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  1. Third Sound Generation in Superfluid 4He Films Adsorbed on Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes

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    Iaia, Vito; Menachekanian, Emin; Williams, Gary

    2014-03-01

    A technique is developed for generating third sound in superfluid 4He films coating the surface of multiwall carbon nanotubes. Third sound is a thickness and temperature wave of the helium film, and in our case we detect the temperature oscillations with a carbon resistance bolometer. The nanotubes are packed in an annular resonator that is vibrated with a mechanical shaker assembly consisting of a permanent magnet mounted on springs, and surrounded by a superconducting coil. The coil is driven with an oscillating current, vibrating the cell at that frequency. Sweeping the drive frequency over the range 100-200 Hz excites the resonant third sound mode of the cell, seen as a high-Q signal in the FFT analysis of the bolometer signal. A problem with our original cell was that the mechanical drive would also shake the dilution refrigerator cooling the cell to low temperatures, and increasing the drive would start to heat up the refrigerator and the cell, which were rigidly coupled together. A new configuration now suspends the cell as a pendulum on a string, with thermal contact made by copper wires. Piezo sensor measurements show this reduces the vibration reaching the refrigerator by two orders of magnitude, which should allow measurements at lower temperatures.

  2. 3He Bilayer Film Adsorbed on Graphite Plated with a Bilayer of 4He: a New Frustrated 2D Magnetic System

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    Neumann, Michael; Nyéki, Ján; Cowan, Brian; Saunders, John

    2006-09-01

    The heat capacity and NMR response of a 3He bilayer adsorbed on graphite plated with a bilayer of 4He have been measured over the temperature range 1-80 mK. We find that the first 3He layer requires the presence of a 3He fluid overlayer before it solidifies. Solidification is completed at a total coverage close to 9.85 nm-2, On further increasing the coverage the heat capacity maximum grows from `antiferromagnetic-like' (AFM-like) to `ferromagnetic-like' (FM-like). On the other hand, when the 3He layer first solidifies, it has a low temperature saturation magnetisation corresponding to a significant fraction of full polarisation, and this increases with increasing coverage. Furthermore the effective exchange constant inferred from the high temperature magnetisation data is always ferromagnetic. The effective exchange constants inferred from the heat capacity and magnetisation are significantly larger than those observed in the second layer of pure 3He films adsorbed on bare graphite. Otherwise there are strong similarities in the coverage dependence of the heat capacity and magnetisation, providing fresh insights into how the magnetic ground state of such 2D magnets evolves as the frustration is tuned with increasing coverage.

  3. Tortuosity of 4He Films on Aerogel

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    Ashton, C. E.; Golov, A. I.; Mulders, N.

    2006-09-07

    A torsional oscillator has been used to study the flow of liquid 4He through silica aerogel. The tortuosity and dissipation of the flow in the fractal aerogel environment has been measured, for both capillary condensed films and a fully saturated cell. The scaling of tortuosity as a function of filling fraction has been investigated. We compare the results of our 88%-porous aerogel to a 92%-porous sample where a transverse sound technique was used. Our more sensitive technique has reduced the scatter in both the frequency and dissipation data. Like in the previous transverse sound experiment, we find tortuosity as a function of filling fraction to scale with an exponent of {approx} -1.1. Further experiments are planned, to find the dependence of the exponent on the fractal dimension and porosity of aerogel.

  4. Solidification of 4He clusters adsorbed on graphene

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    Markić, L. Vranješ; Stipanović, P.; Bešlić, I.; Zillich, R. E.

    2016-07-01

    We determined the ground state of He4N clusters adsorbed on one side of graphene for selected cluster sizes in the range from N =20 to N =127 . For all investigated clusters variational and diffusion Monte Carlo simulations were performed at T =0 K, and in addition for a selected subset finite temperature path integral Monte Carlo. At T =0 K the liquid or solid character of each cluster was investigated by restricting the phase using corresponding importance sampling trial-wave functions. The 4He-graphene interaction was modeled as a sum of individual 4He-C interactions, where both isotropic and anisotropic models were tested; also the effect of the substrate-mediated McLachlan interaction was investigated. We have found homogeneous crystallization in models of anisotropic interactions, starting from clusters with N =26 atoms in simulations without the McLachlan interaction, and between N =37 and 61 when it is included. The atoms become increasingly delocalized as one moves from the center of the cluster to the perimeter, evidenced by the Lindemann parameter. On the other hand, in the case of the isotropic interaction model, a liquidlike structure is more favorable for all considered cluster sizes. We use a liquid-drop model to extrapolate the energy per particle to the N →∞ limit, and the results are compared with the values obtained in studies of bulk 4He on graphene. Low-temperature path integral Monte Carlo simulations are in agreement with ground-state results.

  5. Heat Capacity of Dilute 3He-4He Monolayer Films

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    Morishita, Masashi

    2016-05-01

    The heat capacities of a small amount of 3He dissolved in monolayer 4He films are measured to clarify natures of monolayer 4He films. With increasing areal density, the measured heat capacities gradually increase and subsequently gradually decrease. With further increase in areal density, the measured heat capacity rapidly decreases to zero over a very narrow areal density range near that of the sqrt{3} × sqrt{3} phase. These slightly complex areal-density variations and dependence on 3He concentration are discussed from the viewpoint of the known properties of 4He films. The behaviors can be explained. However, the expected two-dimensional gas-liquid or gas-solid coexistence is not observed in this study.

  6. Excitations in a thin liquid {sup 4}He film from inelastic neutron scattering

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    Clements, B.E. |; Godfrin, H.; Krotscheck, E. |; Lauter, H.J.; Leiderer, P.; Passiouk, V. |; Tymczak, C.J.

    1996-05-01

    We perform a thorough analysis of the experimental dynamic structure function measured by inelastic neutron scattering for a low-temperature ({ital T}=0.65 K) four-layer liquid {sup 4}He film. The results are interpreted in light of recent theoretical calculations of the (nonvortex) excitations in thin liquid Bose films. The experimental system consists of four outer liquid layers, adsorbed to two solid inner {sup 4}He layers, which are themselves adsorbed to a graphite substrate. Relatively intense surface (ripplon) and bulklike modes are observed. The analysis of the experimental data gives strong evidence for still other modes and supports the long-standing theoretical predictions of layerlike modes (layer phonons) associated with excitations propagating primarily within the liquid layers comprising the film. The results of the analysis are consistent with the occurrence of level crossings between modes, and the existence of a layer modes for which the theory predicts will propagate in the vicinity of the solid-liquid interface. The theory and experiment agree on the detailed nature of the ripplon; its dispersion at low momenta, its fall off in intensity at intermediate momenta, and the level crossings at high momentum. Similar to experiment, the theory yields an intense mode in the maxon-roton region which is intrepreted as the formation of the bulklike excitation. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  7. Spin-polarized hydrogen adsorbed on the surface of superfluid {sup 4}He

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    Marín, J. M.; Boronat, J.; Markić, L. Vranješ

    2013-12-14

    The experimental realization of a thin layer of spin-polarized hydrogen H↓ adsorbed on top of the surface of superfluid {sup 4}He provides one of the best examples of a stable, nearly two-dimensional (2D) quantum Bose gas. We report a theoretical study of this system using quantum Monte Carlo methods in the limit of zero temperature. Using the full Hamiltonian of the system, composed of a superfluid {sup 4}He slab and the adsorbed H↓ layer, we calculate the main properties of its ground state using accurate models for the pair interatomic potentials. Comparing the results for the layer with the ones obtained for a strictly 2D setup, we analyze the departure from the 2D character when the density increases. Only when the coverage is rather small the use of a purely 2D model is justified. The condensate fraction of the layer is significantly larger than in 2D at the same surface density, being as large as 60% at the largest coverage studied.

  8. Interlayer correlation between two 4He monolayers adsorbed on both sides of α -graphyne

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    Ahn, Jeonghwan; Park, Sungjin; Lee, Hoonkyung; Kwon, Yongkyung

    2015-07-01

    Path-integral Monte Carlo calculations have been performed to study the 4He adsorption on both sides of a single α -graphyne sheet. For investigation of the interlayer correlation between the upper and the lower monolayers of 4He adatoms, the 4He-substrate interaction is described by the sum of the 4He-C interatomic pair potentials for which we use both Lennard-Jones and Yukawa-6 anisotropic potentials. When the lower 4He layer is a C4 /3 commensurate solid, the upper-layer 4He atoms are found to form a kagome lattice structure at a Mott-insulating density of 0.0706 Å-2 and a commensurate solid at an areal density of 0.0941 Å-2 for both substrate potentials. The correlation between upper- and lower-layer pseudospins, which were introduced in Kwon et al. [Phys. Rev. B 88, 201403(R) (2013)], 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.201403 for two degenerate configurations of three 4He atoms in a hexagonal cell, depends on the substrate potential used; with the substrate potential based on the anisotropic Yukawa-6 pair potentials, the Ising pseudospins of both 4He layers are found to be antiparallel to each other whereas the parallel and antiparallel pseudospin alignments between the two 4He layers are nearly degenerate with the Lennard-Jones potentials. This is attributed to the difference in the interlayer distance, which is ˜4 Å with the Yukawa-6 substrate potential but as large as ˜4.8 Å with the Lennard-Jones potential.

  9. Path-integral Monte Carlo simulation of the second layer of 4He adsorbed on graphite

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    Pierce, Marlon; Manousakis, Efstratios

    1999-02-01

    We have developed a path-integral Monte Carlo method for simulating helium films and apply it to the second layer of helium adsorbed on graphite. We use helium-helium and helium-graphite interactions that are found from potentials which realistically describe the interatomic interactions. The Monte Carlo sampling is over both particle positions and permutations of particle labels. From the particle configurations and static structure factor calculations, we find that this layer possesses, in order of increasing density, a superfluid liquid phase, a 7×7 commensurate solid phase that is registered with respect to the first layer, and an incommensurate solid phase. By applying the Maxwell construction to the dependence of the low-temperature total energy on the coverage, we are able to identify coexistence regions between the phases. From these, we deduce an effectively zero-temperature phase diagram. Our phase boundaries are in agreement with heat capacity and torsional oscillator measurements, and demonstrate that the experimentally observed disruption of the superfluid phase is caused by the growth of the commensurate phase. We further observe that the superfluid phase has a transition temperature consistent with the two-dimensional value. Promotion to the third layer occurs for densities above 0.212 atom/Å 2, in good agreement with experiment. Finally, we calculate the specific heat for each phase and obtain peaks at temperatures in general agreement with experiment.

  10. Third sound and stability of 3He-4He mixture films

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    Anderson, R. H.; Krotscheck, E.; Miller, M. D.

    2006-09-07

    We study third sound and the interaction between 3He adatoms in two thin 3He-4He mixture films from a first-principles, microscopic theory. Utilizing the variational, hypernetted-chain Euler-Lagrange (HNC-EL) theory as applied to inhomogeneous boson systems, we calculate chemical potentials for both the 4He superfluid film and the physisorbed 3He. Numerical density derivatives of the chemical potentials lead to the sought-after third sound speeds that clearly reflect a layered structure of at least seven oscillations. In this paper, we report third sound on model substrates: Nuclepore, and sodium. We find that the effect of the 3He depends sensitively on the particular 4He film coverage. Our most important result is that, with the addition of 3He, the third sound speed can either increase or decrease. In fact, in some regimes, the added 3He destabilizes the film and can drive ''layering transitions'', leading to fairly complicated geometric structures of the film in which the outermost layer is predicted to consist of phase-separated regions of 3He and 4He.

  11. Dynamics of {sup 3}He impurities in {sup 4}He films

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    Clements, B.E. |; Krotscheck, E. |; Saarela, M.

    1995-08-01

    Using a microscopic variational theory the authors calculate the binding energy of {sup 3}He impurities in films of {sup 4}He absorbed to a graphite substrate. Without adjustable parameters, they obtain excellent agreement with the experimental binding energies for the ground state of the {sup 3}He impurity. To calculate excited states, they then introduce a time-dependent variational wave function. In that way, the impurity acquires a hydrodynamic effective mass for its motion parallel to the surface due to hydrodynamic backflow. Excited states have a finite lifetime. When these effects are included, both the energy of the first excited state of the impurity, and the effective mass of the ground state, also agree well with experimental data.

  12. Heat capacity measurements of atoms and molecules adsorbed on evaporated metal films

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    Kenny, T.W.

    1989-05-01

    Investigations of the properties of absorbed monolayers have received great experimental and theoretical attention recently, both because of the importance of surface processes in practical applications such as catalysis, and the importance of such systems to the understanding of the fundamentals of thermodynamics in two dimensions. We have adapted the composite bolometer technology to the construction of microcalorimeters. For these calorimeters, the adsorption substrate is an evaporated film deposited on one surface of an optically polished sapphire wafer. This approach has allowed us to make the first measurements of the heat capacity of submonolayer films of /sup 4/He adsorbed on metallic films. In contrast to measurements of /sup 4/He adsorbed on all other insulating substrates, we have shown that /sup 4/He on silver films occupies a two-dimensional gas phase over a broad range of coverages and temperatures. Our apparatus has been used to study the heat capacity of Indium flakes. CO multilayers, /sup 4/He adsorbed on sapphire and on Ag films and H/sub 2/ adsorbed on Ag films. The results are compared with appropriate theories. 68 refs., 19 figs.

  13. Long-distance correlation-length effects and hydrodynamics of 4He films in a Corbino geometry

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    Thomson, Stephen R. D.; Perron, Justin K.; Gasparini, Francis M.

    2016-09-01

    Previous measurements of the superfluid density ρs and specific heat for 4He have identified effects that are manifest at distances much larger than the correlation length ξ3 D [Perron et al., Nat. Phys. 6, 499 (2010), 10.1038/nphys1671; Perron and Gasparini, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 035302 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.035302; Perron et al., Phys. Rev. B 87, 094507 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.094507]. We report here measurements of the superfluid density which are designed to explore this phenomenon further. We determine the superfluid fraction ρs/ρ from the resonance of 34-nm films of varying widths 4 ≤W ≤100 μ m . The films are formed across a Corbino ring separating two chambers where a thicker 268-nm film is formed. This arrangement is realized using lithography and direct Si-wafer bonding. We identify two effects in the behavior of ρs/ρ : one is hydrodynamic, for which we present an analysis, and the other is a correlation-length effect which manifests as a shift in the transition temperature Tc relative to that of a uniform 34-nm film uninfluenced by proximity effects. We find that one can collapse both ρs/ρ and the quality factor of the resonance onto universal curves by shifting Tc as Δ Tc˜W-ν . This scaling is a surprising result on two counts: it involves a very large length scale W relative to the magnitude of ξ3 D and the dependence on W is not what is expected from correlation-length finite-size scaling which would predict Δ Tc˜W-1 /ν .

  14. Effectiveness of the statistical potential in the description of fermions in a worm-algorithm path-integral Monte Carlo simulation of 3He atoms placed on a 4He layer adsorbed on graphite.

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    Ghassib, Humam B; Sakhel, Asaad R; Obeidat, Omar; Al-Oqali, Amer; Sakhel, Roger R

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate the effectiveness of a statistical potential (SP) in the description of fermions in a worm-algorithm path-integral Monte Carlo simulation of a few 3He atoms floating on a 4He layer adsorbed on graphite. The SP in this work yields successful results, as manifested by the clusterization of 3He, and by the observation that the 3He atoms float on the surface of 4He. We display the positions of the particles in 3D coordinate space, which reveal clusterization of the 3He component. The correlation functions are also presented, which give further evidence for the clusterization.

  15. Computer simulations of adsorbed liquid crystal films

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    Wall, Greg D.; Cleaver, Douglas J.

    2003-01-01

    The structures adopted by adsorbed thin films of Gay-Berne particles in the presence of a coexisting vapour phase are investigated by molecular dynamics simulation. The films are adsorbed at a flat substrate which favours planar anchoring, whereas the nematic-vapour interface favours normal alignment. On cooling, a system with a high molecule-substrate interaction strength exhibits substrate-induced planar orientational ordering and considerable stratification is observed in the density profiles. In contrast, a system with weak molecule-substrate coupling adopts a director orientation orthogonal to the substrate plane, owing to the increased influence of the nematic-vapour interface. There are significant differences between the structures adopted at the two interfaces, in contrast with the predictions of density functional treatments of such systems.

  16. {sup 4}He adsorption and superfluid transition on C{sub 60}

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    Teizer, W.; Hallock, R.B.; Hebard, A.F.

    1997-10-01

    The authors present adsorption isotherm data of {sup 4}He on C{sub 60} for 1.50 K < T < 1.68 K determined by measurements of the frequency of quartz crystal microbalances (QCM`s) coated with C{sub 60} films. They find a Kosterlitz-Thouless transition with a jump in the areal superfluid density close to predictions. By comparing the adsorbed {sup 4}He on two QCM`s they derive an upper limit for the amount of {sup 4}He intercalated into C{sup 60} at low temperature of 0.05 {sup 4}He atoms per C{sub 60} molecule. The low coverage portion of the adsorption data shows an apparent excess adsorption of {sup 4}He onto the C{sub 60}.

  17. Heat capacity of quantum adsorbates: Hydrogen and helium on evaporated gold films

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    Birmingham, J.T. |

    1996-06-01

    The author has constructed an apparatus to make specific heat measurements of quantum gases adsorbed on metallic films at temperatures between 0.3 and 4 K. He has used this apparatus to study quench-condensed hydrogen films between 4 and 923 layers thick with J = 1 concentrations between 0.28 and 0.75 deposited on an evaporated gold surface. He has observed that the orientational ordering of the J = 1 molecules depends on the substrate temperature during deposition of the hydrogen film. He has inferred that the density of the films condensed at the lowest temperatures is 25% higher than in bulk H{sub 2} crystals and have observed that the structure of those films is affected by annealing at 3.4 K. The author has measured the J = 1 to J = 0 conversion rate to be comparable to that of the bulk for thick films; however, he found evidence that the gold surface catalyzes conversion in the first two to four layers. He has also used this apparatus to study films of {sup 4}He less than one layer thick adsorbed on an evaporated gold surface. He shows that the phase diagram of the system is similar to that for {sup 4}He/graphite although not as rich in structure, and the phase boundaries occur at different coverages and temperatures. At coverages below about half a layer and at sufficiently high temperatures, the {sup 4}He behaves like a two-dimensional noninteracting Bose gas. At lower temperatures and higher coverages, liquidlike and solidlike behavior is observed. The Appendix shows measurements of the far-infrared absorptivity of the high-{Tc} superconductor La{sub 1.87}Sr{sub 0.13}CuO{sub 4}.

  18. Classical Rotational Inertia of Solid {sup 4}He

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    Dash, J.G.; Wettlaufer, J.S.

    2005-06-17

    The observation of reduced rotational inertia in a cell containing solid {sup 4}He has been interpreted as evidence for superfluidity of the solid. We propose an alternative explanation: slippage of the solid, due to grain boundary premelting between the solid and dense adsorbed layers at the container wall. We calculate the range of film thickness, and determine the viscosity that will account for the missing rotational inertia. Grain boundary premelting also explains inertial anomalies in an earlier study of solid helium in porous glass and indicates that the liquid is partially superfluid.

  19. Structure and properties of water film adsorbed on mica surfaces.

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    Zhao, Gutian; Tan, Qiyan; Xiang, Li; Cai, Di; Zeng, Hongbo; Yi, Hong; Ni, Zhonghua; Chen, Yunfei

    2015-09-14

    The structure profiles and physical properties of the adsorbed water film on a mica surface under conditions with different degrees of relative humidity are investigated by a surface force apparatus. The first layer of the adsorbed water film shows ice-like properties, including a lattice constant similar with ice crystal, a high bearing capacity that can support normal pressure as high as 4 MPa, a creep behavior under the action of even a small normal load, and a character of hydrogen bond. Adjacent to the first layer of the adsorbed water film, the water molecules in the outer layer are liquid-like that can flow freely under the action of external loads. Experimental results demonstrate that the adsorbed water layer makes the mica surface change from hydrophilic to weak hydrophobic. The weak hydrophobic surface may induce the latter adsorbed water molecules to form water islands on a mica sheet. PMID:26374054

  20. Structure and properties of water film adsorbed on mica surfaces.

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    Zhao, Gutian; Tan, Qiyan; Xiang, Li; Cai, Di; Zeng, Hongbo; Yi, Hong; Ni, Zhonghua; Chen, Yunfei

    2015-09-14

    The structure profiles and physical properties of the adsorbed water film on a mica surface under conditions with different degrees of relative humidity are investigated by a surface force apparatus. The first layer of the adsorbed water film shows ice-like properties, including a lattice constant similar with ice crystal, a high bearing capacity that can support normal pressure as high as 4 MPa, a creep behavior under the action of even a small normal load, and a character of hydrogen bond. Adjacent to the first layer of the adsorbed water film, the water molecules in the outer layer are liquid-like that can flow freely under the action of external loads. Experimental results demonstrate that the adsorbed water layer makes the mica surface change from hydrophilic to weak hydrophobic. The weak hydrophobic surface may induce the latter adsorbed water molecules to form water islands on a mica sheet.

  1. Hydraulic properties of adsorbed water films in unsaturated porous media

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    Tokunaga, Tetsu K.

    2009-03-01

    Adsorbed water films strongly influence residual water saturations and hydraulic conductivities in porous media at low saturations. Hydraulic properties of adsorbed water films in unsaturated porous media were investigated through combining Langmuir's film model with scaling analysis, without use of any adjustable parameters. Diffuse double layer influences are predicted to be important through the strong dependence of adsorbed water film thickness (f) on matric potential ({Psi}) and ion charge (z). Film thickness, film velocity, and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity are predicted to vary with z{sup -1}, z{sup -2}, and z{sup -3}, respectively. In monodisperse granular media, the characteristic grain size ({lambda}) controls film hydraulics through {lambda}{sup -1} scaling of (1) the perimeter length per unit cross sectional area over which films occur, (2) the critical matric potential ({Psi}{sub c}) below which films control flow, and (3) the magnitude of the unsaturated hydraulic conductivity when {Psi} < {Psi}{sub c}. While it is recognized that finer textured sediments have higher unsaturated hydraulic conductivities than coarser sands at intermediate {Psi}, the {lambda}{sup -1} scaling of hydraulic conductivity predicted here extends this understanding to very low saturations where all pores are drained. Extremely low unsaturated hydraulic conductivities are predicted under adsorbed film-controlled conditions (generally < 0.1 mm y{sup -1}). On flat surfaces, the film hydraulic diffusivity is shown to be constant (invariant with respect to {Psi}).

  2. Dipole Resonances in 4He

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    Matsumoto, E.; Nakayama, S.; Hayami, R.; Fushimi, K.; Kawasuso, H.; Yasuda, K.; Yamagata, T.; Akimune, H.; Ikemizu, H.; Fujiwara, M.; Yosoi, M.; Nakanishi, K.; Kawase, K.; Hashimoto, H.; Oota, T.; Sagara, K.; Kudoh, T.; Asaji, S.; Ishida, T.; Tanaka, M.

    2007-02-26

    We investigated the analogs of the giant dipole resonance (GDR) and spin-dipole resonance (SDR) of 4He by using the 4He(7Li,7Be) reaction at an incident energy of 455 MeV and at forward scattering angles. The {delta}S=0 and {delta}S=1 spectra for 4He were obtained by measuring the 0.43-MeV 7Be {gamma}-ray in coincidence with the scattered 7Be. From the {delta}S=0 and {delta}S=1 spectra thus obtained, the strength distributions of the GDR and SDR in 4He can be derived and the results are compared with the previous data.

  3. Structure and Reactivity of Adsorbed Fibronectin Films on Mica

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    Hull, James R.; Tamura, Glen S.; Castner, David G.

    2007-01-01

    Understanding the interactions of adsorbed fibronectin (Fn) with other biomolecules is important for many biomedical applications. Fn is found in almost all body fluids, in the extracellular matrix, and plays a fundamental role in many biological processes. This study found that the structure (conformation, orientation) and reactivity of Fn adsorbed onto mica is dependent on the Fn surface concentration. Atomic force microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to determine the surface coverage of adsorbed Fn from isolated molecules at low surface coverage to full monolayers at high surface coverage. Both methods showed that the thickness of Fn film continued to increase after the mica surface was completely covered, consistent with Fn adsorbed in a more upright conformation at the highest surface-Fn concentrations. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry showed that relative intensities of both sulfur-containing (cystine, methionine) and hydrophobic (glycine, leucine/isoleucine) amino acids varied with changing Fn surface coverage, indicating that the conformation of adsorbed Fn depended on surface coverage. Single-molecule force spectroscopy with collagen-related peptides immobilized onto the atomic force microscope tip showed that the specific interaction force between the peptide and Fn increases with increasing Fn surface coverage. PMID:17890402

  4. Gaseous mixed adsorbed films of octadecanol and cholesterol at the oil/water interface

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    Matubayasi, Norihiro; Azumaya, Susumu; Kanaya, Kazuhiko

    1992-08-01

    Gaseous/expanded and expanded/condensed phase transitions have been observed in adsorbed films of cholesterol at oil/water interfaces, while only the expanded/condensed phase transition has been observed in adsorbed films of octadecanol. To confirm that the octadecanol films do not exhibit the gaseous/expanded transition and to make clear the gaseous adsorbed film, the interfacial tension was measured in a dilute concentration region as a function of the total concentration and composition of the octadecanol-cholesterol mixture at 25{degrees}C. The result indicated that the gaseous films are expressed by the two-dimensional ideal gas law and the gaseous/expanded transition at oil/water interfaces cannot be observed for octadecanol. Further, the mixed adsorbed film was shown to be enriched with cholesterol which is more surface active than octadecanol. 20 refs., 5 figs.

  5. {sup 4}He liquid-vapor interface below 1 K studied using x-ray reflectivity

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    Penanen, Konstantin; Fukuto, Masafumi; Heilmann, Ralf K.; Silvera, Isaac F.; Pershan, Peter S.

    2000-10-01

    The free surface of thin films of liquid helium adsorbed on a solid substrate has been studied using x-ray reflectivity. The film thickness and interfacial profile are extracted from the angular dependence of measured interference between signals reflected from the liquid-vapor and liquid-substrate interfaces. Polished silicon wafers, chemically cleaned and passivated, were used as substrates. Results are reported for measurements for {sup 4}He films 35 to 130 Aa thick in the temperature range 0.44 to 1.3 K. The 10%/90% interfacial width for temperature T=0.45 K varies from 5.3{+-}0.5 Aa for 36{+-}1.5 Aa thick films to 6.5{+-}0.5 Aa for 125{+-}1.5 Aa thick films. The profile width at zero temperature should not differ significantly from that measured at T=0.45 K. For T=1.22 K, the width is 7.8{+-}1.0 Aa.

  6. Physicochemical controls on adsorbed water film thickness in unsaturated geological media

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    Tokunaga, Tetsu K.

    2011-08-01

    Adsorbed water films commonly coat mineral surfaces in unsaturated soils and rocks, reducing flow and transport rates. Therefore, it is important to understand how adsorbed film thickness depends on matric potential, surface chemistry, and solution chemistry. Here the problem of adsorbed water film thickness is examined by combining capillary scaling with the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory. Novel aspects of this analysis include determining capillary influences on film thicknesses and incorporating solution chemistry-dependent electrostatic potential at air-water interfaces. Capillary analysis of monodisperse packings of spherical grains provided estimated ranges of matric potentials where adsorbed films are stable and showed that pendular rings within drained porous media retain most of the "residual" water except under very low matric potentials. Within drained pores, capillary contributions to thinning of adsorbed films on spherical grains are shown to be small, such that DLVO calculations for flat surfaces are suitable approximations. Hamaker constants of common soil minerals were obtained to determine ranges of the dispersion component to matric potential-dependent film thickness. The pressure component associated with electrical double-layer forces was estimated using the compression and linear superposition approximations. The pH-dependent electrical double-layer pressure component is the dominant contribution to film thicknesses at intermediate values of matric potential, especially in lower ionic strength solutions (<10 mol m-3) on surfaces with higher-magnitude electrostatic potentials (more negative than ≈-50 mV). Adsorbed water films are predicted to usually range in thickness from ≈1 to 20 nm in drained pores and fractures of unsaturated environments.

  7. Condensate fraction in superfluid 4He

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    Olinto, A. C.

    1987-04-01

    Recently, a relationship between the chemical potential and the condensate fracton n0(T) has been derived for all temperatures in the superfluid region. An analysis of liquid 4He chemical-potential data yields n0(T=0)=0.062, and n0(T) is in excellent agreement with the empirical results of Svensson, Sears, and Griffin.

  8. Unusual Morphologies of Poly(vinyl alcohol) Thin Films Adsorbed on Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Substrates.

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    Karki, Akchheta; Nguyen, Lien; Sharma, Bhanushee; Yan, Yan; Chen, Wei

    2016-04-01

    Adsorption of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH), 99% and 88% hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate), to poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) substrates was studied. The substrates were prepared by covalently attaching linear PDMS polymers of 2, 9, 17, 49, and 116 kDa onto silicon wafers. As the PDMS molecular weight/thickness increases, the adsorbed PVOH thin films progressively transition from continuous to discontinuous morphologies, including honeycomb and fractal/droplet. The structures are the result of thin film dewetting that occurs upon exposure to air. The PVOH film thickness does not vary significantly on these PDMS substrates, implicating the PDMS thickness as the cause for the morphology differences. The adsorbed PVOH thin films are less stable and have a stronger tendency to dewet on thicker, more liquid-like PDMS layers. When PVOH(99%) and PVOH(88%) thin films are compared, fractal and droplet morphologies are observed on high molecular weight PDMS substrates, respectively. The formation of the unique fractal features in the PVOH(99%) thin films as well as other crystalline and semicrystalline thin films is most likely driven by crystallization during the dehydration process in a diffusion-limited aggregation fashion. The only significant enhancement in hydrophilicity via PVOH adsorption was obtained on PDMS(2k), which is completely covered with a PVOH thin film. To mimic the lower receding contact angle and less liquid-like character of the PDMS(2k) substrate, light plasma treatment of the higher molecular weight PDMS substrates was carried out. On the treated PDMS substrates, the adsorbed PVOH thin films are in the more continuous honeycomb morphology, giving rise to significantly enhanced wettability. Furthermore, hydrophobic recovery of the hydrophilized PDMS substrates was not observed during a 1 week period. Thus, light plasma oxidation and subsequent PVOH adsorption can be utilized as a means to effectively hydrophilize conventional PDMS substrates. This study

  9. sup 4 He- sup 4 He elastic scattering and variational wave functions

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    Usmani, A.A.; Ahmad, I. ); Usmani, Q.N. )

    1992-01-01

    We calculate differential cross sections for {sup 4}He-{sup 4}He elastic scattering at 4.32 GeV/{ital c} in the framework of Glauber multiple scattering theory using correlated variational wave functions as given by the two-nucleon Urbana {ital v}{sub 14} potential and the spin-isospin averaged Melfleit-Tjon force {ital V}. These wave functions are found to give fairly satisfactory results.

  10. Miscibility of sodium chloride and sodium dodecyl sulfate in the adsorbed film and aggregate.

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    Iyota, Hidemi; Krastev, Rumen

    2009-04-01

    The adsorption, micelle formation, and salting out of sodium dodecyl sulfate in the presence of sodium chloride were studied from the viewpoint of their mixed adsorption and aggregate formation. The surface tension of aqueous solutions of a sodium chloride-sodium dodecyl sulfate mixture was measured as a function of the total molality and composition of the mixture. Phase diagrams of adsorption and aggregate formation were obtained by applying thermodynamic equations to the surface tension. Judging from the phase diagrams, sodium chloride and sodium dodecyl sulfate are miscible in the adsorbed film at very large composition of sodium chloride and in the salted-out crystalline particle, while they are immiscible in the micelle. The miscibilities in the adsorbed film, micelle, and crystalline particle increase in the following order: particle > adsorbed film > micelle. The difference in miscibility among the oriented states was ascribed to the difference in geometry between the adsorbed film and micelle and to the interaction between bilayer surfaces in the particle.

  11. Smooth deuterated cellulose films for the visualisation of adsorbed bio-macromolecules

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    Su, Jielong; Raghuwanshi, Vikram S.; Raverty, Warwick; Garvey, Christopher J.; Holden, Peter J.; Gillon, Marie; Holt, Stephen A.; Tabor, Rico; Batchelor, Warren; Garnier, Gil

    2016-01-01

    Novel thin and smooth deuterated cellulose films were synthesised to visualize adsorbed bio-macromolecules using contrast variation neutron reflectivity (NR) measurements. Incorporation of varying degrees of deuteration into cellulose was achieved by growing Gluconacetobacter xylinus in deuterated glycerol as carbon source dissolved in growth media containing D2O. The derivative of deuterated cellulose was prepared by trimethylsilylation(TMS) in ionic liquid(1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride). The TMS derivative was dissolved in toluene for thin film preparation by spin-coating. The resulting film was regenerated into deuterated cellulose by exposure to acidic vapour. A common enzyme, horseradish peroxidase (HRP), was adsorbed from solution onto the deuterated cellulose films and visualized by NR. The scattering length density contrast of the deuterated cellulose enabled accurate visualization and quantification of the adsorbed HRP, which would have been impossible to achieve with non-deuterated cellulose. The procedure described enables preparing deuterated cellulose films that allows differentiation of cellulose and non-deuterated bio-macromolecules using NR. PMID:27796332

  12. Influence of fluoride-detergent combinations on the visco-elasticity of adsorbed salivary protein films.

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    Veeregowda, Deepak H; van der Mei, Henny C; Busscher, Henk J; Sharma, Prashant K

    2011-02-01

    The visco-elasticity of salivary-protein films is related to mouthfeel, lubrication, biofilm formation, and protection against erosion and is influenced by the adsorption of toothpaste components. The thickness and the visco-elasticity of hydrated films (determined using a quartz crystal microbalance) of 2-h-old in vitro-adsorbed salivary-protein films were 43.5 nm and 9.4 MHz, respectively, whereas the dehydrated thickness, measured using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, was 2.4 nm. Treatment with toothpaste slurries decreased the thickness of the film, depending on the fluoride-detergent combination involved. Secondary exposure to saliva resulted in a regained thickness of the film to a level similar to its original thickness; however, no association was found between the thickness of hydrated and dehydrated films, indicating differences in film structure. Treatment with stannous fluoride/sodium lauryl sulphate (SnF(2)/SLS)-containing toothpaste slurries yielded a strong, immediate two-fold increase in characteristic film frequency (f(c)) with respect to untreated films, indicating cross-linking in adsorbed salivary-protein films by Sn(2+) that was absent when SLS was replaced with sodium hexametaphosphate (NaHMP). Secondary exposure to saliva of films treated with SnF(2) caused a strong, six-fold increase in f(c) compared with primary salivary-protein films, regardless of whether SLS or NaHMP was the detergent. This suggests that ionized stannous is not directly available for cross-linking in combination with highly negatively charged NaHMP, but becomes slowly available after initial treatment to cause cross-linking during secondary exposure to saliva.

  13. Thermodynamic study of argon films adsorbed on boron nitride

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    Migone, A.D.; Alkhafaji, M.T. ); Vidali, G. ); Karimi, M. )

    1993-03-15

    We have performed a detailed adsorption isotherm study of Ar on BN for temperatures between 65 and 80 K. The isothermal compressibility of the films was obtained from adsorption data. At monolayer coverages, a small isotherm substep is present at melting. We found two isothermal compressibility peaks in the first layer: a sharp peak, corresponding to the melting substep, and a smaller, broader peak that occurs at lower pressures. At multilayer coverages we found reentrant layering occurring in the third and fourth layers of the film. We compare our layering results with predictions for the preroughening transition. We also found a series of small steps in the isotherms between the second and third layers and between the third and fourth layers of the film. These small steps are evidence of individual layer melting for the second and third layers. Our results at monolayer and at multilayer coverages are extensively compared to those found for Ar on graphite. We have also performed calculations of the rare-gas--BN interaction potentials. Our calculations indicate the substrate corrugation is smaller for the rare-gas--BN systems than it is for the same rare gases on graphite. The implications of this result for the possible existence of monolayer-commensurate solids on BN are discussed.

  14. Superfluid 4He dynamics beyond quasiparticle excitations

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    Beauvois, K.; Campbell, C. E.; Dawidowski, J.; Fâk, B.; Godfrin, H.; Krotscheck, E.; Lauter, H.-J.; Lichtenegger, T.; Ollivier, J.; Sultan, A.

    2016-07-01

    The dynamics of superfluid 4He at and above the Landau quasiparticle regime is investigated by high-precision inelastic neutron scattering measurements of the dynamic structure factor. A highly structured response is observed above the familiar phonon-maxon-roton spectrum, characterized by sharp thresholds for phonon-phonon, maxon-roton, and roton-roton coupling processes. The experimental dynamic structure factor is compared to the calculation of the same physical quantity by a dynamic many-body theory including three-phonon processes self-consistently. The theory is found to provide a quantitative description of the dynamics of the correlated bosons for energies up to about three times that of the Landau quasiparticles.

  15. Electron-Stimulated Oxidation of Thin Water Films Adsorbed on TiO2(110)

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    Lane, Christopher D.; Petrik, Nikolay G.; Orlando, Thomas M.; Kimmel, Greg A.

    2007-11-08

    Electron-stimulated reactions in thin (< 3 monolayer, ML) water films adsorbed on TiO2(110) are investigated. For electron fluences less than ~1×1016 e-/cm2, irradiation with 100 eV electrons results in electron-stimulated desorption (ESD) of atomic and molecular hydrogen, but no measurable O2. The ESD leaves adsorbed hydroxyls which oxidize the TiO2(110) surface and change the post-irradiation TPD spectra of the remaining water in characteristic ways. The species remaining on the TiO2(110) after irradiation of adsorbed water films are apparently similar to those produced without irradiation by co-dosing water and O2. Annealing above ~600 K reduces the oxidized surfaces, and water TPD spectra characteristic of ion sputtered and annealed TiO2(110) are recovered. The rate of electron-stimulated “oxidation” of the water films is proportional to the coverage of water in the first layer for coverages less than 1 ML. However, higher coverages suppress this reaction. When thin water films are irradiated, the rate of electron-stimulated oxidation is independent of the initial oxygen vacancy concentration, as is the final oxidized state achieved at high electron fluences. To explain the results, we propose that electron excitation of water molecules adsorbed on Ti4+ sites leads to desorption of hydrogen atoms and leaves an OH adsorbed at the site. If hydroxyls are present in the bridging oxygen rows, these react with the OH’s on the Ti4+ sites to reform water and heal the oxygen vacancy associated with the bridging OH. Once the bridge bonded hydroxyls have been eliminated, further irradiation increases the concentration of OH’s in the Ti4+ rows leading to the creation of species which block sites in the Ti4+ rows, perhaps H2O2 and/or HO2.

  16. Role of Structure and Glycosylation of Adsorbed Protein Films in Biolubrication

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    Veeregowda, Deepak H.; Busscher, Henk J.; Vissink, Arjan; Jager, Derk-Jan; Sharma, Prashant K.; van der Mei, Henny C.

    2012-01-01

    Water forms the basis of lubrication in the human body, but is unable to provide sufficient lubrication without additives. The importance of biolubrication becomes evident upon aging and disease, particularly under conditions that affect secretion or composition of body fluids. Insufficient biolubrication, may impede proper speech, mastication and swallowing, underlie excessive friction and wear of articulating cartilage surfaces in hips and knees, cause vaginal dryness, and result in dry, irritated eyes. Currently, our understanding of biolubrication is insufficient to design effective therapeutics to restore biolubrication. Aim of this study was to establish the role of structure and glycosylation of adsorbed protein films in biolubrication, taking the oral cavity as a model and making use of its dynamics with daily perturbations due to different glandular secretions, speech, drinking and eating, and tooth brushing. Using different surface analytical techniques (a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring, colloidal probe atomic force microscopy, contact angle measurements and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy), we demonstrated that adsorbed salivary conditioning films in vitro are more lubricious when their hydrophilicity and degree of glycosylation increase, meanwhile decreasing their structural softness. High-molecular-weight, glycosylated proteins adsorbing in loops and trains, are described as necessary scaffolds impeding removal of water during loading of articulating surfaces. Comparing in vitro and in vivo water contact angles measured intra-orally, these findings were extrapolated to the in vivo situation. Accordingly, lubricating properties of teeth, as perceived in 20 volunteers comprising of equal numbers of male and female subjects, could be related with structural softness and glycosylation of adsorbed protein films on tooth surfaces. Summarizing, biolubrication is due to a combination of structure and glycosylation of adsorbed protein

  17. Unusual Morphologies of Poly(vinyl alcohol) Thin Films Adsorbed on Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Substrates.

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    Karki, Akchheta; Nguyen, Lien; Sharma, Bhanushee; Yan, Yan; Chen, Wei

    2016-04-01

    Adsorption of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH), 99% and 88% hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate), to poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) substrates was studied. The substrates were prepared by covalently attaching linear PDMS polymers of 2, 9, 17, 49, and 116 kDa onto silicon wafers. As the PDMS molecular weight/thickness increases, the adsorbed PVOH thin films progressively transition from continuous to discontinuous morphologies, including honeycomb and fractal/droplet. The structures are the result of thin film dewetting that occurs upon exposure to air. The PVOH film thickness does not vary significantly on these PDMS substrates, implicating the PDMS thickness as the cause for the morphology differences. The adsorbed PVOH thin films are less stable and have a stronger tendency to dewet on thicker, more liquid-like PDMS layers. When PVOH(99%) and PVOH(88%) thin films are compared, fractal and droplet morphologies are observed on high molecular weight PDMS substrates, respectively. The formation of the unique fractal features in the PVOH(99%) thin films as well as other crystalline and semicrystalline thin films is most likely driven by crystallization during the dehydration process in a diffusion-limited aggregation fashion. The only significant enhancement in hydrophilicity via PVOH adsorption was obtained on PDMS(2k), which is completely covered with a PVOH thin film. To mimic the lower receding contact angle and less liquid-like character of the PDMS(2k) substrate, light plasma treatment of the higher molecular weight PDMS substrates was carried out. On the treated PDMS substrates, the adsorbed PVOH thin films are in the more continuous honeycomb morphology, giving rise to significantly enhanced wettability. Furthermore, hydrophobic recovery of the hydrophilized PDMS substrates was not observed during a 1 week period. Thus, light plasma oxidation and subsequent PVOH adsorption can be utilized as a means to effectively hydrophilize conventional PDMS substrates. This study

  18. Adsorbate Effects on Film Evolution: Homoepitaxy on Ag(100)

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    Layson, A. R.; Thiel, P. A.

    2000-03-01

    We report the effects of various gases on the nucleation, and subsequent coarsening, of Ag islands on Ag(100). Both of these processes-nucleation and coarsening-are ultimately controlled by atomic-scale diffusional processes, and have been studied extensively for the clean surface [1]. Comparative study of these processes with and without background gases provides indirect evidence regarding their effect on atomic-scale diffusional processes. These UHV experiments were performed using High-Resolution Low Energy Electron Diffraction. Submonolayer films of Ag were deposited, with the sample held at 180 K and simultaneously exposed to the gas of choice, while subsequent coarsening was monitored after evacuation of the gas. Spot profile analysis shows the nucleation of islands is unaffected in the presence of oxygen, but the rate of subsequent coarsening is enhanced. Conversely, the presence of water vapor during deposition results in a decrease in the initial island density (indicating enhanced mobility), but shows no affect on subsequent coarsening. Exposure to CO had no effect on either nucleation density or coarsening. [1] P.A. Thiel and J.W. Evans, J. Phys. Chem. B 104 (2000) Feb.24

  19. Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering off 4He

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    Joosten, Sylvester; CLAS Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    The European Muon Collaboration (EMC) observed the first signs of a modification of the partonic structure of the nucleon when present in a nuclear medium. The precise nature of these effects, as well as their underlying cause, is yet to be determined. The generalized parton distribution (GPD) framework provides a powerful tool to study the partonic structure of nucleons inside a nucleus. Hard exclusive leptoproduction of a real photon off a nucleon, deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS), is presently considered the cleanest experimental access to the GPDs, through the Compton form factors (CFFs). This is especially the case for scattering off the spin-zero helium nucleus, where only a single CFF contributes to the process. The real and imaginary parts of this CFF can be constrained through the beam-spin asymmetry (BSA). We will present the first measurements of the DVCS process off 4He using the CEBAF 6 GeV polarized electron beam and the CLAS detector at JLab. The CLAS detector was supplemented with an inner electromagnetic calorimeter for photons produced at small angles, as well as a radial time projection chamber (RTPC) to detect low-energy recoil nuclei. This setup allowed for a clean measurement of the BSA in both the coherent and incoherent channels.

  20. Aggregate formation of eosin-Y adsorbed on nanocrystalline TiO2 films

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    Yaguchi, Kaori; Furube, Akihiro; Katoh, Ryuzi

    2012-11-01

    We have studied the adsorption of eosin-Y on nanocrystalline TiO2 films with two different solvents namely acetonitrile (ACN) and ethanol (EtOH). A Langmuir-type adsorption isotherm was observed with ACN. In contrast, a Freundlich-type adsorption isotherm was observed with EtOH, suggesting that EtOH molecules co-adsorbed on TiO2 surface. Absorption spectra of the dye adsorbed films clearly show aggregate formation at high concentrations of dye in the solutions. From the analysis of the spectra, we conclude that head-to-tail type aggregates are observed with ACN, whereas various types of aggregates, including H-type and head-to-tail type aggregates, are observed with EtOH.

  1. Evidence for intertwined superfluid and density wave order in two dimensional 4He

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    Saunders, John

    2015-03-01

    We report the identification of a new state of quantum matter with intertwined superfluid and density wave order in a system of two dimensional bosons subject to a triangular lattice potential. Using a torsional oscillator we have measured the response of the second atomic layer of 4He adsorbed on the surface of graphite over a wide temperature range down to 2 mK. Superfluidity is observed over a narrow range of film densities, emerging suddenly and collapsing towards a quantum critical point, near to layer completion where a Mott insulating phase is predicted to form. The unusual temperature dependence of the superfluid density in the T --> 0 limit and the absence of a clear superfluid onset temperature are explained, self-consistently, by an ansatz for the excitation spectrum, reflecting density wave order, and a quasi-condensate wavefunction breaking both gauge and translational symmetry. In collaboration with Jan Nyeki, Anastasia Phillis, Andrew Ho, Derek Lee, Piers Coleman, Jeevak Parpia, Brian Cowan. Supported by EPSRC (U.K) EP/H048375/1.

  2. Crystallization of 4He in aerogel via mass flow from surrounding solid 4He

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    Matsuda, H.; Ochi, A.; Isozaki, R.; Minami, S.; Nomura, R.; Pollanen, J.; Halperin, W. P.; Okuda, Y.

    2016-07-01

    The phase boundary between the quantum solid and the liquid phases of 4He is strongly modified in a porous material. However the phase diagram at very low temperatures remains unexplored. We have used a variable-volume experimental cell with optical access to visualize the crystallization of 4He in silica aerogels with independent control of the pressure and temperature. The onset of crystallization was investigated in two aerogel samples with differing porosity both by pressurization at constant temperature and by cooling at constant pressure. With isothermal pressurization we have established a low-temperature phase diagram for each aerogel, and we find that the equilibrium crystallization pressure is reduced with increasing aerogel porosity. Crystals also began to grow in the aerogel on cooling at fixed pressure below an onset temperature Tgrow. We found that below this temperature the crystallization rate increased with decreasing temperature. The aerogel in our cell was surrounded by bulk crystals of 4He , and surprisingly Tgrow was found to be widely distributed when the surrounding bulk crystals were repressurized. In this experimental arrangement, crystallization within the aerogel on cooling requires mass flow from these exterior bulk crystals and is strongly influenced by the disordered structure at the interface between the bulk solid and the helium within the aerogel.

  3. Thermal properties of {sup 4}He surfaces and interfaces

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    Clements, B.E.; Krotscheck, E. |; Tymczak, C.J.

    1997-05-01

    A first-principle quantum statistical mechanical theory is used to study the properties of thick liquid {sup 4}He films absorbed to the weakly binding substrates: Li, Na, and Cs. Values for the liquid-gas and solid-liquid surface energies are determined. By fitting, at long wavelengths, the film`s lowest energy mode with the standard expression for the ripplon energy, which depends on the liquid-gas surface energy, the authors obtain excellent agreement with the liquid-vacuum surface energy from recent experiments and also the one previously extracted from quantum liquid droplet calculations. The full spectrum of excitations for wave vectors less than 0.50 {Angstrom}{sup {minus}1} is calculated using a dynamical correlated basis function theory developed in earlier work, which includes multi-phonon scattering processes. Particle currents and transition densities are used to elucidate the nature of the excitations. At a coverage of 0.40 {Angstrom}{sup {minus}2}, the lowest mode shows no significant substrate dependence, and is recognized as being a ripplon propagating in the liquid film at the liquid-gas surface. A new effect is observed for the Cs substrate; the second lowest mode is qualitatively different than found on the other substrates and is identified as interfacial ripplon. In the other substrates the second mode is a volume mode altered somewhat by the high density inner liquid layers. The linewidths of these modes are also calculated. The dynamic excitations provide the input for the thermodynamic theory and the effects on the free energy, heat capacity, and thermal surface broadening of these films are studied as function of the nature of the excitations, the number of modes, and variations in the substrate potentials.

  4. AC microcalorimetry of adsorbates on evaporated metal films: Orientational ordering of H{sub 2} multilayers

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    Phelps, R.B.

    1991-11-01

    We have improved and extended a novel ac calorimetric technique for measuring the heat capacity of adsorbates on evaporated metal films. Metallic substrates are of particular interest in current studies of the thermodynamics of adsorbed molecules. The method described in the present work is only calorimetric technique which allows measurements of molecules on simple metallic surfaces. Among other improvements, we have achieved significant progress in the preparation and characterization of the evaporated metal film. We have applied this novel technique to a study of hydrogen multilayers on gold and sapphire substrates. We have shown that samples of normal-hydrogen with a nominal coverage n of approximately 25 monolayers (ML) undergo a bulk-like orientational ordering transition. The transition is suppressed as the coverage is decreased, and no sign of the transition remains above 1.6 K for n {approx} 1 ML. For n {approx_lt} 8 ML, the peak in the heat capacity exhibits signs of finite-size effects. At higher coverages, finite-size effects are not observed, and the shape of the peak depends strongly on the substrate. We conclude that the peak is inhomogeneously broadened for n {approx_lt} 8 ML. This work represents the first measurements of the heat capacity due to orientational ordering in adsorbed hydrogen. The results of an earlier experiment involving vibrational spectroscopy of adsorbed molecules are included in the Appendix. In this work, we have used infrared emission spectroscopy to study the spectral region in the vicinity of the C=O stretch vibration of bridge-bonded CO on Pt(111).

  5. AC microcalorimetry of adsorbates on evaporated metal films: Orientational ordering of H sub 2 multilayers

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    Phelps, R.B.

    1991-11-01

    We have improved and extended a novel ac calorimetric technique for measuring the heat capacity of adsorbates on evaporated metal films. Metallic substrates are of particular interest in current studies of the thermodynamics of adsorbed molecules. The method described in the present work is only calorimetric technique which allows measurements of molecules on simple metallic surfaces. Among other improvements, we have achieved significant progress in the preparation and characterization of the evaporated metal film. We have applied this novel technique to a study of hydrogen multilayers on gold and sapphire substrates. We have shown that samples of normal-hydrogen with a nominal coverage n of approximately 25 monolayers (ML) undergo a bulk-like orientational ordering transition. The transition is suppressed as the coverage is decreased, and no sign of the transition remains above 1.6 K for n {approx} 1 ML. For n {approx lt} 8 ML, the peak in the heat capacity exhibits signs of finite-size effects. At higher coverages, finite-size effects are not observed, and the shape of the peak depends strongly on the substrate. We conclude that the peak is inhomogeneously broadened for n {approx lt} 8 ML. This work represents the first measurements of the heat capacity due to orientational ordering in adsorbed hydrogen. The results of an earlier experiment involving vibrational spectroscopy of adsorbed molecules are included in the Appendix. In this work, we have used infrared emission spectroscopy to study the spectral region in the vicinity of the C=O stretch vibration of bridge-bonded CO on Pt(111).

  6. Atomic force microscopy of AgBr crystals and adsorbed gelatin films

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    Haugstad, G.; Gladfelter, W.L.; Keyes, M.P.; Weberg, E.B.

