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  1. Evidence for a New Intermediate Phase in a Strongly Correlated 2D System near Wigner Crystallization

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    Gao, Xuan; Qiu, Richard; Goble, Nicholas; Serafin, Alex; Yin, Liang; Xia, Jian-Sheng; Sullivan, Neil; Pfeiffer, Loren; West, Ken

    How the two dimensional (2D) quantum Wigner crystal (WC) transforms into the metallic liquid phase remains an outstanding problem in physics. In theories considering the 2D WC to liquid transition in the clean limit, it was suggested that a number of intermediate phases might exist. We have studied the transformation between the metallic fluid phase and the low magnetic field reentrant insulating phase (RIP) which was interpreted as due to the WC [Qiu et al., PRL 108, 106404 (2012)], in a strongly correlated 2D hole system in GaAs quantum well with large interaction parameter rs (~20-30) and high mobility. Instead of a sharp transition, we found that increasing density (or lowering rs) drives the RIP into a state where the incipient RIP coexists with Fermi liquid. This apparent mixture phase intermediate between Fermi liquid and WC also exhibits a non-trivial temperature dependent resistivity behavior which can be qualitatively understood by the reversed melting of WC in the mixture, in analogy to the Pomeranchuk effect in the solid-liquid mixture of Helium-3. X.G. thanks NSF (DMR-0906415) for supporting work at CWRU. Experiments at the NHMFL High B/T Facility were supported by NSF Grant 0654118 and the State of Florida. L.P. thanks the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and NSF MRSEC (DMR-0819860) for support.

  2. The Wigner distribution and 2D classical maps

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    Sakhr, Jamal

    2017-07-01

    The Wigner spacing distribution has a long and illustrious history in nuclear physics and in the quantum mechanics of classically chaotic systems. In this paper, a novel connection between the Wigner distribution and 2D classical mechanics is introduced. Based on a well-known correspondence between the Wigner distribution and the 2D Poisson point process, the hypothesis that typical pseudo-trajectories of a 2D ergodic map have a Wignerian nearest-neighbor spacing distribution (NNSD) is put forward and numerically tested. The standard Euclidean metric is used to compute the interpoint spacings. In all test cases, the hypothesis is upheld, and the range of validity of the hypothesis appears to be robust in the sense that it is not affected by the presence or absence of: (i) mixing; (ii) time-reversal symmetry; and/or (iii) dissipation.

  3. Anisotropic elasticity of experimental colloidal Wigner crystals.

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    Russell, Emily R; Spaepen, Frans; Weitz, David A

    2015-03-01

    Colloidal particles interacting via a long-range repulsion can, in contrast to hard-sphere systems, exhibit crystalline ordering at low volume fraction. Here we experimentally investigate the structure and properties of such "colloidal Wigner crystals." We find a body-centered-cubic crystalline phase at volume fractions of ϕ≳15%, which exhibits large fluctuations of individual particles from their average positions. We determine the three independent crystalline elastic constants and find that these crystals are very compliant and highly anisotropic.

  4. Spin coupling in zigzag Wigner crystals.

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    Klironomos, A. D.; Meyer, J. S.; Hikihara, T.; Matveev, K. A.; Materials Science Division; Ohio State Univ.; Hokkaido Univ.

    2007-08-01

    We consider interacting electrons in a quantum wire in the case of a shallow confining potential and low electron density. In a certain range of densities, the electrons form a two-row (zigzag) Wigner crystal whose spin properties are determined by nearest and next-nearest neighbor exchange as well as by three- and four-particle ring exchange processes. The phase diagram of the resulting zigzag spin chain has regions of complete spin polarization and partial spin polarization in addition to a number of unpolarized phases, including antiferromagnetism and dimer order as well as a novel phase generated by the four-particle ring exchange.

  5. Observation of an Anisotropic Wigner Crystal

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    Liu, Yang; Hasdemir, S.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Baldwin, K. W.; Shayegan, M.

    2016-09-01

    We report a new correlated phase of two-dimensional charged carriers in high magnetic fields, manifested by an anisotropic insulating behavior at low temperatures. It appears in a large range of low Landau level fillings 1 /3 ≲ν ≲2 /3 in hole systems confined to wide GaAs quantum wells when the sample is tilted in magnetic field to an intermediate angle. The parallel field component (B∥) leads to a crossing of the lowest two Landau levels, and an elongated hole wave function in the direction of B∥. Under these conditions, the in-plane resistance exhibits an insulating behavior, with the resistance along B∥ about 10 times smaller than the resistance perpendicular to B∥. We interpret this anisotropic insulating phase as a two-component, striped Wigner crystal.

  6. Topological Phonon Modes in a Two-Dimensional Wigner Crystal

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    Ji, Wen-Cheng; Shi, Jun-Ren

    2017-03-01

    We investigate the spin-orbit coupling effect in a two-dimensional Wigner crystal. We show that sufficiently strong spin-orbit coupling and an appropriate sign of g-factor could transform the Wigner crystal to a topological phonon system. We demonstrate the existence of chiral phonon edge modes in finite size samples, as well as the robustness of the modes in the topological phase. We explore the possibility of realizing the topological phonon system in two-dimensional Wigner crystals confined in semiconductor quantum wells/heterostructure. We find that the spin-orbit coupling is too weak for driving a topological phase transition in these systems. We argue that one may look for the topological phonon system in correlated Wigner crystals with emergent effective spin-orbit coupling.

  7. Solitons in a one-dimensional Wigner crystal

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    Pustilnik, M.; Matveev, K. A.

    2015-04-16

    In one-dimensional quantum systems with strong long-range repulsion particles arrange in a quasi-periodic chain, the Wigner crystal. Here, we demonstrate that besides the familiar phonons, such one-dimensional Wigner crystal supports an additional mode of elementary excitations, which can be identified with solitons in the classical limit. Furthermore, we compute the corresponding excitation spectrum and argue that the solitons have a parametrically small decay rate at low energies. Finally, we discuss implications of our results for the behavior of the dynamic structure factor.

  8. 2D quasiperiodic plasmonic crystals

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    Bauer, Christina; Kobiela, Georg; Giessen, Harald

    2012-01-01

    Nanophotonic structures with irregular symmetry, such as quasiperiodic plasmonic crystals, have gained an increasing amount of attention, in particular as potential candidates to enhance the absorption of solar cells in an angular insensitive fashion. To examine the photonic bandstructure of such systems that determines their optical properties, it is necessary to measure and model normal and oblique light interaction with plasmonic crystals. We determine the different propagation vectors and consider the interaction of all possible waveguide modes and particle plasmons in a 2D metallic photonic quasicrystal, in conjunction with the dispersion relations of a slab waveguide. Using a Fano model, we calculate the optical properties for normal and inclined light incidence. Comparing measurements of a quasiperiodic lattice to the modelled spectra for angle of incidence variation in both azimuthal and polar direction of the sample gives excellent agreement and confirms the predictive power of our model. PMID:23209871

  9. 2D quasiperiodic plasmonic crystals.

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    Bauer, Christina; Kobiela, Georg; Giessen, Harald

    2012-01-01

    Nanophotonic structures with irregular symmetry, such as quasiperiodic plasmonic crystals, have gained an increasing amount of attention, in particular as potential candidates to enhance the absorption of solar cells in an angular insensitive fashion. To examine the photonic bandstructure of such systems that determines their optical properties, it is necessary to measure and model normal and oblique light interaction with plasmonic crystals. We determine the different propagation vectors and consider the interaction of all possible waveguide modes and particle plasmons in a 2D metallic photonic quasicrystal, in conjunction with the dispersion relations of a slab waveguide. Using a Fano model, we calculate the optical properties for normal and inclined light incidence. Comparing measurements of a quasiperiodic lattice to the modelled spectra for angle of incidence variation in both azimuthal and polar direction of the sample gives excellent agreement and confirms the predictive power of our model.

  10. Aharonov-Casher Effect in One-Dimensional Wigner Crystals

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    Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav; Kindermann, Markus

    2010-03-01

    We theoretically study the effects of spin-orbit coupling on spin exchange in a low-density Wigner crystal. In addition to the familiar antiferromagnetic Heisenberg exchange, we find general anisotropic interactions in spin space if the exchange paths allowed by the crystal structure form loops in real space. In particular, it is shown that the two-electron exchange interaction can acquire ferromagnetic character. Tserkovnyak and Kindermann, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 (2009) 126801.

  11. Low-frequency electromagnetic field in a Wigner crystal

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    Stupka, Anton

    2013-03-15

    Long-wave low-frequency oscillations are described in a Wigner crystal by generalization of the reverse continuum model for the case of electronic lattice. The internal self-consistent long-wave electromagnetic field is used to describe the collective motions in the system. The eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the obtained system of equations are derived. The velocities of longitudinal and transversal sound waves are found.

  12. Phase diagram of the composite fermion Wigner crystals

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    Archer, Alex; Park, Kwon; Jain, Jainendra

    2013-03-01

    The energies of the Wigner crystal (WC) phase and the fractional quantum Hall (FQH) liquid have been compared in the past at some special filling factors. We deduce in this work the phase diagram of the WC phase as a function of the general filling factor by considering: (i) the WC of electrons; (ii) WCs of composite fermions (CFs) carrying 2 p vortices; and (iii) FQH states supporting WC of CF quasiparticles or CF quasiholes. In particular, we find that the re-entrant insulating phase between 1/5 and 2/9 is a WC of composite fermions carrying two vortices. To distinguish the CF Wigner crystal from the electron WC, we compute a number of properties, including shear modulus, magnetophonon and magnetoplasmon dispersions, and melting temperatures. The width dependence of the phase diagram is also studied. A technical innovation that makes these comparisons feasible is to model the WC as the thermodynamic limit of the Thomson crystal on the surface of a sphere, which minimizes the Coulomb energy of classical charged particles.

  13. Fast and robust quantum computation with ionic Wigner crystals

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    Baltrusch, J. D.; Negretti, A.; Taylor, J. M.; Calarco, T.

    2011-04-15

    We present a detailed analysis of the modulated-carrier quantum phase gate implemented with Wigner crystals of ions confined in Penning traps. We elaborate on a recent scheme, proposed by two of the authors, to engineer two-body interactions between ions in such crystals. We analyze the situation in which the cyclotron ({omega}{sub c}) and the crystal rotation ({omega}{sub r}) frequencies do not fulfill the condition {omega}{sub c}=2{omega}{sub r}. It is shown that even in the presence of the magnetic field in the rotating frame the many-body (classical) Hamiltonian describing small oscillations from the ion equilibrium positions can be recast in canonical form. As a consequence, we are able to demonstrate that fast and robust two-qubit gates are achievable within the current experimental limitations. Moreover, we describe a realization of the state-dependent sign-changing dipole forces needed to realize the investigated quantum computing scheme.

  14. Electrostatic attraction of coupled Wigner crystals: finite temperature effects.

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    Lau, A W; Pincus, P; Levine, D; Fertig, H A

    2001-05-01

    In this paper we present a unified physical picture for the electrostatic attraction between two coupled planar Wigner crystals at finite temperature. This model may facilitate our conceptual understanding of counterion-mediated attractions between (highly) similarly charged planes. By adopting an elastic theory, we show that the total attractive force between them can be (approximately) decomposed into a short-ranged and a long-ranged component. They are evaluated below the melting temperature of the Wigner crystals. In particular, we analyze the temperature dependence of the short-ranged attraction, arising from ground-state configuration, and we argue that thermal fluctuations may drastically reduce its strength. Also, the long-range force agrees exactly with that based on the charge-fluctuation approach. Furthermore, we take quantum contributions to the long-ranged (fluctuation-induced) attraction into account and show how the fractional power law, which scales as d(-7/2) for large interplanar distance d at zero temperature, crosses over to the classical regime d(-3) via an intermediate regime of d(-2).

  15. Hall-velocity limited magnetoconductivity in a 2D Wigner solid

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    Fozooni, P.; Djerfi, K.; Kristensen, Anders; Lea, M. J.; Richardson, P. J.; Santrich-Badal, A.; Blackburn, A.; van der Heijden, R. W.

    1996-01-01

    The magnetoconductivity σ( B) of a classical 2D electron crystal on superfluid4He is non-linear. Experimentally we find a contribution to σ( B) which at constant field, gives σ( B)∞ J x, the current density, while at constant current, σ( B) ∞ 1/ B. In this region the Hall velocity νH slowly approaches the ripplon velocity νI at the first reciprocal lattice vector, due to strong electron-ripplon interactions with the helium. The magnetoconductivity decreases sharply for νH>νI. Fluctuations in σ( B) are seen above the melting temperature.

  16. Composite Fermion Theory for the High Field Wigner Crystal State

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    Narevich, Romanas; Murthy, Ganpathy; Fertig, Herbert

    2001-03-01

    The low filling fraction Quantum Hall Effect is reexamined using the hamiltonian composite fermion theory developed by Shankar and Murthy(R. Shankar and G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79), 4437 (1997). We address the experiment by Jiang et. al.(H. W. Jiang et. al., Phys. Rev. B 44), 8107 (1991) where the insulating phase surrounding the ν=1/5 quantum liquid was observed and its activation energies (gaps) measured. Previous studies either found gaps that were off by few orders of magnitude (Hartree-Fock calculations of the electronic Wigner crystal(D. Yoshioka and H. Fukuyama, J. Phys. Soc. Japan 47), 394 (1979)) or were unable to calculate them because of the computational complexity (Monte-Carlo studies of the correlated crystal(H. Yi and H. A. Fertig, Phys. Rev. B 58), 4019 (1998)). We use the Hartree-Fock approximation for the periodic density state of composite fermions and find gaps that have a correct order of magnitude and reproduce the experimental dependence on the filling factor. We also report the results of the shear modulus calculation relevant for the collective pinning of the crystal.

  17. Wigner crystallization in quantum wires within the Yukawa approximation

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    Méndez-Camacho, Reyna; Cruz-Hernández, Esteban; Castañeda-Priego, Ramón

    2017-02-01

    One crucial and important aspect to account for the nature of the quantum wires is the understanding of the effects associated to many-body interactions between confined electrons. The inclusion of such many-body forces in any theoretical framework is a difficult and computationally demanding task. Then one has to make use of coarse-grained descriptions that allow one to incorporate the contribution of all the electrons. In a simple physical picture, the interaction between two electrons can be considered screened due to the presence of the other ones. If the latter are homogeneously distributed inside the wire, the interaction between the former can then be assumed of the Yukawa form. In this contribution, we report on the lower energy states of n -doped GaAs circular-quantum wires with two electrons in the conduction band interacting through a repulsive Yukawa potential. By varying the length and the electronic density of the wire, quite different trends in the electronic distribution are observed. By changing the material parameters to InSb and InAs nanowires, we found that our results are consistent with available experimental data that have reported the formation of Wigner crystals.

  18. Commensurability Oscillations of Composite Fermions Induced by the Periodic Potential of a Wigner Crystal

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    Deng, H.; Liu, Y.; Jo, I.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Baldwin, K. W.; Shayegan, M.

    2016-08-01

    When the kinetic energy of a collection of interacting two-dimensional (2D) electrons is quenched at very high magnetic fields so that the Coulomb repulsion dominates, the electrons are expected to condense into an ordered array, forming a quantum Wigner crystal (WC). Although this exotic state has long been suspected in high-mobility 2D electron systems at very low Landau level fillings (ν ≪1 ), its direct observation has been elusive. Here we present a new technique and experimental results directly probing the magnetic-field-induced WC. We measure the magnetoresistance of a bilayer electron system where one layer has a very low density and is in the WC regime (ν ≪1 ), while the other ("probe") layer is near ν =1 /2 and hosts a sea of composite fermions (CFs). The data exhibit commensurability oscillations in the magnetoresistance of the CF layer, induced by the periodic potential of WC electrons in the other layer, and provide a unique, direct glimpse at the symmetry of the WC, its lattice constant, and melting. They also demonstrate a striking example of how one can probe an exotic many-body state of 2D electrons using equally exotic quasiparticles of another many-body state.

  19. Spin-orbit coupling in quasi-one-dimensional Wigner crystals

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    Kornich, Viktoriia; Pedder, Christopher J.; Schmidt, Thomas L.

    2017-01-01

    We study the effect of Rashba spin-orbit coupling (SOC) on the charge and spin degrees of freedom of a quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) Wigner crystal. As electrons in a quasi-1D Wigner crystal can move in the transverse direction, SOC cannot be gauged away in contrast to the pure 1D case. We show that for weak SOC, a partial gap in the spectrum opens at certain ratios between the density of electrons and the inverse Rashba length. We present how the low-energy branch of charge degrees of freedom deviates due to SOC from its usual linear dependence at small wave vectors. In the case of strong SOC, we show that the spin sector of a Wigner crystal cannot be described by an isotropic antiferromagnetic Heisenberg Hamiltonian anymore and that instead the ground state of neighboring electrons is mostly a triplet state. We present a new spin sector Hamiltonian and discuss the spectrum of a Wigner crystal in this limit.

  20. Aharonov-Casher effect in exchange interactions in a Wigner crystal.

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    Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav; Kindermann, Markus

    2009-03-27

    We theoretically study the effects of spin-orbit coupling on spin exchange in a low-density Wigner crystal. In addition to the familiar antiferromagnetic Heisenberg exchange, we find general anisotropic interactions in spin space if the exchange paths allowed by the crystal structure form loops in real space. In particular, it is shown that the two-electron exchange interaction can acquire ferromagnetic character.

  1. Cooperative dynamics in ultrasoft 2D crystals

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    Sprakel, Joris; van der Meer, Berend; Dijkstra, Marjolein; van der Gucht, Jasper

    2015-03-01

    The creation, annihilation, and diffusion of defects in crystal lattices play an important role during crystal melting and deformation. Although it is well understood how defects form and react when crystals are subjected to external stresses, it remains unclear how crystals cope with internal stresses. We report a study in which we create a highly localized internal stress, by means of optical tweezing, in a crystal formed from micrometer-sized colloidal spheres and directly observe how the solid reacts using microscopy. We find that, even though the excitation is highly localized, a collective dance of colloidal particles results; these collective modes take the form of closed rings or open-ended strings, depending on the sequence of events which nucleate the rearrangements. Surprisingly, we find from Brownian Dynamics simulations that these cooperative dynamics are thermally-activated modes inherent to the crystal, and can even occur through a single, sufficiently large thermal fluctuation, resulting in the irreversible displacement of 100s of particles from their lattice sites.

  2. Melting of Wigner Crystal on Helium in Quasi-One-Dimensional Geometry

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    Ikegami, Hiroki; Akimoto, Hikota; Kono, Kimitoshi

    2015-05-01

    We discuss melting of a Wigner crystal formed on a free surface of superfluid He, in quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) channels of width between 5 and 15 m. We reexamine our previous transport data (Ikegami et al. in Phys Rev B 82:201104(R), 2010), in particular, by estimating the number of electrons across the channel in a more accurate way with the aid of numerical calculations of distributions of the electrons in the channels. The results of reexamination indicate more convincingly that the melting of the Wigner crystal in the Q1D geometry is understood by the finite size effect on the Kosterlitz-Thouless-Halperin-Nelson-Young melting process. We also present technical details of the transport measurements of the electrons in a Q1D geometry, including a fabrication method of devices used for the transport measurements, numerical simulations of response of the devices, and a procedure for analyzing transport data.

  3. New generation transistor technologies enabled by 2D crystals

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    Jena, D.

    2013-05-01

    The discovery of graphene opened the door to 2D crystal materials. The lack of a bandgap in 2D graphene makes it unsuitable for electronic switching transistors in the conventional field-effect sense, though possible techniques exploiting the unique bandstructure and nanostructures are being explored. The transition metal dichalcogenides have 2D crystal semiconductors, which are well-suited for electronic switching. We experimentally demonstrate field effect transistors with current saturation and carrier inversion made from layered 2D crystal semiconductors such as MoS2, WS2, and the related family. We also evaluate the feasibility of such semiconducting 2D crystals for tunneling field effect transistors for low-power digital logic. The article summarizes the current state of new generation transistor technologies either proposed, or demonstrated, with a commentary on the challenges and prospects moving forward.

  4. An automated pipeline to screen membrane protein 2D crystallization

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    Kim, Changki; Vink, Martin; Hu, Minghui; Love, James; Stokes, David L.; Ubarretxena-Belandia, Iban

    2011-01-01

    Electron crystallography relies on electron cryomicroscopy of two-dimensional (2D) crystals and is particularly well suited for studying the structure of membrane proteins in their native lipid bilayer environment. To obtain 2D crystals from purified membrane proteins, the detergent in a protein-lipid-detergent ternary mixture must be removed, generally by dialysis, under conditions favoring reconstitution into proteoliposomes and formation of well-ordered lattices. To identify these conditions a wide range of parameters such as pH, lipid composition, lipid-to-protein ratio, ionic strength and ligands must be screened in a procedure involving four steps: crystallization, specimen preparation for electron microscopy, image acquisition, and evaluation. Traditionally, these steps have been carried out manually and, as a result, the scope of 2D crystallization trials has been limited. We have therefore developed an automated pipeline to screen the formation of 2D crystals. We employed a 96-well dialysis block for reconstitution of the target protein over a wide range of conditions designed to promote crystallization. A 96-position magnetic platform and a liquid handling robot were used to prepare negatively stained specimens in parallel. Robotic grid insertion into the electron microscope and computerized image acquisition ensures rapid evaluation of the crystallization screen. To date, 38 2D crystallization screens have been conducted for 15 different membrane proteins, totaling over 3000 individual crystallization experiments. Three of these proteins have yielded diffracting 2D crystals. Our automated pipeline outperforms traditional 2D crystallization methods in terms of throughput and reproducibility. PMID:20349145

  5. Theory of 2D crystals: graphene and beyond.

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    Roldán, Rafael; Chirolli, Luca; Prada, Elsa; Silva-Guillén, Jose Angel; San-Jose, Pablo; Guinea, Francisco

    2017-07-31

    This tutorial review presents an overview of the basic theoretical aspects of two-dimensional (2D) crystals. We revise essential aspects of graphene and the new families of semiconducting 2D materials, like transition metal dichalcogenides or black phosphorus. Minimal theoretical models for various materials are presented. Some of the exciting new possibilities offered by 2D crystals are discussed, such as manipulation and control of quantum degrees of freedom (spin and pseudospin), confinement of excitons, control of the electronic and optical properties with strain engineering, or unconventional superconducting phases.

  6. Structural transitions in vertically and horizontally coupled parabolic channels of Wigner crystals

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    Galván-Moya, J. E.; Nelissen, K.; Peeters, F. M.

    2012-11-01

    Structural phase transitions in two vertically or horizontally coupled channels of strongly interacting particles are investigated. The particles are free to move in the x direction but are confined by a parabolic potential in the y direction. They interact with each other through a screened power-law potential (r-ne-r/λ). In vertically coupled systems, the channels are stacked above each other in the direction perpendicular to the (x,y) plane, while in horizontally coupled systems both channels are aligned in the confinement direction. Using Monte Carlo (MC) simulations we obtain the ground-state configurations and the structural transitions as a function of the linear particle density and the separation between the channels. At zero temperature, the vertically coupled system exhibits a rich phase diagram with continuous and discontinuous transitions. On the other hand, the horizontally coupled system exhibits only a very limited number of phase transitions due to its symmetry. Further, we calculated the normal modes for the Wigner crystals in both cases. From MC simulations, we found that in the case of vertically coupled systems, the zigzag transition is only possible for low densities. A Ginzburg-Landau theory for the zigzag transition is presented, which predicts correctly the behavior of this transition from which we interpret the structural phase transition of the Wigner crystal through the reduction of the Brillouin zone.

  7. Holon Wigner Crystal in a Lightly Doped Kagome Quantum Spin Liquid

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    Jiang, Hong-Chen; Devereaux, T.; Kivelson, S. A.

    2017-08-01

    We address the problem of a lightly doped spin liquid through a large-scale density-matrix renormalization group study of the t -J model on a kagome lattice with a small but nonzero concentration δ of doped holes. It is now widely accepted that the undoped (δ =0 ) spin-1 /2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet has a spin-liquid ground state. Theoretical arguments have been presented that light doping of such a spin liquid could give rise to a high temperature superconductor or an exotic topological Fermi liquid metal. Instead, we infer that the doped holes form an insulating charge-density wave state with one doped hole per unit cell, i.e., a Wigner crystal. Spin correlations remain short ranged, as in the spin-liquid parent state, from which we infer that the state is a crystal of spinless holons, rather than of holes. Our results may be relevant to kagome lattice herbertsmithite upon doping.

  8. Brillouin light scattering studies of 2D magnonic crystals

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    Tacchi, S.; Gubbiotti, G.; Madami, M.; Carlotti, G.

    2017-02-01

    Magnonic crystals, materials with periodic modulation of their magnetic properties, represent the magnetic counterpart of photonic, phononic and plasmonic crystals, and have been largely investigated in recent years because of the possibility of using spin waves as a new means for carrying and processing information over a very large frequency bandwidth. Here, we review recent Brillouin light scattering studies of 2D magnonic crystals consisting of single- and bi-component arrays of interacting magnetic dots or antidot lattices. In particular, we discuss the principal properties of the magnonic band diagram of such systems, with emphasis given to its dependence on both magnetic and the geometrical parameters. Thanks to the possibility of tailoring their band structure by means of several degrees of freedom, planar magnonic crystals offer a good opportunity to design an innovative class of nanoscale microwave devices.

  9. Brillouin light scattering studies of 2D magnonic crystals.

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    Tacchi, S; Gubbiotti, G; Madami, M; Carlotti, G

    2017-02-22

    Magnonic crystals, materials with periodic modulation of their magnetic properties, represent the magnetic counterpart of photonic, phononic and plasmonic crystals, and have been largely investigated in recent years because of the possibility of using spin waves as a new means for carrying and processing information over a very large frequency bandwidth. Here, we review recent Brillouin light scattering studies of 2D magnonic crystals consisting of single- and bi-component arrays of interacting magnetic dots or antidot lattices. In particular, we discuss the principal properties of the magnonic band diagram of such systems, with emphasis given to its dependence on both magnetic and the geometrical parameters. Thanks to the possibility of tailoring their band structure by means of several degrees of freedom, planar magnonic crystals offer a good opportunity to design an innovative class of nanoscale microwave devices.

  10. 2D photonic crystal and its angular reflective azimuthal spectrum

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    Senderakova, Dagmar; Drzik, Milan; Tomekova, Juliana

    2016-12-01

    Contemporary, attention is paid to photonic crystals, which can strongly modify light propagation through them and enable a controllable light manipulation. The contribution is focused on a sub-wavelength 2D structure formed by Al2O3 layer on silicon substrate, patterned with periodic hexagonal lattice of deep air holes. Using various laser sources of light at single wavelength, azimuthal angle dependence of the mirror-like reflected light intensity was recorded photo-electrically. The results obtained can be used to sample the band-structure of leaky modes of the photonic crystal more reliably and help us to map the photonic dispersion diagram.

  11. Conductance of a quantum wire in the Wigner-crystal regime.

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    Matveev, K A

    2004-03-12

    We study the effect of Coulomb interactions on the conductance of a single-mode quantum wire connecting two bulk leads. When the density of electrons in the wire is very low, they arrange in a finite-length Wigner crystal. In this regime the electron spins form an antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain with an exponentially small coupling J. An electric current in the wire perturbs the spin chain and gives rise to a temperature-dependent contribution of the spin subsystem to the resistance. At low temperature TJ the spin effect reduces the conductance to e2/h.

  12. Nuclear magnetic resonance line shapes of Wigner crystals in 13C-enriched graphene

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    Côté, R.; Parent, Jean-Michel

    2017-06-01

    Assuming that the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signal from a 13C-isotope-enriched layer of graphene can be made sufficiently intense to be measured, we compute the NMR line shape of the different crystals' ground states that are expected to occur in graphene in a strong magnetic field. We first show that in nonuniform states there is, in addition to the frequency shift due to the spin hyperfine interaction, a second contribution of equal importance from the coupling between the orbital motion of the electrons and the nuclei. We then show that if the linewidth of the bare signal can be made sufficiently small, the Wigner and bubble crystals have line shapes that differ qualitatively from that of the uniform state at the same density while crystal states that have spin or valley pseudospin textures do not. Finally, we find that a relatively small value of the bare linewidth is sufficient to wash out the distinctive signature of the crystal states in the NMR line shape.

  13. D2-D1 phase transition of columnar liquid crystals

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    Sun, Y. F.; Swift, J.

    1986-04-01

    The D2-D1 phase transition in columnar liquid crystals of the HAT series [e.g., HAT11 (triphenelene hexa-n-dodecanoate)] is discussed within the framework of Landau theory. The order parameters which describe the transition are abstracted from a tensor density function, and are associated with two irreducible representations of the symmetry group of the high-temperature D2 phase. A mechanism for a first-order transition is then suggested in accordance with both theoretical considerations and the experimental result for the D2-D1 transition. Two possible arrangements of the herringbone structure of the D1 phase are obtained, each of which gives six orientational states in the low-temperature D1 phase.

  14. Graphene, other 2D atomic crystals and their heterostructures

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    Novoselov, Kostya S.

    2014-03-01

    Probably the most important ``property'' of graphene is that it has opened a floodgate of experiments on many other 2D atomic crystals: BN, NbSe2, TaS2, MoS2, etc. One can use similar strategies to those applied to graphene and obtain new materials by mechanical or liquid phase exfoliation of layered materials or CVD growth. An alternative strategy to create new 2D crystals is to start with an existing one (like graphene) and use it as an atomic scaffolding to modify it by chemical means (graphane and fluorographene are good examples). The resulting pool of 2D crystals is huge, and they cover a massive range of properties: from the most insulating to the most conductive, from the strongest to the softest. If 2D materials provide a large range of different properties, sandwich structures made up of 2, 3, 4 ...different layers of such materials can offer even greater scope. Since these 2D-based heterostructures can be tailored with atomic precision and individual layers of very different character can be combined together, - the properties of these structures can be tuned to study novel physical phenomena (Coulomb drag, Hostadter butterfly, metal-insulator transition, etc) or to fit an enormous range of possible applications, with the functionality of heterostructure stacks is ``embedded'' in their design (tunnelling or hot-electron transistors, photovoltaic devices). Of particular interest are the tunnelling structures. Being able to control the thickness with atomic precision and having a variety of different material in disposal allows us to modify both the height and the width of the tunnelling barrier in the wide range. The use of graphene as electrodes and utilising insulating (BN) or semiconducting (MoS2, WS2) materials as the tunnelling barrier led to the creation of tunnelling transistors and tunnelling photovoltaic devices and the observation of the resonance tunnelling associated with momentum conservation. We will also consider tunnelling in magnetic

  15. Wigner Crystal and Colossal Magnetoresistance in InSb Doped with Mn

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    Obukhov, S. A.; Tozer, S. W.; Coniglio, W. A.

    2015-01-01

    We report magnetotransport investigation of nonmagnetic InSb single crystal doped with manganese at Mn concentration NMn ~ 1,5 × 1017 cm−3 in the temperature range T = 300 K–40 mK, magnetic field B = 0–25T and hydrostatic pressure P = 0–17 kbar. Resistivity saturation was observed in the absence of magnetic field at temperatures below 200 mK while applied increasing external magnetic field induced colossal drop of resistivity (by factor 104) at B ~ 4T with further gigantic resistivity increase (by factor 104) at 15T. Under pressure, P = 17 kbar, resistivity saturation temperature increased up to 1,2 K. Existing models are discussed in attempt to explain resistivity saturation, dramatic influence of magnetic field and pressure on resistivity with the focus on possible manifestation of three dimensional Wigner crystal formed in InSb by light electrons and heavy holes. PMID:26307952

  16. Holon Wigner Crystal in a Lightly Doped Kagome Quantum Spin Liquid

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    Jiang, Hong -Chen; Devereaux, T.; Kivelson, S. A.

    2017-08-07

    We address the problem of a lightly doped spin liquid through a large-scale density-matrix renormalization group study of the t–J model on a kagome lattice with a small but nonzero concentration δ of doped holes. It is now widely accepted that the undoped (δ = 0) spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet has a spin-liquid ground state. Theoretical arguments have been presented that light doping of such a spin liquid could give rise to a high temperature superconductor or an exotic topological Fermi liquid metal. Instead, we infer that the doped holes form an insulating charge-density wave state with one doped hole permore » unit cell, i.e., a Wigner crystal. Spin correlations remain short ranged, as in the spin-liquid parent state, from which we infer that the state is a crystal of spinless holons, rather than of holes. In conclusion, our results may be relevant to kagome lattice herbertsmithite upon doping.« less

  17. Composite Fermion Theory for the Fractional Quantum Hall Wigner Crystal State

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    Narevich, Romanas; Murthy, Ganpathy; Fertig, Herbert

    2000-03-01

    The low filling fraction Quantum Hall Effect is reexamined using the recent hamiltonian composite fermion theory developed by Shankar and Murthy [SM] (R. Shankar and G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79), 4437, (1997); G. Murthy and R. Shankar, Chapter 4 of "Composite Fermions", O. Heinonen, Ed. (World Scientific, Teaneck, NJ, 1998).. Previous studies have either concentrated on Wigner crystal states of electrons in the Hartree-Fock approximation (D. Yoshioka and H. Fukuyama, J. Phys. Soc. Japan 47), 394 (1979); D. Yoshioka and P. A. Lee, Phys. Rev. B 27, 4986 (1983); A. H. MacDonald, Phys. Rev. B 30, 4392 (1984); R. Cote and A. H. MacDonald, Phys. Rev. B 44, 8759 (1991). or studied correlated crystal states numerically (P. K. Lam and S. M. Girvin, Phys. Rev. B 30), 473 (1984); H. Yi and H. A. Fertig, Phys. Rev. B, 58, 4019 (1998).. Using the new SM approach we study the correlated states as Hartree-Fock states of composite fermions, which is known to work reasonably well for translationally invariant composite fermion states. We present the calculation of the gaps for the stable states that we found as well as the dispersion relations of the collective modes.

  18. Observation of Vortex Crystals in Freely Relaxing 2D Turbulence.*

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    Driscoll, C. Fred

    1998-03-01

    Magnetically confined electron columns evolve as near-ideal incompressible 2D fluids, allowing quantitative study of vortices and self-organization in freely relaxing turbulence. The electron density is proportional to the vorticity ζ (r,θ , t) of the flow, and can be accurately measured at any given time using a phosphor screen and a high-resolution camera. Initially turbulent states are observed to relax through the processes of vortex advection, merger, and filamentation. Initial conditions with Nv = 50 - 100 vortices typically relax as Nv ∝ t^- ξ, with 0.4 <= ξ <= 1.1, in general agreement with dynamic scaling theories. However, for some initial conditions, we observe this turbulent relaxation to be halted by the formation of ordered patterns of vortices (``vortex crystals'') rotating as a rigid pattern within a weaker background of vorticity.^1 After a crystal forms, the random vortex motions damp with time, and we measure ``cooling'' of the crystal pattern. Although vortex crystals have been observed in dissipative systems such as rotating liquid helium, here the flow is essentially inviscid on the cooling timescale. We find that total circulation, angular momentum, and energy are conserved to within a few percent during the initial relaxation. The vortex crystal state persists until weak diffusive or viscous processes dissipate the vortices after thousands of turnover times. Recent 2D vortex-in-cell simulations have reproduced the vortex crystal states and cooling rates; this supports the belief that the cooling occurs in incompressible, inviscid fluid flow. Other experiments and theory have studied the dynamics of various types of vortex patches moving through a background of vorticity: enhanced vorticity ``clumps'' move up a background vorticity gradient, whereas decreased vorticity ``holes'' move down a gradient. Surprisingly, many characteristics of the final vortex crystal states can be predicted by maximization of entropy subject to integral

  19. Defect formation and coarsening in hexagonal 2D curved crystals.

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    García, Nicolás A; Pezzutti, Aldo D; Register, Richard A; Vega, Daniel A; Gómez, Leopoldo R

    2015-02-07

    In this work we study the processes of defect formation and coarsening of two-dimensional (2D) curved crystal structures. These processes are found to strongly deviate from their counterparts in flat systems. In curved backgrounds the process of defect formation is deeply affected by the curvature, and at the onset of a phase transition the early density of defects becomes highly inhomogeneous. We observe that even a single growing crystal can produce varying densities of defects depending on its initial position and local orientation with regard to the substrate. This process is completely different from flat space, where grain boundaries are formed due to the impingement of different propagating crystals. Quenching the liquid into the crystal phase leads to the formation of a curved polycrystalline structure, characterized by complex arrays of defects. During annealing, mechanisms of geodesic curvature-driven grain boundary motion and defect annihilation lead to increasing crystalline order. Linear arrays of defects diffuse to regions of high curvature, where they are absorbed by disclinations. At the early stage of coarsening the density of dislocations is insensitive to the geometry while the population of isolated disclinations is deeply affected by curvature. The regions with high curvature act as traps for the diffusion of different structures of defects, including disclinations and domain walls.

  20. Asymmetric 2D spatial beam filtering by photonic crystals

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    Gailevicius, D.; Purlys, V.; Maigyte, L.; Gaizauskas, E.; Peckus, M.; Gadonas, R.; Staliunas, K.

    2016-04-01

    Spatial filtering techniques are important for improving the spatial quality of light beams. Photonic crystals (PhCs) with a selective spatial (angular) transmittance can also provide spatial filtering with the added benefit transversal symmetries, submillimeter dimensions and monolithic integration in other devices, such as micro-lasers or semiconductor lasers. Workable bandgap PhC configurations require a modulated refractive index with period lengths that are approximately less than the wavelength of radiation. This imposes technical limitations, whereby the available direct laser write (DLW) fabrication techniques are limited in resolution and refractive index depth. If, however, a deflection mechanism is chosen instead, a functional filter PhC can be produced that is operational in the visible wavelength regime. For deflection based PhCs glass is an attractive choice as it is highly stable medium. 2D and 3D PhC filter variations have already been produced on soda-lime glass. However, little is known about how to control the scattering of PhCs when approaching the smallest period values. Here we look into the internal structure of the initially symmetric geometry 2D PhCs and associating it with the resulting transmittance spectra. By varying the DLW fabrication beam parameters and scanning algorithms, we show that such PhCs contain layers that are comprised of semi-tilted structure voxels. We show the appearance of asymmetry can be compensated in order to circumvent some negative effects at the cost of potentially maximum scattering efficiency.

  1. The crystal nucleation theory revisited: The case of 2D colloidal crystals

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    González, A. E.; Ixtlilco-Cortés, L.

    2011-03-01

    Most of the theories and studies of crystallization and crystal nucleation consider the boundaries between the crystallites and the fluid as smooth. The crystallites are the small clusters of atoms, molecules and/or particles with the symmetry of the crystal lattice that, with a slight chance of success, would grow to form the crystal grains. In fact, in the classical nucleation theory, the crystallites are assumed to have a spherical shape (circular in 2D). As far are we are aware, there is only one experimental work [1] on colloidal crystals that founds rough surfaces for the crystallites and for the crystal grains. Motivated by this work, we performed large Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations in 2D, that would follow the eventual growing of a few crystallites to form the crystal grains. The used potential has, besides the impenetrable hard core, a soft core followed by a potential well. We found that indeed the crystallites have a fractal boundary, whose value we were able to obtain. See the figure below of a typical isolated crystallite. We were also able to obtain the critical crystallite size, measured by its number of particles, Nc, and not by any critical radius. The boundaries of the crystals above Nc also have a fractal structure but of a lower value, closer to one. Finally, we also obtained the line tension between the crystallites and the surrounding fluid, as function of temperature and particle diameter, as well as the chemical potential difference between these two phases. In the URL: www.fis.unam.mx˜˜agus˜ there are posted two movies that can be downloaded: (1) 2D_crystal_nucleation.mp4, and (2) 2D_crystal_growth.mp4, that illustrate the crystal nucleation and its further growth.

  2. Large-scale density functional calculations of the surface properties of the Wigner crystal

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    Cortes-Huerto, R.; Ballone, P.

    2010-05-01

    The surface properties of the jellium model have been investigated by large supercell computations in the density functional theory-local spin-density (DFT-LSD) approach for planar slabs with up to 1000 electrons. A wide interval of densities has been explored, extending into the stability range of the Wigner crystal. Most computations have been carried out on nominally paramagnetic samples with an equal number of spin-up and spin-down electrons. The results show that within DFT-LSD spontaneous spin polarization and charge localization start nearly simultaneously at the surface for rs˜20 , then, with decreasing density, they progress toward the center of the slab. Electrons are fully localized and spin polarized at rs=30 . At this density the charge distribution is the superposition of disjoint charge blobs, each corresponding to one electron. The distribution of blobs displays both regularities and disorder, the first being represented by well-defined planes and simple in-plane geometries, and the latter by a variety of surface defects. The surface energy, surface dipole, electric polarisability, and magnetization pattern have been determined as a function of density. All these quantities display characteristic anomalies at the density of the localization transition. The analysis of the low-frequency electric conductivity shows that in the fluid paramagnetic regime the in-plane current preferentially flows in the central region of the slab and the two spin channels are equally conducting. In the charge localized, spin-polarized regime, conductivity is primarily a surface effect, and an apparent asymmetry is observed in the two spin currents.

  3. Wigner Crystallization in the Quantum 1D Jellium at All Densities

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    Jansen, S.; Jung, P.

    2014-11-01

    The jellium is a model, introduced by Wigner (Phys Rev 46(11):1002, 1934), for a gas of electrons moving in a uniform neutralizing background of positive charge. Wigner suggested that the repulsion between electrons might lead to a broken translational symmetry. For classical one-dimensional systems this fact was proven by Kunz (Ann Phys 85(2):303-335, 1974), while in the quantum setting, Brascamp and Lieb (Functional integration and its applications. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1975) proved translation symmetry breaking at low densities. Here, we prove translation symmetry breaking for the quantum one-dimensional jellium at all densities.

  4. Microwave Spectroscopy of Wigner crystals in 2DES and Bilayer Systems: Many-body correlation in electronic quantum solids

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    Chen, Yong P.

    2007-03-01

    It is generally known that in high quality two dimensional electron systems (2DES, similarly for 2D hole systems and bilayer systems) under sufficiently large perpendicular magnetic field B, the quantum Hall (QH) states terminate into an electronic solid --- a Wigner crystal (WC) pinned by disorder. After a brief review of solid phases in QH systems (including several recently discovered ones [1]) as known from microwave spectroscopy (measuring a characteristic pinning mode resonance of the solid), I will discuss two of our experiments that highlight the importance of many-body quantum correlation in the high-B WC. In one experiment [2], we measured the melting temperature (Tc) of the high-B WC at many different B and densities n and in multiple 2DES samples. The data show unambiguously that in a given sample, Tc is controlled by Landau filling ν=nh/eB instead of by n. This demonstrates the quantum nature of the high-B WC and that its melting is dependent on many-body quantum correlation (via ν). Such behavior contrasts with any other known solids (in particular, a classical electron solid), whose Tc are determined by n. In addition, we found that stronger pinning disorder in samples with tighter vertical confinement led to an enhancement of Tc. In another experiment [3], we studied bilayer WC (BWC) in bilayer hole systems (in low inter-layer tunneling limit). We found that in samples with a bilayer exciton condensate (BEC) QH state at ν=1, the pinning mode frequency of the BWC (ν1) is systematically enhanced from what would be expected from two classically interacting single-layer WC. The enhancement decreases with increasing effective layer separation and is not observed for samples without the ν=1 state. We suggest that our results give evidence for a pseudospin (layer index) ferromagnetic BWC, which possesses interlayer quantum correlation and long range in-plane phase coherence similar to that in the ν=1 BEC state and can experience enhanced pinning [4

  5. Microscopic theory of Smith-Purcell radiation from 2D photonic crystal

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    Sergeeva, D. Yu.; Tishchenko, A. A.; Strikhanov, M. N.

    2017-07-01

    The theory of Smith-Purcell effect for a 2D photonic crystal is constructed from the first principles proceeding from Maxwell's equations and microscopic characteristics of particles the crystal consists of. Two-dimensionality 2D is thought in two ways: i) the photonic crystal is an arranged system of particles disposed in a monolayer, ii) the periodicity is in two different directions. We derive the expression for the spectral and angular distribution of arising Smith-Purcell radiation. We analyse the features distinctive for the 2D photonic crystal and show that its spatial distribution differs drastically from the distribution of the radiation from conventional diffraction gratings.

  6. Sparse and incomplete factorial matrices to screen membrane protein 2D crystallization

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    Lasala, R.; Coudray, N.; Abdine, A.; Zhang, Z.; Lopez-Redondo, M.; Kirshenbaum, R.; Alexopoulos, J.; Zolnai, Z.; Stokes, D.L.; Ubarretxena-Belandia, I.

    2014-01-01

    Electron crystallography is well suited for studying the structure of membrane proteins in their native lipid bilayer environment. This technique relies on electron cryomicroscopy of two-dimensional (2D) crystals, grown generally by reconstitution of purified membrane proteins into proteoliposomes under conditions favoring the formation of well-ordered lattices. Growing these crystals presents one of the major hurdles in the application of this technique. To identify conditions favoring crystallization a wide range of factors that can lead to a vast matrix of possible reagent combinations must be screened. However, in 2D crystallization these factors have traditionally been surveyed in a relatively limited fashion. To address this problem we carried out a detailed analysis of published 2D crystallization conditions for 12 β-barrel and 138 α-helical membrane proteins. From this analysis we identified the most successful conditions and applied them in the design of new sparse and incomplete factorial matrices to screen membrane protein 2D crystallization. Using these matrices we have run 19 crystallization screens for 16 different membrane proteins totaling over 1,300 individual crystallization conditions. Six membrane proteins have yielded diffracting 2D crystals suitable for structure determination, indicating that these new matrices show promise to accelerate the success rate of membrane protein 2D crystallization. PMID:25478971

  7. Sparse and incomplete factorial matrices to screen membrane protein 2D crystallization.

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    Lasala, R; Coudray, N; Abdine, A; Zhang, Z; Lopez-Redondo, M; Kirshenbaum, R; Alexopoulos, J; Zolnai, Z; Stokes, D L; Ubarretxena-Belandia, I

    2015-02-01

    Electron crystallography is well suited for studying the structure of membrane proteins in their native lipid bilayer environment. This technique relies on electron cryomicroscopy of two-dimensional (2D) crystals, grown generally by reconstitution of purified membrane proteins into proteoliposomes under conditions favoring the formation of well-ordered lattices. Growing these crystals presents one of the major hurdles in the application of this technique. To identify conditions favoring crystallization a wide range of factors that can lead to a vast matrix of possible reagent combinations must be screened. However, in 2D crystallization these factors have traditionally been surveyed in a relatively limited fashion. To address this problem we carried out a detailed analysis of published 2D crystallization conditions for 12 β-barrel and 138 α-helical membrane proteins. From this analysis we identified the most successful conditions and applied them in the design of new sparse and incomplete factorial matrices to screen membrane protein 2D crystallization. Using these matrices we have run 19 crystallization screens for 16 different membrane proteins totaling over 1300 individual crystallization conditions. Six membrane proteins have yielded diffracting 2D crystals suitable for structure determination, indicating that these new matrices show promise to accelerate the success rate of membrane protein 2D crystallization. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. 2D modeling of the regeneration surface growth on crystals

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    Thomas, V. G.; Gavryushkin, P. N.; Fursenko, D. A.

    2012-11-01

    A physical model is proposed to describe the growth of regeneration surfaces (flat crystal surfaces that are not parallel to any possible faces). According to this model, the change in the growth rate of a regeneration surface during its evolution and the decrease in the number of subindividuals forming the growth front can be explained by the implementation of two types of geometric selection: within each subindividual (the absorption of rapidly growing faces by slowly growing ones) and between subindividuals (when subindividuals absorb each other). A numerical modeling of the growth of the regeneration surface (30.30.19) of potassium alum crystals showed quantitative agreement between the model proposed and the experimental data.

  9. 2D Plasma Photonic Crystals in resonantly pumped Cesium Vapor

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    Righetti, Fabio; Cappelli, Mark

    2016-10-01

    Plasma photonic crystals (PCs) afford the opportunity for dynamic reconfigurability. In this presentation we describe the conditions required for constructing an all-plasma PC that can interact with sub mm-wavelength radiation. Conditions required for this interaction are high plasma densities (>1014 cm-3) and small lattice constant (<1 mm). We describe the construction of a two-dimensional photonic crystal composed of several sub-millimeter plasma filaments in a 1 Torr heated cesium vapor cell. The cesium is ionized by 1 W continuous-wave laser excitation with the wavelength centered around the 852 nm resonance line. The filaments are produced by focusing the laser through a microlens array with a 500 µm pitch. Small departures from line center are found to produce a strong variation in the plasma filament structure and density. Stark broadening measurements of the cesium 9F-5D transition at 647.4 nm yield plasma density. We present preliminary terahertz transmission spectrum of the two-dimensional plasma photonic crystal structure. Experimental results are compared to numerical simulations which predict the presence of bandgaps in regions of both negative and positive plasma dielectric constant.

  10. Controllable liquid crystal gratings for an adaptive 2D/3D auto-stereoscopic display

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    Zhang, Y. A.; Jin, T.; He, L. C.; Chu, Z. H.; Guo, T. L.; Zhou, X. T.; Lin, Z. X.

    2017-02-01

    2D/3D switchable, viewpoint controllable and 2D/3D localizable auto-stereoscopic displays based on controllable liquid crystal gratings are proposed in this work. Using the dual-layer staggered structure on the top substrate and bottom substrate as driven electrodes within a liquid crystal cell, the ratio between transmitting region and shielding region can be selectively controlled by the corresponding driving circuit, which indicates that 2D/3D switch and 3D video sources with different disparity images can reveal in the same auto-stereoscopic display system. Furthermore, the controlled region in the liquid crystal gratings presents 3D model while other regions maintain 2D model in the same auto-stereoscopic display by the corresponding driving circuit. This work demonstrates that the controllable liquid crystal gratings have potential applications in the field of auto-stereoscopic display.

  11. Global regularity and uniqueness of weak solution for the 2-D liquid crystal flows

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    Xu, Xiang; Zhang, Zhifei

    We prove the global existence and regularity of weak solution for the 2-D liquid crystal flows with the large initial velocity. The uniqueness of weak solution is also proved by using the Littlewood-Paley analysis.

  12. Microwave plasma formation within a 2D photonic crystal

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    Parsons, Stephen; Gregório, José; Hopwood, Jeffrey

    2017-05-01

    Experiments demonstrate that an electromagnetic wave incident on a photonic crystal (PhC) containing a single point-defect causes gas breakdown. After breakdown we report the formation of a stable microwave plasma within this free-space vacancy. We show that gas breakdown is possible in low-pressure argon (10 Torr) using as little as 1.4 W of microwave power if the frequency of the incident wave is equal to the resonance of the vacancy (8.614 GHz). During formation, the plasma-filled defect decreases the transmission of energy through the photonic crystal by approximately two orders of magnitude. Plasma formation time is measured to be as fast as 100 ns at relatively high power (9 W). Using the transmission of energy through the PhC as a diagnostic tool, we report that the electron density of the microwave plasma is 1016-1017 m-3 for argon pressures between 10 and 50 Torr. Finally, we consider the application of the self-initiated plasma within the PhC as a simple power limiter.

  13. Large-area high-quality 2D ultrathin Mo2C superconducting crystals

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    Xu, Chuan; Wang, Libin; Liu, Zhibo; Chen, Long; Guo, Jingkun; Kang, Ning; Ma, Xiu-Liang; Cheng, Hui-Ming; Ren, Wencai

    2015-11-01

    Transition metal carbides (TMCs) are a large family of materials with many intriguing properties and applications, and high-quality 2D TMCs are essential for investigating new physics and properties in the 2D limit. However, the 2D TMCs obtained so far are chemically functionalized, defective nanosheets having maximum lateral dimensions of ~10 μm. Here we report the fabrication of large-area high-quality 2D ultrathin α-Mo2C crystals by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). The crystals are a few nanometres thick, over 100 μm in size, and very stable under ambient conditions. They show 2D characteristics of superconducting transitions that are consistent with Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless behaviour and show strong anisotropy with magnetic field orientation; moreover, the superconductivity is also strongly dependent on the crystal thickness. Our versatile CVD process allows the fabrication of other high-quality 2D TMC crystals, such as ultrathin WC and TaC crystals, which further expand the large family of 2D materials.

  14. Large-area high-quality 2D ultrathin Mo2C superconducting crystals.

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    Xu, Chuan; Wang, Libin; Liu, Zhibo; Chen, Long; Guo, Jingkun; Kang, Ning; Ma, Xiu-Liang; Cheng, Hui-Ming; Ren, Wencai

    2015-11-01

    Transition metal carbides (TMCs) are a large family of materials with many intriguing properties and applications, and high-quality 2D TMCs are essential for investigating new physics and properties in the 2D limit. However, the 2D TMCs obtained so far are chemically functionalized, defective nanosheets having maximum lateral dimensions of ∼10 μm. Here we report the fabrication of large-area high-quality 2D ultrathin α-Mo2C crystals by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). The crystals are a few nanometres thick, over 100 μm in size, and very stable under ambient conditions. They show 2D characteristics of superconducting transitions that are consistent with Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless behaviour and show strong anisotropy with magnetic field orientation; moreover, the superconductivity is also strongly dependent on the crystal thickness. Our versatile CVD process allows the fabrication of other high-quality 2D TMC crystals, such as ultrathin WC and TaC crystals, which further expand the large family of 2D materials.

  15. Cavity optomechanics with 2D photonic crystal membrane reflectors

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    Lingaraju, Navin B.; Shuai, Yichen; Lawall, John

    2016-03-01

    Membranes made from silicon nitride have significantly higher mechanical Q-factors under tensile stress than those made of other dielectric materials. This makes them ideal candidates for membrane reflectors that provide high finesse in Fabry-Perot cavities or membrane-in-the-middle optomechanical systems. Building on our previous work with one-dimensional gratings on suspended membranes, we patterned two-dimensional photonic crystal gratings on monolithic, suspended membranes made from silicon nitride. These high-Q membranes exhibited high reflectivity, upwards of 99%, over several nanometers in the telecom band. To probe their optical response in a cavity environment, we used these membrane reflectors as the moving mirror in a Fabry-Perot cavity. We were able to realize cavities with a finesse of over 4,500.

  16. Nonlinear transport of the Wigner crystal in symmetric and asymmetric FET-like structures. Nonlinear transport of the Wigner crystal on superfluid 4He in quasi-one-dimensional channels with symmetric and asymmetric constrictions

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    Vasylenko, Anna A.; Misko, Vyacheslav R.

    2015-04-01

    When floating on a two-dimensional surface of superfluid 4He, electrons arrange themselves in two-dimensional crystalline structure known as Wigner crystal. In channels, the boundaries interfere the crystalline order and in case of very narrow channels one observes a quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) Wigner crystal formed by just a few rows of electrons and, ultimately, one row in the "quantum wire" regime. Recently, the "quantum wire" regime was accessed experimentally [D.G. Rees, H. Totsuji, K. Kono, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 176801 (2012)] resulting in unusual transport phenomena such as, e.g., oscillations in the electron conductance. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we study the nonlinear transport of electrons in channels with various types of constrictions: single and multiple symmetric and asymmetric geometrical constrictions with varying width and length, and saddle-point-type potentials with varying gate voltage. In particular, we analyze the average particle velocity of the particles and the corresponding electron current versus the driving force or the gate voltage. We have revealed a significant difference in the dynamics for long and short constrictions: The oscillations of the average velocity of the particles for the systems with short constrictions exhibit a clear correlation with the transitions between the states with different numbers of rows of particles; on the other hand, for the systems with longer constrictions these oscillations are suppressed. The obtained results qualitatively agree with the experimental observations. Next, we propose a FET-like structure that consists of a channel with asymmetric constrictions. We show that applying a transverse bias results either in increase of the average particle velocity or in its suppression thus allowing a flexible control tool over the electron transport. The advantage of the asymmetric FET is that it does not have a gate and it allows an easy control of relatively large electron flow

  17. Nano-scale electronic and optoelectronic devices based on 2D crystals

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    Zhu, Wenjuan

    In the last few years, the research community has been rapidly growing interests in two-dimensional (2D) crystals and their applications. The properties of these 2D crystals are diverse -- ranging from semi-metal such as graphene, semiconductors such as MoS2, to insulator such as boron nitride. These 2D crystals have many unique properties as compared to their bulk counterparts due to their reduced dimensionality and symmetry. A key difference is the band structures, which lead to distinct electronic and photonic properties. The 2D nature of the material also plays an important role in defining their exceptional properties of mechanical strength, surface sensitivity, thermal conductivity, tunable band-gap and their interaction with light. These unique properties of 2D crystals open up a broad territory of applications in computing, communication, energy, and medicine. In this talk, I will present our work on understanding the electrical properties of graphene and MoS2, in particular current transport and band-gap engineering in graphene, interface between gate dielectrics and graphene, and gap states in MoS2. I will also present our work on the nano-scale electronic devices (RF and logic devices) and photonic devices (plasmonic devices and photo-detectors) based on these 2D crystals.

  18. Energy of the quasi-free electron in H{sub 2}, D{sub 2}, and O{sub 2}: Probing intermolecular potentials within the local Wigner-Seitz model

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    Evans, C. M. Krynski, Kamil; Streeter, Zachary; Findley, G. L.

    2015-12-14

    We present for the first time the quasi-free electron energy V{sub 0}(ρ) for H{sub 2}, D{sub 2}, and O{sub 2} from gas to liquid densities, on noncritical isotherms and on a near critical isotherm in each fluid. These data illustrate the ability of field enhanced photoemission (FEP) to determine V{sub 0}(ρ) accurately in strongly absorbing fluids (e.g., O{sub 2}) and fluids with extremely low critical temperatures (e.g., H{sub 2} and D{sub 2}). We also show that the isotropic local Wigner-Seitz model for V{sub 0}(ρ) — when coupled with thermodynamic data for the fluid — can yield optimized parameters for intermolecular potentials, as well as zero kinetic energy electron scattering lengths.

  19. Wigner Crystalization of a two dimensional electron gas in a magnetic field: single electrons versus electron pairs at the lattice sites

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    Taut, M. G.

    2001-03-01

    The ground state energy and the lowest excitations of a two dimensional Wigner crystal with one -- and two electrons per cell are investigated. In case of two electrons per lattice site, the interaction of the electrons within each cell is taken into account exactly (including exchange and the full Coulomb correlation effects). The interaction between the cells is in second order (dipole) van der Waals approximation. No further approximations are made, in particular Landau level mixing is accounted for. Therefore, our calculation comprises a supplementary description of the bubble phase in the special case of one and two electrons per bubble, as proposed by Koulakov, Fogler and Shklovskii in Phys.Rev.Lett. 76, 499 (1996) on the basis of a Hartree Fock calculation. The phase diagram shows for which filling factors and densities which phase: single electrons versus singlet or triplet pairs on the Wigner crystal lattice sites, is energetically favored. Comparison with other approximations for the Wigner crystal and with the Laughlin liquid is made as well.

  20. Surface acoustic waves as a probe of the Wigner crystal in n-GaAs/AlGaAs in vicinity of ∘ ν = 1 / 5 , 1, and 2

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    Suslov, A. V.; Drichko, I. L.; Smirnov, I. Yu.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Galperin, Y. M.

    Both attenuation of a surface acoustic wave (SAW) and variation of its speed due to interaction with 2D electrons in n-GaAlAs/GaAs/GaAlAs structures are measured versus perpendicular magnetic field of up to 18 T in the frequency range of (28.5 - 306) MHz and at temperatures (40 - 380) mK. The study is performed on δ-doped from both sides 65 nm wide GaAs quantum well with the carrier density of n = 5 .1010 cm-2 and their mobility of μ = 8 .106 cm2/V.s. The complex AC conductance, σ is calculated. Analysis of σ shows that at low temperatures and at the filling factor of 2, 1, and 1/5 the electron system resides in the integer and fractional quantum Hall states, respectively. However, in vicinities to these values, namely at ν = 1.9, (1.1 and 0.9), (0.21 and 0.19), the electron states can be interpreted as so-called pinning modes of Wigner crystal (WC). Temperature dependences of σ indicates a crossover between the localized modes (at ν = 1 and 2) and a pinned WC. When the temperature (or the SAW intensity) increases the behavior of the complex conductance can be understood as manifestation of WC melting. Acknowledgements to E. Palm, T. Murphy, J.-H. Park, and G. Jones; RFBR Grant 14-02-00232 for ILD; NSF DMR-1157490 and the State of Florida for NHMFL; Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant GBMF2719 and NSF MRSEC-DMR-0819860 for Princeton University.

