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  1. Ellipsometric study of Si(0.5)Ge(0.5)/Si strained-layer superlattices

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    Sieg, R. M.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Croke, E. T.; Harrell, M. J.

    1993-01-01

    An ellipsometric study of two Si(0.5)Ge(0.5)/Si strained-layer super lattices grown by MBE at low temperature (500 C) is presented, and results are compared with x ray diffraction (XRD) estimates. Excellent agreement is obtained between target values, XRD, and ellipsometry when one of two available Si(x)Ge(1-x) databases is used. It is shown that ellipsometry can be used to nondestructively determine the number of superlattice periods, layer thicknesses, Si(x)Ge(1-x) composition, and oxide thickness without resorting to additional sources of information. It was also noted that we do not observe any strain effect on the E(sub 1) critical point.

  2. Ellipsometric study of Si(0.5)Ge(0.5)/Si strained-layer superlattices

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    Sieg, R. M.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Croke, E. T.; Harrell, M. J.

    1993-01-01

    We present an ellipsometric study of two Si(0.5)Ge(0.5)/Si strained-layer superlattices grown by MBE at low temperature (500 C), and compare our results with X-ray diffraction (XRD) estimates. Excellent agreement is obtained between target values, XRD, and ellipsometry when one of two available Si(x)Ge(1-x) databases is used. We show that ellipsometry can be used to nondestructively determine the number of superlattice periods, layer thicknesses, Si(x)Ge(1-x) composition, and oxide thickness without resorting to additional sources of information. We also note that we do not observe any strain effect on the E1 critical point.

  3. Wide-Pulse Evaluation of 0.5 CM2 Silicon Carbide SGTO

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    2009-06-01

    the surface of the chip. Figure 3. SGTO packaged at ARL using power package, AuSn die attach, 5-mil wire bonds, and silicone -based potting. Figure 5...WIDE-PULSE EVALUATION OF 0.5 CM2 SILICON CARBIDE SGTO Heather O’Brien, Aderinto Ogunniyi, Charles J. Scozzie U.S. Army Research Laboratory, 2800...3026 E. Cornwallis Rd Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA Victor Temple Silicon Power Corp., 958 Main St., Suite A Clifton Park, NY 12065 USA

  4. Superconductivity in a new layered bismuth oxyselenide: LaO(0.5)F(0.5)BiSe₂.

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    Krzton-Maziopa, A; Guguchia, Z; Pomjakushina, E; Pomjakushin, V; Khasanov, R; Luetkens, H; Biswas, P K; Amato, A; Keller, H; Conder, K

    2014-05-28

    We report superconductivity at T(c) ≈ 2.6 K in a new layered bismuth oxyselenide LaO(0.5)F(0.5)BiSe2 with the ZrCuSiAs-type structure composed of alternating superconducting BiSe2 and blocking LaO layers. The superconducting properties of LaO(0.5)F(0.5)BiSe2 were investigated by means of dc magnetization, resistivity and muon-spin rotation experiments, revealing the appearance of bulk superconductivity with a rather large superconducting volume fraction of ≈ 70% at 1.8 K.

  5. Anharmonicity of Zone-Center Optical Phonons: Raman Scattering Spectra of GaSe0.5S0.5 Layered Crystal

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    Gasanly, N. M.; Aydinli, A.; Aydinli, A.; Kocabaş, C.; Özkan, H.

    The temperature dependencies (10-300 K) of the eight Raman-active mode frequencies and linewidths in GaSe0.5S0.5 layered crystal have been measured in the frequency range from 10 to 320 cm-1. We observed softening and broadening of the optical phonon lines with increasing temperature. Comparison of the experimental data with the theories of the shift and broadening of the interlayer and intralayer phonon lines showed that the temperature dependencies can be explained by the contributions from thermal expansion, lattice anharmonicity and crystal disorder. The purely anharmonic contribution (phonon-phonon coupling) is found to be due to three-phonon processes. It was established that the effect of crystal disorder on the broadening of phonon lines is greater for GaSe0.5S0.5 than for binary compounds GaSe and GaS.

  6. Incidence of H I 21-cm absorption in strong Fe II systems at 0.5 < z < 1.5

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    Dutta, R.; Srianand, R.; Gupta, N.; Joshi, R.; Petitjean, P.; Noterdaeme, P.; Ge, J.; Krogager, J.-K.

    2017-03-01

    We present the results from our search for H I 21-cm absorption in a sample of 16 strong Fe II systems [Wr(Mg II λ2796) ≥ 1.0 Å and Wr(Fe II λ2600) or W_{Fe II} ≥ 1 Å] at 0.5 < z < 1.5 using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope and the Green Bank Telescope. We report six new H I 21-cm absorption detections from our sample, which have increased the known number of detections in strong Mg II systems at this redshift range by ∼50 per cent. Combining our measurements with those in the literature, we find that the detection rate of H I 21-cm absorption increases with W_{Fe II}, being four times higher in systems with W_{Fe II} ≥ 1 Å compared to systems with W_{Fe II} < 1 Å. The N(H I) associated with the H I 21-cm absorbers would be ≥2 × 1020 cm-2, assuming a spin temperature of ∼500 K (based on H I 21-cm absorption measurements of damped Lyman α systems at this redshift range) and unit covering factor. We find that H I 21-cm absorption arises on an average in systems with stronger metal absorption. We also find that quasars with H I 21-cm absorption detected towards them have systematically higher E(B - V) values than those which do not. Further, by comparing the velocity widths of H I 21-cm absorption lines detected in absorption- and galaxy-selected samples, we find that they show an increasing trend (significant at 3.8σ) with redshift at z < 3.5, which could imply that the absorption originates from more massive galaxy haloes at high z. Increasing the number of H I 21-cm absorption detections at these redshifts is important to confirm various trends noted here with higher statistical significance.

  7. Polynomial coefficients for calculating O2 Schumann-Runge cross sections at 0.5/cm resolution

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    Minschwaner, K.; Anderson, G. P.; Hall, L. A.; Yoshino, K.

    1992-01-01

    O2 cross sections from 49,000 to 57,000/cm have been fitted with temperature dependent polynomial expressions, providing an accurate and efficient means of determining Schumann-Runge band cross sections for temperatures between 130 and 500 K. The least squares fits were carried out on a 0.5/cm spectral grid, using cross sections obtained from a Schumann-Runge line-by-line model that incorporates the most recent spectroscopic data. The O2 cross sections do not include the underlying Herzberg continuum, but they do contain contributions from the temperature dependent Schumann-Runge continuum. The cross sections are suitable for use in UV transmission calculations at high spectral resolution. They should also prove useful for updating existing parameterizations of ultraviolet transmission and O2 photolysis.

  8. Artificial layered perovskite oxides A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} as potential solar energy conversion materials

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    Chen, Hungru; Umezawa, Naoto

    2015-02-07

    Perovskite oxides with a d{sup 0} electronic configuration are promising photocatalysts and exhibit high electron mobilities. However, their band gaps are too large for efficient solar energy conversion. On the other hand, transition metal cations with partially filled d{sup n} electronic configurations give rise to visible light absorption. In this study, by using hybrid density functional theory calculations, it is demonstrated that the virtues of the two categories of materials can be combined in perovskite oxide A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} with a layered B-site ordering along the [001] direction. The electronic structures of the four selected perovskite oxide compounds, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, and Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} are calculated and discussed.

  9. Evolution of Eu valence and superconductivity in layered Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2 -xSex system

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    Mizuguchi, Y.; Paris, E.; Wakita, T.; Jinno, G.; Puri, A.; Terashima, K.; Joseph, B.; Miura, O.; Yokoya, T.; Saini, N. L.

    2017-02-01

    We have studied the effect of Se substitution on Eu valence in a layered Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2 -xSex superconductor using a combined analysis of x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements. Eu L3-edge XANES spectra reveal that Eu is in the mixed valence state with coexisting Eu2 + and Eu3 +. The average Eu valence decreases sharply from ˜2.3 for x =0.0 to ˜2.1 for x =0.4 . Consistently, Eu 3 d XPS shows a clear decrease in the average valence by Se substitution. Bi 4 f XPS indicates that effective charge carriers in the BiCh2 (Ch = S, Se) layers are slightly increased by Se substitution. On the basis of the present results it has been discussed that the metallic character induced by Se substitution in Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2 -xSex is likely to be due to increased in-plane orbital overlap driven by reduced in-plane disorder that affects the carrier mobility.

  10. Solution processed Ni-doped TiO2 p-type channel in field effect transistor assembly with <10 nm thin Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 dielectric layer

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    Das, Soumen; Kim, Jin-Hwan; Park, Yong-Kyu; Hahn, Yoon-Bong

    2011-05-01

    Solution processed field effect transistor structures were fabricated by inserting a Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 layer to form Ag/ZnO/Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3/Ni2+:TiO2/n-Si assembly. Such assembly registered an on-to-off current ratio as large as 103 with very low off-state current ˜10-12 A. The low leakage current is attributed to the appreciably higher values of valence/conduction band off-set of Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3/semiconductor heterojunction. The device response was studied as a function of temperature in the range of 25-175 °C. The hole diffusion coefficient and mobility of p-TiO2 was calculated ˜10-3 cm2/s and ˜0.13-0.15 cm-2 V-1 s-1, respectively.

  11. PrBa0.5Sr0.5Co2O5+δ layered perovskite cathode for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Ding, Hanping; Xue, Xingjian

    2010-02-06

    Layered perovskite oxides have ordered A-cations localizing oxygen vacancies, and may potentially improve oxygen ion diffusivity and surface exchange coefficient. The A-site-ordered layered perovskite PrBa0.5Sr0.5Co2O5+δ (PBSC) was evaluated as new cathode material for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). The material was characterized using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in a symmetrical cell system (PBSC/Ce0.9Sm0.1O1.9 (SDC)/PBSC), exhibiting excellent performance in the intermediate temperature range of 500–700 °C. An area-specific-resistance (ASR) of 0.23 Ω cm2 was achieved at 650 °C for cathode polarization. The low activation energy (Ea) 124 kJ mol-1 is comparable to that of La0.8Sr0.2CoO3-δ. A laboratory-scaled SDC-based tri-layer cell of Ni-SDC/SDC/PBSC was tested in intermediate temperature conditions of 550 to 700 °C. A maximum power density of 1045 mW cm-2 was achieved at 700 °C. The interfacial polarization resistance is as low as 0.285, 0.145, 0.09 and 0.05 Ω cm2 at 550, 600, 650 and 700 °C, respectively. Layered perovskite PBSC shows promising performance as cathode material for IT-SOFCs.

  12. Transport Properties of the Layered Transition Metal Oxypnictide Sr2ScMPO3 with MP layers (M =Mn, Ni and Co0.5Fe0.5)

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    Okada, S.; Kamihara, Y.; Ohkubo, N.; Ban, S.; Matoba, M.

    2014-12-01

    Polycrystalline samples of novel oxypnictides, Sr2ScMPO3, with MP layer (M = Mn, Ni and Co0.5Fe0.5) were synthesized, and their resistivities and Seebeck coefficients were measured. Sr2ScMPO3 crystallizes in a stacked, layered structure comprised of a ThCr2Si2- type MP layer alternating with a K2NiF4-type Sr2ScO3 layer. Sr2ScMnPO3 is an insulator at room temperature. The resistivities (ρ) of Sr2ScNiPO3 and Sr2ScCo0.5Fe0.5PO3 decrease with decreasing temperature like a metal. The Seebeck coefficients (S) of these materials are negative at room temperature. For Sr2ScNiPO3, S initially decreases slightly with decreasing temperature, and increases with decreasing temperature below 50 K. However, for Sr2ScCo0.5Fe0.5PO3, S increases with decreasing temperature, and attains to a positive value below 270 K.

  13. Structural, electrochemical and magnetic characterization of the layered-type PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} perovskite

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    Azad, Abul K.; Kim, Jung H.; Irvine, John T.S.

    2014-05-01

    Structural, electrical and magnetic properties of the layered cobaltite PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} have been investigated by means of neutron diffraction, electron diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and SQUID magnetometry. Rietveld analysis of neutron diffraction data shows the ordered distribution of oxygen vacancies in [PrO{sub δ}] planes which doubles the lattice parameters from the simple perovskite cell parameter as a≈2a{sub p} and c≈2a{sub p} (a{sub p} is the cell parameter of the simple Perovskite) yielding tetragonal symmetry in the P4/mmm space group. On heating, above 573 K in air, structural rearrangement takes place and the structure can be defined as a≈a{sub p} and c≈2a{sub p} in the same space group. Oxygen occupancies have been determined as a function of temperature from neutron diffraction results. Initially (≥373 K), oxygen occupancy was increased and then decreased with increasing temperature. It was found that at 973 K the total oxygen loss is calculated about 0.265 oxygen/formula unit. Oxygen vacancy ordering was observed below 573 K, and the oxygen occupancy decreases as cell volume increases with increasing temperature. Area specific resistance (ASR) measurements show a resistance of 0.153 Ωcm{sup 2} and 0.286 Ωcm{sup 2} at 973 K and 923 K, respectively. On cooling, paramagnetic to ferromagnetic and an incomplete ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition takes place. Different behaviours in field cooled and zero-field-cooled measurements leads to a coexistence of ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic order. - Graphical abstract: Structural phase changes in PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} at elevated temperatures determined by neutron powder diffraction. Depending on oxygen occupancy it form different phases at different temperatures. This pictures show the schematic 3D diagram of PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ} at 295 K (a), 373 K (b) and 573 K (c). Co atoms are inside the

  14. Anomalous Reflectivity Oscillation of Layered Manganite La0.5Sr1.5MnO4

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    Kouyama, Kazuaki; Kubo, Yoshinori; Ema, Kazuhiro; Kuwahara, Hideki

    2007-12-01

    We investigate the time-dependent reflectivity of the layered manganite La0.5Sr1.5MnO4 at low temperature. We find that the reflectivity oscillates with an anomalously long period, e.g., several tens of hours. The period varies with wavelength and the character of the oscillation depends on the illumination condition. The oscillation is clearly observed below T˜ 20 K and almost disappears above this temperature. Furthermore, in the temperature-cycle measurements, the reflectivity oscillation shows a particularly peculiar behavior.

  15. Structure and dielectric tunability of (Pb 0.5Ba 0.5)ZrO 3 thin films derived on (Sr 0.95La 0.05)TiO 3 buffer-layered substrates

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    Hao, Xihong; Zhai, Jiwei; Zhou, Jing; Yang, Jichun; Song, Xiwen; An, Shengli

    2010-02-01

    In present work, (Pb 0.5Ba 0.5)ZrO 3 (PBZ) thin films with a thickness of 840 nm were successfully fabricated on (Sr 0.95La 0.05)TiO 3 (SLT) buffer-layered Pt(1 1 1)/TiO 2/SiO 2/Si(1 0 0) substrates via the sol-gel technique. The effects of SLT buffer layer on the microstructure and electrical properties of PBZ thin films were investigated systemically. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results indicated that PBZ thin films on SLT buffer-layered substrates showed a more uniform structure with a random orientation. Dielectric measurements illustrated that PBZ films with SLT buffer layer displayed larger dielectric constant, improved tunability and enhanced figure of merit (FOM). Moreover, leakage current of PBZ films was also reduced by SLT buffer layer.

  16. Permafrost temperature and active-layer thickness of Yakutia with 0.5-degree spatial resolution for model evaluation

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    Beer, C.; Fedorov, A. N.; Torgovkin, Y.

    2013-09-01

    Based on the map of landscapes and permafrost conditions in Yakutia (Merzlotno-landshaftnaya karta Yakutskoi0 ASSR, Gosgeodeziya SSSR, 1991), rasterized maps of permafrost temperature and active-layer thickness of Yakutia, East Siberia were derived. The mean and standard deviation at 0.5-degree grid cell size are estimated by assigning a probability density function at 0.001-degree spatial resolution. The gridded datasets can be accessed at the PANGAEA repository (doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.808240). Spatial pattern of both variables are dominated by a climatic gradient from north to south, and by mountains and the soil type distribution. Uncertainties are highest in mountains and in the sporadic permafrost zone in the south. The maps are best suited as a benchmark for land surface models which include a permafrost module.

  17. Remarkable charge-trapping performance based in Zr0.5Hf0.5O2 with nanocrystal Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 blocking layer for nonvolatile memory device

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    Yan, X. B.; Jia, X. L.; Yang, T.; Zhao, J. H.; Li, Y. C.; Zhou, Z. Y.; Zhang, Y. Y.

    2016-10-01

    Two kinds of charge trapping memory device with Au/Zr0.5Hf0.5O2(ZHO)/SiO2/p-Si and Au/Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3(BST)/Zr0.5Hf0.5O2/SiO2/p-Si structure were fabricated and investigated. The double BST/ZHO films exhibit a larger memory window of 7.36 V under ±14 V sweeping voltages in its C-V curve and the device has good charge retention properties with only small charge loss of ∼ 5% after more than 104 s. The good characteristics are attributed to the inter-diffusion between BST and ZHO where more deep defect sites were created after RTA treatment, which provides high potential barriers for the trapped charges to tunnel back to the silicon substrate. Furthermore, the nanocrystal in the BST layer increases the tunneling barrier of tunneling current into the gate and effectively restrains the leakage of storage charge from blocking layer, which improves the charge retention characteristic.

  18. Effect of Stacking Layers on the Microwave Dielectric Properties of (Li0.5Sm0.5)TiO3/CaTiO3 Thin Films

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    Lee, Byoung Duk; Lee, Hong Ryul; Yoon, Ki Hyun; Kang, Dong Heon

    2005-03-01

    Effect of stacking layers on the microwave dielectric properties of the (Li0.5Sm0.5)TiO3/CaTiO3 (LSTO/CTO) thin films prepared by the metalorganic solution deposition technique (MOSD) was investigated. The dielectric constant (K), dielectric loss (\\tanδ) and temperature coefficient of dielectric constant (TCK) of CaTiO3 films measured at 6 GHz were 160, 0.003 and -1340 ppm/°C, respectively. In contrast, the (Li0.5Sm0.5)TiO3 films showed K of 35, \\tanδ of 0.001 and TCK of +320 ppm/°C. As the thickness of CTO layer in the LSTO/CTO films increased, K increased and TCK changed from positive values to negative values by dielectric mixing rule. Especially, LSTO(200 nm)/CTO(200 nm) films exhibited TCK of +10 ppm/°C, indicating temperature stability. The \\tanδ of LSTO/CTO films increased with increasing the thickness of CTO layer. This result was attributed to the fact that the stresses were induced by the higher thermal-expansion coefficient of CTO than that of LSTO. Also, as compared with LSTO(200 nm)/CTO(200 nm) film, the K and \\textit{TCK} of LSTO(100 nm)/CTO(200 nm)/LSTO(100 nm) film were not changed, but the dielectric loss increased. This result indicated that the dielectric loss was affected by the number of interfaces between CTO and LSTO layers.

  19. Reduction of critical current density for out-of-plane mode oscillation in a mag-flip spin torque oscillator using highly spin-polarized Co2Fe(Ga0.5Ge0.5) spin injection layer

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    Bosu, S.; Sepehri-Amin, H.; Sakuraba, Y.; Hayashi, M.; Abert, C.; Suess, D.; Schrefl, T.; Hono, K.

    2016-02-01

    We study spin torque oscillators comprised of a perpendicular spin injection layer (SIL) and a planar field generating layer to reveal the influence of the spin polarization of SIL material on the critical current density, JC, to induce microwave oscillation. Two systems with different SIL are compared: one with a highly spin-polarized Heusler alloy, Co2Fe(Ga0.5Ge0.5) (CFGG), and the other a prototypical Fe2Co alloy. Cross sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy observations show the B2-ordered structure in a 3-nm-thick CFGG SIL, a prerequisite for obtaining half-metallic transport properties. Current induced microwave oscillations are found at frequencies of ˜15 GHz for both systems. However, the current needed to cause the oscillations is ˜50% smaller for films with the CFGG SIL compared to those of the Fe2Co SIL. These results are in accordance with micromagnetic simulations that include spin accumulation at the SIL.

  20. Free and bound excitonic effects in Al0.5Ga0.5N/Al0.35Ga0.65N MQWs with different Si-doping levels in the well layers

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    He, Chenguang; Qin, Zhixin; Xu, Fujun; Hou, Mengjun; Zhang, Shan; Zhang, Lisheng; Wang, Xinqiang; Ge, Weikun; Shen, Bo

    2015-01-01

    Free exciton (FX) and bound exciton (BX) in Al0.5Ga0.5N/Al0.35Ga0.65N multiple quantum wells (MQWs) with different Si-doping levels in the well layers are investigated by photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Low temperature (10 K) PL spectra identify a large binding energy of 87.4 meV for the BX in undoped sample, and 63.6 meV for the BX in Si-doped (2 × 1018 cm−3) sample. They are attributed to O-bound and Si-bound excitons, respectively. The large binding energies of BX are assumed to originate from the strong quantum confinement in the quantum wells, which also leads to a stronger FX PL peak intensity in comparison with BX at 10 K. Si-doping is found to suppress the FX quenching by reducing threading dislocation density (TDD) in the well layers, leading to a significant improvement of IQE from 33.7% to 45%. PMID:26267249

  1. Fabrication of novel electrolyte-layer free fuel cell with semi-ionic conductor (Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ- Sm0.2Ce0.8O1.9) and Schottky barrier

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    Afzal, Muhammad; Saleemi, Mohsin; Wang, Baoyuan; Xia, Chen; Zhang, Wei; He, Yunjuan; Jayasuriya, Jeevan; Zhu, Bin

    2016-10-01

    Perovskite Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSCF) is synthesized via a chemical co-precipitation technique for a low temperature solid oxide fuel cell (LTSOFC) (300-600 °C) and electrolyte-layer free fuel cell (EFFC) in a comprehensive study. The EFFC with a homogeneous mixture of samarium doped ceria (SDC): BSCF (60%:40% by weight) which is rather similar to the cathode (SDC: BSCF in 50%:50% by weight) used for a three layer SOFC demonstrates peak power densities up to 655 mW/cm2, while a three layer (anode/electrolyte/cathode) SOFC has reached only 425 mW/cm2 at 550 °C. Chemical phase, crystal structure and morphology of the as-prepared sample are characterized by X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy. The electrochemical performances of 3-layer SOFC and EFFC are studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). As-prepared BSCF has exhibited a maximum conductivity above 300 S/cm at 550 °C. High performance of the EFFC device corresponds to a balanced combination between ionic and electronic (holes) conduction characteristic. The Schottky barrier prevents the EFFC from the electronic short circuiting problem which also enhances power output. The results provide a new way to produce highly effective cathode materials for LTSOFC and semiconductor designs for EFFC functions using a semiconducting-ionic material.

  2. On the role of horizontal wind shears in the generation of F0.5 layers over the dip equatorial location of Thiruvananthapuram: A numerical simulation study

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    Mridula, N.; Pant, Tarun Kumar

    2017-03-01

    A numerical simulation is carried out to estimate the rate of convergence of ionization required to produce a F0.5 layer with peak plasma frequency (foF0.5) of 3.2 MHz from three different background layer densities, over Thiruvananthapuram (8.5°N; 77°E; dip latitude 0.5°N), a dip equatorial station in India. Further the simulation study is extended to understand the convergences required by considering the seasonal mean peak F0.5 layer frequencies also. One possible mechanism by which this convergence can be produced is by a horizontal shear in the meridional wind. The corresponding shears required to generate the layer with the above convergence conditions are estimated. It is found that gravity waves are capable of generating wind shears, leading to the pooling of ionization and the generation of the layer over the dip equator. A meridional wind with the gravity wave induced wind shear is numerically estimated. Finally, the short scale gravity waves of periods around 3-23 min have been inferred to be more efficient in generating the wind shear when compared to large scale horizontal waves leading to the generation of F0.5 layer.

  3. Crystal orientation dependence of current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance of pseudo spin-valves with epitaxial Co{sub 2}Fe(Ge{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}) Heusler alloy layers

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    Chen, Jiamin; Hono, K.; Li, Songtian; Furubayashi, T. Takahashi, Y. K.

    2014-06-21

    The magnetoresistive (MR) properties of Co{sub 2}Fe(Ge{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}) (CFGG) Heusler alloy-based current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance pseudo-spin-valves (PSVs) are investigated. The PSV films are epitaxially grown on a sapphire (112{sup ¯}0) substrate with an Ag or Cu spacer layer, and their magnetoresistive properties are compared with those of PSV grown on MgO(001) substrates. For substrates with an Ag spacer, the PSV with the (001)[110]{sub CFGG}//(001)[010]{sub Ag} interface grown on MgO(001) exhibits a higher MR output compared with the (110)[001]{sub CFGG}//(111)[11{sup ¯}0]{sub Ag} interface grown on sapphire (112{sup ¯}0). In contrast, a higher MR output is obtained using a Cu spacer with the (110)[001]{sub CFGG}//(111)[11{sup ¯}0]{sub Cu} interface. These results demonstrate that the MR outputs depend upon the crystal orientation at the interface, and that interfaces with a small misfit tend to exhibit a larger MR output. This indicates the influence of crystal orientation as well as lattice mismatch upon the interfacial spin scattering asymmetry.

  4. A novel scandium fluoride, [C2N2H10]0.5[ScF4], with an unprecedented tungsten bronze-related layer structure.

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    Stephens, Nicholas F; Slawin, Alexandra M Z; Lightfoot, Philip

    2004-03-07

    [C(2)N(2)H(10)](0.5)[ScF(4)] exhibits isolated anionic layers of corner-linked ScF(6) octahedra enclosing 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-membered rings, with features reminiscent of both hexagonal and tetragonal tungsten bronze-type structures.

  5. Comparative study of atomic-layer-deposited HfO2/Al2O3, Hf0.8Al0.2Ox and Hf0.5Al0.5Ox on N-GaAs

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    Yu, Xinjiang; Lv, Hongliang; Zhang, Yuming; Zhang, Yimen; Qin, Zaiyang

    2016-11-01

    Interfacial properties of n-GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOSCAPs) with the gate dielectrics of HfO2/Al2O3, Hf0.8Al0.2Ox and Hf0.5Al0.5Ox are investigated. The results reveal that Hf0.5Al0.5Ox has larger permittivity and lower interface trap density than that of HfO2/Al2O3. In order to explain the result from the physical perspective, the XPS tests of all three samples are performed. It is found that the main reason to form interface trap of three samples treated with 500 °C post-deposition annealing, is attributed to the interfacial component of Ga2O3 and The Hf0.5Al0.5Ox dielectric is beneficial to reducing the formation of Ga2O3.

  6. Quantum transport modeling of the symmetric Fe/FeO0.5/MgO magnetic tunnel junction: the effects of correlations in the buffer layer.

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    Timoshevskii, Vladimir; Hu, Yibin; Marcotte, Étienne; Guo, Hong

    2014-01-08

    We report ab initio simulations of quantum transport properties of Fe/MgO/Fe trilayer structures with FeO0.5 buffer iron oxide layer, where on-site Coulomb interaction is explicitly taken into account by local density approximation + Hubbard U approach. We show that on-site Coulomb repulsion in the iron-oxygen layer can cause a dramatic drop of the tunnel magnetoresistance of the system. We present an understanding of microscopic details of this phenomenon, connecting it to localization of electronic states of particular symmetry, which takes place in the buffer Fe-O layer, when on-site Coulomb repulsion is introduced. We further study the possible influence of the symmetry reduction in the buffer Fe-O layer on the transport properties of the Fe/MgO/Fe interface.

  7. Temperature-dependent and anisotropic optical response of layered Pr0.5Ca1.5MnO4 probed by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Majidi, M. A.; Thoeng, E.; Gogoi, P. K.; Wendt, F.; Wang, S. H.; Santoso, I.; Asmara, T. C.; Handayani, I. P.; van Loosdrecht, P. H. M.; Nugroho, A. A.; Rübhausen, M.; Rusydi, A.

    2013-06-01

    We study the temperature dependence as well as anisotropy of optical conductivity (σ1) in the pseudocubic single crystal Pr0.5Ca1.5MnO4 using spectrocopic ellipsometry. Three transition temperatures are observed and can be linked to charge-orbital (TCO/OO˜320 K), two-dimensional-antiferromagnetic (2D-AFM) (˜200 K), and three-dimensional AFM (TN˜125 K) orderings. Below TCO/OO, σ1 shows a charge-ordering peak (˜0.8 eV) with a significant blue shift as the temperature decreases. Calculations based on a model that incorporates a static Jahn-Teller distortion and assumes the existence of a local charge imbalance between two different sublattices support this assignment and explain the blue shift. This view is further supported by the partial spectral weight analysis showing the onset of optical anisotropy at TCO/OO in the charge-ordering region (0.5-2.5 eV). Interestingly, in the charge-transfer region (2.5-4 eV), the spectral weight shows anomalies around the T2D-AFM that we attribute to the role of oxygen-p orbitals in stabilizing the CE-type magnetic ordering. Our result shows the importance of spin, charge, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom in this layered manganite.

  8. Atomic Layer Deposited MgO: A Lower Overpotential Coating for Li[Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2]O2 Cathode.

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    Laskar, Masihhur R; Jackson, David H K; Xu, Shenzhen; Hamers, Robert J; Morgan, Dane; Kuech, Thomas F

    2017-03-29

    An ultrathin MgO coating was synthesized via atomic layer deposition (ALD) to improve the surface properties of the Li[Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2]O2 (NMC) cathode. An in-situ quartz crystal sensor was used to monitor the "self-limiting" surface reactions during ALD process and estimate the density of the deposited film. The electrochemical performance of the MgO-coated NMC cathode was evaluated in a half-cell assembly and compared to other ALD-based coatings, such as Al2O3 and ZrO2. Cyclic voltammetry studies suggested that ALD MgO has a higher Li-diffusion coefficient which resulted in lower overpotential on the NMC cathode surface and improved Li-ion battery rate performance. MgO-coated NMC also yielded improved capacity retention over uncoated NMC in a long-range cycling test.

  9. Synthesis and electrochemical properties of layered structure Li[Ni0.5Co0.25Mn0.25]O2 cathode material

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    Prathibha, G.; Rosaiah, P.; Reddy, B. Purusottam; Ganesh, K. Sivajee; Hussain, O. M.

    2015-06-01

    Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries are currently the energy source of choice for cell phones, laptops, and other mobile electronic devices due to their balance of high energy density with high power density compared to other electrochemical energy carriers. In the present study, mixed hydroxide method is used to prepare Li[Ni0.5Co0.25Mn0.25]O2 from the precursors and analyze qualitatively and studied the electrochemical properties. The XRD spectrum exhibited predominant (003) orientation at 2θ =18.39o corresponding to hexagonal layered structure of R3m symmetry with evaluated lattice parameters are a= 2.84 Å, c= 14.43 Å. Raman measurements were performed to understand the microstructure and vibrational modes of the prepared sample. From the electrochemical (EC) studies an initial discharge capacity of about 140 mAhg-1 with good cyclic stability was observed for the prepared sample in the potential range 0.0 -1.0V in aqueous medium.

  10. Three-layer structure microwave absorbers based on nanocrystalline alpha-Fe, Fe0.2(Co0.2Ni0.8)0.8 and Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 porous microfibers.

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    Liu, Hongbo; Meng, Xianfeng; Yang, Xinchun; Jing, Maoxiang; Shen, Xiangqian; Dong, Mingdong

    2014-04-01

    The three-layer structure microwave absorbers with thickness of 2 mm were designed based on nanocrystalline alpha-Fe, Fe0.2(Co0.2Ni0.8)0.8 and Ni0.5Zno.sFe204 porous microfibers with diameters about 2-5 microm. The electromagnetic parameters and microwave absorption properties were investigated by vector network analyzer in the frequency range of 2-18 GHz. The results show that the three-layer structure microwave absorbers display stronger absorption properties in a wide frequency range than the single-layer and double-layer microwave absorber. For the three-layer structure, the microwave absorption properties are mainly influenced by the microfibers layer arrangement order, total thickness and each layer thickness. When the Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 porous microfibers layer is arranged as the impedance-matching surface layer, with a total thickness of 2 mm consisting of 0.7 mm thick alpha-Fe porous microfibers inner layer, 0.9 mm thick Fe0.2(Co0.2Ni0.8)0.8 porous microfibers medium layer and 0.4 mm thick impedance-matching surface layer, the three-layer structure has a strongest microwave absorption of 45.7 dB at 12.8 GHz, the absorption bandwidth (with RL < -10 dB ) of 10.2 GHz from 7.8 GHz to 18 GHz and bandwidth (with RL < -20 dB) of 4.4 GHz from 11.1 GHz to 15.5 GHz respectively. This three-layer structure is promising microwave absorbers to meet the requirements of thin thickness, light weight and wide band for military and civil applications.

  11. Unravelling the Role of Electrochemically Active FePO4 Coating by Atomic Layer Deposition for Increased High-Voltage Stability of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 Cathode Material.

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    Xiao, Biwei; Liu, Jian; Sun, Qian; Wang, Biqiong; Banis, Mohammad Norouzi; Zhao, Dong; Wang, Zhiqiang; Li, Ruying; Cui, Xiaoyu; Sham, Tsun-Kong; Sun, Xueliang

    2015-05-01

    Ultrathin amorphous FePO4 coating derived by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is used to coat the 5 V LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode material powders, which dramatically increases the capacity retention of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4. It is believed that the amorphous FePO4 layer could act as a lithium-ions reservoir and electrochemically active buffer layer during the charge/discharge cycling, helping achieve high capacities in LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, especially at high current densities.

  12. Domain matched epitaxial growth of (111) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} thin films on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with ZnO buffer layer

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    Krishnaprasad, P. S. E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in; Jayaraj, M. K. E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in; Antony, Aldrin; Rojas, Fredy

    2015-03-28

    Epitaxial (111) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) thin films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate with ZnO as buffer layer. The x-ray ω-2θ, Φ-scan and reciprocal space mapping indicate epitaxial nature of BST thin films. The domain matched epitaxial growth of BST thin films over ZnO buffer layer was confirmed using Fourier filtered high resolution transmission electron microscope images of the film-buffer interface. The incorporation of ZnO buffer layer effectively suppressed the lattice mismatch and promoted domain matched epitaxial growth of BST thin films. Coplanar inter digital capacitors fabricated on epitaxial (111) BST thin films show significantly improved tunable performance over polycrystalline thin films.

  13. Kinetics and structural changes of Li-rich layered oxide 0.5Li2MnO3·0.5LiNi(0.292)Co(0.375)Mn(0.333)O2 material investigated by a novel technique combining in situ XRD and a multipotential step.

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    Shen, Chong-Heng; Huang, Ling; Lin, Zhou; Shen, Shou-Yu; Wang, Qin; Su, Hang; Fu, Fang; Zheng, Xiao-Mei

    2014-08-13

    Li-rich layered oxide 0.5Li2MnO3·0.5LiNi0.292Co0.375Mn0.333O2 was prepared by an aqueous solution-evaporation route. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) showed that the as-synthesized material was a solid solution consisting of layered α-NaFeO2-type LiMO2 (M = Ni, Co, Mn) and monoclinic Li2MnO3. The superlattice spots in the selected area electron diffraction pattern indicated the ordering of lithium ions with transition metal (TM) ions in TM layers in this Li-rich layered oxide. Electrochemical performance testing showed that the as-synthesized material could deliver an initial discharge capacity of 267.7 mAh/g, with a capacity retention of 88.5% after 33 cycles. A new combination technique, multipotential step in situ XRD (MPS in situ XRD) measurement, was applied for the first time to investigate the Li-rich layered oxide. Using this approach, the relationships between kinetics and structural variations can be obtained simutaneously. In situ XRD results showed that the c parameter decreased from 3.70 to 4.30 V and increased from 4.30 to 4.70 V, whereas the a parameter underwent a decrease above 4.30 V during the first charge process. Below 3.90 V during the first discharge process, a slight decrease in the c parameter was found along with an increase in the a parameter. During the first charge process, the value of the coefficient of diffusion for lithium ions (DLi+) decreased to its mininum at 4.55 V, which might be associated with Ni(2+) migration, as indicated by both Ni occupancy in 3b sites (Ni3b%) in the Li(+) layers and complicated chemical reactions. Remarkably, a lattice distortion might occur within the local domain in the host stucture during the first discharge process, indicated by a slight splitting of the (003) diffraction peak at 3.20 V.

  14. A top-down strategy for the synthesis of mesoporous Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ as a cathode precursor for buffer layer-free deposition on stabilized zirconia electrolyte with a superior electrochemical performance

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    Su, Chao; Xu, Xiaomin; Chen, Yubo; Liu, Yu; Tadé, Moses O.; Shao, Zongping

    2015-01-01

    We develop a facile and effective top-down method for the fabrication of mesoporous Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSCF) oxide with a high specific surface area (∼25 m2 g-1). The original BSCF is first synthesized by the simple EDTA-citric acid complexing method, and then treated in H2O2 to obtain the mesoporous BSCF. The structure and morphology of as-prepared BSCF power is systematically characterized by N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, XRD, TEM, SEM and ICP techniques. A possible mechanism for the creation of mesoporous BSCF is proposed, in which Ba2+ and Sr2+ dissolve selectively from partial BSCF particles during the catalytic decomposition of H2O2. The electrochemical properties are investigated by the EIS and I-V test in the symmetrical cell and integrated single cell configurations, respectively. The interfacial reaction between BSCF electrode and YSZ electrolyte was suppressed successfully by using the BSCF with high specific surface area to decrease the sintering temperature (800 °C), thus the electrode exhibits high oxygen reduction reaction activity. The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) achieves an exciting peak power density of ∼1800 mW cm-2 at 800 °C, signifying the mesoporous BSCF, together with the preparation method, has a good application prospect in the development of SOFCs.

  15. Stabilizing interface layer of LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 cathode materials under high voltage using p-toluenesulfonyl isocyanate as film forming additive

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    Dong, Peng; Wang, Ding; Yao, Yao; Li, Xue; Zhang, Yingjie; Ru, Juanjian; Ren, Ting

    2017-03-01

    p-Toluenesulfonyl isocyanate (PTSI) is introduced as electrolyte additive in a bid to enhance the electrochemical performances of LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 cathode materials under high voltage. A less resistive and stable film on the cathode surface derived from PTSI oxidation which taken place prior to the carbonate solvents is formed. As a result, the discharge capacity retention of Li/LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 cell is elevated from 71.4% to 86.2% after 100 cycles at room temperature, and from 32.3% to 54.5% after 100 cycles at 55 °C. In addition, the Li/LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 half cell with PTSI exhibits superior rate capability compared to that in baseline electrolyte. The improved performance is not only ascribed to the thin protective layer originated from PTSI decomposition which prevent the successive breakdown of the electrolyte on cathode surface, but it is also attributed to the sbnd Sdbnd O group in PTSI serves as the weak base site to restrain the reactivity of PF5, resulting in the suppression of LiF formation and HF generation.

  16. Insights into the Dual-Electrode Characteristics of Layered Na0.5Ni0.25Mn0.75O2 Materials for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Palanisamy, Manikandan; Kim, Hyun Woo; Heo, Seongwoo; Lee, Eungje; Kim, Youngsik

    2017-03-29

    Sodium-ion batteries are now close to replacing lithium-ion batteries because they provide superior alternative energy storage solutions that are in great demand, particularly for large-scale applications. To that end, the present study is focused on the properties of a new type of dual-electrode material, Na0.5Ni0.25Mn0.75O2, synthesized using a mixed hydroxy-carbonate route. Cyclic voltammetry confirms that redox couples, at high and low voltage ranges, are facilitated by the unique features and properties of this dual-electrode, through sodium ion deintercalation/intercalation into the layered Na0.5Ni0.25Mn0.75O2 material. This material provides superior performance for Na-ion batteries, as evidenced by the fabricated sodium cell that yielded initial charge-discharge capacities of 125/218 mAh g(-1) in the voltage range of 1.5-4.4 V at 0.5 C. At a low voltage range (1.5-2.6 V), the anode cell delivered discharge-charge capacities of 100/99 mAh g(-1) with 99% capacity retention, which corresponds to highly reversible redox reaction of the Mn(4+/3+) reduction and the Mn(3+/4+) oxidation observed at 1.85 and 2.06 V, respectively. The symmetric Na-ion cell, fabricated using Na0.5Ni0.25Mn0.75O2, yielded initial charge-discharge capacities of 196/187 μAh at 107 μA. These results encourage the further development of new types of futuristic sodium-ion-battery-based energy storage systems.

  17. Ultrathin Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 Ferroelectric Films on Si.

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    Chernikova, Anna; Kozodaev, Maksim; Markeev, Andrei; Negrov, Dmitrii; Spiridonov, Maksim; Zarubin, Sergei; Bak, Ohheum; Buragohain, Pratyush; Lu, Haidong; Suvorova, Elena; Gruverman, Alexei; Zenkevich, Andrei

    2016-03-23

    Because of their immense scalability and manufacturability potential, the HfO2-based ferroelectric films attract significant attention as strong candidates for application in ferroelectric memories and related electronic devices. Here, we report the ferroelectric behavior of ultrathin Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films, with the thickness of just 2.5 nm, which makes them suitable for use in ferroelectric tunnel junctions, thereby further expanding the area of their practical application. Transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction analysis of the films grown on highly doped Si substrates confirms formation of the fully crystalline non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic phase responsible for ferroelectricity in Hf0.5Zr0.5O2. Piezoresponse force microscopy and pulsed switching testing performed on the deposited top TiN electrodes provide further evidence of the ferroelectric behavior of the Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films. The electronic band lineup at the top TiN/Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 interface and band bending at the adjacent n(+)-Si bottom layer attributed to the polarization charges in Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 have been determined using in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. The obtained results represent a significant step toward the experimental implementation of Si-based ferroelectric tunnel junctions.

  18. Synthesis and electrochemical properties of layered structure Li[Ni{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.25}]O{sub 2} cathode material

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    Prathibha, G.; Rosaiah, P.; Reddy, B. Purusottam; Ganesh, K. Sivajee; Hussain, O. M.

    2015-06-24

    Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries are currently the energy source of choice for cell phones, laptops, and other mobile electronic devices due to their balance of high energy density with high power density compared to other electrochemical energy carriers. In the present study, mixed hydroxide method is used to prepare Li[Ni{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.25}Mn{sub 0.25}]O{sub 2} from the precursors and analyze qualitatively and studied the electrochemical properties. The XRD spectrum exhibited predominant (003) orientation at 2θ =18.39{sup o} corresponding to hexagonal layered structure of R3m symmetry with evaluated lattice parameters are a= 2.84 Å, c= 14.43 Å. Raman measurements were performed to understand the microstructure and vibrational modes of the prepared sample. From the electrochemical (EC) studies an initial discharge capacity of about 140 mAhg{sup −1} with good cyclic stability was observed for the prepared sample in the potential range 0.0 −1.0V in aqueous medium.

  19. Enhanced second-harmonic generation in Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3/La0.5Sr0.5MnO3 superlattices

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    Lee, J. S.; Nakamura, M.; Kawasaki, M.; Tokura, Y.

    2013-12-01

    We investigated second harmonic generation for manganite superlattices composed of Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 and La0.5Sr0.5MnO3. While the second harmonic intensity shows a strong variation as a function of the constituent layer thickness, it is dramatically enhanced when each layer has a same thickness of about 1.4 nm and endows its own ground state nature, i.e., a charge-orbital ordered antiferromagnetic insulator for Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 and a ferromagnetic metal for La0.5Sr0.5MnO3. From the detailed symmetry analysis, we discuss a possible role of the coexisting phases and their boundaries in the enhancement of the polar character in this manganese oxide superlattice.

  20. Second-order overtone and combination Raman modes of graphene layers in the range of 1690-2150 cm(-1).

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    Cong, Chunxiao; Yu, Ting; Saito, Riichiro; Dresselhaus, Gene F; Dresselhaus, Mildred S

    2011-03-22

    Though graphene has been intensively studied by Raman spectroscopy, in this letter, we report a study of the second-order overtone and combination Raman modes in a mostly unexplored frequency range of 1690-2150 cm(-1) in nonsuspended commensurate (AB-stacked), incommensurate (folded) and suspended graphene layers. On the basis of the double resonance theory, four dominant modes in this range have been assigned to (i) the second order out-of-plane transverse mode (2oTO or M band), (ii) the combinational modes of in-plane transverse acoustic mode and longitudinal optical mode (iTA+LO), (iii) in-plane transverse optical mode and longitudinal acoustic mode (iTO+LA), and (iv) longitudinal optical mode and longitudinal acoustic mode (LO+LA). Differing from AB-stacked bilayer graphene or few layer graphene, single layer graphene shows the disappearance of the M band. Systematic analysis reveals that interlayer interaction is essential for the presence (or absence) of the M band, whereas the substrate has no effect on the presence (or absence) of the M band. Dispersive behaviors of these "new" Raman modes in graphene have been probed by laser excitation energy-dependent Raman spectroscopy. It is found that the appearance of the M band strictly depends on the AB stacking, which could be used as a fingerprint for AB-stacked bilayer graphene. This work expands upon the unique and powerful abilities of Raman spectroscopy to study graphene and provides another effective way to probe phonon dispersion, electron-phonon coupling, and to exploit the electronic band structure of graphene layers.

  1. Acceptor diffusion and segregation in (AlxGa1-x)0.5In0.5P heterostructures

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    Grillot, P. N.; Stockman, S. A.; Huang, J. W.; Bracht, H.; Chang, Y. L.

    2002-04-01

    Acceptor segregation is investigated as a function of compositional difference, Δx, between adjacent layers in (AlxGa1-x)0.5In0.5P heterostructures. Magnesium, Zn, Be, and Mn acceptor species are all shown to segregate out of the high band gap Al-rich (AlxGa1-x)0.5In0.5P layers and into the low band gap Al-poor (AlxGa1-x)0.5In0.5P layers during high temperature epitaxial growth of such heterostructures. The observed acceptor segregation appears to be independent of growth method or dopant incorporation method (metalorganic chemical vapor deposition, gas source molecular-beam epitaxy, or ion implantation), and increases with increasing compositional difference between adjacent (AlxGa1-x)0.5In0.5P layers. A theoretical model is developed to describe acceptor segregation based on charge separation and the resulting electric field across the heterointerface, and the resulting acceptor segregation is shown to vary as (mh AL*/mh CL*)3/2 exp(ΔEV/kT) where mh AL* and mh CL* are the hole effective masses in the active layer and confining layer, and ΔEV is the valence band offset. Comparison between experimentally measured and theoretically predicted acceptor segregation ratios gives excellent agreement for (AlxGa1-x)0.5In0.5P heterostructures over the range of compositional differences from Δx=0.12 to Δx=0.93.

  2. Phase transitions in Fe0.5Co0.5 (110) thin films

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    Ramírez-Dámaso, G.; Castillo-Alvarado, F. L.; Rojas-Hernández, E.

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, we present calculations for two second-order phase transitions in (110) Fe0.5Co0.5 thin films with 11, 15, and 19 monoatomic layers. The lattice and magnetic transitions are based on thermodynamic equilibrium considerations of the magnetic alloy. The procedure proposed by Valenta and Sukiennicki was applied to calculate the composition x(i), the lattice order parameter t(i), and the magnetic order parameter σ(i) as a function of temperature T. We confirmed that both phase transitions, lattice and magnetic, are of the second order, in accordance with experimental results in the literature. The obtained behavior of these parameters indicates their inhomogeneity due to the boundary conditions on the surfaces of the thin film.

  3. Sensitivity of the regional climate model RegCM4.2 to planetary boundary layer parameterisation

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    Güttler, Ivan; Branković, Čedo; O'Brien, Travis A.; Coppola, Erika; Grisogono, Branko; Giorgi, Filippo

    2014-10-01

    This study investigates the performance of two planetary boundary layer (PBL) parameterisations in the regional climate model RegCM4.2 with specific focus on the recently implemented prognostic turbulent kinetic energy parameterisation scheme: the University of Washington (UW) scheme. When compared with the default Holtslag scheme, the UW scheme, in the 10-year experiments over the European domain, shows a substantial cooling. It reduces winter warm bias over the north-eastern Europe by 2 °C and reduces summer warm bias over central Europe by 3 °C. A part of the detected cooling is ascribed to a general reduction in lower tropospheric eddy heat diffusivity with the UW scheme. While differences in temperature tendency due to PBL schemes are mostly localized to the lower troposphere, the schemes show a much higher diversity in how vertical turbulent mixing of the water vapour mixing ratio is governed. Differences in the water vapour mixing ratio tendency due to the PBL scheme are present almost throughout the troposphere. However, they alone cannot explain the overall water vapour mixing ratio profiles, suggesting strong interaction between the PBL and other model parameterisations. An additional 18-member ensemble with the UW scheme is made, where two formulations of the master turbulent length scale in unstable conditions are tested and unconstrained parameters associated with (a) the evaporative enhancement of the cloud-top entrainment and (b) the formulation of the master turbulent length scale in stable conditions are systematically perturbed. These experiments suggest that the master turbulent length scale in the UW scheme could be further refined in the current implementation in the RegCM model. It was also found that the UW scheme is less sensitive to the variations of the other two selected unconstrained parameters, supporting the choice of these parameters in the default formulation of the UW scheme.

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  6. Impact of mechanical stress on ferroelectricity in (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 thin films

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    Shiraishi, Takahisa; Katayama, Kiliha; Yokouchi, Tatsuhiko; Shimizu, Takao; Oikawa, Takahiro; Sakata, Osami; Uchida, Hiroshi; Imai, Yasuhiko; Kiguchi, Takanori; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    To investigate the impact of mechanical stress on their ferroelectric properties, polycrystalline (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 thin films were deposited on (111)Pt-coated SiO2, Si, and CaF2 substrates with thermal expansion coefficients of 0.47, 4.5, and 22 × 10-6/ °C, respectively. In-plane X-ray diffraction measurements revealed that the (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 thin films deposited on SiO2 and Si substrates were under in-plane tensile strain and that their volume fraction of monoclinic phase decreased as this strain increased. In contrast, films deposited on CaF2 substrates were under in-plane compressive strain, and their volume fraction of monoclinic phase was the largest among the three kinds of substrates. The maximum remanent polarization of 9.3 μC/cm2 was observed for Pt/(Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2/Pt/TiO2/SiO2, while ferroelectricity was barely observable for Pt/(Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2/Pt/TiO2/SiO2/CaF2. This result suggests that the in-plane tensile strain effectively enhanced the ferroelectricity of the (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 thin films.

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  8. MOCVD-derived multilayer Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ films based on a novel heating method

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    Zhao, Ruipeng; Zhang, Fei; Liu, Qing; Xia, Yudong; Lu, Yuming; Cai, Chuanbing; Xiong, Jie; Tao, Bowan; Li, Yanrong

    2017-02-01

    Multilayer Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ (GdYBCO) films have been deposited by the metal organic chemical vapor deposition process on LaMnO3/epitaxial MgO/ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-MgO/solution deposition planarization-Y2O3-buffered Hastelloy tapes. The buffered tapes were heated by the Joule effect after applying a heating current (I h) through the Hastelloy metal substrates. For this kind of current heating method, the heating energy is transmitted from the Hastelloy metal substrate to the oxide buffer layers, thereby the surface temperature of the tape will decline with an increase in the thickness of the deposited GdYBCO film if the heating current is unchanged. Therefore, the multilayer GdYBCO film structure where I h was adjusted for each layer was adopted to make sure that the surface temperature was always high enough to deposit purely c-axis oriented GdYBCO films. With this method, four-layer 1000 nm thick GdYBCO films were successfully prepared and the critical current (I c) reached 328 A cm-1 width (77 K, 0 T), corresponding to the critical current density (J c) of 3.28 MA cm-2 (77 K, 0 T).

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  2. Grain size engineering for ferroelectric Hf{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} films by an insertion of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interlayer

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    Kim, Han Joon; Park, Min Hyuk; Kim, Yu Jin; Lee, Young Hwan; Jeon, Woojin; Gwon, Taehong; Moon, Taehwan; Kim, Keum Do; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2014-11-10

    The degradation of ferroelectric (FE) properties of atomic layer deposited Hf{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} films with increasing thickness was mitigated by inserting 1 nm-thick Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interlayer at middle position of the thickness of the FE film. The large P{sub r} of 10 μC/cm{sup 2}, which is 11 times larger than that of single layer Hf{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} film with equivalent thickness, was achieved from the films as thick as 40 nm. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interlayer could interrupt the continual growth of Hf{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} films, and the resulting decrease of grain size prevented the formation of non-ferroelectric monoclinic phase. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interlayer also largely decreased the leakage current of the Hf{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 0.5}O{sub 2} films.

  3. Enhanced electrostricitive properties and thermal endurance of textured (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-BaTiO3-(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics

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    Hao, Jigong; Ye, Chenggen; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei

    2013-08-01

    Textured 0.92(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.06BaTiO3-0.02(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (BNT-BT-KNN) ceramics have been produced by tape casting with pure-phase (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3 templates. Through the approach of texture construction, enhanced electrostrictive response was obtained with an electrostrictive coefficient Q33 (˜0.024 m4/C2 at 60 kV/cm) and good thermostability comparable with that of traditional Pb-based electrostrictors. Even at an electric-field as low as 35 kV/cm or at a temperature as high as 180 °C, samples still possess a large electrostrictive response with Q33 > 0.022 m4/C2, suggesting it is very promising for practical applications as a lead-free electrostrictive material owning to its wide usage range. Moreover, reducing the applied electric-filed or increasing temperature can both induce the predominant to pure electrostriction transition due to the little contributions of electrostriction strain from ferroelectric domain switching. Our work may provide a new recipe for designing high-performance BNT-based lead-free electrostrictive materials by means of texture construction.

  4. A new zinc pyromellitate, [(C 4N 2H 12) 0.5(NH 2(CH 3) 2][Zn(C 10H 2O 8)]·1.78H 2O, with a layered structure

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    Ganesan, S. V.; Lightfoot, Philip; Natarajan, Srinivasan

    2004-07-01

    A hydrothermal reaction of ZnO, HCl, pyromellitic acid, piperazine and water/DMF mixture gave rise to a layered Zn coordination polymer. The structure, determined by single crystal XRD, consists of a network of ZnO 4 centers, tetrahedrally coordinated by pyromellitate anions giving rise to a two-dimensional sheet structure. The connectivity resembles a 4-connected network in which each Zn atom is connected to four BTEC anions and each BTEC anion is linked to four Zn 2+ ions. The DMF, under hydrothermal conditions, has transformed into dimethylamine. Both the acid and polymer shows photoluminescence with the main emission band for the polymer at about 390 nm ( λex=338 nm). Our continuing investigations clearly reveal that it is profitable to explore amine templated metal-organic frameworks.

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  16. Solid-State Synthesis and Thermoelectric Properties of Mg2Si0.5Ge0.5Sb m

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    You, Sin-Wook; Shin, Dong-Kil; Ur, Soon-Chul; Kim, Il-Ho

    2015-06-01

    Mg2Si0.5Ge0.5Sb m ( m = 0, 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, and 0.03) solid solutions were synthesized by a solid-state reaction and consolidated by hot pressing. All specimens showed n-type conduction, and carrier concentrations were increased from 4.0 × 1017 cm-3 to 3.2 × 1021 cm-3 by Sb doping. The electrical conductivity remarkably increased with increasing Sb doping content, but the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient was reduced as the Sb doping content increased, which was attributed to the increased carrier concentration. The lowest thermal conductivity was 2.3 W/mK for Mg2Si0.5Ge0.5Sb0.02 at 723 K, and the maximum ZT value of 0.56 was obtained for Mg2Si0.5Ge0.5Sb0.02 at 823 K.

  17. High-performance FeSe0.5Te0.5 thin films fabricated on less-well-textured flexible coated conductor templates

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    Xu, Zhongtang; Yuan, Pusheng; Ma, Yanwei; Cai, Chuanbing

    2017-03-01

    We report on the transport properties of FeSe0.5Te0.5 (FST) thin films fabricated on less-well-textured flexible coated conductor templates with LaMnO3 (LMO) as buffer layers using pulsed laser deposition. The LMO buffer layers exhibit large in-plane misalignment of ˜7.72°, which is unfavorable for cuprate-coated conductors due to the high grain boundaries. The FST thin films show a superconducting transition temperature of 16.8 K, higher than that of bulk materials due to the compressive strain between LMO and FST. Atomic force microscopy observations reveal that island-like features appear at the surfaces of both LMO and FST, confirming the island growth mode. A self-field transport critical-current density of up to 0.43 MA cm-2 at 4.2 K has been observed in FST thin films, which is much higher than that in powder-in-tube processed FST tapes. The films are capable of carrying current densities of over 105 A cm-2 in the whole applied magnetic field up to 9 T, showing great potential for high-field applications. The results indicate that, for FST, highly textured metal tapes are not needed to produce coated conductors with high performance, which is of great advantage over cuprate-coated conductors.

  18. High performance FeSe0.5Te0.5 thin films grown at low temperature by pulsed laser deposition

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    Yuan, Pusheng; Xu, Zhongtang; Zhang, Haitao; Wang, Dongliang; Ma, Yanwei; Zhang, Ming; Li, Jianqi

    2015-06-01

    We report on fully epitaxial FeSe0.5Te0.5 (FST) thin films of high quality grown on CaF2 (00l) substrate at a low temperature of 300 °C by pulsed laser deposition. The transport Jc of thin films is up to 1.36 MA cm-2 in self-field and 0.97 MA cm-2 in 9 T at 4.2 K, indicating very weak field dependence. A near isotropy of Jc (γ = JcH//ab/JcH//c) as low as 1.09 at 9 T is achieved in the FST thin films. Moreover, there is no clear amorphous interfacial layer between the film and the substrate, probably due to low temperature and low laser repetition rate, while the thickness of the reaction layer is approximate 5 nm in many other works. The transmission electron microscopy evidence shows that some lattices with lateral size <5 nm × 20 nm seem to be disturbed. These location defects are thought to be responsible for the nearly isotropic behavior of the superconductivity.

  19. Proton conduction and chemical stability of (La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5})(Mg{sub 0.5+y}Nb{sub 0.5-y})O{sub 3-{delta}}

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    Kawasaki, Yuya; Okada, Sachio; Ito, Naoki; Matsumoto, Hiroshige Ishihara, Tatsumi

    2009-02-04

    Electrical conduction properties of complex perovskite-type oxides in the (La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5})(Mg{sub 0.5+y}Nb{sub 0.5-y})O{sub 3-{delta}} (y = 0.02-0.06) series at intermediate-high temperatures were investigated; introduction of protons by hydration of oxide-ion vacancies was expected by increasing the Mg/Nb ratio from unity. The conductivity depended on y and a maximum conductivity was obtained at y = 0.04: {sigma} = 4.9 x 10{sup -6} S cm{sup -1} at 400 deg. C in wet H{sub 2} atmospheres. From electromotive force measurements of hydrogen and water vapor concentration cells, electrical conduction in wet H{sub 2} atmospheres can be attributed to ionic conduction, and proton conduction is dominant below 700 deg. C. Unlike other perovskite-type proton conductors, (La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5})(Mg{sub 0.54}Nb{sub 0.46})O{sub 3-{delta}} was stable in CO{sub 2} atmospheres even in the low-intermediate temperature region due to dilution of reactive strontium by lanthanum.

  20. Indicators of aqueous alteration in CM carbonaceous chondrites: Microtextures of a layered mineral containing Fe, S, O and Ni

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    Tomeoka, Kazushige; Buseck, Peter R.

    1985-10-01

    A petrographic and transmission electron microscopy study of the Mighei, Murchison. and Murray CM carbonaceous chondrites shows that much of the CM matrix material was probably produced by aqueous alteration of olivine, pyroxene, sulfide, and metal. The amount of CM matrix appears to be proportional to the degree of alteration, as suggested by McSween (1979), and microtextures of PCP ("poorly characterized phase") provide evidence of the progressive alteration. PCP is divided into two major types; one occurs in chondrules and aggregates and consists largely of an Fe-Ni-S-O phase (Type-I), and the other occurs in matrix and consists of the Fe-Ni-S-O phase and cronstedtite in various proportions (Type-II). Microtextures of PCP suggest that it resulted from a three-stage alteration process. (1) Type-I was produced by alteration of kamacite in chondrules and aggregates, presumably early, in the parent body regolith. (2) As the alteration advanced, olivine and pyroxene were converted to serpentine. Type-I PCP separated from chondrules and aggregates (into the matrix) during regolith gardening. Simultaneously, the Fe-Ni-S-O phase reacted with Si (released by alteration of olivine and pyroxene), producing well-formed platy cronstedtite and coherent intergrowths of the Fe-Ni-S-O phase and cronstedtite. The Fe-Ni-S-O phase also recrystallized into platy and pod-like crystals. Fe. S. Ni, Cr. and P were leached out of Type-I PCP and were deposited as small grains of Fe-Ni Sulfides, magnetite, chromite. and a mineral (unidentified) containing Fe. Ni, Cr, and P. As a result, PCP came to consist primarily of the Fe-Ni-S-O phase and cronstedtite, i.e., Type-II PCP. (3) During continued alteration, the well formed crystals of the Fe-Ni-S-O phase, cronstedtite, and their intergrowths in Type-II PCP were replaced by poorly formed fibers. In comparison to other CM chondrites, Mighei. Murchison, and Murray are relatively unaltered. Their matrices retain abundant amounts of the Fe

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  13. Radiation hardness of Ga0.5In0.5 P/GaAs tandem solar cells

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    Kurtz, Sarah R.; Olson, J. M.; Bertness, K. A.; Friedman, D. J.; Kibbler, A.; Cavicchi, B. T.; Krut, D. D.

    1991-01-01

    The radiation hardness of a two-junction monolithic Ga sub 0.5 In sub 0.5 P/GaAs cell with tunnel junction interconnect was investigated. Related single junction cells were also studied to identify the origins of the radiation losses. The optimal design of the cell is discussed. The air mass efficiency of an optimized tandem cell after irradiation with 10(exp 15) cm (-2) 1 MeV electrons is estimated to be 20 percent using currently available technology.

  14. Magnetic anisotropy and interlayer coupling in Fe{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}(100) films on GaAs(100)

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    Pechan, Michael J.; Compton, Robert L.; Bennett, Douglas; Chen, L. C.; Palmstrom, C. J.; Allen, S. James

    2001-06-01

    Epitaxial Fe{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}(100) films have been grown via MBE on GaAs (100) at reduced temperatures in order to minimize interfacial reactions. In-plane magnetization measurements reveal an overall twofold anisotropy superimposed with a fourfold component. Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements as a function of in-plane angle confirmed the mixed anisotropy state and provided energy densities of {minus}2.4{times}10{sup 5}erg/cm{sup 3} and {minus}2.2{times}10{sup 5}erg/cm{sup 3} for the twofold and fourfold terms, respectively. Two FeCo/InAs/FeCo trilayer samples were prepared to examine interlayer coupling effects. The samples differed in growth temperature (95{degree}C and 150{degree}C) of the InAs layer. FMR shows evidence for interlayer coupling in the 95{degree}C, but not the 150{degree}C sample. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  15. Excess Conductivity Analysis of (Cu0.5Tl0.5)-1223 Substituted by Pr and La

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    Abou-Aly, A. I.; Awad, R.; Kamal, M.; Anas, M.

    2011-05-01

    Series of superconducting samples of type Cu0.5Tl0,5 Ba2Ca2- y R y Cu3O10- δ , where R=Pr and La with 0≤ y≤0.20, were prepared in a sealed quartz tube via a single-step solid-state reaction technique. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and electron dispersive X-ray (EDX). XRD studies indicated that the tetragonal structure of (Cu0.5Tl0.5)-1223 phase does not change by Pr or La-substitutions whereas the lattice parameters a and c do. The elemental compositions analysis, determined from EDX, indicated that both Pr and La were successfully introduced into the microstructure of (Cu0.5Tl0.5)-1223 phase. The electrical resistivity ρ( T) was measured as a function of temperature using conventional dc four-probe technique. The fluctuation conductivity Δ σ, above the superconducting transition temperature T c, was analyzed as a function of temperature using Aslamazov and Larkin model. It exhibits four different fluctuation regions namely critical (cr), three-dimensional (3D), two-dimensional (2D), and short-wave (sw). The zero-temperature coherence length, effective layer thickness of the two-dimensional system and inter-layer coupling strength were estimated as a function of the substitution-content y. Furthermore, the thermodynamics critical field, lower critical magnetic field, upper critical magnetic field, critical current density and Fermi energy were calculated from the Ginzburg number. The data indicated that both Pr and La-substitutions have quite similar behaviors.

  16. Sinterability studies on K 0.5Na 0.5NbO 3 using laser as energy source

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    Tian, Xiaoyong; Dittmar, Anne; Melcher, Jörg; Heinrich, Jürgen G.

    2010-08-01

    The sinterability of K 0.5Na 0.5NbO 3 (KNN) ceramics by a laser beam has been investigated in the present research. A 100 W CO 2 laser with a beam diameter of 0.6 mm has been used to sinter the KNN specimens prepared on a uniaxial pressing machine. The relations between laser power and thickness of densified layer, crystallographic structures and phase compositions have been studied. A comparison has been made between laser and furnace sintered KNN samples according to the SEM, XRD and XRF results. The possibility of KNN used for the layer-wise laser direct sintering 3D components has been confirmed in this paper.

  17. Structural transformations in high-capacity Li2Cu0.5Ni0.5O2 cathodes

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    Ruther, Rose E.; Pandian, Amaresh Samuthira; Yan, Pengfei; ...

    2017-03-09

    Cathode materials that can cycle >1 Li+ per transition metal are of substantial interest for increasing the overall energy density of lithium-ion batteries. Li2Cu0.5Ni0.5O2 has a very high theoretical capacity of ~500 mAh/g assuming both Li+ ions are cycled reversibly. The Cu2+/3+ and Ni2+/3+/4+ redox couples are also at high voltage, which could further boost the energy density of this system. Despite such promise, Li2Cu0.5Ni0.5O2 undergoes irreversible phase changes during charge (delithiation) that result in large first-cycle irreversible loss and poor long-term cycling stability. Oxygen evolves before the Cu2+/3+ or Ni3+/4+ transitions are accessed. In this contribution, X-ray diffraction, transmissionmore » electron microscopy (TEM), and transmission X-ray microscopy combined with X-ray absorption near edge structure (TXM–XANES) are used to follow the chemical and structural changes that occur in Li2Cu0.5Ni0.5O2 during electrochemical cycling. Li2Cu0.5Ni0.5O2 is a solid solution of orthorhombic Li2CuO2 and Li2NiO2, but the structural changes more closely mimic the changes that the Li2NiO2 endmember undergoes. Li2Cu0.5Ni0.5O2 loses long-range order during charge, but TEM analysis provides clear evidence of particle exfoliation and the transformation from orthorhombic to a partially layered structure. Linear combination fitting and principal component analysis of TXM–XANES are used to map the different phases that emerge during cycling ex situ and in situ. Lastly, significant changes in the XANES at the Cu and Ni K-edges correlate with the onset of oxygen evolution.« less

  18. Atomic Layer Deposition of Al2O3-Ga2O3 Alloy Coatings for Li[Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2]O2 Cathode to Improve Rate Performance in Li-Ion Battery.

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    Laskar, Masihhur R; Jackson, David H K; Guan, Yingxin; Xu, Shenzhen; Fang, Shuyu; Dreibelbis, Mark; Mahanthappa, Mahesh K; Morgan, Dane; Hamers, Robert J; Kuech, Thomas F

    2016-04-27

    Metal oxide coatings can improve the electrochemical stability of cathodes and hence, their cycle-life in rechargeable batteries. However, such coatings often impose an additional electrical and ionic transport resistance to cathode surfaces leading to poor charge-discharge capacity at high C-rates. Here, a mixed oxide (Al2O3)1-x(Ga2O3)x alloy coating, prepared via atomic layer deposition (ALD), on Li[Ni0.5Mn0.3Co0.2]O2 (NMC) cathodes is developed that has increased electron conductivity and demonstrated an improved rate performance in comparison to uncoated NMC. A "co-pulsing" ALD technique was used which allows intimate and controlled ternary mixing of deposited film to obtain nanometer-thick mixed oxide coatings. Co-pulsing allows for independent control over film composition and thickness in contrast to separate sequential pulsing of the metal sources. (Al2O3)1-x(Ga2O3)x alloy coatings were demonstrated to improve the cycle life of the battery. Cycle tests show that increasing Al-content in alloy coatings increases capacity retention; whereas a mixture of compositions near (Al2O3)0.5(Ga2O3)0.5 was found to produce the optimal rate performance.

