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  1. Hygrothermal degradation of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane films studied by neutron and X-ray reflectivity and attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy.

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    Tallant, David Robert; Garcia, Manuel Joseph; Majewski, Jaroslaw; Kent, Michael Stuart; Yim, Hyun

    2005-05-01

    Thin films of organosilanes have great technological importance in the areas of adhesion promotion, durability, and corrosion resistance. However, it is well-known that water can degrade organosilane films, particularly at elevated temperatures. In this work, X-ray and neutron reflectivity (XR and NR) were combined with attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy to study the chemical and structural changes within thin films of (3-glycidoxypropyl)trimethoxysilane (GPS) after exposure for various periods of time to air saturated with either D{sub 2}O or H{sub 2}O at 80 C. For NR and XR, ultrathin ({approx}100 {angstrom}) films were prepared by spin-coating. Both D{sub 2}O and H{sub 2}O provide neutron scattering contrast with GPS. Variations in the neutron scattering length density (SLD) profiles (a function of mass density and atomic composition) with conditioning time were measured after drying the samples out and also swelled with H{sub 2}O or D{sub 2}O vapor at room temperature. For samples that were dried out prior to measurement, little or no change was observed for H{sub 2}O conditioning up to 3.5 days, but large changes were observed after 30 days of conditioning. The range of conditioning time for this structural change was narrowed to between 4 and 10 days with XR. The SLD profiles indicated that the top portion of the GPS film was transformed into a thick low-density layer after conditioning, but the bottom portion showed little structural change. A previous NR study of as-prepared GPS films involving swelling with deuterated nitrobenzene showed that the central portion of the film has much lower cross-link density than the region nearest the substrate. The present data show that the central portion also swells to a much greater extent with water and hydrolyzes more rapidly. The chemical degradation mechanism was identified by IR as hydrolysis of siloxane bonds. For ATR-IR, GPS films were prepared by dip-coating, which resulted in a greater

  2. Grafting of organosilane derived from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane and thiourea onto magnesium phyllosilicate by sol-gel process and investigation of metal adsorption properties

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    Dey, R.K.; Oliveira, Andrea S.; Patnaik, Tanushree; Singh, V.K.; Tiwary, D.; Airoldi, Claudio

    2009-08-15

    A layered inorganic-organic magnesium silicate (Mg-GTPS-TU) has been successfully synthesized by using sol-gel based precursor under mild temperature conditions and a new silylaing agent (GTPS-TU) derived from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GTPS) and thiourea (TU) as the silicon source. The hybrid material was characterized through elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, thermogravimetry, and carbon and silicon solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The result confirmed the attachment of organic functionality to the inorganic silicon network. The inter-lamellar distance for the hybrid material was found to be 18.8 A. Metal adsorption characteristics follows Cr(III) >Mn(II)>Zn(II) with more affinity towards Cr(III) in dilute aqueous solution. Evaluation of thermodynamic parameters DELTAH and DELTAS for Cr(III) were found to be 25.44 J mol{sup -1} and 79.9 J mol{sup -1} K{sup -1}, respectively, indicating adsorption process to be endothermic in nature. The negative value of DELTAG indicated the feasibility and spontaneity of ongoing adsorption process at relatively higher temperature. The presence of multiple coordination sites in the attached organic functionality expresses the potentiality of the hybrid material containing new silylating agent for heavy cation removal from eco-system. - Abstract: We report the synthesis and adsorption properties of a layered inorganic-organic magnesium silicate (Mg-GTPS-TU) derived from a new silylaing agent from 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GTPS) and thiourea (TU) as the silicon source. Display Omitted

  3. Australian Film Studies.

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    Breen, Myles P.

    Although Australia had a vigorous film industry in the silent film era, it was stifled in the 1930s when United States and British interests bought up the Australian distribution channels and closed down the indigenous industry. However, the industry and film study have undergone a renaissance since the advent of the Labor government in 1972,…

  4. Australian Film Studies.

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    Breen, Myles P.

    Although Australia had a vigorous film industry in the silent film era, it was stifled in the 1930s when United States and British interests bought up the Australian distribution channels and closed down the indigenous industry. However, the industry and film study have undergone a renaissance since the advent of the Labor government in 1972,…

  5. Film Study in Higher Education.

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    Stewart, David C., Ed.

    This resource book on the place of film study today is designed to assist in the planning of college courses in the history, criticism, and appreciation of motion pictures. Representative course descriptions and appraisals are given by (1) Jack C. Ellis, who describes a two-part course in film aesthetics and types of films, (2) Edward Fischer, who…

  6. Film Study Hang Ups.

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    Grenier, Charles F.

    1969-01-01

    The interest and delight which students find in film should be preserved from a teacher's excessive zeal to analyze and explain. As the beauty of poetry is frequently diminished through exhaustive analyses of similes, rhyme schemes, and other technical devices, the value of film to high school students can be weakened through too great an emphasis…

  7. Film Theory and Hugo Munsterberg's "The Film": A Psychological Study.

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    Wicclair, Mark R.

    1978-01-01

    Hugo Munsterberg's "The Film: A Psychological Study" is one of the earliest essays in the area of film theory. Unfortunately, it has remained relatively unknown since its publication in 1916. The author discusses two concepts raised by Munsterberg: the contrast between films in the theatrical mode and films in the cinematic mode.…

  8. Film Theory and Hugo Munsterberg's "The Film": A Psychological Study.

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    Wicclair, Mark R.

    1978-01-01

    Hugo Munsterberg's "The Film: A Psychological Study" is one of the earliest essays in the area of film theory. Unfortunately, it has remained relatively unknown since its publication in 1916. The author discusses two concepts raised by Munsterberg: the contrast between films in the theatrical mode and films in the cinematic mode.…

  9. Film Study: A Resource Guide.

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    Manchel, Frank

    This resource guide describes six popular approaches to the study of the cinema and provides a practical analysis of selected books, materials, and information about motion picture rentals. Highlighting this extensive survey of film studies are the annotated, critical bibliographies and filmographies of significant books, articles and films by and…

  10. From "A" to "Yellow Jack"; A Film-Study Film Collection.

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    Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Audio-Visual Center.

    Illustrative material in the area of film study available from the Indiana University Audio-Visual Center is listed and described. Over 250 selected films are included, representing experimental films, film classics, historically interesting films, works of recognized directors, and films which are models of film techniques. Recent film…

  11. The Use of Film in Social Studies.

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    Phillips, Mark

    1969-01-01

    An attempt is made to provide a new framework for examining the types of films useful to the teacher of social studies--a framework which, among other things, acknowledges that films may be boring, that propaganda is inherent in most documentaries, and that fiction films may be of great service to the history teacher. (LS)

  12. Radical Voices; A Film Course Study Guide.

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    Kernan, Margot

    The leftist radical ideas current in the 1960s and 1970s are expressed in the films discussed in this cinema study guide. The radical film takes extreme and avant-garde approaches to the somewhat publicly taboo topics of sex, social issues, and religion. Among the films discussed, I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW) and SOMETHING DIFFERENT show women in their…

  13. Capacitor film surface assessment studies

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    Galperin, I.; White, W.

    1985-02-01

    In the present investigation of the optical surface of the three widely used, biaxially oriented capacitor films, polypropylene, polyvinylidene fluoride, and polyester, with attention to film surface defects and thickness variation, the defects and their rate of occurrence proved traceable in terms of polymer structure, chemical grouping, and fabrication processing. Film thickness variation was small, yet differed for each film type. Film breakdown voltages have been determined, and alternative causes for the voltage values obtained are proposed. A reciprocal relation is noted between the film breakdown voltage and the dielectric constant.

  14. Study on aluminium-based single films.

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    Vinod Kumar, G S; García-Moreno, F; Babcsán, N; Brothers, A H; Murty, B S; Banhart, J

    2007-12-28

    In the present paper the authors studied isolated metallic films made from the same material used for making metallic foams, and then characterised their properties. Metal films were made from a liquid aluminium alloy reinforced with ceramic particles of known concentration. Melts without such particles were also investigated. It is shown that stable films could not be made from Al-Si alloy having no particles, and just extremely thin and fragile films could be made from commercially-pure Al. In contrast, aluminium alloys containing particles such as SiC and TiB(2) allowed pulling thin, stable films, which did not rupture. Significant thinning of films was observed when the particle concentration in the melt decreased. By in situ X-ray monitoring of liquid films during pulling, film thickness and drainage effects within the liquid film could be studied. The morphology and microstructure of films was characterised after solidification. Our work shows that the question of how foams are stabilised can be studied using a simplified system such as a film, instead of having to deal with the multitude of different structural elements present in a foam.

  15. A study of reactive plasma deposited thin films

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    Gilchrist, J.; Williams, E.

    1986-01-01

    A state-of-the-art research laboratory was established to grow and characterize amorphous thin films that are useful in semi-conductor devices. Two film systems, nitride films and silicon dioxide films were studied. Over seventy deposition runs for nitride films were made. The films were deposited on silicon substrate using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. It was found that the uniformity of the films were affected by the location of the film on the platen.

  16. Center for Thin Film Studies

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    1991-01-22

    Properties of Hafnium Dioxide Thin Films Appendix C Cross Sections for 170.50 Backscattering of 4He from Oxygen for ’He Energies Between 1.8 and 5.0 MeV...microstructural properties of hafnium dioxide thin films J. P. Lehan, Y. Mao, B. G. Bovard, and H. A. Macleod Summary We have applied a variety of analytical...tools to educe the compositional and morphological changes experienced by thin films of hafnium dioxide deposited under a variety of conditions. Surface

  17. A Film Study Option for HSC French

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    Connole, Pat

    1974-01-01

    In 1974, after a trial period of two years, the study of two selected French feature films will be offered as an option to the study of prescribed texts in Higher School Certificate French in Victoria. (Author)

  18. Study of diamond film growth and properties

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    Albin, Sacharial

    1990-01-01

    The objective was to study diamond film growth and its properties in order to enhance the laser damage threshold of substrate materials. Calculations were performed to evaluate laser induced thermal stress parameter, R(sub T) of diamond. It is found that diamond has several orders of magnitude higher in value for R(sub T) compared to other materials. Thus, the laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) of diamond is much higher. Diamond films were grown using a microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPECVD) system at various conditions of gas composition, pressure, temperature, and substrate materials. A 0.5 percent CH4 in H2 at 20 torr were ideal conditions for growing of high quality diamond films on substrates maintained at 900 C. The diamond films were polycrystalline which were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman scattering spectroscopy. The top surface of the growing film is always rough due to the facets of polycrystalline film while the back surface of the film replicates the substrate surface. An analytical model based on two dimensional periodic heat flow was developed to calculate the effective in-plane (face parallel) diffusivity of a two layer system. The effective diffusivity of diamond/silicon samples was measured using a laser pulse technique. The thermal conductivity of the films was measured to be 13.5 W/cm K, which is better than that of a type Ia natural diamond. Laser induced damage experiments were performed on bare Si substrates, diamond film coated Si, and diamond film windows. Significant improvements in the LIDT were obtained for diamond film coated Si compared to the bare Si.

  19. Center for Thin Film Studies.

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    1987-11-15

    dielectrics. In the interests of rectifying this neglect. Chang-Kwon Hwangbo began an investigation of the LAD of Ag . In general. Ag films are deposited...a facility. Plans for the coming Year Ion-Assisted Deposition ol Oides, Nitrides, Oxpoerides, Fluorides. and Metali lAD will continue to be the area...Thermally Evaporated Ag Films" at the 1987 Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America. Rochester, 5’NY, October 19-23. R. B. Sargent and H. A

  20. Center for Thin Film Studies

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    1988-10-31

    Determination of the Thickness and Optical Constants of Thin Metallic Films," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 71. 189 (1981). 24. F. Abeles and T. Lopez -Rios...Burton, N. Cabrera , & F. C. Frank, "The Growth of Crystals and the Equilibrium Structure of Their Surfaces", Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc., A23, 299-358 (1951

  1. Study of iron mononitride thin films

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    Tayal, Akhil; Gupta, Mukul; Phase, D. M.; Reddy, V. R.; Gupta, Ajay

    2014-04-01

    In this work we have studied the crystal structural and local ordering of iron and nitrogen in iron mononitride thin films prepared using dc magnetron sputtering at sputtering power of 100W and 500W. The films were sputtered using pure nitrogen to enhance the reactivity of nitrogen with iron. The x-ray diffraction (XRD), conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (SXAS) studies shows that the film crystallizes in ZnS-type crystal structure.

  2. Elastohydrodynamic studies using thin film transducers

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    Safa, M. M. A.; MacPherson, P. B.

    1984-01-01

    Thin film microtransducers for application to the study of the variation of pressure, temperature, and oil film thickness in an elastohydrodynamically lubricated, nominal line contact were developed. Fabrication techniques were improved to enhance the useful life. Techniques to achieve higher resolution by reducing sensor size and improving the signal monitoring circuitry were developed. Material properties in thin film form used in fabricating the sensors were examined. Possible sources of errors in interpreting the results obtained from these devices were studied. Results under various operating conditions were compared with theoretical and experimental results, and reasonably good agreement is found.

  3. Study of iron mononitride thin films

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    Tayal, Akhil Gupta, Mukul Phase, D. M. Reddy, V. R. Gupta, Ajay

    2014-04-24

    In this work we have studied the crystal structural and local ordering of iron and nitrogen in iron mononitride thin films prepared using dc magnetron sputtering at sputtering power of 100W and 500W. The films were sputtered using pure nitrogen to enhance the reactivity of nitrogen with iron. The x-ray diffraction (XRD), conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (SXAS) studies shows that the film crystallizes in ZnS-type crystal structure.

  4. The Politics of Revolution; A Film Course Study Guide.

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    Kernan, Margot

    This study guide for high school and college students examines selected, revolutionary political films made by Godard, Rocha, Solanas, Sanjines, and others, notably Czech and Cuban film-makers. This guide stresses an aesthetic, auteuristic approach and touches upon film production procedures. The films recommended for study range in technique from…

  5. Use of Exoelectrons to Study Solid Films.

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    1979-12-31

    AD—A000 621 MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE SURFACE LAB FIG 201 LI USE OF EXOELECTRONS TO STUDY SOLID FILMS. (U) I UNCLASSIFIED £ RABINOWICZ ...CONTRACT OR GRANT NUMBER(.) (~~~1E~nest/ Rabinowicz — Marlj’Connelj7 ~~ S. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAM E AND ADDRESS 10. PROGRAM ELEMENT. PROJECT...exoelectrons to study solid films Final report Erne st Rabinowicz and Mark Connelly December 31, 1979 L U.S. Army Research Office Contract No. DAAG 29

  6. Implementing the Study of Multicultural Aesthetics in Film and Video.

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    Gutenko, Gregory

    Film and television in the western world are highly stylized and culturally specific products. A course on multicultural aesthetics in film and video should introduce the student to perceptual alternatives in film and television use. Some of these alternatives can be derived from three well-established areas of film/television study: the…

  7. Dynamic scaling study of nanostructured silver films

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    Nasehnejad, M.; Nabiyouni, G.; Gholipour Shahraki, M.

    2017-09-01

    Silver thin films were electrodeposited at various thicknesses and current densities, and their surface morphology was studied with scaling analysis based on atomic force microscopy. The Ag thin films show intrinsic anomalous dynamic scaling that was evaluated with a set of local exponents {{α }loc}=0.88 and {{β }loc}= 0.61, and global ones, α = 1.75 and β = 1.21. Local slope scales with time as ρ ={{t}0.58} . High-order local roughness exponents decrease with q indicating the existence of multi-scaling of the system (and hence anomalous scaling). All the experimental data collapse into one curve of the anomalous dynamic scaling. The results demonstrate that the film deposited with higher current density has higher surface roughness and grain size. Calculation of {{α }loc} values indicates that they are not dependent on the current density.

  8. Study of Fe-Co Nanocomposite Films

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    Lancok, A.; Klementova, M.; Kohout, J.; Miglierini, M.; Fendrych, F.; Lancok, J.

    2010-07-13

    Moessbauer study of nanogranular ferromagnetic FeCo films is presented. Two ways of production of nanocomposite systems were employed: (i) hollow cathode plasma jet deposition process, and (ii) laser ablation from Fe-Co metallic targets by means of a KrF excimer laser and r.f. magnetron sputtering. Complementary information on the composition of the samples were obtained by nuclear magnetic resonance of {sup 57}Fe and {sup 59}Co nuclei, conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The films contain crystalline nanoparticles, 5-20 nm in size, embedded in an amorphous matrix.

  9. Film as Revolutionary Weapon: A Pedagogical Analysis. Latin American Studies Program, Film Series No. 3.

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    California Univ., Riverside. Latin American Studies Program.

    This paper describes a university course designed to examine the use of film as a revolutionary medium in Latin American countries. Objectives of the course were to illustrate the complexity of studying a film genre, develop an analytical framework for comparing revolutionary films, and encourage students to reach their own conclusions about the…

  10. Film as Revolutionary Weapon: A Pedagogical Analysis. Latin American Studies Program, Film Series No. 3.

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    California Univ., Riverside. Latin American Studies Program.

    This paper describes a university course designed to examine the use of film as a revolutionary medium in Latin American countries. Objectives of the course were to illustrate the complexity of studying a film genre, develop an analytical framework for comparing revolutionary films, and encourage students to reach their own conclusions about the…

  11. Radiation resistance studies of amorphous silicon films

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    Payson, J. Scott; Woodyard, James R.

    1988-01-01

    A study of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films irradiated with 2.00 MeV helium ions using fluences ranging from 1E11 to 1E15/sq cm is presented. The films were characterized using photothermal deflection spectroscopy, transmission and reflection spectroscopy, and photoconductivity and annealing measurements. Large changes were observed in the subband-gap optical absorption for energies between 0.9 and 1.7 eV. The steady-state photoconductivity showed decreases of almost five orders of magnitude for a fluence of 1E15/sq cm, but the slope of the intensity dependence of the photoconductivity remained almost constant for all fluences. Substantial annealing occurs even at room temperature, and for temperatures greater than 448 K the damage is completely annealed. The data are analyzed to describe the defects and the density of states function.

  12. Good Looking: Film Studies, Short Films and Filmmaking.

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    Sohn, David A., Ed.

    The articles in this volume have been selected from issues of "Media & Methods" of the past seven years. The first part of the book considers the problems and opportunities inherent in classroom film use, in articles by David A. Sohn, Charles F. Greiner, William Kuhns, Hugh Gilmore, Richard Lacey, Richard Beach, and Ken Donelson. Essays deal with…

  13. Good Looking: Film Studies, Short Films and Filmmaking.

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    Sohn, David A., Ed.

    The articles in this volume have been selected from issues of "Media & Methods" of the past seven years. The first part of the book considers the problems and opportunities inherent in classroom film use, in articles by David A. Sohn, Charles F. Greiner, William Kuhns, Hugh Gilmore, Richard Lacey, Richard Beach, and Ken Donelson. Essays deal with…

  14. Poly-para-xylylene thin films: A study of the deposition chemistry, kinetics, film properties, and film stability

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    Fortin, Jeffrey Bernard

    Poly-para-xylylene, or parylene, thin films are chemically vapor deposited (CVD), conformal, pin-hole free polymeric thin films. They have found many industrial uses since there invention in 1947 and continue to find new applications in micro-electronics, biotechnology, and micro-electro-mechanical systems. In this study the deposition chemistry, deposition kinetics, film properties, and film stability were investigated. A differentially pumped quadrupole mass spectrometer was used to analyze the vapor species present during the CVD process. The identity of dimer contamination and its impact on the CVD process and film properties was studied. The quantitative conversion of dimer to monomer was investigated and it was found that conversion begins at around 385°C and by 565°C 100% conversion is obtained. The kinetics of the CVD process was analyzed for a range of substrate temperatures and chamber pressures. A new kinetic model based on a two-step adsorption was developed and fit the kinetic data well. This model should be appropriate for use with all parylene family polymers. Many of the properties of the films deposited in this study were analyzed. This includes a detailed study of surface morphology using atomic force microscopy which shows the interface width increases as a power law of film thickness. Other properties analyzed were the thermal stability, electrical properties, index of refraction, birefringence, hardness, and elastic modulus. The effect of ultraviolet (UV) radiation of lambda ≥ 250 nm on the thermal stability, electrical, and optical properties of thin parylene films was studied. The thermal stability and electrical properties of UV treated films were seen to deteriorate as the radiation dose increased. The stability of parylene thin films receiving plasma etching was analyzed. The dielectric constant, dissipation factor, and leakage current of plasma etched thin parylene films were investigated and found to be stable for the range of

  15. Study of bagasse/tapioca starch film preparation and characterization

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    Chen, Yanyang; Wei, Xiaoyi; Chang, Gang; Fu, Tiaokun; Cui, Lihong; Li, Jihua

    2017-06-01

    Bagasse/tapioca starch films (BT) were prepared with various contents of bagasse (10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 wt% based on tapioca starch), and the effect of bagasse concentration was studied by the performance of the BT films. Then, the BT films characteristics were analyzed using the instruments about ultraviolet spectrophotometer (US), SEM, TGA and XRD. The dispersion of the bagasse became better with bagasse concentration increasing, the intermolecular hydrogen bonding became stronger while the transparency values of the films decreased.

  16. Thin teflon-like films for MEMS: Film properties and reliability studies

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    Smith, B.K.; LaVigne, G.; Sniegowski, J.J.; Brown, C.D.

    1998-07-01

    This work presents film properties and initial reliability studies for thin Teflon-like films applied to a unique test vehicle, the Sandia-designed and fabricated microengine. Results on microengines coated with the film show a factor of three improvement in their lifetime and an order of magnitude reduction in the coefficient of friction when compared to uncoated samples. Coefficients Of Friction (COF) of 0.07 for the Teflon-like film and 1.0 for uncoated samples are extracted from models which match the measured behavior of working microengines. These films, deposited form a plasma source, exhibit the ability to penetrate into very narrow, deep channels common to many MEMS devices. For as-deposited film, both the refractive index at 1.4 and the contact angle with water at 108{degree} show the film to be very similar to bulk Teflon PTFE. Film stability as a function of temperature has been examined using Fourier Transformation Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The film structure as observed by the fluorine-carbon (F-C) peak is stable up to 200 C, but starts decomposing above 250 C. Film composition has been examined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and is quite different for directly exposed surfaces compared with deep, narrow channels where the deposition process is diffusion limited.

  17. Experimental study of drop impacts on soap films

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    Yawar, Ali; Basu, Saikat; Concha, Andres; Bandi, Mahesh

    2015-11-01

    Impinging drops on flowing and static soap films demonstrate at least three distinct types of impact regimes: (a) the drop bounces off the film surface, (b) it coalesces with the downstream flow for a moving film and for static films it gets assimilated within the film, and (c) it pierces through the film. The interaction presents a unique opportunity to explore the impact of a quasi one-dimensional object on a two-dimensional fluid, much like a comet impacting on a thin atmosphere. We present a detailed experimental study of droplet impacts on soap film flow, for a number of film inclination angles and falling heights of the drop. Imaging techniques employed include sodium lamp interferometry to measure film thickness fluctuations and particle tracking velocimetry to measure the velocity field. Film thickness measures approximately 10 microns and the drop diameter is 1 mm. We mostly observe the bouncing-off regime for smaller inclination angles. However, at higher impact angles, puncturing of the film becomes a more common occurrence. We show that when the drop bounces off the film, there is a momentum transfer leading to vortex dipole shedding, along with the generation of capillary waves; an impulsive regime that may share correspondence with the locomotion of water striders.

  18. Polyethylene terephthalate thin films; a luminescence study

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    Carmona-Téllez, S.; Alarcón-Flores, G.; Meza-Rocha, A.; Zaleta-Alejandre, E.; Aguilar-Futis, M.; Murrieta S, H.; Falcony, C.

    2015-04-01

    Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) films doped with Rare Earths (RE3+) have been deposited on glass by spray pyrolysis technique at 240 °C, using recycled PET and (RE3+) chlorides as precursors. Cerium, terbium, dysprosium and europium were used as dopants materials, these dopants normally produce luminescent emissions at 450, 545, 573 and 612 nm respectively; the doped films also have light emissions at blue, green, yellow and red respectively. All RE3+ characteristic emissions were observed at naked eyes. Every deposited films show a high transmission in the visible range (close 80% T), films surfaces are pretty soft and homogeneous. Films thickness is around 3 μm.

  19. Positron annihilation study of cavities in black Au films

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    Melikhova, O.; Čížek, J.; Hruška, P.; Vlček, M.; Procházka, I.; Anwand, W.; Novotný, M.; Bulíř, J.

    2017-01-01

    Defects in a black Au film were studied using variable energy positron annihilation spectroscopy. Black Au films exhibit porous morphology similar to cauliflower. This type of structure enhances the optical absorption due to a multiple reflections in the micro-cavities. A nanostructured black Au film was compared with conventional smooth Au films with high reflectivity. The black Au film exhibited a remarkably enhanced S-parameter in sub-surface region. This is caused by a narrow para-Positronium contribution to the annihilation peak.

  20. Dynamic Metabolism Studies of Live Bacterial Films

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    Majors, Paul D.; Mclean, Jeffrey S.

    2008-11-01

    Bacterial film (biofilm) microbes exist within spatial (nutrient, electron-acceptor, pH, etc.) gradients of their own making. Correspondingly, biofilm bacteria are physiologically and functionally distinct from free-floating bacteria and from their own species at differing biofilm depths. This article describes our efforts to develop noninvasive nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technologies for biofilm-metabolism studies. This involves integrating NMR with controlled-cultivation methods to interrogate microbial physiology live and under known growth conditions. NMR is uniquely capable of providing depth-resolved metabolic and transport information in a non-invasive, non-sample-consuming fashion, providing information required for experimental reactive transport studies. We have studied mono-species biofilms relevant to environment remediation and human health. We describe these technologies, discuss their advantages and limitations, and give examples of their application.

  1. Studies of Niobium Thin Film Produced by Energetic Vacuum Deposition

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    Genfa Wu; Anne-Marie Valente; H. Phillips; Haipeng Wang; Andy Wu; T. J. Renk; P Provencio

    2004-05-01

    An energetic vacuum deposition system has been used to study deposition energy effects on the properties of niobium thin films on copper and sapphire substrates. The absence of working gas avoids the gaseous inclusions commonly seen with sputtering deposition. A biased substrate holder controls the deposition energy. Transition temperature and residual resistivity ratio of the niobium thin films at several deposition energies are obtained together with surface morphology and crystal orientation measurements by AFM inspection, XRD and TEM analysis. The results show that niobium thin films on sapphire substrate exhibit the best cryogenic properties at deposition energy around 123 eV. The TEM analysis revealed that epitaxial growth of film was evident when deposition energy reaches 163 eV for sapphire substrate. Similarly, niobium thin film on copper substrate shows that film grows more oriented with higher deposition energy and grain size reaches the scale of the film thickness at the deposition energy around 153 eV.

  2. Photoluminescence Study of Copper Selenide Thin Films

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    Urmila, K. S.; Asokan, T. Namitha; Pradeep, B.

    2011-10-01

    Thin films of Copper Selenide of composition of composition Cu7Se4 with thickness 350 nm are deposited on glass substrate at a temperature of 498 K±5 K and pressure of 10-5 mbar using reactive evaporation, a variant of Gunther's three temperature method with high purity Copper (99.999%) and Selenium (99.99%) as the elemental starting material. The deposited film is characterized structurally using X-ray Diffraction. The structural parameters such as lattice constant, particle size, dislocation density; number of crystallites per unit area and strain in the film are evaluated. Photoluminescence of the film is analyzed at room temperature using Fluoro Max-3 Spectrofluorometer.

  3. Educational Film Guide for Middle Eastern Studies.

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    Greenman, Joseph; Joachim, Ann

    This annotated guide lists 16mm. films on the Middle East for use in grades K-12 and with adults. The Middle East refers to a vast area extending from eastern Afghanistan and the northern Caucasus to the western coast of Morocco and the southern periphery of the Sahara. The guide does not list films according to their merits. Rather, it includes…

  4. Report on Film Study in American Schools.

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    Costanzo, William, Ed.; And Others

    This document highlights the findings of a committee formed by The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to assess the status of film at all levels in American education. The introduction by the editor, William Costanzo, stresses that film is best understood in relation to the language arts--not as a "visual aid" but as an…

  5. Educational Film Guide for Middle Eastern Studies.

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    Greenman, Joseph; Joachim, Ann

    This annotated guide lists 16mm. films on the Middle East for use in grades K-12 and with adults. The Middle East refers to a vast area extending from eastern Afghanistan and the northern Caucasus to the western coast of Morocco and the southern periphery of the Sahara. The guide does not list films according to their merits. Rather, it includes…

  6. a Sexafs Study of Ultrathin cr Films

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    Cook, J. C.; Dowling, M.; Schwarzacher, W.; McCash, E. M.

    Three types of Cr films were grown on Pd(100) at different substrate temperatures. The film thickness was found to be the crucial parameter in determining the film structure; substrate temperature was found to make little difference to the surface EXAFS pattern observed. Films with a thickness greater than 6 monolayers (ML) of Cr were body-centered-cubic (bcc); those with a thickness less than 3 ML Cr appear to be face-centered-cubic (fcc) and those in between were initially bcc but after annealing to ~500 K produced an fcc-like SEXAFS pattern. The SEXAFS of both thin and medium films can be interpreted in terms of a Cr-Pd alloy on the surface.

  7. ESCA studies of sputtered amorphous CoNbZr film

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    Padalia, B. D.; Mehta, P. K.; Prasad, Shiva; Kulkarni, S. K.; Krishnan, R.

    1990-09-01

    Detailed ESCA studies of sputtered amorphous CoNbZr film, carried out after a period of one year, reveal that Zr oxidises violently and migrates to the surface. Oxidation of Nb is limited to top layers (˜ 300 Å) while Co remains metallic through out the film. The film beyond 600 Å down to the substrate interface is quite homogeneous. Such information could be of importance in some applications of these materials.

  8. Thermal protection studies of plastic films and fibrous materials

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    Saad, Michel A.; Altman, Robert L.

    1988-01-01

    The thermal protection properties of various film and woven materials were studied using an experimental method of radiant heating. The materials studied included aluminized and unaluminized synthetic plastic films and fibrous materials like silicon carbide and phenolic novolac. It is shown that a thin metallized coating with good reflectivity significantly enhances the heat blocking capability of a variety of insulative materials.

  9. Thermal protection studies of plastic films and fibrous materials

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    Saad, Michel A.; Altman, Robert L.

    1988-01-01

    The thermal protection properties of various film and woven materials were studied using an experimental method of radiant heating. The materials studied included aluminized and unaluminized synthetic plastic films and fibrous materials like silicon carbide and phenolic novolac. It is shown that a thin metallized coating with good reflectivity significantly enhances the heat blocking capability of a variety of insulative materials.

  10. Study of Critical Behaviour in Diluted Ferromagnetic:. Thin Films and Semi-Infinites Films

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    Masrour, R.; Hamedoun, M.; Benyoussef, A.

    By using the high-temperature series expansion technique, we have analyzed the phase transition and the critical phenomena of a ferromagnetic thin film and ferromagnetic semi-infinite film, through three models: Ising, XY and Heisenberg. The critical reduced temperature τC(v) is studied as a function of the thickness of the film. In the case of the magnetic film and semi-infinite film, on the simple cubic lattice and the face-centered cubic lattice, τC(v) is studied as a function of the exchange interactions in the bulk, and on the surface. A critical value of the surface exchange interaction in the film above which the surface and the interface magnetism appears is obtained. The dependence of the reduced critical temperature on the thickness of the film has been investigated. These shifts of the critical temperatures TC(L) from the bulk value can be described by a power law. The obtained values for the simple cubic lattice and face centered cubic ferromagnetic thin film are in qualitative accordance with the universality class hypothesis. The critical exponent associated with the magnetic susceptibility is studied as a function of interactions. In a defined range of the exchange interactions, the obtained values for Heisenberg, XY and Ising models, for simple cubic thin film are comparable to the universal ones and are independent of the film thickness. The asymmetry of the structure and the competition of the effects of the exchange coupling, are important for the magnetic properties of the system. A critical value of the surface exchange interaction above which the surface magnetism appears is obtained. For the dependence of the critical parameter of surface reduced coupling R2C as a function of the dilution x and the ratio of the exchange interaction between the surface and nearest neighbour layer to the bulk one R1 for the three studied models has been investigated. The magnetic phase diagrams are obtained for two structures. The percolation threshold is

  11. Design study of plastic film heat exchanger

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    Guyer, E. C.; Brownell, D. L.

    1986-02-01

    This report presents the results of an effort to develop and design a unique thermoplastic film heat exchanger for use in an industrial heat pump evaporator system and other energy recovery applications. The concept for the exchanger is that of individual heat exchange elements formed by two adjoining and freely hanging plastic films. Liquid flows downward in a regulated fashion between the films due to the balance of hydrostatic and frictional forces. The fluid stream on the outside of film may be a free-falling liquid film, a condensing gas, or a noncondensing gas. The flow and structural principles are similar to those embodied in an earlier heat exchange system developed for use in waste water treatment systems (Sanderson). The design allows for high heat transfer rates while working within the thermal and structural limitations of thermoplastic materials. The potential of this new heat exchanger design lies in the relatively low cost of plastic film and the high inherent corrosion and fouling resistance. This report addresses the selection of materials, the potential heat transf er performance, the mechanical design and operation of a unit applied in a low pressure steam recovery system, and the expected selling price in comparison to conventional metallic shell and tube heat exchangers.

  12. Drying of polymer films: study of demixing phenomena

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    Fichot, Julie; Heyd, Rodolphe; Saboungi, Marie-Louise; Josserend, Christophe; Combard, Emilie; Tranchant, Jean Francois

    2011-03-01

    Understanding the mechanisms that control the stability of polymeric films is important in beauty care. We have prepared films starting from a water-soluble organic polymer, a preservative and water. We study the drying of these films as a function of several physicochemical parameters that control their interfaces such as temperature, humidity and the nature of the support. The viscoelastic properties of the solutions before spreading out are analyzed with a rheometer in order to adjust the temperature. The topography of the films is observed by optical microscopy and the evolution of the drying is determined with a precision gravimetric balance. The behavior of the films on a nanometric scale is followed by AFM. During the drying process, droplets appear on the surface of the film, made up of water surrounded by a shell of preservative. As the films dries, the water evaporates from the droplets and the preservative spreads on the surface of the film, leading to the formation of craters on the surface of the dried film. The dimensions and numbers of the craters depend strongly on the type and concentration of the preservative employed.

  13. Films.

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    Philadelphia Board of Education, PA. Div. of Instructional Materials.

    The Affective Curriculum Research Project produced five films and two records during a series of experimental summer programs. The films and records form part of a curriculum designed to teach to the concerns of students. The films were an effort to describe the Philadelphia Cooperative Schools Program, to explain its importance, and to…

  14. Film type SO-168 radiation study

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    Pierce, W. N.

    1972-01-01

    Investigations were performed to determine optimum exposure and processing procedures necessary to partially offset the effect of radiation to which film type SO-168 will be exposed during the Skylab Mission. This task became necessary when it was determined that original predictions of 2 to 3 RADS of radiation to which the film will be exposed were too low, and that levels as high as 3.5 to 4.0 RADS may be incurred, thus reducing image quality below an acceptable level. Tests results show that forced processing of type SO-168 film tended to reduce the density range to an unusable level, and that processing to a lower ASA value would provide greater image quality for the user.

  15. Radiation resistance studies of amorphous silicon films

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    Woodyard, James R.; Payson, J. Scott

    1989-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin films were irradiated with 2.00 MeV helium ions using fluences ranging from 1E11 to 1E15 cm(-2). The films were characterized using photothermal deflection spectroscopy and photoconductivity measurements. The investigations show that the radiation introduces sub-band-gap states 1.35 eV below the conduction band and the states increase supralinearly with fluence. Photoconductivity measurements suggest the density of states above the Fermi energy is not changing drastically with fluence.

  16. Feasibility Study of Thin Film Thermocouple Piles

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    Sisk, R. C.

    2001-01-01

    Historically, thermopile detectors, generators, and refrigerators based on bulk materials have been used to measure temperature, generate power for spacecraft, and cool sensors for scientific investigations. New potential uses of small, low-power, thin film thermopiles are in the area of microelectromechanical systems since power requirements decrease as electrical and mechanical machines shrink in size. In this research activity, thin film thermopile devices are fabricated utilizing radio frequency sputter coating and photoresist lift-off techniques. Electrical characterizations are performed on two designs in order to investigate the feasibility of generating small amounts of power, utilizing any available waste heat as the energy source.

  17. Integrating Asian Film into Film Studies and Film Production Courses Using Examples from Yasujiro Ozu (Japan) and Zhang Yimou (China). Asian Studies Module, 1997.

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    Carson, Diane

    This curriculum module offers concrete and specific examples for instructors who wish to integrate the films of Yasujiro Ozu of Japan and Zhang Yimou from China into film studies courses. Through this module, students should learn to compare and contrast conventional screen space, color, and editing to alternative forms. By becoming more familiar…

  18. Experimental Study on Plasma Surface Treatment of Capacitors Film

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    Ling, Dai; Ting, Yin; Fuchang, Lin; Fei, Yan

    Plasma surface treatment is an optional way to change the electrical performance of the film capacitors used widely in pulse power application. This paper presents the experimental study of glow discharge plasma treatment to polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) film. By using infrared spectra and scanning electron microscope (SEM), the chemical component and microstructure of material surface has detected to be changed with different treatment strength and various discharge gas. After treatment, the film surface tends to be rougher and some sorts of polar radicals or groups found to be introduced. But there is no obvious change of the electrical strength of the film. At last, theoretical analysis has been carried out with polypropylene film experimental treatment results in author's former work.

  19. Structural study of Ge/GaAs thin films

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    Lazarov, V. K.; Lari, L.; Lytvyn, P. M.; Kholevchuk, V. V.; Mitin, V. F.

    2012-07-01

    Ge/GaAs heterostructure research is largely motivated by the application of this material in solar cells, metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors, mm-wave mixer diodes, temperature sensors and photodetectors. Therefore, understanding of how the properties of Ge/GaAs heterostructure depend on its preparation (growth) is of importance for various high-efficiency devices. In this work, by using thermal Ge evaporation on GaAs(100), we studied structural properties of these films as a function of the deposition rate. Film grains size and morphology show strong dependence of the deposition rate. Low deposition rates results in films with large crystal grains and rough surface. At high deposition rates films become flatter and their crystal grains size decreases, while at very high deposition rates films become amorphous. Cross-sectional TEM of the films show that the Ge films are granular single crystal epitaxially grown on GaAs. The Ge/GaAs interface is atomically abrupt and free from misfit dislocations. Stacking faults along the [111] directions that originate at the interface were also observed. Finally by using the Kelvin probe microscopy we show that work function changes are related to the grain structure of the film.

  20. Cratering Studies in Thin Plastic Films

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    Shu, A. J.; Bugiel, S.; Gruen, E.; Hillier, J. K.; Horanyi, M.; Munsat, T.

    2012-12-01

    Thin plastic films, such as Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), have been used as protective coatings or dust detectors on a number of missions including the Dust Counter and Mass Analyzer (DUCMA) instrument on Vega 1 and 2, the High Rate Detector (HRD) on the Cassini Mission, and the Student Dust Counter (SDC) on New Horizons. These types of detectors can be used on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit to detect dust grain size distributions and velocities. Due to their low power requirements and light weight, large surface area detectors can be built for observing low dust fluxes. The SDC dust detector is made up of a permanently polarized layer of PVDF coated on both sides with a thin layer (≈ 100 nm) of aluminum nickel. The operation principle behind this type of detector is that a micrometeorite impact removes a portion of the metal surface layer exposing the permanently polarized PVDF underneath. This causes a local potential near the crater changing the surface charge of the metal layer. The dimensions of the crater determine the strength of the potential and thus the signal generated by the PVDF. The theory uses a crater diameter scaling law which was not intended for use with PVDF. Work is being undertaken to develop a new crater diameter scaling law using iron particles in 52 μm thick PVDF. Samples were brought to the Heidelberg Dust Accelerator and exposed to a selected range of mass and velocities. Samples are being analyzed at the Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS) using 3D reconstruction photogrammetry using stereo pairs taken in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and cross sections taken in a focused ion beam (FIB). Further work is planned at the CCLDAS dust accelerator.

  1. Experimental studies of crack dynamics in polymer films

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    Simonov, I. V.; Smirnov, I. M.

    2010-06-01

    Using high-speed video recording, we observed fast propagation of cracks across polymer film strips of different rheology and determined several quantitative characteristics of their motion. We discovered and described a series of characteristics of the crack path variation, the dynamical behavior of the adhesion zone ahead of the crack, and its branching before coming out to the free surface. One of the most important mechanical problems is to construct models of fracture of materials and structural elements. The goal of experimental studies of crack propagation is to classify thesemodels. Slow crack growth in thin films has been considered in many papers. For example, in the recent paper [1], subcritical crack growth in polycarbonate films under the action of tensile loads less than limit loads was studied in the case where the adhesion zone length is comparable with the crack length. However, the authors are not acquainted with any studies of fast crack propagation in films. In the present paper, we generalize the results of processing of experimental data in fast processes of fracture of polymer film strips of two types. Examining high-speed video recording frames, we studied the laws of propagation of a crack from the initial cut in a film made of hard polyester and laws of development of the crack tip zone in a film made of soft polypropylene admitting large plastic strains. We determined the rate of defect growth in time. We observed the formation of qualitatively different plastic regions near the crack tips in films of different thickness and rheology and described scenarios of crack coming out to the free surface. We discovered the effect of branching of a narrow and long plastic tip zone as the crack approaches the free boundary leading to putting out a small triangular piece of the film.

  2. A thin film hydroponic system for plant studies

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    Hines, Robert; Prince, Ralph; Muller, Eldon; Schuerger, Andrew

    1990-01-01

    The Land Pavillion, EPCOT Center, houses a hydroponic, thin film growing system identical to that residing in NASA's Biomass Production Chamber at Kennedy Space Center. The system is targeted for plant disease and nutrition studies. The system is described.

  3. Film Balance Studies of Membrane Lipids and Related Molecules

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    Cadenhead, D. A.

    1972-01-01

    Discusses apparatus, techniques, and measurements used to determine cell membrane composition. The use of a film balance to study monolayer membranes of selected lipids is described and results reported. (TS)

  4. A thin film hydroponic system for plant studies

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    Hines, Robert; Prince, Ralph; Muller, Eldon; Schuerger, Andrew

    1990-01-01

    The Land Pavillion, EPCOT Center, houses a hydroponic, thin film growing system identical to that residing in NASA's Biomass Production Chamber at Kennedy Space Center. The system is targeted for plant disease and nutrition studies. The system is described.

  5. Film Balance Studies of Membrane Lipids and Related Molecules

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    Cadenhead, D. A.

    1972-01-01

    Discusses apparatus, techniques, and measurements used to determine cell membrane composition. The use of a film balance to study monolayer membranes of selected lipids is described and results reported. (TS)

  6. Study of the photovoltaic effect in thin film barium titanate

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    Grannemann, W. W.; Dharmadhikari, V. S.

    1982-01-01

    Ferroelectric films of barium titanate were synthesized on silicon and quartz substrates, and the photoelectric effect in the structure consisting of metal deposited ferroelectric barium titanate film silicon was studied. A photovoltage with polarity that depends on the direction of the remanent polarization was observed. The deposition of BaTiO3 on silicon and fused quartz substrates was accomplished by an rf sputtering technique. A series of experiments to study the growth of ferroelectric BaTiO3 films on single crystal silicon and fused quartz substrates were conducted. The ferroelectric character in these films was found on the basis of evidence from the polarization electric field hysteresis loops, capacitance voltage and capacitance temperature techniques and from X-ray diffraction studies.

  7. Study of electrical resistivity of lithium-indium thin films

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    Chandra, Gyanesh; Katyal, O. P.

    1984-12-01

    Experimental results are presented on the electrical resistivity of lithium-indium films. The resistivity has been studied as a function of temperature (150-300 K), thickness of the films (570-3300 Å) and concentration of Li (11.0-58.7 at. %). The resistivity is observed to be minimum for samples having a Li concentration of 25 and 50 at. %. In general, resistivity varies linearly with temperature but resistivity versus temperature plot shows two distinct regions which have different slopes, i.e., dρ/dT. The role of lithium in indium-lithium films is discussed.

  8. Cryogenic Fluid Film Bearing Tester Development Study

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    Scharrer, Joseph K. (Editor); Murphy, Brian T.; Hawkins, Lawrence A.

    1993-01-01

    Conceptual designs were developed for the determination of rotordynamic coefficients of cryogenic fluid film bearings. The designs encompassed the use of magnetic and conventional excitation sources as well as the use of magnetic bearings as support bearings. Test article configurations reviewed included overhung, floating housing, and fixed housing. Uncertainty and forced response analyses were performed to assess quality of data and suitability of each for testing a variety of fluid film bearing designs. Development cost and schedule estimates were developed for each design. Facility requirements were reviewed and compared with existing MSFC capability. The recommended configuration consisted of a fixed test article housing centrally located between two magnetic bearings. The magnetic bearings would also serve as the excitation source.

  9. Films

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    Li, Ming; Zhang, Yang; Shao, Yayun; Zeng, Min; Zhang, Zhang; Gao, Xingsen; Lu, Xubing; Liu, J.-M.; Ishiwara, Hiroshi

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, we investigated the microstructure and electrical properties of Bi2SiO5 (BSO) doped SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) films deposited by chemical solution deposition. X-ray diffraction observation indicated that the crystalline structures of all the BSO-doped SBT films are nearly the same as those of a pure SBT film. Through BSO doping, the 2Pr and 2Ec values of SBT films were changed from 15.3 μC/cm2 and 138 kV/cm of pure SBT to 1.45 μC/cm2 and 74 kV/cm of 10 wt.% BSO-doped SBT. The dielectric constant at 1 MHz for SBT varied from 199 of pure SBT to 96 of 10 wt.% BSO-doped SBT. The doped SBT films exhibited higher leakage current than that of non-doped SBT films. Nevertheless, all the doped SBT films still had small dielectric loss and low leakage current. Our present work will provide useful insights into the BSO doping effects to the SBT films, and it will be helpful for the material design in the future nonvolatile ferroelectric memories.

  10. Study on platinum thermal sensitive films deposited using magnetic sputtering

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    Cai, Changlong; Liu, Weiguo; Zhou, Shun; Zhai, Yujia

    2012-10-01

    The infrared imaging detecting technology has broad application prospects in military and civilian fields. The bolometer is one of mainstream uncooled infrared detectors, because it has many advantages, for example, light weight, wide dynamic range, excellent response linearity, and without refrigeration and chopper which leads to low manufacturing cost. In many infrared detecting sensitive materials, Pt films have wider linear range, lower noise, and compatibility with silicon integrated process excellently. In this paper, Pt sensitive films were deposited by means of magnetron sputtering, the preparation process of Pt films for the infrared imaging detecting unit was studied, the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of Pt films can be improved by vacuum annealing to achieve 1.737 ‰/K. The micro-structure and micro-fabrication process of infrared imaging detecting unit based on Pt films were designed, and the heating character of infrared imaging detecting unit based on Pt films was measured using I-V character testing system. Testing results shown that, the properties of fabricated infrared thermal imaging detecting unit based on Pt films were better, Its TCR is about 1.64 ‰/K, and its thermal response is better.

  11. Before You Kill the Lights: A Practical Guide to Setting Up a Film Study Program.

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    Greiner, Charles F.

    1979-01-01

    Offers suggestions on how to make a film study course challenging and enjoyable, through using a variety of films, defining visual literacy, choosing films with cinematic and literary value, and deciding on a specific approach for the course. (FL)

  12. Mossbauer studies of bulk and thin-film FeTe

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    Aggarwal, K.; Escue, W. T.; Mendiratta, R. G.

    1978-01-01

    In study, dependence of Mossbauer parameters on film thickness and film substrate was measured and related to iron tellurium structure. Report also describes film deposition technique (flash deposition) and Mossbauer apparatus.

  13. A Study of Bremsstrahlung Produced From Solid Gold Films

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    Williams, Scott; Quarles, C. A.

    2007-06-01

    We report the results of our on-going study of the thickness-dependence of bremsstrahlung from solid gold film targets. The incident electrons' energy is approximately 53 keV, and we have collected data from angles of 90 and 135 degrees. Target thicknesses ranging from 66 μg/cm^2 (where single interaction conditions apply) to more than twice the electron range (where a multiple interaction model applies) were studied. With this data, we can observe the transition from thin to thick film spectra, and compare it to data obtained using the Monte Carlo simulation, PENELOPE. This comparison could reveal whether there is any polarizational bremsstrahlung contribution for solid film targets. We also present results for the absolute doubly-differential cross section for the thin-film targets and compare the results with predictions of both ordinary bremsstrahlung and total bremsstrahlung including a polarizational contribution calculated in the stripping approximation.

  14. Thermochemical study of amino acid imprinted polymer films.

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    Chai, Ziyi; BelBruno, Joseph J

    2015-11-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymers provide an alternative to traditional methods of amino acid analysis. The imprinted polymers are more robust and significantly less expensive than, for example, ELISA analysis. Amino acid imprinted nylon-6 thin films were studied by differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy. Endothermic peaks were observed for imprinted films at temperatures higher than that for pure nylon, indicating the formation of a more-ordered, hydrogen bonded polymer. Removal of the amino acid from the imprinted film resulted in reversion to the peak observed for pure nylon-6. Additives, β-cyclodextrin and multiwalled carbon nanotubes, were added to the imprinted polymer solutions as a means to increase the porosity of the films. These studies resulted in alternative morphologies and calorimetric results that provide additional functionalities and applications for imprinted polymers.

  15. Tunneling studies of compositionally modulated PB/Fe films

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    Wawro, A.; Witek, A.; Majewski, J.; Rauluszkiewicz, J.; Nowak, J. )

    1988-01-01

    Preliminary results of preparation and investigation of compositionally modulated Pb/Fe films are reported. These films have been used as electrodes in Al/Al/sub 2/O/sub 3//{kappa}(Pb/Fe) tunnel junctions and the tunnelling characteristics I-V, dV/dI and d/sup 2/V/d/I/sup 2/ vs V have been studied in dependence on the modulation period.

  16. Permeation Studies of Captopril Transdermal Films Through Human Cadaver Skin.

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    Nair, Rajesh Sreedharan; Nair, Sujith

    2015-01-01

    Mortality rate due to heart diseases increases dramatically with age. Captopril is an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE) used effectively for the management of hypertension. Due to short elimination half-life of captopril the oral dose is very high. Captopril is prone to oxidation and it has been reported that the oxidation rate of captopril in skin tissues is considerably low when compared to intestinal tissues. All these factors make captopril an ideal drug candidate for transdermal delivery. In this research work an effort was made to formulate transdermal films of captopril by utilizing polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as film formers and polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400) as a plasticizer. Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and dimethylformamide (DMF) were used as permeation enhancers. Physicochemical parameters of the films such as appearance, thickness, weight variation and drug content were evaluated. The invitro permeation studies were carried out through excised human cadaver skin using Franz diffusion cells. The in-vitro permeation studies demonstrated that the film (P4) having the polymer ratio (PVP:PVA = 80:20) with DMSO (10%) resulted a promising drug release of 79.58% at 24 hours with a flux of 70.0 µg/cm(2)/hr. No signs of erythema or oedema were observed on the rabbit skin as a result of skin irritation study by Draize test. Based on the stability report it was confirmed that the films were physically and chemically stable, hence the prepared films are very well suited for transdermal application.

  17. Electrical contacts to nanocrystalline diamond films studied at high temperatures

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    Shimoda, Naotaka; Kato, Yoshimine; Teii, Kungen

    2016-12-01

    Electrical contacts of Ni, NiSi, Cu, Au, Al, and Ti electrodes to an n-type nanocrystalline diamond film are studied at temperatures between room temperature and 500 °C in a vacuum by the transmission line measurement. Direct current-voltage characteristics measured between pairs of electrodes on the film show almost straight lines, typical of ohmic contacts, for all kinds of electrode materials. The measured series resistance is divided into resistance of the film, resistance of the electrode, and the contact resistance between the electrode and film. The Ni electrode has the lowest contact resistance, which decreases from about 380 to 200 mΩ cm2 with temperature. The contact resistance accounts for a large portion of the total resistance at low temperatures. The results confirm that the contact resistance has a close relation with the work function of electrodes such that the larger the work function, the lower the contact resistance.

  18. Experimental study of heat transfer to falling liquid films

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    Fagerholm, N. E.; Kivioja, K.; Ghazanfari, A. R.; Jaervinen, E.

    1985-12-01

    This project was initiated in order to obtain more knowledge about thermal design of falling film heat exchangers and to find methods to improve heat transfer in film flow. A short literature survey of film flow characteristics and heat transfer is presented. An experimental apparatus designed and built for studying falling film evaporation is described. The first experiments were made with smooth Cu tube 25/22 mm and refrigerant R114 as evaporating liquid. A significant amount of droplet entrainment was observed during the tests. The measured average heat transfer coefficient varied from 1000 to 1800 W/m K when Re=1300 to 11000 respectively and when the transfer mode is surface evaporation. This could be predicted accurately with the experimental correlation of Chun and Seban. When nucleate boiling is dominant the heat transfer could be predicted well with pool boiling correlation of VDI-84.

  19. Study of ferroelectric characteristics of diisopropylammonium bromide films

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    Thirmal, C.; Biswas, P. P.; Shin, Y. J.; Noh, T. W.; Giridharan, N. V.; Venimadhav, A.; Murugavel, P.

    2016-09-01

    Organic molecular ferroelectrics are highly desirable due to their numerous advantages. In the present work, a thick film of diisopropylammonium bromide organic molecular ferroelectric is fabricated on the ITO/glass substrate. The grown film shows preferential orientation along the c-axis with a ferroelectric transition at 419 K. The piezoresponse force microscopic measurements are done in a dual ac resonance tracking mode for its switching characteristics. The amplitude and phase images of the oppositely written domain patterns exhibit a clear contrast with 180° phase difference. The dynamical spectroscopic studies reveal a butterfly loop in amplitude and hysteretic character of the phase which are the expected characteristics features of ferroelectrics. In addition, the macroscopic polarization versus electric field hysteresis gives an additional proof for ferroelectric character of the film with the maximum polarization of 3.5 μC/cm2. Overall, we have successfully fabricated diisopropylammonium bromide organic films and demonstrated its room temperature ferroelectric characteristics.

  20. Experimental study of uncentralized squeeze film dampers

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    Quinn, R. D.

    1983-01-01

    The vibration response of a rotor system supported by a squeeze film damper (SFD) was experimentally investigated in order to provide experimental data in support of the Rotor/Stator Interactive Finite Element theoretical development. Part of the investigation required the designing and building of a rotor/SFD system that could operate with or without end seals in order to accommodate different SFD lengths. SFD variables investigated included clearance, eccentricity mass, fluid pressure, and viscosity and temperature. The results show inlet pressure, viscosity and clearance have significant influence on the damper performance and accompanying rotor response.

  1. Ab initio studies of the passive film formed on iron

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    Hendy, S.; Walker, B.; Laycock, N.; Ryan, M.

    2003-02-01

    Passive metals are protected from the environment by a thin (3 5 nm) oxide film that forms on their surface. The corrosion rate of these materials is typically of the order of 0.1 μm/year, and depends on the electronic structure of the oxide layer. Here we present ab initio total-energy calculations of the passive oxide film that forms on iron at anodic potentials in weakly alkaline solutions. Surface x-ray diffraction studies have revealed that this nanocrystalline passive film has a spinel structure with a fully occupied oxygen lattice [M. F. Toney, A. J. Davenport, L. J. Oblonsky, M. P. Ryan, and C. M. Vitus, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4282 (1997)]. However, the octahedral and tetrahedral iron site occupancies are found to be reduced (approximately 80% and 66%, respectively) and partial occupancy of octahedral interstitial sites is also observed (approximately 12%). We have used total-energy pseudopotential calculations to study the energetics and electronic structure of these defects and the interrelationships between site occupancies. The calculations suggest that film is metastable and may be semi-conducting. The calculations also suggest a correlation between octahedral interstitials and tetrahedral vacancies. Finally, an estimation of energy barriers in the film suggests that cation migration through the tetrahedral sublattice dominates film growth.

  2. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of diamond films and optoelectronic materials

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    Perez, Jose M.

    1993-01-01

    In this report, we report on progress achieved from 12/1/92 to 10/1/93 under the grant entitled 'Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Diamond Films and Optoelectronic Materials'. We have set-up a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond film growth system and a Raman spectroscopy system to study the nucleation and growth of diamond films with atomic resolution using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). A unique feature of the diamond film growth system is that diamond films can be transferred directly to the ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) chamber of a scanning tunneling microscope without contaminating the films by exposure to air. The University of North Texas (UNT) provided $20,000 this year as matching funds for the NASA grant to purchase the diamond growth system. In addition, UNT provided a Coherent Innova 90S Argon ion laser, a Spex 1404 double spectrometer, and a Newport optical table costing $90,000 to set-up the Raman spectroscopy system. The CVD diamond growth system and Raman spectroscopy system will be used to grow and characterize diamond films with atomic resolution using STM as described in our proposal. One full-time graduate student and one full-time undergraduate student are supported under this grant. In addition, several graduate and undergraduate students were supported during the summer to assist in setting-up the diamond growth and Raman spectroscopy systems. We have obtained research results concerning STM of the structural and electronic properties of CVD grown diamond films, and STM and scanning tunneling spectroscopy of carbon nanotubes. In collaboration with the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) group at UNT, we have also obtained results concerning the optoelectronic material siloxene. These results were published in refereed scientific journals, submitted for publication, and presented as invited and contributed talks at scientific conferences.

  3. Cathodoluminescence studies of nanocrystalline silicon films for field emission displays

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    Biaggi Labiosa, Azlin M.

    The cathodoluminescence (CL) emission from p-type porous silicon (PSi) films excited with low energy electron beams compatible with field emission display (FED) technologies was investigated. First, a study was carried out to find the optimal PSi configuration that would yield the strongest CL emission. It was found that the highest, stable CL intensities were obtained from samples prepared from p-type wafers with resistivity between 1-2 Ocm. Afterwards, the effects on the morphological details and the chemical composition due to the electron irradiation of the PSi films were studied. During a continuous irradiation of 10 hours the CL intensity of the films reduced in less than 10%. In situ SIMS analyses before and after prolonged e-beam excitation showed minor compositional changes of the film and reduced sputtering of the silicon nanoparticles due to the electron irradiation. It was also found that the electron bombardment causes microscale morphological modifications of the films, but the nanoscale features appear to be unchanged. The structural changes are manifested by the increase in the density of the nanoparticles which explains the significant enhancement of the photoluminescence (PL) that follows the electron irradiation. Second, after a thorough characterization of the PSi films under electron irradiation, tuning of the CL emission of PSi films was investigated. The PSi films used for this experiment were non-oxidized films unlike the ones used for the CL characterization that were oxidized films. The tuning was achieved by controlling the average size of the nanostructure thus showing that the origin of this CL emission is associated with the quantum confinement and the surface chemistry effects that are known to exist in the porous silicon system. However, the CL emission obtained from these samples was unstable which is attributed to the breaking of Si--H bonds due to the electron irradiation. Dangling bonds are then formed on the surface and this in

  4. The Art of Teaching Social Studies with Film

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    Russell, William B., III

    2012-01-01

    Teaching with film is a powerful and meaningful instructional strategy. This article discusses five classroom-tested methods for teaching with film: (1) film as a visual textbook, (2) film as a depicter of atmosphere, (3) film as an analogy, (4) film as a historiography, and (5) film as a springboard. Each of the methods discussed includes…

  5. NMR structural studies of PECVD amorphous silicon films

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    Cull, Thomas Sidley, Jr.