  1. Multi-resonant optical parametric oscillator based on 2D-PPLT nonlinear photonic crystal.

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    Lazoul, Mohamed; Boudrioua, Azzedine; Simohamed, Lotfy-Mokhtar; Peng, Lung-Han

    2015-04-15

    The aim of this work is to achieve an optical parametric oscillator based on two-dimensional periodically poled lithium tantalate (2D-PPLT) crystals that are designed to allow multiple reciprocal lattice-vector contribution to the quasi-phase matching scheme. We are particularly interested in the effect of the multi-wavelength parametric generation performed by the 2D nonlinear photonic crystal to achieve a multi-resonant optical parametric oscillator. The performances are studied in terms of generation efficiency and multi-wavelength generation.

  2. Design and analysis of dual ring resonator based 2D-photonic crystal WDDM

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    Venkatachalam, K.; Robinson, S.; Kumar, D. Sriram

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, four channel 2D Photonic Crystal (PC) based Wavelength Division Demultiplexer (WDDM) using 2D-Photonic Crystal is proposed and designed. The important functional parameters of the proposed demultiplexer such as transmission efficiency, Q factor and resonant wavelength are analyzed. The Plane Wave Expansion (PWE) method and Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method are employed to calculate the photonic band gap and normalized output spectrum of the proposed demultiplexer. The average transmission efficiency and Q factor of this proposed device is about 93% and 781, respectively. The overall size of the demultiplexer is around 681 µm2 which will be suitable for integrated optics for future all optical networks.

  3. Epitaxial Growth of Ternary Topological Insulator Bi2 Te2 Se 2D Crystals on Mica.

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    Liu, Yujing; Tang, Min; Meng, Mengmeng; Wang, Mingzhan; Wu, Jinxiong; Yin, Jianbo; Zhou, Yubing; Guo, Yunfan; Tan, Congwei; Dang, Wenhui; Huang, Shaoyun; Xu, H Q; Wang, Yong; Peng, Hailin

    2017-05-01

    Nanostructures of ternary topological insulator (TI) Bi2 Te2 Se are, in principle, advantageous to the manifestation of topologically nontrivial surface states, due to significantly enhanced surface-to-volume ratio compared with its bulk crystals counterparts. Herein, the synthesis of 2D Bi2 Te2 Se crystals on mica via the van der Waals epitaxy method is explored and systematically the growth behaviors during the synthesis process are investigated. Accordingly, 2D Bi2 Te2 Se crystals with domain size up to 50 µm large and thickness down to 2 nm are obtained. A pronounced weak antilocalization effect is clearly observed in the 2D Bi2 Te2 Se crystals at 2 K. The method for epitaxial growth of 2D ternary Bi2 Te2 Se crystals may inspire materials engineering toward enhanced manifestation of the subtle surface states of TIs and thereby facilitate their potential applications in next-generation spintronics. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Ring-shaped Wigner crystals of trapped ions at the micronscale

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    Li, Haokun; Urban, Erik; Noel, Crystal; Chuang, Alexander; Xia, Yang; Hemmerling, Borge; Wang, Yuan; Zhang, Xiang; Haeffner, Hartmut

    Trapped ion crystals are ideal platforms to study many-body physics and quantum information processing, with both the internal electronic states and external motional degree-of-freedoms controllable at the single quantum level. In contrast to conventional, finite, linear chains of ions, a ring topology exhibiting periodic boundary conditions and rotational symmetry opens up a new directions to diverse topics. However, previous implementations of ion rings result in small aspect ratios (<0.07) of ion-electrode distance to ring diameter, making the rotational symmetry of the ion crystals prone to stray electric fields from imperfections of the trap electrodes, particularly evident at low temperatures. Here, using a new trap design with a 60-fold improvement of this aspect ratio, we demonstrate crystallization of 40Ca+ ions in a ring with rotational energy barriers comparable to the thermal energy of Doppler laser cooled ion crystals. When further reducing the rotational energy barriers, we observe delocalization of the ion rings. With this result, we enter a regime where quantum topological effects can be studied and novel quantum computation and simulation experiments can be implemented.

  5. Processable 2D materials beyond graphene: MoS2 liquid crystals and fibres.

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    Jalili, Rouhollah; Aminorroaya-Yamini, Sima; Benedetti, Tania M; Aboutalebi, Seyed Hamed; Chao, Yunfeng; Wallace, Gordon G; Officer, David L

    2016-09-29

    Herein, we show properly engineered MoS2 crystals can readily form liquid crystalline dispersions in water making them ideal candidates for large-scale manufacturing processes. The guideline provided here can serve as the basis to develop practical protocols to address the long-standing goal of large-scale manufacturing of 2D materials.

  6. The microstrip filters based on electromagnetic crystal of resonators 2d disposition

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    Belyaev, B. A.; Khodenkov, S. A.; Balva, Ya F.; Aplesnin, S. S.; Bandurina, O. N.

    2016-11-01

    Filters of the 6th order, based on 2D electromagnetic crystals were developed. Application in structures of resonators with convolved and earthed on its base with strip conductors enables the implementation of filters having high frequency-selective properties and demanded in the aerospace equipment.

  7. Combining 2D synchrosqueezed wave packet transform with optimization for crystal image analysis

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    Lu, Jianfeng; Wirth, Benedikt; Yang, Haizhao

    2016-04-01

    We develop a variational optimization method for crystal analysis in atomic resolution images, which uses information from a 2D synchrosqueezed transform (SST) as input. The synchrosqueezed transform is applied to extract initial information from atomic crystal images: crystal defects, rotations and the gradient of elastic deformation. The deformation gradient estimate is then improved outside the identified defect region via a variational approach, to obtain more robust results agreeing better with the physical constraints. The variational model is optimized by a nonlinear projected conjugate gradient method. Both examples of images from computer simulations and imaging experiments are analyzed, with results demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  8. Systematic Approach to Electrostatically Induced 2D Crystallization of Nanoparticles at Liquid Interfaces

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    Fukuto, M.; Kewalramani, S.; Wang, S.; Lin, Y.; Nguyen, G.; Wang, Q.; Yang, L.

    2011-02-07

    We report an experimental demonstration of a strategy for inducing two-dimensional (2D) crystallization of charged nanoparticles on oppositely charged fluid interfaces. This strategy aims to maximize the interfacial adsorption of nanoparticles, and hence their lateral packing density, by utilizing a combination of weakly charged particles and a high surface charge density on the planar interface. In order to test this approach, we investigated the assembly of cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) on positively charged lipid monolayers at the aqueous solution surface, by means of in situ X-ray scattering measurements at the liquid-vapor interface. The assembly was studied as a function of the solution pH, which was used to vary the charge on CPMV, and of the mole fraction of the cationic lipid in the binary lipid monolayer, which set the interface charge density. The 2D crystallization of CPMV occurred in a narrow pH range just above the particle's isoelectric point, where the particle charge was weakly negative, and only when the cationic-lipid fraction in the monolayer exceeded a threshold. The observed 2D crystals exhibited nearly the same packing density as the densest lattice plane within the known 3D crystals of CPMV. The above electrostatic approach of maximizing interfacial adsorption may provide an efficient route to the crystallization of nanoparticles at aqueous interfaces.

  9. The 2D Selfassembly of Benzimidazole and its Co-crystallization

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    Costa, Paulo; Teeter, Jacob; Kunkel, Donna; Sinitskii, Alexander; Enders, Axel

    Benzimidazoles (BI) are organic molecules that form ferroelectric crystals. Key to their ferroelectric behavior are the switchable N . . . HN type bonds and how they couple to the electron system of the molecules. We attempted to crystallize BI on various metal surfaces and studied them using STM. We observed that on Au and Ag, BI joins into zipper chains characteristic of its bulk structure that can pack into a continuous 2D layer. Because the dipole of BI lies in the direction of its switchable hydrogen bond, these zippers should in principle have reversible polarizations that point along the direction they run. BI's crystallization is reminiscent to how croconic acid (CA) crystallizes in 2D using O . . . HO bonding, suggesting that these molecules may be able to co-crystallize through OH . . . N bonds. This would present the opportunity to modify BI's properties, such as the energy needed to switch a hydrogen from a donor to acceptor site. When co-deposited, CA and BI successfully combine into a co-crystal formed by building blocks consisting of 2 CA and 2 BI molecules. These findings demonstrate the usefulness of using STM as a preliminary check to verify if two molecules are compatible with each other without having to attempt crystallization with multiple solvents and mixing methods.

  10. Graphene and Other 2D Colloids: Liquid Crystals and Macroscopic Fibers.

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    Liu, Yingjun; Xu, Zhen; Gao, Weiwei; Cheng, Zhengdong; Gao, Chao

    2017-02-24

    Two-dimensional colloidal nanomaterials are running into renaissance after the enlightening researches of graphene. Macroscopic one-dimensional fiber is an optimal ordered structural form to express the in-plane merits of 2D nanomaterials, and the formation of liquid crystals (LCs) allows the creation of continuous fibers. In the correlated system from LCs to fibers, understanding their macroscopic organizing behavior and transforming them into new solid fibers is greatly significant for applications. Herein, we retrospect the history of 2D colloids and discuss about the concept of 2D nanomaterial fibers in the context of LCs, elaborating the motivation, principle and possible strategies of fabrication. Then we highlight the creation, development and typical applications of graphene fibers. Additionally, the latest advances of other 2D nanomaterial fibers are also summarized. Finally, conclusions, challenges and perspectives are provided to show great expectations of better and more fibrous materials of 2D nanomaterials. This review gives a comprehensive retrospect of the past century-long effort about the whole development of 2D colloids, and plots a clear roadmap - "lamellar solid - LCs - macroscopic fibers - flexible devices", which will certainly open a new era of structural-multifunctional application for the conventional 2D colloids.

  11. THz quantum cascade lasers operating on the radiative modes of a 2D photonic crystal.

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    Halioua, Y; Xu, G; Moumdji, S; Li, L H; Davies, A G; Linfield, E H; Colombelli, R

    2014-07-01

    Photonic-crystal lasers operating on Γ-point band-edge states of a photonic structure naturally exploit the so-called "nonradiative" modes. As the surface output coupling efficiency of these modes is low, they have relatively high Q factors, which favor lasing. We propose a new 2D photonic-crystal design that is capable of reversing this mode competition and achieving lasing on the radiative modes instead. Previously, this has only been shown in 1D structures, where the central idea is to introduce anisotropy into the system, both at unit-cell and resonator scales. By applying this concept to 2D photonic-crystal patterned terahertz frequency quantum cascade lasers, surface-emitting devices with diffraction-limited beams are demonstrated, with 17 mW peak output power.

  12. Propagation of acoustic waves in 2D periodic and quasiperiodic phononic crystals

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    Aly, Arafa H.; Nagaty, Ahmed; Khalifa, Z.

    2017-08-01

    In this study, we have investigated theoretically the propagation of longitudinal sonic waves in 2D periodic and aperiodic (quasiperiodic) phononic crystals. Fibonacci sequence has been used to generate the aperiodic structure. The effect of transformation from 2D periodic to aperiodic structure has been elucidated by calculating the transmission coefficient. The consequences of inserting a circular solid cylinder inside a host water matrix have been repeated at the same calculating conditions. Changing filling fraction has been used to tune the stop band width.

  13. The 2DX robot: a membrane protein 2D crystallization Swiss Army knife.

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    Iacovache, Ioan; Biasini, Marco; Kowal, Julia; Kukulski, Wanda; Chami, Mohamed; van der Goot, F Gisou; Engel, Andreas; Rémigy, Hervé-W

    2010-03-01

    Among the state-of-the-art techniques that provide experimental information at atomic scale for membrane proteins, electron crystallography, atomic force microscopy and solid state NMR make use of two-dimensional crystals. We present a cyclodextrin-driven method for detergent removal implemented in a fully automated robot. The kinetics of the reconstitution processes is precisely controlled, because the detergent complexation by cyclodextrin is of stoichiometric nature. The method requires smaller volumes and lower protein concentrations than established 2D crystallization methods, making it possible to explore more conditions with the same amount of protein. The method yielded highly ordered 2D crystals diffracting to high resolution from the pore-forming toxin Aeromonas hydrophila aerolysin (2.9A), the plant aquaporin SoPIP2;1 (3.1A) and the human aquaporin-8 (hAQP8; 3.3A). This new method outperforms traditional 2D crystallization approaches in terms of accuracy, flexibility, throughput, and allows the usage of detergents having low critical micelle concentration (CMC), which stabilize the structure of membrane proteins in solution.

  14. Facile Assembly of Large-Area 2D Microgel Colloidal Crystals Using Charge-Reversible Substrates.

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    Weng, Junying; Li, Xiaoyun; Guan, Ying; Zhu, X X; Zhang, Yongjun

    2016-12-06

    2D colloidal crystals (CCs) have important applications; however, the fabrication of large-area, high-quality 2D CCs is still far from being trivial, and the fabrication of 2D microgel CCs is even harder. Here, we have demonstrated that they can be facilely fabricated using charge-reversible substrates. The charge-reversible substrates were prepared by modification with amino groups. The amino groups were then protected by amidation with 2,2-dimethylsuccinic anhydride. At acidic pH, the surface charge of the modified substrate will change from negative to positive as a result of the hydrolysis of the amide bonds and the regeneration of the amino groups. 2D microgel CCs can be simply fabricated by applying a concentrated microgel dispersion on the modified substrate. The negatively charged surface of the substrate allows the negatively charged microgel spheres, especially those close to the substrate, to self-assemble into 3D CCs. With the gradual hydrolysis of the amide bonds and the charge reversal of the substrate, the first 111 plane of the 3D assembly is fixed in situ on the substrate. The resulting 2D CC has a high degree of ordering because of the high quality of the parent 3D microgel CC. Because large-area 3D microgel CCs can be facilely fabricated, this method allows for the fabrication of 2D CCs of any size. Nonplanar substrates can also be used. In addition, the interparticle distance of the 2D array can be tuned by the concentration of the microgel dispersion. Besides rigid substrates (such as glass slides, quartz slides, and silicon wafers), flexible polymer films, including polyethylene terephthalate and poly(vinyl chloride) films, were also successfully used as substrates for the fabrication of 2D microgel CCs.

  15. Responsive ionic liquid-polymer 2D photonic crystal gas sensors.

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    Smith, Natasha L; Hong, Zhenmin; Asher, Sanford A

    2014-12-21

    We developed novel air-stable 2D polymerized photonic crystal (2DPC) sensing materials for visual detection of gas phase analytes such as water and ammonia by utilizing a new ionic liquid, ethylguanidine perchlorate (EGP) as the mobile phase. Because of the negligible ionic liquid vapor pressure these 2DPC sensors are indefinitely air stable and, therefore, can be used to sense atmospheric analytes. 2D arrays of ~640 nm polystyrene nanospheres were attached to the surface of crosslinked poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (pHEMA)-based polymer networks dispersed in EGP. The wavelength of the bright 2D photonic crystal diffraction depends sensitively on the 2D array particle spacing. The volume phase transition response of the EGP-pHEMA system to water vapor or gaseous ammonia changes the 2DPC particle spacing, enabling the visual determination of the analyte concentration. Water absorbed by EGP increases the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter, which shrinks the polymer network and causes a blue shift in the diffracted light. Ammonia absorbed by the EGP deprotonates the pHEMA-co-acrylic acid carboxyl groups, swelling the polymer which red shifts the diffracted light.

  16. Realization of hydrodynamic experiments on quasi-2D liquid crystal films in microgravity

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    Clark, Noel A.; Eremin, Alexey; Glaser, Matthew A.; Hall, Nancy; Harth, Kirsten; Klopp, Christoph; Maclennan, Joseph E.; Park, Cheol S.; Stannarius, Ralf; Tin, Padetha; Thurmes, William N.; Trittel, Torsten

    2017-08-01

    Freely suspended films of smectic liquid crystals are unique examples of quasi two-dimensional fluids. Mechanically stable and with quantized thickness of the order of only a few molecular layers, smectic films are ideal systems for studying fundamental fluid physics, such as collective molecular ordering, defect and fluctuation phenomena, hydrodynamics, and nonequilibrium behavior in two dimensions (2D), including serving as models of complex biological membranes. Smectic films can be drawn across openings in planar supports resulting in thin, meniscus-bounded membranes, and can also be prepared as bubbles, either supported on an inflation tube or floating freely. The quantized layering renders smectic films uniquely useful in 2D fluid physics. The OASIS team has pursued a variety of ground-based and microgravity applications of thin liquid crystal films to fluid structure and hydrodynamic problems in 2D and quasi-2D systems. Parabolic flights and sounding rocket experiments were carried out in order to explore the shape evolution of free floating smectic bubbles, and to probe Marangoni effects in flat films. The dynamics of emulsions of smectic islands (thicker regions on thin background films) and of microdroplet inclusions in spherical films, as well as thermocapillary effects, were studied over extended periods within the OASIS (Observation and Analysis of Smectic Islands in Space) project on the International Space Station. We summarize the technical details of the OASIS hardware and give preliminary examples of key observations.

  17. 2D Crystal heterostructures properties and growth by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Xing, Grace Huili

    Two-dimensional (2D) crystals such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) along with other families of layered materials including graphene, SnSe2, GaSe, BN etc, has attracted intense attention from the scientific community. One monolayer of such materials represent the thinnest ``quantum wells''. These layered materials typically possess an in-plane hexagonal crystal structure, and can be stacked together by interlayer van der Waals interactions. Therefore, it is possible to create novel heterostructures by stacking materials with large lattice mismatches and different properties, for instance, superconductors (NbSe2) , metals, semi-metals (graphene), semiconductors (MoS2) and insulators (BN). Numerous novel material properties and device concepts have been discovered, proposed and demonstrated lately. However, the low internal photoluminescence efficiency (IPE, <1%) and low carrier mobility observed in the 2D semiconductors suggest strongly that the materials under investigation today most likely suffer from a high concentration of defects. In this talk, I will share our progress and the challenges we face in terms of preparing, characterizing these 2D crystals as well as pursuing their applications. This work has been supported in part by NSF, AFOSR and LEAST, one of the STARnet centers.

  18. Bovine F1Fo ATP synthase monomers bend the lipid bilayer in 2D membrane crystals

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    Jiko, Chimari; Davies, Karen M; Shinzawa-Itoh, Kyoko; Tani, Kazutoshi; Maeda, Shintaro; Mills, Deryck J; Tsukihara, Tomitake; Fujiyoshi, Yoshinori; Kühlbrandt, Werner; Gerle, Christoph

    2015-01-01

    We have used a combination of electron cryo-tomography, subtomogram averaging, and electron crystallographic image processing to analyse the structure of intact bovine F1Fo ATP synthase in 2D membrane crystals. ATPase assays and mass spectrometry analysis of the 2D crystals confirmed that the enzyme complex was complete and active. The structure of the matrix-exposed region was determined at 24 Å resolution by subtomogram averaging and repositioned into the tomographic volume to reveal the crystal packing. F1Fo ATP synthase complexes are inclined by 16° relative to the crystal plane, resulting in a zigzag topology of the membrane and indicating that monomeric bovine heart F1Fo ATP synthase by itself is sufficient to deform lipid bilayers. This local membrane curvature is likely to be instrumental in the formation of ATP synthase dimers and dimer rows, and thus for the shaping of mitochondrial cristae. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.06119.001 PMID:25815585

  19. From Homochiral Clusters to Racemate Crystals: Viable Nuclei in 2D Chiral Crystallization.

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    Seibel, Johannes; Parschau, Manfred; Ernst, Karl-Heinz

    2015-07-01

    The quest for enantiopure compounds raises the question of which factors favor conglomerate crystallization over racemate crystallization. Studying nucleation and crystal growth at surfaces with submolecular-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy is a suitable approach to better understand intermolecular chiral recognition. Racemic heptahelicene on the Ag(100) surface shows a transition from homochiral nuclei to larger racemic motifs, although the extended homochiral phase exhibits higher density. The homochiral-heterochiral transition is explained by the higher stability of growing nuclei due to a better match of the molecular lattice to the substrate surface. Our observations are direct visual proof of viable nuclei.

  20. Computational Study and Analysis of Structural Imperfections in 1D and 2D Photonic Crystals

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    Maskaly, Karlene Rosera

    2005-06-01

    Dielectric reflectors that are periodic in one or two dimensions, also known as 1D and 2D photonic crystals, have been widely studied for many potential applications due to the presence of wavelength-tunable photonic bandgaps. However, the unique optical behavior of photonic crystals is based on theoretical models of perfect analogues. Little is known about the practical effects of dielectric imperfections on their technologically useful optical properties. In order to address this issue, a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) code is employed to study the effect of three specific dielectric imperfections in 1D and 2D photonic crystals. The first imperfection investigated is dielectric interfacial roughness in quarter-wave tuned 1D photonic crystals at normal incidence. This study reveals that the reflectivity of some roughened photonic crystal configurations can change up to 50% at the center of the bandgap for RMS roughness values around 20% of the characteristic periodicity of the crystal. However, this reflectivity change can be mitigated by increasing the index contrast and/or the number of bilayers in the crystal. In order to explain these results, the homogenization approximation, which is usually applied to single rough surfaces, is applied to the quarter-wave stacks. The results of the homogenization approximation match the FDTD results extremely well, suggesting that the main role of the roughness features is to grade the refractive index profile of the interfaces in the photonic crystal rather than diffusely scatter the incoming light. This result also implies that the amount of incoherent reflection from the roughened quarterwave stacks is extremely small. This is confirmed through direct extraction of the amount of incoherent power from the FDTD calculations. Further FDTD studies are done on the entire normal incidence bandgap of roughened 1D photonic crystals. These results reveal a narrowing and red-shifting of the normal incidence bandgap with

  1. Nucleation and growth of 2D covalent organic frameworks: polymerization and crystallization of COF monomers.

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    Koo, B T; Heden, R F; Clancy, P

    2017-04-12

    We establish a theoretical foundation for understanding the nucleation and growth of 2D covalent organic frameworks (COFs) from solution. This foundation should make it easier to realize some of the unique properties of COFs in targeted applications by allowing us to understand how processing variables such as solvent choice and linkage chemistry lead to larger crystalline domains. We use free energy techniques to map out the reaction mechanisms and activation energies of three fundamental reactions that are responsible for the early stages of 2D COF nucleation for a prototypical and commonly used 2D boronate ester material, COF-5, in water and methanol solvents. We show that the presence of water and methanol greatly catalyzes the boronate ester formation reactions, lowering the activation energy barrier by about 10 kcal mol(-1) relative to an uncatalyzed reaction pathway. This is in good agreement with experimental observations by Smith and Dichtel (JACS 2014). Our crystallization studies also conclusively eliminate certain proposed mechanisms of growth, such as polymerization of large sheets followed by stacking, while strengthening the case for templated polymerization as a likely growth mechanism for COF crystals.

  2. Growth of Large and Highly Ordered 2D Crystals of a K+ Channel, Structural Role of Lipidic Environment

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    De Zorzi, Rita; Nicholson, William V.; Guigner, Jean-Michel; Erne-Brand, Françoise; Vénien-Bryan, Catherine

    2013-01-01

    2D crystallography has proven to be an excellent technique to determine the 3D structure of membrane proteins. Compared to 3D crystallography, it has the advantage of visualizing the protein in an environment closer to the native one. However, producing good 2D crystals is still a challenge and little statistical knowledge can be gained from literature. Here, we present a thorough screening of 2D crystallization conditions for a prokaryotic inwardly rectifying potassium channel (>130 different conditions). Key parameters leading to very large and well-organized 2D crystals are discussed. In addition, the problem of formation of multilayers during the growth of 2D crystals is also addressed. An intermediate resolution projection map of KirBac3.1 at 6 Å is presented, which sheds (to our knowledge) new light on the structure of this channel in a lipid environment. PMID:23870261

  3. Designing artificial 2D crystals with site and size controlled quantum dots.

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    Xie, Xuejun; Kang, Jiahao; Cao, Wei; Chu, Jae Hwan; Gong, Yongji; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Banerjee, Kaustav

    2017-08-30

    Ordered arrays of quantum dots in two-dimensional (2D) materials would make promising optical materials, but their assembly could prove challenging. Here we demonstrate a scalable, site and size controlled fabrication of quantum dots in monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), and quantum dot arrays with nanometer-scale spatial density by focused electron beam irradiation induced local 2H to 1T phase change in MoS2. By designing the quantum dots in a 2D superlattice, we show that new energy bands form where the new band gap can be controlled by the size and pitch of the quantum dots in the superlattice. The band gap can be tuned from 1.81 eV to 1.42 eV without loss of its photoluminescence performance, which provides new directions for fabricating lasers with designed wavelengths. Our work constitutes a photoresist-free, top-down method to create large-area quantum dot arrays with nanometer-scale spatial density that allow the quantum dots to interfere with each other and create artificial crystals. This technique opens up new pathways for fabricating light emitting devices with 2D materials at desired wavelengths. This demonstration can also enable the assembly of large scale quantum information systems and open up new avenues for the design of artificial 2D materials.

  4. High-resistance liquid-crystal lens array for rotatable 2D/3D autostereoscopic display.

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    Chang, Yu-Cheng; Jen, Tai-Hsiang; Ting, Chih-Hung; Huang, Yi-Pai

    2014-02-10

    A 2D/3D switchable and rotatable autostereoscopic display using a high-resistance liquid-crystal (Hi-R LC) lens array is investigated in this paper. Using high-resistance layers in an LC cell, a gradient electric-field distribution can be formed, which can provide a better lens-like shape of the refractive-index distribution. The advantages of the Hi-R LC lens array are its 2D/3D switchability, rotatability (in the horizontal and vertical directions), low driving voltage (~2 volts) and fast response (~0.6 second). In addition, the Hi-R LC lens array requires only a very simple fabrication process.

  5. Machine Learning Energies of 2 Million Elpasolite (A B C2D6) Crystals

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    Faber, Felix A.; Lindmaa, Alexander; von Lilienfeld, O. Anatole; Armiento, Rickard

    2016-09-01

    Elpasolite is the predominant quaternary crystal structure (AlNaK2F6 prototype) reported in the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database. We develop a machine learning model to calculate density functional theory quality formation energies of all ˜2 ×106 pristine A B C2D6 elpasolite crystals that can be made up from main-group elements (up to bismuth). Our model's accuracy can be improved systematically, reaching a mean absolute error of 0.1 eV /atom for a training set consisting of 10 ×103 crystals. Important bonding trends are revealed: fluoride is best suited to fit the coordination of the D site, which lowers the formation energy whereas the opposite is found for carbon. The bonding contribution of the elements A and B is very small on average. Low formation energies result from A and B being late elements from group II, C being a late (group I) element, and D being fluoride. Out of 2 ×106 crystals, 90 unique structures are predicted to be on the convex hull—among which is NFAl2Ca6, with a peculiar stoichiometry and a negative atomic oxidation state for Al.

  6. 1×3 power splitter based on 2D slab photonic crystal multiple line defect waveguides

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    Dey, Rajat; Sabarinathan, Jayshri

    2011-08-01

    2-D slab photonic crystal multiple line defect waveguides have been designed for optical power splitting application which has numerous applications in photonic integrated circuit. The operation of the device is based on multimode interference effects and self-imaging phenomenon. The proposed structure consists of multiple photonic crystal line defect waveguides which are formed in the Γ-K direction by removing several entire rows of air-holes. The adjacent photonic crystal waveguides are separated by a row of air-holes. In this scheme a 1×3 power splitter is designed which involves three photonic crystal line defect waveguides multimode region, five photonic crystal line defect waveguides multimode region and one separation region. The entire structure is verified by 3-D finite difference time domain method. The transmitted power achieved at each output channel i.e. CH1, CH2 and CH3 are about 26.3%, 26.8% and 26.3% respectively. The total transmitted output power of 1×3 power splitter is 79.4% at target wavelength of 1.55μm.

  7. Atomically Phase-Matched Second-Harmonic Generation in a 2D Crystal

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    2016-08-26

    single or a few atomic layers. Rich physical properties, such as the emerging photoluminescence6,7, excellent transistor on-off ratio8, optical valley...OPEN ORIGINAL ARTICLE Atomically phase-matched second-harmonic generation in a 2D crystal Mervin Zhao1,2,*, Ziliang Ye1,2,*, Ryuji Suzuki3,4,*, Yu...arising from a single atomic layer, where the SH light elucidated important information such as the grain boundaries and electronic structure in these ultra

  8. Enhanced detection limit by dark mode perturbation in 2D photonic crystal slab refractive index sensors.

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    Nicolaou, Costa; Lau, Wah Tung; Gad, Raanan; Akhavan, Hooman; Schilling, Ryan; Levi, Ofer

    2013-12-16

    We demonstrate for the first time a 300nm thick, 300μm × 300μm 2D dielectric photonic crystal slab membrane with a quality factor of 10,600 by coupling light to slightly perturbed dark modes through alternating nano-hole sizes. The newly created fundamental guided resonances greatly reduce nano-fabrication accuracy requirements. Moreover, we created a new layer architecture resulting in electric field enhancement at the interface between the slab and sensing regions, and spectral sensitivity of >800 nm/RIU, that is, >0.8 of the single-mode theoretical upper limit of spectral sensitivity.

  9. All optical active high decoder using integrated 2D square lattice photonic crystals

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    Moniem, Tamer A.

    2015-11-01

    The paper introduces a novel all optical active high 2 × 4 decoder based on 2D photonic crystals (PhC) of silicon rods with permittivity of ε = 10.1 × 10-11 farad/m. The main structure of optical decoder is designed using a combination of five nonlinear photonic crystal ring resonator, set of T-type waveguide, and line defect of Y and T branch splitters. The proposed structure has two logic input ports, four output ports, and one bias input port. The total size of the proposed 2 × 4 decoder is equal to 40 μm × 38 μm. The PhC structure has a square lattice of silicon rod with refractive index of 3.39 in air. The overall design and the results are discussed through the realization and the numerically simulation to confirm its operation and feasibility.

  10. 2D modeling of regeneration surface growth on a single-crystal sphere

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    Thomas, V. G.; Gavryushkin, P. N.; Fursenko, D. A.

    2015-07-01

    This paper investigates the evolution of a sphere produced from a single crystal potassium alum in course of its regeneration, using numerical 2D-simulation in the kinematic model, which describes the growth of the regenerating surfaces.The modeling results demonstrate a qualitative agreement between the predictions of the kinematic model and real processes of sphere regeneration. It is shown that the face arising on the regenerating surface of a sphere may grow either more slowly or more rapidly than the surrounding surface. In the latter case, the face interacts with the regeneration surface and disappears from the sphere surface before intersecting in edges with neighboring faces. The influence of the input model parameters on the numerical modeling results is analyzed. It is established that the roughness parameters of the initial surface of a single-crystal sphere significantly affect the surface evolution during regeneration.

  11. Cylindrical liquid crystal lenses system for autostereoscopic 2D/3D display

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    Chen, Chih-Wei; Huang, Yi-Pai; Chang, Yu-Cheng; Wang, Po-Hao; Chen, Po-Chuan; Tsai, Chao-Hsu

    2012-06-01

    The liquid crystal lenses system, which could be electrically controlled easily for autostereoscopic 2D/3D switchable display was proposed. The High-Resistance liquid crystal (HRLC) lens utilized less controlled electrodes and coated a high-resistance layer between the controlled-electrodes was proposed and was used in this paper. Compare with the traditional LC lens, the HR-LC Lens could provide smooth electric-potential distribution within the LC layer under driving status. Hence, the proposed HR-LC Lens had less circuit complexity, low driving voltage, and good optical performance also could be obtained. In addition, combining with the proposed driving method called dual-directional overdriving method, the above method could reduce the switching time by applying large voltage onto cell. Consequently, the total switching time could be further reduced to around 2second. It is believed that the LC lens system has high potential in the future.

  12. Spectral Approach to Anderson Localization in a Disordered 2D Complex Plasma Crystal

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    Kostadinova, Eva; Liaw, Constanze; Matthews, Lorin; Busse, Kyle; Hyde, Truell

    2016-10-01

    In condensed matter, a crystal without impurities acts like a perfect conductor for a travelling wave-particle. As the level of impurities reaches a critical value, the resistance in the crystal increases and the travelling wave-particle experiences a transition from an extended to a localized state, which is called Anderson localization. Due to its wide applicability, the subject of Anderson localization has grown into a rich field in both physics and mathematics. Here, we introduce the mathematics behind the spectral approach to localization in infinite disordered systems and provide physical interpretation in context of both quantum mechanics and classical physics. We argue that the spectral analysis is an important contribution to localization theory since it avoids issues related to the use of boundary conditions, scaling, and perturbation. To test accuracy and applicability we apply the spectral approach to the case of a 2D hexagonal complex plasma crystal used as a macroscopic analog for a graphene-like medium. Complex plasma crystals exhibit characteristic distance and time scales, which are easily observable by video microscopy. As such, these strongly coupled many-particle systems are ideal for the study of localization phenomena. The goal of this research is to both expand the spectral method into the classical regime and show the potential of complex plasma as a macroscopic tool for localization experiments. NSF / DOE funding is gratefully acknowledged - PHY1414523 & PHY1262031.

  13. Birefringence-Directed Raman Selection Rules in 2D Black Phosphorus Crystals.

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    Mao, Nannan; Wu, Juanxia; Han, Bowen; Lin, Jingjing; Tong, Lianming; Zhang, Jin

    2016-05-01

    The incident and scattered light engaged in the Raman scattering process of low symmetry crystals always suffer from the birefringence-induced depolarization. Therefore, for anisotropic crystals, the classical Raman selection rules should be corrected by taking the birefringence effect into consideration. The appearance of the 2D anisotropic materials provides an excellent platform to explore the birefringence-directed Raman selection rules, due to its controllable thickness at the nanoscale that greatly simplifies the situation comparing with bulk materials. Herein, a theoretical and experimental investigation on the birefringence-directed Raman selection rules in the anisotropic black phosphorus (BP) crystals is presented. The abnormal angle-dependent polarized Raman scattering of the Ag modes in thin BP crystal, which deviates from the normal Raman selection rules, is successfully interpreted by the theoretical model based on birefringence. It is further confirmed by the examination of different Raman modes using different laser lines and BP samples of different thicknesses. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Red-green-blue 2 D tuneable liquid crystal laser devices

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    Coles, H. J.; Morris, S. M.; Ford, A. D.; Hands, P. J. W.; Wilkinson, T. D.

    2009-08-01

    In this paper, we review our recent experimental work on coherent and blue phase liquid crystal lasers.We will present results on thin-film photonic band edge lasing devices using dye-doped low molar mass liquid crystals in self-organised chiral nematic and blue phases. We show that high Q-factor lasers can be achieved in these materials and demonstrate that a single mode output with a very narrow line width can be readily achievable in well-aligned mono-domain samples. Further, we have found that the performance of the laser, i.e. the slope efficiency and the excitation threshold, are dependent upon the physical parameters of the low molar mass chiral nematic liquid crystals. Specifically, slope efficiencies greater than 60% could be achieved depending upon the materials used and the device geometry employed. We will discuss the important parameters of the liquid crystal host/dye guest materials and device configuration that are needed to achieve such high slope efficiencies. Further we demonstrate how the wavelength of the laser can be tuned using an in-plane electric field in a direction perpendicular to the helix axis via a flexoelectric mechanism as well as thermally using thermochromic effects. We will then briefly outline data on room temperature blue phase lasers and further show how liquid crystal/lenslet arrays have been used to demonstrate 2D laser emission of any desired wavelength. Finally, we present preliminary data on LED/incoherent pumping of RG liquid crystal lasers leading to a continuous wave output.

  15. 2D coordination polymers of macrocyclic oxamide with polycarboxylates: syntheses, crystal structures and magnetic properties.

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    Sun, Ya-Qiu; Xu, Yan-Yan; Gao, Dong-Zhao; Zhang, Guo-Ying; Liu, Yiao-Xu; Wang, Jing; Liao, Dai-Zheng

    2012-05-14

    Five new 2D coordination polymers, [Co(nip)(CuL)(H(2)O)]·CH(3)OH (1), [Mn(ip)(NiL)]·0.63H(2)O (2), [Cu(ip)(CuL)] (3), [Mn(6)(CuL)(6)(btc)(4)(H(2)O)(4)]·7H(2)O (4), and [Cu(CuL)(Hbtc)(H(2)O)] (5)(ML, H(2)L = 2,3-dioxo-5,6,14,15-dibenzo-1,4,8,12-tetraazacyclo-pentadeca-7,13-diene; H(2)nip = 5-nitroisophthalic acid; H(2)ip = m-isophthalic acid; H(3)btc = 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid) have been synthesized by a solvothermal method and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Complexes 1-5 exhibit different 2D layered structures formed by Co(2)Cu(2) (1), Mn(2)Ni(2) (2), Cu(4) (3), Mn(3)Ni(3) (4), Cu(4) (5) units, respectively, via the oxamide and diverse carboxylic acid bridges. Compounds 1, 2, 3 and 5 are uninodal 4-connected (4, 4)-grids topology, while complex 4 possesses a 2D network with (3, 4)-connected (4(2).8)(4)(4(3).6(2).8)(3) topology. The results of magnetic determination show pronounced antiferromagnetic interactions in 1-4.

  16. PMN-PT single crystal for endoscopic ultrasound 2D array application

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    Zhu, Yuhang; Liang, Huageng; Zhu, Benpeng; Zhou, Dan; Yang, Xiaofei

    2017-03-01

    Based on lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate single crystal, a 24 × 24 row-column addressing endoscopic two-dimensional array has been successfully fabricated using novel flanged electrodes and "semi-kerf" technologies. Each row/column array element was measured to have an electromechanical coupling coefficient of 0.81, a center frequency of 5MHz, and a fractional bandwidth of approximately 88% at -6 dB. Of particular significance was that the lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate element exhibits much higher sensitivity compared with lead zirconate titanate-based 2D arrays with similar operational frequency and element area. According to the Field II simulated results, although the obtained beamwidth at -6 dB was a little inferior to that of the fully sampled 24 × 24 two-dimensional array, it is believed that the beamwidth can be improved by appropriately increasing the element number. These results demonstrated that the lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate single-crystal 2D array is a promising candidate for real-time three-dimensional endoscopic ultrasound imaging.

  17. Tight-Binding Approximations in 1D and 2D Coupled-Cavity Photonic Crystal Structures

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    Day, Nicole C. L.

    Light confinement and controlling an optical field has numerous applications in the field of telecommunications for optical signals processing. When the wavelength of the electromagnetic field is on the order of the period of a photonic microstructure, the field undergoes reflection, refraction, and coherent scattering. This produces photonic bandgaps, forbidden frequency regions or spectral stop bands where light cannot exist. Dielectric perturbations that break the perfect periodicity of these structures produce what is analogous to an impurity state in the bandgap of a semiconductor. The defect modes that exist at discrete frequencies within the photonic bandgap are spatially localized about the cavity-defects in the photonic crystal. In this thesis the properties of two tight-binding approximations (TBAs) are investigated in one-dimensional and two-dimensional coupled-cavity photonic crystal structures. We require an efficient and simple approach that ensures the continuity of the electromagnetic field across dielectric interfaces in complex structures. In this thesis we develop E- and D-TBAs to calculate the modes in finite 1D and 2D two-defect coupled-cavity photonic crystal structures. In the E- and D-TBAs we expand the coupled-cavity [vector electron]-modes in terms of the individual [vector electron]- and [vector D meson]-modes, respectively. We investigate the dependence of the defect modes, their frequencies and quality factors on the relative placement of the defects in the photonic crystal structures. We then elucidate the differences between the two TBA formulations, and describe the conditions under which these formulations may be more robust when encountering a dielectric perturbation. Our 1D analysis showed that the 1D modes were sensitive to the structure geometry. The antisymmetric D mode amplitudes show that the D. TBA did not capture the correct (tangential [vector electron]-field) boundary conditions. However, the D-TBA did not yield

  18. Polymorphism, crystal nucleation and growth in the phase-field crystal model in 2D and 3D

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    Tóth, Gyula I.; Tegze, György; Pusztai, Tamás; Tóth, Gergely; Gránásy, László

    2010-09-01

    We apply a simple dynamical density functional theory, the phase-field crystal (PFC) model of overdamped conservative dynamics, to address polymorphism, crystal nucleation, and crystal growth in the diffusion-controlled limit. We refine the phase diagram for 3D, and determine the line free energy in 2D and the height of the nucleation barrier in 2D and 3D for homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation by solving the respective Euler-Lagrange (EL) equations. We demonstrate that, in the PFC model, the body-centered cubic (bcc), the face-centered cubic (fcc), and the hexagonal close-packed structures (hcp) compete, while the simple cubic structure is unstable, and that phase preference can be tuned by changing the model parameters: close to the critical point the bcc structure is stable, while far from the critical point the fcc prevails, with an hcp stability domain in between. We note that with increasing distance from the critical point the equilibrium shapes vary from the sphere to specific faceted shapes: rhombic dodecahedron (bcc), truncated octahedron (fcc), and hexagonal prism (hcp). Solving the equation of motion of the PFC model supplied with conserved noise, solidification starts with the nucleation of an amorphous precursor phase, into which the stable crystalline phase nucleates. The growth rate is found to be time dependent and anisotropic; this anisotropy depends on the driving force. We show that due to the diffusion-controlled growth mechanism, which is especially relevant for crystal aggregation in colloidal systems, dendritic growth structures evolve in large-scale isothermal single-component PFC simulations. An oscillatory effective pair potential resembling those for model glass formers has been evaluated from structural data of the amorphous phase obtained by instantaneous quenching. Finally, we present results for eutectic solidification in a binary PFC model.

  19. Polymorphic polytypic transition induced in crystals by interaction of spirals and 2D growth mechanisms

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    Aquilano, Dino; Veesler, Stéphane; Astier, Jean Pierre; Pastero, Linda

    2003-01-01

    The relationship between crystal polymorphism and polytypism can be revealed by surface patterns through the interlacing of the growth spirals. Simple high-symmetry structures as SiC, ZnS, CdI2 and more complex low-symmetry layered structures as n-paraffins, n-alcohols and micas are concerned with polymorphic-polytypic transition. In this paper, we will show for the first time, through in situ AFM observations and X-ray diffractometry, that a protein polymorph (P2 12 12 1α-amylase) locally changes, during growth, to a monoclinic P2 1 polytype, thanks to the screw dislocation activity. The interplay between spiral steps and 2D nuclei of the polytypes coexisting in the same crystalline individual allows to foresee the consequences on the crystal quality. The discussion is extended to other mineral and biological molecules and a new general rule is proposed to explain the interactions between surface patterns and the bulk crystal structure.

  20. Characteristics of 2D Turbulent Flows that Self-Organize into Vortex Crystals.

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    Jin, D. Z.; Dubin, D. H. E.

    1998-11-01

    The free relaxation of inviscid incompressible 2D turbulence is often dominated by strong vortices (intense vorticity patches) that move chaotically and merge. However, recent experiments have found that the mergers can be arrested by the formation of vortex crystals, in which a number N ~ 5-20 of strong vortices persist for long times, forming stable patterns in a low vorticity background.(K.S. Fine et al.), Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 3277 (1995). Here we estimate N from properties of the initial flow. Vortex crystals form because the chaotic motions of the strong vortices ``cool'' as they increase the entropy of the background.(D.Z. Jin and D.H.E. Dubin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80), 4434 (1998). If the cooling rate is faster than the rate of mergers, then the vortices fall into a crystal pattern before they can merge. We estimate the merger rate from the observed early-time power law decay of the number of vortices,^2 and estimate the cooling rate from the mixing of the background by the strong vortices. We find that N ∝ (N_i)^γ, where 0 < γ < 1 is an exponent that depends on flow parameters, and Ni is the initial number of strong vortices. This scaling agrees with the experiments as well as with simulations, with no adjustable parameters.

  1. Characteristics of 2D Turbulent Flows that Self-Organize into Vortex Crystals.

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    Jin, D. Z.; Dubin, D. H. E.

    1998-11-01

    The free relaxation of inviscid incompressible 2D turbulence is often dominated by strong vortices (intense vorticity patches) that move chaotically and merge. However, recent experiments have found that the mergers can be arrested by the formation of vortex crystals, in which a number N ~ 5-20 of strong vortices remain in the final state, forming stable patterns in a low vorticity background.(K.S. Fine et al.), Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 3277 (1995). Here we estimate N from properties of the initial flow. Vortex crystals form because the chaotic motions of the strong vortices cool due to interactions with the background.(D.Z. Jin and D.H.E. Dubin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80), 4434 (1998). When the cooling rate is faster than the rate of mergers the vortices fall into a crystal pattern before they can merge. We estimate the merger rate from the observed power law decay of the number of vortices^2 and the cooling rate from the rate of mixing of the background by the strong vortices. We find that N ∝ (N_i)^γ, where 0 < γ < 1 is an exponent that depends on several parameters, and Ni is the initial number of strong vortices. This scaling agrees with the experiments as well as with simulations, with no adjustable parameters.

  2. 2D-crystallization of Rhodococcus 20S proteasome at the liquid-liquid interface

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    Aoyama, Kazuhiro

    1996-10-01

    The 2D-crystallization method using the liquid-liquid interface between a aqueous phase (protein solution) and a thin organic liquid (dehydroabietylamine) layer has been applied to the Rhodococcus 20S proteasome. The 20S proteasome is known to be the core complex of the 26S proteasome, which is the central protease of the ubiquitin-dependent pathway. Two types of ordered arrays were obtained, both large enough for high resolution analysis by electron crystallography. The first one had a four-fold symmetry, whereas the second one was found out to be a hexagonally close-packed array. By image analysis based on a real space correlation averaging (CAV) technique, the close-packed array was found to be hexagonally packed, but the molecules had presumably rotational freedom. The four-fold array was found to be a true crystal with p4 symmetry. Lattice constants were a = b = 20.0 nm and α = 90°. The unit cell of this crystal contained two molecules. The diffraction pattern computed from the original picture showed spots up to (4, 5) that corresponds to 3.1 nm resolution. After applying an unbending procedure, the diffraction pattern showed spots extending to 1.8 nm resolution.

  3. Insight into the crystallization of amorphous imine-linked polymer networks to 2D covalent organic frameworks.

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    Smith, Brian J; Overholts, Anna C; Hwang, Nicky; Dichtel, William R

    2016-03-04

    We explore the crystallization of a high surface area imine-linked two-dimensional covalent organic framework (2D COF). The growth process reveals rapid initial formation of an amorphous network that subsequently crystallizes into the layered 2D network. The metastable amorphous polymer may be isolated and resubjected to growth conditions to form the COF. These experiments provide the first mechanistic insight into the mechanism of imine-linked 2D COF formation, which is distinct from that of boronate-ester linked COFs.

  4. 2D photonic crystals on the Archimedean lattices (tribute to Johannes Kepler (1571 1630))

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    Gajić, R.; class="cross-out">D. Jovanović,

    2008-03-01

    Results of our research on 2D Archemedean lattice photonic crystals are presented. This involves the calculations of the band structures, band-gap maps, equifrequency contours and FDTD simulations of electromagnetic propagation through the structures as well as an experimental verification of negative refraction at microwaves. The band-gap dependence on dielectric contrast is established both for dielectric rods in air and air-holes in dielectric materials. A special emphasis is placed on possibilities of negative refraction and left-handedness in these structures. Together with the familiar Archimedean lattices like square, triangular, honeycomb and Kagome' ones, we consider also, the less known, (3 2, 4, 3, 4) (ladybug) and (3, 4, 6, 4) (honeycomb-ring) structures.

  5. Vertically magnetic-controlled THz modulator based on 2-D magnetized plasma photonic crystal

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    Zhou, Wen; Chen, He-ming; Ji, Ke; Zhuang, Yuyang

    2017-02-01

    A novel magnetized plasma modulator for THz range is proposed. The structure is based on 2-D photonic crystal (PC) constructed by triangular lattice of Si rods in air with line defects and an InSb rod as a point defect. Based on the magneto-optic effect, the resonant frequency can be tuned by the external magnetic field and the radius of point defect. The transfer and disappearance of the PC-based mode can be realized by utilizing a waveguide and a plasma cavity. The simulation results show that PC-based mode disappearance modulator has the potential for THz wireless broadband communication system with a good performance of high contrast ratio (<33.61 dB), low insertion loss (<0.36 dB) and high modulation rate (∼4 GHz).

  6. Influence of lattice defects on the ferromagnetic resonance behaviour of 2D magnonic crystals

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    Manzin, Alessandra; Barrera, Gabriele; Celegato, Federica; Coïsson, Marco; Tiberto, Paola

    2016-01-01

    This paper studies, from a modelling point of view, the influence of randomly distributed lattice defects (non-patterned areas and variable hole size) on the ferromagnetic resonance behaviour and spin wave mode profiles of 2D magnonic crystals based on Ni80Fe20 antidot arrays with hexagonal lattice. A reference sample is first defined via the comparison of experimental and simulated hysteresis loops and magnetoresistive curves of patterned films, prepared by self-assembly of polystyrene nanospheres. Second, a parametric analysis of the dynamic response is performed, investigating how edge, quasi-uniform and localized modes are affected by alterations of the lattice geometry and bias field amplitude. Finally, some results about the possible use of magnetic antidot arrays in frequency-based sensors for magnetic bead detection are presented, highlighting the need for an accurate control of microstructural features. PMID:26911336

  7. Influence of lattice defects on the ferromagnetic resonance behaviour of 2D magnonic crystals

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    Manzin, Alessandra; Barrera, Gabriele; Celegato, Federica; Coïsson, Marco; Tiberto, Paola

    2016-02-01

    This paper studies, from a modelling point of view, the influence of randomly distributed lattice defects (non-patterned areas and variable hole size) on the ferromagnetic resonance behaviour and spin wave mode profiles of 2D magnonic crystals based on Ni80Fe20 antidot arrays with hexagonal lattice. A reference sample is first defined via the comparison of experimental and simulated hysteresis loops and magnetoresistive curves of patterned films, prepared by self-assembly of polystyrene nanospheres. Second, a parametric analysis of the dynamic response is performed, investigating how edge, quasi-uniform and localized modes are affected by alterations of the lattice geometry and bias field amplitude. Finally, some results about the possible use of magnetic antidot arrays in frequency-based sensors for magnetic bead detection are presented, highlighting the need for an accurate control of microstructural features.

  8. Nonlinear Raman-Nath diffraction of femtosecond laser pulses in a 2D nonlinear photonic crystal.

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    Vyunishev, A M; Arkhipkin, V G; Slabko, V V; Baturin, I S; Akhmatkhanov, A R; Shur, V Ya; Chirkin, A S

    2015-09-01

    We study second-harmonic generation (SHG) of femtosecond laser pulses in a rectangular two-dimensional nonlinear photonic crystal (NLPC). Multiple SH beams were observed in the vicinity of the propagation direction of the fundamental beam. It has been verified that the angular positions of these beams obey the conditions of nonlinear Raman-Nath diffraction (NRND). The measured SH spectra of specific NRND orders consist of narrow peaks that experience a high-frequency spectral shift as the order grows. We derive an analytical expression for the process studied and find the theoretical results to be in good agreement with the experimental data. We estimate the enhancement factor of nonlinear Raman-Nath diffraction in 2D NLPC to be 70.

  9. Enhanced Absorption in 2D Materials Via Fano- Resonant Photonic Crystals

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    Wang, Wenyi; Klotz, Andrey; Yang, Yuanmu; ...

    2015-05-01

    The use of two-dimensional (2D) materials in optoelectronics has attracted much attention due to their fascinating optical and electrical properties. For instance, graphenebased devices have been employed for applications such as ultrafast and broadband photodetectors and modulators while transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) based photodetectors can be used for ultrasensitive photodetection. However, the low optical absorption of 2D materials arising from their atomic thickness limits the maximum attainable external quantum efficiency. For example, in the visible and NIR regimes monolayer MoS2 and graphene absorb only ~10% and 2.3% of incoming light, respectively. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the use of Fano-resonant photonicmore » crystals to significantly boost absorption in atomically thin materials. Using graphene as a test bed, we demonstrate that absorption in the monolayer thick material can be enhanced to 77% within the telecommunications band, the highest value reported to date. We also show that the absorption in the Fano-resonant structure is non-local, with light propagating up to 16 μm within the structure. This property is particularly beneficial in harvesting light from large areas in field-effect-transistor based graphene photodetectors in which separation of photo-generated carriers only occurs ~0.2 μm adjacent to the graphene/electrode interface.« less

  10. Enhanced Absorption in 2D Materials Via Fano- Resonant Photonic Crystals

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    Wang, Wenyi; Klotz, Andrey; Yang, Yuanmu; Li, Wei; Kravchenko, Ivan I.; Briggs, Dayrl P.; Bolotin, Kirill; Valentine, Jason

    2015-05-01

    The use of two-dimensional (2D) materials in optoelectronics has attracted much attention due to their fascinating optical and electrical properties. For instance, graphenebased devices have been employed for applications such as ultrafast and broadband photodetectors and modulators while transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) based photodetectors can be used for ultrasensitive photodetection. However, the low optical absorption of 2D materials arising from their atomic thickness limits the maximum attainable external quantum efficiency. For example, in the visible and NIR regimes monolayer MoS2 and graphene absorb only ~10% and 2.3% of incoming light, respectively. Here, we experimentally demonstrate the use of Fano-resonant photonic crystals to significantly boost absorption in atomically thin materials. Using graphene as a test bed, we demonstrate that absorption in the monolayer thick material can be enhanced to 77% within the telecommunications band, the highest value reported to date. We also show that the absorption in the Fano-resonant structure is non-local, with light propagating up to 16 μm within the structure. This property is particularly beneficial in harvesting light from large areas in field-effect-transistor based graphene photodetectors in which separation of photo-generated carriers only occurs ~0.2 μm adjacent to the graphene/electrode interface.

  11. Determining ice water content from 2D crystal images in convective cloud systems

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    Leroy, Delphine; Coutris, Pierre; Fontaine, Emmanuel; Schwarzenboeck, Alfons; Strapp, J. Walter

    2016-04-01

    Cloud microphysical in-situ instrumentation measures bulk parameters like total water content (TWC) and/or derives particle size distributions (PSD) (utilizing optical spectrometers and optical array probes (OAP)). The goal of this work is to introduce a comprehensive methodology to compute TWC from OAP measurements, based on the dataset collected during recent HAIC (High Altitude Ice Crystals)/HIWC (High Ice Water Content) field campaigns. Indeed, the HAIC/HIWC field campaigns in Darwin (2014) and Cayenne (2015) provide a unique opportunity to explore the complex relationship between cloud particle mass and size in ice crystal environments. Numerous mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) were sampled with the French Falcon 20 research aircraft at different temperature levels from -10°C up to 50°C. The aircraft instrumentation included an IKP-2 (isokinetic probe) to get reliable measurements of TWC and the optical array probes 2D-S and PIP recording images over the entire ice crystal size range. Based on the known principle relating crystal mass and size with a power law (m=α•Dβ), Fontaine et al. (2014) performed extended 3D crystal simulations and thereby demonstrated that it is possible to estimate the value of the exponent β from OAP data, by analyzing the surface-size relationship for the 2D images as a function of time. Leroy et al. (2015) proposed an extended version of this method that produces estimates of β from the analysis of both the surface-size and perimeter-size relationships. Knowing the value of β, α then is deduced from the simultaneous IKP-2 TWC measurements for the entire HAIC/HIWC dataset. The statistical analysis of α and β values for the HAIC/HIWC dataset firstly shows that α is closely linked to β and that this link changes with temperature. From these trends, a generalized parameterization for α is proposed. Finally, the comparison with the initial IKP-2 measurements demonstrates that the method is able to predict TWC values

  12. 2D photonic crystal complete band gap search using a cyclic cellular automaton refination

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    González-García, R.; Castañón, G.; Hernández-Figueroa, H. E.

    2014-11-01

    We present a refination method based on a cyclic cellular automaton (CCA) that simulates a crystallization-like process, aided with a heuristic evolutionary method called differential evolution (DE) used to perform an ordered search of full photonic band gaps (FPBGs) in a 2D photonic crystal (PC). The solution is proposed as a combinatorial optimization of the elements in a binary array. These elements represent the existence or absence of a dielectric material surrounded by air, thus representing a general geometry whose search space is defined by the number of elements in such array. A block-iterative frequency-domain method was used to compute the FPBGs on a PC, when present. DE has proved to be useful in combinatorial problems and we also present an implementation feature that takes advantage of the periodic nature of PCs to enhance the convergence of this algorithm. Finally, we used this methodology to find a PC structure with a 19% bandgap-to-midgap ratio without requiring previous information of suboptimal configurations and we made a statistical study of how it is affected by disorder in the borders of the structure compared with a previous work that uses a genetic algorithm.

  13. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Crystal Structure and Electrochemical Behavior of 2d Hybrid Coordination Polymer

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    Fan, Weiqiang; Zhu, Lin; Shi, Weidong; Chen, Fuxiao; Bai, Hongye; Song, Shuyan; Yan, Yongsheng

    2013-04-01

    A novel metal-organic coordination polymer [Cu(phen)(L)0.5(H2O)]n (H4L = (N,N‧-5,5‧-bis(isophthalic acid)-p-xylylenediamine, and phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) has been hydrothermally synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, TGA, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystallographic data show that the title compound crystallizes in monoclinic space group P21/n with a = 10.682(2), b = 15.682(3), c = 11.909(2) Å, β = 91.39(3)°, V = 1994.3(7) Å3, C24H17CuN3O5, Mr = 490.95, Dc = 1.635 g/cm3, F(000) = 1004, Z = 4, μ(MoKα) = 1.141 mm-1, the final R = 0.0418 and wR = 0.0983 for 3578 observed reflections (I > 2σ(I)). The structural analyses reveal that the title compound exhibits shows a 2D layer structure, which are further linked by hydrogen bonding interactions to form a three-dimensional supramolecular network. In addition, the thermal stability and electrochemical behavior of title compound has been studied. CCDC: 900413.

  14. Novel and simple route to fabricate 2D ordered gold nanobowl arrays based on 3D colloidal crystals.

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    Rao, Yanying; Tao, Qin; An, Ming; Rong, Chunhui; Dong, Jian; Dai, Yurong; Qian, Weiping

    2011-11-01

    In this study, we present a new method to fabricate large-area two-dimensionally (2D) ordered gold nanobowl arrays based on 3D colloidal crystals by wet chemosynthesis, which combines the advantages of a very simple preparation and an applicability to "real" nanomaterials. By combination of in situ growth of gold nanoshell (GNSs) arrays based on three-dimensional (3D) colloidal silica crystals, a monolayer ordered reversed GNS array (2D ordered GNS array) was conveniently manufactured by an acrylic ester modified biaxial oriented polypropylene (BOPP). 2D ordered gold nanobowl array with adjustable periodic holes, good stability, reproducibility, and repeatability could be obtained when the silica core was etched by HF solution. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement factor (EF) of this 2D ordered gold nanobowl array could reach 1.27 × 10(7), which shows high SERS enhancing activity and can be used as a universal SERS substrate.

  15. Confined Etching within 2D and 3D Colloidal Crystals for Tunable Nanostructured Templates: Local Environment Matters.

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    Wendisch, Fedja J; Oberreiter, Richard; Salihovic, Miralem; Elsaesser, Michael S; Bourret, Gilles R

    2017-02-01

    We report the isotropic etching of 2D and 3D polystyrene (PS) nanosphere hcp arrays using a benchtop O2 radio frequency plasma cleaner. Unexpectedly, this slow isotropic etching allows tuning of both particle diameter and shape. Due to a suppressed etching rate at the point of contact between the PS particles originating from their arrangement in 2D and 3D crystals, the spherical PS templates are converted into polyhedral structures with well-defined hexagonal cross sections in directions parallel and normal to the crystal c-axis. Additionally, we found that particles located at the edge (surface) of the hcp 2D (3D) crystals showed increased etch rates compared to those of the particles within the crystals. This indicates that 2D and 3D order affect how nanostructures chemically interact with their surroundings. This work also shows that the morphology of nanostructures periodically arranged in 2D and 3D supercrystals can be modified via gas-phase etching and programmed by the superlattice symmetry. To show the potential applications of this approach, we demonstrate the lithographic transfer of the PS template hexagonal cross section into Si substrates to generate Si nanowires with well-defined hexagonal cross sections using a combination of nanosphere lithography and metal-assisted chemical etching.