    1993-06-01

    Atomic force microscopy of the (111) surface of macroscopic AgBr crystals revealed steps ranging in height from two atomic layers up to 10 nm, lying predominantly along the (110) and (112) families of crystal directions. Rods of elemental Ag, formed via photoreduction, were observed along the (110) family of directions. Images of adsorbed gelatin films revealed circular pores with diameters of order 10-100 nm, extending to the AgBr surface. The length of deposition time, the pH and concentration of the gelatin solution, and the presence of steps on the AgBr surface were observed to affect the size, number, and location of pores in the gelatin films. 12 refs., 7 figs.

  7. Crack healing in rocksalt via diffusion in adsorbed aqueous films: Microphysical modelling versus experiments

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    Houben, M. E.; ten Hove, A.; Peach, C. J.; Spiers, C. J.

    Microcracks within the excavation damaged or disturbed zone (EDZ) in a salt-based radioactive waste repository (or an energy storage facility) can heal/seal by mechanical closure driven by compaction creep, by surface-energy-driven processes like diffusive mass transfer, and by recrystallization. It follows that permeability evolution in the excavation damaged zone around a backfilled or plugged cavity will in the short term be dominated by mechanical closure of the cracks, while in the longer term diffusive mass transfer effects are expected to become more important. This paper describes a contribution to assessing the integrity of radioactive waste repositories sited in rocksalt formations by developing a microphysical model for single crack healing in rocksalt. More specifically, single crack healing models for cracks containing a thin adsorbed water film are developed. These microphysical models are compared with single crack healing experiments, which conclusively demonstrate diffusion controlled healing. Calibration of unknown model parameters, related to crack surface diffusivity, against the experimental data enable crack healing rates under repository conditions to be estimated. The results show that after the stress re-equilibration that follows repository sealing, crack disconnection can be expected on a timescale of a few years at laboratory humidity levels. However, much longer times are needed under very dry conditions where adsorbed aqueous films are very thin.

  8. Dielectric exchange-force effect on the rupture force of adsorbed bilayers of self-assembled surfactant films

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    Teschke, O.; Ceotto, G.; de Souza, E. F.

    2001-05-01

    We measured and formulated dielectric exchange forces between adsorbed layers of self-assembled surfactant films and atomic-force microscope tips in water. The dielectric exchange-force model is in agreement with the observation that the surfactant-layer rupture forces (tip-applied force necessary to obtain tip/substrate contact) are smaller in the thickest layers, where the compactness of the adsorbed film results in the smallest values of the dielectric permittivity. Within experimental accuracy, a dielectric permittivity value of ˜4 for bilayers and of ˜36 for monolayers is found.

  9. 4He abundances: Optical versus radio recombination line measurements

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    Balser, Dana S.; Rood, Robert T.; Bania, T. M.

    2010-04-01

    Accurate measurements of the 4He/H abundance ratio are important in constraining Big Bang nucleosynthesis, models of stellar and Galactic evolution, and H ii region physics. We discuss observations of radio recombination lines using the Green Bank Telescope toward a small sample of H ii regions and planetary nebulae. We report 4He/H abundance ratio differences as high as 15-20% between optical and ratio data that are difficult to reconcile. Using the H ii regions S206 and M17 we determine 4He production in the Galaxy to be dY/dZ = 1.71 ± 0.86.

  10. Sound velocity of liquid 4He in aerogel

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    Matsumoto, Koichi; Arai, Osamu; Okuda, Yuichi; Tajiri, Koji

    2000-07-01

    The sound velocity and attenuation of liquid 4He in 93.7% and 94.6% porosity aerogels were measured for a frequency of 10 MHz. The sound velocity in 93.7% aerogel was larger than that in bulk 4He, whereas that in 94.6% was smaller. A model of the aerogel- 4He composite gave satisfactory agreement with the dependence of the sound velocity on the temperature and the aerogel density. This shows that the normal fluid is clamped to aerogel strands, although the viscous penetration depth is comparable to the typical size of a void in the aerogel.

  11. WORM ALGORITHM PATH INTEGRAL MONTE CARLO APPLIED TO THE 3He-4He II SANDWICH SYSTEM

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    Al-Oqali, Amer; Sakhel, Asaad R.; Ghassib, Humam B.; Sakhel, Roger R.

    2012-12-01

    We present a numerical investigation of the thermal and structural properties of the 3He-4He sandwich system adsorbed on a graphite substrate using the worm algorithm path integral Monte Carlo (WAPIMC) method [M. Boninsegni, N. Prokof'ev and B. Svistunov, Phys. Rev. E74, 036701 (2006)]. For this purpose, we have modified a previously written WAPIMC code originally adapted for 4He on graphite, by including the second 3He-component. To describe the fermions, a temperature-dependent statistical potential has been used. This has proven very effective. The WAPIMC calculations have been conducted in the millikelvin temperature regime. However, because of the heavy computations involved, only 30, 40 and 50 mK have been considered for the time being. The pair correlations, Matsubara Green's function, structure factor, and density profiles have been explored at these temperatures.

  12. Friction and transfer of copper, silver, and gold to iron in the presence of various adsorbed surface films

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    Buckley, D. H.

    1979-01-01

    Sliding friction experiments were conducted with the noble metals copper, silver, and gold and two binary alloys of these metals contacting iron in the presence of various adsorbates including, oxygen, methyl mercaptan, and methyl chloride. A pin on disk specimen configuration was used with a load of 100 grams, sliding velocity of 60 mm/min; at 25 C with the surfaces saturated with the adsorbates. Auger emission spectroscopy was used to monitor surface films. Results of the experiments indicate that friction and transfer characteristics are highly specific with respect to both the noble metal and surface film present. With all three metals and films transfer of the noble metal to iron occurred very rapidly. With all metals and films transfer of the noble metal to iron continuously increased with repeated passes except for silver and copper sliding on iron sulfide.

  13. Quantum Phase Transition of 4He Confined in Nanoporous Media

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    Shirahama, Keiya

    2006-09-07

    4He confined in nanoporous media is an excellent model system for studying a strongly correlated Bose liquid and solid in a confinement potential. We studied superfluidity and liquid-solid phase transition of 4He confined in a porous Gelsil glass that had nanopores 2.5 nm in diameter. The obtained pressure-temperature phase diagram is fairly unprecedented: the superfluid transition temperature approaches zero at 3.4 MPa, and the freezing pressure is enhanced by approximately 1 MPa from the bulk one. These features indicate that the confined 4He undergoes a superfluid-nonsuperfluid-solid quantum phase transition at zero temperature. The nonsuperfluid phase may be a localized Bose-condensed state in which global phase coherence is destroyed by a strong correlation between the 4He atoms or by a random potential.

  14. Significant structure theory applied to liquid 4He

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    Ryoo, Ryong; Jhon, Mu Shik; Eyring, Henry

    1980-01-01

    The large kinetic zero-point motion of 4He molecules has been properly taken into account in the significant structure theory of liquids in order to describe the liquidity of liquid 4He. The Debye and the Bose-Einstein partition functions are used for the solid-like molecules of the normal fluid component and for the whole gas-like molecules, respectively. The solid-like molecules of the superfluid component are considered as ground state molecules without having positional degeneracies. The Bragg-Williams approximation of an order/disorder phase transition has been applied to the λ transition of liquid 4He. Thermodynamic and surface properties of liquid 4He have been calculated up to the critical point. The results are satisfactory when compared with the observed values. PMID:16592747

  15. Mesoscopic Hamiltonian for the fluctuations of adsorbed Lennard-Jones liquid films.

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    Fernández, Eva M; Chacón, Enrique; MacDowell, Luis G; Tarazona, Pedro

    2015-06-01

    We use Monte Carlo simulations of a Lennard-Jones fluid adsorbed on a short-range planar wall substrate to study the fluctuations in the thickness of the wetting layer, and we get a quantitative and consistent characterization of their mesoscopic Hamiltonian, H[ξ]. We have observed important finite-size effects, which were hampering the analysis of previous results obtained with smaller systems. The results presented here support an appealing simple functional form for H[ξ], close but not exactly equal to the theoretical nonlocal proposal made on the basis a generic density-functional analysis by Parry and coworkers. We have analyzed systems under different wetting conditions, as a proof of principle for a method that provides a quantitative bridge between the molecular interactions and the phenomenology of wetting films at mesoscopic scales. PMID:26172722

  16. Sputtering and secondary ion emission properties of alkali metal films and adsorbed monolayers

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    Krauss, A R; Gruen, D M

    1980-01-01

    The secondary ion emission of alkali metal adsorbed monlayer and multilayer films has been studied. Profiling with sub-monolayer resolution has been performed by Auger, x-ray photoemission and secondary ion mass spectroscopy. Characteristic differences in the sputtering yields, and ion fraction have been observed which are associated with both the surface bonding properties and the mechanism leading to the formation of secondary ions. By sputtering with a negative bias applied to the sample, positive secondary ions are returned to the surface, resulting in a reduced sputter-induced erosion rate. Comparison with the results obtained with K and Li overlayers sputtered without sample bias provides an experimental value of both the total and secondary ion sputtering yields. The first and second monolayers can be readily identified and the first monolayer exhibits a lower sputtering yield and higher secondary ion fraction. This result is related to adsorption theory and measured values are compared with those obtained by thermal desorption measurements.

  17. Vibrational spectra of CO adsorbed on oxide thin films: A tool to probe the surface defects and phase changes of oxide thin films

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    Savara, Aditya

    2014-03-15

    Thin films of iron oxide were grown on Pt(111) single crystals using cycles of physical vapor deposition of iron followed by oxidative annealing in an ultrahigh vacuum apparatus. Two procedures were utilized for film growth of ∼15–30 ML thick films, where both procedures involved sequential deposition+oxidation cycles. In procedure 1, the iron oxide film was fully grown via sequential deposition+oxidation cycles, and then the fully grown film was exposed to a CO flux equivalent to 8 × 10{sup −7} millibars, and a vibrational spectrum of adsorbed CO was obtained using infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy. The vibrational spectra of adsorbed CO from multiple preparations using procedure 1 show changes in the film termination structure and/or chemical nature of the surface defects—some of which are correlated with another phase that forms (“phase B”), even before enough of phase B has formed to be easily detected using low energy electron diffraction (LEED). During procedure 2, CO vibrational spectra were obtained between deposition+oxidation cycles, and these spectra show that the film termination structure and/or chemical nature of the surface defects changed as a function of sequential deposition+oxidation cycles. The authors conclude that measurement of vibrational spectra of adsorbed CO on oxide thin films provides a sensitive tool to probe chemical changes of defects on the surface and can thus complement LEED techniques by probing changes not visible by LEED. Increased use of vibrational spectra of adsorbed CO on thin films would enable better comparisons between films grown with different procedures and by different groups.

  18. Comparative study of normal and branched alkane monolayer films adsorbed on a solid surface. I. Structure

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    Enevoldsen, A. D.; Hansen, F. Y.; Diama, A.; Criswell, L.; Taub, H.

    2007-03-01

    The structure of a monolayer film of the branched alkane squalane (C30H62) adsorbed on graphite has been studied by neutron diffraction and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and compared with a similar study of the n-alkane tetracosane (n-C24H52). Both molecules have 24 carbon atoms along their backbone and squalane has, in addition, six methyl side groups. Upon adsorption, there are significant differences as well as similarities in the behavior of these molecular films. Both molecules form ordered structures at low temperatures; however, while the melting point of the two-dimensional (2D) tetracosane film is roughly the same as the bulk melting point, the surface strongly stabilizes the 2D squalane film such that its melting point is 91K above its value in bulk. Therefore, squalane, like tetracosane, will be a poor lubricant in those nanoscale devices that require a fluid lubricant at room temperature. The neutron diffraction data show that the translational order in the squalane monolayer is significantly less than in the tetracosane monolayer. The authors' MD simulations suggest that this is caused by a distortion of the squalane molecules upon adsorption on the graphite surface. When the molecules are allowed to relax on the surface, they distort such that all six methyl groups point away from the surface. This results in a reduction in the monolayer's translational order characterized by a decrease in its coherence length and hence a broadening of the diffraction peaks. The MD simulations also show that the melting mechanism in the squalane monolayer is the same footprint reduction mechanism found in the tetracosane monolayer, where a chain melting drives the lattice melting.

  19. Comparative study of normal and branched alkane monolayer films adsorbed on a solid surface. I. Structure.

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    Enevoldsen, A D; Hansen, F Y; Diama, A; Criswell, L; Taub, H

    2007-03-14

    The structure of a monolayer film of the branched alkane squalane (C30H62) adsorbed on graphite has been studied by neutron diffraction and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and compared with a similar study of the n-alkane tetracosane (n-C24H52). Both molecules have 24 carbon atoms along their backbone and squalane has, in addition, six methyl side groups. Upon adsorption, there are significant differences as well as similarities in the behavior of these molecular films. Both molecules form ordered structures at low temperatures; however, while the melting point of the two-dimensional (2D) tetracosane film is roughly the same as the bulk melting point, the surface strongly stabilizes the 2D squalane film such that its melting point is 91 K above its value in bulk. Therefore, squalane, like tetracosane, will be a poor lubricant in those nanoscale devices that require a fluid lubricant at room temperature. The neutron diffraction data show that the translational order in the squalane monolayer is significantly less than in the tetracosane monolayer. The authors' MD simulations suggest that this is caused by a distortion of the squalane molecules upon adsorption on the graphite surface. When the molecules are allowed to relax on the surface, they distort such that all six methyl groups point away from the surface. This results in a reduction in the monolayer's translational order characterized by a decrease in its coherence length and hence a broadening of the diffraction peaks. The MD simulations also show that the melting mechanism in the squalane monolayer is the same footprint reduction mechanism found in the tetracosane monolayer, where a chain melting drives the lattice melting.

  20. Raman spectroscopy of organic dyes adsorbed on pulsed laser deposited silver thin films

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    Fazio, E.; Neri, F.; Valenti, A.; Ossi, P. M.; Trusso, S.; Ponterio, R. C.

    2013-08-01

    The results of a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) study performed on representative organic and inorganic dyes adsorbed on silver nanostructured thin films are presented and discussed. Silver thin films were deposited on glass slides by focusing the beam from a KrF excimer laser (wavelength 248 nm, pulse duration 25 ns) on a silver target and performing the deposition in a controlled Ar atmosphere. Clear Raman spectra were acquired for dyes such as carmine lake, garanza lake and brazilwood overcoming their fluorescence and weak Raman scattering drawbacks. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy measurements were not able to discriminate among the different chromophores usually referred as carmine lake (carminic, kermesic and laccaic acid), as brazilwood (brazilin and brazilein) and as garanza lake (alizarin and purpurin). SERS measurements showed that the analyzed samples are composed of a mixture of different chromophores: brazilin and brazilein in brazilwood, kermesic and carminic acid in carmine lake, alizarin and purpurin in garanza lake. Detection at concentration level as low as 10-7 M in aqueous solutions was achieved. Higher Raman intensities were observed using the excitation line of 632.8 nm wavelength with respect to the 785 nm, probably due to a pre-resonant effect with the molecular electronic transitions of the dyes.

  1. 4-Mercaptopyridine adsorbed on pure palladium island films: A combined SERS and DFT investigation

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    Guo, Hao; Ding, Li; Zhang, Tianjie; Mo, Yujun

    2013-03-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) can provide vibrational information with molecular specificity and potential single-molecule sensitivity. SERS studies on pure transition metals, however, remain challenging due to the weak SERS activity of transition metals compared to coinage metals. Here we fabricated alumina-supported Pd island films by depositing laser-ablated Pd colloids onto an Al substrate. Robust SERS signal employing 4-mercaptopyridine (4-Mpy) as a probe was registered from the as-prepared films. The adsorption information of 4-Mpy molecules such as orientation and coordinating site was discussed in detail based on SERS data. It was inferred that 4-Mpy adsorbs via its sulfur atom to Pd surface with a tilted binding configuration. The Raman wavenumber and intensity of an adsorption model including one 4-Mpy and Pd atom were computed using density functional theory (DFT) at the Beck's three-parameter Lee-Yang-Parr (B3LYP) level with the LANL2DZ basis set. The simulated Raman spectrum was in good agreement with the experimental one except for the relative intensity. The current investigation could be helpful to gain a comprehensive understanding of SERS.

  2. Wetting transitions of simple liquid films adsorbed on selfassembled monolayer substrates: an ellipsometric study

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    Batchelder, D. N.; Cheng, Y. L.; Evans, S. D.; Henderson, J. R.

    We report on an ellipsometric experimental study designed to explore the relevance of the wetting phase diagram predicted by liquid state physics of basic models, to the wide class of simple organic liquid films that adsorb from saturated vapour onto planar substrates at room temperature. The wetting properties are explored by measuring adsorption isotherms in the approach to saturation, in particular, for adsorption of n -hexane on a variety of specially constructed substrates (self-assembled monolayers) spanning a wide range of surface energy, and by carrying out the microscopic equivalent of contact angle experiments at saturation. We locate a wetting transition, which in our case is continuous, and then study its properties in detail. The general prediction of the wetting phase diagram, that wetting transitions should be ubiquitous in nature and readily located via control over the substrate field, is supported by our data, but the quantitative nature of the thick film adsorption regime is not in agreement with Lifshitz theory. This conclusion supports the work of a variety of earlier related studies, but contrasts with recent results for adsorption onto the surface of water. In addition, the correlation length determined from our complete wetting adsorption isotherms is mesoscopic, suggesting that equilibrium statistical mechanics of simple models of inhomogeneous fluids cannot explain the data.

  3. Preparation of dye-adsorbing ZnO thin films by electroless deposition and their photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Nagaya, Satoshi; Nishikiori, Hiromasa

    2013-09-25

    Dye-adsorbing ZnO thin films were prepared on ITO films by electroless deposition. The films were formed in an aqueous solution containing zinc nitrate, dimethylamine-borane, and eosin Y at 328 K. The film thickness was 1.2-2.0 μm. Thinner and larger-plane hexagonal columns were produced from the solution containing a higher concentration of eosin Y. A photocurrent was observed in the electrodes containing such ZnO films during light irradiation. The photoelectrochemical performance of the film was improved by increasing the concentration of eosin Y because of increases in the amount of absorbed photons and the electronic conductivity of ZnO. PMID:24020721

  4. Surface Waves on the Superfluids ^3He and ^4He

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    Manninen, M. S.; Ranni, A.; Rysti, J.; Todoshchenko, I. A.; Tuoriniemi, J. T.

    2016-06-01

    Free surface waves were examined both in superfluids ^3He and ^4He with the premise that these inviscid media would represent ideal realizations for this fluid dynamics problem. The work in ^3He is one of the first of its kind, but in ^4He, it was possible to produce a much more complete set of data for meaningful comparison with theoretical models. Most measurements were performed at the zero temperature limit, meaning T< 100 mK for ^4He and T˜ 100 μ K for ^3He. Dozens of surface wave resonances, including up to 11 overtones, were observed and monitored as the liquid depth in the cell was varied. Despite of the wealth of data, perfect agreement with the constructed theoretical models could not be achieved.

  5. Superfluidity of Dense {sup 4}He in Vycor

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    Khairallah, Saad A.; Ceperley, D.M.

    2005-10-28

    We calculate properties of a model of {sup 4}He in Vycor using the path integral Monte Carlo method. We find that {sup 4}He forms a distinct layered structure with a highly localized first layer, a disordered second layer with some atoms delocalized and able to give rise to the observed superfluid response, and higher layers of nearly perfect crystals. The addition of a single {sup 3}He atom was enough to bring down the total superfluidity by blocking the exchange in the second layer. Our results are consistent with the persistent liquid-layer model to explain the observations. Such a model may be relevant to the experiments on bulk solid {sup 4}He, if there is a fine network of grain boundaries in those systems.

  6. Evidence for a superglass state in solid 4He.

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    Hunt, B; Pratt, E; Gadagkar, V; Yamashita, M; Balatsky, A V; Davis, J C

    2009-05-01

    Although solid helium-4 (4He) may be a supersolid, it also exhibits many phenomena unexpected in that context. We studied relaxation dynamics in the resonance frequency f(T) and dissipation D(T) of a torsional oscillator containing solid 4He. With the appearance of the "supersolid" state, the relaxation times within f(T) and D(T) began to increase rapidly together. More importantly, the relaxation processes in both D(T) and a component of f(T) exhibited a complex synchronized ultraslow evolution toward equilibrium. Analysis using a generalized rotational susceptibility revealed that, while exhibiting these apparently glassy dynamics, the phenomena were quantitatively inconsistent with a simple excitation freeze-out transition because the variation in f was far too large. One possibility is that amorphous solid 4He represents a new form of supersolid in which dynamical excitations within the solid control the superfluid phase stiffness.

  7. Adsorbed films of three-patch colloids: Continuous and discontinuous transitions between thick and thin films

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    Dias, C. S.; Araújo, N. A. M.; Telo da Gama, M. M.

    2014-09-01

    We investigate numerically the role of spatial arrangement of the patches on the irreversible adsorption of patchy colloids on a substrate. We consider spherical three-patch colloids and study the dependence of the kinetics on the opening angle between patches. We show that growth is suppressed below and above minimum and maximum opening angles, revealing two absorbing phase transitions between thick and thin film regimes. While the transition at the minimum angle is continuous, in the directed percolation class, that at the maximum angle is clearly discontinuous. For intermediate values of the opening angle, a rough colloidal network in the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang universality class grows indefinitely. The nature of the transitions was analyzed in detail by considering bond flexibility, defined as the dispersion of the angle between the bond and the center of the patch. For the range of flexibilities considered we always observe two phase transitions. However, the range of opening angles where growth is sustained increases with flexibility. At a tricritical flexibility, the discontinuous transition becomes continuous. The practical implications of our findings and the relation to other nonequilibrium transitions are discussed.

  8. Adsorbed films of three-patch colloids: continuous and discontinuous transitions between thick and thin films.

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    Dias, C S; Araújo, N A M; Telo da Gama, M M

    2014-09-01

    We investigate numerically the role of spatial arrangement of the patches on the irreversible adsorption of patchy colloids on a substrate. We consider spherical three-patch colloids and study the dependence of the kinetics on the opening angle between patches. We show that growth is suppressed below and above minimum and maximum opening angles, revealing two absorbing phase transitions between thick and thin film regimes. While the transition at the minimum angle is continuous, in the directed percolation class, that at the maximum angle is clearly discontinuous. For intermediate values of the opening angle, a rough colloidal network in the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang universality class grows indefinitely. The nature of the transitions was analyzed in detail by considering bond flexibility, defined as the dispersion of the angle between the bond and the center of the patch. For the range of flexibilities considered we always observe two phase transitions. However, the range of opening angles where growth is sustained increases with flexibility. At a tricritical flexibility, the discontinuous transition becomes continuous. The practical implications of our findings and the relation to other nonequilibrium transitions are discussed.

  9. Dendritic crystal growth in pure /sup 4/He

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    Franck, J.P.; Jung, J.

    1986-08-01

    Dendritic crystal growth of pure hcp and fcc /sup 4/He was observed at pressures between 210 and 6500 bar. Dendrite morphology depends on fluid supercooling and crystal phase. At large supercooling, dendrites with side arms are observed, whereas at low supercooling dendrites grow without side arms. The morpholpogy of hcp /sup 4/He dendrites is strongly influenced by crystalline anisotropy. Comparison with present theories of dendrite growth show good agreement with the power law dependencies of velocity, tip radius, and Peclet number on supercooling. Numerically, theory predicts much larger velocities than are observed. The stability parameter sigma is found to be much smaller than theoretically predicted.

  10. Response of a Mechanical Oscillator in Solid 4He

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    Ahlstrom, S. L.; Bradley, D. I.; Človečko, M.; Fisher, S. N.; Guénault, A. M.; Guise, E. A.; Haley, R. P.; Kolosov, O.; Kumar, M.; McClintock, P. V. E.; Pickett, G. R.; Polturak, E.; Poole, M.; Todoshchenko, I.; Tsepelin, V.; Woods, A. J.

    2014-04-01

    We present the first measurements of the response of a mechanical oscillator in solid 4He. We use a lithium niobate tuning fork operating in its fundamental resonance mode at a frequency of around 30 kHz. Measurements in solid 4He were performed close to the melting pressure. The tuning fork resonance shows substantial frequency shifts on cooling from around 1.5 K to below 10 mK. The response shows an abrupt change at the bcc-hcp transition. At low temperatures, below around 100 mK, the resonance splits into several overlapping resonances.

  11. Photodisintegration of $^4$He into p+t

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    R. Nasseripour, B.L. Berman, N. Benmouna, Y. Ilieva, J.-M. Laget

    2009-10-01

    The two-body photodisintegration of $^4$He into a proton and a triton has been studied using the CEBAF Large-Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) at Jefferson Laboratory. Real photons produced with the Hall-B bremsstrahlung-tagging system in the energy range from 0.35 to 1.55 GeV were incident on a liquid $^4$He target. This is the first measurement of the photodisintegration of $^4$He above 0.4 GeV. The differential cross sections for the $\\gamma$$^4$He$\\to pt$ reaction have been measured as a function of photon-beam energy and proton-scattering angle, and are compared with the latest model calculations by J.-M. Laget. At 0.6-1.2 GeV, our data are in good agreement only with the calculations that include three-body mechanisms, thus confirming their importance. These results reinforce the conclusion of our previous study of the three-body breakup of $^3$He that demonstrated the great importance of three-body mechanisms in the energy region 0.5-0.8 GeV .

  12. SEIRA studies of uracil adsorbed on wet-chemically prepared gold nanoparticles film on glass substrate - Effect of morphology of film

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    Kumar, Naveen; Thomas, S.; Tokas, R. B.; Kshirsagar, R. J.

    2014-08-01

    Surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA) studies of uracil adsorbed on wet-chemically prepared gold nanoparticles (AuNp) immobilized on silanised glass substrate were carried out using attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. The deposition time dependent evolution of morphological changes in AuNp films and its influence on the SEIRA spectra of uracil were investigated. The morphological changes were examined by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The spectrum of uracil adsorbed on AuNp film obtained with ½ an hour deposition time showed a clear enhancement than 2 and 4 h deposition times. The small shift seen in SEIRA spectra indicates weak interaction of the molecules with AuNp film.

  13. Aging of the nanosized photochromic WO3 films and the role of adsorbed water in the photochromism

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    Gavrilyuk, A. I.

    2016-02-01

    Here it has been reported on aging of the nanosized WO3 film, which is revealed is continuous reduction of the photochromic sensitivity over time. Water molecules physically adsorbed on the film surface from ambient air form donor-acceptor and hydrogen bonds, changing gradually the adsorption state to chemisorption which prevents an access of organic molecules that serve as hydrogen donors by the photochromism. The mechanism of the process has been investigated and discussed. The role of water in the photochromism has been highlighted. The difference in the efficiency for being of a hydrogen donor in the photochromic process between water and organic molecules is discussed.

  14. Nuclear polarization corrections to the μ4He+ Lamb shift.

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    Ji, C; Nevo Dinur, N; Bacca, S; Barnea, N

    2013-10-01

    Stimulated by the proton radius conundrum, measurements of the Lamb shift in various light muonic atoms are planned at PSI. The aim is to extract the rms charge radius with high precision, limited by the uncertainty in the nuclear polarization corrections. We present an ab initio calculation of the nuclear polarization for μ(4)He(+) leading to an energy correction in the 2S-2P transitions of δ(pol)(A)=-2.47 meV ±6%. We use two different state-of-the-art nuclear Hamiltonians and utilize the Lorentz integral transform with hyperspherical harmonics expansion as few-body methods. We take into account the leading multipole contributions, plus Coulomb, relativistic, and finite-nucleon-size corrections. Our main source of uncertainty is the nuclear Hamiltonian, which currently limits the attainable accuracy. Our predictions considerably reduce the uncertainty with respect to previous estimates and should be instrumental to the μ(4)He(+) experiment planned for 2013.

  15. Sodium dimers on the surface of liquid {sup 4}He

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    Ancilotto, F.; DeToffol, G.; Toigo, F.

    1995-12-01

    We have studied the structure of a sodium dimer interacting with liquid {sup 4}He. We calculated the equilibrium configuration and binding energy of a Na{sub 2} molecule solvated in a bulk liquid {sup 4}He ``bubble`` and near the liquid-vapor interface ``dimple`` by using a density-functional approach. We find that the solvated molecule is a metastable state, while the the lowest energy bound state occurs when the molecule lies flat on the surface of the liquid. The binding energy for the ``erect`` dimer is only {similar_to}1 K higher than the flat dimer, with no potential energy barrier between the two orientations, implying relatively free rotations of the molecule on the surface. The small effects of the liquid environment on the vibrational properties of the dimer are investigated.

  16. Overview on Solid 4He and the Issue of Supersolidity

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    Chan, M. H. W.; Hallock, R. B.; Reatto, L.

    2013-09-01

    Here we provide an overview of the status of the field of solid 4He with a focus on the recent theoretical and experimental activities stimulated by the 2004 experiments of Kim and Chan. The overview attempts to place the experimental and theoretical work in context, to respect the historical flow of the field and discuss our present understanding of the question of supersolidity in 4He. The possibility of supersolidity in cold atoms and in other systems is also addressed. Special issues of the Journal of Low Temperature Physics (168(3/4), 2012; 169(3/4), 2012), in addition to this issue, have been devoted to this subject and this overview is meant to accompany those issues of the journal.

  17. Bose-Einstein condensation in liquid 4He under pressure

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    Glyde, Henry R; Omar Diallo, Souleymane; Azuah, Richard T; Kirichek, Oleg; Taylor, Jon W.

    2011-01-01

    We present neutron scattering measurements of Bose-Einstein condensation, the atomic momen- tum distribution and Final State effects in liquid 4He under pressure. The condensate fraction at low temperature is found to decrease from n0 = 7.25 0.75% at SVP (p 0) to n0 = 3.2 0.75% at pressure p = 24 bar. This indicates an n0 = 3.0% in the liquid at the liquid/solid co-existence line (p = 25.3 bar). The atomic momentum distribution n(k) has high occupation of low k states and differs significantly from a Gaussian (e.g. a classical n(k)). Both n(k) and the Final state function broaden with increasing pressure, reflecting the increased localization of the 4He in space under increased pressure.

  18. NOVEL CONCEPTS FOR ISOTOPIC SEPARATION OF 3HE/4HE

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    Roy, L.; Nigg, H.; Watson, H.

    2012-09-04

    The research outlined below established theoretical proof-of-concept using ab initio calculations that {sup 3}He can be separated from {sup 4}He by taking advantage of weak van der Waals interactions with other higher molecular weight rare gases such as xenon. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only suggested method that exploits the physical differences of the isotopes using a chemical interaction.

  19. Comparative study of normal and branched alkane monolayer films adsorbed on a solid surface. II. Dynamics

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    Enevoldsen, A. D.; Hansen, F. Y.; Diama, A.; Taub, H.; Dimeo, R. M.; Neumann, D. A.; Copley, J. R. D.

    2007-03-01

    The dynamics of monolayer films of the n-alkane tetracosane (n-C24H52) and the branched alkane squalane (C30H62) adsorbed on graphite have been studied by quasielastic and inelastic neutron scattering and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Both molecules have 24 carbon atoms along their carbon backbone, and squalane has an additional six methyl side groups symmetrically placed along its length. The authors' principal objective has been to determine the influence of the side groups on the dynamics of the squalane monolayer and thereby assess its potential as a nanoscale lubricant. To investigate the dynamics of these monolayers they used both the disk chopper spectrometer (DCS) and the high flux backscattering spectrometer (HFBS) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. These instruments made it possible to study dynamical processes such as molecular diffusive motions and vibrations on very different time scales: 1-40ps (DCS) and 0.1-4ns (HFBS). The MD simulations were done on corresponding time scales and were used to interpret the neutron spectra. The authors found that the dynamics of the two monolayers are qualitatively similar on the respective time scales and that there are only small quantitative differences that can be understood in terms of the different masses and moments of inertia of the two molecules. In the course of this study, the authors developed a procedure to separate out the low-frequency vibrational modes in the spectra, thereby facilitating an analysis of the quasielastic scattering. They conclude that there are no major differences in the monolayer dynamics caused by intramolecular branching. It remains to be seen whether this similarity in monolayer dynamics also holds for the lubricating properties of these molecules in confined geometries.

  20. Hyperspherical coupled channel calculations of energy and structure of 4He-4He-Li+ and its isotopic combinations

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    Liu, Min-min; Wu, Meng-Shan; Han, Hui-li; Shi, Ting-yun

    2016-07-01

    The ground state vibrational energy and spatial features of 4He-4He-Li+ and its triatomic isotopic complexes are studied using the slow variable discretization (SVD) method in the hyperspherical coordinates for the zero total angular momentum. Our results show that the dominant structure of the system is an isosceles triangle with the shorter side associated with the two Li+-He distances using the sum-of-potential approximation. Corrections caused by the induced dipole-induced dipole interactions on the He atoms are also investigated. The effects are seen to be small and have a minor influence on the binding energy and the structure of present system. The results are also compared with the full ab initio calculations including all the three-body interactions and information of three-body corrections is obtained.

  1. Hyperspherical coupled channel calculations of energy and structure of (4)He-(4)He-Li(+) and its isotopic combinations.

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    Liu, Min-Min; Wu, Meng-Shan; Han, Hui-Li; Shi, Ting-Yun

    2016-07-21

    The ground state vibrational energy and spatial features of (4)He-(4)He-Li(+) and its triatomic isotopic complexes are studied using the slow variable discretization (SVD) method in the hyperspherical coordinates for the zero total angular momentum. Our results show that the dominant structure of the system is an isosceles triangle with the shorter side associated with the two Li(+)-He distances using the sum-of-potential approximation. Corrections caused by the induced dipole-induced dipole interactions on the He atoms are also investigated. The effects are seen to be small and have a minor influence on the binding energy and the structure of present system. The results are also compared with the full ab initio calculations including all the three-body interactions and information of three-body corrections is obtained. PMID:27448884

  2. Spatially Extended Avalanches in a Hysteretic Capillary Condensation System: Superfluid {sup {bold 4}}He in Nuclepore

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    Lilly, M.P.; Wootters, A.H.; Hallock, R.B.

    1996-11-01

    Capacitive studies of hysteretic capillary condensation of superfluid {sup 4}He in Nuclepore have shown that the initial draining of the pores occurs over a small range of the chemical potential with avalanches present as groups of pores drain. In the work reported here, the avalanches in this system are shown to be nonlocal events which involve pores distributed at low density across the entire sample. The nonlocal avalanche behavior is shown to be enabled by the presence of a superfluid film connection among the pores. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  3. Adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode: An in situ IR spectroscopy search for adsorbed reaction intermediates.

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    Jusys, Zenonas; Behm, R Jürgen

    2014-01-01

    As part of a mechanistic study of the electrooxidation of C1 molecules we have systematically investigated the dissociative adsorption/oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode under experimental conditions optimizing the chance for detecting weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates. Employing in situ IR spectroscopy in an attenuated total reflection configuration (ATR-FTIRS) with p-polarized IR radiation to further improve the signal-to-noise ratio, and using low reaction temperatures (3 °C) and deuterium substitution to slow down the reaction kinetics and to stabilize weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates, we could detect an IR absorption band at 1660 cm(-1) characteristic for adsorbed formyl intermediates. This assignment is supported by an isotope shift in wave number. Effects of temperature, potential and deuterium substitution on the formation and disappearance of different adsorbed species (COad, adsorbed formate, adsorbed formyl), are monitored and quantified. Consequences on the mechanism for dissociative adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde are discussed.

  4. Structure and friction of stearic acid and oleic acid films adsorbed on iron oxide surfaces in squalane.

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    Doig, Michael; Warrens, Chris P; Camp, Philip J

    2014-01-14

    The structure and friction of fatty acid surfactant films adsorbed on iron oxide surfaces lubricated by squalane are examined using large-scale molecular dynamics simulations. The structures of stearic acid and oleic acid films under static and shear conditions, and at various surface coverages, are described in detail, and the effects of unsaturation in the tail group are highlighted. At high surface coverage, the measured properties of stearic acid and oleic acid films are seen to be very similar. At low and intermediate surface coverages, the presence of a double bond, as in oleic acid, is seen to give rise to less penetration of lubricant in to the surfactant film and less layering of the lubricant near to the film. The kinetic friction coefficient is measured as a function of shear rate within the hydrodynamic (high shear rate) lubrication regime. Lubricant penetration and layering are observed to be correlated with friction coefficient. The friction coefficient with oleic acid depends only weakly on surface coverage, while stearic acid admits more lubricant penetration, and its friction coefficient increases significantly with decreasing surface coverage. Connections between film structure and friction are discussed.

  5. Density pattern in supercritical flow of liquid {sup 4}He

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    Ancilotto, F.; Toigo, F.; Dalfovo, F.; Pitaevskii, L.P.

    2005-03-01

    A density-functional theory is used to investigate the instability arising in superfluid {sup 4}He as it flows at velocity u just above the Landau critical velocity of rotons v{sub c}. Confirming an early theoretical prediction by one of us [JETP Lett. 39, 511 (1984)], we find that a stationary periodic modulation of the density occurs, with amplitude proportional to (u-v{sub c}){sup 1/2} and wave vector equal to the roton wave vector. This density pattern is studied for supercritical flow both in bulk helium and in a channel of nanometer cross section.

  6. Quantum Monte Carlo Simulation of Overpressurized Liquid {sup 4}He

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    Vranjes, L.; Boronat, J.; Casulleras, J.; Cazorla, C.

    2005-09-30

    A diffusion Monte Carlo simulation of superfluid {sup 4}He at zero temperature and pressures up to 275 bar is presented. Increasing the pressure beyond freezing ({approx}25 bar), the liquid enters the overpressurized phase in a metastable state. In this regime, we report results of the equation of state and the pressure dependence of the static structure factor, the condensate fraction, and the excited-state energy corresponding to the roton. Along this large pressure range, both the condensate fraction and the roton energy decrease but do not become zero. The roton energies obtained are compared with recent experimental data in the overpressurized regime.

  7. Electron-Induced Neutron Knockout from 4He

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    Misiejuk, A.; Papandreou, Z.; Voutier, E.; Bauer, Th. S.; Blok, H. P.; Boersma, D. J.; den Bok, H. W.; Bruins, E. E.; Farzanpay, F.; Grüner, K.; Hesselink, W. H.; Huber, G. M.; Jans, E.; Kalantar-Nayestanaki, N.; Kasdorp, W.-J.; Konijn, J.; Laget, J.-M.; Lapikás, L.; Lolos, G. J.; Onderwater, G. J.; Pellegrino, A.; Schroevers, R.; Spaltro, C. M.; Starink, R.; van der Steenhoven, G.; Steiger, J. J.; Visschers, J. L.; Willering, H. W.; Yeomans, D. M.

    2002-10-01

    The differential cross section for electron-induced neutron knockout in the reaction 4He(e,e'n)3He has been measured for the first time with a statistical accuracy of 11%. The experiment was performed in quasielastic kinematics at a momentum transfer of 300 MeV/c and in the missing-momentum range of 25-70 MeV/c. The comparison of the data with theoretical calculations shows an impressive increase of the cross section resulting from final state interaction effects. Specifically , the p-n charge-exchange process dominates the cross section in this kinematical regime.

  8. Theoretical analysis of the anomalous spectral splitting of tetracene in 4He droplets.

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    Whitley, Heather D; DuBois, Jonathan L; Whaley, K Birgitta

    2011-06-30

    We present a theoretical analysis of the electronic absorption spectra of tetracene in (4)He droplets based on many-body quantum simulations. Using the path integral ground state approach, we calculate one- and two-body reduced density matrices of the most strongly localized He atoms near the molecule surface and use these to investigate the helium ground-state quantum coherence and correlations when tetracene is in its electronic ground and excited states. We identify a trio of quasi-one-dimensional, strongly localized atoms adsorbed along the long axis of the molecule that show some quantum coherence among themselves but far less with the remaining solvating helium. We evaluate the single-particle natural orbitals of the localized He atoms by diagonalization of the one-body density matrix and use these to construct single- and many-particle solvating helium basis states with which the zero-phonon spectral features of the tetracene-(4)He(N) absorption spectrum are then calculated. The absorption spectrum resulting from the three-body density matrix for the strongly bound trio of helium atoms is in very good agreement with the experimental data, accounting quantitatively for the anomalous splitting of the zero-phonon line [Hartmann, M.; Lindinger, A.; Toennies, J. P.; Vilesov, A. F. Chem. Phys. 1998, 239, 139; Krasnokutski, S.; Rouillé, G.; Huisken, F. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2005, 406, 386]. Our results indicate that the combination of strong localization and the quasi-one-dimensional nature of trios of helium atoms adsorbed along the long axis of tetracene leads to a quantum coherent, yet highly correlated ground state for the helium density closest to the molecule. The spectroscopic analysis shows that this feature accounts quantitatively for the anomalous splittings and hitherto unexplained fine structure observed in the absorption spectra of tetracene and suggests that it may be responsible for the corresponding zero-phonon splittings in other quasi

  9. Compression-Driven Mass Flow in Bulk Solid 4He

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    Cheng, Zhi Gang; Beamish, John

    2016-07-01

    Mass flow has been observed in solid 4He coexisting with superfluid confined in Vycor, but its physical mechanism remains an open question. Here we report observations of flow in experiments in which Vycor has been eliminated, allowing us to study the intrinsic flow in solid 4He without the complications introduced by the presence of superfluid and the associated solid-liquid interfaces. By growing crystals with 3He concentration as low as x3=5 ×10-12, we also avoided the low temperature flow suppression observed in previous experiments and found that the flow rate continued to increase down to at least 28 mK without saturation. In addition, 3He concentrations of 120 ppb, which suppressed most of the low temperature flow in previous experiments, had no effect in our samples. The larger 3He concentrations needed to block the bulk solid flow suggest that the mass flow involves a larger area, such as disordered liquid layer on solid surface and grain boundaries.

  10. Sliding Wigner solid on liquid {sup 4}He

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    Shirahama, Keiya; Kono, Kimitoshi

    1996-08-01

    The authors report a systematic experimental study of the anomalous nonlinear magnetotransport in the Wigner solid (WS) trapped on a liquid {sup 4}He surface. The ac Corbino conductivity {sigma}{sub xx} exhibits an abrupt jump at a certain driving voltage. The threshold input voltage V{sub th} for the {sigma}{sub xx} jump varies as V{sub th} {proportional_to}B{sup {minus}0.8}{omega}{sup {minus}1}n{sub s}{sup 1.5}E{sub {perpendicular}}, where B, {omega}, n{sub s}, and E{sub {perpendicular}} are magnetic field, frequency, electron density and pressing electric field, respectively. The authors interpret the {sigma}{sub xx} jump as the transition between the WS accompanied with the periodic {sup 4}He surface deformation and the WS which decouples from the surface, due to the large driving force. A simple model is presented: The rigid-potential sliding model qualitatively explains the above mentioned behaviors of V{sub th}. They have found that the dependences of {sigma}{sub xx} on B and E{sub {perpendicular}} are different from those of the liquid phase. The anomalous behaviors of {sigma}{sub xx} play a crucial role on the sliding model.

  11. Compression-Driven Mass Flow in Bulk Solid ^{4}He.

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    Cheng, Zhi Gang; Beamish, John

    2016-07-01

    Mass flow has been observed in solid ^{4}He coexisting with superfluid confined in Vycor, but its physical mechanism remains an open question. Here we report observations of flow in experiments in which Vycor has been eliminated, allowing us to study the intrinsic flow in solid ^{4}He without the complications introduced by the presence of superfluid and the associated solid-liquid interfaces. By growing crystals with ^{3}He concentration as low as x_{3}=5×10^{-12}, we also avoided the low temperature flow suppression observed in previous experiments and found that the flow rate continued to increase down to at least 28 mK without saturation. In addition, ^{3}He concentrations of 120 ppb, which suppressed most of the low temperature flow in previous experiments, had no effect in our samples. The larger ^{3}He concentrations needed to block the bulk solid flow suggest that the mass flow involves a larger area, such as disordered liquid layer on solid surface and grain boundaries. PMID:27447513

  12. Quantized Vortex State in hcp Solid 4He

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    Kubota, Minoru

    2012-11-01

    The quantized vortex state appearing in the recently discovered new states in hcp 4He since their discovery (Kim and Chan, Nature, 427:225-227, 2004; Science, 305:1941, 2004) is discussed. Special attention is given to evidence for the vortex state as the vortex fluid (VF) state (Anderson, Nat. Phys., 3:160-162, 2007; Phys. Rev. Lett., 100:215301, 2008; Penzev et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 101:065301, 2008; Nemirovskii et al., arXiv:0907.0330, 2009) and its transition into the supersolid (SS) state (Shimizu et al., arXiv:0903.1326, 2009; Kubota et al., J. Low Temp. Phys., 158:572-577, 2010; J. Low Temp. Phys., 162:483-491, 2011). Its features are described. The historical explanations (Reatto and Chester, Phys. Rev., 155(1):88-100, 1967; Chester, Phys. Rev. A, 2(1):256-258, 1970; Andreev and Lifshitz, JETP Lett., 29:1107-1113, 1969; Leggett, Phys. Rev. Lett., 25(22), 1543-1546, 1970; Matsuda and Tsuneto, Prog. Theor. Phys., 46:411-436, 1970) for the SS state in quantum solids such as solid 4He were based on the idea of Bose Einstein Condensation (BEC) of the imperfections such as vacancies, interstitials and other possible excitations in the quantum solids which are expected because of the large zero-point motions. The SS state was proposed as a new state of matter in which real space ordering of the lattice structure of the solid coexists with the momentum space ordering of superfluidity. A new type of superconductors, since the discovery of the cuprate high T c superconductors, HTSCs (Bednorz and Mueller, Z. Phys., 64:189, 1986), has been shown to share a feature with the vortex state, involving the VF and vortex solid states. The high T c s of these materials are being discussed in connection to the large fluctuations associated with some other phase transitions like the antiferromagnetic transition in addition to that of the low dimensionality. The supersolidity in the hcp solid 4He, in contrast to the new superconductors which have multiple degrees of freedom of

  13. Adsorption of metal adatoms on FeO(111) and MgO(111) monolayers: Effects of charge state of adsorbate on rumpling of supported oxide film

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    Goniakowski, Jacek; Noguera, Claudine; Giordano, Livia; Pacchioni, Gianfranco

    2009-09-01

    We present a theoretical density-functional theory study on the deposition of metal atoms (Ir, Pd, Pt, Ag, and Au) on FeO(111) and MgO(111) monolayers supported on Pt(111). We show the existence of a strong coupling between the charge state of the adsorbed adatom and the local polaroniclike distortion of the oxide film, and we identify two qualitatively different adsorption modes in which the distortion either reinforces the rumpling of the supported oxide film (positively charged adsorbates) or reduces or even reverses the cation-anion stacking (negatively charged adsorbates). Thus, the adsorption mode is a response to the charge state of the adsorbate and is driven mainly by the capacity of adatoms to exchange electrons with the support.

  14. Dissipation of Quasiclassical Turbulence in Superfluid ^{4}He.

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    Zmeev, D E; Walmsley, P M; Golov, A I; McClintock, P V E; Fisher, S N; Vinen, W F

    2015-10-01

    We compare the decay of turbulence in superfluid ^{4}He produced by a moving grid to the decay of turbulence created by either impulsive spin-down to rest or by intense ion injection. In all cases, the vortex line density L decays at late time t as L∝t^{-3/2}. At temperatures above 0.8 K, all methods result in the same rate of decay. Below 0.8 K, the spin-down turbulence maintains initial rotation and decays slower than grid turbulence and ion-jet turbulence. This may be due to a decoupling of the large-scale superfluid flow from the normal component at low temperatures, which changes its effective boundary condition from no-slip to slip.

  15. Dislocation Structure and Mobility in hcp ^{4}He.

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    Landinez Borda, Edgar Josué; Cai, Wei; de Koning, Maurice

    2016-07-22

    Using path-integral Monte Carlo simulations, we assess the core structure and mobility of the screw and edge basal-plane dislocations in hcp ^{4}He. Our findings provide key insights into recent interpretations of giant plasticity and mass flow junction experiments. First, both dislocations are dissociated into nonsuperfluid Shockley partial dislocations separated by ribbons of stacking fault, suggesting that they are unlikely to act as one-dimensional channels that may display Lüttinger-liquid-like behavior. Second, the centroid positions of the partial cores are found to fluctuate substantially, even in the absence of applied shear stresses. This implies that the lattice resistance to motion of the partial dislocations is negligible, consistent with the recent experimental observations of giant plasticity. Further results indicate that both the structure of the partial cores and the zero-point fluctuations play a role in this extreme mobility. PMID:27494477

  16. X-rays from antiprotonic3He and4He

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    Schneider, M.; Bacher, R.; Blüm, P.; Gotta, D.; Heitlinger, K.; Kunold, W.; Rohmann, D.; Egger, J.; Simons, L. M.; Elsener, K.

    1991-06-01

    Antiprotonic X-rays from the helium isotopes have been observed at pressures of 36, 72, 375 and 600 mbar. The antiproton beam from LEAR with momenta of 309 and 202 MeV/c has been stopped at these pressures using the cyclotron trap. The X-rays were detected with Si (Li) and intrinsic Ge semiconductor detectors. Absolute X-ray yields were determined and the strong-interaction 2p shifts and the 2p and 3d broadenings measured to be ɛ2p=(-17±4) eV, Γ2p=(25±9) eV and Γ3d=(2.14 ±0.18) meV for ¯p3He and ɛ2p=(-18±2) eV, Γ2p =(45±5) eV and Γ3d=(2.36±0.10) meV for ¯p4He.

  17. Dislocation Structure and Mobility in hcp 4He

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    Landinez Borda, Edgar Josué; Cai, Wei; de Koning, Maurice

    2016-07-01

    Using path-integral Monte Carlo simulations, we assess the core structure and mobility of the screw and edge basal-plane dislocations in hcp 4He. Our findings provide key insights into recent interpretations of giant plasticity and mass flow junction experiments. First, both dislocations are dissociated into nonsuperfluid Shockley partial dislocations separated by ribbons of stacking fault, suggesting that they are unlikely to act as one-dimensional channels that may display Lüttinger-liquid-like behavior. Second, the centroid positions of the partial cores are found to fluctuate substantially, even in the absence of applied shear stresses. This implies that the lattice resistance to motion of the partial dislocations is negligible, consistent with the recent experimental observations of giant plasticity. Further results indicate that both the structure of the partial cores and the zero-point fluctuations play a role in this extreme mobility.

  18. Theoretical modeling of electron mobility in superfluid 4He

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    Aitken, Frédéric; Bonifaci, Nelly; von Haeften, Klaus; Eloranta, Jussi

    2016-07-01

    The Orsay-Trento bosonic density functional theory model is extended to include dissipation due to the viscous response of superfluid 4He present at finite temperatures. The viscous functional is derived from the Navier-Stokes equation by using the Madelung transformation and includes the contribution of interfacial viscous response present at the gas-liquid boundaries. This contribution was obtained by calibrating the model against the experimentally determined electron mobilities from 1.2 K to 2.1 K along the saturated vapor pressure line, where the viscous response is dominated by thermal rotons. The temperature dependence of ion mobility was calculated for several different solvation cavity sizes and the data are rationalized in the context of roton scattering and Stokes limited mobility models. Results are compared to the experimentally observed "exotic ion" data, which provides estimates for the corresponding bubble sizes in the liquid. Possible sources of such ions are briefly discussed.

  19. Dynamics of Laser Ablation in Superfluid ^4He

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    Buelna, X.; Popov, E.; Eloranta, J.

    2016-10-01

    Pulsed laser ablation of metal targets immersed in superfluid ^4He is visualized by time-resolved shadowgraph photography and the products are analyzed by post-experiment atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements. The expansion dynamics of the gaseous ablation half-bubble on the target surface appears underdamped and follows the predicted behavior for the thermally induced bubble growth mechanism. An inherent instability of the ablation bubble appears near its maximum radius and no tightly focused cavity collapse or rebound events are observed. During the ablation bubble retreat phase, the presence of sharp edges in the target introduces flow patterns that lead to the creation of large classical vortex rings. Furthermore, on the nanometer scale, AFM data reveal that the metal nanoparticles created by laser ablation are trapped in spherical vortex tangles and quantized vortex rings present in the non-equilibrium liquid.

  20. cap alpha. /sup 4/He elastic scattering at high energies

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    Usmani, A.A.; Ahmad, I.; Usmani, Q.N.