  19. Thickness dependence of superconductivity in FeSe0.5Te0.5 nanodevices

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    Yue, Chunlei; Hu, Jin; Liu, Xue; Mao, Zhiqiang; Wei, Jiang

    2014-03-01

    We investigated the thickness dependence of superconductivity on thin film single-crystal FeSe0.5Te0.5 nanodevices. We designed two independent approaches of exfoliation and ion milling to reduce the crystal thickness. On both methods, we discovered that once the thickness of crystal is reduced below 20nm, the superconductivity disappears. When the thickness is approaching to the critical thickness of 20nm, the normal state becomes more insulating, and transition temperature (14K) shifts toward lower temperature. In addition, ion milling method reveals that there is always about 6nm of non- stoichiometric FeSexTe1-x developed on the surface of FeSe0.5Te0.5 single crystal in ambient environment.

  20. Nanostructural and electrical properties of LA0.5SR0.5CoO3

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    Bahari, A.; Ramzannezhad, A.; Shajari, D.; Najafi, H.

    2017-02-01

    A group of ABO3 perovskite-type oxides is currently under intensive studies for their potential as chemical sensing, ferroelectric memories, gas separation and computer devices. This group includes LaxSr1‑xCoO3 (LSCO). In the present work, we have synthesized LSCO samples by using the sol-gel method and studied their nano structural and electrical properties with using the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), Current density-voltage (J-V) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) techniques. We synthesized nanoparticles with diameters between 50 and 100 nm by calcination of the pulverized gel powders, and then studied its structure. The band gap characteristics of the La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 structure were also analyzed. The obtained results show that La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 with favorable carrier mobility ( ˜ 1.7 × 10‑2 cm2v‑2s‑1) and dielectric constant (16) exhibits a variety of interesting physical properties which include ferroelectric, dielectric, pyroelectric and piezoelectric behavior.

  1. Chernobyl fallout in the uppermost (0-3 cm) humus layer of forest soil in Finland, North East Russia and the Baltic countries in 2000--2003.

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    Ylipieti, J; Rissanen, K; Kostiainen, E; Salminen, R; Tomilina, O; Täht, K; Gilucis, A; Gregorauskiene, V

    2008-12-15

    The situation resulting from the Chernobyl fallout in 1987 was compared to that in 2000--2001 in Finland and NW Russia and that in 2003 in the Baltic countries. 786 humus (0-3 cm layer) samples were collected during 2000--2001 in the Barents Ecogeochemistry Project, and 177 samples in the Baltic countries in 2003. Nuclides emitting gamma-radiation in the 0-3 cm humus layer were measured by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority-STUK in Finland. In 1987 the project area was classified by the European Commission into four different fallout classes. 137Cs inventory Bg/m2 levels measured in 2000--2003 were compared to the EU's class ranges. Fitting over the whole project area was implemented by generalizing the results for samples from the Baltic countries, for which Bq/m2 inventories could be calculated. A rough estimation was made by comparing the mass of organic matter and humus with 137Cs concentrations in these two areas. Changes in 137Cs concentration levels are illustrated in both thematic maps and tables. Radionuclide 137Cs concentrations (Bq/kg d.w.) were detected in the humus layer at all the 988 sampling sites. 134Cs was still present in 198 sites 15 years after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. No other anthropogenic nuclides emitting gamma-radiation were detected, but low levels of 60Co, 125Sb and 154Eu isotopes were found in 14 sites. Fifteen years after the Chernobyl accident, the radioactive nuclide 137Cs was and still is the most significant fallout radionuclide in the environment and in food chains. The results show that the fallout can still be detected in the uppermost humus layer in North East Europe.

  2. Metamorphic Al0.5Ga0.5N:Si on AlN/sapphire for the growth of UVB LEDs

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    Enslin, Johannes; Mehnke, Frank; Mogilatenko, Anna; Bellmann, Konrad; Guttmann, Martin; Kuhn, Christian; Rass, Jens; Lobo-Ploch, Neysha; Wernicke, Tim; Weyers, Markus; Kneissl, Michael

    2017-04-01

    In this paper we investigate the growth of metamorphic Al0.5Ga0.5 N :Si on c-plane AlN/sapphire. The structural properties of the AlGaN:Si pseudo substrates and the electro-optical characteristics of subsequently grown UVB LEDs are being examined. We demonstrate, that superlattices allow the controlled strain relaxation of Al0.5Ga0.5 N by rearrangement of threading dislocations, thus preventing the formation of cracks. This study investigates AlN/GaN superlattices with a nominal GaN layer thickness between 1.0 nm and 2.5 nm at a fixed AlN layer thickness of 2.5 nm. The number of superlattice-periods was also varied between 20 and 120. It was found that beyond a GaN layer thickness of 1.5 nm three-dimensional structures are formed. Additionally, these three-dimensional structures reduce the local defect density of the subsequently grown Al0.5Ga0.5 N layer. Although the Al0.5Ga0.5 N layer appears to be almost fully relaxed, the relaxation state of this pseudo substrate, was found to be dependent on the GaN layer thickness in the superlattice. After optimizing the superlattice structure we were able to grow crack free 4 μm thick Si-doped Al0.5Ga0.5 N layers and on top UVB LEDs with a fully strained active region emitting at 310 nm with output powers of more than 18 mW at 500 mA.

  3. Performance improvement of Li-rich layer-structured Li 1.2 Mn 0.54 Ni 0.13 Co 0.13 O 2 by integration with spinel LiNi 0.5 Mn 1.5 O 4

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    Feng, Xin; Yang, Zhenzhong; Tang, Daichun; Kong, Qingyu; Gu, Lin; Wang, Zhaoxiang; Chen, Liquan

    2015-01-01

    Li-rich layered Li1+xMnyM1-x-yO2 (or denoted xLi2MnO3center dot1-xLiMO2, M = Ni, Co, Mn, etc.) are promising cathode materials for high energy-density Li-ion batteries. However, their commercial applications suffer from problems such as a drop in the capacity and discharge voltage during cycling. In this work, the cycling performance of a layered oxide Li1.2Ni0.13Co0.13Mn0.54O2 is improved by integration with spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 to obtain a layered-spinel composite. Characterization by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) as well as cyclic voltammetry (CV) indicates that delayed degradation of layered Li2MnO3 and the suppressed growth of LiMn2O4-like spinel are responsible for the performance improvement.

  4. Performance improvement of Li-rich layer-structured Li(1.2)Mn(0.54)Ni(0.13)Co(0.13)O2 by integration with spinel LiNi(0.5)Mn(1.5)O4.

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    Feng, Xin; Yang, Zhenzhong; Tang, Daichun; Kong, Qingyu; Gu, Lin; Wang, Zhaoxiang; Chen, Liquan

    2015-01-14

    Li-rich layered Li1+xMnyM1-x-yO2 (or denoted xLi2MnO3·(1 -x)LiMO2, M = Ni, Co, Mn, etc.) are promising cathode materials for high energy-density Li-ion batteries. However, their commercial applications suffer from problems such as a drop in the capacity and discharge voltage during cycling. In this work, the cycling performance of a layered oxide Li1.2Ni0.13Co0.13Mn0.54O2 is improved by integration with spinel LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 to obtain a layered-spinel composite. Characterization by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) as well as cyclic voltammetry (CV) indicates that delayed degradation of layered Li2MnO3 and the suppressed growth of LiMn2O4-like spinel are responsible for the performance improvement.

  5. An In0.5Ga0.5N nanowire photoanode for harvesting deep visible light photons

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    Fan, S.; Woo, S. Y.; Vanka, S.; Botton, G. A.; Mi, Z.

    2016-07-01

    III-nitride semiconductors hold tremendous promise for realizing high efficiency photoelectrodes. However, previously reported InGaN photoelectrodes generally exhibit very low photocurrent densities, due to the presence of extensive defects, dislocations, and indium phase separation. Here, we show that In0.5Ga0.5N nanowires with nearly homogeneous indium distribution can be achieved by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Under AM1.5G one sun illumination, the InGaN nanowire photoanode exhibits a photocurrent density of 7.3 mA/cm2 at 1.2 V (vs. NHE) in 1M HBr. The incident-photon-to-current efficiency is above 10% at 650 nm, which is significantly higher than previously reported values of metal oxide photoelectrodes.

  6. In0.5Ga0.5As self-assembled quantum dots on GaP/Si

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    Song, Yuncheng

    This thesis focuses on demonstrating monolithic integration of III-V optoelectronic devices with Si by means of GaP on Si templates. Though high-quality epitaxial GaP on Si has been developed, GaP itself is not useful for most photonic applications due to its indirect bandgap. Historically, deep level impurities have allowed the realization of GaP light emitting diodes (LEDs), but these devices had low efficiency and the gain was insufficient for laser action. The lattice matched dilute nitride material Ga(NAsP) is an option for direct bandgap material on GaP, but N-related point defects make the material challenging to grow. InxGa1--xAs self-assembled quantum dots (SAQDs) grown on GaP offer another path to integration of direct-bandgap III-V material onto Si. The use of InxGa 1--xAs allows access to a wide range of bulk bandgaps (1.42-0.36 eV for x=0-1) and the potential for great flexibility in emission wavelength from visible to near-infrared. While chip-to-chip optical communication remains a goal, a range of sensing applications could also benefit from the direction integration of Si electronics with light sources. Sample growth was carried out by solid-source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) using conditions similar to those used for the well-known case of InAs/GaAs SAQDs. SAQD formation was through Stranski--Krastanov (S-K) growth mode, as evidenced by reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Cross-sectional transmission microscopy (XTEM) with several two-beam conditions confirmed that both the SAQDs and the GaP cap layer were free of dislocations. Intense photoluminescence was visible from the quantum dots at both 80 K and room temperature to the unaided eye in ambient lighting. The photoluminescence results also showed that emission energy can be controlled by varying the In0.5Ga0.5As deposition thickness. The commercial availability of high-quality GaP/Si templates enabled research on In0.5Ga0.5As

  7. Layed Perovskite PRBA0.5SR0.5CO205 as High Performance Cathode for Solid Oxide Fuels Using Photon Conducting Electrolyte

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    Brinkman, K.

    2010-05-05

    The layered perovskite PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+{delta}} (PBSC) was investigated as a cathode material for a solid oxide fuel cell using a proton-conducting electrolyte based on BaCe{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.2}Zr{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-{delta}} (BCYZ). The sintering conditions for the PBSC-BCYZ composite cathode were optimized resulting in the lowest area-specific resistance and apparent activation energy obtained with the cathode sintered at 1200 C for 2h. The maximum power densities of the PBSC-BCYZ/BZCY/NiO-BCYZ cell were 0.179, 0.274, 0.395, and 0.522 Wcm{sup -2} at 550, 600, 650, and 700 C, respectively with a 15{micro}m thick electrolyte. A relatively low cell interfacial polarization resistance of 0.132 {Omega}cm{sup 2} at 700 C indicated that the PBSC-BCYZ could be a good cathode candidate for intermediate temperature SOFCs with proton-conducting electrolyte.

  8. Structural and magnetic properties of epitaxial Heusler alloy Fe{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}Si

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    Wang, Yu-Pu; Han, Gu-Chang; Qiu, Jinjun; Yap, Qi-Jia; Lu, Hui; Teo, Kie-Leong

    2014-05-07

    This paper reports the study of structural and magnetic properties of Heusler alloy Fe{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}Si (FCCS) thin film and its tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effect. The smooth quaternary Heusler alloy FCCS film with surface roughness of rms value of 0.25 nm measured by atomic force microscopy and partial L2{sub 1} phase was obtained by magnetron sputtering at room temperature followed by in-situ annealing at 400 °C. The saturation magnetization and coercivity of FCCS are 410 emu/cm{sup 3} and 20 Oe, respectively. The magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) using FCCS as free layer were studied in detail as a function of post-annealing temperature. A TMR ratio of 15.6% has been achieved with 300 °C post-annealing. This is about twice the highest TMR ratio obtained in MTJs using Fe{sub 2}CrSi. The enhancement of TMR ratio can be attributed to the successful tuning of the Fermi level of Fe{sub 2}CrSi close to the center of the minority band gap by Co-doping.

  9. Metamagnetic Transitions in La_{0.5}Pr_{0.5}Mn_2Si_2

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    Duman, Eyüp; Acet, Mehmet; Krenke, Thorsten; Ouladdiaf, Bachir; Suard, Emmanual

    2017-03-01

    La_{0.5}Pr_{0.5}Mn_2Si_2 undergoes an antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic transition at about 250 K (-23°C). This transition can also be induced by an external magnetic field leading to a metamagnetic transition. This can lead to a large change in the magnetic entropy, which is useful for magnetic cooling and studying the magnetocaloric effect. We investigated the details of the spin configuration as the magnetic ordering progresses from AF to FM by neutron diffraction techniques under magnetic fields up to 5 T and using spectral refining methods.

  10. Superhard W0.5Ta0.5B nanowires prepared at ambient pressure

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    Yeung, Michael T.; Akopov, Georgiy; Lin, Cheng-Wei; King, Daniel J.; Li, Rebecca L.; Sobell, Zachary C.; Mohammadi, Reza; Kaner, Richard B.

    2016-11-01

    The primary focus of superhard materials development has relied on chemical tuning of the crystal structure. While these intrinsic effects are invaluable, there is a strong possibility that hardness can be dramatically enhanced using extrinsic effects. Here, we demonstrate that the superhard metal W0.5Ta0.5B can be prepared as nanowires through flux growth. The aspect ratios of the nanowires are controlled by the concentration of boride in molten aluminum, and the nanowires grow along the boron-boron chains, confirmed via electron diffraction. This morphology inherently results from the crystal habit of borides and can inspire the development of other nanostructured materials.

  11. Synthesis and crystal structure of Bi6(Bi0.5Cu0.5)V2O15+y

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    Gupta, Akanksha; Uma, S.

    2015-10-01

    The structure of the oxide with composition Bi6(Bi0.5Cu0.5)V2O15+y has been solved based on single crystal X-ray diffraction and is found to be monoclinic (S. G. I2), a=11.276(1) Å, b=5.4513(2) Å, c=11.055(3) Å, β=96.70°(1). The crystal was twinned by 180° rotoinversion about [ 1 bar 0 1] in the direct lattice as found in the the phosphates, Bi6TiP2O16 and Bi6+xM1-xP2O15+y (M=Mn, Fe and Ni), wherein chains of edge sharing (OBi4) tetrahedral units are connected by layers of VO4 tetrahedra and (Bi/Cu)O6-x (x=oxygen vacancies) octahedra.

  12. High current superconductivity in FeSe0.5Te0.5-coated conductors at 30 tesla.

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    Si, Weidong; Han, Su Jung; Shi, Xiaoya; Ehrlich, Steven N; Jaroszynski, J; Goyal, Amit; Li, Qiang

    2013-01-01

    Although high-temperature superconductor cuprates have been discovered for more than 25 years, superconductors for high-field application are still based on low-temperature superconductors, such as Nb(3)Sn. The high anisotropies, brittle textures and high manufacturing costs limit the applicability of the cuprates. Here we demonstrate that the iron superconductors, without most of the drawbacks of the cuprates, have a superior high-field performance over low-temperature superconductors at 4.2 K. With a CeO(2) buffer, critical current densities >10(6)  A cm(-2) were observed in iron-chalcogenide FeSe(0.5)Te(0.5) films grown on single-crystalline and coated conductor substrates. These films are capable of carrying critical current densities exceeding 10(5) A cm(-2) under 30 tesla magnetic fields, which are much higher than those of low-temperature superconductors. High critical current densities, low magnetic field anisotropies and relatively strong grain coupling make iron-chalcogenide-coated conductors particularly attractive for high-field applications at liquid helium temperatures.

  13. The energy-down-shift effect of Cd(0.5)Zn(0.5)S-ZnS core-shell quantum dots on power-conversion-efficiency enhancement in silicon solar cells.

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    Baek, Seung-Wook; Shim, Jae-Hyoung; Park, Jea-Gun

    2014-09-14

    We found that Cd0.5Zn0.5S-ZnS core (4.2 nm in diameter)-shell (1.2 nm in thickness) quantum dots (QDs) demonstrated a typical energy-down-shift (2.76-4.96 → 2.81 eV), which absorb ultra-violet (UV) light (250-450 nm in wavelength) and emit blue visible light (∼442 nm in wavelength). They showed the quantum yield of ∼80% and their coating on the SiNX film textured p-type silicon solar-cells enhanced the external-quantum-efficiency (EQE) of ∼30% at 300-450 nm in wavelength, thereby enhancing the short-circuit-current-density (JSC) of ∼2.23 mA cm(-2) and the power-conversion-efficiency (PCE) of ∼1.08% (relatively ∼6.04% increase compared with the reference without QDs for p-type silicon solar-cells). In particular, the PCE peaked at a specific coating thickness of the Cd0.5Zn0.5S-ZnS core-shell QD layer; i.e., the 1.08% PCE enhancement at the 8.8 nm thick QD layer.

  14. Copper uranyl phosphate and arsenate incorporating an organic ligand with a pillared layer structure: [Cu(4,4 Prime -bpy)(UO{sub 2}){sub 0.5}(HPO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4})]{center_dot}H{sub 2}O and [Cu(4,4 Prime -bpy)(UO{sub 2}){sub 0.5}(HAsO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4})]{center_dot}1.5H{sub 2}O

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    Wang, Chih-Min; Lii, Kwang-Hwa

    2013-01-15

    Two mixed-metal uranium compounds, [Cu(4,4 Prime -bpy)(UO{sub 2}){sub 0.5}(HPO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4})]{center_dot}H{sub 2}O (1) and [Cu(4,4 Prime -bpy)(UO{sub 2}){sub 0.5}(HAsO{sub 4})(H{sub 2}AsO{sub 4})]{center_dot}1.5H{sub 2}O (2) have been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, fluorescence spectroscopy, and magnetic susceptibility. They are the first examples of mixed-metal uranium phosphate and arsenate incorporating an organic ligand. Their structures contain copper uranyl phosphate/arsenate layers which are covalently linked by 4,4 Prime -bpy pillars to form a 3-D framework structure. The fluorescence spectrum of 1 shows the characteristic vibronic structure of the UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} moiety despite the presence of copper(II) ions in its structure. The two compounds are isostructural and crystallize in the monoclinic space group C2/c with a=20.184(4) A, b=8.921(2) A, c=19.095(3) A, {beta}=115.15(1) Degree-Sign , and R{sub 1}=0.0244 for 1, and a=20.184(1) A, b=9.0210(5) A, c=19.714(1) A, {beta}=114.879(1) Degree-Sign , and R{sub 1}=0.0399 for 2. - Graphical abstract.: A new copper uranyl phosphate and the arsenate analog have been presented. The compounds contain copper uranyl phosphate/arsenate layers covalently linked by 4,4 Prime -bipyridine pillars into an open-framework structure.

  15. Efficacy and safety of 0.5% levobupivacaine versus 0.5% bupivacaine for peribulbar anesthesia

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    Pacella, Elena; Pacella, Fernanda; Troisi, Fabiana; Dell’Edera, Domenico; Tuchetti, Paolo; Lenzi, Tommaso; Collini, Saul

    2013-01-01

    Background This randomized double-blind study examined the use of a new anesthetic agent, levobupivacaine 0.5%, which is the S(−)-enantiomer of a racemic mixture of bupivacaine, for peribulbar anesthesia and compared it with racemic bupivacaine 0.5% alone or in combination with hyaluronidase 10 IU/mL. Methods A total of 160 patients undergoing ophthalmic surgery were randomized into four groups (n = 40 each) to receive inferotemporal peribulbar injection of levobupivacaine 0.5% (group L), racemic bupivacaine 0.5% (group B), levobupivacaine + hyaluronidase 10 IU/mL (group LH), or racemic bupivacaine + hyaluronidase 10 IU/mL (group BH) by two anesthetists and two ophthalmologists in a ratio of 25% each. Ocular akinesia and orbicularis oculi function were evaluated using a three-point scale; a value < 5 points was considered as requiring surgery, and movements were re-evaluated the day following surgery to confirm regression of the block. Results The time to onset (12 ± 2.6 minutes versus 13 ± 2.8 minutes) and duration of anesthesia (185 ± 33.2 minutes versus 188 ± 35.7 minutes) were similar between groups L and B. Complete akinesia (score 0) was obtained more frequently when hyaluronidase was used in addition to the anesthetic, with occurrences of 72.5% versus 57.5% in group LH versus L, respectively, and 67.5% versus 45% in group BH versus B. Moderate hypotension (<30% of baseline) was observed in four patients (10%) in group L, two (5.0%) in group B, one (2.5%) in group LH, and three (7.5%) in group BH. The time to onset was significantly different between groups L and BH, B and BH, and LH and BH, and the duration of anesthesia differed significantly between groups B and LH, B and BH, and L and LH. The akinesia score differed significantly between groups L and LH and between groups B and LH (P = 0.043 and P = 0.018, respectively), and the number of patients with a score of 0 differed significantly between groups B and LH and between groups B and BH (P = 0

  16. Structural, electronic and optical properties of the Zn0.5V0.5S in three phases

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    Yin, Zhu-Hua; Zhang, Jian-Min

    2016-10-01

    The structural, electronic and optical properties of the Zn0.5V0.5SZB, Zn0.5V0.5SW and Zn0.5V0.5SRS are studied by the spin-polarized first-principles calculation. The Zn0.5V0.5SZB and Zn0.5V0.5SRS are metals in tetragonal structures, while the Zn0.5V0.5SW in trigonal structure is half-metal with 100% spin polarization. The Zn0.5V0.5SRS has the biggest static dielectric constant 𝜀1(0) and static refractive index n(0), which may be ascribed to the highest crystal symmetry. The maximum absorption peaks of the Zn0.5V0.5SZB, Zn0.5V0.5SW and Zn0.5V0.5SRS are located about 44 eV in the ultraviolet region, indicating these materials have good prospect for optoelectronic materials in the ultraviolet range.

  17. Isosbestic Point and Magnetoresistance Components in Ho_{0.5} Lu_{0.5} B_{12}

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    Khoroshilov, A. L.; Azarevich, A. N.; Bogach, A. V.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Krasnorussky, V. N.; Voronov, V. V.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu; Filippov, V. B.; Gabani, S.; Flachbart, K.; Sluchanko, N. E.

    2016-12-01

    We present the results of precise magnetoresistance (MR) measurements of an antiferromagnetic cage-glass solid solution Ho_{0.5}Lu_{0.5}B_{12} in magnetic fields up to 80 kOe and at temperatures between 1.9 and 100 K. The analysis of results allows to separate the positive and negative contributions to MR. The dominant MR-term was found to be the high field positive contribution Δ ρ /ρ _{(m+)} =μ _D^2 H^2 which is caused by the drift mobility μ _D of charge carriers. It was also shown that the negative MR observed at temperatures T ≤ 10 K may be described by the well-known relation between MR and local magnetization Δ ρ /ρ _{(-)} =M_{loc}^2 obtained by Yosida in the framework of s-d exchange model. We discuss as well the scattering of charge carriers on antiferromagnetic nanosize domains of Ho^{3+} ions with effective magnetic moments 3.5-5.5 μ _B as the mechanism responsible for the appearance of the negative MR component.

  18. Neutron structural characterization and transport properties of oxidized and reduced La0.5Sr0.5M0.5Ti0.5O3 (M = Mn, Fe) perovskites: Possible electrode materials in solid-oxide fuel cells

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    Martínez-Coronado, R.; Alonso, J. A.; Aguadero, A.; Perez-Coll, D.; Fernández-Díaz, M. T.

    2013-03-01

    Oxygen-stoichiometric La0.5Sr0.5M0.5Ti0.5O3 (M = Mn, Fe) perovskites and the corresponding reduced specimens, of La0.5Sr0.5M0.5Ti0.5O3-δ composition, have been prepared and characterized by x-ray diffraction and neutron powder diffraction (NPD), in complement with thermal analysis, electrical conductivity, and thermal expansion measurements. NPD data show that these perovskites are all orthorhombic, space group Pbnm (No. 62). The total reduction of M3+ to M2+ in the reduced phases is accompanied with the occurrence of oxygen vacancies, which was confirmed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Above room-temperature, these phases undergo two structural phase transitions studied in situ from NPD data; the former to a tetragonal (I4/mcm) structure, and the second one to a cubic (Pm-3m) phase. All the oxides display a semiconductor-like behavior with a maximum conductivity value of 15 S.cm-1 for the oxidized La0.5Sr0.5Mn0.5Ti0.5O3 phase at 850 °C. The measured thermal expansion coefficients perfectly match with the values usually displayed by solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrolytes. The obtained results present these perovskites as alternative electrodes for SOFCs.

  19. (Y0.5In0.5)Ba(Co,Zn)4O7 cathodes with superior high-temperature phase stability for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Young Nam, Kim; Kim, Jung-Hyun; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Manthiram, Arumugam; Huq, Ashfia

    2012-01-01

    (Y0.5In0.5)BaCo4-xZnxO7 (1.0 x 2.0) oxides crystallizing in a trigonal P31c structure have been synthesized and explored as cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). At a given Zn content, the (Y0.5In0.5)BaCo4-xZnxO7 sample with 50 % Y and 50 % In exhibits much improved phase stability at intermediate temperatures (600 - 800 oC) compared to the samples with 100 % Y or In. However, the substitution of Zn for Co in (Y0.5In0.5)Ba(Co4-xZnx)O7 (1.0 x 2.0) decreases the amount of oxygen loss on heating, total electrical conductivity, and cathode performance in SOFC while providing good long-term phase stability at high temperatures. Among the various chemical compositions investigated in the (Y0.5In0.5)Ba(Co4-xZnx)O7 system, the (Y0.5In0.5)BaCo3ZnO7 sample offers a combination of good electrochemical performance and low thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) while maintaining superior phase stability at 600 800 oC for 100 h. Fuel cell performances of the (Y0.5In0.5)Ba(Co3Zn)O7 + Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 (GDC) (50 : 50 wt. %) composite cathodes collected with anode-supported single cell reveal a maximum power density value of 521 mW cm-2 at 700 oC.

  20. BaZr0.5Ti0.5O3 : Lead-free relaxor ferroelectric or dipolar glass

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    Filipič, C.; Kutnjak, Z.; Pirc, R.; Canu, G.; Petzelt, J.

    2016-06-01

    Glassy freezing dynamics was investigated in BaZr0.5Ti0.5O3 (BZT50) ceramic samples by means of dielectric spectroscopy in the frequency range 0.001 Hz-1 MHz at temperatures 10 cm it has been found that a ferroelectric state cannot be induced, in contrast to the case of typical relaxors. This suggests that—at least for the above field amplitudes—BZT50 effectively behaves as a dipolar glass, which can be characterized by a negative value of the static third order nonlinear permittivity. The relaxation spectrum has been analyzed by means of the frequency-temperature plot, which shows that the longest relaxation time obeys the Vogel-Fulcher relation τ =τ0exp [E0/(T -T0) ] with the freezing temperature of 48.1 K, whereas the corresponding value for the shortest relaxation time is ˜0 K, implying an Arrhenius type behavior. By applying a standard expression for the static linear permittivity of dipolar glasses and/or relaxors the value of the Edwards-Anderson order parameter q (T ) has been evaluated. It is further shown that q (T ) can be described by the spherical random bond-random field model of relaxors.

  1. Electrostatic versus Electrochemical Doping and Control of Ferromagnetism in Ion-Gel-Gated Ultrathin La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ.

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    Walter, Jeff; Wang, Helin; Luo, Bing; Frisbie, C Daniel; Leighton, Chris

    2016-08-23

    Recently, electrolyte gating techniques employing ionic liquids/gels in electric double layer transistors have proven remarkably effective in tuning charge carrier density in a variety of materials. The ability to control surface carrier densities at levels above 10(14) cm(-2) has led to widespread use in the study of superconductivity, insulator-metal transitions, etc. In many cases, controversy remains over the doping mechanism, however (i.e., electrostatic vs electrochemical (e.g., redox-based)), and the technique has been less applied to magnetic materials. Here, we discuss ion gel gating of nanoscale 8-unit-cell-thick hole-doped La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ (LSCO) films, probing in detail the critical bias windows and doping mechanisms. The LSCO films, which are under compressive stress on LaAlO3(001) substrates, are metallic and ferromagnetic (Curie temperature, TC ∼ 170 K), with strong anomalous Hall effect and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Transport measurements reveal that negative gate biases lead to reversible hole accumulation (i.e., predominantly electrostatic operation) up to some threshold, whereas positive bias immediately induces irreversibility. Experiments in inert/O2 atmospheres directly implicate oxygen vacancies in this irreversibility, supported by atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results are thus of general importance, suggesting that hole- and electron-doped oxides may respond very differently to electrolyte gating. Reversible voltage control of electronic/magnetic properties is then demonstrated under hole accumulation, including resistivity, magnetoresistance, and TC. The sizable anomalous Hall coefficient and perpendicular anisotropy in LSCO provide a particularly powerful probe of magnetism, enabling direct extraction of the voltage-dependent order parameter and TC shift. The latter amounts to ∼7%, with potential for much stronger modulation at lower Sr doping.

  2. Exchange bias induced at a Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/Cr interface

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    Yu, C. N. T.; Vick, A. J.; Inami, N.; Ono, K.; Frost, W.; Hirohata, A.

    2017-03-01

    In order to engineer the strength of an exchange bias in a cubic Heusler alloy layer, crystalline strain has been induced at a ferromagnet/antiferromagnet interface by their lattice mismatch in addition to the conventional interfacial exchange coupling between them. Such interfaces have been formed in (Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5(CFAS)/Cr)3 structures grown by ultrahigh vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. The magnetic and structural properties have been characterised to investigate the exchange interactions at the CFAS/Cr interfaces. Due to the interfacial lattice mismatch of 1.4%, the maximum offset of 18 Oe in a magnetisation curve has been measured for the case of a CFAS (2 nm)/Cr (0.9 nm) interface at 193 K. The half-metallic property of CFAS has been observed to remain unchanged, which agrees with the theoretical prediction by Culbert et al (2008 J. Appl. Phys. 103 07D707). Such a strain-induced exchange bias may provide insight of the interfacial interactions and may offer a wide flexibility in spintronic device design.

  3. Lattice Dynamics of (Mg0.5Fe0.5)O at High-Pressures

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    Solomatova, N. V.; Jackson, J. M.; Sturhahn, W.; Wicks, J. K.; Steinhardt, W. M.; Chen, B.

    2012-12-01

    Earth's lower mantle, composed primarily of silicate perovskites and (Mg,Fe)O "ferropericlase", occupies ~60% of Earth's volume. Knowledge of the sound velocities and density of lower mantle minerals are essential for interpreting seismic complexity in the deep Earth. Although it is suggested that (Mg,Fe)O represents a major volume fraction of Earth's interior, the iron concentration of (Mg,Fe)O is not very well constrained at all depths of the lower mantle. Near the base of the lower mantle, an enhanced iron content may be found due to melting events in Earth's history and/or reactions with the iron-dominant liquid outer core. However, few measurements sensitive to the vibrational thermodynamics of ferropericlase exist at pressures above 100 GPa. We have determined the elastic, vibrational, and magnetic properties of (Mg0.5Fe0.5)O ("Fp50") from nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (NRIXS), synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy (SMS), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements in diamond-anvil cells up to ~120 GPa at 300 K. This intermediate composition will help assess how varying concentrations of iron affect the lattice dynamics and magnetic states of (Mg,Fe)O as a function of pressure. All experiments were performed using a panoramic diamond-anvil cell at beamline 3ID-B of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. The synthetic powdered 57Fe-enriched Fp50 sample was loaded into a beryllium gasket with a boron epoxy insert to maintain sample thickness at high-pressures and reduce axial gradients. The pressures were determined from in-situ volume measurements at 3ID-B combined with an equation of state for (Mg,Fe)O with a similar composition. Several geophysical-relevant parameters of Fp50 at high-pressure will be discussed. In this contribution, we will present derived partial phonon density of states, Debye sound velocities, and compressional and shear sound velocities for Fp50. Our results on Fp50, including the spin state of Fe, will be

  4. Toxicity and horizontal transfer of 0.5% fipronil dust against Formosan subterranean termites.

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    Gautam, Bal K; Henderson, Gregg; Davis, Robert W

    2012-10-01

    The toxicity and horizontal transfer of a new formulation of fipronil, 0.5% fipronil dust, was tested against Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki in the laboratory. The formulation was applied in three different ways: 1) Directly applied to termites (donors) and mixed with untreated termites (recipients) at three ratios, viz., 50 donors: 50 recipients, 20 donors: 80 recipients and 10 donors: 90 recipients. 2) Applied onto the surface of 3 mm thick sand or soil substrate in a petri dish and then topped with another 3 mm thick sand or soil layer whereupon termites were released. 3) Applied to the inner surface of a tube (either 5 cm or 15 cm long) that connected two foraging dishes, one containing dry sand and the other moist sand plus a wood block and termites were released into the dry sand dish. All donors and >93% of the recipients were dead by 42 h after treatment in the direct treatment experiment. Significant mortalities of both donors and recipients were observed at 5 h after treatment at all donor: recipient ratios. During this period, the mortality of the recipients (but not donors) at 10:90 was significantly lower than those at the other two ratios. All termites were dead at 65 h after exposure (HAE) on the sand treatment and at 190 HAE on soil treatment. More than 96% mortality was observed at 40 HAE on the sand treatment as compared with only 6% mortality onsoil treatment during the same time period. In the tube treatment experiment, > 97% mortality was observed at 90 h after release for both tube lengths as compared with < 3% mortality in controls. About half of the termites were dead by 15 h after release regardless of the tube length. Our results showed that 0.5% fipronil dust is nonrepellent and readily transferred from treated to nontreated termites.

  5. Frequency dependent dielectric properties of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ superconductor

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    Mumtaz, M.; Khan, Nawazish A.; Khan, Sajid

    2012-01-01

    The frequency dependent dielectric properties such as dielectric constants (ɛ/r, ɛ//r), absolute dielectric loss |tanδ|, and ac-conductivity (σac) of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ (M = Si, Ge, Sn, y = 0, 1) superconductor have been investigated by means of capacitance (C) and conductance (G) measurements with the test frequency (f) in the range of 10 KHz to 10 MHz at various temperatures from superconducting state to normal conducting state. The negative capacitance has been observed in all Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ samples. The large values of negative dielectric constant (ɛ/r) at lower frequencies and temperatures are linked with reduced thermal vibrations of the atoms due to which polarizability has been enhanced. The decreased value of dielectric constant observed in the Ge-doped samples may possibly be linked with its greater electronegativity (EN) and less polarization. The electronegativity of Si and Sn has approximately the same values as that of Cu, so almost all the dielectric properties do not vary significantly in Si-doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2 Ca2(Cu2Si1)O10-δ and Sn-doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu2Sn1)O10-δ samples. These experimental investigations on dielectric properties of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ superconductor have shown lower dielectric loss and higher ac-conductivity at all frequencies and temperatures as compared to that of other high Tc superconductor families. The decreased dielectric loss in Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2(Cu3-yMy)O10-δ samples suggests that the polarization is most likely arising from the charge carriers between Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2O4-δ charge reservoir layer and conducting CuO2/MO2 planes; since the charge reservoir layer has localized charge carriers at Ba+2, Tl+3, and Cu+2 sites, whereas CuO2/MO2 planes contain mobile charge carriers, which are displaced from their equilibrium position by external applied ac-field.

  6. Li0.5Al0.5Mg2(MoO4)3

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    Ennajeh, Ines; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi; Driss, Ahmed

    2013-01-01

    The title compound, lithium/aluminium dimagnesium tetra­kis­[orthomolybdate(VI)], was prepared by a solid-state reaction route. The crystal structure is built up from MgO6 octa­hedra and MoO4 tetra­hedra sharing corners and edges, forming two types of chains running along [100]. These chains are linked into layers parallel to (010) and finally linked by MoO4 tetra­hedra into a three-dimensional framework structure with channels parallel to [001] in which lithium and aluminium cations equally occupy the same position within a distorted trigonal–bipyramidal coordination environment. The title structure is isotypic with LiMgIn(MoO4)3, with the In site becoming an Mg site and the fully occupied Li site a statistically occupied Li/Al site in the title structure. PMID:24426975

  7. Synthesis and electrochemical assessment of Ce{sub 0.5}Yb{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} ceramics and derived composite electrolytes

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    Martins, Natércia C.T.; Rajesh, Surendran; Marques, Fernando M.B.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Ce{sub 0.5}Yb{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} prepared for the first time through solid state reaction. • High energy milling needed to assist the ceramic route. • Ce{sub 0.5}Yb{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} is oxide-ion conductor in air and n-type conductor at low pO{sub 2}. • Ce{sub 0.5}Yb{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} decomposes slightly when exposed to alkaline carbonates. • Composites based on Ce{sub 0.5}Yb{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} show standard electrical performance. - Abstract: Ce{sub 0.5}Yb{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} was prepared for the first time through high temperature (1600 °C for 5 h) solid state reaction, after high energy milling to enhance the mechano-chemical interaction of precursor oxides (CeO{sub 2} and Yb{sub 2}O{sub 3}). Single phase formation was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction. Impedance spectroscopy data obtained under wide temperature (300–800 °C) and oxygen partial pressure (0.21 to about 10{sup −25} atm) ranges indicates that this material exhibits predominant oxide-ion conductivity under oxidizing conditions while n-type electronic conductivity prevails at low oxygen partial pressure. The mixed oxide shows modest ionic conductivity (1.1 × 10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} at 800 °C) with activation energy of 1.3 eV in the 600–800 °C temperature range. When combined with molten carbonates (Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} + Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, 1:1 molar ratio) to produce composite electrolytes, Ce{sub 0.5}Yb{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} slightly decomposed. However, the composite electrical performance is still acceptable and closely matches the conductivity of similar materials (>0.1 S cm{sup −1} immediately above 500 °C)

  8. Li2Ni(0.5)Mn(0.5)SnO4/C: A Novel Hybrid Composite Electrode for High Rate Applications.

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    Vellaisamy, Mani; Nallathamby, Kalaiselvi

    2015-09-08

    A novel Li2Ni(0.5)Mn(0.5)SnO4/C composite electrode, existing as a hybrid consisting of monoclinic Li2SnO3 and layered LiNi(0.5)Mn(0.5)O2, has been identified and validated for high capacity and high rate lithium battery applications. Of the components, LiNi(0.5)Mn(0.5)O2 upon discharge forms the corresponding dilithium oxide, viz., Li2Ni(0.5)Mn(0.5)O2, and facilitates the progressive electrochemical performance of the composite electrode. Similarly, Li2SnO3 upon discharge forms Li2O and SnO2, wherein the unacceptable volume expansion related issues of SnO2 are addressed by the buffering activity of Li2O phase. A combination of alloying/dealloying, conversion, and redox mechanism is responsible for the excellent electrochemical behavior of Li2Ni(0.5)Mn(0.5)SnO4/C electrode. With this newer formulation of dilithium stannate composite, a superior capacity of >3000 mAh g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1) current density has been demonstrated. The study opens up a newer gateway for the entry of Li2SnO3·LiM1M2O2 hybrid formulations for exploitation up to 1 A g(-1) rate, thus ensuring the sustainable development of potential electrode materials for high rate applications.

  9. Eu3+-doped (Y0.5La0.5)2O3: new nanophosphor with the bixbyite cubic structure

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    Đorđević, Vesna; Nikolić, Marko G.; Bartova, Barbora; Krsmanović, Radenka M.; Antić, Željka; Dramićanin, Miroslav D.

    2013-01-01

    New red sesquioxide phosphor, Eu3+-doped (Y0.5La0.5)2O3, was synthesized in the form of nanocrystalline powder with excellent structural ordering in cubic bixbyite-type, and with nanoparticle sizes ranging between 10 and 20 nm. Photoluminescence measurements show strong, Eu3+ characteristic, red emission ( x = 0.66 and y = 0.34 CIE color coordinates) with an average 5D0 emission lifetime of about 1.3 ms. Maximum splitting of the 7F1 manifold of the Eu3+ ion emission behaves in a way directly proportional to the crystal field strength parameter, and experimental results show perfect agreement with theoretical values for pure cubic sesquioxides. This could be used as an indicator of complete dissolution of Y2O3 and La2O3, showing that (Y0.5La0.5)2O3:Eu3+ behaves as a new bixbyite structure oxide, M2O3, where M acts as an ion having average ionic radius of constituting Y3+ and La3+. Emission properties of this new phosphor were documented with detailed assignments of Eu3+ energy levels at 10 K and at room temperature. Second order crystal field parameters were found to be B 20 = -66 cm-1 and B 22 = -665 cm-1 at 10 K and B 20 = -78 cm-1 and B 22 = -602 cm-1 at room temperature, while for the crystal field strength the value of 1495 cm-1 was calculated at 10 K and 1355 cm-1 at room temperature.

  10. Magnetic properties and specific heat of new spin glass Mn0.5Fe0.5PS3

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    Takano, Yoshiki; Arai, Atsuko; Takahashi, Yumiko; Takase, Kouichi; Sekizawa, Kazuko

    2003-05-01

    We have found spin glass phenomena in a layered Mn0.5Fe0.5PS3 compound and investigated its magnetic properties and specific heat. The temperature dependence of the zero field cooled (ZFC) magnetization along the easy axis, M∥ under dc applied field Ha below 1 kOe shows a cusp at Tg=32.6 K. The FC and ZFC curves measured at Ha below 1 kOe separate at almost the same temperature as Tg. For Ha larger than 1 kOe, the temperature at which FC and ZFC curves separate deviates from Tg and shifts toward lower temperature and the peak becomes broader. Magnetic hysteresis is still observed above 70 kOe at 2 K. The remarkable feature of this spin glass phase is that the spin freezing is not suppressed up to a rather high magnetic field compared with similar spin glass (Mn,Fe)TiO3. The cusp temperature of χ'(ω) does not show magnetic field amplitude dependence from 1 to 10 Oe and increases with an increase in frequency, obeying the Vogel-Fulcher rule. The temperature dependence of χ″(ω) shows two extra peaks at Tm1 and Tm2 below Tg. The time dependence of thermoremanent magnetization MTRM below Tg shows power law dependence. The value of the molar specific heat is about an order of magnitude larger than that of MnPS3 and FePS3 at 2 K. The T-linear term characteristic of spin glass is observed below about 10 K. The temperature dependence of the magnetic specific heat shows no anomaly at Tg, Tm1=9 and Tm2=16 K, and shows two peaks at Tc1=13 and Tc2=67 K.

  11. Investigation of Coulomb scattering on sSi/Si0.5Ge0.5/sSOI quantum-well p-MOSFETs

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    Jiao, Wen; Qiang, Liu; Chang, Liu; Yize, Wang; Bo, Zhang; Zhongying, Xue; Zengfeng, Di; Wenjie, Yu; Qingtai, Zhao

    2016-09-01

    sSi/Si0.5Ge0.5/sSOI quantum-well (QW) p-MOSFETs with HfO2/TiN gate stack were fabricated and characterized. According to the low temperature experimental results, carrier mobility of the strained Si0.5Ge0.5 QW p-MOSFET was mainly governed by phonon scattering from 300 to 150 K and Coulomb scattering below 150 K, respectively. Coulomb scattering was intensified by the accumulated inversion charges in the Si cap layer of this Si/SiGe heterostructure, which led to a degradation of carrier mobility in the SiGe channel, especially at low temperature. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61306126, 61306127, 61106015) and the CAS International Collaboration and Innovation Program on High Mobility Materials Engineering.

  12. Investigation of phase formation of (Zn, Mg)0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 nanoferrites

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    Msomi, J. Z.; Dlamini, W. B.; Moyo, T.; Ezekiel, P.

    2015-01-01

    Zn0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 and Mg0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles have been prepared through high energy ball milling of single phase mixtures of ZnFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 or MgFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 nanosized oxides. The Mössbauer spectra of the milled products ZnFe2O4/CoFe2O4 and MgFe2O4/CoFe2O4 reveal the presence of Zn0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 and Mg0.5Co0.5Fe2O4, respectively. In an alternative route, Zn0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 and Mg0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 compounds were prepared directly from metal chloride solutions through glycol-thermal reaction. The coercive fields of the Zn0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 and Mg0.5Co0.5Fe2O4 oxides produced by glycol-thermal reaction were found to be about 100 Oe and 161 Oe, respectively. Larger coercive fields of about 184 Oe and 255 Oe have been observed for the milled ZnFe2O4/CoFe2O4 and MgFe2O4/CoFe2O4 oxides.

  13. Ni-doped La0.5Sr0.5TiO3 nanofibers: Fabrication and intrinsic ferromagnetism

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    Ponhan, Wichaid; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya; Maensiri, Santi

    2016-06-01

    We report room-temperature ferromagnetism in ˜104-133 nm nanofibers of La0.5Sr0.5Ti1- x Ni x O3 (0.02 ≤ x ≤ 0.05). As-spun nanofibers of La0.5Sr0.5Ti1- x Ni x O3 are fabricated by an electrospinning technique. Nanofibers of the as spun and calcined La0.5Sr0.5Ti1- x Ni x O3 samples are characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) determination, and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The results of XRD analysis and TEM together with selected electron diffraction (SEAD) analysis indicate that La0.5Sr0.5Ti1- x Ni x O3 nanofibers have a cubic perovskite structure with no secondary phase. The as-spun samples are paramagnetic, whereas the La0.5Sr0.5Ti1- x Ni x O3 samples are ferromagnetic having specific magnetizations of 0.098-0.484 emu/g at 10 kOe. The XPS spectra show that there are some oxygen vacancies in the nanofibers, which its may play an important role in inducing room-temperature ferromagnetism in La0.5Sr0.5Ti1- x Ni x O3 nanofibers. XANES spectra show that most of the Ni ions in La0.5Sr0.5Ti1- x Ni x O3 nanofibers are in the Ni2+ state mixed with some Ni metal. The finding of room temperature ferromagnetism in this nanofibrous structure of the La0.5Sr0.5Ti1- x Ni x O3 system is of interest in research on diluted magnetic oxides.

  14. Near-infrared emitting CdTe0.5Se0.5/Cd0.5Zn0.5S quantum dots: synthesis and bright luminescence

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    2012-01-01

    We present how CdTe0.5Se0.5 cores can be coated with Cd0.5Zn0.5S shells at relatively low temperature (around 200°C) via facile synthesis using organic ammine ligands. The cores were firstly fabricated via a less toxic procedure using CdO, trioctylphosphine (TOP), Se, Te, and trioctylamine. The cores with small sizes (3.2-3.5 nm) revealed green and yellow photoluminescence (PL) and spherical morphologies. Hydrophobic core/shell CdTe0.5Se0.5/Cd0.5Zn0.5S quantum dots (QDs) with tunable PL between green and near-infrared (a maximum PL peak wavelength of 735 nm) were then created through a facile shell coating procedure using trioctylphosphine selenium with cadmium and zinc acetate. The QDs exhibited high PL efficiencies up to 50% because of the formation of a protective Cd0.5Zn0.5S shell on the CdTe0.5Se0.5 core, even though the PL efficiency of the cores is low (≤1%). Namely, the slow growth process of the shell plays an important role for getting high PL efficiencies. The properties of the QDs are largely determined by the properties of CdTe0.5Se0.5 cores and shells preparation conditions such as reaction temperature and time. The core/shell QDs exhibited a small size diameter. For example, the average diameter of the QDs with a PL peak wavelength of 735 nm is 6.1 nm. Small size and tunable bright PL makes the QDs utilizable as bioprobes because the size of QD-based bioprobes is considered as the major limitation for their broad applications in biological imaging. PMID:23130948

  15. Fully ALD-grown TiN/Hf0.5Zr0.5O2/TiN stacks: Ferroelectric and structural properties

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    Zarubin, Sergei; Suvorova, Elena; Spiridonov, Maksim; Negrov, Dmitrii; Chernikova, Anna; Markeev, Andrey; Zenkevich, Andrei

    2016-11-01

    Since the discovery of ferroelectricity (FE) in HfO2-based thin films, they are gaining increasing attention as a viable alternative to conventional FE in the next generation of non-volatile memory devices. In order to further increase the density of elements in the integrated circuits, it is essential to adopt a three-dimensional design. Since atomic layer deposition (ALD) processes are extremely conformal, ALD is the favored approach in the production of 3D ferroelectric random access memory. Here, we report the fabrication of fully ALD-grown capacitors comprising a 10-nm-thick FE Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 layer sandwiched between TiN electrodes, which are subjected to a detailed investigation of the structural and functional properties. The robust FE properties of Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films in capacitors are established by several alternative techniques. We demonstrate a good scalability of TiN/Hf0.5Zr0.5O2/TiN FE capacitors down to 100-nm size and the polarization retention in the test "one transistor-one capacitor" (1T-1C) cells after 1010 writing cycles. The presence of a non-centrosymmetric orthorhombic phase responsible for FE properties in the alloyed polycrystalline Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films is established by transmission electron microscopy. Given the ability of the ALD technique to grow highly conformal films and multilayered structures, the obtained results indicate the route for the design of FE non-volatile memory devices in 3D integrated circuits.

  16. High Mobility Exceeding 80 cm2 V-1 s-1 in Polycrystalline Ta-Doped SnO2 Thin Films on Glass Using Anatase TiO2 Seed Layers

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    Nakao, Shoichiro; Yamada, Naoomi; Hitosugi, Taro; Hirose, Yasushi; Shimada, Toshihiro; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2010-03-01

    High-mobility Ta-doped SnO2 (TTO) thin films were grown on glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition using a seed-layer technique. The use of 10-nm-thick polycrystalline anatase TiO2 seed layers was found to lead to the preferred growth of (200)-oriented TTO films, resulting in a 30% increase in the carrier density and a more than two times increase in mobility, compared to films grown directly on the glass substrates. The highest mobility obtained was 83 cm2 V-1 s-1 with a resistivity of 2.8×10-4 Ω cm, whereas the film with the lowest resistivity of 1.8×10-4 Ω cm had a mobility of 60 cm2 V-1 s-1.

  17. Neutral pH Gel Electrolytes for V2O5·0.5H2O-Based Energy Storage Devices.

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    Qian, Aniu; Zhuo, Kai; Karthick Kannan, Padmanathan; Chung, Chan-Hwa

    2016-12-21

    Gel electrolytes are considered to be promising candidates for the use in supercapacitors. It is worthy to systematically evaluate the internal electrochemical mechanisms with a variety of cations (poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-based Li(+), Na(+), and K(+)) toward redox-type electrode. Herein, we describe a quasi-solid-state PVA-KCl gel electrolyte for V2O5·0.5H2O-based redox-type capacitors, effectively avoiding electrochemical oxidation and structural breakdown of layered V2O5·0.5H2O during 10 000 charge-discharge cycles (98% capacitance retention at 400 mV s(-1)). With the gel electrolyte, symmetric V2O5·0.5H2O-reduced graphene oxide (V2O5·0.5H2O-rGO) devices exhibited a volumetric capacitance of 136 mF cm(-3), which was much higher than that of 68 mF cm(-3) for PVA-NaCl and 45 mF cm(-3) for PVA-LiCl. Additionally, hybrid full cells of activated carbon cloth//V2O5·0.5H2O-rGO delivered an energy density of 102 μWh cm(-3) and a power density of 73.38 mW cm(-3) over a wide potential window of 2 V. The present study provides direct experimental evidence for the contribution of PVA-KCl gel electrolytes toward quick redox reactions for redox-type capacitors, which is also helpful for the development of neutral pH gel electrolytes for energy storage devices.

  18. Large dielectric tuning and microwave phase shift at low electric field in epitaxial Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 on SrTiO3

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    Leach, J. H.; Liu, H.; Avrutin, V.; Xiao, B.; Özgür, Ü.; Morkoç, H.; Das, J.; Song, Y. Y.; Patton, C. E.

    2010-04-01

    Dielectric properties of annealed and as-grown ferroelectric Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 (BST) grown by pulsed laser deposition on sputtered BST seed layers on strontium titanate (STO) substrates were investigated at microwave frequencies in the realm of tunability of its dielectric constant as well as phase shifters based on this material. The as-grown layers were nearly fully relaxed with measured lattice parameters nearly identical to those of bulk BST. The tuning of the relative dielectric constant (˜1750 at zero bias at 10 GHz) of the annealed BST was found to be as high as 59% and 56% at 10 and 19 GHz, respectively. The analysis of the loss in the BST results in a measured tan δ of 0.02 for the annealed as well as the unannealed films at a frequency of 18 GHz. Phase shifters also exhibited high tuning with differential phase shift figures of merit of 35 and 55°/dB at a field of 60 kV/cm at 10 and 19 GHz, respectively. Serendipitously, most of the tuning occurs at low fields, and thus we propose a new figure of merit, taking into account the amplitude of applied electric field in order to achieve the phase shift. In this new realm we achieved the values of this overall figure of merit of 1.2 and 1.8° cm/dB kV at 10 and 19 GHz, respectively, using an applied electric field of only 10 kV/cm.

  19. Magnetic ordering in the rutile molecular magnets MII[N(CN)2]2 (M=Ni, Co, Fe, Mn, Ni0.5Co0.5, and Ni0.5Fe0.5)

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    Lappas, Alexandros; Wills, Andrew S.; Green, Mark A.; Prassides, Kosmas; Kurmoo, Mohamedally

    2003-04-01

    Rietveld refinement of powder neutron diffraction data, combined with group theory considerations, is used to determine the magnetic structures of the binary metal dicyanamide, MII[N(CN)2]2 where M=Ni, Co, Fe, Mn, Ni0.5Co0.5, and Ni0.5Fe0.5. Compounds with M=Mn or Fe show a canted antiferromagnetic arrangement of spin oriented in the ab crystallographic plane, with antiparallel components of the two sublattices along the a axis and parallel along the b axis. Symmetry considerations forbid an additional moment, whether compensated or not, to be present along the c axis. The compounds with fewer unpaired electrons (Co and Ni) are ferromagnets, with all moments oriented along the c axis. The mixed composition of Ni0.5Co0.5 displays the same collinear ferromagnetic structure as its parent compounds. However, the composition with M=Ni0.5Fe0.5, whose parent compounds show different magnetic behavior, does not exhibit long-range magnetic ordering down to 1.7 K. Magnetostriction was observed for the ferromagnets for which we investigated the variable temperature powder neutron diffraction. The cobalt-rich compounds show more pronounced effects, consistent with their increasing magnetocrystalline anisotropy.

  20. 16 CFR 0.5 - Laws authorizing monetary claims.

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    2012-01-01

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  1. 16 CFR 0.5 - Laws authorizing monetary claims.

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    2011-01-01

    ... 16 Commercial Practices 1 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Laws authorizing monetary claims. 0.5... ORGANIZATION § 0.5 Laws authorizing monetary claims. The Commission is authorized to entertain monetary claims..., unless the adjudicative officer finds that the party has committed a willful violation of law...

  2. Thermochromic effect at room temperature of Sm0.5Ca0.5MnO3 thin films

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    Boileau, A.; Capon, F.; Barrat, S.; Laffez, P.; Pierson, J. F.

    2012-06-01

    Sm0.5Ca0.5MnO3 thermochromic thin films were synthesized using dc reactive magnetron co-sputtering and subsequent annealing in air. The film structure was studied by x-ray diffraction analysis. To validate the thermochromic potentiality of Sm0.5Ca0.5MnO3, electrical resistivity and infrared transmittance spectra were recorded for temperatures ranging from 77 K to 420 K. The temperature dependence of the optical band gap was estimated in the near infrared range. Upon heating, the optical transmission decreases in the infrared domain showing a thermochromic effect over a wide wavelength range at room temperature.

  3. Preparation and Thermoelectric Properties of the Skutterudite-Related Phase Ru(0.5)Pd(0.5)Sb3

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    Caillat, T.; Kulleck, J.; Borshchevsky, A.; Fleurial, J.-P.

    1996-01-01

    A new skutterudite phase Ru(0.5)Pd(0.5)Sb3 was prepared. This new phase adds to a large number of already known materials with the skutterudite structure which have shown good potential for thermoelectric applications. Single phase, polycrystalline samples were prepared and characterized by x-ray analysis, electron probe microanalysis, density, sound velocity, thermal-expansion coefficient, and differential thermal analysis measurements. Ru(0.5)Pd(0.5)Sb3 has a cubic lattice, space group Im3 (T(sup 5, sub h)), with a = 9.298 A and decomposes at about 920 K. The Seebeck coefficient, the electrical resistivity, the Hall effect, and the thermal conductivity were measured on hot-pressed samples over a wide range of temperatures. Preliminary results show that Ru(0.5)Pd(0.5)Sb3 behaves as a heavily doped semiconductor with an estimated band gap of about 0.6 eV. The lattice thermal conductivity of Ru(0.5)Pd(0.5)Sb3 is substantially lower than that of the binary isostructural compounds CoSb3 and IrSb3. The unusually low thermal conductivity might be explained by additional hole and charge transfer phonon scattering in this material. The potential of this material for thermoelectric applications is discussed.

  4. Fully gapped superconductivity in In-doped topological crystalline insulator Pb0.5Sn0.5Te

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    Du, Guan; Gu, G. D.; Du, Zengyi; ...

    2015-07-27

    In this study, superconductors derived from topological insulators and topological crystalline insulators by chemical doping have long been considered to be candidates as topological superconductors. Pb0.5Sn0.5Te is a topological crystalline insulator with mirror symmetry protected surface states on (001)-, (011)-, and (111)-oriented surfaces. The superconductor (Pb0.5Sn0.5)0.7In0.3Te is produced by In doping in Pb0.5Sn0.5Te, and is thought to be a topological superconductor. Here we report scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements of the superconducting state as well as the superconducting energy gap in (Pb0.5Sn0.5)0.7In0.3Te on a (001)-oriented surface. The spectrum can be well fitted by an anisotropic s-wave gap function of Δ =more » 0.72 + 0.18cos4θ meV using Dynes model. The results show that the superconductor seems to be a fully gapped one without any in-gap states, in contradiction with the expectation of a topological superconductor.« less

  5. Cu-induced localization in the Fe-based superconductor FeTe0.5Se0.5

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    Wen, Jinsheng; Xu, Zhijun; Zhang, Cheng; Matsuda, Masa; Sobolev, Oleg; Park, Jitae; Bourret, Edith; Lee, Dunghai; Li, Qiang; Gu, Genda; Xu, Guangyong; Tranquada, John; Birgeneau, Robert

    2013-03-01

    We report neutron scattering and resistivity results on the Cu-substitution effects in FeTe0.5Se0.5 with a Tc of ~15 K. With a 2 % Cu substitution, the Tc is reduced to 8 K, and for Fe0.9Cu0.1Te0.5Se0.5, it is not superconducting. In Fe0.9Cu0.1Te0.5Se0.5, the low-energy magnetic excitations around the in-plane wave vector (0.5, 0.5) is greatly enhanced. Upon heating, the magnetic scattering is weakened, which is different from the temperature dependences of the Cu-free and 2 % Cu-doped sample. The spectral weight reduction upon warming decreases with increasing energy in the 10 % Cu-doped sample. We take these as evidences that Cu drives the system towards localization, which is confirmed by our resistivity data. These observations probably explain why superconductivity is absent in the Cu-doped BaFe2As2 system and demonstrate the inadequacy of the rigid-band shift model on the substitution effects of the 3 d transition metals. The work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  6. Fully gapped superconductivity in In-doped topological crystalline insulator Pb0.5Sn0.5Te

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    Du, Guan; Du, Zengyi; Fang, Delong; Yang, Huan; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J.; Gu, G. D.; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2015-07-01

    Superconductors derived from topological insulators and topological crystalline insulators by chemical doping have long been considered to be candidates as topological superconductors. Pb0.5Sn0.5Te is a topological crystalline insulator with mirror symmetry protected surface states on (001)-, (011)-, and (111)-oriented surfaces. The superconductor (Pb0.5Sn0.5 )0.7In0.3Te is produced by In doping in Pb0.5Sn0.5Te , and is thought to be a topological superconductor. Here we report scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements of the superconducting state as well as the superconducting energy gap in (Pb0.5Sn0.5 )0.7In0.3Te on a (001)-oriented surface. The spectrum can be well fitted by an anisotropic s -wave gap function of Δ (θ )=0.72 +0.18 cos4 θ meV using Dynes model. The results show that the superconductor seems to be a fully gapped one without any in-gap states, in contradiction with the expectation of a topological superconductor.

  7. Surface magnetic disorder in nanostructured Ni 0.5Zn 0.5Fe 2O 4 particles

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    Nedkov, I.; Vandenberghe, R. E.; Zaleski, A.

    2010-09-01

    Nanostructured ferroxide particles with initial formula Ni 0.5Zn 0.5Fe 2O 4 are investigated. The aim was to explore the monodomain and the superparamagnetic states of the ferrospinel and the impact of the surface magnetic disorder on the magnetization processes. Mössbauer spectroscopy (MöS) demonstrated that the ion distribution follows the general formula (Zn 0.5Fe 0.5) A[Ni 0.5Fe 1.5] BO 4, where A is the tetrahedral and B, the octahedral sublattice. MöS in an external magnetic field (5 T) at 4.2 K shows non-collinearity of the sublattices' magnetic moments and deviations in the hyperfine magnetic field that could be related to a canting effect. Magnetic measurements were applied to characterize the temperature behavior of the magnetic properties and the a.c. complex magnetic susceptibility.

  8. Experimental investigation of the excess charge and time constant of minority carriers in the thin diffused layer of 0.1 ohm-cm silicon solar cells

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    Godlewski, M. P.; Brandhorst, H. W., Jr.; Lindholm, F. A.; Sah, C. T.

    1976-01-01

    An experimental method is presented that can be used to interpret the relative roles of bandgap narrowing and recombination processes in the diffused layer. This method involves measuring the device time constant by open-circuit voltage decay and the base region diffusion length by X-ray excitation. A unique illuminated diode method is used to obtain the diode saturation current. These data are interpreted using a simple model to determine individually the minority carrier lifetime and the excess charge. These parameters are then used to infer the relative importance of bandgap narrowing and recombination processes in the diffused layer.

  9. Structure and dielectric dispersion in cubic-like 0.5K0.5Na0.5NbO3-0.5Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3 ceramic

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    Liu, Laijun; Knapp, Michael; Schmitt, Ljubomira Ana; Ehrenberg, Helmut; Fang, Liang; Fuess, Hartmut; Hoelzel, Markus; Hinterstein, Manuel

    2016-05-01

    The nature of the cubic-like state in the lead-free piezoelectric ceramics 0.5K0.5Na0.5NbO3-0.5Na1/2Bi1/2TiO3 (KNN-50BNT) has been examined in detail by synchrotron x-ray diffraction (SD), selected-area electron diffraction (SAED), neutron diffraction (ND), and temperature-dependent dielectric characterization. The SD pattern of KNN-50BNT presents a pure perovskite structure with pseudocubic symmetry. However, superlattice reflections were observed by SAED and completely indexed by tetragonal symmetry with P4bm space group in ND pattern. The relaxor behavior of KNN-50BNT is compared with Pb-based and Ba-based relaxors and discussed in the framework of the Vogel-Fulcher law and the new glass model. The KNN-50BNT ceramic exhibits the strongest dielectric dispersion among them.

  10. Giant strain in lead-free piezoceramics Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-K0.5Na0.5NbO3 system

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    Zhang, Shan-Tao; Kounga, Alain Brice; Aulbach, Emil; Ehrenberg, Helmut; Rödel, Jürgen

    2007-09-01

    Piezoelectric actuators convert electrical into mechanical energy and are implemented for many large-scale applications such as piezoinjectors and ink jet printers. The performance of these devices is governed by the electric-field-induced strain. Here, the authors describe the development of a class of lead-free (0.94-x)Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.06BaTiO3-xK0.5Na0.5NbO3 ceramics. These can deliver a giant strain (0.45%) under both unipolar and bipolar field loadings, which is even higher than the strain obtained with established ferroelectric Pb(Zr ,Ti)O3 ceramics and is comparable to strains obtained in Pb-based antiferroelectrics.

  11. Studies on the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of LaCrO{sub 3}, LaCr{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} and LaCr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} by sol–gel method

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    Nithya, V.D.; Jacob Immanuel, R.; Senthilkumar, S.T.; Sanjeeviraja, C.; Perelshtein, I.; Zitoun, D.; Kalai Selvan, R.

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: ► LaCr{sub 0.5}M{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} (M = Cr{sup 3+}, Cu{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}) was synthesized by simple sol–gel technique with subsequent heat treatment. ► The compound formation temperature was optimized through XRD analysis. ► The effects of Cu{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} on the electrical properties of LaCrO{sub 3} were studied using impedance spectroscopy. ► The temperature dependence of electrical conductivity was discussed for LaCr{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}. ► The magnetization was found to be enhanced in the LaCr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}. -- Abstract: The structural, electrical and magnetic properties of LaCr{sub 0.5}M{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} (M = Cr{sup 3+}, Cu{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}) synthesized by a sol–gel technique were studied. The X-ray diffraction pattern shows the structure to be orthorhombic and the size of the particles is around 100 nm as seen from the TEM images. The effects of Cu{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} on the electrical properties of LaCrO{sub 3} were studied using impedance spectroscopy at room temperature (RT). The properties of LaCr{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} were studied over a wide range of temperature from RT to 533 K. A maximum conductivity of 1.7 × 10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} was observed for LaCr{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} at a measured temperature of 533 K. The impedance spectra indicate a negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR) and also imply the conduction is through bulk of the material. The magnetic studies performed using a SQUID magnetometer interpret the antiferromagnetically ordered LaCrO{sub 3} to behave ferromagnetically on the addition of Cu{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}, and the magnetization was found to be enhanced in the LaCr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}.

  12. Superconductivity induced by In substitution into the topological crystalline insulator Pb0.5Sn0.5Te

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    Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J. A.; Liu, T. S.; Camino, F. E.; Tranquada, J. M.; Gu, G. D.

    2014-07-01

    Indium substitution turns the topological crystalline insulator (TCI) Pb0.5Sn0.5Te into a possible topological superconductor. To investigate the effect of the indium concentration on the crystal structure and superconducting properties of (Pb0.5Sn0.5)1-xInxTe, we have grown high-quality single crystals using a modified floating-zone method and have performed systematic studies for indium content in the range 0≤x≤0.35. We find that the single crystals retain the rocksalt structure up to the solubility limit of indium (x ˜0.30). Experimental dependencies of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and the upper critical magnetic field (Hc2) on the indium content x have been measured. The maximum Tc is determined to be 4.7 K at x =0.30, with μ0Hc2(T =0)≈5 T.

  13. Superconductivity in (NH3) yN axFeS e0.5T e0.5

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    Zheng, Lu; Sakai, Yusuke; Miao, Xiao; Nishiyama, Saki; Terao, Takahiro; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Goto, Hidenori; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2016-11-01

    Na-intercalated FeS e0.5T e0.5 was prepared using the liquid N H3 technique, and a superconducting phase exhibiting a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) as high as 27 K was discovered. This can be called the high-Tc phase since a 21 K superconducting phase was previously obtained in (NH3) yN axFeS e0.5T e0.5 . The chemical composition of the high-Tc phase was determined to be (NH3)0.61 (4 )N a0.63 (5 )F e0.85S e0.55 (3 )T e0.44 (2 ) . The x-ray diffraction patterns of both phases show that a larger lattice constant c (i.e., FeS e0.5T e0.5 plane spacing) produces a higher Tc. This behavior is the same as that of metal-doped FeSe, suggesting that improved Fermi-surface nesting produces the higher Tc. The high-Tc phase converted to the low-Tc phase within several days, indicating that it is a metastable phase. The temperature dependence of resistance for both phases was recorded at different magnetic fields, and the critical fields were determined for both phases. Finally, the Tc versus c phase diagram was prepared for the metal-doped FeS e0.5T e0.5 , which is similar to that of metal-doped FeSe, although the Tc is lower.

  14. Special Quasirandom Structures to Study the (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 Random Alloy

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    2014-07-31

    After drying for 20 h, the powders were calcined at 950 ◦C for 5 h. The composition and phase purity of the specimen were verified using a Siemens Model...taken for the calcined (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 powder. The pattern indicates a single perovskite phase and is indexed based on the primitive cubic cell. 024105

  15. Solid state synthesis and characterization of bulk FeTe0.5Se0.5 superconductors

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    Onar, K.; Yakinci, M. E.