    The properties of plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) amorphous semiconductor films vary depending upon preparation conditions and doping. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon films (a-Si:H) have some properties that make these films desirable for use in solar cells and photoreceptor devices. Maximizing electronic and structural properties of such films is key to their success. Nuclear magnetic resonance, and in particular deuterium magnetic resonance (DMR) for a-Si:H,D films, is a useful means to study the morphology of such samples. The location and motions of hydrogen and the chemically equivalent deuterium within an amorphous semiconductor film can be observed with NMR. The information from the NMR studies can be correlated with electronic properties studies to determine whether a given sample would make a successful photovoltaic device. This thesis focuses on three aspects of study: comparison of two samples that differ in the bias applied to the substrate upon which the amorphous films were grown; derivation of relaxation parameters for covalently bonded deuterium; development of a new pulse sequence "incremental spin echo double resonance (SEDOR)" to study the number of unlike spins that contribute to the local field of a given nuclei. Four significant conclusions can be drawn. First, the electronic quality as measured by the photoresponse product etamutau correlates with the broad Gaussian DMR spectral feature which arises from molecular hydrogen in sites that restrict motion. Second, the relaxation of nuclear magnetization under extreme inhomogeneous broadening can be modeled very well as the relaxation without spin diffusion to faster relaxing species within a sample. Third, incremental SEDOR has either a quantum mechanical or classical behavior depending upon the length of the pulse spacing in comparison to the spin-spin relaxation time. Fourth, the local field at the hydrogen of an HD pair within an a-Si:H,D sample is determined on average by

  6. Studies on atomic layer deposition of IRMOF-8 thin films

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    Salmi, Leo D. Heikkilä, Mikko J.; Vehkamäki, Marko; Puukilainen, Esa; Ritala, Mikko; Sajavaara, Timo

    2015-01-15

    Deposition of IRMOF-8 thin films by atomic layer deposition was studied at 260–320 °C. Zinc acetate and 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid were used as the precursors. The as-deposited amorphous films were crystallized in 70% relative humidity at room temperature resulting in an unknown phase with a large unit cell. An autoclave with dimethylformamide as the solvent was used to recrystallize the films into IRMOF-8 as confirmed by grazing incidence x-ray diffraction. The films were further characterized by high temperature x-ray diffraction (HTXRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), time-of-flight elastic recoil detection analysis (TOF-ERDA), nanoindentation, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. HTXRD measurements revealed similar behavior to bulk IRMOF-8. According to TOF-ERDA and FTIR, composition of the films was similar to IRMOF-8. Through-porosity was confirmed by loading the films with palladium using Pd(thd){sub 2} (thd = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedionato) as the precursor.

  7. Studies of falling annular films, Parts I and II

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    Roidt, R.M.; Evans, R.A.

    1989-01-01

    New environmental requirements and restrictions necessitate exploration of new methods for controlling and containing various chemicals and chemical reactions. A novel method of exercising such control is based upon the cylindrical film reactor, a device originally studied as a confinement for a fusion reactor. The films used in these confinement models were quite thick relative to the radius of the cylindrical film so that the experimental work was generally not relevant to the design of chemical reactors where, for purposes of efficiency, the minimum confinement flowrate is desired. An annular, cylindrical, falling film converges into a single stream due to surface tension forces; this convergence length determines the volume of the reactor. Entrainment of gases from within the film volume to the exit stream allows a constant feed of gas into the reactor volume so that gas phase reactions may be carried out without contact with surrounding atmosphere. The present work is an experimental investigation of the pertinent parameters and stability criteria for thin, falling, cylindrical films. We find that, while only for relatively restricted ratios of gas to liquid flow rates do stable reaction volumes exist, most of this range lies within flow rate limits which may be of use in gas-liquid chemical reactors. 12 refs., 33 figs.

  8. Dynamic studies of nano-confined polymer thin films

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    Geng, Kun

    Polymer thin films with the film thickness (h0 ) below 100 nm often exhibit physical properties different from the bulk counterparts. In order to make the best use of polymer thin films in applications, it is important to understand the physical origins of these deviations. In this dissertation, I will investigate how different factors influence dynamic properties of polymer thin films upon nano-confinement, including glass transition temperature (Tg), effective viscosity (etaeff) and self-diffusion coefficient (D ). The first part of this dissertation concerns the impacts of the molecular weight (MW) and tacticity on the Tg's of nano-confined polymer films. Previous experiments showed that the Tg of polymer films could be depressed or increased as h0 decreases. While these observations are usually attributed to the effects of the interfaces, some experiments suggested that MW's and tacticities might also play a role. To understand the effects of these factors, the Tg's of silica-based poly(alpha-methyl styrene) (PalphaMS/SiOx) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA/SiOx) thin films were studied, and the results suggested that MW's and tacticities influence Tg in nontrivial ways. The second part concerns an effort to resolve the long-standing controversy about the correlation between different dynamics of polymer thin films upon nano-confinement. Firstly, I discuss the experimental results of Tg, D and etaeff of poly(isobutyl methacrylate) films supported by silica (PiBMA/SiOx). Both T g and D were found to be independent of h 0, but etaeff decreased with decreasing h 0. Since both D and etaeff describe transport phenomena known to depend on the local friction coefficient or equivalently the local viscosity, it is questionable why D and etaeff displayed seemingly inconsistent h 0 dependencies. We envisage the different h0 dependencies to be caused by Tg, D and etaeff being different functions of the local T g's (Tg,i) or viscosities (eta i). By assuming a three

  9. Film-In: A Study of the Movies, A Resource Unit.

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    Vaughn, Mary Beth

    This resource guide to films contains four study units for high school students dealing with (1) reasons for film popularity--involvement; (2) film language--visual, motion, sound; (3) thematic study--a perspective on war; (4) film criticism--sensitivity and awareness. Each unit provides suggestions for length of study, purposes, descriptions of…

  10. Polycrystalline Thin Film Device Degradation Studies

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    Albin, D. S.; McMahon, T. J.; Pankow, J. W.; Noufi, R.; Demtsu, S. H.; Davies, A.

    2005-11-01

    Oxygen during vapor CdCl2 (VCC) treatments significantly reduced resistive shunts observed in CdS/CdTe polycrystalline devices using thinner CdS layers during 100 deg C, open-circuit, 1-sun accelerated stress testing. Cu oxidation resulting from the reduction of various trace oxides present in as-grown and VCC treated films is the proposed mechanism by which Cu diffusion, and subsequent shunts are controlled. Graphite paste layers between metallization and CdTe behave like diffusion barriers and similarly benefit device stability. Ni-based contacts form a protective Ni2Te3 intermetallic layer that reduces metal diffusion but degrades performance through increased series resistance.

  11. Photoluminescence studies in epitaxial CZTSe thin films

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    Sendler, Jan; Thevenin, Maxime; Werner, Florian; Redinger, Alex; Li, Shuyi; Hägglund, Carl; Platzer-Björkman, Charlotte; Siebentritt, Susanne

    2016-09-01

    Epitaxial Cu 2 ZnSnSe 4 (CZTSe) thin films were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs(001) using two different growth processes, one containing an in-situ annealing stage as used for solar cell absorbers and one for which this step was omitted. Photoluminescences (PL) measurements carried out on these samples show no dependence of the emission shape on the excitation intensity at different temperatures ranging from 4 K to 300 K . To describe the PL measurements, we employ a model with fluctuating band edges in which the density of states of the resulting tail states does not seem to depend on the excited charge carrier density. In this interpretation, the PL measurements show that the annealing stage removes a defect level, which is present in the samples without this annealing.

  12. A study of the initial film growth of PEG-like plasma polymer films via XPS and NEXAFS

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    Li, Yali; Muir, Benjamin W.; Easton, Christopher D.; Thomsen, Lars; Nisbet, David R.; Forsythe, John S.

    2014-01-01

    The chemistry of substrate-film interface (underside) of di(ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether plasma polymer (DGpp) films has been studied directly and compared to the top layer of the film (topside). By depositing the plasma polymer films onto indium tin oxide (ITO) glass, the films were easily delaminated from the substrate. The top- and underside of the films were examined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. It was found that a rapid increase in pressure during plasma polymerization results in steep chemical gradients in the films, while small pressure changes do not lead to chemical gradient formation. These observations validate the findings of previous neutron reflectometry modeling studies of this class of plasma polymer thin film. In addition, subtle variations in plasma polymer film chemistry were observed between different substrates they were deposited onto. This approach will allow additional studies on the mechanisms of early plasma polymer thin film formation with various monomers.

  13. Proton NMR studies of PECVD hydrogenated amorphous silicon films and HWCVD hydrogenated amorphous silicon films

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    Herberg, Julie Lynn

    This dissertation discusses a new understanding of the internal structure of hydrogenated amorphous silicon. Recent research in our group has included nuclear spin echo double resonance (SEDOR) measurements on device quality hydrogenated amorphous silicon photovoltaic films. Using the SEDOR pulse sequence with and without the perturbing 29Si pulse, we obtain Fourier transform spectra for film at 80K that allows us to distinguish between molecular hydrogen and hydrogen bonded to silicon. Using such an approach, we have demonstrated that high quality a-Si:H films produced by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) from SiH 4 contains about ten atomic percent hydrogen, nearly 40% of which is molecular hydrogen, individually trapped in the amorphous equivalent of tetragonal sites (T-sites). The main objective of this dissertation is to examine the difference between a-Si:H made by PECVD techniques and a-Si:H made by Hot Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition (HWCVD) techniques. Proton NMR and 1H- 29Si SEDOR NMR are used to examine the hydrogen structure of HWCVD a-Si:H films prepared at the University of Utrecht and at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Past NMR studies have shown that high quality PECVD a-Si:H films have geometries in which 40% of the contained hydrogen is present as H2 molecules individually trapped in the amorphous equivalent of T-sites. A much smaller H2 fraction sometimes is physisorbed on internal surfaces. In this dissertation, similar NMR methods are used to perform structural studies of the two HWCVD aSi:H samples. The 3kHz resonance line from T-site-trapped H2 molecules shows a hole-burn behavior similar to that found for PECVD a-Si:H films as does the 24kHz FWHM line from clustered hydrogen bonded to silicon. Radio frequency hole-burning is a tool to distinguish between inhomogenous and homogeneous broadening. In the hole-burn experiments, the 3kHz FWHM resonance line from T-site-trapped H2 molecules shows a hole

  14. Using stressful films to analyze risk factors for PTSD in analogue experimental studies--which film works best?

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    Weidmann, Anke; Conradi, Ania; Groger, Kathrin; Fehm, Lydia; Fydrich, Thomas

    2009-10-01

    To understand mental disorders, analogue paradigms provide an indispensable contribution. In posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the stressful film paradigm is a frequently used analogue approach: Films depicting traumatic events are shown to non-clinical participants in order to elicit stress responses analogue to responses to traumatic events in real life. Previous studies used a large variety of films, which is problematic with regard to the comparability of results. The main goal of this study was to identify a film clip that (a) consistently provokes stress reactions and (b) provokes reactions that are as similar as possible to traumatic stress. We randomly exposed 105 male and female participants to one of four stressful films, differing, e.g., in content and origin. Intrusive memories of the film, reported immediately after the film and during a diary phase of three days, as well as distress, heart rate, and several mood states were measured. A film clip depicting rape elicited the most consistent reactions that were characterized by a higher heart rate, more distress and more intrusive memories, compared to the other three clips. Intrusive memories across all films were especially related to an increase in heart rate and disgust in response to the film.

  15. A STUDY OF IN-FLIGHT FILM PROCESSING TECHNIQUES.

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    PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSORS, PROCESSING, PHOTOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE, PHOTOGRAPHIC DRIERS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES, PHOTOGRAPHIC FILM , PHOTOGRAPHIC CHEMICALS, DIFFUSION, MOTION PICTURE FILM .

  16. Studies on electrochromic thin film devices and sensors

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    Jaysukhlal, Patel Keyurkumar

    The present thesis deals with the studies of solid-state electrochromic (EC) thin film device. In addition to this, a brief study related to the gas-sensing properties of the transition metal oxide (W03) thin films was also undertaken. The Electrochromic device (ECD) controls the optical properties such as optical transmission, absorption, reflectance, and/or emittance in a continual but reversible manner on application of a voltage. This property enables the ECD to be used for numerous applications like smart-window, EC mirror, and EC display. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

  17. Microwave study of superconducting Sn films above and below percolation

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    Beutel, Manfred H.; Ebensperger, Nikolaj G.; Thiemann, Markus; Untereiner, Gabriele; Fritz, Vincent; Javaheri, Mojtaba; Nägele, Jonathan; Rösslhuber, Roland; Dressel, Martin; Scheffler, Marc

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties of superconducting Sn films ({T}{{c}}≈ 3.8 {{K}}) change significantly when reducing the film thickness down to a few {nm}, in particular close to the percolation threshold. The low-energy electrodynamics of such Sn samples can be probed via microwave spectroscopy, e.g. with superconducting stripline resonators. Here we study Sn thin films, deposited via thermal evaporation—ranging in thickness between 38 and 842 {nm}—which encompasses the percolation transition. We use superconducting Pb stripline resonators to probe the microwave response of these Sn films in a frequency range between 4 and 20 {GHz} at temperatures from 7.2 down to 1.5 {{K}}. The measured quality factor of the resonators decreases with rising temperature due to enhanced losses. As a function of the sample thickness we observe three regimes with significantly different properties: samples below percolation, i.e. ensembles of disconnected superconducting islands, exhibit dielectric properties with negligible losses, demonstrating that macroscopic current paths are required for appreciable dynamical conductivity of Sn at GHz frequencies. Thick Sn films, as the other limit, lead to low-loss resonances both above and below T c of Sn, as expected for bulk conductors. But in an intermediate thickness regime, just above percolation and with labyrinth-like morphology of the Sn, we observe a quite different behavior: the superconducting state has a microwave response similar to the thicker, completely covering films with low microwave losses; but the metallic state of these Sn films is so lossy that resonator operation is suppressed completely.

  18. Study-Teaching Guide for the Independent Film.

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    1972

    This booklet is both an explanation of the independent film (also known as "avant-garde" or underground film) and a catalog of Grove Press' underground films, which are available for sale or rent. The topics covered include ways the independent film differs from the commercial film, the importance of and a short history of the independent film,…

  19. Microenergetic shock initiation studies on deposited films of PETN.

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    Long, Gregory T.; Knepper, Robert; Jones, David Alexander; Brundage, Aaron L.; Trott, Wayne Merle; Wixom, Ryan R.; Tappan, Alexander Smith

    2009-07-01

    Films of the high explosive PETN (pentaerythritol tetranitrate) up to 500-{micro}m thick have been deposited through physical vapor deposition, with the intent of creating well-defined samples for shock-initiation studies. PETN films were characterized with surface profilometry, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and focused ion beam nanotomography. These high-density films were subjected to strong shocks in both the in-plane and out-of-plane orientations. Initiation behavior was monitored with high-speed framing and streak camera photography. Direct initiation with a donor explosive (either RDX with binder, or CL-20 with binder) was possible in both orientations, but with the addition of a thin aluminum buffer plate (in-plane configuration only), initiation proved to be difficult due to the attenuated shock and the high density of the PETN films. Mesoscale models of microenergetic samples were created using the shock physics code CTH and compared with experimental results. The results of these experiments will be discussed in the context of small sample geometry, deposited film morphology, and density.

  20. Structural and optical studies of Au doped titanium oxide films

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    Alves, E.; Franco, N.; Barradas, N. P.; Nunes, B.; Lopes, J.; Cavaleiro, A.; Torrell, M.; Cunha, L.; Vaz, F.

    2012-02-01

    Thin films of TiO 2 were doped with Au by ion implantation and in situ during the deposition. The films were grown by reactive magnetron sputtering and deposited in silicon and glass substrates at a temperature around 150 °C. The undoped films were implanted with Au fluences in the range of 5 × 10 15 Au/cm 2-1 × 10 17 Au/cm 2 with a energy of 150 keV. At a fluence of 5 × 10 16 Au/cm 2 the formation of Au nanoclusters in the films is observed during the implantation at room temperature. The clustering process starts to occur during the implantation where XRD estimates the presence of 3-5 nm precipitates. After annealing in a reducing atmosphere, the small precipitates coalesce into larger ones following an Ostwald ripening mechanism. In situ XRD studies reveal that Au atoms start to coalesce at 350 °C, reaching the precipitates dimensions larger than 40 nm at 600 °C. Annealing above 700 °C promotes drastic changes in the Au profile of in situ doped films with the formation of two Au rich regions at the interface and surface respectively. The optical properties reveal the presence of a broad band centered at 550 nm related to the plasmon resonance of gold particles visible in AFM maps.

  1. Cratering Studies in Thin Plastic Films

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    Shu, Anthony; Bugiel, S.; Gruen, E.; Horanyi, M.; Munsat, T.; Srama, R.; Colorado CenterLunar Dust; Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS) Team

    2013-10-01

    Thin plastic films, such as Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), have been used as protective coatings or dust detectors on a number of missions including the Dust Counter and Mass Analyzer (DUCMA) instrument on Vega 1 and 2, the High Rate Detector (HRD) on the Cassini Mission, and the Student Dust Counter (SDC) on New Horizons. These types of detectors can be used on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit to detect dust grain size distributions and velocities. Due to their low power requirements and light weight, large surface area detectors can be built for observing low dust fluxes. The SDC dust detector is made up of a permanently polarized layer of PVDF coated on both sides with a thin layer (≈ 1000 Å) of aluminum nickel. The operation principle is that a micrometeorite impact removes a portion of the metal surface layer exposing the permanently polarized PVDF underneath. This causes a local potential near the crater changing the surface charge of the metal layer. The dimensions of the crater determine the strength of the potential and thus the signal generated by the PVDF. The theoretical basis for signal interpretation uses a crater diameter scaling law which was not intended for use with PVDF. In this work, a crater size scaling law has been experimentally determined, and further simulation work is being done to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms of crater formation. Two Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) codes are being evaluated for use as a simulator for hypervelocity impacts: Ansys Autodyn and LS-Dyna from the Livermore Software Technology Corp. SPH is known to be well suited to the large deformities found in hypervelocity impacts. It is capable of incorporating key physics phenomena, including fracture, heat transfer, melting, etc. Furthermore, unlike Eulerian methods, SPH is gridless allowing large deformities without the inclusion of unphysical erosion algorithms. Experimental results and preliminary simulation results and conclusions will be

  2. Mossbauer study of FeSi2 and FeSe thin films

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    Aggarwal, K.; Escue, W. T.; Mendiratta, R. G.

    1980-01-01

    Structural studies of FeSi2 and FeSe thin films have been conducted via Mossbauer spectroscopy as continuation of earlier investigation of FeTe films. Results discuss structures of bulk and thin-film FeSi2 and bulk and thin-film FeSe.

  3. Workshop for the Development and Evaluation of Study Guides of Captioned Education Films for the Deaf.

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    Zwick, Leonard G.

    Presented are the workshop-prepared study guides to accompany captioned educational films for the deaf. The guide is designed to give teachers of the deaf at all levels a guide reference to captioned films, with descriptions, reviews, and suggestions for use of the films. Films are cross-referenced, according to levels and subject areas. Types of…

  4. Distribution of surfactants in latex films: a Rutherford Backscattering study.

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    Lee, Wai Peng; Gundabala, Venkata R; Akpa, Belinda S; Johns, Michael L; Jeynes, Chris; Routh, Alexander F

    2006-06-06

    Uneven distribution of surfactant in dried latex films can affect the final film properties such as its water-resistance, gloss, and adhesiveness. Therefore, it is important to understand the driving force for surfactant transport during drying. In this paper, the accumulation of surfactant on the surface of poly(styrene-co-butyl acrylate) latex is studied using Rutherford Backscattering (RBS) and compared with results from a model that is based on the diffusive transport of particles and surfactant. Experimentally, a 30-50 nm thick surface layer, rich in surfactant, is seen and the concentration in the bulk of the film, obtained from RBS, agrees, at least qualitatively, with the model predictions for two of the surfactants tested.

  5. Organic Multilayer Films Studied by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.

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    He, Yang; Kröger, Jörg; Wang, Yongfeng

    2017-03-03

    This Minireview focuses exclusively on work with scanning tunneling microscopy to study the self-assembled multilayer films (SAMTs) of organic molecules. The π-conjugated organic molecules form different structures within different monolayers on various substrates. The interplay between molecule-substrate and intermolecular interactions plays a key role in determining the stacking mode of organic multilayer films. Different substrates strongly influence the organic-film growth and electronic properties of the organic molecules. Geometric and electronic structures of SAMTs are important factors that may determine device performance. In addition to the inorganic interface, this Minireview addresses the organic-organic interface. Homo- and hetero-SAMTs of organic molecules are also considered. The subtle interplay between structural and electronic characteristics, on one hand, and functionality and reactivity, on the other hand, are highlighted.

  6. Isothermal transient current studies in cellulose acetate films

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    Kumar, A.; Nath, R.

    1983-08-01

    Step voltage transient current studies have been made in cellulose acetate films as a function of field and thickness. A logarithmic plot (Scherr-Montroll plot) of the transient current vs. time gives a knee at a time t/sub T/, which is interpreted as the transit time of the charge carrier. The value of the carrier mobility has been estimated to be 3.9 X 10/sup -9/ cm/sup 2/.V/sup -1/.s/sup -1/ in cellulose acetate film. The carrier mobility in iodine-doped (2% w/w) cellulose acetate film has also been determined from Scher-Montroll plot and is found to be 3.3 X 10/sup -7/ cm/sup 2/.V/sup -1/.s/sup -1/.

  7. Experimental study of flapping jets in a soap film

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    Lee, Julia; Kim, Ildoo; Mandre, Shreyas

    2015-11-01

    Plateau and Rayleigh's observation and explanation on jet instability have inspired us over the years and there has been a significant advance in understanding the jet dynamics. Here, we present a quasi-two-dimensional experimental study of flapping jets in a soap film. Newtonian and non-Newtonian solutions are injected in a flowing soap film. Thinning, break-ups, and beads-on-a-string of the jets, and axisymmetric vortices shredded from the flapping jets are visualized. We employ PIV of the flow motion around the jets to gain an understanding of the roles of instabilities in the flow.

  8. Impedance and Voltammetric Studies of Electrogenerated Polyaniline Conducting Films

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    1992-12-14

    discovered, such as polypyrrole, polythiophene and polyaniline ( PANI ) [3] which will be an object of this paper. All important conducting polymers, with...December 191 Technical _____________ 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE S. FUNDING NUMBERS Impedance and voltammetric studies of electrogenerated C polyaniline ...unlimited nl 13. ABSTRACT (Maximum 200 words) Polyaniline films were electrochemically synthesized from three acidic media; sulfuric, hydrochloric and

  9. The University of Illinois Film Center Collection Use Study.

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    Mills, Terry R.

    This report describes a study which used computer analyses of the center's film booking records for fiscal year 1981 to identify those subject areas in the collection for which holdings did not seem to accurately reflect the clientele's levels of interest, as indicated by their use of the collection. Results identified 60 subject areas which met…

  10. Cratering Studies in Thin Plastic Films

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    Shu, A. J.; Bugiel, S.; Gruen, E.; Horanyi, M.; Munsat, T. L.; Srama, R.

    2014-12-01

    Thin plastic films, such as Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), have been used as protective coatings or dust detectors on a number of missions including the Dust Counter and Mass Analyzer (DUCMA) instrument on Vega 1 and 2, the High Rate Detector (HRD) on the Cassini Mission, and the Student Dust Counter (SDC) on New Horizons. These types of detectors can be used on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit to detect dust grain size distributions and velocities. Due to their low power requirements and light weight, large surface area detectors can be built for observing low dust fluxes. The SDC dust detector is made up of a permanently polarized layer of PVDF coated on both sides with a thin layer (≈ 1000 Å) of aluminum nickel. The operation principle is that a micrometeorite impact removes a portion of the metal surface layer exposing the permanently polarized PVDF underneath. This causes a local potential near the crater changing the surface charge of the metal layer. The dimensions and shape of the crater determine the strength of the potential and thus the signal generated by the PVDF. The theoretical basis for signal interpretation uses a crater diameter scaling law which was not intended for use with PVDF. In this work, a crater size scaling law has been experimentally determined, and further simulation work is being done to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms of crater formation. LS-Dyna, a smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) code from the Livermore Software Technology Corp. was chosen to simulate micrometeorite impacts. It is capable of incorporating key physics phenomena, including fracture, heat transfer, melting, etc. Furthermore, unlike Eulerian methods, SPH is gridless allowing large deformities without the inclusion of unphysical erosion algorithms. Material properties are accounted for using the Grüneisen Equation of State. The results of the SPH model can then be fed into electrostatic relaxation models to enhance the fidelity of interpretation

  11. Cratering Studies in Thin Plastic Films

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    Shu, A. J.; Bugiel, S.; Gruen, E.; Hillier, J.; Horanyi, M.; Munsat, T. L.; Srama, R.

    2013-12-01

    Thin plastic films, such as Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF), have been used as protective coatings or dust detectors on a number of missions including the Dust Counter and Mass Analyzer (DUCMA) instrument on Vega 1 and 2, the High Rate Detector (HRD) on the Cassini Mission, and the Student Dust Counter (SDC) on New Horizons. These types of detectors can be used on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit to detect dust grain size distributions and velocities. Due to their low power requirements and light weight, large surface area detectors can be built for observing low dust fluxes. The SDC dust detector is made up of a permanently polarized layer of PVDF coated on both sides with a thin layer (≈ 1000 Å) of aluminum nickel. The operation principle is that a micrometeorite impact removes a portion of the metal surface layer exposing the permanently polarized PVDF underneath. This causes a local potential near the crater changing the surface charge of the metal layer. The dimensions and shape of the crater determine the strength of the potential and thus the signal generated by the PVDF. The theoretical basis for signal interpretation uses a crater diameter scaling law which was not intended for use with PVDF. In this work, a crater size scaling law has been experimentally determined, and further simulation work is being done to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms of crater formation. LS-Dyna, a smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) code from the Livermore Software Technology Corp. was chosen to simulate micrometeorite impacts. SPH is known to be well suited to the large deformities found in hypervelocity impacts. It is capable of incorporating key physics phenomena, including fracture, heat transfer, melting, etc. Furthermore, unlike Eulerian methods, SPH is gridless allowing large deformities without the inclusion of unphysical erosion algorithms. Material properties are accounted for using the Grüneisen Equation of State. The results of the SPH model can

  12. Nanocrystalline zinc ferrite films studied by magneto-optical spectroscopy

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    Lišková-Jakubisová, E. Višňovský, Š.; Široký, P.; Hrabovský, D.; Pištora, J.; Sahoo, Subasa C.; Prasad, Shiva; Venkataramani, N.; Bohra, Murtaza; Krishnan, R.

    2015-05-07

    Ferrimagnetic Zn-ferrite (ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) films can be grown with the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth of 40 Oe at 9.5 GHz without going through a high temperature processing. This presents interest for applications. The work deals with laser ablated ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} films deposited at O{sub 2} pressure of 0.16 mbar onto fused quartz substrates. The films about 120 nm thick are nanocrystalline and their spontaneous magnetization, 4πM{sub s}, depends on the nanograin size, which is controlled by the substrate temperature (T{sub s}). At T{sub s} ≈ 350 °C, where the grain distribution peaks around ∼20–30 nm, the room temperature 4πM{sub s} reaches a maximum of ∼2.3 kG. The films were studied by magnetooptical polar Kerr effect (MOKE) spectroscopy at photon energies between 1 and 5 eV. The complementary characteristics were provided by spectral ellipsometry (SE). Both the SE and MOKE spectra confirmed ferrimagnetic ordering. The structural details correspond to those observed in MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4} spinels. SE experiments confirm the insulator behavior. The films display MOKE amplitudes somewhat reduced with respect to those in Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} due to a lower degree of spinel inversion and nanocrystalline structure. The results indicate that the films are free of oxygen vacancies and Fe{sup 3+}-Fe{sup 2+} exchange.

  13. Thin Ising films with competing walls: A Monte Carlo study

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    Binder, K.; Landau, D. P.; Ferrenberg, A. M.

    1995-04-01

    Ising magnets with a nearest neighbor ferromagnetic exchange interaction J on a simple cubic lattice are studied in a thin film geometry using extensive Monte Carlo simulations. The system has two large L×L parallel free surfaces, a distance D apart from each other, at which competing surface fields act, i.e., HD=-H1. In this geometry, the phase transition occurring in the bulk at a temperature Tcb is suppressed, and instead one observes the gradual formation of an interface between coexisting phases stabilized by the surface fields. While this interface is located in the center of the film for temperatures Tc(D)film is hence zero, at Tc(D) we observe the interface localization-delocalization transition predicted by Parry and Evans [Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 439 (1990); Physica A 181, 250 (1992)]. For Tfilm magnetization is then positive) or close to the right wall where HD=-H1>0 (and the total magnetization is negative). As predicted, for large D this transition temperature Tc(D) is close to the wetting transition Tw(H1) of the semi-infinite system, but the transition nevertheless has a two-dimensional Ising character. Due to crossover problems (for D-->∞ the width of the asymptotic Ising region shrinks to zero, and one presumably observes critical wetting in this model) this Ising nature is clearly seen only for rather thin films. For Tc(D)film thickness is obtained and compared to corresponding theoretical predictions.

  14. Bulk and thin films of FeTe: A Moessbauer study

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    Escue, W. T.; Aggarwal, K.; Mendiratta, R. G.

    1977-01-01

    Studies of bulk and thin films of FeTe using Moessbauer spectroscopy showed that FeTe has one noncubic Fe (+2) site which is 3d2 4s 4p3 hybridized. The presence of dangling bands was indicated in spectra of FeTe thin films. The films showed a tendency of texture formation. The substrate was observed to influence the film structure and nature of bonds in films.

  15. [Plain-film radiography in the study of spinal pain].

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    Ruiz Santiago, F; Guzmán Alvarez, L; Tello Moreno, M; Navarrete González, P J

    2010-01-01

    The introduction of tomographic imaging techniques, fundamentally computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, has led to a gradual decrease in the indications for plain-film radiography, resulting in fewer patients studied and fewer projections for each patient. Consequently, plain-film studies of the spine have received less attention and radiologists are less familiar with the typical findings in normal and pathologic conditions of the spine. Nevertheless, plain-film radiography continues to be widely used in both primary and specialized care. Thus, radiologists still need to be aware of the normal radiologic anatomy of the spine and of the radiologic manifestations of the diverse pathological processes that can affect the spinal column and that can cause pain. The aim of this article is to review the manifestations on plain-film radiography of a wide variety of diseases that can cause back pain, including congenital, traumatic, degenerative, tumor-related, inflammatory, and infectious diseases and processes. Copyright 2009 SERAM. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  16. Thin films of solid electrolytes and studies of their surface

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    Pan, Xiaoren; Gu, Zhi X.

    1991-11-01

    Much research work has been done on the materials of solid electrolytes and their applications. Solid electrolytes or fast ionic conductors are generally used in solid state batteries and solid state ionic devices. In the utilization of solid electrolytes, thin film forms have practical advantages. They will make the devices and batteries miniaturization which is particularly important for certain applications such as microelectronic devices, space programs, and integrated circuits of self-contained power. So preparation of thin films of solid electrolytes and studies of their surfaces are significant. There has been interest in the properties of amorphous ionic conductors, as glasses have acknowledged advantages over crystalline electrolytes, including physical isotropy, the absence of grain boundaries, and continuously-variable composition. Furthermore, many glasses based on silver halides have conductivities as high as 10 Scm-1 at room temperature. So we have chosen the quaternary system AgI-Ag2O-P2O5-B2O3 as the basic materials, prepared thin films, studied their properties, and constructed thin film electrolytic batteries.

  17. Assessment of aliphatic-aromatic copolyester biodegradable mulch films. Part I: field study.

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    Kijchavengkul, Thitisilp; Auras, Rafael; Rubino, Maria; Ngouajio, Mathieu; Fernandez, R Thomas

    2008-03-01

    The objective of this work was to study the use of new biodegradable films in agriculture under open field conditions. Three biodegradable mulch films made from modified biodegradable polyester of different thicknesses and colors (black and white) and a conventional low density polyethylene (LDPE) mulch film were used to cover the beds of tomato plants. Changes in physical appearance of the films were recorded as well as changes in their mechanical, optical, and physical properties. Once tomato harvest was completed, the conventional LDPE mulch film was removed and all the tomato plants were cut using a mower. The biodegradable mulch films were plowed into the soil. The change in the appearance of the film was recorded and samples of each film after plowing were characterized according to the properties mentioned above. After the biodegradable films photodegraded, cross-link formation occurred within the films which promoted brittleness. Titanium dioxide, an additive used to produce white color in the films, catalyzed the photodegradation, while carbon black used for black color stabilized the photodegradation. The white films started to degrade after two weeks while it took about eight weeks for the black films to significantly degrade. The black biodegradable film seems to be a more promising alternative as a mulch film because of the comparable yields and weed suppression ability to conventional mulch film.

  18. Discrete component bonding and thick film materials study

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    Kinser, D. L.

    1975-01-01

    The results are summarized of an investigation of discrete component bonding reliability and a fundamental study of new thick film resistor materials. The component bonding study examined several types of solder bonded components with some processing variable studies to determine their influence upon bonding reliability. The bonding reliability was assessed using the thermal cycle: 15 minutes at room temperature, 15 minutes at +125 C 15 minutes at room temperature, and 15 minutes at -55 C. The thick film resistor materials examined were of the transition metal oxide-phosphate glass family with several elemental metal additions of the same transition metal. These studies were conducted by preparing a paste of the subject composition, printing, drying, and firing using both air and reducing atmospheres. The resulting resistors were examined for adherence, resistance, thermal coefficient of resistance, and voltage coefficient of resistance.

  19. Oxidation of rubrene thin films: an electronic structure study.

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    Sinha, Sumona; Wang, C-H; Mukherjee, M; Mukherjee, T; Yang, Y-W

    2014-12-30

    The performances of organic semiconductor devices are crucially linked with their stability at the ambient atmosphere. The evolution of electronic structures of 20 nm thick rubrene films exposed to ambient environment with time has been studied by UV and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (UPS and XPS), near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, and density functional theory (DFT). XPS, NEXAFS data, and DFT calculated values suggest the formation of rubrene-epoxide and rubrene-endoperoxide through reaction of tetracene backbone with oxygen of ambient environment. Angle dependent XPS measurement indicates that the entire probed depth of the films reacts with oxygen by spending only about 120 min in ambient environment. The HOMO peak of pristine rubrene films almost disappears by exposure of 120 min to ambient environment. The evolution of the valence band (occupied states) and NEXAFS (unoccupied states) spectra indicates that the films become more insulating with exposure as the HOMO-LUMO gap increases on oxidation. Oxygen induced chemical reaction completely destroys the delocalized nature of the electron distribution in the tetracene backbone of rubrene. The results are relevant to the performance and reliability of rubrene based devices in the environment.

  20. FMR study of thin film FeGe skyrmionic material

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    Bhallamudi, Vidya P.; Page, Michael R.; Gallagher, James; Purser, Carola; Schulze, Joseph; Yang, Fengyuan; Hammel, P. Chris

    Magnetic Skyrmions have attracted intense interest due to their novel topological properties and the potential for energy efficient computing. Magnetic dynamics play an important part in enabling some of these functionalities. Understanding these dynamics can shed light on the interplay of the various magnetic interactions that exist in these materials and lead to a rich magnetic phase diagram, including the Skyrmion phase. We have grown phase-pure FeGe epitaxial films on Si (111) and studied them using ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). FeGe has one of the highest recorded skyrmion transition temperatures, close to room temperature, and thin films are known to further stabilize the Skyrmion phase in the magnetic field-temperature space. We have performed cavity-based single frequency FMR from liquid nitrogen to room temperature on 120 nm thick films in both in-plane and out-of-plane geometries. The resulting complex spectra are consistent with those reported in literature for the bulk material and can be understood in terms of a conical model for the magnetism. Variable temperature broadband spectroscopy and measurements on thinner films, to better identify the various magnetic phases and their dynamic behavior, are ongoing and their progress will be discussed. Funding for this research was provided by the Center for Emergent Materials: an NSF MRSEC under Award Number DMR-1420451.

  1. Feasibility study of the separation of chlorinated films from plastic packaging wastes

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    Reddy, Mallampati Srinivasa; Yamaguchi, Takefumi; Okuda, Tetsuji; Tsai, Tsung-Yueh; Nakai, Satoshi; Nishijima, Wataru; Okada, Mitsumasa

    2010-04-15

    This study describes the possible separation of chlorinated plastic films (PVC and PVDC) from other heavy plastic packaging waste (PPW) by selective twist formation and gravity separation. Twists formation was mechanically induced in chlorinated plastic films, whereas twist formation did not occur in PS and PET films. After twist formation, all the films had the apparent density of less than 1.0 g/cm{sup 3} and floated in water even though the true density was more than 1.0 g/cm{sup 3}. However, the apparent density of the PS and the PET films increased with agitation to more than 1.0 g/cm{sup 3}, whereas that of chlorinated plastic films was kept less than 1.0 g/cm{sup 3}. The main reason would be the air being held inside the chlorinated plastic films which was difficult to be removed by agitation. Simple gravity separation after twist formation was applied for artificial film with 10 wt.% of the chlorinated films and real PPW films with 9 wt.% of the chlorinated films. About 76 wt.% of the artificial PPW films and 75 wt.% of real PPW films after the removal of PP and PE were recovered as settling fraction with 4.7 wt.% and 3.0 wt.% of chlorinated plastic films, respectively. These results indicate that simple gravity separation process after twist formation can be used to reduce the chlorinated plastic concentration from mixed heavy PPW films.

  2. Feasibility study of the separation of chlorinated films from plastic packaging wastes.

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    Reddy, Mallampati Srinivasa; Yamaguchi, Takefumi; Okuda, Tetsuji; Tsai, Tsung-Yueh; Nakai, Satoshi; Nishijima, Wataru; Okada, Mitsumasa

    2010-04-01

    This study describes the possible separation of chlorinated plastic films (PVC and PVDC) from other heavy plastic packaging waste (PPW) by selective twist formation and gravity separation. Twists formation was mechanically induced in chlorinated plastic films, whereas twist formation did not occur in PS and PET films. After twist formation, all the films had the apparent density of less than 1.0g/cm(3) and floated in water even though the true density was more than 1.0g/cm(3). However, the apparent density of the PS and the PET films increased with agitation to more than 1.0g/cm(3), whereas that of chlorinated plastic films was kept less than 1.0g/cm(3). The main reason would be the air being held inside the chlorinated plastic films which was difficult to be removed by agitation. Simple gravity separation after twist formation was applied for artificial film with 10wt.% of the chlorinated films and real PPW films with 9wt.% of the chlorinated films. About 76wt.% of the artificial PPW films and 75wt.% of real PPW films after the removal of PP and PE were recovered as settling fraction with 4.7wt.% and 3.0wt.% of chlorinated plastic films, respectively. These results indicate that simple gravity separation process after twist formation can be used to reduce the chlorinated plastic concentration from mixed heavy PPW films.

  3. A Film Evaluation Checklist to Describe Instructionally Relevant Film Characteristics: A Rater Reliability Study.

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    Burke, Nancy E.; And Others

    A Film Evaluation Checklist, developed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, describes instructionally relevant film characteristics. The instrument is organized in terms of structural characteristics of the medium, modes of concept emphasis using film techniques, and organization of instructional material. Raters independently rated…

  4. Using Systemic Functional Linguistics in Academic Writing Development: An Example from Film Studies

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    Donohue, James P.

    2012-01-01

    On film studies courses, students are asked to treat as objects of study the same films which they may more commonly experience as entertainment. To explore the role of academic writing in this, an action research project was carried out on a university film studies course using a systemic functional linguistics approach. This paper presents a key…

  5. Reliability Study of Doped Aluminum Conductor Films

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    1977-12-01

    to the electro- migration of Al in Al and Si in Al 𔃻 4, The co-rosion test pattern with 0.5 mil line wdths and 0.& mil spacings 73 vi Figure No. Title...exceptionally good long-term reliability record. It is the purpose of this study to provide a better understanding of these alloys and to establish guide lines ...Figure 3). On (100) silicon, the pits are rectangular with the side walls being (111) planes and the flat bottom being a (100) plane. On (lll) silicon

  6. Studies on nickel-tungsten oxide thin films

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    Usha, K. S.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2014-10-15

    Nickel-Tungsten oxide (95:5) thin films were prepared by rf sputtering at 200W rf power with various substrate temperatures. X-ray diffraction study reveals the amorphous nature of films. The substrate temperature induced decrease in energy band gap with a maximum transmittance of 71%1 was observed. The Micro-Raman study shows broad peaks at 560 cm{sup −1} and 1100 cm{sup −1} correspond to Ni-O vibration and the peak at 860 cm{sup −1} can be assigned to the vibration of W-O-W bond. Photoluminescence spectra show two peaks centered on 420 nm and 485 nm corresponding to the band edge emission and vacancies created due to the addition of tungsten, respectively.

  7. Neutron diffraction studies of thin film multilayer structures

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    Majkrzak, C.F.

    1985-01-01

    The application of neutron diffraction methods to the study of the microscopic chemical and magnetic structures of thin film multilayers is reviewed. Multilayer diffraction phenomena are described in general and in particular for the case in which one of the materials of a bilayer is ferromagnetic and the neutron beam polarized. Recent neutron diffraction measurements performed on some interesting multilayer systems are discussed. 70 refs., 5 figs.

  8. Radio, Television and Film: The State of Study in the 1980s.

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    Gomery, Douglas

    1985-01-01

    Analyzes two influential basic textbooks in the study of radio-television-film (RTVF): "Broadcasting in America" and "Film Art: An Introduction." Comments on how the RTVF organization impacts graduate education. (PD)

  9. Study of carbon nanotubes based Polydimethylsiloxane composite films

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    Shahzad, M. I.; Giorcelli, M.; Shahzad, N.; Guastella, S.; Castellino, M.; Jagdale, P.; Tagliaferro, A.

    2013-06-01

    Thanks to their remarkable characteristics, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have fields of applications which are growing every day. Among them, the use of CNTs as filler for polymers is one of the most promising. In this work we report on Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composites with different weight percentages (0.0% to 3.0%) of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) having diameter 10-30 nm and length 20-30 μm. To achieve optimum dispersion of CNTs in PDMS matrix, high speed mechanical stirring and ultrasonication were performed. By using the doctor blade technique, 70 μm thick uniform films were produced on glass. They were subsequently thermally cured and detached from the glass to get flexible and self standing films. The surface morphological study done by FESEM, shows that CNTs are well dispersed in the PDMS. Raman spectroscopy and FTIR were used to investigate the possible structural changes in the polymer composite. To examine the optical behavior UV-VIS spectroscopy was employed in both specular and diffused modes. A linear increase in absorption coefficient is found with the increasing percentage of CNTs while the transmittance decreases exponentially. The results confirm the dependence of optical limiting effect on the quantity of MWCNTs. Based on optical study, MWCNTs/PDMS composite films can be a promising material to extend performances of optical limiters against laser pulses, which is often required in lasing systems.

  10. Millisecond Photoinduced Absorption Studies of Pyridine-Based Copolymer Films

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    Coplin, K. A.; Clark, D. T.; Jessen, S. W.; Epstein, A. J.; Fu, D.-K.; Swager, T. M.

    1997-03-01

    We present a study of the photoexcited states in copolymers of poly(p-pyridyl vinylene) and poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPyVPR_iV) with sidegroups R_1=C_12H_25 or R_2=COOC_12H_25 attached at the 2 and 5 positions of the phenyl ring. Previous studies discussed the millisecond photoinduced absorption (ms PA) characteristics of PPyVPR_iV powders(S.W. Jessen et al.), Synth. Met., in press.. In particular, triplet-triplet (T-T) transitions were observed at 1.6 eV for both materials. Additional polaron signatures were also observed in both the electronic ( ~ 0.85 eV) and infrared (1100 - 1600 cm-1) regions of the photoinduced spectrum. We compare these powder results with ms PA features for film morphologies of both the copolymers. We observe a weaker ( ~ 10X) T-T^* transition for copolymer films cast from xylene solution indicating a reduction in triplet exciton production as compared to powder samples. These results are contrasted with the behavior we reported(S.W. Jessen et al.), to be published. earlier for film and powder samples of the parent polymer poly(p-pyridyl vinylene).

  11. Study of zinc oxide epitaxial film growth and UV photodetectors

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    Nahhas, Ahmed Mohammed

    ZnO is a versatile material, and has been extensively studied for various applications such as varistors, transducers, transparent conducting electrodes, sensors, and catalysts. While polycrystalline ZnO is commonly used in these conventional applications, there has been a growing interest in obtaining single-crystalline ZnO films on various substrates. ZnO is a II-VI wide bandgap semiconductor with a relatively large exciton binding energy, and holds a potential for light emitting/detecting or nonlinear optical devices in the UV range. ZnO is isomorphic to wurtzite GaN with good lattice match, and therefore there has been a great deal of interest in using ZnO as a buffer layer or a substrate in growing high quality GaN films (or vice versa ZnO growth on GaN). In this study, we have investigated epitaxial growth of ZnO films on sapphire and silicon substrates. High quality epitaxial ZnO films were grown on sapphire (0001) single crystal substrates using a rf magnetron sputtering technique. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the ZnO films are of a monocrystalline wurtzite structure with their epitaxial relationship of ZnO[0001]//sapphire[0001] along the growth direction and ZnO[112&barbelow;0]//sapphire[11&barbelow;00] along the in-plane direction. ZnO on Si also offers an interesting opportunity that the various functional properties of ZnO can be combined with the advanced Si electronics on the same substrate. Direct growth of epitaxial ZnO on Si, however, is known to be an extremely difficult task due to the oxidation problem during the nucleation stage of a ZnO growth process. We have overcome this problem by introducing an epitaxial GaN buffer layer, and have successfully grown epitaxial ZnO films on Si(111) substrates. X-ray diffraction analysis confirms an epitaxial relationship of ZnO[0001]//GaN[0001]//Si[111] along the growth direction and ZnO[112&barbelow;0]//GaN[112&barbelow;0]//Si[11&barbelow;0] along the in-plane direction. As an application of the

  12. A molecular dynamics study on thin film liquid boiling characteristics under rapid linear boundary heating: Effect of liquid film thickness

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    Rabbi, Kazi Fazle; Tamim, Saiful Islam; Faisal, A. H. M.; Mukut, K. M.; Hasan, Mohammad Nasim

    2017-06-01

    This study is a molecular dynamics investigation of phase change phenomena i.e. boiling of thin liquid films subjected to rapid linear heating at the boundary. The purpose of this study is to understand the phase change heat transfer phenomena at nano scale level. In the simulation, a thin film of liquid argon over a platinum surface has been considered. The simulation domain herein is a three-phase system consisting of liquid and vapor argon atoms placed over a platinum wall. Initially the whole system is brought to an equilibrium state at 90 K and then the temperature of the bottom wall is increased to a higher temperature (250K) within a finite time interval. Four different liquid argon film thicknesses have been considered (3 nm, 4 nm, 5 nm and 6 nm) in this study. The boundary heating rate (40×109 K/s) is kept constant in all these cases. Variation in system temperature, pressure, net evaporation number, spatial number density of the argon region with time for different film thickness have been demonstrated and analyzed. The present study indicates that the pattern of phase transition may be significantly different (i.e. evaporation or explosive boiling) depending on the liquid film thickness. Among the four cases considered in the present study, explosive boiling has been observed only for the liquid films of 5nm and 6nm thickness, while for the other cases, evaporation take place.

  13. Celluloid devils: a research study of male nurses in feature films.

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    Stanley, David

    2012-11-01

    To report a study of how male nurses are portrayed in feature films. It was hypothesized that male nurses are frequently portrayed negatively or stereotypically in the film media, potentially having a negative impact on male nurse recruitment and the public's perception of male nurses. An interpretive, qualitative methodology guided by insights into hegemonic masculinity and structured around a set of collective case studies (films) was used to examine the portrayal of male nurses in feature films made in the Western world from 1900 to 2007. Over 36,000 feature film synopses were reviewed (via CINAHL, ProQuest and relevant movie-specific literature) for the keyword 'nurse' and 'nursing' with an additional search for films from 1900 to 2010 for the word 'male nurse'. Identified films were labelled as 'cases' and analysed collectively to determine key attributes related to men in nursing and explore them for the emergence of concepts and themes related to the image of male nurses in films. A total of 13 relevant cases (feature films) were identified with 12 being made in the USA. Most films portrayed male nurses negatively and in ways opposed to hegemonic masculinity, as effeminate, homosexual, homicidal, corrupt or incompetent. Few film images of male nurses show them in traditional masculine roles or as clinically competent or self-confident professionals.   Feature films predominantly portray male nurses negatively. Given the popularity of feature films, there may be negative effects on recruitment and on the public's perception of male nurses. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  14. Corrosion studies of LiH thin films

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    Tonks, J. P.; King, M. O.; Galloway, E. C.; Watts, J. F.

    2017-02-01

    Thin films of LiH and its corrosion products were studied using temperature programmed decomposition (TPD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES). Thin films were grown on Ni(100) in an ultra high vacuum system using an electron beam evaporator. Characteristic Li KLL AES peaks were identified for Li, LiH, Li2O and LiOH which facilitated identification of thin film composition. XPS of the O 1s region revealed three distinct chemical shifts which were attributed to Li2O, LiOH and chemisorbed H2O. We show that exposing LiH to very low H2O partial pressures results in formation of LiOH/Li2O domains on LiH. We also show that these XPS peaks can be linked to reaction mechanisms in the TPD profiles. TPD traces have been explicitly modelled to determine the activation energies of the reactions and compare favourably with previous measurements on bulk LiH samples.

  15. Effective Use of Films in Social Studies Classrooms. How To Do It Series, Series 2, No. 2.

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    Bryan, Sam

    The pamphlet reviews uses of films in social studies classrooms, lists sources for obtaining films and filmographies, and gives tips on showing and evaluating the films. Films can be used to illustrate concepts or historical events, communicate the essence of foreign cultures, and enliven dull textbook content. Five types of films are described…

  16. Motion Pictures for the Study of India: A Guide to Classroom Films.

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    Vestal, Theodore M.

    After a three year review of films on India available in the United States, the Resource Center offered this guide to those motion pictures adjudged best for use in American classrooms. There are twelve documentary films and four commercial feature films included for use at any level of school, college, or university study: Child of the Streets; A…

  17. Moessbauer study in thin films of FeSi2 and FeSe systems

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    Escue, W. J.; Aggarwal, K.; Mendiratta, R. G.

    1978-01-01

    Thin films of FeSi2 and FeSe were studied using Moessbauer spectroscopy information regarding dangling bond configuration and nature of crystal structure in thin films was derived. A significant influence of crystalline aluminum substrate on film structure was observed.

  18. Fostering Historical Thinking toward Civil Rights Movement Counter-Narratives: Documentary Film in Elementary Social Studies

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    Buchanan, Lisa Brown

    2015-01-01

    This article describes how elementary preservice teachers used four documentary films to think historically about the United States Civil Rights Movement. The author situates the descriptive case study within research about historical thinking and documentary film, identifying the need for using documentary film to think historically in the…

  19. An X-Ray Diffraction Study of Chromium-Gold Thin Films.

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    The chromium-gold thin films system was studied using direct recording X-ray diffraction. Chromium and/or gold thin films were deposited, in vacuum...onto glass substrates at ambient and elevated temperatures. Those thin films deposited at ambient temperatures were later annealed. The resultant X-ray

  20. Fostering Historical Thinking toward Civil Rights Movement Counter-Narratives: Documentary Film in Elementary Social Studies

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    Buchanan, Lisa Brown

    2015-01-01

    This article describes how elementary preservice teachers used four documentary films to think historically about the United States Civil Rights Movement. The author situates the descriptive case study within research about historical thinking and documentary film, identifying the need for using documentary film to think historically in the…

  1. Spin polarized photoemission studies of interfacial and thin film magnetism

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    Johnson, P.D.; Brookes, N.B.; Chang, Y.; Garrison, K.

    1993-01-01

    Spin polarized photoemission is used to study the electronic structure of noble metals deposited on ferromagnetic substrates. Studies of Ag deposited on an Fe(001) substrate reveal a series of minority spin interface or quantum well states with binding energies dependent on the thickness of the silver. Similar behavior is observed for Cu films deposited on a fct Co(001) substrate. Tight-binding modeling reproduces many of the observations and shows that hybridization of the sp-bands with the noble metal d-bands cannot be ignored.

  2. Spin polarized photoemission studies of interfacial and thin film magnetism

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    Johnson, P.D.; Brookes, N.B.; Chang, Y.; Garrison, K.

    1993-06-01

    Spin polarized photoemission is used to study the electronic structure of noble metals deposited on ferromagnetic substrates. Studies of Ag deposited on an Fe(001) substrate reveal a series of minority spin interface or quantum well states with binding energies dependent on the thickness of the silver. Similar behavior is observed for Cu films deposited on a fct Co(001) substrate. Tight-binding modeling reproduces many of the observations and shows that hybridization of the sp-bands with the noble metal d-bands cannot be ignored.

  3. Studies of thin films of Ti- Zr -V as non-evaporable getter films prepared by RF sputtering

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    Gupta, Nidhi; Jagannath,; Sharma, R. K.; Gadkari, S. C.; Muthe, K. P.; Mukundhan, R.; Gupta, S. K.

    2013-02-05

    Non-Evaporable Getter (NEG) films of the Ti-Zr-V prepared on stainless steel substrates by Radio Frequency sputtering. To observe its getter behavior at the lowest activation temperature, the sample is heated continuously at different temperatures (100 Degree-Sign C, 150 Degree-Sign C, 200 Degree-Sign C and 250 Degree-Sign C) for 2 hours. The changes of the surface chemical composition at different temperaturesare analyzed by using XPS and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) techniques. The volume elemental composition of the film has been measured by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The in-situ XPS measurements of the activated getter films show the disappearance of the superficial oxide layer through the variation in the oxygen stoichiometry during thermal activation. Results of these studies show that the deposited films of Ti-Zr-V could be used as NEG to produce extreme high vacuum.

  4. Structural and magnetic studies of Cr doped nickel ferrite thin films

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    Panwar, Kalpana; Heda, N. L.; Tiwari, Shailja; Bapna, Komal; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.; Ahuja, B. L.

    2016-05-01

    We have studied the structural and magnetic properties of Cr doped nickel ferrite thin films deposited on Si (100) and Si (111) using pulsed laser deposition technique. The films were deposited under vacuum and substrate temperature was kept at 700˚C. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that films on both substrates have single phase cubic spinel structure. However, the film grown on Si (111) shows better crystalline behavior. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy suggests that films on both substrates have mixed spinel structure. These films show magnetic hysteresis behavior and magnetization value of film on Si (100) is larger than that on Si (111). It turns out that structural and magnetic properties of these two films are correlated.

  5. Maltodextrin fast dissolving films for quercetin nanocrystal delivery. A feasibility study.

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    Lai, Francesco; Franceschini, Ilaria; Corrias, Francesco; Sala, Maria Chiara; Cilurzo, Francesco; Sinico, Chiara; Pini, Elena

    2015-05-05

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility to prepare fast dissolving films as quercetin nanocrystal delivery systems, using maltodextrins as film forming material and glycerin as plasticizer, with the goal of enhancing quercetin oral bioavailability. Quercetin nanosuspensions were prepared using a high-pressure homogenizer, and then directly used to prepare the films by a casting method. Spectroscopic and calorimetric analysis evidenced that reduction of quercetin size at nanoscale and incorporation in maltodextrin films do not affect the solid state of the active ingredient. The loading of quercetin nanocrystals into the film determined a slight variation of film elasticity and ductility. Indeed, the elastic modulus of the loaded films resulted about a half of the placebo ones, while the elongation at break increased four folds. Free and film loaded quercetin nanocrystals showed a comparable dissolution rate, much higher than that of bulk quercetin.

  6. Structural and magnetic studies of Cr doped nickel ferrite thin films

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    Panwar, Kalpana; Heda, N. L.; Tiwari, Shailja; Bapna, Komal; Ahuja, B. L.; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.

    2016-05-23

    We have studied the structural and magnetic properties of Cr doped nickel ferrite thin films deposited on Si (100) and Si (111) using pulsed laser deposition technique. The films were deposited under vacuum and substrate temperature was kept at 700°C. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that films on both substrates have single phase cubic spinel structure. However, the film grown on Si (111) shows better crystalline behavior. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy suggests that films on both substrates have mixed spinel structure. These films show magnetic hysteresis behavior and magnetization value of film on Si (100) is larger than that on Si (111). It turns out that structural and magnetic properties of these two films are correlated.

  7. Study for double-layered AZO/ATO transparent conducting thin film

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    Cao, Miaomiao; Li, Yudong; Yang, Jing; Chen, Yigang

    2013-03-01

    The purpose of this study is to provide transparent conductive composite films, used for such as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this work, transparent conductive oxide films with double-layer structure, ATO(antimony doped tin oxide)films covered on AZO(aluminum doped zinc oxide)films, were prepared on glass substrates by RF magnetron sputtering method. Subsequently the films were post-annealed at different temperature. The structure, surface morphology, optical and electrical properties of the films were investigated as a function of annealing temperature. Our results indicate that the composite films can maintain good electrical and optical properties at a temperature higher than 450°C compared to that of single-layer film.

  8. Structural and Optical Study of Chemical Bath Deposited Nano-Structured CdS Thin Films

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    Kumar, Suresh; Sharma, Dheeraj; Sharma, Pankaj; Sharma, Vineet; Barman, P. B.; Katyal, S. C.

    2011-12-01

    CdS is commonly used as window layer in polycrystalline solar cells. The paper presents a structural and optical study of CdS nano-structured thin films. High quality CdS thin films are grown on commercial glass by means of chemical bath deposition. It involves an alkaline solution of cadmium salt, a complexant, a chalcogen source and a non-ionic surfactant. The films have been prepared under various process parameters. The chemically deposited films are annealed to estimate its effect on the structural and optical properties of films. These films (as -deposited and annealed) have been characterized by means of XRD, SEM and UV-Visible spectrophotometer. XRD of films show the nano-crystalline nature. The energy gap of films is found to be of direct in nature.

  9. Exposure to smoking in films and own smoking among Scottish adolescents: a cross-sectional study.

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    Hunt, Kate; Henderson, Marion; Wight, Daniel; Sargent, James D

    2011-10-01

    Evidence of high exposure of UK youth to images of smoking in films has led to calls for an 18 rating for films with smoking to reduce smoking in youth. However, the only study to date in the UK to test for an association showed no relation between film-smoking exposure and smoking among young adults. To assess whether there is an association between exposure to film images of smoking and own smoking among UK adolescents and whether repeated viewings of films has an impact. Cross-sectional study. 1999 pupils aged 15-16 years from 13 Scottish schools. Outcome Smoked tobacco in the past year. EXPOSURE MEASURE: Film-smoking exposure was assessed using the Beach method; account for repeated viewings of films was then used to modify estimated exposure. Covariates included: media usage, parental restriction on and context of TV/film viewing, family connectedness, parental monitoring and friends' smoking. Most (71%) students had not smoked in the past year. About half reported no parental restrictions on TV/film viewing. Many reported repeated viewings of films; accounting for this more than doubled exposure estimates and strengthened the association with smoking. Adolescents with high exposure to film smoking were more likely to have smoked than those with low exposure (adjusted odds ratio (AOR) 2.08, 95% CI 1.22 to 3.55). Additionally, adolescents who reported parental rules about TV/film watching were less likely to smoke (AOR 0.37 (0.27 to 0.52)) than those who did not. Adolescents who mainly watched films with friends had higher exposure to film smoking and were more likely to smoke (AOR 2.19 (1.10 to 4.38)). Exposure to film smoking is associated with smoking among Scottish adolescents. These data lend support to calls for an 18 rating for films with images of smoking.

