at.% Nb. The dielectric constants measured for PNZT 2/56/44, 2/53/47 and 2/48/52 films were in good agreement with bulk values. Dielectric constants on the order of 700, 1000 and 500, respectively, were measured for these three films. Both linear and nonlinear current-voltage behavior was observed for our Pt/PNZT/Pt device structures, depending on the amplitude of the applied voltage and the temperature of measurement. We were able to make ferroelectric films of PNZT 2/53/47 (2 at.% Nb doping) with spontaneous polarizations of 0.2 C/m{sup 2} and coercive fields of 2.5 MV/m. PNZT films containing larger niobium additions (5 and 10 at.%) had inferior ferroelectric properties because of the presence of nonperovskite phases. 8 refs., 5 figs.

  1. From Titans tholins to Titans aerosols: Isotopic study and chemical evolution at Titans surface

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    Nguyen, Mai-Julie; Raulin, Franois; Coll, Patrice; Derenne, Sylvie; Szopa, Cyril; Cernogora, Guy; Isral, Guy; Bernard, Jean-Michel

    2008-07-01

    In the present work, we focused on the possible isotopic fractionation of carbon during the processes involved in the formation of Titans tholins. We present the first results obtained on the 12C/13C isotopic ratios measured on Titans tholins synthesized in laboratory with cold plasma discharges. Measurements of isotopic ratio 12C/13C, done both on tholins and on the initial gas mixture (N2:CH4 (98:2)) used to produce them, do not show any evident deficit or enrichment in 13C relatively to 12C in the synthesized tholins, compared to the initial gas mixture. This observation allows to go further in the analyses of the ACP experiment data, including part of the Cassini Huygens mission. We also focused on the chemical evolution of the aerosols at Titan surface by studying species coming from acid hydrolysis treatment of Titans tholins. Preliminary results show a wide diversity of chemical families, going from carboxylic acids to amino acids. Advanced studies could bring at short-term clues on the still unidentified mixture that induces the decrease of the reflectivity as measure by the DISR instrument [Tomasko, M.G., Archinal, B., Becker, T., Bzard, B., Bushroe, M., Combes, M., Cook, D., Coustenis, A., de Bergh, C., Dafoe, L.E., Doose, L., Dout, S., Eibl, A., Engel, S., Gliem, F., Grieger, B., Holso, K., Howington-Kraus, E., Karkoschka, E., Keller, H.U., Kirk, R., Kramm, R., Kppers, M., Lanagan, P., Lellouch, E., Lemmon, M., Lunine, J., McFarlane, E., Moores, J., Prout, G.M., Rizk, B., Rosiek, M., Rueffer, P., Schrder, S.E., Schmitt, B., See, C., Smith, P., Soderblom, L., Thomas, N., West, R. Rain, winds and haze during the Huygens probes descent to Titans surface. Nature 438(7069), 765 778, 2005]. At longer-term it could allow to better understand the possible chemical evolution of the Titans aerosols after falling down at the surface when brought into contact with water.

  2. Titan: an exogenic world?

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    Moore, Jeffrey M.; Pappalardo, Robert T.; Howard, Alan D.; Schenk, Paul M.

    2010-04-01

    Titan's may be a world whose landscape is shaped by exogenic processes, with a relatively inactive interior and minor or negligible endogenic activity. Those landforms on Titan that are unambiguously identifiable can all be explained by exogenic processes (aeolian, fluvial, impact cratering, and mass wasting). Previous suggestions of endogenically produced cryovolcanic constructs and flows have been, without exception, lack conclusive diagnostic evidence. Minor tectonic activity could be driven by global thermal evolution or external forcing, rather than by active interior processes. A geologically quiescent interior is consistent with geophysical inferences. Titan might be most akin to Callisto with weather. We do not aim to disprove the existence of any and all endogenic activity on Titan, but instead to inject a necessary level of caution into the discussion. The hypothesis of Titan as a predominantly exogenic world can be tested through additional Cassini observations and analyses of putative cryovolcanic features, geophysical and thermal modeling of Titan's interior evolution, modeling of icy satellite landscape evolution that is shaped by exogenic processes alone, and consideration of possible means for replenishing Titan's atmospheric methane that do not rely on cryovolcanism. If Titan displays regions of degraded ancient cratered terrain (such as may be the case in Xanadu around 90°W), then this would have significant implications for Titan's history. Martian fluvially degraded cratered terrain still exhibits craters because fluvial activity largely ceased soon after the curtailment of heavy bombardment. For Titan to have such terrains and ongoing fluvial activity would imply at least three possible explanations: (1) alkane fluvial erosion on Titan is extremely inefficient relative to that by water on the Earth and Mars, or (2) fluvial erosion very rarely occurs on some regions on Titan; or (3) it has started raining on Titan only in geologically recent times.

  3. Titan Saturn System Mission

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    Reh, Kim R.

    2009-01-01

    Titan is a high priority for exploration, as recommended by NASA's 2006 Solar System Exploration (SSE) Roadmap. NASA's 2003 National Research Council (NRC) Decadal Survey and ESA's Cosmic Vision Program Themes. Recent revolutionary Cassini-Huygens discoveries have dramatically escalated interest in Titan as the next scientific target in the outer solar system. This study demonstrates that an exciting Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) that explores two worlds of intense astrobiological interest can be initiated now as a single NASA/ESA collaboration.

  4. Future Titan Missions

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    Waite, J. H.; Coustenis, A.; Lorenz, R.; Lunine, J.; Stofan, E.

    2012-04-01

    New discoveries about Titan from the Cassini-Huygens mission have led to a broad range of mission class studies for future missions, ranging from NASA Discovery class to International Flagship class. Three consistent science themes emerge and serve as a framework for discussing the various mission concepts: Goal A: Explore Titan, an Earth-Like System - How does Titan function as a system? How are the similarities and differences with Earth, and other solar system bodies, a result of the interplay of the geology, hydrology, meteorology, and aeronomy present in the Titan system?; Goal B: Examine Titan’s Organic Inventory—A Path to Prebiological Molecules - What is the complexity of Titan’s organic chemistry in the atmosphere, within its lakes, on its surface, and in its putative subsurface water ocean and how does this inventory differ from known abiotic organic material in meteorites and therefore contribute to our understanding of the origin of life in the Solar System?; and Goal C: Explore Enceladus and Saturn’s magnetosphere—clues to Titan’s origin and evolution - What is the exchange of energy and material with the Saturn magnetosphere and solar wind? What is the source of geysers on Enceladus? Does complex chemistry occur in the geyser source? Within this scientific framework the presentation will overview the Titan Explorer, Titan AND Enceladus Mission, Titan Saturn System Mission, Titan Mare Explorer, and Titan Submersible. Future timelines and plans will be discussed.

  5. Fabrication of flexible piezoelectric PZT/fabric composite.

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    Chen, Caifeng; Hong, Daiwei; Wang, Andong; Ni, Chaoying

    2013-01-01

    Flexible piezoelectric PZT/fabric composite material is pliable and tough in nature which is in a lack of traditional PZT patches. It has great application prospect in improving the sensitivity of sensor/actuator made by piezoelectric materials especially when they are used for curved surfaces or complicated conditions. In this paper, glass fiber cloth was adopted as carrier to grow PZT piezoelectric crystal particles by hydrothermal method, and the optimum conditions were studied. The results showed that the soft glass fiber cloth was an ideal kind of carrier. A large number of cubic-shaped PZT nanocrystallines grew firmly in the carrier with a dense and uniform distribution. The best hydrothermal condition was found to be pH 13, reaction time 24?h, and reaction temperature 200C. PMID:24348194

  6. Ferroelectric capped magnetization in multiferroic PZT/LSMO tunnel junctions

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    Kumar, Ashok Shukla, A. K.; Barrionuevo, D.; Ortega, N.; Katiyar, Ram S.; Shannigrahi, Santiranjan; Scott, J. F.

    2015-03-30

    Self-poled ultra-thin ferroelectric PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} (PZT) (5 and 7 nm) films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition technique on ferromagnetic La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO) (30 nm) to check the effect of polar capping on magnetization for ferroelectric tunnel junction devices. PZT/LSMO heterostructures with thick polar PZT (7 nm) capping show nearly 100% enhancement in magnetization compared with thin polar PZT (5 nm) films, probably due to excess hole transfer from the ferroelectric to the ferromagnetic layers. Core-level x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies revealed the presence of larger Mn 3s exchange splitting and higher Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} ion ratio in the LSMO with 7 nm polar capping.

  7. Ferroelectric capped magnetization in multiferroic PZT/LSMO tunnel junctions

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    Kumar, Ashok; Barrionuevo, D.; Ortega, N.; Shukla, A. K.; Shannigrahi, Santiranjan; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2015-03-01

    Self-poled ultra-thin ferroelectric PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) (5 and 7 nm) films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition technique on ferromagnetic La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) (30 nm) to check the effect of polar capping on magnetization for ferroelectric tunnel junction devices. PZT/LSMO heterostructures with thick polar PZT (7 nm) capping show nearly 100% enhancement in magnetization compared with thin polar PZT (5 nm) films, probably due to excess hole transfer from the ferroelectric to the ferromagnetic layers. Core-level x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies revealed the presence of larger Mn 3s exchange splitting and higher Mn3+/Mn4+ ion ratio in the LSMO with 7 nm polar capping.

  8. Registration of Titan Peanut

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    Titan (Reg. no. CV- , PI ) virginia-type peanut (Arachis hypogaea L. subsp. hypogaea var. hypogaea), developed and tested as VT 9506083-3 by the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, was released in May 2010. In Virginia, Titan was tested from 1997 to 2005 at several locations thr...

  9. Clash of the Titans

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    Subramaniam, Karthigeyan

    2010-01-01

    WebQuests and the 5E learning cycle are titans of the science classroom. These popular inquiry-based strategies are most often used as separate entities, but the author has discovered that using a combined WebQuest and 5E learning cycle format taps into the inherent power and potential of both strategies. In the lesson, "Clash of the Titans,"

  10. Lunar Zircons: What's the Big Picture?

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    Crow, C. A.; McKeegan, K. D.; Moser, D. E.

    2015-02-01

    An extensive U-Pb, REE, and microstructural survey of Apollo zircons from which we can draw constraints regarding the duration of KREEP magmatism, zircon formation mechanisms, and possibly the early impact history of the Moon.

  11. Spatially selective photochemical reduction of silver on nanoembossed ferroelectric PZT nanowires.

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    Shen, Zhenkui; Chen, Guoping; Chen, Zhihui; Qu, Xinping; Chen, Yifang; Liu, Ran

    2011-05-01

    It is well known that photochemical reaction in an aqueous solution can be chosen by selectively patterning the domain structures of ferroelectrics. In this work, we investigate the photochemically induced deposition of Ag particles on ferroelectric lead zirconate titanate [Pb(Zr(x),Ti(1?-?x))O(3)] nanowires fabricated by nanoembossing technology. The photochemical reduction of Ag particles is found to occur preferentially along the embossed nanowires. By imaging domain configurations of the embossed films using the piezoresponse force microscope, the spatially selective deposition of Ag particles can be associated with the underlying ferroelectric domain structures created by the nanoembossing process. The controllable and selective deposition of metal species onto nanoembossed ferroelectric nanostructures without the need for an external electrical field is promising for providing a new route to nanoferroelectric lithography. PMID:21476531

  12. Determination of uranium in zircon

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    Cuttitta, F.; Daniels, G.J.

    1959-01-01

    A routine fluorimetric procedure is described for the determination of trace amounts of uranium in zircon. It employs the direct extraction of uranyl nitrate with ethyl acetate using phosphate as a retainer for zirconium. Submicrogram amounts or uranium are separated in the presence of 100,000 times the amount of zirconium. The modified procedure has been worked out using synthetic mixtures of known composition and zircon. Results of analyses have an accuracy of 97-98% of the contained uranium and a standard deviation of less than 2.5%. ?? 1959.

  13. The astrobiology of Titan

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    Raulin, F.; Coll, P.; Cabane, M.; Hebrard, E.; Israel, G.; Nguyen, M.-J.; Szopa, C.; Gpcos Team

    Largest satellite of Saturn and the only satellite in the solar system having a dense atmosphere, Titan is one of the key planetary bodies for astrobiological studies, due to several aspects: Its analogies with planet Earth, in spite of much lower temperatures, The Cassini-Huygens data have largely confirmed the many analogies between Titan and our own planet. Both have similar vertical temperature profiles, (although much colder, of course, on Titan). Both have condensable and non condensable greenhouse gases in their atmosphere. Both are geologically very active. Furthermore, the data also suggest strongly the presence of a methane cycle on Titan analogous to the water cycle on Earth. The presence of an active organic chemistry, involving several of the key compounds of prebiotic chemistry. The recent data obtained from the Huygens instruments show that the organic matter in Titan low atmosphere (stratosphere and troposphere) is mainly concentrated in the aerosol particles. Because of the vertical temperature profile in this part of the atmosphere, most of the volatile organics are probably mainly condensed on the aerosol particles. The nucleus of these particles seems to be made of complex macromolecular organic matter, well mimicked in the laboratory by the "Titan's tholins". Now, laboratory tholins are known to release many organic compounds of biological interest, such as amino acids and purine and pyrimidine bases, when they are in contact with liquid water. Such hydrolysis may have occurred on the surface of Titan, in the bodies of liquid water which episodically may form on Titan's surface from meteoritic and cometary impacts. The formation of biologically interesting compounds may also occur in the deep water ocean, from the hydrolysis of complex organic material included in the chrondritic matter accreted during the formation of Titan. The possible emergence and persistence of Life on Titan 1 All ingredients which seems necessary for Life are present on Titan : • liquid water : permanently as a deep sub-surface ocean, and even episodically on the surface, • organic matter : in the internal structure, from chondritic materials, and in the atmosphere and on the surface, from the atmospheric organic chemistry • and energy : in the atmosphere (solar UV photons, energetic electrons from Saturn magnetosphere and cosmic rays) and, probably, in the environment of the sub-surface ocean (radioactive nuclei in the deep interior and tidal energy dissipation) as also supported by the likely presence of cryovolcanism on the surface Thus, it cannot be excluded that life may have emerged on or in Titan. In spite of the extreme conditions in this environment life may have been able to adapt and to persist. Many data are still expected from the Cassini-Huygens mission and future astrobiological exploration mission of Titan are now under consideration. Nevertheless, Titan already looks like another word, with an active prebiotic-like chemistry, but in the absence of permanent liquid water, on the surface: a natural laboratory for prebiotic-like chemistry. References. Fortes, A.D. (2000), `Exobiological implications of a possible ammonia-water ocean inside Titan', Icarus 146, 444-452 Raulin, F. (2005), `Exo-Astrobiological Aspects of Europa and Titan: From Observations to Speculations', Space Science Review 116 (1-2), 471-496. Nature, (2005), `The Huygens probe on Titan', 8 News & Views, Articles and Letters 438, 756-802 Schulze-Makuch, D., and Grinspoon D.H. (2005), `Biologically enhanced energy and carbon cycling on Titan?',Astrobiology 5, 560-567. 2

  14. Dielectric and ferroelectric analysis of nanoparticle/nanocrystalline barium titanate and PLZT.

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    DiAntonio, Christopher Brian; Yang, Pin; Chavez, Tom P.; Winter, Michael R.; Monson, Todd C.; Roesler, Alexander William

    2010-07-01

    Attractive for numerous technological applications, ferroelectronic oxides constitute an important class of multifunctional compounds. Intense experimental efforts have been made recently in synthesizing, processing and understanding ferroelectric nanostructures. This work will present the systematic characterization and optimization of barium titanate and lead lanthanum zirconate titanate nanoparticle based ceramics. The nanoparticles have been synthesized using several solution and pH-based synthesis processing routes and employed to fabricate polycrystalline ceramic and nanocomposite based components. The dielectric and ferroelectric properties of these various components have been gauged by impedance analysis and electromechanical response and will be discussed.

  15. Titan's thick haze layer

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    1980-01-01

    Titan's thick haze layer is shown in this enhanced Voyager 1 image taken Nov. 12, 1980 at a distance of 435,000 kilometers (270,000 miles). Voyager images of Saturn's largest moon show Titan completely enveloped by haze that merges with a darker 'hood' or cloud layer over the north pole. Such a mantle is not present at the south pole. At Voyager's closest approach to Titan on Nov. 11, 1980, spacecraft instruments found that the moon has a substantial atmosphere, far denser than that of Mars and possibly denser than Earth's. The Voyager Project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

  16. Titan's organic chemistry

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    Sagan, C.; Thompson, W. R.; Khare, B. N.

    1985-01-01

    Voyager discovered nine simple organic molecules in the atmosphere of Titan. Complex organic solids, called tholins, produced by irradiation of the simulated Titanian atmosphere, are consistent with measured properties of Titan from ultraviolet to microwave frequencies and are the likely main constituents of the observed red aerosols. The tholins contain many of the organic building blocks central to life on earth. At least 100-m, and possibly kms thicknesses of complex organics have been produced on Titan during the age of the solar system, and may exist today as submarine deposits beneath an extensive ocean of simple hydrocarbons.

  17. Scaling laws In PZT/Si(001) Thin Films

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    Ramrez, Juan; Cortes, Alexander; Lopera, Wilson; Gmez, Maria Elena; Prieto, Pedro

    2006-03-01

    Self-affine scaling behavior of ferroelectric Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 (PZT) thin films grown on Si(001) substrates has been investigated by AFM Atomic Force Microscope. PZT thin films were grown via Rf-sputtering technique at high oxygen pressures and at substrate temperatures 600 ^oC varying the deposition time and keeping all parameters. growth constant. The ?-global rough-exponent was founded close to 0.7 indicating a correlated growth. Anomalous scaling behavior was founded in all PZT/Si surfaces. A value of 0.5.for the ?-local value was founded. The local value of the roughness exponent is associated to the diffusional process on the first stage growth. Saturation roughness showed oscillation dependence with the PZT-thickness. This dependence can be explained by the mismatch between Si substrate and PZT thin film. These results are corroborated calculating the grain size for all samples. This work was supported by COLCIENCIAS under the Excellence Center for Novel Materials Contract no 0043-2005.

  18. Flexible PZT Thin Film Tactile Sensor for Biomedical Monitoring

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    Tseng, Hong-Jie; Tian, Wei-Cheng; Wu, Wen-Jong

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents the development of tactile sensors using the sol-gel process to deposit a PZT thin-film from 250 nm to 1 μm on a flexible stainless steel substrate. The PZT thin-film tactile sensor can be used to measure human pulses from several areas, including carotid, brachial, finger, ankle, radial artery, and the apical region. Flexible PZT tactile sensors can overcome the diverse topology of various human regions and sense the corresponding signals from human bodies. The measured arterial pulse waveform can be used to diagnose hypertension and cardiac failure in patients. The proposed sensors have several advantages, such as flexibility, reliability, high strain, low cost, simple fabrication, and low temperature processing. The PZT thin-film deposition process includes a pyrolysis process at 150 °C/500 °C for 10/5 min, followed by an annealing process at 650 °C for 10 min. Finally, the consistent pulse wave velocity (PWV) was demonstrated based on human pulse measurements from apical to radial, brachial to radial, and radial to ankle. It is characterized that the sensitivity of our PZT-based tactile sensor was approximately 0.798 mV/g. PMID:23698262

  19. Flexible PZT thin film tactile sensor for biomedical monitoring.

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    Tseng, Hong-Jie; Tian, Wei-Cheng; Wu, Wen-Jong

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents the development of tactile sensors using the sol-gel process to deposit a PZT thin-film from 250 nm to 1 ?m on a flexible stainless steel substrate. The PZT thin-film tactile sensor can be used to measure human pulses from several areas, including carotid, brachial, finger, ankle, radial artery, and the apical region. Flexible PZT tactile sensors can overcome the diverse topology of various human regions and sense the corresponding signals from human bodies. The measured arterial pulse waveform can be used to diagnose hypertension and cardiac failure in patients. The proposed sensors have several advantages, such as flexibility, reliability, high strain, low cost, simple fabrication, and low temperature processing. The PZT thin-film deposition process includes a pyrolysis process at 150 C/500 C for 10/5 min, followed by an annealing process at 650 C for 10 min. Finally, the consistent pulse wave velocity (PWV) was demonstrated based on human pulse measurements from apical to radial, brachial to radial, and radial to ankle. It is characterized that the sensitivity of our PZT-based tactile sensor was approximately 0.798 mV/g. PMID:23698262

  20. The albedo of Titan

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    Podolak, M.; Giver, L.

    1978-01-01

    It is shown that a two-layer model of Titan's atmosphere is required in order to match laboratory data on methane absorption to ground-based IR observations of Titan. An excellent fit to the observations is obtained with a model where the dust in Titan's atmosphere is confined to a region containing 50 m-am of methane and located above an atmosphere with 1.95 km-am of methane, with the amount of dust being the value required for an extinction optical depth of 5 at 0.5 micron. The surface reflectivity required by this model is about 40% to 50%, which is typical for both dirty snow and clouds. The possibility is discussed of distinguishing between two scenarios for the observed surface of Titan (a true surface or just cloud tops) on the basis of limb-darkening curves obtained at many wavelengths with an orbiting telescope or a flyby mission.

  1. The greenhouse of Titan.

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    Sagan, C.

    1973-01-01

    Analysis of non-gray radiative equilibrium and gray convective equilibrium on Titan suggests that a massive molecular-hydrogen greenhouse effect may be responsible for the disagreement between the observed IR temperatures and the equilibrium temperature of an atmosphereless Titan. Calculations of convection indicate a probable minimum optical depth of 14 which corresponds to a molecular hydrogen shell of substantial thickness with total pressures of about 0.1 bar. It is suggested that there is an equilibrium between outgassing and blow-off on the one hand and accretion from the protons trapped in a hypothetical Saturnian magnetic field on the other, in the present atmosphere of Titan. It is believed that an outgassing equivalent to the volatilization of a few kilometers of subsurface ice is required to maintain the present blow-off rate without compensation for all geological time. The presence of an extensive hydrogen corona around Titan is postulated, with surface temperatures up to 200 K.

  2. Titan's Lower Atmosphere

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    Griffith, Caitlin Ann

    2007-09-01

    Saturn's largest moon, Titan, sports an atmosphere 10 times thicker than Earth's. Like Earth, the moon's atmosphere is N2 based and possesses a rich organic chemistry. In addition, similar to the terrestrial hydrological cycle, Titan has a methane cycle, with methane clouds, rain and seas. Presently, there is a revolution in our understanding of the moon, as data flows in and is analyzed from the NASA and ESA Cassini-Huygens mission. For example, seas were detected only this year. Here I will discuss the evolution of our understanding of Titan's atmosphere, its composition, chemistry, dynamics and origin. Current open questions will also be presented. Studies of Titan's atmosphere began and evolved to the present state in less time than that of a single scientist's career. This short interlude of activity demonstrates the rigors of the scientific method, and raises enticing questions about the workings and evolution of an atmosphere.

  3. Titan Casts Revealing Shadow

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    2004-05-01

    A rare celestial event was captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory as Titan -- Saturn's largest moon and the only moon in the Solar System with a thick atmosphere -- crossed in front of the X-ray bright Crab Nebula. The X-ray shadow cast by Titan allowed astronomers to make the first X-ray measurement of the extent of its atmosphere. On January 5, 2003, Titan transited the Crab Nebula, the remnant of a supernova explosion that was observed to occur in the year 1054. Although Saturn and Titan pass within a few degrees of the Crab Nebula every 30 years, they rarely pass directly in front of it. "This may have been the first transit of the Crab Nebula by Titan since the birth of the Crab Nebula," said Koji Mori of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, and lead author on an Astrophysical Journal paper describing these results. "The next similar conjunction will take place in the year 2267, so this was truly a once in a lifetime event." Animation of Titan's Shadow on Crab Nebula Animation of Titan's Shadow on Crab Nebula Chandra's observation revealed that the diameter of the X-ray shadow cast by Titan was larger than the diameter of its solid surface. The difference in diameters gives a measurement of about 550 miles (880 kilometers) for the height of the X-ray absorbing region of Titan's atmosphere. The extent of the upper atmosphere is consistent with, or slightly (10-15%) larger, than that implied by Voyager I observations made at radio, infrared, and ultraviolet wavelengths in 1980. "Saturn was about 5% closer to the Sun in 2003, so increased solar heating of Titan may account for some of this atmospheric expansion," said Hiroshi Tsunemi of Osaka University in Japan, one of the coauthors on the paper. The X-ray brightness and extent of the Crab Nebula made it possible to study the tiny X-ray shadow cast by Titan during its transit. By using Chandra to precisely track Titan's position, astronomers were able to measure a shadow one arcsecond in diameter, which corresponds to the size of a dime as viewed from about two and a half miles. Illustration of Crab, Titan's Shadow and Chandra Illustration of Crab, Titan's Shadow and Chandra Unlike almost all of Chandra's images which are made by focusing X-ray emission from cosmic sources, Titan's X-ray shadow image was produced in a manner similar to a medical X-ray. That is, an X-ray source (the Crab Nebula) is used to make a shadow image (Titan and its atmosphere) that is recorded on film (Chandra's ACIS detector). Titan's atmosphere, which is about 95% nitrogen and 5% methane, has a pressure near the surface that is one and a half times the Earth's sea level pressure. Voyager I spacecraft measured the structure of Titan's atmosphere at heights below about 300 miles (500 kilometers), and above 600 miles (1000 kilometers). Until the Chandra observations, however, no measurements existed at heights in the range between 300 and 600 miles. Understanding the extent of Titan's atmosphere is important for the planners of the Cassini-Huygens mission. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft will reach Saturn in July of this year to begin a four-year tour of Saturn, its rings and its moons. The tour will include close flybys of Titan that will take Cassini as close as 600 miles, and the launching of the Huygens probe that will land on Titan's surface. Chandra's X-ray Shadow of Titan Chandra's X-ray Shadow of Titan "If Titan's atmosphere has really expanded, the trajectory may have to be changed." said Tsunemi. The paper on these results has been accepted and is expected to appear in a June 2004 issue of The Astrophysical Journal. Other members of the research team were Haroyoski Katayama (Osaka University), David Burrows and Gordon Garmine (Penn State University), and Albert Metzger (JPL). Chandra observed Titan from 9:04 to 18:46 UT on January 5, 2003, using its Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer instrument. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., manages the Chandra program for the Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington. Northrop Grumman of Redondo Beach, Calif., formerly TRW, Inc., was the prime development contractor for the observatory. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory controls science and flight operations from the Chandra X-ray Center in Cambridge, Mass. Additional information and images are available at: http://chandra.harvard.edu and http://chandra.nasa.gov

  4. The TITAN reversed-field-pinch fusion reactor study

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    1990-01-01

    This report discusses the following topics: overview of titan-2 design; titan-2 fusion-power-core engineering; titan-2 divertor engineering; titan-2 tritium systems; titan-2 safety design and radioactive-waste disposal; and titan-2 maintenance procedures.

  5. Titan's Ammonia Feature

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    Smythe, W.; Nelson, R.; Boryta, M.; Choukroun, M.

    2011-01-01

    NH3 has long been considered an important component in the formation and evolution of the outer planet satellites. NH3 is particularly important for Titan, since it may serve as the reservoir for atmospheric nitrogen. A brightening seen on Titan starting in 2004 may arise from a transient low-lying fog or surface coating of ammonia. The spectral shape suggests the ammonia is anhydrous, a molecule that hydrates quickly in the presence of water.

  6. Clash of the Titans

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    Subramaniam, Karthigeyan

    2010-01-01

    WebQuests and the 5E learning cycle are titans of the science classroom. These popular inquiry-based strategies are most often used as separate entities, but the author has discovered that using a combined WebQuest and 5E learning cycle format taps into the inherent power and potential of both strategies. In the lesson, "Clash of the Titans,"…

  7. Is Titan Partially Differentiated?

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    Mitri, G.; Pappalardo, R. T.; Stevenson, D. J.

    2009-12-01

    The recent measurement of the gravity coefficients from the Radio Doppler data of the Cassini spacecraft has improved our knowledge of the interior structure of Titan (Rappaport et al. 2008 AGU, P21A-1343). The measured gravity field of Titan is dominated by near hydrostatic quadrupole components. We have used the measured gravitational coefficients, thermal models and the hydrostatic equilibrium theory to derive Titan's interior structure. The axial moment of inertia gives us an indication of the degree of the interior differentiation. The inferred axial moment of inertia, calculated using the quadrupole gravitational coefficients and the Radau-Darwin approximation, indicates that Titan is partially differentiated. If Titan is partially differentiated then the interior must avoid melting of the ice during its evolution. This suggests a relatively late formation of Titan to avoid the presence of short-lived radioisotopes (Al-26). This also suggests the onset of convection after accretion to efficiently remove the heat from the interior. The outer layer is likely composed mainly of water in solid phase. Thermal modeling indicates that water could be present also in liquid phase forming a subsurface ocean between an outer ice I shell and a high pressure ice layer. Acknowledgments: This work was conducted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  8. Witnessing Springtime on Titan

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    Kohler, Susanna

    2016-02-01

    Have you ever wondered what springtime is like on Saturns largest moon, Titan? A team of researchers has analyzed a decade of data from the Cassini spacecraft to determine how Titans gradual progression through seasons has affected its temperatures.Observing the Saturn SystemThough Titan orbits Saturn once every ~16 days, it is Saturns ~30-year march around the Sun that sets Titans seasons: each traditional season on Titan spans roughly 7.5 years. Thus, when the Cassini spacecraft first arrived at Saturn in 2004 to study the giant planet and its ring system and moons, Titans northern hemisphere was in early winter. A decade later, the season in the northern hemisphere had advanced to late spring.A team scientists led by Donald Jennings (Goddard Space Flight Center) has now used data from the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) on board Cassini to analyze the evolution of Titans surface temperature between 2004 and 2014.Changing of SeasonsSurface brightness temperatures (with errors) on Titan are shown in blue for five time periods between 2004 and 2014. The location of maximum temperature migrates from 19S to 16N over the decade. Two climate models are also shown in green (high thermal inertia) and red (low thermal inertia). [Jennings et al. 2016]CIRS uses the decreased opacity of Titans atmosphere at 19 m to detect infrared emission from Titans surface at this wavelength. From this data, Jennings and collaborators determine Titans surface temperature for five time intervals between 2004 and 2014. They bin the data into 10 latitude bins that span from the south pole (90S) to the north pole (90N).The authors find that the maximum temperature on the moon stays stable over the ten-year period at 94 K, or a chilly -240F). But as time passes, the latitude with the warmest temperature shifts from 19S to 16N, marking the transition from early winter to late spring. Over the decade of monitoring, the surface temperature near the south pole decreased by ~2 K, and that near the north pole increased by ~1 K.Climate ModelingThough Titans overall temperature trend is expected, the rate of change of its surface temperature doesnt quite match theoretical climate models: the northern hemisphere lags slightly behind the predicted temperature curve. The authors speculate that this may be due to the effects of seas in Titans northern hemisphere. Seas of hydrocarbons (e.g., methane) are thought to account for ~10% of the moons surface area at latitudes of 5590N. Since the seas have a higher thermal inertia than land, this could explain why temperatures in Titans northern hemisphere lag behind the models predictions.The authors hope to gain additional data in the future, as CIRS has another two years of operation planned before the Cassini mission ends. This time span will take us all the way up to Titans northern summer solstice; it will be exciting to see what more we can learn from this data!CitationD. E. Jennings et al 2016 ApJ 816 L17. doi:10.3847/2041-8205/816/1/L17

  9. Zircon Saturation Re-Revisited

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    Boehnke, P.; Trail, D.; Schmitt, A. K.; Watson, E. B.; Harrison, M.

    2011-12-01

    Zircon saturation in silicate melts has been utilized for magma thermometry and predicting the survival of zircon xenocrysts in crustal melts for nearly 30 years. The original calibration, which assumed only compositional (M = [2Ca+Na+K]/[AlxSi]) and temperature controls, was bolstered by subsequent experimental investigations and thermometry of volcanic rocks and glasses. These latter studies, while confirming the general predictions of the model, suggested that other environmental parameters (e.g., pressure, H 2O, halogens, [Fe], oxygen fugacity, etc.) might have second-order effects. Given the tremendous advances in micro-analytical capabilities over the intervening three decades, we have returned to this question with a view to obtaining a refined zircon solubility calibration as a function of P, T, [H2O] and FM (= [Na+K+2(Ca+Mg+Fe)]/[AlxSi]). Detailed SEM imaging of the original low-temperature crystallization experiments (1.2-2.1 kbar) revealed limitations of this approach and we chose instead to use a new experimental design in which shattered Mud Tank zircon is infiltrated by melts of selected composition and water contents. 10 kbar hydrothermal experiments (925o and 850oC) were run for sufficiently long durations (2 to 3 days) to ensure microscale diffusive equilibration of Zr released by zircon dissolution into the intercrystalline melt pools. Sectioned run products were analyzed by SIMS ion imaging of selected areas where glass is exposed in close proximity to or surrounded by Mud Tank zircon fragments. Ion imaging has the advantage of permitting high spatial resolution (3 ?m) analysis of the glasses allowing assessment of Zr equilibration. Using synthetic glass standards, we found [Zr] in anhydrous glasses to be enhanced by ca. 20% relative to hydrous (at 6 wt.% H2O). Our new experiments and re-analysis of the earlier glasses broadly reproduce the original calibration, albeit with substantially enhanced (factor of five) precision compared to the original EMPA analyses. Thus it appears that no significant pressure effect exists up to at least 10 kbar. Ongoing work will expand the pressure range beyond this limit and explore a greater compositional space than previously constrained.

  10. Macro- and Meso-Scale Modeling of PZT Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Brannon, R. M.; Montgomery, S. T.; Aidun, J. B.; Robinson, A. C.

    2002-07-01

    If a PZT ferroelectric ceramic is subjected to an electric field while cooled from a high temperature, the micron-sized polarization domains become ordered into a cone-shaped distribution of orientations centered about the poling direction. Shock-induced phase transformation induces elastic stiffening and depolarization, releasing stored electrostatic energy. Local stress is affected by transformation strain, which feeds back to attenuate the extent of transformation. To investigate how microstructure (texture, crystal symmetry, porosity) affects macroscopic response (breakdown, stress, and permittivity, etc.), we also simulate PZT explicitly at the grain scale. The electrical behavior of PZT depends on the stress at the microscale domains, which can deviate significantly from the macroscopic stress because of porosity. Our macroscopic model couples pore collapse to both the local pressure and shear stress and a distribution in microscale stress is estimated according to the porosity level, permitting high stress regions to depole before lower stress regions. Overviews of these concepts are given.

  11. Strong nonlinear harmonic generation in a PZT/Aluminum resonator

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    Parenthoine, D.; Haumesser, L.; Vander Meulen, F.; Tran-Huu-Hue, L.-P.

    2009-11-01

    In this work, the extentional vibration mode of a coupled PZT/ Aluminum rod resonator is studied experimentally. Geometrical characteristics of the PZT are its 27 mm length and its 44 mm2 cross section area. The excitation voltage consists in sinusoidal bursts in the frequency range (20-80 kHz). Velocity measurements are performed at both ends of this system, using a laser probe. Strong harmonic distortions in the mechanical response (up to -20 dB with respect to the primary wave amplitude) have been observed. The corresponding input levels are far lower than those which are necessary to observe quadratic second harmonic generation in a free PZT resonator. The strong nonlinear effect can be explained as a super-harmonic resonance of the system due to a specific ratio between the eigen frequencies of the two parts of the resonator. Evolution of fundamental and harmonic responses are observed as a function of input levels, highlighting hysteretic behavior.

  12. Lattice dynamics and ferroelectric instability of PZT from first principles

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    Bungaro, Claudia; Rabe, Karin M.

    2001-03-01

    The lattice dynamics of the prototypical cubic perovskite structure has long been considered central to the understanding of the ferroelectric and piezoelectric behavior of perovskite oxides. In solid solutions such as PZT, compositional disorder greatly complicates the theoretical study of the lattice dynamics. The virtual crystal approximation (VCA) is an easily implemented approach to the calculation of interatomic force constants (IFC) in solid solutions; however, as shown by comparison with full ab-initio calculations for ordered alloy configurations, it provides a poor description of the lattice dynamics of PZT. An alternative ab-initio based approach, proposed in [1], is to transfer the IFC's computed for the endpoint compounds to the solid solution. We will present results of the application of this approach to PZT and discuss the implications for effective Hamiltonian simulations of finite-temperature behavior. 1. Ph. Ghosez, E. Cockayne, U. V. Waghmare and K. M. Rabe, Phys. Rev. B60, 836 (1999).

  13. Spectral Characteristics of Titan's Surface

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    Griffith, Caitlin A.; Turner, Jake D.; Penteado, Paulo; Khamsi, Tymon B.; Soderblom, Jason M.

    2014-11-01

    Cassini/Huygens and ground-based measurements of Titan reveal an eroded surface, with lakes, dunes, and sinuous washes. These features, coupled with measurements of clouds and rain, indicate the transfer of methane between Titans surface and atmosphere. The presence of methane-damp lowlands suggests further that the atmospheric methane (which is continually depleted through photolysis) may be supplied by sub-surface reservoirs. The byproducts of methane photolysis condense onto the surface, leaving layers of organic sediments that record Titans past atmospheres.Thus knowledge of the source and history of Titan's atmosphere requires measurements of the large scale compositional makeup of Titan's surface, which is shrouded by a thick and hazy atmosphere. Towards this goal, we analyzed roughly 100,000 spectra recorded by Cassinis Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). Our study is confined to the latitude region (20S20N) surrounding the landing site of the Huygens probe (at 10S, 192W), which supplied only measurement of the vertical profiles of the methane abundance and haze scattering characteristics. VIMS near-IR spectral images indicate subtle latitudinal and temporal variations in the haze characteristics in the tropics. We constrain these small changes with full radiative transfer analyses of each of the thousands of VIMS spectra, which were recorded of different terrains and at different lighting conditions. The resulting models of Titans atmosphere as a function of latitude and year indicate the seasonal migration of Titans tropical haze and enable the derivation of Titans surface albedo at 8 near-IR wavelength regions where Titans atmosphere is transparent enough to allow visibility to the surface. The resultant maps of Titans surface indicate a number of terrain types with distinct spectral characteristics that are suggestive of atmospheric and surficial processes, including the deposition of organic material, erosion of sediments and potential sources of methane.

