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  1. Combined iron and folic acid supplementation with or without zinc reduces time to walking unassisted among Zanzibari infants 5- to 11-mo old.

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    Olney, Deanna K; Pollitt, Ernesto; Kariger, Patricia K; Khalfan, Sabra S; Ali, Nadra S; Tielsch, James M; Sazawal, Sunil; Black, Robert; Allen, Lindsay H; Stoltzfus, Rebecca J

    2006-09-01

    Iron and zinc deficiencies have been associated with delayed motor development in nutritionally at-risk children, albeit inconsistently. In this community-based, randomized double-blind trial, iron+folic acid (FeFA) (12.5 mg Fe + 50 mug folic acid), zinc (Zn) (10 mg), and iron+folic acid+zinc (FeFA+Zn) supplements or a placebo were given daily for 1 y to nutritionally at-risk children in Pemba, Zanzibar. The effects of these treatments on attaining unassisted walking were evaluated using survival analysis for 354 children aged 5-11 mo at the start of supplementation. Treatment effects on changes in hemoglobin (Hb) and zinc protoporphyrin (ZPP) and height-for-age (HAZ) and weight-for-age (WAZ) Z scores were evaluated using linear regression. Attained motor milestone was recorded every 2 wk for 1 y. Hb, ZPP, HAZ, and WAZ were measured at baseline and after 6 mo of treatment. FeFA with or without Zn reduced the time it took for children to walk assisted. Children who received any iron walked unassisted sooner than those who received no iron [median difference approximately 15 d, P = 0.035, risk ratio (RR) = 1.28, 95% CI = 1.02, 1.61] and this effect was stronger in those who had iron deficiency anemia (IDA) at baseline (median difference was approximately 30 d; P = 0.002; RR = 1.68; 95% CI = 1.21, 2.32). FeFA alone and Zn alone improved Hb and ZPP compared with placebo. There were no significant treatment effects on changes in HAZ or WAZ. The effects of treatment on time to walking may have been mediated by improvements in iron status or hemoglobin, but were not mediated through improvements in growth.

  2. Structural origin of the enhanced ionic conductivity upon Nb doping in Sr11Mo4O23 defective double perovskite.

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    Miranda, C D; López, C A; Pedregosa, J C; Alonso, J A

    2017-03-21

    We report a substantial enhancement of the oxide-ion conductivity in Sr11Mo4O23 achieved by Nb doping the Mo sites. This series responds to the formula: Sr11Mo4-xNbxO23-δ (with x = 0.0, 0.5 and 1.0). The original structure can be related to the conventional double perovskite; however, it presents a broken corner sharing connectivity of the octahedral framework, hence leading to a complex and highly defective network. The samples were prepared via citrate precursor method, followed by thermal treatments at 1300 °C for 12 hours in air. The crystal structures were refined from X-ray and neutron powder diffraction (NPD) data. A phase transition from tetragonal to cubic symmetry is identified in a temperature-dependent NPD study, driven by an oxygen delocalization effect. The ionic conductivity measured by impedance spectroscopy is enhanced upon Nb-doping; the x = 1 doped phase exhibits a threefold increase compared to the pristine Sr11Mo4O23 oxide, with conductivity values of 7.6 × 10(-3) and 2.7 × 10(-2) S·cm(-1) at 650 and 800 °C, which are even greater than for YSZ in the 650-800 °C temperature range, and close to those reported for other state-of-the art solid-oxide electrolytes.

  3. Experimental study of upper sd shell nuclei and evolution of sd-fp shell gap

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    Sarkar, M. Saha

    2012-06-27

    The intruder orbitals from the fp shell play important role in the structure of nuclei around the line of stability in the upper sd shell. Experimentally we have studied {sup 35}Cl, {sup 30}P, {sup 36}Cl, {sup 37}Ar and {sup 34}Cl in this mass region using the INGA setup. Large basis cross-shell shell model calculations have indicated the need for change of the sd-fp energy gap for reliable reproduction of negative parity and high spin positive parity states. Indication of population of states of large deformation has been found in our data. Theoretical interpretation of these states has been discussed.

  4. Final report of the safety assessment of Alcohol Denat., including SD Alcohol 3-A, SD Alcohol 30, SD Alcohol 39, SD Alcohol 39-B, SD Alcohol 39-C, SD Alcohol 40, SD Alcohol 40-B, and SD Alcohol 40-C, and the denaturants, Quassin, Brucine Sulfate/Brucine, and Denatonium Benzoate.

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    2008-01-01

    Alcohol Denat. is the generic term used by the cosmetics industry to describe denatured alcohol. Alcohol Denat. and various specially denatured (SD) alcohols are used as cosmetic ingredients in a wide variety of products. Many denaturants have been previously considered, on an individual basis, as cosmetic ingredients by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel, whereas others, including Brucine and Brucine Sulfate, Denatonium Benzoate, and Quassin, have not previously been evaluated. Quassin is a bitter alkaloid obtained from the wood of Quassia amara. Quassin has been used as an insect antifeedant and insecticide and several studies demonstrate its effectiveness. At oral doses up to 1000 mg/kg using rats, Quassin was not toxic in acute and short-term tests, but some reversible piloerection, decrease in motor activity, and a partial loss of righting reflex were found in mice at 500 mg/kg. At 1000 mg/kg given intraperitoneally (i.p.), all mice died within 24 h of receiving treatment. In a cytotoxicity test with brine shrimp, 1 mg/ml of Quassin did not possess any cytotoxic or antiplasmodial activity. Quassin administered to rat Leydig cells in vitro at concentrations of 5-25 ng/ml inhibited both the basal and luteinizing hormone (LH)-stimulated testosterone secretion in a dose-related fashion. Quassin at doses up to 2.0 g/kg in drinking water using rats produced no significant effect on the body weights, but the mean weights of the testes, seminal vesicles, and epididymides were significantly reduced, and the weights of the anterior pituitary glands were significantly increased. The sperm counts and levels of LH, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and testosterone were significantly lower in groups treated with Quassin. Brucine is a derivative of 2-hydroxystrychnine. Swiss-Webster mice given Brucine base, 30 ml/kg, had an acute oral LD(50) of 150 mg/kg, with central nervous system depression followed by convulsions and seizures in some cases. In those

  5. 77 FR 46284 - Amendment of Class E Airspace; Lemmon, SD

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  6. User's Manual for Space Debris Surfaces (SD_SURF)

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    Elfer, N. C.

    1996-01-01

    A unique collection of computer codes, Space Debris Surfaces (SD_SURF), have been developed to assist in the design and analysis of space debris protection systems. SD_SURF calculates and summarizes a vehicle's vulnerability to space debris as a function of impact velocity and obliquity. An SD_SURF analysis will show which velocities and obliquities are the most probable to cause a penetration. This determination can help the analyst select a shield design which is best suited to the predominant penetration mechanism. The analysis also indicates the most suitable parameters for development or verification testing. The SD_SURF programs offer the option of either FORTRAN programs and Microsoft EXCEL spreadsheets and macros. The FORTRAN programs work with BUMPERII version 1.2a or 1.3 (Cosmic released). The EXCEL spreadsheets and macros can be used independently or with selected output from the SD_SURF FORTRAN programs.

  7. SdAb heterodimer formation using leucine zippers

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    Goldman, Ellen R.; Anderson, George P.; Brozozog-Lee, P. Audrey; Zabetakis, Dan

    2013-05-01

    Single domain antibodies (sdAb) are variable domains cloned from camel, llama, or shark heavy chain only antibodies, and are among the smallest known naturally derived antigen binding fragments. SdAb derived from immunized llamas are able to bind antigens with high affinity, and most are capable of refolding after heat or chemical denaturation to bind antigen again. We hypothesized that the ability to produce heterodimeric sdAb would enable reagents with the robust characteristics of component sdAb, but with dramatically improved overall affinity through increased avidity. Previously we had constructed multimeric sdAb by genetically linking sdAb that bind non-overlapping epitopes on the toxin, ricin. In this work we explored a more flexible approach; the construction of multivalent binding reagents using multimerization domains. We expressed anti-ricin sdAb that recognize different epitopes on the toxin as fusions with differently charged leucine zippers. When the initially produced homodimers are mixed the leucine zipper domains will pair to produce heterodimers. We used fluorescence resonance energy transfer to confirm heterodimer formation. Surface plasmon resonance, circular dichroism, enzyme linked immunosorbent assays, and fluid array assays were used to characterize the multimer constructs, and evaluate their utility in toxin detection.

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  9. RadNet Air Data From Rapid City, SD

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    This page presents radiation air monitoring and air filter analysis data for Rapid City, SD from EPA's RadNet system. RadNet is a nationwide network of monitoring stations that measure radiation in air, drinking water and precipitation.

  10. RadNet Air Data From Pierre, SD

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  11. Decay out of SD Band in ^192Pb

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    McNabb, D. P.; Cizewski, J. A.; Ding, K. Y.; Fotiades, N.; Archer, D. E.; Becker, J. A.; Bernstein, L. A.; Hauschild, K.; Younes, W.; Clark, R. M.; Fallon, P.; Lee, I. Y.; Macchiavelli, A. O.; MacLeod, R. W.

    1997-04-01

    Gamma-ray transitions linking the yrast SD bands to the known (ND) levels have been found in ^194Pb(M. J. Brinkman, et al., Phys. Rev. C53), R1461 (1996), A. Lopez-Martens, et al., Phys. Lett. B380, 18 (1996) and K. Hauschild, et al., submitted to Phys. Rev. C (1996). and ^194Hg.(T. L. Khoo, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 76), 1583 (1996). The spin, parity and excitation energy of these SD bands were established. Linking transitions are understood as arising from ND states nearby in excitation energy which are admixed with the SD states.(E. Vigezzi, et al., Phys. Lett. B249), 163 (1990). We anticipate a smaller phase space for quasicontinuous decay of the SD band in ^192Pb because it is predicted to lie lower in excitation than the SD band in ^194Pb.footnote S. J. Krieger, et al. Nucl. Phys. A542, 43 (1992). To search for linking transitions in ^192Pb we used the Gammasphere array at LBNL and the ^24Mg(^173Yb,5n) reaction at 134 MeV. Candidates for linking transitions and general features of the decay will be discussed.

  12. SD-CAS: Spin Dynamics by Computer Algebra System.

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    Filip, Xenia; Filip, Claudiu

    2010-11-01

    A computer algebra tool for describing the Liouville-space quantum evolution of nuclear 1/2-spins is introduced and implemented within a computational framework named Spin Dynamics by Computer Algebra System (SD-CAS). A distinctive feature compared with numerical and previous computer algebra approaches to solving spin dynamics problems results from the fact that no matrix representation for spin operators is used in SD-CAS, which determines a full symbolic character to the performed computations. Spin correlations are stored in SD-CAS as four-entry nested lists of which size increases linearly with the number of spins into the system and are easily mapped into analytical expressions in terms of spin operator products. For the so defined SD-CAS spin correlations a set of specialized functions and procedures is introduced that are essential for implementing basic spin algebra operations, such as the spin operator products, commutators, and scalar products. They provide results in an abstract algebraic form: specific procedures to quantitatively evaluate such symbolic expressions with respect to the involved spin interaction parameters and experimental conditions are also discussed. Although the main focus in the present work is on laying the foundation for spin dynamics symbolic computation in NMR based on a non-matrix formalism, practical aspects are also considered throughout the theoretical development process. In particular, specific SD-CAS routines have been implemented using the YACAS computer algebra package (http://yacas.sourceforge.net), and their functionality was demonstrated on a few illustrative examples.

  13. 78 FR 39820 - Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Disaster #SD-00058

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  20. How Changes in Anti-SD Sequences Would Affect SD Sequences in Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis.

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    Abolbaghaei, Akram; Silke, Jordan R; Xia, Xuhua

    2017-03-31

    The 3' end of the small ribosomal RNAs (ssu rRNA) in bacteria is directly involved in the selection and binding of mRNA transcripts during translation initiation via well-documented interactions between a Shine-Dalgarno (SD) sequence located upstream of the initiation codon and an anti-SD (aSD) sequence at the 3' end of the ssu rRNA. Consequently, the 3' end of ssu rRNA (3'TAIL) is strongly conserved among bacterial species because a change in the region may impact the translation of many protein-coding genes. Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis differ in their 3' ends of ssu rRNA, being GAUCACCUCCUUA3' in E. coli and GAUCACCUCCUUUCU3' or GAUCACCUCCUUUCUA3' in B. subtilis Such differences in 3'TAIL lead to species-specific SDs (designated SDEc for E. coli and SDBs for B. subtilis) that can form strong and well-positioned SD/aSD pairing in one species but not in the other. Selection mediated by the species-specific 3'TAIL is expected to favour SDBs against SDEc in B. subtilis but favour SDEc against SDBs in E. coli Among well-positioned SDs, SDEc is used more in E. coli than in B. subtilis, and SDBs more in B. subtilis than in E. coli Highly expressed genes and genes of high translation efficiency tend to have longer SDs than lowly expressed genes and genes with low translation efficiency in both species, but more so in B. subtilis than in E. coli Both species overuse SDs matching the bolded part of 3'TAIL shown above. The 3'TAIL difference contributes to host-specificity of phages.

  1. The Independent Distorting Ability of the Enhancer of Segregation Distortion, E(sd), in Drosophila Melanogaster

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    Temin, R. G.

    1991-01-01

    Segregation distortion is a meiotic drive system, discovered in wild populations, in which males heterozygous for an SD chromosome and a sensitive SD(+) homolog transmit the SD chromosome almost exclusively. SD represents a complex of three closely linked loci in the centromeric region of chromosome 2: Sd, the Segregation distorter gene; E(SD), the Enhancer of Segregation Distortion, required for full expression of drive; and Rsp, the target for the action of Sd, existing in a continuum of states classifiable into sensitive (Rsp(s)) and insensitive (Rsp(i)). In an SD/SD(+) male which is Sd E(SD) Rsp(i)/Sd(+) E(SD)(+) Rsp(s), the Sd and E(SD) elements act jointly to induce the dysfunction of those spermatids receiving the Rsp(s) chromosome. By manipulating the number of copies and the position of the Enhancer region, I demonstrated that: (1) E(SD), whether in its normal position or translocated to the Y chromosome, is able to enhance the degree of Sd-caused distortion in a dosage-dependent manner; (2) even in the absence of Sd, the E(SD) allele in two doses can cause significant distortion, in Sd(+) or Df(Sd)-bearing genotypes; (3) quantitative differences among Enhancers of different sources suggest allelic variation at E(SD), which could account at least in part for differences among wild SD chromosomes in strength of distortion; (4) E(SD)/E(SD)-mediated distortion, like that of Sd, is directed at the Rsp target, whether Rsp is on the second or the Y chromosome; (5) E(SD), like Sd, is suppressed by an unlinked dominant suppressor of SD action. These results show that E(SD) is independently capable of acting on Rsp and is not a simple modifier of the action of Sd. E(SD) provides an example of a trans-acting gene embedded in heterochromatin that can interact with another heterochromatic gene, Rsp, as well as parallel the effect of a euchromatic gene, Sd. PMID:1906417

  2. Microscopic Shell Model Calculations for sd-Shell Nuclei

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    Barrett, Bruce R.; Dikmen, Erdal; Maris, Pieter; Shirokov, Andrey M.; Smirnova, Nadya A.; Vary, James P.

    Several techniques now exist for performing detailed and accurate calculations of the structure of light nuclei, i.e., A ≤ 16. Going to heavier nuclei requires new techniques or extensions of old ones. One of these is the so-called No Core Shell Model (NCSM) with a Core approach, which involves an Okubo-Lee-Suzuki (OLS) transformation of a converged NCSM result into a single major shell, such as the sd-shell. The obtained effective two-body matrix elements can be separated into core and single-particle (s.p.) energies plus residual two-body interactions, which can be used for performing standard shell-model (SSM) calculations. As an example, an application of this procedure will be given for nuclei at the beginning ofthe sd-shell.

  3. What's the Nature of sdA Stars?

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    Pelisoli, I.; Kepler, S. O.; Koester, D.; Romero, A. D.

    2017-03-01

    White dwarfs with log g lower than 7.0 are called Extremely Low Mass white dwarfs (ELMs). They were first found as companions to pulsars, then to other white dwarfs and main sequence stars (The ELM Survey: 2010 to 2016), and can only be formed in interacting binaries in the age of the Universe. In our SDSS DR12 white dwarf catalog (Kepler et al. 2016), we found a few thousand stars in the effective temperature and surface gravity ranges attributed to ELMs. We have called these objects sdAs, alluding to their narrow hydrogen line spectra showing sub-main sequence log g. One possible explanation for the sdAs is that they are ELMs. Increasing the ELMs sample would help constrain the number of close binaries in the Galaxy. Interestingly, if they turn out to be A stars with an overestimated log g, the distance modulus would put these young stars in the Galaxy's halo.

  4. Stochastic Dynamic Mixed-Integer Programming (SD-MIP)

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    2015-05-05

    door to stochastic optimization models, which are typically dynamic in nature. This project lays the foundation for stochastic dynamic mixed...project lays the foundation for stochastic dynamic mixed-integer and linear programming (SD-MIP). This project has produced several new ideas in...models. Recent research has opened the door to stochastic optimization models, which are typically dynamic in nature. This project lays the foundation for

  5. Evaluation of microvision SD2500 scanning laser display

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    Harding, Thomas H.; Rash, Clarence E.; Dennis, Scott J.

    2006-05-01

    Microvision's Spectrum TM SD2500 is a candidate technology for the Modular Integrated Helmet Display System (MIHDS)program. This HMD design is intended to provide a full-color, see-through, daylight and night-readable, moderate-resolution (800X600 pixels) display. The employed technology is that of scanning lasers. This paper presents the testing results for the latest version of this prototype system.

  6. Shell Model Depiction of Isospin Mixing in sd Shell

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    Lam, Yi Hua; Smirnova, Nadya A.; Caurier, Etienne

    2011-11-30

    We constructed a new empirical isospin-symmetry breaking (ISB) Hamiltonian in the sd(1s{sub 1/2}, 0d{sub 5/2} and 0d{sub 3/2}) shell-model space. In this contribution, we present its application to two important case studies: (i){beta}-delayed proton emission from {sup 22}Al and (ii) isospin-mixing correction to superallowed 0{sup +}{yields}0{sup +}{beta}-decay ft-values.

  7. sd(2) Graphene: Kagome band in a hexagonal lattice.

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    Zhou, Miao; Liu, Zheng; Ming, Wenmei; Wang, Zhengfei; Liu, Feng

    2014-12-05

    Graphene, made of sp^{2} hybridized carbon, is characterized with a Dirac band, representative of its underlying 2D hexagonal lattice. The fundamental understanding of graphene has recently spurred a surge in the search for 2D topological quantum phases in solid-state materials. Here, we propose a new form of 2D material, consisting of sd^{2} hybridized transition metal atoms in hexagonal lattice, called sd^{2} "graphene." The sd^{2} graphene is characterized by bond-centered electronic hopping, which transforms the apparent atomic hexagonal lattice into the physics of a kagome lattice that may exhibit a wide range of topological quantum phases. Based on first-principles calculations, room-temperature quantum anomalous Hall states with an energy gap of ∼0.1  eV are demonstrated for one such lattice made of W, which can be epitaxially grown on a semiconductor surface of 1/3 monolayer Cl-covered Si(111), with high thermodynamic and kinetic stability.

  8. On the Components of Segregation Distortion in Drosophila Melanogaster. V. Molecular Analysis of the Sd Locus

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    Powers, P. A.; Ganetzky, B.

    1991-01-01

    Segregation Distorter (SD) is a naturally occurring meiotic drive system comprising at least three distinct loci: Sd, Rsp and E(SD). Heterozygous SD/SD(+) males transmit the SD chromosome in vast excess over the normal homolog. The distorted transmission involves the induced dysfunction of the spermatids that receive the SD(+) chromosome. In the 220-kb region of DNA that contains the Sd gene, we identified a 5-kb tandem duplication that is uniquely associated with all SD chromosomes, absent in SD(+) chromosomes, and detectably altered in Sd revertants. On northern blots, genomic probes from the tandem duplication detect an SD-specific 4-kb transcript in addition to several smaller transcripts present in both SD and SD(+). Seven classes of cDNAs derived from these transcripts have been isolated. All of these cDNAs share extensive sequence identity at their 3' ends but differ at their 5' ends. Sequence analysis indicates that these cDNAs potentially encode four distinct, but related, polypeptides. Introduction of the tandem duplication into SD(+) flies by germline transformation did not confer the dominant gain-of-function Sd phenotype. This result, taken together with our analysis of the Sd cDNAs, suggests that the duplication is part of a much larger gene that encodes several different polypeptides. PMID:1936954

  9. Reading Performance Correlates with White-Matter Properties in Preterm and Term Children

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    Andrews, James S.; Ben-Shachar, Michal; Yeatman, Jason D.; Flom, Lynda L.; Luna, Beatriz; Feldman, Heidi M.

    2010-01-01

    Aim: We used diffusion tensor imaging to investigate the association between white-matter integrity and reading ability in a cohort of 28 children. Nineteen preterm children (14 males, five females; mean age 11y 11mo [SD 1y 10mo], mean gestational age 30.5wks (SD 3.2), mean birthweight was 1455g [SD 625]); and nine term children (five males, four…

  10. Confinement orientation effects in S/D tunneling

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    Medina-Bailon, C.; Sampedro, C.; Gámiz, F.; Godoy, A.; Donetti, L.

    2017-02-01

    The most extensive research of scaled electronic devices involves the inclusion of quantum effects in the transport direction as transistor dimensions approach nanometer scales. Moreover, it is necessary to study how these mechanisms affect different transistor architectures to determine which one can be the best candidate to implement future nodes. This work implements Source-to-Drain Tunneling mechanism (S/D tunneling) in a Multi-Subband Ensemble Monte Carlo (MS-EMC) simulator showing the modification in the distribution of the electrons in the subbands, and, consequently, in the potential profile due to different confinement direction between DGSOIs and FinFETs.

  11. Outcome of Children with Hyperventilation-Induced High-Amplitude Rhythmic Slow Activity with Altered Awareness

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    Barker, Alexander; Ng, Joanne; Rittey, Christopher D. C.; Kandler, Rosalind H.; Mordekar, Santosh R.

    2012-01-01

    Hyperventilation-induced high-amplitude rhythmic slow activity with altered awareness (HIHARS) is increasingly being identified in children and is thought to be an age-related non-epileptic electrographic phenomenon. We retrospectively investigated the clinical outcome in 15 children (six males, nine females) with HIHARS (mean age 7y, SD 1y 11mo;…

  12. Effect of Osmotic-Release Oral System Methylphenidate on Different Domains of Attention and Executive Functioning in Children with Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder

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    Blum, Nathan J.; Jawad, Abbas F.; Clarke, Angela T.; Power, Thomas J.

    2011-01-01

    Aim: This study investigated whether components of attention and executive functioning improve when children with attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are treated with osmotic-release oral system (OROS) methylphenidate. Method: Thirty children (24 males, six females; mean age 8y 6mo, SD 1y 11mo; range 6y 5mo-12y 6mo) with ADHD combined…

  13. Electroencephalographic Abnormalities during Sleep in Children with Developmental Speech-Language Disorders: A Case-Control Study

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    Parry-Fielder, Bronwyn; Collins, Kevin; Fisher, John; Keir, Eddie; Anderson, Vicki; Jacobs, Rani; Scheffer, Ingrid E.; Nolan, Terry

    2009-01-01

    Earlier research has suggested a link between epileptiform activity in the electroencephalogram (EEG) and developmental speech-language disorder (DSLD). This study investigated the strength of this association by comparing the frequency of EEG abnormalities in 45 language-normal children (29 males, 16 females; mean age 6y 11mo, SD 1y 10mo, range…

  14. Open sd-shell nuclei from first principles

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    Jansen, Gustav R.; Signoracci, Angelo J.; Hagen, Gaute; Navratil, Petr

    2016-07-05

    We extend the ab initio coupled-cluster effective interaction (CCEI) method to open-shell nuclei with protons and neutrons in the valence space, and compute binding energies and excited states of isotopes of neon and magnesium. We employ a nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon interaction from chiral effective field theory evolved to a lower cutoff via a similarity renormalization group transformation. We find good agreement with experiment for binding energies and spectra, while charge radii of neon isotopes are underestimated. For the deformed nuclei 20Ne and 24Mg we reproduce rotational bands and electric quadrupole transitions within uncertainties estimated from an effective field theory for deformed nuclei, thereby demonstrating that collective phenomena in sd-shell nuclei emerge from complex ab initio calculations.

  15. Open sd-shell nuclei from first principles

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    Jansen, Gustav R.; Signoracci, Angelo J.; Hagen, Gaute; ...

    2016-07-05

    We extend the ab initio coupled-cluster effective interaction (CCEI) method to open-shell nuclei with protons and neutrons in the valence space, and compute binding energies and excited states of isotopes of neon and magnesium. We employ a nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon interaction from chiral effective field theory evolved to a lower cutoff via a similarity renormalization group transformation. We find good agreement with experiment for binding energies and spectra, while charge radii of neon isotopes are underestimated. For the deformed nuclei 20Ne and 24Mg we reproduce rotational bands and electric quadrupole transitions within uncertainties estimated from an effective field theory formore » deformed nuclei, thereby demonstrating that collective phenomena in sd-shell nuclei emerge from complex ab initio calculations.« less

  16. Charge radii of neon isotopes across the sd neutron shell

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    Marinova, K.; Geithner, W.; Kappertz, S.; Kloos, S.; Kotrotsios, G.; Neugart, R.; Wilbert, S.; Kowalska, M.; Keim, M.; Blaum, K.; Lievens, P.; Simon, H.

    2011-09-15

    We report on the changes in mean square charge radii of unstable neon nuclei relative to the stable {sup 20}Ne, based on the measurement of optical isotope shifts. The studies were carried out using collinear laser spectroscopy on a fast beam of neutral neon atoms. High sensitivity on short-lived isotopes was achieved thanks to nonoptical detection based on optical pumping and state-selective collisional ionization, which was complemented by an accurate determination of the beam kinetic energy. The new results provide information on the structural changes in the sequence of neon isotopes all across the neutron sd shell, ranging from the proton drip line nucleus and halo candidate {sup 17}Ne up to the neutron-rich {sup 28}Ne in the vicinity of the ''island of inversion.'' Within this range the charge radius is smallest for {sup 24}Ne with N=14 corresponding to the closure of the neutron d{sub 5/2} shell, while it increases toward both neutron shell closures, N=8 and N=20. The general trend of the charge radii correlates well with the deformation effects which are known to be large for several neon isotopes. In the neutron-deficient isotopes, structural changes arise from the onset of proton-halo formation for {sup 17}Ne, shell closure in {sup 18}Ne, and clustering effects in {sup 20,21}Ne. On the neutron-rich side the transition to the island of inversion plays an important role, with the radii in the upper part of the sd shell confirming the weakening of the N=20 magic number. The results add new information to the radii systematics of light nuclei where data are scarce because of the small contribution of nuclear-size effects to the isotope shifts which are dominated by the finite-mass effect.

  17. Product of the SNPP VIIRS SD screen transmittance and the SD BRDF from both yaw maneuver and regular on-orbit data

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    Lei, Ning; Xiong, Xiaoxiong

    2016-09-01

    To assure data quality, the Earth-observing Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) regularly performs on orbit radiometric calibrations of its 22 spectral bands. The primary calibration radiance source for the reflective solar bands (RSBs) is a sunlit solar diffuser (SD). During the calibration process, sunlight goes through a perforated plate (the SD screen) and then strikes the SD. The SD scattered sunlight is used for the calibration, with the spectral radiance proportional to the product of the SD screen transmittance and the SD bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF). The BRDF is decomposed to the product of its value at launch and a numerical factor quantifying its change since launch. Therefore, the RSB calibration requires accurate knowledge of the product of the SD screen transmittance and the BRDF (RSB; launch time). Previously, we calculated the product with yaw maneuver data and found that the product had improved accuracy over the prelaunch one. With both yaw maneuver and regular on orbit data, we were able to improve the accuracy of the SDSM screen transmittance and the product for the solar diffuser stability monitor SD view. In this study, we use both yaw maneuver and a small portion of regular on-orbit data to determine the product for the RSB SD view.

  18. Warping, extra dimensions, and a slice of AdSd

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    McDonald, Kristian L.

    2010-01-01

    Inspired by the Randall-Sundrum framework we consider a number of phenomenologically relevant model-building questions on a slice of compactified AdSd for d>5. Such spaces are interesting as they enable one to realize the weak scale via warping. We perform the Kaluza-Klein (KK) reduction for gravitons and bulk vectors in these spaces, and for the case of AdS6 consider the KK spectrum of gauge scalars. We further obtain the KK towers for bulk fermions on a slice of AdS7 and AdS9 and show that the Randall-Sundrum approach to flavor generalizes to these spaces with the localization of chiral zero-mode fermions controlled by their bulk Dirac mass parameters. However, for the phenomenologically interesting case where the transverse radius is R-1˜TeV, we show that bulk standard model fields are not viable due to a resulting volume suppression of the gauge-coupling constants. A similar suppression occurs for the case of UV localization. Thus it seems that the standard model fields should be confined to the infrared brane in such spaces. Sterile fields and extended gauge sectors may propagate in the bulk, with the gauge-coupling volume suppression experienced by the latter motivating a weak coupling to standard model fields. We also discuss some issues regarding the effective 4D theory description in these spaces.

  19. UV photolysis for relieved inhibition of sulfadiazine (SD) to biomass growth.

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    Pan, Shihui; Yan, Ning; Zhang, Yongming; Rittmann, Bruce E

    2015-05-01

    UV photolysis was used to relieve inhibition of biomass growth by sulfadiazine (SD), a broad-spectrum anti-microbial. To investigate the effects of SD on biomass growth, three substrates-glucose alone (G), glucose plus sulfadiazine (G+SD), and glucose plus photolyzed SD (G+PSD)-were used to culture the bacteria acclimated to glucose. The biomass was strongly inhibited when SD was added into the glucose solution, but inhibition was relieved to a significant degree when the SD was treated with UV irradiation as a pretreatment. The biomass growth kinetics were described well by the Monod model when glucose was used as a substrate alone, but the kinetics followed a hybrid Aiba model for non-competitive inhibition when SD was added to the solution. When photolyzed SD was added to glucose solution to replace original SD, the growth still followed Aiba inhibition, but inhibition was significantly relieved: the maximum specific growth rate (μ max) increased by 17 %, and the Aiba inhibition concentration increased by 60 %. Aniline, a major product of UV photolysis, supported the growth of the glucose-biodegrading bacteria. Thus, UV photolysis of SD significantly relieved inhibition by lowering the SD concentration and by generating a biodegradable product.

  20. Elastic-plastic deformations of a beam with the SD-effect

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    Pavilaynen, Galina V.

    2015-03-10

    The results for the bending of a cantilever beam with the SD-effect under a concentrated load are discussed. To solve this problem, the standard Bernoulli-Euler hypotheses for beams and the Ilyushin model of perfect plasticity are used. The problem is solved analytically for structural steel A40X. The SD-effect for elastic-plastic deformations is studied. The solutions for beam made of isotropic material and material with the SD-effect are compared.

  1. How UV photolysis accelerates the biodegradation and mineralization of sulfadiazine (SD).

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    Pan, Shihui; Yan, Ning; Liu, Xinyue; Wang, Wenbing; Zhang, Yongming; Liu, Rui; Rittmann, Bruce E

    2014-11-01

    Sulfadiazine (SD), one of broad-spectrum antibiotics, exhibits limited biodegradation in wastewater treatment due to its chemical structure, which requires initial mono-oxygenation reactions to initiate its biodegradation. Intimately coupling UV photolysis with biodegradation, realized with the internal loop photobiodegradation reactor, accelerated SD biodegradation and mineralization by 35 and 71 %, respectively. The main organic products from photolysis were 2-aminopyrimidine (2-AP), p-aminobenzenesulfonic acid (ABS), and aniline (An), and an SD-photolysis pathway could be identified using C, N, and S balances. Adding An or ABS (but not 2-AP) into the SD solution during biodegradation experiments (no UV photolysis) gave SD removal and mineralization rates similar to intimately coupled photolysis and biodegradation. An SD biodegradation pathway, based on a diverse set of the experimental results, explains how the mineralization of ABS and An (but not 2-AP) provided internal electron carriers that accelerated the initial mono-oxygenation reactions of SD biodegradation. Thus, multiple lines of evidence support that the mechanism by which intimately coupled photolysis and biodegradation accelerated SD removal and mineralization was through producing co-substrates whose oxidation produced electron equivalents that stimulated the initial mono-oxygenation reactions for SD biodegradation.

  2. Cytokeratin 8 in Association with sdLDL and ELISA Development

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    Ashmaig, Mohmed

    2015-01-01

    Background: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Cytokeratins (CKs) which may also be expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) are generally considered to be markers for the differentiation of epithelial cells. Small, dense, low-density lipoprotein (sdLDL) particles, also termed LDL-IV, independently predict risk of CVD. Aims: The aims of this study were to develop an analytical method, apart from ultracentrifugation capable of isolating sdLDL in order to study any associated proteins. Materials and Methods: Using modified gradient gel electrophoresis (GGE), de-identified sdLDL-enriched plasma was used to physically elute and isolate sdLDL particles. To validate the finding, additional plasma from 77 normal and 48 higher risk subjects were used to measure sdLDL particles and CK8. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and immunoblotting method were used to identify the characteristics of proteins associated with sdLDL. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method was developed and validated for the measurement of CK8 in plasma. Results: The validation of the CK8 ELISA method showed good analytical performance. The isolated sdLDL particles were verified with nondenaturing GGE with the apolipoprotein B component confirmed by Western immunoblotting. Confirmed by SDS-PAGE and Western immunoblotting, CK8 was associated with sdLDL. Two-tailed statistical analysis showed that CK8 and sdLDL particles were significantly higher in the high-risk CVD group compared to control group (P < 0.01 and P < 0.01, respectively). Conclusion: This study reports a novel association between CK8 and sdLDL in individuals with CVD who have a predominance of sdLDL. PMID:26713292

  3. 77 FR 68716 - Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Hot Springs, SD

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  4. 78 FR 14911 - Amendment of Class E Airspace; Hot Springs, SD

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  5. 32. DETAIL OF WALL SHOWN IN SD231. BEHIND WALL FRAMING ...

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  6. 76 FR 43610 - Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Spearfish, SD

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  7. How to Make a Singleton sdB Star via Accelerated Stellar Evolution

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    Clausen, Drew; Wade, Richard A.

    2011-06-01

    Many hot subdwarf B stars (sdBs) are in close binaries, and the favored formation channels for subdwarfs rely on mass transfer in a binary system to strip a core He-burning star of its envelope. However, these channels cannot account for sdBs that have been observed in long-period binaries nor the narrow mass distribution of isolated (or "singleton") sdBs. We propose a new formation channel involving the merger of a helium white dwarf and a low-mass, hydrogen-burning star, which addresses these issues. Hierarchical triples whose inner binaries merge and form sdBs by this process could explain the observed long-period subdwarf+main-sequence binaries. This process would also naturally explain the observed slow rotational speeds of singleton sdBs. We also briefly discuss the implications of this formation channel for extreme horizontal branch morphology in globular clusters and the UV upturn in elliptical galaxies.

  8. Mineralogic variation in drill holes USW NRG-6, NRG-7/7a, SD-7, SD-9, SD-12, and UZ{number_sign}14: New data from 1996--1997 analyses

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    Chipera, S.J.; Vaniman, D.T.; Bish, D.L.; Carey, J.W.

    1997-05-30

    New quantitative X-ray diffraction (QXRD) mineralogic data have been obtained for samples from drill holes NRG-6, NRG-7/7A, SD-7, SD-9, SD- 12, and UZ{number_sign}14. In addition, new QXRD analyses were obtained on samples located in a strategic portion of drill hole USW H-3. These data improve our understanding of the mineral stratigraphy at Yucca Mountain, and they further constrain the 3-D Mineralogic Model of Yucca Mountain. Some of the unexpected findings include the occurrence of the zeolite chabazite in the vitric zone of USW SD-7, broad overlap of vitric and zeolitic horizons (over vertical ranges up to 70 m), and the previously unrecognized importance of the bedded tuft beneath the Calico Hills Formation as a subunit with generally more extensive zeolitization than the Calico Hills Formation in the southern part of the potential repository area. Reassessment of data from drill hole USW H-5 suggests that the zeolitization of this bedded unit occurs in the northwestern part of the repository exploration block as well. Further analyses of the same interval in USW H-3, however, have not permitted the same conclusion to be reached for the southwestern part of the repository block because of the much poorer quality of the cuttings in H-3 compared with those from H-5. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) chemical data for drill holes USW SD-7, 9, and 12 show that the zeolitic horizons provide a >10 million year record of retardation of Sr transport, although the data also show that simplistic models of one-dimensional downward flow in the unsaturated zone (UZ) are inadequate. Complex interstratification of zeolites and glass, with highly variable profiles between drill cores, point to remaining problems in constructing detailed mineral stratigraphies. However, the new data in this report provide important information for constructing bounding models of zeolite stratigraphy for transport calculations.

  9. 78 FR 73751 - Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Philip, SD

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  10. Molecular Characterization of a Novel Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Isolate SD-15

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    Zhu, Lisai; Lu, Haibing; Cao, Yufeng; Gai, Xiaochun; Guo, Changming; Liu, Yajing; Liu, Jiaxu; Wang, Xinping

    2016-01-01

    As one of the major pathogens, bovine viral diarrhea virus caused a significant economic loss to the livestock industry worldwide. Although BVDV infections have increasingly been reported in China in recent years, the molecular aspects of those BVDV strains were barely characterized. In this study, we reported the identification and characterization of a novel BVDV isolate designated as SD-15 from cattle, which is associated with an outbreak characterized by severe hemorrhagic and mucous diarrhea with high morbidity and mortality in Shandong, China. SD-15 was revealed to be a noncytopathic BVDV, and has a complete genomic sequence of 12,285 nucleotides that contains a large open reading frame encoding 3900 amino acids. Alignment analysis showed that SD-15 has 93.8% nucleotide sequence identity with BVDV ZM-95 isolate, a previous BVDV strain isolated from pigs manifesting clinical signs and lesions resembling to classical swine fever. Phylogenetic analysis clustered SD-15 to a BVDV-1m subgenotype. Analysis of the deduced amino acid sequence of glycoproteins revealed that E2 has several highly conserved and variable regions within BVDV-1 genotypes. An additional N-glycosylation site (240NTT) was revealed exclusively in SD-15-encoded E2 in addition to four potential glycosylation sites (Asn-X-Ser/Thr) shared by all BVDV-1 genotypes. Furthermore, unique amino acid and linear epitope mutations were revealed in SD-15-encoded Erns glycoprotein compared with known BVDV-1 genotype. In conclusion, we have isolated a noncytopathic BVDV-1m strain that is associated with a disease characterized by high morbidity and mortality, revealed the complete genome sequence of the first BVDV-1m virus originated from cattle, and found a unique glycosylation site in E2 and a linear epitope mutation in Erns encoded by SD-15 strain. Those results will broaden the current understanding of BVDV infection and lay a basis for future investigation on SD-15-related pathogenesis. PMID:27764206

  11. SD0006: A Potent, Selective and Orally Available Inhibitor of p38 Kinase

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    Burnette, Barry L.; Selness, Shaun; Devraj, Raj; Jungbluth, Gail; Kurumbail, Ravi; Stillwell, Loreen; Anderson, Gary; Mnich, Stephen; Hirsch, Jeffrey; Compton, Robert; De Ciechi, Pamela; Hope, Heidi; Hepperle, Michael; Keith, Robert H.; Naing, Win; Shieh, Huey; Portanova, Joseph; Zhang, Yan; Zhang, Jian; Leimgruber, Richard M.; Monahan, Joseph

    2009-01-01

    SD0006 is a diarylpyrazole that was prepared as an inhibitor of p38 kinase-α (p38α). In vitro, SD0006 was selective for p38α kinase over 50 other kinases screened (including p38γ and p38δ with modest selectivity over p38β). Crystal structures with p38α show binding at the ATP site with additional residue interactions outside the ATP pocket unique to p38α that can confer advantages over other ATP competitive inhibitors. Direct correlation between inhibition of p38α activity and that of lipopolysaccharide-stimulated TNFα release was established in cellular models and in vivo, including a phase 1 clinical trial. Potency (IC50) for inhibiting tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) release, in vitro and in vivo, was <200 nmol/l. In vivo, SD0006 was effective in the rat streptococcal-cell-wall-induced arthritis model, with dramatic protective effects on paw joint integrity and bone density as shown by radiographic analysis. In the murine collagen-induced arthritis model, equivalence was demonstrated to anti-TNFα treatment. SD0006 also demonstrated good oral anti-inflammatory efficacy with excellent cross-species correlation between the rat, cynomolgus monkey, and human. SD0006 suppressed expression of multiple proinflammatory proteins at both the transcriptional and translational levels. These properties suggest SD0006 could provide broader therapeutic efficacy than cytokine-targeted monotherapeutics. PMID:19590255

  12. [Usefulness of a new sheet-like apparatus (SD-101) for screening of sleep apnea syndrome].

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    Iwasaki, Yoko; Fujimoto, Keisaku; Honda, Takayuki; Urushihata, Kazutoshi; Komatsu, Yoshimichi; Asawa, Teruko; Uhara, Miho; Ii, Asami; Yamauchi, Kazuyoshi; Katsuyama, Tsutomu

    2006-07-01

    Polysomnography (PSG) is the gold standard for the diagnosis of sleep apnea syndrome (SAS). However, PSG is not suitable as a first-line examination for all people suspected as having SAS because PSG requires hospitalization. Therefore, it is hoped that a simple examination can be developed which is available for use in the home. The present study evaluated the usefulness of a new sheet-like apparatus (SD-101) which is equipped with 162 pressure sensors for SAS diagnosis. One hundred patients hospitalized for PSG were simultaneously examined using the SD-101, and 25 patients, who underwent both PSG and SAS screening with MORPHEUS R, were also studied. The SD-101 is inserted between a sheet and the bed, and detects pressure from many points on the patient's body as it presses against the bed. Continuous changes of these pressure points are converted to respiratory movement. A very close correlation was seen between the apnea hypopnea index of PSG and a respiratory disturbance index of SD-101 (r=0.90), although there was a significant but lower correlation between data obtained PSG and MORPHEUS R(r=0.84). The sensitivity and specificity of the examination using SD-101 were 98.2% and 55.8%, respectively. These findings suggested that a new apparatus, SD-101, may be useful for the screening of SAS.

  13. [The effect of the mutant genes Ta, Ra and Sd on early embryogenesis in mice].

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    Sakharova, N Iu; Malashenko, A M; Mezhevikina, L M; Lepikhov, K A; Fialkovskaia, L A

    1996-01-01

    We studied early embryonic mortality of mice from mutant stocks Tabby (Ta, X-chromosome) and RaSd (RaSd/++, chromosome 2) maintained in the heterozygous state in F1 CBA x C57B1/6 hybrid. Tabby and RaSd mice were reciprocally crossed with F1 mice and examined for the morphological status of embryos washed from the oviduct on the third day of pregnancy, when the stage of eight blastomeres is normally attained. Mortality was evaluated from the number of embryos which did not reach the expected stage by this time. The results have shown that 2-4 cell embryos, which have received gene Ta with the X-chromosome of the female parent, differed from embryos with F1 genotype at the same stage of development by their increased mortality rate, whereas among embryos obtained from RaSd, the mortality was mainly observed before cleavage. Death of embryos receiving the mutant gene from hemizygous Ta males or heterozygous RaSd/++ males was not significantly different from the mortality of embryos without these mutations.

  14. Hypertension during chronic exposure to cold: Comparison between Sprague Dawley (SD) and Long Evans (LE) strains

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    Riesselmann, A.; Baron, A.; Fregly, M.J. )

    1991-03-11

    Hypertension accompanies chronic exposure of SD rats to cold (5-6C), including elevation of systolic, diastolic, and mean blood pressures and cardiac hypertrophy. The renin-angiotensin system may play an important role. Earlier studies suggested that the LE strain may have a decrease in angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE) activity. Measurement of ACE activity in plasmas of SE and LE strains revealed that basal activity of ACE in the plasma of the LE strain was significantly less than that of the SD strain. A second study was carried out in which both strains were exposed to cold for 7 weeks. There were clear differences between strains. Rats of the SD strain had a significant elevation in their blood pressure; a significantly increased urinary output of norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine (E); and significant increases in weights of heart, kidneys, adrenals, and brown adipose tissue (IBAT) compared to their controls maintained at 26C. In contrast, rats of the LE strain were less responsive to cold in that blood pressure failed to rise as sharply and to attain as high a level; NE and E outputs, as well as weights of heart and IBAT were significantly less than those of rats of the cold-treated SD strain. Thus, the lower ACE activity in plasma of LE strain, as well as a reduced secretion of catecholamines, may protect these rats against the rise of blood pressure characteristically observed when rats of the SD strain are exposed to cold.

  15. Geobacter sp. SD-1 with enhanced electrochemical activity in high-salt concentration solutions.

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    Sun, Dan; Call, Douglas; Wang, Aijie; Cheng, Shaoan; Logan, Bruce E

    2014-12-01

    An isolate, designated strain SD-1, was obtained from a biofilm dominated by Geobacter sulfurreducens in a microbial fuel cell. The electrochemical activity of strain SD-1 was compared with type strains, G. sulfurreducens PCA and Geobacter metallireducens GS-15, and a mixed culture in microbial electrolysis cells. SD-1 produced a maximum current density of 290 ± 29 A m−3 in a high-concentration phosphate buffer solution (PBS-H, 200 mM). This current density was significantly higher than that produced by the mixed culture (189 ± 44 A m−3) or the type strains (< 70 A m−3). In a highly saline water (SW; 50 mM PBS and 650 mM NaCl), current by SD-1 (158 ± 4 A m−3) was reduced by 28% compared with 50 mM PBS (220 ± 4 A m−3), but it was still higher than that of the mixed culture (147 ± 19 A m−3), and strains PCA and GS-15 did not produce any current. Electrochemical tests showed that the improved performance of SD-1 was due to its lower charge transfer resistance and more negative potentials produced at higher current densities. These results show that the electrochemical activity of SD-1 was significantly different than other Geobacter strains and mixed cultures in terms of its salt tolerance.

  16. A New sdO+dM Binary with Extreme Eclipses and Reflection Effect

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    Derekas, A.; Németh, P.; Southworth, J.; Borkovits, T.; Sárneczky, K.; Pál, A.; Csák, B.; Garcia-Alvarez, D.; Maxted, P. F. L.; Kiss, L. L.; Vida, K.; Szabó, Gy. M.; Kriskovics, L.

    2015-08-01

    We report the discovery of a new totally eclipsing binary (R.A. = {06}{{h}}{40}{{m}}{29}{{s}}11; decl. = +38°56‧52″2 J = 2000.0; Rmax = 17.2 mag) with an sdO primary and a strongly irradiated red dwarf companion. It has an orbital period of Porb = 0.187284394(11) day and an optical eclipse depth in excess of 5 mag. We obtained 2 low-resolution classification spectra with GTC/OSIRIS and 10 medium-resolution spectra with WHT/ISIS to constrain the properties of the binary members. The spectra are dominated by H Balmer and He ii absorption lines from the sdO star, and phase-dependent emission lines from the irradiated companion. A combined spectroscopic and light curve analysis implies a hot subdwarf temperature of Teff(spec) = 55,000 ± 3000 K, surface gravity of log g (phot) = 6.2 ± 0.04 (cgs), and a He abundance of {log}(n{He}/n{{H}})=-2.24+/- 0.40. The hot sdO star irradiates the red dwarf companion, heating its substellar point to about 22,500 K. Surface parameters for the companion are difficult to constrain from the currently available data: the most remarkable features are the strong H Balmer and C ii-iii lines in emission. Radial velocity estimates are consistent with the sdO+dM classification. The photometric data do not show any indication of sdO pulsations with amplitudes greater than 7 mmag, and Hα-filter images do not provide evidence for the presence of a planetary nebula associated with the sdO star.

  17. Characterization of Two Segregation Distorter Revertants: Evidence That the Tandem Duplication Is Necessary for Sd Activity in Drosophila Melanogaster

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    Palopoli, M. F.; Doshi, P.; Wu, C. I.

    1994-01-01

    Segregation Distorter (SD) is a naturally occurring system of meiotic drive in Drosophila melanogaster. Males heterozygous for an SD second chromosome and a normal homolog (SD(+)) transmit predominantly SD-bearing sperm. To accomplish this, the Segregation distorter (Sd) locus induces the dysfunction of those spermatids that receive the SD(+) chromosome. Recently, P. A. Powers and B. Ganetzky isolated overlapping DNA clones spanning the region of DNA known to contain the Sd gene and identified a 5-kb tandem duplication that is present on all SD chromosomes examined, but is apparently absent from wild-type chromosomes. Here we report a molecular analysis of two spontaneous revertants from an Australian SD chromosome (SD-Arm28). Both of these revertants have lost the 5-kb tandem duplication along with the ability to distort transmission; the critical observation, however, is that they retain the DNA haplotype in the flanking regions (both proximally and distally) that is characteristic of the original SD-Arm28. We propose unequal sister chromatid exchange between the tandem repeats as the only plausible explanation for loss of a repeat while retaining flanking markers. This provides direct evidence that the tandem duplication is indeed necessary for the Sd phenotype. Further, we examined testes-specific levels of both RNA and protein for the nearby Topoisomerase 2 gene. Neither revealed a consistent difference between SD and SD(+) strains. We also measured testes-specific levels of RNA using the tandem duplication itself as probe. Our results suggest that there is strong up-regulation of one or several 2.0-2.3-kb transcripts from the duplicated region in the testes of an SD strain. Whether it is this overexpression of transcripts that causes segregation distortion remains to be investigated. PMID:8138158

  18. Initial results from the Solar Dynamic (SD) Ground Test Demonstration (GTD) project at NASA Lewis

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    Shaltens, Richard K.; Boyle, Robert V.

    1995-01-01

    A government/industry team designed, built, and tested a 2 kWe solar dynamic space power system in a large thermal/vacuum facility with a simulated sun at the NASA Lewis Research Center. The Lewis facility provides an accurate simulation of temperatures, high vacuum, and solar flux as encountered in low earth orbit. This paper reviews the goals and status of the Solar Dynamic (SD) Ground Test Demonstration (GTD) program and describes the initial testing, including both operational and performance data. This SD technology has the potential as a future power source for the International Space Station Alpha.

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  1. Cluster aspects of p-shell and sd-shell nuclei

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    Kanada-En'yo, Y.; Kobayashi, F.; Suhara, T.; Kimura, M.; Taniguchi, Y.

    2011-05-06

    We report some topics on cluster structures studied by using a theoretical method of antisymmetrized molecular dynamics(AMD). Cluster features of p-shell and sd-shell nuclei are discussed. In particular, three alpha cluster structures in the excited states of {sup 12}C and {sup 14}C are focused. Dineutron correlations in neutron-rich nuclei are also discussed.

  2. Integrating SD into Engineering Courses at the Delft University of Technology: The Individual Interaction Method

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    Peet, D. -J.; Mulder, K. F.; Bijma, A.

    2004-01-01

    When sustainable development (SD) is only taught in specific courses, it is questionable if engineering students are able to integrate it into their engineering practices and technical designs. For this reason, sustainability should also be integrated into regular engineering courses, e.g. design courses, materials courses or processing…

  3. Canister storage building compliance assessment SNF project NRC equivalency criteria - HNF-SD-SNF-DB-003

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    BLACK, D.M.

    1999-08-11

    This document presents the Project's position on compliance with the SNF Project NRC Equivalency Criteria--HNF-SD-SNF-DE-003, Spent Nuclear Fuel Project Path Forward Additional NRC Requirements. No non-compliances are shown The compliance statements have been reviewed and approved by DOE. Open items are scheduled to be closed prior to project completion.

  4. AmeriFlux US-SdH Nebraska SandHills Dry Valley

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    Arkebauer, Tim J.; Billesbach, Dave

    2016-01-01

    This is the AmeriFlux version of the carbon flux data for the site US-SdH Nebraska SandHills Dry Valley. Site Description - The Nebraska SandHills Dry Valley tower is located on public land owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The site is on a research cattle ranch where grazing primarily takes place.

  5. Semi-automatic geographic atrophy segmentation for SD-OCT images.

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    Chen, Qiang; de Sisternes, Luis; Leng, Theodore; Zheng, Luoluo; Kutzscher, Lauren; Rubin, Daniel L

    2013-01-01

    Geographic atrophy (GA) is a condition that is associated with retinal thinning and loss of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) layer. It appears in advanced stages of non-exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and can lead to vision loss. We present a semi-automated GA segmentation algorithm for spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) images. The method first identifies and segments a surface between the RPE and the choroid to generate retinal projection images in which the projection region is restricted to a sub-volume of the retina where the presence of GA can be identified. Subsequently, a geometric active contour model is employed to automatically detect and segment the extent of GA in the projection images. Two image data sets, consisting on 55 SD-OCT scans from twelve eyes in eight patients with GA and 56 SD-OCT scans from 56 eyes in 56 patients with GA, respectively, were utilized to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate the proposed GA segmentation method. Experimental results suggest that the proposed algorithm can achieve high segmentation accuracy. The mean GA overlap ratios between our proposed method and outlines drawn in the SD-OCT scans, our method and outlines drawn in the fundus auto-fluorescence (FAF) images, and the commercial software (Carl Zeiss Meditec proprietary software, Cirrus version 6.0) and outlines drawn in FAF images were 72.60%, 65.88% and 59.83%, respectively.

  6. An Atlantic streamer in stratospheric ozone observations and SD-WACCM simulation data

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    Hocke, Klemens; Schranz, Franziska; Maillard Barras, Eliane; Moreira, Lorena; Kämpfer, Niklaus

    2017-03-01

    Observation and simulation of individual ozone streamers are important for the description and understanding of non-linear transport processes in the middle atmosphere. A sudden increase in mid-stratospheric ozone occurred above central Europe on 4 December 2015. The GROund-based Millimeter-wave Ozone Spectrometer (GROMOS) and the Stratospheric Ozone MOnitoring RAdiometer (SOMORA) in Switzerland measured an ozone enhancement of about 30 % at 34 km altitude (8.3 hPa) from 1 to 4 December. A similar ozone increase is simulated by the Specified Dynamics Whole Atmosphere Community Climate (SD-WACCM) model. Further, the global ozone fields at 34 km altitude (8.3 hPa) from SD-WACCM and the satellite experiment Aura/MLS show a remarkable agreement for the location and timing of an ozone streamer (large-scale tongue-like structure) extending from the subtropics in northern America over the Atlantic to central Europe. This agreement indicates that SD-WACCM can inform us about the wind inside the Atlantic ozone streamer. SD-WACCM shows an eastward wind of about 100 m s-1 inside the Atlantic streamer in the mid-stratosphere. SD-WACCM shows that the Atlantic streamer flows along the edge of the polar vortex. The Atlantic streamer turns southward at an erosion region of the polar vortex located above the Caspian Sea. The spatial distribution of stratospheric water vapour indicates a filament outgoing from this erosion region. The Atlantic streamer, the polar vortex erosion region and the water vapour filament belong to the process of planetary wave breaking in the so-called surf zone of the northern midlatitude winter stratosphere.

  7. Rapid Evolution of a Coadapted Gene Complex: Evidence from the Segregation Distorter (Sd) System of Meiotic Drive in Drosophila Melanogaster

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    Palopoli, M. F.; Wu, C. I.

    1996-01-01

    Segregation Distorter (SD) is a system of meiotic drive found in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster. Males heterozygous for an SD second chromosome and a normal homologue (SD(+)) produce predominantly SD-bearing sperm. The coadapted gene complex responsible for this transmission advantage spans the second chromosome centromere, consisting of three major and several minor interacting loci. To investigate the evolutionary history of this system, we surveyed levels of polymorphism and divergence at six genes that together encompass this pericentromeric region and span seven map units. Interestingly, there was no discernible divergence between SD and SD(+) chromosomes for any of these molecular markers. Furthermore, SD chromosomes harbored much less polymorphism than did SD(+) chromosomes. The results suggest that the SD system evolved recently, swept to appreciable frequencies worldwide, and carried with it the entire second chromosome centromeric region (roughly 10% of the genome). Despite its well-documented genetic complexity, this coadapted system appears to have evolved on a time scale that is much shorter than can be gauged using nucleotide substitution data. Finally, the large genomic region hitchhiking with SD indicates that a multilocus, epistatically selected system could affect the levels of DNA polymorphism observed in regions of reduced recombination. PMID:8844155

  8. GALLIUM INDIUM ARSENIDE ANTIMONIDE (GaxIn1-xASySb1-y)

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    Mikhailova, Maya P.

    The following sections are included: * Basic Parameters at 300 K * Basic Properties of GaxIn1-xASySb1-y Compositions Lattice-Matched to GaSb * Basic Properties of GaxIn1-xASySb1-y Compositions Lattice-Matched to InAs * Band Structure and Carrier Concentration * Temperature Dependences * Band Discontinuities at GaInAsSb/GaSb and GaInAsSb/InAs Heterojunctions * Effective Masses * Donors and Acceptors * Electrical Properties * Mobility and Hall Effect * Impact Ionization * Optical Properties * Thermal Properties * Mechanical Properties, Elastic Constants, Lattice Vibrations, Other Properties * References

  9. Detection of Rsp and modifier variation in the meiotic drive system Segregation distorter (SD) of Drosophila melanogaster.

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    Lyttle, T W; Brittnacher, J G; Ganetzky, B

    1986-09-01

    Identification of allelic variability at the two major loci (Sd and Rsp) that interact to cause sperm dysfunction in Segregation distorter (SD) males of D. melanogaster has been hampered by the difficulty in separating the elements recombinationally. In addition, small differences in the strength of Sd alleles or sensitivities of Rsp alleles to Sd are difficult to measure against background genetic or environmental variation. Viability effects of the markers used to score progeny classes may also introduce a bias. Removal of Sd and E(SD) from their second chromosome location to create a Dp(2;Y)Sd E(SD) chromosome eliminates these problems, since any combination of Rsp alleles can be easily tested without resorting to recombinational techniques. Further, since these pairs of Rsp alleles are compared in their response to Dp Sd E(SD) in the same individual males, background variation and viability effects can be easily removed to allow fine-scale resolution of Rsp differences. Tests of all possible pairwise combination of six laboratory chromosomes in this way revealed at least three and possibly four different Rsp allelic classes. In addition, the hierarchical nature of the tests further allowed for determination of the presence of linked suppressors or enhancers of Sd activity. A sample of 11 second chromosomes selected from a group recently isolated from a natural population was also unambiguously ordered as to Rsp allelic status using this approach. The resultant pattern was similar to that obtained for the laboratory chromosomes, except for the not unexpected observation that the natural population apparently harbored more drive suppressors. The pattern of results obtained from these pairwise combinations of Rsp alleles supports the notion that there are no dominance interactions within the group, but that each responds more or less independently to Sd in giving sperm dysfunction.

  10. Relaxation Mechanism of the SD Vibrational Stretch Mode in Amorphous As_2S_3

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    Engholm, J. R.; Rella, C. W.; Schwettman, H. A.; Happek, U.

    1996-03-01

    Impurity molecules in a glassy host such as SD in As_2S3 exhibit inhomogeneous broadening in their vibrational stretch mode absorption lines caused by a site-dependent redshift due to hydrogen bonding. We have performed pump-probe measurements using the Stanford Picosecond Free Electron Laser to study the relaxation lifetime of the SD vibrational stretch mode in As_2S3 at 1800 cm-1. We find a strongly frequency dependent lifetime across the absorption line on the order of 10-10 seconds, similar to that previously measured for SH impurity molecules in the same host. We use the temperature dependence of the stretch mode lifetimes and linear infrared spectroscopy to identify the relaxation mechanism. This work was supported in part by the Office of Naval Research, Grant No. N00014-94-1-1024.

  11. Optimising SD and LSD in Presence of Non-uniform Probabilities of Revocation

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    D'Arco, Paolo; de Santis, Alfredo

    Some years ago two efficient broadcast encryption schemes for stateless receivers, referred to as SD (Subset Difference Method) [NNL01] and LSD (Layered Subset Difference Method) [HS02] , were proposed. They represent one of the most suitable solution to broadcast encryption. In this paper we focus on the following issue: both schemes assume uniform probabilities of revocation of the receivers. However, in some applications, such an assumption might not hold: receivers in a certain area, due to historical and legal reasons, can be considered trustworthy, while receivers from others might exhibit more adversarial behaviours. Can we modify SD and LSD to better fit settings in which the probabilities of revocation are non-uniform?

  12. DETECTION OF PHOTOMETRIC VARIATIONS IN THE sdBV Star JL 166

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    Barlow, B. N.; Dunlap, B. H.; Clemens, J. C.; Lynas-Gray, A. E. E-mail: bhdunlap@physics.unc.edu E-mail: aelg@astro.ox.ac.uk

    2009-08-15

    We report the discovery of oscillations in the hot subdwarf B (sdB) star JL 166 from time-series photometry using the Goodman Spectrograph on the 4.1 m Southern Astrophysical Research Telescope. Previous spectroscopic and photometric observations place the star near the hot end of the empirical sdB instability strip and imply the presence of a cool companion. Amplitude spectra of the stellar light curve reveal at least 10 independent pulsation modes with periods ranging from 97 to 178 s and amplitudes from 0.9 to 4 mma. We adopt atmospheric parameters of T {sub eff} = 34,350 K and log g = 5.75 from a model atmosphere analysis of our time-averaged, medium-resolution spectrum.

  13. A relation between massive scalar field in AdSd+1 and diffusion in channels

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    Romero, Juan M.; Gaona, Alejandro

    2014-05-01

    It is shown that, when the diffusion coefficient is a constant and is taken a particular family of channels, the Fick-Jacobs equation is invariant under conformal symmetry. In addition, using the diffusion coefficient and the geometric parameters of the channels, a representation for the conformal algebra is obtained. Furthermore, it is found that for these systems the Fick-Jacobs equation is equivalent to the Schrödinger equation for the 1-dimensional conformal quantum mechanics. Moreover, using this equivalence, it is found a relation between a massive scalar field equation in AdSd+i background and Fick-Jacobs equation, where the geometric parameter of the channels and the geometric parameters of AdSd+1 are identified.

  14. Inversion for Eigenvalues and Modes Using Sierra-SD and ROL.

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    Walsh, Timothy; Aquino, Wilkins; Ridzal, Denis; Kouri, Drew Philip

    2015-12-01

    In this report we formulate eigenvalue-based methods for model calibration using a PDE-constrained optimization framework. We derive the abstract optimization operators from first principles and implement these methods using Sierra-SD and the Rapid Optimization Library (ROL). To demon- strate this approach, we use experimental measurements and an inverse solution to compute the joint and elastic foam properties of a low-fidelity unit (LFU) model.

  15. The genome of Shigella dysenteriae strain Sd1617 comparison to representative strains in evaluating pathogenesis

    PubMed Central

    Vongsawan, Ajchara A.; Kapatral, Vinayak; Vaisvil, Benjamin; Burd, Henry; Serichantalergs, Oralak; Venkatesan, Malabi M.; Mason, Carl J.

    2015-01-01

    We sequenced and analyzed Shigella dysenteriae strain Sd1617 serotype 1 that is widely used as model strain for vaccine design, trials and research. A combination of next-generation sequencing platforms and assembly yielded two contigs representing a chromosome size of 4.34 Mb and the large virulence plasmid of 177 kb. This genome sequence is compared with other Shigella genomes in order to understand gene complexity and pathogenic factors. PMID:25743074

  16. Multimodal registration of SD-OCT volumes and fundus photographs using histograms of oriented gradients

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    Miri, Mohammad Saleh; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Kwon, Young H.; Garvin, Mona K.

    2016-01-01

    With availability of different retinal imaging modalities such as fundus photography and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), having a robust and accurate registration scheme to enable utilization of this complementary information is beneficial. The few existing fundus-OCT registration approaches contain a vessel segmentation step, as the retinal blood vessels are the most dominant structures that are in common between the pair of images. However, errors in the vessel segmentation from either modality may cause corresponding errors in the registration. In this paper, we propose a feature-based registration method for registering fundus photographs and SD-OCT projection images that benefits from vasculature structural information without requiring blood vessel segmentation. In particular, after a preprocessing step, a set of control points (CPs) are identified by looking for the corners in the images. Next, each CP is represented by a feature vector which encodes the local structural information via computing the histograms of oriented gradients (HOG) from the neighborhood of each CP. The best matching CPs are identified by calculating the distance of their corresponding feature vectors. After removing the incorrect matches the best affine transform that registers fundus photographs to SD-OCT projection images is computed using the random sample consensus (RANSAC) method. The proposed method was tested on 44 pairs of fundus and SD-OCT projection images of glaucoma patients and the result showed that the proposed method successfully registers the multimodal images and produced a registration error of 25.34 ± 12.34 μm (0.84 ± 0.41 pixels). PMID:28018740

  17. A Search for Companions to the Pulsating sdB Star EC 20117–4014

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    Otani, T.; Oswalt, T.; Amaral, M.; Jordan, R.

    2017-03-01

    EC 20117–4014 is known to be a spectroscopic binary system consisting of an sdB star and F5V star. It was monitored using the SARA-CT telescope in Cerro Tololo, Chile over several observing seasons. Periodic O-C variations were detected in the two highest amplitude pulsations in EC 20117–4014, permitting detection of the F5V companion, whose period and semimajor axis were previously unknown.

  18. Quantification of soil/dust (SD) on the hands of children from Hubei Province, China using hand wipes.

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    Wang, Siyu; Ma, Jin; Pan, Libo; Lin, Chunye; Wang, Beibei; Duan, Xiaoli

    2015-10-01

    A total of 120 children (58 males and 62 females) between the ages of 2 and 17 years were randomly selected from Wuhan City and Wufeng County in Hubei Province, China. We gathered hand SD samples from these children using hand wipes. We determined approximate amounts of hand SD and concentrations of three tracer soil elements (Ce, Y, V) in these samples. The approximate amounts of hand SD ranged from 6.35 to 85.42mg with a median value of 20.62mg. In addition, mean amounts of hand SD estimated using concentrations of Ce, Y, and V in samples were 1.07, 1.00, and 0.92mg, respectively. The amounts of hand SD varied greatly among age groups: primary school children had more hand SD than kindergarten and middle school children, males had more hand SD than females, and children from rural areas had more hand SD than those from urban areas. The rates of daily ingestion of hand SD for kindergarten, primary school, and middle school children were estimated as 1.79, 2.12, and 0.49mg/d, respectively.

  19. Diffractional Imaging of Mantle Transition Zone Discontinuities Using SdS-SS Traveltimes

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    Guo, Z.; Zhou, Y.

    2015-12-01

    The mantle transition zone is characterized by two discontinuities at depths of about 410 and 660 km. Mineral physics studies suggest that wavespeed and density jumps across the discontinuities are associated with olivine phase transformations and the depths at which the phase transformations occur are strongly dependent on temperature. Imaging lateral variations of the discontinuity depths is important for constraining thermal structure in the mid mantle. SS precursors (SdS) are waves reflected at the underside of the discontinuities and arrive beforethe SS phase. Their traveltime measurements at teleseismic distances can be used to map the discontinuities at a global scale. In this study, we measure frequency-dependent SS precursors traveltimes using seismograms recorded at GSN stations for earthquakes occurred between 2000 and 2015. The measurements were made using cosine tapers and multitapers and the traveltimes show significant dispersion. We calculate finite-frequency sensitivity kernels for SdS-SS differential measurements based on traveling-wave mode summation, which account for complete wave interactions within the measurement window. We will discuss preliminary results from finite-frequency imaging using SdS-SS dispersion measurements and the effects of 3-D crustal structure and mantle wavespeed structure.

  20. Metabolomics approach to serum biomarker for loperamide-induced constipation in SD rats

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    Kim, Ji-Eun; Lee, Young-Ju; Kwak, Moon-Hwa; Jun, Go; Koh, Eun-Kyoung; Song, Sung-Hwa; Seong, Ji-Eun; Kim, Ji Won; Kim, Kyu-Bong; Kim, Suhkmann

    2014-01-01

    Loperamide has long been known as an opioid-receptor agonist useful as a drug for treatment of diarrhea resulting from gastroenteritis or inflammatory bowel disease as well as to induce constipation. To determine and characterize putative biomarkers that can predict constipation induced by loperamide treatment, alteration of endogenous metabolites was measured in the serum of Sprague Dawley (SD) rats treated with loperamide for 3 days using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectral data. The amounts and weights of stool and urine excretion were significantly lower in the loperamide-treated group than the No-treated group, while the thickness of the villus, crypt layer, and muscle layer was decreased in the transverse colon of the same group. The concentrations of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatinine (Cr) were also slightly changed in the loperamide-treated group, although most of the serum components were maintained at a constant level. Furthermore, pattern recognition of endogenous metabolites showed completely separate clustering of the serum analysis parameters between the No-treated group and loperamide-treated group. Among 35 endogenous metabolites, four amino acids (alanine, glutamate, glutamine and glycine) and six endogenous metabolites (acetate, glucose, glycerol, lactate, succinate and taurine) were dramatically decreased in loperamide-treated SD rats. These results provide the first data pertaining to metabolic changes in SD rats with loperamide-induced constipation. Additionally, these findings correlate the changes in 10 metabolites with constipation. PMID:24707303

  1. Geology of the USW SD-12 drill hole Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Rautman, C.A.; Engstrom, D.A.

    1996-11-01

    Drill hole USW SD-12 is one of several holes drilled under Site Characterization Plan Study 8.3.1.4.3.1, also known as the {open_quotes}Systematic Drilling Program,{close_quotes} as part of the U.S. Department of Energy characterization program at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, which has been proposed as the potential location of a repository for high-level nuclear waste. The SD-12 drill hole is located in the central part of the potential repository area, immediately to the west of the Main Test Level drift of the Exploratory Studies Facility and slightly south of midway between the North Ramp and planned South Ramp declines. Drill hole USW SD-12 is 2166.3 ft (660.26 m) deep, and the core recovered essentially complete sections of ash-flow tuffs belonging to the lower half of the Tiva Canyon Tuff, the Pah Canyon Tuff, and the Topopah Spring Tuff, all of which are part of the Miocene Paintbrush Group. A virtually complete section of the Calico Hills Formation was also recovered, as was core from the entire Prow Pass Tuff formation of the Crater Flat Group.

  2. Automated segmentation of serous pigment epithelium detachment in SD-OCT images

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    Sun, Zhuli; Shi, Fei; Xiang, Dehui; Chen, Haoyu; Chen, Xinjian

    2015-03-01

    Pigment epithelium detachment (PED) is an important clinical manifestation of multiple chorio-retinal disease processes, which can cause the loss of central vision. A 3-D method is proposed to automatically segment serous PED in SD-OCT images. The proposed method consists of five steps: first, a curvature anisotropic diffusion filter is applied to remove speckle noise. Second, the graph search method is applied for abnormal retinal layer segmentation associated with retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) deformation. During this process, Bruch's membrane, which doesn't show in the SD-OCT images, is estimated with the convex hull algorithm. Third, the foreground and background seeds are automatically obtained from retinal layer segmentation result. Fourth, the serous PED is segmented based on the graph cut method. Finally, a post-processing step is applied to remove false positive regions based on mathematical morphology. The proposed method was tested on 20 SD-OCT volumes from 20 patients diagnosed with serous PED. The average true positive volume fraction (TPVF), false positive volume fraction (FPVF), dice similarity coefficient (DSC) and positive predictive value (PPV) are 97.19%, 0.03%, 96.34% and 95.59%, respectively. Linear regression analysis shows a strong correlation (r = 0.975) comparing the segmented PED volumes with the ground truth labeled by an ophthalmology expert. The proposed method can provide clinicians with accurate quantitative information, including shape, size and position of the PED regions, which can assist diagnose and treatment.

  3. Scientific Use of the Sampler, Drill and Distribution Subsystem (SD2)

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    Armellin, R.; Di Lizia, P.; Crepaldi, M.; Bernelli-Zazzera, F.; Ercoli Finzi, A.

    Rosetta is the third cornerstone mission of the European Space Agency scientific program "Horizon 2000". Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit around a comet nucleus. It was launched in March 2004 and will reach the comet 67P/ChurymovGerasimenko in 2014. A lander (Philae) will be released and land on the comet surface for in-situ investigation. One of the key subsystems of the lander Philae is the Sampler, Drill and Distribution (SD2) subsystem. SD2 provides in-situ operations devoted to soil drilling, samples collection, and their distribution to two evolved gas analyzers (COSAC and PTOLEMY) and one imaging instrument (ÇIVA). Recent studies have proven the existence of a correlation between the drill behavior during perforation and the mechanical characteristics of the cometary soil. This outlines the possibility of using SD2 not only as a tool to support other instruments, but also as a scientific instrument itself. In this paper the possibility of using the drill as a quasi-static penetrator is presented. Within this approach, laboratory tests on glass-foam specimens of different porosity show that the drill behaviour during penetration can be exploited for cometary soil characterization.

  4. Spin motive force induced by Rashba interaction in the strong sd coupling regime

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    Tatara, Gen; Nakabayashi, Noriyuki; Lee, Kyun-Jin

    2013-02-01

    Spin motive force induced by the Rashba interaction in the presence of strong sd interaction between conduction electron and localized spin is theoretically studied. The motive force is calculated by evaluating the time derivative of the current density on the basis of microscopic formalism. It is shown that there are two motive forces, one proportional to ER×ṅ, the other, perpendicular component proportional to ER×(n×ṅ), where ER and n are the Rashba electric field and localized spin direction, respectively. The second type arises in the strong sd coupling regime from the spin relaxation. The appearance of perpendicular component from the spin relaxation is understood from the analogy with the current-induced torques. In the case of domain wall motion, the two contributions to the spin motive force are the same order of magnitude, while the first term dominates in the case of precession of uniform magnetization. Our result explains the appearance of the perpendicular component in the weak sd coupling limit, recently discussed in the context of spin damping monopole. Detection of ac voltage induced by the precession of uniform magnetization serves as a experimental evidence of the Rashba interaction in films and wires.

  5. Stripped Red Giants - Helium Core White Dwarf Progenitors and their sdB Siblings

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    Heber, U.

    2017-03-01

    Some gaps in the mosaic of binary star evolution have recently been filled by the discoveries of helium-core white dwarf progenitors (often called extremely low mass (ELM) white dwarfs) as stripped cores of first-giant branch objects. Two varieties can be distinguished. One class is made up by SB1 binaries, companions being white dwarfs as well. Another class, the so-called EL CVn stars, are composite spectrum binaries, with A-Type companions. Pulsating stars are found among both classes. A riddle is posed by the apparently single objects. There is a one-to-one correspondence of the phenomena found for these new classes of star to those observed for sdB stars. In fact, standard evolutionary scenarios explain the origin of sdB stars as red giants that have been stripped close to the tip of first red giant branch. A subgroup of subluminous B stars can also be identified as stripped helium-cores of red giants. They form an extension of the ELM sequence to higher temperatures. Hence low mass white dwarfs of helium cores and sdB stars in binaries are close relatives in terms of stellar evolution.

  6. Multimodal segmentation of optic disc and cup from stereo fundus and SD-OCT images

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    Miri, Mohammad Saleh; Lee, Kyungmoo; Niemeijer, Meindert; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Kwon, Young H.; Garvin, Mona K.