  10. Exposure to smoking in films and own smoking among Scottish adolescents: a cross-sectional study

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    Hunt, Kate; Henderson, Marion; Wight, Daniel; Sargent, James D

    2013-01-01

    Background Evidence of high exposure of UK youth to images of smoking in films has led to calls for an 18 rating for films with smoking to reduce smoking in youth. However, the only study to date in the UK to test for an association showed no relation between film-smoking exposure and smoking among young adults. Objective To assess whether there is an association between exposure to film images of smoking and own smoking among UK adolescents and whether repeated viewings of films has an impact. Design Cross-sectional study. Participants 1999 pupils aged 15–16 years from 13 Scottish schools. Outcome Smoked tobacco in the past year. Exposure measure Film-smoking exposure was assessed using the Beach method; account for repeated viewings of films was then used to modify estimated exposure. Covariates included: media usage, parental restriction on and context of TV/film viewing, family connectedness, parental monitoring and friends' smoking. Results Most (71%) students had not smoked in the past year. About half reported no parental restrictions on TV/film viewing. Many reported repeated viewings of films; accounting for this more than doubled exposure estimates and strengthened the association with smoking. Adolescents with high exposure to film smoking were more likely to have smoked than those with low exposure (adjusted odds ratio (AOR) 2.08, 95% CI 1.22 to 3.55). Additionally, adolescents who reported parental rules about TV/film watching were less likely to smoke (AOR 0.37 (0.27 to 0.52)) than those who did not. Adolescents who mainly watched films with friends had higher exposure to film smoking and were more likely to smoke (AOR 2.19 (1.10 to 4.38)). Conclusions Exposure to film smoking is associated with smoking among Scottish adolescents. These data lend support to calls for an 18 rating for films with images of smoking. PMID:21764893

  11. Preparation of silica thin films by novel wet process and study of their optical properties.

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    Im, Sang-Hyeok; Kim, Nam-Jin; Kim, Dong-Hwan; Hwang, Cha-Won; Yoon, Duck-Ki; Ryu, Bong-Ki

    2012-02-01

    Silicon dioxide (SiO2) thin films have gained considerable attention because of their various industrial applications. For example, SiO2 thin films are used in superhydrophilic self-cleaning surface glass, UV protection films, anti-reflection coatings, and insulating materials. Recently, many processes such as vacuum evaporation, sputtering, chemical vapor deposition, and spin coating have been widely applied to prepare thin films of functionally graded materials. However, these processes suffer from several engineering problems. For example, a special apparatus is required for the deposition of films, and conventional wet processes are not suitable for coating the surfaces of substrates with a large surface area and complex morphology. In this study, we investigated the film morphology and optical properties of SiO2 films prepared by a novel technique, namely, liquid phase deposition (LPD). Images of the SiO2 films were obtained by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) in order to study the surface morphology of these films: these images indicate that films deposited with different reaction times were uniform and dense and were composed of pure silica. Optical properties such as refractive index and transmittance were estimated by UV-vis spectroscopy and ellipsometry. SiO2 films with porous structures at the nanometer scale (100-250 nm) were successfully produced by LPD. The deposited film had excellent transmittance in the visible wavelength region.

  12. Examining graphene field effect sensors for ferroelectric thin film studies.

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    Rajapitamahuni, A; Hoffman, J; Ahn, C H; Hong, X

    2013-09-11

    We examine a prototype graphene field effect sensor for the study of the dielectric constant, pyroelectric coefficient, and ferroelectric polarization of 100-300 nm epitaxial (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin films. Ferroelectric switching induces hysteresis in the resistivity and carrier density of n-layer graphene (n = 1-5) below 100 K, which competes with an antihysteresis behavior activated by the combined effects of electric field and temperature. We also discuss how the polarization asymmetry and interface charge dynamics affect the electronic properties of graphene.

  13. Preparation of thin polymer films for infrared reaction rate studies

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    Garrard, G. G.; Houston, D. W.

    1970-01-01

    Procedure for preparing thin films for infrared spectrophotometric analysis involves pressing of a neat mixture of reactants between nonreactive thin polymer films with noninterfering absorption bands. Pressing is done under a pressure that gives desirable thickness. Following this process, the film sandwich is cut to accommodate the laboratory instrument.

  14. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Diamond Films and Optoelectronic Materials

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    Perez, Jose M.

    1996-01-01

    We present a summary of the research, citations of publications resulting from the research and abstracts of such publications. We have made no inventions in the performance of the work in this project. The main goals of the project were to set up a Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) diamond growth system attached to an UltraHigh Vacuum (UHV) atomic resolution Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) system and carry out experiments aimed at studying the properties and growth of diamond films using atomic resolution UHV STM. We successfully achieved these goals. We observed, for the first time, the atomic structure of the surface of CVD grown epitaxial diamond (100) films using UHV STM. We studied the effects of atomic hydrogen on the CVD diamond growth process. We studied the electronic properties of the diamond (100) (2x1) surface, and the effect of alkali metal adsorbates such as Cs on the work function of this surface using UHV STM spectroscopy techniques. We also studied, using STM, new electronic materials such as carbon nanotubes and gold nanostructures. This work resulted in four publications in refereed scientific journals and five publications in refereed conference proceedings.

  15. Organosilane-functionalization of nanostructured indium tin oxide films.

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    Pruna, R; Palacio, F; Martínez, M; Blázquez, O; Hernández, S; Garrido, B; López, M

    2016-12-06

    Fabrication and organosilane-functionalization and characterization of nanostructured ITO electrodes are reported. Nanostructured ITO electrodes were obtained by electron beam evaporation, and a subsequent annealing treatment was selectively performed to modify their crystalline state. An increase in geometrical surface area in comparison with thin-film electrodes area was observed by atomic force microscopy, implying higher electroactive surface area for nanostructured ITO electrodes and thus higher detection levels. To investigate the increase in detectability, chemical organosilane-functionalization of nanostructured ITO electrodes was performed. The formation of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GOPTS) layers was detected by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. As an indirect method to confirm the presence of organosilane molecules on the ITO substrates, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were also carried out. Cyclic voltammograms of functionalized ITO electrodes presented lower reduction-oxidation peak currents compared with non-functionalized ITO electrodes. These results demonstrate the presence of the epoxysilane coating on the ITO surface. EIS showed that organosilane-functionalized electrodes present higher polarization resistance, acting as an electronic barrier for the electron transfer between the conductive solution and the ITO electrode. The results of these electrochemical measurements, together with the significant difference in the X-ray spectra between bare ITO and organosilane-functionalized ITO substrates, may point to a new exploitable oxide-based nanostructured material for biosensing applications. As a first step towards sensing, rapid functionalization of such substrates and their application to electrochemical analysis is tested in this work. Interestingly, oxide-based materials are highly integrable with the silicon chip technology, which would permit the easy adaptation of such sensors into lab

  16. Spectroscopic studies of model polar stratospheric cloud films

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    Tolbert, Margaret A.; Koehler, Birgit G.; Middlebrook, Ann M.

    1993-01-01

    Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy has been used to study nitric-acid/ice films representative of type I polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs). These studies reveal that in addition to amorphous nitric acid/ice mixtures, there are three stable stoichiometric hydrates of nitric acid: nitric-acid monohydrate (NAM), dihydrate (NAD), and trihydrate (NAT). We also observe two distinct crystalline forms of the trihydrate, which we denote alpha- and beta-NAT. These two forms appear to differ in their concentration of crystalline defects, but not in their chemical composition. In addition to probing the composition of type I PSCs, we have also used FTIR spectroscopy to study the interaction of HCl with model PSC films. In this work we find that for HCl pressures in the range 10 exp -5 to 10 exp -7 Torr, HCl is taken up by ice at 155 K to form a thin layer of HCl.6H2O. At 193 K, the uptake of HCl by ice was consistent with less than or equal to monolayer coverage. Uptake of HCl by alpha and beta-NAT at 175 K was also consistent with less than or equal to monolayer coverage.

  17. Study of the photovoltaic effect in thin film barium titanate

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    Grannemann, W. W.; Dharmadhikari, V. S.

    1981-01-01

    The photoelectric effect in structures consisting of metal deposited barium titanate film silicon is described. A radio frequency sputtering technique is used to deposit ferroelectric barium titantate films on silicon and quartz. Film properties are measured and correlated with the photoelectric effect characteristics of the films. It was found that to obtain good quality pin hole free films, it is necessary to reduce the substrate temperature during the last part of the deposition. The switching ability of the device with internal applied voltage is improved when applied with a ferroelectric memory device.

  18. Structural studies of copper sulfide films: effect of ambient atmosphere

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    Kundu, Manisha; Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi; Terabe, Kazuya; Yamamoto, Kazuhiro; Aono, Masakazu

    2008-01-01

    We examined the structural properties of copper sulfide films as a function of the sulfurization time of 70-nm-thick Cu films. Copper sulfide films with various phases such as mixed metallic Cu-chalcocite, chalcocite, roxbyite, and covellite phases were formed with increasing sulfurization time. To evaluate the structural stability of various films, all the films were exposed to the ambient atmosphere for the same amount of time. Although the phase structure and stoichiometry of the films were maintained at a greater depth, the near-surface region of the films was oxidized and covered with overlayers of oxide, hydroxide, and/or sulfate species due to the exposure and reaction with the ambient atmosphere. The oxygen uptake and its reactivity with the copper sulfide film surfaces were enhanced with increasing sulfur content of the films. In addition, the type of divalent state of copper formed on the film surfaces depended on the phase structure, composition, and stoichiometry of the films. PMID:27878008

  19. Formation of continuous metallic film on quartz studied by noncontact resonant ultrasound spectroscopy

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    Nakamura, N. Yoshimura, N.; Ogi, H.; Hirao, M.

    2015-08-28

    Dynamics of continuous film formation of metallic films on quartz substrates is studied using an electrodeless resonance method. Bare quartz is used as a substrate, and a metallic film is deposited on it. We use antenna transmission technique to measure the evolution of resonance frequencies and internal friction of the substrate during and after deposition, and the morphological transition between discontinuous islands and a continuous film is detected. By comparison with atomic force microscopy images, we confirm that the frequency drop and the internal-friction peak that appear during deposition indicate this transition. We also find that Pt film shows unexpected morphology change after deposition.

  20. Deposition of ZnTe thin films by close spaced sublimation: Structural and electrical studies

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    Goyal, D.J.; Bilurkar, P.G.; Thorat, S.K.; Mate, N.V.

    1998-12-31

    Zinc telluride has the potential of being a low-cost, environmentally stable, low-resistance and easily manufacturable back contact for CdS/CdTe solar cells. Close Spaced Sublimation (CSS) technique is used to deposit thin films of ZnTe. The results are reported in this study. The effects of substrate temperature and film thickness on the structural properties of the deposited thin films are studied. X-ray diffractograms show that all the films prominently exhibit presence of (111) and (200) orientations. However, the degree of the preferred orientation changes as a function of the film thickness. Increase in film thickness reduces the preferential orientation. The as deposited ZnTe thin films, being that of p-type semiconductor, are highly resistive. In order to effectively use these as contact to CdS/CdTe solar cells, they are made more conductive by doping copper. The doping is effected by dipping the films in alcoholic solution of copper chloride, followed by air annealing at 200 C. The resistivity of all the doped films drops drastically in the initial 10 minutes of annealing. The extent of doping is controlled by varying the dipping time. The effects of substrate temperature, film thickness and doping, on the stoichiometry of the films, are studied using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS).

  1. An AFM study of the morphology and local mechanical properties of superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Soifer, Ya. M.; Verdyan, A.; Azoulay, J.; Kazakevich, M.; Rabkin, E.

    2004-02-01

    The morphology of thin superconducting YBCO films deposited on sapphire and on SrTiO 3 was studied with the help of atomic force and scanning electron microscopies. The intrinsic mechanical properties in the flat, particles-free and chemically homogeneous regions of the films were determined with the aid of nanoindenting atomic force microscope. Also the microscopy studies revealed the difference in topography of the films, the nanohardness and Young’s modulus of two films were very close to each other. For the indents shallower than 0.2 of the film thickness the Young’s modulus and hardness of the films on two different substrates converged to the values of 210 and 8.5 GPa, respectively. The possible deformation mechanisms determining the localized deformation of intrinsically brittle ceramic films are discussed.

  2. Morphological, Mechanical and Thermal Study of ZnO Nanoparticle Reinforced Chitosan Based Transparent Biocomposite Films

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    Das, Kunal; Maiti, Sonakshi; Liu, Dagang

    2014-04-01

    Chitosan based biocomposite transparent films reinforced with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at different loading i.e. 2, 4 and 6 wt% were successfully prepared by solution casting method. Shape, size and geometry of the zinc oxide nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The biocomposite films were subjected to mechanical characterization, thermal analysis, morphology study and moisture uptake behaviour. The characterization tools used here include wide angle X-ray diffraction study, scanning electron microscopic analysis, differential scanning calorimetric analysis and also UV-visible transmittance behavior. SEM micrographs revealed uniformly dispersed ZnO nanoparticles in biocomposite films. Improvement of the tensile strength about 133 % was observed significantly in case of 4 wt% loaded chitosan/ZnO films with respect to the neat chitosan film. 43 % higher transparency was observed in case of 2 wt% ZnO loaded biocomposites films, thus indicating the best combination of properties of 2 wt% ZnO loaded biocomposite films.

  3. Experimental study of full coverage film cooling optimization

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    Nguyen, M.-N.; Fénot, M.; Lalizel, G.; Dorignac, E.

    2012-11-01

    Film cooling technique is often used to protect combustion and turbine walls of turbojet engine. The general principle is to inject cooling air coming from compressor, through drilled holes. This air flow provides a cold layer between the hot gases and the walls. In the present study, the effects of rows of holes number on the formation of cooling layer are experimentally investigated. Experiments were carried out on a wall with inclined staggered injection holes. Results indicate that it is necessary to have at least four rows of injection holes to form a cold layer. However, the latter fades away quickly after the last row of holes. So, the second part of the study concerns the influence if new rows of holes over the maintaining of the film. The addition of only one row of holes shows that its effect is independent of the additional row position. The addition of three rows of holes improves Nusselt number and adiabatic effectiveness values. The inter-rows distance also plays an important role. Among the additional injection patterns, a better cooling is noticed for the one with smaller inter-rows distance.

  4. Interfacial study of cubic boron nitride films deposited on diamond.

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    Zhang, W J; Meng, X M; Chan, C Y; Chan, K M; Wu, Y; Bello, I; Lee, S T

    2005-08-25

    We have studied the nucleation and growth of cubic boron nitride (cBN) films deposited on silicon and diamond-coated silicon substrates using fluorine-assisted chemical vapor deposition (CVD). These comparative studies substantiate that the incubation amorphous/turbostratic BN layers, essential for the cBN nucleation on silicon, are not vital precursors for cBN nucleation on diamond, and they are inherently eliminated. At vastly reduced critical bias voltage, down to -10 V, cBN growth is still maintained on diamond surfaces, and cBN and underlying diamond crystallites exhibit an epitaxial relationship. However, the epitaxial growth is associated with stress in the cBN-diamond interfacial region. In addition, some twinning of crystallites and small-angle grain boundaries are observed between the cBN and diamond crystallites because of the slight lattice mismatch of 1.36%. The small-angle grain boundaries could be eliminated by imposing a little higher bias voltage during the initial growth stage. The heteroepitaxial growth of cBN films on different substrate materials are discussed in the view of lattice matching, surface-energy compatibility, and stability of the substrate against ion irradiation.

  5. Studies in Optimizing the Film Flow Rate for Liquid Film Cooling

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    2011-07-19

    in order to investigate the effects of gas stream momentum flux on the optimal liquid flow rate. This paper summarizes the results of these tests...investigates the ability of laser focus displacement meter (LFD) to measure the thickness of shear-driven liquid films driven by gas -phase momentum...Approved for public release; distribution unlimited Subscripts 1 = property in gas 2 = property in liqud film a = air ave = average D

  6. Surfaces and thin films studied by picosecond ultrasonics

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    Maris, J.H.; Tauc, J.

    1992-05-01

    This research is the study of thin films and interfaces via the use of the picosecond ultrasonic technique. In these experiments ultrasonic waves are excited in a structure by means of a picosecond light pulse ( pump pulse''). The propagation of these waves is detected through the use of a probe light pulse that is time-delayed relative to the pump. This probe pulse measures the change {Delta}R(t) in the optical reflectivity of the structure that occurs because the ultrasonic wave changes the optical properties of the structure. This technique make possible the study of the attenuation and velocity of ultrasonic waves up to much higher frequencies than was previously possible (up to least 500 GHz). In addition, the excellent time-resolution of the method makes it possible to study nanostructures of linear dimensions down to 100 {Angstrom} or less by ultrasonic pulse-echo techniques. 25 refs.

  7. ANODE, CATHODE AND THIN FILM STUDIES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOFC'S

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    Dr. Wayne Huebner; Dr. Harlan U. Anderson

    1999-11-01

    In this research the microstructure {leftrightarrow} property relations in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC's) are being studied to better understand the mechanisms involved in cell performance. The overall aim is to fabricate SOFC's with controlled, stable, high performance microstructure. Most cathode studies were completed in the last DOE contract; studies during this year focused more on the influence of nonstoichiometry on the electrical performance. Studies indicate that nonstoichiometric La{sub x}Sr{sub 0.20}MnO{sub 3}(x = 0.70, 0.75, and 0.79) cathode compositions exhibit the best properties. A series of studies using these compositions fired on at temperatures of 1100, 1200, 1300 and 1400 C were performed. In all instances, 1200 C was the optimum, with the x = 0.70 composition being the best. It has an overpotential of only 0.04V at 1 A/cm{sup 2}. SEM analyses indicated no second phases or interdiffusion is detectable. Studies on optimization of anode compositions yielded the optimum volume fraction of Ni (45vol%), the best sintering temperature/time (1400 C/2 h), and the best starting materials (glycine-nitrate derived NiO and normal YSZ). In essence these results simply reflect the optimum microstructure. As such, they are being used to guide the development of optimized anodes for lower temperature operation based on Cu/CeO{sub 2} cermets. Marked success has been achieved on the placement of thin YSZ electrolytes on porous Ni/YSZ electrodes. The process being used is a transfer technique in which dense YSZ films are initially fabricated on NaCl or polymeric substrates, followed by partial dissolution of the substrate and placement of the film on the porous substrate. This technique has allowed us to produce structures with film thicknesses ranging from 70 to 3000 nm, and grain sizes ranging from 2 to 300 nm. Cells based on electrolytes this thick should operate in the 400--700 C range.

  8. Film stress studies and the multilayer laue lens project.

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    Liu, C.; Conley, R.; Macrander, A. T.; X-Ray Science Division

    2006-01-01

    A Multilayer Laue Lens (MLL) is a new type of linear zone plate, made by sectioning a planar depth-graded multilayer and used in Laue transmission diffraction geometry, for nanometer-scale focusing of hard x-rays. To produce an MLL, a depth-graded multilayer consisting of thousands of layers with a total thickness of tens of microns is needed. Additionally, the multilayer wafer has to be sectioned and polished to a thickness of {approx}10 to 25 microns to yield a diffracting grating to focus x-rays. The multilayers must have both low stress and good adhesion to survive the subsequent cutting and polishing processes, as well as sharp interfaces and accurate layer placement. Several partial MLLs using WSi{sub 2}/Si multilayers with precise zone-plate structures have been successfully fabricated. A W/Si multilayer with the same structure, however, cracked and peeled off from the Si substrate after it was grown. Here we report results of our film stress studies of dc magnetron-sputtered WSi{sub 2}, W, and Mo thin films and WSi{sub 2}/Si, W/Si, and Mo/Si multilayers grown on Si(100) substrates. The stress measurements were carried out using a stylus profiler to measure the curvatures of 2-inch-diameter, 0.5-mm-thick Si(100) wafers before and after each coating. The physical origins of the stress and material properties of these systems will be discussed.

  9. Physicochemical study of the acetonitrile insertion into polypyrrole films.

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    Oliveira Costa, S D; Fernández Romero, A J; López Cascales, J J

    2010-04-14

    A study by molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of the acetonitrile diffusion into a polypyrrole film was carried out with atomic detail in a 0.1N lithium perchlorate solution. From the simulated trajectories, the acetonitrile behavior was estimated from bulk solution to the interior of the polypyrrole film, across the polypyrrole/solution interface, for a neutral (reduced) and charged (oxidized) state of the polymer. Among other properties, the translational diffusion coefficient and rotational relaxation time of the acetonitrile were calculated, where a diminution in the translational diffusion coefficient was measured in the interior of the polypyrrole matrix compared to bulk, independently of the oxidation state of the polymer, in contrast with the behavior of the rotational relaxation time that increases from bulk to the interior of the polymer for both oxidation states. In addition, the difference of free energy DeltaG associated to the acetonitrile penetration into the polymer was calculated. From the results, it was evidenced that the scarce affinity of acetonitrile to diffuse into the polymer in its reduced state is related with the positive uniform difference of free energy DeltaG approximately 20 kJ/mol, while in the oxidized state, an important free energy barrier of DeltaG approximately 10 kJ/mol has to pass trough for reaching stable sites inside the polymer with values of DeltaG up to -10 kJ/mol.

  10. An Experimental Investigation Studying the Influence of Dimples on a Film Cooled Turbine Blade Leading Edge

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    2009-03-01

    AN EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION STUDYING THE INFLUENCE OF DIMPLES ON A FILM COOLED TURBINE BLADE LEADING EDGE THESIS Paul G. Frisinger...AFIT/GAE/ENY/09-M10 AN EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION STUDYING THE INFLUENCE OF DIMPLES ON A FILM COOLED TURBINE BLADE LEADING EDGE THESIS...M10 AN EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION STUDYING THE INFLUENCE OF DIMPLES ON A FILM COOLED TURBINE BLADE LEADING EDGE Paul G. Frisinger, BSAE Captain

  11. Microhardness studies on thin carbon films grown on P-type, (100) silicon

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    Kolecki, J. C.

    1982-01-01

    A program to grow thin carbon films and investigate their physical and electrical properties is described. Characteristics of films grown by rf sputtering and vacuum arc deposition on p type, (100) silicon wafers are presented. Microhardness data were obtained from both the films and the silicon via the Vickers diamond indentation technique. These data show that the films are always harder than the silicon, even when the films are thin (of the order of 1000 A). Vacuum arc films were found to contain black carbon inclusions of the order of a few microns in size, and clusters of inclusions of the order of tens of microns. Transmission electron diffraction showed that the films being studied were amorphous in structure.

  12. A Stray Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of the Drying of Sodium Silicate Films.

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    Hughes; McDonald; Rhodes; Rockliffe; Smith; Wills

    1996-01-15

    Stray field magnetic resonance imaging (STRAFI) is shown to be highly suited to the study of drying processes in thin films. Sodium silicate films have been chosen as a model system exhibiting many of the properties of film drying in general. Films have been dried, as a function of temperature in the range 22 to 62 degrees C, down to water contents of order 28% by weight, at which stage the film is glassy. The experimental results have been quantitatively analyzed by treating the drying film as a colloidal solution. The results suggest that the localized hydrogen spin-spin relaxation time, and hence the mobility of the water in the films is independent of the drying regime and depends primarily on the local water concentration.

  13. Comparison of diagnostic accuracy of plain film radiographs between original film and smartphone capture: a pilot study.

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    Licurse, Mindy Y; Kim, Sung H; Kim, Woojin; Ruutiainen, Alexander T; Cook, Tessa S

    2015-12-01

    The use of mobile devices for medical image capture has become increasingly popular given the widespread use of smartphone cameras. Prior studies have generally compared mobile phone capture images to digitized images. However, many underserved and rural areas without picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) still depend greatly on the use of film radiographs. Additionally, there is a scarcity of specialty-trained or formally licensed radiologists in many of these regions. Subsequently, there is great potential for the use of smartphone capture of plain radiograph films which would allow for increased access to economical and efficient consultation from board-certified radiologists abroad. The present study addresses the ability to diagnose a subset of radiographic findings identified on both the original film radiograph and the captured camera phone image.

  14. A study on the preparation of diamond like carbon film and its electrodes

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    Wu, Shen-jiang; Li, Dang-juan; Xu, Junqi

    2016-01-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have attracted much attention because of their excellent performance; however, the low anti-laser damage ability of such films seriously restricts their applicability. To overcome this problem, applying the bias field to the DLC film could slow down the DLC film graphitization process and improve the LIDT of the DLC film. Results showed that the longitudinal electric field could decrease the sp3 hybridization to sp2 hybridization, prevent the formation of sp2 clusters. in this study, Unbalanced magnetron sputtering (UBMS) was used to deposit a diamond-like carbon (DLC) film on Si substrates. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of the DLC films were measured using elliptical polarization spectrometer. The transmittance and the surface roughness of DLC films were examined using optical microscopy, SEM, AFM and Raman spectroscopy. Ti electrodes were deposited on DLC films directly, forming a transverse and longitudinal bias field on films' surfaces. The 3D electrodes morphology of the DLC film was observed. The electrode thickness was measured by a white-light interferometer, and the average thickness of the electrodes was 325.90 nm. The surface roughness of the electrodes was tested using the Talysurf CCI 2000 noncontact surface-measuring instrument, and the average roughness of the electrodes was 0.50 nm. The electrodes have good Ohmic contact and little thermal stress, and it can be used to form a parallel electric field.

  15. [Study on plastic film thickness measurement by integral spectrum method].

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    Qiu, Chao; Sun, Xiao-Gang

    2013-01-01

    Band integral transmission was defined and plastic film thickness measurement model was built by analyzing the intensity variation when the light passes plastic film, after the concept of band Lambert Law was proposed. Polypropylene film samples with different thickness were taken as the research object, and their spectral transmission was measured by the spectrometer. The relationship between thickness and band integral transmission is fitted using the model mentioned before. The feasibility of developing new broad band plastic film thickness on-line measurement system based on this method was analysed employing the ideal blackbody at temperature of 500 K. The experimental results indicate that plastic film thickness will be measured accurately by integral spectrum method. Plastic film thickness on-line measurement system based on this method will hopefully solve the problems of that based on dual monochromatic light contrast method, such as low accuracy, poor universality and so on.

  16. Study of indium tin oxide films exposed to atomic axygen

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    Snyder, Paul G.; De, Bhola N.; Woollam, John A.; Coutts, T. J.; Li, X.

    1989-01-01

    A qualitative simulation of the effects of atomic oxygen has been conducted on indium tin oxide (ITO) films prepared by dc sputtering onto room-temperature substrates, by exposing them to an RF-excited oxygen plasma and characterizing the resulting changes in optical, electrical, and structural properties as functions of exposure time with ellipsometry, spectrophotometry, resistivity, and X-ray measurements. While the films thus exposed exhibit reduced resistivity and optical transmission; both of these effects, as well as partial crystallization of the films, may be due to sample heating by the plasma. Film resistivity is found to stabilize after a period of exposure.

  17. Study of photoluminescence properties of thin films DR1

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    Herman, Ulya, Naily

    2015-09-01

    Fabrication of thin films DR1 have been carried out by the EFA-PDF (Electric Field-Assisted Physical Vapor Deposition) method to obtain films with parallel dipole arrangement. Molecular deposition process is performed by applying an electric field that is placed between the substrate ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) and copper mesh. The resulting films were characterized by using a spectrofluorometer. Analysis of the emission spectrum, indicate that DR1 molecules in the film oriented perpendicular to the substrate and arranged in parallel order (H-aggregate). As an effect, the peak of the emission spectrum appears stronger along with the increase of electric field strength.

  18. Study of photoluminescence properties of thin films DR1

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    Herman, Ulya, Naily

    2015-09-30

    Fabrication of thin films DR1 have been carried out by the EFA-PDF (Electric Field-Assisted Physical Vapor Deposition) method to obtain films with parallel dipole arrangement. Molecular deposition process is performed by applying an electric field that is placed between the substrate ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) and copper mesh. The resulting films were characterized by using a spectrofluorometer. Analysis of the emission spectrum, indicate that DR1 molecules in the film oriented perpendicular to the substrate and arranged in parallel order (H-aggregate). As an effect, the peak of the emission spectrum appears stronger along with the increase of electric field strength.

  19. Study of indium tin oxide films exposed to atomic axygen

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    Snyder, Paul G.; De, Bhola N.; Woollam, John A.; Coutts, T. J.; Li, X.

    1989-01-01

    A qualitative simulation of the effects of atomic oxygen has been conducted on indium tin oxide (ITO) films prepared by dc sputtering onto room-temperature substrates, by exposing them to an RF-excited oxygen plasma and characterizing the resulting changes in optical, electrical, and structural properties as functions of exposure time with ellipsometry, spectrophotometry, resistivity, and X-ray measurements. While the films thus exposed exhibit reduced resistivity and optical transmission; both of these effects, as well as partial crystallization of the films, may be due to sample heating by the plasma. Film resistivity is found to stabilize after a period of exposure.

  20. Solvothermal growth and morphology study of Cu 2Se films

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    Lin, Fei; Bian, Guo-Qing; Lei, Zhi-Xin; Lu, Zhe-Jun; Dai, Jie

    2009-05-01

    Solvothermal growth of cuprous selenide films on copper substrate has been succeeded by treating copper foil in the mixture of selenium powder and amines or hydrazine. The films were characterized by methods of XRD, SEM, TEM and optical spectra (Cu 2Se, JCPDS 47-1448). Films with hexagonal microcrystals can be obtained in hydrazine/water reaction system. When CTAB (CTAB = cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) is added to the system, the film is composed of thin leaf-like microcrystals. When ethylenediamine (en) is used as solvent, the leaf-like microcrystals are crimped.

  1. Experimental study of the polymer powder film thickness uniformity produced by the corona discharge

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    Fazlyyyakhmatov, Marsel

    2017-01-01

    The results of an experimental study of the polymer powder film thickness uniformity are presented. Polymer powder films are produced by the electrostatic field of corona discharge. Epoxy and epoxy-polyester powder films with thickness in the range of 30-120 microns are studied. Experimentally confirmed possibility of using these coatings as protective matching layer of piezoceramic transducers at frequencies of 0.5-15 MHz.

  2. Surface wettability and platelet adhesion studies on Langmuir Blodgett films

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    Lee, Yuh-Lang; Chen, Chi-Yun

    2003-02-01

    Because Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) deposition technique is known to be capable of preparing highly ordered monomolecular films with densely packed structure, LB technique is used to prepare films of DPPC, DMPC, cholesterol, octadecylamine (ODA), and stearic acid, with thickness of one molecular layer. The film surfaces were characterized by dynamic contact angle measurement and the interaction between blood and these materials were investigated. The properties of LB films were also compared with the results obtained on continuous films prepared by solution dipping. The results show that the contact angles of water on LB films of the five compounds decreases as the following order: ODA> DMPC≈ DPPC> stearic acid > cholesterol. The hydrophobic property reflects the highest organization of ODA molecules on the substrate, which is related to its interaction between the molecule and substrate. The advancing contact angle of ODA is equivalent to that of a methyl-terminated SAM, but its receding contact angle is smaller which implies the exposing of hydrophilic pole or glass substrate on LB film. The irregular orientation of molecules on LB film increases with decreasing of contact angle and is especially significant on LB film of cholesterol which has highest hydrophilic property. The plate adhesion experiments on the continuous films show that the hemocompatibility of the five materials decreases as the order: DPPC≈ DMPC> ODA> cholesterol> stearic acid ≈ glass. This result implies that the lipid has highest blood compatibility, and then -NH 2, and then -OH functionality. On the contrary, the glass surface, -COOH and -CH 3 functionalities have high reactivity to platelet. Due to the possibility of glass exposure on LB films, as estimated from the surface wettability, the LB films have higher platelet reactivity, especially for the cholesterol, compared with the continuous films. Because the interaction of the LB film to the substrate is physical force, the deposited

  3. Theoretical and material studies of thin-film electroluminescent devices

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    Summers, C. J.

    1989-01-01

    Thin-film electroluminescent (TFEL) devices are studied for a possible means of achieving a high resolution, light weight, compact video display panel for computer terminals or television screens. The performance of TFEL devices depends upon the probability of an electron impact exciting a luminescent center which in turn depends upon the density of centers present in the semiconductor layer, the possibility of an electron achieving the impact excitation threshold energy, and the collision cross section itself. Efficiency of such a device is presently very poor. It can best be improved by increasing the number of hot electrons capable of impact exciting a center. Hot electron distributions and a method for increasing the efficiency and brightness of TFEL devices (with the additional advantage of low voltage direct current operation) are investigated.

  4. "Making the Devil Useful": Film Studies in the English Curriculum.

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    Bruder, Carolyn R.

    Film is not often taught for itself and by itself; it is too often viewed as the handmaiden of literature. More often than not it is taught in English departments because: (1) like novels, poems, plays and philosophical arguments, it is a humanistic text; (2) film writers and directors have historically turned to literary texts as their source…

  5. Nicotine fast dissolving films made of maltodextrins: a feasibility study.

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    Cilurzo, Francesco; Cupone, Irma E; Minghetti, Paola; Buratti, Susanna; Selmin, Francesca; Gennari, Chiara G M; Montanari, Luisa

    2010-12-01

    This work aimed to develop a fast-dissolving film made of low dextrose equivalent maltodextrins (MDX) containing nicotine hydrogen tartrate salt (NHT). Particular attention was given to the selection of the suitable taste-masking agent (TMA) and the characterisation of the ductility and flexibility under different mechanical stresses. MDX with two different dextrose equivalents (DEs), namely DE 6 and DE 12, were selected in order to evaluate the effect of polymer molecular weight on film tensile properties. The bitterness and astringency intensity of NHT and the suppression effect of several TMA were evaluated by a Taste-Sensing System. The films were characterised in term of NHT content, tensile properties, disintegration time and drug dissolution test. As expected, placebo films made of MDX DE 6 appeared stiffer and less ductile than film prepared using MDX DE 12. The films disintegrated within 10 s. Among the tested TMA, the milk and mint flavours resulted particularly suitable to mask the taste of NHT. The addition of NHT and taste-masking agents affected film tensile properties; however, the effect of the addition of these components can be counterweighted by modulating the glycerine content and/or the MDX molecular weight. The feasibility of NHT loaded fast-dissolving films was demonstrated.

  6. In situ synchrotron x-ray studies of ferroelectric thin films.

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    Fong, D. D.; Eastman, J. A.; Stephenson, G. B.; Fuoss, P. H.; Streiffer, S. K.; Thompson, C.; Auciello, O.; Materials Science Division; Northern Illinois Univ.

    2005-03-01

    In situ synchrotron X-ray scattering was used to observe both the growth of PbTiO{sub 3} films by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition and the behavior of the ferroelectric phase transition as a function of film thickness. The dependences of growth mode and deposition rate on gas flows and substrate temperature were determined by homoepitaxial growth studies on thick films (>50 nm). These studies facilitated the growth of thin coherently strained PbTiO{sub 3} films on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) substrates, with thicknesses ranging from 2 to 42 nm. Experiments on the ferroelectric phase transition as a function of film thickness were carried out in these films under controlled mechanical and electrical boundary conditions.

  7. Structural and optical studies on AgSbSe{sub 2} thin films

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    Asokan, T. Namitha; Urmila, K. S.; Pradeep, B.

    2014-01-28

    AgSbSe{sub 2} semiconducting thin films are successfully deposited using reactive evaporation technique at a substrate temperature of 398K. X-ray diffraction studies reveal that the films are polycrystalline in nature. The structural parameters such as average particle size, dislocation density, and number of crystallites per unit have been evaluated. Atomic Force Microscopy is used to study the topographic characteristics of the film including the grain size and surface roughness. The silver antimony selenide thin films have high absorption coefficient of about 10{sup 5} cm{sup −1} and it has an indirect band gap of 0.64eV.

  8. Some studies on successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) grown indium sulphide thin films

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    Pathan, H.M.; Lokhande, C.D. . E-mail: l_chandrakant@yahoo.com; Kulkarni, S.S.; Amalnerkar, D.P.; Seth, T.; Han, Sung-Hwan . E-mail: shhan@hanyang.ac.kr

    2005-06-15

    Indium sulphide (In{sub 2}S{sub 3}) thin films were grown on amorphous glass substrate by the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. X-ray diffraction, optical absorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Rutherford back scattering (RBS) were applied to study the structural, optical, surface morphological and compositional properties of the indium sulphide thin films. Utilization of triethanolamine and hydrazine hydrate complexed indium sulphate and sodium sulphide as precursors resulted in nanocrystalline In{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin film. The optical band gap was found to be 2.7 eV. The film appeared to be smooth and homogeneous from SEM study.

  9. Synthesis, characterization and ellipsometric study of ultrasonically sprayed Co3O4 films

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    Gençyılmaz, O.; Taşköprü, T.; Atay, F.; Akyüz, İ.

    2015-10-01

    In the present study, cobalt oxide (Co3O4) films were produced using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique onto the glass substrate at different temperatures (200-250-300-350 °C). The effect of substrate temperature on the structural, optical, surface and electrical properties of Co3O4 films was reported. Thickness, refractive index and extinction coefficient of the films were determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry, and X-ray diffraction analyses revealed that Co3O4 films were polycrystalline fcc structure and the substrate temperature significantly improved the crystal structure of Co3O4 films. The films deposited at 350 °C substrate temperature showed the best structural quality. Transmittance, absorbance and reflectance spectra were taken by means of UV-Vis spectrophotometer, and optical band gap values were calculated using optical method. Surface images and roughness values of the films were taken by atomic force microscopy to see the effect of deposition temperature on surface properties. The resistivity of the films slightly decreases with increase in the substrate temperature from 1.08 × 104 to 1.46 × 102 Ω cm. Finally, ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique allowed production of Co3O4 films, which are alternative metal oxide film for technological applications, at low substrate temperature.

  10. Magnetic anisotropy and microscopy studies in magnetostrictive Tb-(Fe,Co) thin films

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    Umadevi, K.; Talapatra, A.; Arout Chelvane, J.; Palit, Mithun; Mohanty, J.; Jayalakshmi, V.

    2017-08-01

    This paper reports the effect of the film thickness on the magnetostrictive behavior of (Fe,Co) rich Tb-(Fe,Co) films grown on Si ⟨100⟩ by electron beam evaporation. Magnetostriction was found to decrease with an increase in film thicknesses. To understand the variation of magnetostriction with the film thickness, detailed structural, microstructural, magnetization, and magnetic microscopy studies were carried out. X-ray diffraction studies indicated the presence of two phases, viz., Tb2 (Fe, Co)17 and Fe-Co phases, for all the films. With the increase in the film thickness, the peak intensity of the Tb2 (Fe, Co)17 phase decreased and that of the Fe-Co phase increased. Magnetization studies showed the presence of strong in-plane anisotropy for all the films. In addition to this, the presence of the out-of-plane component of magnetization was also observed for the films grown with higher thicknesses. This anisotropic behavior was also validated through magnetic microscopy studies carried out along the in-plane and out-of-plane directions employing magneto-optic Kerr microscopy and magnetic force microscopy, respectively. The decrease in magnetostriction was explained on the basis of dual phase formation and complex interplay between the in-plane and out-of-plane magnetic anisotropies present in the film.

  11. Ferromagnetic resonance studies of exchange-biased Permalloy thin films

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    Stoecklein, W.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Scott, J. C.

    1988-10-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectra of Permalloy thin films exchange-coupled to iron-manganese films are analyzed. Studies were made on bilayer, ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic (FA) and trilayer (AFA) structures, as a function of both F and A layer thicknesses in the range 20-800 Å. Data are presented at a frequency of 9.3 GHz for both in-plane and perpendicular directions of the applied field, and at 34.1 GHz, in-plane. Analysis of these data enables extraction of the magnetization, gyromagnetic ratio, and an exchange shift due to spin-wave stiffness and perpendicular-surface anisotropy, as a function of layer thickness. The azimuthal dependence of the in-plane resonance is used to determine the magnitude of the exchange anisotropy (bias field). The magnetization and gyromagnetic ratio show little dependence on the thickness of either the F or A layer down to 50 Å, implying that the interfaces are sharp on a scale of a few lattice constants. Within this interfacial region the magnetization is reduced as a result of interaction with the antiferromagnet. We suggest that the perpendicular-surface anisotropy is created by exchange coupling to the antiferromagnet whose easy axes are not in the plane of the interface. Finally, we suggest a model for exchange anisotropy in which the antiferromagnetic domain pattern is not totally locked, but adjusts in response to the ferromagnetization. Such a model qualitatively explains the bias field exerted by the antiferromagnetic layer deposited before the ferromagnet, the field-training effect, the FMR linewidth, and the magnitude of the bias field.

  12. Optical study of BST films combining ellipsometry and reflectivity

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    Železný, V.; Chvostová, D.; Pajasová, L.; Jelínek, M.; Kocourek, T.; Daniš, S.; Valvoda, V.

    2009-03-01

    Optical properties of plasma laser-deposited Ba 0.75Sr 0.25TiO 3 (BST) thin films have been investigated using variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry (VASE) and near-normal spectroscopic reflectivity (NNSR) within a broad spectral range at room temperature. The samples prepared under various deposition conditions and the Si substrate coated with the structure SiO 2/TiO x/Pt were measured. The X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and alpha step measurement were used for characterization of the samples. A special attention was paid to study sample texture. Both sets of experimental data (VASE and NNSR) were fitted simultaneously to obtain the optical constants (e.g. complex refractive index) and thicknesses of the films. For modeling of the experimental data in the range of transparency the Cauchy and Urbach formulas were used. The direct fit procedure and the Cody-Lorentz model were applied around and below absorption edge. In the entire spectral range the reflectivity spectra were analyzed by Kramers-Kronig analysis. The data around the absorption edge were fitted using the single-wavelength method and the absorption edge features were found up about 3.5 eV. The platinum-coated Si substrate data were fitted as a semi-infinite medium using the Drude and Lorentz oscillators model. The structure model for optical characterization of the sample included not only the BST layers and substrate but also the intermix and surface roughness layers to achieve good agreement with experimental data. The substrate structure was modeled by a simple bulk with surface roughness.

  13. Initial thin film penetration studies at the Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies

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    Shu, A. J.; Collette, A.; Drake, K. J.; Gruen, E.; Horanyi, M.; Kempf, S.; Munsat, T.; Northway, P.; Robertson, S. H.; Srama, R.; Sternovsky, Z.; Thomas, E.; Colorado CenterLunar Dust; Atmospheric Studies

    2011-12-01

    Initial studies of damage caused by hypervelocity impacts of various micrometeorite materials into a range of targets are being performed at the Colorado Center for Lunar Dust and Atmospheric Studies (CCLDAS). Cratering studies are initially focused on polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) films in order to characterize the crater dependencies on impactor mass, size, and speed, and to better understand its capabilities as a dust detector. Additional cratering studies include optical glass, and geological samples as targets. These studies will lead to a better understanding of damage to spacecraft windows and instruments, and space weathering on airless bodies. In parallel, penetration studies will be conducted to determine how hole sizes in thin film materials depend on the properties of the film and the projectile. These thin film penetration studies will be critical to the design of dust detectors similar to that used on NASA's Stardust and New Horizons spacecraft, and in the design of solar sails. Thin film detectors can also be used to characterize beam profiles of laboratory dust accelerators. These studies are being performed at the 3MV hypervelocity dust accelerator at CCLDAS. The facility can accelerate dust particles up to 10's of km/s with user control over the velocity and mass ranges of particles reaching the target chamber. Complementary studies will be conducted at the Johnson Space Center Light Gas Gun using the same target and particle properties. These parallel studies will allow us to cover an extended range of acceleration parameters as well as better understand the similarities and differences between electrostatic accelerators and light gas guns.

  14. Studies of Elastic Properties on Stretch Films of Polycarbonate by Brillouin Scattering.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-02-22

    axis or shear modulus about the axis may not be significantly affected. However, in polymers, 1 21such as poly(ethylene terephthalate ) , polyethylene ...although the C33 values for the unstretched poly-- (ethylene terephthalate ) ( PET ) and polypropylene (PP) films are lower than that for the PC film...AD-Al12 208 UTAH UNIV SALT LAKE CITY DEPT OF CHEMISTRY F/6 11/9 STUDIES OF ELASTIC PROPERTIES ON STRETCH FILMS OF POLYCARBONATE -ETC(U) FEA 82 0 LIU

  15. Study on swift heavy ions induced modifications of Ag-ZnO nanocomposite thin film

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    Singh, S. K.; Singhal, R.; Siva Kumar, V. V.

    2017-03-01

    In the present work, swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation induced modifications in structural and optical properties of Ag-ZnO nanocomposite thin films have been investigated. Ag-ZnO nanocomposite (NCs) thin films were synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering technique and irradiated with 100 MeV Ag7+ ions at three different fluences 3 × 1012, 1 × 1013 and 3 × 1013 ions/cm2. Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry revealed Ag concentration to be ∼8.0 at.%, and measured thickness of the films was ∼55 nm. Structural properties of pristine and irradiated films have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction analysis and found that variation in crystallite size of the film with ion irradiation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicates the formation of Ag-ZnO nanocomposite thin film with presence of Ag, Zn and O elements. Oxidation state of Ag and Zn also estimated by XPS analysis. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticle has appeared at ∼475 nm in the pristine thin film, which is blue shifted by ∼30 nm in film irradiated at fluence of 3 × 1012 ions/cm2 and completely disappeared in film irradiated at higher fluences, 1 × 1013 and 3 × 1013 ions/cm2. A marginal change in the optical band gap of Ag-ZnO nanocomposite thin film is also found with increasing ion fluence. Surface morphology of pristine and irradiated films have been studied using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Raman and Photo-luminance (PL) spectra of nanocomposite thin films have been investigated to understand the ion induced modifications such as lattice defects and disordering in the nanocomposite thin film.

  16. Celluloid angels: a research study of nurses in feature films 1900-2007.

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    Stanley, David J

    2008-10-01

    This paper is a report of a study examining the influence on how nursing and nurses are portrayed in feature films made between 1900 and 2007, with a nurse as their main or a principle character and a story-line related specifically to nursing. Nurses and the nursing profession are frequently portrayed negatively or stereotypically in the media, with nurses often being portrayed as feminine and caring but not as leaders or professionals capable of autonomous practice. A mixed method approach was used to examine feature films made in the Western world. Over 36,000 feature film synopses were reviewed (via CINAHL, ProQuest and relevant movie-specific literature) for the keywords 'nurse'/'nursing'. Identified films were analysed quantitatively to determine their country of production, genre, plot(s) and other relevant data, and qualitatively to identify the emergence of themes related to the image of nurses/nursing in films. For the period from 1900 to 2007, 280 relevant feature films were identified. Most films were made in the United States of America or United Kingdom, although in recent years films have been increasingly produced in other countries. Early films portrayed nurses as self-sacrificial heroines, sex objects and romantics. More recent films increasingly portray them as strong and self-confident, professionals. Nurse-related films offer a unique insight into the image of nurses and how they have been portrayed. Nurses need to be aware of the impact the film industry has on how nurses and nursing are perceived and represented in feature films.

  17. XPS depth profiling study on the passive oxide film of carbon steel in saturated calcium hydroxide solution and the effect of chloride on the film properties

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    Ghods, P.; Isgor, O. B.; Brown, J. R.; Bensebaa, F.; Kingston, D.

    2011-03-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to study the properties of passive oxide film that form on carbon steel in saturated calcium hydroxide solution and the effect of chloride on the film properties. The thickness of the oxide films was determined to be approximately 4 nm and was not affected by the exposure time. Near the film/substrate interface the concentration of the Fe2+ oxides was higher than the concentration of the Fe3+ oxides; the layers near the free surface of the film mostly contained Fe3+ oxides. Chloride exposure decreased the thickness of the oxide films and changed their stoichiometry such that near the film/substrate interface Fe3+/Fe2+ ratio increased.

  18. A comparative study: Effect of plasma on V2O5 nanostructured thin films

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    Singh, Megha; Kumar, Prabhat; Sharma, Rabindar K.; Reddy, G. B.

    2016-05-01

    Vanadium pentoxide nanostructured thin films (NSTs) have been studied to analyze the effect of plasma on nanostructures grown and morphology of films deposited using sublimation process. Nanostructured thin films were deposited on glass substrates, one in presence of oxygen plasma and other in oxygen environment (absence of plasma). Films were characterized using XRD, Raman spectroscopy, SEM and HRTEM. XRD studies revealed α-V2O5 films (orthorhombic phase) with good crystallinity. However, film deposited in presence of plasma have higher peak intensities as compared to those deposited in absence of plasma. Raman studies also support these finding following same trends of considerable increase in intensity in case of film deposited in presence of plasma. SEM micrographs makes the difference more visible, as film deposited in plasma have well defined plate like structures whereas other film have not-clearly-defined petal-like structures. HRTEM results show orthorhombic phase with 0.39 nm interplanar spacing, as reported by XRD. Results are hereby in good agreement with each other.

  19. Pulsed laser deposition of tin oxide thin films for field emission studies

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    Jadhav, H.; Suryawanshi, S.; More, M. A.; Sinha, S.

    2017-10-01

    A comparative study of Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) based Tin Oxide (SnO2) thin films deposited at various substrate deposition temperature (Ts) has been performed. Surface morphology of the films was studied by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and surface composition of the films by X-ray PhotoelectronSpectroscopy (XPS) technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique has been used to investigate crystalline nature of the deposited films. Field Emission (FE) properties of the SnO2 films were measured and a significantly low turn on field (2.1 V/μm) (field necessary to draw an emission current density of 10 μA/cm2) for films deposited at high substrate temperature (700 °C) was observed. Field enhancement factor estimated from FE studies was found to strongly depend on the surface morphology of the films. Overall good field emission current stability was observed for all SnO2 films. Dependence of FE properties on surface morphology, surface composition and deposition environment has been observed and analyzed systematically. Significantly low turn on field with high emission current density and field enhancement factor exhibited by films deposited when substrate was maintained at 700 °C has been mainly correlated to surface morphology and surface composition.

  20. Anomalous Hall effect studies on Tb-Fe thin films

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    Rajasekhar, P.; Deepak Kumar, K.; Markandeyulu, G.

    2016-08-01

    Tbx Fe100-x (with x=11, 25, 31 and 44) thin films were prepared with the substrates kept at a temperature of 300 °C and the Hall resistivities and electrical resistivities were investigated in the temperature range 25-300 K. The sign of Hall resistivity is found to change from positive for x=31 to negative for x=44 film at temperatures 25 K and 300 K, reflecting the compensation of Tb and Fe magnetic moments between these two compositions. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy was observed in the films of x=25 and 31 at 25 K as well as at 300 K. The Hall resistivity is seen to increase for the films of x=11 and 31 with increasing temperature, while it decreases for the films of x=25 and 44 with increasing temperature. The temperature coefficients of electrical resistivities of these films are seen to be positive. The presence of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (refers to magnetic anisotropy, in this paper) in the temperature range 25-300 K in Tb25Fe75 and Tb31Fe69 and their metallic nature are indicators that the Tb-Fe films deposited at higher temperatures are more suitable for magneto optic data storage applications than their amorphous counterparts, due to the stability of the former.

  1. Thermal stability studies of diamond-like carbon films

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    Parmeter, J.E.; Tallant, D.R.; Siegal, M.P.

    1994-04-01

    Thin films of amorphous carbon/hydrogen, also known as diamond-like carbon or DLC, are of interest as an economical alternative to diamond in a variety of coatings applications. We have investigated the thermal stability of DLC films deposited onto tungsten and aluminum substrates via plasma CVD of methane. These films contain approximately 40 atom % hydrogen, and based on Auger spectra the carbon in the films is estimated to be 60% sp{sup 3} hybridized and 40% sp{sup 2} hybridized. Thermal desorption, Auger, and Raman measurements all indicate that the DLC films are stable to 250--300C. Between 300 and 500C, thermal evolution of hydrogen from the films is accompanied by the conversion of carbon from sp{sup 3} to sp{sup 2} hybridization, and Raman spectra indicate the conversion of the overall film structure from DLC to micro-crystalline graphite or so called ``glassy`` carbon. These results suggest that DLC of this type is potentially useful for applications in which the temperature does not exceed 250C.

  2. Studies of film formation in thionyl chloride electrolytes

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    Holleck, G.L.; Brady, K.D.

    1983-10-01

    Properties of protective surface films formed on in situ freshly exposed Li in LiA1C1/sub 4//SOC1/sub 2/ electrolytes were characterized using electrochemical transient techniques. Based on the results we propose a film model consisting of three regions. Region I forms rapidly (less than one hour) upon exposure of a fresh surface. It has a thickness between 200 and 400 A and an apparent resistivity of about2.10/sub 7/ ..cap omega..cm. It appears to have significant imperfection and some microporosity along the grain boundaries. This is followed by a Region II film which is more ordered and more compact. Its resistivity is about2.10/sub 8/ ..cap omega..cm and it grows to 200 to 600 A within a 20 hour period. Further growth is slow. The Region III film is porous and coarsely crystalline formed by dissolution and recrystallization of the Region II film. The Region III film does not contribute to the micropolarization measurements near the open circuit potential. The film growth kinetics can be described as a combination of a parabolic growth and a constant rate dissolution reaction.

  3. Structural and optical study of nanostructure of 4-cyanopyranoquinolinedione (CPQ) thin films

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    Soliman, H. S.; Ibrahim, M.; El-Mansy, M. A. M.; Atef, S. M.

    2017-10-01

    Thin films of 4-cyanopyranoquinolinedione, CPQ, with different thicknesses were deposited by thermal evaporation method. The structural properties of powder and thin films were investigated using X-ray diffraction technique. The crystal structure, lattice parameters and Miller indices of the powder were indexed. The crystalline size, strain and dislocation density were determined for powder and thin films. The optical properties of CPQ thin films were studied using spectrophotometric measurements of both transmittance and reflectance in the wavelength range 200-2500 nm. HOMO-LUMO band gap was determined by cyclic voltammetry. The calculation of optical band gap using absorption coefficient showed that the film has direct allowed transition with 3.02 eV energy gap. The normal dispersion of the refractive index of the films was described by Wemple-DiDomenico single oscillator model. Some dispersion parameters were calculated. Also, the real and imaginary parts of dielectric constant, volume and surface energy loss functions were estimated.

  4. Photoconductivity studies on amorphous and crystalline TiO2 films doped with gold nanoparticles

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; García-Macedo, J. A.; Rentería-Tapia, V.; Aguilar-Franco, M.

    2011-06-01

    In this work, amorphous and crystalline TiO2 films were synthesized by the sol-gel process at room temperature. The TiO2 films were doped with gold nanoparticles. The films were spin-coated on glass wafers. The crystalline samples were annealed at 100°C for 30 minutes and sintered at 520°C for 2 h. All films were characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electronic microscopy and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. Two crystalline phases, anatase and rutile, were formed in the matrix TiO2 and TiO2/Au. An absorption peak was located at 570 nm (amorphous) and 645 nm (anatase). Photoconductivity studies were performed on these films. The experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination at 515 nm and 645 nm. This indicates an ohmic behavior. Crystalline TiO2/Au films are more photoconductive than the amorphous ones.

  5. XRay Study of Transfer Printed Pentacene Thin Films

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    Shao, Y.; Solin, S. A.; Hines, D. R.; Williams, E. D.

    2007-04-10

    We investigated the structural properties and transfer properties of pentacene thin films fabricated by thermal deposition and transfer printing onto SiO2 and plastic substrates, respectively. The dependence of the crystallite size on the printing time, temperature and pressure were measured. The increases of crystalline size were observed when pentacene thin films were printed under specific conditions, e.g. 120 deg. C and 600 psi and can be correlated with the improvement of the field effect mobility of pentacene thin-film transistors.

  6. Study of photoconductivity in Ni doped CdS thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Patidar, Manju Mishra Gangrade, Mohan; Nath, R.; Ganesan, V.; Ajay, Akhil; Wala, Arwa Dewas; N, Kiran; Panda, Richa

    2014-04-24

    Ni-doped cadmium sulphide [Cd{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}S, (x=0, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.20)] thin films were investigated for photoconductive properties. The films were prepared by spray Pyrolysis technique (SPT). AFM and two probe resistivity measurements were carried out to analyze the morphological and electrical properties of the films. AFM shows the note worthy changes in the morphology where the nanorod structures in CdS is changed into nano particles with the Ni doping. The presence of persistence photo current is demonstrated and extensive photoconductivity analysis has been studied on these films.

  7. Study on mixed vanadium oxide thin film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering and its application

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    Ling, Zhang; Jianhui, Tu; Hao, Feng; Jingzhong, Cui

    Vanadium oxide (VOx) thin films were deposited on fused quartz using a pure metal vanadium target by RF reactive magnetron sputtering technique. Film microstructure, valence state, optical transmittance properties were studied. The mixed valence VOx thin films deposited with different thickness were found to be amorphous. And the optical transmittance curves are flatness in certain wavelength region. These films can be used to control the relative light intensity of the rubidium light beam between the rubidium lamp and the vapor cell, in order to optimize the working parameters of the rubidium frequency standard (RAFS).

  8. [Study of transmittance of ZnO film deposited on different substrate].

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    Yuan, Guang-Cai; Xu, Zheng; Zhang, Fu-Jun; Wang, Yong; Zhao, De-Wei; Xu, Hong-Hua

    2007-07-01

    ZnO films were deposited on different structural substrate by rf-reactive Magnetron sputtering. The optical characteristics of ZnO films were studied by X-ray diffraction and optical transmission spectrum. The ZnO films deposited on the Al2 O3 / AlN compound substrate had better crystallized and had a higher transmittance compared to the ones on AlN substrate. The optical characteristics of ZnO films were studied after all samples with a series of annealing temperature from 200 degrees C to 500 degrees C. When the annealing temperature was 400 degrees C, crystallization and c-axis (002) oriented of the ZnO film got best, and average optical transmittance reached 88% in the range visible light. While annealing temperature went beyond 450 degrees C, the crystallized structure of ZnO films was broken; the distance between O and Zn atoms became bigger. The authors found that the higher annealing temperature make against crystallization of ZnO thin film and increased density of defect states and dispersion mechanisms and reduced optical characteristics of ZnO film, and average optical transmittance of ZnO films reached 80% in the range of visible light at 500 degrees C.

  9. Study of NbC thin films for soft X-ray multilayer applications

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    Singh, Amol E-mail: rrcat.amol@gmail.com; Modi, Mohammed H.; Lodha, G. S.; Rajput, Parasmani; Jha, S. N.