  16. Experimental Studies of Pinning Effects in 2D Colloidal Crystals Using Microstructured Substrates

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    Smullin, Sylvia; Gerritsen, H. J.; Ling, Xinsheng

    1998-03-01

    We use microstructured substrates as tunable quenched symmetry-breaking fields to study the pinning effects in 2D colloidal crystals. The colloids are monodisperse charged polystyrene microspheres in pure water. In the sealed sample cell, the colloids are confined by two glass slides. A patterned plastic grating is glued on one side of the confining slides. The corrugated surface of the plastic grating becomes charged in water and exerts a periodic electric field on the charged microspheres, tunable by adjusting the confinement distance. We show that, for the first time, by using video microscopy one can observe in real time the novel effects due to the competing interactions. For example, with a square grating we have observed the Novaco-McTague rotation in a floating phase and the Pokrovsky-Talapov domain wall superlattice in a pinned phase. The results from a rough plastic substrate which simulates a random potential (in an attempt to search for a colloidal Bragg glass phase) will also be discussed. This work was supported by the startup funds and a Richard Salomon Faculty Research Award from Brown.

  17. Fabrication of an Omnidirectional 2D Photonic Crystal Emitter for Thermophotovoltaics

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    Stelmakh, V.; Chan, W. R.; Ghebrebrhan, M.; Soljacic, M.; Joannopoulos, J. D.; Celanovic, I.

    2016-11-01

    In a thermophotovoltaic (TPV) system, a heat source brings an emitter to incandescence and the spectrally confined thermal radiation is converted to electricity by a low-bandgap photovoltaic (PV) cell. Efficiency is dominated by the emitter's ratio of in-band emissivity (convertible by the PV cell) to out-of-band emissivity (inconvertible). Two-dimensional photonic crystals (PhCs) offer high in-band emissivity and low out-of-band emissivity at normal incidence, but have reduced in-band emissivity off-normal. According to Lambert's law, most thermal radiation occurs off-normal. An omnidirectional PhC capable of high in-band emissivity at all angles would increase total in-band power by 55% at 1200°C. In this work, we present the first experimental demonstration an omnidirectional hafnia-filled 2D tantalum PhC emitter suitable for TPV applications such as combustion, radioisotope, and solar TPV. Dielectric filling improved the hemispherical performance without sacrificing stability or ease of fabrication. The numerical simulations, fabrication processes, and optical and thermal characterizations of the PhC are presented in this paper.

  18. Mach cones and wakes in a 2D dusty plasma crystal

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    Nosenko, V.; Goree, J.; Ma, Z. W.; Dubin, D. H. E.

    2001-10-01

    A dusty plasma is an ionized gas containing small particles of solid matter. Highly charged polymer microspheres were suspended in a capacitively-coupled parallel-plate rf plasma. The particles settled in a horizontal monolayer, arranged in a hexagonal lattice. They were imaged using a video camera. A 2D plasma crystal sustains two kinds of sound waves, compressional and shear (transverse). When these waves are excited by a moving supersonic disturbance, the superposition of the waves creates a Mach cone, i.e., a V-shaped wake. In our experiments, the disturbance was a moving spot of argon laser light. By moving the laser spot faster than the shear sound speed c_t, but slower than the compressional sound speed c_l, we excited a shear wave Mach cone. Alternatively, by moving the laser spot faster than c_l, we excited both cones. We also observed a wake structure that arises from the compressional wave’s dispersion, for laser spot speeds both higher and lower than c_l. We compare our results to Dubin’s theory (Phys. Plasmas 2000) and to molecular dynamics simulations.

  19. Single crystal diamond boron 'delta doped' nanometric layers for 2D electronic devices (Conference Presentation)

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    Butler, James

    2016-10-01

    Use of diamond as a semiconductor material suffers from the high activation energy of all known impurity dopants (0.37 eV for Boron, 0.6 eV for Phosphorous). To achieve the simultaneous carrier concentration and mobility desired for devices operating at room temperature, growth of a nanometric thick `delta' layer doped to above the metal insulator transition adjacent to high mobility intrinsic material can provide a 2D high mobility conduction layer. Critical to obtaining the enhanced mobility of the carriers in the layer next to the `delta' doped layer is the abruptness of the doping interface. Single and multiple nanometer thick epitaxial layers of heavily boron `delta' doped diamond have been grown on high quality, intrinsic lab grown diamond single crystals. These layers were grown in a custom microwave plasma activated chemical vapor deposition reactor based on a rapid reactant switching technique. Characterization of the `delta' layers by various analytical techniques will be presented. Electrical measurements demonstrating enhanced hole mobility (100 to 800 cm2/V sec) as well as other electrical characterizations will be presented.

  20. Wigner distributions for qudits

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    Chaturvedi, S.

    2006-11-15

    Two new approaches to the problem of setting up Wigner distributions for finite level quantum systems are proposed. Both arise by looking at the structure of the familiar Wigner distribution for Cartesian quantum mechanics from different perspectives. The two approaches have one common feature--each involves a 'square root' operation though of very different kinds.

  1. Wigner crystallization of a two-dimensional electron gas in a magnetic field: Single electrons versus electron pairs at the lattice sites

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    Taut, M.

    2001-10-01

    The ground state energy and the lowest excitations of a two-dimensional Wigner crystal in a perpendicular magnetic field with one and two electrons per cell is investigated. In the case of two electrons per lattice site, the interaction of the electrons within each cell is taken into account exactly (including exchange and correlation effects), and the interaction between the cells is in second order (dipole) van der Waals approximation. No further approximations are made, in particular Landau level mixing and incomplete spin polarization are accounted for. Therefore, our calculation comprises a, roughly speaking, complementary description of the bubble phase (in the special case of one and two electrons per bubble), which was proposed by Koulakov, Fogler, and Shklovskii on the basis of a Hartree Fock calculation. The phase diagram shows that in GaAs the paired phase is energetically more favorable than the single electron phase for, roughly speaking, filling factor f larger than 0.3 and density parameter rs smaller than 19 effective Bohr radii (for a more precise statement see Figs. 3 and 4). If we start within the paired phase and increase magnetic field or decrease density, the pairs first undergo some singlet-triplet transitions before they break.

  2. A 2D/3D hybrid integral imaging display by using fast switchable hexagonal liquid crystal lens array

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    Lee, Hsin-Hsueh; Huang, Ping-Ju; Wu, Jui-Yi; Hsieh, Po-Yuan; Huang, Yi-Pai

    2017-05-01

    The paper proposes a new display which could switch 2D and 3D images on a monitor, and we call it as Hybrid Display. In 3D display technologies, the reduction of image resolution is still an important issue. The more angle information offer to the observer, the less spatial resolution would offer to image resolution because of the fixed panel resolution. Take it for example, in the integral photography system, the part of image without depth, like background, will reduce its resolution by transform from 2D to 3D image. Therefore, we proposed a method by using liquid crystal component to quickly switch the 2D image and 3D image. Meanwhile, the 2D image is set as a background to compensate the resolution.. In the experiment, hexagonal liquid crystal lens array would be used to take the place of fixed lens array. Moreover, in order to increase lens power of the hexagonal LC lens array, we applied high resistance (Hi-R) layer structure on the electrode. Hi-R layer would make the gradient electric field and affect the lens profile. Also, we use panel with 801 PPI to display the integral image in our system. Hence, the consequence of full resolution 2D background with the 3D depth object forms the Hybrid Display.

  3. Pyroelectric generation of 2D spatial soliton sets in a bulk of lithium niobate crystal

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    Ryabchenok, V.; Shandarov, V.; Perin, A.

    2017-06-01

    The generation of two-dimensional bright spatial soliton sets in lithium niobate sample has been experimentally demonstrated at light wavelength of 532 nm, contribution of pyroelectric effect into nonlinear optical response of the crystal, and spatial modulation of one-dimensional beam along direction normal to the crystal optical axis. Diameters of soliton beams and channel waveguides formed within the crystal bulk by these solitons are near to 20 μm at light polarization corresponding to extraordinary wave of the crystal.

  4. Crystal Structure of Human Cytochrome P450 2D6 with Prinomastat Bound*

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    Wang, An; Savas, Uzen; Hsu, Mei-Hui; Stout, C. David; Johnson, Eric F.

    2012-01-01

    Human cytochrome P450 2D6 contributes to the metabolism of >15% of drugs used in clinical practice. This study determined the structure of P450 2D6 complexed with a substrate and potent inhibitor, prinomastat, to 2.85 Å resolution by x-ray crystallography. Prinomastat binding is well defined by electron density maps with its pyridyl nitrogen bound to the heme iron. The structure of ligand-bound P450 2D6 differs significantly from the ligand-free structure reported for the P450 2D6 Met-374 variant (Protein Data Bank code 2F9Q). Superposition of the structures reveals significant differences for β sheet 1, helices A, F, F′, G″, G, and H as well as the helix B-C loop. The structure of the ligand complex exhibits a closed active site cavity that conforms closely to the shape of prinomastat. The closure of the open cavity seen for the 2F9Q structure reflects a change in the direction and pitch of helix F and introduction of a turn at Gly-218, which is followed by a well defined helix F′ that was not observed in the 2F9Q structure. These differences reflect considerable structural flexibility that is likely to contribute to the catalytic versatility of P450 2D6, and this new structure provides an alternative model for in silico studies of substrate interactions with P450 2D6. PMID:22308038

  5. FDTD analysis of 2D triangular-lattice photonic crystals with arbitrary-shape inclusions based on unit cell transformation

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    Ma, Zetao; Ogusu, Kazuhiko

    2009-04-01

    A finite-difference time-domain method based on Yee's orthogonal cell is utilized to calculate the band structures of 2D triangular-lattice-based photonic crystals through a simple modification to properly shifting the boundaries of the original unit cell. A strategy is proposed for transforming the triangular unit cell into an orthogonal one, which can be used to calculate the band structures of 2D PhCs with various shapes of inclusions, such as triangular, quadrangular, and hexagonal shapes, to overcome the shortage of plane-wave expansion method for circular one. The band structures of 2D triangular-lattice-based PhCs with hexagonal air-holes are calculated and discussed for different values of its radius and rotation angle. The obtained results provide an insight to manipulate the band structures of PhCs.

  6. 2D and 3D crystallization of a bacterial homologue of human vitamin C membrane transport proteins.

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    Jeckelmann, Jean-Marc; Harder, Daniel; Ucurum, Zöhre; Fotiadis, Dimitrios

    2014-10-01

    Most organisms are able to synthesize vitamin C whereas humans are not. In order to contribute to the elucidation of the molecular working mechanism of vitamin C transport through biological membranes, we cloned, overexpressed, purified, functionally characterized, and 2D- and 3D-crystallized a bacterial protein (UraDp) with 29% of amino acid sequence identity to the human sodium-dependent vitamin C transporter 1 (SVCT1). Ligand-binding experiments by scintillation proximity assay revealed that uracil is a substrate preferably bound to UraDp. For structural analysis, we report on the production of tubular 2D crystals and present a first projection structure of UraDp from negatively stained tubes. On the other hand the successful growth of UraDp 3D crystals and their crystallographic analysis is described. These 3D crystals, which diffract X-rays to 4.2Å resolution, pave the way towards the high-resolution crystal structure of a bacterial homologue with high amino acid sequence identity to human SVCT1.

  7. 2D Crystal Semiconductors New Materials for GHz-THz Devices

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-10-02

    ECB is higher than the valence band edge of the top 2D semiconductor EVT (see Fig. 2), tunneling from the bottom layer is inhibited and the device is...nominally off. When a negative top gate voltage pulls EVT above ECB (see Fig. 3(a)), a tunneling window is opened thus current can flow. To calculate...the band alignment between ECB and EVT along the direction perpendicular to the 2D semiconductors we first use Gauss’s law and write [9] CTOXVTOX

  8. Optical signatures of defects in low temperature Raman and photoluminescence spectra of 2D crystals (Conference Presentation)

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    Puretzky, Alexander A.; Mahjouri-Samani, Masoud; Li, Xufan; Xiao, Kai; Wang, Kai; Idrobo, Juan Carlos; Liang, Liangbo; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Yoon, Mina; Meunier, Vincent; Geohegan, David B.

    2017-02-01

    Currently, two-dimensional (2D) layered materials are rapidly emerging as a new platform for many potential applications in nanoscale optoelectronics, optics, flexible electronics, energy, etc. Monolayers of 2D crystals [e.g., transition metals dichalcogenides (TMDs)] are basically surface and therefore, their optoelectronic properties are very sensitive to defects and environment including ambient gases and substrates. However, only limited number of studies is devoted to understanding of the effect of defects on their optical properties. It is not clear if the specific defects have their fingerprints in Raman, absorption, and PL spectra. Here, we report measurements of low temperature (4-150K) Raman and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of TMD monolayers (MoSe2, WS2) with variable and controlled concentrations of specific defects, i.e., chalcogenide atom vacancies, to reveal optical signatures of these defects. The defective TMD monolayers were synthesized using our new laser CVD approach. To identify the type of defects and their concentration the 2D crystals were transferred from a substrate to a TEM grid and atomic resolution STEM and EELS measurements were performed. Low temperature Raman and PL mapping were used to understand spatial distribution of the defects within the 2D crystals. The assignment of the observed spectral features in low temperature Raman and PL spectra was supported by ab initio theoretical modeling. Synthesis science was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. Characterization and computational science at CNMS was supported by the Scientific User Facilities Division, BES.

  9. The development of a 2D ultrasonic array system for the in situ inspection of single crystal turbine blades

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    Lane, C. J. L.; Dunhill, A. K.; Drinkwater, B. W.; Wilcox, P. D.

    2012-05-01

    Modern jet-engine turbine blades are cast from single crystals of nickel-based superalloys because of the excellent mechanical properties that these materials exhibit at high temperatures. However, the anisotropic behavior of single crystals causes difficulties when using ultrasound to inspect these components for defects that could potentially initiate in-service. This paper describes the development of a 2D ultrasonic array system for the in situ inspection of these components. The problems associated with the inspection of anisotropic single crystal materials such as the directional dependence of the ultrasonic velocity, beam directivities in anisotropic media and the variation in the crystallographic orientation, are all addressed in this paper. In addition, constraints regarding access to the inspection location within the engine are discussed. Finally, the defect detection sensitivity and sizing capability of the developed system is evaluated.

  10. Formation of 2D photonic crystal bars by simultaneous photoelectrochemical etching of trenches and macropores in silicon

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    Astrova, E. V. Fedulova, G. V.; Guschina, E. V.

    2010-12-15

    Joint electrochemical etching of deep macropores and trenches in n-Si (100) has been studied. After the substrate was removed, regions of a sample, bounded on all sides by a closed contour of through trenches, were extracted from the sample, with narrow bars of a 2D photonic crystal remaining. The influence exerted by the distance between pores and a trench and by the modes of etching and subsequent oxidation on the roughness of the side walls of the structures and also on the size and shape of pores near the trench is analyzed for the example of a photonic crystal with a square lattice of macropores. Conditions are found in which the lattice distortion of the photonic crystal is at a minimum and the side walls of the structure are the smoothest (root-mean-square roughness height {approx}60 nm).

  11. Wigner in Hungary

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    Marx, George

    2002-04-01

    Eugene P. Wigner was born into a well-to-do family in Budapest 100 years ago. .He attended the Fasori Lutheran Gymnasium, which educated - among others - John von Neumann, and John Harsanyi,Nobel-laureate in economics. Wigner was influenced by his math teacher, László Rátz who taught calculus in high school. World War I, revolutions and counter/revolutions, kingdom, republic, soviet type council republic followed each other in dizzying sequence, so Wigner decided to continue his university studies in Berlin, where quantum mechanics was discussed and developed in the 1920s. After his Ph.D. Wigner worked in Budapest and in Berlin, and he elaborated the foundations of quantum mechanics based on symmetry principles. He wrote his book on symmetries during a summer holiday in Hungary, and this later brought him the Nobel Prize. Wigner moved to the U.S. in 1930, where he enjoyed the excellent working conditions and recognition. He revisited his homeland only in the 1970s, where his ideas about the future attracted huge audiences at the Academy of Sciences, at universities, and in the Physical Society. He received high honors from his home country - a bit belatedly. The principal focus of his attention was the quantum-mechanical concept of measurement, the role of human consciousness. But even in his last years, in the 1980s, he most enjoyed his visits to high schools - attending physics classes, discussing the future of science in human society with teachers and students.

  12. TUNABLE Band Structures of 2d Multi-Atom Archimedean-Like Phononic Crystals

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    Xu, Y. L.; Chen, C. Q.; Tian, X. G.

    2012-06-01

    Two dimensional multi-atom Archimedean-like phononic crystals (MAPCs) can be obtained by adding "atoms" at suitable positions in primitive cells of traditional simple lattices. Band structures of solid-solid and solid-air MAPCs are computed by the finite element method in conjunction with the Bloch theory. For the solid-solid system, our results show that the MAPCs can be suitably designed to split and shift band gaps of the corresponding traditional simple phononic crystal (i.e., with only one scatterer inside a primitive cell). For the solid-air system, the MAPCs have more and wider band gaps than the corresponding traditional simple phononic crystal. Numerical calculations for both solid-solid and solid-air MAPCs show that the band gap of traditional simple phononic crystal can be tuned by appropriately adding "atoms" into its primitive cell.

  13. Coherent phenomena in terahertz 2D plasmonic structures: strong coupling, plasmonic crystals, and induced transparency by coupling of localized modes

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    Dyer, Gregory C.; Aizin, Gregory R.; Allen, S. James; Grine, Albert D.; Bethke, Don; Reno, John L.; Shaner, Eric A.

    2014-05-01

    The device applications of plasmonic systems such as graphene and two dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) in III-V heterostructures include terahertz detectors, mixers, oscillators and modulators. These two dimensional (2D) plasmonic systems are not only well-suited for device integration, but also enable the broad tunability of underdamped plasma excitations via an applied electric field. We present demonstrations of the coherent coupling of multiple voltage tuned GaAs/AlGaAs 2D plasmonic resonators under terahertz irradiation. By utilizing a plasmonic homodyne mixing mechanism to downconvert the near field of plasma waves to a DC signal, we directly detect the spectrum of coupled plasmonic micro-resonator structures at cryogenic temperatures. The 2DEG in the studied devices can be interpreted as a plasmonic waveguide where multiple gate terminals control the 2DEG kinetic inductance. When the gate tuning of the 2DEG is spatially periodic, a one-dimensional finite plasmonic crystal forms. This results in a subwavelength structure, much like a metamaterial element, that nonetheless Bragg scatters plasma waves from a repeated crystal unit cell. A 50% in situ tuning of the plasmonic crystal band edges is observed. By introducing gate-controlled defects or simply terminating the lattice, localized states arise in the plasmonic crystal. Inherent asymmetries at the finite crystal boundaries produce an induced transparency-like phenomenon due to the coupling of defect modes and crystal surface states known as Tamm states. The demonstrated active control of coupled plasmonic resonators opens previously unexplored avenues for sensitive direct and heterodyne THz detection, planar metamaterials, and slow-light devices.

  14. Polarons in endohedral Li+@C60- dimers and in 1D and 2D crystals

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    Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Belosludov, Vladimir R.; Zhdanov, Ravil K.; Belosludov, Rodion V.

    2017-10-01

    The electron charge distribution and polaron formation on the carbon sites of dimer clusters Li+@C60- and of 1D or 2D Li+@C60- periodic systems are studied with the use of the generalized Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model with respect to the intermolecular and intramolecular degrees of freedom. The charge distributions over the molecular surface and Jahn-Teller bond distortions of carbon atoms are calculated using the self-consistent iterative methods. Polarons formed in periodic 1D and 2D systems (chains and planar layers) as well as in dimer cluster system are examined. In the periodic systems polaron formation may be described by the cooperative Jahn-Teller effect. Orientation of the polarons on the molecule surface depends on the doping of the system, moreover, electron doping changes the energy levels in the system.

  15. Beyond Graphene: Advanced 2D Electronic and Optoelectronic Crystals and Devices for Next Generation Applications

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    2015-06-25

    important features of single layered metal disulfides MS2 (M = W or Mo) such as dislocations , defects and grain boundaries were also be investigated by...first- principles calculation. Dr. Yakobson from Rice University predicted the structures of dislocations and assemblies into grain boundaries in 2D...metal disulfides materials and h-BN. They found the in-plane and through-layer relaxation results in dislocation cores and concentration of elements

  16. Evaporative thinning: a facile synthesis method for high quality ultrathin layers of 2D crystals.

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    Huang, Yi-Kai; Cain, Jeffrey D; Peng, Lintao; Hao, Shiqiang; Chasapis, Thomas; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Wolverton, Christopher; Grayson, Matthew; Dravid, Vinayak P

    2014-10-28

    The palette of two-dimensional materials has expanded beyond graphene in recent years to include the chalcogenides among other systems. However, there is a considerable paucity of methods for controlled synthesis of mono- and/or few-layer two-dimensional materials with desirable quality, reproducibility, and generality. Here we show a facile top-down synthesis approach for ultrathin layers of 2D materials down to monolayer. Our method is based on controlled evaporative thinning of initially large sheets, as deposited by vapor mass-transport. Rather than optimizing conditions for monolayer deposition, our approach makes use of selective evaporation of thick sheets to control the eventual thickness, down to a monolayer, a process which appears to be self-stopping. As a result, 2D sheets with high yield, high reproducibility, and excellent quality can be generated with large (>10 μm) and thin (∼ 1-2 nm) dimensions. Evaporative thinning promises to greatly reduce the difficulty involved in isolating large, mono- and few-layers of 2D materials for subsequent studies.

  17. Fano Resonance in GaAs 2D Photonic Crystal Nanocavities

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    Valentim, P. T.; Guimaraes, P.S. S.; Luxmoore, I. J.; Szymanski, D.; Whittaker, D. M.; Fox, A. M.; Skolnick, M. S.; Vasco, J. P.; Vinck-Posada, H.

    2011-12-23

    We report the results of polarization resolved reflectivity experiments in GaAs air-bridge photonic crystals with L3 cavities. We show that the fundamental L3 cavity mode changes, in a controlled way, from a Lorentzian symmetrical lineshape to an asymmetrical form when the linear polarization of the incident light is rotated in the plane of the crystal. The different lineshapes are well fitted by the Fano asymmetric equation, implying that a Fano resonance is present in the reflectivity. We use the scattering matrix method to model the Fano interference between a localized discrete state (the cavity fundamental mode) and a background of continuum states (the light reflected from the crystal slab in the vicinity of the cavity) with very good agreement with the experimental data.

  18. Transport properties of high quality heterostructures from unstable 2D crystals prepared in inert atmosphere

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    Yu, Geliang; Yang, Cao; Khestanova, Ekaterina; Mishchenko, Artem; Kretinin, Andy; Gorbachev, Roman; Novoselov, Konstantin; Andre, Geim; Manchester Group Team

    Many layered materials can be cleaved down to individual atomic planes, similar to graphene, but only a small minority of them are stable under ambient conditions. The rest reacts and decomposes in air, which has severely hindered their investigation and possible uses. Here we introduce a remedial approach based on cleavage, transfer, alignment and encapsulation of airsensitive crystals, all inside a controlled inert atmosphere. To illustrate the technology, we choose two archetypal two-dimensional crystals unstable in air: black phosphorus and niobium diselenide. Our field-effect devices made from their monolayers are conductive and fully stable under ambient conditions, in contrast to the counterparts processed in air. NbSe2 remains superconducting down to the monolayer thickness. Starting with a trilayer, phosphorene devices reach sufficiently high mobilities to exhibit Landau quantization. The approach offers a venue to significantly expand the range of experimentally accessible two-dimensional crystals and their heterostructures.

  19. All-optical XNOR gate based on 2D photonic-crystal ring resonators

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    Moniem, Tamer A.

    2017-02-01

    A novel all-optical XNOR gate is proposed, which combines the nonlinear Kerr effect with photonic-crystal ring resonators (PCRRs). The total size of the proposed optical XNOR gate based on photonic crystals with a square lattice of silicon rods is equal to 35 × 21 μm. The proposed structure has a bandgap in the range from 0.32 to 0.44. To confirm the operation and feasibility of the overall system use is made of analytical and numerical simulation using the dimensional finite difference time domain (FDTD) and plane wave expansion (PWE) methods.

  20. Offline estimation of 2 D crystal lattice parameters by processing the electron diffraction image

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    Haq, Nuhman ul; Hayat, Khizar; Madani, Sajjad A.; Iqbal, Yaseen

    2012-03-01

    Electron diffraction provides useful information about the internal composition of materials and has been in the use of material scientists for more than fifty years. In order to extract useful information from offline diffraction images, they are manually analyzed by using some photometric technique. Manual analysis is however a cumbersome, laborious and difficult task. To reduce the labors of material scientists one can employ image processing techniques to perform automated analysis, due to the well established popularity and clear evidence of widely used image processing techniques. In this work an image processing technique is being proposed for the extraction of 2D unit cell information from diffraction images on one hand and finding the 2D point group contained by the lattices on the other. The technique employs a morphological shrinking operation to find the center of each spot in the underlying preprocessed diffraction image. This is followed by the extraction of eight points with reference to the spot produced by the transmitted electron beam. The resultant nine points, i.e. the extracted eight plus the reference spot generated by the transmitted electron beam, are then subjected to symmetry operations, rotation symmetry and mirror symmetry, in polar coordinate system, to classify the point group of the lattice produced by the electron diffraction. One of the difficult task, even in manual analysis, is to ascertain the exact spot where the transmitted electron beam hit the sample at the time of realization of the image. This has been accurately and intuitively done by employing the notion that the transmitted spot must have greater number of pixels, with the highest gray value, among the diffracted spots. The proposed strategy has been applied to a sample set of various images and the results shows that the technique is efficient in determining the unit cell in 2D and classify the point group with good accuracy.

  1. A 2D Rods-in-Air Square-Lattice Photonic Crystal Optical Switch

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    2009-03-01

    bistable switching in nonlinear photonic crystals, Phys. Rev. E. 66 (5) (2002) 055601(R). [14] Mehmet Fatih Yanik , Shanhui Fan, Marin Soljačić, High...1855–1857. [19] Mehmet Fatih Yanik , Shanhui Fan, Marin Soljačić, J.D. Joannopoulos, All- optical transistor action with bistable switching in a

  2. AFM-Patterned 2-D Thin-Film Photonic Crystal Analyzed by Complete Angle Scatter

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    2010-03-01

    Scatter Distribution Function of Photonic Crystals,” Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, OH, Thesis 2009. [5] I. Prieto , B. Galiana, P. A... Francisco : Addison Wesley, 2002. 76 [38] Bahaa E. A. Saleh and Malvin Carl Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd ed. Hoboken: Wiley, 2007. [39

  3. Optical properties of GaAs 2D hexagonal and cubic photonic crystal

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    Arab, F. Assali, A.; Grain, R.; Kanouni, F.

    2015-03-30

    In this paper we present our theoretical study of 2D hexagonal and cubic rods GaAs in air, with plan wave expansion (PWE) and finite difference time domain (FDTD) by using BandSOLVE and FullWAVE of Rsoft photonic CAD package. In order to investigate the effect of symmetry and radius, we performed calculations of the band structures for both TM and TE polarization, contour and electromagnetic propagation and transmission spectra. Our calculations show that the hexagonal structure gives a largest band gaps compare to cubic one for a same filling factor.

  4. Impact of incorporating the 2C5 crystal structure into comparative models of cytochrome P450 2D6.

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    Kirton, Stewart B; Kemp, Carol A; Tomkinson, Nicholas P; St-Gallay, Steven; Sutcliffe, Michael J

    2002-11-01

    Cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) metabolizes approximately one third of the drugs in current clinical use. To gain insight into its structure and function, we have produced four different sets of comparative models of 2D6: one based on the structures of P450s from four different microorganisms (P450 terp, P450 eryF, P450 cam, and P450 BM3), another on the only mammalian P450 (2C5) structure available, and the other two based on alternative amino acid sequence alignments of 2D6 with all five of these structures. Principal component analysis suggests that inclusion of the 2C5 crystal structure has a profound effect on the modeling process, altering the general topology of the active site, and that the models produced differ significantly from all of the templates. The four models of 2D6 were also used in conjunction with molecular docking to produce complexes with the substrates codeine and 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP); this identified Glu 216 [in the F-helix; substrate recognition site (SRS) 2] as a key determinant in the binding of the basic moiety of the substrate. Our studies suggest that both Asp 301 and Glu 216 are required for metabolism of basic substrates. Furthermore, they suggest that Asp 301 (I-helix, SRS-4), a residue thought from mutagenesis studies to bind directly to the basic moiety of substrates, may play a key role in positioning the B'-C loop (SRS-1) and that the loss of activity on mutating Asp 301 may therefore be the result of an indirect effect (movement of the B'-C loop) on replacing this residue. Copyright 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  5. Terahertz all-optical NOR and AND logic gates based on 2D photonic crystals

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    Parandin, Fariborz; Karkhanehchi, Mohammad Mehdi

    2017-01-01

    Usually, photonic crystals are used in designing optical logic gates. This study focuses on the design and simulation of an all optical NOR and AND logic gates based on two dimensional photonic crystals. The simplicity of the proposed structure is a characteristic feature of this designation. Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) as well as Plane Wave Expansion (PWE) methods have been used for this structural analysis. The simulation results revealed an increase in the interval between "zero" and "one" logic levels. Also, the simple structure and its small size demonstrate the usefulness of this structure in optical integrated circuits. The proposed optical gates can operate with a bit rate of about 1.54 Tbit/s.

  6. Characterization of the bistable wideband optical filter on the basis of nonlinear 2D photonic crystal

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    Guryev, I. V. Sukhoivanov, I. A. Andrade Lucio, J. A. Manzano, O. Ibarra Rodriguez, E. Vargaz Gonzales, D. Claudio Chavez, R. I. Mata Gurieva, N. S.

    2014-05-15

    In our work, we investigated the wideband optical filter on the basis of nonlinear photonic crystal. The all-optical flip-flop using ultra-short pulses with duration lower than 200 fs is obtained in such filters. Here we pay special attention to the stability problem of the nonlinear element. To investigate this problem, the temporal response demonstrating the flip-flop have been computed within the certain range of the wavelengths as well as at different input power.

  7. Gas–crystal phase transition in a 2D dipolar exciton system

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    Suris, R. A.

    2016-03-15

    A system of dipolar excitons at temperatures exceeding the expected Bose–Einstein condensation temperature is considered. It is shown that a first-order phase transition with the formation of a phase close to the crystal of such excitons is possible at such temperatures. The phase diagram in the range of low concentrations and temperatures is constructed. The effect of this transition on the luminescence spectrum of the system is analyzed.

  8. Precisely Assembled Cyclic Gold Nanoparticle Frames by 2D Polymer Single-Crystal Templating.

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    Mei, Shan; Qi, Hao; Zhou, Tian; Li, Christopher Y

    2017-07-27

    In recent decades, extensive studies have been devoted to assembling nanoparticles (NPs) into various ordered structures to achieve novel optical properties. However, it still remains a challenging task to assemble NPs into cyclic one-dimensional (1D) shapes, such as rings and frames. Herein, we report a directed assembly method to precisely assemble NPs into well-defined, free-standing frames using polymer single crystals (PSCs) as the template. Preformed poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) single crystals were used as the template to direct the crystallization of block copolymer (BCP) poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PEO-b-P4VP), which directs the gold NPs (AuNPs) to form AuNP frames. By controlling the PSC growth, we were able to, for the first time, precisely tune both the size and width of the AuNP frame. These novel AuNP frames topologically resemble NP nanorings and cyclic polymer chains, and show unique surface plasmon resonance (SPR) behaviors. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Water-based and biocompatible 2D crystal inks for all-inkjet-printed heterostructures

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    McManus, Daryl; Vranic, Sandra; Withers, Freddie; Sanchez-Romaguera, Veronica; Macucci, Massimo; Yang, Huafeng; Sorrentino, Roberto; Parvez, Khaled; Son, Seok-Kyun; Iannaccone, Giuseppe; Kostarelos, Kostas; Fiori, Gianluca; Casiraghi, Cinzia

    2017-05-01

    Exploiting the properties of two-dimensional crystals requires a mass production method able to produce heterostructures of arbitrary complexity on any substrate. Solution processing of graphene allows simple and low-cost techniques such as inkjet printing to be used for device fabrication. However, the available printable formulations are still far from ideal as they are either based on toxic solvents, have low concentration, or require time-consuming and expensive processing. In addition, none is suitable for thin-film heterostructure fabrication due to the re-mixing of different two-dimensional crystals leading to uncontrolled interfaces and poor device performance. Here, we show a general approach to achieve inkjet-printable, water-based, two-dimensional crystal formulations, which also provide optimal film formation for multi-stack fabrication. We show examples of all-inkjet-printed heterostructures, such as large-area arrays of photosensors on plastic and paper and programmable logic memory devices. Finally, in vitro dose-escalation cytotoxicity assays confirm the biocompatibility of the inks, extending their possible use to biomedical applications.

  10. Waves in periodic media: Fourier analysis shortcuts and physical insights, case of 2D phononic crystals

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    Dupont, S.; Gazalet, J.; Kastelik, J. C.

    2014-03-01

    Phononic crystal is a structured media with periodic modulation of its physical properties that influences the propagation of elastic waves and leads to a peculiar behaviour, for instance the phononic band gap effect by which elastic waves cannot propagate in certain frequency ranges. The formulation of the problem leads to a second order partial differential equation with periodic coefficients; different methods exist to determine the structure of the eigenmodes propagating in the material, both in the real or Fourier domain. Brillouin explains the periodicity of the band structure as a direct result of the discretization of the crystal in the real domain. Extending the Brillouin vision, we introduce digital signal processing tools developed in the frame of distribution functions theory. These tools associate physical meaning to mathematical expressions and reveal the correspondence between real and Fourier domains whatever is the physical domain under consideration. We present an illustrative practical example concerning two dimensions phononic crystals and highlight the appreciable shortcuts brought by the method and the benefits for physical interpretation.

  11. 2D and 3D photonic crystal materials for photocatalysis and electrochemical energy storage and conversion

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    Collins, Gillian; Armstrong, Eileen; McNulty, David; O’Hanlon, Sally; Geaney, Hugh; O’Dwyer, Colm

    2016-01-01

    Abstract This perspective reviews recent advances in inverse opal structures, how they have been developed, studied and applied as catalysts, catalyst support materials, as electrode materials for batteries, water splitting applications, solar-to-fuel conversion and electrochromics, and finally as photonic photocatalysts and photoelectrocatalysts. Throughout, we detail some of the salient optical characteristics that underpin recent results and form the basis for light-matter interactions that span electrochemical energy conversion systems as well as photocatalytic systems. Strategies for using 2D as well as 3D structures, ordered macroporous materials such as inverse opals are summarized and recent work on plasmonic–photonic coupling in metal nanoparticle-infiltrated wide band gap inverse opals for enhanced photoelectrochemistry are provided. PMID:27877904

  12. High quality 2D crystals made by anodic bonding: a general technique for layered materials.

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    Gacem, Karim; Boukhicha, Mohamed; Chen, Zhesheng; Shukla, Abhay

    2012-12-21

    Anodic bonding of nanolayers is an easy technique based on a simple apparatus, which has already proven successful in application in the fabrication of high quality graphene. Here we demonstrate its extension to the fabrication of high quality nanolayers from several layered materials. The strengths of this technique are its high throughput rate and ease of application. All fabrication parameters are controllable and need to be determined carefully. We report optimal parameters found for nine layered materials. In general, using optimal parameters results in high quality 2D layers, in most cases much larger than those obtained by 'Scotch tape' microcleavage, with higher yields and which are easily transferable to other substrates. Moreover the samples obtained are clean and the good optical contrast of these layers on the glass substrate makes their identification very easy. This is thus the technique of choice for making nanolayers in the laboratory from any layered material.

  13. High quality 2D crystals made by anodic bonding: a general technique for layered materials

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    Gacem, Karim; Boukhicha, Mohamed; Chen, Zhesheng; Shukla, Abhay

    2012-12-01

    Anodic bonding of nanolayers is an easy technique based on a simple apparatus, which has already proven successful in application in the fabrication of high quality graphene. Here we demonstrate its extension to the fabrication of high quality nanolayers from several layered materials. The strengths of this technique are its high throughput rate and ease of application. All fabrication parameters are controllable and need to be determined carefully. We report optimal parameters found for nine layered materials. In general, using optimal parameters results in high quality 2D layers, in most cases much larger than those obtained by ‘Scotch tape’ microcleavage, with higher yields and which are easily transferable to other substrates. Moreover the samples obtained are clean and the good optical contrast of these layers on the glass substrate makes their identification very easy. This is thus the technique of choice for making nanolayers in the laboratory from any layered material.

  14. 2D and 3D photonic crystal materials for photocatalysis and electrochemical energy storage and conversion.

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    Collins, Gillian; Armstrong, Eileen; McNulty, David; O'Hanlon, Sally; Geaney, Hugh; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2016-01-01

    This perspective reviews recent advances in inverse opal structures, how they have been developed, studied and applied as catalysts, catalyst support materials, as electrode materials for batteries, water splitting applications, solar-to-fuel conversion and electrochromics, and finally as photonic photocatalysts and photoelectrocatalysts. Throughout, we detail some of the salient optical characteristics that underpin recent results and form the basis for light-matter interactions that span electrochemical energy conversion systems as well as photocatalytic systems. Strategies for using 2D as well as 3D structures, ordered macroporous materials such as inverse opals are summarized and recent work on plasmonic-photonic coupling in metal nanoparticle-infiltrated wide band gap inverse opals for enhanced photoelectrochemistry are provided.

  15. Pure & crystallized 2D Boron Nitride sheets synthesized via a novel process coupling both PDCs and SPS methods

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    Yuan, Sheng; Linas, Sébastien; Journet, Catherine; Steyer, Philippe; Garnier, Vincent; Bonnefont, Guillaume; Brioude, Arnaud; Toury, Bérangère

    2016-01-01

    Within the context of emergent researches linked to graphene, it is well known that h-BN nanosheets (BNNSs), also referred as 2D BN, are considered as the best candidate for replacing SiO2 as dielectric support or capping layers for graphene. As a consequence, the development of a novel alternative source for highly crystallized h-BN crystals, suitable for a further exfoliation, is a prime scientific issue. This paper proposes a promising approach to synthesize pure and well-crystallized h-BN flakes, which can be easily exfoliated into BNNSs. This new accessible production process represents a relevant alternative source of supply in response to the increasing need of high quality BNNSs. The synthesis strategy to prepare pure h-BN is based on a unique combination of the Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs) route with the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) process. Through a multi-scale chemical and structural investigation, it is clearly shown that obtained flakes are large (up to 30 μm), defect-free and well crystallized, which are key-characteristics for a subsequent exfoliation into relevant BNNSs. PMID:26843122

  16. Pure & crystallized 2D Boron Nitride sheets synthesized via a novel process coupling both PDCs and SPS methods

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    Yuan, Sheng; Linas, Sébastien; Journet, Catherine; Steyer, Philippe; Garnier, Vincent; Bonnefont, Guillaume; Brioude, Arnaud; Toury, Bérangère

    2016-02-01

    Within the context of emergent researches linked to graphene, it is well known that h-BN nanosheets (BNNSs), also referred as 2D BN, are considered as the best candidate for replacing SiO2 as dielectric support or capping layers for graphene. As a consequence, the development of a novel alternative source for highly crystallized h-BN crystals, suitable for a further exfoliation, is a prime scientific issue. This paper proposes a promising approach to synthesize pure and well-crystallized h-BN flakes, which can be easily exfoliated into BNNSs. This new accessible production process represents a relevant alternative source of supply in response to the increasing need of high quality BNNSs. The synthesis strategy to prepare pure h-BN is based on a unique combination of the Polymer Derived Ceramics (PDCs) route with the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) process. Through a multi-scale chemical and structural investigation, it is clearly shown that obtained flakes are large (up to 30 μm), defect-free and well crystallized, which are key-characteristics for a subsequent exfoliation into relevant BNNSs.

  17. Novel high-Q modes in thick 2D photonic crystal slabs

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    Pugh, J. R.; Ho, Y.-L. D.; Engin, E.; Railton, C.; Rarity, J. G.; Cryan, M. J.

    2013-03-01

    The periodic nature of photonic crystals (PCs) (Yablonovitch 1987 Phys. Rev. Lett. 58 2059-62 John 1987 Phys. Rev. Lett. 58 2486-9) has been extensively exploited for the past quarter of a century using photonic bandgap (PBG) effects to manipulate photons in engineered electromagnetic structures. Structures such as photonic crystal nanocavities are widely considered to be key in realizing future nanoscale optoelectronic devices. These cavities are capable of creating resonant modes with high-quality factor (Q) and small mode volume, in other words a large Purcell factor (Purcell 1946 Phys. Rev. 69 681), and have been widely researched in the two-dimensional photonic crystal slab (PCS) defect cavity configuration (Painter et al 1999 J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16 275-85). Here, we demonstrate for the first time how three confinement mechanisms are thought to coincide to give rise to a high-Q resonance for a slab containing a modified L3 defect where the slab thickness is such that the guiding in the slab is no longer single moded (Tandaechanurat et al 2008 Opt. Express 16 448-55). This is in contrast to the conventional design approach, where the PCS thickness is chosen to be of the order of half a lattice constant to ensure that a PBG exists to confine cavity modes strongly within the slab (Painter et al 1999 J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16 275-85 Johnson et al 1999 Phys. Rev. B 60 5751-8 Khankhoje et al 2010 Nanotechnology 21 065202). These newly identified high-Q modes can be important in terms of the fabrication of slabs and other devices such as vertical pillars since they allow high-Q factors in thicker and more fabrication tolerant geometries.

  18. A global 2D well-posedness result on the order tensor liquid crystal theory

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    De Anna, Francesco

    2017-04-01

    In [18] Paicu and Zarnescu have studied an order tensor system which describes the flow of a liquid crystal. They have proven the existence of weak solutions, the propagation of higher regularity, namely Hs with s > 1 and the weak-strong uniqueness in dimension two. This paper is devoted to fill the gap of their results, namely to propagate the low regularity, namely Hs for 0 < s < 1 and to prove the uniqueness of the weak solutions. For the completeness of this research, we also propose an alternative approach in order to prove the existence of weak solutions.

  19. Analytic theory for the selection of 2-D needle crystal at arbitrary Peclet number

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    Tanveer, Saleh

    1989-01-01

    An accurate analytic theory is presented for the velocity selection of a two-dimensional needle crystal for arbitrary Peclet number for small values of the surface tension parameter. The velocity selection is caused by the effect of transcendentally small terms which are determined by analytic continuation to the complex plane and analysis of nonlinear equations. The work supports the general conclusion of previous small Peclet number analytical results of other investigators, though there are some discrepancies in details. It also addresses questions raised on the validity of selection theory owing to assumptions made on shape corrections at large distances from the tip.

  20. Efficient Design Tool for 2D and 3D NIMS Photonic Crystals

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    2008-01-28

    Nationality    Year of  Birth   China  Singapore  N.A.  1961  Country of Origin/ Birth   Country of Citizenship  Singapore  Permanent  Resident? (Yes/No... lithography   and  reactive  ion  etching processes. The photonic  crystal patterns were written by  the  electron beam writing, followed by a lift‐off

  1. p-Chlorobenzotrichloride revisited: novel analytical treatments of 2D exchange NQR in molecular crystals.

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    Mackowiak, Mariusz

    2011-01-01

    A theoretical treatment of the two-dimensional exchange nuclear quadrupole resonance pulse sequence is presented and applied to the quantitative study of exchange processes in molecular crystals. The theory is successfully tested for the exchange spectra of hindered trichloromethyl groups of p-chlorobenzotrichloride, where the conventional approach without taking into account the off-resonance phenomena has failed. The mixing dynamics by exchange and the expected diagonal- and cross-peak intensities as a function of the mixing time have been derived. It is shown that the off-resonance effects are of crucial importance for the quantitative description of the exchange spectra. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  2. Absolute photonic band gap in 2D honeycomb annular photonic crystals

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    Liu, Dan; Gao, Yihua; Tong, Aihong; Hu, Sen

    2015-01-01

    Using the plane wave expansion method, we investigate the effects of structural parameters on absolute photonic band gap (PBG) in two-dimensional honeycomb annular photonic crystals (PCs). The results reveal that the annular PCs possess absolute PBGs that are larger than those of the conventional air-hole PCs only when the refractive index of the material from which the PC is made is equal to 4.5 or larger. If the refractive index is smaller than 4.5, utilization of anisotropic inner rods in honeycomb annular PCs can lead to the formation of larger PBGs. The optimal structural parameters that yield the largest absolute PBGs are obtained.

  3. Non-equilibrium dynamics of 2D liquid crystals driven by transmembrane gas flow.

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    Seki, Kazuyoshi; Ueda, Ken; Okumura, Yu-ichi; Tabe, Yuka

    2011-07-20

    Free-standing films composed of several layers of chiral smectic liquid crystals (SmC*) exhibited unidirectional director precession under various vapor transfers across the films. When the transferred vapors were general organic solvents, the precession speed linearly depended on the momentum of the transmembrane vapors, where the proportional constant was independent of the kind of vapor. In contrast, the same SmC* films under water transfer exhibited precession in the opposite direction. As a possible reason for the rotational inversion, we suggest the competition of two origins for the torques, one of which is microscopic and the other macroscopic. Next, we tried to move an external object by making use of the liquid crystal (LC) motion. When a solid or a liquid particle was set on a film under vapor transfer, the particle was rotated in the same direction as the LC molecules. Using home-made laser tweezers, we measured the force transmitted from the film to the particle, which we found to be several pN.

  4. Tuning the Structural Color of a 2D Photonic Crystal Using a Bowl-like Nanostructure.

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    Umh, Ha Nee; Yu, Sungju; Kim, Yong Hwa; Lee, Su Young; Yi, Jongheop

    2016-06-22

    Structural colors of the ordered photonic nanostructures are widely used as an effective platform for manipulating the propagation of light. Although several approaches have been explored in attempts to mimic the structural colors, improving the reproducibility, mechanical stability, and the economic feasibility of sophisticated photonic crystals prepared by complicated processes continues to pose a challenge. In this study, we report on an alternative, simple method for fabricating a tunable photonic crystal at room temperature. A bowl-like nanostructure of TiO2 was periodically arranged on a thin Ti sheet through a two-step anodization process where its diameters were systemically controlled by changing the applied voltage. Consequently, they displayed a broad color distribution, ranging from red to indigo, and the principal reason for color generation followed the Bragg diffraction theory. This noncolorant method was capable of reproducing a Mondrian painting on a centimeter scale without the need to employ complex architectures, where the generated structural colors were highly stable under mechanical or chemical influence. Such a color printing technique represents a potentially promising platform for practical applications for anticounterfeit trademarks, wearable sensors, and displays.

  5. Non-equilibrium dynamics of 2D liquid crystals driven by transmembrane gas flow

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    Seki, Kazuyoshi; Ueda, Ken; Okumura, Yu-ichi; Tabe, Yuka

    2011-07-01

    Free-standing films composed of several layers of chiral smectic liquid crystals (SmC*) exhibited unidirectional director precession under various vapor transfers across the films. When the transferred vapors were general organic solvents, the precession speed linearly depended on the momentum of the transmembrane vapors, where the proportional constant was independent of the kind of vapor. In contrast, the same SmC* films under water transfer exhibited precession in the opposite direction. As a possible reason for the rotational inversion, we suggest the competition of two origins for the torques, one of which is microscopic and the other macroscopic. Next, we tried to move an external object by making use of the liquid crystal (LC) motion. When a solid or a liquid particle was set on a film under vapor transfer, the particle was rotated in the same direction as the LC molecules. Using home-made laser tweezers, we measured the force transmitted from the film to the particle, which we found to be several pN.

  6. Compressional and Shear Wakes in a 2D Dusty Plasma Crystal

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    Nosenko, V.; Goree, J.; Ma, Z. W.; Dubin, D. H. E.

    2001-10-01

    A 2D crystalline lattice can vibrate with two kinds of sound waves, compressional and shear (transverse), where the latter has a much slower sound speed. When these waves are excited by a moving supersonic disturbance, the superposition of the waves creates a Mach cone, i.e., a V-shaped wake. In our experiments, the supersonic disturbance was a moving spot of argon laser light, and this laser light applied a force, due to radiation pressure, on the particles. The beam was swept across the lattice in a controlled and repeatable manner. The particles were levitated in an argon rf discharge. By moving the laser spot faster than the shear sound speed c_t, but slower than the compressional sound speed c_l, we excited a shear wave Mach cone. Alternatively, by moving the laser spot faster than c_l, we excited both cones. In addition to Mach cones, we also observed a wake structure that arises from the compressional wave’s dispersion. We compare our results to Dubin’s theory (Phys. Plasmas 2000) and to molecular dynamics (MD) simulations.

  7. A non-enzymatic urine glucose sensor with 2-D photonic crystal hydrogel.

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    Yan, Zequn; Xue, Min; He, Qian; Lu, Wei; Meng, Zihui; Yan, Dan; Qiu, Lili; Zhou, Lijun; Yu, Yingjie

    2016-11-01

    A novel polymerized crystalline colloidal array (PCCA) sensing material for the detection of urine glucose was developed by embedding a two-dimensional (2-D) polystyrene crystalline colloidal array (CCA) in 3-acrylamidophenylboronic acid (3-APBA)-functionalized hydrogel. After adjusting the cross-linker concentration, this material showed significant sensitivity for glucose under lab conditions, the particle spacing of the PCCA changed from 917 to 824 nm (93 nm) within 3 min as the glucose concentration increased from 0 to 10 mM, and the structural color of the PCCA changed from red through orange, to green, and finally, to cyan. In further experiments, this material was used to semi-quantitatively detect glucose in 20 human urine (HU) samples. Compared with the traditional dry-chemistry method, which was applied widely in clinical diagnosis, the PCCA method was more accurate and cost-effective. Moreover, this method can efficiently avoid the errors induced by most of the urine-interfering elements like vitamin C and ketone body. With a homemade portable optical detector, this low-cost intelligent sensing material can provide a more convenient and efficient strategy for the urine glucose detection in clinical diagnosis and point-of-care monitoring.

  8. New optimization problems arising in modelling of 2D-crystal lattices

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    Evtushenko, Yury; Lurie, Sergey; Posypkin, Mikhail

    2016-10-01

    The paper considers the problem of finding the structure of a fragment of two-dimensional crystal lattice with the minimal energy. Atoms in a lattice reside on parallel lines (layers). The interatomic distances are the same within one layer but can differ for distinct layers. The energy of the piece of material is computed using so-called potential functions. We used Lennard-Jones, Morse and Tersoff potentials. The proposed formulation can serve as a scalable complex non-smooth optimization test. The paper evaluates various optimization techniques for the problem under consideration, compares their performances and draws the conclusion about the best choice of optimization methods for the problem under test. As a result we were able to locate minima meaningful from the physical point of view, e.g. reproducing graphene lattice.

  9. Self-Assembly under Confinement: Nanocorrals for Understanding Fundamentals of 2D Crystallization.

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    Verstraete, Lander; Greenwood, John; Hirsch, Brandon E; De Feyter, Steven

    2016-12-27

    Nanocorrals with different size, shape, and orientation are created on covalently modified highly oriented pyrolytic graphite surfaces using scanning probe nanolithography, i.e., nanoshaving. Alkylated diacetylene molecules undergo laterally confined supramolecular self-assembly within these corrals. When nanoshaving is performed in situ, at the liquid-solid interface, the orientation of the supramolecular lamellae structure is directionally influenced by the gradual graphite surface exposure. Careful choice of the nanoshaving direction with respect to the substrate symmetry axes promotes alignment of the supramolecular lamellae within the corral. Self-assembly occurring inside corrals of different size and shape reveals the importance of geometric and kinetic constraints controlled by the nanoshaving process. Finally, seed-mediated crystallization studies demonstrate confinement control over nucleation and growth principles.

  10. Self-Assembly under Confinement: Nanocorrals for Understanding Fundamentals of 2D Crystallization

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    2016-01-01

    Nanocorrals with different size, shape, and orientation are created on covalently modified highly oriented pyrolytic graphite surfaces using scanning probe nanolithography, i.e., nanoshaving. Alkylated diacetylene molecules undergo laterally confined supramolecular self-assembly within these corrals. When nanoshaving is performed in situ, at the liquid–solid interface, the orientation of the supramolecular lamellae structure is directionally influenced by the gradual graphite surface exposure. Careful choice of the nanoshaving direction with respect to the substrate symmetry axes promotes alignment of the supramolecular lamellae within the corral. Self-assembly occurring inside corrals of different size and shape reveals the importance of geometric and kinetic constraints controlled by the nanoshaving process. Finally, seed-mediated crystallization studies demonstrate confinement control over nucleation and growth principles. PMID:27749033

  11. An energy stable, hexagonal finite difference scheme for the 2D phase field crystal amplitude equations

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    Guan, Zhen; Heinonen, Vili; Lowengrub, John; Wang, Cheng; Wise, Steven M.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper we construct an energy stable finite difference scheme for the amplitude expansion equations for the two-dimensional phase field crystal (PFC) model. The equations are formulated in a periodic hexagonal domain with respect to the reciprocal lattice vectors to achieve a provably unconditionally energy stable and solvable scheme. To our knowledge, this is the first such energy stable scheme for the PFC amplitude equations. The convexity of each part in the amplitude equations is analyzed, in both the semi-discrete and fully-discrete cases. Energy stability is based on a careful convexity analysis for the energy (in both the spatially continuous and discrete cases). As a result, unique solvability and unconditional energy stability are available for the resulting scheme. Moreover, we show that the scheme is point-wise stable for any time and space step sizes. An efficient multigrid solver is devised to solve the scheme, and a few numerical experiments are presented, including grain rotation and shrinkage and grain growth studies, as examples of the strength and robustness of the proposed scheme and solver.

  12. 2-D photonic crystals microcavity filters based on hexagonal lattice structures embedded in ridge waveguides

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    Jugessur, A. S.; Pottier, P.; De La Rue, R. M.; Kirk, A. G.

    2005-09-01

    Compact photonic crystal (PhC) microcavity filters in a ridge waveguide format could play a useful role for wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) and de-multiplexing functionality in dense integrated photonic circuits. The microcavity filters are embedded in ridge waveguides with high lateral refractive-index contrast because good lateral confinement and efficient coupling of light into the device can be achieved using this established waveguide technology. However, this configuration leads to significant modal mismatch at the interfaces between the PhC and waveguide sections, contributing to reflection losses and reduced transmission over much of the useful spectrum. By the same token, mode-matching features consisting of two rows of PhC holes with a different filling factor and displaced to mirror-image positions with respect to the outer two rows of the main PhC mirrors have been implemented to enhance the optical transmission by more than a factor of two. Furthermore, an increase in Q-factor (more than 100 %) is achieved by the addition of two further rows of PhC holes on either side of the microcavity. Moreover, Bragg-grating concepts have been applied in several other filter designs using the same hexagonal PhC lattice configuration, in an attempt to control the filter response. This work involves the design, fabrication (using electron-beam lithography and reactive ion etching) and characterization of such hexagonal-lattice PhC microcavity filters embedded in ridge waveguides.

  13. A super narrow band filter based on silicon 2D photonic crystal resonator and reflectors

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    Wang, Yuanyuan; Chen, Deyuan; Zhang, Gang; Wang, Juebin; Tao, Shangbin

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a novel structure of super narrow band filter based on two-dimensional square lattice photonic crystals of silicon rods in air for 1.5 um communication is proposed and studied. COMSOL Multiphysics4.3b software is used to simulate the optical behavior of the filter. The filter consists of one point-defect-based resonator and two line-defect-based reflectors. The resonance frequency, transmission coefficient and quality factor are investigated by varying the parameters of the structure. In design, a silicon rod is removed to form the resonator; for the rows of rods above and below the resonator, a part of the rods are removed to form the reflectors. By optimizing the parameters of the filter, the quality factor and transmission coefficient of the filter at the resonance frequency of 2e14 Hz can reach 1330 and 0.953, respectively. The super narrow band filter can be integrated into optical circuit for its micron size. Also, it can be used for wavelength selection and noise filtering of optical amplifier in future communication application.

  14. Template-Free Supracolloidal Self-Assembly of Atomically Precise Gold Nanoclusters: From 2D Colloidal Crystals to Spherical Capsids.

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    Nonappa; Lahtinen, Tanja; Haataja, Johannes S; Tero, Tiia-Riikka; Häkkinen, Hannu; Ikkala, Olli

    2016-12-23

    We report supracolloidal self-assembly of atomically precise and strictly monodisperse gold nanoclusters involving p-mercaptobenzoic acid ligands (Au102 -pMBA44 ) under aqueous conditions into hexagonally packed monolayer-thick two-dimensional facetted colloidal crystals (thickness 2.7 nm) and their bending to closed shells leading to spherical capsids (d ca. 200 nm), as controlled by solvent conditions. The 2D colloidal assembly is driven in template-free manner by the spontaneous patchiness of the pMBA ligands around the Au102 -pMBA44 nanoclusters preferably towards equatorial plane, thus promoting inter-nanocluster hydrogen bonds and high packing to planar sheets. More generally, the findings encourage to explore atomically precise nanoclusters towards highly controlled colloidal self-assemblies. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Design of Three-mode Multi/Demultiplexer Based on 2-D Photonic Crystals for Mode-Division Multiplexing Transmission

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    Fu, PeiDong; Chen, Heming

    2017-06-01

    A three mode division multiplexer and demultiplexer (MMUX/DEMMUX) base on 2-D photonic crystal at 1550 nm was designed. Two asymmetrical directional couplers are included in this MMUX/DEMMUX, which can achieve modes conversion function of TE0, TE1 and TE2 modes. In order to avoid phase mismatching in bus waveguide, taper directional is applied at waveguide junction which can reduce the insertion loss effectively. Plane waves method (PWM) and finite difference time domain (FDTD) methods were used to simulating the performance of MMUX/DEMMUX. Numerical simulations show that the designed device has the potential for high-capacity MDM optical communication systems with a low insertion loss (<0.27dB) and a low mode crosstalk (< -25.4 dB).

  16. A first attempt to enhance the 2-D single-crystal growth of a protein at an air/water interface from hydrodynamics

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    Drazek, L.; Legrand, J.-F.; Davoust, L.

    2005-02-01

    An alternative technique to grow a 2-D crystal of protein at a functionalized air/water interface is proposed. The first part of this paper briefly reviews 2-D crystal growth at a fluid interface and deals with our first experiments on streptavidin whose 2-D (poly)crystallization ability is well known. In the experiments, the involved air/water interface is functionalized with a mixed lipidic monolayer made of DOPC and biotinylated lipids. The second part of the paper relates to an alternative strategy we propose in order to enhance the 2-D single-crystal growth of a protein at a liquid interface. The idea is to get benefit from an axisymmetric swirling flow driven in a water sub-phase confined within an annular channel. The swirl is expected to control the distribution of the proteins at the air/water interface and to promote the growth of a 2-D single crystal from the smallest to the largest radii (radial segregation). An analytical modelling based on a low Reynolds number asymptotic development demonstrates how two control parameters, the mean channel curvature and the Reynolds number of the shear flow, can be helpful in tuning the magnitude of the swirl and therefore the crystal growth.

  17. Investigation of 2D photonic crystal structure based channel drop filter using quad shaped photonic crystal ring resonator for CWDM system

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    Chhipa, Mayur Kumar Dusad, Lalit Kumar

    2016-05-06

    In this paper, the design & performance of two dimensional (2-D) photonic crystal structure based channel drop filter is investigated using quad shaped photonic crystal ring resonator. In this paper, Photonic Crystal (PhC) based on square lattice periodic arrays of Gallium Indium Phosphide (GaInP) rods in air structure have been investigated using Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method and photonic band gap is being calculated using Plane Wave Expansion (PWE) method. The PhC designs have been optimized for telecommunication wavelength λ= 1571 nm by varying the rods lattice constant. The number of rods in Z and X directions is 21 and 20, with lattice constant 0.540 nm it illustrates that the arrangement of Gallium Indium Phosphide (GaInP) rods in the structure which gives the overall size of the device around 11.4 µm × 10.8 µm. The designed filter gives good dropping efficiency using 3.298, refractive index. The designed structure is useful for CWDM systems. This device may serve as a key component in photonic integrated circuits. The device is ultra compact with the overall size around 123 µm{sup 2}.

  18. Density Functional Theory Study of Bandgap Modulation of Si2N-h2D Crystal Nanoribbons and Nanotubes Under Elastic Strain

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    Ma, ShengQian; Li, Feng; Geng, JiGuo

    2017-04-01

    Since efficient synthesis of C2N holey two-dimensional (h2D) crystal has been possible, bandgap modulation through use of analogous nanoribbon and nanotube structures has attracted strong interest. In this study, bandgap modulation of Si2N-h2D nanoribbons and nanotubes under elastic strain has been deeply researched using density functional theory calculations. The results indicate that the bandgap of Si2N-h2D nanoribbons and nanotubes in zigzag and armchair configurations can be tuned in both directions, namely by stretching or compressing, in the range of ɛ = ( d - d 0)/ d 0 from -10% to 10%. It is also found that the bandgap of Si2N-h2D nanoribbons and nanotubes varies with their width. Therefore, it is predicted that Si2N-h2D nanoribbons and nanotubes have great potential for application in nanoscale strain sensors and optoelectronics.