  14. Optical characterization of ferroelectric PZT thin films by variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Rahman, Md. Shafiqur; Garcia, Carlos D.; Bhalla, Amar; Guo, Ruyan

    2014-09-01

    Ferroelectric thin films are used as high dielectric constant capacitors, infrared detectors, piezoelectric transducers, optical modulators, optical waveguides, and nonvolatile memory chips for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) etc. While ferroelectric and dielectric properties of these films have been extensively investigated, their optical properties have been comparatively less studied and of limited use in quantitative evaluation of multilayer thin films. In this work we explored the variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE) technique for its effectiveness in physical property characterization. The VASE combined with its computer modeling tool enables nondestructive, nonintrusive, and contactless optical means for optical characterization. Crystalline Lead Zirconium Titanate PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) thin films, fabricated on SrTiO3 layer atop of Si substrates, were characterized using VASE (J.A. Woollam; Lincoln, NE, USA) by determining the ellipsometric parameters ? and ? as a function of wavelengths (200-1000 nm) and incident angles (65, 70,75) at room temperature. A physical representation of the multilayer system was constructed by a six layer model (analysis software WVASE32, J.A. Woollam) through a step-by-step method. Other physical properties characterized by several well-known techniques on structure, morphology and topographical features correspond well with the models developed using VASE alone. The technique and the methodology developed have shown promises in identifying the respective thickness and optical properties of multilayer thin film system, with limited input of processing or composition information.

  15. Sol-gel derived PZT films doped with vanadium pentoxide

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    Shen Hongfang; Guo Qing; Zhao Zhiman; Cao Guozhong

    2009-11-15

    The present research investigated the sol-gel preparation, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of PZT films doped with 5 mol% vanadium oxide. Stable PZTV sols can be readily formed, and homogeneous, micrometer thick and pinhole-free PZTV films were obtained by using spin coating followed with rapid annealing. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that no parasitic or secondary phases were formed in the sol-gel PZT films with the addition of vanadium oxide. The material doped with vanadium pentoxide showed enhanced dielectric constant and remanent polarization with reduced loss tangent and coercive field.

  16. Inelastic neutron scattering from zircon

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    Nipko, J.C.; Loong, C.K.

    1997-07-14

    A lattice dynamical investigation of zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}) has been carried out to obtain a microscopic understanding of its thermodynamic properties, as well as to examine possible soft modes that may contribute to the phase transformation to scheelite type under high pressure. We have measured the neutron weighted phonon density of states of zircon from a polycrystalline sample. The neutron spectra reveal one-phonon excitations extending to 1130 cm{sup -1}, with phonon bands centered at 226, 298, 363, 540, 661, 726, 945, and 1081 cm{sup -1}. A quantitative analysis of the neutron results was carried out using a lattice dynamical rigid-ion model. 4 refs., 3 figs.

  17. The environment of Titan, 1975

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    1976-01-01

    Information regarding the physical characteristics of Titan and atmospheric models necessary to support design and mission planning of spacecraft that are to orbit Titan, enter its atmosphere or land on its surface is given.

  18. Barium titanate nanocomposite capacitor FY09 year end report.

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    Stevens, Tyler E.; DiAntonio, Christopher Brian; Yang, Pin; Chavez, Tom P.; Winter, Michael R.; Monson, Todd C.; Roesler, Alexander William; Fellows, Benjamin D.

    2009-11-01

    This late start RTBF project started the development of barium titanate (BTO)/glass nanocomposite capacitors for future and emerging energy storage applications. The long term goal of this work is to decrease the size, weight, and cost of ceramic capacitors while increasing their reliability. Ceramic-based nanocomposites have the potential to yield materials with enhanced permittivity, breakdown strength (BDS), and reduced strain, which can increase the energy density of capacitors and increase their shot life. Composites of BTO in glass will limit grain growth during device fabrication (preserving nanoparticle grain size and enhanced properties), resulting in devices with improved density, permittivity, BDS, and shot life. BTO will eliminate the issues associated with Pb toxicity and volatility as well as the variation in energy storage vs. temperature of PZT based devices. During the last six months of FY09 this work focused on developing syntheses for BTO nanoparticles and firing profiles for sintering BTO/glass composite capacitors.

  19. Cassini Radar Investigation of Titan

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    Wall, S.; Elachi, C.; Roth, L.

    1995-01-01

    Saturn's largest moon, Titan, boasts organic chemistry that may hold clues to how life formed on the primitive Earth. The Cassini Mission, to be launched in October 1997, will explore Saturn and its moons, especially Titan. Mapping the surface of Titan will be accomplished with a radar instrument that acts as a 14 GHz synthetic aperture radar, microwave radiometer, altimeter, and scatterometer.

  20. Radiation damage effects in zircon

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    Trachenko, Kostya; Dove, Martin; Salje, Ekhard

    2002-03-01

    Zircon, ZrSiO_4, is important for geology and geochronology, and has been proposed as a host material to immobilize highly radioactive materials from dismantled weapons and nuclear waste from power stations [1]. In these applications zircon is exposed to alpha-irradiation. Computer simulations have started to be employed to simulate radiation damage in zircon [2], but the origin and microscopic mechanisms of the most important structural changes in zircon - unit cell expansion and large macroscopic swelling at higher doses, strong shear deformation of the crystalline lattice, and polymerization of SiOn units [3], remain unknown. Here, we perform the molecular dynamics simulation of highly energetic recoils in zircon. Basing on the simulation results, we propose the simple picture of the density change in the damaged region that consists of the depleted and densified matter. We find that the experimentally observed structural changes originate from the interaction of the damaged region with the surrounding crystalline lattice: the shear of the lattice around the damaged region causes shear deformation and expansion of the unit cells. The polymers of connected SiOn polyhedra are most commonly present in the densified shell at the periphery of the damaged region. [1] R C Ewing et al, J. Mater. Res. 10, 243 (1995); W J Weber et al, B E Burakov et al, in Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management XIX, 25-32 and 33-40 (Plenum, New York, 1996); R C Ewing, et al in Crystalline Ceramics: Waste Forms for the Disposal of Weapons Plutonium, NATO Workshop Proceedings 65 (Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 1996). [2] B Park et al, Phys. Rev. B, 64, 174108 (1-16) (2001); J P Crocombette and D Ghaleb, J. Nucl. Mater., 295, 167 (2001); K Trachenko et al, J. Appl. Phys., 87, 7702 (2000); K Trachenko et al, J. Phys.: Cond. Matt., 13, 1947 (2001). [3] T Murakami et al, Am. Min., 76, 1510 (1991); H D Holland and D Gottfried, Acta Cryst. 8, 291 (1955).; W J Weber, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 76, 1729 (1993); W J Weber et al, J. Mater. Res. 9, 688 (1994); S Rios and E K H Salje, J.Phys.: Condens. Matter 11, 8947 (1999); I Farnan, Phase Trans. 69, 47 (1999); I Farnan and E K H Salje, J. Appl. Phys. 89, 2084 (2001).

  1. Methane drizzle on Titan.

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    Tokano, Tetsuya; McKay, Christopher P; Neubauer, Fritz M; Atreya, Sushil K; Ferri, Francesca; Fulchignoni, Marcello; Niemann, Hasso B

    2006-07-27

    Saturn's moon Titan shows landscapes with fluvial features suggestive of hydrology based on liquid methane. Recent efforts in understanding Titan's methane hydrological cycle have focused on occasional cloud outbursts near the south pole or cloud streaks at southern mid-latitudes and the mechanisms of their formation. It is not known, however, if the clouds produce rain or if there are also non-convective clouds, as predicted by several models. Here we show that the in situ data on the methane concentration and temperature profile in Titan's troposphere point to the presence of layered optically thin stratiform clouds. The data indicate an upper methane ice cloud and a lower, barely visible, liquid methane-nitrogen cloud, with a gap in between. The lower, liquid, cloud produces drizzle that reaches the surface. These non-convective methane clouds are quasi-permanent features supported by the global atmospheric circulation, indicating that methane precipitation occurs wherever there is slow upward motion. This drizzle is a persistent component of Titan's methane hydrological cycle and, by wetting the surface on a global scale, plays an active role in the surface geology of Titan. PMID:16871213

  2. ALMA observations of Titan

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    Moreno, R.; Lellouch, E.; Vinatier, S.; Gurwell, M.; Moullet, A.; Lara, L. M.; Hidayat, T.

    2014-04-01

    We report submm observations of Titan performed with the ALMA interferometer centered at the rotational frequencies of HCN(4-3) and HNC(4-3), i.e. 354 and 362 GHz. The most extended configuration of the array in cycle 0 yielded diskresolved emission spectra of Titan with an angular resolution of 0.54x0.42 arcsec. Titan's angular surface diameter was 0.77 arcsec. Data were acquired in June-August 2012 near the greatest eastern and western elongations of Titan at a spectral resolution of 122 kHz (?/d ? = 3106). We have obtained maps of several nitriles present in Titan' stratosphere: HCN, HC3N, CH3CN, HNC and other weak lines (isotopes, vibrationally excited lines, ). A detailed study of the relative line intensities and FWHM is ongoing. With the combination of all these detected rotational lines, we expect to constrain the spatial and vertical distribution of these species and to derive the HNC/HCN ratio as well as isotopic ratios. Moreover, Doppler lineshift measurements will enable us to constrain the zonal wind flow in the upper atmosphere. This analysis will be presented, as well as a comparison with vertical profiles expected from photochemical models.

  3. Hypsometry of Titan

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    Lorenz, Ralph D.; Turtle, Elizabeth P.; Stiles, Bryan; Le Gall, Alice; Hayes, Alexander; Aharonson, Oded; Wood, Charles A.; Stofan, Ellen; Kirk, Randy

    2011-01-01

    Cassini RADAR topography data are used to evaluate Titan's hypsometric profile, and to make comparisons with other planetary bodies. Titan's hypsogram is unimodal and strikingly narrow compared with the terrestrial planets. To investigate topographic extremes, a novel variant on the classic hypsogram is introduced, with a logarithmic abscissa to highlight mountainous terrain. In such a plot, the top of the terrestrial hypsogram is quite distinct from those of Mars and Venus due to the 'glacial buzz-saw' that clips terrestrial topography above the snowline. In contrast to the positive skew seen in other hypsograms, with a long tail of positive relief due to mountains, there is an indication (weak, given the limited data for Titan so far) that the Titan hypsogram appears slightly negatively skewed, suggesting a significant population of unfilled depressions. Limited data permit only a simplistic comparison of Titan topography with other icy satellites but we find that the standard deviation of terrain height (albeit at different scales) is similar to those of Ganymede and Europa.

  4. Trace element chemistry of zircons from oceanic crust: A method for distinguishing detrital zircon provenance

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    Grimes, Craig B.; John, Barbara E.; Kelemen, P.B.; Mazdab, F.K.; Wooden, J.L.; Cheadle, Michael J.; Hanghoj, K.; Schwartz, J.J.

    2007-01-01

    We present newly acquired trace element compositions for more than 300 zircon grains in 36 gabbros formed at the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic and Southwest Indian Ridges. Rare earth element patterns for zircon from modern oceanic crust completely overlap with those for zircon crystallized in continental granitoids. However, plots of U versus Yb and U/Yb versus Hf or Y discriminate zircons crystallized in oceanic crust from continental zircon, and provide a relatively robust method for distinguishing zircons from these environments. Approximately 80% of the modern ocean crust zircons are distinct from the field defined by more than 1700 continental zircons from Archean and Phanerozoic samples. These discrimination diagrams provide a new tool for fingerprinting ocean crust zircons derived from reservoirs like that of modern mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB) in both modern and ancient detrital zircon populations. Hadean detrital zircons previously reported from the Acasta Gneiss, Canada, and the Narryer Gneiss terrane, Western Australia, plot in the continental granitoid field, supporting hypotheses that at least some Hadean detrital zircons crystallized in continental crust forming magmas and not from a reservoir like modern MORB. ?? 2007 The Geological Society of America.

  5. Metallic lead nanospheres discovered in ancient zircons

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    Kusiak, Monika A.; Dunkley, Daniel J.; Wirth, Richard; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Wilde, Simon A.; Marquardt, Katharina

    2015-01-01

    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is the most commonly used geochronometer, preserving age and geochemical information through a wide range of geological processes. However, zircon U–Pb geochronology can be affected by redistribution of radiogenic Pb, which is incompatible in the crystal structure. This phenomenon is particularly common in zircon that has experienced ultra-high temperature metamorphism, where ion imaging has revealed submicrometer domains that are sufficiently heterogeneously distributed to severely perturb ages, in some cases yielding apparent Hadean (>4 Ga) ages from younger zircons. Documenting the composition and mineralogy of these Pb-enriched domains is essential for understanding the processes of Pb redistribution in zircon and its effects on geochronology. Using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, we show that Pb-rich domains previously identified in zircons from East Antarctic granulites are 5–30 nm nanospheres of metallic Pb. They are randomly distributed with respect to zircon crystallinity, and their association with a Ti- and Al-rich silica melt suggests that they represent melt inclusions generated during ultra-high temperature metamorphism. Metallic Pb is exceedingly rare in nature and previously has not been reported in association with high-grade metamorphism. Formation of these metallic nanospheres within annealed zircon effectively halts the loss of radiogenic Pb from zircon. Both the redistribution and phase separation of radiogenic Pb in this manner can compromise the precision and accuracy of U–Pb ages obtained by high spatial resolution methods. PMID:25848043

  6. Metallic lead nanospheres discovered in ancient zircons.

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    Kusiak, Monika A; Dunkley, Daniel J; Wirth, Richard; Whitehouse, Martin J; Wilde, Simon A; Marquardt, Katharina

    2015-04-21

    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is the most commonly used geochronometer, preserving age and geochemical information through a wide range of geological processes. However, zircon U-Pb geochronology can be affected by redistribution of radiogenic Pb, which is incompatible in the crystal structure. This phenomenon is particularly common in zircon that has experienced ultra-high temperature metamorphism, where ion imaging has revealed submicrometer domains that are sufficiently heterogeneously distributed to severely perturb ages, in some cases yielding apparent Hadean (>4 Ga) ages from younger zircons. Documenting the composition and mineralogy of these Pb-enriched domains is essential for understanding the processes of Pb redistribution in zircon and its effects on geochronology. Using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, we show that Pb-rich domains previously identified in zircons from East Antarctic granulites are 5-30 nm nanospheres of metallic Pb. They are randomly distributed with respect to zircon crystallinity, and their association with a Ti- and Al-rich silica melt suggests that they represent melt inclusions generated during ultra-high temperature metamorphism. Metallic Pb is exceedingly rare in nature and previously has not been reported in association with high-grade metamorphism. Formation of these metallic nanospheres within annealed zircon effectively halts the loss of radiogenic Pb from zircon. Both the redistribution and phase separation of radiogenic Pb in this manner can compromise the precision and accuracy of U-Pb ages obtained by high spatial resolution methods. PMID:25848043

  7. Microfabrication of bulk PZT transducers by dry film photolithography and micro powder blasting

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    Misri, I.; Hareesh, P.; Yang, S.; DeVoe, D. L.

    2012-08-01

    A facile fabrication process for bulk PZT microsystems using dry film photoresist and micro powder blasting is presented. Bulk PZT and dry film photoresist etching characteristics are evaluated as a function of process parameters and mask dimensions using 127 m thick PZT substrates. The resulting process simplifies microscale patterning of bulk PZT compared with existing methods, with selection of suitable etching parameter providing excellent etch rate, selectivity and anisotropy. The technique is used to fabricate two different cantilever microactuator topologies based on piezoelectric d31 and d33 mode actuation, demonstrating the capabilities of the patterning method for applications in bulk PZT microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).

  8. A study of integrated position sensors for PZT resonant micromirrors

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    Gu-Stoppel, S.; Quenzer, H. J.; Heinrich, F.; Janes, J.; Benecke, W.

    2015-02-01

    PZT driven resonant micromirrors offer advantages of large scan angles and decreasing power consumption due to the benefits of resonant driving and high torque delivered by PZT actuators. Therefore they are entering into different application fields recently, for example as laser projection or head-up displays. For many uses position sensing of the micromirrors is necessary to set up closed loop controls. Thus, the development of integrated position sensors is aimed in this work. Investigation and evaluation of different position sensing principles have been performed. In previous works 1D and 2D PZT driven resonant micromirrors have been presented, which feature various spring suspensions and thinfilm PZT actuators as drivers. Due to the considerably different motion modes and resonant frequencies, which vary from 100 Hz up to 64 kHz, various position detection methods have been investigated. This work presents primarily fabrication and characterization results of the position sensors based on the direct piezoelectric effect, which will be compared to the position sensors using metallic strain gauge realized by the same fabrication technology. Analyses of the sensitivity, linearity and dynamic behavior of the sensors have been performed, by means of comparing the sensor signals and the micromirror position signals measured by a Position-Sensitive-Device. Advantages and drawbacks of the sensors are discussed and methods for eliminating the drawbacks are proposed.

  9. Presentation and characterization of novel thick-film PZT microactuators

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    Chalvet, Vincent; Habineza, Didace; Rakotondrabe, Micky; Clévy, Cédric

    2016-04-01

    We propose in this paper the characterization of a new generation of piezoelectric cantilevers called thick-films piezoelectric actuators. Based on the bonding and thinning process of a bulk PZT layer onto a silicon layer, these cantilevers can provide better static and dynamic performances compared to traditional piezocantilevers, additionally to the small dimensions.

  10. Macro- and Meso-scale Modeling of PZT Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Brannon, R. M.; Montgomery, S. T.; Aidun, J. B.; Robinson, A. C.

    2001-06-01

    If a PZT ferroelectric ceramic is subjected to an electric field while cooled from a high temperature, the directions of the micron-sized polarization domains directions become ordered into a cone-shaped orientational distribution about the poling direction. Shock loading makes the domains undergo a stress-induced phase transformation in which they lose their polarization, releasing stored electrostatic energy. Local stress is affected by transformation strain, which feeds back to attenuate the extent of transformation. Since only critically oriented domains experience transformation at any given time, explicit statistical averaging is used to compute overall response. Transformation causes elastic stiffening, which affects the high-pressure shock response of PZT. We have developed a capability to simulate at the grain scale the shock wave response of PZT ceramic to investigate key questions about microstructure effects on macroscopic ceramic response (e.g., electrical breakdown, differences in the permittivity tensor between poled and unpoled states, and porosity dependence of transformation). The electrical behavior of PZT depends on the microscopic stress in the domains, which (because of porosity) can differ significantly from the macroscopic stress. We have developed a new macroscopic model in which the onset of pore collapse and subsequent flow of the matrix material is coupled to both the local pressure and shear stress.

  11. Temperature character of PZT fiber optic phase modulator

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    Yang, Yuanhong; Ma, Jing; Zhang, Weixu

    1996-09-01

    The mathematical representation of modulation coefficient and intrinsic phase delay of PZT fiber-optic phase modulator are given. To study the temperature character, this paper design two measure system with a Mach-Zehnder and a Sagnac interferometer and get the experimental result curve which show that both parameters are linear with temperature approximately in set temperature range.

  12. Structural and Ferroelectric Characterization of PZT Thin Films

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    Yang, Ying; Chen, Zhiming; Zhao, Gaoyang; Zhang, Weihua

    Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 (PZT) films were prepared on the ITO coated glass plates in sol-gel dip-coating process and post-annealing at different temperatures. The structural properties of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It is shown that the PZT ferroelectric thin films with (110) preferential orientation and well-crystallized perovskite structure can be obtained after annealing at 680C for 30 minutes. The P-E hysteresis loops were measured by the Sawyer-Tower test system with a compensation resistor at room temperature. Values of the remanent polarization (Pr) and the coercive electric field (Ec) are 19.36C/cm2 and 95 kV/cm, respectively, for the prepared PZT thin films. The relative dielectric constant ?r and the dissipation factor tg of the PZT thin films are equal to 639 and 0.23, respectively, which were measured in a LCR meter.

  13. Cryovolcanic Features on Titan

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    Lopes, R. M. C.; Stofan, E. R.; Kirk, R. L.; Mitchell, K. L.; LeGall, A.; Barnes, J. W.; Hayes, A.; Kargel, J.; Radebaugh, J.; Janssen, M. A.; Neish, C. D.; Wood, C.; Wall, S. D.; Lunine, J. I.; Malaska, M. J.

    2013-09-01

    We present evidence to support the cryovolcanic origin of some features, which includes the deepest pit known on Titan (Sotra Patera) and some of the highest mountains (Doom and Erebor Montes). We interpret this region to be a cryovolcanic complex of multiple cones, craters, and flows. Elsewhere, a circular feature, approximately 100 km across, is morphologically similar to a laccolith, showing a cross pattern interpreted to be extensional fractures. However, we find that some other previously supposed cryovolcanic features were likely formed by other processes. We discuss implications for eruption style and composition of cryovolcanism on Titan. Our analysis shows the great value of combining data sets when interpreting Titan's geology and in particular stresses the value of topographic data.

  14. Cassini Titan Radar Mapper

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    Elachi, Charles; Im, Eastwood; Roth, Ladislav E.; Werner, Charles L.

    1991-01-01

    The Cassini Titan Radar Mapper is a multimode radar instrument designed to probe the optically inaccessible surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The instrument is to be included in the payload of the Cassini Saturn Mission, scheduled for launch in 1995. The individual modes of Cassini Radar Mapper will allow topographic mapping and surface imaging at few hundred meters resolution. The requirements that lay behind the design are briefly discussed, and the configuration and capability of the instrument are described. The present limited knowledge of Titan's surface and the measurement requirements imposed on the radar instrument are addressed. Also discussed are the Cassini mission and the projected orbits, which imposed another set of design constraints that led to the multitude of modes and to an unconventional antenna configuration. The antenna configuration and the different radar modes are described.

  15. Titan's hydrogen torus

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    Smyth, W. H.

    1981-01-01

    A model of Titan's hydrogen torus, capable of describing its time evolution under the influence of the gravitational fields of both the satellite and the planet, is presented. Estimated lifetimes for hydrogen atoms near Titan's orbit of the order of 10 to the 7th s, based on recent Pioneer 11 measurements, suggest that the torus completely encircles Saturn and is angularly unsymmetric, having an enhanced gas density near the satellite. New model calculations confirm this and provide an explanation for the torus detected by the Copernicus satellite and the UV instrument of Pioneer 11. Agreement between calculated and observed Lyman alpha intensities suggests a hydrogen escape flux between 1 x 10 to the 9th/sq cm-s and 3 x 10 to the 9th/sq cm-s should be operative at Titan. This produces a torus containing some 10 to the 34th hydrogen atoms.

  16. Temperature dependent XAFS studies of local atomic structure of the perovskite-type zirconates

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    Vedrinskii, R. V.; Lemeshko, M. P.; Novakovich, A. A.; Nazarenko, E. S.; Nassif, V.; Proux, O.; Joly, Y.

    2006-04-01

    Temperature dependent preedge and extended x-ray absorption fine structure measurements at the Zr K edge for the perovskite-type zirconates PbZr{sub 0.515}Ti{sub 0.485}O{sub 3} (PZT), PbZrO{sub 3} (PZ), and BaZrO{sub 3} are performed. To carry out a more accurate study of the weak reconstruction of the local atomic structure we employed a combination of two techniques: (i) analysis of the preedge fine structure, and (ii) analysis of the Fourier transform of the difference between {chi}(k) functions obtained at different temperatures. A detailed investigation of local atomic structure in the cubic phase for all the crystals is also performed. It is shown that neither the displacive nor the order-disorder model can describe correctly the changes of local atomic structure during phase transitions in PZ and PZT. A spherical model describing the local atomic structure of perovskite-type crystals suffering structural phase transitions is proposed.

  17. Titanic Weather Forecasting

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    2004-04-01

    New Detailed VLT Images of Saturn's Largest Moon Optimizing space missions Titan, the largest moon of Saturn was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christian Huygens in 1655 and certainly deserves its name. With a diameter of no less than 5,150 km, it is larger than Mercury and twice as large as Pluto. It is unique in having a hazy atmosphere of nitrogen, methane and oily hydrocarbons. Although it was explored in some detail by the NASA Voyager missions, many aspects of the atmosphere and surface still remain unknown. Thus, the existence of seasonal or diurnal phenomena, the presence of clouds, the surface composition and topography are still under debate. There have even been speculations that some kind of primitive life (now possibly extinct) may be found on Titan. Titan is the main target of the NASA/ESA Cassini/Huygens mission, launched in 1997 and scheduled to arrive at Saturn on July 1, 2004. The ESA Huygens probe is designed to enter the atmosphere of Titan, and to descend by parachute to the surface. Ground-based observations are essential to optimize the return of this space mission, because they will complement the information gained from space and add confidence to the interpretation of the data. Hence, the advent of the adaptive optics system NAOS-CONICA (NACO) [1] in combination with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile now offers a unique opportunity to study the resolved disc of Titan with high sensitivity and increased spatial resolution. Adaptive Optics (AO) systems work by means of a computer-controlled deformable mirror that counteracts the image distortion induced by atmospheric turbulence. It is based on real-time optical corrections computed from image data obtained by a special camera at very high speed, many hundreds of times each second (see e.g. ESO Press Release 25/01 , ESO PR Photos 04a-c/02, ESO PR Photos 19a-c/02, ESO PR Photos 21a-c/02, ESO Press Release 17/02, and ESO Press Release 26/03 for earlier NACO images, and ESO Press Release 11/03 for MACAO-VLTI results.) The southern smile ESO PR Photo 08a/04 ESO PR Photo 08a/04 Images of Titan on November 20, 25 and 26, 2002 Through Five Filters (VLT YEPUN + NACO) [Preview - JPEG: 522 x 400 pix - 40k] [Normal - JPEG: 1043 x 800 pix - 340k] [Hires - JPEG: 2875 x 2205 pix - 1.2M] Caption: ESO PR Photo 08a/04 shows Titan (apparent visual magnitude 8.05, apparent diameter 0.87 arcsec) as observed with the NAOS/CONICA instrument at VLT Yepun (Paranal Observatory, Chile) on November 20, 25 and 26, 2003, between 6.00 UT and 9.00 UT. The median seeing values were 1.1 arcsec and 1.5 arcsec respectively for the 20th and 25th. Deconvoluted ("sharpened") images of Titan are shown through 5 different narrow-band filters - they allow to probe in some detail structures at different altitudes and on the surface. Depending on the filter, the integration time varies from 10 to 100 seconds. While Titan shows its leading hemisphere (i.e. the one observed when Titan moves towards us) on Nov. 20, the trailing side (i.e the one we see when Titan moves away from us in its course around Saturn) - which displays less bright surface features - is observed on the last two dates. ESO PR Photo 08b/04 ESO PR Photo 08b/04 Titan Observed Through Nine Different Filters on November 26, 2002 [Preview - JPEG: 480 x 400 pix - 36k] [Normal - JPEG: 960 x 800 pix - 284k] Caption: ESO PR Photo 08b/04: Images of Titan taken on November 26, 2002 through nine different filters to probe different altitudes, ranging from the stratosphere to the surface. On this night, a stable "seeing" (image quality before adaptive optics correction) of 0.9 arcsec allowed the astronomers to attain the diffraction limit of the telescope (0.032 arcsec resolution). Due to these good observing conditions, Titan's trailing hemisphere was observed with contrasts of about 40%, allowing the detection of several bright features on this surface region, once thought to be quite dark and featureless. ESO PR Photo 08c/04 ESO PR Photo 08c/04 Titan Surface Projections [Preview - JPEG: 601 x 400 pix - 64k] [Normal - JPEG: 1201 x 800 pix - 544k] Caption: ESO PR Photo 08c/04 : Titan images obtained with NACO on November 26th, 2002. Left: Titan's surface projection on the trailing hemisphere as observed at 1.3 μm, revealing a complex brightness structure thanks to the high image contrast of about 40%. Right: a new, possibly meteorological, phenomenon observed at 2.12 μm in Titan's atmosphere, in the form of a bright feature revolving around the South Pole. A team of French astronomers [2] have recently used the NACO state-of-the-art adaptive optics system on the fourth 8.2-m VLT unit telescope, Yepun, to map the surface of Titan by means of near-infrared images and to search for changes in the dense atmosphere. These extraordinary images have a nominal resolution of 1/30th arcsec and show details of the order of 200 km on the surface of Titan. To provide the best possible views, the raw data from the instrument were subjected to deconvolution (image sharpening). Images of Titan were obtained through 9 narrow-band filters, sampling near-infrared wavelengths with large variations in methane opacity. This permits sounding of different altitudes ranging from the stratosphere to the surface. Titan harbours at 1.24 and 2.12 μm a "southern smile", that is a north-south asymmetry, while the opposite situation is observed with filters probing higher altitudes, such as 1.64, 1.75 and 2.17 μm. A high-contrast bright feature is observed at the South Pole and is apparently caused by a phenomenon in the atmosphere, at an altitude below 140 km or so. This feature was found to change its location on the images from one side of the south polar axis to the other during the week of observations. Outlook An additional series of NACO observations of Titan is foreseen later this month (April 2004). These will be a great asset in helping optimize the return of the Cassini/Huygens mission. Several of the instruments aboard the spacecraft depend on such ground-based data to better infer the properties of Titan's surface and lower atmosphere. Although the astronomers have yet to model and interpret the physical and geophysical phenomena now observed and to produce a full cartography of the surface, this first analysis provides a clear demonstration of the marvellous capabilities of the NACO imaging system. More examples of the exciting science possible with this facility will be found in a series of five papers published today in the European research journal Astronomy & Astrophysics (Vol. 47, L1 to L24).

  18. Impact craters on Titan

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    Wood, Charles A.; Lorenz, Ralph; Kirk, Randy; Lopes, Rosaly; Mitchell, Karl; Stofan, Ellen; Cassini RADAR Team

    2010-01-01

    Five certain impact craters and 44 additional nearly certain and probable ones have been identified on the 22% of Titan's surface imaged by Cassini's high-resolution radar through December 2007. The certain craters have morphologies similar to impact craters on rocky planets, as well as two with radar bright, jagged rims. The less certain craters often appear to be eroded versions of the certain ones. Titan's craters are modified by a variety of processes including fluvial erosion, mass wasting, burial by dunes and submergence in seas, but there is no compelling evidence of isostatic adjustments as on other icy moons, nor draping by thick atmospheric deposits. The paucity of craters implies that Titan's surface is quite young, but the modeled age depends on which published crater production rate is assumed. Using the model of Artemieva and Lunine (2005) suggests that craters with diameters smaller than about 35 km are younger than 200 million years old, and larger craters are older. Craters are not distributed uniformly; Xanadu has a crater density 2-9 times greater than the rest of Titan, and the density on equatorial dune areas is much lower than average. There is a small excess of craters on the leading hemisphere, and craters are deficient in the north polar region compared to the rest of the world. The youthful age of Titan overall, and the various erosional states of its likely impact craters, demonstrate that dynamic processes have destroyed most of the early history of the moon, and that multiple processes continue to strongly modify its surface. The existence of 24 possible impact craters with diameters less than 20 km appears consistent with the Ivanov, Basilevsky and Neukum (1997) model of the effectiveness of Titan's atmosphere in destroying most but not all small projectiles.

  19. Impact craters on Titan

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    Wood, C.A.; Lorenz, R.; Kirk, R.; Lopes, R.; Mitchell, Ken; Stofan, E.

    2010-01-01

    Five certain impact craters and 44 additional nearly certain and probable ones have been identified on the 22% of Titan's surface imaged by Cassini's high-resolution radar through December 2007. The certain craters have morphologies similar to impact craters on rocky planets, as well as two with radar bright, jagged rims. The less certain craters often appear to be eroded versions of the certain ones. Titan's craters are modified by a variety of processes including fluvial erosion, mass wasting, burial by dunes and submergence in seas, but there is no compelling evidence of isostatic adjustments as on other icy moons, nor draping by thick atmospheric deposits. The paucity of craters implies that Titan's surface is quite young, but the modeled age depends on which published crater production rate is assumed. Using the model of Artemieva and Lunine (2005) suggests that craters with diameters smaller than about 35 km are younger than 200 million years old, and larger craters are older. Craters are not distributed uniformly; Xanadu has a crater density 2-9 times greater than the rest of Titan, and the density on equatorial dune areas is much lower than average. There is a small excess of craters on the leading hemisphere, and craters are deficient in the north polar region compared to the rest of the world. The youthful age of Titan overall, and the various erosional states of its likely impact craters, demonstrate that dynamic processes have destroyed most of the early history of the moon, and that multiple processes continue to strongly modify its surface. The existence of 24 possible impact craters with diameters less than 20 km appears consistent with the Ivanov, Basilevsky and Neukum (1997) model of the effectiveness of Titan's atmosphere in destroying most but not all small projectiles. ?? 2009 Elsevier Inc.

  20. Flying by Titan

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    Pelletier, Frederic J.; Antreasian, Peter G.; Ardalan, Shadan M.; Criddle, Kevin E.; Ionasescu, Rodica; Jacobson, Robert A.; Jones, Jeremy B.; Parcher, Daniel W.; Roth, Duane C.; Thompson, Paul F.; Vaughan, Andrew T.

    2008-01-01

    The Cassini spacecraft encounters the massive Titan about once every month. These encounters are essential to the mission as Titan is the only satellite of Saturn that can provide enough gravity assist to shape the orbit tour and allow outstanding science for many years. From a navigation point of view, these encounters provide many challenges, in particular those that fly close enough to the surface for the atmospheric drag to perturb the orbit. This paper discusses the dynamics models developed to successfully navigate Cassini and determine its trajectory. This includes the moon's gravity pull with its second degree zonal harmonics J2, the attitude thrust control perturbations and the acceleration of drag.

  1. Titan's thermosphere profile

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    Lellouch, E.; Hunten, D. M.; Kockarts, G.; Coustenis, A.

    1990-02-01

    The present computations, which yield results at variance with the solar heating profile yielded by the Friedson and Yung (1989) aeronomic model of the Titan thermosphere, suggest a numerical error in their code; more recent measurements on the process of acetylene relaxation also prompt a reconsideration of their C2H2-dominated IR cooling formulation. The results of the heat transfer equation upon correction for these factors is found to lead, however, to a profile which conflicts with the Voyager UVS temperature measurement at 1265 km from the surface of Titan. This conflict may be resolved by assuming very low heating efficiencies.

  2. Titan's Winter Polar Vortex

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    Flasar, F.M.; Achterberg, R.K.; Schinder, P.J.

    2008-01-01

    Titan's atmosphere has provided an interesting study in contrasts and similarities with Earth's. While both have N$_2$ as the dominant constituent and comparable surface pressures $\\sim1$ bar, Titan's next most abundant molecule is CH$_4$, not O$_2$, and the dissociative breakup of CH$_4$ and N$_2$ by sunlight and electron impact leads to a suite of hydrocarbons and nitriles, and ultimately the photochemical smog that enshrouds the moon. In addition, with a 15.95-day period, Titan is a slow rotator compared to Earth. While the mean zonal terrestrial winds are geostrophic, Titan's are mostly cyclostrophic, whipping around the moon in as little as 1 day. Despite the different dynamical regime, Titan's winter stratosphere exhibits several characteristics that should be familiar to terrestrial meteorologists. The cold winter pole near the 1 -mbar level is circumscribed by strong winds (up to 190 m/s) that act as a barrier to mixing with airmasses at lower latitudes. There is evidence of enhancement of several organic species over the winter pole, indicating subsidence. The adiabatic heating associated with this subsidence gives rise to a warm anomaly at the 0.01-mbar level, raising the stratopause two scale heights above its location at equatorial latitudes. Condensate ices have been detected in Titan's lower stratosphere within the winter polar vortex from infrared spectra. Although not always unambiguously identified, their spatial distribution exhibits a sharp gradient, decreasing precipitously across the vortex away from the winter pole. The interesting question of whether there is important heterogeneous chemistry occurring within the polar vortex, analogous to that occurring in the terrestrial polar stratospheric clouds in the ozone holes, has not been addressed. The breakup of Titan's winter polar vortex has not yet been observed. On Earth, the polar vortex is nonlinearly disrupted by interaction with large-amplitude planetary waves. Large-scale waves have not been identified in Titan's atmosphere, so the decay of its polar vortex may be more gradual than on Earth. Observations from an extended Cassini mission into late northern spring should provide critical data indicating whether the vortex goes away with a bang or just fades away.

  3. Modeling Zircon Saturation Within Simulated Impact Events

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    Wielicki, M. M.; Harrison, M.; Boehnke, P.; Schmitt, A. K.