    2015-06-24

    Compound materials are being used in soft x-ray and Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) optics applications. Structural properties of compound materials changes drastically when ultrathin films are formed from bulk material. Structural properties need to be investigated to determine the suitability of compound materials in soft x-ray multilayer applications. In the present study Niobium carbide (NbC) thin films were deposited using ion beam sputtering of an NbC target on Si (100) substrate. Thickness roughness and film mass density was determined from the X-ray reflectivity (XRR) data. XRR data revealed that the film mass density was increasing with increase in film thickness. For 500Ǻ thick film, mass density of 6.85 g/cm{sup 3}, close to bulk density was found. Rms roughness for all the films was less than 10Å. Local structure of NbC thin films was determined from EXAFS measurements. The EXAFS data showed an increase in Nb-C and Nb-(C)-Nb peak ratio approaches towards bulk NbC with increasing thickness of NbC. From the present study, NbC thin films were found suitable for actual use in soft x-ray multilayer applications.

  10. Study of the photovoltaic effect in thin film barium titanate

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    Grannemann, W. W.; Dharmadhikari, V. S.

    1983-01-01

    The feasibility of making non-volatile digital memory devices of barium titanate, BaTiO3, that are integrated onto a silicon substrate with the required ferroelectric film produced by processing, compatible with silicon technology was examined.

  11. The structure study of thin semiconductor and dielectric films by diffraction of synchrotron radiation

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    Yurjev, G. S.; Fainer, N. I.; Maximovskiy, E. A.; Kosinova, M. L.; Sheromov, M. A.; Rumyantsev, Yu. M.

    1998-02-01

    The structure of semiconductor and dielectric thin (100-300 nm) films was studied by diffraction of synchrotron radiation. The diffraction experiments were performed at both the station "Anomalous scattering" of the storage ring synchrotron facility VEPP-3 and DRON-4 diffractometer. The structure of CdS thin films grown on fused silica, single Si(100) and InP(100) substrates was investigated. The structure of Cu 2S thin films grown on fused silica, single Si(100) substrates and CdS/Si(100)-heterostructure was studied. The structure study was performed on Si 3N 4 films grown on GaAs(100) substrates. The structure of thin BN layers grown on single Si(100) substrates was studied. It was established that structural parameters of above-mentioned thin films coincide on the parameters of JCPDS International Centre for Diffraction Data.

  12. Growth and study of antimony selenide island films

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    Kushkhov, A. R.; Gaev, D. S.; Rabinovich, O. I.; Stolyarov, A. G.

    2013-03-15

    Nanosized Sb{sub 2}Se{sub 3} island films are prepared by the incongruent evaporation of Sb{sub 1-x}Se{sub x} (x = 0.9 at fractions) thin films. The surface morphology of the structures is investigated by optical and atomic force microscopy (AFM). It is shown that an increase in the evaporation temperature leads to a decrease in the surface density of islands.

  13. Optothermal Raman Studies of Thermal Properties of Graphene Based Films

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    Malekpour, Hoda

    Efficient thermal management is becoming a critical issue for development of the next generation of electronics. As the size of electronic devices shrinks, the dissipated power density increases, demanding a better heat removal. The discovery of graphene's unique electrical and thermal properties stimulated interest of electronic industry to development of graphene based technologies. In this dissertation, I report the results of my investigation of thermal properties of graphene derivatives and their applications in thermal management. The dissertation consists of three parts. In the first part, I investigated thermal conductivity of graphene laminate films deposited on thermally insulating polyethylene terephthalate substrates. Graphene laminate is made of chemically derived graphene and few layer graphene flakes packed in overlapping structure. Two types of graphene laminate were studied: as deposited and compressed. The thermal conductivity of the laminate was found to be in the range from 40 W/mK to 90 W/mK at room temperature. It was established that the average size and the alignment of graphene flakes are parameters dominating the heat conduction. In the second part of this dissertation, I investigated thermal conductivity of chemically reduced freestanding graphene oxide films. It was found that the in-plane thermal conductivity of graphene oxide can be increased significantly using chemical reduction and temperature treatment. Finally, I studied the effect of defects on thermal conductivity of suspended graphene. The knowledge of the thermal conductivity dependence on the concentration of defects can shed light on the strength of the phonon - point defect scattering in two-dimensional materials. The defects were introduced to graphene in a controllable way using the low-energy electron beam irradiation. It was determined that as the defect density increases the thermal conductivity decreases down to about 400 W/mK, and then reveal saturation type behavior

  14. Study of Lead Free Ferroelectric Films for New Solar Cells

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    Fasquelle, D.; Mascot, M.; Carru, J. C.; Hikam, M.; Iriani, Y.; Soegijono, B.

    2009-09-01

    We report on the deposition by a sol-gel process of Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3 and Ba0.9Sr0.1TiO3 films on platinum coated silicon substrates. X-Ray diffraction patterns show that the films are (111) preferentially oriented. The surface morphology is smooth, without cracks and the grain size is about 50 nm as determined by AFM and SEM. The dielectric constant measured from 102 to 106 Hz decreases slightly and is around 400 at 104 Hz. The losses are constant in a first approximation for a 1.5 μm thick BST(80/20) film with a value of 0.03 at 10 kHz. The existence of an hysteresis cycle attests that the films, whatever their thickness, are in a ferroelectric state. Pyroelectric coefficients have been determined and the best figure of merit obtained on BST(90/10) at 293 K and 10 kHz is of 149 μC/m3/K. The best dielectric and pyroelectric properties (tgδ = 0.006 at 1 MHz, tunability = 30%, γ = 340 μC/m2/K) were obtained on the 400 nm BST(90/10) film. Work is in progress to characterize the piezoelectric and photovoltaic properties of our BST films.

  15. Determining the elastic modulus of thin films using a buckling-based method: computational study

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    Zheng, Xiu-Peng; Cao, Yan-Ping; Li, Bo; Feng, Xi-Qiao; Jiang, Hanqing; Y Huang, Yonggang

    2009-09-01

    The buckling mode of a thin film lying on a soft substrate has been used to determine the elastic modulus of thin films and one-dimensional objects (e.g. nanowires and nanotubes). In this paper, dimensional analysis and three-dimensional nonlinear finite element computations have been made to investigate the buckling of a film with finite width bonded to a compliant substrate. Our study demonstrates that the effect of Poisson's ratio of the film can be neglected when its width-thickness ratio is smaller than 20. For wider films, omitting the influence of Poisson's ratio may lead to a significant systematic error in the measurement of the Young's modulus and, therefore, the film should be treated as a plate. It is also found that the assumption of the uniform interfacial normal stress along the width of the film made in the theoretical analysis does not cause an evident error, even when its width is comparable to its thickness. Based on the computational results, we further present a simple expression to correlate the buckling wavelength with the width and thickness of the film and the material properties (Young's moduli and Poisson's ratios) of the film and substrate, which has a similar form to that in the classical plane-strain problem. The fundamental solutions reported here are not only very accurate in a broad range of geometric and material parameters but also convenient for practical use since they do not involve any complex calculation.

  16. Comparative study of the mechanical properties of nanostructured thin films on stretchable substrates

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    Djaziri, S.; Renault, P.-O.; Le Bourhis, E.; Goudeau, Ph.; Faurie, D.; Geandier, G.; Mocuta, C.; Thiaudière, D.

    2014-09-01

    Comparative studies of the mechanical behavior between copper, tungsten, and W/Cu nanocomposite based on copper dispersoïd thin films were performed under in-situ controlled tensile equi-biaxial loadings using both synchrotron X-ray diffraction and digital image correlation techniques. The films first deform elastically with the lattice strain equal to the true strain given by digital image correlation measurements. The Cu single thin film intrinsic elastic limit of 0.27% is determined below the apparent elastic limit of W and W/Cu nanocomposite thin films, 0.30% and 0.49%, respectively. This difference is found to be driven by the existence of as-deposited residual stresses. Above the elastic limit on the lattice strain-true strain curves, we discriminate two different behaviors presumably footprints of plasticity and fracture. The Cu thin film shows a large transition domain (0.60% true strain range) to a plateau with a smooth evolution of the curve which is associated to peak broadening. In contrast, W and W/Cu nanocomposite thin films show a less smooth and reduced transition domain (0.30% true strain range) to a plateau with no peak broadening. These observations indicate that copper thin film shows some ductility while tungsten/copper nanocomposites thin films are brittle. Fracture resistance of W/Cu nanocomposite thin film is improved thanks to the high compressive residual stress and the elimination of the metastable β-W phase.

  17. Growth and etch rate study of low temperature anodic silicon dioxide thin films.

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    Ashok, Akarapu; Pal, Prem

    2014-01-01

    Silicon dioxide (SiO2) thin films are most commonly used insulating films in the fabrication of silicon-based integrated circuits (ICs) and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Several techniques with different processing environments have been investigated to deposit silicon dioxide films at temperatures down to room temperature. Anodic oxidation of silicon is one of the low temperature processes to grow oxide films even below room temperature. In the present work, uniform silicon dioxide thin films are grown at room temperature by using anodic oxidation technique. Oxide films are synthesized in potentiostatic and potentiodynamic regimes at large applied voltages in order to investigate the effect of voltage, mechanical stirring of electrolyte, current density and the water percentage on growth rate, and the different properties of as-grown oxide films. Ellipsometry, FTIR, and SEM are employed to investigate various properties of the oxide films. A 5.25 Å/V growth rate is achieved in potentiostatic mode. In the case of potentiodynamic mode, 160 nm thickness is attained at 300 V. The oxide films developed in both modes are slightly silicon rich, uniform, and less porous. The present study is intended to inspect various properties which are considered for applications in MEMS and Microelectronics.

  18. Growth and Etch Rate Study of Low Temperature Anodic Silicon Dioxide Thin Films

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    Ashok, Akarapu; Pal, Prem

    2014-01-01

    Silicon dioxide (SiO2) thin films are most commonly used insulating films in the fabrication of silicon-based integrated circuits (ICs) and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Several techniques with different processing environments have been investigated to deposit silicon dioxide films at temperatures down to room temperature. Anodic oxidation of silicon is one of the low temperature processes to grow oxide films even below room temperature. In the present work, uniform silicon dioxide thin films are grown at room temperature by using anodic oxidation technique. Oxide films are synthesized in potentiostatic and potentiodynamic regimes at large applied voltages in order to investigate the effect of voltage, mechanical stirring of electrolyte, current density and the water percentage on growth rate, and the different properties of as-grown oxide films. Ellipsometry, FTIR, and SEM are employed to investigate various properties of the oxide films. A 5.25 Å/V growth rate is achieved in potentiostatic mode. In the case of potentiodynamic mode, 160 nm thickness is attained at 300 V. The oxide films developed in both modes are slightly silicon rich, uniform, and less porous. The present study is intended to inspect various properties which are considered for applications in MEMS and Microelectronics. PMID:24672287

  19. Comparative study of the mechanical properties of nanostructured thin films on stretchable substrates

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    Djaziri, S.; Renault, P.-O.; Le Bourhis, E.; Goudeau, Ph.; Faurie, D.; Geandier, G.; Mocuta, C.; Thiaudière, D.

    2014-09-07

    Comparative studies of the mechanical behavior between copper, tungsten, and W/Cu nanocomposite based on copper dispersoïd thin films were performed under in-situ controlled tensile equi-biaxial loadings using both synchrotron X-ray diffraction and digital image correlation techniques. The films first deform elastically with the lattice strain equal to the true strain given by digital image correlation measurements. The Cu single thin film intrinsic elastic limit of 0.27% is determined below the apparent elastic limit of W and W/Cu nanocomposite thin films, 0.30% and 0.49%, respectively. This difference is found to be driven by the existence of as-deposited residual stresses. Above the elastic limit on the lattice strain-true strain curves, we discriminate two different behaviors presumably footprints of plasticity and fracture. The Cu thin film shows a large transition domain (0.60% true strain range) to a plateau with a smooth evolution of the curve which is associated to peak broadening. In contrast, W and W/Cu nanocomposite thin films show a less smooth and reduced transition domain (0.30% true strain range) to a plateau with no peak broadening. These observations indicate that copper thin film shows some ductility while tungsten/copper nanocomposites thin films are brittle. Fracture resistance of W/Cu nanocomposite thin film is improved thanks to the high compressive residual stress and the elimination of the metastable β-W phase.

  20. Experimental Study of Vane Heat Transfer and Film Cooling at Elevated Levels of Turbulence

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    Ames, Forrest E.

    1996-01-01

    This report documents the results of an experimental study on the influence of high level turbulence on vane film cooling and the influence of film cooling on vane heat transfer. Three different cooling configurations were investigated which included one row of film cooling on both pressure and suction surfaces, two staggered rows of film cooling on both suction and pressure surfaces, and a shower-head cooling array. The turbulence had a strong influence on film cooling effectiveness, particularly on the pressure surface where local turbulence levels were the highest. For the single row of holes, the spanwise mixing quickly reduced centerline effectiveness levels while mixing in the normal direction was more gradual. The film cooling had a strong influence on the heat transfer in the laminar regions of the vane. The effect of film cooling on heat transfer was noticeable in the turbulent regions but augmentation ratios were significantly lower. In addition to heat transfer and film cooling, velocity profiles were taken downstream of the film cooling rows at three spanwise locations. These profile comparisons documented the strong spanwise mixing due to the high turbulence. Total pressure exit measurements were also documented for the three configurations.

  1. Study of nanocrystalline thin cobalt films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy obtained by thermal evaporation

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    Kozłowski, Witold; Balcerski, Józef; Szmaja, Witold

    2017-02-01

    We have performed a detailed investigation of the morphological and magnetic domain structures of nanocrystalline thin cobalt films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The films were thermally evaporated at an incidence angle of 0° in a vacuum of about 10-5 mbar and possessed thicknesses in the range from 60 nm to 100 nm. The films were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron diffraction of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and the Fresnel mode of TEM. The films are polycrystalline and consist of very densely packed grains with sizes at the nanometer range. The grains are roundish in shape and generally exhibit no geometric alignment. The films are mainly composed of the hexagonal close-packed (HCP) phase of cobalt and possess preferential orientation of the cobalt grains with the hexagonal axis perpendicular to the film surface. 70 nm thick films and thicker have fully perpendicular magnetization, while 60 nm thick films possess clearly dominating perpendicular magnetization component. The magnetic domain structure is in the form of stripe domains forming a maze pattern. When the film thickness increases from 60 nm to 100 nm, the average grain size increases from 28.9 nm to 31.5 nm and the average domain width increases from 79.4 nm to 98.7 nm.

  2. Television and Film in College English Instruction: A Bibliography of Research and Studies with Abstracts.

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    Svobodny, Dolly D., Comp.

    There are 62 abstracts in this compilation describing research and experimental teaching using television and film methods in college English instruction. The studies, most of them conducted since 1950, cover: (1) a comparison of televised instruction with face-to-face presentation, (2) a comparison of filmed or kinescoped courses with direct…

  3. Towards a Decolonising Pedagogy: Understanding Australian Indigenous Studies through Critical Whiteness Theory and Film Pedagogy

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    Hook, Genine

    2012-01-01

    This article explores student and teacher engagement with Australian Indigenous Studies. In this article I identify key themes in the film "September" (2007) that demonstrate how the film can be used as a catalyst for student learning and discussion. Critical whiteness theory provides a framework to explore three themes, the invisibility…

  4. Active Learning through Student Film: A Case Study of Cultural Geography

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    Anderson, Jon

    2013-01-01

    This study contributes to the debate over the potential of film as a pedagogical aid. It argues that integrating film production into the assessment of undergraduate modules secures advantages for student learning: students connect their ideas more explicitly to "real world" examples; new voices and understandings are introduced to…

  5. Towards a Decolonising Pedagogy: Understanding Australian Indigenous Studies through Critical Whiteness Theory and Film Pedagogy

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    Hook, Genine

    2012-01-01

    This article explores student and teacher engagement with Australian Indigenous Studies. In this article I identify key themes in the film "September" (2007) that demonstrate how the film can be used as a catalyst for student learning and discussion. Critical whiteness theory provides a framework to explore three themes, the invisibility…

  6. The Influence of the MPAA's Film Rating System on Motion Picture Attendance: A Pilot Study.

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    Austin, Bruce A.

    A study was undertaken to design and implement an experimental instrument for testing the influence of the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) film rating system on movie attendance. Sixty-five high school students were given synopses of four different fictional films, each of which had been assigned an MPAA rating of G (approved for…

  7. Study of optical and mechanical strengths of the glass composites with sol-gel films

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    Atkarskaya, A. B.; Zakalova, E. Yu; Kaunov, V. S.; Nartzev, V. M.; Chartiy, P. V.; Shemanin, V. G.

    2016-11-01

    Dependences of optical and mechanical strengths of glass composites with the drawn films upon the film thickness, particles packing density in a layer in the sol disperse phase and the particles diameter have been studied experimentally. We report that the laser ablation threshold energy density values decrease with the growth of the composites microhardness.

  8. Uniting Hispanic Film Studies with Civic Engagement: A Chance for Personal Transformation

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    Larson, Kajsa C.

    2015-01-01

    This current study presents a unique approach to the examination of Hispanic film through the incorporation of a civic engagement project, the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project (MSPP), into the curriculum. Students examined and assessed important global issues, and how they are portrayed in films from several Spanish-speaking countries, while…

  9. Study of Photo-Conductivity in Nano-Crystalline Cadmium Telluride Thin Films

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    Mahesha, M. G.; Bangera, Kasturi V.; Shivakumar, G. K.

    2011-07-15

    Nano crystallite thin films of Cadmium Telluride have been grown on glass substrates by thermal evaporation under vacuum. The growth conditions to get stoichiometric films of the compound have been optimized. The effect of substrate temperature and annealing on photosensitivity has been investigated. Also the effect of deposition parameters and post deposition annealing on rise time and decay time have been studied in detail.

  10. Uniting Hispanic Film Studies with Civic Engagement: A Chance for Personal Transformation

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    Larson, Kajsa C.

    2015-01-01

    This current study presents a unique approach to the examination of Hispanic film through the incorporation of a civic engagement project, the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project (MSPP), into the curriculum. Students examined and assessed important global issues, and how they are portrayed in films from several Spanish-speaking countries, while…

  11. Comparative study on properties of edible films based on pinhao (Araucaria angustifolia) starch and flour

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    The aim of this study was to develop and compare the properties of edible films based on pinhao starch and pinhao flour. Seven formulations were developed by casting methodology: 5% pinhao starch with 0, 1, 1.5, and 2% glycerol, and 5% pinhao flour with 1, 1.5, and 2% glycerol. The films were evalua...

  12. A study on various fabrication routes for preparing multilayered cubic boron nitride films and sp(3)-like boron nitride films

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    Wong, Sing Fai

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) has a sp3-bonded structure which leads to excellent mechanical properties. Though cBN-rich films have been successfully fabricated by many techniques, the adhesion of the films is still unsatisfactory due to the high stresses. The maximum sustainable thickness of cBN-rich films with good adhesion is widely reported to be around 200 nm, so many practical applications of cBN coatings are hindered. In this study, we designed a series of deposition schemes in a logical sequence, in order to explore whether stress can be released, or other structural forms of BN with potential applications can be made, and to gain more fundamental understanding on the growth mechanisms of various phases observed in the films. Various fabrication processes were employed according to the following sequence: (1) A single-step process. It was showed that the maximum tolerable thickness of the cBN-rich films prepared by our system (183nm) was compatible with the result in literatures (200nm). (2) A multilayered deposition process. A thick sp2-bonded boron nitride (sP2-BN) buffer layer which was relatively deformable was added, and hence some stresses were released so as to allow a 643nm-thick, 87vol.% cBN-rich layer with acceptable adhesion to grow on top. (3) An advanced multilayer process with subsequent annealing process. A zirconium layer was pre-deposited to remove the soft buffer layer after postannealing. The interface could be strengthened as the zirconium-boride/nitride was formed. (4) Ion assist deposition at unheated condition. Composite BN films containing sp3 nanoclusters embedded in a sp2-BN matrix were fabricated. The IR technique was not sensitive enough to detect spa nanoclusters, but their presence was verified by the results of other measurements. In particular, the sp3 content can be over 30vo1.%, with a hardness 20GPa. The influences of the assist beam energy and substrate temperature on the generation of the sp3 nanoclusters were investigated

  13. Tear film breakup and structure studied by simultaneous video recording of fluorescence and tear film lipid layer images.

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    King-Smith, P Ewen; Reuter, Kathleen S; Braun, Richard J; Nichols, Jason J; Nichols, Kelly K

    2013-07-22

    The thinning of the precorneal tear film between blinks and tear film breakup can be logically analyzed into contributions from three components: evaporation, flow into the cornea, and tangential flow along the corneal surface. Whereas divergent tangential flow contributes to certain types of breakup, it has been argued that evaporation is the main cause of tear thinning and breakup. Because evaporation is controlled by the tear film lipid layer (TFLL) it should therefore be expected that patterns of breakup should match patterns in the TFLL, and this hypothesis is tested in this study. An optical system is described for simultaneous video imaging of fluorescein tear film breakup and the TFLL. Recordings were made from 85 subjects, including both with healthy and dry eyes. After instillation of 5 μL2% fluorescein, subjects were asked to blink 1 second after the start of the recording and try to maintain their eyes open for the recording length of 30 or 60 seconds. Areas of tear film thinning and breakup usually matched corresponding features in the TFLL. Whereas thinning and breakup were often matched to thin lipid, surprisingly, the corresponding lipid region was not always thinner than the surrounding lipid. Occasionally, a thin lipid region caused a corresponding region of greater fluorescence (thicker aqueous layer), due to convergent tangential flow. Areas of tear thinning and breakup can generally be matched to corresponding regions of the TFLL as would be expected if breakup is largely due to evaporation. Surprisingly, in some examples, the corresponding lipid area was not thinner and possibly thicker than the surrounding lipid. This indicates that the lipid was a poor barrier to evaporation, perhaps because of deficiency in composition and/or structure. For example, bacterial lipases may have broken down esters into component acids and alcohols, causing a defective TFLL structure with increased evaporation.

  14. What kind of erotic film clips should we use in female sex research? An exploratory study.

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    Woodard, Terri L; Collins, Karen; Perez, Mindy; Balon, Richard; Tancer, Manuel E; Kruger, Michael; Moffat, Scott; Diamond, Michael P

    2008-01-01

    Erotic film clips are used in sex research, including studies of female sexual dysfunction and arousal. However, little is known about which clips optimize female sexual response. Furthermore, their use is not well standardized. To identify the types of film clips that are most mentally appealing and physically arousing to women for use in future sexual function and dysfunction studies; to explore the relationship between mental appeal and reported physical arousal; to characterize the content of the films that were found to be the most and least appealing and arousing. Twenty-one women viewed 90 segments of erotic film clips. They rated how (i) mentally appealing and (ii) how physically aroused they were by each clip. The data were analyzed by descriptive statistics. The means of the mental and self-reported physical responses were calculated to determine the most and least appealing/arousing film clips. Pearson correlations were calculated to assess the relationship between mental appeal and reported physical arousal. Self-reported mental and physical arousal. Of 90 film clips, 18 were identified as the most mentally appealing and physically arousing while nine were identified as the least mentally appealing and physically arousing. The level of mental appeal positively correlated with the level of perceived physical arousal in both categories (r = 0.61, P < 0.05 and r = 0.62, P < 0.05). The most appealing and physically arousing films tended to exhibit heterosexual behavior with vaginal intercourse. The least appealing and least physically arousing films tended to depict male homosexual behavior, fellatio, and anal intercourse. Erotic film clips reliably produced a state of self-reported arousal in women. The most appealing and arousing films tended to depict heterosexual vaginal intercourse. Film clips with these attributes should be used in future research of sexual function and response of women.

  15. Using Raman Spectroscopy to Study Diamond Thin Films

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    Lin, Yi-Hsuan; Zwicker, Andrew

    2011-10-01

    Diamond thin films (DTF), due to their extreme hardness, low electrical conductivity and chemical inertness, have various applications in semiconductor and machining industry. DTF strengthen machining and cutting tools that demand more precision and resist chemical corrosions as electrodes. The DTF created in this investigation were produced using a hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition process in an electron cyclotron resonance sputter source. The samples formed can be amorphous carbon, graphite, or diamond. A method to test whether the sputter source successfully created diamond is Raman spectroscopy, a non-invasive technique that utilizes photo excitation and Raman scattering of monochromatic light. A sharp peak at 1332 inverse cm indicates the signature Raman shift of the sp3 C-C bond of pure diamond in these spectra. Graphite and amorphous carbon have their signature peaks near 1580 inverse cm and 1343 inverse cm. The technique is used to study wafer quality as a function of plasma parameters. Results will ultimately be benchmarked against Raman spectroscopy system at The College of New Jersey, and more samples will be produced to ensure the uniformity of the sputter source.

  16. Structural phase study in un-patterned and patterned PVDF semi-crystalline films

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    Pramod, K. Gangineni, Ramesh Babu

    2014-04-24

    This work explores the structural phase studies of organic polymer- polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) thin films in semi-crystallized phase and nano-patterned PVDF thin films. The nanopatterns are transferred with the CD layer as a master using soft lithography technique. The semi-crystalline PVDF films were prepared by a still and hot (SH) method, using a homemade spin coater that has the proficiency of substrate heating by a halogen lamp. Using this set up, smooth PVDF thin films in semi-crystalline α-phase were prepared using 2-Butanone as solvent. XRD, AFM and confocal Raman microscope have been utilized to study the structural phase, crystallinity and quality of the films.

  17. Impedance Spectroscopy Study of Composite Thin Films of Hydrated Polyethylene Glycol

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    Al-Hamarneh, Ibrahim F.; Pedrow, Patrick D.; Goheen, Steven C.; Hartenstine, M. J.

    2007-05-01

    A polythelene glycol (PEG) polymer was synthesized using a dip coating procedure on 316L stainless steel (SS) substrate pre coated by radio frequency RF inductively coupled plasma polymerization with di (ethylene glycol) vinyl ether (EO2V) monomer that was used as a primer coat. The primer and PEG composite film was studied with profilometer, visible-light microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a tape test to evaluate thickness, stability, morphology and adhesion. Response of the PEG composite film to an AC electric perturbation was studied as a function of hydration state using impedance spectroscopy (IS). A resistor/capacitor network was used to interpret the impedance spectra. The capacitance of the PEG film decreased with an exponentially decaying term as dehydration progressed. PEG film capacitance decay was consistent with a model describing water molecules diffusing through the PEG film.

  18. Impedance Spectroscopy Study of Composite Thin Films of Hydrated Polyethylene Glycol

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    Al-Hamarneh, Ibrahim F.; Pedrow, Patrick D.; Goheen, Steven C.; Hartenstine, M. J.

    2007-10-01

    A polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer was synthesized using a dip coating procedure on 316L stainless steel (SS) substrate pre-coated with a primer that consisted of radio frequency RF inductively coupled plasma-polymerized di (ethylene glycol) vinyl ether (EO2V). The primer and PEG composite film was studied with profilometer, optical microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and a tape test to evaluate thickness, coverage, morphology, and adhesion, respectively. Response of the PEG composite film to an applied AC voltage was studied as a function of hydration state using impedance spectroscopy (IS). A resistor/capacitor network was used to interpret the impedance spectra. Electrical capacitance of the PEG film decreased with an exponentially decaying term as dehydration progressed. PEG film capacitance decay was consistent with a model describing water molecules diffusing through the PEG film.

  19. In situ oxygen conditioning of /001/ MgO thin film substrates for film growth studies by electron microscopy

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    Moorhead, R. D.; Poppa, H.

    1979-01-01

    It was found that the in situ treatment of 001-plane single-crystal films of MgO (prepared by epitaxial growth from the vapor phase) at high temperatures with a jet of oxygen will produce a surface that is almost equivalent, for epitaxial studies, to surfaces with the same orientation prepared by vacuum cleavage of bulk single crystals. The effectiveness of the process is demonstrated by its impact on the epitaxy of silver.

  20. Ballistocardiogaphic studies with acceleration and electromechanical film sensors.

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    Alametsä, J; Värri, A; Viik, J; Hyttinen, J; Palomäki, A

    2009-11-01

    The purpose of this research is to demonstrate and compare the utilization of electromechanical film (EMFi) and two acceleration sensors, ADXL202 and MXA2500U, for ballistocardiographic (BCG) and pulse transit time (PTT) studies. We have constructed a mobile physiological measurement station including amplifiers and a data collection system to record the previously mentioned signals and an electrocardiogram signal. Various versions of the measuring systems used in BCG studies in the past are also presented and evaluated. We have showed the ability of the EMFi sensor to define the elastic properties of the cardiovascular system and to ensure the functionality of the proposed instrumentation in different physiological loading conditions, before and after exercise and sauna bath. The EMFi sensor provided a BCG signal of good quality in the study of the human heart and function of the cardiovascular system with different measurement configurations. EMFi BCG measurements provided accurate and repeatable results for the different components of the heart cycle. In multiple-channel EMFi measurements, the carotid and limb pulse signals acquired were detailed and distinctive, allowing accurate PTT measurements. Changes in blood pressure were clearly observed and easily determined with EMFi sensor strips in pulse wave velocity (PWV) measurements. In conclusion, the configuration of the constructed device provided reliable measurements of the electrocardiogram, BCG, heart sound, and carotid and ankle pulse wave signals. Attached EMFi sensor strips on the neck and limbs yield completely new applications of the EMFi sensors aside from the conventional seat and supine recordings. Higher sensitivity, ease of utilization, and minimum discomfort of the EMFi sensor compared with acceleration sensors strengthen the status of the EMFi sensor for accurate and reliable BCG and PWV measurements, providing novel evaluation of the elastic properties of the cardiovascular system.

  1. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic and Polymeric Thin Film Materials of Potential for Microgravity Processing Studies

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    Abdeldayem, Hossin; Frazier, Donald O.; Paley, Mark S.; Penn, Benjamin; Witherow, William K.; Bank, Curtis; Shields, Angela; Hicks, Rosline; Ashley, Paul R.

    1996-01-01

    In this paper, we will take a closer look at the state of the art of polydiacetylene, and metal-free phthalocyanine films, in view of the microgravity impact on their optical properties, their nonlinear optical properties and their potential advantages for integrated optics. These materials have many attractive features with regard to their use in integrated optical circuits and optical switching. Thin films of these materials processed in microgravity environment show enhanced optical quality and better molecular alignment than those processed in unit gravity. Our studies of these materials indicate that microgravity can play a major role in integrated optics technology. Polydiacetylene films are produced by UV irradiation of monomer solution through an optical window. This novel technique of forming polydiacetylene thin films has been modified for constructing sophisticated micro-structure integrated optical patterns using a pre-programmed UV-Laser beam. Wave guiding through these thin films by the prism coupler technique has been demonstrated. The third order nonlinear parameters of these films have been evaluated. Metal-free phthalocyanine films of good optical quality are processed in our laboratories by vapor deposition technique. Initial studies on these films indicate that they have excellent chemical, laser, and environmental stability. They have large nonlinear optical parameters and show intrinsic optical bistability. This bistability is essential for optical logic gates and optical switching applications. Waveguiding and device making investigations of these materials are underway.

  2. Study on the oriented recrystallization of carbon-coated polyethylene oriented ultrathin films.

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    Chang, Haibo; Guo, Qipeng; Shen, Deyan; Li, Lin; Qiu, Zhaobin; Wang, Feng; Yan, Shouke

    2010-10-21

    It is confirmed that a layer of vacuum-evaporated carbon on the surface of a preoriented ultrathin polymer film can lead to an oriented recrystallization of the polymer film. This has been attributed to a strong fixing effect of vacuum-evaporated carbon layer on the film surface of the polymer. To study the origin of the strong fixing effect of vacuum-evaporated carbon layer on the polymer films, the melting and recrystallization behaviors of the preoriented ultrathin PE film with a vacuum-evaporated carbon layer were studied by using atomic force microscopy, electron diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. We found that there exists some extent of chain orientation of carbon-coated polyethylene (PE) preoriented ultrathin film above its melting temperature. These oriented PE chain sequences act as nucleation sites and induce the oriented recrystallization of preoriented PE film from melt. Raman spectroscopy results suggest that new carbon-carbon bonds between the carbon layer and the oriented PE film are created during the process of vacuum carbon evaporation. As a result, some of the PE chain stems are fixed to the coated carbon substrate via covalent bond. Such a bonding has retarded the relaxation of the PE chains at the spot and, therefore, preserves the original orientation of the PE stems at high temperature, which in turn derives the recrystallization of the PE chains in an oriented structure.

  3. Spectroscopic studies of the interaction of C 60 and C 70 films with metal substrates

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    Zhao, Wei; Chen, Li-Quan; Li, Yu-Xin; Zhao, Tie-Nan; Huang, Yu-Zhen; Zhang, Zhan-Xiang; Wang, Hui-Tian; Ye, Pei-Xian; Zhao, Zhong-Xian

    1994-09-01

    The interaction of fullerenes C 60 and C 70 films with metal substrates Au, Ag, In and Sn has been studied by UV-visible absorption spectra, IR, Raman, photoluminescence and second-order nonlinear optics. The absorption spectra show new bands for films on Au, Ag, In and Sn film substrates. For C 60 on Au and Ag, new bands appear, peaking at 723 and 566 nm, respectively. For C 60 film on Sn, several new bands are found at 975.4, 1218, 1557, 2000 and 3570 nm in the NIR and IR regions. Raman spectra reveal an additional peak at 350 cm-1 for C 60 film on Au and five new peaks at 350, 532, 564, 1692 and 1850 cm-1 for the film on Sn. An enhancement of the Raman peak intensity is observed in the latter case. A peak blue shift of photoluminescence band from 749 to 735 nm for C 60 on Sn has also been found. Moreover, a second-order nonlinear optics study at 1.06,μm yields a ten times greater secondary harmonic generation signal intensity for C 60 films on Ag than that of Ag, while no signal is observed for C 60 film on glass. For C 70 on Sn, UV absorption bands broaden and new bands are found at 747, 984 and 1738 nm. The above results suggest a structural distortion of C 60 and C 70 molecules, induced by charge transfer from these metals to the molecules.

  4. Disinfection studies on TiO2 thin films prepared by a sol-gel method.

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    Kambala, Venkata Subba Rao; Naidu, Ravi

    2009-02-01

    Transparent anatase TiO2 nanometer thin films were prepared by dip-coating on soda-lime glass plates via the sol-gel method. The un-calcined and the calcined films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), AFM, Nano-indentation (hardness and Young's modulus), UV-vis spectrometry, thickness and hydrophilicity (contact angle measurements). The photocatalytic activity of the thin films was evaluated by performing disinfection studies on the Gram-negative microorganisms like Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus Aureus, a Gram-positive organism. The photocatalytic activity for both groups of organisms was studied in saline and nutrient broth. The leakage of potassium from the bacteria was observed parallel to cell viability. The activity of the sol-gel prepared TiO2 thin films were compared under UV lamps and natural day light (ND) lamps with Degussa P-25 TiO2 thin films prepared on soda-lime glass using a polymer support and the commercial self-cleaning glass (SC). The sol-gel prepared thin films which were annealed at 450 degrees C, show highest photocatalytic activity, the slowest conversion rate from hydrophilic to a hydrophobic state, light-induced hydrophilicity, and also higher disinfection activities compared to P-25 films and commercial self-cleaning glass. The films also show excellent activities when continuously reused for more than a month.

  5. Polyvinyl chloride meat-wrapping film study. Final report

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    Vandervort, R.

    1988-01-01

    As a result of worker complaints in the Baltimore, Maryland area, potential health hazards associated with the use of polyvinyl-chloride film for wrapping meat were reviewed. Fumes generated during the meat-wrapping process were causing concern among the workers as they experienced respiratory irritation and distress. It appeared that only some of the meat wrappers experienced difficulty, only some of the rolls of film-produced irritations in the affected workers, and affected workers had prior histories of respiratory difficulties. Fumes were generated during hot-wire film cutting. The amount of fume generated depended significantly on the care taken during the operation. If the dispensing machines were improperly adjusted, large amounts of fumes could be obtained during the cutting process. The author concludes that the amounts of these chemicals released during this operation does not constitute a health hazard to the employees. It may be necessary, however, to remove persons with prior respiratory irritation from this particular job location.

  6. Polytetrafluoroethylene transfer film studied with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Wheeler, D. R.

    1980-01-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) was rubbed against nickel in ultrahigh vacuum at loads up to 3.9 N and speeds up to 94 mm/sec. The transfer film formed on the nickel was analyzed using X-ray phototectron spectroscopy. The film was indistinguishable from bulk PTFE except for the possible presence of a small amount of NiF2. The transfer film was found to be about 1 molecule (0.5 nm) thick under all conditions; but at speeds above 10 mm/sec, there was evidence of bulk transfer in the form of fragments as well. The thickness measurements required a choice among conflicting published values of the inelastic mean free path for electrons in polymers. The values chosen gave internally consistent results.

  7. A flammability study of thin plastic film materials

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    Skinner, S. Ballou

    1990-01-01

    The Materials Science Laboratory at the Kennedy Space Center presently conducts flammability tests on thin plastic film materials by using a small needle rake method. Flammability data from twenty-two thin plastic film materials were obtained and cross-checked by using three different testing methods: (1) the presently used small needle rake; (2) the newly developed large needle rake; and (3) the previously used frame. In order to better discern the melting-burning phenomenon of thin plastic film material, five additional specific experiments were performed. These experiments determined the following: (1) the heat sink effect of each testing method; (2) the effect of the burn angle on the burn length or melting/shrinkage length; (3) the temperature profile above the ignition source; (4) the melting point and the fire point of each material; and (5) the melting/burning profile of each material via infrared (IR) imaging. The results of these experimentations are presented.

  8. Magnetism of coherent Co and Ni thin films on Cu(111) and Au(111) substrates: An ab initio study

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    Zelený, Martin; Dlouhý, Ivo

    2017-02-01

    We present an ab initio study of structural and magnetic properties of coherent Co and Ni thin films on Cu(111) and Au(111) substrates with thicknesses of up to 6 monolayers. All studied films on Cu(111) substrates prefer structures close their ground state (hcp for Co and fcc for Ni), whereas only the hcp stacking sequence has been found for both films on Au(111) substrates. All studied films exhibit instability of the first monolayer with respect to decomposition into 2-monolayer- or 3-monolayer-high islands, which is in agreement with experimental findings. All studied films are also ferromagnetic, nevertheless the Ni/Cu(111) films reduce their magnetic moments in the layer adjacent to the substrate due to a stronger Cu-Ni interaction at the interface. The magnetic anisotropy of a Co film does not depend on the film thickness: all the studied Co/Au(111) films exhibit a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, whereas all the Co/Cu(111) films prefer in-plane magnetization. On the other hand, both Ni films change their preference for in-plane orientation of their easy axis to out-of-plane orientation at a critical thickness of 2 monolayers, however, the magnetic anisotropy energies for films thicker than 1 monolayer are smaller than 1 meV/Ni atom. These behaviors of magnetic anisotropy do not depend on the structure of the studied films.

  9. Interference effects in luminescence studies of thin films.

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    Holm, R T; McKnight, S W; Palik, E D; Lukosz, W

    1982-07-15

    Interference effects, including multiple-beam and wide-angle, associated with luminescence from within a thin film are described. A simple geometrical model is used to calculate the s- and p-polarized luminescent light assuming electric-dipole radiation. The luminescence exhibits fringes when measured both as a function of the film thickness and as a function of the wavelength of the light. In the latter case the fringes can also show a beating effect. The model is applied to several experimental examples of cathodoluminescence in SiO(2) and an example of photoluminescence in a-Si.

  10. Positron beam studies of saponite film prepared by precipitation method

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    Numata, K.; Sato, K.; Fujimoto, K.; Ito, K.

    2017-01-01

    Micrometer-sized saponite particles were isolated by means of gravitational sedimentation method applying Stokes’ law. The sample prepared with this method was film-like state with a thickness of ~ 30 μm and was semitransparent, indicating that the particles are homogeneously stacked all together. Positron lifetime spectroscopy using a slow positron beam yielded two components for ortho-positronium with lifetimes of 1.5 ns and 8.4 ns with the respective relative intensities of 13 % and 10 %. The results suggest that the self-assembly of the larger particles toward structural densification is suppressed for the present film in comparison with the smaller nanoparticles.

  11. Structural, morphological and Raman studies of pulse electrosynthesised indium antimonide thin films

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    Singh, Joginder; Chandel, Tarun; Rajaram, P.

    2015-08-01

    InSb films deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a pulse elctrodeposition technique. The deposition was carried out at an applied potential -1.3V versus Ag/AgCl electrode. Structural, morphological and optical studies were performed on the electrodeposited InSb. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies show that the deposited InSb films are polycrystalline in nature having the zinc blend structure. The crystallite size (D), dislocation density (δ) and strain (ɛ) were calculated using XRD results. The EDAX analysis shows that chemical composition of In3+ and Sb3+ ions is close to the required stoichiometry. The surface morphology of the deposited films was examined using scanning electron scanning electron microscopy (SEM). SEM studies reveal that the surface of the films is uniformly covered with submicron sized spherical particles. However, the crystallite size determined by the Scherrer method shows a size close to 30 nm. Surface morphology studies of the InSb films were also performed using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The average surface roughness as measured by AFM is around 40 nm. Hot probe studies show that all the electrodeposited thin films have n type conductivity and the thickness of the films is calculated using electrochemical formula.

  12. Structural, morphological and Raman studies of pulse electrosynthesised indium antimonide thin films

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    Singh, Joginder Chandel, Tarun; Rajaram, P.

    2015-08-28

    InSb films deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a pulse elctrodeposition technique. The deposition was carried out at an applied potential −1.3V versus Ag/AgCl electrode. Structural, morphological and optical studies were performed on the electrodeposited InSb. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies show that the deposited InSb films are polycrystalline in nature having the zinc blend structure. The crystallite size (D), dislocation density (δ) and strain (ε) were calculated using XRD results. The EDAX analysis shows that chemical composition of In{sup 3+} and Sb{sup 3+} ions is close to the required stoichiometry. The surface morphology of the deposited films was examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). SEM studies reveal that the surface of the films is uniformly covered with submicron sized spherical particles. However, the crystallite size determined by the Scherrer method shows a size close to 30 nm. Surface morphology studies of the InSb films were also performed using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The average surface roughness as measured by AFM is around 40 nm. Hot probe studies show that all the electrodeposited thin films have n type conductivity and the thickness of the films is calculated using electrochemical formula.

  13. Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Studies of Ag and ZnO Thin Films and Their Interfaces for Thin Film Photovoltaics

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    Sainju, Deepak

    Many modern optical and electronic devices, including photovoltaic devices, consist of multilayered thin film structures. Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) is a critically important characterization technique for such multilayers. SE can be applied to measure key parameters related to the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the components of multilayers with high accuracy and precision. One of the key advantages of this non-destructive technique is its capability of monitoring the growth dynamics of thin films in-situ and in real time with monolayer level precision. In this dissertation, the techniques of SE have been applied to study the component layer materials and structures used as back-reflectors and as the transparent contact layers in thin film photovoltaic technologies, including hydrogenated silicon (Si:H), copper indium-gallium diselenide (CIGS), and cadmium telluride (CdTe). The component layer materials, including silver and both intrinsic and doped zinc oxide, are fabricated on crystalline silicon and glass substrates using magnetron sputtering techniques. These thin films are measured in-situ and in real time as well as ex-situ by spectroscopic ellipsometry in order to extract parameters related to the structural properties, such as bulk layer thickness and surface roughness layer thickness and their time evolution, the latter information specific to real time measurements. The index of refraction and extinction coefficient or complex dielectric function of a single unknown layer can also be obtained from the measurement versus photon energy. Applying analytical expressions for these optical properties versus photon energy, parameters that describe electronic transport, such as electrical resistivity and electron scattering time, can be extracted. The SE technique is also performed as the sample is heated in order to derive the effects of annealing on the optical properties and derived electrical transport parameters, as well as the

  14. A study on the magnetic behavior of Nd-Fe-B/α-Fe nanocomposite films

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    Madeswaran, S.; Tamano, S.; Goto, S.; Tokiwa, K.

    2010-06-01

    Nanocomposite Nd-Fe-B / α-Fe thin films were prepared by sputtering successively a Nd-rich Nd21Fe64B15 and a Fe targets in a multilayer structure using radio frequency (RF) magnetron gun. We have studied the influence of thickness of α-Fe layer on the magnetic properties of Nd-Fe-B / α-Fe thin films. A nanocomposite thin film with 15nm thick α-Fe layer prepared on 550°C heated substrate gives the highest energy product, 190 kJ/m3 along with a coercivity of 950 kA/m. Magnetic hysteresis loop measurement shows that the hard (Nd-Fe-B) and soft (α-Fe) layers are exchange coupled firmly for the films deposited on heated substrate whereas the two layers are decoupled for room temperature deposited and post annealed films.

  15. Thin-film-formation study of high-Tc superconductors by resistive evaporation

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    Azoulay, Jacob

    1991-10-01

    Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films were prepared with use of a conventional vacuum system for the evaporation of the constituents. This method produces stoichiometric films upon complete evaporation of the constituents. No thickness monitor or any other control system is required. In this study, substrates were kept at room temperature during the evaporation process. The bismuth-based thin films are shown to lose bismuth during heat treatment unless the Cu constituent is evaporated last and fully oxidized at 400 °C subsequently. Y-Ba-Cu-O films prepared by using a pulverized mixture of Y, BaF2, and Cu constituents show an improved quality over films obtained from YF3, BaF2, and Cu starting materials. This improvement is attributed to fluorine reduction in the starting-material mixture.

  16. Multi-technique surface analytical studies of automotive anti-wear films

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    Smith, G. C.; Bell, J. C.

    1999-04-01

    A multi-technique study of model automotive anti-wear films using SEM with quantitative electron microprobe analysis, reflection-absorption IR spectroscopy, SIMS imaging and XPS depth profiling is described. Constrained simulation of the XPS depth profiles allowed model cross-sections of the film structures to be constructed. With zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate as an anti-wear additive, the anti-wear films were found to have a thin inorganic mixed sulphide/oxide layer immediately above the Fe substrate. This formed the base for a thicker Zn-containing polyphosphate-like overlayer. Addition of detergent and dispersant to the lubricant formulation resulted in thicker, more patchy films, with a clearer differentiation between film and substrate.

  17. Spectroscopic studies of UV irradiated erythrosine B thin films prepared by spin coating technique

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    Zeyada, H. M.; El-Mallah, H. M.; Atwee, T.; El-Damhogi, D. G.

    2017-05-01

    The spectroscopic studies of erythrosine B thin films manufactured by the spin coating technique have been presented. The spectra of infrared absorption allow characterization of vibrational modes for erythrosine B in powder form, pristine and UV irradiated thin films. The absorption spectra recorded in UV-vis-NIR for pristine films of erythrosine B display two main bands. UV irradiation on erythrosine B films decreased absorbance over the spectra. Indirect allowed transition with optical energy gap of 2.57 eV is observed in pristine films. UV irradiation introduced structural defects and decreased optical band gap. Some of the optical absorption parameters and their relation to UV irradiation times, namely molar extinction coefficient (ε), electronic dipole strength (q2), and oscillator strength (f), of the principal optical transitions have also been evaluated.

  18. Study on the mechanical property of polyimide film in space radiation environments

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    Shen, Zicai; Mu, Yongqiang; Ding, Yigang; Liu, Yuming; Zhao, Chunqing

    2016-01-01

    Polyimide films are widely used in spacecraft, but their mechanical properties would degrade in space environments, such as electron, proton, near ultraviolet or far ultraviolet, etc. The mechanical property and mechanism of polyimide film in electron, proton, near ultraviolet and far ultraviolet was studied by Φ800 combined space radiation test facility of Beijing Institute of Space Environment Engineering (BISSE. Rupture elongation of Kapton film decrease with the increase of the tensile deformation rate. The tensile strength and the rupture elongation of Kapton film decrease with the increase of electron and proton radiation, while tensile strength and the rupture elongation of Kapton film decrease firstly and then increase with near ultraviolet and far ultraviolet.

  19. Spectroscopic studies of UV irradiated erythrosine B thin films prepared by spin coating technique.

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    Zeyada, H M; El-Mallah, H M; Atwee, T; El-Damhogi, D G

    2017-05-15

    The spectroscopic studies of erythrosine B thin films manufactured by the spin coating technique have been presented. The spectra of infrared absorption allow characterization of vibrational modes for erythrosine B in powder form, pristine and UV irradiated thin films. The absorption spectra recorded in UV-vis-NIR for pristine films of erythrosine B display two main bands. UV irradiation on erythrosine B films decreased absorbance over the spectra. Indirect allowed transition with optical energy gap of 2.57eV is observed in pristine films. UV irradiation introduced structural defects and decreased optical band gap. Some of the optical absorption parameters and their relation to UV irradiation times, namely molar extinction coefficient (ε), electronic dipole strength (q(2)), and oscillator strength (f), of the principal optical transitions have also been evaluated. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Gamma ray-assisted irradiation of few-layer graphene films: a Raman spectroscopy study

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    Kleut, D. N.; Marković, Z. M.; Holclajtner Antunović, I. D.; Dramićanin, M. D.; Kepić, D. P.; Todorović Marković, B. M.

    2014-09-01

    This paper represents results of a Raman spectroscopy study of gamma-irradiated few-layer graphene thin films at three different doses: 25, 50 and 110 kGy. Graphene thin films were deposited by the vacuum filtration method and then transferred onto glass substrate. Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy analysis have shown that the average in-plane crystallite size La of graphene thin films varies slightly when an irradiation dose is applied. Raman spectroscopy revealed that gamma irradiation of graphene thin films resulted in slight p-doping of the graphene thin film surface. It was found that during gamma irradiation at a dose of 110 kGy, the graphene sheets merged. As a result, the number of incorporated defects in the graphene structure was reduced (the ID/IG ratio decreased with the increase in the applied dose).

  1. AFM investigation and optical band gap study of chemically deposited PbS thin films

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    Zaman, S.; Mansoor, M.; Abubakar; Asim, M. M.

    2016-08-01

    The interest into deposition of nanocrystalline PbS thin films, the potential of designing and tailoring both the topographical features and the band gap energy (Eg) by controlling growth parameters, has significant technological importance. Nanocrystalline thin films of lead sulfide were grown onto glass substrates by chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The experiments were carried out by varying deposition temperature. We report on the modification of structural and optical properties as a function of deposition temperature. The morphological changes of the films were analyzed by using SEM and AFM. AFM was also used to calculate average roughness of the films. XRD spectra indicated preferred growth of cubic phase of PbS films in (200) direction with increasing deposition time. Optical properties have been studied by UV-Spectrophotometer. From the diffused reflectance spectra we have calculated the optical Eg shift from 0.649-0.636 eV with increasing deposition time.

  2. Growth and characterization studies of ZnS thin films prepared by single source evaporation technique

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    Maligi, Anantha Sunil; Jampana, Nagaraju; Gowravaram, Mohan Rao

    2017-05-01

    Zinc sulfide thin films are deposited on glass substrates using thermal evaporation technique. Effect of thickness on the properties of as-deposited ZnS films is studied. ZnS films exhibited cubic structure with preferential orientation along (111) plane. All the films exhibited n-type conductivity with resistivity ranging in the order of 105 to 106 Ω-cm. The transmittance in the visible region is in the range of 80 to 89% and the band gap of the material varied from 3.65 to 3.52 eV. The as-deposited films can be used as window layer for fabrication of hetero-junction solar cell.

  3. Photocatalytic activity and reusability study of nanocrystalline TiO2 films prepared by sputtering technique

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    Barrocas, B.; Monteiro, O. C.; Jorge, M. E. Melo; Sério, S.

    2013-01-01

    The photocatalytic activity of nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) films deposited on unheated glass substrates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering at different oxygen partial pressures was tested on the decolorization of Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) aqueous solutions. The dye photodecolorization process was studied considering the influence of the crystallinity and preferred orientation of growth of the prepared films. It was found that the higher photocatalytic activity was achieved by the film with preferred orientation of growth along the (1 0 1) crystal direction and showing a vestigial rutile phase in a mainly anatase phase. The recycling catalytic ability of the TiO2 films was also evaluated and a promising photocatalytic performance has been revealed with a very low variation of the decay rate after five consecutive usages. Structural and morphological characterization revealed high photochemical stability of the films after successive photodegradations assays.

  4. Kittel law in BiFeO₃ ultrathin films: a first-principles-based study.

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    Prosandeev, S; Lisenkov, S; Bellaiche, L

    2010-10-01

    A first-principles-based effective Hamiltonian is used to investigate the thickness dependency of the size of straight-walled domains in ultrathin films made of the multiferroic BiFeO₃ (BFO) material. It is found that the Kittel law is followed, as in ferroelectric or ferromagnetic films. However, an original real-space decomposition of the different energetic terms of this effective Hamiltonian allows the discovery that the microscopic origins of such a law in BFO films dramatically differ from those in ferroelectric or ferromagnetic films. In particular, interactions between tilting of oxygen octahedra around the domain walls and magnetoelectric couplings near the surface (and away from the domain walls) play an important role in the observance of the Kittel law in the studied BFO films.

  5. A nanosecond pulsed laser heating system for studying liquid and supercooled liquid films in ultrahigh vacuum

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    Xu, Yuntao; Dibble, Collin J.; Petrik, Nikolay G.; Smith, R. Scott; Joly, Alan G.; Tonkyn, Russell G.; Kay, Bruce D.; Kimmel, Greg A.

    2016-04-26

    A pulsed laser heating system has been developed that enables investigations of the dynamics and kinetics of nanoscale liquid films and liquid/solid interfaces on the nanosecond timescale in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV). Details of the design, implementation and characterization of a nanosecond pulsed laser system for transiently heating nanoscale films are described. Nanosecond pulses from a Nd:YAG laser are used to rapidly heat thin films of adsorbed water or other volatile materials on a clean, well-characterized Pt(111) crystal in UHV. Heating rates of ~1010 K/s for temperature increases of ~100 – 200 K are obtained. Subsequent rapid cooling (~5 × 109 K/s) quenches the film, permitting in-situ, post-mortem analysis using a variety of surface science techniques. Lateral variations in the laser pulse energy are ~ ± 3% leading to a temperature uncertainty of ~ ± 5 K for a temperature jump of 200 K. Initial experiments with the apparatus demonstrate that crystalline ice films initially held at 90 K can be rapidly transformed into liquid water films with T > 273 K. No discernable recrystallization occurs during the rapid cooling back to cryogenic temperatures. In contrast, amorphous solid water films heated below the melting point rapidly crystallize. The nanosecond pulsed laser heating system can prepare nanoscale liquid and supercooled liquid films that persist for nanoseconds per heat pulse in an UHV environment, enabling experimental studies of a wide range of phenomena in liquids and at liquid/solid interfaces.

  6. A microscopic study of strongly plasmonic Au and Ag island thin films

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    Pavaskar, Prathamesh; Hsu, I.-Kai; Theiss, Jesse; Hsuan Hung, Wei; Cronin, Stephen B.

    2013-01-01

    Thin Au and Ag evaporated films (˜5 nm) are known to form island-like growth, which exhibit a strong plasmonic response under visible illumination. In this work, evaporated thin films are imaged with high resolution transmission electron microscopy, to reveal the structure of the semicontinuous metal island film with sub-nm resolution. The electric field distributions and the absorption spectra of these semicontinuous island film geometries are then simulated numerically using the finite difference time domain method and compared with the experimentally measured absorption spectra. We find surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement factors as high as 108 in the regions of small gaps (≤2 nm), which dominate the electromagnetic response of these films. The small gap enhancement is further substantiated by a statistical analysis of the electric field intensity as a function of the nanogap size. Areal SERS enhancement factors of 4.2 × 104 are obtained for these films. These plasmonic films can also enhance the performance of photocatalytic and photovoltaic phenomena, through near-field coupling. For TiO2 photocatalysis, we calculate enhancement factors of 16 and 19 for Au and Ag, respectively. We study the effect of annealing on these films, which results in a large reduction in electric field strength due to increased nanoparticle spacing.

  7. Structural and magnetic studies of thin Fe57 films formed by ion beam assisted deposition

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    Lyadov, N. M.; Bazarov, V. V.; Vagizov, F. G.; Vakhitov, I. R.; Dulov, E. N.; Kashapov, R. N.; Noskov, A. I.; Khaibullin, R. I.; Shustov, V. A.; Faizrakhmanov, I. A.

    2016-08-01

    Thin Fe57 films with the thickness of 120 nm have been prepared on glass substrates by using the ion-beam-assisted deposition technique. X-ray diffraction, electron microdiffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy studies have shown that as-deposited films are in a stressful nanostructured state containing the nanoscaled inclusions of α-phase iron with the size of ∼10 nm. Room temperature in-plane and out-of-plane magnetization measurements confirmed the presence of the magnetic α-phase in the iron film and indicated the strong effect of residual stresses on magnetic properties of the film as well. Subsequent thermal annealing of iron films in vacuum at the temperature of 450 °C stimulates the growth of α-phase Fe crystallites with the size of up to 20 nm. However, electron microdiffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopic data have shown the partial oxidation and carbonization of the iron film during annealing. The stress disappeared after annealing of the film. The magnetic behaviour of the annealed samples was characterized by the magnetic hysteresis loop with the coercive field of ∼10 mT and the saturation magnetization decreased slightly in comparison with the α-phase Fe magnetization due to small oxidation of the film.

  8. Studies of LiCoO x thin film cathodes produced by r.f. sputtering

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    Polo da Fonseca, C. N.; Davalos, J.; Kleinke, M.; Fantini, M. C. A.; Gorenstein, A.

    Thin films of LiCoO x were deposited by r.f. sputtering, from a LiCoO 2 target and in an O 2/Ar atmosphere. The structural properties were studied by XRD and IR, the morphology by AFM and the electrochemical properties by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge techniques in 1 M LiClO 4/PC+EC electrolyte. As-grown films were amorphous and presented compact grain morphology. Annealing promotes a melt of the film at 300°C, followed by crystallisation at higher temperatures. The IR and XRD spectrum of films annealed in air showed the same structural reordering above 300°C. The crystalline film has been identified as a mixed LiCoO 2+Li 1.47Co 3O 4 phase. The open circuit potential for both films is 3.45 V. The films can be cycled till ˜4.2 V, but the crystalline structure presents irreversible phase changes, which limits the cyclability of the material. The films are interesting potential materials to be used at cathodes in lithium batteries.

  9. Morphological and stoichiometric study of chemical bath deposited CdS films by varying ammonia concentration

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    Liu, Q. Q.; Shi, J. H.; Li, Z. Q.; Zhang, D. W.; Li, X. D.; Sun, Z.; Zhang, L. Y.; Huang, S. M.

    2010-10-01

    The influence of ammonia concentration on stoichiometric, surface morphological, and optical properties of chemical bath deposited cadmium sulphide thin films has been studied systemically. Chemical bath deposition (CBD) of CdS thin films was carried out via using cadmium acetate as the cadmium ion source, thiourea as the sulphur source and ammonia as the complexing agent. Ammonia concentration was changed from 0 to 2.5 M. At ammonia concentration greater than or equal to 0.1 M and lower than 0.6 M, nanowires or flake-like structures were obtained. At ammonia concentration ranging from 0.8 to 2.0 M, uniform, dense, and continuously coated films were obtained. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) analysis revealed that as the ammonia concentration changed from 0.1 to 2.0 M, the Cd/S ratio in the obtained film increased from 0.24 to 2.61. Not only typical cadmium-poor but also unusual sulphur deficiency phenomena were observed for CBD CdS thin films. The films deposited with ammonia concentration of 1.0 M show the highest degree of crystallinity and closest stoichiometry Cd/S≅1, and have a preferred orientation. The direct band energy gaps of as-grown films were found to be 2.23-2.77 eV. The formation mechanism of the films with various morphologies and cadmium and sulphur deficiencies are discussed.