  19. Optimized Purification of a Heterodimeric ABC Transporter in a Highly Stable Form Amenable to 2-D Crystallization

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    Galián, Carmen; Manon, Florence; Dezi, Manuela; Torres, Cristina; Ebel, Christine; Lévy, Daniel; Jault, Jean-Michel

    2011-01-01

    Optimized protocols for achieving high-yield expression, purification and reconstitution of membrane proteins are required to study their structure and function. We previously reported high-level expression in Escherichia coli of active BmrC and BmrD proteins from Bacillus subtilis, previously named YheI and YheH. These proteins are half-transporters which belong to the ABC (ATP-Binding Cassette) superfamily and associate in vivo to form a functional transporter able to efflux drugs. In this report, high-yield purification and functional reconstitution were achieved for the heterodimer BmrC/BmrD. In contrast to other detergents more efficient for solubilizing the transporter, dodecyl-ß-D-maltoside (DDM) maintained it in a drug-sensitive and vanadate-sensitive ATPase-competent state after purification by affinity chromatography. High amounts of pure proteins were obtained which were shown either by analytical ultracentrifugation or gel filtration to form a monodisperse heterodimer in solution, which was notably stable for more than one month at 4°C. Functional reconstitution using different lipid compositions induced an 8-fold increase of the ATPase activity (kcat∼5 s−1). We further validated that the quality of the purified BmrC/BmrD heterodimer is suitable for structural analyses, as its reconstitution at high protein densities led to the formation of 2-D crystals. Electron microscopy of negatively stained crystals allowed the calculation of a projection map at 20 Å resolution revealing that BmrC/BmrD might assemble into oligomers in a lipidic environment. PMID:21602923

  20. 2D and 3D crystallization of the wild-type IIC domain of the glucose PTS transporter from Escherichia coli.

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    Kalbermatter, David; Jeckelmann, Jean-Marc; Chiu, Po-Lin; Ucurum, Zöhre; Walz, Thomas; Fotiadis, Dimitrios

    2015-09-01

    The bacterial phosphoenolpyruvate: sugar phosphotransferase system serves the combined uptake and phosphorylation of carbohydrates. This structurally and functionally complex system is composed of several conserved functional units that, through a cascade of phosphorylated intermediates, catalyze the transfer of the phosphate moiety from phosphoenolpyruvate to the substrate, which is bound to the integral membrane domain IIC. The wild-type glucose-specific IIC domain (wt-IIC(glc)) of Escherichia coli was cloned, overexpressed and purified for biochemical and functional characterization. Size-exclusion chromatography and scintillation-proximity binding assays showed that purified wt-IIC(glc) was homogenous and able to bind glucose. Crystallization was pursued following two different approaches: (i) reconstitution of wt-IIC(glc) into a lipid bilayer by detergent removal through dialysis, which yielded tubular 2D crystals, and (ii) vapor-diffusion crystallization of detergent-solubilized wt-IIC(glc), which yielded rhombohedral 3D crystals. Analysis of the 2D crystals by cryo-electron microscopy and the 3D crystals by X-ray diffraction indicated resolutions of better than 6Å and 4Å, respectively. Furthermore, a complete X-ray diffraction data set could be collected and processed to 3.93Å resolution. These 2D and 3D crystals of wt-IIC(glc) lay the foundation for the determination of the first structure of a bacterial glucose-specific IIC domain. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Isophthalate-Hydrazone 2D Zinc-Organic Framework: Crystal Structure, Selective Adsorption, and Tuning of Mechanochemical Synthetic Conditions.

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    Roztocki, Kornel; Jędrzejowski, Damian; Hodorowicz, Maciej; Senkovska, Irena; Kaskel, Stefan; Matoga, Dariusz

    2016-10-03

    A new layered mixed-linker metal-organic framework [Zn2(iso)2(pcih)2]n (MOF) built from isophthalate ions (iso(2-)) and 4-pyridinecarbaldehyde isonicotinoyl hydrazone (pcih) was prepared using both solution and mechanochemical methods. By use of the latter, the 2D MOF is obtained either in a one-mortar three-component grinding or on the way of a two-step mechanosynthesis. Tuning of mechanochemical synthetic conditions allowed us to identify both necessary and favorable factors for the solid-state formation of the MOF. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction reveals the presence of interdigitated layers in the ABAB arrangement and interlayer 0D cavities filled with guest molecules. Upon thermal activation, the dynamic framework exhibits stepwise and selective adsorption of CO2 over N2 as well as high-pressure H2 adsorption reaching maximum excess of 1.15 wt% at 77 K. The mechanochemical synthetic protocol is expanded to a few other interdigitated structures.

  2. Synthesis of green emitting and transparent zn2siO4:mn2+ thin film phosphors on 2D photonic crystal patterned quartz substrates.

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    Kim, Donghyuk; Han, Ji Yeon; Jeon, Duk Young

    2012-02-01

    Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ thin film phosphors (TFPs) have been synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering, using a single multicomponent stoichiometric target. And 2D photonic crystal patterns were introduced on a quartz substrate to enhance the light extraction efficiency. In order to introduce 2D photonic crystal patterns on a quartz substrate, nanosphere lithography was used. Polystyrene spheres, with diameter of 330 nm, were transferred on the quartz substrate and subsequently were served as an etch mask. Quartz substrates were patterned by CF4 gas-based reactive ion etching. Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ were deposited on that 2D photonic crystal patterned quartz substrate and the effect of height of photonic crystal layers were investigated. The light extraction efficiency of Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ thin film phosphors deposited on the photonic crystal patterned quartz substrate was enhanced three times to compared with that of flat Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ thin film phosphors due to the Bragg diffraction and leaky mode caused by PCLs. Transmittance of Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ TFPs deposited on the photonic crystal patterned substrate was high enough, above 70% in the visible light region with respect to that of quartz substrate.

  3. Large Area 2D and 3D Colloidal Photonic Crystals Fabricated by a Roll-to-Roll Langmuir-Blodgett Method.

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    Parchine, Mikhail; McGrath, Joe; Bardosova, Maria; Pemble, Martyn E

    2016-06-14

    We present our results on the fabrication of large area colloidal photonic crystals on flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film using a roll-to-roll Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) colloidal photonic crystals from silica nanospheres (250 and 550 nm diameter) with a total area of up to 340 cm(2) have been fabricated in a continuous manner compatible with high volume manufacturing. In addition, the antireflective properties and structural integrity of the films have been enhanced via the use of a second roll-to-roll process, employing a slot-die coating of an optical adhesive over the photonic crystal films. Scanning electron microscopy images, atomic force microscopy images, and UV-vis optical transmission and reflection spectra of the fabricated photonic crystals are analyzed. This analysis confirms the high quality of the 2D and 3D photonic crystals fabricated by the roll-to-roll LB technique. Potential device applications of the large area 2D and 3D colloidal photonic crystals on flexible PET film are briefly reviewed.

  4. Dye removal, catalytic activity and 2D crystallization of chloroplast H(+)-ATP synthase purified by blue native electrophoresis.

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    Poetsch, A; Neff, D; Seelert, H; Schägger, H; Dencher, N A

    2000-06-01

    The proton-ATP synthase of thylakoid membranes from spinach chloroplasts (CF(O)F(1)) and its subcomplexes CF(O) and CF(1) were isolated by blue native electrophoresis (BN-PAGE) [Neff, D. and Dencher, N.A. (1999) Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 259, 569-575] and subsequently electroeluted from the gel. A method was developed to remove most of the dye Coomassie G-250 (CBG) using gel filtration, a prerequisite for many biophysical investigations. The dye was removed from the electroeluted CF(O)F(1), CF(O) or CF(1) and exchanged with the detergent CHAPS. ATP hydrolysis activity of CF(1) and ATP synthesis activity of reconstituted CF(O)F(1) were determined before and after dye removal. The secondary structure of CF(O) was studied by CD spectroscopy in the presence and the absence of the dye. CBG neither abolishes the catalytic activity of the isolated CF(O)F(1) and CF(1) nor affects the subunit composition and the high alpha-helical content of CF(O). In crystallization attempts, 2D arrays of CF(O)F(1) and of CF(O) before and after dye removal were obtained. In the aggregates of CF(O), circular structures with a mean diameter of 6.7 nm were observed. Our results indicate that the combination of BN-PAGE and dye removal by gel filtration is a suitable approach to obtain catalytically active protein complexes for further functional and structural characterization.

  5. Crystal and electronic characterization of Nd{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x}BO{sub 2+d} semiconductors

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    Ozkendir, Osman Murat

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • Crystal and electronic structure properties of Nd{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x}BO{sub 2+d} structure were investigated. • New crystal structures for Nd–Ti complexes are determined. • Distortions in the crystal structure were observed as a result of Boron shortage. • Prominent change in electronic properties of the samples with the increasing Nd amount. - Abstract: Neodymium substituted TiBO{sub 3} samples were investigated according to their crystal, electric and electronic properties. Studies were conducted by X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (XAFS) technique for the samples with different substitutions in the preparation processes. To achieve better crystal structure results during the study, XRD pattern results were supported by extended-XAFS (EXAFS) analysis. The electronic structure analysis were studied by X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy (XANES) measurements at the room temperatures. Due to the substituted Nd atoms, prominent changes in crystal structure, new crystal geometries for Nd-Ti complexes, phase transitions in the crystals structure were detected according to the increasing Nd substitutions in the samples. In the entire stages of the substitutions, Nd atoms were observed as governing the whole phenomena due to their dominant characteristics in Ti geometries. Besides, electrical resistivity decay was determined in the materials with the increasing amount of Nd substitution.

  6. Investigation of the nitrogen hyperfine coupling of the second stable radical in γ-irradiated L-alanine crystals by 2D-HYSCORE spectroscopy

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    Maltar-Strmečki, Nadica; Rakvin, Boris

    2012-09-01

    The second stable radical, NH3+C(CH3)COO, R2, in the γ-irradiated single crystal of L-alanine and its fully 15N-enriched analogue were studied by an advanced pulsed EPR technique, 2D-HYSCORE (two-dimensional hyperfine sublevel correlation) spectroscopy at 200 K. The nitrogen hyperfine coupling tensor of the R2 radical was determined from the HYSCORE data and provides new experimental data for improved characterization of the R2 radical in the crystal lattice. The results obtained complement the experimental proton data available for the R2 radical and could lead to increased accuracy and reliability of EPR spectrum simulations.

  7. Screened Wigner-lattice model

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    Dias, Mirabeau; Chaba, A. N.

    1983-01-01

    Recently Medeiros e Silva and Mokross proposed the screened Wigner-lattice model which consists of negative point charges on a Bravais lattice interacting through the screened Coulomb potential -Qexp(-λr)r and the positive charge background with the density (QΩ)exp(-λr). We point out the drawbacks of this model and show that by modifying the background charge density to (Qλ24π)Στ-->exp(-λ|r-->-τ-->|)|r-->-τ-->| the screened Coloumb form of the potential emerges naturally as a consequence. Further, this modified screened Wigner-lattice model is free from the defects of the other model.

  8. Numerical investigation of the flat band Bloch modes in a 2D photonic crystal with Dirac cones

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    Zhang, Peng; Fietz, Chris; Tassin, Philippe; Koschny, Thomas; Soukoulis, Costas M.

    2015-04-14

    A numerical method combining complex-k band calculations and absorbing boundary conditions for Bloch waves is presented. We use this method to study photonic crystals with Dirac cones. We demonstrate that the photonic crystal behaves as a zero-index medium when excited at normal incidence, but that the zero-index behavior is lost at oblique incidence due to excitation of modes on the flat band. We also investigate the formation of monomodal and multimodal cavity resonances inside the photonic crystals, and the physical origins of their different line-shape features.

  9. Numerical investigation of the flat band Bloch modes in a 2D photonic crystal with Dirac cones.

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    Zhang, Peng; Fietz, Chris; Tassin, Philippe; Koschny, Thomas; Soukoulis, Costas M

    2015-04-20

    A numerical method combining complex-k band calculations and absorbing boundary conditions for Bloch waves is presented. We use this method to study photonic crystals with Dirac cones. We demonstrate that the photonic crystal behaves as a zero-index medium when excited at normal incidence, but that the zero-index behavior is lost at oblique incidence due to excitation of modes on the flat band. We also investigate the formation of monomodal and multimodal cavity resonances inside the photonic crystals, and the physical origins of their different line-shape features.

  10. Spin Wigner molecules in quantum dots

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    Zutic, Igor; Oszwaldowski, Rafal; Stano, Peter; Petukhov, A. G.

    2013-03-01

    The interplay of confinement and Coulomb interactions in quantum dots can lead to strongly correlated phases differing qualitatively from the Fermi liquid behavior. While in three dimensions the correlation-induced Wigner crystal is elusive and expected only in the limit of an extremely low carrier density, its nanoscale analog, the Wigner molecule, has been observed in quantum dots at much higher densities [1]. We explore how the presence of magnetic impurities in quantum dots can provide additional opportunities to study correlation effects and the resulting ordering in carrier and impurity spins[2]. By employing exact diagonalization we reveal that seemingly simple two-carrier quantum dots lead to a rich phase diagram [2,3]. We propose experiments to verify our predictions; in particular, we discuss interband optical transitions as a function of temperature and magnetic field. DOE-BES, meta-QUTE 259 ITMS NFP Grant No. 26240120022, CE SAS QUTE, EU 260 Project Q-essence, Grant No. APVV-0646-10, and SCIEX.

  11. Label-free optical detection of C-reactive protein by nanoimprint lithography-based 2D-photonic crystal film.

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    Endo, Tatsuro; Kajita, Hiroshi; Kawaguchi, Yukio; Kosaka, Terumasa; Himi, Toshiyuki

    2016-06-01

    The development of high-sensitive, and cost-effective novel biosensors have been strongly desired for future medical diagnostics. To develop novel biosensor, the authors focused on the specific optical characteristics of photonic crystal. In this study, a label-free optical biosensor, polymer-based two-dimensional photonic crystal (2D-PhC) film fabricated using nanoimprint lithography (NIL), was developed for detection of C-reactive protein (CRP) in human serum. The nano-hole array constructed NIL-based 2D-PhC (hole diameter: 230 nm, distance: 230, depth: 200 nm) was fabricated on a cyclo-olefin polymer (COP) film (100 µm) using thermal NIL and required surface modifications to reduce nonspecific adsorption of target proteins. Antigen-antibody reactions on the NIL-based 2D-PhC caused changes to the surrounding refractive index, which was monitored as reflection spectrum changes in the visible region. By using surface modified 2D-PhC, the calculated detection limit for CRP was 12.24 pg/mL at an extremely short reaction time (5 min) without the need for additional labeling procedures and secondary antibody. Furthermore, using the dual-functional random copolymer, CRP could be detected in a pooled blood serum diluted 100× with dramatic reduction of nonspecific adsorption. From these results, the NIL-based 2D-PhC film has great potential for development of an on-site, high-sensitivity, cost-effective, label-free biosensor for medical diagnostics applications.

  12. Interference in discrete Wigner functions

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    Cormick, Cecilia; Paz, Juan Pablo

    2006-12-15

    We analyze some features of the class of discrete Wigner functions that was recently introduced by Gibbons et al. [Phys. Rev. A 70, 062101 (2004)] to represent quantum states of systems with power-of-prime dimensional Hilbert spaces. We consider ''cat'' states obtained as coherent superpositions of states with positive Wigner function; for such states we show that the oscillations of the discrete Wigner function typically spread over the entire discrete phase space (including the regions where the two interfering states are localized). This is a generic property, which is in sharp contrast with the usual attributes of Wigner functions that make them useful candidates to display the existence of quantum coherence through oscillations. However, it is possible to find subsets of cat states with a natural phase-space representation, in which the oscillatory regions remain localized. We show that this can be done for interesting families of stabilizer states used in quantum error-correcting codes, and illustrate this by analyzing the phase-space representation of the five-qubit error-correcting code.

  13. Ginzburg-Landau theory for the solid-liquid interface of bcc elements. II - Application to the classical one-component plasma, the Wigner crystal, and He-4

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    Zeng, X. C.; Stroud, D.

    1989-01-01

    The previously developed Ginzburg-Landau theory for calculating the crystal-melt interfacial tension of bcc elements to treat the classical one-component plasma (OCP), the charged fermion system, and the Bose crystal. For the OCP, a direct application of the theory of Shih et al. (1987) yields for the surface tension 0.0012(Z-squared e-squared/a-cubed), where Ze is the ionic charge and a is the radius of the ionic sphere. Bose crystal-melt interface is treated by a quantum extension of the classical density-functional theory, using the Feynman formalism to estimate the relevant correlation functions. The theory is applied to the metastable He-4 solid-superfluid interface at T = 0, with a resulting surface tension of 0.085 erg/sq cm, in reasonable agreement with the value extrapolated from the measured surface tension of the bcc solid in the range 1.46-1.76 K. These results suggest that the density-functional approach is a satisfactory mean-field theory for estimating the equilibrium properties of liquid-solid interfaces, given knowledge of the uniform phases.

  14. Ginzburg-Landau theory for the solid-liquid interface of bcc elements. II - Application to the classical one-component plasma, the Wigner crystal, and He-4

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    Zeng, X. C.; Stroud, D.

    1989-01-01

    The previously developed Ginzburg-Landau theory for calculating the crystal-melt interfacial tension of bcc elements to treat the classical one-component plasma (OCP), the charged fermion system, and the Bose crystal. For the OCP, a direct application of the theory of Shih et al. (1987) yields for the surface tension 0.0012(Z-squared e-squared/a-cubed), where Ze is the ionic charge and a is the radius of the ionic sphere. Bose crystal-melt interface is treated by a quantum extension of the classical density-functional theory, using the Feynman formalism to estimate the relevant correlation functions. The theory is applied to the metastable He-4 solid-superfluid interface at T = 0, with a resulting surface tension of 0.085 erg/sq cm, in reasonable agreement with the value extrapolated from the measured surface tension of the bcc solid in the range 1.46-1.76 K. These results suggest that the density-functional approach is a satisfactory mean-field theory for estimating the equilibrium properties of liquid-solid interfaces, given knowledge of the uniform phases.

  15. Two 2D Cd(II) coordination polymers based on asymmetrical Schiff-base ligand: synthesis, crystal structures and luminescent properties.

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    Dang, Dong-Bin; Li, Meng-Meng; Bai, Yan; Zhou, Rui-Min

    2013-02-15

    Two new two-dimensional coordination polymers [Cd(3)L(2)(SCN)(6)](n) (1) and [CdLI(2)](n) (2) have been synthesized and characterized by IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, TG technique, XRPD and complete single crystal structure analysis, where L is 4-(pyridine-2-yl)methyleneamino-1,2,4-trizaole. Asymmetrical Schiff-base ligand L with five- and six-membered N-containing heterocyclic rings acts as a tridentate bridging ligand to bind two Cd(II) centers through one terminal N(triazolyl) and one pyridylimine chelate unit in 1 and 2. For polymer 1, tridentate bridging ligands link Cd-(1,3-μ-SCN(-)) 1D inorganic chains to form a 2D layer network. The existence of C-H···π and π-π stacking interactions between 2D hybrid layers further gives rise to a 3D supramolecular network. In comparison with 1, polymer 2 shows a 2D layer network containing hexanuclear macrometallacyclic units. The 2D layers are staggered together through the combination of C-H···π and π-π stacking interactions and forming a 3D supramolecular structure. The luminescent properties of the polymers 1 and 2 were investigated in the solid state at room temperature.

  16. 2D SiNx photonic crystal coated Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ ceramic plate phosphor for high-power white light-emitting diodes.

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    Park, Hoo Keun; Oh, Jeong Rok; Do, Young Rag

    2011-12-05

    This paper reports the optical effects of a two-dimensional (2D) SiNx photonic crystal layer (PCL) on Y3Al5O12:Ce3+ (YAG:Ce) yellow ceramic plate phosphor (CPP) in order to enhance the forward emission of YAG:Ce CPP-capped high-power white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). By adding the 2D SiNx PCL with a 580 nm lattice constant, integrated yellow emission was improved by a factor of 1.72 compared to that of a conventional YAG:Ce CPP capped on a blue LED cup. This enhanced forward yellow emission is attributed to increased extraction of yellow emission light and improved absorption of blue excitation light through Bragg scattering and/or the leaky modes produced by the 2D PCLs. The introduction of 2D PCL can also reduce the wide variation of optical properties as a function of both ambient temperature and applied current, compared to those of a high-power YAG:Ce CPP-capped LED.

  17. Multiple generations of high-order orbital angular momentum modes through cascaded third-harmonic generation in a 2D nonlinear photonic crystal.

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    Wei, Dan; Guo, Jiale; Fang, Xinyuan; Wei, Dunzhao; Ni, Rui; Chen, Peng; Hu, Xiaopeng; Zhang, Yong; Hu, Wei; Lu, Y Q; Zhu, S N; Xiao, Min

    2017-05-15

    We experimentally demonstrate multiple generations of high-order orbital angular momentum (OAM) modes through third-harmonic generation in a 2D nonlinear photonic crystal. Such third-harmonic generation process is achieved by cascading second-harmonic generation and sum-frequency generation using the non-collinear quasi-phase-matching technique. This technique allows multiple OAM modes with different colors to be simultaneously generated. Moreover, the OAM conservation law guarantees that the topological charge is tripled in the cascaded third-harmonic generation process. Our method is effective for obtaining multiple high-order OAM modes for optical imaging, manipulation, and communications.

  18. Finite Element Method for Analysis of Band Structures of 2D Phononic Crystals with Archimedean-like tilings

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    Li, Jianbao; Wang, Yue-Sheng; Zhang, Chuanzeng

    2010-05-01

    In this paper, a finite element method based on the ABAQUS code and user subroutine is presented to evaluate the propagation of acoustic waves in the two-dimensional phononic crystals with Archimedean-like tilings. Two systems composed of cylinder scatters embedded in a host in Ladybug and Bathroom lattices are considered. Complete and accurate band structures and transmission spectra are obtained to identify the band gaps and eigenmodes. We found that Archimedean-like structures can have some advantages over the traditional square lattice regarding the completeness of the gap and its position and width. Also, due to the same square primitive unit cell and the first Brillouin zone, the two square-like lattices have similar acoustic response in lower bands. The results indicate that the finite element method is precise for the band structure computation of the complex phononic crystals with Archimedean tilings.

  19. Optimal Boundary Control of a Simplified Ericksen-Leslie System for Nematic Liquid Crystal Flows in 2D

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    Cavaterra, Cecilia; Rocca, Elisabetta; Wu, Hao

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, we investigate an optimal boundary control problem for a two dimensional simplified Ericksen-Leslie system modelling the incompressible nematic liquid crystal flows. The hydrodynamic system consists of the Navier-Stokes equations for the fluid velocity coupled with a convective Ginzburg-Landau type equation for the averaged molecular orientation. The fluid velocity is assumed to satisfy a no-slip boundary condition, while the molecular orientation is subject to a time-dependent Dirichlet boundary condition that corresponds to the strong anchoring condition for liquid crystals. We first establish the existence of optimal boundary controls. Then we show that the control-to-state operator is Fréchet differentiable between appropriate Banach spaces and derive first-order necessary optimality conditions in terms of a variational inequality involving the adjoint state variables.

  20. 2D materials. Graphene, related two-dimensional crystals, and hybrid systems for energy conversion and storage.

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    Bonaccorso, Francesco; Colombo, Luigi; Yu, Guihua; Stoller, Meryl; Tozzini, Valentina; Ferrari, Andrea C; Ruoff, Rodney S; Pellegrini, Vittorio

    2015-01-02

    Graphene and related two-dimensional crystals and hybrid systems showcase several key properties that can address emerging energy needs, in particular for the ever growing market of portable and wearable energy conversion and storage devices. Graphene's flexibility, large surface area, and chemical stability, combined with its excellent electrical and thermal conductivity, make it promising as a catalyst in fuel and dye-sensitized solar cells. Chemically functionalized graphene can also improve storage and diffusion of ionic species and electric charge in batteries and supercapacitors. Two-dimensional crystals provide optoelectronic and photocatalytic properties complementing those of graphene, enabling the realization of ultrathin-film photovoltaic devices or systems for hydrogen production. Here, we review the use of graphene and related materials for energy conversion and storage, outlining the roadmap for future applications.

  1. Negative refraction and flat-lens focusing in a 2D square-lattice photonic crystal at microwave and millimeter wave frequencies.

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    Meisels, R; Gajic, R; Kuchar, F; Hingerl, K

    2006-07-24

    We report on a study of the wave propagation and refraction in a 2D square-lattice photonic crystal for the first two photonic bands as well as the coupling of the external waves and criteria for flat-lens focusing. Microwave experiments and numerical simulations are performed. Main results concern the transition from positive to negative refraction below the first band gap, the flat-lens focusing using a novel criterion, viz. the constancy of the ratio of the tangents of the incident and refracted angle. Focusing results for medium ( approximately 10) and ultra-large dielectric contrast ( approximately 100) are presented. In the latter case focusing with a spot size below one wavelength at distances several wavelengths behind the photonic crystal is achieved.

  2. Quasi 2D electronic states with high spin-polarization in centrosymmetric MoS2 bulk crystals.

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    Gehlmann, Mathias; Aguilera, Irene; Bihlmayer, Gustav; Młyńczak, Ewa; Eschbach, Markus; Döring, Sven; Gospodarič, Pika; Cramm, Stefan; Kardynał, Beata; Plucinski, Lukasz; Blügel, Stefan; Schneider, Claus M

    2016-06-01

    Time reversal dictates that nonmagnetic, centrosymmetric crystals cannot be spin-polarized as a whole. However, it has been recently shown that the electronic structure in these crystals can in fact show regions of high spin-polarization, as long as it is probed locally in real and in reciprocal space. In this article we present the first observation of this type of compensated polarization in MoS2 bulk crystals. Using spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), we directly observed a spin-polarization of more than 65% for distinct valleys in the electronic band structure. By additionally evaluating the probing depth of our method, we find that these valence band states at the point in the Brillouin zone are close to fully polarized for the individual atomic trilayers of MoS2, which is confirmed by our density functional theory calculations. Furthermore, we show that this spin-layer locking leads to the observation of highly spin-polarized bands in ARPES since these states are almost completely confined within two dimensions. Our findings prove that these highly desired properties of MoS2 can be accessed without thinning it down to the monolayer limit.

  3. Quasi 2D electronic states with high spin-polarization in centrosymmetric MoS2 bulk crystals

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    Gehlmann, Mathias; Aguilera, Irene; Bihlmayer, Gustav; Młyńczak, Ewa; Eschbach, Markus; Döring, Sven; Gospodarič, Pika; Cramm, Stefan; Kardynał, Beata; Plucinski, Lukasz; Blügel, Stefan; Schneider, Claus M.

    2016-01-01

    Time reversal dictates that nonmagnetic, centrosymmetric crystals cannot be spin-polarized as a whole. However, it has been recently shown that the electronic structure in these crystals can in fact show regions of high spin-polarization, as long as it is probed locally in real and in reciprocal space. In this article we present the first observation of this type of compensated polarization in MoS2 bulk crystals. Using spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), we directly observed a spin-polarization of more than 65% for distinct valleys in the electronic band structure. By additionally evaluating the probing depth of our method, we find that these valence band states at the point in the Brillouin zone are close to fully polarized for the individual atomic trilayers of MoS2, which is confirmed by our density functional theory calculations. Furthermore, we show that this spin-layer locking leads to the observation of highly spin-polarized bands in ARPES since these states are almost completely confined within two dimensions. Our findings prove that these highly desired properties of MoS2 can be accessed without thinning it down to the monolayer limit. PMID:27245646

  4. Quasi 2D electronic states with high spin-polarization in centrosymmetric MoS2 bulk crystals

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    Gehlmann, Mathias; Aguilera, Irene; Bihlmayer, Gustav; Młyńczak, Ewa; Eschbach, Markus; Döring, Sven; Gospodarič, Pika; Cramm, Stefan; Kardynał, Beata; Plucinski, Lukasz; Blügel, Stefan; Schneider, Claus M.

    2016-06-01

    Time reversal dictates that nonmagnetic, centrosymmetric crystals cannot be spin-polarized as a whole. However, it has been recently shown that the electronic structure in these crystals can in fact show regions of high spin-polarization, as long as it is probed locally in real and in reciprocal space. In this article we present the first observation of this type of compensated polarization in MoS2 bulk crystals. Using spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), we directly observed a spin-polarization of more than 65% for distinct valleys in the electronic band structure. By additionally evaluating the probing depth of our method, we find that these valence band states at the point in the Brillouin zone are close to fully polarized for the individual atomic trilayers of MoS2, which is confirmed by our density functional theory calculations. Furthermore, we show that this spin-layer locking leads to the observation of highly spin-polarized bands in ARPES since these states are almost completely confined within two dimensions. Our findings prove that these highly desired properties of MoS2 can be accessed without thinning it down to the monolayer limit.

  5. Functional 2D nanoparticle/polymer array: Interfacial assembly, transfer, characterization, and coupling to photonic crystal cavities

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    Xiong, Shisheng

    We developed a universal, facile and robust method to prepare free-standing, ordered and patternable nanoparticle/polymer monolayer arrays by evaporation-induced self-assembly at a fluid interface. The ultra-thin monolayer nanoparticle/polymer arrays are sufficiently robust that they can be transferred to arbitrary substrates, even with complex topographies. More importantly, the Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) in the system serves as a photoresist enabling two modes of electron beam (e-beam) nanoparticle patterning. These ultra-thin films of monolayer nanoparticle arrays are of fundamental interest as 2D artificial solids for electronic, magnetic and optical properties and are also of technological interest for a diverse range of applications in micro- and macro-scale devices including photovoltaics, sensors, catalysis, and magnetic storage. By co-assembly with block co-polymers, the nanoparticles were selectively positioned in one specific phase, representing a high throughput route for creating nanoparticle patterns. The self-assembly process was investigated by combined in-situ grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS) and numerical simulation. By e-beam irradiation of free-standing 2D NP/polymer arrays, anisotropic nanowire arrays have been fabricated. Additionally, preliminary investigation on assembly of binary nanoparticle arrays has also been introduced, serving as promising future directions of interfacial assembly. Controlling the rate of spontaneous emission and thus promoting the photon generation efficiency is a key step toward fabrication of Quantum dot based single-photon sources, and harnessing of light energy from emitters with a broad emitting spectrum. Coupling of photo emitters to photonic cavities without perturbing the optical performance of cavities remains as a challenge in study of Purcell effect based on quantum electrodynamics. Taking advantage of interfacial assembly and transfer, we have achieved controlled deposition

  6. Wigner Surmise for Domain Systems

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    González, Diego Luis; Téllez, Gabriel

    2008-07-01

    In random matrix theory the spacing distribution functions p ( n)( s) are well fitted by the Wigner surmise and its generalizations. In this approximation the spacing functions are completely described by the behavior of the exact functions in the limits s→0 and s→∞. Most non equilibrium systems do not have analytical solutions for the spacing distribution and correlation functions. Because of that, we explore the possibility to use the Wigner surmise approximation in these systems. We found that this approximation provides a first approach to the statistical behavior of complex systems, in particular we use it to find an analytical approximation to the nearest neighbor distribution of the annihilation random walk.

  7. Screened Wigner-lattice model

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    Dias, M.; Chaba, A.N.

    1983-01-15

    Recently Medeiros e Silva and Mokross proposed the screened Wigner-lattice model which consists of negative point charges on a Bravais lattice interacting through the screened Coulomb potential -Q exp(-lambdar)/r and the positive charge background with the density (Q/..cap omega..) exp(-lambdar). We point out the drawbacks of this model and show that by modifying the background charge density to (Qlambda/sup 2//4..pi..) summation/sub tau-arrow-right/ exp(-lambdaVertical Barr-tau-arrow-rightVertical Bar)/Vertical Barr-tau-arrow-rightVertical Bar the screened Coloumb form of the potential emerges naturally as a consequence. Further, this modified screened Wigner-lattice model is free from the defects of the other model.

  8. Thermal Conductivity and Thermopower near the 2D Metal-Insulator transition, Final Technical Report

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    Sarachik, Myriam P.

    2015-02-20

    STUDIES OF STRONGLY-INTERACTING 2D ELECTRON SYSTEMS – There is a great deal of current interest in the properties of systems in which the interaction between electrons (their potential energy) is large compared to their kinetic energy. We have investigated an apparent, unexpected metal-insulator transition inferred from the behavior of the temperature-dependence of the resistivity; moreover, detailed analysis of the behavior of the magnetoresistance suggests that the electrons’ effective mass diverges, supporting this scenario. Whether this is a true phase transition or crossover behavior has been strenuously debated over the past 20 years. Our measurements have now shown that the thermoelectric power of these 2D materials diverges at a finite density, providing clear evidence that this is, in fact, a phase transition to a new low-density phase which may be a precursor or a direct transition to the long sought-after electronic crystal predicted by Eugene Wigner in 1934.

  9. Semiclassical propagation of Wigner functions

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    Dittrich, T.; Gomez, E. A.; Pachon, L. A.

    2010-06-07

    We present a comprehensive study of semiclassical phase-space propagation in the Wigner representation, emphasizing numerical applications, in particular as an initial-value representation. Two semiclassical approximation schemes are discussed. The propagator of the Wigner function based on van Vleck's approximation replaces the Liouville propagator by a quantum spot with an oscillatory pattern reflecting the interference between pairs of classical trajectories. Employing phase-space path integration instead, caustics in the quantum spot are resolved in terms of Airy functions. We apply both to two benchmark models of nonlinear molecular potentials, the Morse oscillator and the quartic double well, to test them in standard tasks such as computing autocorrelation functions and propagating coherent states. The performance of semiclassical Wigner propagation is very good even in the presence of marked quantum effects, e.g., in coherent tunneling and in propagating Schroedinger cat states, and of classical chaos in four-dimensional phase space. We suggest options for an effective numerical implementation of our method and for integrating it in Monte-Carlo-Metropolis algorithms suitable for high-dimensional systems.

  10. Band structure of a 2D photonic crystal based on ferrofluids of Co(1-x)Znx Fe2O4 nanoparticles under perpendicular applied magnetic field

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    Lopez, Javier; Gonzalez, Luz Esther; Quinonez, Mario; Porras, Nelson; Zambrano, Gustavo; Gomez, Maria Elena

    2014-03-01

    Using a ferrfluid of cobalt-zinc ferrite nanoparticles Co(1 - x)ZnxFe2O4 coated with oleic acid and suspended in ethanol, we have fabricated a 2D photonic crystal (PC) by the application of an external magnetic field perpendicular to the plane of the ferrofluid. The 2D PC is made by rods of nanoparticles organized in a hexagonal structure. By means of the plane-wave expansion method, we study its photonic band structure (PBS) which depends on the effective permittivity and on the area ratio of the liquid phase. Additionaly, taking into account the Maxwell-Garnett theory we calculated the effective permittivity of the rods. We have found that the effective refractive index of the ferrofluid increases with its magnetization. Using these results we calculate the band structure of the photonic crystal at different applied magnetic fields, finding that the increase of the applied magnetic field shifts the band structure to lower frequencies with the appearance of more band gaps. Departamento de Física, Universidad del Valle, A.A. 25360, Cali, Colombia

  11. Atomic layer etchings of transition metal dichalcogenides with post healing procedures: equivalent selective etching of 2D crystal hetero-structures

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    Chen, Kuan-Chao; Chu, Tung-Wei; Wu, Chong-Rong; Lee, Si-Chen; Lin, Shih-Yen

    2017-09-01

    The atomic layer etchings of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) are demonstrated in this paper. By using the oxygen plasma etching and the following re-sulfurization procedures, a mono-layer MoS2 sample with an enhanced photoluminescence intensity is obtained from the sample originally with bi-layer MoS2, which suggests that atomic layer etching of MoS2 can be achieved and the following re-sulfurization procedure can recover the partially oxidized MoS2 remained on the substrate back to a complete MoS2 film. By repeating oxygen plasma etchings and a final re-sulfurization procedure, multi-layer WS2 can be selectively etched off from the WS2/MoS2 hetero-structure. A top-gate WS2/MoS2 hetero-structure transistor is fabricated with source/drain electrodes contacted directly to the MoS2 channel by using the repeated atomic layer etching technique. The results have revealed that the equivalent selective etching effect for 2D crystal hetero-structures can be achieved by repeating the atomic layer etching procedure, which is an important step for the device fabrication of 2D crystal hetero-structures.

  12. Spin glass and semiconducting behavior in one-dimensional BaFe2-dSe3 (d~2) crystals

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    Saparov, Bayrammurad I; Calder, Stuart A; Sipos, Balazs; Cao, Huibo; Chi, Songxue; Singh, David J; Christianson, Andrew D; Lumsden, Mark D; Sefat, A. S.

    2011-01-01

    We investigate the physical properties and electronic structure of BaFe{sub 1.79(2)}Se{sub 3} crystals, which were grown out of tellurium flux. The crystal structure of the compound, an iron-deficient derivative of the ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type, is built upon edge-shared FeSe{sub 4} tetrahedra fused into double chains. The semiconducting BaFe{sub 1.79(2)}Se{sub 3} ({rho}{sub 295K} = 0.18 {Omega} {center_dot} cm and E{sub g} = 0.30 eV) does not order magnetically; however, there is evidence for short-range magnetic correlations of spin glass type (T{sub f} {approx} 50 K) in magnetization, heat capacity, and neutron diffraction results. A one-third substitution of selenium with sulfur leads to a slightly higher electrical conductivity ({rho}{sub 295K } = 0.11 {Omega} {center_dot} cm and E{sub g} = 0.22 eV) and a lower spin glass freezing temperature (T{sub f} {approx} 15 K), corroborating with higher electrical conductivity reported for BaFe{sub 2}S{sub 3}. According to the electronic structure calculations, BaFe{sub 2}Se{sub 3} can be considered as a one-dimensional ladder structure with a weak interchain coupling.

  13. Crystal structures and fluorescence properties of two 2D MnII/CdII trimellitic complexes containing terpyridine

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    Ren, Yixia; Chai, Hongmei; Hou, Xiangyang; Wang, Jijiang; Fu, Feng

    2015-12-01

    Hydrothermal reactions of manganese (II)/cadmium(II) salts with 1,2,4-trimellitic acid (H3tma) and 2,2‧:6‧,2-terpyridine (tpy) result in two novel complexes formulated with [M(Htma)(tpy)]·H2O (M = Mn(1) and Cd(2)). X-ray diffraction structural analyses of two complexes reveal they are isomorphic except for the different center metal ions and crystallize in the monoclinic crystal system of P(2)/n space group. The metal ion lies in a six-coordinated distorted octahedral environment coordinated with three Htma2- anions and one tpy ligand. There is an infinite two-dimensional rhombic network based on the metallic dimmers and Htma2- anions with the tpy ligands in void. Furthermore, the tpy ligands from the adjacent network weakly interact each other by π⋯π packing interactions into 3D supramolecular structure. The fluorescence properties could be assigned to the π - π* transition of organic ligands.

  14. Influence of elliptical shaped holes on the sensitivity and Q factor in 2D photonic crystals sensor

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    Benmerkhi, A.; Bouchemat, M.; Bouchemat, T.

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically investigate the refractive index sensor based on L2 photonic crystal cavity where neighboring holes are locally infiltrated with polymers. The photonic crystal is composed of periodic triangular hole array patterned perpendicularly to an InP-based confining heterostructure. The number of the holes surrounding a L2 cavity and their shape were modified in order to optimize the sensitivity and quality factor. From this study we have selected two structures that have good results. The first one is called locally which has a very high Q factor and a good sensitivity. Their values are 6.03 × 106 and 163 nm/RIU, respectively. The second optimized structure is called design B, which has a high sensitivity toward 227.78 nm/RIU with a Q factor of 5 × 105. The calculated detect limit for the two designs are lower than 1.59 × 10-6 and 1.4 × 10-5 RIU, respectively.

  15. Two Keggin-type heteropolytungstates with transition metal as a central atom: Crystal structure and magnetic study with 2D-IR correlation spectroscopy

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    Chai, Feng; Chen, YiPing; You, ZhuChai; Xia, ZeMin; Ge, SuZhi; Sun, YanQiong; Huang, BiHua

    2013-06-01

    Two Keggin-type heteropolytungstates, [Co(phen)₃]₃[CoW₁₂O₄₀]·9H₂O 1 (phen=1,10-phenanthroline) and [Fe(phen)₃]₂[FeW₁₂O₄₀]·H₃O·H₂O 2, have been synthesized via the hydrothermal technique and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses, IR, XPS, TG analysis, UV–DRS, XRD, thermal-dependent and magnetic-dependent 2D-COS IR (two-dimensional infrared correlation spectroscopy). Crystal structure analysis reveals that the polyanions in compound 1 are linked into 3D supramolecule through hydrogen bonding interactions between lattice water molecules and terminal oxygen atoms of polyanion units, and [Co(phen)₃]²⁺ cations distributed in the polyanion framework with many hydrogen bonding interactions. The XPS spectra indicate that all the Co atoms in 1 are +2 oxidation state, the Fe atoms in 2 existing with +2 and +3 mixed oxidation states. - Graphical abstract: The magnetic-dependent synchronous 2D correlation IR spectra of 1 (a), 2 (b) over 0–50 mT in the range of 600–1000 cm⁻¹, the obvious response indicate two Keggin polyanions skeleton susceptible to applied magnetic field. Highlights: • Two Keggin-type heteropolytungstates with transition metal as a central atom has been obtained. • Compound 1 forms into 3D supramolecular architecture through hydrogen bonding between water molecules and polyanions. • Magnetic-dependent 2D-IR correlation spectroscopy was introduced to discuss the magnetism of polyoxometalate.

  16. Integration of 100 GHz and 50 GHz spectral bandwidth wavelength demultiplexer using 2D photonic crystal

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    Balaji, V. R.; Murugan, M.; Robinson, S.

    2017-06-01

    The paper deals with the photonic crystal based demultiplexer that has been designed to separate the 100 GHz and 50 GHz channels in a single device. The proposed demultiplexer is designed to drop four unique wavelengths. The demultiplexer is consisted of bus waveguide, rectangular resonant cavity (RRC) and four dropping waveguide; the transmission of 100 GHz and 50 GHz channels are dropped separately. The operating wavelength range of the device lies between 1551nm to 1552nm for 0.4 nm channel spacing and 1554nm to 1559 for 0.8 nm channel spacing. This new methodology is expected to be applied in the future for the dual systems and the footprint and cost of the networking will also be significantly reduced.

  17. Studies on spatial modes and the correlation anisotropy of entangled photons generated from 2D quadratic nonlinear photonic crystals

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    Luo, X. W.; Xu, P.; Sun, C. W.; Jin, H.; Hou, R. J.; Leng, H. Y.; Zhu, S. N.

    2017-06-01

    Concurrent spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) processes have proved to be an appealing approach for engineering the path-entangled photonic state with designable and tunable spatial modes. In this work, we propose a general scheme to construct high-dimensional path entanglement and demonstrate the basic properties of concurrent SPDC processes from domain-engineered quadratic nonlinear photonic crystals, including the spatial modes and the photon flux, as well as the anisotropy of spatial correlation under noncollinear quasi-phase-matching geometry. The overall understanding about the performance of concurrent SPDC processes will give valuable references to the construction of compact path entanglement and the development of new types of photonic quantum technologies.

  18. A 2D Synchrotron X-Ray Study on Stress-Induced Crystallization of Propylene-1-Butylene Random Copolymer: Polymorphism and Preferred Orientation

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    Mao, Yimin; Burger, Christian; Li, Xiaowei; Hsiao, Benjamin; Thurman, Derek; Tsou, Andy

    2010-03-01

    Crystallization process of propylene-1-butylene (P-B) random copolymer during mechanical stretching was investigated in real time using synchrotron x-ray scattering technique. Scattering data was studied based on 2D whole pattern analysis. Before stretching, the crystalline phase in P-B copolymer was a mixture of α and γ phases of isotactic polypropylene homopolymer. Upon stretching, the c-axis of both α- and γ-phase became aligned with the stretching direction (fiber axis). At high strains, γ-phase gradually transformed to α-phase. A mesomorphic phase featured with strong diffuse scattering in equatorial direction was observed at high strains at low temperature. However, it was not observed at high temperatures because of high chain mobility. In this case, a secondary crystallization of alpha phase crystal appeared at high strains. The newly grown daughter lamellae exhibited an 81^o tilting angle with respect to the fiber axis, resulting in the a-axis orientation of alpha phase.

  19. Automated screening of 2D crystallization trials using transmission electron microscopy: a high-throughput tool-chain for sample preparation and microscopic analysis.

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    Coudray, Nicolas; Hermann, Gilles; Caujolle-Bert, Daniel; Karathanou, Argyro; Erne-Brand, Françoise; Buessler, Jean-Luc; Daum, Pamela; Plitzko, Juergen M; Chami, Mohamed; Mueller, Urs; Kihl, Hubert; Urban, Jean-Philippe; Engel, Andreas; Rémigy, Hervé-W

    2011-02-01

    We have built and extensively tested a tool-chain to prepare and screen two-dimensional crystals of membrane proteins by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at room temperature. This automated process is an extension of a new procedure described recently that allows membrane protein 2D crystallization in parallel (Iacovache et al., 2010). The system includes a gantry robot that transfers and prepares the crystalline solutions on grids suitable for TEM analysis and an entirely automated microscope that can analyze 96 grids at once without human interference. The operation of the system at the user level is solely controlled within the MATLAB environment: the commands to perform sample handling (loading/unloading in the microscope), microscope steering (magnification, focus, image acquisition, etc.) as well as automatic crystal detection have been implemented. Different types of thin samples can efficiently be screened provided that the particular detection algorithm is adapted to the specific task. Hence, operating time can be shared between multiple users. This is a major step towards the integration of transmission electron microscopy into a high throughput work-flow.

  20. Wigner functions for evanescent waves.

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    Petruccelli, Jonathan C; Tian, Lei; Oh, Se Baek; Barbastathis, George

    2012-09-01

    We propose phase space distributions, based on an extension of the Wigner distribution function, to describe fields of any state of coherence that contain evanescent components emitted into a half-space. The evanescent components of the field are described in an optical phase space of spatial position and complex-valued angle. Behavior of these distributions upon propagation is also considered, where the rapid decay of the evanescent components is associated with the exponential decay of the associated phase space distributions. To demonstrate the structure and behavior of these distributions, we consider the fields generated from total internal reflection of a Gaussian Schell-model beam at a planar interface.

  1. Crystal structure and antiferromagnetic ordering of quasi-2D [Cu(HF{sub 2})(pyz){sub 2}]TaF{sub 6} (pyz = pyrazine).

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    Manson, J. L.; Schlueter, J. A.; McDonald, R. D.; Singleton, J.; Materials Science Division; Eastern Washington Univ.; LANL

    2010-04-01

    The crystal structure of the title compound was determined by X-ray diffraction at 90 and 295 K. Copper(II) ions are coordinated to four bridging pyz ligands to form square layers in the ab-plane. Bridging HF{sub 2}{sup -} ligands join the layers together along the c-axis to afford a tetragonal, three-dimensional (3D) framework that contains Taf{sub 6}{sup -} anions in every cavity. At 295 K, the pyz rings lie exactly perpendicular to the layers and cooling to 90 K induces a canting of those rings. Magnetically, the compound exhibits 2D antiferromagnetic correlations within the 2D layers with an exchange interaction of -13.1(1) K. Weak interlayer interactions, as mediated by Cu-F-H-F-Cu, leads to long-range magnetic order below 4.2 K. Pulsed-field magnetization data at 0.5 K show a concave curvature with increasing B and reveal a saturation magnetization at 35.4 T.

  2. How isopolyanions self-assemble and condense into a 2D tungsten oxide crystal: HRTEM imaging of atomic arrangement in an intermediate new hexagonal phase

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    Chemseddine, A. Bloeck, U.

    2008-10-15

    The structure and structural evolution of tungstic acid solutions, sols and gels are investigated by high-resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM). Acidification of sodium tungstate solutions, through a proton exchange resin, is achieved in a way that ensures homogeneity in size and shape of intermediate polytungstic species. Gelation is shown to involve polycondensation followed by a self-assembling process of polytungstic building blocks leading to sheets with a layered hexagonal structure. Single layers of this new metastable phase are composed of three-, four- and six-membered rings of WO{sub 6} octahedra located in the same plane. This is the first time that a 2D oxide crystal is isolated and observed by direct atomic resolution. Further ageing and structural evolution leading to single sheets of 2D ReO{sub 3}-type structure is directly observed by HRTEM. Based on this atomic level imaging, a model for the formation of the oxide network structure involving a self-assembling process of tritungstic based polymeric chain is proposed. The presence of tritungstic groups and their packing in electrochromic WO{sub 3} films made by different techniques is discussed. - Graphical abstract: From the isopolyanion to the extended bulk tungsten oxide: HRTEM imaging.

  3. Solution of the Wigner-Poisson Equations for RTDs

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    2004-01-01

    Salinger , Nawaf M. Bou-Rabee, Roger P. Pawlowski, Edward D . Wilkes, Elizabeth A. Burroughs, Richard B. Lehoucq, and Louis A...Solution of the Wigner-Poisson Equations for RTDs M. S. Lasater1, C. T. Kelley1, A. G. Salinger2, D . L. Woolard3, and P. Zhao4 1Center for Research...2 2 2 ∫ ∞ ∞− −= dkkxfxN q dx ud d πε (6) q is the charge of the electron, ε is the dielectric constant, and Nd(x) is the doping profile. The

  4. Wigner Distributions of Quarks for Different Polarizations

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    More, Jai; Mukherjee, Asmita; Nair, Sreeraj

    2017-03-01

    We calculate quark Wigner distributions using the light-front wave functions in a dressed quark model. In this model, a proton target is replaced by a simplified spin-1/2 state, namely a quark dressed with a gluon. We calculate the Wigner distributions for different polarization configuration of quark and the target state in this model.

  5. Characterization of the growth of 2D protein crystals on a lipid monolayer by ellipsometry and rigidity measurements coupled to electron microscopy.

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    Vénien-Bryan, C; Lenne, P F; Zakri, C; Renault, A; Brisson, A; Legrand, J F; Berge, B

    1998-01-01

    We present here some sensitive optical and mechanical experiments for monitoring the process of formation and growth of two-dimensional (2D) crystals of proteins on a lipid monolayer at an air-water interface. The adsorption of proteins on the lipid monolayer was monitored by ellipsometry measurements. An instrument was developed to measure the shear elastic constant (in plane rigidity) of the monolayer. These experiments have been done using cholera toxin B subunit (CTB) and annexin V as model proteins interacting with a monosialoganglioside (GM1) and dioleoylphosphatidylserine (DOPS), respectively. Electron microscopy observations of the protein-lipid layer transferred to grids were systematically used as a control. We found a good correlation between the measured in-plane rigidity of the monolayer and the presence of large crystalline domains observed by electron microscopy grids. Our interpretation of these data is that the crystallization process of proteins on a lipid monolayer passes through at least three successive stages: 1) molecular recognition between protein and lipid-ligand, i.e., adsorption of the protein on the lipid layer; 2) nucleation and growth of crystalline patches whose percolation is detected by the appearance of a non-zero in-plane rigidity; and 3) annealing of the layer producing a slower increase of the lateral or in-plane rigidity. PMID:9591688

  6. Critical Slowing of Density Fluctuations Approaching the Isotropic-Nematic Transition in Liquid Crystals: 2D IR Measurements and Mode Coupling Theory.

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    Sokolowsky, Kathleen P; Bailey, Heather E; Hoffman, David J; Andersen, Hans C; Fayer, Michael D

    2016-07-21

    Two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) data are presented for a vibrational probe in three nematogens: 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl, 4-cyano-4'-octylbiphenyl, and 4-(trans-4-amylcyclohexyl)-benzonitrile. The spectral diffusion time constants in all three liquids in the isotropic phase are proportional to [T*/(T - T*)](1/2), where T* is 0.5-1 K below the isotropic-nematic phase transition temperature (TNI). Rescaling to a reduced temperature shows that the decays of the frequency-frequency correlation function (FFCF) for all three nematogens fall on the same curve, suggesting a universal dynamic behavior of nematogens above TNI. Spectral diffusion is complete before significant orientational relaxation in the liquid, as measured by optically heterodyne detected-optical Kerr effect (OHD-OKE) spectroscopy, and before any significant orientational randomization of the probe measured by polarization selective IR pump-probe experiments. To interpret the OHD-OKE and FFCF data, we constructed a mode coupling theory (MCT) schematic model for the relationships among three correlation functions: ϕ1, a correlator for large wave vector density fluctuations; ϕ2, the orientational correlation function whose time derivative is the observable in the OHD-OKE experiment; and ϕ3, the FFCF for the 2D IR experiment. The equations for ϕ1 and ϕ2 match those in the previous MCT schematic model for nematogens, and ϕ3 is coupled to the first two correlators in a straightforward manner. Resulting models fit the data very well. Across liquid crystals, the temperature dependences of the coupling constants show consistent, nonmonotonic behavior. A remarkable change in coupling occurs at ∼5 K above TNI, precisely where the rate of spectral diffusion in 5CB was observed to deviate from that of a similar nonmesogenic liquid.

  7. Contribution of NAD 2D-NMR in liquid crystals to the determination of hydrogen isotope profile of methyl groups in miliacin

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    Berdagué, Philippe; Lesot, Philippe; Jacob, Jérémy; Terwilliger, Valery J.; Le Milbeau, Claude

    2016-01-01

    The hydrogen isotopic composition (δD or (D/H) value) of molecular biomarkers preserved in sedimentary archives is increasingly used to provide clues about the evolution of past climatic conditions. The rationale is that intact biomarkers retain isotopic information related to the climatic conditions that prevailed at the time of their synthesis. Some of these biomarkers may be degraded during diagenesis, however. The extent to which these degradations alter the original δD value of the source biomarker is presently debated and the capacity to resolve this question by determination of compound-specific δD values alone is limited. The "bulk" or "global" δD value of any molecule is in fact a composite of δD values at each site within this molecule (δDi or (D/H)i with i = number of hydrogen/deuterium atoms in the considered molecule). Determination of this site-specific δDi value in biomarkers could not only yield outstanding paleoenvironmental information but also help forecast the impacts of diagenesis and define essential steps in biosynthetic pathways. This task is analytically challenging. Here, we examined the capabilities of natural abundance deuterium 2D-NMR (NAD 2D-NMR) using homopolypeptide liquid crystals as an NMR solvent to: (i) analyze the NAD spectra of biomakers; (ii) determine the site-specific distribution of hydrogen in the nine methyl groups (δDMei with i = 23-31) of miliacin, a pentacyclic triterpene of the amyrin family and key biomarker for broomcorn millet in sedimentary archives. Relative (D/H)Mei values were established by anisotropic NAD 2D-NMR. Then absolute δDMei values were obtained by determining δDMei value of the methoxy group of miliacin using two independent approaches: isotropic NAD NMR (SNIF-NMR™) and GC-irMS. The resulting isotope profile for miliacin shows, for the first time, large variations in δDMei values that can directly be explained by biosynthetic processes. This approach has also the potential to permit

  8. The Wigner function in the relativistic quantum mechanics

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    Kowalski, K. Rembieliński, J.

    2016-12-15

    A detailed study is presented of the relativistic Wigner function for a quantum spinless particle evolving in time according to the Salpeter equation. - Highlights: • We study the Wigner function for a quantum spinless relativistic particle. • We discuss the relativistic Wigner function introduced by Zavialov and Malokostov. • We introduce relativistic Wigner function based on the standard definition. • We find analytic expressions for relativistic Wigner functions.

  9. 2D semiconductor optoelectronics

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    Novoselov, Kostya

    The advent of graphene and related 2D materials has recently led to a new technology: heterostructures based on these atomically thin crystals. The paradigm proved itself extremely versatile and led to rapid demonstration of tunnelling diodes with negative differential resistance, tunnelling transistors, photovoltaic devices, etc. By taking the complexity and functionality of such van der Waals heterostructures to the next level we introduce quantum wells engineered with one atomic plane precision. Light emission from such quantum wells, quantum dots and polaritonic effects will be discussed.

  10. Wigner distribution functions for complex dynamical systems: the emergence of the Wigner-Boltzmann equation.

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    Sels, Dries; Brosens, Fons

    2013-10-01

    The equation of motion for the reduced Wigner function of a system coupled to an external quantum system is presented for the specific case when the external quantum system can be modeled as a set of harmonic oscillators. The result is derived from the Wigner function formulation of the Feynman-Vernon influence functional theory. It is shown how the true self-energy for the equation of motion is connected with the influence functional for the path integral. Explicit expressions are derived in terms of the bare Wigner propagator. Finally, we show under which approximations the resulting equation of motion reduces to the Wigner-Boltzmann equation.

  11. Thermally-induced single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformations from a 2D two-fold interpenetrating square lattice layer to a 3D four-fold interpenetrating diamond framework and its application in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Gao, Song; Fan, Rui Qing; Wang, Xin Ming; Wei, Li Guo; Song, Yang; Du, Xi; Xing, Kai; Wang, Ping; Yang, Yu Lin

    2016-07-28

    In this work, a rare 2D → 3D single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation (SCSC) is observed in metal-organic coordination complexes, which is triggered by thermal treatment. The 2D two-fold interpenetrating square lattice layer [Cd(IBA)2]n (1) is irreversibly converted into a 3D four-fold interpenetrating diamond framework {[Cd(IBA)2(H2O)]·2.5H2O}n (2) (HIBA = 4-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)benzoic acid). Consideration is given to these two complexes with different interpenetrating structures and dimensionality, and their influence on photovoltaic properties are studied. Encouraged by the UV-visible absorption and HOMO-LUMO energy states matched for sensitizing TiO2, the two complexes are employed in combination with N719 in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) to compensate absorption in the ultraviolet and blue-violet region, offset competitive visible light absorption of I3(-) and reducing charge the recombination of injected electrons. After co-sensitization with 1 and 2, the device co-sensitized by 1/N719 and 2/N719 to yield overall efficiencies of 7.82% and 8.39%, which are 19.94% and 28.68% higher than that of the device sensitized only by N719 (6.52%). Consequently, high dimensional interpenetrating complexes could serve as excellent co-sensitizers and have application in DSSCs.

  12. The success of Fermi gas model for overall scaling of 2D metal-to-insulator transition data

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    Cheremisin, M. V.

    2017-03-01

    The melting condition for two-dimensional Wigner solid (Platzman and Fukuyama, 1974) [14] is shown to contain an error of a factor of π. The analysis of experimental data for apparent 2D metal-to-insulator transition shows that the Wigner solidification (Tanatar and Ceperley, 1989) [16] has been never achieved. Within routine Fermi gas model both the metallic and insulating behavior of different 2D system for actual range of carrier densities and temperatures is explained.

  13. Switchable valley functionalities of an n  -  n -  -  n junction in 2D crystals

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    Wei-Yuan Tu, Matisse; Yao, Wang

    2017-06-01

    We show that an n  -  n -  -  n junction in 2D crystals can flexibly realize two basic valleytronic functions, i.e. valley filter and valley source, with gate controlled switchability between the two. Upon carrier flux passing through the junction, the valley filter and valley source functions are enabled respectively by intra- and inter-valley scatterings, and the two functions dominate respectively at small and large band-offset between the n and n - regions. It can be generally shown that, the valley filter effect has an angular dependent polarity and vanishes under angular integration, by the same constraint from time-reversal symmetry that leads to its absence in one-dimension. These findings are demonstrated for monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides and graphene using tight-binding calculations. We further show that junction along chiral directions can concentrate the valley pump in an angular interval largely separated from the bias direction, allowing efficient havest of valley polarization in a cross-bar device.

