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  1. Electrical and Optical Properties of Bulk ZnO Single Crystal Grown by Flux Bridgman Method

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    Li, Xin-Hua; Xu, Jia-Yue; Jin, Min; Shen, Hui; Li, Xiao-Min

    2006-12-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) single crystals are grown by the modified vertical Bridgman method using a PbF2 flux. The maximum size of the as-grown ZnO crystal is about phi25 mm×5 mm. The transmittance of the as-grown ZnO crystal is more than 70% in the range of 600-800 nm and the optical band gap is estimated to be 3.21 eV. The photoluminescence spectrum indicates that the as-grown ZnO crystal has a very low concentration of native defects and is much closed to its stoichiometry. The electrical measurement exhibits that the ZnO crystal has low electrical resistivity of 0.02394 Ωcm-1 and a high carrier concentration of 2.10×1018 cm-3.

  2. Optical characteristics of ZnO single crystal grown by the hydrothermal method

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    Chen, G. Z.; Yin, J. G.; Zhang, L. H.; Zhang, P. X.; Wang, X. Y.; Liu, Y. C.; Zhang, C. L.; Gu, S. L.; Hang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    ZnO single crystals have been grown by the hydrothermal method. Raman scattering and Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) have been used to study samples of ZnO that were unannealed or annealed in different ambient gases. It is suggested that the green emission may originate from defects related to copper in our samples.

  3. Bio-inspired synthesis of ZnO polyhedral single crystals under eggshell membrane direction

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    Su, Huilan; Song, Fang; Dong, Qun; Li, Tuoqi; Zhang, Xin; Zhang, Di

    2011-07-01

    A simple and versatile technique was developed to prepare hierarchical ZnO single crystals by introducing eggshell membrane (ESM) to a bio-inspired approach. Based on the control of nucleation and gestation, ZnO nanocrystallites could grow at three dimensions into polyhedral single crystals through a surface sol-gel process followed by a calcination treatment. Different from traditional wet chemical techniques, our synthetic process depends more on the restrictive or directing functions of the ESM biomacromolecules. The hierarchical ZnO nanostructures doped with polyhedral single crystallites could be desirable for catalysts, photoelectrochemical devices, especially solar cells.

  4. Response of a ZnO single crystal rod-based chemical sensor for hydrogen sulfide.

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    Park, N-K; Park, J Y; Lee, T J

    2014-08-01

    A zinc oxide single crystal rod was grown by a thermal evaporation method for application as a chemical gas-sensing material in this study. Zinc acetate (20 wt%) impregnated over activated carbon was used as the precursor for the epitaxial growth of ZnO single crystal rods. The response tests were carried out across a range of sensing temperatures (100, 150 and 200 C) and the hydrogen sulfide content (10.2-51.0 ppmv) was balanced with nitrogen gas. The response of the ZnO single crystal rods grown on the gas sensors varied with the H2S content and the sensing temperature. A high response for H2S was obtained at 150 and 200 C due to the high reactivity between H2S and ZnO at high temperature. Since H2S absorption rate and ZnS oxidation rate over ZnO single crystal rods at 100 C lower than that at 150 and 200 C, the changing rate of electric resistance decreased with the decrease of temperature. Meanwhile, a different response, which is the changing rate of electric resistance for H2S absorption and ZnS oxidation over ZnO single crystal rods at 100 C, was observed with changing amount of H2S in feed gas. Therefore, it was concluded that the ZnO single crystal rods based gas sensor is operated above 200 C for the shortly response time. PMID:25936113

  5. Surface chemistry and surface electronic properties of ZnO single crystals and nanorods

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    Uhlrich, J. J.; Olson, D. C.; Hsu, J. W. P.; Kuech, T. F.

    2009-03-15

    The surface chemistry of ZnO single crystals of (0001) and (1010) orientations and ZnO nanorods was studied using x-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies. Air drying and UV-ozone preparations were studied in particular as chemical treatments that could be applied to poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)-ZnO solar cells to enhance performance. The UV-ozone treatment showed negligible effect by photoelectron spectroscopy on the ZnO single crystal surfaces, but brought about electronic shifts consistent with increased upward band bending by {approx}0.25 eV on the ZnO nanorod surface. Modest interface dipoles of {approx}0.15 and {approx}0.25 eV were measured between P3HT and the (1010) and (0001) single crystal orientations, respectively, with the dipole moment pointing from ZnO to the P3HT layer. The sol-gel films showed evidence of forming a small interface dipole in the opposite direction, which illustrates the difference in surface chemistry between the solution-grown ZnO and the ZnO single crystals.

  6. Encapsulation of nanoparticles into single-crystal ZnO nanorods and microrods.

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    Liu, Jinzhang; Notarianni, Marco; Rintoul, Llew; Motta, Nunzio

    2014-01-01

    One-dimensional single crystal incorporating functional nanoparticles of other materials could be an interesting platform for various applications. We studied the encapsulation of nanoparticles into single-crystal ZnO nanorods by exploiting the crystal growth of ZnO in aqueous solution. Two types of nanodiamonds with mean diameters of 10 nm and 40 nm, respectively, and polymer nanobeads with size of 200 nm have been used to study the encapsulation process. It was found that by regrowing these ZnO nanorods with nanoparticles attached to their surfaces, a full encapsulation of nanoparticles into nanorods can be achieved. We demonstrate that our low-temperature aqueous solution growth of ZnO nanorods do not affect or cause degradation of the nanoparticles of either inorganic or organic materials. This new growth method opens the way to a plethora of applications combining the properties of single crystal host and encapsulated nanoparticles. We perform micro-photoluminescence measurement on a single ZnO nanorod containing luminescent nanodiamonds and the spectrum has a different shape from that of naked nanodiamonds, revealing the cavity effect of ZnO nanorod. PMID:24778975

  7. Encapsulation of nanoparticles into single-crystal ZnO nanorods and microrods

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    Notarianni, Marco; Rintoul, Llew; Motta, Nunzio

    2014-01-01

    Summary One-dimensional single crystal incorporating functional nanoparticles of other materials could be an interesting platform for various applications. We studied the encapsulation of nanoparticles into single-crystal ZnO nanorods by exploiting the crystal growth of ZnO in aqueous solution. Two types of nanodiamonds with mean diameters of 10 nm and 40 nm, respectively, and polymer nanobeads with size of 200 nm have been used to study the encapsulation process. It was found that by regrowing these ZnO nanorods with nanoparticles attached to their surfaces, a full encapsulation of nanoparticles into nanorods can be achieved. We demonstrate that our low-temperature aqueous solution growth of ZnO nanorods do not affect or cause degradation of the nanoparticles of either inorganic or organic materials. This new growth method opens the way to a plethora of applications combining the properties of single crystal host and encapsulated nanoparticles. We perform micro-photoluminescence measurement on a single ZnO nanorod containing luminescent nanodiamonds and the spectrum has a different shape from that of naked nanodiamonds, revealing the cavity effect of ZnO nanorod. PMID:24778975

  8. Photoelectrochemical Stability and Alteration Products of n-Type Single-Crystal ZnO Photoanodes

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    Paulauskas, I. E.; Jellison, G. E.; Boatner, L. A.; Brown, G. M.

    2011-01-01

    The photoelectrochemical stability and surface-alteration characteristics of doped and undoped n-type ZnO single-crystal photoanode electrodes were investigated. The single-crystal ZnO photoanode properties were analyzed using current-voltage measurements plus spectral and time-dependent quantum-yield methods. These measurements revealed a distinct anodic peak and an accompanying cathodic surface degradation process at negative potentials. The features of this peak depended on time and the NaOH concentration in the electrolyte, but were independent of the presence of electrode illumination. Current measurements performed at the peak indicate that charging and discharging effects are apparently taking place at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface. This result is consistent with themore » significant reactive degradation that takes place on the ZnO single crystal photoanode surface and that ultimately leads to the reduction of the ZnO surface to Zn metal. The resulting Zn-metal reaction products create unusual, dendrite-like, surface alteration structural features that were analyzed using x-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. ZnO doping methods were found to be effective in increasing the n-type character of the crystals. Higher doping levels result in smaller depletion widths and lower quantum yields, since the minority carrier diffusion lengths are very short in these materials.« less

  9. X-ray Characterisation of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) Single Crystal Substrates

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    Dhanaraj, G.; Raghothamachar, B; Dudley, M

    2010-01-01

    Single crystal substrates of low defect density are paramount for fully realizing the numerous applications of zinc oxide (ZnO) wide bandgap semiconductors. While ZnO substrates are commercially available from various vendors, very little information is available on the structural properties of these substrates. Therefore, an extensive evaluation of available substrates would serve as a basis for the development of ZnO based devices and technologies. In this study, bulk ZnO single crystal substrates grown by different growth techniques have been characterised using synchrotron white beam X-ray topography and high resolution X-ray diffraction. The substrates exhibit a wide range of dislocation densities from as high as 10{sup 6} cm{sup -2} down to less than 1000 cm{sup -2} depending on the growth technique employed. The authors evaluation reveals that ZnO crystals grown by the hydrothermal technique possess the best structural quality with dislocation densities of 800-1000 cm{sup -2} and rocking curves with a full width half maximum of less than 12 arc seconds.

  10. ZnO nanoflowers with single crystal structure towards enhanced gas sensing and photocatalysis.

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    Zhang, Sha; Chen, Hsueh-Shih; Matras-Postolek, Katarzyna; Yang, Ping

    2015-11-11

    In this paper, ZnO nanoflowers (NFs) were fabricated by thermal decomposition in an organic solvent and their application in gas sensors and photocatalysis was investigated. These single crystal ZnO NFs, which were observed for the first time, with an average size of ∼60 nm and were grown along the {100} facet. It was suggested that oleylamine used in the synthesis inhibited the growth and agglomeration of ZnO through the coordination of the oleylamine N atoms. The NFs exhibited excellent selectivity to acetone with a concentration of 25 ppm at 300 °C because they had a high specific surface area that provided more active sites and the surface adsorbed oxygen species for interaction with acetone. In addition, the ZnO NFs showed enhanced gas sensing response which was also ascribed to abundant oxygen vacancies at the junctions between petals of the NFs. Furthermore, ZnO-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composites were fabricated by loading the ZnO NFs on the surface of the stratiform RGO sheet. In the photodegradation of rhodamine B tests, the composite revealed an enhanced photocatalytic performance compared with ZnO NFs under UV light irradiation. PMID:26507913

  11. Characterisation of irradiation-induced defects in ZnO single crystals

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    Prochazka, I.; Cizek, J.; Lukac, F.; Melikhova, O.; Valenta, J.; Havranek, V.; Anwand, W.; Skuratov, V. A.; Strukova, T. S.

    2016-01-01

    Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) combined with optical methods was employed for characterisation of defects in the hydrothermally grown ZnO single crystals irradiated by 167 MeV Xe26+ ions to fluences ranged from 3×1012 to 1×1014 cm-2. The positron lifetime (LT), Doppler broadening as well as slow-positron implantation spectroscopy (SPIS) techniques were involved. The ab-initio theoretical calculations were utilised for interpretation of LT results. The optical transmission and photoluminescence measurements were conducted, too. The virgin ZnO crystal exhibited a single component LT spectrum with a lifetime of 182 ps which is attributed to saturated positron trapping in Zn vacancies associated with hydrogen atoms unintentionally introduced into the crystal during the crystal growth. The Xe ion irradiated ZnO crystals have shown an additional component with a longer lifetime of ≈ 360 ps which comes from irradiation-induced larger defects equivalent in size to clusters of ≈10 to 12 vacancies. The concentrations of these clusters were estimated on the basis of combined LT and SPIS data. The PAS data were correlated with irradiation induced changes seen in the optical spectroscopy experiments.

  12. Mesoporous single-crystal ZnO nanobelts: supported preparation and patterning

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    Nasi, Lucia; Calestani, Davide; Fabbri, Filippo; Ferro, Patrizia; Besagni, Tullo; Fedeli, Paolo; Licci, Francesca; Mosca, Roberto

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate that highly porous ZnO nanobelts can be prepared by thermally decomposing ZnS(en)0.5 hybrid nanobelts (NBs) synthesized through a solvothermal route using Zn layers deposited on alumina substrates as both the Zn substrate and source. Hybrid decomposition by thermal annealing at 400 C gives porous ZnS NBs that are transformed by further annealing at 600 C into wurtzite single crystal ZnO nanobelts with an axial direction of [0001]. The evolution of the morphological and structural transformation ZnS(en)0.5 --> ZnS --> ZnO is investigated at the nanoscale by transmission and scanning electron microscopy analyses. Control of the ZnO NB distributions by patterning the Zn metallization on alumina is achieved as a consequence of the parent hybrid NB patterned growth. The presence of NBs on alumina in a ~100 ?m wide region between Zn stripes allows us to fabricate two contact devices where contact pads are electrically connected through a porous ZnO NB entanglement. Such devices are suitable for employment in photodetectors as well as in gas and humidity sensors.

  13. Mesoporous single-crystal ZnO nanobelts: supported preparation and patterning.

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    Nasi, Lucia; Calestani, Davide; Fabbri, Filippo; Ferro, Patrizia; Besagni, Tullo; Fedeli, Paolo; Licci, Francesca; Mosca, Roberto

    2013-02-01

    We demonstrate that highly porous ZnO nanobelts can be prepared by thermally decomposing ZnS(en)(0.5) hybrid nanobelts (NBs) synthesized through a solvothermal route using Zn layers deposited on alumina substrates as both the Zn substrate and source. Hybrid decomposition by thermal annealing at 400 C gives porous ZnS NBs that are transformed by further annealing at 600 C into wurtzite single crystal ZnO nanobelts with an axial direction of [0001]. The evolution of the morphological and structural transformation ZnS(en)(0.5)? ZnS ? ZnO is investigated at the nanoscale by transmission and scanning electron microscopy analyses. Control of the ZnO NB distributions by patterning the Zn metallization on alumina is achieved as a consequence of the parent hybrid NB patterned growth. The presence of NBs on alumina in a ?100 ?m wide region between Zn stripes allows us to fabricate two contact devices where contact pads are electrically connected through a porous ZnO NB entanglement. Such devices are suitable for employment in photodetectors as well as in gas and humidity sensors. PMID:23254279

  14. Time-dependent mechanical-electrical coupled behavior in single crystal ZnO nanorods

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    Kim, Yong-Jae; Yun, Tae Gwang; Choi, In-Chul; Kim, Sungwoong; Park, Won Il; Han, Seung Min; Jang, Jae-il

    2015-01-01

    Nanoscale time-dependent mechanical-electrical coupled behavior of single crystal ZnO nanorods was systematically explored, which is essential for accessing the long-term reliability of the ZnO nanorod-based flexible devices. A series of compression creep tests combined with in-situ electrical measurement was performed on vertically-grown single crystal ZnO nanorods. Continuous measurement of the current (I)-voltage (V) curves before, during, after the creep tests revealed that I is non-negligibly increased as a result of the time-dependent deformation. Analysis of the I-V curves based on the thermionic emission-diffusion theory allowed extraction of nanorod resistance, which was shown to decrease as time-dependent deformation. Finally, based on the observations in this study, a simple analytical model for predicting the reduction in nanorod resistance as a function of creep strain that is induced from diffusional mechanisms is proposed, and this model was demonstrated to be in an excellent agreement with the experimental results. PMID:25982962

  15. Improved photocatalytic activity of single crystal ZnO nanorod derived from highly effective P/N heterojunction

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    Yan, Xiaoyan; Gong, Changwei; Wang, Jian; Liang, Liping; Zhao, Li; Zhang, Mingang; Chai, Yuesheng

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Schematic showing on photocatalytic degradation 2,4-DCP of ZnO NRs/BDD heterojunction. - Highlights: • Single-crystal ZnO nanorods based P/N heterojunction has been synthesized. • Vertical growth ZnO NRs on BDD can effectively photocatalytic decompose 2,4-DCP. • The rate constant of photocatalysis can be enhanced due to P/N heterojunction. - Abstract: Highly effective single-crystal ZnO nanorods based P/N heterojunction has been synthesized by a controllable crystal seed-induced hydrothermal vertical growth method, which facilitates the separation of the photogenerated electrons and holes due to its endogenous space charge region and suitable band structure. Therefore, photocatalytic activity for degradation of the toxic pollutants is markedly enhanced.

  16. C-H complex defects and their influence in ZnO single crystal

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    Xie, Hui; Zhao, You-Wen; Liu, Tong; Dong, Zhi-Yuan; Yang, Jun; Liu, Jing-Ming

    2015-10-01

    Infrared absorption local vibration mode (LVM) spectroscopy is used to study hydrogen related defects in n-type ZnO single crystal grown by a closed chemical vapor transport (CVT) method under Zn-rich growth conditions, in which carbon is used as a transport agent. Two C-H complex related absorption peaks at 2850 cm-1 and 2919 cm-1 are detected in the sample. The formation of the C-H complex implies an effect of carbon donor passivation and formation suppression of H donor in ZnO. The influence of the complex defects on the electrical property of the CVT-ZnO is discussed based on Hall measurement results and residual impurity analysis. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61474104).

  17. Optical signatures of photoinduced Zn vacancies in ZnO single crystal

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    Khan, Enamul H.

    2014-01-07

    193-nm excimer laser interaction with ZnO single-crystal at 0.05500?KW/cm{sup 2} intensities is investigated under ultra high vacuum conditions by time resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. A dominant 3.18?eV PL emission band at 295?K is observed. This band shows unusually long 0.52??0.01??s lifetime, indicating a defect mediated emission mechanism. The demonstrated negative thermal quenching for this band confirms its free electron to acceptor type transition. The involved acceptor is attributed to zinc vacancy with ?100?meV shallow acceptor state. This study finds that 193-nm interactions produce Zn vacancies in transient states at 0.0550?KW/cm{sup 2} excitation intensities and in stable state at 500 KW/cm{sup 2} or above intensities. The transient zinc vacancy production at such low intensities further validates the Frenkel pair creation as mechanism for creating these defects in ZnO single-crystal.

  18. ZnO nanowires array grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hu, Qichang; Li, Yafeng; Huang, Feng; Zhang, Zhaojun; Ding, Kai; Wei, Mingdeng; Lin, Zhang

    2015-01-01

    High quality ZnO nanowires arrays were homoepitaxial grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal (GZOSC), which have the advantages of high conductivity, high carrier mobility and high thermal stability. When it was employed as a photoanode in the DSSCs, the cell exhibited a 1.44% power-conversion efficiency under the illumination of one sun (AM 1.5G). The performance is superior to our ZnO nanowires/FTO based DSSCs under the same condition. This enhanced performance is mainly attributed to the perfect interface between the ZnO nanowires and the GZOSC substrate that contributes to lower carrier scattering and recombination rates compared with that grown on traditional FTO substrate. PMID:26099568

  19. ZnO nanowires array grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hu, Qichang; Li, Yafeng; Huang, Feng; Zhang, Zhaojun; Ding, Kai; Wei, Mingdeng; Lin, Zhang

    2015-01-01

    High quality ZnO nanowires arrays were homoepitaxial grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal (GZOSC), which have the advantages of high conductivity, high carrier mobility and high thermal stability. When it was employed as a photoanode in the DSSCs, the cell exhibited a 1.44% power-conversion efficiency under the illumination of one sun (AM 1.5G). The performance is superior to our ZnO nanowires/FTO based DSSCs under the same condition. This enhanced performance is mainly attributed to the perfect interface between the ZnO nanowires and the GZOSC substrate that contributes to lower carrier scattering and recombination rates compared with that grown on traditional FTO substrate. PMID:26099568

  20. ZnO nanowires array grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hu, Qichang; Li, Yafeng; Huang, Feng; Zhang, Zhaojun; Ding, Kai; Wei, Mingdeng; Lin, Zhang

    2015-06-01

    High quality ZnO nanowires arrays were homoepitaxial grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal (GZOSC), which have the advantages of high conductivity, high carrier mobility and high thermal stability. When it was employed as a photoanode in the DSSCs, the cell exhibited a 1.44% power-conversion efficiency under the illumination of one sun (AM 1.5G). The performance is superior to our ZnO nanowires/FTO based DSSCs under the same condition. This enhanced performance is mainly attributed to the perfect interface between the ZnO nanowires and the GZOSC substrate that contributes to lower carrier scattering and recombination rates compared with that grown on traditional FTO substrate.

  1. Deep level transient spectroscopic study of oxygen-implanted ZnO single crystal

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    Ye, Ziran; Ding, Guangwei; Fan, Jincheng; Ling, Chi Chung

    2011-03-01

    ZnO single crystal samples were implanted by oxygen with the energy of 150keV. After the pretreatment of hydrogen peroxide, Schottky contacts were fabricated with Au film deposited by thermal evaporation. Deep level defects were studied by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). The activation energy of the 0.29eV deep trap was observed in the as-implanted sample and samples anneal at 350& circ; C , 650& circ; C and 750& circ; C. Three peaks were identified in the DLTS spectra of the 900& circ; C sample, with the activation energies of 0.11eV, 0.25eV and 0.37eV respectively. The thermal evolutions of the deep levels up to the temperature of 1200& circ; C were also investigated. This work was supported by the RGC HKSAR under the GRF scheme (No. 703108P).

  2. Glycine adsorption and photo-reaction over ZnO(000ī) single crystal

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    Gao, Y. K.; Traeger, F.; Wöll, C.; Idriss, H.

    2014-06-01

    The adsorption and reaction of the amino acid glycine (NH2CH2COOH) are studied experimentally on the polar single crystal surface of zinc oxide, ZnO(000ī), by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) under UV light in presence and absence of molecular O2. Deposition at 350 K mainly resulted in a largely deprotonated monolayer (NH2CH2COO-(a) + OH(s); where O is surface oxygen, (a) is for adsorbed and (s) is for surface species) identified by its XPS C1s binding energy at 289.3 eV (COO), 286.7 eV (CH2) and XPS O1s at 531.8 eV (COO). A decrease in the signals of all functional groups of the adsorbed glycine (monitored by their C1s, O1s, and N1s lines) is seen upon UV excitation in the absence and presence of O2 pressures up to 5 × 10- 6 mbar. The photoreaction cross sections extracted from the decrease in the C1s peaks were found to be = 2.6 × 10- 18 (COO(a)) and 1.4 × 10- 18(CH2) cm2. The photoactivity of the ZnO(000ī) surface under UHV-conditions is found to be comparable to that seen in direct photolysis of amino acids in solution.

  3. Photonic crystal heterostructures fabricated by TiO2 and ZnO inverse opals using colloidal crystal template with single kind of microspheres

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    Zhang, Yongna; Fu, Ming; Wang, Jigang; He, Dawei; Wang, Yongsheng

    2012-09-01

    The fabrication of photonic crystal heterostructures is important for the applications in the fields of integrated photonic crystal chips, multi-frequency optical Bragg filters or mirrors. However, multiple steps of self-assembly process of microspheres are always employed in the fabrication of photonic crystal heterostructures, which may produce lattice mismatches of colloidal crystals. Therefore, photonic crystal heterostructures fabricated by using colloidal crystal template with single kind of microspheres were investigated in this paper. A colloidal crystal template with uniform periodicity was firstly formed by monodispersed polystyrene microsphere. Then ZnO was electrodeposited into the interstices of the template. The thickness of ZnO was controlled to be less than the thickness of the template by varying the deposition time. After the TiO2 precursor was filled into the top voids in the template, the polystyrene colloidal crystal template was removed and photonic crystal heterostructures fabricated by ZnO and TiO2 were formed. Both the dielectric constant and the periodicity of the two parts of the heterostructures are different due to the shrinkage of the sol-gel process. The ZnO/TiO2 heterostructures have a broad photonic stop band which is the superposition of photonic stop bands of ZnO inverse opals and TiO2 inverse opals.

  4. Analysis of strained surface layers of ZnO single crystals after irradiation with intense femtosecond laser pulses

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    Schneider, Andreas; Sebald, Kathrin; Voss, Tobias; Wolverson, Daniel; Hodges, Chris; Kuball, Martin

    2013-05-27

    Structural modifications of ZnO single crystals that were created by the irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses at fluences far above the ablation threshold were investigated with micro-Raman spectroscopy. After light-matter interaction on the femtosecond time scale, rapid cooling and the pronounced thermal expansion anisotropy of ZnO are likely to cause residual strains of up to 1.8% and also result in the formation of surface cracks. This process relaxes the strain only partially and a strained surface layer remains. Our findings demonstrate the significant role of thermoelastic effects for the irradiation of solids with intense femtosecond laser pulses.

  5. Double-sided ZnO nanorod arrays on single-crystal Ag holed microdisks with enhanced photocataltytic efficiency.

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    Zuo, Yuanhui; Qin, Yao; Jin, Chao; Li, Ying; Shi, Donglu; Wu, Qingsheng; Yang, Jinhu

    2013-05-21

    Novel hierarchical heterostructures of double-sided ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays grown on single-crystal Ag holed microdisks (HMDs) have been prepared through a two-step aqueous strategy including ZnO seed loading and the subsequent heteroepitaxial growth of ZnO NRs on Ag HMDs. By simply adjusting the synthetic parameters, ZnO NRs with variable NR diameters (20-200 nm), lengths (100-1.8 ?m) and unusual shapes (concave, tubular and sharp tips) on Ag HMDs have been realized, which endows the Ag/ZnO heterostructures with versatile morphologies. The novel Ag/ZnO heterostructures consisting of integrated 1D semiconductor/2D metal nanostructured blocks with high specific surface area (SSA) and opened spatial architectures may promise important applications related to photoelectric fields. As expected, in photocatalytic measurements, the typical Ag HMD/ZnO NR heterostructure exhibits superior catalytic activity over other catalysts of bare ZnO NRs, ZnO NR arrays or heterostructured Ag nanowires (NWs)/ZnO NRs. The synergistic effect of the unique Ag HMD/ZnO NR heterostructures contributing to the high catalytic performance has been discussed in detail. PMID:23575896

  6. Double-sided ZnO nanorod arrays on single-crystal Ag holed microdisks with enhanced photocataltytic efficiency

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    Zuo, Yuanhui; Qin, Yao; Jin, Chao; Li, Ying; Shi, Donglu; Wu, Qingsheng; Yang, Jinhu

    2013-05-01

    Novel hierarchical heterostructures of double-sided ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays grown on single-crystal Ag holed microdisks (HMDs) have been prepared through a two-step aqueous strategy including ZnO seed loading and the subsequent heteroepitaxial growth of ZnO NRs on Ag HMDs. By simply adjusting the synthetic parameters, ZnO NRs with variable NR diameters (20-200 nm), lengths (100-1.8 ?m) and unusual shapes (concave, tubular and sharp tips) on Ag HMDs have been realized, which endows the Ag/ZnO heterostructures with versatile morphologies. The novel Ag/ZnO heterostructures consisting of integrated 1D semiconductor/2D metal nanostructured blocks with high specific surface area (SSA) and opened spatial architectures may promise important applications related to photoelectric fields. As expected, in photocatalytic measurements, the typical Ag HMD/ZnO NR heterostructure exhibits superior catalytic activity over other catalysts of bare ZnO NRs, ZnO NR arrays or heterostructured Ag nanowires (NWs)/ZnO NRs. The synergistic effect of the unique Ag HMD/ZnO NR heterostructures contributing to the high catalytic performance has been discussed in detail.Novel hierarchical heterostructures of double-sided ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays grown on single-crystal Ag holed microdisks (HMDs) have been prepared through a two-step aqueous strategy including ZnO seed loading and the subsequent heteroepitaxial growth of ZnO NRs on Ag HMDs. By simply adjusting the synthetic parameters, ZnO NRs with variable NR diameters (20-200 nm), lengths (100-1.8 ?m) and unusual shapes (concave, tubular and sharp tips) on Ag HMDs have been realized, which endows the Ag/ZnO heterostructures with versatile morphologies. The novel Ag/ZnO heterostructures consisting of integrated 1D semiconductor/2D metal nanostructured blocks with high specific surface area (SSA) and opened spatial architectures may promise important applications related to photoelectric fields. As expected, in photocatalytic measurements, the typical Ag HMD/ZnO NR heterostructure exhibits superior catalytic activity over other catalysts of bare ZnO NRs, ZnO NR arrays or heterostructured Ag nanowires (NWs)/ZnO NRs. The synergistic effect of the unique Ag HMD/ZnO NR heterostructures contributing to the high catalytic performance has been discussed in detail. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Synthesis of ZnO seeds (S1), dispersed ZnO NRs (S2) and ordered ZnO NR arrays on ITO substrates (S3) and SEM images of ZnO NR arrays (Fig. S1). See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr34102j

  7. A comparison of the magnetic properties of radiation damaged or Co implanted ZnO single crystals

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    Werner, Z.; Gosk, J.; Twardowski, A.; Barlak, M.; Pochrybniak, C.

    2015-09-01

    To elucidate the interaction between defects and transition metal impurities in creating magnetic properties in wide band-gap semiconductors, single crystals of ZnO were irradiated with high-energy electrons, protons and Co ions. Magnetization of samples was measured before and after room temperature irradiation. The measurements reveal that only Co implantation creates measurable magnetization, which is related to the simultaneous introduction of defects. Consequences of the experimental results are discussed.

  8. Giant coercivity in ferromagnetic Co doped ZnO single crystal thin film

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    Loukya, B.; Negi, D. S.; Dileep, K.; Kumar, N.; Ghatak, Jay; Datta, R.

    2013-11-01

    The origin of ferromagnetism in ZnO doped with transition metal impurities has been discussed extensively and appeared to be a highly controversial and challenging topic in today's solid state physics. Magnetism observed in this system is generally weak and soft. We have grown Co:ZnO up to 30 at% Co in single crystal thin film form on c-plane sapphire. A composition dependent coercivity is observed in this system which reaches peak value at 25 at% Co, the values are 860 Oe and 1149 Oe with applied field along parallel and perpendicular to the film substrate interface respectively. This giant coercivity might pave the way to exploit this material as a magnetic semiconductor with novel logic functionalities. The findings are explained based on defect band itinerant ferromagnetism and its partial interaction with localized d electrons of Co through charge transfer. Besides large coercivity, an increase in the band gap with Co concentration has also been observed along with blue emission peak with long tail confirming the formation of extended point defect levels in the host lattice band gap.

  9. Initial Metallization and Transition Metal Diffusion in ZnO Single Crystals, CVD-Grown Films, and Nanostructures

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    Katalinic, Senia; Rangan, Sylvie; Gateau, Rodney; Wu, Pan; Lu, Yicheng; Bartynski, Robert

    2008-03-01

    Transition metal doped ZnO is a promising candidate room temperature dilute magnetic semiconductor for spintronic applications. In previous studies indicate Fe or Mn dopants exhibit significantly different diffusion properties in ZnO. To explore whether this is an inherent property of ZnO or if it is related to non-ideal aspects of the films or nanostructures, we have studied the initial stages of Mn, Fe, and Cu metallization of the single crystal ZnO(0001)[Zn-terminated] and (11-20) surfaces, as well as MOCVD-grown epitaxial a-plane films using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM and STS). While deposited Cu forms well defined islands, all three surfaces exhibit substantial disruption upon Fe deposition, including significant change in terrace widths and a markedly smaller fraction of atomic height steps. Upon annealing, Cu islands become mobile and coarsen, but the underlying ZnO structure is not strongly affected. Annealing with Fe on the surface, significant coarsening and roughening of the substrate occurs even at the modest annealing temperature of 200C, and this effect is enhanced upon annealing to 400 C. Initial results suggest that uptake of metals into the epi-film is predominantly determined by the properties of the (11-20) surface that terminates the film.

  10. Current-induced giant polarization rotation using a ZnO single crystal doped with nitrogen ions

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    Tate, Naoya; Kawazoe, Tadashi; Nomura, Wataru; Ohtsu, Motoichi

    2015-01-01

    Giant polarization rotation in a ZnO single crystal was experimentally demonstrated based on a novel phenomenon occurring at the nanometric scale. The ZnO crystal was doped with N+ and N2+ ions serving as p-type dopants. By applying an in-plane current using a unique arrangement of electrodes on the device, current-induced polarization rotation of the incident light was observed. From the results of experimental demonstrations and discussions, it was verified that this novel behavior originates from a specific distribution of dopants and the corresponding lightmatter interactions in a nanometric space, which are allowed by the existence of such a dopant distribution. PMID:26246456

  11. Doping and planar defects in the formation of single-crystal ZnO nanorings

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    Ding, Y.; Kong, X. Y.; Wang, Z. L.

    2004-12-01

    We have recently reported the growth of freestanding, single-crystal, seamless nanorings of zinc oxide via a spontaneous self-coiling process during the growth of polar-nanobelts [X.Y. Kong , Science 303, 1348 (2004)]. The nanoring is made by coaxial and uniradius loop-by-loop winding of a fine ZnO nanobelt. An important fact is that each and every nanoring is made of a nanobelt that contains basal-plane planar defects, which are suggested to be important for leading the fastest growth of the nanobelt as well as lowering its elastic deformation energy. In this paper, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy is applied to investigate the nature of the planar defects in the nanobelts and in nanorings. The planar defects were initiated and formed by single-layer segregation of the doping element, such as indium, which was introduced in the growth process. The accumulation of impurity ions forms two vicinal In?O octahedral layers parallel to the basal plane. They form head-to-head and tail-to-tail polar-inversion domain boundaries. For a nanobelt that self-coils into a nanoring, we found that the head-to-head and tail-to-tail polar-inversion domain boundaries are paired, thus, the polarity of the nanobelt is unchanged. Therefore, our data support the proposed model [X.Y. Kong , Science 303, 1348 (2004)] that the nanoring is initiated by circularly folding a nanobelt due to long-range electrostatic interaction between the surface polar charges on the two sides, and a loop-by-loop winding of the nanobelt forms a complete ring.

  12. Formation of a ZnO{sub 2} layer on the surface of single crystal ZnO substrates with oxygen atoms by hydrogen peroxide treatment

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    Kashiwaba, Y.; Abe, T.; Nakagawa, A.; Niikura, I.; Kashiwaba, Y.; Daibo, M.; Fujiwara, T.; Osada, H.

    2013-03-21

    Formation of a ZnO{sub 2} layer by H{sub 2}O{sub 2} treatment for single crystal ZnO (0001) substrates was studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks of ZnO{sub 2} with a pyrite structure were observed in XRD 2{theta}-{omega} scan patterns of the O-face of single crystal ZnO (0001) substrates with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} treatment, but these peaks were not observed in patterns of the Zn-face of ZnO (0001) substrates with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} treatment. XRD {omega} scan patterns of the ZnO (0002) plane of the O-face of single crystal ZnO (0001) substrates were broadened at the tail of the pattern by H{sub 2}O{sub 2} treatment, but such broadening was not observed in that plane of the Zn-face. Grain structure of ZnO{sub 2} layers was clearly observed in atomic force microscopy (AFM) images for the O-face of ZnO (0001) substrates with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} treatment. Spectra of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of the O-face of ZnO (0001) substrates with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} treatment showed a definite peak shift of the O 1s peak. It is thought that a pyrite structure of ZnO{sub 2} is easily formed around an O atom of the O-face of ZnO (0001) substrates. Results of XRD measurements, the AFM image, and XPS measurement of the H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-treated single crystal ZnO (1010) substrate that has oxygen atoms on the surface appeared to be the same as those of the O-face of ZnO (0001) substrates.

  13. Evaluation of Melt-Grown, ZnO Single Crystals for Use as Alpha-Particle Detectors

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    Neal, John S; Giles, N. C.; Yang, Xiaocheng; Wall, R. Andrew; Ucer, Burak; Williams, Richard T.; Wisniewski, Dariusz J; Boatner, Lynn A; Rengarajan, Varatharajan; Nause, Jeff E; Nemeth, Bell

    2008-01-01

    As part of an ongoing investigation of the scintillation properties of zinc-oxide-based scintillators, several melt-grown, ZnO single crystals have been characterized using -particle excitation, infrared reflectance, and room temperature photoluminescence. The crystals, grown by Cermet, Inc. using a pressurized melt growth process, were doped with Group 1 elements (Li), Group 2 elements (Mg), Group 3 elements (Ga, In) and Lanthanides (Gd, Er, Tm). The goals of these studies are to better understand the scintillation mechanisms associated with various members of the ZnO scintillator family and to then use this knowledge to improve the radiation detection capabilities of ZnO-based scintillators. One application for which ZnO is particularly well suited as a scintillator is as the associated particle detector in a deuterium-tritium (D-T) neutron generator. Application requirements include the exclusion of organic materials, outstanding timing resolution, and high radiation resistance. ZnO(Ga) and ZnO(In) have demonstrated fast (sub-nanosecond) decay times with relatively low light yields, and ZnO(Ga) has been used in a powder form as the associated particle detector for a D-T neutron generator. Four promising candidate materials, ZnO, ZnO:Ga, ZnO:In,Li, and ZnO:Er,Li, were identified in this study. These four samples demonstrated sub-nanosecond decay times and alpha particle excited luminescence comparable to BC-400 fast plastic scintillator. The ZnO:Mg,Ga, ZnO:Gd, and ZnO:Li samples demonstrated appreciable slow (microsecond) decay components that would be incompatible with high-counting-rate applications.

  14. 55Mn pulsed ENDOR spectroscopy of Mn2+ ions in ZnO thin films and single crystal

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    Bttcher, Rolf; Pppl, Andreas; Lorenz, Michael; Friedlnder, Stefan; Spemann, Daniel; Grundmann, Marius

    2014-08-01

    55Mn pulsed electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) experiments were performed at X-band on high spin S = 5/2 Mn2+ ions incorporated at zinc lattice sites in heteroepitaxial ZnO thin films. The films have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition and the manganese ions were doped during the growth process. We examine how the c/a lattice axes ratio of the ZnO films influences the 55Mn hyperfine (hf) and nuclear quadrupole (nq) coupling parameters of the Mn2+ probe ions. The results are compared with those obtained for Mn2+ ions present as impurities in ZnO single crystals and revealed that the 55Mn nq coupling monitors sensitively the structural distortions in the bonding environment of the Mn2+ ions. The experiments provided the full axially symmetric 55Mn hf and nq interaction tensors. The latter is found to be very sensitive to small axial distortions of the MnO4 tetrahedrons. In particular, the 55Mn pulsed ENDOR spectra of the ZnO:Mn thin films are strongly subjected to strain effects in the nq coupling parameter indicating a variation of the local structural parameters for the heteroepitaxial films. In the analysis of the 55Mn pulsed ENDOR spectra the axial and cubic zero field splitting of the Mn2+ ions was taken into account and intensity effects in the ENDOR spectra due to the zero field splitting effects were discussed.

  15. (55)Mn pulsed ENDOR spectroscopy of Mn(2+) ions in ZnO thin films and single crystal.

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    Bttcher, Rolf; Pppl, Andreas; Lorenz, Michael; Friedlnder, Stefan; Spemann, Daniel; Grundmann, Marius

    2014-08-01

    (55)Mn pulsed electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) experiments were performed at X-band on high spin S=5/2 Mn(2+) ions incorporated at zinc lattice sites in heteroepitaxial ZnO thin films. The films have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition and the manganese ions were doped during the growth process. We examine how the c/a lattice axes ratio of the ZnO films influences the (55)Mn hyperfine (hf) and nuclear quadrupole (nq) coupling parameters of the Mn(2+) probe ions. The results are compared with those obtained for Mn(2+) ions present as impurities in ZnO single crystals and revealed that the (55)Mn nq coupling monitors sensitively the structural distortions in the bonding environment of the Mn(2+) ions. The experiments provided the full axially symmetric (55)Mn hf and nq interaction tensors. The latter is found to be very sensitive to small axial distortions of the MnO4 tetrahedrons. In particular, the (55)Mn pulsed ENDOR spectra of the ZnO:Mn thin films are strongly subjected to strain effects in the nq coupling parameter indicating a variation of the local structural parameters for the heteroepitaxial films. In the analysis of the (55)Mn pulsed ENDOR spectra the axial and cubic zero field splitting of the Mn(2+) ions was taken into account and intensity effects in the ENDOR spectra due to the zero field splitting effects were discussed. PMID:24993844

  16. The high temperature photoluminescence and optical absorption of undoped ZnO single crystals and thin films

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    Margueron, Samuel; Clarke, David R.

    2014-11-21

    The photoluminescence of undoped ZnO single crystals up to 1350?C and the optical absorption of stress-relaxed, epitaxial ZnO thin films up to 1100?C are reported. The photoluminescence intensity and power dependence with illumination flux are related to the crystal growth methods and stabilize after high temperature annealing. The observation of excitonic recombination at very high temperatures requires high illumination flux. It is found that the zero phonon line model reproduces the shift and the band gap narrowing as well as the free excitonic transition up to the cross-over with a defect level at 2.83?eV that occurs at 800?C. A phenomenological model of the excitonic recombination band shape, taking account exciton-phonon losses and defect levels provides an excellent fit up to 2.22.4?eV (1100?C). At these cross-over temperatures, an energy transfer is observed between the free exciton transition and defect transitions. However, at temperature above 1100?C, the decrease of the band gap and the increase of thermal radiation, as well as the restrictions of our experimental set-up and particularly the illumination flux of the exciting laser, limit the analysis of the photoluminescence spectra measurements.

  17. Origins of low resistivity and Ge donor level in Ge ion-implanted ZnO bulk single crystals

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    Kamioka, K.; Oga, T.; Izawa, Y.; Kuriyama, K.; Kushida, K.

    2013-12-04

    The energy level of Ge in Ge-ion implanted ZnO single crystals is studied by Hall-effect and photoluminescence (PL) methods. The variations in resistivity from ?10{sup 3} ?cm for un-implanted samples to ?10{sup ?2} ?cm for as-implanted ones are observed. The resistivity is further decreased to ?10{sup ?3} ?cm by annealing. The origins of the low resistivity are attributed to both the zinc interstitial (Zn{sub i}) related defects and the electrical activated Ge donor. An activation energy of Ge donors estimated from the temperature dependence of carrier concentration is 102 meV. In PL studies, the new peak at 372 nm (3.33 eV) related to the Ge donor is observed in 1000 C annealed samples.

  18. Formation of isolated Zn vacancies in ZnO single crystals by absorption of ultraviolet radiation: a combined study using positron annihilation, photoluminescence, and mass spectroscopy.

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    Khan, Enamul H; Weber, Marc H; McCluskey, Matthew D

    2013-07-01

    Positron annihilation spectra reveal isolated zinc vacancy (V(Zn)) creation in single-crystal ZnO exposed to 193-nm radiation at 100 mJ/cm(2) fluence. The appearance of a photoluminescence excitation peak at 3.18 eV in irradiated ZnO is attributed to an electronic transition from the V(Zn) acceptor level at ~100 meV to the conduction band. The observed V(Zn) density profile and hyperthermal Zn(+) ion emission support zinc vacancy-interstitial Frenkel pair creation by exciting a wide 6.34 eV Zn-O antibonding state at 193-nm photon-a novel photoelectronic process for controlled V(Zn) creation in ZnO. PMID:23863026

  19. ZnO dense nanowire array on a film structure in a single crystal domain texture for optical and photoelectrochemical applications

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    Zhong, Miao; Sato, Yukio; Kurniawan, Mario; Apostoluk, Aleksandra; Masenelli, Bruno; Maeda, Etsuo; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Delaunay, Jean-Jacques

    2012-12-01

    A single crystal domain texture quality (a unique in-plane and out-of-plane crystalline orientation over a large area) ZnO nanostructure of a dense nanowire array on a thick film has been homogeneously synthesized on a-plane sapphire substrates over large areas through a one-step chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. The growth mechanism is clarified: a single crystal [0\\bar {2}1] oriented ZnAl2O4 buffer layer was formed at the ZnO film and the a-plane sapphire substrate interface via a diffusion reaction process during the CVD process, providing improved epitaxial conditions that enable the synthesis of the high crystalline quality ZnO nanowire array on a film structure. The high optoelectronic quality of the ZnO nanowire array on a film sample is evidenced by the free exitonic emissions in the low-temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy. A carrier density of 1017 cm-3 with an n-type conductivity of the ZnO nanowire array on a film sample is obtained by electrochemical impedance analysis. Finally, the ZnO nanowire array on a film sample is demonstrated to be an ideal template for a further synthesis of a single crystal quality ZnO-ZnGa2O4 core-shell nanowire array on a film structure. The fabricated ZnO-ZnGa2O4 sample revealed an enhanced anticorrosive ability and photoelectrochemical performance when used as a photoanode in a photoelectrochemical water splitting application.

  20. Characteristics of intermediate state related to anti-Stokes luminescence of ZnO single crystals

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    Fujii, Katsushi; Goto, Takenari; Yao, Takafumi

    2014-06-21

    Anti-Stokes luminescence from ZnO is supposed to be a two-step two-photon absorption process with an intermediate state. The intermediate state is assumed to be a localized state with two different excited and relaxed states. One of the localized states is believed to be the well-known 2.4?eV green luminescence; the other is difficult to observe experimentally. We found an interesting 2.25 eV deep luminescence from ZnO, which has been shown to relate to anti-Stokes luminescence. The 2.25 eV yellow luminescence was observable only below the band gap excitation and through a time-resolved observation after the excitation light was turned off. The intermediate states were found to be a photo-excited donor-acceptor pair and its lattice relaxation state. The characteristics and the role of the intermediate state of ZnO related to the anti-Stokes luminescence are discussed.

  1. Toward an understanding of intermediate- and short-range defects in ZnO single crystals. A combined experimental and theoretical study.

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    Lima, R C; Macario, L R; Espinosa, J W M; Longo, V M; Erlo, R; Marana, N L; Sambrano, J R; dos Santos, M L; Moura, A P; Pizani, P S; Andrs, J; Longo, E; Varela, J A

    2008-09-25

    A joint use of experimental and theoretical techniques allows us to understand the key role of intermediate- and short-range defects in the structural and electronic properties of ZnO single crystals obtained by means of both conventional hydrothermal and microwave-hydrothermal synthesis methods. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, photoluminescence, scanning electronic and transmission electron microscopies were used to characterize the thermal properties, crystalline and optical features of the obtained nano and microwires ZnO structures. In addition, these properties were further investigated by means of two periodic models, crystalline and disordered ZnO wurtzite structure, and first principles calculations based on density functional theory at the B3LYP level. The theoretical results indicate that the key factor controlling the electronic behavior can be associated with a symmetry breaking process, creating localized electronic levels above the valence band. PMID:18652436

  2. Nature of red luminescence band in research-grade ZnO single crystals: A self-activated configurational transition

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    Chen, Y. N.; Xu, S. J. Zheng, C. C.; Ning, J. Q.; Ling, F. C. C.; Anwand, W.; Brauer, G.; Skorupa, W.

    2014-07-28

    By implanting Zn{sup +} ions into research-grade intentionally undoped ZnO single crystal for facilitating Zn interstitials (Zn{sub i}) and O vacancies (V{sub O}) which is revealed by precise X-Ray diffraction rocking curves, we observe an apparent broad red luminescence band with a nearly perfect Gaussian lineshape. This red luminescence band has the zero phonon line at ?2.4 eV and shows distinctive lattice temperature dependence which is well interpreted with the configurational coordinate model. It also shows a low kick out thermal energy and small thermal quenching energy. A self-activated optical transition between a shallow donor and the defect center of Zn{sub i}-V{sub O} complex or V{sub Zn}V{sub O} di-vacancies is proposed to be responsible for the red luminescence band. Accompanied with the optical transition, large lattice relaxation simultaneously occurs around the center, as indicated by the generation of multiphonons.

  3. Deep level transient spectroscopy studies of n-type ZnO single crystals grown by different techniques.

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    Scheffler, L; Kolkovsky, Vl; Lavrov, E V; Weber, J

    2011-08-24

    In the present study single-crystalline ZnO samples grown from the vapor phase, the melt, and a high-temperature aqueous solution (hydrothermal growth) are investigated before and after hydrogen plasma treatments, by means of deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) and high-resolution Laplace DLTS. Dominant DLTS peaks are found to appear in the range of 120-350 K for all materials. The DLTS spectra depend on the procedure of growth of the ZnO. The thermal stabilities of the defects in an oxygen atmosphere and in an oxygen-lean atmosphere are analyzed. The origin of the DLTS peaks is discussed. PMID:21813951

  4. Radiation-induced formation of ZnO nanoparticles on the ZnSe single-crystal surface

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    Él'Murotova, D. B.; Ibragimova, É. M.; Kalanov, M. U.; Tursunov, N. A.

    2009-03-01

    The possible formation of ZnO nanocrystals was studied as a result of radiolysis of a ZnSe crystal surface exposed to zinc vapor and irradiated with gamma rays and in producing ZnSe-ZnO heterostructures. Under 60Co gamma radiation in air, nanocrystals ˜27 nm in size are formed from nanoscopic ZnO nuclei. Under a mixed flux of gamma rays and thermal-neutron radiation, a twin structure is formed in the host ZnSe lattice and ZnO is removed. The oxide layer is also destroyed under proton irradiation in vacuum. It is found that the growth of ZnO nanocrystallites causes a manyfold increase in the luminescence intensity in the ˜600-nm band and in microhardness and also a decrease in the resistance and blocking and threshold voltages irrespective of polarity. Thus, gamma irradiation brings about the formation of light-emitting ZnSe-ZnO: Zn semiconductor structures with a p-n junction.

  5. Sodium doping in ZnO crystals

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    Parmar, N. S. Lynn, K. G.

    2015-01-12

    ZnO bulk single crystals were doped with sodium by thermal diffusion. Positron annihilations spectroscopy confirms the filling of zinc vacancies, to >6 μm deep in the bulk. Secondary-ion mass spectrometry measurement shows the diffusion of sodium up to 8 μm with concentration (1–3.5) × 10{sup 17 }cm{sup −3}. Broad photoluminescence excitation peak at 3.1 eV, with onset appearance at 3.15 eV in Na:ZnO, is attributed to an electronic transition from a Na{sub Zn} level at ∼(220–270) meV to the conduction band. Resistivity in Na doped ZnO crystals increases up to (4–5) orders of magnitude at room temperature.

  6. Evaluation of Carbon Interstitial in C-ion Implanted ZnO Bulk Single Crystals by a Nuclear Reaction Analysis Study: An Origin of Low Resistivity

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    Izawa, Y.; Matsumoto, K.; Oga, T.; Kuriyama, K.; Kushida, K.; Kinomura, A.

    2011-12-23

    Nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) of carbon-implanted ZnO bulk single crystals (carbon concentration: 1.5x10{sup 20} cm{sup -3}), in conjunction with the channeling technique, using the {sup 12}C(d,p){sup 13}C and {sup 16}O(d,p){sup 17}O reactions shows the presence of the interstitial carbon (C{sub i}) and the occupancy of substitute sites of oxygen atoms. These results suggest that the variation in resistivity from the order of 10{sup 4} {Omega}cm(for un-implanted samples) to that of 10 {Omega}cm (for as-implanted ones) is attributed to the C{sub i} and/or its complex defects, which would act as a shallow donor in ZnO.

  7. Evaluation of Carbon Interstitial in C-ion Implanted ZnO Bulk Single Crystals by a Nuclear Reaction Analysis Study: An Origin of Low Resistivity

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    Izawa, Y.; Matsumoto, K.; Oga, T.; Kuriyama, K.; Kushida, K.; Kinomura, A.

    2011-12-01

    Nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) of carbon-implanted ZnO bulk single crystals (carbon concentration: 1.51020cm-3), in conjunction with the channeling technique, using the 12C(d,p)13C and 16O(d,p)17O reactions shows the presence of the interstitial carbon (Ci) and the occupancy of substitute sites of oxygen atoms. These results suggest that the variation in resistivity from the order of 104?cm (for un-implanted samples) to that of 10 ?cm (for as-implanted ones) is attributed to the Ci and/or its complex defects, which would act as a shallow donor in ZnO.

  8. Electron-hole recombination on ZnO(0001) single-crystal surface studied by time-resolved soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Yukawa, R.; Yamamoto, S.; Ogawa, M.; Yamamoto, Sh.; Fujikawa, K.; Hobara, R.; Matsuda, I.; Ozawa, K.; Emori, M.; Sakama, H.; Kitagawa, S.; Daimon, H.

    2014-10-13

    Time-resolved soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) experiments were performed with time scales from picoseconds to nanoseconds to trace relaxation of surface photovoltage on the ZnO(0001) single crystal surface in real time. The band diagram of the surface has been obtained numerically using PES data, showing a depletion layer which extends to 1??m. Temporal evolution of the photovoltage effect is well explained by a recombination process of a thermionic model, giving the photoexcited carrier lifetime of about 1 ps at the surface under the flat band condition. This lifetime agrees with a temporal range reported by the previous time-resolved optical experiments.

  9. Hydrogen interstitial in H-ion implanted ZnO bulk single crystals: Evaluation by elastic recoil detection analysis and electron paramagnetic resonance

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    Kaida, T.; Kamioka, K.; Nishimura, T.; Kuriyama, K.; Kushida, K.; Kinomura, A.

    2015-12-01

    The origins of low resistivity in H ion-implanted ZnO bulk single crystals are evaluated by elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and Van der Pauw methods. The H-ion implantation (peak concentration: 5.0 × 1015 cm-2) into ZnO is performed using a 500 keV implanter. The maximum of the concentration of the implanted H estimated by a TRIM simulation is at 3600 nm in depth. The resistivity decreases from ∼103 Ω cm for un implanted ZnO to 6.5 Ω cm for as-implanted, 2.3 × 10-1 Ω cm for 200 °C annealed, and 3.2 × 10-1 Ω cm for 400 °C annealed samples. The ERDA measurements can evaluate the concentration of hydrogens which move to the vicinity of the surface (surface to 300 nm or 100 nm) because of the diffusion by the annealing at 200 °C and 400 °C. The hydrogen concentration near the surface estimated using the 2.0 MeV helium beam is ∼3.8 × 1013 cm-2 for annealed samples. From EPR measurements, the oxygen vacancy of +charge state (Vo+) is observed in as-implanted samples. The Vo+ related signal (g = 1.96) observed under no illumination disappears after successive illumination with a red LED and appears again with a blue light illumination. The activation energy of as-implanted, 200 °C annealed, and 400 °C annealed samples estimated from the temperature dependence of carrier concentration lies between 29 meV and 23 meV, suggesting the existence of H interstitial as a shallow donor level.

  10. Characterization of the lattice defects in Ge-ion implanted ZnO bulk single crystals by Rutherford Backscattering: Origins of low resistivity

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    Kamioka, K.; Oga, T.; Izawa, Y.; Kuriyama, K.; Kushida, K.

    2013-07-01

    A Ge ion implantation using a multiple-step energy into ZnO bulk single crystals is performed (net concentration: 2.6 1020 cm-3). The origins of low resistivity of the Ge implanted ZnO samples are studied by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), photoluminescence (PL). The resistivity measured by Van der Pauw method decreases from 103 ?cm for the un-implanted samples to 1.45 10-2 ?cm for the as-implanted samples, originating from the lattice displacement of Zn (Zni) (30 meV [Look et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 2552 (1999)]), the existence of which is revealed by the RBS measurements. In contrast, the 1000 C annealed samples show the higher resistivity of 6.26 10-1 ?cm, indicating that the Zni related defects decrease but still remain despite the annealing. A new PL emission appears at around 372 nm (3.33 eV) in the annealed samples, suggesting a Ge donor with an activation energy of 100 meV. This value corresponds to the activation energy (102 meV) of a Ge donor estimated from the temperature dependence of carrier concentration. These results suggest that the resistivity in the 1000 C annealed samples results from both the Zni related defects and the electrically activated Ge donor.

  11. State-of-the-art of ZnO bulk crystal growth

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    Fukuda, T.; Mikawa, Y.; Ehrentraut, D.

    2007-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) crystals can be grown by vapor phase transport, hydrothermal solution growth, and high pressure melt growth. Three inch size single crystal has been demonstrated by the hydrothermal growth technique. We will emphasis on the hydrothermal technology of large size ZnO crystal. Material characteristics are discussed and compared to ZnO fabricated from vapor phase and melt growth. A route to obtain high-quality, single-crystalline ZnO films with mechanically untouched surfaces is employed to screen the doping of ZnO under the conditions of growth near the thermodynamic equilibrium. Future trends in ZnO crystal growth technology will be discussed.

  12. Lasing characteristics of optically-pumped single ZnO micro/nanocrystal

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    Okazaki, Kota; Shimogaki, Tetsuya; Fusazaki, Koshi; Higashihata, Mitsuhiro; Nakamura, Daisuke; Koshizaki, Naoto; Okada, Tatsuo

    2013-03-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) has a wide band-gap energy of 3.37 eV and a large exciton binding energy of 60 meV which is considerably larger than the thermal energy at room temperature (26 meV), and therefore, efficient exciton emission in ultraviolet (UV) region can be expected. Especially, ZnO micro/nanocrystals are quite attractive as building blocks for efficient UV opto-electronic devices. We have been investigating micro-cavity UV lasing from variously-shaped ZnO micro/nanocrystals, and micro-cavity lasing from ZnO nanowire and nanosheet have been confirmed, so far. Recently, we could fabricate ZnO micro/nanosphere crystals by a simple laser ablation method of ZnO sintered target in the air. In this study, we report UV micro-cavity lasing from an optically-pumped single ZnO micro/nanosphere crystal, for the first time. The spherical-micro-cavity lasing characteristics were investigated and discussed by comparisons with theoretical considerations in terms of quality factor and mode spacing of its lasing spectra with modal structures. From those considerations, it was found that the lasing mechanisms within a ZnO sphere crystal was attributed to whispering-gallery- mode (WGM) cavity lasing, and a ZnO sphere crystal had a good light confinement property due to the internal total reflections. Since the fabrication method is very simple and productive without any time-consuming crystal-growth process, ZnO micro/nanosphere crystals can be promising building blocks for UV opto-electronic devices such as a UV laser diode. In addition, since a ZnO micro/nanosphere can operate as an active WGM refractometric sensor for small molecules in UV region, high sensitivity enhanced by high quality factor, refractive index, and wavelength dispersion can be expected.

  13. Growth of ZnO crystal by self-flux method using Zn solvent

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    Hong, Sang-Hwui; Sato, Takashi; Mikami, Makoto; Uchikoshi, Masahito; Mimura, Kouji; Masa, Yoshihiko; Isshiki, Minoru

    2009-06-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) single crystal was grown, for the first time, by the self-flux method using a high-purity zinc solvent saturated with oxygen. ZnO crystals were successfully grown in the solvent by moving a growing crystal slowly, at about 17 mm/day along a temperature gradient (1.5 °C/mm) in a furnace, from 1050 to 500 °C. Hexagonal single crystals 1-3 mm in length and 0.5-1 mm in thickness were obtained. Energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and photoluminescence confirmed that the purity and crystallinity of the ZnO crystals grown in this work were high.

  14. The optical nonlinearities of ZnO nanoparticles and ZnO crystal

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    Chang, Qing; Zhang, Dongshuai; Gao, Meiling; Zhen, Shengbin

    2015-10-01

    Based on Z-scan technique, the nonlinear absorption characteristics and nonlinear refraction characteristics of ZnO nanoparticles and ZnO crystal have been studied under the nanosecond (ns) laser pulses and the picosecond (ps) laser pulses respectively. The experimental results show that the nonlinear absorption characteristics of the ZnO nanoparticles and ZnO crystal are reverse saturable absorption mainly due to two-photon absorption under the ns laser pulses. ZnO nanoparticles don't have nonlinear absorption, and the nonlinear absorption of the ZnO crystal is reverse saturable absorption under the ps laser pulses. The nonlinear refraction characteristics of ZnO nanoparticles are self-focusing under the ns and ps laser pulses respectively, and the nonlinear refractive indexs are 2.1410-11 esu, 4.7910-13 esu respectively because of bound electron. The nonlinear refraction characteristics of ZnO crystal are self-defocusing under the ns and ps laser pulses respectively, and the nonlinear refractive indexs are -2.210-8 esu, -2.9110-11 esu respectively because of free carrier. The experimental results show that ZnO materials can influence the optical nonlinear characteristics, and laser pulse width has little influence on the optical nonlinear characteristics.

  15. Crystal growth of ZnO bulk by CVT method using PVA

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    Udono, H.; Sumi, Y.; Yamada, S.; Kikuma, I.

    2008-04-01

    Seeded crystal growth of Zinc oxide (ZnO) by the closed ampoule chemical vapor transport (CVT) is carried out using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as a transport agent. Under the conditions of TS=1100 C, ? T=10 K and the amount of PVA=0.13-0.91 mg/cm 3, single-crystalline ZnO was grown continuously on the ZnO seed-crystal, of which the surface was (0 0 0 1) Zn-face. The grown crystals had well-marked growth facets belonged to {1 0 10} and {1 0 1 1} faces. The color of the crystals was changed from pale yellow to dark orange-red depending on the amount of PVA. Typical electron density and the Hall mobility of the crystals were 110 17 cm -3 and 210 2 cm 2/V s at 300 K, respectively.

  16. Angular dependence of recombination luminescence-detected EPR in a ZnO crystal

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    Fedotovs, A.; Berzins, Dz; Rogulis, U.; Smits, K.; Doke, G.; Medvids, A.; Onufrijevs, P.

    2015-09-01

    Angular dependency of electron paramagnetic resonance, optically detected by UV-excited recombination luminescence (RL-EPR), was measured for nominally pure ZnO single crystals. Observed magnetic resonances belong to the broad yellow RL band with slow decay centred at 610 nm, which is characteristic of untreated ZnO crystals. In the sample, irradiated with the 266 nm UV laser, an additional RL band centred at 740 nm appears, which has considerably faster decay time than the yellow one. This RL band is characteristic of the luminescence of Fe3+ ions in the ZnO crystals. It could be observed only after the UV laser treatment. No RL-EPR signal was detected for this RL band. Our spectral simulations show that the observed angular dependences of the RL-EPR spectra can be described considering a simultaneous contribution from two types of deep acceptor centres, i.e. LiZn and a zinc vacancy, VZn.

  17. Single ZnO nanocactus gas sensor formed by etching of ZnO nanorod

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    Ryong Ryu, Sung; Ram, S. D. Gopal; Cho, Hak-Dong; Lee, Dong Jin; Won Kang, Tae; Woo, Yongdeuk

    2015-06-01

    Etching of materials on the nanoscale is a challenging but necessary process in nanomaterials science. Gas sensing using a single ZnO nanocactus (NC), which was prepared by facile isotropic nanoetching of zinc oxide nanorods (NR) grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using an organic photoresist (PR) by a thermochemical reaction, is reported in this work. PR consists of carboxylic acid groups (COOH) and cyclopentanone (C5H8O), which can react with zinc and oxygen atoms, respectively, on the surface of a ZnO NR. The thermochemical reaction is controllable by varying the concentration of PR and reaction time. A gas sensor was fabricated using a single NC. Gas sensing was tested using different gases such as CH4, NH3 and carbon monoxide (CO). It was estimated that the surface area of a ZnO NC in the case of 50% PR was found to increase four-fold. When compared with a single ZnO NR gas sensor, the sensitivity of a ZnO NC was found to increase four-fold. This increase in sensitivity is attributed to the increase in surface area of the ZnO NC. The formed single ZnO NC gas sensor has good stability, response and recovery time.Etching of materials on the nanoscale is a challenging but necessary process in nanomaterials science. Gas sensing using a single ZnO nanocactus (NC), which was prepared by facile isotropic nanoetching of zinc oxide nanorods (NR) grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using an organic photoresist (PR) by a thermochemical reaction, is reported in this work. PR consists of carboxylic acid groups (COOH) and cyclopentanone (C5H8O), which can react with zinc and oxygen atoms, respectively, on the surface of a ZnO NR. The thermochemical reaction is controllable by varying the concentration of PR and reaction time. A gas sensor was fabricated using a single NC. Gas sensing was tested using different gases such as CH4, NH3 and carbon monoxide (CO). It was estimated that the surface area of a ZnO NC in the case of 50% PR was found to increase four-fold. When compared with a single ZnO NR gas sensor, the sensitivity of a ZnO NC was found to increase four-fold. This increase in sensitivity is attributed to the increase in surface area of the ZnO NC. The formed single ZnO NC gas sensor has good stability, response and recovery time. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02387d

  18. Single Crystal Membranes

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    Stormont, R. W.; Morrison, A.