  10. Study of two different thin film coating methods in transmission laser micro-joining of thin Ti-film coated glass and polyimide for biomedical applications.

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    Sultana, T; Georgiev, G L; Baird, R J; Auner, G W; Newaz, G; Patwa, R; Herfurth, H J

    2009-07-01

    Biomedical devices and implants require precision joining for hermetic sealing which can be achieved with low power lasers. The effect of two different thin metal film coating methods was studied in transmission laser micro-joints of titanium-coated glass and polyimide. The coating methods were cathodic arc physical vapor deposition (CA-PVD) and electron beam evaporation (EB-PVD). Titanium-coated glass joined to polyimide film can have neural electrode application. The improvement of the joint quality will be essential for robust performance of the device. Low power fiber laser (wave length = 1100 nm) was used for transmission laser micro-joining of thin titanium (Ti) film (approximately 200 nm) coated Pyrex borosilicate 7740 glass wafer (0.5 mm thick) and polyimide (Imidex) film (0.2 mm thick). Ti film acts as the coupling agent in the joining process. The Ti film deposition rate in the CA-PVD was 5-10 A/s and in the EB-PVD 1.5 A/s. The laser joint strength was measured by a lap shear test, the Ti film surfaces were analyzed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and the lap shear tested joints were analyzed by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The film properties and the failure modes of the joints were correlated to joint strength. The CA-PVD produced around 4 times stronger laser joints than EB-PVD. The adhesion of the Ti film on glass by CA-PVD is better than that of the EB-PVD method. This is likely to be due to a higher film deposition rate and consequently higher adhesion or sticking coefficient for the CA-PVD particles arriving on the substrate compared to that of the EB-PVD film. EB-PVD shows poor laser bonding properties due to the development of thermal hotspots which occurs from film decohesion.

  11. Surface film effects on drop tube undercooling studies

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    Ethridge, E. C.; Kaukler, W. F.

    1986-01-01

    The effects of various gaseous atmospheric constituents on drop-tube solidified samples of elemental metals were examined from a microstructural standpoint. All specimens were prepared from the purest available elements, so effects of impurities should not account for the observed effects. The drop-tube gas has a definite effect on the sample microstructure. Most dramatically, the sample cooling rate is effected. Some samples receive sufficient cooling to solidify in free fall while others do not, splating at the end of the drop tube in the sample catcher. Gases are selectively absorbed into the sample. Upon solidification gas can become less soluble and as a result forms voids within the sample. The general oxidation/reduction characteristics of the gas also affect sample microstructures. In general, under the more favorable experimental conditions including reducing atmospheric conditions and superheatings, examination of sample microstructures indicates that nucleation has been suppressed. This is indicated by underlying uniform dendrite spacings throughout the sample and with a single dendrite orientation through most of the sample. The samples were annealed yielding a few large grains and single or bi-crystal samples were commonly formed. This was especially true of samples that were inadvertently greatly superheated. This is in contrast with results from a previous study in which surface oxides were stable and contained numerous sites of nucleation. The number of nucleation events depends upon the surface state of the specimen as determined by the atmosphere and is consistent with theoretical expectations based upon the thermodynamic stability of surface oxide films. Oxide-free specimens are characterized by shiny surfaces, with no observable features under the scanning electron microscope at 5000X.

  12. Study of mechanism which causes film formation on mercury surfaces

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    Frohnsdorff, G.; Dunn, D.

    1972-01-01

    The mechanism by which small quantities of dissolved tin, sodium, and lithium lower the rate of evaporation of mercury in vacuum is determined. An apparatus was built in which dilute amalgams could be prepared and studied in an oxygen-free environment before being exposed to oxygen under controlled conditions. The apparatus was able to maintain a pressure of less than 1.3 x 0.000001 N/sqm (10 to the minus 8th power torr) of gases and vapors other than mercury and less than 1.3 x 10 to the minus 8th N/sq m (10 to the minus 10th power torr) partial pressure of oxygen; also, it provided for mechanical sweeping of the liquid metal surfaces in the vacuum environment. The rates of evaporation of pure mercury and of dilute amalgams of tin (52 ppm), sodium (229 ppm), and lithium (165 ppm) were determined at temperature between 25 and 55 C both before and after 70 minute exposures to an approximately 270 N/sq m (2 torr) pressure of oxygen. The rates of evaporation of the pure mercury and the amalgams as first prepared were similar but the rates for the amalgams were reduced by at least 80% at 25 C as a result of the exposure to oxygen. The effect of the oxygen treatment could be completely removed by sweeping the amalgam surfaces. It was concluded that the reduced rates of evaporation resulted from the formation of transparent, insoluble, oxide films on the amalgam surfaces.

  13. Cratering studies in Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) thin films

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    Shu, Anthony; Bugiel, Sebastian; Grün, Eberhard; Hillier, Jon; Horányi, Mihály; Munsat, Tobin; Srama, Ralf

    2013-12-01

    Thin, permanently polarized Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) films have been used as dust detectors on a number of missions including the Dust Counter and Mass Analyzer (DUCMA) instrument on Vega 1 and 2 to comet 1P/Halley, the High Rate Detector (HRD) on the Cassini Mission to Saturn, the Student Dust Counter (SDC) on New Horizons to Pluto, the Dust Flux Monitor Instrument (DFMI) on the Stardust mission to comet 81P/Wild 2, the Space Dust (SPADUS) instrument on the Earth orbiting Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS) and the Cosmic Dust Experiment (CDE) on the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission in orbit around the Earth. Due to their low power requirements and light weight, large surface area detectors can be built for observing low dust fluxes. The operation principle behind metal-coated PVDF detectors is that a micrometeorite impact removes a portion of the metal surface layer, exposing the permanently polarized PVDF dielectric underneath. This changes the local electric potential near the crater, and the surface charge of the metal layer, which can be recorded as a transient current. The dimensions of the crater determine the strength of the potential change and thus the signal generated by the PVDF. Currently used scaling laws relating impactor parameters to crater geometry, which are used to predict PVDF response, are suspected to have systematic errors. Work is being undertaken to develop a new crater diameter scaling law using iron particles in PVDF. Cratered samples are analyzed using a 3D reconstruction technique using stereo image pairs taken in a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and cross sections taken in a Focused Ion Beam (FIB). We report on the details of the reconstruction techniques and the initial findings of the crater parameter scaling law study.

  14. A study on photocatalytic activity of micro-arc oxidation TiO2 films and Ag+/MAO-TiO2 composite films

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    Xiang, N.; Song, R. G.; Xiang, B.; Li, H.; Wang, Z. X.; Wang, C.

    2015-08-01

    First, micro-arc oxidation (MAO) TiO2 films have been prepared on pure titanium in a phosphate-based electrolyte, and then the Ag+/MAO-TiO2 composite films have been fabricated by Ag+ impregnation in this paper. The microstructure and composition of MAO-TiO2 films and Ag+/MAO-TiO2 composite films have been studied by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The photocatalytic activity of both films was evaluated by photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution as a model pollutant under sunlight irradiation simulation with homemade ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis). The results showed that the photocatalytic activity of MAO-TiO2 films increased with increasing the applied voltage and concentration in a certain scope. The morphology of Ag+/MAO-TiO2 composite films were of significantly difference and superior photocatalytic activity compared to the MAO-TiO2 film. Also, Ag+ impregnation was able to enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of MAO-TiO2 film.

  15. Cultural Studies of Education: Filming Fluid Subjectivities in Indonesian Universities

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    Logli, Chiara

    2016-01-01

    This article focuses on the Indonesian film "Cin(T)a," which features the interfaith and multiethnic love between two college students. I apply intergroup contact theory, critical pedagogy and grounded cosmopolitanism to the reading of the movie in order to demonstrate two key points. First, higher education is a contact zone, where…

  16. The Delirious Spectator: Opening Spaces in Film Studies

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    Sommer, Paul

    2017-01-01

    The 2016 "Garth Boomer Address" considers the teaching of film. It challenges the orthodoxy that calls for a predominantly visual analysis, arguing that editing, sound and a fresh look at the script are equally important. This invites an understanding of characterisation and narrative in terms of the creation of "wholes" and…

  17. Microcrystalline silicon thin films studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Kang, T. D.; Lee, Hosun; Park, S. J.; Jang, J.; Lee, Soonil

    2002-09-01

    We used spectroscopic ellipsometry to characterize four different microcrystalline silicon (muc-Si) films, which were fabricated by crystallizing a-Si:H films predeposited on glass substrates using solid phase crystallization (SPC), excimer laser annealing (ELA), Ni induced silicide-mediated crystallization (Ni-SMC), and field enhanced silicide-mediated crystallization (FESMC) method, respectively. A linear regression analysis, which took the effective dielectric function of muc-Si layer into account using effective medium approximation, showed that all these films were homogeneous throughout their thickness except the oxide overlayers, and completely crystallized regardless of the crystallization method. In our linear regression analysis, the complex dielectric function of silicon microcrystallites was represented by the Adachi model dielectric function (MDF) [T. Suzuki and S. Adachi, Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., Part1 32, 4900 (1993)], and the broadening parameters of the critical points (CPs) in MDF were allowed to vary. The dielectric function of silicon microcrystallites showed systematic broadening and shrinking of the peak features corresponding to the E1 and E2 CPs, from which we concluded that the average microcrystallite size increased in the order of SPC, ELA, Ni-SMC, and FESMC muc-Si. The Raman spectra and the transmission-electron-microscopy images of these films also supported the idea of systematic variation in the microcrystallite size.

  18. Cultural Studies of Education: Filming Fluid Subjectivities in Indonesian Universities

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    Logli, Chiara

    2016-01-01

    This article focuses on the Indonesian film "Cin(T)a," which features the interfaith and multiethnic love between two college students. I apply intergroup contact theory, critical pedagogy and grounded cosmopolitanism to the reading of the movie in order to demonstrate two key points. First, higher education is a contact zone, where…

  19. Hexametaphosphate effects on tooth surface conditioning film chemistry--in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Busscher, Henk J; White, Donald J; van der Mei, Henny C; Baig, Arif A; Kozak, Kathy M

    2002-01-01

    These studies compared the effects of Crest Dual Action Whitening dentifrice with sodium hexametaphosphate and control commercial dentifrices on the surface chemistry of conditioning film-coated dental enamel in vitro and in vivo. Conditioning film chemistry was studied by measurements of film thickness, ability to wet the surface/surface energy, conditioning film chemical composition and zeta potential. Laboratory and in vivo studies demonstrated that brushing and chemical-only treatment of pellicle-coated enamel surfaces produced marked changes in surface chemistry. Brushing of surfaces with all commercial dentifrices significantly reduced pellicle film quantity. Effects on non-brushed areas, of significance in the clinical situation, were different for different dentifrices. For dentifrice chemical treatments, calcium phosphate surface active builders, such as pyrophosphate and hexametaphosphate, produced stronger effects than standard (non-tartar control) dentifrices, peroxide baking soda dentifrices and dentifrices formulated with carboxylate polymers, viz. Colgate Total with copolymer. Crest Dual Action Whitening hexametaphosphate dentifrice removed more pellicle conditioning film, produced a lower zeta potential, produced the largest changes in film composition and had the greatest impact on surface free energies of the tested dentifrices. Crest Dual Action Whitening dentifrice also produced lasting changes in the reacquisition of pellicle conditioning film, as established by in vitro cycling immersion studies. Crest Dual Action Whitening dentifrice produced stronger and more lasting effects on surface film chemistry than low molecular weight pyrophosphate (Crest Tartar Control) or other polymeric-based dentifrice systems (Colgate Total). These surface chemistries may contribute to the unique clinical actions of hexametaphosphate established in recently reported, randomized clinical studies of tartar control, stain prevention and stain removal effects.

  20. Optical interferometry study of film formation in lubrication of sliding and/or rolling contacts

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    Stejskal, E. O.; Cameron, A.

    1972-01-01

    Seventeen fluids of widely varying physical properties and molecular structure were chosen for study. Film thickness and traction were measured simultaneously in point contacts by interferometry, from which a new theory of traction was proposed. Film thickness was measured in line contacts by interferometry and electrical capacitance to establish correlation between these two methods. An interferometric method for the absolute determination of refractive index in the contact zone was developed and applied to point contact fluid entrapments. Electrical capacitance was used to study the thickness and properties of the soft surface film which sometimes forms near a metal-fluid interface.

  1. Glassy behavior of denatured DNA films studied by differential scanning calorimetry.

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    Valle-Orero, Jessica; Garden, Jean-Luc; Richard, Jacques; Wildes, Andrew; Peyrard, Michel

    2012-04-12

    We use differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to study the properties of DNA films, made of oriented fibers, heated above the thermal denaturation temperature of the double helical form. The films show glassy properties that we investigate in two series of experiments, a slow cooling at different rates followed by a DSC scan upon heating and aging at a temperature below the glass transition. Introducing the fictive temperature to characterize the glass allows us to derive quantitative information on the relaxations of the DNA films, in particular to evaluate their enthalpy barrier. A comparison with similar aging studies on PVAc highlights some specificities of the DNA samples.

  2. Film and Language Learning in Victorian Schools: A Study of the 2009 Next Gen Program of the "Melbourne International Film Festival"

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    Lo Bianco, Hana

    2010-01-01

    This article investigates the role of film in language education based on a study of the 2009 "Melbourne International Film Festival" (MIFF). It is structured around a literature review and results from surveys of students and teachers who participated in the young people's section of the program, Next Gen. The article argues that film…

  3. Understanding Film as Process of Change: A Metalanguage for the Study of Film Developed and Applied to Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" and Alan J. Pakula's "The Sterile Cuckoo."

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    Koch, Christian Herbert

    This study develops and applies a way of talking about that transformation or change occurring in the mind of a film viewer as he views a film. This articulation is expressed in a metalanguage constructed along parameters of a game situation. The terminology employed in the articulation is derived from contemporary French structuralism and…

  4. Studies on RF sputtered (WO3)1-x (V2O5)x thin films for smart window applications

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    Meenakshi, M.; Sivakumar, R.; Perumal, P.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2016-05-01

    V2O5 doped WO3 targets for RF sputtering thin film deposition were prepared for various compositions. Thin films of (WO3)1-x (V2O5)x were deposited on to glass substrates using these targets. Structural characteristics of the prepared targets and thin films were studied using X-ray diffraction. Laser Raman studies were carried out on the thin films to confirm the compound formation.

  5. Swelling, ion uptake and biodegradation studies of PE film modified through radiation induced graft copolymerization

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    Kaur, Inderjeet; Gupta, Nitika; Kumari, Vandna

    2011-09-01

    An attempt to develop biodegradable polyethylene film grafting of mixture of hydrophilic monomers methacrylic acid (MAAc) and acrylamide (AAm) onto PE film has been carried out by preirradiation method using benzoyl peroxide as the radical initiator. Since ether linkages are susceptible to easy cleavage during degradation process, PE film was irradiated before the grafting reactions by γ-rays to introduce peroxidic linkages (PE-OO-PE) that offer sites for grafting. The effect of irradiation dose, monomer concentration, initiator concentration, temperature, time and amount of water on the grafting percent was determined. Maximum percentage of grafting of binary mixture (MAAc+AAm), (1792%) was obtained at a total concentration of binary monomer mixture=204.6×10 -2 mol/L ([MAAc]=176.5×10 -2 mol/L, [AAm]=28.1×10 -2 mol/L), [BPO]=8.3×10 -2 mol/L at 100 °C in 70 min. The grafted PE film was characterized by the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Scanning Electron Microscopic (SEM) methods. Some selective properties of grafted films such as swelling studies, ion uptake and biodegradation studies have been investigated. The grafted films show good swelling in water, ion uptake studies shows promising results for desalination of brackish water and the soil burial test shows that PE film grafted with binary monomer mixture degrades up to 47% within 50 days.

  6. Computational Study of In-Plane Phonon Transport in Si Thin Films

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    Wang, Xinjiang; Huang, Baoling

    2014-01-01

    We have systematically investigated the in-plane thermal transport in Si thin films using an approach based on the first-principles calculations and lattice dynamics. The effects of phonon mode depletion induced by the phonon confinement and the corresponding variation in interphonon scattering, which may be important for the thermal conductivities of ultra-thin films but are often neglected in precedent studies, are considered in this study. The in-plane thermal conductivities of Si thin films with different thicknesses have been predicted over a temperature range from 80 K to 800 K and excellent agreements with experimental results are found. The validities of adopting the bulk phonon properties and gray approximation of surface specularity in thin film studies have been clarified. It is found that in ultra-thin films, while the phonon depletion will reduce the thermal conductivity of Si thin films, its effect is largely offset by the reduction in the interphonon scattering rate. The contributions of different phonon modes to the thermal transport and isotope effects in Si films with different thicknesses under various temperatures are also analyzed. PMID:25228061

  7. Understanding the patient experience through the power of film: A mixed method qualitative research study.

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    Ogston-Tuck, Sherri; Baume, Kath; Clarke, Chris; Heng, Simon

    2016-11-01

    For decades film has proved to be a powerful form of communication. Whether produced as entertainment, art or documentary, films have the capacity to inform and move us. Films are a highly attractive teaching instrument and an appropriate teaching method in health education. It is a valuable tool for studying situations most transcendental to human beings such as pain, disease and death. The objectives were to determine how this helps students engage with their role as health care professionals; to determine how they view the personal experience of illness, disease, disability or death; and to determine how this may impact upon their provision of patient care. The project was underpinned by the film selection determined by considerate review, intensive scrutiny, contemplation and discourse by the research team. 7 films were selected, ranging from animation; foreign, documentary, biopic and Hollywood drama. Each film was shown discretely, in an acoustic lecture theatre projected onto a large screen to pre-registration student nurses (adult, child and mental health) across each year of study from different cohorts (n=49). A mixed qualitative method approach consisted of audio-recorded 5-minute reactions post film screening; coded questionnaires; and focus group. Findings were drawn from the impact of the films through thematic analysis of data sets and subjective text condensation categorised as: new insights looking through patient eyes; evoking emotion in student nurses; spiritual care; going to the moves to learn about the patient experience; self discovery through films; using films to link theory to practice. Deeper learning through film as a powerful medium was identified in meeting the objectives of the study. Integration of film into pre registration curriculum, pedagogy, teaching and learning is recommended. The teaching potential of film stems from the visual process linked to human emotion and experience. Its impact has the power to not only help in

  8. Use of thin-film substrates to study enhanced solid-state phase transformations

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    Kotula, P.G.; Erickson, D.D.; Carter, C.B. . Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)

    1994-12-01

    A thin-film substrate geometry is described for the study of enhanced solid-state phase transformations. A thin film of the seed material is grown on a suitable bulk substrate forming the thin-film substrate. A sol of the material for which seeding is to be studied is then deposited and the sample heated. Cross sections are prepared to study both the extent of the transformation and its crystallography, using electron microscopy. The special feature of this approach is that the position of the original seed/coating interface is known precisely and the thickness of the transformed layer can be measured directly at different stages of the transformation. As an example of this approach, thin films of hematite have been used as substrates for the study of the seeded phase transformation of a boehmite-derived transition-alumina to [alpha]-Al[sub 2]O[sub 3].

  9. Effect of seeing tobacco use in films on trying smoking among adolescents: cross sectional study

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    Sargent, James D; Beach, Michael L; Dalton, Madeline A; Mott, Leila A; Tickle, Jennifer J; Ahrens, M Bridget; Heatherton, Todd F

    2001-01-01

    Objective To test the hypothesis that greater exposure to smoking in films is associated with trying smoking among adolescents. Design Cross sectional survey of 4919 schoolchildren aged 9-15 years, and assessment of occurrence of smoking in 601 films. Setting Randomly selected middle schools in Vermont and New Hampshire, USA. Main outcome measure Number of schoolchildren who had ever tried smoking a cigarette. Results The films contained a median of 5 (interquartile range 1-12) occurrences of smoking. The typical adolescent had seen 17 of 50 films listed. Exposure to smoking in films varied widely: median 91 (49-152) occurrences. The prevalence of ever trying smoking increased with higher categories of exposure: 4.9% among students who saw 0-50 occurrences of smoking, 13.7% for 51-100 occurrences, 22.1% for 101-150, and 31.3% for >150. The association remained significant after adjustment for age; sex; school performance; school; parents' education; smoking by friend, sibling, or parent; and receptivity to tobacco promotions. The adjusted odds ratios of ever trying smoking for students in the higher categories of exposure, compared with students exposed to 0-50 occurrences of smoking in films, were 1.7 (95% confidence interval 1.2 to 2.4), 2.4 (1.7 to 3.4), and 2.7 (2.0 to 3.8). These odds ratios were not substantially affected by adjustment for parenting style or for personality traits of the adolescent. Conclusion In this sample of adolescents there was a strong, direct, and independent association between seeing tobacco use in films and trying cigarettes, a finding that supports the hypothesis that smoking in films has a role in the initiation of smoking in adolescents. What is already known on this topicSmoking is often depicted in films, and watching films is a favourite activity of adolescentsAdolescents whose favourite actors smoke in films are more likely to have tried smokingWhat this study addsAdolescents' exposure to smoking in films varies widely

  10. Study of Photosensitive Dry Films Absorption for Printed Circuit Boards by Photoacoustic Technique

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    Hernández, R.; Zaragoza, J. A. Barrientos; Jiménez-Pérez, J. L.; Orea, A. Cruz; Correa-Pacheco, Z. N.

    2017-08-01

    In this work, the study of photosensitive dry-type films by photoacoustic technique is proposed. The dry film photoresist is resistant to chemical etching for printed circuit boards such as ferric chloride, sodium persulfate or ammonium, hydrochloric acid. It is capable of faithfully reproducing circuit pattern exposed to ultraviolet light (UV) through a negative. Once recorded, the uncured portion is removed with alkaline solution. It is possible to obtain good results in surface mount circuits with tracks of 5 mm. Furthermore, the solid resin films are formed by three layers, two protective layers and a UV-sensitive optical absorption layer in the range of 325 nm to 405 nm. By means of optical absorption of UV-visible rays emitted by a low-power Xe lamp, the films transform this energy into thermal waves generated by the absorption of optical radiation and subsequently no-radiative de-excitation occurs. The photoacoustic spectroscopy is a useful technique to measure the transmittance and absorption directly. In this study, the optical absorption spectra of the three layers of photosensitive dry-type films were obtained as a function of the wavelength, in order to have a knowledge of the absorber layer and the protective layers. These analyses will give us the physical properties of the photosensitive film, which are very important in curing the dry film for applications in printed circuit boards.

  11. Study on calcination of bi-layered films produced by anodizing iron in dimethyl sulfoxide electrolyte

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    Jagminas, Arūnas; Klimas, Vaclovas; Mažeika, Kęstutis; Mickevičius, Sigitas; Balakauskas, Saulius

    2012-01-01

    Research on well adherent, thick and nanoporous oxide film formation onto the metal substrates underwent a major burst throughout the last decade. In the current study, thick bi-layered films produced onto a pure iron surface by anodizing way in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) electrolyte containing silica hexafluoride acid have been investigated upon the annealing in air. Compositional, phase and structural transformations of the film material to hematite, α-Fe2O3, were studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy at room to cryogenic temperatures, thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA), photoemission spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and wave dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (WDX). Experimental findings indicated that much longer heating in air is required for these films to be fully transformed to hematite. This effect is linked here with the complex nature of DMSO films. Based on the combined WDX, photoemission and Mössbauer spectroscopy results, the transformations taken place during calcination of such amorphous films by heat-treatment in air to crystalline hematite have been determined. Investigations on the calcination effects of thick iron anodic films reported here offer opportunities for both fundamental research and practical applications.

  12. Ultrathin Film Magnetism: Studies of IRON/SILVER(100) and IRON/TUNGSTEN(100)

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    Wooten, Chris Lee

    1995-01-01

    A superconducting, quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer was used to study ultrathin, epitaxial Fe films on Ag and W substrates. Samples were produced in an ultrahigh vacuum chamber via molecular beam epitaxy and characterized with established surface analytical techniques. The samples were then capped with a protective coating and transported to the SQUID for magnetic measurements. The Fe/Ag(100) films were grown in pairs, one bulk-like, the other thin (1-5 monolayers). The fully saturated film moments and relative thicknesses were used to accurately determine the film thicknesses and absolute moment per atom of the thin films. Magnetization measurements of the thin films have yielded an enhancement of the interface magnetic moment above the bulk value by as much as 30%. The magnetic moment data also reveal features associated with magnetic anisotropy and spin excitations in low dimensional systems. The study of ultrathin films of Fe on stepped W(100) substrates was motivated by Fe/Ag(100) data which indicated a correlation of surface topography with magnetic behavior. The stepped W surface provides an ideal opportunity to investigate the effect of microstructure on magnetic phenomena such as anisotropy, coupling, and critical exponents. A brief introduction to surface magnetism is also presented. While bulk Rh is paramagnetic, theoretical calculations suggest that a Rh surface may exhibit ferromagnetism. The preparation of a Rh(100) crystal for surface magnetism measurements is documented, as well as preliminary data.

  13. An X-ray and neutron reflectometry study of ‘PEG-like’ plasma polymer films

    PubMed Central

    Menzies, Donna J.; Nelson, Andrew; Shen, Hsin-Hui; McLean, Keith M.; Forsythe, John S.; Gengenbach, Thomas; Fong, Celesta; Muir, Benjamin W.

    2012-01-01

    Plasma-enhanced chemical vapour-deposited films of di(ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether were analysed by a combination of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D), X-ray and neutron reflectometry (NR). The combination of these techniques enabled a systematic study of the impact of plasma deposition conditions upon resulting film chemistry (empirical formula), mass densities, structure and water solvation, which has been correlated with the films' efficacy against protein fouling. All films were shown to contain substantially less hydrogen than the original monomer and absorb a vast amount of water, which correlated with their mass density profiles. A proportion of the plasma polymer hydrogen atoms were shown to be exchangeable, while QCM-D measurements were inaccurate in detecting associated water in lower power films that contained loosely bound material. The higher protein resistance of the films deposited at a low load power was attributed to its greater chemical and structural similarity to that of poly(ethylene glycol) graft surfaces. These studies demonstrate the utility of using X-ray and NR analysis techniques in furthering the understanding of the chemistry of these films and their interaction with water and proteins. PMID:21957120

  14. Studies on the Surface Morphology and Orientation of CeO2 Films Deposited by Pulsed Laser Ablation

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    Develos, Katherine; Kusunoki, Masanobu; Ohshima, Shigetoshi

    1998-11-01

    We studied the surface morphology and orientation of CeO2 films grown by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) on r-cut (1\\=102) Al2O3 substrates and evaluated the effects of predeposition annealing conditions of Al2O3 and film thickness of CeO2. The annealing of Al2O3 substrates improves the smoothness of the surface and performing this in high vacuum leads to better crystallinity and orientation of deposited CeO2 films compared to those annealed in oxygen. A critical value of the film thickness was found beyond which the surface roughness increases abruptly. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) study showed that the surface of CeO2 films is characterized by a mazelike pattern. Increasing the film thickness leads to the formation of larger islands which cause the increase in the surface roughness of the films. The areal density and height of these islands increased with film thickness.

  15. Studies on electrodeposited silver sulphide thin films by double exposure holographic interferometry

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    Prabhune, V. B.; Shinde, N. S.; Fulari, V. J.

    2008-12-01

    Silver sulphide (Ag 2S) thin films have been deposited on to stainless steel and fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrates by the electrodeposition process, in potentiostatic mode using silver nitrate (AgNO 3), sodium thiosulphate (Na 2S 2O 3) as a precursor sources and Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid (EDTA) was used as a complexing agent. The deposition potential of the compound was investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The structural and optical properties of the deposited films have been studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical absorption techniques, respectively. XRD studies reveal that the films are polycrystalline with monoclinic crystal structure. Optical absorption study shows the presence of direct transition with bandgap energy 1.1 eV. The determination of thickness and stress of the Ag 2S thin films was carried out by Double Exposure Holographic Interferometry (DEHI) technique.

  16. Studies on nanosized molybdenum trioxide (α-MoO3) thin films

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    Khalate, S. A.; Kate, R. S.; Deokate, R. J.

    2017-05-01

    The molybdenum trioxide (α-MoO3) thin films of single orthorhombic phase have been deposited by using spray pyrolysis technique on the glass substrates. α-MoO3 thin films were characterized for structural, morphological and optical measurements. XRD results shows that α-MoO3 thin films are polycrystalline, crystallizes in orthorhombic structure crystalline quality improved with substrate temperature. Surface morphological study shows the conversion of grains into nanorod like structure with increasing substrate temperature. The value of optical band gap shows 2.72 eV at the substrate temperature 400 °C.

  17. XPS Study of Thermally Evaporated Ge-Sb-Te Amorphous Thin Films

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    Kumar, Sandeep; Singh, Digvijay; Thangaraj, R.

    2011-12-12

    Amorphous thin films were prepared from the bulk composition of Ge{sub 22}Sb{sub 22}Te{sub 56}(GST) alloy by thermal evaporation in good vacuum condition. The amorphous nature of as-deposited films was checked with x-ray diffraction (XRD) studies. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been used to determine the binding energies of the core electrons in amorphous thin GST films. In XPS, we performed the survey scan from the binding energy (BE) range from 0-1100 eV and core level spectra of Ge 3d, Sb 3d and Te 3d.

  18. Noncontact atomic force microscopy studies of ultrathin films of amorphous solid water deposited on Au(111).

    PubMed

    Donev, J M K; Yu, Q; Long, B R; Bollinger, R K; Fain, S C

    2005-07-22

    Noncontact atomic force microscopy was used to study the morphological changes of an ultrathin amorphous solid water (ASW) film as a function of deposition temperature, annealing temperature, and annealing time. ASW deposited at 80 or 108 K on Au(111) formed truncated hemispherical clusters of increasing size during annealing at 134 K; these clusters were inferred to be crystalline. The number of nuclei present at the outer surface of the film after deposition was greater for higher deposition temperature. For lower cluster densities, depletion of the ASW film around the clusters was observed when the clusters became larger and dendritic growth was observed when the apparent cluster footprint radius exceeded 100 nm.

  19. Thermoelectric studies of nanoporous thin films with adjusted pore-edge charges

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    Hao, Qing; Zhao, Hongbo; Xu, Dongchao

    2017-03-01

    In recent years, nanoporous thin films have been widely studied for thermoelectric applications. High thermoelectric performance is reported for nanoporous Si films, which is attributed to the dramatically reduced lattice thermal conductivity and bulk-like electrical properties. Porous materials can also be used in gas sensing applications by engineering the surface-trapped charges on pore edges. In this work, an analytical model is developed to explore the relationship between the thermoelectric properties and pore-edge charges in a periodic two-dimensional nanoporous material. The presented model can be widely used to analyze the measured electrical properties of general nanoporous thin films and two-dimensional materials.

  20. Study on micro-structure and morphological evolution of Fe/Pt nano-magnetic film.

    PubMed

    Ishiguro, S; Ju, D Y; Ogatsu, R; Nakano, T

    2011-10-01

    One of the vertical magnetic recordings medium materials of the hard disk drive (HDD) is a Fe/Pt thin film. The development of ultra-high density magnetic recording medium in next generation is expected the magnetic disks such as HDD with capacity enlargement of the data. In order to study effectiveness of the proposed sputtering method, we evaluated micro structure, magnetic and the mechanical properties of a Fe/Pt thin film by some sputtering process conditions. From research results, effect sputtering conditions on micro-structure and mechanical properties of Fe/Pt nano film are verified.

  1. Vapor sensing mechanism of acid on copper phthalocyanine thin films studied by electrical conductivity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Singh, Sukhwinder; Saini, G. S. S.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2013-06-01

    The electrical conductivity of thin films of iron phthalocyanine on glass substrates by thermal evaporation technique have been investigated. The electrical conductivity of thin films of these complexes changes when exposed to oxidizing and reducing gases such as halogens, ammonia, water and NOX. Thermal activation energy in the intrinsic region and impurity scattering region can be calculated by using Arrhenius plot. The dark conductivity and photoconductivity have been taken at different temperatures in the range 312-389 K. These films have been studied as chemical sensors for dilute sulphuric acid.

  2. Deposition of hydroxyapatite thin films by Nd:YAG laser ablation: a microstructural study

    SciTech Connect

    Nistor, L.C.; Ghica, C.; Teodorescu, V.S.; Nistor, S.V. . E-mail: snistor@alpha1.infim.ro; Dinescu, M.; Matei, D.; Frangis, N.; Vouroutzis, N.; Liutas, C.

    2004-11-02

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) thin films has been successfully deposited by Nd:YAG laser ablation at {lambda} = 532 nm. The morphology and microstructure of the deposited layers was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution electron microscopy (HREM). Polycrystalline HA films were directly obtained with the substrate at 300 deg. C and without introducing water vapors in the deposition chamber. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements show that the oxygen stoichiometry in the HA films is also maintained. Depositions performed at {lambda} = 335 nm laser wavelength and 300 deg. C substrate temperature resulted in polycrystalline layers of mixed composition of HA and tricalciumphosphate (TCP)

  3. Study of dielectric films in superconducting resonators using pulse echo techniques

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    Ramanayaka, A. N.; Sarabi, B.; Stoutimore, M. J. A.; Osborn, K. D.

    2013-03-01

    Energy absorption by two-level systems (TLS) in amorphous dielectric films is a source of decoherence in superconducting qubits, but their microscopic nature is unknown in specific films. To reveal their nature it is helpful to study their dynamics, which we do by embedding them in the parallel-plate capacitor of a linear resonator that is coupled to probing fields through a coplanar waveguide. Measurements are performed at 4-8 GHz and 25-200 mK on amorphous silicon nitride films. We will report on progress to extract the coherence times, field coupling, and the corresponding distributions of these tunneling states.

  4. Surface roughness evolution in the growth of a-Si: H thin films studied by ellipsometry

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    Canillas, A.; Campmany, J.; Andújar, J. L.; Bertran, E.; Morenza, J. L.

    1991-07-01

    In situ real time ellipsometry at 3.4 eV photon energy has been used to analyze the deposition of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films obtained by RF glow discharge decomposition of silane gas. The study is focused on the evolution of the microstructure during the films growth. The results are explained considering a theoretical model which assumes a homogeneous growth of the a-Si:H below a surface roughness layer which increases 0.5-0.7 nm in thickness during the first 400 nm of film growth. The bulk layer microstructure appears to be homogeneous within 1% of density variations.

  5. Surface photovoltage spectroscopy study of reduced and oxidized nanocrystalline TiO 2 films

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    Rothschild, A.; Levakov, A.; Shapira, Y.; Ashkenasy, N.; Komem, Y.

    2003-06-01

    Nanocrystalline TiO 2 films used for gas sensors have been studied by means of surface photovoltage spectroscopy and other analytical tools to investigate the oxygen chemisorption effect on the electrical properties of the films. The results show that the surface (and intergranular interface) band bending increases with oxygen exposure due to electron trapping at midgap states induced by chemisorption. The surface electronic structure is revealed by the measurements, allowing determination of the sensing mechanism of these important films. In addition, a photoinduced chemisorption of oxygen at room temperature is observed. This has important implications for low-temperature gas sensors.

  6. Studies of thin film nonlinear viscoelasticity for superpressure balloons

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    Rand, J. L.; Wakefield, D.

    2010-01-01

    In order to provide scientists with a stratospheric platform from which to conduct long duration research, a superpressure balloon is desired which will maintain a relatively constant volume for weeks at a time. The pumpkin shaped balloon has been developed by making use of the surface lobing to limit the circumferential stress and meridional tendons to carry the loads in the other direction. However, in order to prevent geometric instabilities during deployment and after pressurization, the design should eliminate as much excess material as possible while not exceeding the permissible stresses of the material. This paper will describe the behavior of the very thin membrane material selected for this application and the limits of the film in a biaxial state of stress. In addition, it is shown that the viscoelastic nature of the film will limit the stress by causing a reduced radius of curvature in the lobe of the pumpkin.

  7. Vaporization Studies from Slag Surfaces Using a Thin Film Technique

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    Seetharaman, Seshadri; Shyrokykh, Tetiana; Schröder, Christina; Scheller, Piotr R.

    2013-08-01

    The investigations of vanadium vaporization from CaO-SiO2-FeO-V2O5 thin film slags were conducted using the single hot thermocouple technique (SHTT) with air as the oxidizing atmosphere. The slag samples were analyzed after the experiments by SEM/EDX. The vanadium content was found to decrease as a function of time. The loss of vanadium from the slag film after 30 minutes of oxidation was approximately 18 pct and after 50 minutes, it was nearly 56 pct. The possible mechanism of vanadium loss would be the surface oxidation of vanadium oxide in the slag, VO x to V5+, followed by surface evaporation of V2O5, which has a high vapor pressure at the experimental temperature.

  8. Electrochromic performance, wettability and optical study of copper manganese oxide thin films: Effect of annealing temperature

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    Falahatgar, S. S.; Ghodsi, F. E.; Tepehan, F. Z.; Tepehan, G. G.; Turhan, İ.

    2014-01-01

    In the present work, the nanostructured copper manganese oxide (CMO) thin films were prepared from acetate based sol-gel precursors and deposited on glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates by dip-coating technique. The films were annealed at 300, 400 and 500 °C in ambient atmosphere. The effects of annealing temperature on structural, morphological, wettability, electrochromic and optical properties of CMO thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX), water contact angle measurement (WCA), cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometery. The presence of mixed oxide phases comprising of copper manganese oxide (CuMn2O4) and manganese oxide at different annealing temperature was confirmed by XRD patterns. The results showed that the Mn3O4 phase has been changed to Mn2O3 when the annealing temperature is increased from 300 to 500 °C. The FESEM images indicated that the granular surface morphology was sensitive to annealing temperature. EDX studies indicated that the thin films contained O, Mn and Cu species. Wettability studies showed that the water contact angle of the nanostructured CMO thin films coated on glass substrates was influenced by the variation of annealing temperature and the surface nature of thin films was changed from hydrophilic to hydrophobic. The results of CVs measurement indicated that the anodic and cathodic charge density and capacitance of all CMO samples decreased with increasing scan rate in potential range of -1-1 eV. Also, the annealed CMO thin film at 500 °C showed better electrochromic performance with respect to other samples at lower scan rate. The thickness, refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical band gap of thin films coated on glass substrates were calculated from reflectance and transmittance spectra using an iterative numerical method. The optical band gap of

  9. Studies of titanium dioxide film growth from titanium tetraisopropoxide

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    Wu, Yuan-Min; Bradley, D. C.; Nix, Roger M.

    1993-01-01

    The surface-mediated decomposition of titanium isopropoxide at low pressures has been followed using temperature-programmed reaction spectroscopy and reactive scattering measurements. Film growth is initiated at ˜ 450 K, with kinetics controlled by the decomposition of adsorbed intermediates, giving a mixture of acetone, isopropanol and propene as gas-phase by-products. At high temperatures (#62;675 K) the principal by-product is propene and adsorption kinetics may become rate-limiting.

  10. Study of Vortices Embedded in Boundary Layers with Film Cooling.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1987-03-01

    Turbine parts may be protected from heat loads resulting from exposure to gas at high temperatures by using a coolant within turbine passages and along...then protects metal surfaces by forming a protective insulating film between the blades and the mainstream, and by acting as a heat sink. The flow...boundary layer. In order to understand the effects that this complex flow field has upon heat transfer, vortex characteristics and their interaction with

  11. FTIR and XRD study of PMMA/PCTFE blend films

    SciTech Connect

    Tripathi, S. Shripathi, T.; Tripathi, J.; Agrawal, A.; Sharma, A.

    2014-04-24

    The results are reported on solution cast PMMA-PCTFE blend films characterized using x-ray diffraction and FTIR. The nanocrystalline nature of PMMA is still seen in the blends, however, the bond modifications are clearly observed. The addition of PCTFE results in the modification in structural properties, as reflected in the XRD and FTIR spectra showing modifications in bonding as a function of PCTFE percentage.

  12. AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP OF FILM MOVEMENT AND EMOTIONAL RESPONSE, AND ITS EFFECT ON LEARNING AND ATTITUDE FORMATION.

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    MILLER, WILLIAM CHARLES, III

    THIS EXPERIMENTAL STUDY EXAMINED THE HYPOTHESES THAT FILM MOTION INCREASES AUDIENCE EMOTIONAL INVOLVEMENT, INCREASES POSITIVE ATTITUDE RESPONSE TO THE FILM AND DOES NOT AFFECT AUDIENCE INFORMATION RETENTION. OTHER HYPOTHESES WERE THAT THE GALVANIC SKIN RESPONSE (GSR) IS USEFUL FOR EVALUATING FILM AUDIENCE EMOTIONAL INVOLVEMENT, THAT AUDIENCE…

  13. A photoemission study of Pd ultrathin films on Pt(111)

    SciTech Connect

    Mun, Bongjin Simon; Lee, Choongman; Stamenkovic, Vojislav; Markovic, Nenad M.; Ross Jr., Philip N.

    2005-05-11

    The origin of surface core-level shift (SCLS) of Pd thin films on Pt(111) substrate is investigated. At sub-monolayer coverage of Pd thin films, the splitting of Pd 3d core level peaks indicate the contribution of both initial and final-state of photo-ionization processes while there is almost no change on valence band (VB) spectra. When the coverage of Pd reaches to single monolayer, the final-state relaxation effect on the Pd 3d vanishes and only the initial-state effect, a negative SCLS, is present. Also, the VB spectrum at Pd monolayer films shows a clear band narrowing, that is the origin of the negative SCLS at monolayer coverage. As the Pd coverage is increased to more than monolayer thickness, the Pd 3d peaks start to show the surface layer contribution from second and third layers, positive SCLS, and the VB spectrum shows even narrower band width, possibly due to the formation of surface states and strained effect of Pd adlayers on top of the first pseudomorphic layer.

  14. Raman and optical studies of indium rich In_1-xAl_xN thin films

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    Haddad, D.; Danylyuk, Y. V.; Naik, R.; Auner, G. W.; Naik, V. M.

    2002-03-01

    Indium rich In_1-xAl_xN films with x = 0 -0.2 have been grown by Plasma Source Molecular Beam Epitaxy on Sapphire (0001) substrate at growth temperature in the range of 300 - 500 ^oC. X-ray diffraction measurements show that films are polycrystalline at low growth temperatures with increased c-axis texture at higher temperatures. Raman spectra of InN films show the characteristic wurtzite A_1(LO), A_1(TO) and E2 phonon modes with a significant disorder activated mode broadening . The direct energy bandgap of alloy films were determined using optical (UV-Vis) transmission and reflection measurements. The optical absorption spectra show a stronger plasma absorption confirming the presence of higher carrier concentration in InN films compared to the alloy films. The results of photoluminescence measurements on these films using 2.41 eV excitation energy (> energy bandgap of the samples studied here) will also be presented.

  15. Study of semiconductor candidates for terrestrial thin-film photovoltaic solar energy conversion

    SciTech Connect

    Casey, M.S.

    1986-01-01

    In the first part, cadmium sulfide/indium phosphide heterostructures were fabricated by evaporating n-type cadmium sulfide onto p-type indium phosphide films grown at the Electronics Research Center of Rockwell International by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) either on single crystal lnP, or on zinc-doped gallium arsenide films deposited by MOCVD on molybdenum and glass. The best efficiencies obtained were 4.6% for the epitaxial films, and 1.4% for the polycrystalline films (compared with 7.5% for a junction formed on single crystal lnP). In the second part, p-type cadmium telluride films deposited on glass by Menezes at the University of Mexico by hot-wall flash evaporation were studied. Typical films were highly resistive; attempts to lower the resistivity led to nonstoichiometric films. Observed electrical characteristics could be explained in terms of conductive tellurium pathways in a resistive CdTe matrix. In the third and major part, the phenomena occurring at the surface of bulk polycrystalline zinc phosphide and at interfaces of zinc phosphide based devices were investigated so that photovoltaic performance could be improved.

  16. Effective method to study the thickness-dependent dielectric functions of nanometal thin film.

    PubMed

    Hu, Er-Tao; Cai, Qing-Yuan; Zhang, Rong-Jun; Wei, Yan-Feng; Zhou, Wen-Chao; Wang, Song-You; Zheng, Yu-Xiang; Wei, Wei; Chen, Liang-Yao

    2016-11-01

    A new method for measuring the dielectric functions change with the thickness of nanometal thin films was proposed. To confirm the accuracy and reliability of the method, a nano-thin wedge-shaped gold (Au) film with continuously varied thicknesses was designed and prepared on K9 glass by direct-current-sputtering (DC-sputtering). The thicknesses and the dielectric functions in the wavelength range of 300-1100 nm of the nano-thin Au films were obtained by fitting the ellipsometric parameters with the Drude and critical points model. Results show that while the real part of the dielectric function (ϵ1) changes marginally with increasing film thickness, the imaginary part (ϵ2) decreases drastically with the film thickness, approaching a stable value when the film thickness increases up to about 42 nm. This method is particularly useful in the study of thickness-dependent optical properties of nano-thin film.

  17. Photostable epoxy polymerized carbon quantum dots luminescent thin films and the performance study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Chang; Du, Lei; Liu, Cui; Li, Yunchuan; Yang, ZhenZhen; Cao, Yuan-Cheng

    High photostable epoxy polymerized carbon quantum dots (C-dots) luminescent thin films were prepared and their performances were compared with the CdTe quantum dots (QDs). First, water soluble C-dots (λem = 543.60 nm) were synthesized. Poly (ethylene glycol) diglycidyl ether (PEG) and diaminooctane were used as the polymer matrix to make the epoxy resin films. FT-IR spectra showed that there were vibration at 3448 cm-1 and 1644 cm-1 which contributed to -OH and -NH respectively. SEM observations showed that the polymerizations of the films were uniform and there were no structure defects. Mechanical tests showed the tensile modulus of C-dots composite films were 4.6, 4.9, 6.4 and 7.8 MPa respectively with corresponding 0%, 1%, 2% and 5% mass fraction of C-dots, while the tensile modulus of CdTe QDs films were 4.6 MPa under the same mass fraction of CdTe QDs. Compared with semiconductor QDs, the decay of quantum yield were 5% and 10% for the C-dots and CdTe QDs, respectively. The pictures in the continuous irradiation of 48 h showed that the C-dots film was more photostable. This study provides much helpful and profound towards the fluorescent enhancement films in the field of flexible displays.

  18. Systematic studies of HTSC thin film growth by ICM-sputtering

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    Geerk, J.; Linker, G.; Meyer, O.; Ratzel, F.; Reiner, J.; Remmel, J.; Kröner, T.; Henn, R.; Massing, S.; Brecht, E.; Strehlau, B.; Smithey, R.; Wang, R. L.; Wang, F.; Siegel, M.; Ritschel, C.; Rauschenbach, B.

    1991-09-01

    The Inverted Cylindrical Magnetron Sputtering (ICM) is a reliable and reproducible method for the production of HTSC thin films. This allows systematic studies of film growth as a function of various deposition parameters including film thickness, substrate material or buffer layers. We report the growth conditions and growth quality of “1-2-3” films of different orientation with special emphasis on a-axis films which may be of interest for applications if 3-dimensional patterning is attempted. Substrate orientation and substrate temperature are the essential parameters controlling the growth orientation. High quality buffer layers (FWHM mosaic spread <0.2°, X min<5% in channeling experiment) of Zr(Y)O 2 could be deposited on R-plane sapphire. Critical current densities near 3×10 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K could be achieved for the 1-2-3 films deposited on these buffer layers. Finally we report results of in situ BiSrCaCuO thin film deposition revealing first signs of channeling behaviour (X min≈60%) indicating towards epitaxial growth.

  19. Study of Flux Ratio of C60 to Ar Cluster Ion for Hard DLC Film deposition

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    Miyauchi, K.; Kitagawa, T.; Toyoda, N.; Kanda, K.; Matsui, S.; Yamada, I.

    2003-08-01

    To study the influence of the flux ratio of C60 molecule to Ar cluster ion on DLC film characteristics, DLC films deposited under various flux ratios were characterized with Raman spectrometry and Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS). From results of these measurements, hard DLC films were deposited when the flux ratio of C60 to Ar cluster ion was between 0.7 and 4. Furthermore the DLC film with constant sp2 content was obtained in the range of the ratio from 0.7 to 4, which contents are lower values than that of conventional films such as RF plasma. DLC films deposited under the ratio from 1 to 4 had hardness from 40 to 45GPa. It was shown that DLC films with stable properties of low sp2 content and high hardness were formed even when the fluxes were varied from 1 to 4 during deposition. It was indicated that this process was useful in the view of industrial application.

  20. A study of growth and thermal dewetting behavior of ultra-thin gold films using transmission electron microscopy

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    Sudheer, Mondal, Puspen; Rai, V. N.; Srivastava, A. K.

    2017-07-01

    The growth and solid-state dewetting behavior of Au thin films (0.7 to 8.4 nm) deposited on the formvar film (substrate) by sputtering technique have been studied using transmission electron microscopy. The size and number density of the Au nanoparticles (NPs) change with an increase in the film thickness (0.7 to 2.8 nm). Nearly spherical Au NPs are obtained for <3 nm thickness films whereas percolated nanostructures are observed for ≥3 nm thickness films as a consequence of the interfacial interaction of Au and formvar film. The covered area fraction (CAF) increases from ˜13 to 75 % with the change in film thickness from 0.7 to 8.4 nm. In-situ annealing of ≤3 nm film produces comparatively bigger size and better sphericity Au NPs along with their narrow distributions, whereas just percolated film produces broad distribution in size having spherical as well as elongated Au NPs. The films with thickness ≤3 nm show excellent thermal stability. The films having thickness >6 nm show capability to be used as an irreversible temperature sensor with a sensitivity of ˜0.1 CAF/°C. It is observed that annealing affects the crystallinity of the Au grains in the films. The electron diffraction measurement also shows annealing induced morphological evolution in the percolated Au thin films (≥3 nm) during solid-state dewetting and recrystallization of the grains.

  1. A study on in vitro and in vivo bioactivity of HA/45S5 composite films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Wang, D. G.; Chen, C. Z.; Ma, Q. S.; Jin, Q. P.; Li, H. C.

    2013-04-01

    HA/45S5 composite films were deposited by pulsed laser, the crystalline phases, microstructure and bonding configurations of the films were studied by XRD, SEM and FTIR respectively, and the film-to-substrate adhesion was investigated by micro-scratch testing. In addition, the in vitro and in vivo assays were carried out. The results showed that the crystallinity and the adhesive strength of the films increased with the increase of the substrate temperature. The film deposited with the substrate temperature of 200 °C is amorphous, while crystalline HA and β-TCP were detected in the film deposited at 600 °C. The in vitro test indicates that the amorphous film has faster dissolution rate and reprecipitation rate, which implies that this film has better bioactivity than the crystalline film. However, the in vivo test suggested that the 600 °C film was more suitable to serve as clinical application than the 200 °C film, because new bone tissue grew better onto the 600 °C film surface than onto the 200 °C film surface when they were implanted in the rabbit shin bones.

  2. [Study on the Properties of the Pc-Si Films Prepared by Magnetron Co-Sputtering at Low Temperature].

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    Duan, Liang-fei; Yang, Wen; Zhang, Li-yuan; Li, Xue-ming; Chen, Xiao-bo; Yang, Pei-zhi

    2016-03-01

    The polycrystalline silicon thin films play an important role in the field of electronics. In the paper, α-SiAl composite membranes on glass substrates was prepared by magnetron co-sputtering. The contents of Al radicals encapsulated-in the α-Si film can be adjusted by changing the Al to Si sputtering power ratios. The as-prepared α-Si films were converted into polycrystalline films by using a rapid thermal annealing (RTP) at low temperature of 350 degrees C for 10 minutes in N2 atmosphere. An X-ray diffractometer, and Raman scattering and UV-Visible-NIR Spectrometers were used to characterize the properties of the Pc-Si films. The influences of Al content on the properties of the Pc-Si films were studied. The results showed that the polycrystalline silicon films were obtained from α-SiAl composite films which were prepared by magnetron co-sputtering at a low temperature following by a rapid thermal annealing. The grain size and the degree of crystallization of the Pc-Si films increased with the increase of Al content, while the optical band gap was reduced. The nc-Si films were prepared when the Al to Si sputtering power ratio was 0.1. And a higher Crystallization rate (≥ 85%) of polycrystalline silicon films were obtained when the ratio was 0.3. The band gaps of the polycrystalline silicon films can be controlled by changing the aluminum content in the films.

  3. Transdermal film-loaded finasteride microplates to enhance drug skin permeation: Two-step optimization study.

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    Ahmed, Tarek A; El-Say, Khalid M

    2016-06-10

    The goal was to develop an optimized transdermal finasteride (FNS) film loaded with drug microplates (MIC), utilizing two-step optimization, to decrease the dosing schedule and inconsistency in gastrointestinal absorption. First; 3-level factorial design was implemented to prepare optimized FNS-MIC of minimum particle size. Second; Box-Behnken design matrix was used to develop optimized transdermal FNS-MIC film. Interaction among MIC components was studied using physicochemical characterization tools. Film components namely; hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (X1), dimethyl sulfoxide (X2) and propylene glycol (X3) were optimized for their effects on the film thickness (Y1) and elongation percent (Y2), and for FNS steady state flux (Y3), permeability coefficient (Y4), and diffusion coefficient (Y5) following ex-vivo permeation through the rat skin. Morphological study of the optimized MIC and transdermal film was also investigated. Results revealed that stabilizer concentration and anti-solvent percent were significantly affecting MIC formulation. Optimized FNS-MIC of particle size 0.93μm was successfully prepared in which there was no interaction observed among their components. An enhancement in the aqueous solubility of FNS-MIC by more than 23% was achieved. All the studied variables, most of their interaction and quadratic effects were significantly affecting the studied variables (Y1-Y5). Morphological observation illustrated non-spherical, short rods, flakes like small plates that were homogeneously distributed in the optimized transdermal film. Ex-vivo study showed enhanced FNS permeation from film loaded MIC when compared to that contains pure drug. So, MIC is a successful technique to enhance aqueous solubility and skin permeation of poor water soluble drug especially when loaded into transdermal films. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. A correlated study of laser produced plume expansion dynamics and thin film growth of manganates

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    Amoruso, S.; Angeloni, M.; Balestrino, G.; Boggio, N.; Bruzzese, R.; Medaglia, P. G.; Tebano, A.; Vitiello, M.; Wang, X.

    2005-07-01

    Thin films of La 0.67Ba 0.33MnO 3 were deposited on NdGaO 3 by pulsed laser deposition with in situ RHEED diagnostics. A strong dependence of structural and electrical transport properties of the films on the background oxygen pressure was observed. Electrical resistance versus temperature and X-ray diffraction measurements were used to characterise the deposited films. Deposition at low background oxygen pressure (≈10 -1 Pa) resulted in a good structural quality with an atomically flat surface, but poorer transport properties compared to films grown at higher pressure (≈50 Pa). These observations have been correlated with the characteristics of the plume expansion by studying pulsed laser ablation of manganate samples into oxygen background gas by optical emission spectroscopy and ion probe diagnostics. These studies have been carried out using the parent LaMnO 3 compound as target material in presence of an oxidizing atmosphere.

  5. Palm kernel oil-based polyurethane film: Biocompatibility and antibacterial activity studies

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    Zulkifli, Nurul Nabilah bt; Badri, Khairiah bt Hj; Nor, Mohd Al Amin Muhamad; Amin, Khairul Anuar Mat

    2017-02-01

    In this study, polyurethane (PU) film was prepared from palm kernel oil-based polyester (PKO-p) via pre-polymerization with isocyanate/polyol group ([NCO/OH]). PU films were physically characterized to investigate the mechanical properties, thermal behavior, water uptake, water vapor transmission rates as well as biocompatibility and antibacterial activities against Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and Gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli). Results showed that PU 2 film exhibited optimum mechanical performance and thermal properties with the water vapor transmission rates at 267 ± 17 g m-2 d-1, comparable to commercial dressing. Biocompatibility studies revealed that PU films were non-cytotoxic to the human skin fibroblast cells (CRL2522) and exhibited bactericidal effect against both bacteria.

  6. Strain in epitaxial MnSi films on Si(111) in the thick film limit studied by polarization-dependent extended x-ray absorption fine structure

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    Figueroa, A. I.; Zhang, S. L.; Baker, A. A.; Chalasani, R.; Kohn, A.; Speller, S. C.; Gianolio, D.; Pfleiderer, C.; van der Laan, G.; Hesjedal, T.

    2016-11-01

    We report a study of the strain state of epitaxial MnSi films on Si(111) substrates in the thick film limit (100-500 Å) as a function of film thickness using polarization-dependent extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). All films investigated are phase-pure and of high quality with a sharp interface between MnSi and Si. The investigated MnSi films are in a thickness regime where the magnetic transition temperature Tc assumes a thickness-independent enhanced value of ≥43 K as compared with that of bulk MnSi, where Tc≈29 K . A detailed refinement of the EXAFS data reveals that the Mn positions are unchanged, whereas the Si positions vary along the out-of-plane [111] direction, alternating in orientation from unit cell to unit cell. Thus, for thick MnSi films, the unit cell volume is essentially that of bulk MnSi—except in the vicinity of the interface with the Si substrate (thin film limit). In view of the enhanced magnetic transition temperature we conclude that the mere presence of the interface, and its specific characteristics, strongly affects the magnetic properties of the entire MnSi film, even far from the interface. Our analysis provides invaluable information about the local strain at the MnSi/Si(111) interface. The presented methodology of polarization dependent EXAFS can also be employed to investigate the local structure of other interesting interfaces.

  7. Bioequivalence study of 400 and 100 mg imatinib film-coated tablets in healthy volunteers.

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    Ostrowicz, Andrzej; Mikołajczak, Przemysław L; Wierzbicka, Marzena; Boguradzki, Piotr

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the bioavailability of a generic product of 100 mg and 400 mg imatinib film-coated tablets (test) as compared to that of a branded product (reference) at the same strength to determine bioequivalence. The secondary objective of the study was to evaluate tolerability of both products. An open-label, randomized, crossover, two-period, single-dose, comparative study was conducted in 43 (Imatynib-Biofarm 100 mg film-coated tablet) and in 42 (Imatynib-Biofarm 400 mg film-coated tablet), brand name Imatenil, Caucasian healthy volunteers in fed conditions. A single oral dose administration of the test or reference product was separated by 14-day washout period. The imatinib and its metabolite N-desmethyl imatinib concentrations were determined using a validated LC MS/MS method. The results of the single-dose study in healthy volunteers indicated that the film-coated tablets of Imatynib-Biofarm 100 mg and 400 mg film-coated tablets manufactured by Biofarm Sp. z o.o. (test products) are bioequivalent to those of Glivec 100 mg and 400 mg film-coated tablets manufactured by Novartis Pharma GmbH (reference products). Both products in the two doses of imatinib were well tolerated.

  8. Nanoindentation study of niobium nitride thin films on niobium fabricated by reactive pulsed laser deposition

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    Mamun, Md Abdullah Al; Farha, Ashraf Hassan; Ufuktepe, Yüksel; Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.; Elmustafa, Abdelmageed A.