  14. Syntheses, crystal structures, and characterization of three 1D, 2D and 3D complexes based on mixed multidentate N- and O-donor ligands

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    Yang, Huai-Xia; Liang, Zhen; Hao, Bao-Lian; Meng, Xiang-Ru

    2014-10-01

    Three new 1D to 3D complexes, namely, {[Ni(btec)(Himb)2(H2O)2]·6H2O}n (1), {[Cd(btec)0.5(imb)(H2O)]·1.5H2O}n (2), and {[Zn(btec)0.5(imb)]·H2O}n (3) (H4btec=1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid, imb=2-(1H-imidazol-1-methyl)-1H-benzimidazole) have been synthesized by adjusting the central metal ions. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that complex 1 possesses a 1D chain structure which is further extended into the 3D supramolecular architecture via hydrogen bonds. Complex 2 features a 2D network with Schla¨fli symbol (53·62·7)(52·64). Complex 3 presents a 3D framework with a point symbol of (4·64·8)(42·62·82). Moreover, their IR spectra, PXRD patterns, thermogravimetric curves, and luminescent emissions were studied at room temperature.

  15. Facile synthesis of 2D Zn(II) coordination polymer and its crystal structure, selective removal of methylene blue and molecular simulations

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    Sezer, Güneş Günay; Yeşilel, Okan Zafer; Şahin, Onur; Arslanoğlu, Hasan; Erucar, İlknur

    2017-09-01

    A new coordination polymer {[Zn(μ3-ppda)(H2O)(μ-bpa)Zn(μ-ppda)(μ-bpa)]·4H2O}n (1) (ppda = 1,4-phenylenediacetate, bpa = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane) has been synthesized by microwave-assisted reaction and characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, single-crystal and powder X-ray diffractions. The asymmetric unit of 1 consists of two Zn(II) ions, two bpa ligands, two ppda ligands, one coordinated and four non-coordinated water molecules. In 1, ppda2- anions are linked the adjacent Zn(II) centers to generate 1D double-stranded chains. These chains are connected into 2D sheets by the bridging bpa ligands. Atomically detailed modeling was performed to compute single and binary component adsorption isotherms of H2, CO2, CH4 and N2 in complex 1. Results showed that 1 exhibits a high adsorption selectivity towards CO2 due to its high affinity for CO2. Results of this study will be helpful to guide the microwave-assisted reaction of coordination polymers to design promising adsorbents for gas storage and gas separation applications. The luminescent property of 1 and the selective removal of dyes in 1 have been also discussed. Results showed that 1 can be a potential candidate for luminescence applications and can selectively adsorb methylene blue (MB) dye molecules.

  16. A Wigner Distribution Analysis of Scattering Dynamics

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    Weeks, David; Lacy, Brent

    2009-04-01

    Using the time dependent Channel Packet Method (CPM),ootnotetextD.E.Weeks, T.A.Niday, S.H.Yang, J Chem Phys. 125, 164301 (2006). a Fourier transformation of the correlation function between evolving wave packets is used to compute scattering matrix elements. The correlation function can also be used to compute a Wigner distribution as a function of time and energy. This scattering Wigner distribution is then used to investigate times at which various energetic contributions to the scattering matrix are made during a molecular collision. We compute scattering Wigner distributions for a variety of molecular systems and use them to characterize the associated molecular dynamics. In particular, the square well provides a simple and easily modified potential to study the relationship between the scattering Wigner distribution and wave packet dynamics. Additional systems that are being studied include the collinear H + H2 molecular reaction, and the non-adiabatic B + H2 molecular collision.

  17. Exploration of enzyme-ligand interactions in CYP2D6 & 3A4 homology models and crystal structures using a novel computational approach.

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    Kjellander, Britta; Masimirembwa, Collen M; Zamora, Ismael

    2007-01-01

    New crystal structures of human CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 have recently been reported, and in this study, we wanted to compare them with previously used homology models with respect to predictions of site of metabolism and ligand-enzyme interactions. The data set consisted of a family of synthetic opioid analgesics with the aim to cover both CYP2D6 and CYP3A4, as most of these compounds are metabolized by both isoforms. The program MetaSite was used for the site of metabolism predictions, and the results were validated by experimental assessment of the major metabolites formed with recombinant CYP450s. This was made on a selection of 14 compounds in the data set. The prediction rates for MetaSite were 79-100% except for the CYP3A4 homology model, which picked the correct site in half of the cases. Despite differences in orientation of some important amino acids in the active sites, the MetaSite-predicted sites were the same for the different structures, with the exception of the CYP3A4 homology model. Further exploration of interactions with ligands was done by docking substrates/inhibitors in the different structures with the docking program GLUE. To address the challenge in interpreting patterns of enzyme-ligand interactions for the large number of different docking poses, a new computational tool to handle the results from the dockings was developed, in which the output highlights the relative importance of amino acids in CYP450-substrate/inhibitor interactions. The method is based on calculations of the interaction energies for each pose with the surrounding amino acids. For the CYP3A4 structures, this method was compared with consensus principal component analysis (CPCA), a commonly used method for structural comparison to evaluate the usefulness of the new method. The results from the two methods were comparable with each other, and the highlighted amino acids resemble those that were identified to have a different orientation in the compared structures. The new

  18. Syntheses, crystal structures, and characterization of three 1D, 2D and 3D complexes based on mixed multidentate N- and O-donor ligands

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    Yang, Huai-Xia; Liang, Zhen; Hao, Bao-Lian; Meng, Xiang-Ru

    2014-10-15

    Three new 1D to 3D complexes, namely, ([Ni(btec)(Himb){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]·6H{sub 2}O){sub n} (1), ([Cd(btec){sub 0.5}(imb)(H{sub 2}O)]·1.5H{sub 2}O){sub n} (2), and ([Zn(btec){sub 0.5}(imb)]·H{sub 2}O){sub n} (3) (H{sub 4}btec=1,2,4,5-benzenetetracarboxylic acid, imb=2-(1H-imidazol-1-methyl)-1H-benzimidazole) have been synthesized by adjusting the central metal ions. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that complex 1 possesses a 1D chain structure which is further extended into the 3D supramolecular architecture via hydrogen bonds. Complex 2 features a 2D network with Schla¨fli symbol (5{sup 3}·6{sup 2}·7)(5{sup 2}·6{sup 4}). Complex 3 presents a 3D framework with a point symbol of (4·6{sup 4}·8)(4{sup 2}·6{sup 2}·8{sup 2}). Moreover, their IR spectra, PXRD patterns, thermogravimetric curves, and luminescent emissions were studied at room temperature. - Graphical abstract: Three new 1D to 3D complexes with different structural and topological motifs have been obtained by modifying the central metal ions. Additionally, their IR, TG analyses and fluorescent properties are also investigated. - Highlights: • Three complexes based on mixed multidentate N- and O-donor ligands. • The complexes are characterized by IR, luminescence and TGA techniques. • Benzenetetracarboxylates display different coordination modes in complexes 1–3. • Changing the metal ions can result in complexes with completely different structures.

  19. Eugene P. Wigner - in the light of unexpected events

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    Koblinger, L.

    2014-09-01

    In the first part of the paper, Wigner's humane attitude is overviewed based on the author's personal impressions and on selected quotations from Wigner and his contemporaries. The second part briefly summarizes Wigner's contribution to the development of nuclear science and technology.

  20. Exact-exchange spin-density functional theory of Wigner localization and phase transitions in quantum rings.

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    Arnold, Thorsten; Siegmund, Marc; Pankratov, Oleg

    2011-08-24

    We apply exact-exchange spin-density functional theory in the Krieger-Li-Iafrate approximation to interacting electrons in quantum rings of different widths. The rings are threaded by a magnetic flux that induces a persistent current. A weak space and spin symmetry breaking potential is introduced to allow for localized solutions. As the electron-electron interaction strength described by the dimensionless parameter r(S) is increased, we observe-at a fixed spin magnetic moment-the subsequent transition of both spin sub-systems from the Fermi liquid to the Wigner crystal state. A dramatic signature of Wigner crystallization is that the persistent current drops sharply with increasing r(S). We observe simultaneously the emergence of pronounced oscillations in the spin-resolved densities and in the electron localization functions indicating a spatial electron localization showing ferrimagnetic order after both spin sub-systems have undergone the Wigner crystallization. The critical r(S)(c) at the transition point is substantially smaller than in a fully spin-polarized system and decreases further with decreasing ring width. Relaxing the constraint of a fixed spin magnetic moment, we find that on increasing r(S) the stable phase changes from an unpolarized Fermi liquid to an antiferromagnetic Wigner crystal and finally to a fully polarized Fermi liquid.

  1. Fermi's golden rule in the Wigner representation

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    Segev, Bilha

    2003-06-01

    When Fermi's golden rule (FGR) is studied in the Wigner representation, the transition rate from an initial pure state or from an initial thermal distribution into a quasicontinuum manifold of degenerate states is given by an overlap integral of Wigner functions in phase space. In the semiclassical limit the transition rate is obtained by integrating over the regions in phase space where the energy difference between the initial and final potential surfaces is equal to the available energy. The integral is weighted by the initial probability density to be at that phase-space region. The classical limit of FGR is thus both simple and intuitive. In one dimension a relation to the Landau-Zener-Stuckelberg formula is established. The multi-dimensional case is considered by induction, proving that for separable multi-dimensional systems deviations of the logarithm of the transition rate from its classical limit scale at worst linearly with the dimension.

  2. Edge universality for deformed Wigner matrices

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    Lee, Ji Oon; Schnelli, Kevin

    2015-09-01

    We consider N × N random matrices of the form H = W + V where W is a real symmetric Wigner matrix and V a random or deterministic, real, diagonal matrix whose entries are independent of W. We assume subexponential decay for the matrix entries of W and we choose V so that the eigenvalues of W and V are typically of the same order. For a large class of diagonal matrices V, we show that the rescaled distribution of the extremal eigenvalues is given by the Tracy-Widom distribution F1 in the limit of large N. Our proofs also apply to the complex Hermitian setting, i.e. when W is a complex Hermitian Wigner matrix.

  3. Optoelectronics with 2D semiconductors

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    Mueller, Thomas

    2015-03-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) atomic crystals, such as graphene and layered transition-metal dichalcogenides, are currently receiving a lot of attention for applications in electronics and optoelectronics. In this talk, I will review our research activities on electrically driven light emission, photovoltaic energy conversion and photodetection in 2D semiconductors. In particular, WSe2 monolayer p-n junctions formed by electrostatic doping using a pair of split gate electrodes, type-II heterojunctions based on MoS2/WSe2 and MoS2/phosphorene van der Waals stacks, 2D multi-junction solar cells, and 3D/2D semiconductor interfaces will be presented. Upon optical illumination, conversion of light into electrical energy occurs in these devices. If an electrical current is driven, efficient electroluminescence is obtained. I will present measurements of the electrical characteristics, the optical properties, and the gate voltage dependence of the device response. In the second part of my talk, I will discuss photoconductivity studies of MoS2 field-effect transistors. We identify photovoltaic and photoconductive effects, which both show strong photoconductive gain. A model will be presented that reproduces our experimental findings, such as the dependence on optical power and gate voltage. We envision that the efficient photon conversion and light emission, combined with the advantages of 2D semiconductors, such as flexibility, high mechanical stability and low costs of production, could lead to new optoelectronic technologies.

  4. Thomas precession, Wigner rotations and gauge transformations

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    Han, D.; Kim, Y. S.; Son, D.

    1987-01-01

    The exact Lorentz kinematics of the Thomas precession is discussed in terms of Wigner's O(3)-like little group which describes rotations in the Lorentz frame in which the particle is at rest. A Lorentz-covariant form for the Thomas factor is derived. It is shown that this factor is a Lorentz-boosted rotation matrix, which becomes a gauge transformation in the infinite-momentum or zero-mass limit.

  5. Modeling of the diffraction efficiency and polarization sensitivity for a liquid crystal 2D spatial light modulator for reconfigurable beam steering.

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    James, Richard; Fernández, F Aníbal; Day, Sally E; Komarcević, Milos; Crossland, William A

    2007-08-01

    A nematic liquid crystal spatial light modulator used as a phase-modulating device and operating in the reflective mode is analyzed using three-dimensional modeling. Two configurations, which differ in their electrode placement relative to a fixed quarter-wave plate, are considered across a range of steering directions, with the grating conformal and in some cases oblique to the pixel grid. For each steering direction the sensitivity of the diffraction orders to the polarization state of the incident wavefront is studied. Optimal alignment of the liquid crystal is suggested to reduce this sensitivity.

  6. Giant Field Localization in 2-D Photonic Crystal Cavities with Defect Resonances: Bringing Nonlinear Optics to the W/cm2 Level

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    2012-01-01

    AIP Advances 2, 032112 (2012) 3 S. Nakamura, M. Senoh, N. Iwasa, and S. Nagahama, “High-Brightness InGaN Blue, Green and Yellow Light- Emitting Diodes...Needle-like focus generation by radially polarized halo beams emitted by photonic-crystal ring-cavity laser Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 221103 (2012

  7. Contextuality and Wigner-function negativity in qubit quantum computation

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    Raussendorf, Robert; Browne, Dan E.; Delfosse, Nicolas; Okay, Cihan; Bermejo-Vega, Juan

    2017-05-01

    We describe schemes of quantum computation with magic states on qubits for which contextuality and negativity of the Wigner function are necessary resources possessed by the magic states. These schemes satisfy a constraint. Namely, the non-negativity of Wigner functions must be preserved under all available measurement operations. Furthermore, we identify stringent consistency conditions on such computational schemes, revealing the general structure by which negativity of Wigner functions, hardness of classical simulation of the computation, and contextuality are connected.

  8. Hybrid 2D photonic crystal-assisted Lu3Al5O12:Ce ceramic-plate phosphor and free-standing red film phosphor for white LEDs with high color-rendering index.

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    Park, Hoo Keun; Oh, Ji Hye; Kang, Heejoon; Zhang, Jian; Do, Young Rag

    2015-03-04

    This paper reports the combined optical effects of a two-dimensional (2D) SiNx photonic crystal layer (PCL)-assisted Lu3Al5O12:Ce (LuAG:Ce) green ceramic-plate phosphor (CPP) and a free-standing (Sr,Ca)AlSiN3:Eu red film phosphor to enhance luminous efficacy, color rendering index (CRI), and special CRI (R9) of LuAG:Ce CPP-capped white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for high-power white LEDs at 350 mA. By introducing the 2D SiNx PCL, the luminous efficacy was improved by a factor of 1.25 and 1.15 compared to that of the conventional flat CPP-capped LED and the thickness-increased CPP-capped LED (with a thickness of 0.15 mm), respectively, while maintaining low color-rendering properties. The combining of the free-standing red film phosphor in the flat CPP-capped, the 2D PCL-assisted CPP-capped, and the thickness-increased CPP-capped LEDs led to enhancement of the CRI and the special CRI (R9); it also led to a decrease of the correlated color temperature (CCT) due to broad wavelength coverage via the addition of red emission. High CRI (94), natural white CCT (4450 K), and acceptable luminous efficacy (71.1 lm/W) were attained from the 2D PCL-assisted LuAG:Ce CPP/free-standing red film phosphor-based LED using a red phosphor concentration of 7.5 wt %. It is expected that the combination of the 2D PCL and the free-standing red film phosphor will be a good candidate for achieving a high-power white CPP-capped LED with excellent CRI.

  9. Subharmonic phonon-ripplon coupling in the 2D Wigner solid on superfluid helium

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    Monarkha, Yuriy

    2017-06-01

    The nonlinear response of the liquid-helium surface to the oscillating motion of a two-dimensional electron solid is analyzed. In the nonlinear regime, we found that the effective mass of surface dimples formed under electrons behaves as a singular odd function near subharmonics of the frequency of a ripplon whose wave vector coincides with a reciprocal-lattice vector. This unexpected behavior of the dimple mass is shown to lead to the appearance of new longitudinal phonon-ripplon coupled modes. It also affects in a nontrivial way positions of conventional phonon-ripplon coupled modes. Both these theoretical results explain experimental observations reported previously.

  10. Evaluation of super-resolution performance of the K2 electron-counting camera using 2D crystals of aquaporin-0.

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    Chiu, Po-Lin; Li, Xueming; Li, Zongli; Beckett, Brian; Brilot, Axel F; Grigorieff, Nikolaus; Agard, David A; Cheng, Yifan; Walz, Thomas

    2015-11-01

    The K2 Summit camera was initially the only commercially available direct electron detection camera that was optimized for high-speed counting of primary electrons and was also the only one that implemented centroiding so that the resolution of the camera can be extended beyond the Nyquist limit set by the physical pixel size. In this study, we used well-characterized two-dimensional crystals of the membrane protein aquaporin-0 to characterize the performance of the camera below and beyond the physical Nyquist limit and to measure the influence of electron dose rate on image amplitudes and phases.

  11. Evaluation of super-resolution performance of the K2 electron-counting camera using 2D crystals of aquaporin-0

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    Chiu, Po-Lin; Li, Xueming; Li, Zongli; Beckett, Brian; Brilot, Axel F.; Grigorieff, Nikolaus; Agard, David A.; Cheng, Yifan; Walz, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    The K2 Summit camera was initially the only commercially available direct electron detection camera that was optimized for high-speed counting of primary electrons and was also the only one that implemented centroiding so that the resolution of the camera can be extended beyond the Nyquist limit set by the physical pixel size. In this study, we used well-characterized two-dimensional crystals of the membrane protein aquaporin-0 to characterize the performance of the camera below and beyond the physical Nyquist limit and to measure the influence of electron dose rate on image amplitudes and phases. PMID:26318383

  12. Discrete Wigner functions and quantum computational speedup

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    Galvao, Ernesto F.

    2005-04-01

    Gibbons et al. [Phys. Rev. A 70, 062101 (2004)] have recently defined a class of discrete Wigner functions W to represent quantum states in a finite Hilbert space dimension d. I characterize the set C{sub d} of states having non-negative W simultaneously in all definitions of W in this class. For d{<=}5 I show C{sub d} is the convex hull of stabilizer states. This supports the conjecture that negativity of W is necessary for exponential speedup in pure-state quantum computation.

  13. Photon polarization and Wigner's little group

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    Caban, Pawel; Rembielinski, Jakub

    2003-10-01

    To discuss one-photon polarization states we find the explicit form of the Wigner's little group element in the massless case for arbitrary Lorentz transformation. As is well known, when analyzing the transformation properties of the physical states, only the value of the phase factor is relevant. We show that this phase factor depends only on the direction of the momentum k/|k| and does not depend on the frequency k{sup 0}. Finally, we use this observation to discuss the transformation properties of the linearly polarized photons and the corresponding reduced density matrix. We find that they transform properly under Lorentz group.

  14. Wigner measures and codimension two crossings

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    Fermanian Kammerer, Clotilde; Lasser, Caroline

    2003-02-01

    This article gives a semiclassical description of nucleonic propagation through codimension two crossings of electronic energy levels. Codimension two crossings are the simplest energy level crossings, which affect the Born-Oppenheimer approximation in the zeroth order term. The model we study is a two-level Schrödinger equation with a Laplacian as kinetic operator and a matrix-valued linear potential, whose eigenvalues cross, if the two nucleonic coordinates equal zero. We discuss the case of well-localized initial data and obtain a description of the wavefunction's two-scaled Wigner measure and of the weak limit of its position density, which is valid globally in time.

  15. Superhard sp2-sp3 hybridized BC2N: A 3D crystal with 1D and 2D alternate metallicity

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    Gao, Yufei; Wu, Yingju; Huang, Quan; Ma, Mengdong; Pan, Yilong; Xiong, Mei; Li, Zihe; Zhao, Zhisheng; He, Julong; Yu, Dongli

    2017-06-01

    A novel sp2-sp3 hybridized orthorhombic BC2N (o-BC2N) structure (space group: Pmm2, No. 25) is investigated using first-principles calculations. O-BC2N is constructed from multi-layers of C sandwiched between two layers of BN along the c axis; this structure contains sp2- and sp3-hybridized B-C, C-C, and C-N bonds. The structural stability of o-BC2N is confirmed based on the calculation results for elastic constants and phonon dispersions. On the basis of the semi-empirical microscopic model, we speculate that the o-BC2N compound is a potential superhard material with a Vickers hardness of 41.2 GPa. Calculated results for electronic band structures, density of states (DOS) and partial DOS (PDOS) show that the o-BC2N crystal is metallic. The conducting electrons at the Fermi level are mostly from the 2p orbits of sp2-hybridized B4, N1, and Ci (i = 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8) atoms, with slight contribution from the sp3-hybridizd B2 atoms. Furthermore, the calculated electron orbits of the o-BC2N crystal demonstrate that the 2p orbits of the sp2-hybridized atoms overlapped and formed π bonds. The electrons can conduct through the π bonds along the orientation parallel to the [100] and [010] directions in different layers, and the basal planes were formed by B2-C3-C4 blocks, indicating that the o-BC2N possesses the fascinating electronic property of linear-planar metallicity.

  16. The contribution of Wigner energy to graphite deflagration

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    Minshall, Peter C.

    2017-08-01

    It is important to be able to estimate changes in flame velocity and ignition energy in graphite deflagration, which both arise from Wigner energy. By treating the deflagration of irradiated graphite dust as an adiabatic plane wave, it is shown that the presence of large amounts of Wigner or stored energy has little affect on either the flame velocity and the ignition energy.

  17. Remarks on the repulsive Wigner-Poisson system

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    Chae, Myeongju; Ha, Seung-Yeal; Huh, Hyungjin

    2005-11-01

    We present an estimate for the space-time integral of classical solutions to the repulsive Wigner-Poisson system. We use Markowich's formalism between Wigner-Possion and Schroedinger-Poisson systems. Through this formalism and Morawetz interaction potentials, we derive the same a priori estimate given by Chae and Ha for the repulsive Vlasov-Poisson system.

  18. Two-variable Hermite Polynomial State and Its Wigner Function

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    Meng, Xiang-Guo; Wang, Ji-Suo; Liang, Bao-Long

    2009-08-01

    In this paper we obtain the Wigner functions of two-variable Hermite polynomial states (THPS) and their marginal distribution using the entangled state |ξ> representation. Also we obtain tomogram of THPS by virtue of the Radon transformation between the Wigner operator and the projection operator of another entangled state |η,τ 1,τ 2>.

  19. Experimental eavesdropping attack against Ekert's protocol based on Wigner's inequality

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    Bovino, F. A.; Colla, A. M.; Castagnoli, G.; Castelletto, S.; Degiovanni, I. P.; Rastello, M. L.

    2003-09-01

    We experimentally implemented an eavesdropping attack against the Ekert protocol for quantum key distribution based on the Wigner inequality. We demonstrate a serious lack of security of this protocol when the eavesdropper gains total control of the source. In addition we tested a modified Wigner inequality which should guarantee a secure quantum key distribution.

  20. Non-negative Wigner functions for orbital angular momentum states

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    Rigas, I.; Sanchez-Soto, L. L.; Klimov, A. B.; Rehacek, J.; Hradil, Z.

    2010-01-15

    The Wigner function of a pure continuous-variable quantum state is non-negative if and only if the state is Gaussian. Here we show that for the canonical pair angle and angular momentum, the only pure states with non-negative Wigner functions are the eigenstates of the angular momentum. Some implications of this surprising result are discussed.

  1. Revealing quantum correlation by negativity of the Wigner function

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    Taghiabadi, Razieh; Akhtarshenas, Seyed Javad; Sarbishaei, Mohsen

    2016-05-01

    We analyze two two-mode continuous variable separable states with the same marginal states. We adopt the definition of classicality in the form of well-defined positive Wigner function describing the state and find that although the states possess positive local Wigner functions, they exhibit negative Wigner functions for the global states. Using the negativity of Wigner function as an indicator of nonclassicality, we show that despite these states possess different negativities of the Wigner function, they do not reveal this difference as phase space nonclassicalities such as negativity of the Mandel Q parameter or quadrature squeezing. We then concentrate on quantum correlation of these states and show that quantum discord and local quantum uncertainty, as two well-defined measures of quantum correlation, manifest the difference between negativity of the Wigner functions. The non-Gaussianity of these states is also examined and show that the difference in behavior of their non-Gaussianity is the same as the difference between negativity of their Wigner functions. We also investigate the influence of correlation rank criterion and find that when the states can be produced locally from classical states, the Wigner functions cannot reveal their quantum correlations.

  2. Quantum dynamics in the partial Wigner picture

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    Beck, Geoffrey M.; Sergi, Alessandro

    2013-10-01

    Recently we have shown how the partial Wigner representation of quantum mechanics can be used to study hybrid quantum models where a system with a finite number of energy levels is coupled to linear or nonlinear oscillators (Beck and Sergi 2013 Phys. Lett. A 377 1047). The purpose of this work is to provide a detailed derivation of the partially Wigner-transformed quantum equations of motion for nonlinear oscillator subsystems under the action of general polynomial potentials. Such equations can be written in terms of a propagator, which can then be expanded in a power series. The linear terms of the series describe quantum-classical dynamics while the nonlinear terms provide the corrections needed to restore the fully quantum character of the evolution. In the case of polynomial potentials and position dependent couplings, the number of nonlinear terms is finite and the corrections can be calculated explicitly. In this work we show how to implement numerically the above scheme where, in principle, no assumption about the strength of the coupling must be taken. We illustrate the formalism by studying a two-level system interacting with an asymmetric quartic oscillator. We integrate the quantum dynamics of the total system and provide a comparison with the case of the quantum-classical dynamics of the quartic oscillator. The approach presented here is expected to be effective for studying hybrid quantum circuits in quantum information theory and for witnessing the quantum-to-classical transition in nano-oscillators coupled to pseudo-spins.

  3. Toward solotronics design in the Wigner formalism

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    Sellier, J. M.; Dimov, I.

    2015-01-01

    The capability of manipulating single dopant atoms in semiconductor materials, with atomic precision, has given birth to a new branch of electronics known as solotronics (solitary dopant optoelectronics). While experiments are advancing rapidly, the theoretical comprehension of quantum phenomena occurring at that scale is relatively basic. Indeed, in this context, simulations come with incredible mathematical challenges. This eventually prevents practical design and optimization of solotronic devices. In this work, we focus our attention on a planar honeycomb structure exploiting single dopants embedded in silicon and study under which conditions it behaves as an electron ballistic channel. To this aim, we apply the time-dependent Wigner Monte Carlo formalism, based on signed particles to simulate and analyze the phenomena occurring in the proposed structure. We show that, by positioning the dopant atoms (phosphorus and boron) in particular planar patterns (honeycomb), it is possible to control the dynamics of a single electron. Finally, by introducing spatial distortions, we can show how the time-dependent electron dynamics is eventually affected. The results confirm that the Wigner Monte Carlo method is an efficient TCAD (Technology Computer Aided Design) tool which can be exploited for the time-dependent simulation of even more realistic situations necessary for the design of active solotronic devices.

  4. Two novel 2D coordination polymers constructed from 5-aminoisophthalic acid and 4,4‧-bipyridyl ligands: Syntheses, crystal structure, and photocatalytic performance

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    Xu, Dao-Xin; Wang, Chong-Chen; Wang, Peng; Li, Jin; Guo, Xin-Xing; Gao, Shi-Jie

    2017-05-01

    Two coordination polymers, [Zn(5-aip)(bpy)0.5]·H2O (1), and [Ni(5-aip)(bpy)0.5(H2O)]·2H2O (2), constructed by 5-aminoisophthalic acid (5-H2aip), 4,4'-bipyridine (bpy), and corresponding ions, have been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions, and characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), CHN elemental analysis and UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-Vis DRS). Both 1 and 2 were built up of two-dimensional [Zn(5-aip)(bpy)0.5] and [Ni(5-aip)(bpy)0.5(H2O)] sheets, respectively. The UV-Vis DRS results revealed that the Eg values of 1 and 2 are 3.4 and 2.4 eV, respectively. The photocatalytic activities of degradation of methyl orange (MO), methylene blue (MB) and MO&MB mixture over 1 and degradation of MB over 2 under UV light irradiation were investigated. The results revealed that 1 exhibited good performance to photocatalytically decompose MB, MO and MB&MO mixture, while 2 can only degrade MB efficiently.

  5. Synthesis, X-ray crystal structure, optical properties and DFT studies of a new 2D layered iodide bridged Pb(II) coordination polymer with 2,3-bis(2-pyridyl)pyrazine

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    Saghatforoush, Lotfali; Bakhtiari, Akbar; Gheleji, Hojjat

    2015-01-01

    The synthesis of two dimensional (2D) coordination polymer [Pb2(μ-I)2(μ-dpp-N,N,N,N)(μ-dpp-N,N)I2]n (dpp=2,3-bis(2-pyridyl)pyrazine) is reported. As determined by X-ray diffraction of a twinned crystal, the dpp ligand simultaneously adopts a bis-bidentate and bis-monodentate coordination mode in the crystal structure of compound. The electronic band structure along with density of states (DOS) calculated by the DFT method indicates that the compound is an indirect band gap semiconductor. According to the DFT calculations, the observed emission of the compound at 600 nm in solid phase could be attributed to arise from an excited LLCT state (dpp-π* [C-2p and N-2p states, CBs] to I-6p state [VBs]). The linear optical properties of the compound are also calculated by DFT method. The structure of the compound in solution phase is discussed based on the measured 1H NMR and fluorescence spectra in DMSO. TGA studies indicate that the compound is thermally stable up to 210 °C.

  6. Positive Wigner Functions Render Classical Simulation of Quantum Computation Efficient

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    Mari, A.; Eisert, J.

    2012-12-01

    We show that quantum circuits where the initial state and all the following quantum operations can be represented by positive Wigner functions can be classically efficiently simulated. This is true both for continuous-variable as well as discrete variable systems in odd prime dimensions, two cases which will be treated on entirely the same footing. Noting the fact that Clifford and Gaussian operations preserve the positivity of the Wigner function, our result generalizes the Gottesman-Knill theorem. Our algorithm provides a way of sampling from the output distribution of a computation or a simulation, including the efficient sampling from an approximate output distribution in the case of sampling imperfections for initial states, gates, or measurements. In this sense, this work highlights the role of the positive Wigner function as separating classically efficiently simulable systems from those that are potentially universal for quantum computing and simulation, and it emphasizes the role of negativity of the Wigner function as a computational resource.

  7. Positive Wigner functions render classical simulation of quantum computation efficient.

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    Mari, A; Eisert, J

    2012-12-07

    We show that quantum circuits where the initial state and all the following quantum operations can be represented by positive Wigner functions can be classically efficiently simulated. This is true both for continuous-variable as well as discrete variable systems in odd prime dimensions, two cases which will be treated on entirely the same footing. Noting the fact that Clifford and Gaussian operations preserve the positivity of the Wigner function, our result generalizes the Gottesman-Knill theorem. Our algorithm provides a way of sampling from the output distribution of a computation or a simulation, including the efficient sampling from an approximate output distribution in the case of sampling imperfections for initial states, gates, or measurements. In this sense, this work highlights the role of the positive Wigner function as separating classically efficiently simulable systems from those that are potentially universal for quantum computing and simulation, and it emphasizes the role of negativity of the Wigner function as a computational resource.

  8. Modified Wigner inequality for secure quantum-key distribution

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    Castelletto, S.; Degiovanni, I.P.; Rastello, M.L.

    2003-04-01

    In this paper, we discuss the insecurity with present implementations of the Ekert protocol for quantum-key distribution based on the Wigner inequality. We propose a modified version of this inequality which guarantees safe quantum-key distribution.

  9. Physical scales in the Wigner-Boltzmann equation.

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    Nedjalkov, M; Selberherr, S; Ferry, D K; Vasileska, D; Dollfus, P; Querlioz, D; Dimov, I; Schwaha, P

    2013-01-01

    The Wigner-Boltzmann equation provides the Wigner single particle theory with interactions with bosonic degrees of freedom associated with harmonic oscillators, such as phonons in solids. Quantum evolution is an interplay of two transport modes, corresponding to the common coherent particle-potential processes, or to the decoherence causing scattering due to the oscillators. Which evolution mode will dominate depends on the scales of the involved physical quantities. A dimensionless formulation of the Wigner-Boltzmann equation is obtained, where these scales appear as dimensionless strength parameters. A notion called scaling theorem is derived, linking the strength parameters to the coupling with the oscillators. It is shown that an increase of this coupling is equivalent to a reduction of both the strength of the electric potential, and the coherence length. Secondly, the existence of classes of physically different, but mathematically equivalent setups of the Wigner-Boltzmann evolution is demonstrated.

  10. Wigner Distribution for Angle Coordinates in Quantum Mechanics.

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    Mukunda, N.

    1979-01-01

    Shows how to extend Wigner distribution functions, and Weyl correspondence between quantum and classical variables, from the usual kind of canonically conjugate position and momentum operators to the case of an angle and angular momentum operator pair. (Author/GA)

  11. Vertical 2D Heterostructures

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    Lotsch, Bettina V.

    2015-07-01

    Graphene's legacy has become an integral part of today's condensed matter science and has equipped a whole generation of scientists with an armory of concepts and techniques that open up new perspectives for the postgraphene area. In particular, the judicious combination of 2D building blocks into vertical heterostructures has recently been identified as a promising route to rationally engineer complex multilayer systems and artificial solids with intriguing properties. The present review highlights recent developments in the rapidly emerging field of 2D nanoarchitectonics from a materials chemistry perspective, with a focus on the types of heterostructures available, their assembly strategies, and their emerging properties. This overview is intended to bridge the gap between two major—yet largely disjunct—developments in 2D heterostructures, which are firmly rooted in solid-state chemistry or physics. Although the underlying types of heterostructures differ with respect to their dimensions, layer alignment, and interfacial quality, there is common ground, and future synergies between the various assembly strategies are to be expected.

  12. Wigner function and Schroedinger equation in phase-space representation

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    Chruscinski, Dariusz; Mlodawski, Krzysztof

    2005-05-15

    We discuss a family of quasidistributions (s-ordered Wigner functions of Agarwal and Wolf [Phys. Rev. D 2, 2161 (1970); Phys. Rev. D 2, 2187 (1970); Phys. Rev. D 2, 2206 (1970)]) and its connection to the so-called phase space representation of the Schroedinger equation. It turns out that although Wigner functions satisfy the Schroedinger equation in phase space, they have a completely different interpretation.

  13. FEL beam characterization from measurements of the Wigner distribution function

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    Schäfer, Bernd; Flöter, Bernhard; Mey, Tobias; Juranic, Pavle; Kapitzki, Svea; Keitel, Barbara; Plönjes, Elke; Mann, Klaus; Tiedtke, Kai

    2011-10-01

    The Free-Electron-Laser FLASH at DESY has been characterized by a quantitative determination of the Wigner distribution function. The setup, comprising an ellipsodial mirror and a moveable extreme UV sensitive CCD detector, enables the mapping of two-dimensional phase spaces corresponding to the horizontal and vertical coordinate axes, respectively. For separable beams this yields the entire Wigner distribution, offering comprehensive information about spatial coherence properties, wavefront, beam profiles, as well as beam propagation parameters.

  14. Understanding squeezing of quantum states with the Wigner function

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    Royer, Antoine

    1994-01-01

    The Wigner function is argued to be the only natural phase space function evolving classically under quadratic Hamiltonians with time-dependent bilinear part. This is used to understand graphically how certain quadratic time-dependent Hamiltonians induce squeezing of quantum states. The Wigner representation is also used to generalize Ehrenfest's theorem to the quantum uncertainties. This makes it possible to deduce features of the quantum evolution, such as squeezing, from the classical evolution, whatever the Hamiltonian.

  15. Synthesis, X-ray crystal structure, optical properties and DFT studies of a new 2D layered iodide bridged Pb(II) coordination polymer with 2,3-bis(2-pyridyl)pyrazine

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    Saghatforoush, Lotfali Bakhtiari, Akbar; Gheleji, Hojjat

    2015-01-15

    The synthesis of two dimensional (2D) coordination polymer [Pb{sub 2}(µ-I){sub 2}(µ-dpp-N,N,N,N)(µ-dpp-N,N)I{sub 2}]{sub n} (dpp=2,3-bis(2-pyridyl)pyrazine) is reported. As determined by X-ray diffraction of a twinned crystal, the dpp ligand simultaneously adopts a bis–bidentate and bis–monodentate coordination mode in the crystal structure of compound. The electronic band structure along with density of states (DOS) calculated by the DFT method indicates that the compound is an indirect band gap semiconductor. According to the DFT calculations, the observed emission of the compound at 600 nm in solid phase could be attributed to arise from an excited LLCT state (dpp-π{sup ⁎} [C-2p and N-2p states, CBs] to I-6p state [VBs]). The linear optical properties of the compound are also calculated by DFT method. The structure of the compound in solution phase is discussed based on the measured {sup 1}H NMR and fluorescence spectra in DMSO. TGA studies indicate that the compound is thermally stable up to 210 °C. - Graphical abstract: The synthesis, crystal structure and emission spectra of [Pb{sub 2}(µ-I){sub 2}(µ-dpp-N,N,N,N)(µ-dpp-N,N)I{sub 2}]{sub n} is presented. The electronic band structure and linear optical properties of the compound are calculated by the DFT method. - Highlights: • Two dimensional [Pb{sub 2}(µ-I){sub 2}(µ-dpp-N,N,N,N)(µ-dpp-N,N)I{sub 2}]{sub n} has been prepared. • The structure of the compound is determined by XRD of a twinned crystal. • DFT calculations indicate that the compound is an indirect band gap semiconductor. • As shown by DFT calculations, the emission band of the compound is LLCT. • Solution phase structure of compound is explored by {sup 1}H NMR and emission spectra.

  16. Eugene Wigner and Symmetries In Physics

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    Moshinsky, Marcos

    2002-04-01

    Concepts of symmetry in physics have had a long history, particularly if they are of a geometric or crystallographic origin, yet in classical physics they had a somewhat esoteric position. This situation changed radically when in the XX Century we passed from classical to quantum mechanics. In the former a state for a system of particles was given by a number of points in phase space and the transformation groups related with symmetries mainly gave the invariance of concepts such as energy or angular momentum. In the latter the state is characterized by a vector in Hilbert space in which the transformations had a representation. Eugene Wigner was the right man (for his mathematical ability and physical intuition) at the right place and time (Germany, in the twenties) to take full advantage of this new situation. His first interest was atomic spectroscopy (then a very active field) and the fact that its basic states were related with irreducible representation of the orthogonal group in three dimensions O(3). The German version of his book on ``Group theory and Application" published in 1931 established, as he quotes ``that almost all rules of spectroscopy follow from the symmetry of the problem". His later extension to the direct product of two or more representations led to his development of the 3-j symbol, that he explicitly derived, and his interest in the properties of 6-j, 9-j, etc. His awareness of the time inversion as an antiunitary operator, and the analysis of its combination with the unitary representations of other symmetries, proved fundamental for deriving the features of time reversed reactions from their direct behavior. His interest in space reflection and the concept of parity led to important selection rules, and was of relevance even in weak interactions where parity is not a good symmetry. His later interest in nuclear physics, solid state, elementary particles etc., was almost never without a component of the role of symmetry in these

  17. Wigner's "Polanyian" Epistemology and the Measurement Problem: The Wigner-Polanyi Dialog on Tacit Knowledge

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    Jha, Stefania

    2011-09-01

    I analyze the long dialog that Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) and Michael Polanyi (1891-1976) carried out on Polanyi's concept of tacit knowledge and its meaning for the measurement problem in quantum physics, focusing in particular on their ten-year correspondence between 1961 and 1971 on these subjects and the related mind-body problem. They differed in their interpretations, epistemologies, and ontologies, and consequently never resolved their differences on the measurement and mind-body problems. Nonetheless, their long dialog is significant and opens up avenues for exploring these problems further.

  18. Mirror Numbers and Wigner's ``Unreasonable Effectiveness''

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    Berezin, Alexander

    2006-04-01

    Wigner's ``unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in physics'' can be augmented by concept of mirror number (MN). It is defined as digital string infinite in both directions. Example is ()5141327182() where first 5 digits is Pi ``spelled'' backward (``mirrored'') and last 5 digits is the beginning of decimal exp1 string. Let MN be constructed from two different transcendental (or algebraically irrational) numbers, set of such MNs is Cantor-uncountable. Most MNs have contain any finite digital sequence repeated infinitely many times. In spirit of ``Contact'' (C.Sagan) each normal MN contains ``Library of Babel'' of all possible texts and patterns (J.L.Borges). Infinite at both ends, MN do not have any numerical values and, contrary to numbers written in positional systems, all digits in MNs have equal weight -- sort of ``numerological democracy''. In Pythagorean-Platonic models (space-time and physical world originating from pure numbers) idea of MN resolves paradox of ``beginning'' (or ``end'') of time. Because in MNs all digits have equal status, (quantum) randomness leads to more uniform and fully ergodic phase trajectories (cf. F.Dyson, Infinite in All Directions) .

  19. Bi3+/M2+ oxyphosphate: a continuous series of polycationic species from the 1D single chain to the 2D planes. Part 2: Crystal structure of three original structural types showing a combination of new ribbonlike polycations.

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    Colmont, Marie; Huvé, Marielle; Mentré, Olivier

    2006-08-21

    With the assistance of structural models deduced from the high-resolution electron microscope (HREM) investigation presented in Part 1 of this work, three new structural types were pointed out in Bi2O3-MO-P2O5 ternary systems. Their crystal structures are built on the arrangement of 2D polycationic ribbons formed of edge-sharing O(Bi,M)4 tetrahedra and isolated by PO4 groups. Prior to this study, materials with ribbons up to n = 3 tetrahedra wide have been discovered. The original structures presented here display longer n = 4-6 cases, which suggests a possible continuous series of polycationic entities that range from the single chain (one tetrahedron wide) to the infinite [Bi2O2]2+ Aurivillius layer. The ribbons with n > 3 show strong structural modifications that are able to bring a good ribbon-phosphate cohesion. In addition to these fascinating structural results, this work fully confirms the validity of the decoding established from HREM images of a single crystallite in inhomogeneous mixtures.

  20. Synthesis, crystal structure analysis and DFT studies of 3a,8a-Dihydroxy-2-thioxo-2,3,3a,8a-tetrahydroindeno[1,2-d]imidazol-8(1H)-one

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    Ramarajan, D.; Tamilarasan, K.; Sudha, S.

    2017-07-01

    3a,8a-Dihydroxy-2-thioxo-2,3,3a,8a-tetrahydroindeno[1,2-d]imidazol-8(1H)-one (NTU) crystal was synthesized and its structural characterization was performed by X-ray diffraction method. The spectral characterization was performed by the application of FTIR and FT-Raman spectroscopic techniques. In order to support the experimental results, density functional theory calculations have been carried out using B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) method. The vibrational assignment of the fundamentals was proposed on the basis of potential energy distribution (PED) calculations. The stability of the molecule due to hyper-conjugative interaction and charge delocalization was studied by natural bond orbital analysis. The charge transfer properties have been explained on the basis of highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMOs) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (LUMOs). The small energy gap between the HOMO and LUMO is an indicator of intramolecular charge transfer which is responsible for nonlinear optical properties. The first order hyperpolarizability result confirmed the nonlinear optical activity of the molecule. Molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) analysis was performed to predict the reactive sites of the molecule. The theoretical results showed good agreement with the experimental values.

  1. Accessing the quark orbital angular momentum with Wigner distributions

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    Lorcé, Cédric; Pasquini, Barbara

    2013-04-01

    The quark orbital angular momentum (OAM) has been recognized as an important piece of the proton spin puzzle. A lot of effort has been invested in trying to extract it quantitatively from the generalized parton distributions (GPDs) and the transverse-momentum dependent parton distributions (TMDs), which are accessed in high-energy processes and provide three-dimensional pictures of the nucleon. Recently, we have shown that it is more natural to access the quark OAM from the phase-space or Wigner distributions. We discuss the concept of Wigner distributions in the context of quantum field theory and show how they are related to the GPDs and the TMDs. We summarize the different definitions discussed in the literature for the quark OAM and show how they can in principle be extracted from the Wigner distributions.

  2. Computing thermal Wigner densities with the phase integration method

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    Beutier, J.; Borgis, D.; Vuilleumier, R.; Bonella, S.

    2014-08-28

    We discuss how the Phase Integration Method (PIM), recently developed to compute symmetrized time correlation functions [M. Monteferrante, S. Bonella, and G. Ciccotti, Mol. Phys. 109, 3015 (2011)], can be adapted to sampling/generating the thermal Wigner density, a key ingredient, for example, in many approximate schemes for simulating quantum time dependent properties. PIM combines a path integral representation of the density with a cumulant expansion to represent the Wigner function in a form calculable via existing Monte Carlo algorithms for sampling noisy probability densities. The method is able to capture highly non-classical effects such as correlation among the momenta and coordinates parts of the density, or correlations among the momenta themselves. By using alternatives to cumulants, it can also indicate the presence of negative parts of the Wigner density. Both properties are demonstrated by comparing PIM results to those of reference quantum calculations on a set of model problems.

  3. Negative Wigner function at telecommunication wavelength from homodyne detection

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    Baune, Christoph; Fiurášek, Jaromír; Schnabel, Roman

    2017-06-01

    Quantum states of light having a Wigner function with negative values represent a key resource in quantum communication and quantum information processing. Here we present the generation of such a state at the telecommunication wavelength of 1550 nm. The state is generated by means of photon subtraction from a weakly squeezed vacuum state and is heralded by the "click" of a single photon counter. Balanced homodyne detection is applied to reconstruct the Wigner function, also yielding the state's photon-number distribution. The heralding photons are frequency up-converted to 532 nm to allow for the use of a room-temperature (silicon) avalanche photodiode. The Wigner function reads W (0 ,0 )=-0.063 ±0.004 at the origin of phase space, which certifies negativity with more than 15 standard deviations.

  4. Accessing the quark orbital angular momentum with Wigner distributions

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    Lorce, Cedric

    2013-04-15

    The quark orbital angular momentum (OAM) has been recognized as an important piece of the proton spin puzzle. A lot of effort has been invested in trying to extract it quantitatively from the generalized parton distributions (GPDs) and the transverse-momentum dependent parton distributions (TMDs), which are accessed in high-energy processes and provide three-dimensional pictures of the nucleon. Recently, we have shown that it is more natural to access the quark OAM from the phase-space or Wigner distributions. We discuss the concept of Wigner distributions in the context of quantum field theory and show how they are related to the GPDs and the TMDs. We summarize the different definitions discussed in the literature for the quark OAM and show how they can in principle be extracted from the Wigner distributions.

  5. Wigner quantization of some one-dimensional Hamiltonians

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    Regniers, G.; Van der Jeugt, J.

    2010-12-15

    Recently, several papers have been dedicated to the Wigner quantization of different Hamiltonians. In these examples, many interesting mathematical and physical properties have been shown. Among those we have the ubiquitous relation with Lie superalgebras and their representations. In this paper, we study two one-dimensional Hamiltonians for which the Wigner quantization is related with the orthosymplectic Lie superalgebra osp(1|2). One of them, the Hamiltonian H=xp, is popular due to its connection with the Riemann zeros, discovered by Berry and Keating on the one hand and Connes on the other. The Hamiltonian of the free particle, H{sub f}=p{sup 2}/2, is the second Hamiltonian we will examine. Wigner quantization introduces an extra representation parameter for both of these Hamiltonians. Canonical quantization is recovered by restricting to a specific representation of the Lie superalgebra osp(1|2).

  6. Angular dependence of Wigner time delay: Relativistic Effects

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    Mandal, A.; Deshmukh, P. C.; Manson, S. T.; Kkeifets, A. S.

    2016-05-01

    Laser assisted photoionization time delay mainly consists of two parts: Wigner time delay, and time delay in continuum-continuum transition. Wigner time delay results from the energy derivative of the phase of the photoionization amplitude (matrix element). In general, the photoionization time delay is not the same in all directions relative to the incident photon polarization, although when a single transition dominates the amplitude, the resultant time delay is essentially isotropic. The relativistic-random-phase approximation is employed to determine the Wigner time delay in photoionization from the outer np subshells of the noble gas atoms, Ne through Xe. The time delay is found to significantly depend on angle, as well as energy. The angular dependence of the time delay is found to be quite sensitive to atomic dynamics and relativistic effects, and exhibit strong energy and angular variation in the neighborhood of Cooper minima. Work supported by DOE, Office of Chemical Sciences and DST (India).

  7. Even and odd Wigner negative binomial states: Nonclassical properties

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    Mojaveri, B.; Dehghani, A.

    2015-10-01

    By using Wigner-Heisenberg algebra (WHA) and its Fock representation, even and odd Wigner negative binomial states (WNBSs) |M,ξ,ν>±W (ν = 0 corresponds to the ordinary even and odd negative binomial states (NBSs)) are introduced. These states can be reduced to the Wigner cat states in special limit. We establish the resolution of identity property for them through a positive definite measure on the unit disc. Some of their nonclassical properties, such as Mandel’s parameter and quadrature squeezing have been investigated numerically. We show that in contrast with the even NBSs, even WNBSs may exhibit sub-Poissonian statistics. Also squeezing in the field quadratures appears for both even and odd WNBSs. It is found that the deformation parameter ν plays an essential role in displaying highly nonclassical behaviors.

  8. Hydrothermal syntheses, crystal structures and properties of 0-D, 1-D and 2-D organic-inorganic hybrid borotungstates constructed from Keggin-type heteropolyanion [α-BW 12O 40] 5- and transition-metal complexes

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    Zhao, Junwei; Song, Yiping; Ma, Pengtao; Wang, Jingping; Niu, Jingyang

    2009-07-01

    Three novel organic-inorganic hybrid borotungstates {[Ni(phen) 2(H 2O)] 2H(α-BW 12O 40)}·4H 2O ( 1), [Cu I(2,2'-bipy)(4,4'-bipy) 0.5] 2{[Cu I(2,2'-bipy)] 2Cu I(4,4'-bipy) 2(α-BW 12O 40)} ( 2) and {[Cu I(4,4'-bipy)] 3H 2(α-BW 12O 40)}·3.5H 2O ( 3) (phen=1,10-phenanthroline, 2,2'-bipy=2,2'-bipyridine, 4,4'-bipy=4,4'-bipyridine) have been hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by elemental analyses, IR, UV spectra, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), single-crystal X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photoluminescence. The structural analysis reveals that 1 consists of a 0-D bisupporting polyoxometalate cluster where two [Ni(phen) 2(H 2O)] 2+ cations are grafted on the polyoxoanion [α-BW 12O 40] 5- through two terminal oxygen atoms, 2 shows a 1-D infinite chain constructed from [α-BW 12O 40] 5- polyoxoanions and {[Cu I(2,2'-bipy)] 2Cu I(4,4'-bipy) 2} 3+ cations by means of alternating fashion, and 3 displays an unprecedented 2D extended structure built by [α-BW 12O 40] 5- polyoxoanions and -Cu I-4,4'-bipy- linear chains, in which each [α-BW 12O 40] 5- polyoxoanion acts as a tetradentate inorganic ligand and provides three terminal oxygen atom and one two-bridging oxygen atom. The presence of Ni II and W VI in 1, Cu I ions and W VI in 2 and 3 are identified by XPS spectra. The photoluminescence of 2 and 3 are also investigated.

  9. Wigner phase space distribution via classical adiabatic switching

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    Bose, Amartya; Makri, Nancy

    2015-09-21

    Evaluation of the Wigner phase space density for systems of many degrees of freedom presents an extremely demanding task because of the oscillatory nature of the Fourier-type integral. We propose a simple and efficient, approximate procedure for generating the Wigner distribution that avoids the computational difficulties associated with the Wigner transform. Starting from a suitable zeroth-order Hamiltonian, for which the Wigner density is available (either analytically or numerically), the phase space distribution is propagated in time via classical trajectories, while the perturbation is gradually switched on. According to the classical adiabatic theorem, each trajectory maintains a constant action if the perturbation is switched on infinitely slowly. We show that the adiabatic switching procedure produces the exact Wigner density for harmonic oscillator eigenstates and also for eigenstates of anharmonic Hamiltonians within the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) approximation. We generalize the approach to finite temperature by introducing a density rescaling factor that depends on the energy of each trajectory. Time-dependent properties are obtained simply by continuing the integration of each trajectory under the full target Hamiltonian. Further, by construction, the generated approximate Wigner distribution is invariant under classical propagation, and thus, thermodynamic properties are strictly preserved. Numerical tests on one-dimensional and dissipative systems indicate that the method produces results in very good agreement with those obtained by full quantum mechanical methods over a wide temperature range. The method is simple and efficient, as it requires no input besides the force fields required for classical trajectory integration, and is ideal for use in quasiclassical trajectory calculations.

  10. Wigner phase space distribution via classical adiabatic switching

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    Bose, Amartya; Makri, Nancy

    2015-09-01

    Evaluation of the Wigner phase space density for systems of many degrees of freedom presents an extremely demanding task because of the oscillatory nature of the Fourier-type integral. We propose a simple and efficient, approximate procedure for generating the Wigner distribution that avoids the computational difficulties associated with the Wigner transform. Starting from a suitable zeroth-order Hamiltonian, for which the Wigner density is available (either analytically or numerically), the phase space distribution is propagated in time via classical trajectories, while the perturbation is gradually switched on. According to the classical adiabatic theorem, each trajectory maintains a constant action if the perturbation is switched on infinitely slowly. We show that the adiabatic switching procedure produces the exact Wigner density for harmonic oscillator eigenstates and also for eigenstates of anharmonic Hamiltonians within the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) approximation. We generalize the approach to finite temperature by introducing a density rescaling factor that depends on the energy of each trajectory. Time-dependent properties are obtained simply by continuing the integration of each trajectory under the full target Hamiltonian. Further, by construction, the generated approximate Wigner distribution is invariant under classical propagation, and thus, thermodynamic properties are strictly preserved. Numerical tests on one-dimensional and dissipative systems indicate that the method produces results in very good agreement with those obtained by full quantum mechanical methods over a wide temperature range. The method is simple and efficient, as it requires no input besides the force fields required for classical trajectory integration, and is ideal for use in quasiclassical trajectory calculations.

  11. Wigner phase space distribution via classical adiabatic switching.

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    Bose, Amartya; Makri, Nancy

    2015-09-21

    Evaluation of the Wigner phase space density for systems of many degrees of freedom presents an extremely demanding task because of the oscillatory nature of the Fourier-type integral. We propose a simple and efficient, approximate procedure for generating the Wigner distribution that avoids the computational difficulties associated with the Wigner transform. Starting from a suitable zeroth-order Hamiltonian, for which the Wigner density is available (either analytically or numerically), the phase space distribution is propagated in time via classical trajectories, while the perturbation is gradually switched on. According to the classical adiabatic theorem, each trajectory maintains a constant action if the perturbation is switched on infinitely slowly. We show that the adiabatic switching procedure produces the exact Wigner density for harmonic oscillator eigenstates and also for eigenstates of anharmonic Hamiltonians within the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) approximation. We generalize the approach to finite temperature by introducing a density rescaling factor that depends on the energy of each trajectory. Time-dependent properties are obtained simply by continuing the integration of each trajectory under the full target Hamiltonian. Further, by construction, the generated approximate Wigner distribution is invariant under classical propagation, and thus, thermodynamic properties are strictly preserved. Numerical tests on one-dimensional and dissipative systems indicate that the method produces results in very good agreement with those obtained by full quantum mechanical methods over a wide temperature range. The method is simple and efficient, as it requires no input besides the force fields required for classical trajectory integration, and is ideal for use in quasiclassical trajectory calculations.

  12. Large Area Synthesis of 2D Materials

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    Vogel, Eric

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have generated significant interest for numerous applications including sensors, flexible electronics, heterostructures and optoelectronics due to their interesting, thickness-dependent properties. Despite recent progress, the synthesis of high-quality and highly uniform TMDs on a large scale is still a challenge. In this talk, synthesis routes for WSe2 and MoS2 that achieve monolayer thickness uniformity across large area substrates with electrical properties equivalent to geological crystals will be described. Controlled doping of 2D semiconductors is also critically required. However, methods established for conventional semiconductors, such as ion implantation, are not easily applicable to 2D materials because of their atomically thin structure. Redox-active molecular dopants will be demonstrated which provide large changes in carrier density and workfunction through the choice of dopant, treatment time, and the solution concentration. Finally, several applications of these large-area, uniform 2D materials will be described including heterostructures, biosensors and strain sensors.

  13. Orthotropic Piezoelectricity in 2D Nanocellulose

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    García, Y.; Ruiz-Blanco, Yasser B.; Marrero-Ponce, Yovani; Sotomayor-Torres, C. M.

    2016-10-01

    The control of electromechanical responses within bonding regions is essential to face frontier challenges in nanotechnologies, such as molecular electronics and biotechnology. Here, we present Iβ-nanocellulose as a potentially new orthotropic 2D piezoelectric crystal. The predicted in-layer piezoelectricity is originated on a sui-generis hydrogen bonds pattern. Upon this fact and by using a combination of ab-initio and ad-hoc models, we introduce a description of electrical profiles along chemical bonds. Such developments lead to obtain a rationale for modelling the extended piezoelectric effect originated within bond scales. The order of magnitude estimated for the 2D Iβ-nanocellulose piezoelectric response, ~pm V‑1, ranks this material at the level of currently used piezoelectric energy generators and new artificial 2D designs. Such finding would be crucial for developing alternative materials to drive emerging nanotechnologies.

  14. Orthotropic Piezoelectricity in 2D Nanocellulose

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    García, Y.; Ruiz-Blanco, Yasser B.; Marrero-Ponce, Yovani; Sotomayor-Torres, C. M.

    2016-01-01

    The control of electromechanical responses within bonding regions is essential to face frontier challenges in nanotechnologies, such as molecular electronics and biotechnology. Here, we present Iβ-nanocellulose as a potentially new orthotropic 2D piezoelectric crystal. The predicted in-layer piezoelectricity is originated on a sui-generis hydrogen bonds pattern. Upon this fact and by using a combination of ab-initio and ad-hoc models, we introduce a description of electrical profiles along chemical bonds. Such developments lead to obtain a rationale for modelling the extended piezoelectric effect originated within bond scales. The order of magnitude estimated for the 2D Iβ-nanocellulose piezoelectric response, ~pm V−1, ranks this material at the level of currently used piezoelectric energy generators and new artificial 2D designs. Such finding would be crucial for developing alternative materials to drive emerging nanotechnologies. PMID:27708364

  15. Orthotropic Piezoelectricity in 2D Nanocellulose.

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    García, Y; Ruiz-Blanco, Yasser B; Marrero-Ponce, Yovani; Sotomayor-Torres, C M

    2016-10-06

    The control of electromechanical responses within bonding regions is essential to face frontier challenges in nanotechnologies, such as molecular electronics and biotechnology. Here, we present Iβ-nanocellulose as a potentially new orthotropic 2D piezoelectric crystal. The predicted in-layer piezoelectricity is originated on a sui-generis hydrogen bonds pattern. Upon this fact and by using a combination of ab-initio and ad-hoc models, we introduce a description of electrical profiles along chemical bonds. Such developments lead to obtain a rationale for modelling the extended piezoelectric effect originated within bond scales. The order of magnitude estimated for the 2D Iβ-nanocellulose piezoelectric response, ~pm V(-1), ranks this material at the level of currently used piezoelectric energy generators and new artificial 2D designs. Such finding would be crucial for developing alternative materials to drive emerging nanotechnologies.

  16. 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Novoselov, K S; Mishchenko, A; Carvalho, A; Castro Neto, A H

    2016-07-29

    The physics of two-dimensional (2D) materials and heterostructures based on such crystals has been developing extremely fast. With these new materials, truly 2D physics has begun to appear (for instance, the absence of long-range order, 2D excitons, commensurate-incommensurate transition, etc.). Novel heterostructure devices--such as tunneling transistors, resonant tunneling diodes, and light-emitting diodes--are also starting to emerge. Composed from individual 2D crystals, such devices use the properties of those materials to create functionalities that are not accessible in other heterostructures. Here we review the properties of novel 2D crystals and examine how their properties are used in new heterostructure devices.

  17. Wigner rotations and Iwasawa decompositions in polarization optics.

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    Han, D; Kim, Y S; Noz, M E

    1999-07-01

    Wigner rotations and Iwasawa decompositions are manifestations of the internal space-time symmetries of massive and massless particles, respectively. It is shown to be possible to produce combinations of optical filters which exhibit transformations corresponding to Wigner rotations and Iwasawa decompositions. This is possible because the combined effects of rotation, phase-shift, and attenuation filters lead to transformation matrices of the six-parameter Lorentz group applicable to Jones vectors and Stokes parameters for polarized light waves. The symmetry transformations in special relativity lead to a set of experiments which can be performed in optics laboratories.

  18. Eugene Wigner - A Gedanken Pioneer of the Second Quantum Revolution

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    Zeilinger, Anton

    2014-09-01

    Eugene Wigner pointed out very interesting consequences of quantum physics in elegant gedanken experiments. As a result of technical progress, these gedanken experiments have become real experiments and contribute to the development of novel concepts in quantum information science, often called the second quantum revolution.