    2011-12-01

    Knowledge of the impact flux in the early inner solar system is fundamental to understanding the near surface conditions on the terrestrial planets during this formative period. However the lack of preserved >2.0 Ga craters precludes direct sampling of such events over the first 55% of Earth history. We do, however, have preserved crustal materials in the form of detrital zircons with ages up to 4.38 Ga that can potentially act as environmental monitors. In order to interpret zircon growth features in terms of impact events, such as the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB), we developed a zircon saturation model that estimates the zircon crystallization temperature spectrum and the fraction of Zr in the continental crust expected to be processed through impact melting. Such modeling results can then be compared to the crystallization temperature spectrum of detrital Hadean zircons to estimate the fraction that were impact-produced. Magmatic zircon growth during an impact event is controlled by ambient temperature, Zr content and composition of the target material, and impact energy. Impacts need to be sufficiently large to permit decompression melting of uplifted middle to upper crust (i.e., low energy bolides will not produce melt sheets and thus impact zircons). We modeled the LHB using the thermal model and hypothesized bolide flux of Abramov and Mojzsis (Nature 459, 419, 2009). Target compositions for modern and Archean crust were estimated from large geochemical databases and selected using a Monte Carlo process by which the full spectrum of compositions were randomly chosen. Model results for impact produced zircon from a target of Archean composition yield a zircon crystallization temperature distribution significantly higher than that observed for detrital Hadean zircons from Western Australia. We take this as evidence that impact produced zircons are not a significant source for this population. Modeled results from impacts on modern crust yield temperatures remarkably similar to Ti-in-zircon crystallization temperatures of recent large impact events (i.e., Morokweng, Manicouagan). Refinements of the model include: reduction of sampling bias in compositional databases and development of hypothetical crustal compositions to simulate Hadean crystallization temperatures. This model can be used as an analog to predict zircon abundance and crystallization temperature spectrum for other planetary bodies (i.e. Moon, Mars, Vesta) where surface compositions are known or estimated. When rocks are in hand, in the form of meteorites or from sample return missions, modeled results can be compared to extracted zircons to estimate the contribution of impacts and provide insights into ancient impact histories.

  4. Zircon-rutile-ilmenite froth flotation process

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    Schmidt, R.; Denham, D.L. Jr.

    1992-04-21

    This patent describes a method for separating a mixture of minerals comprising at least zircon, ilmenite and rutile. It comprises adding an acid solution to the mixture to acidify to a pH of between about 2.0 and 6.0; adding starch to the mixture to depress the ilmenite and the rutile; adding a source of fluoride ions to the mixture to provide a negative surface charge on the zircon surface to activate the zircon; adding an amine cationic collector to the mixture to float the activated zircon; subjecting the mixture containing the added acid solution, the fluoride ions, the starch and the cationic collector, to froth flotation; and withdrawing a float product comprising the zircon and a sink product comprising the ilmenite and rutile.

  5. Radar reflectivity of titan.

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    Muhleman, D O; Grossman, A W; Butler, B J; Slade, M A

    1990-05-25

    The present understanding of the atmosphere and surface conditions on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, including the stability of methane, and an application of thermodynamics leads to a strong prediction of liquid hydrocarbons in an ethane-methane mixture on the surface. Such a surface would have nearly unique microwave reflection properties due to the low dielectric constant. Attempts were made to obtain reflections at a wavelength of 3.5 centimeters by means of a 70-meter antenna in California as the transmitter and the Very Large Array in New Mexico as the receiving instrument. Statistically significant echoes were obtained that show Titan is not covered with a deep, global ocean of ethane, as previously thought. The experiment yielded radar cross sections normalized by the Titan disk of 0.38 +/- 0.15, 0.78 +/- 0.15, and 0.25 +/- 0.15 on three consecutive nights during which the sub-Earth longitude on Titan moved 50 degrees. The result for the combined data for the entire experiment is 0.35 +/- 0.08. The cross sections are very high, most consistent with those of the Galilean satellites; no evidence of the putative liquid ethane was seen in the reflection data. A global ocean as shallow as about 200 meters would have exhibited reflectivities smaller by an order of magnitude, and below the detection limit of the experiment. The measured emissivity at similar wavelengths of about 0.9 is somewhat inconsistent with the high reflectivity. PMID:17745402

  6. The lakes of Titan

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    Stofan, E.R.; Elachi, C.; Lunine, J.I.; Lorenz, R.D.; Stiles, B.; Mitchell, K.L.; Ostro, S.; Soderblom, L.; Wood, C.; Zebker, H.; Wall, S.; Janssen, M.; Kirk, R.; Lopes, R.; Paganelli, F.; Radebaugh, J.; Wye, L.; Anderson, Y.; Allison, M.; Boehmer, R.; Callahan, P.; Encrenaz, P.; Flamini, E.; Francescetti, G.; Gim, Y.; Hamilton, G.; Hensley, S.; Johnson, W.T.K.; Kelleher, K.; Muhleman, D.; Paillou, P.; Picardi, G.; Posa, F.; Roth, L.; Seu, R.; Shaffer, S.; Vetrella, S.; West, R.

    2007-01-01

    The surface of Saturn's haze-shrouded moon Titan has long been proposed to have oceans or lakes, on the basis of the stability of liquid methane at the surface. Initial visible and radar imaging failed to find any evidence of an ocean, although abundant evidence was found that flowing liquids have existed on the surface. Here we provide definitive evidence for the presence of lakes on the surface of Titan, obtained during the Cassini Radar flyby of Titan on 22 July 2006 (T16). The radar imaging polewards of 70?? north shows more than 75 circular to irregular radar-dark patches, in a region where liquid methane and ethane are expected to be abundant and stable on the surface. The radar-dark patches are interpreted as lakes on the basis of their very low radar reflectivity and morphological similarities to lakes, including associated channels and location in topographic depressions. Some of the lakes do not completely fill the depressions in which they lie, and apparently dry depressions are present. We interpret this to indicate that lakes are present in a number of states, including partly dry and liquid-filled. These northern-hemisphere lakes constitute the strongest evidence yet that a condensable-liquid hydrological cycle is active in Titan's surface and atmosphere, in which the lakes are filled through rainfall and/or intersection with the subsurface 'liquid methane' table. ??2007 Nature Publishing Group.

  7. The lakes of Titan.

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    Stofan, E R; Elachi, C; Lunine, J I; Lorenz, R D; Stiles, B; Mitchell, K L; Ostro, S; Soderblom, L; Wood, C; Zebker, H; Wall, S; Janssen, M; Kirk, R; Lopes, R; Paganelli, F; Radebaugh, J; Wye, L; Anderson, Y; Allison, M; Boehmer, R; Callahan, P; Encrenaz, P; Flamini, E; Francescetti, G; Gim, Y; Hamilton, G; Hensley, S; Johnson, W T K; Kelleher, K; Muhleman, D; Paillou, P; Picardi, G; Posa, F; Roth, L; Seu, R; Shaffer, S; Vetrella, S; West, R

    2007-01-01

    The surface of Saturn's haze-shrouded moon Titan has long been proposed to have oceans or lakes, on the basis of the stability of liquid methane at the surface. Initial visible and radar imaging failed to find any evidence of an ocean, although abundant evidence was found that flowing liquids have existed on the surface. Here we provide definitive evidence for the presence of lakes on the surface of Titan, obtained during the Cassini Radar flyby of Titan on 22 July 2006 (T16). The radar imaging polewards of 70 degrees north shows more than 75 circular to irregular radar-dark patches, in a region where liquid methane and ethane are expected to be abundant and stable on the surface. The radar-dark patches are interpreted as lakes on the basis of their very low radar reflectivity and morphological similarities to lakes, including associated channels and location in topographic depressions. Some of the lakes do not completely fill the depressions in which they lie, and apparently dry depressions are present. We interpret this to indicate that lakes are present in a number of states, including partly dry and liquid-filled. These northern-hemisphere lakes constitute the strongest evidence yet that a condensable-liquid hydrological cycle is active in Titan's surface and atmosphere, in which the lakes are filled through rainfall and/or intersection with the subsurface 'liquid methane' table. PMID:17203056

  8. Future Titan Mission Studies

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    Kakuda, R.; Spilker, T.; Baines, K.; Lorenz, R.

    Exploration of Titan will remain a solar system science priority even (or especially) after Cassini. Not only does Titan offer an array of meteorological, oceanographical and geological phenomena richer than anywhere except Earth, but Titan's importance as an astrobiological target with a rich organic inventory has been long recognized. In-situ surface chemistry studies, meteorological and seismological monitoring and high-resolution geomorphological investigations are beyond Cassini's capabilities. Concepts for future missions involve a mobile airborne platform able to access sur- face materials at a number of locations, and an orbiter for communications support and survey observations. Detailed studies at JPL have evaluated mission options in- cluding a lander or a blimp (airship) supported by an orbiter, with launch in the 2010- 2015 timeframe, allowing early Cassini results to refine the mission science goals and implementation strategies. After a 10 year cruise and aerocapture, the mission would provide an enormous bounty of data from a 1-3 year tour of Titan. International col- laboration would broaden the scope of the mission and would build on the successful Cassini-Huygens experience.

  9. Frozen Hydrocarbon Ponds on Titan: Implications for Titans Lakes and Seas

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    Soderblom, Jason M.; Barnes, Jason W.; Brown, Robert H.; Hayes, Alexander G.; Perry, Jason E.; Soderblom, Laurence A.; Turtle, Elizabeth P.

    2014-11-01

    Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) observations have detected widespread darkening of Titans surface believed to be the result of rainfall: in 2005 at Arrakis Planitia, near Titans south pole (Turtle et al., 2009, GRL 36, L02204), and in 2009 in Titans tropics (Turtle et al., 2011, Science 331, 1414-1417). Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) and ISS observations revealed that, following the tropics storm, the albedo of the wetted surfaces increased, beyond even their original albedo, then slowly faded back to a pre-rain brightness over ~10 months (Barnes et al., 2013, Planet. Sci. 2, 1). Herein we report on combined analysis of Cassini VIMS, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and ISS observations of Arrakis Planitia acquired in the years following the 2005 precipitation event. The low-albedo surface (observed in 2005 ISS images) correlates with local topography (inferred from 2008 SAR data), consistent with a liquid that has pooled on the surface. Like the equatorial event, the low-albedo surface at Arrakis Planitia is observed in VIMS data acquired from 2007 to 2009 to increase in albedo. Unlike the tropics event, however, four years after the initial precipitation event (more than 2 years after the increased albedo was first observed), these south-polar regions were still bright compared to their pre-precipitation albedo. The combined results support the hypothesis that hydrocarbons rained onto Titans surface and subsequently froze. Furthermore, because Titan's lakes and seas are almost certainly liquid, our results imply that some mechanism is preventing Titan's lakes and seas from freezing - one obvious hypothesis is that Titans lakes and seas differ in composition from Titans presumed methane-rich rain (likely the result of the concentration of minor constituents).

  10. Dating metamorphism using zircons in metabasic rocks

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    Connelly, J. N.; McFarlane, C. R. M.

    2003-04-01

    Regional metamorphism typically occurs over time spans that exceed errors for U-Pb ages of zircon by an order of magnitude or more. As we attempt to refine our understanding of metamorphic excursions of rocks during tectonic events, our understanding of the reactions and processes that control isotopically derived ages become more critical. However, a range of variables affecting the formation and modification of these chronometric phases (rock and fluid compositions, cooling rates and specific PT geometries) complicate rigorous integration of geochronometric, petrogenetic, and geothermobarometric data to define meaningful PTt paths. Dating major metamorphic phases (GRT, CPX, PL, etc) offers the most direct link to the timing of specific mineral paragenesis or equilibria, but invalid assumptions regarding closure and initial equilibrium may yield misleading or spurious ages. Refining the use of conventionally employed minor chronometric phases will require a better understanding of their paragenetic relationship with major phases that are typically used to define PT conditions. Towards this end, metabasites may offer an under-utilized means to constrain the timing of reactions given: 1) their relatively simple major mineral paragenesis, 2) that primary zircon is nearly always absent, 3) the common occurrence of low-U metamorphic zircon, and 4) the robustness of these zircons through subsequent thermal events. Additionally, but not restricted to metabasites, high Pb-retention temperature(s) of pristine zircon ensures determining a reaction (rather than closure) age. To evaluate the utility of zircons in metabasites to define metamorphic ages, we present U-Pb zircon data from a range of geological settings. Of particular interest, metabasites from single outcrops may return independently robust but distinctly different ages. From this we infer that zircons form from different reactions at different times along the PT path, controlled by bulk composition and/or P(fluids). Furthermore, these ages are distinctly older than ages derived from Sm-Nd (GRT-TTN-CPX-AP) isochrons. We presume that zircon formation is linked to, and therefore dates, the first breakdown of pyroxene to lower temperature, hydrous phases, a reaction that liberates SiO2 and Zr. Formation of granulites directly from rocks with primary pyroxene may, therefore, preclude the formation of zircon during metamorphism. But once formed, zircon appears stable and isotopically robust through subsequent metamorphism. It is, therefore, not assured that zircons in metabasites will faithfully record all high temperature events. However, the potential to link zircon formation in metabasites directly to major phase reactions offers exciting prospects to examine metamorphic diachroneity across regionally metamorphosed terrains, date metamorphic reactions, and construct meaningful PTt paths.

  11. Quantitative comparison between the degree of domain orientation and nonlinear properties of a PZT ceramic during electrical and mechanical loading

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    Marsilius, Mie; Granzow, Torsten; Jones, Jacob L.

    2011-10-26

    The macroscopic electromechanical coupling properties of ferroelectric polycrystals are composed of linear and nonlinear contributions. The nonlinear contribution is typically associated with the extrinsic effects related to the creation and motion of domain walls. To quantitatively compare the macroscopic nonlinear properties of a lead zirconate titanate ceramic and the degree of domain orientation, in-situ neutron and high-energy x-ray diffraction experiments are performed and they provide the domain orientation density as a function of the external electric field and mechanical compression. Furthermore, the macroscopic strain under the application of external electrical and mechanical loads is measured and the nonlinear strain is calculated by means of the linear intrinsic piezoelectric effect and the linear intrinsic elasticity. The domain orientation density and the nonlinear strain show the same dependence on the external load. The scaling factor that relates to the two values is constant and is the same for both electrical and mechanical loadings.

  12. Titanates and Titanate-Metal Compounds in Biological Contexts

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    Chen, Yen-Wei; Drury, Jeanie L.; Chung, Whasun Oh; Hobbs, David T.; Wataha, John C.

    2015-01-01

    Metal ions are notorious environmental contaminants, some causing toxicity at exquisitely low (ppm-level) concentrations. Yet, the redox properties of metal ions make them attractive candidates for bio-therapeutics. Titanates are insoluble particulate compounds of titanium and oxygen with crystalline surfaces that bind metal ions; these compounds offer a means to scavenge metal ions in environmental contexts or deliver them in therapeutic contexts while limiting systemic exposure and toxicity. In either application, the toxicological properties of titanates are crucial. To date, the accurate measurement of the in vitro toxicity of titanates has been complicated by their particulate nature, which interferes with many assays that are optical density (OD)-dependent, and at present, little to no in vivo titanate toxicity data exist. Compatibility data garnered thus far for native titanates in vitro are inconsistent and lacking in mechanistic understanding. These data suggest that native titanates have little toxicity toward several oral and skin bacteria species, but do suppress mammalian cell metabolism in a cells-pecific manner. Titanate compounds bind several types of metal ions, including some common environmental toxins, and enhance delivery to bacteria or cells. Substantial work remains to address the practical applicability of titanates. Nevertheless, titanates have promise to serve as novel vehicles for metal-based therapeutics or as a new class of metal scavengers for environmental applications. PMID:26430701

  13. Dielectric properties of the multicomponent PZT-type solid solution

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    Bochenek, Dariusz; Niemiec, Przemysław; Adamczyk, Małgorzata; Machnik, Zbigniew; Dercz, Grzegorz

    2015-10-01

    In this paper the multicomponent PZT-type solid solution doped by barium, calcium, strontium, bismuth and germanium with composition: Pb0.975Ba0.01Ca0.01Sr0.005(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 + 1.4 wt.% Bi2O3 + 0.3 wt.% GeO obtained by hot uniaxial pressing method is described. The results of structural, dielectric, ferroelectric and electromechanical studies of these ceramics are presented. It has been stated that introduction to the basic composition PZT admixtures of the barium, calcium, strontium, bismuth and germanium has a positive effect on the electro-physic parameters of obtained ceramic samples. This material has good microstructure, with high value of the dielectric permittivity (with the high temperature of phase transition) as well as low dielectric losses. It allows considering this material as elements for low frequency and high temperature electromechanical transducers.

  14. Titan Mare Explorer (TiME): A Discovery Mission to Titans Hydrocarbon Lakes

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    Lorenz, R. D.; Stofan, E. R.; Lunine, J. I.; Kirk, R. L.; Mahaffy, P. R.; Bierhaus, B.; Aharonson, O.; Clark, B. C.; Kantsiper, B.; Ravine, M. A.; Waite, J. H.; Harri, A.; Griffith, C. A.; Trainer, M. G.

    2009-12-01

    The discovery of lakes in Titans high latitudes confirmed the expectation that liquid hydrocarbons exist on the surface of the haze-shrouded moon. The lakes fill through drainage of subsurface runoff and/or intersection with the subsurface alkanofer, providing the first evidence for an active condensable-liquid hydrological cycle on another planetary body. The unique nature of Titans methane cycle, along with the prebiotic chemistry and implications for habitability of Titans lakes, make the lakes of the highest scientific priority for in situ investigation. The Titan Mare Explorer mission is an ASRG (Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator)-powered mission to a lake on Titan. The mission would be the first exploration of a planetary sea beyond Earth, would demonstrate the ASRG both in deep space and a non-terrestrial atmosphere environment, and pioneer low-cost outer planet missions. The scientific objectives of the mission are to: determine the chemistry of a Titan lake to constrain Titans methane cycle; determine the depth of a Titan lake; characterize physical properties of liquids; determine how the local meteorology over the lakes ties to the global cycling of methane; and analyze the morphology of lake surfaces, and if possible, shorelines, in order to constrain the kinetics of liquids and better understand the origin and evolution of Titan lakes. The focused scientific goals, combined with the new ASRG technology and the unique mission design, allows for a new class of mission at much lower cost than previous outer planet exploration has required.

  15. Geometry adaptive control of a composite reflector using PZT actuator

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    Lan, Lan; Jiang, Shuidong; Zhou, Yang; Fang, Houfei; Tan, Shujun; Wu, Zhigang

    2015-04-01

    Maintaining geometrical high precision for a graphite fiber reinforced composite (GFRC) reflector is a challenging task. Although great efforts have been placed to improve the fabrication precision, geometry adaptive control for a reflector is becoming more and more necessary. This paper studied geometry adaptive control for a GFRC reflector with piezoelectric ceramic transducer (PZT) actuators assembled on the ribs. In order to model the piezoelectric effect in finite element analysis (FEA), a thermal analogy was used in which the temperature was applied to simulate the actuation voltage, and the piezoelectric constant was mimicked by a Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE). PZT actuator's equivalent model was validated by an experiment. The deformations of a triangular GFRC specimen with three PZT actuators were also measured experimentally and compared with that of simulation. This study developed a multidisciplinary analytical model, which includes the composite structure, thermal, thermal deformation and control system, to perform an optimization analysis and design for the adaptive GFRC reflector by considering the free vibration, gravity deformation and geometry controllability.

  16. Truss structure integrity identification using PZT sensor-actuator

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    Sun, F.P.; Chaudhry, Z.; Liang, C.; Rogers, C.A.

    1994-12-31

    This paper presents a frequency domain impedance-signature-based technique for health monitoring of an assembled truss structure. Unlike conventional modal analysis approaches, the technique uses piezoceramic (PZT) elements as integrated sensor-actuators for acquisition of signature pattern of the truss. The concept of the localization of sensing/actuation area for damage detection of an assembled structure is presented for the first time. Through a PZT patch bonded to a truss node and the measurement of its electric admittance, which is coupled with the mechanical impedance of the truss, the signature pattern of a truss is monitored. The admittance of a truss in question is compared with that of the original healthy truss. Statistic algorithm is then applied to extract a damage index of the truss based on the signature pattern difference. Experimental proof that over a selected band, the detection range of a bonded PZT sensor on a truss is highly constrained to its immediate neighborhood is presented. This characteristic allows accurate determination of the damage location in a complex real-world structure with a minimum mathematical modeling and numerical computation.

  17. Zircon dating of oceanic crustal accretion.

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    Lissenberg, C Johan; Rioux, Matthew; Shimizu, Nobumichi; Bowring, Samuel A; Mével, Catherine

    2009-02-20

    Most of Earth's present-day crust formed at mid-ocean ridges. High-precision uranium-lead dating of zircons in gabbros from the Vema Fracture Zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge reveals that the crust there grew in a highly regular pattern characterized by shallow melt delivery. Combined with results from previous dating studies, this finding suggests that two distinct modes of crustal accretion occur along slow-spreading ridges. Individual samples record a zircon date range of 90,000 to 235,000 years, which is interpreted to reflect the time scale of zircon crystallization in oceanic plutonic rocks. PMID:19179492

  18. Elastic softening of zircon by radiation damage

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    Salje, Ekhard K. H.

    2006-09-25

    The bulk modulus and the shear modulus of zircon soften by ca. 50% when zircon is amorphized by radiation damage. A theoretical description of the experimental findings is presented which shows that the elastic response on a zircon ceramics with radiation damage follows Hashin-Shtrikman [J. Mech. Phys. Solids 11, 127 (1963)] behavior with very narrow bounds. The elastic response depends, in good approximation, on the square of the volume fraction f{sub a} of the amorphized regions. In a slightly coarser approximation one finds an almost linear interpolation of the bulk and the shear modulus between those of the crystalline state and those of the fully amorphous state.

  19. Highly-efficient, flexible piezoelectric PZT thin film nanogenerator on plastic substrates.

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    Park, Kwi-Il; Son, Jung Hwan; Hwang, Geon-Tae; Jeong, Chang Kyu; Ryu, Jungho; Koo, Min; Choi, Insung; Lee, Seung Hyun; Byun, Myunghwan; Wang, Zhong Lin; Lee, Keon Jae

    2014-04-23

    A highly-efficient, flexible piezoelectric PZT thin film nanogenerator is demonstrated using a laser lift-off (LLO) process. The PZT thin film nanogenerator harvests the highest output performance of ∼200 V and ∼150 μA·cm(-2) from regular bending motions. Furthermore, power sources generated from a PZT thin film nanogenerator, driven by slight human finger bending motions, successfully operate over 100 LEDs. PMID:24523251

  20. Comparative face-shear piezoelectric properties of soft and hard PZT ceramics

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    Miao, Hongchen; Chen, Xi; Cai, Hairong; Li, Faxin

    2015-12-01

    The face-shear ( d 36 ) mode may be the most practical shear mode in piezoelectrics, while theoretically this mode cannot appear in piezoelectric ceramics because of its transversally isotropic symmetry. Recently, we realized piezoelectric coefficient d 36 up to 206pC/N in soft PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) ceramics via ferroelastic domain engineering [H. C. Miao and F. X. Li, Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 122902 (2015)]. In this work, we further realized the face-shear mode in both hard and soft PZT ceramics including PZT-4 (hard), PZT-51(soft), and PZT-5H (soft) and investigated the electric properties systematically. The resonance methods are derived to measure the d 36 coefficients using both square patches and narrow bar samples, and the obtained values are consistent with that measured by a modified d 33 meter previously. For all samples, the pure d 36 mode can only appear near the resonance frequency, and the coupled d 36 - d 31 mode dominates off resonance. It is found that both the piezoelectric coefficient d 36 and the electromechanical coupling factor k 36 of soft PZT ceramics (PZT-5H and PZT-51) are considerably larger than those of the hard PZT ceramics (PZT-4). The obtained d 36 of 160-275pC/N, k 36 ˜ 0.24, and the mechanical quality factor Q 36 of 60-90 in soft PZT ceramics are comparable with the corresponding properties of the d 31 mode sample. Therefore, the d 36 mode in modified soft PZT ceramics is more promising for industrial applications such as face-shear resonators and shear horizontal wave generators.

  1. Refractory Materials of Zirconate. Part 2: Synthesis and some properties of strontium, zirconate, calcium zirconate and barium zirconate

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    Okubo, Tsutomo; Yonemochi, Osamu; Nakamura, Kazuo; Maeda, Minoru

    1988-01-01

    Chemical compounds SrZrO3, CaZrO3, and BaZrO3 were synthesized by solid reaction and arc fusion, and their properties examined. Results were as follows: (1) in the synthesis of CaZrO3 by solid reaction, ZrO2 solid solution with cubic form was produced, which then changed into CaZrO3; (2) the BaZrO3 was a cubic form and did not show any transformation, while SrZrO3 and CaZrO3 with an orthorhombic form transformed to a cubic form at high temperature; and (3) the solubility of BaZrO3 in acid and its vaporization rate at a high temperature were greater than those of zirconates.

  2. Titan's Eccentricity Tides

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    Iess, L.; Jacobson, R.; Ducci, M.; Stevenson, D. J.; Lunine, J. I.; Armstrong, J. W.; Asmar, S.; Racioppa, P.; Rappaport, N. J.; Tortora, P.

    2011-12-01

    The large eccentricity (e=0.03) of Titan's orbit causes significant variations in the tidal field from Saturn and induces periodic stresses in the satellite body at the orbital period (about 16 days). Peak-to-peak variations of the tidal field (from pericenter to apocenter) are about 18% (6e). If Titan hosts a liquid layer (such as an internal ocean), the gravity field would exhibit significant periodic variations. The response of the body to fast variations of the external, perturbing field is controlled by the Love numbers, defined for each spherical harmonic as the ratio between the perturbed and perturbing potential. For Titan the largest effect is by far on the quadrupole field, and the corresponding Love number is indicated by k2 (assumed to be identical for all degree 2 harmonics). Models of Titan's interior generally envisage a core made up of silicates, surrounded by a layer of high pressure ice, possibly a liquid water or water-ammonia ocean, and an ice-I outer shell, with variations associated with the dehydration state of the core or the presence of mixed rock-ice layers. Previous analysis of Titan's tidal response [1] shows that k2 depends crucially on the presence or absence of an internal ocean. k2 was found to vary from about 0.03 for a purely rocky interior to 0.48 for a rigid rocky core surrounded by an ocean and a thin (20 km) ice shell. A large k2 entails changes in the satellite's quadrupole coefficients by a few percent, enough to be detected by accurate range rate measurements of the Cassini spacecraft. So far, of the many Cassini's flybys of Titan, six were used for gravity measurements. During gravity flybys the spacecraft is tracked from the antennas of NASA's Deep Space Network using microwave links at X- and Ka-band frequencies. A state-of-the-art instrumentation enables range rate measurements accurate to 10-50 micron/s at integration times of 60 s. The first four flybys provided the static gravity field and the moment of inertia factor of the body[2]. In this previous analysis, tidal variations of the gravity field were neglected. Thanks to the availability of two additional flybys (on May 20, 2010 and Feb. 18, 2011) and the improvement of the data analysis tools, also the variable component of the gravity field could be estimated with good accuracy. In order to increase the confidence in the results, two independent analyses have been carried out, both resulting in very close and statistically indistinguishable values for k2. While the results are compatible (at the low end of k2) with interior models made up by a high viscosity core and a near-surface liquid water layer, the centroid of the k2 values requires additionally that some substantial fraction of the interior -ice mantle or core- be capable of significant deformations over time scales of the orbital period. References [1] Rappaport, N.J. et al., 2008. Can Cassini detect a subsurface ocean in Titan from gravity measurements?, Icarus, Vol. 194, No. 2. [2] Iess, L. et al., 2010. Gravity field, shape, and moment of inertia of Titan. Science 327, 1367-1369.

  3. Organic chemistry on Titan

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    Chang, S.; Scattergood, T.; Aronowitz, S.; Flores, J.

    1979-01-01

    Features taken from various models of Titan's atmosphere are combined in a working composite model that provides environmental constraints within which different pathways for organic chemical synthesis are determined. Experimental results and theoretical modeling suggest that the organic chemistry of the satellite is dominated by two processes: photochemistry and energetic particle bombardment. Photochemical reactions of CH4 in the upper atmosphere can account for the presence of C2 hydrocarbons. Reactions initiated at various levels of the atmosphere by cosmic rays, Saturn 'wind', and solar wind particle bombardment of a CH4-N2 atmospheric mixture can account for the UV-visible absorbing stratospheric haze, the reddish appearance of the satellite, and some of the C2 hydrocarbons. In the lower atmosphere photochemical processes will be important if surface temperatures are sufficiently high for gaseous NH3 to exist. It is concluded that the surface of Titan may contain ancient or recent organic matter (or both) produced in the atmosphere.

  4. RADAR Reveals Titan Topography

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    Kirk, R. L.; Callahan, P.; Seu, R.; Lorenz, R. D.; Paganelli, F.; Lopes, R.; Elachi, C.

    2005-01-01

    The Cassini Titan RADAR Mapper is a K(sub u)-band (13.78 GHz, lambda = 2.17 cm) linear polarized RADAR instrument capable of operating in synthetic aperture (SAR), scatterometer, altimeter and radiometer modes. During the first targeted flyby of Titan on 26 October, 2004 (referred to as Ta) observations were made in all modes. Evidence for topographic relief based on the Ta altimetry and SAR data are presented here. Additional SAR and altimetry observations are planned for the T3 encounter on 15 February, 2005, but have not been carried out at this writing. Results from the T3 encounter relevant to topography will be included in our presentation. Data obtained in the Ta encounter include a SAR image swath

  5. Titanic exploration with GIS

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    Kerski, J.J.

    2004-01-01

    To help teachers and students investigate one of the world's most famous historical events using the geographic perspective and GIS tools and methods, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) created a set of educational lessons based on the RMS Titanic's April 1912 sailing. With these lessons, student researchers can learn about latitude and longitude, map projections, ocean currents, databases, maps, and images through the analysis of the route, warnings, sinking, rescue, and eventual discovery of the submerged ocean liner in 1985. They can also consider the human and physical aspects of the maiden voyage in the North Atlantic Ocean at a variety of scales, from global to regional to local. Likewise, their investigations can reveal how the sinking of the Titanic affected future shipping routes.

  6. Solution Synthesis and Processing of PZT Materials for Neutron Generator Applications

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    Anderson, M.A.; Ewsuk, K.G.; Montoya, T.V.; Moore, R.H.; Sipola, D.L.; Tuttle, B.A.; Voigt, J.A.

    1998-12-01

    A new solution synthesis route has been developed for the preparation of lead-based ferroelectric materials (patent filed). The process produces controlled stoichiometry precursor powders by non-aqueous precipitation. For a given ferroelectric material to be prepared, a metal acetate/alkoxide solution containing constituent metal species in the appropriate ratio is mixed with an oxalic acid/n-propanol precipitant solution. An oxalate coprecipitate is instantly fonned upon mixing that quantitatively removes the metals from solution. Most of the process development was focused on the synthesis and processing of niobium-substituted lead zirconate titanate with a Zr-to-Ti ratio of 95:5 (PNZT 95/5) that has an application in neutron generator power supplies. The process was scaled to produce 1.6 kg of the PNZT 95/5 powder using either a sen-ii-batch or a continuous precipitation scheme. Several of the PNZT 95/5 powder lots were processed into ceramic slug form. The slugs in turn were processed into components and characterized. The physical properties and electrical performance (including explosive functional testing of the components met the requirements set for the neutron generator application. Also, it has been demonstrated that the process is highly reproducible with respect to the properties of the powders it produces and the properties of the ceramics prepared from its powders. The work described in this report was funded by Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program.

  7. Crystalline titanate catalyst supports

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    Anthony, R.G.; Dosch, R.G.

    1993-01-05

    A series of new crystalline titanates (CT) are shown to have considerable potential as catalyst supports. For Pd supported catalyst, the catalytic activity for pyrene hydrogenation was substantially different depending on the type of CT, and one was substantially more active than Pd on hydrous titanium oxide (HTO). For 1-hexene hydrogenation the activities of the new CTs were approximately the same as for the hydrous metal oxide supports.

  8. Hydrocarbon lakes on Titan

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    Mitri, Giuseppe; Showman, Adam P.; Lunine, Jonathan I.; Lorenz, Ralph D.

    2007-02-01

    The Huygens Probe detected dendritic drainage-like features, methane clouds and a high surface relative humidity (?50% ) on Titan in the vicinity of its landing site [Tomasko, M.G., and 39 colleagues, 2005. Nature 438, 765-778; Niemann, H.B., and 17 colleagues, 2005. Nature 438, 779-784], suggesting sources of methane that replenish this gas against photo- and charged-particle chemical loss on short (10-100) million year timescales [Atreya, S.K., Adams, E.Y., Niemann, H.B., Demick-Montelara, J.E., Owen, T.C., Fulchignoni, M., Ferri, F., Wilson, E.H., 2006. Planet. Space Sci. In press]. On the other hand, Cassini Orbiter remote sensing shows dry and even desert-like landscapes with dunes [Lorenz, R.D., and 39 colleagues, 2006a. Science 312, 724-727], some areas worked by fluvial erosion, but no large-scale bodies of liquid [Elachi, C., and 34 colleagues, 2005. Science 308, 970-974]. Either the atmospheric methane relative humidity is declining in a steady fashion over time, or the sources that maintain the relative humidity are geographically restricted, small, or hidden within the crust itself. In this paper we explore the hypothesis that the present-day methane relative humidity is maintained entirely by lakes that cover a small part of the surface area of Titan. We calculate the required minimum surface area coverage of such lakes, assess the stabilizing influence of ethane, and the implications for moist convection in the atmosphere. We show that, under Titan's surface conditions, methane evaporates rapidly enough that shorelines of any existing lakes could potentially migrate by several hundred m to tens of km per year, rates that could be detected by the Cassini orbiter. We furthermore show that the high relative humidity of methane in Titan's lower atmosphere could be maintained by evaporation from lakes covering only 0.002-0.02 of the whole surface.

  9. Crystalline titanate catalyst supports

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    Anthony, Rayford G.; Dosch, Robert G.

    1993-01-01

    A series of new crystalline titanates (CT) are shown to have considerable potential as catalyst supports. For Pd supported catalyst, the catalytic activity for pyrene hydrogenation was substantially different depending on the type of CT, and one was substantially more active than Pd on hydrous titanium oxide (HTO). For 1-hexene hydrogenation the activities of the new CTs were approximately the same as for the hydrous metal oxide supports.

  10. The albedo of Titan

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    Lockwood, G. W.; Lutz, B. L.; Thompson, D. T.; Bus, E. S.

    1986-04-01

    Photometric observations of Titan since 1972 show a cyclical variation of ?10%. A minimum value of brightness and albedo apparently occurred in 1984. Spectrophotometric observations, made annually since 1980 at 8 resolution, 3295 - 8880 , were used to derive the value p* = 0.1560.010 for integrated geometric albedo in 1984. Variations of the equivalent widths of spectral features were not seen.

  11. High-Tc/high-coupling relaxed PZT-based single crystal thin films

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    Wasa, K.; Matsushima, T.; Adachi, H.; Matsunaga, T.; Yanagitani, T.; Yamamoto, T.

    2015-03-01

    Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT)-based ferroelectric ceramics exhibit high piezoelectricity, however, their Curie temperature (Tc) values are not so high, i.e., Tc < 400 °C. PZT-based piezoelectric thin films with higher Tc would be beneficial for improved micro actuators, sensors, memories, and piezoelectric micro-electro mechanical systems. In-plane biaxial strained PZT thin films in a laminated composite structure are known to exhibit enhanced Tc; however, the thickness of PZT-based thin films is limited to below a critical thickness typically <50 nm. The Tc of relaxed PZT-based thin films with thicknesses greater than the critical thickness is the same as bulk Tc. However, a sort of relaxed PZT-based single-crystal thin films exhibit extraordinary high Tc, Tc = ˜600 °C. In addition, the films show extremely low dielectric constant, ɛ/ɛo ˜ 100 with high coupling factor, kt ˜ 0.7, and large remnant polarization, Pr ˜ 100 μC/cm2. These exotic properties would result from the single-domain/single-crystal structure. The enhanced Tc is possibly caused by the highly stable interface between the PZT-based thin films and substrates. Their ferroelectric performances are beyond those of conventional PZT. The high-Tc/high-coupling performances are demonstrated, and the possible mechanisms of the high Tc behavior in relaxed PZT-based single-crystal thin films are discussed.

  12. Landscape Evolution of Titan

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    Moore, Jeffrey

    2012-01-01

    Titan may have acquired its massive atmosphere relatively recently in solar system history. The warming sun may have been key to generating Titan's atmosphere over time, starting from a thin atmosphere with condensed surface volatiles like Triton, with increased luminosity releasing methane, and then large amounts of nitrogen (perhaps suddenly), into the atmosphere. This thick atmosphere, initially with much more methane than at present, resulted in global fluvial erosion that has over time retreated towards the poles with the removal of methane from the atmosphere. Basement rock, as manifested by bright, rough, ridges, scarps, crenulated blocks, or aligned massifs, mostly appears within 30 degrees of the equator. This landscape was intensely eroded by fluvial processes as evidenced by numerous valley systems, fan-like depositional features and regularly-spaced ridges (crenulated terrain). Much of this bedrock landscape, however, is mantled by dunes, suggesting that fluvial erosion no longer dominates in equatorial regions. High midlatitude regions on Titan exhibit dissected sedimentary plains at a number of localities, suggesting deposition (perhaps by sediment eroded from equatorial regions) followed by erosion. The polar regions are mainly dominated by deposits of fluvial and lacustrine sediment. Fluvial processes are active in polar areas as evidenced by alkane lakes and occasional cloud cover.

  13. Grenville Zircon Fertility, Baby Boom, and Baby Boom Echo; Natural Bias in the Detrital Zircon Record

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    Moecher, D. P.; Samson, S. D.