    2016-01-01

    FeTe0.5Se0.5 polycrystalline superconductor samples were synthesized by solid- state reaction method at different heating temperatures. The morphological and structural characterization of FeTe0 5Se0.5 samples were carried out by X-rays Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscope and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy. The electrical, magnetic and thermal transport properties were investigated up to 8 T by using physical property measurement system. The results reveal that the sensitivity of electrical and magnetic properties strongly depends on the heat treatment cycles. The upper critical field, Hc2(0), was determined with the magnetic field parallel to the sample surface. It gives a maximum value of 36.3 T. The lower critical field, Hc1(T), was obtained as 210, 140 and 70 Oe at 5, 8 and 12 K, respectively. The coherence length, ξ, at the zero field, was calculated to be 1.94 nm and suggested a transparent intergrain boundaries peculiarity. The μ0Hc2(0)/kBTc rate shows higher value (3.36 T/K) than the Pauli limit (1.84 T/K) which suggests unconventional nature of superconductivity for the polycrystalline FeTe0.5Se0.5 superconducting samples.

  16. Electrical Characteristics and Preparation of (Ba0.5Sr0.5)TiO3 Films by Spray Pyrolysis and Rapid Thermal Annealing

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    Koo, Horng-Show; Chen, Mi; Ku, Hong-Kou; Kawai, Tomoji

    2007-04-01

    Functional films of (Ba0.5Sr0.5)TiO3 on Pt (1000 Å)/Ti (100 Å)/SiO2 (2000 Å)/Si substrates are prepared by spray pyrolysis and subsequently rapid thermal annealing. Barium nitrate, strontium nitrate and titanium isopropoxide are used as starting materials with ethylene glycol as solvent. For (Ba0.5Sr0.5)TiO3 functional thin film, thermal characteristics of the precursor powder scratched from as-sprayed films show a remarkable peak around 300-400 °C and 57.7% weight loss up to 1000 °C. The as-sprayed precursor film with coffee-like color and amorphous-like phase is transformed into the resultant film with white, crystalline perovskite phase and characteristic peaks (110) and (100). The resultant films show correspondent increases of dielectric constant, leakage current and dissipation factor with increasing annealing temperatures. The dielectric constant is 264 and tangent loss is 0.21 in the resultant films annealed at 750 °C for 5 min while leakage current density is 1.5× 10-6 A/cm2 in the film annealed at 550 °C for 5 min.

  17. Synthesis and Properties of [Bi0.5(Na1-xAgx)0.5]1-yBayTiO3 Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Wu, Lang; Xiao, Ding-Quan; Lin, Dun-Min; Zhu, Jian-Guo; Yu, Ping

    2005-12-01

    A new group of ABO3-type lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, [Bi0.5(Na1-xAgx)0.5]1-yBayTiO3, was developed, and the corresponding invention patent was submitted. The ceramics were synthesized by the conventional ceramic sintering technique using electronic grade raw materials, and the preparation techniques are very stable and convenient. The crystalline phase, microstructure and electric properties of the ceramics were also investigated. All the ceramics have high densities of about 5.70-5.84 g/cm3, which are more than 95% of the theoretical values. This system provides high piezoelectric performances: d33=168 pC/N, kp=0.31 when x=0.06, y=0.06. Moreover, the samples doped with a moderate amount of Mn could increase the mechanical quality factor Qm and reduce the dielectric loss \\mathop{tg}δ simultaneously. The temperature dependence of piezoelectric properties measured show that at up to 180°C, d33 can still remain 126 pC/N for [Bi0.5(Na0.96Ag0.04)0.5]0.90Ba0.10TiO3 ceramics, which has a d33 of 137 pC/N at room temperature.

  18. Doubling the critical current density in superconducting FeSe0.5Te0.5 thin films by low temperature oxygen annealing

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    Zhang, Cheng; Si, Weidong; Li, Qiang

    2016-11-14

    Iron chalcogenide superconducting thin films and coated conductors are attractive for potential high field applications at liquid helium temperature for their high critical current densities Jc, low anisotropies, and relatively strong grain couplings. Embedding flux pinning defects is a general approach to increase the in-field performance of superconductors. However, many effective pinning defects can adversely affect the zero field or self-field Jc, particularly in cuprate high temperature superconductors. Here, we report the doubling of the self-field Jc in FeSe0.5Te0.5 films by low temperature oxygen annealing, reaching ~3 MA/cm2. In-field performance is also dramatically enhanced. In conclusion, our results demonstrate thatmore » low temperature oxygen annealing is a simple and cost-efficient post-treatment technique which can greatly help to accelerate the potential high field applications of the iron-based superconductors.« less

  19. Synthesis and characterization of Sm0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ as anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Abdalla, A. M.; Radenahmad, N.; Abu Bakar, M. S.; . I. Petra, Pg M.; Azad, A. K.

    2016-03-01

    The material performance is a crucial issue in the current fuel cell technology, and for this reason we present this new series of Samarium family which can be used as electrode giving a high performance in a particular application. Sm0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ was prepared by solid state reaction method and characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Rietveld analysis of XRD data shows that the material has an Orthorhombic crystal structure with cell parameter a = 3.883(1) Å b = 3.8742(5) Å c = 7. 762(4) Å, in the Pmmm space group. TGA analyses shows that the materials is going to decrease by 0.32%. The density of the materials was calculated from structural refinement and found to be 8.372 gm/cm3.

  20. Large electrocaloric effect in lead-free K0.5Na0.5NbO3-SrTiO3 ceramics

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    Koruza, J.; Rožič, B.; Cordoyiannis, G.; Malič, B.; Kutnjak, Z.

    2015-05-01

    The electrocaloric effect (ECE), i.e., the adiabatic temperature change ΔTEC, of the lead-free relaxor ferroelectric 0.85K0.5Na0.5NbO3-0.15SrTiO3 (KNN-STO) ceramics is investigated. The ECE data obtained by a direct method show the existence of a large ECE near the temperature of the dielectric permittivity maximum. Due to the high break-down electric field, a large ΔTEC exceeding 1.2 K at 300 K and 1.9 K at 340 K was observed at 159 kV/cm in a broad temperature range of 80 K. Such a high ECE response near the room temperature is comparable to that found in lead-based ceramic materials, thus making KNN-STO a strong candidate to replace lead-based materials in future electrocaloric applications.

  1. Parallel charge sheets of electron liquid and gas in La0.5Sr0.5TiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

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    Renshaw Wang, X.; Sun, L.; Huang, Z.; Lü, W. M.; Motapothula, M.; Annadi, A.; Liu, Z. Q.; Zeng, S. W.; Venkatesan, T.; Ariando

    2015-01-01

    We show here a new phenomenon in La0.5Sr0.5TiO3/SrTiO3 (LSTO/STO) heterostructures; that is a coexistence of three-dimensional electron liquid (3DEL) and 2D electron gas (2DEG), separated by an intervening insulating LSTO layer. The two types of carriers were revealed through multi-channel analysis of the evolution of nonlinear Hall effect as a function of film thickness, temperature and back gate voltage. We demonstrate that the 3D electron originates from La doping in LSTO film and the 2D electron at the surface of STO is due to the polar field in the intervening insulating layer. As the film thickness is reduced below a critical thickness of 6 unit cells (uc), an abrupt metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) occurs without an intermediate semiconducting state. The properties of the LSTO layer grown on different substrates suggest that the insulating phase of the intervening layer is a result of interface strain induced by the lattice mismatch between the film and substrate. Further, by fitting the magnetoresistance (MR) curves, the 6 unit cell thick LSTO is shown to exhibit spin-orbital coupling. These observations point to new functionalities, in addition to magnetism and superconductivity in STO-based systems, which could be exploited in a multifunctional context. PMID:26669575

  2. A study on the wake-up effect of ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films by pulse-switching measurement

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    Kim, Han Joon; Park, Min Hyuk; Kim, Yu Jin; Lee, Young Hwan; Moon, Taehwan; Kim, Keum Do; Hyun, Seung Dam; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-01

    The appearance of ferroelectric (FE) and anti-ferroelectric (AFE) properties in HfO2-based thin films is highly intriguing in terms of both the scientific context and practical application in various electronic and energy-related devices. Interestingly, these materials showed a ``wake-up effect'', which refers to the increase in remanent polarization with increasing electric field cycling number before the occurrence of the fatigue effect. In this work, the wake-up effect from Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 was carefully examined by the pulse-switching experiment. In the pristine state, the Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 film mostly showed FE-like behavior with a small contribution from AFE-like distortion, which could be ascribed to the involvement of the AFE phase. The field cycling of only 100 cycles almost completely transformed the AFE phase into the FE phase by depinning the pinned domains. The influence of field cycling on the interfacial layer was also examined through the pulse-switching experiments.

  3. A study on the wake-up effect of ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films by pulse-switching measurement.

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    Kim, Han Joon; Park, Min Hyuk; Kim, Yu Jin; Lee, Young Hwan; Moon, Taehwan; Kim, Keum Do; Hyun, Seung Dam; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-21

    The appearance of ferroelectric (FE) and anti-ferroelectric (AFE) properties in HfO2-based thin films is highly intriguing in terms of both the scientific context and practical application in various electronic and energy-related devices. Interestingly, these materials showed a "wake-up effect", which refers to the increase in remanent polarization with increasing electric field cycling number before the occurrence of the fatigue effect. In this work, the wake-up effect from Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 was carefully examined by the pulse-switching experiment. In the pristine state, the Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 film mostly showed FE-like behavior with a small contribution from AFE-like distortion, which could be ascribed to the involvement of the AFE phase. The field cycling of only 100 cycles almost completely transformed the AFE phase into the FE phase by depinning the pinned domains. The influence of field cycling on the interfacial layer was also examined through the pulse-switching experiments.

  4. Observation of selective surface element substitution in FeTe0.5Se0.5 superconductor thin film exposed to ambient air by synchrotron radiation spectroscopy

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    Zhang, Nian; Liu, Chen; Zhao, Jia-Li; Lei, Tao; Wang, Jia-Ou; Qian, Hai-Jie; Wu, Rui; Yan, Lei; Guo, Hai-Zhong; Ibrahim, Kurash

    2016-09-01

    A systematic investigation of oxidation on a superconductive FeTe0.5Se0.5 thin film, which was grown on Nb-doped SrTiO3 (001) by pulsed laser deposition, has been carried out. The sample was exposed to ambient air for one month for oxidation. Macroscopically, the exposed specimen lost its superconductivity due to oxidation. The specimen was subjected to in situ synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements following cycles of annealing and argon ion etching treatments to unravel what happened in the electronic structure and composition after exposure to air. By the spectroscopic measurements, we found that the as-grown FeTe0.5Se0.5 superconductive thin film experienced an element selective substitution reaction. The oxidation preferentially proceeds through pumping out the Te and forming Fe-O bonds by O substitution of Te. In addition, our results certify that in situ vacuum annealing and low-energy argon ion etching methods combined with spectroscopy are suitable for depth element and valence analysis of layered structure superconductor materials. Project supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. 1G2009312311750101) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11375228, 11204303, and U1332105).

  5. Electrostatic doping limits and control of magnetism in electrolyte gated LaAlO3(001)/La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ thin films

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    Walter, Jeff; Wang, Helin; Leighton, Chris

    Recently developed ionic liquid/gel gating techniques have proven remarkably expedient in the study of charge density effects in a variety of conductors, ranging from organics to complex oxides. Here we present electrolyte gate control of magnetism in ultrathin (8 u.c.) La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ (LSCO) films, using ion gels in electric double layer transistors. The LSCO films are initially metallic and ferromagnetic (Tc ~ 170 K), with anomalous Hall conductivity up to 40 S/cm, and strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Based on extensive temperature and gate voltage dependences we first determined the limits for electrostatic vs. electrochemical operation, concluding that negative bias enables reversible hole accumulation, whereas positive bias irreversibly induces oxygen vacancies. Following this we demonstrated clear voltage-control of resistivity, magnetoresistance, andTc. Utilizing the anomalous Hall conductivity as an exceptional probe of the magnetic order parameter in the gated surface region, a 12 K shift in Tc is obtained. This compares favorably to the state-of-the-art and exhibits potential for much larger modulation in films of lower Sr content. Work supported by NSF MRSEC.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of (Bi{sub 0.5}Ba{sub 0.5}) (Fe{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}) O{sub 3} ceramic

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    Parida, B.N.; Das, Piyush R.; Padhee, R.; Suara, D.; Mishra, A.; Rout, J.; Choudhary, R.N.P.

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Temperature variation of (a) dielectric constant (b) dielectric loss of the sample. - Highlights: • The high values of dielectric permittivity and low value of tangent loss. • It used for microwave applications. • The impedance and dielectric relaxation in the material is non exponential and non Debye-type. • Its ac conductivity obeys Jonscher universal power law. - Abstract: The polycrystalline sample of (Bi{sub 0.5}Ba{sub 0.5}) (Fe{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}) O{sub 3} (BF–BT) was prepared by a standard mixed oxide method. Analysis of room temperature XRD pattern and Raman/FTIR spectra of the compound does not exhibit any change in its crystal structure of BaTiO{sub 3} on addition of BiFeO{sub 3} in equal ratio. The surface morphology of the gold-plated sintered pellet sample recorded by SEM (scanning electron microscope) exhibits a uniform distribution of grains with less porosity. Detailed studies of nature and quantity of variation of dielectric constant, tangent loss, and polarization with temperature and frequency indicate the existence of ferroelectric phase transition at high-temperature. There is a low-temperature anti-ferromagnetic phase transition below 375 °C in the material. Detailed studies of electrical properties (impedance, modulus, etc.) of the material confirmed a strong correlation between micro-structure and properties.

  7. Pure and strong red photoluminescence from Na0.5Gd0.5TiO3: Eu ferroelectric thin films under ultraviolet light excitation

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    Gao, Feng; Sun, Lina; Tan, Jun; Li, Xinsheng; Liu, Dongyun; Liang, Duoqiang

    2017-02-01

    A series of novel photoluminescent ferroelectric thin films Na0.5Gd0.5TiO3: xEu (NGT: Eu) with various Eu3+ doping concentrations were prepared at various heat-treated temperature, which have single pseudo-cubic perovskite structure at proper heat-treated temperature from 700 °C to 800 °C according to X-ray diffraction results. There existed narrow and intensive emission bands located at red light region ascribed to 5D0 → 7F2 and 5D0 → 7F1 transitions of Eu3+ by 283 nm excitation. The strong energy absorption of NGT host and efficient energy transfer to Eu3+ should be primarily responsible for the emissions. Gd3+ acts as sensitizer which has an important role on the energy transfer from the host NGT to Eu3+. The luminescence from NGT: 0.25Eu thin films is the strongest for all the NGT: Eu films, and its color coordinate is (0.65, 0.32) close to ideal red light. The quenching concentration in NGT: Eu films reaches as high as 25%. The lifetime of emissive energy level Eu3+: 5D0 in NGT: 0.1Eu and NGT: 0.5Eu thin films is 1.024 ms and 0.931 ms, respectively. Finally, the ferroelectric property of NGT: 0.25Eu thin films was tested and the remanent polarization (2Pr) is 7.10 μC/cm2 lower than that of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3.

  8. Temperature- and magnetic-field-induced magnetization reversal in perovskite YFe0.5Cr0.5O3

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    Mao, Jinhua; Sui, Yu; Zhang, Xingquan; Su, Yantao; Wang, Xianjie; Liu, Zhiguo; Wang, Yi; Zhu, Ruibin; Wang, Yang; Liu, Wanfa; Tang, Jinke

    2011-05-01

    Perovskite YFe0.5Cr0.5O3 exhibits magnetization reversal at low applied fields due to the competition between the single ion magnetic anisotropy and the antisymmetric Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction. Below a compensation temperature (Tcomp), a tunable bipolar switching of magnetization is demonstrated by changing the magnitude of the field while keeping it in the same direction. The present compound also displays both normal and inverse magnetocaloric effects above and below 260 K, respectively. These phenomena coexisting in a single magnetic system can be tuned in a predictable manner and have potential applications in electromagnetic devices.

  9. Photogalvanic effects for interband transition in p-Si0.5Ge0.5/Si multiple quantum wells

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    Wei, C. M.; Cho, K. S.; Chen, Y. F.; Peng, Y. H.; Chiu, C. W.; Kuan, C. H.

    2007-12-01

    Circular photogalvanic effect (CPGE) and linear photogalvanic effect for interband transition have been observed simultaneously in Si0.5Ge0.5/Si multiple quantum wells. The signature of the CPGE is evidenced by the change of its sign upon reversing the radiation helicity. It is found that the observed CPGE photocurrent is an order of magnitude greater than that obtained for intersubband transition. The dependences of the CPGE on the angle of incidence and the excitation intensities can be well interpreted based on its characteristics. The large signal of spin generation observed here at room temperature should be very useful for the realization of practical application of spintronics.

  10. Role of the local structure in superconductivity of LaO0.5F0.5BiS2‑x Se x system

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    Paris, E.; Mizuguchi, Y.; Hacisalihoglu, M. Y.; Hiroi, T.; Joseph, B.; Aquilanti, G.; Miura, O.; Mizokawa, T.; Saini, N. L.

    2017-04-01

    We have studied the local structure of LaO0.5F0.5BiS2‑x Se x by Bi L1-edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). We find a significant effect of Se substitution on the local atomic correlations with a gradual elongation of average in-plane Bi-S bondlength. The associated mean square relative displacement, measuring average local distortions in the BiS2 plane, hardly shows any change for small Se substitution, but decreases significantly for x≥slant 0.6 . The Se substitution appears to suppress the local distortions within the BiS2 plane that may optimize in-plane orbital hybridization and hence the superconductivity. The results suggest that the local structure of the BiS2-layer is one of the key ingredients to control the physical properties of the BiS2-based dichalcogenides.

  11. Observation of indium ion migration-induced resistive switching in Al/Mg0.5Ca0.5TiO3/ITO

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    Lin, Zong-Han; Wang, Yeong-Her

    2016-08-01

    Understanding switching mechanisms is very important for resistive random access memory (RRAM) applications. This letter reports an investigation of Al/Mg0.5Ca0.5TiO3 (MCTO)/ITO RRAM, which exhibits bipolar resistive switching behavior. The filaments that connect Al electrodes with indium tin oxide electrodes across the MCTO layer at a low-resistance state are identified. The filaments composed of In2O3 crystals are observed through energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, nanobeam diffraction, and comparisons of Joint Committee on Powder Diffraction Standards (JCPDS) cards. Finally, a switching mechanism resulting from an electrical field induced by In3+ ion migration is proposed. In3+ ion migration forms/ruptures the conductive filaments and sets/resets the RRAM device.

  12. A new Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} based lead-free piezoelectric system with calculated end-member Bi(Zn{sub 0.5}Hf{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}

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    Liu, Feng; Wahyudi, Olivia; Li, Yongxiang

    2014-03-21

    The phase structure, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of a new lead-free piezoelectric system (1 − x)Bi{sub 0.5}Na{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}–xBi(Zn{sub 0.5}Hf{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} [(1 − x)BNT–xBZH, x = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, and 0.04] were investigated. The structure of Bi(Zn{sub 0.5}Hf{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} was calculated using first-principles method and (1 − x)BNT–xBZH ceramics were fabricated by conventional solid-state process. At room temperature, a morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) from rhombohedral to pseudocubic is identified near x = 0.02 by the analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns. The ceramics with MPB near room temperature exhibit excellent electrical properties: the Curie temperature, maximum polarization, remnant polarization, and coercive field are 340 °C, 56.3 μC/cm{sup 2}, 43.5 μC/cm{sup 2}, and 5.4 kV/mm, respectively, while the maximum positive bipolar strain and piezoelectric coefficient are 0.09% and 92 pC/N, respectively. In addition, a linear relationship between the MPB phase boundary composition and the calculated tetragonality of non-BNT end-member was demonstrated. Thus, this study not only shows a new BNT-based lead-free piezoelectric system but also suggest a new way to predict the composition at MPB a priori when designing new lead-free piezoelectric system.

  13. Li(V0.5Ti0.5)S2 as a 1 V lithium intercalation electrode

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    Clark, Steve J.; Wang, Da; Armstrong, A. Robert; Bruce, Peter G.

    2016-03-01

    Graphite, the dominant anode in rechargeable lithium batteries, operates at ~0.1 V versus Li+/Li and can result in lithium plating on the graphite surface, raising safety concerns. Titanates, for example, Li4Ti5O12, intercalate lithium at~1.6 V versus Li+/Li, avoiding problematic lithium plating at the expense of reduced cell voltage. There is interest in 1 V anodes, as this voltage is sufficiently high to avoid lithium plating while not significantly reducing cell potential. The sulfides, LiVS2 and LiTiS2, have been investigated as possible 1 V intercalation electrodes but suffer from capacity fading, large 1st cycle irreversible capacity or polarization. Here we report that the 50/50 solid solution, Li1+x(V0.5Ti0.5)S2, delivers a reversible capacity to store charge of 220 mAhg-1 (at 0.9 V), 99% of theoretical, at a rate of C/2, retaining 205 mAhg-1 at C-rate (92% of theoretical). Rate capability is excellent with 200 mAhg-1 at 3C. C-rate is discharge in 1 h. Polarization is low, 100 mV at C/2. To the best of our knowledge, the properties/performances of Li(V0.5Ti0.5)S2 exceed all previous 1 V electrodes.

  14. Investigation of the origin of glassiness in La0.5Sr0.5CoO3

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    Manna, Kaustuv; Elizabeth, Suja; Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2013-05-01

    A comprehensive magnetic study has been carried out on the two sets of La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 samples with a view to understand the origin of low temperature glassiness in the ferromagnetic state. The samples prepared by the conventional solid-state synthesis method show a low temperature shoulder in both dc magnetization as well as in the ac susceptibility measurements, which exhibit characteristics of glassiness such as the frequency dependence and memory effect. These observations suggest the existence of a distinct low temperature cluster-glass like phase within dominant ferromagnetic phase. But, once the same sample is properly homogenized by repeated grinding and annealing process, the low temperature glassy phase disappears, and it shows a pure ferromagnetic behavior. Our comparative study clearly reveals that the reentrant spin-glass like nature is not intrinsic to La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 system, in fact this is an outcome of the compositional inhomogeneity.

  15. Spin-reorientation and weak ferromagnetism in antiferromagnetic TbMn0.5Fe0.5O3

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    Nhalil, Hariharan; Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Sanathkumar, R.; Strydom, André M.; Elizabeth, Suja

    2015-05-01

    Orthorhombic single crystals of TbMn0.5Fe0.5O3 are found to exhibit spin-reorientation, magnetization reversal, and weak ferromagnetism. Strong anisotropy effects are evident in the temperature dependent magnetization measurements along the three crystallographic axes a, b, and c. A broad magnetic transition is visible at TN Fe / Mn = 286 K due to paramagnetic to AxGyCz ordering. A sharp transition is observed at TS R Fe / Mn = 28 K , which is pronounced along c axis in the form of a sharp jump in magnetization where the spins reorient to GxAyFz configuration. The negative magnetization observed below TS R Fe / Mn along c axis is explained in terms of domain wall pinning. A component of weak ferromagnetism is observed in field-scans along c-axis but below 28 K. Field-induced steps-like transitions are observed in hysteresis measurement along b axis below 28 K. It is noted that no sign of Tb-order is discernible down to 2 K. TbMn0.5Fe0.5O3 could be highlighted as a potential candidate to evaluate its magneto-dielectric effects across the magnetic transitions.

  16. Dielectric Properties in the Microwave Range of K0.5Na0.5NbO3 Ceramics

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    Gao, Lu; Zhou, Wancheng; Luo, Fa; Zhu, Dongmei

    2017-01-01

    Dielectric properties of a potassium sodium niobate (KNN) system in the microwave range up to GHz have rarely been studied. Since K0.5Na0.5NbO3 is the most common and typical type of KNN materials, non-doped K0.5Na0.5 NbO3 ceramics were synthesized at different temperatures (1080°C, 1090°C, 1100°C, and 1110°C) by a traditional solid reaction method for further characterization and analysis. The ceramics were in perovskite phase with orthorhombic symmetry. A small quantity of second phase was found in the 1110°C sintered specimen, which resulted from the volatilization of alkali oxides as the temperature increased. The complex permittivity was measured for the first time in the microwave range (8.2-12.4 GHz) and in the temperature range from 100°C to 220°C, and the effects of annealing on the dielectric properties were studied. The results indicate that the complex permittivity of KNN ceramics over the microwave range increases mainly due to high bulk density and the additional dielectric contributions of oxygen vacancies at high temperature.

  17. Critical behavior and spontaneous magnetization estimation in La0.5Sr0.5MnO3 compound

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    Hazzez, M.; Ihzaz, N.; Boudard, M.; Oumezzine, M.

    2015-07-01

    We report the critical behavior in La0.5Sr0.5MnO3 perovskite oxide manganite using methods including modified Arrott plot, Kouvel-Fisher plot, and critical isotherm analysis. By means of the above techniques around the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic (FM-PM) transition, the magnetic data analyzed shows the sample attending the second-order magnetic phase transition with the critical parameters β = 0.553±0.020 with TC=352.02±0.63 K (from the spontaneous magnetization MS(T) below TC) and γ =1.169±0.058 with TC=352.49±0.85 K (from the inverse initial susceptibility χ 0 - 1 (T) above TC). The exponent δ =3,216 independently obtained from the critical magnetization isotherm satisfies the Widom scaling relation δ = 1 + β / γ . Moreover, the critical exponents are in the theoretically expected values for mean-field interaction model rather than the other universal theory and also follow the single scaling equation of M (H , ε)ε-β =f± (H /ε β + γ) . Furthermore, to estimate the spontaneous magnetization of La0.5Sr0.5MnO3 perovskite, we used the magnetic entropy change (-ΔSM), obtained from isothermal magnetization. The results of this approach are compared to results obtained from classical analysis using Arrott curves.

  18. Fabrication by Annealing at Approximately 1030°C and Electrical Characterization of Lead-Free (1 - x)Bi0.5K0.5TiO3-xBa(Fe0.5Nb0.5)0.05Ti0.95O3 Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Truong-Tho, N.; Nghi-Nhan, N. T.

    2017-03-01

    Sintered (1 - x)Bi0.5K0.5TiO3-xBa(Fe0.5Nb0.5)0.05Ti0.95O3 [(1 - x)BKT-xBFNT] piezoelectric ceramics have been fabricated by conventional annealing at 1000°C to 1050°C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that the 0.9BKT-0.1BFNT ceramic sintered at 1030°C showed high transition temperature of T C = 514°C due to presence of Bi4Ti3O12 in solid solution. Although the P-E ferroelectric loop was not yet saturated, the remanent polarization and coercive electric field of the 0.9BKT-0.1BFNT showed good values of P r = 18.5 μC/cm2 and E c = 4.3 kV/cm, respectively. The piezoelectric parameters of the ceramic included planar-mode electromechanical coupling factor of k p = 0.17 and mechanical quality factor of Q m = 145, larger than the values of 0.17 and 57, respectively, obtained for BKT ceramic.

  19. The preparation of high-J c Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ thin films by the MOCVD process

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    Zhao, R. P.; Zhang, F.; Liu, Q.; Xia, Y. D.; Lu, Y. M.; Cai, C. B.; Tao, B. W.; Li, Y. R.

    2016-06-01

    A home-designed metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system has been employed to prepare high critical current density (J c) Gd0.5Y0.5Ba2Cu3O7-δ (GdYBCO) thin films on LaMnO3/epitaxial MgO/ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-MgO/solution deposition planarization (SDP)-Y2O3-buffered Hastelloy tapes; the thin films were directly heated by the Joule effect after applying an heating current (I h ) through the Hastelloy tapes. The effect of the mole ratio of the metal organic sources has been systematically investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses indicated that the GdYBCO films crystallized better and became denser with the increasing of the Cu/Ba ratio from 1.0 to 1.1, yielding a J c at 77 K and 0 T of 200 nm GdYBCO film increasing from 2.5 MA cm-2 to 7 MA cm-2. In addition, SEM and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) characterizations revealed that more and more outgrowths appeared and the density of the film was reduced with an increase in the Cu/Ba ratio from 1.1 to 1.2. When the I h was 26.8 A and the mole ratio of Gd(tmhd)3, Y(tmhd)3, Ba(tmhd)2 and Cu(tmhd)2 in the precursor was 0.55:0.55:2:2.2, the critical current (I c) of the deposited 200 nm-thick GdYBCO film reached a 140 A cm-1 width (77 K, 0 T), corresponding to the J c 7 MA cm-2 (77 K, 0 T).

  20. Structural state of relaxor ferroelectrics PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 and PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 at high pressures up to 30 GPa

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    Maier, B. J.; Waeselmann, N.; Mihailova, B.; Angel, R. J.; Ederer, C.; Paulmann, C.; Gospodinov, M.; Friedrich, A.; Bismayer, U.

    2011-11-01

    The pressure-induced structural changes in perovskite-type (ABO3) Pb-based relaxor ferroelectrics are studied on the basis of in situ single-crystal synchrotron x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering experiments on PbSc0.5Ta0.5O3 and PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 conducted under hydrostatic conditions up to 30 GPa. Complementary density functional theory calculations have been performed to compare the stability of various atomic configurations for both compounds at high pressures. By combining the experimental and theoretical results, the following sequence of structural transformations is proposed. At a characteristic pressure p1 the mesoscopic polar order is violated and a local antipolar order of Pb atoms as well as quasidynamical long-range order of antiphase octahedral tilts is developed. These structural changes facilitate the occurrence of a continuous phase transition at pc1>p1 from cubic to a nonpolar rhombohedral structure comprising antiphase octahedral tilts of equal magnitude (a-a-a-). At a characteristic pressure p2>pc1 the octahedral tilts around the cubic [100], [010], and [001] directions become different from each other on the mesoscopic scale. The latter precedes a second phase transition at pc2, which involves long-range order of Pb antipolar displacements along cubic [uv0] directions and a compatible mixed tilt system (a+b-b-) or long-range ordered antiphase tilts with unequal magnitudes (a0b-b-) without Pb displacement ordering. The phase-transition pattern at pc2 depends on the fine-scale degree of chemical B-site order in the structure.

  1. Compound biomimetic structures for efficiency enhancement of Ga(0.5)In(0.5)P/GaAs/Ge triple-junction solar cells.

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    Hung, Mu-Min; Han, Hau-Vei; Hong, Chung-Yu; Hong, Kuo-Hsuan; Yang, Tung-Ting; Yu, Peichen; Wu, Yu-Rue; Yeh, Hong-Yih; Huang, Hong-Cheng

    2014-03-10

    Biomimetic nanostructures have shown to enhance the optical absorption of Ga(0.5)In(0.5)P/GaAs/Ge triple junction solar cells due to excellent antireflective (AR) properties that, however, are highly dependent on their geometric dimensions. In practice, it is challenging to control fabrication conditions which produce nanostructures in ideal periodic arrangements and with tapered side-wall profiles, leading to sacrificed AR properties and solar cell performance. In this work, we introduce compound biomimetic nanostructures created by depositing a layer of silicon dioxide (SiO(2)) on top of titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanostructures for triple junction solar cells. The device exhibits photogenerated current and power conversion efficiency that are enhanced by ~8.9% and ~6.4%, respectively, after deposition due to their improved antireflection characteristics. We further investigate and verify the optical properties of compound structures via a rigorous coupled wave analysis model. The additional SiO(2) layer not only improves the geometric profile, but also serves as a double-layer dielectric coating. It is concluded that the compound biomimetic nanostructures exhibit superior AR properties that are relatively insensitive to fabrication constraints. Therefore, the compound approach can be widely adopted for versatile optoelectronic devices and applications.

  2. Magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect in Ni0.5Mn0.5-xSb x alloys

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    Duc, N. H.; Thanh, T. D.; Yen, N. H.; Thanh, P. T.; Dan, N. H.; Phan, T. L.

    2012-02-01

    Ni0.5Mn0.5- x Sb x ( x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4) ingots fabricated by arc-melting high-pure metals have been studied to determine their structure and magnetic properties and to identify the magnetocaloric effect. X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that the sample with x = 0.2 is close to a single phase in a cubic structure while the others have the secondary phases. This influences strongly the magnetic properties of Ni0.5Mn0.5- x Sb x . With increasing Sb content, the Curie temperature ( T C ) increases from ˜210 (for x = 0.1) to 435 K (for x = 0.4). Among the studied alloys, two samples, x = 0.2 and 0.3, have the greatest saturation magnetization values, which were recorded at 300 K. Under an applied field of 12.0 kOe, the maximum magnetic entropy changes are about 1.0 and 0.5 J.kg-1·K-1 for x = 0.2 and 0.3, respectively. Detailed analyses related to isothermal M-H curves in the vicinity of T C by using the modified Arrott method reveal that these samples undergo a second-order phase transition with critical exponents of β = 0.40 ± 0.01 and γ = 1.27 ± 0.08 for x = 0.2 and of β = 0.69 ± 0.09 and γ = 0.85 ± 0.10 for x = 0.3. The differences in the critical parameters are likely related to the presence of Ni-related secondary phases.

  3. Effect of nanostructured carbon coatings on the electrochemical performance of Li1.4Ni0.5Mn0.5O2+ x-based cathode materials

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    Kurilenko, Konstantin A; Brylev, Oleg A; Petukhov, Dmitry I; Garshev, Alexey V

    2016-01-01

    Nanocomposites of Li1.4Ni0.5Mn0.5O2+ x and amorphous carbon were obtained by the pyrolysis of linear and cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) in presence of Li1.4Ni0.5Mn0.5O2+ x. In the case of linear PVA, the formation of nanostructured carbon coatings on Li1.4Ni0.5Mn0.5O2+ x particles is observed, while for cross-linked PVA islands of mesoporous carbon are located on the boundaries of Li1.4Ni0.5Mn0.5O2+ x particles. The presence of the carbon framework leads to a decrease of the polarization upon cycling and of the charge transfer resistance and to an increase in the apparent Li+ diffusion coefficient from 10−16 cm2·s−1 (pure Li1.4Ni0.5Mn0.5O2+ x) to 10−13 cm2·s−1. The nanosized carbon coatings also reduce the deep electrochemical degradation of Li1.4Ni0.5Mn0.5O2+ x during electrochemical cycling. The nanocomposite obtained by the pyrolysis of linear PVA demonstrates higher values of the apparent lithium diffusion coefficient, a higher specific capacity and lower values of charge transfer resistance, which can be related to the more uniform carbon coatings and to the significant content of sp2-hybridized carbon detected by XPS and by Raman spectroscopy. PMID:28144544

  4. Zr and Sn substituted (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 -based solid solutions

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    Ishchuk, V. M.; Gusakova, L. G.; Kisel, N. G.; Kuzenko, D. V.; Spiridonov, N. A.; Sobolev, V. L.

    2016-02-01

    The paper attempts to investigate the phase formation of a Zr- and Sn-substituted [(Na0.5Bi0.5)0.80Ba0.20](Ti1-yBy)O3 system during its solid state synthesis. The synthesis was found to be a multi-step process associated with the formation of a number of intermediate phases which however depended on the compositions and sintering temperatures. Single phase solid solutions were obtained when the sintering temperature was increased to 1000 °C-1100 °C. Increase in the concentration of substituting ions, on the one hand, tends to linearly increase the crystal cell size whereas the tolerance factor, on the other hand, gets reduced bolstering the stability of anti-ferroelectric phase as compared to that of ferroelectric phase’.

  5. Pressure-induced superconductivity in Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe2As2.

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    Tsoi, Georgiy M; Malone, Walter; Uhoya, Walter; Mitchell, Jonathan E; Vohra, Yogesh K; Wenger, Lowell E; Sefat, Athena S; Weir, S T

    2012-12-12

    High-pressure electrical resistance measurements have been performed on single crystal Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)Fe(2)As(2) platelets to pressures of 16 GPa and temperatures down to 10 K using designer diamond anvils under quasi-hydrostatic conditions with an insulating steatite pressure medium. The resistance measurements show evidence of pressure-induced superconductivity with an onset transition temperature at ∼31 K and zero resistance at ∼22 K for a pressure of 3.3 GPa. The transition temperature decreases gradually with increasing pressure before completely disappearing for pressures above 12 GPa. The present results provide experimental evidence that a solid solution of two 122-type materials, i.e., Ba(1-x)Sr(x)Fe(2)As(2) (0 < x < 1), can also exhibit superconductivity under high pressure.

  6. Ferroelectricity and ferroelectric resistive switching in sputtered Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 thin films

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    Fan, Zhen; Xiao, Juanxiu; Wang, Jingxian; Zhang, Lei; Deng, Jinyu; Liu, Ziyan; Dong, Zhili; Wang, John; Chen, Jingsheng

    2016-06-01

    Ferroelectric properties and ferroelectric resistive switching (FE-RS) of sputtered Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 (HZO) thin films were investigated. The HZO films with the orthorhombic phase were obtained without capping or post-deposition annealing. Ferroelectricity was demonstrated by polarization-voltage (P-V) hysteresis loops measured in a positive-up negative-down manner and piezoresponse force microscopy. However, defects such as oxygen vacancies caused the films to become leaky. The observed ferroelectricity and semiconducting characteristics led to the FE-RS effect. The FE-RS effect may be explained by a polarization modulated trap-assisted tunneling model. Our study not only provides a facile route to develop ferroelectric HfO2-based thin films but also explores their potential applications in FE-RS memories.

  7. Exchange bias in a mixed metal oxide based magnetocaloric compound YFe0.5Cr0.5O3

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    Sharma, Mohit K.; Singh, Karan; Mukherjee, K.

    2016-09-01

    We report a detailed investigation of magnetization, magnetocaloric effect and exchange bias studies on a mixed metal oxide YFe0.5Cr0.5O3 belonging to perovskite family. Our results reveal that the compound is in canted magnetic state (CMS) where ferromagnetic correlations are present in an antiferromagnetic state. Magnetic entropy change of this compound follows a power law (∆SM∼Hm) dependence of magnetic field. In this compound, inverse magnetocaloric effect (IMCE) is observed below 260 K while conventional magnetocaloric effect (CMCE) above it. The exponent 'm' is found to be independent of temperature and field only in the IMCE region. Investigation of temperature and magnetic field dependence studies of exchange bias, reveal a competition between effective Zeeman energy of the ferromagnetic regions and anisotropic exchange energy at the interface between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic regions. Variation of exchange bias due to temperature and field cycling is also investigated.

  8. A magnetic atomic laminate from thin film synthesis: (Mo0.5Mn0.5)2GaC

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    Meshkian, R.; Ingason, A. S.; Arnalds, U. B.; Magnus, F.; Lu, J.; Rosen, J.

    2015-07-01

    We present synthesis and characterization of a new magnetic atomic laminate: (Mo0.5Mn0.5)2GaC. High quality crystalline films were synthesized on MgO(111) substrates at a temperature of ˜530 °C. The films display a magnetic response, evaluated by vibrating sample magnetometry, in a temperature range 3-300 K and in a field up to 5 T. The response ranges from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic with change in temperature, with an acquired 5T-moment and remanent moment at 3 K of 0.66 and 0.35 μB per metal atom (Mo and Mn), respectively. The remanent moment and the coercive field (0.06 T) exceed all values reported to date for the family of magnetic laminates based on so called MAX phases.

  9. The mixed glass former effect in 0.5(Sodium Sulfide) + 0.5[x(Germanium Sulfide) + (1-x)PS5/2] glasses

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    Bischoff, Christian Michael

    The rapidly growing global energy demand, especially for energy from renewable sources, requires development of longer-lasting, safer, and smaller batteries. Ion-conducting glasses are of particular interest as candidates for solid electrolyte materials in next-generation batteries. Commercial solid-state electrolytes require an ionic conductivity of at least 10-3 S/cm. In order to meet this design constraint, development of new ion-conducting glasses is required. An increase or decrease in the ionic conductivity of glasses can be achieved by mixing two glass former cations at constant fraction of the mobile cation, known as the mixed glass former effect (MGFE). This enhancement or depression of the ionic conductivity is non-linear and non-additive, and its cause is currently unknown. The 0.5Na2S + 0.5[xGeS 2 + (1-x)PS5/2] glasses exhibit a negative MGFE in Na + ion conductivity. If the cause of this depression in the Na + ion conductivity is better understood, it may enable the design of mixed glass former systems that will exhibit enhancement of the ionic conductivity. We hypothesis that changes in short range order structures occur when the thio-phosphate and thio-germanate glass networks are mixed, causing the negative MGFE. Our comprehensive study of the glass structure and physical properties of the 0.5Na2S + 0.5[xGeS2 + (1-x)PS5/2] glasses shows that structural changes in the ternary glasses strongly correlate with the decrease in the ionic conductivity.

  10. ED cuts LWBS from 5% to 0.5%.

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    2010-04-01

    The leaders at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, KY, firmly believe that solving ED throughput problems must be the responsibility of the entire hospital. They must be on the right track. A recent initiative has slashed the rate of patients who left without being seen from 5% to 0.5%. When beds are available in the ED, presenting patients are moved there immediately and then triaged by the bed nurse. Throughput assessments are conducted hourly so that problems can be addressed immediately. When the ED is in danger of becoming overwhelmed, all department leaders are paged and direct their units to take appropriate action.

  11. Investigation of multiferroicity, spin-phonon coupling, and unusual magnetic ordering close to room temperature in LuMn0.5Fe0.5O3

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    Sarkar, Tanushree; Manna, Kaustuv; Elizabeth, Suja; Anil Kumar, P. S.

    2017-02-01

    We report the detailed experimental characteristics of LuMn0.5Fe0.5O3 synthesized by the wet chemical method and proclaim it as a new member of the multiferroic family. The compound stabilizes in P63cm crystal symmetry. It exhibits a spin re-orientation transition at TSR and an antiferromagnetic transition at TN. In addition, our magnetization vs. temperature data reveals an extra broad maximum close to room temperature; unseen in earlier studies. By invoking the compatible nature of the magnetic exchange path in P63cm symmetry, we have argued that the origin lies in the intraplane short-range spin ordering. Heat capacity is measured and analysed to elucidate the magnetic entropy. Though long-range antiferromagnetic ordering vanishes at TN ˜ 103 K, we find the experimental magnetic entropy calculated till 200 K is less by a significant amount from the value of theoretical spin randomization magnetic entropy; further supporting the existence of spin ordering beyond TN and even above 200 K. While the specific heat data and phonon modes of Raman spectra show a signature of spin-phonon coupling at TSR and TN both, dielectric anomaly indicating a magnetoelectric effect is seen only at TN. Piezoresponse force microscopy and ferroelectric hysteresis loop measurement confirm the room-temperature weak ferroelectricity with a saturation polarization value 0.007 μC/cm2 and low coercive field. Furthermore high-temperature dielectric characteristics reveal the ferroelectric transition at around 900 K and exhibit Maxwell-Wagner type relaxation. The present work serves as a bridge between h-RMnO3 and rare earth ferrite RFeO3. It assumes significance in the light of recent research developments in hexagonal RFeO3 (mainly h-LuFeO3) in the context of room-temperature multiferroicity and magnetoelectricity.

  12. Coercivity enhancement driven by interfacial magnetic phase separation in SrTiO3(001)/Nd0.5Sr0.5CoO3

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    Sharma, M; Gazquez Alabart, Jaume; Varela del Arco, Maria; Schmitt, J.; Leighton, chris

    2011-01-01

    Thin-film perovskite cobaltites have been found to exhibit coercivity values enhanced by almost 2 orders of magnitude in comparison to bulk. In this paper, we have investigated this unexplained coercivity enhancement in detail, focusing on epitaxial SrTiO{sub 3}(001)/Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoO{sub 3} [SrTiO{sub 3} = STO] films, which display coercivity values up to 40 kOe at low temperatures. Thickness-dependent (10-800 {angstrom}) magnetometry and magnetotransport studies demonstrate that nanoscopic magnetic phase separation occurs in the interface region of Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoO{sub 3} [consistent with recent work on SrTiO{sub 3}(001)/La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3}], which is responsible for the degradation in magnetic and electronic properties in the very-thin-film limit. The coercivity is shown to be intimately related to the existence of this (70-{angstrom}-thick) interfacial phase-separated layer, leading us to advance an explanation for the coercivity enhancement in terms of the pinning of domain walls by interfacial nanoscopic ferromagnetic clusters and a crossover to single domain clusters at very low thickness. Simple estimates of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy (from the maximum coercivity), cluster dimensions (from the superparamagnetic blocking temperature), multidomain to single domain crossover point, and domain-wall width, provide quantitative support for this picture.

  13. Mössbauer study of Cu0.5Fe0.5Cr2S4

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    Ok, Hang Nam; Baek, Kyung Seon; Lee, Heung Soo; Kim, Chul Sung

    1990-01-01

    Cu0.5Fe0.05Cr2S4 has been studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. The crystal structure is found to be a cubic spinel with the lattice parameter a0=9.922 Å. The temperature dependence of both the magnetic hyperfine field and magnetization is explained by the Néel theory of ferrimagnetism using three exchange integrals: JFe-Cr/kB=-13.7 K, JFe-Fe/kB=-8.3 K, and JCr-Cr/kB=8.7 K.

  14. Epitaxial growth of large area single-crystalline few-layer MoS{sub 2} with high space charge mobility of 192 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}

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    Ma, Lu; Yu, Mingzhe; Wu, Yiying E-mail: wu@chemistry.ohio-state.edu; Nath, Digbijoy N.; Lee, Edwin W.; Lee, Choong Hee; Arehart, Aaron; Rajan, Siddharth E-mail: wu@chemistry.ohio-state.edu

    2014-08-18

    We report on the vapor-solid growth of single crystalline few-layer MoS{sub 2} films on (0001)-oriented sapphire with excellent structural and electrical properties over centimeter length scale. High-resolution X-ray diffraction scans indicated that the films had good out-of-plane ordering and epitaxial registry. A carrier density of ∼2 × 10{sup 11 }cm{sup −2} and a room temperature mobility of 192 cm{sup 2}/Vs were extracted from space-charge limited transport regime in the films. The electron mobility was found to exhibit in-plane anisotropy with a ratio of ∼1.8. Theoretical estimates of the temperature-dependent electron mobility including optical phonon, acoustic deformation potential, and remote ionized impurity scattering were found to satisfactorily match the measured data. The synthesis approach reported here demonstrates the feasibility of device quality few-layer MoS{sub 2} films with excellent uniformity and high quality.

  15. Luminous Red Galaxies at Z=0.4-0.5

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    Heap, Sally; Lindler, Don

    2009-01-01

    We report on a study of approx.20,000 luminous red galaxies (LRG's) at z=0.4-0.5 observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. In order to differentiate among them, we measured restframe magnitudes, u (3000-3500 A), b (4200-4800 A), and y (5700-6300 A) from the spectra themselves. The galaxies show a significant range in restframe colors and absolute magnitudes. We binned the spectra according to the restframe u-b color and y-band absolute magnitude in order to increase the S/N. We used 3 approaches to estimate the ages and metal content of these binned spectra: via their spectral energy distributions, from spectral-line indices, and by full spectral fitting. The three methods usually produce discordant results

  16. Upper critical field and AC-Susceptibility studies on FeTe0.5Se0.5 superconductor

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    Zargar, Rayees A.; Pal, Anand; Hafiz, A. K.; Awana, V. P. S.

    2015-06-01

    In this study we present synthesis and characterization of FeTe0.5Se0.5 sample that has been prepared by solid state reaction route by encapsulation of stoichiometric high purity (5N) ingredients in an evacuated quartz tube at 750 °C. The resultant compound is crystallized in single phase tetragonal structure with space group P4/nmm, having lattice parameters a = 3.792(1) Å and c = 6.0081(3) Å. The studied compound is superconducting at below 13K in both magnetic and transport measurements. Further superconductivity is barely affected by external applied magnetic field, giving rise to upper critical field of above 180 Tesla at 0 K. The sample is studied extensively for AC susceptibility measurements in superconducting state. The AC drive field and frequency are varied from 1-13 Oe and 33-9999 Hz respectively. It is concluded that though the grain boundaries of this superconductor are mainly metallic the minor (undetectable in XRD) foreign phases and the role of porosity cannot be ruled out completely. This is because both frequency and amplitude affects slightly the superconductivity coupling temperature of the grains.

  17. Improved magnetic properties of microwave processed Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 particles

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    Suneetha, T.; Kashyap, Subhash C.; Gupta, Hem C.

    2013-02-01

    Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles, first prepared by citrate precursor route, have been processed by two different methods to obtain polycrystalline samples. In one case the pressed pellets are processed in microwave H-field at 500 °C for different duration: 1, 3 and 5 min, and in another case the pellets are conventionally sintered at 500 °C for 180 min. The powder x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the single cubic phase in the all samples. The scanning electron micrographs revealed the grain growth during microwave processing, with the particle size increasing to 1μm for the sample heated at 500 °C for 5 min, whereas the sintered samples had a particle size of ˜20 nm. A maximum saturation magnetization of 56 emu/g at room temperature was estimated by vibration sample magnetometer for this sample; where as conventional sintered sample has 24 emu/g. With microwave processing we can obtain microcrystalline samples with improved magnetization in a short span of 5 min.

  18. Study of Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia

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    Kamzin, A. S.; Nikam, D. S.; Pawar, S. H.

    2017-01-01

    The structural characteristics, magnetic properties, and processes of magnetic heating in an alternating magnetic field of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 (cobalt-zinc ferrite, CZF) are studied to explore the possibilities of their application in medicine, namely, for magnetic hyperthermia treatment (the heating of particles with external alternating magnetic field). CZF magnetic nanoparticles were obtained by coprecipitation using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) as a precipitating agent. Based on the data obtained by transmission electron microscopy in the transmission geometry, it is found that CZF magnetic nanoparticles have an almost spherical shape with an average particle size of 13 nm. X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer studies showed that CZF magnetic nanoparticles are single-phase, and their structure corresponds to a cubic spinel structure. The saturation magnetization M s of CZF nanoparticles is measured at room temperature using a vibrating sample magnetometer. The possibility of heating CZF magnetic nanoparticles with an external alternating magnetic field was studied using an induction heating system. The specific absorption rate is determined by applying an external alternating magnetic field in the range of 167.5 to 335.2 Oe at a fixed frequency of 265 kHz. It is found that the maximum amount of heat (114.98 W/g) is produced at a concentration of 5 mg/L under a field of 335.2 Oe.

  19. Structural characteristics of thermally evaporated Cu0.5Ag0.5InSe2 thin films

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    Gullu, H. H.; Parlak, M.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, Cu0.5Ag0.5InSe2 (CAIS) thin film samples were prepared by thermal evaporation of Cu, Ag, InSe and Se evaporants sequentially on glass substrates. Following the deposition, annealing processes were applied at different temperatures. The as-grown and annealed CAIS samples were nearly stoichiometric in the detection limit of the compositional measurement. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements revealed that they were in polycrystalline structure with a preferred orientation along the (112) direction. Moreoever, the crystallinity of the films improved with increasing annealing temperature. According to the results of Raman measurements, the highest Raman intensity was found in the A1 mode which is directly proportional to the crystallinity of the samples. The surface properties of the thin films were analyzed by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). These results showed that there was a Se agglomeration on the deposited film surfaces and with annealing processes segregation effects were observed on the surface of the annealed samples. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements were carried out to get information about surface and near-surface properties of the films. The results from the surface and depth surface analyses of the films were found to be in agreement with the energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis.

  20. Magnetic structure of the kagome mixed compound (Co0.5Ni0.5)3V2O8

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    Qureshi, N.; Fuess, H.; Ehrenberg, H.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Rodríguez-Carvajal, J.; Hansen, T. C.; Wolf, Th; Meingast, C.; Zhang, Q.; Knafo, W.; Löhneysen, H. v.

    2008-06-01

    We report the magnetic structure of (Co0.5Ni0.5)3V2O8 (CNVO) deduced by single crystal neutron diffraction. This compound exhibits features which differ from that of its parent compounds, which are absolutely collinear along the a axis for Co3V2O8 (CVO) or exhibit magnetic moments predominantly in the a-b plane with small components along c in the case of Ni3V2O8 (NVO). The averaged magnetic moments of the statistically distributed Ni2+ and Co2+ ions in CNVO are oriented in the a-c plane and form loops of quasiferromagnetically coupled spins. These loops are connected along the a axis and separated along the c axis by cross-tie spins forming a quasiferromagnetic wave with the upper part of the respective neighbouring loops. The magnetic moments are sinusoidally modulated by the propagation vector k = (0.49,0,0) with an average amplitude of 1.59(1) μB for a magnetic ion on a cross-tie site and 1.60(1) μB for the spine site. In addition to neutron diffraction, specific heat and magnetization data, which confirm that the only magnetic phase transition above 1.8 K is the onset of antiferromagnetic order at TN = 7.4(1) K, are presented.

  1. Compositional inhomogeneityand segregation in (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics

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    Chen, Kepi; Tang, Jing; Chen, Yan

    2016-03-11

    The effects of the calcination temperature of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) powder on the sintering and piezoelectric properties of KNN ceramics have been investigated in this report. KNN powders are synthesized via the solid-state approach. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction characterizations indicate that the incomplete reaction at 700 °C and 750 °C calcination results in the compositional inhomogeneity of the K-rich and Na-rich phases while the orthorhombic single phase is obtained after calcination at 900 °C. During the sintering, the presence of the liquid K-rich phase due to the lower melting point has a significant impact on the densification, the abnormalmore » grain growth and the deteriorated piezoelectric properties. From the standpoint of piezoelectric properties, the optimal calcination temperature obtained for KNN ceramics calcined at this temperature is determined to be 800 °C, with piezoelectric constant d33=128.3 pC/N, planar electromechanical coupling coefficient kp=32.2%, mechanical quality factor Qm=88, and dielectric loss tan δ=2.1%.« less

  2. Unraveling the resistive switching effect in ZnO/0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 heterostructures

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    Silva, J. P. B.; Vorokhta, M.; Dvořák, F.; Sekhar, K. C.; Matolín, V.; Moreira, J. Agostinho; Pereira, M.; Gomes, M. J. M.

    2017-04-01

    This work reports the effect of partial oxygen pressure, used in the deposition of the ZnO layer, on the band alignment at ZnO - 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (0.5BZT-0.5BCT) interface and on the resistive switching (RS) behavior of pulsed laser deposited ZnO/0.5BZT-0.5BCT heterostructures. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been employed to measure the valence band offset and the conduction band offset of the ZnO/0.5BZT-0.5BCT heterojunctions. The valence and conduction band offsets of the ZnO/0.5BZT-0.5BCT heterostucture with ZnO deposited at 10-2 mbar of partial oxygen pressure were found to be 0.27 and 0.80 eV, respectively. The RS effect in heterostructures is explained on the base of the charge coupling between the switchable polarization of ferroelectric layer and the non-switchable polarization of semiconductor layer. The heterostructure with ZnO deposited at 10-2 mbar of partial oxygen pressure displays optimum RS characteristics, with a switching ratio ≥ 104 and excellent retention and endurance characteristics. The optimum RS characteristics are attributed to a good interface quality with enough carrier concentration in ZnO, as evidenced by XPS.

  3. Conduction mechanism in Eu0.5Sr0.5Mn0.9Cr0.1O3 perovskite

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    Modi, Anchit; Bhat, Masroor Ahmad; Pandey, Devendra K.; Gaur, N. K.

    2016-05-01

    A systematic study of polycrystalline sample with composition Eu0.5Sr0.5Mn0.9Cr0.1O3 has been undertaken and synthesized by conventional solid state reaction techniques. The room temperature XRD study reveals the single phase formation of the reported compound with orthorhombic structure having Pbnm space group. The temperature dependent resistivity study indicates the highly resistive nature of the compound especially in the low temperature region exhibits a semiconductor behavior and favored the variable range hopping conduction model. The obtained experimental data in the temperature range of our study can be described by the equation ρ(T) = ρ0exp[(T*/T)1/4]. The fitting results are used for the calculation of the temperature scale T* ˜ 9.05×106 K and finally the density of state at Fermi level N(EF) is calculated to be ˜ 61.63 × 1018 eV-1 cm-3.

  4. Accelerated materials design of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 oxygen ionic conductors based on first principles calculations.

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    He, Xingfeng; Mo, Yifei

    2015-07-21

    We perform a first principles computational study of designing the Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) perovskite material to increase its oxygen ionic conductivity. In agreement with the previous experiments, our computation results confirm fast oxygen ionic diffusion and good stability of the NBT material. The oxygen diffusion mechanisms in this new material were systematically investigated, and the effects of local atomistic configurations and dopants on oxygen diffusion were revealed. Novel doping strategies focusing on the Na/Bi sublattice were predicted and demonstrated by the first principles calculations. In particular, the K doped NBT compound achieved good phase stability and an order of magnitude increase in oxygen ionic conductivity of up to 0.1 S cm(-1) at 900 K compared to the previous Mg doped compositions. This study demonstrated the advantages of first principles calculations in understanding the fundamental structure-property relationship and in accelerating the materials design of the ionic conductor materials.

  5. Room temperature operation of epitaxially grown Si/Si0.5Ge0.5/Si resonant interband tunneling diodes

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    Rommel, Sean L.; Dillon, Thomas E.; Dashiell, M. W.; Feng, H.; Kolodzey, J.; Berger, Paul R.; Thompson, Phillip E.; Hobart, Karl D.; Lake, Roger; Seabaugh, Alan C.; Klimeck, Gerhard; Blanks, Daniel K.

    1998-10-01

    Resonant interband tunneling diodes on silicon substrates are demonstrated using a Si/Si0.5Ge0.5/Si heterostructure grown by low temperature molecular beam epitaxy which utilized both a central intrinsic spacer and δ-doped injectors. A low substrate temperature of 370 °C was used during growth to ensure a high level of dopant incorporation. A B δ-doping spike lowered the barrier for holes to populate the quantum well at the valence band discontinuity, and an Sb δ-doping reduces the doping requirement of the n-type bulk Si by producing a deep n+ well. Samples studied from the as-grown wafers showed no evidence of negative differential resistance (NDR). The effect of postgrowth rapid thermal annealing temperature was studied on tunnel diode properties. Samples which underwent heat treatment at 700 and 800 °C for 1 min, in contrast, exhibited NDR behavior. The peak-to-valley current ratio (PVCR) and peak current density of the tunnel diodes were found to depend strongly on δ-doping placement and on the annealing conditions. PVCRs ranging up to 1.54 were measured at a peak current density of 3.2 kA/cm2.

  6. Compositional variations in In(0.5)Ga(0.5)N nanorods grown by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Cherns, D; Webster, R F; Novikov, S V; Foxon, C T; Fischer, A M; Ponce, F A; Haigh, S J

    2014-05-30

    The composition of InxGa1 - xN nanorods grown by molecular beam epitaxy with nominal x = 0.5 has been mapped by electron microscopy using Z-contrast imaging and x-ray microanalysis. This shows a coherent and highly strained core-shell structure with a near-atomically sharp boundary between a Ga-rich shell (x ∼ 0.3) and an In-rich core (x ∼ 0.7), which itself has In- and Ga-rich platelets alternating along the growth axis. It is proposed that the shell and core regions are lateral and vertical growth sectors, with the core structure determined by spinodal decomposition.

  7. Suppressed 3D conductivity in Mn doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2-yMnyCu3O10-δ superconductors

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    Qurat-ul-Ain, Khan, Nawazish A.

    2013-04-01

    We have synthesised Mn-doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2(Ca2-yMny)Cu3O10-δ superconducting samples and studied their Fluctuation Induced Conductivity (FIC) analysis. The Tc(R = 0) and magnitude of diamagnetism are suppressed with increased Mn-doping in the final compound. FIC analyses have shown a suppression of 3D Lawrence and Doniach (LD) regime and a significant enhancement of 2D LD regime of Mn-doping of y = 0.35. In the sample with Mn-doping of y = 0.5, the 3D LD regime vanishes altogether and only 2D LD regime is observed, showing the confinement of superconductivity in the two dimensional planes. The coherence length along the c-axis and the Fermi velocity of the carriers are suppressed with increased Mn doping. Using the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) number [NG] and GL equations, the thermodynamic critical magnetic field Bc(0), the lower critical field Bc1(0), the upper critical field Bc2(0), the critical current density Jc(0), and penetration depth λp.d are determined. The values of critical fields Bc(0) and Bc1(0) increases, despite suppression in the Tc(R = 0) with increased Mn-doping. The values of Jc(0), the penetration depth Λp.d, and inter-layer coupling are suppressed with enhanced Mn-doping. These observations suggested that Mn ions act as sub-nano-scale pinning centers between the CuO2 planes and their presence at the Ca-sites promote the de-coupling of CuO2 planes.

  8. Large magnetic response in (Bi4Nd)Ti3(Fe0.5Co0.5)O15 ceramic at room-temperature

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    Yang, F. J.; Su, P.; Wei, C.; Chen, X. Q.; Yang, C. P.; Cao, W. Q.

    2011-12-01

    Ceramics of Nd/Co co-substituted Bi5Ti3FeO15, i.e., (Bi4Nd)Ti3(Fe0.5Co0.5)O15 were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction method. The X-ray diffraction pattern demonstrates that the sample of the layered perovskite phase was successfully obtained, even if little Bi-deficient pyrochlore Bi2Ti2O7 also existed. The ferroelectric and magnetic Curie temperatures were determined to be 1077 K and 497 K, respectively. The multiferroic property of the sample at room temperature was demonstrated by ferroelectric and magnetic measurements. Remarkably, by Nd/Co co-substituting, the sample exhibited large magnetic response with 2Mr = 330 memu/g and 2Hc = 562 Oe at applied magnetic field of 8 kOe at room temperature. The present work suggests the possibility of doped Bi5Ti3FeO15 as a potential multiferroic.

  9. Tuning the metal-insulator transition temperature of Sm0.5Nd0.5NiO3 thin films via strain

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    Gardner, H. Jeffrey; Singh, Vijay; Zhang, Le; Hong, Xia

    2014-03-01

    We have investigated the effect of substrate induced strain and film thickness on the metal-insulator transition of the correlated oxide Sm0.5Nd0.5NiO3 (SNNO). We have fabricated epitaxial 3 - 40 nm thick SNNO films on (001) LaAlO3 (LAO), (001) SrTiO3 (STO), and (110) NdGaO3 (NGO) via off-axis RF magnetron sputtering. The SNNO films are atomically smooth with (001) orientation as determined by atomic force microscopy and x-ray diffraction. SNNO films grown on LAO, subject to compressive strain, exhibit a sharp metal-insulator transition at lower temperatures. Conversely, films grown on STO and NGO, subject to tensile strain, exhibit a smeared albeit above room temperature metal-insulator transition. For all substrates, we have observed that the metal-insulator transition temperature (TMI) increases monotonically with decreasing film thickness until the electrically dead layer is reached (below 4 nm). We discuss the effect of strain and oxygen deficiencies on the TMI of SNNO thin films.

  10. Band offsets and electronic structures of interface between In{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As and InP

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    Cai, Genwang; Wang, Changhong; Wang, Weichao; Liang, Erjun

    2016-02-07

    III–V semiconductor interfacing with high-κ gate oxide is crucial for the high mobility metal-oxide-semiconductor field transistor device. With density functional theory calculations, we explored the band offsets and electronic structures of the In{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As/InP interfaces with various interfacial bondings. Among six different bonding interfaces, we found that P-In(Ga) bonding interface showed the highest stability. Local density of states calculations was adopted to calculate the band offsets. Except for the metallic interface, we noticed that neither valence band offset nor conduction band offset depended on the interfacial bondings. For the most stable P-In(Ga) interface, we did not observe any gap states. Furthermore, we explored the P-In(Ga) interfaces with interfacial P-As exchange defects, which slightly modified the interface stability and the band offsets but did not produce any gap states. These findings provide solid evidence that InP could serve as a promising interfacial passivation layer between III–V material and high-κ oxide in the application of high mobility devices.

  11. Characterization of Au/PbTi0.5Fe0.5O3/Si structure for possible multiferroic based non-volatile memory applications

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    Nawaz, S.; Roy, S.; Tulapurkar, A. A.; Palkar, V. R.

    2017-03-01

    Magnetoelectric multiferroic PbTi0.5Fe0.5O3 films are deposited on a ⟨100⟩ conducting p-Si substrate without any buffer layer by using pulsed laser deposition and characterized for possible non-volatile memory applications. Their crystalline structure and surface morphology were characterized by using x-ray diffraction and AFM techniques. HRTEM was employed to determine the film-substrate interface. The electronic structure of the film was investigated by XPS, and no signature of metal was found for all the elements. The chemical shift of the Ti 2p XPS peak is attributed to the replacement of Ti with Fe in the PbTiO3 matrix. Piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) results indicate the 180° phase shift of ferroelectric polarization. The upward self-polarization phenomenon is also observed in the PFM study. Magnetic and magneto-electric coupling measurements were carried out to confirm the magnetic nature and electro-magnetic coupling characteristics. C-V measurements exhibit clock-wise hysteresis loops with a maximum memory window of 1.2 V and a sweep voltage of ±7 V. This study could influence the fabrication of silicon compatible multiple memory device structures.

  12. Magnetization dynamics in rare earth Gd3+ doped Mn(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 magnetic fluid: electron spin resonance study.

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    Parekh, Kinnari; Upadhyay, R V

    2012-12-01

    The electron spin resonance (ESR) technique has been applied to study the spin dynamics in broad temperature range for rare earth doped Mn(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe(1.9)Gd(0.1)O(4) (MZG5) magnetic fluid. Zero field cooled (ZFC) ESR spectra of MZG5 fluid exhibit an isotropic shift in the resonance field below 40 K, while the field cooled (FC) ESR spectra show a deviation from sin(2)θ behavior and an angle dependent hysteresis, this unambiguously points to the dominating unidirectional freezing of surface spins below 40 K. Above 60 K, the resonance field exhibits sin(2)θ behavior, indicating the uniaxial anisotropy contribution of core spin. This indicates that surface spin freezing temperature is around 40 K. The presence of surface spin freezing and the coupling between core and surface spins are further supported by cycle dependent FC ESR spectra measured at 20 K, which show the systematic increase in resonance field (H(res)) and intensity. The double peak behavior of blocking temperature distribution retrieved from ZFC-FC magnetization measurement is an additional corroboration of the existence of surface spin glass like layer.

  13. Comparison of superconducting properties between FeSe0.5Te0.5/CeO2/SrTiO3 and FeSe0.5Te0.5/SrTiO3 thin films

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    Chen, S. H.; Han, Y. Y.; Liu, J. Z.; Wang, T.; Tian, M. L.; Wen, H. H.; Xing, Z. W.

    2016-09-01

    The electrical resistance behaviors under angle-dependent magnetic fields up to 16 T are investigated in superconducting FeSe0.5Te0.5 (FST) thin films grown on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates without or with a CeO2 buffer layer. It is found that the FST/CeO2/STO films have an enhanced superconducting transition temperature Tc and slightly increased superconducting anisotropy in comparison with the FST/STO films. The enhancement of Tc in the presence of the CeO2 buffer is closely related to the changes in both the out-of-plane lattice constant and Se-Fe-Se (Te-Fe-Te) bond angle.

  14. Brillouin light scattering investigation of the thickness dependence of Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in C o0.5F e0.5 ultrathin films

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    Belmeguenai, M.; Gabor, M. S.; Roussigné, Y.; Stashkevich, A.; Chérif, S. M.; Zighem, F.; Tiusan, C.

    2016-05-01

    C o0.5F e0.5 (CoFe) ultrathin films of various thicknesses (0.8 nm ≤tCoFe≤1.6 nm ) have been grown by sputtering on (001) MgO single crystal or Si/SiO2 substrates, using Pt as capping or buffer layers, respectively. The x-ray diffraction revealed an in-plane epitaxial (isotropic) growth of Pt on MgO (Si). Their magnetic properties have been studied by vibrating sample magnetometry and Brillouin light scattering (BLS) in the Damon-Eshbach geometry. Vibrating sample magnetometry characterizations show that films grown on MgO are in-plane magnetized, while films deposited on Si are perpendicularly magnetized for CoFe thickness below 1.4 nm. The BLS measurements reveal a pronounced nonreciprocal spin waves propagation, which increases with decreasing CoFe thickness. This nonreciprocity was attributed to an interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) induced by Pt interface with CoFe. Moreover, the DMI sign has been found to depend on the stacks order: it is positive (negative) for CoFe/Pt (Pt/CoFe). The effective thickness dependence of the DMI effective constant shows two regimes due to the degradation of the interfaces as the CoFe thickness decreases. We thus show that the magnetic dead layer should be taken into account to precisely determine the surface DMI constant Ds. Therefore, for the thickest samples, the surface DMI constants are nearly opposite: -1.27 and 1.32 pJ m-1 for Pt/CoFe and its reversed system, respectively.

  15. Hidden but important parameters in Ga{sub 0.5}In{sub 0.5}P cell growth

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    Kurtz, S.R.; Olson, J.M.; Bertness, K.A.