    2015-03-01

    Nanomechanical and structural properties of NbNx films deposited on single crystal Nb using pulsed laser deposition for different substrate temperature were previously investigated as a function of film/substrate crystal structure (Mamun et al. (2012) [30]). In this study we focus on the effect of laser fluences and background nitrogen pressure on the nanomechanical and structural properties of NbNx films. The crystal structure and surface morphology of the thin films were tested by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. Using nanoindentation, the investigation of the nanomechanical properties revealed that the hardness of the NbNx films was directly influenced by the laser fluence for low background nitrogen pressure, whereas the nanomechanical hardness showed no apparent correlation with laser fluence at high background nitrogen pressure. The NbNx film hardness measured at 30% film thickness increased from 14.0 ± 1.3 to 18.9 ± 2.4 GPa when the laser fluence was increased from 15 to 25 J/cm2 at 10.7 Pa N2 pressure. X-ray diffraction showed NbNx films with peaks that correspond to δ-NbN cubic and β-Nb2N hexagonal phases in addition to the δ'-NbN hexagonal phase. Finally, increasing the laser fluence resulted in NbNx films with larger grain sizes.

  9. Effect of Polymer Confinement on the Film Drainage Behavior- An RICM Study

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    Borkar, Suraj; Ramchandran, Arun

    2015-11-01

    We consider the dynamic effects of confinement of macromolecular liquids on the film drainage process between a drop and a flat surface. Under confinement of the order of few molecular length scales, layering and adsorption of long chains of polymers can cause entropic repulsion due to a reduced configurational freedom. This repulsive force can prevent film rupture and lead to the formation of an equilibrium film. In the current work, experiments were conducted with deformable droplets settling under gravity in a suspending liquid for Bond numbers of O(10-4) . The film drainage was studied using a microinterferometric technique namely, Reflection Interference Contrast Microscopy (RICM) for two different systems: a) silicone oil drops in paraffin oil, b) glycerol drops in silicone oil. The RICM analysis for obtaining the film drainage profiles, was done using a combination of simple cosine theory and ray tracing algorithm. For the silicone oil-paraffin oil system, the film drainage behavior observed was as expected from simulations based on thin film drainage equations. On the other hand, glycerol drops of radii smaller than 130 μm, resulted in the formation of an equilibrium film of silicone oil with an approximate thickness of 10 nm. The origin of this repulsive force is attributed to the presence of an immobilized layer of adsorbed polymer chains. Film drainage observed in glycerol drops of radii larger than 130 μm, was found to destabilize in a non-axisymmetric mode. The rapid growth of this asymmetric instability can lead to stresses (O(100 Pa)) higher than the yield stress of the adsorbed polymer layer.

  10. Study of SnS2 thin film deposited by spin coating technique

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    Chaki, Sunil H.; Joshi, Hardikkumar J.; Tailor, Jiten P.; Deshpande, M. P.

    2017-07-01

    Thin film deposition of SnS2 was done by spin coating technique at ambient temperature. Deposition was done for different spin speed and spin time. The film thickness dependence on spin speed and spin time was studied. The spin speed was varied from 1000 rpm to 2000 rpm and spin time from 2 s to 6 s for constant speed of 1000 rpm. The elemental composition and crystal structure along with the phase of the as-deposited thin film was determined by the energy dispersive analysis of x-ray (EDAX) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques respectively. The as-deposited thin film was found to be near stoichiometric and possess hexagonal crystal structure with determined lattice parameters in good agreement with the reported values. The crystallite size calculated from the XRD data using Scherrer’s formula and Hall-Williamson relation came out to be 9.77 nm and 6.49 nm, respectively. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of spin deposited thin films showed the film to be continuous. Surface study of the as-deposited thin film was done by simple optical microscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The study showed that the deposited thin film to be flat and uniform without visible cracks and pores. The optical spectroscopy study of the as-deposited thin film showed that the optical bandgap value decreases with increase in film thickness. The d.c. electrical resistivity variation with temperature for spin coating as-deposited SnS2 film showed that the resistivity decreases with increase in temperature corroborating the semiconducting nature. The resistivity variation plot possesses two slopes. The temperature ranges showing two slopes lay between 300 to 383 K and 384 to 423 K having activation energy values for the two temperature ranges as 0.072 eV and 0.633 eV, respectively. The achieved results are deliberated in details.

  11. Study of Mechano-Chemical Machining of Ceramics and the Effect on Thin Film Behavior.

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    1983-01-01

    step. This requires high re- moval rate, whose magnitude varies from material to material. For many hard, polycrystalline ceramics in which the depth...1AD-A125 342 STUDY OF MECHANO-CHEMICAL MACHINING OF CERAMICS AND THE III EFFECT ON THINN FILM BEHAYIOR(U) HONEYWELL CORPORATE TECHNOLOGY CENTER...OF CERAMICS AND THE EFFECT ON L- THIN FILM BEHAVIOR H. Vora and R.J. Stokes Honeywell Inc. Corporate Technology Center 10701 Lyndale Avenue South

  12. Kinetic Studies on Photodeposition of Polydiacetylene Thin Film from Solution: Preliminary Determination of the Rate Law

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    Paley, M. S.; Armstrong, S.; Witherow, W. K.; Frazier, D. O.

    1996-01-01

    Preliminary kinetic studies were undertaken on the photodeposition of thin films of a polydiacetylene derivative of 2-methyl-4-nitroaniline from monomer solutions onto quartz substrates. Solutions of the monomer, DAMNA, in 1,2-dichloroethane at various concentrations were irradiated at 364 nm using an argon-ion laser at several intensities. It was found that the rate of polydiacetylene (PDAMNA) film photodeposition varies linearly with UV light intensity and as the square root of monomer concentration.

  13. Study of oxygen scavenging PET-based films activated by water

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    Rossi, Gabriella; Scarfato, Paola; Incarnato, Loredana

    2016-05-01

    In this work an active barrier system consisting of a thin and transparent film based on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) was studied. Dynamic oxygen absorption measurements were performed at different values of relative humidity and temperature, pointing out that humidity is a key factor in activating the oxidation of the polymer sample. Moreover, the thermal and optical properties of the films were investigated and a good correlation was found between the crystallinity increase and the consequent transparency reduction occurring after the oxygen absorption.

  14. Study of oxygen scavenging PET-based films activated by water

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    Rossi, Gabriella; Scarfato, Paola; Incarnato, Loredana

    2016-05-18

    In this work an active barrier system consisting of a thin and transparent film based on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) was studied. Dynamic oxygen absorption measurements were performed at different values of relative humidity and temperature, pointing out that humidity is a key factor in activating the oxidation of the polymer sample. Moreover, the thermal and optical properties of the films were investigated and a good correlation was found between the crystallinity increase and the consequent transparency reduction occurring after the oxygen absorption.

  15. Off-specular x-ray scattering studies of the morphology of thin films

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    Sinha, S.K.; Feng, Y.P.; Melendres, C.A.

    1996-09-01

    We discuss the scattering of x-rays from thin films at a surface or interface decorated with a morphology of islands and how these effects manifest themselves in the specular reflectivity and the diffuse (off-specular) scattering. We show how this technique has been used to study block copolymer films decorated with islands on the surface and the development of electrochemically induced pitting on a Cu electrode in an electrolyte solution.

  16. Theoretical studies of epitaxially grown Co and Ni thin films on (111) metallic substrates

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    Zelený, M.; Šob, M.

    2008-04-01

    Total energies of hcp and trigonally distorted fcc Co and Ni are studied from first principles. Regions of stability of these structures are found and the behavior of the total energies is used to explain and predict the lattice parameters and magnetic states of Co and Ni thin films on various (111) substrates. The stresses needed to keep the thin films coherent with the substrates are also determined. The theoretical results agree surprisingly well with available experimental data.

  17. An experimental study of shock wave propagation through a polyester film

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    Eliasson, Veronica; Jeon, Hongjoo

    2016-11-01

    A polyester film is available in a variety of uses such as packaging, protective overlay, barrier protection, and other industrial applications. In the current study, shock tube experiments are performed to study the influence of a polyester film on the propagation of a planar shock wave. A conventional shock tube is used to create incident shock Mach numbers of Ms = 1.34 and 1.46. A test section of the shock tube is designed to hold a 0.009 mm, 0.127 mm, 0.254 mm, or 0.508 mm thick polyester film (Dura-Lar). High-temporal resolution schlieren photography is used to visualize the shock wave mitigation caused by the polyester film. In addition, four pressure transducers are used to measure the elapsed time of arrival and overpressure of the shock wave both upstream and downstream of the test section. Results show that the transmitted shock wave in the polyester film is clearly observed and the transmitted shock Mach number is decreased by increasing film thickness. This study is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CBET-1437412.

  18. Studies on Nanostructure Aluminium Thin Film Coatings Deposited using DC magnetron Sputtering Process

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    Singh M, Muralidhar; G, Vijaya; MS, Krupashankara; Sridhara, B. K.; Shridhar, T. N.

    2016-09-01

    Nanostructured thin film metallic coatings has become an area of intense research particularly in applications related solar, sensor technologies and many other optical applications such as laser windows, mirrors and reflectors. Thin film metallic coatings were deposited using DC magnetron sputtering process. The deposition rate was varied to study its influence on optical behavior of Aluminum thin films at a different argon flow rate. Studies on the optical response of these nanostructure thin film coatings were characterized using UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer with integrating sphere in the wavelength range of (250-2500nm) and Surface morphology were carried out using atomic force microscope with roughness ranging from 2 to 20nm and thickness was measured using Dektak measuring instrument. The reflection behavior of aluminium coatings on polycarbonate substrates has been evaluated. UV-VIS-NIR Spectrophotometer analysis indicates higher reflectance of 96% for all the films in the wavelength range of 250 nm to 2500 nm. Nano indentation study revealed that there was a considerable change in hardness values of the films prepared at different conditions.

  19. Study of poly (3-hexylthiophene) conducting polymer thin film micro-sensor for hydrazine vapor detection

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    Yang, Hong

    This dissertation discussed the construction and investigation of a poly (3-hexylthiophene) conducting polymer based thin film micro-sensor for a real-time detection of hydrazine vapor at ambient pressure. A type of low cost, small size, passive poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film micro-sensor was designed and fabricated. The micro-sensor platform consisted of a rectangular shaped inert substrate and gold interdigited electrode pairs. A layer of poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film was coated onto the sensor platform using a spin coating method, and nitrosonium hexafluorophosphate (NOPF6) was used to dope the poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film to increase its electrical conductivity and form the finished sensor. The basic responses of the sensor to hydrazine vapor were experimentally investigated. The primary results showed that the sensor responded to hydrazine vapor in less than a few seconds; attained orders of magnitude change in normalized resistance during hydrazine exposure, and was not easily saturated. The interaction between the hydrazine gas molecules and doped poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film was studied. The plausible mechanism was determined as: Charge carriers inside the doped poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film were depleted during the oxidation-reduction chemical reaction between the hydrazine vapor and polymer film, resulting a reduction in the polymer film's electrical conductivity. Experiments were also conducted to find out the effects of hydrazine concentration, poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film thickness, sensor storage time, environment temperature, and environment humidity on the sensor's performance. The response rate of the sensor under different sensing conditions was calculated and discussed. A diffusion-reaction model was applied to simulate the interaction between hydrazine molecules and doped poly (3-hexylthiophene) thin film. The profiles of hydrazine gas diffusion and positive charge carrier neutralization in the polymer film were

  20. Silicon Carbide Epitaxial Films Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    1996-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) holds great potential as an electronic material because of its wide band gap energy, high breakdown electric field, thermal stability, and resistance to radiation damage. Possible aerospace applications of high-temperature, high-power, or high-radiation SiC electronic devices include sensors, control electronics, and power electronics that can operate at temperatures up to 600 C and beyond. Commercially available SiC devices now include blue light-emitting diodes (LED's) and high-voltage diodes for operation up to 350 C, with other devices under development. At present, morphological defects in epitaxially grown SiC films limit their use in device applications. Research geared toward reducing the number of structural inhomogeneities can benefit from an understanding of the type and nature of problems that cause defects. The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) has proven to be a useful tool in characterizing defects present on the surface of SiC epitaxial films. The in-house High-Temperature Integrated Electronics and Sensors (HTIES) Program at the NASA Lewis Research Center not only extended the dopant concentration range achievable in epitaxial SiC films, but it reduced the concentration of some types of defects. Advanced structural characterization using the AFM was warranted to identify the type and structure of the remaining film defects and morphological inhomogeneities. The AFM can give quantitative information on surface topography down to molecular scales. Acquired, in part, in support of the Advanced High Temperature Engine Materials Technology Program (HITEMP), the AFM had been used previously to detect partial fiber debonding in composite material cross sections. Atomic force microscopy examination of epitaxial SiC film surfaces revealed molecular-scale details of some unwanted surface features. Growth pits propagating from defects in the substrate, and hillocks due, presumably, to existing screw dislocations in the substrates, were

  1. Photoluminescence studies of chemically bath deposited nanocrystalline lead sulphide (PbS) thin films

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    Singh, L. Rajen; Singh, S. Bobby; London, R. K.; Sharma, H. B.; Rahman, A.

    2012-07-01

    Nanocrystalline lead sulphide (PbS) films have been deposited on glass substrates by chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. Lead acetate [Pb(CH3COOH)2] and thiourea [(NH2)2CS] were used as starting materials for deposition of PbS thin films. The as-deposited thin films were found to be crystalline having cubic phase structure with the strongest diffraction intensity along (200) plane. The grain sizes calculated from XRD spectra were found to decrease from 17 to 15 nm with the decrease in molar concentration of the precursor solutions. The structural, optical and photoluminescence properties of the PbS nanocrystalline thin film with different molar concentration were studied.

  2. Growth temperature effect on a-Si:H thin films studied by constant photocurrent method

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    Wadibhasme, N. A.; Dusane, R. O.

    2013-02-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films are synthesized by tuning different process parameters among which substrate temperature of film growth plays an important role in monitoring the device quality of the film. In this paper we have used the constant photocurrent method (CPM) to study the effect of growth temperature on the electronic and optical parameters of a-Si:H films at different photon energies. This technique primarily measures the absorption coefficient which is a result of different electronic transitions that contribute to the photocurrent. The nature of absorption coefficient changes with growth temperature that explicitly provides the information about the density of defect states present in the mid gap of a-Si:H.

  3. Ellipsometric study and application of rubrene thin film in organic Schottky diode

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    Chen, Liang; Deng, Jinxiang; Gao, Hongli; Yang, Qianqian; Kong, Le; Cui, Min; Zhang, Zijia

    2016-12-01

    Rubrene thin film was deposited by thermal evaporation technique under high vacuum (∼10-4 Pa). The film surface morphology was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Ellipsometric studies on rubrene thin film were presented for understanding its growth and optical characteristics by the Classical-Oscillator model. The analysis of the absorption coefficient (α) revealed the direct allowed transition with corresponding energy 2.21 eV of the rubrene film. In order to exploring the rubrene applications, Al/rubrene/ITO Schottky diode was fabricated. The basic device parameters, barrier height and ideality factor were determined by the I-V measurement. The log(I)-log(V) characteristic indicated three distinct regions. These regions followed ohmic conduction, TCL conduction and SCLC conduction mechanisms.

  4. Ultrafast lattice response of photoexcited thin films studied by X-ray diffraction

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    Herzog, Marc; Bojahr, André; Leitenberger, Wolfram; Hertwig, Andreas; Bargheer, Matias

    2014-01-01

    Using ultrafast X-ray diffraction, we study the coherent picosecond lattice dynamics of photoexcited thin films in the two limiting cases, where the photoinduced stress profile decays on a length scale larger and smaller than the film thickness. We solve a unifying analytical model of the strain propagation for acoustic impedance-matched opaque films on a semi-infinite transparent substrate, showing that the lattice dynamics essentially depend on two parameters: One for the spatial profile and one for the amplitude of the strain. We illustrate the results by comparison with high-quality ultrafast X-ray diffraction data of SrRuO3 films on SrTiO3 substrates. PMID:26798784

  5. Molecular orientation in soft matter thin films studied by resonant soft X-ray reflectivity

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    Mezger, Markus; Jerome, Blandine; Kortright, Jeffrey B.; Valvidares, Manuel; Gullikson, Eric; Giglia, Angelo; Mahne, Nicola; Nannarone, Stefano

    2011-01-12

    We present a technique to study depth profiles of molecular orientation in soft matter thin films with nanometer resolution. The method is based on dichroism in resonant soft X-ray reflectivity using linear s- and p-polarization. It combines the chemical sensitivity of Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy to specific molecular bonds and their orientation relative to the polarization of the incident beam with the precise depth profiling capability of X-ray reflectivity. We demonstrate these capabilities on side chain liquid crystalline polymer thin films with soft X-ray reflectivity data at the carbon K edge. Optical constants of the anisotropic refractive index ellipsoid were obtained from a quantitative analysis using the Berreman formalism. For films up to 50 nm thickness we find that the degree of orientation of the long axis exhibits no depth variation and isindependent of the film thickness.

  6. Surface and morphological studies of pure and Sb doped thin film gas sensors

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    Gupta, Archana; Rajaram, P.; Bhatnagar, M. C.

    2013-02-01

    n-type transparent conducting 10% Antimony-doped Tin Oxide (ATO) films were fabricated on glass substrates by spray pyrolysis for CO sensing applications. Antimony tri chloride (SbCl3) was added to stannous chloride solution to prepare the antimony doped Tin Oxide (ATO) films. The samples were deposited at temperatures between 350°-400°C following which they were sintered at 450°C for 2 hours. The structural and morphological properties of the films were studied using XRD, SEM, HRTEM, and AFM. HRTEM micrographs of doped ATO films revealed grains of size around 5 nm, and the lattice lines (planes) are clearly seen in some of the grains. The gas sensor response was temperature dependent displaying its highest responsivity at 400°C.

  7. Optical, dielectric and morphological studies of sol-gel derived nanocrystalline TiO2 films.

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    Vishwas, M; Sharma, Sudhir Kumar; Narasimha Rao, K; Mohan, S; Gowda, K V Arjuna; Chakradhar, R P S

    2009-10-15

    Nanocrystalline TiO(2) films have been synthesized on glass and silicon substrates by sol-gel technique. The films have been characterized with optical reflectance/transmittance in the wavelength range 300-1000 nm and the optical constants (n, k) were estimated by using envelope technique as well as spectroscopic ellipsometry. Morphological studies have been carried out using atomic force microscope (AFM). Metal-Oxide-Silicon (MOS) capacitor was fabricated using conducting coating on TiO(2) film deposited on silicon. The C-V measurements show that the film annealed at 300 degrees C has a dielectric constant of 19.80. The high percentage of transmittance, low surface roughness and high dielectric constant suggests that it can be used as an efficient anti-reflection coating on silicon and other optical coating applications and also as a MOS capacitor.

  8. Noise study of insulating films within superconducting LC resonators

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    Ramanayaka, A. N.; Sarabi, B.; Osborn, K. D.

    2014-03-01

    Two-level systems (TLS) in amorphous dielectrics, known to be a major source of decoherence in superconducting qubits, are also known to cause low-frequency phase noise in resonating superconducting circuits. Here we will report on an effort to characterize this noise using microwave LC resonators fabricated with a trilayer capacitor containing a deposited silicon nitride dielectric film containing TLS, sandwiched by superconducting electrodes. The resonators are probed at frequencies of approximately 6 GHz and at temperatures of 10-200 mK. The noise dependence on temperature, microwave power, and dielectric volume will be discussed in the context of standard tunneling model of two level systems and newer models.

  9. Photoconductivity study of acid on Zinc phthalocyanine pyridine thin films

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    Singh, Sukhwinder; Saini, G. S. S.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    The Metal Phthalocyanine (MPc) have attracted much interest because of chemical and high thermal stability. Molecules forming a crystal of MPc are held together by weak attractive Vander Waals forces. Organic semiconductors have π conjugate bonds which allow electrons to move via π-electron cloud overlaps. Conduction mechanisms for organic semiconductor are mainly through tunneling; hopping between localized states, mobility gaps, and phonon assisted hopping. The photo conductivity of thin films of these complexes changes when exposed to oxidizing and reducing gases. Arrhenius plot is used to find the thermal activation energy in the intrinsic region and impurity scattering region. Arrhenius plotsare used to find the thermal activation energy.

  10. Photoconductivity study of acid on Zinc phthalocyanine pyridine thin films

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    Singh, Sukhwinder; Saini, G. S. S.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2016-05-06

    The Metal Phthalocyanine (MPc) have attracted much interest because of chemical and high thermal stability. Molecules forming a crystal of MPc are held together by weak attractive Vander Waals forces. Organic semiconductors have π conjugate bonds which allow electrons to move via π-electron cloud overlaps. Conduction mechanisms for organic semiconductor are mainly through tunneling; hopping between localized states, mobility gaps, and phonon assisted hopping. The photo conductivity of thin films of these complexes changes when exposed to oxidizing and reducing gases. Arrhenius plot is used to find the thermal activation energy in the intrinsic region and impurity scattering region. Arrhenius plotsare used to find the thermal activation energy.

  11. [Clinical and comparative study of the image quality of 3 digital radiographic systems, E-speed film and digitalized film

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    Bóscolo, F N; de Oliveira, A E; de Almeida, S M; Haiter, C F; Haiter Neto, F

    2001-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate, subjectively, the image quality of two CCD digital systems, a digital storage phosphor system, a digitized film and an E-speed film. Five objects were radiographed with 50, 60 and 70 kVp, with exposure times of 0.08, 0.13, 0.2, 0.4 and 0.8 s. In order to maximize the fidelity of the results, the dental X-ray unit employed was submitted to an evaluation so that the relation between exposure time and dose could be established. A good reproducibility was obtained. Six evaluators analyzed 375 images, using a scoring scale which ranged from 0 to 4. The results revealed different responses, indicating that the storage phosphor system had the best performance, in the various exposures employed. However, it was possible to conclude that all systems studied, except for the Sens-A-Ray, can offer images in ideal conditions for the diagnosis, as long as their latitudes are respected.

  12. Studies of ferroelectric heterostructure thin films and interfaces via in situ analytical techniques.

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    Auciello, O.; Dhote, A.; Gao, Y.; Gruen, D. M.; Im, J.; Irene, E. A.; Krauss, A. R.; Mueller, A. H.; Ramesh, R.

    1999-08-30

    The science and technology of ferroelectric thin films has experienced an explosive development during the last ten years. Low-density non-volatile ferroelectric random access memories (NVFRAMs) are now incorporated in commercial products such as ''smart cards'', while high permittivity capacitors are incorporated in cellular phones. However, substantial work is still needed to develop materials integration strategies for high-density memories. We have demonstrated that the implementation of complementary in situ characterization techniques is critical to understand film growth and interface processes, which play critical roles in film microstructure and properties. We are using uniquely integrated time of flight ion scattering and recoil spectroscopy (TOF-ISARS) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) techniques to perform in situ, real-time studies of film growth processes in the high background gas pressure required to growth ferroelectric thin films. TOF-ISARS provides information on surface processes, while SE permits the investigation of buried interfaces as they are being formed. Recent studies on SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (SBT) and Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1{minus}x}TiO{sub 3} (BST) film growth and interface processes are discussed.

  13. Surface study of films formed on copper and brass at open circuit potential

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    Procaccini, R.; Schreiner, W. H.; Vázquez, M.; Ceré, S.

    2013-03-01

    The corrosion resistance of Cu-Zn alloys strongly depends on the quality of the protective passive film. This study focuses on the influence of Zn on the composition of oxide films on copper and brass (Cu77Zn21Al2) in borax 0.1 mol L-1 (pH 9.2) solution, where the solubility of copper oxides is minimal. The effect of the presence of chloride ions at low concentration (0.01 mol L-1) in the electrolyte was also evaluated. Both conditions were studied using a set of different electrochemical, optical and surface techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, differential reflectance, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. A duplex Cu2O/CuO layer forms on copper at potentials positive to the open circuit potential (OCP), while in the case of brass, zinc compounds are also incorporated to the surface film. It also became evident that a surface film can be formed on these materials even at potentials negative to the OCP. Zn(II) species are the main constituents of the films growing on brass, while copper oxides are incorporated to the surface film when approaching the OCP. The presence of chloride ions at low concentrations contributes to the dissolution of the oxo-hydroxides formed during the early stages of the aging process at open circuit potential. Also, copper chloro-compounds are formed, as shown by Raman spectroscopy for both copper and brass electrodes.

  14. Polyelectrolyte adsorption on thin cellulose films studied with reflectometry and quartz crystal microgravimetry with dissipation.

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    Enarsson, Lars-Erik; Wågberg, Lars

    2009-01-12

    Thin cellulose films were prepared by dissolving carboxymethylated cellulose fibers in N-methyl morpholine oxide and forming thin films on silicon wafers by spin-coating. The adsorption of cationic polyacrylamides and polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride onto these films was studied by stagnation point adsorption reflectometry (SPAR) and by quartz crystal microgravimetry with dissipation (QCM-D). The polyelectrolyte adsorption was studied by SPAR as a function of salt concentration, and it was found that the adsorption maximum was located at 1 mM NaCl for polyelectrolytes of low charge density and at 10 mM NaCl for polyelectrolytes of high charge density. Electrostatic screening led to complete elimination of the polyelectrolyte adsorption at salt concentrations of 300 mM NaCl. According to the QCM-D analysis, the cellulose films showed a pronounced swelling in water that took several hours to complete. Subsequent adsorption of polyelectrolytes onto the cellulose films led to a release of water from the cellulose, an effect that was substantial for polyelectrolytes of high charge density at low salt concentrations. The total mass change including water could therefore show either an increase or a decrease during adsorption onto the cellulose films, depending on the experimental conditions.

  15. NOTE: Study of Gafchromic® EBT film response over a large dose range

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    Martišíková, Mária; Jäkel, Oliver

    2010-05-01

    Presently Gafchromic EBT films are widely used for relative dose verification in standard radiation therapy using high-energy photons, inclusive IMRT. The use of films for dosimetry in medical ion beams is more complicated due to the strongly inhomogeneous dose deposition by ions on microscopic level. Track structure models, presently used to describe dosimeter response as a function of the ion field properties, are based on input information which can be obtained from the film response in photon beams. We therefore studied the performance of Gafchromic EBT films, ancestors of currently available EBT2 films, in 60Co photon beams. The dose-response curve was measured from 7.5 × 10-2 Gy to 3 × 104 Gy. The dynamic range, linearity and dose rate dependence of this calibration curve were studied. A high saturation dose of 3 × 103 Gy, and thus a large dynamic range, was observed. No signs of supralinearity and bleaching due to radiation were found. No dependence of the response on the dose rate at high dose rates and high doses was found. All those properties justify the use of simplified models of the film response to ions. Furthermore, fits of the calibration data by predictions of different models for signal creation mechanism of dosimetric materials were performed. The best description was found for the recently published gamma-distributed single-hit model which takes into account different sizes of the active centres.

  16. Atomic force microscope study of chromatic transitions in polydiacetylene thin films

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    Lio, A.; Reichert, A.; Nagy, J.O.; Salmeron, M.; Charych, D.H.

    1996-03-01

    Despite decades of study, the exact mechanism for chromatic transitions in polydiacetylene materials remains somewhat elusive. The mechanism of the blue to red color transition for overcompressed mixed lipid thin films of 10,12 pentacosadiynoic acid has been investigated by atomic force microscopy. Blue layers were prepared by the horizontal Langmuir{endash}Schaefer deposition method. The red form was attained by thermal annealing of blue films (thermochromism). The blue films reveal micro-sized domains. Each domain shows a stripelike morphology on top of a nearly complete layer. The polymer backbone direction shows a high degree of order. A partial disorder is shown to exist along the interbackbone direction. Our study of the red form films indicates that changes occur in the micron-scale morphology of the films. Interestingly the alkyl side chains rearrange into a completely ordered structure and remain ordered well beyond the transition temperature (70{degree}C{lt}{ital T}{lt}90{degree}C). Our results strongly suggest that the reorganization of the side chains is the origin of the thermochromic effect for these films. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Vacuum Society}

  17. Keratin film made of human hair as a nail plate model for studying drug permeation.

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    Lusiana; Reichl, Stephan; Müller-Goymann, Christel C

    2011-08-01

    The limited source of human nail plate for studying drug permeation inspired us to develop a nail plate model made of human hair keratin. The manufacturing process consisted of keratin extraction, dialysis, molding, solvent evaporation, and curing, producing a water-resistant film. The permeability of the film was examined using three markers: sodium fluorescein, rhodamine B, and fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran as water-soluble, lipid-soluble, and large molecule models, respectively. Bovine hoof was used for comparison. First investigation showed that keratin films (thickness 120 μm) resembled hooves (thickness 100 μm) except that these films were more permeable to rhodamine B compared with hooves (1.8-fold, p<0.01). Subsequent investigations using ungual penetration enhancers (urea, thioglycolic acid, and papain) showed that keratin films were generally more susceptible than hooves. This study revealed that the produced keratin film offers a possibility as a human nail plate substitute. However, inclusion of the penetration enhancer must be carefully interpreted. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. An in-situ study of organic semiconductor thin films for gas sensing

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    Stokes, Melissa A.

    Organic semiconductors are an attractive platform for developing chemisensors, because of their customizable surface chemistry. An understanding of the sensing mechanism would help develop surface chemistry design for molecular recognition. We have studied the steric and chemical effects of acetone and ethanol on sublimated and spun organic films, which are used as chemisensor transducers. We designed deposition and exposure systems to study the surface current and chemistry of rubrene, pentacene, and 5,5'-bis(4-hydroxyhexylphenyl)-2,2'-bithiophene (C6) in response to acetone and ethanol vapors. A rubrene crystal and spun film, as well as sublimated C6 and pentacene films and transistors were exposed under vacuum to saturated vapor pressure acetone gas. The surface current was recorded in real-time, while the infrared absorption (IRAS) signature of the acetone film effect was recorded in-situ. Some chemical interaction between acetone and the organic substrate was observed, and led to the use of saturated alkyl perfluorinated trichlorosilane (FTS) monolayer coverage of rubrene to prevent acetone degradation and removal of an amorphous spun rubrene film. Acetone removed only 1.5% of the FTS film from saturated coverage, physisorbed multilayers of FTS on rubrene. Besides this small chemical effect, the main effect on the sensor current is due to the physisorption of acetone itself. In the cases of pentacene and C6 sublimated films, the surface chemistry and surface current could both be measured on the same film. Acetone intercalation into pentacene and C6 sublimated films perturbed the out-of-plane C-H bending, possibly due to steric interaction. An irreversible reduction in surface current and carrier mobility was found. Acetone caused the thickest pentacene thin film tested (1500 A) to produce the highest intensity differential peaks, similar to the effect of cooling the film by 3°C--7°C. However, cooling did not fully account for transistor current reduction

  19. Resistance to moist conditions of whey protein isolate and pea starch biodegradable films and low density polyethylene nondegradable films: a comparative study

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    Mehyar, G. F.; Bawab, A. Al

    2015-10-01

    Biodegradable packaging materials are degraded under the natural environmental conditions. Therefore using them could alleviate the problem of plastics accumulation in nature. For effective replacement of plastics, with biodegradable materials, biodegradable packages should keep their properties under the high relative humidity (RH) conditions. Therefore the objectives of the study were to develop biodegradable packaging material based on whey protein isolate (WPI) and pea starch (PS). To study their mechanical, oxygen barrier and solubility properties under different RHs compared with those of low density polyethylene (LDPE), the most used plastic in packaging. Films of WPI and PS were prepared separately and conditioned at different RH (30-90%) then their properties were studied. At low RHs (<50%), WPI films had 2-3 times lower elongation at break (E or stretchability) than PS and LDPE. Increasing RH to 90% significantly (P<0.01) increased the elongation of PS but not WPI and LDPE films. LDPE and WPI films kept significantly (P<0.01) higher tensile strength (TS) than PS films at high RH (90%). Oxygen permeability (OP) of all films was very low (<0.5 cm3 μm m-2 d-1 kPa-1) below 40% RH but increased for PS films and became significantly (P<0.01) different than that of LDPE and WPI at > 40% RH. Oxygen permeability of WPI and LDPE did not adversely affected by increasing RH to 65%. Furthermore, WPI and LDPE films had lower degree of hydration at 50% and 90% RH and total soluble matter than PS films. These results suggest that WPI could be successfully replacing LDPE in packaging of moist products.

  20. Optical studies on electron beam evaporated lithium triborate films.

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    Mohandoss, R; Dhanuskodi, S; Sanjeeviraja, C

    2012-10-01

    Lithium triborate (LB3) has numerous applications in scintillator for neutron detection, laser weapon and communication. LB3 films have been prepared by electron beam evaporation technique under a pressure of 1×10(-5) mbar on glass substrate at 323 K for 4 min. The crystallographic orientations and the lattice parameters (a=8.55 (2); b=5.09 (2); c=7.39 (2)Å) were determined by powder XRD indicating the (111) preferential orientation of the film. The lower cut off wavelength at 325 nm with 75% transparency was measured from the UV-vis spectrum. The optical constants extinction coefficient (K), reflectance (R), the linear refractive index (1.34) and the optical energy band gap (~4.0 eV) were estimated. The photoluminescence spectrum shows the emission peak in the visible region with low concentration of oxygen defects. LB3 is found to be second harmonic generation (SHG) active using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm, 9 ns, 10 Hz). The nonlinear refractive index (n(2)~10(-16) cm(2)/W) and nonlinear absorption coefficient (β~10(-2) cm/W) reveal (Z-scan technique) that the material has negative nonlinearity and self-focusing nature. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Chemical bath deposition of CdS thin films: An approach to the chemical mechanism through study of the film microstructure

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    Dona, J.M.; Herrero, J.

    1997-11-01

    Many papers have been published lately on chemical bath deposition of CdS (CBD-CdS) thin films and related materials due to the promising results obtained using CBD-CdS for the fabrication of thin-film solar cells. In spite of this little of the research proposes a realistic chemical mechanism for the deposition process based on the determination of kinetic parameters. In this paper the authors present an exhaustive study of the CBD-CdS kinetic from which they propose a new chemical mechanism which agrees with the kinetic parameters determined supported by heterogeneous catalysis concepts. Simultaneously, the dependence of the deposited film structure on the kinetic variables is studied and the results obtained corroborate the proposed mechanism. These studies have allowed the authors to establish a standard set of conditions for the fabrication of homogeneous and continuous very thin CdS films.

  2. Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity studies of Si, Fe, Ti, Al and Ag films' prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Chen, Yulin; Fang, Yan

    2008-03-01

    By magnetron sputtering we can make different kinds of metal or semiconductor films to study SERS-active substrate surface. Changing the conditions of magnetron sputtering can give the films of different surface shapes that we want. In this paper we gained the transitional metal films of Fe and Ti, the general metal films of Ag and Al, and the semiconductor films of Si. Then we use the atomic force microscope (AFM) to get the top view pictures of the films. And we also study the SERS mechanism of different films by dropping p-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA) solution on them. By this method we find a kind of nearly unearthly SERS-active substrate.

  3. A study of the chemical, mechanical, and surface properties of thin films of hydrogenated amorphous carbon

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    Vandentop, G.J.

    1990-07-01

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H) films were studied with the objective of elucidating the nucleation and growth mechanisms, and the origin of their unique physical properties. The films were deposited onto Si(100) substrates both on the powered (negatively self-biased) and on the grounded electrodes from methane in an rf plasma (13.56 MHz) at 65 mTorr and 300 to 370 K. The films produced at the powered electrode exhibited superior mechanical properties, such as high hardness. A mass spectrometer was used to identify neutral species and positive ions incident on the electrodes from the plasma, and also to measure ion energies. The effect of varying ion energy flux on the properties of a-C:H films was investigated using a novel pulsed biasing technique. It was demonstrated that ions were not the dominant deposition species as the total ion flux measured was insufficient to account for the observed deposition rate. The interface between thin films of a-C:H and silicon substrates was investigated using angle resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A silicon carbide layer was detected at the interface of a hard a-C:H film formed at the powered electrode. At the grounded electrode, where the kinetic energy is low, no interfacial carbide layer was observed. Scanning tunneling microscopy and high energy electron energy loss spectroscopy was used to investigate the initial stages of growth of a-C:H films. On graphite substrates, films formed at the powered electrode were observed to nucleate in clusters approximately 50 {Angstrom} in diameter, while at the grounded electrode no cluster formation was observed. 58 figs.

  4. A nanosecond pulsed laser heating system for studying liquid and supercooled liquid films in ultrahigh vacuum

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    Xu, Yuntao; Dibble, Collin J.; Petrik, Nikolay G.; Smith, R. Scott; Joly, Alan G.; Tonkyn, Russell G.; Kay, Bruce D.; Kimmel, Greg A.

    2016-04-01

    A pulsed laser heating system has been developed that enables investigations of the dynamics and kinetics of nanoscale liquid films and liquid/solid interfaces on the nanosecond time scale in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV). Details of the design, implementation, and characterization of a nanosecond pulsed laser system for transiently heating nanoscale films are described. Nanosecond pulses from a Nd:YAG laser are used to rapidly heat thin films of adsorbed water or other volatile materials on a clean, well-characterized Pt(111) crystal in UHV. Heating rates of ˜1010 K/s for temperature increases of ˜100-200 K are obtained. Subsequent rapid cooling (˜5 × 109 K/s) quenches the film, permitting in-situ, post-heating analysis using a variety of surface science techniques. Lateral variations in the laser pulse energy are ˜±2.7% leading to a temperature uncertainty of ˜±4.4 K for a temperature jump of 200 K. Initial experiments with the apparatus demonstrate that crystalline ice films initially held at 90 K can be rapidly transformed into liquid water films with T > 273 K. No discernable recrystallization occurs during the rapid cooling back to cryogenic temperatures. In contrast, amorphous solid water films heated below the melting point rapidly crystallize. The nanosecond pulsed laser heating system can prepare nanoscale liquid and supercooled liquid films that persist for nanoseconds per heat pulse in an UHV environment, enabling experimental studies of a wide range of phenomena in liquids and at liquid/solid interfaces.

  5. In situ study of structural and optical properties of Pd thin film during hydrogen exposure

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    Pelizzo, Maria Guglielmina; Corso, Alain J.; Bazzan, Marco; Zuppella, Paola; Garoli, Denis; Martucci, Alessandro

    2016-09-01

    When Palladium film is exposed to hydrogen, it becomes palladium hydride. A change in the complex permittivity of the metal film results in a change of the optical properties that depends on hydrogen concentration. Ellipsometry is the technique of choice to measure the optical constants prior and during hydrogenation. Sensors are then usually designed and optimized to measure changes in transmittance or reflectance of the palladium films. Films of different thicknesses have been realized and tested to verify potential applications in hydrogen sensing by studying the optical response prior, during and after hydrogenation, to assess in particular the reversibility of the process. Within this work a deep analysis carried out by x-ray reflectance (XRR) shows that during hydrogenation the films change also their thickness, and the amount has been assessed for a specific hydrogen concentration. Ellipsometric measurements have been therefore corrected taking into account such variation to determine the optical constants. Such structural property of the palladium hydride may be exploited in surface plasmon resonance transducers, which are sensitive also to the change of the sensing film thickness during detection.

  6. Growth behaviour and mechanical properties of PLL/HA multilayer films studied by AFM.

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    Uzüm, Cagri; Hellwig, Johannes; Madaboosi, Narayanan; Volodkin, Dmitry; von Klitzing, Regine

    2012-01-01

    Scanning- and colloidal-probe atomic force microscopy were used to study the mechanical properties of poly(L-lysine)/hyaluronan (PLL/HA)(n) films as a function of indentation velocity and the number of polymer deposition steps n. The film thickness was determined by two independent AFM-based methods: scratch-and-scan and newly developed full-indentation. The advantages and disadvantages of both methods are highlighted, and error minimization techniques in elasticity measurements are addressed. It was found that the film thickness increases linearly with the bilayer number n, ranging between 400 and 7500 nm for n = 12 and 96, respectively. The apparent Young's modulus E ranges between 15 and 40 kPa and does not depend on the indenter size or the film bilayer number n. Stress relaxation measurements show that PLL/HA films have a viscoelastic behaviour, regardless of their thickness. If indentation is performed several times at the same lateral position on the film, a viscous/plastic deformation takes place.

  7. Optical, structural and electrochromic studies of molybdenum oxide thin films with nanorod structure

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    Dhanasankar, M.; Purushothaman, K. K.; Muralidharan, G.

    2010-02-01

    The MoO 3 thin films were prepared via sol-gel dip coating method on glass and FTO glass substrate. The optical and other properties of multilayered MoO 3 films with 2-10 layers were investigated. The MoO 3 films were studied using UV-Visible transmission, XRD, SEM, FTIR and Cyclic Voltammetry (CV) measurements. The band gap value for MoO 3 films was evaluated and in the range of 3.2 eV-3.72 eV. The XRD spectrum reveals that the crystallinity increases along the (020) and (040) planes with the increase in thickness. The SEM images showed the formation of nanorods upto six layers. The FTIR spectrum confirms the formation of MoO 3. The 6 layered films show the maximum anodic (spike)/cathodic (peak) diffusion coefficient of 18.84/1.701 × 10 -11 cm 2/s. The same film exhibits the change in optical transmission of 49% with the bleached/coloured state transmission of 62/13%.

  8. Study of the integrated growth of dielectric films on GaN semiconductor substrates.

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    Li, Yanrong; Zhu, Jun; Luo, Wenbo

    2010-10-01

    Typical perovskite oxides SrTiO₃ (STO) and PbZr₀.₅₂Ti₀.₄₈O₃ (PZT) were fabricated on GaN semiconductor substrates by pulsed laser deposition. STO and PZT films were deposited on bare GaN, TiO₂, and MgO-buffered GaN. The effects of TiO₂ and MgO buffer-layers on the orientations and electric properties of the perovskite films were systematically studied. The crystalline properties were in situ monitored by reflective high energy electron diffraction and ex situ characterized by X-ray diffraction. It was found that the epitaxial temperature of STO and PZT was reduced by inserting a buffer layer. (111)-oriented films were obtained on bare and TiO₂-buffered GaN. However, the orientations of the perovskite films were changed to be (110) when deposited on MgO buffer layer. Furthermore, PZT films deposited on MgO- and TiO₂-buffered GaN show better electric performance compared with these films directly deposited on GaN. These results show that perovskite oxide could be epitaxially grown on GaN semiconductor substrates by inserting a proper buffer layer.

  9. External audit of photon beams by mailed film dosimetry: feasibility study

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    Novotny, J.; Gomola, I.; Izewska, J.; Huyskens, D.; Dutreix, A.

    1997-07-01

    A feasibility study for mailed film dosimetry has been performed. The global reproducibility of the method is better than 2%. It is shown that the normalized sensitometric curve does not depend on photon beam quality in the range from Co-60 -rays to 18 MV x-rays, although the dose per optical density decreases when the energy increases. The fading of the latent image before film processing is only 3% per month and the normalized sensitometric curve is not modified after a period of 51 days between irradiation and processing. Sets of films were mailed to three different institutes for irradiation and returned for processing and evaluation after more than two months in order to verify that mailing of irradiated and unprocessed films does not produce unwanted artefacts. Finally the feasibility of external audits with mailed film dosimetry is illustrated by comparison of beam profiles measured with films and ionization chambers in a polystyrene phantom.

  10. Experimental and computational studies of film cooling with compound angle injection

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    Goldstein, R.J.; Eckert, E.R.G.; Patankar, S.V.; Simon, T.W.

    1995-12-31

    The thermal efficiency of gas turbine systems depends largely on the turbine inlet temperature. Recent decades have seen a steady rise in the inlet temperature and a resulting reduction in fuel consumption. At the same time, it has been necessary to employ intensive cooling of the hot components. Among various cooling methods, film cooling has become a standard method for cooling of the turbine airfoils and combustion chamber walls. The University of Minnesota program is a combined experimental and computational study of various film-cooling configurations. Whereas a large number of parameters influence film cooling processes, this research focuses on compound angle injection through a single row and through two rows of holes. Later work will investigate the values of contoured hole designs. An appreciation of the advantages of compound angle injection has risen recently with the demand for more effective cooling and with improved understanding of the flow; this project should continue to further this understanding. Approaches being applied include: (1) a new measurement system that extends the mass/heat transfer analogy to obtain both local film cooling and local mass (heat) transfer results in a single system, (2) direct measurement of three-dimensional turbulent transport in a highly-disturbed flow, (3) the use of compound angle and shaped holes to optimize film cooling performance, and (4) an exploration of anisotropy corrections to turbulence modeling of film cooling jets.

  11. Experimental and computational studies of film cooling with compound angle injection

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    Goldstein, R.J.; Eckert, E.R.G.; Patankar, S.V.

    1995-10-01

    The thermal efficiency of gas turbine systems depends largely on the turbine inlet temperature. Recent decades have seen a steady rise in the inlet temperature and a resulting reduction in fuel consumption. At the same time, it has been necessary to employ intensive cooling of the hot components. Among various cooling methods, film cooling has become a standard method for cooling of the turbine airfoils and combustion chamber walls. The University of Minnesota program is a combined experimental and computational study of various film-cooling configurations. Whereas a large number of parameters influence film cooling processes, this research focuses on compound angle injection through a single row and through two rows of holes. Later work will investigate the values of contoured hole designs. An appreciation of the advantages of compound angle injection has risen recently with the demand for more effective cooling and with improved understanding of the flow; this project should continue to further this understanding. Approaches being applied include: (1) a new measurement system that extends the mass/heat transfer analogy to obtain both local film cooling and local mass (heat) transfer results in a single system, (2) direct measurement of three-dimensional turbulent transport in a highly-disturbed flow, (3) the use of compound angle and shaped holes to optimize film cooling performance, and (4) an exploration of anisotropy corrections to turbulence modeling of film cooling jets.

  12. Numerical study of heat and mass transfer of ammonia-water in falling film evaporator

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    Bu, Xianbiao; Ma, Weibin; Huang, Yuanfeng

    2012-05-01

    To investigate the performance of the heat and mass transfer of ammonia water during the process of falling film evaporation in vertical tube evaporator, a mathematical model of evaporation process was developed and solved based on stream function. Then an experimental study of falling film evaporation was carried out in order to validate the mathematical model. A series of parameters, such as velocity, film thickness and concentration, etc., were obtained from the mathematical model. The calculated results show that the average velocity and the film thickness change sharp at the entrance region when x < 100 mm, while they vary slightly in the fully developed region when x > 100 mm. The film thickness depends largely on the flow rate of solution. It is observed that the heating power and mass flow of solution significantly affect the concentration difference between the inlet and outlet of evaporation tube. The calculated results reveal that the tube length has a significant impact on the amounts of ammonia vapor evaporated. It is suggested that the roll-worked enhanced tube should be used in order to decrease the concentration gradient in the film thickness direction and enhance the heat and mass transfer rate. Furthermore, the experimental and calculated results indicate that the inlet solution concentration has a great influence on the heat exchange capacity, the amounts of ammonia vapor evaporated and the evaporation pressure.

  13. Synthesis, characterization, and photoconductivity studies on nanocrystalline TiO2 films doped with gold nanoparticles

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; García-Macedo, J. A.; Galván-Ramírez, P.; Rentería-Tapia, V.

    2009-08-01

    Nanocrystalline TiO2 films doped with gold nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol-gel process at room temperature. The TiO2 films were synthesized by using tetrabutyl orthotitanate as the inorganic precursor. The films were spin-coated on glass wafers. The samples were annealed at 100°C for 30 minutes and sintered at 520°C for 1 hour to generated anatase and rutile phases. The films were characterized using UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. An absorption peak located at around 651 nm is due to the surface plasmon resonance of the gold nanoparticles. Optical absorption spectrum was fitted by Gans model by using a high refractive index (nlocal = 2.6). This high index is related to the high content of anatase nanoparticles embedded in the film. Photoconductivity studies were performed on nanocrystalline (anatase phase) films. The experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination at 515 nm and 645 nm. This indicates an ohmic behavior. Transport parameters were calculated. Results are discussed.

  14. Studies on perovskite film ablation and scribing with ns-, ps- and fs-laser pulses

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    Bayer, Lukas; Ye, Xinyuan; Lorenz, Pierre; Zimmer, Klaus

    2017-10-01

    Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites attract much attention due to their exceptional optoelectronic properties, in particular for photovoltaic (PV) applications. The accurate, high-speed and reliable patterning of the PV films is required for perovskite solar modules fabrication. Laser scribing provides these characteristics needed for industrial fabrication processes. In this work, the laser ablation and scribing of perovskite layers (CH3NH3PbI3: MAPbI3) with different laser sources (ns-, ps-, fs-laser pulses with wavelengths of 248 nm to 2.5 µm) were systematically investigated. The perovskite material was irradiated from both the film side and the substrate (rear side) side to study and compare the particular processes. The patterning results of the perovskite film can be classified into (1) regular laser ablation, (2) thin-film delamination lift-off process, and (3) lift-off with thermal modifications. A particular process, the localised lift-off of single grains from the perovskite film, has been observed and is discussed in relation to the thin-film lift-off process. Ablation and ablation-related mechanisms provide good conditions for laser scribing of the perovskite layer required for module interconnection via P2.

  15. Compositional and structural studies of nanoscale boron-doped nickel aluminide films

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    Sulcer, Jarvis Dwayne

    This thesis presents a detailed investigation of the composition and microstructure of boron-doped nickel aluminide thin films fabricated via ion beam sputtering. Findings are related to film growth mode, fabrication conditions, and mechanical properties. Results from the characterization of the composition and structure of Ni3Al:B films having thicknesses ranging from ˜300 to ˜2600 A deposited on substrates of plastic, NaCl and Si at a temperature of ˜300 K by Kaufman-type ion beam sputtering of a Ni3Al:B compound target are reported. The bulk composition of the films was investigated using instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). It was determined by INAA and RBS that the bulk Ni/Al atomic ratio of the target can be replicated in films fabricated on single crystal NaCl substrates. However, results from the measurement of the local composition by energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) via scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) reveal that the local Ni/Al atomic ratio is higher. This is the result of preferential sputtering of Ni due to recoil implantation of Al in the compound Ni3Al:B target. The spatial distribution of boron in the films was determined via neutron depth profiling (NDP). Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction studies reveal that films grown on Si and NaCl are polycrystalline and show the (111) crystallographic plane. The absence of superlattice peaks at (100), (110), (210) and (211) in the diffraction spectra indicate that the films are also in a state of disorder. It was determined from annular dark field images produced via STEM of 300, 560 A, and 600 A thin films that the average size of grains was 30 +/- 3 A. This cluster size is characteristic of films that have a very fine-grain microstructure and yield stresses of hundreds of MPa since the yield stress increases with decreasing grain size. The coalescence of clusters as observed via BF and

  16. Aqueous foams and foam films stabilised by surfactants. Gravity-free studies

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    Langevin, Dominique

    2017-01-01

    There are still many open questions and problems in both fundamental research and practical applications of foams. Despite the fact that foams have been extensively studied, many aspects of foam physics and chemistry still remain unclear. Experiments on foams performed under microgravity allow studying wet foams, such as those obtained early during the foaming process. On Earth, wet foams evolve too quickly due to gravity drainage and only dry foams can be studied. This paper reviews the foam and foam film studies that we have performed in gravity-free conditions. It highlights the importance of surface rheology as well as of confinement effects in foams and foam films behaviour.

  17. Pharmaceutical evaluation and dynamic vapor sorption studies of fast dissolving intraoral films of Loratadine.

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    Arya, Arun; Sharma, Vijay; Pathak, Kamla

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the study was to develop intraoral films (IOFs) of loratadine and to assess the storage conditions by dynamic vapour sorption studies. The excipient selection was guided by drug excipient compatibility studies and the incompatibility of loratadine with dibutylphathalate and Tween20 was confirmed by Electro-spray Ionization Mass Spectrometry. Thus intaroral films were developed using HPMC E-15 LV and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as lone and mixed film formers to get eighteen formulations (F1- F18) that varied in the type and amount of plasticizer used. Four formulations selected on the basis of pharmacotechnical characteristics were improvised by inclusion of Poloxamer407 that lowered the dissolving time to the tune of 36-55%. Dynamic vapour sorption studies of the improvised films (PF1-PF4) demonstrated an increase of 2% by weight at 50% relative humidity (RH) and 25°C suggesting storage of the films below the stated conditions. In vitro drug release studies in phosphate buffer pH 6.8 demonstrated more than 94% cumulative drug release from the formulations. Analysis of model independent parameters identified PF2 as the best formulation that was nine times superior in its dissolution efficiency to Lorafast tablets(®).

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

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    Abdul Basit, Nasir

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

  19. Study of narrowband single photon emitters in polycrystalline diamond films

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    Sandstrom, Russell G.; Shimoni, Olga; Martin, Aiden A.; Aharonovich, Igor

    2014-11-03

    Quantum information processing and integrated nanophotonics require robust generation of single photon emitters on demand. In this work, we demonstrate that diamond films grown on a silicon substrate by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition can host bright, narrowband single photon emitters in the visible—near infra-red spectral range. The emitters possess fast lifetime (∼several ns), absolute photostability, and exhibit full polarization at excitation and emission. Pulsed and continuous laser excitations confirm their quantum behaviour at room temperature, while low temperature spectroscopy is performed to investigate inhomogeneous broadening. Our results advance the knowledge of solid state single photon sources and open pathways for their practical implementation in quantum communication and quantum information processing.

  20. Chemisorption studies related to reactive organic film growth

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    Richardson, N. V.; Frederick, B. G.; Unertl, W. N.; El Farrash, A.

    1994-04-01

    Metal surfaces can be functionalised by the chemisorption of a bifunctional molecule. One functionality is used to form the chemisorption bond, while the second is directed away from the substrate and available for bonding to a second, potentially different, molecule. The process can be continued to grow an organic film in a layer-by-layer manner using controlled deposition and reaction sequences. These possibilities are demonstrated by the interaction of pyromellitic dianhydride with copper and nickel surfaces and its subsequent reaction with aniline and p-phenylene diamine to form imide links via the intermediate amic acid. The chemisorption behaviour of pyromellitic dianhydride which involves opening one of the anhydride rings, loss of CO and formation of a surface carboxylate link has been characterised by X-ray PES and EELS, and supported by similar measurements on the chemisorption of phthalic anhydride and benzoic acid on a copper surface. The reactions are also followed by these techniques.

  1. MEED studies of thin metal film covered semiconductor surfaces

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    Shimaoka, G.

    1991-06-01

    Results of observations of thin metal films deposited on clean surfaces of semiconductors, such as Si, GaAs and GaP, in the early stage of deposition in UHV, are reported with particular emphasis on in-situ MEED observations at 1-5 kV using a grazing angle of incidence. Various atomic rearrangements and reconstructions due to thin metal deposits were observed, for example: 2 × 1 and 4 × 5 reconstruction of Ni on a clean Si(110)16 × 2 surface, and formation of a one-dimensional lattice of Ag on a coplanar plane of GaAs (001) and GaP (001) and (011). These results are also discussed in terms of surface structures with special emphasis on the early stages of metal deposition and on the metal/semiconductor interface.

  2. Structural and dielectric study of parylene C thin films

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    Kahouli, A.; Sylvestre, A.; Ortega, L.; Jomni, F.; Yangui, B.; Maillard, M.; Berge, B.; Robert, J.-C.; Legrand, J.

    2009-04-01

    α, β, and γ relaxation mechanisms have been identified in semicrystalline (45% of crystallinity) parylene-C (-H2C-C6H3Cl-CH2-)n films. C-Cl bonds induce the β-relaxation and explain increase in the dielectric constant as the frequency decreases in usual temperatures of operation for devices incorporating parylene-C. At cryogenic temperature (<-20 °C), γ-relaxation is assigned to the local motions of phenyl groups. Both β and γ relaxation processes obey an Arrhenius law with activation energy Ea(β)=91.7 kJ/mole and Ea(γ)=8.68 kJ/mole. α-relaxation associated with cooperative segmental motions of the (-H2C-∅-CH2-)n chains is observed with a peak at 10-2 Hz for T =80 °C and follows a Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman-Hesse law.

  3. Angle-resolved photoemission and first-principles studies of topological thin films

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    Bian, Guang

    Dirac cones centered at the time-reversal-invariant M¯ points at the zone boundary. The critical behavior of the TI film near the quantum critical point is also studied theoretically. When the strength of the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is tuned across the critical point, the topological surface states, while protected by symmetry in the bulk limit, can be missing completely in topological films even at large film thicknesses. We have observed, using angle-resolved photoemission, a structural phase transformation of Bi films deposited on Si(111)-(7x7). Films with thicknesses 20 to ~100 A, upon annealing, first order into a metastable pseudocubic (PC) phase and then transform into a stable rhombohedral (RH) phase with very different topologies for the quantum well subband structures. The PC phase shows a surface band with a maximum near the Fermi level at G , whereas the RH phase shows a Dirac-like subband around M¯ along K¯ -- M¯ -- K¯ . The formation of the metastable phase over a wide thickness range can be attributed to a surface nucleation mechanism. Finally, we have studied the electronic structure of the Bi/Ag surface alloy, a system possessing a huge Rashba splitting in its surface bands. The Bi/Ag surface alloy is prepared by depositing Bi onto ultrathin Ag films followed by annealing. The electronic structure of the system is measured using circular angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (CARPES). The results reveal two interesting phenomena: the hybridization of spin polarized surface states with Ag bulk quantum well states and the umklapp scattering by the perturbed surface potential. In addition, our CARPES spectra show clearly a unique dichroism pattern which is closely related to the spin texture of this 2D strongly spin-orbit coupled electron system.

  4. A Numerical Study of Anti-Vortex Film Cooling Designs at High Blowing Ratio

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    Heidmann, James D.

    2008-01-01

    A concept for mitigating the adverse effects of jet vorticity and liftoff at high blowing ratios for turbine film cooling flows has been developed and studied at NASA Glenn Research Center. This "anti-vortex" film cooling concept proposes the addition of two branched holes from each primary hole in order to produce a vorticity counter to the detrimental kidney vortices from the main jet. These vortices typically entrain hot freestream gas and are associated with jet separation from the turbine blade surface. The anti-vortex design is unique in that it requires only easily machinable round holes, unlike shaped film cooling holes and other advanced concepts. The anti-vortex film cooling hole concept has been modeled computationally for a single row of 30deg angled holes on a flat surface using the 3D Navier-Stokes solver Glenn-HT. A modification of the anti-vortex concept whereby the branched holes exit adjacent to the main hole has been studied computationally for blowing ratios of 1.0 and 2.0 and at density ratios of 1.0 and 2.0. This modified concept was selected because it has shown the most promise in recent experimental studies. The computational results show that the modified design improves the film cooling effectiveness relative to the round hole baseline and previous anti-vortex cases, in confirmation of the experimental studies.

  5. A study on the evolution of dielectric function of ZnO thin films with decreasing film thickness

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    Li, X. D.; Chen, T. P. Liu, P.; Liu, Y.; Liu, Z.; Leong, K. C.

    2014-03-14

    Dielectric function, band gap, and exciton binding energies of ultrathin ZnO films as a function of film thickness have been obtained with spectroscopic ellipsometry. As the film thickness decreases, both real (ε{sub 1}) and imaginary (ε{sub 2}) parts of the dielectric function decrease significantly, and ε{sub 2} shows a blue shift. The film thickness dependence of the dielectric function is shown related to the changes in the interband absorption, discrete-exciton absorption, and continuum-exciton absorption, which can be attributed to the quantum confinement effect on both the band gap and exciton binding energies.

  6. Polythiophene thin films by surface-initiated polymerization: Mechanistic and structural studies

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    Youm, Sang Gil; Hwang, Euiyong; Chavez, Carlos A.; Li, Xin; Chatterjee, Sourav; Lusker, Kathie L.; Lu, Lu; Strzalka, Joseph; Ankner, John F.; Losovyj, Yaroslav; Garno, Jayne C.; Nesterov, Evgueni E.