    2006-12-01

    Grenville-aged (~1150-1050 Ma) granitoids of eastern Laurentia exposed in Appalachian basement massifs are as much as 20 times more Zr-rich and much more fertile for crystallizing zircon compared to Paleozoic Laurentian granitoids of the Eastern Blue Ridge, Inner Piedmont, and Carolina terranes. Erosion of Grenville source rocks generates disproportionately large numbers and/or sizes of detrital zircon compared to less fertile magmatic sources. The latter are essentially undetectable by standard detrital zircon provenance methods (SHRIMP or LA-ICP-MS analysis of magmatic cores of >100 micron grains). Grenvillian zircon fertility biased the Neoproterozoic to Recent detrital record as a result of: (1) zircon durability and insolubility in aqueous fluids means detrital zircons eroded from Grenville basement terranes are recycled during repeated orogenesis; (2) inertness of zircon below upper amphibolite facies (onset of anatexis), and high Zr resulting from concentration of detrital zircon in sedimentary protoliths, means dominantly metasedimentary terranes will fail to generate sufficient new zircon corresponding in age to the time of accretion of those terranes to Laurentia. Zircon growth under incipient anatectic conditions generates new zircon as overgrowths on detrital magmatic cores; overgrowths are often too thin to analyze by ion or laser beam. In this case, metasedimentary terranes may be rendered essentially undetectable. New `magmatic' zircon may be generated with greater degrees of anatexis, but might be inferred to be of plutonic, not metamorphic, parentage. Grenville modes dominate detrital zircon age distributions for: Laurentian Neoproterozoic rift basins; Neoproterozoic to Lower Ordovician passive margin sequences; Appalachian Paleozoic syn-orogenic clastic sequences; Appalachian metasedimentary terranes; and modern rivers. The latter is surprising since Grenville terranes comprise <15% of exposed crust in the southern Appalachians, and were not exposed during Paleozoic orogenesis. Synorogenic magmatic or metamorphic detritus is absent from late Paleozoic (Alleghanian) clastic wedges: formation of a Himalayan-scale orogen during continent-continent collision and assembly of Pangea never occurred in eastern Laurentia, from the perspective of detrital zircon. The dominance of the Grenville age mode is primarily an artifact of the Grenville zircon `baby boom' that echoed through later orogenies. The natural Grenville bias in the detrital zircon record is further amplified by sampling biases (crystals 100-300 microns are usually selected) and analytical biases (e.g. cores are much more frequently analyzed).

  14. Chem-prep PZT 95/5 for neutron generator applications : effects of lead stoichiometry on the microstructure and mechanical properties of PZT 95/5.

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    Yang, Pin; Watson, Chad Samuel

    2004-09-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of niobium-modified lead zirconate titanate (PNZT) 95/5 ceramics, where 95/5 refers to the ratio of lead zirconate to lead titanate, were evaluated as a function of lead (Pb) stoichiometry. Chemically-prepared PNZT 95/5 is produced at Sandia National Laboratories by the Ceramics and Glass Processing Department (14154) for use as voltage elements in ferroelectric neutron generator power supplies. PNZT 95/5 was prepared according to the nominal formulation of Pb{sub 0.991+x}(Zr{sub 0.955}Ti{sub 0.045}){sub 0.982}Nb{sub 0.018}O{sub 3+x}, where x (-0.0274 {approx}< x {approx}< 0.0297) refers to the mole fraction of Pb and O that deviated from the stoichiometric value. The Pb concentrations were determined from calcined powders; no adjustments were made to Pb compositions due to weight loss during sintering. The microstructure (second phases, fracture mode and grain size) varied appreciably with Pb stoichiometry, whereas the mechanical properties (hardness, fracture toughness, strength and Weibull parameters) exhibited modest variation. Specimens deficient in Pb, 2.74% (x = -0.0274) and 2.15% (x = -0.02150), had a high area fraction of a zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}) second phase on the order of 0.02. As the Pb content in solid solution increased the ZrO{sub 2} content decreased; no ZrO{sub 2} was observed for the specimen containing 2.97% excess Pb (x = 0.0297). Over the range of Pb stoichiometry most specimens fractured predominately transgranularly; however, 2.97% Pb excess PNZT 95/5 fractured predominately intergranularly. No systematic changes in hardness or Weibull modulus were observed as a function of Pb content. Fracture toughness decreased slightly from 1.8 MPa{center_dot}m{sup 1/2} for Pb deficient specimens to 1.6 MPa{center_dot}m{sup 1/2} for specimens with excess Pb. Although there are microstructural differences with changes in Pb content, the mechanical properties did not vary substantially. However, the average failure stress and fracture toughness for PNZT 95/5 containing 2.97% excess Pb decreased slightly. It is expected that additional increases in Pb content would result in further mechanical property degradation. The decrease in mechanical properties for the 2.97% Pb excess ceramics could be the result of a weaker PbO-rich grain boundary phase present in the material. If better mechanical properties are desired, it is recommended that PNZT 95/5 ceramics are processed by a method whereby any excess Pb is depleted from the final sintered ceramic so that near-stoichiometric values of Pb concentration are reached. Otherwise, a PbO-rich grain boundary phase may exist in the ceramic which could potentially be detrimental to the mechanical properties of PNZT 95/5 ceramics.

  15. Laboratory Simulations Of Titans Atmospheric Chemistry With The NASA Ames Titan Haze Simulation Experiment

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    Sciamma-O'Brien, Ella; Contreras, C. S.; Ricketts, C. L.; Salama, F.

    2012-05-01

    Solar UV radiation and electron bombardment from Saturns magnetosphere dissociate nitrogen and methane in Titans atmosphere, leading to the production of heavier molecules and solid organic aerosols that contribute to the haze layers giving Titan its characteristic orange color. The detection of benzene and toluene, critical precursors of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), in Titans ionosphere, by the Cassini INMS suggests that PAHs might play a role in the production of Titans aerosols. The Titan Haze Simulation (THS) experiment has been developed at NASA Ames Cosmic Simulation facility (COSmIC) to study the chemical pathways that link the simple molecules resulting from the first steps of the N2-CH4 chemistry (C2H2, C2H4, HCN..) to benzene, and to PAHs and nitrogen-containing PAHs (PANHs) as precursors to the production of solid aerosols. In the THS experiment, Titans atmospheric chemistry is simulated by plasma in the stream of a supersonic jet expansion. With this unique design, the gas mixture is cooled to Titan-like temperature ( 150K) before inducing the chemistry by plasma discharge. Different gas mixtures containing the first products of Titans N2-CH4 chemistry, but also much heavier molecules like PAHs or PANHs can be injected to study specific chemical reactions. The products of the chemistry are detected and studied using Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy and Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry. Thin tholin (Titan aerosol analogs) deposits are also produced in the THS experiment and can be analyzed by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). We present the results of mass spectrometry studies using different gas mixtures, and discuss their relevance for the study of specific pathways in Titans atmospheric chemistry. Acknowledgements: This research is supported by NASA PATM. E.S.O., C.S.C. and C.L.R acknowledge the support of the NASA Postdoctoral Program. The authors acknowledge the collaboration of H. Imanaka, C. McKay and S. Lebonnois.

  16. Electric properties and phase transition behavior in lead lanthanum zirconate stannate titanate ceramics with low zirconate content

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    Zeng, Tao; Lou, Qi-Wei; Chen, Xue-Feng; Zhang, Hong-Ling; Dong, Xian-Lin; Wang, Gen-Shui

    2015-11-01

    The phase transitions, dielectric properties, and polarization versus electric field (P–E) hysteresis loops of Pb0.97La0.02(Zr0.42Sn0.58‑xTix)O3 (0.13≤ x ≤0.18) (PLZST) bulk ceramics were systematically investigated. This study exhibited a sequence of phase transitions by analyzing the change of the P–E hysteresis loops with increasing temperature. The antiferroelectric (AFE) to ferroelectric (FE) phase boundary of PLZST with the Zr content of 0.42 was found to locate at the Ti content between 0.14 and 0.15. This work is aimed to improve the ternary phase diagram of lanthanum-doped PZST with the Zr content of 0.42 and will be a good reference for seeking high energy storage density in the PLZST system with low-Zr content. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51202273, 11204304, and 11304334) and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant No. 14DZ2261000).

  17. Isotopic Composition of Oxygen in Lunar Zircons

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    Nemchin, A. A.; Whitehouse, M. J.; Pidgeon, R. T.; Meyer, C.

    2005-01-01

    The recent discovery of heavy oxygen in zircons from the Jack Hills conglomerates Wilde et al. and Mojzsis et al. was interpreted as an indication of presence of liquid water on the surface of Early Earth. The distribution of ages of Jack Hills zircons and lunar zircons appears to be very similar and therefore analysis of oxygen in the lunar grains may provide a reference frame for further study of the early history of the Earth as well as give additional information regarding processes that operated on the Moon. In the present study we have analysed the oxygen isotopic composition of zircon grains from three lunar samples using the Swedish Museum of Natural History CAMECA 1270 ion microprobe. The samples were selected as likely tests for variations in lunar oxygen isotopic composition. Additional information is included in the original extended abstract.

  18. Titan's neutral atmospheric composition

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    Coustenis, A.; Jennings, D.; Jolly, A.; Bénilan, Y.; Vinatier, S.; Nixon, C.; Gautier, D.; Bjoraker, G.; Romani, P.; Flasar, M.

    2007-08-01

    Our understanding of Titan's atmospheric chemical composition has recently been enhanced by the data returned by the Cassini instruments. Spectra recorded by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) aboard the Cassini spacecraft have been processed from the Titan flybys spanning three years now since SOI (Flasar et al., 2005; Teanby et al., 2006, Vinatier et al., 2006; Nixon et al., 2006; Coustenis et al., 2007). The spectra characterize various regions on Titan from 85°S to 80°N with a variety of emission angles. We have studied the emission observed in the CIRS detector arrays (covering the 10-1500 cm-1 spectral range with apodized resolutions of 2.54 or 0.53 cm-1). We have used temperature profiles retrieved from the inversion of the emission observed in the methane v4 band at 1304 cm-1 and a line-by-line radiative transfer code to infer the abundances of the trace constituents and some of their isotopes in Titan's stratosphere (Coustenis et al., 2007a). The composite spectra show several signatures of previously identified molecules: hydrocarbons, nitriles, H2O and CO2. Besides these well-known trace species, a firm detection of benzene (C6H6) is provided by CIRS at 674 cm-1 and allows for the study of its latitudinal variations. No longitudinal variations were found for any of the gases. Information is retrieved on the meridional variations of the trace constituents and tied to predictions by dynamicalphotochemical models (Hourdin et al., 2004; Lavvas et al., 2007). Molecules showing a significant enhancement at northern latitudes are the nitriles (HC3N, HCN) and the complex hydrocarbons (C4H2, C3H4). The D/H ratio on Titan was also determined from the CH3D band at 8.6 micron and found to be about 1.3 ±0.2 10-4. We have also identified the presence of C2HD at 678 cm-1 for the first time (Coustenis et al., 2007b, in preparation). Constraints are also set on the vertical distribution of C2H2. References : Coustenis et al., 2007a, Icarus, in press; Flasar et al., 2005, Science 308, 975 ; Hourdin et al., 2004, J. Geophys. Res. 109, E1205; Nixon et al., 2006, BAAS 38; Lavvas et al., 2007, Plan. Space Sci., in press; Teanby et al., 2006, Icarus 181, 243; Vinatier et al., 2006, Icarus, 188, 120.

  19. Detrital Zircon Geochronology Applied to Basin Analysis

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    Gehrels, G. E.

    2014-12-01

    During the past ~15 years, detrital zircon geochronology has developed into a powerful tool for analyzing sedimentary features and processes. One of the most common applications is to use the ages of the youngest detrital zircons in a sample to constrain the maximum age of deposition. In an ideal case, for example in a region with active volcanism, the youngest zircon grains would have crystallized immediately prior to deposition and the lag time between crystallization and deposition is negligible. Such ages provide opportunities for reconstructing the chrono-stratigraphy of a sedimentary sequence, and establishing the chrono-correlation of sedimentary units and surfaces across broad regions. Most sedimentary units also yield detrital zircon grains that significantly predate deposition (because of the extreme durability of zircon). The ages of these grains provide a fingerprint (or chrono-facies) that can be used for comparison of sedimentary units. Such comparisons have traditionally been based on the presence/absence of age populations, but with larger data sets it is becoming possible to determine proportions of ages in a robust fashion, and thereby compare strata much more quantitatively. Common methodology for conducting these types of analyses is to determine ages for several hundred detrital zircon grains from each sample, with random selection of grains to generate a robust age distribution. If necessary, additional analyses are conducted on "young-looking" grains to improve precision on the max depo age. Such analyses commonly yield max depo ages that are reliable to 1-2%. Determining whether a max depo age approximates true depo age commonly requires geologic arguments (e.g., presence of volcanic lithic fragments, size/shape of the youngest zircon crystals, order of youngest ages in a sedimentary sequence). In addition to these chronologic applications, detrital zircon ages provide powerful tools for determining provenance, reconstructing dispersal pathways (commonly involving episodes of recycling), characterizing source regions, establishing connections between drainage areas and offshore basins, and evaluating reservoir characteristics.

  20. Titan after Cassini Huygens

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    Beauchamp, P. M.; Lunine, J.; Lebreton, J.; Coustenis, A.; Matson, D.; Reh, K.; Erd, C.

    2008-12-01

    In 2005, the Huygens Probe gave us a snapshot of a world tantalizingly like our own, yet frozen in its evolution on the threshold of life. The descent under parachute, like that of Huygens in 2005, is happening again, but this time in the Saturn-cast twilight of winter in Titan's northern reaches. With a pop, the parachute is released, and then a muffled splash signals the beginning of the first floating exploration of an extraterrestrial sea-this one not of water but of liquid hydrocarbons. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, a hot air balloon, a "montgolfiere," cruises 6 miles above sunnier terrain, imaging vistas of dunes, river channels, mountains and valleys carved in water ice, and probing the subsurface for vast quantities of "missing" methane and ethane that might be hidden within a porous icy crust. Balloon and floater return their data to a Titan Orbiter equipped to strip away Titan's mysteries with imaging, radar profiling, and atmospheric sampling, much more powerful and more complete than Cassini was capable of. This spacecraft, preparing to enter a circular orbit around Saturn's cloud-shrouded giant moon, has just completed a series of flybys of Enceladus, a tiny but active world with plumes that blow water and organics from the interior into space. Specialized instruments on the orbiter were able to analyze these plumes directly during the flybys. Titan and Enceladus could hardly seem more different, and yet they are linked by their origin in the Saturn system, by a magnetosphere that sweeps up mass and delivers energy, and by the possibility that one or both worlds harbor life. It is the goal of the NASA/ESA Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) to explore and investigate these exotic and inviting worlds, to understand their natures and assess the possibilities of habitability in this system so distant from our home world. Orbiting, landing, and ballooning at Titan represent a new and exciting approach to planetary exploration. The TSSM mission architecture inherently provides the optimal balance between science, risk, and cost using three guiding principles: Achieve science well beyond the high bar set by Cassini Huygens. The TSSM orbiter, lander, and balloon have been configured with instruments and operational concept that go well beyond Cassini-Huygens capabilities, thus ensuring dramatic remote observation and in situ science discoveries. Build upon successful design and operational experience and lessons learned. ESA has successful experience in designing and landing probes on Titan (Huygens), as does NASA in implementing an orbiter at Saturn (Cassini). Long life design rules and extensive operational experience in the Saturn system have been applied to form the TSSM concept. Lessons learned from Galileo, Cassini, New Horizons, and MRO have been applied to reduce risk and lower cost. Development by ESA of the montgolfiere combines prior experience with Earth and planetary balloon systems to enable innovative science and unprecedented mobility for surface exploration. Strong international partnership. TSSM represents a collaborative effort between NASA and ESA that is structured to provide the best possible mission at a reasonable cost to NASA and to ESA. This NASA-ESA partnership leverages resources to maximize science return, distribute risk, and ensure technical readiness.

  1. Synthesis of nanosized sodium titanates

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    Hobbs, David T.; Taylor-Pashow, Kathryn M. L.; Elvington, Mark C.

    2015-09-29

    Methods directed to the synthesis and peroxide-modification of nanosized monosodium titanate are described. Methods include combination of reactants at a low concentration to a solution including a nonionic surfactant. The nanosized monosodium titanate can exhibit high selectivity for sorbing various metallic ions.

  2. Saturn: Magnetosphere Interaction with Titan

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    Cravens, T.; Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    Titan is the largest satellite of SATURN with an orbital distance from that planet of 20.6 Saturn radii (RS), at which distance it will usually finds itself within Saturn's outer magnetosphere, where it interacts with the magnetospheric plasma. Titan is, after Jupiter's satellite Ganymede, the second largest satellite in our solar system and it possesses both an atmosphere and an ionosphere, whic...

  3. Zinc titanate sorbents

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    Gupta, R.P.; Gangwal, S.K.; Jain, S.C.

    1998-02-03

    The present invention provides a zinc titanate sorbent material useful in desulfurization applications. The zinc titanate material is in the form of generally spherical particles of substantially uniform chemical distribution. The sorbent material is capable of absorbing sulfur compounds from a gaseous feed in an amount of at least about 15 weight percent based on the weight of the sorbent. The sorbent material is prepared by a process including: (a) forming a zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, (b) preparing a substantially uniform aqueous slurry comprising the zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, organic binder, and at least about 1 weight percent inorganic binder based on the solids weight of the slurry, (c) spray drying the slurry to produce substantially spherical particles, and (d) calcining the particles at a temperature of between about 750 to about 950 C. The dry blend is formed by mixing between about 0.5 to about 2 parts zinc oxide having a median particle size of less than about 0.5 microns, and about 1 part titanium dioxide having a median particle size of less than about 1 micron. The slurry contains substantially no free silica and may be prepared by the process including (1) preparing an aqueous solution of organic binder, (2) adding the dry blend to the aqueous solution of organic binder, and (3) adding the inorganic binder to the solution of organic binder, and blend. Additional reagents, such as a surfactant, may also be incorporated into the sorbent material. The present invention also provides a process for desulfurizing a gaseous stream. The process includes passing a gaseous stream through a reactor containing an attrition resistant zinc titanate sorbent material of the present invention.

  4. Zinc titanate sorbents

    DOEpatents

    Gupta, Raghubir P. (Durham, NC); Gangwal, Santosh K. (Durham, NC); Jain, Suresh C. (Germantown, MD)

    1998-01-01

    The present invention provides a zinc titanate sorbent material useful in desulfurization applications. The zinc titanate material is in the form of generally spherical particles of substantially uniform chemical distribution. The sorbent material is capable of absorbing sulfur compounds from a gaseous feed in an amount of at least about 15 weight percent based on the weight of the sorbent. The sorbent material is prepared by a process including: (a) forming a zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, (b) preparing a substantially uniform aqueous slurry comprising the zinc oxide/titanium dioxide dry blend, organic binder, and at least about 1 weight percent inorganic binder based on the solids weight of the slurry, (c) spray drying the slurry to produce substantially spherical particles, and (d) calcining the particles at a temperature of between about 750.degree. C. to about 950.degree. C. The dry blend is formed by mixing between about 0.5 to about 2 parts zinc oxide having a median particle size of less than about 0.5 .mu., and about 1 part titanium dioxide having a median particle size of less than about 1 .mu.. The slurry contains substantially no free silica and may be prepared by the process including (1) preparing an aqueous solution of organic binder, (2) adding the dry blend to the aqueous solution of organic binder, and (3) adding the inorganic binder to the solution of organic binder, and blend. Additional reagents, such as a surfactant, may also be incorporated into the sorbent material. The present invention also provides a process for desulfurizing a gaseous stream. The process includes passing a gaseous stream through a reactor containing an attrition resistant zinc titanate sorbent material of the present invention.

  5. Granulite zircons of the Lapland granulite belt

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    Kaulina, T.

    2003-04-01

    An age of the main stage of granulite metamorphism, which followed the overthrusting of the Lapland granulite belt (LGB) is estimated at about 1.91-1.95 Ga (Tugarinov, Bibikova, 1980; Bernard-Griffiths et al., 1984; Bibikova et al., 1993; Mitrofanov et al., 1993). This high-grade metamorphism is dated by U-Pb method on short prismatic gem-quality zircons that are typical for granulites and are interpreted as formed under stress and space-shortage conditions of the high pressure. And the common belief is that these zircon ages are dating the peak conditions of a metamorphic P-T path, since zircon has a high closure temperature of its U-Pb system. We studied rocks with different degree of metamorphism from Yavr and Pados rivers district (Kola Peninsula, Russia) located in the connection zone of the Tanaelv belt and LGB. Samples from the Tanaelv belt were taken from: 1) leucocratic garnet-clinopyroxene-amphibole plagiogneiss, chemically corresponds to andesite and formed under amphibolite facies 2) leucocratic biotite-pyroxene plagiogneiss with mineral association of granulite facies. Lapland granulites are represented by sillimanite-garnet-biotite gneiss from khondalite complex and leuco-mesocratic amphibole-pyroxene-plagioschist, belonging to the charnockite complex. Metamorphic zircons in all studied samples are represented practically by crystals of the same image. These are round or isometric (rarely subidiomorphic-prismatic in mafic granulites) large crystals with bright luster and high transparency. They are colorless or weakly colored into yellowish-pinkish tones. Crystals are zoneless but may contain cores, especially zircons from khondalite, 60% of which contain zoned cores. Thus typically granulitic zircon, described in many works, is the dominant type both in granulites of the Lapland belt and in amphiboles gneisses of the Tanaelv belt. Zircons are distinguished by low U contents (up to 100 ppm) and high Th/U and Zr/Hf ratios (0.6-0.7 and 42-49, respectively), typical for metamorphic zircons, formed under high - parameters (Bibikova et al., 1993). An age of these zircons in four studied samples is 19153 Ma. So at this time (about 1915 Ma ago) mass crystallization of zircon took place not only in rocks of the Tanaelv belt but LGB also. And so far as morphology, isotopic composition and impurity contents are similar, their crystallization was at the same conditions. And identical age show the simultaneity of endogenic processes responsible for an appearance of the described zircons in both structures. Investigations of M. Roberts and F. Finger (Roberts and Finger, 1997) and experimental data on zircon solubility (Watson, Harrison, 1984) show, that zircon crystallization at high-grade metamorphism could take place not at peak of P-T conditions but at decompression. Thus, an age 19153 Ma can be interpreted as the beginning of decompression and cooling during started uplift of granulites. Detailed structural-petrologic and geological study (Perchuk, Krotov, 1998) proves this conclusion. Titanite age from anorthosites of the Yavrozersky massif 191612 Ma (Kaulina et al., 2001) also confirms decreasing of temperature at this time at least till 700 (closure T for U-Pb titanite system (Cherniak, 1993)). And the short-prismatic form of zircons is caused by high temperature, when en equilibrium crystal shape can be almost spherical (Chernov et al., 1980) The work is supported by RFBR grant 1 01-05-64218

  6. Micro-motion exposure method based on PZT piezoelectric ceramics

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    Sun, Wenjun; Zhang, Mei-heng; Meng, Zhong

    2009-07-01

    There mainly is laser digital photofinishing technique and digital photofinishing technique based on LCD consisting of TFT and LCOS in the digital photofinishing field at the present time. The former have a good many merit such as wide color gamut, high processing rate, large output size and high brightness, but his cost is very high, his maintain technique being comparatively complex, that result in difficult use for people. The utilization ratio of the latter is low because of lower resolution and lower aperture ratio for LCD, but the digital photofinishing based on LCD have lower cost and higher utilization ration, being suitable for people's current standard of living. Considering above mentioned problem, a micro-motion exposure method based on PZT piezoelectric ceramics used in digital image photofinishing is presented. The two-dimension micro-motion exposure system consisting of PZT piezoelectric ceramics, LCD panel, polarizing film and spring strip is designed. By means of PZT piezoelectric ceramics the LCD panel is removed about the one half of the pixel size of the LCD panel for four times from the original place, at the same time imaging system is exposed four times at the printing paper. The software is used to control the time synchronization, the exposure time and motion range of the LCD panel. The system has advantages such as shorter response time than 0.1seconds, lesser motion error than 0.01 microns, high stability and repeatability. Experimental results show that the proposed micro-motion exposure method improve the picture brightness and enlarge output size, at the meantime reducing the cost of the system.

  7. Titan's Carbon Conundrum

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    Nixon, C. A.; Jennings, D. E.; Teanby, N. A.; Vinatier, S.; BÉ Zard, B.; Coustenis, A.; Irwin, P. G.; Flasar, F. M.; Cassini Cirs Team

    2010-12-01

    As recently as a year ago, a consensus was emerging that carbon-13 in Titan's methane was enriched by some ~10% over the terrestrial value (12C/13C = ~77-82 on Titan versus 89 on Earth, Niemann et al 2005, Nixon et al 2008). At the same time, several measurements of 12C/13C in ethane, the main product of methane photolysis, appeared to show no enrichment (Nixon et al 2008, Jennings et al 2009). This led to the suggestion that a steady state equilibrium was being reached, with a Kinetic Isotope Effect (KIE) in a key reaction (C2H + CH4 → C2H2 + CH3) responsible for the slight enrichment in the atmospheric reservoir relative to both the incoming flux of methane and outgoing flux of ethane (Jennings et al 2009). This paradigm was overturned earlier this year when the Huygens GCMS team revised their measurement of 12CH4/13CH4 upwards to agree with the terrestrial value (Niemann et al, in preparation), eliminating any need for the KIE fractionation. However, this presents a new problem in the sense that the KIE effect is probably real - it is confirmed for the CH3D and 12CH4 reactions with ethynyl (Opansky and Leone 1996), so almost certainly for 13CH4-12CH4 pair as well - and so some fractionation of methane should be occurring. This is true regardless as to whether the atmospheric methane is being replenished or not - differing only in degree - provided the ethynyl abstraction reaction is the dominant path for methane loss as predicted by current models (Lavvas et al. 2008). In this forum we will present updated measurements by the CIRS team of the 12CH4/13CH4 derived from recent high signal-to-noise Titan observations, and discuss the degree of agreement with both the earlier published ratios, and the newer revised GCMS results. We will also discuss the implications for Titan's methane evolution over geologic time including clues from the D/H ratio. We conclude by highlighting the currently open questions and avenues for future work. Jennings, D.E. et al., J. Chem. Phys., 113(42), 11101-11106, 2009. Lavvas, P.P. et al., Plan. Space Science, 56, 27-66, 2008. Niemann, H.B. et al., Nature, 438, 779-784, 2005. Nixon, C.A. et al., Icarus, 195, 778-791, 2008. Opansky, B.J and S.R. Leone, J. Phys. Chem., 100, 4888-4892, 1996.

  8. Design, modeling, and fabrication techniques of bulk PZT actuators for MEMS deformable mirrors

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    Xu, Xiaohui; Chu, Jiaru

    2007-12-01

    The paper describes the design, modeling and fabrication techniques of bulk PZT actuators for MEMS deformable mirrors. Both the analytical model and finite element method are employed for performance simulation and structure optimization of the bulk PZT actuator. According to the simulation results, thick PZT films with high d 31 piezoelectric coefficient are necessary for the deformable mirrors to obtain both high stiffness and large stroke at low voltage for applications in astronomical observation and retina imaging. The fabrication techniques for bulk PZT actuators for MEMS deformable mirrors are investigated, incorporating the bonding of bulk PZT ceramics to Si single crystals with epoxy resin, the thinning and patterning of bulk PZT ceramics using wet-etching method. 1BHF:2HCl:4NH 4Cl:4H IIO solution was used as the etchant. Using the fabrication techniques, we have successfully demonstrated a 44 prototype array of 2.5mm-diameter bulk PZT actuators for MEMS deformable mirrors. The bulk PZT actuators show a stroke of 3 ?m at +/-25V and displacement hysteresis of 15%. The displacement hysteresis was largely eliminated by using the method of staying on the same segment.

  9. Internal structures of zircons from Archaean granites from the Darling Range batholith: implications for zircon stability and the interpretation of zircon U-Pb ages

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    Pidgeon, R. T.; Nemchin, A. A.; Hitchen, G. J.

    Internal structures in zircons from granitoids from the late Archaean Darling Range Batholith show secondary features revealed by HF etching, which record reconstitution of the zircons and modification of the distribution of trace elements during post crystallisation cooling of the granitoid. Zircons from the granites commonly contain unzoned to weakly zoned cores surrounded by rims showing oscillatory zoning which has been modified by recrystallisation. The most striking feature is the development of high trace element concentration areas found in zircons from a number of granites. These structures range from enhanced trace element concentrations in primary zones to a single accumulation of most trace elements in one band, about half way between the outer edge and the centre of the zircon. In any zircon the extent of the concentration of trace elements towards the formation of a single trace element band appears to be inversely related to the fading and broadening of primary oscillatory zones in the outer rim. This suggests that the trace element bands formed by migration of trace elements from the outer primary zones to new concentration sites on an inner set of primary zones. This explanation is supported by the formation of multiple curved trace element bands that transgress primary zoning and the determination of younger SHRIMP ages on depleted zircon outer rims compared to remnant primary oscillatory zoned areas of the zircon and unzoned centres. Also observed in some granite zircons is a finely convoluted zoning which overprints oscillatory zoning in parts of a zoned zircon and in rare cases occurs throughout the zircon. This structure is explained in terms of secondary migration and reconcentration of trace elements in curved bands. All structures can be transgressed by generally rounded lobes and patches of low U, weakly nebulously zoned zircon. This is interpreted as a late stage interaction between the zircon and fluids formed during cooling and crystallisation of the granitoid, resulting in recrystallisation of affected parts of the zircon with accompanying loss of trace elements from the zircon.

  10. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Disordered Zircon

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    Devanathan, Ram; Corrales, Louis R.; Weber, William J.; Chartier, Alain; Meis, Constantin

    2004-02-27

    The melting of zircon and the amorphous state produced by quenching from the melt were simulated by molecular dynamics using a new partial charge model combined with the Ziegler-Biersack-Littmark potential. The model has been established for the description of the crystalline and aperiodic structures of zircon in order to be used for the simulation of displacement cascades. It provides an excellent fit to the structure, and accounts with convenient precision the mechanical and thermodynamic properties of zircon. The calculated melting temperature is about 2100 K. The activation energy for self-diffusion of ions in the liquid state was determined to be 190-200 kJ/mole. Melt quenching was employed to produce two different disordered states with distinct densities and structures. In the high density disordered state, the zircon structure is intact but the bond angle distributions are broader, 4% of the Si units are polymerized, and the volume swelling is about 8%. In the low density amorphous state, the Zr and Si coordination numbers are lower, and the Zr-O and Si-O bond lengths are shorter than corresponding values for the crystal. In addition, a highly polymerized Si network, with average connectivity of two, is observed in the low density amorphous state. These features have all been experimentally observed in natural metamict zircon. The present findings, when considered in light of experimental radiation effects studies, suggest that the swelling in zircon arises initially from disorder in the zircon crystal, and at high doses the disordered crystal is unable to accommodate the volume expansion and transforms to the amorphous state.

  11. STRENGTH PROPERTIES OF POLED PZT SUBJECTED TO BIAXIAL FLEXURAL LOADING IN HIGH ELECTRIC FIELD

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    Wang, Hong; Lin, Hua-Tay; Wereszczak, Andrew A

    2010-01-01

    Failure of poled PZT has been experimentally studied using ball-on-ring (BoR) biaxial flexure strength tests with an electric field concurrently applied. The as-received and aged PZTs were tested in high electric fields of -3 to 4 times the coercive field. Both the sign and the magnitude of electric field had a significant effect on the strength of poled PZT. A surface flaw type with a depth of around 18 m was identified as the strength limiter and responsible for the failure of the tested PZT. With a value of 0.76 MPa m1/2 in the open circle condition, the fracture toughness of the poled PZT was affected by an applied electric field just as the strength was affected. These results and observations have the potential to serve probabilistic reliability analysis and design optimization of multilayer PZT piezo actuators.

  12. Piezoelectric properties of 3-X periodic Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3-polymer composites

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    Smay, James E.; Cesarano, Joseph; Tuttle, Bruce A.; Lewis, Jennifer A.

    2002-11-01

    The piezoelectric properties of lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-polymer composites were studied as a function of composition and phase connectivity. PZT skeletal structures were fabricated by robotic deposition, densified at 1275 C, and subsequently infiltrated with epoxy to produce the desired PZT-polymer composites. These 3-X structures consisted of a three-dimensional lattice of PZT rods (3-3) embedded in a polymer matrix, a PZT lattice/polymer matrix capped with PZT face plates (3-2), or PZT lattice/polymer matrix capped with PZT face plates and encircled by a solid PZT ring (3-1). The PZT:polymer ratio was varied systematically by changing the lattice (rod) spacing in each composite architecture. The concentration of PZT pillars, which formed along the poling direction at the intersections between PZT rods, varied as the PZT volume fraction squared. These 3-X composites displayed enhanced hydrostatic figures of merit relative to monolithic PZT due to stress concentration in the PZT pillars and their dramatically reduced dielectric constant, with the highest values found for the 3-2 and 3-1 composites. Our experimental observations were compared to theoretical predictions based on an isostrain, unit cell model modified to account for the partial support of stress in the stiff epoxy phase.

  13. A Prototype PZT Matrix Transducer With Low-Power Integrated Receive ASIC for 3-D Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Chen, Chao; Raghunathan, Shreyas B; Yu, Zili; Shabanimotlagh, Maysam; Chen, Zhao; Chang, Zu-Yao; Blaak, Sandra; Prins, Christian; Ponte, Jacco; Noothout, Emile; Vos, Hendrik J; Bosch, Johan G; Verweij, Martin D; de Jong, Nico; Pertijs, Michiel A P

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication, and experimental evaluation of a prototype lead zirconium titanate (PZT) matrix transducer with an integrated receive ASIC, as a proof of concept for a miniature three-dimensional (3-D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) probe. It consists of an array of 9 ×12 piezoelectric elements mounted on the ASIC via an integration scheme that involves direct electrical connections between a bond-pad array on the ASIC and the transducer elements. The ASIC addresses the critical challenge of reducing cable count, and includes front-end amplifiers with adjustable gains and micro-beamformer circuits that locally process and combine echo signals received by the elements of each 3 ×3 subarray. Thus, an order-of-magnitude reduction in the number of receive channels is achieved. Dedicated circuit techniques are employed to meet the strict space and power constraints of TEE probes. The ASIC has been fabricated in a standard [Formula: see text] CMOS process and consumes only 0.44 mW/channel. The prototype has been acoustically characterized in a water tank. The ASIC allows the array to be presteered across ±37(°) while achieving an overall dynamic range of 77 dB. Both the measured characteristics of the individual transducer elements and the performance of the ASIC are in good agreement with expectations, demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed techniques. PMID:26540683

  14. Geochemical signatures and magmatic stability of terrestrial impact produced zircon

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    Wielicki, Matthew M.; Harrison, T. Mark; Schmitt, Axel K.

    2012-03-01

    Understanding the role of impacts on early Earth has major implications to near surface conditions, but the apparent lack of preserved terrestrial craters > 2 Ga does not allow a direct sampling of such events. Ion microprobe U-Pb ages, REE abundances and Ti-in-zircon thermometry for impact produced zircon are reported here. These results from terrestrial impactites, ranging in age from ~ 35 Ma to ~ 2 Ga, are compared with the detrital Hadean zircon population from Western Australia. Such comparisons may provide the only terrestrial constraints on the role of impacts during the Hadean and early Archean, a time predicted to have a high bolide flux. Ti-in-zircon thermometry indicates an average of 773 C for impact-produced zircon, ~ 100 C higher than the average for Hadean zircon crystals. The agreement between whole-rock based zircon saturation temperatures for impactites and Ti-in-zircon thermometry (at aTiO2 = 1) implies that Ti-in-zircon thermometry record actual crystallization temperatures for impact melts. Zircon saturation modeling of Archean crustal rock compositions undergoing thermal excursions associated with the Late Heavy Bombardment predicts equally high zircon crystallization temperatures. The lack of such thermal signatures in the Hadean zircon record implies that impacts were not a dominant mechanism of producing the preserved Hadean detrital zircon record.

  15. Titan: A Place with Atmosphere

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    McKay, Christopher P.; DeVincenzi, D. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Titan is the largest moon of the planet Saturn and is the only moon in the solar system with a substantial atmosphere. Its atmosphere is mostly made of nitrogen and has a pressure one and a half times larger than sea level pressure on Earth. In these respects Titan's atmosphere is the closest twin to Earth's. Methane is found in Titan's atmosphere and results in the formation of a organic smog layer in the atmosphere via chemistry that is similar to the current theories for the origin of life on Earth. Unfortunately, Titan is much too cold for water to be liquid and life is therefore unlikely, earth-like life that is. Titan's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect which is much stronger than the Earth's. However the organic smog layer produces an anti-greenhouse effect that cuts the greenhouse warming in half. The surface of Titan remains unknown, hidden by the thick smog layer, but it may be an ocean of liquid methane and ethane or maybe just lakes. When the NASA/ESA mission to the Saturn System, Cassini/Huygens reaches Saturn in a few years it will launch a probe that to the surface of Titan and show us this world that is strange and yet in many ways similar to our own.

  16. Touchdown on Titan

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    Morring, Frank, Jr.

    2004-01-01

    Europe's Huygens probe is on target for a Dec. 25 separation from the Cassini Saturn orbiter that has carried it like a baby for more than seven years. The probe will spend three weeks coasting to a plunge into Titan's thick atmosphere on the morning of Jan. 14. If all goes as planned, the 349-kg. Huygens will spend more than 2 hr. descending by parachute to the mysterious surface of the planet-sized moon, and hopefully devote yet more time to broadcasting data after it lands. Before the day is over, Huygens is programmed to beam about 30 megabytes of data - including some 1,100 images-back to Earth through Cassini, a trip that will take some 75 min. to complete over the 1- billion-km. distance that separates the two planets. Within that data should be answers to questions that date back to 1655, when Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens found the moon with a homemade telescope and named it for the family of giants the ancient Greeks believed once ruled the earth. In the Solar System, there is no other world like Titan, with a nitrogen and methane atmospheric and a cold, hidden surface darker than Earth under the full Moon.

  17. Monosodium Titanate Sludge Filtration

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    Dworjanyn, L.O.