    1996-05-01

    Despite their best intentions, authors often omit from publications many important technical details. These omissions can lead to contradictions in the literature and inhibit {open_quotes}researchers{close_quotes} abilities to duplicate published results. Here, the authors explore {open_quote}hidden{close_quote} parameters that are usually not reported, either because they are unknown (e.g., impurity levels) or because they are considered to be of little importance. Specifically the authors focus on the effects - and how to reduce the effects - of growth parameters in nearby layers (diffusion), impurities (oxygen), and the cooldown atmosphere (hydrogen passivation).

  16. Temperature and Frequency Dependent Dielectric Properties of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ Bulk Superconductor

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    Rahim, M.; Khan, Nawazish A.; Mumtaz, M.

    2013-07-01

    The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric properties of polycrystalline Cd-doped Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ ( y=0,0.25,0.5,0.75) bulk superconductor samples are investigated. The zero resistivity critical temperature { T c( R=0)} has decreased and normal state resistivity has increased with the increase of Cd-doping in Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ samples. The dielectric properties such as dielectric constants ( ɛ', ɛ″), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) and ac-conductivity ( σ ac ) are investigated by measuring the capacitance (C) and conductance (G) in the frequency range of 10 KHz to 10 MHz at different temperature from 80 K to 300 K. The negative capacitance (NC) is observed in all Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ samples. The large values of NC observed at lower frequencies and temperatures may be due to reduced thermal vibrations and enhanced polarizability of the material. The effect of Cd-doping on bulk properties, dc-resistivity ( ρ) and ac-electrical conductivity ( σ ac ) of these superconductor samples are investigated. The polarization in Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca3(Cu4- y Cd y )O12- δ samples is most likely arising from the displacement of charges in CuO2/CdO2 planes relative to the static charges at Ba2+, Tl3+, and Cu2+ sites in Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2O4- δ charge reservoir layers by external applied field.

  17. Ubiquitous CM and DM

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    Crowley, Sandra L.

    2000-01-01

    Ubiquitous is a real word. I thank a former Total Quality Coach for my first exposure some years ago to its existence. My version of Webster's dictionary defines ubiquitous as "present, or seeming to be present, everywhere at the same time; omnipresent." While I believe that God is omnipresent, I have come to discover that CM and DM are present everywhere. Oh, yes; I define CM as Configuration Management and DM as either Data or Document Management. Ten years ago, I had my first introduction to the CM world. I had an opportunity to do CM for the Space Station effort at the NASA Lewis Research Center. I learned that CM was a discipline that had four areas of focus: identification, control, status accounting, and verification. I was certified as a CMIl graduate and was indoctrinated about clear, concise, and valid. Off I went into a world of entirely new experiences. I was exposed to change requests and change boards first hand. I also learned about implementation of changes, and then of technical and CM requirements.

  18. Improved Dielectric Properties of Heterostructured Ba2.5Sr0.5TiO3 Thin Film Composites for Microwave Dielectric Devices

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    Jain, M.; Majumder, S. B.; Katiyar, R. S.; Bhalla, A. S.; Agrawal, D. C.; Kulkarni, V. N.; VanKeuls, F. W.; Miranda, F. A.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Mueller, C. H.; Fernandez, F.

    2002-01-01

    In the present work we have deposited MgO and Ba(sub 0.5)Sr(sub 0.5)TiO(sub 3)(BST50) thin layers in different sequences to make MgO:BST50 hetero-structured thin films. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering technique and found to be highly (100) textured. The figure of merit {(C(sub0)-C(sub v)/(C(sub0-tandelta)} of the hetero-structured films was found to be higher as compared to pure BST50 films measured at 1 MHz frequency with electric field of 25.3 kV/cm. These films were used to make eight element coupled micro-strip phase shifter and characterized in a frequency range of 13-15 GHz. The high frequency figure of merit (kappa factor, defined as the ratio of degree of phase shift per dB loss) measured at around 14 GHz with electric field of 333 kV/cm has been markedly improved (around 64.28 deg/dB for hetero-structured film as compared to 24.65 deg /dB for pure film). Improvement in dielectric properties in a wide frequency range in the MgO:BST are believed to be due to the higher densification of the hetero-structured films.

  19. Formation of solar cells based on Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) ferroelectric thick film

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    Irzaman, Syafutra, H. Arif, A. Alatas, H.; Hilaluddin, M. N.; Kurniawan, A.; Iskandar, J.; Dahrul, M.; Ismangil, A.; Yosman, D.; Aminullah; Prasetyo, L. B.; Yusuf, A.; Kadri, T. M.

    2014-02-24

    Growth of Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) 1 M thick films are conducted with variation of annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, 22 hours, and 29 hours at a constant temperature of 850 °C on p-type Si (100) substrate using sol-gel method then followed by spin coating process at 3000 rpm for 30 seconds. The BST thick film electrical conductivity is obtained to be 10{sup −5} to 10{sup −4} S/cm indicate that the BST thick film is classified as semiconductor material. The semiconductor energy band gap value of BST thick film based on annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, 22 hours, and 29 hours are 2.58 eV, 3.15 eV, 3.2 eV and 2.62 eV, respectively. The I-V photovoltaic characterization shows that the BST thick film is potentially solar cell device, and in accordance to annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, 22 hours and 29 hours have respective solar cell energy conversion efficiencies of 0.343%, 0.399%, 0.469% and 0.374%, respectively. Optical spectroscopy shows that BST thick film solar cells with annealing hold time of 8 hours, 15 hours, and 22 hours absorb effectively light energy at wavelength of ≥ 700 nm. BST film samples with annealing hold time of 29 hours absorb effectively light energy at wavelength of ≤ 700 nm. The BST thick film refraction index is between 1.1 to 1.8 at light wavelength between ±370 to 870 nm.

  20. Microstructure and microchemistry of flash sintered K0.5Na0.5NbO3

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    Corapcioglu, Gulcan; Gulgun, Mehmet Ali; Kisslinger, Kim; ...

    2016-04-30

    In this paper, flash sintering experiments were performed, for the first time, on sodium potassium niobate (KNN) ceramics. A theoretical density of 94% was achieved in 30 s under 250 V/cm electric-field at 990°C. These conditions are ~100°C lower and faster than the conventional sintering conditions. Grains tended to grow after 30 s. flash sintering duration under constant electric-field. Detailed microstructural and chemical investigations of the sample showed that there was inhomogenous Na, K distribution and it resembles a core–shell structure where K is more in the shell and Na is more in the core region. The inhomogenous distribution ofmore » Na and K was correlated with the doubling of the unit cell within the grain along 002 direction. Compositional equilibrium is achieved after a heat treatment at 1000°C for 4 h. Finally, the compositional variations appeared to have been linked to grain boundary melting during flash and consequent recrystallization as the sample cooled.« less

  1. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study of direct reforming catalysts Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d (Ln = La, Nd, and Sm) for high temperature-operating solid oxide fuel cell

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    Kim, Keunsoo; Jeong, Jihoon; Azad, Abul K.; Jin, Sang Beom; Kim, Jung Hyun

    2016-03-01

    Chemical states of lanthanide doped perovskite for direct reforming anode catalysts, Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d (Ln = La, Nd, and Sm) have been studied by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) in order to determine the effects of various lanthanide substitution in complex perovskites for high temperature-operating solid oxide fuel cells (HT-SOFC). The charge state of lanthanide ions remained at 3+ and the binding energies of the lanthanide ions in Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d were located in a relatively lower range compared to those of conventional lanthanide oxides. Mn and Ti were regarded as charge compensation components in Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d; Mn was more influential than Ti. In the cases of substituting Nd and Sm into Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d, some portion of Ti showed metallic behavior; the specific Mn satellite peak indicating an electro-catalytic effect had occurred. Three types of oxygen species comprised of lattice oxygen, carbonate species, and adsorbed oxygen species were observed in Ln0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d from the O 1s spectra; a high portion of lattice oxygen was observed in both Nd0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d (NSTM) and Sm0.5Sr0.5Ti0.5Mn0.5O3±d (SSTM). In various respects, NSTM and SSTM will be desirable reforming catalysts and anode candidates for high temperature solid oxide fuel cell.

  2. Electron attachment to Fe(CO)n (n = 0-5).

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    Shuman, Nicholas S; Miller, Thomas M; Friedman, Jeffrey F; Viggiano, Albert A

    2013-02-14

    The rate constants of thermal electron attachment at 300 and 400 K to Fe(CO)(n) (n = 0-5) have been measured using a flowing afterglow Langmuir probe apparatus. The stable species Fe(CO)(5) was studied using the traditional method of monitoring electron depletion as a function of reaction time, and the remaining short-lived species were studied using the variable electron and neutral density attachment mass spectrometry (VENDAMS) technique. Attachment to Fe(CO)(5) is purely dissociative and about 20% efficient with a rate constant of (7.9 ± 1.4) × 10(-8) cm(3) s(-1) at 300 K and (8.8 ± 2) × 10(-8) cm(3) s(-1) at 400 K. The attachment rate constants decrease significantly as each CO ligand is removed, with Fe(CO)(n) (n = 4 to 1) attaching with efficiencies on the order of 10%, 1%, 0.1%, and 0.01% respectively. Under the conditions here, attachment to Fe(CO)(4) and Fe(CO)(3) are likely entirely dissociative, whereas attachment to Fe(CO)(2) and Fe(CO) are almost entirely associative. A statistical kinetic modeling approach is used to explain the strong dependence of the attachment rate constant on the number of ligands present in the neutral species through a combination of increasing autodetachment rates and decreasing exothermicities to dissociative attachment. The VENDAMS data also define the 300 K mutual neutralization rate constant of Fe(CO)(4)(-) + Ar(+) to be (5.0 ± 0.8) × 10(-8) cm(3) s(-1) with an upper limit to branching fraction of 0.5 to yield Fe(CO)(4), indicating that significant fragmentation to smaller Fe(CO)(n) occurs.

  3. Preparation Process and Dielectric Properties of Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)TiO3-P(VDF-CTFE) Nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Lin; Wu, Peixuang; Li, Yongtang; Cheng, Z. -Y.; Brewer, Jeffrey C.

    2014-01-01

    Ceramic-polymer 0-3 nanocomposites, in which nanosized Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)TiO3 (BST) powders were used as ceramic filler and P(VDF-CTFE) 88/12 mol% [poly(vinylidene fluoridechlorotrifluoroethylene)] copolymer was used as matrix, were studied over a concentration range from 0 to 50 vol.% of BST powders. It is found that the solution cast composites are porous and a hot-press process can eliminate the porosity, which results in a dense composite film. Two different configurations used in the hot-press process are studied. Although there is no clear difference in the uniformity and microstructure of the composites prepared using these two configurations, the composite prepared using one configuration exhibit a higher dielectric constant with a lower loss. For the composite with 40 vol. BST, a dielectric constant of 70 with a loss of 0.07 at 1 kHz is obtained at room temperature. The composites exhibit a lower dielectric loss than the polymer matrix at high frequency. However, at low frequency, the composites exhibit a higher loss than the polymer matrix due to a low frequency relaxation process that appears in the composites. It is believed that this relaxation process is related to the interfacial layer formed between BST particle and the polymer matrix. The temperature dependence of the dielectric property of the composites was studied. It is found that the dielectric constant of these composites is almost independent of the temperature over a temperature range from 20 to 120 C. Key words: A. Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs); B. Electrical Properties; E. Casting; E. Heat treatment; Dielectric properties.

  4. Structure and photoluminescence properties of Ce0.5Zr0.5O2:Eu3+ nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Ozawa, Masakuni; Yoshimura, Yusuke; Kobayashi, Katsutoshi

    2017-01-01

    Eu3+-doped Ce0.5Zr0.5O2 nanocrystals were prepared by a hydrothermal method. The structural and optical properties of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering and photoluminescence spectra. No luminescence was observed for Ce0.5Zr0.5O2, while Ce0.5Zr0.5O2:Eu3+ nanoparticles as-prepared and calcined at 400 °C showed emission due to Eu3+. The emission spectrum of the Eu3+ site shows that the total intensity decreases with increasing concentration of Eu3+ from 1 to 10% in Ce0.5Zr0.5O2. The broad band in the excitation spectrum of calcined Ce0.5Zr0.5O2:Eu3+ originates from the charge transfer (CT) transition. The local distortion and the asymmetry factor around the Eu3+ centers were discussed with the Raman and photoluminescence spectra. The present study provides both knowledge expected to lead to novel nanocrystal phosphor materials and a useful measure for analyzing the catalytic properties of nanocrystalline Ce0.5Zr0.5O2.

  5. Effect of crystal structure and cationic order on phonon modes across ferroelectric phase transformation in Pb(Fe{sub 0.5-x}Sc{sub x}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} bulk ceramics

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    Mallesham, B.; Ranjith, R.; Viswanath, B.

    2016-01-15

    Pb(Fe{sub 0.5-x}Sc{sub x}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} [(PFSN) (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5)] multiferroic relaxors were synthesized and the temperature dependence of phonon modes across ferroelectric to paraelectric transition was studied. With varying Sc content from x = 0 to 0.25 the structure remains monoclinic and with further addition (x = 0.3 - 0.5) the structure transforms into rhombohedral symmetry. Structural refinement studies showed that the change in crystal structure from monoclinic to rhombohedral symmetry involves a volume increment of 34-36%. Associated changes in the tolerance factor (1.024 ≤ t ≤ 0.976) and bond angles were observed. Structure assisted B′-B″ cation ordering was confirmed through the superlattice reflections in selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern of Pb(Sc{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (x = 0.5). Cation ordering is also evident from the evolution of Pb-O phonon mode in Raman spectra of compositions with rhombohedral symmetry (x ≥ 0.3). The high temperature Raman scattering studies show that the B-localized mode [F{sub 1u}, ∼250 cm{sup −1}] and BO{sub 6} octahedral rotational mode [F{sub 1g}, ∼200 cm{sup −1}], both originating from polar nano regions (PNRs) behave like coupled phonon modes in rhombohedral symmetry. However, in monoclinic symmetry they behave independently across the transition. Softening of B localized mode across the transition followed by the hardening for all compositions confirms the diffusive nature of the ferroelectric transformation. The presence of correlation between the B localized and BO{sub 6} rotational modes introduces a weak relaxor feature for systems with rhombohedral symmetry in PFSN ceramics, which was confirmed from the macroscopic dielectric studies.

  6. One-dimensional SrFe12O19/Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 composite ferrite nanofibers and enhancement magnetic property.

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    Song, Fuzhan; Shen, Xiangqian; Liu, Mingquan; Xiang, Jun

    2011-08-01

    SrFe12O19/Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 composite ferrite nanofibers of diameters about 100 nm with mass ratio 1:1 have been prepared by the electrospinning and calcination process. The SrFe12O19/Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 composite ferrites are formed after calcined at 700 degrees C for 2 hours. The composite ferrite nanofibers are fabricated from nanosized Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 and SrFe12O19 ferrite grains with a uniform phase distribution. The ferrite grain size increases from about 11 to 36 nm for Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe12O4 and 24 to 56 nm for SrFe12O19 with the calcination temperature increasing from 700 to 1100 degrees C. With the ferrite grain size increasing, the coercivity (Hc) and remanence (Mr) for the SrFe12O19/Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 composite ferrite nanofibers initially increase, reaching a maximum value of 118.4 kA/m and 31.5 Am2/kg at the grain size about 40 nm (SrFe12O19) and 24 nm (Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4) respectively, and then show a reduction tendency with a further increase of the ferrite grain size. The specific saturation magnetization (Msh) of 63.2 Am2/kg for the SrFe12O19/Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 composite ferrite nanofibers obtained at 900 degrees C for 2 hours locates between that for the single SrFe12O19 ferrite (48.5 Am2/kg) and the single Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 ferrite (69.3 Am2/kg). In particular, the Mr value 31.5 Am2/kg for the SrFe12O19/Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 composite ferrite nanofibers is much higher than that for the individual SrFe12O19 (25.9 Am2/kg) and Ni(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe2O4 ferrite (11.2 Am2/kg). These enhanced magnetic properties for the composite ferrite nanofibers can be attributed to the exchange-coupling interaction in the composite.

  7. Superconductivity phase diagram of Se-substituted CeO0.5F0.5Bi(S1-xSex)2

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    Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu; Hiroi, Takafumi; Miura, Osuke

    2016-02-01

    We investigated the effects of Se substitution on the lattice constants and superconducting properties of CeO0.5F0.5Bi(S1-xSex)2. With increasing Se concentration, the a lattice constant increased, while the c lattice constant did not show any significant increase between x = 0.1 and x = 0.5. Bulk superconductivity was observed in samples with x = 0.2-0.4, and the superconducting transition temperature was the highest at x = 0.3. The obtained superconductivity phase diagram was compared to those of LaO0.5F0.5Bi(S1-xSex)2 and NdO0.5F0.5Bi(S1-xSex)2.

  8. Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics based on (0.97 - x)K0.48Na0.52NbO3-0.03Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5ZrO3-xB0.5Na0.5TiO3 ternary system

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    Cheng, Xiaojing; Wu, Jiagang; Wang, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Binyu; Zhu, Jianguo; Xiao, Dingquan; Wang, Xiangjian; Lou, Xiaojie; Liang, Wenfeng

    2013-09-01

    In this work, the ternary system of potassium-sodium niobate has been designed to enhance the piezoelectric properties without sacrificing the Curie temperature greatly, and (0.97 - x)K0.48Na0.52NbO3-0.03Bi0.5(Na0.7K0.2Li0.1)0.5ZrO3-xB0.5Na0.5TiO3 ceramics have been prepared by the conventional solid-state method. The effect of B0.5Na0.5TiO3 content on the microstructure and electrical properties of the ceramics is studied. The phase diagram shows a phase boundary of the rhombohedral-tetragonal (R-T) phase coexistence in the composition range of 0.5% < x < 1.5%, and then an enhanced dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric behavior is obtained at such a phase boundary zone. The ceramic with x = 0.01 has an optimum electrical behavior of d33 ˜ 285 pC/N, kp ˜ 0.40, ɛr ˜ 1235, tan δ ˜ 0.031, Pr ˜ 14.9 μC/cm2, and Ec ˜ 15.2 kV/cm, together with a high Curie temperature of ˜347 °C. The large d33 in such a ternary system is due to a composition-induced R-T phase transition and a higher ɛrPr, and the thermal stability performance is strongly dependent on the phase structure. As a result, the design of the ternary system is an effective way to enhance the piezoelectric properties of potassium-sodium niobate materials.

  9. NuSTAR observations of heavily obscured quasars at z ∼ 0.5

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    Lansbury, G. B.; Alexander, D. M.; Moro, A. Del; Gandhi, P.; Aird, J.; Assef, R. J.; Stern, D.; Ballantyne, D. R.; Baloković, M.; Grefenstette, B. W.; Harrison, F. A.; Bauer, F. E.; Boggs, S. E.; Brandt, W. N.; Christensen, F. E.; Craig, W. W.; Elvis, M.; Hailey, C. J.; Hickox, R. C.; Koss, M.; and others

    2014-04-10

    We present NuSTAR hard X-ray observations of three Type 2 quasars at z ≈ 0.4-0.5, optically selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Although the quasars show evidence for being heavily obscured, Compton-thick systems on the basis of the 2-10 keV to [O III] luminosity ratio and multiwavelength diagnostics, their X-ray absorbing column densities (N {sub H}) are poorly known. In this analysis, (1) we study X-ray emission at >10 keV, where X-rays from the central black hole are relatively unabsorbed, in order to better constrain N {sub H}. (2) We further characterize the physical properties of the sources through broad-band near-UV to mid-IR spectral energy distribution analyses. One of the quasars is detected with NuSTAR at >8 keV with a no-source probability of <0.1%, and its X-ray band ratio suggests near Compton-thick absorption with N {sub H} ≳ 5 × 10{sup 23} cm{sup –2}. The other two quasars are undetected, and have low X-ray to mid-IR luminosity ratios in both the low-energy (2-10 keV) and high-energy (10-40 keV) X-ray regimes that are consistent with extreme, Compton-thick absorption (N {sub H} ≳ 10{sup 24} cm{sup –2}). We find that for quasars at z ∼ 0.5, NuSTAR provides a significant improvement compared to lower energy (<10 keV) Chandra and XMM-Newton observations alone, as higher column densities can now be directly constrained.

  10. NuSTAR Observations of Heavily Obscured Quasars at z Is Approximately 0.5

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    Lansbury, G. B.; Alexander, D. M.; Del Moro, A.; Gandhi, P.; Assef, R. J.; Stern, D.; Aird, J.; Ballantyne, D. R.; Balokovic, M.; Bauer, F. E.; Boggs, S. E.; Brandt, W. N.; Christensen, F. E.; Craig, W. W.; Elvis, M.; Grefenstette, B. W.; Hailey, C. J.; Harrison, F. A.; Hickox, R. C.; Koss, M.; LaMassa, S. M.; Luo, B.; Mullaney, J. R.; Teng, S. H.; Urry, C. M.; Zhang, W. W.

    2014-01-01

    We present NuSTAR hard X-ray observations of three Type 2 quasars at z approx. = 0.4-0.5, optically selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Although the quasars show evidence for being heavily obscured, Compton-thick systems on the basis of the 2-10 keV to [O(sub III)] luminosity ratio and multiwavelength diagnostics, their X-ray absorbing column densities (N(sub H)) are poorly known. In this analysis, (1) we study X-ray emission at greater than 10 keV, where X-rays from the central black hole are relatively unabsorbed, in order to better constrain N(sub H). (2) We further characterize the physical properties of the sources through broad-band near-UV to mid-IR spectral energy distribution analyses. One of the quasars is detected with NuSTAR at greater than 8 keV with a no-source probability of less than 0.1%, and its X-ray band ratio suggests near Compton-thick absorption with N(sub H) is approximately greater than 5 × 10(exp 23) cm(exp -2). The other two quasars are undetected, and have low X-ray to mid-IR luminosity ratios in both the low-energy (2-10 keV) and high-energy (10-40 keV) X-ray regimes that are consistent with extreme, Compton-thick absorption (N(sub H) is approximately greater than 10(exp 24) cm(exp -2)). We find that for quasars at z is approximately 0.5, NuSTAR provides a significant improvement compared to lower energy (less than 10 keV) Chandra and XMM-Newton observations alone, as higher column densities can now be directly constrained.

  11. Atomic disorder of Li0.5Ni0.5O thin films caused by Li doping: estimation from X-ray Debye–Waller factors

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    Yang, Anli; Sakata, Osami; Yamauchi, Ryosuke; Kumara, L. S. R.; Song, Chulho; Katsuya, Yoshio; Matsuda, Akifumi; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2015-01-01

    Cubic type room-temperature (RT) epitaxial Li0.5Ni0.5O and NiO thin films with [111] orientation grown on ultra-smooth sapphire (0001) substrates were examined using synchrotron-based thin-film X-ray diffraction. The 11 and 22 rocking curves including six respective equivalent reflections of the Li0.5Ni0.5O and NiO thin films were recorded. The RT B 1 factor, which appears in the Debye–Waller factor, of a cubic Li0.5Ni0.5O thin film was estimated to be 1.8 (4) Å2 from its 11 and 22 reflections, even though the Debye model was originally derived on the basis of one cubic element. The corresponding Debye temperature is 281 (39) K. Furthermore, the B 2 factor in the pseudo-Debye–Waller factor is proposed. This parameter, which is evaluated using one reflection, was also determined for the Li0.5Ni0.5O thin film by treating Li0.5Ni0.5O and NiO as ideal NaCl crystal structures. A structural parameter for the atomic disorder is introduced and evaluated. This parameter includes the combined effects of thermal vibration, interstitial atoms and defects caused by Li doping using the two Debye–Waller factors. PMID:26664345

  12. Crystal structure and dielectric properties of aurivillius phases A 0.5Bi4.5 B 0.5Ti3.5O15 ( A = Na, Ca, Sr, Pb; B = Cr, Co, Ni, Fe, Mn, Ga)

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    Vlasenko, V. G.; Zubkov, S. V.; Shuvaeva, V. A.; Abdulvakhidov, K. G.; Shevtsova, S. I.

    2014-08-01

    New polycrystalline Bi-containing layered perovskite-like oxides having the Aurivillius phase (AP) structure with the general formula A 0.5Bi4.5 B 0.5Ti3.5O15 ( A = Na, Ca, Sr, Pb; B = Cr, Co, Ni, Fe, Mn, Ga) have been synthesized. The unit cell parameters of the synthesized compounds have been determined by X-ray powder diffraction. All studied APs crystallize in the orthorhombic system (space group A21 am (36)). The degree of distortion of AP unit cells has been analyzed based on the obtained structural parameters. The temperature dependences of the permittivity have been measured and the Curie temperatures have been determined for all the samples. The significant difference in the values of the permittivity maxima for APs Sr0.5Bi4.5Co0.5Ti3.5O15 and Sr0.5Bi4.5Ni0.5Ti3.5O15 has been interpreted based on the electron microscopy data and explained by substantial changes in the porosity and crystal grain sizes of these ceramic samples.

  13. Synthesis and superconductivity in spark plasma sintered pristine and graphene-doped FeSe0.5Te0.5

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    Puneet, Pooja; Podila, Ramakrishna; He, Jian; Rao, Apparao; Howard, Austin; Cornell, Nicholas; Zakhidov, Anvar A.; Department of Physics; Astronomy, Clemson Nanomaterials Center, Clemson University Team; Nanotech Institute, University of Texas at Dallas Team

    2015-03-01

    Replace this text with your abstract body. Here, we present a new ball-milling and spark plasma sintering based technique for the facile synthesis FeSe0.5Te0.5 superconductors (SC) without the need for pre-alloying. This method is advantageous since it is quick and flexible for incorporating other dopants such as graphene for vortex pinning. We observed that FeSe0.5Te0.5 exhibits a coexistence of ferromagnetic (FM) and SC signature plausibly arising from a FM core-SC shell structure. More importantly, the Hc2 values observed from resistivity data are higher than 7 T indicating that SPS process synthesized FeSe0.5Te0.5 samples could lead to nextgeneration superconducting wires and cables.

  14. Origin of Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in Cr-Doped Lead-Free Ferroelectric Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 Materials

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    Thanh, L. T. H.; Doan, N. B.; Dung, N. Q.; Cuong, L. V.; Bac, L. H.; Duc, N. A.; Bao, P. Q.; Dung, D. D.

    2017-01-01

    The development of multiferroic materials based on lead-free ferroelectric material provides an opportunity to fabricate next-generation electronic devices. In this work, Cr-doped lead-free ferroelectric Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 materials were synthesized by using the sol-gel method. The optical band gap was reduced from 3.12 eV to 2.12 eV for undoped and 9 mol.% Cr-doped Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 with the substitution of Cr at the Ti-site. Cr-doped Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 materials exhibited weak ferromagnetism at room temperature. Saturation magnetization was approximately 0.08 μ B/Cr at 5 K. Our work will facilitate the further understanding of the role of transition metal ferromagnetism in lead-free ferroelectric materials at room temperature.

  15. Observation of direct and indirect magnetoelectricity in lead free ferroelectric (Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3)-magnetostrictive (CoFe2O4) particulate composite

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    Srinivas, A.; Krishnaiah, R. V.; Karthik, T.; Suresh, P.; Asthana, Saket; Kamat, S. V.

    2012-08-01

    A particulate composite consisting of 65 mol. % Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 and 35 mol. % CoFe2O4 was synthesized, and it's structure, microstructure, ferroelectric, magnetostrictive, magnetic, and direct/indirect magnetoelectric properties were studied. The composite showed different magnetization behaviour under electrically poled and un-poled conditions. The percentage change in magnetization as a result of poling is approximately -15% at 500 Oe magnetic field. Magnetostriction measurements displayed a value of λ11 = -57 × 10-6 and piezomagnetic coefficient δλ11/δH = 0.022 × 10-6 kOe-1 at 2.2 kOe for the composite. The maximum magnetoelectric output varied from 1350 mV/cm to 2000 mV/cm with change in the electrical poling conditions.

  16. Strain induced modulation of the correlated transport in epitaxial Sm0.5Nd0.5NiO3 thin films.

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    Zhang, L; Gardner, H J; Chen, X G; Singh, V R; Hong, X

    2015-04-10

    We report a study of the effect of epitaxial strain on the correlated transport properties of 2-40 nm Sm0.5Nd0.5NiO3 (SNNO) films grown on different substrates. The metal-insulator transition (MIT) temperature T(MI) of the SNNO films increases with increasing tensile strain. While films on (0 0 1) LaAlO3 and (1 1 0) NdGaO3 substrates exhibit a sharp MIT and thermal hysteresis in the cooling-heating cycle, signaling a first-order transition, films on (0 0 1) SrTiO3 show a broad, second-order MIT. Hall effect measurements reveal hole-type charge carriers and thermally activated temperature dependence of the carrier density below T(MI). The corresponding activation energy is ∼80 meV for films on LaAlO3 and NdGaO3, and is suppressed to 25 meV for films on SrTiO3. The carrier mobility in the metallic state and variable range hopping (VRH) transport at a low temperature point significantly enhanced electron localization in SNNO on STO, which we believe is not simply driven by extrinsic effects such as oxygen vacancies, but rather is an intrinsic characteristic for films subject to tensile strain due to the elongated Ni-O bond and hence enhanced dynamic Jahn-Teller distortion. In ultrathin films above the electrical dead layer thickness (2-3 nm), we observe a more than 100 K increase of T(MI) for films on LaAlO3, which has been correlated with a crossover from 3D to 2D transport as revealed from VRH. We attribute the distinct transport characteristics to strain induced modulation of various energy scales associated with the Ni-O-Ni bond angle and Ni-O bond length, which collectively determine the delocalization bandwidth of the system.

  17. Maxwell-Wagner relaxation and magnetodielectric properties of Bi0.5La0.5MnO3 ceramics

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    Turik, A. V.; Pavlenko, A. V.; Reznichenko, L. A.

    2016-08-01

    The complex permittivity ɛ = ɛ'- iɛ″ of manganite bismuth-lanthanum Bi0.5La0.5MnO3 ceramics has been measured at temperature T = 78 K in the frequency range f = 200-105 Hz and in the magnetic induction range B = 0-5 T. Dielectric relaxation and the pronounced magnetodielectric effect have been detected. The explanation based on the superposition of Maxwell-Wagner relaxation and the magnetoresistance effect has been proposed.

  18. Influence of Co-substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of nanocrystalline Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19

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    Ezhil Vizhi, R.; Harikrishnan, V.; Saravanan, P.; Rajan Babu, D.

    2016-10-01

    One-step citrate gel combustion method followed by annealing (800 °C/2 h) was employed to synthesize cobalt substituted barium strontium hexaferrite with a chemical composition of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12-xCoxO19 (x=0, 0.5, 0.7, and 0.9). A combination of thermo-gravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry was employed to understand the thermo-chemical behavior of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to evaluate the hexagonal phase evolution for the barium strontium ferrite nanopowders and a formation of secondary phase: α-Fe2O3 is evident for the Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the presence of different sublattices of Fe3+ present in the hexaferrite structure. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy demonstrated the usual stretching vibrations of tetrahedral and octahedral M-O bands. The morphology and chemical composition of the samples were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy attached with energy dispersive X-ray analysis, respectively. Selected area electron diffraction studies showed the nanocrystalline nature of the samples. The magnetic parameters such as saturation magnetization MS, coercivity, HC and remanent magnetization, MR were estimated from the hysteresis loops. Maximum value of MS (70.5 emu/g) was obtained for the Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe11.5Co0.5O19 nanoparticles. A possible growth mechanism on the crystallization of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19 hexagonal platelets during the citrate gel combustion synthesis is highlighted.

  19. Effect of Tb and Al substitution within the rare earth and cobalt sublattices on magnetothermal properties of Dy0.5Ho0.5Co2

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    Chzhan, V. B.; Tereshina, E. A.; Mikhailova, A. B.; Politova, G. A.; Tereshina, I. S.; Kozlov, V. I.; Ćwik, J.; Nenkov, K.; Alekseeva, O. A.; Filimonov, A. V.

    2017-06-01

    The effect of Tb and Al substitution within the rare earth and cobalt sublattices on structural and magnetothermal properties of Dy0.5Ho0.5Co2 has been studied. Multicomponent Laves phase alloys Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo2-yAly (x = 0, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5; y = 0, 0.25) synthesized using high-purity metals have been studied using X-ray diffraction analysis, heat capacity and magnetocaloric measurements. Dy0.5Ho0.5Co2 has a first order phase transition at the Curie temperature TC ≈ 110 K. Both Tb and Al substitution leads to increase of the TC. The increasing Tb content leads to the decreases slightly the MCE and all the transitions near the Curie temperature are of the first order. As for the Al-containing compounds, MCE measurements show that the phase transition type changes from the first to the second-order. The advantage of Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo1.75Al0.25 as compared with Al-free alloys is 'table-like' behavior of MCE.

  20. Soft ferromagnetism and semiconductor to metal transition in Li0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite

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    Vijayasri, G.; Bhowmik, R. N.

    2013-02-01

    Polycrystalline Li0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite was synthesized by solid state route. The samples were characterized by XRD, EDX, dc magnetization and ac conductivity measurements. The samples are soft ferromagnet with spontaneous magnetization (MS) ˜ 61-64 emu/g and coercivity (HC) ˜ 22-30 Oe. Frequency activated ac conductivity measurement at different temperature suggested polaron hopping mechanism in the samples. Remarkably, there is a semiconductor to metallic transition in the temperature range 803 K-873 K depending on sintering temperature of Li0.5Mn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite.

  1. Crystal structure and carbon vacancy hardening of (W0.5Al0.5)C1-x prepared by a solid-state reaction.

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    Yan, Junmin; Ma, Xianfeng; Zhao, Wei; Tang, Huaguo; Zhu, Changjun; Cai, Shuguang

    2005-10-14

    Novel solid solutions of aluminum in tungsten carbide (WC) with or without carbon vacancies, which can be expressed by the chemical formula (W(0.5)Al(0.5))C(1-x) (x=0.0-0.5), have been synthesized by the solid-state reaction of W(0.5)Al(0.5) alloy and the proper amount of carbon at around 1673 K in vacuum. The reaction time decreases from 73 to 50 h on increasing the carbon vacancy concentration from 0 to 50 %. The formation of the intended products is certified, by X-ray diffraction, environmental scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy, even though the carbon vacancy concentration reaches the astonishing value of 50 %. The as-prepared (W(0.5)Al(0.5))C(1-x) samples have been identified as the hexagonal WC-type structure belonging to the space group P6m2 (Z=1). Moreover, the crystallographic results reveal that the substituting aluminum atoms in the WC are located in the 1a site (the W atom position of the WC structure) and the cell parameters decrease slightly with increasing vacancy concentration. The hardness of the (W(0.5)Al(0.5))C(1-x) system increases up to a maximum 2659 kg mm(-2) at a carbon vacancy concentration of about 35 %, and the density of (W(0.5)Al(0.5))C(1-x) is far lower than that of WC.

  2. Reduction properties of phases in the system La 0.5Sr 0.5MO 3 ( M=Fe, Co)

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    Berry, Frank J.; Marco, José F.; Ren, Xiaolin

    2005-04-01

    Phases formed by the reduction of compounds of the type La 0.5Sr 0.5MO 3 ( M=Fe, Co) have been characterized by means of temperature programmed reduction, X-ray powder diffraction, 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and Fe K-, Co K-, Sr K-, and La L III-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The results show that treatment of the material of composition La 0.5Sr 0.5FeO 3 (which contains 50% Fe 4+ and 50% Fe 3+) at 650 °C in a flowing 90% hydrogen/10% nitrogen atmosphere results in the formation of an oxygen-deficient perovskite-related phase containing only trivalent iron. Further heating in the gaseous reducing environment at 1150 °C results in the formation of the Fe 3+-containing phase SrLaFeO 4, which has a K 2NiF 4-type structure, and metallic iron. The material of composition La 0.5Sr 0.5CoO 3 is more susceptible to reduction than the compound La 0.5Sr 0.5FeO 3 since, after heating at 520 °C in the hydrogen/nitrogen mixture, all the Co 4+ and Co 3+ are reduced to metallic cobalt with the concomitant formation of strontium- and lanthanum-oxides.

  3. Topotactic reduction and reoxidation of hexagonal RCu{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} (R = Y, Eu-Lu) Phases

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    Jiang, Peng; Berthelot, Romain; Li, Jun; Sleight, A.W.; Subramanian, M.A.

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► Topotactic reduction of hexagonal RCu{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} phases is performed. ► TGA and magnetism indicate a formula of RCu{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 2.78} for the reduced phase. ► Topotactic reoxidation occurs on heating these phases to 400 °C in air. - Abstract: Hexagonal AMO{sub 2} and AMO{sub 3} phases have the same basic structure, and intermediate compositions for this structure have been prepared by topotactic oxidation of AMO{sub 2} phases such as RCuO{sub 2}, where R is a trivalent rare earth cation. We now find that such intermediate phases can also be prepared by topotactic reduction of hexagonal RCu{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} (R = Y, Tb-Lu) phases. Our TGA and magnetic susceptibility studies indicate a formula of RCu{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 2.78} for these reduced phases. Topotactic reoxidation occurs on heating these phases to 400 °C in air.

  4. Effect of rare-earth (Er and Gd) substitution on the magnetic and multiferroic properties of DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3

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    Sharma, Mohit K.; Basu, Tathamay; Mukherjee, K.; Sampathkumaran, E. V.

    2016-10-01

    We report the results of our investigations on the influence of partial substitution of Er and Gd for Dy on the magnetic and magnetoelectric properties of DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3, which is known to be a multiferroic system. Magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity data, apart from confirming the occurrence of magnetic transitions at ~121 and 13 K in DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3, bring out that the lower transition temperature only is suppressed by rare-earth substitution. Multiferroic behavior is found to persist in Dy0.4Ln0.6Fe0.5Cr0.5O3 (Ln  =  Er and Gd). There is an evidence for magnetoelectric coupling in all these materials with qualitative differences in its behavior as the temperature is changed across these two transitions. Remnant electric polarization is observed for all the compounds. The most notable observation is that electric polarization is seen to get enhanced as a result of rare-earth substitution with respect to that in DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3. Interestingly, a similar trend is seen in the magnetocaloric effect, consistent with the existence of magnetoelectric coupling. The results thus provide evidence for the tuning of magnetoelectric coupling by rare-earth substitution in this family of oxides.

  5. First principles study of Ca in BaTiO3 and Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3

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    Fongkaew, Ittipon; T-Thienprasert, Jiraroj; Limpijumnong, Sukit

    2015-11-01

    BaTiO3-Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 is one of the promising candidates as a high-temperature relaxor with a high Curie temperature and several preferred dielectric characteristics. It has been found experimentally for a long time that adding calcium to BaTiO3-Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 improves its temperature characteristic of the capacitance [J. Electron. Mater. 39, 2471]. In this study, Calcium (Ca) defects in perovskite BaTiO3 and Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 have been studied based on first-principles calculations. In both BaTiO3 and Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3, our calculations showed that Ca atom energetically prefers to substitute for the cations, that is Ba, Bi, Na and Ti, depending on the growth conditions. In most cases, Ca predominantly substitutes on the A-site without providing additional electrical carriers (serve as either neutral defects or self-compensating defects). The growth conditions where Ca can be forced to substitute for B-site (with limited amount) and the conditions where Ca can be forced to serve as an acceptor are identified. Details of the local structures, formation energies and electronic properties of these Ca defects are reported.

  6. Fully gapped superconductivity in In-doped topological crystalline insulator Pb0.5Sn0.5Te

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    Du, Guan; Gu, G. D.; Du, Zengyi; Fang, Delong; Yang, Huan; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J.; Wen, Hai -Hu

    2015-07-27

    In this study, superconductors derived from topological insulators and topological crystalline insulators by chemical doping have long been considered to be candidates as topological superconductors. Pb0.5Sn0.5Te is a topological crystalline insulator with mirror symmetry protected surface states on (001)-, (011)-, and (111)-oriented surfaces. The superconductor (Pb0.5Sn0.5)0.7In0.3Te is produced by In doping in Pb0.5Sn0.5Te, and is thought to be a topological superconductor. Here we report scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements of the superconducting state as well as the superconducting energy gap in (Pb0.5Sn0.5)0.7In0.3Te on a (001)-oriented surface. The spectrum can be well fitted by an anisotropic s-wave gap function of Δ = 0.72 + 0.18cos4θ meV using Dynes model. The results show that the superconductor seems to be a fully gapped one without any in-gap states, in contradiction with the expectation of a topological superconductor.

  7. Ti-Substituted NaNi0.5 Mn0.5-x Tix O2 Cathodes with Reversible O3-P3 Phase Transition for High-Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wang, Peng-Fei; Yao, Hu-Rong; Liu, Xin-Yu; Zhang, Jie-Nan; Gu, Lin; Yu, Xi-Qian; Yin, Ya-Xia; Guo, Yu-Guo

    2017-03-15

    Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) have been considered as potential candidates for stationary energy storage because of the low cost and wide availability of Na sources. O3-type layered oxides have been considered as one of the most promising cathodes for SIBs. However, they commonly show inevitable complicated phase transitions and sluggish kinetics, incurring rapid capacity decline and poor rate capability. Here, a series of sodium-sufficient O3-type NaNi0.5 Mn0.5-x Ti x O2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) cathodes for SIBs is reported and the mechanisms behind their excellent electrochemical performance are studied in comparison to those of their respective end-members. The combined analysis of in situ X-ray diffraction, ex situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and scanning transmission electron microscopy for NaNi0.5 Mn0.2 Ti0.3 O2 reveals that the O3-type phase transforms reversibly into a P3-type phase upon Na+ deintercalation/intercalation. The substitution of Ti for Mn enlarges interslab distance and could restrain the unfavorable and irreversible multiphase transformation in the high voltage regions that is usually observed in O3-type NaNi0.5 Mn0.5 O2 , resulting in improved Na cell performance. This integration of macroscale and atomicscale engineering strategy might open up the modulation of the chemical and physical properties in layered oxides and grasp new insight into the optimal design of high-performance cathode materials for SIBs.

  8. Temperature Evolution of Physical Properties of BaTi0.9(Nb0.5Yb0.5)0.1O3 Lead-Free Ceramic

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    Abdelkafi, Z.; Abdelmoula, N.; Khemakhem, H.

    2016-11-01

    BaTi0.9(Nb0.5Yb0.5)0.1O3 lead-free ceramic was prepared by a solid-state reaction method. The structure of BaTi0.9(Nb0.5Yb0.5)0.1O3 has been characterized by means of x-ray diffraction, showing the coexistence of cubic (31.1%) and tetragonal (68.9%) phases at room temperature. Dielectric spectroscopy shows that BaTi0.9(Nb0.5Yb0.5)0.1O3 composition sintered at 1380°C exhibits a relaxor behavior with a weak diffuse phase transition obeying a Lorentz-type quadratic relationship. The ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition T C decreased from 420 K for BaTiO3 to 284 K for BaTi0.9(Nb0.5Yb0.5)0.1O3. The dielectric loss of this ceramic was <0.09 over a wide temperature range (<400 K). The temperature behavior of the main piezoelectric parameters, such as the piezoelectric coefficient d 31 and the electromechanical coupling factor k p, was investigated. d 31 sets a maximum about 32.5 pC/N at temperature of 220 K. Nevertheless, k p undergoes more or less important changes between 120 K and 200 K. Over 200 K, k p degrades very rapidly due to the depoling effect deduced from the hysterisis measurements. Dielectric and structural properties of BaTi0.9(Nb0.5Yb0.5)0.1O3 were confirmed by Raman spectroscopy.

  9. Structural and Mössbauer spectroscopy characterization of bulk and nanostructured TiFe0.5 Ni0.5/graphite compounds and their hydrides

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    Martínez, M. A. R.; André-Filho, J.; Félix, L. L.; Coaquira, J. A. H.; Garg, V. K.; Oliveira, A. C.; Mestnik-Filho, J.

    2015-06-01

    The structural and hyperfine properties of bulk TiFe0.5Ni0.5 intermetallic and ball-milled TiFe0.5Ni0.5/graphite compounds and their hydrides have been studied. The bulk and nanostructured TiFe0.5Ni0.5 compounds crystallize in the cubic crystal structure of CsCl (B2). After hydrogenation, the formation of hydrogen-poor phase (∝-phase) and hydride phase ( β-phase) have been determined for the bulk compound. However, the formation of the ∝-phase and the hydrogen-richest phase ( γ-phase) and other secondary phases have been determined for the ball-milled TiFe0.5Ni0.5/graphite sample. It has been determined that the ball-milled TiFe0.5Ni0.5/graphite sample presents a large amount of the γ-phase which indicates that the presence of graphite nearby nanostructured intermetallic grains enhances the absorption of hydrogen. Mossbauer results are consistent with the structural results. Meanwhile, no significant changes in the isomer shift (IS) value has been determined for the α-phase with respect to the intermetallic compound, a strong increase in the IS value has been determined for the β- and γ-phases with respect to the ∝-phase. That increase indicates a decrease of the s-electron density at the Fe nuclei due to the charge transfer from the metal to the nearby hydrogen atoms.

  10. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, THERMAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES: Fabrication and magnetic properties of Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanofibres by electrospinning

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    Xiang, Jun; Shen, Xiang-Qian; Song, Fu-Zhan; Liu, Ming-Quan

    2009-11-01

    NiZn ferrite/polyvinylpyrrolidone composite fibres were prepared by sol-gel assisted electrospinning. Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanofibres with a pure cubic spinel structure were obtained subsequently by calcination of the composite fibres at high temperatures. This paper investigates the thermal decomposition process, structures and morphologies of the electrospun composite fibres and the calcined Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanofibres at different temperatures by thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analysis, x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The magnetic behaviour of the resultant nanofibres was studied by a vibrating sample magnetometer. It is found that the grain sizes of the nanofibres increase significantly and the nanofibre morphology gradually transforms from a porous structure to a necklace-like nanostructure with the increase of calcination temperature. The Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanofibres obtained at 1000 °C for 2 h are characterized by a necklace-like morphology and diameters of 100-200 nm. The saturation magnetization of the random Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanofibres increases from 46.5 to 90.2 emu/g when the calcination temperature increases from 450 to 1000 °C. The coercivity reaches a maximum value of 11.0 kA/m at a calcination temperature of 600 °C. Due to the shape anisotropy, the aligned Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanofibres exhibit an obvious magnetic anisotropy and the ease magnetizing direction is parallel to the nanofibre axis.

  11. Formation of atomically ordered and chemically selective Si-O-Ti monolayer on Si0.5Ge0.5(110) for a MIS structure via H2O2(g) functionalization.

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    Park, Sang Wook; Choi, Jong Youn; Siddiqui, Shariq; Sahu, Bhagawan; Galatage, Rohit; Yoshida, Naomi; Kachian, Jessica; Kummel, Andrew C

    2017-02-07

    Si0.5Ge0.5(110) surfaces were passivated and functionalized using atomic H, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and either tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium (TDMAT) or titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and studied in situ with multiple spectroscopic techniques. To passivate the dangling bonds, atomic H and H2O2(g) were utilized and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) demonstrated unpinning of the surface Fermi level. The H2O2(g) could also be used to functionalize the surface for metal atomic layer deposition. After subsequent TDMAT or TiCl4 dosing followed by a post-deposition annealing, scanning tunneling microscopy demonstrated that a thermally stable and well-ordered monolayer of TiOx was deposited on Si0.5Ge0.5(110), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy verified that the interfaces only contained Si-O-Ti bonds and a complete absence of GeOx. STS measurements confirmed a TiOx monolayer without mid-gap and conduction band edge states, which should be an ideal ultrathin insulating layer in a metal-insulator-semiconductor structure. Regardless of the Ti precursors, the final Ti density and electronic structure were identical since the Ti bonding is limited by the high coordination of Ti to O.

  12. Formation of atomically ordered and chemically selective Si—O—Ti monolayer on Si0.5Ge0.5(110) for a MIS structure via H2O2(g) functionalization

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    Park, Sang Wook; Choi, Jong Youn; Siddiqui, Shariq; Sahu, Bhagawan; Galatage, Rohit; Yoshida, Naomi; Kachian, Jessica; Kummel, Andrew C.

    2017-02-01

    Si0.5Ge0.5(110) surfaces were passivated and functionalized using atomic H, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and either tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium (TDMAT) or titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and studied in situ with multiple spectroscopic techniques. To passivate the dangling bonds, atomic H and H2O2(g) were utilized and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) demonstrated unpinning of the surface Fermi level. The H2O2(g) could also be used to functionalize the surface for metal atomic layer deposition. After subsequent TDMAT or TiCl4 dosing followed by a post-deposition annealing, scanning tunneling microscopy demonstrated that a thermally stable and well-ordered monolayer of TiOx was deposited on Si0.5Ge0.5(110), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy verified that the interfaces only contained Si—O—Ti bonds and a complete absence of GeOx. STS measurements confirmed a TiOx monolayer without mid-gap and conduction band edge states, which should be an ideal ultrathin insulating layer in a metal-insulator-semiconductor structure. Regardless of the Ti precursors, the final Ti density and electronic structure were identical since the Ti bonding is limited by the high coordination of Ti to O.

  13. Structural, thermal and electrical conductivity characteristics of Ln{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (Ln: La, Nd and Sm) complex perovskites as anode materials for solid oxide fuel cell

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    Jeong, Jihoon; Azad, Abul K.; Schlegl, Harald; Kim, Byungjun; Baek, Seung-Wook; Kim, Keunsoo; Kang, Hyunil; Kim, Jung Hyun

    2015-03-15

    The Ti and Mn replaced complex perovskites, Ln{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (Ln: La, Nd and Sm), were reported as potential anode materials for high temperature-operating solid oxide fuel cells (HT-SOFCs). For the present research study, synthesis, crystallographic, thermal and electrical conductivity properties of Ln{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} complex perovskites were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Rietveld method, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and electrical conductivity to apply these oxide materials for the HT-SOFC anode materials. XRD results showed that Ln{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} oxide systems synthesized as single phases did not react with 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia (8YSZ) and 10 mol% Gd-doped cerium oxide (CGO91) up to 1500 °C and did not decompose under dry 3.9% hydrogen at 850 °C. The crystal structures of La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (LSTM), Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (NSTM) and Sm{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d} (SSTM) showed orthorhombic symmetry with the space group Pbnm and SSTM showed a more distorted structure. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) proved weight gains in these three sample occurred under oxidizing conditions and weight loss under reducing conditions. Electrical conductivity values of NSTM were higher than those of LSTM and SSTM under oxidizing and reducing conditions. - Graphical abstract: The B-site cations (Ti/Mn) are surrounded by regular octahedra of oxygen in Nd{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}O{sub 3±d}(NSTM). These octahedra are linked together in a corner sharing three dimensional framework, while Nd/Sr ion occupies 12-coordinated A-site between these octahedra. The Ti/Mn–O{sub 6} octahedra are elongated along the c-axis. The crystal structure distortion was due to the smaller ionic radius of the A-site cations, which force the (Ti

  14. Fabrication of (111)-oriented Ca{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}IrO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} superlattices—A designed playground for honeycomb physics

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    Hirai, Daigorou; Matsuno, Jobu; Takagi, Hidenori

    2015-04-01

    We report the fabrication of (111)-oriented superlattice structures with alternating 2m-layers (m = 1, 2, and 3) of Ca{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}IrO{sub 3} perovskite and two layers of SrTiO{sub 3} perovskite on SrTiO{sub 3}(111) substrates. In the case of m = 1 bilayer films, the Ir sub-lattice is a buckled honeycomb, where a topological state may be anticipated. The successful growth of superlattice structures on an atomic level along the [111] direction was clearly demonstrated by superlattice reflections in x-ray diffraction patterns and by atomically resolved transmission electron microscope images. The ground states of the superlattice films were found to be magnetic insulators, which may suggest the importance of electron correlations in Ir perovskites in addition to the much discussed topological effects.

  15. Characterization of Cu3P phase in Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu0.5P/Cu solder joints

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    Chen, Jian-xun; Zhao, Xing-ke; Zou, Xu-chen; Huang, Ji-hua; Hu, Hai-chun; Luo, Hai-lian

    2014-01-01

    This article reports the effects of phosphorus addition on the melting behavior, microstructure, and mechanical properties of Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder. The melting behavior of the solder alloys was determined by differential scanning calorimetry. The interfacial microstructure and phase composition of solder/Cu joints were studied by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometry. Thermodynamics of Cu-P phase formation at the interface between Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu0.5P solder and the Cu substrate was characterized. The results indicate that P addition into Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder can change the microstructure and cause the appearance of rod-like Cu3P phase which is distributed randomly in the solder bulk. The Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu0.5P joint shows a mixture of ductile and brittle fracture after shear testing. Meanwhile, the solidus temperature of Sn3.0Ag0.5Cu solder is slightly enhanced with P addition.

  16. Thermal Stability and Humidity Resistance of ScTaO4 Modified (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 Ceramics

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    Zheng, Li-Mei; Wang, Jin-Feng; Wang, Chun-Ming; Wu, Qing-Zao; Zang, Guo-Zhong

    2009-12-01

    Lead-free (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3-xmol% ScTaO4 (x = 0-1.5) ceramics are prepared using the conventional solid-state reaction method and their properties are investigated in detail. The results indicate that the piezoelectric properties and density are improved by the introduction of ScTaO4. Due to the high orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition temperature TO-T (around 200° C), stable piezoelectric properties against temperature are obtained. In a wide temperature range of 15-160° C, kp of the (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3-0.5 mol% ScTaO4 ceramic remains almost unchanged and d31 increases slightly from 59 pC/N to 71 pC/N. The deliquescent problem is effectively solved by the addition of ScTaO4. The piezoelectric properties of ScTaO4 modified (Na0.5K0.5)NbO3 ceramics show no obvious reduction and dielectric loss increases slightly after 120 h of immersion. From the analysis, it is suggested that the density is an important factor that improves the humidity resistance of the specimens.

  17. Effect of Zn2+ Substitution on the Structure and Magnetic Properties of Co0.5Cu0.5Fe2O4 Synthesized by Solvothermal Method

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    Huang, Xusheng; Zhou, Yuan; Wu, Wenwei; Xu, Jiawei; Liu, Shangqian; Liu, Dongsheng; Wu, Juan

    2016-06-01

    A series of Zn2+ doped Co-Cu ferrites with the formula Co0.5Cu0.5- x Zn x Fe2O4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) have been successfully synthesized using the solvothermal method. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy results indicate that a high-crystallized cubic Co0.5Cu0.5- x Zn x Fe2O4 with rod-like structure is obtained when the precursor is calcined at 800°C in air for 3 h. The lattice parameters increase with the increase of Zn2+ additional amount, attributed to the larger ionic radius of the substituted ion Zn2+ than Cu2+ ionic radius. Zn2+ substitution can improve the magnetic properties of Co0.5Cu0.5- x Zn x Fe2O4. Co0.5Cu0.4Zn0.1Fe2O4 obtained at 800°C has the highest specific saturation magnetization (73.7 ± 0.9 emu/g) and magnetic moment (3.13 ± 0.04 B.M.).

  18. Temperature dependent structures and properties of Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-based lead free piezoelectric composite.

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    Zhang, Ji; Sun, Lei; Geng, Xiao-Yu; Zhang, Bin-Bin; Yuan, Guo-Liang; Zhang, Shan-Tao

    2016-07-05

    The thermal depolarization around 100 °C of the Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-based piezoelectric solid solutions leads to the disappearance of macroscopic ferroelectric/piezoelectric properties and remains a long-standing obstacle for their actual applications. In this communication, we report lead-free piezoelectric composites of 0.94Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.06BaTiO3:0.5ZnO (BNT-6BT:0.5ZnO, where 0.5 is the mole ratio of ZnO to BNT-6BT) with deferred thermal depolarization, which is experimentally confirmed by systematic temperature dependent dielectric, ferroelectric, piezoelectric measurements. Especially, based on temperature dependent X-ray diffraction measurements on unpoled and poled samples, thermal depolarization is confirmed to have no relationship with the structural phase transition, the possible mechanism for the deferred thermal depolarization is correlated with the ZnO-induced local electric field which can suppress the depolarization field. We believe our results may be helpful for understanding the origin of thermal depolarization in BNT-based piezoelectric materials, and thus provide an effective way to overcoming this obstacle.

  19. Synergetic effect of Zn substitution on the electron and phonon transport in Mg2Si0.5Sn0.5-based thermoelectric materials.

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    Gao, Hongli; Zhu, Tiejun; Zhao, Xinbing; Deng, Yuan

    2014-10-07

    Mg2Si1-xSnx alloys are a prospective material for thermoelectric generators at moderate temperatures. The thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si0.5Sn0.5-based thermoelectric materials with only Zn substitution or Zn/Sb co-doping were investigated. Isoelectronic Zn substitution did not affect the carrier concentration, but improved the carrier mobility. Zn atoms incorporated into a Sb-doped Mg2Si0.5Sn0.5 matrix simultaneously boosted the power factor and suppressed the lattice thermal conductivity, leading to an enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT of the resulting bulk materials. The interplay between the electron and phonon transport of Mg2Si0.5Sn0.49Sb0.01 substituted with Zn at Mg sites results in an enhancement of the ZT by 25% at ∼730 K, from ZT≈ 0.8 in Mg2Si0.5Sn0.49Sb0.01 to ZT≈ 1.0 in Mg1.98Zn0.02Si0.5Sn0.49Sb0.01. Solid solutions in the Mg2Si-Mg2Sn system appear to be more promising for thermoelectric applications.

  20. Robust NdBa0.5Sr0.5Co1.5Fe0.5O5+δ cathode material and its degradation prevention operating logic for intermediate temperature-solid oxide fuel cells

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    Lee, Tae-Hee; Park, Ka-Young; Kim, Nam-In; Song, Sun-Ju; Hong, Ki-Ha; Ahn, Docheon; Azad, Abul K.; Hwang, Junyeon; Bhattacharjee, Satadeep; Lee, Seung-Cheol; Lim, Hyung-Tae; Park, Jun-Young

    2016-11-01

    We report solutions (durable material and degradation prevention method) to minimize the performance degradation of cell components occurring in the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operation. Reliability testing is carried out with the Nisbnd Nd0.1Ce0.9O2-δ (NDC) anode-supported intermediate temperature-SOFCs. For the cathode materials, single perovskite structured Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSCF) and double perovskite structured NdBa0.5Sr0.5Co1.5Fe0.5O5+δ (NBSCF) are prepared and evaluated under harsh SOFC operating conditions. The double perovskite NBSCF cathode shows excellent stability in harsh SOFC environments of high humidity and low flow rate of air. Furthermore, we propose the concurrent fuel and air starvation mode, in which the cell potential is temporarily reduced due to the formation of both fuel-starvation (in the anode) and air-depletion (in the cathode) concurrently under a constant load. This is carried out in order to minimize the performance decay of the stable NBSCF-cell through the periodic and extra reduction of aH2 O (and aO2) in the anode. The operating-induced degradation of SOFCs, which are ordinarily assumed to be unrecoverable, can be completely circumvented by the proposed periodical operation logic to prevent performance degradation (concurrent fuel-starvation and air-depletion mode).

  1. La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanopowders prepared by the hydrothermal method

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    Putjuso, Thanin; Maensiri, Santi; Hunpratub, Sitchai; Swatsitang, Ekaphan

    2012-09-15

    Graphical abstract: LRTEM image of the single-phase La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} particles. It is seen from the figure that the product has a plate-like morphology with average particles sizes in the range of 100–300 nm. In addition, the SAED data taken from an individual particle (lower inset) shows the presence of sharp diffraction rings, which are indicative of polycrystalline La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} formation. The high-resolution TEM image (upper inset) shows for further confirmation of a crystalline structure of La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} powder. This image shows a clearly resolved crystalline domain with uniform interplanar spacing of 0.276 nm. Highlights: ► La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanopowder is prepared in 2 M KOH solution by hydrothermal method. ► The solution is heat treated at 220 °C for 24 h in air. ► LRTEM reveals a plate-like morphology of particle with average size of 100–300 nm. ► HRTEM image shows a crystalline domain with interplanar spacing of 0.276 nm. -- Abstract: La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanopowders were prepared by the hydrothermal method. The influence of processing parameters, including KOH concentration, reaction temperature and reaction time on the obtained products were studied. The structure and morphology of the obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD results show that pure phase La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} nanopowders can be successfully synthesized with 2 M KOH concentration at a low temperature of 220 °C for 24 h. In addition, the product has a plate-like shape with particle sizes in the range of 25–100 nm as estimated by TEM.

  2. 125Te Synchrotron-Radiation-Based Mössbauer Spectroscopy of Fe1.1Te and FeTe0.5Se0.5

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    Kurokuzu, Masayuki; Kitao, Shinji; Kobayashi, Yasuhiro; Saito, Makina; Masuda, Ryo; Mitsui, Takaya; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Seto, Makoto

    2014-04-01

    The 125Te Mössbauer spectra of Fe1.1Te and FeTe0.5Se0.5 were measured using synchrotron-radiation-based Mössbauer spectroscopy. The hyperfine field of Te in the antiferromagnetic phase of Fe1.1Te was evaluated to be 4(1) T at 20 K, and this hyperfine field is considered to be due to the transferred hyperfine field from Fe magnetic moments. The evaluated hyperfine field was comparatively large, suggesting the strong correlation with the magnetic moment of Fe that forms a double-stripe type magnetic structure. For the superconductor FeTe0.5Se0.5, no marked change in its Mössbauer parameters was observed below or above the superconducting transition temperature, indicating that the change in the electronic state of Te was small.

  3. Electric field-induced tuning of magnetism in PbFe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} at room temperature

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    Rayaprol, S. E-mail: brangadi@gmail.com; Mukherjee, S.; Kaushik, S. D.; Matteppanavar, S.; Angadi, B. E-mail: brangadi@gmail.com

    2015-08-07

    We study the influence of electrical poling, carried out at room temperature, on the structure and magnetism of Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} by analyzing the differences observed in structural and magnetic properties before and after the electrical poling. The changes observed in magnetization of Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} before and after electrical poling exhibit considerably strong converse magnetoelectric effect at room temperature. In addition, the strengthening of Fe/Nb-O bond due to electrical poling is discussed on the basis of Raman spectral studies and analysis of neutron diffraction patterns. The potential tunability of magnetization with electrical poling can be an ideal tool for realization of application potential of this multiferroic material.

  4. Phase competition and effect of chemical ordering in ferroelectric relaxor PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 from first principles

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    Paściak, M.; Welberry, T. R.; Hlinka, J.

    2016-08-01

    We present results of first principles calculations for ferroelectric relaxor PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3. An ordered supercell with Sc and Nb atoms alternating in all directions (NaCl-like superstructure) has a ferroelectric ground state with R3 spacegroup. It is characterized by a tilt system a-a-a- as well as different sizes of adjacent oxygen octahedra. Analysis of phonon instabilities in cubic ? reveals similarity with an antiferroelectric PbZrO3. This is further confirmed by the fact that possibly antiferroelectric P21/b structure of PbSc0.5Nb0.5O3 (symmetry lowered from Pbam due to Sc/Nb superstructure) is energetically very close to the ground state. The ferroelectric order is shown to be less sensitive to deviations in the B-site distribution than the antiferroelectric one.

  5. Effects of capping on GaN quantum dots deposited on Al{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}N by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Korytov, M.; Benaissa, M.; Huault, T.; Neisius, T.

    2009-04-06

    The impact of the capping process on the structural and morphological properties of GaN quantum dots (QDs) grown on fully relaxed Al{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}N templates was studied by transmission electron microscopy. A morphological transition between the surface QDs, which have a pyramidal shape, and the buried ones, which have a truncated pyramid shape, is evidenced. This shape evolution is accompanied by a volume change: buried QDs are bigger than surface ones. Furthermore a phase separation into Al{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}N barriers was observed in the close vicinity of buried QDs. As a result, the buried QDs were found to be connected with the nearest neighbors by thin Ga-rich zones, whereas Al-rich zones are situated above the QDs.

  6. Low-temperature synthesis and growth of superparamagnetic Zn 0.5Ni 0.5Fe 2O 4 nanosized particles

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    Li, Xia; Wang, Guisu

    2009-05-01

    Mono-disperse spinel Ni 0.5Zn 0.5Fe 2O 4 nanosized particles have been synthesized via a hydrothermal method at low temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) analysis indicated that the synthesized nanocrystals were of pure cubic spinel structure with the size about 6-20 nm. The activation energy of grain growth is 35.06 kJ/mol experimented by the Arrhenius equation. A primary experimental model was put forward to shed light on the growth mechanism of crystallined spinel Ni-Zn ferrite nanosized particles under hydrothermal conditions. The magnetic measurements shows that the prepared Ni 0.5Zn 0.5Fe 2O 4 nanoparticle possess good superparamagnetic behavior.

  7. Neutron Scattering Study of Magnetic Excitation Spectrum on Fe1-x(Ni/Cu)xTe0.5Se0.5

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    Xu, Zhijun; Wen, Jinsheng; Xu, Guangyong; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, John

    2012-02-01

    We have performed a series of neutron scattering and magnetization measurements on Fe1-x(Ni/Cu)xTe0.5Se0.5 with different Ni/Cu compositions to study the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity. Substituting 2% and 4% of Ni for Fe reduces Tc from 15 K to 12 K and 8 K, while 10% of Cu results in lost of superconductivity. Spin resonance with lower energy are found in all superconducting samples. The overall shape of the low energy magnetic dispersion changes from two incommensurate vertical columns at T>>Tc to a distinctly different U-shaped dispersion at low temperature in superconducting samples. This spectral reconstruction is apparent for temperature up to 3Tc. On the other hand, no static order around (0.5,0,0.5) was found in any of these samples.

  8. Strikingly dissimilar effect of Mn and Zn dopants imposed on local structural distortion of Ba0.5K0.5Fe2As2 superconductor.

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    Cheng, Jie; Dong, Peng; Chu, Wangsheng; Xu, Wei; Wen, Haihu; Marcelli, Augusto; Wu, Ziyu

    2013-05-01

    To clarify the contrasting impurity effects of Mn and Zn dopants on the critical temperature of optimally doped Ba0.5K0.5Fe2As2 superconductors, extended X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy was implemented at the Fe and As K-edge. In Mn-doped compounds a gradual deviation of the symmetric FeAs4 tetrahedron and weakening of the Fe-As bond was observed. Conversely, in Zn-doped compounds the perfect FeAs4 tetrahedron is maintained and the Fe-As bond is rigid. The local structural details are consistent with the development of superconductivity in these two systems, suggesting a significant role played by the topology of the FeAs4 tetrahedron and rigidness of the Fe-As bond in Mn/Zn-doped Ba0.5K0.5Fe2As2 superconductors.

  9. Thermochromic effect at room temperature of Sm{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} thin films

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    Boileau, A.; Capon, F.; Barrat, S.; Pierson, J. F.; Laffez, P.

    2012-06-01

    Sm{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} thermochromic thin films were synthesized using dc reactive magnetron co-sputtering and subsequent annealing in air. The film structure was studied by x-ray diffraction analysis. To validate the thermochromic potentiality of Sm{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}, electrical resistivity and infrared transmittance spectra were recorded for temperatures ranging from 77 K to 420 K. The temperature dependence of the optical band gap was estimated in the near infrared range. Upon heating, the optical transmission decreases in the infrared domain showing a thermochromic effect over a wide wavelength range at room temperature.

  10. Global and local structural variations near the antiferroelectric regime in Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}

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    Thangavelu, Karthik; Rayaprol, S.; Siruguri, V.; Sastry, P. U.; Asthana, Saket

    2015-06-24

    Rietveld refinement of neutron and x-ray diffraction data of Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} shows R3c phase stabilization at room temperature. The intermediate antiferroelectric region between 180°C to 280°C exhibits phase coexistence i.e R3c + Pnma, along with decrease in octahedral tilt angle and increase in unit cell volume. The local structural changes observed from Raman scattering in the A-O, Ti-O and TiO{sub 6} phonon modes favor the global structural variation. A possible antiparallel cation displacement due to Pnma phase formation leads to the origin of antiferroelectric ordering in Na{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}.

  11. Dielectric characterization of multiferroic magnetoelectric double-perovskite Y(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O3 thin films

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    Coy, L. E.; Fina, I.; Ventura, J.; Yate, L.; Langenberg, E.; Polo, M. C.; Ferrater, C.; Varela, M.

    2016-10-01

    We report on the functional properties of the Y(Ni0.5Mn0.5)O3 epitaxial thin films, growth by pulsed laser deposition, observing the clear features of their ferroelectric and ferromagnetic nature at cryogenic temperature. The characterization of temperature-dependent complex impedance spectroscopy has shown a dielectric anomaly around the ferromagnetic Curie temperature (≈100 K) indicative of coupling between magnetic and electric orders.