    1989-03-01

    Differential cross sections for ..cap alpha.. /sup 4/He elastic scattering have been calculated at incident ..cap alpha..-particle momenta of 4.32, 5.07, and 7.0 GeV/c within the framework of Glauber multiple scattering theory. The full Glauber amplitude has been calculated using the Monte Carlo method for evaluating multidimensional integrals. We found that, in general, the more realistic double-Gaussian model for the density brings theory closer to experiment as compared to the generally used single-Gaussian model in some momentum transfer regions. Our results with the double-Gaussian model and an acceptable set of NN parameters are in fairly good agreement with the experimental data at 4.32 and 5.07 GeV/c.

  1. Theoretical modeling of electron mobility in superfluid (4)He.

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    Aitken, Frédéric; Bonifaci, Nelly; von Haeften, Klaus; Eloranta, Jussi

    2016-07-28

    The Orsay-Trento bosonic density functional theory model is extended to include dissipation due to the viscous response of superfluid (4)He present at finite temperatures. The viscous functional is derived from the Navier-Stokes equation by using the Madelung transformation and includes the contribution of interfacial viscous response present at the gas-liquid boundaries. This contribution was obtained by calibrating the model against the experimentally determined electron mobilities from 1.2 K to 2.1 K along the saturated vapor pressure line, where the viscous response is dominated by thermal rotons. The temperature dependence of ion mobility was calculated for several different solvation cavity sizes and the data are rationalized in the context of roton scattering and Stokes limited mobility models. Results are compared to the experimentally observed "exotic ion" data, which provides estimates for the corresponding bubble sizes in the liquid. Possible sources of such ions are briefly discussed. PMID:27475346

  2. Σ production from targets of ^4He and ^13C

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    Chrien, R. E.

    1996-10-01

    One of the abiding issues in hypernuclear research has been the question of the formation of nuclear bound states incorporating the Σ-hyperon. The recent increases in beam intensity at the Brookhaven AGS have enabled us to obtain a high statistics study on the production of Σ-hyperons on a ^4He target. Earlier research using stopped kaons at KEK indicated the presence of structure in the (K^-,π^-) reaction, and led to the postulate of a Σ bound state. That structure has now been definitely confirmed in the in-flight kaon experiment at the LESB2 beam line and Moby-Dick spectrometer. An improved measurement of the binding energy of the presumed state will be reported, together with a production cross section. In addition, both (K^-,π^-) and (K^-,π^+) reactions on ^13C have been studied and will be compared to similar measurements on ^9Be.

  3. Observation of melting of solid 4He by sound wave

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    Okuda, Y.; Yamazaki, S.; Yoshida, T.; Fujii, H.; Matsumoto, K.

    1999-03-01

    We have observed the crystal melting, or the depletion of the solid/liquid interface where the strong pulsed sound beam was passing. The crystal was produced around 0.8 K with the atomically rough horizontal surface sitting in the middle of the sample cell. The interface was very mobile which was confirmed by an easy excitation of the crystallization/melting wave. When the received signal through the interface was monitored as a function of the input power, a sudden saturation of the received signal was observed at some power. For well above that power, the melting of the interface was visible through a video camera for both the cases of the sound emission from fluid-side and solid-side. This would be the first observation of sound induced melting of solid 4He.

  4. Effect of alkane chain length and counterion on the freezing transition of cationic surfactant adsorbed film at alkane mixture - water interfaces.

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    Tokiwa, Yuhei; Sakamoto, Hiroyasu; Takiue, Takanori; Aratono, Makoto; Matsubara, Hiroki

    2015-05-21

    Penetration of alkane molecules into the adsorbed film gives rise to a surface freezing transition of cationic surfactant at the alkane-water interface. To examine the effect of the alkane chain length and counterion on the surface freezing, we employed interfacial tensiometry and ellipsometry to study the interface of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and cetyltrimethylammonium chloride aqueous solutions against dodecane, tetradecane, hexadecane, and their mixtures. Applying theoretical equations to the experimental results obtained, we found that the alkane molecules that have the same chain length as the surfactant adsorb preferentially into the surface freezing film. Furthermore, we demonstrated that the freezing transition temperature of cationic surfactant adsorbed film was independent of the kind of counterion. PMID:25932500

  5. Experimental study of nanofluidics and phase transitions of normal and superfluid 4He

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    Velasco, Angel Enriques

    flows. The second portion of this thesis presents the experimental results on the 2D superfluid phase diagram of helium on alkali metals. A simultaneous measurement of the total and superfluid film thickness were done with a combination of a photoelastic modulated ellipsometer and a quartz crystal microbalance. Sodium and lithium films were ablated onto the gold electrodes of a QCM at 4 K. The adsorption isotherms of 4He were controlled by increasing the chemical potential from vacuum to bulk coexistence. The behavior of helium films are dependent on the strength of the substrate potential. For strong potentials such as gold and graphite the initial layers solidify while for the weaker substrate cesium films do not grow. Lithium and sodium were predicted to be intermediate in strength and for a mobile, helium film to directly grow on its surface. In addition to the superfluid transition a liquid/vapor coexistence region was predicted to also exist directly on an intermediate strength substrate. Our simultaneous QCM and ellipsometer measurements showed no clear evidence for the coexistence of 2D liquid/vapor on sodium or lithium. The gold electrodes which supported the alkali films were suspected of being too rough. We then ablated sodium on atomically smooth HOPG and the ellipsometer measured a discontinuous step at 0.5 K implying a liquid/vapor coexistence which decreased in size until it disappeared at the critical temperature T≈0.7 K. This is the first experimental evidence of a 2D critical point on sodium. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  6. Magnetic-field-assisted atomic polarization spectroscopy of 4 He

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    Li, Sheng; Wang, Haidong; Wu, Teng; Peng, Xiang; Guo, Hong; Cream Team

    2016-05-01

    Atomic polarization spectroscopy (PS) is a high resolution sub-Doppler atomic spectroscopic technique with free modulation. It is always desirable to obtain a PS signal with zero background as it can provide a more preferable laser frequency stabilization performance. There are many factors that can affect the PS signal background, i.e., the laser power, the laser polarization and the magnetic field. Here, we demonstrate a method for observing and analyzing the effects on the PS signal of 4 He under different magnetic fields. At the beginning, under nearly zero magnetic field, the large asymmetrical PS signal background has been observed and cannot be eliminated by only optically adjusting. Then, we find that the PS signal profile can be changed and controlled by varying the magnetic field with transverse or longitudinal direction and different intensity. The optimized PS signal with symmetrical dispersive profile and zero background is obtained when the magnetic field is chosen and controlled in the transverse direction and more than 20000nT intensity. Similar phenomenon cannot be observed under the longitudinal magnetic field. A theoretical model is also presented, which explains and agrees well with our experimental results.

  7. Correlation of Excess Enthalpy and ^4He Production: a Review

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    Miles, M. H.

    2004-03-01

    Three different sets of experiments conducted in the Navy Laboratory (NAWCWD) at China Lake, California (1990-1994) clearly established that helium-4 is the main fusion product in the Pd/D_2O+LiOD electrolysis system(P.A. Mosier-Boss, S.R. Chubb, M. Fleischmann, M. Imam, M. H. Miles, S. Szpak, TR 1862, SPAWAR Systems Center, San Diego; see http://www.lenr-canr.org/acrobat/MosierBossthermaland.pdf). A correlation between excess enthalpy and excess helium-4 was measured in 18 out of 21 experiments. The observation of no excess enthalpy was correlated with no excess helium in 12 out of 12 experiments. Thus 30 out of 33 experiments agree with the hypothesis that the excess enthalpy produced in cold fusion studies is correlated with helium-4 production: d+darrow ^4He + 23.8 MeV. Furthermore, the measured rate of helium-4 production was always in the appropriate range of 10^1^0 to 10^1^2 atoms per second per watt of excess power.

  8. Creep in solid 4He at temperatures below 1 K

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    Zhuchkov, V. A.; Lisunov, A. A.; Maidanov, V. A.; Neoneta, A. S.; Rubanskyi, V. Yu.; Rubets, S. P.; Rudavskii, E. Ya.; Smirnov, S. N.

    2015-03-01

    Creep in solid 4He at temperatures of ˜100-1000 mK is studied experimentally by detecting the flow of helium through a frozen porous membrane under a constant external force. Creep curves are measured for different temperatures and mechanical stresses. This method has made it possible to detect low creep rates in helium down to the lowest temperatures in these experiments. It is found that throughout this temperature range, creep is thermally activated and the activation energy decreases with falling temperature and increasing mechanical stress. An analysis shows that for temperatures above ≈500 mK, Nabarro-Herring diffusive creep takes place in solid helium with mass transfer by self diffusion of atoms and a counterflow of vacancies. The experimental data have been used to obtain the self-diffusion coefficient as a function of temperature for different stresses. At temperatures below ≈500 mK creep takes place at a very low flow rate (˜10-13 cm/s) and a very low activation energy (˜0.5-0.7 K), while the creep mechanism remains unclear.

  9. Stress induced roughening of superclimbing dislocation in solid 4He

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    Aleinikava, Darya; Kuklov, Anatoly

    2011-03-01

    We investigate numerically superclimb of dislocation in solid 4 He biased by externally imposed chemical potential μ . The effective action takes into account quantum phase slips in the core superfluid as well as the core displacement in Peierls potential within the Granato-Lücke string model. The bias produces stress on the core and this can result in dislocation roughening. Such roughening is characterized by hysteretic behavior at temperatures (T) below some threshold Thyst . At T >Thyst strongresonantpeaksdevelopinthedislocationdifferentialresponse . Thesepeaksexhibitperiodicbehaviorvs μ, with the period determined by Peierls potential and dislocation length. We explain these effects by thermally assisted tunneling of jog-antijog pairs across the barrier created by Peierls potential and the bias. Since superclimbing is controlled by core superflow, speed of sound along the superfluid core exhibits dip-like features at the peak positions. We propose that this effect is seen in the mass transport experiment. We acknowledge support by NSF, grants PHY1005527 and PHY0653135,and by CUNY, grant 63071-00 41.

  10. Critical behavior of liquid {sup 4}He at negative pressures

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    Campbell, C.E.; Folk, R.; Krotscheck, E.

    1996-10-01

    The authors examine the equation of state of liquid {sup 4}He at negative pressures close to the spinodal density {rho}{sub s} where the hydrodynamic speed of sound vanishes. The non-analytic behavior of the equation of state and the speed of sound in the vicinity of the spinodal density are calculated in two and in three dimensions; they find for the speed of sound the non-analytic behavior mc{sub s}{sup 2} {approximately} ({rho}-{rho}{sub s}){sup 2/5} in three dimensions and mc{sub s}{sup 2} {approximately} [({rho}-{rho}{sub s})/{vert_bar}ln({rho}-{rho}{sub s}){vert_bar}]{sup 1/2} in two dimensions. The authors then examine the low density regime numerically, using a semianalytic microscopic theory. It is found that non-analytic exponents are visible only in a negligible density regime around the spinodal point. Estimates for the spinodal densities, and the range of critical fluctations are provided.

  11. Communication: A combined periodic density functional and incremental wave-function-based approach for the dispersion-accounting time-resolved dynamics of {sup 4}He nanodroplets on surfaces: {sup 4}He/graphene

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    Lara-Castells, María Pilar de; Stoll, Hermann; Civalleri, Bartolomeo; Causà, Mauro; Voloshina, Elena; Mitrushchenkov, Alexander O.; Pi, Martí

    2014-10-21

    In this work we propose a general strategy to calculate accurate He–surface interaction potentials. It extends the dispersionless density functional approach recently developed by Pernal et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 263201 (2009)] to adsorbate-surface interactions by including periodic boundary conditions. We also introduce a scheme to parametrize the dispersion interaction by calculating two- and three-body dispersion terms at coupled cluster singles and doubles and perturbative triples (CCSD(T)) level via the method of increments [H. Stoll, J. Chem. Phys. 97, 8449 (1992)]. The performance of the composite approach is tested on {sup 4}He/graphene by determining the energies of the low-lying selective adsorption states, finding an excellent agreement with the best available theoretical data. Second, the capability of the approach to describe dispersionless correlation effects realistically is used to extract dispersion effects in time-dependent density functional simulations on the collision of {sup 4}He droplets with a single graphene sheet. It is found that dispersion effects play a key role in the fast spreading of the {sup 4}He nanodroplet, the evaporation-like process of helium atoms, and the formation of solid-like helium structures. These characteristics are expected to be quite general and highly relevant to explain experimental measurements with the newly developed helium droplet mediated deposition technique.

  12. 4He behavior in calcite filling viewed by (U-Th)/He dating, 4He diffusion and crystallographic studies

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    Cros, Alexandre; Gautheron, Cécile; Pagel, Maurice; Berthet, Patrick; Tassan-Got, Laurent; Douville, Eric; Pinna-Jamme, Rosella; Sarda, Philippe

    2014-01-01

    Fault-filling calcite crystals sampled from the Eocene/Oligocene Gondrecourt graben, Paris Basin, Eastern France, have been studied in order to test the potentiality of calcite (U-Th)/He dating, based on recognized He retention behavior in crystal lattice at surface temperature (Copeland et al., 2007). The samples have been selected because of their relatively old Eocene to Oligocene precipitation age and cold thermal history (<40 °C since precipitation). They were sorted into three main tectonic and morphological groups in order of precipitation, including (1) micro-fracture calcites, (2) breccia and associated geodic calcites, and (3) vein and associated geodic calcites. (U-Th)/He dating of 63 calcite fragments yields ages dispersed from 0.2 ± 0.02 to 35.8 ± 2.7 Ma, as well as two older dates of 117 ± 10 and 205 ± 28 Ma (1σ). These He ages correlate with grain chemistry, such as Sr, ΣREE concentrations or (La/Yb)N ratios, likely reflecting parent fluid evolution. Only the oldest He ages, which correspond to the most recently precipitated crystals, have preserved the total 4He budget since precipitation. To better understand both the age dispersion and why calcites precipitated earlier show younger ages, 4He diffusion experiments have been conducted on 10 Gondrecourt calcite fragments from 3 samples with He ages of ∼0.2-6 Ma. Additionally, a crystallographic investigation by X-ray diffraction (XRD) performed on similar samples reveals that crystal structure evolves with increasing temperature, beginning with micro-cracks and cleavage opening. These XRD results shed light on the (U-Th)/He data, indicating that, in fault-filling calcite, He retention is controlled by multiple diffusion domains (MDD) with various sizes, and therefore, evolves through time with strong consequences on (U-Th)/He age. We thus interpret the Gondrecourt calcite (U-Th)/He age scatter as a consequence of the production of defects due to successive calcite crystallization phases

  13. Orientational and Translational Properties of Hydrogen Films Adsorbed onto Boron Nitride

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    Evans, Morgan David

    As physics continues to expand its knowledge base, physicists seek new frontiers to investigate. Quantum -mechanical, two-dimensional systems have proven to be a subject that is not only rich in new discoveries (e.g., Kousterlitz-Thoules transitions and new phases of matter), but also filled with exciting predictions (e.g., new superfluids). The physisorption of a gas onto the surface of a homogenous, spacious (on a molecular scale) substrate with a low adsorption potential is one physical analogue to the much-analyzed theoretical two-dimensional system. Hydrogen in reduced dimensions has been found to have suppressed melting and freezing points, thus possibly permitting the onset of Bose condensation and a new superfluid phase. The use of boron nitride as an adsorption substrate allows for the study of physisorbed systems with a lower adsorption potential than previous studies using similar substrates (i.e., graphite and magnesium oxide). This dissertation has two parts. The first concerns the translational properties and adsorption energies of hydrogen adsorbed onto boron nitride. These properties are investigated through the use of volumetric adsorption isotherm techniques. The data suggest that the adsorption of hydrogen occurs in a step-wise manner at temperatures below 20 Kelvin. Changes in the translational phases (vapor -liquid-solid) occur between 10 to 20 Kelvin for the first four adsorbed monolayers. Isotopic effects are investigated through the use of the three common forms of hydrogen: molecular hydrogen (H_2), deuterium hydride (HD), and deuterium (D_2). The critical temperatures of the second, third, and fourth layers are determined, presented, and compared with the known phase diagrams of hydrogen isotopes adsorbed onto graphite and MgO. While the adsorption potential of the hydrogen-boron nitride system is found to be less than that of previously studied substrates, it does not translate into lower critical temperatures. The second part of this

  14. Heat capacity of {sup 4}He in Vycor near the critical coverage

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    Van Keuls, F.W.; Crowell, P.A.; Reppy, J.D.

    1993-04-01

    The authors report heat capacity measurements of {sup 4}He films in Vycor near the critical coverage. The goal of these studies is to determine whether the low temperature phase at coverages below the onset of superfluidity is a glass or an insulator with a gap. The data cover a temperature range of 5 mK to 600 mK. At the lowest temperatures, a CMN DC-SQUID thermometer is used. This thermometer contains 3 mg of CMN to minimize its heat capacity. The sensitivity at 10 mK is better than 500 pK/{radical}Hz. The CMN powder is mixed with a Ag sinter to improve thermal conductivity. The resistance thermometers mounted on the cell are found to be reliable down to 14 mK.

  15. A predictive theory for elastic scattering and recoil of protons from 4He

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    Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia; Navratil, Petr

    2014-12-08

    Low-energy cross sections for elastic scattering and recoil of protons from 4He nuclei (also known as α particles) are calculated directly by solving the Schrodinger equation for five nucleons interacting through accurate two- and three-nucleon forces derived within the framework of chiral effective field theory. Precise knowledge of these processes at various proton backscattering/recoil angles and energies is needed for the ion-beam analysis of numerous materials, from the surface layers of solids, to thin films, to fusion-reactor materials. Indeed, the same elastic scattering process, in two different kinematic configurations, can be used to probe the concentrations and depth profiles ofmore » either hydrogen or helium. Furthermore, we compare our results to available experimental data and show that direct calculations with modern nuclear potentials can help to resolve remaining inconsistencies among data sets and can be used to predict these cross sections when measurements are not available.« less

  16. Response functions of imaging plates to photons, electrons and {sup 4}He particles

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    Bonnet, T.; Denis-Petit, D.; Gobet, F.; Hannachi, F.; Tarisien, M.; Versteegen, M.; Aléonard, M. M.

    2013-10-15

    Imaging plates from Fuji (BAS-SR, MS, and TR types) are phosphor films routinely used in ultra high intensity laser experiments. However, few data are available on the absolute IP response functions to ionizing particles. We have previously measured and modeled the IP response functions to protons. We focus here on the determination of the responses to photons, electrons, and {sup 4}He particles. The response functions are obtained on an energy range going from a few tens of keV to a few tens of MeV and are compared to available data. The IP sensitivities to the different ionizing particles demonstrate a quenching effect depending on the particle stopping power.

  17. Experiments on Rogue Waves in Superfluid 4He

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    Efimov, Viktor; McClintock, Peter; Ganshin, Andrei; Kolmakov, German; Mezhov-Deglin, Leonid

    2010-05-01

    We describe an experimental and theoretical study of nonlinear wave interactions in superfluid helium and report the observation of rogue waves. Rogue waves (or freak waves, or killer waves, or extreme waves) have long been recognized by sailors as a menace to shipping and are believed to have been responsible for the unexplained losses of vessels of all sizes, including e.g. 22 super-carriers between 1968 and 1994 [1, 2]. Rogue waves on the ocean are rare, and are much higher (and steeper) than all the other waves around them. They seem to appear from nowhere and subsequently to disappear without trace [3]. Following the famous 'New Year wave' measured by instruments on the Draupner North Sea oil rig at the beginning of 1995, the existence of oceanic rogue waves is no longer in doubt. There have been several suggestions about possible mechanisms for the creation of rogue waves. These include the combined effects of wind and currents, and the focusing effects associated with the profile of the ocean floor and nearby shorelines. Where rogue waves appear in deep water far from any shore, which they sometimes do, it seems likely that they must evolve through nonlinear interactions within the 'noisy background" of smaller wind-blown waves [4]. Rogue waves have been modeled theoretically, especially by exploiting the special properties of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation. They have been sought experimentally and/or studied in large wave tanks [5], optical systems [6, 7], and superfluid 4He [8]. Our experimental system consists of high intensity second sound (temperature-entropy) waves within a resonant cavity filled with superfluid 4He at 2.1 K. Under steady state conditions, with a constant oscillatory driving force at the resonant frequency, the second sound waves are turbulent and fluxes of energy flow towards both high and low frequencies. It is found that rogue waves appear under the nonequilibrium conditions that prevail shortly after the drive has been

  18. Direct electrochemistry and electroanalysis of hemoglobin adsorbed in self-assembled films of gold nanoshells.

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    Wang, Yi; Qian, Weiping; Tan, Yong; Ding, Shaohua; Zhang, Haiqian

    2007-05-15

    Gold nanoshells (GNSs), consisting of a silica core and a thin gold shell, were self-assembled on the surface of 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTES) modified indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode. The resulting novel GNSs-coated ITO (GNSs/APTES/ITO) electrode could provide a biocompatible surface for the adsorption of hemoglobin (Hb). The UV-visible (UV-vis) spectra indicated that Hb adsorbed on the GNSs interface retained the native structure. Electrochemical impedance spectra and cyclic voltammetric techniques were employed to evaluate the electrochemical behaviors of Hb, the results demonstrated that GNSs could act as electron tunnels to facilitate electron transfer between Hb and the electrode. Based on the activity of Hb adsorbed on the GNSs/APTES/ITO electrode toward the reduction of hydrogen peroxide, a mediator-free H(2)O(2) biosensor was constructed, which showed a broad linear range from 5muM to 1mM with a detection limit of 3.4muM (S/N=3). The apparent Michaelis-Menten constant was calculated to be 180muM, suggesting a high affinity.

  19. Adsorption of HSA, IgG and laminin-1 on model titania surfaces--effects of glow discharge treatment on competitively adsorbed film composition.

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    Santos, Olga; Svendsen, Ida E; Lindh, Liselott; Arnebrant, Thomas

    2011-10-01

    This study investigated the effect of glow discharge treatment of titania surfaces on plasma protein adsorption, by means of ellipsometry and mechanically assisted SDS elution. The adsorption and film elution of three plasma proteins, viz. human serum albumin (HSA), human immunoglobulin G (IgG) and laminin-1, as well as competitive adsorption from a mixture of the three proteins, showed that the adsorbed amount of the individual proteins after 1 h increased in the order HSA Film elutability showed that 30 min of SDS interaction resulted in almost complete removal of adsorbed films. No difference in the total adsorbed amounts of individual proteins, or from the mixture, was observed between untreated and glow discharge treated titania surfaces. However, the composition of the adsorbed films from the mixture differed between the untreated and glow discharge treated substrata. On glow discharge-treated titania the fraction of HSA increased, the fraction of laminin-1 decreased and the fraction of IgG was unchanged compared to the adsorption on the untreated titania, which was attributed to protein-protein interactions and competitive/associative adsorption behaviour.

  20. Structure and dynamics of monolayer films of squalane molecules adsorbed on a solid surface

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    D. T Enevoldsen, A.; Hansen, F. Y.; Diama, A.; Taub, H.

    2003-03-01

    Squalane is a branched alkane (C_30H_62). It consists of a straight chain with 24 carbon atoms, as in tetracosane (C_24H_50), and has six methyl side groups. Branched polymers such as squalane are thought to be better lubricants than n-alkanes. At low temperature, our molecular dynamics (MD) simulations show that the molecules form an ordered monolayer which melts at approximately 325 K compared to the tetracosane monolayer melting point of ˜ 340 K. Our MD simulations indicate the same melting mechanism in the squalane monolayer that was found previously for tetracosane (F. Y. Hansen and H. Taub, Phys. Rev. Lett. 69, 652 (1992).) They also show that the adsorbed molecules are distorted from an all-trans carbon backbone in contrast to what was found for tetracosane. This may explain why the Bragg diffraction peaks were observed to be broader for the squalane monolayer than for tetracosane (D. Fuhrmann, A. P. Graham, L. Criswell, H. Mo, B. Matthies, K. W. Herwig, and H. Taub, Surf. Sci. 482-485, 77 (2001).). The diffusive motion in a squalane monolayer has been investigated by both quasielastic neutron scattering and MD simulations and compared to the dynamics in tetracosane monolayers. Focus will be on differences in the dynamics.

  1. Effect of adsorbed films on friction of Al2O3-metal systems

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    Pepper, S. V.

    1976-01-01

    The kinetic friction of polycrystalline Al2O3 sliding on Cu, Ni, and Fe in ultrahigh vacuum was studied as a function of the surface chemistry of the metal. Clean metal surfaces were exposed to O2, Cl2, C2H4, and C2H3Cl, and the change in friction due to the adsorbed species was observed. Auger electron spectroscopy assessed the elemental composition of the metal surface. It was found that the systems exposed to Cl2 exhibited low friction, interpreted as the van der Waals force between the Al2O3 and metal chloride. The generation of metal oxide by oxygen exposures resulted in an increase in friction, interpreted as due to strong interfacial bonds established by reaction of metal oxide with Al2O3 to form the complex oxide (spinel). The only effect of C2H4 was to increase the friction of the Fe system, but C2H3Cl exposures decreases friction in both Ni and Fe systems, indicating the dominance of the chlorine over the ethylene complex on the surface

  2. Adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode: An in situ IR spectroscopy search for adsorbed reaction intermediates

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    Behm, R Jürgen

    2014-01-01

    Summary As part of a mechanistic study of the electrooxidation of C1 molecules we have systematically investigated the dissociative adsorption/oxidation of formaldehyde on a polycrystalline Pt film electrode under experimental conditions optimizing the chance for detecting weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates. Employing in situ IR spectroscopy in an attenuated total reflection configuration (ATR-FTIRS) with p-polarized IR radiation to further improve the signal-to-noise ratio, and using low reaction temperatures (3 °C) and deuterium substitution to slow down the reaction kinetics and to stabilize weakly adsorbed reaction intermediates, we could detect an IR absorption band at 1660 cm−1 characteristic for adsorbed formyl intermediates. This assignment is supported by an isotope shift in wave number. Effects of temperature, potential and deuterium substitution on the formation and disappearance of different adsorbed species (COad, adsorbed formate, adsorbed formyl), are monitored and quantified. Consequences on the mechanism for dissociative adsorption and oxidation of formaldehyde are discussed. PMID:24991512

  3. Neutron diffraction and quasielastic neutron scattering studies of films of intermediate-length alkanes adsorbed on a graphite surface

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    Diama, Armand

    Over the past several years, we have conducted a variety of elastic neutron diffraction and quasielastic neutron scattering experiments to study the structure and the dynamics of films of two intermediate-length alkane molecules (C nH2n+2), adsorbed on a graphite basal-plane surface. The two molecules are the normal alkane n-tetracosane [n-CH 3(CH2)22CH3] and the branched alkane squalane (C30H62 or 2, 6, 10, 15, 19, 23-hexamethyltetracosane) whose carbon backbone is the same length as teteracosane. The temperature dependence of the monolayer structure of tetracosane and squalane was investigated using elastic neutron diffraction and evidence of two phase transitions was observed. Both the low-coverage tetracosane (C 24H50) and squalane (C30H62) monolayers have crystalline-to-"smectic" and "smectic"-to-isotropic fluid phase transitions upon heating. The diffusive motion in the tetracosane and squalane monolayers has been investigated by quasielastic neutron scattering. Two different quasielastic neutron scattering spectrometers at the Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been used. The spectrometers differ in both their dynamic range and energy resolution allowing molecular motions to be investigated on time scales in the range 10-13--10 -9 s. On these time scales, we observe evidence of translational, rotational, and intermolecular diffusive motions in the tetracosane and squalane monolayers. We conclude that the molecular diffusive motion in the two monolayers is qualitatively similar. Thus, despite the three methyl sidegroups at each end of the squalane molecule, its monolayer structure, phase transitions, and dynamics are qualitatively similar to that of a monolayer of the unbranched tetracosane molecules. With the higher resolution spectrometer at NIST, we have also investigated the molecular diffusive motion in multilayer tetracosane films. The analysis of our measurements indicates slower diffusive motion in

  4. Infrared spectroscopy of water clusters co-adsorbed with hydrogen molecules on a sodium chloride film

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    Yamakawa, Koichiro; Fukutani, Katsuyuki

    2016-06-01

    Hydrogen gas containing a trace of water vapor was dosed on a vacuum-evaporated sodium chloride film at 13 K, and water clusters formed on the substrate were investigated by infrared absorption spectroscopy. Absorption bands due to (H2O)n clusters with n = 3-6 and an induced absorption band due to hydrogen were clearly observed. With increasing gas dosage, the intensities of the cluster bands increased linearly while the intensity of the hydrogen band was constant. This suggests that the water clusters were formed in two-dimensional matrices of hydrogen. We found that the water clusters did exist on the surface upon heating even after the hydrogen molecules had desorbed. A further rise of the substrate temperature up to 27 K yielded the formation of larger clusters, (H2O)n with n > 6 . We also discuss the origins of the two bands of the trimer in terms of pseudorotation and a metastable isomer.

  5. Interaction of transglutaminase with adsorbed and spread films of β-casein and к-casein.

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    Ridout, Michael J; Paananen, Arja; Mamode, Anissa; Linder, Markus B; Wilde, Peter J

    2015-04-01

    Enzymes can be used to enable a specific and controlled approach for structural modifications of protein networks in food technology. Enzymatically induced cross-links between proteins in the continuous phase and/or at interfaces result in better stabilisation and enhanced material properties in foams and emulsions. In this work the interfacial properties of β-casein and к-casein films were investigated with a special focus on the mechanism of transglutaminase (TG) induced cross-linking at the air/water interface. The surface rheology results showed that for the enhanced interfacial strength the order and timing of TG addition matters: TG reaction was most effective when the enzyme was applied during adsorption of proteins to the interface. Differences observed between enzymatic cross-linking of β-casein and к-casein at the air/water interface verified the importance of molecular structure and close packing for formation of an elastic protein network.

  6. Static and thermodynamic properties of low-density supercritical 4He-breakdown of the Feynman-Hibbs approximation.

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    Kowalczyk, Piotr; Brualla, Lorenzo; Gauden, Piotr A; Terzyk, Artur P

    2009-10-28

    We study the applicability of the semiclassical Feynman and Hibbs (FH) (second-order or fourth-order) effective potentials to the description of the thermodynamic properties of quantum fluids at finite temperatures. First, we use path integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) simulations to estimate the thermodynamic/static properties of our model quantum fluid, i.e. low-density 4He at 10 K. With PIMC we obtain the experimental equation of state, the single-particle mean kinetic energy, the single-particle density matrix and the single-particle momentum distribution of this system at low densities. We show that our PIMC results are in full agreement with experimental data obtained with deep inelastic neutron scattering at high momentum transfers (D. Colognesi, C. Andreani, R. Senesi, Europhys. Lett., 2000, 50, 202). As expected, in this region of the 4He phase diagram, quantum effects modify the width of the single-particle momentum distribution but do not alter its Gaussian shape. Knowing the exact values of density, pressure and single-particle mean kinetic energy for our model quantum fluid, we investigate the limitations of the semiclassical FH effective potentials. We show that commonly used 'short-time' approximations to the high-temperature density matrix due to Feynman and Hibbs can only be applied in a very limited range of the 4He phase diagram. We found that FH effective potentials reproduce the experimental densities of 4He at 10 K for Lambda/a < 0.45 (Lambda = 2.73 A denotes the thermal de Broglie wavelength, a = rho(-1/3) is the mean nearest-neighbor distance in the fluid and rho denotes fluid density). Moreover, semiclassical FH effective potentials are able to correctly predict the single-particle mean kinetic energy of 4He at 10 K in a very limited range of fluid densities, i.e.Lambda/a < 0.17. We show that the ad hoc application of the semiclassical FH effective potentials for the calculation of the thermodynamic properties of dense liquid-like para

  7. David Adler Lectureship Award Talk: Friction and energy dissipation mechanisms in adsorbed molecules and molecularly thin films

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    Krim, Jacqueline

    2015-03-01

    Studies of the fundamental origins of friction have undergone rapid progress in recent years, with the development of new experimental and computational techniques for measuring and simulating friction at atomic length and time scales. The increased interest has sparked a variety of discussions and debates concerning the nature of the atomic-scale and quantum mechanisms that dominate the dissipative process by which mechanical energy is transformed into heat. Measurements of the sliding friction of physisorbed monolayers and bilayers can provide information on the relative contributions of these various dissipative mechanisms. Adsorbed films, whether intentionally applied or present as trace levels of physisorbed contaminants, moreover are ubiquitous at virtually all surfaces. As such, they impact a wide range of applications whose progress depends on precise control and/or knowledge of surface diffusion processes. Examples include nanoscale assembly, directed transport of Brownian particles, material flow through restricted geometries such as graphene membranes and molecular sieves, passivation and edge effects in carbon-based lubricants, and the stability of granular materials associated with frictional and frictionless contacts. Work supported by NSFDMR1310456.

  8. Tribochemical synthesis of nano-lubricant films from adsorbed molecules at sliding solid interface: Tribo-polymers from α-pinene, pinane, and n-decane

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    He, Xin; Barthel, Anthony J.; Kim, Seong H.

    2016-06-01

    The mechanochemical reactions of adsorbed molecules at sliding interfaces were studied for α-pinene (C10H16), pinane (C10H18), and n-decane (C10H22) on a stainless steel substrate surface. During vapor phase lubrication, molecules adsorbed at the sliding interface could be activated by mechanical shear. Under the equilibrium adsorption condition of these molecules, the friction coefficient of sliding steel surfaces was about 0.2 and a polymeric film was tribochemically produced. The synthesis yield of α-pinene tribo-polymers was about twice as much as pinane tribo-polymers. In contrast to these strained bicyclic hydrocarbons, n-decane showed much weaker activity for tribo-polymerization at the same mechanical shear condition. These results suggested that the mechanical shear at tribological interfaces could induce the opening of the strained ring structure of α-pinene and pinane, which leads to polymerization of adsorbed molecules at the sliding track. On a stainless steel surface, such polymerization reactions of adsorbed molecules do not occur under typical surface reaction conditions. The mechanical properties and boundary lubrication efficiency of the produced tribo-polymer films are discussed.

  9. Four-body calculation of the first excited state of 4He using a realistic NN interaction: 4He (e, e' ) 4He ( 0+2 ) and the monopole sum rule

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    Hiyama, E.; Gibson, B. F.; Kamimura, M.

    2004-09-01

    4He possesses a second 0+ state; the transition form factor has been measured via inelastic electron scattering. The nature of the 0+2 state’s spatial structure has been controversial. An accurate four-nucleon calculation utilizing a realistic NN force (Argonne V 8' ) plus phenomenological NNN three-body force has been performed for both the 4He ground state and second 0+ state ( Ex =20.21 MeV) using the Gaussian expansion method. The calculated one-body densities and transition density show a significant difference between the states. The resulting impulse approximation transition form factor 4He (e, e' ) 4He ( 0+2 ) agrees with the available data. The overlap of the 0+2 wave function with the trinucleon ground state suggests that the structure is primarily a loosely bound 3N+N system and not a breathing mode. It is found that a major part of the energy-weighted E0 sum rule value is exhausted by nonresonant, low-energy continuum states other than the second 0+ state, in contrast to heavier nuclei where a dominant fraction of the sum-rule limit is exhausted by the second 0+ state because it corresponds to a collective, breathing mode.

  10. Quantum effects in the sorption kinetics of 4He by mesoporous materials

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    Dolbin, A. V.; Khlistyuck, M. V.; Esel'son, V. B.; Gavrilko, V. G.; Vinnikov, N. A.; Basnukaeva, R. M.; Danchuk, V. V.

    2016-02-01

    Sorption and desorption of 4He by a mesoporous silicate material MCM-41 was studied in the temperature range of 1.5-290 K. It was shown that for T = 25-290 K the thermal activation mechanism is dominant in the sorption kinetics of 4He atoms by an MCM-41 sample. Its activation energy was estimated as Ea ≈ 164.8 K. For T = 12-23 K, the diffusion of 4He atoms in the MCM-41 was practically independent of temperature, which typically occurs when the tunnelling mechanism of diffusion dominates over the thermally activated one. A change in the mobility of 4He atoms in MCM-41 channels was observed at T = 6-12 K, which may be indicative of the formation upon cooling (or decay upon heating) of a 4He monolayer and subsequent multilayers on the inner surfaces of the channels. Below 6 K, the diffusion coefficients of 4He are only weakly temperature dependent, which may be attributed to the behavior of quantum 4He liquid in the MCM-41 channels covered with several layers of 4He atoms.

  11. Anisotropic superfluidity of {sup 4}He on a C{sub 36} fullerene molecule

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    Park, Sungjin; Kim, Byeongjoon; Kwon, Yongkyung

    2015-09-14

    We have performed path-integral Monte Carlo calculations to study the adsorption of {sup 4}He atoms on two different C{sub 36} isomers with the D{sub 6h} and the D{sub 2d} symmetries. The radial {sup 4}He density distributions reveal layer-by-layer growth with the first layer being located at a distance of ∼5.5 Å from the C{sub 36} molecular center and the second layer at ∼8.3 Å. From the angular density profiles of {sup 4}He, we find different quantum states as the number of {sup 4}He adatoms N varies. For N = 20, we observe commensurate solid structures on both D{sub 6h} and D{sub 2d} isomers, where each of 8 hexagon and 12 pentagon centers of the fullerene surfaces is occupied by a single {sup 4}He atom. The second-layer promotion starts beyond N = 38 on both isomers, where a compressible incommensurate structure is observed on the D{sub 6h} isomer and another commensurate structure on D{sub 2d}. Between N = 20 and N = 38, the {sup 4}He monolayer on D{sub 6h} shows several distinct rings of delocalized {sup 4}He atoms along with strongly anisotropic superfluid responses at low temperatures, while isotropic but weak superfluid responses are observed in the {sup 4}He layer on D{sub 2d}.

  12. Anisotropic superfluidity of (4)He on a C36 fullerene molecule.

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    Park, Sungjin; Kim, Byeongjoon; Kwon, Yongkyung

    2015-09-14

    We have performed path-integral Monte Carlo calculations to study the adsorption of (4)He atoms on two different C36 isomers with the D6h and the D2d symmetries. The radial (4)He density distributions reveal layer-by-layer growth with the first layer being located at a distance of ∼5.5 Å from the C36 molecular center and the second layer at ∼8.3 Å. From the angular density profiles of (4)He, we find different quantum states as the number of (4)He adatoms N varies. For N = 20, we observe commensurate solid structures on both D6h and D2d isomers, where each of 8 hexagon and 12 pentagon centers of the fullerene surfaces is occupied by a single (4)He atom. The second-layer promotion starts beyond N = 38 on both isomers, where a compressible incommensurate structure is observed on the D6h isomer and another commensurate structure on D2d. Between N = 20 and N = 38, the (4)He monolayer on D6h shows several distinct rings of delocalized (4)He atoms along with strongly anisotropic superfluid responses at low temperatures, while isotropic but weak superfluid responses are observed in the (4)He layer on D2d. PMID:26374039

  13. Effects of molecule-insulator interaction on geometric property of a single phthalocyanine molecule adsorbed on an ultrathin NaCl film

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    Miwa, Kuniyuki; Imada, Hiroshi; Kawahara, Shota; Kim, Yousoo

    2016-04-01

    The adsorption structure and orientation of a metal-free phthalocyanine (H2Pc ) and a magnesium phthalocyanine (MgPc) on a bilayer of NaCl films were investigated both theoretically and experimentally by means of first-principles calculations based on density functional theory and by scanning tunneling microscopy. H2Pc is adsorbed with its center over the sodium cation, and H-N bonds in the molecule are aligned with the [100] or [010] surface direction of a bilayer (001)-terminated NaCl film. The most stable structures of MgPc on the NaCl film show two kinds of orientations corresponding to the molecule rotated by ±7∘ relative to the [110] surface direction, with the Mg cation positioned over the chlorine anion in both cases. The energetic barrier for switching between these orientations is as low as 9.0 meV, and during an STM measurement, an orientational change of MgPc can be observed. The interaction between the adsorbed molecule and the NaCl film were analyzed in terms of dispersion interaction, Mg-Cl chemical bonding, and electrostatic interaction. It is found that the small electrostatic interaction between the molecule and the film gives a dominant contribution to determining the molecular orientation. Our detailed and comprehensive studies of the molecule-insulator interaction will provide knowledge to understand and control the properties of molecules on an insulating material.

  14. Nuclear georeactor origin of oceanic basalt 3He/4He, evidence, and implications

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    Herndon, J. Marvin

    2003-01-01

    Nuclear georeactor numerical simulation results yield substantial 3He and 4He production and 3He/4He ratios relative to air (RA) that encompass the entire 2-SD (2σ) confidence level range of tabulated measured 3He/4He ratios of basalts from along the global spreading ridge system. Georeactor-produced 3He/4He ratios are related to the extent of actinide fuel consumption at time of production and are high near the end of the georeactor lifetime. Georeactor numerical simulation results and the observed high 3He/4He ratios measured in Icelandic and Hawaiian oceanic basalts indicate that the demise of the georeactor is approaching. Within the present level of uncertainty, one cannot say precisely when georeactor demise will occur, whether in the next century, in a million years, or in a billion years from now. PMID:12615991

  15. Ab initio many-body calculations of the (3)H(d,n)(4)He and (3)He(d,p)(4)He fusion reactions.

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    Navrátil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia

    2012-01-27

    We apply the ab initio no-core shell model combined with the resonating-group method approach to calculate the cross sections of the (3)H(d,n)(4)He and (3)He(d,p)(4)He fusion reactions. These are important reactions for the big bang nucleosynthesis and the future of energy generation on Earth. Starting from a selected similarity-transformed chiral nucleon-nucleon interaction that accurately describes two-nucleon data, we performed many-body calculations that predict the S factor of both reactions. Virtual three-body breakup effects are obtained by including excited pseudostates of the deuteron in the calculation. Our results are in satisfactory agreement with experimental data and pave the way for microscopic investigations of polarization and electron-screening effects, of the (3)H(d,γn)(4)He bremsstrahlung and other reactions relevant to fusion research. PMID:22400830

  16. Isovector dipole resonances in {sup 4}He and neutrino-heating in supernova

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    Nakayama, S.; Matsumoto, E.; Fushimi, K.; Hayami, R.; Suzuki, T.; Yamagata, T.; Akimune, H.; Ikemizu, H.; Fujiwara, M.; Hashimoto, H.; Kawase, K.; Nakanishi, K.; Oota, T.; Yosoi, M.; Greenfield, M. B.; Kudoh, T.; Sagara, K.; Tanaka, M.

    2010-06-01

    We studied transition strengths to isovector dipole resonances (GDR-1-bar , SDR-1-bar , and SDR-2-bar ) in {sup 4}He by using the {sup 4}He({sup 7}Li,{sup 7}Begamma) reaction at 455 MeV and by comparing with shell-model calculations, in order to estimate cross sections of {sup 4}He for reactions induced by neutrinos emitting from a thermalized neutrino-sphere in the type-II supernova. Excitation of the SDR was dominant in the neutrino-heating of {sup 4}He. The {sup 4}He-excitation via neutral-current reactions of nu{sub m}u{sub ,t}au and nu-bar{sub m}u{sub ,t}au was found to be one order of magnitude stronger than that via charged-current reactions of nu{sub e} and nu-bar{sub e}. The total energy-weighted cross section {sub N} for neutrino-induced neutral-current reactions on {sup 4}He was found to amount to about 1.0x10{sup -40} MeVcentre dotcm{sup 2} which is comparable to those used in the previous simulations. The neutrino-heating effect of {sup 4}He is small in the type-II supernova explosion.

  17. Radiogenic 4He as a conservative tracer in buried-valley aquifers

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    Van Der Hoven, S. J.; Wright, R.E.; Carstens, D.A.; Hackley, Keith C.

    2005-01-01

    [1] The accumulation of 4He in groundwater can be a powerful tool in hydrogeologic investigations. However, the use of 4He often suffers from disagreement or uncertainty related to in situ and external sources of 4He. In situ sources are quantified by several methods, while external sources are often treated as calibration parameters in modeling. We present data from direct laboratory measurements of 4He release from sediments and field data of dissolved 4He in the Mahomet Aquifer, a well-studied buried-valley aquifer in central Illinois. The laboratory-derived accumulation rates (0.13-0.91 ??cm3 STP kgwater-1 yr-1) are 1-2 orders of magnitude greater than the accumulation rates based on the U and Th concentrations of the sediments (0.004-0.009 ??cm3 STP kgwater-1 yr -1). The direct measurement of accumulation rates are more consistent with dissolved concentrations of 4He in the groundwater. We suggest that the direct measurement method is applicable in a variety of hydrogeologic settings. The patterns of accumulation of 4He are consistent with the conceptual model of flow in the aquifer based on hydraulic and geochemical evidence and show areas where in situ production and external sources of 4He are dominant. In the southwestern part of the study area, Ne concentrations are less than atmospheric solubility, indicating gases have been lost from the groundwater. Available evidence indicates that the gases are lost as groundwater passes by pockets of CH4 in glacial deposits overlying the aquifer. However, the external flux from the underlying bedrock appears to dominate the accumulation of radiogenic 4He in the aquifer in the southwestern part of the study area, and the loss or gain of helium as groundwater passes through the overlying sediments is minor in comparison. Copyright 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.

  18. Viscosity of liquid {sup 4}He and quantum of circulation: Are they related?

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    L’vov, Victor S. E-mail: skrbek@fzu.cz; Skrbek, Ladislav E-mail: skrbek@fzu.cz; Sreenivasan, Katepalli R. E-mail: skrbek@fzu.cz

    2014-04-15

    In the vicinity of the superfluid transition in liquid {sup 4}He, we explore the relation between two apparently unrelated physical quantities—the kinematic viscosity, ν, in the normal state and the quantum of circulation, κ, in the superfluid state. The model developed here leads to the simple relationship ν ≈ κ/6, and links the classical and quantum flow properties of liquid {sup 4}He. We critically examine available data relevant to this relation and find that the prediction holds well at the saturated vapor pressure. Additionally, we predict the kinematic viscosity for liquid {sup 4}He along the λ-line at negative pressures.

  19. Comment on ''Few-atom /sup 3/He--/sup 4/He mixed molecules''

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    Harada, M.

    1983-02-15

    It is pointed out that a recent work by Nakaichi et al. on few-atom /sup 3/He--/sup 4/He mixed molecules is based on incorrect values of THETA/sup 2//M/sub 3/ and THETA/sup 2//M/sub 4/, where M/sub 3/ and M/sub 4/ are the masses of the /sup 3/He and /sup 4/He atoms. This is shown to affect their conclusion on the /sup 3/He(/sup 4/He)/sub 2/ system seriously.

  20. Development of a thermodynamic model for a cold cycle 3He-4He dilution refrigerator

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    Mueller, B. W.; Miller, F. K.

    2016-10-01

    A thermodynamic model of a 3He-4He cold cycle dilution refrigerator with no actively-driven mechanical components is developed and investigated. The refrigerator employs a reversible superfluid magnetic pump, passive check valves, a phase separation chamber, and a series of recuperative heat exchangers to continuously circulate 3He-4He and maintain a 3He concentration gradient across the mixing chamber. The model predicts cooling power and mixing chamber temperature for a range of design and operating parameters, allowing an evaluation of feasibility for potential 3He-4He cold cycle dilution refrigerator prototype designs. Model simulations for a prototype refrigerator design are presented.

  1. [Melting in adsorbed films

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    Simon, M.I.

    1992-01-01

    Over the past several years we have been developing a new approach to cloning large fragments of mammalian DNA in E. coli. which will permit detailed analysis of complex genomes. In January 1992 we began construction of an arrayed total human genomic library prepared in our BAC vector. Our goal is to create a 4-5X library which will be accessible for screening both by colony hybridization and by PCR. Our efforts in 1992 have been focused on expanding this library, characterizing specific clones isolated from the library, and demonstrating the use of BACs and Fosmids in creating physical maps. As a Model for the use of BACs in physical mapping, we have begun mapping human chromosome 22. In addition to their stability and ease of handling, BACs and Fosniids offer the advantage of permitting isolation of relatively large amounts of pure DNA which should greatly facilitate contig construction. We have created a 7X chromosome 22-specific Fosmid library consisting of clones obtained from DNA from a hybrid cell line.

  2. Unusual Doppler effect in superfluid and nonanalyticity of {sup 4}He-{sup 3}He hydrodynamics

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    Nepomnyashchy, Y.A.; Gov, N.; Mann, A.

    1995-08-01

    The authors investigate the influence of {sup 3}He admixture on the Doppler shift of different sounds in superfluid {sup 4}He with internal motion. This influence proves to be very strong in the whole region of the nontrivial temperature behavior of the Doppler shift and implies in particular an unexpected amplification of certain Doppler anomalies. They explain origin of the features of the internal Doppler effect in pure {sup 4}He and {sup 4}He-{sup 3}He mixture and notice an interesting peculiarity of the {sup 4}He-{sup 3}He two-fluid hydrodynamics: its nonanalyticity at low temperature and small {sup 3}He concentration: T{yields}0, X{yields}0.

  3. New Phenomenon of the Hysteresis of 4He in Vycor Glass

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    Jin, Xin; Xu, Xiaonong; Yan, Yong; A, L. Thomson; D, F. Brewer; S, Haynes; N, Sharma

    1992-02-01

    The low temperature part of hysteresis curves of the freezing and melting processes of 4He in vycor glass with the lowest temperature 0.4K were measured, as the pressure ranged from 36.45 to 55.18 (105 Pa). Some novel characteristics of these curves were observed in such high temperature and pressure range. They may result from the existence of superfluid 4He.

  4. Resonances in (11)C observed in the (4)He((7)Be, alpha)(7)Be and (4)He((7)Be, p)(10)B reactions

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    Freer, M.; Ashwood, N. I.; Curtis, N.; Malcolm, J.; Munoz-Britton, T.; Price, D.; Wheldon, C.; Achouri, N. L.; Demaret, P.; Bardayan, Daniel W; Pain, Steven D; Brown, S.; Catford, W.; Harlin, Christopher W; Thomas, J. S.; Wilson, G.; Chipps, K.; Milin, M.; Raabe, R.; Soic, N.

    2012-01-01

    Measurements of the {sup 4}He({sup 7}Be,{alpha}){sup 7}Be and {sup 4}He({sup 7}Be,p){sup 10}B reactions were performed using {sup 7}Be beam energies of 7.1 and 23 MeV and a helium-4 target, employing the thick target technique. Resonances were observed between E{sub x}({sup 11}C) = 8.6 to 13.8 MeV. An R-matrix analysis was performed to characterize the spins and partial widths. This analysis showed that the observed sequence of states was consistent with that found for {sup 7}Li + {alpha} resonant scattering populating resonances in {sup 11}B. A comparison of the proposed partial widths for decay with the Wigner limit indicates that several of the states are associated with cluster-like structures.

  5. Ab Initio Many-Body Calculations Of n-3H, n-4He, p-3,4He, And n-10Be Scattering

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    Quaglioni, S; Navratil, P

    2008-03-26

    We develop a new ab initio many-body approach capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei, by combining the resonating-group method with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters. This approach preserves translational symmetry and Pauli principle. We present phase shifts for neutron scattering on {sup 3}H, {sup 4}He and {sup 10}Be and proton scattering on {sup 3,4}He, using realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials. Our A = 4 scattering results are compared to earlier ab initio calculations. We demonstrate that a proper treatment of the coupling to the n-{sup 10}Be continuum is essential to explain the parity-inverted ground state in {sup 11}Be.

  6. New light on the intriguing history of superfluidity in liquid (4)He.

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    Griffin, Allan

    2009-04-22

    Surprisingly, it was 30 years after the first liquefaction of (4)He in 1908 that the discovery that liquid (4)He is not just a 'cold' liquid was made. Below T = 2.18 K, it is a 'quantum' liquid which exhibits spectacular macroscopic quantum behaviour that can be seen with the naked eye. Since the observation of superfluidity in liquid (4)He is one of the greatest discoveries in modern physics, we present a day-to-day chronology of the tangled events which preceded the seminal discovery of zero viscosity in 1938 by Kapitza in Moscow and by Allen and Misener in Cambridge. On the theory side, London argued in 1938 that the microscopic basis for this new superfluid phase was the forgotten phenomenon of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) first suggested by Einstein in 1925. In 1941, Landau developed a very successful theory of superfluid (4)He, but it was not anchored in a microscopic theory of interacting atoms. It took another 20 years for theorists to unify the two seemingly different theories of Landau and London. Experiments on trapped superfluid atomic gases since 1995 have shone new light on superfluid (4)He. In the mid-1930s, London had emphasized that superconductivity in metals and superfluidity in liquid (4)He were similar. Experiments on trapped two-component Fermi gases in the last five years have shown that a Bose condensate is indeed the basis of both of these superfluid phases. This confirms the now famous Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer-BEC crossover scenario developed for superfluidity by Leggett and Nozières in the early 1980s but largely ignored until a few years ago. The study of superfluid (4)He will increasingly overlap with strongly interacting dilute quantum gases, perhaps opening up a new era of research on this most amazing liquid.