    2000-11-07

    Good filterability of tetraphenylborate (TPB) slurry is attributed to the hydrophobic nature of crystalline organic TPB that forms a firm but porous filter cake, allowing salt solution to pass through without unduly compressing the cake. Addition of inorganic sludge or monosodium titanate (MST) has an adverse effect on filtration, but the overall filtration rate with TPB is satisfactory. Poor cross-flow filtration performance for the Salt Disposition Alternatives requiring MST filtration is attributed primarily to the difficulty in filtering the residual inorganic sludge rich in iron and aluminum precipitates. Ferric hydrolysis products and colloids form a bulky and sticky filter cake significantly reducing filtration rate. Similarly poor filtration rates were observed in the BNFL ferric/ferrous precipitation process, necessitating a change to permanganate precipitation. This report, based on a few sludge settling observations, does not resolve the MST/Sludge filterability issue. However, it does identify the need for a change in emphasis from cross-flow optimization to understanding and controlling the chemistry and physics of alkaline inorganic particle suspensions and filterability. Promising potential exists to identify or develop surfactants or flocculants to enhance filterability of SRS sludge and monosodium titanate. Additional work is needed to provide a basic understanding of the nature of caustic sludge filter cake formation.

  18. Titan atmospheric probe

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    Swenson, B. L.

    1984-01-01

    Increased scientific interest in the structure and composition of Titan's atmosphere, clouds and surface have led to the study of mission options to the Saturnian system with the main goal of placing a probe into the atmosphere of the satellite. Two probe concepts have been studied by NASA: the first concept, a slightly modified Galileo probe capable of withstanding approximately 50 earth G during atmospheric entry heating and deceleration, would consist of a blunted 53 degree, 136-cm-diameter half-angle cone with a hemispherical afterbody, and a descent module containing scientific instruments and a parachute; the second concept, a system designed to provide in situ atmospheric measurements of Titan's organic haze layer, would consist of a probe using a 165-cm deployable graphite fabric decelerator, a 50-cm-diameter cylindrical descent module containing five instruments and a 2.5 m-diameter parachute and a 50-cm-radius spherical nose cap. Although the modified Galileo probe is feasible, its scientific drawback includes its inability to obtain in situ measurements above approximately 100 km.

  19. Radiation damage in zircon and monazite

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    Meldrum, A.; Boatner, L.A.; Weber, W.J.; Ewing, R.C.

    1998-07-01

    Monazite and zircon respond differently to ion irradiation and to thermal and irradiation-enhanced annealing. The damage process (i.e., elastic interactions leading to amorphization) in radioactive minerals (metamictization) is basically the same as for the ion-beam-irradiated samples with the exception of the dose rate which is much lower in the case of natural samples. The crystalline-to-metamict transition in natural samples with different degrees of damage, from almost fully crystalline to completely metamict, is compared to the sequence of microstructures observed for ion-beam-irradiated monazite and zircon. The damage accumulation process, representing the competing effects of radiation-induced structural disorder and subsequent annealing mechanisms (irradiation-enhanced and thermal) occurs at much higher temperatures for zircon than for monazite. The amorphization dose, expressed as displacements per atom, is considerably higher in the natural samples, and the atomic-scale process leading to metamictization appears to develop differently. Ion-beam-induced amorphization data were used to calculate the {alpha}-decay-event dose required for amorphization in terms of a critical radionuclide concentration, i.e., the concentration above which a sample of a given age will become metamict at a specific temperature. This equation was applied to estimate the reliability of U-Pb ages, to provide a qualitative estimate of the thermal history of high-U natural zircons, and to predict whether actinide-bearing zircon or monazite nuclear waste forms will become amorphous (metamict) over long timescales.

  20. Mapping products of Titan's surface

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    Stephan, Katrin; Jaumann, Ralf; Karkoschka, Erich; Barnes, Jason W.; Tomasko, Martin G.; Turtle, Elizabeth P.; Le Corre, Lucille; Langhans, Mirjam; Le Mouelic, Stephane; Lorenz, Ralf D.; Perry, Jason

    2009-01-01

    Remote sensing instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft have been observed the surface of Titan globally in the infrared and radar wavelength ranges as well as locally by the Huygens instruments revealing a wealth of new morphological features indicating a geologically active surface. We present a summary of mapping products of Titan's surface derived from data of the remote sensing instruments onboard the Cassini spacecraft (ISS, VIMS, RADAR) as well as the Huygens probe (DISR) that were achieved during the nominal Cassini mission including an overview of Titan's recent nomenclature.

  1. [Titanate nanotubes in the therapy].

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    Sipos, Barbara; Regdon, Gza; Sovny, Tams

    2015-01-01

    The demand for revealing the medical advantages offered by nanotechnology is increasing more and more. Titanate nanotubes deserve consideration in many aspects. Their production is easy, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Due to their special physico-chemical properties, titanate nanotubes can play an important role in different fields of therapy, such as medical diagnostics, implantology, or even as cancer treatment. The aim of our work is to present the titanate nanotubes and give an overview on their medical applicability through the results of previous researches. PMID:26390737

  2. Poling process optimization of piezo nano composite PZT/polimer

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    Ridlo, M. Rosyid; Lestari, Titik; Mardiyanto, Oemry, Achiar

    2013-09-01

    The objective of poling process is to make the electric dipole directions to be parallel in the inside perovskite crystal of piezo materials. In simply way, poling was carried out by giving the two sides of a piezo material by highly electrical potential. More parallel of electrical dipoles, it is more strength the piezo characteristics. The optimization involved control of temperature, time depth and the electrical voltage. The samples was prepared by solgel method with precursor tetrabutyl titanat Ti(OC4H9)4, zirconium nitrat Zr(NO3)4ṡ5H2O, Pb(CH3COO)2ṡ3H2O and solution ethylene glycol. Molar ratio Pb:Zr:Ti = 1,1:0,52:0,48 with concidering lossed Pb. Result of solgel process is nano powder PZT. The formed nano powder PZT was then mixed with polimer PVDF and pressed 10 MPa at 150 °C with the size 15 mm in diameter. After poling, piezoelectric constant d33 was measured. The highest d33 = 45 pC/N was found at poling parameters V = 5 kV/ mm, T = 120 °C dan time depth = 1 hours.

  3. Micromechanical modelling of remanent properties of morphotropic PZT

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    Neumeister, Peter; Balke, Herbert

    2011-09-01

    The present paper investigates the capability of micromechanical material models to predict the ferroelectric behaviour of morphotropic PZT ceramics in a rate-independent approximation based on realistic microscopic material parameters. Starting point is a three-dimensional tetragonal model, which builds on the model of Pathak and McMeeking [2008. Three-dimensional finite element simulations of ferroelectric polycrystals under electrical and mechanical loading. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 56, 663-683]. Volume fractions of the crystallographic variants represent the domain structure inside the grains. Interactions between the grains are taken into account by means of a representative volume element of the grain compound. A simplified set of realistic microscopic material parameters of the lattice in terms of Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, dielectric constant, and spontaneous strain and polarisation is derived from experimental data and theoretical results given in the literature. The simulation of the macroscopic remanent polarisation and strain response due to two load cases shows explicitly that the tetragonal model is not capable to reproduce the behaviour of morphotropic PZT. Therefore, the model is extended by the rhombohedral phase, allowing a mixture of both phases with varying quantities inside the grains. A comparison of our results with experimental data shows a remarkably good agreement, revealing the capability of the extended model.

  4. Fabrication of Barium Zirconate Coated Crucibles

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    Chan, Wayne

    2000-05-01

    Erb et al. have shown that barium zirconate crucibles are inert to the YBCO molten flux during the crystal growth process. Since these crucibles are not commercially available and they are costly and time-consuming to fabricate, a barium zirconate coating process on inexpensive and commerically available crucibles was developed to replicate the properties of actual barium zirconate crucibles. Specifically, the coating process entailed barium zirconium isopropoxide being painted onto an alumina crucible and a yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) crucible. Then the alumina crucible was fired at 1385 degrees Celcius for 53 hours and the YSZ crucible was fired at 1200 degrees Celsius for 24 hours. After the firing process, crystals were grown in these coated crucibles. The crystals were analyzed with the SQUID magnetometer to determine the transition temperature and with the energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) to determine the crystal composition.

  5. Fission track dating of kimberlitic zircons

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    Haggerty, Stephen E.; Raber, Ellen; Naeser, Charles W.

    1983-04-01

    The only reliable method for dating kimberlites at present is the lengthy and specialized hydrothermal procedure that extracts 206Pb and 238U from low-uranium zircons. This paper describes a second successful method by fission track dating of large single-crystal zircons, 1.0-1.5 cm in dimension. The use of large crystals overcomes the limitations imposed in conventional fission track analysis which utilizes crushed fragments. Low track densities, optical track dispersion, and the random orientation of polished surfaces in the etch and irradiation cycle are effectively overcome. Fission track ages of zircons from five African kimberlites are reported, from the Kimberley Pool (90.3 6.5 m.y.), Orapa (87.4 5.7 and 92.4 6.1 m.y.), Nzega (51.1 3.8 m.y.), Koffiefontein (90.0 8.2 m.y.), and Val do Queve (133.4 11.5 m.y.). In addition we report the first radiometric ages (707.9 59.6 and 705.5 61.0 m.y.) of crustal zircons from kimberlites in northwest Liberia. The fission track ages agree well with earlier age estimates. Most of the zircons examined in this study are zoned with respect to uranium but linear correlations are established (by regression analysis) between zones of variable uranium content, and within zones of constant uranium content (by analysis of variance). Concordance between the fission track method and the U/Pb technique is established and we concluded that track fading from thermal annealing has not taken place. Kimberlitic zircons dated in this study, therefore, record the time of eruption.

  6. Fission track dating of kimberlitic zircons

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    Haggerty, S.E.; Raber, E.; Naeser, C.W.

    1983-01-01

    The only reliable method for dating kimberlites at present is the lengthy and specialized hydrothermal procedure that extracts 206Pb and 238U from low-uranium zircons. This paper describes a second successful method by fission track dating of large single-crystal zircons, 1.0-1.5 cm in dimension. The use of large crystals overcomes the limitations imposed in conventional fission track analysis which utilizes crushed fragments. Low track densities, optical track dispersion, and the random orientation of polished surfaces in the etch and irradiation cycle are effectively overcome. Fission track ages of zircons from five African kimberlites are reported, from the Kimberley Pool (90.3 ?? 6.5 m.y.), Orapa (87.4 ?? 5.7 and 92.4 ?? 6.1 m.y.), Nzega (51.1 ?? 3.8 m.y.), Koffiefontein (90.0 ?? 8.2 m.y.), and Val do Queve (133.4 ?? 11.5 m.y.). In addition we report the first radiometric ages (707.9 ?? 59.6 and 705.5 ?? 61.0 m.y.) of crustal zircons from kimberlites in northwest Liberia. The fission track ages agree well with earlier age estimates. Most of the zircons examined in this study are zoned with respect to uranium but linear correlations are established (by regression analysis) between zones of variable uranium content, and within zones of constant uranium content (by analysis of variance). Concordance between the fission track method and the U/Pb technique is established and we concluded that track fading from thermal annealing has not taken place. Kimberlitic zircons dated in this study, therefore, record the time of eruption. ?? 1983.

  7. Seasonal Changes in Titan's Meteorology

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    Turtle, E. P.; DelGenio, A. D.; Barbara, J. M.; Perry, J. E.; Schaller, E. L.; McEwen, A. S.; West, R. A.; Ray, T. L.

    2011-01-01

    The Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem has observed Titan for 1/4 Titan year, and we report here the first evidence of seasonal shifts in preferred locations of tropospheric methane clouds. South \\polar convective cloud activity, common in late southern summer, has become rare. North \\polar and northern mid \\latitude clouds appeared during the approach to the northern spring equinox in August 2009. Recent observations have shown extensive cloud systems at low latitudes. In contrast, southern mid \\latitude and subtropical clouds have appeared sporadically throughout the mission, exhibiting little seasonality to date. These differences in behavior suggest that Titan s clouds, and thus its general circulation, are influenced by both the rapid temperature response of a low \\thermal \\inertia surface and the much longer radiative timescale of Titan s cold thick troposphere. North \\polar clouds are often seen near lakes and seas, suggesting that local increases in methane concentration and/or lifting generated by surface roughness gradients may promote cloud formation. Citation

  8. Titan's greenhouse and antigreenhouse effects

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    Mckay, Christopher P.; Pollack, James B.; Courtin, Regis

    1992-01-01

    Thermal mechanisms active in Titan's atmosphere are discussed in a brief review of data obtained during the Voyager I flyby in 1980. Particular attention is given to the greenhouse effect (GHE) produced by atmospheric H2, N2, and CH4; this GHE is stronger than that on earth, with CH4 and H2 playing roles similar to those of H2O and CO2 on earth. Also active on Titan is an antigreenhouse effect, in which dark-brown and orange organic aerosols block incoming solar light while allowing IR radiation from the Titan surface to escape. The combination of GHE and anti-GHE leads to a surface temperature about 12 C higher than it would be if Titan had no atmosphere.

  9. Ices in Titan's Lower Stratosphere

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    Anderson, Carrie

    2010-01-01

    Analyses of Cassini CIRS far-infrared limb spectra of Titan at 15N, 15S, and 58S reveal a broad emission feature between 70 and 270/cm, restricted to altitudes between 60 and 100 km. This emission feature is chemically different from Titan's photochemical aerosol, which has an emission feature peak around 145 cm-1. The shape of the observed broad emission feature resembles a mixture of the solid component of the two most abundant nitrites in Titan's stratosphere, that of HCN and HC3N. Following the saturation vapor pressure vertical profiles of HCN and HC3N, the 60 to 100 km altitude range corresponds closely to the vertical location where these nitriles are expected to condense out and form small, suspended ice particles. This is the first time ices in Titan's stratosphere have been identified at latitudes south of 50N. Results and physical implications will be discussed.

  10. Origin of Zircon in Ophiolitic Mantle Rocks

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    Robinson, P. T.; Yang, J.; Schmitt, A. K.; Li, J.; Ma, C.

    2011-12-01

    Zircon xenocrysts in ultramafic rocks are typically interpreted as grains picked up by intrusion of mantle rocks into crustal sequences and are taken as evidence of underlying continental crust. However, ultramafic rocks of the Luobusa and Dongqiao ophiolites of Tibet and the Semail ophiolite of Oman contain rounded zircon grains that are much older than the ophiolites themselves. In the Tibetan ophiolites the zircon is accompanied by diamonds, moissanite, corundum, coesite, kyanite, garnet and rutile and numerous highly reduced phases, including PGE and base-metal alloys and native elements. The zircon grains range from 20 to 300 ?m across, and are mostly well rounded with very complex internal structures. A few grains are euhedral to subhedral and have concentric zoning suggesting an igneous origin. Many of the grains contain low-pressure inclusions of quartz, rutile, orthoclase, mica, ilmenite and apatite. 206Pb/238U SIMS dates for the Luobusa zircons range from 54919 to 165758 Ma, whereas those for the Dongqiao ophiolites range from 48449 to 2515276 Ma. These ages are much older than the host ophiolites (~126 Ma and 147 Ma, respectively). Sixteen dates on zircons from the Semail ophiolite range in age from 844 to 138648 Ma. Four of these grains are euhedral to subhedral and have late Cretaceous ages essentially the same as the host ophiolite (924 to 995 Ma), but most are much older. The one younger age of 84 Ma probably reflects slight Pb loss. Many grains in all three ophiolites have distinct cores surrounded by much younger rims, which are still older than the host ophiolites. All of the studied zircons have REE and trace element compositions characteristic of continental crustal grains. Because ophiolites are tectonically emplaced slices of oceanic lithosphere, the possibility of crustal contamination during formation is highly unlikely. Thus, the old zircons in these ophiolites are interpreted as crustal xenocrysts, introduced into the mantle by earlier subduction of continental crust in orogenic belts.

  11. Trace Elements in Young Oceanic Zircons

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    Moeller, A.; Hellebrand, E.; Whitehouse, M.; Cannat, M.

    2006-12-01

    Zircon is a common accessory minerals in gabbroic rocks collected from the ocean floor. We obtained in-situ U-Pb ages and REE compositions of well-documented (BSE, color-CL imaging) zircons from three locations: MARK area (ODP Leg 153: 4 samples, 12 grains), MAR 15.20N area (Faranaut: 2 samples, 8 grains), and the Ascension double FZ near MAR 7S (2 samples, 3 grains). In contrast to previous studies that extracted the zircons from hand-picked mineral separates, we only used zircons found in-situ, within polished petrographic thin sections, in order to avoid contamination. The zircons are medium to coarse grained, exceeding 1 mm. They are generally subhedral to perfectly euhedral in shape, and appear homogeneous in BSE images. Color-CL reveals a dominant sector zoning in dark and bright blueish-grey. Within the individual sectors, a fine oscillatory zoning can be generally resolved as well. Few complex grains have several agglomerated nuclei, but are overgrown to form a single euhedral grain. All near-ridge zircons have low-U and yield ages of approx. 1 Ma and younger. This is in contrast with paleozoic-proterozoic ages reported on similar samples from the same locations, which may have resulted from contamination during sample preparation. Due to the low-U concentrations and their young age, differences between individual zones could not be resolved, consistent with forming a single trend in Th/U. The REE patterns of all samples are very similar: low LREE and very high (up to 7000x CI-chondrite) HREE with pronounced positive Ce and negative Eu anomalies, as is common for crustal zircons growing after significant plagioclase crystallization. Their absolute REE abundances are bimodal. The CL-bright sectors have a factor 2 to 3 times lower REE concentrations than the associated darker sectors. Average CL-dark zones from all samples are chemically virtually indistinguishable. Significant core-rim zoning is absent. These features are consistent with a cumulate-type origin from nearly identical highly evolved melts. This seems very fortuitous and counterintuitive, since this would require large melt volumes, that would not change composition during zircon formation.

  12. The TITAN reversed-field-pinch fusion reactor study

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    This report discusses research on the titan-1 fusion power core. The major topics covered are: titan-1 fusion-power-core engineering; titan-1 divertor engineering; titan-1 tritium systems; titan-1 safety design and radioactive-waste disposal; and titan-1 maintenance procedures.

  13. Life on Titan

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    Potashko, Oleksandr

    Volcanoes engender life on heavenly bodies; they are pacemakers of life. All planets during their period of formation pass through volcanism hence - all planets and their satellites pass through the life. Tracks of life If we want to find tracks of life - most promising places are places with volcanic activity, current or past. In the case of just-in-time volcanic activity we have 100% probability to find a life. Therefore the most perspective “search for life” are Enceladus, Io and comets, further would be Venus, Jupiter’s satellites, Saturn’s satellites and first of all - Titan. Titan has atmosphere. It might be result of high volcanic activity - from one side, from other side atmosphere is a necessary condition development life from procaryota to eucaryota. Existence of a planet means that all its elements after hydrogen formed just there inside a planet. The forming of the elements leads to the formation of mineral and organic substances and further to the organic life. Development of the life depends upon many factors, e.g. the distance from star/s. The intensity of the processes of the element formation is inversely to the distance from the star. Therefore we may suppose that the intensity of the life in Mercury was very high. Hence we may detect tracks of life in Mercury, particularly near volcanoes. The distance from the star is only one parameter and now Titan looks very active - mainly due to interior reason. Its atmosphere compounds are analogous to comet tail compounds. Their collation may lead to interesting result as progress occurs at one of them. Volcanic activity is as a source of life origin as well a reason for a death of life. It depends upon the thickness of planet crust. In the case of small thickness of a crust the probability is high that volcanoes may destroy a life on a planet - like Noachian deluge. Destroying of the life under volcano influences doesn’t lead to full dead. As result we would have periodic Noachian deluge or nuclear winter. These events are known as extinctions or ice ages. The crust of a planet of the Earth group is formed at the outer edge of the body. The planets after asteroid belt like Jupiter or Saturn probably form their “crusts” in the centre of the body. Due to we may see internal kitchen of element forming in detail. This processes lead to the organic life, which we may detect at the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. But their satellites look like earth planet group - with outer crust. Huygens considered that God's wisdom and providence is clearest in the creation of life, and Earth holds no privileged position in the heavens that life must be universal. “Huygens” helps find life on Titan

  14. The TITAN magnet configuration

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    Bathke, C. G.

    The TITAN study uses copper-alloy ohmic-heating coils (OHC) to start up inductively a reversed-field-pinch (RFP) fusion reactor. The plasma equilibrium is maintained with a pair of superconducting equilibrium-field coils (EFCs). A second pair of copper EFCs provides the necessary trimming of the equilibrium field during plasma transients. A compact toroidal-field-coil (TFC) set is provided by an integrated blanket/coil (IBC). The IBC concept also is applied to the toroidal-field divertor coils. Steady-state operation is achieved with oscillating-field current drive, which oscillates at low amplitude and frequency the OHCs, EFCs, the TFCs, and divertor coils about their steady-state currents. An integrated magnet design, which uses low-field, low technology coils, and the related design basis is given.

  15. The thermosphere of Titan

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    Friedson, A. J.; Yung, Y. L.

    1984-01-01

    The vertical structure of Titan's thermosphere is calculated down to the mesopause as a function of local time based on Voyager 1 occultation data. The thermal time scales that characterize the diurnal behavior of the thermosphere are discussed, the input model atmosphere used to calculate the temperature profile is presented, and the dominant heating and cooling mechanisms in the thermosphere are examined. The temperature profiles obtained by integrating the heat transfer equation with and without electron heating are presented and discussed. The implications that derived exospheric temperatures have for the neutral hydrogen torus are investigated. The diurnal exospheric temperature is unlikely to exceed 225 K, averages between 187 and 197 K, and has a variational amplitude of 28 K or less. The vertical extent of the hydrogen cloud is too large to be explained in terms of simple thermal escape of hydrogen from the exosphere.

  16. From Titan's chemistry and exobiology to Titan's astrobiology

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    Raulin, François

    2015-04-01

    When the IDS proposal « Titan's chemistry and exobiology » was submitted to ESA 25 years ago, in the frame of what will become the Cassini-Huygens mission, Titan was already seen as a quite interesting planetary object in the solar system for Exobiology. Several organic compounds of prebiotic interest were identified in its atmosphere, which was thus was expected to be chemically very active, especially in term of organic processes. Atmospheric aerosols seemed to play a key role in this chemistry. Moreover, the presence of an internal aqueous ocean, compatible with life was suspected. A few years later, when astrobiology was (re)invented, Titan became one of the most interesting planetary target for this new (but very similar to exobiology) field. With the Cassini-Huygens mission, the exo/astrobiological interest of Titan has become more and more important. However, the mission has been providing a vision of Titan quite different from what it was supposed. Its atmospheric organic chemistry is very complex and starts in much higher zones than it was believed before, involving high molecular weight species in the ionosphere. Titan's surface appears to be far from homogeneous: instead of been covered by a global methane-ethane ocean, it is very diversified, with dunes, lakes, bright and dark areas, impact and volcanic craters with potential cryovolcanic activity. These various geological areas are continuously feeded by atmospheric aerosols, which represent an important step in the complexity of Titan's organic chemistry, but probably not the final one. Indeed, after being deposited on the surface, in the potential cryovolvanic zones, these particles may react with water ice and form compounds of exo/astrobiological interest, such as amino acids, purine and pyrimidine bases. Moreover, The Cassini-Huygens data strongly support the potential presence of an internal water ocean, which becomes less and less hypothetical and of great interest for exobiology. These various exobiological aspects of Titan, revealed from Cassini-Huygens observations, especially from the data of the Huygens instruments, coupled to laboratory works, both experimental simulations and modeling, will be quickely reviewed and summarized. References : Raulin, F. (2008), Astrobiology and habitability of Titan, Space Science Reviews 135 (1-4), 37-48 ; Raulin, F. et al. (2012), Prebiotic-like chemistry on Titan. Chemical Society Reviews. 41, 5380-5393 Acknowledgement: Supports from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French Space Agency (CNES) is deeply acknowledged.

  17. Cathodoluminescence of radiation-induced zircon

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    Tsuchiya, Y.; Nishido, H.; Kayama, M.; Noumi, Y.

    2013-12-01

    Zircon occurs as a common accessory mineral in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, and maintains much information on thermal history, metamorphic process and natural radiation dose accumulated in the mineral. U-Pb zircon dating (e.g., SHRIMP) is an important tool to interpret a history of the minerals at a micrometer-scale, where cathodoluminescence (CL) image has been used for identification of internal zones and domains having different chemical compositions and/or structures with a high spatial resolution. The CL of zircon is derived from various types of emission centers, which are derived from impurities such as rare earth elements (REE) and structural defects. In fact, the CL features of zircon are closely related to metamorphic process and radiation from contained radionuclides as well as geochemical condition of its formation. Most zircon has yellow emission, which seems to be assigned to UO2 centers or radiation-induced defect during metamictization of the lattice by alpha particles from the decay of U and Th. In this study, the radiation effects on zircon CL have been studied for He+ ion-implanted samples annealed at various temperatures to clarify radiation-induced defect centers involved with the yellow CL emission in zircon. Single crystals of zircon from Malawi (MZ), Takidani granodiorite (TZ) and Kurobegawa granite (KZ) were selected for He+ ion implantation experiments. The polished plates of the samples were implanted by He+ ion 4.0 MeV corresponding to energy of alpha particle from 238 U and 232Th. CL spectra in the range from 300 to 800 nm with 1 nm step were measured by a scanning electron microscopy-cathodoluminescence (SEM-CL). CL spectra of untreated and annealed zircon show emission bands at ~370 nm assigned to intrinsic defect centers and at ~480, ~580 and ~760 nm to trivalent Dy impurity centers (Cesbron et al., 1995; Gaft et al, 2005). CL emissions in the yellow-region were observed in untreated zircon. The TZ and KZ indicate youngest formation ages of 1.93-1.20 Ma and 1.7-0.9 Ma, respectively (Harayama,1994; Harayama et al., 2010) in the world. In this case, it is hardly to detect yellow CL emissions derived from radiation-induced defect center, suggesting low radiation dose of alpha radiation from 238U and 232Th on them. CL spectra of MZ, TZ and KZ showed an increase in the intensities of yellow emissions with an increase in radiation dose of He+ ion implantation, though He+ ion implantation reduces the intensities of their impurity centers. CL intensity in the yellow region depends on radiation dose of He+ ion implantation. Therefore, if the component of yellow emission could be deconvoluted from the CL spectra in zircon, its intensity will be used for an indicator to evaluate total exposure doses on it during geological age.

  18. Peculiarities of Electrical Characteristics of Ferroelectric Memory Elements Based on PZT-Films

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    Delimova, L. A.; Gushchina, E. V.; Yuferev, V. S.; Ratnikov, V. V.; Zaitseva, N. V.; Sharenkova, N. V.; Seregin, D. S.; Vorotilov, K. A.; Sigov, A. S.

    2016-01-01

    Self-polarization directed from the top electrode to the bottom one is found in the ferroelectric Pt/PZT/Pt capacitor using the method of depolarizing hysteresis loops. We attribute the self-polarization to the flexoelectric effect caused by the mismatch between the lattice parameters of the bottom Pt film and PZT-film. This result is consistent with the measurements of photocurrent in the short-circuited structure that also indicate the presence of the downward polarization in the PZT-film.

  19. Model-Based, Closed-Loop Control of PZT Creep for Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy

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    McCartt, A D; Ognibene, T J; Bench, G; Turteltaub, K W

    2014-01-01

    Cavity ring-down spectrometers typically employ a PZT stack to modulate the cavity transmission spectrum. While PZTs ease instrument complexity and aid measurement sensitivity, PZT hysteresis hinders the implementation of cavity-length-stabilized, data-acquisition routines. Once the cavity length is stabilized, the cavitys free spectral range imparts extreme linearity and precision to the measured spectrums wavelength axis. Methods such as frequency-stabilized cavity ring-down spectroscopy have successfully mitigated PZT hysteresis, but their complexity limits commercial applications. Described herein is a single-laser, model-based, closed-loop method for cavity length control. PMID:25395738

  20. Physical properties of inorganic PMW-PNN-PZT ceramics

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    Sin, Sang-Hoon; Yoo, Ju-hyun; Kim, Yong-Jin; Baek, Sam-ki; Ha, Jun-Soo; No, Chung-Han; Song, Hyun-Seon; Shin, Dong-Chan

    2015-07-01

    In this work, inorganic Pb(Mg1/2W1/2)0.03(Ni1/3Nb2/3)x(Zr0.5Ti0.5)0.97-xO3 (x = 0.02 ? 0.12) composition ceramics were fabricated by the conventional solid state reaction method. And then their micro structure and ferroelectric properties were investigated according to the amount of PNN substitution. Small amounts of Li2CO3 and CaCO3 were used in order to decrease the sintering temperature of the ceramics. The 0.10 mol PNN-substituted PMW-PNN- PZT ceramics sintered at 920C showed the excellent physical properties of piezoelectric constant (d33), electromechanical coupling factor (kp), mechanical quality coefficient (Qm), and dielectric constant of 566 pC/N, 0.61, 73, and 2183, respectively.

  1. Mechanism of hydrothermal growth of ferroelectric PZT nanowires

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    Wang, Jin; Durussel, Alexandre; Sandu, Cosmin Silviu; Sahini, Mtabazi Geofrey; He, Zhangbing; Setter, Nava

    2012-05-01

    The formation mechanism of hydrothermally grown monocrystalline ferroelectric PZT nanowires is investigated. It is shown that the growth proceeds via a two-step process. Particles of the centrosymmetric PX-phase grow initially, having a fibrous morphology which is compatible with the highly anisotropic crystalline structure of this material. In the second stage, the PX-phase transforms into the ferroelectric perovskite phase, retaining the initial fibrous morphology. The solubility limit of Zr ions in the PX phase is maintained into the perovskite phase. While the PX and the perovskite phases have a similar composition, the reconstructive transformation process, in which edge-sharing octahedra chains of the PX-phase transform into a 3D network of corner sharing octahedra in the perovskite, involves incorporation and then release of oxygen (or hydroxyl).

  2. The Surface Composition of Titan

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    Clark, R. N.; Pearson, N.; Brown, R. H.; Cruikshank, D. P.; Barnes, J. W.; Jaumann, R.; Soderblom, L. A.; Griffith, C. A.; Rodriguez, S.; Le Mouelic, S.; Lunine, J.; Sotin, C.; Baines, K. H.; Buratti, B. J.; Nicholson, P. D.; Nelson, R.; Stephan, K.

    2011-12-01

    Determining the surface composition of Titan has been inhibited by the lack of spectral properties of potential compounds. We have measured the 0.35 to 5-micron spectral reflectance of a wide range of compounds that might be relevant to Titan and trends are now coming to light with possible spectral matches for classes of materials. While some compounds have been identified and mapped on Titan's surface, such as liquid ethane + methane lakes and benzene, the compounds responsible for the main spectral properties have remained elusive (Clark et al, JGR 2010). Titan's surface is seen in the near infrared in only a few spectral windows, near 0.94, 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 2.0, 2.68-2.78, and 4.9-5.1 microns in the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) spectral range. At shorter wavelengths, UV absorption in the spectra of Titan's haze constrains the surface composition because haze particles settle onto Titan's surface. The average apparent reflectance in the IR windows generally decreases with increasing wavelength except for the 2.7 and 5-micron windows which are at similar levels. The decrease has led researchers to infer a number of compounds responsible for the observed decreasing spectral shape; the most common being water ice. But ice is incompatible with the 2.78/2.68 micron I/F ratio. Many organic compounds have absorptions that are not seen in spectra of Titan, eliminating them as possible major components at the surface, including many polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) previously thought to be compatible with parts of Titan's spectrum. We find that ring compounds similar to benzene rings, but with some C-H bonds replaced by NH have a closer match to Titan's overall spectrum and can explain the relative intensities observed in the spectral windows, including the 2.68 and 2.78-micron double window, the low 3-5 micron reflectance, and increased absorption near 2.1-microns. Key among these compounds that show general properties that match Titan are Cytosine (C4H5N3O), Uracil (C4H4N2O2), Guanine (C5H5N5O), and Adenine (C5H5N5). These compounds are the four nucleobases in the nucleic acid of RNA. If these compounds can be confirmed to be on Titan, their formation pathways may have implications for the formation of life. Other compounds that match features in Titan's spectra include the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) coronene, consisting of 6 benzene rings. Coronene is also a naturally occurring mineral on Earth, known as karpatite. Combinations of coronene, phenanthene (C14H12), pentacene (C22H14), indole (C8H7N), Cytosine, Uracil, Guanine, and Adenine match the overall spectral structure of Titan spectra. Indole, Cytosine, and Uracil, have 1.5-micron bands that can explain the feature observed in DISR spectra of Titan's surface. These compounds can also help explain the pyrolysis results from the Huygens probe.

  3. Mass determination of hypervelocity microparticles using a piezoelectric PZT element

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    Miyachi, Takashi; Takechi, Seiji; Kawachi, Yuya; Shibata, Hiromi; Okudaira, Osamu; Kobayashi, Masanori; Nakamura, Maki; Iwai, Takeo; Gruen, Eberhard; Srama, Ralf

    A mass observed with a piezoelectric element is discussed using hypervelocity particles accel-erated by the Van de Graaff accelerator. Since the response of the PZT element is velocity-dependent, the particle mass can be derived using calibration formulas that depend on the velocity. When the velocity during collision exceeds 20 km/s, the piezoelectric element produces a pulsed signal. Then, the rise time and the amplitude of the pulsed signal are well correlated. If the rise time and the amplitude are measured pair off, the response to the collision is classified into three groups [1]. If the calibration formulas can be established in each group, the mass is determined. Let define the deviation by (1) (mm-m0)/m0 (1) where mm is the mass value obtained using the calibration formulas of each group and m0 is that by the time of flight method, respectively. The deviation distributes like a Gaussian form. The mass can be reproduced within 40 When the velocity is less than 10 km/s, the output is of a characteristic form, with which the collision time is exactly determined. The amplitude is subject not only to the particle momentum p but also to the charge q of particle. Then, the PZT element is sensitive to q before the particle arrives at the element during flight time t, if q ∼ 50 fC. Since the sensitive distance d is calibrated with respect to q, the velocity v and the mass m are obtained; v = d /t, and m = p/v. The deviation defined by (1) distributes like a Gaussian form. The mass can be reproduced described above. Reference [1] T.Miyachi et al., submitted for publication in Adv. Space Res.

  4. Planetary science: Stormy origins of Titan's dunes

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    Newman, Claire

    2015-05-01

    Titan's equatorial dunes seem to move in the opposite direction to the prevailing easterly winds. Infrequent methane storms at Titan's low latitudes may briefly couple surface winds to fast westerlies above, dominating the net movement of sand.

  5. Mapping of Titan: Results from the first Titan radar passes

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    Stofan, E.R.; Lunine, J.I.; Lopes, R.; Paganelli, F.; Lorenz, R.D.; Wood, C.A.; Kirk, R.; Wall, S.; Elachi, C.; Soderblom, L.A.; Ostro, S.; Janssen, M.; Radebaugh, J.; Wye, L.; Zebker, H.; Anderson, Y.; Allison, M.; Boehmer, R.; Callahan, P.; Encrenaz, P.; Flamini, E.; Francescetti, G.; Gim, Y.; Hamilton, G.; Hensley, S.; Johnson, W.T.K.; Kelleher, K.; Muhleman, D.; Picardi, G.; Posa, F.; Roth, L.; Seu, R.; Shaffer, S.; Stiles, B.; Vetrella, S.; West, R.

    2006-01-01

    The first two swaths collected by Cassini's Titan Radar Mapper were obtained in October of 2004 (Ta) and February of 2005 (T3). The Ta swath provides evidence for cryovolcanic processes, the possible occurrence of fluvial channels and lakes, and some tectonic activity. The T3 swath has extensive areas of dunes and two large impact craters. We interpret the brightness variations in much of the swaths to result from roughness variations caused by fracturing and erosion of Titan's icy surface, with additional contributions from a combination of volume scattering and compositional variations. Despite the small amount of Titan mapped to date, the significant differences between the terrains of the two swaths suggest that Titan is geologically complex. The overall scarcity of impact craters provides evidence that the surface imaged to date is relatively young, with resurfacing by cryovolcanism, fluvial erosion, aeolian erosion, and likely atmospheric deposition of materials. Future radar swaths will help to further define the nature of and extent to which internal and external processes have shaped Titan's surface. ?? 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Titan's Oxygen Chemistry: An Update

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    Hrst, S. M.; Klippenstein, S. J.; Lavvas, P.; Vuitton, V.; Yelle, R. V.

    2013-09-01

    Prior to the arrival of Cassini in the Saturn system, photochemical models were unable to simultaneously reproduce the observed abundances of CO, CO2, and H2O. The observations were explained by invoking an internal source of CO in addition to an external source of H2O or by assuming that the observed CO is the remnant of a larger primordial abundance. In 2008, we showed that the flux of O+ detected by the Cassini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) coupled with the previously known flux of H2O was sufficient to explain the oxygen bearing species in Titan's atmosphere [1]. This work demonstrated that it is no longer necessary to invoke outgassing from Titan's interior as a source for atmospheric CO or to assume that the observed CO is the remnant of a larger primordial abundance in Titan's atmosphere. Instead, it is most likely that the oxygen bearing species in Titan's atmosphere are the result of external input, most likely Enceladus. At the time, only one measurement of H2O existed, from the Infrared Space Observation (ISO) [2], which was roughly consistent with our model, as shown in Figure 1. Two recent observations, from the Cassini Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) [3] and Herschel [4], indicate that our 2008 model over predicts the abundance of water in Titan's atmosphere by an order of magnitude and the model of Moreno et al. 2012 was unable to simultaneously reproduce the abundance of all 3 species. The new observations indicate that photochemical models may be missing chemical and/or physical processes. It is therefore time to revisit the photochemical model, now with stronger constraints on the stratospheric H2O abundance, including the behavior as a function of altitude in the stratosphere, to ensure that the new observations do not point to a fundamental flaw in our understanding of Titan's atmosphere. We will present results from our recently updated model of Titan's oxygen chemistry.

  7. Titan's Spectacular Volte-Face

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    Griffith, Caitlin A.