    2013-03-01

    Glaucoma is one of the major causes of blindness worldwide. One important structural parameter for the diagnosis and management of glaucoma is the cup-to-disc ratio (CDR), which tends to become larger as glaucoma progresses. While approaches exist for segmenting the optic disc and cup within fundus photographs, and more recently, within spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) volumes, no approaches have been reported for the simultaneous segmentation of these structures within both modalities combined. In this work, a multimodal pixel-classification approach for the segmentation of the optic disc and cup within fundus photographs and SD-OCT volumes is presented. In particular, after segmentation of other important structures (such as the retinal layers and retinal blood vessels) and fundus-to-SD-OCT image registration, features are extracted from both modalities and a k-nearest-neighbor classification approach is used to classify each pixel as cup, rim, or background. The approach is evaluated on 70 multimodal image pairs from 35 subjects in a leave-10%-out fashion (by subject). A significant improvement in classification accuracy is obtained using the multimodal approach over that obtained from the corresponding unimodal approach (97.8% versus 95.2%; p < 0:05; paired t-test).

  7. Geology of the USW SD-7 drill hole Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    Rautman, C.A.; Engstrom, D.A.

    1996-09-01

    The USW SD-7 drill hole is one of several holes drilled under Site Characterization Plan Study 8.3.1.4.3.1, also known as the Systematic Drilling Program, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy characterization program at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The Yucca Mountain site has been proposed as the potential location of a repository for high-level nuclear waste. The SD-7 drill hole is located near the southern end of the potential repository area and immediately to the west of the Main Test Level drift of the Exploratory Studies Facility. The hole is not far from the junction of the Main Test Level drift and the proposed South Ramp decline. Drill hole USW SD-7 is 2675.1 ft (815.3 m) deep, and the core recovered nearly complete sections of ash-flow tuffs belonging to the lower half of the Tiva Canyon Tuff, the Pah Canyon Tuff, and the Topopah Spring Tuff, all of which are part of the Miocene Paintbrush Group. Core was recovered from much of the underlying Calico Hills Formation, and core was virtually continuous in the Prow Pass Tuff and the Bullfrog Tuff. The SD-7 drill hole penetrated the top several tens of feet into the Tram Tuff, which underlies the Prow Pass and Bullfrog Tuffs. These latter three units are all formations of the Crater Flat Group, The drill hole was collared in welded materials assigned to the crystal-poor middle nonlithophysal zone of the Tiva Canyon Tuff; approximately 280 ft (85 m) of this ash-flow sheet was penetrated by the hole. The Yucca Mountain Tuff appears to be missing from the section at the USW SD-7 location, and the Pah Canyon Tuff is only 14.5 ft thick. The Pah Canyon Tuff was not recovered in core because of drilling difficulties, suggesting that the unit is entirely nonwelded. The presence of this unit is inferred through interpretation of down-hole geophysical logs.

  8. 40 CFR Table 28 to Subpart G of... - Deck Seam Length Factors a (SD) for Internal Floating Roof Tanks

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 9 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Deck Seam Length Factors a (SD) for Internal Floating Roof Tanks 28 Table 28 to Subpart G of Part 63 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL... (SD) for Internal Floating Roof Tanks Deck construction Typical deck seam length factor...

  9. 40 CFR Table 28 to Subpart G of... - Deck Seam Length Factors a (SD) for Internal Floating Roof Tanks

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 9 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Deck Seam Length Factors a (SD) for..., and Wastewater Pt. 63, Subpt. G, Table 28 Table 28 to Subpart G of Part 63—Deck Seam Length Factors a (SD) for Internal Floating Roof Tanks Deck construction Typical deck seam length factor...

  10. The Mysterious sdO X-ray Binary BD+37°442

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    Heber, U.; Geier, S.; Irrgang, A.; Schneider, D.; Barbu-Barna, I.; Mereghetti, S.; La Palombara, N.

    2014-04-01

    Pulsed X-ray emission in the luminous, helium-rich sdO BD +37°442 has recently been discovered (La Palombara et al. 2012). It was suggested that the sdO star has a neutron star or white dwarf companion with a spin period of 19.2 s. After HD 49798, which has a massive white dwarf companion spinning at 13.2 s in an 1.55 day orbit, this is only the second O-type subdwarf from which X-ray emission has been detected. We report preliminary results of our ongoing campaign to obtain time-resolved high-resolution spectroscopy using the CAFE instrument at Calar Alto observatory and SARG at the Telescopio Nationale Galileo. Atmospheric parameters were derived via a quantitative NLTE spectral analysis. The line fits hint at an unusually large projected rotation velocity. Therefore it seemed likely that BD +37°442 is a binary similar to HD 49798 and that the orbital period is also similar. The level of X-ray emission from BD +37°442 could be explained by accretion from the sdO wind by a neutron star orbiting at a period of less than ten days. Hence, we embarked on radial velocity monitoring in order to derive the binary parameters of the BD+37°442 system and obtained 41 spectra spread out over several month in 2012. Unlike for HD 49798, no radial velocity variations were found and, hence, there is no dynamical evidence for the existence of a compact companion yet. The origin of the pulsed X-ray emission remains as a mystery.

  11. A complex noise reduction method for improving visualization of SD-OCT skin biomedical images

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    Myakinin, Oleg O.; Zakharov, Valery P.; Bratchenko, Ivan A.; Kornilin, Dmitry V.; Khramov, Alexander G.

    2014-05-01

    In this paper we consider the original method of solving noise reduction problem for visualization's quality improvement of SD-OCT skin and tumors biomedical images. The principal advantages of OCT are high resolution and possibility of in vivo analysis. We propose a two-stage algorithm: 1) process of raw one-dimensional A-scans of SD-OCT and 2) remove a noise from the resulting B(C)-scans. The general mathematical methods of SD-OCT are unstable: if the noise of the CCD is 1.6% of the dynamic range then result distortions are already 25-40% of the dynamic range. We use at the first stage a resampling of A-scans and simple linear filters to reduce the amount of data and remove the noise of the CCD camera. The efficiency, improving productivity and conservation of the axial resolution when using this approach are showed. At the second stage we use an effective algorithms based on Hilbert-Huang Transform for more accurately noise peaks removal. The effectiveness of the proposed approach for visualization of malignant and benign skin tumors (melanoma, BCC etc.) and a significant improvement of SNR level for different methods of noise reduction are showed. Also in this study we consider a modification of this method depending of a specific hardware and software features of used OCT setup. The basic version does not require any hardware modifications of existing equipment. The effectiveness of proposed method for 3D visualization of tissues can simplify medical diagnosis in oncology.

  12. Correlation between SD-OCT, immunocytochemistry and functional findings in an animal model of retinal degeneration

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    Cuenca, Nicolás; Fernández-Sánchez, Laura; Sauvé, Yves; Segura, Francisco J.; Martínez-Navarrete, Gema; Tamarit, José Manuel; Fuentes-Broto, Lorena; Sanchez-Cano, Ana; Pinilla, Isabel

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: The P23H rhodopsin mutation is an autosomal dominant cause of retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The degeneration can be tracked using different anatomical and functional methods. In our case, we evaluated the anatomical changes using Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) and correlated the findings with retinal thickness values determined by immunocytochemistry.Methods: Pigmented rats heterozygous for the P23H mutation, with ages between P18 and P180 were studied. Function was assessed by means of optomotor testing and ERGs. Retinal thicknesses measurements, autofluorescence and fluorescein angiography were performed using Spectralis OCT. Retinas were studied by means of immunohistochemistry. Results: Between P30 and P180, visual acuity decreased from 0.500 to 0.182 cycles per degree (cyc/deg) and contrast sensitivity decreased from 54.56 to 2.98 for a spatial frequency of 0.089 cyc/deg. Only cone-driven b-wave responses reached developmental maturity. Flicker fusions were also comparable at P29 (42 Hz). Double flash-isolated rod-driven responses were already affected at P29. Photopic responses revealed deterioration after P29.A reduction in retinal thicknesses and morphological modifications were seen in OCT sections. Statistically significant differences were found in all evaluated thicknesses. Autofluorescence was seen in P23H rats as sparse dots. Immunocytochemistry showed a progressive decrease in the outer nuclear layer (ONL), and morphological changes. Although anatomical thickness measures were significantly lower than OCT values, there was a very strong correlation between the values measured by both techniques.Conclusions: In pigmented P23H rats, a progressive deterioration occurs in both retinal function and anatomy. Anatomical changes can be effectively evaluated using SD-OCT and immunocytochemistry, with a good correlation between their values, thus making SD-OCT an important tool for research in retinal degeneration. PMID:25565976

  13. SD-OCT and Adaptive Optics Imaging of Outer Retinal Tubulation

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    King, Brett J.; Sapoznik, Kaitlyn A.; Elsner, Ann E.; Gast, Thomas J.; Papay, Joel A.; Clark, Christopher A.; Burns, Stephen A.

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT Purpose To investigate outer retinal tubulation (ORT) using spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and an adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope (AOSLO). To document the frequency of ORT in atrophic retinal conditions and quantify ORT dimensions versus adjacent retinal layers. Methods SD-OCT images were reviewed for the presence of retinal atrophy, scarring, and/or exudation. The greatest width of each ORT was quantified. Inner and outer retinal thicknesses adjacent to and within the area of ORT were measured for 18 patients. AOSLO imaged ORTs in five subjects with direct and scattered light imaging. Results ORT was identified in 47 of 76 subjects (61.8%) and in 65 eyes via SD-OCT in a wide range of conditions and ages, and in peripapillary atrophy. ORTs appeared as finger-like projections in atrophy, seen in the en face images. AOSLO showed some ORTs with bright cones that guide light within atrophic areas. Multiply scattered light mode AOSLO visualized variegated lines (18–35 μm) radiating from ORTs. The ORTs’ width on OCT b-scan images varied from 70 to 509 μm. The inner retina at the ORT was significantly thinner than the adjacent retina, 135 vs.170 μm (P = .004), whereas the outer retina was significantly thicker, 115 vs. 80 μm (P = .03). Conclusions ORTs are quite common in eyes with retinal atrophy in various disorders. ORTs demonstrate surviving photoreceptors in tubular structures found within otherwise nonsupportive atrophic areas that lack retinal pigment epithelium and choriocapillaris. PMID:27984506

  14. EXOTIME: Searching for planets and measuring \\dot{P} in sdB pulsators

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    Lutz, R.; Schuh, S.; Silvotti, R.

    2012-12-01

    We review the status of the EXOTIME project (EXOplanet search with the TIming MEthod). The two main goals of EXOTIME are to search for sub-stellar companions to sdB stars in wide orbits, and to measure the secular variation of the pulsation periods, which are related to the evolutionary change of the stellar structure. Now, after four years of dense monitoring, we start to see some results and present the brown dwarf and exoplanet candidates V1636 Ori b and DW Lyn b.

  15. Geology of the USW SD-9 drill hole, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Engstrom, D.A.; Rautman, C.A.

    1996-10-01

    Drill hole USW SD-9 is one of several holes drilled under Site Characterization Plan Study as part of the characterization program at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, which has been proposed as the potential location of a repository for high-level nuclear waste. The SD-9 drill hole is located in the northern part of the potential repository area. Quantitative and semiquantitative data are included in this report for cover recovery, rock-quality designation (RQD), lithophysal cavity abundance, and fracturing. These data are spatially variable, both within and among the major formational-level stratigraphic units. Nonwelded intervals in general exhibit higher recoveries and more intact (higher) RQD values than welded intervals. The most intact, highest-RQD materials encountered within the Topopah Spring belong to the lower 33.3 ft of the middle nonlithophysal zone. This report includes quantitative data for the framework material properties of porosity, bulk and particle density, and saturated hydraulic conductivity. Graphical analysis of variations in these laboratory hydrologic properties indicates first-order control of material properties by the degree of welding and the presence of zeolite minerals. Many major lithostratigraphic contacts are not well expressed in the material-property profiles; contacts of material-property units are related more to changes in the intensity of welding. Approximate in-situ saturation data of samples preserved immediately upon recovery from the hole are included in the data tabulation.

  16. EC 03089-6421: a new, very rapidly pulsating sdO star

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    Kilkenny, D.; Worters, H. L.; Østensen, R. H.

    2017-01-01

    EC 03089-6421, classified sdO in the Edinburgh-Cape (EC) blue object survey, is shown to have unusually rapid pulsations with a dominant frequency near 32 mHz (amplitude ˜0.02 mag; period 31.1s) - which appears to be strongly variable in amplitude on timescales of hours and days - and a generally weaker frequency near 29 mHz (amplitude ˜0.004 mag; period 34.2s) which is also variable in amplitude. This star varies at twice the frequency of any known hot subdwarf pulsator. Although the low resolution EC spectrogram appears very similar to those of DAO stars, our analysis derives Teff = 40200 ± 1600 K; log g = 6.25 ± 0.23 and log N(He)/N(H) = -1.63 ± 0.55; more recent spectrograms give Teff = 37400 ± 1000 K; log g = 5.70 ± 0.13 and log N(He)/N(H) = -2.02 ± 0.17, both of which indicate that the gravity is too low for a white dwarf star, although the low temperature derived from the Balmer lines is at odds with the absence of neutral Helium and the strength of He II 4686. It is possible that EC 03089-6421 is a field analogue of the ω Cen sdO variables.

  17. A framework for classification and segmentation of branch retinal artery occlusion in SD-OCT

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    Guo, Jingyun; Shi, Fei; Zhu, Weifang; Chen, Haoyu; Chen, Xinjian

    2016-03-01

    Branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO) is an ocular emergency which could lead to blindness. Quantitative analysis of BRAO region in the retina is very needed to assessment of the severity of retinal ischemia. In this paper, a fully automatic framework was proposed to classify and segment BRAO based on 3D spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) images. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first automatic 3D BRAO segmentation framework. First, a support vector machine (SVM) based classifier is designed to differentiate BRAO into acute phase and chronic phase, and the two types are segmented separately. To segment BRAO in chronic phase, a threshold-based method is proposed based on the thickness of inner retina. While for segmenting BRAO in acute phase, a two-step segmentation is performed, which includes the bayesian posterior probability based initialization and the graph-search-graph-cut based segmentation. The proposed method was tested on SD-OCT images of 23 patients (12 of acute and 11 of chronic phase) using leave-one-out strategy. The overall classification accuracy of SVM classifier was 87.0%, and the TPVF and FPVF for acute phase were 91.1%, 5.5%; for chronic phase were 90.5%, 8.7%, respectively.

  18. FUV, UV, and Optical Observations of the He-sdO Star BD+39 3226

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    Chayer, Pierre; Green, E. M.; Fontaine, G.

    2014-01-01

    Based on observations carried out with the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, the MMT Observatory, and the Keck telescope HIRES spectrograph, we present a spectral analysis of the He-sdO star BD+39 3226. By fitting the MMT spectrum we obtain a gravity that is 0.7 dex higher than the one reported in the literature. The new atmospheric parameters will have an impact on the measurement of the HI column density toward BD+39 3226, and by this very fact on the deuterium abundance. The high-resolution spectra show stellar absorption lines coming from C, N, O, Si, P, S, Fe, and Ni. The spectra also show lines from heavy elements such as Ge, As, and Sn. On the other hand, neither Zr nor Pb absorption lines are detected. The non-detection of lead in BD+39 3226 indicates that the star does not belong to the newly discovered group of lead-rich He-sdO stars. P.C. is supported by the Canadian Space Agency under a Public Works and Government Services of Canada contract.

  19. HS 0705+6700: a New Eclipsing sdB Binary

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    Drechsel, H.; Heber, U.; Napiwotzki, R.; Ostensen, R.; Solheim, J.-E.; Deetjen, J.; Schuh, S.

    HS 0705+6700 is a newly discovered eclipsing sdB binary system consisting of an sdB primary and a cool secondary main sequence star. CCD photometry obtained in October and November 2000 with the 2.5m Nordic (NOT) telescope (La Palma, Tenerife) in the B passband and with the 2.2m Calar Alto telescope (CAFOS, R filter) yielded eclipse light curves with complete orbital phase coverage at high time resolution. A periodogram analysis of 12 primary minimum times distributed over the time span from October 2000 to March 2001 allowed to derive the following exact period and linear ephemeris: prim. min. = HJD 2451822.759782(22) + 0.09564665(39) ṡ E A total of 15 spectra taken with the 3.5m Calar Alto telescope (TWIN spectrograph) on March 11-12, 2001, were used to establish the radial velocity curve of the primary star (K1 = 85.8 km/s) , and to determine its basic atmospheric parameters (Teff = 29300 K, log g = 5.47). The B and R light curves were solved using our Wilson-Devinney based light curve analysis code MORO (Drechsel et al. 1995, A&A 294, 723). The best fit solution yielded exact system parameters consistent with the spectroscopic results. Detailed results will be published elsewhere (Drechsel et al. 2001, A&A, in preparation).

  20. Analysis of the variability in the sdB star KIC 10670103: DFA approach

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    Zebende, Gilney F.; Fernandez, Basilio F.; Pereira, Marildo G.

    2017-01-01

    The brightness variation of the stars is an object of study in astronomy and astrophysics for representing the rich inherent source of physical information. Launched in 2009, the Kepler spacecraft with the primary mission of identifying equivalent to the Earth by the Sun transits also gave birth to thousands of light curves of targets of scientific interest. KIC 10670103, the richest pulsating sub-dwarf B (sdB) star, is one of the many stars identified by the mission. With 3.72 yr of Kepler spacecraft observations, we analysed in this paper the light curve of this sdB star, by the detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) method. The behaviour of this pulsating star reveals self-affinity at specific time-scales, with changes in DFA exponent, αDFA. This fact suggests some light variability in KIC 10670103, as for example, from a non-periodic to a periodic case, among others. Therefore, we propose to connect the pulsation pattern of the KIC 10670103 star, which presents trends and non-stationarity, with the αDFA exponent. In this sense, we obtain five values of αDFA related to the light variability properties of KIC 10670103. A pictorial figure will describe the relationship between these variables.

  1. Crucial factor for increasing the conjugation frequency in Streptomyces netropsis SD-07 and other strains.

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    Wang, Xian-Kun; Jin, Jian-Ling

    2014-08-01

    Streptomyces netropsis SD-07, the producer of novel polyene macrolide antifungal antibiotics, was isolated from soil. For the investigation of the functions of its biosynthesis genes and regulation mechanisms, a genetic operating system is necessary. In this study, we successfully transferred the plasmid DNA of pSET152 from the methylation deficient donor, Escherichia coli ET12567/pSET152/pUZ8002, to S. netropsis SD-07 by conjugation and evaluated the crucial factors influencing the conjugation frequency. Ca(2+) ions in presence the conjugation media may increase the conjugation frequency by 1000-10 000 times than Ca(2+) ions absence in the same conjugation media, and 10-100 time higher than Mg(2+) ions. Similar results (increasing the conjugation frequency by 10-100 times when media containing 60 mM CaCl2 ) were also obtained from the conjugation between E. coli ET12567 and Streptomyces coelicolor, S. lavendulae, S. venezuelae, despite their conjugation media were different (MS, CM, GS). So, CaCl2 concentration is a crucial factor for increasing the conjugation frequency, and the suitable concentration may probably be 60 mM. In addition, synthetic medium containing a small amount of organic nitrogen source may benefit increasing the conjugation frequency. These findings could be valuable for the development of a practical method for achieving conjugation in other Streptomyces spp.

  2. Complex dynamics of an archetypal self-excited SD oscillator driven by moving belt friction

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    Zhi-Xin, Li; Qing-Jie, Cao; Léger, Alain

    2016-01-01

    We propose an archetypal self-excited system driven by moving belt friction, which is constructed with the smooth and discontinuous (SD) oscillator proposed by the Cao et al. and the classical moving belt. The moving belt friction is modeled as the Coulomb friction to formulate the mathematical model of the proposed self-excited SD oscillator. The equilibrium states of the unperturbed system are obtained to show the complex equilibrium bifurcations. Phase portraits are depicted to present the hyperbolic structure transition, the multiple stick regions, and the friction-induced asymmetry phenomena. The numerical simulations are carried out to demonstrate the friction-induced vibration of multiple stick-slip phenomena and the stick-slip chaos in the perturbed self-excited system. The results presented here provide an opportunity for us to get insight into the mechanism of the complex friction-induced nonlinear dynamics in mechanical engineering and geography. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11372082 and 11572096) and the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2015CB057405).

  3. Evaluation of SD-208, a TGF-β-RI Kinase Inhibitor, as an Anticancer Agent in Retinoblastoma.

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    Fadakar, Puran; Akbari, Abolfazl; Ghassemi, Fariba; Mobini, Gholam Reza; Mohebi, Masoumeh; Bolhassani, Manzar; Abed Khojasteh, Hoda; Heidari, Mansour

    2016-06-01

    Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular tumor in children resulting from genetic alterations and transformation of mature retinal cells. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of SD-208, TGF-β-RI kinase inhibitor, on the expression of some miRNAs including a miR-17/92 cluster in retinoblastoma cells. Prior to initiate this work, the cell proliferation was studied by Methyl Thiazolyl Tetrazolium (MTT) and bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) assays. Then, the expression patterns of four miRNAs (18a, 20a, 22, and 34a) were investigated in the treated SD-208 (0.0, 1, 2 and 3 µM) and untreated Y-79 cells. A remarkable inhibition of the cell proliferation was found in Y-79 cells treated with SD-208 versus untreated cells. Also, the expression changes were observed in miRNAs 18a, 20a, 22 and 34a in response to SD-208 treatment (P<0.05). The findings of the present study suggest that the anti-cancer effect of SD-208 may be exerted due to the regulation of specific miRNAs, at least in this particular retinoblastoma cell line. To the best of the researchers' knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating that the SD-208 could alter the expression of tumor suppressive miRNAs as well as oncomiRs in vitro. In conclusion, the present data suggest that SD-208 could be an alternative agent in retinoblastoma treatment.

  4. Cation and Vacancy Disorder in U1-yNdyO2.00-X Alloys

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    Barabash, Rozaliya I.; Voit, Stewart L.; Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; ...

    2015-09-14

    In this study, the intermixing and clustering of U/Nd, O, and vacancies were studied by both laboratory and synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction in U1-yNdyO2-X alloys. It was found that an increased holding time at the high experimental temperature during initial alloy preparation results in a lower disorder of the Nd distribution in the alloys. Adjustment of the oxygen concentration in the U1-yNdyO2-X alloys with different Nd concentrations was accompanied by the formation of vacancies on the oxygen sublattice and a nanocrystalline component. The lattice parameters in the U1-yNdyO2-X alloys were also found to deviate significantly from Vegard's law when the Ndmore » concentration was high (53%) and decreased with increasing oxygen concentration. Such changes indicate the formation of large vacancy concentrations during oxygen adjustment at these high temperatures. Finally, the change in the vacancy concentration after the oxygen adjustment was estimated relative to Nd concentration and oxygen stoichiometry.« less

  5. Thermoelectric Properties of Fe1+y Te Prepared by a High Pressure Sintering Method

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    Di, Jiaxin; Li, Hong-Tao; Xu, Gui-Ying

    2016-11-01

    Enhancing thermoelectric properties by utilizing topological properties of topological insulators has attracted increasing attention. Here, powder metallurgy technology combined with high pressure sintering (HPS) was used to prepare Fe1+y Te (y = 0.1, 0.15, 0.1978, 0.22) alloys at 1173 K. The prepared products were identified by x-ray diffraction, and their microstructures were examined by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Electric conductivities (σ) and Seebeck coefficient (S) were measured in the temperature range of 303-623 K. The influence of variation in Fe content on thermoelectric properties was studied. The experimental results show that all HPS samples are nanometer composites consisting of Fe3Te2 and FeTe2. Fe1+y Te have electrical charges on the boundaries of topological insulators, which have the potential to be studied in the future. The Fe1+y Te with y = 0.1 shows the best thermoelectric properties at room temperature.

  6. Longitudinal fundus and retinal studies with SD-OCT: a comparison of five mouse inbred strains.

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    Puk, Oliver; de Angelis, Martin Hrabĕ; Graw, Jochen

    2013-06-01

    Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) has recently been established as a method for in vivo imaging of fundus and retina in the mouse. It enables more effective studies of retinal diseases including investigations of etiopathologic mechanisms. In order to learn more about longitudinal fundus development and to enable recognition of disease-associated irregularities, we performed confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (cSLO) and SD-OCT measurements in the inbred strains C57BL/6J, C3HeB/FeJ, FVB/NCrl, BALB/cByJ, and 129S2/SvJ when they were between 2 and 6 months of age. In general, cSLO and SD-OCT data did not reveal sex-specific or unilateral differences. C3HeB/FeJ and FVB/NCrl mice showed diffuse choroidal dysplasia. Choroidal vein-like structures appeared as dark fundus stripes in C3HeB/FeJ. In FVB/NCrl, fundus fleck accumulation was found. In contrast, only minor time-dependent changes of fundus appearance were observed in C57BL/6J, BALB/cByJ, and 129S2/SvJ. This was also found for individual fundic main blood vessel patterns in all inbred strains. Vessel numbers varied between 6 and 13 in C57BL/6J. This was comparable in most cases. We further found that retinae were significantly thicker in C57BL/6J compared to the other strains. Total retinal thickness generally did not change between 2 and 6 months of age. As a conclusion, our results indicate lifelong pathologic processes in C3HeB/FeJ and FVB/NCrl that affect choroid and orbital tissues. Inbred strains with regular retinal development did not reveal major time-dependent variations of fundus appearance, blood vessel pattern, or retinal thickness. Consequently, progressive changes of these parameters are suitable indicators for pathologic outliers.

  7. Spectral Analysis of the sdO Standard Star Feige 34

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    Latour, M.; Chayer, P.; Green, E. M.; Fontaine, G.

    2017-03-01

    We present our current work on the spectral analysis of the hot sdO star Feige 34. We combine high S/N optical spectra and fully-blanketed non-LTE model atmospheres to derive its fundamental parameters (Teff, log g) and helium abundance. Our best fits indicate Teff = 63 000 K, log g = 6.0 and log N(He)/N(H) = –1.8. We also use available ultraviolet spectra (IUE and FUSE) to measure metal abundances. We find the star to be enriched in iron and nickel by a factor of ten with respect to the solar values, while lighter elements have subsolar abundances. The FUSE spectrum suggests that the spectral lines could be broadened by rotation.

  8. Pressure-induced s-->d transfer and the equation of state of molybdenum

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    Godwal, B. K.; Jeanloz, Raymond

    1990-04-01

    The equations of state of crystalline (bcc) and liquid molybdenum are calculated to pressure-temperature conditions of 600 GPa and 14 000 K with use of the linear muffin-tin orbitals (LMTO) model and corrected rigid-ion sphere (CRIS) model. Our results agree with those of previous work in documenting a pressure-induced shift of electrons from 5s to 4d states, especially above 100 GPa. An analysis of ultrasonic and shock-wave measurements, along with our theoretical findings, documents that the compressibility of bcc Mo becomes enhanced at pressures of 100-200 GPa. The enhanced compression, and possibly an anomalous increase in rigidity, are caused by the pressure-induced s-->d transfer. Our study reinforces the use of the Mo equation of state as a calibration standard for ultrahigh-pressure static experiments and, in particular, for the ruby-fluorescence technique.

  9. Electrical Characterization of the RCA CDP1822SD Random Access Memory, Volume 1, Appendix a

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    Klute, A.

    1979-01-01

    Electrical characteristization tests were performed on 35 RCA CDP1822SD, 256-by-4-bit, CMOS, random access memories. The tests included three functional tests, AC and DC parametric tests, a series of schmoo plots, rise/fall time screening, and a data retention test. All tests were performed on an automated IC test system with temperatures controlled by a thermal airstream unit. All the functional tests, the data retention test, and the AC and DC parametric tests were performed at ambient temperatures of 25 C, -20 C, -55 C, 85 C, and 125 C. The schmoo plots were performed at ambient temperatures of 25 C, -55 C, and 125 C. The data retention test was performed at 25 C. Five devices failed one or more functional tests and four of these devices failed to meet the expected limits of a number of AC parametric tests. Some of the schmoo plots indicated a small degree of interaction between parameters.

  10. Source identification in acoustics and structural mechanics using Sierra/SD.

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    Walsh, Timothy Francis; Aquino, Wilkins; Ross, Michael

    2013-03-01

    In this report we derive both time and frequency-domain methods for inverse identification of sources in elastodynamics and acoustics. The inverse/design problem is cast in a PDE-constrained optimization framework with efficient computation of gradients using the adjoint method. The implementation of source inversion in Sierra/SD is described, and results from both time and frequency domain source inversion are compared to actual experimental data for a weapon store used in captive carry on a military aircraft. The inverse methodology is advantageous in that it provides a method for creating ground based acoustic and vibration tests that can reduce the actual number of flight tests, and thus, saving costs and time for the program.

  11. Molecular hydrogen 3s,d 3Λg+ complex revisited

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    Pazyuk, E. A.; Pupyshev, V. I.; Stolyarov, A. V.; Kiyoshima, T.

    2002-04-01

    The rovibronic term values, Landé factors, and radiative properties of all bound levels in the 3s,d 3Λg+ complex of H2, D2, and HD are evaluated in the framework of fully ab initio channel-coupling approach. The modified multichannel quantum-defect theory is employed to transform highly accurate ab initio Born-Oppenheimer electronic matrix elements borrowed from a literature to their diabatic counterparts avoiding explicit consideration of radial coupling effects. The radiative lifetimes of the most critical levels in the H2 complex are remeasured by a delayed coincidence method. The accuracy of the predicted term values, Landé factors, transition probabilities and experimental lifetimes is sufficient to indicate the sources of disagreement in existing theory and experimental data.

  12. Virus removal capacity at varying ionic strength during nanofiltration of AlphaNine® SD.

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    Jorba, Nuria; Shitanishi, Kenneth T; Winkler, Clint J; Herring, Steven W

    2014-09-01

    Nanofiltration is incorporated into the manufacturing processes of many protein biopharmaceuticals to enhance safety by providing the capacity to retain pathogens while allowing protein drugs to pass through the filter. Retention is mainly a function of size; however, the shape of the pathogen may also influence retention. The ability of the Viresolve(®) Pro nanofilter to remove different sized viruses during the manufacture of a Coagulation Factor IX (Alphanine(®) SD) was studied at varying ionic strength, a process condition with the potential to affect virus shape and, hence, virus retention. Eight viruses were tested in a scale-down of the nanofiltration process. Five of the viruses (EMCV, Reo, BVDV, HIV, PRV) were nanofiltered at normal sodium processing conditions and three (PPV, HAV and WNV) were nanofiltered at higher and lower sodium. Representative Reduction Factors for all viruses were ≥4.50 logs and removal was consistent over a wide range of ionic strength.

  13. Hepatoprotective potential of ethanolic extract of Aquilaria agallocha leaves against paracetamol induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats.

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    Alam, Janey; Mujahid, Md; Badruddeen; Jahan, Yasmeen; Bagga, Paramdeep; Rahman, Md Azizur

    2017-01-01

    Many traditional systems of medicines employ herbal drugs for the hepatoprotection. Aim of the study was designed to evaluate the hepatoprotective potential of 'ethanolic extract of Aquilaria agallocha ( Chen Xiang) leaves' (AAE) against paracetamol (PCM) induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats. Group I animals were treated with 1% CMC for 8 days. Group II, III, IV and V animals were first treated with '1% CMC' 1 ml/kg/day, AAE 200 mg/kg/day, AAE 400 mg/kg/day and silymarin 100 mg/kg/day respectively for 7 days and then, orally administered with PCM 3 g/kg b. wt. on 8th day in a single dose. 24 h after the last dosing by PCM, the blood was obtained through the retro-orbital plexus under light anesthesia and the animals were sacrificed. Hepatoprotective potential was assessed by various biochemical parameters such as ALT, AST, ALP, LDH, bilirubin, cholesterol, TP and ALB. Group IV rats showed significant (p < 0.01) decrease in ALT, AST, ALP, LDH, cholesterol, bilirubin, liver wt. and relative liver wt. levels while significant (p < 0.01) increase in final b. wt., TP and ALB levels as compared to group II rats. Hepatoprotective potential of AAE 400 mg/kg/day was comparable to that of standard drug silymarin 100 mg/kg/day. Results of the study were well supported by the histopathological observations. This study confirms that AAE possesses hepatoprotective potential comparable to that of standard drug silymarin as it exhibited comparable protective potential against PCM induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats.

  14. Does repetitive Ritalin injection produce long-term effects on SD female adolescent rats?

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    Lee, Min J; Yang, Pamela B; Wilcox, Victor T; Burau, Keith D; Swann, Alan C; Dafny, Nachum

    2009-09-01

    Methylphenidate (MPD), or Ritalin, is a psychostimulant that is prescribed for an extended period of time to children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Adolescence is a time of critical brain maturation and development, and the drug exposure during this time could lead to lasting changes in the brain that endure into the adulthood. Circadian rhythms are 24 h rhythms of physiological processes that are synchronized by the master-clock, the suprachiasmatic nucleus, to keep the body stable in a changing environment. The aim of present study is to observe the effect of repeated MPD exposure on the locomotor diurnal rhythm activity patterns of female adolescent Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats using the open field assay. 31 female adolescent SD rats were divided into four groups: control, 0.6 mg/kg, 2.5 mg/kg, and 10 mg/kg MPD group. On experimental day 1, all groups were given an injection of saline. On experimental days 2-7, animals were injected once a day with either saline, 0.6 mg/kg, 2.5 mg/kg, or 10 mg/kg MPD, and experimental days 8-10 were the washout period. A re-challenge injection was given to each animal on experimental day 11 with the similar dose as the experimental days 2-7. The locomotor movements were counted by the computerized animal activity monitoring system. The data were analyzed statistically to find out whether the diurnal rhythm activity patterns were altered. The obtained data showed that repeated administrations of 2.5 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg MPD were able to change the locomotor diurnal rhythm patterns, which suggests that these MPD doses exerts long-term effects.

  15. Effect of Portal Glucose Sensing on Systemic Glucose Levels in SD and ZDF Rats

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    Pal, Atanu; Rhoads, David B.; Tavakkoli, Ali

    2016-01-01

    Background The global epidemic of Type-2-Diabetes (T2D) highlights the need for novel therapeutic targets and agents. Roux-en-Y-Gastric-Bypass (RYGB) is the most effective treatment. Studies investigating the mechanisms of RYGB suggest a role for post-operative changes in portal glucose levels. We investigate the impact of stimulating portal glucose sensors on systemic glucose levels in health and T2D, and evaluated the role of sodium-glucose-cotransporter-3 (SGLT3) as the possible sensor. Methods Systemic glucose and hormone responses to portal stimulation were measured. In Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, post-prandial state was simulated by infusing glucose into the portal vein. The SGLT3 agonist, alpha-methyl-glucopyranoside (αMG), was then added to further stimulate the portal sensor. To elucidate the neural pathway, vagotomy or portal denervation was followed by αMG+glucose co-infusion. The therapeutic potential of portal glucose sensor stimulation was investigated by αMG-only infusion (vs. saline) in SD and Zucker-Diabetic-Fatty (ZDF) rats. Hepatic mRNA expression was also measured. Results αMG+glucose co-infusion reduced peak systemic glucose (vs. glucose alone), and lowered hepatic G6Pase expression. Portal denervation, but not vagotomy, abolished this effect. αMG-only infusion lowered systemic glucose levels. This glucose-lowering effect was more pronounced in ZDF rats, where portal αMG infusion increased insulin, C-peptide and GIP levels compared to saline infusions. Conclusions The portal vein is capable of sensing its glucose levels, and responds by altering hepatic glucose handling. The enhanced effect in T2D, mediated through increased GIP and insulin, highlights a therapeutic target that could be amenable to pharmacological modulation or minimally-invasive surgery. PMID:27806092

  16. Lactogenic Activity of an Enzymatic Hydrolysate from Octopus vulgaris and Carica papaya in SD Rats.

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    Cai, Bingna; Chen, Hua; Sun, Han; Sun, Huili; Wan, Peng; Chen, Deke; Pan, Jianyu

    2015-11-01

    The traditional Chinese medicine theory believes that octopus papaya soup can stimulate milk production in lactating women. The objective of this study was to determine whether dietary supplementation with an enzymatic hydrolysate of Octopus vulgaris and Carica papaya (EHOC) could increase milk production and nutritional indexes in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats. Female SD rats (n = 24) were fed a control diet (n = 8), EHOC-supplemented diet, or a positive control diet (Shengruzhi) from day 10 of pregnancy to day 10 of lactation. Maternal serum, mammary gland (day 10 of lactation), milk, and pup weight (daily) were collected for analysis. Results showed that the EHOC diet obviously elevated daily milk yield and pup weight compared to the control group (P < .05). The EHOC diet was found to increase the concentration of prolactin (PRL), progesterone (P), estradiol (E2), and growth hormone (GH) significantly in the circulation and mammary gland. Mammary glands of EHOC-treated dams showed clear lobuloalveolar development and proliferation of myoepithelial cells, but no striking variations were observed among the groups. Furthermore, the nutrition content and immune globulin concentration in the milk of EHOC-supplemented dams were higher than those of the control group, especially the cholesterol, glucose, and IgG were higher by 44.98% (P < .001), 42.76% (P < .01), and 42.23% (P < .01), respectively. In conclusion, this article demonstrates that EHOC administration has beneficial effects on milk production in the dams and on performance of the dam and pup. These results indicate that EHOC could be explored as a potentially lactogenic nutriment for lactating women.

  17. Local Variability of Macular Thickness Measurements With SD-OCT and Influencing Factors

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    Miraftabi, Arezoo; Amini, Navid; Gornbein, Jeff; Henry, Sharon; Romero, Pablo; Coleman, Anne L.; Caprioli, Joseph; Nouri-Mahdavi, Kouros

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To compare the intrasession variability of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT)-derived local macular thickness measures and explore influencing factors. Methods One hundred two glaucomatous eyes (102 patients) and 21 healthy eyes (21 subjects) with three good quality macular images during the same session were enrolled. Thickness measurements were calculated for 3° superpixels for the inner plexiform (IPL), ganglion cell (GCL), or retinal nerve fiber layers (mRNFL), GC/IPL, ganglion cell complex, and full macular thickness. Spatial distribution and magnitude of measurement errors (ME; differences between the 3 individual superpixel values and their mean) and association between MEs and thickness, age, axial length, and image quality were explored. Results MEs had a normal distribution with mostly random noise along with a small fraction of outliers (1.2%–6.6%; highest variability in mRNFL and on the nasal border) based on M-estimation. Boundaries of 95% prediction intervals for variability reached a maximum of 3 μm for all layers and diagnostic groups after exclusion of outliers. Correlation between proportion of outliers and thickness measures varied among various parameters. Age, axial length, or image quality did not influence MEs (P > 0.05 for both groups). Conclusions Local variability of macular SD-OCT measurements is low and uniform across the macula. The relationship between superpixel thickness and outlier proportion varied as a function of the parameter of interest. Translational Relevance Given the low and uniform variability within and across eyes, definition of an individualized ‘variability space' seems unnecessary. The variability measurements from this study could be used for designing algorithms for detection of glaucoma progression. PMID:27486555

  18. Thermoelectric properties of LaFeAsO1-y at low temperature

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    Kihou, K.; Lee, C. H.; Miyazawa, K.; Shirage, P. M.; Iyo, A.; Eisaki, H.

    2010-08-01

    We have studied the thermoelectric properties of LaFeAsO1-y in the temperature range 10-300 K. The resistivity decreases with carrier doping induced by oxygen deficiency up to y =0.16. On the other hand, the Seebeck coefficient shows a maximum absolute value at a finite doping level. The power factor (PF) and the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) in y =0.16 are PF=4.1 mW m-1 K-2 at T =75 K and ZT =0.061 at T =125 K. The results indicate that iron pnictides have potential as a good low temperature thermoelectric material.

  19. GALLIUM INDIUM ARSENIDE PHOSPHIDE (GaxIn1-xASyP1-y)

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    Goldberg, Yu. A.; Shmidt, Natalya M.

    The following sections are included: * Basic Parameters at 300 K * Basic Properties of GaxIn1-xASyP1-y Compositions Lattice-Matched to InP at 300 K(x≅0.47y) * Band Structure and Carrier Concentration * Temperature Dependences * Dependence on Hydrostatic Pressure * Band Discontinuities at GaInAsP/InP Heterostructure * Effective Masses * Donors and Acceptors * Electrical Properties * Mobility and Hall Effect * Transport Properties in High Electric Field * Impact Ionization * Recombination Parameters * Optical Properties * Thermal Properties * Mechanical Properties, Elastic Constants, Lattice Vibrations, Other Properties * References

  20. Synthesis of Si(1-y)C(y) alloys by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Iyer, S. S.; Eberl, K.; Goorsky, M. S.; Legoues, F. K.; Tsang, J. C.; Cardone, F.

    1992-01-01

    It is shown that a combination of low-growth temperatures and reasonably high Si and total growth rates can facilitate the growth of Si(1-y)C(y) alloys with C concentrations up to a few percent. The as-grown layers are pseudomorphic and show lattice constants and tetragonal distortion in accordance with Vergard's Law and Poisson's ratio for Si. The ability to engineer Si-based heterostructures with lattice constants smaller than that of Si offers increased flexibility in bandgap engineering with the possibly of Si-compatible larger bandgap material and potentially high band offsets.

  1. Orbital Dependent Band Renormalization in Fe1+yTe1-xSex

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    Liu, Zhongkai; Yi, Ming; Lu, Donghui; He, Ruihua; Hu, Jin; Hashimoto, Makoto; Mo, Sung-Kwan; Devereaux, Tom; Mao, Zhiqiang; Hussain, Zahid; Shen, Zhi-Xun; Stanford University Team; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Team; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Team; Boston College Collaboration; Tulane University Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    One of the important factors in understanding the Fe-based superconductor is their multi-orbital nature. In this study we present ARPES results on the iron chalcogenide Fe1+yTe1-xSex (known as the 11 system), the structurally simplest member in Fe-based superconductors. Our result shows that as Te substitutes Se, the Fe dxy orbital has seen a significant increase in the band renormalization while the other orbitals stay unchanged. Our discovery indicates that different orbitals in Fe-based superconductors have different correlation levels, evolve distinctively with crystal parameters and may play different roles in the emergence of superconductivity.

  2. Macular SD-OCT Outcome Measures: Comparison of Local Structure-Function Relationships and Dynamic Range

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    Miraftabi, Arezoo; Amini, Navid; Morales, Esteban; Henry, Sharon; Yu, Fei; Afifi, Abdolmonem; Coleman, Anne L.; Caprioli, Joseph; Nouri-Mahdavi, Kouros

    2016-01-01

    Purpose We tested the hypothesis that the macular ganglion cell layer (GCL) thickness demonstrates a stronger structure-function (SF) relationship and extends the useful range of macular measurements compared with combined macular inner layer or full thickness. Methods Ninety-eight glaucomatous eyes and eight normal eyes with macular spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) volume scans and 10-2 visual fields were enrolled. Inner plexiform layer (IPL), GCL, macular retinal nerve fiber layer (mRNFL), ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer (GCIPL), ganglion cell complex (GCC), and full thickness (FT) measurements were calculated for 8 × 8 arrays of 3° superpixels. Main outcome measures were local structure-function relationships between macular superpixels and corresponding sensitivities on 10-2 fields after adjusting for ganglion cell displacement, dynamic range of measurements, and the change point (total deviation value where macular parameters reached measurement floor). Results Median (interquartile range [IQR]) mean deviation was −7.2 (−11.6 to −3.2) dB in glaucoma eyes. Strength of SF relationships was highest for GCIPL, GCL, GCC, and IPL (ρ = 0.635, 0.627, 0.621, and 0.577, respectively; P ≤ 0.046 for comparisons against GCIPL). Highest SF correlations coincided with the peak of GCL thickness, where the dynamic range was widest for FT (81.1 μm), followed by GCC (65.7 μm), GCIPL (54.9 μm), GCL (35.2 μm), mRNFL (27.5 μm), and IPL (20.9 μm). Change points were similar for all macular parameters (−7.8 to −8.9 dB). Conclusions GCIPL, GCL, and GCC demonstrated comparable SF relationships while FT, GCC, and GCIPL had the widest dynamic range. Measurement of GCL did not extend the range of useful structural measurements. Measuring GCL does not provide any advantage for detection of progression with current SD-OCT technology. PMID:27623336

  3. Optical Parameters of Spray-Deposited CdS1- y Te y Thin Films

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    Ikhmayies, Shadia J.

    2017-02-01

    CdS x Te1- x and CdS1- y Te y solid solutions are usually formed in the interfacial region in CdS/CdTe solar cells during the deposition of the CdTe layer and/or the processing steps of the device. In this work, indium-doped CdS1- y Te y thin films were prepared by first producing CdS:In thin films by the spray pyrolysis technique on glass substrates, then annealing the films in nitrogen atmosphere in the presence of elemental tellurium. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and transmittance measurements. The transmittance was used to deduce the reflectance from which the optical parameters were computed. The extinction coefficient, refractive index, the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, optical conductivity, and energy loss were computed, and their dependence on the composition was investigated. In addition, the dispersion of the refractive index was analyzed by the single oscillator model, and dispersion parameters were investigated.

  4. Classification of SD-OCT Volumes Using Local Binary Patterns: Experimental Validation for DME Detection

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    Cheung, Carol Y.; Wong, Tien Y.; Lamoureux, Ecosse; Milea, Dan; Mériaudeau, Fabrice; Sidibé, Désiré

    2016-01-01

    This paper addresses the problem of automatic classification of Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) data for automatic identification of patients with DME versus normal subjects. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has been a valuable diagnostic tool for DME, which is among the most common causes of irreversible vision loss in individuals with diabetes. Here, a classification framework with five distinctive steps is proposed and we present an extensive study of each step. Our method considers combination of various preprocessing steps in conjunction with Local Binary Patterns (LBP) features and different mapping strategies. Using linear and nonlinear classifiers, we tested the developed framework on a balanced cohort of 32 patients. Experimental results show that the proposed method outperforms the previous studies by achieving a Sensitivity (SE) and a Specificity (SP) of 81.2% and 93.7%, respectively. Our study concludes that the 3D features and high-level representation of 2D features using patches achieve the best results. However, the effects of preprocessing are inconsistent with different classifiers and feature configurations. PMID:27555965

  5. Age-related Histological Findings in the Pineal Gland of Crl:CD(SD) Rats.

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    Tomonari, Yuki; Sato, Junko; Wako, Yumi; Tsuchitani, Minoru

    2012-12-01

    To provide background data as the pathologic basis, the pineal glands of 190 male and 193 female Crl:CD(SD) rats at ages of 0-7, 51-58, 70-85 and 111 weeks were examined histologically in this study. Mineralization and fibrosis were common findings in the aged rats, whereas they were rarely found in the young ones; mineralization was present in 7, 44, 67 and 79% of males and in 0, 32, 67 and 79% in females, and fibrosis was present in 0, 29, 48 and 44% of males and 0, 18, 40 and 35% of females at ages of 0-7, 51-58, 70-85 and 111 weeks, respectively. Striated muscle fiber appeared regularly in the fibrosis region from 51-58 weeks of age when fibrosis increased, while the origin of this fiber remained unclear. Vacuolation of pineal cells also increased with age in both sexes, though the total incidence was low. There was a low incidence of lymphocytic infiltration in both sexes, but this was not related to age.

  6. The estrogenic effects of benzylparaben at low doses based on uterotrophic assay in immature SD rats.

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    Hu, Ying; Zhang, Zhaobin; Sun, Libei; Zhu, Desheng; Liu, Qingchun; Jiao, Jian; Li, Jun; Qi, Mingwen

    2013-03-01

    Benzylparaben (BzP), a type of parabens being used as a preservative agent in cosmetics, food, and pharmaceutical products, may be ingested by humans. In this study, we performed an immature uterotrophic assay using Sprague Dawley (SD) rats by intragastric administration to determine the estrogenic effects of BzP and found significant increases in uterine weight with doses of 0.16 mg/kg body weight and higher (P<0.05). The in vivo estrogenicity of BzP was supported by in vitro results from the human estrogen receptor α (hERα)-coactivator recruiting assay and in silico molecular docking analysis performed in this study. The in vitro estrogenic activity of BzP can be observed at concentrations of 1.0×10(-8) M and higher. Molecular docking analysis showed that BzP fits well into the agonist pocket of hERα. The lowest observed effect dose (LOED) (0.16 mg/kg/day) of BzP is much lower than the documented LOEDs of other parabens. Actual risk may exist for people who consume a diet high in BzP or use BzP-laden cosmetics. In addition, we tested the sensitivity of Wistar rats to 17β-estradiol by immature uterotrophic assay, and no obvious uterotrophic response was observed in the rats given doses up to 100 μg/kg body weight.

  7. Spectrum of {gamma} rays from the decay of SD to normal states in {sup 191}Hg

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    Gassmann, D.; Khoo, T.L.; Lauritsen, T.

    1995-08-01

    In B.a.7. we propose that the statistical spectrum emitted from a sharp single excited state serves as a probe of pairing in excited states. A specific test of this proposal is the comparison of the spectra from even-even and odd-even nuclei. Whereas a pair gap exists in an even-even nucleus, it gets filled in an odd-even nucleus. Consequently, low-energy transitions can arise in the latter case, whereas they are calculated to be absent in the former case because very few levels exist in the cold gap region. In addition, transitions between 1.4 - 2.2 MeV, which {open_quotes}jump{close_quotes} across the gap, are predicted to have lower yield in the odd-even nuclei. Serendipitously, decay from a superdeformed state serves as a good initial excited sharp state. We extracted the spectrum pairwise-coincident with SD lines in {sup 191}Hg from Gammasphere data and compared it with the equivalent spectra from the even-even nuclei {sup 192,194}Hg. The differences that are predicted to occur are indeed observed. Thus, the data support our proposal that the reduction of pairing with thermal excitation energy can be probed with statistical decay spectra.

  8. Classification of SD-OCT Volumes Using Local Binary Patterns: Experimental Validation for DME Detection.

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    Lemaître, Guillaume; Rastgoo, Mojdeh; Massich, Joan; Cheung, Carol Y; Wong, Tien Y; Lamoureux, Ecosse; Milea, Dan; Mériaudeau, Fabrice; Sidibé, Désiré

    2016-01-01

    This paper addresses the problem of automatic classification of Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) data for automatic identification of patients with DME versus normal subjects. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has been a valuable diagnostic tool for DME, which is among the most common causes of irreversible vision loss in individuals with diabetes. Here, a classification framework with five distinctive steps is proposed and we present an extensive study of each step. Our method considers combination of various preprocessing steps in conjunction with Local Binary Patterns (LBP) features and different mapping strategies. Using linear and nonlinear classifiers, we tested the developed framework on a balanced cohort of 32 patients. Experimental results show that the proposed method outperforms the previous studies by achieving a Sensitivity (SE) and a Specificity (SP) of 81.2% and 93.7%, respectively. Our study concludes that the 3D features and high-level representation of 2D features using patches achieve the best results. However, the effects of preprocessing are inconsistent with different classifiers and feature configurations.

  9. Optimization of a bioactive exopolysaccharide production from endophytic Fusarium solani SD5.

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    Mahapatra, Subhadip; Banerjee, Debdulal

    2013-09-12

    Endophytic fungi were less investigated for exopolysaccharide production. In this study endophytic Fusarium solani SD5 was used for optimization of exopolysaccharide production. One variable at a time method and response surface methodology were employed to explore the optimum medium compositions and fermentation conditions. The organism produced maximum exopolysaccharide after 13.68 days of incubation at 28 °C in potato dextrose broth supplemented with (g%/l) glucose, 9.8; yeast extract, 0.69; KCl, 0.05; KH₂PO₄, 0.05 with medium pH 6.46. Use of 50 ml medium in 250 ml Erlenmeyer flask gives highest exopolysaccharide production. The organism produced more than two times higher exopolysaccharide (2.276 ± 0.032 g/l EPS) at optimized condition compared to pre-optimized condition (0.96 ± 0.021). In vivo toxicity test established nontoxic nature of the EPS (≤400 mg EPS/Kg of body weight). The EPS slightly altered intestinal indigenous bacteria and influenced the growth of beneficial Lactobacillus spp.

  10. Dynamic 3-D vortex structure of the laminar separation bubble on SD7003 airfoil

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    Zhang, Wei; Hain, Rainer; Kähler, Christian J.

    2008-11-01

    Recent increasing interest in laminar separation bubble (LSB) is aroused by the development of the micro air vehicles (MAVs), which normally cruise in the Reynolds number range of 50,000-200,000. This paper studies the LSB over the SD 7003 airfoil at the angle of attack α=4^o and at Re=60,000 using the time-resolved PIV technique. A Nd:Yag laser operated at 1000 Hz and a high speed CMOS camera was synchronized to capture the particle images with the full resolution of 1504 x 1128 pixels at 1000 fps. Measurements were carried out from two orthogonal views: in the stream-wise wall-normal plane and the quasi-surface-parallel plane. 3-D disturbance was observed to start even prior to the point of transition. Vortex shedding in transition near the reattachment region of the LSB was clearly identified in the span-wise wall-normal plane, with the dominant K-H frequency of around 10.7 Hz. And subsequent vortex evolution in the reattached turbulent boundary layer was found to be characterized by paired positive and negative vorticity packets transported downstream.

  11. Preparation and evaluation of kaempferol-phospholipid complex for pharmacokinetics and bioavailability in SD rats.

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    Zhang, Kexia; Gu, Liqiang; Chen, Jinpeng; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Jiang, Yu; Zhao, Longshan; Bi, Kaishun; Chen, Xiaohui

    2015-10-10

    As one of the dietary flavonoids, kaempferol (KP) has been well known to show strong anti-oxidative effect along with other biological properties. However, the oral bioavailability of KP is relatively low due to its poor solubility. In this study, we intended to increase the solubility and bioavailability of KP by preparing kaempferol-phospholipid complex (KP-PC). The KP-PC's physicochemical properties were characterized in terms of infrared spectroscopy (IR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), water/n-Octanol solubility and in vitro dissolution. KP-PC exhibited higher solubility and dissolution rate than KP, indicating a significant improvement in hydrophilicity. A UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the determination of KP in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat plasma, so as to investigate the oral bioavailability of KP-PC versus KP. Results showed that Cmax and AUC(0-48 h) of KP from the complex (Cmax: 3.94 ± 0.83 μg/mL, AUC(0-48 h): 57.81 ± 9.43 mg/Lh) were higher than that of KP (Cmax: 1.43 ± 0.21 μg/mL, AUC(0-48 h): 13.65 ± 3.12 mg/Lh). This research indicated that phospholipid complex (PC) might be one of the suitable approachs to improve the oral bioavailability of KP and other poor-solubility flavonoids.

  12. 40 CFR Appendix Vi to Part 265 - Compounds With Henry's Law Constant Less Than 0.1 Y/X

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    2014-07-01

    ... chloride 79-44-7 Dimethyldisulfide 624-92-0 Dimethylformamide 68-12-2 1,1-Dimethylhydrazine 57-14-7... Less Than 0.1 Y/X VI Appendix VI to Part 265 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY... Law Constant Less Than 0.1 Y/X Compound name CAS No. Acetaldol 107-89-1 Acetamide 60-35-5...

  13. 40 CFR Appendix Vi to Part 265 - Compounds With Henry's Law Constant Less Than 0.1 Y/X

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    2013-07-01

    ... chloride 79-44-7 Dimethyldisulfide 624-92-0 Dimethylformamide 68-12-2 1,1-Dimethylhydrazine 57-14-7... Less Than 0.1 Y/X VI Appendix VI to Part 265 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY... Law Constant Less Than 0.1 Y/X Compound name CAS No. Acetaldol 107-89-1 Acetamide 60-35-5...

  14. 40 CFR Appendix Vi to Part 265 - Compounds With Henry's Law Constant Less Than 0.1 Y/X

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... chloride 79-44-7 Dimethyldisulfide 624-92-0 Dimethylformamide 68-12-2 1,1-Dimethylhydrazine 57-14-7... Less Than 0.1 Y/X VI Appendix VI to Part 265 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY... Law Constant Less Than 0.1 Y/X Compound name CAS No. Acetaldol 107-89-1 Acetamide 60-35-5...

  15. Threshold of Multiple Stick-Slip Chaos for an Archetypal Self-Excited SD Oscillator Driven by Moving Belt Friction

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    Li, Z. X.; Cao, Q. J.; Léger, A.

    In this paper, we investigate the multiple stick-slip chaotic motion of an archetypal self-excited smooth and discontinuous (SD) oscillator driven by moving belt friction, which is constructed with the SD oscillator and the classical moving belt. The friction force between the mass and the belt is modeled as a Coulomb friction for this system. The energy introduction or dissipation during the slip and stick modes in the system is analyzed. The analytical expressions of homoclinic orbits of the unperturbed SD oscillator are derived by using a special coordinate transformation without any pronominal truncation to retain the natural characteristics, which allows us to utilize the Melnikov’s method to obtain the chaotic thresholds of the self-excited SD oscillator in the presence of the damping and external excitation. Numerical simulations are carried out to demonstrate the multiple stick-slip dynamics of the system, which show the efficiency of the prediction for stick-slip chaos of the perturbed self-excited system. The results presented herein this paper demonstrate the complicated dynamics of stick-slip periodic solutions, multiple stick-slip chaotic solutions and also coexistence of multiple solutions for the perturbed self-excited SD oscillator.

  16. Leveraging master-slave OpenFlow controller arrangement to improve control plane resiliency in SD-EONs.

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    Chen, Xiaoliang; Zhao, Bin; Ma, Shoujiang; Chen, Cen; Hu, Daoyun; Zhou, Wenshuang; Zhu, Zuqing

    2015-03-23

    In this paper, we study how to improve the control plane resiliency of software-defined elastic optical networks (SD-EONs) and design a master-slave OpenFlow (OF) controller arrangement. Specifically, we introduce two OF controllers (OF-Cs), i.e., the master and slave OF-Cs, and make them work in a collaborative way to protect the SD-EON against controller failures. We develop a controller communication protocol (CCP) to facilitate the cooperation of the two OF-Cs. With the CCP, the master OF-C (M-OF-C) can synchronize network status to the slave OF-C (S-OF-C) in real time, while S-OF-C can quickly detect the failure of M-OF-C and take over the network control and management (NC&M) tasks timely to avoid service disruption. We implement the proposed framework in an SD-EON control plane testbed built with high-performance servers, and perform NC&M experiments with different network failure scenarios to demonstrate its effectiveness. Experimental results indicate that the proposed system can restore services in both the data and control planes of SD-EON jointly while maintaining relatively good scalability. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration that realizes control plane resiliency in SD-EONs.

  17. Evaluation of Corneal Epithelial Healing Under Contact Lens with Spectral-Domain Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT)

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    Pang, Claudine E; M, Vanathi; Tan, Donald T.H; Mehta, Jodhbir S

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: To describe a novel technique of using Spectral-domain (SD) anterior segment optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in the evaluation of corneal epithelial healing under a therapeutic contact lens (TCL) after lamellar keratoplasty and Epi-LASIK procedures. Design: Prospective, non-comparative, observational case series. Methods: Ten eyes of eight patients undergoing lamellar corneal transplantation and Epi-LASIK procedures at the Singapore National Eye Centre were included in the study. Ultra-high resolution SD-OCT scans of the cornea with a TCL in-situ were performed sequentially on the first, third and fifth day after procedure, with the RTVue (Optovue, Inc, Fremont, CA, USA), and the image findings were correlated with the clinical picture. Complete epithelial healing was verified with removal of TCL and fluorescein staining. Results: 5 eyes underwent Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), 1 eye underwent deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and 4 eyes underwent Epi-LASIK. All eyes had complete epithelial healing with TCL in-situ by the third post-operative day. SD-OCT images were able to demonstrate the epithelial layer distinctly under the TCL in all cases. Conclusions: SD-OCT is a valuable imaging tool for monitoring the progression of epithelial healing with TCL in situ in patients following corneal surgical procedures. PMID:21686324

  18. Chemical analyses of pore water from boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24, Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

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    Yang, In C; Peterman, Zell E; Scofield, Kevin M

    2003-01-01

    Analyses of pore water extracted from cores of boreholes USW SD-6 in the central part and USW WT-24 in the northern part of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, show significant vertical and lateral variations in dissolved-ion concentrations. Analyses of samples of only a few milliliters of pore water extracted by uniaxial or triaxial compression and by ultracentrifugation methods from adjacent core samples are generally in agreement, within the analytical error of 10% to 15%. However, the values of silica for water obtained by ultracentrifugation are consistently lower than values for water obtained by compression. The larger concentrations probably are due to localized pressure solution of silicate minerals during compression. The shallower water from core in borehole USW SD-6 was extracted from nonwelded units collectively referred to as the Paintbrush Tuff nonwelded (PTn). The deeper water was from core in both boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24 in the nonwelded units referred to as the Calico Hills nonwelded (CHn). Significant differences in mean dissolved-ion concentrations in pore water between the PTn and CHn are (1) decreases in Ca, Mg, SO(4), and NO(3) and (2) increases in HCO(3) and (Na+K)/(Ca+Mg) ratios. The decrease in NO(3) and the increase in HCO(3) could be the result of denitrification through the oxidation of organic matter. The decrease in Ca and associated increase in (Na+K)/(Ca+Mg) is the result of ion exchange with zeolites in the CHn in borehole USW WT-24. This effect is not nearly as pronounced in borehole USW SD-6, probably reflecting a smaller amount of zeolitization of the CHn in USW SD-6. Geochemical calculations using the PHREEQC code indicate that the pore water from both boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24 is uniformly undersaturated in anhydrite, gypsum, and amorphous silica, but supersaturated in quartz and chalcedony. The saturation of calcite, aragonite, sepiolite, and dolomite is more variable from sample to sample.

  19. Discovery, characterization and in vivo activity of pyocin SD2, a protein antibiotic from Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    McCaughey, Laura C.; Josts, Inokentijs; Grinter, Rhys; White, Paul; Byron, Olwyn; Tucker, Nicholas P.; Matthews, Jacqueline M.; Kleanthous, Colin; Whitchurch, Cynthia B.; Walker, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Increasing rates of antibiotic resistance among Gram-negative pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa means alternative approaches to antibiotic development are urgently required. Pyocins, produced by P. aeruginosa for intraspecies competition, are highly potent protein antibiotics known to actively translocate across the outer membrane of P. aeruginosa. Understanding and exploiting the mechanisms by which pyocins target, penetrate and kill P. aeruginosa is a promising approach to antibiotic development. In this work we show the therapeutic potential of a newly identified tRNase pyocin, pyocin SD2, by demonstrating its activity in vivo in a murine model of P. aeruginosa lung infection. In addition, we propose a mechanism of cell targeting and translocation for pyocin SD2 across the P. aeruginosa outer membrane. Pyocin SD2 is concentrated at the cell surface, via binding to the common polysaccharide antigen (CPA) of P. aeruginosa lipopolysaccharide (LPS), from where it can efficiently locate its outer membrane receptor FpvAI. This strategy of utilizing both the CPA and a protein receptor for cell targeting is common among pyocins as we show that pyocins S2, S5 and SD3 also bind to the CPA. Additional data indicate a key role for an unstructured N-terminal region of pyocin SD2 in the subsequent translocation of the pyocin into the cell. These results greatly improve our understanding of how pyocins target and translocate across the outer membrane of P. aeruginosa. This knowledge could be useful for the development of novel anti-pseudomonal therapeutics and will also support the development of pyocin SD2 as a therapeutic in its own right. PMID:27252387

  20. Alleviating anastrozole induced bone toxicity by selenium nanoparticles in SD rats

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    Vekariya, Kiritkumar K.; Kaur, Jasmine; Tikoo, Kulbhushan

    2013-04-15

    Aromatase inhibitors like anastrozole play an undisputed key role in the treatment of breast cancer, but on the other hand, various side effects like osteoporosis and increased risk of bone fracture accompany the chronic administration of these drugs. Here we show for the first time that selenium nanoparticles, when given in conjugation to anastrozole, lower the bone toxicity caused by anastrozole and thus reduce the probable damage to the bone. Selenium nanoparticles at a dose of 5 μg/ml significantly reduced the cell death caused by anastrozole (1 μM) in HOS (human osteoblast) cells. In addition, our results also highlighted that in female SD rat model, SeNPs (0.25, 0.5, 1 mg/kg/day) significantly prevented the decrease in bone density and increase in biochemical markers of bone resorption induced by anastrozole (0.2 mg/kg/day) treatment. Histopathological examination of the femurs of SeNP treated group revealed ossification, mineralization, calcified cartilaginous deposits and a marginal osteoclastic activity, all of which indicate a marked restorative action, suggesting the protective action of the SeNPs. Interestingly, SeNPs (1 mg/kg/day) also exhibited protective effect in ovariectomized rat model, by preventing osteoporosis, which signifies that bone loss due to estrogen deficiency can be effectively overcome by using SeNPs. - Highlights: ► SeNPs significantly reduce bone toxicity in anastrozole treated rats. ► SeNPs successfully prevented osteoporosis in ovariectomized rats. ► SeNP treatment lowered the levels of TRAP and increased the levels of ALKP.

  1. The effect of childbirth on carcinogenesis of DMBA-induced breast cancer in female SD rats.

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    Zhao, Ji-An; Chen, Jin-Jun; Ju, Ying-Chao; Wu, Jian-Hua; Geng, Cui-Zhi; Yang, Hui-Chai

    2011-11-01

    Many epidemiologic and clinical studies have indicated that the frequency of breast cancer was lower in parous women than in nulliparous women. Moreover, the incidence of breast cancer has been reported to be lower in women with early childbirth than in women with late childbirth. To verify the effect of childbirth and the age at first childbirth on carcinogenesis and progression of breast cancer, we induced breast cancer by 7,12-dimethylbenanthracene (DMBA) in 120 female Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats, and divided them into control or experimental (DMBA-treated) nulliparous, early childbirth, and late childbirth groups to observe the incidence, latency, and size of breast cancer. Argyrophilic nucleolar organizer regions (AgNOR) count and the expression of C-erbB-2, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), Ki-67, and minichromosome maintenance protein 2 (MCM2) in breast cancer tissues were detected by immunohistochemistry. The breast cancer incidences were 95.0%, 16.7%, and 58.8% in the experimental nulliparous, early childbirth, and late childbirth groups, respectively (all P < 0.05). Between any two of these groups, the latency was significantly different, but tumor size was similar. AgNOR count and the expression of C-erbB-2, PCNA, Ki-67, and MCM2 were significantly higher in the experimental nulliparous group than in the experimental early or late childbirth groups (P < 0.05), but no significant differences were observed between the latter two groups. Taken together, the results suggest that childbirth, especially early childbirth, can reduce the incidence and postpone the onset of DMBA-induced breast cancer.

  2. Reproductive toxicity study with a novel deoxyguanosine analogue (Metacavir) in pregnant SD rats.

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    Luo, Qihui; Chen, Zhengli; Cheng, Anchun; Wang, Mingshu; Fang, Jing; Peng, Xi; Tang, Li

    2015-03-01

    Our preliminary studies demonstrated that Metacavir has potential to become a new anti-HBV agent. The main targets of the toxic effects of Metacavir, in rhesus monkeys, were gastrointestinal tracts, liver, blood, and kidneys, which were not related to mitochondrial effects. In this study, the maternal toxicity, embryo-fetal developmental toxicity and teratogenicity were studied in pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats after intragastric administration of Metacavir (200, 100, 50, 0 mg/kg body weight) during the first 6-15 days of pregnancy. Slower weight gain was observed in 5 out of 21 rats subjected to a 200 mg/kg dose, as well as 2 out of 20 subjected to a 100 mg/kg dose. Compared with the solvent control group, the calibration weight gain in the 200 mg/kg and 100 mg/kg dosage groups respectively, during first 6-20 pregnant days were significantly different (P < 0.01, P < 0.05). Significant dose related adverse effects to other reproductive parameters were not seen in F0 and F1, but the number of stillbirths in high dose group showed notably difference compared with the control group (P < 0.05), while the litter incidence showed no difference. No Metacavir-associated pathological changes were observed. The present research indicated that at a dose of 200 mg/(kg·d) (i.e., 40 times the effective dose in rats), Metacavir shows some maternal toxicity to SD rats. The embryotoxicity in the 200 mg/kg group encompass decreased fetal body weight, and higher fetal mortality rates, compared with the control group. However, the litter incidence showed no statistical difference. All the treated rats displayed normal bone development, no teratogenicity and without adverse effects on fetal development, thus indicating that below a dose of 200 mg/(kg·d) there is no teratogenic side effects.

  3. Coenzyme Q10 attenuated DMH-induced precancerous lesions in SD rats.

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    Kim, Jung-Mi; Park, Eunju

    2010-01-01

    Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is known to be a compound with mitochondrial bioenergetic functions and antioxidant activity. In this study, we evaluated the effect of CoQ10 on the formation of aberrant crypt foci (ACF) induced by 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH), DMH-induced leukocytic DNA damage and gene expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) by real-time PCR in colonic mucosa of male SD rats. The animals were divided into three groups and fed a casein-based high-fat and low fiber diet (100 g lard+20 g cellulose/kg diet) with or without CoQ10 (0.4 mg in soybean oil/kg BW/d, i.p.). One week after beginning the diets, the rats were subjected to 6 wk of treatment with DMH (30 mg/kg/wk, s.c.) and CoQ10 treatments continued over the entirety of the experimental period (59 d). Administration of CoQ10 resulted in reduction of ACF numbers, to 20% of the carcinogen control value. CoQ10 supplementation induced an antigenotoxic effect on DMH-induced DNA damage in the blood cells. Colonic mucosa of DMH-injected rats had significantly greater COX-2 and iNOS gene expression than those of control rats, while treatment with CoQ10 induced an inhibitory effect on over-expression of COX-2 and iNOS in colon tumors. Our results provide evidence that CoQ10 has a protective effect on the process of colon carcinogenesis, suppressing the development of preneoplastic lesions, possibly by modulating COX-2 and iNOS gene expression in colonic mucosa and DNA damage in leukocytes, suggesting that CoQ10 has chemotherapeutic activity.

  4. Improved determination of the atmospheric parameters of the pulsating sdB star Feige 48

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    Latour, M.; Fontaine, G.; Brassard, P.; Green, E. M.; Chayer, P.

    2014-06-10

    As part of a multifaceted effort to better exploit the asteroseismological potential of the pulsating sdB star Feige 48, we present an improved spectroscopic analysis of that star based on new grids of NLTE, fully line-blanketed model atmospheres. To that end, we gathered four high signal-to-noise ratio time-averaged optical spectra of varying spectral resolutions from 1.0 Å to 8.7 Å, and we made use of the results of four independent studies to fix the abundances of the most important metals in the atmosphere of Feige 48. The mean atmospheric parameters we obtained from our four spectra of Feige 48 are: T {sub eff} = 29,850 ± 60 K, log g = 5.46 ± 0.01, and log N(He)/N(H) = –2.88 ± 0.02. We also modeled, for the first time, the He II line at 1640 Å from the STIS archive spectrum of the star, and with this line we found an effective temperature and a surface gravity that match well with the values obtained with the optical data. With some fine tuning of the abundances of the metals visible in the optical domain, we were able to achieve a very good agreement between our best available spectrum and our best-fitting synthetic one. Our derived atmospheric parameters for Feige 48 are in rather good agreement with previous estimates based on less sophisticated models. This underlines the relatively small effects of the NLTE approach combined with line blanketing in the atmosphere of this particular star, implying that the current estimates of the atmospheric parameters of Feige 48 are reliable and secure.

  5. Purification and Characterization of the Manganese(II) Oxidizing Protein from Erythrobacter sp. SD-21

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    Nakama, K. R.; Lien, A.; Johnson, H. A.

    2013-12-01

    The manganese(II) oxidizing protein (Mop) found in the alpha-proteobacterium Erythrobacter sp. SD-21 catalyzes the formation of insoluble Mn(III/IV) oxides from soluble Mn(II). These Mn(III/IV) oxides formed are one of the strongest naturally occurring oxides, next to oxygen, and can be used to adsorb and oxidize toxic chemicals from the surrounding environment. Because of the beneficial use in the treatment of contaminated sources, the mechanism and biochemical properties of this novel enzyme are being studied. Due to low expression levels in the native host strain, purification of Mop has been problematic. To overcome this problem the gene encoding Mop, mopA, was cloned from the native host into a C-terminal histidine tag vector and expressed in Escherichia coli cells. Affinity chromatography under denaturing conditions have been applied in attempts to purify an active Mop. Western blots have confirmed that the protein is being expressed and is at the expected size of 250 kDa. Preliminary characterization on crude extract containing Mop has shown a Km and vmax value of 2453 uM and 0.025 uM min-1, respectively. Heme and pyrroloquinoline quinone can stimulate Mn(II) oxidizing activity, but hydrogen peroxide does not affect activity, despite the sequence similarity to animal heme peroxidase proteins. Research has been shown that calcium is essential for Mop activity. Purifying an active Mn(II) oxidizing protein will allow for a better understanding behind the enigmatic process of Mn(II) oxidation.

  6. Direct gap Ge1-ySny alloys: Fabrication and design of mid-IR photodiodes

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    Senaratne, C. L.; Wallace, P. M.; Gallagher, J. D.; Sims, P. E.; Kouvetakis, J.; Menéndez, J.

    2016-07-01

    Chemical vapor deposition methods were developed, using stoichiometric reactions of specialty Ge3H8 and SnD4 hydrides, to fabricate Ge1-ySny photodiodes with very high Sn concentrations in the 12%-16% range. A unique aspect of this approach is the compatible reactivity of the compounds at ultra-low temperatures, allowing efficient control and systematic tuning of the alloy composition beyond the direct gap threshold. This crucial property allows the formation of thick supersaturated layers with device-quality material properties. Diodes with composition up to 14% Sn were initially produced on Ge-buffered Si(100) featuring previously optimized n-Ge/i-Ge1-ySny/p-Ge1-zSnz type structures with a single defected interface. The devices exhibited sizable electroluminescence and good rectifying behavior as evidenced by the low dark currents in the I-V measurements. The formation of working diodes with higher Sn content up to 16% Sn was implemented by using more advanced n-Ge1-xSnx/i-Ge1-ySny/p-Ge1-zSnz architectures incorporating Ge1-xSnx intermediate layers (x ˜ 12% Sn) that served to mitigate the lattice mismatch with the Ge platform. This yielded fully coherent diode interfaces devoid of strain relaxation defects. The electrical measurements in this case revealed a sharp increase in reverse-bias dark currents by almost two orders of magnitude, in spite of the comparable crystallinity of the active layers. This observation is attributed to the enhancement of band-to-band tunneling when all the diode layers consist of direct gap materials and thus has implications for the design of light emitting diodes and lasers operating at desirable mid-IR wavelengths. Possible ways to engineer these diode characteristics and improve carrier confinement involve the incorporation of new barrier materials, in particular, ternary Ge1-x-ySixSny alloys. The possibility of achieving type-I structures using binary and ternary alloy combinations is discussed in detail, taking into account

  7. Primordial SdS universe from a 5D vacuum: scalar field fluctuations on Schwarzschild and Hubble horizons

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    Aguilar, José Edgar Madriz; Bellini, Mauricio E-mail: mbellini@mdp.edu.ar

    2010-11-01

    We study scalar field fluctuations of the inflaton field in an early inflationary universe on an effective 4D Schwarzschild-de Sitter (SdS) metric, which is obtained after make a planar coordinate transformation on a 5D Ricci-flat Schwarzschild-de Sitter (SdS) static metric. We obtain the important result that the spectrum of fluctuations at zeroth order is independent of the scalar field mass M on Schwarzschild scales, while on cosmological scales it exhibits a mass dependence. However, in the first-order expansion, the spectrum depends of the inflaton mass and the amplitude is linear with the Black-Hole (BH) mass m.