  12. Ultrasonic Study on Charge Ordering in Nd0:5Ca0:5Mn1-xAlxO3 (x=0,0.03)

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    Liu, Yi; Kong, Hui; Su, Jin-rui; Zh, Chang-fei

    2006-12-01

    The ultrasonic, magnetic and transport properties of Nd0:5Ca0:5Mn1-xAlxO3 (x=0,0.03) were studied from 15 to 300 K. The temperature dependencies of resistivity and magnetization show that Nd0:5Ca0:5MnO3 undergoes a charge ordering transition at TCO ~ 257 K. An obvious softening of the longitudinal sound velocity above TCO and a dramatic stiffening below TCO accompanied by an attenuation peak were observed. These features imply a strong electron-phonon interaction via the Jahn-Teller effect in the sample. Another broad attenuation peak was observed at around Tp ~ 80 K. This anomaly is attributed to the phase separation between the antiferromagnetic (AFM) and paramagnetic (PM) phases and gives a direct evidence for spin-phonon coupling in the compound. For the x=0.03 sample, both the minimum of sound velocity and attenuation peaks shift to a lower temperature. The results indicate that the charge ordering and CE-type AFM state in Nd0:5Ca0:5MnO3 are both partially suppressed by replacing Mn with Al.

  13. Co-doping of (Bi(0.5)Na(0.5))TiO(3): secondary phase formation and lattice site preference of Co.

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    Schmitt, V; Staab, T E M

    2012-11-14

    Bismuth sodium titanate (Bi(0.5)Na(0.5))TiO(3) (BNT) is considered to be one of the most promising lead-free alternatives to piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT). However, the effect of dopants on the material has so far received little attention from an atomic point of view. In this study we investigated the effects of cobalt-doping on the formation of additional phases and determined the preferred lattice site of cobalt in BNT. The latter was achieved by comparing the measured x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra to numerically calculated spectra of cobalt on various lattice sites in BNT. (Bi(0.5)Na(0.5))TiO(3) + x mol% Co (x = 0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.6) was synthesized via solid state reaction. As revealed by SEM backscattering images, a secondary phase formed in all doped specimens. Using both XRD and SEM-EDX, it was identified as Co(2)TiO(4) for dopant levels >0.5 mol%. In addition, a certain amount of cobalt was incorporated into BNT, as shown by electron probe microanalysis. This amount increased with increasing dopant levels, suggesting that an equilibrium forms together with the secondary phase. The XANES experiments revealed that cobalt occupies the octahedral B-site in the BNT perovskite lattice, substituting Ti and promoting the formation of oxygen vacancies in the material.

  14. Enhancement of magnetic ordering temperature and magnetodielectric coupling by hole doping in a multiferroic DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3

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    Sharma, Mohit K.; Basu, Tathamay; Mukherjee, K.; Sampathkumaran, E. V.

    2017-03-01

    We report the results of our investigation of magnetic, thermodynamic and dielectric properties of Ca substituted half-doped orthochromite, Dy0.6Ca0.4Fe0.5Cr0.5O3. Magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity data bring out that this compound undergoes two antiferromagnetic transitions, one at ~132 and the other at ~22 K. These values are higher than those of DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3. This finding highlights that non-magnetic hole doping in form of Ca+2 in the place of magnetic Dy+3 tends to enhance magnetic transition temperatures in this half-doped orthochromite. We attribute it to possible change in the valence state of Cr/Fe-ion ions due to hole doping. Dielectric anomalies are also seen near the magnetic ordering temperatures indicating magnetodielectric coupling, which is confirmed by magnetic field dependent dielectric studies. The most notable observation is that magnetodielectric coupling strength gets significantly enhanced as compared to DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3. The results reveal that it is possible to tune magnetodielectric coupling by hole doping in this system.

  15. Grain boundary defect compensation in Ti-doped BaFe0.5Nb0.5O3 ceramics

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    Sun, Xiaojun; Deng, Jianming; Liu, Saisai; Yan, Tianxiang; Peng, Biaolin; Jia, Wenhao; Mei, Zaoming; Su, Hongbo; Fang, Liang; Liu, Laijun

    2016-09-01

    Giant dielectric ceramics Ba(Nb0.5Fe0.5- x Ti x )O3 (BNFT) have been fabricated by a conventional solid-state reaction. According to X-ray diffraction analysis, the crystal structure of these ceramics can be described by the cubic centrosymmetric with Pm- 3m space group. The real part ( ɛ') of dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss (tan δ) of the BNFT ceramics was measured in a frequency range from 40 Hz to 100 MHz at room temperature. The ( ɛ') of all these samples displays a high value (~6500) and a small frequency-dependence from 1 kHz to 1 MHz. We have established a link between conductivity activation energy and defect compensation at grain boundaries. The Ti4+-doped Ba(Nb0.5Fe0.5)O3 as a donor makes a great influence on the grain boundary behavior, which restricts the migration of oxygen vacancy and depresses dielectric loss factor for Ba(Nb0.5Fe0.5)O3 ceramics.

  16. Valence states and metamagnetic phase transition in partially B -site-disordered perovskite EuMn0.5Co0.5O3

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    Vasiliev, A. N.; Volkova, O. S.; Lobanovskii, L. S.; Troyanchuk, I. O.; Hu, Z.; Tjeng, L. H.; Khomskii, D. I.; Lin, H.-J.; Chen, C. T.; Tristan, N.; Kretzschmar, F.; Klingeler, R.; Büchner, B.

    2008-03-01

    The valence states of transition metals were studied by measuring the x-ray absorption spectra at both MnL2,3 and CoL2,3 edges of partially B -site-disordered perovskite EuMn0.5Co0.5O3 . By comparison with analogous spectra in various Co- and Mn-based compounds, the divalent state of the Co ions and the tetravalent state of the Mn ions were established analogous to Mn4+/Co2+ charge ordering found by Dass and Goodenough [Phys. Rev. B 67, 014401 (2003)] in LaMn0.5Co0.5O3 . The specific heat and magnetic susceptibility data indicate the formation of the magnetically ordered state at TC˜120K . The first-order metamagnetic transitions seen in EuMn0.5Co0.5O3 at T

  17. Preparation of nanocrystalline-coated carbon nanotube/Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 composite with excellent electromagnetic property as microwave absorber

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    Zhou, Xiao-Bing; Shen, Lu; Li, Lei; Huang, Tong-Ming; Hu, Chun-Feng; Pan, Wei-Ming; Jin, Xi-Hai; Sun, Jing; Gao, Lian; Huang, Qing

    2013-04-01

    A combined precipitation-hydrothermal method was used to fabricate carbon nanotube/Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite composite powders. The phase, microstructure and electromagnetic properties of CNT/Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 composites were investigated. After surface modification, The zeta potential value of CNTs could maintain at about -50 mV when pH is higher than 8, which affords a suitable surface environment for in situ coating of Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanocrystallines. With increasing CNTs content, the saturation magnetization of the composites is gradually reduced, while the complex magnetic permeability changes little. The complex dielectric constant of the composites is significantly increased when the concentration of CNTs approaches the percolation threshold value of 2 wt%. When CNTs content is 5 wt%, the reflection ratios are less than -10 dB within the frequency range 2-9 GHz, and the reflection ratios reach a minimum -32.5 dB at a frequency of about 3.9 GHz.

  18. Phase transition and electrical properties of (K0.5Na0.5)(Nb1-xTax)O3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics

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    Lin, Dunmin; Kwok, K. W.; Chan, H. L. W.

    2008-04-01

    (K0.5Na0.5)(Nb1-xTax)O3 lead-free piezoelectric ceramics have been prepared by an ordinary sintering technique. The results of X-ray diffraction reveal that Ta5+ diffuses into the K0.5Na0.5NbO3 lattices to form a solid solution with an orthorhombic perovskite structure. Because of the high melting temperature of KTaO3, the (K0.5Na0.5)(Nb1-xTax)O3 ceramics can be sintered at higher temperatures. The partial substitution of Ta5+ for the B-site ion Nb5+ decreases both paraelectric/cubic ferroelectric/tetragonal and ferroelectric/tetragonal ferroelectric/orthorhombic phase transition temperatures, TC and TO-T. It also induces a relaxor phase transition and weakens the ferroelectricity of the ceramics. The ceramics become ‘softened’, leading to improvements in d33, kp, kt and ɛr and a decease in Ec, Qm and Np. The ceramics with x=0.075 0.15 become optimum, having d33=127 151 pC/N, kp=0.43 0.44, kt=0.43 0.44, ɛr=541 712, tanδ=1.75 2.48% and TC=378 329 °C.

  19. Realisation of magnetically and atomically abrupt half-metal/semiconductor interface: Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5/Ge(111).

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    Nedelkoski, Zlatko; Kuerbanjiang, Balati; Glover, Stephanie E; Sanchez, Ana M; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Ghasemi, Arsham; Burrows, Christopher W; Yamada, Shinya; Hamaya, Kohei; Ramasse, Quentin M; Hasnip, Philip J; Hase, Thomas; Bell, Gavin R; Hirohata, Atsufumi; Lazarov, Vlado K

    2016-11-21

    Halfmetal-semiconductor interfaces are crucial for hybrid spintronic devices. Atomically sharp interfaces with high spin polarisation are required for efficient spin injection. In this work we show that thin film of half-metallic full Heusler alloy Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5 with uniform thickness and B2 ordering can form structurally abrupt interface with Ge(111). Atomic resolution energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy reveals that there is a small outdiffusion of Ge into specific atomic planes of the Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5 film, limited to a very narrow 1 nm interface region. First-principles calculations show that this selective outdiffusion along the Fe-Si/Al atomic planes does not change the magnetic moment of the film up to the very interface. Polarized neutron reflectivity, x-ray reflectivity and aberration-corrected electron microscopy confirm that this interface is both magnetically and structurally abrupt. Finally, using first-principles calculations we show that this experimentally realised interface structure, terminated by Co-Ge bonds, preserves the high spin polarization at the Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5/Ge interface, hence can be used as a model to study spin injection from half-metals into semiconductors.

  20. Synthesis, structure and electrochemical properties of LiNaCo0.5Fe0.5PO4F fluoride-phosphate

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    Fedotov, Stanislav S.; Kuzovchikov, Sergey M.; Khasanova, Nellie R.; Drozhzhin, Oleg A.; Filimonov, Dmitriy S.; Karakulina, Olesia M.; Hadermann, Joke; Abakumov, Artem M.; Antipov, Evgeny V.

    2016-10-01

    LiNaCo0.5Fe0.5PO4F fluoride-phosphate was synthesized via conventional solid-state and novel freeze-drying routes. The crystal structure was refined based on neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data and validated by electron diffraction (ED) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The alkali ions are ordered in LiNaCo0.5Fe0.5PO4F and the transition metals jointly occupy the same crystallographic sites. The oxidation state and oxygen coordination environment of the Fe atoms were verified by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. Electrochemical tests of the LiNaCo0.5Fe0.5PO4F cathode material demonstrated a reversible activity of the Fe3+/Fe2+ redox couple at the electrode potential near 3.4 V and minor activity of the Co3+/Co2+ redox couple over 5 V vs Li/Li+. The material exhibited the discharge capacity of more than 82% (theo.) regarding Fe3+/Fe2+ in the 2.4÷4.6 V vs Li/Li+ potential range.

  1. Ordered structure and thermal expansion in tungsten bronze Pb₂K(0.5)Li(0.5)Nb₅O₁₅.

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    Lin, Kun; Rong, Yangchun; Wu, Hui; Huang, Qingzhen; You, Li; Ren, Yang; Fan, Longlong; Chen, Jun; Xing, Xianran

    2014-09-02

    The crystal structure and thermal expansion behaviors of a new tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) ferroelectric, Pb2K(0.5)Li(0.5)Nb5O15, were systematically investigated by selected-area electron diffraction (SAED), neutron powder diffraction, synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), and high-temperature XRD. SAED and Rietveld refinement reveal that Pb2K(0.5)Li(0.5)Nb5O15 displays a commensurate superstructure of simple orthorhombic TTB structure at room temperature. The structure can be described with space group Bb2₁m. The transition to a paraelectric phase (P4/mbm) occurs at 500 °C. Compared with Pb2KNb5O15 (PKN), the substitution of 0.5K(+) with small 0.5Li(+) into PKN causes the tilting of NbO6 octahedra away from the c axis with Δθ ≈ 10° and raises the Curie temperature by 40 °C, and the negative thermal expansion coefficient along the polar b axis increases more than 50% in the temperature range 25-500 °C. We present that, by introduction of Li(+), the enhanced spontaneous polarization is responsible for the enhanced negative thermal expansion along the b axis, which may be caused by more Pb(2+) in the pentagonal caves.

  2. Spin state and magnetic ordering of half-doped Nd0.5Sr0.5CoO3 cobaltite

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    Reis, M. S.; Rocco, D. L.; Caraballo Vivas, R. J.; Pimentel, B.; Checca, N. R.; Torrão, R.; Paixão, L.; dos Santos, A. M.

    2017-01-01

    Cobaltites show intriguing magnetic and transport properties, when compared with manganites for instance, as they exhibit an additional degree of freedom: the spin state of the Co ions. For Nd0.5Sr0.5CoO3 this spin configuration is not well-established, as well as the magnetic ordering below the Curie temperature. Thus, in the present effort, magnetization measurements and a mean-field theoretical model were developed in order to understand in detail these aspects of the half-doped Nd0.5Sr0.5CoO3 cobaltite. These results show that the Co and Nd magnetic sub-lattices couple antiferromagnetically below Curie temperature Tc=215 K down to very low temperature. These findings clarify the presence of the plateau observed at 80 K on M(T) curve, which is erroneously attributed, in the literature, to the onset of an antiferromagnetic ordering. Magnetization data also clearly shows that Co3+ and Co4+ are in an intermediate spin state. In addition, experimental and theoretical magnetic entropy changes were determined and a comparative analysis among these two leads to ratify the results above claimed. Finally, from all those results, a magnetic phase diagram for Nd0.5Sr0.5CoO3. could be drawn.

  3. Bulk Superconductivity Induced by In-Plane Chemical Pressure Effect in Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2-xSex

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    Jinno, Gen; Jha, Rajveer; Yamada, Akira; Higashinaka, Ryuji; Matsuda, Tatsuma D.; Aoki, Yuji; Nagao, Masanori; Miura, Osuke; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu

    2016-12-01

    We have investigated the Se substitution effect on the superconductivity of optimally doped BiS2-based superconductor Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2. Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2-xSex samples with x = 0-1 were synthesized. With increasing x, in-plane chemical pressure is enhanced. For x ≥ 0.6, superconducting transitions with a large shielding volume fraction are observed in magnetic susceptibility measurements, and the highest Tc is 3.8 K for x = 0.8. From low-temperature electrical resistivity measurements, a zero-resistivity state is observed for all the samples, and the highest Tc is observed for x = 0.8. With increasing Se concentration, the characteristic electrical resistivity changes from semiconducting-like to metallic, suggesting that the emergence of bulk superconductivity is linked with the enhanced metallicity. A superconductivity phase diagram of the Eu0.5La0.5FBiS2-xSex superconductor is established.

  4. Realisation of magnetically and atomically abrupt half-metal/semiconductor interface: Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5/Ge(111)

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    Nedelkoski, Zlatko; Kuerbanjiang, Balati; Glover, Stephanie E.; Sanchez, Ana M.; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Ghasemi, Arsham; Burrows, Christopher W.; Yamada, Shinya; Hamaya, Kohei; Ramasse, Quentin M.; Hasnip, Philip J.; Hase, Thomas; Bell, Gavin R.; Hirohata, Atsufumi; Lazarov, Vlado K.

    2016-11-01

    Halfmetal-semiconductor interfaces are crucial for hybrid spintronic devices. Atomically sharp interfaces with high spin polarisation are required for efficient spin injection. In this work we show that thin film of half-metallic full Heusler alloy Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5 with uniform thickness and B2 ordering can form structurally abrupt interface with Ge(111). Atomic resolution energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy reveals that there is a small outdiffusion of Ge into specific atomic planes of the Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5 film, limited to a very narrow 1 nm interface region. First-principles calculations show that this selective outdiffusion along the Fe-Si/Al atomic planes does not change the magnetic moment of the film up to the very interface. Polarized neutron reflectivity, x-ray reflectivity and aberration-corrected electron microscopy confirm that this interface is both magnetically and structurally abrupt. Finally, using first-principles calculations we show that this experimentally realised interface structure, terminated by Co-Ge bonds, preserves the high spin polarization at the Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5/Ge interface, hence can be used as a model to study spin injection from half-metals into semiconductors.

  5. Realisation of magnetically and atomically abrupt half-metal/semiconductor interface: Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5/Ge(111)

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    Nedelkoski, Zlatko; Kuerbanjiang, Balati; Glover, Stephanie E.; Sanchez, Ana M.; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Ghasemi, Arsham; Burrows, Christopher W.; Yamada, Shinya; Hamaya, Kohei; Ramasse, Quentin M.; Hasnip, Philip J.; Hase, Thomas; Bell, Gavin R.; Hirohata, Atsufumi; Lazarov, Vlado K.

    2016-01-01

    Halfmetal-semiconductor interfaces are crucial for hybrid spintronic devices. Atomically sharp interfaces with high spin polarisation are required for efficient spin injection. In this work we show that thin film of half-metallic full Heusler alloy Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5 with uniform thickness and B2 ordering can form structurally abrupt interface with Ge(111). Atomic resolution energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy reveals that there is a small outdiffusion of Ge into specific atomic planes of the Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5 film, limited to a very narrow 1 nm interface region. First-principles calculations show that this selective outdiffusion along the Fe-Si/Al atomic planes does not change the magnetic moment of the film up to the very interface. Polarized neutron reflectivity, x-ray reflectivity and aberration-corrected electron microscopy confirm that this interface is both magnetically and structurally abrupt. Finally, using first-principles calculations we show that this experimentally realised interface structure, terminated by Co-Ge bonds, preserves the high spin polarization at the Co2FeSi0.5Al0.5/Ge interface, hence can be used as a model to study spin injection from half-metals into semiconductors. PMID:27869132

  6. Enhancement of magnetic ordering and magnetodielectric coupling by hole doping in a multiferroic DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3.

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    Sharma, Mohit; Basu, Tathamay; Mukherjee, Kaustav; Sampathkumaran, E

    2016-12-19

    We report the results of our investigations of magnetic, thermodynamic and dielectric properties of Ca substituted half-doped orthochromite, Dy0.6Ca0.4Fe0.5Cr0.5O3. Magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity data bring out that this compound undergoes two magnetic transitions, one at ~ 132 and the other at ~22 K. These values are higher than that those of DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3. This finding highlights that non-magnetic hole doping of Ca+2 in the place of magnetic Dy+3 tends to enhance magnetic transition temperatures in this half-doped orthochromite. We attribute it to possible change in the valence state of Cr/Fe-ion ions due to hole doping. Dielectric anomalies are also seen near the magnetic ordering temperatures indicating magnetodielectric coupling, which is confirmed by magnetic field dependent dielectric studies. The most notable observation is that magnetodielectric coupling strength gets significantly enhanced as compared to DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3. The results reveal that it is possible to tune magnetoelectric coupling by hole doping in this system.

  7. 30 CFR 57.22233 - Actions at 0.5 percent methane (I-C mines).

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    2011-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Actions at 0.5 percent methane (I-C mines). 57... MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22233 Actions at 0.5 percent methane (I-C mines). If methane reaches 0.5 percent in the mine atmosphere, ventilation...

  8. 77 FR 53892 - Determination That ALOXI (Palonosetron Hydrochloride) Capsules, 0.5 Milligram (Base), Were Not...

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    ...) Capsules, 0.5 Milligram (Base), Were Not Withdrawn From Sale for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness AGENCY... determined that ALOXI (palonosetron hydrochloride (HCl)) Capsules, 0.5 milligram (mg) (base), were not... abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for palonosetron HCl capsules, 0.5 mg (base), if all other legal...

  9. 30 CFR 57.22233 - Actions at 0.5 percent methane (I-C mines).

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    2010-07-01

    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Actions at 0.5 percent methane (I-C mines). 57... MINES Safety Standards for Methane in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Ventilation § 57.22233 Actions at 0.5 percent methane (I-C mines). If methane reaches 0.5 percent in the mine atmosphere, ventilation...

  10. Upper Critical Field, Critical Current Density and Activation Energy of the New La1-xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2 (x = 0.2, 0.8) Superconductors

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    Kalai Selvan, Ganesan; Singh Thakur, Gohil; Manikandan, Krishnan; Uwatoko, Yoshia; Haque, Zeba; Gupta, Laxmi Chand; Ganguli, Ashok Kumar; Arumugam, Sonachalam

    2015-12-01

    Critical current density (Jc), thermal activation energy (U0), and upper critical field (Hc2) of La1-xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2 (x = 0.2, 0.8) superconductors are investigated from magnetic field dependent ρ(T) studies. The estimated upper critical field (Hc2) has low values of 1.04 T for x = 0.2 and 1.41 T for x = 0.8. These values are lower than Sm free LaO0.5F0.5BiS2 superconductor (1.9 T). The critical current density (Jc) is estimated to be 1.35 × 105 and 5.07 × 105 A/cm2 (2 K) for x = 0.2 and 0.8 respectively, using the Bean's model. The thermal activation energy (U0/kB) is 61 K for x = 0.2 and 140 K for x = 0.8 as calculated from Arrhenius plots at low magnetic field (1 T) and indicates a strong flux pinning potential which might be co-existing with applied magnetic field.

  11. Ergodic Relaxor State with High Energy Storage Performance Induced by Doping Sr0.85Bi0.1TiO3 in Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 Ceramics

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    Li, Qing-Ning; Zhou, Chong-Rong; Xu, Ji-Wen; Yang, Ling; Zhang, Xin; Zeng, Wei-Dong; Yuan, Chang-Lai; Chen, Guo-Hua; Rao, Guang-Hui

    2016-10-01

    The large maximum polarization P max and low remnant polarization P r in relaxor ferroelectrics are key features for the energy storage density ( W) and energy-storage efficiency ( η) in materials selection. In this study, the ergodic relaxor (ER) state with high energy storage performance associated with low P r and large P max, induced by Sr0.85Bi0.1TiO3(SBT) addition in (1 - x)Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3- xSr0.85Bi0.1TiO3 (BNT-SBT x with x = 0.25-0.45, Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 abbreviated as BNT) ceramics has been observed. In particular, significantly increased energy storage density ( W = 1.5 J/cm3) and energy-storage efficiency ( η = 73%) are obtained for BNT-SBT ergodic relaxor ceramics. These results suggest a new means of designing lead-free energy-storage materials.

  12. Optimization Study of the Ames 0.5 Two-Stage Light Gas Gun

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    Bogdanoff, D. W.

    1996-01-01

    There is a need for more faithful simulation of space debris impacts on various space vehicles. Space debris impact velocities can range up to 14 km/sec and conventional two-stage light gas guns with moderately heavy saboted projectiles are limited to launch velocities of 7-8 km/sec. Any increases obtained in the launch velocities will result in more faithful simulations of debris impacts. It would also be valuable to reduce the maximum gun and projectile base pressures and the gun barrel erosion rate. In this paper, the results of a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study designed to optimize the performance of the NASA Ames 0.5' gun by systematically varying seven gun operating parameters are reported. Particularly beneficial effects were predicted to occur if (1) the piston mass was decreased together with the powder mass and the hydrogen fill pressure and (2) the pump tube length was decreased. The optimum set of changes in gun operating conditions were predicted to produce an increase in muzzle velocity of 0.7-1.0 km/sec, simultaneously with a substantial decrease in gun erosion. Preliminary experimental data have validated the code predictions. Velocities of up to 8.2 km/sec with a 0.475 cm diameter saboted aluminum sphere have been obtained, along with large reductions in gun erosion rates.

  13. Treatment of trichostasis spinulosa with 0.5-millisecond pulsed 755-nm alexandrite laser.

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    Badawi, Ashraf; Kashmar, Mouhamad

    2011-11-01

    Trichostasis spinulosa (TS) is a follicular disorder in which multiple hairs in a keratinous sheath project above the skin surface. Current treatments provide temporary relief and side effects are common. We report the successful treatment of TS in 20 patients using a short-pulsed 755-nm alexandrite laser. The 20 patients (skin types II-V) presented with TS lesions on the tip of their nose. All patients received a single treatment (one to three passes) with the laser with cold air cooling but without anaesthesia or analgesia. Treatment parameters were as follows: pulse duration 0.5 ms, fluence 15-17 J/cm(2), and spot size 5 mm. The entire procedure required less than 5 min to perform. The patients were followed up for 3 months for any adverse effects or recurrence. In all patients the lesions disappeared immediately after treatment with minimal or no pain. Erythema was minimal and lasted 5-20 min in all patients. Patients were very satisfied. The treated areas were still clear 4 to 5 weeks later, and a second treatment was not considered necessary. There were adverse effects other than the erythema and there was no recurrence within the follow-up period of 3 months. A single treatment with a short-pulsed 755-nm alexandrite laser appears to be a rapid, minimally painful, and effective treatment for TS in patients of skin types II to V.

  14. Growth and orientation dependence of electrical properties of 0.92Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-0.08 K0.5Bi0.5TiO3 lead-free piezoelectric single crystal

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    Sun, Renbing; Zhao, Xiangyong; Zhang, Qinhui; Fang, Bijun; Zhang, Haiwu; Li, Xiaobing; Lin, Di; Wang, Sheng; Luo, Haosu

    2011-06-01

    A 0.92Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-0.08 K0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (0.92NBT-0.08KBT) lead-free piezoelectric single crystal with dimensions of Φ 35 × 10 mm was successfully grown by the top-seeded solution growth method. The effective segregation coefficient for K was calculated to be 0.27. An x-ray powder diffraction measurement showed that the as-grown crystal possesses a rhombohedral perovskite structure at room temperature. The room-temperature dielectric constants for poled <001>, <110>, and <111> oriented crystal samples are found to be 683, 567, and 435 at 1 kHz, respectively. The (Tm, ɛm) values for <001>, <110>, and <111> oriented crystals are (316 °C, 4318), (317 °C, 4160), and (318 °C, 4348) at 1 kHz, which indicate that the dielectric parameters of the as-grown crystals show weaker anisotropy. The curves, ɛ(T), for the three crystallographic orientations show two anomalies at about 170 and 320 °C, respectively, relating to the ferroelectric-antiferroelectric phase and the antiferroelectric-paraelectric phase. There is a thermal hysteresis, ΔT ≈ 35 °C for the ferroelectric-antiferroelectric phase transformation between heating and cooling. The antiferroelectric phase, the thermal hysteresis, and the dielectric relaxor behavior around 170 °C can be attributed to the formation of an intermediate orthorhombic modulated phase at 170-320 °C. For the <001>, <110>, and <111> crystal samples, the room-temperature piezoelectric constants, d33, reach 175, 130, and 70 pC/N, respectively. The remanent polarization for the <001>, <110>, and <111> crystal samples are 8.1, 10.8, and 13.5 μC/cm2, respectively, and the ratio is 1:1.33:1.67, close to 1:√2 :√3 . The diffusive factors, α, are found to be 1.94, 1.91, and 1.50 for the <001>, <110>, and <111> oriented crystal samples, which indicate that the antiferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition of the as-grown 0.92NBT-0.08KBT crystal is a strong diffuse one. The electromechanical coupling coefficients for the <001>, <110

  15. Highly efficient and robust cathode materials for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells: PrBa0.5Sr0.5Co(2-x)Fe(x)O(5+δ).

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    Choi, Sihyuk; Yoo, Seonyoung; Kim, Jiyoun; Park, Seonhye; Jun, Areum; Sengodan, Sivaprakash; Kim, Junyoung; Shin, Jeeyoung; Jeong, Hu Young; Choi, YongMan; Kim, Guntae; Liu, Meilin

    2013-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are the cleanest, most efficient, and cost-effective option for direct conversion to electricity of a wide variety of fuels. While significant progress has been made in anode materials with enhanced tolerance to coking and contaminant poisoning, cathodic polarization still contributes considerably to energy loss, more so at lower operating temperatures. Here we report a synergistic effect of co-doping in a cation-ordered double-perovskite material, PrBa0.5Sr0.5Co(2-x)Fe(x)O(5+δ), which has created pore channels that dramatically enhance oxygen ion diffusion and surface oxygen exchange while maintaining excellent compatibility and stability under operating conditions. Test cells based on these cathode materials demonstrate peak power densities ~2.2 W cm(-2) at 600°C, representing an important step toward commercially viable SOFC technologies.

  16. Angular-dependent vortex pinning mechanism and magneto-optical characterizations of FeSe0.5Te0.5 thin films grown on CaF2 substrates

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    Yuan, Pusheng; Xu, Zhongtang; Ma, Yanwei; Sun, Yue; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2016-03-01

    Magneto-optical (MO) characterizations and the angular-dependent critical current density (J c(Θ)) of epitaxial FeSe0.5Te0.5 (FST) thin films grown on CaF2 single-crystalline substrates were performed. The MO images show typical rooftop patterns in the remanent state from which a large, homogeneous, and almost isotropic self-field J c over 2 × 106 A cm-2 at 8 K was obtained. The vortex pinning mechanism is investigated measuring the magnetic field and angular-dependent critical current density J c. The FST films exhibit small anisotropy of J c in the whole applied magnetic field range below 15 K. The Dew-Hughes model and angular scaling analyses prove that pointlike normal cores, which are distributed randomly in the FST film, dominate the pinning in the FST films on CaF2 substrates.

  17. Band gap modification and ferroelectric properties of Bi{sub 0.5}(Na,K){sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3}-based by Li substitution

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    Quan, Ngo Duc; Hung, Vu Ngoc; Quyet, Nguyen Van; Chung, Hoang Vu; Dung, Dang Duc

    2014-01-15

    We report on the reduction of band gap in Bi{sub 0.5}(Na{sub 0.82-x}Li{sub x}K{sub 0.18}){sub 0.5}(Ti{sub 0.95}Sn{sub 0.05})O{sub 3} from 2.99 eV to 2.84 eV due to the substitutions of Li{sup +} ions to Na{sup +} sites. In addition, the lithium substitution samples exhibit an increasing of the maximal polarizations from 21.8 to 25.7 μC/cm{sup 2}. The polarization enhancement of ferroelectric and reduction of the band gaps are strongly related to the Li substitution concentration as evaluated via the electronegative between A-site and oxygen and tolerance factor. The results are promising for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications.

  18. Radio perspectives on the Monoceros SNR G205.5+0.5

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    Xiao, L.; Zhu, M.

    2012-09-01

    Context. The Monoceros supernova remnant (SNR G205.5+0.5) is a large shell-type SNR located in the Rosette molecular complex and thought to be interacting with the Rosette Nebula. Aims: We aim to re-examine the radio spectral index and its spatial variation over the Monoceros SNR as well as study its properties of evolution within the complex interstellar medium. Methods: We extracted radio continuum data for the Monoceros complex region from the Effelsberg 21 cm and 11 cm surveys and the Urumqi 6 cm polarization survey. We used the new Arecibo GALFA-HI survey data with much higher resolution and sensitivity than that previously available to identify the HI shell related with the SNR. Multi-wavelengths data are included to investigate the properties of the SNR. Results: The spectral index α (Sν ∝ να) averaged over the SNR is -0.41 ± 0.16. The TT-plots and the distribution of α over the SNR show spatial variations that steepen toward the inner western filamentary shell. Polarized emission is prominent on the western filamentary shell region. The RM there is estimated to be about 30 ± 77n rad m-2, where the n = 1 solution is preferred, and the magnetic field has a strength of about 9.5 μG. From the HI channel maps, further evidence is provided for an interaction between the Monoceros SNR and the Rosette Nebula. We identify partial neutral hydrogen shell structures in the northwestern region at velocities of +15 km s-1 circumscribing the continuum emission. The HI shell has swept up a mass of about 4000 M⊙ for a distance of 1.6 kpc. The western HI shell, well associated with the dust emission, is found to lie outside of the radio shell. We suggest that the Monoceros SNR is evolving within a cavity blown out by the progenitor and has triggered part of the star formation in the Rosette Nebula. Conclusions: The Monoceros SNR is interacting with the ambient interstellar medium with ultra-high energy emission detected. Its interaction with the Rosette Nebula is

  19. Structural and Magnetic Properties Evolution of Li-Substituted Co0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 Ferrite

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    Wu, Xuehang; Chen, Wen; Wu, Wenwei; Li, Hongjiao; Lin, Cuiwu

    2017-01-01

    Four types of Co-Ni based ferrites materials with the general formula Li x Co0.5Ni0.5- x Fe2O4 (0.0 ≤ x≤0.3) were successfully synthesized by thermal decomposition of oxalates in air. The effect of substitution of diamagnetic Li+ ions for partial Ni2+ ions in a spinel lattice on the crystalline structure and the magnetic properties of Co-Ni ferrites was studied. X-ray diffraction examination confirms that a high-crystallized Li x Co0.5Ni0.5- x Fe2O4 with cubic spinel structure is obtained when the precursor is calcined at 900°C in air for 3 h. The substitution of Li+ ions for partial Ni2+ ions does not change the spinel crystalline structure of MFe2O4, but crystallinity of Li x Co0.5Ni0.5- x Fe2O4 can be improved. The incorporation of Li+ ions in place of Ni2+ ions in Co-Ni ferrites decreases the average crystallite size and results in higher specific saturation magnetization as compared to un-substituted Co-Ni ferrites. In this study, Li0.1Co0.5Ni0.4Fe2O4, obtained at 900°C, exhibits the highest specific saturation magnetization of 88 emu/g ± 2 emu/g and magnetic moment (3.60 μ B ± 0.05 μ B).

  20. Investigation of structural and temperature dependent electromagnetic properties of Co0.5Zn0.5CrxFe2-xO4

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    Khan, M. H. R.; Hossain, A. K. M. Akther

    2015-10-01

    Mixed ferrites with nominal chemical compositions Co0.5Zn0.5CrxFe2-xO4 ranging from x=0 to 0.5 in the steps of 0.1 have been prepared by the standard solid state reaction method. XRD patterns confirm single phase and formation of cubic spinel structure. The lattice constant (a0), average grain size (D) and bulk density (ρB) are decreased with increasing Cr content. The ρB decreases with Cr content due to lighter atomic weight. On the other hand, both D and ρB of each composition increase with increasing sintering temperature (Ts). All samples show reentrant spin glass transition at low temperature in zero field cooled magnetization. The saturation magnetization (Ms) and Néel temperature (TN) decrease with Cr substitution due to weakening the super-exchange interaction. The coercivity (Hc) increases with increasing Cr content for various Co0.5Zn0.5CrxFe2-xO4. It may be attributed to the effect of decreasing D. Frequency dependent initial permeability (μ‧i) decreases with increasing Cr content. The Ms and ρB play an important role in changing μ‧i. On the other hand, the μ‧i for each composition increases with increasing Ts. The highest relative quality factor (Q) is observed for various Co0.5Zn0.5CrxFe2-xO4 sintered at 1573 K. The DC electrical resistivity (ρDC) of these samples increases with increasing Cr content due to decreasing Fe3+ ions at B-site.

  1. Ferroelectric dielectric properties of Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}(Ti{sub 0.80}Sn{sub 0.20})O{sub 3} thin films grown by the soft chemical method

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    Souza, I.A.; Cavalcante, L.S.; Cilense, M.

    2006-10-15

    Polycrystalline Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}(Ti{sub 0.80}Sn{sub 0.20})O{sub 3} (BST:Sn) thin films with a perovskite structure were prepared by the soft chemical method on a platinum-coated silicon substrate from spin-coating technique. The resulting thin films showed a dense structure with uniforain size distribution. The dielectric constant of the films estimated from C-V curve is around 1134 and can be ascribed to a reduction in the oxygen vacancy concentration. The ferroelectric nature of the film indicated by butterfly-shaped C-V curves and confirmed by the hysteresis curve, showed remnant polarization of 14{mu}C/cm{sup 2} and coercive field of 74kV/cm at frequency of 1MHz. At the same frequency, the leakage current density at 1.0V is equal to 1.5x10{sup -7}A/cm{sup 2}. This work clearly reveals the highly promising potential of BST:Sn for application in memory devices.

  2. Co-electrolysis of steam and CO2 in a solid oxide electrolysis cell with La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5Mn0.5O3-δ -Cu ceramic composite electrode

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    Xing, Ruimin; Wang, Yarong; Zhu, Yongqiang; Liu, Shanhu; Jin, Chao

    2015-01-01

    Cu impregnation has been performed to improve electronic conductivity of La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5Mn0.5O3-δ (LSCM) material in reducing atmosphere, and solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) with the configuration of LSCF|LSGM|LSCM-Cu are prepared and evaluated for high temperature steam and carbon dioxide co-electrolysis. Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and voltage-current curves are carried out to characterize the cell performances. Compared with LSCF|LSGM|LSCM cell without Cu impregnation for steam electrolysis under the same conditions, EIS results show that LSCF|LSGM|LSCM-Cu cell not only displays lower ohmic resistance and better electrochemical performances, but also their resistance increases with the percentage of the fed CO2 under open circuit voltage, in which the polarization resistance dominates. With the applied electrolysis voltage of 1.65 V and the operating temperature of 750 °C, the maximum consumed current density increases from 1.31 A cm-2 without CO2 to 1.82 A cm-2 with 37.5% CO2. Although there is an increase of 2.0% in the applied electrolysis voltage, the cell has exhibited an excellent durability test for more than 50 h with the electrolysis current density of 0.33 A cm-2 and the gas mixture of 50% AH-25% H2-25% CO2 at 750 °C.

  3. Investigation of Sm 0.5Sr 0.5CoO 3- δ/Co 3O 4 composite cathode for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Zhang, Haizhou; Liu, Huanying; Cong, You; Yang, Weishen

    The electrochemical properties of an Sm 0.5Sr 0.5CoO 3- δ/Co 3O 4 (SSC/Co 3O 4) composite cathode were investigated as a function of the cathode-firing temperature, SSC/Co 3O 4 composition, oxygen partial pressure and CO 2 treatment. The results showed that the composite cathodes had an optimal microstructure at a firing temperature of about 1100 °C, while the optimum Co 3O 4 content in the composite cathode was about 40 wt.%. A single cell with this optimized C 40-1100 cathode exhibited a very low polarization resistance of 0.058 Ω cm 2, and yielded a maximum power density of 1092 mW cm -2 with humidified hydrogen fuel and air oxidant at 600 °C. The maximum power density reached 1452 mW cm -2 when pure oxygen was used as the oxidant for a cell with a C 30-1100 cathode operating at 600 °C due to the enhanced open-circuit voltage and accelerated oxygen surface-exchange rate. X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analyses, as well as the electrochemical properties of a CO 2-treated cathode, also implied promising applications of such highly efficient SSC/Co 3O 4 composite cathodes in single-chamber fuel cells with direct hydrocarbon fuels operating at temperatures below 500 °C.

  4. A 0.5 cm(3) four-channel 1.1 mW wireless biosignal interface with 20 m range.

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    Morrison, Tim; Nagaraju, Manohar; Winslow, Brent; Bernard, Amy; Otis, Brian P

    2014-02-01

    This paper presents a self-contained, single-chip biosignal monitoring system with wireless programmability and telemetry interface suitable for mainstream healthcare applications. The system consists of low-noise front end amplifiers, ADC, MICS/ISM transmitter and infrared programming capability to configure the state of the chip. An on-chip packetizer ensures easy pairing with standard off-the-shelf receivers. The chip is realized in the IBM 130 nm CMOS process with an area of 2×2 mm(2). The entire system consumes 1.07 mW from a 1.2 V supply. It weighs 0.6 g including a zinc-air battery. The system has been extensively tested in in vivo biological experiments and requires minimal human interaction or calibration.

  5. Enhanced performance of solid oxide fuel cells with Ni/CeO 2 modified La 0.75Sr 0.25Cr 0.5Mn 0.5O 3- δ anodes

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    Zhu, Xingbao; Lü, Zhe; Wei, Bo; Chen, Kongfa; Liu, Mingliang; Huang, Xiqiang; Su, Wenhui

    The optimization of electrodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) has been achieved via a wet impregnation method. Pure La 0.75Sr 0.25Cr 0.5Mn 0.5O 3- δ (LSCrM) anodes are modified using Ni(NO 3) 2 and/or Ce(NO 3) 3/(Sm,Ce)(NO 3) x solution. Several yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte-supported fuel cells are tested to clarify the contribution of Ni and/or CeO 2 to the cell performance. For the cell using pure-LSCrM anodes, the maximum power density (P max) at 850 °C is 198 mW cm -2 when dry H 2 and air are used as the fuel and oxidant, respectively. When H 2 is changed to CH 4, the value of P max is 32 mW cm -2. After 8.9 wt.% Ni and 5.8 wt.% CeO 2 are introduced into the LSCrM anode, the cell exhibits increased values of P max 432, 681, 948 and 1135 mW cm -2 at 700, 750, 800 and 850 °C, respectively, with dry H 2 as fuel and air as oxidant. When O 2 at 50 mL min -1 is used as the oxidant, the value of P max increases to 1450 mW cm -2 at 850 °C. When dry CH 4 is used as fuel and air as oxidant, the values of P max reach 95, 197, 421 and 645 mW cm -2 at 750, 800, 850 and 900 °C, respectively. The introduction of Ni greatly improves the performance of the LSCrM anode but does not cause any carbon deposit.

  6. Unusual high-spin Fe5 +-Ni3 + state and strong ferromagnetism in the mixed perovskite SrFe0.5Ni0.5O3

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    Fan, Fengren; Li, Zhengwei; Zhao, Zhen; Yang, Ke; Wu, Hua

    2016-12-01

    The charge-spin-orbital state plays a vital role in correlated oxides with mixed transition-metal elements, and it is often a matter of debate. Here, we address this issue for the newly synthesized unusual high-valence perovskite SrFe1 -xNixO3 , using an analysis of crystal-field level diagrams, density functional calculations, and Monte Carlo simulations. We have identified the formal high-spin Fe5 +(t2g 3, S =3 /2 ) and high-spin Ni3 +(t2g 5eg2 , S =3 /2 ) state for SrFe0.5Ni0.5O3 , rather than the previously suggested high-spin Fe4 +(t2g 3eg1, S =2 ) and low-spin Ni4 + (t2g 6, S =0 ) state. Moreover, our model and the present results well explain the observed small lattice variation of SrFe1 -xNixO3 (0 ≤x ≤0.5 ) and the above room temperature ferromagnetic order in SrFe0.5Ni0.5O3 regardless of a Fe-Ni atomic order or disorder.

  7. Dielectric relaxation and magnetodielectric response in DyMn{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}

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    Yuan, B.; Yang, J. Zuo, X. Z.; Zhu, X. B.; Dai, J. M.; Song, W. H.; Kan, X. C.; Zu, L.; Sun, Y. P.

    2015-09-28

    We investigate the structural, magnetic, and magnetodielectric properties of DyMn{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}. The sample can be indexed with an orthorhombic phase with B site disordered space group Pbnm. The valence state of both Mn and Cr ions are suggested to be +3 based on the results of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Two thermally excited dielectric relaxation at temperatures T{sub N2} < T< 300 K and large magnetodielectric effect (MDC = 20%–30%) due to the disordered arrangement of Mn{sup 3+}/Cr{sup 3+} ions associated with electron hopping between them are observed. The absence of any noticeable magnetoresistance effect (MR < 0.5%) demonstrates that the observed magnetodielectric effect is an intrinsic behavior. These results suggest that DyMn{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} is a magnetodielectric compound, whose dielectric properties are dependence of the applied magnetic field, which exhibits such effects near room temperature and holds great promise for future device applications.

  8. NaN3 addition, a strategy to overcome the problem of sodium deficiency in P2-Na0.67[Fe0.5Mn0.5]O2 cathode for sodium-ion battery

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    Martinez De Ilarduya, Jaione; Otaegui, Laida; López del Amo, Juan Miguel; Armand, Michel; Singh, Gurpreet

    2017-01-01

    Sodium-ion full cell with hard carbon as anode and a layered oxide cathode based on earth abundant elements i.e., Na0.67[Fe0.5Mn0.5]O2 is reported. The irreversible capacity of the negative electrode in the full cell configuration is compensated by the addition of a sacrificial salt such as NaN3 to the P2-Na0.67[Fe0.5Mn0.5]O2 cathode material. 60% increase in the reversible capacity is achieved with the addition of 10% of sodium azide in the composite cathode without compromise on the cycle life. Though, there is a limit in its use because of the capacity fade which can be observed with the further increase in NaN3 content. The quantification of sodium ions at the end of discharge (at 1 V) after 40 cycles by ex-situ X-ray diffraction and solid state nuclear magnetic resonance supports the electrochemical data. Scanning electron microscopy shows the effect of NaN3 on the electrode microstructure in terms of the porosity created by NaN3 decomposition.

  9. Enhancing the oxygen permeation rate of Zr(0.84)Y(0.16)O(1.92)-La(0.8)Sr(0.2)Cr(0.5)Fe(0.5)O(3-δ) dual-phase hollow fiber membrane by coating with Ce(0.8)Sm(0.2)O(1.9) nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Tong; Wang, Yao; Yuan, Ronghua; Gao, Jianfeng; Chen, Chusheng; Bouwmeester, Henny J M

    2013-10-09

    Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92-La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.5Fe0.5O3-δ (YSZ-LSCrF) dual-phase composite hollow fiber membranes were prepared by a combined phase-inversion and sintering method. The shell surface of the hollow fiber membrane was modified with Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 (SDC) via a drop-coating method. As the rate of oxygen permeation of the unmodified membrane is partly controlled by the surface exchange kinetics, coating of a porous layer of SDC on the shell side (oxygen reduction side) of the hollow fiber membrane was found to improve its oxygen permeability. Rate enhancements up to 113 and 48% were observed, yielding a maximum oxygen flux of 0.32 and 4.53 mL min(-1) cm(-2) under air/helium and air/CO gradients at 950 °C, respectively. Excess coating of SDC was found to induce significant gas phase transport limitations and hence lower the rate of oxygen permeation. A model was proposed to calculate the length of triple phase boundaries (TPBs) for the coated dual-phase composite membrane and to explain the effect of coating on the oxygen permeability.

  10. Development Status of Adjustable X-Ray Optics with 0.5 Arcsecond Resolution

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    Reid, P. B.; ODell, Stephen; Elsner, Ron; Ramsey, Brian; Gubarev, Misha; Aldcroft, T.; Allured, R.; Cotroneo, V.; Johnson-Wilke, R. L.; McMuldroch, S.; Swartz, D. A.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.; Vikhlinin, A.; Wilke, R.

    2014-01-01

    We report on the continuing development of adjustable, grazing incidence X-ray optics for 0.5 arcsec telescopes. Adjustable X-ray optics offer the potential for achieving sub-arcsecond imaging resolution while sufficiently thin and light-weight to constitute a mirror assembly with several square meters collecting area. The adjustable mirror concept employs a continuous thin film of piezoelectric material deposited on the back of the paraboloid and hyperboloid mirror segments. Individually addressable electrodes on the piezoelectric layer allow the introduction of deformations in localized "cells" which are used to correct mirror figure errors resulting from fabrication, mounting and aligning the thin mirrors, residual gravity release and temperature changes. We describe recent results of this development. These include improving cell yield to approx. 100 per cent, measurements of hysteresis and stability, comparisons of modeled and measured behavior, simulations of mirror performance, and the development and testing of conical Wolter- I mirror segments. We also present our plans going forward toward the eventual goal of achieving TRL 6 prior to the 2020 Decadal Review.

  11. Microcrystalline diamond cylindrical resonators with quality-factor up to 0.5 million

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    Saito, Daisuke; Yang, Chen; Lin, Liwei; Heidari, Amir; Najar, Hadi; Horsley, David A.

    2016-02-01

    We demonstrate high quality-factor 1.5 mm diameter batch-fabricated microcrystalline diamond cylindrical resonators (CR) with quality-factors limited by thermoelastic damping (TED) and surface loss. Resonators were fabricated 2.6 and 5.3 μm thick in-situ boron-doped microcrystalline diamond films deposited using hot filament chemical vapor deposition. The quality-factor (Q) of as-fabricated CR's was found to increase with the resonator diameter and diamond thickness. Annealing the CRs at 700 °C in a nitrogen atmosphere led to a three-fold increase in Q, a result we attribute to thinning of the diamond layer via reaction with residual O{sub 2} in the annealing furnace. Post-anneal Q exceeding 0.5 million (528 000) was measured at the 19 kHz elliptical wineglass modes, producing a ring-down time of 8.9 s. A model for Q versus diamond thickness and resonance frequency is developed including the effects of TED and surface loss. Measured quality factors are shown to agree with the predictions of this model.

  12. Barrier height of Pt-InxGa1-xN (0<=x<=0.5) nanowire Schottky diodes

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    Guo, Wei; Banerjee, Animesh; Zhang, Meng; Bhattacharya, Pallab

    2011-05-01

    The barrier height of Schottky diodes made on InxGa1-xN nanowires have been determined from capacitance-voltage measurements. The nanowires were grown undoped on n-type (001) silicon substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The length, diameter and density of the nanowires are ˜1 μm, 20 nm, and 1×1011 cm-2. The Schottky contact was made on the top surface of the nanowires with Pt after planarizing with parylene. The measured barrier height ΦB varies from 1.4 eV (GaN) to 0.44 eV (In0.5Ga0.5N) and agrees well with the ideal barrier heights in the Schottky limit.

  13. Improvement in synthesis of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 powders by Ge4+ acceptor doping

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    Zhao, Yajing; Chen, Yan; Chen, Kepi

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, the effects of doping with GeO2 on the synthesis temperature, phase structure and morphology of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) ceramic powders were studied using XRD and SEM. The results show that KNN powders with good crystallinity and compositional homogeneity can be obtained after calcination at up to 900°C for 2 h. Introducing 0.5 mol.% GeO2 into the starting mixture improved the synthesis of the KNN powders and allowed the calcination temperature to be decreased to 800°C, which can be ascribed to the formation of the liquid phase during the synthesis.

  14. Optical Properties of Ferroelectric Epitaxial K0.5Na0.5NbO3 Films in Visible to Ultraviolet Range

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    Pacherova, O.; Kocourek, T.; Jelinek, M.; Dejneka, A.; Tyunina, M.

    2016-01-01

    The complex index of refraction in the spectral range of 0.74 to 4.5 eV is studied by variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometry in ferroelectric K0.5Na0.5NbO3 films. The 20-nm-thick cube-on-cube-type epitaxial films are grown on SrTiO3(001) and DyScO3(011) single-crystal substrates. The films are transparent and exhibit a significant difference between refractive indices Δn = 0.5 at photon energies below 3 eV. The energies of optical transitions are in the range of 3.15–4.30 eV and differ by 0.2–0.3 eV in these films. The observed behavior is discussed in terms of lattice strain and strain-induced ferroelectric polarization in epitaxial perovskite oxide films. PMID:27074042

  15. A Randomized Controlled Study of 0.5% Bupivacaine, 0.5% Ropivacaine and 0.75% Ropivacaine for Supraclavicular Brachial Plexus Block

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    Kumar, Prabhat; Trissur, Ramachandran R.; George, Sagiev Koshy

    2016-01-01

    Introduction For any surgery in the upper extremity that does not involve the shoulder, a supraclavicular block is preferred, as it is a safe procedure associated with rapid onset and reliable anaesthesia. Although ropivacaine has been extensively studied for epidural anaesthesia, very few reports exist on its use in supraclavicular brachial plexus block. Aim This study was conducted to investigate and compare the effectiveness of supraclavicular brachial plexus anaesthesia with two different concentrations of ropivacaine (0.5% and 0.75%) and to compare them with the standard 0.5% bupivacaine. Materials and Methods Ninety patients of age 18 to 60 years belonging to American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) status 1 or 2, admitted to Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences were chosen for the study and were divided into three groups. Group A received 30 ml of 0.5% bupivacaine, group B received 30 ml of 0.5% ropivacaine and group C received 30 ml of 0.75% ropivacaine into the supraclavicular region, by a nerve-stimulator technique. Onset time of each of the drug was recorded both for the sensory and motor block. Duration of sensory and motor block was recorded along with peri-operative haemodynamic monitoring. Results The onset of complete sensory and motor block observed with both ropivacaine groups and bupivacaine was similar (16.85±6.67 min in group A, 17.79±5.03 min in group B and 18.48±6.14 in group C, p>0.05); onset of motor block (21.45±4.45 min in group A, 22.23±4.05 min in group B and 22.33±5.17 in group C, p < 0.05). The duration of sensory block with 0.5% bupivacaine was 11.58 hours, with 0.5% ropivacaine was 9.02 hours with 0.75% ropivacaine was 8.87 hours (p<0.001). The duration of motor block with 0.5% bupivacaine was 12.94 hours, with 0.5% ropivacaine was 8.29 hours with 0.75% ropivacaine was 7.89 hours (p<0.001). Multiple comparison test with Bonferroni correction showed there was statistically significant difference in mean duration of

  16. Thermoelectric and Magnetic Properties of Sn1- x O2:Mn0.5 x Co0.5 x Nanoparticles Produced by the Microwave Technique

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    Salah, Numan; Habib, Sami; Azam, Ameer

    2017-02-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) of Sn1- x O2:Mn0.5 x Co0.5 x with x = 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08 and 0.1 were synthesized by the microwave-assisted route and characterized for their thermoelectric and magnetic properties. As a result of Mn and Co co-doping, a considerable increase in the values of energy band gap and lattice constant c of Sn1- x O2:Mn0.5 x Co0.5 x NPs was observed. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra revealed that Mn and Co ions were incorporated in their 4+ and 2+ states, respectively. The resistivity and calculated activation energy of these NPs were found to decrease by increasing the Mn and Co contents. A negative Seebeck coefficient was observed, whose value was found to be significantly increased by increasing the value of x. The magnetic measurement results revealed that all the microwave-synthesized Sn1- x O2:Mn0.5 x Co0.5 x NPs including the pure SnO2 have distinctly wide hysteresis loops. This indicates that samples have room-temperature ferromagnetism. The optimum value for x to have maximum saturation magnetism was observed to be 0.04. Diamagnetic contributions from the core of these NPs were noticed at higher magnetic fields. The observed magnetism was attributed to the presence of defects at the NPs' interfacing sites, grain boundaries, atom vacancies and an optimum level of Mn and Co co-dopants. The observed wide hysteresis loops in these NPs might be useful for producing nanoscale magnets and magnetic memory devices. Moreover, the observed thermoelectric properties, i.e. Seebeck coefficient and power factor in these NPs, might be useful for the development of thermoelectric devices.

  17. Coexistence of interacting ferromagnetic clusters and small antiferromagnetic clusters in La0.5Ba0.5CoO3

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    Kumar, Devendra; Banerjee, A.

    2013-05-01

    We report detailed dc magnetization and linear and nonlinear ac susceptibility measurements on the hole doped disordered cobaltite La0.5Ba0.5CoO3. Our results show that the magnetically ordered state of the system consists of coexisting non-ferromagnetic phases along with percolating ferromagnetic clusters. The percolating ferromagnetic clusters possibly start a magnetic ordering at the Curie temperature of 201.5(5) K. The non-ferromagnetic phases mainly consist of antiferromagnetic clusters with size smaller than the ferromagnetic clusters. Below the Curie temperature the system exhibits an irreversibility in the field cooled and zero field cooled magnetization and a frequency dependence in the peak of ac susceptibility. These dynamical features indicate the possible coexistence of spin-glass phase along with ferromagnetic clusters similar to La1-xSrxCoO3 (x ≥ 0.18), but the absence of field divergence in the third harmonic of ac susceptibility and zero field cooled memory clearly rule out any such possibility. We argue that the spin-glass phase in La1-xSrxCoO3 (x ≥ 0.18) is associated with the presence of incommensurate antiferromagnetic ordering in non-ferromagnetic phases, which is absent in La0.5Ba0.5CoO3. Our analysis shows that the observed dynamical features in La0.5Ba0.5CoO3 may be due to progressive thermal blocking of ferromagnetic clusters, which is further confirmed by Wohlfarth’s model of superparamagnetism. The frequency dependence of the peak of ac susceptibility obeys the Vogel-Fulcher law with τ0 ≈ 10-9 s. This together with the existence of an AT-line in H-T space indicates the presence of significant inter-cluster interaction among these ferromagnetic clusters.

  18. Photoluminescence and electrical properties of Eu-doped (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 ferroelectric single crystals

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    Zhang, Haiwu; Zhao, Xiangyong; Deng, Hao; Chen, Chao; Lin, Di; Li, Xiaobing; Yan, Jun; Luo, Haosu

    2014-02-01

    Eu3+-doped Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (Eu:NBT) single crystals were grown by a top-seeded solution growth method. Photoluminescence emission and excitation spectra of Eu:NBT were investigated. The two transitions in 7F0 → 5D0 excitation spectra reveal that Eu3+ ions were incorporated into two adjacent crystallographic sites in NBT, i.e., Bi3+ and Na+ sites. The former has a symmetrical surrounding, while the later has a disordered environment, which was confirmed by decay curve measurements. The dielectric dispersion behavior was depressed and the piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties were improved after Eu doping.

  19. Contribution of oxygen vacancies to the ferroelectric behavior of Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 thin films

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    Shimizu, Takao; Yokouchi, Tatsuhiko; Oikawa, Takahiro; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Gruverman, Alexei; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2015-03-01

    The ferroelectric properties of the (Hf0.5Zr0.5)O2 films on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate are investigated. It is found that the films crystallized by annealing in O2 and N2 atmospheres have similar crystal structures as well as remanent polarization and coercive fields. Weak temperature and frequency dependences of the ferroelectric properties indicate that the hysteretic behavior in HfO2-based films originates not from the mobile defects but rather from the lattice ionic displacement, as is the case of the typical ferroelectric materials.

  20. Optical properties of Ag nanoparticles embedded Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 films prepared by alternating pulsed laser deposition.

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    Kim, Ji-Suk; Lee, Kyeong-Seok; Kim, Sang Sub

    2006-11-01

    Nanocomposite thin films consisting of nanometer-sized Ag particles embedded in amorphous Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 matrix were prepared on fused silica substrates by an alternating pulsed laser deposition method. Their optical nonlinearities have been studied using the Z-scan method. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak shifts to red and increases with the increasing the volume fraction of Ag in the nanocomposite films. The magnitude of the third-order nonlinear susceptibility of the nanocomposite with an Ag volume fraction of 3.3% was calculated to be approximately 2 x 10(-8) esu at the SPR wavelength.

  1. Effect of grain size on charge and spin correlations in Bi0.5Ca0.5MnO3 manganite nanoparticles

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    Ade, Ramesh; Singh, Rajender

    2016-11-01

    In this work we report the electron spin resonance (ESR) and magnetization (M) studies to understand the effect of grain size (GS) on the charge ordering and spin correlations in Bi0.5Ca0.5MnO3 manganite synthesized by sol-gel method. The suppression of charge ordering (CO), long-range antiferromagnetic (AFM) state, shifting of ferromagnetic (FM)-cluster glass (CG) transition towards higher temperatures and evolution of different magnetic correlations with decrease in GS are discussed in view of the changes in surface to volume ratio of nano-grains.

  2. Synthesis of manganite perovskite Ca{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles in w/o-microemulsion

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    Lopez-Trosell, Alejandra . E-mail: Lopez.Alejandra@chem.tu-berlin.de; Schomaecker, Reinhard . E-mail: schomaecker@tu-berlin.de

    2006-02-02

    In this paper, w/o-microemulsions were employed to produce nanoparticles of the perovskite Ca{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}, which have a size of approximately 20-50 nm. The procedure was carried out using sodium hydroxide or ammonia as co-precipitation agent. The precursor was transformed to perovskite by calcinations at 580 deg. C. Nanosized particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and N{sub 2} adsorption (BET)

  3. Characterization of (Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)) TiO3 Thin Films for Ku-Band Phase Shifters

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    Mueller, Carl H.; VanKeuls, Fredrick W.; Romanofsky, Robert R.; Miranda, Felix A.; Warner, Joseph D.; Canedy, Chadwick L.; Ramesh, Rammamoorthy

    1999-01-01

    The microstructural properties of (Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)TiO3) (BSTO) thin films (300, 700, and 1400 nm thick) deposited on LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates were characterized using high-resolution x-ray diffractometry. Film crystallinity was the parameter that most directly influenced tunability, and we observed that a) the crystalline quality was highest in the thinnest film and progressively degraded with increasing film thickness; and b) strain at the film/substrate interface was completely relieved via dislocation formation. Paraelectric films such as BSTO offer an attractive means of incorporating low-cost phase shifter circuitry into beam-steerable reflectarray antennas.

  4. Effects of cation disorder and size on metamagnetism in A-site substituted Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 system

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    Mavani, K. R.; Paulose, P. L.

    2005-04-01

    The effects of A-site cation disorder and size on metamagnetism of ABO3 type charge and orbital ordered Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 system have been studied by substituting Ba+2 for Ca+2 or La+3 for Pr+3. Substitution of 5% Ba+2 or 5% La+3 drastically reduces the critical magnetic field (Hc) for metamagnetism and induces successive steplike metamagnetic transitions at low temperatures. Interestingly, with further increase in substitution, Hc rises. We find that there is a sharp decrease in electrical resistivity corresponding to the metamagnetic transitions, which is indicative of strongly correlated magnetic and electronic transitions in these manganites.

  5. Direct band-gap measurement on epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} Heusler-alloy films

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    Alhuwaymel, Tariq F.; Carpenter, Robert; Yu, Chris Nga Tung; Kuerbanjiang, Balati; Lazarov, Vlado K.; Abdullah, Ranjdar M.; El-Gomati, Mohamed; Hirohata, Atsufumi

    2015-05-07

    In this study, a newly developed band-gap measurement technique has been used to characterise epitaxial Co{sub 2}FeAl{sub 0.5}Si{sub 0.5} (CFAS) films. The CFAS films were deposited on MgO(001) substrate by ultra high vacuum molecular beam epitaxy. The band-gap for the as deposited films was found to be ∼110 meV when measured at room temperature. This simple technique provides a macroscopic analysis of the half-metallic properties of a thin film. This allows for simple optimisation of growth and annealing conditions.

  6. Effect of La-substitution on structural, dielectric and electrical properties of (Bi0.5Pb0.5) (Fe0.5Zr0.25Ti0.25)O3

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    Panda, Niranjan; Pattanayak, Samita; Choudhary, R. N. P.; Kumar, Ashok

    2016-09-01

    As lead zirconium titanate and bismuth ferrite (BFO), members of perovskite family, have high dielectric constant and ferroelectric/ferromagnetic phase transition temperature, they are used for many potential applications including random access memory, sensors. The present work describes the modifications in the ferroelectric behaviour of PZT doped BFO due to substitution of few molar percent of La on Fe-site. A thorough comparative investigation of the frequency and temperature response of dielectric permittivity, dielectric loss, electric modulus, complex impedance and ferroelectric properties of Bi0.5Pb0.5 [Fe(0.5- x) La x (Zr0.25Ti0.25)] O3, where x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 (hence forth called as BFPZLTO) compounds were studied in a wide frequency range 10 kHz to 1 MHz at temperature range 25-400 °C using ac impedance spectroscopy and electric modulus analysis. The structural analysis of compound revealed the tetragonal phase with space group P4 mm at room temperature. Cole-Cole plots are used for interpretation of relaxation mechanism in the materials. The materials especially the compound with x = 0.3 found more suitable to be used in transducers, RAMs, flip-flop memories, etc., for electronics applications.

  7. Electrical Characterization Induced by Structural Modulation in (Ca0.28Ba0.72)2.5-0.5 x (Na0.5K0.5) x Nb5O15 Ceramics

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    Yang, Bian; Wei, Lingling; Wang, Zhongming; Kang, Shoucheng; Chao, Xiaolian; Yang, Zupei

    2016-01-01

    (Ca0.28Ba0.72)2.5-0.5 x (Na0.5K0.5) x Nb5O15 ceramics (CBNKN, 0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) with `unfilled' tungsten bronze structure were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction method. Effects of alkalis-introducing concentration in A-sites on the microstructure, dielectric and ferroelectric properties were investigated in detail. Pure tungsten bronze structure could be obtained in all compositions according to the x-ray diffraction patterns. Raman spectroscopy results showed that co-introducing Na+ and K+ in A sites to decrease the structural vacancy could enhance the dielectric and ferroelectric properties, which was attributed to the stronger interaction inside NbO6 octahedron and large distortion degree of NbO6 polar unit. Traditional temperature dependence of dielectric characteristics and well-saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loops were observed for all CBNKN ceramics. The better comprehensive dielectric and ferroelectric properties were obtained at x = 0.2 due to the bigger distortion degree of NbO6 polar unit and the highest densification. Whereas higher alkalis-introducing concentration would deteriorate the physical and electrical properties due to the poor sintering behavior. In addition, the frequency dependence of ɛ around transition temperature ( T c) and the temperature dependence of ferroelectric properties were discussed to further clarify the relationship between composition and performance.

  8. 〈001〉 textured polycrystalline current-perpendicular-to-plane pseudo spin-valves using Co{sub 2}Fe(Ga{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5}) Heusler alloy

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    Du, Ye; Varaprasad, B. S. D. Ch. S.; Takahashi, Y. K.; Furubayashi, T.; Hono, K.

    2013-11-11

    The orientation dependence of current-perpendicular-to-plane giant-magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) was investigated by fabricating 〈001〉 textured polycrystalline pseudo spin valves (PSVs) with Co{sub 2}Fe(Ga{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5}) (CFGG) Heusler alloy ferromagnetic layers and a Ag spacer. The PSV with 10 nm CFGG annealed at 400 °C exhibited the resistance-change area product (ΔRA) of 5.8 mΩ (MR ratio of 16%), the largest value reported for polycrystalline CPP-(P)SVs. The 〈001〉 textured CFGG PSV outperforms the 〈011〉 textured CFGG PSV possibly due to the reduced lattice mismatch or improved band matching at the CFGG/Ag interface.

  9. Scandium induced structural transformation and B′:B″ cationic ordering in Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} multiferroic ceramics

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    Mallesham, B.; Ranjith, R.; Manivelraja, M.

    2014-07-21

    The current study explores non-magnetic Sc{sup 3+} induced structural transformation, evolution of local B-site cation ordering and associated effect on ferroelectric phase transition temperature T{sub max} (temperature corresponding to dielectric maxima) on increasing the atom percent of Sc substitution in [Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (PFN)] ceramics. In this regard, the phase pure Pb[(Fe{sub 0.5−x}Sc{sub x})Nb{sub 0.5}]O{sub 3} ceramics with x varying from 0 to 0.5 were synthesized through solid state reaction route. The detailed structural analysis through Rietveld refinement confirms the room temperature transformation from a monoclinic Cm to rhombohedral R3m structure at x = 0.3 mol. % of Sc. Absorption spectra studies show that there is a considerable increment in the bandgap at higher scandium content. Most interestingly, the T{sub max} exhibited an increment for lower scandium contents (x = 0.1 to 0.25) followed by a drop in T{sub max} (x = 0.3 to 0.5). Such anomalous behavior in T{sub max} is expected to arise due to the onset of B′, B″ local cation ordering beyond Sc content x = 0.25. The B-site cation ordering at and beyond x = 0.3 was also confirmed by the evolution of cation order induced Pb-O coupled vibrational mode in Raman scattering studies. In addition, the Mössbauer spectra of PFN (x = 0) and Pb(Fe{sub 0.4}Sc{sub 0.1}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (x = 0.1) are reported to verify the spin state and oxidation state of iron. The lattice distortion due to the radius ratio difference between a Sc{sup 3+} cation and Fe{sup 3+} cation in low spin state is responsible for the structural transformation, which in turn facilitates a B′:B″ cation ordering.

  10. High thermal stability of piezoelectric properties in (Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3)x-(BaTiO3)y-(Na0.5K0.5NbO3)1-x-y ceramics

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    Gupta, Shashaank; Priya, Shashank

    2013-01-01

    We report the piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of (Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3)x-(BaTiO3)y-(Na0.5K0.5NbO3)1-x-y ceramics for Na0.5K0.5NbO3 rich end of composition (x, y ≤ 0.04 mol. %). These compositions were found to exhibit significantly improved thermal stability of piezoresponse. Variation of dielectric constant as a function of temperature revealed that orthorhombic-tetragonal (To-t) and tetragonal-cubic (Tc) transition temperatures for these compositions were in the vicinity of 0 °C and 330 °C, respectively. Dynamic scaling and temperature dependent X-ray diffraction analysis were conducted. Results are discussed in terms of intrinsic and extrinsic contributions to the piezoelectric response explaining the temperature dependent behavior.