    2016-06-15

    The ability to control nanoscale morphology and molecular organization in organic semiconducting polymer thin films is an important prerequisite for enhancing the efficiency of organic thin-film devices including organic light-emitting and photovoltaic devices. The current “top-down” paradigm for making such devices is based on utilizing solution-based processing (e.g., spin-casting) of soluble semiconducting polymers. This approach typically provides only modest control over nanoscale molecular organization and polymer chain alignment. A promising alternative to using solutions of presynthesized semiconducting polymers pursues instead a “bottom-up” approach to prepare surface-grafted semiconducting polymer thin films by surface-initiated polymerization of small-molecule monomers. Herein, we describe the development of an efficient method to prepare polythiophene thin films utilizing surface-initiated Kumada catalyst transfer polymerization. In this study, we provided evidence that the surface-initiated polymerization occurs by the highly robust controlled (quasi-“living”) chain-growth mechanism. Further optimization of this method enabled reliable preparation of polythiophene thin films with thickness up to 100 nm. Extensive structural studies of the resulting thin films using X-ray and neutron scattering methods as well as ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy revealed detailed information on molecular organization and the bulk morphology of the films, and enabled further optimization of the polymerization protocol. One of the remarkable findings was that surface-initiated polymerization delivers polymer thin films showing complex molecular organization, where polythiophene chains assemble into lateral crystalline domains of about 3.2 nm size, with individual polymer chains folded to form in-plane aligned and densely packed oligomeric segments (7-8 thiophene units per each segment) within each domain. Achieving such a complex mesoscale organization

  7. Study of optoelectronic devices using epitaxial barium titanate thin films grown by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Barrios, Pedro Jose

    Barium titanate in crystalline form presents ferroelectricity and a variety of significant effects. Its large piezoelectric, pyroelectric, electrooptic and photoelastic coefficients as well as its high dielectric constant make BaTiO3 (BTO) an excellent choice for transducers, sensors, and optoelectronic devices. Essential to the development of such devices on a microscale basis are to prepare films of high quality, similar to those of bulk crystals, and also to develop a proper fabrication process for low-loss waveguides that allow two-dimensional confinement of light. In this thesis we have studied the deposition of epitaxial BaTiO3 films on MgO single crystal substrates using an RF magnetron sputtering technique. The BaTiO3 films were found to have a single crystal structure with an in-plane epitaxial relationship of BTO (100) ∥MgO (100) as confirmed by X-ray diffraction pole figure measurement. BaTiO3 films' electrical, optical, and structural properties were studied and compared to those of the bulk material. Erbium-doped epitaxial BaTiO3 thin films were also developed using RF magnetron sputtering. The Er-doped BaTiO3 films show clear room temperature photoluminescence at 1.54 μm which corresponds to 4I13/2/to[4I]15/2 transitions of Er3+ ions. This new, added, property may be useful for the design of a new generation of guided optic devices presenting optical gain. We have also developed a novel method for forming channel waveguides in BaTiO3 films. The method exploits the photoelastic effect of BTO induced by thin-film stress. We have carried out numerical analyses on the stress distribution by solving the coupled equations that describe the elastomechanical and piezoelectric effects in the ferroelectric material. The refractive index changes were then calculated taking into account both the photoelastic and electrooptic effect of BaTiO3. The simulation result shows a good agreement with the measurement result. The waveguide structure developed in this

  8. Polythiophene thin films by surface-initiated polymerization: Mechanistic and structural studies

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    Youm, Sang Gil; Hwang, Euiyong; Chavez, Carlos A.; ...

    2016-06-15

    The ability to control nanoscale morphology and molecular organization in organic semiconducting polymer thin films is an important prerequisite for enhancing the efficiency of organic thin-film devices including organic light-emitting and photovoltaic devices. The current “top-down” paradigm for making such devices is based on utilizing solution-based processing (e.g., spin-casting) of soluble semiconducting polymers. This approach typically provides only modest control over nanoscale molecular organization and polymer chain alignment. A promising alternative to using solutions of presynthesized semiconducting polymers pursues instead a “bottom-up” approach to prepare surface-grafted semiconducting polymer thin films by surface-initiated polymerization of small-molecule monomers. Herein, we describe themore » development of an efficient method to prepare polythiophene thin films utilizing surface-initiated Kumada catalyst transfer polymerization. In this study, we provided evidence that the surface-initiated polymerization occurs by the highly robust controlled (quasi-“living”) chain-growth mechanism. Further optimization of this method enabled reliable preparation of polythiophene thin films with thickness up to 100 nm. Extensive structural studies of the resulting thin films using X-ray and neutron scattering methods as well as ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy revealed detailed information on molecular organization and the bulk morphology of the films, and enabled further optimization of the polymerization protocol. One of the remarkable findings was that surface-initiated polymerization delivers polymer thin films showing complex molecular organization, where polythiophene chains assemble into lateral crystalline domains of about 3.2 nm size, with individual polymer chains folded to form in-plane aligned and densely packed oligomeric segments (7-8 thiophene units per each segment) within each domain. Achieving such a complex mesoscale

  9. Polythiophene thin films by surface-initiated polymerization: Mechanistic and structural studies

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    Youm, Sang Gil; Hwang, Euiyong; Chavez, Carlos A.; Li, Xin; Chatterjee, Sourav; Lusker, Kathie L.; Lu, Lu; Strzalka, Joseph; Ankner, John F.; Losovyj, Yaroslav; Garno, Jayne C.; Nesterov, Evgueni E.

    2016-06-15

    The ability to control nanoscale morphology and molecular organization in organic semiconducting polymer thin films is an important prerequisite for enhancing the efficiency of organic thin-film devices including organic light-emitting and photovoltaic devices. The current “top-down” paradigm for making such devices is based on utilizing solution-based processing (e.g., spin-casting) of soluble semiconducting polymers. This approach typically provides only modest control over nanoscale molecular organization and polymer chain alignment. A promising alternative to using solutions of presynthesized semiconducting polymers pursues instead a “bottom-up” approach to prepare surface-grafted semiconducting polymer thin films by surface-initiated polymerization of small-molecule monomers. Herein, we describe the development of an efficient method to prepare polythiophene thin films utilizing surface-initiated Kumada catalyst transfer polymerization. In this study, we provided evidence that the surface-initiated polymerization occurs by the highly robust controlled (quasi-“living”) chain-growth mechanism. Further optimization of this method enabled reliable preparation of polythiophene thin films with thickness up to 100 nm. Extensive structural studies of the resulting thin films using X-ray and neutron scattering methods as well as ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy revealed detailed information on molecular organization and the bulk morphology of the films, and enabled further optimization of the polymerization protocol. One of the remarkable findings was that surface-initiated polymerization delivers polymer thin films showing complex molecular organization, where polythiophene chains assemble into lateral crystalline domains of about 3.2 nm size, with individual polymer chains folded to form in-plane aligned and densely packed oligomeric segments (7-8 thiophene units per each segment) within each domain. Achieving such a complex mesoscale organization

  10. Comparative studies of monoclinic and orthorhombic WO3 films used for hydrogen sensor fabrication on SiC crystal

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    Zuev, V. V.; Grigoriev, S. N.; Romanov, R. I.; Fominski, V. Y.; Volosova, M. A.; Demin, M. V.

    2016-09-01

    Amorphous WOx films were prepared on the SiC crystal by using two different methods, namely, reactive pulsed laser deposition (RPLD) and reactive deposition by ion sputtering (RDIS). After deposition, the WOx films were annealed in an air. The RISD film possessed a m-WO3 structure and consisted of closely packed microcrystals. Localized swelling of the films and micro-hills growth did not destroy dense crystal packing. RPLD film had layered β-WO3 structure with relatively smooth surface. Smoothness of the films were destroyed by localized swelling and the micro-openings formation was observed. Comparative study of m-WO3/SiC, Pt/m-WO3/SiC, and P-WO3/SiC samples shows that structural characteristics of the WO3 films strongly influence on the voltage/current response as well as on the rate of current growth during H2 detection at elevated temperatures.

  11. Fast drying and film formation of latex dispersions studied with FTIR spectroscopic imaging.

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    Kimber, James A; Gerst, Matthias; Kazarian, Sergei G

    2014-11-18

    Drying of thin latex films (∼20 μm) at high drying speeds (of the order of seconds) has been studied by fast chemical imaging. ATR-FTIR spectroscopic imaging combined with a fast "kinetic" mode was used to acquire spectral images without coaddition, enabling the amount of water and homogeneity of the drying film to be studied over time. Drying profiles, constructed from analyzing the water content in each image, show two stages of drying, a fast and a slow region. The formulation of latex dispersions affects the onset of slow drying and the volume fraction of water remaining at the onset of slow drying. In this work, the effect of physical properties, film thickness and glass transition temperature (Tg), were investigated, as well as the effect of monomer composition where two monomoers, 2-ethylhexyl acrylate and n-butyl acrylate, and the amount of hydrophilic comonomer, methyl methacrylate (MMA), were varied. It was found that thicker films produced slower overall drying and that the formulation with a Tg above the minimum film formation temperature did not dry evenly, exhibiting cracking. However, the drying kinetics of high and low Tg films were similar, highlighting the advantage of using a spatially-resolved spectroscopic approach. Formulations containing more MMA dried faster than those with less. This was due to the hydrophilicity of MMA and the increase in Tg of the dispersion from the addition of MMA. Overall, FTIR spectroscopic imaging was shown to be a suitable approach in measuring film drying at high speeds as both chemical changes and chemical distribution could be analyzed over time.

  12. Post-deposition annealing study of tantalum nitride thin-film resistors

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    Au, Chi Lok.

    1989-01-01

    With the present integrated circuit design, the use of hybrid metallic thin film resistor networks leads to more design flexibility, economical chip area consumption, reduced processing steps, higher precision and stability for the integrated circuits. To meet the hybrid circuit requirements, the thin film resistors must have high sheet resistivity for compact design, chemical and mechanical stability, and precise resistance which is temperature independent. The nickel-chrome (NiCr) alloy, with its very low temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR), is currently used in the industry. The non-linear TCR behavior and the ease of hydrolytic dissociation of NiCr give place to a more stable material, such as tantalum nitride. Due to technical difficulties in heating the substrate to a high temperature during deposition, which is the controlling parameter for achieving the stable Ta{sub 2}N structure, post deposition annealing becomes the central theme for this project. Preliminary TCR studies of the reactive sputtered tantalum nitride thin films shows that films with sheet resistivity less than 60 ohm/sq. can be air annealed to improve the TCR to less than 30 ppm/{degree}C in magnitude. The deposition parameters may influence the annealing conditions. For films with higher sheet resistivity, high vacuum annealing must be used for the TCR improvement. The TCR can be adjusted to an almost zero value by the combination of annealing temperature and time. With the electrical stability and chemically inertness in water and acids, tantalum nitride is likely to become a major thin-film resistor material in the industry. A systematic study of this thin film material is conducted, covering both electrical and structural properties.

  13. Surface-sensitive UHV dielectric studies of nanoscale organic thin films: Adsorption, crystallization, and sublimation

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    Underwood, Jason M.

    Nanoscale systems are small collections of atoms or molecules, which as a result of their limited extent, show measurable thermodynamic deviations from bulk samples of the same species. The deviations may result from purely finite-size effects, or may be due to an increased significance of the interaction between the nanoscale system and its container. Ultra-thin (<100 nm) films of organic molecules adsorbed on surfaces afford unique opportunities to study the interplay of forces relevant to nanoscale physics. This thesis describes the development of a novel ultra-high vacuum apparatus to study the behavior of adsorbed polar molecules via dielectric spectroscopy (UHV-DS). Ultra-thin films are grown and characterized in-situ. The use of interdigitated electrode capacitors and a ratio-transformer bridge technique yields resolutions of ˜1 aF and ˜10-5 ppm in the capacitance and loss tangent, respectively. Typical sensitivity is 10 aF per monolayer at 80 K. Results are given for studies on water, methanol, and Cp* (a synthetic molecular rotor). The desorption event in the dielectric spectra is correlated with thermal desorption spectroscopy. During growth of methanol films, we observe partial crystallization for temperatures above ≳ 100 K. Crystallization is also observed upon heating glassy films grown at 80 K. Finally, we discuss UHV-DS as a probe for solid thin-film vapor pressure measurements, and show that our data on methanol compare favorably with those in the literature.

  14. Broad-band FMR study of ferromagnetic thin films patterned with antidot lattices

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    Bhat, V.; Woods, J.; De Long, L. E.; Hastings, J. T.; Metlushko, V. V.; Rivkin, K.; Heinonen, O.; Sklenar, J.; Ketterson, J. B.

    2012-09-01

    Previous ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) studies of ferromagnetic (FM) thin films patterned with antidot (AD) arrays have generally avoided the low-field, hysteretic regime that is dominated by irreversible domain wall (DW) dynamics in unpatterned films. Moreover, FM vortices have not yet been identified and systematically studied in films patterned with AD lattices (ADLs). We have studied DC magnetization and broad-band FMR data for permalloy thin films of thickness t ≈ 25 nm, patterned with square lattices of square-shaped AD of width D and separation d = 1000 nm. We observe highly reproducible magnetic hysteresis curves and FMR spectra in the low-field reversal regime (i.e., applied magnetic fields H < HC, where HC is the coercive field), which indicates the ADL enforces a reproducible evolution of spin textures compared to the more random behavior of DW evolution in unpatterned films. The width of the reversal regime (2HC) and the field separation between observed FMR modes increases with D for a fixed separation d. Our micromagnetic simulations suggest these effects are consequences of both edge pinning of moments by individual AD, or DW pinning by the extended ADL, which involves two distinct length scales L ≈ d and L ≫ d, respectively. FM vortices are observed in our simulations, and their stability sensitively depends upon the AD size and applied magnetic field history.

  15. Real-time thermal annealing studies in FePt thin films and nanostructures

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    Skuza, J. R.; Sestak, M. N.; Lukaszew, R. A.; Walko, D. A.; Clavero, C.; Cebollada, A.

    2007-03-01

    L10-ordered FePt thin films and nanostructures have been heavily studied for ultrahigh-density recording applications taking advantage of the very large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy this phase exhibits (˜10^7 erg/cc). A high degree of L10 order can be achieved by optimizing deposition conditions and/or performing annealing treatments. Here, we report on recent real-time thermal annealing studies of Fe-implanted Pt thin films that begin to exhibit chemical ordering upon annealing at ˜400^o C. Clusters of Fe are implanted onto a Pt thin film using the Toledo Heavy Ion Accelerator (THIA) in which their size and penetration depth can be tailored by modifying the implantation conditions. These annealing studies were partially performed at the MHATT/XOR beam line (Sector 7) at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory.

  16. Tribological and thermal stability study of nanoporous amorphous boron carbide films prepared by pulsed plasma chemical vapor deposition

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    Liza, Shahira; Ohtake, Naoto; Akasaka, Hiroki; Munoz-Guijosa, Juan M

    2015-01-01

    In this work, the thermal stability and the oxidation and tribological behavior of nanoporous a-BC:H films are studied and compared with those in conventional diamond-like carbon (DLC) films. a-BC:H films were deposited by pulsed plasma chemical vapor deposition using B(CH3)3 gas as the boron source. A DLC interlayer was used to prevent the a-BC:H film delamination produced by oxidation. Thermal stability of a-BC:H films, with no delamination signs after annealing at 500 °C for 1 h, is better than that of the DLC films, which completely disappeared under the same conditions. Tribological test results indicate that the a-BC:H films, even with lower nanoindentation hardness than the DLC films, show an excellent boundary oil lubricated behavior, with lower friction coefficient and reduce the wear rate of counter materials than those on the DLC film. The good materials properties such as low modulus of elasticity and the formation of micropores from the original nanopores during boundary regimes explain this better performance. Results show that porous a-BC:H films may be an alternative for segmented DLC films in applications where severe tribological conditions and complex shapes exist, so surface patterning is unfeasible. PMID:27877808

  17. Synchrotron X-ray studies of epitaxial ferroelectric thin films and nanostructures

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    Klug, Jeffrey A.

    The study of ferroelectric thin films is a field of considerable scientific and technological interest. In this dissertation synchrotron x-ray techniques were applied to examine the effects of lateral confinement and epitaxial strain in ferroelectric thin films and nanostructures. Three materials systems were investigated: laterally confined epitaxial BiFeO3 nanostructures on SrTiO3 (001), ultra-thin commensurate SrTiO 3 films on Si (001), and coherently strained films of BaTiO3 on DyScO3 (110). Epitaxial films of BiFeO3 were deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering on SrRuO3 coated SrTiO 3 (001) substrates. Laterally confined nanostructures were fabricated using focused ion-beam processing and subsequently characterized with focused beam x-ray nanodiffraction measurements with unprecedented spatial resolution. Results from a series of rectangular nanostructures with lateral dimensions between 500 nm and 1 mum and a comparably-sized region of the unpatterned BiFeO3 film revealed qualitatively similar distributions of local strain and lattice rotation with a 2-3 times larger magnitude of variation observed in those of the nanostructures compared to the unpatterned film. This indicates that lateral confinement leads to enhanced variation in the local strain and lattice rotation fields in epitaxial BiFeO3 nanostructures. A commensurate 2 nm thick film of SrTiO3 on Si was characterized by the x-ray standing wave (XSW) technique to determine the Sr and Ti cation positions in the strained unit cell in order to verify strain-induced ferroelectricity in SrTiO3/Si. A Si (004) XSW measurement at 10°C indicated that the average Ti displacement from the midpoint between Sr planes was consistent in magnitude to that predicted by a density functional theory (DFT) calculated ferroelectric structure. The Ti displacement determined from a 35°C measurement better matched a DFT-predicted nonpolar structure. The thin film extension of the XSW technique was employed to

  18. A comparison study of image features between FFDM and film mammogram images.

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    Jing, Hao; Yang, Yongyi; Wernick, Miles N; Yarusso, Laura M; Nishikawa, Robert M

    2012-07-01

    This work is to provide a direct, quantitative comparison of image features measured by film and full-field digital mammography (FFDM). The purpose is to investigate whether there is any systematic difference between film and FFDM in terms of quantitative image features and their influence on the performance of a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system. The authors make use of a set of matched film-FFDM image pairs acquired from cadaver breast specimens with simulated microcalcifications consisting of bone and teeth fragments using both a GE digital mammography system and a screen-film system. To quantify the image features, the authors consider a set of 12 textural features of lesion regions and six image features of individual microcalcifications (MCs). The authors first conduct a direct comparison on these quantitative features extracted from film and FFDM images. The authors then study the performance of a CAD classifier for discriminating between MCs and false positives (FPs) when the classifier is trained on images of different types (film, FFDM, or both). For all the features considered, the quantitative results show a high degree of correlation between features extracted from film and FFDM, with the correlation coefficients ranging from 0.7326 to 0.9602 for the different features. Based on a Fisher sign rank test, there was no significant difference observed between the features extracted from film and those from FFDM. For both MC detection and discrimination of FPs from MCs, FFDM had a slight but statistically significant advantage in performance; however, when the classifiers were trained on different types of images (acquired with FFDM or SFM) for discriminating MCs from FPs, there was little difference. The results indicate good agreement between film and FFDM in quantitative image features. While FFDM images provide better detection performance in MCs, FFDM and film images may be interchangeable for the purposes of training CAD algorithms, and a single

  19. A comparative study of physico-chemical properties of CBD and SILAR grown ZnO thin films

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    Jambure, S.B.; Patil, S.J.; Deshpande, A.R.; Lokhande, C.D.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Schematic model indicating ZnO nanorods by CBD (Z{sub 1}) and nanograins by SILAR (Z{sub 2}). - Highlights: • Simple methods for the synthesis of ZnO thin films. • Comparative study of physico-chemical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by CBD and SILAR methods. • CBD outperforms SILAR method. - Abstract: In the present work, nanocrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films have been successfully deposited onto glass substrates by simple and economical chemical bath deposition (CBD) and successive ionic layer adsorption reaction (SILAR) methods. These films were further characterized for their structural, optical, surface morphological and wettability properties. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns for both CBD and SILAR deposited ZnO thin films reveal the highly crystalline hexagonal wurtzite structure. From optical studies, band gaps obtained are 2.9 and 3.0 eV for CBD and SILAR deposited thin films, respectively. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) patterns show growth of well defined randomly oriented nanorods and nanograins on the CBD and SILAR deposited samples, respectively. The resistivity of CBD deposited films (10{sup 2} Ω cm) is lower than that of SILAR deposited films (10{sup 5} Ω cm). Surface wettability studies show hydrophobic nature for both films. From the above results it can be concluded that CBD grown ZnO thin films show better properties as compared to SILAR method.

  20. Molecular dynamics simulation study of a pulmonary surfactant film interacting with a carbonaceous nanoparticle.

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    Choe, Seungho; Chang, Rakwoo; Jeon, Jonggu; Violi, Angela

    2008-11-01

    This article reports an all-atom molecular dynamics simulation to study a model pulmonary surfactant film interacting with a carbonaceous nanoparticle. The pulmonary surfactant is modeled as a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine monolayer with a peptide consisting of the first 25 residues from surfactant protein B. The nanoparticle model with a chemical formula C188H53 was generated using a computational code for combustion conditions. The nanoparticle has a carbon cage structure reminiscent of the buckyballs with open ends. A series of molecular-scale structural and dynamical properties of the surfactant film in the absence and presence of nanoparticle are analyzed, including radial distribution functions, mean-square displacements of lipids and nanoparticle, chain tilt angle, and the surfactant protein B peptide helix tilt angle. The results show that the nanoparticle affects the structure and packing of the lipids and peptide in the film, and it appears that the nanoparticle and peptide repel each other. The ability of the nanoparticle to translocate the surfactant film is one of the most important predictions of this study. The potential of mean force for dragging the particle through the film provides such information. The reported potential of mean force suggests that the nanoparticle can easily penetrate the monolayer but further translocation to the water phase is energetically prohibitive. The implication is that nanoparticles can interact with the lung surfactant, as supported by recent experimental data by Bakshi et al.

  1. Experimental and DFT study of nitrogen atoms interactions with SiOCH low- κ films

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    Voronina, Ekaterina N.; Mankelevich, Yuri A.; Rakhimova, Tatyana V.; Palov, Alexander P.; Lopaev, Dmitry V.; Zyryanov, Sergey M.; Zotovich, Alexey I.; Baklanov, Mikhail R.

    2017-05-01

    Damage of porous organosilicate glass (OSG) films with low dielectric constants (low-κ films) in plasma processing is a critical problem for modern microelectronics. For this problem, understanding and revealing of basic reaction steps for radicals etching and damage are of importance. Previously we have studied experimentally and theoretically the etching and damage of low-κ dielectric films under oxygen and fluorine atoms. Here the effects of N atoms on OSG films are studied experimentally by Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectroscopy method and theoretically by density functional theory (DFT) method. Experimental FTIR spectra are compared with calculated vibrational spectra to reveal the relevant surface SiCHxNy groups which could be produced in multi-step reactive collisions of N atoms in ground and lower metastable states with OSG low-κ dielectric films. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Many Particle Spectroscopy of Atoms, Molecules, Clusters and Surfaces", edited by A.N. Grum-Grzhimailo, E.V. Gryzlova, Yu V. Popov, and A.V. Solov'yov.

  2. APPLICATIONS OF THE PLASTIC FILM TECHNIQUE IN THE ISOLATION AND STUDY OF ANAEROBIC BACTERIA

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    Shank, J. L.

    1963-01-01

    Shank, J. L. (Swift & Co., Chicago, Ill.). Applications of the plastic film technique in the isolation and study of anaerobic bacteria. J. Bacteriol. 86:95–100. 1963.—The use of plastic films as oxygen barriers on the surface of agar pour plates, in conjunction with thioglycolate and other selective and differential agents, allows the primary isolation and enumeration of clostridia and other anaerobes. Quantitative studies reveal little if any inhibition of the test organisms under these conditions, and toxin production, where it occurs, is shown to be virtually unimpaired. Images PMID:14051828

  3. In-situ x-ray absorption study of copper films in ground watersolutions

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    Kvashnina, K.O.; Butorin, S.M.; Modin, A.; Soroka, I.; Marcellini, M.; Nordgren, J.; Guo, J.-H.; Werme, L.

    2007-10-29

    This study illustrates how the damage from copper corrosion can be reduced by modifying the chemistry of the copper surface environment. The surface modification of oxidized copper films induced by chemical reaction with Cl{sup -} and HCO{sub 3}{sup -} in aqueous solutions was monitored by in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The results show that corrosion of copper can be significantly reduced by adding even a small amount of sodium bicarbonate. The studied copper films corroded quickly in chloride solutions, whereas the same solution containing 1.1 mM HCO{sub 3}{sup -} prevented or slowed down the corrosion processes.

  4. CCQM Pilot Study CCQM-P140: Quantitative surface analysis of multi-element alloy films

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    Kim, Kyung Joong; Jang, Jong Shik; Kim, An Soon; Suh, Jung Ki; Chung, Yong-Duck; Hodoroaba, Vasile-Dan; Wirth, Thomas; Unger, Wolfgang; Kang, Hee Jae; Popov, Oleg; Popov, Inna; Kuselman, Ilya; Lee, Yeon Hee; Sykes, David E.; Wang, Meiling; Wang, Hai; Ogiwara, Toshiya; Nishio, Mitsuaki; Tanuma, Shigeo; Simons, David; Szakal, Christopher; Osborn, William; Terauchi, Shinya; Ito, Mika; Kurokawa, Akira; Fujimoto, Toshiyuki; Jordaan, Werner; Jeong, Chil Seong; Havelund, Rasmus; Spencer, Steve; Shard, Alex; Streeck, Cornelia; Beckhoff, Burkhard; Eicke, Axel; Terborg, Ralf

    2015-01-01

    A pilot study for a quantitative surface analysis of multi-element alloy films has been performed by the Surface Analysis Working Group (SAWG) of the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance (CCQM). The aim of this pilot study is to evaluate a protocol for a key comparison to demonstrate the equivalence of measures by National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) and Designated Institutes (DI) for the mole fractions of multi-element alloy films. A Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) film with non-uniform depth distribution was chosen as a representative multi-element alloy film. The mole fractions of the reference and the test CIGS films were certified by isotope dilution—inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometry. A total number counting (TNC) method was used as a method to determine the signal intensities of the constituent elements acquired in SIMS, XPS and AES depth profiling. TNC method is comparable with the certification process because the certified mole fractions are the average values of the films. The mole fractions of the CIGS films were measured by Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analysis and Electron Probe Micro Analysis (EPMA) with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDX). Fifteen laboratories from eight NMIs, one DI, and six non-NMIs participated in this pilot study. The average mole fractions of the reported data showed relative standard deviations from 5.5 % to 6.8 % and average relative expanded uncertainties in the range from 4.52 % to 4.86 % for the four test CIGS specimens. These values are smaller than those in the key comparison CCQM-K67 for the measurement of mole fractions of Fe-Ni alloy films. As one result it can be stated that SIMS, XPS and AES protocols relying on the quantification of CIGS films using the TNC method are mature to be used in a CCQM key comparison. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. The

  5. Ion implantation studies on VO x films prepared by pulsed dc reactive sputtering

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    Venkatasubramanian, Chandrasekaran; Horn, Mark W.; Ashok, S.

    2009-05-01

    Vanadium oxide (VOx) thin films find extensive use in room-temperature bolometers for IR imaging. It is desirable to control and modify the electronic properties of this temperature-sensitive material with treatments such as ion implantation and thermal annealing. In this work, we report on the modification of structural and electrical properties of VOx thin films of varying compositions, deposited by pulsed dc reactive sputtering using a vanadium target under different oxygen flow rates. The as-deposited resistivities of the films ranged from 0.1 Ω cm to 100 Ω cm and the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) values varied from -1.1% to -2.7%. VOx films used in microbolometers need to have a high TCR (>2%) and low resistivity values (1-10 Ω cm) in order to maximize sensitivity in conjunction with the read-out integrated circuit (ROIC). However, one usually finds a high TCR associated with high resistivity. Hence ion implantation followed by annealing was performed with the goal of improving the trade-off between TCR and resistivity. Two species - hydrogen (active) and helium (inert) - were chosen for implantation. Hydrogen is strongly electroactive and is well known for passivating defect states in a wide variety of electronic materials. As inert species, helium was chosen mainly to study the effects of bombardment on the film. The implanted films were annealed in an inert atmosphere to allow defect control and redistribution of atoms, and then characterized by current-voltage measurements over a wide temperature range. An order of magnitude change in resistance, and significant variations in TCR were observed. Further characterization has been done by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) to correlate these resistivity changes with the structure of the films.

  6. Study of thin films of LiNbO3 using FTIR and Raman spectroscopy

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    Zezulová, Marketa; Jelínek, Miroslav; Železný, Vladimír; Kocourek, Tomáš

    2011-09-01

    Lithium niobate (LiNbO3) is a material which can be used in many applications. LiNbO3 thin films were studied for the development of doped planar waveguides using Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) method from two targets. The films were deposited by PLD on SiO2/Si and (0001) sapphire substrates at temperatures 650°C, 700°C, 750°C, from one crystalline and two sintered LiNbO3 targets using KrF excimer laser. The film thickness was ~680 nanometers. Two techniques - Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman Spectroscopy - are used to characterize the dependence of the deposited thin films on the deposition conditions. These methods characterize the materials by monitoring their phonons whose spectra are sensitive to film deposition parameters. Bulk LiNbO3 has rhombohedral crystal structure with two chemical units per primitive cell, it means, that 30 degrees of freedom are distributed between A1 and E irreducible representations. The precise assignment of phonon modes, however, has not been unambiguously established. So, we use the spectra for qualitative comparison of the conditions of deposition. The spectra on SiO2/Si substrates of the same temperatures are essentially the same, indicating good reproducibility of the deposition process, but the spectra are shifted in case of different targets. The spectra of the samples deposited from the powder target or magnetron target are shifted to lower wavenumbers. This implies that different targets have an impact on the film growth. The deposition temperature also influences the spectra. The same is valid for films prepared on (0001) sapphire substrates. The bands shift with increasing temperature.

  7. Study of thin films of LiNbO3 using FTIR and Raman spectroscopy

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    Zezulová, Marketa; Jelínek, Miroslav; Železný, Vladimír; Kocourek, Tomáš

    2012-02-01

    Lithium niobate (LiNbO3) is a material which can be used in many applications. LiNbO3 thin films were studied for the development of doped planar waveguides using Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) method from two targets. The films were deposited by PLD on SiO2/Si and (0001) sapphire substrates at temperatures 650°C, 700°C, 750°C, from one crystalline and two sintered LiNbO3 targets using KrF excimer laser. The film thickness was ~680 nanometers. Two techniques - Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman Spectroscopy - are used to characterize the dependence of the deposited thin films on the deposition conditions. These methods characterize the materials by monitoring their phonons whose spectra are sensitive to film deposition parameters. Bulk LiNbO3 has rhombohedral crystal structure with two chemical units per primitive cell, it means, that 30 degrees of freedom are distributed between A1 and E irreducible representations. The precise assignment of phonon modes, however, has not been unambiguously established. So, we use the spectra for qualitative comparison of the conditions of deposition. The spectra on SiO2/Si substrates of the same temperatures are essentially the same, indicating good reproducibility of the deposition process, but the spectra are shifted in case of different targets. The spectra of the samples deposited from the powder target or magnetron target are shifted to lower wavenumbers. This implies that different targets have an impact on the film growth. The deposition temperature also influences the spectra. The same is valid for films prepared on (0001) sapphire substrates. The bands shift with increasing temperature.

  8. Bioequivalence study of a new sildenafil 100 mg orodispersible film compared to the conventional film-coated 100 mg tablet administered to healthy male volunteers

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    Radicioni, Milko; Castiglioni, Chiara; Giori, Andrea; Cupone, Irma; Frangione, Valeria; Rovati, Stefano

    2017-01-01

    A new orodispersible film formulation of the phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor, sildenafil, has been developed to examine the advantages of an orally disintegrating film formulation and provide an alternative to the current marketed products for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The pharmacokinetics of the sildenafil 100 mg orodispersible film (IBSA) was compared to that of the conventional marketed 100 mg film-coated tablet (Viagra®) after single-dose administration to 53 healthy male volunteers (aged 18–51 years) in a randomized, open, two-way crossover bioequivalence study. Each subject received a single oral dose of 100 mg of sildenafil as test or reference formulation administered under fasting conditions at each of the two study periods according to a randomized crossover design. There was a washout interval of ≥7 days between the two administrations of the investigational medicinal products. Blood samples for pharmacokinetic analysis were collected up to 24 h post-dosing. The primary objective was to compare the rate (peak plasma concentration; Cmax) and extent (area under the curve [AUC] from administration to last observed concentration time; AUC0–t) of sildenafil absorption after single-dose administration of test and reference. Secondary endpoints were observed to describe the plasma pharmacokinetic profiles of sildenafil and its metabolite N-desmethyl-sildenafil relative bioavailability and safety profile after single-dose administration. The mean sildenafil and N-desmethyl-sildenafil plasma concentration–time profiles up to 24 h after single-dose administration of sildenafil 100 mg orodispersible film and film-coated tablet were nearly superimposable. The bioequivalence test was fully satisfied for sildenafil and N-desmethyl-sildenafil in terms of rate and extent of bioavailability. Adverse events occurred at similar rates for the two formulations and were of mild-to-moderate severity. The results suggest that the new orodispersible film

  9. X-ray microbeam diffraction study of strain in polycrystalline aluminum thin films

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    Moyer, Laura E.

    Thermally induced strains in polycrystalline Al films on glass and single crystal Si substrates have been examined on a grain-by-grain basis by x-ray microbeam diffraction. The crystallographic orientation and the deviatoric strain tensor, epsilon*ij, were determined for each measurement location by white beam Laue diffraction. From grain orientation mapping and strain tensor measurements, information was obtained about the distributions of strains for similarly oriented grains and about strain variations within single grains. Grain size, texture, and misorientation correlations with residual strains were also examined. Strains during thermal cycling and strain relaxation at room temperature were compared to model calculations. The mechanisms involved in these calculations during thermal cycling and during room temperature relaxation were studied. The grain boundary diffusivity for Coble creep used in the model calculations was also studied and recalculations were made that provide a better fit of the model calculations to the experimental data. The type of information gathered in this study may be useful in developing and testing theories for intergrain effects in strain evolution in polycrystals. It was concluded from this study that many factors affect the mechanical behavior of thin films during thermal cycling and during room temperature relaxation, including grain size, texture, and grain orientation. The nature of the film-substrate interface may also affect the behavior of the films. The model calculations and parameters used in this study were not successful in predicting quantitatively thin film mechanical behavior. Microdiffraction measurements reveal that the strains on the inter- and intra-granular level are very different than the average strain in a film.

  10. Study of structural and optical properties of ZnS zigzag nanostructured thin films

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    Rahchamani, Seyyed Zabihollah; Rezagholipour Dizaji, Hamid; Ehsani, Mohammad Hossein

    2015-11-01

    Zinc sulfide (ZnS) nanostructured thin films of different thicknesses with zigzag shapes have been deposited on glass substrates by glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique. Employing a homemade accessory attached to the substrate holder enabled the authors to control the substrate temperature and substrate angle. The prepared samples were subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and UV-VIS. spectroscopy techniques. The structural studies revealed that the film deposited at room temperature crystallized in cubic structure. The FESEM images of the samples confirmed the formation of zigzag nano-columnar shape with mean diameter about 60-80 nm. By using the data obtained from optical studies, the real part of the refractive index (n), the absorption coefficient (α) and the band gap (Eg) of the samples were calculated. The results show that the refractive indices of the prepared films are very sensitive to deposition conditions.

  11. A comprehensive study for the plasmonic thin-film solar cell with periodic structure.

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    Sha, Wei E I; Choy, Wallace C H; Chew, Weng Cho

    2010-03-15

    A comprehensive study of the plasmonic thin-film solar cell with the periodic strip structure is presented in this paper. The finite-difference frequency-domain method is employed to discretize the inhomogeneous wave function for modeling the solar cell. In particular, the hybrid absorbing boundary condition and the one-sided difference scheme are adopted. The parameter extraction methods for the zeroth-order reflectance and the absorbed power density are also discussed, which is important for testing and optimizing the solar cell design. For the numerical results, the physics of the absorption peaks of the amorphous silicon thin-film solar cell are explained by electromagnetic theory; these peaks correspond to the waveguide mode, Floquet mode, surface plasmon resonance, and the constructively interference between adjacent metal strips. The work is therefore important for the theoretical study and optimized design of the plasmonic thin-film solar cell.

  12. Studies on ultrathin films of tricycloquinazoline (TCQ) based discotic liquid crystal molecules

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    Gupta, Raj Kumar; V, Manjuladevi; Karthik, C.; Kumar, Sandeep

    2013-03-01

    The assembly of disk-shaped molecules on surfaces has drawn considerable attention because of their unique electro-optical properties. We have studied the monolayer of the tricycloquinazoline based disk-shaped (TCQCB) molecules at air-water and air-solid interfaces. The TCQCB molecules form a stable Langmuir monolayer at the air-water interface. The monolayer exhibits gas, low density liquid (L1), and high density liquid (L2) phases. In L1 and L2 phases, the molecules prefer edge-on conformation. The atomic force microscope study on the Langmuir-Blodgett films of the molecules reveals a structural transformation. The elongated domains in the film deposited in L1 phase transformed to a compact grainy texture in the film deposited in the L2 phase.

  13. [Infrared spectroscopic studies of the effect of hydrotalcite on the capability of agricultural film].

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    Wang, Liang-yu; Cui, Hai-long; Jiao, Hong-wen

    2007-02-01

    Different kinds of hydrotalcite and their effects on the optic capability, transmittance, infrared anti-transmittance and heat preservation of agriculture film were studied by IR spectroscopy. It was found that the haze degree of the film decreased about 1.5% because the diameter of the hydrotalcite made in Dalian was bigger than those made in Japan. Compared to the french chalk, the hydrotalcite had much better capability of infrared anti-transmittance. But from the spectra of hydrotalcite, whichever made in Dalian or in Japan, there was no infrared absorption in the region of 1100-1200 cm(-1). Compared with the wavelength of 9-11 microm, the absorbance band at 1360 cm(-1) had a little shift. Hence, the capability of heat preservation of hydrotalcite-added agriculture film would be studied in the future work.

  14. Molecular Study of Dynamic Behavior between Head and Ultrathin Lubricant Film

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    Liu, Xiangjun; Amemiya, Kensuke; Wong, Chee How; Yu, Shengkai; Liu, Bo

    The lubricant, perfluoropolyethers (PFPEs), has been modeled and analyzed using molecular dynamics simulations based on a coarse-grained bead-spring model. An ultrathin lubricant film with a thickness of 1-2 nm is coated on a disk to lubricate the head disk interface (HDI) of hard disk drives (HDDs). The retention performance of the lubricant film is studied, which is important to avoid a direct contact between the head and disk. The replenishment performance is also studied, which is essential to repair the lubricant film ruptured by a contact of the head. Finally, the typical phenomenon of touch down-take off hysteresis during the contact between head and disk is confirmed and analyzed because of the nanoscopic interactions in the HDI.

  15. Auger electron diffraction study of the growth of Fe(001) films on ZnSe(001)

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    Jonker, B. T.; Prinz, G. A.

    1991-03-01

    The growth of Fe films on ZnSe(001) epilayers and bulk GaAs(001) substrates has been studied to determine the mode of film growth, the formation of the interface, and the structure of the overlayer at the 1-10 monolayer level. Auger electron diffraction (AED), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and reflection high-energy electron diffraction data are obtained for incremental deposition of the Fe(001) overlayer. The coverage dependence of the AED forward scattering peaks reveals a predominantly layer-by-layer mode of film growth at 175 °C on ZnSe, while a more three-dimensional growth mode occurs on the oxide-desorbed GaAs(001) substrate. XPS studies of the semiconductor 3d levels indicate that the Fe/ZnSe interface is less reactive than the Fe/GaAs interface.

  16. Electron-spin motion: a new tool to study ferromagnetic films and surfaces

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    Dey, P.; Weber, W.

    2011-11-01

    When electrons are interacting with a ferromagnetic material, their spin-polarization vector is expected to move. This spin motion, comprising an azimuthal precession and a polar rotation about the magnetization direction of the ferromagnet, has been studied in spin-polarized electron scattering experiments both in transmission and reflection geometry. In this review we show that electron-spin motion can be considered as a new tool to study ferromagnetic films and surfaces and we discuss its application to a number of different problems: (a) the transmission of spin-polarized electrons across ferromagnetic films, (b) the influence of spin-dependent gaps in the electronic band structure on the spin motion in reflection geometry, (c) interference experiments with spin-polarized electrons and (d) the influence of lattice relaxations in ferromagnetic films on the spin motion.

  17. Degradation studies of nitride-based low-e films

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    Andersson, Kent E.; Wahlstrom, M. K.; Roos, Arne; Ribbing, Carl-Gustaf

    1992-11-01

    Triple layer structures of TiO2/TiN/TiO2 and quadruple layer structures of TiO2/Al/TiN/TiO2 have been sputtered on glass substrates at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 300 degree(s)C. The reflectance and transmittance were measured in the visible and the near infrared wavelength regions. Accelerated degradation tests with respect to high temperature and acid exposure have been performed with these laboratory samples of low-e coatings and the degradation has been compared with that of commercial silver based window coatings. As expected the durability of the nitride based coatings is far superior to the stability of those based on noble metals. Furthermore, the nitride coatings with an aluminum sacrificial layer have been found to resist aging at elevated temperatures (as high as 350 - 400 degree(s)C) far better than similar coatings without the aluminum. It has also been shown that the aluminum layer protects the nitride film during deposition of the top oxide layer. The effects of high temperature annealing have been modeled with optical multilayer calculations. Comparison of two degradation mechanisms demonstrates that the silver layers fail by agglomeration while the nitride suffers successive oxidation. This explains the effectiveness of the aluminum layer which forms a dense oxide during the initial stages of TiO2- deposition.

  18. Formation Mechanism and Control of Perovskite Films from Solution to Crystalline Phase Studied by in Situ Synchrotron Scattering.

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    Chang, Chun-Yu; Huang, Yu-Ching; Tsao, Cheng-Si; Su, Wei-Fang

    2016-10-12

    Controlling the crystallization and morphology of perovskite films is crucial for the fabrication of high-efficiency perovskite solar cells. For the first time, we investigate the formation mechanism of the drop-cast perovskite film from its precursor solution, PbCl2 and CH3NH3I in N,N-dimethylformamide, to a crystalline CH3NH3PbI3-xClx film at different substrate temperatures from 70 to 180 °C in ambient air and humidity. We employed an in situ grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS) technique for this study. When the substrate temperature is at or below 100 °C, the perovskite film is formed in three stages: the initial solution stage, transition-to-solid film stage, and transformation stage from intermediates into a crystalline perovskite film. In each stage, the multiple routes for phase transformations are preceded concurrently. However, when the substrate temperature is increased from 100 to 180 °C, the formation mechanism of the perovskite film is changed from the "multistage formation mechanism" to the "direct formation mechanism". The proposed mechanism has been applied to understand the formation of a perovskite film containing an additive. The result of this study provides a fundamental understanding of the functions of the solvent and additive in the solution and transition states to the crystalline film. It provides useful knowledge to design and fabricate crystalline perovskite films for high-efficiency solar cells.

  19. Study on the Ohmic Contact, Electrical and Optical Properties of Nanostructured Titanium Dioxide Thin Films

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    Ahmad, M. K.; Rusop, M.

    2009-06-01

    Nanostructured Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) thin film with various sol-gel concentrations has been successfully prepared using sol-gel spin coating method. Nanostructured TiO2 thin films prepared at different sol-gel concentration from 0.1 M to 0.4 M. The IV measurement was measured using direct currents between two contacts were measured using Advantest source meter (R6243). To perform the IV measurement, two kinds of metal contact has been used; Platinum (Pt) and Gold (Au). It showed that both of metal contact shows that 0.2 M of concentration gives the lowest sheet resistance. The sheet resistance and resistivity of the thin film decreased from 0.1 M to 0.2 M and significantly increased at 0.3 M and 0.4 M. Optical transmission spectra were recorded in the wavelength range 200-1000 nm using UV-VIS-NIR Spectrophotometer (VARIAN 5000). The effect of sol concentration on band gap (Eg) values of the TiO2 thin films has been studied. The lowest band gap is 3.35 eV which contribute to 0.2 M of concentration and it is also understand that prepared nanostructured TiO2 thin film is indirect band gap.

  20. MALDI MS sample preparation by using paraffin wax film: systematic study and application for peptide analysis.

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    Wang, Junhua; Chen, Ruibing; Ma, Mingming; Li, Lingjun

    2008-01-15

    Recently developed sample preparation techniques employing hydrophobic sample support have improved the detection sensitivity and mass spectral quality of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI MS). These methods concentrate the samples on target by minimizing the sample area via the solvent repellent effect of the target surface. In the current study, we employed the use of paraffin wax film (Parafilm M) for improved MALDI MS analysis of low-abundance peptide mixtures, including neuronal tissue releasate and protein tryptic digests. This thin film was found to strongly repel polar solvents including water, methanol, and acetonitrile, which enabled the application of a wide range of sample preparation protocols that involved the use of various organic solvents. A "nanoliter-volume deposition" technique employing a capillary column has been used to produce tiny ( approximately 400 microm) matrix spots of 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid on the film. By systematically optimizing the sample volume, solvent composition, and film treatment, the Parafilm M substrate in combination with the nanoliter-volume matrix deposition method allowed dilute sample to be concentrated on the film for MALDI MS analysis. Peptide mixtures with nanomolar concentrations have been detected by MALDI time-of-flight and MALDI Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometers. Overall, the use of Parafilm M enabled improved sensitivity and spectral quality for the analysis of complex peptide mixtures.

  1. Preparation and characterization of ALD deposited ZnO thin films studied for gas sensors

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    Boyadjiev, S. I.; Georgieva, V.; Yordanov, R.; Raicheva, Z.; Szilágyi, I. M.

    2016-11-01

    Applying atomic layer deposition (ALD), very thin zinc oxide (ZnO) films were deposited on quartz resonators, and their gas sensing properties were studied using the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) method. The gas sensing of the ZnO films to NO2 was tested in the concentration interval between 10 and 5000 ppm. On the basis of registered frequency change of the QCM, for each concentration the sorbed mass was calculated. Further characterization of the films was carried out by various techniques, i.e. by SEM-EDS, XRD, ellipsometry, and FTIR spectroscopy. Although being very thin, the films were gas sensitive to NO2 already at room temperature and could register very well as low concentrations as 100 ppm, while the sorption was fully reversible. Our results for very thin ALD ZnO films show that the described fast, simple and cost-effective technology could be implemented for producing gas sensors working at room temperature and being capable to detect in real time low concentrations of NO2.

  2. Crystallization study of amorphous sputtered NiTi bi-layer thin film

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    Mohri, Maryam; Nili-Ahmadabadi, Mahmoud; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran

    2015-05-15

    The crystallization of Ni-rich/NiTiCu bi-layer thin film deposited by magnetron sputtering from two separate alloy targets was investigated. To achieve the shape memory effect, the NiTi thin films deposited at room temperature with amorphous structure were annealed at 773 K for 15, 30, and 60 min for crystallization. Characterization of the films was carried out by differential scanning calorimetry to indicate the crystallization temperature, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction to identify the phase structures, atomic force microscopy to evaluate surface morphology, scanning transmission electron microscopy to study the cross section of the thin films. The results show that the structure of the annealed thin films strongly depends on the temperature and time of the annealing. Crystalline grains nucleated first at the surface and then grew inward to form columnar grains. Furthermore, the crystallization behavior was markedly affected by composition variations. - Highlights: • A developed bi-layer Ni45TiCu5/Ni50.8Ti was deposited on Si substrate and crystallized. • During crystallization, The Ni{sub 45}TiCu{sub 5} layer is thermally less stable than the Ni-rich layer. • The activation energy is 302 and 464 kJ/mol for Cu-rich and Ni-rich layer in bi-layer, respectively.

  3. Raman scattering studies of p-type Sb-doped ZnO thin films

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    Samanta, Kousik; Bhattacharya, Pijush; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2010-12-01

    Antimony doped p-type ZnO films were grown on Al2O3 (0001) substrate by pulsed laser deposition. The structural properties of Zn1-xSbxO (3% and 5%) thin films were investigated by Raman scattering studies. The softening of local lattice due to the formation of (SbZn-2VZn) acceptor complexes was detected as the shift in E2high mode toward lower frequency side in ZnSbO thin films. Additional optical modes observed at 277, 333, 483, and 534 cm-1 are due to the breaking of translational symmetry in w-ZnO by Sb doping. The Zn-Sb related local vibrational mode was detected around 237 cm-1 in 5% Sb doped ZnO thin film. Room temperature Hall measurements exhibited low resistivity of 0.017 Ω cm, high hole concentration of 6.25×1018 cm-3, and mobility of 57.44 cm2/V s in the 5% Sb-doped ZnO thin film.

  4. Formation of Hydroxyl and Water Layers on MgO Films Studied with Ambient Pressure XPS

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    Newberg, J.T.; Starr, D.; Yamamoto, S.; Kaya, S.; Kendelewicz, T.; Mysak, E.R.; Porsgaard, S.; Salmeron, M.B.; Brown Jr., G.E.; Nilsson, A.; Bluhm, H.

    2011-01-01

    To understand the interaction of water with MgO(100), a detailed quantitative assessment of the interfacial chemistry is necessary. We have used ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to measure molecular (H{sub 2}O) and dissociative (OH) water adsorption on a 4 monolayer (ML) thick MgO(100)/Ag(100) film under ambient conditions. Since the entire 4 ML metal oxide (Ox) film is probed by XPS, the reaction of the MgO film with water can be quantitatively studied. Using a multilayer model (Model 1) that measures changes in Ox thickness from O 1s (film) and Ag 3d (substrate) spectra, it is shown that the oxide portion of the MgO film becomes thinner upon hydroxylation. A reaction mechanism is postulated in which the top-most layer of MgO converts to Mg(OH)2 upon dissociation of water. Based on this mechanism a second model (Model 2) is developed to calculate Ox and OH thickness changes based on OH/Ox intensity ratios from O 1s spectra measured in situ, with the known initial Ox thickness prior to hydroxylation. Models 1 and 2 are applied to a 0.15 Torr isobar experiment, yielding similar results for H{sub 2}O, OH and Ox thickness changes as a function of relative humidity.

  5. Photoelectron spectroscopy studies of growth, alloying, and segregation for transition-metal films on tungsten (211)

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    Kolodziej, J. J.; Madey, T. E.; Keister, J. W.; Rowe, J. E.

    2000-08-01

    High resolution soft x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation and Auger-electron spectroscopy are used to study late-transition-metal films (Pt, Pd, Ir, Rh, Au,) on W(211). It is found that the films grow in a layer mode at 300 K. As a function of the film thickness, different 4f7/2 photoemission peaks are observed, corresponding to a single monolayer, to an interface layer, to bulk atoms and to surface atoms. Single physical monolayers of these late-transition metals on tungsten are stable against thermal rearrangement. In contrast, when multilayer films of Pd, Pt, Ir, Rh are annealed above 700-1000 K, tungsten atoms diffuse into the overlayer to form an alloy film. Gold constitutes a different case; upon annealing it does not alloy with tungsten but the metal in excess of one monolayer forms clusters. The evolution of the bimetallic systems as a function of coverage and annealing temperature is interpreted by analysis of intensities and shapes of the 4f7/2 features. Born-Haber cycles and the equivalent core approximation are used to extract thermochemical data concerning energetics of adhesion, segregation, and alloying in these early-late transition-metal systems.

  6. Photoelectron spectroscopy studies of growth, alloying, and segregation for transition-metal films on tungsten (211)

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    Kolodziej, J. J.; Madey, T. E.; Keister, J. W.; Rowe, J. E

    2000-08-15

    High resolution soft x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation and Auger-electron spectroscopy are used to study late-transition-metal films (Pt, Pd, Ir, Rh, Au,) on W(211). It is found that the films grow in a layer mode at 300 K. As a function of the film thickness, different 4f{sub 7/2} photoemission peaks are observed, corresponding to a single monolayer, to an interface layer, to bulk atoms and to surface atoms. Single physical monolayers of these late-transition metals on tungsten are stable against thermal rearrangement. In contrast, when multilayer films of Pd, Pt, Ir, Rh are annealed above 700-1000 K, tungsten atoms diffuse into the overlayer to form an alloy film. Gold constitutes a different case; upon annealing it does not alloy with tungsten but the metal in excess of one monolayer forms clusters. The evolution of the bimetallic systems as a function of coverage and annealing temperature is interpreted by analysis of intensities and shapes of the 4f{sub 7/2} features. Born-Haber cycles and the equivalent core approximation are used to extract thermochemical data concerning energetics of adhesion, segregation, and alloying in these early-late transition-metal systems. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  7. Structural study of ultrathin metal films on TiO 2 using LEED, ARXPS and MEED

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    Pan, Jian-Mei; Maschhoff, Brian L.; Diebold, Ulrike; Madey, Theodore E.

    1993-07-01

    A structural study of ultrathin Cr, Fe and Cu metal films on stoichiometric and Ar + sputtered TiO 2(110) surfaces has been carried out using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), angle-resolved XPS (ARXPS) and two-dimensional medium energy backscattered electron diffraction (MEED). Although LEED results indicate only weak long range order for all three metal films (Cr, Fe and Cu) on TiO 2(110), clear evidence for a locally ordered structure can be observed using ARXPS and MEED. Both Cr and Fe films grow with bcc(100) structures on stoichiometric TiO 2(110) yielding pronounced forward scattering features in ARXPS and MEED data. Cu overlayers grow with fcc(111) structures exhibiting two equivalent domain orientations on TiO 2(110) that yield less pronounced features in ARXPS. However, MEED measurements of Cu films with different electron surface incidence angles show clear fcc(111) patterns for different domains. Both bcc(100) and fcc(111) MEED patterns are simulated by single scattering cluster (SSC) calculations, and the results are qualitatively consistent with experimental data. A bcc(100) short range ordering is also observed for ultrathin Cr and Fe films on long range disordered Ar + sputtered TiO 2(110) surfaces.

  8. Studies on interface between In2O3 and CuInTe2 thin films

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    Ananthan, M. R.; Malar, P.; Osipowicz, Thomas; Kasiviswanathan, S.

    2017-10-01

    Interface between dc sputtered In2O3 and stepwise flash evaporated CuInTe2 films were studied by probing Si/In2O3/CuInTe2 and Si/CuInTe2/In2O3 structures with the help of glancing angle X-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The results showed that in Si/In2O3/CuInTe2 structure, a ∼20 nm thick interface consisting of In, Cu and O had formed between In2O3 and CuInTe2 and was attributed to the diffusion of Cu from CuInTe2 into In2O3 film. On the other hand, in Si/CuInTe2/In2O3 structure, homogeneity of the underlying CuInTe2 film was found lost completely. An estimate of the masses of the constituent elements showed that the damage was caused by loss of Te from CuInTe2 film during the growth of In2O3 film on Si/CuInTe2.

  9. Study of the electron field emission and microstructure correlation in nanocrystalline carbon thin films

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    Gupta, S.; Weiss, B. L.; Weiner, B. R.; Morell, G.

    2001-05-01

    Nanocrystalline carbon thin films were deposited by hot-filament chemical vapor deposition using a 2% concentration of methane in hydrogen. The films were deposited on molybdenum substrates under various substrate biasing conditions. A positive bias produced a continuous flow of electrons from the filament onto the substrate, while a negative bias caused the substrate to be bombarded with positive ions. Films were also grown under no bias, for comparison. Differences in the electron field emission properties (turn-on fields and emitted currents) of these films were characterized. Correspondingly, microstructural differences were also studied, as characterized with atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Films grown under electron bombardment showed lower turn-on fields, smoother surfaces, and smaller grains than those grown under ion bombardment or no bias. A correlation between the enhanced emission properties and the nanocrystalline carbon material produced by the low-energy particle bombardment was found through the parameters obtained using spectroscopic ellipsometry modeling. The results confirm the significant role of defects on the electron field emission mechanism.

  10. Formation of hydroxyl and water layers on MgO films studied with ambient pressure XPS

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    Newberg, John T.; Starr, David E.; Yamamoto, Susumu; Kaya, Sarp; Kendelewicz, Tom; Mysak, Erin R.; Porsgaard, Soeren; Salmeron, Miquel B.; Brown, Gordon E., Jr.; Nilsson, Anders; Bluhm, Hendrik

    2011-01-01

    To understand the interaction of water with MgO(100), a detailed quantitative assessment of the interfacial chemistry is necessary. We have used ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to measure molecular (H 2O) and dissociative (OH) water adsorption on a 4 monolayer (ML) thick MgO(100)/Ag(100) film under ambient conditions. Since the entire 4 ML metal oxide (Ox) film is probed by XPS, the reaction of the MgO film with water can be quantitatively studied. Using a multilayer model (Model 1) that measures changes in Ox thickness from O 1s (film) and Ag 3d (substrate) spectra, it is shown that the oxide portion of the MgO film becomes thinner upon hydroxylation. A reaction mechanism is postulated in which the top-most layer of MgO converts to Mg(OH) 2 upon dissociation of water. Based on this mechanism a second model (Model 2) is developed to calculate Ox and OH thickness changes based on OH/Ox intensity ratios from O 1s spectra measured in situ, with the known initial Ox thickness prior to hydroxylation. Models 1 and 2 are applied to a 0.15 Torr isobar experiment, yielding similar results for H 2O, OH and Ox thickness changes as a function of relative humidity.

  11. Behavior of oxygen doped SiC thin films: An x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study

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    Avila, A.; Montero, I.; Galán, L.; Ripalda, J. M.; Levy, R.