    1974-01-01

    Single crystal a- and c-axis tubes and ribbons of sodium beta-alumina and sodium magnesium beta-alumina were grown from sodium oxide rich melts. Additional experiments grew ribbon crystals containing sodium magnesium beta, beta double prime, beta triple prime, and beta quadruple prime. A high pressure crystal growth chamber, sodium oxide rich melts, and iridium for all surfaces in contact with the melt were combined with the edge-defined, film-fed growth technique to grow the single crystal beta-alumina tubes and ribbons. The crystals were characterized using metallographic and X-ray diffraction techniques, and wet chemical analysis was used to determine the sodium, magnesium, and aluminum content of the grown crystals.

  19. Understanding single-crystal superalloys

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    Dreshfield, Robert L.

    1986-01-01

    The unique properties of single crystals are considered. The anisotropic properties of single crystals, and the relation between crystal orientation and the fatigue life and slip systems of the crystals are examined. The effect of raft formation on the creep-rupture life of the crystals is studied. Proposed research on the properties of and new applications for single crystals is discussed.

  20. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange over single crystalline ZnO: orientation dependence of photoactivity and photostability of ZnO.

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    Kislov, Nikolai; Lahiri, Jayeeta; Verma, Himanshu; Goswami, D Yogi; Stefanakos, Elias; Batzill, Matthias

    2009-03-01

    The photocatalytic destruction of methyl orange in aqueous solution has been studied over single crystal ZnO surfaces under UV irradiation. Differences in the apparent reaction rates between the polar surfaces (first order) and the nonpolar ZnO(10-10) surface (zero order) were observed. Reaction rates for different crystallographic orientations showed the highest activity for ZnO(10-10) followed by ZnO(0001)-Zn and the lowest activity for ZnO(000-1)-O surfaces. In addition, the etching of surfaces by photolysis has been studied. For this process, strongly face-dependent behavior was also observed. Possible reasons for the face dependencies are discussed. PMID:19437731

  1. Single ZnO nanocactus gas sensor formed by etching of ZnO nanorod.

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    Ryu, Sung Ryong; Ram, S D Gopal; Cho, Hak-Dong; Lee, Dong Jin; Kang, Tae Won; Woo, Yongdeuk

    2015-07-01

    Etching of materials on the nanoscale is a challenging but necessary process in nanomaterials science. Gas sensing using a single ZnO nanocactus (NC), which was prepared by facile isotropic nanoetching of zinc oxide nanorods (NR) grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using an organic photoresist (PR) by a thermochemical reaction, is reported in this work. PR consists of carboxylic acid groups (COOH) and cyclopentanone (C5H8O), which can react with zinc and oxygen atoms, respectively, on the surface of a ZnO NR. The thermochemical reaction is controllable by varying the concentration of PR and reaction time. A gas sensor was fabricated using a single NC. Gas sensing was tested using different gases such as CH4, NH3 and carbon monoxide (CO). It was estimated that the surface area of a ZnO NC in the case of 50% PR was found to increase four-fold. When compared with a single ZnO NR gas sensor, the sensitivity of a ZnO NC was found to increase four-fold. This increase in sensitivity is attributed to the increase in surface area of the ZnO NC. The formed single ZnO NC gas sensor has good stability, response and recovery time. PMID:26058431

  2. SINGLE CRYSTAL NEUTRON DIFFRACTION.

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    KOETZLE,T.F.

    2001-03-13

    Single-crystal neutron diffraction measures the elastic Bragg reflection intensities from crystals of a material, the structure of which is the subject of investigation. A single crystal is placed in a beam of neutrons produced at a nuclear reactor or at a proton accelerator-based spallation source. Single-crystal diffraction measurements are commonly made at thermal neutron beam energies, which correspond to neutron wavelengths in the neighborhood of 1 Angstrom. For high-resolution studies requiring shorter wavelengths (ca. 0.3-0.8 Angstroms), a pulsed spallation source or a high-temperature moderator (a ''hot source'') at a reactor may be used. When complex structures with large unit-cell repeats are under investigation, as is the case in structural biology, a cryogenic-temperature moderator (a ''cold source'') may be employed to obtain longer neutron wavelengths (ca. 4-10 Angstroms). A single-crystal neutron diffraction analysis will determine the crystal structure of the material, typically including its unit cell and space group, the positions of the atomic nuclei and their mean-square displacements, and relevant site occupancies. Because the neutron possesses a magnetic moment, the magnetic structure of the material can be determined as well, from the magnetic contribution to the Bragg intensities. This latter aspect falls beyond the scope of the present unit; for information on magnetic scattering of neutrons see Unit 14.3. Instruments for single-crystal diffraction (single-crystal diffractometers or SCDs) are generally available at the major neutron scattering center facilities. Beam time on many of these instruments is available through a proposal mechanism. A listing of neutron SCD instruments and their corresponding facility contacts is included in an appendix accompanying this unit.

  3. Synthesis of variable-aspect-ratio, single-crystalline ZnO nanostructures.

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    Cheng, Bin; Shi, Wensheng; Russell-Tanner, Joette M; Zhang, Lei; Samulski, Edward T

    2006-02-01

    Variable-aspect-ratio (length/diameter), one-dimensional (1-D) ZnO nanostructures (nanorods and nanowires) were prepared in alcohol/water solution by reacting a Zn2+ precursor with an organic weak base, tetramethylammonium hydroxide (Me4NOH). The effect of the experimental parameters (temperature, base concentration, reaction time, and water content) on nucleation, growth, and the final morphology of the ZnO nanostructures was investigated. The low-temperature syntheses (75-150 degrees C) yielded aspect ratios of the 1-D ZnO nanostructures that depended on the water content. The individual ZnO nanorods and nanowires were determined to be perfect, single crystals with their c axes as the primary growth direction. PMID:16441132

  4. Single-crystal gallium nitride nanotubes.

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    Goldberger, Joshua; He, Rongrui; Zhang, Yanfeng; Lee, Sangkwon; Yan, Haoquan; Choi, Heon-Jin; Yang, Peidong

    2003-04-10

    Since the discovery of carbon nanotubes in 1991 (ref. 1), there have been significant research efforts to synthesize nanometre-scale tubular forms of various solids. The formation of tubular nanostructure generally requires a layered or anisotropic crystal structure. There are reports of nanotubes made from silica, alumina, silicon and metals that do not have a layered crystal structure; they are synthesized by using carbon nanotubes and porous membranes as templates, or by thin-film rolling. These nanotubes, however, are either amorphous, polycrystalline or exist only in ultrahigh vacuum. The growth of single-crystal semiconductor hollow nanotubes would be advantageous in potential nanoscale electronics, optoelectronics and biochemical-sensing applications. Here we report an 'epitaxial casting' approach for the synthesis of single-crystal GaN nanotubes with inner diameters of 30-200 nm and wall thicknesses of 5-50 nm. Hexagonal ZnO nanowires were used as templates for the epitaxial overgrowth of thin GaN layers in a chemical vapour deposition system. The ZnO nanowire templates were subsequently removed by thermal reduction and evaporation, resulting in ordered arrays of GaN nanotubes on the substrates. This templating process should be applicable to many other semiconductor systems. PMID:12686996

  5. Crystal phase engineered quantum wells in ZnO nanowires.

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    Khranovskyy, V; Glushenkov, Alexey M; Chen, Y; Khalid, A; Zhang, H; Hultman, L; Monemar, B; Yakimova, R

    2013-05-31

    We report the fabrication of quantum wells in ZnO nanowires (NWs) by a crystal phase engineering approach. Basal plane stacking faults (BSFs) in the wurtzite structure can be considered as a minimal segment of zinc blende. Due to the existing band offsets at the wurtzite (WZ)/zinc blende (ZB) material interface, incorporation of a high density of BSFs into ZnO NWs results in type II band alignment. Thus, the BSF structure acts as a quantum well for electrons and a potential barrier for holes in the valence band. We have studied the photoluminescence properties of ZnO NWs containing high concentrations of BSFs in comparison to high-quality ZnO NWs of pure wurtzite structure. It is revealed that BSFs form quantum wells in WZ ZnO nanowires, providing an additional luminescence peak at 3.329eV at 4K. The luminescence mechanism is explained as an indirect exciton transition due to the recombination of electrons in the QW conduction band with holes localized near the BSF. The binding energy of electrons is found to be around 100meV, while the excitons are localized with the binding energy of holes of ?5meV, due to the coupling of BSFs, which form QW-like structures. PMID:23619281

  6. Polarized Raman scattering of single ZnO nanorod

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    Yu, J. L. Lai, Y. F. Wang, Y. Z.; Cheng, S. Y.

    2014-01-21

    Polarized Raman scattering measurement on single wurtzite c-plane (001) ZnO nanorod grown by hydrothermal method has been performed at room temperature. The polarization dependence of the intensity of the Raman scattering for the phonon modes A{sub 1}(TO), E{sub 1}(TO), and E{sub 2}{sup high} in the ZnO nanorod are obtained. The deviations of polarization-dependent Raman spectroscopy from the prediction of Raman selection rules are observed, which can be attributed to the structure defects in the ZnO nanorod as confirmed by the comparison of the transmission electron microscopy, photoluminescence spectra as well as the polarization dependent Raman signal of the annealed and unannealed ZnO nanorod. The Raman tensor elements of A{sub 1}(TO) and E{sub 1}(TO) phonon modes normalized to that of the E{sub 2}{sup high} phonon mode are |a/d|=0.320.01,?|b/d|=0.490.02, and |c/d|=0.230.01 for the unannealed ZnO nanorod, and |a/d|=0.330.01,?|b/d|=0.450.01, and |c/d|=0.200.01 for the annealed ZnO nanorod, which shows strong anisotropy compared to that of bulk ZnO epilayer.

  7. Potassium acceptor doping of ZnO crystals

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    Parmar, Narendra S.; Corolewski, Caleb D.; McCluskey, Matthew D.; Lynn, K. G.

    2015-05-01

    ZnO bulk single crystals were doped with potassium by diffusion at 950C. Positron annihilation spectroscopy confirms the filling of zinc vacancies and a different trapping center for positrons. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements show the diffusion of potassium up to 10 ?m with concentration 1 1016 cm-3. IR measurements show a local vibrational mode (LVM) at 3226 cm-1, at a temperature of 9 K, in a potassium doped sample that was subsequently hydrogenated. The LVM is attributed to an O-H bond-stretching mode adjacent to a potassium acceptor. When deuterium substitutes for hydrogen, a peak is observed at 2378 cm-1. The O-H peak is much broader than the O-D peak, perhaps due to an unusually low vibrational lifetime. The isotopic frequency ratio is similar to values found in other hydrogen complexes. Potassium doping increases the resistivity up to 3 orders of magnitude at room temperature. The doped sample has a donor level at 0.30 eV.

  8. Single photon emission from ZnO nanoparticles

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    Choi, Sumin; Ton-That, Cuong; Phillips, Matthew R.; Aharonovich, Igor; Johnson, Brett C.; Castelletto, Stefania

    2014-06-30

    Room temperature single photon emitters are very important resources for photonics and emerging quantum technologies. In this work, we study single photon emission from defect centers in 20 nm zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles. The emitters exhibit bright broadband fluorescence in the red spectral range centered at 640 nm with polarized excitation and emission. The studied emitters showed continuous blinking; however, bleaching can be suppressed using a polymethyl methacrylate coating. Furthermore, hydrogen termination increased the density of single photon emitters. Our results will contribute to the identification of quantum systems in ZnO.

  9. ZnO nanorod-smectic liquid crystal composites: Role of ZnO particle size, shape, and concentration on liquid crystal order and current-voltage properties

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    Branch, J.; Thompson, R.; Taylor, J. W.; Salamanca-Riba, L.; Martnez-Miranda, L. J.

    2014-04-01

    This paper investigates how changing the ZnO nanorod size and concentration in a smectic liquid crystal affect the order of the liquid crystal and the current-voltage (I-V) curves in these ZnO nanorods - octylcyanobiphenyl (8CB) liquid crystal nanocomposites. 7 5 5 and 18 7 7 nm3 nanorods show an improvement in the alignment of the liquid crystal with increasing weight percentage of ZnO nanoparticles, up to a concentration of approximately 35% wt., similar to our previous results on ZnO nanoparticles with 8CB. The resulting I-V curves are comparable to those obtained in other organic materials used for photovoltaic applications. The I-V response of these nanorod-liquid crystal nanocomposite represents an order of magnitude improvement over what was obtained with spherical nanoparticles.

  10. Single-crystalline ZnO spherical particles by pulsed laser irradiation of colloidal nanoparticles for ultraviolet photodetection.

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    Wang, H; Pyatenko, A; Koshizaki, N; Moehwald, H; Shchukin, D

    2014-02-26

    We report the formation and ultraviolet (UV) photodetection of single-crystalline spherical ZnO particles by pulsed laser irradiation of commercial ZnO nanoparticles in water. The phase and microstructure analysis before and after laser irradiation reveals a crystal size increase and shape transformation from irregular to spherical. Time-dependent laser irradiation confirmed that fusion is the reason for nanoparticle growth up to single-crystalline spherical particles. After rapid cooling, they maintain size and shape and possess unique optical and electrical properties. Because of the single-crystalline feature and smooth surfaces, high and selective sensing of ultraviolet light is observed. PMID:24533659

  11. Formation of single crystalline ZnO nanotubes without catalysts and templates

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    Ivanov, Ilia N; Geohegan, David B

    2007-01-01

    Oxide and nitride nanotubes have gained attention for their large surface areas, wide energy band gaps, and hydrophilic natures for various innovative applications. These nanotubes were either grown by templates or multistep processes with uncontrollable crystallinity. Here the authors show that single crystal ZnO nanotubes can be directly grown on planar substrates without using catalysts and templates. These results are guided by the theory of nucleation and the vapor-solid crystal growth mechanism, which is applicable for transforming other nanowires or nanorods into nanotubular structures.

  12. Paramagnetism and antiferromagnetic interactions in single-phase Fe-implanted ZnO.

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    Pereira, L M C; Wahl, U; Correia, J G; Van Bael, M J; Temst, K; Vantomme, A; Arajo, J P

    2013-10-16

    As the intrinsic origin of the high-temperature ferromagnetism often observed in wide-gap dilute magnetic semiconductors becomes increasingly debated, there is a growing need for comprehensive studies on the single-phase region of the phase diagram of these materials. Here we report on the magnetic and structural properties of Fe-doped ZnO prepared by ion implantation of ZnO single crystals. A detailed structural characterization shows that the Fe impurities substitute for Zn in ZnO in a wurtzite Zn(1-x)Fe(x)O phase which is coherent with the ZnO host. In addition, the density of beam-induced defects is progressively decreased by thermal annealing up to 900 C, from highly disordered after implantation to highly crystalline upon subsequent annealing. Based on a detailed analysis of the magnetometry data, we demonstrate that isolated Fe impurities occupying Zn-substitutional sites behave as localized paramagnetic moments down to 2 K, irrespective of the Fe concentration and the density of beam-induced defects. With increasing local concentration of Zn-substitutional Fe, strong nearest-cation-neighbor antiferromagnetic interactions favor the antiparallel alignment of the Fe moments. PMID:24025311

  13. Tunable Surface Wettability of ZnO Nanoparticle Arrays for Controlling the Alignment of Liquid Crystals.

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    Chung, Yueh-Feng; Chen, Mu-Zhe; Yang, Sheng-Hsiung; Jeng, Shie-Chang

    2015-05-13

    The control of the liquid crystal (LC) alignment is very important for both academic research and practical applications. LC molecules aligned on the ZnO nanoparticle arrays (ZnO NPAs) are demonstrated and the pretilt angles of LCs can be controlled by using ZnO NPAs with different surface wettability. The wettability of ZnO NPAs fabricated by the solution-based hydrothermal method can be controlled by changing the annealing temperature of the as-prepared ZnO NPAs. The measurements of the energy-dispersive spectra and photoluminescence have shown that the chemical properties of ZnO NPAs have been changed with the annealing temperature. Our results show that the pretilt angle of LCs can be tuned continuously from ?0 to ?90 as the contact angle of water on ZnO NPAs changes from 33 to 108. PMID:25895105

  14. Deep-level emission in ZnO nanowires and bulk crystals: Excitation-intensity dependence versus crystalline quality

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    Hou, Dongchao; Voss, Tobias; Ronning, Carsten; Menzel, Andreas; Zacharias, Margit

    2014-06-21

    The excitation-intensity dependence of the excitonic near-band-edge emission (NBE) and deep-level related emission (DLE) bands in ZnO nanowires and bulk crystals is studied, which show distinctly different power laws. The behavior can be well explained with a rate-equation model taking into account deep donor and acceptor levels with certain capture cross sections for electrons from the conduction band and different radiative lifetimes. In addition, a further crucial ingredient of this model is the background n-type doping concentration inherent in almost all ZnO single crystals. The interplay of the deep defects and the background free-electron concentration in the conduction band at room temperature reproduces the experimental results well over a wide range of excitation intensities (almost five orders of magnitude). The results demonstrate that for many ZnO bulk samples and nanostructures, the relative intensity R?=?I{sub NBE}/I{sub DLE} can be adjusted over a wide range by varying the excitation intensity, thus, showing that R should not be taken as an indicator for the crystalline quality of ZnO samples unless absolute photoluminescence intensities under calibrated excitation conditions are compared. On the other hand, the results establish an all-optical technique to determine the relative doping levels in different ZnO samples by measuring the excitation-intensity dependence of the UV and visible luminescence bands.

  15. Optical field enhanced nonlinear absorption and optical limiting properties of 1-D dielectric photonic crystal with ZnO defect

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    Valligatla, Sreeramulu; Chiasera, Alessandro; Varas, Stefano; Das, Pratyusha; Shivakiran Bhaktha, B. N.; ?ukowiak, Anna; Scotognella, Francesco; Narayana Rao, D.; Ramponi, Roberta; Righini, Giancarlo C.; Ferrari, Maurizio

    2015-12-01

    We report on optical field enhanced nonlinear absorption and on the optical limiting properties of a 1-D photonic crystal with ZnO defect, fabricated by rf sputtering technique. The structural properties of the photonic crystal are studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. Light transmission spectroscopy measurement shows a broad photonic band gap with a defect mode. Open aperture Z-scan measurement with 532 nm pulsed laser illustrates a four times enhancement in the nonlinear absorption coefficient, due to local field enhanced two-photon absorption in the photonic crystal structure with respect to the single layer of ZnO reference. The enhancement of the nonlinear absorption in the photonic crystal, due to the strong confinement of the optical field around ZnO defect layer, leads to an optical power limiting behavior in the photonic crystal. The limiting threshold of the photonic crystal is found to be 0.74 J/cm2 @ 532 nm with 6 ns pulse width, 10 Hz repetition rate.

  16. Multimode Resistive Switching in Single ZnO Nanoisland System

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    Qi, Jing; Olmedo, Mario; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Liu, Jianlin

    2013-01-01

    Resistive memory has attracted a great deal of attention as an alternative to contemporary flash memory. Here we demonstrate an interesting phenomenon that multimode resistive switching, i.e. threshold-like, self-rectifying and ordinary bipolar switching, can be observed in one self-assembled single-crystalline ZnO nanoisland with base diameter and height ranging around 30 and 40?nm on Si at different levels of current compliance. Current-voltage characteristics, conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM), and piezoresponse force microscopy results show that the threshold-like and self-rectifying types of switching are controlled by the movement of oxygen vacancies in ZnO nanoisland between the C-AFM tip and Si substrate while ordinary bipolar switching is controlled by formation and rupture of conducting nano-filaments. Threshold-like switching leads to a very small switching power density of 1 103?W/cm2. PMID:23934276

  17. Thermal Degradation of Single Crystal Zinc Oxide and the Growth of Nanostructures

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    Saw, K. G.; Tan, G. L.; Hassan, Z.; Yam, F. K.; Ng, S. S.

    2010-07-07

    Heat treatment of (0001) single crystal zinc oxide (ZnO) seems to degrade the surface morphology at high temperature. The degradation, however, does not suppress the growth of ZnO nanostructures on selective regions of the single crystal ZnO that have been sputtered with metallic zinc (Zn) and annealed at 800 degree sign C. On the uncoated regions, no growth occurs but the presence of pits suggests material loss from the surface. The formation of ZnO nanostructures on the selective regions could be aided by the preferential loss of oxygen as well as zinc suboxides from the uncoated regions. Indirect evidence of the role of oxygen and zinc suboxides can be inferred from the formation of nickel zinc oxide Ni{sub 0.9}Zn{sub 0.1}O and nickel oxide NiO{sub 2} when Zn is replaced by Ni and annealed under similar conditions.

  18. Surface acoustic wave devices on bulk ZnO crystals at low temperature

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    Magnusson, E. B.; Williams, B. H.; Manenti, R.; Nam, M.-S.; Nersisyan, A.; Peterer, M. J.; Ardavan, A.; Leek, P. J.

    2015-02-01

    Surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices based on thin films of ZnO are a well established technology. However, SAW devices on bulk ZnO crystals are not practical at room temperature due to the significant damping caused by finite electrical conductivity of the crystal. Here, by operating at low temperatures, we demonstrate effective SAW devices on the (0001) surface of bulk ZnO crystals, including a delay line operating at SAW wavelengths of ? = 4 and 6 ?m and a one-port resonator at a wavelength of ? = 1.6 ?m. We find that the SAW velocity is temperature dependent, reaching v ? 2.68 km/s at 10 mK. Our resonator reaches a maximum quality factor of Qi ? 1.5 105, demonstrating that bulk ZnO is highly viable for low temperature SAW applications. The performance of the devices is strongly correlated with the bulk conductivity, which quenches SAW transmission above 200 K.

  19. Development of single crystal membranes

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    Stormont, R. W.; Cocks, F. H.

    1972-01-01

    The design and construction of a high pressure crystal growth chamber was accomplished which would allow the growth of crystals under inert gas pressures of 2 MN/sq m (300 psi). A novel crystal growth technique called EFG was used to grow tubes and rods of the hollandite compounds, BaMgTi7O16, K2MgTi7O16, and tubes of sodium beta-alumina, sodium magnesium-alumina, and potassium beta-alumina. Rods and tubes grown are characterized using metallographic and X-ray diffraction techniques. The hollandite compounds are found to be two or three-phase, composed of coarse grained orientated crystallites. Single crystal c-axis tubes of sodium beta-alumina were grown from melts containing excess sodium oxide. Additional experiments demonstrated that crystals of magnesia doped beta-alumina and potassium beta-alumina also can be achieved by this EFG technique.

  20. Formation of quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures with a single large cavity

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    Cho, Seungho; Kim, Semi; Jung, Dae-Won; Lee, Kun-Hong

    2011-09-01

    We report a method for synthesizing quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures containing a single large cavity. The microwave-assisted route consists of a short (about 2 min) temperature ramping stage (from room temperature to 120 °C) and a stage in which the temperature is maintained at 120 °C for 2 h. The structures produced by this route were 200-480 nm in diameter. The morphological yields of this method were very high. The temperature- and time-dependent evolution of the synthesized powders and the effects of an additive, vitamin C, were studied. Spherical amorphous/polycrystalline structures (70-170 nm in diameter), which appeared transitorily, may play a key role in the formation of the single crystalline porous hollow ZnO nanostructures. Studies and characterization of the nanostructures suggested a possible mechanism for formation of the quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures with an interior space.We report a method for synthesizing quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures containing a single large cavity. The microwave-assisted route consists of a short (about 2 min) temperature ramping stage (from room temperature to 120 °C) and a stage in which the temperature is maintained at 120 °C for 2 h. The structures produced by this route were 200-480 nm in diameter. The morphological yields of this method were very high. The temperature- and time-dependent evolution of the synthesized powders and the effects of an additive, vitamin C, were studied. Spherical amorphous/polycrystalline structures (70-170 nm in diameter), which appeared transitorily, may play a key role in the formation of the single crystalline porous hollow ZnO nanostructures. Studies and characterization of the nanostructures suggested a possible mechanism for formation of the quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures with an interior space. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: TEM images and the corresponding SAED image of a ZnO nanostructure synthesized from the reaction without l(+)-ascorbic acid at the 85 °C time point (Fig. S1). See DOI: 10.1039/c1nr10609k

  1. A simple method for systematically controlling ZnO crystal size and growth orientation

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    Zhang Rong; Kerr, Lei L.

    2007-03-15

    We present a simple, easy and reproducible method to systematically control the dimension and shape evolution of zinc oxide (ZnO) as thin film on glass substrate by chemical bath deposition (CBD). The only varying factor to control crystal transformation is the molar ratio of Cd{sup 2+}/Zn{sup 2+}, R{sub m}, in the initial chemical solution. With the increase of R{sub m}, ZnO crystals transformed from long-and-slim hexagonal rods to fat-and-short hexagonal pyramids, and then to twinning hexagonal dots as observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Film crystallinity was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Chemical component analysis by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) showed that most cadmium was present in the residual solution instead of the developed film and the precipitate at the bottom of beaker. The mechanism of the cadmium effect, with different initial concentrations, on ZnO crystal transformation was tentatively addressed. We believe that cadmium influences the chelate ligands adsorption onto (0001-bar) plane of ZnO crystals, alters the crystal growth orientation, and thus directs the transformation of the size and shape of ZnO crystals.

  2. Growth of Single- and Bilayer ZnO on Au(111) and Interaction with Copper

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    Deng, Xingyi; Yao, Kun; Sun, Keju; Li, Wei-Xue; Lee, Junseok; Matranga, Christopher

    2013-05-02

    The stoichiometric single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) have been prepared by reactive deposition of Zn on Au(111) and studied in detail with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and density functional theory calculations. Both single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) adopt a planar, graphite-like structure similar to freestanding ZnO(0001) due to the weak van der Waals interactions dominating their adhesion with the Au(111) substrate. At higher temperature, the single-layer ZnO(0001) converts gradually to bi-layer ZnO(0001) due to the twice stronger interaction between two ZnO layers than the interfacial adhesion of ZnO with Au substrate. It is found that Cu atoms on the surface of bi-layer ZnO(0001) are mobile with a diffusion barrier of 0.31 eV, and likely to agglomerate and form nanosized particles at low coverages; while Cu atoms tend to penetrate a single layer of ZnO(0001) with a barrier of 0.10 eV, resulting in a Cu free surface.

  3. [Microanalysis study of Co-doped ZnO DMS crystal by SEM and XREDS].

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    Qiu, Man-De; Yao, Zi-Hua; Wei, Zhi-Ren; Zhai, Yong-Qing; Tian, Shuai; Zhang, Shuang

    2009-01-01

    In the present paper,with CoCl2 x 6H2O used as precursor, Co-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) crystals were synthesized by hydrothermal method with KOH as mineralizer. The morphology, and the relative content and distribution uniformity of the surface and inner Co element of synthesized crystals were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry (XREDS), respectively. It was found that Co-doped ZnO crystals with different morphology were yielded, while the bigger crystals showed polar growth charactertistics, and the Co content in the crystal depended on its morphology. The exposed face also changed with crystal morphology. There was more Co in bigger crystals than in smaller ones. Moreover, more Co located in +c (10 11)compared to +c (10 10) exposed face, especially for cone crystals. In addition, it was observed that there was a little amount of cobalt oxide cluster in inner crystal,and the distribution of Co content was relative uniform in both the surface and inner part of the crystal. Cobalt oxide cluster may have effect on the magnetic properties of Co-doped ZnO diulted magnetic semiconductor since Co2+ possesses magnetic property. PMID:19385257

  4. Microstructural, electrical and magnetic properties of erbium doped zinc oxide single crystals

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    Murmu, P. P.; Kennedy, J.; Ruck, B. J.; Rubanov, S.

    2015-11-01

    We report the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of erbium (Er) implanted zinc oxide (ZnO) single crystals. Rutherford backscattering and channeling results showed that the majority of Er atoms resided in Zn substitutional lattice sites. Annealing led to a fraction of Er atoms moving into random interstitial sites. Transmission electron microscopy micrographs revealed that doped Er atoms were located in the near-surface region, consistent with the results obtained from DYNAMIC-TRIM calculations. A non-linear Hall-voltage was observed near 100 K, which is associated with inhomogeneous transport in the material. The Er implanted and annealed ZnO exhibited persistent magnetic ordering to room temperature. Ferromagnetism was likely from the presence of intrinsic defects in ZnO, which mediates the magnetic ordering in Er implanted and annealed ZnO. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  5. Microstructural, electrical and magnetic properties of erbium doped zinc oxide single crystals

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    Murmu, P. P.; Kennedy, J.; Ruck, B. J.; Rubanov, S.

    2015-10-01

    We report the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of erbium (Er) implanted zinc oxide (ZnO) single crystals. Rutherford backscattering and channeling results showed that the majority of Er atoms resided in Zn substitutional lattice sites. Annealing led to a fraction of Er atoms moving into random interstitial sites. Transmission electron microscopy micrographs revealed that doped Er atoms were located in the near-surface region, consistent with the results obtained from DYNAMIC-TRIM calculations. A non-linear Hall-voltage was observed near 100 K, which is associated with inhomogeneous transport in the material. The Er implanted and annealed ZnO exhibited persistent magnetic ordering to room temperature. Ferromagnetism was likely from the presence of intrinsic defects in ZnO, which mediates the magnetic ordering in Er implanted and annealed ZnO.

  6. Direct Observation of Excitonic Lasing from Single ZnO Nanobelts at Room Temperature

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    Bando, Kazuki; Sawabe, Taiki; Asaka, Koji; Masumoto, Yasuaki

    2005-06-01

    Excitonic lasing from single ZnO nanobelts was observed at room temperature, which was due to the exciton-exciton scattering processes appearing under intense light excitation. Morphologies of the nanobelts are rectangular shapes, so that crystalline facets of the nanobelts acted as the lasing cavity mirrors. We demonstrated that mode spacings correspond to cavity lengths of the respective nanobelts, and directly observed the lasing from single ZnO nanobelts by mapping of the luminescence intensity.

  7. Photocatalytic studies of crystal violet dye using mn doped and PVP capped ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Mittal, Manish; Sharma, Manoj; Pandey, O P

    2014-04-01

    Mn (0.5%, 1%, 1.5% and 2%) doped and undoped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) capped with PVP (1.0%) were successfully synthesized via co-precipitation approach using zinc acetate, sodium hydroxide and manganese acetate as precursors. Structural analysis was performed by XRD confirming phase purity and crystalline wurtzite structure. TEM results show average particle size 15-20 nm and 22-25 nm for Mn (1%) and Mn (2%) doped ZnO NPs respectively. Manganese (Mn) doping has led to reduction in band gap which facilitate the absorption of radiation in visible region. The Photocatalytic activity of undoped and Mn (0.5%,1%,1.5% and 2%) doped NPs was analyzed via degradation of crystal violet (CV) dye. The crystal violet decomposition rate of undoped and Mn doped NPs were studied under UV-visible region. It is observed from degradation studies that the doping has a pronounced effect on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO NPs. Kinetic studies shows that photo degradation of CV follow a pseudo first-order kinetic law. Experiments for reusability of Mn (1%) doped with PVP (1%) capped ZnO were also performed to determine the stability of as prepared sample. It shows an increase in catalytic activity of NPs by small amount when exposed to UV irradiation for 3 h. Photoluminescence and UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy studies were also performed for studying the effect of UV irradiation on the surface of ZnO NPs. PMID:24734685

  8. Electrical transport properties of single ZnO nanorods

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    Heo, Y.W.; Tien, L.C.; Norton, D.P.; Kang, B.S.; Ren, F.; Gila, B.P.; Pearton, S.J.

    2004-09-13

    Single ZnO nanorods with diameters of {approx}130 nm were grown on Au-coated Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates by catalyst-driven molecular beam epitaxy. Individual nanorods were removed from the substrate and placed between Ohmic contact pads and the current-voltage characteristics measured as a function of temperature and gas ambient. In the temperature range from 25 to 150 deg. C, the resistivity of nanorods treated in H{sub 2} at 400 deg. C prior to measurement showed an activation energy of 0.089{+-}0.02 eV and was insensitive to the ambient used (C{sub 2}H{sub 4},N{sub 2}O,O{sub 2} or 10% H{sub 2} in N{sub 2}). By sharp contrast, the conductivity of nanorods not treated in H{sub 2} was sensitive to trace concentrations of gases in the measurement ambient even at room temperature, demonstrating their potential as gas sensors.

  9. Optical injection probing of single ZnO tetrapod lasers

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    Szarko, Jodi M.; Song, Jae Kyu; Blackledge, Charles Wesley; Swart, Ingmar; Leone, Stephen R.; Li, Shihong; Zhao, Yiping

    2004-11-23

    The properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanotetrapod lasers are characterized by a novel ultrafast two-color pump/stimulated emission probe technique. Single legs of tetrapod species are isolated by a microscope objective, pumped by 267 nm pulses, and subjected to a time-delayed 400 nm optical injection pulse, which permits investigation of the ultrafast carrier dynamics in the nanosize materials. With the optical injection pulse included, a large increase in the stimulated emission at 400 nm occurs, which partially depletes the carriers at this wavelength and competes with the normal 390 nm lasing. At the 390 nm lasing wavelengths, the optical injection causes a decrease in the stimulated emission due to the energetic redistribution of the excited carrier depletion, which occurs considerably within the time scale of the subpicosecond duration of the injection pulse. The effects of the optical injection on the spectral gain are employed to probe the lasing dynamics, which shows that the full width at half maximum of the lasing time is 3 ps.

  10. Optical injection probing of single ZnO tetrapod lasers

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    Szarko, Jodi M.; Song, Jae Kyu; Blackledge, Charles Wesley; Swart, Ingmar; Leone, Stephen R.; Li, Shihong; Zhao, Yiping

    2005-03-01

    The properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanotetrapod lasers are characterized by a novel ultrafast two-color pump/stimulated emission probe technique. Single legs of tetrapod species are isolated by a microscope objective, pumped by 267 nm pulses, and subjected to a time-delayed 400 nm optical injection pulse, which permits investigation of the ultrafast carrier dynamics in the nanosize materials. With the optical injection pulse included, a large increase in the stimulated emission at 400 nm occurs, which partially depletes the carriers at this wavelength and competes with the normal 390 nm lasing. At the 390 nm lasing wavelengths, the optical injection causes a decrease in the stimulated emission due to the energetic redistribution of the excited carrier depletion, which occurs considerably within the time scale of the subpicosecond duration of the injection pulse. The effects of the optical injection on the spectral gain are employed to probe the lasing dynamics, which shows that the full-width at half-maximum of the lasing time is 3 ps.

  11. Octadecanethiol Island Formation on Single Crystal Zinc Oxide Surfaces

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    Yocom, Andrea

    2009-10-01

    Organic photovoltaic devices, comprised of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod electron acceptor arrays intercalated with organic polymers, could lead to low-cost renewable energy generation. Surface modifications of ZnO with octadecanethiol (ODT) monolayers can help to improve charge transfer in such devices. In the present work, single crystals of ZnO provided well-defined oxygen-terminated and zinc-terminated surfaces on which to learn fundamentally about the attachment and growth of ODT. Both bare zinc oxide and ODT-functionalized surfaces were characterized with atomic force microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, x-ray photoemission spectroscopy, and contact angle analysis. ODT seemed to form islands of multilayers on zinc-terminated surfaces, while it formed islands of monolayers on oxygen-terminated surfaces. While ODT was expected to preferentially bond along defects and terraces on oxygen-terminated surfaces, this was not observed. ODT was also expected to more effectively bond to the zinc-terminated surface, which was observed. Finally, surface preparation treatments designed to leave atomically-flat oxygen terminated surfaces were developed. This work was made possible by the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research and the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the Colorado School of Mines.

  12. Single and couple doping ZnO nanocrystals characterized by positron techniques

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    Pasang, Tenzin; Namratha, Keerthiraj; Guagliardo, Paul; Byrappa, Kullaiah; Ranganathaiah, Chikkakuntappa; Samarin, S.; Williams, J. F.

    2015-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals have been synthesized using a mild hydrothermal process using low temperatures and pressures with the advantages of free growth catalyst, low cost and alternative technology. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) spectroscopic methods have been used to investigate the roles of single- and co-dopants and native defects of the ZnO nanocrystals controlled by the synthesis process. It is shown that single Ag1+ and Pd2+ dopants occupy interstitial sites of the ZnO lattice and single Ru3+ doping replaces Zn vacancies substitutionally with a significant effect on the CDB momentum ratio curves when compared using ZnO as the reference spectrum. The co-doping of the ZnO lattice with (Sn4+ + Co2+) shows similar CDB ratios as Ru3+ single-doping. Also co-doping with (Ag1+ + Pd2+) or (Ag1+ + W6+) shows significant decreases in the band gap energy up to about 12.6% compared to single doping. The momentum ratio curves, referenced to undoped ZnO, indicate dopants in interstitial and substitutional sites. The presence of transition metal ions interstitially will trap electrons which resist the recombination of electrons and in turn affect the conductivity of the material.

  13. A general single-pot heating method for morphology, size and luminescence-controllable synthesis of colloidal ZnO nanocrystals.

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    Liu, Xin; Swihart, Mark T

    2013-09-01

    Here we demonstrate a single-pot heating approach for controllable synthesis of colloidal zinc oxide nanocrystals from zinc acetylacetonate. Such single-pot heating approaches are inherently amenable to large scale production. We have systematically studied the crystallization process, investigating the growth of nanocrystals and the influence of ligands on the morphology and luminescence of ZnO nanoparticles. We show that the morphology can be tuned to produce dendritic structures, nano-needles, nano-pinecones, nanoclusters, hexagonal pyramid nanoparticles and irregularly-shaped nanoparticles by varying the surfactants and co-surfactants used in synthesis. Moreover, we investigated the effect of ligands on the defect-related photoluminescence of ZnO NPs and demonstrated blue, green, white, yellow, and orange emission. This study opens up new possibilities for the practical use of ZnO nanomaterials for optoelectronic devices and bio-imaging. PMID:23873224

  14. Materialization of single multicomposite nanowire: entrapment of ZnO nanoparticles in polyaniline nanowire

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    2011-01-01

    We present materialization of single multicomposite nanowire (SMNW)-entrapped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) via an electrochemical growth method, which is a newly developed fabrication method to grow a single nanowire between a pair of pre-patterned electrodes. Entrapment of ZnO NPs was controlled via different conditions of SMNW fabrication such as an applied potential and mixture ratio of NPs and aniline solution. The controlled concentration of ZnO NP results in changes in the physical properties of the SMNWs, as shown in transmission electron microscopy images. Furthermore, the electrical conductivity and elasticity of SMNWs show improvement over those of pure polyaniline nanowire. The new nano-multicomposite material showed synergistic effects on mechanical and electrical properties, with logarithmical change and saturation increasing ZnO NP concentration. PMID:21711928

  15. Materialization of single multicomposite nanowire: entrapment of ZnO nanoparticles in polyaniline nanowire.

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    Lee, Innam; Park, Seong Yong; Kim, Moon J; Yun, Minhee

    2011-01-01

    We present materialization of single multicomposite nanowire (SMNW)-entrapped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) via an electrochemical growth method, which is a newly developed fabrication method to grow a single nanowire between a pair of pre-patterned electrodes. Entrapment of ZnO NPs was controlled via different conditions of SMNW fabrication such as an applied potential and mixture ratio of NPs and aniline solution. The controlled concentration of ZnO NP results in changes in the physical properties of the SMNWs, as shown in transmission electron microscopy images. Furthermore, the electrical conductivity and elasticity of SMNWs show improvement over those of pure polyaniline nanowire. The new nano-multicomposite material showed synergistic effects on mechanical and electrical properties, with logarithmical change and saturation increasing ZnO NP concentration. PMID:21711928

  16. Materialization of single multicomposite nanowire: entrapment of ZnO nanoparticles in polyaniline nanowire

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    Lee, Innam; Park, Seong Yong; Kim, Moon J.; Yun, Minhee

    2011-05-01

    We present materialization of single multicomposite nanowire (SMNW)-entrapped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) via an electrochemical growth method, which is a newly developed fabrication method to grow a single nanowire between a pair of pre-patterned electrodes. Entrapment of ZnO NPs was controlled via different conditions of SMNW fabrication such as an applied potential and mixture ratio of NPs and aniline solution. The controlled concentration of ZnO NP results in changes in the physical properties of the SMNWs, as shown in transmission electron microscopy images. Furthermore, the electrical conductivity and elasticity of SMNWs show improvement over those of pure polyaniline nanowire. The new nano-multicomposite material showed synergistic effects on mechanical and electrical properties, with logarithmical change and saturation increasing ZnO NP concentration.

  17. A general single-pot heating method for morphology, size and luminescence-controllable synthesis of colloidal ZnO nanocrystals

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    Liu, Xin; Swihart, Mark T.

    2013-08-01

    Here we demonstrate a single-pot heating approach for controllable synthesis of colloidal zinc oxide nanocrystals from zinc acetylacetonate. Such single-pot heating approaches are inherently amenable to large scale production. We have systematically studied the crystallization process, investigating the growth of nanocrystals and the influence of ligands on the morphology and luminescence of ZnO nanoparticles. We show that the morphology can be tuned to produce dendritic structures, nano-needles, nano-pinecones, nanoclusters, hexagonal pyramid nanoparticles and irregularly-shaped nanoparticles by varying the surfactants and co-surfactants used in synthesis. Moreover, we investigated the effect of ligands on the defect-related photoluminescence of ZnO NPs and demonstrated blue, green, white, yellow, and orange emission. This study opens up new possibilities for the practical use of ZnO nanomaterials for optoelectronic devices and bio-imaging.Here we demonstrate a single-pot heating approach for controllable synthesis of colloidal zinc oxide nanocrystals from zinc acetylacetonate. Such single-pot heating approaches are inherently amenable to large scale production. We have systematically studied the crystallization process, investigating the growth of nanocrystals and the influence of ligands on the morphology and luminescence of ZnO nanoparticles. We show that the morphology can be tuned to produce dendritic structures, nano-needles, nano-pinecones, nanoclusters, hexagonal pyramid nanoparticles and irregularly-shaped nanoparticles by varying the surfactants and co-surfactants used in synthesis. Moreover, we investigated the effect of ligands on the defect-related photoluminescence of ZnO NPs and demonstrated blue, green, white, yellow, and orange emission. This study opens up new possibilities for the practical use of ZnO nanomaterials for optoelectronic devices and bio-imaging. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr02571c

  18. Homoepitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C-H; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; McCarty, P.; George, M. A.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    ZnO films have high potential for many applications, such as surface acoustic wave filters, UV detectors, and light emitting devices due to its structural, electrical, and optical properties. High quality epitaxial films are required for these applications. The Al2O3 substrate is commonly used for ZnO heteroepitaxial growth. Recently, high quality ZnO single crystals are available for grow homoepitaxial films. Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (O-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. As a comparison, films were also deposited on (0001) Al2O3 substrates. It was found that the two polar ZnO surfaces have different photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, surface structure and morphology, which strongly influence the epitaxial film growth. The morphology and structure of homoepitaxial films grown on the ZnO substrates were different from heteroepitaxial films grown on the Al2O3. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite surface. The measurements of PL, low-angle incident x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy of ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth.

  19. Imaging and characterization of piezoelectric potential in a single bent ZnO microwire

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    Wang, Chiang-Lun; Chen, Jhih-Wei; Chen, Yi-Chun; Wu, Chung-Lin; Tsai, Shu-Ju; Lin, Kai-Hsiang; Hsu, Hsu-Cheng

    2014-09-22

    We achieved direct visualization of the piezoelectric potentials in a single bent ZnO microwire (MW) using focused synchrotron radiation (soft x-ray) scanning photoelectron spectro-microscopy. Using radial-line scan across the bent section of ZnO MW, the characteristic core-level shifts were directly related to the spatial distribution of piezoelectric potentials perpendicular to the ZnO polar direction. Using piezoelectric modeling in ZnO, we delineated the band structure distortion and carrier concentration change from tensile to compressed sides by combining the spatial resolved cathodoluminescence characteristics in an individual microwire. This spectro-microscopic technique allows imaging and identification of the electric-mechanical couplings in piezoelectric micro-/nano-wire systems.

  20. Single-crystalline twinned ZnO nanoleaf structure via a facile hydrothermal process.

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    Qiu, Jijun; Lil, Xiaomin; Gao, Xiangdong; Gan, Xiaoyan; He, Weizhen; Kim, Hyung-Kook; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae

    2011-03-01

    A single-crystalline twinned ZnO nanostructure with a 2-dimensional leaf-like morphology (nanoleaves) was synthesized using a facile hydrothermal strategy. The ZnO nanoleaves had 2-fold symmetric branches, which were identified by the existence of an inversion domain boundary (IDB) along the [2110] growth direction of the ribbon-like stems with both side surfaces of the stems terminated with a chemically active Zn-(0001) plane. A proposed growth mechanism suggested that the formation of IDB and the leaf-like shape are related to the dissolution of seed particles on the substrate surfaces and an OH- shielding effect in solution, respectively. Optical measurements revealed visible emission, suggesting the possession of defects in the as-grown and annealed ZnO nanoleaves. In addition, various ZnO nanostructures were synthesized by simply controlling the fabrication conditions. PMID:21449366

  1. Single crystals for welding research

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    David, S.A.; Boatner, L.A.

    1991-01-01

    Most welds last for many years, but a few fail after a relatively short time. Knowing the reasons why welds fail is important because cracks in welds can threaten the safety of people in buildings, airplanes, ships, automobiles, and power plants. Bad welds can lead to costly, extended shutdowns of industrial facilities such as petroleum refineries. Thus, research on this very important fabrication technology is critical to the multibillion-dollar welding industry. Research at ORNL and elsewhere strives to determine the structural features that make some welds strong and others weak. The goals are to find cost-effective ways to characterize the structure and strength of a new weld, correctly predict whether it will last a long time, and determine the welding conditions most likely to produce high-quality welds. There is more to welding than meets the eye. The cracks that make welds fail result from the complexities of microstructures formed during welding. Thus weld microstructure is linked to weld properties such as mechanical strength. As the hot weld material cools from a liquid into a solid, the crystalline grains grow at different speeds and in different directions, forming a new microstructure. By using single crystals rather than polycrystalline alloys to study different weld microstructures, scientists at ORNL have developed a way to predict more accurately the microstructures of various welds. The results could guide welders in providing the right conditions (correct welding speed, heat input, and weld thickness) for producing safer, higher-quality, and longer-lasting welds.

  2. Ames Lab 101: Single Crystal Growth

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    Schlagel, Deborah

    2013-09-27

    Ames Laboratory scientist Deborah Schlagel talks about the Lab's research in growing single crystals of various metals and alloys. The single crystal samples are vital to researchers' understanding of the characteristics of a materials and what gives these materials their particular properties.

  3. Ames Lab 101: Single Crystal Growth

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    Schlagel, Deborah

    2014-06-04

    Ames Laboratory scientist Deborah Schlagel talks about the Lab's research in growing single crystals of various metals and alloys. The single crystal samples are vital to researchers' understanding of the characteristics of a materials and what gives these materials their particular properties.

  4. Ultratough single crystal boron-doped diamond

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    Hemley, Russell J [Carnegie Inst. for Science, Washington, DC ; Mao, Ho-Kwang [Carnegie Inst. for Science, Washington, DC ; Yan, Chih-Shiue [Carnegie Inst. for Science, Washington, DC ; Liang, Qi [Carnegie Inst. for Science, Washington, DC

    2015-05-05

    The invention relates to a single crystal boron doped CVD diamond that has a toughness of at least about 22 MPa m.sup.1/2. The invention further relates to a method of manufacturing single crystal boron doped CVD diamond. The growth rate of the diamond can be from about 20-100 .mu.m/h.

  5. Three-dimensional Bragg coherent diffraction imaging of an extended ZnO crystal1

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    Huang, Xiaojing; Harder, Ross; Leake, Steven; Clark, Jesse; Robinson, Ian

    2012-01-01

    A complex three-dimensional quantitative image of an extended zinc oxide (ZnO) crystal has been obtained using Bragg coherent diffraction imaging integrated with ptychography. By scanning a 2.5?m-long arm of a ZnO tetrapod across a 1.3?m X-ray beam with fine step sizes while measuring a three-dimensional diffraction pattern at each scan spot, the three-dimensional electron density and projected displacement field of the entire crystal were recovered. The simultaneously reconstructed complex wavefront of the illumination combined with its coherence properties determined by a partial coherence analysis implemented in the reconstruction process provide a comprehensive characterization of the incident X-ray beam. PMID:22829708

  6. Method of making single crystal fibers

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    Westfall, Leonard J. (inventor)

    1990-01-01

    Single crystal fibers are made from miniature extruded ceramic feed rods. A decomposable binder is mixed with powders to inform a slurry which is extruded into a small rod which may be sintered, either in air or in vacuum, or it may be used in the extruded and dried condition. A pair of laser beams focuses onto the tip of the rod to melt it thereby forming a liquid portion. A single crystal seed fiber of the same material as the feed rod contacts this liquid portion to establish a zone of liquid material between the feed rod and the single crystal seed fiber. The feed rod and the single crystal feed fiber are moved at a predetermined speed to solidify the molten zone onto the seed fiber while simultaneously melting additional feed rod. In this manner a single crystal fiber is formed from the liquid portion.

  7. Supersaturation of aqueous species and hydrothermal crystal growth of ZnO

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    Gelabert, M. C.

    2015-05-01

    Synthesis of ZnO crystals prepared with zinc acetate or chloride, disodium dihydrogen ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA), potassium hydroxide and sodium triflate at 200 °C and variable pH 8-12 is reported. Crystals were imaged and size-analyzed with optical microscopy. Using aqueous speciation modeling software, supersaturation dependence on pH was calculated for five zinc species-Zn2+, Zn(OH)+, Zn(OH)2, Zn (OH)3- and Zn (OH)42- -to investigate connections between predominate crystal habits at different pH and dominant aqueous species. For zinc acetate and chloride systems, the zinc species with highest supersaturation was Zn (OH)42- throughout the pH 8-12 range, and the second highest was Zn2+ or Zn (OH)3-, with a crossover pH of 10.2-10.4 depending on counterion. The prominence of the tetrahydroxyl zinc species in ZnO crystal growth is supported by these calculations, and total supersaturation is inversely proportional to average crystal sizes, as expected. Optical microscopy and size analysis on products revealed crystals with a needle or prismatic habit throughout the studied pH range, and the change in aspect ratio correlates with supersaturation changes for the Zn2+ in this pH range, thus suggesting that growth rates along the [001] crystallographic direction are affected by small concentration changes of this ion.

  8. Single Mode ZnO Whispering-Gallery Submicron Cavity and Graphene Improved Lasing Performance.

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    Li, Jitao; Lin, Yi; Lu, Junfeng; Xu, Chunxiang; Wang, Yueyue; Shi, Zengliang; Dai, Jun

    2015-07-28

    Single-mode ultraviolet (UV) laser of ZnO is still in challenge so far, although it has been paid great attention along the past decades. In this work, single-mode lasing resonance was realized in a submicron-sized ZnO rod based on serially varying the dimension of the whispering-gallery mode (WGM) cavities. The lasing performance, such as the lasing quality factor (Q) and the lasing intensity, was remarkably improved by facilely covering monolayer graphene on the ZnO submicron-rod. The mode structure evolution from multimodes to single-mode was investigated systematically based on the total internal-wall reflection of the ZnO microcavities. Graphene-induced optical field confinement and lasing emission enhancement were revealed, indicating an energy coupling between graphene SP and ZnO exciton emission. This result demonstrated the response of graphene in the UV wavelength region and extended its potential applications besides many previous reports on the multifunctional graphene/semiconductor hybrid materials and devices in advanced electronics and optoelectronics areas. PMID:26144249

  9. Strain-related optical properties of ZnO crystals due to nanoindentation on various surface orientations

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    Juday, R.; Silva, E. M.; Huang, J. Y.; Caldas, P. G.; Prioli, R.; Ponce, F. A.

    2013-05-01

    Nanoindentations were performed on various crystallographic orientations of single crystal ZnO using a cono-spherical diamond tip with a radius of curvature of 260 nm. The crystal orientations were the (1120) a-plane, (1010) m-plane, and (0001) c-plane (Zn-face). The optical properties associated with nanoindentation have been investigated by cathodoluminescence. The load-displacement curves show that the c-plane is the most resistive to deformation, followed by the m-plane, and the a-plane. A large number of non-radiative defects are created directly below the indentation, regardless of the crystal orientation. Nanoindentation on the a- and m-plane crystals activates slip along the (0001) basal planes, creating a band of non-radiative defects as well as tensile strain along the basal planes. Compressive strain is observed perpendicularly to the basal planes due to an absence of easy-glide mechanisms in these directions. The nanoindentation on the c-plane crystal results in regions under tensile strain extending away from the indentation along the six-fold a-directions.

  10. Single Crystal Sapphire Optical Fiber Sensor Instrumentation

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    Anbo Wang; Russell May; Gary R. Pickrell

    2000-10-28

    The goal of this 30 month program is to develop reliable accurate temperature sensors based on single crystal sapphire materials that can withstand the temperatures and corrosive agents present within the gasifier environment. The research for this reporting period has been segregated into two parallel paths--corrosion resistance measurements for single crystal sapphire fibers and investigation of single crystal sapphire sensor configurations. The ultimate goal of this phase one segment is to design, develop and demonstrate on a laboratory scale a suitable temperature measurement device that can be field tested in phase two of the program.

  11. Photoresponse from single upright-standing ZnO nanorods explored by photoconductive AFM

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    Beinik, Igor; Kratzer, Markus; Wachauer, Astrid; Wang, Lin; Piryatinski, Yuri P; Brauer, Gerhard; Chen, Xin Yi; Hsu, Yuk Fan; Djurii?, Aleksandra B

    2013-01-01

    Summary Background: ZnO nanostructures are promising candidates for the development of novel electronic devices due to their unique electrical and optical properties. Here, photoconductive atomic force microscopy (PC-AFM) has been applied to investigate transient photoconductivity and photocurrent spectra of upright-standing ZnO nanorods (NRs). With a view to evaluate the electronic properties of the NRs and to get information on recombination kinetics, we have also performed time-resolved photoluminescence measurements macroscopically. Results: Persistent photoconductivity from single ZnO NRs was observed for about 1800 s and was studied with the help of photocurrent spectroscopy, which was recorded locally. The photocurrent spectra recorded from single ZnO NRs revealed that the minimum photon energy sufficient for photocurrent excitation is 3.1 eV. This value is at least 100 meV lower than the band-gap energy determined from the photoluminescence experiments. Conclusion: The obtained results suggest that the photoresponse in ZnO NRs under ambient conditions originates preferentially from photoexcitation of charge carriers localized at defect states and dominates over the oxygen photodesorption mechanism. Our findings are in agreement with previous theoretical predictions based on density functional theory calculations as well as with earlier experiments carried out at variable oxygen pressure. PMID:23616940

  12. Dependence of the gas sensing properties of ZnO nanowires on their microstructure

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    Park, Sunghoon; An, Soyeon; Jin, Changhyun; Lee, Chongmu

    2012-07-01

    Two different types of ZnO nanowires were synthesized by the thermal evaporation of different material powders: ZnS powders for ZnO nanowires A; and a mixture of ZnO and graphite powders for ZnO nanowires B. ZnO nanowires A were found to have a bamboo structure consisting of many hexagonal plates each of which is a single crystal, whereas ZnO nanowires B were single crystals with no grain boundary at all. ZnO nanowires B had a far higher degree of preferred orientation than ZnO nanowires A. The sensing properties of ZnO nanowires A were superior to those of ZnO nanowires B in terms of the sensing response and sensing speed. ZnO nanowires A showed an approximately 440 % response at 5 ppm NO2 at 300 C, whereas ZnO nanowires B showed an approximately 150 % response under the same condition. ZnO nanowires A showed considerably shorter response and recovery times than ZnO nanowires B under the same condition. The superior sensing properties of ZnO nanowires A compared to ZnO nanowires B can be explained mainly by carrier modulation of the depletion layer formed across the grain boundaries of nanowires A.

  13. Defects in the reduced rutile single crystal

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    Lu, Tie-Cheng; Wu, Shao-Yi; Lin, Li-Bin; Zheng, Wen-Chen

    2001-09-01

    In this paper, the UV-VIS optical absorption spectra of oxidized and reduced rutile single crystals are measured by means of spectrophotometer and two absorption peaks around 430 and 730 nm are found. These spectral data are analyzed by using the crystal field theory. Based on these studies, we suggest that the reduced crystal contain the defect center [Ti 3+-O v], with the oxygen vacancy (O v) on one of the nearest neighbor sites of the central Ti 3+ ion.

  14. Investigation on structural aspects of ZnO nano-crystal using radio-active ion beam and PAC

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    Ganguly, Bichitra Nandi; Dutta, Sreetama; Roy, Soma; Rder, Jens; Johnston, Karl; Martin, Manfred

    2015-11-01

    Nano-crystalline ZnO has been studied with perturbed angular correlation using 111mCd, implanted at ISOLDE/CERN and X-ray diffraction using Rietveld analysis. The data show a gradual increase in the crystal size and stress for a sample annealed at 600 C, and reaching nearly properties of standard ZnO with tempering at 1000 C. The perturbed angular correlation data show a broad frequency distribution at low annealing temperatures and small particle sizes, whereas at high annealing temperature and larger crystal sizes, results similar to bulk ZnO have been obtained. The ZnO nano-crystalline samples were initially prepared through a wet chemical route, have been examined by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and chemical purity has been confirmed with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDAX) analysis as well as Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM).

  15. Exciton recombination dynamics in single ZnO tetrapods

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    Fernandes-Silva, Lígia C.; Martín, Maria D.; Meulen, Herko P. van der; Calleja, José M.; Viña, Luis; Klopotowski, Lukasz

    2013-12-04

    We present the optical properties of individual ZnO tetrapods as a function of excitation power and temperature by time-integrated and time-resolved spectroscopy. At 10K, we identify the different excitonic transitions by both their characteristic energy and their excitation power dependence. When we increase the tetrapod temperature we observe that the emission intensity decrease and occur a red shift of the emission energies. Our time-resolved studies confirm the predominance of the radiative recombination at low temperatures (< 45 K). Increasing the temperature opens up the non-radiative channels, which are evidenced by a much faster decay time.

  16. Ultrathin single crystal diamond nanomechanical dome resonators.

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    Zalalutdinov, Maxim K; Ray, Matthew P; Photiadis, Douglas M; Robinson, Jeremy T; Baldwin, Jeffrey W; Butler, James E; Feygelson, Tatyana I; Pate, Bradford B; Houston, Brian H

    2011-10-12

    We present the first nanomechanical resonators microfabricated in single-crystal diamond. Shell-type resonators only 70 nm thick, the thinnest single crystal diamond structures produced to date, demonstrate a high-quality factor (Q ? 1000 at room temperature, Q ? 20?000 at 10 K) at radio frequencies (50-600 MHz). Quality factor dependence on temperature and frequency suggests an extrinsic origin to the dominant dissipation mechanism and methods to further enhance resonator performance. PMID:21913676

  17. Cathodoluminescence study of extended defects in hydrothermal ZnO crystals

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    Mass, J.; Avella, M.; Jimnez, J.; Callahan, M.; Grant, E.; Rakes, K.; Bliss, D.; Wang, B.

    2007-07-01

    Understanding the luminescence of ZnO is very important for some applications. In spite of the many studies carried out, there are still some points concerning the origin of some of the luminescence emissions in ZnO crystals that require additional study; in particular, the role of extended defects remains to be a matter of controversy. We present here a cathodoluminescence analysis of the defects generated by Vickers indentation in hydrothermal HTT crystals. Special emphasis was paid to the luminescence band peaking around 3.3 eV. The origin of this band is a matter of controversy, since it has been related to different causes, extended defects being one of the candidates for this emission. The CL images were acquired around crystal defects. It is observed that the 3.3 eV emission is enhanced around the crystal defects; though it is also observed, but weaker, out of the defect regions, which suggests that there exist two luminescence emissions peaking very close to 3.3 eV. The two emissions, one related to structural defects and the other to the LO phonon replica of the free excitonic band, appear very close each other and their relative intensity should determine the shape of the spectrum.

  18. Homojunction p-n photodiodes based on As-doped single ZnO nanowire

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    Cho, H. D.; Zakirov, A. S.; Yuldashev, Sh. U.; Kang, T. W.; Ahn, C. W.; Yeo, Y. K.

    2013-12-04

    Photovoltaic device was successfully grown solely based on the single ZnO p-n homojunction nanowire. The ZnO nanowire p-n diode consists of an as-grown n-type segment and an in-situ arsenic doped p-type segment. This p-n homojunction acts as a good photovoltaic cell, producing a photocurrent almost 45 times larger than the dark current under reverse-biased condition. Our results demonstrate that present ZnO p-n homojunction nanowire can be used as a self-powered ultraviolet photodetector as well as a photovoltaic cell, which can also be used as an ultralow electrical power source for nano-scale electronic, optoelectronic, and medical devices.

  19. Single Crystals Grown Under Unconstrained Conditions

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    Sunagawa, Ichiro

    Based on detailed investigations on morphology (evolution and variation in external forms), surface microtopography of crystal faces (spirals and etch figures), internal morphology (growth sectors, growth banding and associated impurity partitioning) and perfection (dislocations and other lattice defects) in single crystals, we can deduce how and by what mechanism the crystal grew and experienced fluctuation in growth parameters through its growth and post-growth history under unconstrained condition. The information is useful not only in finding appropriate way to growing highly perfect and homogeneous single crystals, but also in deciphering letters sent from the depth of the Earth and the Space. It is also useful in discriminating synthetic from natural gemstones. In this chapter, available methods to obtain molecular information are briefly summarized, and actual examples to demonstrate the importance of this type of investigations are selected from both natural minerals (diamond, quartz, hematite, corundum, beryl, phlogopite) and synthetic crystals (SiC, diamond, corundum, beryl).

  20. Fatigue hardening in niobium single crystals.

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    Doner, M.; Diprimio, J. C.; Salkovitz, E. I.

    1973-01-01

    Nb single crystals of various orientations were cyclically deformed in tension-compression under strain control. At low strain amplitudes all crystals oriented for single slip and some oriented for multiple slip showed a two stage hardening. When present, the first stage was characterized with almost no cyclic work hardening. The rate of hardening in the second stage increased with strain amplitude and the amount of secondary slip. In crystals oriented for single slip kink bands developed on their side faces during rapid hardening stage which resulted in considerable amount of asterism in Laue spots. A cyclic stress-strain curve independent of prior history was found to exist which was also independent of crystal orientation. Furthermore, this curve differed only slightly from that of polycrystalline Nb obtained from data in literature.

  1. Chiral photonic crystal fibers with single mode and single polarization

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    Li, She; Li, Junqing

    2015-12-01

    Chiral photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with a solid core is numerically investigated by a modified chiral plane-wave expansion method. The effects of structural parameters and chirality strength are analyzed on single-polarization single-mode range and polarization states of guided modes. The simulation demonstrates that the chiral photonic crystal fiber compared to its achiral counterpart possesses another single-circular-polarization operation range, which is located in the short-wavelength region. The original single-polarization operation range in the long-wavelength region extends to the short wavelength caused by introducing chirality. Then this range becomes a broadened one with elliptical polarization from linear polarization. With increase of chirality, the two single-polarization single-mode ranges may fuse together. By optimizing the structure, an ultra-wide single-circular-polarization operation range from 0.5 ?m to 1.67 ?m for chiral PCF can be realized with moderate chirality strength.

  2. Ultrathin single crystal ZnS nanowires.

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    Zhang, Yejun; Xu, Huarui; Wang, Qiangbin

    2010-12-21

    A facile synthesis of ultrathin single crystal ZnS nanowires with an average diameter of 4.4 nm in high yield (close to 100%) was firstly reported through the pyrolysis of a single-source precursor (zinc diethyldithiocarbamate). The obtained ultrathin ZnS nanowires exhibit good optical properties and hold promise for future applications in nanodevices. PMID:21052583

  3. Characterization of zinc selenide single crystals

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    Gerhardt, Rosario A.

    1996-01-01

    ZnSe single crystals of high quality and low impurity levels are desired for use as substrates in optoelectronic devices. This is especially true when the device requires the formation of homoepitaxial layers. While ZnSe is commercially available, it is at present extremely expensive due to the difficulty of growing single crystal boules with low impurity content and the resultant low yields. Many researchers have found it necessary to heat treat the crystals in liquid Zn in order to remove the impurities, lower the resistivity and activate the photoluminescence at room temperature. The physical vapor transport method (PVT) has been successfully used at MSFC to grow many single crystals of II-VI semiconducting materials including ZnSe. The main goal at NASA has been to try to establish the effect of gravity on the growth parameters. To this effect, crystals have been grown vertically upwards or horizontally. Both (111) and (110) oriented ZnSe crystals have been obtained via unseeded PVT growth. Preliminary characterization of the horizontally grown crystals has revealed that Cu is a major impurity and that the low temperature photoluminescence spectra is dominated by the copper peak. The ratio of the copper peak to the free exciton peak is being used to determine variations in composition throughout the crystal. It was the intent of this project to map the copper composition of various crystals via photoluminescence first, then measure their electrical resistivity and capacitance as a function of frequency before proceeding with a heat treatment designed to remove the copper impurities. However, equipment difficulties with the photoluminescence set up, having to establish a procedure for measuring the electrical properties of the as-grown crystals and time limitations made us re-evaluate the project goals. Vertically grown samples designated as ZnSe-25 were chosen to be measured electrically since they were not expected to show as much variation in their composition through their cross-section as the horizontally grown samples.