    2013-10-01

    Like Earth, Titan sports lakes, storms and rainfall. These features derive from a methane cycle, reminiscent of Earth's hydrological cycle; methane exists as an ice, liquid and gas and transfers between the surface and atmosphere, according to the seasonal weather. Titan's seasons contrast Earths. Imagine a summer trip to 70 latitude, where hurricane-sized storms burst forth out of a clear sky every few months for about 15 years. Then they vanish for another 15 years. Envision a trip to the winter polar region. Here the sky is perhaps clear except that the high haze, which filters sunlight like a translucent globe, is somewhat thicker than it is in the summer. Imperceptibly, you are blocking the diffuse organic matter, which is slowly settling out of the hazy orb, and accumulating on the polar surface. These effects are a few of the many that derive from Titans circulation and its seasonal changes during the satellite's 29.5 Earth year orbit about the Sun. In particular, and as indicated in recent observations, Titan's circulation flip-flopped. Before equinox in 2009, on average, air rose in the southern polar region and downwelled in the northern polar region. Now the reverse appears to be happening. Here we discuss the observations ranging from the surface to ~500 km altitude that reveal the symphony of responses of Titan's surface and atmosphere to this dramatic shift. In addition we discuss the syntheses of these effects, from theoretical efforts involving microphysical models, local cloud models and general circulation models, with the question of why Titan's seasonal changes are so much more spectacular compared to those of Earth.

  8. Plutonium Stabilization in Zircon: Effects of Self-Radiation

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    Weber, William J.; Hess, Nancy J.; Williford, Ralph E.; Heinisch, Howard L.; Begg, Bruce D.; Conradson, Steven D.; Ewing, Rodney C.

    2000-07-10

    Zircon is the most thoroughly studied of all candidate ceramic phases for the stabilization of plutonium. Self-radiation damage from alpha-decay of the Pu can significantly affect the structure and properties of zircon. Two types of synthetic Pu-containing zircons, prepared in 1981, have provided an opportunity to characterize in detail the effects of Pu decay on the structure and properties of zircon and to make unique comparisons to observations of radiation effects in natural zircons. One set of zircon samples contained Pu-238; while the other set of samples contained Pu-239. In both instances, the Pu was substituted directly for Zr. The zircons containing Pu-238, with its 87.7 year half-life, provided a means of accelerating the alpha-decay rate by a factor of 250 when compared to the zircons containing Pu-239. Self-radiation from Pu decay in zircon results in the simultaneous accumulation of point defects and amorphous domains that eventually lead to a completely amorphous state. The swelling in zircon increases sigmoidally with dose and is well saturated at the highest dose. In all cases, the swelling can be accur-ately modeled based on the contributions from crystalline and amorphous components. Detailed X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction methods have characterized the short-range and long-range structures of each zircon type. The amorphous state of zircon is consistent with the loss of long-range order and edge-sharing relationships between silica and zirconia polyhedra. Despite this, a distorted zircon structure and stoichiometry, which consists of silica and zirconia polyhedra that have rotated relative to each other, is retained over length scales up to 0.5 nm. Atomic-scale computer simulations have also been used to study defect accumulation and amorphization in zircon. The simulation results for the amorphous fraction as a function of alpha-decay dose are in excellent agreement with the experimental results.

  9. Active buckling control of smart plate as diaphragm with PZT5 sensor/actuator patches

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    Viliani, N. S.; Pourrostami, H.; Mostafavi, S. M.; Hashemizadeh, F.; Safian, M. R.; Hashemi, M.

    2014-12-01

    In current study, buckling analyses of smart plate is presented. The various types of piezoelectric materials are under investigation for petrochemical industry and other applications. The PZT sensor output is used to determine the input to the PZT actuator using the feedback control algorithm for buckling control of FG plate. This study investigated the governing differential equations of motion of smart plate which includes FG plate as the membrane and PZT5 patches as actuator and sensor. The Fourier series method adopted to obtain the solution for the equation of motion. Also the effects of feedback gain and FGM volume fraction exponent on the critical buckling load for PZT-5A are studied. The potential application of current study can be found in optimal design of sensor's diaphragm. The variation of critical buckling load vs. feedback gain indicates that by increasing the feedback gain, the buckling load increases.

  10. Enhanced Output Power of PZT Nanogenerator by Controlling Surface Morphology of Electrode.

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    Jung, Woo-Suk; Lee, Won-Hee; Ju, Byeong-Kwon; Yoon, Seok-Jin; Kang, Chong-Yun

    2015-11-01

    Piezoelectric power generation using Pb(Zr,Ti)O3(PZT) nanowires grown on Nb-doped SrTiO3(nb:STO) substrate has been demonstrated. The epitaxial PZT nanowires prepared by a hydrothermal method, with a diameter and length of approximately 300 nm and 7 μm, respecively, were vertically aligned on the substrate. An embossed Au top electrode was applied to maximize the effective power generation area for non-uniform PZT nanowires. The PZT nanogenerator produced output power density of 0.56 μW/cm2 with a voltage of 0.9 V and current of 75 nA. This research suggests that the morphology control of top electrode can be useful to improve the efficiency of piezoelectric power generation. PMID:26726616

  11. Electrical Properties of Tetragonal-PZT Thin Film Capacitors from 5 K to 300 K.

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    Daughton, D. R.; Evans, J. T.; Chapman, S. P.

    2015-03-01

    Rapid assessment of ferroelectric device characteristics is critical to improving ferroelectric materials processing as well as developing accurate ferroelectric device models. Here, we demonstrate automated electrical testing of thin PZT and Nb-doped PZT thin film devices at temperatures ranging from 300 K down to 5 K in a cryogenic probing environment. In this configuration, temperature-dependent dielectric constant, remanent polarization, coercive voltage, switching speed, and leakage are measured in a single pass on a single sample. From these measurements, it appears that tetragonal PZT does not have a phase boundary from room temperature down to 5 K. Retention tests conducted on several capacitors while transitioning from room temperature to 200 K, 100 K, and 6.5 K showed no loss of remanent polarization indicating 20/80 PZT and its niobium-doped cousins remain fully functional as memory devices down to 5 K.

  12. Micro-Machined High-Frequency (80 MHz) PZT Thick Film Linear Arrays

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    Zhou, Qifa; Wu, Dawei; Liu, Changgeng; Zhu, Benpeng; Djuth, Frank; Shung, K. Kirk

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents the development of a micro-machined high-frequency linear array using PZT piezoelectric thick films. The linear array has 32 elements with an element width of 24 μm and an element length of 4 mm. Array elements were fabricated by deep reactive ion etching of PZT thick films, which were prepared from spin-coating of PZT solgel composite. Detailed fabrication processes, especially PZT thick film etching conditions and a novel transferring-and-etching method, are presented and discussed. Array designs were evaluated by simulation. Experimental measurements show that the array had a center frequency of 80 MHz and a fractional bandwidth (−6 dB) of 60%. An insertion loss of −41 dB and adjacent element crosstalk of −21 dB were found at the center frequency. PMID:20889407

  13. The conductivity mechanism and an improved C-V model of ferroelectric PZT thin film

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    Liang, K.; Buditama, A.; Chien, D.; Cui, J.; Cheung, P. L.; Goljahi, S.; Tolbert, S. H.; Chang, J. P.; Lynch, C. S.

    2015-05-01

    A dense, homogeneous and crack-free ferroelectric PZT thin film with <100>-preferred orientation was produced using the sol-gel method. The volume fraction ?(100) of <100>-oriented grains in the PZT film was calculated [?(100) ? 80%] from XRD of the PZT thin film and powder. The PZT thin film exhibits an open polarization vs. electric field loop and a low leakage current density from 10-8 A/cm2 to 10-7 A/cm2. The electrical conduction data were fit to a Schottky-emission model with deep traps from 100 kV/cm to 250 kV/cm. A modified capacitance model was introduced that adds electrical domain capacitance based on a metal-ferroelectric-metal (MFM) system with Schottky contacts. The model reproduces the observed non-linear capacitance vs. voltage behavior of the film.

  14. Fabrication and Characterization of PZT Thin-Film on Bulk Micromachined Si Motion Detectors

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    Clem, P.; Garino, T.J.; Laguna, G.; Tuttle, B.A.

    1999-01-07

    Motion detectors consisting of Pb(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub (1{minus}x)})O{sub 3} (PZT) thin films, between platinum electrodes, on micromachined silicon compound clamped-clamped or cantilever beam structures were fabricated using either hot KOH or High Aspect Ratio Silicon Etching (HARSE) to micromachine the silicon. The beams were designed such that a thicker region served as a test mass that produced stress at the top of the membrane springs that supported it when the object to which the detector was mounted moved. The PZT film devices were placed on these membranes to generate a charge or a voltage in response to the stress through the piezoelectric effect. Issues of integration of the PZT device fabrication process with the two etching processes are discussed. The effects of PZT composition and device geometry on the response of the detectors to motion is reported and discussed.

  15. CHARACTERIZATION OF POLED SINGLE-LAYER PZT FOR PIEZO STACK IN FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM

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    Wang, Hong; Matsunaga, Tadashi; Lin, Hua-Tay

    2010-01-01

    Poled single-layer PZT has been characterized in as-extracted and as-received states. PZT plate specimens in the former were extracted from a stack. Flexure strength of PZT was evaluated by using ball-on-ring and 4-point bend tests. Fractography showed that intergranular fractures dominated the fracture surface and that volume pores were the primary strength-limiting flaws. The electric field effect was investigated by testing the PZT in open circuit and coercive field levels. An asymmetrical response on the biaxial flexure strength with respect to the electric field direction was observed. These experimental results will assist reliability design of the piezo stack that is being considered in fuel injection system.

  16. Properties of PZT-Based Piezoelectric Ceramics Between -150 and 250 C

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    Hooker, Matthew W.

    1998-01-01

    The properties of three PZT-based piezoelectric ceramics and one PLZT electrostrictive ceramic were measured as a function of temperature. In this work, the dielectric, ferroelectric polarization versus electric field, and piezoelectric properties of PZT-4, PZT-5A, PZT-5H, and PLZT-9/65/35 were measured over a temperature range of -150 to 250 C. In addition to these measurements, the relative thermal expansion of each composition was measured from 25 to 600 C and the modulus of rupture of each material was measured at room temperature. This report describes the experimental results and compares and contrasts the properties of these materials with respect to their applicability to intelligent aerospace systems.

  17. Organic chemistry on Titan: Surface interactions

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    Thompson, W. Reid; Sagan, Carl

    1992-01-01

    The interaction of Titan's organic sediments with the surface (solubility in nonpolar fluids) is discussed. How Titan's sediments can be exposed to an aqueous medium for short, but perhaps significant, periods of time is also discussed. Interactions with hydrocarbons and with volcanic magmas are considered. The alteration of Titan's organic sediments over geologic time by the impacts of meteorites and comets is discussed.

  18. Probing Titan's Atmosphere with ALMA

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    Serigano, J., IV; Nixon, C. A.; Cordiner, M. A.; Charnley, S. B.; Teanby, N. A.; Palmer, M.; Milam, S.; Villanueva, G. L.; Paganini, L.; Mumma, M. J.; Achterberg, R. K.; Kuan, Y. J.; Kisiel, Z.

    2014-12-01

    The advent of the Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) has provided a new and powerful facility for probing the atmospheres of solar system targets at long wavelengths (84-720 GHz) where the rotational lines of small, polar molecules are prominent. Previously, observatories such as the Sub Millimeter Array (SMA) and IRAM (30-m and Plateau de Bure Interferometer) have demonstrated the detection of molecules such as CO, HCN, HC3N and CH3CN in Titan's atmosphere, allowing the determination of vertical abundance gradients, and isotopic ratios of 13C/12C, 15N/14N and 18O/16O. More recently, the Herschel observatory made the first detection of hydrogen isocyanide (HNC) in Titan's atmosphere. However, to date all these observations have not resolved Titan's disk, and measured only disk-averaged abundances. ALMA changes this picture dramatically, since the full ALMA will eventually achieve a resolution of 0.004" at the shortest wavelengths, compared to Titan's angular size of 0.800". We will discuss early Titan science using ALMA, including the re-observation of species seen previously by SMA, IRAM and Herschel, and the search for new species and isotopes. We will also show the capability of ALMA to spatially map the emissions of stronger molecular species, and measure winds by using resolved spectral line profiles.

  19. Large Particle Titanate Sorbents

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    Taylor-Pashow, K.

    2015-10-08

    This research project was aimed at developing a synthesis technique for producing large particle size monosodium titanate (MST) to benefit high level waste (HLW) processing at the Savannah River Site (SRS). Two applications were targeted, first increasing the size of the powdered MST used in batch contact processing to improve the filtration performance of the material, and second preparing a form of MST suitable for deployment in a column configuration. Increasing the particle size should lead to improvements in filtration flux, and decreased frequency of filter cleaning leading to improved throughput. Deployment of MST in a column configuration would allow for movement from a batch process to a more continuous process. Modifications to the typical MST synthesis led to an increase in the average particle size. Filtration testing on dead-end filters showed improved filtration rates with the larger particle material; however, no improvement in filtration rate was realized on a crossflow filter. In order to produce materials suitable for column deployment several approaches were examined. First, attempts were made to coat zirconium oxide microspheres (196 µm) with a layer of MST. This proved largely unsuccessful. An alternate approach was then taken synthesizing a porous monolith of MST which could be used as a column. Several parameters were tested, and conditions were found that were able to produce a continuous structure versus an agglomeration of particles. This monolith material showed Sr uptake comparable to that of previously evaluated samples of engineered MST in batch contact testing.

  20. Health monitoring of a continuous rigid frame bridge based on PZT impedance and strain measurements

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    Zhang, Junbing; Zhu, Hongping; Wang, Dansheng; He, Bo; Zhou, Huaqiang

    2009-07-01

    Critical civil infrastructures such as bridges, dams, and pipelines present a major investment and their safety and security affect the life of citizens and national economic development. So it is very important for engineers and researchers to monitor their integrity while in operation and throughout. In recent years, the piezoelectric-ceramic (PZT) patches, which serve both as impedance sensors and actuators, have been increasingly used for structural health monitoring. This paper presents an impedance-based method, which utilizes the electro-mechanical coupling property of PZT sensors. There are a lot of advantages of this method, such as not based on any physical models, sensitive to tiny damage for its high frequency characteristics. An engineering application of this method for health monitoring of a continuous rigid frame bridge is implemented in this study. Some PZT active sensors are embedded into critical sections of the continuous rigid-frame box beam. The electrical admittances of these distributed PZT sensors are measured when the bridge is constructing or suffering from operational loads. For comparison, strain gauges are arranged in adjacent regions of these PZT sensors to obtain the strains of concrete around them at the same time. Based on the admittance sigatures obtained form PZT sensors and the strain measurements of concrete around them, the health status of the bridge is monitored and evaluated successfully.

  1. Preparation and characterization of poled nanocrystal and polymer composite PZT/PC films

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    Liu, W.-C.; Li, A.-D.; Tan, J.; Wu, D.; Ye, H.; Ming, N.-B.

    2005-08-01

    Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) nanocrystals and transparent polycarbonate (PC) composite thin films with useful properties for ferroelectric, piezoelectric and electro-optic devices were prepared by a spin-coating technique. Ultra-fine PZT (40 50 nm) nanocrystals with pure perovskite tetragonal phase were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The structure and morphology of the composite thin films were studied by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. To obtain the optimum electro-optic properties of poled composite films, the poling condition under an external electric field was optimized through the dielectric properties of PZT and PC polymer and effective field intensity theory. The electro-optic coefficient of the poled PZT/PC composite film is estimated to be 30.5 pm/V. The transparency spectra were measured and the optical band gaps of the unpoled, poled at 145 C and poled at 165 C composite thin films are estimated to be 4.26 eV, 4.21 eV and 4.18 eV, respectively. The measured dielectric constants of PZT/PC are in good agreement with the calculated values for the composite with a very small PZT volume fraction, based on the Onsager effective-field theory. This offers a reliable and indirect way to predict the dielectric constant of nanocrystals.

  2. Strain mediated coupling in magnetron sputtered multiferroic PZT/Ni-Mn-In/Si thin film heterostructure

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    Singh, Kirandeep; Kaur, Davinder; Singh, Sushil Kumar

    2014-09-21

    The strain mediated electrical and magnetic properties were investigated in PZT/Ni-Mn-In heterostructure deposited on Si (100) by dc/rf magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction pattern revealed that (220) orientation of Ni-Mn-In facilitate the (110) oriented tertragonal phase growth of PZT layer in PZT/Ni-Mn-In heterostructure. A distinctive peak in dielectric constant versus temperature plots around martensitic phase transformation temperature of Ni-Mn-In showed a strain mediated coupling between Ni-Mn-In and PZT layers. The ferroelectric measurement taken at different temperatures exhibits a well saturated and temperature dependent P-E loops with a highest value of P{sub sat}~55 μC/cm² obtained during martensite-austenite transition temperature region of Ni-Mn-In. The stress induced by Ni-Mn-In layer on upper PZT film due to structural transformation from martensite to austenite resulted in temperature modulated Tunability of PZT/Ni-Mn-In heterostructure. A tunability of 42% was achieved at 290 K (structural transition region of Ni-Mn-In) in these heterostructures. I-V measurements taken at different temperatures indicated that ohmic conduction was the main conduction mechanism over a large electric field range in these heterostructures. Magnetic measurement revealed that heterostructure was ferromagnetic at room temperature with a saturation magnetization of ~123 emu/cm³. Such multiferroic heterostructures exhibits promising applications in various microelectromechanical systems.

  3. Numerical analysis of PZT rebar active sensing system for structural health monitoring of RC structure

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    Wu, F.; Yi, J.; Li, W. J.

    2014-03-01

    An active sensing diagnostic system for reinforced concrete SHM has been under investigation. Test results show that the system can detect the damage of the structure. To fundamentally understand the damage algorithm and therefore to establish a robust diagnostic method, accurate Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for the system becomes essential. For the system, a rebar with surface bonded PZT under a transient wave load was simulated and analyzed using commercial FEA software. A detailed 2D axi-symmetric model for a rebar attaching PZT was first established. The model simulates the rebar with wedges, an epoxy adhesive layer, as well as a PZT layer. PZT material parameter transformation with high order tensors was discussed due to the format differences between IEEE Standard and ANSYS. The selection of material properties such as Raleigh damping coefficients was discussed. The direct coupled-field analysis type was selected during simulation. The results from simulation matched well with the experimental data. Further simulation for debonding damage detection for concrete beam with the PZT rebar has been performed. And the numerical results have been validated with test results too. The good consistency between two proves that the numerical models were reasonably accurate. Further system optimization has been performed based on these models. By changing PZT layout and size, the output signals could be increased with magnitudes. And the damage detection signals have been found to be increased exponentially with the debonding size of the rebar.

  4. Zircon 4He/3He thermochronometry

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    Tripathy-Lang, Alka; Fox, Matthew; Shuster, David L.

    2015-10-01

    Multiple thermochronometric methods are often required to constrain time-continuous rock exhumation for studying tectonic processes or development of km-scale topography at Earth's surface. Here, we explore 4He/3He thermochronometry of zircon as a method for constraining continuous time-temperature (t-T) paths of individual samples through a temperature range that is complementary to methods such as 40Ar/39Ar thermochronometry of K-feldspar and 4He/3He thermochronometry of apatite. For different cooling rates and diffusion domain size, the temperature sensitivity of zircon 4He/3He thermochronometry ranges from slightly less than 100 °C to slightly greater than 250 °C; a typical sample provides continuous thermal constraints over ∼100 °C within that range. Outside these temperatures, 4He in zircon will either be quantitatively retained or completely lost by volume diffusion. As proof-of-concept, we present stepwise release 4He/3He spectra and associated U and Th concentration maps measured by laser ablation ICP-MS analysis of individual crystal aliquots of Fish Canyon Tuff (FCT) zircon and of a more complex setting in the Sierra Nevada batholith that experienced reheating from a proximal basaltic intrusion, the Little Devil's Postpile (LDP). The FCT zircon 4He/3He release spectra are consistent with a 4He spatial distribution dominated by alpha-ejection from crystal surfaces. The spatial distributions of U and Th measured in the same crystals do not substantially influence 4He/3He release spectra that are predicted for the known thermal history, even when incorporating spatially variable diffusivity due to accumulation of radiation damage. Conversely, the LDP 4He/3He release spectra are strongly influenced by the observed parent nuclide zonation. A three-dimensional (3D) numerical model of 4He production and diffusion, which incorporates crystal geometry, U and Th zonation, and spatially variable He diffusion kinetics, substantially improves the fit between measured and modeled 4He/3He release spectra for the independently known thermal history of the sample. We conclude that zircon 4He/3He thermochronometry provides accurate thermal constraints through geologic time, but certain applications of this technique may require 3D numerical modeling approaches.

  5. Ferroelectric and glassy states in La-modified lead zirconate titanate ceramics: A general picture

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    El Marssi, M.; Farhi, R.; Dellis, J.-L.; Glinchuk, M. D.; Seguin, L.; Viehland, D.

    1998-05-01

    Raman scattering, pyroelectric current, and dielectric susceptibility measurements have been carried out on a series of tetragonal and rhombohedral-structured Pb1-xLax(ZryTi1-y)1-x/4O3 (PLZT) ceramics, under zero-field heating after zero-field cooling (ZFH/ZFC) and zero-field heating after field-cooling (ZFH/FC) conditions. The results have been shown to be in good agreement with previous transmission electron microscopy observations. A dependence of the Raman spectra on light polarization (i.e., Raman selection rules or RSR), which are known to be a characteristic property of single crystals, has been observed in the PLZT compositions 9/65/35, 12/65/35, 6/40/60, and 12/40/60 illuminated with a 2 ?m wide laser spot (i.e., micro-Raman). The texture which has been observed by x-ray diffraction on 6/40/60 is discussed in conjunction with the Raman results. The combined data of Raman scattering experiments and electrical measurements, together with electromechanical and ferroelectric properties, are explained in terms of competing random fields. Furthermore, the disappearance of RSR in the ZFH/FC conditions for the ferroelectric relaxor PLZT 9/65/35 has given evidence for the existence of domains and grain boundaries in the field cooled conditions. Similar Raman spectra were found for the ferroelectric PLZT composition 5/65/35 in zero-field conditions. The occurrence of RSR in PLZT x/65/35 for x>8 (i.e., for only relaxor states with average cubic symmetry) are interpreted as resulting from second-order scattering effects. This supports a model of a cluster glass with short-range-ordered polar clusters rather than a multidomain state (i.e., a multitude of small ferroelectric domains) in these relaxor systems.

  6. Unexpected dielectric response in lead zirconate titanate ceramics: The role of ferroelectric domain wall pinning effects

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    Garcia, J. E.; Gomis, V.; Perez, R.; Albareda, A.; Eiras, J. A.

    2007-07-01

    Temperature dependent dielectric response has been measured in Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 ceramics. Samples of different compositions (x =0.40, 0.47, and 0.60), pure and doped with Nb-or Fe, were studied at temperatures between 15 and 700K and in the frequency range from 100Hzto1MHz. Unexpected dielectric behavior has been found around room temperature. Anomalous temperature dependent permittivity is observed in pure and Fe-doped samples but not in Nb-doped samples. The anomaly appears related to the presence of oxygen vacancies but not on the sample crystallographic phase. The authors suggest that the anomaly may be a manifestation of the domain wall pinning effect.

  7. Features of phase transitions in lanthanum-modified lead zirconate titanate ferroelectric ceramics

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    Peliz-Barranco, A.; Mendoza, M. E.; Caldern-Piar, F.; Garca-Zaldvar, O.; Lpez-Noda, R.; de los Santos-Guerra, J.; Eiras, J. Antonio

    2007-12-01

    The dielectric behavior and the ferroelectric properties (hysteresis loops) of Pb 0.94La 0.06(Zr 0.80Ti 0.20) 0.985O 3 ferroelectric ceramics are analyzed considering the coexistence of the ferroelectric (FE) and the antiferroelectric (AFE) phases. The x-ray diffraction patterns and polarized light microscopy results reveal that FE and AFE ordering coexist. The dielectric analysis suggests two phase transitions. The first around 75 ?C, which is associatted to a ferroelectric (rhombohedral)-antiferroelectric (orthorhombic) phase transition; the second around 120 ?C, associated with an antiferroelectric (orthorhombic)-paraelectric (cubic) phase transition. The temperature dependence of hysteresis loops shows a double-loop-like behavior for temperatures above 75 ?C, showing a typical characteristic of an induced ferroelectric-antiferroelectric transformation.

  8. Evaluation of domain wall motion in lead zirconate titanate ceramics by nonlinear response measurements

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    Garca, J. E.; Prez, R.; Ochoa, D. A.; Albareda, A.; Lente, M. H.; Eiras, J. A.

    2008-03-01

    Nonlinear response of pure and doped Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 ceramics, with different compositions, has been analyzed in order to evaluate the domain wall motion in these materials. The study of dielectric and converse piezoelectric response shows a clear dependence of the domain wall mobility on the ferroelectric phase. Large lattice distortion in tetragonal samples produces a low mobility of the ferroelectric-ferroelastic domain walls. The influence of the type of defects on the nonlinear response has been explored. The results show that the relative increase of the domain walls mobility in donor-doped materials is greater than the decrease in acceptor-doped materials due to the pinning produced by complex defects. Rayleigh law has been used to evaluate the irreversible contribution of the domain walls movement to the nonlinear dielectric response. The analysis reveals that in presence of oxygen vacancies, the dielectric response cannot be attributed exclusively to the contribution of the irreversible domain wall motion. Furthermore, dielectric constant perpendicular to poling direction has been measured in rhombohedral donor-doped and acceptor-doped samples. The nonlinear response in the perpendicular direction is higher than in the poling direction, and this effect can be enlarged by the presence of complex defects. Dielectric nonlinear response has also been measured at different frequencies in rhombohedral donor-doped sample. A logarithmic dependence on frequency has been observed, which can be explained by the pinning effect on the ferroelectric domain walls by randomly distributed defects.

  9. High-resolution x-ray diffraction study of single crystals of lead zirconate titanate

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    Gorfman, S.; Keeble, D. S.; Glazer, A. M.; Long, X.; Xie, Y.; Ye, Z.-G.; Collins, S.; Thomas, P. A.

    2011-07-01

    The symmetry of single-crystal piezoelectric PbZr1-xTixO3, with x?0.31 and x?0.46, has been investigated by high-resolution x-ray diffraction, both at room temperature and up to and above the Curie temperature. Reciprocal space maps around a selection of Bragg reflections were collected and self-consistent patterns showing Bragg splittings were observed. The analysis of the separation of peaks from different twin domains provides precise information on PbZr1-xTixO3 symmetry when approaching the morphotropic phase boundary at x=0.48 from the zirconium-rich side.

  10. Single Crystal Study of Competing Rhombohedral and Monoclinic Order in Lead Zirconate Titanate

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    Phelan, D.; Long, X.; Xie, Y.; Ye, Z.-G.; Glazer, A. M.; Yokota, H.; Thomas, P. A.; Gehring, P. M.

    2010-11-01

    Neutron diffraction data obtained on single crystals of PbZr1-xTixO3 with x=0.325 and x=0.460, which lie on the pseudorhombohedral side of the morphotropic phase boundary, suggest a coexistence of rhombohedral (R3m/R3c) and monoclinic (Cm) domains and that monoclinic order is enhanced by Ti substitution. A monoclinic phase with a doubled unit cell (Cc) is ruled out as the ground state.

  11. Nonaqueous solution synthesis process for preparing oxide powders of lead zirconate titanate and related materials

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    Voigt, James A. (Corrales, NM); Sipola, Diana L. (Albuquerque, NM); Tuttle, Bruce A. (Albuquerque, NM); Anderson, Mark T. (Woodbury, MN)

    1999-01-01

    A process for producing powders of perovskite-type compounds which comprises mixing a metal alkoxide solution with a lead acetate solution to form a homogeneous, clear metal solution, adding an oxalic acid/n-propanol solution to this metal solution to form an easily filterable, free-flowing precursor powder and then calcining this powder. This process provides fine perovskite-phase powders with ferroelectric properties which are particularly useful in a variety of electronic applications.

  12. Magnetoelectric composite materials based on lead zirconate titanate and nickel ferrite

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    Lupeiko, T.G.; Lopatin, S.S.; Lisnevskaya, I.V.; Zvyagintsev, B.I.

    1994-11-01

    Composite materials that consist of a piezoelectric phase and a magnetostrictive ferrite exhibit a magnetoelectric effect. In composites, this effect is a consequence of the collective mechanical interaction of phases, and it manifests itself via electrical polarization or magnetization in magnetic or electric fields. At present, magnetoelectric composites are more promising materials than single-phase magnetoelectrics; most of the latter exhibit magnetoelectric properties at temperatures of liquid helium or nitrogen. For the best single-phase ferromagnet Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the magnetoelectric conversion factor if {Delta}E/{Delta}H = 25 x 10{sup {minus}3} V/A; the largest {Delta}E/{Delta}H ratios that were achieved for magnetoelectric ceramic materials prepared from powders of BaTiO{sub 3} and Ni{sub 0.97}Co{sub 0.03}Mn{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 1.9}O{sub 4} ferrite and for composites of the BaO-TiO{sub 2}-CoO-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} system prepared by unidirectional solidification of eutectic melts are 100 x 10{sup {minus}3} and 163 x 10{sup {minus}3} V/A, respectively. In addition to high {Delta}E/{Delta}H values, composites offer material designers the possibility of adjusting their piezoelectric and magnetostrictive components and of varying the ratios of these components over a wide range. This enables the design of magnetoelectric materials with controlled properties. In this paper, the authors report on the electrophysical and magnetoelectric properties of composites based on LZT and modified nickel ferrite and doped with bismuth, lanthanum, and niobium oxides.

  13. Nonaqueous solution synthesis process for preparing oxide powders of lead zirconate titanate and related materials

    DOEpatents

    Voigt, J.A.; Sipola, D.L.; Tuttle, B.A.; Anderson, M.T.

    1999-06-01

    A process is disclosed for producing powders of perovskite-type compounds which comprises mixing a metal alkoxide solution with a lead acetate solution to form a homogeneous, clear metal solution, adding an oxalic acid/n-propanol solution to this metal solution to form an easily filterable, free-flowing precursor powder and then calcining this powder. This process provides fine perovskite-phase powders with ferroelectric properties which are particularly useful in a variety of electronic applications. 4 figs.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of the multiferroic birelaxor lead-iron-tungstate/lead-zirconate-titanate

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    Kumar, Ashok; Katiyar, R. S.; Scott, J. F.

    2010-09-01

    We compare chemical solution deposition (CSD) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD), specimens of the room temperature, single-phase, multiferroic magnetoelectric, [PbFe0.67W0.33O3]x[PbZr0.53Ti0.47O3]1-x (PZTFWx0.40

  15. Lead zirconate titanate on base metal foils: An approach for embedded high-K passive components

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    Maria, J.-P.; Cheek, K.; Streiffer, S. K.; Kim, S.-H.; Dunn, G.; Kingon, A. I.

    2000-01-26

    An approach for embedding high-K dielectric thin films into polymer packages has been developed. Pb{sub 0.85}La{sub 0.15}(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}){sub 0.96}O{sub 3} thin films were prepared by chemical solution deposition on 50 {micro}m thick Ni-coated Cu foils. Sputter deposited Ni top electrodes completed the all base-metal capacitor stack. After high temperature N{sub 2} crystallization anneals, the PLZT composition showed reduction resistance while the base-metal foils remained flexible. Capacitance density and Loss tangent values range between 300 and 400 nF/cm{sup 2} and 0.01 and 0.02 from 1 to 1,000 kHz respectively. These properties represent a 2 to 3 order of magnitude improvement over available embedded capacitor technologies for polymeric packages.

  16. Formation and Evolution of Titan's Atmosphere

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    Coustenis, Athena

    2005-01-01

    The origin and evolution of Titans enigmatic atmosphere is reviewed. Starting with the present-day volatile inventory, the question of what was the original composition on Titan and how a satellite of similar size to other Galilean moons managed to acquire and hold on to the required material is discussed. In particular the possible sources and sinks of the main mother molecules (nitrogen, methane and oxygen) are investigated in view of the most recent models and laboratory experiments. The answers expected to be provided by the instruments aboard the Cassini-Huygens mission to some of the most prominent current questions regarding Titans atmosphere are defined.

  17. Subterahertz excitations and magnetoelectric effects in hexaferrite-piezoelectric bilayers

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    Ustinov, Alexey B.; Srinivasan, G.

    2008-10-01

    A frequency-agile hexaferrite-piezoelectric composite for potential device applications at subterahertz frequencies is studied. The bilayer is composed of aluminum substituted barium hexagonal ferrite (BaAl2Fe10O19) and lead zirconate titanate (PZT). A dc electric field applied to PZT results in mechanical deformation of the ferrite, leading to a frequency shift in ferromagnetic resonance. The bilayer demonstrates magnetoelectric interaction coefficient of about 0.37Oecm/kV.

  18. Subterahertz excitations and magnetoelectric effects in hexaferrite-piezoelectric bilayers

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    Ustinov, Alexey B.; Srinivasan, G.

    2008-10-06

    A frequency-agile hexaferrite-piezoelectric composite for potential device applications at subterahertz frequencies is studied. The bilayer is composed of aluminum substituted barium hexagonal ferrite (BaAl{sub 2}Fe{sub 10}O{sub 19}) and lead zirconate titanate (PZT). A dc electric field applied to PZT results in mechanical deformation of the ferrite, leading to a frequency shift in ferromagnetic resonance. The bilayer demonstrates magnetoelectric interaction coefficient of about 0.37 Oe cm/kV.

  19. Extrinsic Fabry-Perot ultrasonic detector

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    Kidwell, J. J.; Berthold, John W., III

    1996-10-01

    We characterized the performance of a commercial fiber optic extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer for use as an ultrasonic sensor, and compared the performance with a standard lead zirconate titanate (PZT) detector. The interferometer was unstabilized. The results showed that the fiber sensor was about 12 times less sensitive than the PZT detector. Ultrasonic frequency response near 100 kHz was demonstrated. We describe the design of the fiber sensor, the details of the tests performed, and potential applications.

  20. The crystallization age of eucrite zircon.

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    Srinivasan, G; Whitehouse, M J; Weber, I; Yamaguchi, A

    2007-07-20

    Eucrites are a group of meteorites that represent the first planetary igneous activity following metal-silicate differentiation on an early planetesimal, similar to Asteroid 4 Vesta, and, thus, help date geophysical processes occurring on such bodies in the early solar system. Using the short-lived radionuclide (182)Hf as a relative chronometer, we demonstrate that eucrite zircon crystallized quickly within 6.8 million years of metal-silicate differentiation. This implies that mantle differentiation on the eucrite parent body occurred during a period when internal heat from the decay of (26)Al and (60)Fe was still available. Later metamorphism of eucrites took place at least 8.9 million years after the zircons crystallized and was likely caused by heating from impacts, or by burial under hot material excavated by impacts, rather than from lava flows. Thus, the timing of eucrite formation and of mantle differentiation is constrained. PMID:17641194

  1. Atomistic Simulation of Collision Cascades in Zircon

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    Devanathan, Ram; Corrales, Louis R.; Weber, William J.; Chartier, Alain; Meis, Constantin

    2006-09-01

    Defect production in energetic collision cascades in zircon has been studied by molecular dynamics simulation using a partial charge model combined with the Ziegler-Biersack-Littmark potential. Energy dissipation, defect accumulation, Si-O-Si polymerization, and Zr coordination number were examined for 10 keV and 30 keV U recoils simulated in the constant NVE ensemble. For both energies an amorphous core was produced with features similar to that of melt quenched zircon. Disordered Si ions in this core were polymerized with an average degree of polymerization of 1.5, while disordered Zr ions showed a coordination number of about 6 in agreement with EXAFS results. These results suggest that nano-scale phase separation into silica- and zirconia-rich regions occurs in the amorphous core.

  2. Hafnium isotopic heterogeneity in zircons from granitic rocks: Geochemical evaluation and modeling of zircon effect in crustal anatexis

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    Tang, Ming; Wang, Xiao-Lei; Shu, Xu-Jie; Wang, Di; Yang, Tao; Gopon, Phillip

    2014-03-01

    We carried out a geochemical evaluation and modeled the mechanism responsible for varied Hf isotopic ratios in magmatic zircons of a single granitic rock specimen. Five representative granitic samples were selected from southern China based on preliminary Hf isotopic data. Our new dataset of zircon Hf isotopes confirmed significant Hf-isotope variations (5-9 epsilon units) for each sample, and these zircons show roughly positive Th/U versus T (crystallizing temperature) correlations, while the Lu/Hf variation is independent from T. In addition, some zircons show significantly higher Ti concentrations in the rims compared to the interiors, implying reverse thermal zonation based on the Ti-in-zircon thermometry. These geochemical features in zircons suggest open-system processes which may have resulted from frequent replenishment. We modeled zircon dissolution during crustal anatexis to reveal the Hf isotopic evolution in the extracted melts. The model suggests that the extracted melts may have extremely variable Hf isotope compositions (>20 epsilon units) if the bulk Zr concentration in the source is initially above 100 ppm and the melting is rapid (>10-4 yr-1). The decoupled release of zircon Hf and non-zircon Hf from a single crust-derived magma source can lead to significant Hf-isotope variations in a solidified granitic body. This work provides an alternative explanation for the Hf isotopic heterogeneity in magmatic zircons of granitic rocks, which is in contrast to the common interpretation by mixing with mantle-derived magmas.