  7. New light on the intriguing history of superfluidity in liquid 4He

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    Griffin, Allan

    2009-04-01

    Surprisingly, it was 30 years after the first liquefaction of 4He in 1908 that the discovery that liquid 4He is not just a 'cold' liquid was made. Below T = 2.18 K, it is a 'quantum' liquid which exhibits spectacular macroscopic quantum behaviour that can be seen with the naked eye. Since the observation of superfluidity in liquid 4He is one of the greatest discoveries in modern physics, we present a day-to-day chronology of the tangled events which preceded the seminal discovery of zero viscosity in 1938 by Kapitza in Moscow and by Allen and Misener in Cambridge. On the theory side, London argued in 1938 that the microscopic basis for this new superfluid phase was the forgotten phenomenon of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) first suggested by Einstein in 1925. In 1941, Landau developed a very successful theory of superfluid 4He, but it was not anchored in a microscopic theory of interacting atoms. It took another 20 years for theorists to unify the two seemingly different theories of Landau and London. Experiments on trapped superfluid atomic gases since 1995 have shone new light on superfluid 4He. In the mid-1930s, London had emphasized that superconductivity in metals and superfluidity in liquid 4He were similar. Experiments on trapped two-component Fermi gases in the last five years have shown that a Bose condensate is indeed the basis of both of these superfluid phases. This confirms the now famous Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer-BEC crossover scenario developed for superfluidity by Leggett and Nozières in the early 1980s but largely ignored until a few years ago. The study of superfluid 4He will increasingly overlap with strongly interacting dilute quantum gases, perhaps opening up a new era of research on this most amazing liquid.

  8. Mineralogy of IDPs with Known 4He and Trace Element Contents

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    Klock, W.; Flynn, G. J.; Sutton, S. R.; Nier, A. O.

    1992-07-01

    Interplanetary Dust Particles (IDPs) collected in the atmosphere are a very special source of information about solar system objects like asteroids and comets. Suggested IDP properties indicative of their origins include amounts of 4He and 4He release temperatures (Nier and Schlutter 1990, 1992), solar flare track densities (Sandford and Bradley 1989), and trace element abundances (Flynn et al. 1992). Recently Flynn et al. (1992) suggested that Zn depletions of IDPs are indicative of heating in the atmosphere. On the average, asteroidal particles experience less heating than cometary particles (Flynn 1989). Nier and Schlutter (1992) showed that 4He release temperatures of individual IDPs vary from 420 C up to more than 800 C. Presently it is not clear if variations of 4He contents are a result of the original mineral compositions, and therefore source of individual IDPs, or if they are mainly affected by atmospheric entry heating. We studied the mineralogy of IDPs having variable amounts of 4He. Some of the particles were analyzed by SXRF for volatile trace elements. The particles in Table 1 are ordered according to their amount of 4He. High 4He contents (>11.0 x 1O^-11 cm^3) are found among particles characterized by their porous texture and occurrence of unequilibrated mineral phases. Particles of this group contain abundant glass, solar flare tracks are preserved and have chondritic Zn abundances. Among the 13 particles having low 4He contents six particles contain magnetite crystals that formed by atmospheric entry heating. Three magnetite-bearing particles are low in Zn. Though high in Zn, due to a Zn-bearing iron-sulfide in the center, L2005C19 is a heated particle. L2005A8 is texturally similar to other heated particles, but magnetites were so far not identified. According to Rietmeijer and Mackinnon (1985), particle W7029*A was not heated above 315 C and this explains its chondritic Zn level at a low amount of 4He. Three hydrated IDPs have low 4He contents

  9. Control of the wetting properties of 4He crystals in superfluid

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    Takahashi, T.; Minezaki, H.; Suzuki, A.; Obara, K.; Itaka, K.; Nomura, R.; Okuda, Y.

    2016-05-01

    To investigate whether it is possible to control the wetting of 4He crystals on a wall in superfluid, the contact angles of 4He crystals were measured on rough and smooth walls at very low temperatures. A rough wall was prepared in a simple manner in which a commercially available coating agent for car mirrors, which makes the glass surface superhydrophobic, was used to coat a glass plate. The contact angles of 4He crystals were increased by approximately 10° on the rough wall coated with the agent. Therefore, the increase in the repellency of 4He crystals in superfluid was demonstrated to be possible on a very rough surface. The enhancement of the contact angles and a scanning electron microscopy image of the coated surface both suggest that a Cassie-Baxter state of 4He crystals was realized on the surface; the crystals did not have full contact with the wall, but entrapped superfluid was present beneath the crystals in the hollow parts of the rough wall.

  10. Control of the wetting properties of ^{4}He crystals in superfluid.

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    Takahashi, T; Minezaki, H; Suzuki, A; Obara, K; Itaka, K; Nomura, R; Okuda, Y

    2016-05-01

    To investigate whether it is possible to control the wetting of ^{4}He crystals on a wall in superfluid, the contact angles of ^{4}He crystals were measured on rough and smooth walls at very low temperatures. A rough wall was prepared in a simple manner in which a commercially available coating agent for car mirrors, which makes the glass surface superhydrophobic, was used to coat a glass plate. The contact angles of ^{4}He crystals were increased by approximately 10^{∘} on the rough wall coated with the agent. Therefore, the increase in the repellency of ^{4}He crystals in superfluid was demonstrated to be possible on a very rough surface. The enhancement of the contact angles and a scanning electron microscopy image of the coated surface both suggest that a Cassie-Baxter state of ^{4}He crystals was realized on the surface; the crystals did not have full contact with the wall, but entrapped superfluid was present beneath the crystals in the hollow parts of the rough wall.

  11. On the origin of (4)He and (40)Ar in natural gold

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    Eugster, O.; Hofmann, B.; Niedermann, S.; Thalmann, CH.

    1993-01-01

    In a first report on our investigations of noble gases in native gold we demonstrated that placer gold contains an excess of radiogenic (4)He and (40)Ar relative to the concentrations expected from in situ decay of U, Th, and K, respectively, during the geologic age of about 30 Ma of the samples. We also showed that the U/Th-(4)He age of 36 Ma of vein-type gold from the Southern Alps agrees with its K-Ar formation age derived from associated muscovite and biotite. We now studied the question of the origin of the (4)He and (40)Ar excesses of placer gold. We conclude that gold contains two components of noble gases, a low-temperature component from fluid inclusions or phases which release noble gases at less than 800 C and a high-temperature component released when gold melts (1064 C). In some samples extremely high U and K concentrations or an unreasonably high formation age would be required to explain the observed (4)He abundances. Thus, trapped (4)He and (40)Ar must be present in gold.

  12. In situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic and density-functional studies of Si atoms adsorbed on a C60 film

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    Onoe, Jun; Nakao, Aiko; Hara, Toshiki

    2004-12-01

    The interaction between C60 and Si atoms has been investigated for Si atoms adsorbed on a C60 film using in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density-functional (DFT) calculations. Analysis of the Si 2p core peak identified three kinds of Si atoms adsorbed on the film: silicon suboxides (SiOx), bulk Si crystal, and silicon atoms bound to C60. Based on the atomic percent ratio of silicon to carbon, we estimated that there was approximately one Si atom bound to each C60 molecule. The Si 2p peak due to the Si-C60 interaction demonstrated that a charge transfer from the Si atom to the C60 molecule takes place at room temperature, which is much lower than the temperature of 670 K at which the charge transfer was observed for C60 adsorbed on Si(001) and (111) clean surfaces [Sakamoto et al., Phys. Rev. B 60, 2579 (1999)]. The number of electrons transferred between the C60 molecule and Si atom was estimated to be 0.59 based on XPS results, which is in good agreement with the DFT result of 0.63 for a C60Si with C2v symmetry used as a model cluster. Furthermore, the shift in binding energy of both the Si 2p and C 1s core peaks before and after Si-atom deposition was experimentally obtained to be +2.0 and -0.4 eV, respectively. The C60Si model cluster provides the shift of +2.13 eV for the Si 2p core peak and of -0.28 eV for the C 1s core peak, which are well corresponding to those experimental results. The covalency of the Si-C60 interaction was also discussed in terms of Mulliken overlap population between them.

  13. In situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopic and density-functional studies of Si atoms adsorbed on a C60 film.

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    Onoe, Jun; Nakao, Aiko; Hara, Toshiki

    2004-12-01

    The interaction between C(60) and Si atoms has been investigated for Si atoms adsorbed on a C(60) film using in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and density-functional (DFT) calculations. Analysis of the Si 2p core peak identified three kinds of Si atoms adsorbed on the film: silicon suboxides (SiO(x)), bulk Si crystal, and silicon atoms bound to C(60). Based on the atomic percent ratio of silicon to carbon, we estimated that there was approximately one Si atom bound to each C(60) molecule. The Si 2p peak due to the Si-C(60) interaction demonstrated that a charge transfer from the Si atom to the C(60) molecule takes place at room temperature, which is much lower than the temperature of 670 K at which the charge transfer was observed for C(60) adsorbed on Si(001) and (111) clean surfaces [Sakamoto et al., Phys. Rev. B 60, 2579 (1999)]. The number of electrons transferred between the C(60) molecule and Si atom was estimated to be 0.59 based on XPS results, which is in good agreement with the DFT result of 0.63 for a C(60)Si with C(2v) symmetry used as a model cluster. Furthermore, the shift in binding energy of both the Si 2p and C 1s core peaks before and after Si-atom deposition was experimentally obtained to be +2.0 and -0.4 eV, respectively. The C(60)Si model cluster provides the shift of +2.13 eV for the Si 2p core peak and of -0.28 eV for the C 1s core peak, which are well corresponding to those experimental results. The covalency of the Si-C(60) interaction was also discussed in terms of Mulliken overlap population between them.

  14. Green's function theory for the Cheng-Schick model of 3He-4He mixtures

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    Siemann, R. P.; Boukahil, A.; Huber, D. L.

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, we outline a theory for the thermodynamic properties of 3He-4He mixtures in the neighborhood of the critical line and the tricritical point (TCP). The theory utilizes the Cheng-Schick (CS) lattice gas model where both the 3He and 4He atoms are treated as quantum particles on a lattice. The analysis is based on Green's function approach. Results are presented for the ordering susceptibility and the thermal averages of the occupation numbers of 3He and 4He atoms. We derive a self-consistent equation for the ordering susceptibility and use it to calculate the critical line and locate the TCP. Our findings are compared with the predictions obtained from high temperature series expansions, mean field theory and the random phase approximation (RPA).

  15. Upper bound on parity-violating neutron spin rotation in {sup 4}He

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    Snow, W. M.; Luo, D.; Walbridge, S. B.; Crawford, B. E.; Gan, K.; Micherdzinska, A. M.; Opper, A. K.; Heckel, B. R.; Swanson, H. E.; Sharapov, E. I.; Zhumabekova, V.

    2011-02-15

    We report an upper bound on parity-violating neutron spin rotation in {sup 4}He. This experiment is the most sensitive search for neutron-weak optical activity yet performed and represents a significant advance in precision in comparison to past measurements in heavy nuclei. The experiment was performed at the NG-6 slow-neutron beamline at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research. Our result for the neutron spin rotation angle per unit length in {sup 4}He is d{phi}/dz=[+1.7{+-}9.1(stat.){+-}1.4(sys.)]x10{sup -7} rad/m. The statistical uncertainty is smaller than current estimates of the range of possible values of d{phi}/dz in n+{sup 4}He.

  16. Extracting the spectral function of 4He from a relativistic plane-wave treatment

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    Abu-Raddad, L. J.; Piekarewicz, J.

    2001-12-01

    The spectral function of 4He is extracted from a plane-wave approximation to the (e,e'p) reaction using a fully relativistic formalism. We take advantage of both an algebraic ``trick'' and a general relativistic formalism for quasifree processes developed earlier to arrive at transparent, analytical expressions for all quasifree (e,e'p) observables. An observable is identified for the clean and model-independent extraction of the spectral function. Our simple relativistic plane-wave calculations provide baseline predictions for the recently measured, but not yet fully analyzed, momentum distribution of 4He by the A1 Collaboration from Mainz. Yet in spite of its simplicity, our approach predicts momentum distributions for 4He that rival some of the best nonrelativistic calculations to date. Finally, we highlight some of the challenges and opportunities that remain, both theoretically and experimentally, in the extraction of quasifree observables.

  17. Calibration Technique for Superfluid 4He Weak-Link Cells Based on the Fountain Effect

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    Hoskinson, E.; Packard, R. E.

    2006-09-07

    Studies of superfluid 4He weak-links require calibration constants which permit the determination of the pressure and temperature differences which drive Josephson oscillations. We describe a technique for calibrating 4He weak-link cells in which a heater is used to induce fountain pressures detected by the deflection of a diaphragm. The technique determines the diaphragm spring constant, the inner cell volume, and the thermal conductance of the inner cells walls. This information is used to convert the measured deflection of the diaphragm into the total chemical potential difference across the weak link.

  18. JLab measurement of the 4He charge form factor at large momentum transfers.

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    Camsonne, A; Katramatou, A T; Olson, M; Sparveris, N; Acha, A; Allada, K; Anderson, B D; Arrington, J; Baldwin, A; Chen, J-P; Choi, S; Chudakov, E; Cisbani, E; Craver, B; Decowski, P; Dutta, C; Folts, E; Frullani, S; Garibaldi, F; Gilman, R; Gomez, J; Hahn, B; Hansen, J-O; Higinbotham, D W; Holmstrom, T; Huang, J; Iodice, M; Jiang, X; Kelleher, A; Khrosinkova, E; Kievsky, A; Kuchina, E; Kumbartzki, G; Lee, B; LeRose, J J; Lindgren, R A; Lott, G; Lu, H; Marcucci, L E; Margaziotis, D J; Markowitz, P; Marrone, S; Meekins, D; Meziani, Z-E; Michaels, R; Moffit, B; Norum, B; Petratos, G G; Puckett, A; Qian, X; Rondon, O; Saha, A; Sawatzky, B; Segal, J; Shabestari, M; Shahinyan, A; Solvignon, P; Subedi, R R; Suleiman, R; Sulkosky, V; Urciuoli, G M; Viviani, M; Wang, Y; Wojtsekhowski, B B; Yan, X; Yao, H; Zhang, W-M; Zheng, X; Zhu, L

    2014-04-01

    The charge form factor of 4He has been extracted in the range 29  fm(-2) ≤ Q2 ≤ 77  fm(-2) from elastic electron scattering, detecting 4He recoil nuclei and electrons in coincidence with the high resolution spectrometers of the Hall A Facility of Jefferson Lab. The measurements have uncovered a second diffraction minimum for the form factor, which was predicted in the Q2 range of this experiment. The data are in qualitative agreement with theoretical calculations based on realistic interactions and accurate methods to solve the few-body problem. PMID:24745410

  19. Using the surface tension to estimate the condensate density of superfluid /sup 4/He

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    Campbell, L.J.

    1983-01-01

    Distortion of the condensate wavefunction at the free surface of superfluid /sup 4/He contributes to the surface tension in proportion to the condensate fraction n/sub 0/(T). Using this to resolve the present discrepancy between the measured and predicted temperature dependencies of the surface tension gives n/sub 0/(T) in good agreement with results from neutron and x-ray scattering measurements. This picture is also consistent with the measured /sup 3/He-/sup 4/He interfacial tension.

  20. Equilibrium shape of 4He crystal under zero gravity below 200 mK

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    Takahashi, Takuya; Ohuchi, Haruka; Nomura, Ryuji; Okuda, Yuichi

    2015-01-01

    Equilibrium crystal shape is the lowest energy crystal shape that is hardly realized in ordinary crystals because of their slow relaxation. 4He quantum crystals in a superfluid have been expected as unique exceptions that grow extremely fast at very low temperatures. However, on the ground, gravity considerably deforms the crystals and conceals the equilibrium crystal shape, and thus, gravity-free environment is needed to observe the equilibrium shape of 4He. We report the relaxation processes of macroscopic 4He crystals in a superfluid below 200 mK under zero gravity using a parabolic flight of a jet plane. When gravity was removed from a gravity-flattened 4He crystal, the crystal rapidly transformed into a shape with flat surfaces. Although the relaxation processes were highly dependent on the initial condition, the crystals relaxed to a nearly homothetic shape in the end, indicating that they were truly in an equilibrium shape minimizing the interfacial free energy. Thanks to the equilibrium shape, we were able to determine the Wulff’s origin and the size of the c-facet together with the vicinal surface profile next to the c-facet. The c-facet size was extremely small in the quantum crystals, and the facet-like flat surfaces were found to be the vicinal surfaces. At the same time, the interfacial free energy of the a-facet and s-facet was also obtained. PMID:26601315

  1. ^4He Crystals in Reduced Gravity Obtained by Parabolic Flights of a Jet Plane

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    Takahashi, Takuya; Nomura, Ryuji; Okuda, Yuichi

    2016-11-01

    ^4He crystals usually sink to the bottom of the container in a superfluid and are deformed into a flat shape by gravity when their size is much larger than the capillary length of 1 mm. When gravity is reduced to zero, the capillary length diverges and the gravity-flattened crystals are expected to relax into an equilibrium crystal shape determined by the interfacial free energy at low enough temperatures where the relaxation time is very short. We performed a reduced gravity experiment on ^4He crystals at ultralow temperatures by developing a specially designed ^3He-^4He dilution refrigerator compatible with the experimental restrictions in a small jet plane. ^4He crystals relaxed to the equilibrium crystal shape below 600 mK during a reduced gravity period of 20 s produced by a parabolic flight. The equilibrium crystal shape, however, was metastable in most cases, governed by the boundary conditions imposed by the wall. Utilizing acoustic radiation pressure, we deformed the crystal enough to allow it to escape from the metastable shape below 150 mK. After this large deformation, the crystal relaxed to a shape completely different from its initial shape, showing three types of facets, viz., c-, a-, and s-facets, which was concluded to be the lowest energy equilibrium shape.

  2. Phase-space analysis of convection in a /sup 3/He - superfluid /sup 4/He solution

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    Haucke, H.; Maeno, Y.

    1982-01-01

    Observations have been made on thermal convection below 1K in a dilute solution of /sup 3/He in superfluid /sup 4/He contained in a cylindrical cell of aspect ratio GAMMA = 1.20. Complicated oscillatory phenomena were observed with a high degree of reproducibility using two temperature sensors. Phase-space analysis suggests a description in terms of strange-attractor dynamics.

  3. Equilibrium shape of (4)He crystal under zero gravity below 200 mK.

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    Takahashi, Takuya; Ohuchi, Haruka; Nomura, Ryuji; Okuda, Yuichi

    2015-10-01

    Equilibrium crystal shape is the lowest energy crystal shape that is hardly realized in ordinary crystals because of their slow relaxation. (4)He quantum crystals in a superfluid have been expected as unique exceptions that grow extremely fast at very low temperatures. However, on the ground, gravity considerably deforms the crystals and conceals the equilibrium crystal shape, and thus, gravity-free environment is needed to observe the equilibrium shape of (4)He. We report the relaxation processes of macroscopic (4)He crystals in a superfluid below 200 mK under zero gravity using a parabolic flight of a jet plane. When gravity was removed from a gravity-flattened (4)He crystal, the crystal rapidly transformed into a shape with flat surfaces. Although the relaxation processes were highly dependent on the initial condition, the crystals relaxed to a nearly homothetic shape in the end, indicating that they were truly in an equilibrium shape minimizing the interfacial free energy. Thanks to the equilibrium shape, we were able to determine the Wulff's origin and the size of the c-facet together with the vicinal surface profile next to the c-facet. The c-facet size was extremely small in the quantum crystals, and the facet-like flat surfaces were found to be the vicinal surfaces. At the same time, the interfacial free energy of the a-facet and s-facet was also obtained.

  4. Lieb-Liniger-like model of quantum solvation in CO-(4)HeN clusters.

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    Farrelly, D; Iñarrea, M; Lanchares, V; Salas, J P

    2016-05-28

    Small (4)He clusters doped with various molecules allow for the study of "quantum solvation" as a function of cluster size. A peculiarity of quantum solvation is that, as the number of (4)He atoms is increased from N = 1, the solvent appears to decouple from the molecule which, in turn, appears to undergo free rotation. This is generally taken to signify the onset of "microscopic superfluidity." Currently, little is known about the quantum mechanics of the decoupling mechanism, mainly because the system is a quantum (N + 1)-body problem in three dimensions which makes computations difficult. Here, a one-dimensional model is studied in which the (4)He atoms are confined to revolve on a ring and encircle a rotating CO molecule. The Lanczos algorithm is used to investigate the eigenvalue spectrum as the number of (4)He atoms is varied. Substantial solvent decoupling is observed for as few as N = 5 (4)He atoms. Examination of the Hamiltonian matrix, which has an almost block diagonal structure, reveals increasingly weak inter-block (solvent-molecule) coupling as the number of (4)He atoms is increased. In the absence of a dopant molecule the system is similar to a Lieb-Liniger (LL) gas and we find a relatively rapid transition to the LL limit as N is increased. In essence, the molecule initially-for very small N-provides a central, if relatively weak, attraction to organize the cluster; as more (4)He atoms are added, the repulsive interactions between the identical bosons start to dominate as the solvation ring (shell) becomes more crowded which causes the molecule to start to decouple. For low N, the molecule pins the atoms in place relative to itself; as N increases the atom-atom repulsion starts to dominate the Hamiltonian and the molecule decouples. We conclude that, while the notion of superfluidity is a useful and correct description of the decoupling process, a molecular viewpoint provides complementary insights into the quantum mechanism of the transition from a

  5. Lieb-Liniger-like model of quantum solvation in CO-4HeN clusters

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    Farrelly, D.; Iñarrea, M.; Lanchares, V.; Salas, J. P.

    2016-05-01

    Small 4He clusters doped with various molecules allow for the study of "quantum solvation" as a function of cluster size. A peculiarity of quantum solvation is that, as the number of 4He atoms is increased from N = 1, the solvent appears to decouple from the molecule which, in turn, appears to undergo free rotation. This is generally taken to signify the onset of "microscopic superfluidity." Currently, little is known about the quantum mechanics of the decoupling mechanism, mainly because the system is a quantum (N + 1)-body problem in three dimensions which makes computations difficult. Here, a one-dimensional model is studied in which the 4He atoms are confined to revolve on a ring and encircle a rotating CO molecule. The Lanczos algorithm is used to investigate the eigenvalue spectrum as the number of 4He atoms is varied. Substantial solvent decoupling is observed for as few as N = 5 4He atoms. Examination of the Hamiltonian matrix, which has an almost block diagonal structure, reveals increasingly weak inter-block (solvent-molecule) coupling as the number of 4He atoms is increased. In the absence of a dopant molecule the system is similar to a Lieb-Liniger (LL) gas and we find a relatively rapid transition to the LL limit as N is increased. In essence, the molecule initially—for very small N—provides a central, if relatively weak, attraction to organize the cluster; as more 4He atoms are added, the repulsive interactions between the identical bosons start to dominate as the solvation ring (shell) becomes more crowded which causes the molecule to start to decouple. For low N, the molecule pins the atoms in place relative to itself; as N increases the atom-atom repulsion starts to dominate the Hamiltonian and the molecule decouples. We conclude that, while the notion of superfluidity is a useful and correct description of the decoupling process, a molecular viewpoint provides complementary insights into the quantum mechanism of the transition from a molecular

  6. Lieb-Liniger-like model of quantum solvation in CO-(4)HeN clusters.

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    Farrelly, D; Iñarrea, M; Lanchares, V; Salas, J P

    2016-05-28

    Small (4)He clusters doped with various molecules allow for the study of "quantum solvation" as a function of cluster size. A peculiarity of quantum solvation is that, as the number of (4)He atoms is increased from N = 1, the solvent appears to decouple from the molecule which, in turn, appears to undergo free rotation. This is generally taken to signify the onset of "microscopic superfluidity." Currently, little is known about the quantum mechanics of the decoupling mechanism, mainly because the system is a quantum (N + 1)-body problem in three dimensions which makes computations difficult. Here, a one-dimensional model is studied in which the (4)He atoms are confined to revolve on a ring and encircle a rotating CO molecule. The Lanczos algorithm is used to investigate the eigenvalue spectrum as the number of (4)He atoms is varied. Substantial solvent decoupling is observed for as few as N = 5 (4)He atoms. Examination of the Hamiltonian matrix, which has an almost block diagonal structure, reveals increasingly weak inter-block (solvent-molecule) coupling as the number of (4)He atoms is increased. In the absence of a dopant molecule the system is similar to a Lieb-Liniger (LL) gas and we find a relatively rapid transition to the LL limit as N is increased. In essence, the molecule initially-for very small N-provides a central, if relatively weak, attraction to organize the cluster; as more (4)He atoms are added, the repulsive interactions between the identical bosons start to dominate as the solvation ring (shell) becomes more crowded which causes the molecule to start to decouple. For low N, the molecule pins the atoms in place relative to itself; as N increases the atom-atom repulsion starts to dominate the Hamiltonian and the molecule decouples. We conclude that, while the notion of superfluidity is a useful and correct description of the decoupling process, a molecular viewpoint provides complementary insights into the quantum mechanism of the transition from a

  7. Search for supersolidity in solid 4He using multiple-mode torsional oscillators

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    Eyal, Anna; Mi, Xiao; Talanov, Artem V.; Reppy, John D.

    2016-06-01

    In 2004, Kim and Chan (KC) reported a decrease in the period of torsional oscillators (TO) containing samples of solid 4He, as the temperature was lowered below 0.2 K [Kim E, Chan MHW (2004) Science 305(5692):1941-1944]. These unexpected results constituted the first experimental evidence that the long-predicted supersolid state of solid 4He may exist in nature. The KC results were quickly confirmed in a number of other laboratories and created great excitement in the low-temperature condensed-matter community. Since that time, however, it has become clear that the period shifts seen in the early experiments can in large part be explained by an increase in the shear modulus of the 4He solid identified by Day and Beamish [Day J, Beamish J (2007) Nature 450(7171):853-856]. Using multiple-frequency torsional oscillators, we can separate frequency-dependent period shifts arising from changes in the elastic properties of the solid 4He from possible supersolid signals, which are expected to be independent of frequency. We find in our measurements that as the temperature is lowered below 0.2 K, a clear frequency-dependent contribution to the period shift arising from changes in the 4He elastic properties is always present. For all of the cells reported in this paper, however, there is always an additional small frequency-independent contribution to the total period shift, such as would be expected in the case of a transition to a supersolid state.

  8. Search for supersolidity in solid 4He using multiple-mode torsional oscillators

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    Eyal, Anna; Mi, Xiao; Talanov, Artem V.; Reppy, John D.

    2016-06-01

    In 2004, Kim and Chan (KC) reported a decrease in the period of torsional oscillators (TO) containing samples of solid 4He, as the temperature was lowered below 0.2 K [Kim E, Chan MHW (2004) Science 305(5692):1941–1944]. These unexpected results constituted the first experimental evidence that the long-predicted supersolid state of solid 4He may exist in nature. The KC results were quickly confirmed in a number of other laboratories and created great excitement in the low-temperature condensed-matter community. Since that time, however, it has become clear that the period shifts seen in the early experiments can in large part be explained by an increase in the shear modulus of the 4He solid identified by Day and Beamish [Day J, Beamish J (2007) Nature 450(7171):853–856]. Using multiple-frequency torsional oscillators, we can separate frequency-dependent period shifts arising from changes in the elastic properties of the solid 4He from possible supersolid signals, which are expected to be independent of frequency. We find in our measurements that as the temperature is lowered below 0.2 K, a clear frequency-dependent contribution to the period shift arising from changes in the 4He elastic properties is always present. For all of the cells reported in this paper, however, there is always an additional small frequency-independent contribution to the total period shift, such as would be expected in the case of a transition to a supersolid state.

  9. Search for supersolidity in solid 4He using multiple-mode torsional oscillators

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    Eyal, Anna; Mi, Xiao; Talanov, Artem V.; Reppy, John D.

    2016-01-01

    In 2004, Kim and Chan (KC) reported a decrease in the period of torsional oscillators (TO) containing samples of solid 4He, as the temperature was lowered below 0.2 K [Kim E, Chan MHW (2004) Science 305(5692):1941–1944]. These unexpected results constituted the first experimental evidence that the long-predicted supersolid state of solid 4He may exist in nature. The KC results were quickly confirmed in a number of other laboratories and created great excitement in the low-temperature condensed-matter community. Since that time, however, it has become clear that the period shifts seen in the early experiments can in large part be explained by an increase in the shear modulus of the 4He solid identified by Day and Beamish [Day J, Beamish J (2007) Nature 450(7171):853–856]. Using multiple-frequency torsional oscillators, we can separate frequency-dependent period shifts arising from changes in the elastic properties of the solid 4He from possible supersolid signals, which are expected to be independent of frequency. We find in our measurements that as the temperature is lowered below 0.2 K, a clear frequency-dependent contribution to the period shift arising from changes in the 4He elastic properties is always present. For all of the cells reported in this paper, however, there is always an additional small frequency-independent contribution to the total period shift, such as would be expected in the case of a transition to a supersolid state. PMID:27222579

  10. Adsorbent phosphates

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    Watanabe, S.

    1983-01-01

    An adsorbent which uses as its primary ingredient phosphoric acid salts of zirconium or titanium is presented. Production methods are discussed and several examples are detailed. Measurements of separating characteristics of some gases using the salts are given.

  11. Testing the U-Th/4He dating method on carbonates I. Helium diffusion

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    Pinti, D. L.; Ghaleb, B. G.; Sano, Y.; Blanchette, S.; Mathouchanh, E.; Takahata, N.

    2012-12-01

    Corals and other carbonates, such as speleothems, are important climatic-change proxies which need to be precisely dated for paleoclimatic reconstructions. Yet, U-Th disequilibrium method is applicable up to ca. 500 ka old carbonates. Calcite is difficult to date precisely by U-Pb method because of the low U amounts often found and difficulties in correcting for the common lead. Radiogenic 4He produced by decay of 238U and 235U incorporated into carbonates is a potential chronometer of Quaternary, and possibly Tertiary, corals and speleothems. However, several limitations exist for this method, related to the few data on the He diffusion [1] and on the alpha recoil effect in carbonate minerals. We decided to measure 4He by step heating in carbonate samples dated previously by U-Th disequilibrium: a coral (Scleractinia) from Cape Verde dated at 125 ka; a stalagmite from Patagonia dated at 128 ka; and two hydrothermal travertines from the Ziz Valley in Morocco with ages ≥ 500 ka. A one cm3 of each sample was cut by saw, crushed, washed and sieved to 80-100μm and 100-125μm fractions. Crushed samples (0.5 to 1 gram) were loaded in a vacuum crucible and 4He extracted by step heating. Previous step heating experiments on a sub-Arctic flowstone suggested that 4He is mainly released between 400 and 600°C [2]. However, the first coral sample heated at 100°C steps, showed a release pattern profile with 4He mainly released between 200 and 400°C. Measured 4He amount of 2.05 x 10-8 (±0.03% 1σ) ccSTP/g and U content of 2.7 ppm yield a U-4He age of 62.5 ka, lower than that obtained by U-Th disequilibrium. Data were not precise enough to calculate diffusion parameters using the Arrhenius diagram. The second step-heating pyrolysis of the coral using 50°C-steps indicated that all 4He is released between 250 and 350°C. The measured 4He amount was 2.27 x 10-8 (±0.04% 1σ) ccSTP/g, yielding an age of 83 ka, again lower compared to that obtained by U-Th disequilibrium. The

  12. Nanoscale confinement and interfacial effects on the dynamics and glass transition/crystallinity of thin adsorbed films on silica nanoparticles

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    Madathingal, Rajesh Raman

    The research investigated in this dissertation has focused on understanding the structure-property-function relationships of polymer nanocomposites. The properties of composite systems are dictated by the properties of their components, typically fillers in a polymer matrix. In nanocomposites, the polymer near an interface has significantly different properties compared with the bulk polymer, and the contribution of the adsorbed polymer to composite properties becomes increasingly important as the filler size decreases. Despite many reports of highly favorable properties, the behavior of polymer nanocomposites is not generally predictable, and thus requires a better understanding of the interfacial region. The ability to tailor the filler/matrix interaction and an understanding of the impact of the interface on macroscopic properties are keys in the design of nanocomposite properties. In this original work the surface of silica nanoparticles was tailored by: (a) Changing the number of sites for polymer attachment by varying the surface silanols and, (b) By varying the size/curvature of nanoparticles. The effect of surface tailoring on the dynamic properties after the adsorption of two model polymers, amorphous polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and semicrystalline polyethylene oxide (PEO) was observed. The interphase layer of polymers adsorbed to silica surfaces is affected by the surface silanol density as well as the relative size of the polymer compared with the size of the adsorbing substrate. The non-equilibrium adsorption of PMMA onto individual colloidal Stober silica (SiO2) particles, where Rparticle (100nm) > RPMMA (˜6.5nm) was compared with the adsorption onto fumed silica, where Rparticle (7nm) ˜ RPMMA (6.5nm) < Raggregate (˜1000nm), both as a function of silanol density [SiOH] and hydrophobility. In the former case, TEM images showed that the PMMA adsorbed onto individual nanoparticles, so that the number of PMMA chains/bead could be calculated, whereas

  13. Temperature and pressure dependence of viscosity of quantum liquid 4He according to significant structure theory

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    Ryoo, Ryong; John, Mu Shik; Eyring, Henry

    1980-01-01

    Both solid-like and gas-like flow structures are considered in the calculation of viscosity of liquid 4He using the significant structure theory of liquids. The predominance of quantum mechanical zero-point motion over that arising from thermal excitation is taken into account for the solid-like motion of molecules. The viscosity of liquid 4He under its own vapor pressure calculated over its whole temperature range is in reasonably good agreement with experimental data. The pressure dependence of viscosity also was obtained. The calculation does not yield good results at high densities where the free jumping of molecules into the nearest neighboring vacancies through the kinetic zero-point motion is no longer plausible. PMID:16592856

  14. Apatite 4He/3He and (U-Th)/He evidence for an ancient Grand Canyon.

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    Flowers, R M; Farley, K A

    2012-12-21

    The Grand Canyon is one of the most dramatic features on Earth, yet when and why it was carved have been controversial topics for more than 150 years. Here, we present apatite (4)He/(3)He thermochronometry data from the Grand Canyon basement that tightly constrain the near-surface cooling history associated with canyon incision. (4)He/(3)He spectra for eastern Grand Canyon apatites of differing He date, radiation damage, and U-Th zonation yield a self-consistent cooling history that substantially validates the He diffusion kinetic model applied here. Similar data for the western Grand Canyon provide evidence that it was excavated to within a few hundred meters of modern depths by ~70 million years ago (Ma), in contrast to the conventional model in which the entire canyon was carved since 5 to 6 Ma.

  15. Sonofusion: Heat and ^4He Created by Cavitationally Induced Loading of Metal Foils

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    Stringham, Roger

    2003-03-01

    Helium four was produced in a vacuum tight system and measured by mass spectrometry with no measurable accompanying radiation. This fusion product from a piezo driven, acoustic reactor forces deuterons into a metallic foil. We believe the reaction is the result of the adiabatic collapse of transient bubbles in D_2O. The collapse process forms high-density plasma jets that are further z-pinched and then implanted into the foil lattices where the DD fusion takes place. With no evidence of long range radiation, the mc^2 energy was converted to heat. The reactor gases were analyzed at levels as high as 500 ppm of ^4He, which is 100 times that found in air. The SEM, Scanning Electron Microscope, photos of target foil surfaces show evidence of violent activity identified as ejecta sites varying in size from 100 to 10000 nm in diameter. The ^4He, radiation, excess heat, and SEM measurements support the DD fusion explanation.

  16. Superheat Limit of 4He and Its Quantum Deviation from Classical Behavior

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    Nishigaki, Kazu; Saji, Yoshiro

    1983-07-01

    The superheating of normal liquid 4He was investigated by means of continuous heating of liquid specimen in a small glass capillary over a temperature range 2.26 K to 4.88 K. The maximum superheating data obtained were compared with the prediction from the homogeneous nucleation theory and the data for various liquids in terms of the reduced coordinates. It is confirmed that the agreement between the homogeneous nucleation theory and experiment on 4He is satisfactory, and the scaled superheating depends parametrically on the quantum parameter \\varLambda*, i.e., the deviations of the data for quantum liquids from the classical behavior become pronounced as the parameter is increased.

  17. Apatite 4He/3He and (U-Th)/He evidence for an ancient Grand Canyon.

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    Flowers, R M; Farley, K A

    2012-12-21

    The Grand Canyon is one of the most dramatic features on Earth, yet when and why it was carved have been controversial topics for more than 150 years. Here, we present apatite (4)He/(3)He thermochronometry data from the Grand Canyon basement that tightly constrain the near-surface cooling history associated with canyon incision. (4)He/(3)He spectra for eastern Grand Canyon apatites of differing He date, radiation damage, and U-Th zonation yield a self-consistent cooling history that substantially validates the He diffusion kinetic model applied here. Similar data for the western Grand Canyon provide evidence that it was excavated to within a few hundred meters of modern depths by ~70 million years ago (Ma), in contrast to the conventional model in which the entire canyon was carved since 5 to 6 Ma. PMID:23196906

  18. Studies on the response of 3He and 4He proportional counters to monoenergetic fast neutrons

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    Manolopoulou, M.; Fragopoulou, M.; Stoulos, S.; Koukorava, C.; Spyrou, A.; Perdikakis, G.; Hashemi-Nezhad, S. R.; Zamani, M.

    2006-06-01

    Two helium filled proportional counters ( 3He and 4He) were studied to establish the optimum operating conditions when these counters are used for fast neutron measurements, as well as to examine the linearity of the pulse height with neutron energy. The detectors were irradiated with mono-energetic neutrons in the energy range of 230 keV-22 MeV, produced via 7Li(n,p) 7Be, 2H(d,n) 3He and 3H(d,n) 4He reactions in a Tandem Van de Graff accelerator. The gamma ray contribution to the obtained pulse height distribution and the resolution of the counters as a function of shaping time constant and applied high voltage were studied.

  19. Competition between thermal fluctuations and disorder in the crystallization of 4He in aerogel.

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    Nomura, Ryuji; Osawa, Aiko; Mimori, Tomohiro; Ueno, Ken-ichi; Kato, Haruko; Okuda, Yuichi

    2008-10-24

    The dynamical transition in the crystallization of 4He in aerogel has been investigated by direct visualization and dynamical phase diagrams have been determined. The crystal-superfluid interface in aerogel advances via creep at high temperatures and avalanches at low temperatures. The transition temperature is higher at a higher interface velocity and lower in higher porosity aerogels. The transition is due to competition between thermal fluctuations and disorder for the crystallization process. PMID:18999765

  20. Production of {sup 4}He and tritium from Be in the COBRA-1A2 irradiation

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    Greenwood, L.R.

    1998-03-01

    The production of {sup 4}He and tritium has been calculated for beryllium irradiated in the COBRA-1A2 experiment in the Experimental Breeder Reactor II. Reaction rates were based on adjusted neutron spectra determined from reactor dosimetry measurements at three different elevations in the region of the beryllium capsules. Equations are given so that gas production can be calculated for any specific capsule elevation.

  1. Anomalous 4He Observation with EPHIN on Board SOHO during 1996 and 1997

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    Gómez-Herrero, R.; Del Peral, L.; Rodríguez-Frías, D.; Sequeiros, J.; Gutiérrez, J.; Müller-Mellin, R.; Kunow, H.

    2003-07-01

    The analysis of the 4 He spectrum during solar quiet time periods has demonstrated that the main source is of anomalous origin. It has been determined that this anomalous component reached similar levels to the observed ones during the 1976 solar minimum, revealing the importance of the solar polarity in the particle transport inside the heliosphere. Acceleration conditions of anomalous cosmic rays in the solar wind termination shock have been obtained.

  2. Primary populations of metastable antiprotonic (4)He and (3)He atoms.

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    Hori, M; Eades, J; Hayano, R S; Ishikawa, T; Sakaguchi, J; Tasaki, T; Widmann, E; Yamaguchi, H; Torii, H A; Juhász, B; Horváth, D; Yamazaki, T

    2002-08-26

    Initial distributions of metastable antiprotonic (4)He and (3)He atoms over principal (n) and angular momentum (l) quantum numbers have been deduced using laser spectroscopy experiments. The regions n = 37-40 and n = 35-38 in the two atoms account for almost all of the observed fractions [(3.0 +/- 0.1)% and (2.4 +/- 0.1)%] of antiprotons captured into metastable states. PMID:12190401

  3. A new method for determining the 3He/4He ratio in the local interstellar medium

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    Lemoine, M.; Vidal-Madjar, A.; Ferlet, R.

    1993-06-01

    We propose here an original method for estimating the 3He/4 Heratio in the local diffuse interstellar medium at a low cost from an observational point of view. The main idea is to measure the shift in radial velocity of the 4He λ537Å and λ584Å lines due to the presence of 3He in the red wing of these lines, and to compare the observed shift to the shifts obtained through numerical simulations for different 3He/4He ratios. We performed such simulations in order to reveal the efficiency of this method, using typical astrophysical conditions and instrumental parameters corresponding to the Lyman-FUSE mission. We find that this method should yield the 3He/4He ratio with a 1 σ uncertainty ˜50% at a spectral resolving power R=30 000 and a signal-to-noise ratio S/N=50. This method thus appears more adapted to a forehand estimation of the interstellar 3He/4He ratio than the standard profile fitting method, which should yield a 1 σ uncertainty of 10% at R=30 000 and S/N ≃ 290 (Hurwitz & Bowyer, t985). Finally, our method should be able to settle the evolutionary status of 3He if 3He has been significantly enhanced or depleted in the last 4.6 Gyr. Combined with the measurement of the deuterium abundance on the same line of sight (already programmed on HST), this might yield very important constraint on Big-Bang nucleosynthesis consistency.

  4. Electronically tunable fiber laser for optical pumping of {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He

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    Stephens, E.F.; Patrick, H.; Gilbert, S.L.

    1996-03-01

    We present in this paper a low threshold, highly stable, integrated fiber laser cavity that uses an electronically tunable internal Bragg grating. The fiber laser produced over 5 mW with a spectral width of about 5 GHz at 1083 nm. The laser was used to achieve 30{percent} polarization of the 2{sup 3}{ital S}{sub 1} metastable states of {sup 4}He in a weak rf discharge cell. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  5. Wave Turbulence in Superfluid {sup 4}He: Energy Cascades and Rogue Waves in the Laboratory

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    Efimov, V. B.; Ganshin, A. N.; McClintock, P. V. E.; Kolmakov, G. V.; Mezhov-Deglin, L. P.

    2008-11-13

    Recent work on second sound acoustic turbulence in superfluid {sup 4}He is reviewed. Observations of forward and inverse energy cascades are described. The onset of the inverse cascade occurs above a critical driving energy and it is accompanied by giant waves that constitute an acoustic analogue of the rogue waves that occasionally appear on the surface of the ocean. The theory of the phenomenon is outlined and shown to be in good agreement with the experiments.

  6. Observation of a Dislocation-Related Interfacial Friction Mechanism in Mobile Solid 4He

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    Eyal, Anna; Livne, Ethan; Polturak, Emil

    2016-04-01

    We report a study of the temperature and stress dependence of the friction associated with a relative motion of crystallites of solid 4He in contact with each other. A situation where such motion exists emerges spontaneously during a disordering of a single crystal contained inside an annular sample space of a torsional oscillator (TO). Under the torque applied by the oscillating walls of the TO these crystallites move relative to each other, generating measurable dissipation at their interface. We studied this friction between 0.5 and 1.8 K in solid samples grown from commercially pure 4He and from a 100 ppm 3He-4He mixture. The data were analyzed by modeling the TO as a driven harmonic oscillator. In this model, an analysis of the resonant frequency and amplitude of the TO yields the temperature dependence of the friction coefficient. By fitting the data to specific forms, we found that over our temperature range, the dominant friction mechanism associated with the interfacial motion of the crystallites results from climb of individual dislocations. The characteristic energy scale associated with this friction can be 3 or 6 K, depending on the sample. The motion of the solid in the presence of such friction can perhaps be described as the low limit of "slip-stick" motion.

  7. Phase equilibrium in a polarized saturated {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He mixture

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    Rodrigues, A.; Vermeulen, G.

    1997-07-01

    We present experimental results on the phase equilibrium of a saturated {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He mixture, which has been cooled to a temperature of 10-15 mK and polarized in a {sup 4}He circulating dilution refrigerator to a stationary polarization of 15 %, 7 times higher than the equilibrium polarization in the external field of 7 T. The pressure dependence of the polarization enhancement in the refrigerator shows that the molar susceptibilities of the concentrated and dilute phase of a saturated {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He mixture are equal at p = 2.60 {+-} 0.04 bar. This result affects the Fermi liquid parameters of the dilute phase. The osmotic pressure in the dilute phase has been measured as a function of the polarization of the coexisting concentrated phase up to 15 %. We find that the osmotic pressure at low polarization ( < 7 % ) agrees well with thermodynamics using the new Fermi liquid parameters of the dilute phase.

  8. New solar axion search using the CERN Axion Solar Telescope with 4He filling

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    Arik, M.; Aune, S.; Barth, K.; Belov, A.; Bräuninger, H.; Bremer, J.; Burwitz, V.; Cantatore, G.; Carmona, J. M.; Cetin, S. A.; Collar, J. I.; Da Riva, E.; Dafni, T.; Davenport, M.; Dermenev, A.; Eleftheriadis, C.; Elias, N.; Fanourakis, G.; Ferrer-Ribas, E.; Galán, J.; García, J. A.; Gardikiotis, A.; Garza, J. G.; Gazis, E. N.; Geralis, T.; Georgiopoulou, E.; Giomataris, I.; Gninenko, S.; Gómez Marzoa, M.; Hasinoff, M. D.; Hoffmann, D. H. H.; Iguaz, F. J.; Irastorza, I. G.; Jacoby, J.; Jakovčić, K.; Karuza, M.; Kavuk, M.; Krčmar, M.; Kuster, M.; Lakić, B.; Laurent, J. M.; Liolios, A.; Ljubičić, A.; Luzón, G.; Neff, S.; Niinikoski, T.; Nordt, A.; Ortega, I.; Papaevangelou, T.; Pivovaroff, M. J.; Raffelt, G.; Rodríguez, A.; Rosu, M.; Ruz, J.; Savvidis, I.; Shilon, I.; Solanki, S. K.; Stewart, L.; Tomás, A.; Vafeiadis, T.; Villar, J.; Vogel, J. K.; Yildiz, S. C.; Zioutas, K.; CAST Collaboration

    2015-07-01

    The CERN Axion Solar Telescope (CAST) searches for a →γ conversion in the 9 T magnetic field of a refurbished LHC test magnet that can be directed toward the Sun. Two parallel magnet bores can be filled with helium of adjustable pressure to match the x-ray refractive mass mγ to the axion search mass ma. After the vacuum phase (2003-2004), which is optimal for ma≲0.02 eV , we used 4He in 2005-2007 to cover the mass range of 0.02-0.39 eV and 3He in 2009-2011 to scan from 0.39 to 1.17 eV. After improving the detectors and shielding, we returned to 4He in 2012 to investigate a narrow ma range around 0.2 eV ("candidate setting" of our earlier search) and 0.39-0.42 eV, the upper axion mass range reachable with 4He, to "cross the axion line" for the KSVZ model. We have improved the limit on the axion-photon coupling to ga γ<1.47 ×10-10 GeV-1 (95% C.L.), depending on the pressure settings. Since 2013, we have returned to the vacuum and aim for a significant increase in sensitivity.

  9. Active Inspection of Nuclear Materials Using {sup 4}He Scintillation Detectors

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    Davatz, G.; Howard, A.; Chandra, R.; Gendotti, U.

    2011-12-13

    The detection of fissionable materials by neutron and high-energy photon active interrogation methods is explored using {sup 4}He scintillation detectors to search for prompt and delayed neutron signature. The low electron density of {sup 4}He in addition to its pulse shape discrimination capability allows strong rejection of gamma radiation. For the detection of the prompt neutron signatures, this capability is important as the signal produced by induced fission is accompanied by intense gamma radiation. The nanosecond time resolution of {sup 4}He scintillation detectors can be used for time-of-flight measurements aimed at determining the energy of the emitted neutrons. For delayed neutron detection, the insensitivity to the low energy neutrons present from non-signal reactions is inherent. Unlike detectors requiring a moderator, this technology can easily be collimated to reduce sensitivity to neutrons from outside the field of interest. The performance of the detectors for these applications is studied using GEANT4 computer modeling, based on measured detector parameters. A comparison is made with technologies typically used for these applications, i.e. heavily shielded organic scintillators for prompt neutron detection and Cd-lined {sup 3}He neutron detectors for the detection of delayed neutrons.

  10. Capillary Condensation of Liquid 4He in Aerogel on Cooling Through {lambda} Point

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    Miyashita, W.; Yoneyama, K.; Kato, H.; Nomura, R.; Okuda, Y.

    2006-09-07

    Capillary condensation of liquid 4He in silica aerogel with a 90% porosity was investigated visually. The initial condition of the experiment was such that liquid 4He was present in the sample cell but not in the aerogel. This situation was realized by introducing the liquid into the cell at a fast rate to avoid liquefaction in the aerogel. The free surface of the liquid rose up in the cell with filling and eventually reached the bottom of the aerogel. Then, the aerogel absorbed the liquid by capillary condensation. The height of the liquid in the aerogel rose with time t roughly as t1/2 in the normal fluid phase. This behavior was consistent with the Washburn model. When the system was cooled through the {lambda} point during the condensation, the liquid height started to rise faster in the superfluid phase with a constant velocity of about 0.3 mm/sec. The dynamics of capillary condensation was strongly dependent on whether the liquid 4He was in the normal or the superfluid phase.

  11. Spin polarization effects in the /sup 3/H(d,n)/sup 4/He fusion reaction

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    Conzett, H.E.; Rioux, C.

    1985-06-01

    A recent investigation has shown that the /sup 3/H(d,n)/sup 4/He fusion reaction rate could be enhanced by a factor of 3/2 if the fusion plasma consisted of both polarized deuterons and tritons, forming exclusively the channel-spin S = 3/2, J = 3/2/sup +/ state. This result follows simply from the statistical weights of the quartet S = 3/2 and doublet S = 1/2 initial states, with the assumption of the single J = 3/2/sup +/ reaction amplitude. Since, with a small but nonzero J = 1/2/sup +/ amplitude, the maximum enhancement of the reaction occurs at the peak of the J = 3/2/sup +/ resonance, corresponding to a deuteron lab energy of 107 keV, it is of obvious interest to know what the enhancement would be at the lower energies that are typical of fusion plasmas. We are able to address this question by extending earlier calculations which gave the values of all of the spin-polarization observables at this J = 3/2/sup +/ resonance in both the /sup 3/H(d,n)/sup 4/He and the /sup 3/He(d,p)/sup 4/He reactions.

  12. On the Evolution of the Light Elements. I. D, 3He, and 4He

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    Fields, Brian D.