  11. Anti-P2 structured Na0.5NbO2 and its negative strain effect

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    Wang, Xuefeng; Gao, Yurui; Shen, Xi; Li, Yejing; Kong, Qingyu; Lee, Sungsik; Wang, Zhaoxiang; Yu, Richeng; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Chen, Liquan

    2015-01-01

    Layer-structured oxides are studied for their essential roles in various applications (e.g. high-energy batteries and superconductors) due to their distinctive physical structures and chemical properties. Most of the layered AxMO2 (A = alkali ions, M = transition metals) are composed of MO6 octahedra and various A coordination polyhedra such as octahedra (O), tetrahedra (T) or trigonal prisms (P). Herein, we report a new layered oxide material, anti-P2 Na0.5NbO2, which is composed of NbO6 trigonal prisms and NaO6 octahedra. Its lattice shrinks as sodium (Na) ions are intercalated in it and expands when the ions are deintercalated (a negative volume or strain effect). Analysis by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicates that the negative volume effect is mainly a result of the enhanced interlayer (Na–O) interaction and the weakened Nb– Nb and Nb–O bonding in the O–Nb–O slab upon Na intercalation. Moreover, Na0.5NbO2 exhibits high structural stability, a long cycle life and prominent rate performance for Na-ion batteries. These distinctive features make Na0.5NbO2 an ideal ‘‘volume buffer’’ to compensate for positive-strain electrode materials. These findings will arouse great interest in anti-P2 layered oxides for materials science and applications, and enrich the understanding of novel negative-strain materials for energy storage either as excellent independent active electrode materials or as volume buffers for constructing long-life composite electrodes made of positive-strain materials.

  12. Polyhedral Serpentine Grains in CM Chondrites

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    Zega, Thomas J.; Garvie, Laurence A. J.; Dodony, Istvan; Stroud, Rhonda M.; Buseck, Peter R.

    2005-01-01

    CM chondrites are primitive rocks that experienced aqueous alteration in the early solar system. Their matrices and fine-grained rims (FGRs) sustained the effects of alteration, and the minerals within them hold clues to the aqueous reactions. Sheet silicates are an important product of alteration, and those of the serpentine group are abundant in the CM2 chondrites. Here we expand on our previous efforts to characterize the structure and chemistry of serpentines in CM chondrites and report results on a polyhedral form that is structurally similar to polygonal serpentine. Polygonal serpentine consists of tetrahedral (T) sheets joined to M(2+)-centered octahedral (O) sheets (where (M2+) is primarily Mg(2+) and Fe(2+)), which give rise to a 1:1 (TO) layered structure with a 0.7-nm layer periodicity. The structure is similar to chrysotile in that it consists of concentric lizardite layers wrapped around the fiber axis. However, unlike the rolled-up chrysotile, the tetrahedral sheets of the lizardite layers are periodically inverted and kinked, producing sectors. The relative angles between sectors result in 15- and 30-sided polygons in terrestrial samples.

  13. Synthesis, Structure, and Electrochemical Performance of High Capacity Li2Cu0.5Ni0.5O2 Cathodes

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    Ruther, Rose E; Zhou, Hui; Dhital, Chetan; ...

    2015-09-08

    Orthorhombic Li2NiO2, Li2CuO2, and solid solutions thereof have been studied as potential cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries due to their high theoretical capacity and relatively low cost. While neither endmember shows good cycling stability, the intermediate composition, Li2Cu0.5Ni0.5O2, yields reasonably high reversible capacities. A new synthetic approach and detailed characterization of this phase and the parent Li2CuO2 are presented. The cycle life of Li2Cu0.5Ni0.5O2 is shown to depend critically on the voltage window. The formation of Cu1+ at low voltage and oxygen evolution at high voltage limit the electrochemical reversibility. In situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), in situ Raman spectroscopy,more » and gas evolution measurements are used to follow the chemical and structural changes that occur as a function of cell voltage.« less

  14. Enhancement of transition temperature in Fe{sub x}Se{sub 0.5}Te{sub 0.5} film via iron vacancies

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    Zhuang, J. C.; Yeoh, W. K. E-mail: zxshi@seu.edu.cn; Cui, X. Y.; Ringer, S. P.; Kim, J. H.; Shi, D. Q.; Wang, X. L.; Dou, S. X.; Shi, Z. X. E-mail: zxshi@seu.edu.cn

    2014-06-30

    The effects of iron deficiency in Fe{sub x}Se{sub 0.5}Te{sub 0.5} thin films (0.8 ≤ x ≤ 1) on superconductivity and electronic properties have been studied. A significant enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub C}) up to 21 K was observed in the most Fe deficient film (x = 0.8). Based on the observed and simulated structural variation results, there is a high possibility that Fe vacancies can be formed in the Fe{sub x}Se{sub 0.5}Te{sub 0.5} films. The enhancement of T{sub C} shows a strong relationship with the lattice strain effect induced by Fe vacancies. Importantly, the presence of Fe vacancies alters the charge carrier population by introducing electron charge carriers, with the Fe deficient film showing more metallic behavior than the defect-free film. Our study provides a means to enhance the superconductivity and tune the charge carriers via Fe vacancy, with no reliance on chemical doping.

  15. Multiferroicity and magnetoelectric coupling enhanced large magnetocaloric effect in DyFe{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}

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    Yin, L. H.; Yang, J.; Dai, J. M.; Song, W. H.; Zhang, R. R.; Sun, Y. P.

    2014-01-20

    DyFe{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} has been synthesized using a sol-gel method. It exhibits ferroelectricity at the antiferromagnetic ordering temperature T{sub N1}∼261 K. Large magnetocaloric effect (MCE) (11.3 J/kg K at 4.5 T) enhanced by magnetoelectric coupling due to magnetic field and temperature induced magnetic transition was observed. Temperature-dependent Raman study shows an anomalous behavior near T{sub N1} in the phonon modes related to the vibration of Dy atoms and stretching of CrO{sub 6}/FeO{sub 6} octahedra, suggesting the ferroelectricity in DyFe{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} is associated with the spin-phonon coupling with respect to both Dy and Cr/Fe ions. These results suggest routes to obtain high-temperature multiferroicity and large MCE for practical applications.

  16. Poling-Written Ferroelectricity in Bulk Multiferroic Double-Perovskite BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3.

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    Delmonte, Davide; Mezzadri, Francesco; Gilioli, Edmondo; Solzi, Massimo; Calestani, Gianluca; Bolzoni, Fulvio; Cabassi, Riccardo

    2016-06-20

    We present a comprehensive study of the electrical properties of bulk polycrystalline BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3, a double perovskite synthesized in high-pressure and high-temperature conditions. BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3 shows an antiferromagnetic character with TN = 288 K overlapped with an intrinsic antiferroelectricity due to the Bi(3+) stereochemical effect. Beyond this, the observation of a semiconductor-insulator transition at TP ≈ 140 K allows one to define three distinct temperature ranges with completely different electrical properties. For T > TN, electric transport follows an ordinary thermally activated Arrhenius behavior; the system behaves as a paramagnetic semiconductor. At intermediate temperatures (TP < T < TN), electric transport is best described by Mott's variable range hopping model with lowered dimensionality D = 1, stabilized by the magnetic ordering process and driven by the inhomogeneity of the sample on the B site of the perovskite. Finally, for T < TP, the material becomes a dielectric insulator, showing very unusual poling-induced soft ferroelectricity with high saturation polarization, similar to the parent compound BiFeO3. Under external electric poling, the system irreversibly evolves from antiferroelectric to polar arrangement.

  17. Epitaxial Ferroelectric Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)TiO3 Thin Films for Room-Temperature High-Frequency Tunable Element Applications

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    Chen, C. L.; Feng, H. H.; Zhang, Z.; Brazdeikis, A.; Miranda, F. A.; VanKeuls, F. W.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Huang, Z. J.; Liou, Y.; Chu, W. K.; Chu, C. W.

    1999-01-01

    Perovskite Ba(0.5)SR(0.5)TiO3 thin films have been synthesized on (001) LaAl03 substrates by pulsed laser ablation. Extensive X-ray diffraction, rocking curve, and pole-figure studies suggest that the films are c-axis oriented and exhibit good in-plane relationship of <100>(sub BSTO)//<100>(sub LAO). Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry studies indicate that the epitaxial films have excellent crystalline quality with an ion beam minimum yield chi(sub min) Of only 2.6 %. The dielectric property measurements by the interdigital technique at 1 MHz show room temperature values of the relative dielectric constant, epsilon(sub r), and loss tangent, tan(sub delta), of 1430 and 0.007 with no bias, and 960 and 0.001 with 35 V bias, respectively. The obtained data suggest that the as-grown Ba(0.5)SR(0.5)TiO3 films can be used for development of room-temperature high-frequency tunable elements.

  18. Oxygen-Vacancy-Induced Antiferromagnetism to Ferromagnetism Transformation in Eu0.5Ba0.5TiO3−δ Multiferroic Thin Films

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    Li, Weiwei; Zhao, Run; Wang, Le; Tang, Rujun; Zhu, Yuanyuan; Lee, Joo Hwan; Cao, Haixia; Cai, Tianyi; Guo, Haizhong; Wang, Can; Ling, Langsheng; Pi, Li; Jin, Kuijuan; Zhang, Yuheng; Wang, Haiyan; Wang, Yongqiang; Ju, Sheng; Yang, Hao

    2013-01-01

    Oxygen vacancies (VO) effects on magnetic ordering in Eu0.5Ba0.5TiO3−δ (EBTO3−δ) thin films have been investigated using a combination of experimental measurements and first-principles density-functional calculations. Two kinds of EBTO3−δ thin films with different oxygen deficiency have been fabricated. A nuclear resonance backscattering spectrometry technique has been used to quantitatively measure contents of the VO. Eu0.5Ba0.5TiO3 ceramics have been known to exhibit ferroelectric (FE) and G-type antiferromagnetic (AFM) properties. While, a ferromagnetic (FM) behavior with a Curie temperature of 1.85 K has been found in the EBTO3−δ thin films. Spin-polarized Ti3+ ions, which originated from the VO, has been proven to mediate a FM coupling between the local Eu 4f spins and were believed to be responsible for the great change of the magnetic ordering. Considering the easy formation of VO, our work opens up a new avenue for achieving co-existence of FM and FE orders in oxide materials. PMID:24018399

  19. Theoretical study of magnetic properties and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism of the ordered Fe{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 0.5} alloy

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    Galanakis, I.; Ostanin, S.; Alouani, M.; Dreysse, H.; Wills, J. M.

    2000-01-01

    A detailed theoretical study of magnetic and structural properties of Fe{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 0.5} ordered face-centered tetragonal (fct) alloy, using both the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), is presented. The total energy surface as a function of the lattice parameters a and c shows a long valley where stable structures may exist. Our calculation using the GGA predicts a magnetic phase transition from perpendicular to parallel magnetization as a function of the lattice parameter, whereas LSDA favors always the [001] magnetization axis for all values of the lattice parameters. The spin and orbital magnetic moments and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectra are calculated for the easy [001] and the hard [100] magnetization axis and for three sets of experimental lattice parameters, and are compared to the available experimental results on these films. A supercell calculation for a 4 monolayer Fe{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 0.5} thin film produced similar results. While the spin magnetic moments are in fair agreement with experiment, the orbital magnetic moments are considerably underestimated. To improve the agreement with experiment we included an atomic orbital polarization term; however, the computed orbital moments scarcely changed. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  20. Piezoelectric properties of Li- and Ta-modified (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics

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    Hollenstein, Evelyn; Davis, Matthew; Damjanovic, Dragan; Setter, Nava

    2005-10-01

    Lead-free, potassium sodium niobate piezoelectric ceramics substituted with lithium (K0.5-x/2,Na0.5-x/2,Lix)NbO3 or lithium and tantalum (K0.5-x/2,Na0.5-x/2,Lix)(Nb1-y,Tay)O3 have been synthesized by traditional solid state sintering. The compositions chosen are among those recently reported to show high piezoelectric properties [Y. Saito, H. Takao, T. Tani, T. Nonoyama, K. Takatori, T. Homma, T. Nagaya, and M. Nakamura, Nature (London) 42, 84 (2004); Y. Guo, K. Kakimoto, and H. Ohsato, Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 4121 (2004); Mater. Lett. 59, 241 (2005)]. We show that high densities and piezoelectric properties can be obtained for all compositions by pressureless sintering in air, without cold isostatic pressing, and without any sintering aid or special powder treatment. Resonance and converse piezoelectric (strain-field) measurements show a thickness coupling coefficient kt of 53% and converse piezoelectric coefficient d33 around 200pm/V for the Li-substituted ceramics, and a kt of 52% and d33 over 300pm/V for the Li- and Ta-modified samples. The unipolar strain-field hysteresis is small and comparable to that measured under similar conditions in hard Pb(Zr ,Ti)O3. A peak of piezoelectric properties can be noted close to the morphotropic phase boundary. These ceramics look very promising as possible, practicable, lead-free replacements for lead zirconate titanate.

  1. Structure and magnetic properties of the perovskite YCo{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}

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    Wei, Yingfen; Gui, Hong; Zhao, Zhenjie; Xie, Wenhui; Li, Junrui; Li, Xiaohong; Liu, Yong; Xin, Shengwei

    2014-12-15

    Y Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}, in a structure of perovskite, has been successfully prepared with citrate precursors at 950-1100 °C in air by the sol-gel method. The X-ray diffraction patterns show that the samples are orthorhombic within the space group Pnma, where the Co and Fe ions are disordered at the 4b crystallographic sites. The crystal structure refinement undertaken by the Rietveld method has shown that the distortion of Co(Fe)O{sub 6} octahedra are large, where the ratio of Co/Fe-O bonding length along a axis to that in the bc plane is about 1.07. Such a large crystal lattice distortion implies a strong lattice-magnetism coupling, which may be utilized in the magnetoelectric devices. Magnetic measurement indicates that the Y Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} is antiferromagnetic but showing weak ferromagnetism. We find that Fe{sup 3+} ions are in high-spin states, while Co{sup 3+} ions are in low-spin states which do not contribute to the magnetism. Both Fe{sup 3+} and Co{sup 3+} ions are not Jahn-Teller activated although the lattice distortion is large.

  2. Pressure-induced phase transition in La1–xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2

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    Fang, Y.; Yazici, D.; White, B. D.; ...

    2015-09-15

    Electrical resistivity measurements on La1–xSmxO0.5F0.5BiS2 (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.6, 0.8) have been performed under applied pressures up to 2.6 GPa from 2 K to room temperature. The superconducting transition temperature Tc of each sample significantly increases at a Sm-concentration dependent pressure Pt, indicating a pressure-induced phase transition from a low-Tc to a high-Tc phase. At ambient pressure, Tc increases dramatically from 2.8 K at x = 0.1 to 5.4 K at x = 0.8; however, the Tc values at P > Pt decrease slightly with x and Pt shifts to higher pressures with Sm substitution. In the normal state,more » semiconducting-like behavior is suppressed and metallic conduction is induced with increasing pressure in all of the samples. Furthermore, these results suggest that the pressure dependence of Tc for the BiS2-based superconductors is related to the lattice parameters at ambient pressure and enable us to estimate the evolution of Tc for SmO0.5F0.5BiS2 under pressure.« less

  3. Synthesis of nanosized (Li0.5xFe0.5xZn1-x)Fe2O4 particles and magnetic properties

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    Gee, S. H.; Hong, Y. K.; Park, M. H.; Erickson, D. W.; Lamb, P. J.; Sur, J. C.

    2002-05-01

    In an attempt to synthesize nanosized (Li0.5xFe0.5xZn1-x)Fe2O4 (0⩽x⩽1) particles with high magnetic saturation and low coercivity, the energetic ball milling technique was employed. LiCO3, α-Fe2O3, and ZnO powders were used as starting materials. The ball milled, partially crystallized lithium zinc ferrite starts to crystallize at about 600 °C. This is much lower than the temperature of 1000 °C, which is used in conventional methods. Particle size of lithium zinc ferrite was in the range of 20 to 50 nm. Regardless of the annealing temperature, the saturation magnetization increases with increasing x and reaches the maximum (about 80 emu/g) at x=0.7 [(Li0.35Fe0.35Zn0.3)Fe2O4], followed by a decrease to 60 emu/g for x=1 [(Li0.5Fe0.5)Fe2O4]. On the other hand, the coercivity of x=0.7 composition decreases with increasing annealing temperatures. Saturation magnetization and low coercivity for x=0.7 annealed at various temperatures are discussed in terms of site occupation.

  4. The proton conducting electrolyte BaTi0.5In0.5O2.75: determination of the deuteron site and its local environment.

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    Norberg, Stefan T; Rahman, Seikh M H; Hull, Stephen; Knee, Christopher S; Eriksson, Sten G

    2013-11-13

    Deuterated BaTi0.5In0.5O2.75 has been studied with neutron total (Bragg plus diffuse) scattering data, using both the Rietveld refinement method and the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) modelling technique, to investigate the preferred proton site and its local structural environment. The Rietveld analysis shows an excellent fit between experimental data and a long-range cubic description of the BaTi0.5In0.5O2.53(OD)0.44 perovskite structure containing a statistical distribution of Ti and In ions at the centre of regular (Ti/In)O6 octahedra. However, an RMC analysis of the data reveals substantial local structural features that reflect limitations of the Rietveld method for studies of this type. The Ti-O and In-O pair distribution functions given by the RMC analysis are markedly different from each other, with average Ti-O and In-O bond distances of 2.035 Å and 2.159 Å, respectively. The InO6 octahedra are regular in shape whereas the TiO6 octahedra are distorted. The average O-D bond distance is roughly 0.96 Å, and the preferred deuteron sites have a second nearest oxygen distance of 2.13 Å, which confirms localized tilting of the deuteron and indicates a substantial degree of hydrogen bonding. The impact of octahedral distortion and hydrogen bonding on the proton conduction mechanism is discussed.

  5. Location of trivalent lanthanide dopant energy levels in (Lu{sub 0.5}Gd{sub 0.5}){sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Retot, H.; Viana, B.; Bessiere, A.; Galtayries, A.

    2011-06-15

    The location of Ln{sup 3+} dopant energy levels relative to bands in (Lu{sub 0.5}Gd{sub 0.5}){sub 2}O{sub 3} was studied. A several-steps analysis of XPS measurements on heavy lanthanides sesquioxides Ln{sub 2}O{sub 3} (Ln = Gd, Tb, Dy, Er, Tm, Yb, Lu) and on Sc{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} reference materials were used to locate Ln{sup 3+} dopant ground state relative to the top of the valence band in (Lu{sub 0.5}Gd{sub 0.5}){sub 2}O{sub 3} within an error bar of {+-}0.4 eV. The agreement between XPS data and model was found improved relative to previous studies. When compared to XPS analysis, prediction based on optical absorption shows a slight underestimation attributed to the lack of precision in Ce{sup 4+} charge transfer band measurement.

  6. Enhanced photocatalytic activity over Cd0.5Zn0.5S with stacking fault structure combined with Cu2+ modified carbon nanotubes

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    Gong, Beini; Lu, Yonghong; Wu, Pingxiao; Huang, Zhujian; Zhu, Yajie; Dang, Zhi; Zhu, Nengwu; Lu, Guining; Huang, Junyi

    2016-03-01

    For enhanced photocatalytic performance of visible light responsive CdZnS, a series of Cd0.5Zn0.5S solid solutions were fabricated by different methods. It was found that the semiconductor obtained through the precipitation-hydrothermal method (CZS-PH) exhibited the highest photocatalytic hydrogen production rate of 2154 μmol h-1 g-1. The enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production of CZS-PH was probably due to stacking fault formation as well as narrow bandgap, a large surface area and a small crystallite size. Based on this, carbon nanotubes modified with Cu2+ (CNTs (Cu)) were used as a cocatalyst for CZS-PH. The addition of CNTs (Cu) enhanced notably the absorption of the composites for visible light. The highest photocatalytic hydrogen production rate of the Cd0.5Zn0.5S-CNTs (Cu) composite was 2995 μmol h-1 g-1 with 1.0 wt.% of CNTs (Cu). The improvement of the photocatalytic activity by loading of CNTs (Cu) was not due to alteration of bandgap energy or surface area, and was probably attributed to suppression of the electron-hole recombination by the CNTs, with Cu2+ anchored in the interface optimizing the photogenerated electron transfer pathway between the semiconductor and CNTs. We report here the successful combination of homojunction and heterojunction in CdZnS semiconductor, which resulted in promotion of charge separation and enhanced photocatalytic activity.

  7. Estimation of Joule heating and its role in nonlinear electrical response of Tb0.5Sr0.5MnO3 single crystal

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    Nhalil, Hariharan; Elizabeth, Suja

    2016-12-01

    Highly non-linear I-V characteristics and apparent colossal electro-resistance were observed in non-charge ordered manganite Tb0.5Sr0.5MnO3 single crystal in low temperature transport measurements. Significant changes were noticed in top surface temperature of the sample as compared to its base while passing current at low temperature. By analyzing these variations, we realize that the change in surface temperature (ΔTsur) is too small to have caused by the strong negative differential resistance. A more accurate estimation of change in the sample temperature was made by back-calculating the sample temperature from the temperature variation of resistance (R-T) data (ΔTcal), which was found to be higher than ΔTsur. This result indicates that there are large thermal gradients across the sample. The experimentally derived ΔTcal is validated with the help of a simple theoretical model and estimation of Joule heating. Pulse measurements realize substantial reduction in Joule heating. With decrease in sample thickness, Joule heating effect is found to be reduced. Our studies reveal that Joule heating plays a major role in the nonlinear electrical response of Tb0.5Sr0.5MnO3. By careful management of the duty cycle and pulse current I-V measurements, Joule heating can be mitigated to a large extent.

  8. Superparamagnetic behavior of heat treated Mg0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite nanoparticles studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Srinivas, Ch.; Singh, S. B.; Tirupanyam, B. V.; Meena, S. S.; Yusuf, S. M.; Prasad, S. A. V.; Krishna, K. S. Rama; Sastry, D. L.

    2016-05-01

    Nanoparticles of Mg0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite have been synthesized by co-precipitation method. XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopic results of Mg0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 annealed at 200 °C, 500 °C and 800 °C are reported. It was observed that the crystallite size increases and the lattice parameter decreases with increase in annealing temperature. The observed decrease in lattice strain supports the increase in crystallite size. The Mössbauer spectra of the samples annealed at 200 °C and 500 °C exhibits superparamagnetic doublets whereas the Mössbauer spectrum of the sample annealed at 800 °C exhibits paramagnetic doublet along with weak sextet of hyperfine interaction. The values of isomer shift resemble the presence of high spin iron ions. The studied ferrite nanoparticles are suitable for biomedical applications. The results are incorporated employing core-shell model and cation redistribution.

  9. Large magnetoresistance in current-perpendicular-to-plane pseudo spin-valves using Co{sub 2}Fe(Ga{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5}) Heusler alloy and AgZn spacer

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    Du, Ye; Hono, K.; Furubayashi, T.; Sasaki, T. T.; Sakuraba, Y.; Takahashi, Y. K.

    2015-09-14

    Fully epitaxial pseudo spin-valves (PSVs) using 10-nm-thick Co{sub 2}Fe(Ga{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5}) (CFGG) ferromagnetic layers and a 5-nm-thick AgZn space layer annealed at 630 °C show a large current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) output with resistance-change area product, ΔRA, of 21.5 mΩ μm{sup 2} and MR ratio of 59.6% at room temperature. These values are substantially enhanced to ΔRA of 59.8 mΩ μm{sup 2} and MR ratio of 200.0% at 10 K. The large MR is attributed to the high spin polarization of the CFGG electrodes with the enhanced L2{sub 1} ordering induced by the atomic diffusion of Zn through the CFGG layers. The CPP-PSV shows relatively large ΔRA of 10.9 mΩ μm{sup 2} with the MR ratio of 25.6% for the low annealing temperature of 350 °C, which is a practically useful feature for read sensor applications.

  10. Chemically stable perovskites as cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cells: La-doped Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O(3-δ).

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    Kim, Junyoung; Choi, Sihyuk; Jun, Areum; Jeong, Hu Young; Shin, Jeeyoung; Kim, Guntae

    2014-06-01

    Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O(3-δ) (BSCF) has won tremendous attention as a cathode material for intermediate-temperature solid-oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC) on the basis of its fast oxygen-ion transport properties. Nevertheless, wide application of BSCF is impeded by its phase instabilities at intermediate temperature. Here we report on a chemically stable SOFC cathode material, La0.5Ba0.25Sr0.25Co0.8Fe0.2O(3-δ) (LBSCF), prepared by strategic approaches using the Goldschmidt tolerance factor. The tolerance factors of LBSCF and BSCF indicate that the structure of the former has a smaller deformation of cubic symmetry than that of the latter. The electrical property and electrochemical performance of LBSCF are improved compared with those of BSCF. LBSCF also shows excellent chemical stability under air, a CO2-containg atmosphere, and low oxygen partial pressure while BSCF decomposed under the same conditions. Together with this excellent stability, LBSCF shows a power density of 0.81 W cm(-2) after 100 h, whereas 25 % degradation for BSCF is observed after 100 h.

  11. Magnetoelectric coupling study in multiferroic Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} ceramics through small and large electric signal standard measurements

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    Raymond, Oscar; Siqueiros, Jesus M.; Font, Reynaldo; Portelles, Jorge

    2011-05-01

    Multifunctional multiferroic materials such as the single phase compound Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Nb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} (PFN), where ferroelectric and antiferromagnetic order coexist, are very promising and have great interest from the academic and technological points of view. In this work, coupling of the ferroelectric and magnetic moments is reported. For this study, a combination of the small signal response using the impedance spectroscopy technique and the electromechanical resonance method with the large signal response through standard ferroelectric hysteresis measurement, has been used with and without an applied magnetic field. The measurements to determine the electrical properties of the ceramic were performed as functions of the bias and poling electric fields. A simultaneous analysis of the complex dielectric constant {epsilon}-tilde, impedance Z-tilde, electric modulus M-tilde, admittance Y-tilde, and the electromechanical parameters and coupling factors is presented. The results are correlated with a previous study of structural, morphological, small signal dielectric frequency-temperature response, and the ferroelectric hysteretic, magnetic and magnetodielectric behaviors. The observed shifts of the resonance and antiresonance frequency values can be associated with change of the ferroelectric domain size favored by the readjustment of the oxygen octahedron when the magnetic field is applied. From P-E hysteresis loops obtained without and with an external applied magnetic field, a dc magnetoelectric coupling effect with maximum value of 4 kV/cm T (400 mV/cm Oe) was obtained.

  12. Room temperature multiferroic properties of Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3-Co0.65Zn0.35Fe2O4 composites

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    Pradhan, Dhiren K.; Puli, Venkata S.; Narayan Tripathy, Satya; Pradhan, Dillip K.; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2013-12-01

    We report the crystal structure, magnetic, ferroelectric, dielectric, and magneto-dielectric properties of [Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3](1-x)[Co0.65Zn0.35Fe2O4]x: (x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4) composites. Rietveld refinement results of X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the formation of these composites for all x values. All the composites show well-saturated ferroelectric and ferromagnetic hysteresis (multiferroic-composite behavior) at room temperature. With increase in Co0.65Zn0.35Fe2O4 (CZFO) content an increase in saturation magnetization, and decrease in saturation polarization, remanent polarization, and dielectric constant are observed. The ferroelectric phase transition temperature increases with increase in CZFO content. All of the compositions undergo second-order ferroelectric phase transitions, which can be explained by Landau-Devonshire theory. The recoverable energy density (˜0.20 to 0.04 J/cm3) and charge-curve energy density (˜0.84 to 0.11 J/cm3) decrease with increase in the CZFO content. The room-temperature magneto-dielectric measurements provide direct evidence of magneto-electric coupling via strain at room temperature.

  13. A robust high performance cobalt-free oxygen electrode La0.5Sr0.5Fe0.8Cu0.15Nb0.05O3-δ for reversible solid oxide electrochemical cell

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    Zhou, Ning; Yin, Yi-Mei; Li, Jingcheng; Xu, Lei; Ma, Zi-Feng

    2017-02-01

    A novel cobalt-free perovskite oxide La0.5Sr0.5Fe0.8Cu0.15Nb0.05O3-δ (LSFCN) has been synthesized and evaluated as oxygen electrode for reversible solid oxide electrochemical cells (RSOCs). The performance and stability of the LSFCN based RSOCs have been characterized in fuel cell and electrolysis modes, and the reversibility of the cells has been proven. In FC mode, the cell exhibits the maximum power density of 1.10 Wcm-2 at 800 °C, and a stable output under 0.7 V at 700 °C during 108 h. The performance and stability of the cell in electrolysis mode are also remarkable. An electrolysis current of 0.85 A cm-2 is achieved at 750 °C with an applied voltage of 1.3 V, and no degradation as well as delamination are observed for the cell after 50 h electrolysis under voltage of 1.60 V (∼1.27 A cm-2) at 800 °C. The high performance of the LSFCN at both cathodic and anodic conditions may be attributed to the inherent high electrochemical activity of copper-iron based perovskites; and the incorporation of Nb5+ cations into perovskite lattice is responsible for the stability of LSFCN, which leads to the more stable crystal structure, lower thermal expansion coefficient and the reduced Sr segregation at surface.

  14. Structure and properties of Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3- Pb(Zr(1-x)Ti(x))O3 ferroelectric single crystals grown by a top-seeded solution growth technique.

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    Wang, Bixia; Wu, Xiaoqing; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2015-06-01

    Bi(Zn0.5Ti0.5)O3 (BZT)-modified Pb(Zr(1-x)Ti(x))O3 (PZT) single crystals have been grown using a top-seeded solution growth technique and characterized by various methods. The crystal structure is found to be rhombohedral by means of X-ray powder diffraction. The composition and homogeneity of the as-grown single crystals are studied by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The domain structure of a (001)(cub) platelet is investigated by polarized light microscopy (PLM), which confirms the rhombohedral symmetry. The paraelectric-to-ferroelectric phase transition temperature T(C) is found to be 313°C with the absence of rhombohedral-tetragonal phase transition. The ferroelectric properties of the ternary crystals are enhanced by the BZT substitution with a remanent polarization of 28 μC/cm(2) and a coercive field E(C) of 22.1 kV/cm.

  15. Elaboration of Ti{sub 0.5}Pb{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} superconducting phases by an ultrasonic spray-pyrolysis process

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    Abraham, R.; Guenard, F.; Lebbou, K.; Trosset, S.; Cohen-Adad, M.T.; Jorda, J.L.; Couach, M.

    1998-02-01

    An ultrasonic spray-pyrolysis process has been used to prepare a homogeneous T{sub 10.5}Pb{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} high-temperature superconductor. Depending on experimental conditions, the grain morphology changes from platelet to cauliflower-like, contrary to the three copper layers series. The (Tl/Pb)-Sr-1212 phase has remarkable stability and does not decompose before melting. The critical temperature onset, about 80 K, is similar to that for samples prepared by the usual sintering methods.

  16. 47 CFR 0.5 - General description of Commission organization and operations.

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    2010-10-01

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  17. Effect of current induced charge-order melting of Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 in partially masked superconducting Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3/YBa2Cu3O7 bilayer

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    Kumar Baisnab, Dipak; Janawadkar, M. P.; Vaidhyanathan, L. S.; Bharathi, A.

    2013-12-01

    In order to investigate the effect of current induced charge-order melted ferromagnetic Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 on superconducting YBa2Cu3O7, current and magnetic field dependent resistance measurements have been carried out in Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3/YBa2Cu3O7 thin film heterostructure in which a part of the YBa2Cu3O7 thin film is covered by Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3. The measurements show that superconducting transition temperature of the uncovered YBa2Cu3O7 is suppressed to lower temperatures with a progressive increase in current. Results show the possibility of controlling the superconducting properties of the uncovered part of the YBa2Cu3O7 thin film by influencing the part covered by Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3.

  18. A Temperature-Insensitive Ba3.75Nd9.5Ti17.5(Cr0.5Nb0.5)0.5O54 Microwave Dielectric Ceramic by Bi3+ Substitution

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    Chen, Hetuo; Tang, Bin; Guo, Xia; Wei, Meng; Si, Feng; Yuan, Ying; Zhang, Shuren

    2017-02-01

    In this study, effects of Bi3+ substitution upon microwave dielectric properties of the (Cr0.5Nb0.5)4+ replaced Ba3.75Nd9.5Ti18O54 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) ceramic have been reported. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) result shows a single phase for all compositions with peak position fluctuation. Within the whole x range, while the quality factor ( Q) is degraded, the dielectric constant ( ɛ r) can be improved by as high as 32% and the temperature coefficient of resonant frequency ( τ f) is tailored from around +40 ppm/°C to the vicinity of zero. Considering practical requirements, we can obtain a series of temperature-insensitive ceramics ( τ f ˜ 0 ppm/°C) with relative permittivity about 95 and Qf (defined as Q times the resonant frequency f) higher than 6000 GHz. They have the potential of being utilized in wireless microwave communication applications.

  19. Active diagenetic formation of metal-rich layers in N. E. Atlantic sediments

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    Wallace, H. E.; Thomson, J.; Wilson, T. R. S.; Weaver, P. P. E.; Higgs, N. C.; Hydes, D. J.

    1988-06-01

    Sediment cores from the Porcupine Abyssal Plain exhibit an indurated layer 0.5-3 cm thick at depths of approximately 50 cm. This is some 15-20 cm below the glacial/Holocene transition as interpreted by radiocarbon dating and the palaeontological criteria of RUDDIMAN and MCINTYRE (1981). The layer is forming currently at the oxic/post-oxic boundary in the sediments, as revealed by pore water data: O 2 and NO -3 are present in solution above the layer, while Fe 2+, Mn 2+, PO 3-4 and NH +4 are present in solution below, and all these species show concentration gradients indicating fluxes into the layer. These data are consistent with the hypothesis for the initiation and sustained formation of such layers proposed by WILSONet al. (1986a,b). The elements Mn, Ni, Co, Fe, P, V, Cu, Zn and U are all enriched to varying degrees in the vicinity of the layer. Some differential stratification of these elements in the vertical, consistent with a redox control, is observed at one site with a 0.5 cm layer, with Mn, Ni and Co above, Fe, P, V and Cu in the layer, and U below. At another site the metal-rich layer has higher Fe and P concentrations and is more indurated. Here all enrichments except Co are contained within a single layer sample, 3 cm thick.

  20. High P-T Raman study of transitions in relaxor multiferroic Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3

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    Wilfong, Brandon; Ahart, Muhtar; Gramsch, Stephen A.; ...

    2015-09-02

    The vibrational and structural properties of Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3 have been investigated using Raman spectroscopy up to 40 GPa at 300 K and from 300 to 415 K at selected pressures. The measurements reveal three phase transitions at 5.5, 8.7 and 24 GPa at room temperature. The temperature dependences of the spectra indicated transitions at 1.5 GPa, at 335 and 365 K. The results support the appearance of an intermediate tetragonal P4mm phase between ferroelectric R3m and paraelectric Pm-3m phases. Furthermore, a P-T phase diagram is proposed that allows further insight into the magnetoelectric coupling present in this material.

  1. Efficient Removal of Uranium from Aqueous Solution by Reduced Graphene Oxide-Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 Ferrite-Polyaniline Nanocomposite

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    Tran, Dat Quang; Pham, Hung Thanh; Do, Hung Quoc

    2017-03-01

    Reduced graphene oxide-Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 ferrite-polyaniline nanocomposite (RGO-ZNF-PANI) was synthesized by a three-step method. The prepared samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. In particular, we found that this material is capable of effectively removing uranium from an aquatic environment. This is confirmed by our experimental results using the method of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Adsorptive behaviour of uranium from an aqueous solution on the RGO-ZNF-PANI nanocomposite was examined as a function of pH, contact time, and equilibrium. Uranium concentration was carried out by batch techniques. The adsorption isotherm agrees well with the Langmuir model, having a maximum sorption capacity of 1885 mg/g, at pH 5 and 25°C.

  2. Series resistance effects in La0.5Ca0.5MnO3/SrTiO3:Nb(0 0 1) heterojunctions

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    Wang, J. F.; Cao, D.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, X. Y.; Jiao, Z. W.; Gao, J.

    2015-09-01

    The effects of series resistance in heterojunctions composed of La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 (LCMO) and Nb:SrTiO3 with 0.05 wt.% and 0.7 wt.% of Nb doping (0.05NbSTO and 0.7NbSTO) have been investigated in detail using current-voltage curves with and without light illumination. Two linear plots, namely, dV/dlnJ versus J and H(J)[≡V-(nk B T/q)ln(J/A**T 2)] versus J, have been used to extract the series resistance. These two plots give very close values. The extracted series resistance exhibits a monotonous increase with decreasing temperatures, which could explain the observed anomalous temperature dependence of short circuit current in LCMO/0.7NbSTO.

  3. The energy gap of the compound FeSe0.5Te0.5 determined by specific heat and Point Contact Spectroscopy

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    Escudero, Roberto; López-Romero, Rodolfo E.

    2015-10-01

    The superconductor FeSe0.5Te0.5 was studied with Point Contact spectroscopy and specific heat in polycrystalline samples. The transition temperature determined by magnetic measurement was TC=14.5 K. The size of the energy gap measured by junctions is Δ = 1.9 meV, whereas the gap determined by the specific heat measurements was Δ = 2.3 meV. The gap evolution with temperature follows BCS, the ratio 2Δ/KBTC has values between 2.88 ≤ 2 Δ /KBTC ≤ 3.04. The compound was grown by solid state synthesis in quartz ampoules under vacuum at 950 °C. Crystal structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction. The superconducting properties were characterized by magnetization, resistivity and specific heat. This superconductor shows an isotropic energy gap as observed with the fitting of the specific heat at low temperature.

  4. Reduced Graphene Oxide-Cu0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4-Polyaniline Nanocomposite: Preparation, Characterization and Microwave Absorption Properties

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    Dat, Tran Quang; Ha, Nguyen Tran; Hung, Do Quoc

    2017-02-01

    Reduced graphene oxide-Cu0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4-polyaniline nanocomposite (RGO-CNF-PANI) was synthesized by a three-step method. The morphology, structure and magnetic properties of composite samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy (RAMAN) and vibrating sample magnetometer. It was found that reduced graphene oxide was exfoliated and decorated homogeneously with ferrite nanoparticles having diameters between 11 nm and 21 nm. The polyaniline was coated by an in situ chemical oxidation polymerization. The measurement of magnetic properties found the remanence (Mr) and coercive field (Hc) were near zero, indicating that the obtained material was superparamagnetic. The microwave measurements found that the nanocomposite exhibited a good absorption property with the optimum matching thickness of 3 mm in the frequency of 8-12 GHz. The value of the maximum RL was -40.7 dB at 9.8 GHz.

  5. Anomalous reduction of the switching voltage of Bi-doped Ge{sub 0.5}Se{sub 0.5} ovonic threshold switching devices

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    Seo, Juhee; Ahn, Hyung-Woo; Shin, Sang-yeol; Cheong, Byung-ki; Lee, Suyoun

    2014-04-14

    Switching devices based on Ovonic Threshold Switching (OTS) have been considered as a solution to overcoming limitations of Si-based electronic devices, but the reduction of switching voltage is a major challenge. Here, we investigated the effect of Bi-doping in Ge{sub 0.5}Se{sub 0.5} thin films on their thermal, optical, electrical properties, as well as on the characteristics of OTS devices. As Bi increased, it was found that both of the optical energy gap (E{sub g}{sup opt}) and the depth of trap states decreased resulting in a drastic reduction of the threshold voltage (V{sub th}) by over 50%. In addition, E{sub g}{sup opt} was found to be about three times of the conduction activation energy for each composition. These results are explained in terms of the Mott delocalization effect by doping Bi.

  6. Simultaneous laser excitation of backward volume and perpendicular standing spin waves in full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 films

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    Chen, Zhifeng; Yan, Yong; Li, Shufa; Xu, Xiaoguang; Jiang, Yong; Lai, Tianshu

    2017-01-01

    Spin-wave dynamics in full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 films are studied using all-optical pump-probe magneto-optical polar Kerr spectroscopy. Backward volume magnetostatic spin-wave (BVMSW) mode is observed in films with thickness ranging from 20 to 100 nm besides perpendicular standing spin-wave (PSSW) mode, and found to be excited more efficiently than the PSSW mode. The field dependence of the effective Gilbert damping parameter appears especial extrinsic origin. The relationship between the lifetime and the group velocity of BVMSW mode is revealed. The frequency of BVMSW mode does not obviously depend on the film thickness, but the lifetime and the effective damping appear to do so. The simultaneous excitation of BVMSW and PSSW in Heusler alloy films as well as the characterization of their dynamic behaviors may be of interest for magnonic and spintronic applications. PMID:28195160

  7. Vacancy related defects in La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} thin films

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    Keeble, D.J.; Krishnan, A.; Nielsen, B.

    1996-12-31

    Laser ablated La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} thin films have been studied by Doppler-broadening-detected positron annihilation using a variable-energy positron beam. The oxygen partial pressure during cooling from the growth temperature was altered through the range 760 torr to 10{sup -5} torr to change the oxygen non-stoichiometry of the films. The measured Doppler broadened lineshape parameter S was found to increase with increasing oxygen nonstoichiometry. For films cooled with an oxygen partial pressure of {le} 10{sup -4} Torr positron trapping to monovacancy type defects is inferred. For the film cooled in 10{sup -5} torr oxygen the magnitude of the increase in S, with respect to that measured from the film cooled in 760 Torr oxygen, showed positron trapping to vacancy cluster defects was occurring.

  8. Effect of Natural Aging and Cold Working on Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Al-4.6Cu-0.5Mg-0.5Ag alloy

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    Chen, Yu-Te; Lee, Sheng-Long; Bor, Hui-Yun; Lin, Jing-Chie

    2013-06-01

    This research investigates the effects of natural aging and cold working prior to artificial aging on microstructures and mechanical properties of Al-4.6Cu-0.5Mg-0.5Ag alloy. Mechanical properties relative to microstructure variations were elucidated by the observations of the optical microscope (OM), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), electrical conductivity meter (pct IACS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that natural aging treatment has little noticeable benefit on the quantity of precipitation strengthening phases and mechanical properties, but it increases the precipitation strengthening rate at the initial stage of artificial aging. Cold working brings more lattice defects which suppress Al-Cu (GP zone) and Mg-Ag clustering, and therefore the precipitation of Ω phase decreases. Furthermore, more dislocations are formed, leading to precipitate the more heterogeneous nucleation of θ' phase. The above-mentioned precipitation phenomena and strain hardening effect are more obvious with higher degrees of cold working.

  9. 4-ps passively mode-locked Nd:Gd0.5Y0.5VO4 laser with a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror.

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    He, Jing-Liang; Fan, Ya-Xian; Du, Juan; Wang, Yong-Gang; Liu, Sheng; Wang, Hui-Tian; Zhang, Lian-Han; Hang, Yin

    2004-12-01

    We have demonstrated a passively mode-locked diode end-pumped all-solid-state laser, which is composed of a Nd:Gd0.5Y0.5VO4 crystal and a folded cavity with a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror grown by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition. Stable cw mode locking with a 3.8-ps pulse duration at a repetition rate of 112 MHz was obtained. At 13.6 W of the incident pump power, a clean mode-locked fundamental-mode average output power of 3.9 W was achieved with an overall optical-to-optical efficiency of 29.0%, and the slope efficiency was 38.1%.

  10. A novel counter electrode material of La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhong, Yongfeng; Qin, Tianze; Yang, Bo; Zuo, Xueqin; Li, Guang; Wu, Mingzai; Ma, Yongqing; Jin, Shaowei; Zhu, Kerong

    2016-11-01

    In this work, La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 (LSCO) perovskite oxide with perfect crystallinity was successfully synthesized via a sol-gel method and then used as counter electrodes (CEs) for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The DSSCs with LSCO CEs exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity for the triiodide reduction and yielded a power conversion efficiency of 7.17%, which is greater than that of the Pt electrode (7.06%). Compared with the hydrothermal method and solvothermal method, sol-gel method is more suitable for large scale preparation. This work should open up a new class of CE materials for low-cost and high-efficiency DSSCs.

  11. The microstructures and superconducting properties of FeSe0.5Te0.5 bulks with original milled powders

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    Li, Xiaoting; Gao, Zhiming; Liu, Yongchang; Ma, Zongqing; Yu, Liming; Li, Huijun; Yang, Hanzhang

    2013-10-01

    A combination of mechanical alloying (MA) and solid-state reaction was applied to synthesize bulk FeSe0.5Te0.5 superconductor. The influence of milling time on microstructures and superconducting properties were investigated in detail. The results showed that both the grain size and the amount of β-FeSe in the final sintered samples decreased as the milling time increased. In addition, lattice parameters a and c of β-FeSe also decreased with the milling time increasing, implying the introduction of a positive chemical pressure, which was not favorable for superconductivity of Fe chalcogenides. According to the measured results of resistivity, only the 20 h-milled sintered sample exhibited superconductivity, with Tconset and Tc0 of values 14 K and 10 K, respectively. As the milling time increased, the superconductivity was depressed or even damaged completely.

  12. Unraveling the magnetic properties of BiFe{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Vinai, G.; Petrov, A. Yu.; Panaccione, G.; Torelli, P.; Khare, A.; Rana, D. S.; Di Gennaro, E.; Scotti di Uccio, U.; Miletto Granozio, F.; Gobaut, B.; Moroni, R.; Rossi, G.

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the structural, chemical, and magnetic properties on BiFe{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} (BFCO) thin films grown on (001) (110) and (111) oriented SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrates by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and x-ray diffraction. We show how highly pure BFCO films, differently from the theoretically expected ferrimagnetic behavior, present a very weak dichroic signal at Cr and Fe edges, with both moments aligned with the external field. Chemically sensitive hysteresis loops show no hysteretic behavior and no saturation up to 6.8 T. The linear responses are induced by the tilting of the Cr and Fe moments along the applied magnetic field.

  13. Anisotropic magnetoresistance of epitaxial Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} film

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    Chen, X. G.; Yang, Y. B.; Wang, C. S.; Liu, S. Q.; Zhang, Y.; Han, J. Z.; Yang, Y. C.; Yang, J. B.

    2014-01-28

    The magnetic field and temperature dependent anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) of the epitaxial grown Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} thin films was investigated. It was found that the magnetoresistance exhibited the characteristics of magnetic polaron hopping. A two-fold symmetric AMR occurred in the ferromagnetic region (∼220 K < T < ∼150 K), while a four-fold symmetric AMR appeared under a high magnetic field in the antiferromagnetic orbital ordered region (T < ∼150 K). The angular dependence of the resistance showed a hysteresis effect under magnetic field at low temperature. It is believed that these phenomena are attributed to the spin canting effect, which originates from the melting of orbital ordering under the external magnetic field in the antiferromagnetic region.

  14. Magnetoresistance reversal in antiperovskite compound Mn{sub 3}Cu{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}N

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    Zhang, X. H.; Yin, Y.; Yuan, Q.; Han, J. C.; Zhang, Z. H.; Jian, J. K.; Zhao, J. G. E-mail: songbo@hit.edu.cn; Song, B. E-mail: songbo@hit.edu.cn

    2014-03-28

    We report detailed investigations of the structure, magnetic properties, electronic transport, and specific heat in Mn-based antiperovskite compounds Mn{sub 3}Cu{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}N. Most strikingly, there are several fascinating features: (i) The magnetoresistance at 30 kOe (40 kOe) exceeds ∼1% (∼2%) over a temperature span of ∼70 K (∼25 K) from 5 to 140 K; (ii) magnetoresistance fluctuates at temperatures of 100–200 K, including an obvious sign reversal from negative to positive at ∼140 K. Analysis of the specific heat reveals that the magnetoresistance reversal may originate from the reconstruction of the Fermi surface accompanying an antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic transition.

  15. Neither Goodenough ionic model nor Zener polaron model for Bi 0.5Ca 0.5Mn 1- xNi xO 3- δ system

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    Toulemonde, O.; Skovsen, I.; Mesguich, F.; Gaudin, E.

    2008-04-01

    The magnetic susceptibilities of three Bi 0.5Ca 0.5MnO 3- δ compounds synthesised by three different methods were characterised and analysed. Large magnetic Mn x clusters ( x ≥ 4) were considered to explain the high value of the Curie-Weiss constant. Unlike previous studies on similar systems, Goodenough ionic model or Zener polaron model is not suitable. In all cases, cluster behaviour is observed at low field and at low temperature. The influence of the oxygen stoichiometry and the homogeneity of the cation distribution depending on the method of the synthesis used is discussed. Finally, the effects of nickel doping on the magnetic properties were studied and the cluster behaviour was confirmed. The distribution in size of the clusters depends on the amount of nickel and it induces a glassy magnetic behaviour.

  16. Pressure-Induced Antiferromagnetic Fluctuations in the Pnictide Superconductor FeSe0.5Te0.5: 125Te NMR Study

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    Shimizu, Yasuhiro; Yamada, Takato; Takami, Tsuyoshi; Niitaka, Seiji; Takagi, Hidenori; Itoh, Masayuki

    2009-12-01

    To investigate the relationship between superconductivity and low-energy spin fluctuations in the iron-based superconductor FeSe0.5Te0.5, we have conducted 125Te NMR measurements at ambient pressure and 2 GPa. As the superconducting transition temperature Tc is increased by applying pressure, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate divided by temperature, 1/T1T, shows the development of antiferromagnetic fluctuations upon lowering temperature toward Tc. This supports the scenario that spin fluctuations promote superconducting pairing. The depressed Knight shift 125K and the absence of a coherence peak in 1/T1 below Tc are consistent with spin-singlet superconducting pairing with an anisotropic order parameter. In the normal metallic state, the comparison between the uniform and dynamic spin susceptibilities suggests the existence of a Fermi level located near the singularity of the band structure.

  17. Identical superconducting gap on different Fermi surfaces of Ca(Al0.5Si0.5)2 with the AlB2 structure

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    Tsuda, S.; Yokoya, T.; Shin, S.; Imai, M.; Hase, I.

    2004-03-01

    Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy of Ca(Al0.5Si0.5)2 (CaAlSi), which is a superconductor (transition temperature is 7.7 K) with the AlB2 structure, revealed that superconducting gaps on two Fermi surfaces (FSs) with three-dimensional character around Γ(A) and M(L) in the Brillouin zone provide essentially the same superconducting gap value (˜1.2 meV±0.2 meV). This is in contrast to the case of MgB2, in which different FSs exhibit different gap values. The reduced gap value 2Δ(0)/kBTc of ˜4.2±0.2 classifies CaAlSi as a moderately strong-coupling superconductor.

  18. Milling time and BPR dependence on permeability and losses of Ni 0.5Zn 0.5Fe 2O 4 synthesized via mechanical alloying process

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    Ismail, Ismayadi; Hashim, Mansor; Amin Matori, Khamirul; Alias, Rosidah; Hassan, Jumiah

    2011-06-01

    Ni 0.5Zn 0.5Fe 2O 4 has been synthesized using mechanical alloying method with two variables (milling time and ball-to-powder weight ratio (BPR)) were varied in order to study its effect on the magnetic properties of the material. The effects of these two variables were studied using XRD, SEM, TEM and later by impedance analyzer with the frequency range from 1 MHz to 1.8 GHz. The results obtained however show that there are no significant trends to relate the milling time and BPR with the permeability and losses of the material studied. After being sintered at 1150 °C, all the effects of alloying process seem to diminish.

  19. Effect of Oxygen-deficiencies on Resistance Switching in Amorphous YFe0.5Cr0.5O3−d films

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    Wang, Xianjie; Hu, Chang; Song, Yongli; Zhao, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Lingli; Lv, Zhe; Wang, Yang; Liu, Zhiguo; Wang, Yi; Zhang, Yu; Sui, Yu; Song, Bo

    2016-01-01

    Herein, we demonstrate the contribution of the oxygen-deficiencies on the bipolar resistance switching (RS) properties of amorphous-YFe0.5Cr0.5O3−d (a-YFCO) films. The a-YFCO films were prepared under various oxygen pressures to tune the concentration of oxygen-deficiencies in the films. The XPS data verify that the oxygen-deficiencies increase with decreasing oxygen pressure. The RS property becomes more pronounced with more oxygen-deficiencies in a-YFCO films. Based on the Ohmic conduction measurements in the low resistance state, we confirm that the RS mechanism is related to the migration of oxygen-deficiencies. The enhanced RS and long retention in a-YFCO suggest a great potential for applications in nonvolatile memory devices. PMID:27452114

  20. Electronic structure of random Al sub 0. 5 Ga sub 0. 5 As alloys: Test of the special-quasirandom-structures'' description

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    Hass, K.C.; Davis, L.C. ); Zunger, A. )

    1990-08-15

    The spectral properties of an {ital sp}{sup 3}{ital s*} tight-binding Hamiltonian for a random, unrelaxed Al{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}As alloy are calculated using three different techniques: the coherent-potential approximation, the recursion method (as applied to a {gt}2000 atom supercell), and the recently introduced special-quasirandom-structures'' (SQS) approach. Over a broad range of scattering strengths, the dominant spectral features predicted by the first two techniques are well reproduced by calculations for an SQS with 16 atoms/unit-cell ( SQS-8''). This suggests that the SQS approach might also be useful in cases where the other methods are difficult to apply, e.g., in first-principles calculations for structurally relaxed alloys.

  1. A magnetic atomic laminate from thin film synthesis: (Mo{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}){sub 2}GaC

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    Meshkian, R. Ingason, A. S.; Lu, J.; Rosen, J.; Arnalds, U. B.; Magnus, F.

    2015-07-01

    We present synthesis and characterization of a new magnetic atomic laminate: (Mo{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.5}){sub 2}GaC. High quality crystalline films were synthesized on MgO(111) substrates at a temperature of ∼530 °C. The films display a magnetic response, evaluated by vibrating sample magnetometry, in a temperature range 3-300 K and in a field up to 5 T. The response ranges from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic with change in temperature, with an acquired 5T-moment and remanent moment at 3 K of 0.66 and 0.35 μ{sub B} per metal atom (Mo and Mn), respectively. The remanent moment and the coercive field (0.06 T) exceed all values reported to date for the family of magnetic laminates based on so called MAX phases.

  2. Charge density wave excitations in stripe-type charge ordered Pr0.5Sr0.5MnO3 manganite

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    Rana, Rakesh; Rana, D. S.; Mavani, K. R.; Kawayama, I.; Murakami, H.; Tonouchi, M.

    2012-12-01

    We show that a charge-density wave mode submerged in large conductivity of the stripe-type charge-ordered (CO) crystal of Pr0.5Sr0.5MnO3 (PSMO) can be extracted by exciting selective crystallographic planes using polarized terahertz field. Low energy (1-7 meV) dynamics have been explored in the (100), (110), and (111) epitaxial films of PSMO manganite. Of (110) and (111) films representing bulk-like CO, the former exhibits a peak in the conductivity-energy spectrum with attributes of charge-density wave mode along a specific in-plane axis. On the contrary, the CO (111) and the phase-separated (100) films lack this low energy mode but exhibit a Drude-like spectral behavior in the metallic regime. These studies reveal a variety in isothermal charge dynamics originating from the anisotropic nature of the stripe charge-order.

  3. Evolution of photoinduced effects in phase-separated Sm0.5Sr0.5Mn1−yCryO3 thin films

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    Chai, Xiaojie; Xing, Hui; Jin, Kexin

    2016-01-01

    Systematic study on electrical transport properties has been performed in Sm0.5Sr0.5Mn1−yCryO3 thin films illuminated by the light. An evolution of persistent and transient photoinduced effects induced by the impurity doping and temperature has been observed, which is closely related to the number of ferromagnetic clusters. The maximum persistent photoinduced effect is observed at y = 0.08 and the corresponding value is about 61.7% at the power density of 13.7 mW/mm2. The underlying mechanism can be understood by the coexistence and competition of the multiphases in phase-separated manganites induced by Cr-doping. These results would pave the way for practical applications in innovative photoelectric devices of all-oxides. PMID:27001006

  4. Correlation between electrical and magnetic properties of polycrystalline La0.5Ca0.5Mn0.98Bi0.02O3

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    Krichene, A.; Bourouina, M.; Venkateshwarlu, D.; Solanki, P. S.; Rayaprol, S.; Ganesan, V.; Boujelben, W.; Kuberkar, D. G.

    2016-06-01

    We have reported in this work the study of correlation between electrical transport and magnetic properties of La0.5Ca0.5Mn0.98Bi0.02O3 polycrystalline sample prepared by solid state method. Structural analysis reveals that presently studied compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic structure with Pnma space group. Temperature dependence of magnetization indicates that our studied compound undergoes a paramagnetic-ferromagnetic transition at Curie temperature TC=237 K. Magnetotransport analysis was successfully carried out using percolation model in the temperature range 40-300 K for magnetic field values up to 14 T. Strong correlation between electrical and magnetic properties was observed along with the absence of charge ordering inside the structure of our sample.

  5. Inter particle interaction in Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 prepared by self combustion method

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    Sudheesh, V. D.; Vinesh, A.; Lakshmi, N.; Venugopalan, K.

    2012-06-01

    Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 has been prepared by self combustion method and studied using X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy and DC magnetization techniques. X-ray diffractogram shows highly crystalline nano sized sample with no impurity phases. The room temperature Mössbauer and magnetization measurements show the co-existence of superparamagnetic and ferrimagnetic particles in the sample. The presence of inter particle interaction is confirmed from the δM(H) curve at 20K. The dependence of magnetic moment below blocking temperature in the field cooling curve indicates that the inter particle interaction is weak in the as prepared sample.

  6. Demonstration of half-metallicity in fermi-level-tuned Heusler alloy Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 at room temperature.

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    Shan, R; Sukegawa, H; Wang, W H; Kodzuka, M; Furubayashi, T; Ohkubo, T; Mitani, S; Inomata, K; Hono, K

    2009-06-19

    Fermi level tuning has been successfully demonstrated in Co-based full-Heusler alloy Co(2)FeAl(0.5)Si(0.5) (CFAS). The half-metallic band gap of CFAS was proved by the behavior of differential conductance of CFAS/(MgAl(2))O(x)/CoFe magnetic tunneling junctions with an unexplored crystalline (MgAl(2))O(x) barrier. CFAS exhibits the highest effective spin polarization (P_{eff}) at 300 K and the weakest temperature dependence of P_{eff} among all known half metals. Further study shows that P_{eff} of CFAS decays with increasing temperature (T) following T;{3/2} law perfectly, which indicates that the depolarization of CFAS is determined by spin wave excitation only.

  7. Half-metallicity at the Heusler alloy Co(2)Cr(0.5)Fe(0.5)Al(001) surface and its interface with GaAs(001).

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    Zarei, Sareh; Javad Hashemifar, S; Akbarzadeh, Hadi; Hafari, Zohre

    2009-02-04

    Electronic and magnetic properties of the Heusler alloy Co(2)Cr(0.5)Fe(0.5)Al(001) surfaces and its interfaces with GaAs(001) are studied within the framework of density functional theory by using the plane-wave pseudopotential approach. The phase diagram obtained by ab initio atomistic thermodynamics shows that the CrAl surface is the most stable (001) termination of this Heusler alloy. We discuss that, at the ideal surfaces and interfaces with GaAs, half-metallicity of the alloy is lost, although the CrAl surface keeps high spin polarization. The energy band profile of the stable interface is investigated and a negative p Schottky barrier of -0.78 eV is obtained for this system.

  8. Enhanced low-energy magnetic excitations via suppression of the itinerancy in Fe0.98-zCuzTe0.5Se0.5

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    Wen, Jinsheng; Li, Shichao; Xu, Zhijun; Zhang, Cheng; Matsuda, M.; Sobolev, O.; Park, J. T.; Christianson, A. D.; Bourret-Courchesne, E.; Li, Qiang; Gu, Genda; Lee, Dung-Hai; Tranquada, J. M.; Xu, Guangyong; Birgeneau, R. J.

    2013-10-01

    We have performed resistivity and inelastic neutron scattering measurements on three samples of Fe0.98-zCuzTe0.5Se0.5 with z=0, 0.02, and 0.1. It is found that with increasing Cu doping the sample's resistivity deviates progressively from that of a metal. However, in contrast to expectations that replacing Fe with Cu would suppress the magnetic correlations, the low-energy (≤12 meV) magnetic scattering is enhanced in strength, with greater spectral weight and longer dynamical spin-spin correlation lengths. Such enhancements can be a consequence of either enlarged local moments or a slowing down of the spin fluctuations. In either case, the localization of the conduction states induced by the Cu doping should play a critical role. Our results are not applicable to models that treat 3d transition metal dopants simply as effective electron donors.

  9. Magnetic properties and spin reorientation of perovskite SmFe0.5Mn0.5O3 single crystal

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    Kang, Jian; Cui, Xiaopeng; Fang, Yifei; Zhang, Jincang

    2016-12-01

    The crystal structure and magnetic properties of the rare-earth perovskite SmFe0.5Mn0.5O3 single crystal were studied. The single crystal was successfully synthesized by optical-floating-zone method. M-T and M-H curves were measured to study the magnetic state in the single crystal. Strong magnetic anisotropy was observed in temperature dependent magnetization measurements along three crystallographic axes a, b and c. The first magnetic phase transition at TN=286 K is paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic transition. The M-T curve then undergoes a second intriguing transition from 254 K to 244 K and this transition is spin orientation from Γ4 (Gx, Ay, Fz) to Γ1 (Ax, Gy, Cz) due to anisotropic Mn3+ ions and complex interaction in our sample. Magnetic transition of rare earth oxides was tuned by Mn3+ doping, which has potential for future application.

  10. Simultaneous laser excitation of backward volume and perpendicular standing spin waves in full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 films

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    Chen, Zhifeng; Yan, Yong; Li, Shufa; Xu, Xiaoguang; Jiang, Yong; Lai, Tianshu

    2017-02-01

    Spin-wave dynamics in full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 films are studied using all-optical pump-probe magneto-optical polar Kerr spectroscopy. Backward volume magnetostatic spin-wave (BVMSW) mode is observed in films with thickness ranging from 20 to 100 nm besides perpendicular standing spin-wave (PSSW) mode, and found to be excited more efficiently than the PSSW mode. The field dependence of the effective Gilbert damping parameter appears especial extrinsic origin. The relationship between the lifetime and the group velocity of BVMSW mode is revealed. The frequency of BVMSW mode does not obviously depend on the film thickness, but the lifetime and the effective damping appear to do so. The simultaneous excitation of BVMSW and PSSW in Heusler alloy films as well as the characterization of their dynamic behaviors may be of interest for magnonic and spintronic applications.

  11. Spin reorientation transition in Sm{sub 0.5}Tb{sub 0.5}FeO{sub 3} orthoferrite single crystal

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    Zhao, Xiangyang; Wang, Bo; Zhang, Kailin; Liu, Xiumei; Xu, Kai; Cao, Shixun; Ma, Guohong E-mail: ghma@staff.shu.edu.cn; Wu, Anhua E-mail: ghma@staff.shu.edu.cn; Su, Liangbi

    2016-01-15

    Single crystal of Sm{sub 0.5}Tb{sub 0.5}FeO{sub 3} was grown by an optical floating zone method. The spin reorientation transition behavior (Γ{sub 2} → Γ{sub 24} → Γ{sub 4}) is observed in the temperature range from 150 to 250 K. The dynamics of spin reorientation transition is studied by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). FM mode was only discovered when temperature is below 55 K. And the FM mode resonant frequency increases from 0.216 THz to 0.268 THz with temperature deceasing from 55 K to 39 K. The AFM mode resonant frequency is fixed at 0.542 THz except in the very low temperature range. Our results demonstrate that THz-TDS is an effective means to study the dynamical iron ions SRT in RFeO{sub 3}.

  12. Manipulation of magnetism in perpendicularly magnetized Heusler alloy Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 by electric-field at room temperature

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    Wang, H. L.; Wu, Y.; Yu, H. J.; Jiang, Y.; Zhao, J. H.

    2016-09-01

    The electrical manipulation of magnetic properties in perpendicularly magnetized Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 ultra-thin films has been investigated. An electric-field is applied by utilizing either a solid-state dielectric HfO2 film or an ionic gel film as the gate insulator in the form of a field effect parallel capacitor. Obvious changes of the coercive field and Curie temperature (˜24 K) by gating voltage are observed for a 0.8 nm thick film, while a clear change of the magnetic anisotropy is obtained for the 1.1 nm thick one. The experimental results have been attributed to both the electric-field-induced modulation of carrier density near the interface and the oxidation-reduction effect inside the magnetic films.

  13. Giant elastocaloric effect in ferroelectric Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 alloys from first-principles

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    Lisenkov, S.; Ponomareva, I.

    2012-09-01

    As the need for efficient energy converting devices has been rapidly increasing, the materials that exhibit large or even giant caloric responses have emerged as promising candidates for solid-state refrigeration, which is an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to the conventional refrigeration technology. However, despite recent ground breaking discoveries of giant caloric responses in some materials, they appear to remain one of nature's rarities. Here we predict the existence of giant elastocaloric effect in ferroelectric Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 alloys, which adds one more member to this exclusive collection. Moreover, this computational finding reveals the multicaloric nature of such alloys, which could lead to new paradigms for cooling devices.

  14. Ultra-sharp metamagnetic transitions in the half-doped manganite compound Eu0.5Sr0.5MnO3

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    Rana, D. S.; Nirmala, R.; Malik, S. K.

    2005-05-01

    Magnetization, electrical-resistance and specific-heat measurements have been performed on the ABO3-type half-doped Eu0.5Sr0.5MnO3 manganite compound. These studies reveal successive sharp step-like metamagnetic transitions at low temperatures. The steps are sharp at T <= 3 K but smeared above 3 K, signifying the transformation from a homogenous to an inhomogenous phase-separated state at 3 K. Earlier such successive sharp steps have been observed mostly in Pr-based manganites (in which Pr is magnetic). The observation of the similar steps in the present Eu-based system (in which Eu is non-magnetic), along with the irreversibility in the magnetization isotherms, suggests that rare-earth magnetism has no role in the occurrence of this fascinating property.

  15. Good Quality Factor in GdMnO3-Doped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 Piezoelectric Ceramics

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    Bucur, Raul Alin; Badea, Iuliana; Bucur, Alexandra Ioana; Novaconi, Stefan

    2016-06-01

    (1 - x)(K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 - xGdMnO3 (KNN- xGM) ferroelectric ceramics (0 ≤ x ≤ 5 mol.%) were obtained through a solid state technique. For all the studied compositions, orthorhombic perovskite crystalline structures were obtained at room temperature. GdMnO3 suppresses the grain growth and gives rather homogenous microstructures as the concentration increases. The doped ceramics exhibita good dielectric response, a "hard" ferroelectric behavior and good piezoelectric properties. An improved mechanical quality factor of 1180 and a high Curie temperature T C = 400°C, coupled with k p = 0.426, makes the composition x = 1 mol.% GdMnO3 suitable for lead-free piezoelectric materials for high-power and high-temperature applications.

  16. Microwave dielectric and optical properties of amorphous and crystalline Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 thin films

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    Goud, J. Pundareekam; Joseph, Andrews; Ramakanth, S.; Naidu, Kuna Lakshun; Raju, K. C. James

    2016-05-01

    The thin films of composition Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 (BST5) were deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition technique on amorphous fused silica substrates at room temperature (RT) and at 700°C. The film deposited at RT is amorphous while the other crystallized in cubic structure. The refractive index (n) and optical band gap (Eg) extracted from transmission spectra in the 190 -2500 nm range. Microwave dielectric properties were investigated using the Split Post Dielectric Resonators (SPDR) technique at spot frequencies of 10GHz and 20GHz. The experimental results show that thin films deposited at high temperature (700°C) shows very high dielectric constant for both 10GHz and 20 GHz. These high dielectric constant films can be used in a wide range of applications such as capacitors, non-volatile high speed random access memories, and electro-optic devices.

  17. Unexpected ferromagnetic ordering enhancement with crystallite size growth observed in La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO₃ nanoparticles

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    Iniama, G.; Ita, B. I.; Presa, P. de la Hernando, A.; Alonso, J. M.; Multigner, M.; Cortés-Gil, R.; Ruiz-González, M. L.; Gonzalez-Calbet, J. M.