  4. Detection of quantum well induced single degenerate-transition-dipoles in ZnO nanorods

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    Ghosh, Siddharth; Ghosh, Moumita; Seibt, Michael; Mohan Rao, G.

    2016-01-01

    Quantifying and characterising atomic defects in nanocrystals is difficult and low-throughput using the existing methods such as high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). In this article, using a defocused wide-field optical imaging technique, we demonstrate that a single ultrahigh-piezoelectric ZnO nanorod contains a single defect site. We model the observed dipole-emission patterns from optical imaging with a multi-dimensional dipole and find that the experimentally observed dipole pattern and model-calculated patterns are in excellent agreement. This agreement suggests the presence of vertically oriented degenerate-transition-dipoles in vertically aligned ZnO nanorods. The HRTEM of the ZnO nanorod shows the presence of a stacking fault, which generates a localised quantum well induced degenerate-transition-dipole. Finally, we elucidate that defocused wide-field imaging can be widely used to characterise defects in nanomaterials to answer many difficult questions concerning the performance of low-dimensional devices, such as in energy harvesting, advanced metal-oxide-semiconductor storage, and nanoelectromechanical and nanophotonic devices.Quantifying and characterising atomic defects in nanocrystals is difficult and low-throughput using the existing methods such as high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). In this article, using a defocused wide-field optical imaging technique, we demonstrate that a single ultrahigh-piezoelectric ZnO nanorod contains a single defect site. We model the observed dipole-emission patterns from optical imaging with a multi-dimensional dipole and find that the experimentally observed dipole pattern and model-calculated patterns are in excellent agreement. This agreement suggests the presence of vertically oriented degenerate-transition-dipoles in vertically aligned ZnO nanorods. The HRTEM of the ZnO nanorod shows the presence of a stacking fault, which generates a localised quantum well induced degenerate-transition-dipole. Finally, we elucidate that defocused wide-field imaging can be widely used to characterise defects in nanomaterials to answer many difficult questions concerning the performance of low-dimensional devices, such as in energy harvesting, advanced metal-oxide-semiconductor storage, and nanoelectromechanical and nanophotonic devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Details of hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanorods, ferroelectric characterisation, defocused imaging setup and parameters, sample preparation for defocused imaging, fundamental of dipole modelling, photoluminescence images with issues of spatial distribution and XRD confirmation of zinc-blend stacking fault. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06722g

  5. Polarization Spectroscopy of Defect-Based Single Photon Sources in ZnO.

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    Jungwirth, Nicholas R; Chang, Hung-Shen; Jiang, Mingde; Fuchs, Gregory D

    2016-01-26

    Point defects in wide bandgap semiconductors are promising candidates for future applications that necessitate quantum light sources. Recently, defect-based single photon sources have been observed in ZnO that are very bright and remain photoactive from 4.5 K to room temperature. Despite several investigations, the structure and electronic states of these emitters remain unknown. In this work, we establish a procedure to distinguish a Z dipole from an XY dipole when studying quantum emitters that are randomly oriented. Our cryogenic and room temperature polarization measurements collectively establish that these unidentified ZnO quantum emitters have a Z dipole. We show that the associated absorption and emission dipoles are parallel within experimental uncertainty for all 32 individuals studied. Additionally, we apply group theory and find that, assuming the defect symmetry belongs to a point group relevant to the ZnO wurtzite lattice, the ground and excited states are orbital singlets. These results are a significant step in identifying the structure and electronic states of defect-based single photon sources in ZnO. PMID:26607031

  6. Synthesis of Uniformly Distributed Single- and Double-sided Zinc Oxide (ZnO) Nanocombs

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    Petford-Long, Amanda K.; Liu, Yuzi; Altintas Yildirim, Ozlem

    2015-11-15

    Uniformly distributed single- and double-sided zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocomb structures have been prepared by a vapor-liquid-solid technique from a mixture of ZnO nanoparticles and graphene nanoplatelets. The ZnO seed nanoparticles were synthesized via a simple precipitation method. The structure of the ZnO nanocombs could easily be controlled by tuning the carrier-gas flow rate during growth. Higher flow rate resulted in the formation of uniformly-distributed single-sided comb structures with nanonail-shaped teeth, as a result of the self-catalysis effect of the catalytically active Zn-terminated polar (0001) surface. Lower gas flow rate was favorable for production of double-sided comb structures with the two sets of teeth at an angle of similar to 110 degrees to each other along the comb ribbon, which was attributed to the formation of a bicrystal nanocomb ribbon. The formation of such a double-sided structure with nanonail-shaped teeth has not previously been reported.

  7. Localized surface plasmon resonance enhanced ultraviolet emission and F-P lasing from single ZnO microflower

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    Lin, Yi; Li, Jitao; Xu, Chunxiang Fan, Xuemei; Wang, Baoping

    2014-10-06

    In this work, monodispersed ZnO microflowers are fabricated by a vapor phase transport method, and Au nanoparticles (NPs) are directly decorated on the surface of the ZnO microflowers. The micro-photoluminescence of a single ZnO microflower demonstrates that the near band-edge emission is tremendously enhanced while the defect-related emission is completely suppressed after Au decoration. The average enhancement factor reaches up to 65 fold. The enhancement mechanism is assumed to be the electron transfer from excited Au NPs to the ZnO microflower induced by the localized surface plasmon resonance based on the time-resolved photoluminescence. The enhanced F-P lasing from a single ZnO sample is further realized.

  8. Neutron detection with single crystal organic scintillators

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    Zaitseva, N; Newby, J; Hamel, S; Carman, L; Faust, M; Lordi, V; Cherepy, N; Stoeffl, W; Payne, S

    2009-07-15

    Detection of high-energy neutrons in the presence of gamma radiation background utilizes pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) phenomena in organics studied previously only with limited number of materials, mostly liquid scintillators and single crystal stilbene. The current paper presents the results obtained with broader varieties of luminescent organic single crystals. The studies involve experimental tools of crystal growth and material characterization in combination with the advanced computer modeling, with the final goal of better understanding the relevance between the nature of the organic materials and their PSD properties. Special consideration is given to the factors that may diminish or even completely obscure the PSD properties in scintillating crystals. Among such factors are molecular and crystallographic structures that determine exchange coupling and exciton mobility in organic materials and the impurity effect discussed on the examples of trans-stilbene, bibenzyl, 9,10-diphenylanthracene and diphenylacetylene.

  9. Oxygen Incorporation in Rubrene Single Crystals

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    Mastrogiovanni, Daniel D. T.; Mayer, Jeff; Wan, Alan S.; Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Neimark, Alexander V.; Podzorov, Vitaly; Feldman, Leonard C.; Garfunkel, Eric

    2014-01-01

    Single crystal rubrene is a model organic electronic material showing high carrier mobility and long exciton lifetime. These properties are detrimentally affected when rubrene is exposed to intense light under ambient conditions for prolonged periods of time, possibly due to oxygen up-take. Using photoelectron, scanning probe and ion-based methods, combined with an isotopic oxygen exposure, we present direct evidence of the light-induced reaction of molecular oxygen with single crystal rubrene. Without a significant exposure to light, there is no reaction of oxygen with rubrene for periods of greater than a year; the crystal's surface (and bulk) morphology and chemical composition remain essentially oxygen-free. Grand canonical Monte Carlo computations show no sorbtion of gases into the bulk of rubrene crystal. A mechanism for photo-induced oxygen inclusion is proposed. PMID:24786311

  10. Single crystals of metal solid solutions

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    Miller, J. F.; Austin, A. E.; Richard, N.; Griesenauer, N. M.; Moak, D. P.; Mehrabian, M. R.; Gelles, S. H.

    1974-01-01

    The following definitions were sought in the research on single crystals of metal solid solutions: (1) the influence of convection and/or gravity present during crystallization on the substructure of a metal solid solution; (2) the influence of a magnetic field applied during crystallization on the substructure of a metal solid solution; and (3) requirements for a space flight experiment to verify the results. Growth conditions for the selected silver-zinc alloy system are described, along with pertinent technical and experimental details of the project.

  11. Magnetoelasticity of Fe-Si single crystals

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    Xing, Q; Wu, D.; Lograsso, T. A.

    2010-04-20

    The tetragonal magnetostriction constant, (3/2){lambda}{sub 100}, of Fe-Si single crystals was measured and was found to be structure dependent. Similar to that of Fe-Ge single crystals, (3/2){lambda}{sub 100} is positive in the single phase A2 regime, becomes negative in the single phase D0{sub 3} regime, and changes from positive to negative between the two regimes. Short-range order in the A2 regime decreases the magnetostriction prior to the onset of long range order. In the single phase regions of both A2 and D0{sub 3}, thermal history does not show any obvious effect on the magnetostriction, contrary to that found for Fe-Ga alloys. However, in the regions of phase mixture involving A2, B2, and D0{sub 3} phases, quenching pushes the change in magnetostriction from positive to negative to higher Si contents.

  12. Electrical properties of ZnO single nanowires

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    Stiller, Markus; Barzola-Quiquia, José; Zoraghi, Mahsa; Esquinazi, Pablo

    2015-10-01

    We have investigated the electrical resistance R(T) of ZnO nanowires of ≈ 400 nm diameter as a function of temperature, between 30 K and 300 K, and frequency in the range 40 Hz to 30 MHz. The measurements were done on the as-prepared and after low-energy proton implantation at room temperature. The temperature dependence of the resistance of the wire, before proton implantation, can be well described by two processes in parallel. One process is the fluctuation induced tunneling conductance (FITC) and the other the usual thermally activated process. The existence of a tunneling conductance was also observed in the current-voltage (I-V) results, and can be well described by the FITC model. Impedance spectroscopy measurements in the as-prepared state and at room temperature, indicate and support the idea of two contributions of these two transport processes in the nanowires. Electron backscatter diffraction confirms the existence of different crystalline regions. After the implantation of H+ a third thermally activated process is found that can be explained by taking into account the impurity band splitting due to proton implantation.

  13. Crystal growth and characterization of MnTe single crystals

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    de Melo, O.; Leccabue, F.; Pelosi, C.; Sagredo, V.; Chourio, M.; Martin, J.; Bocelli, G.; Calestani, G.

    1991-03-01

    The growth of MnTe single crystals by means of a chemical transport technique using iodine as a transport agent is reported. A detailed thermodynamical study of MnTe-I 2 system has been undertaken in order to define the best growth conditions. Moreover, structural, magnetic and electrical properties are reported and discussed.

  14. Graphene single crystals: size and morphology engineering.

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    Geng, Dechao; Wang, Huaping; Yu, Gui

    2015-05-13

    Recently developed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is considered as an effective way to large-area and high-quality graphene preparation due to its ultra-low cost, high controllability, and high scalability. However, CVD-grown graphene film is polycrystalline, and composed of numerous grains separated by grain boundaries, which are detrimental to graphene-based electronics. Intensive investigations have been inspired on the controlled growth of graphene single crystals with the absence of intrinsic defects. As the two most concerned parameters, the size and morphology serve critical roles in affecting properties and understanding the growth mechanism of graphene crystals. Therefore, a precise tuning of the size and morphology will be of great significance in scale-up graphene production and wide applications. Here, recent advances in the synthesis of graphene single crystals on both metals and dielectric substrates by the CVD method are discussed. The review mainly covers the size and morphology engineering of graphene single crystals. Furthermore, recent progress in the growth mechanism and device applications of graphene single crystals are presented. Finally, the opportunities and challenges are discussed. PMID:25809643

  15. First Single-Crystal Mullite Fibers

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    1997-01-01

    Ceramic-matrix composites strengthened by suitable fiber additions are being developed for high-temperature use, particularly for aerospace applications. New oxide-based fibers, such as mullite, are particularly desirable because of their resistance to high-temperature oxidative environments. Mullite is a candidate material in both fiber and matrix form. The primary objective of this work was to determine the growth characteristics of single-crystal mullite fibers produced by the laser-heated floating zone method. Directionally solidified fibers with nominal mullite compositions of 3Al2O3 2SiO2 were grown by the laser-heated floating zone method at the NASA Lewis Research Center. SEM analysis revealed that the single-crystal fibers grown in this study were strongly faceted and that the facets act as critical flaws, limiting fiber strength. The average fiber tensile strength is 1.15 GPa at room temperature. The mullite fibers exhibit superior strength retention (80 percent of their room temperature tensile strength at 1450 C). Examined by transmission electron microscopy, these mullite single crystals are free of dislocations, low-angle boundaries, and voids. In addition, they show a high degree of oxygen vacancy ordering. High-resolution digital images from an optical microscope furnish evidence of the formation of a liquid-liquid miscibility gap during crystal growth. These images represent the first experimental evidence of liquid immiscibility for these compositions and temperatures. Continuing investigation with controlled seeding of mullite single crystals is planned.

  16. Single ZnO Nanowire-Based Gas Sensors to Detect Low Concentrations of Hydrogen.

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    Cardoza-Contreras, Marlene N; Romo-Herrera, Jos M; Ros, Luis A; Garca-Gutirrez, R; Zepeda, T A; Contreras, Oscar E

    2015-01-01

    Low concentrations of hazardous gases are difficult to detect with common gas sensors. Using semiconductor nanostructures as a sensor element is an alternative. Single ZnO nanowire gas sensor devices were fabricated by manipulation and connection of a single nanowire into a four-electrode aluminum probe in situ in a dual-beam scanning electron microscope-focused ion beam with a manipulator and a gas injection system in/column. The electrical response of the manufactured devices shows response times up to 29 s for a 121 ppm of H? pulse, with a variation in the nanowire resistance appreciable at room temperature and at 373.15 K of approximately 8% and 14% respectively, showing that ZnO nanowires are good candidates to detect low concentrations of H?. PMID:26690158

  17. Single ZnO Nanowire-Based Gas Sensors to Detect Low Concentrations of Hydrogen

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    Cardoza-Contreras, Marlene N.; Romo-Herrera, José M.; Ríos, Luis A.; García-Gutiérrez, R.; Zepeda, T. A.; Contreras, Oscar E.

    2015-01-01

    Low concentrations of hazardous gases are difficult to detect with common gas sensors. Using semiconductor nanostructures as a sensor element is an alternative. Single ZnO nanowire gas sensor devices were fabricated by manipulation and connection of a single nanowire into a four-electrode aluminum probe in situ in a dual-beam scanning electron microscope-focused ion beam with a manipulator and a gas injection system in/column. The electrical response of the manufactured devices shows response times up to 29 s for a 121 ppm of H2 pulse, with a variation in the nanowire resistance appreciable at room temperature and at 373.15 K of approximately 8% and 14% respectively, showing that ZnO nanowires are good candidates to detect low concentrations of H2. PMID:26690158

  18. Inkjet printing of single-crystal films

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    Minemawari, Hiromi; Yamada, Toshikazu; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Tsutsumi, Jun'ya; Haas, Simon; Chiba, Ryosuke; Kumai, Reiji; Hasegawa, Tatsuo

    2011-07-01

    The use of single crystals has been fundamental to the development of semiconductor microelectronics and solid-state science. Whether based on inorganic or organic materials, the devices that show the highest performance rely on single-crystal interfaces, with their nearly perfect translational symmetry and exceptionally high chemical purity. Attention has recently been focused on developing simple ways of producing electronic devices by means of printing technologies. `Printed electronics' is being explored for the manufacture of large-area and flexible electronic devices by the patterned application of functional inks containing soluble or dispersed semiconducting materials. However, because of the strong self-organizing tendency of the deposited materials, the production of semiconducting thin films of high crystallinity (indispensable for realizing high carrier mobility) may be incompatible with conventional printing processes. Here we develop a method that combines the technique of antisolvent crystallization with inkjet printing to produce organic semiconducting thin films of high crystallinity. Specifically, we show that mixing fine droplets of an antisolvent and a solution of an active semiconducting component within a confined area on an amorphous substrate can trigger the controlled formation of exceptionally uniform single-crystal or polycrystalline thin films that grow at the liquid-air interfaces. Using this approach, we have printed single crystals of the organic semiconductor 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (C8-BTBT) (ref. 15), yielding thin-film transistors with average carrier mobilities as high as 16.4cm2V-1s-1. This printing technique constitutes a major step towards the use of high-performance single-crystal semiconductor devices for large-area and flexible electronics applications.

  19. Inkjet printing of single-crystal films.

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    Minemawari, Hiromi; Yamada, Toshikazu; Matsui, Hiroyuki; Tsutsumi, Jun'ya; Haas, Simon; Chiba, Ryosuke; Kumai, Reiji; Hasegawa, Tatsuo

    2011-07-21

    The use of single crystals has been fundamental to the development of semiconductor microelectronics and solid-state science. Whether based on inorganic or organic materials, the devices that show the highest performance rely on single-crystal interfaces, with their nearly perfect translational symmetry and exceptionally high chemical purity. Attention has recently been focused on developing simple ways of producing electronic devices by means of printing technologies. 'Printed electronics' is being explored for the manufacture of large-area and flexible electronic devices by the patterned application of functional inks containing soluble or dispersed semiconducting materials. However, because of the strong self-organizing tendency of the deposited materials, the production of semiconducting thin films of high crystallinity (indispensable for realizing high carrier mobility) may be incompatible with conventional printing processes. Here we develop a method that combines the technique of antisolvent crystallization with inkjet printing to produce organic semiconducting thin films of high crystallinity. Specifically, we show that mixing fine droplets of an antisolvent and a solution of an active semiconducting component within a confined area on an amorphous substrate can trigger the controlled formation of exceptionally uniform single-crystal or polycrystalline thin films that grow at the liquid-air interfaces. Using this approach, we have printed single crystals of the organic semiconductor 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (C(8)-BTBT) (ref. 15), yielding thin-film transistors with average carrier mobilities as high as 16.4?cm(2)?V(-1)?s(-1). This printing technique constitutes a major step towards the use of high-performance single-crystal semiconductor devices for large-area and flexible electronics applications. PMID:21753752

  20. Charge transport in single crystal organic semiconductors

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    Xie, Wei

    Organic electronics have engendered substantial interest in printable, flexible and large-area applications thanks to their low fabrication cost per unit area, chemical versatility and solution processability. Nevertheless, fundamental understanding of device physics and charge transport in organic semiconductors lag somewhat behind, partially due to ubiquitous defects and impurities in technologically useful organic thin films, formed either by vacuum deposition or solution process. In this context, single-crystalline organic semiconductors, or organic single crystals, have therefore provided the ideal system for transport studies. Organic single crystals are characterized by their high chemical purity and outstanding structural perfection, leading to significantly improved electrical properties compared with their thin-film counterparts. Importantly, the surfaces of the crystals are molecularly flat, an ideal condition for building field-effect transistors (FETs). Progress in organic single crystal FETs (SC-FETs) is tremendous during the past decade. Large mobilities ~ 1 - 10 cm2V-1s-1 have been achieved in several crystals, allowing a wide range of electrical, optical, mechanical, structural, and theoretical studies. Several challenges still remain, however, which are the motivation of this thesis. The first challenge is to delineate the crystal structure/electrical property relationship for development of high-performance organic semiconductors. This thesis demonstrates a full spectrum of studies spanning from chemical synthesis, single crystal structure determination, quantum-chemical calculation, SC-OFET fabrication, electrical measurement, photoelectron spectroscopy characterization and extensive device optimization in a series of new rubrene derivatives, motivated by the fact that rubrene is a benchmark semiconductor with record hole mobility ~ 20 cm2V-1s-1. With successful preservation of beneficial pi-stacking structures, these rubrene derivatives form high-quality single crystals and exhibit large ambipolar mobilities. Nevertheless, a gap remains between the theory-predicted properties and this preliminary result, which itself is another fundamental challenge. This is further addressed by appropriate device optimization, and in particular, contact engineering approach to improve the charge injection efficiencies. The outcome is not only the achievement of new record ambipolar mobilities in one of the derivatives, namely, 4.8 cm2V-1s-1 for holes and 4.2 cm2V-1s-1 for electrons, but also provides a comprehensive and rational pathway towards the realization of high-performance organic semiconductors. Efforts to achieve high mobility in other organic single crystals are also presented. The second challenge is tuning the transition of electronic ground states, i.e., semiconducting, metallic and superconducting, in organic single crystals. Despite an active research area since four decades ago, we aim to employ the electrostatic approach instead of chemical doping for reversible and systematic control of charge densities within the same crystal. The key material in this study is the high-capacitance electrolyte, such as ionic liquids (ILs), whose specific capacitance reaches ~ ?F/cm2, thus allowing accumulation of charge carrier above 1013 cm-2 when novel transport phenomena, such as insulator-metal transition and superconductivity, are likely to occur. This thesis addresses the electrical characterization, device physics and transport physics in electrolyte-gated single crystals, in the device architecture known as the electrical double layer transistor (EDLT). A detailed characterization scheme is first demonstrated for accurate determination of several key parameters, e.g., carrier mobility and charge density, in organic EDLTs. Further studies, combining both experiments and theories, are devoted to understanding the unusual charge density dependent channel conductivity and gate-to-channel capacitance behaviors. In addition, Hall effect and temperature-dependent measurements are employed for more in-depth unders

  1. ZnO nanocrystals synthesized by physical vapor deposition.

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    Kim, Hansoo; Sigmund, Wolfgang

    2004-03-01

    Various types of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystais were synthesized by physical vaporization of zinc powders without the presence of catalysts and a subsequent exposure to air at a high temperature. These crystals were found to be composed of ZnO nanowires, sheets, and tetrapods. They were observed to crystallize as wurtzite ZnO single crystals. The nanowires are about 120 nm in diameter on average and up to a few dozens of micrometers in length, making aspect ratios higher than 10. The growth direction of the nanowires was identified to be the [001] direction of wurtzite ZnO structure. It was found from microscopic analyses that these ZnO nanowires can be highly flexible. The values for the thickness of ZnO sheets are scattered, averaging 100 nm. The tetrapods may have a different number of projections radiating from one central node. PMID:15233089

  2. Microhardness studies of sulfamic acid single crystal

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    Santhosh Kumar, A.; Joseph, Cyriac; Paulose, Reshmi; R, Rajesh; Joseph, Georgekutty; Louis, Godfrey

    2015-02-01

    Vicker's microhardness study of (100), (010) and (001) faces of a non-linear optical crystal sulfamic acid have been reported. Single crystals of sulfamic acid have been grown by slow evaporation method. The load dependence of the Vickers microhardness of sulfamic acid crystal were investigated and analyzed from the stand point of various theoretical models. Crystal samples in a, b and c-axes exhibit reverse indentation effect which is best described by Meyer's law, Hays-Kendall's approach and proportional specimen resistance (PSR) models. The negative values of load dependent quantities in Hays-Kendall's approach and PSR model suggest that the origin of indentation size effect is associated with the process of relaxation of indentation stresses.

  3. The interaction of 193-nm excimer laser irradiation with single-crystal zinc oxide: Neutral atomic zinc and oxygen emission

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    Kahn, E. H.; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.; Boatner, Lynn A

    2013-01-01

    We report mass-resolved time-of-flight measurements of neutral particles from the surface of single-crystal ZnO during pulsed 193-nm irradiation at laser fluences below the threshold for avalanche breakdown. The major species emitted are atomic Zn and O. We examine the emissions of atomic Zn as a function of laser fluence and laser exposure. Defects at the ZnO surface appear necessary for the detection of these emissions. Our results suggest that the production of defects is necessary to explain intense sustained emissions at higher fluence. Rapid, clean surface etching and high atomic zinc kinetic energies seen at higher laser fluences are also discussed.

  4. Growth of single-crystal gallium nitride

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    Clough, R.; Richman, D.; Tietjen, J.

    1970-01-01

    Use of ultrahigh purity ammonia prevents oxygen contamination of GaN during growth, making it possible to grow the GaN at temperatures as high as 825 degrees C, at which point single crystal wafers are deposited on /0001/-oriented sapphire surfaces.

  5. Single crystal tungsten kinetic energy penetrators

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    Cline, C.F.; Gogolewski, R.P.

    1992-05-01

    We have explored the terminal ballistic performance of single crystal tungsten as a kinetic energy penetrator. Scientific speculation as to the anticipated penetration performance and nature of the interaction between such a kinetic energy penetrator and semi-infinite and spaced metallic targets has led us to perform laboratory scale experiments and metallographic examinations of post-impact penetrator materials. The single tungsten crystals were ground into kinetic energy penetrators with the {l_angle}111{r_angle} and {l_angle}100{r_angle} crystal direction being coincident with the axis of symmetry of the penetrators. The crystals were electro-polished to their final diameter. We, compared the terminal performance at current ordnance speeds of {l_angle}111{r_angle} single crystal tungsten to 90W-10 (NiFe) cemented tungsten and textured pure tungsten in laboratory scale ballistic experiments against a spaced steel (triple) target at sixty-five degrees obliquity. We also compared the terminal performance of {l_angle}100{r_angle} and {l_angle}111{r_angle} single crystal tungsten with 90W-10 and 98W02 (NiFe) cemented tungsten and textured pure tungsten in laboratory scale ballistic experiments against monolithic 4340 alloy steel (HRC = 36) at normal impact. We radiographed the penetrators during the interactions with the targets, we recovered portions of the penetrators after the ballistic experiments, and we conducted metallographic examinations of penetrator remnants. From the radiographic records and the metallographic examinations, we drew conclusions pertaining to insights into the terminal interactions of the penetrators with the targets and suggestions as to improved compositions of the cemented tungsten penetrators.

  6. Single crystal tungsten kinetic energy penetrators

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    Cline, C.F.; Gogolewski, R.P.

    1992-05-01

    We have explored the terminal ballistic performance of single crystal tungsten as a kinetic energy penetrator. Scientific speculation as to the anticipated penetration performance and nature of the interaction between such a kinetic energy penetrator and semi-infinite and spaced metallic targets has led us to perform laboratory scale experiments and metallographic examinations of post-impact penetrator materials. The single tungsten crystals were ground into kinetic energy penetrators with the [l angle]111[r angle] and [l angle]100[r angle] crystal direction being coincident with the axis of symmetry of the penetrators. The crystals were electro-polished to their final diameter. We, compared the terminal performance at current ordnance speeds of [l angle]111[r angle] single crystal tungsten to 90W-10 (NiFe) cemented tungsten and textured pure tungsten in laboratory scale ballistic experiments against a spaced steel (triple) target at sixty-five degrees obliquity. We also compared the terminal performance of [l angle]100[r angle] and [l angle]111[r angle] single crystal tungsten with 90W-10 and 98W02 (NiFe) cemented tungsten and textured pure tungsten in laboratory scale ballistic experiments against monolithic 4340 alloy steel (HRC = 36) at normal impact. We radiographed the penetrators during the interactions with the targets, we recovered portions of the penetrators after the ballistic experiments, and we conducted metallographic examinations of penetrator remnants. From the radiographic records and the metallographic examinations, we drew conclusions pertaining to insights into the terminal interactions of the penetrators with the targets and suggestions as to improved compositions of the cemented tungsten penetrators.

  7. Nitrogen doped MgxZn1-xO/ZnO single heterostructure ultraviolet light-emitting diodes on ZnO substrates

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    Nakahara, K.; Akasaka, S.; Yuji, H.; Tamura, K.; Fujii, T.; Nishimoto, Y.; Takamizu, D.; Sasaki, A.; Tanabe, T.; Takasu, H.; Amaike, H.; Onuma, T.; Chichibu, S. F.; Tsukazaki, A.; Ohtomo, A.; Kawasaki, M.

    2010-07-01

    We have grown nitrogen-doped MgxZn1-xO:N films on Zn-polar ZnO single crystal substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. As N-sources, we employed NO-plasma or NH3 gas itself. As x increased, optimum growth temperature window for smooth film morphology shifted to higher temperatures, while maintaining high N-concentration (˜1×1019 cm-3). The heterosructures of MgxZn1-xO:N (0.1≤x≤0.4)/ZnO were fabricated into light emitting diodes of 500-μm-diameter. We observed ultraviolet near-band-edge emission (λ ˜382 nm) with an output power of 0.1 μW for a NO-plasma-doped LED and 70 μW for a NH3-doped one at a bias current of 30 mA.

  8. Multiple single-crystal-to-single-crystal guest exchange in a dynamic 1D coordination polymer.

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    Mart-Rujas, Javier; Bonafede, Simone; Tushi, Dorearta; Cametti, Massimo

    2015-08-11

    A novel 1D coordination polymer that dynamically expands or shrinks upon the uptake of vapours of volatile small chlorinated molecules, such as 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE), dichloromethane (DCM) and trichloromethane (TCM), is reported. This system is robust enough to withstand multiple guest exchange via single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation, as proved by (1)H-NMR and X-ray diffraction. The single crystal of guest-free, host framework, stable at 400 K, can also be obtained. PMID:26097909

  9. Crystal structure and morphology of syndiotactic polypropylene single crystals

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    Bu, J.Z.; Cheng, S.Z.D.

    1996-12-31

    In the past several years there have been an increased interest in the crystal structure and morphology of s-PP due to the new development of homogeneous metallocene catalysts which can produce s-PP having a high stereoregularity. In this research, the crystal structure and morphology of s-PP single crystals grown from the melt were investigated. A series of ten fractions of s-PP was studied with different molecular weights ranging from 10,300 to 234,000 (g/mol). These fractions all possess narrow molecular weight distributions (around 1.1-1.2) and high syndiotacticities ([r]{approximately}95%). The main techniques employed including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS).

  10. Morphology investigation of hydrothermally prepared ZnO micro-crystals influenced by Cu{sup 2+} ions

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    Jin, Dalai; Yue, Linhai; Zheng, Yifan

    2010-04-15

    Micrometer-sized ZnO with various shapes have been synthesized by a hydrothermal route with Zn(Ac){sub 2}/NH{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O in the presence of copper ions. Powder X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were utilized to characterize the composition and structure of the samples, respectively. As-synthesized, the ultrasonic pretreatment, pH value, reaction time and hydrothermal temperature played important roles in crystal structure tailoring. Novel nut-like ZnO crystal with improved crystal quality was obtained with initial Zn{sup 2+}/Cu{sup 2+} ratio of 10, at reaction temperature of 100 {sup o}C, with initial pH of 7.0 and in a reaction time of 4 h, with ultrasonic pretreatment. Time-dependent experiments show that transfer of the Cu ions plays a crucial role as it causes the difference in crystal growth velocity.

  11. Single crystal functional oxides on silicon

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    Bakaul, Saidur Rahman; Serrao, Claudy Rayan; Lee, Michelle; Yeung, Chun Wing; Sarker, Asis; Hsu, Shang-Lin; Yadav, Ajay Kumar; Dedon, Liv; You, Long; Khan, Asif Islam; Clarkson, James David; Hu, Chenming; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Salahuddin, Sayeef

    2016-01-01

    Single-crystalline thin films of complex oxides show a rich variety of functional properties such as ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, ferro and antiferromagnetism and so on that have the potential for completely new electronic applications. Direct synthesis of such oxides on silicon remains challenging because of the fundamental crystal chemistry and mechanical incompatibility of dissimilar interfaces. Here we report integration of thin (down to one unit cell) single crystalline, complex oxide films onto silicon substrates, by epitaxial transfer at room temperature. In a field-effect transistor using a transferred lead zirconate titanate layer as the gate insulator, we demonstrate direct reversible control of the semiconductor channel charge with polarization state. These results represent the realization of long pursued but yet to be demonstrated single-crystal functional oxides on-demand on silicon. PMID:26853112

  12. Single crystal functional oxides on silicon.

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    Bakaul, Saidur Rahman; Serrao, Claudy Rayan; Lee, Michelle; Yeung, Chun Wing; Sarker, Asis; Hsu, Shang-Lin; Yadav, Ajay Kumar; Dedon, Liv; You, Long; Khan, Asif Islam; Clarkson, James David; Hu, Chenming; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Salahuddin, Sayeef

    2016-01-01

    Single-crystalline thin films of complex oxides show a rich variety of functional properties such as ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, ferro and antiferromagnetism and so on that have the potential for completely new electronic applications. Direct synthesis of such oxides on silicon remains challenging because of the fundamental crystal chemistry and mechanical incompatibility of dissimilar interfaces. Here we report integration of thin (down to one unit cell) single crystalline, complex oxide films onto silicon substrates, by epitaxial transfer at room temperature. In a field-effect transistor using a transferred lead zirconate titanate layer as the gate insulator, we demonstrate direct reversible control of the semiconductor channel charge with polarization state. These results represent the realization of long pursued but yet to be demonstrated single-crystal functional oxides on-demand on silicon. PMID:26853112

  13. Diluted magnetism in Mn-doped SrZnO2 single crystals

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    Rahman, M. R.; Koteswararao, B.; Huang, S. H.; Hoon Kim, Kee; Chou, F. C.

    2013-09-01

    We have investigated the magnetic properties of Mn- and Cu-substituted SrZnO2 single crystals (SrZn1-xMnxO2 and SrZn1-xCuxO2). We observed signatures of weak ferromagnetism as a sharp increase of magnetic susceptibility below 5 K even in the low-percentage (x = 0.01) of Mn-substituted single crystals. Magnetic susceptibility data measured parallel or perpendicular to the ab-plane yield anisotropic behavior with Curie-Weiss temperature of about -320 K and -410 K, respectively, suggesting the presence of strong antiferromagnetic couplings among Mn at high temperatures, similar to the Mn-doped ZnO and Fe-doped BaTiO3. In contrast, the SrZn0.99Cu0.01O2 crystal shows paramagnetic behavior down to 2 K.

  14. Detection of quantum well induced single degenerate-transition-dipoles in ZnO nanorods.

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    Ghosh, Siddharth; Ghosh, Moumita; Seibt, Michael; Mohan Rao, G

    2016-01-28

    Quantifying and characterising atomic defects in nanocrystals is difficult and low-throughput using the existing methods such as high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). In this article, using a defocused wide-field optical imaging technique, we demonstrate that a single ultrahigh-piezoelectric ZnO nanorod contains a single defect site. We model the observed dipole-emission patterns from optical imaging with a multi-dimensional dipole and find that the experimentally observed dipole pattern and model-calculated patterns are in excellent agreement. This agreement suggests the presence of vertically oriented degenerate-transition-dipoles in vertically aligned ZnO nanorods. The HRTEM of the ZnO nanorod shows the presence of a stacking fault, which generates a localised quantum well induced degenerate-transition-dipole. Finally, we elucidate that defocused wide-field imaging can be widely used to characterise defects in nanomaterials to answer many difficult questions concerning the performance of low-dimensional devices, such as in energy harvesting, advanced metal-oxide-semiconductor storage, and nanoelectromechanical and nanophotonic devices. PMID:26691877

  15. Single crystalline ZnO nanorods grown by a simple hydrothermal process

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    Pei, L.Z.; Zhao, H.S.; Tan, W.; Yu, H.Y.; Chen, Y.W.; Zhang Qianfeng

    2009-09-15

    Single crystalline ZnO nanorods with wurtzite structure have been prepared by a simple hydrothermal process. The microstructure and composition of the products were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDS) and Raman spectrum. The nanorods have diameters ranging from 100 nm to 800 nm and length of longer than 10 {mu}m. Raman peak at 437.8 cm{sup -1} displays the characteristic peak of wurtzite ZnO. Photoluminescence (PL) spectrum shows a blue light emission at 441 nm, which is related to radiative recombination of photo-generated holes with singularly ionized oxygen vacancies.

  16. Experimental Investigation of Orthoenstatite Single Crystal Rheology

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    fraysse, G.; Girard, J.; Holyoke, C. W.; Raterron, P.

    2013-12-01

    The plasticity of enstatite, upper mantle second most abundant mineral, is still poorly constrained, mostly because of its high-temperature (T) transformation into proto- and clino-enstatite at low pressure (P). Mackwell (1991, GRL, 18, 2027) reports a pioneer study of protoenstatite (Pbcn) single-crystal rheology, but the results do not directly apply to the orthorhombic (Pbca) mantle phase. Ohuchi et al. (2011, Contri. Mineral. Petrol , 161, 961) carried out deformation experiments at P=1.3 GPa on oriented orthoenstatite crystals, investigating the activity of [001](100) and [001](010) dislocation slip systems; they report the first rheological laws for orthoenstatite crystals. However, strain and stress were indirectly constrained in their experiments, which questioned whether steady state conditions of deformation were achieved. Also, data reported for [001](100) slip system were obtained after specimens had transformed by twinning into clinoenstatite. We report here new data from deformation experiments carried out at high T and P ranging from 3.5 to 6.2 GPa on natural Fe-bearing enstatite single crystals, using the Deformation-DIA apparatus (D-DIA) that equipped the X17B2 beamline of the NSLS (NY, USA). The applied stress and specimen strain rates were measured in situ by X-ray diffraction and imaging techniques (e.g., Raterron & Merkel, 2009, J. Sync. Rad., 16, 748; Raterron et al., 2013, Rev. Sci. Instr., 84, 043906). Three specimen orientations were tested: i) with the compression direction along [101]c crystallographic direction, which forms a 45 angle with both [100] and [001] axes, to investigate [001](100) slip-system activity; ii) along [011]c direction to investigate [001](010) system activity; iii) and along enstatite [125] axis, to activate both slip systems together. Crystals were deformed two by two, to compare slip system activities, or against enstatite aggregates or orientated olivine crystals of known rheology for comparison. Run products microstructures were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. Despite a significant hardening with P, enstatite [001](100) slip system is found to be the easiest system at mantle P and T. Furthermore, orthoenstatite crystals exhibit a higher sensitivity to stress than olivine crystals, i.e. a higher n exponent in classical power laws. At the low stress level prevailing in the Earth mantle, enstatite crystals are thus harder than olivine crystals.

  17. Imaging Single ZnO Vertical Nanowire Laser Cavities using UV-Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy

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    Gargas, D.J.; Toimil-Molares, M.E.; Yang, P.

    2008-11-17

    We report the fabrication and optical characterization of individual ZnO vertical nanowire laser cavities. Dilute nanowire arrays with interwire spacing>10 ?m were produced by a modified chemical vapor transport (CVT) method yielding an ideal platform for single nanowire imaging and spectroscopy. Lasing characteristics of a single vertical nanowire are presented, as well as high-resolution photoluminescence imaging by UV-laser scanning confocal microscopy. In addition, three-dimensional (3D) mapping of the photoluminescence emission performed in both planar and vertical dimensions demonstrates height-selective imaging useful for vertical nanowires and heteronanostructures emerging in the field of optoelectronics and nanophotonics.

  18. Lightweight optical mirrors formed in single crystal substrate

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    Bly, Vincent T. (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    This invention is directed to a process for manufacturing a lightweight mirror from a single crystal material, such as single crystal silicon. As a near perfect single crystal material, single crystal silicon has much lower internal stress than a conventional material. This means much less distortion of the optical surface during the light weighting process. After being ground and polished, a single crystal silicon mirror is light weighted by removing material from the back side using ultrasonic machining. After the light weighting process, the single crystal silicon mirror may be used as-is or further figured by conventional polishing or ion milling, depending on the application and the operating wavelength.

  19. SSME single crystal turbine blade dynamics

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    Moss, Larry A.; Smith, Todd E.

    1987-01-01

    A study was performed to determine the dynamic characteristics of the Space Shuttle main engine high pressure fuel turbopump (HPFTP) blades made of single crystal (SC) material. The first and second stage drive turbine blades of HPFTP were examined. The nonrotating natural frequencies were determined experimentally and analytically. The experimental results of the SC second stage blade were used to verify the analytical procedures. The analytical study examined the SC first stage blade natural frequencies with respect to crystal orientation at typical operating conditions. The SC blade dynamic response was predicted to be less than the directionally solidified blade. Crystal axis orientation optimization indicated the third mode interference will exist in any SC orientation.

  20. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, Frank R.; Gillies, Donald C.; Watring, Dale A.

    1999-01-01

    The objective of the study is to establish the effects of processing semiconducting, solid solution, single crystals in a microgravity environment on the metallurgical, compositional, electrical, and optical characteristics of the crystals. The alloy system being investigated is the solid solution semiconductor Hg(1-x)Cd(x)Te, with x-values appropriate for infrared detector applications in the 8 to 14 mm wavelength region. Both melt and Te-solvent growth are being performed. The study consists of an extensive ground-based experimental and theoretical research effort followed by flight experimentation where appropriate. The ground-based portion of the investigation also includes the evaluation of the relative effectiveness of stabilizing techniques, such as applied magnetic fields, for suppressing convective flow during the melt growth of the crystals.

  1. Shock Hugoniot of Single Crystal Copper

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    Chau, R; Stolken, J; Asoka-Kumar, P; Kumar, M; Holmes, N C

    2009-08-28

    The shock Hugoniot of single crystal copper is reported for stresses below 66 GPa. Symmetric impact experiments were used to measure the Hugoniots of three different crystal orientations of copper, [100], [110], [111]. The photonic doppler velocimetry (PDV) diagnostic was adapted into a very high precision time of arrival detector for these experiments. The measured Hugoniots along all three crystal directions were nearly identical to the experimental Hugoniot for polycrystalline Cu. The predicted orientation dependence of the Hugoniot from MD calculations was not observed. At the lowest stresses, the sound speed in Cu was extracted from the PDV data. The measured sound speeds are in agreement with values calculated from the elastic constants for Cu.

  2. The Creep of Single Crystals of Aluminum

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    Johnson, R D; Shober, F R; Schwope, A D

    1953-01-01

    The creep of single crystals of high-purity aluminum was investigated in the range of temperatures from room temperature to 400 F and at resolved-shear-stress levels of 200, 300, and 400 psi. The tests were designed in an attempt to produce data regarding the relation between the rate of strain and the mechanism of deformation. The creep data are analyzed in terms of shear strain rate and the results are discussed with regard to existing creep theories. Stress-strain curves were determined for the crystals in tinsel and constant-load-rate tests in the same temperature range to supplement the study of plastic deformation by creep with information regarding the part played by crystal orientation, differences in strain markings, and other variables in plastic deformation.

  3. Physical model construction for electrical anisotropy of single crystal zinc oxide micro/nanobelt using finite element method

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    Yu, Guangbin; Tang, Chaolong; Song, Jinhui E-mail: wqlu@cigit.ac.cn; Lu, Wenqiang E-mail: wqlu@cigit.ac.cn

    2014-04-14

    Based on conductivity characterization of single crystal zinc oxide (ZnO) micro/nanobelt (MB/NB), we further investigate the physical mechanism of nonlinear intrinsic resistance-length characteristic using finite element method. By taking the same parameters used in experiment, a model of nonlinear anisotropic resistance change with single crystal MB/NB has been deduced, which matched the experiment characterization well. The nonlinear resistance-length comes from the different electron moving speed in various crystal planes. As the direct outcome, crystallography of the anisotropic semiconducting MB/NB has been identified, which could serve as a simple but effective method to identify crystal growth direction of single crystal semiconducting or conductive nanomaterial.

  4. Size-dependent elastic properties of single-walled ZnO nanotubes: A first-principles study

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    Wen Yuhua; Zhang Yang; Wu Shunqing; Zhu Zizhong

    2011-04-15

    By means of first-principles calculations, we have investigated a size dependence of elastic modulus in single-walled ZnO nanotubes with armchair and zigzag forms. It is found that for these tubes the Young's modulus is increased dramatically with the increased diameters and inversely proportional to the Zn-O bond length. Further, the amount of charge transfer, calculated by the Bader analysis, is introduced to elucidate the strength of bonding between Zn and O atoms in these tubes.

  5. Single-Crystal Diamond Nanobeam Waveguide Optomechanics

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    Khanaliloo, Behzad; Jayakumar, Harishankar; Hryciw, Aaron C.; Lake, David P.; Kaviani, Hamidreza; Barclay, Paul E.

    2015-10-01

    Single-crystal diamond optomechanical devices have the potential to enable fundamental studies and technologies coupling mechanical vibrations to both light and electronic quantum systems. Here, we demonstrate a single-crystal diamond optomechanical system and show that it allows excitation of diamond mechanical resonances into self-oscillations with amplitude >200 nm . The resulting internal stress field is predicted to allow driving of electron spin transitions of diamond nitrogen-vacancy centers. The mechanical resonances have a quality factor >7 105 and can be tuned via nonlinear frequency renormalization, while the optomechanical interface has a 150 nm bandwidth and 9.5 fm /?{Hz } sensitivity. In combination, these features make this system a promising platform for interfacing light, nanomechanics, and electron spins.

  6. Biomineralization of nanoscale single crystal hydroxyapatite.

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    Omokanwaye, Tiffany; Wilson, Otto C; Gugssa, Ayelle; Anderson, Winston

    2015-11-01

    The chemical and physical characteristics of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite particles which formed during the subcutaneous implantation of crab shell in Sprague-Dawley rats were studied using selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The initial SAED characterization evidence indicated the presence of an amorphous calcium phosphate phase. The electron dense nanophase particles which formed in the wound healing zone displayed broad diffuse rings which usually indicate a low crystalline order or amorphous phase. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed that these mineralized regions contained discrete single crystal particles less than 5nm in size. Micrographs taken at successively higher magnifications revealed very small nanoparticles with a hexagonal arrangement of ion channels with characteristic spacing of 0.54nm and 0.23nm. This study revealed that single crystal hydroxyapatite nanoparticles consisting of only a few unit cells formed via a biomineralization directed process. PMID:26249568

  7. Optimizing Scale Adhesion on Single Crystal Superalloys

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    Smialek, James L.; Pint, Bruce A.

    2000-01-01

    To improve scale adhesion, single crystal superalloys have been desulfurized to levels below 1 ppmw by hydrogen annealing. A transition to fully adherent behavior has been shown to occur at a sulfur level of about 0.2 ppmw, as demonstrated for PWA 1480, PWA 1484, and Rene N5 single crystal superalloys in 1100-1150 C cyclic oxidation tests up to 2000 h. Small additions of yttrium (15 ppmw) also have been effective in producing adhesion for sulfur contents of about 5 ppmw. Thus the critical Y/S ratio required for adhesion was on the order of 3-to-1 by weight (1-to-1 atomic), in agreement with values estimated from solubility products for yttrium sulfides. While hydrogen annealing greatly improved an undoped alloy, yielding <= 0.01 ppmw S, it also produced benefits for Y-doped alloys without measurably reducing the sulfur content.

  8. Macrodeformation Twins in Single-Crystal Aluminum.

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    Zhao, F; Wang, L; Fan, D; Bie, B X; Zhou, X M; Suo, T; Li, Y L; Chen, M W; Liu, C L; Qi, M L; Zhu, M H; Luo, S N

    2016-02-19

    Deformation twinning in pure aluminum has been considered to be a unique property of nanostructured aluminum. A lingering mystery is whether deformation twinning occurs in coarse-grained or single-crystal aluminum at scales beyond nanotwins. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of macrodeformation twins in single-crystal aluminum formed under an ultrahigh strain rate (∼10^{6}  s^{-1}) and large shear strain (200%) via dynamic equal channel angular pressing. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the frustration of subsonic dislocation motion leads to transonic deformation twinning. Deformation twinning is rooted in the rate dependences of dislocation motion and twinning, which are coupled, complementary processes during severe plastic deformation under ultrahigh strain rates. PMID:26943543

  9. Macrodeformation Twins in Single-Crystal Aluminum

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    Zhao, F.; Wang, L.; Fan, D.; Bie, B. X.; Zhou, X. M.; Suo, T.; Li, Y. L.; Chen, M. W.; Liu, C. L.; Qi, M. L.; Zhu, M. H.; Luo, S. N.

    2016-02-01

    Deformation twinning in pure aluminum has been considered to be a unique property of nanostructured aluminum. A lingering mystery is whether deformation twinning occurs in coarse-grained or single-crystal aluminum at scales beyond nanotwins. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of macrodeformation twins in single-crystal aluminum formed under an ultrahigh strain rate (˜106 s-1 ) and large shear strain (200%) via dynamic equal channel angular pressing. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the frustration of subsonic dislocation motion leads to transonic deformation twinning. Deformation twinning is rooted in the rate dependences of dislocation motion and twinning, which are coupled, complementary processes during severe plastic deformation under ultrahigh strain rates.

  10. Ionic diffusion in single crystals of vermiculite

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    Maraqah, H.R.

    1993-01-01

    Novel guest-host compounds, based on single crystal vermiculite, were synthesized by diffusive techniques through a new hydrogen vermiculite. Single crystals were chosen because of the ease of characterization. An investigation of the ion transport properties of these single crystals was done to determine the mechanism of conductivity including the predominant charge carrier. Measurements of the ionic conductivity using impedance spectroscopy and X-ray lattice parameters of the ion-exchanged samples strongly suggest that the native cations and not protons are the major current carriers. Single crystals of hydrogen vermiculite were synthesized at room temperature by ion exchange from sodium-vermiculite using 1 molar acetic acid for a one week. Subsequent ion exchange with other cations was found to be much enhanced. Thus transition metals were exchanged in about a week in contrast to the need of several months using previous methods. The ionic conductivity of hydrogen vermiculite was measured and shown to be much lower than that of many other monovalent cations in the same host lattice. Its enthalpy of motion is also much lower. These marked differences suggest that protonic species do not play a significant role in charge transport in these layered materials. These materials were characterized by x-ray powder diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and acid-base titration. Hydrogen-vermiculite was found to react with organic bases, like methylamine, ethylamine, n-butylamine, n-hexylamine, n-octylamine, n-decylamine, aniline, acrylamide, methacrylaminde, urea, 1,10phenanthroline, and 1,1phenanthroline ferrous sulfate complex, to undergo ion exchange with metal cations like sodium, zinc, copper(II) ions and polymerization reactions could be performed in the galleries of the structure like pyrrole and aniline. Its behavior was compared with that of powdered montmorillonite.

  11. Flexible single-crystal silicon nanomembrane photonic crystal cavity.

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    Xu, Xiaochuan; Subbaraman, Harish; Chakravarty, Swapnajit; Hosseini, Amir; Covey, John; Yu, Yalin; Kwong, David; Zhang, Yang; Lai, Wei-Cheng; Zou, Yi; Lu, Nanshu; Chen, Ray T

    2014-12-23

    Flexible inorganic electronic devices promise numerous applications, especially in fields that could not be covered satisfactorily by conventional rigid devices. Benefits on a similar scale are also foreseeable for silicon photonic components. However, the difficulty in transferring intricate silicon photonic devices has deterred widespread development. In this paper, we demonstrate a flexible single-crystal silicon nanomembrane photonic crystal microcavity through a bonding and substrate removal approach. The transferred cavity shows a quality factor of 2.210(4) and could be bent to a curvature of 5 mm radius without deteriorating the performance compared to its counterparts on rigid substrates. A thorough characterization of the device reveals that the resonant wavelength is a linear function of the bending-induced strain. The device also shows a curvature-independent sensitivity to the ambient index variation. PMID:25409282

  12. Synthesis of PS colloidal crystal templates and ordered ZnO porous thin films by dip-drawing method

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    Liu, Zhifeng; Jin, Zhengguo; Li, Wei; Qiu, Jijun; Zhao, Juan; Liu, Xiaoxin

    2006-05-01

    Polystyrene spheres (PS) were synthesized by an emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization technique and the PS colloidal crystal templates were assembled orderly on clean glass substrates by dip-drawing method from emulsion of PS. Porous ZnO thin films were prepared by filling the ZnO sol into the spaces among the close-packed PS templates and then annealing to remove the PS templates. The effects of ZnO precursor sol concentration and dipping time in sol on the porous structure of the thin films were studied. The results showed an ordered ZnO porous thin film with designed pore size that depended on the sol concentration and PS size could be obtained. And the shrinkage of pore diameter was about 30-43%. X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra indicated the thin film was wurtzite structure. The transmittance spectrum showed that optical transmittance decreased with the decrease of wavelength, but kept above 80% optical transmittances beyond the wavelength of 550 nm. Optical band gap of the porous ZnO thin film (fired at 500 C) was 3.22 eV.

  13. A spontaneous single-crystal-to-single-crystal polymorphic transition involving major packing changes.

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    Krishnan, Baiju P; Sureshan, Kana M

    2015-02-01

    4,6-O-Benzylidene-?-d-galactosyl azide crystallizes into two morphologically distinct polymorphs depending on the solvent. While the ? form appeared as thick rods and crystallized in P21 space group (monoclinic) with a single molecule in the asymmetric unit, the ? form appeared as thin fibers and crystallized in P1 space group (triclinic) with six molecules in the asymmetric unit. Both the polymorphs appeared to melt at the same temperature. Differential scanning calorimetry analysis revealed that polymorph ? irreversibly undergoes endothermic transition to polymorph ? much before its melting point, which accounts for their apparently same melting points. Variable temperature powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) experiments provided additional proof for the polymorphic transition. Single-crystal XRD analyses revealed that ? to ? transition occurs in a single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) fashion not only under thermal activation but also spontaneously at room temperature. The SCSC nature of this transition is surprising in light of the large structural differences between these polymorphs. Polarized light microscopy experiments not only proved the SCSC nature of the transition but also suggested nucleation and growth mechanism for the transition. PMID:25585170

  14. Perpetually self-propelling chiral single crystals.

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    Panda, Manas K; Run?evski, Tom?e; Husain, Ahmad; Dinnebier, Robert E; Naumov, Pan?e

    2015-02-11

    When heated, single crystals of enantiomerically pure D- and L-pyroglutamic acid (PGA) are capable of recurring self-actuation due to rapid release of latent strain during a structural phase transition, while the racemate is mechanically inactive. Contrary to other thermosalient materials, where the effect is accompanied by crystal explosion due to ejection of debris or splintering, the chiral PGA crystals respond to internal strain with unprecedented robustness and can be actuated repeatedly without deterioration. It is demonstrated that this superelasticity is attained due to the low-dimensional hydrogen-bonding network which effectively accrues internal strain to elicit propulsion solely by elastic deformation without disintegration. One of the two polymorphs (?) associated with the thermosalient phase transition undergoes biaxial negative thermal expansion (?a = -54.8(8) 10(-6) K(-1), ?c = -3.62(8) 10(-6) K(-1)) and exceptionally large uniaxial thermal expansion (?b = 303(1) 10(-6) K(-1)). This second example of a thermosalient solid with anomalous expansion indicates that the thermosalient effect can be expected for first-order phase transitions in soft crystals devoid of an extended 3D hydrogen-bonding network that undergo strongly anisotropic thermal expansion around the phase transition. PMID:25581716

  15. Sponge-like nanoporous single crystals of gold

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    Khristosov, Maria Koifman; Bloch, Leonid; Burghammer, Manfred; Kauffmann, Yaron; Katsman, Alex; Pokroy, Boaz

    2015-11-01

    Single crystals in nature often demonstrate fascinating intricate porous morphologies rather than classical faceted surfaces. We attempt to grow such crystals, drawing inspiration from biogenic porous single crystals. Here we show that nanoporous single crystals of gold can be grown with no need for any elaborate fabrication steps. These crystals are found to grow following solidification of a eutectic composition melt that forms as a result of the dewetting of nanometric thin films. We also present a kinetic model that shows how this nano-porous single-crystalline structure can be obtained, and which allows the potential size of the porous single crystal to be predicted. Retaining their single-crystalline nature is due to the fact that the full crystallization process is faster than the average period between two subsequent nucleation events. Our findings clearly demonstrate that it is possible to form single-crystalline nano porous metal crystals in a controlled manner.

  16. Sponge-like nanoporous single crystals of gold.

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    Khristosov, Maria Koifman; Bloch, Leonid; Burghammer, Manfred; Kauffmann, Yaron; Katsman, Alex; Pokroy, Boaz

    2015-01-01

    Single crystals in nature often demonstrate fascinating intricate porous morphologies rather than classical faceted surfaces. We attempt to grow such crystals, drawing inspiration from biogenic porous single crystals. Here we show that nanoporous single crystals of gold can be grown with no need for any elaborate fabrication steps. These crystals are found to grow following solidification of a eutectic composition melt that forms as a result of the dewetting of nanometric thin films. We also present a kinetic model that shows how this nano-porous single-crystalline structure can be obtained, and which allows the potential size of the porous single crystal to be predicted. Retaining their single-crystalline nature is due to the fact that the full crystallization process is faster than the average period between two subsequent nucleation events. Our findings clearly demonstrate that it is possible to form single-crystalline nano porous metal crystals in a controlled manner. PMID:26554856

  17. In Situ Confocal Raman Mapping Study of a Single Ti-Assisted ZnO Nanowire.

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    Gandhi, Ashish C; Hung, Hsuan-Jung; Shih, Po-Hsun; Cheng, Chia-Liang; Ma, Yuan-Ron; Wu, Shengyun

    2009-01-01

    In this work, we succeeded in preparing in-plane zinc oxide nanowires using a Ti-grid assisted by the chemical vapor deposition method. Optical spatial mapping of the Confocal Raman spectra was used to investigate the phonon and geometric properties of a single ZnO nanowire. The local optical results reveal a red shift in the non-polar E2 high frequency mode and width broadening along the growth direction, reflecting quantum-confinement in the radial direction. PMID:20672140

  18. Bridgman growth of paratellurite single crystals

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    Veber, P.; Mangin, J.; Strimer, P.; Delarue, P.; Josse, C.; Saviot, L.

    2004-09-01

    The growth of paratellurite single crystals by the vertical-gradient freezing technique is reported for the first time. Boules of 120 mm long and 25 mm in diameter were obtained under a temperature gradient of 10C cm-1 and translation rates lower than 0.6 mm h-1. The spatial distribution of defects along the growth axis reveals a continuous evolution of the free convective fluid-flow regime as growth proceeds. Gas bubbles and dark inclusions rejected to the periphery in the upper part of the crystal are observed to lay preferentially in (1 0 0), (0 0 1), (1 1 bar 0) and (1 1 2) crystallographic planes. Among them, SEM and microprobe analyses evidenced the presence of metallic platinum, while micro-Raman experiments allowed to assess oxygen as being actually the gas content of occluded bubbles, originated at the crucible wall through Pt-induced dissociation of Te-O bonds.

  19. ?-Lead tellurite from single-crystal data

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    Zavodnik, Valery E.; Ivanov, Sergey A.; Stash, Adam I.

    2008-01-01

    The crystal structure of the title compound, ?-PbTeO3 (PTO), has been reported previously by Mariolacos [Anz. Oesterr. Akad. Wiss. Math. Naturwiss. Kl. (1969), 106, 128130], refined on powder data. The current determination at room temperature from data obtained from single crystals grown by the Czochralski method shows a significant improvement in the precision of the geometric parameters when all atoms have been refined anisotropically. The selection of a centrosymmetric (C2/c) structure model was confirmed by the second harmonic generation test. The asymmetric unit contains three formula units. The structure of PTO is built up of three types of distorted [PbOx] polyhedra (x = 7 and 9) which share their O atoms with TeO3 pyramidal units. These main anionic polyhedra are responsible for establishing the two types of tunnel required for the stereochemical activity of the lone pairs of the Pb2+ and Te4+ cations. PMID:21201834

  20. Crystal ion slicing of single-crystal magnetic garnet films

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    Levy, M.; Osgood, R. M.; Kumar, A.; Bakhru, H.

    1998-06-01

    Epitaxial liftoff has been used for achieving heterogeneous integration of many III-V and elemental semiconductor systems. However, it has been heretofore impossible to integrate devices of many other important material systems. A good example of this problem has been the integration of single-crystal transition metal oxides on semiconductor platforms, a system needed for on-chip thin film optical isolators. We report here an implementation of epitaxial liftoff in magnetic garnets. Deep ion implantation is used to create a buried sacrificial layer in single-crystal yttrium iron garnet (YIG) and bismuth-substituted YIG (Bi-YIG) epitaxial layers grown on gadolinium gallium garnet (GGG). The damage generated by the implantation induces a large etch selectivity between the sacrificial layer and the rest of the garnet. Ten-micron-thick films have been lifted off from the original GGG substrates by etching in phosphoric acid. Millimeter-size pieces of excellent quality have been transferred to the silicon and gallium arsenide substrates. Study of the magnetic domain structure in the detached epilayers by Faraday contrast shows no changes in film anisotropy. Optical insertion loss measurements are also presented.

  1. Single crystal to single crystal polymerization of a columnar assembled diacetylene macrocycle

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    Xu, Weiwei

    Organic tubular materials have attracted lots of attentions for their potential applications as nanoscale fluidic transport systems, specific ion sensors, molecular sieves and confined molecular reaction containers. While conjugated polymers, due to delocalized Pi electrons, exhibit interesting solar cells and sensors applications. In this thesis, we developed a conjugated polymer which combines the attributes of conjugated polymers with tubular materials, which should have great potential to work as a sensing material. We reproduced and scaled-up the synthesis of a polymerizable macrocycle 1 that contains two rigidly separated diacetylene units. We found that, through hydrogen bonding, 1 can assemble into columnar crystals and can be polymerized under a single crystal to single crystal transformation process to afford porous polydiacetylene (PDA) crystals. We studied the assembly of the macrocycles 1 under different conditions to give three different crystalline forms and micro-phase crystals, and also investigated their subsequent polymerizations. The macrocycle assembly and polymerized materials were characterized by a variety of technique. Since the gas adsorption measurement exhibited PDA crystals still retained its porosity and the polymer should have ability to uptake suitable guest molecules, therefore the absorption of iodine for PDA crystals was investigated as well.

  2. Chemical vapor deposition of graphene single crystals.

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    Yan, Zheng; Peng, Zhiwei; Tour, James M

    2014-04-15

    As a two-dimensional (2D) sp(2)-bonded carbon allotrope, graphene has attracted enormous interest over the past decade due to its unique properties, such as ultrahigh electron mobility, uniform broadband optical absorption and high tensile strength. In the initial research, graphene was isolated from natural graphite, and limited to small sizes and low yields. Recently developed chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques have emerged as an important method for the scalable production of large-size and high-quality graphene for various applications. However, CVD-derived graphene is polycrystalline and demonstrates degraded properties induced by grain boundaries. Thus, the next critical step of graphene growth relies on the synthesis of large graphene single crystals. In this Account, we first discuss graphene grain boundaries and their influence on graphene's properties. Mechanical and electrical behaviors of CVD-derived polycrystalline graphene are greatly reduced when compared to that of exfoliated graphene. We then review four representative pathways of pretreating Cu substrates to make millimeter-sized monolayer graphene grains: electrochemical polishing and high-pressure annealing of Cu substrate, adding of additional Cu enclosures, melting and resolidfying Cu substrates, and oxygen-rich Cu substrates. Due to these pretreatments, the nucleation site density on Cu substrates is greatly reduced, resulting in hexagonal-shaped graphene grains that show increased grain domain size and comparable electrical properties as to exfoliated graphene. Also, the properties of graphene can be engineered by its shape, thickness and spatial structure. Thus, we further discuss recently developed methods of making graphene grains with special spatial structures, including snowflakes, six-lobed flowers, pyramids and hexagonal graphene onion rings. The fundamental growth mechanism and practical applications of these well-shaped graphene structures should be interesting topics and deserves more attention in the near future. Following that, recent efforts in fabricating large single-crystal monolayer graphene on other metal substrates, including Ni, Pt, and Ru, are also described. The differences in growth conditions reveal different growth mechanisms on these metals. Another key challenge for graphene growth is to make graphene single crystals on insulating substrates, such as h-BN, SiO2, and ceramic. The recently developed plasma-enhanced CVD method can be used to directly synthesize graphene single crystals on h-BN substrates and is described in this Account as well. To summarize, recent research in synthesizing millimeter-sized monolayer graphene grains with different pretreatments, graphene grain shapes, metal catalysts, and substrates is reviewed. Although great advancements have been achieved in CVD synthesis of graphene single crystals, potential challenges still exist, such as the growth of wafer-sized graphene single crystals to further facilitate the fabrication of graphene-based devices, as well as a deeper understanding of graphene growth mechanisms and growth dynamics in order to make graphene grains with precisely controlled thicknesses and spatial structures. PMID:24527957

  3. Influence of ZnO nanostructures in liquid crystal interfaces for bistable switching applications

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    Pal, Kaushik; Zhan, Bihong; Madhu Mohan, M. L. N.; Schirhagl, Romana; Wang, Guoping

    2015-12-01

    The controlled fabrication of nanometer-scale objects is without doubt one of the central issues in current science and technology. In this article, we exhibit a simple, one-step bench top synthesis of zinc oxide nano-tetrapods and nano-spheres which were tailored by the facial growth of nano-wires (diameter ≈ 24 nm; length ≈ 118 nm) and nano-cubes (≈395 nm edge) to nano-sphere (diameter ≈ 585 nm) appeaded. The possibilities of inexpensive, simple solvo-chemical synthesis of nanostructures were considered. In this article, a successful attempt has been made that ZnO nano-structures dispersed on well aligned hydrogen bonded liquid crystals (HBLC) comprising azelaic acid (AC) with p-n-alkyloxy benzoic acid (nBAO) by varying the respective alkyloxy carbon number (n = 5). The dispersion of nanomaterials with HBLC is an effective route to enhance the existing functionalities. A series of these composite materials were analyzed by polarizing optical microscope's electro-optical switching. An interesting feature of AC + nBAO is the inducement of tilted smectic G phase with increasing carbon chain length. Phase diagrams of the above hybrid ZnO nanomaterial influenced LC complex and pure LC were constructed and compared. The switching times, the contrast ratio and spontaneous polarization of the nanostructures-HBLC composite film were carried out by systematic investigation. The sample preparation parameters, such as the curing time and curing intensity were optimized. The critical applied voltage to achieve the switching bi-stability of our device is only 4.5 V, which is approximately twice its threshold voltage for Freedericksz transition. This performance puts the hybrid structure at the top level in the state of the art in application oriented research in optics of liquid crystalline composite materials.