  8. The SD1 Subdomain of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus Capsid Protein Plays a Critical Role in Nucleocapsid and Particle Assembly

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    Reynaud, Josephine M.; Lulla, Valeria; Kim, Dal Young; Frolova, Elena I.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV) is an important human and animal pathogen, for which no safe and efficient vaccines or therapeutic means have been developed. Viral particle assembly and budding processes represent potential targets for therapeutic intervention. However, our understanding of the mechanistic process of VEEV assembly, RNA encapsidation, and the roles of different capsid-specific domains in these events remain to be described. The results of this new study demonstrate that the very amino-terminal VEEV capsid-specific subdomain SD1 is a critical player in the particle assembly process. It functions in a virus-specific mode, and its deletion, mutation, or replacement by the same subdomain derived from other alphaviruses has strong negative effects on infectious virus release. VEEV variants with mutated SD1 accumulate adaptive mutations in both SD1 and SD2, which result in a more efficiently replicating phenotype. Moreover, efficient nucleocapsid and particle assembly proceeds only when the two subdomains, SD1 and SD2, are derived from the same alphavirus. These two subdomains together appear to form the central core of VEEV nucleocapsids, and their interaction is one of the driving forces of virion assembly and budding. The similar domain structures of alphavirus capsid proteins suggest that this new knowledge can be applied to other alphaviruses. IMPORTANCE Alphaviruses are a group of human and animal pathogens which cause periodic outbreaks of highly debilitating diseases. Despite significant progress made in understanding the overall structure of alphavirus and VEEV virions, and glycoprotein spikes in particular, the mechanistic process of nucleocapsid assembly, RNA encapsidation, and the roles of different capsid-specific domains in these processes remain to be described. Our new data demonstrate that the very amino-terminal subdomain of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus capsid protein, SD1, plays a critical role in the

  9. Dendritic channelopathies contribute to neocortical and sensory hyperexcitability in Fmr1(-/y) mice.

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    Zhang, Yu; Bonnan, Audrey; Bony, Guillaume; Ferezou, Isabelle; Pietropaolo, Susanna; Ginger, Melanie; Sans, Nathalie; Rossier, Jean; Oostra, Ben; LeMasson, Gwen; Frick, Andreas

    2014-12-01

    Hypersensitivity in response to sensory stimuli and neocortical hyperexcitability are prominent features of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and autism spectrum disorders, but little is known about the dendritic mechanisms underlying these phenomena. We found that the primary somatosensory neocortex (S1) was hyperexcited in response to tactile sensory stimulation in Fmr1(-/y) mice. This correlated with neuronal and dendritic hyperexcitability of S1 pyramidal neurons, which affect all major aspects of neuronal computation, from the integration of synaptic input to the generation of action potential output. Using dendritic electrophysiological recordings, calcium imaging, pharmacology, biochemistry and a computer model, we found that this defect was, at least in part, attributable to the reduction and dysfunction of dendritic h- and BKCa channels. We pharmacologically rescued several core hyperexcitability phenomena by targeting BKCa channels. Our results provide strong evidence pointing to the utility of BKCa channel openers for the treatment of the sensory hypersensitivity aspects of FXS.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of indium doped PbTe{sub 1-y}Se{sub y} alloys

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    Bali, Ashoka; Mallik, Ramesh Chandra; Wang, Heng; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2014-07-21

    Lead telluride and its alloys are well known for their thermoelectric applications. Here, a systematic study of PbTe{sub 1-y}Se{sub y} alloys doped with indium has been done. The powder X-Ray diffraction combined with Rietveld analysis confirmed the polycrystalline single phase nature of the samples, while microstructural analysis with scanning electron microscope results showed densification of samples and presence of micrometer sized particles. The temperature dependent transport properties showed that in these alloys, indium neither pinned the Fermi level as it does in PbTe, nor acted as a resonant dopant as in SnTe. At high temperatures, bipolar effect was observed which restricted the zT to 0.66 at 800 K for the sample with 30% Se content.

  11. Yukawa couplings in SU(3)×SU(2)×U(1) Y orbifold models

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    Casas, J. A.; Muñoz, C.

    1988-09-01

    We analyze the Yukawa couplings of the first SU(3)×SU(2)×U(1) Y orbifold models recently obtained. In these models the rank is naturally lowered due to the presence of a Fayet-Iliopoulos term associated with an “anomalous” U(1) in the four-dimensional theory. It is shown that the phenomenological viability of the models selects a favoured class of vacua. In particular, for the specific examples considered, some twisted fields with one moded oscillator acting, must acquire non-vanishing VEVs. However other possibilities may exist. We also find that all the baryon and lepton violating operators can be, in general, avoided in a completely natural way.

  12. Ferro-Orbital Ordering Transition in Iron Telluride Fe1+yTe

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    Fobes, David; Zalinznyak, I.; Xu, Zhijun; Zhong, Ruidan; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, John M.; Harriger, Leland W.; Singh, D. K.; Garlea, Vasile O; Lumsden, Mark D; Winn, Barry L

    2014-01-01

    Fe1+yTe with y 0.05 exhibits a first-order phase transition on cooling to a state with a lowered structural symmetry, bicollinear antiferromagnetic order, and metallic conductivity, d /dT > 0. Here, we study samples with y = 0.09(1), where the frustration effects of the interstitial Fe decouple different orders, leading to a sequence of transitions. While the lattice distortion is closely followed by incommensurate magnetic order, the development of bicollinear order and metallic electronic coherence is uniquely associated with a separate hysteretic first-order transition, at a markedly lower temperature, to a phase with dramatically enhanced bond-order wave (BOW) order. The BOW state suggests ferro-orbital ordering, where electronic delocalization in ferromagnetic zigzag chains decreases local spin and results in metallic transport

  13. Thermal expansivity of Ge{sub 1-y}Sn{sub y} alloys

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    Roucka, R.; Fang, Y.-Y.; Kouvetakis, J.; Chizmeshya, A. V. G.; Menendez, J.

    2010-06-15

    The temperature dependence of the lattice parameter of Ge{sub 1-y}Sn{sub y} alloys deposited on Si substrates has been determined from an analysis of their x-ray reciprocal-space maps. It is found that over the range 0

  14. Ferro-Orbital Ordering Transition in Iron Telluride Fe1+yTe

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    Fobes, David; Zaliznyak, Igor A.; Xu, Zhijun; Zhong, Ruidan; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, John M.; Harriger, Leland; Singh, Deepak; Garlea, V. Ovidiu; Lumsden, Mark; Winn, Barry

    2014-05-01

    Fe1+yTe with y≲0.05 exhibits a first-order phase transition on cooling to a state with a lowered structural symmetry, bicollinear antiferromagnetic order, and metallic conductivity, dρ/dT>0. Here, we study samples with y=0.09(1), where the frustration effects of the interstitial Fe decouple different orders, leading to a sequence of transitions. While the lattice distortion is closely followed by incommensurate magnetic order, the development of bicollinear order and metallic electronic coherence is uniquely associated with a separate hysteretic first-order transition, at a markedly lower temperature, to a phase with dramatically enhanced bond-order wave (BOW) order. The BOW state suggests ferro-orbital ordering, where electronic delocalization in ferromagnetic zigzag chains decreases local spin and results in metallic transport.

  15. Ferro-orbital ordering transition in iron telluride Fe(1+y)Te.

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    Fobes, David; Zaliznyak, Igor A; Xu, Zhijun; Zhong, Ruidan; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, John M; Harriger, Leland; Singh, Deepak; Garlea, V Ovidiu; Lumsden, Mark; Winn, Barry

    2014-05-09

    Fe(1+y)Te with y≲0.05 exhibits a first-order phase transition on cooling to a state with a lowered structural symmetry, bicollinear antiferromagnetic order, and metallic conductivity, dρ/dT>0. Here, we study samples with y=0.09(1), where the frustration effects of the interstitial Fe decouple different orders, leading to a sequence of transitions. While the lattice distortion is closely followed by incommensurate magnetic order, the development of bicollinear order and metallic electronic coherence is uniquely associated with a separate hysteretic first-order transition, at a markedly lower temperature, to a phase with dramatically enhanced bond-order wave (BOW) order. The BOW state suggests ferro-orbital ordering, where electronic delocalization in ferromagnetic zigzag chains decreases local spin and results in metallic transport.

  16. Nonuniform paramagnetic state in nonstoichiometric lanthanum manganites La1- x Mn1- y O3

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    Arbuzova, T. I.; Naumov, S. V.

    2016-06-01

    The magnetic properties of nonstoichiometric lanthanum manganites La1- x Mn1- y O3 have been studied in the temperature range 80 K < T < 650 K. The Curie temperature T C changes nonmonotonically as the number of Mn4+ ions increases. In the paramagnetic region, there exist isolated Mn ions and magnetic polarons which can be conserved to T ⩽ 4 T C, independent of the lattice symmetry. In the T C < T < T pol region, the temperature dependences of the magnetic susceptibility are nonlinear and can be described by the Curie law with a temperature-dependent Curie constant C. The sample has been prepared having a composition near the O' → O structural transition; the spontaneous magnetization of the sample at T ⩽ 1.6 T C is associated to correlated polarons forming due to the double exchange in chains of the E-type antiferromagnetic phase.

  17. A CHANDRA OBSERVATION OF THE NEARBY SCULPTOR GROUP Sd GALAXY NGC 7793

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    Pannuti, Thomas G.; Staggs, Wayne D.; Schlegel, Eric M.; Filipovic, Miroslav D.; Payne, Jeffrey L.; Petre, Robert

    2011-07-15

    We conducted a Chandra ACIS observation of the nearby Sculptor Group Sd galaxy NGC 7793 as part of a multiwavelength study of supernova remnants (SNRs) in nearby galaxies. At the assumed distance to NGC 7793 of 3.91 Mpc, the limiting unabsorbed luminosity of the detected discrete X-ray sources is L{sub X} (0.2-10.0 keV) {approx}3x10{sup 36} erg s{sup -1}. A total of 22 discrete sources were detected at the {approx}3{sigma} level or greater including one ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX). Based on multiwavelength comparisons, we identify X-ray sources coincident with one SNR, the candidate microquasar N7793-S26, one H II region, and two foreground Galactic stars. We also find that the X-ray counterpart to the candidate radio SNR R3 is time variable in its X-ray emission: we therefore rule out the possibility that this source is a single SNR. A marked asymmetry is seen in the distribution of the discrete sources with the majority lying in the eastern half of this galaxy. All of the sources were analyzed using quantiles to estimate spectral properties and spectra of the four brightest sources (including the ULX) were extracted and analyzed. We searched for time variability in the X-ray emission of the detected discrete sources using our measured fluxes along with fluxes measured from prior Einstein and Roentgensatellit observations. From this study, three discrete X-ray sources are established to be significantly variable. A spectral analysis of the galaxy's diffuse emission is characterized by a temperature of kT = 0.19-0.25 keV. The luminosity function of the discrete sources shows a slope with an absolute value of {Gamma} = -0.65 {+-} 0.11 if we exclude the ULX. If the ULX is included, the luminosity function has a long tail to high L{sub X} with a poor-fitting slope of {Gamma} = -0.62 {+-} 0.2. The ULX-less slope is comparable to the slopes measured for the distributions of NGC 6946 and NGC 2403 but much shallower than the slopes measured for the distributions of

  18. Uranium, Thorium, Potassium Contents of Materials in the Homestake Underground, Lead, SD

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    Roggenthen, W.; Smith, A.

    2008-12-01

    The uranium, thorium, and potassium contents (UTK) of materials in the underground laboratory at the Homestake DUSEL in Lead, SD, can significantly affect the radioactive backgrounds experienced by detectors in physics experiments planned for the facility. Many highly sensitive experiments require low activities both in terms of direct gamma and neutron radiation as well as radon that might emanate from the materials. Specific issues requiring characterization include evaluation of the rock in which laboratory rooms will be emplaced, the design of the cement and aggregate used in shotcreting the laboratory areas used for the physics experiments, estimates of requirements for shielding from radiation from the country rock, and estimates of radon emanation. The rocks of most importance from this standpoint in the laboratory underground include the Poorman Formation, the Yates Member of the Poorman Formation, and Tertiary igneous rocks. The laboratory at the 7400 level currently is planned for construction in the Yates, whereas the laboratories at the 4850 level are scheduled for construction in both the general Poorman Fm. and the Yates. The UTK contents of Poorman and Yates from the underground are generally very low (0.1 - 0.2 ppm U and 0.2 - 0.4 ppm Th). Rhyolitic intrusive rocks, which occur as thin dikes in the vicinity of the 4850 level laboratory, have substantially higher values that are reflective of their more silicic nature with typical U values in the range of 8 - 9 ppm. Many of the laboratory rooms for the detector experiments will have walls that have been shotcreted and floors finished with concrete. The concrete consists of at least two components, the cement and the aggregate. The choices for cement material are limited by local availability but the UTK content is in the 3 ppm range for U. Analyses of potential aggregates show that sources of aggregate from standard regional aggregate resources appear to have higher values of UTK content than is

  19. Positional cloning of rice semidwarfing gene, sd-1: rice "green revolution gene" encodes a mutant enzyme involved in gibberellin synthesis.

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    Monna, Lisa; Kitazawa, Noriyuki; Yoshino, Rika; Suzuki, Junko; Masuda, Haruka; Maehara, Yumiko; Tanji, Masao; Sato, Mizuho; Nasu, Shinobu; Minobe, Yuzo

    2002-02-28

    A rice semidwarfing gene, sd-1, known as the "green revolution gene," was isolated by positional cloning and revealed to encode gibberellin 20-oxidase, the key enzyme in the gibberellin biosynthesis pathway. Analysis of 3477 segregants using several PCR-based marker technologies, including cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence, derived-CAPS, and single nucleotide polymorphisms revealed 1 ORF in a 6-kb candidate interval. Normal-type rice cultivars have an identical sequence in this region, consisting of 3 exons (558, 318, and 291 bp) and 2 introns (105 and 1471 bp). Dee-Geo-Woo-Gen-type sd-1 mutants have a 383-bp deletion from the genome (278-bp deletion from the expressed sequence), from the middle of exon 1 to upstream of exon 2, including a 105-bp intron, resulting in a frame-shift that produces a termination codon after the deletion site. The radiation-induced sd-1 mutant Calrose 76 has a 1-bp substitution in exon 2, causing an amino acid substitution (Leu [CTC] to Phe [TTC]). Expression analysis suggests the existence of at least one more locus of gibberellin 20-oxidase which may prevent severe dwarfism from developing in sd-1 mutants.

  20. Application of chirally-deuterated (S)-D-(6-2H1)glucose to conformational studies

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    Deuterated sugars are widely used to elucidate mechanisms of biosynthesis and of chemical reactions, and to confirm assignments of complex NMR or mass spectra. To date, however, there are few reported syntheses for regio and stereospecifically deuterated pyranoses. Chirally-deuterated (S)-D-(6-**2...

  1. Isolation and characterization of Aurantiochytrium species: high docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) production by the newly isolated microalga, Aurantiochytrium sp. SD116.

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    Gao, Mang; Song, Xiaojin; Feng, Yingang; Li, Wenli; Cui, Qiu

    2013-01-01

    A heterotrophic microalga, strain SD116, with the ability to produce high concentrations of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6n-3) was isolated from Shuidong Bay, Guangdong Province, China. Nucleotide sequence analysis of the 18S rDNA of SD116 showed that the strain has a close phylogenetic relationship to Aurantiochytrium species. The highest rates for growth and DHA accumulation for SD116 were obtained in 6.0% glucose, 2.0% yeast extract, and 50% artificial seawater (ASW) at a pH of 7 at 28°C. The maximum total lipid content reached 56.3% of the dry cell weight (DCW), and the maximum DHA content accounted for 50.9% of the total fatty acid (TFA) content. It was further found that urea may be a potential nitrogen source for industrial fermentation because of its cheap price and ability to induce a relatively high biomass and lipid production capacity. Using 5 L fermenters, the DCW, total lipid content, and DHA yield were found to be 70.43 g L(-1), 71.09% of the DCW, and 17.42 g L(-1) (34.79% of the TFA), respectively. The results show that Aurantiochytrium sp. SD116 is a promising candidate for commercial DHA production and could be useful for the synthesis of biomass-related products.

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  3. Identification of a New Marine Bacterial Strain SD8 and Optimization of Its Culture Conditions for Producing Alkaline Protease.

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    Cui, Hongxia; Yang, Muyang; Wang, Liping; Xian, Cory J

    2015-01-01

    While much attention has been given to marine microorganisms for production of enzymes, which in general are relatively more stable and active compared to those from plants and animals, studies on alkaline protease production from marine microorganisms have been very limited. In the present study, the alkaline protease producing marine bacterial strain SD8 isolated from sea muds in the Geziwo Qinhuangdao sea area of China was characterized and its optimal culture conditions were investigated. Strain SD8 was initially classified to belong to genus Pseudomonas by morphological, physiological and biochemical characterizations, and then through 16S rDNA sequence it was identified to be likely Pseudomonas hibiscicola. In addition, the culture mediums, carbon sources and culture conditions of strain SD8 were optimized for maximum production of alkaline protease. Optimum enzyme production (236U/mL when cultured bacteria being at 0.75 mg dry weight/mL fermentation broth) was obtained when the isolate at a 3% inoculum size was grown in LB medium at 20 mL medium/100mL Erlenmeyer flask for 48h culture at 30°C with an initial of pH 7.5. This was the first report of strain Pseudomonas hibiscicola secreting alkaline protease, and the data for its optimal cultural conditions for alkaline protease production has laid a foundation for future exploration for the potential use of SD8 strain for alkaline protease production.

  4. Nocardiopsis sp. SD5: a potent feather degrading rare actinobacterium isolated from feather waste in Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Saha, Subhasish; Dhanasekaran, D; Shanmugapriya, S; Latha, S

    2013-07-01

    Feather waste, generated in large quantities as a byproduct of commercial poultry processing, is nearly pure keratin protein, and keratin in its native state is not degradable by common proteolytic enzymes. The aim of the study was to find a potent feather degrading actinobacteria from feather waste soil. Out of 91 actinobacterial isolates recorded from feather waste soil in Tiruchirappalli and Nammakkal District, Tamil Nadu, India, isolate SD5 was selected for characterization because it exhibited significant keratinolytic activity. On the basis of the phenotypic, biochemical characterization and 16S rRNA gene-sequencing studies, the isolate was identified as Nocardiopsis sp. SD5. Protease and keratinase activity of Nocardiopsis sp. SD5 were analyzed. The enzyme was more stable over the neutral pH and the temperature of 40 °C. The optimum temperature and pH for both proteolytic and keratinolytic activity was determined at 50 °C and pH 9, respectively. Enzyme inhibitors, detergents and chelator declined the enzyme activity with increasing concentration. Nondenaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and zymogram elucidated the presence of 30 and 60 kDa protease enzymes. These findings indicated that thermo alkaliphilic feather degrading strain Nocardiopsis sp. SD5 could be used to control the feather waste pollution and to convert keratin rich feather waste into useful feedstock for poultry industry.

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  6. Identification of a New Marine Bacterial Strain SD8 and Optimization of Its Culture Conditions for Producing Alkaline Protease

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    Cui, Hongxia; Yang, Muyang; Wang, Liping; Xian, Cory J.

    2015-01-01

    While much attention has been given to marine microorganisms for production of enzymes, which in general are relatively more stable and active compared to those from plants and animals, studies on alkaline protease production from marine microorganisms have been very limited. In the present study, the alkaline protease producing marine bacterial strain SD8 isolated from sea muds in the Geziwo Qinhuangdao sea area of China was characterized and its optimal culture conditions were investigated. Strain SD8 was initially classified to belong to genus Pseudomonas by morphological, physiological and biochemical characterizations, and then through 16S rDNA sequence it was identified to be likely Pseudomonas hibiscicola. In addition, the culture mediums, carbon sources and culture conditions of strain SD8 were optimized for maximum production of alkaline protease. Optimum enzyme production (236U/mL when cultured bacteria being at 0.75 mg dry weight/mL fermentation broth) was obtained when the isolate at a 3% inoculum size was grown in LB medium at 20 mL medium/100mL Erlenmeyer flask for 48h culture at 30°C with an initial of pH 7.5. This was the first report of strain Pseudomonas hibiscicola secreting alkaline protease, and the data for its optimal cultural conditions for alkaline protease production has laid a foundation for future exploration for the potential use of SD8 strain for alkaline protease production. PMID:26716833

  7. Reproducibility of SD-OCT–Based Ganglion Cell–Layer Thickness in Glaucoma Using Two Different Segmentation Algorithms

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    Garvin, Mona K.; Lee, Kyungmoo; Burns, Trudy L.; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Sonka, Milan; Kwon, Young H.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. To compare the reproducibility of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT)–based ganglion cell–layer-plus-inner plexiform–layer (GCL+IPL) thickness measurements for glaucoma patients obtained using both a publicly available and a commercially available algorithm. Methods. Macula SD-OCT volumes (200 × 200 × 1024 voxels, 6 × 6 × 2 mm3) were obtained prospectively from both eyes of patients with open-angle glaucoma or with suspected glaucoma on two separate visits within 4 months. The combined GCL+IPL thickness was computed for each SD-OCT volume within an elliptical annulus centered at the fovea, based on two algorithms: (1) a previously published graph-theoretical layer segmentation approach developed at the University of Iowa, and (2) a ganglion cell analysis module of version 6 of Cirrus software. The mean overall thickness of the elliptical annulus was computed as was the thickness within six sectors. For statistical analyses, eyes with an SD-OCT volume with low signal strength (<6), image acquisition errors, or errors in performing the commercial GCL+IPL analysis in at least one of the repeated acquisitions were excluded. Results. Using 104 eyes (from 56 patients) with repeated measurements, we found the intraclass correlation coefficient for the overall elliptical annular GCL+IPL thickness to be 0.98 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.97–0.99) with the Iowa algorithm and 0.95 (95% CI: 0.93–0.97) with the Cirrus algorithm; the intervisit SDs were 1.55 μm (Iowa) and 2.45 μm (Cirrus); and the coefficients of variation were 2.2% (Iowa) and 3.5% (Cirrus), P < 0.0001. Conclusions. SD-OCT–based GCL+IPL thickness measurements in patients with early glaucoma are highly reproducible. PMID:24045993

  8. Pressure dependence of Tc in LnFeAsO1-y (Ln = La, Ce, Nd, Tb)

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    Takeshita, N.; Miyazawa, K.; Iyo, A.; Furuta, S.; Mito, M.; Eisaki, H.

    2014-12-01

    We measured the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity of non-fluorine- substituted, oxygen-deficient LnFeAsO1-y (Ln = La, Ce, Nd, Tb) under hydrostatic high pressure up to '8 GPa in order to observe pressure dependence of superconducting transition temperature Tc. In LaFeAsO0.65, onset Tc initially enhances below 4 GPa, then decreases by applying further pressure. However, the zero-resistivity temperature does not show enhancement by applying pressure. In the case of NdFeAsO1-y and TbFeAsO1-y, Tc shows monotonic decrease as increasing pressure. Tc is much more likely to go down faster if Ln with small ionic size was taken. Therefore, the bulk superconductivity is suppressed finally at ~7 GPa in TbFeAsO0.7.

  9. Chemical analyses of pore water from boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Yang, I.C.; Peterman, Z.E.; Scofield, K.M.

    2003-01-01

    Analyses of pore water extracted from cores of boreholes USW SD-6 in the central part and USW WT-24 in the northern part of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, show significant vertical and lateral variations in dissolved-ion concentrations. Analyses of samples of only a few milliliters of pore water extracted by uniaxial or triaxial compression and by ultracentrifugation methods from adjacent core samples are generally in agreement, within the analytical error of 10% to 15%. However, the values of silica for water obtained by ultracentrifugation are consistently lower than values for water obtained by compression. The larger concentrations probably are due to localized pressure solution of silicate minerals during compression. The shallower water from core in borehole USW SD-6 was extracted from nonwelded units collectively referred to as the Paintbrush Tuff nonwelded (PTn). The deeper water was from core in both boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24 in the nonwelded units referred to as the Calico Hills nonwelded (CHn). Significant differences in mean dissolved-ion concentrations in pore water between the PTn and CHn are (1) decreases in Ca, Mg, SO4, and NO3 and (2) increases in HCO3 and (Na+K)/(Ca+Mg) ratios. The decrease in NO3 and the increase in HCO3 could be the result of denitrification through the oxidation of organic matter. The decrease in Ca and associated increase in (Na+K)/(Ca+Mg) is the result of ion exchange with zeolites in the CHn in borehole USW WT-24. This effect is not nearly as pronounced in borehole USW SD-6, probably reflecting a smaller amount of zeolitization of the CHn in USW SD-6. Geochemical calculations using the PHREEQC code indicate that the pore water from both boreholes USW SD-6 and USW WT-24 is uniformly undersaturated in anhydrite, gypsum, and amorphous silica, but supersaturated in quartz and chalcedony. The saturation of calcite, aragonite, sepiolite, and dolomite is more variable from sample to sample. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights

  10. Thermal Stability of MgyTi1-y Thin Films Investigated by Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy

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    Anastasopol, A.; Eijt, S. W. H.; Schut, H.; Mulder, F. M.; Plazaola, F.; Dam, B.

    Mg-Ti compounds are attractive candidates as hydrogen storage materials for their fast sorption kinetics and high storage capacity. In this context, an investigation of their thermal stability is of great importance. The thermal stability of MgyTi1-y thin films was investigated using positron annihilation spectroscopy. Despite the positive enthalpy of mixing of Mg and Ti, positron Doppler Broadening of Annihilation Radiation (DBAR) depth profiling showed that Mg0.9Ti0.1 films are stable up to 300°C. However, for Mg0.7Ti0.3 films, segregation of Mg and Ti was observed at 300oC by the appearance of a clear Ti signature in the S-W diagrams and in the Doppler broadening depth profiles analyzed using VEPFIT. The thickness of the 250-300 nm thin films remained unchanged during the heating treatments. We further present ab-initio calculations of positron lifetimes of the corresponding metal and metal hydride phases for comparison to our previous positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) study.

  11. Continuous magnetic and structural phase transitions in Fe1+yTe

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    Zalinznyak, I.; Xu, Zhijun; Wen, Jianzhong; Tranquada, John M.; Gu, G. D.; Solovyov, Vyachelslav F; Glazkov, V N; Zheludev, Andrey I; Garlea, Vasile O; Stone, Matthew B

    2012-01-01

    We report a sequence of continuous phase transformations in iron telluride, Fe{sub 1+y}Te with y=0.10(1), which is observed by combining neutron diffraction, magnetic susceptibility, and specific-heat measurements on single-crystal samples. While a gradual increase of magnetic scattering near the wave vector (0.5,0,0.5) is seen below T {approx} 70 K, a temperature where the discontinuous first-order magnetostructural phase transition is found in systems with small y ({approx}<0.06), the reduction of the lattice symmetry in Fe{sub 1.1}Te only occurs at T{sub s} {approx} 63 K. Below T{sub N} {approx} 57.5 K, the long-range magnetic order develops, the incommensurate wave vector Q{sub m} of which varies with temperature. Finally, at T{sub m} {approx}< 45 K, the system enters the low-T phase, where Q{sub m} is locked at {approx}(0.48,0,0.5). We conclude that these instabilities are weak compared to the strength of the underlying interactions, and we suggest that the impact of the Fe interstitials on the transitions can be treated with random-field models.

  12. Continuous magnetic and structural phase transitions in Fe1+yTe

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    Zaliznyak, I. A.; Xu, Z. J.; Wen, J. S.; Tranquada, J. M.; Gu, G. D.; Solovyov, V.; Glazkov, V. N.; Zheludev, A. I.; Garlea, V. O.; Stone, M. B.

    2012-02-01

    We report a sequence of continuous phase transformations in iron telluride, Fe1+yTe with y=0.10(1), which is observed by combining neutron diffraction, magnetic susceptibility, and specific-heat measurements on single-crystal samples. While a gradual increase of magnetic scattering near the wave vector (0.5,0,0.5) is seen below T≈70 K, a temperature where the discontinuous first-order magnetostructural phase transition is found in systems with small y (≲0.06), the reduction of the lattice symmetry in Fe1.1Te only occurs at Ts≈63 K. Below TN≈57.5 K, the long-range magnetic order develops, the incommensurate wave vector Qm of which varies with temperature. Finally, at Tm≲45 K, the system enters the low-T phase, where Qm is locked at ≈(0.48,0,0.5). We conclude that these instabilities are weak compared to the strength of the underlying interactions, and we suggest that the impact of the Fe interstitials on the transitions can be treated with random-field models.

  13. High-spin structure of {sup 37}Cl, intruder excitations, and the sd-fp shell gap

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    Ionescu-Bujor, M.; Iordachescu, A.; Marginean, N.; Bucurescu, D.; Lenzi, S. M.; Bazzacco, D.; Della Vedova, F.; Farnea, E.; Menegazzo, R.; Lunardi, S.; Zilio, S.; Napoli, D. R.; De Angelis, G.; Gadea, A.; Medina, N. H.; Ur, C. A.; Otsuka, T.; Utsuno, Y.

    2009-09-15

    The structure of the N=20 nucleus {sup 37}Cl has been investigated in the {sup 24}Mg({sup 16}O,3p) reaction with a 70 MeV {sup 16}O beam. A complex level scheme extended up to an excitation energy of 17 MeV and spins (29/2{sup +}) and (27/2{sup -}) on positive and negative parity, respectively, has been established. Lifetimes for the new states have been investigated by the Doppler shift attenuation method. Large-scale shell-model calculations have been performed in a valence space involving orbitals in the sd and fp shells using the sdfp and SDPF-M effective interactions. The comparison with the experimental data indicates the need for slight changes of the sd-fp energy gaps produced by these interactions.

  14. Estimation of the daily soil/dust (SD) ingestion rate of children from Gansu Province, China via hand-to-mouth contact using tracer elements.

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    Ma, Jin; Pan, Li-Bo; Wang, Qin; Lin, Chun-Ye; Duan, Xiao-Li; Hou, Hong

    2016-12-19

    A total of 60 children (31 males and 29 females) between the ages of 3 and 12 years were randomly selected from Lanzhou City in Gansu Province, northwest China. Hand (soil/dust) SD samples from these children were collected using hand wipes. We determined the approximate amounts of hand SD and the concentrations of three tracer soil elements (Ce, Y, and V) in these samples. The approximate amounts of hand SD ranged from 42.28 to 173.76 mg, with a median value of 85.42 mg. In addition, the mean amounts of hand SD estimated using the concentrations of Ce, Y, and V in the samples were 4.63, 3.43, and 3.42 mg, respectively. The amount of hand SD varied greatly among the age groups: primary school children had more hand SD than kindergarten children, males had more hand SD than females, and children from rural areas had more hand SD than those from urban areas. The rates of daily ingestion of hand SD for kindergarten and primary school children were estimated to be 7.73 and 6.61 mg/day, respectively.

  15. Wurtzite Zn1-y(MgxCd1-x)yO quaternary systems for photodiodes in visible spectral range

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    Nieda, Yoshiaki; Suzuki, Mari; Nakamura, Atsushi; Temmyo, Jiro; Tabares, Gema; Kurtz, Alejandro; Lopez, Manuel; Ulloa, José María; Hierro, Adrian; Muñoz, Elías

    2016-09-01

    We investigated the optical bandgap engineering of ZnO based quaternary alloy films of wurtzite Zn1-y(MgxCd1-x)yO for photodiodes in visible spectral range. Quaternary alloy films were successfully synthesized by remote-plasma enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (RPE-MOCVD). The wurtzite alloy system has an optical bandgap energy between 2.16 eV and 3.25 eV, which was controlled by the flow ratio of metalorganic sources. The crystal structure and composition was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). This revealed that carrier compensation effects by alloying with MgO in Zn1-xCdxO system decreases carrier concentration. Strong compensation effects were observed in the bandgap range of Zn1-y(MgxCd1-x)yO between 3.0 eV to 3.25 eV and the carrier concentration decreased to 1015-1018 cm-3. Schottky diodes of PEDOT: PSS/Zn1-y(MgxCd1-y)yO with optical bandgaps in the visible spectral range were fabricated to confirm the viability of photovoltaic applications. The diodes performed photovoltaic characteristics under a Xe-Hg lamp illumination through Schottky junctions. The photoresponse spectra showed a photosensitivity with cutoff energy of 2.23 eV and peak energy of 2.90 eV at 0 V biasing.

  16. Using asymmetry analysis to reduce normal variability of Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) macular thickness

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    Alluwimi, Muhammed Saad

    Purpose: To investigate the use of asymmetry analysis to reduce normal between-subject variability of macular thickness measurements using SD-OCT. Methods: 63 volunteers free of eye disease were recruited: 33 young subjects (ages 21 to 35 years with mean and SD of 25 +/- 1.7), and 30 older subjects (ages 45 to 85 years with mean and SD of 66.7 +/- 9.0). All participants passed a comprehensive ophthalmic examination within the past two years. Macular images were gathered with the Spectralis OCT (V 5.4, Heidelberg Engineering, GmbH). The overlay 8x8 grid was manually centered on the fovea and aligned with the foveal-disc axis, then divided into five zones per hemifield following the method of Um et al (2012 IOVS 53:1139); asymmetry was computed as the difference between superior and inferior zone thicknesses. We assumed that the lowest variation and the highest density of ganglion cells will be found ~3° to 6° from the foveal center, corresponding to zones 1 and 2. For each zone and age group, between-subject standard deviations (SDs) were compared for retinal thickness (RT) versus asymmetry using an F-test. To account for repeated measures, a probability of p < 0.0125 was required for statistical significance. Axial length (AL) and corneal curvature (CC) were measured with an IOLMaster by the same operator and during the same imaging session. Results: For OD, asymmetry analysis reduced between-subject variability in zones 1 and 2 in both groups (F > 3.2, p < 0.001). SD for zone 1 dropped from 12.0 to 3.0 mum in the young group and from 11.7 to 2.6 mum in the older group. SD for zone 2 dropped from 13.6 to 5.3 mum (young) and from 11.1 to 5.8 mum (older). Combining all subjects, neither RT nor asymmetry showed a strong correlation with AL or CC (R2 < 0.01). Analysis for OS yielded the same pattern of results, as did asymmetry analyses between eyes (F > 3.8, p < 0.0001). Conclusions: Asymmetry analysis reduced between-subject variability. These findings demonstrate

  17. The qSD12 Underlying Gene Promotes Abscisic Acid Accumulation in Early Developing Seeds to Induce Primary Dormancy in Rice

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    Seeds acquire primary dormancy during their development and the phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) is considered to play a role in inducing the dormancy. qSD12 is a major seed dormancy QTL identified from weedy rice. This research was conducted to identify qSD12 candidate genes, isolate the candidat...

  18. Electroencephalographic abnormalities during sleep in children with developmental speech-language disorders: a case-control study.

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    Parry-Fielder, Bronwyn; Collins, Kevin; Fisher, John; Keir, Eddie; Anderson, Vicki; Jacobs, Rani; Scheffer, Ingrid E; Nolan, Terry

    2009-03-01

    Earlier research has suggested a link between epileptiform activity in the electroencephalogram (EEG) and developmental speech-language disorder (DSLD). This study investigated the strength of this association by comparing the frequency of EEG abnormalities in 45 language-normal children (29 males, 16 females; mean age 6y 11mo, SD 1y 10mo, range 4y-9y 10mo) and 54 community-ascertained children (35 males, 19 females; mean age 5y 7mo, SD 1y 6mo, range 4y-9y 11mo) with a diagnosis of severe DSLD, defined as a score at least 2 SD below the mean on at least one speech-language measure, and a performance IQ of at least 80 points. All participants underwent sleep EEGs after sedation. Children with DSLD also had detailed speech-language, hearing, and psychological assessments. Results failed to support the previously identified strong association between abnormal EEG and DSLD. There was a weak, non-significant relationship between DSLD and epileptiform EEG. Epileptiform EEG was significantly associated with low performance IQ (p=0.04). This study draws into question previously reported associations between epileptiform activity and DSLD probably because it examined a purer cohort of children with more severe language difficulties who did not have seizures.

  19. Role of chalcogen vapor annealing in inducing bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex [How does annealing in chalcogen vapor induce superconductivity in Fe1+yTe-xSex?

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    Lin, Wenzhi; Ganesh, P.; Gianfrancesco, Anthony; ...

    2015-02-01

    Recent investigations have shown that Fe1+yTe1-xSex can be made superconducting by annealing it in Se and O vapors. The current lore is that these chalcogen vapors induce superconductivity by removing the magnetic excess Fe atoms. To investigate this phenomenon we performed a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and transport measurements together with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations on Fe1+yTe1-xSex treated with Te vapor. We conclude that the main role of the Te vapor is to quench the magnetic moments of the excess Fe atoms by forming FeTem (m ≥ 1) complexes. We show thatmore » the remaining FeTem complexes are still damaging to the superconductivity and therefore that their removal potentially could further improve superconductive properties in these compounds.« less

  20. Cellulose film regenerated from Styela clava tunics have biodegradability, toxicity and biocompatibility in the skin of SD rats.

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    Song, Sung Hwa; Kim, Ji Eun; Lee, Young Ju; Kwak, Moon Hwa; Sung, Geum Yong; Kwon, Soon Hong; Son, Hong Joo; Lee, Hee Seob; Jung, Young Jin; Hwang, Dae Youn

    2014-06-01

    Cellulose is one of the most widespread biomolecules in nature and has been exploited in various applications including scaffolding, tissue engineering, and tissue formation. To evaluate the biocompatibility of cellulose film manufactured from Styela clava tunics (SCT-CF), these films were implanted in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats for various lengths of time, after which they were subjected to mechanical and biological analyses. The cellulose powders (12-268 m) obtained from SCT was converted into films via casting methods without adding any additives. SCT-CF contained about 98 % α-cellulose and very low concentrations of ββ-cellulose. Additionally, the crystallinity index (CrI) of SCT-CF was lower (10.71 %) than that of wood pulp-cellulose films (WP-CF) (33.78 %). After implantation for 90 days, the weight loss and formation of surface corrugations were greater in SCT-CF than that of WP-CF, while the surface roughness was significantly higher in WP-CF than SCT-CF. However, there were no differences in the number of white blood cells between SCT-CF implanted rats and vehicle implanted rats. The level of metabolic enzymes representing liver and kidney toxicity in the serum of SCT-CF implanted rats was maintained at levels consistent with vehicle implanted rats. Moreover, no significant alteration of the epidermal hyperplasia, inflammatory cell infiltration, redness, and edema were observed in SD rats implanted with SCT-CF. Taken together, these results indicate that SCT-CF showed good degradability and non-toxicity without inducing an immune response in SD rats. Further, the data presented here constitute strong evidence that SCT-CF has the potential for use as a powerful biomaterial for medical applications including stitching fiber, wound dressing, scaffolding, absorbable hemostats and hemodialysis membrane.

  1. New extrapolation method for low-lying states of nuclei in the sd and the pf shells

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    Shen, J. J.; Zhao, Y. M.; Arima, A.; Yoshinaga, N.

    2011-04-15

    We study extrapolation approaches to evaluate energies of low-lying states for nuclei in the sd and pf shells, by sorting the diagonal matrix elements of the nuclear shell-model Hamiltonian. We introduce an extrapolation method with perturbation and apply our new method to predict both low-lying state energies and E2 transition rates between low-lying states. Our predicted results arrive at an accuracy of the root-mean-squared deviations {approx}40-60 keV for low-lying states of these nuclei.

  2. The NPOESS Preparatory Project Science Data Segment (SDS) Data Depository and Distribution Element (SD3E) System Architecture

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    Ho, Evelyn L.; Schweiss, Robert J.

    2008-01-01

    The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) Science Data Segment (SDS) will make daily data requests for approximately six terabytes of NPP science products for each of its six environmental assessment elements from the operational data providers. As a result, issues associated with duplicate data requests, data transfers of large volumes of diverse products, and data transfer failures raised concerns with respect to the network traffic and bandwidth consumption. The NPP SDS Data Depository and Distribution Element (SD3E) was developed to provide a mechanism for efficient data exchange, alleviate duplicate network traffic, and reduce operational costs.

  3. K2 observations of the pulsating subdwarf B star EQ Piscium: an sdB+dM binary

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    Jeffery, C. S.; Ramsay, G.

    2014-07-01

    K2, the two-wheel mission of the Kepler space telescope, observed the pulsating subdwarf B star EQ PSc during engineering tests in 2014 February. In addition to a rich spectrum of g-mode pulsation frequencies, the observations demonstrate a light variation with a period of 19.2 h and full amplitude of 2 per cent. We suggest that this is due to reflection from a cool companion, making EQ Psc the longest-period member of some 30 binaries comprising a hot subdwarf and a cool dwarf companion (sdB+dM), and hence useful for exploring the common-envelope ejection mechanism in low-mass binaries.

  4. Size Dependence of Oxygen-Annealing Effects on Superconductivity of Fe1+yTe1-xSx

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    Yamazaki, Teruo; Sakurai, Tatsuya; Yaguchi, Hiroshi

    2016-11-01

    For the Fe-based superconductor Fe1+yTe1-xSx, superconductivity is induced by annealing treatment in oxygen atmosphere, whereas as-grown samples do not show superconductivity. We investigated the sample-size dependence of O2-annealing effects in Fe1.01Te0.91S0.09. The annealing conditions were fixed to 1 atm, 200 °C, and 2 h. We carried out magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements in order to evaluate the superconducting volume fraction. We found that Fe1+yTe1-xSx has an optimal size for the induction of bulk superconductivity by O2 annealing. Our results indicate that O2 annealing is probably effective near the surface of samples over a length of a few tens of micro meters.

  5. Evolution of Superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex Annealed in Te Vapor

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    Sun, Yue; Tsuchiya, Yuji; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Taen, Toshihiro; Pyon, Sunseng; Shi, Zhixiang; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2013-09-01

    We report a detailed study of the Te vapor annealing effect in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals. Bulk superconductivity can be gradually induced by annealing with increasing amount of Te, until the molar ratio of Te to the sample reaches 1 : 10. By further increasing Te molar ratio, superconducting volume is gradually reduced. Resistivity and Hall effect measurements manifest that annealing in Te vapor delocalizes the charge carriers by removing excess Fe. The optimally Te annealed crystal shows homogeneous critical current densities with a large value of ˜4.3 × 105 A/cm2, which proves that the Te annealing is effective to induce bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex.

  6. Pseudogap and proximity effect in the Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor

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    He, M. Q.; Shen, J. Y.; Petrović, A. P.; He, Q. L.; Liu, H. C.; Zheng, Y.; Wong, C. H.; Chen, Q. H.; Wang, J. N.; Law, K. T.; Sou, I. K.; Lortz, R.

    2016-01-01

    In the interfacial superconductor Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe, two dimensional superconductivity occurs in direct vicinity to the surface state of a topological insulator. If this state were to become involved in superconductivity, under certain conditions a topological superconducting state could be formed, which is of high interest due to the possibility of creating Majorana fermionic states. We report directional point-contact spectroscopy data on the novel Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor for a Bi2Te3 thickness of 9 quintuple layers, bonded by van der Waals epitaxy to a Fe1+yTe film at an atomically sharp interface. Our data show highly unconventional superconductivity, which appears as complex as in the cuprate high temperature superconductors. A very large superconducting twin-gap structure is replaced by a pseudogap above ~12 K which persists up to 40 K. While the larger gap shows unconventional order parameter symmetry and is attributed to a thin FeTe layer in proximity to the interface, the smaller gap is associated with superconductivity induced via the proximity effect in the topological insulator Bi2Te3. PMID:27587000

  7. Phase relations and superconductivity in the Fe7(Se1-yTey)8 system: Effect of phase coexistence

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    Baranov, N. V.; Abouhaswa, A. S.; Selezneva, N. V.; Kazantsev, V. A.; Ibrahim, P. N. G.

    2016-11-01

    The effect of the Te for Se substitution in the Fe7Se8 compound having a layered NiAs-type structure has been studied by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermal expansion, electrical resistivity and magnetization measurements. The growth of Te tellurium content in Fe7(Se1-yTey)8 above y ∼ 0.15 is found to result in the phase segregation; besides the NiAs-type phase the superconducting tetragonal PbO-type phase appears in these samples. It has been observed that the crystal structure and composition of the hexagonal Fe7(Se,Te)8 phase (P63/mmc) transforms with increasing Te content to the CdI2-type phase (P 3 bar m 1) and then to the monoclinic Fe3(Se,Te)4-type phase (I12/m1). The concentration intervals in which these NiAs-type phases coexist with the tetragonal phase have been determined. At y ≥ 0.4, the Fe7(Se1-yTey)8 samples show bulk superconductivity with higher superconducting transition temperatures (Tc up to 17.8 K) compared with single-phase samples of Fe(Se,Te). Such an enhancement is suggested to result from the interactions between the superconducting and non-superconducting phases coexisting in Fe7(Se1-yTey)8.

  8. Pseudogap and proximity effect in the Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor.

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    He, M Q; Shen, J Y; Petrović, A P; He, Q L; Liu, H C; Zheng, Y; Wong, C H; Chen, Q H; Wang, J N; Law, K T; Sou, I K; Lortz, R

    2016-09-02

    In the interfacial superconductor Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe, two dimensional superconductivity occurs in direct vicinity to the surface state of a topological insulator. If this state were to become involved in superconductivity, under certain conditions a topological superconducting state could be formed, which is of high interest due to the possibility of creating Majorana fermionic states. We report directional point-contact spectroscopy data on the novel Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor for a Bi2Te3 thickness of 9 quintuple layers, bonded by van der Waals epitaxy to a Fe1+yTe film at an atomically sharp interface. Our data show highly unconventional superconductivity, which appears as complex as in the cuprate high temperature superconductors. A very large superconducting twin-gap structure is replaced by a pseudogap above ~12 K which persists up to 40 K. While the larger gap shows unconventional order parameter symmetry and is attributed to a thin FeTe layer in proximity to the interface, the smaller gap is associated with superconductivity induced via the proximity effect in the topological insulator Bi2Te3.

  9. Effects of annealing, acid and alcoholic beverages on Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4

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    Sun, Y.; Taen, T.; Tsuchiya, Y.; Shi, Z. X.; Tamegai, T.

    2013-01-01

    We have systematically investigated and compared different methods to induce superconductivity in the iron chalcogenide Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4, including annealing in a vacuum, N2, O2 and I2 atmospheres and immersing samples into acid and alcoholic beverages. Vacuum and N2 annealing are proved to be ineffective in inducing superconductivity in a Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal. Annealing in O2 and I2 and immersion in acid and alcoholic beverages can induce superconductivity by oxidizing the excess Fe in the sample. Superconductivity in O2 annealed samples is of a bulk nature, while I2, acid and alcoholic beverages can only induce superconductivity near the surface. By comparing the different effects of O2, I2, acid and alcoholic beverages we propose a scenario to explain how the superconductivity is induced in the non-superconducting as-grown Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4.

  10. Pattern of inner retinal layers involvement in pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy as determined by SD-OCT: case report.

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    Junqueira, Daniela Laura Melo; Lopes, Flavio Siqueira Santos; Biteli, Luís Gustavo; Prata, Tiago Santos

    2013-01-01

    Pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy is an ocular disease characterized by outer retina and choroidal atrophy often with overlying intraretinal bone spicule pigment deposition along the retinal veins. As a rare condition, there is scant information in the literature regarding the pattern of inner retinal layers involvement. We present a case of a 41-year-old white man initially referred for a glaucoma evaluation. Fundoscopy revealed patches of retinochoroidal atrophy and light pigmentation extending from the optic nerve head along the inferior-temporal retinal veins in both eyes. Using different spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) protocols we identified a significant thinning of the inner retinal layers along the inferior-temporal veins, but with a lucid interval surrounding the optic nerve head. Standard automated perimetry revealed a superior absolute arcuate scotoma sparing the central fixation (good structure-functional correlation). This pattern of inner retinal layers involvement was not previously described. We believe SD-OCT added significantly to the anatomical description of this case. Physicians should consider these new anatomical findings and correlate them with functional status while assessing these patients.

  11. Identification of neutral genes at pollen sterility loci Sd and Se of cultivated rice (Oryza sativa) with wild rice (O. rufipogon) origin.

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    Liu, B; Li, J Q; Liu, X D; Shahid, M Q; Shi, L G; Lu, Y G

    2011-10-31

    Pollen sterility is one of the main hindrances against the utilization of strong intersubspecific (indica-japonica) heterosis in rice. We looked for neutral alleles at known pollen sterility loci Sd and Se that could overcome this pollen sterility characteristic. Taichung 65, a typical japonica cultivar, and its near isogenic lines E7 and E8 for pollen sterility loci Sd and Se were employed as tester lines for crossing with 13 accessions of wild rice (O. rufipogon). Pollen fertility and genotypic segregations of the molecular markers tightly linked with Sd and Se loci were analyzed in the paired F(1)s and F(2) populations. One accession of wild rice (GZW054) had high pollen fertility in the paired F(1)s between Taichung 65 and E7 or E8. Genotypic segregations of the molecular markers tightly linked with Sd and Se loci fit the expected Mendelian ratio (1:2:1), and non-significances were shown among the mean pollen fertilities with the maternal, parental, and heterozygous genotypes of each molecular markers tightly linked with Sd and Se loci. Evidentially, it indicated that the alleles of Sd and Se loci for GZW054 did not interact with those of Taichung 65 and its near isogenic lines, and, thus were identified as neutral alleles Sd(n) and Se(n). These neutral genes could become important germplasm resources for overcoming pollen sterility in indica-japonica hybrids, making utilization of strong heterosis in such hybrids viable.

  12. Evaluation of the Microvision Spectrum SD2500 Helmet-Mounted Display for the Air Warrior Block 3 Day/Night HMD Program

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    2006-03-01

    USAARL Report No. 2006-08 Evaluation of the Microvision Spectrum SD2500 Helmet-Mounted Display for the Air Warrior Block 3 Day/Night HMD Program by... Microvision Spectrum SD2500 Helmet-Mounted Display for the Air PE 622787 Warrior Block 3 Day/Night HMD Program PR 879 TA P WU DA361539 6. AUTHOR(S) Clarence E...ABSTRACT (Maximum 200 words) The Microvision Spectrum SD2500 HMD, a monocular, full-color scanning laser display, display, was evaluated for optical image

  13. sdA in SDSS DR12 are Overwhelmingly Not Extremely Low-Mass (ELM) White Dwarfs

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    Hermes, J. J.; Gänsicke, B. T.; Breedt, E.

    2017-03-01

    In a search for new white dwarfs in DR12 of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Kepler et al. 2016 found atmospheric parameters for thousands of objects with effective temperatures below 20,000 K and surface gravities between 5.5 < log g < 6.5. They classified these objects as cool subdwarfs – sdA – and speculated that many may be extremely low-mass (ELM) white dwarfs (helium-core white dwarfs with masses below 0.3 M⊙). We present evidence – using radial velocities, photometric colors, and reduced proper motions – that the vast majority (>99%) of these objects are unlikely to be ELM white dwarfs. Their true identity remains an interesting question.

  14. Chemical profile of the secondary metabolites produced by a deep-sea sediment-derived fungus Penicillium commune SD-118

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    Shang, Zhuo; Li, Xiaoming; Meng, Li; Li, Chunshun; Gao, Shushan; Huang, Caiguo; Wang, Bingui

    2012-03-01

    Bioassay-guided fractionation of the crude extract from Penicillium commune SD-118, a fungus obtained from a deep-sea sediment sample, resulted in the isolation of a known antibacterial compound, xanthocillin X ( 1), and 14 other known compounds comprising three steroids ( 2-4), two ceramides ( 5 and 6), six aromatic compounds ( 7-12), and three alkaloids ( 13-15). Xanthocillin X ( 1) was isolated for the first time from a marine fungus. In the bioassay, xanthocillin X ( 1) displayed remarkable antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, and significant cytotoxicity against MCF-7, HepG2, H460, Hela, Du145, and MDA-MB-231 cell lines. Meleagrin ( 15) exhibited cytotoxicity against HepG2, Hela, Du145, and MDA-MB-231 cell lines. This is the first report of the cytotoxicity of xanthocillin X ( 1).

  15. Continuous imaging of the blood vessels in tumor mouse dorsal skin window chamber model by using SD-OCT

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    Peng, Xiao; Yang, Shaozhuang; Yu, Bin; Wang, Qi; Lin, Danying; Gao, Jian; Zhang, Peiqi; Ma, Yiqun; Qu, Junle; Niu, Hanben

    2016-03-01

    Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has been widely applied into microstructure imaging of tissues or blood vessels with a series of advantages, including non-destructiveness, real-time imaging, high resolution and high sensitivity. In this study, a Spectral Domain OCT (SD-OCT) system with higher sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) was built up, which was used to observe the blood vessel distribution and blood flow in the dorsal skin window chamber of the nude mouse tumor model. In order to obtain comparable data, the distribution images of blood vessels were collected from the same mouse before and after tumor injection. In conclusion, in vivo blood vessel distribution images of the tumor mouse model have been continuously obtained during around two weeks.

  16. Activation of c-myb by 5' retrovirus promoter insertion in myeloid neoplasms is dependent upon an intact alternative splice donor site (SD') in gag

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    Ramirez, Jean Marie; Houzet, Laurent; Koller, Richard; Bies, Juraj; Wolff, Linda; Mougel, Marylene . E-mail: mmougel@univ-montp1.fr

    2004-12-20

    Alternative splicing in Mo-MuLV recruits a splice donor site, SD', within the gag that is required for optimal replication in vitro. Remarkably, this SD' site was also found to be utilized for production of oncogenic gag-myb fusion RNA in 100% of murine-induced myeloid leukemia (MML) in pristane-treated BALB/c mice. Therefore, we investigated the influence of silent mutations of SD' in this model. Although there was no decrease in the overall incidence of disease, there was a decrease in the incidence of myeloid leukemia with a concomitant increase in lymphoid leukemia. Importantly, there was a complete lack of myeloid tumors associated with 5' insertional mutagenic activation of c-myb, suggesting the specific requirement of the SD' site in this mechanism.

  17. Quantitatively evaluating detoxification of the hepatotoxic microcystin-LR through the glutathione (GSH) pathway in SD rats.

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    Guo, Xiaochun; Chen, Liang; Chen, Jun; Xie, Ping; Li, Shangchun; He, Jun; Li, Wei; Fan, Huihui; Yu, Dezhao; Zeng, Cheng

    2015-12-01

    Glutathione (GSH) plays crucial roles in antioxidant defense and detoxification metabolism of microcystin-LR (MC-LR). However, the detoxification process of MC-LR in mammals remains largely unknown. This paper, for the first time, quantitatively analyzes MC-LR and its GSH pathway metabolites (MC-LR-GSH and MC-LR-Cys) in the liver of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat after MC-LR exposure. Rats received intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of 0.25 and 0.5 lethal dose 50 (LD50) of MC-LR with or without pretreatment of buthionine-(S,R)-sulfoximine (BSO), an inhibitor of GSH synthesis. The contents of MC-LR-GSH were relatively low during the experiment; however, the ratio of MC-LR-Cys to MC-LR reached as high as 6.65 in 0.5 LD50 group. These results demonstrated that MC-LR-GSH could be converted to MC-LR-Cys efficiently, and this metabolic rule was in agreement with the data of aquatic animals previously reported. MC-LR contents were much higher in BSO + MC-LR-treated groups than in the single MC-LR-treated groups. Moreover, the ratio of MC-LR-Cys to MC-LR decreased significantly after BSO pretreatment, suggesting that the depletion of GSH induced by BSO reduced the detoxification of MCs. Moreover, MC-LR remarkably induced liver damage, and the effects were more pronounced in BSO pretreatment groups. In conclusion, this study verifies the role of GSH in the detoxification of MC-LR and furthers our understanding of the biochemical mechanism for SD rats to counteract toxic cyanobacteria.

  18. Adjustment of the Retinal Angle in SD-OCT of Glaucomatous Eyes Provides Better Intervisit Reproducibility of Peripapillary RNFL Thickness

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    Lee, Kyungmoo; Sonka, Milan; Kwon, Young H.; Garvin, Mona K.; Abràmoff, Michael D.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. To report an automated method for adjustment of the retinal angle in spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and compare its intervisit reproducibility of the peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thicknesses of glaucomatous eyes to that obtained by the Cirrus algorithm. Methods. Fifty-six glaucoma and glaucoma suspect subjects were repeatedly imaged, and optic nerve head (ONH)–centered OCT image volumes (200 × 200 × 1024 voxels, 6 × 6 × 2 mm3, Cirrus HD-OCT machine) were acquired within a 4-month period from one eye of the 56 patients. Retinal angle correction in B-scans was accomplished by adjusting the angle using the voxel aspect ratio of the SD-OCT followed by straightening of rotated A-scans. The RNFL layer was automatically segmented using the Iowa Reference Algorithm. Reproducibility of the peripapillary RNFL thicknesses was determined by intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), coefficient of variation (CV), repeatability coefficient (RC), and 95% tolerance limit (TL) for the Iowa Reference Algorithm without and with the retinal angle correction and for the Cirrus algorithm (Cirrus version 5.1.0.96). Results. The angle corrected Iowa Reference Algorithm (ICC: 0.990, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.983–0.994) for peripapillary RNFL thicknesses showed significantly better reproducibility than the nonangle corrected algorithm (ICC: 0.964, 95% CI: 0.940–0.979) and the Cirrus algorithm (ICC: 0.960, 95% CI: 0.933–0.976) based on the 95% CIs for the ICCs. Conclusions. Angle correction leads to more consistent peripapillary RNFL thicknesses. This may lead to improved management of patients with glaucoma. PMID:23788372

  19. Effects of Methane-Rich Saline on the Capability of One-Time Exhaustive Exercise in Male SD Rats

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    Xin, Lei; Sun, Xuejun; Lou, Shujie

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To explore the effects of methane-rich saline (CH4 saline) on the capability of one-time exhaustive exercise in male SD rats. Methods Thirty rats were equally divided into to three groups at random: control group (C), placebo group (P) and methane saline group (M). Rats in M group underwent intraperitoneal injection of CH4 saline, and the other two groups simultaneously underwent intraperitoneal injection of normal saline. Then, the exercise capability of rats was tested through one-time exhaustive treadmill exercise except C group. Exercise time and body weight were recorded before and after one-time exhaustive exercise. After exhaustive exercise, the blood and gastrocnemius samples were collected from all rats to detect biochemical parameters in different methods. Results It was found that the treadmill running time was significantly longer in rats treated with CH4 saline. At the same time, CH4 saline reduced the elevation of LD and UN in blood caused by one-time exhaustive exercise. The low level of blood glucose induced by exhaustive exercise was also normalized by CH4 saline. Also CH4 saline lowered the level of CK in plasma. Furthermore, this research indicated that CH4 saline markedly increased the volume of T-AOC in plasma and alleviated the peak of TNF-α in both plasma and gastrocnemius. From H&E staining, CH4 saline effectively improved exercise-induced structural damage in gastrocnemius. Conclusions CH4 saline could enhance exercise capacity in male SD rats through increase of glucose aerobic oxidation, improvement of metabolic clearance and decrease of exhaustive exercise-induced gastrocnemius injury. PMID:26942576

  20. Integrating the SD-CLUE-S and InVEST models into assessment of oasis carbon storage in northwestern China

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    Huang, Jiejun

    2017-01-01

    Spatio-temporal integrated assessment of land-use change impacts on carbon storage services is a new and important research field in land science and landscape ecology. The objective of this paper is to use an integrated SD-CLUE-S and InVEST model to simulate and predict land-use changes impacts during 2000–2018 on carbon storage at pixel and regional scales in the Zhangye oasis, Northwest China. The SD-CLUE-S model was used to simulate land-use change, and three land-use scenarios (current trend, moderate protection, and strict protection) were defined in collaboration with oasis socioeconomic development and ecological environment conservation by local government. The InVEST model was then used to simulate land-use change impacts on carbon storage at different scales in the oasis. The results showed that: (1) the effects of built-up land expansion were especially notable, with a rapid decrease in cropland during 2009–2018; (2) the strict protection scenario saved the largest amount of carbon storage for the oasis compared with the current trend and moderate protection scenarios. The scientific value of this study has been to show that the proposed modeling method can be used to reflect different land-use patterns and their effects on ecosystem services at multiple scales in the oasis. Furthermore, this research can be used to help government managers encourage stakeholders to contribute funds and strategies to maintain oasis landscape patterns and ecological processes by implementing local plans for potential conservation projects. PMID:28231328

  1. Supercontinuum generation in nonlinear fibers using high-energy figure-of-eight mode-locked fiber laser for SD-OCT application

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    Xu, Bo; Nagata, Tsubasa; Yamashita, Shinji

    2014-05-01

    Generation of flat and broadband supercontinum is demonstrated in an all fiber system using the high-energy noise-like pulses from a stable figure-of-eight fiber laser and nonlinear fibers. This SC source is successfully applied to the spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). The axial resolution is significantly improved compared with the case of the superluminescent diode source. SD-OCT imaging is also demonstrated.

  2. Complete Genome Sequence of Herbinix luporum SD1D, a New Cellulose-Degrading Bacterium Isolated from a Thermophilic Biogas Reactor

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    Koeck, Daniela E.; Maus, Irena; Wibberg, Daniel; Winkler, Anika; Zverlov, Vladimir V.; Liebl, Wolfgang; Pühler, Alfred; Schwarz, Wolfgang H.

    2016-01-01

    A novel cellulolytic bacterial strain was isolated from an industrial-scale biogas plant. The 16S rRNA gene sequence of the strain SD1D showed 96.4% similarity to Herbinix hemicellulosilytica T3/55T, indicating a novel species within the genus Herbinix (family Lachnospiraceae). Here, the complete genome sequence of Herbinix luporum SD1D is reported. PMID:27445379

  3. Comparison of the Abilities of SD-OCT and SS-OCT in Evaluating the Thickness of the Macular Inner Retinal Layer for Glaucoma Diagnosis

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    Lee, Kyoung Min; Lee, Eun Ji; Kim, Tae-Woo; Kim, Hyunjoong

    2016-01-01

    Purpose To compare the abilities of spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) (SD-OCT; Spectralis, Heidelberg Engineering) and swept-source OCT (SS-OCT; DRI-OCT1 Atlantis system, Topcon) for analyzing the macular inner retinal layers in diagnosing glaucoma. Methods The study included 60 patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and 60 healthy control subjects. Macular cube area was scanned using SD-OCT and SS-OCT on the same day to assess the thicknesses of the macular retinal nerve fiber layer (mRNFL), ganglion cell layer plus inner plexiform layer (GCIPL), and total retinal layer in nine subfields defined by the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS). The abilities of the parameters to discriminate between the POAG and control groups were assessed using areas under the receiver operating characteristic curves (AUCs). Results Glaucoma-associated mRNFL and GCIPL thinning was more common in the outer zones than inner zones for both SD-OCT and SS-OCT. The mRNFL and GCIPL measurements showed distinct pattern differences between SD-OCT and SS-OCT in each ETDRS subfield. Although the glaucoma-diagnosis ability was comparable between SD-OCT and SS-OCT for most of the parameters, AUC was significantly larger for SD-OCT measurements of the GCIPL thickness in the outer temporal zones (p = 0.003) and of the mRNFL thickness in the outer nasal zones (p = 0.001), with the former having the largest AUC for discriminating POAG from healthy eyes (AUC = 0.894). Conclusion Spectralis SD-OCT and DRI SS-OCT have similar glaucoma-diagnosis abilities based on macular inner layer thickness analysis. However, Spectralis SD-OCT was potentially superior to DRI SS-OCT in detecting GCIPL thinning in the outer temporal zone, where the glaucomatous damage predominantly occurs. PMID:26812064

  4. Ectopic Expression of Capsicum-Specific Cell Wall Protein Capsicum annuum Senescence-Delaying 1 (CaSD1) Delays Senescence and Induces Trichome Formation in Nicotiana benthamiana

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    Seo, Eunyoung; Yeom, Seon-In; Jo, SungHwan; Jeong, Heejin; Kang, Byoung-Cheorl; Choi, Doil

    2012-01-01

    Secreted proteins are known to have multiple roles in plant development, metabolism, and stress response. In a previous study to understand the roles of secreted proteins, Capsicum annuum secreted proteins (CaS) were isolated by yeast secretion trap. Among the secreted proteins, we further characterized Capsicum annuum senescence-delaying 1 (CaSD1), a gene encoding a novel secreted protein that is present only in the genus Capsicum. The deduced CaSD1 contains multiple repeats of the amino acid sequence KPPIHNHKPTDYDRS. Interestingly, the number of repeats varied among cultivars and species in the Capsicum genus. CaSD1 is constitutively expressed in roots, and Agrobacterium-mediated transient overexpression of CaSD1 in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves resulted in delayed senescence with a dramatically increased number of trichomes and enlarged epidermal cells. Furthermore, senescence- and cell division-related genes were differentially regulated by CaSD1-overexpressing plants. These observations imply that the pepper-specific cell wall protein CaSD1 plays roles in plant growth and development by regulating cell division and differentiation. PMID:22441673

  5. Ectopic expression of Capsicum-specific cell wall protein Capsicum annuum senescence-delaying 1 (CaSD1) delays senescence and induces trichome formation in Nicotiana benthamiana.

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    Seo, Eunyoung; Yeom, Seon-In; Jo, Sunghwan; Jeong, Heejin; Kang, Byoung-Cheorl; Choi, Doil

    2012-04-01

    Secreted proteins are known to have multiple roles in plant development, metabolism, and stress response. In a previous study to understand the roles of secreted proteins, Capsicum annuum secreted proteins (CaS) were isolated by yeast secretion trap. Among the secreted proteins, we further characterized Capsicum annuum senescence-delaying 1 (CaSD1), a gene encoding a novel secreted protein that is present only in the genus Capsicum. The deduced CaSD1 contains multiple repeats of the amino acid sequence KPPIHNHKPTDYDRS. Interestingly, the number of repeats varied among cultivars and species in the Capsicum genus. CaSD1 is constitutively expressed in roots, and Agrobacterium-mediated transient overexpression of CaSD1 in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves resulted in delayed senescence with a dramatically increased number of trichomes and enlarged epidermal cells. Furthermore, senescence- and cell division-related genes were differentially regulated by CaSD1-overexpressing plants. These observations imply that the pepper-specific cell wall protein CaSD1 plays roles in plant growth and development by regulating cell division and differentiation.

  6. Genomic and proteomic characterization of Gordonia sp. NB4-1Y in relation to 6 : 2 fluorotelomer sulfonate biodegradation.

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    Van Hamme, Jonathan D; Bottos, Eric M; Bilbey, Nicholas J; Brewer, Sharon E

    2013-08-01

    Gordonia sp. strain NB4-1Y was isolated from vermicompost using bis-(3-pentafluorophenylpropyl)-sulfide as the sole added sulfur source and was found to have a broad capacity for metabolizing organosulfur compounds. NB4-1Y is closely related to G. desulfuricans and was found to metabolize 6 : 2 fluorotelomer sulfonate (6 : 2 FTS) to 5 : 3 fluorotelomer acid (5 : 3 acid) via 6 : 2 fluorotelomer acid (6 : 2 FTCA), 6 : 2 unsaturated fluorotelomer acid (6 : 2 FTUCA) and 5 : 3 unsaturated fluorotelomer acid (5 : 3 Uacid). Given that the molecular and biochemical basis for the microbial metabolism of poly- and per-fluorinated compounds has yet to be examined, we undertook to investigate 6 : 2 FTS metabolism in NB4-1Y. To this end, a whole-genome shotgun sequence was prepared and two-dimensional differential in-gel electrophoresis was used to compare proteomes of MgSO4- and 6 : 2 FTS-grown cells. Of the three putative alkanesulfonate monooxygenases, four nitrilotriacetate monooxygenases and one taurine dioxygenase located in the draft genome, two nitrilotriacetate monooxygenases were differentially expressed in the presence of 6 : 2 FTS. It is hypothesized that these two enzymes may be responsible for 6 : 2 FTS desulfonation. In addition, a differentially expressed putative double bond reductase may be involved in the reduction of 5 : 3 Uacid to 5 : 3 acid. Other proteins differentially expressed during 6 : 2 FTS metabolism included a sulfate ABC transporter ATP-binding protein and two alkyl hydroperoxide reductases. This work establishes a foundation for future studies on the molecular biology and biochemistry of poly- and per-fluorinated compound metabolism in bacteria.

  7. Molecular cytogenetic characterization of Rumex papillaris, a dioecious plant with an XX/XY(1)Y (2) sex chromosome system.

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    Navajas-Pérez, Rafael; Schwarzacher, Trude; Rejón, Manuel Ruiz; Garrido-Ramos, Manuel A

    2009-01-01

    Rumex papillaris Boiss, & Reut., an Iberian endemic, belongs to the section Acetosa of the genus Rumex whose main representative is R. acetosa L., a species intensively studied in relation to sex-chromosome evolution. Here, we characterize cytogenetically the chromosomal complement of R. papillaris in an effort to enhance future comparative genomic approaches and to better our understanding of sex chromosome structure in plants. Rumex papillaris, as is common in this group, is a dioecious species characterized by the presence of a multiple sex chromosome system (with females 2n = 12 + XX and males 2n = 12 + XY(1)Y(2)). Except for the X chromosome both Y chromosomes are the longest in the karyotype and appear heterochromatic due to the accumulation of at least two satellite DNA families, RAE180 and RAYSI. Each chromosome of pair VI has an additional major heterochromatin block at the distal region of the short arm. These supernumerary heterochromatic blocks are occupied by RAE730 satellite DNA family. The Y-related RAE180 family is also present in an additional minor autosomal locus. Our comparative study of the chromosomal organization of the different satellite-DNA sequences in XX/XY and XX/XY(1)Y(2) Rumex species demonstrates that of active mechanisms of heterochromatin amplification occurred and were accompanied by chromosomal rearrangements giving rise to the multiple XX/XY(1)Y(2) chromosome systems observed in Rumex. Additionally, Y(1) and Y(2) chromosomes have undergone further rearrangements leading to differential patterns of Y-heterochromatin distribution between Rumex species with multiple sex chromosome systems.

  8. The effect of doping on magnetic properties of (Fe1-xMnx)2P1-ySiy series

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    Goraus, Jerzy; Hawełek, Lukasz; Włodarczyk, Patryk

    2015-12-01

    In this paper we present results of ab initio calculations for the (Fe1-xMnx)2P1-ySiy series, where we investigate the effect of doping on magnetic properties of these materials. Such compounds, which belong to the Fe2 P class of magnetocaloric materials are now extensively studied, due to their potential applications in magnetic cooling. In the hexagonal Fe2 P-type structure, transition metals occupy two inequivalent Wyckoff positions: 3 f and 3 g. We have shown that the preference of occupation of one site by the particular transition metal leads to different dependence of magnetic properties with respect to the total doping effect.

  9. Characterization of Mn-doped In(1-x)Ga(x)As(y)P(1-y) grown by LPEE

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    Iyer, Shanthi N.; Abul-Fadl, Ali; Collis, Ward J.; Khorrami, Mohammad N.

    1988-01-01

    Mn-doped In(1-x)Ga(x)As(y)P(1-y) epilayers lattice matched to InP substrate have been grown by the liquid phase electroepitaxial (LPEE) technique. The variation of growth velocity of the epilayers with current density and the doping characteristics of Mn in the epilayer has been studied. The temperature dependence of the hole concentration and the mobility has been analyzed to determine the donor and acceptor densities, thermal activation energy of the level associated with Mn and the dominant scattering mechanisms that limit the hole mobility. The photoluminescence spectra of the doped epilayers are examined at 10 K as a function of the excitation level.

  10. Transverse conductivity in Y_{1-y}Pr_{y}Ba_{2}Cu_{3}O_{7-\\delta } single crystals

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    Vovk, R. V.; Khadzhai, G. Ya; Dobrovolskiy, O. V.; Nazyrov, Z. F.; Goulatis, I. L.

    2014-04-01

    The out-of-plane resistivity of high-quality Y_{1-y}Pr_{y}Ba_{2}Cu_{3}O_{7-\\delta } single crystals was measured and analyzed within the range {{T}_{{\\rm{c}}}}-300 K. The temperature dependence of the resistivity \\rho \\left( T \\right) can be described well by a model that takes into account scattering of electrons by phonons and defects, in conjunction with a transition to the ‘semiconductor’-type behavior with increasing praseodymium concentration. The effect of fluctuations is described well by the 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. The electron-phonon interaction in the Y_{1-y}PryBa_{2}Cu_{3}O_{7-\\delta } is strong, but it is weakened with increasing praseodymium concentration. A parabolic correlation between the critical temperature {{T}_{{\\rm{c}}}} and the parameter characterizing the volume fraction of the ‘semiconductor’ phase was observed. The quantified scattering and fluctuation parameters in the investigated interval of praseodymium concentrations (y<0.35) are reported.

  11. Coexistence of 3d-ferromagnetism and superconductivity in [(Li1-x Fex )OH](Fe1-y Liy )Se.

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    Pachmayr, Ursula; Nitsche, Fabian; Luetkens, Hubertus; Kamusella, Sirko; Brückner, Felix; Sarkar, Rajib; Klauss, Hans-Henning; Johrendt, Dirk

    2015-01-02

    Superconducting [(Li1-x Fex )OH](Fe1-y Liy )Se (x≈0.2, y≈0.08) was synthesized by hydrothermal methods and characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction. The structure contains alternating layers of anti-PbO type (Fe1-y Liy )Se and (Li1-x Fex )OH. Electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements reveal superconductivity at 43 K. An anomaly in the diamagnetic shielding indicates ferromagnetic ordering near 10 K while superconductivity is retained. The ferromagnetism is from the iron atoms in the (Li1-x Fex )OH layer. Isothermal magnetization measurements confirm the superposition of ferromagnetic and superconducting hysteresis. The internal ferromagnetic field is larger than the lower, but smaller than the upper critical field of the superconductor. The formation of a spontaneous vortex phase where both orders coexist is supported by (57) Fe-Mössbauer spectra, (7) Li-NMR spectra, and μSR experiments.

  12. Density functional theory calculations of the turbostratically disordered compound [(SnSe )1 +y]m (VSe2)n

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    Rudin, Sven P.; Johnson, David C.

    2015-04-01

    Among composite materials that layer constituent substances of nanoscale thicknesses, [(SnSe) 1 +y]m(VSe2)n emerges as an example where the constituents retain incommensurate lattice structures. Perpendicular to the stacking direction, the system exhibits random translations and random rotations on average, i.e., turbostratic disorder, with local regions showing twelvefold diffraction patterns. Earlier theoretical work on these structures showed that combining density functional theory with an empirical treatment of the van der Waals interaction gave structural parameters in good agreement with experiment, but no attempt was made to examine the relative orientations. Here we approximate the extended system with one extended constituent and one finite constituent, which allows the treatment of all relative orientations on equal footing. The calculations show how the twelvefold periodicity follows from how the ions of the SnSe layer lock in with favored positions relative to the VSe2 layer, and the associated energy scale supports arguments for the overall turbostratic disorder. The success of this approximation in describing the structural parameters of the extended [(SnSe) 1 +y]m(VSe2)n system encourages its use for other properties and for other similar systems with other chemistries.