    2014-09-21

    In this paper, the physical properties of half-doped manganite La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO₃ with crystallite sizes ranging from 15 to 40 nm are investigated. As expected, ferromagnetic order strengthens at expense of antiferromagnetic one as crystallite size is reduced to 15 nm. However, contrary to previously reported works, an enhancement of saturation magnetization is observed as crystallite size increases from 15 to 22 nm. This unexpected behavior is accompanied by an unusual cell volume variation that seems to induce ferromagnetic-like behavior at expense of antiferromagnetic one. Besides, field cooled hysteresis loops show exchange bias field and coercivity enhancement for increasing cooling fields, which suggest a kind of core-shell structure with AFM-FM coupling for crystallite sizes as small as 15 nm. It is expected that inner core orders antiferromagnetically, whereas uncompensated surface spins behave as spin glass with ferromagnetic-like ordering.

  18. Colossal thermoelectric power in charge ordered lanthanum calcium manganites (La0.5Ca0.5MnO3)

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    Joy, Lija K.; Shanmukharao Samatham, S.; Thomas, Senoy; Ganesan, V.; Al-Harthi, Salim; Liebig, A.; Albrecht, M.; Anantharaman, M. R.

    2014-12-01

    Lanthanum calcium manganites (La0.5Ca0.5MnO3) with a composition close to charge ordering, synthesized by high energy ball milling, was found to exhibit colossal thermoelectric power. Thermoelectric power (TEP) data was systematically analyzed by dividing the entire temperature range (5 K-300 K) into three different regimes to explore different scattering mechanisms involved. Mandal's model has been applied to explain TEP data in the region below the Curie temperature (TC). It has been found that the variation of thermoelectric power with temperature is pronounced when the system enters the charge ordered region at T < 200 K. For temperatures lower than 120 K, due to the co-existence of charge ordered state with a spin-glass state, the variation of thermoelectric power is maximum and exhibited a peak value of -80 mV/K at 58 K. This has been explained by incorporating Kondo properties of the spin-glass along with magnon scattering. FC-ZFC magnetization measurements indicate the existence of a glassy state in the region corresponding to a maximum value of thermoelectric power. Phonon drag contribution instead of spin-glass contribution is taken into account to explain TEP in the region 120 K < T < TC. Mott's polaronic contribution of charge carriers are considered to interpret TEP in the high temperature region (T > TC). The optimal Mn4+-Mn3+ concentration in charge ordered La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 was examined by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy analysis which confirms the charge ordered nature of this compound.

  19. Topology and temperature dependence of the diffuse X-ray scattering in Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ferroelectric single crystals.

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    Gorfman, Semën; Keeble, Dean S; Bombardi, Alessandro; Thomas, Pam A

    2015-10-01

    The results of high-resolution measurements of the diffuse X-ray scattering produced by a perovskite-based Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 ferroelectric single crystal between 40 and 620 K are reported. The study was designed as an attempt to resolve numerous controversies regarding the average structure of Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3, such as the mechanism of the phase transitions between the tetragonal, P4bm, and rhombohedral | monoclinic, R3c | Cc, space groups and the correlation between structural changes and macroscopic physical properties. The starting point was to search for any transformations of structural disorder in the temperature range of thermal depoling (420-480 K), where the average structure is known to remain unchanged. The intensity distribution around the {032} pseudocubic reflection was collected using a PILATUS 100K detector at the I16 beamline of the Diamond Light Source (UK). The data revealed previously unknown features of the diffuse scattering, including a system of dual asymmetric L-shaped diffuse scattering streaks. The topology, temperature dependence, and relationship between Bragg and diffuse intensities suggest the presence of complex microstructure in the low-temperature R3c | Cc phase. This microstructure may be formed by the persistence of the higher-temperature P4bm phase, built into a lower-temperature R3c | Cc matrix, accompanied by the related long-range strain fields. Finally, it is shown that a correlation between the temperature dependence of the X-ray scattering features and the temperature regime of thermal depoling is present.

  20. Griffiths phase and colossal magnetoresistance in Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 oxygen-deficient thin films

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    Solin, N. I.; Korolyov, A. V.; Medvedev, Yu. V.; Nikolaenko, Yu. M.; Khokhlov, V. A.; Prokhorov, A. Yu.; Levchenko, G. G.

    2013-05-01

    This work is devoted to study the influence of the Griffiths phase in colossal magnetoresistance manganites. Griffiths-phase-like behavior of the paramagnetic susceptibility χ0 is observed in Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 oxygen-deficient thin films fabricated by magnetron sputtering deposition. In Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3-δ films with oxygen deficiency for ТG≈260-280 K>T>TC=138 K (ТG and ТС—Griffiths and Curie temperatures, respectively), paramagnetic matrix consists of a magnetic phase with short-range order (˜1-1.5 nm) (which is responsible for the colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) above ТС), and is embedded in this matrix region with long-range ferromagnetic order (≫10 nm), responsible for the Griffiths phase-like behavior of the paramagnetic susceptibility. Electrical resistivity is caused by carrier tunneling between the localized states and obeys the Efros-Shklovskii law. Magnetic resistivity is caused by change of the localized state sizes under the magnetic field. The temperature and magnetic field dependencies of size of the phase inhomogeneity inclusions, found from measurements of magneto-transport properties, can be satisfactorily described by the model of thermodynamic phase separation into metallic droplets of small radius in a paramagnetic matrix. Intrinsic nanoscale inhomogeneities caused by thermodynamic phase separation, rather than the Griffiths phase, determine the electrical resistivity and colossal magnetoresistance of the films. In half-doped manganites, the nature of long-range ordered magnetic phases may be related, besides the chemical heterogeneity, to proximity to a ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic boundary at the phase diagram as well. The results are in good agreement with the model of existence of an analog of Griffiths phase temperature in half-doped manganites.

  1. Effect of particle size distribution on the structure, hyperfine, and magnetic properties of Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanopowders

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    Bhattacharjee, Kaustav; Pati, Satya P.; Das, G. C.; Das, D.; Chattopadhyay, K. K.

    2014-12-01

    Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nano powders were synthesized by an auto combustion method and then heat treated at different temperatures in air for a fixed time. As a consequence, a distribution in particle size and strain was incorporated within the specimens, as estimated from the Rietveld refinement analysis of the powder x-ray diffraction data. The changes in the microstructure and crystal structure parameters were carefully extracted through the refinement analysis. Thermal annealing causes increment in the dispersion and mean of the size distribution. Reallocation of cations in the lattice sites occur as a consequence of the heat treatment which was manifested in their altered unit cell length (a), r.m.s. strain (⟨ɛ2⟩1/2), oxygen positional parameter (u), metal-oxygen bond lengths ( RO A and RO B ), and the band positions (ν1and ν2) in the vibrational spectroscopy. We also investigate the hyperfine and magnetic properties of the samples using different instrumental techniques (with different operating time scales) like Mössbauer spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry. Results show that the effect of particle size distribution was manifested in their hyperfine field distribution profile, paramagnetic resonance spectra, and magnetic anisotropy energy distribution profile. Co-existence of superparamagnetic and ferrimagnetic phase was recorded at room temperature in the samples when annealed at lower temperature. However, with increase in annealing temperature, the nature of the size distribution changes and ferrimagnetic ordering predominates for the larger size nanoparticles. Thus, the effect of particle size distribution on the structural, hyperfine, and magnetic properties of various Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles was investigated herein which hitherto has not been discussed in the literature.

  2. Spin-reorientation and weak ferromagnetism in antiferromagnetic TbMn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}

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    Nhalil, Hariharan E-mail: hariharan.nhalil@gmail.com; Sanathkumar, R.; Elizabeth, Suja; Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Strydom, André M.

    2015-05-07

    Orthorhombic single crystals of TbMn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} are found to exhibit spin-reorientation, magnetization reversal, and weak ferromagnetism. Strong anisotropy effects are evident in the temperature dependent magnetization measurements along the three crystallographic axes a, b, and c. A broad magnetic transition is visible at T{sub N}{sup Fe/Mn}=286 K due to paramagnetic to A{sub x}G{sub y}C{sub z} ordering. A sharp transition is observed at T{sub SR}{sup Fe/Mn}=28 K, which is pronounced along c axis in the form of a sharp jump in magnetization where the spins reorient to G{sub x}A{sub y}F{sub z} configuration. The negative magnetization observed below T{sub SR}{sup Fe/Mn} along c axis is explained in terms of domain wall pinning. A component of weak ferromagnetism is observed in field-scans along c-axis but below 28 K. Field-induced steps-like transitions are observed in hysteresis measurement along b axis below 28 K. It is noted that no sign of Tb-order is discernible down to 2 K. TbMn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}O{sub 3} could be highlighted as a potential candidate to evaluate its magneto-dielectric effects across the magnetic transitions.

  3. Li(V0.5Ti0.5)S2 as a 1 V lithium intercalation electrode

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    Clark, Steve J.; Wang, Da; Armstrong, A. Robert; Bruce, Peter G.

    2016-01-01

    Graphite, the dominant anode in rechargeable lithium batteries, operates at ∼0.1 V versus Li+/Li and can result in lithium plating on the graphite surface, raising safety concerns. Titanates, for example, Li4Ti5O12, intercalate lithium at∼1.6 V versus Li+/Li, avoiding problematic lithium plating at the expense of reduced cell voltage. There is interest in 1 V anodes, as this voltage is sufficiently high to avoid lithium plating while not significantly reducing cell potential. The sulfides, LiVS2 and LiTiS2, have been investigated as possible 1 V intercalation electrodes but suffer from capacity fading, large 1st cycle irreversible capacity or polarization. Here we report that the 50/50 solid solution, Li1+x(V0.5Ti0.5)S2, delivers a reversible capacity to store charge of 220 mAhg−1 (at 0.9 V), 99% of theoretical, at a rate of C/2, retaining 205 mAhg−1 at C-rate (92% of theoretical). Rate capability is excellent with 200 mAhg−1 at 3C. C-rate is discharge in 1 h. Polarization is low, 100 mV at C/2. To the best of our knowledge, the properties/performances of Li(V0.5Ti0.5)S2 exceed all previous 1 V electrodes. PMID:26996753

  4. Colossal thermoelectric power in charge ordered lanthanum calcium manganites (La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3})

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    Joy, Lija K.; Anantharaman, M. R.; Shanmukharao Samatham, S.; Ganesan, V.; Thomas, Senoy; Al-Harthi, Salim; Liebig, A.; Albrecht, M.

    2014-12-07

    Lanthanum calcium manganites (La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}) with a composition close to charge ordering, synthesized by high energy ball milling, was found to exhibit colossal thermoelectric power. Thermoelectric power (TEP) data was systematically analyzed by dividing the entire temperature range (5 K–300 K) into three different regimes to explore different scattering mechanisms involved. Mandal's model has been applied to explain TEP data in the region below the Curie temperature (T{sub C}). It has been found that the variation of thermoelectric power with temperature is pronounced when the system enters the charge ordered region at T < 200 K. For temperatures lower than 120 K, due to the co-existence of charge ordered state with a spin-glass state, the variation of thermoelectric power is maximum and exhibited a peak value of −80 mV/K at 58 K. This has been explained by incorporating Kondo properties of the spin-glass along with magnon scattering. FC-ZFC magnetization measurements indicate the existence of a glassy state in the region corresponding to a maximum value of thermoelectric power. Phonon drag contribution instead of spin-glass contribution is taken into account to explain TEP in the region 120 K < T < T{sub C}. Mott's polaronic contribution of charge carriers are considered to interpret TEP in the high temperature region (T > T{sub C}). The optimal Mn{sup 4+}-Mn{sup 3+} concentration in charge ordered La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} was examined by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy analysis which confirms the charge ordered nature of this compound.

  5. Analysis of conductivity and dielectric spectra of Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 with coupled Cole-Cole type anomalous relaxations

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    Kumar, N. S. K.; Shahid, T. S.; Govindaraj, G.

    2016-05-01

    Most of the crystalline materials seldom show a well-defined dielectric loss peak due to domination of dc conductivity contribution, but effects of loss peaks are seen at high frequencies. Ac electrical data of nano-crystalline Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 synthesised by chemical co-precipitation method show such behaviour. Properly combined and formulated conduction and dielectric relaxation functions are required for such materials. Cole-Cole type relaxation function in the combined conduction and dielectric process is formulated for complex resistivity ρ*(ω), complex permittivity ε*(ω), complex conductivity σ*(ω) and complex electric modulus M*(ω). Conduction and dielectric relaxation are linked to Jonscher's idea of 'pinned dipole' and 'free dipole' to understand the relaxation dynamics. The physical parameters of 'pinned dipole' and 'free dipole' formalism are unique for all representations like ρ*(ω), ε*(ω), σ*(ω) and M*(ω). 'Pinned dipole' relaxation time τc related to conduction process and 'free dipole' relaxation time τd related to dielectric process show Arrhenius behaviour with the same activation energy. Correlation of dc conductivity σc with τc and τd indicates the coupled dynamics of 'pinned dipole' and 'free dipole'. Time-temperature scaling of conduction and dielectric relaxation reveals that the mechanism of coupled dynamics of 'pinned dipole' and 'free dipole' is temperature independent. Hopping of charge carriers with dynamics of disordered cation distribution of host matrix generates a coupled conduction and dielectric relaxation in Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4.

  6. A study on the extent of exchange coupling between (Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19)1-x(CoFe2O4)x magnetic nanocomposites synthesized by solgel combustion method

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    Harikrishnan, V.; Ezhil Vizhi, R.

    2016-11-01

    One step citrate gel combustion method followed by high temperature annealing was employed for preparing (Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19)1-x(CoFe2O4)x (x=0.1, 0.2, and 0.3) composite ferrite powders. The powders were subjected to annealing at 800 °C in order to decisively study the phase evolution of the combined hard and soft ferrites. Thermogravitry (TGA)/differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis exhibited three stages of decomposition in the precursor gels combined with an exothermic peak at 210 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed that the diffraction peaks were perfectly indexed to the hexagonal magnetoplumbite structure of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19 and the cubic spinel structure of CoFe2O4. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis for the samples showed a Co-O stretching vibration accompanied with Co-O-Co or Fe-O-Fe bands at 1220 cm-1. The morphology of the samples were examined by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The crystallinity of a selected sample was evaluated by using the high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern. It confirmed the presence of planes comprising the hard and soft phases in the synthesized nanocomposites. The magnetic parameters like saturation magnetization MS, remanent magnetization MR, squareness ratio SR, coercivity HC and magnetic moment μB were evaluated using hysteresis by employing vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Maximum HC of 4.7 kOe and MS of 60.4 emu/g were obtained for (Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe12O19)0.9(CoFe2O4)0.1. Switching field distribution curves were analysed by using the demagnetization curve. The exchange coupling between the hard and soft phases were analysed by the dM/dH plots and it indicated the exchange coupling first increased with the increase in the concentration of spinels and then decreased. The possible comparison of exchange coupling between the hard and soft phases

  7. Monoclinic Sr(1-x)Na(x)SiO(3-0.5x): new superior oxide ion electrolytes.

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    Singh, Preetam; Goodenough, John B

    2013-07-10

    Oxide ion electrolytes determine the temperature of operation of solid oxide fuel cells, oxygen separation membranes, and oxygen sensors. There is a strong incentive to lower their operating temperatures, in a solid oxide fuel cell, for example, from Top > 800 °C to Top ≈ 500 °C. The use of low-cost Na(+) rather than K(+) as the dopant in monoclinic SrSiO3 (C12/C1) is shown to provide a larger solid solution range (0 < x ≤ 0.45) in Sr1-xNaxSiO3-0.5x and to achieve an oxide ion conductivity σo ≥ 10(-2) S·cm(-1) by 525 °C as a result of lowering the temperature of a smooth transition to full disorder of the mobile oxide ions. The Sr1-xNaxSiO3-0.5x electrolytes are much less hygroscopic than Sr1-xKxSiO3-0.5x and are stable with a nickel composite anode in 5% H2/Ar as well as with cathodes such as La1-xSrxMnO3-δ and Sr0.7Y0.3CoO3-δ in air, which makes them candidate electrolytes for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells or for other applications of oxide ion electrolytes.

  8. Donor-doping and reduced leakage current in Nb-doped Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3

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    Li, Ming; Li, Linhao; Zang, Jiadong; Sinclair, Derek C.

    2015-03-01

    Low levels of so-called "donor-doping" in titanate-based perovskite oxides such as La for Ba, Sr, and Nb for Ti in (Ba, Sr)TiO3 can significantly reduce the resistivity of these typical (d0) dielectric materials and expand application areas to positive temperature coefficient resistors, thermoelectrics, conductive wafers as thin film substrates, and solid oxide fuel cell anode materials. Here, we show low levels of Nb-doping (≤1 at. %) on the Ti-site in the well-known lead-free piezoelectric perovskite oxide Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (NBT) produces completely different behaviours whereby much higher resistivity is obtained, therefore indicating a different donor-doping (substitution) mechanism. There is a switch in conduction mechanism from oxygen-ions in undoped NBT with an activation energy (Ea) of <0.9 eV to electronic (band gap) conduction in 0.5-1 at. % Nb-doped NBT with Ea ˜ 1.5-1.8 eV. This demonstrates the necessity of further systematic doping studies to elucidate the defect chemistry of NBT which is clearly different to that of (Ba,Sr)TiO3. This defect chemistry needs to be understood if NBT-based materials are going to be manufactured on a large scale for commercial applications. This study also illustrates different donor-doping mechanisms to exist within the family of d0 titanate-based perovskites.

  9. The cross-plane thermoelectric properties of p-Ge/Si{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5} superlattices

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    Ferre Llin, L.; Samarelli, A.; Weaver, J. M. R.; Dobson, P. S.; Paul, D. J.; Cecchi, S.; Chrastina, D.; Isella, G.; Etzelstorfer, T.; Stangl, J.; Müller Gubler, E.

    2013-09-30

    The electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficients, and thermal conductivities of a range of p-type Ge/Si{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5} superlattices designed for thermoelectric generation and grown by low energy plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition have been measured using a range of microfabricated test structures. For samples with barriers around 0.5 nm in thickness, the measured Seebeck coefficients were comparable to bulk p-SiGe at similar doping levels suggesting the holes see the material as a random bulk alloy rather than a superlattice. The Seebeck coefficients for Ge quantum wells of 2.85 ± 0.85 nm increased up to 533 ± 25 μV/K as the doping was reduced. The thermal conductivities are between 4.5 to 6.0 Wm{sup −1}K{sup −1} which are lower than comparably doped bulk Si{sub 0.3}Ge{sub 0.7} but higher than undoped Si/Ge superlattices. The highest measured figure of merit ZT was 0.080 ± 0.011 obtained for the widest quantum well studied. Analysis suggests that interface roughness is presently limiting the performance and a reduction in the strain between the quantum wells and barriers has the potential to improve the thermoelectric performance.

  10. Field-induced magnetic phase transition in Pr3+ doped Sm0.5Sr0.5MnO3 manganites

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    Giri, S. K.; Nath, T. K.

    2013-05-01

    Magnetic properties of Pr3+ doped Sm0.5Sr0.5MnO3 manganite with the variation of particle size down to 30 nm have been investigated in detail. We have critically examined the magnetic field (H) dependence of the order of the ferromagnetic (FM) to paramagnetic (PM) phase transition in this Sm0.35Pr0.15Sr0.5MnO3 manganite. It has been shown that all the particle sizes (bulk to nano) exhibit first order FM → PM phase transition under low magnetic field accompanied by magnetization with thermal hysteresis in the field cooled cooling and warming cycle. However, the samples exhibit a second order magnetic phase transition above a critical field HCR. Again with decreasing the particle size, the ferromagnetic transition temperature, the thermal hysteresis width in the magnetizations, and the critical field HCR significantly decrease, which indicate that the ferromagnetism is weakened and the first-order magnetic phase transition is softened. We have also used the Banerjee criteria to distinguish the first-order magnetic phase transition from the second-order one. A detailed analysis of the magnetization measurements of this manganite reveal the disorder-induced softening of the first order phase transition in this phase separated manganite.

  11. Electric-field control of ferromagnetic resonance in monolithic BaFe12O19-Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 heterostructures

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    Das, Jaydip; Song, Young-Yeal; Wu, Mingzhong

    2010-08-01

    This paper demonstrates an electric-field tuning of the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) responses at millimeter wave frequencies for a monolithic magneto-electric heterostructure. The layered stack is comprised of c-axis oriented and low loss barium hexaferrite (BaM) and (111) oriented ferroelectric barium strontium titanate (BSTO) layers along with embedded platinum electrode layers, all fabricated by pulsed laser deposition technique. A tunability of the FMR frequency as large as 3.5 MHz/V has been observed at 60 GHz due to application of bias voltages in the range of several volts. The realization of such a large tunability relies on the quasi-lattice-to-lattice contact between the BaM and BSTO layers as well as the high quality of those layers.

  12. Correlation between micro-structural properties and ionic conductivity of Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO4)3 ceramics

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    Mariappan, Chinnasamy R.; Yada, Chihiro; Rosciano, Fabio; Roling, Bernhard

    2011-08-01

    We report on the structure and lithium ion transport properties of Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO4)3 (LAGP). This material is commercially available and is prepared as amorphous powders via a flame spray technique called Flash Creation Method (FCM). We crystallize and sinter the amorphous powders at different temperatures in order to alter grain size and grain boundary properties. The structure is then characterized by means of powder X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. AC impedance spectroscopy is used to study lithium ion transport. A maximum total conductivity of 2 × 10-4 S cm-1 at room temperature is found for a sample sintered at 750 °C for 2 h. In order to distinguish between grain and grain boundary contributions to the impedance spectra, equivalent circuit fits are carried out. The results are analysed in the framework of the classical brick layer model and of a finite-element approach taking into account non-ideal grain contacts. Our experimental results for the grain and grain boundary resistances are in good agreement with the predications of the finite-element approach.

  13. Nanocrystalline Zn1-x Co0.5xNi0.5x Fe2O4 ferrites: Fabrication via co-precipitation route with enhanced magnetic and electrical properties

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    Hassan, Amna; Azhar Khan, Muhammad; Shahid, Muhammad; Asghar, M.; Shakir, Imran; Naseem, Shahzad; Riaz, Saira; Farooq Warsi, Muhammad

    2015-11-01

    Co and Ni substituted znic ferrite nanoparticles (Zn1-xCo0.5xNi0.5xFe2O4) (0.00≤x≥0.75) were synthesized by co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the single phase spinel structure. The lattice constant decreased with the increased Co and Ni contents. The bulk density was found less as compared to the X-ray density and this difference was explained in terms of porosity. The crystallite size was calculated by Scherrer's formula and found in the range 20-50 nm. Two prominent stretching bands were observed in FTIR spectra around 400-600 cm-1. These two bands confirmed the spinel structure of the prepared nanoparticles. The saturation magnetization was found to increase upto x=0.60 from 1.31 emu/g to 81.2 emu/g then it decreased for x=0.75 to the value of 75.1 emu/g. The coercivity and retentivity were found in the range 35.36-226.125 Oe and 0.0135-19.8 emu/g, respectively. Dielectric parameters were decreased with the increased Ni-Co contents. About nine fold increase in the DC-electrical resistivity was obtained for the Zn0.25Co0.375Ni0.375Fe2O4 (2.8979×1010 Ω cm) as compared to the ZnFe2O4 (0.2974×1010 Ω cm) nanoparticles.

  14. A CO2-tolerant La2NiO4+δ-coated PrBa0.5Sr0.5Co1.5Fe0.5O5+δ cathode for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Li, Jin; Zhang, Qian; Qiu, Peng; Jia, Lichao; Chi, Bo; Pu, Jian; Li, Jian

    2017-02-01

    La2NiO4+δ (LN)-coated PrBa0.5Sr0.5Co1.5Fe0.5O5+δ (PBSCF) composite cathode, designated as PBSCF-LN, for the intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) is prepared by solution infiltration, and investigated comparatively with single phase PBSCF cathode in the half and full cells using Ag and/or Pt paste as the current collector. Compared with Pt, Ag current collector results in a decrease of cathode polarization resistance (RP) by an order of magnitude, which suggests that Ag is electrocatalytically active and not suitable for the use of studying the cathode performance of IT-SOFCs. The RP value of PBSCF-LN cathode is significantly lower than that of PBSCF cathode, no matter whether Pt or Ag current collector is used for the measurement. High power densities ranging from 0.24 to 0.94 W cm-2 at temperatures between 600 and 750 °C are achieved using a full cell with PBSCF-LN cathode. Upon exposure to a CO2-rich atmosphere, carbonate particles are formed on the surface of PBSCF cathode, causing irreversible degradation of electrochemical performance. In contrast, the surface of PBSCF-LN cathode remains clean, and its performance degradation due to CO2 adsorption is recoverable.

  15. Structural properties and application in lithium cells of Li(Ni0.5Co0.5)1-yFeyO2 (0 ≤ y ≤ 0.25) prepared by sol-gel route: Doping optimization

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    Abdel-Ghany, A. E.; Hashem, A. M.; Elzahany, E. A.; Abuzeid, H. A.; Indris, S.; Nikolowski, K.; Ehrenberg, H.; Zaghib, K.; Mauger, A.; Julien, C. M.

    2016-07-01

    Layered Li(Co0.5Ni0.5)1-yFeyO2 (0.0 ≤ y ≤ 0.25) oxides were prepared by citric-acid assisted sol-gel method. Elemental and structural properties were investigated by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman scattering (RS) and Mössbauer spectroscopy, and magnetometry. EDX images show a homogeneous distribution of Fe ions. XRD and RS spectroscopy reveal that the materials crystallize as a LiNiO2sbnd LiCoO2sbnd LiFeO2 solid solution with the typical rhombohedral α-NaFeO2 structure (R 3 bar m S.G.) up to y = 0.2 at which composition a secondary phase was observed. For y > 0.2 the XRD results show the appearance of the α-LiFeO2 phase with the cubic structure (Fm3m S.G.). The degree of cation mixing investigated by XRD analysis and magnetic measurements is z < 0.04, for y < 0.2. Electrochemical tests of Li(Co0.5Ni0.5)1-yFeyO2 (0.0 ≤ y ≤ 0.1) oxides in lithium cells show the influence of iron substitution. The best results have been obtained for the composition y(Fe) = 0.05, where the electrical conductivity is maximum. A specific capacity 32 mAh g-1 is maintained at 8C rate.

  16. Effects of Mg substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of Co0.5Ni0.5-x Mg x Fe2O4 nanoparticle ferrites

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    R, M. Rosnan; Z, Othaman; R, Hussin; Ali, A. Ati; Alireza, Samavati; Shadab, Dabagh; Samad, Zare

    2016-04-01

    In this study, nanocrystalline Co-Ni-Mg ferrite powders with composition Co0.5Ni0.5-x Mg x Fe2O4 are successfully synthesized by the co-precipitation method. A systematic investigation on the structural, morphological and magnetic properties of un-doped and Mg-doped Co-Ni ferrite nanoparticles is carried out. The prepared samples are characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The XRD analyses of the synthesized samples confirm the formation of single-phase cubic spinel structures with crystallite sizes in a range of ˜ 32 nm to ˜ 36 nm. The lattice constant increases with increasing Mg content. FESEM images show that the synthesized samples are homogeneous with a uniformly distributed grain. The results of IR spectroscopy analysis indicate the formation of functional groups of spinel ferrite in the co-precipitation process. By increasing Mg2+ substitution, room temperature magnetic measurement shows that maximum magnetization and coercivity increase from ˜ 57.35 emu/g to ˜ 61.49 emu/g and ˜ 603.26 Oe to ˜ 684.11 Oe (1 Oe = 79.5775 A·m-1), respectively. The higher values of magnetization M s and M r suggest that the optimum composition is Co0.5Ni0.4Mg0.1Fe2O4 that can be applied to high-density recording media and microwave devices. Project supported by the Ibnu Sina Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research, Physics Department of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and the Ministry of Education Malaysia (Grant Nos. Q.J130000.2526.04H65).

  17. X-ray emission and photoelectron spectra of Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}

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    Kurmaev, E.Z.; Korotin, M.A.; Galakhov, V.R.; Finkelstein, L.D.; Zabolotzky, E.I.; Efremova, N.N.; Lobachevskaya, N.I.; Stadler, S.; Ederer, D.L.; Callcott, T.A.; Zhou, L.; Moewes, A.; Bartkowski, S.; Neumann, M.; Matsuno, J.; Mizokawa, T.; Fujimori, A.; Mitchell, J.

    1999-05-01

    The results of measurements of x-ray photoelectron (XPS), x-ray emission (XES), and x-ray absorption spectra and local spin-density approximation band structure (LSDA) calculations of Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} are presented. The excitation energy dependence of Mn L{sub 2,3} and O K{alpha} x-ray emission spectra of Pr{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} is measured using tunable synchrotron radiation. The XES measurements yielded no photon energy dependence for the O K{alpha} spectra, but the Mn L{sub 2,3} spectra yielded inelastic scattering losses of 2 and 6 eV, corresponding to features in the structure of the occupied part of the valence band. Comparing XPS and XES measurements with LSDA band-structure calculations, one concludes that the electronic structure of the compound consists mainly of Mn 3d and O 2p states. States of 3d character localized at the Mn site predominate near the top of the valence band (VB). Some differences in the Mn 3d distribution in this part of the XPS valence band and Mn L{sub 3} XES with {ital d} symmetry due to spin-selection rules that govern the Mn L{sub 3} XES. In addition, the Mn 3d states distribution is hybridized with the O 2p part of the VB. Mn L{sub 3} XES spectra were determined relative to the Fermi energy by assuming normal x-ray emission begins from the lowest level of the p{sup 5}d{sup n+1}L intermediate state (which is the Mn 2p ionizatation threshold). From the local spin-density approximation, the orbital character of the Mn 3d electrons can be assigned e{sub g} symmetry at the top of the valence band T{sub 2g} in the central part of the VB, and equal contributions of e{sub g} and t{sub 2g} states at the bottom of the valence band. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Giant strain with ultra-low hysteresis and high temperature stability in grain oriented lead-free K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3 piezoelectric materials

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    Maurya, Deepam; Zhou, Yuan; Wang, Yaojin; Yan, Yongke; Li, Jiefang; Viehland, Dwight; Priya, Shashank

    2015-01-01

    We synthesized grain-oriented lead-free piezoelectric materials in (K0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BaTiO3-xNa0.5Bi0.5TiO3 (KBT-BT-NBT) system with high degree of texturing along the [001]c (c-cubic) crystallographic orientation. We demonstrate giant field induced strain (~0.48%) with an ultra-low hysteresis along with enhanced piezoelectric response (d33 ~ 190pC/N) and high temperature stability (~160°C). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) results demonstrate smaller size highly ordered domain structure in grain-oriented specimen relative to the conventional polycrystalline ceramics. The grain oriented specimens exhibited a high degree of non-180° domain switching, in comparison to the randomly axed ones. These results indicate the effective solution to the lead-free piezoelectric materials. PMID:25716551

  19. Crystal and magnetic study of the disordered perovskites Ca(Mn{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} and Ca(Fe{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}

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    Retuerto, M.; Martinez-Lope, M.J.; Garcia-Hernandez, M.; Munoz, A.; Fernandez-Diaz, M.T.; Alonso, J.A.

    2010-10-15

    We have investigated the double perovskites Ca{sub 2}MSbO{sub 6} (M = Mn, Fe) that have been prepared by solid-state reaction (M = Fe) and wet chemistry procedures (M = Mn). The crystal and magnetic structures have been studied from X-ray (XRD) and neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data. Rietveld refinements show that the crystal structures are orthorhombic (space group Pbnm) with complete disorder of M and Sb cations, so the formula should be rewritten as Ca(M{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}. Due to this disorder no evidences of Jahn-Teller distortion can be observed in the MnO{sub 6} octahedra of Ca(Mn{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, in contrast with the ordered double perovskite Sr{sub 2}MnSbO{sub 6}. Ca(Fe{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} behaves as an antiferromagnet with an ordered magnetic moment for Fe{sup 3+} of 1.53(4){mu}{sub B} and a propagation vector k = 0, as investigated by low-temperature NPD. The antiferromagnetic ordering is a result of the high degree of Fe/Sb anti-site disorder of the sample, which originates the spontaneous formation of Fe-rich islands, characterized by the presence of strong Fe-O-Fe antiferromagnetic couplings with enough long-range coherence to produce a magnetic contribution perceptible by NPD. By contrast, the magnetic structure of Ca(Mn{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} cannot be observed by low-temperature NPD because the magnitude of the ordered magnetic moments is below the detection threshold for neutrons.

  20. Synthesis and thermoelectric properties of the novel A-site deficient Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4} compound

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    Nakamura, Yuta; Kakemoto, Hirofumi; Nishiyama, Shin; Irie, Hiroshi

    2012-08-15

    A novel thermoelectric material, A-site-deficient spinel Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4}, was prepared by subtracting Li ions from Li{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4} immersed in a K{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 8} aqueous solution. The electric conductivity ({sigma}) increased 6-fold after extracting Li ({sigma}=8.8 S/cm (Li{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4}), 50 S/cm (Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4}) at 600 Degree-Sign C), whereas the Seebeck coefficient (S) only slightly increased (S=203 {mu}V/K (Li{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4}), 216 {mu}V/K (Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4}) at 600 Degree-Sign C). In Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4}, a mixed-valence configuration of Rh{sup 3+} and Rh{sup 4+} at a ratio of 1 to 1 and a half-deficient A-site were realized, resulting in high {sigma} and even slightly increased S, which were likely attributed to the rather high power factor of 2.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} W/m K{sup 2} at 600 Degree-Sign C. Our findings demonstrate that controlling the Rh{sup 4+}/Rh{sup 3+} ratio is a promising method for enhancing the thermoelectric properties. - Graphical abstract: Temperature dependence of power factor (PF) of Li{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4}, Li{sub 0.25}Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A-site-deficient Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4} was prepared by subtracting Li from Li{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Rh{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A mixed-valence configuration with a Rh{sup 4+}/Rh{sup 3+} ratio of 1 was likely realized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Such a configuration lead to an enhanced {sigma} of 50S/cm and S of 216 {mu}V/K at 600 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Controlling the Rh{sup 4+}/Rh{sup 3+} ratio is a candidate for enhancing the thermoelectricity.

  1. Al and Si Alloying Effect on Solder Joint Reliability in Sn-0.5Cu for Automotive Electronics

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    Hong, Won Sik; Oh, Chulmin; Kim, Mi-Song; Lee, Young Woo; Kim, Hui Joong; Hong, Sung Jae; Moon, Jeong Tak

    2016-12-01

    To suppress the bonding strength degradation of solder joints in automotive electronics, we proposed a mid-temperature quaternary Pb-free Sn-0.5Cu solder alloy with minor Pd, Al, Si and Ge alloying elements. We manufactured powders and solder pastes of Sn-0.5Cu-(0.01,0.03)Al-0.005Si-(0.006-0.007)Ge alloys ( T m = 230°C), and vehicle electronic control units used for a flame-retardant-4 printed circuit board with an organic solderability preservative finish were assembled by a reflow soldering process. To investigate the degradation properties of solder joints used in engine compartments, thermal cycling tests were conducted from -40°C to 125°C (10 min dwell) for 1500 cycles. We also measured the shear strength of the solder joints in various components and observed the microstructural evolution of the solder joints. Based on these results, intermetallic compound (IMC) growth at the solder joints was suppressed by minor Pd, Al and Si additions to the Sn-0.5Cu alloy. After 1500 thermal cycles, IMC layers thicknesses for 100 parts per million (ppm) and 300 ppm Al alloy additions were 6.7 μm and 10 μm, compared to the as-reflowed bonding thicknesses of 6 μm and 7 μm, respectively. Furthermore, shear strength degradation rates for 100 ppm and 300 ppm Al(Si) alloy additions were at least 19.5%-26.2%. The cause of the improvement in thermal cycling reliability was analyzed using the (Al,Cu)-Sn, Si-Sn and Al-Sn phases dispersed around the Cu6Sn5 intermetallic at the solder matrix and bonding interfaces. From these results, we propose the possibility of a mid-temperature Sn-0.5Cu(Pd)-Al(Si)-Ge Pb-free solder for automotive engine compartment electronics.

  2. Dielectric and magnetic studies of BaTi0.5Fe0.5O3 ceramic materials, synthesized by solid state sintering

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    Samuvel, K.; Ramachandran, K.

    2015-02-01

    A comparative study of the surface morphology, dielectric and magnetic properties of the BaTi0.5Fe0.5O3 (BTFO) ceramics materials. This has been carried out by synthesizing the samples in different routes. BTFO samples have shown single phased 12R type hexagonal structure with R 3m ‾ , P4mm space group. Interfacial effects on the dielectric properties of the samples have been understood by Cole-Cole plots in complex impedance and modulus formalism. It has been identified that huge dielectric constant (103-106) at lower frequencies is largely contributed by the heterogeneous electronic microstructure at the interfaces of grains. Modulus formalism has identified the effects of both grain and grain boundary microstructure on the dielectric properties, particularly in chemical routed samples. The order of grain boundary resistivity suggests the semiconductor/insulator class of the material. The grain boundary resistivity of the mechanical alloyed samples is remarkably lower than the solid state and chemical routed samples. Few samples have of the samples have exhibited signature of ferromagnetism at the room temperature.

  3. Methane oxidation at redox stable fuel cell electrode La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5Mn0.5O(3-delta).

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    Tao, Shanwen; Irvine, John T S; Plint, Steven M

    2006-11-02

    Because of its widespread availability, natural gas is the most important fuel for early application of stationary fuel cells, and furthermore, methane containing biogases are one of the most promising renewable energy alternatives; thus, it is very important to be able to efficiently utilize methane in fuel cells. Typically, external steam reforming is applied to allow methane utilization in high temperature fuel cells; however, direct oxidation will provide a much better solution. Recently, we reported good electrochemical performance for an oxide anode La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5Mn0.5O3 (LSCM) in low moisture (3% H2O) H2 and CH4 fuels without significant coking in CH4. Here, we investigate the catalytic activity of this oxide with respect to its ability to utilize methane. This oxide is found to exhibit fairly low reforming activity for both H2O and CO2 reforming but is active for methane oxidation. LSCM is found to be a full oxidation catalyst rather than a partial oxidation catalyst as CO2 production dominates CO production even in CH4-rich CH4/O2 mixtures. X-ray adsorption spectroscopy was utilized to confirm that Mn was the redox active species, clearly demonstrating that this material has the oxidation catalytic behavior that might be expected from a Mn perovskite and that the Cr ion is only present to ensure stability under fuel atmospheres.

  4. Sintering effect on structural, magnetic and optical properties of Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite nano particles

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    Kannan, Y. B.; Saravanan, R.; Srinivasan, N.; Ismail, I.

    2017-02-01

    Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nano ferrite particles have been prepared by mechanical alloying via high energy ball milling and sintered at different temperatures from 700 °C to 1000 °C. Spinel structure is confirmed from the analysis of XRD data. Rietveld refinement method is employed to refine the XRD powder data and the structural parameters are calculated from the refinement. Small amount of hematite phase is found in all samples. The SEM, EDAX and XRF analysis reveals respectively the morphology, stoichiometric composition and purity of the powder samples. Using Maximum Entropy Method (MEM) the values of the bond strength between various sites interactions in ferrites are evaluated and compared with theoretical predictions of strengthening/weakening of various sites interactions from the values of interionic distances and interionic bond angles. Ferromagnetic nature of the samples is confirmed from the vibrating sample magnetometer study. The obtained low saturation magnetization values are attributed to presence of second phase. The optical band gap energy of the samples was determined by using UV-VIS techniques.

  5. Unravelling the complex nanostructure of La0.5-xLi0.5-xSr2xTiO3 Li ionic conductors.

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    García-González, Ester; Urones-Garrote, Esteban; Várez, Alejandro; Sanz, Jesús

    2016-04-28

    The origin of the intricate nanostructure of La0.5-xLi0.5-xSr2xTiO3 (0.0625 ≤ x ≤ 0.25) perovskite-type Li ion conductors has been investigated. Reciprocal space electron diffraction analysis and aberration-corrected STEM by combining annular bright field (ABF) and high angle annular dark field (HAADF) imaging methods have been used to elucidate the complex local atomic arrangements which cannot be adequately described by average crystal structure models. Two different local crystal structures endotaxially-related at the nanoscale without compositional phase separation associated, constituting the crystals. Self-organization of the two different ordered regions arises as a consequence of the competition between two distortive forces in the crystal lattice: octahedral tilting and second-order Jahn-Teller distortion of TiO6 octahedra. Changes in the distribution of A species suggest different Li ion conduction pathways for the two structures and this scenario has difficult long-range Li mobility. The detailed study performed may be helpful in understanding the local structural changes affecting Li and their relation to the conductivity in LLTO-derived ionic conductors.

  6. Structural; magnetic and catalytic properties of nanocrystalline Cu0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 synthesized by microwave combustion and ball milling methods

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    Mahmoud, M. H.; Hassan, Azza M.; Said, Abd El-Aziz A.; Hamdeh, H. H.

    2016-06-01

    Effects of high energy ball-milling on nanosized Cu0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 powders were studied at 30 and 330 min of milling. The powders were initially synthesized from its stoichiometric metal nitrates and urea mixtures, using a microwave assisted combustion method. Ball-milling induced electromechanical reaction was examined by XRD, TEM, Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetization, and catalytic performance by exploring potential changes in size, phases and chemical structure. Before Milling, the as-prepared powders were comprised of small grains of poor spinel crystallinity and very small crystallite size, and a minor α-Fe2O3 phase. Progressive milling significantly reduced the grain size, increased chemical disorder, and reduced the hematite phase. These changes are also manifested in the magnetization measurements. The Catalytic activity performance was carried out using dehydrogenation of isopropyl alcohol. The observed activity was correlated to the presence of Cu2+ and Fe3+ catalysts at octahedral sites before and after milling.

  7. Dielectric relaxation and anhydrous proton conduction in [C2H5NH3][Na0.5Fe0.5(HCOO)3] metal-organic frameworks.

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    Sieradzki, A; Pawlus, S; Tripathy, S N; Gągor, A; Ptak, M; Paluch, M; Mączka, M

    2017-03-14

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), in which metal clusters are coupled by organic moieties, exhibit inherent porosity and crystallinity. Although these systems have been examined for vast potential applications, the elementary proton conduction in anhydrous MOFs still remains elusive. One of the approaches to deal with this problem is the utilization of protic organic molecules, to be accommodated in the porous framework. In this work we report the temperature-dependent crystal structure and proton conduction in [C2H5NH3][Na0.5Fe0.5(HCOO)3] metal-organic frameworks using X-ray diffraction and broadband dielectric spectroscopic techniques. The detailed analysis of the crystal structure reveals disorder of the terminal ethylene groups in the polar phase (space group Pn). The structural phase transition from Pn to P21/n at T ≈ 363 K involves the distortion of the metal formate framework and ordering of EtA(+) cations due to the reduction of the cell volume. The dielectric data have been presented in the dynamic window of permittivity formalism to understand the ferroelectric phase transition. The relaxation times have been estimated from the Kramers-Kronig transformation of the dielectric permittivity. A Grotthuss type mechanism of the proton conduction is possible at low temperatures with the activation energy of 0.23 eV. This type of experimental observation is expected to provide new prospective on the fundamental aspect of elementary proton transfer in anhydrous MOFs.

  8. Signatures of correlation between magnetic and electrical properties of Tb0.5Sr0.5MnO3 single crystals

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    Nhalil, Hariharan; Elizabeth, Suja

    2016-12-01

    Here, we report the dielectric, impedance and transport studies of non-charge-ordered magnetic glass, Tb0.5Sr0.5MnO3 single crystals. The temperature- and frequency-dependent real (ε') and imaginary (ε'' or tanδ) parts of the dielectric constant display large frequency dispersion. The colossal dielectric constant observed (≈ 3000) above 100 K is considered extrinsic. The activation energy of thermally activated relaxation is calculated using the Arrhenius law. Interestingly, two relaxation regions, each with different activation energies (E a ) are clearly evident, one occurring above and the other below the glassy magnetic transition temperature (Tg = 44 \\text{K}) . E a relates to the electron hopping between Mn3+ and Mn4+ ions and the origin of dielectric dispersion. E a in the glassy region is lower than that in paramagnetic region due to a lower energy spent in hopping between frozen spins. Bulk capacitance and resistivity derived from impedance measurements reveal anomalies around T g . Electrical transport data between 60 and 300 K shows insulating behavior and the calculated E a is in good agreement with the value obtained from dielectric measurements. Although, these results cannot be interpreted in terms of magneto-electric coupling, the correlation observed between magnetic and electronic states of the system is significant.

  9. Effect of Ru-substitution on electrical and magnetocaloric properties of Nd0.5Ca0.5MnO3

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    Krishnamoorthi, C.; Barik, S. K.; Mahendiran, R.

    2011-01-01

    It is shown that the charge-orbital ordered antiferromagnetic insulating state of the parent compound (y=0) in Nd0.5Ca0.5Mn1-yRuyO3 (y=0, 0.03, 0.05, & 0.10) series is destabilized and a ferromagnetic metallic state is induced by Ru substitution as small as 3%. The ferromagnetic transition temperature (TC) increases with Ru content from 215 K (y=0.03) to 255 K (y=0.10). The magnetic entropy change (ΔSm) of y=0 changes sign from negative to positive as the temperature is lowered below the charge ordering temperature. However, ΔSm is negative and exhibits a peak close to TC in Ru-doped samples. The peak values of ΔSm are -0.33, -3.8, -3.6, and -3.5 J kg-1 K-1 for y=0, 0.03, 0.05, & 0.10 respectively, for a field change of ΔH=5 T. The relative cooling power (RCP) decreases with increasing Ru content from 268 J/kg for x=0.03 to 234 J/kg for x=0.10 for ΔH=5 T whereas the y=0 sample shows 17 J/kg. The large RCP and ΔSm found in Ru-substituted samples will be interesting for magnetic refrigeration below room temperature.

  10. Anomalous alternating current magnetoresistance in La0.5Ca0.5Mn1-xNixO3 (x = 0.04)

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    Barik, S. K.; Mahendiran, R.

    2011-04-01

    We report the magnetic field and temperature dependences of ac electrical transport in La0.5Ca0.5 Mn0.96Ni0.04O3 as a function of frequency. The ac magnetoresistance shows an anomalous behavior as a function of field: it is negative and exhibits a bell shaped curve about the origin (H = 0 T) at f = 0.1 MHz, but it transforms into a valley at the origin (accompanied by a positive peak on either side of the origin) for f ≥ 3 MHz at T = 125 K. With increasing frequency, the depth of the valley increases and the position of the peak shifts toward higher field. However, the magnetoreactance is negative and exhibits only a single peak at the origin for all temperatures and frequencies. At T = 125 K and f = 5 MHz, a magnetoresistance of +80% and a magnetoreactance of -90% were found for H = 2 T. These results are very different from those for La0.7Sr0.3MnO3, and we discuss the possible origins of the observed anomalous ac magnetotransport in this compound.

  11. Mechanism of γ-irradiation induced phase transformations in nanocrystalline Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ceramics

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    Jagadeesha Angadi, V.; Anupama, A. V.; Choudhary, Harish K.; Kumar, R.; Somashekarappa, H. M.; Mallappa, M.; Rudraswamy, B.; Sahoo, B.

    2017-02-01

    The structural, infrared absorption and magnetic property transformations in nanocrystalline Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 samples irradiated with different doses (0, 15, 25 and 50 kGy) of γ-irradiation were investigated in this work and a mechanism of phase transformation/decomposition is provided based on the metastable nature of the Mn-atoms in the spinel lattice. The nano-powder sample was prepared by solution combustion route and the pellets of the sample were exposed to γ-radiation. Up to a dose of 25 kGy of γ-radiation, the sample retained the single phase cubic spinel (Fd-3m) structure, but the disorder in the sample increased. On irradiating the sample with 50 kGy γ-radiation, the spinel phase decomposed into new stable phases such as α-Fe2O3 and ZnFe2O4 phases along with amorphous MnO phase, leading to a change in the surface morphology of the sample. Along with the structural transformations the magnetic properties deteriorated due to breakage of the ferrimagnetic order with higher doses of γ-irradiation. Our results are important for the understanding of the stability, durability and performance of the Mn-Zn ferrite based devices used in space applications.

  12. Synthesis and dielectric properties of Na0.5Bi0.5Cu3Ti4O12 ceramic by molten salt method

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    Su, Yanli; Wang, Ying

    2016-03-01

    Na0.5Bi0.5Cu3Ti4O12 (NBCTO) powder was prepared by molten salt method at 700, 750, 800, and 850 °C in NaCl-KCl flux salts, respectively. X-ray diffraction data revealed that the main NBCTO phase of powder was synthesized at a low temperature of 700 °C for 2 h in NaCl-KCl flux, which was reduced by about 250 °C compared with the conventional solid-state reaction method. The evolution of the microstructure was observed by scanning electron microscopy, and the dielectric properties of NBCTO ceramics affected by sintering temperature and sintering time were studied in detail in this paper. The complex impedance plots were also employed to analyze the dielectric properties of NBCTO ceramics. The average grain size of the sintered ceramic increased with the increase in sintering temperature, which lead to the increased dielectric constant of the NBCTO ceramic, whereas the sintering time has affected the dielectric constant slightly. A high dielectric constant of more than 104 and a low loss tangent (tan δ) of 0.06 (at 10 kHz) were obtained for the NBCTO ceramic sintered at 1040 °C for 12 h.

  13. Room temperature ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity in strained, thin films of BiFe 0.5 Mn 0.5 O 3

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    Choi, Eun -Mi; Fix, Thomas; Kursumovic, Ahmed; Kinane, Christy J.; Arena, Darío; Sahonta, Suman -Lata; Bi, Zhenxing; Xiong, Jie; Yan, Li; Lee, Jun -Sik; Wang, Haiyan; Langridge, Sean; Kim, Young -Min; Borisevich, Albina Y.; MacLaren, Ian; Ramasse, Quentin M.; Blamire, Mark G.; Jia, Quanxi; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.

    2014-10-14

    Highly strained films of BiFe0.5Mn0.5O₃ (BFMO) grown at very low rates by pulsed laser deposition were demonstrated to exhibit both ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity at room temperature and above. Magnetisation measurements demonstrated ferrimagnetism (TC ~ 600K), with a room temperature saturation moment (MS) of up to 90 emu/cc (~ 0.58 μB/f.u) on high quality (001) SrTiO₃. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism showed that the ferrimagnetism arose from antiferromagnetically coupled Fe³⁺ and Mn³⁺. While scanning transmission electron microscope studies showed there was no long range ordering of Fe and Mn, the magnetic properties were found to be strongly dependent on the strain state in the films. The magnetism is explained to arise from one of three possible mechanisms with Bi polarization playing a key role. A signature of room temperature ferroelectricity in the films was measured by piezoresponse force microscopy and was confirmed using angular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy. The demonstration of strain induced, high temperature multiferroism is a promising development for future spintronic and memory applications at room temperature and above.

  14. Room temperature ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity in strained, thin films of BiFe 0.5 Mn 0.5 O 3

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    Choi, Eun -Mi; Fix, Thomas; Kursumovic, Ahmed; ...

    2014-10-14

    Highly strained films of BiFe0.5Mn0.5O₃ (BFMO) grown at very low rates by pulsed laser deposition were demonstrated to exhibit both ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity at room temperature and above. Magnetisation measurements demonstrated ferrimagnetism (TC ~ 600K), with a room temperature saturation moment (MS) of up to 90 emu/cc (~ 0.58 μB/f.u) on high quality (001) SrTiO₃. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism showed that the ferrimagnetism arose from antiferromagnetically coupled Fe³⁺ and Mn³⁺. While scanning transmission electron microscope studies showed there was no long range ordering of Fe and Mn, the magnetic properties were found to be strongly dependent on the strain statemore » in the films. The magnetism is explained to arise from one of three possible mechanisms with Bi polarization playing a key role. A signature of room temperature ferroelectricity in the films was measured by piezoresponse force microscopy and was confirmed using angular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy. The demonstration of strain induced, high temperature multiferroism is a promising development for future spintronic and memory applications at room temperature and above.« less

  15. Spin reorientation, magnetization reversal, and negative thermal expansion observed in R F e0.5C r0.5O3 perovskites (R =Lu ,Yb ,Tm )

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    Pomiro, Fernando; Sánchez, Rodolfo D.; Cuello, Gabriel; Maignan, Antoine; Martin, Christine; Carbonio, Raúl E.

    2016-10-01

    Three members of the perovskite family R F e0.5C r0.5O3 (R =Lu ,Yb , and Tm) have been synthesized and characterized. A systematic study of the crystal and magnetic structures was performed by neutron powder diffraction combined with magnetization measurements. All these compounds crystallize in a Pbnm orthorhombic unit cell and they are already antiferromagnetic at room temperature. The study of the magnetic structure vs temperature showed the occurrence of a progressive spin reorientation from Γ4TM to Γ2TM for the transition metal sublattice, and in the Tm-based sample, a long-range magnetic order of the T m3 + sublattice was found (Γ8R) . These results are in excellent agreement with the magnetic susceptibility measurements. No spin reorientation is observed in the Lu-based sample for which a magnetization reversal at a compensation temperature Tcomp= 225 K was detected. A clear magnetostrictive effect was observed in the samples with R =Yb and Tm associated with a negative thermal expansion and was assigned to a magnetoelastic effect produced by repulsion between the magnetic moments of neighboring transition metal ions.

  16. Room Temperature Ferrimagnetism and Ferroelectricity in Strained, Thin Films of BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3.

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    Choi, Eun-Mi; Fix, Thomas; Kursumovic, Ahmed; Kinane, Christy J; Arena, Darío; Sahonta, Suman-Lata; Bi, Zhenxing; Xiong, Jie; Yan, Li; Lee, Jun-Sik; Wang, Haiyan; Langridge, Sean; Kim, Young-Min; Borisevich, Albina Y; MacLaren, Ian; Ramasse, Quentin M; Blamire, Mark G; Jia, Quanxi; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L

    2014-12-01

    Highly strained films of BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3 (BFMO) grown at very low rates by pulsed laser deposition were demonstrated to exhibit both ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity at room temperature and above. Magnetisation measurements demonstrated ferrimagnetism (TC ∼ 600K), with a room temperature saturation moment (MS ) of up to 90 emu/cc (∼ 0.58 μB /f.u) on high quality (001) SrTiO3. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism showed that the ferrimagnetism arose from antiferromagnetically coupled Fe(3+) and Mn(3+). While scanning transmission electron microscope studies showed there was no long range ordering of Fe and Mn, the magnetic properties were found to be strongly dependent on the strain state in the films. The magnetism is explained to arise from one of three possible mechanisms with Bi polarization playing a key role. A signature of room temperature ferroelectricity in the films was measured by piezoresponse force microscopy and was confirmed using angular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy. The demonstration of strain induced, high temperature multiferroism is a promising development for future spintronic and memory applications at room temperature and above.

  17. Correlating structural, magnetic, and luminescence properties with the cation distribution of Co0.5Zn0.5+xFe2-xO4 nanoferrite

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    Wahba, Adel Maher; Mohamed, Mohamed Bakr; Imam, N. G.

    2016-06-01

    Structural, magnetic, and luminescence properties have been investigated for Co0.5Zn0.5+xFe2-xO4 nanoferrite (0.0≤x≤0.4, with a step increment of 0.1) prepared by citrate autocombustion method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra proved the formation of a pure cubic spinel phase for all AP samples. Although the ionic radius of Zn2+ is larger than that of either Fe3+ or Co2+, Rietveld analysis showed that the lattice parameter mostly decreases with increasing Zn substitution. The crystallite size of AP samples decreases gradually with increasing Zn substitution from 16 to 10 nm, which is confirmed with high-resolution (HRTEM) micrographs. Magnetic parameters such as saturation magnetization, coercivity, and remanent field obtained from vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) revealed a strong dependence on the cation distribution being proposed according to the experimental data of XRD, FTIR, and VSM. The cation distribution indicated that introduced nonstoichiometry is compensated by oxidizing Co2+ into Co3+, which explains the trend of the lattice parameter with increasing x. The distribution of Fe3+ ions between octahedral and tetrahedral sites was further confirmed by photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra.

  18. Downscaling at submicrometer scale of the gap width of interdigitated Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 capacitors.

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    Khalfallaoui, Abderrazek; Burgnies, Ludovic; Blary, Karine; Velu, Gabriel; Lippens, Didier; Carru, Jean-Claude

    2015-02-01

    The goal of this work was to study the influence of shrinking the gap width between the fingers of interdigitated tunable capacitors (IDCs). Voltage control of the capacitance was achieved with a 500-nm-thick Ba0.5Sr0.5TiO3 film which is in paraelectric state at room temperature. Eight devices with finger spacing ranging from 3 μm down to 0.25 μm were fabricated by the sol-gel deposition technique, electron beam patterning, and gold evaporation. The equivalent capacitance, quality factor, and tunability of the devices were measured subsequently by vector network analysis from 40 MHz to 40 GHz and for a dc bias voltage varying from -30 V to +30 V. This experimental study mainly shows that a decrease of the gap below 1 μm 1) introduces a frequency dependence of the capacitance caused by resonance effects with the finger inductance; 2) degrades the quality factor above 20 GHz, and 3) optimizes the tunability of the devices by enhancing the local electric field values. As a consequence, some trade-offs are pointed out related to the goal of ultra-thin ferroelectric film which can be voltage controlled by means of finger-shaped electrodes with deep submicrometer spacing.

  19. Direct evidence of non-Zhang-Rice Cu3+ centers in La2Li0.5Cu0.5O4

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    Moskvin, A. S.; Gippius, A. A.; Tkachev, A. V.; Mahajan, A. V.; Chakrabarty, T.; Presniakov, I. A.; Sobolev, A. V.; Demazeau, G.

    2012-12-01

    A well-isolated Zhang-Rice (ZR) singlet as a ground state of the Cu3+ center in hole-doped cuprates is a leading paradigm in modern theories of high-temperature superconductivity. However, a dramatic temperature evolution of the 6,7Li NMR signal in La2Li0.5Cu0.5O4, a system with a regular lattice of well-isolated Cu3+ centers, reveals significant magnetic fluctuations and suggests a quasidegeneracy to be a generic property of their ground state at variance with the simple ZR model. We argue for a competition of the ZR state with nearby states formed by a “doped” hole occupying purely oxygen nonbonding a2g(π) and eu(π) orbitals rather than a conventional b1g(dx2-y2) Cu 3d-O 2p hybrid. The temperature variation of the 6,7Li NMR line shape and spin-lattice relaxation rate point to a gradual slowing down of some magnetic order parameter's fluctuations without distinct signatures of a phase transition down to T=2 K. This behavior agrees with a stripelike ferrodistortive fluctuating Ammm order in a two-dimensional structure of the (CuLi)O2 planes accompanied by unconventional oxygen orbital antiferromagnetic fluctuations.

  20. Soft magnetic property and enhanced microwave absorption of nanoparticles of Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 incorporated in MWCNT

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    Mallick, A.; Mahapatra, A. S.; Mitra, A.; Chakrabarti, P. K.

    2016-10-01

    Nanoparticles of Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 (CZFO) are prepared by coprecipitation method where CoCl2·H2O, ZnCl2·6H2O and FeCl3 are used as precursor materials. To enhance the microwave absorption, nanoparticles of CZFO are incorporated in the matrix of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT). X-ray diffractogram (XRD) and its analysis confirmed the formation of the desired crystallographic phase of the sample. The average crystallite size is evaluated by using the Debye-Scherrer formula. Micrographs observed in high resolution transmission electron microscope confirm the successful incorporation of CZFO in the matrix of MWCNT. Results obtained from the high resolution lattice fringe and selected area electron diffraction patterns are in good agreement with the findings extracted from the XRD analysis. Analysis of Raman spectra confirms the presence of CZFO and MWCNT in the nanocomposite sample. Magnetic properties recorded in SQUID magnetometer confirm the presence of mixed state of superparamagnetic and ferrimagnetic nanoparticles. Reflection losses in X (8-12 GHz) and Ku (12-18 GHz) bands of microwave region are significantly high (~-38.2 dB at 16.9 GHz). High magnetization (~36.5 emu/g at 300 K), low coercive field (~30.1 Oe at 300 K) and high reflection loss of CZFO-MWCNT would be suitable for application in microwave devices.

  1. Effects of Ge4+ acceptor dopant on sintering and electrical properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 lead-free piezoceramics

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    Chen, Kepi; Jiao, Yanlin

    2017-03-01

    Lead-free (K0.5Na0.5)(Nb1- x Ge x )O3 (KNN- xGe, where x = 0-0.01) piezoelectric ceramics were prepared by conventional ceramic processing. The effects of Ge4+ cation doping on the phase compositions, microstructure and electrical properties of KNN ceramics were studied. SEM images show that Ge4+ cation doping improved the sintering and promoted the grain growth of the KNN ceramics. Dielectric and ferroelectric measurements proved that Ge4+ cations substituted Nb5+ ions as acceptors, and the Curie temperature ( T C) shows an almost linear decrease with increasing the Ge4+ content. Combining this result with microstructure observations and electrical measurements, it is concluded that the optimal sintering temperature for KNN- xGe ceramics was 1020°C. Ge4+ doping less than 0.4 mol.%can improve the compositional homogeneity and piezoelectric properties of KNN ceramics. The KNN- xGe ceramics with x = 0.2% exhibited the best piezoelectric properties: piezoelectric constant d 33 = 120 pC/N, planar electromechanical coupling coefficient k p = 34.7%, mechanical quality factor Q m = 130, and tan δ = 3.6%.

  2. Room Temperature Ferrimagnetism and Ferroelectricity in Strained, Thin Films of BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3

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    Choi, Eun-Mi; Fix, Thomas; Kursumovic, Ahmed; Kinane, Christy J; Arena, Darío; Sahonta, Suman-Lata; Bi, Zhenxing; Xiong, Jie; Yan, Li; Lee, Jun-Sik; Wang, Haiyan; Langridge, Sean; Kim, Young-Min; Borisevich, Albina Y; MacLaren, Ian; Ramasse, Quentin M; Blamire, Mark G; Jia, Quanxi; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L

    2014-01-01

    Highly strained films of BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3 (BFMO) grown at very low rates by pulsed laser deposition were demonstrated to exhibit both ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity at room temperature and above. Magnetisation measurements demonstrated ferrimagnetism (TC ∼ 600K), with a room temperature saturation moment (MS) of up to 90 emu/cc (∼ 0.58 μB/f.u) on high quality (001) SrTiO3. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism showed that the ferrimagnetism arose from antiferromagnetically coupled Fe3+ and Mn3+. While scanning transmission electron microscope studies showed there was no long range ordering of Fe and Mn, the magnetic properties were found to be strongly dependent on the strain state in the films. The magnetism is explained to arise from one of three possible mechanisms with Bi polarization playing a key role. A signature of room temperature ferroelectricity in the films was measured by piezoresponse force microscopy and was confirmed using angular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy. The demonstration of strain induced, high temperature multiferroism is a promising development for future spintronic and memory applications at room temperature and above. PMID:26213531

  3. Study of AC magnetic heating characteristics of Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia therapy

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    Nikam, D. S.; Jadhav, S. V.; Khot, V. M.; Phadatare, M. R.; Pawar, S. H.

    2014-01-01

    Structural, magnetic properties and an alternating current (AC) magnetic heating characteristics of Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 nanoparticles (CZF NPs) have been investigated with respect to the possible application for magnetic hyperthermia treatments. The Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) was measured in alternating magnetic fields of 167.5-335.2 Oe at fixed frequency of 265 kHz. CZF NPs were fabricated by the chemical co-precipitation method using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) as the precipitating agent. The morphology of the particles was analysed by Transmission Electron microscopy (TEM). The TEM reveals that the grains are nearly spherical in shape with average particles size of 19 nm. X-ray diffraction pattern indicated the sole existence of cubic spinel phase of CZF NPs. The magnetization (Ms) of CZF NPs was measured at room temperature (300 K) using a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM). The magnetic heating ability of NPs was studied with an induction heating system. A highest SAR value of 114.98 W/g for 5 mg/mL sample concentration (265 kHz, 335.2 Oe) was determined.

  4. Dielectric and AC-conductivity studies of Dy2O3 doped (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics

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    Peddigari, Mahesh; Thota, Subhash; Pamu, Dobbidi

    2014-08-01

    (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 + x wt.% Dy2O3 (x = 0-1.5) ferroelectric ceramics were prepared by conventional solid state reaction method. XRD patterns revealed that orthorhombic symmetry has transformed into psuedocubic symmetry with increasing the substitution of Dy3+ in the Na+ site. Temperature and frequency dependences of relative dielectric permittivity maximum conforms the transformation from normal ferroelectric to relaxor ferroelectric behaviour. Frequency dependence of the relative dielectric permittivity maximum temperature observed for the samples with x ≥ 1.0 and satisfied the Vogel-Fulcher law. The diffuseness exponent γ (1.27-1.95) estimated from the high temperature slopes of the diffused dielectric permittivity data reveals that the degree of relaxor behavior increases with increasing the amount of Dy2O3. The temperature dependence of AC-conductivity σAC (T) analysis in the range 310 K < T < 470 K reveals the existence of variable range hopping of charge carriers with average hopping length RH and hopping energy EH are in the range 8.5-27 Å and 48-153 meV, respectively. Voltage dependent dielectric constant measurements confirm the ferroelectric nature of KNN+ x wt% Dy2O3 ceramics.

  5. Coherent A1g Phonon in thin Film Superconductor FeSe0.5Te0.5: π/2 Phase Difference over Superconducting Phase Transition

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    Zhao, Jimin; Wu, Yanling; Hu, Minhui; Tian, Yichao; Cao, Lixin; Wang, Rui

    2014-03-01

    Coherent A1 g phonon mode in a thin film superconductor FeSe0.5Te0.5 was generated and detected using ultrafast laser pulses. At below and above the transition temperature Tc, the coherent lattice oscillation we observed exhibited a π/2 phase difference, manifesting a ``displacive limit ~ impulsive limit'' transition upon crossing a phase transition within the same sample. We ascribe this π/2 phase difference to the different lifetimes (τc) of excited charge density components that couples to the fully symmetric A1 g phonon mode, i.e. the different strength of electron-phonon couplings. In the superconducting and paramagnetic metallic states the lifetimes of such carrier excitations are largely different. Our investigation reveals possible correlation of superconducting electrons with zone-center optical phonons. Our 170nm thin film sample contains tension stress, which leads to enhanced Tc and thus facilitated our measurements. Financially supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (2012CB821402), the NSFC (11274372, 10974246) and the External Cooperation Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GJHZ1403).

  6. Preferential polarization and its reversal in polycrystalline BiFeO3/La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 heterostructures

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    Roy Choudhury, Palash; Parui, Jayanta; Chiniwar, Santosh; Krupanidhi, S. B.

    2015-04-01

    Polycrystalline BiFeO3 thin films were grown on La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 buffered Pt (200)/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates under different oxygen partial pressures (10, 25, 50 and 100 mTorr) by pulsed laser ablation. Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and Piezo-Force Spectroscopy have shown that all the films are ferroelectric in nature with locally switchable domains. It has also revealed a preferential downward domain orientation in as-grown films grown under lower oxygen partial pressure (10 and 25 mTorr) with a reversal of preferential domain orientation as the oxygen partial pressure is increased to 100 mTorr during laser ablation. Such phenomena are atypical of multi-grained polycrystalline ferroelectric films and have been discussed on the basis of defect formation with changing growth conditions. For the 50 mTorr grown film, asymmetric domain stability and retention during write-read studies has been observed which is attributed to grain-size-related defect concentration, affecting pinning centres that inhibit domain wall motion.

  7. Strain-induced structural, band-structure and piezoelectric evolutions in Al0.5Ga0.5N alloy

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    Duan, Yifeng; Lv, Dong; Liu, Kun; Wu, Hongbo; Qin, Lixia; Shi, Liwei; Tang, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Structural phase transition, band structure, and piezoelectric response of Al0.5Ga0.5N alloy under uniaxial and biaxial strains are systematically investigated using first-principle calculations. The main findings are summarized as follows: (I) Although the wurtzite structure transforms to an intermediate graphite-like structure for both uniaxial and biaxial strains, the second-order phase transition is found for uniaxial strain and the first-order transition for biaxial strain. The transition is driven by the mechanical and dynamical instabilities for uniaxial strain, and by the mechanical instability for biaxial strain. (II) The wurtzite phase always remains the direct band structure, whereas the band gap of graphite-like phase is always indirect. The band gaps of wurtzite and graphite-like phases are greatly reduced by internal strains. (III) The drastic enhancements in piezoelectric response are observed near phase transition, which is attributed to the flat and shallow local energy minima associated with two different phases. Our calculated results are compared with the available experimental and other theoretical data, and good agreements are obtained.