  3. Severity evaluation of the transverse crack in a cylindrical part using a PZT wafer based on an interval energy approach

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    Xiao, Han; Zheng, Jiajia; Song, Gangbing

    2016-03-01

    Transverse cracks in cylindrical parts can be detected by using the ultrasound based pulse–echo method, which has been widely used in industrial applications. However, it is still a challenge to identify the echoes reflected by a crack and bottom surfaces of a cylindrical part due to the multi-path propagation and wave mode conversion. In this paper, an interval energy approach is proposed to evaluate the severity of the transverse crack in a cylindrical part. Lead zirconate titanate patch transducers are used to generate the ultrasound pulse and to detect the echoes. The echo signals are preprocessed and divided into two zones, the normal reflection zone and the crack reflection zone. Two energy factors evaluating the severity of the crack are computed based on the interval energy. When using this proposed method, it is not necessary to identify the echo sources since all the crack and boundary echoes are automatically taken into consideration by using the proposed method. The experimental results indicate that proposed approach is more suitable and sensitive to evaluate the transverse crack severity of cylindrical part than the traditional method.

  4. Radiation Damage Study in Natural Zircon Using Neutrons Irradiation

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    Lwin, Maung Tin Moe; Amin, Yusoff Mohd.; Kassim, Hasan Abu; Mohamed, Abdul Aziz; Karim, Julia Abdul

    2011-03-30

    Changes of atomic displacements in crystalline structure of natural zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}) can be studied by using neutron irradiation on the surface of zircon and compared the data from XRD measurements before and after irradiation. The results of neutron irradiation on natural zircon using Pneumatic Transfer System (PTS) at PUSPATI TRIGA Research Reactor in the Malaysian Nuclear Agency are discussed in this work. The reactor produces maximum thermal power output of 1 MWatt and the neutron flux of up to 1x10{sup 13} ncm{sup -2}s{sup -1}. From serial decay processes of uranium and thorium radionuclides in zircon crystalline structure, the emission of alpha particles can produce damage in terms of atomic displacements in zircon. Hence, zircon has been extensively studied as a possible candidate for immobilization of fission products and actinides.

  5. Direct Intracochlear Acoustic Stimulation Using a PZT Microactuator.

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    Luo, Chuan; Omelchenko, Irina; Manson, Robert; Robbins, Carol; Oesterle, Elizabeth C; Cao, Guo Zhong; Shen, I Y; Hume, Clifford R

    2015-01-01

    Combined electric and acoustic stimulation has proven to be an effective strategy to improve hearing in some cochlear implant users. We describe an acoustic microactuator to directly deliver stimuli to the perilymph in the scala tympani. The 800 µm by 800 µm actuator has a silicon diaphragm driven by a piezoelectric thin film (e.g., lead-zirconium-titanium oxide or PZT). This device could also be used as a component of a bimodal acoustic-electric electrode array. In the current study, we established a guinea pig model to test the actuator for its ability to deliver auditory signals to the cochlea in vivo. The actuator was placed through the round window of the cochlea. Auditory brainstem response (ABR) thresholds, peak latencies, and amplitude growth were calculated for an ear canal speaker versus the intracochlear actuator for tone burst stimuli at 4, 8, 16, and 24 kHz. An ABR was obtained after removal of the probe to assess loss of hearing related to the procedure. In some animals, the temporal bone was harvested for histologic analysis of cochlear damage. We show that the device is capable of stimulating ABRs in vivo with latencies and growth functions comparable to stimulation in the ear canal. Further experiments will be necessary to evaluate the efficiency and safety of this modality in long-term auditory stimulation and its ability to be integrated with conventional cochlear implant arrays. PMID:26631107

  6. Design of a distributive load sensor using PZT

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    Georgiades, G.; Oyadiji, S. O.; Liu, Z.

    2005-05-01

    The work presented relates to the design and construction of an inexpensive distributive load sensor. It is to be used for impact tests on samples which are in the form of flexible or deformable beams of a considerable length. The sensor compromises of forty fingers made of steel, arranged next to each other and covering a total length of about a meter. Both ends of each finger are clamped. PZT ceramic patches, which are bonded to the bottom surfaces of each finger, are used to convert the impact response into an electrical signal. An amplifier and filter were designed for each finger. The frequency range over which each finger operates is extended by the use of a Butterworth filter. An amplifier box was built containing the charge amplifier circuitry and filter of each of the forty fingers comprising the distributive sensor. Tests are performed on the distributive sensor in order to show that this simple and inexpensive distributive sensor is effective. The results are presented and discussed.

  7. Hubble Observes Surface of Titan

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    1994-01-01

    Scientists for the first time have made images of the surface of Saturn's giant, haze-shrouded moon, Titan. They mapped light and dark features over the surface of the satellite during nearly a complete 16-day rotation. One prominent bright area they discovered is a surface feature 2,500 miles across, about the size of the continent of Australia.

    Titan, larger than Mercury and slightly smaller than Mars, is the only body in the solar system, other than Earth, that may have oceans and rainfall on its surface, albeit oceans and rain of ethane-methane rather than water. Scientists suspect that Titan's present environment -- although colder than minus 289 degrees Fahrenheit, so cold that water ice would be as hard as granite -- might be similar to that on Earth billions of years ago, before life began pumping oxygen into the atmosphere.

    Peter H. Smith of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and his team took the images with the Hubble Space Telescope during 14 observing runs between Oct. 4 - 18. Smith announced the team's first results last week at the 26th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Co-investigators on the team are Mark Lemmon, a doctoral candidate with the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory; John Caldwell of York University, Canada; Larry Sromovsky of the University of Wisconsin; and Michael Allison of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York City.

    Titan's atmosphere, about four times as dense as Earth's atmosphere, is primarily nitrogen laced with such poisonous substances as methane and ethane. This thick, orange, hydrocarbon haze was impenetrable to cameras aboard the Pioneer and Voyager spacecraft that flew by the Saturn system in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The haze is formed as methane in the atmosphere is destroyed by sunlight. The hydrocarbons produced by this methane destruction form a smog similar to that found over large cities, but is much thicker.

    Smith's group used the Hubble Space Telescope's WideField/Planetary Camera 2 at near-infrared wavelengths (between .85 and 1.05 microns). Titan's haze is transparent enough in this wavelength range to allow mapping of surface features according to their reflectivity. Only Titan's polar regions could not be mapped this way, due to the telescope's viewing angle of the poles and the thick haze near the edge of the disk. Their image-resolution (that is, the smallest distance seen in detail) with the WFPC2 at the near-infrared wavelength is 360 miles. The 14 images processed and compiled into the Titan surface map were as 'noise' free, or as free of signal interference, as the space telescope allows, Smith said.

    Titan makes one complete orbit around Saturn in 16 days, roughly the duration of the imaging project. Scientists have suspected that Titan's rotation also takes 16 days, so that the same hemisphere of Titan always faces Saturn, just as the same hemisphere of the Earth's moon always faces the Earth. Recent observations by Lemmon and colleagues at the University of Arizona confirm this true.

    It's too soon to conclude much about what the dark and bright areas in the Hubble Space Telescope images are -- continents, oceans, impact craters or other features, Smith said. Scientists have long suspected that Titan's surface was covered with a global ehtane-methane ocean. The new images show that there is at least some solid surface.

    Smith's team made a total 50 images of Titan last month in their program, a project to search for small scale features in Titan's lower atmosphere and surface. They have yet to analyze images for information about Titan's clouds and winds. That analysis could help explain if the bright areas are major impact craters in the frozen water ice-and-rock or higher-altitude features.

    The images are important information for the Cassini mission, which is to launch a robotic spacecraft on a 7-year journey to Saturn in October 1997. About three weeks before Cassini's first flyby of Titan, the spacecraft is to release the European Space Agency's Huygens Probe to parachute to Titan's surface. Images like Smith's team has taken of Titan can be used to identify choice landing spots - - and help engineers and scientists understand how Titan's winds will blow the parachute through the satellite's atmosphere.

    UA scientists play major roles in the Cassini mission: Carolyn C. Porco, an associate professor at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, leads the 14-member Cassini Imaging Team. Jonathan I. Lunine, also an associate professor at the lab, is the only American selected by the European Space Agency to be on the three-member Huygens Probe interdisciplinary science team. Smith is a member of research professor Martin G. Tomasko's international team of scientists who will image the surface of Titan in visible light and in color with the Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer, one of five instruments in the Huygens Probe's French, German, Italian and U.S. experiment payload. Senior research associate Lyn R. Doose is also on Tomasko's team. Lunine and LPL professor Donald M. Hunten are members of the science team for another U.S. instrument on that payload, the gas chromatograph mass spectrometer. Hunten was on the original Cassini mission science definition team back in 1983.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Four global projections of the HST Titan data, separated in longitude by 90 degrees. Upper left: hemisphere facing Saturn. Upper right: leading hemisphere (brightest region). Lower left: the hemisphere which never faces Saturn. Lower right: trailing hemisphere. Not that these assignments assume that the rotation is synchronous. The imaging team says its data strongly support this assumption -- a longer time baseline is needed for proof. The surface near the poles is never visible to an observer in Titan's equatorial plane because of the large optical path.

    The Wide Field/Planetary Camera 2 was developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and managed by the Goddard Spaced Flight Center for NASA's Office of Space Science.

    This image and other images and data received from the Hubble Space Telescope are posted on the World Wide Web on the Space Telescope Science Institute home page at URL http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/

  8. Radioactivity in zircon and building tiles.

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    Deng, W; Tian, K; Zhang, Y; Chen, D

    1997-08-01

    Zircon (ZrSiO4) is commonly used in the manufacture of glazed tiles. In this study we found high concentrations of the radionuclides 226Ra, 232Th, 40K in zircon sand. The average radium equivalent (A(Ra) + 1.26 A(Th) + 0.086 A(k)) in zircon sand is 17,500 Bq kg(-1), which is 106 times as much as that in ordinary building materials. The external radiation (gamma + beta) dose rates in air at 5 cm from the surface of piles of zircon sand sacks range from 1.1 to 4.9 x 10(-2) mGy h(-1) with an average of 2.1 x 10(-2) mGy h(-1). Although no elevated gamma-ray radiation or radon exhalation rate was detected in rooms decorated with glazed tiles, which is characteristic of combined alpha, beta and gamma emitting thin materials, the average gamma-ray radiation dose rate at the surface of the tile stacks in shops is 1.5 times as much as the indoor background level. The average area density of total beta emitting radionuclides in glazed floor tiles and glazed wall tiles is 0.30 Bq cm(-2) and 0.28 Bq cm(-2), respectively. It was estimated that the average beta dose rates in tissue at a depth 7 mg cm(-2) with a distance 20-100 cm from the floor tiles were 3.2 to 0.9 x 10(-7) Gy h(-1). The study indicates that the beta-rays from glazed tiles might be one of the main factors leading to an increase in ionizing radiation received by the general public. Workers in glazed tile manufacturing factories and in tile shops or stores may be exposed to elevated levels of both beta-rays and gamma-rays from zircon sand or glazed tile stacks. No elevated radiation from unglazed tiles was detected. PMID:9228172

  9. The dynamics of Titan's troposphere.

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    Tokano, Tetsuya

    2009-02-28

    While the Voyager mission could essentially not reveal the dynamics of Titan's troposphere, useful information was obtained by the Cassini spacecraft and, particularly, by the Huygens probe that landed on Titan's surface; this information can be interpreted by means of numerical models of atmospheric circulation. The meridional circulation is likely to consist of a large Hadley circulation asymmetric about the equator, but is susceptible to disruption by turbulence in clouds. The zonal wind in the troposphere is comparable to or even weaker than that in the terrestrial troposphere and contains zones of easterlies, much in contrast to the super-rotating stratosphere. Unique to Titan is the transition from a geostrophic to cyclostrophic wind balance in the upper troposphere. While Earth-like storm systems associated with baroclinic instability are absent, Saturn's gravitational tide introduces a planetary wave of wavenumber 2 and a periodical variation in the wind direction in the troposphere. Unlike on Earth, the wind over the equatorial surface is westerly. The seasonal reversal in the Hadley circulation sense and zonal wind direction is predicted to have a substantial influence on the formation of dunes as well as variation of Titan's rotation rate and length of day. PMID:19019782

  10. Photoelectrical properties of strontium titanate

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    Dedyk, A. I.; Semenov, A. A.; Pavlova, Yu. V.; Belyavskii, P. Yu.; Nikitin, A. A.; Pakhomov, O. V.; Myl'nikov, I. L.

    2015-04-01

    The influence of UV and visible radiations on the insulating properties of metal-insulator-metal structures based on single-crystalline strontium titanate is investigated. It is found that the capacitance of the structure stably grows under irradiation by light with a wavelength from the intrinsic absorption range both at low temperatures and at room temperature. Mechanisms underlying this effect are discussed.

  11. The organic aerosols of Titan

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    Khare, B. N.; Sagan, C.; Thompson, W. R.; Arakawa, E. T.; Suits, F.; Calcott, T. A.; Williams, M. W.; Shrader, S.; Ogino, H.; Willingham, T. O.

    1986-01-01

    A dark reddish organic solid, called tholin, is synthesized from simulated Titanian atmospheres by irradiation with high energy electrons in a plasma discharge. The visible reflection spectrum of this tholin is found to be similar to that of high altitude aerosols responsible for the albedo and reddish color of Titan. The real (n) and imaginary (k) parts of the complex refractive index of thin films of Titan prepared by continuous dc discharge through a 0.9 N2/0.1 CH4 gas mixture at 0.2 mb is determined from X-ray to microwave frequencies. Values of n (approx. 1.65) and k (approx. 0.004 to 0.08) in the visible are consistent with deductions made by groundbased and spaceborne observations of Titan. Many infrared absorption features are present in k(lambda), including the 4.6 micrometer nitrile band. Molecular analysis of the volatile components of this tholin was performed by sequential and nonsequential pyrolytic gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. More than one hundred organic compounds are released; tentative identifications include saturated and unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbons, substituted polycylic aromatics, nitriles, amines, pyrroles, pyrazines, pyridines, pyrimidines, and the purine, adenine. In addition,acid hydrolysis produces a racemic mixture of biological and nonbiological amino acids. Many of these molecules are implicated in the origin of life on Earth, suggesting Titan as a contemporary laboratory environment for prebiological organic chemistry on a planetary scale.

  12. Organic chemistry in Titan's atmosphere

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    Scattergood, T.

    1982-01-01

    Laboratory photochemical simulations and other types of chemical simulations are discussed. The chemistry of methane, which is the major known constituent of Titan's atmosphere was examined with stress on what can be learned from photochemistry and particle irradiation. The composition of dust that comprises the haze layer was determined. Isotope fractionation in planetary atmospheres is also discussed.

  13. Possible temperate lakes on Titan

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    Vixie, Graham; Barnes, Jason W.; Jackson, Brian; Rodriguez, Sbastien; Le Moulic, Stphane; Sotin, Christophe; MacKenzie, Shannon; Wilson, Paul

    2015-09-01

    We analyze southern mid-latitude albedo-dark features on Titan observed by Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). In exploring the nature of these features we consider their morphology, albedo, and specular reflectivity. We suggest that they represent candidates for potential temperate lakes. The presence of lakes at the mid-latitudes would indicate that surface liquid can accumulate and remain stable away from Titan's poles. Candidate lakes were identified by looking for possible shorelines with lacustrine morphology. Then, we applied an atmospheric correction that empirically solved for their surface albedo. Finally, we looked for a specular reflection of the sky in the identified candidates. Using this prescription, we find two candidates that remain as potential temperature lakes. If candidate features do represent temperate lakes on Titan, they have implications for formation mechanisms such as clouds and rainfall or, in low elevation areas, percolation and subsurface flow. Clouds were observed near candidate lake locations on the T66 flyby and this latitude band showed many clouds during southern summer. Our techniques can be applied to areas of Titan that lack RADAR coverage to search for mid- and low-latitude lakes in the future.

  14. Stability of zircon in dunite at 1400-1550C

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    Anfilogov, V. N.; Krasnobaev, A. A.; Ryzhkov, V. M.; Kabanova, L. Ya.; Valizer, P. M.; Blinov, I. A.

    2015-09-01

    The results of experimental studies of interaction between zircon crystals and dunite at 1400-1550C are given. At 1400C no interaction of zircon with dunite takes place. At higher temperatures zircon interacts with olivine forming eutectoid mixture of baddeleyite and pyroxene grains. Change of free energy at interaction is close to zero and process is reversible. At 1550C partial melting of dunite occurs, but character of interaction with dunite remains the same. Experiments results verify phase relationships in liquidus area at diagram. The obtained results allow explaining the ancient age of zircons in ultrabasite of folded areas.

  15. Oxygen isotopic composition and U-Pb discordance in zircon

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    Booth, A.L.; Kolodny, Y.; Chamberlain, C.P.; McWilliams, M.; Schmitt, A.K.; Wooden, J.

    2005-01-01

    We have investigated U-Pb discordance and oxygen isotopic composition of zircon using high-spatial resolution ??18O measurement by ion microprobe. ??18O in both concordant and discordant zircon grains provides an indication of the relationship between fluid interaction and discordance. Our results suggest that three characteristics of zircon are interrelated: (1) U-Pb systematics and concomitant age discordance, (2) ??18O and the water-rock interactions implied therein, and (3) zircon texture, as revealed by cathodoluminescence and BSE imaging. A key observation is that U-Pb-disturbed zircons are often also variably depleted in 18O, but the relationship between discordance and ??18O is not systematic. ??18O values of discordant zircons are generally lighter but irregular in their distribution. Textural differences between zircon grains can be correlated with both U-Pb discordance and ??18O. Discordant grains exhibit either a recrystallized, fractured, or strongly zoned CL texture, and are characteristic of 18O depletion. We interpret this to be a result of metamictization, leading to destruction of the zircon lattice and an increased susceptibility to lead loss. Conversely, grains that are concordant have less-expressed zoning and a smoother CL texture and are enriched in 18O. From this it is apparent that various stages of water-rock interaction, as evidenced by systematic variations in ??18O, leave their imprint on both the texture and U-Pb systematics of zircon. Copyright ?? 2005 Elsevier Ltd.

  16. Role of zircon in tracing crustal growth and recycling

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    Compston, W.; Williams, I. S.; Armstrong, R. A.; Claoue-Long, J. C.; Kinny, P. D.; Foster, J. J.; Kroener, A.; Pidgeon, R. T.; Myers, J. S.

    1988-01-01

    Single crystal ion probe ages of zircons is discussed, which allow much better time resolution compared to other geochronological methods, although the technique is not without problems. Rocks from two areas that contain composite zircon populations, including true magmatic zircons as well as a variety of xenocrystic types are described. It is often difficult to distinguish these; xenocrystic zircons, for example, cannot always be identified on the basis of morphology alone. Additional evidence is needed before making age interpretations. Evidence is also presented of zircon growth long after the original time of crystallization, in some cases apparently at temperatures less than 300 C. The spectacular discovery of 4.1 to 4.2 Ga detrital zircons in metaquartzites from the Mount Narryer area of Western Australia is described. Similar zircons with ages as old as 4276 Ma have been found in the nearby Jack Hills area. The source areas or parent lithologies of these zircons have not yet been determined, but the author expects that they may be unrecognized or buried antecedents of the K rich Narryer gneisses. U or Th concentrations of zircon cannot be used to discriminate between felsic and mafic source rocks.

  17. An Endogenic Origin of Titan,s Methane

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    Zolotov, M. Y.; Owen, T.; Atreya, S.; Niemann, H. B.; Shock, E. L.

    2005-12-01

    Methane is abundant in the atmosphere and at the surface of Titan. Rapid photochemical dissociation of methane in the atmosphere implies its supply from the interior of the satellite, an implication that is confirmed by the difference in the fractionation of carbon and nitrogen isotopes [1]. Recent models for giant planet formation do not support the concept of high-pressure sub-nebulae [2] in which methane forms through grain-catalyzed reactions [3]. Therefore, we start from the assumption that most of the carbon in the Saturnian system was accreted from the surrounding solar nebula in the form of macromolecular organic carbon particles, SiC, graphite, nano-diamonds and amorphous carbon grains, as it is found in the unequilibrated chondrites and in the interstellar medium. We further assume that the relatively low abundances of noble gases in Titan,s present atmosphere indicate that the planetesimals that formed the satellite came from a warm (T > 75K) environment where methane, even if present, was not trapped directly [1,4]. Following these assumptions, we develop the idea that Titan,s methane could be endogenic [4]. Here we examine the possible chemical pathways for producing methane in Titan,s interior. The icy planetesimals that formed Titan ensured the incorporation of water ice in the growing satellite, together with reduced rocky components represented by solar nebula condensates, which included Fe-rich metal, presolar grains and the carbon species mentioned above. Decay of radionuclides and heat released during accretion supplied energy to melt ice. Interaction of water with rocks caused mineral oxidation and formation of ferrous silicates, magnetite, phosphates and other salts. Hydrogen was produced in all oxidation reactions and the water-iron reaction provided a major source of H2. Deep below the surface, hydrothermal reactions caused disproportionation of organic compounds through the overall pathway: organic matter + H2O > CO2 + CH4 [c.f., 5]. Although both O-bearing carbon species (e.g., carboxylic acids, carbonates) and H-rich compounds (aliphatic hydrocarbons) form through C disproportionation, the H2-rich environment favored generation of H-rich organic compounds and methane. In addition, high-temperature hydrogenation of inorganic carbon also led to formation of methane. The resulting gas could be stored as clathrates in Titan's watery mantle for subsequent release to the atmosphere. We cannot exclude the possibility that methane generation continues to the present time. References: [1] Niemann H.B. et al. (2005) Nature, in press. [2] Canup R. and Ward W.R. (2002) Astron. J. 124, 3404-3423. [3] Prinn R.G. and Fegley B. (1981) Ap. J. 249, 308-317. [4] Owen T., Atreya S. and Niemann H.B. (2005) Uspekhi Physicheskikh Nauk 175, 664-668. [5] Price L.C. and DeWitt E. (2001) GCA 65, 3791-3826.

  18. Nitrogen compounds in Titan's stratosphere

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    Coustenis, A.; Cirs Investigation Team

    Titan's atmosphere is essentially composed of molecular nitrogen (N2). The chemistry between the two mother molecules (N2 and CH4) leads to the formation of a certain number of nitriles observed in Titan's stratosphere as early as at the time of the Voyager 1 encounter in 1980. In the spectra taken by the Infrared Radiometer Interferometer Spectrometer (IRIS) the signatures of HCN, HC3N, C2N2 and C4N2 (in solid form) were found and reported. Subsequent observations from the ground better described the vertical profiles of these constituents and allowed for the detection of CH3CN (acetonitrile) in the mm range [3,4]. Recent data recorded by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) aboard the Cassini spacecraft during the Titan flybys (October 2004 - June 2006) give a handle on the temporal and latitudinal variations of these constituents. The nadir spectra characterize various regions on Titan from 85S to 75N with a variety of emission angles. We study the emission observed in the mid-infrared CIRS detector arrays (covering roughly the 600-1500 cm-1 spectral range with apodized resolutions of 2.54 or 0.53 cm-1 ). The composite spectrum shows several molecular signatures of nitriles. Information is retrieved on the meridional variations of the trace constituents and tied to predictions by dynamical-photochemical models [1,2,5]. The nitriles show a significant enhancement at high northern latitudes albeit not as marked as at the time of the Voyager encounter. We will give a review of our current understanding of the minor nitrile chemistry on Titan. References : [1] Coustenis et al., 2006. Icarus, in press. [2] Flasar et al., 2005. Science 308, 975. [3] Marten, A., et al., 2002, Icarus, 158, 532-544. [4] Marten, A. & Moreno, R., 2003. 35th Annual DPS Meeting, Monterey, Ca, BAAS, 35, 952. [5] Teanby et al., 2006. Icarus, 181, 243-255.

  19. Temperate Lakes Discovered on Titan

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    Vixie, Graham; Barnes, Jason W.; Jackson, Brian; Wilson, Paul

    2012-04-01

    We have discovered two temperate lakes on Titan using Cassini's Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). Three key features help to identify these surface features as lakes: morphology, albedo, and specular reflection. The presence of lakes at the mid-latitudes mean liquid can accumulate and remain stable outside of the poles. We first identify a lake surface by looking for possible shorelines with a lacustrine morphology. Then, we apply a simple atmospheric correction that produces an approximate surface albedo. Next, we prepare cylindrical projection maps of the brightness of the sky as seen from any points on the surface to identify specular reflections. Our techniques can then be applied to other areas, such as Arrakis Planitia, to test for liquid. Currently, all the known lakes on Titan are concentrated at the poles. Lakes have been suggested in the tropic zone by Griffith et al. Our discovery of non-transient, temperate lakes has important implications for Titan's hydrologic cycle. Clouds have been recorded accumulating in the mid-latitudes and areas have been darkened by rainfall but later brightened after evaporation (Turtle et al. 2011). Stable temperate lakes would affect total rainfall, liquid accumulation, evaporation rates, and infiltration. Polaznik Macula (Figure 1) is a great candidate for lake filling, evaporation rates, and stability. References: Griffith, C., et al.: "Evidence for Lakes on Titan's Tropical Surface". AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts #42, Vol. 42, pp. 1077, 2010. Turtle, E. P., et al.: "Rapid and Extensive Surface Changes Near Titan's Equator: Evidence of April Showers". Science, Vol. 331, pp. 1414-, 2011. Figure 1: Polaznik Macula is the large, dark area central to the figure. The encircled dark blue areas represent positively identified lake regions in the T66 flyby. The light blue areas represent lake candidates still under analysis. The green circle marks a non-lake surface feature enclosed by a lake.

  20. Titan's Chemical Complexity and Dust

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    Vuitton, Vronique

    Titan, Saturn's largest satellite, harbors one of the richest atmospheric chemistry in the solar system, initiated by the dissociation of the major neutral species (nitrogen and methane) by ultraviolet solar radiation and associated photoelectrons. Until recently, it was believed that the dust observed in the stratosphere (i.e. micrometer size organic aerosols) was formed in situ through an intense neutral chemistry involving complex organic molecules. However, this understanding of Titans atmospheric chemistry is being strongly challenged by recent measurements from the Cassini spacecraft. They revealed an extraordinarily complex thermospheric composition with positive ions extending up to at least hundreds of u/q and negative ions up to at least thousands of u/q. These observations indicate that molecular growth starts at much higher altitudes than previously anticipated and suggest that new formation processes have to be put forward. We review our recent work on Titan's upper atmospheric chemistry. We base our discussion on Cassini observations as well as on a new generation of photochemical/microphysical models and laboratory experiments. We argue that positive ion chemistry is at the origin of complex organic molecules, such as benzene, ammonia and hydrogen isocyanide, and that radiative neutral-neutral association can efficiently form alkanes. We find that macromolecules (m/z > 100) attach electrons and therefore attract the abundant positive ions, which ultimately leads to the formation of the dust. In order to infer the dust chemical composition and structure, we turn towards the analysis of laboratory analogues by ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry. Finally, we emphasize that another space mission to Titan with a new generation of instruments is required to validate the effort currently under progress in the laboratory.

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  2. Current status of Development of Mercury Dust Monitor for BepiColombo MMO

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    Kobayashi, M.; Shibata, H.; Nogami, k.; Fujii, M.; Miyachi, T.; Ohashi, H.; Sasaki, S.; Iwai, T.; Hattori, M.; Kimura, H.; Hirai, T.; Takechi, S.; Yano, H.; Hasegawa, S.; Srama, R.; Grn, E.

    2012-09-01

    The Mercury dust monitor (MDM) will be the BepiColombo/Mercury magnetospheric orbiter (MMO) and be operated to clarify the dust environment around Mercury. The MDM employs lightweight and heat-resistant piezoelectric ceramic sensors made of lead zirconate titanate (PZT). This paper describes the current status of MDM development and ground calibration test using a dust accelerator facility.

  3. Processing of Fine-Scale Piezoelectric Ceramic/Polymer Composites for Sensors and Actuators

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    Janas, V. F.; Safari, A.

    1996-01-01

    The objective of the research effort at Rutgers is the development of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic/polymer composites with different designs for transducer applications including hydrophones, biomedical imaging, non-destructive testing, and air imaging. In this review, methods for processing both large area and multifunctional ceramic/polymer composites for acoustic transducers were discussed.

  4. Rapid and Extensive Surface Changes Near Titans Equator: Evidence of April Showers

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    Turtle, E. P.; Perry, J. E.; Hayes, A. G.; Lorenz, R. D.; Barnes, J. W.; McEwen, A. S.; West, R. A.; Del Genio, A. D.; Barbara, J. M.; Lunine, J. I.; Schaller, E. L.; Ray, T. L.; Lopes, R. M. C.; Stofan, E. R.

    2011-03-01

    Although there is evidence that liquids have flowed on the surface at Titans equator in the past, to date, liquids have only been confirmed on the surface at polar latitudes, and the vast expanses of dunes that dominate Titans equatorial regions require a predominantly arid climate. We report the detection by Cassinis Imaging Science Subsystem of a large low-latitude cloud system early in Titans northern spring and extensive surface changes (spanning more than 500,000 square kilometers) in the wake of this storm. The changes are most consistent with widespread methane rainfall reaching the surface, which suggests that the dry channels observed at Titans low latitudes are carved by seasonal precipitation.

  5. Development and Application of Composite Multi-Layered PZT Thin Films

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    Li, Li; Aoyagi, Seiji; Arai, Yasuhiko; Tagawa, Norio

    It is necessary to develop high performance microactuator in order to achieve it operating at a very low applied voltage. This paper describes the development of composite multi-layered PZT thin films for microactuator. The piezoelectric properties for 8 kinds of composite multi-layered PZT thin films are fabricated and studied. The ferroelectric polarization electric (P-E) hysteresis loops of the films is also measured and discussed. According to the results of P-E hysteriesis loops, for these different composite films, most optimum composite form, i.e., sol-gel + sputter composite double-layered PZT thin films, which combined with conventional RF sputtering and sol-gel processing methods, exhibit excellent remnanent polarization and coercive fields of 14.87uC/cm2 and 32.359KV/cm in 5V and 25.46uC/cm2 and 41.94KV/cm in 7V, respectively. Moreover, as the applications of the composite double-layered PZT thin films, microactuators with different thickness diaphragm are developed using the most optimum piezoelectric property, i.e., sol-gel + sputter composite double-layered PZT thin films.

  6. TECHNICAL NOTE: The development of a PZT-based microdrive for neural signal recording

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    Park, Sangkyu; Yoon, Euisung; Lee, Sukchan; Shin, Hee-sup; Park, Hyunjun; Kim, Byungkyu; Kim, Daesoo; Park, Jongoh; Park, Sukho

    2008-04-01

    A hand-controlled microdrive has been used to obtain neural signals from rodents such as rats and mice. However, it places severe physical stress on the rodents during its manipulation, and this stress leads to alertness in the mice and low efficiency in obtaining neural signals from the mice. To overcome this issue, we developed a novel microdrive, which allows one to adjust the electrodes by a piezoelectric device (PZT) with high precision. Its mass is light enough to install on the mouse's head. The proposed microdrive has three H-type PZT actuators and their guiding structure. The operation principle of the microdrive is based on the well known inchworm mechanism. When the three PZT actuators are synchronized, linear motion of the electrode is produced along the guiding structure. The electrodes used for the recording of the neural signals from neuron cells were fixed at one of the PZT actuators. Our proposed microdrive has an accuracy of about 400 nm and a long stroke of about 5 mm. In response to formalin-induced pain, single unit activities are robustly measured at the thalamus with electrodes whose vertical depth is adjusted by the microdrive under urethane anesthesia. In addition, the microdrive was efficient in detecting neural signals from mice that were moving freely. Thus, the present study suggests that the PZT-based microdrive could be an alternative for the efficient detection of neural signals from mice during behavioral states without any stress to the mice.

  7. Development of a non-contact PZT excitation and sensing technology via laser

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    Park, Hyun-Jun; Sohn, Hoon; Yun, Chung-Bang; Chung, Joseph; Lee, Michael

    2011-04-01

    In recent years, guided wave based structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques have attracted much attention, because they are not only sensitive to small defects but also capable to cover a wide range in plate and pipe like structures. The guided waves in a structure can be generated and sensed by a variety of techniques. This study proposes a new wireless scheme for PZT excitation and sensing where power as well as data can be transmitted via laser. A generated waveform by modulation of a laser is wirelessly transmitted to a photodiode connected to a PZT on the structures. Then, the photodiode converts the light into an electrical signal and excite the PZT and the structure. Then, the reflected response signal received at the sensing PZT is re-converted into a laser, which is wirelessly transmitted back to another photodiode located in the data acquisition unit for damage diagnosis. The feasibility of the proposed power and data transmission scheme has been experimentally investigated in a laboratory setup. Using the proposed technology, a PZT transducer can be attached to a structure without complex electronic components and a power supply.

  8. Testing the reliability of information extracted from ancient zircon

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    Kielman, Ross; Whitehouse, Martin; Nemchin, Alexander

    2015-04-01

    Studies combining zircon U-Pb chronology, trace element distribution as well as O and Hf isotope systematics are a powerful way to gain understanding of the processes shaping Earth's evolution, especially in detrital populations where constraints from the original host are missing. Such studies of the Hadean detrital zircon population abundant in sedimentary rocks in Western Australia have involved analysis of an unusually large number of individual grains, but also highlighted potential problems with the approach, only apparent when multiple analyses are obtained from individual grains. A common feature of the Hadean as well as many early Archaean zircon populations is their apparent inhomogeneity, which reduces confidence in conclusions based on studies combining chemistry and isotopic characteristics of zircon. In order to test the reliability of information extracted from early Earth zircon, we report results from one of the first in-depth multi-method study of zircon from a relatively simple early Archean magmatic rock, used as an analogue to ancient detrital zircon. The approach involves making multiple SIMS analyses in individual grains in order to be comparable to the most advanced studies of detrital zircon populations. The investigated sample is a relatively undeformed, non-migmatitic ca. 3.8 Ga tonalite collected a few kms south of the Isua Greenstone Belt, southwest Greenland. Extracted zircon grains can be combined into three different groups based on the behavior of their U-Pb systems: (i) grains that show internally consistent and concordant ages and define an average age of 380515 Ma, taken to be the age of the rock, (ii) grains that are distributed close to the concordia line, but with significant variability between multiple analyses, suggesting an ancient Pb loss and (iii) grains that have multiple analyses distributed along a discordia pointing towards a zero intercept, indicating geologically recent Pb-loss. This overall behavior has important implications for the studies of detrital populations, suggesting that even zircon from a supposedly single population can form a complex age distribution pattern. Notably, the age groups are also very similar to those identified at this time interval in the zircon population from Jack Hills in Western Australia. Interestingly ?18O in zircon from the Greenland tonalite sample is very consistent at the mantle value and independent of the behavior of the U-Pb system, suggesting general stability of even metamict zircon as related to the O isotope exchange. At least it indicates that if this exchange takes place as it appears to be the case for the Hadean zircon, factors other than just the radiation damage have to play a role in the zircon modification.

  9. Dissolution on Titan and on Earth: Towards the age of Titan's karstic landscapes

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    Cornet, T.; Cordier, D.; Le Bahers, T.; Bourgeois, O.; Fleurant, C.; Le Mouélic, S.; Altobelli, N.

    2015-10-01

    The morphology of Titan's lacustrine depressions led to comparisons with terrestrial depressions developed by karstic dissolution. We tested this hypothesis by computing dissolution rates of Titan's solids in liquid methane. We inferred from these rates the timescales needed to create dissolution landforms of a given depth. Dissolution would be a very efficient geological process to shape Titan's surface, on timescales generally shorter than 100 Myrs, consistent with the youth of Titan's surface (<1 Gyr).

  10. Hubble Observes Surface of Titan

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    1994-01-01

    Scientists for the first time have made images of the surface of Saturn's giant, haze-shrouded moon, Titan. They mapped light and dark features over the surface of the satellite during nearly a complete 16-day rotation. One prominent bright area they discovered is a surface feature 2,500 miles across, about the size of the continent of Australia.

    Titan, larger than Mercury and slightly smaller than Mars, is the only body in the solar system, other than Earth, that may have oceans and rainfall on its surface, albeit oceans and rain of ethane-methane rather than water. Scientists suspect that Titan's present environment -- although colder than minus 289 degrees Fahrenheit, so cold that water ice would be as hard as granite -- might be similar to that on Earth billions of years ago, before life began pumping oxygen into the atmosphere.

    Peter H. Smith of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and his team took the images with the Hubble Space Telescope during 14 observing runs between Oct. 4 - 18. Smith announced the team's first results last week at the 26th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Co-investigators on the team are Mark Lemmon, a doctoral candidate with the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory; John Caldwell of York University, Canada; Larry Sromovsky of the University of Wisconsin; and Michael Allison of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York City.

    Titan's atmosphere, about four times as dense as Earth's atmosphere, is primarily nitrogen laced with such poisonous substances as methane and ethane. This thick, orange, hydrocarbon haze was impenetrable to cameras aboard the Pioneer and Voyager spacecraft that flew by the Saturn system in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The haze is formed as methane in the atmosphere is destroyed by sunlight. The hydrocarbons produced by this methane destruction form a smog similar to that found over large cities, but is much thicker.

    Smith's group used the Hubble Space Telescope's WideField/Planetary Camera 2 at near-infrared wavelengths (between .85 and 1.05 microns). Titan's haze is transparent enough in this wavelength range to allow mapping of surface features according to their reflectivity. Only Titan's polar regions could not be mapped this way, due to the telescope's viewing angle of the poles and the thick haze near the edge of the disk. Their image-resolution (that is, the smallest distance seen in detail) with the WFPC2 at the near-infrared wavelength is 360 miles. The 14 images processed and compiled into the Titan surface map were as 'noise' free, or as free of signal interference, as the space telescope allows, Smith said.

    Titan makes one complete orbit around Saturn in 16 days, roughly the duration of the imaging project. Scientists have suspected that Titan's rotation also takes 16 days, so that the same hemisphere of Titan always faces Saturn, just as the same hemisphere of the Earth's moon always faces the Earth. Recent observations by Lemmon and colleagues at the University of Arizona confirm this true.