  13. Automated 3D Segmentation of Intraretinal Surfaces in SD-OCT Volumes in Normal and Diabetic Mice

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    Antony, Bhavna J.; Jeong, Woojin; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Vance, Joseph; Sohn, Elliott H.; Garvin, Mona K.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To describe an adaptation of an existing graph-theoretic method (initially developed for human optical coherence tomography [OCT] images) for the three-dimensional (3D) automated segmentation of 10 intraretinal surfaces in mice scans, and assess the accuracy of the method and the reproducibility of thickness measurements. Methods Ten intraretinal surfaces were segmented in repeat spectral domain (SD)-OCT volumetric images acquired from normal (n = 8) and diabetic (n = 10) mice. The accuracy of the method was assessed by computing the border position errors of the automated segmentation with respect to manual tracings obtained from two experts. The reproducibility was statistically assessed for four retinal layers within eight predefined regions using the mean and SD of the differences in retinal thickness measured in the repeat scans, the coefficient of variation (CV) and the intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC; with 95% confidence intervals [CIs]). Results The overall mean unsigned border position error for the 10 surfaces computed over 97 B-scans (10 scans, 10 normal mice) was 3.16 ± 0.91 μm. The overall mean differences in retinal thicknesses computed from the normal and diabetic mice were 1.86 ± 0.95 and 2.15 ± 0.86 μm, respectively. The CV of the retinal thicknesses for all the measured layers ranged from 1.04% to 5%. The ICCs for the total retinal thickness in the normal and diabetic mice were 0.78 [0.10, 0.92] and 0.83 [0.31, 0.96], respectively. Conclusion The presented method (publicly available as part of the Iowa Reference Algorithms) has acceptable accuracy and reproducibility and is expected to be useful in the quantitative study of intraretinal layers in mice. Translational Relevance The presented method, initially developed for human OCT, has been adapted for mice, with the potential to be adapted for other animals as well. Quantitative in vivo assessment of the retina in mice allows changes to be measured longitudinally, decreasing

  14. Digital gene expression profiling analysis of duodenum transcriptomes in SD rats administered ferrous sulfate or ferrous glycine chelate by gavage.

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    Zhuo, Zhao; Fang, Shenglin; Hu, Qiaoling; Huang, Danping; Feng, Jie

    2016-11-30

    The absorption of different iron sources is a trending research topic. Many studies have revealed that organic iron exhibits better bioavailability than inorganic iron, but the concrete underlying mechanism is still unclear. In the present study, we examined the differences in bioavailability of ferrous sulfate and ferrous glycinate in the intestines of SD rats using Illumina sequencing technology. Digital gene expression analysis resulted in the generation of almost 128 million clean reads, with expression data for 17,089 unigenes. A total of 123 differentially expressed genes with a |log2(fold change)| >1 and q-value < 0.05 were identified between the FeSO4 and Fe-Gly groups. Gene Ontology functional analysis revealed that these genes were involved in oxidoreductase activity, iron ion binding, and heme binding. Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analysis also showed relevant important pathways. In addition, the expression patterns of 9 randomly selected genes were further validated by qRT-PCR, which confirmed the digital gene expression results. Our study showed that the two iron sources might share the same absorption mechanism, and that differences in bioavailability between FeSO4 and Fe-Gly were not only in the absorption process but also during the transport and utilization process.

  15. An sd(2) hybridized transition-metal monolayer with a hexagonal lattice: reconstruction between the Dirac and kagome bands.

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    Zhou, Baozeng; Dong, Shengjie; Wang, Xiaocha; Zhang, Kailiang; Mi, Wenbo

    2017-03-15

    Graphene-like two-dimensional materials have garnered tremendous interest as emerging device materials due to their remarkable properties. However, their applications in spintronics have been limited by the lack of intrinsic magnetism. Here, we perform an ab initio simulation on the structural and electronic properties of several transition-metal (TM) monolayers (TM = Cr, Mo and W) with a honeycomb lattice on a 1/3 monolayer Cl-covered Si(111) surface. Due to the template effect from the halogenated Si substrate, the TM-layers will be maintained in an expanded lattice which is nearly 60% larger than that of the freestanding case. All these isolated TM-layers exhibit ferromagnetic coupling with kagome band structures related to sd(2) hybridization and a strong interfacial interaction may destroy the topological bands. Interestingly, the W-monolayer on the Cl-covered Si substrate shows a half-metallic behavior. A Dirac point formed at the K point in the spin-down channel is located exactly at the Fermi level which is crucial for the realization of a quantum spin Hall state. Moreover, the reconstruction process between the Dirac and kagome bands is discussed in detail, providing an interesting platform to study the interplay between massless Dirac fermions and heavy fermions.

  16. Liraglutide-loaded multivesicular liposome as a sustained-delivery reduces blood glucose in SD rats with diabetes.

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    Zhang, Lixue; Ding, Lei; Tang, Chengcheng; Li, Yang; Yang, Li

    2016-11-01

    Subcutaneous liraglutide-loaded multivesicular liposomes (Lrg-MVLs) were developed as a sustained drug-delivery system for treating diabetes and their properties were characterized. The Lrg-MVLs prepared using a two-step water-in-oil-in-water double emulsification process had a spherical appearance with a mean diameter of 6.69 μm and an encapsulation efficiency of 82.23 ± 4.78% without any initial burst release. Their pharmacodynamics (PD) and pharmacokinetics (PK) were also studied after a single subcutaneous administration to Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats with diabetes. The PD results demonstrated that Lrg-MVLs presented sustained glucose-lowering effects for nearly a week, while the pharmacokinetic parameters showed that the plasma liraglutide concentration of the designed preparation produced Cmax of 81.979 ± 12.140 pg/ml and an MRT0-t of 88.224 ± 3.893 h. Furthermore, retention of Lrg-MVLs at the injection site was studied semiquantitatively by an in vivo imaging system, which can be used to evaluate the drug release from MVLs in vivo. In conclusion, MVLs are a promising carrier for liraglutide and Lrg-MVLs deserve further study for the treatment of diabetes.

  17. Optically deviated focusing method based high-speed SD-OCT for in vivo retinal clinical applications

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    Wijesinghe, Ruchire Eranga; Park, Kibeom; Kim, Pilun; Oh, Jaeryung; Kim, Seong-Woo; Kim, Kwangtae; Kim, Beop-Min; Jeon, Mansik; Kim, Jeehyun

    2016-04-01

    The aim of this study is to provide accurately focused, high-resolution in vivo human retinal depth images using an optically deviated focusing method with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system. The proposed method was applied to increase the retinal diagnosing speed of patients with various values of retinal distances (i.e., the distance between the crystalline eye lens and the retina). The increased diagnosing speed was facilitated through an optical modification in the OCT sample arm configuration. Moreover, the optical path length matching process was compensated using the proposed optically deviated focusing method. The developed system was mounted on a bench-top cradle to overcome the motion artifacts. Further, we demonstrated the capability of the system by carrying out in vivo retinal imaging experiments. The clinical trials confirmed that the system was effective in diagnosing normal and abnormal retinal layers as several retinal abnormalities were identified using non-averaged single-shot OCT images, which demonstrate the feasibility of the method for clinical applications.

  18. Digital gene expression profiling analysis of duodenum transcriptomes in SD rats administered ferrous sulfate or ferrous glycine chelate by gavage

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    Zhuo, Zhao; Fang, Shenglin; Hu, Qiaoling; Huang, Danping; Feng, Jie

    2016-01-01

    The absorption of different iron sources is a trending research topic. Many studies have revealed that organic iron exhibits better bioavailability than inorganic iron, but the concrete underlying mechanism is still unclear. In the present study, we examined the differences in bioavailability of ferrous sulfate and ferrous glycinate in the intestines of SD rats using Illumina sequencing technology. Digital gene expression analysis resulted in the generation of almost 128 million clean reads, with expression data for 17,089 unigenes. A total of 123 differentially expressed genes with a |log2(fold change)| >1 and q-value < 0.05 were identified between the FeSO4 and Fe-Gly groups. Gene Ontology functional analysis revealed that these genes were involved in oxidoreductase activity, iron ion binding, and heme binding. Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analysis also showed relevant important pathways. In addition, the expression patterns of 9 randomly selected genes were further validated by qRT-PCR, which confirmed the digital gene expression results. Our study showed that the two iron sources might share the same absorption mechanism, and that differences in bioavailability between FeSO4 and Fe-Gly were not only in the absorption process but also during the transport and utilization process. PMID:27901057

  19. Mean-field dynamics with stochastic decoherence (MF-SD): A new algorithm for nonadiabatic mixed quantum/classical molecular-dynamics simulations with nuclear-induced decoherence

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    Bedard-Hearn, Michael J.; Larsen, Ross E.; Schwartz, Benjamin J.

    2005-12-01

    The key factors that distinguish algorithms for nonadiabatic mixed quantum/classical (MQC) simulations from each other are how they incorporate quantum decoherence—the fact that classical nuclei must eventually cause a quantum superposition state to collapse into a pure state—and how they model the effects of decoherence on the quantum and classical subsystems. Most algorithms use distinct mechanisms for modeling nonadiabatic transitions between pure quantum basis states ("surface hops") and for calculating the loss of quantum-mechanical phase information (e.g., the decay of the off-diagonal elements of the density matrix). In our view, however, both processes should be unified in a single description of decoherence. In this paper, we start from the density matrix of the total system and use the frozen Gaussian approximation for the nuclear wave function to derive a nuclear-induced decoherence rate for the electronic degrees of freedom. We then use this decoherence rate as the basis for a new nonadiabatic MQC molecular-dynamics (MD) algorithm, which we call mean-field dynamics with stochastic decoherence (MF-SD). MF-SD begins by evolving the quantum subsystem according to the time-dependent Schrödinger equation, leading to mean-field dynamics. MF-SD then uses the nuclear-induced decoherence rate to determine stochastically at each time step whether the system remains in a coherent mixed state or decoheres. Once it is determined that the system should decohere, the quantum subsystem undergoes an instantaneous total wave-function collapse onto one of the adiabatic basis states and the classical velocities are adjusted to conserve energy. Thus, MF-SD combines surface hops and decoherence into a single idea: decoherence in MF-SD does not require the artificial introduction of reference states, auxiliary trajectories, or trajectory swarms, which also makes MF-SD much more computationally efficient than other nonadiabatic MQC MD algorithms. The unified definition of

  20. A population of serumdeprivation-induced bone marrow stem cells (SD-BMSC) expresses marker typical for embryonic and neural stem cells

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    Sauerzweig, Steven Munsch, Thomas; Lessmann, Volkmar; Reymann, Klaus G.; Braun, Holger

    2009-01-01

    The bone marrow represents an easy accessible source of adult stem cells suitable for various cell based therapies. Several studies in recent years suggested the existence of pluripotent stem cells within bone marrow stem cells (BMSC) expressing marker proteins of both embryonic and tissue committed stem cells. These subpopulations were referred to as MAPC, MIAMI and VSEL-cells. Here we describe SD-BMSC (serumdeprivation-induced BMSC) which are induced as a distinct subpopulation after complete serumdeprivation. SD-BMSC are generated from small-sized nestin-positive BMSC (S-BMSC) organized as round-shaped cells in the top layer of BMSC-cultures. The generation of SD-BMSC is caused by a selective proliferation of S-BMSC and accompanied by changes in both morphology and gene expression. SD-BMSC up-regulate not only markers typical for neural stem cells like nestin and GFAP, but also proteins characteristic for embryonic cells like Oct4 and SOX2. We hypothesize, that SD-BMSC like MAPC, MIAMI and VSEL-cells represent derivatives from a single pluripotent stem cell fraction within BMSC exhibiting characteristics of embryonic and tissue committed stem cells. The complete removal of serum might offer a simple way to specifically enrich this fraction of pluripotent embryonic like stem cells in BMSC cultures.

  1. Evaluation of the SD BIOLINE Dengue Duo rapid test in the course of acute and convalescent dengue infections in a Mexican endemic region.

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    Sánchez-Vargas, Luis A; Sánchez-Marce, Elvis E; Vivanco-Cid, Héctor

    2014-04-01

    In this study, we evaluated the performance of a rapid test, the SD BIOLINE Dengue Duo (SD BDD) kit, with a panel of serum samples from 310 Mexican patients with diagnosis of dengue infection previously confirmed by reference enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay tests. Eighty-seven negative samples from other febrile illnesses were included as controls. The SD BDD showed an overall sensitivity of 90.65% and specificity of 89.66%. No statistically significant differences were found in the sensitivity of the SD BDD kit compared between primary or secondary infections (87.05% versus 93.57%, respectively, P = 0.0761) and dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever cases (90.77% versus 89.74%, respectively, P = 0.7716). However, a higher sensitivity in the acute phase of dengue infection was found compared with the convalescent phase (93.03% versus 81.82%, respectively, P = 0.0089). These results indicate that the SD BDD kit is a useful tool to diagnose dengue infections, both in primary or secondary infections and mainly during the acute phase.

  2. The orbits of subdwarf B + main-sequence binaries. I. The sdB+G0 system PG 1104+243

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    Vos, J.; Østensen, R. H.; Degroote, P.; De Smedt, K.; Green, E. M.; Heber, U.; Van Winckel, H.; Acke, B.; Bloemen, S.; De Cat, P.; Exter, K.; Lampens, P.; Lombaert, R.; Masseron, T.; Menu, J.; Neyskens, P.; Raskin, G.; Ringat, E.; Rauch, T.; Smolders, K.; Tkachenko, A.

    2012-12-01

    Context. The predicted orbital period histogram of a subdwarf B (sdB) population is bimodal with a peak at short (<10 days) and long (>250 days) periods. Observationally, however, there are many short-period sdB systems known, but only very few long-period sdB binaries are identified. As these predictions are based on poorly understood binary interaction processes, it is of prime importance to confront the predictions to well constrained observational data. We therefore initiated a monitoring program to find and characterize long-period sdB stars. Aims: In this contribution we aim to determine the absolute dimensions of the long-period binary system PG 1104+243 consisting of an sdB and a main-sequence (MS) component, and determine its evolution history. Methods: High-resolution spectroscopy time-series were obtained with HERMES at the Mercator telescope at La Palma, and analyzed to determine the radial velocities of both the sdB and MS components. Photometry from the literature was used to construct the spectral energy distribution (SED) of the binary. Atmosphere models were used to fit this SED and determine the surface gravity and temperature of both components. The gravitational redshift provided an independent confirmation of the surface gravity of the sdB component. Results: An orbital period of 753 ± 3 d and a mass ratio of q = 0.637 ± 0.015 were found for PG 1104+243 from the radial velocity curves. The sdB component has an effective temperature of Teff = 33 500 ± 1200 K and a surface gravity of log g = 5.84 ± 0.08 dex, while the cool companion is found to be a G-type star with Teff = 5930 ± 160 K and log g = 4.29 ± 0.05 dex. When a canonical mass of MsdB = 0.47 M⊙ is assumed, the MS component has a mass of MMS = 0.74 ± 0.07 M⊙, and its temperature corresponds to what is expected for a terminal age main-sequence star with sub-solar metalicity. Conclusions: PG 1104+243 is the first long-period sdB binary in which accurate and consistent physical

  3. Incorporation of learned shape priors into a graph-theoretic approach with application to the 3D segmentation of intraretinal surfaces in SD-OCT volumes of mice

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    Antony, Bhavna J.; Song, Qi; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Sohn, Eliott; Wu, Xiaodong; Garvin, Mona K.

    2014-03-01

    Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) finds widespread use clinically for the detection and management of ocular diseases. This non-invasive imaging modality has also begun to find frequent use in research studies involving animals such as mice. Numerous approaches have been proposed for the segmentation of retinal surfaces in SD-OCT images obtained from human subjects; however, the segmentation of retinal surfaces in mice scans is not as well-studied. In this work, we describe a graph-theoretic segmentation approach for the simultaneous segmentation of 10 retinal surfaces in SD-OCT scans of mice that incorporates learned shape priors. We compared the method to a baseline approach that did not incorporate learned shape priors and observed that the overall unsigned border position errors reduced from 3.58 +/- 1.33 μm to 3.20 +/- 0.56 μm.

  4. Quaternary Bismide Alloy ByGa1-yAs1-xBix Lattice Matched to GaAs

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    Deaton, D. A.; Ptak, A. J.; Alberi, K.; Mascarenhas, A.

    2012-07-15

    We report on the lattice matched quaternary alloy, B{sub y}Ga{sub 1-y}As{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} grown by molecular beam epitaxy at conditions conducive to bismuth incorporation. Incorporating a smaller atom (boron) along with the larger atom (bismuth) allows for a reduction of the epi-layer strain and lattice matching to GaAs for compositions of Bi:B{approx_equal}1.3:1. The addition of boron flux does not significantly affect the bismuth incorporation and no change in the band gap energy is observed with increasing boron content. However, excess, non-substitutional boron is incorporated which leads to an increase in hole density, as well as an increase in the density of shallow in-gap states as observed by the loss of localization of photo-excited excitons.

  5. Nonlinear structure-composition relationships in the Ge1-ySny/Si(100) (y<0.15) system

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    Beeler, R.; Roucka, R.; Chizmeshya, A. V. G.; ...

    2011-07-26

    The compositional dependence of the cubic lattice parameter in Ge1-ySny alloys has been revisited. Large 1000-atom supercell ab initio simulations confirm earlier theoretical predictions that indicate a positive quadratic deviation from Vegard's law, albeit with a somewhat smaller bowing coefficient, θ = 0.047 Å, than found from 64-atom cell simulations (θ = 0.063 Å). On the other hand, measurements from an extensive set of alloy samples with compositions y < 0.15 reveal a negative deviation from Vegard's law. The discrepancy with earlier experimental data, which supported the theoretical results, is traced back to an unexpected compositional dependence of the residualmore » strain after growth on Si substrates. The experimental bowing parameter for the relaxed lattice constant of the alloys is found to be θ = -0.066 Å. Possible reasons for the disagreement between theory and experiment are discussed in detail.« less

  6. Control of grain protein contents through SEMIDWARF1 mutant alleles: sd1 increases the grain protein content in Dee-geo-woo-gen but not in Reimei.

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    Terao, Tomio; Hirose, Tatsuro

    2015-06-01

    A new possibility for genetic control of the protein content of rice grains was suggested by the allele differences of the SEMIDWARF1 (SD1) mutation. Two quantitative trait loci-qPROT1 and qPROT12-were found on chromosomes 1 and 12, respectively, using backcrossed inbred lines of Sasanishiki/Habataki//Sasanishiki///Sasanishiki. One of them, qPROT1, increased almost all grain proteins instead of only certain proteins in the recessive Habataki allele. Fine mapping of qPROT1 revealed that two gene candidates-Os01g0883800 and Os01g0883900-were included in this region. Os01g0883800 encoded Gibberellin 20 oxidase 2 as well as SD1, the dwarf gene used in the so-called 'Green Revolution'. Mutant analyses as well as sequencing analysis using the semi-dwarf mutant cultivars Dee-geo-woo-gen and Calrose 76 revealed that the sd1 mutant showed significantly higher grain protein contents than their corresponding wild-type cultivars, strongly suggesting that the high protein contents were caused by sd1 mutation. However, the sd1 mutant Reimei did not have high grain protein contents. It is possible to control the grain protein content and column length separately by selecting for sd1 alleles. From this finding, the genetic control of grain protein content, as well as the column length of rice cultivars, might be possible. This ability might be useful to improve rice nutrition, particularly in areas where the introduction of semi-dwarf cultivars is not advanced.

  7. Magnetism and its interplay with Superconductivity in the Doped Iron Chalcogenide Fe1+yTe1-xSex

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    Thampy, Vivek

    2014-03-01

    I examine the relationship of iron superconductivity with impurities, and low energy magnetic excitations in the structurally simple iron superconductor, (Fe1+yTe1-xSex) . In the first part of the talk, the pivotal role played by interstitial iron impurities in the microscopic origin of the quasi-static magnetism at (1/2,0) is demonstrated in Fe1+yTe0 0.38. We used polarized and unpolarized neutron scattering together with simulations of the scattering function based on structural data and a semi-metallic 5-band model with super-exchange interactions with the interstitial iron, to show that the formation of magnetic polarons around the interstitial iron atoms seeds the observed (1/2,0) magnetism. Though the quasi-static magnetism occurs at (1/2,0), the low energy spin dynamics are dominated by fluctuations at (1/2,1/2), like other iron based superconductors. In the second part of the talk, I will discuss these fluctuations and in particular the so-called spin resonance - the signature feature in the low energy inelastic neutron scattering spectrum. We show that this scattering is quasi two dimensional and largely isotropic. Further, the first moment sum-rule for the dynamic correlation function is applied to the inelastic data in the normal and superconducting states to quantitatively determine the magnetic component of the superconducting condensation energy. This method is sensitive to changes in the inter-site magnetic correlation energy, ΔEij, associated with superconductivity. We find that the length scale over which ΔEij is appreciable is similar to the superconducting coherence length, as determined by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. Comparison of the inter-site magnetic correlation energy to the superconducting condensation energy determined through specific heat measurements indicates a significant role of magnetic fluctuations in stabilizing superconductivity.

  8. Cell-Type Specific Channelopathies in the Prefrontal Cortex of the fmr1-/y Mouse Model of Fragile X Syndrome.

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    Kalmbach, Brian E; Johnston, Daniel; Brager, Darrin H

    2015-01-01

    Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is caused by transcriptional silencing of the fmr1 gene resulting in the loss of fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) expression. FXS patients display several behavioral phenotypes associated with prefrontal cortex (PFC) dysfunction. Voltage-gated ion channels, some of which are regulated by FMRP, heavily influence PFC neuron function. Although there is evidence for brain region-specific alterations to the function a single type of ion channel in FXS, it is unclear whether subtypes of principal neurons within a brain region are affected uniformly. We tested for alterations to ion channels critical in regulating neural excitability in two subtypes of prefrontal L5 pyramidal neurons. Using somatic and dendritic patch-clamp recordings, we provide evidence that the functional expression of h-channels (Ih) is down-regulated, whereas A-type K(+) channel function is up-regulated in pyramidal tract-projecting (PT) neurons in the fmr1-/y mouse PFC. This is the opposite pattern of results from published findings from hippocampus where Ih is up-regulated and A-type K(+) channel function is down-regulated. Additionally, we find that somatic Kv1-mediated current is down-regulated, resulting in increased excitability of fmr1-/y PT neurons. Importantly, these h- and K(+) channel differences do not extend to neighboring intratelencephalic-projecting neurons. Thus, the absence of FMRP has divergent effects on the function of individual types of ion channels not only between brain regions, but also variable effects across cell types within the same brain region. Given the importance of ion channels in regulating neural circuits, these results suggest cell-type-specific phenotypes for the disease.

  9. Field Application of SD Bioline Malaria Ag Pf/Pan Rapid Diagnostic Test for Malaria in Greece

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    Tseroni, Maria; Pervanidou, Danai; Tserkezou, Persefoni; Rachiotis, George; Pinaka, Ourania; Baka, Agoritsa; Georgakopoulou, Theano; Vakali, Annita; Dionysopoulou, Martha; Terzaki, Irene; Marka, Andriani; Detsis, Marios; Evlampidou, Zafiroula; Mpimpa, Anastasia; Vassalou, Evdokia; Tsiodras, Sotirios; Tsakris, Athanasios; Kremastinou, Jenny; Hadjichristodoulou, Christos

    2015-01-01

    Greece, a malaria-free country since 1974, has experienced re-emergence of Plasmodium vivax autochthonous malaria cases in some agriculture areas over the last three years. In early 2012, an integrated control programme (MALWEST Project) was launched in order to prevent re-establishment of the disease. In the context of this project, the rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) of SD Bioline Malaria Ag Pf/Pan that detects hrp-2 and pan-LDH antigens were used. The aim of this study was to assess the field application of the RDT for the P. vivax diagnosis in comparison to light microscopy and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A total of 955 samples were tested with all three diagnostic tools. Agreement of RDT against microscopy and PCR for the diagnosis of P. vivax was satisfactory (K value: 0.849 and 0.976, respectively). The sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value of RDT against PCR was 95.6% (95% C.I.: 84.8-99.3), 100% (95% C.I.: 99.6-100.0) and 100% (95% CI: 91.7-100.0) respectively, while the sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive value of RDT against microscopic examination was 97.4% (95% C.I.: 86.1-99.6), 99.4% (95% C.I.: 98.6-99.8) and 86.1% (95% CI: 72.1-94.7), respectively. Our results indicate that RDT performed satisfactory in a non-endemic country and therefore is recommended for malaria diagnosis, especially in areas where health professionals lack experience on light microscopy. PMID:25803815

  10. Quantitative spectral analysis of the sdB star HD 188112: A helium-core white dwarf progenitor

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    Latour, M.; Heber, U.; Irrgang, A.; Schaffenroth, V.; Geier, S.; Hillebrandt, W.; Röpke, F. K.; Taubenberger, S.; Kromer, M.; Fink, M.

    2016-01-01

    Context. HD 188112 is a bright (V = 10.2 mag) hot subdwarf B (sdB) star with a mass too low to ignite core helium burning and is therefore considered a pre-extremely low-mass (ELM) white dwarf (WD). ELM WDs (M ≲ 0.3 M⊙) are He-core objects produced by the evolution of compact binary systems. Aims: We present in this paper a detailed abundance analysis of HD 188112 based on high-resolution Hubble Space Telescope (HST) near- and far-ultraviolet spectroscopy. We also constrain the mass of the star's companion. Methods: We use hybrid non-LTE model atmospheres to fit the observed spectral lines, and to derive the abundances of more than a dozen elements and the rotational broadening of metallic lines. Results: We confirm the previous binary system parameters by combining radial velocities measured in our UV spectra with the previously published values. The system has a period of 0.60658584 days and a WD companion with M ≥ 0.70 M⊙. By assuming a tidally locked rotation combined with the projected rotational velocity (v sin i = 7.9 ± 0.3 km s-1), we constrain the companion mass to be between 0.9 and 1.3 M⊙. We further discuss the future evolution of the system as a potential progenitor of an underluminous type Ia supernova. We measure abundances for Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Ca, Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, and Zn, and for the trans-iron elements Ga, Sn, and Pb. In addition, we derive upper limits for the C, N, O elements and find HD 188112 to be strongly depleted in carbon. We find evidence of non-LTE effects on the line strength of some ionic species such as Si ii and Ni ii. The metallic abundances indicate that the star is metal-poor, with an abundance pattern most likely produced by diffusion effects.

  11. Nano-hydroxyapatite particles induce apoptosis on MC3T3-E1 cells and tissue cells in SD rats

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    Wang, Liting; Zhou, Gang; Liu, Haifeng; Niu, Xufeng; Han, Jingyun; Zheng, Lisha; Fan, Yubo

    2012-04-01

    While the advantages of nanomaterials are being increasingly recognized, their potential toxicity is drawing more and more attention and concern. In this study, we explore the toxicity mechanism of 20-30 nm rod-shaped hydroxyapatite (HA) nanoparticles in vitro and in vivo. The nanoparticles were prepared by precipitation and characterized by IR, XRD and TEM. Concentrations of 0 μg mL-1, 10 μg mL-1, 100 μg mL-1, 1 mg mL-1, and 10 mg mL-1 were applied to the MC3T3-E1 cells for viability (MTT-test). Based on the characteristic differences of the two methods of cell death, the morphological features of the MC3T3-E1 cell line co-cultured with nano-hydroxyapatite (n-HA) (10 mg mL-1) for 24 h were also observed by TEM. Furthermore, important serum biochemical markers and histopathological examinations were used to evaluate the potential toxicological effect of n-HA on the major organs of SD rats injected intraperitoneally with n-HA (33.3 mg kg-1 body weight). In the results, we found cell growth inhibition and apoptosis in MC3T3-E1 cells co-cultured with n-HA. Moreover, apoptosis but not necrosis was illustrated in liver and renal tissue by using histopathology slices and serum biochemical markers. It suggests that apoptosis may be the possible mechanism of n-HA toxicity and provides a better understanding of the biocompatibility of nanomaterials applied in human bone repair.

  12. Plasma Intermedin Level Indicates Severity and Treatment Efficacy of Septic Shock in Sprague-Dawley (SD) Rats

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    Yang, Su-Xian; Chen, Yun-Xiu; Xu, Jing; Yang, Zhao-Hui

    2016-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to investigate the value of plasma intermedin (IMD) in assessing severity and treatment efficacy of septic shock. Material/Methods Healthy male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were chosen and divided into a normal control group (n=15) and a shock model group (n=27) that received intravenous injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Then, 3 specimens were taken from each group. The shock model group rats were divided into an LPS group and a treatment group with 12 rats each. The treatment group received intravenous injection of compound sodium lactate solution. Plasma IMD and IMD1-47 mRNA expressions were compared and analyzed. Results Mean arterial pressure (MAP) was lower while white blood cell count and TNF-α were higher in the shock model group than in the normal control group (P<0.05). After 10 h and 20 h, the treatment group had lower plasma IMD and IMD1-47 mRNA expressions compared with the LPS group (P<0.05). Plasma IMD and IMD1-47 mRNA expressions in the LPS group after 20 h were significantly higher than after 10 h (P<0.05). IMD was positively correlated with interleukins (IL-3, IL-6, and IL-8), white blood cell count, and body temperature (all P<0.05), but were negatively correlated with systolic pressure (r=−0.8474, P=0.0040). Conclusions Plasma IMD level can effectively reflect the severity of septic shock and can be used as an important indicator of septic shock treatment effectiveness. PMID:27999422

  13. Effect of Cage Space on Behavior and Reproduction in Crl:CD(SD) and BN/Crl Laboratory Rats.

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    Gaskill, Brianna N; Pritchett-Corning, Kathleen R

    2015-09-01

    The 2011 Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals contains recommendations regarding the amount of cage space for mothers with litters. Literature on cage-space use in breeding rats is sparse. We hypothesized that, if present, differences in behavior and reproduction would be detected between the smallest and largest cages tested. BN/Crl and Crl:CD(SD) rats were assigned to a cage treatment (580 cm(2), 758 cm(2), 903 cm(2), or 1355 cm(2)) and breeding configuration (single: male removed after birth of pups; pair: 1 male, 1 female) in a factorial design for 12 wk. All cages received 20 to 25 g of nesting material, and nests were scored weekly. Pups were weaned, sexed, and weighed between postnatal days 18 and 26. Adult behavior and location in the cage were videorecorded by scan-sampling on the litter's postnatal days 0 through 8 and 14 through 21. Press posture in adults and play behavior in pups were recorded according to a 1-0 sampling method. Differences in reproductive parameters were limited to expected differences related to rat genetic background and weaning weight in pups, which was lowest in the pair-bred CD rats in the smallest cages. Press posture in adults in the smaller cages increased as the pups became mobile. Pair-housed outbred rats in the smallest commercially available cage we tested showed behavioral changes and a lower pup weaning weight. Both laboratory animal scientists and caging manufacturers should address the challenge of providing more biologically relevant cage complexity rather than merely increasing floor space.

  14. Molecular characterization and specific detection of Anaplasma species (AP-sd) in sika deer and its first detection in wild brown bears and rodents in Hokkaido, Japan.

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    Moustafa, Mohamed Abdallah Mohamed; Lee, Kyunglee; Taylor, Kyle; Nakao, Ryo; Sashika, Mariko; Shimozuru, Michito; Tsubota, Toshio

    2015-12-01

    A previously undescribed Anaplasma species (herein referred to as AP-sd) has been detected in sika deer, cattle and ticks in Japan. Despite being highly similar to some strains of A. phagocytophilum, AP-sd has never been detected in humans. Its ambiguous epidemiology and the lack of tools for its specific detection make it difficult to understand and interpret the prevalence of this Anaplasma species. We developed a method for specific detection, and examined AP-sd prevalence in Hokkaido wildlife. Our study included 250 sika deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis), 13 brown bears (Ursus arctos yesoensis) and 252 rodents including 138 (Apodemus speciosus), 45 (Apodemus argenteus), 42 (Myodes rufocanus) and 27 (Myodes rutilus) were collected from Hokkaido island, northern Japan, collected during 2010 to 2015. A 770 bp and 382 bp segment of the 16S rRNA and gltA genes, respectively, were amplified by nested PCR. Results were confirmed by cloning and sequencing of the positive PCR products. A reverse line blot hybridization (RLB) based on the 16S rRNA gene was then developed for the specific detection of AP-sd. The prevalence of AP-sd by nested PCR in sika deer was 51% (128/250). We detected this Anaplasma sp. for the first time in wild brown bears and rodents with a prevalence of 15% (2/13) and 2.4% (6/252), respectively. The sequencing results of the 16S rRNA and gltA gene amplicons were divergent from the selected A. phagocytophilum sequences in GenBank. Using a newly designed AP-sd specific probe for RLB has enabled us to specifically detect this Anaplasma species. Besides sika deer and cattle, wild brown bears and rodents were identified as potential reservoir hosts for AP-sd. This study provided a high throughput molecular method that specifically detects AP-sd, and which can be used to investigate its ecology and its potential as a threat to humans in Japan.

  15. Lattice Parameter Behavior with Different Nd and O Concentrations in (U1-yNdy)O2±x Solid Solution

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    Lee, Seung Min; Knight, Travis W.; Voit, Stwart L.; ...

    2016-02-02

    The solid solution of (U1-yFPy)O-2±x, has the same fluorite structure as UO2±x lambda, and the lattice parameter is affected by dissolved fission product and oxygen concentrations. We investigated the relation between the lattice parameter and the concentrations of neodymium and oxygen in the fluorite structure of (U1-yNdy)O2±x using X-ray diffraction. Moreover, the lattice parameter behavior in the (U1-yNdy)O2±x, solid solution shows a linear change as a function of the oxygen-to-metal ratio and solubility of neodymium. The lattice parameter depends on the radii of ions forming the fluorite structure and also can be expressed by a particular rule (modified Vegard's law).more » Furthermore, the numerical analyses of the lattice parameters for the stoichiometric and nonstoichionietric solid solutions were conducted, and the lattice parameter model for the (U1-yNdy)O2±x, solid solution was assessed. There is a very linear relationship between the lattice parameter and the Nd and O concentration for the stoichiometry and nonstoichiometry of the (U1-yNdy)O2±x solid solution was verified.« less

  16. Hybridization and suppression of the superconductivity in CeFeAsO1-y. Pressure and temperature dependences of the electronic structure

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    Yamaoka, Hitoshi; Jarrige, Ignace; Ikeda-Ohno, Atsushi; Tsutsui, Satoshi; Lin, Jung-Fu; Takeshita, Nao; Miyazawa, Kiichi; Iyo, Akira; Kito, Hijiri; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Ishii, Hirofumi; Tsuei, Ku-Ding

    2010-09-23

    Pressure and temperature dependence of the electronic structure of superconducting (SC) CeFeAsO1-y and non-SC CeFeAsO1-y have been investigated using two complementary hard x-ray spectroscopic probes at the Ce L3 edge, partial fluorescence yield x-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant x-ray emission spectroscopy. With increasing pressure, the ratio between the intensity of the peak related to the f0 (Ce4+ ) state and that of the f1 (Ce3+ ) state, I(f0)/I(f1 ), is found to increase continuously for both compounds, indicating a continuous increase in the Ce valence. The valence of non-SC CeFeAsO1-y is found to be slightly higher than that of SC CeFeAsO1-y in the entire pressure and temperature ranges of this study. The valence of CeFeAsO1-y around 6 GPa, where the superconductivity breaks down, is estimated to be ~3.0 , but no change in the valence is observed upon cooling. The dependence of the interatomic distances on the concentration of oxygen vacancies is studied via extended absorption fine structure spectroscopy.

  17. The temporal spectrum of the sdB pulsating star HS 2201+2610 at 2 ms resolution

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    Silvotti, R.; Janulis, R.; Schuh, S. L.; Charpinet, S.; Oswalt, T.; Silvestri, N.; Gonzalez Perez, J. M.; Kalytis, R.; Meištas, E.; Ališauskas, D.; Marinoni, S.; Jiang, X. J.; Reed, M. D.; Riddle, R. L.; Bernabei, S.; Heber, U.; Bärnbantner, O.; Cordes, O.; Dreizler, S.; Goehler, E.; Østensen, R.; Bochanski, J.; Carlson, G.

    2002-07-01

    In this article we present the results of more than 180 hours of time-series photometry on the low gravity (log g=5.4, Teff=29 300 K, log He/H=-3.0 by number) sdB pulsating star HS 2201+2610, obtained between September 2000 and August 2001. The temporal spectrum is resolved and shows 5 close frequencies: three main signals at 2860.94, 2824.10 and 2880.69 mu Hz, with amplitudes of about 1%, 0.5% and 0.1% respectively, are detected from single run observations; two further peaks with very low amplitude (<0.07%) at 2738.01 and 2921.82 mu Hz are confirmed by phase analysis on several independent runs. Due to the small number of detected frequencies, it is not possible to obtain a univocal identification of the excited modes and perform a detailed seismological analysis of the star. No clear signatures of rotational splitting are seen. Nevertheless, the observed period spectrum is well inside the excited period window obtained from pulsation calculations with nonadiabatic models having effective temperature and surface gravity close to the spectroscopic estimates. Due to its relatively simple temporal spectrum, HS 2201+2610 is a very good candidate for trying to measure the secular variation of the pulsation periods in time. With this purpose a long-term monitoring of the star was started. The results of the first 11 months show amplitude variations up to ~ 20% on time-scales of months, which are probably real, and allow us to measure the pulsation frequencies with an unprecedented 0.02 mu Hz resolution. Based on observations obtained at the following telescopes: Loiano 1.5 m (Bologna Astronomical Observatory), Moletai 1.65 m (Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy, Vilnius), Calar Alto 2.2 and 1.2 m (German-Spanish Astronomical Center operated by the Max-Plank-Institute für Astronomie Heidelberg jointly with the Spanish National Commission for Astronomy), SARA 0.9 m (Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, at Kitt Peak, Arizona), Tenerife 0.8 m

  18. How to predict return to work after lumbar discectomy: answers from the NeuroPoint-SD registry.

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    Than, Khoi D; Curran, Jill N; Resnick, Daniel K; Shaffrey, Christopher I; Ghogawala, Zoher; Mummaneni, Praveen V

    2016-08-01

    OBJECTIVE To date, the factors that predict whether a patient returns to work after lumbar discectomy are poorly understood. Information on postoperative work status is important in analyzing the cost-effectiveness of the procedure. METHODS An observational prospective cohort study was completed at 13 academic and community sites (NeuroPoint-Spinal Disorders [NeuroPoint-SD] registry). Patients undergoing single-level lumbar discectomy were included. Variables assessed included age, sex, body mass index (BMI), SF-36 physical function score, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) score, presence of diabetes, smoking status, systemic illness, workers' compensation status, and preoperative work status. The primary outcome was working status within 3 months after surgery. Stepwise logistic regression analysis was performed to determine which factors were predictive of return to work at 3 months following discectomy. RESULTS There were 127 patients (of 148 total) with data collected 3 months postoperatively. The patients' average age at the time of surgery was 46 ± 1 years, and 66.9% of patients were working 3 months postoperatively. Statistical analyses demonstrated that the patients more likely to return to work were those of younger age (44.5 years vs 50.5 years, p = 0.008), males (55.3% vs 28.6%, p = 0.005), those with higher preoperative SF-36 physical function scores (44.0 vs 30.3, p = 0.002), those with lower preoperative ODI scores (43.8 vs 52.6, p = 0.01), nonsmokers (83.5% vs 66.7%, p = 0.03), and those who were working preoperatively (91.8% vs 26.2%, p < 0.0001). When controlling for patients who were working preoperatively (105 patients), only age was a statistically significant predictor of postoperative return to work (44.1 years vs 51.1 years, p = 0.049). CONCLUSIONS In this cohort of lumbar discectomy patients, preoperative working status was the strongest predictor of postoperative working status 3 months after surgery. Younger age was also a predictor

  19. DIAGNOSTIC PERFORMANCE EVALUATION OF THE SD BIOLINE MALARIA ANTIGEN AG PF/PAN TEST (05FK60) IN A MALARIA ENDEMIC AREA OF SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA

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    TADESSE, Endale; WORKALEMAHU, Bereket; SHIMELIS, Techalew

    2016-01-01

    SUMMARY Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) capable of detecting and differentiating Plasmodium species are needed in areas in which microscopy is unsuitable. This study was conducted to assess the diagnostic performance of the rapid test kit - SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag Pf/Pan(r) (05FK60) in an endemic area. Microscopy of Giemsa-stained blood films were performed to detect and estimate the Plasmodium density in malaria suspected patients. The performance of the SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag Pf/Pan test was evaluated using 272 Plasmodium-positive and 102 negative blood samples. The overall sensitivity of the SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag Pf/Pan test was 99.5% for P. falciparum and 92.6% for non-P. falciparum malaria infections. The respective specificity, PPV, and NPV of the test were 98.0, 98.4, and 99.0% for the diagnosis of P. falciparum, and 100.0 %, 100.0%, and 94.4% for non-P. falciparum species. The SD BIOLINE Malaria Ag Pf/Pan test showed an excellent performance in diagnosing Plasmodium infections in an endemic setting. Therefore, this point-of-care test could be used as an alternative to microscopy in places where P. falciparum is endemic and microscopy is unsuitable. PMID:27680164

  20. [Isolation, culture and identification of adipose-derived stem cells from SD rat adipose tissues subjected to long-term cryopreservation].

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    Liu, Qin; Wang, Liping; Chen, Fang; Zhang, Yi

    2017-02-01

    Objective To study the feasibility of isolation and culture of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) from SD rat adipose tissues subjected to long-term cryopreservation. Methods We took inguinal fat pads from healthy SD rats. Adipose tissues were stored with 100 mL/L dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) combined with 900 mL/L fetal bovine serum (FBS) in liquid nitrogen. Three months later, the adipose tissues were resuscitated for the isolation and culture of ADSCs. The growth status and morphology were observed. The growth curve and cell surface markers CD29, CD45, CD90 of the 3rd passage cells were analyzed respectively by CCK-8 assay and immunocytochemistry. The 3rd passage cells were induced towards adipogenic lineages and osteogenic lineages by different inducers, and the resulting cells were examined separately by oil red O staining and alizarin red staining. Results The ADSCs obtained from SD rat adipose tissues subjected to long-term cryopreservation showed a spindle-shape appearance and had a good proliferation ability. The cell growth curve was typical "S" curve. Immunocytochemistry showed that the 3rd passage cells were positive for CD29 and CD90, while negative for CD45. The cells were positive for oil red O staining after adipogenic induction, and also positive for alizarin red staining after osteogenic induction. Conclusion The ADSCs can be isolated from SD rat adipose tissues subjected to long-term cryopreservation.

  1. Detailed Morphological Changes of Foveoschisis in Patient with X-Linked Retinoschisis Detected by SD-OCT and Adaptive Optics Fundus Camera

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    Akeo, Keiichiro; Kameya, Shuhei; Gocho, Kiyoko; Kubota, Daiki; Yamaki, Kunihiko; Takahashi, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    Purpose. To report the morphological and functional changes associated with a regression of foveoschisis in a patient with X-linked retinoschisis (XLRS). Methods. A 42-year-old man with XLRS underwent genetic analysis and detailed ophthalmic examinations. Functional assessments included best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA), full-field electroretinograms (ERGs), and multifocal ERGs (mfERGs). Morphological assessments included fundus photography, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), and adaptive optics (AO) fundus imaging. After the baseline clinical data were obtained, topical dorzolamide was applied to the patient. The patient was followed for 24 months. Results. A reported RS1 gene mutation was found (P203L) in the patient. At the baseline, his decimal BCVA was 0.15 in the right and 0.3 in the left eye. Fundus photographs showed bilateral spoke wheel-appearing maculopathy. SD-OCT confirmed the foveoschisis in the left eye. The AO images of the left eye showed spoke wheel retinal folds, and the folds were thinner than those in fundus photographs. During the follow-up period, the foveal thickness in the SD-OCT images and the number of retinal folds in the AO images were reduced. Conclusions. We have presented the detailed morphological changes of foveoschisis in a patient with XLRS detected by SD-OCT and AO fundus camera. However, the findings do not indicate whether the changes were influenced by topical dorzolamide or the natural history. PMID:26356828

  2. EFFECTS OF 20 WEEK EXPOSURES IN FEMALE SPRAGUE-DAWLEY (S-D) RATS TO THE DRINKING WATER DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCT DIBROMOACETIC ACID

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    Effects of 20 week exposures in female Sprague-Dawley (S-D) rats to the drinking water disinfection by-product dibromoacetic acid. A S Murr and J M Goldman, Endocrinol. Br., RTD, NHEERL, ORD, US EPA, Res. Tri. Pk, NC. Sponsor: Audrey Cummings

    The drinking water disinfect...

  3. EFFECTS OF 20 WEEK EXPOSURES IN FEMALE SPRAGUE-DAWLEY (S-D) RATS TO DIBROMOACETIC ACID, A DRINKING WATER DISINFECTANT BY-PRODUCT

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    Effects of 20 week exposures in female Sprague-Dawley (S-D) rats to the drinking water disinfection by-product dibromoacetic acid. A S Murr and J M Goldman, Endocrinol. Br., RTD, NHEERL, ORD, US EPA, Res. Tri. Pk, NC. Sponsor: Audrey Cummings

    The drinking water disinfect...

  4. Planning and implementation of the on-comet operations of the instrument SD2 onboard the lander Philae of Rosetta mission

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    Di Lizia, P.; Bernelli-Zazzera, F.; Ercoli-Finzi, A.; Mottola, S.; Fantinati, C.; Remetean, E.; Dolives, B.

    2016-08-01

    The lander Philae of the Rosetta mission landed on the surface of the comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014. Among the specific subsystems and instruments carried on Philae, the sampling, drilling and distribution (SD2) subsystem had the role of providing in-situ operations devoted to soil drilling, sample collection, and their distribution to three scientific instruments. After landing, a first sequence of scientific activities was carried out, relying mainly on the energy stored in the lander primary battery. Due to the limited duration and the communication delay, these activities had to be carried out automatically, with a limited possibility of developing and uploading commands from the ground. Philae's landing was not nominal and SD2 was operated in unexpected conditions: the lander was not anchored to the soil and leant on the comet surface shakily. Nevertheless, one sampling procedure was attempted. This paper provides an overview of SD2 operation planning and on-comet operations, and analyses SD2 achievements during the first science sequence of Philae's on-comet operations.

  5. Chalcogen (O2, S, Se, Te) atmosphere annealing induced bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex single crystal

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    Sun, Y.; Tsuchiya, Y.; Yamada, T.; Taen, T.; Pyon, S.; Shi, Z. X.; Tamegai, T.

    2014-09-01

    We reported a detailed study of Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals annealed in the atmosphere of chalcogens (O2, S, Se, Te). After annealing with appropriate amount of chalcogens, Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals show Tc higher than 14 K with a sharp transition width ∼1 K. Critical current density Jc for the annealed crystals reach a very high value ∼2-4 × 105 A/cm2 under zero field, and is also robust under applied field at low temperatures. Magneto-optical imaging reveal that the Jc is homogeneously distributed in the annealed crystals and isotropic in the ab-plane. Our results show that annealing in the atmosphere of chalcogens can successfully induce bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4.

  6. Automated geographic atrophy segmentation for SD-OCT images using region-based C-V model via local similarity factor.

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    Niu, Sijie; de Sisternes, Luis; Chen, Qiang; Leng, Theodore; Rubin, Daniel L

    2016-02-01

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among elderly individuals. Geographic atrophy (GA) is a phenotypic manifestation of the advanced stages of non-exudative AMD. Determination of GA extent in SD-OCT scans allows the quantification of GA-related features, such as radius or area, which could be of important value to monitor AMD progression and possibly identify regions of future GA involvement. The purpose of this work is to develop an automated algorithm to segment GA regions in SD-OCT images. An en face GA fundus image is generated by averaging the axial intensity within an automatically detected sub-volume of the three dimensional SD-OCT data, where an initial coarse GA region is estimated by an iterative threshold segmentation method and an intensity profile set, and subsequently refined by a region-based Chan-Vese model with a local similarity factor. Two image data sets, consisting on 55 SD-OCT scans from twelve eyes in eight patients with GA and 56 SD-OCT scans from 56 eyes in 56 patients with GA, respectively, were utilized to quantitatively evaluate the automated segmentation algorithm. We compared results obtained by the proposed algorithm, manual segmentation by graders, a previously proposed method, and experimental commercial software. When compared to a manually determined gold standard, our algorithm presented a mean overlap ratio (OR) of 81.86% and 70% for the first and second data sets, respectively, while the previously proposed method OR was 72.60% and 65.88% for the first and second data sets, respectively, and the experimental commercial software OR was 62.40% for the second data set.

  7. An X-Ray, Optical, and Radio Search for Supernova Remnants in the Nearby Sculptor Group Sd Galaxy NGC 7793

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    Pannuti, Thomas G.; Duric, Nebojsa; Lacey, Christina K.; Ferguson, Annette M. N.; Magnor, Marcus A.; Mendelowitz, Caylin

    2002-02-01

    This paper is the second in a series devoted to examining the multiwavelength properties of supernova remnants (SNRs) located in nearby galaxies. We consider here the resident SNRs in the nearby Sculptor group Sd galaxy NGC 7793. Using our own Very Large Array (VLA) radio observations at 6 and 20 cm, as well as archived ROSAT X-ray data, previously published optical results, and our own Hα image, we have searched for X-ray and radio counterparts to previously known optically identified SNRs and for new previously unidentified SNRs at these two wavelength regimes. Consistent with our prior results for NGC 300, only a tiny minority of the optically identified SNRs have been found at another wavelength. The most noteworthy source in our study is N7793-S26, which is the only SNR in this galaxy that is detected at all three wavelengths (X-ray, optical, and radio). It features a long (~450 pc) filamentary morphology that is clearly seen in both the optical and the radio images. N7793-S26's radio luminosity exceeds that of the Galactic SNR Cas A, and based on equipartition calculations we determine that an energy of at least 1052 ergs is required to maintain this source. Such a result argues for the source being created by multiple supernova explosions rather than by a single supernova event. A second optically identified SNR, N7793-S11, has detectable radio emission but no detectable X-ray emission. A radio-selected sample of candidate SNRs has also been prepared by searching for coincidences between nonthermal radio sources and regions of Hα emission in this galaxy. This search has produced five new candidate radio SNRs to be added to the 28 SNRs that have already been detected by optical methods. A complementary search for new candidate X-ray SNRs has also been conducted by searching for soft-spectrum sources (kT<1 keV) that are coincident with regions of Hα emission. That search has yielded a candidate X-ray SNR that is coincident with one (and possibly two) of the

  8. Variation and fractionation of lithium isotope ratios within single tourmaline crystals in the pegmatites of the Black Hills, SD

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    Gross, M.; Nabelek, P. I.

    2012-12-01

    Lithium isotopes are quickly becoming a valuable geochemical tool, providing insight into a broad range of studies. Li isotopes have been utilized in studies with subjects ranging from mantle processes to planetary accretion on stars. Yet, as an emerging technique, a number of uncertainties remain to be resolved. Two basic questions must be answered in order to apply isotope studies in a meaningful way: How do isotopes fractionate from each other and what do the isotope ratios mean? Previous studies on intra-crystal Li isotope signatures in tourmaline are extremely limited. One study showed roughly homogenous isotope profile using secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) analysis (Ludwig et al. 2011). If Li isotopes are in fact variable within individual crystals, however, it has implications for previous models of pegmatite formation reached using Li isotopes, as well as the root cause of Li isotope fractionation in tourmaline. For this study, tourmaline samples were collected from several texturally different pegmatite localities in the Black Hills, SD. Lithium concentrations and isotope ratios were measured along numerous points in a tourmaline crystal to discern how they change within a single crystal. The tourmaline was dissolved by an alkali fusion technique. Concentrations were determined at the University of Missouri using a Perkin-Elmer Optima 3300 Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES). Isotope measurements were performed at University of Maryland-College Park by a Nu Plasma Multi-collector ICP-MS. The procedure followed the three-column cation exchange chromatography method. Additionally, elemental mapping was performed on one sample using the JEOL JXA-8200 Superprobe at Washington University in St. Louis. Results of this research reveal that extreme fractionation of Li is possible within single tourmaline crystals. The δ7Li values measured are among the highest measured in rocks, though the average for each crystal falls

  9. Transverse resistance in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ at large praseodymium concentrations

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    Vovk, Ruslan V.; Khadzhai, Georgij Ya.; Dobrovolskiy, Oleksandr V.

    2014-10-01

    The effect of praseodymium doping on the transverse electrical resistance of Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals is investigated by electrical resistance measurements. The resistance curves can be fitted well to an expression accounting for the thermo-activated variable-range hopping charge transfer in conjunction with the fluctuation conductivity in the 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. Our analysis of the Pr concentration dependence of the fitting parameters shows that in the concentration range 0.34

  10. Density functional theory calculations of the turbostratically disordered compound [(SnSe)1+y]m(VSe2)n

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    Rudin, Sven P.; Johnson, David C.

    2015-04-30

    Among composite materials that layer constituent substances of nanoscale thicknesses, [(SnSe)1+y ]m(VSe2)n emerges as an example where the constituents retain incommensurate lattice structures. Perpendicular to the stacking direction, the system exhibits random translations and random rotations on average, i.e., turbostratic disorder, with local regions showing twelvefold diffraction patterns. Earlier theoretical work on these structures showed that combining density functional theory with an empirical treatment of the van der Waals interaction gave structural parameters in good agreement with experiment, but no attempt was made to examine the relative orientations. Here we approximate the extended system with one extended constituent and onemore » finite constituent, which allows the treatment of all relative orientations on equal footing. Furthermore, the calculations show how the twelvefold periodicity follows from how the ions of the SnSe layer lock in with favored positions relative to the VSe2 layer, and the associated energy scale supports arguments for the overall turbostratic disorder.« less

  11. Exchange Striction and Heat Conduction in Ca1-ySryMnO3 (0<=y<=0.5)

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    Cohn, Joshua; Chiorescu, Corneliu; Neumeier, John

    2006-03-01

    CaMnO3, a G-type antiferromagnet with orthorhombic structure, exhibits a substantial enhancement of its thermal conductivity^a,b (κ) for T1-ySryMnO3 compounds increases the Mn-O-Mn bond angle without changing the crystal structure, and TN rises^c to ˜165 K for y=0.5. We present measurements demonstrating that the enhancement of κ is gradually suppressed as y increases, disappearing for y˜0.5. The implication of these results for the origin of the enhancement will be discussed..02in ^a J.-S. Zhou and J. B. Goodenough, Phys. Rev. B 66, 052401 (2002). .02in ^b J. L. Cohn and J. J. Neumeier, Phys. Rev. B 66, 100404(R) (2002). .02in ^c O. Chmaissem et al., Phys. Rev. B 64, 134412 (2001).

  12. The upper critical field and its anisotropy in (Li1-x Fe x )OHFe1-y Se

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    Wang, Zhaosheng; Yuan, Jie; Wosnitza, J.; Zhou, Huaxue; Huang, Yulong; Jin, Kui; Zhou, Fang; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhao, Zhongxian

    2017-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the upper critical field (H c2) in a (Li1-x Fe x )OHFe1-y Se single crystal ({{T}\\text{c}}≈ 40 K) has been determined by means of magnetotransport measurements down to 1.4 K both for inter-plane (H\\parallel c , H\\text{c2}//c ) and in-plane (H\\parallel ab , H\\text{c2}//ab ) field directions in static magnetic fields up to 14 T and pulsed magnetic fields up to 70 T. H\\text{c2}//c exhibits a quasilinear increase with decreasing temperature below the superconducting transition and can be described well by an effective two-band model with unbalanced diffusivity, while H\\text{c2}//ab shows a flattening below 35 K and follows the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg (WHH) model incorporating orbital pair-breaking and spin-paramagnetic effects, yielding zero-temperature critical fields of H\\text{c2}//c(0)≈ 67 T and H\\text{c2}//ab(0)≈ 98 T. The anisotropy of the upper critical fields, γ (T)=H\\text{c2}//ab/H\\text{c2}//c monotonically decreases with decreasing temperature from about 7 near T c to 1.5 at 0 K. This reduced anisotropy, observed in most Fe-based superconductors, is caused by the Pauli limitation of H\\text{c2}//ab .

  13. Interplay of composition, structure, magnetism, and superconductivity in SmFeAs1-xPxO1-y

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    Zhigadlo, N. D.; Katrych, S.; Bendele, M.; Moll, P. J. W.; Tortello, M.; Weyeneth, S.; Pomjakushin, V. Yu.; Kanter, J.; Puzniak, R.; Bukowski, Z.; Keller, H.; Gonnelli, R. S.; Khasanov, R.; Karpinski, J.; Batlogg, B.

    2011-10-01

    Polycrystalline samples and single crystals of SmFeAs1-xPxO1-y were synthesized and grown employing different synthesis methods and annealing conditions. Depending on the phosphorus and oxygen content, the samples are either magnetic or superconducting. In the fully oxygenated compounds, the main impacts of phosphorus substitution are to suppress the Néel temperature TN of the spin density wave (SDW) state and to strongly reduce the local magnetic field in the SDW state, as deduced from muon spin rotation measurements. On the other hand, the superconducting state is observed in the oxygen-deficient samples only after heat treatment under high pressure. Oxygen deficiency as a result of synthesis at high pressure brings the Sm-O layer closer to the superconducting As/P-Fe-As/P block and provides additional electron transfer. Interestingly, the structural modifications in response to this variation of the electron count are significantly different when phosphorus is partly substituting arsenic. Point contact spectra are well described with two superconducting gaps. Magnetic and resistance measurements on single crystals indicate an in-plane magnetic penetration depth of ˜200 nm and an anisotropy of the upper critical field slope of ˜4-5.

  14. Characteristics of cylindrical surrounding-gate GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As heterojunction tunneling field-effect transistors

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    Guan, Yun-He; Li, Zun-Chao; Luo, Dong-Xu; Meng, Qing-Zhi; Zhang, Ye-Fei

    2016-10-01

    A III-V heterojunction tunneling field-effect transistor (TFET) can enhance the on-state current effectively, and GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As heterojunction exhibits better performance with the adjustable band alignment by modulating the alloy composition. In this paper, the performance of the cylindrical surrounding-gate GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As heterojunction TFET with gate-drain underlap is investigated by numerical simulation. We validate that reducing drain doping concentration and increasing gate-drain underlap could be effective ways to reduce the off-state current and subthreshold swing (SS), while increasing source doping concentration and adjusting the composition of GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As can improve the on-state current. In addition, the resonant TFET based on GaAs x Sb1-x /In y Ga1-y As is also studied, and the result shows that the minimum and average of SS reach 11 mV/decade and 20 mV/decade for five decades of drain current, respectively, and is much superior to the conventional TFET. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61176038 and 61474093), the Science and Technology Planning Project of Guangdong Province, China (Grant No. 2015A010103002), and the Technology Development Program of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2016GY-075).

  15. Preparation and characterization of CuxO1-y@ZnO1-α nanocomposites for enhanced room-temperature NO2 sensing applications

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    Geng, Xin; Zhang, Chao; Luo, Yifan; Debliquy, Marc

    2017-04-01

    In order to solve the problem that pristine ZnO show little response to NO2 gas at room temperature, some methods have been used, e.g., introducing narrow-bandgap semiconductors and donor defects into ZnO. In this work, we adopt solution precursor plasma spray to deposit CuxO1-y@ZnO1-α hybrid coatings. Rapid heating and cooling as well as the reducing atmosphere provided by solution precursor plasma spray (SPPS) produce highly concentrated donor defects such as zinc interstitials and oxygen vacancies. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance confirmed that rich donor defects were present in the SPPS CuxO1-y@ZnO1-α coatings. Field emission-scanning electron microscopy images exhibited a highly porous nanostructure, and high resolution-transmission electron microscopy showed that there were large amounts of p-n heterojunctions in the nanocomposites. The light absorption of the SPPS CuxO1-y@ZnO1-α hybrids was extended up to the whole visible light region. With assistance of visible light illumination, the nanocomposites exhibited significant response to NO2 for concentrations below 1 ppm. A sensing mechanism of the CuxO1-y@ZnO1-α sensors was proposed.

  16. Ge1-ySny (y = 0.01-0.10) alloys on Ge-buffered Si: Synthesis, microstructure, and optical properties

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    Senaratne, C. L.; Gallagher, J. D.; Jiang, Liying; Aoki, Toshihiro; Smith, D. J.; Menéndez, J.; Kouvetakis, J.

    2014-10-01

    Novel hydride chemistries are employed to deposit light-emitting Ge1-ySny alloys with y ≤ 0.1 by Ultra-High Vacuum Chemical Vapor Deposition (UHV-CVD) on Ge-buffered Si wafers. The properties of the resultant materials are systematically compared with similar alloys grown directly on Si wafers. The fundamental difference between the two systems is a fivefold (and higher) decrease in lattice mismatch between film and virtual substrate, allowing direct integration of bulk-like crystals with planar surfaces and relatively low dislocation densities. For y ≤ 0.06, the CVD precursors used were digermane Ge2H6 and deuterated stannane SnD4. For y ≥ 0.06, the Ge precursor was changed to trigermane Ge3H8, whose higher reactivity enabled the fabrication of supersaturated samples with the target film parameters. In all cases, the Ge wafers were produced using tetragermane Ge4H10 as the Ge source. The photoluminescence intensity from Ge1-ySny/Ge films is expected to increase relative to Ge1-ySny/Si due to the less defected interface with the virtual substrate. However, while Ge1-ySny/Si films are largely relaxed, a significant amount of compressive strain may be present in the Ge1-ySny/Ge case. This compressive strain can reduce the emission intensity by increasing the separation between the direct and indirect edges. In this context, it is shown here that the proposed CVD approach to Ge1-ySny/Ge makes it possible to approach film thicknesses of about 1 μm, for which the strain is mostly relaxed and the photoluminescence intensity increases by one order of magnitude relative to Ge1-ySny/Si films. The observed strain relaxation is shown to be consistent with predictions from strain-relaxation models first developed for the Si1-xGex/Si system. The defect structure and atomic distributions in the films are studied in detail using advanced electron-microscopy techniques, including aberration corrected STEM imaging and EELS mapping of the average diamond-cubic lattice.

  17. Three-Dimensional Analysis of Retinal Layer Texture: Identification of Fluid-Filled Regions in SD-OCT of the Macula

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    Lee, Kyungmoo; Dolejsi, Martin; Garvin, Mona K.; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Sonka, Milan

    2010-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is becoming one of the most important modalities for the noninvasive assessment of retinal eye diseases. As the number of acquired OCT volumes increases, automating the OCT image analysis is becoming increasingly relevant. In this paper, a method for automated characterization of the normal macular appearance in spectral domain OCT (SD-OCT) volumes is reported together with a general approach for local retinal abnormality detection. Ten intraretinal layers are first automatically segmented and the 3-D image dataset flattened to remove motion-based artifacts. From the flattened OCT data, 23 features are extracted in each layer locally to characterize texture and thickness properties across the macula. The normal ranges of layer-specific feature variations have been derived from 13 SD-OCT volumes depicting normal retinas. Abnormalities are then detected by classifying the local differences between the normal appearance and the retinal measures in question. This approach was applied to determine footprints of fluid-filled regions—SEADs (Symptomatic Exudate-Associated Derangements)—in 78 SD-OCT volumes from 23 repeatedly imaged patients with choroidal neovascularization (CNV), intra-, and sub-retinal fluid and pigment epithelial detachment. The automated SEAD footprint detection method was validated against an independent standard obtained using an interactive 3-D SEAD segmentation approach. An area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve of 0.961 ± 0.012 was obtained for the classification of vertical, cross-layer, macular columns. A study performed on 12 pairs of OCT volumes obtained from the same eye on the same day shows that the repeatability of the automated method is comparable to that of the human experts. This work demonstrates that useful 3-D textural information can be extracted from SD-OCT scans and—together with an anatomical atlas of normal retinas—can be used for clinically important applications

  18. The study on increasing the equivalent SNR in the certain DOI by adjusting the SD separation in near-infrared brain imaging application

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    Wang, Jinhai; Liu, Dongyuan; Sun, Jinggong; Zhang, Yanjun; Sun, Qiuming; Ma, Jun; Zheng, Yu; Wang, Huiquan

    2016-10-01

    Near-infrared (NIR) brain imaging is one of the most promising techniques for brain research in recent years. As a significant supplement to the clinical imaging technique, such as CT and MRI, the NIR technique can achieve a fast, non-invasive, and low cost imaging of the brain, which is widely used for the brain functional imaging and hematoma detection. NIR imaging can achieve an imaging depth up to only several centimeters due to the reduced optical attenuation. The structure of the human brain is so particularly complex, from the perspective of optical detection, the measurement light needs go through the skin, skull, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), grey matter, and white matter, and then reverses the order reflected by the detector. The more photons from the Depth of Interest (DOI) in brain the detector capture, the better detection accuracy and stability can be obtained. In this study, the Equivalent Signal to Noise Ratio (ESNR) was defined as the proportion of the photons from the DOI to the total photons the detector evaluated the best Source and Detector (SD) separation. The Monte-Carlo (MC) simulation was used to establish a multi brain layer model to analyze the distribution of the ESNR along the radial direction for different DOIs and several basic brain optical and structure parameters. A map between the best detection SD separation, in which distance the ESNR was the highest, and the brain parameters was established for choosing the best detection point in the NIR brain imaging application. The results showed that the ESNR was very sensitivity to the SD separation. So choosing the best SD separation based on the ESNR is very significant for NIR brain imaging application. It provides an important reference and new thinking for the brain imaging in the near infrared.

  19. Self-limiting growth when using trimethyl bismuth (TMBi) in the metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) of GaAs1-yBiy

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    Forghani, Kamran; Guan, Yingxin; Wood, Adam W.; Anand, Amita; Babcock, Susan E.; Mawst, Luke J.; Kuech, Thomas F.

    2014-06-01

    Theoretical and experimental studies have confirmed that the GaAs1-yBiy semiconductor alloy system has potential for long wavelength applications and devices with improved performance over other materials emitting at similar wavelengths. The growth of GaAs1-yBiy by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) remains a challenge; bismuth is not easily incorporated into the GaAs matrix due the large difference in electronegativity and covalent radii between As and Bi. These differences often lead to Bi surface segregation or very low incorporation rates of Bi into the GaAs matrix. We have studied the growth of GaAs1-yBiy quantum well structures using trimethyl bismuth as the Bi source. A reduced growth rate is observed with increasing Bi precursor flux into the growth reactor. Additionally, an increase in the growth time for the Bi-containing layer at very low growth temperatures does not lead to a corresponding increase in layer thickness, which is indicative of a near self-limiting growth. Complex compositional profiles deduced from combining x-ray diffraction analysis with the transmission electron microscopy investigations are used to develop a phenomenological model of the MOVPE growth of GaAs1-yBiy heterostructures which includes a complex interplay of the chemical surface species. The presence of a methyl-terminated surface, associated with the use of trimethyl Bi, particularly at low growth temperatures, leads to an effective “site blocking” by Bi precursor inhibiting the growth of GaAs1-yBiy hetero-structures.

  20. Direct bandgap cross-over point of Ge1-ySny grown on Si estimated through temperature-dependent photoluminescence studies

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    Harris, Thomas R.; Ryu, Mee-Yi; Yeo, Yung Kee; Wang, Buguo; Senaratne, C. L.; Kouvetakis, John

    2016-08-01

    Epitaxial Ge1-ySny (y = 0%-7.5%) alloys grown on either Si or Ge-buffered Si substrates by chemical vapor deposition were studied as a function of Sn content using temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL). PL emission peaks from both the direct bandgap (Γ-valley) and the indirect bandgap (L-valley) to the valence band (denoted by ED and EID, respectively) were clearly observed at 125 and 175 K for most Ge1-ySny samples studied. At 300 K, however, all of the samples exhibited dominant ED emission with either very weak or no measureable EID emission. At 10 K, ED is dominant only for Ge1-ySny with y > 0.052. From the PL spectra taken at 125 and 175 K, the unstrained indirect and direct bandgap energies were calculated and are plotted as a function of Sn concentration, the results of which show that the indirect-to-direct bandgap transition occurs at ˜6.7% Sn. It is believed that the true indirect-to-direct bandgap cross-over of unstrained Ge1-ySny might also take place at about the same Sn content at room temperature. This observation suggests that these Ge1-ySny alloys could become very promising direct bandgap semiconductor materials, which will be very useful for the development of various new novel Si- and Ge-based infrared optoelectronic devices that can be fully integrated with current technology on a single Si chip.

  1. Thermoelectric Inhomogeneities in (Ag(sub 1-y)SbTe2)(sub x)(PbTe)(sub 1-x)

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey; Chen, Nancy; Gascoin, Franck; Mueller, Eckhard; Karpinski, Gabriele; Stiewe, Christian

    2006-01-01

    A document presents a study of why materials of composition (Ag1 ySbTe2)0.05 (PbTe)0.95 [0< or = y < or = 1] were previously reported to have values of the thermoelectric figure of merit [ZT (where Z = alpha(sup 2)/rk, alpha is the Seebeck coefficient, r is electrical resistivity, k is thermal conductivity, and T is absolute temperature)] ranging from <1 to >2. In the study, samples of (AgSbTe2)0.05(PbTe)0.95, (Ag0.67SbTe2)0.05 (PbTe)0.95, and (Ag0.55SbTe2)0.05(PbTe)0.95 were prepared by melting followed, variously, by slow or rapid cooling. Analyses of these samples by x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and scanning-microprobe measurements of the Seebeck coefficient led to the conclusion that these materials have a multiphase character on a scale of the order of millimeters, even though they appear homogeneous in x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. The Seebeck measurements showed significant variations, including both n-type and p-type behavior in the same sample. These variations were found to be consistent with observed variations of ZT. The rapidly quenched samples were found to be less inhomogeneous than were the furnace-cooled ones; hence, rapid quenching was suggested as a basis of research on synthesizing more nearly uniform high-ZT samples.

  2. Half-metallicity and magnetism of Ti2Ni1-x CoxAl1-y Siy inverse Heusler alloys

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    Zhou, Ting; Feng, Yu; Chen, Xiaorui; Yuan, Hongkuan; Chen, Hong

    2017-02-01

    Half-metallicity and magnetism of Ti2Ni1-x CoxAl1-y Siy, which are obtained by Co/Si substitutions for Ni/Al of inverse Heusler alloy Ti2NiAl, are investigated by first-principle calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). The optimized lattice constants of the doped systems all conform to the Vegard law as the increase of the impurity concentration, and the magnetic moments obey the Slater-Pauling rule when the half-metallicity is retained. The defect formation energies of the codoped systems are lower than those of the monodoped systems due to the charge compensation effects, thus the Co+Si codoping is more favorable in energy than the Co/Si monodoping. Furthermore, for the Co and Si monodoped systems, the Co monodoping retains the minority-spin bandgap unchanged although the Fermi level moves towards high energy region, and the Si monodoping leads to the minority-spin bandgap narrowing and even the loss of half-metallicity at the high concentration, while for the Co+Si codoped systems, the majority of the codoped compounds obviously show more stable half-metallicity and the minority-spin gap get widened. In particular, the minority-spin band gap of the codoped compounds Ti2Ni0.5Co0.5Al0.5Si0.5 , Ti2Ni0.25Co0.75Al0.5Si0.5 , and Ti2NiCo Al0.25Si0.75 are widened distinctly and their Fermi level are adjusted to the middle of the minority-spin gap, indicating that they possess robust half-metallicity and thus they are promising candidates for spintronics applications.

  3. Defect engineering of complex semiconductor alloys: Cu2-2xMxO1-yXy

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    Lany, Stephan; Stevanovic, Vladan

    2013-03-01

    The electrical properties of semiconductors are generally controlled via doping, i.e., the incorporation of dilute concentrations of aliovalent impurity atoms, whereas the band structure properties (gap, effective masses, optical properties) are manipulated by alloying, i.e., the incorporation of much larger amounts of isovalent elements. Theoretical approaches usually address either doping or alloying, but rarely both problems at the same time. By combining defect supercell calculations, GW quasi-particle energy calculation, and thermodynamic modeling, we study the range of electrical and band structure properties accessible by alloying aliovalent cations (M = Mg, Zn, Cd) and isovalent anions (X = S, Se) in Cu2O. In order to extend dilute defect models to higher concentrations, we take into account the association/dissociation of defect pairs and complexes, as well as the composition dependence of the band gap and the band edge energies. Considering a composition window for the Cu2-2xMxO1-yXy alloys of 0 <= (x,y) <= 0.2, we predict a wide range of possible band gaps from 1.7 to 2.6 eV, and net doping concentrations between p = 1019 cm-3 and n = 1017cm-3, notably achieving type conversion from p- to n-type at Zn or Cd compositions around x = 0.1. This work is supported as part of the SunShot initiative by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 to NREL.

  4. Surface free energy ( γsd) of active carbons determined by inverse gas chromatography: influences of the origin of precursors, the burn off level and the chemical modification

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    Cossarutto, L.; Vagner, C.; Finqueneisel, G.; Weber, J. V.; Zimny, T.

    2001-06-01

    The dispersive component of the surface free energies ( γsd) of commercial active carbons (AC) from various origins were determined by inverse gas chromatography at infinite dilution (IGC-ID). This method discriminates clearly the AC produced from wood (and activated/carbonised with phosphoric acid) and those from coconut-shell (carbonised and steam activated at 850°C). The values for the last AC (from coconut) are twice higher than the values for AC of wood origin. The structure and shape of the pores have to be considered to explain these values. It seems that for AC, IGC-ID globally characterises the most energetic micropores. This can be observed, in this work, by two ways: (i) washing of commercial AC (chemically activated) allows to liberate a part of the micropores blocked by soluble phosphate and consequently increases the γsd value; (ii) modifying coconuts AC by chemical treatment (formamide) results in a strong decrease of both microporosity and γsd value. On the contrary, thermal activation of the modified AC increases at the same time the microporosity and the surface free energy. Finally, we demonstrate that the IGC method is also an useful tool to monitor in situ the evolutions of the surface properties of carbonaceous materials.

  5. Effects of onion (Allium cepa L.) extract administration on intestinal α-glucosidases activities and spikes in postprandial blood glucose levels in SD rats model.

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    Kim, Sun-Ho; Jo, Sung-Hoon; Kwon, Young-In; Hwang, Jae-Kwan

    2011-01-01

    Diets high in calories and sweetened foods with disaccharides frequently lead to exaggerated postprandial spikes in blood glucose. This state induces immediate oxidant stress and free radicals which trigger oxidative stress-linked diabetic complications. One of the therapeutic approaches for decreasing postprandial hyperglycemia is to retard absorption of glucose by the inhibition of carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes, α-amylase and α-glucosidases, in the digestive organs. Therefore, the inhibitory activity of Korean onion (Allium cepa L.) extract against rat intestinal α-glucosidases, such as sucrase, maltase, and porcine pancreatic α-amylase were investigated in vitro and in vivo. The content of quercetin in ethyl alcohol extract of onion skin (EOS) was 6.04 g/100 g dried weight of onion skin. The in vitro half-maximal inhibitory concentrations (IC(50)) of EOS and quercetin, a major phenolic in onion, on rat intestinal sucrase were 0.40 and 0.11 mg/mL, respectively. The postprandial blood glucose lowering effects of EOS and quercetin were compared to a known type 2 diabetes drug (Acarbose), a strong α-glucosidase inhibitor in the Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat model. In rats fed on sucrose, EOS significantly reduced the blood glucose spike after sucrose loading. The area under the blood glucose-time curve (AUC(last)) in EOS-treated SD rats (0.5 g-EOS/kg) was significantly lower than in untreated SD rats (259.6 ± 5.1 vs. 283.1 ± 19.2 h·mg/dL). The AUC(last) in quercetin-treated SD rats (0.5 g-quercetin/kg) was similar to in EOS-treated group (256.1 ± 3.2 vs. 259.6 ± 5.1 h·mg/dL). Results from this study indicates that although quercetin does have blood glucose lowering potential via α-glucosidase inhibition, there are other bioactive compounds present in onion skin. Furthermore, the effects of two weeks administration of EOS in a high carbohydrate-dietary mixture (Pico 5053) on sucrase and maltase activities in intestine were evaluated in SD rat model. Compared

  6. Growth, strain relaxation properties and high-κ dielectric integration of mixed-anion GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} metamorphic materials

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    Zhu, Y.; Clavel, M.; Goley, P.; Hudait, M. K.