    1996-01-01

    The light elements D, 3He, 4He, and 7Li are produced in big bang nucleosynthesis and undergo changes in their abundances due to Galactic processing. Since one may observe most of these elements only in contemporary environments, knowledge of the intervening evolution is necessary for determining the observational constraints on primordial nucleosynthesis Chemical and stellar evolution model dependences in light element evolution are systematically investigated via a comparison of 1460 possible chemical evolution scenarios and a comparison of stellar nucleosynthesis yields, all of which have been selected to fit solar neighborhood C, N, 0, and Fe abundances as well as the observed local gas density and gas mass fraction. The light element evolution and solar system yields in these models are found to span a wide range, explicitly demonstrating the model dependence. The range of model dependence for D, 3He, and 4He solar abundances is calculated, and its sensitivity to the heavy element constraints is noted. The chemical evolution contribution to the uncertainty in the observed primordial light element abundances is estimated, and the effects of this uncertainty on big bang nucleosynthesis results are discussed. The predictions for the light elements are found to be correlated; the extent and physical origin of these correlations is discussed. D and 3He evolution is found to have significant model dependence; however, the dominant factor determining their solar and interstellar abundances is their primordial abundance. In addition, 3He is found to be very sensitive to the details of processing in low-mass stars. 4He yields are shown to be very model dependent. In particular, both the introduction of mass loss and the possibly very high 4He stellar yields in the poorly understood mass range of ˜8-12Msun can lead to large enhancement of 4He production and can lead to large slopes of ΔY/ΔN and ΔY/ΔO. It is found that the inclusion of secondary nitrogen leads to

  13. Precision prediction for the big-bang abundance of primordial 4He

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    Lopez, Robert E.; Turner, Michael S.

    1999-05-01

    Within the standard models of particle physics and cosmology we have calculated the big-bang prediction for the primordial abundance of 4He to a theoretical uncertainty of less than 0.1% (δYP<+/-0.0002), improving the current theoretical precision by a factor of 10. At this accuracy the uncertainty in the abundance is dominated by the experimental uncertainty in the neutron mean lifetime, τn=885.4+/-2.0 sec. The following physical effects were included in the calculation: the zero and finite-temperature radiative, Coulomb and finite-nucleon-mass corrections to the weak rates; order-α quantum-electrodynamic correction to the plasma density, electron mass, and neutrino temperature; and incomplete neutrino decoupling. New results for the finite-temperature radiative correction and the QED plasma correction were used. In addition, we wrote a new and independent nucleosynthesis code designed to control numerical errors to be less than 0.1% . Our predictions for the 4He abundance are presented in the form of an accurate fitting formula. Summarizing our work in one number, YP(η=5×10-10)=0.2462+/-0.0004 (expt) +/-<0.0002 (theory). Further, the baryon density inferred from the Burles-Tytler determination of the primordial D abundance, ΩBh2=0.019+/-0.001, leads to the prediction YP=0.2464+/-0.0005 (D/H) +/-<0.0002 (theory) +/-0.0005 (expt). This ``prediction'' and an accurate measurement of the primeval 4He abundance will allow an important consistency test of primordial nucleosynthesis.

  14. Heat Capacity of Superfluid (sup 4)He in the Presence of a Heat Current Near T

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    Chui, Talso C. P.; Goodstein, David L.; Harter, Alexa W.; Mukhopadhyay, Ranjan

    1996-01-01

    The thermodynamic theory of superfluid helium in the presence of a heat current is presented. We show that there is a thermodynamic relation between the heat capacity and the expression ps(W), which describes the depression of the superfluid density with the counterflow velocity W. Using this relation we show that the heat capacity of superfluid super4He in the presence of a heat current diverges at a depressed lambda transition temperature, suggesting the possibility of a new second order phase transition where the superfluid wave function is not the order parameter.

  15. Measurements of Vortex Line Density Generated by a Quartz Tuning Fork in Superfluid 4He

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    Jackson, M. J.; Kolosov, O.; Schmoranzer, D.; Skrbek, L.; Tsepelin, V.; Woods, A. J.

    2016-05-01

    We present proof-of-concept measurements of the vortex line density generated by a quartz tuning fork resonator probed by the attenuation of second sound in superfluid ^4He at 1.6 K. The force-velocity response of a quartz tuning fork operating at a frequency of 31 kHz exhibited the onset of extra damping at a velocity of 0.5 ms^{-1}. Attenuation of the 5th resonant mode of second sound was observed at the same velocity, indicating the production of vortex lines. Our measurements demonstrate that an increase of the drag coefficient corresponds to the development of quantum turbulence.

  16. Barshay-Temmer test for the 4He( overlined, 3He) 3H reaction

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    Bruno, M.; Cannata, F.; D'agostino, M.; Fiandri, M. L.; Herman, M.; Hofmann, H. M.; Vuaridel, B.; Grüebler, W.; König, V.; Schmelzbach, P. A.; Elsener, K.

    1989-09-01

    The mechanisms of isospin violation in the reaction 4He( overlined, 3He) 3H is studied, in the framework of a microscopic model. To describe realistically the intermediate 6Li nucleus and the fragment states we use the refined resonating group model (RRGM). A detailed analysis of the matrix elements responsible for the asymmetry of cross sections and vector analyzing powers is presented. The isospin violation is found typically of the order of 5-10% and arises mainly from coupling to intermediate "5 + 1" structures in a two-step mechanism. The agreement with the experimental data is fair.

  17. Torsional oscillator and synchrotron x-ray experiments on solid {sup 4}He in aerogel.

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    Mulders, N.; West, J. T.; Chan, M. H. W.; Kodituwakku, C. N.; Burns, C. A.; Lurio, L. B.; Univ. of Delaware; Pennsylvania State Univ.; Western Michigan Univ.; Northern Illinois Univ.

    2008-01-01

    X-ray diffraction experiments show that solid {sup 4}He grown in aerogel is highly polycrystalline, with an hcp crystal structure (as in bulk) and a crystallite size of approximately 100 nm. In contrast to the expectation that the highly disordered solid will have a large supersolid fraction, torsional oscillator measurements show a behavior that is strikingly similar to high purity crystals grown from the superfluid phase. The low temperature supersolid fraction is only {approx}3 x 10{sup -4}, and the onset temperature is {approx}100 mK.

  18. Quantum Tunneling of ^3He in Solid ^4He: A New Analysis

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    Huan, C.; Kim, S. S.; Candela, D.; Sullivan, N. S.

    2016-11-01

    We discuss the analysis of the experimental values of the nuclear spin-lattice and spin-spin relaxation times for the tunneling of ^3He as isotopic impurities in solid ^4He. These two relaxation times cannot be described quantitatively using a unique correlation time although it is often presented as such in the literature. In this paper, we discuss how to distinguish the high-frequency portion of the spectral densities that determine the spin-lattice relaxation rates from the low-frequency components which determine the spin-spin relaxation rates.

  19. 4He Implantation in Natural Diamond: Implications for Apatite (U-Th)/He Thermochronometry

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    Phillips, D.; Kohn, B. P.; Gleadow, A. J.; Harris, J. W.

    2007-12-01

    Current apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry protocols correct for ejection of α-particles from grain margins. However, the potential for implantation of 4He into apatite grains, from primary or secondary actinide minerals, has received more limited attention. Evidence for significant natural α-fluxes in the near- surface environment is provided by surface feature and He abundance studies on diamond. Intense α- damage induces a green colour centre in diamond, enabling visual assessment of natural α-implantation doses. Diamonds with transparent green coats and/or green spots occur in most primary and detrital diamond deposits worldwide, indicating that α-implantation rates into upper crustal minerals may be more significant than previously envisaged. Experiments on transparent green-coated natural diamonds reveal implanted αHe concentrations up to 0.015 cc/g, attributed to secondary uranium phases deposited by circulating groundwater (Shelkov et al., 1998). Implantation of similar α-dosages into apatite grains would increase (U-Th)/He ages by up to several hundred percent, dependent on α-dose rate, grain dimensions and actinide content. Investigation of actinide-rich granites in Australia has revealed the common juxtaposition of apatite and actinide phases such as monazite and zircon. In addition, secondary actinide-bearing phases (e.g. uraninite) are observed along joints, fractures, miarolitic cavities and weathering fronts, thus providing additional α-sources. These results demonstrate that (U-Th)/He thermochronometry analyses of apatite, particularly from actinide-rich, weathered granites and sediments, need to evaluate the potential for 4He implantation in the near-surface environment. Insight into the extent of this problem may be achievable through multiple analyses of single grains, in situ laser probe analyses, 4He/3He step-heating experiments, abrasion of grains and/or complementary apatite fission track analyses. Reference: Shelkov, D

  20. Communication: Nucleation of quantized vortex rings in {sup 4}He nanodroplets

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    Mateo, David; Leal, Antonio; Barranco, Manuel; Pi, Martí; Hernando, Alberto; Cargnoni, Fausto; Mella, Massimo; Zhang, Xiaohang; Drabbels, Marcel

    2014-04-07

    Whereas most of the phenomena associated with superfluidity have been observed in finite-size helium systems, the nucleation of quantized vortices has proven elusive. Here we show using time-dependent density functional simulations that the solvation of a Ba{sup +} ion created by photoionization of neutral Ba at the surface of a {sup 4}He nanodroplet leads to the nucleation of a quantized ring vortex. The vortex is nucleated on a 10 ps timescale at the equator of a solid-like solvation structure that forms around the Ba{sup +} ion. The process is expected to be quite general and very efficient under standard experimental conditions.

  1. Measurements of Superfluid 4He Flow Through Sub-15 nm Aperture Arrays

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    Hoffmann, J. A.; Hunt, B.; Wang, M.; Davis, J. C.; Black, C. T.

    2006-09-07

    We have constructed an experiment designed to study Josephson phenomena in 4He. Motivated by reports and our ideas for novel silicon nanofabrication techniques, we designed the experiment to study the possibility of a transition from stochastic to coherent phase slippage. Here we briefly describe the nanofabrication of sub-15 nm aperture arrays and show preliminary data. For temperatures below 2 K, these data show temperature dependence of the superfluid critical velocity through the weak link which is characteristic of phase-slip limited flow.

  2. Formation of a Mesa Shaped Phonon Pulse in Superfluid 4He

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    Adamenko, I. N.; Nemchenko, K. E.; Slipko, V. A.

    2010-05-01

    We present a theory for the formation of a mesa shaped phonon pulse in superfluid 4He. Starting from the hydrodynamic equations of superfluid helium, we obtain the system of equations which describe the evolution of strongly anisotropic phonon systems. Such systems can be created experimentally. The solution of the equations are simple waves, which correspond to second sound in the moving phonon pulse. Using these exact solutions, we describe the expansion of phonon pulses in superfluid helium at zero temperature. This theory gives an explanation for the mesa shape observed in the measured phonon angular distributions. Almost all dependencies of the mesa shape on the system parameters can be qualitatively understood.

  3. Velocity distributions of tracer particles in thermal counterflow in superfluid 4He

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    Mineda, Yoshikazu; Tsubota, Makoto; Sergeev, Yuri A.; Barenghi, Carlo F.; Vinen, W. F.

    2013-05-01

    Quantum turbulence accompanying thermal counterflow in superfluid 4He was recently visualized by the Maryland group, using micrometer-sized tracer particles of solid hydrogen [Paoletti, Fiorito, Sreenivasan, and Lathrop, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn.10.1143/JPSJ.77.111007 77, 111007 (2008)]. In order to understand the observations, we formulate the coupled dynamics of fine particles and quantized vortices, in the presence of a relative motion of the normal and superfluid components. Numerical simulations based on this formulation are shown to agree reasonably well with experimental observations of the velocity distributions of the tracer particles in thermal counterflow.

  4. Simultaneous measurements of the torsional oscillator anomaly and thermal conductivity in solid 4He.

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    Zmeev, D E; Golov, A I

    2011-08-01

    In these torsional oscillator experiments, the samples of solid (4)He were characterized by measuring their thermal conductivity. Polycrystalline samples of helium of either high isotopic purity or natural concentration of (3)He were grown in an annular container by the blocked-capillary method and investigated before and after annealing. No correlation has been found between the magnitude of the low-temperature shift of the torsional oscillator frequency and the amount of crystalline defects as measured by the thermal conductivity. In samples with the natural (3)He concentration, a substantial excess thermal conductivity over the usual T(3) dependence was observed below 120 mK.

  5. Dynamics of the BCC-HCP transition of solid 4He

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    Fujii, Hirosuke; Okumura, Yuji; Matsumoto, Koichi; Okuda, Yuichi

    2000-07-01

    We are optically studying the phase transition from BCC to HCP of solid 4He (1.43 K) at melting pressure to investigate how the crystal changes its structure when it is in equilibrium with superfluid. When the temperature was changed slowly through the transition, new phase seeds were nucleated somewhere and those seeds grew in the superfluid phase. The interesting point is that growth of the new seeds is more favorable than the direct solid-solid Martensitic transition. Whereas at the transition of 1.78 K where the solid is in equilibrium with the normal fluid, the transition occurred as an ordinary Martensitic transition.

  6. Crossover from hydrodynamic to acoustic drag on quartz tuning forks in normal and superfluid 4He

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    Bradley, D. I.; Človečko, M.; Fisher, S. N.; Garg, D.; Guise, E.; Haley, R. P.; Kolosov, O.; Pickett, G. R.; Tsepelin, V.; Schmoranzer, D.; Skrbek, L.

    2012-01-01

    We present measurements of the drag forces on quartz tuning forks oscillating at low velocities in normal and superfluid 4He. We have investigated the dissipative drag over a wide range of frequencies, from 6.5 to 600 kHz, by using arrays of forks with varying prong lengths and by exciting the forks in their fundamental and first overtone modes. At low frequencies the behavior is dominated by laminar hydrodynamic drag, governed by the fluid viscosity. At higher frequencies acoustic drag is dominant and is described well by a three-dimensional model of sound emission.

  7. Torsional oscillator experiment on superfluid 4He confined in a porous alumina nanopore array

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    Murakawa, S.; Higashino, R.; Yoshimura, K.; Chikazawa, Y.; Tanaka, T.; Kuriyama, K.; Honda, K.; Shibayama, Y.; Shirahama, K.

    2012-12-01

    We studied superfluidity of liquid 4He confined in an array of well-characterized straight nanopores of porous alumina (PA). The PA plate sample of 45 nm pore size is set in an annular flow channel and the superflow is detected by torsional oscillator (TO) technique. Superfluid transition Tc in the nanopores is suppressed by 3.5 mK from the bulk λ point. Tc is consistent with the temperature at which the healing length is equal to the pore radius. We have observed many anti-crossing anomalies in the TO frequency associated with dissipation peaks, which are attributed to the coupling to second sound resonances.

  8. Bose condensate in superfluid sup 4 He and momentum distributions by deep inelastic scattering

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    Silver, R.N. ); Sokol, P.E. . Dept. of Physics)

    1989-01-01

    There are several reasons for the high interest in the recent experimental and theoretical progress in understanding deep inelastic neutron scattering from liquid {sup 4}He: it tests the fundamental London hypothesis of a connection between superfluidity and Bose condensation; it provides a quantitative test of ab-initio calculational methods for all systems with strong correlations which are the focus of current quantum many-body research; and it establishes the range of validity of deep inelastic scattering as a method for measuring momentum distributions. In this paper we introduce the concepts of impulse approximation in more detail, we describe recent progress in the theory for final state corrections to the impulse approximation, we present quantitative predictions for neutron scattering experiments, we compare with recent high energy pulsed neutron source experiments on liquid {sup 4}He by P. Sokol and colleagues as well as other attempts to extract the Bose condensate fraction from the neutron scattering data, and we discuss the implications of this progress for future momentum distribution experiments in other systems such as liquid {sup 3}He and quasi-elastic electron nucleus scattering. 42 refs., 23 figs.

  9. Depression of the Superfluid Transition Temperature in 4He by a Heat Flow

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    Yin, Liang; Lin, Peng; Qi, Xin

    2014-11-01

    The depression of the superfluid transition temperature Tλ in 4He by a heat flow Q is studied. A small sealed cell with a capillary is introduced and a stable and flat superfluid transition temperature plateau is easily obtained by controlling the temperature of the variable-temperature platform and the bottom chamber of the sealed cell. Owing to the depression effect of the superfluid transition temperature by the heat flow, the heat flow through the capillary is changed by the temperature control to obtain multiple temperature plateaus of different heat flows. The thermometer self-heating effect, the residual heat leak of the 4.2 K environment, the temperature difference on the He II liquid column, the Kapiza thermal resistance between the liquid helium and the copper surface of the sealed cell, the temperature gradient of the sealed cell, the static pressure of the He II liquid column and other factors have influence on the depression effect and the influence is analyzed in detail. Twenty experiments of the depression of the superfluid transition temperature in 4He by heat flow are made with four sealed cells in one year. The formula of the superfluid transition temperature pressured by the heat flow is Tλ (Q) = -0.00000103Q + 2.1769108, and covers the range 229 <= Q <= 6462 μW/cm2.

  10. Giant isochoric compressibility of solid 4He: The bistability of superclimbing dislocations

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    Kuklov, A. B.

    2015-10-01

    A significant accumulation of matter in solid 4He observed during a superflow event, dubbed the giant isochoric compressibility (or the syringe effect), is discussed within the model of dislocations with superfluid core. It is shown that solid 4He in contact with a superfluid reservoir can develop a bistability with respect to the syringe fraction, with the threshold for the bias by chemical potential determined by a typical free length of dislocations with superfluid core. The main implications of this effect are hysteresis and strongly nonlinear dynamical behavior leading to growth, proliferation, and possibly exiting from a crystal of superclimbing dislocations. Three major channels for such dynamics are identified: (i) injection and inflation of the prismatic loops from the boundary, (ii) Bardeen-Herring generation of the loops in the bulk, and (iii) helical instability of the screw dislocations. It is argued that the syringe instability may have already been observed in the experiments on the superflow through solid Helium-4. Several testable predictions for the time and the bias dependencies of the dynamics are suggested.

  11. Ab initio many-body calculations of nucleon-4He scattering with three-nucleon forces

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    Hupin, Guillaume; Langhammer, Joachim; Navratil, Petr; Quaglioni, Sofia; Calci, Angelo; Roth, Robert

    2013-11-27

    We extend the ab initio no-core shell model/resonating-group method to include three-nucleon (3N) interactions for the description of nucleon-nucleus collisions. We outline the formalism, give algebraic expressions for the 3N-force integration kernels, and discuss computational aspects of two alternative implementations. The extended theoretical framework is then applied to nucleon-4He elastic scattering using similarity-renormalization-group (SRG)-evolved nucleon-nucleon plus 3N potentials derived from chiral effective field theory. We analyze the convergence properties of the calculated phase shifts and explore their dependence upon the SRG evolution parameter. We include up to six excited states of the 4He target and find significant effects from themore » inclusion of the chiral 3N force, e.g., it enhances the spin-orbit splitting between the 3/2– and 1/2– resonances and leads to an improved agreement with the phase shifts obtained from an accurate R-matrix analysis of the five-nucleon experimental data. As a result, we find remarkably good agreement with measured differential cross sections at various energies below the d+3H threshold, while analyzing powers manifest larger deviations from experiment for certain energies and angles.« less

  12. Missing Lead and High 3He/4He in Ancient Sulfides Associated with Continental Crust Formation

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    Huang, Shichun; Lee, Cin-Ty A.; Yin, Qing-Zhu

    2014-01-01

    Major terrestrial reservoirs have Pb isotopes more radiogenic than the bulk silicate Earth. This requires a missing unradiogenic Pb reservoir, which has been argued to reside in the lower continental crust or dissolved in the core. Chalcophile element studies indicate that continent formation requires the formation of sulfide-bearing mafic cumulates in arcs. Because Pb, but not U, partitions into sulfides, we show that continent formation must have simultaneously generated time-integrated unradiogenic Pb reservoirs composed of sulfide-bearing cumulates, now recycled back into the mantle or stored deep in the continental lithosphere. The generation of such cumulates could also lead to coupled He-Pb isotopic systematics because 4He is also produced during U-Th-Pb decay. Here, we show that He may be soluble in sulfide melts, such that sulfide-bearing cumulates would be enriched in both Pb and He relative to U and Th, “freezing” in He and Pb isotopes of the ambient mantle at the time of sulfide formation. This implies that ancient sulfide-bearing cumulates would be characterized by unradiogenic Pb and He isotopes (high-3He/4He). These primitive signatures are usually attributed to primordial, undifferentiated mantle, but in this case, they are the very imprint of mantle differentiation via continent formation. PMID:24937103

  13. Experiments on the rapid mechanical expansion of liquid 4He through its superfluid transition.

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    Efimov, V B; Griffiths, O J; Hendry, P C; Kolmakov, G V; McClintock, P V E; Skrbek, L

    2006-11-01

    Phenomena following a rapid mechanical quench of liquid 4He from its normal to its superfluid phase are reported and discussed. The mechanical expansion apparatus is an improved version of that described previously. It uses a double-cell geometry to effect a partial separation of the sample from the convolutions of the bellows that form the outer wall of the cell. Consistent with earlier work, no evidence is found for the production of quantized vortices via the Kibble-Zurek (KZ) mechanism. Although the expansion is complete within 15ms , the second-sound velocity and attenuation continue to increase for a further approximately 60ms ; correspondingly the temperature decreases. Subsequently, the temperature rises again toward its final value as the second-sound velocity and attenuation decrease. It is shown that this unexpected behavior is apparently associated with a large-amplitude second-sound oscillation produced by the expansion, and it is suggested that the observed vortices are created by the normal fluid-superfluid counterflow that constitutes the second-sound wave. If production of large-amplitude second sound is inherent to the mechanical expansion of liquid 4He through the superfluid transition, as appears to be the case for final temperatures more than 3mK from the lambda transition, the phenomenon sets a lower bound on the density of KZ vortices that can be detected in this type of experiment. PMID:17279991

  14. Is there a stable commensurate solid phase in the second 4He layer on graphite? - path integral Monte Carlo study

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    Ahn, Jeonghwan; Lee, Hoonkyung; Kwon, Yongkyung

    2015-03-01

    Existence of a stable commensurate structure in the second 4He layer on graphite has been a subject of intensive experimental and theoretical studies because of its implication in the possible realization of two-dimensional supersolidity. Earlier path-integral Monte Carlo (PIMC) calculations of Pierce and Manousakis predicted a stable C4/7 commensurate structure above the first-layer 4He atoms fixed at triangular lattice sites, but Corboz et al. later showed that no commensurate phase was stable when quantum dynamics of the first-layer 4He atoms was incorporated in the PIMC calculations. On the other hand, recent heat capacity measurements of Nakamura et al. provided a strong evidence for a commensurate solid in the second 4He layer over an extended density range. Motivated by this, we have performed new PIMC calculations for the second helium layer on graphite. Unlike previous PIMC calculations where a laterally-averaged one-dimensional substrate potential was used, we here employ an anisotropic 4He-graphite potential described by a sum of the 4He-C pair potentials. With this fully-corrugated substrate potential we make more accurate description of quantum dynamics of the first-layer 4He atoms and analyze its effects on the phase diagram of the second layer.

  15. Radial sensitivity of the optical model potentials for 4He+120Sn and 6He+120Sn

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    Sert, Y.; Boztosun, I.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, the radial sensitivity of the elastic scattering cross-section for the 4He and 6He on 120Sn have been examined at energies near the Coulomb barrier. We also investigate the variation of the potential radius depending on the incident energy for the 4He +120Sn and 6He +120Sn systems. Especially, we have taken care of to stay within one family for 4He +120Sn elastic scattering, i.e., using V0 real depth have not been changed by more than 20-30%.

  16. Communication: Unraveling the {sup 4}He droplet-mediated soft-landing from ab initio-assisted and time-resolved density functional simulations: Au@{sup 4}He{sub 300}/TiO{sub 2}(110)

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    Lara-Castells, María Pilar de Aguirre, Néstor F.; Stoll, Hermann; Mitrushchenkov, Alexander O.; Mateo, David; Pi, Martí

    2015-04-07

    An ab-initio-based methodological scheme for He-surface interactions and zero-temperature time-dependent density functional theory for superfluid {sup 4}He droplets motion are combined to follow the short-time collision dynamics of the Au@{sup 4}He{sub 300} system with the TiO{sub 2}(110) surface. This composite approach demonstrates the {sup 4}He droplet-assisted sticking of the metal species to the surface at low landing energy (below 0.15 eV/atom), thus providing the first theoretical evidence of the experimentally observed {sup 4}He droplet-mediated soft-landing deposition of metal nanoparticles on solid surfaces [Mozhayskiy et al., J. Chem. Phys. 127, 094701 (2007) and Loginov et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 7199 (2011)].

  17. Rapid glacial erosion at 1.8 Ma revealed by 4He/3He thermochronometry.

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    Shuster, David L; Ehlers, Todd A; Rusmoren, Margaret E; Farley, Kenneth A

    2005-12-01

    Alpine glaciation and river incision control the topography of mountain ranges, but their relative contributions have been debated for years. Apatite 4He/3He thermochronometry tightly constrains the timing and rate of glacial erosion within one of the largest valleys in the southern Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Five proximate samples require accelerated denudation of the Klinaklini Valley initiating 1.8 +/- 0.2 million years ago (Ma). At least 2 kilometers of overlying rock were removed from the valley at >/=5 millimeters per year, indicating that glacial valley deepening proceeded >/=6 times as fast as erosion rates before approximately 1.8 Ma. This intense erosion may be related to a global transition to enhanced climate instability approximately 1.9 Ma.

  18. The 4He(e,e'p)3H Reaction at Jlab

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    Bodo Reitz

    2003-05-01

    In the recent experiment E97-111 at Jefferson Lab the unseparated cross section for the (e,e{prime}p) reaction on {sup 4}He was measured at recoil momenta up to 530 MeV/c. In the plane-wave impulse approximation, many calculations predict a sharp minimum in the cross section for recoil momenta around 450 MeV/c and show that its location is sensitive to the short-range part of the internucleon potential. However, reaction dynamic effects such as final-state interactions and meson-exchange currents can obscure such a minimum. To distinguish and study these effects data were taken at several different kinematic points. The preliminary results of the experiment are presented and compared to recent model calculations.

  19. Studies of the 4He Nucleus in the (e,e'p) Reaction

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    Bodo Reitz

    2003-10-01

    Jefferson Lab experiment E97-111 measured the unseparated cross section for the (e,e'p) reaction on {sup 4}He at recoil momenta up to 530 {approx} MeV/c. In the plane-wave impulse approximation, many calculations predict a sharp minimum in the cross section for recoil momenta around 450 {approx} MeV/c and show that its location is sensitive to the short-range part of the internucleon potential. However, reaction dynamic effects such as final-state interactions and meson-exchange currents can obscure such a minimum. To distinguish and study these effects data were taken at several different kinematics. The preliminary results of the experiment are presented and compared to recent model calculations.

  20. Dynamic structure factor of liquid 4He across the normal-superfluid transition

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    Ferré, G.; Boronat, J.

    2016-03-01

    We have carried out a microscopic study of the dynamic structure factor of liquid 4He across the normal-superfluid transition temperature using the path integral Monte Carlo method. The ill-posed problem of the inverse Laplace transform, from the imaginary-time intermediate scattering function to the dynamic response, is tackled by stochastic optimization. Our results show a quasiparticle peak and a small and broad multiphonon contribution. In spite of the lack of strength in the collective peaks, we clearly identify the rapid dropping of the roton peak amplitude when crossing the transition temperature Tλ. Other properties such as the static structure factor, static response, and one-phonon contribution to the response are also calculated at different temperatures. The changes of the phonon-roton spectrum with the temperature are also studied. An overall agreement with available experimental data is achieved.

  1. Disappearance of Roton Propagation in Superfluid {sup 4}He at T{sub {lambda}}

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    Svensson, E.C.; Montfrooij, W.; de Schepper, I.M.

    1996-11-01

    Using neutron scattering, we determine the dynamic structure factor {ital S}({ital q},{nu}) of liquid {sup 4}He for the roton wave number {ital q}=2.0{sup {minus}1} as a function of frequency {nu} at constant density 0.1715 gcm{sup {minus}3} and for ten temperatures in the range 1.08{le}{ital T}{le}2.00 K, primarily near the superfluid transition temperature {ital T}{sub {lambda}}=1.9202 K. The {lambda} transition is marked by a complete softening of the roton mode and a rapid decrease in lifetime. This change is continuous with temperature, and we find no evidence for a new mode appearing as one enters the superfluid phase, as has been proposed on the basis of theoretical considerations. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  2. Critical Scaling Properties at the Superfluid Transition of {sup 4}He in Aerogel

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    Nikolaou, Marios; Wallin, Mats; Weber, Hans

    2006-12-01

    We study the superfluid transition of {sup 4}He in aerogel by Monte Carlo simulations and finite size scaling analysis. Aerogel is a highly porous silica glass, which we model by a diffusion limited cluster aggregation model. The superfluid is modeled by a three dimensional XY model, with excluded bonds to sites on the aerogel cluster. We obtain the correlation length exponent {nu}=0.73{+-}0.02, in reasonable agreement with experiments and with previous simulations. For the heat capacity exponent {alpha}, both experiments and previous simulations suggest deviations from the Josephson hyperscaling relation {alpha}=2-d{nu}. In contrast, our Monte Carlo results support hyperscaling with {alpha}=-0.2{+-}0.05. We suggest a reinterpretation of the experiments, which avoids scaling violations and is consistent with our simulation results.

  3. {sup 3}He+{sup 4}He {yields} {sup 7}Be astrophysical S factor

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    Brown, T. A. D.; Bordeanu, C.; Snover, K. A.; Storm, D. W.; Melconian, D.; Sallaska, A. L.; Sjue, S. K. L.; Triambak, S.

    2007-11-15

    We present precision measurements of the {sup 3}He+{sup 4}He {yields} {sup 7}Be reaction in the range E{sub c.m.}=0.33 to 1.23 MeV using a small gas cell and detection of both prompt {gamma} rays and {sup 7}Be activity. Our prompt and activity measurements are in good agreement within the experimental uncertainty of several percent. We find S(0)=0.595{+-}0.018 keV b from fits of the Kajino theory to our data. We compare our results with published measurements, and we discuss the consequences for Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and for solar neutrino flux calculations.

  4. Ac vortex-dependent torsional oscillation response and onset temperature T0 in solid 4He.

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    Penzev, Andrey; Yasuta, Yoshinori; Kubota, Minoru

    2008-08-01

    Detailed studies of ac velocity V_{ac} and T dependence of torsional oscillator responses of solid 4He are reported. A characteristic onset temperature T_{0} approximately 0.5 K is found, below which a significant V_{ac}-dependent change occurs in the energy dissipation for the samples at approximately 32 bar and for one at 49 bar. A V_{ac} dependence of the so-called "nonclassical rotational inertia" fraction also appears below approximately T_{0}. The log(V_{ac}) linear dependence, which suggests involvement of quantized vorticies, was examined in the nonclassical rotational inertia fraction. We find a common 1/T;{2} dependence for this linear slope change in all of the samples for 30

  5. Relaxation dynamics of spindodal decomposition in superfluid ^3He-^4He mixtures

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    Chay, Terrence Y.; Goldenfeld, Nigel; Bauer, Gregory H.; Ceperley, David M.

    1998-03-01

    We study the dynamics of the Hohenberg-Nelson system(P.C. Hohenberg and David R. Halperin, Phys. Rev. B 20):2665 (1979). for ^3He-^4He mixtures after a quench using a mesoscopic cell dynamical systems (CDS) model. The spinodal region is characterized by maximal growth at a single nonzero wave vector which scales with time. Because CDS exploits universality to avoid taking Δ x and Δ t to infinitesimals, rapid simulations are possible on large systems making it an ideal way to find such scaling behavior. Using thermodynamic properties obtained from experiement and exactly calculated from path integral monte carlo studies, one can obtain the workable CDS phenomenological parameters to do time evolution studies of large-scale mixtures.

  6. Nuclear Transparency with the gamma + n -> pi- + p Process in 4He

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    Dipangkar Dutta; Feng Xiong; Lingyan Zhu; John Arrington; Todd Averett; Elizabeth Beise; John Calarco; Ting Chang; Jian-Ping Chen; Eugene Chudakov; Marius Coman; Benjamin Clasie; Christopher Crawford; Sonja Dieterich; Frank Dohrmann; Kevin Fissum; Salvatore Frullani; Haiyan Gao; Ronald Gilman; Charles Glashausser; Javier Gomez; Kawtar Hafidi; Jens-Ole Hansen; Douglas Higinbotham; R.J. Holt; Cornelis De Jager; Xiaochao Zheng; X. Jiang; Edward Kinney; Kevin Kramer; Gerfried Kumbartzki; John LeRose; Nilanga Liyanage; David Mack; Pete Markowitz; Kathy McCormick; Zein-Eddine Meziani; Robert Michaels; J. Mitchell; Sirish Nanda; David Potterveld; Ronald Ransome; Paul Reimer; Bodo Reitz; Arunava Saha; Elaine Schulte; Charles Seely; Simon Sirca; Steffen Strauch; Vincent Sulkosky; Branislav Vlahovic; Lawrence Weinstein; Krishni Wijesooriya; Claude Williamson; Bogdan Wojtsekhowski; Hong XIANG; Wang Xu; J. Zeng

    2003-08-01

    We have measured the nuclear transparency of the fundamental process {gamma} n {yields} {pi}{sup -} p in {sup 4}He. These measurements were performed at Jefferson Lab in the photon energy range of 1.6 to 4.5 GeV and at {theta}{sub cm}{sup {pi}} = 70{sup o} and 90{sup o}. These measurements are the first of their kind in the study of nuclear transparency in photoreactions. They also provide a benchmark test of Glauber calculations based on traditional models of nuclear physics. The transparency results suggest deviations from the traditional nuclear physics picture. The momentum transfer dependence of the measured nuclear transparency is consistent with Glauber calculations which include the quantum chromodynamics phenomenon of color transparency.

  7. Polarization Transfer in 4He(e-vector,e[prime]p-vector)3H

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    Michael Paolone

    2007-10-01

    Polarization transfer in quasi-elastic nucleon knockout is sensitive to the properties of the nucleon in the nuclear medium, including possible modification of the nucleon form factor and/or spinor. In our recently completed experiment E03-104 at Jefferson Lab we measured the proton recoil polarization in the 4He(e-vector,e[prime]p-vector)3H reaction at a Q2 of 0.8 (GeV/c)2 and 1.3 (GeV/c)2 with unprecedented precision. These data complement earlier data between 0.4 and 2.6 (GeV/c)2 from both Mainz and Jefferson Lab, in which the measured ratio of polarization-transfer coefficients differs from a fully relativistic DWIA calculation. Preliminary results hint at a possible unexpected Q2 dependence in the polarization transfer coefficient ratio. Final analysis will help constrain FSI models

  8. Microscopic optical model calculations of 4He, 12C-nucleus absorption cross sections

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    Dubey, R. R.; Khandelwal, G. S.; Cucinotta, F. A.; Wilson, J. W.

    1996-01-01

    Calculations of absorption cross sections using a microscopic first-order optical potential for heavy-ion scattering are compared with experiments. In-medium nucleon-nucleon (NN) cross sections were used to calculate the two-body scattering amplitude. A medium-modified first-order optical potential was obtained for heavy-ion scattering using the in-medium two-body scattering amplitude. A partial wave expansion of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation in momentum space was used to calculate the absorption cross sections for various systems. The results are presented for the absorption cross sections for 4He-nucleus and 12C-nucleus scattering systems and are compared with the experimental values in the energy range 18-83A MeV. The use of the in-medium NN cross sections is found to result in significant reduction of the free space absorption cross sections in agreement with experiment.

  9. Russell Donnelly's last legacy: Pursuing grid turbulence in superfluid 4He

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    Ihas, Gary; Yang, Jihee

    2015-11-01

    Quantum turbulence, a tangle of quantized vortex lines in a superfluid, may hold significant keys to understanding all types of turbulence. Russell Donnelly pioneered this line of research, beginning with studies of grid turbulence probed by second sound. The apparatus built by Russell and his students, with significant up-grades, is now being used at the University of Florida to continue his work on decaying grid turbulence in superfluid 4He. The Oregon work used a 1cm wide square channel, while the Florida work has been in both 1 cm and 5 cm square channels. The larger channel allows detailed study of the increase in eddy size before saturation at the channel walls during the decay process. Power law fits of the turbulence decay in time allow comparison with theory, work intended to be Russell Donnelly's last experiment. Supported in part by US NSF #1007937.

  10. Distinguishing 3He and 4He with the Electron Proton Telescope (EPT) on Solar Orbiter

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    Boden, S.; Kulkarni, S. R.; Steinhagen, J.; Tammen, J.; Martin-Garcia, C.; Wimmer-Schweingruber, R. F.; Boettcher, S. I.; Seimetz, L.; Ravanbakhsh, A.; Elftmann, R.; Schuster, B.; Kulemzin, A.; Kolbe, S.; Mahesh, Y.; Knieriem, V.; Yu, J.; Kohler, J.; Panitzsch, L.; Terasa, C.; Boehm, E.; Rodriguez-Pacheco, J.; Prieto, M.; Gomez-Herrero, R.

    2015-12-01

    The Electron Proton Telescope (EPT) is one of the sensors of the Energetic Particle Detector (EPD) for the Solar Orbiter mission, which will provide key measurements to address particle acceleration at and near the Sun. The EPD suite consists of four different sensors (STEP, SIS, EPT and HET) which together will resolve the energetic particle spectrum from 2 keV to 20 MeV for electrons, 3 keV to 100 MeV for protons and circa 100 keV/nuc to 100 MeV/nuc for heavier ions.EPT itself is primarily designed to cleanly separate and measure electrons in the energy range from 20 - 400 keV and protons from 20 - 7000 keV. To achieve this, EPT uses two back-to-back solid state detectors with a magnet system to deflect electrons on one side and a Polyimide foil to stop protons below ~400 keV on the other side. The two detectors then serve as each other's anti-coincidence. Additionally this setup also allows us to measure penetrating particles with deposited energies in the 1 MeV to 40 MeV range. Looking at the ratio of deposited energy in the two detectors versus total deposited energy allows us to differentiate between protons and alpha particles. Distinguishing 3He from 4He will be challenging, but possible provided good knowledge of the instrument, high-fidelity modeling and a precise calibration of EPT. Here, we will present feasibility studies leading to a determination of the 3He / 4He ratio with EPT.

  11. Phonon-roton modes of liquid 4He beyond the roton in MCM-41

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    Azuah, Richard T; Omar Diallo, Souleymane; Adams, Mark A.; Kirichek, Oleg; Glyde, Henry R

    2013-01-01

    We present neutron scattering measurements of the phonon-roton (P-R) mode of superfluid 4He confined in 47 A MCM-41 at T = 0.5 K at wave vectors, Q, beyond the roton wave vector (QR = 1.92 A-1). Measurements beyond the roton require access to high wave vectors (up to Q = 4 A-1) with excellent energy resolution and high statistical precision. The present results show for the first time that at T = 0.5 K the P-R mode in MCM-41 extends out to wave-vector Q 3.6 A-1 with the same energy and zero width (within precision) as observed in bulk superfluid 4He. Layer modes in the roton region are also observed. Specifically, the P-R mode energy, !Q, increases with Q for Q > QR and reaches a plateau at a maximum energy !Q = 2 where is the roton energy, = 0.74 0.01 meV in MCM-41. This upper limit means the P-R mode decays to two rotons when its energy exceeds 2 . It also means that the P-R mode does not decay to two layers modes. If the P-R could decay to two layer modes, !Q would plateau at a lower energy, !Q = 2 L where L = 0.60 meV is the energy of the roton like minimum of the layer mode. The observation of the P-R mode with energy up to 2 shows that the P-R mode and the layer modes are independent modes with apparently little interaction between them.

  12. Probing Liquid ^4He with Quartz Tuning Forks Using a Novel Multifrequency Lock-in Technique

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    Bradley, D. I.; Haley, R. P.; Kafanov, S.; Noble, M. T.; Pickett, G. R.; Tsepelin, V.; Vonka, J.; Wilcox, T.

    2016-09-01

    We report on a novel technique to measure quartz tuning forks, and possibly other vibrating objects, in a quantum fluid using a multifrequency lock-in amplifier. The multifrequency technique allows to measure the resonance curve of a vibrating object much faster than a conventional single frequency lock-in amplifier technique. Forks with resonance frequencies of 12 kHz and 16 kHz were excited and measured electro-mechanically either at a single frequency or at up to 40 different frequencies simultaneously around the same mechanical mode. The response of each fork was identical for both methods and validates the use of the multifrequency lock-in technique to probe properties of liquid helium at low fork velocities. Using both methods we measured the resonance frequency and drag of two 25-μ m-wide quartz tuning forks immersed in liquid ^4He in the temperature range from 4.2 K to 1.5 K at saturated vapour pressure. The damping and shift of resonance frequency experienced by both tuning forks at low velocities are well described by hydrodynamic contributions in the framework of the two-fluid model. The sensitivity of the 25-μ m-wide tuning forks is larger compared to similar 75-μ m-wide forks and in combination with the faster multifrequency lock-in technique could be used to improve thermometry in liquid ^4He. The multifrequency technique could also be used for studies of the onset of non-linear phenomena such as quantum turbulence and cavitation in superfluids.

  13. Search for sup 3 H, sub 3 He, and sub 4 He in D sub 2 -loaded titanium

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    Clarke, W.B.; Clarke, R.M. )

    1992-03-01

    In this paper a search is described for {sup 3}He, {sup 4}He, and tritium produced when D{sub 2} is absorbed by titanium sponge, or released when titanium deuteride is heated. The D{sub 2} is prepared from pre-nuclear-era D{sub 2}O, which has a tritium/deuterium (T/D) ratio of 1.8 {times} 10{sup {minus}15}. Two reservoirs of titanium sponge in a vacuum system attached to the inlet line of a mass spectrometer are heated to allow rapid transfer of D{sub 2} from one sponge to the other. Significant amounts of {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He are released only after the deuterium content is increased to reach TiD{sub 1.5} in one sponge. Then {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He are decreased as the D{sub 2} is transferred back and forth. When the titanium is loaded to a composition of TiD{sub 2.0}, {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He increase during the next two transfers, then decrease. When the D{sub 2} is replaced by H{sub 2}, then D{sub 2}-H{sub 2} (1:1), {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He decrease steadily, indicating that the transfer process causes partial release of {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He trapped in the titanium.

  14. Cross-checking groundwater age by 4He and 14C dating in a granite, Tono area, central Japan

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    Hasegawa, Takuma; Nakata, Kotaro; Tomioka, Yuichi; Goto, Kazuyuki; Kashiwaya, Koki; Hama, Katsuhiro; Iwatsuki, Teruki; Kunimaru, Takanori; Takeda, Masaki

    2016-11-01

    Groundwater dating was performed simultaneously by the 4He and 14C methods in granite of the Tono area in central Japan. Groundwater was sampled at 30 packed-off sections of six 1000-m boreholes. 4He concentrations increased and 14C concentrations decreased along a groundwater flow path on a topographic gradient. 4He ages were calculated by using the in situ 4He production rate derived from the porosity, density, and U and Th content of the rock, neglecting external flux. 14C ages were calculated with a noncorrected model in which the initial 14C content was 100 percent of the modern radiocarbon level (Co = 100 pmC), a statistical model using the average 14C content of tritium-bearing samples (Co = 46.4 pmC), and a δ13C model based on the isotopic mass balance. Although the absolute 14C ages calculated by the models were different, the relative 14C ages were almost identical. The relative 14C ages were considered reliable because dissolved inorganic carbon has no significant geochemical reactions in granite. The relation between the 4He ages and the noncorrected 14C ages was [4He age] = 1.15 [14C age] + 7200 (R2 = 0.81), except in the discharge area. The slope of this relation was equivalent to unity, which indicates that the 4He accumulation rate is confirmed by the relative 14C ages. Moreover, the accumulated 3He/4He ratio was equivalent to that derived from the 6Li(α,n)3H reaction in granite. These results show that the accumulated He is of crustal origin, produced in situ without external flux, except in the discharge area. The intercept value of 7200 a implies that the 14C concentrations were diluted due to geochemical reactions. Tritium-bearing samples supported this result. Simultaneous measurements make it feasible to estimate the accumulation rate of 4He and initial dilution of 14C, which cannot be done with a single method. Cross-checking groundwater dating has the potential to provide more reliable groundwater ages. The circulation time of the

  15. Determination of the effective kinematic viscosity for the decay of quasiclassical turbulence in superfluid 4He

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    Gao, J.; Guo, W.; Vinen, W. F.

    2016-09-01

    The energy dissipation of quasiclassical homogeneous turbulence in superfluid 4He (He II) is controlled by an effective kinematic viscosity ν', which relates the energy decay rate d E /d t to the density of quantized vortex lines L as d E /d t =-ν'(κL ) 2 . The precise value of ν' is of fundamental importance in developing our understanding of the dissipation mechanism in He II, and it is also needed in many high-Reynolds-number turbulence experiments and model testing that use He II as the working fluid. However, a reliable determination of ν' requires the measurements of both E (t ) and L (t ) , which was never achieved. Here we discuss our study of the quasiclassical turbulence that emerges in the decay of thermal counterflow in He II above 1 K. We were able to measure E (t ) by using a recently developed flow-visualization technique and L (t ) via second-sound attenuation. We report the ν' values in a wide temperature range determined from a comparison of the time evolution of E (t ) and L (t ) .

  16. Time-resolved study of laser initiated shock wave propagation in superfluid 4He

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    Garcia, Allan; Buelna, Xavier; Popov, Evgeny; Eloranta, Jussi

    2016-09-01

    Intense shock waves in superfluid 4He between 1.7 and 2.1 K are generated by rapidly expanding confined plasma from laser ablation of a metal target immersed in the liquid. The resulting shock fronts in the liquid with initial velocities up to ca. Mach 10 are visualized by time-resolved shadowgraph photography. These high intensity shocks decay within 500 ns into less energetic shock waves traveling at Mach 2, which have their lifetime in the microsecond time scale. Based on the analysis using the classical Rankine-Hugoniot theory, the shock fronts created remain in the solid phase up to 1 μs and the associated thermodynamic state appears outside the previously studied region. The extrapolated initial shock pressure of 0.5 GPa is comparable to typical plasma pressures produced during liquid phase laser ablation. A secondary shock originating from fast heat propagation on the metal surface is also observed and a lower limit estimate for the heat propagation velocity is measured as 7 × 104 m/s. In the long-time limit, the high intensity shocks turn into liquid state waves that propagate near the speed of sound.

  17. Operator evolution for ab initio electric dipole transitions of 4He

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    Schuster, Micah D.; Quaglioni, Sofia; Johnson, Calvin W.; Jurgenson, Eric D.; Navartil, Petr

    2015-07-24

    A goal of nuclear theory is to make quantitative predictions of low-energy nuclear observables starting from accurate microscopic internucleon forces. A major element of such an effort is applying unitary transformations to soften the nuclear Hamiltonian and hence accelerate the convergence of ab initio calculations as a function of the model space size. The consistent simultaneous transformation of external operators, however, has been overlooked in applications of the theory, particularly for nonscalar transitions. We study the evolution of the electric dipole operator in the framework of the similarity renormalization group method and apply the renormalized matrix elements to the calculationmore » of the 4He total photoabsorption cross section and electric dipole polarizability. All observables are calculated within the ab initio no-core shell model. Furthermore, we find that, although seemingly small, the effects of evolved operators on the photoabsorption cross section are comparable in magnitude to the correction produced by including the chiral three-nucleon force and cannot be neglected.« less

  18. Theory of neutron scattering from thermally excited quasiparticles in superfluid 4He

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    Griffin, A.; Talbot, E.

    1981-11-01

    We present the first detailed theoretical study of the inelastic neutron scattering contribution Sth(Q-->,ω) from thermally excited quasiparticles in superfluid 4He, with emphasis on the low-Q collisionless limit. In the temperature region where rotons are the dominant excitation, our results for Sth(Q-->,ω) scale with Landau's normal fluid density. We argue that Sth(Q-->,ω) is the origin of the broad temperature-dependent continuum which Woods and Svensson (1978) have observed at temperatures above about 1.7 K. Our specific model calculations of Sth(Q-->,ω) are based on evaluating the regular part of the longitudinal momentum current-current correlation function within the Bogoliubov approximation, but the experimental quasiparticle (roton) spectrum is used in our numerical calculations. Our expression satisfies the normal fluid f-sum rule in the long-wavelength collisionless limit and is in essential agreement with the general picture suggested by Pines and Nozières in 1964. Our present theory involves several approximations which probably limit its validity to Q<~0.5 Å-1. Some generalizations to deal with the larger values of Q studied by Woods and Svensson are briefly discussed.

  19. Path integral studies of the rotations of methane and its heavier isotopomers in 4He nanoclusters.

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    Markovskiy, N D; Mak, C H

    2009-08-13

    Path integral Monte Carlo simulations have been carried out to study the rotations of a methane molecule and its heavier isotopomers inside a small cluster of 4He atoms at 0.3 K in order to determine how the renormalization in the methane's rotational constant is related to the quantum statistics and superfluidity of the helium shell. By changing the mass of the hydrogens and systematically varying the moment of inertia of the methane, we were able to study the effects of its rotations on the quantum statistics of the helium atoms and their countereffects on the methane's effective rotational constant. The renormalized rotational constant depends strongly on the intrinsic moment of inertia of the methane. A heavy probe favors strong templating of the helium density as well as a large renormalization in the probe's rotational constant, but a light probe shows almost no effect on the shell density or the effective rotational constant. These results suggest that in order to fully understand the superfluidity of the helium shell, the probe must be treated as an integral part of the system. We rationalize the findings in terms of a rotational smearing effect and suggest that there is no clearly quantifiable relationship between the superfluid fraction of the shell and the renormalized rotational constant of the probe for cases where the probe molecule is either light or has weak anisotropic interactions with the helium atoms. PMID:19618956

  20. Polarized liquid3He in a4He circulating dilution refrigerator

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    Rodrigues, Alexandre; Vermeulen, Gerard

    1995-10-01

    We have used a4He circulating dilution refrigerator to produce cold liquid3He with a steady state out-of-equilibrium nuclear spin polarization. Polarizations on the order of 15% (more than 7 times higher than the equilibrium polarization in the external field of 6.6 T) have been obtained in the mixing chamber of the refrigerator at temperatures between 10 and 15 mK. The polarization is enhanced at high pressure because the molar susceptibility of concentrated3He is larger than that of the dilute phase. The polarization exchange between the dilute and concentrated phases (in direct contact in the heat exchanger of the refrigerator) amplifies the enhancement. The polarization diminishes below a pressure of 2.6 bar. This allows us to scale and reinterpret susceptibility data of the dilute phase1 in combination with the effective mass deduced from osmotic pressure measurements2. We find 1+F{0/a} = 0.89±1% on the phase separation line in the pressure range 0 20 bar.

  1. Fluid pinch-off in superfluid and normal {sup 4}He

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    Burton, J. C.; Rutledge, J. E.; Taborek, P.

    2007-03-15

    We present frames from high-speed videos of the pinch-off of liquid {sup 4}He droplets. The temperature of the fluid droplets ranged from 1.33 K to 4.8 K, and the size of the drops was proportional to the temperature-dependent capillary length. We observed no qualitative difference between pinch-off in the normal and superfluid states. In both cases, the shape of the fluid in the final stages of pinch-off resembles a cone piercing a sphere, which is typical of other low-viscosity fluids. The evolution of the minimum neck radius r{sub min} can be characterized by power laws r{sub min}{proportional_to}{tau}{sup n}, where {tau} is the time remaining until pinch-off occurs. In the regime near pinch-off, the data from image analysis are consistent with n=2/3. The data at the beginning of the pinch process when the neck is of the order of the capillary length are also described by n=2/3, but with a different proportionality factor. There is an intermediate crossover regime characterized by n=2/5.

  2. Copper dimer interactions on a thermomechanical superfluid {sup 4}He fountain

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    Popov, Evgeny; Eloranta, Jussi

    2015-05-28

    Laser induced fluorescence imaging and frequency domain excitation spectroscopy of the copper dimer (B{sup 1}Σ{sub g}{sup +}←X{sup 1}Σ{sub u}{sup +}) in thermomechanical helium fountain at 1.7 K are demonstrated. The dimers penetrate into the fountain provided that their average propagation velocity is ca. 15 m/s. This energy threshold is interpreted in terms of an imperfect fountain liquid-gas interface, which acts as a trap for low velocity dimers. Orsay-Trento density functional theory calculations for superfluid {sup 4}He are used to characterize the dynamics of the dimer solvation process into the fountain. The dimers first accelerate towards the fountain surface and once the surface layer is crossed, they penetrate into the liquid and further slow down to Landau critical velocity by creating a vortex ring. Theoretical lineshape calculations support the assignment of the experimentally observed bands to Cu{sub 2} solvated in the bulk liquid. The vibronic progressions are decomposed of a zero-phonon line and two types of phonon bands, which correlate with solvent cavity interface compression (t < 200 fs) and expansion (200 < t < 500 fs) driven by the electronic excitation. The presented experimental method allows to perform molecular spectroscopy in bulk superfluid helium where the temperature and pressure can be varied.