  4. Conduction mechanism of single-crystal alumina

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    Will, Fritz G.; Delorenzi, Horst G.; Janora, Kevin H.

    1992-01-01

    The fully guarded three-terminal technique was used to perform conductivity measurements on single-crystal alumina at temperatures of 400-1300 C. The conductivity was also determined as a function of time at various temperatures and applied fields. Further, the fractions of the current carried by Al and O ions (ionic transference numbers) were determined from long-term transference experiments in the temperature range 1100-1300 C. A mathematical model of the conduction mechanism is proposed, and model predictions are compared with experimental results.

  5. Growth and dielectric parameters of DGS single crystal

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    Patel, Vimal; Vyas, S. M.; Patel, Piyush; Jani, M. P.; Pavagadhi, Himanshu

    2015-08-01

    Anhydrous Diglycine sulfate single crystals have been grown from the aqueous solutions, which is made from the glycerin and sulfuric acid at room temperature with pH values. This grown crystal now used to study some optical and dielectric properties. i.e. refractive index, density, molar refraction, Polarizability and Molar Polarization. These all parameter provides information about the DGS single crystals, which is used in various processes of dielectric presentation of DGS single crystals.

  6. Redetermination of the crystal structure of ?-zinc molybdate from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data

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    Mtioui-Sghaier, Olfa; Mendoza-Meroo, Rafael; Ktari, Lilia; Dammak, Mohamed; Garca-Granda, Santiago

    2015-01-01

    The crystal structure of the ?-polymorph of ZnMoO4 was re-determined on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. In comparison with previous powder X-ray diffraction studies [Katikaneani & Arunachalam (2005 ?). Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. pp. 30803087; Cavalcante et al. (2013 ?). Polyhedron, 54, 1325], all atoms were refined with anisotropic displacement parameters, leading to a higher precision with respect to bond lengths and angles. ?-ZnMoO4 adopts the wolframite structure type and is composed of distorted ZnO6 and MoO6 octahedra, both with point group symmetry 2. The distortion of the octahedra is reflected by variation of bond lengths and angles from 2.002?(3)2.274?(4)?, 80.63?(11)108.8?(2) for equatorial and 158.4?(2) 162.81?(14) for axial angles (ZnO6), and of 1.769?(3)2.171?(3)?, 73.39?(16)104.7?(2), 150.8?(2)164.89?(15) (MoO6), respectively. In the crystal structure, the same type of MO6 octahedra share edges to built up zigzag chains extending parallel to [001]. The two types of chains are condensed by common vertices into a framework structure. The crystal structure can alternatively be described as derived from a distorted hexagonally closed packed arrangement of the O atoms, with Zn and Mo in half of the octahedral voids. PMID:26279891

  7. Redetermination of the crystal structure of ?-zinc molybdate from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data.

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    Mtioui-Sghaier, Olfa; Mendoza-Meroo, Rafael; Ktari, Lilia; Dammak, Mohamed; Garca-Granda, Santiago

    2015-07-01

    The crystal structure of the ?-polymorph of ZnMoO4 was re-determined on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. In comparison with previous powder X-ray diffraction studies [Katikaneani & Arunachalam (2005 ?). Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. pp. 3080-3087; Cavalcante et al. (2013 ?). Polyhedron, 54, 13-25], all atoms were refined with anisotropic displacement parameters, leading to a higher precision with respect to bond lengths and angles. ?-ZnMoO4 adopts the wolframite structure type and is composed of distorted ZnO6 and MoO6 octa-hedra, both with point group symmetry 2. The distortion of the octa-hedra is reflected by variation of bond lengths and angles from 2.002?(3)-2.274?(4)?, 80.63?(11)-108.8?(2) for equatorial and 158.4?(2)- 162.81?(14) for axial angles (ZnO6), and of 1.769?(3)-2.171?(3)?, 73.39?(16)-104.7?(2), 150.8?(2)-164.89?(15) (MoO6), respectively. In the crystal structure, the same type of MO6 octa-hedra share edges to built up zigzag chains extending parallel to [001]. The two types of chains are condensed by common vertices into a framework structure. The crystal structure can alternatively be described as derived from a distorted hexa-gonally closed packed arrangement of the O atoms, with Zn and Mo in half of the octa-hedral voids. PMID:26279891

  8. Single phase formation of Co-implanted ZnO thin films by swift heavy ion irradiation: Optical studies

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    Kumar, Ravi; Singh, Fouran; Angadi, Basavaraj; Choi, Ji-Won; Choi, Won-Kook; Jeong, Kwangho; Song, Jong-Han; Khan, M. Wasi; Srivastava, J. P.; Kumar, Ajay; Tandon, R. P.

    2006-12-01

    Low temperature photoluminescence and optical absorption studies on 200 MeV Ag{sup +15} ion irradiated Co-implanted ZnO thin films were studied. The Co clusters present in as implanted samples were observed to be dissolved using 200 MeV Ag{sup +15} ion irradiation with a fluence of 1x10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}. The photoluminescence spectrum of pure ZnO thin film was characterized by the I{sub 4} peak due to the neutral donor bound excitons and the broad green emission. The Co-doped ZnO films show three sharp levels and two shoulders corresponding to 3t{sub 2g} and 2e{sub g} levels of crystal field splitted Co d orbitals, respectively. The ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy also shows the systematic variation of band gap after 200 MeV Ag{sup +15} ion irradiation.

  9. Fabrication of crystals from single metal atoms

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    Barry, Nicolas P. E.; Pitto-Barry, Anas; Sanchez, Ana M.; Dove, Andrew P.; Procter, Richard J.; Soldevila-Barreda, Joan J.; Kirby, Nigel; Hands-Portman, Ian; Smith, Corinne J.; O'Reilly, Rachel K.; Beanland, Richard; Sadler, Peter J.

    2014-05-01

    Metal nanocrystals offer new concepts for the design of nanodevices with a range of potential applications. Currently the formation of metal nanocrystals cannot be controlled at the level of individual atoms. Here we describe a new general method for the fabrication of multi-heteroatom-doped graphitic matrices decorated with very small, ngstrm-sized, three-dimensional (3D)-metal crystals of defined size. We irradiate boron-rich precious-metal-encapsulated self-spreading polymer micelles with electrons and produce, in real time, a doped graphitic support on which individual osmium atoms hop and migrate to form 3D-nanocrystals, as small as 15? in diameter, within 1?h. Crystal growth can be observed, quantified and controlled in real time. We also synthesize the first examples of mixed ruthenium-osmium 3D-nanocrystals. This technology not only allows the production of ngstrm-sized homo- and hetero-crystals, but also provides new experimental insight into the dynamics of nanocrystals and pathways for their assembly from single atoms.

  10. Fabrication of crystals from single metal atoms

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    Barry, Nicolas P. E.; Pitto-Barry, Anaïs; Sanchez, Ana M.; Dove, Andrew P.; Procter, Richard J.; Soldevila-Barreda, Joan J.; Kirby, Nigel; Hands-Portman, Ian; Smith, Corinne J.; O’Reilly, Rachel K.; Beanland, Richard; Sadler, Peter J.

    2014-01-01

    Metal nanocrystals offer new concepts for the design of nanodevices with a range of potential applications. Currently the formation of metal nanocrystals cannot be controlled at the level of individual atoms. Here we describe a new general method for the fabrication of multi-heteroatom-doped graphitic matrices decorated with very small, ångström-sized, three-dimensional (3D)-metal crystals of defined size. We irradiate boron-rich precious-metal-encapsulated self-spreading polymer micelles with electrons and produce, in real time, a doped graphitic support on which individual osmium atoms hop and migrate to form 3D-nanocrystals, as small as 15 Å in diameter, within 1 h. Crystal growth can be observed, quantified and controlled in real time. We also synthesize the first examples of mixed ruthenium–osmium 3D-nanocrystals. This technology not only allows the production of ångström-sized homo- and hetero-crystals, but also provides new experimental insight into the dynamics of nanocrystals and pathways for their assembly from single atoms. PMID:24861089

  11. Biaxial constitutive equation development for single crystals

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    Jordan, E. H.

    1984-01-01

    Current gas turbine engines utilize large single crystal superalloy components in the hot section. Structural analysis of these components requires a valid stress strain temperature constitutive equation. The goal of the program described is to create one or more models and verify these models. A constitutive equation based on an assumed slip behavior of a single slip system was formulated, programmed, and debugged. Specifically, the basic theory for a model based on aggravating slip behavior on individual slip systems was formulated and programmed and some simulations were run using assumed values of constants. In addition, a formulation allowing strain controlled simulations was completed. An approach to structural analysis of the specimen was developed. This approach uses long tube consistancy conditions and finite elements specially formulated to take advantage of the symmetry of 100 oriented specimens.

  12. Cutting fluid study for single crystal silicon

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    Chargin, D.

    1998-05-05

    An empirical study was conducted to evaluate cutting fluids for Single Point Diamond Turning (SPDT) of single crystal silicon. The pH of distilled waster was adjusted with various additives the examine the effect of pH on cutting operations. Fluids which seemed to promote ductile cutting appeared to increase tool wear as well, an undesirable tradeoff. High Ph sodium hydroxide solutions showed promise for further research, as they yielded the best combination of reduced tool wear and good surface finish in the ductile regime. Negative rake tools were verified to improve the surface finish, but the negative rake tools used in the experiments also showed much higher wear than conventional 0{degree} rake tools. Effects of crystallographic orientation on SPDT, such as star patterns of fracture damage forming near the center of the samples, were observed to decrease with lower feedrates. Silicon chips were observed and photographed, indicative of a ductile materials removal process.

  13. Magnetic anisotropy in pyroxene single crystals

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    Biedermann, Andrea Regina; Hirt, Ann Marie; Pettke, Thomas; Bender Koch, Christian

    2014-05-01

    Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) is often used as a proxy for the mineral fabric in a rock. This requires understanding the intrinsic magnetic anisotropy of the minerals that define the rock fabric. With their prismatic habit, pyroxenes describe the texture in mafic and ultramafic rocks. Magnetic anisotropy in pyroxene crystals often arises from both paramagnetic and ferromagnetic components that can be separated from high-field magnetic data. The paramagnetic component is related to the silicate lattice, whereas the ferromagnetic part arises from the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic inclusions that were further characterized by isothermal remanent magnetization measurements. These inclusions often have needle-like habit and are located on the well-defined cleavage planes within the pyroxenes. We characterize low-field and high-field AMS in pyroxene single crystals of diverse orthopyroxene and clinopyroxene minerals. In addition to the magnetic measurements, we analyzed their chemical composition and Fe2+/Fe3+ distribution. The anisotropy arising from inclusions in some augite crystals displays consistent principal susceptibility directions, whereas no preferred orientation is found in other crystals. The principal susceptibilities of the paramagnetic component can be related to the crystal lattice, with the intermediate susceptibility parallel to the b-axis, and minimum and maximum in the a-c-plane for diopside, augite and spodumene. The degree of anisotropy increases with iron concentration. Aegirine shows a different behavior; not only is its maximum susceptibility parallel to the c-axis, but the anisotropy degree is also lower in relation to its iron concentration. This possibly relates to a predominance of Fe3+ in aegirine, whereas Fe2+ is dominant in the other minerals. In orthopyroxene, the maximum susceptibility is parallel to the c-axis and the minimum is parallel to b. The degree of anisotropy increases linearly with iron concentration. The difference in principal directions between clino- and orthopyroxene reflects their different crystal structure; in clinopyroxene, iron mainly occupies M1 sites, whereas it prefers the distorted M2 sites in orthopyroxene. The difference in anisotropy degree between aegirine and the other clinopyroxenes suggests that Fe2+ causes a stronger anisotropy than Fe3+. Thus, the magnetic anisotropy in pyroxenes is mainly dominated by the concentration, oxidation state and site occupancy of iron. The results from this study are important when interpreting magnetic fabrics in ultramafic rocks that contain both olivine and pyroxenes.

  14. Constitutive modeling for single crystal superalloys

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    Stouffer, D. C.; Jayaraman, N.; Sheh, M.; Alden, D.

    1986-01-01

    The inelastic response of single crystal gamma/gamma prime superalloys is quite different from the behavior of polycrystalline nickel base superalloys. Upto a critical temperature the yield stress of single crystal alloys is a function of the material orientation relative to the direction of the applied stress and the material exhibits significant tension/compression asymmetry. This behavior is primarily due to slip on the octahedral slip system. Above the critical temperature there is a sharp drop in the yield stress, cube slip becomes more predominant and the tension/compression asymmetry is reduced. Similar orientation and tension/compression asymmetry is observed in creep and secondary creep above the critical temperature is inferred to occur by octahedral slip. There are two exceptions to this behavior. First, loading near the (111) orientation exhibits cube slip at all temperatures, and; second, loading near the (001) orientation produces only octahedral slip at all temperatures. The constitutive model is based on separating the total global strain into elastic and inelastic components. This model is developed and briefly discussed.

  15. Phase transition peculiarities in LAMOX single crystals

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    Voronkova, V. I.; Kharitonova, E. P.; Krasilnikova, A. E.; Kononkova, N. N.

    2008-05-01

    The series of oxide-ion-conducting La2Mo2O9 single crystals, undoped and doped with Ca, Bi, W, Nb, Zn and V (LAMOX), was grown by the flux method in the system La2O3-MoO3, which has allowed us to use polarization microscopy for the identification of phases. Phase transition peculiarities in the LAMOX family have been studied by polarization microscopy and calorimetry. The results demonstrate that both the monoclinic phase (α), which is stable at room temperature, and the metastable cubic phase (βms), or a mixture of these phases, may exist at room temperature, depending on the post-growth cooling rate and the nature of the dopant at low doping level. On heating, all of the quenched crystals undergo \\beta_{\\mathrm {ms}} \\to \\alpha (450 °C) and \\alpha \\to \\beta (500-560 °C) phase transitions (where β designates the stable cubic phase). At heavy doping levels, the high-temperature transition is suppressed and the crystals (La2Mo1.95V0.05Oy, La2Mo1.84W0.16Oy in our case) are found in the cubic state. The thermal peak near 450 °C at high doping level is not associated with a \\beta_{\\mathrm {ms}} \\to \\alpha transition and may be the result of defect association/dissociation in the cubic crystals. The thermal history, nature of the dopant and doping level are shown to influence the phase transition sequence and type.

  16. Elastic-plastic and phase transition of zinc oxide single crystal under shock compression

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    Liu, Xun; Mashimo, Tsutomu Li, Wei; Zhou, Xianming; Sekine, Toshimori

    2015-03-07

    The Hugoniot data for zinc oxide (ZnO) single crystals were measured up to 80 GPa along both the 〈112{sup ¯}0〉 (a-axis) and 〈0001〉 (c-axis) directions using a velocity interferometer system for any reflector and inclined-mirror method combined with a powder gun and two-stage light gas gun. The Hugoniot-elastic limits of ZnO were determined to be 10.5 and 11.5 GPa along the a- and c-axes, respectively. The wurtzite (B4) to rocksalt (B1) phase transition pressures along the a- and c-axes are 12.3 and 14.4 GPa, respectively. Shock velocity (U{sub s}) versus particle velocity (U{sub p}) relation of the final phase is given by the following relationship: U{sub s} (km/s) = 2.76 + 1.51U{sub p} (km/s). Based on the Debye-Grüneisen model and Birch-Murnaghan equation of state (EOS), we discuss the EOS of the B1 phase ZnO. The bulk modulus (K{sub 0}) and its pressure derivative (K{sub 0}′) are estimated to be K{sub 0} = 174 GPa and K{sub 0}′ = 3.9, respectively.

  17. Polarization tomography of residual stresses in trigonal single crystals

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    Puro, A. E.; Karov, D. D.

    2015-11-01

    A way to determine residual stresses in cylindrical trigonal single crystals the optical axis of which is directed along the crystal axis is proposed. It is assumed that the residual deformation tensor is of thermal character and is characterized by fictive temperature. The measurements are performed in the middle part of a single crystal the length of which is much larger than its diameter; therefore, the stresses in this part do not vary along the single crystal axis. The reconstruction of stresses is based on determining characteristic parameters of polarized light by use of the tomographic method in the plane orthogonal to the single crystal axis.

  18. Enhanced Dibutyl Phthalate Sensing Performance of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance Coated with Au-Decorated ZnO Porous Microspheres.

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    Zhang, Kaihuan; Fan, Guokang; Hu, Ruifen; Li, Guang

    2015-01-01

    Noble metals addition on nanostructured metal oxides is an attractive way to enhance gas sensing properties. Herein, hierarchical zinc oxide (ZnO) porous microspheres decorated with cubic gold particles (Au particles) were synthesized using a facile hydrothermal method. The as-prepared Au-decorated ZnO was then utilized as the sensing film of a gas sensor based on a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). This fabricated sensor was applied to detect dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which is a widely used plasticizer, and its coating load was optimized. When tested at room temperature, the sensor exhibited a high sensitivity of 38.10 Hz/ppb to DBP in a low concentration range from 2 ppb to 30 ppb and the calculated theoretical detection limit is below 1 ppb. It maintains good repeatability as well as long-term stability. Compared with the undecorated ZnO based QCM, the Au-decorated one achieved a 1.62-time enhancement in sensitivity to DBP, and the selectivity was also improved. According to the experimental results, Au-functionalized ZnO porous microspheres displayed superior sensing performance towards DBP, indicating its potential use in monitoring plasticizers in the gaseous state. Moreover, Au decoration of porous metal oxide nanostructures is proved to be an effective approach for enhancing the gas sensing properties and the corresponding mechanism was investigated. PMID:26343661

  19. Enhanced Dibutyl Phthalate Sensing Performance of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance Coated with Au-Decorated ZnO Porous Microspheres

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    Zhang, Kaihuan; Fan, Guokang; Hu, Ruifen; Li, Guang

    2015-01-01

    Noble metals addition on nanostructured metal oxides is an attractive way to enhance gas sensing properties. Herein, hierarchical zinc oxide (ZnO) porous microspheres decorated with cubic gold particles (Au particles) were synthesized using a facile hydrothermal method. The as-prepared Au-decorated ZnO was then utilized as the sensing film of a gas sensor based on a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). This fabricated sensor was applied to detect dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which is a widely used plasticizer, and its coating load was optimized. When tested at room temperature, the sensor exhibited a high sensitivity of 38.10 Hz/ppb to DBP in a low concentration range from 2 ppb to 30 ppb and the calculated theoretical detection limit is below 1 ppb. It maintains good repeatability as well as long-term stability. Compared with the undecorated ZnO based QCM, the Au-decorated one achieved a 1.62-time enhancement in sensitivity to DBP, and the selectivity was also improved. According to the experimental results, Au-functionalized ZnO porous microspheres displayed superior sensing performance towards DBP, indicating its potential use in monitoring plasticizers in the gaseous state. Moreover, Au decoration of porous metal oxide nanostructures is proved to be an effective approach for enhancing the gas sensing properties and the corresponding mechanism was investigated. PMID:26343661

  20. Growing single crystals in silica gel

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    Rubin, B.

    1970-01-01

    Two types of chemical reactions for crystal growing are discussed. The first is a metathetical reaction to produce calcium tartrate tetrahydrate crystals, the second is a decomplexation reaction to produce cuprous chloride crystals.

  1. Substrate Preparations in Epitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; George, M. A.

    2000-01-01

    Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (O-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. Annealing-temperature dependence of ZnO substrates was studied. ZnO films grown on sapphire substrates have also been investigated for comparison purposes and the annealing temperature of A1203 substrates is 1000 C. Substrates and films were characterized using photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, energy dispersive spectrum, and electric transport measurements. It has been found that the ZnO film properties were different when films were grown on the two polarity surfaces of ZnO substrates and the A1203 substrates. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite surface. The measurements of homoepitaxial ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth.

  2. Experimental dynamic metamorphism of mineral single crystals

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    Kirby, S.H.; Stern, L.A.

    1993-01-01

    This paper is a review of some of the rich and varied interactions between non-hydrostatic stress and phase transformations or mineral reactions, drawn mainly from results of experiments done on mineral single crystals in our laboratory or our co-authors. The state of stress and inelastic deformation can enter explicitly into the equilibrium phase relations and kinetics of mineral reactions. Alternatively, phase transformations can have prominent effects on theology and on the nature of inelastic deformation. Our examples represent five types of structural phase changes, each of which is distinguished by particular mechanical effects. In increasing structural complexity, these include: (1) displacive phase transformations involving no bond-breaking, which may produce anomalous brittle behavior. A primary example is the a-?? quartz transition which shows anomalously low fracture strength and tertiary creep behavior near the transition temperature; (2) martensitic-like transformations involving transformation strains dominated by shear deformation. Examples include the orthoenstatite ??? clinoenstatite and w u ??rtzite ??? sphalerite transformations; (3) coherent exsolution or precipitation of a mineral solute from a supersaturated solid-solution, with anisotropy of precipitation and creep rates produced under nonhydrostatic stress. Examples include exsolution of corundum from MgO ?? nAl2O3 spinels and Ca-clinopyroxene from orthopyroxene; (4) order-disorder transformations that are believed to cause anomalous plastic yield strengthening, such as MgO - nAl2O3 spinels; and (5) near-surface devolatilization of hydrous silicate single-crystals that produces a fundamental brittleness thought to be connected with dehydration at microcracks at temperatures well below nominal macroscopic dehydration temperatures. As none of these interactions between single-crystal phase transformations and non-hydrostatic stress is understood in detail, this paper serves as a challenge to field structural geologists to test whether interactions of these types occur in nature, and to theoreticians to reach a deeper understanding of the complex relations between phase transformations, the local state of stress and associated deformation and deformation rates. ?? 1993.

  3. Can singly charged oxygen vacancies induce ferromagnetism in biaxial strained ZnO?

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    Gai, Yanqin; Jiang, Jiaping; Wu, Yuxi; Tang, Gang

    2016-04-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of the singly charged oxygen vacancy ({{V}{{O}}}+) in undoped ZnO under biaxial strains are investigated by density functional theory calculations. A net magnetic moment (MM) of 0.561 μB is obtained for {{V}{{O}}}+ in ZnO under no strains, but the magnetic interaction between them is antiferromagnetic. The formation energy of V O and {{V}{{O}}}+, the MM induced by {{V}{{O}}}+, as well as the coupling type and strength between {{V}{{O}}}+{{s}} vary with the application of biaxial strains. Compressive strains can enhance the concentrations of V O and {{V}{{O}}}+, enlarge the MM, and strengthen the antiferromagnetic interactions between them at lower V O concentrations. However, at higher V O concentrations, the coupling varies from sizable antiferromagnetic to negligible weak ferromagnetic, and then becomes paramagnetic with the increase of compression. Antiferromagnetic results are further confirmed by the local density approximation with Hubbard U (LDA + U) calculations.

  4. Single-crystalline ZnO sheet Source-Gated Transistors

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    Dahiya, A. S.; Opoku, C.; Sporea, R. A.; Sarvankumar, B.; Poulin-Vittrant, G.; Cayrel, F.; Camara, N.; Alquier, D.

    2016-01-01

    Due to their fabrication simplicity, fully compatible with low-cost large-area device assembly strategies, source-gated transistors (SGTs) have received significant research attention in the area of high-performance electronics over large area low-cost substrates. While usually based on either amorphous or polycrystalline silicon (α-Si and poly-Si, respectively) thin-film technologies, the present work demonstrate the assembly of SGTs based on single-crystalline ZnO sheet (ZS) with asymmetric ohmic drain and Schottky source contacts. Electrical transport studies of the fabricated devices show excellent field-effect transport behaviour with abrupt drain current saturation (IDSSAT) at low drain voltages well below 2 V, even at very large gate voltages. The performance of a ZS based SGT is compared with a similar device with ohmic source contacts. The ZS SGT is found to exhibit much higher intrinsic gain, comparable on/off ratio and low off currents in the sub-picoamp range. This approach of device assembly may form the technological basis for highly efficient low-power analog and digital electronics using ZnO and/or other semiconducting nanomaterial. PMID:26757945

  5. Single-crystalline ZnO sheet Source-Gated Transistors

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    Dahiya, A. S.; Opoku, C.; Sporea, R. A.; Sarvankumar, B.; Poulin-Vittrant, G.; Cayrel, F.; Camara, N.; Alquier, D.

    2016-01-01

    Due to their fabrication simplicity, fully compatible with low-cost large-area device assembly strategies, source-gated transistors (SGTs) have received significant research attention in the area of high-performance electronics over large area low-cost substrates. While usually based on either amorphous or polycrystalline silicon (α-Si and poly-Si, respectively) thin-film technologies, the present work demonstrate the assembly of SGTs based on single-crystalline ZnO sheet (ZS) with asymmetric ohmic drain and Schottky source contacts. Electrical transport studies of the fabricated devices show excellent field-effect transport behaviour with abrupt drain current saturation (IDSSAT) at low drain voltages well below 2 V, even at very large gate voltages. The performance of a ZS based SGT is compared with a similar device with ohmic source contacts. The ZS SGT is found to exhibit much higher intrinsic gain, comparable on/off ratio and low off currents in the sub-picoamp range. This approach of device assembly may form the technological basis for highly efficient low-power analog and digital electronics using ZnO and/or other semiconducting nanomaterial.

  6. Single-crystalline ZnO sheet Source-Gated Transistors.

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    Dahiya, A S; Opoku, C; Sporea, R A; Sarvankumar, B; Poulin-Vittrant, G; Cayrel, F; Camara, N; Alquier, D

    2016-01-01

    Due to their fabrication simplicity, fully compatible with low-cost large-area device assembly strategies, source-gated transistors (SGTs) have received significant research attention in the area of high-performance electronics over large area low-cost substrates. While usually based on either amorphous or polycrystalline silicon (?-Si and poly-Si, respectively) thin-film technologies, the present work demonstrate the assembly of SGTs based on single-crystalline ZnO sheet (ZS) with asymmetric ohmic drain and Schottky source contacts. Electrical transport studies of the fabricated devices show excellent field-effect transport behaviour with abrupt drain current saturation (IDS(SAT)) at low drain voltages well below 2?V, even at very large gate voltages. The performance of a ZS based SGT is compared with a similar device with ohmic source contacts. The ZS SGT is found to exhibit much higher intrinsic gain, comparable on/off ratio and low off currents in the sub-picoamp range. This approach of device assembly may form the technological basis for highly efficient low-power analog and digital electronics using ZnO and/or other semiconducting nanomaterial. PMID:26757945

  7. Solar cell structure incorporating a novel single crystal silicon material

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    Pankove, Jacques I.; Wu, Chung P.

    1983-01-01

    A novel hydrogen rich single crystal silicon material having a band gap energy greater than 1.1 eV can be fabricated by forming an amorphous region of graded crystallinity in a body of single crystalline silicon and thereafter contacting the region with atomic hydrogen followed by pulsed laser annealing at a sufficient power and for a sufficient duration to recrystallize the region into single crystal silicon without out-gassing the hydrogen. The new material can be used to fabricate semiconductor devices such as single crystal silicon solar cells with surface window regions having a greater band gap energy than that of single crystal silicon without hydrogen.

  8. Single crystal fiber for laser sources

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    Dlen, Xavier; Aubourg, Adrien; Deyra, Loc.; Lesparre, Fabien; Martial, Igor; Didierjean, Julien; Balembois, Franois; Georges, Patrick

    2015-02-01

    Single crystal fiber (SCF) is a hybrid laser architecture between conventional bulk laser crystals and active optical fibers allowing higher average powers than with conventional crystals and higher energy than with fibers in pulsed regime. The pump beam delivered by a fiber-coupled laser diode is confined by the guiding capacity of the SCF whereas the signal beam is in free propagation. In this paper, we study the pump guiding in the SCF and give an overview of the results obtained using SCF gain modules in laser oscillators and amplifiers. We report about up to 500 ?J nanosecond pulses at the output of a passively Q-switched Er:YAG SCF oscillator at 1617 nm. High power experiments with Yb:YAG allowed to demonstrate up to 250 W out of a multimode oscillator. High power 946 nm Nd:YAG SCF Q-switched oscillators followed by second and fourth harmonic generation in the blue and the UV is also presented with an average power up to 3.4 W at 473 nm and 600 mW at 236.5 nm. At 1064 nm, we obtain up to 3 mJ with a nearly fundamental mode beam in sub-nanosecond regime with a micro-chip laser amplified in a Nd:YAG SCF. Yb:YAG SCF amplifiers are used to amplify fiber based sources limited by non-linearities such as Stimulated Brillouin Scattering with a narrow linewidth laser and Self Phase Modulation with a femtosecond source. Using chirped pulse amplification, 380 fs pulses are obtained with an energy of 1 mJ and an excellent beam quality (M2<1.1).

  9. Mechanical properties of single crystal YAg

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    Russell, A.M.; Zhang, Z.; Lograsso, T.A.; Lo, C.C.H.; Pecharsky, A.O.; Morris, J.R.; Ye, Y.; Gschneidner, K.A.; Slager, A.J

    2004-08-02

    YAg, a rare earth-precious metal 'line compound', is one member of the family of B2 rare earth intermetallic compounds that exhibit high ductilities. Tensile tests of polycrystalline YAg specimens have produced elongations as high as 27% before failure. In the present work, single crystal specimens of YAg with the B2, CsCl-type crystal structure were tensile tested at room temperature. Specimens with a tensile axis orientation of [0 1 1-bar] displayed slip lines on the specimen faces corresponding to slip on the {l_brace}1 1 0{r_brace}<0 1 0> with a critical resolved shear stress of 13 MPa. A specimen with a tensile axis orientation of [1 0 0] showed no slip lines and began to crack at a stress of 300 MPa. The test specimens also displayed some slip lines whose position corresponded to slip on the {l_brace}1 0 0{r_brace}<0 1 0>; these slip lines were found near intersections of {l_brace}1 1 0{r_brace}<0 1 0> slip lines, which suggests that the {l_brace}1 0 0{r_brace}<0 1 0> may be a secondary slip system in YAg. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) examination of the crystals was performed after tensile testing and the dislocations observed were analyzed by g {center_dot} b=0 out of contrast analysis. This TEM analysis indicated that the predominant Burgers vector for the dislocations present was <1 1 1> with some <0 1 1> dislocations also being observed. This finding is inconsistent with the <0 1 0> slip direction determined by slip line analysis, and possible explanations for this surprising finding are presented.

  10. Enhancement effects on excitonic photoluminescence intensity originating from misaligned crystal blocks and polycrystalline grains in a ZnO wafer

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    Takeuchi, Hideo

    2013-02-01

    We have systematically investigated a relation between excitonic photoluminescence intensity and crystal quality in a (0001)-oriented ZnO wafer. We visualize the crystal quality of a whole wafer using a circular polariscopic measurement and a reflection-type X-ray topograph measurement. The reflection-type X-ray topograph exhibits regions of grain-like patterns that result from internal strains. The circular polariscopic map shows that the internal strains induce local stresses. The ?-2 ? X-ray diffraction pattern indicates the presence of misaligned crystal blocks and polycrystalline grains. We have measured photoluminescence spectra and found that the presence of misaligned crystal blocks and polycrystalline grains leads to enhancement of the excitonic photoluminescence intensity. The present phenomenon is attributed to the suppression of exciton diffusion caused by the grain and domain boundaries that connect with the grain-like patterns in the X-ray topograph.

  11. Hydrogen Annealing Of Single-Crystal Superalloys

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    Smialek, James L.; Schaeffer, John C.; Murphy, Wendy

    1995-01-01

    Annealing at temperature equal to or greater than 2,200 degrees F in atmosphere of hydrogen found to increase ability of single-crystal superalloys to resist oxidation when subsequently exposed to oxidizing atmospheres at temperatures almost as high. Supperalloys in question are principal constituents of hot-stage airfoils (blades) in aircraft and ground-based turbine engines; also used in other high-temperature applications like chemical-processing plants, coal-gasification plants, petrochemical refineries, and boilers. Hydrogen anneal provides resistance to oxidation without decreasing fatigue strength and without need for coating or reactive sulfur-gettering constituents. In comparison with coating, hydrogen annealing costs less. Benefits extend to stainless steels, nickel/chromium, and nickel-base alloys, subject to same scale-adhesion and oxidation-resistance considerations, except that scale is chromia instead of alumina.

  12. Low-cobalt single crystal Rene 150

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    Scheuermann, C. M.

    1982-01-01

    The effects of cobalt content on a single crystal version of the advanced, high gamma prime content turbine airfoil alloy Rene 150 were investigated. Cobalt contents under investigation include 12 wt.% (composition level of Rene 150), 6 wt.%, and 0 wt.%. Preliminary test results are presented and compared with the properties of standard DS Rene 150. DTA results indicate that the liquidus goes through a maximum of about 1435 C near 6 wt.% Co. The solidus remains essentially constant at 1390 C with decreasing Co content. The gamma prime solvus appears to go through a minimum of about 1235 C near 6 wt.% Co content. Preliminary as-cast tensile and stress rupture results are presented along with heat treat schedules and future test plans.

  13. Stress- Corrosion cracking of copper single crystals

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    Sieradzki, K.; Sabatini, R. L.; Newman, R. C.

    1984-10-01

    Constant extension rate tests have been carried out on copper single crystals in a sodium nitrite solution, using an applied potential to accelerate the cracking. Crack velocities up to 30 nm per second were obtained at 30 C. The stress-corrosion fracture surfaces are cleavage-like, with curved striations parallel to the crack front. If the dynamic straining is stopped, the cracks apparently stop growing within about 20 /?m. The steps between adjacent flat facets are more energy-absorbing than in a-brass, providing a possible explanation for the importance of dynamic strain. Simultaneous acoustic emission and electrochemical current transients have been measured, and suggest that cracking proceeds by discontinuous cleavage.

  14. Transient thermoelectric effect in bismuth single crystals

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    Sasaki, M.; Tai, G. X.; Inoue, M.; Bidadi, H.

    1994-05-01

    The photo-induced transient thermoelectric effect (TTE) has been measured for bismuth single crystals along nearly the X and Y axes over the temperature range 6-300 K and time range 50 ns-2 ms. The decay curves of the TTE voltages are characterized by multiple relaxation processes for thermal diffusions of photogenerated electrons and holes. From the analysis of the relaxation times, we have evaluated the carrier mobilities and their effective masses of each carrier pocket at the L and T points based on the existing band model; in particular, we have found an additional hole pocket at the L point lying below the Fermi energy. This TTE technique is shown to be useful for understanding electronic properties of a multicarrier system.

  15. Vibration-assisted machining of single crystal

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    Zahedi, S. A.; Roy, A.; Silberschmidt, V. V.

    2013-07-01

    Vibration-assisted machining offers a solution to expanding needs for improved machining, especially where accuracy and precision are of importance, such as in micromachining of single crystals of metals and alloys. Crystallographic anisotropy plays a crucial role in determining on overall response to machining. In this study, we intend to address the matter of ultra-precision machining of material at the micron scale using computational modelling. A hybrid modelling approach is implemented that combines two discrete schemes: smoothed particle hydrodynamics and continuum finite elements. The model is implemented in a commercial software ABAQUS/Explicit employing a user-defined subroutine (VUMAT) and used to elucidate the effect of crystallographic anisotropy on a response of face centred cubic (f.c.c.) metals to machining.

  16. Computer simulation of channeling in single crystals

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    Smulders, P. J. M.; Boerma, D. O.

    1987-12-01

    A Monte Carlo program for the calculation of channeling phenomena is described. The program combines the binary collision model and the multistring approximation. The energy loss due to electronic excitation is taken into account, with the use of the model of Dettmann and Robinson for the inner-shell electrons and the theory of Pines for valence electrons. The output of the Monte Carlo program may be used for the determination of the impurity sites in single crystals, via a set of auxiliary programs, that enable that calculation of the impurity yield and the analysis of experimental channeling dips. As an application, the site determination of iodine in silicon is described. Another application is the simulation of RBS spectra of planar channeling ions. Simulated and experimental spectra are compared for 1 MeV ions in the (110), (111) and (100) planes of silicon. A reasonable agreement was found. The possible causes of the remaining deviations are discussed.

  17. Piezomagnetism of FeSe single crystals

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    Fil, V. D.; Fil, D. V.; Zhekov, K. R.; Gaydamak, T. N.; Zvyagina, G. A.; Bilich, I. V.; Chareev, D. A.; Vasiliev, A. N.

    2013-08-01

    The acoustic-electric transformation in high-quality FeSe single crystals is studied. In zero magnetic field we observe an abnormally strong electromagnetic radiation induced by a transverse elastic wave. Usually a radiation of such intensity and polarization is observed only in metals subjected to a high magnetic field (the radiation is caused by the Hall current). We argue that in FeSe in zero magnetic field it is caused by the piezomagnetic effect which is most probably of dynamical origin. We find that the piezomagnetism survives under the transition from the normal to superconducting state. In the superconducting state the electromagnetic signal decreases with decreasing temperature that is connected with the change in the London penetration depth.

  18. Single-crystal AlN nanonecklaces

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    Wang, Huatao; Xie, Zhipeng; Wang, Yiguang; Yang, Weiyou; Zeng, Qingfeng; Xing, Feng; An, Linan

    2009-01-01

    Distinct single-crystal aluminum nitride nanonecklaces with uniform \\{10\\bar {1}1\\} faceted beads are synthesized via catalyst-assisted nitriding of Al. The detailed morphology and structure of the nanonecklaces have been characterized. The growth process has been investigated by comparing the products obtained at different synthesis times. The results reveal that the formation of the nanonecklaces is via a process consisting of facet formation and bead unification. The formation of the \\{10\\bar {1}1\\} facets is due to the presence of a liquid phase that lowers the surface tension of otherwise high-energy \\{10\\bar {1}1\\} planes. The bead unification is driven by minimizing the energy contributed by surface energy and electrostatic energy. The unique morphology of the nanonecklaces could be useful for studying fundamental physical phenomena and fabricating nanodevices.

  19. Electrical switching in cadmium boracite single crystals

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    Takahashi, T.; Yamada, O.

    1981-01-01

    Cadmium boracite single crystals at high temperatures ( 300 C) were found to exhibit a reversible electric field-induced transition between a highly insulative and a conductive state. The switching threshold is smaller than a few volts for an electrode spacing of a few tenth of a millimeter corresponding to an electric field of 100 to 1000 V/cm. This is much smaller than the dielectric break-down field for an insulator such as boracite. The insulative state reappears after voltage removal. A pulse technique revealed two different types of switching. Unstable switching occurs when the pulse voltage slightly exceeds the switching threshold and is characterized by a pre-switching delay and also a residual current after voltage pulse removal. A stable type of switching occurs when the voltage becomes sufficiently high. Possible device applications of this switching phenomenon are discussed.

  20. Method of Making Lightweight, Single Crystal Mirror

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    Bly, Vincent T. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A method of making a mirror from a single crystal blank may include fine grinding top and bottom surfaces of the blank to be parallel. The blank may then be heat treated to near its melting temperature. An optical surface may be created on an optical side of the blank. A protector may be bonded to the optical surface. With the protector in place, the blank may be light weighted by grinding a non-optical surface of the blank using computer controlled grinding. The light weighting may include creating a structure having a substantially minimum mass necessary to maintain distortion of the mirror within a preset limit. A damaged layer of the non-optical surface caused by light weighting may be removed with an isotropic etch and/or repaired by heat treatment. If an oxide layer is present, the entire blank may then be etched using, for example, hydrofluoric acid. A reflecting coating may be deposited on the optical surface.

  1. Mechanical Behavior and Processing of DS and Single Crystal Superalloys

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    Khan, T.; Caron, P.; Nakagawa, Y. G.

    1986-07-01

    This article examines mechanical anisotropy of single crystals, cold work induced surface recrystallization on directionally solidified (DS) materials, and the effect of temperature gradient in a DS furnace on the fatigue strength of single crystals. It draws attention to the highly anisotropic creep behavior of some modern single crystal alloys showing, in particular, extremely poor creep resistance in the <111> orientation. Effects of surface recrystallization on the creep strength are evaluated. The present work incites further investigation on heat treatments and alloy chemistry modifications in order to reduce the effect of mechanical anisotropy. Great care should be taken during the "mechanical" handling of DS or single crystal components to avoid surface recrystallization. HIP'ing or high gradient solidification are shown to be two possible ways for enhancing the durability and the fatigue strength of single crystal superalloys. In certain liquid fuel rocket engine applications, where hydrogen embrittlement of single crystal turbopump blades can be of concern, both these techniques can be useful.

  2. Piezoelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducers in biomedical applications

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    Zhou, Qifa; Lam, Kwok Ho; Zheng, Hairong; Qiu, Weibao; Shung, K. Kirk

    2014-01-01

    Piezoelectric single crystals, which have excellent piezoelectric properties, have extensively been employed for various sensors and actuators applications. In this paper, the state–of–art in piezoelectric single crystals for ultrasonic transducer applications is reviewed. Firstly, the basic principles and design considerations of piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers will be addressed. Then, the popular piezoelectric single crystals used for ultrasonic transducer applications, including LiNbO3 (LN), PMN–PT and PIN–PMN–PT, will be introduced. After describing the preparation and performance of the single crystals, the recent development of both the single–element and array transducers fabricated using the single crystals will be presented. Finally, various biomedical applications including eye imaging, intravascular imaging, blood flow measurement, photoacoustic imaging, and microbeam applications of the single crystal transducers will be discussed. PMID:25386032

  3. Changing Electric Resistance of ZnO Nano-Rods by Sulfur Compounds for Chemical Gas Sensor.

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    Park, No-Kuk; Lee, Tae Hoon; Choi, Hee Young; Lee, Tae Jin

    2015-02-01

    In this study, a zinc oxide (ZnO) single crystal rod was synthesized for applications as a gas-sensing material for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and its H2S-sensing properties were investigated. H2S absorbed well on ZnO via a gas and solid chemical reaction, resulting in the conversion of ZnO to ZnS. ZnS is also oxidized easily to ZnO with O2 contained in air. ZnO and ZnS are semiconducting materials. The energy band gap of ZnS is higher than that of ZnO. Therefore, the electric conductivity of ZnS must be lower than that of ZnO. On the other hand, different results were obtained in the H2S sensing tests. The energy band gap of sulfur-absorbed ZnO nano-rods was 2.84 eV according to UV-Visible spectrophotometry. The electrical conductivity can be enhanced by sulfur doping on ZnO single crystal rods because the lattice oxygen on the surface of ZnO single crystal is replaced with the sulfur in H2S. The electrical conductivity of S-doped ZnO also decreased due to oxidation with the oxygen in air. PMID:26353726

  4. Structural analysis of vertically-aligned single crystalline ZnO nanorods grown on different seed layers with chemical solution deposition.

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    Ko, Wonbae; Lee, Sang Hyo; Lee, Jun Seok; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2012-07-01

    We report the structural properties of the vertically-oriented ZnO nanorods fabricated on various ZnO seed layers with chemical solution deposition (CSD) technique. The ZnO nanorods were prepared using an aqueous solution with Zinc nitrate (Zn(NO3)2 x 6H2O, Aldrich) and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT, Aldrich) in a convection oven. A-plane sapphire substrates with a deposited ZnO thin film were placed upside down in a quartz holder to avoid any micro-crystalline contamination. Especially, our hydro-thermal syntheses are automatically processed on precision pump drive systems (Masterflex) to accurately control the pH of the aqueous solution. The [002] crystal orientation of the ZnO seed layer was observed by the X-ray diffraction pattern. Structural features of ZnO nanorods were systematically analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and tunneling electron microscopy, together with selective area electron diffraction patterns. Experimental observations clearly demonstrated the dependence of the growth direction of the ZnO nanorods on the crystal structures of the ZnO seed layers. PMID:22966704

  5. Three-dimensional single crystal silicon micromachining

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    Hofmann, Wolfgang Maximilian Josef

    1999-11-01

    A monolithic, multiple-level (ML), single-crystal-silicon (SCS) micromachining process called SCREAM3D has been developed. The high-aspect-ratio (HAR) levels are self-aligned and are fabricated from a single substrate by deep etching. Anisotropic reactive ion etching of silicon has been studied in detail and new recipes for the vertical etch and release of HAR ML structures have been developed. The SCREAM3D levels are electrically isolated from the substrate and one another using a novel ML isolation scheme, which requires only a single lithography and metallization step, regardless of the number of levels. Two- and three-level SCREAM3D devices have been fabricated. They demonstrate three device concepts: ML microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), micromachined electron gun arrays (MEGA) and ML actuators for out-of-plane deflection. ML MEMS consist of several suspended levels moving relative to each other. They can be coupled mechanically and/or electrically. One example is a novel clamp-alignment device which uses the relative translation of two initially self-aligned apertures to grip and align an external component (such as an optical fiber) to the wafer. MEGA is a multiple-beam architecture to increase the throughput of electron beam lithography. MEGA is an array of identical electron sources, consisting of silicon field emitters with integrated electrostatic lenses. The parallel operation of a large number (N = 10,000) of sources is required to increase the total current and throughput (60 8"-wafers/hour) of the system while maintaining standard single-beam parameters (10nA, 20MHz exposure rate) and limiting charge-interaction effects. ML actuators have been studied by numerical simulation. All four designs outperform comparable single-level actuators: the generated force is up to five times larger, and the range of motion up to ten times greater. Two of the ML designs operate bi-directionally and one design can be used to form a bi-stable system. Several of the actuators have been integrated with torsional and z-motion-stages and experimentally characterized using laser vibrometry. SCREAM3D extends SCS bulk-micromachining to multiple-level structures. The self-aligned, high-aspect-ratio levels allow the implementation of more efficient device designs and novel ML device concepts. Complex actuators, generating larger forces in reduced chip area, can be fabricated and entire microinstruments can be integrated on a single wafer.

  6. Plasma enhanced multistate storage capability of single ZnO nanowire based memory

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    Lai, Yunfeng Xin, Pucong; Cheng, Shuying; Yu, Jinling; Zheng, Qiao

    2015-01-19

    Multiple-state storage (MSS) is common for resistive random access memory, but the effects of plasma treatment on the MSS and the switching properties have been scarcely investigated. We have demonstrated a stable four-state storage capability of single zinc oxide nanowire (ZnO NW) treated by argon plasma. The electrical switching is attributed to the electron trapping and detrapping from the oxygen vacancies (V{sub o}s). The MSS relates to the electrical-thermal induced distribution of the V{sub o}s which determines electron transport behavior to show different resistance states. Additionally, programming (set and reset) voltages decrease with plasma treatment due to the thickness modulation of the interface barrier.

  7. Ultratough CVD single crystal diamond and three dimensional growth thereof

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    Hemley, Russell J. (Washington, DC); Mao, Ho-kwang (Washington, DC); Yan, Chih-shiue (Washington, DC)

    2009-09-29

    The invention relates to a single-crystal diamond grown by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition that has a toughness of at least about 30 MPa m.sup.1/2. The invention also relates to a method of producing a single-crystal diamond with a toughness of at least about 30 MPa m.sup.1/2. The invention further relates to a process for producing a single crystal CVD diamond in three dimensions on a single crystal diamond substrate.

  8. Large single domain 123 material produced by seeding with single crystal rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

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    Todt, Volker; Miller, Dean J.; Shi, Donglu; Sengupta, Suvankar

    1998-01-01

    A method of fabricating bulk YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x where compressed powder oxides and/or carbonates of Y and Ba and Cu present in mole ratios to form YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x are heated in the presence of a Nd.sub.1+x Ba.sub.2-x Cu.sub.3 O.sub.y seed crystal to a temperature sufficient to form a liquid phase in the YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x while maintaining the seed crystal solid. The materials are slowly cooled to provide a YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x material having a predetermined number of domains between 1 and 5. Crack-free single domain materials can be formed using either plate shaped seed crystals or cube shaped seed crystals with a pedestal of preferential orientation material.

  9. Investigation on Growth and Surface Analysis of DAST Single Crystals

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    Thomas, Tina; Vijay, R. Jerald; Gunaseelan, R.; Sagayaraj, P.

    2011-07-15

    We have explored the growth of bulk size N, N-dimethylamino-N'-methylstilbazolium p-toluenesulphonate (DAST) using slope nucleation method. The grown crystal was characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD), and CHN analyses. The surface morphology of the crystal was analyzed using Scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  10. Oxygen diffusion in single crystal barium titanate.

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    Kessel, Markus; De Souza, Roger A; Martin, Manfred

    2015-05-21

    Oxygen diffusion in cubic, nominally undoped, (100) oriented BaTiO3 single crystals has been studied by means of (18)O2/(16)O2 isotope exchange annealing and subsequent determination of the isotope profiles in the solid by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Experiments were carried out as a function of temperature 973 < T/K < 1173, at an oxygen activity of aO2 = 0.200, and as a function of oxygen activity 0.009 < aO2 < 0.900 at T = 1073 K. The oxygen isotope profiles comprise two parts: slow diffusion through a space-charge zone at the surface depleted of oxygen vacancies followed by faster diffusion in a homogeneous bulk phase. The entire isotope profile can be described by a single solution to the diffusion equation involving only three fitting parameters: the surface exchange coefficient ks*, the space-charge potential ?0 and the bulk diffusion coefficient D*(?). Analysis of the temperature and oxygen activity dependencies of D*(?) and ?0 yields a consistent picture of both the bulk and the interfacial defect chemistry of BaTiO3. Values of the oxygen vacancy diffusion coefficient DV extracted from measured D*(?) data are compared with literature data; consequently a global expression for the vacancy diffusivity in BaTiO3 for the temperature range 466 < T/K < 1273 is obtained, with an activation enthalpy of vacancy migration, ?Hmig,V = (0.70 0.04) eV. PMID:25899818

  11. Photoluminescence Properties and Morphologies of Submicron-Sized ZnO Crystals Prepared by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis

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    Htay, Myo Than; Itoh, Minoru; Hashimoto, Yoshio; Ito, Kentaro

    2008-01-01

    Spectral features of the near-band-edge photoluminescence (PL) of submicron-sized ZnO crystals such as nanoplatelets, nanowires, and nanorods grown by an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) technique were investigated. The measurements of time-integrated and time-resolved PL spectra were performed in the temperature range of 8-300 K under various excitation densities by using the fourth harmonics (4.66 eV) of a Nd:YAG laser. Exciton-related emission bands were clearly observed in the ZnO crystals having different morphologies. In nanoplatelets, an emission band originating from radiative recombination of donor-acceptor pairs was also found at around 3.17 eV, indicating the existence of acceptor centers. The binding energies of donor and acceptor were about 53 and 200 meV, respectively. In nanowires, the intensity of an emission band peaking at 3.32 eV obeyed a quadratic dependency on the density of excitation. This fact shows that an inelastic exciton-exciton scattering process is efficient in the nanowires because of high crystal quality.

  12. Polymer single crystal membranes from curved liquid/liquid interface

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    Wang, Wenda; Li, Christopher; Soft Matter Research Group Team

    2014-03-01

    The weak mechanical properties of the current available vesicles such as liposomes, polymersomes, colloidosomes limit their applications for targeting delivery of drugs/genes. Recently, we developed an emulsion-crystallization method to grow polymer curved single crystals. Using polyethylene and poly(l-lactic acid)as the model systems, enclosed or partially open polymer single crystals have been obtained. Electron diffraction and XRD results confirmed their crystalline structure. The single crystal hollow sphere is structurally close to polymersomes, but with thinner wall and higher modulus.

  13. Microscale Laser Peen Forming of Single Crystal

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    Wang,Y.; Fan, Y.; Kysar, J.; Vukelic, S.; Yao, Y.

    2008-01-01

    As the result of quickly increased requirement in many industrial products resulting from microtechnology, laser thermal microforming and microsurface treatment [microscale laser shock peening (?LSP)] have been well studied. By combining the beneficial effects of these two processes with a controlled bending deformation, microscale laser peen forming (?LPF) attracts more attention recently since it not only improves the fatigue life of the material but also shapes microscale metallic parts at the same time. In the present study, ?LSP of single crystal aluminum was presented to study anisotropic material response. Local plastic deformation was characterized by lattice rotation measured through electron backscatter diffraction. Residual stress distributions of both sides of a peened sample, characterized by x-ray microdiffraction, were compared with the results obtained from finite element method simulation. ?LPF anisotropic behavior was investigated in three effective slip systems via both the anisotropic slip line theory and numerical method. Also, the work hardening effect resulted from self-hardening, and latent hardening was analyzed through comparing the results with and without considering hardening.

  14. Advanced single crystal for SSME turbopumps

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    Fritzemeier, L. G.

    1989-01-01

    The objective of this program was to evaluate the influence of high thermal gradient casting, hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and alternate heat treatments on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a single crystal nickel base superalloy. The alloy chosen for the study was PWA 1480, a well characterized, commercial alloy which had previously been chosen as a candidate for the Space Shuttle Main Engine high pressure turbopump turbine blades. Microstructural characterization evaluated the influence of casting thermal gradient on dendrite arm spacing, casting porosity distribution and alloy homogeneity. Hot isostatic pressing was evaluated as a means of eliminating porosity as a preferred fatigue crack initiation site. The alternate heat treatment was chosen to improve hydrogen environment embrittlement resistance and for potential fatigue life improvement. Mechanical property evaluation was aimed primarily at determining improvements in low cycle and high cycle fatigue life due to the advanced processing methods. Statistically significant numbers of tests were conducted to quantitatively demonstrate life differences. High thermal gradient casting improves as-cast homogeneity, which facilitates solution heat treatment of PWA 1480 and provides a decrease in internal pore size, leading to increases in low cycle and high cycle fatigue lives.

  15. Low-Index ZnO Crystal Plane-Specific Binding Behavior of Whole Immunoglobulin G Proteins.

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    Xie, Tian; Song, Sheng; Schwenke, Konrad; Singh, Manpreet; Gonzalez, Lorelis E; Del Gado, Emanuela; Hahm, Jong-in

    2015-09-29

    Crystallographic surface-resolved examination of protein-ZnO interactions can greatly enhance the fundamental understanding of protein adsorption on these technologically important solid surfaces which, in turn, will be tremendously valuable for the emerging applications of ZnO-based biomaterials and biosensors. We examine experimentally and via computer simulations the intriguing differences in the adsorption preferences and binding behavior of whole immunoglobulin G (IgG) proteins to various, low-index ZnO crystal surfaces at the individual biomolecule level. By performing direct atomic force microscopy imaging, we determine that IgG predominantly binds to the ZnO plane of (101?0) relative to the other three low-index planes of (0001), (0001?), and (112?0). This phenomenon is highly unusual, particularly considering the fact that the average binding energy of amino acids (AAs) on the ZnO (0001) facet is higher than that on the (101?0) plane. In conjunction with combined Monte Carlo-molecular dynamics simulations, we further explain the possible origins of our unusual experimental findings with critical factors such as the specific spatial locations of strongly binding AAs in the protein and their spatial distributions on the exterior surface of the protein. PMID:26361274

  16. A Quick Method for Determining the Density of Single Crystals.

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    Roman, Pascual; Gutierrez-Zorrilla, Juan M.

    1985-01-01

    Shows how the Archimedes method is used to determine the density of a single crystal of ammonium oxalate monohydrate. Also shows how to calculate the density of other chemicals when they are available as single crystals. Experimental procedures and materials needed are included. (JN)

  17. Semiconductor single crystal external ring resonator cavity laser and gyroscope

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    Spitzer, M.P.

    1993-08-31

    A ring laser is described comprising: a semiconductor single crystal external ring resonator cavity having a plurality of reflecting surfaces defined by the planes of the crystal and establishing a closed optical path; and a discrete laser medium disposed in said semiconductor single crystal external ring resonator cavity for generating coherent light in said cavity, wherein said resonator cavity is decoupled from the laser medium.

  18. Reshock and release response of aluminum single crystal

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    Huang, H.; Asay, J. R.

    2007-03-01

    Reshock and release experiments were performed on single crystal aluminum along three orientations and on polycrystalline 1050 aluminum with 50?m grain size at shock stresses of 13 and 21GPa to investigate the mechanisms for previously observed quasielastic recompression behavior. Particle velocity profiles obtained during reshocking both single crystals and polycrystalline aluminum from initial shock stresses of 13-21GPa show similar quasielastic recompression behavior. Quasielastic release response is also observed in all single crystals, but the magnitude of the effect is crystal orientation dependent, with [111] and [110] exhibiting more ideal elastic-plastic release for unloading from the shocked state than for the [100] orientation and polycrystalline aluminum. The quasielastic response of 1050 aluminum is intermediate to that of the [100] and [111] orientations. Comparison of the wave profiles obtained for both unloading and reloading of single crystals and polycrystalline 1050 aluminum from shocked states suggests that the observed quasielastic response of polycrystalline aluminum results from the averaging response of single crystals for shock propagation along different orientations, and that the response of 1050 aluminum with large grain boundaries is not significantly different from the results obtained on single crystal aluminum. The yield strength of the single crystals and 1050 aluminum is found to increase with shock stress, which is consistent with previous results [H. Huang and I. R. Asay, J. Appl. Phys. 98, 033524 (2005)].

  19. Ferroelectric polarization reversal in single crystals

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    Stadler, Henry L.

    1992-01-01

    Research on the reversal of polarization in ferroelectric crystals is reviewed. Particular attention is given to observation methods for polarization reversal, BaTiO3 polarization reversal, crystal thickness dependence of polarization reversal, and domain wall movement during polarization reversal in TGS.

  20. Prospects for the synthesis of large single-crystal diamonds

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    Khmelnitskiy, R. A.

    2015-02-01

    The unique properties of diamond have stimulated the study of and search for its applications in many fields, including optics, optoelectronics, electronics, biology, and electrochemistry. Whereas chemical vapor deposition allows the growth of polycrystalline diamond plates more than 200 mm in diameter, most current diamond application technologies require large-size (25 mm and more) single-crystal diamond substrates or films suitable for the photolithography process. This is quite a challenge, because the largest diamond crystals currently available are 10 mm or less in size. This review examines three promising approaches to fabricating large-size diamond single crystals: growing large-size single crystals, the deposition of heteroepitaxial diamond films on single-crystal substrates, and the preparation of composite diamond substrates.

  1. Comparative study on optical properties of Yb3+ doped LiNbO3: MgO and LiNbO3:ZnO laser crystals

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    Ning, Kaijie; Li, Baizhong; Zhang, Qingli; Hang, Yin; Shi, Zhenhua

    2015-08-01

    Yb3+ doped LiNbO3:MgO (Mg, Yb:LN) and Yb3+ doped LiNbO3:ZnO (Zn, Yb:LN) laser crystals were grown from congruent melt by Czochralski (Cz) method and polarized under electric field. The absorption and emission spectra, and decay curves were measured and analyzed. Zn, Yb:LN crystal shows relatively larger cross sections both for absorption and emission spectra. The comparative study indicates that Zn, Yb:LN crystal would be one better crystal on potential laser performance than Mg, Yb:LN crystal.

  2. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Xu, Shiyou; Yao, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 − x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 − xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from the precise orientation control during its fabrication. As a demonstration of its application in energy scavenging, a piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) is built on the single PMN-PT nanobelt, generating a maximum output voltage of ~1.2 V. This value is ~4 times higher than that of a single-CdTe PNG, ~13 times higher than that of a single-ZnSnO3 PNG, and ~26 times higher than that of a single-ZnO PNG. The profoundly increased output voltage of a lateral PNG built on a single PMN-PT nanobelt demonstrates the potential application of PMN-PT nanostructures in energy harvesting, thus enriching the material choices for PNGs. PMID:26928788

  3. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt.

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Xu, Shiyou; Yao, Nan

    2016-01-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 - x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 - xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from the precise orientation control during its fabrication. As a demonstration of its application in energy scavenging, a piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) is built on the single PMN-PT nanobelt, generating a maximum output voltage of ~1.2 V. This value is ~4 times higher than that of a single-CdTe PNG, ~13 times higher than that of a single-ZnSnO3 PNG, and ~26 times higher than that of a single-ZnO PNG. The profoundly increased output voltage of a lateral PNG built on a single PMN-PT nanobelt demonstrates the potential application of PMN-PT nanostructures in energy harvesting, thus enriching the material choices for PNGs. PMID:26928788

  4. Energy scavenging based on a single-crystal PMN-PT nanobelt

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    Wu, Fan; Cai, Wei; Yeh, Yao-Wen; Xu, Shiyou; Yao, Nan

    2016-03-01

    Self-powered nanodevices scavenging mechanical energy require piezoelectric nanostructures with high piezoelectric coefficients. Here we report the fabrication of a single-crystal (1 ‑ x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 ‑ xPbTiO3 (PMN-PT) nanobelt with a superior piezoelectric constant (d33 = ~550 pm/V), which is approximately ~150%, 430%, and 2100% of the largest reported values for previous PMN-PT, PZT and ZnO nanostructures, respectively. The high d33 of the single-crystalline PMN-PT nanobelt results from the precise orientation control during its fabrication. As a demonstration of its application in energy scavenging, a piezoelectric nanogenerator (PNG) is built on the single PMN-PT nanobelt, generating a maximum output voltage of ~1.2 V. This value is ~4 times higher than that of a single-CdTe PNG, ~13 times higher than that of a single-ZnSnO3 PNG, and ~26 times higher than that of a single-ZnO PNG. The profoundly increased output voltage of a lateral PNG built on a single PMN-PT nanobelt demonstrates the potential application of PMN-PT nanostructures in energy harvesting, thus enriching the material choices for PNGs.

  5. Method for harvesting single crystals from a peritectic melt

    DOEpatents

    Todt, V.R.; Sengupta, S.; Shi, D.

    1996-08-27

    A method of preparing single crystals is disclosed. The method of preparation involves preparing precursor materials of a particular composition, heating the precursor material to achieve a peritectic mixture of peritectic liquid and crystals, cooling the peritectic mixture to quench directly the mixture on a porous, wettable inert substrate to wick off the peritectic liquid, leaving single crystals on the porous substrate. Alternatively, the peritectic mixture can be cooled to a solid mass and reheated on a porous, inert substrate to melt the matrix of peritectic fluid while leaving the crystals unmelted, allowing the wicking away of the peritectic liquid. 2 figs.

  6. Method for harvesting single crystals from a peritectic melt

    DOEpatents

    Todt, Volker R. (Lemont, IL); Sengupta, Suvankar (Columbus, OH); Shi, Donglu (Cincinnati, OH)

    1996-01-01

    A method of preparing single crystals. The method of preparation involves preparing precursor materials of a particular composition, heating the precursor material to achieve a peritectic mixture of peritectic liquid and crystals, cooling the peritectic mixture to quench directly the mixture on a porous, wettable inert substrate to wick off the peritectic liquid, leaving single crystals on the porous substrate. Alternatively, the peritectic mixture can be cooled to a solid mass and reheated on a porous, inert substrate to melt the matrix of peritectic fluid while leaving the crystals unmelted, allowing the wicking away of the peritectic liquid.