    2001-01-01

    Thin silicon carbide films have been deposited by chemical vapor deposition on p-type (100) silicon substrates. The composition and bonds formed in these films have been analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and infrared spectroscopy. The native surface oxide on the silicon carbide surface induced by air exposure has also been studied. Several phases are detected in the near-surface region: elemental Si, Si oxides (mainly SiO2), Si carbide (SiC) and Si oxicarbides (SiOxCy). Quantitative XPS analysis results indicate that, for atomic oxygen fractions <0.15, the Si-C phases are dominant in the films. Above this value no silicon oxicarbide is observed, but a multiphase material formed by elemental Si, Si oxides and Si carbides is observed. In spite of the film being a complex phase mixture, a simple relationship is found between the overall carbon and oxygen compositions. The carbon atomic fraction in the film decreases quasilinearly as the oxygen content increases, with a slope of about -1. An overall composition of SiOxC3-x in the 0.5

  12. Morphology and Magnetic Properties of IRON/GOLD(001) Ultrathin Films: a Hrleed and Smoke Study

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    Liew, Yun-Fook

    Many of the controversies in surface and ultrathin film magnetism are believe to arise from the poor knowledge of the surface or film morphology. In this thesis we have studied and correlated the morphological and magnetic properties of monolayers and submonolayer Fe/Au(001) ultrathin films. We have used two complementary surface sensitive tools, the High-Resolution Low-Energy Electron Diffractometer (HRLEED) and the Surface Magneto-Optic Kerr Effect (SMOKE) apparatus, to characterize the morphologies and magnetic properties of ultrathin ferromagnetic films of Fe deposited on a Au(001) substrate by the Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) technique. HRLEED with time-dependent, energy-dependent, and temperature-dependent spot profile analysis was used to determine the growth modes, the structure, the size and separation distributions of magnetic islands, and the stability of the Fe/Au(001) ultrathin films. Their corresponding magnetic properties such as the coercive field, magnetic anistropy, saturation and remanence magnetization, and hysteresis loss were extracted from the hysteresis loops measured with the SMOKE technique. Using the two sets of complementary information we are able to correlate the structural properties of the film to the magnetic properties of the film. For submonolayer coverage Fe films on Au(001) surface, a strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy that aligns the spins out of the plane of the sample was observed. The coercivity and squareness of the hysteresis loop also displayed a strong correlation with the average size of 2D or 3D magnetic islands. The larger the average size of these islands the larger the coercivity and squareness. The magnetization of these ultrathin films also exhibits temperature dependence. Films of submonolayer coverages with finite size magnetic islands are believed to go super-paramagnetic. For a thicker Fe film of coverage 1.5 ML, the magnetization vanished at ~375^ circC, well below the bulk Curie temperature of 770^circ

  13. X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy studies of surfaces and thin films.

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    Sinha, Sunil K; Jiang, Zhang; Lurio, Laurence B

    2014-12-10

    The technique of X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (XPCS) is reviewed as a method for studying the relatively slow dynamics of materials on time scales ranging from microseconds to thousands of seconds and length scales ranging from microns down to nanometers. We focus on the application of this technique to study dynamical fluctuations of surfaces, interfaces and thin films. We first discuss instrumental issues such as the effects of partial coherence (or alternatively finite instrumental resolution) and optimization of signal-to-noise ratios in the experiments. We then review what has been learned from recent XPCS studies of capillary wave fluctuations on liquid surfaces and polymer films, of nanoparticles used as probes to study the interior dynamics of polymer films, of liquid crystals and multilamellar surfactant films, and of metal surfaces, and magnetic domain wall fluctuations in antiferromagnets. We then discuss studies of non-equilibrium dynamics described by 2-time correlation functions. Finally, we briefly speculate on possible future XPCS experiments at new synchrotron sources currently under development including studies of dynamics on time scales down to femtoseconds. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Study of Phase Transition Properties in Epitaxial Ferroelectric Film

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    Wang, Chun-Dong; Teng, Bao-Hua; Ju, Yong-Feng; Cheng, Deng-Mu; Zhang, Chun-Lai

    2010-10-01

    Based on the transverse Ising model and using decoupling approximation to the Fermi-type Green's function, we study the phase transition properties of the epitaxial ferroelectric film with one substrate. A general recursive equation of the ferroelectric thin film with two n-layer materials is obtained, which enables us to study the phase transition properties for any number layers for epitaxial ferroelectric thin film. With the help of this equation, we analyze the effect of the exchange interaction and the transverse field in the phase diagram, the influence to the polarizations and Curie temperature numerically. The results show that epitaxial ferroelectric film are able to induce a strong increase or decrease of Curie temperature to different exchange interactions and transverse fields within the epitaxial film layers. The theoretical results are in reasonable accordance with experimental data of different ferroelectric thin film.

  15. Growing gold fractal nano-structures and studying changes in their morphology as a function of film growth rate

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    Banerjee, Amit; Banerjee, S. S.

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the formation of fractal like nano-structures on free standing gold films grown via surfactant mediated thin film growth process. We determine these structures to be confined within the first few monolayers of the thin film. Their chemical composition is identical to that of the Au film, although their density is different from the surrounding film. We observe changes in the morphology of these fractal structures by controlling the film growth rate, which spans across three orders of magnitude. From our study, we quantify the morphological changes in the fractal structure via a roundness parameter and we suggest an empirical relation between the roundness parameter and the growth rate. The study shows an inverse relationship between the roundness parameter and the growth rate and also that the fractal to compact morphological transition is continuous.

  16. Detailed hydrodynamic characterization of harmonically excited falling-film flows: A combined experimental and computational study

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    Charogiannis, Alexandros; Denner, Fabian; van Wachem, Berend G. M.; Kalliadasis, Serafim; Markides, Christos N.

    2017-01-01

    We present results from the simultaneous application of planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF), particle image velocimetry (PIV) and particle tracking velocimetry (PTV), complemented by direct numerical simulations, aimed at the detailed hydrodynamic characterization of harmonically excited liquid-film flows falling under the action of gravity. The experimental campaign comprises four different aqueous-glycerol solutions corresponding to four Kapitza numbers (Ka=14 , 85, 350, 1800), spanning the Reynolds number range Re=2.3 -320 , and with forcing frequencies fw=7 and 10 Hz . PLIF was employed to generate spatiotemporally resolved film-height measurements, and PIV and PTV to generate two-dimensional velocity-vector maps of the flow field underneath the wavy film interface. The latter allows for instantaneous, highly localized velocity-profile, bulk-velocity, and flow-rate data to be retrieved, based on which the effect of local film topology on the flow field underneath the waves is studied in detail. Temporal sequences of instantaneous and local film height and bulk velocity are generated and combined into bulk flow-rate time series. The time-mean flow rates are then decomposed into steady and unsteady components, the former represented by the product of the mean film height and mean bulk velocity and the latter by the covariance of the film-height and bulk-velocity fluctuations. The steady terms are found to vary linearly with the flow Re, with the best-fit gradients approximated closely by the kinematic viscosities of the three examined liquids. The unsteady terms, typically amounting to 5 %-10 % of the mean and peaking at approximately 20 % , are found to scale linearly with the film-height variance. And, interestingly, the instantaneous flow rate is found to vary linearly with the instantaneous film height. Both experimental and numerical flow-rate data are closely approximated by a simple analytical relationship with only minor deviations. This relationship

  17. Use of a sandwich technique to control image geometry in clinical studies comparing intraoral xeroradiographs and E-speed films

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    Ludlow, J.B.; Hill, R.A.; Hayes, C.J.

    1988-05-01

    A method of superimposing a film on a xeroradiographic (XR) cassette for simultaneous intraoral exposure is evaluated for use as an imaging technique in clinical studies comparing Ektaspeed film and XR images. Sandwich images were indistinguishable from those produced by conventional technique. Pilot studies were conducted with 104 patients who had symptomatic dental problems. No significant differences were found in diagnostic usefulness or image quality between XR and film radiographs when sign test analysis was used. The sandwich technique yielded film and XR images with duplicate image geometry while reducing patient exposures to one half of that used in conventional image comparison protocols.

  18. Metal-insulator transition in epitaxial NdNiO3 thin film: A structural, electrical and optical study

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    Shao, Tao; Qi, Zeming; Wang, Yuyin; Li, Yuanyuan; Yang, Mei; Hu, Chuansheng

    2017-03-01

    NdNiO3 thin film has been prepared by pulsed laser deposition on LaAlO3 (001) single crystalline substrate. Temperature-dependent resistivity measurement shows a sharp metal-insulator transition in such thin film. The phase transition temperature can be tuned from 90 K to 121 K by changing the thickness of thin film. The structure evolution during phase transition is studied by Raman spectroscopy. Optical conductivity reveals that the variation carrier density in the process of phase transition. The results of structural, electrical and optical studies provide useful insights to understand the mechanism of metal-insulator transition of NdNiO3 thin film.

  19. Compositional study of vacuum annealed Al doped ZnO thin films obtained by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Shantheyanda, B. P.; Todi, V. O.; Sundaram, K. B.; Vijayakumar, A.; Oladeji, I.

    2011-09-15

    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were obtained by RF magnetron sputtering. The effects of deposition parameters such as power, gas flow conditions, and substrate heating have been studied. Deposited and annealed films were characterized for composition as well as microstructure using x ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x ray diffraction. Films produced were polycrystalline in nature. Surface imaging and roughness studies were carried out using SEM and AFM, respectively. Columnar grain growth was predominantly observed. Optical and electrical properties were evaluated for transparent conducting oxide applications. Processing conditions were optimized to obtain highly transparent AZO films with a low resistivity value of 6.67 x 10{sup -4}{Omega} cm.

  20. Parametric study on electrochemical deposition of copper nanoparticles on an ultrathin polypyrrole film deposited on a gold film electrode.

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    Zhou, X J; Harmer, A J; Heinig, N F; Leung, K T

    2004-06-08

    Monoshaped and monosized copper nanostructured particles have been prepared by potentiostatic electrochemical deposition on an ultrathin polypyrrole (PPY) film, electrochemically grown on a Si(100) substrate sputter-coated with a thin gold film or gold-film electrode (GFE). The crystal size and the number density of the copper nanocrystals have been examined by varying several deposition parameters, including the thickness of the gold film, the PPY film thickness, the applied potential, and the Cu2+ and the electrolyte concentrations for copper deposition. Optimal conditions for uniform growth ofnanocrystals well-dispersed on the GFE have been determined, along with insight into the mechanism of crystal growth. A minimum gold film thickness of 80 nm is required to eliminate the effects of the gold-silicon interface. The PPY film thickness and homogeneity principally affect the shape uniformity of the nanocrystals, while the copper deposition potential could be used to regulate the size and number density of the nanocrystals. Both the Cu2+ and electrolyte concentrations are also found to play important roles in controlling the electrodeposition of nanocrystal growth.

  1. Experimental study on surface wrinkling of silicon monoxide film on compliant substrate under thermally induced loads

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    Li, Chuanwei; Kong, Yingxiao; Jiang, Wenchong; Wang, Zhiyong; Li, Linan; Wang, Shibin

    2017-06-01

    The wrinkling of a silicon monoxide thin film on a compliant poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) substrate structure was experimentally investigated in this study. The self-expansion effect of PDMS during film deposition was utilized to impose a pretensile strain on the structure through a specially made fixture. A laser scanning confocal microscope (LSCM) system with an in situ heating stage was employed for the real-time measurement. The Young’s modulus of the silicon monoxide thin film as well as the PDMS substrate was measured on the basis of the elasticity theory. Moreover, the effects of temperature variations on geometric parameters in the postbuckling state, such as wavelength and amplitude, were analyzed. It was proved that wavelength is relatively immune to thermal loads, while amplitude is much more sensitive.

  2. Free-focus radiography using conventional films: Radiation exposures in a simulated clinical study

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    Jensen, T.W.; Randall, G.J.; Goldberg, A.J.

    1980-07-01

    This study compared air exposures during conventional dental and maxillofacial radiography and similar views using free-focus radiography with conventional image receptors. The results show that periapical type surveys on nonscreen film placed extraorally or in the buccal fold may be carried out with an exposure to the surface tissues, which is similar to or less than conventional dental radiography. Extraoral survey type radiographs of the jaws may be carried out with significantly less surface exposure than lateral oblique views of the jaws. The least exposure was required, when the film was placed in the buccla fold instead of against the face during free-focus radiography. The exposures with film screen combinations were reduced by an order of magnitude when compared to the nonscreen techniques. Proper filtration of the beam of the miniaturized x-ray machines radiography in dentistry may thus be desirable and applications in other parts of the body encouraged.

  3. TEM annealing study of normal grain growth in silver thin films

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    Dannenberg, Rand; Stach, Eric; Groza, Joanna R.; Dresser, Brian J.

    2000-07-15

    Normal grain growth in 80-nm-thick sputter-deposited Ag films was studied via in situ heating stage transmission electron microscopy. The as-deposited films with an initial grain size of 40-50 nm were held at a series of temperatures (one per specimen) below 250 C. A grain growth exponent n=3 from the law Dn-Don=k(T)t was calculated by minimizing the deviation in the fitting function to the experimental data. An activation energy for grain growth of 0.53 eV (53 kJ/mol) is found, which is close to surface diffusion. These findings are consistent with our previous work on abnormal grain growth in Ag: that grain growth in thin film nanocrystalline silver is dominated by surface diffusion mass transport.

  4. Brillouin light scattering study of spin waves in NiFe/Co exchange spring bilayer films

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    Haldar, Arabinda; Banerjee, Chandrima; Laha, Pinaki; Barman, Anjan

    2014-04-07

    Spin waves are investigated in Permalloy(Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20})/Cobalt(Co) exchange spring bilayer thin films using Brillouin light scattering (BLS) experiment. The magnetic hysteresis loops measured by magneto-optical Kerr effect show a monotonic decrease in coercivity of the bilayer films with increasing Py thickness. BLS study shows two distinct modes, which are modelled as Damon-Eshbach and perpendicular standing wave modes. Linewidths of the frequency peaks are found to increase significantly with decreasing Py layer thickness. Interfacial roughness causes to fluctuate exchange coupling at the nanoscale regimes and the effect is stronger for thinner Py films. A quantitative analysis of the magnon linewidths shows the presence of strong local exchange coupling field which is much larger compared to macroscopic exchange field.

  5. Brillouin light scattering study of spin waves in NiFe/Co exchange spring bilayer films

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    Haldar, Arabinda; Banerjee, Chandrima; Laha, Pinaki; Barman, Anjan

    2014-04-01

    Spin waves are investigated in Permalloy(Ni80Fe20)/Cobalt(Co) exchange spring bilayer thin films using Brillouin light scattering (BLS) experiment. The magnetic hysteresis loops measured by magneto-optical Kerr effect show a monotonic decrease in coercivity of the bilayer films with increasing Py thickness. BLS study shows two distinct modes, which are modelled as Damon-Eshbach and perpendicular standing wave modes. Linewidths of the frequency peaks are found to increase significantly with decreasing Py layer thickness. Interfacial roughness causes to fluctuate exchange coupling at the nanoscale regimes and the effect is stronger for thinner Py films. A quantitative analysis of the magnon linewidths shows the presence of strong local exchange coupling field which is much larger compared to macroscopic exchange field.

  6. An experimental study of heat transfer and film cooling on low aspect ratio turbine nozzles

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    Takeishi, K.; Matsuura, M.; Aoki, S.; Sato, T.

    1989-06-01

    The effects of the three-dimensional flow field on the heat transfer and the film cooling on the endwall, suction and pressure surface of an airfoil were studied using a low speed, fully annular, low aspect h/c = 0.5 vane cascade. The predominant effects that the horseshoe vortex, secondary flow, and nozzle wake increases in the heat transfer and decreases in the film cooling on the suction vane surface and the endwall were clearly demonstrated. In addition, it was demonstrated that secondary flow has little effect on the pressure surface. Pertinent flow visualization of the flow passage was also carried out for better understanding of these complex phenomena. Heat transfer and film cooling on the fully annular vane passage surface is discussed.

  7. Energy transfer and dynamics studies of photoluminescence of polythiophene derivative in blend thin films

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    Wang, Zi-Han; Lee, Haiwon; Cui, Hai-Ning

    2012-01-01

    Thin films of the blend luminescent poly 3-(2-(5-chlorobenzotriazolo)ethyl) thiophene (PCBET) with poly-(p-(methyl)-phenylmethacrylate) (PMPMA), polyvinylcarzole (PVK), and poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) were deposited by spin coating. Systematic studies on optical properties, the concentration effect, and energy transfer of these conjugated polymers within the blend films are discussed. Fluorescence lifetimes of excited state in the blend films were investigated by nanosecond time-resolved spectroscopy, UV-vis, photoluminescence (PL), synchronous PL spectra. These results and analysis suggest that energy transfer, from good matrix material (PMPMA and PVK) with active chromophores to PCBET, leads to the enhancement of PL emission of PCBET in a blend system.

  8. Compositional and Structural Study of Gd Implanted ZnO Films

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    Murmu, Peter P.; Kennedy, John V.; Markwitz, Andreas; Ruck, Ben J.

    2009-07-01

    We report a compositional and structural study of ZnO films implanted with 30 keV Gd ions. The depth profile of the implanted ions, measured by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, matches predictions of DYNAMIC-TRIM calculations. However, after annealing at temperatures above 550° C the Gd ions are observed to migrate towards the bulk, and at the same time atomic force microscope images of the film surfaces show significant roughening. Raman spectroscopy shows that the annealed films have a reduced number of crystalline defects. The overall results are useful for developing an implantation-annealing regime to produce well characterized samples to investigate magnetism in the ZnO:Gd system.

  9. Compositional and Structural Study of Gd Implanted ZnO Films

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    Murmu, Peter P.; Kennedy, John V.; Markwitz, Andreas; Ruck, Ben J.

    2009-07-23

    We report a compositional and structural study of ZnO films implanted with 30 keV Gd ions. The depth profile of the implanted ions, measured by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, matches predictions of DYNAMIC-TRIM calculations. However, after annealing at temperatures above 550 deg. C the Gd ions are observed to migrate towards the bulk, and at the same time atomic force microscope images of the film surfaces show significant roughening. Raman spectroscopy shows that the annealed films have a reduced number of crystalline defects. The overall results are useful for developing an implantation-annealing regime to produce well characterized samples to investigate magnetism in the ZnO:Gd system.

  10. Annealing properties of open volumes in strained SiN films studied by monoenergetic positron beams

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    Uedono, A.; Ito, K.; Narumi, T.; Sometani, M.; Yamabe, K.; Miyagawa, Y.; Murata, T.; Honda, K.; Hattori, N.; Matsuura, M.; Asai, K.; Ohdaira, T.; Suzuki, R.

    2007-09-15

    The effect of annealing on open volumes in strained SiN films deposited on Si by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition was studied using monoenergetic positron beams. For compressive SiN, the stress was reduced by postdeposition annealing; this effect was attributed to the relaxation of matrix structures accompanied by an expansion of small open spaces intrinsically existing in the matrix and the introduction of large open volumes. For tensile SiN, although annealing tends to decrease the concentration of large open volumes, the size of the small open spaces and the film stress were almost constant up to 1000 deg. C annealing. This was attributed to the network structure related to the open spaces remaining stable even at 1000 deg. C annealing, and this mainly determines the stress in the tensile film.

  11. Plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition of titanium oxynitrides films: A comparative spectroscopic and electrical study

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    Sowińska, Małgorzata Henkel, Karsten; Schmeißer, Dieter; Kärkkänen, Irina; Schneidewind, Jessica; Naumann, Franziska; Gruska, Bernd; Gargouri, Hassan

    2016-01-15

    The process parameters' impact of the plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD) method on the oxygen to nitrogen (O/N) ratio in titanium oxynitride (TiO{sub x}N{sub y}) films was studied. Titanium(IV)isopropoxide in combination with NH{sub 3} plasma and tetrakis(dimethylamino)titanium by applying N{sub 2} plasma processes were investigated. Samples were characterized by the in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrical characterization (current–voltage: I-V and capacitance–voltage: C-V) methods. The O/N ratio in the TiO{sub x}N{sub y} films is found to be very sensitive for their electric properties such as conductivity, dielectric breakdown, and permittivity. Our results indicate that these PE-ALD film properties can be tuned, via the O/N ratio, by the selection of the process parameters and precursor/coreactant combination.

  12. Laser annealing study of PECVD deposited hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbon alloy films

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    Coscia, U.; Ambrosone, G.; Gesuele, F.; Grossi, V.; Parisi, V.; Schutzmann, S.; Basa, D. K.

    2007-12-01

    The influence of carbon content on the crystallization process has been investigated for the excimer laser annealed hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbon alloy films deposited by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition (PECVD) technique, using silane methane gas mixture diluted in helium, as well as for the hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon carbon alloy films prepared by PECVD from silane methane gas mixture highly diluted in hydrogen, for comparison. The study demonstrates clearly that the increase in the carbon content prevents the crystallization process in the hydrogen diluted samples while the crystallization process is enhanced in the laser annealing of amorphous samples because of the increase in the absorbed laser energy density that occurs for the amorphous films with the higher carbon content. This, in turn, facilitates the crystallization for the laser annealed samples with higher carbon content, resulting in the formation of SiC crystallites along with Si crystallites.

  13. Comparative study of the biodegradability of porous silicon films in simulated body fluid.

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    Peckham, J; Andrews, G T

    2015-01-01

    The biodegradability of oxidized microporous, mesoporous and macroporous silicon films in a simulated body fluid with ion concentrations similar to those found in human blood plasma were studied using gravimetry. Film dissolution rates were determined by periodically weighing the samples after removal from the fluid. The dissolution rates for microporous silicon were found to be higher than those for mesoporous silicon of comparable porosity. The dissolution rate of macroporous silicon was much lower than that for either microporous or mesoporous silicon. This is attributed to the fact that its specific surface area is much lower than that of microporous and mesoporous silicon. Using an equation adapted from [Surf. Sci. Lett. 306 (1994), L550-L554], the dissolution rate of porous silicon in simulated body fluid can be estimated if the film thickness and specific surface area are known.

  14. Analytic and laser vibrometry study of squeeze film damping of MEMS cantilevers

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    Vignola, Joseph F.; Judge, John A.; Lawrence, Eric; Jarzynski, Jacek; Houston, Brian

    2006-06-01

    This study compares theoretical predictions to experimental measurements of squeeze film damping of MEMS cantilevers in a fluid environment. A series of MEMS cantilevers were fabricated on a silicon wafer. Each of the silicon beams was 2 μm thick and 18 μm wide. The lengths range from 100 to 800 μm and the air-filled gap between the cantilever and the substrate was 6 μm. An analytic model for squeeze film damping was used to predict the corresponding quality factor Q squeeze film (the ratio of the mechanical energy stored in the oscillator to the energy dissipated per cycle) for these cantilevers. The results from the modeling are compared to experimental results obtained using a Polytec MSA-400 Micro System Analyzer.

  15. Study of optical properties and biocompatibility of DLC films characterized by sp3 bonds

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    Písařík, Petr; Jelínek, Miroslav; Smetana, Karel; Dvořánková, Barbora; Kocourek, Tomáš; Zemek, Josef; Chvostová, Dagmar

    2013-07-01

    Optical and biomedical properties of diamond-like carbon (DLC) films of various sp2, sp3 bonds were studied. The layers were prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) for laser energy densities from 4 J cm-2 to 14 J cm-2. The percentage of sp2 and sp3 bonds was calculated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In dependence on density the films contained up to 70 % of sp3 bonds. Optical properties were measured using spectroscopic ellipsometry in region from 250 nm to 1000 nm ( n=2.6-2.7; k=0.07-0.25) and by transmission measurement (from 200 nm to 1100 nm). The adhesion and growth of human fibroblasts and keratinocytes of DLC films were tested in vitro.

  16. Study and Optimization of Metal Nanoparticles for the Enhanced Efficiency Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Shilpa, G. D.; Subramanyam, T. K.; Sreelakshmi, K.; Uttarakumari

    2016-09-01

    Thin film silicon solar cells have the potential to considerably decrease the cost of photovoltaic. To increase the conversion efficiency of thin film solar cells, nano-sized structures, such as nanoparticle deposition at the front end, were proposed. In the present study, spherical metal nanoparticles such as gold (Au) and silver (Ag) were deployed at the front of the silicon solar cell. The effect of metal nanoparticles on the absorption enhancement factor of the thin film solar cells was investigated using Lumerical Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) solutions. Also the influence of geometrical parameters of spherical nanoparticles on absorption enhancement factor was examined. The maximum absorption enhancement factor was achieved by optimizing the geometrical parameters of nanoparticles. The structure with Ag nanoparticles at the front end of the silicon solar cell exhibits higher absorption enhancement factor than the structure with Au nanoparticles.

  17. Cheap color evaluation of dye-based pressure sensitive films for plantar studies

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    Yeong, W. K.; Ng, Tuck Wah

    2005-04-01

    Dye-based pressure sensitive films are advantageous in plantar pressure studies due to their of ease of use, costeffectiveness, and ability to produce measurements within the shoe. To circumvent the use of proprietary equipment and software to relate the dye stained film to load, an alternative approach of using a conventional flatbed scanner and generic image processing software is attempted here instead. The technique revealed high linear increasing and decreasing trends for the respective red and blue normalized intensities (correlation coefficient > 0.95) and low standard deviation in all readings (< 0.06) overall. By subtracting the blue from the red normalized intensity, it was discovered that the measurement sensitivity could be doubled. The results here confirm the viability of using a conventional flatbed scanner and generic image processing software to relate the dye stained pressure films to load. The adoption of this approach promises substantial cost savings.

  18. Experimental studies of injection-stream turbulence on film cooling using a short-duration technique

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    Chen, S. J.; Tsou, Fu-Kang

    1986-12-01

    A short-duration technique was developed to study experimentally the effect of injection-stream turbulence on film cooling downstream of a two-dimensional slot, utilizing the main flow produced behind the expansion waves in an 11-m long wind tunnel. Hot-wire measurements of temperatures, velocities, and turbulence characteristics were conducted to demonstrate the mixing process between the main and injection streams. Heat fluxes with constant wall temperature boundary conditions were measured. Film cooling effectiveness and heat transfer coefficients were then determined using the superposition method for constant property flows. A three region-model was used to correlate the heat transfer data. Results show that increases in the injection-turbulence intensities not only reduce the film cooling effectiveness, but also increase the heat transfer coefficients in the potential-core and main regions.

  19. An analytical study of photoacoustic and thermoacoustic generation efficiency towards contrast agent and film design optimization.

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    Gao, Fei; Kishor, Rahul; Feng, Xiaohua; Liu, Siyu; Ding, Ran; Zhang, Ruochong; Zheng, Yuanjin

    2017-09-01

    Photoacoustic (PA) and thermoacoustic (TA) effects have been explored in many applications, such as bio-imaging, laser-induced ultrasound generator, and sensitive electromagnetic (EM) wave film sensor. In this paper, we propose a compact analytical PA/TA generation model to incorporate EM, thermal and mechanical parameters, etc. From the derived analytical model, both intuitive predictions and quantitative simulations are performed. It shows that beyond the EM absorption improvement, there are many other physical parameters that deserve careful consideration when designing contrast agents or film composites, followed by simulation study. Lastly, several sets of experimental results are presented to prove the feasibility of the proposed analytical model. Overall, the proposed compact model could work as a clear guidance and predication for improved PA/TA contrast agents and film generator/sensor designs in the domain area.

  20. A Study of the Electrotransport in Thin Films: An Advanced Method for the Study of Electrotransport in Thin Films Using Electrical Resistance Measurements

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    Hummel, R. E.; Slippy, W. A., Jr.

    1970-01-01

    To date, very little is understood about electrotransport in thin films. One reason for this is the lack of methods in which electromigration can be adequately monitored dynamically. In this thesis, a new nondestructive method for the study of the electrotransport phenomenon in thin aluminum films is presented. This method makes use of electrical resistance measurements of various regions along the test sample to monitor changes in resistance resulting from electromigration. The advantage of this method is that resistance changes can be observed long before void formation can be seen using standard microscopy methods. In order to achieve the best efficiency using this method, special consideration must be given to the design of the sample. Design problems and their respective solutions are given. The results of the electrical resistance measurements are interpreted by means of photographs taken with an scanning electron microscope. The increase in resistance of the aluminum samples is interpreted to be due to void formation. The expected decrease in resistance near the anode was never observed. It is shown that mass accumulation takes on the form of hillocks and whiskers on the surface of the aluminum film, which does not contribute appreciably to conductivity.

  1. A Study of the Electrotransport in Thin Films: An Advanced Method for the Study of Electrotransport in Thin Films Using Electrical Resistance Measurements

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    Hummel, R. E.; Slippy, W. A., Jr.

    1970-01-01

    To date, very little is understood about electrotransport in thin films. One reason for this is the lack of methods in which electromigration can be adequately monitored dynamically. In this thesis, a new nondestructive method for the study of the electrotransport phenomenon in thin aluminum films is presented. This method makes use of electrical resistance measurements of various regions along the test sample to monitor changes in resistance resulting from electromigration. The advantage of this method is that resistance changes can be observed long before void formation can be seen using standard microscopy methods. In order to achieve the best efficiency using this method, special consideration must be given to the design of the sample. Design problems and their respective solutions are given. The results of the electrical resistance measurements are interpreted by means of photographs taken with an scanning electron microscope. The increase in resistance of the aluminum samples is interpreted to be due to void formation. The expected decrease in resistance near the anode was never observed. It is shown that mass accumulation takes on the form of hillocks and whiskers on the surface of the aluminum film, which does not contribute appreciably to conductivity.

  2. Silicon-sheet and thin-film cell and module technology potential: Issue study

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    Shimada, K.; Costogue, E. N.; Ferber, R. R.

    1984-01-01

    The development of high-efficiency low-cost crystalline silicon ribbon and thih-film solar cells for the energy national photovoltaics program was examined. The findings of an issue study conducted are presented. The collected data identified the status of the technology, future research needs, and problems experienced. The potentials of present research activities to meet the Federal/industry long-term technical goal of achieving 15 cents per kilowatt-hour levelized PV energy cost are assessed. Recommendations for future research needs related to crystalline silicon ribbon and thin-film technologies for flat-plate collectors are also included.

  3. Numerical study of soap-film flow by nonuniform alternating electric fields

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    Nasiri, M.; Shirsavar, R.; Mollaei, S.; Ramos, A.

    2017-02-01

    Fluid flow of suspended liquid films induced by non-uniform alternating electric fields has been reported. The electric fields were generated by two rod-like electrodes perpendicular to the fluid surface. The observed fluid flow was explained qualitatively by considering a charge induction mechanism, where the electric field actuates on the charge induced on the film surface. In this paper we perform a numerical study of this fluid flow taking into account the charge induction mechanism. The numerical results are compared with experiments and good agreement is found. Finally, we propose the application of the device as a new kind of two dimensional fluid pump.

  4. Studies on the dynamic characteristics of gas film bearings and dampers

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    Stiffler, A. K.

    1975-01-01

    The dynamic characteristics of inherently compensated gas film bearings have been investigated for small excursion ratios. Both circular and rectangular cases have been solved for the stiffness and damping as a function of supply pressure, restrictor coefficient, and squeeze number. The effect of disturbance amplitude has been studied for the inherently compensated strip. Analytical solutions for the simple gas film damper problem have established the effect of disturbance amplitude at low squeeze numbers. These results are applicable to pressurized bearings as limiting case of the restrictor coefficient.

  5. Feasibility study of detection of dielectric breakdown of gate oxide film by using acoustic emission method

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    Kasashima, Yuji; Tabaru, Tatsuo; Uesugi, Fumihiko

    2016-12-01

    An in situ detection method for the dielectric breakdown of oxide films for MOS gates has been required in the plasma etching process. In this feasibility study, a conventional MOSFET device is used and an acoustic emission (AE) method is employed for the detection of the dielectric breakdown of a gate oxide film. A thin type AE sensor is attached at the backside of an electrostatic chuck (ESC), and the dielectric breakdown in a MOSFET, which is set on the ESC, is detected. The results demonstrate that the thin type AE sensor can detect the dielectric breakdown with an energy on the order of µJ.

  6. High speed cine film studies of plasma behaviour and plasma surface interactions in tokamaks

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    Goodall, D. H. J.

    1982-12-01

    High speed cine photography is a useful diagnostic aid for studying plasma behaviour and plasma surface interactions. Several workers have filmed discharges in tokamaks including ASDEX, DITE, DIVA, ISX, JFT2, TFR and PLT. These films are discussed and examples given of the observed phenomena which include plasma limiter interactions, diverted discharges, disruptions, magnetic islands and moving glowing objects often known as 'UFOs'. Examples of plasma structures in ASDEX and DITE not previously published are also given. The paper also reports experiments in DITE to determine the origin of UFOs.

  7. Atomic force microscope studies of fullerene films - Highly stable C60 fcc (311) free surfaces

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    Snyder, Eric J.; Tong, William M.; Williams, R. S.; Anz, Samir J.; Anderson, Mark S.

    1991-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffractometry were used to study 1500 A-thick films of pure C60 grown by sublimation in ultrahigh vacuum onto a CaF2 (111) substrte. Topographs of the films did not reveal the expected close-packed structures, but they showed instead large regions that correspond to a face-centered cubic (311) surface and distortions of this surface. The open (311) structure may have a relatively low free energy because the low packing density contributes to a high entropy of the exposed surface.

  8. Atomic force microscope studies of fullerene films - Highly stable C60 fcc (311) free surfaces

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    Snyder, Eric J.; Tong, William M.; Williams, R. S.; Anz, Samir J.; Anderson, Mark S.

    1991-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffractometry were used to study 1500 A-thick films of pure C60 grown by sublimation in ultrahigh vacuum onto a CaF2 (111) substrte. Topographs of the films did not reveal the expected close-packed structures, but they showed instead large regions that correspond to a face-centered cubic (311) surface and distortions of this surface. The open (311) structure may have a relatively low free energy because the low packing density contributes to a high entropy of the exposed surface.

  9. Numerical study of soap-film flow by nonuniform alternating electric fields.

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    Nasiri, M; Shirsavar, R; Mollaei, S; Ramos, A

    2017-02-01

    Fluid flow of suspended liquid films induced by non-uniform alternating electric fields has been reported. The electric fields were generated by two rod-like electrodes perpendicular to the fluid surface. The observed fluid flow was explained qualitatively by considering a charge induction mechanism, where the electric field actuates on the charge induced on the film surface. In this paper we perform a numerical study of this fluid flow taking into account the charge induction mechanism. The numerical results are compared with experiments and good agreement is found. Finally, we propose the application of the device as a new kind of two dimensional fluid pump.

  10. Theoretical and experimental optical studies of cholesteric liquid crystal films with thermally induced pitch gradients.

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    Zografopoulos, Dimitrios C; Kriezis, Emmanouil E; Mitov, Michel; Binet, Corinne

    2006-06-01

    The reflection properties of cholesteric films with thermally induced pitch gradients are theoretically and experimentally studied. It is shown that the optical behavior of such films corresponds to the averaged contribution of a number of stochastic pitch variation profiles, due to the transversal and longitudinal nonuniformities that develop in the helical structure of such samples. Depending on the annealing time, both narrow-band and broadband behavior can be selectively achieved. The influence of the pitch profile gradient on the broadband reflection performance of cholesteric samples is theoretically analyzed, and a multi-slab structure for achieving optimum efficiency is proposed.

  11. Low-temperature photoluminescence study of thin epitaxial GaAs films on Ge substrates

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    Brammertz, Guy; Mols, Yves; Degroote, Stefan; Motsnyi, Vasyl; Leys, Maarten; Borghs, Gustaaf; Caymax, Matty

    2006-05-01

    reduced intensity. We tentatively explain this observation by Si or Ge clustering at antiphase boundaries, which eliminates the effects of the Ga-Ga and As-As bonds. This assumption is confirmed by the fact that, at 77 K, the ratio between the intensity of the IB peak at 1.17 eV to the intensity of the peak at 1.04 eV is smaller than 1.4 for all films containing APDs, whereas it is larger than 1.4 for all films without APDs. This shows stronger clustering of Si or Ge in the material with APDs. For future electronic applications, Ge diffusion into the GaAs will have to be reduced. PL analysis will be a rapid tool for studying the Ge diffusion into the GaAs thin films.

  12. A multiscale structural study of nanoparticle films prepared by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique

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    Dochter, Alexandre; Pichon, Benoit P.; Fleutot, Solenne; Medard, Nicolas; Begin-Colin, Sylvie

    2013-02-01

    Arrays of magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) represent a very interesting challenge toward the development of new devices for magnetic applications such as data storage and spintronic. The final properties of such assemblies depending essentially on the spatial arrangement of NPs, it is of first importance to investigate precisely their structure. Here, the structure of monolayer and multilayer films of magnetic iron oxide NPs assembled by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique has been studied by usual techniques such as SEM, AFM and ellipsometry and by a new and an easy to process enhanced optical technique: the Surface Enhancement Ellipsometry Contrast (SEEC) microscopy. This technique is based on the use of a new generation of microscope slides used as substrates which allow the strong enhancement of the sample contrast to a point where it becomes possible to visualize the structure of monolayer and multilayer films at the nanoscale with a conventional optical microscope. The SEEC microscopy is demonstrated to be complementary to usual characterization techniques to study the structure of NPs films, especially for films containing very small nanosized NPs which are more difficult to analyze by usual techniques. While the film structure is investigated with lateral resolution of microns, the layer thickness is analyzed at the nanoscale (with a precision of 0.3 nm) with a close fit to the experimental measurements on local (AFM) and on larger (ellipsometry) areas. This technique presents the advantage to visualize directly the topography of NPs assemblies on very large areas by extracting information such as the height profile, the film roughness and generating 3D images.

  13. Aggregation quenching in thin films of meh-ppv studied by near-field scanning optical microscopy and spectroscopy

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    Huser, T; Yan, M

    2000-04-11

    Aggregates in thin films of conjugated polymers form excimer states and significantly reduce the photo- and electroluminescence efficiency in devices produced from these materials. We have studied the aggregate formation in thin films of MEH-PPV by near-field scanning optical microscopy and spectroscopy. Local photoluminescence spectroscopy and photo-bleaching experiments have been used to show that thin films of MEH-PPV are homogeneously aggregated and do not form aggregated domains.

  14. Demonstration of thin film pair distribution function analysis (tfPDF) for the study of local structure in amorphous and crystalline thin films

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    Jensen, K. M.Ø.; Blichfeld, A. B.; Bauers, S. R.; ...

    2015-07-05

    By means of normal incidence, high flux and high energy x-rays, we have obtained total scattering data for Pair Distribution Function (PDF) analysis from thin films (tf), suitable for local structure analysis. By using amorphous substrates as support for the films, the standard Rapid Acquisition PDF setup can be applied and the scattering signal from the film can be isolated from the total scattering data through subtraction of an independently measured background signal. No angular corrections to the data are needed, as would be the case for grazing incidence measurements. We illustrate the ‘tfPDF’ method through studies of as depositedmore » (i.e. amorphous) and crystalline FeSb3 films, where the local structure analysis gives insight into the stabilization of the metastable skutterudite FeSb3 phase. The films were prepared by depositing ultra-thin alternating layers of Fe and Sb, which interdiffuse and after annealing crystallize to form the FeSb3 structure. The tfPDF data show that the amorphous precursor phase consists of corner-sharing FeSb6 octahedra with motifs highly resembling the local structure in crystalline FeSb3. Analysis of the amorphous structure allows predicting whether the final crystalline product will form the FeSb3 phase with or without excess Sb present. The study thus illustrates how analysis of the local structure in amorphous precursor films can help to understand crystallization processes of metastable phases and opens for a range of new local structure studies of thin films.« less

  15. Demonstration of thin film pair distribution function analysis (tfPDF) for the study of local structure in amorphous and crystalline thin films

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    Jensen, K. M.Ø.; Blichfeld, A. B.; Bauers, S. R.; Wood, S. R.; Dooryhee, E.; Johnson, D. C.; Iversen, B. B.; Billinge, S.

    2015-07-05

    By means of normal incidence, high flux and high energy x-rays, we have obtained total scattering data for Pair Distribution Function (PDF) analysis from thin films (tf), suitable for local structure analysis. By using amorphous substrates as support for the films, the standard Rapid Acquisition PDF setup can be applied and the scattering signal from the film can be isolated from the total scattering data through subtraction of an independently measured background signal. No angular corrections to the data are needed, as would be the case for grazing incidence measurements. We illustrate the ‘tfPDF’ method through studies of as deposited (i.e. amorphous) and crystalline FeSb3 films, where the local structure analysis gives insight into the stabilization of the metastable skutterudite FeSb3 phase. The films were prepared by depositing ultra-thin alternating layers of Fe and Sb, which interdiffuse and after annealing crystallize to form the FeSb3 structure. The tfPDF data show that the amorphous precursor phase consists of corner-sharing FeSb6 octahedra with motifs highly resembling the local structure in crystalline FeSb3. Analysis of the amorphous structure allows predicting whether the final crystalline product will form the FeSb3 phase with or without excess Sb present. The study thus illustrates how analysis of the local structure in amorphous precursor films can help to understand crystallization processes of metastable phases and opens for a range of new local structure studies of thin films.

  16. Demonstration of thin film pair distribution function analysis (tfPDF) for the study of local structure in amorphous and crystalline thin films.

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    Jensen, Kirsten M Ø; Blichfeld, Anders B; Bauers, Sage R; Wood, Suzannah R; Dooryhée, Eric; Johnson, David C; Iversen, Bo B; Billinge, Simon J L

    2015-09-01

    By means of normal-incidence, high-flux and high-energy X-rays, total scattering data for pair distribution function (PDF) analysis have been obtained from thin films (tf), suitable for local structure analysis. By using amorphous substrates as support for the films, the standard Rapid Acquisition PDF setup can be applied and the scattering signal from the film can be isolated from the total scattering data through subtraction of an independently measured background signal. No angular corrections to the data are needed, as would be the case for grazing incidence measurements. The 'tfPDF' method is illustrated through studies of as-deposited (i.e. amorphous) and crystalline FeSb3 films, where the local structure analysis gives insight into the stabilization of the metastable skutterudite FeSb3 phase. The films were prepared by depositing ultra-thin alternating layers of Fe and Sb, which interdiffuse and after annealing crystallize to form the FeSb3 structure. The tfPDF data show that the amorphous precursor phase consists of corner-sharing FeSb6 octahedra with motifs highly resembling the local structure in crystalline FeSb3. Analysis of the amorphous structure allows the prediction of whether the final crystalline product will form the FeSb3 phase with or without excess Sb present. The study thus illustrates how analysis of the local structure in amorphous precursor films can help to understand crystallization processes of metastable phases and opens for a range of new local structure studies of thin films.

  17. Demonstration of thin film pair distribution function analysis (tfPDF) for the study of local structure in amorphous and crystalline thin films

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    Jensen, Kirsten M. Ø.; Blichfeld, Anders B.; Bauers, Sage R.; Wood, Suzannah R.; Dooryhée, Eric; Johnson, David C.; Iversen, Bo B.; Billinge, Simon J. L.

    2015-01-01

    By means of normal-incidence, high-flux and high-energy X-rays, total scattering data for pair distribution function (PDF) analysis have been obtained from thin films (tf), suitable for local structure analysis. By using amorphous substrates as support for the films, the standard Rapid Acquisition PDF setup can be applied and the scattering signal from the film can be isolated from the total scattering data through subtraction of an independently measured background signal. No angular corrections to the data are needed, as would be the case for grazing incidence measurements. The ‘tfPDF’ method is illustrated through studies of as-deposited (i.e. amorphous) and crystalline FeSb3 films, where the local structure analysis gives insight into the stabilization of the metastable skutterudite FeSb3 phase. The films were prepared by depositing ultra-thin alternating layers of Fe and Sb, which interdiffuse and after annealing crystallize to form the FeSb3 structure. The tfPDF data show that the amorphous precursor phase consists of corner-sharing FeSb6 octahedra with motifs highly resembling the local structure in crystalline FeSb3. Analysis of the amorphous structure allows the prediction of whether the final crystalline product will form the FeSb3 phase with or without excess Sb present. The study thus illustrates how analysis of the local structure in amorphous precursor films can help to understand crystallization processes of metastable phases and opens for a range of new local structure studies of thin films. PMID:26306190

  18. Film ispalators

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    Startsev, Aleksandr V; Stoilov, Yurii Yu

    2002-05-31

    New physical objects, ispalators based on free soap films, exhibit persistent flows of the soap solution in open and closed volumes in air with additions of gases of the C{sub 8}F{sub 18} type (p = 20 Torr) at temperature drops on the films of the order of tenths and hundredths of kelvin. The flows move continuously at a velocity of 5 - 20 cm s{sup -1}. It is found that the parts of an inclined ispalator film show anomalous behaviour upon heating: their weight increases and they move downward over the film, whereas the unheated parts of the film move upward. Continuous radial vortex flows accompanied by the formation and washing of the regions of a thin black film are observed on circular films in closed volumes upon their uniform external cooling by evaporating water for 5 - 10 hours. The rapid flows make film ispalators the efficient heat carriers, which operate at small temperature drops (tenths and hundredths of kelvin) and surpass copper in the amount of thermal energy being transferred. The outlook for the further study and applications of film ispalators for detecting thermal fields and laser radiation is discussed. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  19. Reel Science: An Ethnographic Study of Girls' Science Identity Development in and through Film

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    Chaffee, Rachel L.

    2016-01-01

    This dissertation study contributes to the research on filmmaking and identity development by exploring the ways that film production provided unique opportunities for a team of four girls to engage in science, to develop identities in science, and to see and understand science differently. Using social practice, identity, and feminist theory and…

  20. Could Audio-Described Films Benefit from Audio Introductions? An Audience Response Study

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    Romero-Fresco, Pablo; Fryer, Louise

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Time constraints limit the quantity and type of information conveyed in audio description (AD) for films, in particular the cinematic aspects. Inspired by introductory notes for theatre AD, this study developed audio introductions (AIs) for "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Man on Wire." Each AI comprised 10 minutes of…

  1. The Arts in Contemporary South African Higher Education: Film and Media Studies

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    Rijsdijk, Ian-Malcolm

    2016-01-01

    Twenty years after South Africa's first democratic elections, what is the state of film and media studies education at the country's higher education institutions? The article examines several key debates, from calls for the decolonisation of curricula to the tension between internationalisation and local research in local media industries. Is…

  2. A Study of a Data Processing System for the Contemporary Film Library.

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    Philipson, W. D.

    This overview of the use of computers in educational film library management provides brief discussions of some current issues and problems, descriptions of seven operating systems, and a case study of the selection of a computer system for the facility at the University of Minnesota. Described are basic computer systems; advantages of their use…

  3. A Diary Study of University EFL Learners' Intercultural Learning through Foreign Films

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    Chao, Tzu-Chia

    2013-01-01

    With the global spread and use of English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) professionals have become increasingly interested in intercultural learning. Comparatively few studies have been published, however, on the use of films in intercultural learning within the context of English as a foreign language (EFL) curricula in…

  4. Plasma-assisted etching of tungsten films: A quartz-crystal microbalance study

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    Fracassi, F.; Coburn, J.W.

    1988-03-01

    The plasma-assisted etching of magnetron-sputtered polycrystalline tungsten films in CF/sub 4/-H/sub 2/ and CF/sub 4/-O/sub 2/ glow discharges has been studied as a function of ion energy using quartz-crystal microbalance methods supplemented by vacuum-transfer Auger electron spectroscopy and actinometric emission spectroscopy.

  5. A study on the microstructural parameters of 550 keV electron irradiated Lexan polymer films

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    Hareesh, K.; Pramod, R.; Petwal, V. C.; Dwivedi, Jishnu; Sangappa; Sanjeev, Ganesh

    2012-06-05

    Lexan polymer films irradiated with 550 keV Electron Beam (EB) were characterized using Wide Angle Xray Scattering (WAXS) data to study the microstructural parameters. The crystal imperfection parameters like crystal size , lattice strain (g in %) and enthalpy ({alpha}) have been determined by Line Profile Analysis (LPA) using Fourier method of Warren.

  6. Reel Science: An Ethnographic Study of Girls' Science Identity Development in and through Film

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    Chaffee, Rachel L.

    2016-01-01

    This dissertation study contributes to the research on filmmaking and identity development by exploring the ways that film production provided unique opportunities for a team of four girls to engage in science, to develop identities in science, and to see and understand science differently. Using social practice, identity, and feminist theory and…

  7. Could Audio-Described Films Benefit from Audio Introductions? An Audience Response Study

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    Romero-Fresco, Pablo; Fryer, Louise

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Time constraints limit the quantity and type of information conveyed in audio description (AD) for films, in particular the cinematic aspects. Inspired by introductory notes for theatre AD, this study developed audio introductions (AIs) for "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Man on Wire." Each AI comprised 10 minutes of…

  8. The Arts in Contemporary South African Higher Education: Film and Media Studies

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    Rijsdijk, Ian-Malcolm

    2016-01-01

    Twenty years after South Africa's first democratic elections, what is the state of film and media studies education at the country's higher education institutions? The article examines several key debates, from calls for the decolonisation of curricula to the tension between internationalisation and local research in local media industries. Is…

  9. Film Evaluations of Eskimo Education. The National Study of American Indian Education, Series III, No. 4, Final Report.

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    Collier, John, Jr.

    As a part of the Final Report of the National Study of American Indian Education, the educational environments of schools in 2 Alaskan tundra villages, in a state-consolidated school in Bethel, and in Anchorage public schools were filmed to provide empirical evidence for the evaluation of Eskimo education. This film study was pointed toward…

  10. Hollywood and History: A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Film on High School Students' Historical Understanding

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    Burgard, Karen Louise

    2009-01-01

    This case study focuses on the impact of historical film on 20 high school students using document surveys, group, and personal interviews. The study examined the impact that two films had on students' historical understanding, the students' awareness of this impact, and their use of the tools of historical inquiry. The results indicated film…

  11. Film Evaluations of Eskimo Education. The National Study of American Indian Education, Series III, No. 4, Final Report.

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    Collier, John, Jr.

    As a part of the Final Report of the National Study of American Indian Education, the educational environments of schools in 2 Alaskan tundra villages, in a state-consolidated school in Bethel, and in Anchorage public schools were filmed to provide empirical evidence for the evaluation of Eskimo education. This film study was pointed toward…

  12. A comparative study: Effect of plasma on V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanostructured thin films

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    Singh, Megha; Kumar, Prabhat; Sharma, Rabindar K. Reddy, G. B.

    2016-05-06

    Vanadium pentoxide nanostructured thin films (NSTs) have been studied to analyze the effect of plasma on nanostructures grown and morphology of films deposited using sublimation process. Nanostructured thin films were deposited on glass substrates, one in presence of oxygen plasma and other in oxygen environment (absence of plasma). Films were characterized using XRD, Raman spectroscopy, SEM and HRTEM. XRD studies revealed α-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} films (orthorhombic phase) with good crystallinity. However, film deposited in presence of plasma have higher peak intensities as compared to those deposited in absence of plasma. Raman studies also support these finding following same trends of considerable increase in intensity in case of film deposited in presence of plasma. SEM micrographs makes the difference more visible, as film deposited in plasma have well defined plate like structures whereas other film have not-clearly-defined petal-like structures. HRTEM results show orthorhombic phase with 0.39 nm interplanar spacing, as reported by XRD. Results are hereby in good agreement with each other.

  13. Quantum-size effects in the loss function of Pb(111) thin films: An ab initio study

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    Zubizarreta, X.; Chulkov, E. V.; Chernov, I. P.; Vasenko, A. S.; Aldazabal, I.; Silkin, V. M.

    2017-06-01

    A theoretical study of collective electronic excitations in free-standing Pb(111) thin films consisting of 1-5 monolayers (MLs) and a 21-ML film is presented. The calculations are carried out applying the linear response theory, with full inclusion of the electron band structure by means of a first-principles pseudopotential approach in a supercell scheme. In the case of the thickest film, we find that, due to strong bulklike interband transitions, at the Pb(111) surface there are two surface modes. For thin films, a mechanism of transformation of these modes to the symmetric and antisymmetric classic hybrid plasmons is investigated. Pronounced quantum-size effects on plasmon modes of the thinnest films are found. Strong influence of the band structure on dispersion and lifetime of such modes is demonstrated. The present results are in good agreement with available experimental data for a Pb surface and thin films.

  14. Deposition of PTFE thin films by ion beam sputtering and a study of the ion bombardment effect

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    He, J. L.; Li, W. Z.; Wang, L. D.; Wang, J.; Li, H. D.

    1998-02-01

    Ion beam sputtering technique was employed to prepare thin films of Polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE). Simultaneous ion beam bombardment during film growth was also conducted in order to study the bombardment effects. Infrared absorption (IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was used to evaluate the material's integrity. It was found that PTFE thin films could be grown at room temperature by direct sputtering of a PTFE target. The film's composition and structure were shown to be dependent on the sputtering energy. Films deposited by single sputtering at higher energy (˜1500 eV) were structurally quite similar to the original PTFE material. Simultaneous ion beam bombarding during film growth caused defluorination and structural changes. Mechanism for sputtering deposition of such a polymeric material is also discussed.

  15. Comparative study of electron transport mechanisms in epitaxial and polycrystalline zinc nitride films

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    Cao, Xiang; Yamaguchi, Yuuki; Ninomiya, Yoshihiko; Yamada, Naoomi

    2016-01-01

    Zn3N2 has been reported to have high electron mobility even in polycrystalline films. The high mobility in polycrystalline films is a striking feature as compared with group-III nitrides. However, the origins of the high mobility have not been elucidated to date. In this paper, we discuss the reason for high mobility in Zn3N2. We grew epitaxial and polycrystalline films of Zn3N2. Electron effective mass (m*) was determined optically and found to decrease with a decrease in electron density. Using a nonparabolic conduction band model, the m* at the bottom of the conduction band was derived to be (0.08 ± 0.03)m0 (m0 denotes the free electron mass), which is comparable to that in InN. Optically determined intra-grain mobility (μopt) in the polycrystalline films was higher than 110 cm2 V-1 s-1, resulting from the small m*. The Hall mobility (μH) in the polycrystalline films was significantly smaller than μopt, indicating that electron transport is impeded by scattering at the grain boundaries. Nevertheless, μH higher than 70 cm2 V-1 s-1 was achievable owing to the beneficial effect of the high μopt. As for the epitaxial films, we revealed that electron transport is hardly affected by grain boundary scattering and is governed solely by ionized impurity scattering. The findings in this study suggest that Zn3N2 is a high-mobility semiconductor with small effective mass.

  16. Comparative pharmacokinetic studies of fast dissolving film and oral solution of ondansetron in rats.

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    Choudhary, Dhagla R; Patel, Vishnu A; Chhalotiya, Usmangani K; Patel, Harsha V; Kundawala, Aliasgar J

    2013-12-01

    Ondansetron, selective serotonin (5-HT3) receptor blocker, is used in treating chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. Mouth dissolving films containing ondansetron were developed to have better onset and patient compliances. The drug content of prepared films was within 85%-115%. The films were found to be stable for 4 months when stored at 40 %°C and 75% RH. In-vitro dissolution studies suggested a rapid disintegration, in which most of ondansetron was released (91.5±3.4%) within 90 sec. Subsequently, Sprague-Dawley rats were used to compare pharmacokinetic parameters of the formulated films with oral administration of pure drug solution. Pharmacokinetic parameters were similar between the two groups in which AUC0-t (ng h/ml), AUC0-∞ (ng h/ml), Cmax (ng/ml), Tmax (min), Kel (h(-1)) and t1/2 (h) of reference was 109.091±15.73, 130.32±18.56, 28.5±4.053, 60, 0.1860±0.0226, and 3.771±0.498 respectively; and for formulated film 113.663±16.64, 151.79±16.54, 30±3.51, 60, 0.1521±0.0310 and 4.755±0.653 respectively. These results suggest that the fast dissolving film containing ondansetron is likely to become one of the choices to treat chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.

  17. Multiscale numerical study on ferroelectric nonlinear response of PZT thin films (Conference Presentation)

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    Wakabayashi, Hiroki; Uetsuji, Yasutomo; Tsuchiya, Kazuyoshi

    2017-06-01

    PZT thin films have excellent performance in deformation precision and response speed, so it is used widely for actuators and sensors of Micro Electro Mechanical System (MEMS). Although PZT thin films outputs large piezoelectricity at morphotropic phase bounfary (MPB), it shows a complicated hysteresis behavior caused by domain switching and structural phase transition between tetragonal and rhombohedral. In general, PZT thin films have some characteristic crystal morphologies. Additionally mechanical strains occur by lattice mismatch with substrate. Therefore it is important for fabrication and performance improvement of PZT thin films to understand the relation between macroscopic hysteresis response and microstructural changes. In this study, a multiscale nonlinear finite element simulation was proposed for PZT thin films at morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) on the substrate. The homogenization theory was employed for scale-bridging between macrostructure and microstructure. Figure 1 shows the proposed multiscale nonlinear simulation [1-3] based on the homogenization theory. Macrostructure is a homogeneous structure to catch the whole behaviors of actuators and sensors. And microstructure is a periodic inhomogeneous structure consisting of domains and grains. Macrostructure and microstructure are connected perfectly by homogenization theory and are analyzed by finite element method. We utilized an incremental form of fundamental constitutive law in consideration with physical property change caused by domain switching and structural phase transition. The developed multiscale finite element method was applied to PZT thin films with lattice mismatch strain on the substrate, and the relation between the macroscopic hysteresis response and microscopic domain switching and structural phase transition were investigated. Especially, we discuss about the effect of crystal morphologies and lattice mismatch strain on hysteresis response.

  18. Comparative study of electron transport mechanisms in epitaxial and polycrystalline zinc nitride films

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    Cao, Xiang; Yamaguchi, Yuuki; Ninomiya, Yoshihiko; Yamada, Naoomi

    2016-01-14

    Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2} has been reported to have high electron mobility even in polycrystalline films. The high mobility in polycrystalline films is a striking feature as compared with group-III nitrides. However, the origins of the high mobility have not been elucidated to date. In this paper, we discuss the reason for high mobility in Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2}. We grew epitaxial and polycrystalline films of Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2}. Electron effective mass (m*) was determined optically and found to decrease with a decrease in electron density. Using a nonparabolic conduction band model, the m* at the bottom of the conduction band was derived to be (0.08 ± 0.03)m{sub 0} (m{sub 0} denotes the free electron mass), which is comparable to that in InN. Optically determined intra-grain mobility (μ{sub opt}) in the polycrystalline films was higher than 110 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}, resulting from the small m*. The Hall mobility (μ{sub H}) in the polycrystalline films was significantly smaller than μ{sub opt}, indicating that electron transport is impeded by scattering at the grain boundaries. Nevertheless, μ{sub H} higher than 70 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} was achievable owing to the beneficial effect of the high μ{sub opt}. As for the epitaxial films, we revealed that electron transport is hardly affected by grain boundary scattering and is governed solely by ionized impurity scattering. The findings in this study suggest that Zn{sub 3}N{sub 2} is a high-mobility semiconductor with small effective mass.

  19. Thin Films

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    Khorshidi, Zahra; Bahari, Ali; Gholipur, Reza

    2014-11-01

    Effect of annealing temperature on the characteristics of sol-gel-driven Ta ax La(1- a) x O y thin film spin-coated on Si substrate as a high- k gate dielectric was studied. Ta ax La(1- a) x O y thin films with different amounts of a were prepared (as-prepared samples). X-ray diffraction measurements of the as-prepared samples indicated that Ta0.3 x La0.7 x Oy film had an amorphous structure. Therefore, Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y film was chosen to continue the present studies. The morphology of Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y films was studied using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy techniques. The obtained results showed that the size of grain boundaries on Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y film surfaces was increased with increasing annealing temperature. Electrical and optical characterizations of the as-prepared and annealed films were investigated as a function of annealing temperature using capacitance-voltage ( C- V) and current density-voltage ( J- V) measurements and the Tauc method. The obtained results demonstrated that Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y films had high dielectric constant (≈27), wide band gap (≈4.5 eV), and low leakage current density (≈10-6 A/cm2 at 1 V).

  20. Studies of thin films and surfaces with optical harmonic generation and electron spectroscopy

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    Wilk, Dieter Emre

    1996-01-01

    Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum frequency generation (SFG) were used to study C60 thin solid films (low energy ED forbidden electronic excitations), and electron spectroscopy was used to study organic overlayers (xylenes) on Pt(111). Theory of SHG from a thin film is described in terms of surface and bulk contributions as well as local and nonlocal contributions to the optical nonlinearities. (1)In situ SHG data on C60 films during UHV film growth can be described in terms of only nonlocal contributions to both surface and bulk nonlinear susceptibilities. Microscopic origin of SHG response is discussed in terms of electric quadrupole and ED transitions of C60. (2)Adsorption and thermal decomposition of ortho- and para-xylene on Pt(111) is studied using HREELS, LEED, AES, and thermal desorption spectroscopy. We have observed preferential decomposition of the methyl groups which leads to distinct decomposition pathways for ortho- and para-xylene on Pt(111).