    2014-10-07

    Mixed-anion, GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} metamorphic materials with a wide range of antimony (Sb) compositions extending from 15% to 62%, were grown by solid source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs substrates. The impact of different growth parameters on the Sb composition in GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} materials was systemically investigated. The Sb composition was well-controlled by carefully optimizing the As/Ga ratio, the Sb/Ga ratio, and the substrate temperature during the MBE growth process. High-resolution x-ray diffraction demonstrated a quasi-complete strain relaxation within each composition of GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y}. Atomic force microscopy exhibited smooth surface morphologies across the wide range of Sb compositions in the GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} structures. Selected high-κ dielectric materials, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, HfO{sub 2}, and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} were deposited using atomic layer deposition on the GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62} material, and their respective band alignment properties were investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Detailed XPS analysis revealed a valence band offset of >2 eV for all three dielectric materials on GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62}, indicating the potential of utilizing these dielectrics on GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62} for p-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) applications. Moreover, both Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and HfO{sub 2} showed a conduction band offset of >2 eV on GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62}, suggesting these two dielectrics can also be used for n-type MOS applications. The well-controlled Sb composition in several GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} material systems and the detailed band alignment analysis of multiple high-κ dielectric materials on a fixed Sb composition, GaAs{sub 0.38}Sb{sub 0.62}, provides a pathway to utilize GaAs{sub 1-y}Sb{sub y} materials in future microelectronic and optoelectronic applications.

  7. Growth, strain relaxation properties and high-κ dielectric integration of mixed-anion GaAs1-ySby metamorphic materials

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    Zhu, Y.; Clavel, M.; Goley, P.; Hudait, M. K.

    2014-10-01

    Mixed-anion, GaAs1-ySby metamorphic materials with a wide range of antimony (Sb) compositions extending from 15% to 62%, were grown by solid source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on GaAs substrates. The impact of different growth parameters on the Sb composition in GaAs1-ySby materials was systemically investigated. The Sb composition was well-controlled by carefully optimizing the As/Ga ratio, the Sb/Ga ratio, and the substrate temperature during the MBE growth process. High-resolution x-ray diffraction demonstrated a quasi-complete strain relaxation within each composition of GaAs1-ySby. Atomic force microscopy exhibited smooth surface morphologies across the wide range of Sb compositions in the GaAs1-ySby structures. Selected high-κ dielectric materials, Al2O3, HfO2, and Ta2O5 were deposited using atomic layer deposition on the GaAs0.38Sb0.62 material, and their respective band alignment properties were investigated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Detailed XPS analysis revealed a valence band offset of >2 eV for all three dielectric materials on GaAs0.38Sb0.62, indicating the potential of utilizing these dielectrics on GaAs0.38Sb0.62 for p-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) applications. Moreover, both Al2O3 and HfO2 showed a conduction band offset of >2 eV on GaAs0.38Sb0.62, suggesting these two dielectrics can also be used for n-type MOS applications. The well-controlled Sb composition in several GaAs1-ySby material systems and the detailed band alignment analysis of multiple high-κ dielectric materials on a fixed Sb composition, GaAs0.38Sb0.62, provides a pathway to utilize GaAs1-ySby materials in future microelectronic and optoelectronic applications.

  8. Bulk Superconductivity in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 Induced by Removal of Excess Fe

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    Zhou, Wei; Sun, Yue; Zhang, Shuo; Zhuang, Jincheng; Yuan, Feifei; Li, Xiong; Shi, Zhixiang; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Tsuchiya, Yuji; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2014-06-01

    Experimental evidences from transport, magnetic, and magneto-optical (MO) image measurements confirmed that arsenic (As) vapor annealing was another effective way to induce bulk superconductivity with isotropic, large, and homogenous superconducting critical current density (Jc) in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal. Since As is an exotic and easily detectable heavy element to Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal, As vapor annealing is very advantageous for the study of annealing mechanism. Detailed micro-structural and elemental analyses exclude the possibility that intercalating or doping effect may happen in the other post-annealing methods, proving that Fe reacts with As on the surface of the crystal and the reaction itself acts as a driving force to drag excess Fe out. The removal of excess Fe results in the good superconductivity performance.

  9. Various Arsenic Network Structures in 112-Type Ca1-xLaxFe1-yPdyAs2 Revealed by Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction Experiments.

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    Tamura, Shinya; Katayama, Naoyuki; Yamada, Yuto; Sugiyama, Yuki; Sugawara, Kento; Sawa, Hiroshi

    2017-03-06

    Two novel 112-type palladium-doped iron arsenides were synthesized and identified using comprehensive studies involving synchrotron X-ray diffraction and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) experiments. Whereas in-plane arsenic zigzag chains were found in the 112-type superconducting iron arsenide Ca1-xLaxFeAs2 with maximum Tc = 34 K, deformed arsenic network structures appeared in other 112-type materials, such as longitudinal arsenic zigzag chains in CaFe1-yPdyAs2 (y ∼ 0.51) and arsenic square sheets constructed via hypervalent bonding in Ca1-xLaxFe1-yPdyAs2 (x ∼ 0.31, y ∼ 0.30). As K-edge XANES spectra clarified the similar oxidization states around FeAs4 tetrahedrons, alluding to possible parents for high-Tc 112-type iron arsenide superconductors.

  10. Effects of an intense, high-frequency laser field on bound states in Ga1 - xInxNyAs1 - y/GaAs double quantum well.

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    Ungan, Fatih; Yesilgul, Unal; Sakiroğlu, Serpil; Kasapoglu, Esin; Erol, Ayse; Arikan, Mehmet Cetin; Sarı, Huseyin; Sökmen, Ismail

    2012-10-31

    Within the envelope function approach and the effective-mass approximation, we have investigated theoretically the effect of an intense, high-frequency laser field on the bound states in a GaxIn1 - xNyAs1 - y/GaAs double quantum well for different nitrogen and indium mole concentrations. The laser-dressed potential, bound states, and squared wave functions related to these bound states in Ga1 - xInxNyAs1 - y/GaAs double quantum well are investigated as a function of the position and laser-dressing parameter. Our numerical results show that both intense laser field and nitrogen (indium) incorporation into the GaInNAs have strong influences on carrier localization.

  11. Development of quercetin-phospholipid complex to improve the bioavailability and protection effects against carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats.

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    Zhang, Kexia; Zhang, Meiyu; Liu, Ziying; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Gu, Liqiang; Hu, Gaosheng; Chen, Xiaohui; Jia, Jingming

    2016-09-01

    Quercetin (QT) is a natural flavonoid with various biological activities and pharmacological actions. However, the bioavailability of QT is relatively low due to its low solubility which severely limits its use. In this study, we intended to improve the bioavailability of QT by preparing quercetin-phospholipid complex (QT-PC) and investigate the protective effect of QT-PC against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced acute liver damage in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. The physicochemical properties of QT-PC were characterized in terms of infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), powder X-ray diffraction (XRPD) and water/n-octanol solubility. FTIR, DSC and XRPD data confirmed the formation of QT-PC. The water solubility of QT was improved significantly in the prepared complex, indicating its increased hydrophilicity. Oral bioavailability of QT and QT-PC was evaluated in SD rats, and the plasma QT was estimated by HPLC-MS. QT-PC exhibited higher Cmax (1.58±0.11 vs. 0.67±0.08μg/mL), increased AUC0-∞ (8.60±1.25 vs. 2.41±0.51mg/Lh) and t1/2z (7.76±1.09 vs. 4.81±0.87h) when compared to free QT. The greater absorption of QT-PC group suggested the improved bioavailability. Moreover, biochemical changes and histopathological observations revealed that QT-PC provided better protection to rat liver than free QT at the same dose. Thus, phospholipid complexation might be one of the suitable approaches to improve the oral bioavailability of QT and obtain better protective effects against CCl4 induced acute liver damage in SD rats than free QT at the same dose level.

  12. SD 1313-0019: Another Second-generation Star with [Fe/H] = -5.0, Observed with the Magellan Telescope

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    Frebel, Anna; Chiti, Anirudh; Ji, Alexander P.; Jacobson, Heather R.; Placco, Vinicius M.

    2015-09-01

    We present a Magellan/MIKE high-resolution (R ˜ 35,000) spectrum of the ancient star SD 1313-0019, which has an iron abundance of [Fe/H]=-5.0, paired with a carbon enhancement of [C/Fe]˜ 3.0. The star was initially identified by Allende Prieto et al. in the BOSS survey. Its medium-resolution spectrum suggested a higher metallicity of [Fe/H]=-4.3 due to the Ca II K line blending with a CH feature, which is a common issue related to the search for the most iron-poor stars. This star joins several other similar stars with [Fe/H]≲ -5.0 that all display a combination of low-iron and high-carbon abundances. Other elemental abundances of SD 1313-0019 follow that of more metal-rich halo stars. Fitting the abundance pattern with yields of Population III supernovae suggests that SD 1313-0019 had only one massive progenitor star with 20-30 M⊙ that must have undergone a mixing and fallback episode. Overall, there are now five stars known with [Fe/H]≲ -5.0 (1D local thermodynamic equilibrium abundances). This ever-increasing population of carbon-rich, iron-deficient stars can potentially constrain nucleosynthesis in Population III stars and their supernova explosions, the formation mechanisms of the first low-mass stars, and the nature of the first galaxies. This paper includes data gathered with the 6.5 m Magellan Telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile.

  13. Reliability of manual measurements of corneal thickness obtained from healthy canine eyes using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT).

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    Alario, Anthony F; Pirie, Christopher G

    2014-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to manually measure corneal thickness in canine eyes using a spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) device and to assess intra- and inter-observer reliability of this technique. Twenty healthy dogs with a mean age of 4.7 y were examined. A 6-mm corneal pachymetry protocol was carried out by 1 operator using 1 SD-OCT device in both eyes of each animal. Measurements were obtained manually and in duplicate by 2 independent investigators (> 24 h apart), using the built-in caliper function. Measurements included epithelial thickness (ET), non-epithelial thickness (NET), and central corneal thickness (CCT). The overall mean ET, NET, and CCT for all eyes examined were 72.3 ± 4.6 μm, 538.9 ± 42.5 μm, and 611.2 ± 40.3 μm, respectively. There was no significant difference in ET, NET, or CCT based on the eye examined [oculus dexter (OD) versus oculus sinister (OS)], age, or gender of the animal. There was no significant difference in replicate measurements of ET, NET, or CCT done by the same operator, although a small but significant difference was noted between operators for ET measurements only. The mean difference in ET between operators was 0.6 μm (P = 0.03). The coefficient of variation ranged from 0.5% to 9.27% and intraclass correlation coefficient ranged from 0.35 to 0.97. Based on these results, manual measurements of corneal thickness in canine eyes using a portable SD-OCT device provided ET, NET, and CCT measurements with clinically acceptable intra- and inter-observer reliability.

  14. Observation of multiple superconducting gaps in Fe1+yTe1-xSex via a nanoscale approach to point-contact spectroscopy

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    Peng, Haibing; De, Debtanu; Wu, Zheng; Diaz-Pinto, Carlos

    2012-11-01

    We report a novel experimental approach to point-contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy with diagnostic capability via a unique design for nanoscale normal metal/superconductor devices with excellent thermomechanical stability, and have employed this method to unveil the existence of two superconducting energy gaps in iron chalcogenide Fe1+yTe1-xSex, which is crucial for understanding its pairing mechanism. This work opens up new opportunities to study gap structures in superconductors and elemental excitations in solids.

  15. Influence of interstitial Fe to the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1‑xSex single crystals

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    Sun, Yue; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Pyon, Sunseng; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2016-08-01

    Superconductivity (SC) with the suppression of long-range antiferromagnetic (AFM) order is observed in the parent compounds of both iron-based and cuprate superconductors. The AFM wave vectors are bicollinear (π, 0) in the parent compound FeTe different from the collinear AFM order (π, π) in most iron pnictides. Study of the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1‑xSex is the most direct way to investigate the competition between bicollinear AFM and SC. However, presence of interstitial Fe affects both magnetism and SC of Fe1+yTe1‑xSex, which hinders the establishment of the real phase diagram. Here, we report the comparison of doping-temperature (x-T) phase diagrams for Fe1+yTe1‑xSex (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.43) single crystals before and after removing interstitial Fe. Without interstitial Fe, the AFM state survives only for x < 0.05, and bulk SC emerges from x = 0.05, and does not coexist with the AFM state. The previously reported spin glass state, and the coexistence of AFM and SC may be originated from the effect of the interstitial Fe. The phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1‑xSex is found to be similar to the case of the “1111” system such as LaFeAsO1‑xFx, and is different from that of the “122” system.

  16. Influence of interstitial Fe to the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1−xSex single crystals

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    Sun, Yue; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Pyon, Sunseng; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2016-01-01

    Superconductivity (SC) with the suppression of long-range antiferromagnetic (AFM) order is observed in the parent compounds of both iron-based and cuprate superconductors. The AFM wave vectors are bicollinear (π, 0) in the parent compound FeTe different from the collinear AFM order (π, π) in most iron pnictides. Study of the phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1−xSex is the most direct way to investigate the competition between bicollinear AFM and SC. However, presence of interstitial Fe affects both magnetism and SC of Fe1+yTe1−xSex, which hinders the establishment of the real phase diagram. Here, we report the comparison of doping-temperature (x-T) phase diagrams for Fe1+yTe1−xSex (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.43) single crystals before and after removing interstitial Fe. Without interstitial Fe, the AFM state survives only for x < 0.05, and bulk SC emerges from x = 0.05, and does not coexist with the AFM state. The previously reported spin glass state, and the coexistence of AFM and SC may be originated from the effect of the interstitial Fe. The phase diagram of Fe1+yTe1−xSex is found to be similar to the case of the “1111” system such as LaFeAsO1−xFx, and is different from that of the “122” system. PMID:27577047

  17. Weak Interaction Rates of sd-SHELL Nuclei in Stellar Environments Calculated in the Proton-Neutron Quasiparticle Random-Phase Approximation

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    Nabi, J.-U.; Klapdor-Kleingrothaus, H. V.

    1999-03-01

    Allowed weak interaction rates for sd-shell nuclei in stellar environment are calculated using a generalized form of proton-neutron quasi-particle RPA model with separable Gamow-Teller forces. The calculated capture and decay rates take into consideration the latest experimental energy levels and ft-value compilations. Weak rates calculated are tabulated at the same points of density and temperature as those of Oda et al. [Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables 56, 231 (1994)]. The results are also compared with earlier works. Particle emission processes from excited states, previously ignored, are taken into account and are found to significantly affect some β decay rates.

  18. References for HNF-SD-WM-TRD-007, ``System specification for the double-shell tank system: HNF-PROs, CFRs, DOE Orders, WACs``

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    Shaw, C.P.

    1998-07-30

    HNF-SD-WM-TRD-O07, System Specification for the Double-Shell Tank System, (hereafter referred to as DST Specification), defines the requirements of the double-shell tank system at the Hanford Site for Phase 1 privatization. Many of the sections in this document reference other documents for design guidance and requirements. Referenced documents include Project Hanford Management Contract (PHMC) procedures (HNF-PROS), Codes of Federal Regulation (CFRs), DOE Orders, and Washington Administrative Codes (WACs). This document provides rationale for the selection and inclusion of HNF-PROS, CFRs, DOE Orders and WACs.

  19. Reorientation of the diagonal double-stripe spin structure at Fe1+yTe bulk and thin-film surfaces

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    Hänke, Torben; Singh, Udai Raj; Cornils, Lasse; Manna, Sujit; Kamlapure, Anand; Bremholm, Martin; Hedegaard, Ellen Marie Jensen; Iversen, Bo Brummerstedt; Hofmann, Philip; Hu, Jin; Mao, Zhiqiang; Wiebe, Jens; Wiesendanger, Roland

    2017-01-01

    Establishing the relation between ubiquitous antiferromagnetism in the parent compounds of unconventional superconductors and their superconducting phase is important for understanding the complex physics in these materials. Going from bulk systems to thin films additionally affects their phase diagram. For Fe1+yTe, the parent compound of Fe1+ySe1-xTex superconductors, bulk-sensitive neutron diffraction revealed an in-plane oriented diagonal double-stripe antiferromagnetic spin structure. Here we show by spin-resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy that the spin direction at the surfaces of bulk Fe1+yTe and thin films grown on the topological insulator Bi2Te3 is canted out of the high-symmetry directions of the surface unit cell resulting in a perpendicular spin component, keeping the diagonal double-stripe order. As the magnetism of the Fe d-orbitals is intertwined with the superconducting pairing in Fe-based materials, our results imply that the superconducting properties at the surface of the related superconducting compounds might be different from the bulk.

  20. The marine isolate Novosphingobium sp. PP1Y shows specific adaptation to use the aromatic fraction of fuels as the sole carbon and energy source.

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    Notomista, Eugenio; Pennacchio, Francesca; Cafaro, Valeria; Smaldone, Giovanni; Izzo, Viviana; Troncone, Luca; Varcamonti, Mario; Di Donato, Alberto

    2011-04-01

    Novosphingobium sp. PP1Y, isolated from a surface seawater sample collected from a closed bay in the harbour of Pozzuoli (Naples, Italy), uses fuels as its sole carbon and energy source. Like some other Sphingomonads, this strain can grow as either planktonic free cells or sessile-aggregated flocks. In addition, this strain was found to grow as biofilm on several types of solid and liquid hydrophobic surfaces including polystyrene, polypropylene and diesel oil. Strain PP1Y is not able to grow on pure alkanes or alkane mixtures but is able to grow on a surprisingly wide range of aromatic compounds including mono, bi, tri and tetracyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic compounds. During growth on diesel oil, the organic layer is emulsified resulting in the formation of small biofilm-coated drops, whereas during growth on aromatic hydrocarbons dissolved in paraffin the oil layer is emulsified but the drops are coated only if the mixtures contain selected aromatic compounds, like pyrene, propylbenzene, tetrahydronaphthalene and heterocyclic compounds. These peculiar characteristics suggest strain PP1Y has adapted to efficiently grow at the water/fuel interface using the aromatic fraction of fuels as the sole carbon and energy source.

  1. Cation and Vacancy Disorder in U1-yNdyO2.00-X Alloys

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    Barabash, Rozaliya I.; Voit, Stewart L.; Aidhy, Dilpuneet S.; Lee, Seung Min; Knight, Travis W.; Sprouster, David J.; Ecker, Lynne E.

    2015-09-14

    In this study, the intermixing and clustering of U/Nd, O, and vacancies were studied by both laboratory and synchrotron-based x-ray diffraction in U1-yNdyO2-X alloys. It was found that an increased holding time at the high experimental temperature during initial alloy preparation results in a lower disorder of the Nd distribution in the alloys. Adjustment of the oxygen concentration in the U1-yNdyO2-X alloys with different Nd concentrations was accompanied by the formation of vacancies on the oxygen sublattice and a nanocrystalline component. The lattice parameters in the U1-yNdyO2-X alloys were also found to deviate significantly from Vegard's law when the Nd concentration was high (53%) and decreased with increasing oxygen concentration. Such changes indicate the formation of large vacancy concentrations during oxygen adjustment at these high temperatures. Finally, the change in the vacancy concentration after the oxygen adjustment was estimated relative to Nd concentration and oxygen stoichiometry.

  2. Reorientation of the diagonal double-stripe spin structure at Fe1+yTe bulk and thin-film surfaces

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    Hänke, Torben; Singh, Udai Raj; Cornils, Lasse; Manna, Sujit; Kamlapure, Anand; Bremholm, Martin; Hedegaard, Ellen Marie Jensen; Iversen, Bo Brummerstedt; Hofmann, Philip; Hu, Jin; Mao, Zhiqiang; Wiebe, Jens; Wiesendanger, Roland

    2017-01-01

    Establishing the relation between ubiquitous antiferromagnetism in the parent compounds of unconventional superconductors and their superconducting phase is important for understanding the complex physics in these materials. Going from bulk systems to thin films additionally affects their phase diagram. For Fe1+yTe, the parent compound of Fe1+ySe1−xTex superconductors, bulk-sensitive neutron diffraction revealed an in-plane oriented diagonal double-stripe antiferromagnetic spin structure. Here we show by spin-resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy that the spin direction at the surfaces of bulk Fe1+yTe and thin films grown on the topological insulator Bi2Te3 is canted out of the high-symmetry directions of the surface unit cell resulting in a perpendicular spin component, keeping the diagonal double-stripe order. As the magnetism of the Fe d-orbitals is intertwined with the superconducting pairing in Fe-based materials, our results imply that the superconducting properties at the surface of the related superconducting compounds might be different from the bulk. PMID:28059102

  3. Reorientation of the diagonal double-stripe spin structure at Fe1+yTe bulk and thin-film surfaces

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    Hanke, Torben; Singh, Udai Raj; Cornils, Lasse; ...

    2017-01-06

    Here, establishing the relation between ubiquitous antiferromagnetism in the parent compounds of unconventional superconductors and their superconducting phase is important for understanding the complex physics in these materials. Going from bulk systems to thin films additionally affects their phase diagram. For Fe1+yTe, the parent compound of Fe1+ySe1$-x$Tex superconductors, bulk-sensitive neutron diffraction revealed an in-plane oriented diagonal double-stripe antiferromagnetic spin structure. Here we show by spin-resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy that the spin direction at the surfaces of bulk Fe1+yTe and thin films grown on the topological insulator Bi2Te3 is canted out of the high-symmetry directions of the surface unit cell resultingmore » in a perpendicular spin component, keeping the diagonal double-stripe order. As the magnetism of the Fe d-orbitals is intertwined with the superconducting pairing in Fe-based materials, our results imply that the superconducting properties at the surface of the related superconducting compounds might be different from the bulk.« less

  4. Microstructure analyses and thermoelectric properties of Ag{sub 1-x}Pb{sub 18}Sb{sub 1+y}Te{sub 20}

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    Perlt, S.; Hoeche, Th.; Dadda, J.; Mueller, E.; Bauer Pereira, P.; Hermann, R.; Sarahan, M.; Pippel, E.; Brydson, R.

    2012-09-15

    This study reports microstructural investigations of long-term annealed Ag{sub 1-x}Pb{sub m}Sb{sub 1+y}Te{sub 2+m} (m=18, x=y=0, hereinafter referred to as AgPb{sub 18}SbTe{sub 20}) (Lead-Antimony-Silver-Tellurium, LAST-18) as well as of Ag{sub 1-x}Pb{sub 18}Sb{sub 1+y}Te{sub 20}, i.e. Ag-deficient and Sb-excess LAST-18 (x{ne}0,y{ne}0), respectively. Two different length scales are explored. The micrometer scale was evaluated by SEM to analyze the volume fraction and the number of secondary phases as well as the impact of processing parameters on the homogeneity of bulk samples. For AgPb{sub 18}SbTe{sub 20}, site-specific FIB liftout of TEM lamellae from thermoelectrically characterized samples was accomplished to investigate the structure on the nanometer scale. High-resolution TEM and energy-filtered TEM were performed to reveal shape and size distribution of nanoprecipitates, respectively. A hypothesis concerning the structure-property relationship is set out within the frame of a gradient annealing experiment. This study is completed by results dealing with inhomogeneities on the micrometer scale of Ag{sub 1-x}Pb{sub 18}Sb{sub 1+y}Te{sub 20} and its electronic properties. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SEM and TEM microstructure investigation of long-term annealed AgPb{sub 18}SbTe{sub 20}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SEM and thermoelectric studies on Ag{sub 1-x}Pb{sub 18}Sb{sub 1+y}Te{sub 20}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Discussion concerning structure-property relationship in long-term annealed AgPb{sub 18}SbTe{sub 20}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Correlation between Ag{sub 1-x}Pb{sub 18}Sb{sub 1+y}Te{sub 20} microscale structure and electronic properties.

  5. Lattice distortion-induced phase transformations in La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} manganites

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    Bukhanko, F. N.

    2013-04-15

    The structural and magnetic phase transformations that occur in the system of self-doped La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} ({delta} Almost-Equal-To 0.1, 0 {<=} y {<=} 1) manganites in the temperature range 4.2-300 K are studied by X-ray diffraction and measuring the temperature and field dependences of dc magnetization. The low-temperature magnetic phase transformations induced by the substitution of Pr for La correlate well with the structural phase transformations at T = 300 K, which indicates a strong coupling of the electronic and magnetic subsystems of La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} manganites with the crystal lattice. The anomalies of the magnetic and structural properties detected in this work in the form of peaks and inflection points in the concentration dependences of the magnetization and lattice parameters of the pseudocubic phase of La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} (0.1 {<=} y {<=} 0.7) in the temperature range 4.2-300 K are explained in terms of the existing concepts of the effect of Fermi surface nesting on the renormalization of the density of states and the hole dispersion near E{sub F} in the presence of a strong coupling of holes with low-frequency optical phonons, which results in their transformation into quasiparticles. The narrow peak in the magnetization curve M(y) of La{sub 1-y}Pr{sub y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} that is detected near y = 0.3 at T = 4.2 K is assumed to correspond to the peak of coherence of quasiparticles with a low energy of coupling with the crystal lattice near E{sub F}, which was found earlier in the photoelectron emission spectra of manganites. The disappearance of the narrow magnetization peak with increasing Pr concentration is explained by the transition of charge carriers from the mode of 'light' holes weakly coupled to one of the soft phonons to the mode of 'heavy' holes strongly coupled to several phonons. The transition between phases with strongly different effective quasiparticle masses proceeds

  6. Single oral dose toxicity test of polycalcium, a mixed composition of polycan and calcium lactate-gluconate 1:9 (G/G) in SD rat.

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    Kim, Joo-Wan; Choi, Jae-Suk; Ha, Yu-Mi; Choi, In Soon; Kim, Ki-Young; Cho, Hyung-rae; Rha, Chae-hun; Ku, Sae-Kwang

    2013-11-01

    The object of this study was to obtain acute oral toxicity information of Polycalcium, a mixed composition of Polycan and Calcium lactate-gluconate 1:9 (g/g), in Sprague-Dawely (SD) rats. In order to investigate the toxicity and identify target organs, Polycalcium were once orally administered to female and male SD rats at dose levels of 2000, 1000, 500 and 0 (control) mg/kg body weights. The mortality, changes on body weight and clinical signs were monitored during 14 days after treatment with gross observation, changes on the organ weights and histopathology of principle organs and treatment sites based on the recommendation of KFDA Guidelines [2009-116, 2009]. As the results of single oral treatment of Polycalcium, no treatment related mortalities were observed within 14 days after end of treatment up to 2000 mg/kg, the limited dosage of rodents in the both genders. In addition, no Polycalcium treatment related changes on the body and organ weights, clinical signs, necropsy and histopathological findings were detected. The results obtained in this study suggest that the Polycalcium is non-toxic in rats. The LD50 and approximate LD in rats after single oral dose of Polycalcium were considered over 2000 mg/kg in both female and male, respectively.

  7. Automated segmentation of optic disc in SD-OCT images and cup-to-disc ratios quantification by patch searching-based neural canal opening detection.

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    Wu, Menglin; Leng, Theodore; de Sisternes, Luis; Rubin, Daniel L; Chen, Qiang

    2015-11-30

    Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness worldwide. Early detection of glaucoma is traditionally based on assessment of the cup-to-disc (C/D) ratio, an important indicator of structural changes to the optic nerve head. Here, we present an automated optic disc segmentation algorithm in 3-D spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) volumes to quantify this ratio. The proposed algorithm utilizes a two-stage strategy. First, it detects the neural canal opening (NCO) by finding the points with maximum curvature on the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) boundary with a spatial correlation smoothness constraint on consecutive B-scans, and it approximately locates the coarse disc margin in the projection image using convex hull fitting. Then, a patch searching procedure using a probabilistic support vector machine (SVM) classifier finds the most likely patch with the NCO in its center in order to refine the segmentation result. Thus, a reference plane can be determined to calculate the C/D radio. Experimental results on 42 SD-OCT volumes from 17 glaucoma patients demonstrate that the proposed algorithm can achieve high segmentation accuracy and a low C/D ratio evaluation error. The unsigned border error for optic disc segmentation and the evaluation error for C/D ratio comparing with manual segmentation are 2.216 ± 1.406 pixels (0.067 ± 0.042 mm) and 0.045 ± 0.033, respectively.

  8. THE ROMER DELAY AND MASS RATIO OF THE sdB+dM BINARY 2M 1938+4603 FROM KEPLER ECLIPSE TIMINGS

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    Barlow, Brad N.; Wade, Richard A.; Liss, Sandra E.

    2012-07-10

    The eclipsing binary system 2M 1938+4603 consists of a pulsating hot subdwarf B star and a cool M dwarf companion in an effectively circular three-hour orbit. The light curve shows both primary and secondary eclipses, along with a strong reflection effect from the cool companion. Here, we present constraints on the component masses and eccentricity derived from the Romer delay of the secondary eclipse. Using six months of publicly available Kepler photometry obtained in short-cadence mode, we fit model profiles to the primary and secondary eclipses to measure their centroid values. We find that the secondary eclipse arrives on average 2.06 {+-} 0.12 s after the midpoint between primary eclipses. Under the assumption of a circular orbit, we calculate from this time delay a mass ratio of q = 0.2691 {+-} 0.0018 and individual masses of M{sub sd} = 0.372 {+-} 0.024 M{sub Sun} and M{sub c} = 0.1002 {+-} 0.0065 M{sub Sun} for the sdB and M dwarf, respectively. These results differ slightly from those of a previously published light-curve modeling solution; this difference, however, may be reconciled with a very small eccentricity, ecos {omega} Almost-Equal-To 0.00004. We also report a decrease in the orbital period of P-dot = (-1.23 {+-} 0.07) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -10}.

  9. Vibrational relaxation dynamics of SD molecules in As{sub 2}S{sub 3}: Observation of an anomalous isotope effect

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    Engholm, J.R.; Happek, U.; Rella, C.W.

    1995-12-31

    It is generally assumed that the vibrational relaxation of molecular impurities in crystals and glasses mainly depends on the order of the decay process, with lower order processes leading to more rapid relaxation (a behavior that is known under the term {open_quotes}gap-law{close_quotes}). Here we present measurements that contradict this assumption. Using high intensity psec pulses of the Stanford FEL we measured the relaxation rate of the SD vibrational stretch mode (at a frequency of 1800 cm) by applying a pump-probe technique. We find relaxation rates on the order of 2x10{sup 9} sec{sup -1}, which are a factor of 2 lower than those found for the isotope molecule SH (at a frequency of about 2500 cm{sup - 1}) in the same host{sup 1}. We recall that the relaxation of the SD vibrational stretch mode is controlled by a lower order process as compared to the SH molecule, which is due to the smaller number of host vibrational quanta to match the energy of the stretch mode; a fact we have confirmed experimentally by temperature dependent relaxation measurements. Thus our remits are in marked contrast to the so-called {open_quotes}Gap-Law{close_quotes} and emphasize the importance of the molecule - host coupling in the relaxation dynamics.

  10. Analysis of helium-rich subdwarf O stars. 1: NLTE models, methods, and fits for 21 Palomar Green survey sdOs

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    Thejll, P.; Bauer, F.; Saffer, R.; Liebert, J.; Kunze, D.; Shipman, H. L.

    1994-01-01

    Atmospheric parameters for 21 helium-rich hot subdwarf O stars from the Palomar Green survey are found from fits of non-local thermodynamic equilibrium (NLTE) models to optical spectra. About 250 new NLTE models in the parameter range T(sub eff) from 35,000 to 65,000 K, log (g) from 4.0 to 6.5, and epsilon(He) from 50% He to 99% He have been calculated. A fit for each object is presented. Estimated distances and luminosities are calculated, assuming a mass of 0.5 solar masses. Large distances above the Galactic plane are found, and this implies that the majority of the sdO stars belong to a different stellar population than the sdB, planetary nebulae and white dwarf stars. Possibilities may include the halo and a 'thick disk.' Kinematical data from the literature are also discussed in view of the found distances. Five of the stars have been observed, modeled, and analyzed by Dreizler et al., and significant differences exist between their results and ours for these stars. The reason for these differences is not yet known, but the problem does not alter the conclusions about population membership that we present.

  11. A dietary embryo/fetal developmental toxicity study of arruva, an R,R-monatin salt isomer, in Crl:CD(SD) rats.

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    Brathwaite, W A; Casterton, P L; Nikiforov, A I; Rihner, M O; Sloter, E D; Hlywka, J J

    2013-12-01

    R,R-Monatin is an intensely sweet substance originally identified in the root bark of Sclerochiton ilicifolius. R,R-Monatin salt, commonly known as "arruva", has potential for use as a high-potency sweetener food ingredient. Previously, arruva was concluded to present no toxicologically relevant effects to Crl:CD(SD) rats and Crl:CD-1(ICR) mice fed up to 35,000 ppm arruva in the diet for 90 days. In the present study, groups of mated Sprague-Dawley rats (25 Crl:CD(SD) females/group) were exposed continuously to 0 (control), 15,000, 30,000, or 50,000 ppm arruva in the diet during gestation days 6-21. There were no fetal malformations or developmental variations that were attributable to arruva at any exposure level, nor were there any test article-related effects on intrauterine survival. Maternal toxicity, evidenced by lower mean body weights, body weight gains and feed efficiency, was observed at 50,000 ppm. A developmental effect, in the form of lower mean fetal body weight, was noted in the 50,000 ppm group in the presence of maternal toxicity. Therefore, the dietary no-observed-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) for maternal and embryo/fetal developmental toxicity of arruva in pregnant rats during gestation days 6-21 was 30,000 ppm (equivalent to 2564 mg/kg bw/day) based on reductions in maternal and fetal body weights.

  12. The rice semi-dwarf mutant sd37, caused by a mutation in CYP96B4, plays an important role in the fine-tuning of plant growth.

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    Zhang, Jie; Liu, Xiaoqiang; Li, Shuyu; Cheng, Zhukuan; Li, Chuanyou

    2014-01-01

    Plant cytochrome P450 has diverse roles in developmental processes and in the response to environmental cues. Here, we characterized the rice (Oryza sativa L ssp. indica cultivar 3037) semi-dwarf mutant sd37, in which the gene CYP96B4 (Cytochrome P450 96B subfamily) was identified and confirmed as the target by map-based cloning and a complementation test. A point mutation in the SRS2 domain of CYP96B4 resulted in a threonine to lysine substitution in the sd37 mutant. Examination of the subcellular localization of the protein revealed that SD37 was ER-localized protein. And SD37 was predominantly expressed in the shoot apical meristem and developing leaf and root maturation zone but not in the root apical meristem. The sd37 leaves, panicles, and seeds were smaller than those of the wild type. Histological analysis further revealed that a decrease in cell number in the mutant, specifically in the shoots, was the main cause of the dwarf phenotype. Microarray analysis demonstrated that the expression of several cell division-related genes was disturbed in the sd37 mutant. In addition, mutation or strongly overexpression of SD37 results in dwarf plants but moderate overexpression increases plant height. These data suggest that CYP96B4 may be an important regulator of plant growth that affects plant height in rice.

  13. Photoluminescence of A- and B-site Eu3+-substituted (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 phosphors

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    Sletnes, M.; Lindgren, M.; Valmalette, J. C.; Wagner, N. P.; Grande, T.; Einarsrud, M.-A.

    2016-05-01

    The photoluminescence of two series of A- and B-site Eu3+ substituted (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 double perovskite phosphor materials, (SrxBa1-x)1.96Eu0.02K0.02CaWyMo1-yO6 and (SrxBa1-x)2Ca0.96Eu0.02Li0.02WyMo1-yO6 (x and y=0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, and 1), were studied systematically as a function of stoichiometry and crystal structure. The Eu3+ lattice sites controlled by co-doping with either K or Li were confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. The variation in integrated emission intensity and emission colour over the experimental matrix was examined using statistical tools, and the observed trends were rationalized based on the physical and electronic structure of the phosphors. Phosphors with Eu on B-site with maximum Sr content had remarkably higher emission intensities than all other materials, but the emission was more orange than red due to domination of the 5D0-7F1 (595 nm) transition of Eu3+. The relative intensities of the 5D0-7F2 (615 nm) and 5D0-7F1 transitions of Eu3+, and thus the red-shift of the emission, decreased linearly with increasing Sr content in the A-site Eu-substituted phosphors, and reached a maximum for Sr1.96Eu0.02K0.02CaW0.25Mo0.75O6. A maximum external quantum efficiency of 17% was obtained for the phosphor Sr2Ca0.7Eu0.15Li0.15W0.5Mo0.5O6 with Eu on B-site.

  14. Thermoelectric properties of p-type Ag1-x(Pb1-ySny)mSb1-zTem+2

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    Ahn, Kyunghan; Kong, Huijun; Uher, Ctirad; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

    2016-10-01

    The thermoelectric properties of Ag1-x(Pb1-ySny)mSb1-zTem+2 (4≤m≤16, -0.1≤x≤0.3, 1/3≤y≤2/3, 0.2≤z≤0.4; Lead Antimony Silver Tellurium Tin, LASTT-m) compositions were investigated in the temperature range of 300 to ~670 K. All samples crystallize in the average NaCl-type structure without any noticeable second phase and exhibit very narrow bandgaps of <0.1 eV. We studied a range of m values, silver concentrations (x), Pb/Sn ratios (y), and antimony concentrations (z) to determine their effects on the thermoelectric properties. The samples were investigated as melt grown polycrystalline ingots. Varying the Ag contents, the Pb/Sn ratios, and the Sb contents off-stoichiometry allowed us to control the electrical conductivity, the Seebeck coefficient, and the thermal conductivity. The electrical conductivity tends to decrease with decreasing m values. The highest ZT of ~1.1 was achieved at ~660 K for Ag0.9Pb5Sn5Sb0.8Te12 mainly due to the very low lattice thermal conductivity of ~0.4 W/(m K) around 660 K. Also, samples with charge-balanced stoichiometries, Ag(Pb1-ySny)mSbTem+2, were studied and found to exhibit a lower power factor and higher lattice thermal conductivity than the Ag1-x(Pb1-ySny)mSb1-zTem+2 compositions.

  15. B{sub s(d)}-B{sub s(d)} mixing constraints on flavor changing decays of t and b quarks

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    Faessler, Amand; Gutsche, Thomas; Lyubovitskij, Valery E.; Kovalenko, Sergey; Schmidt, Ivan

    2010-10-01

    We study those dimension 6 effective operators which generate flavor-changing quark-gluon transitions of the third generation quarks, with t{yields}g+u(c) and b{yields}g+d(s), and which could be of interest for LHC experiments. We analyze the contribution of these operators to B{sub s(d)}-B{sub s(d)} mixing and derive limits on the corresponding effective couplings from the existing experimental data. The standard model gauge invariance relates these couplings to the couplings controlling t{yields}g+u(c). On this basis we derive upper limits for the branching ratios of these processes. We further show that forthcoming LHC experiments might be able to probe the studied operators and the physics beyond the standard model related to them.

  16. Conductivity of single-crystal Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ over a wide range of temperatures and Pr concentrations

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    Khadzhai, G. Ya.; Vovk, N. R.; Vovk, R. V.

    2014-06-01

    The in-plane electrical resistance of Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals with a high degree of perfection is studied for temperatures in the range TC-300 K, where TC ranges from 92 to 52 K, with varying praseodymium content. The experimental data are approximated by an expression that takes electron scattering on phonons and defects into account, as well as fluctuation conductivity in a 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. According to the approximation data the Debye temperature ranges from 350-370 K, depending on the praseodymium content. The transverse coherence length is ˜1 Å.

  17. Experimental oxygen potentials for U1-yPryO2±x and thermodynamic assessment of the U-Pr-O system

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    McMurray, J. W.; Silva, C. M.

    2016-03-01

    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to determine the oxygen potentials of fluorite urania-praseodymia (U1-yPryO2±x) solid solutions for y = 0.10 and 0.20 between 1000 and 1500 °C. A thermodynamic assessment of U-Pr-O system was performed using the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) method. The models well reproduce the TGA measurements and the computed phase relations are in good agreement with those proposed from an X-ray diffraction investigation.

  18. Experimental oxygen potentials of U1-yPryO2± x and thermodynamic assessment of the U-Pr-O system

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    McMurray, Jake W.; Silva, Chinthaka M.

    2015-12-09

    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to determine the oxygen potentials of fluorite urania-praseodymia (U1-yPryO2± x) solid solutions for y = 0.10 and 0.20 between 1000 and 1500 °C. A thermodynamic assessment of U-Pr-O system was performed using the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) method. Furthermore, the models well reproduce the TGA measurements and the computed phase relations are in good agreement with those proposed from an X-ray diffraction investigation.

  19. Si{sub 1-y}C{sub y} surface alloys used as self-patterned templates for the growth of Ge dots

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    Simon, L.; Aubel, D.; Kubler, L.

    2006-11-13

    The authors report on epitaxial growth and surface morphology of low C content Si{sub 1-y}C{sub y} alloys deposited on Si(001) (molecular beam epitaxy method). In specific kinetic conditions these alloys grow by formation and propagation of step bunches (7-10 nm high). The authors demonstrate that electromigration plays a crucial role in the spatial organization of the step bunches formed on vicinal surfaces. Compared with standard electron bombardment heating for which no order is observed, direct current heating can spatially organize giant step bunches separated by 100 nm wide terraces. Such patterned substrates have been used in order to organize Ge dots.

  20. Low-energy magnetic excitations from the Fe1+y-z(Ni/Cu)zTe1-xSex system

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    Xu, Zhijun; Wen, Jinsheng; Schneeloch, J.; Christianson, A. D.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, J. M.; Xu, Guangyong

    2014-05-01

    We report neutron scattering measurements on low-energy (ℏω ˜5 meV) magnetic excitations from a series of Fe1+y-z(Ni/Cu)zTe1-xSex samples which belong to the "11" Fe-chalcogenide family. Our results suggest a strong correlation between the magnetic excitations near (0.5,0.5,0) and the superconducting properties of the system. The low-energy magnetic excitations are found to gradually move away from (0.5,0.5,0) to incommensurate positions when superconductivity is suppressed, either by heating or chemical doping, confirming previous observations.

  1. Magnetic properties of Mn1-xAl1-yNi alloys in the B2 (CsCl-type) structure

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    Paduani, C.; Schaf, J.; Ardisson, J. D.; Takeuchi, A. Y.

    2010-02-01

    In this work is investigated structural and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic Mn1-xAl1-yNi alloys in the κ phase which has a B2 (CsCl-type) structure. The Curie temperatures are above room temperature and decrease with the substitution of Ni for Mn. The magnetic measurements indicate the existence of ferrimagnetism originated from Mn atoms which carry unequal and opposite magnetic moments in different sublattices. A larger average magnetic moment is observed in the Ni-doped system, as compared to the Fe-system, which is due to the formation of larger moment on Mn atoms at the cube corners.

  2. Multimodal Segmentation of Optic Disc and Cup from SD-OCT and Color Fundus Photographs Using a Machine-Learning Graph-Based Approach

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    Miri, Mohammad Saleh; Abràmoff, Michael D.; Lee, Kyungmoo; Niemeijer, Meindert; Wang, Jui-Kai; Kwon, Young H.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, a multimodal approach is proposed to use the complementary information from fundus photographs and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) volumes in order to segment the optic disc and cup boundaries. The problem is formulated as an optimization problem where the optimal solution is obtained using a machine-learning theoretical graph-based method. In particular, first the fundus photograph is registered to the 2D projection of the SD-OCT volume. Three in-region cost functions are designed using a random forest classifier corresponding to three regions of cup, rim, and background. Next, the volumes are resampled to create radial scans in which the Bruch’s Membrane Opening (BMO) endpoints are easier to detect. Similar to in-region cost function design, the disc-boundary cost function is designed using a random forest classifier for which the features are created by applying the Haar Stationary Wavelet Transform (SWT) to the radial projection image. A multisurface graph-based approach utilizes the in-region and disc-boundary cost images to segment the boundaries of optic disc and cup under feasibility constraints. The approach is evaluated on 25 multimodal image pairs from 25 subjects in a leave-one-out fashion (by subject). The performances of the graph-theoretic approach using three sets of cost functions are compared: 1) using unimodal (OCT only) in-region costs, 2) using multimodal in-region costs, and 3) using multimodal in-region and disc-boundary costs. Results show that the multimodal approaches outperform the unimodal approach in segmenting the optic disc and cup. PMID:25781623

  3. Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate could disrupt the insulin signaling pathway in liver of SD rats and L02 cells via PPARγ.

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    Zhang, Wang; Shen, Xin-Yue; Zhang, Wen-Wen; Chen, Hao; Xu, Wei-Ping; Wei, Wei

    2017-02-01

    Di-(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate (DEHP), a ubiquitous industrial pollutant in our daily life, has been reported to cause adverse effects on glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity in epidemiological studies previously. Recently, it has been reported to be an endocrine disrupter and ligand to peroxisome proliferator activated receptor, which could influence the homeostasis of liver metabolic systems and contribute to the development of type-2 diabetes. However, the potential mechanisms are not known yet. This study was designed to solve these problems with male SD rats and normal human hepatocyte line, L02 cells, exposed to DEHP for toxicological experiments. Adult male SD rats were divided into four groups, normal group fed with regular diets and three DEHP-treated groups (dissolved in olive oil at doses of 0.05, 5 and 500mg/kg body weight, respectively, once daily through gastric intubations for 15weeks). L02 cells were divided into 6 groups, normal group with 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100μmol/l DEHP groups. DEHP-exposed rats exhibited significant liver damage, glucose tolerance, and insulin tolerance along with reduced expression of insulin receptor and GLUT4 proteins in the liver tissues. The results of in vitro experiments could determine that the DEHP-induced activation of peroxisome proliferator activated receptor γ (PPARγ) played a key role in the production of oxidative stress and down-regulated expression of insulin receptor and GLUT4 proteins in L02 cells. This conclusion could be supported by the results of in vitro experiments, in which the cells were exposed to DEHP with GW9662 (PPARγ inhibitor). In general, these results highlight the key role of PPARγ in the process of insulin resistance induced by DEHP.

  4. Rapid, accurate, and non-invasive measurement of zebrafish axial length and other eye dimensions using SD-OCT allows longitudinal analysis of myopia and emmetropization.

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    Collery, Ross F; Veth, Kerry N; Dubis, Adam M; Carroll, Joseph; Link, Brian A

    2014-01-01

    Refractive errors in vision can be caused by aberrant axial length of the eye, irregular corneal shape, or lens abnormalities. Causes of eye length overgrowth include multiple genetic loci, and visual parameters. We evaluate zebrafish as a potential animal model for studies of the genetic, cellular, and signaling basis of emmetropization and myopia. Axial length and other eye dimensions of zebrafish were measured using spectral domain-optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). We used ocular lens and body metrics to normalize and compare eye size and relative refractive error (difference between observed retinal radial length and controls) in wild-type and lrp2 zebrafish. Zebrafish were dark-reared to assess effects of visual deprivation on eye size. Two relative measurements, ocular axial length to body length and axial length to lens diameter, were found to accurately normalize comparisons of eye sizes between different sized fish (R2=0.9548, R2=0.9921). Ray-traced focal lengths of wild-type zebrafish lenses were equal to their retinal radii, while lrp2 eyes had longer retinal radii than focal lengths. Both genetic mutation (lrp2) and environmental manipulation (dark-rearing) caused elongated eye axes. lrp2 mutants had relative refractive errors of -0.327 compared to wild-types, and dark-reared wild-type fish had relative refractive errors of -0.132 compared to light-reared siblings. Therefore, zebrafish eye anatomy (axial length, lens radius, retinal radius) can be rapidly and accurately measured by SD-OCT, facilitating longitudinal studies of regulated eye growth and emmetropization. Specifically, genes homologous to human myopia candidates may be modified, inactivated or overexpressed in zebrafish, and myopia-sensitizing conditions used to probe gene-environment interactions. Our studies provide foundation for such investigations into genetic contributions that control eye size and impact refractive errors.

  5. An experimental study on use of 7T MRI for evaluation of myocardial infarction in SD rats transfected with pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid

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    Zhang, Yan; Tian, Ruiqing; Shen, Xiangchun; Chen, Yushu; Chen, Wei; Gan, Lu; Shen, Guiquan; Ju, Haiyue; Yang, Li; Gao, Fabao

    2016-01-01

    This study aims to build the myocardial infarction model in SD rats transfected with pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid and study the effect of the transfection using 7T MRI. Twenty-four male SD rats were randomly divided into 2 groups, pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid transfection group (with improved coronary perfusion delivery) and myocardial infarction model group. Cardiac cine magnetic resonance imaging (Cine-MRI), T2-mapping and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiac imaging were performed at 24 h, 48 h, 72 h and 7 d after myocardial infarction, respectively. The signal intensity, area at risk (AAR), myocardium infarction core (MIC) and salvageable myocardial zone (SMZ) were compared. The hearts were harvested for anatomic characterization, which was related to pathological examination (TTC staining, HE staining, Masson staining and immunohistochemical staining). The Cine-MRI results showed that pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid transfection group had higher end-diastolic volume (EDV) with a reduction in MIC and SMZ, as compared with the myocardial infarction model group. MIC, SMZ and AAR of the plasmid transfection declined over time. At 7 d, the two groups did not differ significantly in AAR and T2 value. According to Western Blotting, VEGF was up-regulated, while CaSR and caspase-3 were downregulated in the plasmid transfection group, as compared with the model group. In conclusion, a good treatment effect was achieved by coronary perfusion of pcDNA 3.1(+)/VEGF121 plasmid. 7T CMR sequences provide a non-invasive quantification of the treatment efficacy. However, the assessment of myocardial injury using T2 value and AAR in the presence of edema is less accurate. The myocardial protection of the plasmid transfection group may be related to the inhibition of myocardial apoptosis, vascular endothelial cell (VEC) proliferation and collagen proliferation. The CaSR signaling pathway may contribute to reversing the apoptosis. PMID:27648128

  6. ELECTRON-CAPTURE AND β-DECAY RATES FOR sd-SHELL NUCLEI IN STELLAR ENVIRONMENTS RELEVANT TO HIGH-DENSITY O–NE–MG CORES

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    Suzuki, Toshio; Toki, Hiroshi; Nomoto, Ken’ichi

    2016-02-01

    Electron-capture and β-decay rates for nuclear pairs in the sd-shell are evaluated at high densities and high temperatures relevant to the final evolution of electron-degenerate O–Ne–Mg cores of stars with initial masses of 8–10 M{sub ⊙}. Electron capture induces a rapid contraction of the electron-degenerate O–Ne–Mg core. The outcome of rapid contraction depends on the evolutionary changes in the central density and temperature, which are determined by the competing processes of contraction, cooling, and heating. The fate of the stars is determined by these competitions, whether they end up with electron-capture supernovae or Fe core-collapse supernovae. Since the competing processes are induced by electron capture and β-decay, the accurate weak rates are crucially important. The rates are obtained for pairs with A = 20, 23, 24, 25, and 27 by shell-model calculations in the sd-shell with the USDB Hamiltonian. Effects of Coulomb corrections on the rates are evaluated. The rates for pairs with A = 23 and 25 are important for nuclear Urca processes that determine the cooling rate of the O–Ne–Mg core, while those for pairs with A = 20 and 24 are important for the core contraction and heat generation rates in the core. We provide these nuclear rates at stellar environments in tables with fine enough meshes at various densities and temperatures for studies of astrophysical processes sensitive to the rates. In particular, the accurate rate tables are crucially important for the final fates of not only O–Ne–Mg cores but also a wider range of stars, such as C–O cores of lower-mass stars.

  7. Crystal structures of RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y}(R=Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb) studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction

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    Gribanov, Alexander; Grytsiv, Andriy; Rogl, Peter; Seropegin, Yurii; Giester, Gerald

    2009-07-15

    The crystal structures of ternary compounds RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y}(R=Y, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb) have been elucidated from X-ray single crystal CCD data. All compounds are isotypic and crystallize in the tetragonal space group P4/mbm. The general formula RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y} arises from defects: x{approx}0.20, y{approx}0.14. The crystal structure of RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y} can be considered as a packing of four types of building blocks which derive from the CePt{sub 3}B-type unit cell by various degrees of distortion and Pt, Si-defects. - Graphical Abstract: Electron density in RPt{sub 3-x}Si{sub 1-y} at 0, 1/2 , 0.

  8. Surface kinetics study of metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy of GaAs1-yBiy on offcut and mesa-patterned GaAs substrates

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    Guan, Yingxin; Forghani, Kamran; Kim, Honghyuk; Babcock, Susan E.; Mawst, Luke J.; Kuech, Thomas F.

    2017-04-01

    The influence of the surface step termination on the metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy of GaAs1-yBiy was explored by examining the epitaxial layer growth rate, composition, and morphology characteristics on the offcut and mesa-patterned (001) GaAs substrates. Vicinal surfaces offcut to (111)B with a high density of As-terminated steps ('B-steps') increased the GaAs1-yBiy layer growth rate as well as possessed the fastest lateral growth rate on mesa-patterned substrates at a growth temperature of 420 °C, indicating that B-steps enhanced the Ga incorporation. With Bi accumulation on the surface, the Ga incorporation rate was reduced by the Bi preferential presence at B-steps blocking the Ga incorporation. Vicinal surfaces offcut to (111)A, which generated Ga-terminated steps ('A-steps') enhanced the Bi incorporation rate during growth at 380 °C. This work reveals that the surface step termination plays an important role in the growth of the metastable alloy. Appropriate choices of both the substrate surface-step structure and other growth parameters could lead to an enhanced Bi incorporation.

  9. Influence of surface smoothing on spin Seebeck effect of Ce1Y2Fe5O12 deposited by metal organic decomposition

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    Hirata, Satoshi; Ono, Tatsuyoshi; Amemiya, Yoshiteru; Tabei, Tetsuo; Yokoyama, Shin

    2017-04-01

    Thus far, Bi1Y2Fe5O12 (Bi:YIG) films deposited by metal organic decomposition (MOD) are mainly used for magnetic insulation film of spin Seebeck devices. In order to increase the power conversion efficiency of these devices, we focused on Ce1Y2Fe5O12 (Ce:YIG), which has a larger Faraday rotation than Bi:YIG. Since there has been no report, except for the patent document, concerning the deposition of Ce:YIG films by MOD, we investigated the appropriate annealing temperatures, and we found that Ce:YIG films are crystallized when the annealing temperature is over 800 °C. However, since no electromotive force has been observed, we checked the surface roughness of Ce:YIG films by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Since their surfaces of Ce:YIG films were very rough, it was mechanically polished (MP). Then, an electromotive force of, at most, 11.3 µV was generated. This is the first report concerning the spin Seebeck effect of Ce:YIG deposited by MOD.

  10. Dry Sliding Wear Behavior and Subsurface Microstructure Evolution of Mg97Zn1Y2 Alloy in a Wide Sliding Speed Range

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    An, J.; Xuan, X. H.; Zhao, J.; Sun, W.; Liang, C.

    2016-12-01

    The wear properties of Mg97Zn1Y2 alloy were investigated using the pin-on-disk wear machine within a load range of 20-380 N and a sliding speed range of 0.2-4.0 m/s. Analysis of worn surfaces using scanning electron microscope and energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometer revealed that wear mechanisms including abrasion + oxidation, delamination accompanied by heavy surface oxidation and delamination operated in mild wear regime, while wear mechanisms such as severe plastic deformation, severe plastic deformation accompanied by spallation of oxidation layer and surface melting prevailed in severe wear regime. The microstructural evolution and hardness change in subsurfaces were examined by optical microscopy and hardness tester. The transformation of surface material from the deformed into dynamic recrystallization (DRX) microstructure was observed before and after mild-to-severe transition. The reason for mild-to-severe wear transition was identified as the transformation of strain hardening to DRX softening in subsurface. Mg97Zn1Y2 alloy has a superior mild-to-severe wear transition resistance to AZ alloys because of its higher recrystallization temperature. A novel model for evaluating the critical surface temperature of mild-to-severe wear transition was established using DRX kinetics.

  11. Impact of nitrogen concentration on the performance of LaAlO3(1-y/2)Ny films for high-k gate dielectric applications

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    Shi, G. H.; Lu, X. B.; Kong, X. K.; Liu, Z. G.

    2005-02-01

    A series of LaAlO3(1-y/2)Ny (LAON) films with different nitrogen concentrations have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition on Pt-coated silicon substrates and directly on hydrogen terminated Si (100) substrates using LaAlO3(1-y/2)Ny ceramic targets with y = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1, respectively. All the films as deposited at a substrate temperature of 600°C and in 20 Pa nitrogen ambient have amorphous structures. Their crystallization temperatures are not less than 845°C. For ease of comparison, all the films are deposited under the same deposition conditions and all the films deposited on hydrogen terminated silicon (100) substrates have the same physical thickness of 9 nm. The dielectric constant of the materials as well as the equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) and the leakage current density of the Pt/LAON/Si structures as functions of nitrogen concentration of the films were studied systematically and determined. It is found that with a dielectric constant of 33, an EOT of 2 nm and a leakage current density of 11.5 mA cm-2 at 1 V, the LAON films with y = 0.4 exhibited optimal properties for high-k gate dielectric applications. The reasons for the excellent performance of the films with this nitrogen concentration were discussed.

  12. Enhanced ferroelectric and magnetic properties of perovskite structured Bi1-x-yGdxLayFe1-yTiyO3 magnetoelectric ceramics

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    Rai, Radheshyam; Valente, M. A.; Bdikin, Igor; Kholkin, Andrei L.; Sharma, Seema

    2013-07-01

    Dielectric and magnetic properties of the Bi1-x-yGdxLayFe1-yTiyO3 (x=0.1 and y=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.5) solid solution ceramics have been presented this work. Effects of La substitution on the structural, electrical and ferroelectric properties of Bi1-x-yGdxLayFe1-yTiyO3 samples have been studied by performing X-ray diffraction and dielectric measurements as well as characterizing M-H hysteresis loop. The results indicate that, when La content exceeds 0.2, the crystal structure of the ceramic samples changes from rhombohedral to tetragonal phase. The maximum ferroelectric transition temperature (Tc) of this system was 190 °C with the dielectric constant peak of 2500 at 100 kHz for y=0.5. With increasing La content, the remanent magnetization increases and the coercive magnetic field decreases.

  13. A development of chimeric VEGFR2 TK inhibitor based on two ligand conformers from PDB: 1Y6A complex--medicinal chemistry consequences of a TKs analysis.

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    Lintnerová, Lucia; García-Caballero, Melissa; Gregáň, Fridrich; Melicherčík, Milan; Quesada, Ana R; Dobiaš, Juraj; Lác, Ján; Sališová, Marta; Boháč, Andrej

    2014-01-24

    VEGFR2 is an important mediator of angiogenesis and influences fate of some cancer stem cells. Here we analysed all 34 structures of VEGFR2 TK available from PDB database. From them a complex PDB: 1Y6A has an exceptional AAZ ligand bound to TK in form of two conformers (U- and S-shaped). This observation inspired us to develop three chimeric bispyridyl VEGFR2 inhibitors by combining structural features of both AAZ conformers and/or their relative ligand AAX (PDB: 1Y6B). Our most interesting inhibitor 22SYM has an enzymatic VEGFR2 TK activity (IC50: 15.1 nM) comparable or better to the active compounds from clinical drugs Nexavar and Sutent. 22SYM inhibits growth, migration and tube formation of endothelial cells (EC) and selectively induces EC apoptosis. 22SYM also inhibits in vivo angiogenesis in Zebrafish embryo assay. Additionally to the above results, we proved here that tyrosine kinases in an inactive form possessing Type I inhibitors can adopt both a closed or an opened conformation of kinase A-loop independently on their DFG-out arrangement. We proposed here that an activity of certain Type I inhibitors (e.g. 22SYM-like) in complex with DFG-out TK can be negatively influenced by collisions with a dynamically moving TK A-loop.

  14. Acoustic phonon modes in asymmetric AlxGa1-xN/GaN/AlyGa1-yN quantum wells

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    Zan, Y. H.; Ban, S. L.; Chai, Y. J.; Qu, Y.

    2017-02-01

    Using an elastic continuum model, the dispersion relations and phonon modes of propagating, confined, half space and interface acoustic phonons in asymmetric AlxGa1-xN/GaN/Al1-yGayN quantum wells (QWs) have been solved theoretically with the varieties of Al components x and y. Contrary to the previous conclusions, some regulations for the existence of the above different acoustic phonons are revealed as well as the transition conditions among these modes are also discussed. With increase of wave vectors, the dispersion relations split into several groups. Because the classification of these groups is related to the eigen frequencies of bulk materials forming QWs, phonon modes in these groups will be confined or propagating in different layers of QWs. Furthermore, the gradients of the dispersion relations' asymptotes are the velocities of longitudinal and the transverse acoustic phonons propagating in bulk materials in turns. The properties of the dispersion relations and their phonon modes are also analyzed in depth based on the cut-off conditions. By the changing of Al components x and y, the bottom of these groups will be modified to adjust eigen frequencies of AlxGa1-xN or Al1-yGayN layers. But the propagation properties of acoustic phonon modes will remain unchanged in each section.

  15. Photoluminescence measurements of high Sn-content Ge1-ySny and Ge1 - x - ySixSny grown on Ge-buffered Si

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    Yeo, Yung Kee; Harris, Thomas R.; Wang, Buguo; Ryu, Mee-Yi; Kouvetakis, John

    2015-03-01

    The optical properties of newly developed, high Sn-content Ge1-ySny and Ge1 - x - ySixSny thin films grown on Ge-buffered Si have been characterized using temperature-dependent and laser power-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The results show two distinct PL peaks related to both the direct (Γ) and indirect (L) bandgap transitions. Furthermore, the measured separation energy between the direct and indirect bandgap related PL peaks for Ge0.948Sn0.052 sample is only about 30 meV compared to the value of 140 meV for bulk Ge. This study shows a very encouraging result toward producing Ge- and Si-based direct bandgap semiconductors, whose predicted indirect-to-direct bandgap crossover could be near 6% Sn. Clear competition between the two transitions is also observed as a function of temperature and laser power. Overall, this work represents an extensive PL characterization of Ge1-ySny and Ge1 - x - ySixSny materials over a wide compositional range and should be useful for the development of next-generation optoelectronic devices. Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Electronic mail: thomas.harris.ctr@afit.edu

  16. Theoretical Optimization of Type I Ga1-xInxNySb1-y/AlxGa1-xNySb1-y Dilute Antimonide Nitrides Quantum Well Lasers for 3-4μm Mid-Infrared Wavelengths

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    Boukli-Hacene, N.; Zitouni, K.; Kadri, A.

    2011-12-01

    We present a k.P-theory optimization study of type I Ga1-xInxNySb1-y/AlxGa1-xNySb1-y dilute antimonide nitrides strained quantum well lasers (QWL) for 3-4 μm mid infrared (MIR) wavelengths where N contents are kept ≤2%. We show the critical influence on the laser parameters of such small nitrogen amounts in this very narrow ≤2% range. The best laser structure is found to be Ga0.9In0.1N0.02Sb0.98/Al0.1Ga0.9N0.01Sb0.99 which shows significantly increased laser emission wavelengths up to λ≈4 μm, improved modal gain G of order 250 cm-1 and reduced threshold current densities Jth as low as 0.9 kA/cm2.

  17. Investigation of global variations in the in amplitude and frequency content of the PdP, SdS and Pds phases from common upper mantle discontinuities

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    Ainiwaer, A.; Gurrola, H.; Zou, Z.

    2013-12-01

    The global existence of transition zone discontinuities at 410 km and 660 km depths and both almost universally observed in PdP, SdS and Pds data but the 520 and 660 are usually not observed in PdP data.. Discontinuities at approximately 220 km and 520 km depth are observed in these types of data at many regions. The discontinuities at 410, 520 and 660 km are believed to be the polymorphic phase transition zone in olivine. At 410 km discontinuity, α-olivine transforms to β-wadsleyite while γ-ringwoodite decomposes into wusite and provskite at 660 discontinuity while the 220 is usually considered to be the LAB and caused by partial melt. The contrast of elastic properties and the thickness of discontinuity can be estimated by investigating the amplitude of reflected or converted seismic waves. Recent progress in our ability to image these discontinuities in PP and SS data have made it possible to image these PdP and SdS phases to a much as 4 Hz. This will make it possible to investigate the frequency response of these phases to frequencies previously not possible; analysis of which makes it possible add new insight as to the nature of these boundaries. For example beneath the regions beneath the Line Island and the Aleutian Trench The PdP phase has amplitudes of 0.04 to 0.08, which is significantly higher than beneath Hawaii(0.02-0.04) and the region near the Nazca Plate and South American subduction zone Plate where the PdP phase has amplitudes of 0.02-0.04. We interpret that the difference of reflection amplitudes is the result of variations in the impedance between layers due to variations in the velocity and density contrast and the sharpness thereof. For example in most region investigated the P510P is not present in our data but is present in some regions such as the Line Islands. But the phase change expected for the 520 is usually considered to occur over a wide range of depths in which case it should not be visible anywhere at such high frequencies

  18. Investigation into the effect of Si doping on the performance of Sr(1-y)Ca(y)MnO(3-δ) SOFC cathode materials.

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    Porras-Vazquez, Jose M; Losilla, Enrique R; Keenan, Philip J; Hancock, Cathryn A; Kemp, Thomas F; Hanna, John V; Slater, Peter R

    2013-04-21

    In this paper we report the successful incorporation of silicon into Sr1-yCayMnO3-δ perovskite materials for potential applications in cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells. The Si substitution onto the B site of a (29)Si enriched Sr1-yCayMn1-xSixO3-δ perovskite system is confirmed by (29)Si MAS NMR measurements at low B0 field. The very large paramagnetic shift (~3000-3500 ppm) and anisotropy (span ~4000 ppm) suggests that the Si(4+) species experiences both Fermi contact and electron-nuclear dipolar contributions to the paramagnetic interaction with the Mn(3+/4+) centres. An improvement in the conductivity is observed for low level Si doping, which can be attributed to two factors. The first of these is attributed to the tetrahedral coordination preference of Si leading to the introduction of oxide ion vacancies, and hence a partial reduction of Mn(4+) to give mixed valence Mn. Secondly, for samples with high Sr levels, the undoped systems adopt a hexagonal perovskite structure containing face sharing of MnO6 octahedra, while Si doping is shown to help to stabilise the more highly conducting cubic perovskite containing corner linked octahedra. The level of Si, x, required to stabilise the cubic Sr1-yCayMn1-xSixO3-δ perovskite in these cases is shown to decrease with increasing Ca content; thus cubic symmetry is achieved at x = 0.05 for the Sr0.5Ca0.5Mn1-xSixO3-δ series; x = 0.075 for Sr0.7Ca0.3Mn1-xSixO3-δ; x = 0.10 for Sr0.8Ca0.2Mn1-xSixO3-δ; and x = 0.15 for SrMn1-xSixO3-δ. Composites with 50% Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 were examined on dense Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 pellets. For all series an improvement in the area specific resistances (ASR) values is observed for the Si-doped samples. Thus these preliminary results show that silicon can be incorporated into perovskite cathode materials and can have a beneficial effect on the performance.

  19. Phase formation in the (1-y)BiFeO3-yBiScO3 system under ambient and high pressure

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    Salak, A. N.; Khalyavin, D. D.; Pushkarev, A. V.; Radyush, Yu. V.; Olekhnovich, N. M.; Shilin, A. D.; Rubanik, V. V.

    2017-03-01

    Formation and thermal stability of perovskite phases in the BiFe1-yScyO3 system (0≤y≤0.70) were studied. When the iron-to-scandium substitution rate does not exceed about 15 at%, the single-phase perovskite ceramics with the rhombohedral R3c symmetry (as that of the parent compound, BiFeO3) can be prepared from the stoichiometric mixture of the respective oxides at ambient pressure. Thermal treatment of the oxide mixtures with a higher content of scandium results in formation of two main phases, namely a BiFeO3-like R3c phase and a cubic (I23) sillenite-type phase based on γ-Bi2O3. Single-phase perovskite ceramics of the BiFe1-yScyO3 composition were synthesized under high pressure from the thermally treated oxide mixtures. When y is between 0 and 0.25 the high-pressure prepared phase is the rhombohedral R3c with the √2ap×√2ap×2√3ap superstructure (ap 4 Å is the pseudocubic perovskite unit-cell parameter). The orthorhombic Pnma phase (√2ap×4ap×2√2ap) was obtained in the range of 0.30≤y≤0.60, while the monoclinic C2/c phase (√6ap×√2ap×√6ap) is formed when y=0.70. The normalized unit-cell volume drops at the crossover from the rhombohedral to the orthorhombic composition range. The perovskite BiFe1-yScyO3 phases prepared under high pressure are metastable regardless of their symmetry. At ambient pressure, the phases with the compositions in the ranges of 0.20≤y≤0.25, 0.30≤y<0.50 and 0.50≤y≤0.70 start to decompose above 970, 920 and 870 K, respectively.

  20. A Combination of CDF and D0 limits on the branching ratio of B0(s)(d) ---> mu+ mu- decays

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    Bernhard, R.; Glenzinski, D.; Herndon, M.; Kamon, T.; Krutelyov, V.; Landsberg, G.; Lehner, F.; Lin, C.J.; Mrenna, S.; /Zurich U. /Fermilab /Wisconsin U., Madison /Texas A-M /Brown U.

    2005-08-01

    The authors combine the results of CDF and D0 searches for the rare decays B{sub s}{sup 0} {yields} {mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -} and B{sub d}{sup 0} {yields} {mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -}. The experiments use 364 pb{sup -1} and 300 pb{sup -1} of data respectively. The limits on the branching ratios are obtained by normalizing the estimated sensitivity to the decay B{sup +} {yields} J/{psi}K{sup +} taking into account the fragmentation ratios f{sub u}/f{sub s(d)}. The combined results exclude branching ratios of BR(B{sub s}{sup 0} {yields} {mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -}) > 1.5 x 10{sup -7} and BR(B{sub d}{sup 0} {yields} {mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -}) > 4.0 x 10{sup -8} at 95% confidence level. These are the most stringent limits on these decays at the present time.

  1. Non-LTE analysis of extremely helium-rich stars. The hot sdO stars LSE 153, 259 and 263

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    Husfeld, D.; Butler, K.; Heber, U.; Drilling, J. S.

    1989-01-01

    Results of a non-LTE fine analysis based mainly on high-resolution CASPEC spectra for three extremely helium-rich sdO stars are discussed in order to explain hydrogen deficiency in single stars. High temperature (Teff = 70,000 to 75,000 K) and a position in the log Teff - log g diagram were found close to the Eddington limit. Various abundance estimates are derived for hydrogen (upper limits only), carbon, nitrogen, and magnesium. Hydrogen is reduced to less than 10 percent by number in LSE 153 and LSE 263, and to less than 5 percent in LSE 259. The hydrogen deficiency is accompanied by nitrogen- and carbon-enrichment in LSE 153 and LSE 259 only. In LSE 263, carbon is depleted by about 1 dex. Stellar masses obtained by assuming that a core mass-luminosity relation holds for these stars, were found to be in the range 0.6-0.9 solar mass, yielding luminosities log L/L:solar = 3.7-4.5. Two of the program stars (LSE 153 and 259) appear to be possible successors of the R CrB and helium B stars, whereas the third star (LSE 263) displays a much lower carbon content in its photosphere making it an exceptional case among the known hydrogen deficient stars.

  2. Analysis of aquifer tests conducted in boreholes USW WT-10, UE-25 WT No. 12, and USW SD-7, 1995-96, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    O`Brien, G.M.

    1997-09-01

    Single-borehole aquifer tests were conducted in three boreholes in the Yucca Mountain area between March 1995 and January 1996 to obtain estimates of borehole specific capacity and aquifer transmissivity. Analysis of aquifer testing in borehole USW SD-7 also resulted in an estimate of reservoir volume. Aquifer-test data were analyzed with the Cooper and Jacob straight-line method, two modified Theis nonequilibrium equation solutions, and a modified reservoir-limit solution. The highest estimates of transmissivity were in borehole USW WT-10, completed in the Topopah Spring Tuff. Mean transmissivity, based on the results of three drawdown tests, was 1,600 meters squared per day. Mean specific capacity in borehole USW WT-10 after 5 hours of pumping was 1,100 meters squared per day, and was estimated to be 740 meters squared per day after 24 hours of pumping. Aquifer testing in borehole UE-25 WT No. 12 appeared to be significantly affected by well losses. A mean transmissivity of 7 meters squared per day was obtained on the basis of analysis of three drawdown tests in borehole UE-25 WT No. 12. Mean specific capacity in borehole UE-25 WT No. 12, after 24 hours of pumping, was 7 meters squared per day. Borehole UE-25 WT No. 12 seemed to be producing water from fractures that could provide only a limited amount of water to the borehole.

  3. The Fourier transform method and the SD-bar approach for the analytical and numerical treatment of multicenter overlap-like quantum similarity integrals

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    Safouhi, Hassan . E-mail: hassan.safouhi@ualberta.ca; Berlu, Lilian

    2006-07-20

    Molecular overlap-like quantum similarity measurements imply the evaluation of overlap integrals of two molecular electronic densities related by Dirac delta function. When the electronic densities are expanded over atomic orbitals using the usual LCAO-MO approach (linear combination of atomic orbitals), overlap-like quantum similarity integrals could be expressed in terms of four-center overlap integrals. It is shown that by introducing the Fourier transform of delta Dirac function in the integrals and using the Fourier transform approach combined with the so-called B functions, one can obtain analytic expressions of the integrals under consideration. These analytic expressions involve highly oscillatory semi-infinite spherical Bessel functions, which are the principal source of severe numerical and computational difficulties. In this work, we present a highly efficient algorithm for a fast and accurate numerical evaluation of these multicenter overlap-like quantum similarity integrals over Slater type functions. This algorithm is based on the SD-bar approach due to Safouhi. Recurrence formulae are used for a better control of the degree of accuracy and for a better stability of the algorithm. The numerical result section shows the efficiency of our algorithm, compared with the alternatives using the one-center two-range expansion method, which led to very complicated analytic expressions, the epsilon algorithm and the nonlinear D-bar transformation.

  4. Spectroscopy of Ar-SH and Ar-SD. II. Determination of the three-dimensional intermolecular potential-energy surface.

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    Sumiyoshi, Yoshihiro; Endo, Yasuki

    2005-08-01

    All the pure rotational transitions reported in the previous studies [J. Chem. Phys. 113, 10121 (2000); J. Mol. Spectrosc. 222, 22 (2003)] and newly observed rotation-vibration transitions, P = 1/2 <-- 3/2, for Ar-SH and Ar-SD [J. Chem. Phys. (2005), the preceding paper] have been simultaneously analyzed to determine a new intermolecular potential-energy surface of Ar-SH in the ground state. A Schrodinger equation considering the three-dimensional freedom of motion for an atom-diatom complex in the Jacobi coordinate, R, theta, and r, was numerically solved to obtain energies of the rovibrational levels using the discrete variable representation method. A three-dimensional potential-energy surface is determined by a least-squares fitting with initial values of the parameters for the potential obtained by ab initio calculations at the RCCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. The potential well reproduces all the observed data in the microwave and millimeter wave regions with parity doublings and hyperfine splittings. Several low-lying rovibrational energies are calculated using the new potential-energy surface. The dependence of the interaction energy between Ar and SH(2pi(i)) on the bond length of the SH monomer is discussed.