  3. Medium Modifications from {sup 4}He(e-vector,e'p-vector){sup 3}H

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    Malace, S.; Paolone, M.; Strauch, S.

    2008-10-13

    Polarization transfer in quasi-elastic nucleon knockout is sensitive to the properties of the nucleon in the nuclear medium, including possible modification of the nucleon form factor and/or spinor. In our recently completed experiment E03-104 at Jefferson Lab we measured the proton recoil polarization in the {sup 4}He(e-vector,e'p-vector){sup 3}H reaction at a Q{sup 2} of 0.8 (GeV/c){sup 2} and 1.3 (GeV/c){sup 2} with unprecedented precision. These data complement earlier data between 0.4 and 2.6 (GeV/c){sup 2} from both Mainz and Jefferson Lab. The measured ratio of polarization-transfer coefficients differs from a fully relativistic calculation, favoring either the inclusion of a medium modification of the proton form factors predicted by a quark-meson coupling model or strong charge-exchange final-state interactions. The measured induced polarizations agree well with the fully relativistic calculation and indicate that these strong final-state interactions may not be applicable.

  4. Improvement of the Spatial Amplitude Isotropy of a ^4He Magnetometer Using a Modulated Pumping Beam

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    Chéron, B.; Gilles, H.; Hamel, J.; Moreau, O.; Noël, E.

    1997-08-01

    Optically pumped magnetometers are scalar magnetometers. Contrary to vectoriel magnetometers, they measure the total magnetic field whatever the direction of the sensor. However, for some orientations of the magnetometer with respect to the magnetic field direction, the resonant signal vanishes and the measurement is impossible. In this paper we present a simple solution to reduce the amplitude spatial anisotropy and apply it to a ^4He magnetometer developed in our Laboratory. Les magnétomètres à pompage optique sont des magnétomètres scalaires. Contrairement aux magnétomètres vectoriels, ils mesurent le module du champ magnétique quelle que soit l'orientation du capteur dans l'espace. Cependant, pour certaines orientations du magnétomètre par rapport à la direction du champ à mesurer, l'amplitude du signal de résonance s'annule et la mesure devient impossible. Dans cet article, nous présentons une solution simple pour réduire l'anisotropie spatiale d'amplitude et nous l'appliquons à un magnétomètre à hélium-4 développé dans notre Laboratoire.

  5. One-Dimensional Liquid ^{4}He: Dynamical Properties beyond Luttinger-Liquid Theory.

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    Bertaina, G; Motta, M; Rossi, M; Vitali, E; Galli, D E

    2016-04-01

    We compute the zero-temperature dynamical structure factor of one-dimensional liquid ^{4}He by means of state-of-the-art quantum Monte Carlo and analytic continuation techniques. By increasing the density, the dynamical structure factor reveals a transition from a highly compressible critical liquid to a quasisolid regime. In the low-energy limit, the dynamical structure factor can be described by the quantum hydrodynamic Luttinger-liquid theory, with a Luttinger parameter spanning all possible values by increasing the density. At higher energies, our approach provides quantitative results beyond the Luttinger-liquid theory. In particular, as the density increases, the interplay between dimensionality and interaction makes the dynamical structure factor manifest a pseudo-particle-hole continuum typical of fermionic systems. At the low-energy boundary of such a region and moderate densities, we find consistency, within statistical uncertainties, with predictions of a power-law structure by the recently developed nonlinear Luttinger-liquid theory. In the quasisolid regime, we observe a novel behavior at intermediate momenta, which can be described by new analytical relations that we derive for the hard-rods model. PMID:27081985

  6. 4He+n+n continuum within an ab initio framework

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    Romero-Redondo, Carolina; Quaglioni, Sofia; Navratil, Petr; Hupin, Guillaume

    2014-07-16

    In this study, the low-lying continuum spectrum of the 6He nucleus is investigated for the first time within an ab initio framework that encompasses the 4He+n+n three-cluster dynamics characterizing its lowest decay channel. This is achieved through an extension of the no-core shell model combined with the resonating-group method, in which energy-independent nonlocal interactions among three nuclear fragments can be calculated microscopically, starting from realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions and consistent ab initio many-body wave functions of the clusters. The three-cluster Schrödinger equation is solved with three-body scattering boundary conditions by means of the hyperspherical-harmonics method on a Lagrange mesh. Using amore » soft similarity-renormalization-group evolved chiral nucleon-nucleon potential, we find the known Jπ = 2+ resonance as well as a result consistent with a new low-lying second 2+ resonance recently observed at GANIL at ~2.6 MeV above the He6 ground state. We also find resonances in the 2–, 1+, and 0– channels, while no low-lying resonances are present in the 0+ and 1– channels.« less

  7. Generalized theory of double-resonance optical pumping of {sup 4}He

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    Plante, Michael K.; MacFarlane, Duncan L.; McGregor, Douglas D.; Slocum, Robert E.; Sampson, William M.; Brown, Andy W.

    2010-07-15

    We present extensions to the theory of double-resonance laser pumping of {sup 4}He in the context of magnetometer instrumentation. This extended theory allows for arbitrary optical polarization, magnetic resonance (H{sub 1}) coil orientation, and overall instrument orientation relative to the ambient magnetic field. Steady-state solutions are presented for portions of the extended parameter space. These calculations are used to analyze the shot-noise-limited sensitivities for helium magnetometers for selected parameter values, and we find that linearly polarized light can have a relatively simple orientational dependence for a particular choice of angle between the H{sub 1} coils and the light polarization vector. Calculations are also compared to experimentally measured magnetic resonance curves, and a shot-noise limit on sensitivity of 6 fT/{radical}(Hz) is determined for a particular magnetometer apparatus using a cell 2.4 cm in diameter and 7.5 cm in length. This extended theory can be utilized to select optimal operational parameter values and obtain ideal sensitivities for helium magnetometers.

  8. Electromagnetic and neutral-weak response functions of 4He and 12C

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    Lovato, A.; Gandolfi, S.; Carlson, J.; Pieper, Steven C.; Schiavilla, R.

    2015-06-01

    Background: A major goal of nuclear theory is to understand the strong interaction in nuclei as it manifests itself in terms of two- and many-body forces among the nuclear constituents, the protons and neutrons, and the interactions of these constituents with external electroweak probes via one- and many-body currents. Purpose: The objective of the present work is to calculate the quasielastic electroweak response functions in light nuclei within the realistic dynamical framework outlined above. These response functions determine the inclusive cross section as function of the lepton momentum and energy transfers. Methods: Their ab initio calculation is a very challenging quantum many-body problem, since it requires summation over the entire excitation spectrum of the nucleus and inclusion in the electroweak currents of one- and many-body terms. Green's functions Monte Carlo methods allow one to circumvent both difficulties by computing the response in imaginary time (the so-called Euclidean response) and hence summing implicitly over the bound and continuum states of the nucleus, and by implementing specific algorithms designed to deal with the complicated spin-isospin structure of nuclear many-body operators. Results: Theoretical predictions for 4He and 12C, confirmed by experiment in the electromagnetic case, show that two-body currents generate excess transverse strength from threshold to the quasielastic to the dip region and beyond. Conclusions: These results challenge the conventional picture of quasielastic inclusive scattering as being largely dominated by single-nucleon knockout processes.

  9. Interaction of ions, atoms, and small molecules with quantized vortex lines in superfluid 4He

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    Mateo, David; Eloranta, Jussi; Williams, Gary A.

    2015-02-01

    The interaction of a number of impurities (H2, Ag, Cu, Ag2, Cu2, Li, He3 + , He* (3S), He2∗ (3Σu), and e-) with quantized rectilinear vortex lines in superfluid 4He is calculated by using the Orsay-Trento density functional theory (DFT) method at 0 K. The Donnelly-Parks (DP) potential function binding ions to the vortex is combined with DFT data, yielding the impurity radius as well as the vortex line core parameter. The vortex core parameter at 0 K (0.74 Å) obtained either directly from the vortex line geometry or through the DP potential fitting is smaller than previously suggested but is compatible with the value obtained from re-analysis of the Rayfield-Reif experiment. All of the impurities have significantly higher binding energies to vortex lines below 1 K than the available thermal energy, where the thermally assisted escape process becomes exponentially negligible. Even at higher temperatures 1.5-2.0 K, the trapping times for larger metal clusters are sufficiently long that the previously observed metal nanowire assembly in superfluid helium can take place at vortex lines. The binding energy of the electron bubble is predicted to decrease as a function of both temperature and pressure, which allows adjusting the trap depth for either permanent trapping or to allow thermally assisted escape. Finally, a new scheme for determining the trapping of impurities on vortex lines by optical absorption spectroscopy is outlined and demonstrated for He*.

  10. Interaction of Ions, Atoms and Small Molecules with Quantized Vortex Lines in Superfluid 4He

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    Eloranta, Jussi; Matteo, David; Williams, Gary

    2015-03-01

    The interaction of a number of impurities (H2, Ag, Cu, Ag2, Cu2, Li, He3+,He* (3 S), He2*(3Σu) and e-) with quantized rectilinear vortex lines in superfluid 4He is calculated using density functional methods at 0 K. The technique yields the impurity radius as well as the vortex line core parameter. The core parameter at 0 K (0.74 Å) obtained either directly from the vortex line geometry or from the trapping potential fitting is smaller than previously suggested but is compatible with a re-analysis of the Rayfield-Reif experiment. All of the impurities have significant binding energies to the vortex lines below 1 K where the thermally assisted escape process becomes very inefficient. Even at higher temperatures the trapping times, especially for larger clusters, are sufficiently long that the observed metal nanowire assembly in superfluid helium can take place at vortex lines. The binding energy of the electron bubble is predicted to decrease as a function of both temperature and pressure, which allows adjusting the trap depth for either permanent trapping or thermally assisted escape. A new scheme for determining the trapping of impurities on vortex lines by optical absorption spectroscopy is outlined and demonstrated for He*. Work supported by the NSF, Grants CHE-1262306 and DMR-1205734, and the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Sciences.

  11. One-Dimensional Liquid ^{4}He: Dynamical Properties beyond Luttinger-Liquid Theory.

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    Bertaina, G; Motta, M; Rossi, M; Vitali, E; Galli, D E

    2016-04-01

    We compute the zero-temperature dynamical structure factor of one-dimensional liquid ^{4}He by means of state-of-the-art quantum Monte Carlo and analytic continuation techniques. By increasing the density, the dynamical structure factor reveals a transition from a highly compressible critical liquid to a quasisolid regime. In the low-energy limit, the dynamical structure factor can be described by the quantum hydrodynamic Luttinger-liquid theory, with a Luttinger parameter spanning all possible values by increasing the density. At higher energies, our approach provides quantitative results beyond the Luttinger-liquid theory. In particular, as the density increases, the interplay between dimensionality and interaction makes the dynamical structure factor manifest a pseudo-particle-hole continuum typical of fermionic systems. At the low-energy boundary of such a region and moderate densities, we find consistency, within statistical uncertainties, with predictions of a power-law structure by the recently developed nonlinear Luttinger-liquid theory. In the quasisolid regime, we observe a novel behavior at intermediate momenta, which can be described by new analytical relations that we derive for the hard-rods model.

  12. Thermodynamics of boson quantum films

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    Campbell, C. E.; Clements, B. E.; Krotscheck, E.; Saarela, M.

    1997-02-01

    Theoretical studies of films of liquid 4He adsorbed to strongly attractive plane substrates indicate that the growth of such films occurs through a sequence of first-order phase transitions - ``layering transitions'' - which are a direct consequence of the short-range, hard-core-like interaction between individual helium atoms. The present work examines the effects of temperature on these transitions. At given temperatures, the spinodal points and phase coexistence boundaries are determined for the transitions. Increasing the temperature tends to decrease the coverage span of the transition regions, signaling the possible existence of a critical point terminating the two-phase equilibrium. The layering transitions depend strongly on the helium-substrate potential; the longer-range helium-magnesium potential yields fewer transitions and noticeably lower transition temperatures than the helium-graphite potential. The temperature dependence of the chemical potential, third sound, static structure function, heat capacities, and superfluid densities are reported. The heat capacities are compared to those measured by Greywall and Busch [Phys Rev. Lett. 67, 3535 (1991)]. The thermal broadening of the film's density profile is also discussed. We find that below 1.2 K, thermal broadening is quite weak for coverages away from the layering transitions. The monolayer film experiences the least broadening whereas double-layer and triple-layer films broaden by increasing the local density in the outer tail of their density profiles, while depleting the local density in the inner portion of the outermost layer.

  13. Electron screening and stellar rates in the {sup 3}He({sup 3}He,2p){sup 4}He and {sup 3}He(d,p){sup 4}He fusion reactions

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    Messahel, L.; Ouichaoui, S.; Belhout, A.; Fouka, M.; Trabelsi, A.

    2008-05-12

    The astrophysical S(E) factor experimental data available over the energy region E (C.M.)<1.0 MeV for the {sup 3}He({sup 3}He,2p){sup 4}He and {sup 3}He(d,p){sup 4}He fusion reactions are analyzed using a polynomial expression and the R-Matrix formalism, respectively. The reaction thermonuclear rates for bare nuclei are determined and compared to previous ones after a precise assessment of the electron screening factors. New level parameter values are deduced for the {sup 5}Li nucleus.

  14. 190Pt-4He age of PGE ores in the Alkaline-Ultramafic Kondyor Massif (Khabarovsk District, Russia)

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    Mochalov, A. G.; Yakubovich, O. V.; Bortnikov, N. S.

    2016-08-01

    A new 190Pt-4He method for dating isoferroplatinum has been developed at the Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology, Russian Academy of Sciences. Here we publish the first results of dating of isoferroplatinum from the main mineralogical and geochemical types of PGE mineralization in dunite. The obtained 190Pt-4He age of isoferroplatinum is 129 ± 6 Ma. The gained 190Pt-4He age of isoferroplatinum specimens of different genesis (magmatic, fluid-metamorphogenic, and metasomatic) from the Kondyor Massif indicates that the PGM mineralization took place synchronously and successively with evolution of primarily picrite, followed by subalkaline and alkaline melts of the Mesozoic tectonic-magmatic activation of the Aldan Shield.

  15. Suppression of Freezing and Emergence of a Novel Ordered State in 4He Confined in a Nano - porous Material

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    Yamamoto, K.; Shibayama, Y.; Shirahama, K.

    2006-09-07

    Confinement of 4He in a porous material with nanometer - size pores suppresses both the freezing and superfluidity. In our previous investigation of superfluid density of 4He confined in a porous Gelsil glass which has pores of 2.5 nm in diameter, it was demonstrated that the superfluidity is greatly suppressed by pressurization. In order to explore the overall P - T phase diagram, we study the liquid - solid coexistence line. The freezing pressure is elevated up to about 3.4 MPa and independent of temperature below 1.3 K. Along with the previous measurement of superfluid density these features indicate that a nonsuperfluid phase exists next to the solid phase. The flat freezing curve indicates that this nonsuperfluid phase has small entropy as well as that of solid. Therefore the nonsuperfluid phase is possibly a novel ordered state, in which the global phase coherence is destroyed by strong correlation between 4He atoms and/or by random potential.

  16. Bare-nucleus astrophysical factor of the 3He(d,p)4He reaction via the ``Trojan horse'' method

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    La Cognata, M.; Spitaleri, C.; Tumino, A.; Typel, S.; Cherubini, S.; Lamia, L.; Musumarra, A.; Pizzone, R. G.; Rinollo, A.; Rolfs, C.; Romano, S.; Schürmann, D.; Strieder, F.

    2005-12-01

    The 3He(d,p)4He reaction has been studied from Ec.m.=600 keV down to astrophysical energies by means of the “Trojan horse” method using the 6Li(3He,pα)4He three-body reaction at Elab=5 and 6 MeV. Coincidence spectra were measured in kinematic conditions favoring the quasifree 3He+2H process. The bare astrophysical factor Sb(E) for the 3He(d,p)4He reaction was extracted from the three-body cross section in the modified plane-wave Born approximation. Comparison with the Sb extrapolation from the free two-body data is presented. The independent estimate of the screening potential as obtained with the present work seems to confirm the theoretical adiabatic limit.

  17. The nature of superfluidity and Bose-Einstein condensation: From liquid 4He to dilute ultracold atomic gases (Review Article)

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    Vilchynskyy, S. I.; Yakimenko, A. I.; Isaieva, K. O.; Chumachenko, A. V.

    2013-09-01

    We present a brief overview of crucial historical stages in creation of superfluidity theory and of the current state of the microscopic theory of superfluid 4He. We pay special attention to the role of Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) in understanding of physical mechanisms of superfluidity and identification of quantum mechanical structure of 4He superfluid component below λ-point, in particular—the possibility that at least two types of condensates may appear and coexist simultaneously in superfluid 4He. In this context we discuss the properties of the binary mixtures of BECs and types of excitations, which may appear due to intercomponent interaction in such binary mixtures of condensates. We also discuss current status of investigations of persistent currents in toroidal optical traps and present an outlook of our recent findings on this subject.

  18. Interaction of ions, atoms, and small molecules with quantized vortex lines in superfluid {sup 4}He

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    Mateo, David; Eloranta, Jussi; Williams, Gary A.

    2015-02-14

    The interaction of a number of impurities (H{sub 2}, Ag, Cu, Ag{sub 2}, Cu{sub 2}, Li, He{sub 3}{sup +}, He{sup *} ({sup 3}S), He{sub 2}{sup ∗} ({sup 3}Σ{sub u}), and e{sup −}) with quantized rectilinear vortex lines in superfluid {sup 4}He is calculated by using the Orsay-Trento density functional theory (DFT) method at 0 K. The Donnelly-Parks (DP) potential function binding ions to the vortex is combined with DFT data, yielding the impurity radius as well as the vortex line core parameter. The vortex core parameter at 0 K (0.74 Å) obtained either directly from the vortex line geometry or through the DP potential fitting is smaller than previously suggested but is compatible with the value obtained from re-analysis of the Rayfield-Reif experiment. All of the impurities have significantly higher binding energies to vortex lines below 1 K than the available thermal energy, where the thermally assisted escape process becomes exponentially negligible. Even at higher temperatures 1.5-2.0 K, the trapping times for larger metal clusters are sufficiently long that the previously observed metal nanowire assembly in superfluid helium can take place at vortex lines. The binding energy of the electron bubble is predicted to decrease as a function of both temperature and pressure, which allows adjusting the trap depth for either permanent trapping or to allow thermally assisted escape. Finally, a new scheme for determining the trapping of impurities on vortex lines by optical absorption spectroscopy is outlined and demonstrated for He{sup *}.

  19. Second-sound studies of coflow and counterflow of superfluid {sup 4}He in channels

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    Varga, Emil; Skrbek, L.; Babuin, Simone

    2015-06-15

    We report a comprehensive study of turbulent superfluid {sup 4}He flow through a channel of square cross section. We study for the first time two distinct flow configurations with the same apparatus: coflow (normal and superfluid components move in the same direction), and counterflow (normal and superfluid components move in opposite directions). We realise also a variation of counterflow with the same relative velocity, but where the superfluid component moves while there is no net flow of the normal component through the channel, i.e., pure superflow. We use the second-sound attenuation technique to measure the density of quantised vortex lines in the temperature range 1.2 K ≲ T ≲ T{sub λ} ≈ 2.18 K and for flow velocities from about 1 mm/s up to almost 1 m/s in fully developed turbulence. We find that both the steady-state and temporal decay of the turbulence significantly differ in the three flow configurations, yielding an interesting insight into two-fluid hydrodynamics. In both pure superflow and counterflow, the same scaling of vortex line density with counterflow velocity is observed, L∝V{sub cf}{sup 2}, with a pronounced temperature dependence; in coflow instead, the vortex line density scales with velocity as L ∝ V{sup 3/2} and is temperature independent; we provide theoretical explanations for these observations. Further, we develop a new promising technique to use different second-sound resonant modes to probe the spatial distribution of quantised vortices in the direction perpendicular to the flow. Preliminary measurements indicate that coflow is less homogeneous than counterflow/superflow, with a denser concentration of vortices between the centre of the channel and its walls.

  20. Helium isotopes in early Iceland plume picrites: Constraints on the composition of high 3He/ 4He mantle

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    Starkey, Natalie A.; Stuart, Finlay M.; Ellam, Robert M.; Fitton, J. Godfrey; Basu, Sudeshna; Larsen, Lotte M.

    2009-01-01

    A detailed study of the geochemistry of a new suite of early Iceland plume picrites shows that extremely high 3He/ 4He ratios (up to 50 Ra) are found in picrites from Baffin Island and West Greenland. High 3He/ 4He picrites display a wide range in 87Sr/ 86Sr (0.70288-0.70403), 143Nd/ 144Nd (0.51288-0.51308) and incompatible trace element ratios (e.g. La/Sm n = 0.5-1.6). These overlap the complete range of compositions of mid-ocean ridge basalts and most northern hemisphere ocean island basalts, including Iceland. Crustal contamination modelling in which high-grade Proterozoic crustal basement rocks for the region are mixed with a depleted parent cannot account for the trend displayed by the Baffin Island and West Greenland picrites. This rules out the possibility that the incompatible trace element, Sr and Nd isotope range of the high 3He/ 4He picrites is due to crustal contamination. The compositional range at high 3He/ 4He is also inconsistent with derivation from a primordial-He-rich reservoir that is a residue of ancient mantle depletion. This implies that the composition of the high 3He/ 4He mantle cannot be determined simply by extrapolating ocean island basalt He-Sr-Nd-Pb-Os isotope data. The apparent decoupling of He from trace element and lithophile radiogenic isotope tracers is difficult to attain by simple mixing of a high-[He], high 3He/ 4He reservoir with various depleted and enriched He-poor mantle reservoirs. The possibility that primordial He has diffused into a reservoir with a composition typical of convecting upper mantle cannot be ruled out. If so, the process must have occurred after the development of existing mantle heterogeneity, and requires the existence of a deep, primordial He-rich reservoir.

  1. Pole approximation validation in the study of the {sup 6}Li(d,{alpha}){sup 4}He reaction

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    Pizzone, R. G.; Kiss, G. G.; Spitaleri, C.; Lamia, L.; Cherubini, S.; La Cognata, M.; Puglia, S. M. R.; Rapisarda, G. G.; Romano, S.; Sergi, M. L.; Burjan, V.; Hons, Z.; Kroha, V.; Mrazek, J.; Piskor, S.; Li, C.; Tumino, A.

    2010-11-24

    The Trojan Horse Method (THM) was applied to the {sup 3}He+{sup 6}Li interaction in order to investigate the quasi-free {sup 6}Li(d,{alpha}){sup 4}He reaction. The experiment was performed at 17 MeV at the Cyclotron Institute of the Czech Academy of Science. The extracted {sup 6}Li(d,{alpha}){sup 4}He quasi-free cross-section was compared with the behavior of direct data. A good agreement between data sets shows up throughout the energy range investigated, providing a very important validity test of the pole approximation for the THM above the Coulomb barrier.

  2. Mass Flux Stability in the Presence of Temperature Excursions and Perturbations in Solid ^3He-^4He Mixtures

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    Vekhov, Ye.; Hallock, R. B.

    2016-11-01

    The DC superfluid ^4He mass flux through a cell filled with solid ^4He diluted by ppm amounts of ^3He is susceptible to flux changes when perturbations of the solid sample are imposed. We report on the details of the reproducibility of the flux following excursions in temperature and cryostat helium transfer-induced apparatus vibration, particularly including excursions to temperatures above which the flux is immeasurably small. And we report on behavior following an annealing, partial melting, and re-freezing of the sample at temperatures and pressures close to and on the melting curve.

  3. Temperature dependence of S(Q,ω) in liquid 4He under pressure

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    Talbot, E. F.; Glyde, H. R.; Stirling, W. G.; Svensson, E. C.

    1988-12-01

    The temperature dependence of the dynamic form factor, S(Q,ω), of liquid 4He at p=20 bars has been determined by inelastic neutron scattering measurements. Two wave vectors, Q=1.13 Å-1 and Q=2.03 Å-1, corresponding to the maxon and roton regions of the phonon-roton dispersion curve, were studied over a wide range of energy transfer, ħω. Based on previous data at SVP, Woods and Svensson proposed that S(Q,ω) could be represented as a sum of two components, one proportional to the superfluid density, ρS(T), and one proportional to the normal density ρN(T). The component proportional to ρS(T) contained the sharp one-phonon peak which vanished at T=Tλ. The aim here is, firstly, to present data on the temperature dependence of S(Q,ω) at 20 bars and, secondly, to explore whether or not the Woods-Svensson decomposition of S(Q,ω) holds at higher pressure. At 20 bars and for the Q values investigated here, we find that the sharp peak of S(Q,ω) does indeed decrease rapidly in intensity as T increases and the corresponding excitation either vanishes or changes abruptly in character at Tλ. The sharp nature of the one-phonon peak Tλ does therefore appear to be associated with superfluidity or a Bose condensate at these Q values. However, the weight of the one-phonon peak does not scale as ρS(T) and subtracting a contribution proportional to ρN(T) from S(Q,ω) leads to negative values of the superfluid component of S(Q,ω) at low ω. Thus S(Q,ω) at 20 bars does not naturally separate into a part proportional to ρS and one proportional to ρN. We also explore the consequences of a simple subtraction of the multiphonon component, assumed temperature independent, as an alternative method of extracting one-phonon parameters from the total scattering intensity. The values of the one-phonon properties such as the frequency and the lifetime obtained by the simple multiphonon subtraction method also show a marked change at Tλ.

  4. Spectroscopic information of 6Li from elastic scattering of deuterons, 3He and 4He by 6Li

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    Amar, A.

    2014-07-01

    The elastic scattering of deuterons, 3He and 4He on 6Li at different incident energies have been analyzed in the framework of the optical model (OM) using ECIS88 as well as SPI GENOA codes. The optical potential parameters were extracted in the phenomenological treatment. A good agreement between theoretical and experimental differential cross-sections was obtained in whole angular range. Parameters for real part of potential have been also calculated microscopically with double-folding model for the d, 3He and 4He scattering, respectively, using DFPOT code. The elastic transfer mechanism has been studied by coupled reaction channel (CRC) method using FRESCO code. Spectroscopic amplitudes of 6Li ≡ t + 3He and 6Li ≡ α + d configurations have been extracted from d, 3He and 4He scattering on 6Li at wide energy range. A comparison between spectroscopic amplitudes obtained from deuteron and α elastically scattering from 6Li has been made. The extracted spectroscopic amplitudes of 6Li ≡ 4He + d(SF = SA2) from 6Li(d, 6Li)d and 6Li(α, 6Li)α are not the same as expected theoretically.

  5. Incorporating 3-D parent nuclide zonation for apatite 4He/3He thermochronometry: An example from the Appalachian Mountains

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    Fox, Matthew; McKeon, Ryan E.; Shuster, David L.

    2014-11-01

    ability to constrain km-scale exhumation with apatite 4He/3He thermochronometry is well established and the technique has been applied to a range of tectonic and geomorphic problems. However, multiple sources of uncertainty in specific crystal characteristics limit the applicability of the method, especially when geologic problems require identifying small perturbations in a cooling path. Here we present new 4He/3He thermochronometric data from the Appalachian Mountains, which indicate significant parent nuclide zonation in an apatite crystal. Using LA-ICPMS measurements of U and Th in the same crystal, we design a 3-D model of the crystal to explore the effects of intracrystal variability in radiation damage accumulation. We describe a numerical approach to solve the 3-D production-diffusion equation. Using our numerical model and a previously determined time temperature path for this part of the Appalachians, we find excellent agreement between predicted and observed 4He/3He spectra. Our results confirm this time-temperature path and highlight that for complex U and Th zonation patterns, 3-D numerical models are required to infer an accurate time-temperature history. In addition, our results provide independent and novel evidence for a radiation damage control on diffusivity. The ability to exploit intracrystal differences in 4He diffusivity [i.e., temperature sensitivity) greatly increases the potential to infer complex thermal histories.

  6. 4He in Modern Cape Verde Corals: A High-Resolution Proxy Record of N. African Climate

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    Mukhopadhyay, S.; Kreycik, P.; Schrag, D. P.

    2005-12-01

    Mineral dust from arid and semi arid regions is an important component of climatic processes. The amount of dust emitted off continents is intimately linked with precipitation, which may itself be linked to atmospheric circulation driven by oceanic sea surface temperatures. Hence, reconstructing dust fluxes off continents with sub-decadal resolution can provide us with fundamental insights into feedbacks in the climate system. Unfortunately, such high-resolution dust flux records prior to the establishment of the Barbados dust sampling station are largely lacking. Here we show that 4He concentrations in annual bands in corals provides a high-resolution, reliable, and robust proxy record of dust flux from continents. Some traces phases in dust, such as zircons, are rich in U and Th and thus have extremely high concentrations of 4He. As some fraction of the dust settles out of the atmosphere and through the water column, corals incorporate the dust in their skeletons through filter feeding. Since the alpha stopping distance is greater than the particle size of wind blown dust, the mineral grains will not accumulate radiogenic helium after the dust is incorporated into the corals. We have measured the 4He concentration in annual bands dating back to 1960's in a modern coral that was collected in 1996 off the island of Sal, part of the Cape Verde archipelago. The coral is therefore, situated close to, and directly west of the dust source in the Sudano-Sahel region of the African continent. The 4He record from the coral shows remarkable similarity with the record from the Barbados dust sampling station. There is a continuous increase in 4He baseline values by a factor of two from the mid 1960's to the early 1990's as well as two pronounced peaks in the early 1970's and mid 1980's associated with severe drought in the Sudano-Sahel region. Our proxy record from the Cape Verde Island demonstrates that 4He concentrations in corals can be used reliably to reconstruct dust

  7. The helium flux from the continents and ubiquity of low-3He/4He recycled crust and lithosphere

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    Day, James M. D.; Barry, Peter H.; Hilton, David R.; Burgess, Ray; Pearson, D. Graham; Taylor, Lawrence A.

    2015-03-01

    New helium isotope and trace-element abundance data are reported for pyroxenites and eclogites from South Africa, Siberia, and the Beni Bousera Massif, Morocco that are widely interpreted to form from recycled oceanic crustal protoliths. The first He isotope data are also presented for Archaean peridotites from the Kaapvaal (South Africa), Slave (Canada), and Siberian cratons, along with recently emplaced off-craton peridotite xenoliths from Kilbourne Hole, San Carlos (USA) and Vitim (Siberia), to complement existing 3He/4He values obtained for continental and oceanic peridotites. Helium isotope compositions of peridotite xenoliths vary from 7.3 to 9.6 RA in recently (<10 kyr) emplaced xenoliths, to 0.05 RA in olivine from cratonic peridotite xenoliths of the 1179 Ma Premier kimberlite, South Africa. The helium isotope compositions of the peridotites can be explained through progressive sampling of 4He produced from radiogenic decay of U and Th in the mineral lattice in the older emplaced peridotite xenoliths. Ingrowth of 4He is consistent with generally higher 4He concentrations measured in olivine from older emplaced peridotite xenoliths relative to those from younger peridotite xenoliths. Collectively, the new data are consistent with pervasive open-system behaviour of He in peridotite xenoliths from cratons, mobile belts and tectonically-active regions. However, there is probable bias in the estimate of the helium isotope composition of the continental lithospheric mantle (6.1 ± 2.1 RA), since previously published databases were largely derived from peridotite xenoliths from non-cratonic lithosphere, or phenocrysts/xenocrysts obtained within continental intraplate alkaline volcanics that contain a contribution from asthenospheric sources. Using the new He isotope data for cratonic peridotites and assuming that significant portions (>50%) of the Archaean and Proterozoic continental lithospheric mantle are stable and unaffected by melt or fluid infiltration on

  8. A Multi-technique Characterization of Adsorbed Protein Films: Orientation and Structure by ToF-SIMS, NEXAFS, SFG, and XPS

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    Baio, Joseph E.

    immobilization schemes. This protein contained both a hexahistidine tag and a cysteine residue, introduced at opposite ends of the HuLys Fv, for immobilization onto nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) and maleimide oligo- (ethylene glycol) (MEG)-terminated substrates. The thiol group on the cysteine residue selectively binds to the MEG groups, while the his-tag selectively binds to the Ni-loaded NTA groups. XPS was used to monitor protein coverage on both surfaces by following the change in the nitrogen atomic %. The ToF-SIMS data provided a clear differentiation between the two samples due to the intensity differences of secondary ions originating from asymmetrically located amino acids in HuLys Fv. Indicating that the HuLys Fv fragment when adsorbed into the NTA and MEG substrates will be induced into two different orientations. On the NTA substrate the protein's binding site is accessible, while on the MEG substrate the binding site is oriented towards the surface. By taking advantage of the electron pathway through the heme group in cytochrome c (CytoC) electrochemists have built sensors based upon CytoC immobilized onto functionalized metal electrodes. When immobilized onto a charged surface, CytoC, with its distribution of lysine and glutamate residues around its surface, should orient and form a well-ordered protein film. Here a detailed examination of CytoC orientation when electrostatically immobilized onto both amine (NH 3+) and carboxyl (COO-) functionalized gold is presented. Again, protein coverage, on both surfaces, was monitored by the change in the atomic % N, as determined by XPS. ToF-SIMS data demonstrated a clear separation between the two samples based on the intensity differences of secondary ions stemming from amino acids located asymmetrically within CytoC, indicating opposite orientations of the protein on the two different surfaces. Spectral features within the in situ sum frequency generation vibrational spectra, acquired for the protein interacting with

  9. Ab initio study of {sup 2}H(d,{gamma}){sup 4}He, {sup 2}H(d,p){sup 3}H, and {sup 2}H(d,n){sup 4}He reactions and the tensor force

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    Arai, K.; Aoyama, S.; Suzuki, Y.; Descouvemont, P.; Baye, D.

    2012-11-12

    The {sup 2}H(d,p){sup 3}H, {sup 2}H(d,n){sup 3}He, and {sup 2}H(d,{gamma}){sup 4}He reactions at low energies are studied with realistic nucleon-nucleon interactions in an ab initio approach. The obtained astrophysical S-factors are all in very good agreement with experiment. The most important channels for both transfer and radiative capture are all found to dominate thanks to the tensor force.

  10. Design and performance of a 4He-evaporator at <1.0 K

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    Das, N. K.; Pradhan, J.; Naser, Md. Z. A.; Roy, A.; Mandal, B. Ch.; Mallik, C.; Bhandari, R. K.

    2012-12-01

    A helium evaporator for obtaining 1 K temperature has been built and tested in laboratory. This will function primarily as the precooling stage for the circulating helium isotopic gas mixture. This works on evaporative cooling by way of pumping out the vapour from the top of the pot. A precision needle valve is used initially to fill up the pot and subsequently a permanent flow impedance maintains the helium flow from the bath into the pot to replenish the evaporative loss of helium. Considering the cooling power of 10 mW @1.0 K, a 99.0 cm3 helium evaporator was designed, fabricated from OFE copper and tested in the laboratory. A pumping station comprising of a roots pump backed by a dry pump was used for evacuation. The calibrated RuO thermometer and kapton film heater were used for measuring the temperature and cooling power of the system respectively. The continuously filled 1 K bath is tested in the laboratory and found to offer a temperature less than 1.0 K by withdrawing vapour from the evaporator. In order to minimize the heat load and to prevent film creep across the pumping tube, size optimization of the pumping line and pump-out port has been performed. The results of test run along with relevant analysis, mechanical fabrication of flow impedance are presented here.

  11. Theoretical estimates of the critical exponents of the superfluid transition in {sup 4}He by lattice methods

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    Campostrini, Massimo; Hasenbusch, Martin; Vicari, Ettore; Pelissetto, Andrea

    2006-10-01

    We improve the theoretical estimates of the critical exponents for the three-dimensional XY universality class that apply to the superfluid transition in {sup 4}He along the {lambda} line of its phase diagram. We obtain the estimates {alpha}=-0.0151(3), {nu}=0.6717(1), {eta}=0.0381(2), {gamma}=1.3178(2), {beta}=0.3486(1), and {delta}=4.780(1). Our results are obtained by finite-size scaling analyses of high-statistics Monte Carlo simulations up to lattice size L=128 and resummations of 22nd-order high-temperature expansions of two improved models with suppressed leading scaling corrections. We note that our result for the specific-heat exponent {alpha} disagrees with the most recent experimental estimate {alpha}=-0.0127(3) at the superfluid transition of {sup 4}He in a microgravity environment.

  12. Are high 3He/4He ratios in oceanic basalts an indicator of deep-mantle plume components?

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    Meibom, A.; Anderson, D.L.; Sleep, N.H.; Frei, R.; Chamberlain, C.P.; Hren, M.T.; Wooden, J.L.

    2003-01-01

    The existence of a primordial, undegassed lower mantle reservoir characterized by high concentration of 3He and high 3He/4He ratios is a cornerstone assumption in modern geochemistry. It has become standard practice to interpret high 3He/4He ratios in oceanic basalts as a signature of deep-rooted plumes. The unfiltered He isotope data set for oceanic spreading centers displays a wide, nearly Gaussian, distribution qualitatively similar to the Os isotope (187Os/188 Os) distribution of mantle-derived Os-rich alloys. We propose that both distributions are produced by shallow mantle processes involving mixing between different proportions of recycled, variably aged radiogenic and unradiogenic domains under varying degrees of partial melting. In the case of the Re-Os isotopic system, radiogenic mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB)-rich and unradiogenic (depleted mantle residue) endmembers are constantly produced during partial melting events. In the case of the (U+Th)-He isotope system, effective capture of He-rich bubbles during growth of phenocryst olivine in crystallizing magma chambers provides one mechanism for 'freezing in' unradiogenic (i.e. high 3He/4He) He isotope ratios, while the higher than chondritic (U+Th)/He elemental ratio in the evolving and partially degassed MORB melt provides the radiogenic (i.e. low 3He/4He) endmember. If this scenario is correct, the use of He isotopic signatures as a fingerprint of plume components in oceanic basalts is not justified. Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

  13. Production of {sup 4}He, {sup 3}He, and tritium from Be irradiated in FFTF-MOTA-2B

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    Greenwood, L.R.

    1998-03-01

    The production of {sup 4}He, {sup 3}He, and tritium has been calculated for beryllium irradiated in the Materials Open Test Assembly (MOTA)-2B experiment in the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). Reaction rates were based on adjusted neutron spectra determined from reactor dosimetry measurements at seven different elevations in the irradiation assembly. Equations are given so that gas production, dpa, and neutron fluences can be calculated for any specific elevation in the MOTA-2B assembly.

  14. Motion of a helical vortex filament in superfluid 4He under the extrinsic form of the local induction approximation

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    Van Gorder, Robert A.

    2013-08-01

    Very recently, Shivamoggi ["Vortex motion in superfluid 4He: Reformulation in the extrinsic vortex-filament coordinate space," Phys. Rev. B 84, 012506 (2011)], 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.012506 studied the extrinsic form of the local induction approximation (LIA) for the motion of a Kelvin wave on a vortex filament in superfluid 4He, and obtained some results in a cubic approximation. Presently, we study the motion of helical vortex filaments in superfluid 4He under the exact fully nonlinear LIA considered in potential form by Van Gorder ["Fully nonlinear local induction equation describing the motion of a vortex filament in superfluid 4He," J. Fluid Mech. 707, 585 (2012)], 10.1017/jfm.2012.308 and obtained from the Biot-Savart law through the equations of Hall and Vinen ["The rotation of liquid helium II. I. Experiments on the propagation of second sound in uniformly rotating helium II," Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A 238, 204 (1956)], 10.1098/rspa.1956.0214 including superfluid friction terms. Nonlinear dispersion relations governing the helical Kelvin wave on such a vortex filament are derived in exact form, from which we may exactly calculate the phase and group velocity of the Kelvin wave. With this, we classify the motion of a helical Kelvin wave on a vortex filament under the LIA. The dispersion relations and results, which follow are exact in nature, in contrast to most results in the literature, which are usually numerical approximations. As such, our results accurately capture the qualitative behavior of the Kelvin waves under the LIA. Extensions to other frameworks are discussed.

  15. The structure of mixed {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He droplets doped with OCS: A density functional approach

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    Leal, Antonio; Mateo, David; Pi, Martí; Barranco, Manuel; Navarro, Jesús

    2013-11-07

    We have investigated the structure and energetics of mixed {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He droplets doped with a carbonyl sulfide molecule within a density functional approach considering a small but finite temperature of 0.1 K. The molecule is treated as an external field to which the helium droplet is attached. The energetics and appearance of these droplets are discussed for selected numbers of helium atoms, identifying the first magic numbers of the fermionic component.

  16. Photodisintegration cross section of the reaction (4)He(γ,p)(3)H between 22 and 30 MeV.

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    Raut, R; Tornow, W; Ahmed, M W; Crowell, A S; Kelley, J H; Rusev, G; Stave, S C; Tonchev, A P

    2012-01-27

    The two-body photodisintegration cross section of (4)He into a proton and triton was measured with monoenergetic photon beams in 0.5 MeV energy steps between 22 and 30 MeV. High-pressure (4)He-Xe gas scintillators of various (4)He/Xe ratios served as targets and detectors. Pure Xe gas scintillators were used for background studies. A NaI detector together with a plastic scintillator paddle was employed for determining the incident photon flux. Our comprehensive data set follows the trend of the theoretical calculations of the Trento group very well, although our data are consistently lower in magnitude by about 5%. However, they differ significantly from the majority of the previous data, especially from the recent data of Shima et al. The latter data had put into question the validity of theoretical approaches used to calculate core-collapse supernova explosions and big-bang nucleosynthesis abundances of certain light nuclei. PMID:22400829

  17. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid and hemoglobin adsorbed on self-assembled Ag monolayer films with different shapes

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    Zhu, Shuangmei; Fan, Chunzhen; Wang, Junqiao; He, Jinna; Liang, Erjun

    2014-06-01

    Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-protected silver nanostructures of various shapes, including nanocubes, nanospheres, and hybrid shapes with nanospheres and nanorods, on the surface of glass or Si substrates (PVP-Ag films) are prepared by using electrostatic self-assembly. With 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) as a probe molecule, it is demonstrated that the PVP-protected silver nanocubes films (PVP-Ag NCs) have better surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity with an order of magnitude larger enhancement factors (EF) than the PVP-protected silver nanospheres films and the PVP-protected silver hybrid shapes films, which is confirmed by our numerical simulations. The EF of 4-MBA on the PVP-Ag NCs film are up to ~5.38 × 106, and the detection limit is at least down to ~10-8 M. The uniformity and reproducibility of the SERS signals on PVP-Ag NCs film are tested by point-to-point and batch-to-batch measurements. Meanwhile, the PVP-Ag films are also shown to be an excellent SERS substrate with good biocompatibility for hemoglobin detection. It is shown that the PVP-Ag NCs films can be used as excellent SERS substrate with good activity, uniformity, reproducibility, and biocompatibility and are promising for a myriad of chemical and biochemical sensing applications.

  18. Korteweg-deVries solitons and helium films

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    Condat, C.A.; Guyer, R.A.

    1982-03-01

    The possibility of propagating Korteweg-deVries solitons in a superfluid /sup 4/He film and in a superfluid /sup 4/He films overlayed by a /sup 3/He film is discussed. Various dispersive and nonlinear contribution tot he equation for the nonlinear modes of the films are analyzed. Conditions depending on the thickness of the films are obtained for the propagation of troughlike and bumplike solitons.

  19. Direct measurement of the 4He (12C, 16O) γ reaction cross section near stellar energies

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    Sagara, Kenshi

    2014-09-01

    The 12C+4He-->16O + γ reaction is one of the key reactions in stellar He-burning, but its total cross section at stellar energy (Ecm = 0.3 MeV) has not been measured yet, in spite of many experiments made in the world for about a half century. At Kyushu University Tandem accelerator Laboratory (KUTL), we have been making direct measurement of the 4He (12C, 16O) γ total cross section below Ecm = 2.4 MeV for about 20 years. We have measured the total cross section at Ecm = 2.4, 1.5 and 1.2 MeV. Now we are preparing to measure the cross section at 1.0 MeV. The direct measurement was made from Ecm = 5 MeV down to 1.9 MeV at Ruhr University, Bochum. We use a pulsed 12C beam and a windowless 4He target, and detect all the 16O recoils in a charge state. A usually continuum 12C beam from our tandem accelerator is pulsed by a pre-buncher, a main buncher, and a beam chopper. Our tandem accelerator was designed to be used at the acceleration voltage of 6-10 MV. For the 4He (12C, 16O) γ experiment we need to use it at 1.3-1.8 MV where beam transmission is very low, then we have invented an acceleration-deceleration method for the tandem accelerator. We have developed a blow-in windowless He target based on an original idea. To separate 16O recoils from the 12C beam, we developed a recoil-mass separator. To reject 12C backgrounds, we developed a long-time chopper, and an ionization chamber. Now, we are preparing to measure time-of-flight of 16O recoils and 12C backgrounds. Many original instruments and the experimental results will be presented. Finally we discuss what are necessary for future direct measurement of the 4He (12C, 16O) γ total cross section below 1.0 MeV, down to 0.7 MeV. A dynamitron accelerator and hard-working researchers may be inevitable. The 12C+4He-->16O + γ reaction is one of the key reactions in stellar He-burning, but its total cross section at stellar energy (Ecm = 0.3 MeV) has not been measured yet, in spite of many experiments made in the world

  20. High pressure line shapes of the Rb D1 and D2 lines for 4He and 3He collisions

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    Miller, Wooddy S.; Rice, Christopher A.; Hager, Gordon D.; Rotondaro, Mathew D.; Berriche, Hamid; Perram, Glen P.

    2016-11-01

    Line shapes for the Rb D1 (51/2 2S ↔ 51/2 2P) and D2 (51/2 2S ↔ 53/2 2P) transitions with 4He and 3He collisions at pressures of 500-15,000 Torr and temperatures of 333-533 K have been experimentally observed and compared to predictions from the Anderson-Talman theory. The ground X1/2 + 2Σ and excited A1/2 + 2Π, A3/2 2Π, and B1/2 + 2Σ potential energy surfaces required for the line shape predictions have been calculated using a one-electron pseudo-potential technique. The observed collision induced shift rates for 4He are dramatically higher for the D1 line, 4.60±0.12 MHz/Torr, than the D2 line, 0.20±0.14 MHz/Torr. The asymmetry is somewhat larger for the D1 line and has the same sign as the shifting rate. The 3He broadening rate for the D2 line is 4% larger than the 4He rate, and 14% higher for the D1 line, reflecting the higher relative speed. The calculated broadening rates are systematically larger than the observed rates by 1.1-3.2 MHz/Torr and agree within 14%. The primary focus of the current work is to characterize the high pressure line shapes, focusing on the non-Lorentzian features far from line center. In the far wing, the cross-section decreases by more than 4 orders of magnitude, with a broad, secondary maximum in the D2 line near 735 nm. The potentials do not require empirical modification to provide excellent quantitative agreement with the observations. The dipole moment variation and absorption Boltzmann factor is critical to obtaining strong agreement in the wings.

  1. Analysis of the scintillation mechanism in a pressurized {sup 4}He fast neutron detector using pulse shape fitting

    SciTech Connect

    Kelley, R.P. Ray, H.; Jordan, K.A.; Murer, D.

    2015-03-15

    An empirical investigation of the scintillation mechanism in a pressurized {sup 4}He gas fast neutron detector was conducted using pulse shape fitting. Scintillation signals from neutron interactions were measured and averaged to produce a single generic neutron pulse shape from both a {sup 252}Cf spontaneous fission source and a (d,d) neutron generator. An expression for light output over time was then developed by treating the decay of helium excited states in the same manner as the decay of radioactive isotopes. This pulse shape expression was fitted to the measured neutron pulse shape using a least-squares optimization algorithm, allowing an empirical analysis of the mechanism of scintillation inside the {sup 4}He detector. A further understanding of this mechanism in the {sup 4}He detector will advance the use of this system as a neutron spectrometer. For {sup 252}Cf neutrons, the triplet and singlet time constants were found to be 970 ns and 686 ns, respectively. For neutrons from the (d,d) generator, the time constants were found to be 884 ns and 636 ns. Differences were noted in the magnitude of these parameters compared to previously published data, however the general relationships were noted to be the same and checked with expected trends from theory. Of the excited helium states produced from a {sup 252}Cf neutron interaction, 76% were found to be born as triplet states, similar to the result from the neutron generator of 71%. The two sources yielded similar pulse shapes despite having very different neutron energy spectra, validating the robustness of the fits across various neutron energies.

  2. Modeling adsorption: Investigating adsorbate and adsorbent properties

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    Webster, Charles Edwin

    1999-12-01

    Surface catalyzed reactions play a major role in current chemical production technology. Currently, 90% of all chemicals are produced by heterogeneously catalyzed reactions. Most of these catalyzed reactions involve adsorption, concentrating the substrate(s) (the adsorbate) on the surface of the solid (the adsorbent). Pore volumes, accessible surface areas, and the thermodynamics of adsorption are essential in the understanding of solid surface characteristics fundamental to catalyst and adsorbent screening and selection. Molecular properties such as molecular volumes and projected molecular areas are needed in order to convert moles adsorbed to surface volumes and areas. Generally, these molecular properties have been estimated from bulk properties, but many assumptions are required. As a result, different literature values are employed for these essential molecular properties. Calculated molar volumes and excluded molecular areas are determined and tabulated for a variety of molecules. Molecular dimensions of molecules are important in the understanding of molecular exclusion as well as size and shape selectivity, diffusion, and adsorbent selection. Molecular dimensions can also be used in the determination of the effective catalytic pore size of a catalyst. Adsorption isotherms, on zeolites, (crystalline mineral oxides) and amorphous solids, can be analyzed with the Multiple Equilibrium Analysis (MEA) description of adsorption. The MEA produces equilibrium constants (Ki), capacities (ni), and thermodynamic parameters (enthalpies, ΔHi, and entropies, ΔSi) of adsorption for each process. Pore volumes and accessible surface areas are calculated from the process capacities. Adsorption isotherms can also be predicted for existing and new adsorbate-adsorbent systems with the MEA. The results show that MEA has the potential of becoming a standard characterization method for microporous solids that will lead to an increased understanding of their behavior in gas

  3. Astrophysical S factor for the 4He(3He,γ)7Be reaction at medium energies

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    Carmona-Gallardo, M.; Nara Singh, B. S.; Tengblad, O.; Hass, M.; Alcorta, M.; Borge, M. J. G.; Briz, J. A.; Cruz, C.; Cubero, M.; Domínguez-Reyes, R.; Fulton, B. R.; Fynbo, H.; Gordillo, N.; Haquin, G.; Nir-El, Y.; Kumar, V.; Maira, A.; McGrath, J.; Muñoz-Martín, A.; Perea, A.; Yungreis, Z.

    2012-02-01

    The astrophysical S factor for the 4He(3He,γ)7Be direct capture reaction plays a major role in the context of solar neutrino flux and primordial 7Li abundances that demand accurate information on the reaction. We report here our recent cross section measurements using the activation method in the region of ECM = 900-2800 keV, that aim to shed light on the discrepancies in the existing data and lead to a more accurate extrapolation of the S factor.

  4. A precise extraction of the induced polarization in the 4He(e,e'p)3H reaction

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    S.P. Malace, M. Paolone, S. Strauch

    2011-01-01

    We measured with unprecedented precision the induced polarization Py in 4He(e,e'p)3H at Q^2 = 0.8 (GeV/c)^2 and 1.3 (GeV/c)^2. The induced polarization is indicative of reaction-mechanism effects beyond the impulse approximation. Our results are in agreement with a relativistic distorted-wave impulse approximation calculation but are over-estimated by a calculation with strong charge-exchange effects. Our data are used to constrain the strength of the spin independent charge-exchange term in the latter calculation.

  5. Analysis of states in {sup 13}C populated in {sup 9}Be + {sup 4}He resonant scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Freer, M.; Ashwood, N. I.; Curtis, N.; Kokalova, Tz.; Wheldon, C.; Di Pietro, A.; Figuera, P.; Fisichella, M.; Scuderi, V.; Torresi, D.; Grassi, L.; Jelavic Malenica, D.; Koncul, M.; Mijatovic, T.; Prepolec, L.; Skukan, N.; Soic, N.; Szilner, S.; Tokic, V.; Milin, M.

    2011-09-15

    Measurements of {sup 9}Be + {alpha} resonant scattering have been performed using the thick-target approach with a {sup 4}He gas volume and a large-area silicon strip detector. {sup 9}Be beam energies in the range 12 to 21.4 MeV were used to measure the {sup 13}C excitation energy spectrum between 13.2 and 16.2 MeV. An R-matrix analysis has been performed to characterize the spins and widths of {sup 13}C resonances, some of which have been proposed to be associated with a 3{alpha}+n molecular band.