  19. Recognition of frequency-modulated signals using the Wigner distribution

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    Vysotskiy, M. G.; Kaasik, V. P.; Rogov, S. A.; Rozov, S. V.

    2016-03-01

    Precision and resolution ability of the frequency-modulated signals time-frequency distributions at the formation of these distributions with the help of pseudo-Wigner processors is investigated. Linear-frequency modulated signals and signals with frequency dependence on time to the higher than the first power are considered. The results of the numerical simulation are presented.

  20. Wigner functions for the pair angle and orbital angular momentum

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    Kastrup, H. A.

    2016-12-01

    The problem of constructing physically and mathematically well-defined Wigner functions for the canonical pair angle θ and angular momentum p is solved. While a key element for the construction of Wigner functions for the planar phase space {(q ,p ) ∈R2} is the Heisenberg-Weyl group, the corresponding group for the cylindrical phase space {(θ ,p ) ∈S1×R } is the Euclidean group E (2 ) of the plane and its unitary representations. Here the angle θ is replaced by the pair (cosθ ,sinθ ) , which corresponds uniquely to the points on the unit circle. The main structural properties of the Wigner functions for the planar and the cylindrical phase spaces are strikingly similar. A crucial role is played by the s i n c function, which provides the interpolation for the discontinuous quantized angular momenta in terms of the continuous classical ones, in accordance with the famous Whittaker cardinal function well known from interpolation and sampling theories. The quantum mechanical marginal distributions for the angle (continuous) and angular momentum (discontinuous) are, as usual, uniquely obtained by appropriate integrations of the (θ ,p ) Wigner function. Among the examples discussed is an elementary system of simple cat states.

  1. From the Weyl quantization of a particle on the circle to number–phase Wigner functions

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    Przanowski, Maciej Brzykcy, Przemysław Tosiek, Jaromir

    2014-12-15

    A generalized Weyl quantization formalism for a particle on the circle is shown to supply an effective method for defining the number–phase Wigner function in quantum optics. A Wigner function for the state ϱ{sup ^} and the kernel K for a particle on the circle is defined and its properties are analysed. Then it is shown how this Wigner function can be easily modified to give the number–phase Wigner function in quantum optics. Some examples of such number–phase Wigner functions are considered.

  2. Ordering in Conformal Crystals

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    Soni, Vishal; Gomez, Leopoldo; Irvine, William

    2014-03-01

    Condensed matter systems commonly undergo ordering processes that are frustrated by geometric constraints. Experiments on interfacial colloidal systems have resulted in several recent insights into the two dimensional ordering of crystalline lattices frustrated by Gaussian curvature. We study the ordering of flat colloidal Wigner crystals immersed in an axially symmetric potential. By relating the resulting inhomogenous structure to a lattice with Gaussian curvature, we investigate the role of topological defects in organizing the conformal crystal-like ground state.

  3. Self-consistent approach to the Wigner-Seitz treatment of soliton matter

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    Weber, Urban; McGovern, Judith A.

    1998-06-01

    We propose a self-consistent approach to the treatment of nuclear matter as a crystal of solitons in the Wigner-Seitz approximation. Specifically, we use a Bloch-like boundary condition on the quarks at the edge of a spherical cell which allows the dispersion relation for a given radius to be calculated self-consistently along with the meson fields; in previous work some ansatz for the dispersion relation has always been an input. Results in all models are very sensitive to the form of the dispersion relation, and so our approach represents a significant advance. We apply the method to both the Friedberg-Lee model and the chiral quark-meson model of Birse and Banerjee. Only the latter shows short-range repulsion; in the former the transition to a quark plasma occurs at unrealistically low densities.

  4. Generalized Weyl-Wigner map and Vey quantum mechanics

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    Dias, Nuno Costa; Prata, João Nuno

    2001-12-01

    The Weyl-Wigner map yields the entire structure of Moyal quantum mechanics directly from the standard operator formulation. The covariant generalization of Moyal theory, also known as Vey quantum mechanics, was presented in the literature many years ago. However, a derivation of the formalism directly from standard operator quantum mechanics, clarifying the relation between the two formulations, is still missing. In this article we present a covariant generalization of the Weyl order prescription and of the Weyl-Wigner map and use them to derive Vey quantum mechanics directly from the standard operator formulation. The procedure displays some interesting features: it yields all the key ingredients and provides a more straightforward interpretation of the Vey theory including a direct implementation of unitary operator transformations as phase space coordinate transformations in the Vey idiom. These features are illustrated through a simple example.

  5. Bell's inequality violation with non-negative Wigner functions

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    Revzen, M.; Mann, A.; Mello, P.A.; Johansen, L.M.

    2005-02-01

    A Bell inequality violation allowed by the two-mode squeezed state, whose Wigner function is nonnegative, is shown to hold only for correlations among dynamical variables that cannot be interpreted via a local hidden variable theory. Explicit calculations and interpretation are given for Bell's suggestion that the EPR (Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen) state will not allow violation of Bell's inequality, in conjunction with its Wigner representative being nonnegative. It is argued that Bell's theorem disallowing the violation of Bell's inequality within a local hidden-variable theory depends on the dynamical variables having a definite value--assigned by the local hidden variables--even when they cannot be simultaneously measured. The analysis leads us to conclude that Bell's inequality violation is to be associated with endowing these definite values to the dynamical variables, and not with their locality attributes.

  6. Detecting quantum non-Gaussianity via the Wigner function

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    Genoni, Marco G.; Palma, Mattia L.; Tufarelli, Tommaso; Olivares, Stefano; Kim, M. S.; Paris, Matteo G. A.

    2013-06-01

    We introduce a family of criteria to detect quantum non-Gaussian states of a harmonic oscillator, that is, quantum states that cannot be expressed as a convex mixture of Gaussian states. In particular, we prove that for convex mixtures of Gaussian states, the value of the Wigner function at the origin of phase space is bounded from below by a nonzero positive quantity, which is a function only of the average number of excitations (photons) of the state. As a consequence, if this bound is violated, then the quantum state must be quantum non-Gaussian. We show that this criterion can be further generalized by considering additional Gaussian operations on the state under examination. We then apply these criteria to various non-Gaussian states evolving in a noisy Gaussian channel, proving that the bounds are violated for high values of losses, and thus also for states characterized by a positive Wigner function.

  7. Torus as phase space: Weyl quantization, dequantization, and Wigner formalism

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    Ligabò, Marilena

    2016-08-15

    The Weyl quantization of classical observables on the torus (as phase space) without regularity assumptions is explicitly computed. The equivalence class of symbols yielding the same Weyl operator is characterized. The Heisenberg equation for the dynamics of general quantum observables is written through the Moyal brackets on the torus and the support of the Wigner transform is characterized. Finally, a dequantization procedure is introduced that applies, for instance, to the Pauli matrices. As a result we obtain the corresponding classical symbols.

  8. Wigner and Husimi functions in the double-well potential

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    Novaes, Marcel

    2003-06-01

    We present Wigner and Husimi functions for the stationary states of the quartic oscillator and the more general double-well potential, paying particular attention to the corresponding classical structure. We find that the qualitative behaviour of both these functions depends strongly on the height of the potential barrier, and that the Husimi function has vestiges of the classical trajectories even for states below this barrier. The zero-point energy is also seen to play an important role.

  9. Nonclassicality of vortex Airy beams in the Wigner representation

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    Chen Ruipin; Ooi, C. H. Raymond

    2011-10-15

    The Wigner distribution function (WDF) of a vortex Airy beam is calculated analytically. The WDF provides intuitive pictures of the intriguing features of vorticity in phase space. The nonclassical property of the vortex Airy beam and the Airy beam is analyzed through the negative parts of the WDF. The study shows that destructive interference of certain classical waves can mimic nonclassical lights such as those due to quantum effects.

  10. Continuous-variable teleportation of a negative Wigner function

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    Mišta, Ladislav, Jr.; Filip, Radim; Furusawa, Akira

    2010-07-01

    Teleportation is a basic primitive for quantum communication and quantum computing. We address the problem of continuous-variable (unconditional and conditional) teleportation of a pure single-photon state and a mixed attenuated single-photon state generally in a nonunity-gain regime. Our figure of merit is the maximum negativity of the Wigner function, which demonstrates a highly nonclassical feature of the teleported state. We find that the negativity of the Wigner function of the single-photon state can be unconditionally teleported for an arbitrarily weak squeezed state used to create the entangled state shared in teleportation. In contrast, for the attenuated single-photon state there is a strict threshold squeezing one has to surpass to successfully teleport the negativity of its Wigner function. The conditional teleportation allows one to approach perfect transmission of the single photon for an arbitrarily low squeezing at a cost of decrease of the success rate. In contrast, for the attenuated single photon state, conditional teleportation cannot overcome the squeezing threshold of the unconditional teleportation and it approaches negativity of the input state only if the squeezing increases simultaneously. However, as soon as the threshold squeezing is surpassed, conditional teleportation still pronouncedly outperforms the unconditional one. The main consequences for quantum communication and quantum computing with continuous variables are discussed.

  11. Continuous-variable teleportation of a negative Wigner function

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    Mista, Ladislav Jr.; Filip, Radim; Furusawa, Akira

    2010-07-15

    Teleportation is a basic primitive for quantum communication and quantum computing. We address the problem of continuous-variable (unconditional and conditional) teleportation of a pure single-photon state and a mixed attenuated single-photon state generally in a nonunity-gain regime. Our figure of merit is the maximum negativity of the Wigner function, which demonstrates a highly nonclassical feature of the teleported state. We find that the negativity of the Wigner function of the single-photon state can be unconditionally teleported for an arbitrarily weak squeezed state used to create the entangled state shared in teleportation. In contrast, for the attenuated single-photon state there is a strict threshold squeezing one has to surpass to successfully teleport the negativity of its Wigner function. The conditional teleportation allows one to approach perfect transmission of the single photon for an arbitrarily low squeezing at a cost of decrease of the success rate. In contrast, for the attenuated single photon state, conditional teleportation cannot overcome the squeezing threshold of the unconditional teleportation and it approaches negativity of the input state only if the squeezing increases simultaneously. However, as soon as the threshold squeezing is surpassed, conditional teleportation still pronouncedly outperforms the unconditional one. The main consequences for quantum communication and quantum computing with continuous variables are discussed.

  12. A Wigner Monte Carlo approach to density functional theory

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    Sellier, J.M. Dimov, I.

    2014-08-01

    In order to simulate quantum N-body systems, stationary and time-dependent density functional theories rely on the capacity of calculating the single-electron wave-functions of a system from which one obtains the total electron density (Kohn–Sham systems). In this paper, we introduce the use of the Wigner Monte Carlo method in ab-initio calculations. This approach allows time-dependent simulations of chemical systems in the presence of reflective and absorbing boundary conditions. It also enables an intuitive comprehension of chemical systems in terms of the Wigner formalism based on the concept of phase-space. Finally, being based on a Monte Carlo method, it scales very well on parallel machines paving the way towards the time-dependent simulation of very complex molecules. A validation is performed by studying the electron distribution of three different systems, a Lithium atom, a Boron atom and a hydrogenic molecule. For the sake of simplicity, we start from initial conditions not too far from equilibrium and show that the systems reach a stationary regime, as expected (despite no restriction is imposed in the choice of the initial conditions). We also show a good agreement with the standard density functional theory for the hydrogenic molecule. These results demonstrate that the combination of the Wigner Monte Carlo method and Kohn–Sham systems provides a reliable computational tool which could, eventually, be applied to more sophisticated problems.

  13. Wigner-Weyl correspondence and semiclassical quantization in spherical coordinates

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    Poirier, Bill

    1999-12-01

    The Wigner-Weyl quantum-to-classical correspondence rule is nonunique with respect to coordinate choice. This ambiguity can be exploited to improve the accuracy of semiclassical approximations. For instance, the well-known Langer modification was recently derived by applying a coordinate transformation to the radial Schrödinger equation prior to using the Wigner-Weyl rule—albeit only by presuming exact quantum solutions for all nonradial degrees of freedom [J. J. Morehead, J. Math. Phys. 36, 5431 (1995)]. In this paper, the full classical Hamiltonian is derived in all degrees of freedom, using a (hyper)spherical coordinate Wigner-Weyl correspondence with a Langer-like modification of polar angles. For central force Hamiltonians, the new result is radially equivalent to that of Langer, and to the standard Cartesian form. The new correspondence is superior with respect to all angular momentum operators however, in that the resultant semiclassical eigenvalues are exact—a desirable goal, evidently achieved here for the first time.

  14. Wigner Functions and Tomograms of the Klauder-Perelomov Coherent States for the Pseudoharmonic Oscillator

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    Zhang, Xiao-Yan; Wang, Ji-Suo; Meng, Xiang-Guo; Su, Jie

    2009-02-01

    Using the coherent state representation of Wigner operator and the technique of integration within an ordered product (IWOP) of operators, the Wigner functions of the Klauder-Perelomov coherent states (KP-CSs) for the pseudoharmonic oscillator (PHO) are obtained and the variations of the Wigner functions with the parameters k and z are discussed. Moreover, the tomograms of the KP-CSs for the PHO are calculated by virtue of intermediate coordinate-momentum representation in quantum optics.

  15. Spin exchange dominated by charge fluctuations of the Wigner lattice in the chain cuprate Na5Cu3O6

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    Ali, Naveed Zafar; Sirker, Jesko; Nuss, Jürgen; Horsch, Peter; Jansen, Martin

    2011-07-01

    Na5Cu3O6, a new member of one-dimensional charge-ordered chain cuprates, was synthesized via the azide/nitrate route by reacting NaN3, NaNO3, and CuO. According to single-crystal x-ray analysis, one-dimensional ∞1CuO2n- chains built up from planar, edge-sharing CuO4 squares are a dominant feature of the crystal structure. From the analysis of the Cu-O bond lengths, we find that the system forms a Wigner lattice. The commensurate charge order allows the explicit assignment of the valence states of either +2 or +3 to each copper atom, resulting in a repetition according to Cu2+-Cu3+-Cu2+-Cu2+-Cu3+-Cu2+. Following the theoretical analysis of the previously synthesized compounds Na3Cu2O4 and Na8Cu5O10, the magnetic susceptibility was expected to show a large dimer gap. Surprisingly, this is not the case. To resolve this puzzle, we show that the magnetic couplings in this compound are strongly affected by excitations across the Wigner charge gap. By including these contributions, which are distinct from conventional superexchange in Mott-insulators, we obtain a quantitatively satisfying theoretical description of the magnetic susceptibility data.

  16. Chemical vapour deposition: Transition metal carbides go 2D

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    Gogotsi, Yury

    2015-08-17

    Here, the research community has been steadily expanding the family of few-atom-thick crystals beyond graphene, discovering new materials or producing known materials in a 2D state and demonstrating their unique properties1, 2. Recently, nanometre-thin 2D transition metal carbides have also joined this family3. Writing in Nature Materials, Chuan Xu and colleagues now report a significant advance in the field, showing the synthesis of large-area, high-quality, nanometre-thin crystals of molybdenum carbide that demonstrate low-temperature 2D superconductivity4. Moreover, they also show that other ultrathin carbide crystals, such as tungsten and tantalum carbides, can be grown by chemical vapour deposition with a highmore » crystallinity and very low defect concentration.« less

  17. Chemical vapour deposition: Transition metal carbides go 2D

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    Gogotsi, Yury

    2015-08-17

    Here, the research community has been steadily expanding the family of few-atom-thick crystals beyond graphene, discovering new materials or producing known materials in a 2D state and demonstrating their unique properties1, 2. Recently, nanometre-thin 2D transition metal carbides have also joined this family3. Writing in Nature Materials, Chuan Xu and colleagues now report a significant advance in the field, showing the synthesis of large-area, high-quality, nanometre-thin crystals of molybdenum carbide that demonstrate low-temperature 2D superconductivity4. Moreover, they also show that other ultrathin carbide crystals, such as tungsten and tantalum carbides, can be grown by chemical vapour deposition with a high crystallinity and very low defect concentration.

  18. Construction of 2D lateral pseudoheterostructures by strain engineering

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    Feng, Haifeng; Zhuang, Jincheng; Slattery, Ashley D.; Wang, Liang; Xu, Zhongfei; Xu, Xun; Mitchell, David; Zheng, Tian; Li, Songlin; Higgins, Michael; Ren, Long; Sun, Ziqi; Xue Dou, Shi; Du, Yi; Hao, Weichang

    2017-06-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) lateral heterostructures host unconventional physical properties due to their controllable band-offset tuning and interfacial sensitive characteristic. The lattice mismatch results in the difficulties to construct the perfect atomic interface in such 2D lateral heterostructures, which in turn limits their desirable properties and performances in applications. In this work, strain-modulated 2D lateral pseudoheterogeneous structures are designed and realized in the single-component 2D BiOBr nanosheets by taking advantage of their strain-sensitive crystal and electronic structures. The pseudoheterogeneous interface without atomic mismatch can be feasibly modulated by local strain distribution, which exhibits similar local electronic band structure of corresponding heterostructures. Significant enhancement in charge separation at the pseudoheterostructure was demonstrated under visible light irradiation, which is given rise to the controllable electronic band alignment across the interface. The construction of the lateral pseudoheterostructure offers a feasible and promising way to build unprecedented 2D systems with exciting properties.

  19. Molecular Engineering of Liquid Crystal Polymers by Living Polymerization. 17. Characterization of Poly(10-((4-Cyano-4’-Biphenyl)oxy) decanyl Vinyl Ether)s by 1-D and 2-D H-NMR Spectroscopy

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    1991-10-30

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  20. Extensions of 2D gravity

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    Sevrin, A.

    1993-06-01

    After reviewing some aspects of gravity in two dimensions, I show that non-trivial embeddings of sl(2) in a semi-simple (super) Lie algebra give rise to a very large class of extensions of 2D gravity. The induced action is constructed as a gauged WZW model and an exact expression for the effective action is given.

  1. Highly crystalline 2D superconductors

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    Saito, Yu; Nojima, Tsutomu; Iwasa, Yoshihiro

    2017-02-01

    Recent advances in materials fabrication have enabled the manufacturing of ordered 2D electron systems, such as heterogeneous interfaces, atomic layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy, exfoliated thin flakes and field-effect devices. These 2D electron systems are highly crystalline, and some of them, despite their single-layer thickness, exhibit a sheet resistance more than an order of magnitude lower than that of conventional amorphous or granular thin films. In this Review, we explore recent developments in the field of highly crystalline 2D superconductors and highlight the unprecedented physical properties of these systems. In particular, we explore the quantum metallic state (or possible metallic ground state), the quantum Griffiths phase observed in out-of-plane magnetic fields and the superconducting state maintained in anomalously large in-plane magnetic fields. These phenomena are examined in the context of weakened disorder and/or broken spatial inversion symmetry. We conclude with a discussion of how these unconventional properties make highly crystalline 2D systems promising platforms for the exploration of new quantum physics and high-temperature superconductors.

  2. Highly crystalline 2D superconductors

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    Saito, Yu; Nojima, Tsutomu; Iwasa, Yoshihiro

    2016-12-01

    Recent advances in materials fabrication have enabled the manufacturing of ordered 2D electron systems, such as heterogeneous interfaces, atomic layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy, exfoliated thin flakes and field-effect devices. These 2D electron systems are highly crystalline, and some of them, despite their single-layer thickness, exhibit a sheet resistance more than an order of magnitude lower than that of conventional amorphous or granular thin films. In this Review, we explore recent developments in the field of highly crystalline 2D superconductors and highlight the unprecedented physical properties of these systems. In particular, we explore the quantum metallic state (or possible metallic ground state), the quantum Griffiths phase observed in out-of-plane magnetic fields and the superconducting state maintained in anomalously large in-plane magnetic fields. These phenomena are examined in the context of weakened disorder and/or broken spatial inversion symmetry. We conclude with a discussion of how these unconventional properties make highly crystalline 2D systems promising platforms for the exploration of new quantum physics and high-temperature superconductors.

  3. Structure Relations and Darboux Contractions for 2D 2nd Order Superintegrable Systems

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    Heinonen, Robin; Kalnins, Ernest G.; Miller, Willard, Jr.; Subag, Eyal

    2015-06-01

    Two-dimensional quadratic algebras are generalizations of Lie algebras that include the symmetry algebras of 2nd order superintegrable systems in 2 dimensions as special cases. The superintegrable systems are exactly solvable physical systems in classical and quantum mechanics. Distinct superintegrable systems and their quadratic algebras can be related by geometric contractions, induced by Inönü-Wigner type Lie algebra contractions. These geometric contractions have important physical and geometric meanings, such as obtaining classical phenomena as limits of quantum phenomena as hbar to 0 and nonrelativistic phenomena from special relativistic as cto ∞, and the derivation of the Askey scheme for obtaining all hypergeometric orthogonal polynomials as limits of Racah/Wilson polynomials. In this paper we show how to simplify the structure relations for abstract nondegenerate and degenerate quadratic algebras and their contractions. In earlier papers we have classified contractions of 2nd order superintegrable systems on constant curvature spaces and have shown that all results are derivable from free quadratic algebras contained in the enveloping algebras of the Lie algebras e(2,C) in flat space and o(3,C) on nonzero constant curvature spaces. The quadratic algebra contractions are induced by generalizations of Inönü-Wigner contractions of these Lie algebras. As a special case we obtained the Askey scheme for hypergeometric orthogonal polynomials. After constant curvature spaces, the 4 Darboux spaces are the 2D manifolds admitting the most 2nd order Killing tensors. Here we complete this theoretical development for 2D superintegrable systems by showing that the Darboux superintegrable systems are also characterized by free quadratic algebras contained in the symmetry algebras of these spaces and that their contractions are also induced by Inönü-Wigner contractions. We present tables of the contraction results.

  4. Path-integral approach to the Wigner-Kirkwood expansion.

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    Jizba, Petr; Zatloukal, Václav

    2014-01-01

    We study the high-temperature behavior of quantum-mechanical path integrals. Starting from the Feynman-Kac formula, we derive a functional representation of the Wigner-Kirkwood perturbation expansion for quantum Boltzmann densities. As shown by its applications to different potentials, the presented expansion turns out to be quite efficient in generating analytic form of the higher-order expansion coefficients. To put some flesh on the bare bones, we apply the expansion to obtain basic thermodynamic functions of the one-dimensional anharmonic oscillator. Further salient issues, such as generalization to the Bloch density matrix and comparison with the more customary world-line formulation, are discussed.

  5. Wigner surmise for mixed symmetry classes in random matrix theory.

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    Schierenberg, Sebastian; Bruckmann, Falk; Wettig, Tilo

    2012-06-01

    We consider the nearest-neighbor spacing distributions of mixed random matrix ensembles interpolating between different symmetry classes or between integrable and nonintegrable systems. We derive analytical formulas for the spacing distributions of 2×2 or 4×4 matrices and show numerically that they provide very good approximations for those of random matrices with large dimension. This generalizes the Wigner surmise, which is valid for pure ensembles that are recovered as limits of the mixed ensembles. We show how the coupling parameters of small and large matrices must be matched depending on the local eigenvalue density.

  6. Wigner surmise for mixed symmetry classes in random matrix theory

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    Schierenberg, Sebastian; Bruckmann, Falk; Wettig, Tilo

    2012-06-01

    We consider the nearest-neighbor spacing distributions of mixed random matrix ensembles interpolating between different symmetry classes or between integrable and nonintegrable systems. We derive analytical formulas for the spacing distributions of 2×2 or 4×4 matrices and show numerically that they provide very good approximations for those of random matrices with large dimension. This generalizes the Wigner surmise, which is valid for pure ensembles that are recovered as limits of the mixed ensembles. We show how the coupling parameters of small and large matrices must be matched depending on the local eigenvalue density.

  7. Emergent heavy fermion behavior at the Wigner-Mott transition.

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    Merino, Jaime; Ralko, Arnaud; Fratini, Simone

    2013-09-20

    We study charge ordering driven by Coulomb interactions on triangular lattices relevant to the Wigner-Mott transition in two dimensions. Dynamical mean-field theory reveals the pinball liquid phase, a charge ordered metallic phase containing quasilocalized (pins) coexisting with itinerant (balls) electrons. Based on an effective periodic Anderson model for this phase, we find an antiferromagnetic Kondo coupling between pins and balls and strong quasiparticle renormalization. Non-Fermi liquid behavior can occur in such charge ordered systems due to the spin-flip scattering of itinerant electrons off the pins in analogy with heavy fermion compounds.

  8. E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft (E-2D AHE)

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    2015-12-01

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  9. Time frequency chirp-Wigner transform for signals with any nonlinear polynomial time varying instantaneous frequency

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    Gelman, L.; Gould, J. D.

    2007-11-01

    The new technique, the time-frequency chirp-Wigner transform has been proposed recently. This technique is further investigated for the general case of higher order chirps, i.e. non-stationary signals with any nonlinear polynomial variation of the instantaneous frequency in time. Analytical and numerical comparison of the chirp-Wigner transform and the classical Wigner distribution was performed for processing of single-component and multi-component higher order chirps. It is shown for the general case of single component higher order chirps that the chirp-Wigner transform has an essential advantage in comparison with the traditional Wigner distribution: the chirp-Wigner transform ideally follows the nonlinear polynomial frequency variation without amplitude errors. It is shown for multi-component signal where each component is a higher order chirp, that the chirp-Wigner transform adjusted to a single component will follow the instantaneous frequency of the component without amplitude errors. It is also shown that the classical Wigner distribution is unable to estimate component amplitudes of single component and multi-component higher order chirps.

  10. Bi3+/M2+ oxyphosphate: a continuous series of polycationic species from the 1D single chain to the 2D planes. Part 1: From HREM images to crystal-structure deduction.

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    Huvé, M; Colmont, M; Mentré, O

    2006-08-21

    This work deals with the crystal-structure deduction of new structural types of Bi3+-M2+ oxyphosphates (M is a transition element) from HREM images. Previous studies showed the unequivocal attribution of particular HREM contrasts to the corresponding Bi/M/O-based polycationic species in similar materials. On this basis, the examination of isolated crystallites of polyphased samples led to new HREM contrasts assigned to new polycationic species in three new structural types. This helped us to solve one crystal structure, and the two other forms have been deduced through HREM image decoding. It helped to model the investigated materials from the structural point of view as well as the chemical one. The three assumed crystal structures are formed by polycationic ribbons, n tetrahedra wide, surrounded by PO4 groups, as already encountered in these series of oxyphosphates. However, here we deal with the original n= 4-6 cases, whereas, up to this work, only the n= 1-3 ribbons have been reported. The greater size of ribbons is associated with particular structural modifications responsible for complex HREM contrasts. The validity of the proposed models is verified in Part 2 of this work.

  11. Applicability, Indispensability, and Underdetermination: Puzzling Over Wigner's `Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics'

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    Gelfert, Axel

    2014-05-01

    In his influential 1960 paper `The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences', Eugene P. Wigner raises the question of why something that was developed without concern for empirical facts—mathematics—should turn out to be so powerful in explaining facts about the natural world. Recent philosophy of science has developed `Wigner's puzzle' in two different directions: First, in relation to the supposed indispensability of mathematical facts to particular scientific explanations and, secondly, in connection with the idea that aesthetic criteria track theoretical desiderata such as empirical success. An important aspect of Wigner's article has, however, been overlooked in these debates: his worries about the underdetermination of physical theories by mathematical frameworks. The present paper argues that, by restoring this aspect of Wigner's argument to its proper place, Wigner's puzzle may become an instructive case study for the teaching of core issues in the philosophy of science and its history.

  12. Covariant chiral kinetic equation in the Wigner function approach

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    Gao, Jian-hua; Pu, Shi; Wang, Qun

    2017-07-01

    The covariant chiral kinetic equation (CCKE) is derived from the four-dimensional Wigner function by an improved perturbative method under the static equilibrium conditions. The chiral kinetic equation in three dimensions can be obtained by integration over the time component of the four-momentum. There is freedom to add more terms to the CCKE allowed by conservation laws. In the derivation of the three-dimensional equation, there is also freedom to choose coefficients of some terms in d x0/d τ and d x /d τ [τ is a parameter along the worldline, and (x0,x ) denotes the time-space position of a particle] whose three-momentum integrals are vanishing. So the three-dimensional chiral kinetic equation derived from the CCKE is not uniquely determined in the current approach. The key assumption of our approach is the perturbation in powers of space-time derivative and constant electromagnetic field strength tensor under the static equilibrium conditions. To go beyond the current approach and overcome these problems one needs a new way of building up the three-dimensional chiral kinetic equation from the CCKE or directly from covariant Wigner equations.

  13. Space fractional Wigner equation and its semiclassical limit.

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    Stickler, B A; Schachinger, E

    2011-12-01

    Manifestations of space fractional quantum mechanics (SFQM), as it was formulated by Laskin [Phys. Rev. E 62, 3135 (2000)], are deemed to offer a better physical interpretation of Lévy flight statistics on a quantum mechanical level. We start with the SFQM Schrödinger equation characterized by a Lévy flight index α∈ (1,2), perform a Wigner transform, and draw the limit h/Eτ → 0 (i.e., let the observed energy scale E go to infinity in comparison to the quantization given by h/τ). In order to obtain classical transport equations two possible substitutions for the terms |p|(α) and |p'|α which appear in von Neumann's equation are presented. It is demonstrated that they conform to the criteria for a successful Wigner transform. Their benefits and caveats are discussed in detail. We find, that, indeed, SFQM manifests itself in an anomalous kinetic term of the free particle's motion and, assuming an external potential diagonal in momentum space for the sake of simplicity, in corresponding anomalous terms in the resulting drift current. All our results reduce to the classical forms in the limit α = 2.

  14. Mermin-Wagner fluctuations in 2D amorphous solids.

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    Illing, Bernd; Fritschi, Sebastian; Kaiser, Herbert; Klix, Christian L; Maret, Georg; Keim, Peter

    2017-02-21

    In a recent commentary, J. M. Kosterlitz described how D. Thouless and he got motivated to investigate melting and suprafluidity in two dimensions [Kosterlitz JM (2016) J Phys Condens Matter 28:481001]. It was due to the lack of broken translational symmetry in two dimensions-doubting the existence of 2D crystals-and the first computer simulations foretelling 2D crystals (at least in tiny systems). The lack of broken symmetries proposed by D. Mermin and H. Wagner is caused by long wavelength density fluctuations. Those fluctuations do not only have structural impact, but additionally a dynamical one: They cause the Lindemann criterion to fail in 2D in the sense that the mean squared displacement of atoms is not limited. Comparing experimental data from 3D and 2D amorphous solids with 2D crystals, we disentangle Mermin-Wagner fluctuations from glassy structural relaxations. Furthermore, we demonstrate with computer simulations the logarithmic increase of displacements with system size: Periodicity is not a requirement for Mermin-Wagner fluctuations, which conserve the homogeneity of space on long scales.

  15. Hexatic and Microemulsion Phases in the 2d Quantum Plasma

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    Clark, Bryan; Casula, Michele; Ceperley, David

    2009-03-01

    It has been long known that the two-dimensional one component plasma supports both a Wigner-crystal and liquid phase. Classically [1,2], it is known that a hexatic phase exists but it is not known how this hexatic phase extends into the quantum regime. Moreover, at low temperature, phenomenological arguments [3] from Jamei, et. al. suggest the existence of microemulsion phases including stripes and bubbles. We use diffusion and path integral Monte Carlo to map out this phase diagram. We are able to extend the hexatic phase into the quantum regime as well as quantify the nature of the defects and exponents in the long range quantum system. We also specify the the nature, extent and existence (or lack thereof) of the expected low-T microemulsion phases. [0pt] [1] Muto, S. & Aoki, H. Crystallization of a classical two-dimensional electron system: Positional and orientational orders. Phys. Rev. B 59, 14911(1999).[0pt] [2] He, W.J. et al. Phase transition in a classical two-dimensional electron system. Phys. Rev. B 68, 195104(2003).[0pt] [3] Jamei, R., Kivelson, S. & Spivak, B. Universal Aspects of Coulomb-Frustrated Phase Separation. Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 056805-4(2005).

  16. Brittle Fracture of 2D MoSe2

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    Yang, Yingchao; Li, Xing; Wen, Minru; ...

    2016-11-03

    An in situ quantitative tensile testing platform is developed in this paper to enable the uniform in-plane loading of a freestanding membrane of 2D materials inside a scanning electron microscope. The in situ tensile testing reveals the brittle fracture of large-area MoSe2 crystals and measures their fracture strength for the first time.

  17. Crystal structure of the [Mg2+-(chromomycin A3)2]-d(TTGGCCAA)2 complex reveals GGCC binding specificity of the drug dimer chelated by a metal ion.

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    Hou, Ming-Hon; Robinson, Howard; Gao, Yi-Gui; Wang, Andrew H-J

    2004-01-01

    The anticancer antibiotic chromomycin A3 (Chro) is a DNA minor groove binding drug belonging to the aureolic family. Chro likely exerts its activity by interfering with replication and transcription. Chro forms a dimer, mediated by a divalent metal ion, which binds to G/C-rich DNA. Herein we report the first crystal structure of Chro bound to d(TTG GCCAA)2 DNA duplex solved by multiwavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) based on the chelated Co3+ ion. The structure of the Mg2+ complex was subsequently refined at 2.15 A resolution, which revealed two complexes of metal-coordinated dimers of Chro bound to the octamer DNA duplex in the asymmetric unit. The metal ion is octahedrally coordinated to the O1 and O9 oxygen atoms of the chromophore (CPH), and two water molecules act as the fifth and sixth ligands. The two coordinated water molecules are hydrogen bonded to O2 atoms of C5 and C13 bases. The Chro dimer binds at and significantly widens the minor groove of the GGCC sequence. The long axis of each chromophore lies along and stacks over the sugar-phosphate backbone with the two attached saccharide moieties (rings A/B and C/D/E) wrapping across the minor groove. DNA is kinked by 30 degrees and 36 degrees in the two complexes, respectively. Six G-specific hydrogen bonds between Chro and DNA provide the GGCC sequence specificity. Interestingly, DNA in concert with Chro appears to act as an effective template to catalyze the deamination of Co(NH3)6(3+), as shown by circular dichroism and crystal structure data. Our results present useful structural information for designing new anticancer drug derivatives in the future.

  18. Controlling Structural Anisotropy of Anisotropic 2D Layers in Pseudo-1D/2D Material Heterojunctions.

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    Chen, Bin; Wu, Kedi; Suslu, Aslihan; Yang, Sijie; Cai, Hui; Yano, Aliya; Soignard, Emmanuel; Aoki, Toshihiro; March, Katia; Shen, Yuxia; Tongay, Sefaattin

    2017-07-10

    Chemical vapor deposition and growth dynamics of highly anisotropic 2D lateral heterojunctions between pseudo-1D ReS2 and isotropic WS2 monolayers are reported for the first time. Constituent ReS2 and WS2 layers have vastly different atomic structure, crystallizing in anisotropic 1T' and isotropic 2H phases, respectively. Through high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and angle-resolved Raman spectroscopy, this study is able to provide the very first atomic look at intimate interfaces between these dissimilar 2D materials. Surprisingly, the results reveal that ReS2 lateral heterojunctions to WS2 produce well-oriented (highly anisotropic) Re-chains perpendicular to WS2 edges. When vertically stacked, Re-chains orient themselves along the WS2 zigzag direction, and consequently, Re-chains exhibit six-fold rotation, resulting in loss of macroscopic scale anisotropy. The degree of anisotropy of ReS2 on WS2 largely depends on the domain size, and decreases for increasing domain size due to randomization of Re-chains and formation of ReS2 subdomains. Present work establishes the growth dynamics of atomic junctions between novel anisotropic/isotropic 2D materials, and overall results mark the very first demonstration of control over anisotropy direction, which is a significant leap forward for large-scale nanomanufacturing of anisotropic systems. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Observation of the Wigner-Huntington transition to metallic hydrogen.

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    Dias, Ranga P; Silvera, Isaac F

    2017-02-17

    Producing metallic hydrogen has been a great challenge in condensed matter physics. Metallic hydrogen may be a room-temperature superconductor and metastable when the pressure is released and could have an important impact on energy and rocketry. We have studied solid molecular hydrogen under pressure at low temperatures. At a pressure of 495 gigapascals, hydrogen becomes metallic, with reflectivity as high as 0.91. We fit the reflectance using a Drude free-electron model to determine the plasma frequency of 32.5 ± 2.1 electron volts at a temperature of 5.5 kelvin, with a corresponding electron carrier density of 7.7 ± 1.1 × 10(23) particles per cubic centimeter, which is consistent with theoretical estimates of the atomic density. The properties are those of an atomic metal. We have produced the Wigner-Huntington dissociative transition to atomic metallic hydrogen in the laboratory.

  20. Observation of the Wigner-Huntington transition to metallic hydrogen

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    Dias, Ranga P.; Silvera, Isaac F.

    2017-02-01

    Producing metallic hydrogen has been a great challenge in condensed matter physics. Metallic hydrogen may be a room-temperature superconductor and metastable when the pressure is released and could have an important impact on energy and rocketry. We have studied solid molecular hydrogen under pressure at low temperatures. At a pressure of 495 gigapascals, hydrogen becomes metallic, with reflectivity as high as 0.91. We fit the reflectance using a Drude free-electron model to determine the plasma frequency of 32.5 ± 2.1 electron volts at a temperature of 5.5 kelvin, with a corresponding electron carrier density of 7.7 ± 1.1 × 1023 particles per cubic centimeter, which is consistent with theoretical estimates of the atomic density. The properties are those of an atomic metal. We have produced the Wigner-Huntington dissociative transition to atomic metallic hydrogen in the laboratory.

  1. Wigner-Araki-Yanase theorem beyond conservation laws

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    Tukiainen, Mikko

    2017-01-01

    The ability to measure every quantum observable is ensured by a fundamental result in quantum measurement theory. Nevertheless, additive conservation laws associated with physical symmetries, such as the angular momentum conservation, may lead to restrictions on the measurability of the observables. Such limitations are imposed by the theorem of Wigner, Araki, and Yanase (WAY). In this paper a formulation of the WAY theorem is presented rephrasing the measurability limitations in terms of quantum incompatibility. This broader mathematical basis enables us to both capture and generalize the WAY theorem by allowing us to drop the assumptions of additivity and even conservation of the involved quantities. Moreover, we extend the WAY theorem to the general level of positive operator-valued measures.

  2. Nonlinear analogue of the May−Wigner instability transition

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    Fyodorov, Yan V.; Khoruzhenko, Boris A.

    2016-01-01

    We study a system of N≫1 degrees of freedom coupled via a smooth homogeneous Gaussian vector field with both gradient and divergence-free components. In the absence of coupling, the system is exponentially relaxing to an equilibrium with rate μ. We show that, while increasing the ratio of the coupling strength to the relaxation rate, the system experiences an abrupt transition from a topologically trivial phase portrait with a single equilibrium into a topologically nontrivial regime characterized by an exponential number of equilibria, the vast majority of which are expected to be unstable. It is suggested that this picture provides a global view on the nature of the May−Wigner instability transition originally discovered by local linear stability analysis. PMID:27274077

  3. Star product, discrete Wigner functions, and spin-system tomograms

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    Adam, P.; Andreev, V. A.; Isar, A.; Man'ko, V. I.; Man'ko, M. A.

    2016-03-01

    We develop the star-product formalism for spin states and consider different methods for constructing operator systems forming sets of dequantizers and quantizers, establishing a relation between them. We study the physical meaning of the operator symbols related to them. Quantum tomograms can also serve as operator symbols. We show that the possibility to express discrete Wigner functions in terms of measurable quantities follows because these functions can be related to quantum tomograms. We investigate the physical meaning of tomograms and spin-system tomogram symbols, which they acquire in the framework of the star-product formalism. We study the structure of the sum kernels, which can be used to express the operator symbols, calculated using different sets of dequantizers and also arising in calculating the star product of operator symbols, in terms of one another.

  4. The Wigner - Seitz model for concentrated clay suspensions

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    Trizac, Emmanuel; Hansen, Jean-Pierre

    1997-03-01

    The model of a single uniformly charged finite platelet confined with its counter-ions and added salt to a Wigner - Seitz cell is treated within linearized Poisson - Boltzmann (or Debye - Hückel) theory. We consider circular (disc-like) and square platelets placed at the centre of a cylindrical or parallelepipedic cell of volume fixed by the macroscopic clay concentration. For a given volume the free energy F is minimized with respect to the aspect ratio of the cell. We find that the quadrupole moment Q of the total charge distribution always vanishes at the free-energy minimum, and that for discs, Q and F are practically identical for the two cell geometries at any given volume and salt concentration. Finally we propose a hybrid Poisson - Boltzmann/Debye - Hückel formulation which allows non-linearities to be approximately accounted for.

  5. Quantifying Correlations via the Wigner-Yanase-Dyson Skew Information

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    Fan, Yajing; Cao, Huaixin

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, based on a discussion about the Wigner-Yanase-Dyson (WYD) skew information, the measure F a, α ( ρ a b ) for correlations in terms of the WYD skew information is introduced and discussed. The following conclusions are obtained. For a classical-quantum state ρ a b , F a, α ( ρ a b )=0 if and only if ρ a b is a product state; F a, α ( ρ a b ) is locally unitary invariant and convex on the set of states with the fixed marginal ρ a ; F a, α ( ρ a b ) decreases under local random unitary operation on H b ; For a quantum-classical state ρ a b , F a, α ( ρ a b ) decreases under local operation on H b ; Lastly, F a, α ( ρ a b ) is computed for the pure states and the Bell-diagonal states, respectively.

  6. Mean field limit for bosons and propagation of Wigner measures

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    Ammari, Z.; Nier, F.

    2009-04-01

    We consider the N-body Schrödinger dynamics of bosons in the mean field limit with a bounded pair-interaction potential. According to the previous work [Ammari, Z. and Nier, F., "Mean field limit for bosons and infinite dimensional phase-space analysis," Ann. Henri Poincare 9, 1503 (2008)], the mean field limit is translated into a semiclassical problem with a small parameter ɛ →0, after introducing an ɛ-dependent bosonic quantization. The limits of quantum correlation functions are expressed as a push forward by a nonlinear flow (e.g., Hartree) of the associated Wigner measures. These object and their basic properties were introduced by Ammari and Nier in the infinite dimensional setting. The additional result presented here states that the transport by the nonlinear flow holds for a rather general class of quantum states in their mean field limit.

  7. Mean field limit for bosons and propagation of Wigner measures

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    Ammari, Z.; Nier, F.

    2009-04-15

    We consider the N-body Schroedinger dynamics of bosons in the mean field limit with a bounded pair-interaction potential. According to the previous work [Ammari, Z. and Nier, F., 'Mean field limit for bosons and infinite dimensional phase-space analysis', Ann. Henri Poincare 9, 1503 (2008)], the mean field limit is translated into a semiclassical problem with a small parameter {epsilon}{yields}0, after introducing an {epsilon}-dependent bosonic quantization. The limits of quantum correlation functions are expressed as a push forward by a nonlinear flow (e.g., Hartree) of the associated Wigner measures. These object and their basic properties were introduced by Ammari and Nier in the infinite dimensional setting. The additional result presented here states that the transport by the nonlinear flow holds for a rather general class of quantum states in their mean field limit.

  8. Breit-Wigner Approximation and the Distributionof Resonances

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    Petkov, Vesselin; Zworski, Maciej

    For operators with a discrete spectrum, {λj2}, the counting function of λj's, N (λ), trivially satisfies N ( λ+δ ) -N ( λ-δ ) =∑jδλj((λ-δ,λ+δ]). In scattering situations the natural analogue of the discrete spectrum is given by resonances, λj∈+, and of N (λ), by the scattering phase, s(λ). The relation between the two is now non-trivial and we prove that where ω+ is the harmonic measure of the upper of half plane and δ can be taken dependent on λ. This provides a precise high energy version of the Breit-Wigner approximation, and relates the properties of s (λ) to the distribution of resonances close to the real axis.

  9. Metastable Frenkel Pair Defect in Graphite: Source of Wigner Energy?

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    Ewels, C. P.; Telling, R. H.; El-Barbary, A. A.; Heggie, M. I.; Briddon, P. R.

    2003-07-01

    The atomic processes associated with energy storage and release in irradiated graphite have long been subject to untested speculation. We examine structures and recombination routes for interstitial-vacancy (I-V) pairs in graphite. Interaction results in the formation of a new metastable defect (an intimate I-V pair) or a Stone-Wales defect. The intimate I-V pair, although 2.9eV more stable than its isolated constituents, still has a formation energy of 10.8eV. The barrier to recombination to perfect graphite is calculated to be 1.3eV, consistent with the experimental first Wigner energy release peak at 1.38eV. We expect similar defects to form in carbon nanostructures such as nanotubes, nested fullerenes, and onions under irradiation.

  10. The Wigner Function of Produced Particles in String Fragmentation

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    Wong, Cheuk-Yin

    2009-01-01

    We show that QCD4 with transverse confinement can be approximaely compactified into QCD2 with a transverse quark mass m_{T} that is obtained by solving a set of coupled transverse eigenvalue equations. In the limits of a strong coupling and a large number of flavors, QCD2 further admits Schwinger QED2-type bosonized solutions. We therefore examine phenomenologically the space-time dynamics of produced particles in string fragmentation by studying the Wigner function of produced bosons in Schwinger QED2, which mimics many features of string fragmentation in quantum chromodynamics. We find that particles with momenta in different regions of the rapidity plateau are produced at the initial moment of string fragmentation as a quark pulls away from an antiquark at high energies, in contrast to classical pictures of string fragmentation with longitudinal space-momentum-time ordering.

  11. Use of the Wigner representation in scattering problems

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    Bemler, E. A.

    1975-01-01

    The basic equations of quantum scattering were translated into the Wigner representation, putting quantum mechanics in the form of a stochastic process in phase space, with real valued probability distributions and source functions. The interpretative picture associated with this representation is developed and stressed and results used in applications published elsewhere are derived. The form of the integral equation for scattering as well as its multiple scattering expansion in this representation are derived. Quantum corrections to classical propagators are briefly discussed. The basic approximation used in the Monte-Carlo method is derived in a fashion which allows for future refinement and which includes bound state production. Finally, as a simple illustration of some of the formalism, scattering is treated by a bound two body problem. Simple expressions for single and double scattering contributions to total and differential cross-sections as well as for all necessary shadow corrections are obtained.

  12. Entangled Schrodinger cats in circuit QED: Joint Wigner Tomography

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    Gao, Yvonne Y.; Wang, Chen; Reinhold, Philip; Heeres, Reinier W.; Ofek, Nissim; Chou, Kevin; Axline, Christopher; Frunzio, Luigi; Devoret, Michel H.; Schoelkopf, Robert J.

    Creating and controlling entanglement of quantum states over large Hilbert space is an important element of quantum information processing. Using the cQED architecture consisting of two long-lived superconducting cavities dispersively coupled to a transmon qubit, we successfully created an entangled coherent-state microwave fields in two superconducting cavities. In this talk, we will present the full joint Wigner tomography of the state, measured using the method of joint photon number parity measurement introduced in the previous talk. Furthermore, we will show the redundant encoding and efficient read-out of two logical bits of information in such entangled state and hence demonstrating that the entangled ``Schrodinger cats'' is a viable candidate as an error-correctable quantum memory as well as a valuable platform for implementation of two-qubit logical operations.

  13. Wigner functions for gauge equivalence classes of unitary irreducible representations of noncommutative quantum mechanics

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    Chowdhury, S. Hasibul Hassan; Zainuddin, Hishamuddin

    2017-07-01

    While Wigner functions forming phase space representation of quantum states is a well-known fact, their construction for noncommutative quantum mechanics (NCQM) remains relatively lesser known, in particular with respect to gauge dependencies. This paper deals with the construction of Wigner functions of NCQM for a system of 2-degrees of freedom using 2-parameter families of gauge equivalence classes of unitary irreducible representations (UIRs) of the Lie group GNC which has been identified as the kinematical symmetry group of NCQM in an earlier paper. This general construction of Wigner functions for NCQM, in turn, yields the special cases of Landau and symmetric gauges of NCQM.

  14. Linear canonical transformations of coherent and squeezed states in the Wigner phase space

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    Han, D.; Kim, Y. S.; Noz, Marilyn E.

    1988-01-01

    It is shown that classical linear canonical transformations are possible in the Wigner phase space. Coherent and squeezed states are shown to be linear canonical transforms of the ground-state harmonic oscillator. It is therefore possible to evaluate the Wigner functions for coherent and squeezed states from that for the harmonic oscillator. Since the group of linear canonical transformations has a subgroup whose algebraic property is the same as that of the (2+1)-dimensional Lorentz group, it may be possible to test certain properties of the Lorentz group using optical devices. A possible experiment to measure the Wigner rotation angle is discussed.

  15. Mermin-Wagner fluctuations in 2D amorphous solids

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    Illing, Bernd; Fritschi, Sebastian; Kaiser, Herbert; Klix, Christian L.; Maret, Georg; Keim, Peter

    2017-02-01

    In a recent commentary, J. M. Kosterlitz described how D. Thouless and he got motivated to investigate melting and suprafluidity in two dimensions [Kosterlitz JM (2016) J Phys Condens Matter 28:481001]. It was due to the lack of broken translational symmetry in two dimensions—doubting the existence of 2D crystals—and the first computer simulations foretelling 2D crystals (at least in tiny systems). The lack of broken symmetries proposed by D. Mermin and H. Wagner is caused by long wavelength density fluctuations. Those fluctuations do not only have structural impact, but additionally a dynamical one: They cause the Lindemann criterion to fail in 2D in the sense that the mean squared displacement of atoms is not limited. Comparing experimental data from 3D and 2D amorphous solids with 2D crystals, we disentangle Mermin-Wagner fluctuations from glassy structural relaxations. Furthermore, we demonstrate with computer simulations the logarithmic increase of displacements with system size: Periodicity is not a requirement for Mermin-Wagner fluctuations, which conserve the homogeneity of space on long scales.

  16. Mermin–Wagner fluctuations in 2D amorphous solids

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    Illing, Bernd; Fritschi, Sebastian; Kaiser, Herbert; Klix, Christian L.; Maret, Georg; Keim, Peter

    2017-01-01

    In a recent commentary, J. M. Kosterlitz described how D. Thouless and he got motivated to investigate melting and suprafluidity in two dimensions [Kosterlitz JM (2016) J Phys Condens Matter 28:481001]. It was due to the lack of broken translational symmetry in two dimensions—doubting the existence of 2D crystals—and the first computer simulations foretelling 2D crystals (at least in tiny systems). The lack of broken symmetries proposed by D. Mermin and H. Wagner is caused by long wavelength density fluctuations. Those fluctuations do not only have structural impact, but additionally a dynamical one: They cause the Lindemann criterion to fail in 2D in the sense that the mean squared displacement of atoms is not limited. Comparing experimental data from 3D and 2D amorphous solids with 2D crystals, we disentangle Mermin–Wagner fluctuations from glassy structural relaxations. Furthermore, we demonstrate with computer simulations the logarithmic increase of displacements with system size: Periodicity is not a requirement for Mermin–Wagner fluctuations, which conserve the homogeneity of space on long scales. PMID:28137872

  17. Valleytronics in 2D materials

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    Schaibley, John R.; Yu, Hongyi; Clark, Genevieve; Rivera, Pasqual; Ross, Jason S.; Seyler, Kyle L.; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2016-11-01

    Semiconductor technology is currently based on the manipulation of electronic charge; however, electrons have additional degrees of freedom, such as spin and valley, that can be used to encode and process information. Over the past several decades, there has been significant progress in manipulating electron spin for semiconductor spintronic devices, motivated by potential spin-based information processing and storage applications. However, experimental progress towards manipulating the valley degree of freedom for potential valleytronic devices has been limited until very recently. We review the latest advances in valleytronics, which have largely been enabled by the isolation of 2D materials (such as graphene and semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides) that host an easily accessible electronic valley degree of freedom, allowing for dynamic control.

  18. Unparticle example in 2D.

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    Georgi, Howard; Kats, Yevgeny

    2008-09-26

    We discuss what can be learned about unparticle physics by studying simple quantum field theories in one space and one time dimension. We argue that the exactly soluble 2D theory of a massless fermion coupled to a massive vector boson, the Sommerfield model, is an interesting analog of a Banks-Zaks model, approaching a free theory at high energies and a scale-invariant theory with nontrivial anomalous dimensions at low energies. We construct a toy standard model coupling to the fermions in the Sommerfield model and study how the transition from unparticle behavior at low energies to free particle behavior at high energies manifests itself in interactions with the toy standard model particles.

  19. Quantum coherence selective 2D Raman-2D electronic spectroscopy

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    Spencer, Austin P.; Hutson, William O.; Harel, Elad

    2017-03-01

    Electronic and vibrational correlations report on the dynamics and structure of molecular species, yet revealing these correlations experimentally has proved extremely challenging. Here, we demonstrate a method that probes correlations between states within the vibrational and electronic manifold with quantum coherence selectivity. Specifically, we measure a fully coherent four-dimensional spectrum which simultaneously encodes vibrational-vibrational, electronic-vibrational and electronic-electronic interactions. By combining near-impulsive resonant and non-resonant excitation, the desired fifth-order signal of a complex organic molecule in solution is measured free of unwanted lower-order contamination. A critical feature of this method is electronic and vibrational frequency resolution, enabling isolation and assignment of individual quantum coherence pathways. The vibronic structure of the system is then revealed within an otherwise broad and featureless 2D electronic spectrum. This method is suited for studying elusive quantum effects in which electronic transitions strongly couple to phonons and vibrations, such as energy transfer in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes.

  20. Quantum coherence selective 2D Raman–2D electronic spectroscopy

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    Spencer, Austin P.; Hutson, William O.; Harel, Elad

    2017-01-01

    Electronic and vibrational correlations report on the dynamics and structure of molecular species, yet revealing these correlations experimentally has proved extremely challenging. Here, we demonstrate a method that probes correlations between states within the vibrational and electronic manifold with quantum coherence selectivity. Specifically, we measure a fully coherent four-dimensional spectrum which simultaneously encodes vibrational–vibrational, electronic–vibrational and electronic–electronic interactions. By combining near-impulsive resonant and non-resonant excitation, the desired fifth-order signal of a complex organic molecule in solution is measured free of unwanted lower-order contamination. A critical feature of this method is electronic and vibrational frequency resolution, enabling isolation and assignment of individual quantum coherence pathways. The vibronic structure of the system is then revealed within an otherwise broad and featureless 2D electronic spectrum. This method is suited for studying elusive quantum effects in which electronic transitions strongly couple to phonons and vibrations, such as energy transfer in photosynthetic pigment–protein complexes. PMID:28281541

  1. Quantum coherence selective 2D Raman-2D electronic spectroscopy.

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    Spencer, Austin P; Hutson, William O; Harel, Elad

    2017-03-10

    Electronic and vibrational correlations report on the dynamics and structure of molecular species, yet revealing these correlations experimentally has proved extremely challenging. Here, we demonstrate a method that probes correlations between states within the vibrational and electronic manifold with quantum coherence selectivity. Specifically, we measure a fully coherent four-dimensional spectrum which simultaneously encodes vibrational-vibrational, electronic-vibrational and electronic-electronic interactions. By combining near-impulsive resonant and non-resonant excitation, the desired fifth-order signal of a complex organic molecule in solution is measured free of unwanted lower-order contamination. A critical feature of this method is electronic and vibrational frequency resolution, enabling isolation and assignment of individual quantum coherence pathways. The vibronic structure of the system is then revealed within an otherwise broad and featureless 2D electronic spectrum. This method is suited for studying elusive quantum effects in which electronic transitions strongly couple to phonons and vibrations, such as energy transfer in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes.

  2. Wigner time delay and related concepts: Application to transport in coherent conductors

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    Texier, Christophe

    2016-08-01

    The concepts of Wigner time delay and Wigner-Smith matrix allow us to characterise temporal aspects of a quantum scattering process. The paper reviews the statistical properties of the Wigner time delay for disordered systems; the case of disorder in 1D with a chiral symmetry is discussed and the relation with exponential functionals of the Brownian motion is underlined. Another approach for the analysis of time delay statistics is the random matrix approach, from which we review few results. As a practical illustration, we briefly outline a theory of non-linear transport and AC transport developed by Büttiker and coworkers, where the concept of Wigner-Smith time delay matrix is a central piece allowing us to describe screening properties in out-of-equilibrium coherent conductors.

  3. A device adaptive inflow boundary condition for Wigner equations of quantum transport

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    Jiang, Haiyan; Lu, Tiao; Cai, Wei

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, an improved inflow boundary condition is proposed for Wigner equations in simulating a resonant tunneling diode (RTD), which takes into consideration the band structure of the device. The original Frensley inflow boundary condition prescribes the Wigner distribution function at the device boundary to be the semi-classical Fermi–Dirac distribution for free electrons in the device contacts without considering the effect of the quantum interaction inside the quantum device. The proposed device adaptive inflow boundary condition includes this effect by assigning the Wigner distribution to the value obtained from the Wigner transform of wave functions inside the device at zero external bias voltage, thus including the dominant effect on the electron distribution in the contacts due to the device internal band energy profile. Numerical results on computing the electron density inside the RTD under various incident waves and non-zero bias conditions show much improvement by the new boundary condition over the traditional Frensley inflow boundary condition.

  4. 2D transition metal dichalcogenides

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    Manzeli, Sajedeh; Ovchinnikov, Dmitry; Pasquier, Diego; Yazyev, Oleg V.; Kis, Andras

    2017-08-01

    Graphene is very popular because of its many fascinating properties, but its lack of an electronic bandgap has stimulated the search for 2D materials with semiconducting character. Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs), which are semiconductors of the type MX2, where M is a transition metal atom (such as Mo or W) and X is a chalcogen atom (such as S, Se or Te), provide a promising alternative. Because of its robustness, MoS2 is the most studied material in this family. TMDCs exhibit a unique combination of atomic-scale thickness, direct bandgap, strong spin-orbit coupling and favourable electronic and mechanical properties, which make them interesting for fundamental studies and for applications in high-end electronics, spintronics, optoelectronics, energy harvesting, flexible electronics, DNA sequencing and personalized medicine. In this Review, the methods used to synthesize TMDCs are examined and their properties are discussed, with particular attention to their charge density wave, superconductive and topological phases. The use of TMCDs in nanoelectronic devices is also explored, along with strategies to improve charge carrier mobility, high frequency operation and the use of strain engineering to tailor their properties.

  5. Reduced Wigner coefficients for Lie superalgebra gl(m|n) corresponding to unitary representations and beyond

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    Werry, Jason L.; Isaac, Phillip S.; Gould, Mark D.

    2017-09-01

    In this paper fundamental Wigner coefficients are determined algebraically by considering the eigenvalues of certain generalized Casimir invariants. Here this method is applied in the context of both type 1 and type 2 unitary representations of the Lie superalgebra gl(m\\vert n) . Extensions to the non-unitary case are investigated. A symmetry relation between two classes of Wigner coefficients is given in terms of a ratio of dimensions.

  6. The Fourier slice transformation of the Wigner operator and the quantum tomogram of the density operator

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    Wang, Tong-Tong; Fan, Hong-Yi

    2012-03-01

    Using the Weyl quantization scheme and based on the Fourier slice transformation (FST) of the Wigner operator, we construct a new expansion formula of the density operator ρ, with the expansion coefficient being the FST of ρ's classical Weyl correspondence, and the latter the Fourier transformation of ρ's quantum tomogram. The coordinate-momentum intermediate representation is used as the Radon transformation of the Wigner operator.

  7. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Wigner function associated with the Rogers-Szegö polynomials

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    Galetti, D.; Mizrahi, S. S.; Ruzzi, M.

    2004-12-01

    A Wigner function associated with the Rogers-Szegö polynomials is proposed and its properties are discussed. It is shown that from such a Wigner function it is possible to obtain well-behaved probability distribution functions for both angle and action variables, defined on the compact support -π <= θ < π, and for m >= 0, respectively. The width of the angle probability density is governed by the free parameter q characterizing the polynomials.

  8. Wigner functions for nonclassical states of a collection of two-level atoms

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    Agarwal, G. S.; Dowling, Jonathan P.; Schleich, Wolfgang P.

    1993-01-01

    The general theory of atomic angular momentum states is used to derive the Wigner distribution function for atomic angular momentum number states, coherent states, and squeezed states. These Wigner functions W(theta,phi) are represented as a pseudo-probability distribution in spherical coordinates theta and phi on the surface of a sphere of radius the square root of j(j +1) where j is the total angular momentum.