  8. Spin dynamics, short range order and spin freezing in Y0.5Ca0.5BaCo4O7

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    Stewart, John Ross; Ehlers, Georg; Fouquet, Peter; Mutka, Hannu; Payen, Christophe; Lortz, Rolf

    2011-01-01

    Y0.5Ca0.5BaCo4O7 was recently introduced as a possible candidate for capturing some of the predicted classical spin kagome ground-state features. Stimulated by this conjecture, we have taken up a more complete study of the spin correlations in this compound with neutron scattering methods on a powder sample characterized with high-resolution neutron diffraction and the temperature dependence of magnetic susceptibility and specific heat. We have found that the frustrated near-neighbor magnetic correlations involve not only the kagome planes but concern the full Co sublattice, as evidenced by the analysis of the wave-vector dependence of the short-range order. We conclude from our results that the magnetic moments are located on the Co sublattice as a whole and that correlations extend beyond the two-dimensional kagome planes. We identify intriguing dynamical properties, observing high-frequency fluctuations with a Lorentzian linewidth G?20 meV at ambient temperature. On cooling a low-frequency ({approx}1 meV) dynamical component develops alongside the high-frequency fluctuations, which eventually becomes static at temperatures below T {approx} 50 K. The high-frequency response with an overall linewidth of {approx}10 meV prevails at T?2 K, coincident with a fully elastic short-range-ordered contribution.

  9. Effects of Ge4+ acceptor dopant on sintering and electrical properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 lead-free piezoceramics

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    Chen, Kepi; Jiao, Yanlin

    2017-01-01

    Lead-free (K0.5Na0.5)(Nb1-x Ge x )O3 (KNN-xGe, where x = 0-0.01) piezoelectric ceramics were prepared by conventional ceramic processing. The effects of Ge4+ cation doping on the phase compositions, microstructure and electrical properties of KNN ceramics were studied. SEM images show that Ge4+ cation doping improved the sintering and promoted the grain growth of the KNN ceramics. Dielectric and ferroelectric measurements proved that Ge4+ cations substituted Nb5+ ions as acceptors, and the Curie temperature (T C) shows an almost linear decrease with increasing the Ge4+ content. Combining this result with microstructure observations and electrical measurements, it is concluded that the optimal sintering temperature for KNN-xGe ceramics was 1020°C. Ge4+ doping less than 0.4 mol.%can improve the compositional homogeneity and piezoelectric properties of KNN ceramics. The KNN-xGe ceramics with x = 0.2% exhibited the best piezoelectric properties: piezoelectric constant d 33 = 120 pC/N, planar electromechanical coupling coefficient k p = 34.7%, mechanical quality factor Q m = 130, and tanδ = 3.6%.

  10. Pulse and quasi-static remagnetization peculiarities and relaxation properties of Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 single crystal

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    Dovgii, V. T.; Linnik, A. I.; Kamenev, V. I.; Tarenkov, V. Yu.; Sidorov, S. L.; Todris, B. M.; Mikhailov, V. I.; Davideiko, N. V.; Linnik, T. A.; Popov, Ju. F.; Balbashov, A. M.

    2016-06-01

    Hysteresis features of magnetization and resistance of Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 single crystal in quasi-static (up to 9 T) and pulse (up to 14 T) magnetic fields are studied. The relaxation processes of magnetization and resistance after the action of a magnetic field of 9 T are also studied. It is shown that relaxation curves are approximated by two exponents with different time constants. These two constants relate to relaxation of the metastable ferromagnetic phase towards two different crystal structures (Imma and p21/m). Mechanism of phase transitions: antiferromagnetic insulator↔ferromagnetic metal (AFM/I↔FM/M) and existence of a high-conductive state of a sample after removal of magnetizing field in the temperature range below 150 K is proposed. The mechanism is connected with structural transition induced by magnetic field (due to magnetostriction) and slow relaxation of the FM-phase (larger volume) to the equilibrium AFM-phase (smaller volume) after field removal. It is shown that during pulse magnetization at the temperature 18 K time required for the AFM/I→FM/M phase transition is by six-seven orders of magnitude less than for realization of the FM/M→AFM/I phase transition.

  11. Specific features of pulse and quasi-static remagnetization and relaxation properties of Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 single crystals

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    Dovgii, V. T.; Linnik, A. I.; Kamenev, V. I.; Tarenkov, V. Yu.; Sidorov, S. L.; Todris, B. M.; Mikhailov, V. I.; Davydeiko, N. V.; Linnik, T. A.; Popov, Yu. F.; Balbashov, A. M.

    2015-12-01

    The hysteresis features in the behavior of the magnetization and resistance of Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 single crystals in quasi-static (up to 9 T) and pulsed (up to 14 T) magnetic fields have been studied. Relaxation processes of magnetization and resistance after the action of a magnetic field of 9 T have also been investigated. It has been shown that relaxation curves are approximated by two exponents with different time constants, which are related to relaxation of the metastable ferromagnetic phase towards two different antiferromagnetic crystal structures ( I mma and p21/ m). Mechanism of the phase transitions antiferromagnetic insulator ↔ ferromagnetic metal (AFM/I ↔ FM/M) and existence of a high-conductive state of a sample after removal of magnetizing field in the temperature range below 150 K is proposed. The mechanism is determined by the structural transition, which is induced by a magnetic field (due to magnetostriction), and by a slow relaxation of the FM-phase (larger volume) to the stable AFM-phase (smaller volume) after field removal. It has been shown that, during pulse magnetization at the temperature 18 K, the time required for the AFM/I → FM/M phase transition is six-seven orders of magnitude shorter than that for the FM/M → AFM/I phase transition.

  12. Probing the existing magnetic phases in Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 (PCMO) nanowires and nanoparticles: magnetization and magneto-transport investigations

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    Rao, S. S.; Bhat, S. V.

    2010-03-01

    We show from conventional magnetization measurements that the charge order (CO) is completely suppressed in 10 nm Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3(PCMO 10) nanoparticles. Novel magnetization measurements, designed by a special high field measurement protocol, show that the dominant ground state magnetic phase is ferromagnetic-metallic (FM-M), which is an equilibrium phase, which coexists with the residual charge ordered anti-ferromagnetic phase (CO AFM) (an arrested phase) and exhibits the characteristic features of a 'magnetic glassy state' at low temperatures. It is observed that there is a drastic reduction in the field required to induce the AFM to FM transition (~5-6 T) compared to their bulk counterpart (~27 T) this phase transition is of first order in nature, broad, irreversible and the coexisting phases are tunable with the cooling field. Temperature-dependent magneto-transport data indicate the occurrence of a size-induced insulator-metal transition (TM - I) and anomalous resistive hysteresis (R-H) loops, pointing out the presence of a mixture of the FM-M phase and AFM-I phase.

  13. Enhanced dielectric constant and relaxor behavior realized by dual stage sintering of Sr0.5Ba0.5Nb2O6

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    Rathore, Satyapal S.; Vitta, Satish

    2014-04-01

    The relaxor ferroelectric compound, Sr0.5Ba0.5Nb2O6 (SBN50) was synthesized by solid state reaction followed by sintering under two different conditions: single and dual stage sintering. The impact of sintering process on structural and dielectric properties has been studied in detail using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and broadband dielectric spectroscopy. The crystal structure determined by performing Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffractogram was found to be identical in both cases. SBN50 crystallizes in the ferroelectric tetragonal tungsten bronze, P4bm structure. It was observed that uniform grain growth can be controlled by dual stage sintering and relatively narrow distribution of grains can be achieved with an average grain size of ˜15 μm. The dielectric studies show that SBN50 exhibits a relaxor ferroelectric behavior with the transformation taking place at ˜ 380 K due to formation of polar nano regions. Although both single and dual stage sintered SBN50 exhibits relaxor behaviour, the maximum dielectric constant of dual stage sintered SBN50 is found to be 1550 compare to 1440 for single stage sintering.

  14. Relaxation dynamics and thermodynamic properties of glassy Tb0.5Sr0.5MnO3 single crystal

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    Nhalil, Hariharan; Elizabeth, Suja

    2017-03-01

    Single crystals of Tb0.5Sr0.5MnO3 were grown in an optical float zone furnace and their magnetic and thermodynamic properties were studied. Temperature dependent DC magnetization measurements at different fields show strong irreversibility below the magnetic anomaly at 44 K. The upward deviation from ideal CW behavior well above the transition temperature and its field independent nature are signatures of non-Griffiths phase. The origin non-Griffiths phase owe to competition between the antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic Mn3+-Mn4+ interactions mediated through intervening oxygen. Further, 44 K transition is confirmed as a magnetic glassy transition. The estimated dynamical spin flip time (τ0=2.11(3)×10-14 s) and zν(9.3(2)) values fall into the range of typical spin-glass systems. Detailed memory and temperature cycling relaxation measurements were performed and support the Hierarchical relaxation model. Low-temperature specific heat data displays a linear term, identifying the glassy magnetic phase contribution.

  15. Cellulose-precursor synthesis of nanocrystalline Co{sub 0.5}Cu{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel ferrites

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    Ounnunkad, Kontad; Phanichphant, Sukon

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of spinel copper cobalt nanoferrite particles from a cellulose precursor for the first time. Control of nanosize and properties of nanoferrites can take place by varying the calcining temperature. The simple, low cost, easy cellulose process is a choice of nanoparticle processing technology. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline Cu{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders were prepared via a metal-cellulose precursor synthetic route. Cellulose was used as a fuel and a dispersing agent. The resulting precursors were calcined in the temperature range of 450-600 Degree-Sign C. The phase development of the samples was determined by using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The field-dependent magnetizations of the nanopowders were measured by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). All XRD patterns are of a spinel ferrite with cubic symmetry. Microstructure of the ferrites showed irregular shapes and uniform particles with agglomeration. From XRD data, the crystallite sizes are in range of 16-42 nm. Saturation magnetization and coercivity increased with increasing calcining temperature due to enhancement of crystallinity and reduction of oxygen vacancies.

  16. Dielectric and magnetic studies of BaTi0.5Fe0.5O3 ceramic materials, synthesized by solid state sintering.

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    Samuvel, K; Ramachandran, K

    2015-02-05

    A comparative study of the surface morphology, dielectric and magnetic properties of the BaTi0.5Fe0.5O3 (BTFO) ceramics materials. This has been carried out by synthesizing the samples in different routes. BTFO samples have shown single phased 12R type hexagonal structure with R3m, P4mm space group. Interfacial effects on the dielectric properties of the samples have been understood by Cole-Cole plots in complex impedance and modulus formalism. It has been identified that huge dielectric constant (10(3)-10(6)) at lower frequencies is largely contributed by the heterogeneous electronic microstructure at the interfaces of grains. Modulus formalism has identified the effects of both grain and grain boundary microstructure on the dielectric properties, particularly in chemical routed samples. The order of grain boundary resistivity suggests the semiconductor/insulator class of the material. The grain boundary resistivity of the mechanical alloyed samples is remarkably lower than the solid state and chemical routed samples. Few samples have of the samples have exhibited signature of ferromagnetism at the room temperature.

  17. Chemical durability and leaching mechanism of Ce0.5Eu0.5PO4 ceramics: Effects of temperature and pH values

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    Zhao, Xiaofeng; Teng, Yuancheng; Wu, Lang; Huang, Yi; Ma, Jiyan; Wang, Guolong

    2015-11-01

    Ce0.5Eu0.5PO4 ceramics with high relative density were prepared by hot-press (HPS) and pressureless (PLS) sintering. The effects of temperature and pH values on the chemical durability of the ceramics were investigated. The results show that an increase of acidity significantly accelerated the corrosion of the samples. In alkaline leachates, further release elements were prevented by the newborn surface precipitation. The leach rate (Rn) of HPS sample was similar to that of PLS specimen in deionized water, but higher Rn for PLS sample was found in pH = 11 solution. Moreover, apparent activation energy of the dissolution of Eu (40 ± 4 kJ mol-1) is much higher than that of Ce (20 ± 1 kJ mol-1), leading to the higher normalized elemental leach rate of Eu. Both the Eu and Ce elements have low leach rates (10-12-10-9 m d-1) after 42 days in all the leachates studied in this work.

  18. Magnetic and natural optical activity of f- f transitions in multiferroic Nd0.5Gd0.5Fe3(BO3)4

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    Malakhovskii, A. V.; Sukhachev, A. L.; Leont'ev, A. A.; Temerov, V. L.

    2016-05-01

    Spectra of absorption, magnetic circular dichroism, and natural circular dichroism of the f-f transitions 4 I 9/2 → 4 F 3/2, 2 H 9/2 + 4 F 5/2, 4 S 3/2 + 4 F 7/2, 2 G 7/2 + 4 G 5/2, 2 K 13/2 + 4 G 7/2, and 4 G 9/2 in the Nd3+ ions in the Nd0.5Gd0.5Fe3(BO3)4 crystal have been measured as a function of the temperature in the interval of 90-300 K. Temperature dependences of the magneto-optical activity (MOA) and natural optical activity (NOA) of the transitions have been obtained. It has been found that, in contrast to allowed transitions, the temperature dependence of the MOA of the f-f transitions does not obey the Curie-Weiss law and the NOA depends on temperature. The NOA of some transitions changes the sign with variation in temperature. These phenomena have been explained by the presence of three contributions to the allowance of the f-f transitions, which lead to three contributions of different signs to the MOA and NOA. The range of the MOA of the f-f transitions in the Nd3+ ion has been predicted theoretically and confirmed experimentally.

  19. Compositional inhomogeneityand segregation in (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 ceramics

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    Chen, Kepi; Tang, Jing; Chen, Yan

    2016-03-11

    The effects of the calcination temperature of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) powder on the sintering and piezoelectric properties of KNN ceramics have been investigated in this report. KNN powders are synthesized via the solid-state approach. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction characterizations indicate that the incomplete reaction at 700 °C and 750 °C calcination results in the compositional inhomogeneity of the K-rich and Na-rich phases while the orthorhombic single phase is obtained after calcination at 900 °C. During the sintering, the presence of the liquid K-rich phase due to the lower melting point has a significant impact on the densification, the abnormal grain growth and the deteriorated piezoelectric properties. From the standpoint of piezoelectric properties, the optimal calcination temperature obtained for KNN ceramics calcined at this temperature is determined to be 800 °C, with piezoelectric constant d33=128.3 pC/N, planar electromechanical coupling coefficient kp=32.2%, mechanical quality factor Qm=88, and dielectric loss tan δ=2.1%.

  20. Tuning of Cr3+ ions doping on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of La0.5Sr0.5Mn1-xCrxO3

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    Shang, C.; Xia, Z. C.; Wei, M.; Jin, Z.; Chen, B. R.; Shi, L. R.; Xiao, G. L.; Huang, S.

    2016-12-01

    The effects of Cr3+ ions doping on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of manganites La0.5Sr0.5Mn1-xCrxO3 (x=0.05, 0.1, 0.15, and 0.2) have been investigated. The magnetization measurements show that a ferromagnetic cluster behavior is induced by Cr3+ dopants and the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic transition temperature TC decreases from 319 to 251 K with increasing Cr3+ content from 0.05 to 0.2. The positive slope of the Arrott plots near TC indicates a second order phase transition. The magnetic entropy change (-ΔSM) is estimated from the isothermal magnetization measurements, and the maximum of the magnetic entropy change (-ΔSmaxM) near TC shows a power law dependence of magnetic field: -ΔSmaxM = m(μ0 H) n with n being close to the predicted value 2/3. The experimental results suggest that the magnetic entropy change and TC can be tuned by changing the Cr3+ ions doping level, which offers an effective method for finding an optimal doping level for magnetic refrigeration near room temperature.

  1. Aberration-corrected STEM-EELS studies of epitaxial La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 thin films

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    Varela, Maria; Gazquez, Jaume; Biskup, Neven; Pennycook, Stephen; Torija, Maria; Sharma, Manish; Bose, Shameek; Leighton, Chris

    2012-02-01

    Cobaltite thin films provide a unique opportunity to study magneto-electronic phase separation, which can be strong in this reduced dimensionality environment. Here we present an investigation of epitaxial La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 thin films on SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 substrates by scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. The different degrees of strain and also different orientations of the substrates (such as (001) vs. (110)) induce major changes of the crystal structure and the depth profile of the chemical composition, observed both in the La/Sr and O sub-lattices. These effects can lead to lower effective doping level at the interface, favoring interfacial magneto-electronic phase separation. Research Council Starting Investigator Award (JS, NB) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Div. (MV, SJP). Work at UMN supported by NSF and DOE (scattering).

  2. Tuning of magnetoelectric coupling in (1-y)Bi0.8Dy0.2FeO3-yNi0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 multiferroic composites

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    Mazumdar, S. C.; Khan, M. N. I.; Islam, Md. Fakhrul; Hossain, A. K. M. Akther

    2016-03-01

    Magnetoelectric composites (1-y)Bi0.8Dy0.2FeO3 (BDFO)-yNi0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 (NZFO) with y=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 and 1.0 are synthesized by conventional solid state reaction route. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the coexistence of orthorhombic perovskite BDFO and spinel NZFO phases with no third phase. Microstructural and surface morphology are studied by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy. Quantitative elemental analysis of the samples is carried out by Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy. The real part of the initial permeability increases and relative quality peak broadens with the ferrite content in the composites. Dielectric constant, loss tangent, relative quality factor and ac conductivity are measured as a function of frequency at room temperature. The dielectric constant shows usual dielectric dispersion at lower frequencies due to Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization. The complex impedance spectroscopy is used to distinguish between the grain and grain boundary contribution to the total resistance. The modulus study reveals the ease of polaron hopping and negligibly small contribution of electrode effect. The magnetic hysteresis has been studied to know the response of NZFO phase to the applied magnetic field in the composite. The saturation and remanent magnetization are found to increase with increase in NZFO in the composite. The magnetoelectric voltage coefficient, αME is measured as a function of applied dc magnetic field. The tuning of ferrite percentage and dc magnetic field results in highest αME (~66 mV/cm Oe) for the composite with 40% NZFO at 4.7 kOe which is attributed to the enhanced mechanical coupling between the two phases. The incorporation of BDFO and NZFO enhances the multiferroic properties in the present composite which are quite promising from application point of view.

  3. Magnetic and optical properties of MgAl2O4-(Ni0.5Zn0.5)Fe2O4 thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Misu, Takeshi; Sakamoto, Naonori; Shinozaki, Kazuo; Adachi, Nobuyasu; Suzuki, Hisao; Wakiya, Naoki

    2011-06-01

    Thin films composed of MgAl2O4 and (Ni0.5Zn0.5)Fe2O4 ([MA(100-x)-NZFx] films) were grown on fused SiO2 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction measurements revealed that the films were polycrystalline, and that their lattice constant varied linearly with composition, indicating the formation of a solid solution. The film with x=60 was paramagnetic and those with x ≥ 70 were ferromagnetic. The films had a transparency above 75% in the visible range, but the transparency decreased with the x value. The optical band gaps were 2.95, 2.55, 2.30 and 1.89 eV for x=20, 40, 60, 80 and 100, respectively. The Faraday rotation angle increased with x in the visible range, and the film with x=70 exhibited a value of 2000 degrees cm(-1) at 570 nm, which is comparable to the rotation angle of Y3Fe5O12. Owing to their high transparency, which extends into the visible range, the [MA(100-x)-NZFx] films can be used in novel magneto-optical devices.

  4. Doubling the critical current density in superconducting FeSe0.5Te0.5 thin films by low temperature oxygen annealing

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    Zhang, Cheng; Si, Weidong; Li, Qiang

    2016-11-14

    Iron chalcogenide superconducting thin films and coated conductors are attractive for potential high field applications at liquid helium temperature for their high critical current densities Jc, low anisotropies, and relatively strong grain couplings. Embedding flux pinning defects is a general approach to increase the in-field performance of superconductors. However, many effective pinning defects can adversely affect the zero field or self-field Jc, particularly in cuprate high temperature superconductors. Here, we report the doubling of the self-field Jc in FeSe0.5Te0.5 films by low temperature oxygen annealing, reaching ~3 MA/cm2. In-field performance is also dramatically enhanced. In conclusion, our results demonstrate that low temperature oxygen annealing is a simple and cost-efficient post-treatment technique which can greatly help to accelerate the potential high field applications of the iron-based superconductors.

  5. EFFECTS OF PRECURSOR SOLUTION MODIFICATION ON THE CRYSTALLINITY AND ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-BiFeO3 BASED THIN FILM

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    Sui, Huiting; Yang, Changhong; Wang, Gaoyun; Feng, Chao

    2014-07-01

    For chemical solution decomposition process, the precursor solution is a basic factor affecting the quality of the deposited-film. In this paper, we choose (l00)-oriented 0.7[(Bi0.95Ce0.05)0.5Na0.5(Ti0.99Fe0.01)O3]-0.3BiFe0.97Mn0.03O3(0.7NBTCeFe-0.3BFOMn) thin films prepared by various precursor solutions for investigation. The roles of precursor solution modification on crystallinity, ferroelectric and dielectric properties are characterized. With the addition of polyethylene glycol into the solution, phase-pure perovskite structure can be obtained. Furthermore, when the volume ratio for the solvents (ethylene glycol to acetic acid) is modified as 2:1, enhanced ferroelectricity can be achieved with a remanent polarization (Pr) of 27.5 μC/cm2, which coincides well with the capacitance-voltage curve with relatively sharp feature. Also, the 0.7NBTCeFe-0.3BFOMn film exhibits a dielectric constant (ɛr) of 576 and dielectric loss (tan δ) of 0.123 at 100 kHz.

  6. Effect of the symmetric cell preparation temperature on the activity of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe0.8Cu0.2O3-δ as cathode for intermediate temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Vázquez, Santiago; Basbus, Juan; Soldati, Analía L.; Napolitano, Federico; Serquis, Adriana; Suescun, Leopoldo

    2015-01-01

    In this work we studied the electrochemical performance of Ba0.5Sr0.5Fe0.8Cu0.2O3-δ (BSFCu) as cathode for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFC) with Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO) electrolyte and the effect of the symmetric cell preparation temperature on the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity. Symmetrical cells with the configuration BSFCu/CGO/BSFCu were prepared at 900 °C, 950 °C and 1000 °C to perform the electrochemical characterization in the 500-700 °C temperature range. The resultant area specific resistance (ASR) of the cells with different preparation temperatures followed the tendency: ASR900°C < ASR950°C < ASR1000°C. The symmetric cell constructed at 900 °C showed ASR values of 0.18, 0.078 and 0.035 Ω cm2 at 600, 650 and 700 °C respectively, which demonstrated superior electrochemical activities than previous reports. Additional, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM) techniques were used to characterize the microstructure of the original and fired BSFCu materials and correlate it with the cell preparation temperature.

  7. Electrical behaviors of c-axis textured 0.975Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.025BiCoO3 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Guo, Feifei; Yang, Bin; Zhang, Shantao; Liu, Danqing; Wu, Fengmin; Wang, Dali; Cao, Wenwu

    2013-10-01

    The thin films of 0.975Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.025BiCoO3 (BNT-BC) have been successfully deposited on (1 1 1) Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si (1 0 0) substrates by pulse laser deposition and their ferroelectric, dielectric, local piezoelectric properties and temperature dependent leakage current behaviors have been investigated systematically. X-ray diffraction indicates the films are single phased and c-axis oriented. The thin films exhibit ferroelectric polarization-electric field (P-E) hysteresis loop with a remnant polarization (Pr) of 10.0 μC/cm2 and an excellent fatigue resistance property up to 5 × 109 switching cycles. The dielectric constant and dielectric loss are 500 and 0.22 at 1 kHz, respectively. The tunability of the dielectric constant is about 12% at 20 kV/mm. The piezo-phase response hysteresis loop and piezo-amplitude response butterfly curve are observed by switching spectroscopy mode of piezoelectric force microscope (SS-PFM) and the piezoelectric coefficient d33 is about 19-63 pm/V, which is comparable to other reports. The dominant leakage current conduction mechanisms are ohmic conduction at low electric field and Schottky emission at high electric field, respectively. Our results may be helpful for further work on BNT-based thin films with improved electric properties.

  8. Core-shell structure and dielectric properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3-SrZrO3 for high-temperature capacitors

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    Aman, Sanshiro; Kubo, Keiko; Akiba, Hiroki; Iwanaga, Daisuke

    2016-10-01

    The microstructure and dielectric properties of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3-SrZrO3 were investigated. The dielectric constant is high and stable in a wide temperature range. The rate of change in dielectric constant is within ±10% in the temperature range from -55 to 200 °C. This effect is thought to be due to the core-shell structure composed of a K-rich shell and a Na-rich core, which have different Curie temperatures. This core-shell structure can be controlled on the basis of sintering temperature. The width of the K-rich shell of a sample sintered at 1250 °C is larger than that of a sample sintered at 1180 °C. In addition, the insulation resistance of this material is high at high temperatures. The specific resistance of this material is 109 Ω cm at 200 °C. This material can be used for high-temperature multilayer ceramic capacitors, which have stable capacitance and high reliability at high temperatures.

  9. Visible Light-Induced Photocatalytic and Antibacterial Activity of Li-Doped Bi0.5Na0.45K0.5TiO3-BaTiO3 Ferroelectric Ceramics

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    Kushwaha, H. S.; Halder, Aditi; Jain, D.; Vaish, Rahul

    2015-11-01

    The visible light-active ferroelectric photocatalyst Bi0.5Na0.45Li0.05K0.5TiO3-BaTiO3 (BNKLBT) was synthesized by a solid-state method and its photocatalytic, photoelectrochemical, and antibacterial properties were investigated. In a chronoamperometric study the current density under visible light was 30 μA/cm2, which is three times more than that observed under dark conditions. The compound's visible light photocatalytic activity was investigated for degradation of an organic dye (methyl orange) and an estrogenic pollutant (estriol).The kinetic rate constants calculated for photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange and estriol were 0.007 and 0.056 min-1, respectively. High photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical activity was a result of effective separation of photo-generated charge carriers, because of the ferroelectric nature of the catalyst. The effect of different charge-trapping agents on photocatalytic degradation was studied to investigate the effect of active species and the degradation pathway. Antimicrobial activity was investigated for Escherichia coli and Aspergillus flavus. The anti-bacterial action of BNKLBT was compared with that of the commercial antibiotic kanamycin (k30).

  10. Lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 nanowires for energy harvesting.

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    Zhou, Zhi; Bowland, Christopher C; Malakooti, Mohammad H; Tang, Haixiong; Sodano, Henry A

    2016-03-07

    Lead-free piezoelectric nanowires (NWs) show strong potential in sensing and energy harvesting applications due to their flexibility and ability to convert mechanical energy to electric energy. Currently, most lead-free piezoelectric NWs are produced through low yield synthesis methods and result in low electromechanical coupling, which limit their efficiency as energy harvesters. In order to alleviate these issues, a scalable method is developed to synthesize perovskite type 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-BCT) NWs with high piezoelectric coupling coefficient. The piezoelectric coupling coefficient of the BZT-BCT NWs is measured by a refined piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) testing method and shows the highest reported coupling coefficient for lead-free piezoelectric nanowires of 90 ± 5 pm V(-1). Flexible nanocomposites utilizing dispersed BZT-BCT NWs are fabricated to demonstrate an energy harvesting application with an open circuit voltage of up to 6.25 V and a power density of up to 2.25 μW cm(-3). The high electromechanical coupling coefficient and high power density demonstrated with these lead-free NWs produced via a scalable synthesis method shows the potential for high performance NW-based devices.

  11. Lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 nanowires for energy harvesting

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    Zhou, Zhi; Bowland, Christopher C.; Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Tang, Haixiong; Sodano, Henry A.

    2016-02-01

    Lead-free piezoelectric nanowires (NWs) show strong potential in sensing and energy harvesting applications due to their flexibility and ability to convert mechanical energy to electric energy. Currently, most lead-free piezoelectric NWs are produced through low yield synthesis methods and result in low electromechanical coupling, which limit their efficiency as energy harvesters. In order to alleviate these issues, a scalable method is developed to synthesize perovskite type 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BZT-BCT) NWs with high piezoelectric coupling coefficient. The piezoelectric coupling coefficient of the BZT-BCT NWs is measured by a refined piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) testing method and shows the highest reported coupling coefficient for lead-free piezoelectric nanowires of 90 +/- 5 pm V-1. Flexible nanocomposites utilizing dispersed BZT-BCT NWs are fabricated to demonstrate an energy harvesting application with an open circuit voltage of up to 6.25 V and a power density of up to 2.25 μW cm-3. The high electromechanical coupling coefficient and high power density demonstrated with these lead-free NWs produced via a scalable synthesis method shows the potential for high performance NW-based devices.

  12. Hierarchical Mesoporous/Macroporous Perovskite La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-x Nanotubes: A Bifunctional Catalyst with Enhanced Activity and Cycle Stability for Rechargeable Lithium Oxygen Batteries.

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    Liu, Guoxue; Chen, Hongbin; Xia, Lu; Wang, Suqing; Ding, Liang-Xin; Li, Dongdong; Xiao, Kang; Dai, Sheng; Wang, Haihui

    2015-10-14

    Perovskites show excellent specific catalytic activity toward both oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline solutions; however, small surface areas of the perovskites synthesized by traditional sol-gel methods lead to low utilization of catalytic sites, which gives rise to poor Li-O2 batteries performance and restricts their application. Herein, a hierarchical mesporous/macroporous perovskite La0.5Sr0.5CoO3-x (HPN-LSC) nanotube is developed to promote its application in Li-O2 batteries. The HPN-LSC nanotubes were synthesized via electrospinning technique followed by postannealing. The as-prepared HPN-LSC catalyst exhibits outstanding intrinsic ORR and OER catalytic activity. The HPN-LSC/KB electrode displays excellent performance toward both discharge and charge processes for Li-O2 batteries, which enhances the reversibility, the round-trip efficiency, and the capacity of resultant batteries. The synergy of high catalytic activity and hierarchical mesoporous/macroporous nanotubular structure results in the Li-O2 batteries with good rate capability and excellent cycle stability of sustaining 50 cycles at a current density of 0.1 mA cm(-2) with an upper-limit capacity of 500 mAh g(-1). The results will benefit for the future development of high-performance Li-O2 batteries using hierarchical mesoporous/macroporous nanostructured perovskite-type catalysts.

  13. Magnetic and optical properties of MgAl2O4-(Ni0.5Zn0.5)Fe2O4 thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Misu, Takeshi; Sakamoto, Naonori; Shinozaki, Kazuo; Adachi, Nobuyasu; Suzuki, Hisao; Wakiya, Naoki

    2011-01-01

    Thin films composed of MgAl2O4 and (Ni0.5Zn0.5)Fe2O4 ([MA(100-x)-NZFx] films) were grown on fused SiO2 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction measurements revealed that the films were polycrystalline, and that their lattice constant varied linearly with composition, indicating the formation of a solid solution. The film with x=60 was paramagnetic and those with x ≥ 70 were ferromagnetic. The films had a transparency above 75% in the visible range, but the transparency decreased with the x value. The optical band gaps were 2.95, 2.55, 2.30 and 1.89 eV for x=20, 40, 60, 80 and 100, respectively. The Faraday rotation angle increased with x in the visible range, and the film with x=70 exhibited a value of 2000 degrees cm-1 at 570 nm, which is comparable to the rotation angle of Y3Fe5O12. Owing to their high transparency, which extends into the visible range, the [MA(100-x)-NZFx] films can be used in novel magneto-optical devices. PMID:27877399

  14. Investigation on structural, Mössbauer and ferroelectric properties of (1-x)PbFe0.5Nb0.5O3-(x)BiFeO3 solid solution

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    Dadami, Sunanda T.; Matteppanavar, Shidaling; Shivaraja, I.; Rayaprol, Sudhindra; Angadi, Basavaraj; Sahoo, Balaram

    2016-11-01

    In this study, (1-x)PbFe0.5Nb0.5O3(PFN)-(x)BiFeO3(BFO) multiferroic solid solutions with x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4 were synthesized through single step solid state reaction method and characterized thoroughly through X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR), Raman, Mössbauer spectroscopy and ferroelectric studies. The room temperature (RT) XRD studies confirmed the formation of single phase with negligible amount of secondary phases (x=0.2 and 0.4). The zoomed XRD patterns of (1-x)PFN-(x)BFO solid solutions showed the clear structural phase transition from monoclinic (Cm) to rhombohedral (R3c) at x=0.4. The Raman spectra of the (1-x)PFN-(x)BFO solid solutions showed the composition dependent phase transition from monoclinic (Cm) to rhombohedral (R3c). With increasing x in PFN, the modes related monoclinic symmetry changes to those of rhombohedral symmetry. The RT Mössbauer spectroscopy results evidenced the existence of composition dependent phase transition from paramagnetic to weak antiferromagnetic ordering and weak antiferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic ordering. The Mössbauer spectroscopy showed paramagnetic behavior with a doublet for x=0.0, 0.1 and 0.2 are shows the weak antiferromagnetic with paramagnetic ordering. For x=0.3 and 0.4 shows the sextet pattern and it is a clear evidence of antiferromagnetism. The ferroelectric (P-E) loops at RT indicate the presence of small polarization, as the x concentration increases in PFN, the remnant polarization and coercive field were decreased, which may due to the increase in the conductivity and leaky behavior of the samples.

  15. Influence of structural evolution on energy storage properties in Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-SrTiO3-NaNbO3 lead-free ferroelectric ceramics

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    Li, Feng; Zhai, Jiwei; Shen, Bo; Liu, Xing; Yang, Ke; Zhang, Yang; Li, Peng; Liu, Baihui; Zeng, Huarong

    2017-02-01

    Lead-free (1-x)(0.8Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.2SrTiO3)-xNaNbO3 (x = 0-0.1, abbreviated as BNT-ST-xNN) ceramics were fabricated by a conventional sintering route with pure perovskite phase via XRD analysis. Raman spectrum was exploited in order to give an insight into the variation of local structural evolution. All compositions exhibited an obvious evolution of dielectric relaxation behaviors. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties clarified that a crossover from nonergodic to ergodic relaxor properties was obtained with the addition of NN content. A relatively large energy storage density was obtained WRec ˜ 0.74 J/cm3 at 7 kV/mm for x = 0.05 at room temperature. Particularly, the energy storage properties exhibited temperature (25-160 °C) and frequency stability (0.1-20 Hz) with WRec around 0.6 J/cm3 at 6 kV/mm for x = 0.05 within the ergodic region. Pulsed discharging current waveforms were measured under different electric fields to detect the energy storage density and discharging speed behavior. An illustration of the charge-discharge process for the nonergodic and ergodic relaxor was depicted in order to disclose the difference of energy storage properties in BNT-ST-xNN system, and it is believed that this concept can be a guideline for fixing a position when designing a new energy-storage system for BNT-based relaxor ferroelectric ceramics.

  16. Performance and sulfur poisoning of Ni/CeO2 impregnated La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5Mn0.5O3-δ anode in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Li, Yiqian; Zhang, Yaohui; Zhu, Xingbao; Wang, Zhihong; Lü, Zhe; Huang, Xiqiang; Zhou, Yongjun; Zhu, Lin; Jiang, Wei

    2015-07-01

    In this study, comparison experiments are conducted based on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte supported single solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with pure La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5Mn0.5O3-δ (LSCrM) or Ni/CeO2 impregnated LSCrM anodes. The single cells are tested in dry H2 and H2/H2S (50 ppm) mixture, respectively. Compared with the pure LSCrM anode, the cell with Ni/CeO2 impregnated LSCrM presents a significant performance improvement when the pure H2 is fueled to the anode, and shows a good stability during a constant-current discharge testing (398 mA cm-2). When the fuel is switched to H2/H2S mixture, the cell with Ni/CeO2 impregnated LSCrM anode still shows a remarkable constant-current discharge (120 mA cm-2) performance compared with pure LSCrM anode. The Ni/CeO2 impregnation can improve the electrochemical performance of the LSCrM anode without any sacrifice of sulfur tolerance ability. The Ni/CeO2 impregnated LSCrM might be a potential anode material for solid oxide fuel cell operating in sulfur-containing fuels. The XRD and XPS results demonstrate that the anode poisoning product is composed of adsorbed sulfur, metal sulfides and sulfate radical. The mass spectrum result confirms that the poisoning mechanism involves the reaction of sulfur with anode rather than the direct reaction between H2S gas and anode.

  17. Spin-state transition of iron in (Ba0.5Sr0.5)(Fe0.8Zn0.2)O perovskite

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    Feldhoff, Armin; Martynczuk, Julia; Arnold, Mirko; Myndyk, Maxym; Bergmann, Ingo; Šepelák, Vladimir; Gruner, Wolfgang; Vogt, Ulrich; Hähnel, Angelika; Woltersdorf, Jörg

    2009-11-01

    The redox behavior of iron during heating of a high-performance perovskite for ceramic oxygen separation membranes was studied by combined electron energy-loss (EELS, esp. ELNES) and Mössbauer spectroscopical in situ methods. At room temperature, the iron in (Ba0.5Sr0.5)(Fe0.8Zn0.2)O (BSFZ) is in a mixed valence state of 75% Fe in the high-spin state and 25% Fe predominantly in the low-spin state. When heated to 900C, a slight reduction of iron is observed that increases the quantity of Fe species. However, the dominant occurrence is a gradual transition in the spin-state of trivalent iron from a mixed low-spin/high-spin to a pure high-spin configuration. In addition, a remarkable amount of hybridization is found in the Fe-O bonds that are highly polar rather than purely ionic. The coupled valence/spin-state transition correlates with anomalies in thermogravimetry and thermal expansion behavior observed by X-ray diffraction and dilatometry, respectively. Since the effective cationic radii depend not only on the valence but also on the spin-state, both have to be considered when estimating under which conditions a cubic perovskite will tolerate specific cations. It is concluded that an excellent phase stability of perovskite-based membrane materials demands a tailoring, which enables pure high-spin states under operational conditions, even if mixed valence states are present. The low spin-state transition temperature of BSFZ provides that all iron species are in a pure high-spin configuration already above ca. 500C making this ceramic highly attractive for intermediate temperature applications ( 500-800C).

  18. Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of the first-order phase transition in Sm0.5+ x Sr0.5- x MnO3 compounds

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    Thanh, Tran Dang; Linh, Dinh Chi; Manh, Tien Van; Nan, Wen-Zhe; Yu, Seong-Cho; Piao, Hong-Guang; Pan, Liqing

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we present a detailed study on the magnetic and the magnetocaloric properties of Sm0.5+ x Sr0.5- x MnO3 compounds with x = 0 - 0.1, which were prepared by using a solid-state reaction method. The x-dependent magnetic, as well as magnetocaloric, properties, including the magnetic phase transition, have been studied. The increase in Sm/Sr ratio plays an important role in controlling the Curie temperature ( T C ). We point out that all the samples undergo a first-order phase transition and exhibit a giant magnetocaloric effect. The magnetic entropy change (Δ S m ) of samples was calculated based on isothermal M( H, T) data. The maximum value of Δ S m (denoted as |Δ S max|) at around T C is found to be 2.6 - 8.9 J·kg -1·K -1 for Δ H = 30 kOe and depends on the value of x. We have also used the universal master curve method for the temperature dependences of Δ S m curves measured at different Δ H values, Δ S m ( T,Δ H), to distinguish the magnetic order in the samples. Interestingly, none of the Δ S m ( T,Δ H) curves for the samples follow the universal master curve, Δ S m ( T,Δ H)/Δ S max versus θ = ( T -T C )/( T r - T C ). As a consequence, a breakdown in the universal behavior of Δ S m ( T,Δ H)/Δ S max versus θ curve is another feature confirming a first-order phase-transition nature.

  19. Strain heterogeneity and magnetoelastic behaviour of nanocrystalline half-doped La, Ca manganite, La0.5Ca0.5MnO3.

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    Pagliari, L; Dapiaggi, M; Maglia, F; Sarkar, T; Raychaudhuri, A K; Chatterji, T; Carpenter, M A

    2014-10-29

    Elastic and anelastic properties of La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 determined by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy in the frequency range ∼100-1200 kHz have been used to evaluate the role of grain size in determining the competition between ferromagnetism and Jahn-Teller/charge order of manganites which show colossal magneto resistance. At crystallite sizes of ∼75 and ∼135 nm the dominant feature is softening of the shear modulus as the charge order transition point, Tco (∼225 K), is approached from above and below, matching the form of softening seen previously in samples with 'bulk' properties. This is consistent with a bilinear dominant strain/order parameter coupling, which occurs between the tetragonal shear strain and the Jahn-Teller (Γ3(+)) order parameter. At crystallite sizes of ∼34 and ∼42 nm the charge ordered phase is suppressed but there is still softening of the shear modulus, with a minimum near Tco. This indicates that some degree of pseudoproper ferroelastic behaviour is retained. The primary cause of the suppresion of the charge ordered structure in nanocrystalline samples is therefore considered to be due to suppression of macroscopic strain, even though MnO6 octahedra must develop some Jahn-Teller distortions on a local length scale. This mechanism for stabilizing ferromagnetism differs from imposition of either an external magnetic field or a homogeneous external strain field (from a substrate), and is likely to lead both to local strain heterogeneity within the nanocrystallites and to different tilting of octahedra within the orthorhombic structure. An additional first order transition occurs near 40 K in all samples and appears to involve some very small strain contrast between two ferromagnetic structures.

  20. Improved electrochemical properties of LiFe0.5Mn0.5PO4/C composite materials via a surface coating process

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    Yang, Chun-Chen; Hung, Yen-Wei; Lue, Shingjiang Jessie

    2016-09-01

    In this work, a LiFe0.5Mn0.5PO4/C (LFMP/C) material was prepared by a simple solid-state ball-mill method by using LiH2PO4, γ-MnO2, and hollow α-Fe2O3 nano-sized materials. Both γ-MnO2 and hollow α-Fe2O3 were synthesized by a hydrothermal process. LFMP/C composites coated with different amounts (1-3wt%) of Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) were synthesized by a sol-gel method. Their typical properties are studied using X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, the AC impedance method, and the galvanostatic charge-discharge method. The results revealed that a 1 wt%-LTO-coated LFMP/C composite shows the highest performance among all LFMP/C composite samples. The long-term cycling performance of the LFMP/C composite improves considerably when the LTO ionic conductor is applied on it. Moreover, the 1 wt%-LTO-coated LFMP/C composite, which has the lowest fading rate, maintains high cycling stability at 1 C (141 mAh g-1) and 10 C (133 mAh g-1) at 55 °C after 100 cycles; by contrast, a bare LFMP/C sample, which demonstrates the highest fading rate, exhibits an unfavorable life cycle, and its discharge capacity decreases rapidly. The ionic conductor coating thus improves the high-temperature performance of LFMP/C composites. A LFMP/C-KS6/SiO2 full cell is assembled and tested.

  1. Conduction phenomenon of Al3+ modified lead free (Na0.5Bi0.5)0.92Ba0.08TiO3 electroceramics

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    Borkar, Hitesh; Kumar, Ashok

    2016-05-01

    Choice of proper dopants at A or B-site of ABO3 perovskite structure can modify the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB), and hence functional properties of polar systems. The chemical nature of donor or acceptor will significantly influence the fundamental properties. Lead-free ferroelectrics have vast potential to replace the lead-based ceramics. The (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xBaxTiO3 (NBT-BT) (at x=0.08) near MPB with small substitution of trivalent cations (Al3+) has been synthesized by solid state reaction route. The aim to choose the trivalent cations (Al3+) was its relatively smaller radii than that of Bi3+ cations to develop the antipolar phases in the ferroelectric ceramic. Structural, morphological and elemental compositional analyses were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Secondary electron microscope (SEM) and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDAX), respectively. Ferroelectric studies were carried out on various compositions of (Na0.46Bi0.46-xAlxBa0.08)TiO3 (NBAT-BT) (x=0, 0.05, 0.07, 0.10) electroceramics. It was observed that with increase in concentration of Al the ferroelectricity state changes from soft to hard. Temperature dependent dielectric spectroscopy shows broad dielectric dispersion. The Al doping diminishes the relaxor behavior of NBT-BT ceramics. Impedance spectroscopy shows that electrical resistivity and relaxation frequency decreases with increase in Al-concentration. Modulus spectra indicate that Al significantly change the bulk capacitance of NBT-BT.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of Cu-dispersed bi0.5sb1.5te3.

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    Kim, Il-Ho; Choi, Soon-Mok; Seo, Won-Seon; Cheong, Dong-Ik

    2012-01-05

    A novel and simple approach was used to disperse Cu nanoparticles uniformly in the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 matrix, and the thermoelectric properties were evaluated for the Cu-dispersed Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3. Polycrystalline Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 powder prepared by encapsulated melting and grinding was dry-mixed with Cu(OAc)2 powder. After Cu(OAc)2 decomposition, the Cu-dispersed Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 was hot-pressed. Cu nanoparticles were well-dispersed in the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 matrix and acted as effective phonon scattering centers. The electrical conductivity increased systematically with increasing level of Cu nanoparticle dispersion. All specimens had a positive Seebeck coefficient, which confirmed that the electrical charge was transported mainly by holes. The thermoelectric figure of merit was enhanced remarkably over a wide temperature range of 323-523 K.PACS: 72.15.Jf: 72.20.Pa.

  3. Thermoelectric properties of Cu-dispersed bi0.5sb1.5te3

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    Kim, Il-Ho; Choi, Soon-Mok; Seo, Won-Seon; Cheong, Dong-Ik

    2012-01-01

    A novel and simple approach was used to disperse Cu nanoparticles uniformly in the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 matrix, and the thermoelectric properties were evaluated for the Cu-dispersed Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3. Polycrystalline Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 powder prepared by encapsulated melting and grinding was dry-mixed with Cu(OAc)2 powder. After Cu(OAc)2 decomposition, the Cu-dispersed Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 was hot-pressed. Cu nanoparticles were well-dispersed in the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 matrix and acted as effective phonon scattering centers. The electrical conductivity increased systematically with increasing level of Cu nanoparticle dispersion. All specimens had a positive Seebeck coefficient, which confirmed that the electrical charge was transported mainly by holes. The thermoelectric figure of merit was enhanced remarkably over a wide temperature range of 323-523 K. PACS: 72.15.Jf: 72.20.Pa

  4. The efficacy of topical ivermectin versus malation 0.5% lotion for the treatment of scabies.

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    Goldust, Mohamad; Rezaee, Elham

    2013-05-06

    Objective: There are different medications for the treatment of scabies but the treatment of choice is still controversial. This study aimed at comparing the efficacy of topical ivermectin versus malation 0.5% lotion for the treatment of scabies. Methods: In total, 340 patients with scabies were enrolled, and randomized into two groups: the first group received 1% ivermectin applied topically to the affected skin and the second group received topical malation 0.5% lotion and were told to apply this twice with 1 week interval. Treatment was evaluated at intervals of 2 and 4 weeks, and if there was treatment failure at the 2-week follow-up, treatment was repeated. Results: Two application of topical ivermectin provided a cure rate of 67.6% at the 2-week follow-up, which increased to 85.2% at the 4-week follow-up after repeating the treatment. Treatment with two applications of malation 0.5% lotion was effective in 44.1% of patients at the 2-week follow-up, which increased to 67.6% at the 4-week follow-up after this treatment was repeated. Conclusion:Two application of ivermectin was as effective as single applications of malation 0.5% lotion at the 2-week follow-up. After repeating the treatment, ivermectin was superior to malation 0.5% lotion at the 4-week follow up.

  5. The electrochemical behaviors of Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn and Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn in sodium chloride solution

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    Lv, Yanzhuo; Liu, Min; Xu, Yan; Cao, Dianxue; Feng, Jing

    2013-03-01

    The electrochemical oxidation behaviors of Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn and Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn electrodes in 0.7 mol L-1 NaCl solution are investigated by methods of potentiodynamic polarization, potentiostatic oxidation, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The phase composition of Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn and Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn alloys is analyzed conducted by X-ray diffraction. The performances of Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn and Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn as the anode of Mg-H2O2 semi fuel cells are determined. The effect of Zn content on the corrosion resistant of these Mg-Li-based alloys is studied. It is found that the Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn electrode has higher discharge activity and less corrosion resistance than that of Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn electrode in 0.7 mol L-1 NaCl solution. The Mg-H2O2 semi fuel cell with Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn anode presents a maximum power density of 100 mW cm-2 at room temperature, which is higher than that of Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn anode (80 mW cm-2). The performance of semi fuel cell with the Mg-8Li-3Al-0.5Zn electrode is better than that with Mg-8Li-3Al-1.0Zn electrode, especially at higher current density (>30 mA cm-2).

  6. Serpentine Nanotubes in CM Chondrites

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    Zega, Thomas J.; Garvie, Laurence A. J.; Dodony, Istvan; Buseck, Peter R.

    2004-01-01

    The CM chondrites are primitive meteorites that formed during the early solar system. Although they retain much of their original physical character, their matrices and fine-grained rims (FGRs) sustained aqueous alteration early in their histories [1- 3]. Serpentine-group minerals are abundant products of such alteration, and information regarding their structures, compositions, and spatial relationships is important for determining the reactions that produced them and the conditions under which they formed. Our recent work on FGRs and matrices of the CM chondrites has revealed new information on the structures and compositions of serpentine-group minerals [4,5] and has provided insights into the evolution of these primitive meteorites. Here we report on serpentine nanotubes from the Mighei and Murchison CM chondrites [6].

  7. Experimental determination of compressional-wave seismic velocity of talc at high temperature at 0.5 GPa

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    Bailey, Edward

    2000-10-01

    Compressional wave velocity, VP, in talc has been measured as a function of temperature at 0.5 GPa by a time of flight ultrasonic method in an internally heated gas pressure vessel. At this pressure, VP decreases from 5.27 +/- 0.23 km s-1 at 25°C to 4.35 +/- 0.15 km s-1 at 800°C. VP in a hydrated peridotite has also been measured, at 0.5 GPa, 600°C, but with no useable results. Combining the results for talc with a previously published bulk modulus K and deltaK/deltaP, gives a Poissons ratio, nu, of 0.268 and a shear modulus, G, of 22.6 GPa under atmospheric conditions. Assuming nu is independent of temperature gives a deltaKs/deltaT value of -19.3 +/- 0.64 MPa K-1 at 0.5 GPa. These experimental data, in combination with published data, have been used to calculate the Voigt, Reuss, and Hashin-Shtrikman-Walpole bounds, and the Voigt-Reuss-Hill average of the elastic moduli of a peridotite, hydrated with talc, just above a cold subducting lithosphere, and seismic velocities derived from those. A talc-beating assemblage containing only 0.9 weight% H2O has elastic wave velocities (calculated from the Voigt-Reuss-FEII average) slower than the anhydrous rock by an average of 7.6% for VP , and 9.7% for shear waves Vs at 700°C, between 0.5 and 4 GPa. These results are examined in connection with seismic observations of converted elastic wave phase behavior near the surface of cold subducting slabs in the northern Pacific. Although a layer of peridotite, just above the subducting slab, hydrated by talc could explain these observations at depths shallower than 155 km, the silica content of peridotite is not high enough to stabilize talc at these depths. The hypothesis that the low velocity layer is caused by a metastable subducting oceanic crust better explains the observations. Talc is likely, however to be an important hydrous phase at depths between 30 and 60 km, i.e. from the top of the mantle down to the pressure stability limit of talc. In some regions of

  8. Clustering of galaxies around the GRB 021004 sight-line at z ~ 0.5

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    Sokolov, Ilya V.; Castro-Tirado, A. J.; Verkhodanov, O. V.; Zhelenkova, O. P.; Baryshev, Yu. V.

    2016-06-01

    In this report we test for reliability any signatures of field galaxies clustering in the GRB 021004 line of sight. The first signature is the BTA and Hubble GRB 021004 field photometric redshift distribution with a peak at z ~ 0.5 estimated from multicolor photometry. The second signature is the MgII 2796,2803 absorption doublet at z ~ 0.5 in the GRB 021004 afterglow spectrum. The third signature is some inhomogeneity in Plank + GRB 021004 fields. And the fourth signature may be the galaxy clustering with an effective redshift of z = 0.5 from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), which is a part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III).

  9. The modified equipartition calculation for supernova remnants with the spectral index α = 0.5

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    Urošević, Dejan; Pavlović, Marko Z.; Arbutina, Bojan; Dobardžić, Aleksandra

    2015-03-01

    Recently, the modified equipartition calculation for supernova remnants (SNRs) has been derived by Arbutina et al. (2012). Their formulae can be used for SNRs with the spectral indices between 0.5 < α < 1. Here, by using approximately the same analytical method, we derive the equipartition formulae useful for SNRs with spectral index α=0.5. These formulae represent next step upgrade of Arbutina et al. (2012) derivation, because among 30 Galactic SNRs with available observational parameters for the equipartition calculation, 16 have spectral index α = 0.5. For these 16 Galactic SNRs we calculated the magnetic field strengths which are approximately 40 per cent higher than those calculated by using Pacholczyk (1970) equipartition and similar to those calculated by using Beck & Krause (2005) calculation.

  10. A 'rule of 0.5' for the metabolite-likeness of approved pharmaceutical drugs.

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    O Hagan, Steve; Swainston, Neil; Handl, Julia; Kell, Douglas B

    We exploit the recent availability of a community reconstruction of the human metabolic network ('Recon2') to study how close in structural terms are marketed drugs to the nearest known metabolite(s) that Recon2 contains. While other encodings using different kinds of chemical fingerprints give greater differences, we find using the 166 Public MDL Molecular Access (MACCS) keys that 90 % of marketed drugs have a Tanimoto similarity of more than 0.5 to the (structurally) 'nearest' human metabolite. This suggests a 'rule of 0.5' mnemonic for assessing the metabolite-like properties that characterise successful, marketed drugs. Multiobjective clustering leads to a similar conclusion, while artificial (synthetic) structures are seen to be less human-metabolite-like. This 'rule of 0.5' may have considerable predictive value in chemical biology and drug discovery, and may represent a powerful filter for decision making processes.

  11. Single crystal growth, crystal structure characterization and magnetic properties of UCo0.5Sb2

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    Bukowski, Z. . E-mail: bukowski@int.pan.wroc.pl; Tran, V.H.; Stepien-Damm, J.; Troc, R.

    2004-11-01

    Single crystals of uranium intermetallic compound UCo0.5Sb2 were grown by means of the antimony-flux technique. The characterization of the samples has been carried out utilizing single crystal X-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. UCo0.5Sb2 is found to crystallize in the tetragonal HfCuSi2-type structure, space group P4/nmm with Z=2 formula units per cell, and the lattice parameters a=0.4300(1) and c=0.8958(2)nm. The refinement of the occupancy parameters and the energy dispersive X-ray analysis have indicated a distinct deficiency on the cobalt sites. The results of magnetization measurements showed that UCo0.5Sb2 orders ferromagnetically below 65K with a huge magnetocrystalline anisotropy with the c direction being the easy magnetization axis.

  12. Polarization switching characteristics of 0.5BaTi{sub 0.8}Zr{sub 0.2}O{sub 3}-0.5Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} lead free ferroelectric thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kolekar, Y. D.; Bhaumik, A.; Ghosh, K.; Shaikh, P. A.; Ramana, C. V.

    2014-04-21

    We report on the ferroelectricity for morphotropic-phase-boundary lead (Pb) free 0.5BaTi{sub 0.8}Zr{sub 0.2}O{sub 3}-0.5Ba{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} (0.5BZT-0.5BCT) thin films. Thin films were grown on Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate using pulsed laser deposition. Raman spectroscopic data combined with the X-ray diffraction analyses confirm body centered tetragonal crystallographic structure 0.5BZT-0.5 BCT thin films on Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si. Polarization studies demonstrate that these 0.5BZT-0.5BCT films exhibit a large remnant and saturation polarization of 37 μC/cm{sup 2} and 40 μC/cm{sup 2}, respectively, with a coercive field of 140 kV/cm. A correlation between polarization dynamics, structural distortion, and phonon vibration is established. The splitting of X-ray diffraction peak of the thin film in the 2θ range of 44.5° to 46.5° represents high degree of tetragonality. The tetragonality factor calculated by Rietveld analysis was found to be 0.006 and can be a major cause for the increased remnant polarization value. It is established from Raman spectra that the non-centrosymmetricity due to the displacement of Ti/Zr ions from its octahedral position is related to the peak position as well as the broadening of the A{sub 1} (LO) optical phonon mode. This increase of broadness in the thin film causes an increase in the dipole moment of the unit cell and, hence, the net increase in polarization values.

  13. Early fluid resuscitation with hyperoncotic hydroxyethyl starch 200/0.5 (10%) in severe burn injury

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    2010-01-01

    Introduction Despite large experience in the management of severe burn injury, there are still controversies regarding the best type of fluid resuscitation, especially during the first 24 hours after the trauma. Therefore, our study addressed the question whether hyperoncotic hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 200/0.5 (10%) administered in combination with crystalloids within the first 24 hours after injury is as effective as 'crystalloids only' in severe burn injury patients. Methods 30 consecutive patients were enrolled to this prospective interventional open label study and assigned either to a traditional 'crystalloids only' or to a 'HES 200/0.5 (10%)' volume resuscitation protocol. Total amount of fluid administration, complications such as pulmonary failure, abdominal compartment syndrome, sepsis, renal failure and overall mortality were assessed. Cox proportional hazard regression analysis was performed for binary outcomes and adjustment for potential confounders was done in the multivariate regression models. For continuous outcome parameters multiple linear regression analysis was used. Results Group differences between patients receiving crystalloids only or HES 200/0.5 (10%) were not statistically significant. However, a large effect towards increased overall mortality (adjusted hazard ratio 7.12; P = 0.16) in the HES 200/0.5 (10%) group as compared to the crystalloids only group (43.8% versus 14.3%) was present. Similarly, the incidence of renal failure was 25.0% in the HES 200/0.5 (10%) group versus 7.1% in the crystalloid only group (adjusted hazard ratio 6.16; P = 0.42). Conclusions This small study indicates that the application of hyperoncotic HES 200/0.5 (10%) within the first 24 hours after severe burn injury may be associated with fatal outcome and should therefore be used with caution. Trial registration NCT01120730. PMID:20584291

  14. The APSU 0.5m Telescope: Helping to Transform Undergraduate Education

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    Buckner, Spencer L.; Allyn Smith, J.; Juelfs, Elizabeth; Gaither, Bryan; Wilson, Tyler; Roberts, Fred

    2016-01-01

    We present details of the newly rebuilt APSU 0.5m telescope and discuss its role in the Physics & Astronomy curriculum at Austin Peay State University. This telescope enables advanced astronomical course work, student projects, a small research capability, and a large public outreach effort for the APSU Physics & Astronomy Department.We discuss the basic capabilities of the telescope, the current instrument suite including potential growth options for the 0.5m, our plans for student led and faculty research efforts, and early EPO work. Initial results from the commissioning data are presented to illustrate the research and imaging capabilities of the system.

  15. Large magnetic response in (Bi{sub 4}Nd)Ti{sub 3}(Fe{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5})O{sub 15} ceramic at room-temperature

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    Yang, F. J.; Su, P.; Wei, C.; Chen, X. Q.; Yang, C. P.; Cao, W. Q.

    2011-12-15

    Ceramics of Nd/Co co-substituted Bi{sub 5}Ti{sub 3}FeO{sub 15}, i.e., (Bi{sub 4}Nd)Ti{sub 3}(Fe{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5})O{sub 15} were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction method. The X-ray diffraction pattern demonstrates that the sample of the layered perovskite phase was successfully obtained, even if little Bi-deficient pyrochlore Bi{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} also existed. The ferroelectric and magnetic Curie temperatures were determined to be 1077 K and 497 K, respectively. The multiferroic property of the sample at room temperature was demonstrated by ferroelectric and magnetic measurements. Remarkably, by Nd/Co co-substituting, the sample exhibited large magnetic response with 2M{sub r} = 330 memu/g and 2H{sub c} = 562 Oe at applied magnetic field of 8 kOe at room temperature. The present work suggests the possibility of doped Bi{sub 5}Ti{sub 3}FeO{sub 15} as a potential multiferroic.

  16. Molybdenum doped Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ (Mo-PBMO) double perovskite as a potential solid oxide fuel cell anode material

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    Sun, Yi-Fei; Zhang, Ya-Qian; Hua, Bin; Behnamian, Yashar; Li, Jian; Cui, Shao-Hua; Li, Jian-Hui; Luo, Jing-Li

    2016-01-01

    A layered Mo doped Pr0.5Ba0.5MnO3-δ (Mo-PBMO) double perovskite oxide was prepared by a modified sol-gel method and the properties of the fabricated material are characterized by various technologies. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD), H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), NH3-temperature programmed desorption (NH3-TPD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) demonstrate that the treatment in reducing atmosphere at high temperature lead to a significant phase transformation of the material to a single cubic phase as well as with the Mo in multiple oxidized states. Such character leads to the production of large amount of oxygen deficiency with facilitated oxygen diffusion. The electrochemical performance tests of half-cell and single cell SOFCs exhibit the promoted effect of Mo on catalytic activity for the oxidation of H2 and CH4, indicating that Mo-PBMO could serve as an anode material candidate for SOFCs.

  17. Investigation of scanning tunneling spectra on iron-based superconductor FeSe0.5Te0.5(in Chinese)

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    Du, Z. -Y.; Fang, D. -L.; Wang, Z. -Y.; ...

    2015-05-05

    FeSe0.5Te0.5 single crystals with superconducting critical temperature of 13.5 K are investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) measureflents in detail. STM image on the top surface shows an atomically resolved square lattice consisted by white and dark spots with a constant of about 3.73± 0.03 Å which is consistent with the lattice constant 3.78 Å. The Se and Te atoms with a height difference of about 0.35 Å are successfully identified since the sizes of the two kinds of atoms are different. The tunneling spectra show very large zero-bias conductance value and asymmetric coherent peaks in the superconducting state. Accordingmore » to the positions of coherence peaks, we determine the superconducting gap 2Δ = 5.5 meV, and the reduced gap 2Δ/kBTc = 4.9 is larger than the value predicted by the weak-coupling BCS theory. The zero-bias conductance at 1.7 K only have a decrease of about 40% compared with the normal state conductance, which may originate from some scattering and broadening mechanism in the material. This broadening effect will also make the superconducting gap determined by the distance between the coherence peaks larger than the exact gap value. The asymmetric structure of the tunneling spectra near the superconducting gap is induced by the hump on the background. This hump appears at temperature more than twice the superconducting critical temperature. This kind of hump has also been observed in other iron pnictides and needs further investigation. A possible bosonic mode outside the coherence peak with a mode energy Ω of about 5.5 meV is observed in some tunneling spectra, and the ratio between the mode energy and superconducting transition temperature Ω/kBTc ≈ 4.7 is roughly consistent with the universal ratio 4.3 in iron-based superconductors. The high-energy background of the spectra beyond the superconducting gaps shows a V-shape feature. The slopes of the differential conductance spectra at high energy are

  18. The effects of Na on high pressure phases of CuIn(0.5)Ga(0.5)Se(2) from ab initio calculation.

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    Pluengphon, P; Bovornratanaraks, T; Vannarat, S; Pinsook, U

    2012-03-07

    The effects of Na atoms on high pressure structural phase transitions of CuIn(0.5)Ga(0.5)Se(2) (CIGS) were studied by an ab initio method using density functional theory. At ambient pressure, CIGS is known to have chalcopyrite (I42d) structure. The high pressure phase transitions of CIGS were proposed to be the same as the order in the CuInSe(2) phase transitions which are I42d → Fm3m → Cmcm structures. By using the mixture atoms method, the Na concentration in CIGS was studied at 0.1, 1.0 and 6.25%. The positive mixing enthalpy of Na at In/Ga sites (Na(InGa)) is higher than that of Na at Cu sites (Na(Cu)). It confirmed previous studies that Na preferably substitutes on the Cu sites more than the (In, Ga) sites. From the energy-volume curves, we found that the effect of the Na substitutes is to reduce the hardness of CIGS under high pressure. The most significant effects occur at 6.25% Na. We also found that the electronic density of states of CIGS near the valence band maximum is increased noticeably in the chalcopyrite phase. The band gap is close in the cubic and orthorhombic phases. Also, the Na(Cu)-Se bond length in the chalcopyrite phase is significantly reduced at 6.25% Na, compared with the pure Cu-Se bond length. Consequently, the energy band gap in this phase is wider than in pure CIGS, and the gap increased at the rate of 31 meV GPa(-1) under pressure. The Na has a small effect on the transition pressure. The path of transformation from the cubic to orthorhombic phase was derived. The Cu-Se plane in the cubic phase displaced relatively parallel to the (In, Ga)-Se plane by 18% in order to transform to the Cmcm phase. The enthalpy barrier is 0.020 eV/atom, which is equivalent to a thermal energy of 248 K. We predicted that Fm3m and Cmcm can coexist in some pressure range.

  19. Investigation of scanning tunneling spectra on iron-based superconductor FeSe0.5Te0.5

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    Du, Z. -Y.; Fang, D. -L.; Wang, Z. -Y.; Du, G.; Yang, X.; Yang, H.; Gu, G.; -H, Wen H.

    2015-05-05

    FeSe0.5Te0.5 single crystals with superconducting critical temperature of 13.5 K are investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) measureflents in detail. STM image on the top surface shows an atomically resolved square lattice consisted by white and dark spots with a constant of about 3.73± 0.03 Å which is consistent with the lattice constant 3.78 Å. The Se and Te atoms with a height difference of about 0.35 Å are successfully identified since the sizes of the two kinds of atoms are different. The tunneling spectra show very large zero-bias conductance value and asymmetric coherent peaks in the superconducting state. According to the positions of coherence peaks, we determine the superconducting gap 2Δ = 5.5 meV, and the reduced gap 2Δ/kBTc = 4.9 is larger than the value predicted by the weak-coupling BCS theory. The zero-bias conductance at 1.7 K only have a decrease of about 40% compared with the normal state conductance, which may originate from some scattering and broadening mechanism in the material. This broadening effect will also make the superconducting gap determined by the distance between the coherence peaks larger than the exact gap value. The asymmetric structure of the tunneling spectra near the superconducting gap is induced by the hump on the background. This hump appears at temperature more than twice the superconducting critical temperature. This kind of hump has also been observed in other iron pnictides and needs further investigation. A possible bosonic mode outside the coherence peak with a mode energy Ω of about 5.5 meV is observed in some tunneling spectra, and the ratio between the mode energy and superconducting transition temperature Ω/kBTc ≈ 4.7 is roughly consistent with the universal ratio 4.3 in iron-based superconductors. The high-energy background of the spectra beyond the superconducting gaps shows a V-shape feature. The slopes of the differential conductance spectra at high

  20. Elastic and magnetoelastic relaxation behaviour of multiferroic (ferromagnetic + ferroelectric + ferroelastic) Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3 perovskite

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    Carpenter, M. A.; Schiemer, J. A.; Lascu, I.; Harrison, R. J.; Kumar, A.; Katiyar, R. S.; Ortega, N.; Sanchez, D. A.; Salazar Mejia, C.; Schnelle, W.; Echizen, M.; Shinohara, H.; Heap, A. J. F.; Nagaratnam, R.; Dutton, S. E.; Scott, J. F.

    2015-07-01

    Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy has been used to characterize elastic and anelastic anomalies in a polycrystalline sample of multiferroic Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3 (PFN). Elastic softening begins at ~550 K, which is close to the Burns temperature marking the development of dynamical polar nanoregions. A small increase in acoustic loss at ~425 K coincides with the value of T* reported for polar nanoregions starting to acquire a static or quasi-static component. Softening of the shear modulus by ~30-35% through ~395-320 K, together with a peak in acoustic loss, is due to classical strain/order parameter coupling through the cubic → tetragonal → monoclinic transition sequence of ferroelectric/ferroelastic transitions. A plateau of high acoustic loss below ~320 K is due to the mobility under stress of a ferroelastic microstructure but, instead of the typical effects of freezing of twin wall motion at some low temperature, there is a steady decrease in loss and increase in elastic stiffness below ~85 K. This is attributed to freezing of a succession of strain-coupled defects with a range of relaxation times and is consistent with a report in the literature that PFN develops a tweed microstructure over a wide temperature interval. No overt anomaly was observed near the expected Néel point, ~145 K, consistent with weak/absent spin/lattice coupling but heat capacity measurements showed that the antiferromagnetic transition is actually smeared out or suppressed. Instead, the sample is weakly ferromagnetic up to ~560 K, though it has not been possible to exclude definitively the possibility that this could be due to some magnetic impurity. Overall, evidence from the RUS data is of a permeating influence of static and dynamic strain relaxation effects which are attributed to local strain heterogeneity on a mesoscopic length scale. These, in turn, must have a role in determining the magnetic properties and multiferroic character of PFN.