  6. Relationship between 3He/4He ratios and subduction of the Philippine Sea plate beneath southwest Japan

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    Umeda, Koji; Kusano, Tomohiro; Asamori, Koichi; McCrank, Glen F.

    2012-10-01

    Regional and local variations in mantle helium provide insight into the coupling of mantle-crust tectonics, and heat and/or mass transfer from the Earth's interior. In order to further elucidate the geographic distribution of3He/4He ratios in southwest Japan, the data from a total of 924 sites were compiled and synthesized. These include data from 48 additional hot spring and drinking water well sites on the northern Kyushu Island and in the northern Chugoku region. There appears to be good correlation between variations in helium isotope ratios and the geophysical evidence used to determine the configuration of the subducting Philippine Sea plate (PHS). Seismological studies reveal that the leading edge of the aseismic slab does not extend to the northern Chugoku region nor to the Osaka Bay area, where gas samples with significantly elevated 3He/4He ratios occur. This is consistent with a mantle-derived helium in these areas, from melts and/or mantle fluids ascribed to upwelling asthenosphere without being hindered by the descending PHS slab. In contrast, gas samples in the regions where the overriding crust comes into direct contact with the subducting PHS are dominated by radiogenic helium derived from the crust because of the absence of a mantle wedge, the most plausible source of mantle helium. Owing to the abrupt changes in the seismicity and focal mechanisms of intraplate earthquakes, the PHS is considered to have slab tears beneath the Kii Channel and/or the eastern Kii Peninsula oriented in a NW-SE direction. However, the lenear alignment of anomalously high3He/4He ratios does not appear to be NW-SE trending along the assumed slab tears but rather forms an broad, ENE-WSW trending zone between the tears where low-frequency events occur. The emanation of gas with elevated3He/4He ratios in the central peninsula can be explained by the upward mobilization of mantle volatiles derived from the mantle wedge above the PHS and/or transferred from the hydrated slab

  7. Depth profiling of oxidized a-C:D Layers on Be -- A comparison of {sup 4}He RBS and {sup 28}Si ERD analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Roth, J.; Mayer, M.; Walsh, D.; Wampler, W.R.

    1997-06-01

    In applications dealing with the deposition of amorphous hydrogenated carbon layers or in the determination of the composition of deposited layers on the walls of nuclear fusion plasma experiments, the analysis of mixtures of light elements on heavy substrates is necessary. Depth profiling by means of RBS is often difficult due to the overlap of the backscattering intensities of different constituents from different depths. The erosion and reaction of deposited amorphous deuterated carbon (a-C:D) films with a Be substrate due to annealing in air poses an analytical challenge especially if simultaneously the exchange of hydrogen isotopes should be monitored. The analysis of the different recoiling atoms from collisions with heavy ions in Elastic Recoil Detection (ERD) can provide a tool which resolves all constituents in a single analysis. In the present study the composition of intermixed layers on Be containing H, D, Be, C and O has been analyzed using conventional {sup 4}He RBS at 2.2 MeV together with 2.5 MeV {sup 4}He ERD for hydrogen isotope analysis. At these energies, an overlap of signals from different constituents could be avoided in most cases. As alternative method heavy ion ERD using Si{sup 7+} ions extracted from a 5 MeV Tandem Van de Graff accelerator was investigated. At a scattering angle of 30{degree} Si ions could not be scattered into the detector and a solid state detector without protecting foil could be used. Even in the intermixed layers at terminal energies of 5 MeV the heavy constituents could be separated while signals from recoiling hydrogen and deuterium atoms could be resolved on top of the signal from the Be substrate. For the analysis of the RBS and ERD data the newly developed spectra simulation program SIMNRA has been used which includes a large data bank for scattering and nuclear reaction cross sections. The depth profiles of all constituents extracted from the simulation are compared for both methods.

  8. Unified description of 6Li structure and deuterium-4He dynamics with chiral two- and three-nucleon forces

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    Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia; Navratil, Petr

    2015-05-29

    Here, we provide a unified ab initio description of the 6Li ground state and elastic scattering of deuterium (d) on 4He (α) using two- and three-nucleon forces from chiral effective field theory. We analyze the influence of the three-nucleon force and reveal the role of continuum degrees of freedom in shaping the low-lying spectrum of 6Li. The calculation reproduces the empirical binding energy of 6Li, yielding an asymptotic D- to S-state ratio of the 6Li wave function in the d+α configuration of –0.027, in agreement with a determination from 6Li–4He elastic scattering, but overestimates the excitation energy of the 3+more » state by 350 keV. The bulk of the computed differential cross section is in good agreement with data. These results endorse the application of the present approach to the evaluation of the 2H(α,γ)6Li radiative capture, responsible for the big-bang nucleosynthesis of 6Li.« less

  9. Unified description of ^{6}Li structure and deuterium-^{4}He dynamics with chiral two- and three-nucleon forces.

    PubMed

    Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia; Navrátil, Petr

    2015-05-29

    We provide a unified ab initio description of the ^{6}Li ground state and elastic scattering of deuterium (d) on ^{4}He (α) using two- and three-nucleon forces from chiral effective field theory. We analyze the influence of the three-nucleon force and reveal the role of continuum degrees of freedom in shaping the low-lying spectrum of ^{6}Li. The calculation reproduces the empirical binding energy of ^{6}Li, yielding an asymptotic D- to S-state ratio of the ^{6}Li wave function in the d+α configuration of -0.027, in agreement with a determination from ^{6}Li-^{4}He elastic scattering, but overestimates the excitation energy of the 3^{+} state by 350 keV. The bulk of the computed differential cross section is in good agreement with data. These results endorse the application of the present approach to the evaluation of the ^{2}H(α,γ)^{6}Li radiative capture, responsible for the big-bang nucleosynthesis of ^{6}Li.

  10. Frequency-dependent Study of Ultrapure Solid 4He by Using Rigid Double-pendulum Torsional Oscillator

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    Choi, Jaewon; Shin, Jaeho; Kim, Eunseong

    2015-03-01

    The physical origin of the period drop found in the torsional oscillator (TO) containing solid 4He was previously interpreted as the appearance of supersolidity. The current consensus is that the increase in the shear modulus leads to the period anomaly. Further studies show that the stiffening effect in TO can be amplified if a TO is not properly designed to be ``rigid.'' In this study, we designed a rigid double-pendulum TO. High purity solid 4He sample (0.6ppb) was grown by the block capillary method. The resonant period of TO starts to decrease from the empty cell data at 80mK. The ratio of the resonant period changes to the total mass loading are 3 . 8 ×10-5 and 2 . 6 ×10-4 for 1st and 2nd mode, respectively. Unlike recent experiment, we could not found a frequency-independent period drop. The upper bound for the putative supersolid fraction is less than 4 ×10-6 . The dissipation peak accompanied with the period drop was also analyzed with Cole-Cole plot and ωτ plot. We conclude that major contribution for the anomalous TO responses comes from the elastic effect.

  11. Unified description of ^{6}Li structure and deuterium-^{4}He dynamics with chiral two- and three-nucleon forces.

    PubMed

    Hupin, Guillaume; Quaglioni, Sofia; Navrátil, Petr

    2015-05-29

    We provide a unified ab initio description of the ^{6}Li ground state and elastic scattering of deuterium (d) on ^{4}He (α) using two- and three-nucleon forces from chiral effective field theory. We analyze the influence of the three-nucleon force and reveal the role of continuum degrees of freedom in shaping the low-lying spectrum of ^{6}Li. The calculation reproduces the empirical binding energy of ^{6}Li, yielding an asymptotic D- to S-state ratio of the ^{6}Li wave function in the d+α configuration of -0.027, in agreement with a determination from ^{6}Li-^{4}He elastic scattering, but overestimates the excitation energy of the 3^{+} state by 350 keV. The bulk of the computed differential cross section is in good agreement with data. These results endorse the application of the present approach to the evaluation of the ^{2}H(α,γ)^{6}Li radiative capture, responsible for the big-bang nucleosynthesis of ^{6}Li. PMID:26066431

  12. Studies of kinetic processes in a concentrated 3He-4He solution using an oscillating tuning fork

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    Bakhvalova, V. A.; Gritsenko, I. A.; Rudavskii, E. Ya.; Chagovets, V. K.; Sheshin, G. A.

    2015-07-01

    The dissipative processes causing the damping of quartz tuning fork vibrations in a solution of 15% 3He in 4He, are studied in a temperature range of 0.5-2.3 K. The resonance curves of the tuning forks are measured in the laminar flow region of the liquid, and their width is determined by the width of the dissipative processes. We examined tuning forks with a resonance frequency of 32 kHz, located inside a flask ("enclosed") and tuning forks without a flask ("unenclosed"). The results of the experiment are compared to existing theories. It was found that a significant contribution to the damping of tuning fork oscillations for a solution, as opposed to pure 4He, is from the second sound radiation, the contribution of which exceeds the input of viscous dissipation at low temperatures. The radiation of the first sound does not contribute to the damping of the oscillations of the "enclosed" fork due to the small size of the cell versus the wavelength. In the case of the "unenclosed" fork, the damping is determined by three processes: viscous dissipation and radiation of the first and second sounds.

  13. Low-3He/4He sublithospheric mantle source for the most magnesian magmas of the Karoo large igneous province

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    Heinonen, Jussi S.; Kurz, Mark D.

    2015-09-01

    The massive outpourings of Karoo and Ferrar continental flood basalts (CFBs) ∼180 Ma ago mark the initial Jurassic rifting stages of the Gondwana supercontinent. The origin and sources of these eruptions have been debated for decades, largely due to difficulties in defining their parental melt and mantle source characteristics. Recent findings of Fe- and Mg-rich dikes (depleted ferropicrite suite) from Vestfjella, western Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, have shed light on the composition of the deep sub-Gondwanan mantle: these magmas have been connected to upper mantle sources presently sampled by the Southwest Indian Ocean mid-ocean ridge basalts (SWIR MORBs) or to high 3He/4He plume-entrained non-chondritic primitive mantle sources formed early in Earth's history. In an attempt to determine their He isotopic composition and relative contributions from magmatic, cosmogenic, and radiogenic He sources, we performed in-vacuo stepwise crushing and melting analyses of olivine mineral separates, some of which were abraded to remove the outer layer of the grains. The best estimate for the mantle isotopic composition is given by a sample with the highest amount of He released (>50%) during the first crushing step of an abraded coarse fraction. It has a 3He/4He of 7.03 ± 0.23 (2σ) times the atmospheric ratio (Ra), which is indistinguishable from those measured from SWIR MORBs (6.3-7.3 Ra; source 3He/4He ∼6.4-7.6 Ra at 180 Ma) and notably lower than in the most primitive lavas from the North Atlantic Igneous Province (up to 50 Ra), considered to represent the epitome magmas from non-chondritic primitive mantle sources. Previously published trace element and isotopic (Sr, Nd, and Pb) compositions do not suggest a direct genetic link to any modern hotspot of Indian or southern Atlantic Oceans. Although influence of a mantle plume cannot be ruled out, the high magma temperatures and SWIR MORB-like geochemistry of the suite are best explained by supercontinent insulation

  14. Thermodynamics of boson quantum films

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    Campbell, C.E.; Clements, B.E.; Krotscheck, E. |; Saarela, M.

    1997-02-01

    Theoretical studies of films of liquid {sup 4}He adsorbed to strongly attractive plane substrates indicate that the growth of such films occurs through a sequence of first-order phase transitions {emdash} {open_quotes}layering transitions{close_quotes} {emdash} which are a direct consequence of the short-range, hard-core-like interaction between individual helium atoms. The present work examines the effects of temperature on these transitions. At given temperatures, the spinodal points and phase coexistence boundaries are determined for the transitions. Increasing the temperature tends to decrease the coverage span of the transition regions, signaling the possible existence of a critical point terminating the two-phase equilibrium. The layering transitions depend strongly on the helium-substrate potential; the longer-range helium-magnesium potential yields fewer transitions and noticeably lower transition temperatures than the helium-graphite potential. The temperature dependence of the chemical potential, third sound, static structure function, heat capacities, and superfluid densities are reported. The heat capacities are compared to those measured by Greywall and Busch [Phys Rev. Lett. {bold 67}, 3535 (1991)]. The thermal broadening of the film{close_quote}s density profile is also discussed. We find that below 1.2 K, thermal broadening is quite weak for coverages away from the layering transitions. The monolayer film experiences the least broadening whereas double-layer and triple-layer films broaden by increasing the local density in the outer tail of their density profiles, while depleting the local density in the inner portion of the outermost layer. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  15. Parity-Violating Electron Scattering from {sup 4}He and the Strange Electric Form Factor of the Nucleon

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    Aniol, Konrad; Armstrong, David; Averett, Todd; Benaoum, Hachemi; Bertin, Pierre; Burtin, Etienne; Cahoon, Jason; Cates, Gordon; Chang, C; Chao, Yu-Chiu; Chen, Jian-Ping; Choi, Seonho; Chudakov, Eugene; Craver, Brandon; Cusanno, Francesco; Decowski, Piotr; Deepa, Deepa; Ferdi, Catherine; Feuerbach, Robert; Finn, John; Frullani, Salvatore; Fuoti, Kirsten; Garibaldi, Franco; Gilman, Ronald; Glamazdin, Oleksandr; Gorbenko, V; Grames, Joseph; Hansknecht, John; Higinbotham, Douglas; Holmes, Richard; Holmstrom, Timothy; Humensky, Thomas; Ibrahim, Hassan; Jager, Cornelis De; Jiang, Xiaodong; Kaufman, Lisa; Kelleher, Aidan; Kolarkar, Ameya; Kowalski, Stanley; Kumar, Krishna; Lambert, Daniel; Laviolette, Peter; LeRose, John; Lhuillier, David; Liyanage, Nilanga; Margaziotis, Demetrius; Mazouz, Malek; McCormick, Kathy; Meekins, David; Meziani, Zein-Eddine; Michaels, Robert; Moffit, Bryan; Monaghan, Peter; Camacho, Carlos Munoz; Nanda, Sirish; Nelyubin, Vladimir; Neyret, Damien; Paschke, Kent; Poelker, Benard; Pomatsalyuk, Roman; Qiang, Yi; Reitz, Bodo; Roche, Julie; Saha, Arunava; Singh, Jaideep; Snyder, Ryan; Souder, Paul; Subedi, Ramesh; Suleiman, Riad; Sulkosky, Vincent; Tobias, William; Urciuoli, Guido; Vacheret, Antonin; Voutier, Eric; Wang, Kebin; Wilson, R; Wojtsekhowski, Bogdan; Zheng, Xiaochao

    2005-06-01

    We have measured the parity-violating electroweak asymmetry in the elastic scattering of polarized electrons from {sup 4}He at an average scattering angle {theta}{sub lab} = 5.7 degrees and a four-momentum transfer Q{sup 2} = 0.091 GeV{sup 2}. From these data, for the first time, the strange electric form factor of the nucleon G{sub E}{sup s} can be isolated. The measured asymmetry of A{sub PV} = 6.72 {+-} 0.84 (stat) {+-} 0.21 (syst) parts per million yields a value of G{sub E}{sup s} = -0.038 {+-} 0.042 (stat) {+-} 0.010 (syst), consistent with zero.

  16. Capacitance-voltage studies of InP metal-oxide-semiconductor devices irradiated with 4He + ions

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    Tin, C. C.; Barnes, P. A.; Williams, J. R.; Patuwathavithane, C. S.; Van Staagen, P. K.

    1989-11-01

    Capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements have been made on n-InP metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices damaged by 2-MeV 4 He+ ion bombardment. The C-V curves for samples with thin oxide layer (˜100 Å) show the presence of a depletion layer during both forward and reverse bias. This behavior is significantly different from those of normal, undamaged MOS devices. Measurements made on n-InP MOS samples with different oxide thicknesses show that the C-V curves gradually approach that of a MOS device on a p-type substrate. The anomalous behavior of the C-V curves for the irradiated samples can be explained by the presence of an n-p-n structure under the oxide layer.

  17. Acceptance Studies for 4He(e,e'p)X Reaction up to High Missing Energies and Momenta

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    Finton, Drew; Benmokhtar, Fatiha

    2014-03-01

    Data collected from the Helium-4 target in Hall A at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) in Newport News, Virginia, was analyzed using the object-oriented data analysis software ROOT and used to create Missing Energy Spectra for Missing Momenta ranging from 150 MeV/c to 755 MeV/c for 4He(e,e'p)X reaction channels. Jefferson Lab is a continuous electron beam accelerator facility, and Hall A contains two high resolution spectrometers as well as the cryogenic Helium-4 target. Acceptance cuts were made to six measured variables to remove background noise, and then applied to produce a Missing Energy Spectrum showing two- and three-body break up channels as well as pion electro-production energy threshold. The analysis of these missing energy spectra will be used to understand the contributions of one-, two-, and three-body interactions.

  18. A Survey of Beam Asymmetries in Semi-exclusive Electron Scattering on {sup 4}He and {sup 12}C

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    Dan Protopopescu

    2002-12-01

    A study of the polarized electron beam asymmetry in semi-exclusive (e,e{prime}p) reactions on {sup 4}He and {sup 12}C over a large kinematic range has been performed. The beam asymmetry A{prime}{sub LT} is related to the imaginary part of the longitudinal-transverse interference and therefore it vanishes in reactions proceeding through a channel with a single dominant mechanism. In quasifree nucleon knockout, the helicity asymmetry provides an unambiguous signature for the interference between direct knockout and rescattering amplitudes. The data were taken in April-May 1999 using polarized beams of energies between 2.2 and 4.4 GeV, with the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) detector located in Hall B at the Jefferson Laboratory, VA. The measured asymmetries compare well with the theoretical predictions.

  19. Electric breakdown and ionization detection in normal liquid and superfluid 4He for the SNA nEDM experiment

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    Karcz, Maciej

    A new experiment to search for the neutron electric dipole moment (nEDM) is under construction at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The SNS nEDM experiment is a national collaboration spanning over 20 universities and laboratories with more than 100 physicists and engineers contributing to the research and development. The search for a nEDM is a precision test of time reversal symmetry in particle physics, in the absence of a discovery, the SNS nEDM experiment seeks to improve the present limit on the nEDM value by two orders of magnitude. A non-zero value of the nEDM would help to explain the asym- metry between matter and anti-matter in the universe by providing an additional source of charge conjugation and parity symmetry violation, a necessary ingredient in the theory of baryogenesis in the early universe. The nEDM experiment will measure the Larmor precession frequency of neutrons by detecting scintillation from neutron capture by a dilute concentration of 3He inside a bath of superfluid 4He. Neutron capture by 3He is spin-dependent and the magnetic moments of the neutron and the 3He nucleus are comparable. A direct measurement of the precession frequency of polarized 3He and scintillation from neutron capture allows for the relative precession frequencies of 3He and the neutron to be determined. The experiment will then look for changes in the relative precession of 3He and neutrons under the influence of strong electric fields. 3He has negligible EDM and therefore any deviation due to an applied electric field would be from a nEDM. The nEDM experiment will need to apply strong electric fields inside superfluid (SF) 4He and it was necessary to investigate the ability of SF 4He to sustain electric fields. An experiment to study electric breakdown in superfluid 4He was constructed at the Indiana University Center for Exploration of Energy and Matter (CEEM). The experiment studied the electric breakdown behavior of liquid

  20. Frequency-dependent study of solid 4He contained in a rigid double-torus torsional oscillator

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    Choi, Jaewon; Shin, Jaeho; Kim, Eunseong

    2015-10-01

    The rigid double-torus torsional oscillator (TO) is constructed to reduce any elastic effects inherent to complicated TO structures, allowing explicit probing for a genuine supersolid signature. We investigated the frequency- and temperature-dependent response of the rigid double-torus TO containing solid 4He with 0.6-ppb 3He and 300-ppb 3He . We did not find evidence to support the frequency-independent contribution proposed to be a property of supersolid helium. The frequency-dependent contribution which comes from the simple elastic effect of solid helium coupled to the TO is essentially responsible for the entire response. The magnitude of the period drop is linearly proportional to f2, indicating that the responses observed in this TO are mostly caused by the overshoot of "soft" solid helium against the wall of the torus. Dissipation of the rigid TO is vastly suppressed compared to that of nonrigid TOs.

  1. Frequency stabilization of a 1083 nm fiber laser to {sup 4}He transition lines with optical heterodyne saturation spectroscopies

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    Gong, W.; Peng, X. Li, W.; Guo, H.

    2014-07-15

    Two kinds of optical heterodyne saturation spectroscopies, namely, frequency modulation spectroscopy (FMS) and modulation transfer spectroscopy (MTS), are demonstrated for locking a fiber laser to the transition lines of metastable {sup 4}He atoms around 1083 nm. The servo-loop error signals of FMS and MTS for stabilizing laser frequency are optimized by studying the dependence of the peak-to-peak amplitude and slope on the optical power of pump and probe beams. A comparison of the stabilization performances of FMS/MTS and polarization spectroscopy (PS) is presented, which shows that MTS exhibits relatively superior performance with the least laser frequency fluctuation due to its flat-background dispersive signal, originated from the four-wave mixing process. The Allan deviation of the stabilized laser frequency is 5.4 × 10{sup −12}@100 s with MTS for data acquired in 1000 s, which is sufficiently applicable for fields like laser cooling, optical pumping, and optical magnetometry.

  2. Frequency stabilization of a 1083 nm fiber laser to 4He transition lines with optical heterodyne saturation spectroscopies

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    Gong, W.; Peng, X.; Li, W.; Guo, H.

    2014-07-01

    Two kinds of optical heterodyne saturation spectroscopies, namely, frequency modulation spectroscopy (FMS) and modulation transfer spectroscopy (MTS), are demonstrated for locking a fiber laser to the transition lines of metastable 4He atoms around 1083 nm. The servo-loop error signals of FMS and MTS for stabilizing laser frequency are optimized by studying the dependence of the peak-to-peak amplitude and slope on the optical power of pump and probe beams. A comparison of the stabilization performances of FMS/MTS and polarization spectroscopy (PS) is presented, which shows that MTS exhibits relatively superior performance with the least laser frequency fluctuation due to its flat-background dispersive signal, originated from the four-wave mixing process. The Allan deviation of the stabilized laser frequency is 5.4 × 10-12@100 s with MTS for data acquired in 1000 s, which is sufficiently applicable for fields like laser cooling, optical pumping, and optical magnetometry.

  3. Ratios of 15N/12C and 4He/12C inclusive electroproduction cross sections in the nucleon resonance region

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    Peter Bosted; Robert Fersch

    2007-12-14

    The ratio of inclusive electron scattering cross sections for 15N/12C was determined in the kinematic range 0.8<2 GeV and 0.2<1 GeV2 using 2.285 GeV electrons and the CLAS detector at Jefferson Lab. The ratio exhibits only slight resonance structure, as predicted by a phenomenological model, and also by quark-hadron duality. Within the super-scaling quasi-elastic model, slight evidence is found for a 1 MeV lower effective nucleon binding energy in 15N than in 12C. Ratios of 4He/12C using 1.6 to 2.5 GeV electrons are in good agreement with the phenomenological model.

  4. Parity-Violating Electron Scattering from {sup 4}He and the Strange Electric Form Factor of the Nucleon

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    Aniol, K.A.; Margaziotis, D.J.; Armstrong, D.S.; Averett, T.; Finn, J.M.; Holmstrom, T.; Kelleher, A.; Moffit, B.; Sulkosky, V.; Benaoum, H.; Holmes, R.; Souder, P.A.; Bertin, P.Y.; Ferdi, C.

    2006-01-20

    We have measured the parity-violating electroweak asymmetry in the elastic scattering of polarized electrons from {sup 4}He at an average scattering angle <{theta}{sub lab}>=5.7 deg. and a four-momentum transfer Q{sup 2}=0.091 GeV{sup 2}. From these data, for the first time, the strange electric form factor of the nucleon G{sub E}{sup s} can be isolated. The measured asymmetry of A{sub PV}=(6.72{+-}0.84{sub (stat)}{+-}0.21{sub (syst)})x10{sup -6} yields a value of G{sub E}{sup s}=-0.038{+-}0.042{sub (stat)}{+-}0.010{sub (syst)}, consistent with zero.

  5. Polarization Transfer in {sup 4}He(e-vector,e{sup '}p-vector){sup 3}H

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    Paolone, Michael

    2007-10-26

    Polarization transfer in quasi-elastic nucleon knockout is sensitive to the properties of the nucleon in the nuclear medium, including possible modification of the nucleon form factor and/or spinor. In our recently completed experiment E03-104 at Jefferson Lab we measured the proton recoil polarization in the {sup 4}He(e-vector,e{sup '}p-vector){sup 3}H reaction at a Q{sup 2} of 0.8 (GeV/c){sup 2} and 1.3 (GeV/c){sup 2} with unprecedented precision. These data complement earlier data between 0.4 and 2.6 (GeV/c){sup 2} from both Mainz and Jefferson Lab, in which the measured ratio of polarization-transfer coefficients differs from a fully relativistic DWIA calculation. Preliminary results hint at a possible unexpected Q{sup 2} dependence in the polarization transfer coefficient ratio. Final analysis will help constrain FSI models.

  6. Nonlinear Transport of the Wigner Crystal on Superfluid 4He in a Quasi-One-Dimensional Channel

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    Vasylenko, Anna A.; Misko, Vyacheslav R.

    2014-07-01

    We study transport properties of a Wigner crystal driven by an external force on the surface of superfluid 4He, in the "quantum wire" regime, i.e. in the quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) case when a typical width of the channel is comparable to the inter-electron separation. Utilizing molecular dynamics simulations, we investigate the electronic transport through the channels with different constrictions: (i) geometrical constrictions with varying shape and size, and (ii) a saddle-point potential with varying gate voltage. The average particle velocity has been calculated as a function of the driving force or gate voltage. We have revealed a significant difference in the dynamical behavior for long and short constrictions. In particular, we found that the oscillations of the average particle velocity in channels with short constrictions exhibit a clear correlation with the transitions between the states with different numbers of rows of particles in the constriction, while for channels with longer constrictions these oscillations are suppressed. The obtained results are in agreement with the recent experimental observations,1 and thus bring new important insights into the dynamics of electrons floating on the surface of superfluid 4He in channels with constrictions. Special Issue Comments: This article presents results on the dynamics of electrons moving on the surface of liquid helium in narrow channels with constrictions, with a focus on the "quantum wire", i.e. single file, regime. This article is connected to the Special Issue articles about advanced statistical properties in single file dynamics39 and the experiments on liquid helium.40

  7. Correlation of gold in siliceous sinters with 3He 4He in hot spring waters of Yellowstone National Park

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    Fournier, R.O.; Kennedy, B.M.; Aoki, M.; Thompson, J.M.

    1994-01-01

    temperatures may contain waters with different [H2S] and [Au]. The [H2S] in a subsurface reservoir water is difficult to assess on the basis of analyses of hot spring waters because of uncertainties about steam loss during fluid ascent. However, the same processes that result in low [H2S] in reservoir waters also tend to result in decreases in the ratio of 3He 4He(R) dissolved in that water. Values of R relative to this ratio in air (Ra) attain values > 15 in YNP thermal waters. To date, all of the thermal waters at YNP that have R Ra values <9 have been found to deposit sinters with relatively low gold concentrations. These include all of the thermal waters that discharge from 180-215??C reservoirs at Upper, Midway, and Lower Geyser Basins within the western part of the Yellowstone caldera, and thermal waters at Norris Geyser Basin, outside the Yellowstone caldera, where some of the waters flow directly to the surface from a reservoir where the temperature is about 300??C. A high 3He 4He ratio in thermal water discharged at the surface does not guarantee high gold concentrations in the sinter deposited by this water. Boiling with loss of steam (the gas phase takes a separate route to the surface) during rapid upflow from the shallowest reservoir to the surface decreases the [H2S] and total He dissolved in the residual liquid without appreciably changing the 3He 4He ratio. This is because the isotopic composition of the He of the initial bulk fluid is unchanged and there is too little time for much radiogenic 4He to build back into the liquid during this rapid ascent from the near-surface reservoir. However, if boiling with phase separation and loss of steam occurs deep in the system, the 3He 4He ratio in the residual liquid, now depleted in H2S and total He, will be susceptible to dilution with radiogenic 4He that is acquired during the longer residence time underground. Some or all of the Au that comes out of solution when an initial gold bisulfide complex breaks

  8. Comparison of the effectiveness of exposure to low LET helium particles (4He) and gamma rays (137Cs) on the disruption of cognitive performance

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Rats were exposed to either Helium (4He) particles (1000 MeV/n; 0.1 – 10 cGy; head-only) or Cesium 137Cs gamma rays (50 – 400 cGy; whole body) and the effects of irradiation on cognitive performance evaluated. The results indicated that exposure to doses of 4He particles as low as 0.1 cGy disrupted...

  9. Novel adhesion properties of irreversibly adsorbed polymer chains

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    Chen, Zhizhao; Sen, Mani; Cheung, Justin; Barkley, Deborah; Jiang, Naisheng; Zeng, Wenduo; Endoh, Maya K.; Koga, Tadanori

    The stability of thin polymer films on solids is of vital interest in traditional technologies and in new emerging nanotechnologies. We recently found that nanoscale structures of polymer chains adsorbed onto a silicon (Si) substrate (``adsorbed nanolayers'') play a crucial role in the thermal stability of the film. To understand the adhesion mechanism at the adsorbed polymer-free polymer interface, we mimicked the interface by preparing bilayers where a 200 nm-thick polymer film and an adsorbed nanolayer, both prepared on Si, were pressed together at high temperature. The bilayers were then subjected to an adhesion test by measuring the critical normal force required to separate the two films. Polystyrene was used as a model. The results are intriguing as they show an absence of adhesion between the ``flattened'' adsorbed chains, which lie flat on the solid, and the chemically identical free chains. On the other hand, the ``loosely adsorbed'' polymer chains, which are formed as a result of limited adsorption space on the solid surface, do display a degree of adhesion with the bulk polymer. We postulate that the loosely adsorbed chains act as ``connectors'' which promote adhesion effectively across the solid-polymer interface. We acknowledge the financial support from NSF Grant No. CMMI-1332499.

  10. Construction of a Newly Designed Small-Size Mass Spectrometer for Helium Isotope Analysis: Toward the Continuous Monitoring of 3He/4He Ratios in Natural Fluids

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    Bajo, Ken-ichi; Sumino, Hirochika; Toyoda, Michisato; Okazaki, Ryuji; Osawa, Takahito; Ishihara, Morio; Katakuse, Itsuo; Notsu, Kenji; Igarashi, George; Nagao, Keisuke

    2012-01-01

    The construction of a small-size, magnetic sector, single focusing mass spectrometer (He-MS) for the continuous, on-site monitoring of He isotope ratios (3He/4He) is described. The instrument is capable of measuring 4He/20Ne ratios dissolved in several different types of natural fluids of geochemical interest, such as groundwater and gas from hot springs, volcanoes and gas well fields. The ion optics of He-MS was designed using an ion trajectory simulation program “TRIO,” which permits the simultaneous measurement of 3He and 4He with a double collector system under a mass resolution power (M/ΔM) of >700. The presently attained specifications of He-MS are; (1) a mass resolving power of ca. 430, sufficient to separate 3He+ from interfering ions, HD+ and H3+, (2) ultra-high vacuum conditions down to 3×10−8 Pa, and (3) a sufficiently high sensitivity to permit amounts of 3He to be detected at levels as small as 10−13 cm3 STP (3×106 atoms). Long term stability for 3He/4He analysis was examined by measuring the 3He/4He standard gas (HESJ) and atmospheric He, resulting in ∼3% reproducibility and ≤5% experimental error for various amounts of atmospheric He from 0.3 to 2.3×10−6 cm3 STP introduced into the instrument. A dynamic range of measurable 3He/4He ratios with He-MS is greater than 103 which was determined by measuring various types of natural fluid samples from continental gas (with a low 3He/4He ratio down to 2×10−8) to volcanic gas (with a high 3He/4He ratio up to 3×10−5). The accuracy and precision of 3He/4He and 4He/20Ne ratios were evaluated by comparing the values with those measured using well established noble gas mass spectrometers (modified VG5400/MS-III and -IV) in our laboratory, and were found to be in good agreement within analytical errors. Usefulness of the selective extraction of He from water/gas using a high permeability of He through a silica glass wall at high temperature (700°C) is demonstrated. PMID:24349910

  11. Molecular Adsorber Coating

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    Straka, Sharon; Peters, Wanda; Hasegawa, Mark; Hedgeland, Randy; Petro, John; Novo-Gradac, Kevin; Wong, Alfred; Triolo, Jack; Miller, Cory

    2011-01-01

    A document discusses a zeolite-based sprayable molecular adsorber coating that has been developed to alleviate the size and weight issues of current ceramic puck-based technology, while providing a configuration that more projects can use to protect against degradation from outgassed materials within a spacecraft, particularly contamination-sensitive instruments. This coating system demonstrates five times the adsorption capacity of previously developed adsorber coating slurries. The molecular adsorber formulation was developed and refined, and a procedure for spray application was developed. Samples were spray-coated and tested for capacity, thermal optical/radiative properties, coating adhesion, and thermal cycling. Work performed during this study indicates that the molecular adsorber formulation can be applied to aluminum, stainless steel, or other metal substrates that can accept silicate-based coatings. The coating can also function as a thermal- control coating. This adsorber will dramatically reduce the mass and volume restrictions, and is less expensive than the currently used molecular adsorber puck design.

  12. Characterization of helium diffusion behavior from continuous heating experiments: Sample screening and identification of multiple 4He components

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    McDannell, K. T.; Idleman, B. D.; Zeitler, P. K.

    2015-12-01

    Old, slowly cooled apatites often yield overdispersed helium ages due to factors such as parent zonation, He implantation, radiation damage, crystal defects, and fluid inclusions. Careful mineral selection and many replicate analyses can mitigate the impact of some of these effects. However, this approach adds unnecessary costs in time and resources when dating well-behaved apatites and is generally ineffective at identifying the root cause of age dispersion and providing suitable age corrections for poorly behaved samples. We assess a new technique utilizing static-gas measurement during continuous heating as a means to rapidly screen apatite samples. In about the time required for a conventional total-gas analysis, this method can discriminate between samples showing the volume-diffusion behavior expected for apatite and those showing anomalous release patterns, inconsistent with their use in thermochronologic applications. This method may also have the potential to quantify and discriminate between the radiogenic and extraneous 4He fractions released by a sample. Continuously heated samples that outgas by volume diffusion during a linear heating schedule should produce a characteristic sigmoidal 4He fractional loss profile, with the exact shape and position of these profiles (in loss vs. heating time space) controlled by sample kinetics, grain size, and heating rate. Secondary factors such as sample zoning and alpha-loss distribution have a relatively minor impact on such profiles. Well-behaved examples such as the Durango standard and other apatites with good age reproducibility show the expected smooth, sigmoidal gas release with complete exhaustion by temperatures predicted for volume diffusion using typical apatite kinetics (e.g., by ~900˚C for linear heating at 20˚C/minute). In contrast, "bad actor" samples that do not replicate well show significant degrees of helium release deferred to higher temperatures. We report on screening results for a range of

  13. On the K- 4He → Λπ- 3He resonant and non-resonant processes

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    Piscicchia, K.; Wycech, S.; Curceanu, C.

    2016-10-01

    The ongoing data analyses by the AMADEUS/KLOE-2 Collaboration on the 2004-2005 KLOE data revive studies of the K ‾ nuclear absorption at low energies. The aim is to study K ‾ interactions at subthreshold energies and to search for signals of K ‾ meson nuclear states. In this paper the spectrum of the K- 4He → Λπ- 3He reaction is discussed. One - calculable - mode of decay involves P-wave intermediate Σ (1385) resonance. Another mode involves S-wave KN → Λπ amplitude which may be extracted from the experimental results. Comparison of these two allows a check of subthreshold extrapolations of multichannel K ‾ N S-wave interaction models. Given the established significance of the P wave interaction in the K ‾ N system presented here, the obtained spectra will serve for the AMADEUS/KLOE-2 data analysis, in order to properly extract the subthreshold non-resonant transition amplitude.

  14. Mutual interactions between objects oscillating in isotopically pure superfluid 4He in the T → 0 limit

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    Garg, D.; Efimov, V. B.; Giltrow, M.; McClintock, P. V. E.; Skrbek, L.

    2012-11-01

    We report the results of experiments to explore interactions between physically separated oscillating objects in isotopically pure superfluid 4He at T ˜ 10 mK. The investigations focused mainly on 32 kHz quartz tuning forks, but also consider a nearby 1 kHz oscillating grid. The low-drive linewidth (LDL) and resonant frequency fd of a detector fork were monitored while the maximum velocity of a transmitter fork, separated from the detector by a few mm, was varied over a wide range. Clear evidence was found for mutual interactions between the two forks, and for the influence of the grid on the forks. Monitoring the detector's LDL and fd provides evidence for a generator critical velocity in the range 0.3<υc1<1.0 cm/s for onset of the detector responses, in addition to a second critical velocity υc2˜13 cm/s probably corresponding to the production of quantum turbulence at the generator. The results are discussed, but are not yet fully understood.

  15. A "high 4He/3He" mantle material detected under the East Pacific Rise (15°4'N)

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    Mougel, Berengere; Moreira, Manuel; Agranier, Arnaud

    2015-03-01

    We investigate in details helium isotope data reported in Mougel et al. (2014) for 14 basaltic samples collected on the East Pacific Rise by submersible (15°4'N) where the ridge interacts with the Mathematician seamounts. Samples locations are separated by only few hundred meters across a 15 km along-axis profile. The data reveal a strong geochemical variability that has never been observed at such high spatial resolution for helium isotope compositions. Moreover, they reveal an unusually high 4He/3He mantle component also characterized by unradiogenic lead, atypical in oceanic basalts. He-Pb systematics suggests a mixture between a nonradiogenic lead and radiogenic helium pyroxenitic component, recycled from the deep continental lithosphere and the ambient peridotitic mantle. The He isotope difference between these two end-members can be interpreted as a time evolution of two distinct mantle sources after a slight (U + Th)/3He fractionation, likely due to some ancient degassing during the formation of deep continental pyroxenites.

  16. Experimental realization of the zero temperature Random Field Ising Model : the condensation of 4He in aerogels

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    Aubry, Geoffroy; Guyon, Laurent; Melich, Mathieu; Spathis, Panayotis; Despetis, Florence; Wolf, Pierre-Etienne

    2013-03-01

    Although widely studied, the effect of disorder on a first order phase transition is still highly debated. Numerical simulations of the T = 0 Random Field Ising Model show that magnetization evolves by avalanches, the average size of which diverges below a critical disorder (Sethna et al., PRL 70 3347 (1993)). Nevertheless, experimental evidence is scarce up to now (Berger et al., PRL 85, 4176 (2000)). In the case of the liquid gas transition in disordered porous media, the same theoretical concepts can be applied (Detcheverry et al., PRE 72 051506 (2005)). We have studied experimentally this phase transition using 4He in silica aerogels. Optical and thermodynamical measurements show that the condensation is an out of equilibrium process. We clearly observe two filling regimes separated by a critical temperature T* : below T*, filling is discontinuous (macro avalanche) whereas above T* it becomes continuous (micro avalanches). In addition, we have developed a speckle interferometry technique to detect single avalanches. We argue that our results support the disorder induced phase transition. This work was supported by ANR-06-BLAN-0098.

  17. Development of GM cryocooler separate type liquid-helium-free 3He-4He dilution refrigerator system

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    Yamanaka, Y.; Ito, T.; Umeno, T.; Suzuki, Y.; Yoshida, S.; Kamioka, Y.; Maehata, K.

    2009-02-01

    We developed the new liquid-helium-free dilution refrigerator system, in which the Gifford-McMahon (GM) cycle cryocooler and dilution refrigerator (DR) unit are separated. We obtained the base temperature below 50 mK in this DR system. In usual liquid-helium-free DR systems, the DR unit directly couples with GM-cryocooler in the same vacuum chamber. Therefore the mechanical vibration of GM-cryocooler is hardly removed from DR unit. In order to eliminate the vibration problem, the separated vacuum chamber contacting the GM-cryocooler is connected with the DR unit chamber by the flexible hose with length of about 1 meter. Thin flexible tubes used for circulation of the refrigerant gas and radiation shield are installed in the connection hose. The 4He gas, cooled in the GM-cryocooler unit, transfers to the DR unit throw the thin flexible tubes. After cooling the DR unit, the gas returns to GM-cryocooler unit with cooling of the radiation shield. We expect that our separate-type dilution refrigerator becomes a useful piece of apparatus for the low temperature experiments.

  18. Study of astrophysically important resonant states in 26Si by the 28Si(4He,6He)26Si reaction

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    Kwon, Young Kwan; Lee, C. S.; Moon, J. Y.; Lee, J. H.; Kim, J. Y.; Kubono, S.; Iwasa, N.; Inafiki, K.; Yamaguchi, H.; He, J. J.; Saito, A.; Wakabayashi, Y.; Fukijawa, H.; Amadio, G.; Khiem, L. H.; Tanaka, M.; Chen, A.; Kato, S.

    PoS(NIC-IX)024 , b, H. Yamaguchia, J. J. Hea , A. Saitoa , Y. Wakabayashia, H. Fujikawaa, G. The emission of 1.809 MeV gamma-ray from the first excited state of 26 Mg followed by beta- decay of 26 Al in its ground state (denoted as 26 Alg.s. ) has been identified by gamma-ray telescopes such the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (CGRO) [1]. To resolve controversy over the pos- sible sources of the observational 1.809 MeV gamma-rays, one needs accurate knowledge of the production rate of 26 Al. The 25 Al(p,γ)26Si reaction which is the competition reaction for produc- tion of 26 Alg.s. is one of the important subjects to be investigated. In this work, the astrophysically important 26 Si states above the proton threshold were studied via the 28 Si(4 He,6 He)26 Si reaction. We have preformed an angular distribution measurement using the high resolution QDD spectro- graph (PA) at Center for Nuclear Study (CNS), University of Tokyo. The experimental results and data analysis will be presented.

  19. Using specialized adsorbents for remediation

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    Hochmuth, D.P.; Grant, A.

    1995-11-01

    This paper describes two remediation case studies in which specialized adsorbents were used. In one case, the adsorbents were used to treat effluent from a soil vapor extraction system. In the other case, the adsorbents were used to treat air from a groundwater air stripper. The specialized adsorbents effectively removed volatile organic compounds from each air stream.

  20. Bare-nucleus astrophysical factor of the {sup 3}He(d,p){sup 4}He reaction via the 'Trojan horse' method

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    La Cognata, M.; Spitaleri, C.; Tumino, A.; Cherubini, S.; Lamia, L.; Musumarra, A.; Pizzone, R.G.; Rinollo, A.; Romano, S.; Typel, S.; Rolfs, C.; Schuermann, D.; Strieder, F.

    2005-12-15

    The {sup 3}He(d,p){sup 4}He reaction has been studied from E{sub c.m.}=600 keV down to astrophysical energies by means of the 'Trojan horse' method using the {sup 6}Li({sup 3}He,p{alpha}){sup 4}He three-body reaction at E{sub lab}=5 and 6 MeV. Coincidence spectra were measured in kinematic conditions favoring the quasifree {sup 3}He+{sup 2}H process. The bare astrophysical factor S{sub b}(E) for the {sup 3}He(d,p){sup 4}He reaction was extracted from the three-body cross section in the modified plane-wave Born approximation. Comparison with the S{sub b} extrapolation from the free two-body data is presented. The independent estimate of the screening potential as obtained with the present work seems to confirm the theoretical adiabatic limit.

  1. Human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) plays a key role in ovarian cancer cell adhesion and motility

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    Lu, Renquan; Sun, Xinghui; Xiao, Ran; Zhou, Lei; Gao, Xiang; Guo, Lin

    2012-03-09

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We generated stable transduced HE4 overexpression and knockdown cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HE4 was associated with EOC cell adhesion and motility. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HE4 might have some effects on activation of EGFR-MAPK signaling pathway. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HE4 play an important role in EOC tumorigenicity. -- Abstract: Human epididymis protein 4 (HE4) is a novel and specific biomarker for epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). We previously demonstrated that serum HE4 levels were significantly elevated in the majority of EOC patients but not in subjects with benign disease or healthy controls. However, the precise mechanism of HE4 protein function is unknown. In this study, we generated HE4-overexpressing SKOV3 cells and found that stably transduced cells promoted cell adhesion and migration. Knockdown of HE4 expression was achieved by stable transfection of SKOV3 cells with a construct encoding a short hairpin DNA directed against the HE4 gene. Correspondingly, the proliferation and spreading ability of HE4-expressed cells were inhibited by HE4 suppression. Mechanistically, impaired EGFR and Erk1/2 phosphorylation were observed in cells with HE4 knockdown. The phosphorylation was restored when the knockdown cells were cultured in conditioned medium containing HE4. Moreover, in vivo tumorigenicity showed that HE4 suppression markedly inhibited the growth of tumors. This suggests that expression of HE4 is associated with cancer cell adhesion, migration and tumor growth, which can be related to its effects on the EGFR-MAPK signaling pathway. Our results provide evidence of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that may underlie the motility-promoting role of HE4 in EOC progression. The role of HE4 as a target for gene-based therapy might be considered in future studies.

  2. Relation between (e, e') sum rules in 6, 7Li and 4He nuclei: Experiment and cluster model

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    Efros, V. D.; Timchenko, I. S.; Buki, A. Yu.

    2016-09-01

    The sums over ( e, e') spectra of 6Li and 7Li nuclei which correspond to the longitudinal sum rule are studied. It is suggested that due to the cluster structure of the lithium isotopes these sums may approximately be expressed in terms of such a sum pertaining to the α-particle. Calculation of these sums is performed in the framework of cluster models with antisymmetrization done with respect to all the nucleons. At momentum transfers higher than 0.8 fm-1 the relations expressing the A = 6 or 7 sum in terms of the A = 4 sum prove to be valid with rather high accuracy. In the region of momentum transfers around 1 fm-1 the longitudinal correlation functions of 6Li and 7Li nuclei are found to be close to that of the α-particle. Basing on this, the difference between the q values at which the high- q limit of the inelastic sum rule is reached in the 6, 7Li cases and the 4He case is explained. The experimental longitudinal sums in the range between 0.450 and 1.625 fm-1 are employed to perform comparison with the theoretical sum rule calculated in the framework of cluster models. Out of the experimental sums, those in the range between 0.750 and 1.000 fm-1 in the 6Li case and between 0.750 and 1.125 fm-1 in the 7Li case are obtained in the present work. In the 6 Li case a complete agreement between experiment and the calculated sum rule is found while in the 7Li case an agreement only at a qualitative level is observed.

  3. Regenerative adsorbent heat pump

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    Jones, Jack A. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A regenerative adsorbent heat pump process and system is provided which can regenerate a high percentage of the sensible heat of the system and at least a portion of the heat of adsorption. A series of at least four compressors containing an adsorbent is provided. A large amount of heat is transferred from compressor to compressor so that heat is regenerated. The process and system are useful for air conditioning rooms, providing room heat in the winter or for hot water heating throughout the year, and, in general, for pumping heat from a lower temperature to a higher temperature.

  4. A method for investigation of the D(4He, γ)6Li reaction in the Ultralow energy region under a high background

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    Bystritsky, V. M.; Dudkin, G. N.; Krylov, A. R.; Gazi, S.; Huran, J.; Nechaev, B. A.; Padalko, V. N.; Sadovsky, A. B.; Tuleushev, Yu. Zh.; Filipowicz, M.; Philippov, A. V.

    2016-07-01

    The cosmological lithium problem, that is, a noticeable discrepancy between the predicted and observed abundances of lithium, is in conflict with the Standard Big Bang Nucleosynthesis model. For example, the abundance of 7Li is 2-4 times smaller than predicted by the Standard Big Bang Nucleosynthesis. As to the abundance of 6Li, recent more accurate optical investigations have yielded only the upper limit on the 6Li/7Li ratio, which makes the problem of 6Li abundance and accordingly of disagreement with the Standard Big Bang Nucleosynthesis predictions less acute. However, experimental study of the D(4He, γ)6Li reaction cross section is still of current importance because there is a theoretical approach predicting its anomalously large value in the region of energies below the Standard Big Bang Nucleosynthesis energy. The work is dedicated to the measurement of the cross section for the D(4He, γ)6Li reaction proceeding in zirconium deuteride at the incident 4He+ion energy of 36 keV. The experiment is performed at a pulsed Hall plasma accelerator with an energy spread of 20% FWHM. A method for direct measurement of the background from the reaction chain D(4He, 4He)D→D(D, n)3He→(n, γ) and/or (n, n‧γ) ending with activation of the surrounding material by neutrons is proposed and implemented in the work. An upper limit on the D(4He, γ)6Li reaction cross section σ≤7·10-36 cm2 at the 90% confidence level is obtained.

  5. Anomalously High Isotope Ratio 3He/4He and Tritium in Deuterium-Loaded Metal: Evidence for Nuclear Reaction in Metal Hydrides at Low Temperature

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    Jiang, Song-Sheng; He, Ming; Wu, Shao-Yong; Qi, Bu-Jia

    2012-01-01

    Anomalous 3He/4He ratios in deuterium-loaded titanium samples are observed to be about 1-4 × 10-1, much greater than the values (<=10-4) in natural objects. Control experiments with the deuterium-unloaded titanium sample and original industrial deuterium gas are also carried out, but no anomalous 3He/4He values are observed. In addition, anomalous tritium in deuterium-loaded titanium samples are also observed. To explain the excess 3He and tritium in the deuterium-loaded titanium samples, it is required that the deuteron-induced nuclear reaction occurs in the samples at low temperature.

  6. NUCLEAR AND HEAVY ION PHYSICS: Measurement of the astrophysical S factor for the low energy 2H(d,γ)4He reaction

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    Zhou, Jing; Fu, Yuan-Yong; Zhou, Shu-Hua; Xia, Hai-Hong; Li, Cheng-Bo; Meng, Qiu-Ying

    2009-05-01

    The γ-rays and protons from an Ed = 20 keV deuteron beam incident on a D—Ti target were measured. A branching ratio of the 2H(d,γ)4 He reaction versus the 2H(d,p) 3H reaction of Γγ/Γp = (1.06 ± 0.34) × 10-7 has been obtained, and the astrophysical S factor of the 2H(d,γ)4 He reaction at the center of mass energy Ecm approx 7 keV of (6.0 ± 2.4) × 10-6 keV·b was deduced.

  7. Adsorbent and adsorbent bed for materials capture and separation processes

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    Liu, Wei

    2011-01-25

    A method device and material for performing adsorption wherein a fluid mixture is passed through a channel in a structured adsorbent bed having a solid adsorbent comprised of adsorbent particles having a general diameter less than 100 um, loaded in a porous support matrix defining at least one straight flow channel. The adsorbent bed is configured to allow passage of a fluid through said channel and diffusion of a target material into said adsorbent under a pressure gradient driving force. The targeted molecular species in the fluid mixture diffuses across the porous support retaining layer, contacts the adsorbent, and adsorbs on the adsorbent, while the remaining species in the fluid mixture flows out of the channel.

  8. Contributions of excited {sup 6}Li and {sup 7}Li nuclei to the production of {sup 4}He+{sup 2}H and {sup 4}He+{sup 3}H systems in {sup 16}O{sub p} collisions at a momentum of 3.25 GeV/c per nucleon

    SciTech Connect

    Olimov, K.; Glagolev, V. V.; Gulamov, K. G.; Lutpullaev, S. L.; Kurbanov, A. R.; Olimov, A. K.; Petrov, V. I.; Yuldashev, A. A.

    2013-07-15

    New experimental data on the cross sections for the yield of excited {sup 6}Li* and {sup 7}Li* nuclei and on their contributions to the production of {sup 4}He + {sup 2}H and {sup 4}He+{sup 3}H light dinuclear systems in {sup 16}O{sub p} collisions at a momentumof 3.25 A GeV/c per nucleon are presented.

  9. The {sup 3}He(e,e'p){sup 2}H and {sup 4}He(e,e'p){sup 3}H reactions at high momentum transfer

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    Ford, William P.; Schiavilla, Rocco; Van Orden, J. W.