  9. Continuous multipartite entangled state in Wigner representation and violation of the Zukowski-Brukner inequality

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    Wu Chunfeng; Chen Jingling; Oh, C.H.; Kwek, L.C.; Xue Kang

    2005-02-01

    We construct an explicit Wigner function for the N-mode squeezed state. Based on a previous observation that the Wigner function describes correlations in the joint measurement of the phase-space displaced parity operator, we investigate the nonlocality of the multipartite entangled state by the violation of the Zukowski-Brukner N-qubit Bell inequality. We find that quantum predictions for such a squeezed state violate these inequalities by an amount that grows with the number N.

  10. Analysis of Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) Radar Signals Using the Wigner Distribution

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    2002-09-01

    INTERCEPT ( LPI ) RADAR SIGNALS USING THE WIGNER DISTRIBUTION by Jen-Yu Gau September 2002 Thesis Advisor: Phillip E. Pace Thesis Co...Master’s Thesis 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE: Analysis of Low Probability of Intercept ( LPI ) Radar Signals Using The Wigner Distribution 6. AUTHOR (S...distribution is unlimited. 12b. DISTRIBUTION CODE 13. ABSTRACT The parameters of Low Probability of Intercept ( LPI ) radar signals are hard to identify by

  11. Direct measurement of the wigner delay associated with the goos-Hanchen effect

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    Chauvat; Emile; Bretenaker; Le Floch A

    2000-01-03

    It is shown experimentally that the nonspecular reflection of light on an interface induces a time delay, as predicted by Wigner's scattering theory. A differential femtosecond technique is used to directly isolate this delay, associated with the Goos-Hanchen spatial shift produced by a grating near a resonant Wood anomaly. A delay of 4.4 fs is observed between TE and TM pulses, in agreement with the expected Wigner delay obtained from phase shift dispersion measurements.

  12. Thermally enhanced Wigner oscillations in two-electron 1D quantum dots.

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    Cavaliere, F; Ziani, N Traverso; Negro, F; Sassetti, M

    2014-12-17

    Motivated by a recent experiment (Pecker et al 2013 Nat. Phys. 9 576), we study the stability, with respect to thermal effects, of Friedel and Wigner density fluctuations for two electrons trapped in a one-dimensional quantum dot. Diagonalizing the system exactly, the finite-temperature average electron density is computed. While the weak and strong interaction regimes display a Friedel oscillation or a Wigner molecule state at zero temperature, which as expected smear and melt as the temperature increases, a peculiar thermal enhancement of Wigner correlations in the intermediate interaction regime is found. We demonstrate that this effect is due to the presence of two different characteristic temperature scales: T(F), dictating the smearing of Friedel oscillations, and T(W), smoothing Wigner oscillations. In the early Wigner molecule regime, for intermediate interactions, T(F) < T(W) leading to the enhancement of the visibility of Wigner oscillations. These results complement those obtained within the Luttinger liquid picture, valid for larger numbers of particles.

  13. Determination of yield stress of 2D (Yukawa) dusty plasma

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    Liu, Bin; Goree, J.

    2017-10-01

    Elastic and plastic deformations of a two-dimensional (2D) dusty plasma crystal under shear stresses are investigated using a numerical simulation. Our simulation mimics experiments that start with a crystal that is then manipulated by a pair of laser beams separated by a gap. In a pair of rectangular regions, we apply two equal but oppositely directed forces, to induce a shear deformation in the gap between. These external forces are increased incrementally to examine the elastic behavior, plasticity, and liquid flows. In the low-force elastic limit, a measurement of the shear modulus is obtained, which agrees with a theoretical value based on a sound speed. For larger forces resulting in plastic deformation, we determine the yield stress, which is found to agree with a common theoretical model for the critical yield stress, after accounting for the dimensionality for 2D.

  14. Flow transitions in a 2D directional solidification model

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    Larroude, Philippe; Ouazzani, Jalil; Alexander, J. Iwan D.

    1992-01-01

    Flow transitions in a Two Dimensional (2D) model of crystal growth were examined using the Bridgman-Stockbarger me thod. Using a pseudo-spectral Chebyshev collocation method, the governing equations yield solutions which exhibit a symmetry breaking flow tansition and oscillatory behavior indicative of a Hopf bifurcation at higher values of Ra. The results are discussed from fluid dynamic viewpoint, and broader implications for process models are also addressed.

  15. Wigner function and transition amplitude of three mutually coupled oscillators

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    Nassar, M. M.; Sebawe Abdalla, M.

    2007-04-01

    A full quantum mechanical treatment of three electromagnetic fields is considered. The proposed model consists of three different coupling parameters for which the rotating and counter-rotating terms are retained. An exact solution of the wave function in the Schrödinger picture is obtained and the connection with the coherent states wave function is given. The symmetrical ordered quasi-probability distribution function ( W-Wigner function) is calculated via the wave function in the coherent states representation. The squeezing phenomenon is also examined for both single mode and squared-amplitude, where the collapse and revival phenomena are observed. For the case in which λ3=0 and ω1=ω2=ω3 (exact resonances) we find that the late phenomenon is apparent but only after long period of the time considered. The transition amplitude between two different coherent states (a state in which all the coupling parameters are involved and a state when the coupling parameter λ3=0) is calculated. It is shown that the probability amplitude is sensitive to the variation of the mean photon numbers, and the coupling parameters as well as to the field frequencies.

  16. Novel low Wigner energy amorphous carbon-carbon composite

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    Dasgupta, Kinshuk; Prakash, Jyoti; Tripathi, B. M.

    2014-02-01

    A novel amorphous carbon-carbon composite has been developed using carbon black dispersed in carbonized phenolic resin matrix in order to avoid Wigner energy problem associated with graphite. The as prepared sample showed a density of 1320 kg m-3. This has been further densified by resin impregnation and chemical vapour infiltration. The effect of processing parameters on final density (1517 kg m-3) has been investigated. This composite possesses the compressive strength of 65 Mpa, coefficient of thermal expansion of 3 × 10-6 K-1 and the specific heat of 1.2 J g-1 K-1. This novel composite was subjected to 145 MeV Ne+6 heavy ion irradiation at different doses. The highest dose was kept at 3 × 10-4 dpa. The stored energy in the composite was found to be 212 J g-1 at the highest dose of irradiation, which is much below than that of graphite. The composite remained amorphous after irradiation as confirmed by X-ray diffraction.

  17. Wigner and Huntington: the long quest for metallic hydrogen

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    Nellis, W. J.

    2013-06-01

    In 1935, Wigner and Huntington (WH) predicted that at a density D Met=0.62 mole H/cm3, 'very low temperatures', and a pressure greater than 25 GPa, body-centered cubic H2 would undergo an isostructural phase transition directly to H with an associated insulator-metal transition (IMT). WH also predicted an H2 structure type that might occur if the simple H2/H dissociative IMT does not exist: 'It is possible … that a layer-like lattice … is obtainable under high pressure'. In 1991, Ashcroft predicted that the 'geometric and dynamic nature of the (H-H) pairing', possibly in a layered graphite-like structure, would substantially impede achieving metallic H2. In 1996, metallic fluid H was made under dynamic compression at 0.64 mole H/cm3, 140 GPa and T/T F≪1, where T F is Fermi temperature. In 2012, a layer-like lattice, called Phase IV, was discovered above ∼220 GPa static pressure. Phase IV is insulating and possibly semi-metallic up to ∼360 GPa, above which it has been predicted to become metallic. This paper is a historical perspective - a comparison of WH's predictions with recent dynamic, static and theoretical high pressure results. WH did extremely well.

  18. Wigner time delay and spin-orbit activated confinement resonances

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    Keating, D. A.; Deshmukh, P. C.; Manson, S. T.

    2017-09-01

    A study of the photoionization of spin-orbit split subshells of high-Z atoms confined in C60 has been performed using the relativistic-random-phase approximation. Specifically, Hg@C60 5p, Rn@C60 6p and Ra@C60 5d were investigated and the near-threshold confinement resonances in the j = l - 1/2 channels were found to engender structures in the j = l + 1/2 cross sections via correlation in the form of interchannel coupling. These structures are termed spin-orbit induced confinement resonances and they are found to profoundly influence the Wigner time delay spectrum resulting in time delays of tens or hundreds of attoseconds along with dramatic swings in time delay over small energy intervals. Pronounced relativistic effects in time delay are also found. These structures, including their manifestation in time delay spectra, are expected to be general phenomena in the photoionization of spin-orbit doublets in confined high-Z atoms.

  19. Wigner function in Liouville space: A canonical formalism

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    Royer, Antoine

    1991-01-01

    The Wigner-Weyl (WW) phase-space formulation of quantum mechanics is discussed within the Liouville-space formalism, where quantum operators A^ are viewed as vectors, represented by L kets ||A^>>, on which act ``superoperators'' the scalar product is <>=TrA^°B^. With every operator A^, we associate commutation and anticommutation superoperators A^- and A^+, defined by their actions on any operator B^ as A^-B^=ħ-1[A^,B^], A^+B^=1/2(AB^+BÂ^). The WW representation corresponds to the choice of a special basis in Liouville space, namely, the eigenbasis of the position and momentum anticommutation superoperators q^+ and p^+ (where [q^,p^]=iħ). These, together with the commutation superoperators q^- and p^-, form a canonical set of superoperators, [q^+,p^-]=[q^-,p^+]=i (the other commutators vanishing), as functions of which all other super- operators can be expressed. Weyl ordering is expressed as f(q^,p^)Weyl ordering=f(q^+,p^+)1^. A generalization of Ehrenfest's theorem is obtained.

  20. W ∞ and the Racah-Wigner algebra

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    Pope, C. N.; Shen, X.; Romans, L. J.

    1990-07-01

    We examine the structure of a recently constructed W ∞ algebra, an extension of the Virasoro algebra that describes an infinite number of fields with all conformal spins 2,3,…, with central terms for all spins. By examining its underlying SL(2, R) structure, we are able to exhibit its relation to the algebras of SL(2, R) tensor operators. Based upon this relationship, we generalise W ∞ to a one-parameter family of inequivalent Lie algebras W ∞(μ), which for general μ requires the introduction of formally negative spins. Furthermore, we display a realisation of the W ∞(μ) commutation relations in terms of an underlying associative product, which we denote with a lone star. This product structure shares many formal features with the Racah-Wigner algebra in angular-momentum theory. We also discuss the relation between W ∞ and the symplectic algebra on a cone, which can be viewed as a co-adjoint orbit of SL(2, R).

  1. Wigner distribution measurement of the spatial coherence properties of FELs

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    Mey, Tobias; Schäfer, Bernd; Mann, Klaus; Keitel, Barbara; Plönjes, Elke; Kuhlmann, Marion

    2015-09-01

    Free-electron lasers deliver VUV and soft x-ray pulses with the best brilliance available and a high degree of spatial coherence. Users of such facilities have high demands on phase and coherence properties of the beam, for instance when working with coherent diffractive imaging. Thus, detailed knowledge of these parameters is of great importance and provides the possibility for advanced machine studies. The Wigner distribution function (WDF) describes the entire propagation properties of an electromagnetic beam including all information on its spatial coherence. It can be reconstructed from beam profiles taken at different positions along its propagation direction. Here, we present measurements of the WDF conducted at the Free-electron laser FLASH at DESY. As a result, we derive the entire four-dimensional mutual coherence function, the coherence lengths and the global degree of coherence. Additionally, we provide an estimation of the possible error that our algorithm might produce for the derived quantities. In comparison to existing studies that characterize the photon beam of FLASH, we find significantly lower values for the global degree of coherence. This difference cannot be explained by our error estimation. We explore the possible reasons for this discrepancy and their effect on the value of the global degree of coherence.

  2. Wigner time delay in photodetachment of negative ions

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    Saha, S.; Deshmukh, P. C.; Jose, J.; Kkeifets, A. S.; Manson, S. T.

    2016-05-01

    In recent years, there has been much interest in studies on Wigner time delay in atomic photoionization using various experimental techniques and theoretical methodologies. In the present work, we report time delay in the photodetachment of negative ions using the relativistic-random-phase approximation (RRPA), which includes relativistic and important correlation effects. Time delay is obtained as energy derivative of phase of the photodetachment complex transition amplitude. We investigate the time delay in the dipole n p --> ɛd channels in the photodetachment of F- and Cl-, and in n f --> ɛg channels in the photodetachment of Tm-. In photodetachment of the negative ions, the photoelectron escapes in the field of the neutral atom and thus does not experience the nuclear Coulomb field; hence the phase is devoid of the Coulomb component. The systems chosen are well suited to examine the sensitivity of the photodetachment time delay to the centrifugal potential. The ions chosen have closed shells, and thus amenable to the RPA. Work supported by DOE, Office of Chemical Sciences, DST (India), and the Australian Research Council.

  3. Structure of the novel ternary hydrides Li4Tt2D (Tt=Si and Ge).

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    Wu, Hui; Hartman, Michael R; Udovic, Terrence J; Rush, John J; Zhou, Wei; Bowman, Robert C; Vajo, John J

    2007-02-01

    The crystal structures of newly discovered Li4Ge2D and Li4Si2D ternary phases were solved by direct methods using neutron powder diffraction data. Both structures can be described using a Cmmm orthorhombic cell with all hydrogen atoms occupying Li6-octahedral interstices. The overall crystal structure and the geometry of these interstices are compared with those of other related phases, and the stabilization of this novel class of ternary hydrides is discussed.

  4. Construction of cuprous oxide electrodes composed of 2D single-crystalline dendritic nanosheets.

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    Jang, Ho Seong; Kim, Suk Jun; Choi, Kyoung-Shin

    2010-10-04

    An unusual anisotropic growth of Cu(2)O is stabilized via the electrochemical synthesis of Cu(2)O in the presence of Ag(+) ions, which results in the formation of Cu(2)O electrodes composed of 2D sheetlike crystals containing complex dendritic patterns. It is quite unusual for Cu(2)O to form a 2D morphology since it has a 3D isotropic cubic crystal structure where the a, b, and c axes are equivalent. Each Cu(2)O sheet is single-crystalline in nature and is grown parallel to the {110} plane, which is rarely observed in Cu(2)O crystal shapes. A various set of experiments are performed to understand the role of Ag(+) ions on the 2D growth of Cu(2)O. The results show that Ag(+) ions are deposited as silver islands on already growing Cu(2)O crystals and serve as nucleation sites for the new growth of Cu(2)O crystals. As a result, the growth direction of the newly forming Cu(2)O crystals is governed by the diffusion layer structure created by the pre-existing Cu(2)O crystals, which results in the formation of 2D dendritic patterns. The thin 2D crystal morphology can significantly increase the surface-to-volume ratio of Cu(2)O crystals, which is beneficial for enhancing various electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of the electrodes. The photoelectrochemical properties of the Cu(2)O electrodes composed of 2D dendritic crystals are investigated and compared to those of 3D dendritic crystals. This study provides a unique and effective route to maximize the {110} area per unit volume of Cu(2)O, which will be beneficial for any catalytic/sensing abilities that can be anisotropically enhanced by the {110} planes of Cu(2)O.

  5. NKG2D ligands as therapeutic targets

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    Spear, Paul; Wu, Ming-Ru; Sentman, Marie-Louise; Sentman, Charles L.

    2013-01-01

    The Natural Killer Group 2D (NKG2D) receptor plays an important role in protecting the host from infections and cancer. By recognizing ligands induced on infected or tumor cells, NKG2D modulates lymphocyte activation and promotes immunity to eliminate ligand-expressing cells. Because these ligands are not widely expressed on healthy adult tissue, NKG2D ligands may present a useful target for immunotherapeutic approaches in cancer. Novel therapies targeting NKG2D ligands for the treatment of cancer have shown preclinical success and are poised to enter into clinical trials. In this review, the NKG2D receptor and its ligands are discussed in the context of cancer, infection, and autoimmunity. In addition, therapies targeting NKG2D ligands in cancer are also reviewed. PMID:23833565

  6. The strength of heterogeneous volcanic rocks: A 2D approximation

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    Heap, Michael J.; Wadsworth, Fabian B.; Xu, Tao; Chen, Chong-feng; Tang, Chun'an

    2016-06-01

    Volcanic rocks typically contain heterogeneities in the form of crystals and pores. We investigate here the influence of such heterogeneity on the strength of volcanic rocks using an elastic damage mechanics model in which we numerically deform two-dimensional samples comprising low-strength elements representing crystals and zero-strength elements representing pores. These circular elements are stochastically generated so that there is no overlap in a medium representing the groundmass. Our modelling indicates that increasing the fraction of pores and/or crystals reduces the strength of volcanic rocks, and that increasing the pore fraction results in larger strength reductions than increasing the crystal fraction. The model also highlights an important weakening role for pore diameter, but finds that crystal diameter has a less significant influence for strength. To account for heterogeneity (pores and crystals), we propose an effective medium approach where we define an effective pore fraction ϕp‧ = Vp/(Vp + Vg) where Vp and Vg are the pore and groundmass fractions, respectively. Highly heterogeneous samples (containing high pore and/or crystal fractions) will therefore have high values of ϕp‧, and vice-versa. When we express our numerical samples (more than 200 simulations spanning a wide range of crystal and pore fractions) in terms of ϕp‧, we find that their strengths can be described by a single curve for a given pore diameter. To provide a predictive tool for the strength of heterogeneous volcanic rocks, we propose a modified version of 2D solution for the Sammis and Ashby (1986) pore-emanating crack model, a micromechanical model designed to estimate strength using microstructural attributes such as porosity, pore radius, and fracture toughness. The model, reformulated to include ϕp‧ (and therefore crystal fraction), captures the strength curves for our numerical simulations over a sample heterogeneity range relevant to volcanic systems. We find

  7. 2D Melting of Plasma Crystals: Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium Regimes

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    Nosenko, V.; Zhdanov, S. K.; Ivlev, A. V.; Knapek, C. A.; Morfill, G. E.

    2009-07-03

    Comprehensive experimental investigations of melting in two-dimensional complex plasmas were carried out. Different experiments were performed in steady and unsteady heating regimes. We demonstrate an Arrhenius dependence of the defect concentration on the kinetic temperature in steady-state experiments, and show the evidence of metastable quenching in unsteady experiments, where the defect concentration follows a power-law temperature scaling. In all experiments, independent indicators suggest a grain-boundary-induced melting scenario.

  8. Influence of amino acid residue 374 of cytochrome P-450 2D6 (CYP2D6) on the regio- and enantio-selective metabolism of metoprolol.

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    Ellis, S W; Rowland, K; Ackland, M J; Rekka, E; Simula, A P; Lennard, M S; Wolf, C R; Tucker, G T

    1996-01-01

    Cytochrome P-450 2D6 (CYP2D6) is an important human drug-metabolizing enzyme responsible for the oxidation of more than 30 widely used therapeutic agents. The enzymes encoded by the published genomic [Kimura, Umeno, Skoda, Meyer and Gonzalez (1989) Am. J. Hum. Genet. 45, 889-904] and cDNA [Gonzalez, Skoda, Kimura, Umeno, Zanger, Nebert, Gelboin, Hardwick and Meyer (1988) Nature 331, 442-446] sequences of CYP2D6, and presumed to represent wild-type sequences, differ at residue 374 and encode valine (CYP2D6-Val) and methionine (CYP2D6-Met) respectively. The influence of this amino acid difference on cytochrome P-450 expression, ligand binding, catalysis and stereoselective oxidation of metoprolol was investigated by the heterologous expression of the corresponding cDNAs in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The level of expression of apo- and holo-protein was similar with each form of CYP2D6 cDNA, and the binding affinities of a series of ligands to CYP2D6-Val and CYP2D6-Met were identical. The enantioselective O-demethylation and alpha-hydroxylation of metoprolol were also similar with each form of CYP2D6, O-demethylation being R-(+)- enantioselective (CYP2D6-Val: R/S, 1.6; CYP2D6-Met: R/S, 1.4), whereas alpha-hydroxylation showed a preference for S-(-)-metoprolol (CYP2D6-Val: R/S, 0.7; CYP2D6-Met: R/S, 0.8). However, although the favoured regiomer overall was O-demethylmetoprolol (ODM), the regioselectivity for O-demethylation of each metoprolol enantiomer was significantly greater for CYP2D6-Val [R-(+)-: ODM/alpha-hydroxymetoprolol (alpha OH), 5.9; S-(-)-: ODM/alpha OH, 2.5) than that observed for CYP2D6-Met [R-(+)-: ODM/alpha OH, 2.2; S-(-)-: ODM/alpha OH, 1.4]. The stereoselective properties of CYP2D6-Val were consistent with those observed for CYP2D6 in human liver microsomes. The difference in the stereoselective properties of CYP2D6-Val and CYP2D6-Met were rationalized with respect to a homology model of the active site of CYP2D6 based on an alignment with

  9. Quantitative 2D liquid-state NMR.

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    Giraudeau, Patrick

    2014-06-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) liquid-state NMR has a very high potential to simultaneously determine the absolute concentration of small molecules in complex mixtures, thanks to its capacity to separate overlapping resonances. However, it suffers from two main drawbacks that probably explain its relatively late development. First, the 2D NMR signal is strongly molecule-dependent and site-dependent; second, the long duration of 2D NMR experiments prevents its general use for high-throughput quantitative applications and affects its quantitative performance. Fortunately, the last 10 years has witnessed an increasing number of contributions where quantitative approaches based on 2D NMR were developed and applied to solve real analytical issues. This review aims at presenting these recent efforts to reach a high trueness and precision in quantitative measurements by 2D NMR. After highlighting the interest of 2D NMR for quantitative analysis, the different strategies to determine the absolute concentrations from 2D NMR spectra are described and illustrated by recent applications. The last part of the manuscript concerns the recent development of fast quantitative 2D NMR approaches, aiming at reducing the experiment duration while preserving - or even increasing - the analytical performance. We hope that this comprehensive review will help readers to apprehend the current landscape of quantitative 2D NMR, as well as the perspectives that may arise from it.

  10. Direct measurement of the biphoton Wigner function through two-photon interference

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    Douce, T.; Eckstein, A.; Walborn, S. P.; Khoury, A. Z.; Ducci, S.; Keller, A.; Coudreau, T.; Milman, P.

    2013-01-01

    The Hong-Ou-Mandel (HOM) experiment was a benchmark in quantum optics, evidencing the non–classical nature of photon pairs, later generalized to quantum systems with either bosonic or fermionic statistics. We show that a simple modification in the well-known and widely used HOM experiment provides the direct measurement of the Wigner function. We apply our results to one of the most reliable quantum systems, consisting of biphotons generated by parametric down conversion. A consequence of our results is that a negative value of the Wigner function is a sufficient condition for non-gaussian entanglement between two photons. In the general case, the Wigner function provides all the required information to infer entanglement using well known necessary and sufficient criteria. The present work offers a new vision of the HOM experiment that further develops its possibilities to realize fundamental tests of quantum mechanics using simple optical set-ups. PMID:24346262

  11. Momentum distribution functions of strongly correlated systems of particles: Wigner approach and path integrals

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    Larkin, A. S.; Filinov, V. S.; Fortov, V. E.

    2016-11-01

    The new numerical version of the Wigner approach to quantum mechanics for treatment thermodynamic properties of the strongly interacting systems of particles has been developed for extreme conditions, when there are no small physical parameters and analytical approximations used in different kind of perturbation theories can not be applied. The new path integral representation of the quantum Wigner function in the phase space has been developed for canonical ensemble. Explicit analytical expression of the Wigner function has been obtained in linear and harmonic approximations. The new quantum Monte-Carlo method for calculations of average values of arbitrary quantum operators has been proposed. Preliminary calculations of the momentum distribution function of the Coulomb systems of particles have been carried out. Comparison with classical Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution shows the significant influence of quantum effects on the high energy asymptotics (“tails’) of the calculated momentum distribution functions, which resulted in appearance of sharp oscillations.

  12. Two elementary proofs of the Wigner theorem on symmetry in quantum mechanics

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    Simon, R.; Mukunda, N.; Chaturvedi, S.; Srinivasan, V.

    2008-11-01

    In quantum theory, symmetry has to be defined necessarily in terms of the family of unit rays, the state space. The theorem of Wigner asserts that a symmetry so defined at the level of rays can always be lifted into a linear unitary or an antilinear antiunitary operator acting on the underlying Hilbert space. We present two proofs of this theorem which are both elementary and economical. Central to our proofs is the recognition that a given Wigner symmetry can, by post-multiplication by a unitary symmetry, be taken into either the identity or complex conjugation. Our analysis often focuses on the behaviour of certain two-dimensional subspaces of the Hilbert space under the action of a given Wigner symmetry, but the relevance of this behaviour to the larger picture of the whole Hilbert space is made transparent at every stage.

  13. Magnetism of one-dimensional Wigner lattices and its impact on charge order

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    Daghofer, Maria; Noack, R. M.; Horsch, P.

    2008-01-01

    The magnetic phase diagram of the quarter-filled generalized Wigner lattice with nearest-neighbor and next-nearest-neighbor hoppings, t1 and t2, is explored. We find a region at negative t2 with fully saturated ferromagnetic ground states that we attribute to kinetic exchange. Such interaction disfavors antiferromag- netism at t2 0 and stems from virtual excitations across the charge gap of the Wigner lattice, which is much smaller than the Mott-Hubbard gap U. Remarkably, we find a strong dependence of the charge structure factor on magnetism even in the limit U , in contrast to the expectation that charge ordering in the Wigner lattice regime should be well described by spinless fermions. Our results, obtained using the density-matrix renormalization group and exact diagonalization, can be transparently explained by means of an effective low-energy Hamiltonian.

  14. Rheological Properties of Quasi-2D Fluids in Microgravity

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    Stannarius, Ralf; Trittel, Torsten; Eremin, Alexey; Harth, Kirsten; Clark, Noel; Maclennan, Joseph; Glaser, Matthew; Park, Cheol; Hall, Nancy; Tin, Padetha

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, research on complex fluids and fluids in restricted geometries has attracted much attention in the scientific community. This can be attributed not only to the development of novel materials based on complex fluids but also to a variety of important physical phenomena which have barely been explored. One example is the behavior of membranes and thin fluid films, which can be described by two-dimensional (2D) rheology behavior that is quite different from 3D fluids. In this study, we have investigated the rheological properties of freely suspended films of a thermotropic liquid crystal in microgravity experiments. This model system mimics isotropic and anisotropic quasi 2D fluids [46]. We use inkjet printing technology to dispense small droplets (inclusions) onto the film surface. The motion of these inclusions provides information on the rheological properties of the films and allows the study of a variety of flow instabilities. Flat films have been investigated on a sub-orbital rocket flight and curved films (bubbles) have been studied in the ISS project OASIS. Microgravity is essential when the films are curved in order to avoid sedimentation. The experiments yield the mobility of the droplets in the films as well as the mutual mobility of pairs of particles. Experimental results will be presented for 2D-isotropic (smectic-A) and 2D-nematic (smectic-C) phases.

  15. Staring 2-D hadamard transform spectral imager

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    Gentry, Stephen M.; Wehlburg, Christine M.; Wehlburg, Joseph C.; Smith, Mark W.; Smith, Jody L.

    2006-02-07

    A staring imaging system inputs a 2D spatial image containing multi-frequency spectral information. This image is encoded in one dimension of the image with a cyclic Hadamarid S-matrix. The resulting image is detecting with a spatial 2D detector; and a computer applies a Hadamard transform to recover the encoded image.

  16. Annotated Bibliography of EDGE2D Use

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    J.D. Strachan and G. Corrigan

    2005-06-24

    This annotated bibliography is intended to help EDGE2D users, and particularly new users, find existing published literature that has used EDGE2D. Our idea is that a person can find existing studies which may relate to his intended use, as well as gain ideas about other possible applications by scanning the attached tables.

  17. Eugene P. Wigner's Visionary Contributions to Generations-I through IV Fission Reactors

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    Carré, Frank

    2014-09-01

    Among Europe's greatest scientists who fled to Britain and America in the 1930s, Eugene P. Wigner made instrumental advances in reactor physics, reactor design and technology, and spent nuclear fuel processing for both purposes of developing atomic weapons during world-war II and nuclear power afterwards. Wigner who had training in chemical engineering and self-education in physics first gained recognition for his remarkable articles and books on applications of Group theory to Quantum mechanics, Solid state physics and other topics that opened new branches of Physics.

  18. Linear canonical transformations of coherent and squeezed states in the Wigner phase space. II - Quantitative analysis

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    Han, D.; Kim, Y. S.; Noz, Marilyn E.

    1989-01-01

    It is possible to calculate expectation values and transition probabilities from the Wigner phase-space distribution function. Based on the canonical transformation properties of the Wigner function, an algorithm is developed for calculating these quantities in quantum optics for coherent and squeezed states. It is shown that the expectation value of a dynamical variable can be written in terms of its vacuum expectation value of the canonically transformed variable. Parallel-axis theorems are established for the photon number and its variant. It is also shown that the transition probability between two squeezed states can be reduced to that of the transition from one squeezed state to vacuum.

  19. Weak values of a quantum observable and the cross-Wigner distribution

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    de Gosson, Maurice A.; de Gosson, Serge M.

    2012-01-01

    We study the weak values of a quantum observable from the point of view of the Wigner formalism. The main actor here is the cross-Wigner transform of two functions, which is in disguise the cross-ambiguity function familiar from radar theory and time-frequency analysis. It allows us to express weak values using a complex probability distribution. We suggest that our approach seems to confirm that the weak value of an observable is, as conjectured by several authors, due to the interference of two wavefunctions, one coming from the past, and the other from the future. PMID:22298941

  20. High-precision evaluation of Wigner's d matrix by exact diagonalization

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    Feng, X. M.; Wang, P.; Yang, W.; Jin, G. R.

    2015-10-01

    The precise calculations of Wigner's d matrix are important in various research fields. Due to the presence of large numbers, direct calculations of the matrix using Wigner's formula suffer from a loss of precision. We present a simple method to avoid this problem by expanding the d matrix into a complex Fourier series and calculate the Fourier coefficients by exactly diagonalizing the angular momentum operator Jy in the eigenbasis of Jz. This method allows us to compute the d matrix and its various derivatives for spins up to a few thousand. The precision of the d matrix from our method is about 10-14 for spins up to 100.

  1. Phase pupil functions for focal-depth enhancement derived from a Wigner distribution function.

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    Zalvidea, D; Sicre, E E

    1998-06-10

    A method for obtaining phase-retardation functions, which give rise to an increase of the image focal depth, is proposed. To this end, the Wigner distribution function corresponding to a specific aperture that has an associated small depth of focus in image space is conveniently sheared in the phase-space domain to generate a new Wigner distribution function. From this new function a more uniform on-axis image irradiance can be accomplished. This approach is illustrated by comparison of the imaging performance of both the derived phase function and a previously reported logarithmic phase distribution.

  2. Time-frequency representation of a highly nonstationary signal via the modified Wigner distribution

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    Zoladz, T. F.; Jones, J. H.; Jong, J.

    1992-01-01

    A new signal analysis technique called the modified Wigner distribution (MWD) is presented. The new signal processing tool has been very successful in determining time frequency representations of highly non-stationary multicomponent signals in both simulations and trials involving actual Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) high frequency data. The MWD departs from the classic Wigner distribution (WD) in that it effectively eliminates the cross coupling among positive frequency components in a multiple component signal. This attribute of the MWD, which prevents the generation of 'phantom' spectral peaks, will undoubtedly increase the utility of the WD for real world signal analysis applications which more often than not involve multicomponent signals.

  3. Wigner expansions for partition functions of nonrelativistic and relativistic oscillator systems

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    Zylka, Christian; Vojta, Guenter

    1993-01-01

    The equilibrium quantum statistics of various anharmonic oscillator systems including relativistic systems is considered within the Wigner phase space formalism. For this purpose the Wigner series expansion for the partition function is generalized to include relativistic corrections. The new series for partition functions and all thermodynamic potentials yield quantum corrections in terms of powers of h(sup 2) and relativistic corrections given by Kelvin functions (modified Hankel functions) K(sub nu)(mc(sup 2)/kT). As applications, the symmetric Toda oscillator, isotonic and singular anharmonic oscillators, and hindered rotators, i.e. oscillators with cosine potential, are addressed.

  4. Phase-space analysis of charged and optical beam transport: Wigner rotation angle

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    Dattoli, G.; Torre, Amalia

    1994-01-01

    The possibility of using the phase space formalism to establish a correspondence between the dynamical behavior of squeezed states and optical or charged beams, propagating through linear systems, has received a great deal of attention during the last years. In this connection, it has been indicated how optical experiments may be conceived to measure the Wigner rotation angle. In this paper we address the topic within the context of the paraxial propagation of optical or charged beams and suggest a possible experiment for measuring the Wigner angle using an electron beam passing through quadrupoles and drift sections. The analogous optical system is also discussed.

  5. Hydrodynamic limit of Wigner-Poisson kinetic theory: Revisited

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    Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, we revisit the hydrodynamic limit of the Langmuir wave dispersion relation based on the Wigner-Poisson model in connection with that obtained directly from the original Lindhard dielectric function based on the random-phase-approximation. It is observed that the (fourth-order) expansion of the exact Lindhard dielectric constant correctly reduces to the hydrodynamic dispersion relation with an additional term of fourth-order, beside that caused by the quantum diffraction effect. It is also revealed that the generalized Lindhard dielectric theory accounts for the recently discovered Shukla-Eliasson attractive potential (SEAP). However, the expansion of the exact Lindhard static dielectric function leads to a k4 term of different magnitude than that obtained from the linearized quantum hydrodynamics model. It is shown that a correction factor of 1/9 should be included in the term arising from the quantum Bohm potential of the momentum balance equation in fluid model in order for a correct plasma dielectric response treatment. Finally, it is observed that the long-range oscillatory screening potential (Friedel oscillations) of type cos ( 2 k F r ) / r 3 , which is a consequence of the divergence of the dielectric function at point k = 2kF in a quantum plasma, arises due to the finiteness of the Fermi-wavenumber and is smeared out in the limit of very high electron number-densities, typical of white dwarfs and neutron stars. In the very low electron number-density regime, typical of semiconductors and metals, where the Friedel oscillation wavelength becomes much larger compared to the interparticle distances, the SEAP appears with a much deeper potential valley. It is remarked that the fourth-order approximate Lindhard dielectric constant approaches that of the linearized quantum hydrodynamic in the limit if very high electron number-density. By evaluation of the imaginary part of the Lindhard dielectric function, it is shown that the Landau

  6. Hydrodynamic limit of Wigner-Poisson kinetic theory: Revisited

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    Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.

    2015-02-15

    In this paper, we revisit the hydrodynamic limit of the Langmuir wave dispersion relation based on the Wigner-Poisson model in connection with that obtained directly from the original Lindhard dielectric function based on the random-phase-approximation. It is observed that the (fourth-order) expansion of the exact Lindhard dielectric constant correctly reduces to the hydrodynamic dispersion relation with an additional term of fourth-order, beside that caused by the quantum diffraction effect. It is also revealed that the generalized Lindhard dielectric theory accounts for the recently discovered Shukla-Eliasson attractive potential (SEAP). However, the expansion of the exact Lindhard static dielectric function leads to a k{sup 4} term of different magnitude than that obtained from the linearized quantum hydrodynamics model. It is shown that a correction factor of 1/9 should be included in the term arising from the quantum Bohm potential of the momentum balance equation in fluid model in order for a correct plasma dielectric response treatment. Finally, it is observed that the long-range oscillatory screening potential (Friedel oscillations) of type cos(2k{sub F}r)/r{sup 3}, which is a consequence of the divergence of the dielectric function at point k = 2k{sub F} in a quantum plasma, arises due to the finiteness of the Fermi-wavenumber and is smeared out in the limit of very high electron number-densities, typical of white dwarfs and neutron stars. In the very low electron number-density regime, typical of semiconductors and metals, where the Friedel oscillation wavelength becomes much larger compared to the interparticle distances, the SEAP appears with a much deeper potential valley. It is remarked that the fourth-order approximate Lindhard dielectric constant approaches that of the linearized quantum hydrodynamic in the limit if very high electron number-density. By evaluation of the imaginary part of the Lindhard dielectric function, it is shown that the

  7. Dynamic photorefractive self-amplified angular-multiplex 2-D optical beam-array generation

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    Zhou, Shaomin; Yeh, Pochi; Liu, Hua-Kuang

    1993-01-01

    A real-time 2-D angular-multiplex beam-array holographic storage and reconstruction technique using electrically-addressed spatial light modulators(E-SLM's) and photorefractive crystals is described. Using a liquid crystal television (LCTV) spatial light modulator (SLM) for beam steering and lithium niobate photorefractive crystal for holographic recording, experimental results of generating large and complicated arrays of laser beams with high diffraction efficiency and good uniformity are presented.

  8. Amorphous Boron Nitride: A Universal, Ultrathin Dielectric for 2D Nanoelectronics (Postprint)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-03-21

    single crystal h-BN. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Nanoelectronics; 2D materials; dielectrics; transistor gate barriers; environmental passivation layers; boron...than previously reported chemical vapor depos- ited h -BN and nearing single crystal h -BN. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201505455 N. R. Glavin, Dr. M. L...see Table 1 ). The amorphous material possesses a density similar to the crystal - line phases, and retains much of the valued chemical inert- ness and

  9. Booming Development of Group IV-VI Semiconductors: Fresh Blood of 2D Family.

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    Zhou, Xing; Zhang, Qi; Gan, Lin; Li, Huiqiao; Xiong, Jie; Zhai, Tianyou

    2016-12-01

    As an important component of 2D layered materials (2DLMs), the 2D group IV metal chalcogenides (GIVMCs) have drawn much attention recently due to their earth-abundant, low-cost, and environmentally friendly characteristics, thus catering well to the sustainable electronics and optoelectronics applications. In this instructive review, the booming research advancements of 2D GIVMCs in the last few years have been presented. First, the unique crystal and electronic structures are introduced, suggesting novel physical properties. Then the various methods adopted for synthesis of 2D GIVMCs are summarized such as mechanical exfoliation, solvothermal method, and vapor deposition. Furthermore, the review focuses on the applications in field effect transistors and photodetectors based on 2D GIVMCs, and extends to flexible devices. Additionally, the 2D GIVMCs based ternary alloys and heterostructures have also been presented, as well as the applications in electronics and optoelectronics. Finally, the conclusion and outlook have also been presented in the end of the review.

  10. Efficient screening of 2D molecular polymorphs at the solution-solid interface

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    Lee, Shern-Long; Adisoejoso, Jinne; Fang, Yuan; Tahara, Kazukuni; Tobe, Yoshito; Mali, Kunal S.; de Feyter, Steven

    2015-03-01

    Formation of multiple polymorphs during two-dimensional (2D) crystallization of organic molecules is more of a routine occurrence than rarity. Although such diverse crystalline structures provide exciting possibilities for studying crystal engineering in 2D, predicting the occurrence of polymorphs for a given building block is often non-trivial. Moreover, there is scarcity of methods that can experimentally verify the presence of such crystalline polymorphs in a straightforward fashion. Here we demonstrate a relatively simple experimental approach for screening of 2D polymorphs formed at the solution-solid interface. The strategy involves use of solution flow produced by contacting a piece of tissue paper to the sample to generate a lateral density gradient along the substrate surface. In situ generation of such gradient allows rapid discovery and nanoscale separation of multiple 2D polymorphs in a single experiment. The concept is demonstrated using three structurally different building blocks that differ in terms of intermolecular interactions responsible for 2D crystal formation. The method described here represents a powerful tool for efficient screening of 2D polymorphs formed at the solution-solid interface.Formation of multiple polymorphs during two-dimensional (2D) crystallization of organic molecules is more of a routine occurrence than rarity. Although such diverse crystalline structures provide exciting possibilities for studying crystal engineering in 2D, predicting the occurrence of polymorphs for a given building block is often non-trivial. Moreover, there is scarcity of methods that can experimentally verify the presence of such crystalline polymorphs in a straightforward fashion. Here we demonstrate a relatively simple experimental approach for screening of 2D polymorphs formed at the solution-solid interface. The strategy involves use of solution flow produced by contacting a piece of tissue paper to the sample to generate a lateral density

  11. Quantum Oscillations in an Interfacial 2D Electron Gas.

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    Zhang, Bingop; Lu, Ping; Liu, Henan; Lin, Jiao; Ye, Zhenyu; Jaime, Marcelo; Balakirev, Fedor F.; Yuan, Huiqiu; Wu, Huizhen; Pan, Wei; Zhang, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Recently, it has been predicted that topological crystalline insulators (TCIs) may exist in SnTe and Pb1-xSnxTe thin films [1]. To date, most studies on TCIs were carried out either in bulk crystals or thin films, and no research activity has been explored in heterostructures. We present here the results on electronic transport properties of the 2D electron gas (2DEG) realized at the interfaces of PbTe/ CdTe (111) heterostructures. Evidence of topological state in this interfacial 2DEG was observed.

  12. Effects of Surface Ligand Density on Lipid-Monolayer-mediated 2D Assembly of Proteins

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    Fukuto, M.; Wang, S; Lohr, M; Kewalramani, S; Yang, L

    2010-01-01

    The two-dimensional (2D) assembly of the protein streptavidin on a biotin-bearing lipid monolayer was studied as a function of the surface density of biotin, a protein-binding ligand, by means of in situ X-ray scattering and optical Brewster angle microscopy measurements at the liquid-vapor interface. Although this model system has been studied extensively, the relationship between the surface biotin density and the adsorption, 2D phase behavior, and binding state of streptavidin has yet to be determined quantitatively. The observed equilibrium phase behavior provides direct structural evidence that the 2D crystallization of the lipid-bound streptavidin occurs as a density-driven first-order phase transition. The minimum biotin density required for the 2D crystallization of streptavidin is found to be remarkably close to the density of the ligand-binding sites in the protein crystal. Moreover, both above and below this transition, the observed biotin-density dependence of protein adsorption is well described by the binding of biotin-bearing lipids at both of the two available sites per streptavidin molecule. These results imply that even in the low-density noncrystalline phase, the bound proteins share a common, fixed orientation relative to the surface normal, and that the 2D crystallization occurs when the lateral protein density reaches 50-70% of the 2D crystal density. This study demonstrates that in addition to a well-defined molecular orientation, high lateral packing density is essential to the 2D crystallization of proteins.

  13. Matrix models of 2d gravity

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    Ginsparg, P.

    1991-01-01

    These are introductory lectures for a general audience that give an overview of the subject of matrix models and their application to random surfaces, 2d gravity, and string theory. They are intentionally 1.5 years out of date.

  14. Matrix models of 2d gravity

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    Ginsparg, P.

    1991-12-31

    These are introductory lectures for a general audience that give an overview of the subject of matrix models and their application to random surfaces, 2d gravity, and string theory. They are intentionally 1.5 years out of date.

  15. Brittle damage models in DYNA2D

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    Faux, D.R.

    1997-09-01

    DYNA2D is an explicit Lagrangian finite element code used to model dynamic events where stress wave interactions influence the overall response of the system. DYNA2D is often used to model penetration problems involving ductile-to-ductile impacts; however, with the advent of the use of ceramics in the armor-anti-armor community and the need to model damage to laser optics components, good brittle damage models are now needed in DYNA2D. This report will detail the implementation of four brittle damage models in DYNA2D, three scalar damage models and one tensor damage model. These new brittle damage models are then used to predict experimental results from three distinctly different glass damage problems.

  16. 2D/3D switchable displays

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    Dekker, T.; de Zwart, S. T.; Willemsen, O. H.; Hiddink, M. G. H.; IJzerman, W. L.

    2006-02-01

    A prerequisite for a wide market acceptance of 3D displays is the ability to switch between 3D and full resolution 2D. In this paper we present a robust and cost effective concept for an auto-stereoscopic switchable 2D/3D display. The display is based on an LCD panel, equipped with switchable LC-filled lenticular lenses. We will discuss 3D image quality, with the focus on display uniformity. We show that slanting the lenticulars in combination with a good lens design can minimize non-uniformities in our 20" 2D/3D monitors. Furthermore, we introduce fractional viewing systems as a very robust concept to further improve uniformity in the case slanting the lenticulars and optimizing the lens design are not sufficient. We will discuss measurements and numerical simulations of the key optical characteristics of this display. Finally, we discuss 2D image quality, the switching characteristics and the residual lens effect.

  17. 2-d Finite Element Code Postprocessor

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    Sanford, L. A.; Hallquist, J. O.

    1996-07-15

    ORION is an interactive program that serves as a postprocessor for the analysis programs NIKE2D, DYNA2D, TOPAZ2D, and CHEMICAL TOPAZ2D. ORION reads binary plot files generated by the two-dimensional finite element codes currently used by the Methods Development Group at LLNL. Contour and color fringe plots of a large number of quantities may be displayed on meshes consisting of triangular and quadrilateral elements. ORION can compute strain measures, interface pressures along slide lines, reaction forces along constrained boundaries, and momentum. ORION has been applied to study the response of two-dimensional solids and structures undergoing finite deformations under a wide variety of large deformation transient dynamic and static problems and heat transfer analyses.

  18. Streaking and Wigner time delays in photoemission from atoms and surfaces

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    Zhang, C.-H.; Thumm, U.

    2011-09-15

    Streaked photoemission metrology allows the observation of an apparent relative time delay between the detection of photoelectrons from different initial electronic states. This relative delay is obtained by recording the photoelectron yield as a function of the delay between an ionizing ultrashort extended ultraviolet pulse and a streaking infrared (IR) pulse. Theoretically, photoemission delays can be defined based on (i) the phase shift the photoelectron wave function accumulates during the release and propagation of the photoelectron (''Wigner delay'') and, alternatively, (ii) the streaking trace in the calculated photoemission spectrum (''streaking delay''). We investigate the relation between Wigner and streaking delays in the photoemission from atomic and solid-surface targets. For solid targets and assuming a vanishing IR skin depth, both Wigner and streaking delays can be interpreted as an average propagation time needed by photoelectrons to reach the surface, while the two delays differ for nonvanishing skin depths. For atomic targets, the difference between Wigner and streaking delays depends on the range of the ionic potential.

  19. Wigner law for matrices with dependent entries—a perturbative approach

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    Krajewski, T.; Tanasa, A.; Vu, D. L.

    2017-04-01

    We show that Wigner semi-circle law holds for Hermitian matrices with dependent entries, provided the deviation of the cumulants from the normalised Gaussian case obeys a simple power law bound in the size of the matrix. To establish this result, we use replicas interpreted as a zero-dimensional quantum field theoretical model whose effective potential obey a renormalisation group equation.

  20. A variational principle in Wigner phase-space with applications to statistical mechanics

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    Poulsen, Jens Aage

    2011-01-01

    We consider the Dirac-Frenkel variational principle in Wigner phase-space and apply it to the Wigner-Liouville equation for both imaginary and real time dynamical problems. The variational principle allows us to deduce the optimal time-evolution of the parameter-dependent Wigner distribution. It is shown that the variational principle can be formulated alternatively as a "principle of least action." Several low-dimensional problems are considered. In imaginary time, high-temperature classical distributions are "cooled" to arrive at low-temperature quantum Wigner distributions whereas in real time, the coherent dynamics of a particle in a double well is considered. Especially appealing is the relative ease at which Feynman's path integral centroid variable can be incorporated as a variational parameter. This is done by splitting the high-temperature Boltzmann distribution into exact local centroid constrained distributions, which are thereafter cooled using the variational principle. The local distributions are sampled by Metropolis Monte Carlo by performing a random walk in the centroid variable. The combination of a Monte Carlo and a variational procedure enables the study of quantum effects in low-temperature many-body systems, via a method that can be systematically improved.

  1. Machinery Monitoring and Diagnostics Using Pseudo Wigner-Ville Distribution and Backpropagation Neural Network

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    1993-09-01

    frequency, which when used as an input to an artificial neural network will aide in the detection of location and severity of machinery faults...Research is presented where the union of an artificial neural network , utilizing the highly successful backpropagation paradigm, and the pseudo wigner

  2. Comment on ‘Wigner function for a particle in an infinite lattice’

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    Bizarro, João P. S.

    2013-06-01

    It is pointed out that in a recent paper (2012 New J. Phys. 14 103009) in which a Wigner function for a particle in an infinite lattice (a system described by an unbounded discrete coordinate and its conjugate angle-like momentum) has been introduced, no reference is made to previous, pioneering work on discrete Wigner distributions (more precisely, on the rotational Wigner function for a system described by a rotation angle and its unbounded discrete-conjugate angular momentum). Not only has the problem addressed in essence been solved for a long time (the discrete coordinate and angle-like conjugate momentum are the perfect dual of the rotation angle and discrete-conjugate angular momentum), but the solution advanced only in some distorted manner obeys two of the fundamental properties of a Wigner distribution (that, when integrated over one period of the momentum variable, it should yield the correct marginal distribution on the discrete position variable, and that it should be invariant with respect to translation).

  3. Applicability, Indispensability, and Underdetermination: Puzzling over Wigner's "Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics"

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    Gelfert, Axel

    2014-01-01

    In his influential 1960 paper "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences", Eugene P. Wigner raises the question of why something that was developed without concern for empirical facts--mathematics--should turn out to be so powerful in explaining facts about the natural world. Recent philosophy of science has…

  4. Three-Nucleon Bound States and the Wigner-SU(4) Limit

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    Vanasse, Jared; Phillips, Daniel R.

    2017-03-01

    We examine the extent to which the properties of three-nucleon bound states are well-reproduced in the limit that nuclear forces satisfy Wigner's SU(4) (spin-isospin) symmetry. To do this we compute the charge radii up to next-to-leading order (NLO) in an effective field theory that is an expansion in powers of R/ a, with R the range of the nuclear force and a the nucleon-nucleon (N N) scattering lengths. In the Wigner-SU(4) limit, the triton and helium-3 point charge radii are equal. At NLO in the range expansion both are 1.66 fm. Adding the first-order corrections due to the breaking of Wigner symmetry in the N N scattering lengths gives a ^3{H} point charge radius of 1.58 fm, which is remarkably close to the experimental number, 1.5978± 0.040 fm (Angeli and Marinova in At Data Nucl Data Tables 99:69-95, 2013). For the ^3{He} point charge radius we find 1.70 fm, about 4% away from the experimental value of 1.77527± 0.0054 fm (Angeli and Marinova 2013). We also examine the Faddeev components that enter the tri-nucleon wave function and find that an expansion of them in powers of the symmetry-breaking parameter converges rapidly. Wigner's SU(4) symmetry is thus a useful starting point for understanding tri-nucleon bound-state properties.

  5. Studies of Wigner-Weyl solution and external magnetic field in an NJL model

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    Wang, Qing-Wu; Cui, Zhu-Fang; Zong, Hong-Shi

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we explore the dynamical chiral symmetry breaking by employing a two-flavor Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (NJL) model with constant external magnetic field. After changing the coupling strength of the NJL model, we found that the Wigner-Weyl solution and Nambu-Goldstone solution of the gap equation could coexist. Even though the gap equation only has Nambu-Goldstone solution at zero temperature, the Wigner-Weyl solution may appear when magnetic field strength and temperature are nonzero. For the Nambu-Goldstone solution, magnetic field and temperature have opposite impact on the chiral dynamical mass. In the chiral limit, the magnetic field dependence of chiral dynamical mass reveals the existence of inverse magnetic catalysis for the Wigner-Weyl solution. However, the two phases have different responses to the magnetic field and temperature in the chiral limit but the same beyond chiral limit. Furthermore, the order of the transition from the Nambu-Goldstone phase to Wigner-Weyl phase depends on the choice of model parameters. We have also calculated the susceptibilities of dynamical mass with respect to the temperature.

  6. Elementary Analysis of the Special Relativistic Combination of Velocities, Wigner Rotation and Thomas Precession

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    O'Donnell, Kane; Visser, Matt

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to provide an elementary introduction to the qualitative and quantitative results of velocity combination in special relativity, including the Wigner rotation and Thomas precession. We utilize only the most familiar tools of special relativity, in arguments presented at three differing levels: (1) utterly elementary,…

  7. Applicability, Indispensability, and Underdetermination: Puzzling over Wigner's "Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics"

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    Gelfert, Axel

    2014-01-01

    In his influential 1960 paper "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences", Eugene P. Wigner raises the question of why something that was developed without concern for empirical facts--mathematics--should turn out to be so powerful in explaining facts about the natural world. Recent philosophy of science has…

  8. Special functions associated with SU(3) Wigner-Clebsch-Gordan coefficients

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    Louck, J.D.; Biedenharn, L.C.

    1990-01-01

    The Wigner-Clebsch-Gordan (WCG) coefficients of the unitary groups are a rich source of multivariable special functions. The general algebraic setting of these coefficients is reviewed and several special functions associated with the SU(3) WCG coefficients defined and their properties presented. 29 refs.

  9. Elementary Analysis of the Special Relativistic Combination of Velocities, Wigner Rotation and Thomas Precession

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    O'Donnell, Kane; Visser, Matt

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to provide an elementary introduction to the qualitative and quantitative results of velocity combination in special relativity, including the Wigner rotation and Thomas precession. We utilize only the most familiar tools of special relativity, in arguments presented at three differing levels: (1) utterly elementary,…

  10. Wigner representation and geometric transformations of optical orbital angular momentum spatial modes.

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    Calvo, Gabriel F

    2005-05-15

    An exact Wigner representation of optical spatial modes carrying orbital angular momentum is found in closed form by exploiting the underlying SU(2) Lie-group algebra of their associated Poincaré sphere. Orthogonality relations and observables of these states are obtained within the phase space picture. Development of geometric phases on mode transformations is also elucidated.

  11. Wigner functions for angle and orbital angular momentum: Operators and dynamics

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    Kastrup, H. A.

    2017-05-01

    Recently a paper on the construction of consistent Wigner functions for cylindrical phase spaces S1×R , i.e., for the canonical pair angle and orbital angular momentum, was published [H. A. Kastrup, Phys. Rev. A 94, 062113 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevA.94.062113] in which the main properties of these functions are derived and discussed and their usefulness is illustrated with examples. The present paper is a continuation which compares the properties of the Wigner functions for cylindrical phase spaces with those of the well-known Wigner functions for planar phase spaces in more detail. Furthermore, the mutual (Weyl) correspondence between Hilbert space operators and their phase-space functions is discussed. The product formalism is shown to be completely implementable. In addition, basic dynamical laws for Wigner and Moyal functions are derived as generalized Liouville and energy equations. They are very similar to those in the planar case but also show characteristic differences.

  12. Wigner Distribution Function as a LOFARGRAM with Unlimited Resolution Simultaneously in Time and Frequency,

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    significant new detailed information on the sonar signal. Originally invented by Wigner and Szilard [i] for appli- cations in quantum statistical...Selwyn Mr. Leo Young Technical Director OUSDRE (RAAT) Office of Naval Technology The Pentagon, Room 3DI067 - 800 N. Quincy Street Washington, D.C

  13. Chemical Approaches to 2D Materials.

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    Samorì, Paolo; Palermo, Vincenzo; Feng, Xinliang

    2016-08-01

    Chemistry plays an ever-increasing role in the production, functionalization, processing and applications of graphene and other 2D materials. This special issue highlights a selection of enlightening chemical approaches to 2D materials, which nicely reflect the breadth of the field and convey the excitement of the individuals involved in it, who are trying to translate graphene and related materials from the laboratory into a real, high-impact technology.

  14. Landau levels in 2D materials using Wannier Hamiltonians obtained by first principles

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    Lado, J. L.; Fernández-Rossier, J.

    2016-09-01

    We present a method to calculate the Landau levels and the corresponding edge states of two dimensional (2D) crystals using as a starting point their electronic structure as obtained from standard density functional theory (DFT). The DFT Hamiltonian is represented in the basis of maximally localized Wannier functions. This defines a tight-binding Hamiltonian for the bulk that can be used to describe other structures, such as ribbons, provided that atomic scale details of the edges are ignored. The effect of the orbital magnetic field is described using the Peierls substitution in the hopping matrix elements. Implementing this approach in a ribbon geometry, we obtain both the Landau levels and the dispersive edge states for a series of 2D crystals, including graphene, Boron Nitride, MoS2, Black Phosphorous, Indium Selenide and MoO3. Our procedure can readily be used in any other 2D crystal, and provides an alternative to effective mass descriptions.

  15. Wigner Crystals of Na+ ions at the Surface of a Silica Hydrosol

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    Tikhonov,A.

    2007-01-01

    I used x-ray grazing incidence diffraction to measure the spatial correlations between sodium ions adsorbed with Bjerrum's density at the surface of a monodispersed 22-nm-particle colloidal silica solution stabilized by NaOH with a total bulk concentration mol/L. My findings show that the surface compact layer is in a two-dimensional crystalline state (symmetry p2), with four ions forming the unit cell and a {approx}30 Angstrom translational correlation length between sodium ions.

  16. Wigner crystals of Na+ ions at the surface of a silica hydrosol.

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    Tikhonov, Aleksey M

    2007-05-07

    The symmetry of the surface of an electrolyte solution can be anisotropic, regardless of the bulk's isotropic symmetry, because of spatial correlations between adsorbed ions. The author used x-ray grazing-incidence diffraction to measure the spatial correlations between sodium ions in "classical one-component plasma" adsorbed with Bjerrum's density at the surface of a monodispersed 22 nm particle colloidal silica solution stabilized by NaOH with a total bulk concentration approximately 0.05 mol/L. The authors findings show that the surface compact layer is in a two-dimensional crystalline state (symmetry p2), with four sodium ions forming the unit cell and a approximately 30 A translational correlation length between the ions.

  17. Wigner crystals of Na+ ions at the surface of a silica hydrosol

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    Tikhonov, Aleksey M.

    2007-05-01

    The symmetry of the surface of an electrolyte solution can be anisotropic, regardless of the bulk's isotropic symmetry, because of spatial correlations between adsorbed ions. The author used x-ray grazing-incidence diffraction to measure the spatial correlations between sodium ions in "classical one-component plasma" adsorbed with Bjerrum's density at the surface of a monodispersed 22nm particle colloidal silica solution stabilized by NaOH with a total bulk concentration ˜0.05mol/L. The authors findings show that the surface compact layer is in a two-dimensional crystalline state (symmetry p2), with four sodium ions forming the unit cell and a ˜30Å translational correlation length between the ions.

  18. 2D microwave imaging reflectometer electronics

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    Spear, A. G.; Domier, C. W. Hu, X.; Muscatello, C. M.; Ren, X.; Luhmann, N. C.; Tobias, B. J.

    2014-11-15

    A 2D microwave imaging reflectometer system has been developed to visualize electron density fluctuations on the DIII-D tokamak. Simultaneously illuminated at four probe frequencies, large aperture optics image reflections from four density-dependent cutoff surfaces in the plasma over an extended region of the DIII-D plasma. Localized density fluctuations in the vicinity of the plasma cutoff surfaces modulate the plasma reflections, yielding a 2D image of electron density fluctuations. Details are presented of the receiver down conversion electronics that generate the in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) reflectometer signals from which 2D density fluctuation data are obtained. Also presented are details on the control system and backplane used to manage the electronics as well as an introduction to the computer based control program.

  19. 2D microwave imaging reflectometer electronics.

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    Spear, A G; Domier, C W; Hu, X; Muscatello, C M; Ren, X; Tobias, B J; Luhmann, N C

    2014-11-01

    A 2D microwave imaging reflectometer system has been developed to visualize electron density fluctuations on the DIII-D tokamak. Simultaneously illuminated at four probe frequencies, large aperture optics image reflections from four density-dependent cutoff surfaces in the plasma over an extended region of the DIII-D plasma. Localized density fluctuations in the vicinity of the plasma cutoff surfaces modulate the plasma reflections, yielding a 2D image of electron density fluctuations. Details are presented of the receiver down conversion electronics that generate the in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) reflectometer signals from which 2D density fluctuation data are obtained. Also presented are details on the control system and backplane used to manage the electronics as well as an introduction to the computer based control program.

  20. Long- and short-range interaction footprints in entanglement entropies of two-particle Wigner molecules in 2D quantum traps

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    Cuestas, Eloisa; Garagiola, Mariano; Pont, Federico M.; Osenda, Omar; Serra, Pablo

    2017-07-01

    The occupancies and entropic entanglement measures for the ground state of two particles in a two-dimensional harmonic anisotropic trap are studied. We implement a method to study the large interaction strength limit for different short- and long-range interaction potentials that allows to obtain the exact entanglement spectrum and several entropies. We show that for long-range interactions, the von Neumann, min-entropy and the family of Rényi entropies remain finite for the anisotropic traps and diverge logarithmically for the isotropic traps. In the short-range interaction case the entanglement measures diverge for any anisotropic parameter due to the divergence of uncertainty in the momentum since for short-range interactions the relative position width vanishes. We also show that when the reduced density matrix has finite support the Rényi entropies present a non-analytical behavior.