    It's too soon to conclude much about what the dark and bright areas in the Hubble Space Telescope images are -- continents, oceans, impact craters or other features, Smith said. Scientists have long suspected that Titan's surface was covered with a global ehtane-methane ocean. The new images show that there is at least some solid surface.

    Smith's team made a total 50 images of Titan last month in their program, a project to search for small scale features in Titan's lower atmosphere and surface. They have yet to analyze images for information about Titan's clouds and winds. That analysis could help explain if the bright areas are major impact craters in the frozen water ice-and-rock or higher-altitude features.

    The images are important information for the Cassini mission, which is to launch a robotic spacecraft on a 7-year journey to Saturn in October 1997. About three weeks before Cassini's first flyby

  11. Nitrogen Chemistry in Titan's Upper Atmosphere

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    McKay, Christopher P.; Cuzzi, Jeffrey (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    In Titan's upper atmosphere N2 is dissociated to N by solar UV and high energy electrons. This flux of N provides for interesting organic chemistry in the lower atmosphere of Titan. Previously the main pathway for the loss of this N was thought to be the formation of HCN, followed by diffusion of this HCN to lower altitudes leading ultimately to condensation. However, recent laboratory simulations of organic chemistry in Titan's atmosphere suggest that formation of the organic haze may be an important sink for atmospheric N. Because estimates of the eddy diffusion profile on Titan have been based on the HCN profile, inclusion of this additional sink for N will affect estimates for all transport processes in Titan's atmosphere. This and other implications of this sink for the N balance on Titan are considered.

  12. Paleomagnetic measurements of Archean and Hadean zircons

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    Cottrell, R. D.; Tarduno, J. A.; Bono, R. K.

    2014-12-01

    The long-term history of the geodynamo can provide important constraints on core and mantle evolution. The oldest paleointensity records on extant rocks suggest a relatively strong magnetic field at 3.45 Ga (Tarduno et al., 2010). Examining an even older magnetic field, however, must rely on igneous components (e.g. zircons hosting magnetic inclusions) now found in younger sedimentary rocks. Here we focus on methods developed to address the challenges posed by the paleointensity measurement of crystals having weak natural remanent magnetizations (NRMs). We use a small bore (6.3 mm) 2G SQUID magnetometer that currently has the highest 3-component moment resolution for measurements, and CO2 laser heating for demagnetization. Use of this 3-component system allows for the direct measurement of full vector natural remanent magnetizations and avoids the non-uniqueness inherent in scanning magnetometer approaches. To reduce sample blank size, we use 0.5 mm fused quartz sample holders. We find that some Archean to Hadean zircons of the Jack Hills (Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia) have NRMs of ca. 1-3 x 10-9 emu, within the resolution of the ultra-high moment resolution SQUID magnetometer. Thermal demagnetization data indicate most the magnetization unblocks between 550 and 580 C, consistent with a magnetite carrier. Magnetic force microscopy suggests the presence of sub-micron single domain-like magnetic inclusions in the zircon. Thellier-Coe paleointensity data suggest the presence of a magnetic field at 3.55 Ga. We will discuss measurements and criteria to evaluate the presence/absence of an even older Paleoarchean and Hadean magnetic field, and opportunities provided by further increases in moment resolution provided by a new spin exchange relaxation-free magnetometer.

  13. Is ``metamictization`` of zircon a phase transition?

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    Salje, E.K.H.; Chrosch, J.; Ewing, R.C.

    1999-07-01

    Metamictization is the transition from the crystalline to an aperiodic or amorphous state due to alpha-decay event damage from constituent radionuclides ({sup 238}U, {sup 235}U, and {sup 232}Th) and their daughters. However, this transformation in minerals is part of a larger class of radiation-induced transformations to the amorphous state that has received considerable recent attention as a result of ion- and electron-beam experiments on metals, intermetallics, simple oxides, and complex ceramics and minerals. Diffuse X-ray scattering from single crystals of metamict zircon reveals residual crystallinity even at high fluences (up to 7.2 {times} 10{sup 18} {alpha}-decay events/g). The experimental evidence does not suggest that radiation-induced amorphization is a phase transition. The observations are in good agreement with a nonconvergent, heterogeneous model of amorphization in which damage production is a random process of cascade formation and overlap at increasing fluence. Instead of an amorphization transition, the existence of a percolation transition is postulated. At the level of radiation damage near the percolation point, the heterogeneous strain broadening of X-ray diffraction profiles is reduced whereas the particle-size broadening increases. Simultaneously, the macroscopic swelling of the zircon becomes larger than the maximum expansion of the unit-cell parameters. A suitable empirical parameter that characterizes this transition is the flux, D{sub s}, at which the macroscopic expansion is identical to the maximum expansion of the crystallographic unit cell. In zircon, D{sub s} = 3.5{center_dot}10{sup 18} {alpha}-decay events/g.

  14. Amino acidis derived from Titan tholins

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    Khare, Bishun N.; Sagan, Carl; Ogino, Hiroshi; Nagy, Bartholomew; Er, Cevat

    1986-01-01

    The production of amino acids by acid treatment of Titan tholin is experimentally investigated. The synthesis of Titan tholin and the derivatization of amino acids to N-trifluoroacetyl isopropyl esters are described. The gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy analysis of the Titan tholins reveals the presence of glycine, alpha and beta alainine, and aspartic acid, and the total yield of amino acids is about 0.01.

  15. Extinct Plutonium Geochemistry of Ancient Hadean Zircons

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    Turner, G.; Gilmour, J.; Crowther, S.; Busfield, A.; Mojzsis, S.; Harrison, M.

    2005-12-01

    The abundance of 244Pu in the early solar system has important implications for r-process nucleosynthesis and models of noble gas transport within the Earth's mantle. Our recent discovery(1) of xenon isotopes from the in-situ decay of 244Pu in ancient Jack Hills zircons promises to provide a new time-sensitive window on the first 500 Ma of Earth history. We have extended this initial work by the use of resonance ioniisation mass spectrometry to analyse xenon released by stepped heating from 17 individual zircons with Pb-Pb ages in the range 3.95 to 4.18 Ga. Our immediate objectives are to determine the causes of variations in the inferred Pu/U ratios and in the longer term to determine the initial Pu/U ratio of the Earth. The Pu/U ratios calculated for individual zircons may be expected to vary as a result of igneous fractionation and also from differential loss of Pu and U fission xenon in the last 4 Ga. We have studied the effects of xenon loss by irradiating the zircons with thermal neutrons to generate xenon from 235U neutron fission in order to determine U/Xe ratios and apparent ages. 131Xe/134Xe and 132Xe/134Xe ratios can be used to calculate the relative contributions from 244Pu and 238U spontaneous fission and 235U neutron fission. The measured Pu/U ratios (back calculated to 4.56 Ga on the basis of the individual Pb-Pb ages) range from zero to 0.012. The highest ratio in our initial study was 0.008 (note that the published ratio has been revised upwards on the basis of improved decay parameters for 238U spontaneous fission). Comparison of Pb-Pb and U-Xe ages indicate varying amounts of xenon loss, over 50% in some cases. While this accounts for some of the variability in the inferred Pu/U, igneous fractionation may also play a part, and we are currently attempting to investigate this by a comparison with REE abundances. Reference: (1) Turner et al. (2004) Science, 306, 89-91.

  16. Radioactivity in zircon and building tiles

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    Wen Deng; Kaizhen Tian; Daifu Chen; Yiyun Zhang

    1997-08-01

    Zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}) is commonly used in The manufacture of glazed tiles. In this study we found high concentrations of the radionuclides {sup 226}Ra, {sup 232}tH, {sup 40}k in zircon sand. The average radium equivalent (A{sub Ra} + 1.26 A{sub Th} + 0.086 A{sub k}) in zircon sand is 17,500 Bq kg{sup -1}, which is 106 times as much as that in ordinary building materials. The external radiation ({gamma} + {beta}) dose rates from 1.1 to 4.9 x 10{sup -2} mGy h{sup -1} with an average of 2.1 x 10{sup -2} mGy h{sup -1}. Although no elevated {gamma}-ray radiation or radon exhalation rate was detected in rooms decorated with glazed tiles, which is characteristic of combined {alpha}, {beta} and {gamma} emitting thin materials, the average {gamma} radiation dose rate at the surface of the tile stacks in shops is 1.5 times as much as the indoor background level. The average area density of total {beta} emitting radionuclides in glazed floor tiles and glazed wall tiles is 0.30 Bq cm{sup -2} and 0.28 Bq cm{sup -2}, respectively. It was estimated that the average {beta} dose rates in tissue at a depth 7 mg cm{sup -2} with a distance 20-100 cm from the floor tiles were 3.2 to 0.9 x 10{sup -7} Gy h{sup -1}. The study indicates that the {beta}-rays from glazed tiles might be one of the main factors leading to an increase in ionizing radiation received by the general public. Workers in glazed tile manufacturing factories and in tile shops or stores may be exposed to elevated levels of both {beta}-rays and {gamma}-rays from zircon sand or glazed tile stacks. No elevated radiation from unglazed tiles was detected. 10 refs., 1 fig., 3 tabs.

  17. Atomistic Simulation of Displacement Cascades in Zircon

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    Devanathan, Ram; Weber, William J.; Corrales, Louis R.; BP McGrail and GA Cragnolino

    2002-05-06

    Low energy displacement cascades in zircon (ZrSiO4) initiated by a Zr primary knock-on atom have been investigated by molecular dynamics simulations using a Coulombic model for long-range interactions, Buckingham potential for short-range interactions and Ziegler-Biersack potentials for close pair interactions. Displacements were found to occur mainly in the O sublattice, and O replacements by a ring mechanism were predominant. Clusters containing Si interstitials bridged by O interstitials, vacancy clusters and anti-site defects were found to occur. This Si-O-Si bridging is considerable in quenched liquid ZrSiO4.

  18. PAC investigation on the Zr-rich region of the PZT phase diagram

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    Alonso, R. E.; Ayala, A. P.; Lpez Garca, A. R.; Eiras, J. A.

    2007-02-01

    Previous studies using perturbed angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy in the PbZr 1-xTi xO 3 (PZT) family of compounds show that whereas PbZrO 3 is characterized by a single probes site with a very well-defined hyperfine interaction, in PZT with x?0.1 the probes occupy two distributed sites. In this work, we investigate the Zr-rich region of the PZT phase diagram from x=0.02 up to x=0.08 using PAC in order to correlate the hyperfine parameters with the antiferroelectric-ferroelectric phase transition reported to occur at x=0.05. Two static electric quadrupole interactions, one of them fairly distributed, were detected over the whole Ti concentration range, and an abrupt change in the hyperfine parameters for 0.02< x<0.04 is observed. The behaviour of these parameters and the existence of two probe sites is discussed.

  19. A Flexible Ultrasound Transducer Array with Micro-Machined Bulk PZT

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    Wang, Zhe; Xue, Qing-Tang; Chen, Yuan-Quan; Shu, Yi; Tian, He; Yang, Yi; Xie, Dan; Luo, Jian-Wen; Ren, Tian-Ling

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a novel flexible piezoelectric micro-machined ultrasound transducer, which is based on PZT and a polyimide substrate. The transducer is made on the polyimide substrate and packaged with medical polydimethylsiloxane. Instead of etching the PZT ceramic, this paper proposes a method of putting diced PZT blocks into holes on the polyimide which are pre-etched. The device works in d31 mode and the electromechanical coupling factor is 22.25%. Its flexibility, good conformal contacting with skin surfaces and proper resonant frequency make the device suitable for heart imaging. The flexible packaging ultrasound transducer also has a good waterproof performance after hundreds of ultrasonic electric tests in water. It is a promising ultrasound transducer and will be an effective supplementary ultrasound imaging method in the practical applications. PMID:25625905

  20. Temperature field analysis for PZT pyroelectric cells for thermal energy harvesting.

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    Hsiao, Chun-Ching; Ciou, Jing-Chih; Siao, An-Shen; Lee, Chi-Yuan

    2011-01-01

    This paper proposes the idea of etching PZT to improve the temperature variation rate of a thicker PZT sheet in order to enhance the energy conversion efficiency when used as pyroelectric cells. A partially covered electrode was proven to display a higher output response than a fully covered electrode did. A mesh top electrode monitored the temperature variation rate and the electrode area. The mesh electrode width affected the distribution of the temperature variation rate in a thinner pyroelectric material. However, a pyroelectric cell with a thicker pyroelectric material was beneficial in generating electricity pyroelectrically. The PZT sheet was further etched to produce deeper cavities and a smaller electrode width to induce lateral temperature gradients on the sidewalls of cavities under homogeneous heat irradiation, enhancing the temperature variation rate. PMID:22346652

  1. A flexible ultrasound transducer array with micro-machined bulk PZT.

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    Wang, Zhe; Xue, Qing-Tang; Chen, Yuan-Quan; Shu, Yi; Tian, He; Yang, Yi; Xie, Dan; Luo, Jian-Wen; Ren, Tian-Ling

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a novel flexible piezoelectric micro-machined ultrasound transducer, which is based on PZT and a polyimide substrate. The transducer is made on the polyimide substrate and packaged with medical polydimethylsiloxane. Instead of etching the PZT ceramic, this paper proposes a method of putting diced PZT blocks into holes on the polyimide which are pre-etched. The device works in d31 mode and the electromechanical coupling factor is 22.25%. Its flexibility, good conformal contacting with skin surfaces and proper resonant frequency make the device suitable for heart imaging. The flexible packaging ultrasound transducer also has a good waterproof performance after hundreds of ultrasonic electric tests in water. It is a promising ultrasound transducer and will be an effective supplementary ultrasound imaging method in the practical applications. PMID:25625905

  2. Temperature Field Analysis for PZT Pyroelectric Cells for Thermal Energy Harvesting

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    Hsiao, Chun-Ching; Ciou, Jing-Chih; Siao, An-Shen; Lee, Chi-Yuan

    2011-01-01

    This paper proposes the idea of etching PZT to improve the temperature variation rate of a thicker PZT sheet in order to enhance the energy conversion efficiency when used as pyroelectric cells. A partially covered electrode was proven to display a higher output response than a fully covered electrode did. A mesh top electrode monitored the temperature variation rate and the electrode area. The mesh electrode width affected the distribution of the temperature variation rate in a thinner pyroelectric material. However, a pyroelectric cell with a thicker pyroelectric material was beneficial in generating electricity pyroelectrically. The PZT sheet was further etched to produce deeper cavities and a smaller electrode width to induce lateral temperature gradients on the sidewalls of cavities under homogeneous heat irradiation, enhancing the temperature variation rate. PMID:22346652

  3. An optimized strain demodulation method for PZT driven fiber Fabry-Perot tunable filter

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    Sheng, Wenjuan; Peng, G. D.; Liu, Yang; Yang, Ning

    2015-08-01

    An optimized strain-demodulation-method based on piezo-electrical transducer (PZT) driven fiber Fabry-Perot (FFP) filter is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. Using a parallel processing mode to drive the PZT continuously, the hysteresis effect is eliminated, and the system demodulation rate is increased. Furthermore, an AC-DC compensation method is developed to address the intrinsic nonlinear relationship between the displacement and voltage of PZT. The experimental results show that the actual demodulation rate is improved from 15 Hz to 30 Hz, the random error of the strain measurement is decreased by 95%, and the deviation between the test values after compensation and the theoretical values is less than 1 pm/??.

  4. Investigation on nanocomposites for pyroelectric infrared sensors

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    Guggilla, Padmaja; Batra, Ashok K.; Aggarwal, Mohan D.; Lal, Ravindra B.

    2005-04-01

    In order to fabricate a homogeneous pyroelectric thin film of polymer-ceramic composite for un-cooled infrared sensors, ceramic particle size should be as small as possible. Nanoparticles of Lead zirconate titanate and lead zirconate type ceramic were obtained. In this presentation, electrical and pyroelectric properties of PVDF:PZT composite films prepared by Spin-Coat technique are presented, and results are compared with other triglycine sulfate based composites.

  5. The magnetic memory of Titan's ionized atmosphere.

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    Bertucci, C; Achilleos, N; Dougherty, M K; Modolo, R; Coates, A J; Szego, K; Masters, A; Ma, Y; Neubauer, F M; Garnier, P; Wahlund, J-E; Young, D T

    2008-09-12

    After 3 years and 31 close flybys of Titan by the Cassini Orbiter, Titan was finally observed in the shocked solar wind, outside of Saturn's magnetosphere. These observations revealed that Titan's flow-induced magnetosphere was populated by "fossil" fields originating from Saturn, to which the satellite was exposed before its excursion through the magnetopause. In addition, strong magnetic shear observed at the edge of Titan's induced magnetosphere suggests that reconnection may have been involved in the replacement of the fossil fields by the interplanetary magnetic field. PMID:18787164

  6. Pluto's implications for a Snowball Titan

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    Wong, Michael L.; Yung, Yuk L.; Randall Gladstone, G.

    2015-01-01

    The current Cassini-Huygens Mission to the Saturn system provides compelling evidence that the present state of Titan's dense atmosphere is unsustainable over the age of the Solar System. Instead, for most of its existence, Titan's atmosphere might have been in a Snowball state, characterized by a colder surface and a smaller amount of atmospheric CH4, similar to that of Pluto or Triton. We run a 1-D chemical transport model and show that the rates of organic synthesis on a Snowball Titan are significantly slower than those on present-day Titan. The primary method of methane destruction-photosensitized dissociation in the stratosphere-is greatly dampened on Snowball Titan. The downward flux of higher-order molecules through the troposphere is dominated not by hydrocarbons such as ethane, as is the case on Titan today, but by nitriles. This result presents a testable observation that could confirm the Snowball Titan hypothesis. Because Pluto's atmosphere is similar to Titan's in composition, it serves as a basis for comparison. Future observations of Pluto by the New Horizons Mission will inform photochemical models of Pluto's atmosphere and can help us understand the photochemical nature of paleo-Titan's atmosphere.

  7. The Global Energy Balance of Titan

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    Li, Liming; Nixon, Conor A.; Achterberg, Richard K.; Smith, Mark A.; Gorius, Nicolas J. P.; Jiang, Xun; Conrath, Barney J.; Gierasch, Peter J.; Simon-Miller, Amy A.; Flasar, F. Michael; Baines, Kevin H.; Ingersoll, Andrew P.; West, Robert A.; Vasavada, Ashwin R.; Ewald, Shawn P.

    2011-01-01

    We report the first measurement of the global emitted power of Titan. Longterm (2004-2010) observations conducted by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) onboard Cassini reveal that the total emitted power by Titan is (2.84 plus or minus 0.01) x 10(exp 8) watts. Together with previous measurements of the global absorbed solar power of Titan, the CIRS measurements indicate that the global energy budget of Titan is in equilibrium within measurement error. The uncertainty in the absorbed solar energy places an upper limit on the energy imbalance of 5.3%.

  8. Titan's Complex Atmospheric Chemistry Revealed by ALMA

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    Cordiner, M. A.; Nixon, C. A.; Palmer, M. Y.; Charnley, S. B.; Serigano, J.; Mumma, M. J.; Milam, S. N.; Teanby, N. A.; Irwin, P. G. J.; Kisiel, Z.; Remijan, A. J.; Kuan, Y.-J.; Chuang, Y.-L.; Lis, D. C.

    2015-12-01

    We present spatially-resolved maps of emission from C2H5CN, HNC and HC3N in Titan's atmosphere, observed using the Atacama Large Millimeter/ submillimeter Array (ALMA) in 2012-2013. These data show previously-undetected spatial structures for the observed molecules and provide the first spectroscopic detection of etcn\\ on Titan. Our maps show spatially-resolved peaks in Titan's northern and southern hemispheres, consistent with photochemical production and transport in the upper atmosphere followed by subsidence over the poles. The HNC emission peaks are asymmetric with respect to the polar axis, indicating that Titan's mesosphere may be more longitudinally variable than previously thought.

  9. Can Titan generate tori in Saturn's magnetosphere?

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    Smith, H. T.; Johnson, R. E.; Rymer, A. M.; Mitchell, D. G.

    2011-12-01

    Prior to Cassini's arrival at Saturn, nitrogen ions were thought to dominate heavy plasma in Saturn's magnetosphere and that Titan's atmosphere was the source of this nitrogen. Therefore, the presence of a Titan nitrogen torus was anticipated. However, it is now known water-group ions dominate Saturn's heavy ion plasma. While nitrogen ions have been detected beyond the orbit of Rhea, they appear to be originating from the Enceladus plumes with little nitrogen plasma detected in the magnetosphere near Titan's orbit. These results appear inconsistent with the expectation that Titan's dense relatively unprotected atmosphere should provide a significant source of heavy particles to Saturn's magnetosphere. This inconsistency suggests that the plasma environment at Titan's orbit is much more complex than originally anticipated. In this talk, we expand on our previous research that categorizes the plasma environments near Titan to include all locations along Titan's orbit. Using these categories, we develop characteristic plasma spectra of each type of environment and use these results in a 3D Monte Carlo model to more accurately examine fate of nitrogen and methane escaping Titan's atmosphere. These results are compared to Cassini observations to determine if Titan is capable of generating tori.

  10. [Raman scattering studies on 0.5PZN-0.5PZT piezoceramics].

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    Chang, Li-min; Hou, Yu-dong; Zhu, Man-kang; Yan, Hui

    2007-12-01

    PZT based multi-system has shown super piezoelectric properties when the composition was located at morphotropic phase boundary (MPB), which divided the regions into rhombohedral and tetragonal structures equally. In the present paper, the diffuse phase transition and phase coexistence of rhombohedral and tetragonal phases of 0.5PZN-0.5PZT ceramics were investigated by Raman scattering spectroscopy in detail. The results revealed that compared with pure PZT, the width of Raman bands of 0.5PZN-0.5PZT was quite broad, indicating that the system has strong relaxor feature. According to the temperature dependence of dielectric permittivity, the indicator of degree of diffuseness, gamma, was calculated and the values were as high as 1.71. Through the separation by Gauss fitting of the Raman bands, the intensities of different Raman vibration modes, such as the tetragonal E (3TO), A1 (3TO), E (4LO) and A1 (3LO) modes, as well as the rhombohedral R1 and Rh modes, were determined. The results indicated that for 0.5PZN-0.5PZT system, the fraction of rhombohedral phase was equal to the tetragonal phase, which has also been affirmed by XRD results and suggested that the system was close to the MPB. Excellentpiezoelectric properties, such as kp (0.66) and d33 (425 pC/N), were found in 0.5PZN-0.5PZT system, showing a great promise of this system as practical materials for piezoelectric actuators. PMID:18330288

  11. Titan's geoid and hydrology: implications for Titan's geological evolution

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    Sotin, Christophe; Seignovert, Benoit; Lawrence, Kenneth; MacKenzie, Shannon; Barnes, Jason; Brown, Robert

    2014-05-01

    A 1x1 degree altitude map of Titan is constructed from the degree 4 gravity potential [1] and Titan's shape [2] determined by the Radio Science measurements and RADAR observations of the Cassini mission. The amplitude of the latitudinal altitude variations is equal to 300 m compared to 600 m for the amplitude of the latitudinal shape variations. The two polar caps form marked depressions with an abrupt change in topography at exactly 60 degrees at both caps. Three models are envisaged to explain the low altitude of the polar caps: (i) thinner ice crust due to higher heat flux at the poles, (ii) fossil shape acquired if Titan had higher spin rate in the past, and (iii) subsidence of the crust following the formation of a denser layer of clathrates as ethane rain reacts with the H2O ice crust [3]. The later model is favored because of the strong correlation between the location of the cloud system during the winter season and the latitude of the abrupt change in altitude. Low altitude polar caps would be the place where liquids would run to and eventually form large seas. Indeed, the large seas of Titan are found at the deepest locations at the North Pole. However, the lakes and terrains considered to be evaporite candidates due to their spectral characteristics in the infrared [4,5] seem to be perched. Lakes may have been filled during Titan's winter and then slowly evaporated leaving material on the surface. Interestingly, the largest evaporite deposits are located at the equator in a deep depression 150 m below the altitude of the northern seas. This observation seems to rule out the presence of a global subsurface hydrocarbon reservoir unless the evaporation rate at the equator is faster than the transport of fluids from the North Pole to the equator. This work has been performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract to NASA. [1] Iess L. et al. (2012) Science, doi 10.1126/science.1219631. [2] Lorenz R.D. (2013) Icarus, 225, 367-377. [3] Choukroun M. and C. Sotin (2012) Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L0420. [4] Barnes J.W. et al. (2011) Icarus, 216, 136-140. [5] MacKenzie S.M. et al. (2014) submitted to JGR.

  12. Cassini Imaging Results at Titan

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    McEwen, A.; Turtle, E.; Perry J.; Fussner, S.; Porco, C.; West, R.; Johnson, T.; Collins, G.; DelGenio, T.; Barbara, J.

    2005-01-01

    The Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS) images show striking albedo markings on the surface of Titan. In equatorial regions the albedo patterns have high contrast and exhibit prominent lineaments and linear/angular boundaries suggestive of tectonic influences or fracturing of brittle surficial materials. There are intriguing dark curving lines near the south pole. Here we present several working hypotheses to explain these patterns. We also briefly summarize atmospheric science results.

  13. Are there impact-formed zircons in the Hadean record?

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    Wielicki, M. M.; Lu, X.; Bell, E. A.; Schmitt, A. K.; Harrison, T. M.

    2008-12-01

    Detrital Hadean zircons from the Jack Hills, Western Australia, show a remarkable cluster of crystallization temperatures at 68025C. This is particularly surprising as a simple model relating rock composition and Zr concentration predicts that a very broad spectrum of crystallization temperatures (ca. 650C to 1000C) with a median value of 780C, would result from impact melting of the Earth's surface. Magmatic fractionation would tend to increase the aforementioned values. Given the predicted high rate of impacts during the Hadean, the absence of such a population in the Jack Hills zircons could signal a profound sampling problem, a hint of a history much different than previously supposed, or our lack of understanding of zircon formation due to impact related processes. We have begun to examine the latter issue by investigating the crystallization temperatures of zircons formed in melt sheets preserved in the geologic record. The Sudbury Igneous Complex, formed at 18503 Ma within the second largest impact crater on Earth, includes two igneous units termed the Black and Felsic Norites. Examination of zircons from each by SIMS confirms their crystallization age at 1847.32.2 Ma and yields Ti-in-zircon temperatures of 720C and 750C, respectively. This is consistent with that predicted from zircon saturation systematics. A statistical test indicates that the combined norite population is distinct from the Hadean temperature distribution. Thus the question arises: where are the Hadean zircons expected to have formed at >780C via impact processes? Similar analysis is being pursued for zircons from the Vredefort Impact Structure, South Africa, which should provide further information on impact-formed zircon temperature spectra.

  14. A mechanical method to tuning a FBG-PZT voltage sensor

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    Ribeiro, Bessie A.; Werneck, Marcelo M.

    2015-09-01

    When using a Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) for strain measurements it is always necessary to compensate the FBG against temperature fluctuations. In this paper it is shown an innovative method for mechanically compensating an FBG in a high voltage measurement application using an FBG-PZT sensor. The system takes advantage of a mechanical assembly that, as the PZT displaces, the screw where the FBG is bonded on displace in the opposite direction, keeping the FBG length constant. A theoretical analysis is done and experimental results are shown.

  15. Safe prescribing: a titanic challenge.

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    Routledge, Philip A

    2012-10-01

    The challenge to achieve safe prescribing merits the adjective 'titanic'. The organisational and human errors leading to poor prescribing (e.g. underprescribing, overprescribing, misprescribing or medication errors) have parallels in the organisational and human errors that led to the loss of the Titanic 100 years ago this year. Prescribing can be adversely affected by communication failures, critical conditions, complacency, corner cutting, callowness and a lack of courage of conviction, all of which were also factors leading to the Titanic tragedy. These issues need to be addressed by a commitment to excellence, the final component of the 'Seven C's'. Optimal prescribing is dependent upon close communication and collaborative working between highly trained health professionals, whose role is to ensure maximum clinical effectiveness, whilst also protecting their patients from avoidable harm. Since humans are prone to error, and the environments in which they work are imperfect, it is not surprising that medication errors are common, occurring more often during the prescribing stage than during dispensing or administration. A commitment to excellence in prescribing includes a continued focus on lifelong learning (including interprofessional learning) in pharmacology and therapeutics. This should be accompanied by improvements in the clinical working environment of prescribers, and the encouragement of a strong safety culture (including reporting of adverse incidents as well as suspected adverse drug reactions whenever appropriate). Finally, members of the clinical team must be prepared to challenge each other, when necessary, to ensure that prescribing combines the highest likelihood of benefit with the lowest potential for harm. PMID:22738396

  16. Safe prescribing: a titanic challenge

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    Routledge, Philip A

    2012-01-01

    The challenge to achieve safe prescribing merits the adjective titanic. The organisational and human errors leading to poor prescribing (e.g. underprescribing, overprescribing, misprescribing or medication errors) have parallels in the organisational and human errors that led to the loss of the Titanic 100 years ago this year. Prescribing can be adversely affected by communication failures, critical conditions, complacency, corner cutting, callowness and a lack of courage of conviction, all of which were also factors leading to the Titanic tragedy. These issues need to be addressed by a commitment to excellence, the final component of the Seven C's. Optimal prescribing is dependent upon close communication and collaborative working between highly trained health professionals, whose role is to ensure maximum clinical effectiveness, whilst also protecting their patients from avoidable harm. Since humans are prone to error, and the environments in which they work are imperfect, it is not surprising that medication errors are common, occurring more often during the prescribing stage than during dispensing or administration. A commitment to excellence in prescribing includes a continued focus on lifelong learning (including interprofessional learning) in pharmacology and therapeutics. This should be accompanied by improvements in the clinical working environment of prescribers, and the encouragement of a strong safety culture (including reporting of adverse incidents as well as suspected adverse drug reactions whenever appropriate). Finally, members of the clinical team must be prepared to challenge each other, when necessary, to ensure that prescribing combines the highest likelihood of benefit with the lowest potential for harm. PMID:22738396

  17. Matrix cracking and creep behavior of monolithic zircon and zircon silicon carbide fiber composites

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    Anandakumar, Umashankar

    In this study, the first matrix cracking behavior and creep behavior of zircon matrix silicon carbide fiber composites were studied, together with the fracture and creep behavior of the monolithic zircon. These behaviors are of engineering and scientific importance, and the study was aimed at understanding the deformation mechanisms at elevated temperatures. The first matrix cracking behavior of zircon matrix uniaxially reinforced with silicon carbide fiber (SCS-6) composites and failure behavior of monolithic zircon were studied as a function of temperature (25C, 500C, and 1200C) and crack length in three point bending mode. A modified vicker's indentation technique was used to vary the initial crack length in monolithic and composite samples. The interfacial shear strength was measured at these temperatures from matrix crack saturation spacing. The composites exhibited steady state and non steady state behaviors at the three different temperatures as predicted by theoretical models, while the failure stress of zircon decreased with increasing stress. The intrinsic properties of the composites were used to numerically determine the results predicted by three different matrix cracking models based on a fracture mechanics approach. The analysis showed that the model based on crack bridging analysis was valid at 25C and 500C, while a model based on statistical fiber failure was valid at 1200C. Microstructural studies showed that fiber failure in the crack wake occurred at or below the matrix cracking stress at 1200C, and no fiber failure occurred at the other two temperatures, which validated the results predicted by the theoretical models. Also, it was shown that the interfacial shear stress corresponding to debonding determined the matrix cracking stress, and not the frictional shear stress. This study showed for the first time, the steady state and non-steady state matrix cracking behavior at elevated temperatures, the difference in behavior between room temperature and elevated temperatures, and the validity of the various models of first matrix cracking behavior. In order to understand the creep behavior of composites, it is important to study the creep behavior of matrix, fiber, and composites under identical conditions to determine the role of various constituents. Creep studies were conducted in an inert atmosphere in four point bending and uniaxial tension modes on zircon and zircon silicon carbide fiber composites at four different temperatures of 1250C, 1300C, 1350C, and 1400C, and over the stress range of 10--200 MPa. The strain rate was measured as a function of the stress and temperature to determine the stress exponent and activation energy, and microstructural analysis was done on crept samples using scanning electron microscopy. The composites exhibited a much lower creep rate than the monolilth, indicating that the major portion of the creep load was carried by the fibers. In flexural mode, both zircon and composite samples exhibited bimodal creep behavior, with the stress exponent (n) increasing with increasing stress. For zircon, at lower-stresses n was in the range of 2.1--2.6 and increased to 7--7.9 at higher stresses. Microstructural studies showed that diffusional creep was the rate controlling mechanism at lower stresses, while the higher stress exponent observed at higher stresses, was due to linkage of cavities and damage accumulation resulting in a higher strain rate. In the case of composites, the stress exponent was ?1 at lower stresses, and increased to 3--5 at higher stresses, indicating that diffusional creep (and grain boundary sliding) was rate controlling at lower stresses, and either creep cavitation and crack growth or dislocation creep was the rate controlling mechanism at higher stresses. Anomalous creep curves with strain jumps were observed for the first time during the creep of ceramic composites at lower temperatures and higher stresses. Microstructural studies showed that matrix cracking during creep results in these strain jumps. These studies showed tha

  18. The Crystal Structure of Lanthanide Zirconates

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    Clements, Richard; Kennedy, Brendan; Ling, Christopher; Stampfl, Anton P. J.

    2010-03-01

    The lanthanide zirconates of composition Ln2Zr2O7 (Ln = La-Gd) are of interest for use in inert matrix fuels and nuclear wasteforms. The series undergoes a pyrochlore to fluorite phase transition as a function of the Ln atomic radii. The phase transition has been attributed to disordering of both the cation and the anion [1]. We have undertaken a synthesis of the lanthanide zirconate series Ln2Zr2O7 (Ln = La-Gd), Ln0.2Zr0.8O1.9 (Ln = Tb-Yb) and NdxHo2-xZr2O7 (0

  19. Optical Characterization on Perovskite Zirconate Nanocrystals.

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    Noh, Miru; Lee, Y S

    2015-10-01

    We performed an optical study on the electronic properties of perovskite zirconate AZrO3 (A = Ca and Ba) nanocrystals (NCs), which depend strongly on the size of A ion as well as the post-annealing process. The zirconate NCs were synthesized in the combustion method, which was found to be quite effective for synthesizing highly orthorhombic CaZrO3 NCs in the sense that their grain sizes are relatively larger and as-synthesized NCs do not include any raw material phase in the XRD pattern, compared with the cubic BaZrO3 NCs. The room-temperature visible emission is commonly quite strong in both NCs. Interestingly, the dominance of the green-yellow emission over the violet-blue emission with increasing the post-annealing temperature (Tanneal) appears to be in agreement with the formation of the mid-gap state identified in the absorption spectra. While the optical bandgaps of NCs increased with increasing Tanneal, a systematic trend that the optical bandgap in the AZrO3 NCs decreased with the increasingly larger size of the A ion occurred. We discuss our findings in relation to the oxygen vacancy formation, lattice distortion, and size effect. PMID:26726500

  20. Zirconia (NC) zircon as a potential standard

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    Covey, A. K.; Braun, S. A.; Gualda, G. A.; Bream, B. R.; Fisher, C.; Wooden, J. L.; Schmitz, M. D.

    2012-12-01

    As microanalysis continues to advance and become more widespread there is a greater need for abundant and suitable age standards. Megacrystic zircons from the inactive Freeman Mine near Zirconia, NC were collected from weathered mine dump piles. Zirconia zircon crystals are large (> 1 mm) relative to typical zircons (up to 100s μm) and easily obtained; attributes that make them attractive as a potential standard. We present here preliminary data and assess the suitability of Zirconia zircons as a U-Pb geochronology, Hf-isotope and trace-element standard. Grains are variably fluorescent (Callahan et al, Southeastern Geol., 2007), and we used shortwave fluorescence to separate grains with high, medium, low/no fluorescence from one another. Images were taken of the grains before mounting and post-polishing to understand the fluorescence characterization of the surface to the core. After preparing the grains, we found that the fluorescence was not homogenous and did not provide a good means of separating out grains. In order to investigate the differences in fluorescence, we collected cathodoluminescence (CL) and backscatter electron (BSE) images and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) maps using a Tescan Vega 3 LMU equipped with an Oxford X-max 50 mm2 solid-state EDS detector at Vanderbilt University. This allowed division of the grains into two types: (a) grains with finely oscillatory zoned rims, which are variably crosscut by dull-CL irregular zones, sometimes showing hourglass zoning; and (b) grains with cores showing more irregular, patchy zoning with and without thin oscillatory rims. EDS maps show no major element zoning in the zircon grains, but reveal a variety of inclusions, particularly of quartz and thorite. Preliminary U-Pb ages were obtained using a Perkin Elmer Elan DRCII ICP-MS coupled with a New Wave/Mechantek 213 nm Nd:YAG laser ablation system at Vanderbilt University. A total of ~150 individual ages on oscillatory-zoned (Type a) crystals yield a Concordia age of 329 ± 1 Ma. Type b grains yield less reliable results and have not been extensively studied. A small number of SHRIMP U-Pb ages were obtained at the Stanford USGS Micro Analysis Center using a SHRIMP-RG, and yield an age of 327 ± 2 Ma. Preliminary 176Hf/177Hf measurements were done using laser ablation multi-collector ICP-MS at Washington State University. A total of 12 measurements yield a mean 176Hf/177Hf ratio of 0.282623 (42 2σ) with no outliers, but more data are needed to assess the homogeneity and better establish a preferred value of the Hf isotopic ratio. We have collected trace-element data using the LA-ICPMS at Vanderbilt and the SHRIMP at Stanford-USGS, but further work is necessary to establish the extent of compositional variability. Future work will also include precise age determination using high precision ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology at Boise State University and solution MC-ICPMS Lu-Hf isotopic analysis at Washington State University.