  5. Conductivity anisotropy in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals in a wide range of praseodymium concentrations

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    Vovk, Ruslan V.; Khadzhai, Georgij Ya.; Dobrovolskiy, Oleksandr V.

    2014-12-01

    Anisotropies of different conductivity mechanisms in Y1-yPryBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals in a wide range of praseodymium concentrations are reported, assuming a transition from the metallic conductivity to the semiconductor-like regime, in conjunction with the fluctuation conductivity within the 3D Aslamazov-Larkin model. The Tc anisotropy grows with increasing y, with a most drastic rise when approaching the non-superconducting composition. As the praseodymium concentration increases, the ideal resistance anisotropy passes through a maximum at y ≈ 0.19. The temperature dependence of the semiconductor-like resistance anisotropy exhibits a maximum associated with variable-range jumps along the c-axis. The temperature dependence of the fluctuation conductivity anisotropy passes through a maximum due to a significant anisotropy of the coherence length.

  6. Structural and intrinsic Josephson properties of Bi2Sr2Ca1-yYyCu2O8+δ single crystal

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    Yamaki, K.; Murata, K.; Irie, A.

    2016-10-01

    In this study, Bi2Sr2Ca1-yYyCu2O8+δ (BSCYCO) single crystals with yttrium doping content of y = 0-0.30 were synthesized by a self-flux method. The critical temperature and c-axis lattice constant of BSCYCO were controlled by the substitution of yttrium at the calcium site. A 290 × 90 × 0.4 μm3 mesa structure was fabricated using photolithography and argon-ion milling. A multibranch structure in current-voltage characteristics was successfully observed for mesas of BSCYCO (y = 0-0.10). The critical current of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in BSCYCO mesas was systematically investigated.

  7. Investigation into the evolution of the structure of K1-x LixTa1-y NbyO3 single crystals under variations in temperature

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    Borisov, S. A.; Vakhrushev, S. B.; Koroleva, E. Yu.; Naberezhnov, A. A.; Syrnikov, P. P.; Simkin, V. G.; Kutnjak, Z.; Egami, T.; Dmowski, W.; Piekarz, P.

    2007-05-01

    The evolution of the structure of K1-x LixTa1-y NbyO3 single crystals with x = 0.001, y = 0.026, and 1900 ppm Cu (KLTN277) and with x = 0.0014 and y = 0.024 (KLTN123), which exhibit an extremely high permittivity (up to 4 × 105 in the quasi-static regime for the KLTN277 crystal), is investigated in the range from room temperature to 20 K. It is demonstrated that, upon cooling to the lowest temperatures, both crystals retain their cubic structure, but the lattice parameters pass through a minimum at the temperature of the observed anomalies of the dielectric response (˜50 K). In the neutron diffraction pattern of the KLTN123 sample, satellites appear in the vicinity of the (hhh) reflections at temperatures below ˜50 K. These satellites can be associated with the nucleation of the rhombohedral phase.

  8. Intrinsic Josephson properties in Pb1-ySr2Y1-xCaxCu2+yO7+δ epitaxial films

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    Komori, Sachio; Kakeya, Itsuhiro

    2014-12-01

    We report the first observation of intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) characteristics in the Pb1-ySr2Y1-xCaxCu2+yO7+δ (Pb1212) epitaxial film. Pb1212 epitaxial film has been grown on SrTiO3 (100) substrates by a two-step growth technique. A small mesa structure (S = 4μm2) has been fabricated on a film surface using a standard photolithography and an Ar ion milling technique. The superconducting transition temperature of the IJJ is 43 K. At 4.2 K, the value of Jc (the critical current density) is 2.2 kA/cm2. The depth of the hysteresis defined as α = (Jc+Jr)/ Jc is 0.89, where Jr is the return current density. The temperature dependence of Jc shows good agreement with Ambegaokar-Baratoff theory.

  9. The recombination velocity at III-V compound heterojunctions with applications to Al (x) Ga(1-x)As-GaAs(1-y)Sb(y)

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    Kim, J. S.

    1978-01-01

    Interface recombination velocity in AlxGa1-xAs-GaAs and A10.85 Ga0.15As-GaAs1-ySby heterojunction systems was studied as a function of lattice mismatch. The results are applied to the design of highly efficient III-V heterojunction solar cells. A horizontal liquid-phase epitaxial growth system was used to prepare p-p-p and p-p-n double heterojunction test samples with specified values of x and y. Samples were grown at each composition, with different GaAs and GaAsSb layer thicknesses. A method was developed to obtain the lattice mismatch and lattice constants in mixed single crystals grown on (100) and (111)B oriented GaAs substrates.

  10. Calculation of the Ti(C y N1- y )-Ti4C2S2-MnS-austenite equilibrium in Ti-bearing steels

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    Liu, W. J.; Jonas, J. J.

    1989-08-01

    A thermodynamic model is presented for the equilibria among various precipitates (Ti(C y N1- y ), Ti4C2S2, and MnS) and austenite containing six alloying elements (C, Mn, N, S, Si, and Ti). This model is applied to four microalloyed steels with Ti levels of 0.05, 0.11, 0.18, and 0.25 pct. The calculations show that the Ti in these steels cannot be completely dissolved over the austenite temperature range. However, the compositions of the undissolved Ti carbonitrides differ significantly from pure TiN, as 10 to 40 pct of the nitrogen is replaced by carbon. An expression for the Gibbs energy for the formation of Ti4C2S2 in austenite is estimated. The present predictions are compared with those of the Hudd, Jones, and Kale (HJK) model; considerable differences are observed at temperatures below 1250°C.

  11. Absence of an Appreciable Iron Isotope Effect on the Transition Temperature of the Optimally Doped SmFeAsO1-y Superconductor

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    Shirage, Parasharam M.; Miyazawa, Kiichi; Kihou, Kunihiro; Kito, Hijiri; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Tanaka, Yasumoto; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Iyo, Akira

    2010-07-01

    We report the iron (Fe) isotope effect on the transition temperature (Tc) in oxygen-deficient SmFeAsO1-y, a 50-K-class, Fe-based superconductor. For the optimally doped samples with Tc=54K, a change of the average atomic mass of Fe (MFe) causes a negligibly small shift in Tc, with the Fe isotope coefficient (αFe) as small as -0.024±0.015 (where αFe=-dln⁡Tc/dln⁡MFe). This result contrasts with the finite, inverse isotope shift observed in optimally doped (Ba,K)Fe2As2, indicating that the contribution of the electron-phonon interaction markedly differs between these two Fe-based high-Tc superconductors.

  12. Nonlinear structure-composition relationships in the Ge1-ySny/Si(100) (y<0.15) system

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    Beeler, R.; Roucka, R.; Chizmeshya, A. V. G.; Kouvetakis, J.; Menéndez, J.

    2011-07-26

    The compositional dependence of the cubic lattice parameter in Ge1-ySny alloys has been revisited. Large 1000-atom supercell ab initio simulations confirm earlier theoretical predictions that indicate a positive quadratic deviation from Vegard's law, albeit with a somewhat smaller bowing coefficient, θ = 0.047 Å, than found from 64-atom cell simulations (θ = 0.063 Å). On the other hand, measurements from an extensive set of alloy samples with compositions y < 0.15 reveal a negative deviation from Vegard's law. The discrepancy with earlier experimental data, which supported the theoretical results, is traced back to an unexpected compositional dependence of the residual strain after growth on Si substrates. The experimental bowing parameter for the relaxed lattice constant of the alloys is found to be θ = -0.066 Å. Possible reasons for the disagreement between theory and experiment are discussed in detail.

  13. Evaluation of the Fracture Toughness of Nb-40Al-8Cr-1W-1Y-0.05B Intermetallic Material by Indentation Techniques

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    Choi, S. R.; Salem, J. A.; Hebsur, M. G.

    1993-01-01

    The fracture toughness of an Nb-40Al-8Cr - 1W-1Y-0.05B intermetallic material was evaluated by indentation techniques at room temperature. Two widely used indentation methods, crack size measurement and indent strength, yielded excellent agreement with a conventional fracture toughness technique using straight-through precracked specimens, despite the occasional formation of poorly configured cracks. However, the modified indentation technique, using dummy indent flaws, resulted in a low fracture toughness compared to that evaluated by the other methods. The material did not exhibit rising R-curve behavior, as evaluated from the indentation strength data. These results indicate that indentation fracture principles are applicable to this brittle intermetallic material without modification of the residual contact stress term originally calibrated for ceramic materials.

  14. Point defects in Cd1-xZnxTe1-ySey crystals grown by using Bridgman growth and traveling heater method(Conference Presentation)

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    Gul, Rubi; Bolotnikov, Aleksey E.; Camarda, Giuseppe S.; Cui, Yonggang; Egarievwe, Stephen U.; Hossain, Anwar; Roy, Utpal N.; Yang, Ge; James, Ralph B.

    2016-09-01

    Point defects and their concentrations play an important role in limiting the electrical and spectral properties of crystals. It is observed that the crystal-growth process causes the generation of different types of point defects, and these defects create non-uniformities that can be detrimental to device performance. In this research Cd1-xZnxTe1-ySey (CZTS) crystals grown by Bridgman and Travelling heater methods are studied for their point defects. The focus is on the types of defects, their concentrations and the variations with the selected growth method. In addition the effects of growth-related medium and deep energy traps and their corresponding densities are related to the resistivity, life-time of charge carriers and -product for electrons.

  15. Terahertz conductivity in the under-doped Pb1-ySr2Y1-xCaxCu2+yO7+δ epitaxial film

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    Uzawa, Akira; Komori, Sachio; Kamei, Yuta; Kakeya, Itsuhiro

    2016-11-01

    We measured the complex conductivity at the frequencies from 0.2 THz to 1.0 THz in the under-doped Pb1-ySr2Y1-xCaxCu2+yO7+δ (Pb1212) epitaxial film with terahertz time-domain specteroscopy. By analyzing temperature and frequency dependence of the complex conductivity, we found that the superconducting fluctuation persists up to 12 K above Tc, onset. Compared with previous reports, the superconducting fluctuation in Pb1212 is observed shorter temperature range than Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and La2-xSrxCuO4. This is ascribed to the lower anisotropy of Pb1212.

  16. Room-temperature oxidation of hypostoichiometric uranium-plutonium mixed oxides U1-yPuyO2-x - A depth-selective approach

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    Vauchy, Romain; Robisson, Anne-Charlotte; Belin, Renaud C.; Martin, Philippe M.; Scheinost, Andreas C.; Hodaj, Fiqiri

    2015-10-01

    In the present work, TGA, XAS and XRD were used to evidence the spontaneous oxidation of biphasic U1-yPuyO2-x samples, with y = 0.28 and 0.45, at room temperature and upon exposure to low moisture and oxygen contents. The oxidation occurs within very short timescales (e.g. O/M ratio increasing from 1.94 to 1.98 within ∼1 μm surface layer in ∼50 h). The combined use of these three complementary methods offered a depth-selective approach from the sample's bulk to its surface and allowed a thorough understanding of the underlying processes involved during the formation of the oxidized layer and of its thickening with time. We believe our results to be of interest in the prospect of fabricating hypo-stoichiometric uranium-plutonium mixed oxides since mastering the oxygen content is a crucial point for many of the fuel properties.

  17. A New Insight into the Polaron-Li Complex Diffusion in Cathode Material LiFe1-yMnyPO4 for Li Ion Batteries

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    Dinh, Van An; Nara, Jun; Ohno, Takahisa

    2012-04-01

    Based on the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof hybrid density functionals study, we proposed a new insight into the diffusion of polaron-Li vacancy complexes in LiFe1-yMnyPO4 (y=0,1/2,1). It is found that the polaron migrates along a crossing or a parallel path relative to the Li moving direction. In LiFePO4, the complex diffusion along the zigzag pathway is favorable and has a barrier of 600 meV, while the diffusion along the parallel pathway with a barrier of 623 meV is favorable in LiMnPO4. For LiFe1/2Mn1/2PO4, since the polaron is formed within a single Fe layer, the diffusion proceeds along the parallel pathway with a barrier of 635 meV.

  18. Cell-Type Specific Channelopathies in the Prefrontal Cortex of the fmr1-/y Mouse Model of Fragile X Syndrome123

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    Brager, Darrin H.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is caused by transcriptional silencing of the fmr1 gene resulting in the loss of fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) expression. FXS patients display several behavioral phenotypes associated with prefrontal cortex (PFC) dysfunction. Voltage-gated ion channels, some of which are regulated by FMRP, heavily influence PFC neuron function. Although there is evidence for brain region-specific alterations to the function a single type of ion channel in FXS, it is unclear whether subtypes of principal neurons within a brain region are affected uniformly. We tested for alterations to ion channels critical in regulating neural excitability in two subtypes of prefrontal L5 pyramidal neurons. Using somatic and dendritic patch-clamp recordings, we provide evidence that the functional expression of h-channels (Ih) is down-regulated, whereas A-type K+ channel function is up-regulated in pyramidal tract-projecting (PT) neurons in the fmr1-/y mouse PFC. This is the opposite pattern of results from published findings from hippocampus where Ih is up-regulated and A-type K+ channel function is down-regulated. Additionally, we find that somatic Kv1-mediated current is down-regulated, resulting in increased excitability of fmr1-/y PT neurons. Importantly, these h- and K+ channel differences do not extend to neighboring intratelencephalic-projecting neurons. Thus, the absence of FMRP has divergent effects on the function of individual types of ion channels not only between brain regions, but also variable effects across cell types within the same brain region. Given the importance of ion channels in regulating neural circuits, these results suggest cell-type-specific phenotypes for the disease. PMID:26601124

  19. Origin of giant piezoelectric effect in lead-free K1-xNaxTa1-yNbyO3 single crystals.

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    Tian, Hao; Meng, Xiangda; Hu, Chengpeng; Tan, Peng; Cao, Xilong; Shi, Guang; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Zhang, Rui

    2016-05-10

    A series of high-quality, large-sized (maximum size of 16 × 16 × 32 mm(3)) K1-xNaxTa1-yNbyO3 (x = 0.61, 0.64, and 0.70 and corresponding y = 0.58, 0.60, and 0.63) single crystals were grown using the top-seed solution growth method. The segregation of the crystals, which allowed for precise control of the individual components of the crystals during growth, was investigated. The obtained crystals exhibited excellent properties without being annealed, including a low dielectric loss (0.006), a saturated hysteresis loop, a giant piezoelectric coefficient d33 (d33 = 416 pC/N, determined by the resonance method and d33(*) = 480 pC/N, measured using a piezo-d33 meter), and a large electromechanical coupling factor, k33 (k33 = 83.6%), which was comparable to that of lead zirconate titanate. The reason the piezoelectric coefficient d33 of K0.39Na0.61Ta0.42Nb0.58O3 was larger than those of the other two crystals grown was elucidated through first-principles calculations. The obtained results indicated that K1-xNaxTa1-yNbyO3 crystals can be used as a high-quality, lead-free piezoelectric material.

  20. Dielectric functions, elasto-optical effects, and critical-point parameters of biaxially stressed Si1-yCy alloys on Si (0 0 1)

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    Zollner, Stefan; Liu, J. P.; Zaumseil, P.; Osten, H. J.; Demkov, A. A.

    2007-01-01

    The complex dielectric functions epsi(planckω) from 0.74 to 6.6 eV of pseudomorphically strained Si1-yCy (0 < y < 0.014) alloys grown on Si (0 0 1) were determined using spectroscopic ellipsometry. Interference effects due to surface overlayers and multiple reflections at the substrate/epilayer interface were subtracted. We also report the critical-point parameters (amplitude, energy, broadening, phase angle and dimension) of the E'0, E1, E2 and E'1 interband transitions. While the E1 energy gap increases linearly with increasing C content, in good agreement with a continuum elasticity model (taking into account the effects of biaxial stress and alloying with C based on a linear interpolation of the Si and diamond E1 energies), the E'0 gap stays approximately constant and the E2 gap shows a significant decrease. The amplitudes of all critical points decrease by about 50% and the broadenings increase by about 50-80% when adding 1.4% C. The phase angles remain approximately the same as in Si, except for E'1. The changes in the critical-point parameters can be understood due to the lattice relaxation (four Si nearest neighbours move towards C) and the strong alloy scattering, with obvious implications for ultrafast or high-field electronic transport in such alloys. Since the Si1-yCy alloys are under a tensile biaxial stress, the measured ordinary dielectric function is also affected by piezo-optical effects, which were calculated using literature data for bulk Si.

  1. Construction of a Seasonal Difference-Geographically and Temporally Weighted Regression (SD-GTWR) Model and Comparative Analysis with GWR-Based Models for Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome (HFRS) in Hubei Province (China)

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    Ge, Liang; Zhao, Youlin; Sheng, Zhongjie; Wang, Ning; Zhou, Kui; Mu, Xiangming; Guo, Liqiang; Wang, Teng; Yang, Zhanqiu; Huo, Xixiang

    2016-01-01

    Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is considered a globally distributed infectious disease which results in many deaths annually in Hubei Province, China. In order to conduct a better analysis and accurately predict HFRS incidence in Hubei Province, a new model named Seasonal Difference-Geographically and Temporally Weighted Regression (SD-GTWR) was constructed. The SD-GTWR model, which integrates the analysis and relationship of seasonal difference, spatial and temporal characteristics of HFRS (HFRS was characterized by spatiotemporal heterogeneity and it is seasonally distributed), was designed to illustrate the latent relationships between the spatio-temporal pattern of the HFRS epidemic and its influencing factors. Experiments from the study demonstrated that SD-GTWR model is superior to traditional models such as GWR- based models in terms of the efficiency and the ability of providing influencing factor analysis. PMID:27801870

  2. Laxative effects of Liriope platyphylla are tightly correlated with suppression of endoplasmic reticulum stress in loperamide-induced constipation of SD rats

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    Kim, Ji-Eun; Go, Jun; Sung, Ji-Eun; Lee, Hyun-Ah; Seo, Eun-Ji; Yun, Woo-Bin

    2016-01-01

    A dysfunction of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response can result in various diseases, including cancer, inflammation, diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders. To investigate whether ER stress response can play an essential role in the induction and treatment of chronic constipation, alterations in the key parameters for ER stress were measured in loperamide (Lop) induced constipation Sprague Dawley (SD) rats treated with aqueous extracts of Liriope platyphylla (AEtLP), which has been shown to have a laxative effect. Symptoms of chronic constipation including alteration of stool parameters and the transverse colon's structure were successfully induced by Lop treatment. Laxative effects such as enhancement of stools parameters, recovery of the mucosa thickness, increased muscle thickness and recovery of flat luminal surface were also observed in the Lop+AEtLP treated group. Furthermore, enhancement of eukaryotic initiation factor 2 alpha (eIF2α) phosphorylation and inositol-requiring enzyme 1 beta (IRE1β) expression, key indicators for ER stress, that were observed in the Lop+vehicle treated group were significantly recovered in the Lop+AEtLP treated group, although the phosphorylation level of c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK) remained constant. Moreover, alterations in the transcription level of the marker genes X-box binding protein 1 (XBP-1) and growth arrest and DNA damage-inducible protein (GADD34) were similar to those of eIF2α and IRE1β. However, their level was slightly or completely recovered after AEtLP treatment. Overall, this study provides the first evidence that ER stress response may be tightly correlated with chronic constipation induced by Lop treatment, as well as the laxative effects of AEtLP. PMID:27051439

  3. Characterization of Changes in Global Genes Expression in the Distal Colon of Loperamide-Induced Constipation SD Rats in Response to the Laxative Effects of Liriope platyphylla

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    Kim, Ji Eun; Park, So Hae; Kwak, Moon Hwa; Go, Jun; Koh, Eun Kyoung; Song, Sung Hwa; Sung, Ji Eun; Lee, Hee Seob; Hong, Jin Tae; Hwang, Dae Youn

    2015-01-01

    To characterize the changes in global gene expression in the distal colon of constipated SD rats in response to the laxative effects of aqueous extracts of Liriope platyphylla (AEtLP), including isoflavone, saponin, oligosaccharide, succinic acid and hydroxyproline, the total RNA extracted from the distal colon of AEtLP-treated constipation rats was hybridized to oligonucleotide microarrays. The AEtLP treated rats showed an increase in the number of stools, mucosa thickness, flat luminal surface thickness, mucin secretion, and crypt number. Overall, compared to the controls, 581 genes were up-regulated and 216 genes were down-regulated by the constipation induced by loperamide in the constipated rats. After the AEtLP treatment, 67 genes were up-regulated and 421 genes were down-regulated. Among the transcripts up-regulated by constipation, 89 were significantly down-regulated and 22 were recovered to the normal levels by the AEtLP treatment. The major genes in the down-regulated categories included Slc9a5, klk10, Fgf15, and Alpi, whereas the major genes in the recovered categories were Cyp2b2, Ace, G6pc, and Setbp1. On the other hand, after the AEtLP treatment, ten of these genes down-regulated by constipation were up-regulated significantly and five were recovered to the normal levels. The major genes in the up-regulated categories included Serpina3n, Lcn2 and Slc5a8, whereas the major genes in the recovered categories were Tmem45a, Rerg and Rgc32. These results indicate that several gene functional groups and individual genes as constipation biomarkers respond to an AEtLP treatment in constipated model rats. PMID:26151867

  4. Evaluating survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in frozen and thawed apple cider: potential use of a hydrophobic grid membrane filter-SD-39 agar method.

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    Sage, J R; Ingham, S C

    1998-04-01

    To determine the susceptibility of Escherichia coli O157:H7 to freezing and thawing in apple cider, methods that recover injured cells are needed for accurate enumeration. This study compared the ISO-GRID hydrophobic grid membrane filter (HGMF) SD-39 agar method to two other methods: a reference most probable number (MPN) method, and plating on sorbitol MacConkey agar (SMA). To determine numbers of injured cells, SMA spread plating was also compared to Trypticase soy agar (TSA) spread plating. Two strains of E. coli O157:H7 QA 326 and ATCC 43895, were inoculated into presterilized apple cider (10 ml) which was then frozen (-20 degrees C for 24 h). Samples were thawed at 4 degrees C for 4 h, or at 23 degrees C for 1.5 h, or in a microwave oven (700 W for 10 s). Substantial cell death (0.69- to 6.33 log10 CFU/ml decreases) and injury (0.70- to 2.38-log10 CFU/ml decreases) occurred during freezing and thawing. The extent of death and injury varied with strain and thawing method. The TSA spread plating method recovered the most cells while the HGMF method always recovered more viable cells than the reference MPN method and also either recovered significantly more (P < 0.05) cells or a not significantly different number of cells than SMA spread plating. Some injured cells of both strains were not counted by the HGMF method. Significant numbers of cells injured by freezing and thawing at 4 degrees C in apple cider were enumerated in the cider was diluted 1:2 Trypticase soy broth immediately before plating. Two epifluorescent microscopic methods showed that injury was not associated with loss of cell membrane integrity.

  5. Rosiglitazone inhibits expression and secretion of PEDF in adipose tissue and liver of male SD rats via a PPAR-γ independent mechanism.

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    Yang, Shumin; Luo, Ting; Zhou, Huang; Lv, Qiong; Liu, Lulu; Zhang, Wenlong; Gao, Rufei; Chen, Shumei; Xia, Wei; Luo, Mei; Cheng, Qingfeng; Li, Qifu

    2014-03-01

    Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) plays an important role in insulin resistance (IR). The study aims to investigate the effect of rosiglitazone, an insulin sensitizer, on PEDF production and release both in vivo and in vitro. Male SD rats were divided into normal control group, high-fat group, and rosiglitazone group. Hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp was performed to evaluate insulin sensitivity. IR models of 3T3-L1 adipocytes and HepG2 cells were established by the hyperinsulinemic method. Glucose uptake was examined to validate IR of adipocytes, and phosphorylation of protein kinase B and glycogen synthesis kinase 3β were examined to validate IR of HepG2 cells. Rosiglitazone, 2-chloro-5-nitro-N-phenylbenzamide (GW9662, an inhibitor of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ), and compound C (inhibitor of AMP-activated protein kinase [AMPK]) were used for the in vitro intervention. In vivo, the high-fat group showed increased serum PEDF levels, which negatively correlated with insulin sensitivity, whereas the rosiglitazone treatment decreased the serum PEDF and down-regulated PEDF expression in fat and liver of the obese rats, concomitant with significantly enhanced insulin sensitivity. In vitro, the IR cells showed increased PEDF secretion and expression, whereas rosiglitazone lowered PEDF secretion and expression, accompanied with increased insulin sensitivity. Interestingly, combination with 2-chloro-5-nitro-N-phenylbenzamide did not influence the effect of rosiglitazone on PEDF. However, rosiglitazone stimulated AMPK phosphorylation in fat and liver of the obese rats, whereas in vitro, when combined with compound C, the effect of rosiglitazone on PEDF was abrogated. In summary, rosiglitazone inhibits the expression and secretion of PEDF in fat and liver via promoting AMPK phosphorylation rather than peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ, and changes of PEDF induced by rosiglitazone are closely associated with IR improvement.

  6. Repeatability and Reproducibility of Eight Macular Intra-Retinal Layer Thicknesses Determined by an Automated Segmentation Algorithm Using Two SD-OCT Instruments

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    Huang, Shenghai; Leng, Lin; Zhu, Dexi; Lu, Fan

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the repeatability, reproducibility, and agreement of thickness profile measurements of eight intra-retinal layers determined by an automated algorithm applied to optical coherence tomography (OCT) images from two different instruments. Methods Twenty normal subjects (12 males, 8 females; 24 to 32 years old) were enrolled. Imaging was performed with a custom built ultra-high resolution OCT instrument (UHR-OCT, ∼3 µm resolution) and a commercial RTVue100 OCT (∼5 µm resolution) instrument. An automated algorithm was developed to segment the macular retina into eight layers and quantitate the thickness of each layer. The right eye of each subject was imaged two times by the first examiner using each instrument to assess intra-observer repeatability and once by the second examiner to assess inter-observer reproducibility. The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and coefficients of repeatability and reproducibility (COR) were analyzed to evaluate the reliability. Results The ICCs for the intra-observer repeatability and inter-observer reproducibility of both SD-OCT instruments were greater than 0.945 for the total retina and all intra-retinal layers, except the photoreceptor inner segments, which ranged from 0.051 to 0.643, and the outer segments, which ranged from 0.709 to 0.959. The CORs were less than 6.73% for the total retina and all intra-retinal layers. The total retinal thickness measured by the UHR-OCT was significantly thinner than that measured by the RTVue100. However, the ICC for agreement of the thickness profiles between UHR-OCT and RTVue OCT were greater than 0.80 except for the inner segment and outer segment layers. Conclusions Thickness measurements of the intra-retinal layers determined by the automated algorithm are reliable when applied to images acquired by the UHR-OCT and RTVue100 instruments. PMID:24505345

  7. Gallotannin-Enriched Extract Isolated from Galla Rhois May Be a Functional Candidate with Laxative Effects for Treatment of Loperamide-Induced Constipation of SD Rats

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    Kim, Ji Eun; Go, Jun; Koh, Eun Kyoung; Song, Sung Hwa; Sung, Ji Eun; Lee, Hyun Ah; Lee, Young Hee; Hong, Jin Tae; Hwang, Dae Youn

    2016-01-01

    Several natural products containing tannins are used as traditional medicines for treatment of constipation; however, their pharmacological mechanism is not well understood. The laxative effects of gallotannin-enriched extract isolated from Galla Rhois (GEGR) were investigated using a constipation model induced by loperamide (Lop) injection. After analysis for antioxidant activity of GEGR, alterations in the excretion parameters, histological structure, mucin secretion, and related protein levels were measured in the transverse colon of Sprague Dawley (SD) rats with Lop-induced constipation following treatment with 250, 500 and 1,000 mg/ml of GEGR. The number and weight of feces increased significantly by 48–79% and 128–159%, respectively, in the Lop+GEGR treated group relative to the Lop+vehicle treated group, while food intake and water consumption were maintained at a constant level. The thickness of mucosa, muscle and flat luminal surface, as well as the number of goblet cells and crypt of lieberkuhn were enhanced in the Lop+GEGR treated group. Moreover, mucin secretion increased significantly in a dose dependent manner in the Lop+GEGR treated group. Furthermore, the downstream signaling pathway of the muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChR) M2 and M3 was recovered by GEGR treatment, although the expression level varied. The levels of Gα expression and inositol triphosphate (IP3) concentration were also recovered in the Lop+GEGR treated group relative to the Lop+vehicle treated group. The results of the present study provide strong evidence that tannins distributed in various medicinal plants are important candidates for improving chronic constipation induced by Lop treatment in animal models. PMID:27618438

  8. Lattice Parameter Behavior with Different Nd and O Concentrations in (U1-yNdy)O2±x Solid Solution

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    Lee, Seung Min; Knight, Travis W.; Voit, Stwart L.; Barabash, Rozaliya I.

    2016-02-02

    The solid solution of (U1-yFPy)O-2±x, has the same fluorite structure as UO2±x lambda, and the lattice parameter is affected by dissolved fission product and oxygen concentrations. We investigated the relation between the lattice parameter and the concentrations of neodymium and oxygen in the fluorite structure of (U1-yNdy)O2±x using X-ray diffraction. Moreover, the lattice parameter behavior in the (U1-yNdy)O2±x, solid solution shows a linear change as a function of the oxygen-to-metal ratio and solubility of neodymium. The lattice parameter depends on the radii of ions forming the fluorite structure and also can be expressed by a particular rule (modified Vegard's law). Furthermore, the numerical analyses of the lattice parameters for the stoichiometric and nonstoichionietric solid solutions were conducted, and the lattice parameter model for the (U1-yNdy)O2±x, solid solution was assessed. There is a very linear relationship between the lattice parameter and the Nd and O concentration for the stoichiometry and nonstoichiometry of the (U1-yNdy)O2±x solid solution was verified.

  9. Synthesis, crystal structure investigation and magnetism of the complex metal-rich boride series Cr{sub x}(Rh{sub 1-y}Ru{sub y}){sub 7-x}B{sub 3} (x=0.88-1; y=0-1) with Th{sub 7}Fe{sub 3}-type structure

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    Misse, Patrick R.N.; Mbarki, Mohammed; Fokwa, Boniface P.T.

    2012-08-15

    Powder samples and single crystals of the new complex boride series Cr{sub x}(Rh{sub 1-y}Ru{sub y}){sub 7-x}B{sub 3} (x=0.88-1; y=0-1) have been synthesized by arc-melting the elements under purified argon atmosphere on a water-cooled copper crucible. The products, which have metallic luster, were structurally characterized by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction as well as EDX measurements. Within the whole solid solution range the hexagonal Th{sub 7}Fe{sub 3} structure type (space group P6{sub 3}mc, no. 186, Z=2) was identified. Single-crystal structure refinement results indicate the presence of chromium at two sites (6c and 2b) of the available three metal Wyckoff sites, with a pronounced preference for the 6c site. An unexpected Rh/Ru site preference was found in the Ru-rich region only, leading to two different magnetic behaviors in the solid solution: The Rh-rich region shows a temperature-independent (Pauli) paramagnetism whereas an additional temperature-dependent paramagnetic component is found in the Ru-rich region. - Graphical abstract: The new complex boride series Cr{sub x}(Rh{sub 1-y}Ru{sub y}){sub 7-x}B{sub 3} (x=0.88-1; y=0-1) has been synthesized by arc melting the elements under purified argon atmosphere. Beside the 3d/4d site preference within the whole solid solution, an unexpected Rh/Ru site preference was found in the Ru-rich region only, leading to two different magnetic behaviors: The Rh-rich region shows a temperature-independent (Pauli) paramagnetism whereas an additional temperature-dependent paramagnetic component is found in the Ru-rich region. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of a new boride series fulfilling Vegard Acute-Accent s rule. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 3d/4d site preference. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Unexpected Ru/Rh site preference. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rh-rich region is Pauli paramagnetic. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ru-rich region is Pauli and temperature-dependent paramagnetic.

  10. COPPER(1-Y)SILVER(Y)INDIUM - DISULFIDE(1-X)SELENIDE(2X) as a Prototype of the Pentenary Chalcopyrite Semiconductor Systems.

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    Chapman, Glenn Harrison

    The group III-V mixed alloy quarternary semiconductors, such as Ga(,(1-y))In(,y)As(,(1-x))P(,x) have been extensively employed in lattice matching different semiconducting layers (at specific bandgaps) to form heterojunction electro-optical devices. However, these cover only a limited set of direct bandgap/lattice constant combinations. The analogous pentenary alloys, consisting of the ternary chalcopyrite groups I -III-VI(,2) and II-IV-V(,2), have the potential of similar applications as they cover an even wider band/lattice range. As a prototype of such alloys, samples of the pentenary Cu(,(1 -y))Ag(,y)InS(,2(1-x))Se(,2x) have been synthesized and studied. Samples were prepared by reacting stoichimetric powder mixtures at about 900 C. X-ray diffractometry tests suggest the compounds maintained complete powder solid solubility throughout the system in the chalcopyrite crystal structure. The intrinsic conductivity type of the alloys appear to follow a trend towards n-type for silver and sulfur rich compounds, while forming p-type for copper and selenium rich materials. The bandgap of these samples were measured using cathodoluminescence techniques, which generally have some ambiguity in their resulting estimates. To generate better values of the band parameters extensive computer modeling for the emission spectra from heavily doped direct bandgap materials was done. The effect of band tails and Gaussian impurity states on the luminescence spectra was studied for changes in doping densities, temperature and carrier injection levels. Formulae were derived from these models to obtain better estimates of the bandgap and impurity activation levels. Algorithms were developed to obtain the impurity spreading energy of a tailed or Gaussian band, and the quasi-Fermi energy levels for injected current in a material with a specific band structure. Cathodoluminescence measurements were made at 300 and 77 K on the samples. As predicted by the models, it was found easier to

  11. Transgenerational effects of Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in the male CRL:CD(SD) rat: added value of assessing multiple offspring per litter.

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    Gray, Leon Earl; Barlow, Norman J; Howdeshell, Kembra L; Ostby, Joseph S; Furr, Johnathan R; Gray, Clark L

    2009-08-01

    In the rat, some phthalates alter sexual differentiation at relatively low dosage levels by altering fetal Leydig cell development and hormone synthesis, thereby inducing abnormalities of the testis, gubernacular ligaments, epididymis, and other androgen-dependent tissues. In order to define the dose-response relationship between di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and the Phthalate Syndrome of reproductive alterations in F1 male rats, Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat dams were dosed by gavage from gestational day 8 to day 17 of lactation with 0, 11, 33, 100, or 300 mg/kg/day DEHP (71-93 males per dose from 12 to 14 litters per dose). Some of the male offspring continued to be exposed to DEHP via gavage from 18 days of age to necropsy at 63-65 days of age (PUB cohort; 16-20/dose). Remaining males were not exposed after postnatal day 17 (in utero-lactational [IUL] cohort) and were necropsied after reaching full maturity. Anogenital distance, sperm counts and reproductive organ weights were reduced in F1 males in the 300 mg/kg/day group and they displayed retained nipples. In the IUL cohort, seminal vesicle weight also was reduced at 100 mg/kg/day. In contrast, serum testosterone and estradiol levels were unaffected in either the PUB or IUL cohorts at necropsy. A significant percentage of F1 males displayed one or more Phthalate Syndrome lesions at 11 mg/kg/day DEHP and above. We were able to detect effects in the lower dose groups only because we examined all the males in each litter rather than only one male per litter. Power calculations demonstrate how using multiple males versus one male/litter enhances the detection of the effects of DEHP. The results at 11 mg/kg/day confirm those reported from a National Toxicology Program multigenerational study which reported no observed adverse effect levels-lowest observed adverse effect levels of 5 and 10 mg/kg/day DEHP, respectively, via the diet.

  12. Differences in finger length ratio between males with autism, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified, ADHD, and anxiety disorders.

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    de Bruin, Esther I; Verheij, Fop; Wiegman, T; Ferdinand, Robert F

    2006-12-01

    Children with autism have a relatively shorter index finger (2D) compared with their ring finger (4D). It is often presumed that the 2D:4D ratio is associated with fetal testosterone levels and that high fetal testosterone levels could play a role in the aetiology of autism. It is unknown whether this effect is specific to autism. In this study, 2D:4D ratios of 144 males aged 6 to 14 years (mean age 9y 1 mo [SD 1y 11 mo]) with psychiatric disorders were compared with those of 96 males aged 6 to 13 years from the general population (mean age 9y 1 mo [SD 1y 10 mo]). Psychiatric disorders were divided into autism/Asperger syndrome (n=24), pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS; n=26), attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)/oppositional defiant disorder (ODD; n=68), and anxiety disorders (n=26). Males with autism/Asperger syndrome (p<0.05) and ADHD/ODD (p<0.05) had significantly lower (though not significantly; p=0.52) ratios than males with an anxiety disorder, and males with autism/Asperger syndrome had lower ratios than those in the comparison group. These results indicated that higher fetal testosterone levels may play a role, not only in the origin of autism, but also in the aetiology of PDD-NOS and of ADHD/ODD. Males with anxiety disorders might have been exposed to lower prenatal testosterone levels.

  13. SD-D2 "Swadana" Upgrading Program [D2 PGSD Swandana]. Summary Preliminary Report, D2-PGSD Program Economic Aspects [and] Report on Study of Economic Aspects. Educational Policy and Planning Project.

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    Cobbe, James; Musa, Ibrahim

    The first of the two reports contained in this document is a preliminary analysis, by Dr. James Cobbe, of the data collected on an extension of a study of the upgrading program for primary school (Sekolah Dasar, or SD) to Diploma Dua (D2) using the Swadana (fully self-financed) delivery system. The extension of the study covers the six current…

  14. Report to the Legislature on Senate Concurrent Resolution 118 SD1 HD1: Improving the Community's Understanding of the Department of Education's Programs and School Expenses Including a Comparison with Other States on Adequacy of Funds

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    Hawaii Educational Policy Center, 2008

    2008-01-01

    The 2007 Hawai'i State Legislature passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 118 S.D.1 HD 1 Improving the Community's Understanding of the Department of Education's Programs and School Expenses Including a Comparison with Other States on Adequacy of Funds. Among the requests contained in the resolution were the following: "Be it further resolved…

  15. Role of chalcogen vapor annealing in inducing bulk superconductivity in Fe1+yTe1-xSex [How does annealing in chalcogen vapor induce superconductivity in Fe1+yTe-xSex?

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    Lin, Wenzhi; Ganesh, P.; Gianfrancesco, Anthony; Berlijn, Tom; Maier, Thomas A.; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Sales, Brian C.; Pan, Minghu

    2015-02-01

    Recent investigations have shown that Fe1+yTe1-xSex can be made superconducting by annealing it in Se and O vapors. The current lore is that these chalcogen vapors induce superconductivity by removing the magnetic excess Fe atoms. To investigate this phenomenon we performed a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and transport measurements together with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations on Fe1+yTe1-xSex treated with Te vapor. We conclude that the main role of the Te vapor is to quench the magnetic moments of the excess Fe atoms by forming FeTem (m ≥ 1) complexes. We show that the remaining FeTem complexes are still damaging to the superconductivity and therefore that their removal potentially could further improve superconductive properties in these compounds.

  16. Soft chemical control of superconductivity in lithium iron selenide hydroxides Li(1-x)Fe(x)(OH)Fe(1-y)Se.

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    Sun, Hualei; Woodruff, Daniel N; Cassidy, Simon J; Allcroft, Genevieve M; Sedlmaier, Stefan J; Thompson, Amber L; Bingham, Paul A; Forder, Susan D; Cartenet, Simon; Mary, Nicolas; Ramos, Silvia; Foronda, Francesca R; Williams, Benjamin H; Li, Xiaodong; Blundell, Stephen J; Clarke, Simon J

    2015-02-16

    Hydrothermal synthesis is described of layered lithium iron selenide hydroxides Li(1-x)Fe(x)(OH)Fe(1-y)Se (x ∼ 0.2; 0.02 < y < 0.15) with a wide range of iron site vacancy concentrations in the iron selenide layers. This iron vacancy concentration is revealed as the only significant compositional variable and as the key parameter controlling the crystal structure and the electronic properties. Single crystal X-ray diffraction, neutron powder diffraction, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements are used to demonstrate that superconductivity at temperatures as high as 40 K is observed in the hydrothermally synthesized samples when the iron vacancy concentration is low (y < 0.05) and when the iron oxidation state is reduced slightly below +2, while samples with a higher vacancy concentration and a correspondingly higher iron oxidation state are not superconducting. The importance of combining a low iron oxidation state with a low vacancy concentration in the iron selenide layers is emphasized by the demonstration that reductive postsynthetic lithiation of the samples turns on superconductivity with critical temperatures exceeding 40 K by displacing iron atoms from the Li(1-x)Fe(x)(OH) reservoir layer to fill vacancies in the selenide layer.

  17. Spin resonance in the superconducting state of Li1 -xFexODFe1 -ySe observed by neutron spectroscopy

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    Davies, N. R.; Rahn, M. C.; Walker, H. C.; Ewings, R. A.; Woodruff, D. N.; Clarke, S. J.; Boothroyd, A. T.

    2016-10-01

    We have performed inelastic neutron-scattering measurements on a powder sample of the superconductor lithium iron selenide hydroxide Li1 -xFexODFe1 -ySe (x ≃0.16 ,y ≃0.02 ,Tc=41 K ) . The spectrum shows an enhanced intensity below Tc over an energy range of 0.64 ×2 Δ

  18. Interband optical absorption in wurtzite MgxZn1-xO/ZnO/MgyZn1-yO asymmetric quantum wells

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    Gu, Z.; Zhu, Z. N.; Wang, M. M.; Wang, Y. Q.; Wang, M. S.; Qu, Y.; Ban, S. L.

    2017-02-01

    Based on Fermi golden rule, the optical absorption induced by interband transition of electrons and holes in wurtzite MgxZn1-xO/ZnO/MgyZn1-yO asymmetric quantum wells at room temperature has been discussed. The built-in electric field (BEF) and Poisson potential are considered to calculate the eigenstates and eigenenergies of electrons and holes. The interband optical absorption coefficients (IOACs) influenced by ternary mixed crystal and size effects as functions of incident photon wavelengths are presented. The results indicate that increasing Mg component in left barrier can enhance the BEF to enforce electrons (holes) close to the left (right) interface, so as to reduce the overlapping of their wave functions. Thus the IOAC peak decreases rapidly and presents a blue shift with the increment of Mg component x. Furthermore, the size effect on IOACs is also discussed. The absorption peak is more sensitive to the change of the well width than the left barrier size. The absorption peak reduces sharply and shows a red shift with the increase of the well width. Our results could provide guidance on experiments and device fabrication.

  19. Influence of In-N Clusters on Band Gap Energy of Dilute Nitride In x Ga1-x N y As1-y

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    Zhao, Chuan-Zhen; Guo, Heng-Fei; Chen, Li-Ying; Tang, Chun-Xiao; Lu, Ke-Qing

    2016-05-01

    The In-N clusters form in the dilute nitride InxGa1-xNyAs1-y alloys after annealing. It is found that the formation of the In-N clusters not only raises the N levels lying above the conduction band minimum (CBM) of InGaAs, but also raises the N levels below the CBM of InGaAs, leading to the variation of the impurity-host interaction. The blueshift of the band gap energy is relative to the variation of the impurity-host interaction. In order to describe the blueshift of the band gap energy due to the formation of the In-N clusters, a model is developed. It is found that the model can describe the blueshift of the band gap energy well. In addition, it is found the blueshift of the band gap energy due to the atom interdiffusion at the interface can be larger than that due to the formation of the In-N clusters. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 61504094, Tinjin Research Program of Application Foundation and Advanced Technology under No. 15JCYBJC16300, and Tianjin City High School Science and Technology Fund Planning Project No. 20120609

  20. Optimization of growth conditions for (La1-yPry)1-x CaxMnO3 thin films on annealed oxide substrates

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    Schaefer, Brian; Grant, Daniel; Biswas, Amlan

    2014-03-01

    Consistent growth of flat, epitaxial thin films is essential for uncovering the unique transport characteristics of rare-earth manganite systems. We have developed pulsed laser deposition growth conditions for (La1-yPry)1-x CaxMnO3 (LPCMO, y = 0.4, 0.5, 0.6) thin films on annealed NdGaO3 (NGO) and SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. The extra annealing step for NGO and STO produces atomically flat substrates with well-defined terraces of unit cell step height. Films grown on these annealed substrates demonstrate better lattice matching compared to films grown on as-received substrates. Consequently, annealing substrates before film growth leads to higher quality thin films with a more controllable thickness. We demonstrate that these optimized growth parameters yield LPCMO thin films that are also atomically flat, as confirmed by atomic force microscopy. We are using these thin films to restrict phase growth to reduced dimensions and to study the origin of thermodynamic phase competition due to first order transitions in manganites. NSF DMR-0804452

  1. High-temperature deformation and defect chemistry of (La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}){sub 1-y} MnO{sub 3+delta}.

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    Cook, R.; Goretta, K. C.; Wolfenstine, J.; Nash, P.; Routbort, J. L.; Army Research Lab.; Illinois Inst. of Tech.

    1999-01-01

    The creep behavior of (La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}){sub 1-y}MnO{sub 3+{delta}} has been studied as a function of oxygen partial pressure (P{sub O{sub 2}}) and Sr concentration. Polycrystalline samples (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3) were deformed at 1523 K in constant-crosshead-speed compression tests in various atmospheres (10{sup -2}{<=}P{sub O{sub 2}}{<=}10{sup 5} Pa). The material deformed by grain-boundary sliding accommodated by lattice diffusion with some possible cavitation and/or interface reaction control. The defect-chemistry model which is standard in the literature could not explain the dependence of the stress on P{sub O{sub 2}} and the Sr concentration. A modified defect-chemistry model shows that cation vacancies controlled the creep rate at P{sub O{sub 2}}{<=}10{sup 5} Pa for x=0.3 and at low {sub O{sub 2}} for x=0.1 and 0.2, and that oxygen vacancies were rate-controlling at high P{sub O{sub 2}} for x=0.1 and 0.2.

  2. Determination of the easy axis of magnetization in terbium-yttrium iron garnet Tb1Y2Fe5O12 at low temperatures

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    Lahoubi, Mahieddine; Wang, Wei; Pu, Shengli

    2015-11-01

    Experimental investigations have been carried out on a spherical single crystal of terbium yttrium iron garnet (Tb1Y2Fe5O12) by means of magnetization measurements in strong dc magnetic fields up to 200 kOe applied along the <111>, <110> and <100> crystallographic directions at low temperatures (T<20 K) with a high degree of resolution both in field and temperature. The strong anisotropic magnetic behavior which appears at 4.2 K is due to the competition between <111> and <100> directions to be the easy axis of spontaneous magnetization while the <110> direction remains the more difficult axis. The magnetization measurement at 4.2 K leaving the sample to rotate freely on itself suggests that the easy axis of spontaneous magnetization is along the <100> direction. However, due to the magnetic anisotropy energies associated with both <100> and <111> directions which are close to each other, the phase <111> becomes more stable as soon as the magnetic field exceeds 10 kOe or the temperature is higher than 10 K. The results are compared with previous works.

  3. Doping effects of Co and Cu on superconductivity and magnetism in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystals.

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    Zhang, Z T; Yang, Z R; Li, L; Ling, L S; Zhang, C J; Pi, L; Zhang, Y H

    2013-01-23

    We report on the investigation of Co and Cu substitution effects on superconductivity and magnetism in Fe(1+y)Te(0.6)Se(0.4) single crystals. The parent Fe(1.01)Te(0.59)Se(0.41) shows a nodeless bulk superconductivity as revealed in heat capacity measurement, which is gradually suppressed by either Co or Cu doping. It is found that the Co or Cu doping mainly serves as scatterers rather than charge carrier doping, which is in agreement with the DFT calculation (2010 Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 157004) reported by Wadati et al. In comparison with Cu doping, Co doping shows a stronger influence on magnetism while a less evident suppression effect on superconductivity. Upon substitution of Co for Fe, a Schottky heat capacity anomaly develops gradually at low temperatures, implying the existence of a paramagnetic moment in the Co-doped samples. In contrast, Cu doping may mainly serve as non-magnetic scatterers, where no Schottky anomaly is observed.

  4. Dynamics and mechanism of oxygen annealing in Fe1+yTe0.6Se0.4 single crystal.

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    Sun, Yue; Tsuchiya, Yuji; Taen, Toshihiro; Yamada, Tatsuhiro; Pyon, Sunseng; Sugimoto, Akira; Ekino, Toshikazu; Shi, Zhixiang; Tamegai, Tsuyoshi

    2014-04-03

    Iron chalcogenide Fe(Te,Se) attracted much attention due to its simple structure, which is favorable for probing the superconducting mechanism. Its less toxic nature compared with iron arsenides is also advantageous for applications of iron-based superconductors. By intercalating spacer layers, superconducting transition temperature has been raised over 40 K. On the other hand, the presence of excess Fe is almost unavoidable in Fe(Te,Se) single crystals, which hinders the appearance of bulk superconductivity and causes strong controversies over its fundamental properties. Here we report a Systematical study of O2-annealing dynamics in Fe(1+y)Te(1-x)Sex by controlling the amount of O2, annealing temperature, and time. Bulk superconductivity can be gradually induced by increasing the amount of O2 and annealing time at suitable temperatures. The optimally annealed crystals can be easily obtained by annealing with ~1.5% molar ratio of oxygen at 400 °C for more than 1 hour. Superconductivity was witnessed to evolve mainly from the edge of the crystal to the central part. After the optimal annealing, the complete removal of excess Fe was demonstrated via STM measurements. Some fundamental properties were recharacterized and compared with those of as-grown crystals to discuss the influence of excess Fe.

  5. Correlating Oxygen Evolution Catalysts Activity and Electronic Structure by a High-Throughput Investigation of Ni1-y-zFeyCrzOx

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    Schwanke, Christoph; Stein, Helge Sören; Xi, Lifei; Sliozberg, Kirill; Schuhmann, Wolfgang; Ludwig, Alfred; Lange, Kathrin M.

    2017-03-01

    High-throughput characterization by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and electrochemical characterization is used to establish a correlation between electronic structure and catalytic activity of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts. As a model system a quasi-ternary materials library of Ni1-y-zFeyCrzOx was synthesized by combinatorial reactive magnetron sputtering, characterized by XAS, and an automated scanning droplet cell. The presence of Cr was found to increase the OER activity in the investigated compositional range. The electronic structure of NiII and CrIII remains unchanged over the investigated composition spread. At the Fe L-edge a linear combination of two spectra was observed. These spectra were assigned to FeIII in Oh symmetry and FeIII in Td symmetry. The ratio of FeIII Oh to FeIII Td increases with the amount of Cr and a correlation between the presence of the FeIII Oh and a high OER activity is found.

  6. InxGa1-xAs/AlyGa1-yAs/AlzGa1-zAs asymmetric step quantum-well middle wavelength infrared detectors

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    Wu, W. G.; Chang, K.; Jiang, D. S.; Li, Y. X.; Zheng, H. Z.; Liu, H. C.

    2001-10-01

    InxGa1-xAs/AlyGa1-yAs/AlzGa1-zAs asymmetric step quantum-well middle wavelength (3-5 μm) infrared detectors are fabricated. The components display photovoltaic-type photocurrent response as well as the bias-controlled modulation of the peak wavelength of the main response, which is ascribed to the Stark shifts of the intersubband transitions from the local ground states to the extended first excited states in the quantum wells, at the 3-5.3 μm infrared atmospheric transmission window. The blackbody detectivity (Dbb*) of the detectors reaches to about 1.0×1010cm Hz1/2/W at 77 K under bias of ±7 V. By expanding the electron wave function in terms of normalized plane wave basis within the framework of the effective-mass envelope-function theory, the linear Stark effects of the intersubband transitions between the ground and first excited states in the asymmetric step well are calculated. The obtained results agree well with the corresponding experimental measurements.

  7. In zAl 1-zAs/In yGa 1-yAs lattice constant engineered HEMTs on GaAs

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    Docter, D. P.; Brown, J. J.; Hu, M.; Matloubian, M.; Speck, J.; Wu, X.; Grider, D. E.

    1997-10-01

    We investigated the device performance of In zAl 1-zAs/In yGa 1-yAs lattice constant engineered (LCE) HEMTs grown on a GaAs substrate utilizing a low MBE growth temperature graded In zzAl 1- zAs buffer layer to accommodate the lattice mismatch between the GaAs substrate and the device heterostructure. Three In zAl 1-zAs/In yGa 1-zAs LCE HEMTs were fabricated with compositions of y,z = 0.30, 0.40, and 0.50. We present results from both d.c. and RF device characterization which shows that with increasing InAs composition (i.e. increasing y- and z-values), the Hall mobility, transconductance, maximum drain current of the LCE-HEMT all increase. At the same time, however, increasing InAs content leads to a significant reduction in both the forward bias gate-to-drain turn-on voltage, and the reverse bias gate-to-drain breakdown voltage. The dependence of the various device characteristics with InAs content all have significations for the optimization of LCE-HEMTs for millimeterwave power device applications.

  8. Lasing characteristics of Yb-doped gadolinium yttrium mixed oxyorthosilicate Yb:(Gd0.1Y0.9)2SiO5

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    Chu, Hongwei; Zhao, Shengzhi; Yang, Kejian; Zhao, Jia; Li, Dechun; Li, Guiqiu; Li, Tao; Qiao, Wenchao; Xu, Xiaodong; Zheng, Lihe; Xu, Jun

    2015-07-01

    A continuous wave (CW) tunable laser based on an alloyed oxyorthosilicate Yb:(Gd0.1Y0.9)2SiO5 was demonstrated for the first time. With an output coupler (OC) of T = 10%, a maximum output power of 958 mW was obtained with a slope efficiency of 18.2%. Simultaneous multi-wavelength operation was also observed with an OC of T = 4%. The M2 factor of the CW laser beam was measured to be 1.06. The thermo-optic coefficient was estimated to be 7.1 × 10-6/K. By using a 400 μm-thick GaAs wafer as saturable absorber, a stably Q-switched laser at 1080.4 nm was also firstly realized. A minimum pulse duration of 60.2 ns was obtained with a repetition rate of 47.6 kHz under an absorbed pump power of 11.25 W. The corresponding highest pulse energy and peak power were 5.3 μJ and 88 W, respectively. By using a V-type cavity and an OC of T = 4%, the laser can be tuned in the range from 1021 to 1094 nm.

  9. Indium Substitution Effect on the Topological Crystalline Insulator Family (Pb1$-$xSnx)1$-$yInyTe: Topological and Superconducting Properties

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    Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John; Li, Qiang; ...

    2017-02-16

    Topological crystalline insulators (TCIs) have been of great interest in the area of condensed matter physics. We investigated the effect of indium substitution on the crystal structure and transport properties in the TCI system (Pb1-xSnx)1-yInyTe. For samples with a tin concentration x ≤ 50% , the low-temperature resisitivities show a dramatic variation as a function of indium concentration: with up to ~2% indium doping, the samples show weak-metallic behavior similar to their parent compounds; with `6% indium doping, samples have true bulk-insulating resistivity and present evidence for nontrivial topological surface states; with higher indium doping levels, superconductivity was observed, withmore » a transition temperature, Tc , positively correlated to the indium concentration and reaching as high as 4.7 K. We address this issue from the view of bulk electronic structure modified by the indium-induced impurity level that pins the Fermi level. The current work summarizes the indium substitution effect on (Pb,Sn)Te, and discusses the topological and superconducting aspects, which can be provide guidance for future studies on this and related systems.« less

  10. Observation of acoustic-phonon-like mode driven by magnetic imbalance between neighboring Fe atoms in Fe1+yTe (y < 0 . 12)

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    Fobes, David; Zaliznyak, Igor; Xu, Zhijun; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, John M.; He, Xu-Gang; Ku, Wei; Garlea, Ovidiu

    2014-03-01

    We have studied the evolution with temperature of the low-energy inelastic spectra of Fe1+yTe (y < 0 . 12), a parent compound of the iron-chalcogenide superconductor family, revealing an acoustic mode at an unexpected position. Recently, we found evidence for the formation of a bond-order wave leading to ferro-orbital order in the monoclinic phase, in part due to the observation of an elastic structural peak at (100) in the low-temperature monoclinic phase [D. Fobes, et al., arXiv:1307.7162]. In the inelastic spectra we observe a sharp acoustic-phonon-like mode dispersing out of the (100) position in the monoclinic phase. Surprisingly, the mode survives in the tetragonal phase, despite the absence of a Bragg peak at (100); such a peak is forbidden by symmetry. LDA calculations suggest this mode could involve significant magnetic scattering. By assuming in-phase virtual displacement of the Fe atoms from their equilibrium position in a frozen phonon calculation, we have found a small but significant imbalance in the magnetic moments between the two Fe atoms within the unit cell, suggesting magnetic contribution to the mode. Work at BNL supported by Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US DOE, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886. Research conducted at ORNL Spallation Neutron Source was sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US DOE.

  11. G -type magnetic order in ferropnictide C uxF e1 -yAs induced by hole doping on As sites

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    Zou, T.; Lee, C. C.; Tian, W.; Cao, H. B.; Zhu, M.; Qian, B.; dela Cruz, C. R.; Ku, W.; Mao, Z. Q.; Ke, X.

    2017-02-01

    Strong antiferromagnetic (AFM) correlation has long been postulated to be closely related to the occurrence of unconventional high-temperature superconductivity observed in the cuprates, heavy fermions, and organic superconductors. The recently discovered Fe-based superconductors add another interesting member to the list. However, insufficient attention has been paid to the versatile nature of the magnetic correlation in these materials: some showing stripe (C -type) order, others double stripe (E -type) or block AFM order instead, implying potentially richer structures of the superconducting order. Here we report the observation of yet another AFM correlation in the family: a G -type AFM order as seen in the high-Tc cuprates, in C uxF e1 -yAs compounds isostructural to the LiFeAs superconductor. This study not only sheds light on the underlying mechanism of the rich magnetic correlations in the Fe-based superconductors, but also suggests the possibility of realizing a distinct pairing symmetry upon chemical doping or applying pressure.

  12. Modeling preparation condition and composition-activity relationship of perovskite-type LaxSr1-xFeyCo1-yO3 nano catalyst.

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    Oskoui, Samira Arefi; Niaei, Aligholi; Tseng, Hui-Hsin; Salari, Dariush; Izadkhah, Behrang; Hosseini, Seyed Ali

    2013-12-09

    In this paper, an artificial neural network (ANN) is first applied to perovskite catalyst design. A series of perovskite-type oxides with the LaxSr1-xFeyCo1-yO3 general formula were prepared with a sol-gel autocombustion method under different preparation conditions. A three-layer perceptron neural network was used for modeling and optimization of the catalytic combustion of toluene. A high R2 value was obtained for training and test sets of data: 0.99 and 0.976, respectively. Due to the presence of full active catalysts, there was no necessity to use an optimizer algorithm. The optimum catalysts were La0.9Sr0.1Fe0.5Co0.5O3 (Tc=700 and 800 °C and [citric acid/nitrate]=0.750), La0.9Sr0.1Fe0.82Co0.18O3 (Tc=700 °C, [citric acid/nitrate]=0.750), and La0.8Sr0.2Fe0.66Co0.34O3 (Tc=650 °C, [citric acid/nitrate]=0.525) exhibiting 100% conversion for toluene. More evaluation of the obtained model revealed the relative importance and criticality of preparation parameters of optimum catalysts. The structure, morphology, reducibility, and specific surface area of catalysts were investigated with XRD, SEM, TPR, and BET, respectively.

  13. Correlating Oxygen Evolution Catalysts Activity and Electronic Structure by a High-Throughput Investigation of Ni1-y-zFeyCrzOx

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    Schwanke, Christoph; Stein, Helge Sören; Xi, Lifei; Sliozberg, Kirill; Schuhmann, Wolfgang; Ludwig, Alfred; Lange, Kathrin M.

    2017-01-01

    High-throughput characterization by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and electrochemical characterization is used to establish a correlation between electronic structure and catalytic activity of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts. As a model system a quasi-ternary materials library of Ni1-y-zFeyCrzOx was synthesized by combinatorial reactive magnetron sputtering, characterized by XAS, and an automated scanning droplet cell. The presence of Cr was found to increase the OER activity in the investigated compositional range. The electronic structure of NiII and CrIII remains unchanged over the investigated composition spread. At the Fe L-edge a linear combination of two spectra was observed. These spectra were assigned to FeIII in Oh symmetry and FeIII in Td symmetry. The ratio of FeIII Oh to FeIII Td increases with the amount of Cr and a correlation between the presence of the FeIII Oh and a high OER activity is found. PMID:28287134

  14. Doping dependence of the spin excitations in the Fe-based superconductors Fe1+yTe1-xSex

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    Christianson, A. D.; Lumsden, M. D.; Marty, K.; Wang, C. H.; Calder, S.; Abernathy, D. L.; Stone, M. B.; Mook, H. A.; McGuire, M. A.; Sefat, A. S.; Sales, B. C.; Mandrus, D.; Goremychkin, E. A.

    2013-06-01

    The Fe1+yTe1-xSex series of materials is one of the prototype families of Fe-based superconductors. To provide further insight into these materials, we present systematic inelastic neutron scattering measurements of the low-energy spin excitations for x=0.27, 0.36, 0.40, and 0.49. These measurements show an evolution of incommensurate spin excitations towards the (1/2,1/2,0) wave vector with doping. Concentrations (x=0.40 and 0.49) which exhibit the most robust superconducting properties have spin excitations closest to (1/2,1/2,0) and also exhibit a strong spin resonance in the spin excitation spectrum below Tc. The resonance signal appears to be closer to (1/2,1/2,0) than the underlying spin excitations. We discuss the possible relationship between superconductivity and spin excitations at the (1/2,1/2,0) wave vector and the role that interstitial Fe may play.

  15. Copper-tuned magnetic order and excitations in iron-based superconductors Fe1+yTe1-xSex

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    Wen, Jinsheng; Xu, Zhijun; Xu, Guangyong; Lumsden, Mark; Matsuda, Masaaki; Valdivia, Patrick; Bourret, Edith; Lee, Dunghai; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, John; Birgeneau, Robert

    2012-02-01

    We report neutron scattering results on the Cu-substitution effects in the iron-based superconductors, Fe1+yTe1-xSex. In the parent compound, it is found that Cu drives the low-temperature magnetic ground state from long-range commensurate antiferromagnetic order in Fe1.06TeCu0.04 to short-range incommensurate order in FeTeCu0.1. In the former sample, the structural and magnetic ordering temperature is 40 K; in FeTeCu0.1, the structural phase transition is not obvious and a transition to the spin-glass state is found at 22 K. Cu suppresses superconductivity in FeTe0.5Se0.5---Tc is reduced to 7 K with a 2% Cu doping, and no superconductivity is found in the 10% Cu-doped sample. In the meantime, the intensity and energy of the resonance mode are suppressed in the 2% Cu-doped sample, while there is no resonance in the non-superconducting sample. Besides, the low-temperature magnetic excitation spectra are distinct for these two samples, with the superconducting one having an ``hour-glass" shape and the other one having a ``waterfall" shape. Our results provide further insights on the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in the iron-based superconductors.

  16. Correlating Oxygen Evolution Catalysts Activity and Electronic Structure by a High-Throughput Investigation of Ni1-y-zFeyCrzOx.

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    Schwanke, Christoph; Stein, Helge Sören; Xi, Lifei; Sliozberg, Kirill; Schuhmann, Wolfgang; Ludwig, Alfred; Lange, Kathrin M

    2017-03-13

    High-throughput characterization by soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and electrochemical characterization is used to establish a correlation between electronic structure and catalytic activity of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts. As a model system a quasi-ternary materials library of Ni1-y-zFeyCrzOx was synthesized by combinatorial reactive magnetron sputtering, characterized by XAS, and an automated scanning droplet cell. The presence of Cr was found to increase the OER activity in the investigated compositional range. The electronic structure of Ni(II) and Cr(III) remains unchanged over the investigated composition spread. At the Fe L-edge a linear combination of two spectra was observed. These spectra were assigned to Fe(III) in Oh symmetry and Fe(III) in Td symmetry. The ratio of Fe(III) Oh to Fe(III) Td increases with the amount of Cr and a correlation between the presence of the Fe(III) Oh and a high OER activity is found.

  17. Model of infiltrated La1-xSrxCo1-yFeyO3-δ cathodes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Enrico, Anna; Costamagna, Paola

    2014-12-01

    We consider an LSCF (La1-xSrxCo1-yFeyO3-δ) cathode formed of straight fibers. Being LSCF a mixed ionic electronic conductor (MIEC), we consider that it features two separate charge conduction paths, one for electrons and one for oxygen-ions. Infiltrated dopant particles, adherent to the LSCF fibers, create contact points between the ionic and the electronic conductive paths, among which, otherwise, the charge transfer reaction would be negligible. Based on this picture of the doped LSCF electrode, a model is developed. The model includes the evaluation of (i) electron and oxygen-ion conduction along the LSCF fiber, and (ii) charge transfer reaction occurring at the doping particles and, possibly, at the electrode/electrolyte interface. The model is applied to infiltrated cathodes based on different LSCF scaffolds, and the results are compared to literature experimental data, demonstrating good agreement. In particular, the model captures well the improvement of performance of the doped electrodes over the undoped ones, which can be five to tenfold or even more, and can bring the 1/Rp values to the order of magnitude of 105 S m-2 at 1000 K. Deviations between model results and literature experimental data at high doping levels are discussed in terms of percolation and partial pore obstruction.

  18. 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.

  19. Chromosome landmarks and autosome-sex chromosome translocations in Rumex hastatulus, a plant with XX/XY1Y2 sex chromosome system.

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    Grabowska-Joachimiak, Aleksandra; Kula, Adam; Książczyk, Tomasz; Chojnicka, Joanna; Sliwinska, Elwira; Joachimiak, Andrzej J

    2015-06-01

    Rumex hastatulus is the North American endemic dioecious plant with heteromorphic sex chromosomes. It is differentiated into two chromosomal races: Texas (T) race characterised by a simple XX/XY sex chromosome system and North Carolina (NC) race with a polymorphic XX/XY1Y2 sex chromosome system. The gross karyotype morphology in NC race resembles the derived type, but chromosomal changes that occurred during its evolution are poorly understood. Our C-banding/DAPI and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) experiments demonstrated that Y chromosomes of both races are enriched in DAPI-positive sequences and that the emergence of polymorphic sex chromosome system was accompanied by the break of ancestral Y chromosome and switch in the localization of 5S rDNA, from autosomes to sex chromosomes (X and Y2). Two contrasting domains were detected within North Carolina Y chromosomes: the older, highly heterochromatinised, inherited from the original Y chromosome and the younger, euchromatic, representing translocated autosomal material. The flow-cytometric DNA estimation showed ∼3.5 % genome downsizing in the North Carolina race. Our results are in contradiction to earlier reports on the lack of heterochromatin within Y chromosomes of this species and enable unambiguous identification of autosomes involved in the autosome-heterosome translocation, providing useful chromosome landmarks for further studies on the karyotype and sex chromosome differentiation in this species.

  20. Synthesis, Rietveld refinements, Infrared and Raman spectroscopy studies of the sodium diphosphate NaCryFe1-yP2O7 (0 ≤ y ≤ 1)

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    Bih, H.; Saadoune, I.; Bih, L.; Mansori, M.; ToufiK, H.; Fuess, H.; Ehrenberg, H.

    2016-01-01

    In the present study we report on the synthesis and crystal structure studies of NaCryFe1-yP2O7 sodium diphosphate solid solution (0 ≤ y ≤ 1). The X-ray diffraction shows that these compounds are isostructural with NaFeP2O7 and NaCrP2O7 (space group P21/c (C2h5) Z = 4). The Rietveld refinements based on the XRD patterns show the existence of a continuous solid solution over the whole composition range (0 ≤ y ≤ 1). A continuous evolution of the monoclinic unit cell parameters was obtained. The transition metal ions (Cr3+ and/or Fe3+) connect the diphosphate anions forming a three-dimensional network with cages filled by Na+ cations. IR and Raman spectra have been interpreted using factor group analysis. A small shift of the band frequencies is observed when Fe is substituted by Cr. The POP bridge angles are determined from Lazarev's relation and agree well with those deduced from the crystal structure refinement.

  1. Crystal structure, magnetic and infrared spectroscopy studies of the LiCr yFe 1-yP 2O 7 solid solution

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    Bih, Hssain; Saadoune, Ismael; Ehrenberg, Helmut; Fuess, Hartmut

    2009-04-01

    The lithium double diphosphates LiCr yFe 1-yP 2O 7 have been investigated by X-ray diffraction, SQUID measurements and vibrational spectroscopy. The Rietveld refinements based on the XRD patterns show the existence of a continuous solid solution over the whole composition range (0⩽ y⩽1.0) with a continuous evolution of the monoclinic unit cell parameters (S.G. P2 1). The transition metal ions connect the diphosphate anions forming a three-dimensional network with channels filled by Li + cations expected to exhibit high mobility. All compounds order magnetically at low temperatures due the Fe-Fe interactions. The ordering temperature decreases with increasing Cr content. The slope in Curie-Weiss fits to the 1/χ vs T data in the paramagnetic domain clearly shows the existence of Fe 3+ and Cr 3+ in their high spin states, and a ferromagnetic component is clearly detected for y=0, 0.2 and 0.4. IR spectra have been interpreted using factor group analysis. The small shift of the frequencies is due to the influence of the chromium amount. The POP angles were estimated using the Lazarev's relationship.

  2. Phase diagram and isotope effect in (Pr1-yEuy)0.7Ca0.3CoO3 cobaltites exhibiting spin-state transitions

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    Kalinov, A. V.; Gorbenko, O. Yu.; Taldenkov, A. N.; Rohrkamp, J.; Heyer, O.; Jodlauk, S.; Babushkina, N. A.; Fisher, L. M.; Kaul, A. R.; Kamenev, A. A.; Kuzmova, T. G.; Khomskii, D. I.; Kugel, K. I.; Lorenz, T.

    2010-04-01

    We present the study of magnetization, thermal expansion, specific heat, resistivity, and ac susceptibility of (Pr1-yEuy)0.7Ca0.3CoO3 cobaltites. The measurements were performed on ceramic samples with y=0.12-0.26 and y=1 . Based on these results, we construct the phase diagram, including magnetic and spin-state transitions. The transition from the low-to-intermediate spin state is observed for the samples with y>0.18 , whereas for a lower Eu-doping level, there are no spin-state transitions, but a crossover between the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic states occurs. The effect of oxygen isotope substitution along with Eu doping on the magnetic/spin state is discussed. The oxygen-isotope substitution ( O16 by O18 ) is found to shift both the magnetic and spin-state phase boundaries to lower Eu concentrations. The isotope effect on the spin-state transition temperature (y>0.18) is rather strong but it is much weaker for the transition to a ferromagnetic state (y<0.18) . The ferromagnetic ordering in the low-Eu-doped samples is shown to be promoted by the Co4+ ions, which favor the formation of the intermediate-spin state of neighboring Co3+ ions.

  3. Effect of Transition Metal Ordering on the Electronic Properties of LiNi1 - y - xCoyMnxO2 Cathode Materials for Li-ion Batteries

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    Longo, Roberto; Kong, Fantai; Kc, Santosh; Yeon, Dong-Hee; Yoon, Jaegu; Park, Jin-Hwan; Doo, Seok-Kwang; Cho, Kyeongjae; MSL Team; SAIT Team

    2015-03-01

    Current Li-ion batteries use layered oxides as cathode materials, specially LiCoO2 or LiNi1 - y - xCoyMnxO2(NCM), and graphite as anode. Co layered oxides suffer from the high cost and toxicity of cobalt, together with certain instability at high operational temperatures. To overcome these difficulties, the synthesis of novel materials composed of layered oxides with different sets of Transition Metals (TM) has become the most successful way to solve the particular drawbacks of every single-oxide family. Although layered materials can deliver larger capacity than other families of cathode materials, the energy density has yet to be increased in order to match the expectations deposited on the NCM oxides. To acquire a high capacity, they need to be cycled at high operational voltages, resulting in voltage and capacity fading over a large number of cycles. In this work, we examine the phase diagram of the Li-Ni-Co-Mn-O system and the effect of TM ordering on the electronic properties of NCM cathode materials, using density-functional theory. Our findings will provide conceptual guidance in the experimental search for the mechanisms driving the voltage and capacity fading of the NCM family of cathode materials, in an attempt to solve such structural instability problems and, thus, improving the performance of the NCM cathode materials. This work was supported by Samsung GRO project.

  4. Fully Coupled Modeling of Burnup-Dependent (U1- y , Pu y )O2- x Mixed Oxide Fast Reactor Fuel Performance

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    Liu, Rong; Zhou, Wenzhong; Zhou, Wei

    2016-03-01

    During the fast reactor nuclear fuel fission reaction, fission gases accumulate and form pores with the increase of fuel burnup, which decreases the fuel thermal conductivity, leading to overheating of the fuel element. The diffusion of plutonium and oxygen with high temperature gradient is also one of the important fuel performance concerns as it will affect the fuel material properties, power distribution, and overall performance of the fuel pin. In order to investigate these important issues, the (U1- y Pu y )O2- x fuel pellet is studied by fully coupling thermal transport, deformation, oxygen diffusion, fission gas release and swelling, and plutonium redistribution to evaluate the effects on each other with burnup-dependent models, accounting for the evolution of fuel porosity. The approach was developed using self-defined multiphysics models based on the framework of COMSOL Multiphysics to manage the nonlinearities associated with fast reactor mixed oxide fuel performance analysis. The modeling results showed a consistent fuel performance comparable with the previous results. Burnup degrades the fuel thermal conductivity, resulting in a significant fuel temperature increase. The fission gas release increased rapidly first and then steadily with the burnup increase. The fuel porosity increased dramatically at the beginning of the burnup and then kept constant as the fission gas released to the fuel free volume, causing the fuel temperature to increase. Another important finding is that the deviation from stoichiometry of oxygen affects greatly not only the fuel properties, for example, thermal conductivity, but also the fuel performance, for example, temperature distribution, porosity evolution, grain size growth, fission gas release, deformation, and plutonium redistribution. Special attention needs to be paid to the deviation from stoichiometry of oxygen in fuel fabrication. Plutonium content will also affect the fuel material properties and performance

  5. Equilibria involving the reciprocal spinel solid solution (Mg x Fe1- x ) (Al y Cr1- y )2O4: modeling and experiment

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    Jacob, K. T.; Behera, C. K.

    2000-12-01

    Developed in this article is a model for calculating cation distribution and activities in the reciprocal spinel solid solution (Mg X Fe1- X )(Al Y Cr1- Y )2O4 based on octahedral site preference energies of cations independent of composition and temperature, random distribution of ions on tetrahedral and octahedral sites, entropy of randomization of Jahn-Teller distortions associated with Fe2+ ions on the tetrahedral site, and the standard Gibbs energies of formation of the four pure spinel compounds. Enthalpy of mixing of this reciprocal solid solution caused by the large difference of ionic radii of Al3+ and Cr3+ present on the octahedral site was modeled based on experimental data on the binary systems. The tie-line compositions corresponding to the equilibria between the spinel solid solution and the sesquioxide solid solution (Al Z Cr1- Z )2O3 with corundum structure were computed. Values for activities in the corundum solid solution were taken from the literature. The oxygen potential corresponding to the three-phase equilibrium involving metallic iron, the spinel solid solution, and corundum solid solution was computed as a function of composition of the spinel solid solution. The computed results were verified by measurements on nine compositions inside the square representing the reciprocal system. The compositions of coexisting solid solutions were determined by electron-probe microanalysis (EPMA) and lattice parameter measurement using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The activities of FeAl2O4 and FeCr2O4 and oxygen potentials for three-phase equilibria were measured using two independent solid-state cells incorporating a bielectrolyte chain. Both cells gave consistent results within experimental error. The experimental results are in excellent agreement with the computed results, thus validating the model for the reciprocal spinel solid solution.