  7. Method for harvesting rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

    DOEpatents

    Todt, Volker R. (Lemont, IL); Sengupta, Suvankar (Columbus, OH); Shi, Donglu (Cincinnati, OH)

    1996-01-01

    A method of preparing high temperature superconductor single crystals. The method of preparation involves preparing precursor materials of a particular composition, heating the precursor material to achieve a peritectic mixture of peritectic liquid and crystals of the high temperature superconductor, cooling the peritectic mixture to quench directly the mixture on a porous, wettable inert substrate to wick off the peritectic liquid, leaving single crystals of the high temperature superconductor on the porous substrate. Alternatively, the peritectic mixture can be cooled to a solid mass and reheated on a porous, inert substrate to melt the matrix of peritectic fluid while leaving the crystals melted, allowing the wicking away of the peritectic liquid.

  8. Stability of Detached Grown Germanium Single Crystals

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    Schweizer, M.; Volz, M. P.; Cobb, S. D.; Motakef, S.; Szofran, F. R.; Curreri, Peter A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Detachment of the melt meniscus from the crucible during semiconductor Bridgman growth experiments has been observed in recent years especially, under microgravity experiments. Under earth conditions, the hydrostatic pressure counteracts the mechanism, whereby it is more difficult to achieve detached Bridgman growth. Attempts to get stable detached growth under terrestrial conditions have been discussed in the literature and have been the subject of recent experiments in our own group. The advantage of crystals grown without wall contact is obvious: In general, they possess a higher crystal quality than conventional Bridgman grown crystals with wall contact. However, due to the interaction of different parameters such as the wetting behavior of the melt with the crucible, and the dependence of the growth angle with the shape of the melt meniscus, the mechanism leading to detachment is very complicated and not completely understood. We have grown several doped and undoped Germanium crystals with the detached Bridgman and the normal Bridgman growth technique. Pyrolytic boron nitride containers were used for all growth experiments. In the detached grown crystals the typical gap thickness between the pBN crucible and the crystal is in the range of 10 to 100 microns, which was determined by performing profilometer measurements. Etch pit density measurements were also performed and a comparison between detached and attached grown crystals will be given. An interesting feature was detected on the surface of a detached grown crystal. Strong surface striations with an average axial distance of 0.5mm were observed around the whole circumference. The maximum fluctuation of the gap thickness is in the range of 5-10 microns. These variations of the detached gap along the crystal axis can be explained by a kind of stiction of the melt/crucible interface and thus by a variation of the meniscus shape. This phenomenon leading to the fluctuation of the gap thickness will be discussed in detail.

  9. Stability of Detached Grown Germanium Single Crystals

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    Schweizer, M.; Volz, M. P.; Cobb, S. D.; Vujisic, L.; Szofran, F. R.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Detachment of the melt meniscus from the crucible during semiconductor Bridgman growth experiments has been observed in recent years, especially under microgravity experiments. Under earth conditions, the hydrostatic pressure counteracts the mechanism, whereby it is more difficult to achieve detached Bridgman growth. Attempts to get stable detached growth under terrestrial conditions have been discussed in the literature and have been the subject of recent experiments in our own group. The advantage of crystals grown without wall contact is obvious: In general, they possess a higher crystal quality than conventional Bridgman grown crystals with wall contact. However, due to the interaction of different parameters such as the wetting behavior of the melt with the crucible, and the dependence of the growth angle with the shape of the melt meniscus, the mechanism leading to detachment is very complicated and not completely understood. We have grown several doped and undoped Germanium crystals with the detached Bridgman and the normal Bridgman growth technique. Pyrolytic boron nitride containers were used for all growth experiments. In the detached grown crystals the typical gap thickness between the pBN crucible and the crystal is in the range of 10 to 100 micrometers, which was determined by performing profilometer measurements. Etch pit density measurements were also performed and a comparison between detached and attached grown crystals will be given. An interesting feature was detected on the surface of a detached grown crystal. Strong surface striations with an average axial distance of 0.5 mm were observed around the whole circumference. The maximum fluctuation of the gap thickness is in the range of 5-10 micrometers. These variations of the detached gap along the crystal axis can be explained by a kind of stiction of the melt/crucible interface and thus by a variation of the meniscus shape. This phenomenon leading to the fluctuation of the gap thickness will be discussed in detail.

  10. The Growth of Large Single Crystals.

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    Baer, Carl D.

    1990-01-01

    Presented is an experiment which demonstrates principles of experimental design, solubility, and crystal growth and structure. Materials, procedures and results are discussed. Suggestions for adapting this activity to the high school laboratory are provided. (CW)

  11. A Single Crystal Niobium RF Cavity of the TESLA Shape

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    Singer, W.; Singer, X.; Kneisel, P.

    2007-08-09

    A fabrication method for single crystal niobium cavities of the TESLA shape was proposed on the basis of metallographic investigations and electron beam welding tests on niobium single crystals. These tests showed that a cavity can be produced without grain boundaries even in the welding area. An appropriate annealing allows the outgassing of hydrogen and stress relaxation of the material without destruction of the single crystal. A prototype single crystal single cell cavity was build. An accelerating gradient of 37.5 MV/m was reached after approximately 110 {mu}m of Buffered Chemical Polishing (BCP) and in situ baking at 120 deg. C for 6 hrs with a quality factor exceeding 2x1010 at 1.8 K. The developed fabrication method can be extended to fabrication of multi cell cavities.

  12. A Single Crystal Niobium RF Cavity of the TESLA Shape

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    W. Singer; X. Singer; P. Kneisel

    2007-09-01

    A fabrication method for single crystal niobium cavities of the TESLA shape was proposed on the basis of metallographic investigations and electron beam welding tests on niobium single crystals. These tests showed that a cavity can be produced without grain boundaries even in the welding area. An appropriate annealing allows the outgassing of hydrogen and stress relaxation of the material without destruction of the single crystal. A prototype single crystal single cell cavity was built. An accelerating gradient of 37.5 MV/m was reached after approximately 110 mu-m of Buffered Chanical Polishing (BCP) and in situ baking at 120°C for 6 hrs with a quality factor exceeding 2x1010 at 1.8 K. The developed fabrication method can be extended to fabrication of multi cell cavities.

  13. Growing Single Crystals of Compound Semiconductors

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    Naumann, Robert J.; Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Frazier, Donald O.

    1987-01-01

    Defect reduced by preventing melt/furnace contact and suppressing convention. Large crystals of compound semiconductors with few defects grown by proposed new method. Such materials as gallium arsenide and cadmium telluride produced, with quality suitable for very-large-scale integrated circuits or for large focal-plane arrays of photodetectors. Method used on small scale in Earth gravity, but needs microgravity to provide crystals large enough for industrial use.

  14. Single-drop optimization of protein crystallization.

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    Meyer, Arne; Dierks, Karsten; Hilterhaus, Dierk; Klupsch, Thomas; Mhlig, Peter; Kleesiek, Jens; Schpflin, Robert; Einspahr, Howard; Hilgenfeld, Rolf; Betzel, Christian

    2012-08-01

    A completely new crystal-growth device has been developed that permits charting a course across the phase diagram to produce crystalline samples optimized for diffraction experiments. The utility of the device is demonstrated for the production of crystals for the traditional X-ray diffraction data-collection experiment, of microcrystals optimal for data-collection experiments at a modern microbeam insertion-device synchrotron beamline and of nanocrystals required for data collection on an X-ray laser beamline. PMID:22869140

  15. Single-drop optimization of protein crystallization

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    Meyer, Arne; Dierks, Karsten; Hilterhaus, Dierk; Klupsch, Thomas; Mhlig, Peter; Kleesiek, Jens; Schpflin, Robert; Einspahr, Howard; Hilgenfeld, Rolf; Betzel, Christian

    2012-01-01

    A completely new crystal-growth device has been developed that permits charting a course across the phase diagram to produce crystalline samples optimized for diffraction experiments. The utility of the device is demonstrated for the production of crystals for the traditional X-ray diffraction data-collection experiment, of microcrystals optimal for data-collection experiments at a modern microbeam insertion-device synchrotron beamline and of nanocrystals required for data collection on an X-ray laser beamline. PMID:22869140

  16. High-quality bulk hybrid perovskite single crystals within minutes by inverse temperature crystallization.

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    Saidaminov, Makhsud I; Abdelhady, Ahmed L; Murali, Banavoth; Alarousu, Erkki; Burlakov, Victor M; Peng, Wei; Dursun, Ibrahim; Wang, Lingfei; He, Yao; Maculan, Giacomo; Goriely, Alain; Wu, Tom; Mohammed, Omar F; Bakr, Osman M

    2015-01-01

    Single crystals of methylammonium lead trihalide perovskites (MAPbX3; MA = CH3NH3(+), X = Br(-) or I(-)) have shown remarkably low trap density and charge transport properties; however, growth of such high-quality semiconductors is a time-consuming process. Here we present a rapid crystal growth process to obtain MAPbX3 single crystals, an order of magnitude faster than previous reports. The process is based on our observation of the substantial decrease of MAPbX3 solubility, in certain solvents, at elevated temperatures. The crystals can be both size- and shape-controlled by manipulating the different crystallization parameters. Despite the rapidity of the method, the grown crystals exhibit transport properties and trap densities comparable to the highest quality MAPbX3 reported to date. The phenomenon of inverse or retrograde solubility and its correlated inverse temperature crystallization strategy present a major step forward for advancing the field on perovskite crystallization. PMID:26145157

  17. High quality factor single-crystal diamond mechanical resonators

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    Ovartchaiyapong, P.; Pascal, L. M. A.; Myers, B. A.; Lauria, P.; Bleszynski Jayich, A. C.

    2012-10-01

    Single-crystal diamond is a promising material for microelectromechanical systems (MEMs) because of its low mechanical loss, compatibility with extreme environments, and built-in interface to high-quality spin centers. But its use has been limited by challenges in processing and growth. We demonstrate a wafer bonding-based technique to form diamond on insulator, from which we make single-crystal diamond micromechanical resonators with mechanical quality factors as high as 338 000 at room temperature. Variable temperature measurements down to 10 K reveal a nonmonotonic dependence of quality factor on temperature. These resonators enable integration of single-crystal diamond into MEMs technology for classical and quantum applications.

  18. Potassium-Sodium Niobate Single Crystals and Electric Properties

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    Kimura, H.; Tanahashi, R.; Maiwa, K.; Baba, H.; Cheng, Z. X.; Wang, X. L.

    Potassium-sodium-rubidium niobate single crystals are grown using an original pulling down method, to improve their composition change during a crystal growth, by means of co-doping of small ionic size sodium and large ionic size rubidium into potassium niobate. Even by the co-doping, single crystals can be grown with orthorhombic single-phase at room temperature, as well as pure potassium niobate. Their electric properties, such as the dielectric constant and the impedance, are changed depending on the doping ions.

  19. Halide electrodeposition on single-crystal electrodes

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    Mitchell, Steven James

    2001-07-01

    In this dissertation, we investigate in depth by computational and theoretical methods the processes and behavior of submonolayer electrochemical deposition of Br onto single-crystal Ag(100) electrodes. Although this system has little direct industrial application, it provides a test bed for developing theoretical and computational techniques which can be used to study systems of more applied interest. Br electrodeposited onto a Ag(100) substrate at room temperature displays a disordered phase at low electrochemical potentials. At higher electrochemical potentials, the adlayer undergoes a disorder-order phase transition to a c(2 x 2) ordered phase. The phase transition, the equilibrium properties of the adlayer, and the dynamics of the ordering and disordering processes are studied by a variety computational techniques, including static and dynamic lattice-gas models, an off-lattice equilibrium model, and Langevin simulations. Using a two-dimensional lattice-gas approximation for the adlayer, Monte Carlo simulations are used to explore the equilibrium properties of the Br adlayer under different values of the electrochemical potential. The model predicts the existence of low-temperature phases which are not stable at room temperature. The effects of these low-temperature phases on the room-temperature properties of the adlayer are discussed. Starting from the lattice-gas model developed for equilibrium simulations, a dynamic Monte Carlo simulation program is constructed, and the phase-ordering, disordering, and hysteresis behaviors are studied. The phase-ordering process is in the dynamic universality class known as Model A (Lifshitz-Allen-Cahn dynamics), but the disordering behavior is not as easily classified. Dynamic simulations of cyclic-voltammetry experiments show hysteresis due to kinetic limitations associated with the ordering and disordering processes. To further investigate the properties of the adlayer, the lattice-gas approximation was relaxed and replaced by a corrugation-potential approximation. Within this two-dimensional off-lattice model, the equilibrium properties were found to be similar to those of the lattice-gas model. However, the off-lattice model obviously allows calculations of additional quantities, such as the average lateral displacement from the adsorption site. Langevin dynamic simulations of the off-lattice model were also performed to test the validity of the assumptions used in the dynamic Monte Carlo simulations. However, these dynamic simulations were far too computationally intensive to allow off-lattice simulations of the ordering, disordering, and hysteresis behaviors. As a first step towards developing accelerated simulation methods for off-lattice simulations, we construct an advanced dynamic algorithm for continuum spin systems.

  20. A study of crystal growth by solution technique. [triglycine sulfate single crystals

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    Lal, R. B.

    1979-01-01

    The advantages and mechanisms of crystal growth from solution are discussed as well as the effects of impurity adsorption on the kinetics of crystal growth. Uncertainities regarding crystal growth in a low gravity environment are examined. Single crystals of triglycine sulfate were grown using a low temperature solution technique. Small components were assembled and fabricated for future space flights. A space processing experiment proposal accepted by NASA for the Spacelab-3 mission is included.

  1. Single crystal Processing and magnetic properties of gadolinium nickel

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    Shreve, Andrew John

    2012-11-02

    GdNi is a rare earth intermetallic material that exhibits very interesting magnetic properties. Spontaneous magnetostriction occurs in GdNi at T{sub C}, on the order of 8000ppm strain along the c-axis and only until very recently the mechanism causing this giant magnetostriction was not understood. In order to learn more about the electronic and magnetic structure of GdNi, single crystals are required for anisotropic magnetic property measurements. Single crystal processing is quite challenging for GdNi though since the rare-earth transition-metal composition yields a very reactive intermetallic compound. Many crystal growth methods are pursued in this study including crucible free methods, precipitation growths, and specially developed Bridgman crucibles. A plasma-sprayed Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} W-backed Bridgman crucible was found to be the best means of GdNi single crystal processing. With a source of high-quality single crystals, many magnetization measurements were collected to reveal the magnetic structure of GdNi. Heat capacity and the magnetocaloric effect are also measured on a single crystal sample. The result is a thorough report on high quality single crystal processing and the magnetic properties of GdNi.

  2. Growth and characterization of organic material 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde single crystal.

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    Jebin, R P; Suthan, T; Rajesh, N P; Vinitha, G; Madhusoodhanan, U

    2015-01-25

    The organic material 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde single crystals were grown by slow evaporation technique. The grown crystal was confirmed by the single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction analyses. The functional groups of the crystal have been identified from the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and FT-Raman studies. The optical property of the grown crystal was analyzed by UV-Vis-NIR and photoluminescence (PL) spectral measurements. The thermal behavior of the grown crystal was analyzed by thermogravimetric (TG) and differential thermal analyses (DTA). Dielectric measurements were carried out with different frequencies by using parallel plate capacitor method. The third order nonlinear optical properties of 4-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde was measured by the Z-scan technique using 532 nm diode pumped continuous wave (CW) Nd:YAG laser. PMID:25168233

  3. Growth and characterization of diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate single crystal

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    Siva Sankari, R.; Perumal, Rajesh Narayana

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: Diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate (DACS) is one of the most promising inorganic dielectric crystals with exceptional mechanical properties. Good quality crystals of DACS were grown by using solution method in a period of 30 days. The grown crystals were subjected to single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis in order to establish their crystalline nature. Thermo gravimetric, differential thermal analysis, FTIR, and UV–vis–NIR analysis were performed for the crystal. Several solid state physical parameters have been determined for the grown crystals. The dielectric constant and the dielectric loss and AC conductivity of the grown crystal were studied as a function of frequency and temperature has been calculated and plotted. - Highlights: • Diammonium copper disulphate is grown for the first time and CCDC number obtained. • Thermal analysis is done to see the stability range of the crystals. • Band gap and UV cut off wavelength of the crystal are determined to be 2.4 eV and 472.86 nm, respectively. • Dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC conductivity are plotted as a function of applied field. - Abstract: Diammonium copper disulphate hexahydrate is one of the most promising inorganic crystals with exceptional dielectric properties. A good quality crystal was harvested in a 30-day period using solution growth method. The grown crystal was subjected to various characterization techniques like single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, thermo gravimetric, differential thermal analysis, FTIR, and UV–vis–NIR analysis. Unit cell dimensions of the grown crystal have been identified from XRD studies. Functional groups of the title compounds have been identified from FTIR studies. Thermal stability of the samples was checked by TG/DTA studies. Band gap of the crystal was calculated. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss were studied as a function of frequency of the applied field. AC conductivity was plotted as a function of temperature.

  4. The growth of multicomponent oxide single crystals by Stepanov's technique

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    Ivleva, L. I.; Kuzminov, Iu. S.; Osiko, V. V.; Polozkov, N. M.

    1987-03-01

    Single crystals of LiNbO3, Sr(x)Ba(1-x)Nb2O6, Ca3(VO4), Bi12SiO20, Bi12GeO20, Bi4Ge3O12 and Nd3Ga5O12 were grown in an apparatus using RF heating of platinum crucibles in air. Stepanov's technique made it possible to increase by several times the rates of solidification needed to obtain optically homogeneous single crystals. Optimum crystallographic directions of pulling were experimentally determined for crystals from various symmetry groups. The shape of a growing crystal was related to the structural defects according to the Curie principle. The experimental data provided support for the growth of profiled multicomponent single crystals.

  5. Three-Dimensional Conformation of Folded Polymers in Single Crystals

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    Hong, You-lee; Yuan, Shichen; Li, Zhen; Ke, Yutian; Nozaki, Koji; Miyoshi, Toshikazu

    2015-10-01

    The chain-folding mechanism and structure of semicrystalline polymers have long been controversial. Solid-state NMR was applied to determine the chain trajectory of 13C CH3 -labeled isotactic poly(1-butene) (i PB 1 ) in form III chiral single crystals blended with nonlabeled i PB 1 crystallized in dilute solutions under low supercooling. An advanced 13C - 13C double-quantum NMR technique probing the spatial proximity pattern of labeled 13C nuclei revealed that the chains adopt a three-dimensional (3D) conformation in single crystals. The determined results indicate a two-step crystallization process of (i) cluster formation via self-folding in the precrystallization stage and (ii) deposition of the nanoclusters as a building block at the growth front in single crystals.

  6. Pulse shape discrimination with new single crystal organic scintillators

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    Newby, Jason; Zaitseva, Natalia; Payne, Stephen; Cherepy, Nerine; Carman, Leslie; Hull, Giulia

    2009-10-01

    Pulse shape discrimination in organic single crystal and liquid scintillators provides a means of identifying fission energy neutrons with high specificity. We present the results of a broad survey of over one hundred single crystal organic scintillators produced from low-temperature solution growth technique. Each crystal was evaluated for light yield and pulse shape discrimination performance. The pulse shape dependence on excitations via a Compton electron from a gamma and a recoil proton from a fast neutron was measured using full waveform digitization. Several groups of compounds were compared in relation to molecular and crystallographic structures, crystal perfection, and the effect of impurities. New prospective materials offering neutron/gamma discrimination comparable or superior to stilbene will be presented. We also report on the growth of large single crystal lithium salicylate and other promising Li compounds which have sensitivity to lower energy neutrons via neutron capture on ^6Li and are separable from other excitations via pulse shape discrimination.

  7. Growing intermetallic single crystals using in situ decanting

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    Petrovic, Cedomir; Canfield, Paul; Mellen, Jonathan

    2012-05-16

    High temperature metallic solution growth is one of the most successful and versatile methods for single crystal growth, and is particularly suited for exploratory synthesis. The method commonly utilizes a centrifuge at room temperature and is very successful for the synthesis of single crystal phases that can be decanted from the liquid below the melting point of the silica ampoule. In this paper, we demonstrate the extension of this method that enables single crystal growth and flux decanting inside the furnace at temperatures above 1200C. This not only extends the number of available metallic solvents that can be used in exploratory crystal growth but also can be particularly well suited for crystals that have a rather narrow exposed solidification surface in the equilibrium alloy phase diagram.

  8. Designed three-dimensional freestanding single-crystal carbon architectures.

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    Park, Ji-Hoon; Cho, Dae-Hyun; Moon, Youngkwon; Shin, Ha-Chul; Ahn, Sung-Joon; Kwak, Sang Kyu; Shin, Hyeon-Jin; Lee, Changgu; Ahn, Joung Real

    2014-11-25

    Single-crystal carbon nanomaterials have led to great advances in nanotechnology. The first single-crystal carbon nanomaterial, fullerene, was fabricated in a zero-dimensional form. One-dimensional carbon nanotubes and two-dimensional graphene have since followed and continue to provide further impetus to this field. In this study, we fabricated designed three-dimensional (3D) single-crystal carbon architectures by using silicon carbide templates. For this method, a designed 3D SiC structure was transformed into a 3D freestanding single-crystal carbon structure that retained the original SiC structure by performing a simple single-step thermal process. The SiC structure inside the 3D carbon structure is self-etched, which results in a 3D freestanding carbon structure. The 3D carbon structure is a single crystal with the same hexagonal close-packed structure as graphene. The size of the carbon structures can be controlled from the nanoscale to the microscale, and arrays of these structures can be scaled up to the wafer scale. The 3D freestanding carbon structures were found to be mechanically stable even after repeated loading. The relationship between the reversible mechanical deformation of a carbon structure and its electrical conductance was also investigated. Our method of fabricating designed 3D freestanding single-crystal graphene architectures opens up prospects in the field of single-crystal carbon nanomaterials and paves the way for the development of 3D single-crystal carbon devices. PMID:25329767

  9. Study of single crystals of metal solid solutions

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    Doty, J. P.; Reising, J. A.

    1973-01-01

    The parameters and requirements for growing single crystals of relatively high melting point metals in a zero gravity environment are studied. The crystal growth of metals such as silver, copper, gold, and alloys with a melting point between 900-1100 C is examined.

  10. Effect of gamma ray irradiation on sodium borate single crystals

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    Kalidasan, M.; Asokan, K.; Baskar, K.; Dhanasekaran, R.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the effects of 5 kGy, 10 kGy and 20 kGy doses of gamma ray irradiation on sodium borate, Na2[B4O5(OH)4](H2O)8 single crystals have been studied. Initially these crystals were grown by solution growth technique and identified as monoclinic using X-ray diffraction analysis. X-ray rocking curves confirm the formation of crystalline defects due to gamma rays in sodium borate single crystals. The electron paramagnetic resonance spectra have been recorded to identify the radicals created due to gamma ray irradiation in sodium borate single crystals. The thermoluminescence glow curves due to the defects created by gamma rays in this crystal have been observed and their kinetic parameters were calculated using Chen's peak shape method. The optical absorption increases and photoluminescence spectral intensity decreases for 5 kGy and 20 kGy doses gamma ray irradiated crystals compared to pristine and 10 kGy dose irradiated one. The effect of various doses of gamma rays on vibrational modes of the sodium borate single crystals was studied using FT-Raman and ATR-FTIR spectral analysis. The dielectric permittivity, conductance and dielectric loss versus frequency graphs of these crystals have been analyzed to know the effect of gamma ray irradiation on these parameters.

  11. Large single domain 123 material produced by seeding with single crystal rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

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    Todt, V.; Miller, D.J.; Shi, D.; Sengupta, S.

    1998-07-07

    A method of fabricating bulk YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} where compressed powder oxides and/or carbonates of Y and Ba and Cu present in mole ratios to form YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} are heated in the presence of a Nd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} seed crystal to a temperature sufficient to form a liquid phase in the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} while maintaining the seed crystal solid. The materials are slowly cooled to provide a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} material having a predetermined number of domains between 1 and 5. Crack-free single domain materials can be formed using either plate shaped seed crystals or cube shaped seed crystals with a pedestal of preferential orientation material. 7 figs.

  12. On the deformation mechanisms in single crystal Hadfield manganese steels

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    Karaman, I.; Sehitoglu, H.; Gall, K.; Chumlyakov, Y.I.

    1998-02-13

    Austenitic manganese steel, so called Hadfield manganese steel, is frequently used in mining and railroad frog applications requiring excessive deformation and wear resistance. Its work hardening ability is still not completely understood. Previous studies attributed the work-hardening characteristics of this material to dynamic strain aging or an imperfect deformation twin, a so-called pseudotwin. Unfortunately, these previous studies have all focused on polycrystalline Hadfield steels. To properly study the mechanisms of deformation in the absence of grain boundary or texture effects, single crystal specimens are required. The purpose of this work is the following: (1) observe the inelastic stress-strain behavior of Hadfield single crystals in orientations where twinning and slip are individually dominating or when they are competing deformation mechanisms; and (2) determine the microyield points of Hadfield single crystals and use micro-mechanical modeling to predict the stress-strain response of a single crystal undergoing micro-twinning.

  13. Measurement of single crystal surface parameters

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    Swanson, L. W.; Bell, A. E.; Strayer, R. W.

    1972-01-01

    The sticking coefficient and thermal desorption spectra of Cs from the (110) plane of W was investigated. A sticking coefficient of unity for the monolayer region was measured for T 250 K. Several distinct binding states were observed in the thermal desorption spectrum. Work function and electron reflection measurements were made on the (110) and (100) crystal faces of Mo. Both LEED and Auger were used to determine the orientation and cleanliness of the crystal surfaces. The work function values obtained for the (110) and (100) planes of Mo were 4.92 and 4.18 eV respectively.

  14. Piezoelectric properties of tetragonal single-domain Mn-doped NBT-6 %BT single crystals

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    Guennou, Mael; Savinov, Maxim; Drahokoupil, Jan; Luo, Haosu; Hlinka, Jirka

    2014-07-01

    We report a study of properties of Mn-doped NBT-6 %BT single crystals. We show that tetragonal single-domain states can be stabilized by poling along a [001] direction. For carefully prepared crystals, the piezoelectric coefficient can reach 570 pC/N. When poled along non-polar directions, the crystals exhibit ferroelectric domain structures consistent with tetragonal micron-sized domains, as revealed by optical observation and Raman spectroscopy. The multidomain crystals have lower values, 225 and 130 pC/N for [011] and [111]-oriented crystals, respectively. This trend is commented on from a domain-engineering perspective.

  15. Some Properties Of Synthetic Single Crystal And Thin Film Diamonds

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    Yazu, Shuji; Sato, Shuichi; Fujimori, Naoji

    1989-01-01

    Large synthetic diamond single crystals, in sizes up to 1.4 ct, are produced on 4 commercial basis for some industrial application fields by Sumitomo Electric. The crystals are yellow colored type Ib stones which contain lower amounts of nitrogen (up to about 100 ppm) dispersed through the crystal structure in the form of singly substituting atoms. The impurity controlled type lb crystals have the highest thermal conductivity which is equivalent to that of pure type IIa crystals. Optical and thermal properties of diamond crystals are strongly affected by dispersed impurities. We studied the kinds of dispersed impurities and amounts of those impurity atoms in our synthesized crystals by SIMS. A relation of the thermal conductivities and the nitrogen concentrations of the crystals was examined. The state of nitrogen impurity in the crystals could be transformed by electron irradiation and subsequent high temperature annealing. The reaction rates for the transformation Ib nitrogen to type IaA aggregates and differences in crystal growth sectors have been studied. Vapor phase deposited diamond films are hopeful candidates for optical application of diamond. Preliminary spectroscopic analysis has been done for the free standing polycrystalline films.

  16. ZnO thin film deposition using colliding plasma plumes and single plasma plume: Structural and optical properties

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    Gupta, Shyam L. Thareja, Raj K.

    2013-12-14

    We report the comparative study on synthesis of thin films of ZnO on glass substrates using IR laser ablated colliding plasma plumes and conventional pulsed laser deposition using 355?nm in oxygen ambient. The optical properties of deposited films are characterized using optical transmission in the UV-visible range of spectrum and photoluminescence measurements. X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy are used to investigate the surface morphology of synthesized ZnO films. The films synthesized using colliding plumes created with 1064?nm are non-polar a-plane ZnO with transmission in UV-visible (300800?nm) region ?60% compared to polycrystalline thin film deposited using single plume which has chunk deposition and poor optical response. However, deposition with 355?nm single plume shows polar c-axis oriented thin film with average roughness (?thickness) of ?86?nm (?850?nm) compared to ?2?nm (?3??m) for 1064?nm colliding plumes. These observed differences in the quality and properties of thin films are attributed to the flux of mono-energetic plasma species with almost uniform kinetic energy and higher thermal velocity reaching the substrate from interaction/stagnation zone of colliding plasma plumes.

  17. Inhomogeneities in single crystals of cuprate oxide superconductors

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    Moorjani, K.; Bohandy, J.; Kim, B. F.; Adrian, F. J.

    1991-01-01

    The next stage in the evolution of experimental research on the high temperature superconductors will require high quality single crystals and epitaxially grown crystalline films. However, inhomogeneities and other defects are not uncommon in single crystals of cuprate oxide superconductors, so a corollary requirement will be a reliable method for judging the quality of these materials. The application of magnetically modulated resistance methods in this task is briefly described and illustrated.

  18. Synthesis and Single-Crystal Growth of Ca

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    Nakatsuji, Satoru; Maeno, Yoshiteru

    2001-01-01

    For the study of the quasi-two-dimensional Mott transition system Ca{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}RuO{sub 4}, we have succeeded in synthesizing polycrystalline samples and also growing single crystals by a floating-zone method. Details of the preparations for the entire solution range are described. The structural, transport, and magnetic properties of both polycrystalline and single-crystal samples are fully in agreement.

  19. Single femtosecond laser pulse-single crystal formation of glycine at the solution surface

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    Liu, Tsung-Han; Uwada, Takayuki; Sugiyama, Teruki; Usman, Anwar; Hosokawa, Yoichiroh; Masuhara, Hiroshi; Chiang, Ting-Wei; Chen, Chun-Jung

    2013-03-01

    We demonstrate femtosecond laser-induced crystallization of glycine from its supersaturated solution depending on laser tunable parameters (pulse energy and repetition rate) and focal position, and examine the crystallization probability, crystal morphology, and crystal polymorph. The generation of cavitation bubble through multiphoton absorption of water depends on input laser pulse energy and repetition rate, which strongly determine morphology and number of the obtained crystals. Significant increase in the crystallization probability is observed by irradiating the femtosecond laser pulses to the air/solution interface, and single pulse-induced single crystal formation is successfully achieved. The crystallization mechanism is discussed in view of inhomogeneous mechanical stress induced by cavitation bubble generation and molecular assembly characteristics of the surface.

  20. Synthesis, crystal growth and characterization of an organic material: 2-Aminopyridinium succinate succinic acid single crystal.

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    Magesh, M; Bhagavannarayana, G; Ramasamy, P

    2015-11-01

    The 2-aminopyridinium succinate succinic acid (2APS) single crystal was synthesized and grown by slow evaporation method. The crystal structure has been confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction as well as single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The crystal perfection has been evaluated by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD). The grown crystal is transparent in the visible and near infrared region. The optical absorption edge was found to be 348 nm. The fluorescence study was carried out by spectrofluorophotometer. The thermal stability of grown crystal was analyzed by thermal gravimetric and differential thermal gravimetric (TG-DTA) analysis. Vicker's hardness study carried out at room temperature shows increased hardness while increasing the load. Laser damage threshold value was determined by Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm. The grown 2APS crystal was characterized by etching studies using water as etchant. PMID:26099828

  1. Effects of crystallographic facet-specific peptide adsorption along single ZnO nanorods on the characteristic fluorescence intensification on nanorod ends (FINE) phenomenon.

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    Singh, Manpreet; Zhuo, Xiaolu; Choi, Daniel S; Gonzalez, Lorelis E; Wang, Jianfang; Hahm, Jong-in

    2015-11-28

    The precise effect of crystallographically discriminating biomolecular adsorption on the fluorescence intensification profiles of individual zinc oxide nanorod (ZnO NR) platforms was elucidated in this study by employing peptide binding epitopes biased towards particular ZnO crystal surfaces and isolating the peptides on given crystalline facets of ZnO NRs. Subsequently, the fluorescence emission profiles of the preferentially bound peptide cases on the basal versus prismic planes of ZnO NRs were carefully evaluated both experimentally and via computer simulations. The phenomenon of fluorescence intensification on NR ends (FINE) was persistently observed on the individual ZnO NR platforms, regardless of the location of the bound peptides. In contrast to the consistent occurrence of FINE, the degree and magnitude of FINE were largely influenced by the discriminatory peptide adsorption to different ZnO NR facets. The temporal stability of the fluorescence signal was also greatly affected by the selectively located peptides on the ZnO NR crystal when spatially resolved on different NR facets. Similarities and differences in the spatial and temporal fluorescence signal of the crystalline NR facet-specific versus -nonspecific biomolecular adsorption events were then compared. To further illuminate the basis of our experimental findings, we also performed finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) calculations and examined the different degrees of FINE by modelling the biased peptide adsorption cases. Our multifaceted efforts, providing combined insight into the spatial and temporal characteristics of the biomolecular fluorescence signal characteristically governed by the biomolecular location on the specific NR facets, will be valuable for novel applications and accurate signal interpretation of ZnO NR-based biosensors in many rapidly growing, highly miniaturized biodetection configurations. PMID:26509316

  2. Effects of crystallographic facet-specific peptide adsorption along single ZnO nanorods on the characteristic fluorescence intensification on nanorod ends (FINE) phenomenon

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    Singh, Manpreet; Zhuo, Xiaolu; Choi, Daniel S.; Gonzalez, Lorelis E.; Wang, Jianfang; Hahm, Jong-In

    2015-11-01

    The precise effect of crystallographically discriminating biomolecular adsorption on the fluorescence intensification profiles of individual zinc oxide nanorod (ZnO NR) platforms was elucidated in this study by employing peptide binding epitopes biased towards particular ZnO crystal surfaces and isolating the peptides on given crystalline facets of ZnO NRs. Subsequently, the fluorescence emission profiles of the preferentially bound peptide cases on the basal versus prismic planes of ZnO NRs were carefully evaluated both experimentally and via computer simulations. The phenomenon of fluorescence intensification on NR ends (FINE) was persistently observed on the individual ZnO NR platforms, regardless of the location of the bound peptides. In contrast to the consistent occurrence of FINE, the degree and magnitude of FINE were largely influenced by the discriminatory peptide adsorption to different ZnO NR facets. The temporal stability of the fluorescence signal was also greatly affected by the selectively located peptides on the ZnO NR crystal when spatially resolved on different NR facets. Similarities and differences in the spatial and temporal fluorescence signal of the crystalline NR facet-specific versus -nonspecific biomolecular adsorption events were then compared. To further illuminate the basis of our experimental findings, we also performed finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) calculations and examined the different degrees of FINE by modelling the biased peptide adsorption cases. Our multifaceted efforts, providing combined insight into the spatial and temporal characteristics of the biomolecular fluorescence signal characteristically governed by the biomolecular location on the specific NR facets, will be valuable for novel applications and accurate signal interpretation of ZnO NR-based biosensors in many rapidly growing, highly miniaturized biodetection configurations.

  3. Growth technology of piezoelectric langasite single crystal

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    Uda, Satoshi; Wang, Shou-Qi; Konishi, Nozomi; Inaba, Hitoshi; Harada, Jiro

    2005-02-01

    Although langasite (La 3Ga 5SiO 14) is an incongruent material, it can directly grow from the "pseudo-congruent melt" via the Czochralski method using a langasite seed crystal when the appropriate supercooling is provided. This may be explained by the extension of the univariant line of langasite+liquid into the primary phase field of Ga-containing lanthanum silicate. Free energies serving to solute transport, growth kinetics, surface creation and defect generation are summed up to be the total supercooling necessary for growth which may be larger for the formation of Ga-containing lanthanum silicate and smaller for langasite than the actual supercooling. The growth technology of 4-in-size crystal along [0 1 1 1] is optimized by understanding (i) the importance of the prior annealing of the melt to acquire the suitable supercooling for growth, (ii) the transform of the unstable growth interface, (0 1 1 1), into the complex of more stable principal planes, and (iii) the necessity of the accurate evaluation method to examine the homogeneity of the grown crystal. Issues of (i) and (ii) are interrelated. Physical crystal properties at high temperature are also demonstrated.

  4. Synthetic Superconductivity in Single-Layer Crystals

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    Levitov, Leonid; Borgnia, Dan; Lee, Patrick

    2015-03-01

    Electronic states in atomically thin 2D crystals are fully exposed and can couple to extrinsic degrees of freedom via long-range Coulomb interactions. Novel many-body effects in such systems can be engineered by embedding them in a polar environment. Superconducting pairing interaction induced in this way can enhance the intrinsic electron-phonon pairing mechanism. We take on this notion, which was around since the 60's (''excitonic superconductivity''), and consider synthetic superconductivity (SSC) induced in 2D crystals by a polar environment. One interesting aspect of this scenario is that Coulomb repulsion acts as superconductivity friend rather than a foe. Such repulsion-to-attraction transmutation allows to access strong-coupling superconductivity regime even when intrinsic pairing interaction is weak. We analyze pairing interaction in 2D crystals placed atop a highly polarizable dielectric with dispersive permittivity ? (?) and predict that by optimizing system parameters a substantial enhancement can be achieved. We also argue that the SSC mechanism can be responsible, at least in part, for 100 K superconductivity recently observed in FeSe monolayers grown on SrTiO3 substrate, with Tc more than 10 times larger than in bulk 3D FeSe crystals, arxiv:1406.3435.

  5. Green emission in carbon doped ZnO films

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    Tseng, L. T.; Yi, J. B. Zhang, X. Y.; Xing, G. Z.; Luo, X.; Li, S.; Fan, H. M.; Herng, T. S.; Ding, J.; Ionescu, M.

    2014-06-15

    The emission behavior of C-doped ZnO films, which were prepared by implantation of carbon into ZnO films, is investigated. Orange/red emission is observed for the films with the thickness of 60–100 nm. However, the film with thickness of 200 nm shows strong green emission. Further investigations by annealing bulk ZnO single crystals under different environments, i.e. Ar, Zn or C vapor, indicated that the complex defects based on Zn interstitials are responsible for the strong green emission. The existence of complex defects was confirmed by electron spin resonance (ESR) and low temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurement.

  6. SINGLE CRYSTAL NIOBIUM TUBES FOR PARTICLE COLLIDERS ACCELERATOR CAVITIES

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    MURPHY, JAMES E

    2013-02-28

    The objective of this research project is to produce single crystal niobium (Nb) tubes for use as particle accelerator cavities for the Fermi laboratorys International Linear Collider project. Single crystal Nb tubes may have superior performance compared to a polycrystalline tubes because the absence of grain boundaries may permit the use of higher accelerating voltages. In addition, Nb tubes that are subjected to the high temperature, high vacuum crystallization process are very pure and well annealed. Any impurity with a significantly higher vapor pressure than Nb should be decreased by the relatively long exposure at high temperature to the high vacuum environment. After application of the single crystal process, the surfaces of the Nb tubes are bright and shiny, and the tube resembles an electro polished Nb tube. For these reasons, there is interest in single crystal Nb tubes and in a process that will produce single crystal tubes. To convert a polycrystalline niobium tube into a single crystal, the tube is heated to within a few hundred ?C of the melting temperature of niobium, which is 2477 ?C. RF heating is used to rapidly heat the tube in a narrow zone and after reaching the operating temperature, the hot zone is slowly passed along the length of the tube. For crystallization tests with Nb tubes, the traverse rate was in the range of 1-10 cm per hour. All the crystallization tests in this study were performed in a water-cooled, stainless steel chamber under a vacuum of 5 x10-6 torr or better. In earliest tests of the single crystal growth process, the Nb tubes had an OD of 1.9 cm and a wall thickness of 0.15 mm. With these relatively small Nb tubes, the single crystal process was always successful in producing single crystal tubes. In these early tests, the operating temperature was normally maintained at 2200 ?C, and the traverse rate was 5 cm per hour. In the next test series, the Nb tube size was increased to 3.8 cm OD and the wall thickness was increased 0.18 mm and eventually to 0.21 mm. Again, with these larger tubes, single crystal tubes were usually produced by the crystallization process. The power supply was generally operated at full output during these tests, and the traverse rate was 5 cm per hour. In a few tests, the traverse rate was increased to 10 cm per hour, and at the faster traverse rate, single crystal growth was not achieved. In these tests with a faster traverse rate, it was thought that the tube was not heated to a high enough temperature to achieve single crystal growth. In the next series of tests, the tube OD was unchanged at 3.8 cm and the wall thickness was increased to 0.30 mm. The increased wall thickness made it difficult to reach an operating temperature above 2,000 ?C, and although the single crystal process caused a large increase in the crystal grains, no single crystal tubes were produced. It was assumed that the operating temperature in these tests was not high enough to achieve single crystal growth. In FY 2012, a larger power supply was purchased and installed. With the new power supply, temperatures above the melting point of Nb were easily obtained regardless of the tube thickness. A series of crystallization tests was initiated to determine if indeed the operating temperature of the previous tests was too low to achieve single crystal growth. For these tests, the Nb tube OD remained at 3.8 cm and the wall thickness was 0.30 mm. The first test had an operating temperature of 2,000 ?C. and the operating temperature was increased by 50 ?C increments for each successive test. The final test was very near the Nb melting temperature, and indeed, the Nb tube eventually melted in the center of the tube. These tests showed that higher temperatures did yield larger grain sizes if the traverse rate was held constant at 5 cm per hour, but no single crystal tubes were produced even at the highest operating temperature. In addition, slowing the traverse rate to as low as 1 cm per hour did not yield a single crystal tube regardless of operating temperature. At this time, it appears that the wall thickness of the Nb tube rather than the operating temperature is the most important parameter to achieving single crystal growth. Single crystal growth was easily obtained with thinner wall tubes, but with thicker tubes, it was not achieved under varied growth conditions.

  7. Aluminum Migration and Intrinsic Defect Interaction in Single-Crystal Zinc Oxide

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    Johansen, K. M.; Vines, L.; Bjrheim, T. S.; Schifano, R.; Svensson, B. G.

    2015-02-01

    Vacancy-mediated migration of Al in single-crystal zinc oxide (ZnO) is investigated using secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) combined with hybrid density-functional theory (DFT) calculations. A thin film of Al-doped ZnO is deposited by sputtering onto the single-crystal bulk material and heat treated at temperatures in the range of 900 C - 1300 C . The migration of Al is found to be Zn-vacancy mediated. In order to elucidate the physical processes involved, an alternative model based on reactive diffusion is developed. The model includes the time evolution of the concentration of Al atoms on the Zn site (AlZn ), Zn vacancies (vZn), and a complex between the two, where the influence of the charge state of vZn on its formation energy is incorporated through the free carrier concentration. The modeling results exhibit close agreement with the experimental data and the AlZnvZn complex is found to diffuse with an activation energy of 2.6 eV and a preexponential factor of 4 10-2 cm2 s-1 . The model is supported by the results from hybrid DFT calculations combined with thermodynamical modeling, which also suggest that a complex between AlZn and vZn is promoted in n -doped material. The charge state of this complex is effectively -1 , and it thus acts as a compensating acceptor, limiting full utilization of the shallow AlZn donor. Furthermore, the DFT calculations also predict a high formation energy for both substitutional Al on the O site (AlO ) and interstitial Al (Ali), and are therefore of minor importance for Al migration in ZnO. The close coupling between the hybrid DFT calculations and the developed diffusion model enable benchmarking of the accuracy of several parameters extracted from the DFT calculations. Furthermore, since the diffusion model hinges strongly on defect concentrations, it couples directly to results from measurements by other experimental techniques than those used in this paper and provides an opportunity for independent verification of the estimated values by future studies.

  8. Differences between individual ZSM-5 crystals in forming hollow single crystals and mesopores during base leaching.

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    Fodor, Daniel; Krumeich, Frank; Hauert, Roland; van Bokhoven, Jeroen A

    2015-04-13

    After base treatment of ZSM-5 crystals below 100?nm in size, TEM shows hollow single crystals with a 10?nm shell. SEM images confirm that the shell is well- preserved even after prolonged treatment. Determination of the Si/Al ratios with AAS and XPS in combination with argon sputtering reveals aluminum zoning of the parent zeolite, and the total pore volume increases in the first two hours of base treatment. In corresponding TEM images, the amount of hollow crystals are observed to increase during the first two hours of base treatment, and intact crystals are visible even after 10?h of leaching; these observations indicate different dissolution rates between individual crystals. TEM of large, commercially available ZSM-5 crystals shows inhomogeneous distribution of mesopores among different crystals, which points to the existence of structural differences between individual crystals. Only tetrahedrally coordinated aluminum is detected with (27) Al MAS NMR after the base leaching of nano-sized ZSM-5. PMID:25720305

  9. Anisotropy of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Maier, R. D.; Dreshfield, R. L.

    1980-01-01

    The effects of crystal orientation on the mechanical properties of single crystals of the nickel-based superalloy Mar-M247 are investigated. Tensile tests at temperatures from 23 to 1093 C and stress rupture tests at temperatures from 760 to 1038 C were performed for 52 single crystals at various orientations. During tensile testing between 23 and 760 C, single crystals with high Schmid factors were found to be favorably oriented for slip and to exhibit lower strength and higher ductility than those with low Schmid factors. Crystals which required large rotations to become oriented for cross slip were observed to have the shortest stress rupture lives at 760 C, while those which required little or no rotation had the longest lives. In addition, stereographic triangles obtained for Mar-M247 and Mar-M200 single crystals reveal that crystals with orientations near the -111 had the highest lives, those near the 001 had high lives, and those near the 011 had low lives.

  10. An analytical model for porous single crystals with ellipsoidal voids

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    Mbiakop, A.; Constantinescu, A.; Danas, K.

    2015-11-01

    A rate-(in)dependent constitutive model for porous single crystals with arbitrary crystal anisotropy (e.g., FCC, BCC, HCP, etc.) containing general ellipsoidal voids is developed. The proposed model, denoted as modified variational model (MVAR), is based on the nonlinear variational homogenization method, which makes use of a linear comparison porous material to estimate the response of the nonlinear porous single crystal. Periodic multi-void finite element simulations are used in order to validate the MVAR for a large number of parameters including cubic (FCC, BCC) and hexagonal (HCP) crystal anisotropy, various creep exponents (i.e., nonlinearity), several stress triaxiality ratios, general void shapes and orientations and various porosity levels. The MVAR model, which involves a priori no calibration parameters, is found to be in good agreement with the finite element results for all cases considered in the rate-dependent context. The model is then used in a predictive manner to investigate the complex response of porous single crystals in several cases with strong coupling between the anisotropy of the crystal and the (morphological) anisotropy induced by the shape and orientation of the voids. Finally, a simple way of calibrating the MVAR with just two adjustable parameters is depicted in the rate-independent context so that an excellent agreement with the FE simulation results is obtained. In this last case, this proposed model can be thought as a generalization of the Gurson model in the context of porous single crystals and general ellipsoidal void shapes and orientations.

  11. Fatigue Failure Criteria for Single Crystal Nickel Superalloys

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.

    1999-01-01

    High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas-turbine and rocket engine turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Single crystal turbine blades are being utilized in rocket engine turbopumps and jet engines throughout industry and NASA because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys. Single-crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the pan geometry a significant factor in the overall analysis. The failure modes of single crystal turbine blades is complicated to predict due to the material orthotropy and variations in crystal orientations. A fatigue failure criteria based on the maximum shear stress amplitude [delta t max] on the 30 slip systems, is presented for single crystal nickel superalloys (FCC crystal). This criteria reduces the scatter in uniaxial LCF test data, for four different specimen orientations, for PWA 1484 at 1200 F in air, quite well. A power law curve fit of the failure parameter, delta t max, vs. cycles to failure is presented.

  12. Vapor crystal growth studies of single crystals of mercuric iodide (3-IML-1)

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    Vandenberg, Lodewijk

    1992-01-01

    A single crystal of mercuric iodide (HgI2) will be grown during the International Microgravity Lab. (IML-1) mission. The crystal growth process takes place by sublimation of HgI2 from an aggregate of purified material, transport of the molecules in the vapor from the source to the crystal, and condensation on the crystal surface. The objectives of the experiment are as follow: to grow a high quality crystal of HgI2 of sufficient size so that its properties can be extensively analyzed; and to study the vapor transport process, specifically the rate of diffusion transport at greatly reduced gravity where convection is minimized.

  13. Raman spectra of deuteriated taurine single crystals

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    Souza, J. M. de; Lima, R. J. C.; Freire, P. T. C.; Sasaki, J. M.; Melo, F. E. A.; Filho, J. Mendes; Jones, Derry W.

    2005-05-01

    The polarized Raman spectra of partially deuteriated taurine [(ND 3+) 0.65(NH 3+) 0.35(CH 2) 2SO 3-] crystals from x( zz) x and x( zy) x scattering geometries of the A g and B g irreducible representations of the factor group C 2h are reported. The temperature-dependent Raman spectra of partially deuteriated taurine do not reveal any evidence of the structural phase transition undergone by normal taurine at about 250 K, but an anomaly observed in the 180 cm -1 band at 120 K implies a different dynamic for this band (which is involved in a pressure-induced phase transition) in the deuteriated crystal.

  14. Shock Driven Twinning in Tantalum Single Crystals

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    McNaney, J M; HSUING, L M; Barton, N R; Kumar, M

    2009-07-20

    Recovery based observations of high pressure material behavior generated under high explosively driven flyer based loading conditions are reported. Two shock pressures, 25, and 55 GPa and four orientations {l_brace}(100), (110), (111), (123){r_brace} were considered. Recovered material was characterized using electron backscatter diffraction along with a limited amount of transmission electron microscopy to assess the occurrence of twinning under each test condition. Material recovered from 25 GPa had a very small fraction of twinning for the (100), (110), and (111) oriented crystals while a more noticeable fraction of the (123) oriented crystal was twinned. Material recovered from 55 GPa showed little twinning for (100) orientation slightly more for the (111) orientation and a large area fraction for the (123) orientation. The EBSD and TEM observations of the underlying deformation substructure are rationalized by comparing with previous static and dynamic results.

  15. Selective Metal Cation Capture by Soft Anionic Metal-Organic Frameworks via Drastic Single-Crystal-to-Single-Crystal Transformations

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    Tian, Jian; Saraf, Laxmikant V.; Schwenzer, Birgit; Taylor, S. M.; Brechin, Euan K.; Liu, Jun; Dalgarno, S. J.; Thallapally, Praveen K.

    2012-05-25

    Flexible anionic metal-organic frameworks transform to neutral heterobimetallic systems via single-crystal-to-single-crystal processes invoked by cation insertion. These transformations are directed by cooperative bond breakage and formation, resulting in expansion or contraction of the 3D framework by up to 33% due to the flexible nature of the organic linker. These MOFs displays highly selective uptake of divalent transition metal cations (Co2+ and Ni2+ for example) over alkali metal cations (Li+ and Na+).

  16. Metal-center exchange of tetrahedral cages: single crystal to single crystal and spin-crossover properties.

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    Zhang, Feng-Li; Chen, Jia-Qian; Qin, Long-Fang; Tian, Lei; Li, Zaijun; Ren, Xuehong; Gu, Zhi-Guo

    2016-04-01

    An effective single crystal to single crystal transformation from a tetrahedral Ni cage to an FeNi cage was demonstrated. The iron(ii) centers of the FeNi cage can be induced to display spin crossover behaviors with an increasing amount of Fe(ii) ions. The SCSC metal-center exchange provides a powerful approach to modify solid magnetic properties. PMID:26955799

  17. Photon Cascade from a Single Crystal Phase Nanowire Quantum Dot.

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    Bouwes Bavinck, Maaike; Jns, Klaus D; Zieli?ski, Michal; Patriarche, Gilles; Harmand, Jean-Christophe; Akopian, Nika; Zwiller, Val

    2016-02-10

    We report the first comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the optical properties of single crystal phase quantum dots in InP nanowires. Crystal phase quantum dots are defined by a transition in the crystallographic lattice between zinc blende and wurtzite segments and therefore offer unprecedented potential to be controlled with atomic layer accuracy without random alloying. We show for the first time that crystal phase quantum dots are a source of pure single-photons and cascaded photon-pairs from type II transitions with excellent optical properties in terms of intensity and line width. We notice that the emission spectra consist often of two peaks close in energy, which we explain with a comprehensive theory showing that the symmetry of the system plays a crucial role for the hole levels forming hybridized orbitals. Our results state that crystal phase quantum dots have promising quantum optical properties for single photon application and quantum optics. PMID:26806321

  18. Growth and characterization of ? and ?-glycine single crystals

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    Srinivasan, T. P.; Indirajith, R.; Gopalakrishnan, R.

    2011-03-01

    Single crystals of ?- and ?-glycine were grown by the slow evaporation solution growth method using deionised water as solvent. The ?-glycine was transformed to ?-glycine by addition of KNO3 as additive and both the forms of glycine single crystals were grown and the characteristic properties were studied and compared. From the single crystal XRD analysis the grown ?- and ?-glycine crystals are confirmed. The presence of the functional groups of ?- and ?-glycine was analyzed from the recorded FT-IR spectrum. The optical transmission was ascertained from UV-vis-NIR spectrum. The lower cut-off wavelengths of ?- and ?-glycine are 292 and 272 nm, respectively. The second harmonic generation relative efficiency was measured by the Kurtz and Perry powder technique. Group theoretical analysis predicts 120 vibrational optical modes in ?-glycine and 90 vibrational optical modes in ?-glycine. The TGA, DTA and dielectric studies were carried out to explore information about thermal and dielectric behavior, respectively, for ?- and ?-glycine.

  19. Crystal structure, spectral, thermal and dielectric studies of a new zinc benzoate single crystal

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    Bijini, B. R.; Prasanna, S.; Deepa, M.; Nair, C. M. K.; Rajendra Babu, K.

    2012-11-01

    Single crystals of zinc benzoate with a novel structure were grown in gel media. Sodium metasilicate of gel density 1.04 g/cc at pH 6 was employed to yield transparent single crystals. The crystal structure of the compound was ascertained by single crystal X-ray diffractometry. It was noted that the crystal belongs to monoclinic system with space group P21/c with unit cell parameters a = 10.669(1) , b = 12.995(5) , c = 19.119(3) , and ? = 94.926(3). The crystal was seen to possess a linear polymeric structure along b-axis; with no presence of coordinated or lattice water. CHN analysis established the stoichiometric composition of the crystal. The existence of functional groups present in the single crystal system was confirmed by FT-IR studies. The thermal characteristic of the sample was analysed by TGA-DTA techniques, and the sample was found to be thermally stable up to 280 C. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters were also determined. UV-Vis spectroscopy corroborated the transparency of the crystal and revealed the optical band gap to be 4 eV. Dielectric studies showed decrease in the dielectric constant of the sample with increase in frequency.

  20. Organic single crystal transistor characteristics of single-crystal phase pentacene grown by ionic liquid-assisted vacuum deposition

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    Takeyama, Yoko; Ono, Shimpei; Matsumoto, Yuji

    2012-08-01

    Organic transistor characteristics of single-crystal phase pentacene were investigated. Ionic liquids (ILs) were used as not only a gate dielectric material in the transistors but also a crystallization solvent in vacuum deposition of pentacene. The crystal sizes reached 200 ?m and their surface exhibits a molecularly step-and-terrace structure. There was no sign of IL molecules inside the crystal, and the impurity level of 6,13-pentacenequinone was also reduced. The average value of the field-effect mobility was not so inferior to those for the conventional pentacene single crystals, and the highest value exceeded 5 cm2/Vs, with the on/off current ratio of 104.

  1. Creep of CoO single crystals.

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    Clauer, A. H.; Seltzer, M. S.; Wilcox, B. A.

    1971-01-01

    The crystals were creep tested in compression over ranges of temperature, stress, and oxygen pressure. The creep curves were S-shaped, and only the inflection creep rate was analyzed. A formula is presented for the inflection creep rate in the range from 1000 to 1200 C, 850 to 1700 psi, and 0.001 to 1 atm oxygen. Slip was found to occur on two orthogonal slip systems. The presence of subboundaries was observed by optical and transmission electron microscopy. It is suggested that the creep rate is controlled by oxygen diffusion.

  2. Growth and properties of InP single crystals

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    Dun-fu, Fang; Xiang-xi, Wang; Yong-quan, Xu; Li-tong, Tan

    1984-04-01

    InP single crystals with various dopants including S, Sn, Zn and Fe have been grown successfully by the Czochralski method under high pressure with liquid encapsulation. It is found that by carefully adjusting the thermal symmetry of the heating field and by further improving the quality of the polycrystals and by dehydrating B 2O 3, twin-free InP crystals can be obtained even with a shoulder angle of up to 54, and defects caused by thermal decomposition appear on the surface of the crystals during pulling. Furthermore, a comparison of the crystal perfection and uniformity between S-doped and Sn-doped InP crystals shows that the quality of the former is better than that of the latter. Dislocation-free Zn-doped p-InP single crystals without precipitates have also been easily obtained when the carrier concentration is greater than 210 18 cm -3 and the diameter less than 30 mm. By controlling the iron content, semi-insulating thermally stable single crystals of InP doped with ?0.03 wt% of Fe without precipitates and with a homogeneous resistivity can be produced.

  3. Effect of Crystal Orientation on Fatigue Failure of Single Crystal Nickel Base Turbine Blade Superalloys

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    Arakere, N. K.; Swanson, G.

    2002-01-01

    High cycle fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas turbine and rocket engine turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Single crystal nickel turbine blades are being utilized in rocket engine turbopumps and jet engines throughout industry because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance, and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys. Currently the most widely used single crystal turbine blade superalloys are PWA 1480/1493, PWA 1484, RENE' N-5 and CMSX-4. These alloys play an important role in commercial, military and space propulsion systems. Single crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant factor in the overall analysis. The failure modes of single crystal turbine blades are complicated to predict due to the material orthotropy and variations in crystal orientations. Fatigue life estimation of single crystal turbine blades represents an important aspect of durability assessment. It is therefore of practical interest to develop effective fatigue failure criteria for single crystal nickel alloys and to investigate the effects of variation of primary and secondary crystal orientation on fatigue life. A fatigue failure criterion based on the maximum shear stress amplitude /Delta(sub tau)(sub max))] on the 24 octahedral and 6 cube slip systems, is presented for single crystal nickel superalloys (FCC crystal). This criterion reduces the scatter in uniaxial LCF test data considerably for PWA 1493 at 1200 F in air. Additionally, single crystal turbine blades used in the alternate advanced high-pressure fuel turbopump (AHPFTP/AT) are modeled using a large-scale three-dimensional finite element model. This finite element model is capable of accounting for material orthotrophy and variation in primary and secondary crystal orientation. Effects of variation in crystal orientation on blade stress response are studied based on 297 finite element model runs. Fatigue lives at critical points in the blade are computed using finite element stress results and the failure criterion developed. Stress analysis results in the blade attachment region are also presented. Results presented demonstrates that control of secondary and primary crystallographic orientation has the potential to significantly increase a component S resistance to fatigue crack growth with- out adding additional weight or cost. [DOI: 10.1115/1.1413767

  4. Waveguide effect in ZnO crystal by He + ions implantation: Analysis of optical confinement from implant-induced lattice damage

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    Ming, Xianbing; Lu, Fei; Yin, Jiaojian; Chen, Ming; Zhang, Shaomei; Zhao, Jinhua; Liu, Xiuhong; Ma, Yujie; Liu, Xiangzhi

    2012-03-01

    Waveguide effect was observed in He + implantation ZnO with different energies and doses. Computer code was used to simulate the process of ion implantation into ZnO crystal and the implantation-produced damage distribution is extracted according to RBS experimental result. The prism coupling and end-face coupling technique are used to investigate the waveguide properties. The reconstructed refractive index profile shows that the ordinary index decreases at the near surface region after He + implantation under different conditions. The damage layer, which is governed by nuclear energy deposition of He + ions, makes itself a reduced index barrier for guiding light. Ion-implantation, generally used for electrical isolation, may play a role for optical confinement in ZnO light emitting devices.

  5. Method of making macrocrystalline or single crystal semiconductor material

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    Shlichta, P. J. (Inventor); Holliday, R. J. (Inventor)

    1986-01-01

    A macrocrystalline or single crystal semiconductive material is formed from a primary substrate including a single crystal or several very large crystals of a relatively low melting material. This primary substrate is deposited on a base such as steel or ceramic, and it may be formed from such metals as zinc, cadmium, germanium, aluminum, tin, lead, copper, brass, magnesium silicide, or magnesium stannide. These materials generally have a melting point below about 1000 C and form on the base crystals the size of fingernails or greater. The primary substrate has an epitaxial relationship with a subsequently applied layer of material, and because of this epitaxial relationship, the material deposited on the primary substrate will have essentially the same crystal size as the crystals in the primary substrate. If required, successive layers are formed, each of a material which has an epitaxial relationship with the previously deposited layer, until a layer is formed which has an epitaxial relationship with the semiconductive material. This layer is referred to as the epitaxial substrate, and its crystals serve as sites for the growth of large crystals of semiconductive material. The primary substrate is passivated to remove or otherwise convert it into a stable or nonreactive state prior to deposition of the seconductive material.

  6. Single crystal growth and characterization of holmium tartrate trihydrate

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    Want, Basharat; Ahmad, Farooq; Kotru, P. N.

    2007-02-01

    The growth of holmium tartrate trihydrate (HTT) single crystals is achieved in organic (agar-agar) as well as in inorganic (silica) gels by single gel diffusion method. Results of the study on nucleation kinetics of crystals grown in silica gel are described. The crystals exhibit the morphological form of a tetragonal dipyramidal class with {0 0 1} and {1 1 1} as dominant faces. Elemental and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) supplemented by energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) support the suggested chemical formula of the grown crystals to be [Ho (C 4H 4O 6) (C 4H 5O 6)3H 2O]. Single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies indicate that the crystals belong to tetragonal system with the cell parameters a=5.97 , c=36.09 , bearing the space group P4 1. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic study indicates the presence of tartrate ligands and suggests that one of the tartrate ions is singly ionized. TGA suggests that the material is thermally stable up to 220 C.

  7. Enhancing the Mechanical Properties of Single-Crystal CVD Diamond

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    Liang, Q.; Yan, C; Meng, Y; Lai, J; Krasnicki, S; Mao, H; Hemley, R

    2009-01-01

    Approaches for enhancing the strength and toughness of single-crystal diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at high growth rates are described. CVD processes used to grow single-crystal diamond in high density plasmas were modified to incorporate boron and nitrogen. Semi-quantitative studies of mechanical properties were carried out using Vickers indentation techniques. The introduction of boron in single-crystal CVD diamond can significantly enhance the fracture toughness of this material without sacrificing its high hardness ({approx}78 GPa). Growth conditions were varied to investigate its effect on boron incorporation and optical properties by means of photoluminescence, infrared, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. Boron can be readily incorporated into single-crystal diamond by the methods used, but with nitrogen addition, the incorporation of boron was hindered. The spectroscopic measurements indicate that nitrogen and boron coexist in the diamond structure, which helps explain the origin of the enhanced fracture toughness of this material. Further, low pressure/high temperature annealing can enhance the intrinsic hardness of single-crystal CVD diamond by a factor of two without appreciable loss in fracture toughness. This doping and post-growth treatment of diamond may lead to new technological applications that require enhanced mechanical properties of diamond.

  8. Low-cost single-crystal turbine blades, volume 2

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    Strangman, T. E.; Dennis, R. E.; Heath, B. R.

    1984-01-01

    The overall objectives of Project 3 were to develop the exothermic casting process to produce uncooled single-crystal (SC) HP turbine blades in MAR-M 247 and higher strength derivative alloys and to validate the materials process and components through extensive mechanical property testing, rig testing, and 200 hours of endurance engine testing. These Program objectives were achieved. The exothermic casting process was successfully developed into a low-cost nonproperietary method for producing single-crystal castings. Single-crystal MAR-M 247 and two derivatives DS alloys developed during this project, NASAIR 100 and SC Alloy 3, were fully characterized through mechanical property testing. SC MAR-M 247 shows no significant improvement in strength over directionally solidified (DS) MAR-M 247, but the derivative alloys, NASAIR 100 and Alloy 3, show significant tensile and fatigue improvements. Firtree testing, holography, and strain-gauge rig testing were used to determine the effects of the anisotropic characteristics of single-crystal materials. No undesirable characteristics were found. In general, the single-crystal material behaved similarly to DS MAR-M 247. Two complete engine sets of SC HP turbine blades were cast using the exothermic casting process and fully machined. These blades were successfully engine-tested.