  1. Assessing 2D electrophoretic mobility spectroscopy (2D MOSY) for analytical applications.

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    Fang, Yuan; Yushmanov, Pavel V; Furó, István

    2016-12-08

    Electrophoretic displacement of charged entity phase modulates the spectrum acquired in electrophoretic NMR experiments, and this modulation can be presented via 2D FT as 2D mobility spectroscopy (MOSY) spectra. We compare in various mixed solutions the chemical selectivity provided by 2D MOSY spectra with that provided by 2D diffusion-ordered spectroscopy (DOSY) spectra and demonstrate, under the conditions explored, a superior performance of the former method. 2D MOSY compares also favourably with closely related LC-NMR methods. The shape of 2D MOSY spectra in complex mixtures is strongly modulated by the pH of the sample, a feature that has potential for areas such as in drug discovery and metabolomics. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. StartCopTextCopyright © 2016 The Authors. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  2. 2D Distributed Sensing Via TDR

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    plate VEGF CompositeSensor Experimental Setup Air 279 mm 61 78 VARTM profile: slope RTM profile: rectangle 22 1 Jul 2003© 2003 University of Delaware...2003 University of Delaware All rights reserved Vision: Non-contact 2D sensing ü VARTM setup constructed within TL can be sensed by its EM field: 2D...300.0 mm/ns. 1 2 1 Jul 2003© 2003 University of Delaware All rights reserved Model Validation “ RTM Flow” TDR Response to 139 mm VEGC

  3. Inkjet printing of 2D layered materials.

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    Li, Jiantong; Lemme, Max C; Östling, Mikael

    2014-11-10

    Inkjet printing of 2D layered materials, such as graphene and MoS2, has attracted great interests for emerging electronics. However, incompatible rheology, low concentration, severe aggregation and toxicity of solvents constitute critical challenges which hamper the manufacturing efficiency and product quality. Here, we introduce a simple and general technology concept (distillation-assisted solvent exchange) to efficiently overcome these challenges. By implementing the concept, we have demonstrated excellent jetting performance, ideal printing patterns and a variety of promising applications for inkjet printing of 2D layered materials.

  4. The Ultrasonic Measurement of Crystallographic Orientation for Imaging Anisotropic Components with 2d Arrays

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    Lane, C. J. L.; Dunhill, A. K.; Drinkwater, B. W.; Wilcox, P. D.

    2011-06-01

    Single crystal components are used widely in the gas-turbine industry. However, these components are elastically anisotropic which causes difficulties when performing NDE inspections with ultrasound. Recently an ultrasonic algorithm for a 2D array has been corrected to perform the reliable volumetric inspection of single crystals. For the algorithm to be implemented the crystallographic orientation of the components must be known. This paper, therefore, develops and reviews crystallographic orientation methods using 2D ultrasonic arrays. The methods under examination are based on the anisotropic propagation of surface and bulk waves and an image-based orientation method is also considered.

  5. Coherent-pulse 2D crystallography using a free-electron laser x-ray source.

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    Mancuso, A P; Schropp, A; Reime, B; Stadler, L-M; Singer, A; Gulden, J; Streit-Nierobisch, S; Gutt, C; Grübel, G; Feldhaus, J; Staier, F; Barth, R; Rosenhahn, A; Grunze, M; Nisius, T; Wilhein, T; Stickler, D; Stillrich, H; Frömter, R; Oepen, H-P; Martins, M; Pfau, B; Günther, C M; Könnecke, R; Eisebitt, S; Faatz, B; Guerassimova, N; Honkavaara, K; Kocharyan, V; Treusch, R; Saldin, E; Schreiber, S; Schneidmiller, E A; Yurkov, M V; Weckert, E; Vartanyants, I A

    2009-01-23

    Coherent diffractive imaging for the reconstruction of a two-dimensional (2D) finite crystal structure with a single pulse train of free-electron laser radiation at 7.97 nm wavelength is demonstrated. This measurement shows an advance on traditional coherent imaging techniques by applying it to a periodic structure. It is also significant that this approach paves the way for the imaging of the class of specimens which readily form 2D, but not three-dimensional crystals. We show that the structure is reconstructed to the detected resolution, given an adequate signal-to-noise ratio.

  6. Beam characterization of FLASH from beam profile measurement by intensity transport equation and reconstruction of the Wigner distribution function

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    Schäfer, Bernd; Mey, Tobias; Mann, Klaus; Keitel, Barbara; Kreis, Svea; Kuhlmann, Marion; Plönjes, Elke; Tiedtke, Kai

    2013-05-01

    Beam parameters of the free-electron laser FLASH @13.5 nm in two different operation modes were determined from beam profile measurements and subsequent reconstruction of the Wigner distribution function behind the ellipsoidal focusing mirror at beamline BL2. 40 two-dimensional single pulse intensity distributions were recorded at each of 65 axial positions around the waist of the FEL beam with a magnifying EUV sensitized CCD camera. From these beam profile data the Wigner distribution function based on different levels of averaging could be reconstructed by an inverse Radon transform. For separable beams this yields the complete Wigner distribution, and for beams with zero twist the information is still sufficient for wavefront determination and beam propagation through stigmatic systems. The obtained results are compared to wavefront reconstructions based on the transport of intensity equation. A future setup for Wigner distribution measurements of general beams is discussed.

  7. Parallel Stitching of 2D Materials.

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    Ling, Xi; Lin, Yuxuan; Ma, Qiong; Wang, Ziqiang; Song, Yi; Yu, Lili; Huang, Shengxi; Fang, Wenjing; Zhang, Xu; Hsu, Allen L; Bie, Yaqing; Lee, Yi-Hsien; Zhu, Yimei; Wu, Lijun; Li, Ju; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo; Dresselhaus, Mildred; Palacios, Tomás; Kong, Jing

    2016-03-23

    Diverse parallel stitched 2D heterostructures, including metal-semiconductor, semiconductor-semiconductor, and insulator-semiconductor, are synthesized directly through selective "sowing" of aromatic molecules as the seeds in the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. The methodology enables the large-scale fabrication of lateral heterostructures, which offers tremendous potential for its application in integrated circuits.

  8. Parallel stitching of 2D materials

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    Ling, Xi; Wu, Lijun; Lin, Yuxuan; Ma, Qiong; Wang, Ziqiang; Song, Yi; Yu, Lili; Huang, Shengxi; Fang, Wenjing; Zhang, Xu; Hsu, Allen L.; Bie, Yaqing; Lee, Yi -Hsien; Zhu, Yimei; Li, Ju; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo; Dresselhaus, Mildred; Palacios, Tomas; Kong, Jing

    2016-01-27

    Diverse parallel stitched 2D heterostructures, including metal–semiconductor, semiconductor–semiconductor, and insulator–semiconductor, are synthesized directly through selective “sowing” of aromatic molecules as the seeds in the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Lastly, the methodology enables the large-scale fabrication of lateral heterostructures, which offers tremendous potential for its application in integrated circuits.

  9. The basics of 2D DIGE.

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    Beckett, Phil

    2012-01-01

    The technique of two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoresis is a powerful tool for separating complex mixtures of proteins, but since its inception in the mid 1970s, it acquired the stigma of being a very difficult application to master and was generally used to its best effect by experts. The introduction of commercially available immobilized pH gradients in the early 1990s provided enhanced reproducibility and easier protocols, leading to a pronounced increase in popularity of the technique. However gel-to-gel variation was still difficult to control without the use of technical replicates. In the mid 1990s (at the same time as the birth of "proteomics"), the concept of multiplexing fluorescently labeled proteins for 2D gel separation was realized by Jon Minden's group and has led to the ability to design experiments to virtually eliminate gel-to-gel variation, resulting in biological replicates being used for statistical analysis with the ability to detect very small changes in relative protein abundance. This technology is referred to as 2D difference gel electrophoresis (2D DIGE).

  10. Parallel stitching of 2D materials

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    Ling, Xi; Wu, Lijun; Lin, Yuxuan; ...

    2016-01-27

    Diverse parallel stitched 2D heterostructures, including metal–semiconductor, semiconductor–semiconductor, and insulator–semiconductor, are synthesized directly through selective “sowing” of aromatic molecules as the seeds in the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Lastly, the methodology enables the large-scale fabrication of lateral heterostructures, which offers tremendous potential for its application in integrated circuits.

  11. Maple procedures for the coupling of angular momenta. IX. Wigner D-functions and rotation matrices

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    Pagaran, J.; Fritzsche, S.; Gaigalas, G.

    2006-04-01

    The Wigner D-functions, Dpqj(α,β,γ), are known for their frequent use in quantum mechanics. Defined as the matrix elements of the rotation operator Rˆ(α,β,γ) in R and parametrized in terms of the three Euler angles α, β, and γ, these functions arise not only in the transformation of tensor components under the rotation of the coordinates, but also as the eigenfunctions of the spherical top. In practice, however, the use of the Wigner D-functions is not always that simple, in particular, if expressions in terms of these and other functions from the theory of angular momentum need to be simplified before some computations can be carried out in detail. To facilitate the manipulation of such Racah expressions, here we present an extension to the RACAH program [S. Fritzsche, Comput. Phys. Comm. 103 (1997) 51] in which the properties and the algebraic rules of the Wigner D-functions and reduced rotation matrices are implemented. Care has been taken to combine the standard knowledge about the rotation matrices with the previously implemented rules for the Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, Wigner n-j symbols, and the spherical harmonics. Moreover, the application of the program has been illustrated below by means of three examples. Program summaryTitle of program:RACAH Catalogue identifier:ADFv_9_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADFv_9_0 Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University of Belfast, N. Ireland Catalogue identifier of previous version: ADFW, ADHW, title RACAH Journal reference of previous version(s): S. Fritzsche, Comput. Phys. Comm. 103 (1997) 51; S. Fritzsche, S. Varga, D. Geschke, B. Fricke, Comput. Phys. Comm. 111 (1998) 167; S. Fritzsche, T. Inghoff, M. Tomaselli, Comput. Phys. Comm. 153 (2003) 424. Does the new version supersede the previous one: Yes, in addition to the spherical harmonics and recoupling coefficients, the program now supports also the occurrence of the Wigner rotation matrices in the algebraic

  12. Macroscopic Behavior of Nematics with D2d Symmetry

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    Pleiner, Harald; Brand, Helmut R.

    2010-03-01

    We discuss the symmetry properties and the macroscopic behavior of a nematic liquid crystal phase with D2d symmetry. Such a phase is a prime candidate for nematic phases made from banana-shaped molecules where the usual quadrupolar order coexists with octupolar (tetrahedratic) order. The resulting nematic phase is non-polar. While this phase could resemble the classic D∞h nematic in the polarizing microscope, it has many static as well as reversible and irreversible properties unknown to non-polar nematics without octupolar order. In particular, there is a linear gradient term in the free energy that selects parity leading to ambidextrously helical ground states when the molecules are achiral. In addition, there are static and irreversible coupling terms of a type only met otherwise in macroscopically chiral liquid crystals, e.g. the ambidextrous analogues of Lehmann-type effects known from cholesteric liquid crystals. Finally, we discuss certain nonlinear aspects of the dynamics related to the non-commutativity of three-dimensional finite rotations as well as other structural nonlinear hydrodynamic effects.

  13. Hydrothermal syntheses, crystal structures and properties of 0-D, 1-D and 2-D organic-inorganic hybrid borotungstates constructed from Keggin-type heteropolyanion [alpha-BW{sub 12}O{sub 40}]{sup 5-} and transition-metal complexes

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    Zhao Junwei; Song Yiping; Ma Pengtao; Wang Jingping; Niu Jingyang

    2009-07-15

    Three novel organic-inorganic hybrid borotungstates {l_brace}[Ni(phen){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)]{sub 2}H(alpha-BW{sub 12}O{sub 40}){r_brace}.4H{sub 2}O (1), [Cu{sup I}(2,2'-bipy)(4,4'-bipy){sub 0.5}]{sub 2}{l_brace}[Cu{sup I}(2,2'-bipy)]{sub 2}Cu{sup I}(4,4'-bipy){sub 2} (alpha-BW{sub 12}O{sub 40}){r_brace} (2) and {l_brace}[Cu{sup I}(4,4'-bipy)]{sub 3}H{sub 2}(alpha-BW{sub 12}O{sub 40}){r_brace}.3.5H{sub 2}O (3) (phen=1,10-phenanthroline, 2,2'-bipy=2,2'-bipyridine, 4,4'-bipy=4,4'-bipyridine) have been hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by elemental analyses, IR, UV spectra, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), single-crystal X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photoluminescence. The structural analysis reveals that 1 consists of a 0-D bisupporting polyoxometalate cluster where two [Ni(phen){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)]{sup 2+} cations are grafted on the polyoxoanion [alpha-BW{sub 12}O{sub 40}]{sup 5-} through two terminal oxygen atoms, 2 shows a 1-D infinite chain constructed from [alpha-BW{sub 12}O{sub 40}]{sup 5-} polyoxoanions and {l_brace}[Cu{sup I}(2,2'-bipy)]{sub 2}Cu{sup I}(4,4'-bipy){sub 2}{r_brace}{sup 3+} cations by means of alternating fashion, and 3 displays an unprecedented 2D extended structure built by [alpha-BW{sub 12}O{sub 40}]{sup 5-} polyoxoanions and -Cu{sup I}-4,4'-bipy- linear chains, in which each [alpha-BW{sub 12}O{sub 40}]{sup 5-} polyoxoanion acts as a tetradentate inorganic ligand and provides three terminal oxygen atom and one two-bridging oxygen atom. The presence of Ni{sup II} and W{sup VI} in 1, Cu{sup I} ions and W{sup VI} in 2 and 3 are identified by XPS spectra. The photoluminescence of 2 and 3 are also investigated. - Graphical abstract: Three novel organic-inorganic hybrid borotungstates {l_brace}[Ni(phen){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O)]{sub 2}H(alpha-BW{sub 12}O{sub 40}){r_brace}.4H{sub 2}O (1), [Cu{sup I}(2,2'-bipy) (4,4'-bipy){sub 0.5}]{sub 2}{l_brace}[Cu{sup I}(2,2'-bipy

  14. Microwave spectroscopic observation of a Wigner solid within the ν =1 /2 fractional quantum Hall effect

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    Hatke, A. T.; Liu, Yang; Engel, L. W.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; West, K. W.; Baldwin, K. W.; Shayegan, M.

    2017-01-01

    We have studied the microwave spectra of a wide quantum well for Landau level fillings, ν , just below 1/2, under conditions where the ν =1 /2 fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) is present. One resonance in the spectra exhibits intensity variations with ν in striking agreement with that expected for a pinning mode of a Wigner solid of quasiholes of this FQHE state. This resonance is also quite sensitive to asymmetrization of the growth-direction charge distribution in the quantum well by gate bias. Another resonance in the spectra is associated with a different bilayer Wigner solid that also exists at much lower ν than the 1/2 FQHE, and that appears to coexist with the 1/2 quasihole solid.

  15. Wigner functions for noncommutative quantum mechanics: A group representation based construction

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    Chowdhury, S. Hasibul Hassan; Ali, S. Twareque

    2015-12-15

    This paper is devoted to the construction and analysis of the Wigner functions for noncommutative quantum mechanics, their marginal distributions, and star-products, following a technique developed earlier, viz, using the unitary irreducible representations of the group G{sub NC}, which is the three fold central extension of the Abelian group of ℝ{sup 4}. These representations have been exhaustively studied in earlier papers. The group G{sub NC} is identified with the kinematical symmetry group of noncommutative quantum mechanics of a system with two degrees of freedom. The Wigner functions studied here reflect different levels of non-commutativity—both the operators of position and those of momentum not commuting, the position operators not commuting and finally, the case of standard quantum mechanics, obeying the canonical commutation relations only.

  16. Truncated Wigner theory of coherent Ising machines based on degenerate optical parametric oscillator network

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    Maruo, Daiki; Utsunomiya, Shoko; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    2016-08-01

    We present the quantum theory of coherent Ising machines based on networks of degenerate optical parametric oscillators (DOPOs). In a simple model consisting of two coupled DOPOs, both positive-P representation and truncated Wigner representation predict quantum correlation and inseparability between the two DOPOs in spite of the open-dissipative nature of the system. Here, we apply the truncated Wigner representation method to coherent Ising machines with thermal, vacuum, and squeezed reservoir fields. We find that the probability of finding the ground state of a one-dimensional Ising model increases substantially as a result of reducing excess thermal noise and squeezing the incident vacuum fluctuation on the out-coupling port.

  17. Wigner-Eckart theorem in cosmology: Bispectra for total-angular-momentum waves

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    Dai, Liang; Jeong, Donghui; Kamionkowski, Marc

    2013-02-01

    Total-angular-momentum (TAM) waves provide a set of basis functions for scalar, vector, and tensor fields that can be used in place of plane waves and that reflect the rotational symmetry of the spherical sky. Here we discuss three-point correlation functions, or bispectra in harmonic space, for scalar, vector, and tensor fields in terms of TAM waves. The Wigner-Eckart theorem dictates that the expectation value, assuming statistical isotropy, of the product of three TAM waves is the product of a Clebsch-Gordan coefficient (or Wigner-3j symbol) times a function only of the total-angular-momentum quantum numbers. Here we show how this works, and we provide explicit expressions relating the bispectra for TAM waves in terms of the more commonly used Fourier-space bispectra. This formalism will be useful to simplify calculations of projections of three-dimensional bispectra onto the spherical sky.

  18. Density Functional study of Wigner-Smith time delays in photoionization and photorecombination of argon

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    Magrakvelidze, Maia; Madjet, Mohamed; Dixit, Gopal; Ivanov, Misha; Chakraborty, Himadri

    2015-05-01

    We investigate quantum phases and Wigner-Smith time delays in photoionization and photorecombination of valence electrons of argon using Kohn-Sham time-dependent local density approximation (TDLDA) with the Leeuwen and Baerends exchange-correlation functional. Numerical results for the phases at respective 3p and 3s Cooper minima show opposite variations resulting from the correlation that is based on mutual couplings between 3p and 3s channels. Computed attosecond Wigner-Smith time delays show excellent agreements with two recent independent experiments on argon that measured the relative 3s-3p time delay in photoionization and the delay in 3p photorecombination. This work was supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

  19. Wigner functions for noncommutative quantum mechanics: A group representation based construction

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    Chowdhury, S. Hasibul Hassan; Ali, S. Twareque

    2015-12-01

    This paper is devoted to the construction and analysis of the Wigner functions for noncommutative quantum mechanics, their marginal distributions, and star-products, following a technique developed earlier, viz, using the unitary irreducible representations of the group GNC, which is the three fold central extension of the Abelian group of ℝ4. These representations have been exhaustively studied in earlier papers. The group GNC is identified with the kinematical symmetry group of noncommutative quantum mechanics of a system with two degrees of freedom. The Wigner functions studied here reflect different levels of non-commutativity—both the operators of position and those of momentum not commuting, the position operators not commuting and finally, the case of standard quantum mechanics, obeying the canonical commutation relations only.

  20. Wigner function approach to single electron coherence in quantum Hall edge channels

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    Ferraro, D.; Feller, A.; Ghibaudo, A.; Thibierge, E.; Bocquillon, E.; Fève, G.; Grenier, Ch.; Degiovanni, P.

    2013-11-01

    Recent electron quantum optics experiments performed with on-demand single electron sources call for a mixed time/frequency approach to electronic quantum coherence. Here, we present a Wigner function representation of first-order electronic coherence and show that it provides a natural visualization of the excitations emitted by recently demonstrated single electron sources. It also gives a unified perspective on single particle and two particle interferometry experiments. In particular, we introduce a nonclassicality criterion for single electron coherence and discuss it in the context of Mach-Zehnder interferometry. Finally, the electronic Hanbury Brown and Twiss and the Hong-Ou-Mandel experiments are interpreted in terms of overlap of Wigner function, thus connecting them to signal processing.

  1. Accuracy of the Frensley inflow boundary condition for Wigner equations in simulating resonant tunneling diodes

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    Jiang Haiyan; Cai Wei; Tsu, Raphael

    2011-03-01

    In this paper, the accuracy of the Frensley inflow boundary condition of the Wigner equation is analyzed in computing the I-V characteristics of a resonant tunneling diode (RTD). It is found that the Frensley inflow boundary condition for incoming electrons holds only exactly infinite away from the active device region and its accuracy depends on the length of contacts included in the simulation. For this study, the non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) with a Dirichlet to Neumann mapping boundary condition is used for comparison. The I-V characteristics of the RTD are found to agree between self-consistent NEGF and Wigner methods at low bias potentials with sufficiently large GaAs contact lengths. Finally, the relation between the negative differential conductance (NDC) of the RTD and the sizes of contact and buffer in the RTD is investigated using both methods.

  2. High-precision evaluation of Wigner's d matrix by exact diagonalization.

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    Feng, X M; Wang, P; Yang, W; Jin, G R

    2015-10-01

    The precise calculations of Wigner's d matrix are important in various research fields. Due to the presence of large numbers, direct calculations of the matrix using Wigner's formula suffer from a loss of precision. We present a simple method to avoid this problem by expanding the d matrix into a complex Fourier series and calculate the Fourier coefficients by exactly diagonalizing the angular momentum operator J(y) in the eigenbasis of J(z). This method allows us to compute the d matrix and its various derivatives for spins up to a few thousand. The precision of the d matrix from our method is about 10(-14) for spins up to 100.

  3. Poincaré covariant pseudoscalar and scalar meson spectroscopy in Wigner-Weyl phase

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    Hilger, T.

    2016-03-01

    The coupled quark Dyson-Schwinger and meson Bethe-Salpeter equations in rainbow-ladder truncation for spin-0 mesons are solved in the Wigner-Weyl phase in the chiral limit and beyond, retaining only the ultraviolet finite terms of the phenomenologically most successful Maris-Tandy interaction. This allows one to reveal and discuss the scalar and pseudoscalar meson masses in a chirally symmetric setting without additional medium effects. Independent of the current-quark mass, the found solutions are spacelike, i.e., have negative squared masses. The current-quark mass dependence of meson masses, leptonic decay constants and chiral condensate are illustrated in the Wigner-Weyl phase.

  4. Carrier transport in nanodevices : a competitive playground for the Boltzmann and the Wigner distribution functions?

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    Brosens, Fons; Magnus, Wim

    2009-03-01

    In principle, transport of charged carriers in nanometer sized solid-state devices can be fully characterized once the non- equilibrium distribution function describing the carrier ensemble is known. In this light, we have revisited the Boltzmann and the Wigner distribution functions and the framework in which they emerge from the classical respectively quantum mechanical Liouville equation. We have assessed the method of the characteristic curves as a potential workhorse to solve the time dependent Boltzmann equation for carriers propagating through spatially non-uniform systems, such as nanodevices. In order to validate the proposed solution strategy, we numerically solve the Boltzmann equation for a one- dimensional conductor mimicking the basic features of a biased low-dimensional transistor operating in the on-state. Finally, we propose a computational scheme capable of extending the benefits of the above mentioned solution strategy when it comes to solve the Wigner-Liouville equation.

  5. Study of the Wigner function at the device boundaries in one-dimensional single- and double-barrier structures

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    Savio, Andrea; Poncet, Alain

    2011-02-01

    In this work, we compute the Wigner distribution function on one-dimensional devices from wave functions generated by solving the Schroedinger equation. Our goal is to investigate certain issues that we encountered in implementing Wigner transport equation solvers, such as the large discrepancies observed between the boundary conditions and the solution in the neighborhood of the boundaries. By evaluating the Wigner function without solving the Wigner transport equation, we intend to ensure that the actual boundary conditions are consistent with those commonly applied in literature. We study both single- and double-barrier unbiased structures. We use simple potential profiles, so that we can compute the wave functions analytically for better accuracy. We vary a number of structure geometry, material, meshing, and numerical parameters, among which are the contact length, the barrier height, the number of incident wave functions, and the numerical precision used for the computations, and we observe how the Wigner function at the device boundaries is affected. For the double-barrier structures, we look at the density matrix function and we study a model for the device transmission spectrum which helps explain the lobelike artifacts that we observe on the Wigner function.

  6. Massively parallel implementation of the multi-reference Brillouin-Wigner CCSD method

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    Brabec, Jiri; Krishnamoorthy, Sriram; van Dam, Hubertus JJ; Kowalski, Karol; Pittner, Jiri

    2011-10-06

    This paper reports the parallel implementation of the Brillouin Wigner MultiReference Coupled Cluster method with Single and Double excitations (BW-MRCCSD). Preliminary tests for systems composed of 304 and 440 correlated obritals demonstrate the performance of our implementation across 1000 cores and clearly indicate the advantages of using improved task scheduling. Possible ways for further improvements of the parallel performance are also delineated.

  7. Phase space tomography reconstruction of the Wigner distribution for optical beams separable in Cartesian coordinates.

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    Cámara, Alejandro; Alieva, Tatiana; Rodrigo, José A; Calvo, María L

    2009-06-01

    We propose a simple approach for the phase space tomography reconstruction of the Wigner distribution of paraxial optical beams separable in Cartesian coordinates. It is based on the measurements of the antisymmetric fractional Fourier transform power spectra, which can be taken using a flexible optical setup consisting of four cylindrical lenses. The numerical simulations and the experimental results clearly demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed scheme.

  8. Uncertainty relation of mixed states by means of Wigner-Yanase-Dyson information

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    Li, D.; Li, X.; Wang, F.; Huang, H.; Li, X.; Kwek, L. C.

    2009-05-15

    The variance of an observable in a quantum state is usually used to describe Heisenberg uncertainty relation. For mixed states, the variance includes quantum and classical uncertainties. By means of the skew information and the decomposition of the variance, a stronger uncertainty relation was presented by Luo [ Phys. Rev. A 72, 042110 (2005)]. In this paper, by using Wigner-Yanase-Dyson information which is a generalization of the skew information, we propose a general uncertainty relation of mixed states.

  9. Wigner function approach to the quantum Brownian motion of a particle in a potential.

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    Coffey, W T; Kalmykov, Yu P; Titov, S V; Mulligan, B P

    2007-07-14

    Recent progress in our understanding of quantum effects on the Brownian motion in an external potential is reviewed. This problem is ubiquitous in physics and chemistry, particularly in the context of decay of metastable states, for example, the reversal of the magnetization of a single domain ferromagnetic particle, kinetics of a superconducting tunnelling junction, etc. Emphasis is laid on the establishment of master equations describing the diffusion process in phase space analogous to the classical Fokker-Planck equation. In particular, it is shown how Wigner's [E. P. Wigner, Phys. Rev., 1932, 40, 749] method of obtaining quantum corrections to the classical equilibrium Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution may be extended to the dissipative non-equilibrium dynamics governing the quantum Brownian motion in an external potential V(x), yielding a master equation for the Wigner distribution function W(x,p,t) in phase space (x,p). The explicit form of the master equation so obtained contains quantum correction terms up to o(h(4)) and in the classical limit, h --> 0, reduces to the classical Klein-Kramers equation. For a quantum oscillator, the method yields an evolution equation coinciding in all respects with that of Agarwal [G. S. Agarwal, Phys. Rev. A, 1971, 4, 739]. In the high dissipation limit, the master equation reduces to a semi-classical Smoluchowski equation describing non-inertial quantum diffusion in configuration space. The Wigner function formulation of quantum Brownian motion is further illustrated by finding quantum corrections to the Kramers escape rate, which, in appropriate limits, reduce to those yielded via quantum generalizations of reaction rate theory.

  10. Quality parameters analysis of optical imaging systems with enhanced focal depth using the Wigner distribution function

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    Zalvidea; Colautti; Sicre

    2000-05-01

    An analysis of the Strehl ratio and the optical transfer function as imaging quality parameters of optical elements with enhanced focal length is carried out by employing the Wigner distribution function. To this end, we use four different pupil functions: a full circular aperture, a hyper-Gaussian aperture, a quartic phase plate, and a logarithmic phase mask. A comparison is performed between the quality parameters and test images formed by these pupil functions at different defocus distances.

  11. White-light implementation of the Wigner-distribution function with an achromatic processor.

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    Lancis, J; Sicre, E E; Tajahuerce, E; Andrés, P

    1995-12-10

    A temporally incoherent optical processor that combines diffractive and refractive components is proposed for performing two different operations simultaneously: an achromatic image along an axis and an achromatic one-dimensional Fourier transformation along the orthogonal axis. These properties are properly employed to achieve the achromatic white-light display of the Wigner-distribution function associated with a one-dimensional real signal, with high redundancy and variable scale.

  12. Application of 2D Non-Graphene Materials and 2D Oxide Nanostructures for Biosensing Technology

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    Shavanova, Kateryna; Bakakina, Yulia; Burkova, Inna; Shtepliuk, Ivan; Viter, Roman; Ubelis, Arnolds; Beni, Valerio; Starodub, Nickolaj; Yakimova, Rositsa; Khranovskyy, Volodymyr

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of graphene and its unique properties has inspired researchers to try to invent other two-dimensional (2D) materials. After considerable research effort, a distinct “beyond graphene” domain has been established, comprising the library of non-graphene 2D materials. It is significant that some 2D non-graphene materials possess solid advantages over their predecessor, such as having a direct band gap, and therefore are highly promising for a number of applications. These applications are not limited to nano- and opto-electronics, but have a strong potential in biosensing technologies, as one example. However, since most of the 2D non-graphene materials have been newly discovered, most of the research efforts are concentrated on material synthesis and the investigation of the properties of the material. Applications of 2D non-graphene materials are still at the embryonic stage, and the integration of 2D non-graphene materials into devices is scarcely reported. However, in recent years, numerous reports have blossomed about 2D material-based biosensors, evidencing the growing potential of 2D non-graphene materials for biosensing applications. This review highlights the recent progress in research on the potential of using 2D non-graphene materials and similar oxide nanostructures for different types of biosensors (optical and electrochemical). A wide range of biological targets, such as glucose, dopamine, cortisol, DNA, IgG, bisphenol, ascorbic acid, cytochrome and estradiol, has been reported to be successfully detected by biosensors with transducers made of 2D non-graphene materials. PMID:26861346

  13. Application of 2D Non-Graphene Materials and 2D Oxide Nanostructures for Biosensing Technology.

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    Shavanova, Kateryna; Bakakina, Yulia; Burkova, Inna; Shtepliuk, Ivan; Viter, Roman; Ubelis, Arnolds; Beni, Valerio; Starodub, Nickolaj; Yakimova, Rositsa; Khranovskyy, Volodymyr

    2016-02-06

    The discovery of graphene and its unique properties has inspired researchers to try to invent other two-dimensional (2D) materials. After considerable research effort, a distinct "beyond graphene" domain has been established, comprising the library of non-graphene 2D materials. It is significant that some 2D non-graphene materials possess solid advantages over their predecessor, such as having a direct band gap, and therefore are highly promising for a number of applications. These applications are not limited to nano- and opto-electronics, but have a strong potential in biosensing technologies, as one example. However, since most of the 2D non-graphene materials have been newly discovered, most of the research efforts are concentrated on material synthesis and the investigation of the properties of the material. Applications of 2D non-graphene materials are still at the embryonic stage, and the integration of 2D non-graphene materials into devices is scarcely reported. However, in recent years, numerous reports have blossomed about 2D material-based biosensors, evidencing the growing potential of 2D non-graphene materials for biosensing applications. This review highlights the recent progress in research on the potential of using 2D non-graphene materials and similar oxide nanostructures for different types of biosensors (optical and electrochemical). A wide range of biological targets, such as glucose, dopamine, cortisol, DNA, IgG, bisphenol, ascorbic acid, cytochrome and estradiol, has been reported to be successfully detected by biosensors with transducers made of 2D non-graphene materials.

  14. Interferometric Motion Detection in Atomic Layer 2D Nanostructures: Visualizing Signal Transduction Efficiency and Optimization Pathways

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    Wang, Zenghui; Feng, Philip X.-L.

    2016-07-01

    Atomic layer crystals are emerging building blocks for enabling new two-dimensional (2D) nanomechanical systems, whose motions can be coupled to other attractive physical properties in such 2D systems. Optical interferometry has been very effective in reading out the infinitesimal motions of these 2D structures and spatially resolving different modes. To quantitatively understand the detection efficiency and its dependence on the device parameters and interferometric conditions, here we present a systematic study of the intrinsic motion responsivity in 2D nanomechanical systems using a Fresnel-law-based model. We find that in monolayer to 14-layer structures, MoS2 offers the highest responsivity among graphene, h-BN, and MoS2 devices and for the three commonly used visible laser wavelengths (633, 532, and 405 nm). We also find that the vacuum gap resulting from the widely used 300 nm-oxide substrate in making 2D devices, fortunately, leads to close-to-optimal responsivity for a wide range of 2D flakes. Our results elucidate and graphically visualize the dependence of motion transduction responsivity upon 2D material type and number of layers, vacuum gap, oxide thickness, and detecting wavelength, thus providing design guidelines for constructing 2D nanomechanical systems with optimal optical motion readout.

  15. Interferometric Motion Detection in Atomic Layer 2D Nanostructures: Visualizing Signal Transduction Efficiency and Optimization Pathways.

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    Wang, Zenghui; Feng, Philip X-L

    2016-07-28

    Atomic layer crystals are emerging building blocks for enabling new two-dimensional (2D) nanomechanical systems, whose motions can be coupled to other attractive physical properties in such 2D systems. Optical interferometry has been very effective in reading out the infinitesimal motions of these 2D structures and spatially resolving different modes. To quantitatively understand the detection efficiency and its dependence on the device parameters and interferometric conditions, here we present a systematic study of the intrinsic motion responsivity in 2D nanomechanical systems using a Fresnel-law-based model. We find that in monolayer to 14-layer structures, MoS2 offers the highest responsivity among graphene, h-BN, and MoS2 devices and for the three commonly used visible laser wavelengths (633, 532, and 405 nm). We also find that the vacuum gap resulting from the widely used 300 nm-oxide substrate in making 2D devices, fortunately, leads to close-to-optimal responsivity for a wide range of 2D flakes. Our results elucidate and graphically visualize the dependence of motion transduction responsivity upon 2D material type and number of layers, vacuum gap, oxide thickness, and detecting wavelength, thus providing design guidelines for constructing 2D nanomechanical systems with optimal optical motion readout.

  16. Interferometric Motion Detection in Atomic Layer 2D Nanostructures: Visualizing Signal Transduction Efficiency and Optimization Pathways

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    Wang, Zenghui; Feng, Philip X.-L.

    2016-01-01

    Atomic layer crystals are emerging building blocks for enabling new two-dimensional (2D) nanomechanical systems, whose motions can be coupled to other attractive physical properties in such 2D systems. Optical interferometry has been very effective in reading out the infinitesimal motions of these 2D structures and spatially resolving different modes. To quantitatively understand the detection efficiency and its dependence on the device parameters and interferometric conditions, here we present a systematic study of the intrinsic motion responsivity in 2D nanomechanical systems using a Fresnel-law-based model. We find that in monolayer to 14-layer structures, MoS2 offers the highest responsivity among graphene, h-BN, and MoS2 devices and for the three commonly used visible laser wavelengths (633, 532, and 405 nm). We also find that the vacuum gap resulting from the widely used 300 nm-oxide substrate in making 2D devices, fortunately, leads to close-to-optimal responsivity for a wide range of 2D flakes. Our results elucidate and graphically visualize the dependence of motion transduction responsivity upon 2D material type and number of layers, vacuum gap, oxide thickness, and detecting wavelength, thus providing design guidelines for constructing 2D nanomechanical systems with optimal optical motion readout. PMID:27464908

  17. Charge-exchange resonances and restoration of Wigner's supersymmetry in heavy and superheavy nuclei

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    Lutostansky, Yu. S.; Tikhonov, V. N.

    2016-11-01

    Various facets of the question of whether Wigner's supersymmetry [ SU(4) symmetry] may be restored in heavy and superheavy nuclei are analyzed on the basis of a comparison of the results of calculations with experimental data. The energy difference between the giant Gamow-Teller resonance and the analog resonance (the difference of E G and E A) according to calculations based on the theory of finite Fermi systems is presented for the case of 33 nuclei for which experimental data are available. The calculated difference Δ E G-A of E G and E A tends to zero in heavier nuclei, showing evidence of the restoration of Wigner's SU(4) symmetry. Also, the isotopic dependence of the Coulomb energy difference between neighboring isobaric nuclei is analyzed within the SU(4) approach for more than 400 nuclei in the mass-number range of A = 5-244. The restoration of Wigner's SU(4) symmetry in heavy nuclei is confirmed. It is shown that the restoration of SU(4) symmetry is compatible with the possible existence of the stability island in the region of superheavy nuclei.

  18. On the simulation of indistinguishable fermions in the many-body Wigner formalism

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    Sellier, J. M.; Dimov, I.

    2015-01-01

    The simulation of quantum systems consisting of interacting, indistinguishable fermions is an incredible mathematical problem which poses formidable numerical challenges. Many sophisticated methods addressing this problem are available which are based on the many-body Schrödinger formalism. Recently a Monte Carlo technique for the resolution of the many-body Wigner equation has been introduced and successfully applied to the simulation of distinguishable, spinless particles. This numerical approach presents several advantages over other methods. Indeed, it is based on an intuitive formalism in which quantum systems are described in terms of a quasi-distribution function, and highly scalable due to its Monte Carlo nature. In this work, we extend the many-body Wigner Monte Carlo method to the simulation of indistinguishable fermions. To this end, we first show how fermions are incorporated into the Wigner formalism. Then we demonstrate that the Pauli exclusion principle is intrinsic to the formalism. As a matter of fact, a numerical simulation of two strongly interacting fermions (electrons) is performed which clearly shows the appearance of a Fermi (or exchange-correlation) hole in the phase-space, a clear signature of the presence of the Pauli principle. To conclude, we simulate 4, 8 and 16 non-interacting fermions, isolated in a closed box, and show that, as the number of fermions increases, we gradually recover the Fermi-Dirac statistics, a clear proof of the reliability of our proposed method for the treatment of indistinguishable particles.

  19. Entanglement with negative Wigner function of almost 3,000 atoms heralded by one photon.

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    McConnell, Robert; Zhang, Hao; Hu, Jiazhong; Ćuk, Senka; Vuletić, Vladan

    2015-03-26

    Quantum-mechanically correlated (entangled) states of many particles are of interest in quantum information, quantum computing and quantum metrology. Metrologically useful entangled states of large atomic ensembles have been experimentally realized, but these states display Gaussian spin distribution functions with a non-negative Wigner quasiprobability distribution function. Non-Gaussian entangled states have been produced in small ensembles of ions, and very recently in large atomic ensembles. Here we generate entanglement in a large atomic ensemble via an interaction with a very weak laser pulse; remarkably, the detection of a single photon prepares several thousand atoms in an entangled state. We reconstruct a negative-valued Wigner function--an important hallmark of non-classicality--and verify an entanglement depth (the minimum number of mutually entangled atoms) of 2,910 ± 190 out of 3,100 atoms. Attaining such a negative Wigner function and the mutual entanglement of virtually all atoms is unprecedented for an ensemble containing more than a few particles. Although the achieved purity of the state is slightly below the threshold for entanglement-induced metrological gain, further technical improvement should allow the generation of states that surpass this threshold, and of more complex Schrödinger cat states for quantum metrology and information processing. More generally, our results demonstrate the power of heralded methods for entanglement generation, and illustrate how the information contained in a single photon can drastically alter the quantum state of a large system.

  20. On the simulation of indistinguishable fermions in the many-body Wigner formalism

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    Sellier, J.M. Dimov, I.

    2015-01-01

    The simulation of quantum systems consisting of interacting, indistinguishable fermions is an incredible mathematical problem which poses formidable numerical challenges. Many sophisticated methods addressing this problem are available which are based on the many-body Schrödinger formalism. Recently a Monte Carlo technique for the resolution of the many-body Wigner equation has been introduced and successfully applied to the simulation of distinguishable, spinless particles. This numerical approach presents several advantages over other methods. Indeed, it is based on an intuitive formalism in which quantum systems are described in terms of a quasi-distribution function, and highly scalable due to its Monte Carlo nature. In this work, we extend the many-body Wigner Monte Carlo method to the simulation of indistinguishable fermions. To this end, we first show how fermions are incorporated into the Wigner formalism. Then we demonstrate that the Pauli exclusion principle is intrinsic to the formalism. As a matter of fact, a numerical simulation of two strongly interacting fermions (electrons) is performed which clearly shows the appearance of a Fermi (or exchange–correlation) hole in the phase-space, a clear signature of the presence of the Pauli principle. To conclude, we simulate 4, 8 and 16 non-interacting fermions, isolated in a closed box, and show that, as the number of fermions increases, we gradually recover the Fermi–Dirac statistics, a clear proof of the reliability of our proposed method for the treatment of indistinguishable particles.

  1. Wigner function and kinetic phenomena for chiral plasma in a strong magnetic field

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    Gorbar, E. V.; Miransky, V. A.; Shovkovy, I. A.; Sukhachov, P. O.

    2017-08-01

    By using the exact solutions of the Weyl equation in a constant magnetic field, the equal-time Wigner function for magnetized chiral plasma is derived. It is found that the dependence of the Wigner function on the component of momentum along the magnetic field is asymmetric and is correlated with the fermion chirality. Such a dependence is principal for reproducing the correct chiral magnetic and chiral separation effects. In the lowest Landau level approximation, the equation for the equal-time Wigner function in a strong magnetic field is derived. By making use of this equation, it is found that the longitudinal collective modes in a strong magnetic field are gapped plasmons whose gap is determined by the magnetic field. Unlike the ordinary magnetic field, an axial one allows for the dispersion law of the collective excitations asymmetric in the wave vector. The thermoelectric phenomena for chiral fermions in strong magnetic and axial magnetic fields are studied and the corresponding transport coefficients are calculated.

  2. Entanglement with negative Wigner function of three thousand atoms heralded by one photon

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    McConnell, Robert; Zhang, Hao; Hu, Jiazhong; Ćuk, Senka; Vuletić, Vladan

    2016-06-01

    Quantum-mechanically correlated (entangled) states of many particles are of interest in quantum information, quantum computing and quantum metrology. Metrologically useful entangled states of large atomic ensembles have been experimentally realized [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10], but these states display Gaussian spin distribution functions with a non-negative Wigner function. Non-Gaussian entangled states have been produced in small ensembles of ions [11, 12], and very recently in large atomic ensembles [13, 14, 15]. Here, we generate entanglement in a large atomic ensemble via the interaction with a very weak laser pulse; remarkably, the detection of a single photon prepares several thousand atoms in an entangled state. We reconstruct a negative-valued Wigner function, an important hallmark of nonclassicality, and verify an entanglement depth (minimum number of mutually entangled atoms) of 2910 ± 190 out of 3100 atoms. Attaining such a negative Wigner function and the mutual entanglement of virtually all atoms is unprecedented for an ensemble containing more than a few particles. While the achieved purity of the state is slightly below the threshold for entanglement-induced metrological gain, further technical improvement should allow the generation of states that surpass this threshold, and of more complex Schrödinger cat states for quantum metrology and information processing.

  3. Semiclassical analysis of the Wigner 12j symbol with one small angular momentum

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    Yu Liang

    2011-08-15

    We derive an asymptotic formula for the Wigner 12j symbol, in the limit of one small and 11 large angular momenta. There are two kinds of asymptotic formulas for the 12j symbol with one small angular momentum. We present the first kind of formula in this paper. Our derivation relies on the techniques developed in the semiclassical analysis of the Wigner 9j symbol [L. Yu and R. G. Littlejohn, Phys. Rev. A 83, 052114 (2011)], where we used a gauge-invariant form of the multicomponent WKB wave functions to derive asymptotic formulas for the 9j symbol with small and large angular momenta. When applying the same technique to the 12j symbol in this paper, we find that the spinor is diagonalized in the direction of an intermediate angular momentum. In addition, we find that the geometry of the derived asymptotic formula for the 12j symbol is expressed in terms of the vector diagram for a 9j symbol. This illustrates a general geometric connection between asymptotic limits of the various 3nj symbols. This work contributes an asymptotic formula for the 12j symbol to the quantum theory of angular momentum, and serves as a basis for finding asymptotic formulas for the Wigner 15j symbol with two small angular momenta.

  4. Dissipative quantum transport in silicon nanowires based on Wigner transport equation

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    Barraud, Sylvain

    2011-11-01

    In this work, we present a one-dimensional model of quantum electron transport for silicon nanowire transistor that makes use of the Wigner function formalism and that takes into account the carrier scattering. Effect of scattering on the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics is assessed using both the relaxation time approximation and the Boltzmann collision operator. Similarly to the classical transport theory, the scattering mechanisms are included in the Wigner formulation through the addition of a collision term in the Liouville equation. As compared to the relaxation time, the Boltzmann collision operator approach is considered to be more realistic because it provides a better description of the scattering events. Within the Fermi golden rule approximation, the standard collision term is described for both acoustic phonon and surface-roughness interactions. It is introduced in the discretized version of the Liouville equation to obtain the Wigner distribution function and the current density. The model is then applied to study the impact of each scattering mechanism on short-channel electrical performance of silicon nanowire transistors for different gate lengths and nanowire widths.

  5. Phase-space path-integral calculation of the Wigner function

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    Samson, J. H.

    2003-10-01

    The Wigner function W(q, p) is formulated as a phase-space path integral, whereby its sign oscillations can be seen to follow from interference between the geometrical phases of the paths. The approach has similarities to the path-centroid method in the configuration-space path integral. Paths can be classified by the midpoint of their ends; short paths where the midpoint is close to (q, p) and which lie in regions of low energy (low P function of the Hamiltonian) will dominate, and the enclosed area will determine the sign of the Wigner function. As a demonstration, the method is applied to a sequence of density matrices interpolating between a Poissonian number distribution and a number state, each member of which can be represented exactly by a discretized path integral with a finite number of vertices. Saddle-point evaluation of these integrals recovers (up to a constant factor) the WKB approximation to the Wigner function of a number state.

  6. Impacts of generalized uncertainty principle on black hole thermodynamics and Salecker-Wigner inequalities

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    Tawfik, A.

    2013-07-01

    We investigate the impacts of Generalized Uncertainty Principle (GUP) proposed by some approaches to quantum gravity such as String Theory and Doubly Special Relativity on black hole thermodynamics and Salecker-Wigner inequalities. Utilizing Heisenberg uncertainty principle, the Hawking temperature, Bekenstein entropy, specific heat, emission rate and decay time are calculated. As the evaporation entirely eats up the black hole mass, the specific heat vanishes and the temperature approaches infinity with an infinite radiation rate. It is found that the GUP approach prevents the black hole from the entire evaporation. It implies the existence of remnants at which the specific heat vanishes. The same role is played by the Heisenberg uncertainty principle in constructing the hydrogen atom. We discuss how the linear GUP approach solves the entire-evaporation-problem. Furthermore, the black hole lifetime can be estimated using another approach; the Salecker-Wigner inequalities. Assuming that the quantum position uncertainty is limited to the minimum wavelength of measuring signal, Wigner second inequality can be obtained. If the spread of quantum clock is limited to some minimum value, then the modified black hole lifetime can be deduced. Based on linear GUP approach, the resulting lifetime difference depends on black hole relative mass and the difference between black hole mass with and without GUP is not negligible.

  7. Wigner localization in a graphene quantum dot with a mass gap

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    Guerrero Becerra, Karina Andrea; Rontani, Massimo

    2014-03-01

    The role of electron-electron interactions in graphene is an open issue that impacts on the operation of quantum dots (QDs) and other graphene-based devices. Whereas electrons in bulk graphene allegedly behave as noninteracting particles except for subtle effects, there is strong evidence that electrons in carbon-based nanostructures-nanotubes-form Wigner molecules [Nat. Phys. 9, 576 (2013)]. Besides, a significant effort is presently devoted to minimize the role of disorder in next-generation graphene QDs. Here we show theoretically that Dirac electrons in a clean, circular graphene QD with a mass gap induced by the breaking of sublattice symmetry form a Wigner molecule for realistic values of device parameters. The evidence is the combined analysis of many-body energies, one-body densities, and pair correlation functions obtained through the exact diagonalization of the interacting Dirac-Weyl Hamiltonian. This method, which uses two different sublattice envelopes and includes both inequivalent Dirac cones, allows us to take all many-body correlations into account. The experimental signature of Wigner localization is the suppression of the fourfold periodicity of the filling sequence and the quenching of excitation energies, accessible through Coulomb blockade spectroscopy.

  8. Design and characterization of low-loss 2D grating couplers for silicon photonics integrated circuits

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    Lacava, C.; Carrol, L.; Bozzola, A.; Marchetti, R.; Minzioni, P.; Cristiani, I.; Fournier, M.; Bernabe, S.; Gerace, D.; Andreani, L. C.

    2016-03-01

    We present the characterization of Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) photonic-crystal based 2D grating-couplers (2D-GCs) fabricated by CEA-Leti in the frame of the FP7 Fabulous project, which is dedicated to the realization of devices and systems for low-cost and high-performance passives-optical-networks. On the analyzed samples different test structures are present, including 2D-GC connected to another 2D-GC by different waveguides (in a Mach-Zehnder like configuration), and 2D-GC connected to two separate 2D-GCs, so as to allow a complete assessment of different parameters. Measurements were carried out using a tunable laser source operating in the extended telecom bandwidth and a fiber-based polarization controlling system at the input of device-under-test. The measured data yielded an overall fiber-to-fiber loss of 7.5 dB for the structure composed by an input 2D-GC connected to two identical 2D-GCs. This value was obtained at the peak wavelength of the grating, and the 3-dB bandwidth of the 2D-GC was assessed to be 43 nm. Assuming that the waveguide losses are negligible, so as to make a worst-case analysis, the coupling efficiency of the single 2D-GC results to be equal to -3.75 dB, constituting, to the best of our knowledge, the lowest value ever reported for a fully CMOS compatible 2D-GC. It is worth noting that both the obtained values are in good agreement with those expected by the numerical simulations performed using full 3D analysis by Lumerical FDTD-solutions.

  9. Extrinsic Cation Selectivity of 2D Membranes

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    2017-01-01

    From a systematic study of the concentration driven diffusion of positive and negative ions across porous 2D membranes of graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), we prove their cation selectivity. Using the current–voltage characteristics of graphene and h-BN monolayers separating reservoirs of different salt concentrations, we calculate the reversal potential as a measure of selectivity. We tune the Debye screening length by exchanging the salt concentrations and demonstrate that negative surface charge gives rise to cation selectivity. Surprisingly, h-BN and graphene membranes show similar characteristics, strongly suggesting a common origin of selectivity in aqueous solvents. For the first time, we demonstrate that the cation flux can be increased by using ozone to create additional pores in graphene while maintaining excellent selectivity. We discuss opportunities to exploit our scalable method to use 2D membranes for applications including osmotic power conversion. PMID:28157333

  10. Schottky diodes from 2D germanane

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    Sahoo, Nanda Gopal; Esteves, Richard J.; Punetha, Vinay Deep; Pestov, Dmitry; Arachchige, Indika U.; McLeskey, James T.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of a Schottky diode made using 2D germanane (hydrogenated germanene). When compared to germanium, the 2D structure has higher electron mobility, an optimal band-gap, and exceptional stability making germanane an outstanding candidate for a variety of opto-electronic devices. One-atom-thick sheets of hydrogenated puckered germanium atoms have been synthesized from a CaGe2 framework via intercalation and characterized by XRD, Raman, and FTIR techniques. The material was then used to fabricate Schottky diodes by suspending the germanane in benzonitrile and drop-casting it onto interdigitated metal electrodes. The devices demonstrate significant rectifying behavior and the outstanding potential of this material.

  11. Schottky diodes from 2D germanane

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    Sahoo, Nanda Gopal; Punetha, Vinay Deep; Esteves, Richard J; Arachchige, Indika U.; Pestov, Dmitry; McLeskey, James T.

    2016-07-11

    We report on the fabrication and characterization of a Schottky diode made using 2D germanane (hydrogenated germanene). When compared to germanium, the 2D structure has higher electron mobility, an optimal band-gap, and exceptional stability making germanane an outstanding candidate for a variety of opto-electronic devices. One-atom-thick sheets of hydrogenated puckered germanium atoms have been synthesized from a CaGe{sub 2} framework via intercalation and characterized by XRD, Raman, and FTIR techniques. The material was then used to fabricate Schottky diodes by suspending the germanane in benzonitrile and drop-casting it onto interdigitated metal electrodes. The devices demonstrate significant rectifying behavior and the outstanding potential of this material.

  12. Compatible embedding for 2D shape animation.

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    Baxter, William V; Barla, Pascal; Anjyo, Ken-Ichi

    2009-01-01

    We present new algorithms for the compatible embedding of 2D shapes. Such embeddings offer a convenient way to interpolate shapes having complex, detailed features. Compared to existing techniques, our approach requires less user input, and is faster, more robust, and simpler to implement, making it ideal for interactive use in practical applications. Our new approach consists of three parts. First, our boundary matching algorithm locates salient features using the perceptually motivated principles of scale-space and uses these as automatic correspondences to guide an elastic curve matching algorithm. Second, we simplify boundaries while maintaining their parametric correspondence and the embedding of the original shapes. Finally, we extend the mapping to shapes' interiors via a new compatible triangulation algorithm. The combination of our algorithms allows us to demonstrate 2D shape interpolation with instant feedback. The proposed algorithms exhibit a combination of simplicity, speed, and accuracy that has not been achieved in previous work.

  13. Stochastic Inversion of 2D Magnetotelluric Data

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    Chen, Jinsong

    2010-07-01

    The algorithm is developed to invert 2D magnetotelluric (MT) data based on sharp boundary parametrization using a Bayesian framework. Within the algorithm, we consider the locations and the resistivity of regions formed by the interfaces are as unknowns. We use a parallel, adaptive finite-element algorithm to forward simulate frequency-domain MT responses of 2D conductivity structure. Those unknown parameters are spatially correlated and are described by a geostatistical model. The joint posterior probability distribution function is explored by Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling methods. The developed stochastic model is effective for estimating the interface locations and resistivity. Most importantly, it provides details uncertainty information on each unknown parameter. Hardware requirements: PC, Supercomputer, Multi-platform, Workstation; Software requirements C and Fortan; Operation Systems/version is Linux/Unix or Windows

  14. Static & Dynamic Response of 2D Solids

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    Lin, Jerry

    1996-07-15

    NIKE2D is an implicit finite-element code for analyzing the finite deformation, static and dynamic response of two-dimensional, axisymmetric, plane strain, and plane stress solids. The code is fully vectorized and available on several computing platforms. A number of material models are incorporated to simulate a wide range of material behavior including elasto-placicity, anisotropy, creep, thermal effects, and rate dependence. Slideline algorithms model gaps and sliding along material interfaces, including interface friction, penetration and single surface contact. Interactive-graphics and rezoning is included for analyses with large mesh distortions. In addition to quasi-Newton and arc-length procedures, adaptive algorithms can be defined to solve the implicit equations using the solution language ISLAND. Each of these capabilities and more make NIKE2D a robust analysis tool.

  15. Explicit 2-D Hydrodynamic FEM Program

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    Lin, Jerry

    1996-08-07

    DYNA2D* is a vectorized, explicit, two-dimensional, axisymmetric and plane strain finite element program for analyzing the large deformation dynamic and hydrodynamic response of inelastic solids. DYNA2D* contains 13 material models and 9 equations of state (EOS) to cover a wide range of material behavior. The material models implemented in all machine versions are: elastic, orthotropic elastic, kinematic/isotropic elastic plasticity, thermoelastoplastic, soil and crushable foam, linear viscoelastic, rubber, high explosive burn, isotropic elastic-plastic, temperature-dependent elastic-plastic. The isotropic and temperature-dependent elastic-plastic models determine only the deviatoric stresses. Pressure is determined by one of 9 equations of state including linear polynomial, JWL high explosive, Sack Tuesday high explosive, Gruneisen, ratio of polynomials, linear polynomial with energy deposition, ignition and growth of reaction in HE, tabulated compaction, and tabulated.

  16. 2D Metals by Repeated Size Reduction.

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    Liu, Hanwen; Tang, Hao; Fang, Minghao; Si, Wenjie; Zhang, Qinghua; Huang, Zhaohui; Gu, Lin; Pan, Wei; Yao, Jie; Nan, Cewen; Wu, Hui

    2016-10-01

    A general and convenient strategy for manufacturing freestanding metal nanolayers is developed on large scale. By the simple process of repeatedly folding and calendering stacked metal sheets followed by chemical etching, free-standing 2D metal (e.g., Ag, Au, Fe, Cu, and Ni) nanosheets are obtained with thicknesses as small as 1 nm and with sizes of the order of several micrometers.

  17. Realistic and efficient 2D crack simulation

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    Yadegar, Jacob; Liu, Xiaoqing; Singh, Abhishek

    2010-04-01

    Although numerical algorithms for 2D crack simulation have been studied in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) and computer graphics for decades, realism and computational efficiency are still major challenges. In this paper, we introduce a high-fidelity, scalable, adaptive and efficient/runtime 2D crack/fracture simulation system by applying the mathematically elegant Peano-Cesaro triangular meshing/remeshing technique to model the generation of shards/fragments. The recursive fractal sweep associated with the Peano-Cesaro triangulation provides efficient local multi-resolution refinement to any level-of-detail. The generated binary decomposition tree also provides efficient neighbor retrieval mechanism used for mesh element splitting and merging with minimal memory requirements essential for realistic 2D fragment formation. Upon load impact/contact/penetration, a number of factors including impact angle, impact energy, and material properties are all taken into account to produce the criteria of crack initialization, propagation, and termination leading to realistic fractal-like rubble/fragments formation. The aforementioned parameters are used as variables of probabilistic models of cracks/shards formation, making the proposed solution highly adaptive by allowing machine learning mechanisms learn the optimal values for the variables/parameters based on prior benchmark data generated by off-line physics based simulation solutions that produce accurate fractures/shards though at highly non-real time paste. Crack/fracture simulation has been conducted on various load impacts with different initial locations at various impulse scales. The simulation results demonstrate that the proposed system has the capability to realistically and efficiently simulate 2D crack phenomena (such as window shattering and shards generation) with diverse potentials in military and civil M&S applications such as training and mission planning.

  18. Quasiparticle interference in unconventional 2D systems

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    Chen, Lan; Cheng, Peng; Wu, Kehui

    2017-03-01

    At present, research of 2D systems mainly focuses on two kinds of materials: graphene-like materials and transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). Both of them host unconventional 2D electronic properties: pseudospin and the associated chirality of electrons in graphene-like materials, and spin-valley-coupled electronic structures in the TMDs. These exotic electronic properties have attracted tremendous interest for possible applications in nanodevices in the future. Investigation on the quasiparticle interference (QPI) in 2D systems is an effective way to uncover these properties. In this review, we will begin with a brief introduction to 2D systems, including their atomic structures and electronic bands. Then, we will discuss the formation of Friedel oscillation due to QPI in constant energy contours of electron bands, and show the basic concept of Fourier-transform scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (FT-STM/STS), which can resolve Friedel oscillation patterns in real space and consequently obtain the QPI patterns in reciprocal space. In the next two parts, we will summarize some pivotal results in the investigation of QPI in graphene and silicene, in which systems the low-energy quasiparticles are described by the massless Dirac equation. The FT-STM experiments show there are two different interference channels (intervalley and intravalley scattering) and backscattering suppression, which associate with the Dirac cones and the chirality of quasiparticles. The monolayer and bilayer graphene on different substrates (SiC and metal surfaces), and the monolayer and multilayer silicene on a Ag(1 1 1) surface will be addressed. The fifth part will introduce the FT-STM research on QPI in TMDs (monolayer and bilayer of WSe2), which allow us to infer the spin texture of both conduction and valence bands, and present spin-valley coupling by tracking allowed and forbidden scattering channels.

  19. Compact 2-D graphical representation of DNA

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    Randić, Milan; Vračko, Marjan; Zupan, Jure; Novič, Marjana

    2003-05-01

    We present a novel 2-D graphical representation for DNA sequences which has an important advantage over the existing graphical representations of DNA in being very compact. It is based on: (1) use of binary labels for the four nucleic acid bases, and (2) use of the 'worm' curve as template on which binary codes are placed. The approach is illustrated on DNA sequences of the first exon of human β-globin and gorilla β-globin.

  20. 2D materials: Graphene and others

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    Bansal, Suneev Anil Singh, Amrinder Pal; Kumar, Suresh

    2016-05-06

    Present report reviews the recent advancements in new atomically thick 2D materials. Materials covered in this review are Graphene, Silicene, Germanene, Boron Nitride (BN) and Transition metal chalcogenides (TMC). These materials show extraordinary mechanical, electronic and optical properties which make them suitable candidates for future applications. Apart from unique properties, tune-ability of highly desirable properties of these materials is also an important area to be emphasized on.