  6. Low-temperature MOVPE using TEGa for suppressed layer undulation in InxGa1-xAs/GaAs1-yPy superlattice on vicinal substrates

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    Fujii, Hiromasa; Sodabanlu, Hassanet; Sugiyama, Masakazu; Nakano, Yoshiaki

    2015-03-01

    InxGa1-xAs/GaAs1-yPy strain-balanced superlattice (SL) is a promising narrow-gap material that can be lattice-matched to Ge or GaAs. When growing uniform SLs on vicinal substrates for Ge-based application, formation of step-bunching and the resultant layer undulation is a critical problem. The present paper reports low-temperature metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) with triethylgallium (TEGa) to improve the stability and the uniformity of SL growth. Using trimetylgallium (TMGa), steps were severely bunched especially during InGaAs growth at high temperature, and the average reflectance of SLs significantly decreased due to lattice relaxation above 580 °C. Lowering the growth temperature to 550-530 °C was effective in order to grow 100-period SLs with a mirror-like surface, but an apparent lateral layer undulation was still confirmed by ex-situ X-ray-diffraction and STEM observation. Growth of SLs below 530 °C with TMGa was found to result in serious crystal degradation due to unstable growth in the kinetically-limited temperature range. In contrast, use of TEGa enabled 100-period SLs to be successfully grown even at lower temperature owing to its efficient pyrolysis process. Highly uniform SLs with negligible layer undulation were grown at 510 °C with TEGa, showing a photoluminescence spectrum which was as sharp as the one for SLs grown on an exact-oriented substrate. The absorption spectra for the SLs grown with TEGa showed similarly sharp edge with a strong exciton peak.

  7. Itinerant to local transformation and critical point in Ni-rich Ce2(Ni1-yPdy)2Sn alloys

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    Sereni, J. G.; Schmerber, G.; Gómez Berisso, M.; Kappler, J. P.

    2014-12-01

    Structural, magnetic (M) and thermal (Cm) studies on Ce2(Ni1-yPdy)2Sn alloys are presented within the 0 <= y <= 0.55 range of concentration, showing evidences for itinerant to local electronic transformation. At variance with RKKY type interactions between localized moments μeff, the substitution of Ni by isoelectronic Pd leads the antiferromagnetic transition to decrease from TN 3.8K to 1.2K between y = 0 and 0.48, while M(H) measured at H = 5T and 1.8K rises from 0.12 up to 0.75μB/Ce-at. Furthermore, the Cm(TN) jump increases with concentration whereas |θP| decreases. The magnetic entropy Sm(T) grows moderately with temperature for y = 0 due to a significant contribution of excited levels at low energy, while at y = 0.5 it shows a incipient plateau around Sm = Rln2. All these features reflect the progressive ground state transformation of from itinerant to a local character. Another peculiarity of this system is the nearly constant value of Cm(TN) that ends in an entropy bottleneck as TN decreases. Consequently, the system shows a critical point at ycr ≈ 0.48 with signs of ferromagnetic behavior above Hcr ≈ 0.3T. A splitting of the Cm(TN) maximum, tuned by field and concentration, indicates a competition between two magnetic phases, with respective peaks at TN ≈ 1.2 K and TI ~ 1.45 K.

  8. Investigating the reversibility of structural modifications of LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO₂ cathode materials during initial charge/discharge, at multiple length scales

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    Hwang, Sooyeon; Bak, Seong -Min; Kim, Seung Min; ...

    2015-08-11

    In this work, we investigate the structural modifications occurring at the bulk, subsurface, and surface scales of LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO₂ (NMC; y, z = 0.8, 0.1 and 0.4, 0.3, respectively) cathode materials during the initial charge/discharge. Various analytical tools, such as X-ray diffraction, selected-area electron diffraction, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and high-resolution electron microscopy, are used to examine the structural properties of the NMC cathode materials at the three different scales. Cut-off voltages of 4.3 and 4.8 V are applied during the electrochemical tests as the normal and extreme conditions, respectively. The high-Ni-content NMC cathode materials exhibit unusual behaviors, which is deviate frommore » the general redox reactions during the charge or discharge. The transition metal (TM) ions in the high-Ni-content NMC cathode materials, which are mostly Ni ions, are reduced at 4.8 V, even though TMs are usually oxidized to maintain charge neutrality upon the removal of Li. It was found that any changes in the crystallographic and electronic structures are mostly reversible down to the sub-surface scale, despite the unexpected reduction of Ni ions. However, after the discharge, traces of the phase transitions remain at the edges of the NMC cathode materials at the scale of a few nanometers (i.e., surface scale). This study demonstrates that the structural modifications in NMC cathode materials are induced by charge as well as discharge at multiple length scales. These changes are nearly reversible after the first cycle, except at the edges of the samples, which should be avoided because these highly localized changes can initiate battery degradation.« less

  9. Conduction electrons mediating the evolution from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic ordering in Gd (Co1-yFey) 2Zn20 (0 ≤y ≤1 )

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    Cabrera-Baez, M.; Naranjo-Uribe, A.; Osorio-Guillén, J. M.; Rettori, C.; Avila, M. A.

    2017-03-01

    GdFe2Zn20 is a complex cagelike compound with an unusually high ferromagnetic ordering temperature (TC=86 K) for a very diluted Gd3 + magnetic sublattice, embedded in a matrix that features strong electron-electron correlations. Here, we report on a magnetic and electronic study of the substitutional intermetallic system Gd (Co1-yFey) 2Zn20 combining magnetization measurements plus first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations with temperature-dependent electron spin resonance (ESR). After accounting for electron-electron correlations and itinerant molecular field effects, the ESR results indicate that the exchange interaction between the Gd3 + is processed via a single band of d -type electrons at the Fermi level and the exchange interaction is covalent in nature [J (0) f d<0 ] with a strong conduction electron (c e ) momentum transfer dependence [Jf d(q ) ] . The DFT calculations support this scenario by indicating a major contribution of d -type c e at the Fermi level and a spin polarization in (Y,Gd ) Fe2Zn20 wherein the most stable configuration is antiferromagnetic between Gd3 + and c e spins. Our results demonstrate that the standard Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida mechanism cannot explain the ferromagnetic behavior of GdFe2Zn20 and a superexchangelike mechanism is proposed for this magnetic interaction. An "extended phase diagram" for the double substitution sequence YCo2Zn20→GdCo2Zn20→GdFe2Zn20 is presented and discussed.

  10. Novel SrCo 1- yNb yO 3- δ cathodes for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wang, Fang; Zhou, Qingjun; He, Tianmin; Li, Guodong; Ding, Hong

    Perovskite oxides SrCo 1- yNb yO 3- δ (SCN y, y = 0.00-0.20) are investigated as potential cathode materials for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) on La 0.9Sr 0.1Ga 0.8Mg 0.2O 3- δ (LSGM) electrolyte. Compared to the undoped SrCoO 3- δ, the Nb doping significantly improves the thermal stability and enhances the electrical conductivity of the SCN y oxides. The cubic phase of the SCN y oxides with high thermal stability can be totally obtained when the Nb doping content y ≥ 0.10. Among the investigated compositions, the SrCo 0.9Nb 0.1O 3- δ oxide exhibits the highest electrical conductivity of 461-145 S cm -1 over the temperature range of 300-800 °C in air. The SCN y cathode has a good chemical compatibility with the LSGM electrolyte for temperatures up to 1050 °C for 5 h. The area specific resistances of SCN y with y = 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20 cathodes on LSGM electrolyte are 0.083, 0.099 and 0.110 Ω cm 2 at 700 °C, respectively. At y = 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20, the maximum power densities of a single-cell with SCN y cathodes on 300-μm thick LSGM electrolyte achieve 675, 642 and 625 mW cm -2 at 800 °C, respectively. These results indicate that SCN y perovskite oxides with cubic phase are potential cathode materials for application in IT-SOFCs.

  11. SrCo 1- yTi yO 3- δ as potential cathode materials for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Shen, Yu; Wang, Fang; Ma, Xin; He, Tianmin

    The perovskites SrCo 1- yTi yO 3- δ (SCT y, y = 0.00-0.20) are synthesized and assessed as potential cathode materials for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) based on the La 0.9Sr 0.1Ga 0.8Mg 0.2O 3- δ (LSGM) electrolyte. SCT y composites with y ≥ 0.05 adopt a cubic perovskite structure with thermal stability between 30 °C and 1000 °C in air. Substitution of Ti significantly enhances the electrical conductivity of the SCT y composites relative to the undoped SrCoO 3- δ. The highest electrical conductivity of the sample with y = 0.05 varied from 430 S cm -1 to 160 S cm -1 between 300 °C to 800 °C in air. The area-specific resistances of the SCT y cathodes on the LSGM electrolyte gradually increase from 0.084 Ω cm 2 at y = 0.05 to 0.091 Ω cm 2 at y = 0.20 with increasing Ti content at 750 °C. Single-cells that used SCT y cathodes with y = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, and 0.20 on a 300 μm-thick LSGM electrolyte achieve peak power densities of 793, 608, 525, and 425 mW cm -2 at 800 °C, respectively. These novel SCT y cubic perovskites demonstrate considerable potential for application in IT-SOFC cathodes.

  12. Contrasting patterns of transposable element and satellite distribution on sex chromosomes (XY1Y2) in the dioecious plant Rumex acetosa.

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    Steflova, Pavlina; Tokan, Viktor; Vogel, Ivan; Lexa, Matej; Macas, Jiri; Novak, Petr; Hobza, Roman; Vyskot, Boris; Kejnovsky, Eduard

    2013-01-01

    Rumex acetosa is a dioecious plant with the XY1Y2 sex chromosome system. Both Y chromosomes are heterochromatic and are thought to be degenerated. We performed low-pass 454 sequencing and similarity-based clustering of male and female genomic 454 reads to identify and characterize major groups of R. acetosa repetitive DNA. We found that Copia and Gypsy retrotransposons dominated, followed by DNA transposons and nonlong terminal repeat retrotransposons. CRM and Tat/Ogre retrotransposons dominated the Gypsy superfamily, whereas Maximus/Sireviruses were most abundant among Copia retrotransposons. Only one Gypsy subfamily had accumulated on Y1 and Y2 chromosomes, whereas many retrotransposons were ubiquitous on autosomes and the X chromosome, but absent on Y1 and Y2 chromosomes, and others were depleted from the X chromosome. One group of CRM Gypsy was specifically localized to centromeres. We also found that majority of previously described satellites (RAYSI, RAYSII, RAYSIII, and RAE180) are accumulated on the Y chromosomes where we identified Y chromosome-specific variant of RAE180. We discovered two novel satellites-RA160 satellite dominating on the X chromosome and RA690 localized mostly on the Y1 chromosome. The expression pattern obtained from Illumina RNA sequencing showed that the expression of transposable elements is similar in leaves of both sexes and that satellites are also expressed. Contrasting patterns of transposable elements (TEs) and satellite localization on sex chromosomes in R. acetosa, where not only accumulation but also depletion of repetitive DNA was observed, suggest that a plethora of evolutionary processes can shape sex chromosomes.

  13. Ada Compiler Validation Summary Report: Certificate Number: 900204N1. 10252 SD-Scicon plc XD Ada MC68000 V1.0-09 VAX Cluster Host and MC68000 Target

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    1990-02-04

    Page I of 5 INTRODUCTION Organization ( AVO ). On-site testing was completed on February 4 1990 at SD-SCICON plc, Pembroke House, Pembroke Broadway...Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3XD, UK. 1.2 USE OF THIS VALIDATION SUMMARY REPORT Consistent with the national laws of the originating country, the AVO may make...compiler validations according to procedures contained in the Ada Compiler Validation Procedures and Guidelines. AVO The Ada Validation Organization. The

  14. Cardiac risk factors in descendants of parents with history of coronary artery disease (CAD): an evaluation focusing on small dense low density lipoprotein cholesterol (sdLDLc) and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLc).

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    Sharma, Praveen; Purohit, Purvi; Gupta, Rashmi

    2013-10-01

    The risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in descendants with positive family history of CAD was evaluated in either one of or both the parents among 71 selected families. Subjects were grouped as parents and descendants without and with CAD and descendants spouses without CAD or family history of CAD. All subjects were examined for anthropometric characteristics, fasting blood sugar, serum lipids, lipoprotein sub-fractions, insulin, insulin resistance and pancreatic beta cell function. The results were subjected to statistical analysis by using the analysis of variance (ANOVA). Metabolic syndrome (MetS) was prevalent in the 83% descendants with CAD and 54.6% parents with CAD. The traditional risk factors were observed in both parents and descendants with CAD. Metabolic risk factors, including hypertriglyceridemia, low HDLc levels and hyperglycaemia had a higher frequency in the descendants with CAD. ANOVA showed significant 'F' ratio for the anthropometric characteristics, hypertension, serum lipids, small dense (sd) LDLc levels, HDL2c levels and HDL3c levels in the descendants parents with CAD and CAD + diabetes mellitus (DM), as compared to those without CAD. The descendants without CAD, but with a positive family history had central adiposity, hypertension and had lower HDL levels and elevated sdLDLc levels. Multiple analyses of variance showed that sdLDLc and waist circumference were the most potent risk factors for prevalence of CAD. Thus, we conclude that a positive family history of CAD along with central adiposity and elevation of sdLDLc levels appear to be important factors in the assessment of CAD risk in humans.

  15. Sociological-Dysfunctionality(SD) Tyrrany-of-Arrogance((ToA) Versus (So Miscalled) ``Wisdom-of-Crowds'' Fascism; Jargonial-Obfuscation(JO) Egocentrism Enabling Would Be ``Sciences'' to be Alas Mere SEANCES!!!.

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    Bradshaw, John; Martin, Brian; Siegel, Edward Carl-Ludwig; Euclid, Alexandria; Young, Frederic; Clay, London; CarlZimmer/NYTimes/ReedElsevier/YoungsuckChi/Alcatel-Lucent/Thale Group/ThompsonCSF/PhalesGrope/KFAZ Collaboration; artin Correidora./Carlos Perelman Collaboration; Grigory Perelman/Richard Hamilton/Linda Naser/David Gruber Collaboration; Alexander Dewedney/Massimo Pigliucci Collaboration; Orrin Pilkey/Linda Pilkey-Jarvis/Robert Parks/Simon Levay Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    Bradshaw[''Healing Shame That Binds You'']-''Brian Martin'' SD ToA is via constant interminable media-hype spin-doctoring show-biz popularity promotion, witness ubiquitous talking-heads: ''Kuku'' sci.-guy(knows everything about everything), Green,Tyson, Alda,,,, ad infinitum, ad nauseum!!!; worse still ''scientific''-societies&apos seizing conferences/journals agendas, perverted into mere SEANCES:

  16. Improved Thermoelectric Performance of p-type Skutterudite YbxFe4-yPtySb12 (0.8 x 1, y = 1 and 0.5)

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    Cho, Jung Y; Ye, Zuxin; Tessema, Misle; Salvador, James R.; Waldo, Richard; Yang, Jiong; Zhang, Weiqing; Yang, Jihui; Cai, Wei; Wang, Hsin

    2013-01-01

    Thermoelectric performance of p-type skutterudites currently lags that of the corresponding n-type materials and improvement of this important class of materials have become the focus of considerable research effort world-wide. Recent calculations find promising band structural features in p-type skutterudite materials of the type AeFe3NiSb12 ( Ae = Ca, Sr, or Ba) which could potentially lead to excellent thermoelectric properties. Recent work on the Yb- filled analog of the these formulations (YbFe3NiSb12) however finds that the onset of intrinsic conduction at lower than expected temperatures deteriorates the performance above 500 K leading to poor performance in the temperature range of interest for automotive waste heat recovery applications. We therefore seek a way to increase the band gap in order to find a way to minimize the deleterious effects of intrinsic conduction. Here we present ab initio band structure calculations and the synthesis and thermoelectric properties of YbxFe4-yPtySb12 (0.8 x 1, y = 1 and 0.5). Ab initio calculations find that the band gap increases for YbFe3PtSb12 as compared to the Ni-containing analog, though no such increase in the band gap energy was found for as compared to YbFe3.5Ni0.5Sb12. The y = 1 samples shows a characteristic transition to intrinsic conduction with a decrease in the Seebeck coefficient at temperatures above 700 K. The increased carrier concentration in y = 0.5 virtually eliminates any evidence of intrinsic conduction and the Seebeck coefficients for these samples increase monotonically up to 750 K, resulting in power factors approaching 27 W/cm K2 at 750 K. These power factors combined with low thermal conductivity result in a ZT = 0.9 at 750 K for Yb0.95Fe3.5Pt0.5Sb12.

  17. Molecular approaches to p- and n-nanoscale doping of Ge 1-ySn y semiconductors: Structural, electrical and transport properties

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    Xie, Junqi; Tolle, J.; D'Costa, V. R.; Weng, C.; Chizmeshya, A. V. G.; Menendez, J.; Kouvetakis, J.

    2009-08-01

    We report the development of practical doping protocols via designer molecular sources to create n- and p-type doped Ge 1-ySn y layers grown directly upon Si(1 0 0). These materials will have applications in the fabrication of advanced PIN devices that are intended to extend the infrared optical response beyond that of Ge by utilizing the Sn composition as an additional design parameter. Highly controlled and efficient n-doping of single-layer structures is achieved using custom built P(GeH 3) 3 and As(GeH 3) 3, precursors containing preformed Ge-As and Ge-P near-tetrahedral bonding arrangements compatible with the structure of the host Ge-Sn lattice. Facile substitution and complete activation of the P and As atoms at levels ˜10 17-10 19 cm -3 is obtained via in situ depositions at low temperatures (350 °C). Acceptor doping is readily achieved using conventional diborane yielding carrier concentrations between 10 17-10 19 cm -3 under similar growth conditions. Full activation of the as-grown dopant concentrations is demonstrated by combined SIMS and Hall experiments, and corroborated using a contactless spectroscopic ellipsometry approach. RTA processing of the samples leads to a significant increase in carrier mobility comparable to that of bulk Ge containing similar doping levels. The alloy scattering contribution appears to be negligible for electron carrier concentrations beyond 10 19 cm -3 in n-type samples and hole concentrations beyond 10 18 cm -3 in p-type samples. A comparative study using the classical lower-order hydrides PH 3 and AsH 3 produced n-doped films with carrier densities (up to 9 × 10 19 cm -3) similar to those afforded by P(GeH 3) 3 and As(GeH 3) 3. However, early results indicate that the simpler PH 3 and AsH 3 sources yield materials with inferior morphology and microstructure. Calculations of surface energetics using bond enthalpies suggest that the latter massive compounds bind to the surface via strong Ge-Ge bonds and likely act as

  18. Development of sputtering systems for large-area deposition of CuIn1-xGaxSe1-ySy thin-film solar cells

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    Dhere, Neelkanth G.; Gade, Vivek S.; Jahagirdar, Anant H.; Kadam, Ankur A.; Patil, Harshad P.; Kulkarni, Sachin S.

    2003-07-01

    CuIn1-xGaxSe1-ySy (CIGS) thin-film modules are expected to become cheaper than crystalline silicon modules within 5 yr. At present, commissioning and reaching full production of thin film modules is delayed because of nonavailability of turnkey manufacturing plants. Very few universities are conducting research on development of PV plants. CIGS thin-film solar cells are being prepared routinely at Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) on glass and metallic foil substrates for terrestrial and space applications. Earlier, the substrate size was limited to 3×3 cm2. This article presents results of development of large-area sputtering systems for preparation of large (15.2×15.2 cm2) CIGS thin-film solar cells. The facilities have the potential of serving as a nucleus of a pilot plant for fabrication of CIGS minimodules. Initial problems of bowing of the brass diaphragm, restriction of effective water flow and consequent heating of the target material were resolved by increasing the thickness of the backing plate and redesigning the structural members. Thickness uniformity was improved by modifying the magnetic field distribution in the middle 15 cm portion of the 10.2×30.5 cm2 magnetron sputtering sources by selectively removing nickel-coated soft-iron pieces at the rear. This resulted in Mo layer thickness uniformity of +/-3% over 10.2×10.2 cm2. The magnetic field was boosted at extremities to avoid precipitous ~15% drop beyond 10.2 cm. With this, thickness uniformities of +/-2.5% for Mo and +/-4.5% for ZnO over 12.7×10.2 cm2 have been achieved however with a continuing drop beyond 12.7 cm width. Modifying the magnetic field to achieve better distribution by preferentially removing soft irons pieces and also boosting of the magnetic field at the ends are two new concepts introduced and successfully utilized in this study. Scaling up of the large-area uniform deposition of metallic precursor layers was a challenging task. The efforts were directed towards obtaining

  19. a New Integrated Optic Lens and Electrooptic Modulator in GALLIUM(1-X) Aluminum(x) ARSENIDE/GALLIUM(1-Y) Aluminum(y) Arsenide Structures

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    Minot, Mark Morton

    This dissertation presents research leading to the development of two integrated optical components, a new guided-wave lens structure and zero-gap electrooptic modulator. As part of the development of these two devices, characterization of a MOCVD-grown GaAs/Ga_ {.93}Al_{.07} As planar waveguide structure was performed. Measurements included mode characteristics, optical confinement, and optical loss. GaAs is transparent at wavelengths longer than approximately 1 mum. Several optical devices could make use of semiconductor waveguides which are transparent at shorter wavelengths. Several Ga_{1-x}Al _{X}As/Ga_ {1-y}Al_{ y}As epitaxial structures with high aluminum concentration were fabricated and evaluated at wavelengths of 1.15 and 0.82 mum. Low-index sputtered glass film planar waveguides form the basis of the new guided-wave lens. The design, fabrication and evaluation of structures consisting of SiO_2 cladding layers and Corning 7059 glass guiding layers is discussed. The fabrication of high-quality glass/glass waveguides is dependent on a number of parameters including substrate cleanliness, sputtering process conditions, and target aging. It is found that the lower limit of optical loss of the films is determined both by the stoichiometry of the deposited 7059 glass film and the morphology of both the SiO _2 and 7059 films. A new integrated optic guided wave lens is described. The lens consists of a low-index lens-shaped waveguide embedded into a higher index planar waveguide. Calculation of throughput efficiency, chromatic aberration, and focal spot size is described. Design, fabrication, and optical evaluation of a prototype f/2 7059 glass/SiO_2<=ns embedded in a GaAs/Ga_{.93} Al_{.07}As waveguide is discussed. The prototype lens was measured to have 45% throughput efficiency, a 10^circ field of view, and a 2.44 μm spot size. The design, fabrication, and test of a zero-gap electrooptic modulator on GaAs/Ga_{0.93 }Al_{0.07}As waveguide, which achieves

  20. Ge{sub 1-y}Sn{sub y} (y = 0.01-0.10) alloys on Ge-buffered Si: Synthesis, microstructure, and optical properties

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    Senaratne, C. L.; Kouvetakis, J.; Gallagher, J. D.; Jiang, Liying; Smith, D. J.; Menéndez, J.; Aoki, Toshihiro

    2014-10-07

    Novel hydride chemistries are employed to deposit light-emitting Ge{sub 1-y}Sn{sub y} alloys with y ≤ 0.1 by Ultra-High Vacuum Chemical Vapor Deposition (UHV-CVD) on Ge-buffered Si wafers. The properties of the resultant materials are systematically compared with similar alloys grown directly on Si wafers. The fundamental difference between the two systems is a fivefold (and higher) decrease in lattice mismatch between film and virtual substrate, allowing direct integration of bulk-like crystals with planar surfaces and relatively low dislocation densities. For y ≤ 0.06, the CVD precursors used were digermane Ge₂H₆ and deuterated stannane SnD₄. For y ≥ 0.06, the Ge precursor was changed to trigermane Ge₃H₈, whose higher reactivity enabled the fabrication of supersaturated samples with the target film parameters. In all cases, the Ge wafers were produced using tetragermane Ge₄H₁₀ as the Ge source. The photoluminescence intensity from Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Ge films is expected to increase relative to Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Si due to the less defected interface with the virtual substrate. However, while Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Si films are largely relaxed, a significant amount of compressive strain may be present in the Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Ge case. This compressive strain can reduce the emission intensity by increasing the separation between the direct and indirect edges. In this context, it is shown here that the proposed CVD approach to Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Ge makes it possible to approach film thicknesses of about 1 μm, for which the strain is mostly relaxed and the photoluminescence intensity increases by one order of magnitude relative to Ge{sub 1–y}Sn{sub y}/Si films. The observed strain relaxation is shown to be consistent with predictions from strain-relaxation models first developed for the Si{sub 1–x}Ge{sub x}/Si system. The defect structure and atomic distributions in the films are studied in detail using advanced electron

  1. Transport and Thermodynamic Properties of Various Superconductors Including Iron-based Superconductors, V3Si and a Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe Interfacial Superconductor

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    Zheng, Yan

    This thesis focuses on several interesting aspects of various superconductors, which a special focus on iron-based superconductors. The choice of experimental probes under the influence of high pressure is very limited. In this thesis I am pioneering in measuring a large variety of physical quantities in pressure up to 10 GPa, including heat capacity and thermoelectric measurements. Heat capacity and resistivity experiments for CaFe2As 2 and underdoped Ba(Fe1--xCox)2As2 were performed under hydrostatic pressure conditions. The data supports the bulk nature of pressure-induced superconductivity in these iron-based pnictides, and reveals details on the pressure-induced structural transitions. It is observed that the maximum critical temperature and the superconducting condensation energy are strongly increased under pressure. Furthermore, detailed experimental data of various physical quantities are presented on Ba1-xK xFe2As2, which are rarely performed under pressure. These comprise heat capacity, resistivity, Nernst effect, Hall effect and Seebeck effect experiments. The data validates the existence of a new phase above the superconducting state under pressure. The data provides evidence that in this phase a spin-densitywave order and filamentary superconductivity coexist. The effect of thermal fluctuations is widely believed to be unobservable in classical superconductors. It will be shown that in V3Si fluctuations become significantly enhanced in magnetic fields of a few Teslas, because of the confinement of the electronic quasi particles in low Landau orbits. They become so strong that a vortex melting transition into a liquid vortex phase is observed in high-resolution specific heat experiments. Finally, Nernst effect data of a novel interfacial superconductor is presented, which occurs at the interface of a Bi2Te3/Fe 1+yTe heterostructure. It is superconducting below 12 K and shows a pronounced pseudogap up to 40 K. The data reveals that this pseudogap is of

  2. Crystal structure, chemical bonding and magnetism studies for three quinary polar intermetallic compounds in the (Eu(1-x)Ca(x))9In8(Ge(1-y)Sn(y))8 (x = 0.66, y = 0.03) and the (Eu(1-x)Ca(x))3In(Ge(3-y)Sn(1+y)) (x = 0.66, 0.68; y = 0.13, 0.27) phases.

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    Woo, Hyein; Jang, Eunyoung; Kim, Jin; Lee, Yunho; Kim, Jongsik; You, Tae-Soo

    2015-04-22

    Three quinary polar intermetallic compounds in the (Eu(1-x)Ca(x))9In8(Ge(1-y)Sn(y))8 (x = 0.66, y = 0.03) and the (Eu(1-x)Ca(x))3In(Ge(3-y)Sn(1+y)) (x = 0.66, 0.68; y = 0.13, 0.27) phases have been synthesized using the molten In-metal flux method, and the crystal structures are characterized by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractions. Two orthorhombic structural types can be viewed as an assembly of polyanionic frameworks consisting of the In(Ge/Sn)4 tetrahedral chains, the bridging Ge2 dimers, either the annulene-like "12-membered rings" for the (Eu(1-x)Ca(x))9In8(Ge(1-y)Sn(y))8 series or the cis-trans Ge/Sn-chains for the (Eu(1-x)Ca(x))3In(Ge(3-y)Sn(1+y)) series, and several Eu/Ca-mixed cations. The most noticeable difference between two structural types is the amount and the location of the Sn-substitution for Ge: only a partial substitution (11%) occurs at the In(Ge/Sn)4 tetrahedron in the (Eu(1-x)Ca(x))9In8(Ge(1-y)Sn(y))8 series, whereas both a complete and a partial substitution (up to 27%) are observed, respectively, at the cis-trans Ge/Sn-chain and at the In(Ge/Sn)4 tetrahedron in the (Eu(1-x)Ca(x))3In(Ge(3-y)Sn(1+y)) series. A series of tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital calculations is conducted to understand overall electronic structures and chemical bonding among components. Magnetic susceptibility measurement indicates a ferromagnetic ordering of Eu atoms below 5 K for Eu1.02(1)Ca1.98InGe2.87(1)Sn1.13.

  3. Raman study on structure of U1-yGdyO2-x (y=0.005, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.1) solid solutions

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    Lee, Jeongmook; Kim, Jandee; Youn, Young-Sang; Liu, Nazhen; Kim, Jong-Goo; Ha, Yeong-Keong; Shoesmith, David W.; Kim, Jong-Yun

    2017-04-01

    The U1-yGdyO2-x solid solutions with y = 0.005, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.1 were characterized by Raman spectroscopy to investigate the defect structure induced by oxygen vacancies. The oxygen deficiencies of solid solutions were estimated by the relation between the doping level and a lattice parameter calculated from X-ray diffraction patterns. Raman mode shifts to higher wavenumber with increasing doping level showed that crystal lattice disorder due to oxygen vacancies. The frequency shifts and relative ratio of Raman modes were enabled to be the indicator for composition, defect and oxygen vacancy of U1-yGdyO2-x solid solutions.

  4. Method for synthesizing fine-grained phosphor powders of the type (RE.sub.1- Ln.sub.x)(P.sub.1-y V.sub.y)O.sub.4

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    Phillips, Mark L. F.

    1998-01-01

    A method for generating well-crystallized photo- and cathodoluminescent oxide phosphor powders. The method of this invention uses hydrothermal synthesis and annealing to produce nearly monosized (RE.sub.1-x Ln.sub.x)(P.sub.1-y V.sub.y)O.sub.4 (Ln.dbd.Ce.fwdarw.Lu) phosphor grains with crystallite sizes from 0.04 to 5 .mu.m. Such phosphors find application in cathode-ray tube, flat-panel, and projection displays.

  5. Inoculation with endophytic Bacillus megaterium 1Y31 increases Mn accumulation and induces the growth and energy metabolism-related differentially-expressed proteome in Mn hyperaccumulator hybrid pennisetum.

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    Zhang, Wen-hui; He, Lin-yan; Wang, Qi; Sheng, Xia-Fang

    2015-12-30

    In this study, a hydroponic culture experiment was conducted in a greenhouse to investigate the molecular and microbial mechanisms involved in the endophytic Bacillus megaterium 1Y31-enhanced Mn tolerance and accumulation in Mn hyperaccumulator hybrid pennisetum. Strain 1Y31 significantly increased the dry weights (ranging from 28% to 94%) and total Mn uptake (ranging from 23% to 112%) of hybrid pennisetum treated with 0, 2, and 10mM Mn compared to the control. Total 98 leaf differentially expressed proteins were identified between the live and dead bacterial inoculated hybrid pennisetum. The major leaf differentially expressed proteins were involved in energy generation, photosynthesis, response to stimulus, metabolisms, and unknown function. Furthermore, most of the energy generation and photosynthesis-related proteins were up-regulated, whereas most of the response to stimulus and metabolism-related proteins were down-regulated under Mn stress. Notably, the proportion of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)-producing endophytic bacteria was significantly higher in the bacterial inoculated plants under Mn stress. The results suggested that strain 1Y31 increased the growth and Mn uptake of hybrid pennisetum through increasing the efficiency of photosynthesis and energy metabolism as well as the proportion of plant growth-promoting endophytic bacteria in the plants.

  6. The effects of carbon incorporation during GSMBE of Si 1- yC y and Si 1- x- yGe xC y: growth dynamics and segregation

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    Price, R. W.; Tok, E. S.; Woods, N. J.; Zhang, J.

    2003-06-01

    Si 1- yC y(0 0 1) and Si 1- x- yGe xC y(0 0 1) layers were grown using gas source molecular beam epitaxy (GSMBE) with three precursors; methylsilane (CH 3SiH 3), disilane (Si 2H 6) and germane (GeH 4). The effect of carbon on growth was studied by observing the change in period of the intensity oscillations of reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) during the formation of Si/Si 1- yC y heterojunctions. Si 1- x- yGe xC y layer thickness (growth rate) changes were measured ex situ using X-ray diffraction (XRD). A decrease in growth rate was measured in the presence of carbon and evidence for carbon segregation was collected. Temperature programmed desorption (TPD) was used to study the limiting effect carbon has on H 2 desorption and disilane adsorption. The flux dependence of the growth rate was modelled and compared to experiment to highlight the relative importance of the sticking probability of disilane to the hydrogen desorption rate constant. The growth rate decrease during Si 1- yC y(0 0 1) growth compared to that of Si(0 0 1) was shown to be dominated by a decrease in the sticking probability of disilane.

  7. Suppression of HPV-16 late L1 5′-splice site SD3632 by binding of hnRNP D proteins and hnRNP A2/B1 to upstream AUAGUA RNA motifs

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    Li, Xiaoze; Johansson, Cecilia; Glahder, Jacob; Mossberg, Ann-Kristin; Schwartz, Stefan

    2013-01-01

    Human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV-16) 5′-splice site SD3632 is used exclusively to produce late L1 mRNAs. We identified a 34-nt splicing inhibitory element located immediately upstream of HPV-16 late 5′-splice site SD3632. Two AUAGUA motifs located in these 34 nt inhibited SD3632. Two nucleotide substitutions in each of the HPV-16 specific AUAGUA motifs alleviated splicing inhibition and induced late L1 mRNA production from episomal forms of the HPV-16 genome in primary human keratinocytes. The AUAGUA motifs bind specifically not only to the heterogeneous nuclear RNP (hnRNP) D family of RNA-binding proteins including hnRNP D/AUF, hnRNP DL and hnRNP AB but also to hnRNP A2/B1. Knock-down of these proteins induced HPV-16 late L1 mRNA expression, and overexpression of hnRNP A2/B1, hnRNP AB, hnRNP DL and the two hnRNP D isoforms hnRNP D37 and hnRNP D40 further suppressed L1 mRNA expression. This inhibition may allow HPV-16 to hide from the immune system and establish long-term persistent infections with enhanced risk at progressing to cancer. There is an inverse correlation between expression of hnRNP D proteins and hnRNP A2/B1 and HPV-16 L1 production in the cervical epithelium, as well as in cervical cancer, supporting the conclusion that hnRNP D proteins and A2/B1 inhibit HPV-16 L1 mRNA production. PMID:24013563

  8. C incorporation and segregation during Si 1- yC y/Si( 0 0 1 ) gas-source molecular beam epitaxy from Si 2H 6 and CH 3SiH 3

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    Foo, Y. L.; Bratland, K. A.; Cho, B.; Soares, J. A. N. T.; Desjardins, P.; Greene, J. E.

    2002-08-01

    We have used in situ D 2 temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) to probe C incorporation and surface segregation kinetics, as well as hydrogen desorption pathways, during Si 1- yC y(0 0 1) gas-source molecular beam epitaxy from Si 2H 6/CH 3SiH 3 mixtures at temperatures Ts between 500 and 650 °C. Parallel D 2 TPD results from C-adsorbed Si(0 0 1) wafers exposed to varying CH 3SiH 3 doses serve as reference data. Si 1- yC y(0 0 1) layer spectra consist of three peaks: first-order β 1 at 515 °C and second-order β 2 at 405 °C, due to D 2 desorption from Si monodeuteride and dideuteride phases, as well as a new second-order C-induced γ 1 peak at 480 °C. C-adsorbed Si(0 0 1) samples with very high CH 3SiH 3 exposures yielded a higher-temperature TPD feature, corresponding to D 2 desorption from surface C atoms, which was never observed in Si 1- yC y(0 0 1) layer spectra. The Si 1- yC y(0 0 1) γ 1 peak arises due to desorption from Si monodeuteride species with C backbonds. γ 1 occurs at a lower temperature than β 1 reflecting the lower D-Si * bond strength, where Si * represents surface Si atoms bonded to second-layer C atoms, as a result of charge transfer from dangling bonds. The total integrated monohydride (β 1+γ 1) intensity, and hence the dangling bond density, remains constant with y indicating that C does not deactivate surface dangling bonds as it segregates to the second-layer during Si 1- yC y(0 0 1) growth. Si * coverages increase with y at constant Ts and with Ts at constant y. The positive Ts-dependence shows that C segregation is kinetically limited at Ts⩽650 °C. D 2 desorption activation energies from β 1, γ 1 and β 2 sites are 2.52, 2.22 and 1.88 eV.

  9. Growth and characterization of CdTe, Mn(x)Cd(1-x)Te, Zn(x)Cd(1-x)Te, and CdSe(y)Te(1-y) crystals

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    Lay, K. Y.; Giles-Taylor, N. C.; Schetzina, J. F.; Bachmann, K. J.

    1986-05-01

    Structures and growth characteristics of crystals based on the Cd-Te lattice, which are potentially useful in infrared radiation detectors, are described. Single crystals of CdTe, Mn(x)Cd(1-x)Te, and CdSe(y)Te(1-y) have been grown by the vertical Bridgman method and those of Zn(x)Cd(1-l)Te by zone leveling. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra were used to determine the quality and uniformity of composition. From the probing of small areas, allowed by this PL characterization technique, the uniform incorporation of Mn, Zn, and Se into the CdTe lattice was determined.

  10. Growth and characterization of CdTe, Mn(x)Cd(1-x)Te, Zn(x)Cd(1-x)Te, and CdSe(y)Te(1-y) crystals

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    Lay, K.Y.; Giles-Taylor, N.C.; Schetzina, J.F.; Bachmann, K.J.

    1986-05-01

    Structures and growth characteristics of crystals based on the Cd-Te lattice, which are potentially useful in infrared radiation detectors, are described. Single crystals of CdTe, Mn(x)Cd(1-x)Te, and CdSe(y)Te(1-y) have been grown by the vertical Bridgman method and those of Zn(x)Cd(1-l)Te by zone leveling. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra were used to determine the quality and uniformity of composition. From the probing of small areas, allowed by this PL characterization technique, the uniform incorporation of Mn, Zn, and Se into the CdTe lattice was determined. 15 references.

  11. Transport and superconducting properties of Fe-based superconductors: a comparison between SmFeAsO1-xFx and Fe1+yTe1-xSex

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    Tropeano, M.; Pallecchi, I.; Cimberle, M. R.; Ferdeghini, C.; Lamura, G.; Vignolo, M.; Martinelli, A.; Palenzona, A.; Putti, M.

    2010-05-01

    In this paper we carry out a direct comparison between transport and superconducting properties—namely resistivity, magnetoresistivity, Hall effect, Seebeck effect, thermal conductivity, upper critical field—of two different families of Fe-based superconductors, which can be viewed in many respects as end members: SmFeAsO1 - xFx with the largest Tc and the largest anisotropy and Fe1 + yTe1 - xSex, with the largest Hc2, the lowest Tc and the lowest anisotropy. In the case of the SmFeAsO1 - xFx series, we find that a single-band description allows us to extract an approximate estimation of band parameters such as carrier density and mobility from experimental data, although the behaviour of the Seebeck effect as a function of doping demonstrates that a multiband description would be more appropriate. On the contrary, experimental data for the Fe1 + y(Te1 - x, Sex) series exhibit a strongly compensated behaviour, which can be described only within a multiband model. In the Fe1 + y(Te1 - x, Sex) series, the role of the excess Fe, tuned by Se stoichiometry, is found to be twofold: on one hand it dopes electrons in the system and on the other hand it introduces localized magnetic moments, responsible for Kondo like scattering and likely pairbreaking of Cooper pairs. Hence, Fe excess also plays a crucial role in determining superconducting properties such as the Tc and the upper critical field Hc2. The huge Hc2 values of the Fe1 + yTe1 - xSex samples are described by a dirty limit law, opposed to the clean limit behaviour of the SmFeAsO1 - xFx samples. Hence, magnetic scattering by excess Fe seems to drive the system in the dirty regime, but its detrimental pairbreaking role seems not to be as severe as predicted by theory. This issue has yet to be clarified, addressing the more fundamental issue of the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity.

  12. Experimental oxygen potentials of U1-yPryO2± x and thermodynamic assessment of the U-Pr-O system

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    McMurray, Jake W.; Silva, Chinthaka M.

    2015-12-09

    Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to determine the oxygen potentials of fluorite urania-praseodymia (U1-yPryO2± x) solid solutions for y = 0.10 and 0.20 between 1000 and 1500 °C. A thermodynamic assessment of U-Pr-O system was performed using the CALPHAD (CALculation of PHAse Diagrams) method. Furthermore, the models well reproduce the TGA measurements and the computed phase relations are in good agreement with those proposed from an X-ray diffraction investigation.

  13. SD-4060OCPLT4 program, user's guide

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    Glazer, J.

    1973-01-01

    A brief description of the Orbit Comparison Plot (OCPLT4) program is presented, along with user information and a source program listing. In addition to correcting several errors that existed in the original program, this program incorporates the following new features: (1) For any satellite whose observations are processed by the Definitive Orbit Determination System (DODS), the orbital uncertainty estimates (OUE) can be obtained via appropriate card input with no major modification to the program. (2) All satellite-related information (e.g., plotter scales, cutoff limits, plotting frequencies) is user controlled via card input. (3) Not all components of OUE must be obtained. The user has the option of obtaining only the radial component if there is no need for the other two components. (4) The altitude and time graph formats are controlled by the user and are not stored for specific satellites.

  14. Postscript: SD-Squared Revisited Again

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    Woollams, Anna M.; Lambon Ralph, Matthew A.; Plaut, David C.; Patterson, Karalyn

    2010-01-01

    The current authors reply to a postscript by Coltheart, Tree, and Saunders which was in response to the current authors response on a comment by the current authors on the original article. The current authors begin by responding to the final challenge posed by Coltheart, Tree, and Saunders (2010). They believe that both experimental and…

  15. Helping Children Outgrow War. SD Technical Paper.

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    Miller, Vachel W.; Affolter, Friedrich W.

    Helping children outgrow war is an overarching goal of educational reconstruction in post-conflict settings, but responses must be highly adaptive and informed by insights gained from interventions elsewhere. This guidebook offers seven examples of successful interventions in post-conflict settings internationally, situating them within a…

  16. Sensitivity of Λ single-particle energies to the ΛN spin-orbit coupling and to nuclear core structure in p-shell and sd-shell hypernuclei

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    Veselý, P.; Hiyama, E.; Hrtánková, J.; Mareš, J.

    2016-10-01

    We introduce a mean field model based on realistic 2-body baryon interactions and calculate spectra of a set of p-shell and sd-shell Λ hypernuclei - 13ΛC, 17ΛO, 21ΛNe, 29ΛSi and 41ΛCa. The hypernuclear spectra are compared with the results of a relativistic mean field (RMF) model and available experimental data. The sensitivity of Λ single-particle energies to the nuclear core structure is explored. Special attention is paid to the effect of spin-orbit ΛN interaction on the energy splitting of the Λ single particle levels 0p3/2 and 0p1/2. In particular, we analyze the contribution of the symmetric (SLS) and the anti-symmetric (ALS) spin-orbit terms to the energy splitting. We give qualitative predictions for the calculated hypernuclei.

  17. Growth sensitivity in the epiphyseal growth plate, liver and muscle of SD rats is significantly enhanced by treatment with a fermented soybean product (cheonggukjang) through stimulation of growth hormone secretion.

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    Hwang, In Sik; Kim, Ji Eun; Lee, Young Ju; Kwak, Mun Hwa; Lee, Hong Gu; Kim, Hye Sung; Lee, Hee Seob; Hwang, Dae Youn

    2014-01-01

    Cheonggukjang (CKJ), a fermented soybean product, has been reported to have beneficial effects on various chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and immune diseases. To investigate whether CKJ induces growth sensitivity in mammals, alterations of key parameters related to their growth were analyzed. Sprague‑Dawley (SD) rats were treated with a high concentration of CKJ (H‑CKJ) or a low concentration of CKJ (L‑CKJ) for 10 days, and compared with vehicle-treated rats. The CKJ contained a high concentration of total flavonoids, phenolic compounds, daidzein and genistein, compared with the non-fermented soybean product. Body weight was higher in the H‑CKJ‑treated group compared with that in the vehicle‑ and L‑CKJ‑treated groups, whereas the weights of three organs (the brain, liver and kidney) were higher in the L‑CKJ‑treated group compared with the remaining two groups. However, no significant differences in femur length and weight were detected between the CKJ‑ and vehicle‑treated groups. The thickness of the epiphyseal growth plate in proximal femoral epiphysis was broadest in the H‑CKJ‑treated group compared with the vehicle- and L‑CKJ‑treated groups. Furthermore, the level of growth hormone (GH) was highest in the serum of the L‑CKJ‑treated group, although that of the H‑CKJ‑treated group was lower compared with that in the L‑CKJ group. Moreover, the expression levels of the GH receptor increased in the liver tissue, but not in the muscle tissue, of the L‑CKJ‑ and H‑CKJ‑treated groups. In the downstream signaling pathway of the GH receptor, the phosphorylation levels of Akt and Erk were differentially regulated between the liver and muscle. These results suggest that CKJ extract may enhance the sensitivity of the femur, liver and muscle epiphyseal growth plate in SD rats, through the upregulation of GH secretion.

  18. Disproportionation and thermochemical sulfate reduction reactions in S-H20-Ch4 and S-D2O-CH4 systems from 200 to 340 °C at elevated pressures

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    Yuan, Shunda; Chou, I-Ming; Burruss, Robert A.

    2013-01-01

    Elemental sulfur, as a transient intermediate compound, by-product, or catalyst, plays significant roles in thermochemical sulfate reduction (TSR) reactions. However, the mechanisms of the reactions in S-H2O-hydrocarbons systems are not clear. To improve our understanding of reaction mechanisms, we conducted a series of experiments between 200 and 340 °C for S-H2O-CH4, S-D2O-CH4, and S-CH4-1m ZnBr2 systems in fused silica capillary capsules (FSCC). After a heating period ranging from 24 to 2160 hours (hrs), the quenched samples were analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. Combined with the in situ Raman spectra collected at high temperatures and pressures in the S-H2O and S-H2O-CH4 systems, our results showed that (1) the disproportionation of sulfur in the S-H2O-CH4 system occurred at temperatures above 200 °C and produced H2S, SO42-, and possibly trace amount of HSO4-; (2) sulfate (and bisulfate), in the presence of sulfur, can be reduced by methane between 250 and 340 °C to produce CO2 and H2S, and these TSR temperatures are much closer to those of the natural system (2O-CH4 system may take place simultaneously, with TSR being favored at higher temperatures; and (4) in the system S-D2O-CH4, both TSR and the competitive disproportionation reactions occurred simultaneously at temperatures above 300 °C, but these reactions were very slow at lower temperatures. Our observation of methane reaction at 250 °C in a laboratory time scale suggests that, in a geologic time scale, methane may be destroyed by TSR reactions at temperatures > 200 °C that can be reached by deep drilling for hydrocarbon resources.

  19. High internal electric fields and built-in strain effects in ZnO/MgxZn1-xO and Zn1-yO/ ZnO quantum well lasers

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    Tari, N.; Zitouni, K.; Kadri, A.; Benharrats, F.

    2012-07-01

    We present a theoretical study based on the perturbative Luttinger-Kohn model so-called k.P model[1] of high internal electric fields and built-in strain effects on the laser properties of wide bandgap II-VI ZnO/MgxZn1-xO and Zn1-yCdyO/ZnO Quantum Well (QW) lasers operating in the near UV wavelength range. The high internal electric field (>1MV/cm) are due to the non-centrosymmetric Würtzite crystal structure with spontaneous and piezoelectric polarizations. Internal electric fields are found to induce a red-shift of the laser wavelength, and to reduce drastically the laser gain through the Quantum Confined Stark (QCS) effect. At the same time, the transparency carrier concentration and the laser threshold current densities are found to increase. These effects are more pronounced in Zn1-yCdyO/ZnO than in ZnO/MgxZn1-xO QW lasers. This is related to stronger internal electric field, and to the sign of the built-in strain which is compressive in the former case, and tensile in the later one.

  20. The effect of iridium oxidation state on the electronic properties of perovskite-type solid solutions: Ba2-xLaxInIrO6 and BaLaIn1-yCayIrO6

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    Flynn, Joshua; Li, Jun; Ramirez, Arthur P.; Subramanian, M. A.

    2017-03-01

    Two novel solid solution series, Ba2-xLaxInIrO6 (x=0-1.0) and BaLaIn1-yCayIrO6 (y=0-1.0), were prepared and several changes in structure, moment and charge transport were observed. The Ba2-xLaxInIrO6 series exhibits a transition from a 6M polytype to an orthorhombic perovskite structure with increased La content whereas the BaLaIn1-yCayIrO6 series transitioned from a disordered, orthorhombic perovskite to an ordered, cubic perovskite with increased Ca content. Seebeck measurements for both systems showed that Ir(IV)-rich compounds tended to have a n-type conduction mechanism while Ir(V)-rich compounds tended to be p-type. Both systems were found to be semiconducting and the magnitude of the resistivity is dependent on crystal structure and Ir environment. Magnetic measurements show that the μeff values for both systems are significantly less than predicted for Ir(IV) (1.73 μB) and greater than predicted for Ir(V) (0 μB). These results are compared to other iridate compound families.

  1. Iron isotope effect on T c in optimally-doped (Ba,K)Fe 2As 2 ( T c = 38 K) and SmFeAsO 1-y ( T c = 54 K) superconductors

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    Shirage, P. M.; Kihou, K.; Miyazawa, K.; Lee, C. H.; Kito, H.; Yoshida, Y.; Eisaki, H.; Tanaka, Y.; Iyo, A.

    2010-11-01

    We report the iron isotope effect on a transition temperature (Tc) in an optimally-doped (Ba,K)Fe2As2 (Tc = 38 K) and SmFeAsO1-y (Tc = 54 K) superconductors. In order to obtain the reliable isotope shift in Tc, twin samples with different iron isotope mass are synthesized in the same conditions (simultaneously) under high-pressure. We have found that (Ba,K)Fe2As2 shows an inverse iron isotope effect αFe = -0.18 ± 0.03 while SmFeAsO1-y shows a small iron isotope effect αFe = -0.02 ± 0.01, where the isotope exponent α is defined by Tc ∼ M-α (M is the isotopic mass). The results show that αFe changes in the iron-based superconductors depending on the system. The distinct iron isotope effects imply the exotic coupling mechanism in the iron-based superconductors.

  2. Theoretical consideration of magnetic phase formation in MnFeAsyP1-y and Mn2-x FexAs0.5P0.5 systems in the collective electron model

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    Valkov, V. I.; Golovchan, A. V.; Varyukhin, D. V.

    2012-05-01

    Experimental magnetic field dependences of magnetization in isostructural systems MnFeAsyP1-y (0.2 ≤ у ≤ 0.66) and Mn2-xFexAs0.5P0.5 (0.5 ≤ x ≤ 1.1) are analyzed by using the results of calculations from the first principles and the model approach. It is shown that the basis of the electronic mechanism of changing the type of magnetic phases in the system Mn2-xFexAs0.5P0.5 with cationic substitution is the change in the filling of the d-band. In the system MnFeAsyP1-y with anionic substitution the destabilization of the ferromagnetic phase and the occurrence of an antiferromagnetic one with decreasing the arsenic concentration can be caused by a change of the width of density of electronic states, owing to a considerable reduction of the unit-cell volume.

  3. Si1-yCy/Si(001) gas-source molecular beam epitaxy from Si2H6 and CH3SiH3: Surface reaction paths and growth kinetics

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    Foo, Y. L.; Bratland, K. A.; Cho, B.; Desjardins, P.; Greene, J. E.

    2003-04-01

    In situ surface probes and postdeposition analyses were used to follow surface reaction paths and growth kinetics of Si1-yCy alloys grown on Si(001) by gas-source molecular-beam epitaxy from Si2H6/CH3SiH3 mixtures as a function of C concentration y (0-2.6 at %) and temperature Ts (500-600 °C). High-resolution x-ray diffraction reciprocal lattice maps show that all layers are in tension and fully coherent with their substrates. Film growth rates R decrease with both y and Ts, and the rate of decrease in R as a function of y increases rapidly with Ts. In situ isotopically tagged D2 temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) measurements reveal that C segregation during steady-state Si1-yCy(001) growth results in charge transfer from Si surface dangling bonds to second-layer C atoms, which have a higher electronegativity than Si. From the TPD results, we obtain the coverage θSi*(y,Ts) of Si* surface sites with C backbonds as well as H2 desorption energies Ed from both Si and Si* surface sites. θSi* increases with increasing y and Ts in the kinetically limited segregation regime while Ed decreases from 2.52 eV for H2 desorption from Si surface sites with Si back bonds to 2.22 eV from Si* surface sites. This leads to an increase in the H2 desorption rate, and hence should yield higher film deposition rates, with increasing y and/or Ts during Si1-yCy(001) growth. The effect, however, is more than offset by the decrease in Si2H6 reactive sticking probabilities at Si* surface sites. Film growth rates R(Ts,JSi2H6,JCH3SiH3) calculated using a simple transition-state kinetic model, together with measured kinetic parameters, were found to be in excellent agreement with the experimental data.

  4. Isopiestic Investigation of the Osmotic and Activity Coefficients of {yMgCl2 + (1 - y)MgSO4}(aq) and the Osmotic Coefficients of Na2SO4.MgSO4(aq) at 298.15 K

    SciTech Connect

    Miladinovic, J; Ninkovic, R; Todorovic, M; Rard, J A

    2007-06-06

    Isopiestic vapor pressure measurements were made for {l_brace}yMgCl{sub 2} + (1-y)MgSO{sub 4}{r_brace}(aq) solutions with MgCl{sub 2} ionic strength fractions of y = 0, 0.1997, 0.3989, 0.5992, 0.8008, and (1) at the temperature 298.15 K, using KCl(aq) as the reference standard. These measurements for the mixtures cover the ionic strength range I = 0.9794 to 9.4318 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1}. In addition, isopiestic measurements were made with NaCl(aq) as reference standard for mixtures of {l_brace}xNa{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + (1-x)MgSO{sub 4}{r_brace}(aq) with the molality fraction x = 0.50000 that correspond to solutions of the evaporite mineral bloedite (astrakanite), Na{sub 2}Mg(SO{sub 4}){sub 2} {center_dot} 4H{sub 2}O(cr). The total molalities, m{sub T} = m(Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) + m(MgSO{sub 4}), range from m{sub T} = 1.4479 to 4.4312 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1} (I = 5.0677 to 15.509 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1}), where the uppermost concentration is the highest oversaturation molality that could be achieved by isothermal evaporation of the solvent at 298.15 K. The parameters of an extended ion-interaction (Pitzer) model for MgCl2(aq) at 298.15 K, which were required for an analysis of the {l_brace}yMgCl{sub 2} + (1-y)MgSO{sub 4}{r_brace}(aq) mixture results, were evaluated up to I = 12.025 mol {center_dot} kg{sup -1} from published isopiestic data together with the six new osmotic coefficients obtained in this study. Osmotic coefficients of {l_brace}yMgCl{sub 2} + (1-y)MgSO{sub 4}{r_brace}(aq) solutions from the present study, along with critically-assessed values from previous studies, were used to evaluate the mixing parameters of the extended ion-interaction model.

  5. Disproportionation and thermochemical sulfate reduction reactions in S-H2O-CH4 and S-D2O-CH4 systems from 200 to 340 °C at elevated pressures

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    Yuan, Shunda; Chou, I.-Ming; Burruss, Robert C.

    2013-10-01

    Elemental sulfur, as a transient intermediate compound, by-product, or catalyst, plays significant roles in thermochemical sulfate reduction (TSR) reactions. However, the mechanisms of the reactions in S-H2O-hydrocarbons systems are not clear. To improve our understanding of reaction mechanisms, we conducted a series of experiments between 200 and 340 °C for S-H2O-CH4, S-D2O-CH4, and S-CH4-1m ZnBr2 systems in fused silica capillary capsules (FSCCs). After a heating period ranging from 24 to 2160 h (hrs), the quenched samples were analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. Combined with the in situ Raman spectra collected at high temperatures and pressures in the S-H2O and S-H2O-CH4 systems, our results showed that (1) the disproportionation of sulfur in the S-H2O-CH4 system occurred at temperatures above 200 °C and produced H2S, SO42-, and possibly trace amount of HSO4-; (2) sulfate (and bisulfate), in the presence of sulfur, can be reduced by methane between 250 and 340 °C to produce CO2 and H2S, and these TSR temperatures are much closer to those of the natural system (<200 °C) than those of any previous experiments; (3) the disproportionation and TSR reactions in the S-H2O-CH4 system may take place simultaneously, with TSR being favored at higher temperatures; and (4) in the system S-D2O-CH4, both TSR and the competitive disproportionation reactions occurred simultaneously at temperatures above 300 °C, but these reactions were very slow at lower temperatures. Our observation of methane reaction at 250 °C in a laboratory time scale suggests that, in a geologic time scale, methane may be destroyed by TSR reactions at temperatures >200 °C that can be reached by deep drilling for hydrocarbon resources.

  6. X-ray absorption of Ba1 - xKxBiO3 and BaPb1 - yBiyO3: Competition between bipolaronic and charge-density wave states

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    Merz, M.; Nücker, N.; Schuppler, S.; Arena, D.; Dvorak, J.; Idzerda, Y. U.; Ustinovich, S. N.; Soldatov, A. G.; Shiryaev, S. V.; Barilo, S. N.

    2005-10-01

    Bulk-sensitive O 1s near-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy on Ba1 - xKxBiO3 and BaPb1 - yBiyO3 single crystals shows for undoped BaBiO3 a distinct charge-density wave derived band slightly above the Fermi level; upon K doping it is effectively reduced and competes with bipolaronic hole states whose spectral weight increases with K content. For Pb doping, on the other hand, a wide Pb-O band is formed near EF while the intensity of the bipolaronic hole band remains unaffected. The data suggest a crucial role of hole bipolarons for bismuthate superconductivity.

  7. Native-oxide-masked Si impurity-induced layer disordering of AlxGa1 - xAs-AlyGa1 - yAs-AlzGa1 - zAs quantum-well heterostructures

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    El-Zein, N.; Holonyak, N., Jr.; Kish, F. A.; Sugg, A. R.; Richard, T. A.; Dallesasse, J. M.; Smith, S. C.; Burnham, R. D.

    1991-08-01

    Data are presented showing that the native oxide that can be formed on high Al composition AlxGa1-xAs (x≳0.7) confining layers commonly employed on AlxGa1-xAs-AlyGa1-yAs-AlzGa1-zAs (y≳z) superlattices or quantum-well heterostructures serves as an effective mask against Si diffusion, and thus impurity-induced layer disordering. The high-quality native oxide is produced by the conversion of high-composition AlxGa1-xAs (x≳0.7) confining layers via H2O vapor oxidation (≳400 °C) in N2 carrier gas.

  8. Temperature-dependent transformation of the magnetic excitation spectrum on approaching superconductivity in Fe(1+y-x)(Ni/Cu)(x)Te(0.5)Se(0.5).

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    Xu, Zhijun; Wen, Jinsheng; Zhao, Yang; Matsuda, Masaaki; Ku, Wei; Liu, Xuerong; Gu, Genda; Lee, D-H; Birgeneau, R J; Tranquada, J M; Xu, Guangyong

    2012-11-30

    Spin excitations are one of the top candidates for mediating electron pairing in unconventional superconductors. Their coupling to superconductivity is evident in a large number of systems, by the observation of an abrupt redistribution of magnetic spectral weight at the superconducting transition temperature, T(c), for energies comparable to the superconducting gap. Here we report inelastic neutron scattering measurements on Fe-based superconductors, Fe(1+y-x)(Ni/Cu)(x)Te(0.5)Se(0.5) that emphasize an additional signature. The overall shape of the low energy magnetic dispersion changes from two incommensurate vertical columns at T≫T(c) to a distinctly different U-shaped dispersion at low temperature. Importantly, this spectral reconstruction is apparent for temperatures up to ~3T(c). If the magnetic excitations are involved in the pairing mechanism, their surprising modification on the approach to T(c) demonstrates that strong interactions are involved.

  9. Processing and electrochemical properties of mixed conducting La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}Co{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3-{delta}} (A=Sr, Ca)

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    Weber, W.J.; Stevenson, J.W.; Armstrong, T.R.; Pederson, L.R.

    1994-11-01

    Powder compositions in the series La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}Co{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3-{delta}} (A = Sr, Ca) have been prepared by a combustion synthesis method. Sintering of pressed powders produced high-density test specimens with the perovskite structure. The specimens exhibited high electrical conductivities with appreciable oxygen-ion conductivity that increased with Co content for the compositions studied. Oxygen permeation studies showed a significant flux of oxygen that increased with temperature for specimens in a P(O{sub 2}) gradient with no applied field. Thermogravimetric studies of the La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}} system indicated a reversible mass loss with increasing temperature that increased with Sr content.

  10. Determination of conduction band offsets in type-II In0.27Ga0.73Sb/InxAl1-xAsySb1-y heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Glaser, E. R.; Magno, R.; Shanabrook, B. V.; Tischler, J. G.

    2006-12-01

    Low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) has been performed on a set of specially designed In0.27Ga0.73Sb/InxAl1-xAsySb1-y multiple quantum well (MQW) heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy in order to provide a measure of the conduction band offsets in this material system. These alloys are of interest for the development of high-speed heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) that show promise for operation at lower power dissipation than in GaAs - and InP -based HBTs. Excitation power studies revealed evidence for strong electron-hole recombination at 0.56eV within the InGaSb layers of the type-I MQW structure with (x=0.52,y=0.25) , while several weaker indirect transitions involving electrons in the InxAl1-xAsySb1-y and holes in the InGaSb layers were observed between 0.38 and 0.53eV from the nominally type-II MQW samples with (x,y)=(0.67,0.39) and (0.69,0.41). Neglecting small corrections (˜15meV) due to the electron and hole confinement energies, we estimate conduction band offsets of ˜120-150meV in these type-II structures. The general trends of the PL features as a function of excitation power have been reproduced from modeling of the quantum well electron and hole subband energies, including effects due to band bending at the heterointerfaces.

  11. Crystal structure, magnetic and infrared spectroscopy studies of the LiCr{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} solid solution

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    Bih, Hssain; Saadoune, Ismael; Ehrenberg, Helmut; Fuess, Hartmut

    2009-04-15

    The lithium double diphosphates LiCr{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} have been investigated by X-ray diffraction, SQUID measurements and vibrational spectroscopy. The Rietveld refinements based on the XRD patterns show the existence of a continuous solid solution over the whole composition range (0<=y<=1.0) with a continuous evolution of the monoclinic unit cell parameters (S.G. P2{sub 1}). The transition metal ions connect the diphosphate anions forming a three-dimensional network with channels filled by Li{sup +} cations expected to exhibit high mobility. All compounds order magnetically at low temperatures due the Fe-Fe interactions. The ordering temperature decreases with increasing Cr content. The slope in Curie-Weiss fits to the 1/chi vs T data in the paramagnetic domain clearly shows the existence of Fe{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} in their high spin states, and a ferromagnetic component is clearly detected for y=0, 0.2 and 0.4. IR spectra have been interpreted using factor group analysis. The small shift of the frequencies is due to the influence of the chromium amount. The POP angles were estimated using the Lazarev's relationship. - Graphical abstract: Crystal structure of LiCr{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} diphosphates, view along the 'a' axis. Red circles denote the lithium atoms. For interpretation of this figure legend, the reader is referred to the web version of this article.

  12. 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.

  13. Isolation of anteiso-C17, iso-C17, iso-C16, and iso-C15 bacillomycin D from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens SD-32 and their antifungal activities against plant pathogens.

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    Tanaka, Keijitsu; Ishihara, Atsushi; Nakajima, Hiromitsu

    2014-02-19

    Two new cyclic lipopeptides (3 and 4) were isolated from the culture filtrate of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain SD-32, together with two known metabolites, iso-C15 and iso-C16 bacillomycin D (1 and 2). Spectroscopic and chemical analyses identified the structures of the new compounds 3 and 4 as anteiso-C17 bacillomycin D, cyclic (l-Asn-d-Tyr-d-Asn-l-Pro-l-Glu-d-Ser-l-Thr-3-amino-14-methylhexadecanoic acid) and iso-C17 bacillomycin D, cyclic (l-Asn-d-Tyr-d-Asn-l-Pro-l-Glu-d-Ser-l-Thr-3-amino-15-methylhexadecanoic acid), respectively. The absolute configuration of C-3 in the β-amino fatty acid was determined to be R on the basis of the CD spectrum of its dinitrophenyl-p-methoxyaniline derivative. The activities of compounds 1-4 were evaluated against 13 plant pathogens: the activities of anteiso- and iso-C17 bacillomycin D (3 and 4) were almost the same and stronger than those of iso-C15 and iso-C16 bacillomycin D (1 and 2); iso-C15 bacillomycin D (1) was weakest. Compounds 2-4 inhibited the growth of all fungi tested; however, Pythium aphanidermatum was not inhibited at all by any of the compounds. Furthermore, compounds 1-4 at concentrations of 80, 40, 30, and 30 μM, respectively, inhibited completely the Botrytis cinerea infection in cucumber leaf.

  14. A Model Describing the Band Gap Energy of the Strained In x Ga1- x N y Sb z As1- y- z Alloy (0 < x ≤ 0.5, 0 < y ≤ 0.05, 0 < z ≤ 0.1)

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    Zhao, Chuan-Zhen; Fu, Qiang; Wei, Tong; Wang, Sha-Sha; Lu, Ke-Qing

    2017-03-01

    The physical mechanism for the band gap evolution of the strained In x Ga1- x N y Sb z As1- y- z alloy is investigated. It is found that In x Ga1- x N y Sb z As1- y- z alloy with small N and Sb contents can be considered as an alloy formed by adding N and Sb atoms in the host material In x Ga1- x As. Under this condition, the band gap evolution of In x Ga1- x N y Sb z As1- y- z is due to three factors. One is the intraband coupling interactions within the conduction band and separately within the valence band of the host material, another is the coupling interaction between the Sb level and the D valence band maximum of the host material, and the other is the coupling interaction between the N level and the D conduction band minimum of the host material. Based on the physical mechanism for the band gap evolution of In x Ga1- x N y Sb z As1- y- z , a model is developed. The model can describe the band gap energy of the strained In x Ga1- x N y Sb z As1- y- z alloy well.

  15. A Model Describing the Band Gap Energy of the Strained In x Ga1-x N y Sb z As1-y-z Alloy (0 < x ≤ 0.5, 0 < y ≤ 0.05, 0 < z ≤ 0.1)

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    Zhao, Chuan-Zhen; Fu, Qiang; Wei, Tong; Wang, Sha-Sha; Lu, Ke-Qing

    2016-12-01

    The physical mechanism for the band gap evolution of the strained In x Ga1-x N y Sb z As1-y-z alloy is investigated. It is found that In x Ga1-x N y Sb z As1-y-z alloy with small N and Sb contents can be considered as an alloy formed by adding N and Sb atoms in the host material In x Ga1-x As. Under this condition, the band gap evolution of In x Ga1-x N y Sb z As1-y-z is due to three factors. One is the intraband coupling interactions within the conduction band and separately within the valence band of the host material, another is the coupling interaction between the Sb level and the D valence band maximum of the host material, and the other is the coupling interaction between the N level and the D conduction band minimum of the host material. Based on the physical mechanism for the band gap evolution of In x Ga1-x N y Sb z As1-y-z , a model is developed. The model can describe the band gap energy of the strained In x Ga1-x N y Sb z As1-y-z alloy well.

  16. Disproportionation and Thermochemical Sulfate Reduction Reactions in S-H2O-CH4 and S-D2O-CH4 Systems from 200 to 340 °C at Elevated Pressures

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    Chou, I.; Yuan, S.; Burruss, R. C.

    2010-12-01

    Elemental sulfur plays significant roles in thermochemical sulfate reduction (TSR) reactions as a transient intermediate oxidation state compound, by-product, or catalyst. However, the mechanisms of the reactions in S-H2O-hydrocarbon systems are not clear. To improve our understanding of reaction mechanisms, we conducted a series of experiments between 200 and 340 °C for S-H2O-CH4, S-D2O-CH4, and S-CH4-1m ZnBr2 systems in fused silica capillary capsules. After a heating period ranging from one to 90 days, the quenched samples were analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. Our results showed that the disproportionation of sulfur in the S-H2O-CH4 system occurred at temperatures above 200 °C and produced H2S, SO42-, and HSO4-. We also observed that the amounts of SO42- and HSO4- decreased for the samples quenched from 250 and 340 °C, and at the same time the amounts of CO2 and H2S increased. To demonstrate that the observed consumption of SO42- and HSO4- in the S-H2O-CH4 system at 300 °C was due to TSR instead of the back reaction between SO42- (or HSO4-) and H2S to form S during and after quench, we introduced 1m ZnBr2 to remove H2S as a ZnS precipitate, as soon as it formed. In these experiments sulfate species decreased and CO2 and H2S increased consistent with TSR and no back reaction. When compared with previously published experiments, our temperatures between 250 and 340 °C are much closer to natural systems (<200 °C) with documented TSR. Also, to demonstrate the relationship between disproportionation and TSR reactions in the S-H2O-CH4 system, we conducted experiments in the S-D2O-CH4 system at 250 and 300 °C. Only small Raman signals for CO2 and no signals for H2S and D2S were detected in the sample quenched from 250 °C, indicating that both the disproportionation reaction and the TSR reaction were very slow at this temperature. After heating at 300 °C for 40 h, Raman signals of the quenched sample indicated significant amount of D2S was produced through the

  17. Changes in body mass index are associated with changes in inflammatory and endothelial dysfunction biomarkers in obese prepubertal children after 9 months of body mass index SD score loss.

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    Martos, Rosario; Valle, Miguel; Morales, Rosario M; Cañete, Ramón; Gascón, Félix; Urbano, Maria M

    2009-08-01

    The metabolic syndrome is associated with insulin resistance, a systemic low-grade inflammatory state, and endothelial dysfunction. These disorders may arise at a very early age in obese children. The aim of this study was to confirm changes in endothelial dysfunction and inflammatory biomarkers in obese prepubertal children and to evaluate the effect of body mass index (BMI) modification on these biomarkers. Biomarkers for inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and insulin resistance were measured in obese children (47) and healthy controls (47). Baseline pretreatment levels of insulin (P = .019), homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (P = .004), soluble intercellular adhesion molecule (sICAM) (P = .003), and C-reactive protein (CRP) (P < .001) were significantly higher in obese children than in controls. After 9 months of treatment, obese children with lowered BMI SD score (SDS-BMI) displayed a significant decrease in insulin (P = .011), homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (P = .012), CRP (P = .006), and interleukin-6 (IL-6) (P = .045) levels compared with obese children with stable SDS-BMI; they also displayed a nonsignificant drop in sICAM levels. Similarly, obese children with lowered SDS-BMI displayed a decrease in CRP (P = .005) and IL-6 (P = .065) compared with baseline levels before treatment. In the total obese group, changes in SDS-BMI correlated positively with changes in CRP (P = .035), IL-6 (P = .027), and sICAM-1 (P = .038) levels. Only SDS-BMI was an independent predictive factor for CRP (P = .031), IL-6 (P = .027), and sICAM-1 (P = .033). Prepubertal obese children displayed alterations indicative of endothelial dysfunction, insulin resistance, and inflammatory state. Lowering of the SDS-BMI after 9 months of treatment was associated with an improvement in these variables compared with those in obese children with stable SDS-BMI status.

  18. Comparison of the Luminous Efficiencies of Ga- and N-Polar InxGa1 -xN /InyGa1 -yN Quantum Wells Grown by Plasma-Assisted Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Fernández-Garrido, Sergio; Lähnemann, Jonas; Hauswald, Christian; Korytov, Maxim; Albrecht, Martin; Chèze, Caroline; Skierbiszewski, Czesław; Brandt, Oliver

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the luminescence of Ga- and N-polar InxGa1 -xN /InyGa1 -yN quantum wells grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on freestanding GaN as well as 6H -SiC substrates. In striking contrast to their Ga-polar counterparts, the N-polar quantum wells prepared on freestanding GaN do not exhibit any detectable photoluminescence even at 10 K. Theoretical simulations of the band profiles combined with resonant excitation of the quantum wells allow us to rule out carrier escape and subsequent surface recombination as the reason for this absence of luminescence. To explore the hypothesis of a high concentration of nonradiative defects at the interfaces between wells and barriers, we analyze the photoluminescence of Ga- and N-polar quantum wells prepared on 6H -SiC as a function of the well width. Intense luminescence is observed for both Ga- and N-polar samples. As expected, the luminescence of the Ga-polar quantum wells quenches and redshifts with increasing well width due to the quantum confined Stark effect. In contrast, both the intensity and the energy of the luminescence from the N-polar samples are essentially independent of the well width. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that the N-polar quantum wells exhibit abrupt interfaces and homogeneous composition, excluding emission from In-rich clusters as the reason for this anomalous behavior. The microscopic origin of the luminescence in the N-polar samples is elucidated using spatially resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy. Regardless of well width, the luminescence is found to not originate from the N-polar quantum wells but from the semipolar facets of ∨ -pit defects. These results cast serious doubts on the potential of N-polar InxGa1 -xN /InyGa1 -yN quantum wells grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy for the development of long-wavelength light-emitting diodes.

  19. Characterization of Motor Control in Handwriting Difficulties in Children with or without Developmental Coordination Disorder

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    Chang, Shao-Hsia; Yu, Nan-Ying

    2010-01-01

    Aim: The purpose of this study was to characterize handwriting deficits in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) using computerized movement analyses. Method: Seventy-two children (40 females, 32 males; mean age 7y, SD 7mo; range 6y 2mo to 7y 11mo) with handwriting deficits (33 with DCD, 39 without DCD); and 22 age- and…

  20. Dependence of the mixed alkali effect on temperature and total alkali oxide content in y[xLi{sub 2}O.(1-x)Na{sub 2}O].(1-y)B{sub 2}O{sub 3} glasses

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    Gao Yong . E-mail: yonggao@uni-muenster.de

    2005-11-15

    The complex conductivity spectra of mixed alkali borate glasses of compositions y [xLi{sub 2}O.(1-x)Na{sub 2}O].(1-y)B{sub 2}O{sub 3} (with x=0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0; y=0.1, 0.2, 0.3) in a frequency range between 10{sup -2}Hz and 3MHz and at temperatures ranging from 298 to 573K have been studied. For each glass composition the conductivities show a transition from the dc values into a dispersive regime where the conductivity is found to increase continuously with frequency, tending towards a linear frequency dependence at sufficiently low temperatures. Mixed alkali effects (MAEs) in the dc conductivity and activation energy are identified and discussed. It has been for the first time found that the strength of the MAE in the logarithm of the dc conductivity linearly increases with the total alkali oxide content, y, and the reciprocal temperature, 1/T.

  1. Investigation into the evolution of the structure of K{sub 1-x}Li{sub x}Ta{sub 1-y}Nb{sub y}O{sub 3} single crystals under variations in temperature

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    Borisov, S. A.; Vakhrushev, S. B.; Koroleva, E. Yu.; Naberezhnov, A. A. Syrnikov, P. P.; Simkin, V. G.; Kutnjak, Z.; Egami, T.; Dmowski, W.; Piekarz, P.