  9. Method for harvesting rare earth barium copper oxide single crystals

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    Todt, V.R.; Sengupta, S.; Shi, D.

    1996-04-02

    A method of preparing high temperature superconductor single crystals is disclosed. The method of preparation involves preparing precursor materials of a particular composition, heating the precursor material to achieve a peritectic mixture of peritectic liquid and crystals of the high temperature superconductor, cooling the peritectic mixture to quench directly the mixture on a porous, wettable inert substrate to wick off the peritectic liquid, leaving single crystals of the high temperature superconductor on the porous substrate. Alternatively, the peritectic mixture can be cooled to a solid mass and reheated on a porous, inert substrate to melt the matrix of peritectic fluid while leaving the crystals melted, allowing the wicking away of the peritectic liquid. 2 figs.

  10. Single-Crystal Structure of a Covalent Organic Framework

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    Zhang, YB; Su, J; Furukawa, H; Yun, YF; Gandara, F; Duong, A; Zou, XD; Yaghi, OM

    2013-11-06

    The crystal structure of a new covalent organic framework, termed COF-320, is determined by single-crystal 3D electron diffraction using the rotation electron diffraction (RED) method for data collection. The COF crystals are prepared by an imine condensation of tetra-(4-anilyl)methane and 4,4'-biphenyldialdehyde in 1,4-dioxane at 120 degrees C to produce a highly porous 9-fold interwoven diamond net. COF-320 exhibits permanent porosity with a Langmuir surface area of 2400 m(2)/g and a methane total uptake of 15.0 wt % (176 cm(3)/cm(3)) at 25 degrees C and 80 bar. The successful determination of the structure of COF-320 directly from single-crystal samples is an important advance in the development of COF chemistry.

  11. Irradiation effects on ammonium penta borate (APB) single crystals

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    Prabha, K.; Babu, M. Ramesh; Prabhukanthan, P.; Chen, H.; Chen, X. L.; Sagayaraj, P.

    2015-02-01

    Single crystals of ammonium penta borate (APB) were irradiated with 120 MeV Ag9+ swift heavy ions (SHI) of fluence 11013 ions/cm2. The UV-visible spectrum of irradiated crystal shows slight shift in the absorption edge and it also indicates the non uniformity in its absorbance level. An attempt was made to explain the surface damage caused due to SHI irradiation using AFM and SEM images.

  12. Growth and characterization of lithium yttrium borate single crystals

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    Singh, A. K.; Singh, S. G.; Tyagi, M.; Desai, D. G.; Sen, Shashwati

    2014-04-24

    Single crystals of 0.1% Ce doped Li{sub 6}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} have been grown using the Czochralski technique. The photoluminescence study of these crystals shows a broad emission at ? 420 nm corresponding to Ce{sub 3+} emission from 5d?4f energy levels. The decay profile of this emission shows a fast response of ? 28 ns which is highly desirable for detector applications.

  13. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, F. R.; Gillies, Donald C.; Watring, D. A.

    1999-01-01

    The solidification of a solid solution semiconductor, having a wide separation between liquidus and serious has been extensively studied in ground based, high magnetic field and Spacelab experiments. Two alloys of mercury cadmium telluride have been studied; mercury cadmium telluride with 80.0 mole percent of HgTe and 84.8 mole percent respectively. These alloys are extremely difficult to grow by directional solidification on earth due to high solutal and thermal density differences that give rise to fluid flow and consequent loss of interface shape and composition. Diffusion controlled growth is therefore impossible to achieve in conventional directional solidification. The ground based experiments consisted of growing crystals in several different configurations of heat pipe furnaces, NASA's Advanced Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (AADSF), and a similar furnace incorporated in a superconducting magnet capable of operating at up to 5T. The first microgravity experiment took place during the flight of STS-62 in March 1994, with the AADSF installed on the second United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-2). The alloy was solidified at 3/4 inch per day over a 9 day period, and for the first time a detailed evaluation was performed of residual acceleration effects. The second flight experiment took place in the fourth United States Microgravity Payload Mission (USMP-4) in November 1997. Due to contamination of the furnace system by a previously processed sample, the sample was not received until May 1998, and the preliminary analysis shows that the conditions prevailing during the experiment were quite different from the requirements requested prior to the mission. Early results are indicating that the sample may not accomplish the desired objectives. As with the USMP-2 mission, the results of the ground based experiments were compared with the crystal grown in orbit under microgravity conditions. On the earth, it has been demonstrated that the application of the magnetic field leads to a significant reduction in fluid flow, with improved homogeneity of composition. The field strength required to suppress flow increases with diameter of the material. The 8 mm diameter sample used here was less than the upper diameter limit for a ST magnet. The configuration for USMP-4 was changed so that the material was seeded and other processing techniques were also modified. It was decided to examine the effects of a strong magnetic field under the modified configuration and parameters. A further change from USMP-2 was that a different composition of material was grown, namely with 0.152 mole fraction of cadmium telluride rather than the 0.200 of the USMP-2 experiment. The objective was to grow highly homogeneous, low defect density material of a composition at which the conduction band and the valence band of the material impinge against each other. As indicated, the furnace was contaminated during the mission. As a result of solid debris remaining in the furnace bore, the cartridge in this experiment, denoted as SL1-417, was significantly bent during the insertion phase. During translation the cartridge scraped against the plate which isolates the hot and cold zones of the furnace. Thermocouples indicated that a thermal assymetry resulted. The scraping in the slow translation or crystal growth part of the processing was not smooth and it is probable that the jitter was sufficient to give rise to convection in the melt. Early measurements of composition from the surface of the sample have shown that the composition varies in an oscillatory manner.

  14. Lithium niobate single-crystal and photo-functional device

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    Gopalan, Venkatraman (State College, PA); Mitchell, Terrence E. (Los Alamos, NM); Kitamura, Kenji (Tsukuba, JP); Furukawa, Yasunori (Tsukuba, JP)

    2001-01-01

    Provided are lithium niobate single-crystal that requires a low voltage of not larger than 10 kV/nm for its ferroelectric polarization inversion and of which the polarization can be periodically inverted with accuracy even at such a low voltage, and a photo-functional device comprising the crystal. The crystal has a molar fraction of Li.sub.2 O/(Nb.sub.2 O.sub.5 +Li.sub.2 O) of falling between 0.49 and 0.52. The photo-functional device can convert a laser ray being incident thereon.

  15. Growth and characterization of 4-methyl benzene sulfonamide single crystals

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    Thirumalaiselvam, B.; Kanagadurai, R.; Jayaraman, D.; Natarajan, V.

    2014-11-01

    Single crystals of 4-methyl benzene sulfonamide (4MBS) were successfully grown from aqueous solution by low temperature solution growth technique. The grown crystal was characterized by single crystal XRD and powder XRD methods to obtain the lattice parameters and the diffraction planes of the crystal. UV-vis-NIR absorption spectrum was used to measure the range of optical transmittance and optical band gap energy. The optical transmission range was measured as 250-1200 nm. FTIR spectral studies were carried out to identify the presence of functional groups in the grown crystal. The thermal behavior of the crystal was investigated from thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) study. The absence of SHG was noticed by Kurtz and Perry powder technique. The third order NLO behavior of the material was confirmed by measuring the nonlinear optical properties using Z-scan technique and it was found that the crystal is capable of exhibiting saturation absorption and self-defocusing performance.

  16. Synthesis and properties of erbium oxide single crystals

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    Petrovic, J.J.; Romero, R.S.; Mendoza, D.; Kukla, A.M.; Hoover, R.C.; McClellan, K.J.

    1999-04-01

    Erbium oxide (Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}, erbia) is a highly stable cubic rare earth oxide with a high melting point of 2,430 C. Because of this, it may have potential applications where high temperature stability and corrosion resistance are required. However, relatively little is known about the properties of this oxide ceramic. The authors have employed a xenon optical floating zone unit with a temperature capability of 3,000 C to grow high quality single crystals of erbia. The conditions for single crystal growth of erbia have been established. The mechanical properties of erbia single crystals have been initially examined using microhardness indentation as a function of temperature.

  17. Internal Hydrogen-induced Embrittlement in Iron Single Crystals

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    Wang, Jian-Sheng

    A thermodynamic model for internal hydrogen-induced embrittlement (HIE) in single crystals is proposed. The model is based on the assumption that the ductile versus brittle transition is controlled by the competition between dislocation emission from the crack tip and cleavage decohesion of the lattice. Embrittlement in single crystals is induced by segregation of hydrogen in solid solution to the crack tip and/or the fracture surfaces during separation, which reduces the cohesive energy of the lattice. This process will occur when the mobility of hydrogen atoms is high so that a surface excess of hydrogen can be built up during separation. The model predictions for hydrogen induced cleavage in iron single crystals are presented.

  18. Deformation Induced Microtwins and Stacking Faults in Aluminum Single Crystal

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    Han, W. Z.; Cheng, G. M.; Li, S. X.; Wu, S. D.; Zhang, Z. F.

    2008-09-01

    Microtwins and stacking faults in plastically deformed aluminum single crystal were successfully observed by high-resolution transmission electron microscope. The occurrence of these microtwins and stacking faults is directly related to the specially designed crystallographic orientation, because they were not observed in pure aluminum single crystal or polycrystal before. Based on the new finding above, we propose a universal dislocation-based model to judge the preference or not for the nucleation of deformation twins and stacking faults in various face-centered-cubic metals in terms of the critical stress for dislocation glide or twinning by considering the intrinsic factors, such as stacking fault energy, crystallographic orientation, and grain size. The new finding of deformation induced microtwins and stacking faults in aluminum single crystal and the proposed model should be of interest to a broad community.

  19. Elastic constants of single crystal Hastelloy X at elevated temperatures

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    Canistraro, H.A.; Jordan, E.H.; Shi Shixiang; Favrow, L.H.; Reed, F.A.

    1998-07-01

    An acoustic time of flight technique is described in detail for measuring the elastic constants of cubic single crystals that allows for the constants to be determined at elevated temperature. Although the overall technique is not new, various aspects of the present work may prove extremely useful to others interested in finding these values, especially for aerospace materials applications. Elastic constants were determined for the nickel based alloy, Hastelloy X from room temperature to 1,000 C. Accurate elastic constants were needed as part of an effort to predict both polycrystal mechanical properties and the nature of grain induced heterogeneous mechanical response. The increased accuracy of the acoustically determined constants resulted in up to a 15% change in the predicted stresses in individual grains. These results indicate that the use of elastic single crystal constants of pure nickel as an approximation for the constants of gas turbine single crystal alloys, which is often done today, is inaccurate.

  20. The Load Capability of Piezoelectric Single Crystal Actuators

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    Xu, Tian-Bing; Su, Ji; Jiang, Xiaoning; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.

    2007-01-01

    Piezoelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) single crystal is one of the most promising materials for electromechanical device applications due to its high electrical field induced strain and high electromechanical coupling factor. PMN-PT single crystal-based multilayer stack actuators and multilayer stack-based flextensional actuators have exhibited high stroke and high displacement-voltage ratios. The actuation capabilities of these two actuators were evaluated using a newly developed method based upon a laser vibrometer system under various loading conditions. The measured displacements as a function of mechanical loads at different driving voltages indicate that the displacement response of the actuators is approximately constant under broad ranges of mechanical load. The load capabilities of these PMN-PT single crystal-based actuators and the advantages of the capability for applications will be discussed.

  1. The Load Capability of Piezoelectric Single Crystal Actuators

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    Xu, Tian-Bing; Su, Ji; Jiang, Xiaoning; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.

    2006-01-01

    Piezoelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) single crystal is one of the most promising materials for electromechanical device applications due to its high electrical field induced strain and high electromechanical coupling factor. PMN-PT single crystal-based multilayer stack actuators and multilayer stack-based flextensional actuators have exhibited high stroke and high displacement-voltage ratios. The actuation capabilities of these two actuators were evaluated using a newly developed method based upon a laser vibrometer system under various loading conditions. The measured displacements as a function of mechanical loads at different driving voltages indicate that the displacement response of the actuators is approximately constant under broad ranges of mechanical load. The load capabilities of these PMN-PT single crystal-based actuators and the advantages of the capability for applications will be discussed.

  2. Single Crystal Synthesis and STM Studies of High Temperature Superconductors

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    Barrientos, Alfonso

    1997-01-01

    This is a final report for the work initiated in September of 1994 under the grant NAG8-1085 - NASA/OMU, on the fabrication of bulk and single crystal synthesis, specific heat measuring and STM studies of high temperature superconductors. Efforts were made to fabricate bulk and single crystals of mercury based superconducting material. A systematic thermal analysis on the precursors for the corresponding oxides and carbonates were carried out to synthesized bulk samples. Bulk material was used as seed in an attempt to grow single crystals by a two-step self flux process. On the other hand bulk samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility, We studied the specific heat behavior in the range from 80 to 300 K. Some preliminary attempts were made to study the atomic morphology of our samples. As part of our efforts we built an ac susceptibility apparatus for measuring the transition temperature of our sintered samples.

  3. Crystal growth and characterization of semiorganic single crystals of L-histidine family for NLO applications

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    Anandan, Pandurangan; Jayavel, Ramasamy

    2011-05-01

    Single crystals of L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate and tartaric acid mixed L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate have been grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique from appropriate mixtures of respective chemicals. Single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction analyses, Fourier transform infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance spectral analysis, thermo-gravimetric (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA) have been employed to characterize the as-grown crystals. It is observed to be a wide transparency window for both the crystals from 300 to 1000 nm, which is suitable for second harmonic generation of laser in the blue region. Nonlinear optical characteristics have been studied using Q switched Nd: YAG laser ( ?=1064 nm). The second harmonic generation conversion efficiency of the grown crystal shows the suitability for frequency conversion applications.

  4. Effect of Crystal Orientation on Analysis of Single-Crystal, Nickel-Based Turbine Blade Superalloys

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    Swanson, G. R.; Arakere, N. K.

    2000-01-01

    High-cycle fatigue-induced failures in turbine and turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Single-crystal nickel turbine blades are used because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance, and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities. Single-crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant and complicating factor. A fatigue failure criterion based on the maximum shear stress amplitude on the 24 octahedral and 6 cube slip systems is presented for single-crystal nickel superalloys (FCC crystal). This criterion greatly reduces the scatter in uniaxial fatigue data for PWA 1493 at 1,200 F in air. Additionally, single-crystal turbine blades used in the Space Shuttle main engine high pressure fuel turbopump/alternate turbopump are modeled using a three-dimensional finite element (FE) model. This model accounts for material orthotrophy and crystal orientation. Fatigue life of the blade tip is computed using FE stress results and the failure criterion that was developed. Stress analysis results in the blade attachment region are also presented. Results demonstrate that control of crystallographic orientation has the potential to significantly increase a component's resistance to fatigue crack growth without adding additional weight or cost.

  5. Anisotropy of nickel-base superalloy single crystals

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    Mackay, R. A.; Dreshfield, R. L.; Maier, R. D.

    1980-01-01

    The influence of orientation on the tensile and stress rupture behavior of 52 Mar-M247 single crystals was studied. Tensile tests were performed at temperatures between 23 and 1093 C; stress rupture behavior was examined between 760 and 1038 C. The mechanical behavior of the single crystals was rationalized on the basis of the Schmid factor contours for the operative slip systems and the lattice rotations which the crystals underwent during deformation. The tensile properties correlated well with the appropriate Schmid factor contours. The stress rupture lives at lower testing temperatures were greatly influenced by the lattice rotations required to produce cross slip. A unified analysis was attained for the stress rupture life data generated for the Mar-M247 single crystals at 760 and 774 C under a stress of 724 MPa and the data reported for Mar-M200 single crystals tested at 760 C under a stress of 689 MPa. Based on this analysis, the stereographic triangle was divided into several regions which were rank ordered according to stress rupture life for this temperature regime.

  6. Crystal growth of alkali metal ion doped potassium niobate fiber single crystals

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    Kimura, H.; Tanahashi, R.; Zhao, H. Y.; Maiwa, K.; Cheng, Z. X.; Wang, X. L.

    2010-05-01

    Alkali metal (Na, Rb or Cs) ion doped KNbO 3 fiber single crystals are grown using an original pulling down method, to improve their composition change during a crystal growth, by means of co-doping of small ionic size Na and large ionic size Rb or Cs into KNbO 3. In spite of the co-doping, single crystals can be grown with orthorhombic single-phase at room temperature, as well as pure KNbO 3. Their electric properties, such as impedance, are changed depending on the doping ions. Na and Rb co-doped KNbO 3 is promising Pb free ferroelectric and piezoelectric crystals.

  7. Preparation of single-crystal copper ferrite nanorods and nanodisks

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    Du Jimin; Liu Zhimin . E-mail: liuzm@iccas.ac.cn; Wu Weize; Li Zhonghao; Han Buxing . E-mail: hanbx@iccas.ac.cn; Huang Ying

    2005-06-15

    This article, for the first time, reports the preparation of single-crystal copper ferrite nanorods and nanodisks. Using amorphous copper ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by reverse micelle as reaction precursor, single-crystal copper ferrite nanorods were synthesized via hydrothermal method in the presence of surfactant polyethylene glycol (PEG), however, copper ferrite nanodisks were prepared through the same procedures except the surfactant PEG. The resulting nanomaterials have been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), selected electron area diffraction (SEAD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The bulk composition of the samples was determined by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

  8. Imaging linear polarimetry using a single ferroelectric liquid crystal modulator.

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    Gendre, Luc; Foulonneau, Alban; Bigué, Laurent

    2010-09-01

    In the field of polarimetry, ferroelectric liquid crystal cells are mostly used as bistable polarization rotators suitable to analyze crossed polarizations. This paper shows that, provided such a cell is used at its nominal wavelength and correctly driven, its behavior is close to that of a tunable half-wave plate, and it can be used with much benefit in lightweight imaging polarimetric setups. A partial Stokes polarimeter using a single digital video camera and a single ferroelectric liquid crystal modulator is designed and implemented for linear polarization analysis. Polarization azimuthal angle and degree of linear polarization are available at 150 frames per second with a good accuracy. PMID:20820209

  9. How a silver dendritic mesocrystal converts to a single crystal

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    Fang, J.; Ding, B.; Song, X.; Han, Y.

    2008-05-02

    In this paper, we demonstrate how a silver dendrite transforms from mesocrystal into single crystal and the stability for a dendritic silver mesocrystal within a Sn/AgNO3 galvanic replacement reaction. Our findings provide the direct evidence and visible picture of the transformation from mesocrystal to single crystalline structure and further confirm the particle-mediated crystallization mechanism. At the initial stage of the transformation, there is a crystallographic fusion process, dominated by oriented attachment mechanism. Ostwald ripening also plays an important role in forming smooth surface and regular shape of the final nanocrystal.

  10. Apparatus And Method For Producing Single Crystal Metallic Objects

    DOEpatents

    Huang, Shyh-Chin (Latham, NY); Gigliotti, Jr., Michael Francis X. (Scotia, NY); Rutkowski, Stephen Francis (Duanesburg, NY); Petterson, Roger John (Fultonville, NY); Svec, Paul Steven (Scotia, NY)

    2006-03-14

    A mold is provided for enabling casting of single crystal metallic articles including a part-defining cavity, a sorter passage positioned vertically beneath and in fluid communication with the part-defining cavity, and a seed cavity positioned vertically beneath and in fluid communication with the sorter passage. The sorter passage includes a shape suitable for encouraging a single crystal structure in solidifying molten metal. Additionally, a portion of the mold between the sorter passage and the part-defining cavity includes a notch for facilitating breakage of a cast article proximate the notch during thermal stress build-up, so as to prevent mold breakage or the inclusion of part defects.

  11. Two-photon-induced singlet fission in rubrene single crystal

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    Ma, Lin; Galstyan, Gegham; Zhang, Keke; Kloc, Christian; Sun, Handong; Soci, Cesare; Michel-Beyerle, Maria E.; Gurzadyan, Gagik G.

    2013-05-01

    The two-photon-induced singlet fission was observed in rubrene single crystal and studied by use of femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. The location of two-photon excited states was obtained from the nondegenerate two-photon absorption (TPA) spectrum. Time evolution of the two-photon-induced transient absorption spectra reveals the direct singlet fission from the two-photon excited states. The TPA absorption coefficient of rubrene single crystal is 52 cm/GW at 740 nm, as obtained from Z-scan measurements. Quantum chemical calculations based on time-dependent density functional theory support our experimental data.

  12. Performance of a Single-Crystal Diamond-Pixel Telescope

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    Hits, Dmitry; Schnetzer, Steve; Stone, Robert; Bartz, Ed; Doroshenko, John; Halyo, Valerie; Harrop, Bert; Hunt, Adam; Marlow, Dan; Johns, Will; Bugg, William; Hollingsworth, Matt; Spanier, Stefan; Hall-Wilton, Richard; Ryjov, Vladimir; Pernicka, Manfred

    2010-02-01

    We will present the results of a test beam study of a single-crystal, diamond, pixel telescope. This telescope is a prototype for a dedicated luminosity monitor for CMS. The telescope has three equally-spaced planes with a total length of 7.5 cm. Each plane consists of a single-crystal CVD diamond with an active area of 4mm x 4mm bump-bonded to a PSI46v2 pixel readout chip. The study was carried out in a high energy pion beam at the CERN SPS. We will present results on the performance of the telescope including occupancy, efficiency, pulse height distributions and tracking. )

  13. Crystal growth and spectral studies of nonlinear optical ?-glycine single crystal grown from phosphoric acid

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    Parimaladevi, R.; Sekar, C.

    2010-09-01

    Single crystals of the organic nonlinear material ?-glycine have been grown in the presence of phosphoric acid by slow-evaporation method. The crystal structure is confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction method. The thermal stability and decomposition of the sample have been studied by thermal analysis. The result shows that the transition temperature, i.e. transition from ?- to ?-glycine is enhanced from 165 C to 191 C. The modes of vibrations of different molecular groups present in glycine have been identified by spectral analyses. The transmittance spectrum of ?-glycine crystal shows that the lower UV cut-off wavelength lies at 230 nm. Second harmonic generation (SHG) conversion efficiency has been estimated as 125 mV and the output power by the crystal was 1.3 times that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystal. The dielectric and microhardness measurements have been carried out on the ?-glycine crystal.

  14. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, F. R.; Gillies, Donald C.

    2001-01-01

    The solidification of a solid solution semiconductor, having a wide separation between liquidus and solidus has been extensively studied in ground based, high magnetic field and Spacelab experiments. Two alloys of mercury cadmium telluride have been studied; with 80.0 mole percent of HgTe and 84.8 mole percent of HgTe respectively, the remainder being cadmium telluride. Such alloys are extremely difficult to grow by directional solidification on earth due to high solutal and thermal density differences that give rise to fluid flow and consequent loss of interface shape and composition. Diffusion controlled growth is therefore impossible to achieve in conventional directional solidification. The ground based experiments consisted of growing crystals in several different configurations of heat pipe furnaces, NASA's Advanced Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (AADSF), and a similar furnace incorporated in a superconducting magnet capable of operating at up to 5T. The first microgravity experiment took place during the flight of STS-62 in March 1994, with the AADSF installed on the second United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-2). The alloy was solidified at 3/4 inch per day over a 9 day period, and for the first time a detailed evaluation was performed correlating composition variations to measured residual acceleration. The second flight experiment took place in the fourth United States Microgravity Payload Mission (USMP-4) in November 1997. Due to contamination of the furnace system, analysis shows that the conditions prevailing during the experiment were quite different from the requirements requested prior to the mission. The results indicate that the sample did accomplish the desired objectives.

  15. Toward single-mode random lasing within a submicrometre-sized spherical ZnO particle film

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    Niyuki, Ryo; Fujiwara, Hideki; Ishikawa, Yoshie; Koshizaki, Naoto; Tsuji, Takeshi; Sasaki, Keiji

    2016-03-01

    We had recently reported unique random laser action such as quasi-single-mode and low-threshold lasing from a submicrometre-sized spherical ZnO nanoparticle film with polymer particles as defects. The present study demonstrates a novel approach to realize single-mode random lasing by adjusting the sizes of the defect particles. From the dependence of random lasing properties on defect size, we find that the average number of lasing peaks can be modified by the defect size, while other lasing properties such as lasing wavelengths and thresholds remain unchanged. These results suggest that lasing wavelengths and thresholds are determined by the resonant properties of the surrounding scatterers, while the defect size stochastically determines the number of lasing peaks. Therefore, if we optimize the sizes of the defects and scatterers, we can intentionally induce single-mode lasing even in a random structure (Fujiwara et al 2013 Appl. Phys. Lett. 102 061110).

  16. Quantifying the defect-dominated size effect of fracture strain in single crystalline ZnO nanowires

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    He, Mo-Rigen; Xiao, Pan; Zhao, Jiong; Dai, Sheng; Ke, Fujiu; Zhu, Jing

    2011-06-01

    The diameter (D) dependence of fracture strains in [0001]-oriented single crystalline ZnO nanowires (NWs) with D ranging from 18 to 114 nm is experimentally revealed via in situ uniaxial tension and is well understood based on an analytical model developed by combining molecular dynamics simulations with fracture mechanics theories. We show that the scattered fracture strains are dominated by the effective quantities of atomic vacancies, and their lower bound follows a power-form scaling law, resembling the Griffith-type behavior of single critical defects with diameter-dependent sizes, when D is larger than a critical DC. In addition, theoretical strength is expected in NWs with D < DC. Our studies provide a simple, but basic, understanding for the size effect of strengths in single crystalline NWs.

  17. Creation of giant two-dimensional crystal of zinc oxide nanodisk by method of single-particle layer of organo-modified inorganic fine particles.

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    Meng, Qi; Honda, Nanami; Uchida, Saki; Hashimoto, Kazuaki; Shibata, Hirobumi; Fujimori, Atsuhiro

    2015-09-01

    In this study, the formation and structure of a single-particle layer of organo-zinc oxide are investigated using surface-pressure-area (π-A) isotherms, out-of-plane X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Further, techniques for achieving the solubilization of inorganic fine particles in general solvents have been proposed, and a single-particle layer has been formed using such an inorganic solution as a "spreading solution" for an interfacial film. Surface modification of ZnO is performed using a long-chain carboxylic acid. Accordingly, a regular arrangement of ZnO can be easily achieved in order to overcome the relatively weak van der Walls interactions between inorganic materials. A condensed Langmuir monolayer of these particles is also formed. A multiparticle layered structure is constructed by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. Out-of-plane XRD measurement results for a single-particle layer of organo-ZnO clearly show a sharp peak at 42 Å. This peak is attributed to the distance between ZnO layers. The AFM image of this single-particle layer of organo-ZnO shows a particle assembly with a uniform height of 60 nm. These aggregated particles form large two-dimensional crystals. In other words, a regular periodic structure along the c-axis and a condensed single-particle layer had been fabricated using Langmuir and LB techniques. PMID:25978556

  18. Ultrasonic characterization of single crystal langatate

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    Sturtevant, Blake T.

    Langatate (LGT), a synthetic piezoelectric crystal with chemical composition La3Ga5.5Ta0.5O14, has recently received significant interest in the sensor and frequency control communities as a possible alternative to quartz owing to its higher piezoelectric coupling, structural stability up to 1400C and presence of temperature compensated acoustic wave (AW) orientations. With these exciting properties, LGT is expected to find applications in AW sensor, timing, and frequency control. This thesis focuses on the characterization of the acoustic wave material properties of LGT up to 120C. Such a characterization is critical for the design and fabrication of LGT acoustic wave devices. The elastic and piezoelectric constants were determined through measurements of bulk acoustic wave phase velocities by two independent methods, the pulse echo overlap technique and a combined resonance technique. The extracted constants and temperature coefficients enabled the identification of a range of particularly interesting LGT surface acoustic wave (SAW) orientations with Euler angles (90, 23, 118-124) that exhibits predicted electromechanical coupling up to 0.7% and reduced or zero temperature coefficient of delay (TCD). The consistency of the determined constants and temperature coefficients was established using SAW measurements of seven crystallographic orientations at temperatures ranging up to 120C. Measured SAW phase velocities and TCDs were found to be in agreement with predictions based on the determined constants. Two of the seven SAW orientations exhibited temperature compensation within 40C of room temperature, agreeing with predictions. Deposition of SiAlON films on top of LGT SAW devices for surface protection in chemically and mechanically harsh environments was also investigated. SiAlON films deposited by reactive RF magnetron co-sputtering of Al and Si targets were controlled to within a few percent for film thickness and composition. SiAlON thin film clastic constants were extracted using differential SAW delay line methods and were found to be: C11,s = 160 +/- 30 GPa and C44,s = 55 +/- 5 GPa. SiAlON films up to 800 nm in thickness were shown to have no measurable effect on the TCD of LGT SAW delay lines.

  19. Roflumilast - A reversible single-crystal to single-crystal phase transition at 50 °C

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    Viertelhaus, Martin; Holst, Hans Christof; Volz, Jürgen; Hummel, Rolf-Peter

    2013-01-01

    Roflumilast is a selective phosphodiesterase type 4 inhibitor and is marketed under the brand names Daxas®, Daliresp® and Libertec®. A phase transition of the drug substance roflumilast was observed at 50 °C. The low temperature form, the high temperature form and the phase transition were characterised by differential scanning calorimetry, variable temperature powder X-ray diffraction and single crystal X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and solid state NMR spectroscopy. The phase transition of roflumilast at 50 °C is completely reversible, the high temperature form cannot be stabilised by quench cooling and the phase transition does not influence the quality of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and the drug product. It was observed to be a single crystal to single crystal phase transition.

  20. Relaxor-PT single crystals: observations and developments.

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    Zhang, Shujun; Shrout, Thomas

    2010-10-01

    Relaxor-PT based ferroelectric single crystals Pb(Zn?/?)Nb(?/?)O?-PbTiO? (PZNT) and Pb(Mg?/?)Nb(?/?)O?-PbTiO? (PMNT) offer high performance with ultra-high electromechanical coupling factors k?? > 0.9 and piezoelectric coefficients d??s > 1500 pC/N. However, the usage temperature range of these perovskite single crystals is limited by T(RT)-the rhombohedral to tetragonal phase transition temperature, which occurs at significantly lower temperatures than the Curie temperature T(C), a consequence of curved morphotropic phase boundaries (MPBs). Furthermore, these <001>-oriented crystals exhibit low mechanical quality Q and coercive fields, restricting their usage in high-power applications. In this survey, recent developments on binary and ternary perovskite relaxor-PT crystal systems are reviewed with respect to their temperature usage range. General trends of dielectric and piezoelectric properties of relaxor-PT crystal systems are discussed in relation to their respective T(C)/T(RT). In addition, two approaches have been implemented to improve mechanical Q, including acceptor dopants, analogous to hard polycrystalline ceramics, and anisotropic domain engineering, enabling low-loss crystals with high coupling for high-power applications. PMID:20889397

  1. Influence of homo buffer layer thickness on the quality of ZnO epilayers.

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    Eid, E A; Fouda, A N

    2015-10-01

    ZnO buffer layers with different thicknesses were deposited on a-plane sapphire substrates at 300 C. ZnO epilayers were grown on ZnO buffers at 600 C by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering and vacuum annealed at 900 C for an hour. Influence of nucleation layer thickness on the structural and quality of ZnO thin films was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and Raman spectroscopy. The best ZnO film quality was obtained with the ZnO buffer layer of 45 nm thick which provided the smoothest surface with RMS value of 0.3 nm. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that the films have a single phase wurtzite structure with (0001) preferred crystal orientation. As evident from narrow FWHM of ZnO (0002) rocking curve, ZnO buffer can serve as a good template for the growth of high-quality ZnO films with little tilt. In addition, the micro-Raman scattering measurements at room temperature revealed the existence of Raman active phonon modes of ZnO; A1(TO), A1(LO) and E2(high). The latter two modes were not observed in thin buffer layer beside the dis-appearance of E2(low) mode in all films. PMID:25950638

  2. Influence of homo buffer layer thickness on the quality of ZnO epilayers

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    Eid, E. A.; Fouda, A. N.

    2015-10-01

    ZnO buffer layers with different thicknesses were deposited on a-plane sapphire substrates at 300 C. ZnO epilayers were grown on ZnO buffers at 600 C by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering and vacuum annealed at 900 C for an hour. Influence of nucleation layer thickness on the structural and quality of ZnO thin films was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and Raman spectroscopy. The best ZnO film quality was obtained with the ZnO buffer layer of 45 nm thick which provided the smoothest surface with RMS value of 0.3 nm. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that the films have a single phase wurtzite structure with (0 0 0 1) preferred crystal orientation. As evident from narrow FWHM of ZnO (0 0 0 2) rocking curve, ZnO buffer can serve as a good template for the growth of high-quality ZnO films with little tilt. In addition, the micro-Raman scattering measurements at room temperature revealed the existence of Raman active phonon modes of ZnO; A1(TO), A1(LO) and E2(high). The latter two modes were not observed in thin buffer layer beside the dis-appearance of E2(low) mode in all films.

  3. Recent developments in high curie temperature perovskite single crystals.

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    Zhang, Shujun; Randall, Clive A; Shrout, Thomas R

    2005-04-01

    The temperature behavior of various relaxor-PT piezoelectric single crystals was investigated. Owing to a strongly curved morphotropic phase boundary, the usage temperature of these perovskite single crystals is limited by TR-T--the rhombohedral to tetragonal phase transformation temperature--which occurs a significantly lower temperatures than the Curie temperature Tc. Attempts to modify the temperature usage range of Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3--PbTiO3 (PZNT) and Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMNT) rhombohedral crystals (Tx to approximately 150-170 degrees C, TR-T to approximately 60-120 degrees C) using minor dopant modifications were limited, with little success. Of significant potential are crystals near the mor photropic phase boundary in the Pb(Yb1/2Nb1/2)O3-PbTiO3 (PYNT) system, with a Tc > 330 degrees C, even thoug TR-T was found to be only half that value at approximately 160 degrees C. Single crystals in the novel BiScO3-PbTiO3 system offer significantly higher Tcs > 400 degrees C, while exhibiting electromechanical coupling coefficients k33 > 90% being nearly constant till the TR-T temperature around 350 degrees C, which greatly increases the temperature range for transducer applications. PMID:16060503

  4. Green planting nanostructured single crystal silver

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    Zhao, Hong; Wang, Fei; Ning, Yuesheng; Zhao, Binyuan; Yin, Fujun; Lai, Yijian; Zheng, Junwei; Hu, Xiaobin; Fan, Tongxiang; Tang, Jianguo; Zhang, Di; Hu, Keao

    2013-01-01

    Design and fabrication of noble metal nanocrystals have attracted much attention due to their wide applications in catalysis, optical detection and biomedicine. However, it still remains a challenge to scale-up the production in a high-quality, low-cost and eco-friendly way. Here we show that single crystalline silver nanobelts grow abundantly on the surface of biomass-derived monolithic activated carbon (MAC), using [Ag(NH3)2]NO3 aqueous solution only. By varying the [Ag(NH3)2]NO3 concentration, silver nanoplates or nanoflowers can also be selectively obtained. The silver growth was illustrated using a galvanic-cell mechanism. The lowering of cell potential via using [Ag(NH3)2]+ precursor, together with the AgCl crystalline seed initiation, and the releasing of OH? in the reaction process, create a stable environment for the self-compensatory growth of silver nanocrystals. Our work revealed the great versatility of a new type of template-directed galvanic-cell reaction for the controlled growth of noble metal nanocrystals. PMID:23515002

  5. High-quality bulk hybrid perovskite single crystals within minutes by inverse temperature crystallization

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    Saidaminov, Makhsud I.; Abdelhady, Ahmed L.; Murali, Banavoth; Alarousu, Erkki; Burlakov, Victor M.; Peng, Wei; Dursun, Ibrahim; Wang, Lingfei; He, Yao; Maculan, Giacomo; Goriely, Alain; Wu, Tom; Mohammed, Omar F.; Bakr, Osman M.

    2015-01-01

    Single crystals of methylammonium lead trihalide perovskites (MAPbX3; MA=CH3NH3+, X=Br− or I−) have shown remarkably low trap density and charge transport properties; however, growth of such high-quality semiconductors is a time-consuming process. Here we present a rapid crystal growth process to obtain MAPbX3 single crystals, an order of magnitude faster than previous reports. The process is based on our observation of the substantial decrease of MAPbX3 solubility, in certain solvents, at elevated temperatures. The crystals can be both size- and shape-controlled by manipulating the different crystallization parameters. Despite the rapidity of the method, the grown crystals exhibit transport properties and trap densities comparable to the highest quality MAPbX3 reported to date. The phenomenon of inverse or retrograde solubility and its correlated inverse temperature crystallization strategy present a major step forward for advancing the field on perovskite crystallization. PMID:26145157

  6. Fretting Stresses in Single Crystal Superalloy Turbine Blade Attachments

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Swanson, Gregory

    2000-01-01

    Single crystal nickel base superalloy turbine blades are being utilized in rocket engine turbopumps and turbine engines because of their superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys. Currently the most widely used single crystal nickel base turbine blade superalloys are PWA 1480/1493 and PWA 1484. These alloys play an important role in commercial, military and space propulsion systems. High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas turbine and rocket engine turbopump blades is a pervasive problem. Blade attachment regions are prone to fretting fatigue failures. Single crystal nickel base superalloy turbine blades are especially prone to fretting damage because the subsurface shear stresses induced by fretting action at the attachment regions can result in crystallographic initiation and crack growth along octahedral planes. Furthermore, crystallographic crack growth on octahedral planes under fretting induced mixed mode loading can be an order of magnitude faster than under pure mode I loading. This paper presents contact stress evaluation in the attachment region for single crystal turbine blades used in the NASA alternate Advanced High Pressure Fuel Turbo Pump (HPFTP/AT) for the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME). Single crystal materials have highly orthotropic properties making the position of the crystal lattice relative to the part geometry a significant factor in the overall analysis. Blades and the attachment region are modeled using a large-scale 3D finite element (FE) model capable of accounting for contact friction, material orthotrophy, and variation in primary and secondary crystal orientation. Contact stress analysis in the blade attachment regions is presented as a function of coefficient of friction and primary and secondary crystal orientation, Stress results are used to discuss fretting fatigue failure analysis of SSME blades. Attachment stresses are seen to reach peak values at locations where fretting cracks have been observed. Fretting stresses at the attachment region are seen to vary significantly as a function of crystal orientation. Attempts to adapt techniques used for estimating fatigue life in the airfoil region, for life calculations in the attachment region, are presented. An effective model for predicting crystallographic crack initiation under mixed mode loading is required for life prediction under fretting action.

  7. The Role of ZnO Particle Size, Shape and Concentration on Liquid Crystal Order and Current-Voltage Properties for Potential Photovoltaic Applications

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    Martinez-Miranda, Luz J.; Branch, Janelle; Thompson, Robert; Taylor, Jefferson W.; Salamanca-Riba, Lourdes

    2012-02-01

    We investigate the role order plays in the transfer of charges in ZnO nanoparticle - octylcyanobiphenyl (8CB) liquid crystal system for photovoltaic applications as well as the role the nominally 7x5x5nm^3 or 20x5x5nm^3 ZnO nanoparticles play in improving that order. Our results for the 5nm nanoparticles show an improvement in the alignment of the liquid crystal with increasing weight percentage of ZnO nanoparticles^1. Our results for the 7x5x5 nm^3 sample show that the current is larger than the current obtained for the 5 nm samples. We find that order is improved for concentrations close to 35% wt ZnO for both the 7x5x5 nm^3 and 20x5x5 nm^3. We have analyzed the X-ray scans for both the 7x5x5 and the 20x5x5 nm^3 samples. The signal corresponding to the liquid crystal aligned parallel to the substrate is much smaller than the peak corresponding to the liquid crystal aligned approximately at 70 with respect to the substrate for the 7x5x5 nm^3 sample whereas this same peak is comparable or more intense for the 20x5x5 nm^3 sample. 1. L. J. Mart'inez-Miranda, Kaitlin M. Traister, Iriselies Mel'endez-Rodr'iguez, and Lourdes Salamanca-Riba, Appl. Phys. Letts, 97, 223301 (2010).

  8. Macroscale Janus polymer single crystal film and its wettability analysis

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    Qi, Hao; Wang, Wenda; Zhou, Tian; Li, Christopher

    2014-03-01

    Liquid-liquid interface between two immiscible solvents is crucial to studying amphiphile and colloidal self-assembly. It can also guide chain folding during the crystallization process. In this presentation, we show that crystallization of dicarboxy end functionalized poly(ɛ-caprolactone) at water/pentyl acetate interface result in millimeter scale, uniform polymer single crystal (PSC) film. Due to the asymmetric nature at the liquid-liquid interface, the PSC film exhibit Janus property - a hydrophobic side and a hydrophilic side, which is confirmed by in-situ nano-condensation experiment using an environmental scanning electron microscope. The thickness of the PSC film changes with different polymer solution concentration, revealing a surface tension dominated crystallization process.

  9. Microhardness studies of vapour grown tin (II) sulfide single crystals

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    Hegde, S. S.; Kunjomana, A. G.; Ramesh, K.

    2015-06-01

    Earth abundant tin sulfide (SnS) has attracted considerable attention as a possible absorber material for low-cost solar cells due to its favourable optoelectronic properties. Single crystals of SnS were grown by physical vapour deposition (PVD) technique. Microindentation studies were carried out on the cleaved surfaces of the crystals to understand their mechanical behaviour. Microhardness increased initially with the load, giving sharp maximum at 15 g. Quenching effect has increased the microhardness, while annealing reduced the microhardness of grown crystals. The hardness values of as-grown, annealed and quenched samples at 15 g load are computed to be 99.69, 44.52 and 106.29 kg/mm2 respectively. The microhardness of PVD grown crystals are high compared to CdTe, a leading low-cost PV material. The as-grown faces are found to be fracture resistant.

  10. Monte Carlo simulations of single crystals from polymer solutions

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    Zhang, Jianing; Muthukumar, M.

    2007-06-01

    A novel "anisotropic aggregation" model is proposed to simulate nucleation and growth of polymer single crystals as functions of temperature and polymer concentration in dilute solutions. Prefolded chains in a dilute solution are assumed to aggregate at a seed nucleus with an anisotropic interaction by a reversible adsorption/desorption mechanism, with temperature, concentration, and seed size being the control variables. The Monte Carlo results of this model resolve the long-standing dilemma regarding the kinetic and thermal roughenings, by producing a rough-flat-rough transition in the crystal morphology with increasing temperature. It is found that the crystal growth rate varies nonlinearly with temperature and concentration without any marked transitions among any regimes of polymer crystallization kinetics. The induction time increases with decreasing the seed nucleus size, increasing temperature, or decreasing concentration. The apparent critical nucleus size is found to increase exponentially with increasing temperature or decreasing concentration, leading to a critical nucleus diagram composed in the temperature-concentration plane with three regions of different nucleation barriers: no growth, nucleation and growth, and spontaneous growth. Melting temperatures as functions of the crystal size, heating rate, and concentration are also reported. The present model, falling in the same category of small molecular crystallization with anisotropic interactions, captures most of the phenomenology of polymer crystallization in dilute solutions.

  11. The viscoplastic behavior of Hastelloy-X single crystal

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    Jordan, Eric H.; Shi, Shixiang; Walker, Kevin P.

    1993-01-01

    A viscoplastic constitutive model for simulating the behavior of Hastelloy-X single crystal material was derived based on crystallographic slip theory. To determine the appropriate constitutive model constants and to test the predictions of the model, tests on Hastelloy-X crystals were carried out, including the rate sensitivity, cyclic hardening, nonproportional hardening, relaxation, and strain rate dip tests. It was found necessary to include cube slip in the model in order to correlate the uniaxial behavior of the single crystal, to incorporate the interaction effects in both the hardening and the dynamic recovery evolution equations for the drag stress, and to successfully capture correct strain rate sensitivity under biaxial tension-torsion loading conditions.

  12. Characterization of hydrogen embrittlement in nickel base superalloy single crystals

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    Chene, J.; Baker, C. L.; Bernstein, I. M.; Williams, J. C.

    1986-01-01

    In order to study the role of CMSX2 single crystal microstructure on the combined stress-hydrogen environment effects, hydrogen was introduced by cathodic charging. Concentration measurements were carried out to investigate the dependence of hydrogen solubility and trapping on microstructure. Mechanical properties were measured at room temperature on smooth tensile specimens as a function of heat treatment, crystal orientation and H charging conditions. SEM and TEM allow to study H induced cracks initiation and propagation. A large amount of hydrogen can be dissolved and trapped in CMSX2 single crystals when exposed to a high hydrogen fugacity environment. The strong H trapping evidenced in voids explains the predominant role of these defects as crack initiation sites. The strong detrimental effect of hydrogen on the material tenacity is discussed.

  13. Single crystal plasticity with bend-twist modes

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    Elkhodary, Khalil I.; Bakr, Mohamed A.

    2015-06-01

    In this work a formulation is proposed and computationally implemented for rate dependent single crystal plasticity, which incorporates plastic bend-twist modes that arise from dislocation density based poly-slip mechanisms. The formulation makes use of higher order continuum theory and may be viewed as a generalized micromechanics model. The formulation is then linked to the burgers and Nye tensors, showing how their material rates are derivable from a newly proposed third-rank tensor ?p, which incorporates a crystallographic description of bend-twist plasticity through selectable slip-system level constitutive laws. A simple three-dimensional explicit finite element implementation is outlined and employed in three simulations: (a) bi-crystal bending; (b) tension on a notched single crystal; and (c) the large compression of a microstructure to induce the plastic buckling of secondary phases. All simulation are transient, for computational expediency. The results shed light on the physics resulting from dynamic inhomogeneous plastic deformation.

  14. Growth of hafnium dioxide-based single crystals

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    Voronov, V.V.; Lavrishchev, S.V.; Markov, N.I.; Miftyakhetdinova, N.R.; Osiko, V.V.; Tatarintsev, V.M.; Zufarov, M.A.

    1986-03-01

    This paper considers the induction melting of hafnium dioxide with rare earth oxide mixtures, and studies defects in resulting hafnium dioxide single crystals stabilized by the oxides of scandium, yttrium, neodymium, gadolinium, terbium, erbium, and ytterbium at concentrations between 1 and 33 mole %. Crystallization of solid solutions occurs in the systems HfO/sub 2/Ln/sub 2/O/sub 3/. For the HfO/sub 2/-Er/sub 2/O/sub 3/ system, single crystals grow at 11-33 mole %, for HfO/sub 2/-Tb/sub 2/O/sub 3/ at 10-20 mole % and for HfO/sub 3/Sc/sub 2/O/sub 3/ (Nd/sub 2/O/sub 3/) at 10 mole % rare-earth oxide.

  15. Deformation of single crystal Hadfield steel by twinning and slip

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    Karaman, I.; Sehitoglu, H.; Gall, K.; Chumlyakov, Y.I.; Maier, H.J.

    2000-04-03

    The stress-strain behavior of Hadfield steel (Fe, 12.34 Mn, 1.03 C, in wt%) single crystals was studied for selected crystallographic orientations ([{bar 1}11 ], [001] and [{bar 1}23]) under tension and compression. The overall stress-strain response was strongly dependent on the crystallographic orientation and applied stress direction. Transmission electron microscopy and in situ optical microscopy demonstrated that twinning is the dominant deformation mechanism in [{bar 1}11] crystals subjected to tension, and [001] crystals subjected to compression at the onset of inelastic deformation. In the orientations that experience twinning, the activation of multiple twinning systems produces a higher strain-hardening coefficient than observed in typical f.c.c. alloys. Based on these experimental observations, a model is presented that predicts the orientation and stress direction effects on the critical stress for initiating twinning. The model incorporates the role of local pile-up stresses, stacking fault energy, the influence of the applied stress on the separation of partial dislocations, and the increase in the friction stress due to a high solute concentration. On the other hand, multiple slip was determined to be the dominant deformation mechanism in [{bar 1}11] crystals subjected to compression, and [001] crystals deformed under tension. Furthermore, the [{bar 1}23] crystals experience single slip in both tension and compression with planar type dislocations. Using electron back-scattered diffraction patterns, macroscopic shear bands (MSBs) were identified with a misorientation of 9 {degree} in the compressed [{bar 1}11] single crystals at strains as low as 1%.

  16. High-performance ZnO thin-film transistors with location-controlled crystal grains fabricated by low-temperature hydrothermal method.

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    Yang, Po-Yu; Wang, Jyh-Liang; Tsai, Wei-Chih; Chang, Yu-Cheng; Wang, Shui-Jinn; Lee, I-Che; Wang, Chao-Lung; Chien, Yun-Shan; Cheng, Huang-Chung

    2012-07-01

    In this paper, high-performance bottom-gate (BG) thin-film transistors (TFTs) with zinc oxide (ZnO) artificially location-controlled lateral grain growth have been prepared via low-temperature hydrothermal method. For the proper design of source/drain structure of ZnO/Ti/Pt thin films, the grains can be laterally grown from the under-cut ZnO beneath the Ti/Pt layer. Consequently, the single one vertical grain boundary perpendicular to the current flow will be produced in the channel region as the grown grains from the source/drain both sides are impinged. As compared with the conventional sputtered ZnO BG-TFTs, the proposed location-controlled hydrothermal ZnO BG-TFTs (W/L = 250 microm/10 microm) demonstrated the higher field-effect mobility of 6.09 cm2/V x s, lower threshold voltage of 3.67 V, higher on/off current ratio above 10(6), and superior current drivability, reflecting the high-quality ZnO thin films with less grain boundary effect in the channel region. PMID:22966654

  17. A Study of Single Crystal Fatigue Failure Criteria

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    Sayyah, Tarek; Swanson, Gregory R.; Schonberg, William P.

    2000-01-01

    This paper presents the results of a study whose objective was to study the applicability of different failure equations in modeling low cycle fatigue (LCF) test data for single crystal test specimens. A total of four failure criteria were considered in this study. One of the failure equations was developed by Pratt & Whitney and is based on normal and shear strains on the primary crystallographic slip planes of the single crystal material. Other failure equations considered are based on isotropic criteria. Because these failure equations were originally developed for isotropic materials such as structural steel, they were modified to be applicable to the single crystal slip systems of the LCF specimen material. By observing how closely the various equations were able to reduce the scatter in the LCF test data, the applicability of those equations in modeling the LCF test data was assessed. It is desired to subsequently use the failure equation with the highest correlation in the development of a new single crystal failure criterion for the Alternative Turbopump Development (ATD) for the space shuttle main engine (SSME) High Pressure Fuel Turbopump (HPFTP).

  18. Area detectors in single-crystal neutron diffraction

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    McIntyre, Garry J.

    2015-12-01

    The introduction of area detectors has brought about a gentle revolution in the routine application of single-crystal neutron diffractometry. Implemented first for macromolecular crystallography, electronic detectors subsequently gradually spread to chemical and physics-oriented crystallography at steady-state sources. The volumetric surveying of reciprocal space implicit in the Laue technique has required area detectors right from the start, whether using film and more recently image plates and CCD-based detectors at reactors, or scintillation detectors at spallation sources. Wide-angle volumetric data collection has extended application of neutron single-crystal diffractometry to chemical structures, sample volumes, and physical phenomena previously deemed impossible. More than 30 of the dedicated single-crystal neutron diffractometers at steady-state reactor and neutron spallation sources worldwide and accessible via peer-review proposal mechanisms are currently equipped with area detectors. Here we review the historical development of the various types of area detectors used for single crystals, discuss experimental aspects peculiar to experiments with such detectors, highlight the scientific fields where the use of area detectors has had a special impact, and forecast future developments in hardware, implementation, and software.

  19. Reliability analysis of single crystal NiAl turbine blades

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    Salem, Jonathan; Noebe, Ronald; Wheeler, Donald R.; Holland, Fred; Palko, Joseph; Duffy, Stephen; Wright, P. Kennard

    1995-01-01

    As part of a co-operative agreement with General Electric Aircraft Engines (GEAE), NASA LeRC is modifying and validating the Ceramic Analysis and Reliability Evaluation of Structures algorithm for use in design of components made of high strength NiAl based intermetallic materials. NiAl single crystal alloys are being actively investigated by GEAE as a replacement for Ni-based single crystal superalloys for use in high pressure turbine blades and vanes. The driving force for this research lies in the numerous property advantages offered by NiAl alloys over their superalloy counterparts. These include a reduction of density by as much as a third without significantly sacrificing strength, higher melting point, greater thermal conductivity, better oxidation resistance, and a better response to thermal barrier coatings. The current drawback to high strength NiAl single crystals is their limited ductility. Consequently, significant efforts including the work agreement with GEAE are underway to develop testing and design methodologies for these materials. The approach to validation and component analysis involves the following steps: determination of the statistical nature and source of fracture in a high strength, NiAl single crystal turbine blade material; measurement of the failure strength envelope of the material; coding of statistically based reliability models; verification of the code and model; and modeling of turbine blades and vanes for rig testing.

  20. Single crystal ternary oxide ferroelectric integration with Silicon

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    Bakaul, Saidur; Serrao, Claudy; Youun, Long; Khan, Asif; Salahuddin, Sayeef

    2015-03-01

    Integrating single crystal, ternary oxide ferroelectric thin film with Silicon or other arbitrary substrates has been a holy grail for the researchers since the inception of microelectronics industry. The key motivation is that adding ferroelectric materials to existing electronic devices could bring into new functionality, physics and performance improvement such as non-volatility of information, negative capacitance effect and lowering sub-threshold swing of field effect transistor (FET) below 60 mV/decade in FET [Salahuddin, S, Datta, S. Nano Lett. 8, 405(2008)]. However, fabrication of single crystal ferroelectric thin film demands stringent conditions such as lattice matched single crystal substrate and high processing temperature which are incompatible with Silicon. Here we report on successful integration of PbZr0.2Ti0.8O3 in single crystal form with by using a layer transfer method. The lattice structure, surface morphology, piezoelectric coefficient d33, dielectric constant, ferroelectric domain switching and spontaneous and remnant polarization of the transferred PZT are as good as these characteristics of the best PZT films grown by pulsed laser deposition on lattice matched oxide substrates. We also demonstrate Si based, FE gate controlled FET devices.

  1. Low-cost single-crystal turbine blades, volume 1

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    Strangman, T. E.; Heath, B.; Fujii, M.

    1983-01-01

    The exothermic casting process was successfully developed into a low cost nonproprietary method for producing single crystal (SC) castings. Casting yields were lower than expected, on the order of 20 percent, but it is felt that the casting yield could be significantly improved with minor modifications to the process. Single crystal Mar-M 247 and two derivative SC alloys were developed. NASAIR 100 and SC Alloy 3 were fully characterized through mechanical property testing. SC Mar-M 247 shows no significant improvement in strength over directionally solidified (DS) Mar-M 247, but the derivative alloys, NASAIR 100 and Alloy 3, show significant tensile and fatigue improvements. The 1000 hr/238 MPa (20 ksi) stress rupture capability compared to DS Mar-M 247 was improved over 28 C. Firtree testing, holography, and strain gauge rig testing were used to evaluate the effects of the anisotropic characteristics of single crystal materials. In general, the single crystal material behaved similarly to DS Mar-M 247. Two complete engine sets of SC HP turbine blades were cast using the exothermic casting process and fully machined.

  2. Transverse Mode Multi-Resonant Single Crystal Transducer

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    Snook, Kevin A. (Inventor); Liang, Yu (Inventor); Luo, Jun (Inventor); Hackenberger, Wesley S. (Inventor); Sahul, Raffi (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A transducer is disclosed that includes a multiply resonant composite, the composite having a resonator bar of a piezoelectric single crystal configured in a d(sub 32) transverse length-extensional resonance mode having a crystallographic orientation set such that the thickness axis is in the (110) family and resonance direction is the (001) family.

  3. Unified constitutive model for single crystal deformation behavior with applications

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    Walker, K. P.; Meyer, T. G.; Jordan, E. H.

    1988-01-01

    Single crystal materials are being used in gas turbine airfoils and are candidates for other hot section components because of their increased temperature capabilities and resistance to thermal fatigue. Development of a constitutive model which assesses the inelastic behavior of these materials has been studied in 2 NASA programs: Life Prediction and Constitutive Models for Engine Hot Section Anisotropic Materials and Biaxial Constitutive Equation Development for Single Crystals. The model has been fit to a large body of constitutive data for single crystal PWA 1480 material. The model uses a unified approach for computing total inelastic strains (creep plus plasticity) on crystallographic slip systems reproducing observed directional and strain rate effects as a natural consequence of the summed slip system quantities. The model includes several of the effects that have been reported to influence deformation in single crystal materials, such as shear stress, latent hardening, and cross slip. The model is operational in a commercial Finite Element code and is being installed in a Boundary Element Method code.

  4. Some Debye temperatures from single-crystal elastic constant data

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    Robie, R.A.; Edwards, J.L.

    1966-01-01

    The mean velocity of sound has been calculated for 14 crystalline solids by using the best recent values of their single-crystal elastic stiffness constants. These mean sound velocities have been used to obtain the elastic Debye temperatures ??De for these materials. Models of the three wave velocity surfaces for calcite are illustrated. ?? 1966 The American Institute of Physics.

  5. Dynamic actuation of single-crystal diamond nanobeams

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    Sohn, Young-Ik; Burek, Michael J.; Kara, Vural; Kearns, Ryan; Lon?ar, Marko

    2015-12-01

    We show the dielectrophoretic actuation of single-crystal diamond nanomechanical devices. Gradient radio-frequency electromagnetic forces are used to achieve actuation of both cantilever and doubly clamped beam structures, with operation frequencies ranging from a few MHz to 50 MHz. Frequency tuning and parametric actuation are also studied.

  6. Low temperature magnetic transitions of single crystal HoBi

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    Fente, A.; Suderow, H.; Vieira, S.; Nemes, N. M.; Garcia-Hernandez, M.; Budko, Sergei L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2013-09-04

    We present resistivity, specific heat and magnetization measurements in high quality single crystals of HoBi, with a residual resistivity ratio of 126. We find, from the temperature and field dependence of the magnetization, an antiferromagnetic transition at 5.7 K, which evolves, under magnetic fields, into a series of up to five metamagnetic phases.

  7. Contact properties and surface reaction kinetics of single ZnO nanowire devices fabricated by dielectrophoresis

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    Pau, J. L.; García Núñez, C.; García Marín, A.; Guerrero, C.; Rodríguez, P.; Borromeo, S.; Piqueras, J.

    2014-03-01

    This work describes the development of ZnO nanowire (NW) devices for ultraviolet detection and cost-effective gas sensing. A dielectrophoresis (DEP) flow cell fabricated for the integration of NWs on different substrates is presented. The system includes the possibility to set characteristic parameters such as alternating current (AC) frequency, amplitude or flow speed in order to control NW trapping on specific sites defined by micro-gapped electrodes. The electrical characteristics of the rectifying metal/NW contact fabricated by DEP are investigated in darkness and under direct illumination of the metal-NW interface through the ZnO NW. A significant downshift of the turn-on voltage is observed in the current-voltage characteristics during the illumination with photon energies higher than the ZnO bandgap. The reduction is attributed to a barrier height lowering induced by interface charge emission. The effects of AC bias on the thermal drift of the DC average current in NW devices are also discussed. Finally, the reaction kinetics of ethanol and water vapors on the NW surface are compared through the analysis of the DC current under direct exposure to gas flows. Device responses to more complex compound mixtures such as coffee or mint are also monitored over time, showing different performance in both cases.

  8. Detection and Characterization of ZnO Nanoparticles in Surface and Waste Waters Using Single Particle ICPMS.

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    Hadioui, Madjid; Merdzan, Vladimir; Wilkinson, Kevin J

    2015-05-19

    The increasing production of ZnO nanoparticles (nZnO) makes their analysis and characterization extremely important from an ecological risk perspective, especially at the low concentrations at which they are expected to be found in natural waters. Single particle ICPMS (SP-ICPMS) is one of the few techniques available to detect and characterize nanoparticles at environmentally relevant concentrations. Unfortunately, at the very low particle concentrations where SP-ICPMS is performed, significant dissolution of the nZnO generally increases background levels of dissolved Zn to the point where measurements are not generally possible. By hyphenating SP-ICPMS with an ion-exchange resin, it was possible to characterize and quantify nZnO in order to gain insight into the nature of the nZnO in natural waters. Spiked and unspiked water samples were analyzed using a SP-ICPMS that was coupled to a column containing a strong metal binding resin (Chelex 100). In addition to the detection of ZnO nanoparticles and the determination of a size distribution in natural waters, it was possible to partition the dissolved Zn among free and/or labile and strongly bound Zn fractions. In two natural waters, a high proportion (ca. 93-100%) of dissolved Zn was measured, and the residual ZnO particles were mainly composed of small agglomerates (average sizes ranging from 133.6 to 172.4 nm in the surface water and from 167.6 to 216.4 nm in the wastewater effluent). Small numbers of small nanoparticles were also detected in nonspiked waters. PMID:25923247

  9. Synthesis and characterization of flowerlike ZnO nanostructures via an ethylenediamine-meditated solution route

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    Gao Xiangdong . E-mail: xdgao@mail.sic.ac.cn; Li Xiaomin; Yu Weidong

    2005-04-15

    Flowerlike ZnO nanostructures were deposited on Si substrate by choosing hexamethylenetetramine as the nucleation control reagent and ethylenediamine as the chelating and capping reagent. Structural and optical measurements reveal that obtained ZnO exhibits well-defined flowerlike morphology, hexagonal wurtzite structure, uniform distribution on substrate, and strong photoluminescence in ultraviolet band. The well-arrayed pedals of each ZnO flower possess the typical tapering feature, and are built up by many well-aligned ZnO nanorods. Moreover, each single nanorod building up the pedal exhibits the single crystal nature and the growth direction along c-axis. Effects of the precursor composition on the morphology of ZnO were discussed.

  10. Novel single-mode and polarization maintaining photonic crystal fiber

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    Yin, Aihan; Xiong, Lei

    2014-11-01

    In this paper, we present and propose a novel structure for improved birefringence and single-mode propagation condition photonic crystal fiber (PCF) in a broad range of wavelength. The birefringence of the fundamental mode and single mode property in such a PCF is numerically estimated by employing full vector finite element method (FVFEM) and anisotropic perfectly matched layers (APML). The simulation results illustrate that we can achieve a high birefringence and perfect single-mode condition by employing silica-filled into one-line elliptical air holes parallel to x-axis and rotated by an angle. Obviously, the proposed PCF is quite useful for optical devices.

  11. Microwave Induced Direct Bonding of Single Crystal Silicon Wafers

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    Budraa, N. K.; Jackson, H. W.; Barmatz, M.

    1999-01-01

    We have heated polished doped single-crystal silicon wafers in a single mode microwave cavity to temperatures where surface to surface bonding occurred. The absorption of microwaves and heating of the wafers is attributed to the inclusion of n-type or p-type impurities into these substrates. A cylindrical cavity TM (sub 010) standing wave mode was used to irradiate samples of various geometry's at positions of high magnetic field. This process was conducted in vacuum to exclude plasma effects. This initial study suggests that the inclusion of impurities in single crystal silicon significantly improved its microwave absorption (loss factor) to a point where heating silicon wafers directly can be accomplished in minimal time. Bonding of these substrates, however, occurs only at points of intimate surface to surface contact. The inclusion of a thin metallic layer on the surfaces enhances the bonding process.

  12. Single crystal diamond probes for atomic-force microscopy

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    Tuyakova, F. T.; Obraztsova, E. A.; Klinov, D. V.; Ismagilov, R. R.

    2014-07-01

    Results obtained in the development and testing of high-strength, chemically inert, and sharply pointed single crystal diamond probes for atomic-force microscopy are presented. The probes were fabricated on the basis of pyramidal diamond single crystals produced by selective oxidation of polycrystalline films grown by chemical vapor deposition. A procedure was developed for attachment of single needles to cantilevers of silicon probes. A transmission electron microscope was used to find that the apical angle of the pyramidal diamond crystallites is about 10 and the radius of curvature of the apex of the diamond crystallite is 2-10 nm. It is shown for the example of two test samples (graphite surface and DNA molecules) that the diamond probes can be effectively used in atomic-force microscopy and make it possible to improve the image quality compared with standard silicon probes.

  13. ESR and Microwave Absorption in Boron Doped Diamond Single Crystals

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    Timms, Christopher

    2015-03-01

    Superconductivity has been reportedly found in boron-doped diamond. Most research to date has only studied superconductivity in polycrystalline and thin film boron-diamonds, as opposed to a single crystal. In fact, only one other group has examined a macro scale boron-doped diamond crystal. Our group has successfully grown large single crystals by using the High Temperature High Pressure method (HTHP) and observed a transition to metallic and superconducting states for high B concentrations. For the present, we are studying BDD crystal using Electron Spin Resonance. We conducted our ESR analysis over a range of temperatures (2K to 300K) and found several types of signals, proving the existence of charge carriers with spin 1/2 in BDD. Moreover, we have found that with increasing B concentrations, from n ~ 1018 cm-3 to n of over 1020 cm-3, the ESR signal changes from that of localized spins to the Dysonian shape of free carriers. The low magnetic field microwave absorption has also been studied in BDD samples at various B concentrations and the clear transition to superconducting state has been found below Tc that ranges from 2K to 4 K depending on concentration and quality of crystal. Sergey Polyakov, Victor Denisov, Vladimir Blank, Ray Baughman, Anvar Zakhidov.

  14. Single crystal structure analysis of a single Sm2Fe17N3 particle

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    Inami, Nobuhito; Takeichi, Yasuo; Ueno, Tetsuro; Saito, Kotaro; Sagayama, Ryoko; Kumai, Reiji; Ono, Kanta

    2014-05-01

    We performed single crystal structure analysis of Sm2Fe17N3 using X-ray diffraction. A pick-up system combined with a micromanipulation tool driven by piezoelectric actuators and a microgripper was used. A single Sm2Fe17Nx particle with the diameter of about 20 μm was picked up, and X-ray diffraction was measured using an X-ray diffractometer at the synchrotron radiation beamline at the Photon Factory, KEK. Single crystal structure analysis of a Sm2Fe17N3 particle was performed and the structure was successfully determined from X-ray diffraction patterns. The space group and the lattice constants were determined to be R-3m (#166) a = b = 8.7206 Å and c = 12.6345 Å, respectively. Atomic positions of Sm and Fe atoms were accurately determined by single crystal structure analysis of only one particle.

  15. Single crystal to single crystal transition in (10, 3)-d framework with pyrazine-2-carboxylate ligand: Synthesis, structures and magnetism

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    Yang, Qian; Department of Chemistry, Tianjin Key Lab on Metal and Molecule-based Material Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 ; Zhao, Jiong-Peng; Liu, Zhong-Yi

    2012-12-15

    Assembling of pyrazine-2-carboxylate (Pzc) acid with nickel chlorine under solvothermal condition with MeOH as solvent gave a porous complex 1 {l_brace}[Ni(Pzc)ClH{sub 2}O]{center_dot}MeOH{r_brace}{sub n} with 1D channels. In 1 the ligands and metal ions are connected by three of each other and a rare (10,3)-d topology net is gained. The MeOH molecules filled in the 1D channels as guests. It is interesting that 1 undergoes a single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation to another complex 2 when the guest MeOH molecules in the channels are exchanged by water molecules. Magnetic study indicates anti-ferromagnetic couplings exist in the two complexes and the guest exchange in the complex has little influence on the magnetism. - Graphical abstract: A porous complex 1 with rare (10,3)-d net was gained, and 1 underwent a single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation to another phase 2. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New (10,3)-d net was obtained with pyrazine-2-carboxylate ligands as a triangular node. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The complex 1 has a 1D channel filled with methanol molecules as guests. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 1 could undergo SCSC structural transition to 2 after guests exchanged. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Antiferromagnetic interactions were found in 1 and 2.

  16. Subsurface Stress Fields In Single Crystal (Anisotropic) Contacts

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Knudsen, Erik C.; Duke, Greg; Battista, Gilda; Swanson, Greg

    2004-01-01

    Single crystal superalloy turbine blades used in high pressure turbomachinery are subject to conditions of high temperature, triaxial steady and alternating stresses, fretting stresses in the blade attachment and damper contact locations, and exposure to high-pressure hydrogen. The blades are also subjected to extreme variations in temperature during start-up and shutdown transients. The most prevalent HCF failure modes observed in these blades during operation include crystallographic crack initiation/propagation on octahedral planes, and noncrystallographic initiation with crystallographic growth. Numerous cases of crack initiation and crack propagation at the blade leading edge tip, blade attachment regions, and damper contact locations have been documented. Understanding crack initiation/propagation under mixed-mode loading conditions is critical for establishing a systematic procedure for evaluating HCF life of single crystal turbine blades. This paper presents analytical and numerical techniques for evaluating two and three dimensional subsurface stress fields in anisotropic contacts. The subsurface stress results are required for evaluating contact fatigue life at damper contacts and dovetail attachment regions in single crystal nickel-base superalloy turbine blades. An analytical procedure is , presented, for evaluating the subsurface stresses in the elastic half-space, using a complex potential method outlined by Lekhnitskii. Numerical results are presented for cylindrical and spherical anisotropic contacts, using finite element analysis. Effects of crystal orientation on stress response and fatigue life are examined.

  17. Crystal structure, physical properties and superconductivity in AxFe2Se2 single crystals

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    Luo, X. G.; Wang, X. F.; Ying, J. J.; Yan, Y. J.; Li, Z. Y.; Zhang, M.; Wang, A. F.; Cheng, P.; Xiang, Z. J.; Ye, G. J.; Liu, R. H.; Chen, X. H.

    2011-05-01

    We studied the correlation among structure, transport properties and superconductivity in different AxFe2Se2 single crystals (A=K, Rb and Cs). Two sets of (00l) reflections are observed in the x-ray single-crystal diffraction patterns, and they arise from the intrinsic inhomogeneous distribution of the intercalated alkali atoms. The occurrence of superconductivity is closely related to the c-axis lattice constant, and the A content is crucial to superconductivity. The hump observed in resistivity seems to be irrelevant to the superconductivity. There exist many deficiencies within the FeSe layers in AxFe2Se2, although their Tc does not change so much. In this sense, superconductivity is robust to the vacancies within the FeSe layers. Very high resistivity in the normal state should be ascribed to such defects in the conducting FeSe layers. AxFe2Se2 (A=K, Rb and Cs) single crystals show the same susceptibility behavior in the normal state, and no anomaly is observed in susceptibility at the hump temperature in resistivity. The clear jump in specific heat for RbxFe2Se2 and KxFe2Se2 single crystals indicates the good bulk superconductivity of these crystals.

  18. Growth and electrical properties of mercury indium telluride single crystals

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    Wang Linghang Dong Yangchun; Jie Wanqi

    2007-11-06

    A novel photoelectronic single crystal, mercury indium telluride (MIT), has been successfully grown by using vertical Bridgman method (VB). The crystallinity, thermal and electrical properties of the MIT crystal were investigated. The results of X-ray rocking curve show that the as-grown MIT crystal has good crystal quality with the FWHM on (3 1 1) face of about 173 in. DSC measurement reveals that the Hg element is easy to solely evaporate from the compound when the temperature is higher than 387.9 deg. C in the open system. Hall measurements at room temperature show that the resistivity, carrier density and mobility of the MIT crystal were 4.79 x 10{sup 2} {omega} cm, 2.83 x 10{sup 13} cm{sup -3} and 4.60 x 10{sup 2} cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}, respectively. The reduction of carrier mobility and the increase of the resistivity are related to the adding of In{sub 2}Te{sub 3} into HgTe, which changes the energy band structure of the crystal.

  19. Structural and thermal properties of MnSi single crystal

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    Tite, T.; Shu, G. J.; Chou, F. C.; Chang, Y.-M.

    2010-07-01

    Polarized Raman spectroscopy of MnSi single crystal was carried out to characterize its phonons, crystal structure, and thermal stability. The Raman spectra show correct Raman selection rules and consistence with those of the other transition metal silicide compounds. The MnSi thermal stability and phase transformation is investigated by monitoring the evolution of Raman spectrum as a function of the laser intensity, in which three compositions, MnSi, MnSiO3, and Mn5Si3, can be identified. The involved oxidation reaction is then proposed and verified by performing the thermogravimetric and x-ray diffraction analysis.

  20. Antifreeze glycopeptide adsorption on single crystal ice surfaces using ellipsometry

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    Wilson, P. W.; Beaglehole, D.; DeVries, A. L.

    1993-01-01

    Antarctic fishes synthesise antifreeze proteins which can effectively inhibit the growth of ice crystals. The mechanism relies on adsorption of these proteins to the ice surface. Ellipsometry has been used to quantify glycopeptide antifreeze adsorption to the basal and prism faces of single ice crystals. The rate of accumulation was determined as a function of time and at concentrations between 0.0005 and 1.2 mg/ml. Estimates of packing density at saturation coverage have been made for the basal and prism faces. PMID:19431902

  1. Simulation of isotope effects in single crystal sputtering

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    Shulga, V. I.

    Sputtering of isotopic (001), (011), and (111) Mo single crystals with 0.15-10 keV Ar ions at low fluences has been studied by means of computer simulation. Attention was given to the dependence of the preferential emission of light isotopes on ion energy and direction of incidence. It has been shown that the enrichment in light isotopes results mainly from a high contribution to sputtering of recoils of low generations which, in turn, correlates very closely with the crystal transparaency and accompanying channeling effects. At glancing incidence, the preferential emission of light isotopes is strongly affected by the surface channeling of bombarding particles.

  2. Heavy ion passive dosimetry with silver halide single crystals

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    Childs, C. B.; Parnell, T. A.

    1972-01-01

    A method of detecting radiation damage tracks due to heavy particles in large single crystals of the silver halides is described. The tracks, when made visible with a simple electrical apparatus, appear similar to tracks in emulsions. The properties of the crystals, the technique of printing out the tracks, and evidence concerning the threshold energy for registering particles indicates that this method may find application in heavy ion dosimetry. The method has been found to be sensitive to stopping He nuclei and relativistic M group cosmic rays. Some impurities strongly influence the printout of the tracks, and the effects of these impurities are discussed.

  3. A design for single-polarization single-mode photonic crystal fiber with rectangular lattice

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    Zhang, Wan; Li, Shu-guang; Bao, Ya-jie; Fan, Zhen-kai; An, Guo-wen

    2016-01-01

    A design for single-polarization single-mode photonic crystal fiber with rectangular lattice is proposed in this paper. The proposed fiber is studied by the full vector finite element method with perfectly matched layers. The single-polarization single-mode operation region of the fiber is achieved in a certain wavelength range with low confinement loss include the wavelength of 1.55 μm. The loss of one polarization is 0.124 dB/km at the wavelength of 1.55 μm and the confinement loss of the other one polarization is very high which can not ensure the transmission in the fiber. The single-polarization single-mode photonic crystal fiber is desirable for some polarization-sensitive applications such as high-power fiber lasers, fiber optic gyroscopes, current sensors and optical coherent communication systems.

  4. Subsurface Stress Fields in FCC Single Crystal Anisotropic Contacts

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Knudsen, Erik; Swanson, Gregory R.; Duke, Gregory; Ham-Battista, Gilda

    2004-01-01

    Single crystal superalloy turbine blades used in high pressure turbomachinery are subject to conditions of high temperature, triaxial steady and alternating stresses, fretting stresses in the blade attachment and damper contact locations, and exposure to high-pressure hydrogen. The blades are also subjected to extreme variations in temperature during start-up and shutdown transients. The most prevalent high cycle fatigue (HCF) failure modes observed in these blades during operation include crystallographic crack initiation/propagation on octahedral planes, and non-crystallographic initiation with crystallographic growth. Numerous cases of crack initiation and crack propagation at the blade leading edge tip, blade attachment regions, and damper contact locations have been documented. Understanding crack initiation/propagation under mixed-mode loading conditions is critical for establishing a systematic procedure for evaluating HCF life of single crystal turbine blades. This paper presents analytical and numerical techniques for evaluating two and three dimensional subsurface stress fields in anisotropic contacts. The subsurface stress results are required for evaluating contact fatigue life at damper contacts and dovetail attachment regions in single crystal nickel-base superalloy turbine blades. An analytical procedure is presented for evaluating the subsurface stresses in the elastic half-space, based on the adaptation of a stress function method outlined by Lekhnitskii. Numerical results are presented for cylindrical and spherical anisotropic contacts, using finite element analysis (FEA). Effects of crystal orientation on stress response and fatigue life are examined. Obtaining accurate subsurface stress results for anisotropic single crystal contact problems require extremely refined three-dimensional (3-D) finite element grids, especially in the edge of contact region. Obtaining resolved shear stresses (RSS) on the principal slip planes also involves considerable post-processing work. For these reasons it is very advantageous to develop analytical solution schemes for subsurface stresses, whenever possible.

  5. Microcompression Behaviors of Single Crystals Simulated by Crystal Plasticity Finite Element Method

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    Jung, Jae-Ho; Na, Young-Sang; Cho, Kyung-Mox; Dimiduk, Dennis M.; Choi, Yoon Suk

    2015-11-01

    The microcompression behavior of single-slip oriented, single-crystal micro-pillars was simulated using a crystal plasticity finite element method, by varying a primary slip-plane inclination angle from 36.3 to 48.7 deg while keeping the same primary slip system. Simulated global deformation of the micro-pillars was separated into two types, depending upon the primary slip-plane inclination angle: the one consistent with the primary slip direction and the other diagonally opposite to the primary slip direction.

  6. Design of single mode single polarization large mode area photonic crystal fiber

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    Naik, Kishor D.; Saini, Than Singh; Kumar, Ajeet; Sinha, Ravindra K.

    2015-08-01

    Recently, photonic crystal fibers have attracted significant attention for their applications in optical fiber communication systems. In some polarization sensitive applications photonic crystal fibers with single-mode and single-polarization are desirable. In this paper, a rectangular-core single-mode single-polarization large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber structure has been designed based on higher order mode filtering. The single-polarization is obtained with asymmetric design and introducing different loss for x-polarization and y-polarization of fundamental mode. Single-polarization single-mode operation of a highly bi-refringent photonic crystal fiber is investigated in detail by using a full-vector finite-element- method with anisotropic perfectly-matched-layer. At optimized parameters, the confinement loss and effective-mode-area is obtained as 0.9 dB/m and 927 ?m2 for x-polarization as well as 12.53 dB/m and 921 ?m2 for y-polarization of fundamental mode respectively at 1.55 ?m. Therefore, 1.6 m length of fiber will be sufficient to get x-polarized fundamental mode with effective-mode-area as large as 927 ?m2.

  7. Optical design for single-mode and single-cell gap transflective liquid crystal displays.

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    Choi, Gyu Jin; Kwon, Jin Hyuk; Yi, Jonghoon; Yokoyama, Hiroshi; Gwag, Jin Seog

    2016-01-25

    Generally, for transflective liquid crystal displays with different modes and different cell gaps between the refractive and transmissive parts, precise process control to pattern the electrode and match the cell gaps may reduce the yield and thus, require high cost. This paper proposes a simple transflective liquid crystal display with a single-mode and single-cell thickness without a patterned electrode to achieve better productivity. The proposed transflective liquid crystal display consists of three half-wave retardation films, two quarter-wave retardation films, and an LC layer, whose optical performance was confirmed by both simulation and experiment. The optimal optical configuration to obtain an excellent dark state in the visible range was determined by the Mueller matrices calculus, which was applied to each optical component. The calculated and experimental results showed that the proposed transflective LC structure has excellent electro-optical properties and is expected to have many liquid crystal display applications. PMID:26832540

  8. Fatigue behavior of a single-crystal superalloy

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    Kalluri, Sreeramesh; Mcgaw, Michael A.

    1989-01-01

    A single-crystal superalloy, PWA 1480 is under consideration as a replacement material for the turbine blades of the high pressure fuel turbopump (HPFTP) of the space shuttle main engine (SSME). Three separate experimental programs were conducted to characterize the fatigue behavior of this alloy. Fatigue tests were conducted at room temperature (in air) and at 1000 F (in vacuum) on smooth specimens machined from both cast bars and slabs. The data from all of these programs are consolidated to provide a broader characterization of the fatigue behavior of the single crystal PWA 1480. The zero-mean-stress fatigue relationships are expressed in terms of stress range versus cyclic life lines on log-log plots. Characterization of the fatigue behavior of (001) oriented PWA 1480 single crystal under conditions of tensile mean stress was performed by using the unified approach proposed by Heidmann. In this approach the fatigue life is modified by a mean stress parameter so that a single life relationship can be used to represent both zero and tensile mean stress data.

  9. Temperature-resolved optical spectroscopy of pentacene polymorphs: variation of herringbone angles in single-crystals and interface-controlled thin films.

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    Meyenburg, Ingo; Breuer, Tobias; Karthuser, Andrea; Chatterjee, Sangam; Witte, Gregor; Heimbrodt, Wolfram

    2016-02-01

    The polarization-resolved absorption spectra are determined for different pentacene polymorphs, both, for thin films grown on ZnO as well as for free-standing single crystals. A clear interrelation between the Davydov splitting of the lowest-energy singlet-exciton type transitions and the herringbone angle of the molecules in the unit cell is found. The variation in oscillator strength of the individual excitonic Davydov components with temperature is explained by a variation of this herringbone angle. The extraordinarily strong variation of the herringbone angle for Campbell phase pentacene films grown on ZnO substrates is attributed to interface-mediated strain due to the different thermal expansion coefficients of the organic and inorganic constituents. PMID:26763133

  10. Membrane protein structures without crystals, by single particle electron cryomicroscopy

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    Vinothkumar, Kutti R

    2015-01-01

    It is an exciting period in membrane protein structural biology with a number of medically important protein structures determined at a rapid pace. However, two major hurdles still remain in the structural biology of membrane proteins. One is the inability to obtain large amounts of protein for crystallization and the other is the failure to get well-diffracting crystals. With single particle electron cryomicroscopy, both these problems can be overcome and high-resolution structures of membrane proteins and other labile protein complexes can be obtained with very little protein and without the need for crystals. In this review, I highlight recent advances in electron microscopy, detectors and software, which have allowed determination of medium to high-resolution structures of membrane proteins and complexes that have been difficult to study by other structural biological techniques. PMID:26435463

  11. Growth and spectral properties of Yb:FAP single crystal

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    Song, Pingxin; Zhao, Zhiwei; Xu, Xiaodong; Deng, Peizhen; Xu, Jun

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, single crystal of ytterbium (Yb) doped Ca 5(PO 4) 3F (FAP) has been grown along the c-axis by using the Czochralski method. The segregation coefficients of Yb 3+ in the Yb:FAP crystal has been determined by ICP-AES method. The absorption spectrum, fluorescence spectrum and fluorescence lifetime of the Yb:FAP crystal has been also measured at room temperature. In the absorption spectra, there are two absorption bands at 904 and 982 nm, respectively, which are suitable for InGaAs diode laser pumping. The absorption cross-section ( ?abs) is 5.117 10 -20 cm 2 with an FWHM of 4 nm at 982 nm. The emission cross-section ( ?em) is 3.678 10 -20 cm 2 at 1042 nm. Favorable values of the absorption cross-section at about 982 nm are promising candidates for laser diode (LD) pumping.

  12. Apparatus for single ice crystal growth from the melt

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    Zepeda, Salvador; Nakatsubo, Shunichi; Furukawa, Yoshinori

    2009-11-01

    A crystal growth apparatus was designed and built to study the effect of growth modifiers, antifreeze proteins and antifreeze glycoproteins (AFGPs), on ice crystal growth kinetics and morphology. We used a capillary growth technique to obtain a single ice crystal with well-defined crystallographic orientation grown in AFGP solution. The basal plane was readily observed by rotation of the capillary. The main growth chamber is approximately a 0.8ml cylindrical volume. A triple window arrangement was used to minimize temperature gradients and allow for up to 10mm working distance objective lens. Temperature could be established to within ±10mK in as little as 3.5min and controlled to within ±2mK after 15min for at least 10h. The small volume growth chamber and fast equilibration times were necessary for parabolic flight microgravity experiments. The apparatus was designed for use with inverted and side mount configurations.

  13. Photonic crystals for long-wavelength single-mode VCSELs

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    Romstad, F.; Bischoff, S.; Juhl, M.; Jacobsen, S.; Birkedal, D.

    2008-02-01

    In this paper, we present the design and manufacturing of photonic-crystal long-wavelength VCSELs. They were developed to provide a high-performance low-cost alternative to Fabry-Perot and DFB lasers for 2.5 Gbps applications within the intermediate range access network. The paper covers photonic-crystal long-wavelength device design, manufacturing process, DC and AC characteristics, as well as reliability studies. The addition of photonic-crystal structures to the long-wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers allows us to increase the oxide diameter. This reduces the series resistance as well as the thermal resistance resulting in increased single-mode output-power and an enhanced high-temperature performance of our devices.

  14. Control of Pr for Ba substitution in PBCO single crystals by the crystal pulling method

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    Tagami, Minoru; Shiohara, Yuh

    1997-02-01

    Substitution of Pr for Ba in Pr 1 + xBa 2 - xCu 3O 7 - ? ( x = 0.06-0.29) single crystals was successfully controlled by the crystal pulling method. The substitution ratios x of the grown single crystals from an average composition in the melt of Pr : Ba: Cu = 5 : 30 : 65, Pr : Ba : Cu = 5 : 28 : 67 and Pr : Ba : Cu = 5 : 24 : 71 were x = 0.06, 0.14 and 0.29 respectively. These phenomena appear to depend on the local equilibrium tie-line of {Pr1 + xBa2 - xCu3O7 - ?}/{liquid} on the isothermal section of the PrO y?BaO?CuO ternary phase diagram at the growth temperature. The resistivity of these crystals shows the tendency to increase with decreasing temperature. However, the resistivity of the crystal with x = 0.06 is six orders of magnitude smaller than that of the x = 0.29 crystal at 70 K.

  15. Synthesis of mesoporous zeolite single crystals with cheap porogens

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    Tao Haixiang; Li Changlin; Ren Jiawen; Wang Yanqin; Lu Guanzhong

    2011-07-15

    Mesoporous zeolite (silicalite-1, ZSM-5, TS-1) single crystals have been successfully synthesized by adding soluble starch or sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) to a conventional zeolite synthesis system. The obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen sorption analysis, {sup 27}Al magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 27}Al MAS NMR), temperature-programmed desorption of ammonia (NH{sub 3}-TPD) and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis). The SEM images clearly show that all zeolite crystals possess the similar morphology with particle size of about 300 nm, the TEM images reveal that irregular intracrystal pores are randomly distributed in the whole crystal. {sup 27}Al MAS NMR spectra indicate that nearly all of the Al atoms are in tetrahedral co-ordination in ZSM-5, UV-vis spectra confirm that nearly all of titanium atoms are incorporated into the framework of TS-1. The catalytic activity of meso-ZSM-5 in acetalization of cyclohexanone and meso-TS-1 in hydroxylation of phenol was also studied. The synthesis method reported in this paper is cost-effective and environmental friendly, can be easily expended to prepare other hierarchical structured zeolites. - Graphical abstract: Mesoporous zeolite single crystals were synthesized by using cheap porogens as template. Highlights: > Mesoporous zeolite (silicalite-1, ZSM-5, TS-1) single crystals were synthesized. > Soluble starch or sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) was used as porogens. > The mesoporous zeolites had connected mesopores although closed pores existed. > Higher catalytic activities were obtained.

  16. Plastic strain arrangement in copper single crystals in sliding

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    Chumaevskii, Andrey V. Lychagin, Dmitry V.; Tarasov, Sergei Yu.

    2014-11-14

    Deformation of tribologically loaded contact zone is one of the wear mechanisms in spite of the fact that no mass loss may occur during this process. Generation of optimal crystallographic orientations of the grains in a polycrystalline materials (texturing) may cause hardening and reducing the deformation wear. To reveal the orientation dependence of an individual gain and simplify the task we use copper single crystals with the orientations of the compression axis along [111] and [110]. The plastic deformation was investigated by means of optical, scanning electron microscopy and EBSD techniques. It was established that at least four different zones were generated in the course of sliding test, such as non-deformed base metal, plastic deformation layer sliding, crystalline lattice reorientation layer and subsurface grain structure layer. The maximum plastic strain penetration depth was observed on [110]-single crystals. The minimum stability of [111]-crystals with respect to rotation deformation mode as well as activation of shear in the sliding contact plane provide for rotation deformation localization below the worn surface. The high-rate accumulation of misorientations and less strain penetration depth was observed on [111]-crystals as compared to those of [110]-oriented ones.

  17. Mutiple Czochralski growth of silicon crystals from a single crucible

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    Lane, R. L.; Kachare, A. H.

    1980-01-01

    An apparatus for the Czochralski growth of silicon crystals is presented which is capable of producing multiple ingots from a single crucible. The growth chamber features a refillable crucible with a water-cooled, vacuum-tight isolation valve located between the pull chamber and the growth furnace tank which allows the melt crucible to always be at vacuum or low argon pressure when retrieving crystal or introducing recharge polysilicon feed stock. The grower can thus be recharged to obtain 100 kg of silicon crystal ingots from one crucible, and may accommodate crucibles up to 35 cm in diameter. Evaluation of the impurity contents and I-V characteristics of solar cells fabricated from seven ingots grown from two crucibles reveals a small but consistent decrease in cell efficiency from 10.4% to 9.6% from the first to the fourth ingot made in a single run, which is explained by impurity build-up in the residual melt. The crystal grower thus may offer economic benefits through the extension of crucible lifetime and the reduction of furnace downtime.

  18. A new material for single crystal modulators: BBO

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    Bammer, F.; Schumi, T.; Petkovsek, R.

    2011-06-01

    Single crystal photo-elastic modulators (SCPEM) are based on a single piezo-electric crystal which is electrically excited on a resonance frequency such that the resulting resonant oscillation causes a modulated artificial birefringence due to the photo-elastic effect. Polarized light experience in such a crystal a strong modulation of polarization, which, in connection with a polarizer, can be used for Q-switching of lasers with pulse repetition frequencies in the range of 100- 1000 kHz. A particularly advantageous configuration is possible with crystals from the symmetry class 3m. Besides LiTaO3 and LiNbO3, both already well explored as SCPEM-materials, we introduce now BBO, which offers a very low absorption in the near infrared region and is therefore particularly suited for Q-switching of solid state lasers. We demonstrate first results of such a BBO-modulator with the dimensions 8.6 x 4.05 x 4.5mm in x-, y-, z- direction, which offers a useful resonance and polarization modulation at 131.9 kHz. Since the piezo-electric effect is small, the voltage amplitude for achieving Q-switching for an Nd:YAG-laser is expected to be in the range of 100V. Nevertheless it is a simple and robust device to achieve Q-switching with a high fixed repetition rate for high power solid state lasers.

  19. Single crystal hexaferrite phase shifter at Ka band

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    Zuo, Xu; Shi, Ping; Oliver, S. A.; Vittoria, C.

    2002-05-01

    A phase shifter was fabricated from a scandium doped M-type (SCM) barium hexaferrite single crystal substrate, and tested over microwave frequencies from 20 to 40 GHz and bias magnetic fields from 0 to 2 kOe. At a microwave frequency of 40 GHz and bias magnetic field of 1.3 kOe, the differential phase-shift rate was 42/kOe mm and the loss rate was 0.7 dB/mm. The phase shifter utilized the large uniaxial anisotropy field inherent in ScM single crystals, where the crystallographic c axis and the magnetic bias field were parallel to each other and in the substrate plane. The performance of the phase shifter was modeled by the conjugate method for transmission electron microscopy wave and compared with experimental results.

  20. Magnetic anisotropy of NaxCoO2 single crystals

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    Chen, D. P.; Wang, Xiaolin; Lin, C. T.; Dou, S. X.

    2008-04-01

    We report the magnetic properties of single crystals of NaxCoO2 (x =0.42, 0.82, and 0.87). The magnetic susceptibility measurements revealed considerable anisotropy along H ?ab and H ?c for the as-grown single crystals. It was found that an antiferromagnetic transition with a Neel temperature TN=21K occurred for the x =0.82 sample, and there was a paramagnetic phase for the x =0.87 sample over a wide temperature range from 2to300K, but the sample with x =0.42 shows a monotonic increase of ? with increasing temperature above 100K. In addition, the x =0.82 sample has the largest derived anisotropic g-factor ratio (gab/gc1.30), whereas the sample with x =0.42 is nearly isotropic (gab/gc0.96).

  1. Nanofluidics of Single-Crystal Diamond Nanomechanical Resonators

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    Kara, V.; Sohn, Y.-I.; Atikian, H.; Yakhot, V.; Lon?ar, M.; Ekinci, K. L.

    2015-12-01

    Single-crystal diamond nanomechanical resonators are being developed for countless applications. A number of these applications require that the resonator be operated in a fluid, i.e., a gas or a liquid. Here, we investigate the fluid dynamics of single-crystal diamond nanomechanical resonators in the form of nanocantilevers. First, we measure the pressure-dependent dissipation of diamond nanocantilevers with different linear dimensions and frequencies in three gases, He, N$_2$, and Ar. We observe that a subtle interplay between the length scale and the frequency governs the scaling of the fluidic dissipation. Second, we obtain a comparison of the surface accommodation of different gases on the diamond surface by analyzing the dissipation in the molecular flow regime. Finally, we measure the thermal fluctuations of the nanocantilevers in water, and compare the observed dissipation and frequency shifts with theoretical predictions. These findings set the stage for developing diamond nanomechanical resonators operable in fluids.

  2. Thermal fatigue of NiAl single crystals

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    Kush, M.T.; Holmes, J.W.; Gibala, R.

    1999-07-01

    Single crystals of [001]-oriented NiAl single crystals were subjected to thermal fatigue by a method which employs induction heating of disk-shaped specimens heated in an argon atmosphere. Several time-temperature heating and cooling profiles were used to produce different thermal strain histories in specimens cycled between 973 K and 1,473 K. After thermal cycling, pronounced shape changes in the form of diametrical elongations along {l{underscore}angle}100{r{underscore}angle} directions with accompanying increases in thickness at and near the {l{underscore}angle}100{r{underscore}angle} specimen axes were observed. The deformations were analyzed in terms of operative slip systems in tension and compression, ratchetting (cyclic strain accumulation), and the elastic properties of NiAl. The experimental results correlate best with thermal stresses associated with the large elastic anisotropy of NiAl.

  3. Dynamic gas-inclusion in a single crystal.

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    Takamizawa, Satoshi

    2015-06-01

    In solid-state science, most changing phenomena have been mysterious. Furthermore, the changes in chemical composition should be added to mere physical changes to also cover the chemical changes. Here, the first success in characterizing the nature of gas inclusion in a single crystal is reported. The gas inclusion process has been thoroughly investigated by in situ optical microscopy, single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses, and gas adsorption measurements. The results demonstrated an inclusion action of a first-order transition behavior induced by a critical concentration on the phase boundary. The transfer of phase boundary and included gas are strongly related. This relationship can generate the dynamic features hidden in the inclusion phenomena, which can lead to the guest capturing and transfer mechanism that can apply to spatiotemporal inclusion applications by using host solids. PMID:25925283

  4. Formation of auxetic surfaces in rhombic syngony single crystals

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    Raransky, Mykola D.; Balazyuk, Vitaliy N.; Gunko, Mikhailo M.; Gevik, Vasyl B.; Struk, Andriy Y.

    2015-11-01

    By using elasticity Cijkl and compliance moduli Sijkl for rhombic syngony single crystals the necessary and sufficient conditions for axial and non-axial auxetic properties occurrence were defined. Indicative surfaces for single crystals Ga, I2, SnSe, Hg2Cl2, CaCO3, AgN3, BaMnF4, C6H6, LiGaO2, Cd(COOH)2, (C6H5)2CO, C6H10(CH2)2, Ca(COOH)2, Na2CoGeO4, NH4B5O8.4H2O auxetic properties were built for the first time. The basic mechanisms and regularities of auxetic surfaces formation were stated. The auxetic oscillation effect in C6H6 was found.

  5. Constitutive modeling of superalloy single crystals with verification testing

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    Jordan, Eric; Walker, Kevin P.

    1985-01-01

    The goal is the development of constitutive equations to describe the elevated temperature stress-strain behavior of single crystal turbine blade alloys. The program includes both the development of a suitable model and verification of the model through elevated temperature-torsion testing. A constitutive model is derived from postulated constitutive behavior on individual crystallographic slip systems. The behavior of the entire single crystal is then arrived at by summing up the slip on all the operative crystallographic slip systems. This type of formulation has a number of important advantages, including the prediction orientation dependence and the ability to directly represent the constitutive behavior in terms which metallurgists use in describing the micromechanisms. Here, the model is briefly described, followed by the experimental set-up and some experimental findings to date.

  6. Catalytic Chemistry of Hydrocarbon Conversion Reactions on Metallic Single Crystals

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    Tysoe, Wilfred T.

    The ability to be able to follow the chemistry of adsorbates on model catalyst surfaces has, in principle, allowed us to peer inside the black box of a catalytic reaction and understand the pathway. Such a strategy is most simply implemented for well-ordered single crystal model catalysts for which the catalytic reaction proceeds in ultrahigh vacuum. Thus, in order to be a good model for the supported catalyst, the single crystal should catalyze the reactions with kinetics identical to those for the supported system. This chapter focuses on catalytic systems that fulfill these criteria, namely alkene and alkyne hydrogenation and acetylene cyclotrimerization on Pd(111). The surface chemistry and geometries of the reactants in ultrahigh vacuum are explored in detail allowing fundamental insights into the catalytic reaction pathways to be obtained.

  7. Precipitation strengthening behavior of Al-Li single crystals

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    Jeon, S.M.; Park, J.K.

    1996-04-01

    The precipitation strengthening behavior of Al-Li single crystals has been studied using compression test and transmission electron microscopy. The strengthening behavior of Al-Li single crystals during the early stage of aging is well described by a recent version of order hardening theory for a weak obstacle regime in a dilute solution. The interpretation of experimental data differs depending on the exact configuration of the trailing dislocation in the dislocation pair. Experimental results are best interpreted by the equation derived on the assumption that the trailing dislocation completely pulls off from the encountering particles. The antiphase boundary energy is determined to be 0.118 J m{sup {minus}2}, which is in reasonable agreement with that obtained from the measurement of critical loop diameter for the transition from shearing to looping, and from the measurement of dislocation pair spacings.

  8. Nanofluidics of Single-Crystal Diamond Nanomechanical Resonators.

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    Kara, V; Sohn, Y-I; Atikian, H; Yakhot, V; Lon?ar, M; Ekinci, K L

    2015-12-01

    Single-crystal diamond nanomechanical resonators are being developed for countless applications. A number of these applications require that the resonator be operated in a fluid, that is, a gas or a liquid. Here, we investigate the fluid dynamics of single-crystal diamond nanomechanical resonators in the form of nanocantilevers. First, we measure the pressure-dependent dissipation of diamond nanocantilevers with different linear dimensions and frequencies in three gases, He, N2, and Ar. We observe that a subtle interplay between the length scale and the frequency governs the scaling of the fluidic dissipation. Second, we obtain a comparison of the surface accommodation of different gases on the diamond surface by analyzing the dissipation in the molecular flow regime. Finally, we measure the thermal fluctuations of the nanocantilevers in water and compare the observed dissipation and frequency shifts with theoretical predictions. These findings set the stage for developing diamond nanomechanical resonators operable in fluids. PMID:26509332

  9. Ultrafast dynamics of excitons in tetracene single crystals

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    Birech, Zephania; Schwoerer, Markus; Schmeiler, Teresa; Pflaum, Jens; Schwoerer, Heinrich

    2014-03-01

    Ultrafast exciton dynamics in free standing 200 nm thin tetracene single crystals were studied at room temperature by femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy in the visible spectral range. The complex spectrally overlapping transient absorption traces of single crystals were systematically deconvoluted. From this, the ultrafast dynamics of the ground, excited, and transition states were identified including singlet exciton fission into two triplet excitons. Fission is generated through both, direct fission of higher singlet states Sn on a sub-picosecond timescale, and thermally activated fission of the singlet exciton S1 on a 40 ps timescale. The high energy Davydov component of the S1 exciton is proposed to undergo fission on a sub-picoseconds timescale. At high density of triplet excitons their mutual annihilation (triplet-triplet annihilation) occurs on a <10 ps timescale.

  10. Ultrafast dynamics of excitons in tetracene single crystals.

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    Birech, Zephania; Schwoerer, Markus; Schmeiler, Teresa; Pflaum, Jens; Schwoerer, Heinrich

    2014-03-21

    Ultrafast exciton dynamics in free standing 200 nm thin tetracene single crystals were studied at room temperature by femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy in the visible spectral range. The complex spectrally overlapping transient absorption traces of single crystals were systematically deconvoluted. From this, the ultrafast dynamics of the ground, excited, and transition states were identified including singlet exciton fission into two triplet excitons. Fission is generated through both, direct fission of higher singlet states S(n) on a sub-picosecond timescale, and thermally activated fission of the singlet exciton S1 on a 40 ps timescale. The high energy Davydov component of the S1 exciton is proposed to undergo fission on a sub-picoseconds timescale. At high density of triplet excitons their mutual annihilation (triplet-triplet annihilation) occurs on a <10 ps timescale. PMID:24655187

  11. Ultrafast dynamics of excitons in tetracene single crystals

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    Birech, Zephania; Schwoerer, Heinrich; Schwoerer, Markus; Schmeiler, Teresa; Pflaum, Jens

    2014-03-21

    Ultrafast exciton dynamics in free standing 200 nm thin tetracene single crystals were studied at room temperature by femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy in the visible spectral range. The complex spectrally overlapping transient absorption traces of single crystals were systematically deconvoluted. From this, the ultrafast dynamics of the ground, excited, and transition states were identified including singlet exciton fission into two triplet excitons. Fission is generated through both, direct fission of higher singlet states S{sub n} on a sub-picosecond timescale, and thermally activated fission of the singlet exciton S{sub 1} on a 40 ps timescale. The high energy Davydov component of the S{sub 1} exciton is proposed to undergo fission on a sub-picoseconds timescale. At high density of triplet excitons their mutual annihilation (triplet-triplet annihilation) occurs on a <10 ps timescale.

  12. Plastic Deformation of Aluminum Single Crystals at Elevated Temperatures

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    Johnson, R D; Young, A P; Schwope, A D

    1956-01-01

    This report describes the results of a comprehensive study of plastic deformation of aluminum single crystals over a wide range of temperatures. The results of constant-stress creep tests have been reported for the temperature range from 400 degrees to 900 degrees F. For these tests, a new capacitance-type extensometer was designed. This unit has a range of 0.30 inch over which the sensitivity is very nearly linear and can be varied from as low a sensitivity as is desired to a maximum of 20 microinches per millivolt with good stability. Experiments were carried out to investigate the effect of small amounts of prestraining, by two different methods, on the creep and tensile properties of these aluminum single crystals. From observations it has been concluded that plastic deformation takes place predominantly by slip which is accompanied by the mechanisms of kinking and polygonization.

  13. Investment casting of NiAl single-crystal alloys

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    Yu, K. O.; Oti, J. A.; Walston, W. S.

    1993-05-01

    Significant progress has been made in the understanding of solidification conditions, microstructure evolution, and defect formation during investment casting of NiAl single crystals. The high liquidus temperatures of NiAl alloys result in a larger dendrite arm spacing than is found in superalloy Ren N5. Because of their higher thermal conductivities, NiAl alloys have higher cooling rates and lower temperature gradients during solidification than Ren N5. These differences give NiAl alloys a lower tendency to form freckles and a higher tendency to form equiaxed grains. However, with the aid of process modeling, single crystals of various shapes of NiAl alloys have been produced.

  14. A piezoelectric single-crystal ultrasonic microactuator for driving optics.

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    Guo, Mingsen; Dong, Shuxiang; Ren, Bo; Luo, Haosu

    2011-12-01

    At the millimeter scale, the motions or force out puts generated by conventional piezoelectric, magnetostrictive, photostrictive, or electromagnetic actuators are very limited. Here, we report a piezoelectric ultrasonic microactuator (size: 1.5 × 1.5 × 5 mm, weight: 0.1 g) made of PIN-PMN-PT single crystal. The actuator converts its high-frequency microscopic displacements (nanometer to micrometer scale) into a macro scopic, centimeter-scale linear movement of a slider via frictional force, resulting in a speed up to 50 mm/s and a very high unit volume direct driving force of 26 mN/mm(3) (which is ~100 times higher than a voice coil motor and ~4 times higher than a piezoceramic ultrasonic motor). This work shows the feasibility of using piezoelectric single-crystal-based ultrasonic microactuator for miniature drive of optics in next-generation mobiles and cameras. PMID:23443709

  15. Crystal growth and characterization of CuI single crystals by solvent evaporation technique

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    Gu, Mu; Gao, Pan; Liu, Xiao-Lin; Huang, Shi-Ming; Liu, Bo; Ni, Chen; Xu, Rong-Kun; Ning, Jia-min

    2010-05-15

    Cuprous iodide (CuI) crystals are grown by slow evaporation technique in three different solvents. Large CuI single crystals with dimensions of 7.5 mm x 5 mm x 3 mm are obtained in pure acetonitrile solvent at 40 {sup o}C. The as-grown crystals are analyzed by X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, current-voltage characteristic and photoluminescence spectrum. The results show that the CuI crystal has the zinc-blende structure with no secondary phase. The elemental Cu/I ratio is 1.09:1. The melting point of the crystal is 875 K and two phase transitions occur from room temperature to its melting point. The electrical conductivity of CuI platelet crystal is in the range of 1.11-2.38 {Omega}{sup -1} cm{sup -1}. Under ultraviolet excitation, the CuI crystals exhibit three emission bands with peak positions at 426, 529 and 671 nm. The nature of the luminescence is discussed.

  16. Frictional properties of single crystals HMX, RDX and PETN explosives.

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    Wu, Y Q; Huang, F L

    2010-11-15

    The frictional properties of single crystals of cyclotetramethylene tetranitramine (HMX), cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX) and pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) secondary explosives are examined using a sensitive friction machine. The explosive crystals used for the measurements are at least 3.5 mm wide. The friction coefficients between crystals of the same explosive (i.e., HMX on HMX, etc.), crystals of different explosives (i.e., HMX on RDX, etc.), and each explosive and a well-polished gauge steel surface are determined. The frictional surfaces are also studied under an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) to analyze surface microstructural changes under increasing loading forces. The friction coefficients vary considerably with increasing normal loading forces and are particularly sensitive to slider shapes, crystal roughness and the mechanical properties of both the slider and the sample. With increasing loading forces, most friction experiments show surface damage, consisting of grooves, debris, and nano-particles, on both the slider and sample. In some cases, a strong evidence of a localized molten state is found in the central region of the friction track. Possible mechanisms that affect the friction coefficient are discussed based on microscopic observations. PMID:20688432

  17. Sliding and rolling frictional behavior of a single ZnO nanowire during manipulation with an AFM.

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    Kim, Hyun-Joon; Kang, Kyeong Hee; Kim, Dae-Eun

    2013-07-01

    The frictional behavior during manipulation of a single ZnO nanowire with a mass of about 18.7 ng placed horizontally on a Si wafer was examined using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The frictional force measured was in the range of 36.4 nN to 69.3 nN, which corresponded to extremely high friction coefficients of 242 and 462, respectively. However, when the adhesion force of the nanowire was considered, the friction coefficients were similar to the values typically encountered in macro-scale systems. During manipulation of the nanowire, both rolling and sliding motions were observed depending on the nanowire-Si frictional interaction. Unlike macro-scale systems, the difference between the frictional forces of rolling/sliding and pure sliding motions of the nanowire was not drastic. PMID:23719978

  18. Electrons trapped in single crystals of sucrose: Induced spin densities

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    Box, H.C.; Budzinski, E.E.; Freund, H.G. )

    1990-07-01

    Electrons are trapped at intermolecular sites in single crystals of sucrose {ital X} irradiated at 4.2 K. The coupling tensors for the hyperfine couplings between the electron and surrounding protons have been deduced from electron-nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) data. Electron spin densities at nearby hydroxy protons are positive, whereas spin densities at the more remote protons of carbon-bound hydrogen atoms are negative. The origin of these negative spin densities is discussed.

  19. Single-domain spectroscopy of self-assembled photonic crystals

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    Vlasov, Yu. A.; Deutsch, M.; Norris, D. J.

    2000-03-01

    We show how optical microscopy can be used to study the optical properties of a single crystalline domain in a self-assembled photonic crystal. By measuring spatially resolved reflection and emission spectra from a synthetic opal, inhomogeneities due to averaging over inherent disorder can be avoided. From "defect-free" reflection and emission spectra, the intrinsic photonic band structure can be extracted and inhibition of spontaneous emission can be verified.

  20. Internal friction measurement in high purity tungsten single crystal

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    Rieu, G. E.

    1974-01-01

    Internal friction peaks observed after small deformation in high purity tungsten single crystals between liquid helium temperature and 800 K in the frequency range 30-50 KHz, are studied as a function of orientation. An orientation effect is observed in the internal friction spectra due to the creation of internal stresses. The elementary processes related to these peaks are discussed in terms of kink generation and geometric kink motion on screw and edge dislocations in an internal stress field.

  1. Ion implantation induced blistering of rutile single crystals

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    Xiang, Bing-Xi; Jiao, Yang; Guan, Jing; Wang, Lei

    2015-07-01

    The rutile single crystals were implanted by 200 keV He+ ions with a series fluence and annealed at different temperatures to investigate the blistering behavior. The Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, optical microscope and X-ray diffraction were employed to characterize the implantation induced lattice damage and blistering. It was found that the blistering on rutile surface region can be realized by He+ ion implantation with appropriate fluence and the following thermal annealing.

  2. Effect of Crystal Orientation on Fatigue Failure of Single Crystal Nickel Base Turbine Blade Superalloys

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.; Swanson, Gregory R.

    2000-01-01

    High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) induced failures in aircraft gas-turbine engines is a pervasive problem affecting a wide range of components and materials. HCF is currently the primary cause of component failures in gas turbine aircraft engines. Turbine blades in high performance aircraft and rocket engines are increasingly being made of single crystal nickel superalloys. Single-crystal Nickel-base superalloys were developed to provide superior creep, stress rupture, melt resistance and thermomechanical fatigue capabilities over polycrystalline alloys previously used in the production of turbine blades and vanes. Currently the most widely used single crystal turbine blade superalloys are PWA 1480/1493 and PWA 1484. These alloys play an important role in commercial, military and space propulsion systems. PWA1493, identical to PWA1480, but with tighter chemical constituent control, is used in the NASA SSME (Space Shuttle Main Engine) alternate turbopump, a liquid hydrogen fueled rocket engine. Objectives for this paper are motivated by the need for developing failure criteria and fatigue life evaluation procedures for high temperature single crystal components, using available fatigue data and finite element modeling of turbine blades. Using the FE (finite element) stress analysis results and the fatigue life relations developed, the effect of variation of primary and secondary crystal orientations on life is determined, at critical blade locations. The most advantageous crystal orientation for a given blade design is determined. Results presented demonstrates that control of secondary and primary crystallographic orientation has the potential to optimize blade design by increasing its resistance to fatigue crack growth without adding additional weight or cost.

  3. Nanowire coupling to photonic crystal nanocavities for single photon sources

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    Grillet, Christian; Monat, Christelle; Smith, Cameron L.; Eggleton, Benjamin J.; Moss, David J.; Frdrick, Simon; Dalacu, Dan; Poole, Philip J.; Lapointe, Jean; Aers, Geof; Williams, Robin L.

    2007-02-01

    We demonstrate highly efficient evanescent coupling via a silica loop-nanowire, to ultra-small (0.5 (?/n)3 ), InAs/InP quantum dot photonic crystal cavities, specifically designed for single photon source applications. This coupling technique enables the tuning of both the Q-factor and the wavelength of the cavity mode independently, which is highly relevant for single photon source applications. First, this allows for the optimization of the extraction efficiency while maintaining a high Purcell factor. Second, the cavity mode can be matched with a spectrally misaligned quantum dot without changing the structure or degrading the Q-factor: a 3 nm resonance shift is reported.

  4. ATMOSPHERIC EFFECTS ON THE PERFORMANCE OF CDZNTE SINGLE CRYSTAL DETECTORS

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    Washington, A.; Duff, M.; Teague, L.

    2010-05-12

    The production of high-quality ternary single-crystal materials for radiation detectors has progressed over the past 15 years. One of the more common materials being studied is CdZnTe (CZT), which can be grown using several methods to produce detector-grade materials. The work presented herein examines the effects of environmental conditions including temperature and humidity on detector performance [full-width at half-maximum (FWHM)] using the single pixel with guard detector configuration. The effects of electrical probe placement, reproducibility, and aging are also presented.

  5. Diamond turning of Si and Ge single crystals

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    Blake, P.; Scattergood, R.O.

    1988-12-01

    Single-point diamond turning studies have been completed on Si and Ge crystals. A new process model was developed for diamond turning which is based on a critical depth of cut for plastic flow-to-brittle fracture transitions. This concept, when combined with the actual machining geometry for single-point turning, predicts that {open_quotes}ductile{close_quotes} machining is a combined action of plasticity and fracture. Interrupted cutting experiments also provide a meant to directly measure the critical depth parameter for given machining conditions.

  6. Oxygen tracer diffusion in single-crystal alumina

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    Cawley, James D.; Halloran, John W.; Cooper, Alfred R.

    1991-01-01

    Oxygen tracer diffusion coefficients are determined in single-crystal alumina samples with differing dopant levels using the gas-exchange technique. The diffusion direction is parallel to the c-axis and the ambient PO2 is 1 atm (100,000 Pa) for all experiments except a single run with a low PO2, approximately 10 to the -15th atm (10 to the -10th Pa) produced by a CO/CO2 mixture. The diffusion is insensitive to both impurities and ambient PO2. The insensitivities are discussed in terms of point-defect clustering. Prior tracer studies are compared and discussed.

  7. Method for thermal processing alumina-enriched spinel single crystals

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    Jantzen, C.M.

    1995-05-09

    A process for age-hardening alumina-rich magnesium aluminum spinel to obtain the desired combination of characteristics of hardness, clarity, flexural strength and toughness comprises selection of the time-temperature pair for isothermal heating followed by quenching. The time-temperature pair is selected from the region wherein the precipitate groups have the characteristics sought. The single crystal spinel is isothermally heated and will, if heated long enough pass from its single phase through two pre-precipitates and two metastable precipitates to a stable secondary phase precipitate within the spinel matrix. Quenching is done slowly at first to avoid thermal shock, then rapidly. 12 figs.

  8. Method for thermal processing alumina-enriched spinel single crystals

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    Jantzen, Carol M.

    1995-01-01

    A process for age-hardening alumina-rich magnesium aluminum spinel to obtain the desired combination of characteristics of hardness, clarity, flexural strength and toughness comprises selection of the time-temperature pair for isothermal heating followed by quenching. The time-temperature pair is selected from the region wherein the precipitate groups have the characteristics sought. The single crystal spinel is isothermally heated and will, if heated long enough pass from its single phase through two pre-precipitates and two metastable precipitates to a stable secondary phase precipitate within the spinel matrix. Quenching is done slowly at first to avoid thermal shock, then rapidly.

  9. Growth of Homoepitaxial ZnO Semiconducting Films

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; George, M. A.; McCarty, P.

    1999-01-01

    As a high temperature wide-band-gap (3.3 eV at room temperature) semiconductor, ZnO has been used for many applications such as wave-guides, solar cells, and surface acoustic wave devices, Since ZnO has a 60 meV excitonic binding energy that makes it possible to produce excitonic lasing at room temperature, a recent surge of interest is to synthesize ZnO films for UV/blue/green laser diodes. These applications require films with a smooth surface, good crystal quality, and low defect density. Thus, homoepitaxial film growth is the best choice. Homoepitaxial films have been studied in terms of morphology, crystal structure, and electrical and optical properties. ZnO single crystal substrates grown by the hydrothermal method are mechanically polished and annealed in air for four hours before the films are deposited. The annealing temperature-dependence on ZnO substrate morphology and electrical properties is investigated. Films are synthesized by off-axis reactive sputtering deposition. This produces films that have very smooth surfaces with roughness less than or equal to 5 nm on a 5 microns x 5 microns area. The full width at half maximum of film theta rocking curves measured by the x-ray diffraction is slightly larger than that of the crystal substrate. Films are also characterized by measuring resistivity, optical transmittance, and photoluminescence. The properties of ZnO films grown on (0001) ZnO and (0001) sapphire substrates will also be compared and discussed.

  10. Interfacial dislocation motion and interactions in single-crystal superalloys

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    Liu, B.; Raabe, D.; Roters, F.; Arsenlis, A.

    2014-10-01

    The early stage of high-temperature low-stress creep in single-crystal superalloys is characterized by the rapid development of interfacial dislocation networks. Although interfacial motion and dynamic recovery of these dislocation networks have long been expected to control the subsequent creep behavior, direct observation and hence in-depth understanding of such processes has not been achieved. Incorporating recent developments of discrete dislocation dynamics models, we simulate interfacial dislocation motion in the channel structures of single-crystal superalloys, and investigate how interfacial dislocation motion and dynamic recovery are affected by interfacial dislocation interactions and lattice misfit. Different types of dislocation interactions are considered: self, collinear, coplanar, Lomer junction, glissile junction, and Hirth junction. The simulation results show that strong dynamic recovery occurs due to the short-range reactions of collinear annihilation and Lomer junction formation. The misfit stress is found to induce and accelerate dynamic recovery of interfacial dislocation networks involving self-interaction and Hirth junction formation, but slow down the steady interfacial motion of coplanar and glissile junction forming dislocation networks. The insights gained from these simulations on high-temperature low-stress creep of single-crystal superalloys are also discussed.

  11. Spin reorientation transition in dysprosium-samarium orthoferrite single crystals

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    Zhao, Weiyao; Cao, Shixun; Huang, Ruoxiang; Cao, Yiming; Xu, Kai; Kang, Baojuan; Zhang, Jincang; Ren, Wei

    2015-03-01

    We report the control of spin reorientation (SR) transition in perovskite D y1 -xS mxFe O3 , a whole family of single crystals grown by an optical floating zone method from x =0 to 1 with an interval of 0.1. Powder x-ray diffractions and Rietveld refinements indicate that lattice parameters a and c increase linearly with Sm doping concentration, whereas b keeps a constant. Temperature dependence of the magnetizations under zero-field-cooling (ZFC) and field-cooling (FC) processes are studied in detail. We have found a remarkable linear change of SR transition temperature in Sm-rich samples for x >0.2 , which covers an extremely wide temperature range including room temperature. The a -axis magnetization curves under the FC during cooling (FCC) process bifurcate from and then jump back to that of the ZFC and FC warming process in single crystals when x =0.5 -0.9 , suggesting complicated 4 f -3 d electron interactions among D y3 + -S m3 +,D y3 + -F e3 + , and S m3 + -F e3 + sublattices of diverse magnetic configurations. The magnetic properties from the doping effect on SR transition temperature in these single crystals might be useful in the material physics and device design applications.

  12. Chiral multichromic single crystals for optical devices (LDRD 99406).

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    Kemp, Richard Alan; Felix, Ana M. (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)

    2006-12-01

    This report summarizes our findings during the study of a novel system that yields multi-colored materials as products. This system is quite unusual as it leads to multi-chromic behavior in single crystals, where one would expect that only a single color would exist. We have speculated that these novel solids might play a role in materials applications such as non-linear optics, liquid crystal displays, piezoelectric devices, and other similar applications. The system examined consisted of a main-group alkyl compound (a p block element such as gallium or aluminum) complexed with various organic di-imines. The di-imines had substituents of two types--either alkyl or aromatic groups attached to the nitrogen atoms. We observed that single crystals, characterized by X-ray crystallography, were obtained in most cases. Our research during January-July, 2006, was geared towards understanding the factors leading to the multi-chromic nature of the complexes. The main possibilities put forth initially considered (a) the chiral nature of the main group metal, (b) possible reduction of the metal to a lower-valent, radical state, (c) the nature of the ligand(s) attached to the main group metal, and (d) possible degradation products of the ligand leading to highly-colored products. The work carried out indicates that the most likely explanation considered involves degradation of the aromatic ligands (a combination of (c) and (d)), as the experiments performed can clearly rule out (a) and (b).

  13. Subsurface Stress Fields in Single Crystal (Anisotropic) Contacts

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    Arakere, Nagaraj K.

    2003-01-01

    Single crystal superalloy turbine blades used in high pressure turbomachinery are subject to conditions of high temperature, triaxial steady and fatigue stresses, fretting stresses in the blade attachment and damper contact locations, and exposure to high-pressure hydrogen. The blades are also subjected to extreme variations in temperature during start-up and shutdown transients. The most prevalent HCF failure modes observed in these blades during operation include crystallographic crack initiation/propagation on octahedral planes, and noncrystallographic initiation with crystallographic growth. Numerous cases of crack initiation and crack propagation at the blade leading edge tip, blade attachment regions, and damper contact locations have been documented. Understanding crack initiation/propagation under mixed-mode loading conditions is critical for establishing a systematic procedure for evaluating HCF life of single crystal turbine blades. Techniques for evaluating two and three dimensional subsurface stress fields in anisotropic contacts are presented in this report. Figure 1 shows typical damper contact locations in a turbine blade. The subsurface stress results are used for evaluating contact fatigue life at damper contacts and dovetail attachment regions in single crystal nickel-base superalloy turbine blades.

  14. Single crystal plasticity by modeling dislocation density rate behavior

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    Hansen, Benjamin L; Bronkhorst, Curt; Beyerlein, Irene; Cerreta, E. K.; Dennis-Koller, Darcie

    2010-12-23

    The goal of this work is to formulate a constitutive model for the deformation of metals over a wide range of strain rates. Damage and failure of materials frequently occurs at a variety of deformation rates within the same sample. The present state of the art in single crystal constitutive models relies on thermally-activated models which are believed to become less reliable for problems exceeding strain rates of 10{sup 4} s{sup -1}. This talk presents work in which we extend the applicability of the single crystal model to the strain rate region where dislocation drag is believed to dominate. The elastic model includes effects from volumetric change and pressure sensitive moduli. The plastic model transitions from the low-rate thermally-activated regime to the high-rate drag dominated regime. The direct use of dislocation density as a state parameter gives a measurable physical mechanism to strain hardening. Dislocation densities are separated according to type and given a systematic set of interactions rates adaptable by type. The form of the constitutive model is motivated by previously published dislocation dynamics work which articulated important behaviors unique to high-rate response in fcc systems. The proposed material model incorporates thermal coupling. The hardening model tracks the varying dislocation population with respect to each slip plane and computes the slip resistance based on those values. Comparisons can be made between the responses of single crystals and polycrystals at a variety of strain rates. The material model is fit to copper.

  15. MOFs under pressure: the reversible compression of a single crystal.

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    Gagnon, Kevin J; Beavers, Christine M; Clearfield, Abraham

    2013-01-30

    The structural change and resilience of a single crystal of a metal-organic framework (MOF), Zn(HO(3)PC(4)H(8)PO(3)H)2H(2)O (ZAG-4), was investigated under high pressures (0-9.9 GPa) using in situ single crystal X-ray diffraction. Although the unit cell volume decreases over 27%, the quality of the single crystal is retained and the unit cell parameters revert to their original values after pressure has been removed. This framework is considerably compressible with a bulk modulus calculated at ?11.7 GPa. The b-axis also exhibits both positive and negative linear compressibility. Within the applied pressures investigated, there was no discernible failure or amorphization point for this compound. The alkyl chains in the structure provide a spring-like cushion to stabilize the compression of the system allowing for large distortions in the metal coordination environment, without destruction of the material. This intriguing observation only adds to the current speculation as to whether or not MOFs may find a role as a new class of piezofunctional solid-state materials for application as highly sensitive pressure sensors, shock absorbing materials, pressure switches, or smart body armor. PMID:23320490

  16. A method for obtaining single domain superconducting YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus x single crystals

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    Giapintzakis, J.; Ginsberg, D.M.; Han, P.D. )

    1989-10-01

    A method is reported for producing an orthorhombic YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} single crystal comprised entirely of a single untwinned domain. The transformation from a polydomain to a single domain single crystal is carried out by applying uniaxial pressure of approximately 25 MPa for about one minute at 450{degree}C in an oxygen atmosphere. They report on some of the superconducting properties of crystals produced in this way.

  17. Hydrogen centers and the conductivity of I n2O3 single crystals

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    Yin, Weikai; Smithe, Kirby; Weiser, Philip; Stavola, Michael; Fowler, W. Beall; Boatner, Lynn; Pearton, Stephen J.; Hays, David C.; Koch, Sandro G.

    2015-02-01

    A series of infrared absorption experiments and complementary theory have been performed to determine the properties of OH and OD centers in I n2O3 single crystals. Annealing I n2O3 samples in H2 or D2 at temperatures near 450 °C produces an n -type layer ≈0.06 mm thick with an n -type doping of 1.6 ×1019c m-3 . The resulting free-carrier absorption is correlated with an OH center with a vibrational frequency of 3306 c m-1 that we associate with interstitial H+. Additional O-H (O-D) vibrational lines are assigned to metastable configurations of the interstitial H+(D+) center and complexes of H (D) with In vacancies. Unlike other oxides studied recently where H trapped at an oxygen vacancy is the dominant shallow donor (ZnO and Sn O2 , for example), interstitial H+ is found to be the dominant H-related shallow donor in I n2O3 .

  18. pH-triggered conduction of amine-functionalized single ZnO wire integrated on a customized nanogap electronic platform.

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    Cauda, Valentina; Motto, Paolo; Perrone, Denis; Piccinini, Gianluca; Demarchi, Danilo

    2014-01-01

    The electrical conductance response of single ZnO microwire functionalized with amine-groups was tested upon an acid pH variation of a solution environment after integration on a customized gold electrode array chip. ZnO microwires were easily synthesized by hydrothermal route and chemically functionalized with aminopropyl groups. Single wires were deposited from the solution and then oriented through dielectrophoresis across eight nanogap gold electrodes on a platform single chip. Therefore, eight functionalized ZnO microwire-gold junctions were formed at the same time, and being integrated on an ad hoc electronic platform, they were ready for testing without any further treatment. Experimental and simulation studies confirmed the high pH-responsive behavior of the amine-modified ZnO-gold junctions, obtaining in a simple and reproducible way a ready-to-use device for pH detection in the acidic range. We also compared this performance to bare ZnO wires on the same electronic platform, showing the superiority in pH response of the amine-functionalized material. PMID:24484615

  19. pH-triggered conduction of amine-functionalized single ZnO wire integrated on a customized nanogap electronic platform

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    2014-01-01

    The electrical conductance response of single ZnO microwire functionalized with amine-groups was tested upon an acid pH variation of a solution environment after integration on a customized gold electrode array chip. ZnO microwires were easily synthesized by hydrothermal route and chemically functionalized with aminopropyl groups. Single wires were deposited from the solution and then oriented through dielectrophoresis across eight nanogap gold electrodes on a platform single chip. Therefore, eight functionalized ZnO microwire-gold junctions were formed at the same time, and being integrated on an ad hoc electronic platform, they were ready for testing without any further treatment. Experimental and simulation studies confirmed the high pH-responsive behavior of the amine-modified ZnO-gold junctions, obtaining in a simple and reproducible way a ready-to-use device for pH detection in the acidic range. We also compared this performance to bare ZnO wires on the same electronic platform, showing the superiority in pH response of the amine-functionalized material. PMID:24484615

  20. Acquisition of Single Crystal Growth and Characterization Equipment

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    Maple, M. Brian; Zocco, Diego A.

    2008-12-09

    Final Report for DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-04ER46178 'Acquisition of Single Crystal Growth and Characterization Equipment'. There is growing concern in the condensed matter community that the need for quality crystal growth and materials preparation laboratories is not being met in the United States. It has been suggested that there are too many researchers performing measurements on too few materials. As a result, many user facilities are not being used optimally. The number of proficient crystal growers is too small. In addition, insufficient attention is being paid to the enterprise of finding new and interesting materials, which is the driving force behind much of condensed matter research and, ultimately, technology. While a detailed assessment of this situation is clearly needed, enough evidence of a problem already exists to compel a general consensus that the situation must be addressed promptly. This final report describes the work carried out during the last four years in our group, in which a state-of-the-art single crystal growth and characterization facility was established for the study of novel oxides and intermetallic compounds of rare earth, actinide and transition metal elements. Research emphasis is on the physics of superconducting (SC), magnetic, heavy fermion (HF), non-Fermi liquid (NFL) and other types of strongly correlated electron phenomena in bulk single crystals. Properties of these materials are being studied as a function of concentration of chemical constituents, temperature, pressure, and magnetic field, which provide information about the electronic, lattice, and magnetic excitations at the root of various strongly correlated electron phenomena. Most importantly, the facility makes possible the investigation of material properties that can only be achieved in high quality bulk single crystals, including magnetic and transport phenomena, studies of the effects of disorder, properties in the clean limit, and spectroscopic and scattering studies through efforts with numerous collaborators. These endeavors will assist the effort to explain various outstanding theoretical problems, such as order parameter symmetries and electron-pairing mechanisms in unconventional superconductors, the relationship between superconductivity and magnetic order in certain correlated electron systems, the role of disorder in non-Fermi liquid behavior and unconventional superconductivity, and the nature of interactions between localized and itinerant electrons in these materials. Understanding the mechanisms behind strongly correlated electron behavior has important technological implications.