    2007-05-15

    The evolution of the structure of K{sub 1-x}Li{sub x}Ta{sub 1-y}Nb{sub y}O{sub 3} single crystals with x = 0.001, y = 0.026, and 1900 ppm Cu (KLTN277) and with x = 0.0014 and y = 0.024 (KLTN123), which exhibit an extremely high permittivity (up to 4 x 10{sup 5} in the quasi-static regime for the KLTN277 crystal), is investigated in the range from room temperature to 20 K. It is demonstrated that, upon cooling to the lowest temperatures, both crystals retain their cubic structure, but the lattice parameters pass through a minimum at the temperature of the observed anomalies of the dielectric response ({approx}50 K). In the neutron diffraction pattern of the KLTN123 sample, satellites appear in the vicinity of the (hhh) reflections at temperatures below {approx}50 K. These satellites can be associated with the nucleation of the rhombohedral phase.

  2. Strain and nonparabolicity effects in Mid-infrared GaxIn1-xAsySb1-y/AlxGayIn1-x-yAszSb1-z MQW QCL

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    Boukli-Hacene, N.; Zitouni, K.; Kadri, A.

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, we present a theoretical study of strain and nonparabolicity effects in Mid-infrared (MIR) GaxIn1-xAsySb1-y/AlxGayIn1-x-yAszSb1-z Multiple Quantum Well (MQW) Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCL). We use an envelope function k.P theory model to show the strong effects of bi-axial compressive strain and nonparabolicity on conduction band states of the QCL. These effects are shown to result more particularly in an increase of the electron effective mass near the fundamental laser emission energy transition of the QCL. This in turn is found to have a significant influence on several optical properties of the QCL as a reduction of laser transition energy i.e. an increase of the laser emission wavelength, a decrease of the transit time in the injection region of the QCL, a reduction of the optical dipole matrix element, a reduction of the optical gain of the laser.

  3. Photoluminescence and positron annihilation spectroscopy of MeV Si{sup +} ion-irradiated Si{sub y}O{sub 1-y}:Er (y{approx_equal}1/3) thin films

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    Blakie, D. E.; Zalloum, O. H. Y.; Wojcik, J.; Irving, E. A.; Knights, A. P.; Mascher, P.; Simpson, P. J.

    2009-03-01

    Amorphous erbium-doped silicon oxide (Si{sub y}O{sub 1-y}:Er, y{>=}1/3) thin films are currently under investigation as a luminescent material system for complementary metal-oxide semiconductor compatible light emitters. We have grown films with y{approx_equal}1/3 and investigated their properties using both positron annihilation and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies. Films were characterized ''as deposited,'' following irradiation with 1 MeV Si{sup +} ions and after isochronal annealing. The PL yield from both Er{sup 3+} ions and sensitizing defects is reduced by irradiation, depending strongly on the irradiation fluence and reaching saturation at {approx}4x10{sup 13} Si{sup +}/cm{sup 2}. Higher implantation fluences result in an open-volume defect structure in the film that persists after annealing. This annealing behavior is similar to that of an unrecoverable quenching effect on Er{sup 3+}-related PL near 1540 nm, and we suggest that these open-volume defects may cause a decoupling of the Er{sup 3+} ions from sensitizing oxide point defects that form as a result of the film deposition process.

  4. Elevated temperature performance of high voltage Li1+yMn1.5Ni0.5O4-xFx spinel in window-shifted Li-ion cells

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    Pereira, Nathalie; Ruotolo, Michael C.; Lu, Matthew Y.; Badway, Fadwa; Amatucci, Glenn G.

    2017-01-01

    Although the LiMn1.5Ni0.5O4 spinel operating at 4.7 V presents some beneficial characteristics over more traditional positive electrode materials, instability issues at elevated temperature have limited its practical use so far. While we previously proposed Li1+yMn1.5Ni0.5O4-xFx (LMNOF) spinel that is intrinsically stable at elevated temperatures in Li-excess half-cell configuration, we investigate herein fixed, non-excess Li-content window-shifted Li-ion systems. By utilizing Li4Ti5O12 (LTO) or TiS2 negative electrodes stable in broad electrolyte compositions instead of carbonaceous electrodes, we aim at limiting the Li-consuming side reactions such as the formation of solid-electrolyte interphase and enable a focus on the exploration of electrolyte compositions including additives. Utilizing such an approach, excellent fundamental stability of LMNOF in a fixed Li-content Li-ion environment is demonstrated at 55 °C with the use of relatively common electrolyte components.

  5. Correlation between electrical and mechanical properties in La1-xSrxGa1-yMgyO3-δ ceramics used as electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Morales, M.; Roa, J. J.; Perez-Falcón, J. M.; Moure, A.; Tartaj, J.; Espiell, F.; Segarra, M.

    2014-01-01

    The relation between the electrical and the mechanical properties in Sr and Mg doped LaGaO3 ceramics, which can be used as electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells, was investigated in terms of hardness and ionic conductivity. For this purpose, ceramic materials corresponding to the compositions of La1-xSrxGa1-yMgyO3-δ (LSGM), with x = 0.1 and y = 0.2, and x = 0.15 and y = 0.2, were prepared. LSGM powders synthesized by the ethylene glycol complex solution method were shaped into disks by isostatic pressing method. The variation in the microstructure of samples was achieved by varying the sintering temperature between 1300 and 1450 °C. While the effect of the different microstructures on the electrical properties of the LSGM electrolytes was determined by impedance spectroscopy, the influence of the hardness was extracted by instrumented indentation technique. The results showed a linear correlation between the hardness and total ionic conductivity within the temperature range of 500-660 °C, thus indicating that both properties were strongly influenced on the relative density and purity of the samples. It has a potential practical implication: by measuring the LSGM hardness at room temperature, one can achieve an approach to the ionic conductivity within the studied temperature range.

  6. Temperature dependence of nonradiative recombination in low-band gap InxGa1-xAs/InAsyP1-y double heterostructures grown on InP substrates

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    Gfroerer, T. H.; Priestley, L. P.; Fairley, M. F.; Wanlass, M. W.

    2003-08-01

    We have used photoexcitation-dependent radiative efficiency measurements to investigate the rates of defect-related, radiative, and Auger recombination in lattice-matched InxGa1-xAs/InAsyP1-y double heterostructures on InP substrates. Temperature dependence is used to discern the underlying mechanisms responsible for the nonradiative recombination processes. We find that defect-related recombination decreases with an increase in the temperature when the epistructure is lattice matched to the substrate (x=0.53). In contrast, when the epistructure is lattice mismatched to the substrate, defect-related recombination increases slowly with the temperature. The difference between the lattice-matched and mismatched cases is related to fundamental changes in the defect-related density of states function. The temperature dependence in the lattice-mismatched structures is attributed to two competing effects: wider carrier diffusion, which augments the capture rate, and thermally activated escape, which reduces the occupation of shallow traps. The band gap and temperature dependence of the Auger rate demonstrate that the conduction to heavy hole band/splitoff to heavy hole band mechanism generally dominates Auger recombination in undoped low-band gap InxGa1-xAs. With this interpretation, our results give a spin-orbit valence split-off band effective mass of mso=(0.12±0.02)m0.

  7. Influence of the concentration in Fe-doped BaTiO 3 on magnetoelectric couping of layered composites BaTi 1-xFe xO 3-Tb 1-yDy yFe 2-z

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    Zhang, Ning; Wei, Jianjin

    Perovskites BaTi 1-xFe xO 3 has been synthesized with the concentration x ranging from 0.01 to 0.02. Their transformation point of ferroelectric to paraelectric and the corresponding latent heat of the phase transformation were observed to decrease with increasing the doping level of Fe 3+. Bonded layered composites BaTi 1-xFe xO 3-Tb 1-yDy yFe 2-z have been fabricated and their magnetoelectric effect has been investigated. The sample containing a layer of perovskite BaTi 0.985Fe 0.015O 3 was found to show the maximum transverse ME voltage coefficient, which is about 1422 mV Oe -1 cm -1 under a magnetic field of 1580 Oe, in these bilayers. Analysis shows that the Fe-doped BaTiO 3 with doping level at about 1.5% should have largest piezoelectric coefficient in these ceramics BaTi 1-xFe xO 3.

  8. Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of nanocrystalline Pr(1-x)A(x)Mn(1-y)Co(y)O3 (A = Ca, Sr) (x = 0.3; y = 0.5) manganites.

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    Mahato, Rabindra Nath; Sethupathi, K; Sankaranarayanan, V; Nirmala, R; Malik, S K

    2011-03-01

    Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of sol-gel prepared, nanocrystalline oxides Pr(1-x)A(x)Mn(1-y)Co(y)O3 (A = Ca, Sr) (x = 0.3; y = 0.5) (cubic, space group Fm3m) have been studied. From the X-ray data, the crystallite size of Pro.7Ca0.3Mn0.5Co0,503 and Pr0.7Sr0.3Mn0.5Co0.5O3 samples is found to be approximately 24 nm and approximately15 nm respectively. High resolution transmission electron microscopy image shows average particle size of approximately 34 nm and approximately 20 nm. Magnetization measurements indicate a Curie temperature of approximately 153 K and approximately172 K in applied magnetic field of 100 Oe for Pr0.7Ca0.3Mn0.5Co0.5O3 and Pr0.7Sr0.3Mn0.5Co0.O3 compounds. The magnetization versus applied magnetic field curves obtained at temperatures below 150 K show significant hysteresis and magnetization is not saturated even in a field of 7 T. The magnetocaloric effect is calculated from M versus H data obtained at various temperatures. Magnetic entropy change shows a maximum near T(c) for both the samples and is of the order approximately 2.5 J/kg/K.

  9. Structure and Charge Density Properties of (1 - x)(Na1-y K y NbO3)-xBaTiO3 Lead-Free Ceramic Solid Solution

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    Sasikumar, S.; Saravanan, R.

    2017-02-01

    (1 - x)(Na1-y K y )NbO3-xBaTiO3 (abbreviated as NKN-BT, x = 0.1, 0.2; y = 0.01, 0.05) ceramics were synthesized by the solid-state reaction method. Powder x-ray diffraction analysis in combination with the profile refinement method was employed for quantitative phase analysis and structural refinement. The x-ray diffraction study shows that phase transition occurs from tetragonal to distorted cubic with the compositions between x = 0.1 and x = 0.2. The spatial arrangements of the electron distribution and bonding nature of the samples have been analyzed through the maximum entropy method. The optical band gap energy of the prepared solid solutions has been determined using UV-visible spectrophotometry. The optical band gap energy of the solid solutions decreases with the increase in BaTiO3 content. The elemental composition of these ceramics has been studied using energy dispersive x-ray analysis and the microstructure has been examined by scanning electron microscopy. The piezoelectric coefficient (d 33 ) measurement of the ceramics shows the enhancement of piezoelectric properties in the tetragonal phase. The maximum value of the piezoelectric coefficient (d 33 ) obtained for the solid solution is 120 pC/N. With increasing BaTiO3 content in the solid solutions, the ferroelectric behavior weakens.

  10. Origin of anomalous giant dielectric performance in novel perovskite: Bi0.5-xLaxNa0.5-xLixTi1-yMyO3 (M = Mg2+, Ga3+)

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    Liu, Xiao; Fan, Huiqing; Shi, Jing; Li, Qiang

    2015-08-01

    Dielectric properties and dielectric relaxation behaviors of A/B sites co-substituted Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 perovskite-type ferroelectrics are reported. The Bi0.5-xLaxNa0.5-xLixTi1-yMyO3 (M = Mg2+, Ga3+) exhibits anomalous giant dielectric permittivity (ɛ’) of ~105 under a heterogeneous constitution with easily discernible grain and grain boundary conductivity. The lone pairs substitution theory as well as extrinsic disorders are used to clarify the significant structural evolution and the origin of the dielectric performance. A bigger free volume promotes the anomalous relaxation between oxygen sites, and the polarization direction on the nanoscale deviates from the average polarization direction at its ferroelectric state. Furthermore, no obvious phase transition indicates the considerable static substitutional disorder at the Bi/Na sites, which facilitates delocalized conduction of oxygen ions in the intermediate temperature range.

  11. Luminescent spectroscopy and structural properties of Ce3+-doped low-temperature X1-Y2SiO5 material prepared by polymer-assisted sol-gel method

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    Hamroun, M. S. E.; Guerbous, L.; Bensafi, A.

    2016-04-01

    Cerium (Ce3+)-doped monoclinic X1-Y2SiO5 (YSO)-type oxyorthosilicates powders were prepared by monomer and polymer-assisted sol-gel method. The present work aims to study the influence of ethylene glycol (EG) monomer, polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) polymer, as fuels and nucleating agents for the crystallization, on structural and luminescence properties of the Ce3+ (xCe = 0.01)-doped Y2SiO5. The X-ray diffraction technique, field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and steady photoluminescence have been used to characterize the samples. It is found that the types of fuels affect the phase purity and luminescent characteristics of phosphors. All samples exhibit intense violet-blue asymmetric emission band in the range of 370-540 nm with a maximum intensity centered at around 420 nm assigned to the 5d → 4f (2F5/2, 2F7/2) interconfigurational transitions of Ce3+ ion in YSO nanomaterial. Finally, the vibronic coupling parameters are estimated and discussed.

  12. Large superconducting double-gap, a pronounced pseudogap and evidence for proximity-induced topological superconductivity in the Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor

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    Shen, J. Y.; He, M. Q.; He, Q. L.; Law, K. T.; Sou, I. K.; Lortz, R.; Petrovic, A. P.

    We investigate directional point-contact spectroscopy on a Bi2Te3/ Fe1+yTe heterostructure, fabricated via van der Waals epitaxy, which is interfacial superconducting with an onset TC at 12K and zero resistance below 8K. A large superconducting twin-gap structure is seen down to 0.27K, together with a zero bias conductance peak. The anisotropic smaller gap (Δ1) is around 5 meV at 0.27K and closes at 8K, while the other one (Δ2), as large as 12 meV, is isotropic and eventually evolves into a pseudogap closing at 40K. Both, the two-gap BTK and Dynes models can well reproduce our data, demonstrating Δ1 should be associated with the proximity-induced superconductivity in the topological Bi2Te3 layer, while Δ2 may be attributed to an intrinsically-doped FeTe thin film at the interface. This work was supported by grants from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (603010, SEGHKUST03).

  13. Topological phase transition of decoupling quasi-two-dimensional vortex pairs in La1- y Sm y MnO3 + δ ( y = 0.85, 1.0)

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    Bukhanko, F. N.; Bukhanko, A. F.

    2016-10-01

    Characteristic signs of the universal Nelson-Kosterlitz jump of the superconducting liquid density in the temperature dependences of the magnetization of La1- y Sm y MnO3 + δ samples with samarium concentrations y = 0.85 and 1.0, which are measured in magnetic fields 100 Oe ≤ H ≤ 3.5 kOe, are detected. As the temperature increases, the sample with y = 0.85 exhibits a crescent-shaped singularity in the dc magnetization curve near the critical temperature of decoupling vortex-antivortex pairs ( T KT ≡ T c ≈ 43 K), which is independent of measuring magnetic field H and is characteristic of the dissociation of 2D vortex pairs. A similar singularity is also detected in the sample with a samarium concentration y = 1.0 at a significantly lower temperature ( T KT ≈ 12 K). The obtained experimental results are explained in terms of the topological Kosterlitz-Thouless phase transition of dissociation of 2D vortex pairs in a quasi-two-dimensional weak Josephson coupling network.

  14. Magnetic and structural characterization of the [Fe 1- xCo x] 1- yNb y system in the range 0⩽ x⩽1, 0⩽ y⩽0.33

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    Raposo, M. T.; Ardisson, J. D.; Persiano, A. I. C.

    2001-05-01

    The main magnetic and structural characteristics of the phases present in the [Fe 1- xCo x] 1- yNb y ternary system in the range 0⩽ x⩽1 and 0⩽ y⩽0.33 were investigated. The phases observed are based on the α-Fe or ɛ-Fe 2Nb structures, for x up to about 0.75, and on the γ-Co and ɛ-Co 2Nb structures in the neighborhood of the Co-Nb edge. While a strict dilution of about 0.4 at% Nb in α-(Fe+Co) does not affect significantly its magnetization, a significant solubility of about 4 at% Nb in γ-Co reduces that parameter by about 12%. The evolution of the hyperfine field of α-(Fe+Co) at room temperature has shown that the presence of Nb in that phase keeps the structure in the disordered state. A phase transformation was observed in ɛ containing 21-27 at% Nb, as the phase becomes magnetic above 20 K after filing the material, with increasing BHF as x increases up to 0.75.

  15. Crystal structure of new Li + ion conducting perovskites: Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3

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    Pham, Quoc Nghi; Crosnier-Lopez, Marie-Pierre; Le Berre, Françoise; Fauth, François; Fourquet, Jean-Louis

    2004-09-01

    Two new solid solutions—Li 2 xCa 0.5- xTaO 3 (0.05⩽ x⩽0.25) and Li 0.2[Ca 1- ySr y] 0.4TaO 3 (0< y⩽0.15)—based on the A defective ABO 3 perovskite structural type, are synthesized. The crystal structures of these Li + ion conducting compounds are solved from synchrotron radiation and conventional X-ray powder diffraction data. The unit cells exhibit a classical orthorhombic distortion of the cubic perovskite model (space group Pnma No. 62) with parameters close to 2a p, 2 ap, 2a p ( ap, primitive cubic cell parameter). The distortion of the cubic aristotype arises from the three tilts system a+b-b- of the TaO 6 octahedra. For the same lithium content ( x=0.10), the Sr 2+ substitution to Ca 2+ is found to enhance the electrical conductivity by quasi-one order of magnitude (at 200 °C, bulk dc conductivity values are close to 2.3×10 -6 and 1.1×10 -5 S cm -1 for Li 0.2Ca 0.4TaO 3 and Li 0.2[Ca 0.9Sr 0.1] 0.4TaO 3, respectively).

  16. Trivalent Cation Substitution Effect into Layered Double Hydroxides Co 2Fe y Al 1- y(OH) 6Cl· nH 2O: Study of the Local Order . Ionic Conductivity and Magnetic Properties

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    Intissar, Mourad; Segni, Rachid; Payen, Christophe; Besse, Jean-Pierre; Leroux, Fabrice

    2002-09-01

    A series of layered double hydroxide materials of composition Co 2Fe yAl 1- y(OH) 6Cl· nH 2O (0≤ y≤1) was prepared via chimie douce. The crystalline parameter related to the cation to cation distance obeys the expected variation, showing that the substitution is effective over the entire range. Local order around Co and Fe cations is studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Moduli of the Fourier transform at the Fe K-edge are superimposable, in agreement with an ordered model, although present in small domains since no superlattice is depicted. The ionic resistivity of the samples is highly dependent on the water molecule content. The conductivity is found to be thermally assisted, and the variation of the slope in the Arrhenius diagram is explained by a Vogel-Tamman-Fulcher-type behavior. Magnetic susceptibility measurements support the proposed cation composition and indicate the onset of local magnetic order at low temperature (below 10 K). The inter-sheet distance influences the magnetic response at low temperature, showing the presence of weak interactions between lamellae.

  17. Electronic inhomogeneity and Ag:Sb imbalance of Ag1-yPb18/207Sb1+zTe20 high-performance thermoelectrics elucidated by 125Te and 207Pb NMR

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    Levin, E.M.; Cook, B.A.; Ahn, K.; Kanatzidis, M.G.; Schmidt-Rohr, K.

    2009-09-22

    Using magic-angle spinning {sup 125}Te and {sup 207}Pb NMR, we have discovered the presence of two phases of approximately tenfold different free-electron concentration, n, in high-performance thermoelectrics Ag{sub 1?y}Pb{sub 18}Sb{sub 1+z}Te{sub 20} (LAST-18), proven by pairs of Knight-shifted NMR peaks and biexponential spin-lattice relaxation. The ratio of the phases is typically 2:1 with n {approx} 2 x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} and 0.2 x 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3}, respectively, determined from the spin-lattice relaxation times. {sup 125}Te NMR spectra show that both phases contain similar concentrations of Sb. The low-n component is assigned to Ag-rich regions with Ag-Sb pairing (but not AgSbTe{sub 2}), the dominant high-n component to PbTe:Sb resulting from the excess of Sb relative to Ag. The electronic inhomogeneity observed here must be considered in the search for a better understanding of high-performance thermoelectric materials.

  18. The pyrochlore to 'defect fluorite' transition in the Y{sub 2}(Zr{sub y}Ti{sub 1-y}){sub 2}O{sub 7} system and its underlying crystal chemistry

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    Liu Yun; Withers, Ray Leslie . E-mail: withers@rsc.anu.edu.au; Noren, Lasse

    2004-12-01

    A careful investigation of the previously reported single phase, pyrochlore structure type Y{sub 2}(Zr{sub y}Ti{sub 1-y}){sub 2}O{sub 7}, 0=

  19. Teacher Education Work Force Research Group (TEWFRG) Interim Report to the Legislature on Senate Concurrent Resolution 56 S.D. 1 Requesting the Hawaii Educational Policy Center to Report on the Retention and Change in Assignment of Teachers within the Department of Education

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    Hawaii Educational Policy Center, 2008

    2008-01-01

    The 2007 Hawai'i State Legislature passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 56 S.D. 1 "Requesting the Hawaii Educational Policy Center to Report on the Retention and Change in Assignment of Teachers Within the Department of Education." The resolution requested a report on the effectiveness and current status of teacher preparation and…

  20. Developing a schedule to identify social communication difficulties and autism spectrum disorder in young children with visual impairment.

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    Absoud, Michael; Parr, Jeremy R; Salt, Alison; Dale, Naomi

    2011-03-01

    Available observational tools used in the identification of social communication difficulties and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) rely partly on visual behaviours and therefore may not be valid in children with visual impairment. A pilot observational instrument, the Visual Impairment and Social Communication Schedule (VISS), was developed to aid in identifying social communication difficulties and ASD in young children with visual impairment affected by congenital disorders of the peripheral visual system (disorders of the globe, retina, and anterior optic nerve). The VISS was administered to 23 consecutive children (age range 1 y 9 mo-6 y 11 mo, mean 4 y 1 mo [SD 1.6]; 12 males, 11 females) with visual impairment (nine with severe and 14 with profound visual impairment). Item analysis was carried out by fit of the items to the Rasch model. Validity of the VISS was explored by comparison with the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) score, and the clinical ASD diagnosis (n=9). Correlation between the VISS and CARS total scores was highly significant (Spearman's rho=-0.89; p=0.01). Below threshold rating on the VISS (score of 35) showed good agreement with the clinical ASD diagnosis (sensitivity 89%, specificity 100%). This preliminary study shows the VISS to be a promising schedule to aid the identification of ASD in young children with visual impairment.

  1. Using real-time electron microscopy to explore the effects of transition-metal composition on the local thermal stability in charged LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO2 cathode materials

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    Hwang, Sooyeon; Kim, Seung Min; Bak, Seong -Min; ...

    2015-05-08

    In this study, we use in-situ transmission electron microcopy (TEM) to investigate the thermal decomposition that occurs at the surface of charged LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO2 (NMC) cathode materials of different composition (with y, z=0.8, 0.1 and 0.6, 0.2 and 0.4, 0.3), after they have been charged to their practical upper limit voltage (4.3V). By heating these materials inside the TEM, we are able to directly characterize near surface changes in both their electronic structure (using electron energy loss spectroscopy) and crystal structure and morphology (using electron diffraction and bright-field imaging). The most Ni-rich material (y, z = 0.8, 0.1) is found tomore » be thermally unstable at significantly lower temperatures than the other compositions – this is manifested by changes in both the electronic structure and the onset of phase transitions at temperatures as low as 100°C. Electron energy loss spectroscopy indicates that the thermally induced reduction of Ni ions drives these changes, and that this is exacerbated by the presence of an additional redox reaction that occurs at 4.2V in the y, z = 0.8, 0.1 material. Exploration of individual particles shows that there are substantial variations in the onset temperatures and overall extent of these changes. Of the compositions studied, the composition of y, z = 0.6, 0.2 has the optimal combination of high energy density and reasonable thermal stability. The observations herein demonstrate that real time electron microscopy provide direct insight into the changes that occur in cathode materials with temperature, allowing optimization of different alloy concentrations to maximize overall performance.« less

  2. Hole doping and pressure effects on the II-II-V-based diluted magnetic semiconductor (B a1 -xKx ) (Zn1-yM ny ) 2A s2

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    Sun, F.; Zhao, G. Q.; Escanhoela, C. A.; Chen, B. J.; Kou, R. H.; Wang, Y. G.; Xiao, Y. M.; Chow, P.; Mao, H. K.; Haskel, D.; Yang, W. G.; Jin, C. Q.

    2017-03-01

    We investigate doping- and pressure-induced changes in the electronic state of Mn 3 d and As 4 p orbitals in II-II-V-based diluted magnetic semiconductor (B a1 -xKx ) (Zn1-yM ny ) 2A s2 to shed light into the mechanism of indirect exchange interactions leading to high ferromagnetic ordering temperature (T c =230 K in optimally doped samples). A suite of x-ray spectroscopy experiments (emission, absorption, and dichroism) show that the emergence and further enhancement of ferromagnetic interactions with increased hole doping into the As 4 p band is accompanied by a decrease in local 3 d spin density at Mn sites. This is a result of increasing Mn 3 d -As 4 p hybridization with hole doping, which enhances indirect exchange interactions between Mn dopants and gives rise to induced magnetic polarization in As 4 p states. On the contrary, application of pressure suppresses exchange interactions. While Mn K β emission spectra show a weak response of 3 d states to pressure, clear As 4 p band broadening (hole delocalization) is observed under pressure, ultimately leading to loss of ferromagnetism concomitant with a semiconductor to metal transition. The pressure response of As 4 p and Mn 3 d states is intimately connected with the evolution of the As-As interlayer distance and the geometry of the MnA s4 tetrahedral units, which we probed with x-ray diffraction. Our results indicate that hole doping increases the degree of covalency between the anion (As) p states and cation (Mn) d states in the MnA s4 tetrahedron, a crucial ingredient to promote indirect exchange interactions between Mn dopants and high T c ferromagnetism. The instability of ferromagnetism and semiconducting states against pressure is mainly dictated by delocalization of anion p states.

  3. 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.

  4. Molecular epitaxy of pseudomorphic Ge1-y Sn y (y = 0.06-0.17) structures and devices on Si/Ge at ultra-low temperatures via reactions of Ge4H10 and SnD4

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    Wallace, P. M.; Senaratne, C. L.; Xu, Chi; Sims, P. E.; Kouvetakis, J.; Menéndez, J.

    2017-02-01

    A low-pressure CVD technique was specifically developed to prepare a new class of pseudomorphic Ge1-y Sn y layers, with an Sn content up to 17% on Ge-buffered Si(100) wafers. The growth is conducted via reactions of SnD4 and the recently deployed Ge4H10 custom precursor, whose large molecular weight and enhanced reactivity enables depositions at unprecedented ultra-low temperatures (150 °C-200 °C), and at pressures akin to those typically employed in solid/gas-source MBE. The thicknesses of the layers far exceed the critical limits predicted by thermodynamic considerations and are either comparable to, or larger than, those observed for MBE-grown samples. This is validated by modeling of the thickness versus the composition for the fully strained and partially relaxed alloys produced in this work relative to the MBE and CVD-grown analogs reported in the literature. Furthermore, the practical relevance of the technique was demonstrated by creating highly doped n-type alloys, which were then used as active layers to fabricate degenerate pn junctions. It was also found that the strained films gradually relax with increasing thickness, providing new types of strain-free material with enhanced optical quality relative to those produced by standard CVD methods, as evidenced by the photoluminescence studies. The strain relaxation mechanism appears to be similar to that observed in CVD-grown samples, with no sign of epitaxial breakdown or precipitous degradation of the bulk crystallinity or surface morphology, in spite of the low growth temperatures employed. Finally, we note that this method represents the first example of a chemically driven route that delivers materials with the desirable properties afforded by MBE, while offering the potential for those practical applications inherent to large-scale CVD.

  5. Determination of structural, mechanical and corrosion properties of Nb2O5 and (NbyCu 1-y)Ox thin films deposited on Ti6Al4V alloy substrates for dental implant applications.

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    Mazur, M; Kalisz, M; Wojcieszak, D; Grobelny, M; Mazur, P; Kaczmarek, D; Domaradzki, J

    2015-02-01

    In this paper comparative studies on the structural, mechanical and corrosion properties of Nb2O5/Ti and (NbyCu1-y)Ox/Ti alloy systems have been investigated. Pure layers of niobia and niobia with a copper addition were deposited on a Ti6Al4V titanium alloy surface using the magnetron sputtering method. The physicochemical properties of the prepared thin films were examined with the aid of XRD, XPS SEM and AFM measurements. The mechanical properties (i.e., nanohardness, Young's modulus and abrasion resistance) were performed using nanoindentation and a steel wool test. The corrosion properties of the coatings were determined by analysis of the voltammetric curves. The deposited coatings were crack free, exhibited good adherence to the substrate, no discontinuity of the thin film was observed and the surface morphology was homogeneous. The hardness of pure niobium pentoxide was ca. 8.64GPa. The obtained results showed that the addition of copper into pure niobia resulted in the preparation of a layer with a lower hardness of ca. 7.79 GPa (for niobia with 17 at.% Cu) and 7.75 GPa (for niobia with 25 at.% Cu). The corrosion properties of the tested thin films deposited on the surface of titanium alloy depended on the composition of the thin layer. The addition of copper (i.e. a noble metal) to Nb2O5 film increased the corrosion resistance followed by a significant decrease in the value of corrosion currents and, in case of the highest Cu content, the shift of corrosion potential towards the noble direction. The best corrosion properties were obtained from a sample of Ti6Al4V coated with (Nb0.75Cu0.25)Ox thin film. It seems that the tested materials could be used in the future as protection coatings for Ti alloys in biomedical applications such as implants.

  6. A new multiple sex chromosome system X1X1X2X2/X1Y1X2Y2 in Siluriformes: cytogenetic characterization of Bunocephalus coracoideus (Aspredinidae).

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    Ferreira, Milena; Garcia, Caroline; Matoso, Daniele Aparecida; de Jesus, Isac Silva; Feldberg, Eliana

    2016-10-01

    We analyzed one Bunocephalus coracoideus population from the Negro River basin using cytogenetic techniques. The results showed a diploid number of 42 chromosomes in both sexes, with the karyotypic formula 4m + 14sm + 24a and fundamental number (FN) = 60 for females and the formula 5m + 14sm + 23a and FN = 61 for males, constituting an X1X1X2X2/X1Y1X2Y2 multiple sex chromosome system. The constitutive heterochromatin is distributed in the pericentromeric regions of most of the chromosomes, except for the sex chromosomes, of which the X1, X2, and Y1 chromosomes were euchromatic and the Y2 chromosome was partially heterochromatic. 18S rDNA mapping confirmed the presence of nucleolar organizer regions on the short arms of the fifth chromosomal pair for both sexes. The 5S rDNA is present in the terminal regions of the short arms on the 2nd, 10th, and 12th pairs and on the X2 chromosome of both sexes; however, we observed variations in the presence of these ribosomal cistrons on the Y1 chromosome, on which the cistrons are pericentromeric, and on the Y2 chromosome, on which these cistrons are present in the terminal portions of the short and long arms. Telomeric sequences are located in the terminal regions of all of the chromosomes, particularly conspicuous blocks on the 10th and 12th pairs and internal telomeric sequences in the centromeric regions of the 1st, 6th, and 9th pairs for both sexes. This work describes an new sex chromosomes system for the Siluriformes and increases our genetic knowledge of the Aspredinidae family.

  7. Successive Magnetic Transitions Relating to Itinerant Spins and Localized Cu Spins in La2-xSrxCu1-yFeyO4: Possible Existence of Stripe Correlations in the Overdoped Regime

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    Suzuki, Kensuke M.; Adachi, Tadashi; Sato, Hidetaka; Watanabe, Isao; Koike, Yoji

    2016-12-01

    To investigate the relationship between the so-called stripe correlations and the high-Tc superconductivity, we have carried out magnetic susceptibility and zero-field muon spin relaxation measurements in partially Fe-substituted La2-xSrxCu1-yFeyO4 (LSCFO). It has been found that the Fe substitution induces successive magnetic transitions in the overdoped regime: a spin-glass transition of Fe3+ spins due to the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction based on itinerant spins at high temperatures and a stripe-order transition of localized Cu2+ spins at low temperatures. The stripe-order transition disappears at the hole concentration per Cu of ˜0.28 which coincides with the endpoint of the superconductivity in pristine La2-xSrxCuO4, suggesting that the stripe correlations are closely related to the high-Tc superconductivity in the overdoped regime as well as in the underdoped regime. For the spin-glass state, it has been found that the contribution of polarized itinerant spins to the muon-spin depolarization is not negligible. Taking into account neutron-scattering results obtained by He et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 127002 (2011)] that a spin density wave (SDW) order has been observed in overdoped LSCFO, the present results demonstrate the presence of a novel coexistent state of an SDW order of itinerant spins and a spin-glass state of Fe3+ spins.

  8. FTIR and Raman Study of the LixTiyMn1-yO2 (y = 0, 0.11) Cathodes in Methylpropyl Pyrrolidinium Bis(fluoro-sulfonyl)imide, LiTFSI Electrolyte

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    Hardwick, L.J.; Lucas, I.T.; Doeff, M.M.; Kostecki, R.; Saint, J.A.

    2009-02-02

    This work demonstrates the protective effect of partial titanium substitution in Li{sub x}Ti{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.89}O{sub 2} against surface decomposition in room-temperature ionic liquid (RTILs) cells. Raman microscopy and reflectance Fourier transform IR (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to analyze electrodes recovered from cycled Li/Li{sub x}Ti{sub y}Mn{sub 1-y}O{sub 2} (y=0, 0.11) cells containing the 0.5 mol/kg LiTFSI in P{sub 13}FSI RTIL electrolyte. [TFSI=bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide.] Raman and FTIR spectra of cycled Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} cathodes showed many distinct bands that can be attributed to both the electrolyte and electrode decomposition products. The thickness of the amorphous porous layer on the Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} cathode increased during cycling. The surface degradation of Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} and precipitation of electrolyte decomposition products contributed to the film growth. Improved cycling behavior was observed in cells containing Li{sub x}Ti{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.89}O{sub 2}, yet Raman spectroscopy also showed possible surface degradation. The FTIR spectra of cycled Li{sub x}MnO{sub 2} and Li{sub x}Ti{sub 0.11}Mn{sub 0.89}O{sub 2} cathodes displayed bands characteristic for LiSO{sub 3}CF{sub 3} and Li{sub 2}NSO{sub 2}CF{sub 3}, which originate from the reaction of the TFSI anion with traces of water present in the cell.

  9. Investigating the reversibility of structural modifications of LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO₂ cathode materials during initial charge/discharge, at multiple length scales

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    Hwang, Sooyeon; Bak, Seong -Min; Kim, Seung Min; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Chang, Wonyoung

    2015-08-11

    In this work, we investigate the structural modifications occurring at the bulk, subsurface, and surface scales of LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO₂ (NMC; y, z = 0.8, 0.1 and 0.4, 0.3, respectively) cathode materials during the initial charge/discharge. Various analytical tools, such as X-ray diffraction, selected-area electron diffraction, electron energy-loss spectroscopy, and high-resolution electron microscopy, are used to examine the structural properties of the NMC cathode materials at the three different scales. Cut-off voltages of 4.3 and 4.8 V are applied during the electrochemical tests as the normal and extreme conditions, respectively. The high-Ni-content NMC cathode materials exhibit unusual behaviors, which is deviate from the general redox reactions during the charge or discharge. The transition metal (TM) ions in the high-Ni-content NMC cathode materials, which are mostly Ni ions, are reduced at 4.8 V, even though TMs are usually oxidized to maintain charge neutrality upon the removal of Li. It was found that any changes in the crystallographic and electronic structures are mostly reversible down to the sub-surface scale, despite the unexpected reduction of Ni ions. However, after the discharge, traces of the phase transitions remain at the edges of the NMC cathode materials at the scale of a few nanometers (i.e., surface scale). This study demonstrates that the structural modifications in NMC cathode materials are induced by charge as well as discharge at multiple length scales. These changes are nearly reversible after the first cycle, except at the edges of the samples, which should be avoided because these highly localized changes can initiate battery degradation.

  10. Electrical resistivity anomaly, valence shift of Pr ion, and magnetic behavior in epitaxial (Pr1-yYy)1-xCaxCoO3 thin films under compressive strain

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    Fujishiro, H.; Noda, Y.; Akuzawa, K.; Naito, T.; Ito, A.; Goto, T.; Marysko, M.; Jirak, Z.; Hejtmanek, J.; Nitta, K.

    2017-03-01

    We have fabricated (Pr1-yYy)1-xCaxCoO3 (PYCCO) epitaxial films with various thicknesses by pulsed laser deposition on the SrLaAlO4 (SLAO) substrate that applied an in-plane compressive stress to the film, and investigated the temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity, ρ(T), of the films. An anomalous ρ(T) upturn with a broad hysteresis could be clearly observed only for the thinnest film (d = 50 nm), and the ρ(T) anomaly decreased by increasing film thickness, d. The temperature dependence of the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra at Pr L2-edge was measured for the films, and the valence states of praseodymium (Pr) ion were determined using the analysis of the XANES spectra. As a result, the average valence of the Pr ion in the d = 50 nm film slightly increases with decreasing temperature from the common value of 3.0+ around room temperature to 3.15+ at 8 K. The valence shift of Pr is thus similar to what was observed on the PYCCO polycrystalline bulks with an abrupt metal-insulator transition, accompanied by a spin-state (SS) transition of Co ions. Furthermore, the low-temperature SQUID measurements evidenced a paramagnetic behavior down to the lowest temperature, which suggests that the dominant part of Co3+ ions in the film grown on the SLAO substrate tends to be in the low spin state characteristic for the insulating ground state. These results strongly suggest that the anomalous ρ(T) upturn in the thin films on the SrLaAlO4 (SLAO) substrate is closely related to the SS transition of Co ions. On the other hand, PYCCO films grown on the LaAlO3 (LAO) substrate that applied an in-plane tensile stress showed no valence shift of Pr ions and developed a long range ferromagnetic order, which points to a complete suppression of the low-temperature transition. The behaviors of the epitaxial films are discussed in terms of the in-plane stress exerted by different substrates and accumulated elastic energy.

  11. Study of the Local Structure of GALLIUM(X)INDIUM(1 -X)ARSENIDE(Y)ANTIMONY(1-Y), a Quaternary Iii-V Semiconductor Alloy, Using the Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (exafs) Technique.

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    Islam, Shaheen Momtaz

    The technological importance of quaternary semiconductor alloys has stimulated considerable interest in the basic physics of these materials. Understanding of the local structure of these alloys is of fundamental importance. In this work, the extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) technique has been used to investigate the atomic-scale structure of the III-V quaternary alloy series Ga_{rm x}In _{rm 1-x}As _{rm y}Sb_ {rm 1-y}, where Ga and In atoms occupy one sublattice and As and Sb atoms are distributed over the other sublattice. Two series of these alloys were studied with varying x (from 0.05 to 0.95) and keeping y constant (y = 0.05 or y = 0.10). The samples were polycrystalline powders of various compositions. EXAFS data were obtained at the As K-edge at room temperature for all these alloys. Our measurements reveal the number and types of atoms and the nearest neighbor distances about the average As atom. Our results show a consistent deviation from random site occupation in all these alloys, with Ga-As (and therefore In-Sb) pairs being clearly preferred over In-As and Ga -Sb pairs. This result is consistent with a theoretical model based on the pair approximation. From EXAFS measurements we also observe that the variation of Ga-As and In-As near-neighbor distances with composition is linear and that the bond-lengths remain nearly constant, closer to those in the pure binary compounds and varying only by 0.03 to 0.05A. On the other hand, the x-ray diffraction results show that the average cation -anion distance in the alloys changes by as much as 0.165A in accordance with Vegard's law. This linear variation of lattice constant with composition between the end members suggests that the atomic volume is conserved regardless of the details of the local distortions of lattice.

  12. Enhancement of thermoelectric performance in n-type PbTe1-ySey by doping Cr and tuning Te:Se ratio

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    Chere, Eyob K.; Zhang, Qian; McEnaney, Kenneth; Yao, Mengliang; Cao, Feng; Sun, Jingying; Chen, Shuo; Opeil, Cyril; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng

    2015-04-01

    Lead telluride and its alloys have been extensively studied for medium temperature thermoelectric applications due to decent figure-of-merit (ZT) at temperature close to 900 K. However, little emphasis has been given to improve the ZT near room temperature. In this investigation, we report a systematic study of Cr doping in PbTe1-ySey with y=0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 0.85, and 1. We found the peak ZT temperature increased with increasing concentration of Se. The highest ZT of ~0.6 at room temperature in Te-rich Cr0.015Pb0.985Te0.75Se0.25 was obtained due to a lowered thermal conductivity and enhanced power factor resulted from high Seebeck coefficient of about -220 µV K-1 and high Hall mobility ~1120 cm2 V-1 s-1 at room temperature. A room temperature ZT of ~0.5 and peak ZT of ~1 at about 573–673 K is shown by Se-rich sample Cr0.01Pb0.99Te0.25Se0.75. This improvement of the room temperature ZTimproved the average ZT over a wide temperature range and could potentially lead to a single leg efficiency of thermoelectric conversion for Te-rich Cr0.015Pb0.985Te0.75Se0.25 up to ~11% and Se-rich Cr0.01Pb0.99Te0.25Se0.75 up to ~13% with cold side and hot side temperature at 300 K and 873 K, respectively, if matched with appropriate p-type legs.

  13. Composition and carrier-concentration dependence of the electronic structure of InyGa1-yAs1-xNx films with nitrogen mole fraction of less than 0.012

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    Kang, Youn-Seon; Robins, Lawrence H.; Birdwell, Anthony G.; Shapiro, Alexander J.; Thurber, W. Robert; Vaudin, Mark D.; Fahmi, M. M. E.; Bryson, Damian; Mohammad, S. Noor

    2005-11-01

    The electronic structure of Si-doped InyGa1-yAs1-xNx films on GaAs substrates, grown by nitrogen-plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy, was examined by photoreflectance (PR) spectroscopy at temperatures between 20 and 300 K. The films were approximately 0.5 μm thick and had nitrogen mole fraction between x=0.0014 and x=0.012, measured indirectly by a secondary-ion-mass spectrometry calibration; indium mole fraction between y=0.052 and y=0.075, measured by electron-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy; and carrier concentration between 2×1016 and 1.1×1018 cm-3, measured by Hall effect. Three critical-point transitions were identified by PR: the fundamental band gap (highest valence band to the lowest conduction band); the spin-orbit split valence band to the lowest conduction band; and the highest valence band to a nitrogen impurity band (above the lowest conduction band). The measured critical-point energies were described by a band anticrossing (BAC) model with the addition of a Burstein-Moss band-filling term. The fitted BAC parameters were similar to previously reported values. The N impurity level was located 0.3004+/-0.0101 eV above the conduction-band edge at 20 K and 0.3286+/-0.0089 eV above the conduction-band edge at 295 K. The BAC interaction parameter was 2.588+/-0.071 eV. From the small magnitude of the Burstein-Moss energy shift with increasing carrier concentration, it was inferred that the carrier concentration probed by PR is reduced from the bulk (Hall-effect) carrier concentration by a reduction factor of 0.266+/-0.145. The PR lines broadened with increasing carrier concentration; the line broadening tracked the predicted Burstein-Moss energy shift for the bulk carrier concentration. The surface-normal lattice constants of the films were measured by x-ray diffraction. Comparison of the measured lattice constants with Vegard's law showed the presence of tensile strain (in the surface-normal direction) with magnitude between 1.5×10-3 and 3.0×10

  14. New sensitizing roles of defect-induced self-activator in Sr2.5-3x/2Ca0.5PrxAl1-yInyO4F (0.001 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.05 y = 0, 0.1) Phosphors

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    Park, Sangmoon

    2013-01-01

    Luminescent materials composed of Sr2.5-3x/2Ca0.5PrxAl1-yInyO4F (0.001 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.05 y = 0, 0.1) were prepared by solid-state reaction. The dependence of the luminescent intensity of Pr3+-doped oxyfluorides on the Pr3+ content (x = 0.001-0.05) is also discussed. The photoluminescence (PL) properties of Pr3+-doped in both Sr2.5Ca0.5Al1-yInyO4F and Sr2.5Ca0.5Al1-yInyO4-αF1-δ oxyfluorides were scrutinized. Replacement of Al3+ by In3+ in the Pr3+-doped host structure sensitized the material and enabled a novel and high-energy charge-transfer. The desired CIE values with emission through the red, orange, yellow, and blue-green regions of the spectra in the oxyfluorides were achieved. The effective sensitization using the defect-induced self-activating oxyfluoride phosphors will be useful in applications related to NUV-LEDs.

  15. From Mixed-Metal MOFs to Carbon-Coated Core-Shell Metal Alloy@Metal Oxide Solid Solutions: Transformation of Co/Ni-MOF-74 to CoxNi1-x@CoyNi1-yO@C for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction.

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    Sun, Dengrong; Ye, Lin; Sun, Fangxiang; García, Hermenegildo; Li, Zhaohui

    2017-04-07

    Calcination of the mixed-metal species Co/Ni-MOF-74 leads to the formation of carbon-coated CoxNi1-x@CoyNi1-yO with a metal core diameter of ∼3.2 nm and a metal oxide shell thickness of ∼2.4 nm embedded uniformly in the ligand-derived carbon matrix. The close proximity of Co and Ni in the mixed-metal Co/Ni-MOF-74 promotes the metal alloying and the formation of a solid solution of metal oxide during the calcination process. The presence of the tightly coated carbon shell prohibits particle agglomeration and stabilizes the CoxNi1-x@CoyNi1-yO nanoparticles in small size. The CoxNi1-x@CoyNi1-yO@C derived from Co/Ni-MOF-74 nanocomposites show superior performance for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The use of mixed-metal MOFs as precursors represents a powerful strategy for the fabrication of metal alloy@metal oxide solid solution nanoparticles in small size. This method also holds great promise in the development of multifunctional carbon-coated complex core-shell metal/metal oxides owing to the diversified MOF structures and their flexible chemistry.

  16. Reliability of the manual ability classification system for children with cerebral palsy.

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    Morris, Christopher; Kurinczuk, Jennifer J; Fitzpatrick, Raymond; Rosenbaum, Peter L

    2006-12-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the reliability of family and professional assessment of manual ability using the Manual Ability Classification System (MACS) for children with cerebral palsy (CP) in the UK. Families who were taking part in a study measuring the activities and participation of children with CP were invited to classify their child's manual ability using the MACS. Postal surveys were conducted with the families and health professionals nominated by the families. Perfect agreement was assessed as a percentage; chance-corrected agreement was measured using Cohen's kappa (kappa), and reliability was determined using the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). Families of 91/128 (71%) children responded to the survey (53 males, 38 females; mean age 9y 11mo [SD 1y 11mo], range 6-12y) out of whom 88 indicated a single MACS level. Seventy-two children (82%) were classified with spastic CP, 12 (14%) with dyskinesia, two (2%) with ataxia, and two (2%) were not classified. There were 21, 27, 11, 10, and 19 children who were classified by their families in Gross Motor Function Classification System Levels I to V respectively; 14, 30, 18, 13, and 13 children classified by their families in MACS levels I to V. The survey of health professionals generated 60/71 (85%) responses from physiotherapists, 55/58 (93%) responses from paediatricians, and 21/24 (88%) responses from occupational therapists. There was perfect agreement between families and professionals for more than 50% of children; the indices of chance-corrected agreement ranged from kappa=0.3 to 0.5, and the reliability coefficients ranged from ICC 0.7 to 0.9. Indices of agreement and reliability between families and professionals were equivalent to those between different professionals. The MACS, therefore, offers a valid and reliable method for communicating about the manual ability of children with CP. Families and professionals may not always agree precisely on a MACS level, particularly if

  17. Temperature-composition phase diagrams for Ba1-xSrxFe2As2 (0 ≤x≤ 1) and superconducting Ba0.5Sr0.5(Fe1-yCoy)2As2 (0 ≤y≤ 0.141)

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    Mitchell, Jonathan E.; Saparov, Bayrammurad; Lin, Wenzhi; Calder, Stuart; Li, Qing; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Pan, Minghu; Christianson, Andrew D.; Sefat, Athena S.

    2012-11-01

    Single crystals of mixed alkaline earth metal iron arsenide materials, Ba1-xSrxFe2As2 with 0.185 ≤ x ≤ 0.762 and Ba0.5Sr0.5(Fe1-yCoy)2As2 with 0.028 ≤ y ≤ 0.141, are synthesized via the self-flux method. Ba1-xSrxFe2As2 display spin-density wave features (TN) at temperatures intermediate to the parent materials, x = 0 and 1, with TN(x) following an approximately linear trend. Cobalt doping of the 1:1 Ba:Sr mixture, Ba0.5Sr0.5(Fe1-yCoy)2As2, results in a superconducting dome with maximum transition temperature of TC = 19 K at y = 0.092, close to the maximum transition temperatures observed in unmixed A(Fe1-yCoy)2As2; however, an annealed crystal with y = 0.141 showed a TC increase from 11 to 16 K with a decrease in Sommerfeld coefficient γ from 2.58(2) to 0.63(2) mJ/(K2 mol atom). For the underdoped y = 0.053, neutron diffraction results give evidence that TN and structural transition (TO) are linked at 78 K, with anomalies observed in magnetization, resistivity, and heat capacity data, while a superconducting transition at TC ≈ 6 K is seen in resistivity and heat capacity data. Scanning tunneling microscopy measurements for y = 0.073 give Dynes broadening factor Γ = 1.15 and a superconducting gap Δ = 2.37 meV with evidence of surface inhomogeneity.

  18. Solid-state synthesis in the system Na{sub 0.8}Nb{sub y}W{sub 1-y}O{sub 3} with 0{<=}y{<=}0.4: A new phase, Na{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 2.75}, with perovskite-type structure

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    Debnath, Tapas Ruescher, Claus H.; Gesing, Thorsten M.; Koepke, Juergen; Hussain, Altaf

    2008-04-15

    Series of compounds in the system Na{sub x}Nb{sub y}W{sub 1-y}O{sub 3} were prepared according to the appropriate molar ratio of Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}, WO{sub 3}, WO{sub 2} and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} with x=0.80 and 0.0{<=}y{<=}0.4 at 600 deg. C in evacuated silica glass tubes. These compounds were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, optical microscopy, microprobe analysis, Raman and optical microspectroscopy. A y-dependent separation into three distinct coloured crystallites with cubic perovskite-type structures is observed: (i) red-orange crystallites with composition Na{sub x}WO{sub 3} with slightly decreasing x (i.e. 0.8-0.72) with increasing nominal y, (ii) bluish solid solution of composition Na{sub x}Nb{sub y}W{sub 1-y}O{sub 3} and (iii) white crystallites of a new phase having defect perovskite-type structure with composition Na{sub 0.5}NbO{sub 2.75}. - Graphical abstract: Optical micrograph of a polished sample of nominal composition Na{sub 0.8}Nb{sub 0.4}W{sub 0.6}O{sub 3} showing a mixture of three different coloured crystals: red, light blue and white. The scale bar is 30 {mu}m.

  19. 77 FR 4617 - Environmental Impact Statement: Pennington County, SD

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    2012-01-30

    ... roadway improvements to South Rochford Road for approximately 10 miles between the Town of Rochford and... necessary to improve year-round access to the Town of Rochford from the Deerfield Lake area. The existing... Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The...

  20. Experimental Status of b -> s(d) gamma Decays

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    Di Lodovico, F

    2004-02-05

    Radiative penguin decays provide an indirect probe for physics beyond the Standard Model and contribute to the determination of the CKM matrix elements. Copious quantities of B mesons produced at the B-Factories permit precision measurements of radiative penguin decays. We review the experimental status of the radiative penguin processes b {yields} s(d){gamma}.

  1. Viscoelastic material inversion using Sierra-SD and ROL

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    Walsh, Timothy; Aquino, Wilkins; Ridzal, Denis; Kouri, Drew Philip; van Bloemen Waanders, Bart Gustaaf; Urbina, Angel

    2014-11-01

    In this report we derive frequency-domain methods for inverse characterization of the constitutive parameters of viscoelastic materials. The inverse problem is cast in a PDE-constrained optimization framework with efficient computation of gradients and Hessian vector products through matrix free operations. The abstract optimization operators for first and second derivatives are derived from first principles. Various methods from the Rapid Optimization Library (ROL) are tested on the viscoelastic inversion problem. The methods described herein are applied to compute the viscoelastic bulk and shear moduli of a foam block model, which was recently used in experimental testing for viscoelastic property characterization.

  2. Identification of flowering genes in strawberry, a perennial SD plant

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    Mouhu, Katriina; Hytönen, Timo; Folta, Kevin; Rantanen, Marja; Paulin, Lars; Auvinen, Petri; Elomaa, Paula

    2009-01-01

    Background We are studying the regulation of flowering in perennial plants by using diploid wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca L.) as a model. Wild strawberry is a facultative short-day plant with an obligatory short-day requirement at temperatures above 15°C. At lower temperatures, however, flowering induction occurs irrespective of photoperiod. In addition to short-day genotypes, everbearing forms of wild strawberry are known. In 'Baron Solemacher' recessive alleles of an unknown repressor, SEASONAL FLOWERING LOCUS (SFL), are responsible for continuous flowering habit. Although flower induction has a central effect on the cropping potential, the molecular control of flowering in strawberries has not been studied and the genetic flowering pathways are still poorly understood. The comparison of everbearing and short-day genotypes of wild strawberry could facilitate our understanding of fundamental molecular mechanisms regulating perennial growth cycle in plants. Results We have searched homologs for 118 Arabidopsis flowering time genes from Fragaria by EST sequencing and bioinformatics analysis and identified 66 gene homologs that by sequence similarity, putatively correspond to genes of all known genetic flowering pathways. The expression analysis of 25 selected genes representing various flowering pathways did not reveal large differences between the everbearing and the short-day genotypes. However, putative floral identity and floral integrator genes AP1 and LFY were co-regulated during early floral development. AP1 mRNA was specifically accumulating in the shoot apices of the everbearing genotype, indicating its usability as a marker for floral initiation. Moreover, we showed that flowering induction in everbearing 'Baron Solemacher' and 'Hawaii-4' was inhibited by short-day and low temperature, in contrast to short-day genotypes. Conclusion We have shown that many central genetic components of the flowering pathways in Arabidopsis can be identified from strawberry. However, novel regulatory mechanisms exist, like SFL that functions as a switch between short-day/low temperature and long-day/high temperature flowering responses between the short-day genotype and the everbearing 'Baron Solemacher'. The identification of putative flowering gene homologs and AP1 as potential marker gene for floral initiation will strongly facilitate the exploration of strawberry flowering pathways. PMID:19785732

  3. Academic Skills in Children with Early-Onset Type 1 Diabetes: The Effects of Diabetes-Related Risk Factors

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    Hannonen, Riitta; Komulainen, Jorma; Riikonen, Raili; Ahonen, Timo; Eklund, Kenneth; Tolvanen, Asko; Keskinen, Paivi; Nuuja, Anja

    2012-01-01

    Aim: The study aimed to assess the effects of diabetes-related risk factors, especially severe hypoglycaemia, on the academic skills of children with early-onset type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Method: The study comprised 63 children with T1DM (31 females, 32 males; mean age 9y 11mo, SD 4mo) and 92 comparison children without diabetes (40…

  4. Anomalous temperature dependence of the electric field gradient at the Y site in In/sub 0. 1/Y/sub 0. 9/Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 9-//sub delta/: Evidence for soft vibrational modes

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    Catchen, G.L.; Blaszkiewicz, M.; Baratta, A.J.; Huebner, W.

    1988-08-01

    Perturbed angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy has been used to measure a well-defined static electric quadrupole interaction in a superconducting ceramic, In/sub 0.1/Y/sub 0.9/Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 9-//sub delta/. Perturbation functions, Fourier transforms, and the derived PAC parameters are given for data taken at temperatures ranging from 77 to 1070 K. Indirect evidence is presented for the occupation of the Y site by the /sup 111/In-/sup 111/Cd PAC probe. The derived electric field gradients were found to increase linearly with temperature. This result suggests the presence of soft, anisotropic vibrations in the structure. Additional evidence is presented to indicate that O/sup 2-/-ion or O-vacancy transport may not occur in the Y coordination sphere.

  5. Strong piezoelectricity in (1 - x)(K0.4Na0.6)(Nb0.96Sb0.04)O3-xBi0.5K0.5Zr1-ySnyO3 lead-free binary system: identification and role of multiphase coexistence.

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    Zheng, Ting; Wu, Jiagang; Xiao, Dingquan; Zhu, Jianguo; Wang, Xiangjian; Xin, Lipeng; Lou, Xiaojie

    2015-03-18

    Here we report a strong piezoelectric activity in (1 - x)(K0.4Na0.6)(Nb0.96Sb0.04)O3-xBi0.5K0.5Zr1-ySnyO3 lead-free ceramics by designing different phase boundaries. The phase boundaries concerning rhombohedral-orthorhombic-tetragonal (R-O-T) and rhombohedral-tetragonal (R-T) multiphase coexistence were attained by changing BKZS and Sn contents and then were identified by the X-ray diffraction patterns as well as temperature-dependent permittivity and ν1 Raman modes associated with BO6 perovskite octahedron. A high strain (strain = 0.21-0.28% and d33* = 707-880 pm/V) and a strong piezoelectric coefficient (d33 = 415-460 pC/N) were shown in the ceramics located at the multiphase coexistence region. The reported results of this work are superior to that (d33* ∼ 570 pm/V and d33 ∼ 416 pC/N) of the textured (K,Na,Li)(Nb,Ta,Sb)O3 ceramics [Nature 2004, 432, 84]. We believe that the material system of this work will become one of the most promising candidates for piezoelectric actuators.

  6. Unusual ferromagnetism enhancement in ferromagnetically optimal manganite La0.7-yCa0.3+yMn1-yRuyO3 (0≤y<0.3): the role of Mn-Ru t2g super-exchange.

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    Liu, M F; Du, Z Z; Xie, Y L; Li, X; Yan, Z B; Liu, J-M

    2015-04-24

    The eg-orbital double-exchange mechanism as the core of physics of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) manganites is well known, which usually covers up the role of super-exchange at the t2g-orbitals. The role of the double-exchange mechanism is maximized in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3, leading to the concurrent metal-insulator transition and ferromagnetic transition as well as CMR effect. In this work, by a set of synchronous Ru-substitution and Ca-substitution experiments on La0.7-yCa0.3+yMn1-yRuyO3, we demonstrate that the optimal ferromagnetism in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 can be further enhanced. It is also found that the metal-insulator transition and magnetic transition can be separately modulated. By well-designed experimental schemes with which the Mn(3+)-Mn(4+) double-exchange is damaged as weakly as possible, it is revealed that this ferromagnetism enhancement is attributed to the Mn-Ru t2g ferromagnetic super-exchange. The present work allows a platform on which the electro-transport and magnetism of rare-earth manganites can be controlled by means of the t2g-orbital physics of strongly correlated transition metal oxides.

  7. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly-phase Waste Form: Gd{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}+(Ni{sub x}Mn{sub 1-x})(Fe{sub y}Cr{sub 1-y}){sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Chae, S.C.; Jang, Y.N.; Bae, I.K.; Ryu, K.W.

    2006-07-01

    The synthesis of poly-phase waste form, which is an immobilization matrix for the HLW, was performed with the mixed composition of garnet and spinel (Gd{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}+(Ni{sub x}Mn{sub 1-x})(Fe{sub y}Cr{sub 1-y}){sub 2}O{sub 4}) at temperatures in the range of 1200 deg. C to 1400 deg. C. The phases synthesized from all stoichiometric compositions were garnet, perovskite, and spinel. Especially, garnet was synthesized only in the composition of the highest content of Fe(y=0.9), whereas it was not synthesized in other compositions. This result indicated that the content of Fe was closely related to the formation of garnet. The composition of garnet revealed that the content of Gd was exceeded and that of Fe was depleted. Preferential distribution of elements in the phases can be attributed to the nonstoichiometric composition of garnet. (authors)

  8. Ln 0.6Sr 0.4Co 1- yFe yO 3- δ (Ln = La and Nd; y = 0 and 0.5) cathodes with thin yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolytes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Torres-Garibay, Claudia; Kovar, Desiderio; Manthiram, Arumugam

    The electrochemical performances of the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) fabricated with Ln 0.6Sr 0.4Co 1- yFe yO 3- δ (Ln = La, Nd; y = 0, 0.5) perovskite cathodes, thin yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolytes, and YSZ-Ni anodes by tape casting, co-firing, and screen printing are evaluated at 600-800 °C. Peak power densities of ∼550 mW cm -2 are achieved at 800 °C with a La 0.6Sr 0.4CoO 3- δ (LSC) cathode that is known to have high electrical conductivity. Substitution of La by Nd (Nd 0.6Sr 0.4CoO 3- δ) to reduce the thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) results in only a slight decrease in power density despite a lower electrical conductivity. Conversely, substitution of Fe for Co (La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.5Fe 0.5O 3- δ or Nd 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.5Fe 0.5O 3- δ) to reduce the TEC further reduces the cell performance greatly due to a significant decrease in electrical conductivity. However, infiltration of the Fe-substituted cathodes with Ag to increase the electrical conductivity increases the cell performance while preserving the low TEC.

  9. Oxygen content variation and cation doping dependence of (La){sub 1.4}(Sr{sub 1-y}Ca{sub y}){sub 1.6}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7{+-}}{sub {delta}} (y=0,0.25,0.5) bilayered manganites

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    Malavasi, Lorenzo; Tealdi, Cristina; Flor, Giorgio

    2006-08-01

    The results of the synthesis and characterization of the optimally doped (La){sub 1.4}(Sr{sub 1-y}Ca{sub y}){sub 1.6}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7{+-}}{sub {delta}} solid solution with y=0, 0.25, and 0.5 are reported. By progressively replacing the Sr with the smaller Ca, while keeping fixed the hole concentration due to the divalent dopant, the 'size effect' of the cation itself on the structural, transport, and magnetic properties of the bilayered manganite has been analyzed. Two different annealing treatments of the solid solution, in pure oxygen and in pure argon, allowed us to also study the effect of the oxygen content variation. Structure and electronic properties of the samples have been investigated by means of x-ray powder diffraction and x-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements. Magnetoresistivity and static magnetization measurements have been carried out to complete the samples characterization. Oxygen annealing of the solid solution, which showed a limit for y{approx}0.5, induces an increase of the Mn average valence state and a transition of the crystal structure from tetragonal to orthorhombic while the argon annealing induces an oxygen understoichiometry and, in turn, a reduction of the Mn average valence state. Along with the Ca substitution, the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO{sub 6} octahedra is reduced. This has been directly connected to a general enhancement of the transport properties induced by the Ca doping. For the same cation composition, oxygen overstoichiometry leads to higher metal-insulator transition temperatures and lower resistivity values. Curie temperatures (T{sub C}) are reduced by increasing the Ca doping. The lower T{sub C} for all the annealed samples with respect to the as-prepared ones are connected to the strong influence on the magnetic interactions of the point defects due to the {delta}-variation.

  10. Using real-time electron microscopy to explore the effects of transition-metal composition on the local thermal stability in charged LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO2 cathode materials

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    Hwang, Sooyeon; Kim, Seung Min; Bak, Seong -Min; Kim, Se Young; Cho, Byung -Won; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Lee, Jeong Yong; Stach, Eric A.; Chang, Wonyoung

    2015-05-08

    In this study, we use in-situ transmission electron microcopy (TEM) to investigate the thermal decomposition that occurs at the surface of charged LixNiyMnzCo1-y-zO2 (NMC) cathode materials of different composition (with y, z=0.8, 0.1 and 0.6, 0.2 and 0.4, 0.3), after they have been charged to their practical upper limit voltage (4.3V). By heating these materials inside the TEM, we are able to directly characterize near surface changes in both their electronic structure (using electron energy loss spectroscopy) and crystal structure and morphology (using electron diffraction and bright-field imaging). The most Ni-rich material (y, z = 0.8, 0.1) is found to be thermally unstable at significantly lower temperatures than the other compositions – this is manifested by changes in both the electronic structure and the onset of phase transitions at temperatures as low as 100°C. Electron energy loss spectroscopy indicates that the thermally induced reduction of Ni ions drives these changes, and that this is exacerbated by the presence of an additional redox reaction that occurs at 4.2V in the y, z = 0.8, 0.1 material. Exploration of individual particles shows that there are substantial variations in the onset temperatures and overall extent of these changes. Of the compositions studied, the composition of y, z = 0.6, 0.2 has the optimal combination of high energy density and reasonable thermal stability. The observations herein demonstrate that real time electron microscopy provide direct insight into the changes that occur in cathode materials with temperature, allowing optimization of different alloy concentrations to maximize overall performance.

  11. Effect of Sr doping on the magnetic exchange interactions in manganites of type L a1 -xS rxM nyA1 -yO3(A =Ga ,Ti ;0.1 ≤y ≤1 )

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    Furrer, A.; Podlesnyak, A.; Pomjakushina, E.; Pomjakushin, V.

    2017-03-01

    Strontium doping transforms manganites of type L a1 -xS rxMn O3 from an insulating antiferromagnet (x =0 ) to a metallic ferromagnet (x >0.16 ) due to the induced charge carriers (holes). Neutron scattering experiments were employed to investigate the effect of Sr doping on a tailor-made compound of composition L a0.7S r0.3M n0.1T i0.3G a0.6O3 . By the simultaneous doping with S r2 + and T i4 + ions, the compound remains in the insulating state so that the magnetic interactions for large Sr doping can be studied in the absence of charge carriers. At TC=215 K , there is a first-order reconstructive phase transition from the trigonal R -3 c structure to the orthorhombic Pnma structure via an intermediate virtual configuration described by the common monoclinic subgroup P 21/c . The magnetic excitations associated with M n3 + dimers give evidence for two different nearest-neighbor ferromagnetic exchange interactions, in contrast to the undoped compound LaM nyA1 -yO3 where both ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interactions are present. The doping-induced changes of the exchange coupling originates from different Mn-O-Mn bond angles determined by neutron diffraction. The large fourth-nearest-neighbor interaction found for metallic manganites is absent in the insulating state. We argue that the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction reasonably accounts for all the exchange couplings derived from the spin-wave dispersion in metallic manganites.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of TiFe(0.7-x)Mn(0.3)V(x) (x = 0.05, and 0.1) and Ti(1-y)Ta(y)Fe(0.7)Mn(0.3) (y = 0.2, and 0.4) nanostructured metal hydrides for low temperature applications.

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    Anagnostou, N G; Makridis, S S; Kikkinides, E S; Christodoulou, C N; Stubos, A K

    2012-12-01

    Metal hydrides (MH) are often preferred to absorb and desorb hydrogen at ambient temperature and pressure with a high volumetric density. These hydrogen storage alloys create promising prospects for hydrogen storage and can solve the energetic and environmental issues. In the present research work, the goal of our studies is to find the influence of partial substitution of small amounts of vanadium and tantalum on the hydrogenation properties of TiFe(0.7-x)Mn(0.3)V(x) (x = 0.05, and 0.1) and Ti(1-y)Ta(y)Fe(0.7)Mn(0.3) (y = 0.2, and 0.4) alloys, respectively. The nominal compositions of these materials are TiFe(0.6)Mn(0.3)V(0.05), TiFe(0.6)Mn(0.3)V(0.1), Ti(0.8)Ta(0.2)Fe(0.7)Mn(0.3), and Ti(0.6)Ta(0.4)Fe(0.7)Mn(0.3). All samples were synthesized by arc-melting high purity elements under argon atmosphere. The structural and microstructural properties of the samples were studied by using XRD and SEM, respectively, while the corresponding microchemistry was determined by obtaining EDS measurements at specific regions of the samples. Mapping was obtained in order to investigate atomic distribution in microstructure. Moreover, to ensure the associations between the properties and structure, all samples were examined by an optical microscope for accessional characterization. From all these microscopic examinations a variety of photomicrographs were taken with different magnifications. The hydrogenation properties were obtained by using a Magnetic Suspension Balance (Rubotherm). In this equipment, the hydrogen desorption and re-absorption, can be investigated at constant hydrogen pressures in the range of 1 to 20 MPa (flow-through mode). At least 3.43 wt.% of absorbed hydrogen amount was measured while the effect of substitutions was investigated at the same temperature.

  13. Studies of hot B subdwarfs. Part 2: Energy distributions of three bright sdB/sdOB stars in the 950-5500 angstrom range

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    Wesemael, F.; Holberg, J. B.; Veilleux, S.; Lamontagne, R.; Fontaine, G.

    1985-01-01

    Voyager ultraviolet spectrometer observations of the subdwarf B or OB stars HD 205805, UV 1758+36 and Feige 66 are presented. All three objects display the H I Layman series in absorption. These observations are combined with low dispersion IUE spectrophotometry and with Stroemgren photometry to construct virtually complete energy distributions, which extend over the range 950-5500 angstroms. Effective temperatures based on model atmosphere calculations for high gravity, hydrogen rich stars are determined. Our analyses yield T Sub e 28,200 + or - 1300 K for HD 205805, T sub e 31, 800 + or - 1100 K for UV 1758+36, and T sub e 35,700 + or - 1500 K for Feige 66. The importance of far ultraviolet observations below L sub alpha in reducing the uncertainties associated with the interstellar extinction and the degradation of the IUE sensitivity is emphasized.

  14. Studies of hot B subdwarfs. II - Energy distributions of three bright sdB/sdOB stars in the 950-5500 A range

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    Wesemael, F.; Veilleux, S.; Lamontagne, R.; Fontaine, G.; Holberg, J. B.

    1985-01-01

    Voyager ultraviolet spectrometer observations of the subdwarf B or OB stars HD 205805, UV 1758+36 and Feige 66 are presented. All three objects display the H I Layman series in absorption. These observations are combined with low dispersion IUE spectrophotometry and with Stromgren photometry to construct virtually complete energy distributions, which extend over the range 950-5500 angstroms. Effective temperatures based on model atmosphere calculations for high gravity, hygrogen rich stars are determined. Our analyses yield T sub e 28,200 + or - 1300 K for HD 205805, T sub e 31, 800 + or - 1100 K for UV 1758+36, and T sub e 35,700 + or 1500 K for Feige 66. The importance of far ultraviolet observations below L sub alpha in reducing the uncertainties associated with the interstellar extinction and the degradation of the IUE sensitivity is emphasized.

  15. On the coexistence of copper-molybdenum bronzes: Cu{sub x}MoO{sub 3} (0.2 < x < 0.25; typically x {approx} 0.23) and Cu{sub y}MoO{sub 3-z} (0.1 < y < 0.2; typically y {approx} 0.15) in the Cu-MoO{sub 2}-O quasi-ternary system

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    Warner, T.E.; Skou, E.M.

    2010-11-15

    Two copper-molybdenum bronzes: Cu{sub y}MoO{sub 3-z} (0.1 < y < 0.2; typically y {approx} 0.15) and Cu{sub x}MoO{sub 3} (0.2 < x < 0.25; typically x {approx} 0.23) were prepared as glistening black polycrystalline materials by the solid state reaction of Cu and MoO{sub 3} at 600 {sup o}C under argon in Pt crucibles. Powder XRD showed that the material with global composition '0.1Cu.MoO{sub 3}' comprises {approx}Cu{sub 0.15}MoO{sub 3} and MoO{sub 3}; whilst '0.2Cu.MoO{sub 3}' comprises {approx}Cu{sub 0.15}MoO{sub 3} and {approx}Cu{sub 0.23}MoO{sub 3}. DTA performed on '0.2Cu.MoO{sub 3}' reveals a reversible solid state phase transition {approx}520 {sup o}C under argon. Reacting equimolar amounts of Cu{sub 2}O and MoO{sub 2} at 600 {sup o}C in a Cu crucible under argon yields: Cu{sub 6}Mo{sub 5}O{sub 18}, Cu and MoO{sub 2}. A tentative subsolidus Cu-MoO{sub 2}-O isothermal ({approx}25 {sup o}C) phase diagram under argon is drawn from these data. Oxidation states of Cu and Mo within this system are discussed.

  16. USGS Wildland Fire Workshop, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, SD, July 9-10, 1997.

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    1998-04-01

    this collection is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including time tor reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and...their effec- tiveness assessed? Why the Workshop? It has been recognized for some time that USGS has considerable expertise and capabilities...funding alloca- tion. • Optimize programs and funding through cooperation. • Be responsive to short -term management needs of the fire community. To

  17. Environmental Assessment: Access Roads and An Associated Interior Road, Centennial Estates Lease, Ellsworth AFB, SD

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    2012-05-01

    generally level. Underlying bedrock is Upper Cretaceous Pierre Shale; surfaces are formed from Pleistocene terrace gravel and alluvial fan deposits (USGS...series are generally located on fans and 22 terraces and consists of well-drained soil formed from alluvium. Permeability is very low to moderate with

  18. Application of the SD technique for solving a BCS-reduced Hubbard like Hamiltonian

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    Fettes, W.; Morgenstern, I.; Husslein, T.

    1997-10-01

    The authors present exact and stochastic diagonalization results for a BCS-reduced Hubbard model. The kinetic Hamiltonian is the same as in the single band Hubbard model with additional next nearest neighbor hopping. The interaction of this model is designed to inhibit superconductivity in the d{sub x{sup 2}{minus}y{sup 2}} channel. The ground state of this model is studied by exact and stochastic diagonalization technique. The authors present a review of the technical details of the application of the stochastic diagonalization algorithm on this problem. To verify their results obtained with the stochastic diagonalization, they are compared with the exact diagonalization results. In order to show the convergence of the stochastic diagonalization the authors give a detailed analysis of the behavior of physical properties with increasing number of states. Finally they study superconductivity in this BCS-reduced Hubbard model. As an indicator of superconductivity they use the occurrence of Off Diagonal Long Range Order. The authors study the scaling behavior of this model for various attractive interactions and in addition the dependence of the superconducting correlation functions from the filling of the system.

  19. An Analysis of Computer Skills Possessed by AFIT Class 89S/D

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    1988-09-01

    Total 132 E(n) 132/3 = 44.000 x 2 - E n - (n)] 2 / (n) X 2 = 29.23 Critical Chi-Square (df 2) = 5.99 Reject null hypothesis. 99 He Worksheet Clase 8SID...10 Nov 1987. 15. Phillips, Bernard S. Social Research Strategy and Tactics (Third Edition). New York: The Macmillan Company, 1971. 16. Pournelle, Jerry...SAS User’s Guide: Basics, Version 5 Edition. Cary NC: SAS Institute Inc., 1985. 19. Selltiz, Claire and others. Research Methods in Social

  20. SD-OCT features of laser pointer maculopathy before and after systemic corticosteroid therapy.

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    Hossein, Mohammad; Bonyadi, Jabbarpour; Soheilian, Roham; Soheilian, Masoud; Peyman, Gholam A

    2011-12-16

    The authors report spectral-domain optical coherence tomography findings of laser pointer-induced maculopathy in a 25-year-old man after accidental laser pointer exposure of less than 1 second. The Class 3R laser pointer (output wavelength 532 nm and output power 3.5 to 4.5 mW [continuous wave]) had U.S. Food and Drug Administration certification. One day after exposure, he had visual blurring and metamorphopsia of his right eye. He was treated with a systemic high-dose corticosteroid. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography disclosed a hyperreflective band in the foveal region. After 1 week of treatment, disappearance of hyperreflectivity was observed on spectral-domain optical coherence tomography. At 6 months, residual disruption of the outer retinal layer at the fovea remained unchanged. Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography was a useful and sensitive tool for evaluating retinal damage and subsequent resolution after treatment.