  1. Crystal growth, structure analysis and characterisation of 2 - (1, 3 - dioxoisoindolin - 2 - yl) acetic acid single crystal

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    Sankari, R. Siva; Perumal, Rajesh Narayana

    2014-04-24

    Single crystal of dielectric material 2 - (1, 3 - dioxoisoindolin - 2 - yl) acetic acid has been grown by slow evaporation solution growth method. The grown crystal was harvested in 25 days. The crystal structure was analyzed by Single crystal X - ray diffraction. UV-vis-NIR analysis was performed to examine the optical property of the grown crystal. The thermal property of the grown crystal was studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The dielectric measurements were carried out and the dielectric constant was calculated and plotted at all frequencies.

  2. The interaction of 193 nm excimer laser radiation with single-crystal zinc oxide: Generation of long lived highly excited particles with evidence of Zn Rydberg formation

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    Khan, Enamul H.; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.; Boatner, L. A.

    2014-08-28

    In past studies, we have observed copious emissions of ionic and atomic Zn from single-crystal ZnO accompanying irradiation of single-crystal ZnO with 193-nm excimer laser irradiation at fluences below the onset of optical breakdown. The Zn{sup +} and ground state Zn° are studied using time-of-flight techniques and are mass selected using a quadrupole mass spectrometer. Simultaneously, we have observed emitted particles that are detectable with a Channeltron electron multiplier but cannot be mass selected. It is a reasonable hypothesis that these particles correspond to a neutral atom or molecule in highly excited long lived states. We provide strong evidence that they correspond to high lying Rydberg states of atomic Zn. We propose a production mechanism involving laser excitation via a two photon resonance excitation of Zn°.

  3. Advanced piezoelectric single crystal based transducers for naval sonar applications

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    Snook, Kevin A.; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.; Jiang, Xiaoning; Meyer, Richard J., Jr.; Markley, Douglas

    2006-03-01

    Transducers incorporating single crystal piezoelectric Pb(Mg 1/3Nb 2/3) x-1Ti xO 3 (PMN-PT) exhibit significant advantages over ceramic piezoelectrics such as PZT, including both high electromechanical coupling (k 33 > 90%) and piezoelectric coefficients (d 33 > 2000 pC/N). Conventional <001> orientation gives inherently larger bandwidth and output power than PZT ceramics, however, the anisotropy of the crystal also allows for tailoring of the performance by orienting the crystal along different crystallographic axes. This attribute combined with composition refinements can be used to improve thermal or mechanical stability, which is important in high power, high duty cycle sonar applications. By utilizing the "31" resonance mode, the high power performance of PMN-PT can be improved over traditional "33" mode single crystal transducers, due to an improved aspect ratio. Utilizing novel geometries, effective piezoelectric constants of -600 pC/N to -1200 pC/N have been measured. The phase transition point induced by temperature, pre-stress or field is close to that in the "33" mode, and since the prestress is applied perpendicular to the poling direction in "31" mode elements, they exhibit lower loss and can therefore be driven harder. The high power characteristics of tonpilz transducers can also be affected by the composition of the PMN-PT crystal. TRS modified the composition of PMN-PT to improve the thermal stability of the material, while keeping the loss as low as possible. Three dimensional modeling shows that the useable bandwidth of these novel compositions nearly equals that of conventional PMN-PT. A decrease in the source level of up to 6 dB was calculated, which can be compensated for by the higher drive voltages possible.

  4. Influence of solvents on the habit modification of alpha lactose monohydrate single crystals

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    Parimaladevi, P.; Srinivasan, K.

    2013-02-01

    Restricted evaporation of solvent method was adopted for the growth of alpha lactose monohydrate single crystals from different solvents. The crystal habits of grown crystals were analysed. The form of crystallization was confirmed by powder x-ray diffraction analysis. Thermal behaviour of the grown crystals was studied by using differential scanning calorimetry.

  5. Single crystal to single crystal transition in (10, 3)-d framework with pyrazine-2-carboxylate ligand: Synthesis, structures and magnetism

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    Yang, Qian; Zhao, Jiong-Peng; Liu, Zhong-Yi

    2012-12-01

    Assembling of pyrazine-2-carboxylate (Pzc) acid with nickel chlorine under solvothermal condition with MeOH as solvent gave a porous complex 1 {[Ni(Pzc)ClH2O]MeOH}n with 1D channels. In 1 the ligands and metal ions are connected by three of each other and a rare (10,3)-d topology net is gained. The MeOH molecules filled in the 1D channels as guests. It is interesting that 1 undergoes a single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation to another complex 2 when the guest MeOH molecules in the channels are exchanged by water molecules. Magnetic study indicates anti-ferromagnetic couplings exist in the two complexes and the guest exchange in the complex has little influence on the magnetism.

  6. Effect of Ga-doping on the properties of ZnO nanowire

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    Ishiyama, Takeshi; Nakane, Takaya; Fujii, Tsutomu

    2015-02-01

    Arrays of single-crystal zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires have been synthesized on silicon substrates by vapor-liquid-solid growth techniques. The effect of growth conditions including substrate temperature and Ar gas flow rate on growth properties of ZnO nanowire arrays were studied. Structural and optical characterization was performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. SEM images of the ZnO nanowire arrays grown at various Ar gas flow rates indicated that the alignment and structural features of ZnO nanowires were affected by the gas flow rate. The PL of the ZnO nanowire arrays exhibited strong ultraviolet (UV) emission at 380 nm and green emission around 510 nm. Moreover, the green emission reduced in Ga-doped sample.

  7. Preparation of high purity ZnO nanobelts by thermal evaporation of ZnS.

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    Chen, Zhi-Gang; Li, Feng; Liu, Gang; Tang, Yongbin; Cong, Hongtao; Lu, Gao Qing; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2006-03-01

    High purity one-dimensional ZnO nanobelts were synthesized by thermally evaporating commercial ZnS powders in a hydrogen-oxygen mixture gas at 1050 degrees C. It was found that these ZnO nanobelts had a single crystal hexagonal wurtzite structure growing along the [0001] direction. They had a rectangle-shaped cross-section with typical widths of 20 to 100 nanometers and lengths of up to hundreds of micrometers with lattice constants of a = 0.325 nm and c = 0.520 nm. The self-catalytic hydrogen-oxygen assisted growth of ZnO nanobelt is discussed. The photoluminescence (PL) characterization of the ZnO nanobelts shows strong near-band UV emission (about 383 nm) and one broad peak at 501 nm, which indicates that the ZnO nanobelts have good potential application in optoelectronic devices. PMID:16573124

  8. Effect of Ga-doping on the properties of ZnO nanowire

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    Ishiyama, Takeshi Nakane, Takaya Fujii, Tsutomu

    2015-02-27

    Arrays of single-crystal zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires have been synthesized on silicon substrates by vapor-liquid-solid growth techniques. The effect of growth conditions including substrate temperature and Ar gas flow rate on growth properties of ZnO nanowire arrays were studied. Structural and optical characterization was performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. SEM images of the ZnO nanowire arrays grown at various Ar gas flow rates indicated that the alignment and structural features of ZnO nanowires were affected by the gas flow rate. The PL of the ZnO nanowire arrays exhibited strong ultraviolet (UV) emission at 380 nm and green emission around 510 nm. Moreover, the green emission reduced in Ga-doped sample.

  9. The interaction of 193 nm excimer laser radiation with single-crystal zinc oxide: generation of long lived highly excited particles with evidence of Zn Rydberg formation

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    Kahn, E. H.; Langford, S. C.; Dickinson, J. T.; Boatner, Lynn A

    2014-01-01

    We observe intense Zn ion and atom emissions when single-crystal ZnO is exposed to 193-nm excimer laser radiation at fluences below the threshold for optical breakdown. Zn+ and ground state Zn are readily identified by mass-selected, time-of-flight techniques using a quadrupole mass spectrometer. Particles are also detected with Channeltron electron multipliers that cannot be mass selected. We provide evidence that these particles correspond to high lying Rydberg states of atomic Zn produced by a resonance excitation involving two laser photons.

  10. Low-temperature solution growth of ZnO nanocone/highly oriented nanorod arrays on copper.

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    Xia, Yongmei; Zhang, Youfa; Yu, Xinquan; Chen, Feng

    2014-10-16

    Solution-phase approaches to one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanostructure arrays are appealing because of their good potential for scale-up. Allowing for a wide variety of substrate material compatibility and saving energy, it is very essential to further research the low-temperature growth process of 1D ZnO nanostructure arrays and its detailed growth mechanism. In this study, large-scale misaligned hexagonal ZnO nancone arrays were synthesized on bare copper foil, while large-scale well-aligned, and highly oriented ZnO nanorod arrays were grown on seeded copper foil through a facile solution processing method at normal atmospheric pressure at 35 °C. X-ray diffraction analysis verified the crystalline nature of the ZnO nanocone/nanorods, and transmission electron microscopy further confirmed the single-crystal nature and the preferential growth direction of the ZnO nanocone/nanorods. The room-temperature photoluminescence measurement qualitatively identified the intrinsic point defects in the ZnO nanocones/nanorods. Besides, the detailed growth behavior of ZnO was discussed with and without a ZnO seed layer, which provides useful information to propose the growth mechanism of the nanocone/nanorods in the low-temperature solution. The method developed here can be easily scaled up to fabricate ZnO nanostructures for many important applications in field emission display, gas sensors, and superhydrophobic surfaces. PMID:25254950

  11. Standard Reference Material (SRM 1990) for Single Crystal Diffractometer Alignment

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Siegrist, T.; DeTitta, G.T.; Finger, L.W.; Evans, H.T., Jr.; Gabe, E.J.; Enright, G.D.; Armstrong, J.T.; Levenson, M.; Cook, L.P.; Hubbard, C.R.

    2001-01-01

    An international project was successfully completed which involved two major undertakings: (1) a round-robin to demonstrate the viability of the selected standard and (2) the certification of the lattice parameters of the SRM 1990, a Standard Reference Material?? for single crystal diffractometer alignment. This SRM is a set of ???3500 units of Cr-doped Al2O3, or ruby spheres [(0 420.011 mole fraction % Cr (expanded uncertainty)]. The round-robin consisted of determination of lattice parameters of a pair of crystals' the ruby sphere as a standard, and a zeolite reference to serve as an unknown. Fifty pairs of crystals were dispatched from Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute to volunteers in x-ray laboratories world-wide. A total of 45 sets of data was received from 32 laboratories. The mean unit cell parameters of the ruby spheres was found to be a=4.7608 A?? ?? 0.0062 A??, and c=12.9979 A?? ?? 0.020 A?? (95 % intervals of the laboratory means). The source of errors of outlier data was identified. The SRM project involved the certification of lattice parameters using four well-aligned single crystal diffractometers at (Bell Laboratories) Lucent Technologies and at NRC of Canada (39 ruby spheres), the quantification of the Cr content using a combined microprobe and SEM/EDS technique, and the evaluation of the mosaicity of the ruby spheres using a double-crystal spectrometry method. A confirmation of the lattice parameters was also conducted using a Guinier-Ha??gg camera. Systematic corrections of thermal expansion and refraction corrections were applied. These rubies_ are rhombohedral, with space group R3c. The certified mean unit cell parameters are a=4.76080 ?? 0.00029 A??, and c=12 99568 A?? ?? 0.00087 A?? (expanded uncertainty). These certified lattice parameters fall well within the results of those obtained from the international round-robin study. The Guinier-Ha??gg transmission measurements on five samples of powdered rubies (a=4.7610 A?? ?? 0.0013 A??, and c=12.9954 A?? ?? 0.0034 A??) agreed well with the values obtained from the single crystal spheres.

  12. Large pyramid shaped single crystals of BiFeO{sub 3} by solvothermal synthesis method

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    Sornadurai, D.; Ravindran, T. R.; Paul, V. Thomas; Sastry, V. Sankara

    2012-06-05

    Synthesis parameters are optimized in order to grow single crystals of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}. 2 to 3 mm size pyramid (tetrahedron) shaped single crystals were successfully obtained by solvothermal method. Scanning electron microscopy with EDAX confirmed the phase formation. Raman scattering spectra of bulk BiFeO3 single crystals have been measured which match well with reported spectra.

  13. Entropy changes and caloric effects in RAl2 single crystals

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    Antunes de Oliveira, Nilson; Caro Patio, Julieth; von Ranke, Pedro R.

    2015-03-01

    In this work we theoretically discuss the entropy changes and the caloric effects in RAl2 single crystals, which crystalize in the cubic symmetry and have large magneto crystalline anisotropy due to the crystal electric field. For this purpose, we use a model of interacting magnetic moments including a term to account for the crystal electric field. We apply the model to calculate the entropy changes and the magnetocaloric quantities in TmAl2 and NdAl2 by applying magnetic field variations in different crystallographic directions. Our calculations for the entropy changes in these compounds are in a reasonable agreement with the available experimental data for ?B = 7 T. Further experimental data are necessary to compare with our theoretical predictions for the adiabatic temperature change. We also calculate the caloric quantities by fixing the magnitude of the magnetic field and rotating its direction. In this case, our calculations predict an anomaly (i.e. a change of sign) in the caloric quantities of TmAl2 when a magnetic field of 3 T rotates from < 100 > to < 110 > direction. A similar behavior is also observed in NdAl2. This very interesting fact, which is basically due to the magneto crystalline anisotropy, needs experimental data to be confirmed CNPq, CAPES, FAPERJ.

  14. Employing a cylindrical single crystal in gas-surface dynamics

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    Hahn, Christine; Shan, Junjun; Liu, Ying; Berg, Otto; Kleijn, Aart W.; Juurlink, Ludo B. F.

    2012-03-01

    We describe the use of a polished, hollow cylindrical nickel single crystal to study effects of step edges on adsorption and desorption of gas phase molecules. The crystal is held in an ultra-high vacuum apparatus by a crystal holder that provides axial rotation about a [100] direction, and a crystal temperature range of 89 to 1100 K. A microchannel plate-based low energy electron diffraction/retarding field Auger electron spectrometer (AES) apparatus identifies surface structures present on the outer surface of the cylinder, while a separate double pass cylindrical mirror analyzer AES verifies surface cleanliness. A supersonic molecular beam, skimmed by a rectangular slot, impinges molecules on a narrow longitudinal strip of the surface. Here, we use the King and Wells technique to demonstrate how surface structure influences the dissociation probability of deuterium at various kinetic energies. Finally, we introduce spatially-resolved temperature programmed desorption from areas exposed to the supersonic molecular beam to show how surface structures influence desorption features.

  15. ESR Study on Irradiated Ascorbic Acid Single Crystal

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    Tuner, H.; Korkmaz, M.

    2007-04-01

    Food irradiation is a ``cold'' process for preserving food and has been established as a safe and effective method of food processing and preservation after more than five decades of research and development. The small temperature increase, absence of residue and effectiveness of treatment of pre-packed food are the main advantages. In food industry, ascorbic acid and its derivatives are frequently used as antioxidant agents. However, irradiation is expected to produces changes in the molecules of food components and of course in the molecules of the agents added as preservation agents such as ascorbic acid. These changes in the molecular structures could cause decreases in the antioxidant actions of these agents. Therefore, the radiation resistance of these agents must be known to determine the amount of radiation dose to be delivered. Electron spin resonance (ESR) is one of the leading methods for identification of intermediates produced after irradiation. ESR spectrum of irradiated solid powder of ascorbic acid is fairly complex and determinations of involved radical species are difficult. In the present work, single crystals of ascorbic acid irradiated by gamma radiation are used to determine molecular structures of radiation induced radicalic species and four radicalic species related in pair with P21 crystal symmetry are found to be responsible from experimental ESR spectrum of gamma irradiated single crystal of ascorbic acid.

  16. Plastic deformation of Ni{sub 3}Nb single crystals

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    Hagihara, Kouji; Nakano, Takayoshi; Umakoshi, Yukichi

    1999-07-01

    Temperature dependence of yield stress and operative slip system in Ni{sub 3}Nb single crystals with the D0{sub a} structure was investigated in comparison with that in an analogous L1{sub 2} structure. Compression tests were performed at temperatures between 20 C and 1,200 C for specimens with loading axes perpendicular to (110), (331) and (270). (010)[100] slip was operative for three orientations, while (010)[001] slip for (331) and {l{underscore}brace}211{r{underscore}brace}{lt}{bar 1}{bar 0} 7 13{gt} twin for (270) orientations were observed, depending on deformation temperature. The critical resolved shear stress (CRSS) for the (010)[100] slip anomaly increased with increasing temperature showing a maximum peak between 400 C and 800 C depending on crystal orientation. The CRSS showed orientation dependence and no significant strain rate dependence in the temperature range for anomalous strengthening. The [100] dislocations with a screw character were aligned on the straight when the anomalous strengthening occurred. The anomalous strengthening mechanism for (010)[100] slip in Ni{sub 3}Nb single crystals is discussed on the basis of a cross slip model which has been widely accepted for some L1{sub 2}-type compounds.

  17. Strength anomaly in B2 FeAl single crystals

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    Yoshimi, K.; Hanada, S.; Yoo, M.H.; Matsumoto, N.

    1994-12-31

    Strength and deformation microstructure of B2 Fe-39 and 48%Al single crystals (composition given in atomic percent), which were fully annealed to remove frozen-in vacancies, have been investigated at temperatures between room temperature and 1073K. The hardness of as-homogenized Fe-48Al is higher than that of as-homogenized Fe-39Al while after additional annealing at 698K the hardness of Fe-48Al becomes lower than that of Fe-39Al. Fe-39Al single crystals slowly cooled after homogenizing at a high temperature were deformed in compression as a function of temperature and crystal orientation. A peak of yield strength appears around 0.5T{sub m} (T{sub m} = melting temperature). The orientation dependence of the critical resolved shear stress does not obey Schmid`s law even at room temperature and is quite different from that of b.c.c. metals and B2 intermetallics at low temperatures. At the peak temperature slip transition from <111>-type to <001>-type is found to occur macroscopically and microscopically, while it is observed in TEM that some of the [111] dislocations decompose into [101] and [010] on the (1096I) plane below the peak temperature. The physical sources for the positive temperature dependence of yield stress of B2 FeAl are discussed based on the obtained results.

  18. Lithium containing chalcogenide single crystals for neutron detection

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    Tupitsyn, E.; Bhattacharya, P.; Rowe, E.; Matei, L.; Cui, Y.; Buliga, V.; Groza, M.; Wiggins, B.; Burger, A.; Stowe, A.

    2014-05-01

    Lithium containing semiconductor-grade chalcogenide single crystals were grown using the vertical Bridgman method. The source material was synthesized from elementary precursors in two steps, (i) preparing the metal alloy LiIn or LiGa, and (ii) reaction with chalcogen - Se or Te. In a number of experiments, enriched 6Li isotope was used for synthesis and growth. The composition and structure of the synthesized materials was verified using powder X-Ray diffraction. The energy band gaps of the crystals were determined using optical absorption measurements. The resistivity of LiInSe2 and LiGaSe2, obtained using current-voltage measurements is on the order of 108-1011 ? cm. Photoconductivity measurement of a yellow LiInSe2 sample showed a peak in the photocurrent around 445 nm. Nuclear radiation detectors were fabricated from single crystal wafers and the responses to alpha particles, neutrons and gammas were measured and presented. It suggests that this material is a promising candidate for neutron detection applications.

  19. ESR Study on Irradiated Ascorbic Acid Single Crystal

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    Tuner, H.; Korkmaz, M.

    2007-04-23

    Food irradiation is a 'cold' process for preserving food and has been established as a safe and effective method of food processing and preservation after more than five decades of research and development. The small temperature increase, absence of residue and effectiveness of treatment of pre-packed food are the main advantages. In food industry, ascorbic acid and its derivatives are frequently used as antioxidant agents. However, irradiation is expected to produces changes in the molecules of food components and of course in the molecules of the agents added as preservation agents such as ascorbic acid. These changes in the molecular structures could cause decreases in the antioxidant actions of these agents. Therefore, the radiation resistance of these agents must be known to determine the amount of radiation dose to be delivered. Electron spin resonance (ESR) is one of the leading methods for identification of intermediates produced after irradiation. ESR spectrum of irradiated solid powder of ascorbic acid is fairly complex and determinations of involved radical species are difficult. In the present work, single crystals of ascorbic acid irradiated by gamma radiation are used to determine molecular structures of radiation induced radicalic species and four radicalic species related in pair with P21 crystal symmetry are found to be responsible from experimental ESR spectrum of gamma irradiated single crystal of ascorbic acid.

  20. Crystal phase engineering in single InAs nanowires.

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    Dick, Kimberly A; Thelander, Claes; Samuelson, Lars; Caroff, Philippe

    2010-09-01

    Achieving phase purity and control in III-V nanowires is a necessity for future nanowire-based device applications. Many works have focused on cleaning specific crystal phases of defects such as twin planes and stacking faults, using parameters such as diameter, temperature, and impurity incorporation. Here we demonstrate an improved method for crystal phase control, where crystal structure variations in single InAs nanowires are designed with alternating wurtzite (WZ) and zinc blende (ZB) segments of precisely controlled length and perfect interfaces. We also demonstrate the inclusion of single twin planes and stacking faults with atomic precision in their placement, designed ZB quantum dots separated by thin segments of WZ, acting as tunnel barriers for electrons, and structural superlattices (polytypic and twin plane). Finally, we present electrical data to demonstrate the applicability of these designed structures to investigation of fundamental properties. From electrical measurements we observe clear signatures of controlled structural quantum dots in nanowires. This method will be directly applicable to a wide range of nanowire systems. PMID:20707361

  1. Single-crystal magnetic anisotropies of rock-forming minerals

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    Biedermann, Andrea Regina; Hirt, Ann Marie; Pettke, Thomas

    2013-04-01

    Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) is often used as an indicator of mineral fabric in rocks. For a quantitative estimate of mineral fabric, it is necessary to know and understand the intrinsic magnetic anisotropy of each mineral in the rock. Susceptibility, and thus AMS, is a superposition of paramagnetic and ferromagnetic components. In general, the paramagnetic contribution can be related to silicates, whereas the ferromagnetic component arises from iron oxide inclusions. We determined single-crystal AMS in both low and high magnetic fields for a series of olivine, amphibole, clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene compositions. Analysis of high-field data allows for separation of ferromagnetic and paramagnetic contributions to the magnetic anisotropy. Acquisition of isothermal remanent magnetization (IRM) was measured in order to further characterize the ferromagnetic inclusions. Often, the iron oxides grow epitaxially on the silicate structure and have specific orientations with respect to the silicate. The ferromagnetic component of the AMS can provide information on the orientation or shape of the inclusions. The paramagnetic AMS in a single crystal is related to the distribution of cations with a strong magnetic moment, e.g. ferric and ferrous iron, in the lattice structure. Relationships between the anisotropy, e.g. the anisotropy degree (delta k) or principal susceptibility directions, and iron content were thus established for each mineral group. For example, the orientation of the intermediate and minimum susceptibility axes in olivine depends on the iron content - the minimum susceptibility is parallel to the crystallographic a-axis for 3-5 wt.% FeO and parallel to b for 7-9 wt.% FeO at room temperature; and for amphiboles, the degree of AMS increases linearly with increasing iron content. AMS in a rock depends on the single-crystal properties, which are influenced by lattice structure and composition, as well as the crystallographic preferred orientation of crystals. Information on single crystal AMS can thus be used to predict bulk AMS of ultrabasic rocks, when the orientation distribution function of the constituent minerals is known.

  2. Electronic properties of graphene-single crystal diamond heterostructures

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    Zhao, Fang; Thuong Nguyen, Thuong; Golsharifi, Mohammad; Amakubo, Suguru; Jackman, Richard B.; Loh, K. P.

    2013-08-07

    Single crystal diamond has been used as a substrate to support single layer graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition methods. It is possible to chemically functionalise the diamond surface, and in the present case H-, F-, O-, and N-group have been purposefully added prior to graphene deposition. The electronic properties of the resultant heterostructures vary strongly; a p-type layer with good mobility and a band gap of ?0.7?eV is created when H-terminated diamond layers are used, whilst a layer with more metallic-like character (high carrier density and low carrier mobility) arises when N(O)-terminations are introduced. Since it is relatively easy to pattern these functional groups on the diamond surface, this suggests that this approach may offer an exciting route to 2D device structures on single layer graphene sheets.

  3. Angle-dependent photodegradation over ZnO nanowire arrays on flexible paper substrates

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    2014-01-01

    In this study, we grew zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire arrays on paper substrates using a two-step growth strategy. In the first step, we formed single-crystalline ZnO nanoparticles of uniform size distribution (ca. 4 nm) as seeds for the hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanowire arrays. After spin-coating of these seeds onto paper, we grew ZnO nanowire arrays conformally on these substrates. The crystal structure of a ZnO nanowire revealed that the nanowires were single-crystalline and had grown along the c axis. Further visualization through annular bright field scanning transmission electron microscopy revealed that the hydrothermally grown ZnO nanowires possessed Zn polarity. From photocatalytic activity measurements of the ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays on paper substrate, we extracted rate constants of 0.415, 0.244, 0.195, and 0.08 s-1 for the degradation of methylene blue at incident angles of 0°, 30°, 60°, and 75°, respectively; that is, the photocatalytic activity of these ZnO nanowire arrays was related to the cosine of the incident angle of the UV light. Accordingly, these materials have promising applications in the design of sterilization systems and light-harvesting devices. PMID:25593556

  4. Angle-dependent photodegradation over ZnO nanowire arrays on flexible paper substrates

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    Lu, Ming-Yen; Tseng, Yen-Ti; Chiu, Cheng-Yao

    2014-12-01

    In this study, we grew zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire arrays on paper substrates using a two-step growth strategy. In the first step, we formed single-crystalline ZnO nanoparticles of uniform size distribution (ca. 4 nm) as seeds for the hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanowire arrays. After spin-coating of these seeds onto paper, we grew ZnO nanowire arrays conformally on these substrates. The crystal structure of a ZnO nanowire revealed that the nanowires were single-crystalline and had grown along the c axis. Further visualization through annular bright field scanning transmission electron microscopy revealed that the hydrothermally grown ZnO nanowires possessed Zn polarity. From photocatalytic activity measurements of the ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays on paper substrate, we extracted rate constants of 0.415, 0.244, 0.195, and 0.08 s-1 for the degradation of methylene blue at incident angles of 0°, 30°, 60°, and 75°, respectively; that is, the photocatalytic activity of these ZnO nanowire arrays was related to the cosine of the incident angle of the UV light. Accordingly, these materials have promising applications in the design of sterilization systems and light-harvesting devices.

  5. Polarization characteristics of zeolite single crystals containing carbon nanotubes

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    Nagasawa, N.; Kudryashov, I.; Tsuda, S.; Tang, Z. K.

    2001-10-01

    Optical polarization anisotropy of single crystals of AlPO4-5 (AFI) containing carbon nanotubes is studied to develop the optical characterization method of the samples by laser micro-polarimetry at 488 nm. The crystals are opaque in the configuration, K⊥C with E∥C, but are almost transparent in the configuration, K⊥C with E⊥C, where K and E are the wave vector and the electric field of the incident light, respectively. The degree of polarization reaches almost unity at the maximum. When K∥C, they are also transparent for any directions of E except for some locations including the surface. The strong luminescence bands are observed at 540 nm and 570 nm with the tail toward long wavelength region. The 3D imaging of the luminescence is performed by Nanofinder to demonstrate their extrinsic origin.

  6. Single-crystal Ti2AlN thin films

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    Joelsson, T.; Hrling, A.; Birch, J.; Hultman, L.

    2005-03-01

    We have produced pure thin-film single-crystal Ti2AlN(0001), a member of the Mn +1AXn class of materials. The method used was UHV dc reactive magnetron sputtering from a 2Ti:Al compound target in a mixed Ar -N2 discharge onto (111) oriented MgO substrates. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were used to establish the hexagonal crystal structure with c and a lattice parameters of 13.6 and 3.07, respectively. The hardness H, and elastic modulus E, as determined by nanoindentation measurements, were found to be 16.11GPa and 27020GPa, respectively. A room-temperature resistivity for the films of 39??cm was obtained.

  7. High pressure Raman spectra of monoglycine nitrate single crystal.

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    Carvalho, J O; Moura, G M; Dos Santos, A O; Lima, R J C; Freire, P T C; Façanha Filho, P F

    2016-05-15

    Single crystal of monoglycine nitrate has been studied by Raman spectroscopy under high pressures up to 5.5GPa. The results show changes in lattice modes in the pressure ranges of 1.1-1.6GPa and 4.0-4.6GPa. The first change occurs with appearance of bands related to the lattice modes as well as discontinuity in the slope of dΩ/dP of these modes. Moreover, bands associated with the skeleton of glycine suggest that the molecule undergoes conformational modifications. The appearance of a strong band at 55cm(-1) point to a second phase transition associated with the lattice modes, while the internal modes remain unchanged. These anomalies are probably due to rearrangement of hydrogen bonds. Additionally, decompression to ambient pressure shows that the phase transitions are reversible. Finally, the results show that the nitrate anions play an important role on the stability of the monoglycine nitrate crystal. PMID:26967511

  8. Crystal oscillators using negative voltage gain, single pole response amplifiers

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    Kleinberg, Leonard L. (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    A simple and inexpensive crystal oscillator is provided which employs negative voltage gain, single pole response amplifiers. The amplifiers may include such configurations as gate inverters, operational amplifiers and conventional bipolar transistor amplifiers, all of which operate at a frequency which is on the roll-off portion of their gain versus frequency curve. Several amplifier feedback circuit variations are employed to set desired bias levels and to allow the oscillator to operate at the crystal's fundamental frequency or at an overtone of the fundamental frequency. The oscillator is made less expensive than comparable oscillators by employing relatively low frequency amplifiers and operating them at roll-off, at frequencies beyond which they are customarily used. Simplicity is provided because operation at roll-off eliminates components ordinarily required in similar circuits to provide sufficient phase-shift in the feedback circuitry for oscillation to occur.

  9. Rolling-contact deformation of MgO single crystals

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    Dufrane, K. F.; Glaeser, W. A.

    1976-01-01

    Magnesium oxide single crystals were used as a model bearing material and deformed by rolling contact with a steel ball 0.64 cm in diameter. A dependence of depth of slip on rolling velocity which persisted with increasing numbers of rolling-contact cycles was discovered. The track width, track hardness and dislocation interactions as observed by transmission electron microscopy all increased in a consistent manner with increasing cycles. The rolling-contact state of stress produces a high density of dislocations in a localized zone. Dislocation interaction in this zone produces cleavage-type cracks after a large number of rolling-contact cycles. The orientation of the crystal influences the character of dislocation accumulation.

  10. Crystal growth and anisotropy of high temperature thermoelectric properties of yttrium borosilicide single crystals

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    Hossain, M. Anwar; Tanaka, Isao; Tanaka, Takaho; Khan, A. Ullah; Mori, Takao

    2016-01-01

    We studied thermoelectric properties of YB41Si1.3 single crystals grown by the floating zone method. The composition of the grown crystal was confirmed by electron probe micro-analysis. We have determined the growth direction for the first time for these borosilicides, and discovered relatively large anisotropy in electrical properties. We measured the electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient along [510] (the growth direction) and [052] directions and we found that this crystal exhibits strong electrical anisotropy with a maximum of more than 8 times. An interesting layered structural feature is revealed along [510] with dense boron cluster layers and yttrium layers, with conductivity enhanced along this direction. We obtained 3.6 times higher power factor along [510] compared to that along [052]. Although the ZT of the present system is low, anisotropy in the thermoelectric properties of a boride was reported for the first time, and can be a clue in developing other boride systems also.

  11. One-dimensional photonic crystal cavities in single-crystal diamond

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    Li, Luozhou; Schrder, Tim; Chen, Edward H.; Bakhru, Hassaram; Englund, Dirk

    2015-06-01

    The realization of efficient optical interfaces for nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond is an important problem in quantum science with potential applications in quantum communications and quantum information processing. We describe and demonstrate two techniques for fabricating one-dimensional photonic crystal cavities in single-crystal diamond, using (1) a combination of reactive ion etching and focused ion beam milling and (2) transferred silicon hard mask lithography with reactive ion etching. We use two kinds of one-dimensional photonic crystal cavity designs and discuss their optical performances. We find that transferred silicon mask lithography results in better optical properties than focused ion beam patterning techniques. The silicon masks also exhibit high oxygen plasma etching selectivity in excess of 36:1 (diamond:silicon). We use these masks to produce a variety of diamond photonic devices.

  12. Copper doping of ZnO crystals by transmutation of {sup 64}Zn to {sup 65}Cu: An electron paramagnetic resonance and gamma spectroscopy study

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    Recker, M. C.; McClory, J. W. Holston, M. S.; Golden, E. M.; Giles, N. C.; Halliburton, L. E.

    2014-06-28

    Transmutation of {sup 64}Zn to {sup 65}Cu has been observed in a ZnO crystal irradiated with neutrons. The crystal was characterized with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) before and after the irradiation and with gamma spectroscopy after the irradiation. Major features in the gamma spectrum of the neutron-irradiated crystal included the primary 1115.5?keV gamma ray from the {sup 65}Zn decay and the positron annihilation peak at 511?keV. Their presence confirmed the successful transmutation of {sup 64}Zn nuclei to {sup 65}Cu. Additional direct evidence for transmutation was obtained from the EPR of Cu{sup 2+} ions (where {sup 63}Cu and {sup 65}Cu hyperfine lines are easily resolved). A spectrum from isolated Cu{sup 2+} (3d{sup 9}) ions acquired after the neutron irradiation showed only hyperfine lines from {sup 65}Cu nuclei. The absence of {sup 63}Cu lines in this Cu{sup 2+} spectrum left no doubt that the observed {sup 65}Cu signals were due to transmuted {sup 65}Cu nuclei created as a result of the neutron irradiation. Small concentrations of copper, in the form of Cu{sup +}-H complexes, were inadvertently present in our as-grown ZnO crystal. These Cu{sup +}-H complexes are not affected by the neutron irradiation, but they dissociate when a crystal is heated to 900?C. This behavior allowed EPR to distinguish between the copper initially in the crystal and the copper subsequently produced by the neutron irradiation. In addition to transmutation, a second major effect of the neutron irradiation was the formation of zinc and oxygen vacancies by displacement. These vacancies were observed with EPR.

  13. Ohmic-Rectifying Conversion of Ni Contacts on ZnO and the Possible Determination of ZnO Thin Film Surface Polarity

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    Saw, Kim Guan; Tneh, Sau Siong; Tan, Gaik Leng; Yam, Fong Kwong; Ng, Sha Shiong; Hassan, Zainuriah

    2014-01-01

    The current-voltage characteristics of Ni contacts with the surfaces of ZnO thin films as well as single crystal (0001) ZnO substrate are investigated. The ZnO thin film shows a conversion from Ohmic to rectifying behavior when annealed at 800C. Similar findings are also found on the Zn-polar surface of (0001) ZnO. The O-polar surface, however, only shows Ohmic behavior before and after annealing. The rectifying behavior observed on the Zn-polar and ZnO thin film surfaces is associated with the formation of nickel zinc oxide (Ni1-xZnxO, where x?=?0.1, 0.2). The current-voltage characteristics suggest that a p-n junction is formed by Ni1-xZnxO (which is believed to be p-type) and ZnO (which is intrinsically n-type). The rectifying behavior for the ZnO thin film as a result of annealing suggests that its surface is Zn-terminated. Current-voltage measurements could possibly be used to determine the surface polarity of ZnO thin films. PMID:24466144

  14. Crystal structures of carbonates up to Mbar pressures determined by single crystal synchrotron radiation diffraction

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    Merlini, M.

    2013-12-01

    The recent improvements at synchrotron beamlines, currently allow single crystal diffraction experiments at extreme pressures and temperatures [1,2] on very small single crystal domains. We successfully applied such technique to determine the crystal structure adopted by carbonates at mantle pressures. The knowledge of carbon-bearing phases is in fact fundamental for any quantitative modelling of global carbon cycle. The major technical difficulty arises after first order transitions or decomposition reactions, since original crystal (apx. 10x10x5 ?m3) is transformed in much smaller crystalline domains often with random orientation. The use of 3D reciprocal space visualization software and the improved resolution of new generation flat panel detectors, however, allow both identification and integration of each single crystal domain, with suitable accuracy for ab-initio structure solution, performed with direct and charge-flipping methods and successive structure refinements. The results obtained on carbonates, indicate two major crystal-chemistry trends established at high pressures. The CO32- units, planar and parallel in ambient pressure calcite and dolomite structures, becomes non parallel in calcite- and dolomite-II and III phases, allowing more flexibility in the structures with possibility to accommodate strain arising from different cation sizes (Ca and Mg in particular). Dolomite-III is therefore also observed to be thermodynamically stable at lower mantle pressures and temperatures, differently from dolomite, which undergoes decomposition into pure end-members in upper mantle. At higher pressure, towards Mbar (lowermost mantle and D'' region) in agreement with theoretical calculations [3,4] and other experimental results [5], carbon coordination transform into 4-fold CO4 units, with different polymerisation in the structure depending on carbonate composition. The second important crystal chemistry feature detected is related to Fe2+ in Fe-bearing magnesite, which spontaneously oxidises at HP/HT, forming Fe3+ carbonates, Fe3+ oxides and reduced carbon (diamonds). Single crystal diffraction approach allowed full structure determination of these phases, yielding to the discovery of few unpredicted structures, such as Mg2Fe2C4O13 and Fe13O19, which can be well reproduced in different experiments. Mg2Fe2C4O13 carbonate present truncated chain C4O13 groups, and Fe13O19 oxide, whose stoichiometry is intermediate between magnetite and hematite, is a one-layer structure, with features encountered in superconducting materials. The results fully support the ideas of unexpected complexities in the mineralogy of the lowermost mantle, and single crystal technique, once properly optimized in ad-hoc synchrotron beamlines, is fundamental for extracting accurate structural information, otherwise rarely accessible with other experimental techniques. References: [1] Merlini M., Hanfland M. (2013). Single crystal diffraction at Mbar conditions by synchrotron radiation. High Pressure Research, in press. [2] Dubrovinsky et al., (2010). High Pressure Research, 30, 620-633. [3] Arapan et al. (1997). Phys. Rev. Lett., 98, 268501. [4] Oganov et al. (2008) EPSL, 273, 38-47. [5] Boulard et al. (2011) PNAS, 108, 5184-5187.

  15. Strong second harmonic generation in SiC, ZnO, GaN two-dimensional hexagonal crystals from first-principles many-body calculations.

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    Attaccalite, C; Nguer, A; Cannuccia, E; Grning, M

    2015-04-14

    The second harmonic generation (SHG) intensity spectrum of SiC, ZnO, GaN two-dimensional hexagonal crystals is calculated by using a real-time first-principles approach based on Green's function theory [Attaccalite et al., Phys. Rev. B: Condens. Matter Mater. Phys. 2013 88, 235113]. This approach allows one to go beyond the independent particle description used in standard first-principles nonlinear optics calculations by including quasiparticle corrections (by means of the GW approximation), crystal local field effects and excitonic effects. Our results show that the SHG spectra obtained using the latter approach differ significantly from their independent particle counterparts. In particular they show strong excitonic resonances at which the SHG intensity is about two times stronger than within the independent particle approximation. All the systems studied (whose stabilities have been predicted theoretically) are transparent and at the same time exhibit a remarkable SHG intensity in the range of frequencies at which Ti:sapphire and Nd:YAG lasers operate; thus they can be of interest for nanoscale nonlinear frequency conversion devices. Specifically the SHG intensity at 800 nm (1.55 eV) ranges from about 40-80 pm V(-1) in ZnO and GaN to 0.6 nm V(-1) in SiC. The latter value in particular is 1 order of magnitude larger than values in standard nonlinear crystals. PMID:25766901

  16. Raman study of TiO 2 role in SiO 2-Al 2O 3-MgO-TiO 2-ZnO glass crystallization

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    Furić, Krešimir; Stoch, Leszek; Dutkiewicz, Jan

    2005-05-01

    Tough glass-ceramic material of special mechanical properties with nanosize crystal phases formed by appropriately controlled crystallization was studied by Raman spectroscopy. It was obtained by TiO 2 activated crystallization of Mg-aluminosilicate glass of SiO 2-Al 2O 3-MgO-TiO 2-ZnO composition. Crystallization was preceded by a change in the TiO 2 structural position and state, which is manifested by a changed color of glass from yellow into blue shortly before the glass transformation ( Tg) temperature. Raman spectroscopy was applied to explain the mechanism of this process and to establish the role of TiO 2 in the early stage of glass crystallization that precedes a complete crystal phase formation. The starting glasses were found in almost complete disorder, since all bands were weak, broad and dominated by a Bose band at about 90 cm -1. After the sample annealing all bands turned out better resolved and the Bose band practically disappeared, both confirming the amorphous structure reorganization process. A multiplet observed in the vicinity of 150 cm -1 we assigned to the anatase and other titania structures that can be considered prime centers of crystallization. Finally, in the closest neighborhood of the Rayleigh line the low frequency mode characterizing nanoparticles was observed. According to this band theory, the mean size of initial titania crystallites is about 10 nm for all samples, but the size distribution varies within factor two among them.

  17. Hydrogen chemisorption on Pt single crystal surfaces in acidic solutions

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    Ross, Philip N.

    1981-01-01

    Hydrogen chemisorption from dilute acidic solution onto Pt single crystal surfaces was examined using an electrochemical cell directly coupled to LEED/Auger analytical system. No pre-anodization was used prior to observing hydrogen adsorption by cyclic voltammetry so that clean surfaces having the ordered structures indicated by LEED were studied. The problem of contributions from non-ordered parts of the electrode like support wires and edges was solved by using a gold evaporation masking technique. The specific contribution of atomic imperfections to the voltammetry curve was deduced from the ordered and countable imperfections occurring on high Miller index single crystal surfaces that have a stepped structure. The H-Pt bond energy was found to be structure sensitive, and sensitive both to local site geometry and long range order in the surface. The bond strength was found to vary systematically: n(111) (100) > (100) > n(111) (111) > (110) > (111). Distinct states for hydrogen at steps versus hydrogen on terraces could be distinguished. The (110) surface is shown to be a (111) vicinal, probably the [3(111) 2(111)] microfacetted surface. The zero coverage heat of adsorption on the well-ordered (111) surface (48 {kJ}/{mol}) in solutions is the same as the value reported by Ertl and co-workers for adsorption on a (111) surface in vacuum. Adsorption isotherms for hydrogen on the (111) and (100) surfaces are adequately fit by the classical model for immobile adsorption at single sites with nearest neighbor repulsive interaction.

  18. Field emission properties of single crystal chromium disilicide nanowires

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    Valentin, L. A.; Carpena-Nunez, J.; Yang, D.; Fonseca, L. F.

    2013-01-07

    The composition, crystal structure, and field emission properties of high-crystallinity chromium disilicide (CrSi{sub 2}) nanowires synthesized by a vapor deposition method have been studied. High resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and selected area electron diffraction studies confirm the single-crystalline structure and composition of the CrSi{sub 2} nanowires. Field emission measurements show that an emission current density of 0.1 {mu}A/cm{sup 2} was obtained at a turn-on electric field intensity of 2.80 V/{mu}m. The maximum emission current measured was 1.86 mA/cm{sup 2} at 3.6 V/{mu}m. The relation between the emission current density and the electric field obtained follows the Fowler-Nordheim equation, with an enhancement coefficient of 1140. The electrical conductivity of single nanowires was measured by using four-point-probe specialized microdevices at different temperatures, and the calculated values are close to those reported in previous studies for highly conductive single crystal bulk CrSi{sub 2}. The thermal tolerance of the nanowires was studied up to a temperature of 1100 Degree-Sign C. The stability of the field emission current, the I-E values, their thermal tolerance, and high electrical conductivity make CrSi{sub 2} nanowires a promising material for field emission applications.

  19. Synthesis of high surface area ZnO powder by continuous precipitation

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    Boz, Ismail; Kaluza, Stefan; Boroglu, Mehtap Safak; Muhler, Martin

    2012-05-15

    Graphical abstract: High surface area ZnO powders are synthesized by a low temperature continuous precipitation under ultrasonication. Urea is used as precipitating agent so that no contamination of ZnO powder emanating from precipitating agent, such as, alkalis, is observed. pH and type of precursor greatly affects the surface area and other properties. In this manuscript, we report a very simple and effective continuous precipitation to synthesize high surface area ZnO powder. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The synthesis of high surface area ZnO powder was achieved at 90 Degree-Sign C in a continuous precipitation unit. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Continuous precipitation unit was ultrasonicated to improve final product homogeneity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Precipitation intermediate, hydrozincite, was led to high surface area ZnO powder. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The synthesized ZnO nanoparticles had a rather uniform mesoporous structure. -- Abstract: Synthesis of high surface area ZnO powder was achieved by continuous precipitation using zinc ions and urea at low temperature of 90 Degree-Sign C. The powder precipitated resulted in high-purity single-phase ZnO powder when calcined at 280 Degree-Sign C for 3 h in air. The solution pH and the precipitation duration strongly affected the surface area of the calcined ZnO powder. Detailed structural characterizations demonstrated that the synthesized ZnO powder were single crystalline with wurtzite hexagonal phase. The powdered samples precipitated by homogeneous precipitation crystallized directly to hydrozincite without any intermediate phase formation. The phase structures, morphologies and properties of the final ZnO powders were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), dynamic light scattering particle size analysis (DLS), and nitrogen physisorption in order to determine the specific surface area (BET) and the pore size distribution (BJH).

  20. Crystal Structure of the Product of Mg 2+Insertion into V 2O 5Single Crystals

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    Shklover, V.; Haibach, T.; Ried, F.; Nesper, R.; Novák, P.

    1996-05-01

    Chemical (by interaction with a dibutylmagnesium solution) and electrochemical (in acetonitrile solution of magnesium perchlorate) insertion of Mg 2+into the single crystals of V 2O 5was performed. The morphology change of V 2O 5crystals as a result of the Mg 2+insertion was studied by scanning electron microscopy. The wavelength dispersive electron probe microanalysis clearly showed the presence of Mg (at least) at the surface of intercalated V 2O 5. Based on the single crystal X-ray diffraction study of intercalated V 2O 5(orthorhombic, Pmn2 1, a= 11.544(6), b= 4.383(3), c= 3.574(2) Å, Z= 4) the location of a small amount of Mg (˜1%) in the bulk V 2O 5may be suggested, with [6 + 4] oxygen atoms surrounding Mg. The resulting Mg-O separations essentially exceed the accepted values for the Mg-O distances in crystals with hexacoordinated Mg atoms, which may be correlated with the structural and electrochemical properties of Mg 2+-inserted V 2O 5.

  1. Photoluminescence of ZnO infiltrated into a three-dimensional photonic crystal

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    Gruzintsev, A. N. Emelchenko, G. A.; Masalov, V. M.

    2009-08-15

    The effect of the photonic band gap (stopband) of the photonic crystal, the synthesized SiO{sub 2} opal with embedded zinc oxide, on its luminescence in the violet spectral region is studied. It is shown that the position of the photonic band gap in the luminescence and reflectance spectra of the infiltrated opal depends on the diameter of the constituent nanoglobules, the volume fraction of zinc oxide, and on the signal's acceptance angle. It is found that, for the ZnO-opal nanocomposites, the emission intensity is decreased and the luminescence decay time is increased in the spatial directions, in which the photonic band gap coincides in spectral position with the luminescence peak of zinc oxide. The change in the decay time can be attributed to the change in the local density of photonic states in the photonic band gap.

  2. Shock response of He bubbles in single crystal Cu

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    Li, B.; Wang, L.; E, J. C.; Ma, H. H.; Luo, S. N.

    2014-12-01

    With large-scale molecular dynamics simulations, we investigate shock response of He nanobubbles in single crystal Cu. For sufficient bubble size or internal pressure, a prismatic dislocation loop may form around a bubble in unshocked Cu. The internal He pressure helps to stabilize the bubble against plastic deformation. However, the prismatic dislocation loops may partially heal but facilitate nucleation of new shear and prismatic dislocation loops. For strong shocks, the internal pressure also impedes internal jetting, while a bubble assists local melting; a high speed jet breaks a He bubble into pieces dispersed among Cu. Near-surface He bubbles may burst and form high velocity ejecta containing atoms and small fragments, while the ejecta velocities do not follow the three-dimensional Maxwell-Boltzmann distributions expected for thermal equilibrium. The biggest fragment size deceases with increasing shock strength. With a decrease in ligament thickness or an increase in He bubble size, the critical shock strength required for bubble bursting decreases, while the velocity range, space extension and average velocity component along the shock direction, increase. Small bubbles are more efficient in mass ejecting. Compared to voids and perfect single crystal Cu, He bubbles have pronounced effects on shock response including bubble/void collapse, Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL), deformation mechanisms, and surface jetting. HEL is the highest for perfect single crystal Cu with the same orientations, followed by He bubbles without pre-existing prismatic dislocation loops, and then voids. Complete void collapse and shear dislocations occur for embedded voids, as opposed to partial collapse, and shear and possibly prismatic dislocations for He bubbles. He bubbles lower the threshhold shock strength for ejecta formation, and increase ejecta velocity and ejected mass.

  3. Shock response of He bubbles in single crystal Cu

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    Li, B.; Wang, L.; E, J. C.; Luo, S. N.; Ma, H. H.

    2014-12-07

    With large-scale molecular dynamics simulations, we investigate shock response of He nanobubbles in single crystal Cu. For sufficient bubble size or internal pressure, a prismatic dislocation loop may form around a bubble in unshocked Cu. The internal He pressure helps to stabilize the bubble against plastic deformation. However, the prismatic dislocation loops may partially heal but facilitate nucleation of new shear and prismatic dislocation loops. For strong shocks, the internal pressure also impedes internal jetting, while a bubble assists local melting; a high speed jet breaks a He bubble into pieces dispersed among Cu. Near-surface He bubbles may burst and form high velocity ejecta containing atoms and small fragments, while the ejecta velocities do not follow the three-dimensional Maxwell-Boltzmann distributions expected for thermal equilibrium. The biggest fragment size deceases with increasing shock strength. With a decrease in ligament thickness or an increase in He bubble size, the critical shock strength required for bubble bursting decreases, while the velocity range, space extension and average velocity component along the shock direction, increase. Small bubbles are more efficient in mass ejecting. Compared to voids and perfect single crystal Cu, He bubbles have pronounced effects on shock response including bubble/void collapse, Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL), deformation mechanisms, and surface jetting. HEL is the highest for perfect single crystal Cu with the same orientations, followed by He bubbles without pre-existing prismatic dislocation loops, and then voids. Complete void collapse and shear dislocations occur for embedded voids, as opposed to partial collapse, and shear and possibly prismatic dislocations for He bubbles. He bubbles lower the threshhold shock strength for ejecta formation, and increase ejecta velocity and ejected mass.

  4. Advanced piezoelectric single crystal based transducers for naval sonar applications

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    Snook, Kevin A.; Rehrig, Paul W.; Hackenberger, Wesley S.; Jiang, Xiaoning; Meyer, Richard J., Jr.; Markley, Douglas

    2005-05-01

    TRS is developing new transducers based on single crystal piezoelectric materials such as Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)x-1TixO3 (PMN-PT). Single crystal piezoelectrics such as PMN-PT exhibit very high piezoelectric coefficients (d33 ~ 1800 to >2000 pC/N) and electromechanical coupling factors (k33 > 0.9), respectively, which may be exploited for improving the performance of broad bandwidth and high frequency sonar. Apart from basic performance, much research has been done on reducing the size and increasing the output power of tonpilz transducers for sonar applications. Results are presented from two different studies. "33" mode single crystal tonpilz transducers have reduced stack lengths due to their low elastic stiffness relative to PZTs, however, this produces non-ideal aspect ratios due to large lateral dimensions. Alternative "31" resonance mode tonpilz elements are proposed to improve performance over these "33" designs. d32 values as high as 1600 pC/N have been observed, and since prestress is applied perpendicular to the poling direction, "31" mode Tonpilz elements exhibit lower loss and higher reliability than "33" mode designs. Planar high power tonpilz arrays are the optimum way to obtain the required acoustic pressure and bandwidth for small footprint, high power sensors. An important issue for these sensors is temperature and prestress stability, since fluctuations in tonpilz properties affects power delivery and sensing electronic design. TRS used the approach of modifying the composition of PMN-PT to improve the temperature dependence of properties of the material. Results show up to a 50% decrease in temperature change while losing minimal source level.

  5. Analysis of synthetic diamond single crystals by X-ray topography and double-crystal diffractometry

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    Prokhorov, I. A.; Ralchenko, V. G.; Bolshakov, A. P.; Polskiy, A. V.; Vlasov, A. V.; Subbotin, I. A.; Podurets, K. M.; Pashaev, E. M.; Sozontov, E. A.

    2013-12-15

    Structural features of diamond single crystals synthesized under high pressure and homoepitaxial films grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) have been analyzed by double-crystal X-ray diffractometry and topography. The conditions of a diffraction analysis of diamond crystals using Ge monochromators have been optimized. The main structural defects (dislocations, stacking faults, growth striations, second-phase inclusions, etc.) formed during crystal growth have been revealed. The nitrogen concentration in high-pressure/high-temperature (HPHT) diamond substrates is estimated based on X-ray diffraction data. The formation of dislocation bundles at the film-substrate interface in the epitaxial structures has been revealed by plane-wave topography; these dislocations are likely due to the relaxation of elastic macroscopic stresses caused by the lattice mismatch between the substrate and film. The critical thicknesses of plastic relaxation onset in CVD diamond films are calculated. The experimental techniques for studying the real diamond structure in optimizing crystal-growth technology are proven to be highly efficient.

  6. Acoustic and thermal properties of strontium pyroniobate single crystals

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    Shabbir, G.; Kojima, S.

    2003-04-01

    High resolution Brillouin scattering and modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) experiments were performed to study the acoustic and thermal properties of strontium pyroniobate (Sr2Nb2O7) single crystals. The anomalous temperature dependence of the longitudinal acoustic phonon mode frequency corresponding to c22 elastic stiffness coefficient was observed in the neighbourhood of the normal-incommensurate phase transition temperature Ti (491 K). The specific heat measured by MDSC showed an anomaly around 487+/-2 K. The changes in enthalpy and entropy of the phase transition were estimated as 147 J mol-1 and 0.71 J mol-1 K-1, respectively.

  7. Optical properties of Eu2+ doped antipervoskite fluoride single crystals

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    Daniel, D. Joseph; Nithya, R.; Ramasamy, P.; Madhusoodanan, U.

    2013-02-01

    Single crystals of pure and Eu2+ doped LiBaF3 have been grown from melt by using a vertical Bridgman-Stockbarger method. Absorption and luminescence spectra for pure and rare-earth-doped LiBaF3 were studied. At ambient conditions the photoluminescence spectra consisted of sharp lines peaked at 359 nm attributed to the 6P7/2?8S7/2 transitions in the 4f7 electronic configuration of Eu2+ and a broad band extending between 370 and 450 nm attributed to Eu2+ trapped exciton recombination. The effect of 60Co gamma irradiation has also been investigated.

  8. Single crystal NMR studies of high temperature superconductors

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    Pennington, C.H.; Durand, D.J.; Zax, D.B.; Slichter, C.P.; Rice, J.P.; Bukowski, E.D.; Ginsberg, D.M.

    1989-01-01

    The authors report Cu NMR studies in the normal state of a single crystal of the T/sub c/ = 90 K superconductor YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/minus/delta/. The authors have measured the magnetic shift tensor, the electric field gradient tensor, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate tensor, and the time dependence and functional form of the transverse decay. From these data they obtain information about the charge state and magnetic state of the Cu atoms, and the existence and size of the electronic exchange coupling between spins of adjacent Cu atoms. 18 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. EPR studies of gamma-irradiated taurine single crystals

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    Bulut, A.; Karabulut, B.; Tapramaz, R.; Kksal, F.

    2000-04-01

    An EPR study of gamma-irradiated taurine [C 2H 7NO 3S] single crystal was carried out at room temperature. The EPR spectra were recorded in the three at mutually perpendicular planes. There are two magnetically distinct sites in monoclinic lattice. The principle values of g and hyperfine constants for both sites were calculated. The results have indicated the presence of 32?O -2 and 33?O -2 radicals. The hyperfine values of 33?O -2 radical were used to obtain O-S-O bond angle for both sites.

  10. Single Molecule Studies on Dynamics in Liquid Crystals

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    Täuber, Daniela; von Borczyskowski, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Single molecule (SM) methods are able to resolve structure related dynamics of guest molecules in liquid crystals (LC). Highly diluted small dye molecules on the one hand explore structure formation and LC dynamics, on the other hand they report about a distortion caused by the guest molecules. The anisotropic structure of LC materials is used to retrieve specific conformation related properties of larger guest molecules like conjugated polymers. This in particular sheds light on organization mechanisms within biological cells, where large molecules are found in nematic LC surroundings. This review gives a short overview related to the application of highly sensitive SM detection schemes in LC. PMID:24077123

  11. Titanium vacancies in nonstoichiometric TiO2 single crystal

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    Nowotny, M. K.; Bak, T.; Nowotny, J.; Sorrell, C. C.

    2005-09-01

    The semiconducting properties of single-crystal TiO2 and their changes during prolonged oxidation at elevated temperatures and under controlled oxygen activity were monitored using measurements of electrical conductivity and thermo-electric power. Two kinetic regimes were revealed: Regime I - rapid oxidation, associated with the transport of oxygen vacancies, and Regime II - prolonged oxidation, which corresponds to the transport of titanium vacancies. The present data represent the first documented evidence for the formation and transport of titanium vacancies in TiO2. This finding allows the processing of p-type TiO2 without the incorporation of aliovalent foreign ions.

  12. Type-I superconductivity in KBi2 single crystals.

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    Sun, Shanshan; Liu, Kai; Lei, Hechang

    2016-03-01

    We report on the detailed transport, magnetic, thermodynamic properties and theoretical calculation of KBi2 single crystals in superconducting and normal states. KBi2 exhibits metallic behavior at a normal state and enters the superconducting state below [Formula: see text] K. Moreover, KBi2 exhibits low critical fields in all measurements, field-induced crossover from second- to first-order phase transition in specific heat measurements, the typical magnetization isotherms of type-I superconductors, and a small Ginzburg-Landau parameter [Formula: see text]. These results clearly indicate that KBi2 is a type-I superconductor with a thermodynamic critical field [Formula: see text] Oe. PMID:26836956

  13. The sublimation kinetics of GeSe single crystals

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    Irene, E. A.; Wiedemeier, H.

    1975-01-01

    The sublimation kinetics of (001) oriented GeSe single crystal platelets was studied by high-temperature mass spectroscopy, quantitative vacuum microbalance techniques, and hot stage optical microscopy. For a mean experimental temperature of 563 K, the activation enthalpy and entropy are found to equal 32.3 kcal/mole and 19.1 eu, respectively. The vaporization coefficient is less than unity for the range of test temperatures, and decreases with increasing temperature. The combined experimental data are correlated by means of a multistep surface adsorption mechanism.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of patterned single-crystal silicon nanolines.

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    Li, Bin; Kang, Min K; Lu, Kuan; Huang, Rui; Ho, Paul S; Allen, Richard A; Cresswell, Michael W

    2008-01-01

    This letter demonstrates a method for fabricating single-crystal Si nanolines, with rectangular cross sections and nearly atomically flat sidewalls. The high quality of these nanolines leads to superb mechanical properties, with the strain to fracture measured by nanoindentation tests exceeding 8.5% for lines of 74 nm width. A large displacement burst before fracture was observed, which is attributed to a buckling mechanism. Numerical simulations show that the critical load for buckling depends on the friction at the contact surface. PMID:18062713

  15. Nonlinear microwave switching response of BSCCO single crystals

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    Jacobs, T.; Sridhar, S.; Willemsen, B.A. |; Li, Qiang; Gu, G.D.; Koshizuka, N.

    1996-06-01

    Measurements of the surface impedance in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} single crystal with microwave currents flowing along the {cflx c} axis show clear evidence of a step-like nonlinearity. The surface resistance switches between apparently quantized levels for microwave field strength changes < 1 mG. This nonlinear response can arise from the presence of intrinsic Josephson junctions along the {cflx c} axis of these samples driven by the microwave current.

  16. Polarization-dependent exciton dynamics in tetracene single crystals.

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    Zhang, Bo; Zhang, Chunfeng; Xu, Yanqing; Wang, Rui; He, Bin; Liu, Yunlong; Zhang, Shimeng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2014-12-28

    We conduct polarization-dependent ultrafast spectroscopy to study the dynamics of singlet fission (SF) in tetracene single crystals. The spectrotemporal species for singlet and triplet excitons in transient absorption spectra are found to be strongly dependent on probe polarization. By carefully analyzing the polarization dependence, the signals contributed by different transitions related to singlet excitons have been disentangled, which is further applied to construct the correlation between dynamics of singlet and triplet excitons. The anisotropy of exciton dynamics provides an alternative approach to tackle the long-standing challenge in understanding the mechanism of singlet fission in organic semiconductors. PMID:25554147

  17. Polarization-dependent exciton dynamics in tetracene single crystals

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    Zhang, Bo; Zhang, Chunfeng Xu, Yanqing; Wang, Rui; He, Bin; Liu, Yunlong; Zhang, Shimeng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2014-12-28

    We conduct polarization-dependent ultrafast spectroscopy to study the dynamics of singlet fission (SF) in tetracene single crystals. The spectrotemporal species for singlet and triplet excitons in transient absorption spectra are found to be strongly dependent on probe polarization. By carefully analyzing the polarization dependence, the signals contributed by different transitions related to singlet excitons have been disentangled, which is further applied to construct the correlation between dynamics of singlet and triplet excitons. The anisotropy of exciton dynamics provides an alternative approach to tackle the long-standing challenge in understanding the mechanism of singlet fission in organic semiconductors.

  18. Polarization-dependent exciton dynamics in tetracene single crystals

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    Zhang, Bo; Zhang, Chunfeng; Xu, Yanqing; Wang, Rui; He, Bin; Liu, Yunlong; Zhang, Shimeng; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2014-12-01

    We conduct polarization-dependent ultrafast spectroscopy to study the dynamics of singlet fission (SF) in tetracene single crystals. The spectrotemporal species for singlet and triplet excitons in transient absorption spectra are found to be strongly dependent on probe polarization. By carefully analyzing the polarization dependence, the signals contributed by different transitions related to singlet excitons have been disentangled, which is further applied to construct the correlation between dynamics of singlet and triplet excitons. The anisotropy of exciton dynamics provides an alternative approach to tackle the long-standing challenge in understanding the mechanism of singlet fission in organic semiconductors.

  19. Synthesis and doping of nonmagnetic honeycomb iridate single crystals

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    Lopez, Gilbert; Breznay, Nicholas; Fan, Xue; Analytis, James

    2015-03-01

    The honeycomb iridate Na2IrO3 has been proposed to exhibit many unique properties, including possible spin liquid and topological insulator phases. Although the widely studied layered phase of Na2IrO3 is an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator, I will discuss single-crystal synthesis and electrical and thermodynamic properties of a weakly magnetic Na2Ir1-yO3 relative. I will also discuss the effects of chemical doping on the electrical transport and magnetic properties of honeycomb iridate materials.

  20. Raman Investigations of Rare Earth Arsenate Single Crystals

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    Barros, G; Santos, C. C.; Ayala, A. P.; Guedes, I.; Boatner, Lynn A; Loong, C. K.

    2010-01-01

    Polarized Raman Spectroscopy was used to investigate the room-temperature phonon characteristics of a series of rare-earth arsenate (REAsO4, RE = Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Tm, Yb, and Lu) single crystals. The Raman data were interpreted in a systematic manner based on the known tetragonal zircon structure of these compounds, and assignments and correlations were made for the observed bands. We found that the wavenumber of the internal modes of the AsO4 tetrahedron increased with increasing atomic number, and for three out of four lattice wavenumbers observed, this tendency was not nearly so marked as in the case of the internal mode wavenumber.