    2014-03-01

    We present updated calculations for observables in the processes {sup 3}He(e,e'p){sup 2}H, {sup 4}He(e,e'p){sup 3}H and {sup 4}He(e-vector, e'p-vector){sup 3}H. This update entails the implementation of improved nucleon-nucleon (NN) amplitudes to describe final state interactions (FSI) within a Glauber approximation and includes full spin-isospin dependence in the profile operator. In addition, an optical potential, which has also been updated since previous work, is utilized to treat FSI for the {sup 4}He(e,e'p){sup 3}H and {sup 4}He(e-vector, e'p-vector){sup 3}H reactions. The calculations are compared with experimental data and show good agreement between theory and experiment. Comparisons are made between the various approximations in the Glauber treatment, including model dependence due to the NN scattering amplitudes, rescattering contributions, and spin dependence. We also analyze the validity of the Glauber approximation at the kinematics the data is available, by comparing to the results obtained with the optical potential.

  10. Probing the Repulsive Core of the Nucleon-Nucleon Interaction via the 4He(e,e`pN) Triple-Coincidence Reaction

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    Korover, Igor; Muangma, Navaphon; Hen, Or; Shneor, Ran; Sulkosky, Vincent; Kelleher, Aidan; Gilad, Shalev; Higinbotham, Douglas; Piasetzky, Eliazer; Wood, Stephen; et al

    2014-07-01

    We studied simultaneously the 4He(e,e'p), 4He(e,e'pp), and 4He(e,e'pn) reactions at Q2=2 [GeV/c]2 and xB >1, for a (e,e'p) missing-momentum range of 400 to 830 MeV/c. The knocked-out proton was detected in coincidence with a proton or neutron recoiling almost back to back to the missing momentum, leaving the residual A=2 system at low excitation energy. These data were used to identify two-nucleon short-range correlated pairs and to deduce their isospin structure as a function of missing momentum in a region where the nucleon-nucleon force is expected to change from predominantly tensor to repulsive. Neutron-proton pairs dominate the high-momentum tail ofmore » the nucleon momentum distributions, but their abundance is reduced as the nucleon momentum increases beyond ~500 MeV/c. The extracted fraction of proton-proton pairs is small and almost independent of the missing momentum in the range we studied. Our data are compared with ab-initio calculations of two-nucleon momentum distributions in 4He.« less

  11. Search for the enhancement of the thermal expansion coefficient of superfluid 4HE Near T_Lambada by a heat current

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    Liu, Y.; Israelsson, U.; Larson, M.

    2001-01-01

    Presentation on the transition in 4He in the presence of a heat current (Q) provides an ideal system for the study of phase transitions under non-equlibrium, dynamical conditions. Many physical properties become nonlinear and Q-dependant near the transition temperature, T_Lambada.

  12. A comparison of groundwater dating with 81Kr, 36Cl and 4He in four wells of the Great Artesian Basin, Australia

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    Lehmann, B. E.; Love, A.; Purtschert, R.; Collon, P.; Loosli, H. H.; Kutschera, W.; Beyerle, U.; Aeschbach-Hertig, W.; Kipfer, R.; Frape, S. K.; Herczeg, A.; Moran, J.; Tolstikhin, I. N.; Gröning, M.

    2003-06-01

    The isotopic ratios 81Kr/Kr and 36Cl/Cl and the 4He concentrations measured in groundwater from four artesian wells in the western part of the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) in Australia are discussed. Based on radioactive decay along a water flow path the 81Kr/Kr ratios are directly converted to groundwater residence times. Results are in a range of 225-400 kyr with error bars in the order of 15% primarily due to counting statistics in the cyclotron accelerator mass spectrometer measurement. Additional uncertainties from subsurface production and/or exchange with stagnant porewaters in the confining shales appear to be of the same order of magnitude. These 81Kr ages are then used to calibrate the 36Cl and the 4He dating methods. Based on elemental analyses of rock samples from the sandstone aquifer as well as from the confining Bulldog shale the in situ flux of thermal neutrons and the corresponding 3He/ 4He and 36Cl/Cl ratios are calculated. From a comparison of: (i) the 3He/ 4He ratios measured in the groundwater samples with the calculated in situ ratios in rocks and (ii) the measured δ 37Cl ratios with the 4He concentrations measured in groundwater it is concluded that both helium and chloride are most likely added to the aquifer from sources in the stagnant porewaters of the confining shale by diffusion and/or mixing. Based on this 'working hypothesis' the 36Cl transport equation in groundwater is solved taking into account: (i) radioactive decay, (ii) subsurface production in the sandstone aquifer (with an in situ 36Cl/Cl ratio of 6×10 -15) and (iii) addition of chloride from a source in the confining shale (with a 36Cl/Cl ratio of 13×10 -15). Lacking better information it is assumed that the chloride concentration increased linearly with time from an (unknown) initial value Ci to its measured present value C= Ci+ Ca, where Ca represents the (unknown) amount of chloride added from subsurface sources. Using the 81Kr ages of the four groundwater samples and a

  13. [Melting in adsorbed films]. Progress report 1992

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    Simon, M.I.

    1992-12-31

    Over the past several years we have been developing a new approach to cloning large fragments of mammalian DNA in E. coli. which will permit detailed analysis of complex genomes. In January 1992 we began construction of an arrayed total human genomic library prepared in our BAC vector. Our goal is to create a 4-5X library which will be accessible for screening both by colony hybridization and by PCR. Our efforts in 1992 have been focused on expanding this library, characterizing specific clones isolated from the library, and demonstrating the use of BACs and Fosmids in creating physical maps. As a Model for the use of BACs in physical mapping, we have begun mapping human chromosome 22. In addition to their stability and ease of handling, BACs and Fosniids offer the advantage of permitting isolation of relatively large amounts of pure DNA which should greatly facilitate contig construction. We have created a 7X chromosome 22-specific Fosmid library consisting of clones obtained from DNA from a hybrid cell line.

  14. Estimating the groundwater residence time in eskers of the Amos region, northern Quebec by 3H-3He and (U-Th/4He) methods

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    Boucher, Christine; Berthot, Laureline; Pinti, Daniele Luigi; Larocque, Marie; Cloutier, Vincent; Blanchette, Daniel; Castro, Maria Clara; Hall, Chris M.

    2013-04-01

    An esker is a long winding ridge of stratified sand and gravel. The eskers of the Amos region (Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec) that were deposited during the last deglaciation, are known to be aquifers containing drinking water of exceptional quality. Yet little is known about their hydrologic regime and exchanges with other water sources. A better understanding of these systems is necessary to assess the vulnerability of these aquifers to contaminants and to implement a management plan for these resources. A multi-isotopic study of groundwater in the eskers of the Amos region (Saint-Mathieu-Berry, Barraute and Harricana moraine) was carried out in 2011-2012. Noble gas isotopes, together with major ions chemistry and stable isotopes were used to estimate the residence time of waters, to trace fluid flow paths and to determine the atmospheric temperature at the time of the recharge took place. Measured 3He/4He ratios were primarily used to identify mixing between different water types carrying distinct helium components. The 20Ne/4He vs. 3He/4He relationship shows that waters flowing into eskers have three helium components: atmospheric, tritiogenic 3He-rich and radiogenic 4He-rich. The measured 3He/4He ratios (R) normalized to the atmospheric one (R/Ra) varies between 0.224±0.012 and 1.849±0.036. Most radiogenic 4He-rich mineralized waters are those from fractured basement rocks of Archean age. Freshwater flowing into eskers show mixing between radiogenic helium and tritiogenic 3He. A clear relationship between the well depths, salinity and the 3He/4He ratios suggests that mixing occurs between these two groundwater bodies. Tritium measurements allow the calculation of 3H-3He ages varying from 6.7±1.3 yrs to 9.7±1.3 yrs for waters flowing through the Harricana moraine. Groundwater from Saint-Mathieu de Berry esker ranges from 11.0±2.1 yrs to 32.5±1.6 yrs. The 3H-3He ages plotted against the wells depth show a linear relationship for both, the Saint

  15. 186Os and 187Os enrichments and high-3He/4He sources in the Earth’s mantle: Evidence from Icelandic picrites

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    Brandon, Alan D.; Graham, David W.; Waight, Tod; Gautason, Bjarni

    2007-09-01

    Picrites from the neovolcanic zones in Iceland display a range in 187Os/ 188Os from 0.1297 to 0.1381 (γ Os = + 2.1 to +8.7) and uniform 186Os/ 188Os of 0.1198375 ± 32 (2 σ). The value for 186Os/ 188Os is within uncertainty of the present-day value for the primitive upper mantle of 0.1198398 ± 16. These Os isotope systematics are best explained by ancient recycled crust or melt enrichment in the mantle source region. If so, then the coupled enrichments displayed in 186Os/ 188Os and 187Os/ 188Os from lavas of other plume systems must result from an independent process, the most viable candidate at present remains core-mantle interaction. While some plumes with high 3He/ 4He, such as Hawaii, appear to have been subjected to detectable addition of Os (and possibly He) from the outer core, others such as Iceland do not. A positive correlation between 187Os/ 188Os and 3He/ 4He from 9.6 to 19 Ra in Iceland picrites is best modeled as mixtures of 1 Ga or older ancient recycled crust mixed with primitive mantle or incompletely degassed depleted mantle isolated since 1-1.5 Ga, which preserves the high 3He/ 4He of the depleted mantle at the time. These mixtures create a hybrid source region that subsequently mixes with the present-day convecting MORB mantle during ascent and melting. This multistage mixing scenario requires convective isolation in the deep mantle for hundreds of million years or more to maintain these compositionally distinct hybrid sources. The 3He/ 4He of lavas derived from the Iceland plume changed over time, from a maximum of 50 Ra at 60 Ma, to approximately 25-27 Ra at present. The changes are coupled with distinct compositional gaps between the different aged lavas when 3He/ 4He is plotted versus various geochemical parameters such as 143Nd/ 144Nd and La/Sm. These relationships can be interpreted as an increase in the proportion of ancient recycled crust in the upwelling plume over this time period. The positive correlation between 187Os/ 188Os and

  16. Asthenosphere-lithosphere interactions in Western Saudi Arabia: Inferences from 3He/4He in xenoliths and lava flows from Harrat Hutaymah

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    Konrad, Kevin; Graham, David W.; Thornber, Carl R.; Duncan, Robert A.; Kent, Adam J. R.; Al-Amri, Abdullah M.

    2016-04-01

    Extensive volcanic fields on the western Arabian Plate have erupted intermittently over the last 30 Ma following emplacement of the Afar flood basalts in Ethiopia. In an effort to better understand the origin of this volcanism in western Saudi Arabia, we analyzed 3He/4He, and He, CO2 and trace element concentrations in minerals separated from xenoliths and lava flows from Harrat Hutaymah, supplemented with reconnaissance He isotope data from several other volcanic fields (Harrat Al Birk, Harrat Al Kishb and Harrat Ithnayn). Harrat Hutaymah is young (< 850 ka) and the northeasternmost of the volcanic fields. There is a remarkable homogeneity of 3He/4He trapped within most xenoliths, with a weighted mean of 7.54 ± 0.03 RA (2σ, n = 20). This homogeneity occurs over at least eight different xenolith types (including spinel lherzolite, amphibole clinopyroxenite, olivine websterite, clinopyroxenite and garnet websterite), and encompasses ten different volcanic centers within an area of ~ 2500 km2. The homogeneity is caused by volatile equilibration between the xenoliths and fluids derived from their host magma, as fluid inclusions are annealed during the infiltration of vapor-saturated magmas along crystalline grain boundaries. The notable exceptions are the anhydrous spinel lherzolites, which have a lower weighted mean 3He/4He of 6.8 ± 0.3 RA (2σ, n = 2), contain lower concentrations of trapped He, and have a distinctly depleted light rare earth element signature. 3He/4He values of ~ 6.8 RA are also commonly found in spinel lherzolites from harrats Ithnayn, Al Birk, and from Zabargad Island in the Red Sea. Olivine from non-xenolith-bearing lava flows at Hutaymah spans the He isotope range of the xenoliths. The lower 3He/4He in the anhydrous spinel lherzolites appears to be tied to remnant Proterozoic lithosphere prior to metasomatic fluid overprinting. Elevated 3He/4He in the western harrats has been observed only at Rahat (up to 11.8 RA; Murcia et al., 2013), a

  17. Multiphonon excitations in boson quantum films

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    Clements, B.E. |; Krotscheck, E. |; Tymczak, C.J.

    1996-05-01

    Dynamical excitations in thin liquid films of {sup 4}He adsorbed to a substrate are investigated by using a microscopic theory of excitations that includes multiple-phonon scattering. We study the dispersion relation, excitation mechanisms, transition densities, and particle currents as a function of surface coverage. A primary new result is that we have included three-phonon scattering processes in the calculation of the dynamic structure function and the one-body current densities. With the exception that our ground state is determined by our variational theory, rather than taken from experiment, our work on the dynamic structure function is the generalization of that of Jackson [Phys. Rev. A {bold 4}, 2386 (1971)] to inhomogeneous systems (films). Using sum rules for the dynamic structure function as a guide, we suggest a simple scaling argument for improving the agreement between our dynamic structure function and the experimental one. The addition of three-phonon contributions bring about the following changes. First, the energy of most modes is lowered by a non-negligible amount for finite momentum excitations. Second, the film{close_quote}s surface mode is the exception; it is only slightly affected. Third, for monolayer films there is large scattering at high energies at intermediate values of momenta. This scattering can be traced back to an anomalously large contribution to the two-particle density of states. Fourth, all modes with energy above a critical energy decay, and the associated peaks of the dynamic structure function are broadened. Fifth, the maxonlike character is enhanced in the bulklike modes. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  18. Analogs of the giant dipole and spin-dipole resonances in {sup 4}He and in {alpha} clusters of {sup 6,7}Li studied by the {sup 4}He,{sup 6,7}Li({sup 7}Li,{sup 7}Be{gamma}) reactions

    SciTech Connect

    Nakayama, S.; Matsumoto, E.; Fushimi, K.; Hayami, R.; Kawasuso, H.; Yasuda, K.; Yamagata, T.; Akimune, H.; Ikemizu, H.; Asaji, S.; Ishida, T.; Kudoh, T.; Sagara, K.; Fujiwara, M.; Hashimoto, H.; Kawase, K.; Nakanishi, K.; Oota, T.; Yosoi, M.; Greenfield, M. B.

    2008-07-15

    We studied analogs of the giant dipole resonance (GDR) and spin-dipole resonance (SDR) in {sup 4}He and in the {alpha} clusters of {sup 6,7}Li via the ({sup 7}Li,{sup 7}Be{gamma}) reactions on {sup 4}He, {sup 6}Li, and {sup 7}Li at an incident energy of 455 MeV and at a scattering angle of 0 deg. by measuring spin-nonflip and spin-flip spectra. The reaction Q-values for the analogs of the GDR and SDR in the {alpha} clusters of {sup 6,7}Li were found to be more negative than those in {sup 4}He by 2.0{+-}0.5 MeV. The ratios of the cross section for the analog of the GDR to that for the analog of the SDR in {sup 4}He and in the {alpha} clusters of {sup 6}Li and {sup 7}Li were found to be the same within errors, 0.5{+-}0.1. The cross sections for the analogs of the GDR as well as those for the analogs of the SDR in the {alpha} clusters of {sup 6,7}Li were 0.6{approx}0.8 times smaller than those in {sup 4}He. These results suggest that excitations of {alpha} clusters embedded in nuclei are suppressed as compared with excitations of free {alpha} particles.

  19. {sup 4}He fragments from the {sup 14}N + {sup 12}C collision at 35 MeV/nucleon and clustering in colliding nuclei

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    Takemoto, H.; Horiuchi, H.; Engel, A.; Ono, A.

    1996-07-01

    In order to study effects of clustering of colliding nuclei in the fragmentation process, the fragmentation of the {sup 14}N+{sup 12}C reaction at 35 MeV/nucleon is analyzed by antisymmetrized molecular dynamics. It is found that {sup 4}He fragments from {sup 12}C fragmentation are much more abundant than those from {sup 14}N fragmentation. Characters of {sup 4}He fragments from {sup 12}C fragmentation are investigated and it is found that this abundance in {sup 12}C fragmentation results from the three-alpha breakup in a short time scale where the excited states with excitation energy 7{endash}15 MeV play an important role. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  20. Solving the Large Discrepancy Between Inclusive and Exclusive Measurements of the 8Li + 4He → 11B + n Reaction Cross Section at Astrophysical Energies

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    La Cognata, M.; Del Zoppo, A.; Alba, R.; Cherubini, S.; Colonna, N.; Di Pietro, A.; Figuera, P.; Gulino, M.; Lamia, L.; Musumarra, A.; Pellegriti, M. G.; Pizzone, R. G.; Rolfs, C.; Romano, S.; Spitaleri, C.; Tumino, A.

    2009-12-01

    A solution of the large discrepancy existing between inclusive and exclusive measurements of the 8Li + 4He → 11B + n reaction cross section at E cm < 3 MeV is evaluated. This problem has profound astrophysical relevance for this reaction is of great interest in big bang and r-process nucleosynthesis. By means of a novel technique, a comprehensive study of all existing 8Li + 4He → 11B + n cross section data is carried out, setting up a consistent picture in which all the inclusive measurements provide the reliable value of the cross section. New unambiguous signatures of the strong branch pattern non-uniformities, near the threshold of higher 11B excited levels, are presented and their possible origin, in terms of the cluster structure of the involved excited states of 11B and 12Bnuclei, is discussed.

  1. Systematic Vibration Studies on a Cryogen-Free ^3He/^4He Dilution Refrigerator for X-ray Spectroscopy at Storage Rings

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    Scholz, P. A.; Kraft-Bermuth, S.; Andrianov, V.

    2016-08-01

    High-precision X-ray spectroscopy of highly charged ions at storage rings provides a sensitive test of quantum electrodynamics in strong Coulomb fields. To increase the precision of such experiments, silicon microcalorimeters have already been applied successfully. To minimize the interruption of beam times due to maintenance, a new cryogen-free ^3He/^4He dilution refrigerator has been designed and is under commissioning. However, in cryogen-free systems microphonic noise due to vibrations contributes considerably to the overall noise and may limit the detector energy resolution. Therefore, we report on systematic vibration studies on a cryogen-free ^3He/^4He dilution refrigerator which is specially adapted for experiments at storage rings.

  2. Comparative study of dose distributions and cell survival fractions for 1H, 4He, 12C and 16O beams using Geant4 and Microdosimetric Kinetic model

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    Burigo, Lucas; Pshenichnov, Igor; Mishustin, Igor; Bleicher, Marcus

    2015-04-01

    Depth and radial dose profiles for therapeutic 1H, 4He, 12C and 16O beams are calculated using the Geant4-based Monte Carlo model for Heavy-Ion Therapy (MCHIT). 4He and 16O ions are presented as alternative options to 1H and 12C broadly used for ion-beam cancer therapy. Biological dose profiles and survival fractions of cells are estimated using the modified Microdosimetric Kinetic model. Depth distributions of cell survival of healthy tissues, assuming 10% and 50% survival of tumor cells, are calculated for 6 cm SOBPs at two tumor depths and for different tissues radiosensitivities. It is found that the optimal ion choice depends on (i) depth of the tumor, (ii) dose levels and (iii) the contrast of radiosensitivities of tumor and surrounding healthy tissues. Our results indicate that 12C and 16O ions are more appropriate to spare healthy tissues in the case of a more radioresistant tumor at moderate depths. On the other hand, a sensitive tumor surrounded by more resistant tissues can be better treated with 1H and 4He ions. In general, 4He beam is found to be a good candidate for therapy. It better spares healthy tissues in all considered cases compared to 1H. Besides, the dose conformation is improved for deep-seated tumors compared to 1H, and the damage to surrounding healthy tissues is reduced compared to heavier ions due to the lower impact of nuclear fragmentation. No definite advantages of 16O with respect to 12C ions are found in this study.

  3. Radiation-damage-controlled He diffusion and 4He/3He spectra in apatite: an example of mutually consistent results from the Grand Canyon (Invited)

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    Farley, K. A.; Flowers, R. M.

    2009-12-01

    Recent work indicates that He diffusion from apatite is impeded by the accumulation of radiation damage from actinide decay. Supporting evidence includes laboratory diffusion measurements as well as (U-Th)/He dates positively correlated with effective uranium (eU) concentration in certain geologic situations. Here we investigate whether the radiation damage effect can be identified in 4He concentration profiles, as it must be if the system behaves as we anticipate. Apatites from nearby igneous basement samples in the Upper Gorge of the Grand Canyon showing a strong date-eU correlation were proton irradiated, step-heated, and analyzed for 4He/3He spectra. The low eU apatites with younger He dates yielded nearly flat spectra, while the high eU apatites with older He dates yielded highly rounded spectra (see Figure). This implies that the higher eU apatites were partially retaining He while the lower eU apatites were still acting as an open system. Using the RDAAM kinetic model (Flowers et al. 2009) and local geologic constraints we confirm that this behavior is consistent with the observed differences in date and eU, providing compelling evidence that both the He dates and the 4He profiles are sensitive to radiation damage accumulation. Equally importantly, the combination of multiple samples with differing eU and thus differing 4He/3He spectra yields remarkably tight constraints on the time-temperature path experienced by these rocks, from ~90oC down to < 30oC.

  4. Chaos in the classical mechanics of bound and quasi-bound HX-4He complexes with X = F, Cl, Br, CN.

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    Gamboa, Antonio; Hernández, Henar; Ramilowski, Jordan A; Losada, J C; Benito, R M; Borondo, F; Farrelly, David

    2009-10-01

    The classical dynamics of weakly bound floppy van der Waals complexes have been extensively studied in the past except for the weakest of all, i.e., those involving He atoms. These complexes are of considerable current interest in light of recent experimental work focussed on the study of molecules trapped in small droplets of the quantum solvent (4)He. Despite a number of quantum investigations, details on the dynamics of how quantum solvation occurs remain unclear. In this paper, the classical rotational dynamics of a series of van der Waals complexes, HX-(4)He with X = F, Cl, Br, CN, are studied. In all cases, the ground state dynamics are found to be almost entirely chaotic, in sharp contrast to other floppy complexes, such as HCl-Ar, for which chaos sets in only at relatively high energies. The consequences of this result for quantum solvation are discussed. We also investigate rotationally excited states with J = 1 which, except for HCN-(4)He, are actually resonances that decay by rotational pre-dissociation. PMID:19756276

  5. Cross sections and analyzing powers for (p,n) reactions on {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He at 346 MeV

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    Ihara, E.; Wakasa, T.; Dozono, M.; Imamura, T.; Kuroita, S.; Noro, T.; Sagara, K.; Sueta, T.; Tanabe, H.; Yamada, Y.; Hatanaka, K.; Kato, M.; Matsubara, H.; Okamura, H.; Tameshige, Y.; Tamii, A.; Sakemi, Y.; Sekiguchi, K.; Suda, K.

    2008-08-15

    The cross sections and analyzing powers for (p,n) reactions on {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He have been measured at a bombarding energy of T{sub p}=346 MeV and reaction angles of {theta}{sub lab}=9.4 deg. - 27 deg. The energy transfer spectra for {sup 3}He(p,n) at large {theta}{sub lab} ({>=}16 deg.) are dominated by quasielastic contributions and can be reasonably reproduced by plane-wave impulse approximation (PWIA) calculations for quasielastic scattering. By contrast, the known L=1 resonances in {sup 4}Li are clearly observed near the threshold in the {sup 4}He(p,n) spectra. Because these contributions are remarkable at small angles, the energy spectra are significantly different from those expected for quasielastic scattering. The data are compared with the PWIA calculations, and it is found that the quasielastic contributions are dominant at large {theta}{sub lab} ({>=}22 deg.). The nuclear correlation effects on the quasielastic peak for {sup 4}He(p,n) are also discussed.

  6. A Reestimate of the Protosolar (^2^H/^1^H)_p_ ratio from (^3^He/^4^He)_SW_ solar wind measurements.

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    Gautier, D.; Morel, P.

    1997-07-01

    We reanalyze the inference of the protosolar abundance of deuterium made by Geiss (1993, in Origin and Evolution of the Elements, Eds., N. Prantzos, E. Vangioni-Flam, M. Casse, Cambridge University Press, p. 90) from measurements of (^3^He/^4^He)_SW_ in the solar wind. We use an evolutionary solar model with microscopic diffusion, constrained to fit the present age, radius and luminosity, as well as the observed ratio of heavy elements to hydrogen. The protosolar (^2^H/^1^H)_p_ is obtained from the best fit of (^3^He/^4^He)_SW_. Taking for the protosolar (^3^He/^4^He)_p_ the value measured in Jupiter by the Galileo probe (Niemann et al., 1996Sci...272..846N), we derive (^2^H/^1^H)_p_=(3.01+/-0.17)x10^-5^. Compared to the present interstellar medium value (Linsky et al., 1993ApJ...402..694L), this result is compatible with models of the chemical evolution of the Galaxy in the solar neighborhood; it is also marginally compatible with the Jovian (^2^H/^1^H)_J_=(5+/-2)x10^-5^ ratio measured by Galileo.

  7. Cross-section measurement for the /sup 7/Li(n,n't)/sup 4/He reaction at 14. 74 MeV

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    Smith, D.L.; Meadows, J.W.; Bretscher, M.M.; Cox, S.A.

    1984-09-01

    The cross section for the /sup 7/Li(n,n't)/sup 4/He reaction is measured at an average neutron energy of 14.74 MeV, with a resolution of 0.324 MeV, relative to the /sup 238/U neutron-fission cross section. Tritium activities for the irradiated lithium-metal samples (enriched to 99.95% in /sup 7/Li) are deduced using a liquid-scintillation counting method which relies upon the tritiated-water standard from the US National Bureau of Standards. The measured cross section ratio of /sup 7/Li(n,n't)/sup 4/He to /sup 238/U neutron fission is 0.2523 (+- 2.2%). The derived /sup 7/Li(n,n't)/sup 4/He reaction cross section is 0.301 (+- 5.3%) barn, based on the ENDF/B-V value of 1.193 (+- 4.8%) barn for the /sup 238/U neutron-fission cross section. 59 references.

  8. Improving tritium determination from environmental water samples by the 3He ingrowth method by means of an ultrapure 4He spike

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    Major, Zoltan; Palcsu, Laszlo; Papp, Laszlo

    2010-05-01

    Clarke et al. (1976) described a new method based on mass spectrometric measurement of 3He to deter-mine low level tritium concentrations of water samples [1]. The method consists of three major steps: 1) The water samples are put into glass bulbs. The dissolved gases including helium are removed from the water by vacuum pumping. 2) The sample are stored for several months or years so that 3He atoms are produced from tritium decay. 3) The amount of the tritiogenic 3He is measured mass spectrometrically. Since then numeru-ous laboratories adopted this method [2-5] as noble gas mass spectrometers became commercially available. The measurements are usually calibrated by means of well known air aliquots, which in size can be compared to the helium amount from the tritium sample. The 3He/4He ratio of samples can differ considerably from that of air used for standardization. For this reason it has to be kept in mind that a possible discrimination of 3He by 4He is not necessarily corrected by the air stan-dards [3]. Additionally, the mass spectrometric sensi-tivities of the different helium isotopes depend on the pressure at the ion source [6]. In case of tritium meas-urements, the overall pressure of the helium in the mass spectrometer is much lower than that of the helium from the air calibration. We use air aliquots that contain 7•10-9 to 2•10-7 ccSTP of 4He and 5•10-15 to 1.5•10-13 ccSTP of 3He. The relative standard deviations of the calibration measurements vary between 1-2 %, and the non-linearity effect is always taken into account. The over-all helium amount in the mass spectrometer in case of a tritium sample is usually less than 3•10-10 ccSTP that derives, of cource, from the 4He [5]. As the amount of the calibration sample converges to that of tritium samples, we loose the good statistical error of the 3He measurement being counted by an electro-multiplier. It seems that the large diiference of the helium pressure in the ion source between a sample

  9. Realization of a 3He-4He Vapor-Pressure Thermometer for Temperatures Between 0.65 K and 5 K at LNE-CNAM

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    Sparasci, F.; Pitre, L.; Truong, D.; Risegari, L.; Hermier, Y.

    2011-01-01

    In the temperature range between 0.65 K and 5 K, the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90) is based on 3He and 4He vapor-pressure thermometers. Between 0.65 K and 1 K, the ITS-90 overlaps with the Provisional Low Temperature Scale of 2000 (PLTS-2000), defined in term of the melting pressure of 3He. Some differences, up to more than 1 mK, exist between the two scales in the overlapping interval. The LNE-CNAM has recently started the construction of a 3He-4He vapor-pressure thermometer to realize the ITS-90 in its lowest subrange at the highest degree of accuracy. The device is provided with two separate vapor-pressure chambers, one for 3He and the other for 4He, built in a single copper block, and is installed in the experimental space of a dilution refrigerator. The vapor-pressure thermometer is designed to accommodate on the same copper block several transfer standards, an acoustic thermometer, and the 3He melting-pressure thermometer. This configuration is intended for realizing calibrations of transfer standards down to 0.65 K, for investigating the possibility to extend the acoustic thermometer below 4 K, and to perform a direct comparison between the ITS-90 and the PLTS-2000 in the overlapping temperature range, in order to study their differences. The realization of the system has been recently accomplished, and this report illustrates the characteristics of such an experimental device.

  10. From adsorption to condensation: the role of adsorbed molecular clusters.

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    Yaghoubian, Sima; Zandavi, Seyed Hadi; Ward, C A

    2016-08-01

    The adsorption of heptane vapour on a smooth silicon substrate with a lower temperature than the vapour is examined analytically and experimentally. An expression for the amount adsorbed under steady state conditions is derived from the molecular cluster model of the adsorbate that is similar to the one used to derive the equilibrium Zeta adsorption isotherm. The amount adsorbed in each of a series of steady experiments is measured using a UV-vis interferometer, and gives strong support to the amount predicted to be adsorbed. The cluster distribution is used to predict the subcooling temperature required for the adsorbed vapour to make a disorder-order phase transition to become an adsorbed liquid, and the subcooling temperature is found to be 2.7 ± 0.4 K. The continuum approach for predicting the thickness of the adsorbed liquid film originally developed by Nusselt is compared with that measured and is found to over-predict the thickness by three-orders of magnitude. PMID:27426944

  11. 2-D numerical simulations of groundwater flow, heat transfer and 4He transport — implications for the He terrestrial budget and the mantle helium heat imbalance

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    Castro, Maria Clara; Patriarche, Delphine; Goblet, Patrick

    2005-09-01

    Because helium and heat production results from a common source, a continental 4He crustal flux of 4.65 * 10 - 14 mol m - 2 s - 1 has been estimated based on heat flow considerations. In addition, because the observed mantle He / heat flux ratio at the proximity of mid-ocean ridges (6.6 * 10 - 14 mol J - 1 ) is significantly lower than the radiogenic production ratio (1.5 * 10 - 12 mol J - 1 ), the presence of a terrestrial helium-heat imbalance was suggested. The latter could be explained by the presence of a layered mantle in which removal of He is impeded from the lower mantle [R.K. O'Nions, E.R. Oxburgh, Heat and helium in the Earth, Nature 306 (1983) 429-431; E.R. Oxburgh, R.K. O'Nions, Helium loss, tectonics, and the terrestrial heat budget, Science 237 (1987) 1583-1588]. van Keken et al. [P.E. van Keken, C.J. Ballentine, D. Porcelli, A dynamical investigation of the heat and helium imbalance, Earth Planet, Sci. Lett. 188 (2001) 421-434] have recently claimed that the helium-heat imbalance remains a robust observation. Such conclusions, however, were reached under the assumption that a steady-state regime was in place for both tracers and that their transport properties are similar at least in the upper portion of the crust. Here, through 2-D simulations of groundwater flow, heat transfer and 4He transport carried out simultaneously in the Carrizo aquifer and surrounding formations in southwest Texas, we assess the legitimacy of earlier assumptions. Specifically, we show that the driving transport mechanisms for He and heat are of a fundamentally different nature for a high range of permeabilities ( k ≤ 10 - 16 m 2) found in metamorphic and volcanic rocks at all depths in the crust. The assumption that transport properties for these two tracers are similar in the crust is thus unsound. We also show that total 4He / heat flux ratios lower than radiogenic production ratios do not reflect a He deficit in the crust or mantle original reservoir. Instead, they

  12. Orbital tomography for highly symmetric adsorbate systems

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    Stadtmüller, B.; Willenbockel, M.; Reinisch, E. M.; Ules, T.; Bocquet, F. C.; Soubatch, S.; Puschnig, P.; Koller, G.; Ramsey, M. G.; Tautz, F. S.; Kumpf, C.

    2012-10-01

    Orbital tomography is a new and very powerful tool to analyze the angular distribution of a photoemission spectroscopy experiment. It was successfully used for organic adsorbate systems to identify (and consequently deconvolute) the contributions of specific molecular orbitals to the photoemission data. The technique was so far limited to surfaces with low symmetry like fcc(110) oriented surfaces, owing to the small number of rotational domains that occur on such surfaces. In this letter we overcome this limitation and present an orbital tomography study of a 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetra-carboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) monolayer film adsorbed on Ag(111). Although this system exhibits twelve differently oriented molecules, the angular resolved photoemission data still allow a meaningful analysis of the different local density of states and reveal different electronic structures for symmetrically inequivalent molecules. We also discuss the precision of the orbital tomography technique in terms of counting statistics and linear regression fitting algorithm. Our results demonstrate that orbital tomography is not limited to low-symmetry surfaces, a finding which makes a broad field of complex adsorbate systems accessible to this powerful technique.

  13. Asthenosphere–lithosphere interactions in Western Saudi Arabia: Inferences from 3He/4He in xenoliths and lava flows from Harrat Hutaymah

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    Konrad, Kevin;; Graham, David W; Thornber, Carl; Duncan, Robert A; Kent, Adam J.R.; Al-Amri, Abdulla

    2016-01-01

    Elevated 3He/4He in the western harrats has been observed only at Rahat (up to 11.8 RA; Murcia et al., 2013), a volcanic field situated above thinned lithosphere beneath the Makkah-Medinah-Nafud volcanic lineament. Previous work established that spinel lherzolites at Hutaymah are sourced near the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary (LAB), while other xenolith types there are derived from shallower depths within the lithosphere itself (Thornber, 1992). Helium isotopes are consistent with melts originating near the LAB beneath many of the Arabian harrats, and any magma derived from the Afar mantle plume currently appears to be of minor importance.

  14. Experimental and theoretical study of the {sup 2}H(d-vector{gamma}){sup 4}He reaction below E{sub c.m.}=60 keV

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    Sabourov, K.; Ahmed, M.W.; Canon, S.R.; Crowley, B.; Joshi, K.; Kelley, J.H.; Nelson, S.O.; Perdue, B.A.; Schreiber, E.C.; Sabourov, A.; Tonchev, A.; Weller, H.R.; Wulf, E.A.; Prior, R.M.; Spraker, M.C.; Hofmann, H.M.; Trini, M.

    2004-12-01

    New measurements of the analyzing powers A{sub y} and T{sub 20} have been obtained for the {sup 2}H(d,{gamma}){sup 4}He reaction at a laboratory beam energy of 115 keV. A transition matrix element analysis results in a unique solution which indicates that the reaction proceeds by 55% E2, 29% E1, and 16% M2 radiation. These results are shown to be in good agreement with the results of a new refined resonating group model calculation. The impact of these results on the extrapolated value of the astrophysical S factor for this reaction is discussed.

  15. Polarization Transfer in the 4He(e→,e'p→)3H Reaction up to Q2=2.6 (GeV/c)2

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    Strauch, S.; Dieterich, S.; Aniol, K.; Annand, J.; Baker, O.; Bertozzi, W.; Boswell, M.; Brash, E.; Chai, Z.; Chen, J.-P.; Christy, M.; Chudakov, E.; Cochran, A.; de Leo, R.; Ent, R.; Epstein, M.; Finn, J.; Fissum, K.; Forest, T.; Frullani, S.; Garibaldi, F.; Gasparian, A.; Gayou, O.; Gilad, S.; Gilman, R.; Glashausser, C.; Gomez, J.; Gorbenko, V.; Gueye, P.; Hansen, J.; Higinbotham, D.; Hu, B.; Hyde-Wright, C.; Ireland, D.; Jackson, C.; de Jager, C.; Jiang, X.; Jones, C.; Jones, M.; Kellie, J.; Kelly, J.; Keppel, C.; Kumbartzki, G.; Kuss, M.; Lerose, J.; Livingston, K.; Liyanage, N.; Malov, S.; Margaziotis, D.; Meekins, D.; Michaels, R.; Mitchell, J.; Nanda, S.; Nappa, J.; Perdrisat, C.; Punjabi, V.; Ransome, R.; Roché, R.; Rosner, G.; Rvachev, M.; Sabatie, F.; Saha, A.; Sarty, A.; Udias, J.; Ulmer, P.; Urciuoli, G.; van den Brand, J.; Vignote, J.; Watts, D.; Weinstein, L.; Wijesooriya, K.; Wojtsekhowski, B.

    2003-07-01

    We have measured the proton recoil polarization in the 4He(e→ ,e'p→)4H reaction at Q2=0.5, 1.0, 1.6, and 2.6 (GeV/c)2. The measured ratio of polarization transfer coefficients differs from a fully relativistic calculation, favoring the inclusion of a medium modification of the proton form factors predicted by a quark-meson coupling model. In addition, the measured induced polarizations agree reasonably well with the fully relativistic calculation indicating that the treatment of final-state interactions is under control.

  16. Simulation of 3He(d,p) 4He reaction and recent results of the experimental investigation of dp breakup reaction

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    Janek, M.; Kurilkin, P. K.; Tarjanyiova, G.; Ladygin, V. P.; Gurchin, Yu V.; Isupov, A. Yu; Karachuk, J.-T.; Khrenov, A. N.; Kurilkin, A. K.; Livanov, A. N.; Martinska, G.; Piyadin, S. M.; Reznikov, S. G.; Merts, S. P.; Batyuk, P. N.; Terekhin, A. A.; Vnukov, I. E.

    2016-02-01

    The feasibility study for the measurements of the polarization observables in the 3He(d,p) 4He reaction for DSS project using a part of the BM@N setup have been performed. Deuteron beam with energy of 1.5 GeV, magnet, 12 stations GEM tracker and TOF wall were used in simulations in order to obtain momentum resolution and to prove the separation of the secondary protons and deuterons. Summarized results of the dp breakup reactions with detection of two protons in coincidence for some kinematic configurations at energies from 300 to 500 MeV obtained in Nuclotron are presented.

  17. Low-density phases of 3He monolayers adsorbed on graphite

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    Ruggeri, Michele; Vitali, Ettore; Galli, Davide Emilio; Boninsegni, Massimo; Moroni, Saverio

    2016-03-01

    Quantum Monte Carlo simulations at zero temperature of a 3He monolayer adsorbed on graphite, either clean or preplated with 4He, unexpectedly point to a gas-liquid phase transition at a very low areal density of the order of 0.01 Å-2 . This result stems from an essentially unbiased calculation of the ground-state energy for an infinite, defect-free substrate, which interacts with He atoms via a realistic potential, whereas the interaction between two He atoms includes two- and three-body terms. The sensitivity of the gas-liquid coexistence region on the model Hamiltonian employed is discussed.

  18. UV-induced protonation of molecules adsorbed on ice surfaces at low temperature.

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    Moon, Eui-Seong; Lee, Chang-Woo; Kim, Joon-Ki; Park, Seong-Chan; Kang, Heon

    2008-05-21

    UV irradiation of ice films adsorbed with methylamine molecules induces protonation of the adsorbate molecules at low temperature (50-130 K). The observation indicates that long-lived protonic defects are created in the ice film by UV light, and they transfer protons to the adsorbate molecules via tunneling mechanism at low temperature. The methylammonium ion formed by proton transfer remains to be stable at the ice surface. It is suggested that this solid-phase protonation might play a significant role in the production of molecular ions in interstellar clouds.

  19. [Analysis of FT-IR-ATR spectra of serum proteins adsorbed on carbonaceous materials].

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    Li, Bogang; Na, Juanjuan; Yin, Jie; Yin, Guangfu

    2006-10-01

    To clarify the reason causing difference of serum proteins adsorbability on different carbonaceous materials, FT-IR-ATR spectra of human serum albumin (HSA) and human serum fibrinogen(HFG) before and after adsorbing on diamond like carbon film (DLC),diamond film (DF) and graphite were analyzed. It has been shown that there are hydrogen bond because of -NH at the interfaces of HSA-DLC, HFG-DF and HFG-graphite. Based on the results, earlier research conclusion that the adsorbability of HSA on DLC higher than that on DF and graphite, but on DF and graphite the adsorption of HFG takes precedence can be explained rationally.

  20. Performance of compact liquid helium free 3He-4He dilution refrigerator directly coupled with GM cooler in TES microcalorimeter operation

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    Umeno, T.; Kamioka, Y.; Yoshida, S.; Maehata, K.; Ishibashi, K.; Takasaki, K.; Tanaka, K.

    2009-02-01

    A superconducting transition edge thermosensor (TES) microcalorimeter was cooled by a compact liquid-helium-free 3He-4He dilution refrigerator with loading a Gifford-McMahon (GM) cooler for detection of LX-ray photons emitted from an 241Am source. The first and second stages of the GM cooler are directly coupled with the first and the second precool heat exchangers of a stick shaped dilution unit through copper plates in the vacuum chamber, respectively. The circulating 3He-4He gas through the precooled heat exchangers is condensed into a liquid of condense mixture by the isoenthalpic expansion through the Joule-Thomson impedance. A cascade of two mixing chambers are employed for achieving sufficient cooling power. The helium-free dilution refrigerator performs the cooling power of 20 μW at 100 mK. The TES and SQUID chips suffered from mechanical vibrations induced by a reciprocating motion of the displacer of the GM cooler. Detection signals of LX-ray photons emitted from 241Am source were observed by operating the TES microcalorimeter in severe noise environment induced by mechanical vibrations.

  1. Comparison of the Effectiveness of Exposure to Low-LET Helium Particles ((4)He) and Gamma Rays ((137)Cs) on the Disruption of Cognitive Performance.

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    Rabin, Bernard M; Carrihill-Knoll, Kirsty L; Shukitt-Hale, Barbara

    2015-09-01

    In this study, the effects of radiation exposure on cognitive performance were evaluated. Rats were exposed to either helium ((4)He) particles (1,000 MeV/n; 0.1-10 cGy; head only) or cesium (137)Cs gamma rays (50-400 cGy; whole body), after which their cognitive performance was evaluated. The results indicated that exposure to doses of (4)He particles as low as 0.1 cGy disrupted performance in a variety of cognitive tasks, including plus-maze performance (baseline anxiety), novel location recognition (spatial performance) and operant responding on an ascending fixed-ratio reinforcement schedule (motivation and responsiveness to changes in environmental contingencies) but not on novel object recognition performance (learning and memory). In contrast, after exposure to (137)Cs gamma rays only plus-maze performance was affected. There were no significant effects on any other task. Because exposure to both types of radiation produce oxidative stress, these results indicate that radiation-produced oxidative stress may be a necessary condition for the radiation-induced disruption of cognitive performance, but it is not a sufficient condition.

  2. Dissociation of relativistic {sup 7}Be nuclei through the {sup 3}He+{sup 4}He channel on a proton target

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    Alexandrov, Yu. A.; Peresadko, N. G. Gerasimov, S. G.; Dronov, V. A.; Pisetskaya, A. V.; Fetisov, V. N.; Kharlamov, S. P.; Shesterkina, L. N.

    2015-05-15

    The differential cross section for the interaction of {sup 7}Be nuclei with protons was measured in the momentum-transfer region extending up to a value of 0.5 GeV/c at which {sup 7}Be decay to {sup 3}He and {sup 4}He fragments was not accompanied by the emergence of other charged particles. In the momentum-transfer region extending up to about 100 MeV/c, the cross section is strongly suppressed in just the same way as in the case of the dissociation of {sup 7}Li nuclei on a proton target through the {sup 3}H+{sup 4}He channel. The total reaction cross section is 10 ± 4 mb. The mean transverse-momentum transfer in observed events is 233 ± 6 MeV/c, the dispersion of its distribution being about 63 MeV/c. The interactions in question were detected in photoemulsion irradiated with {sup 7}Be nuclei originating from a charge-exchange process involving {sup 7}Li nuclei accelerated to the momentum of 1.7 GeV/c per nucleon at the nuclotron of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna)

  3. Comparison of the Effectiveness of Exposure to Low-LET Helium Particles ((4)He) and Gamma Rays ((137)Cs) on the Disruption of Cognitive Performance.

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    Rabin, Bernard M; Carrihill-Knoll, Kirsty L; Shukitt-Hale, Barbara

    2015-09-01

    In this study, the effects of radiation exposure on cognitive performance were evaluated. Rats were exposed to either helium ((4)He) particles (1,000 MeV/n; 0.1-10 cGy; head only) or cesium (137)Cs gamma rays (50-400 cGy; whole body), after which their cognitive performance was evaluated. The results indicated that exposure to doses of (4)He particles as low as 0.1 cGy disrupted performance in a variety of cognitive tasks, including plus-maze performance (baseline anxiety), novel location recognition (spatial performance) and operant responding on an ascending fixed-ratio reinforcement schedule (motivation and responsiveness to changes in environmental contingencies) but not on novel object recognition performance (learning and memory). In contrast, after exposure to (137)Cs gamma rays only plus-maze performance was affected. There were no significant effects on any other task. Because exposure to both types of radiation produce oxidative stress, these results indicate that radiation-produced oxidative stress may be a necessary condition for the radiation-induced disruption of cognitive performance, but it is not a sufficient condition. PMID:26284421

  4. Solar-flare implanted He-4/He-3 and solar-proton-produced Ne and Ar concentration profiles preserved in lunar rock 61016

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    Rao, M. N.; Garrison, D. H.; Bogard, D. D.; Reedy, R. C.

    1993-01-01

    Depth profiles for Ne-21, Ne-22, and Ar-38 isotopes from oriented lunar rock 61016 are reported. Concentration profiles of cosmogenic GCR+SCR (Galactic cosmic ray and solar cosmic ray-produced) isotopes are determined, quantitatively resolving neon and argon produced by energetic solar flares from that produced by Galactic cosmic rays. The SCR component is resolved from the GCR component as a function of shielding, and excellent agreement is found between experimental SCR production profiles for the isotopes and theoretically calculated values. A characteristic SW He-4/He-3 ratio of 3450 +/- 81, representing energies down to as few keV/amu. In slightly deeper samples an SRF He-4/He-3 ratio of 3450 +/- 725 is found for He particles with E larger than about 1 MeV/amu. These results indicate that the isotopic composition of SF He, averaged over the long term, is energy-dependent. An implanted Ne-20/Ne-22 ratio of 12.4 is measured in unetched samples, representing E greater than 1 MeV/amu, and a ratio of 11.6 is inferred in the samples, representing E larger than about 5 MeV/amu.

  5. Structure of Inert Gases Adsorbed in MCM-41

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    Evans, Dylan; Sokol, Paul

    One-dimensional quantum liquids of 3He or 4He have generated recent interest for investigation in the Luttinger liquid model. Unfortunately, current studies lack a clear demonstration of definitively one-dimensional behavior. We propose using the templated, porous material, MCM-41, as a host for an atomic Luttinger liquid. In general, the pores of MCM-41 are too wide to provide a strictly one-dimensional environment, so we investigate preplating these pores with inert gases to effectively reduce their diameter. We present the results of studies of the structure of inert gases in MCM-41. Nitrogen sorption isotherms were used to characterize the sample. Then, using inert gases as adsorbates, we determined the minimum effective pore diameter that can be achieved in our sample before capillary condensation takes over. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) was performed on the ideally preplated sample to investigate the structure of the adsorbates in the nanopores. The XRD measurements are compared to simulations of core-shell cylinder model scattering, and the validity of the model is assessed. The prospects for creating a definitively one-dimensional channel for the application of studying the structure and dynamics of helium confined in one dimension are discussed. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant DGE-1069091.

  6. Kinetics of the reaction of the heaviest hydrogen atom with H2, the 4Heμ + H2 → 4HeμH + H reaction: experiments, accurate quantal calculations, and variational transition state theory, including kinetic isotope effects for a factor of 36.1 in isotopic mass.

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    Fleming, Donald G; Arseneau, Donald J; Sukhorukov, Oleksandr; Brewer, Jess H; Mielke, Steven L; Truhlar, Donald G; Schatz, George C; Garrett, Bruce C; Peterson, Kirk A

    2011-11-14

    The neutral muonic helium atom (4)Heμ, in which one of the electrons of He is replaced by a negative muon, may be effectively regarded as the heaviest isotope of the hydrogen atom, with a mass of 4.115 amu. We report details of the first muon spin rotation (μSR) measurements of the chemical reaction rate constant of (4)Heμ with molecular hydrogen, (4)Heμ + H(2) → (4)HeμH + H, at temperatures of 295.5, 405, and 500 K, as well as a μSR measurement of the hyperfine coupling constant of muonic He at high pressures. The experimental rate constants, k(Heμ), are compared with the predictions of accurate quantum mechanical (QM) dynamics calculations carried out on a well converged Born-Huang (BH) potential energy surface, based on complete configuration interaction calculations and including a Born-Oppenheimer diagonal correction. At the two highest measured temperatures the agreement between the quantum theory and experiment is good to excellent, well within experimental uncertainties that include an estimate of possible systematic error, but at 295.5 K the quantum calculations for k(Heμ) are below the experimental value by 2.1 times the experimental uncertainty estimates. Possible reasons for this discrepancy are discussed. Variational transition state theory calculations with multidimensional tunneling have also been carried out for k(Heμ) on the BH surface, and they agree with the accurate QM rate constants to within 30% over a wider temperature range of 200-1000 K. Comparisons between theory and experiment are also presented for the rate constants for both the D + H(2) and Mu + H(2) reactions in a novel study of kinetic isotope effects for the H + H(2) reactions over a factor of 36.1 in isotopic mass of the atomic reactant.

  7. Helium and neon isotopes in phenocrysts from Samoan lavas: Evidence for heterogeneity in the terrestrial high 3He/ 4He mantle

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    Jackson, Matthew G.; Kurz, Mark D.; Hart, Stanley R.

    2009-10-01

    We report the first neon isotope measurements on phenocrysts from subaerial and submarine Samoan lavas. These new data complement existing Ne-isotope data from Samoan peridotite xenoliths (Poreda, R.J., Farley, K.A.,1992. Rare gases in Samoan xenoliths. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 113, 689 129-144). Neon isotopes were measured in magmatic phenocrysts separated from nine shield-stage lavas from 5 Samoan volcanoes, including Ofu, Ta'u, Vailulu'u, Malumalu and Savai'i. Phenocrysts from subaerial Samoan lavas have higher 20Ne/ 22Ne than submarine phenocrysts, which may suggest different atmospheric contamination mechanisms for these two different eruptive environments. Olivine phenocrysts from a subaerial Ta'u lava exhibit the highest 20Ne/ 22Ne (11.33±0.08, 1σ) value in this study. Two subaerial Samoan samples from Ofu Island with high 3He/ 4He ratios (Ofu-04-06 and Ofu-04-03; 34 and 24 Ra [ratio to atmosphere], respectively) also have elevated 20Ne/ 22Ne ratios relative to air, and in a three-isotope neon plot the Ofu samples are indistinguishable from measurements made on high 3He/ 4He lavas from Hawaii, Iceland and Galapagos. The similarity of helium and neon isotopes in Ofu and Hawaii-Iceland-Galapagos is remarkable given the distinctions in 87Sr/ 86Sr (0.70458 for Ofu vs. 0.70329-0.70368 for Hawaii-Iceland-Galapagos) and 143Nd/ 144Nd (Ofu's 0.51283 vs. 0.51294-0.51297 for Hawaii-Iceland-Galapagos) in high 3He/ 4He lavas from these localities. Thus, the occurrence of similar helium and neon isotope compositions in lavas from these 4 hotspots does not appear to be linked to their variable Sr and Nd isotope compositions, and demonstrates a complex relationship between the isotopes of noble gases and the more refractory radiogenic isotopes. Additionally, we observe strongly nucleogenic neon isotopes in one the most isotopically-enriched ( 87Sr/ 86Sr > 0.718) Samoan lavas. This observation is consistent with the presence of recycled, continentally-derived marine

  8. The entropies of adsorbed molecules.

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    Campbell, Charles T; Sellers, Jason R V

    2012-10-31

    Adsorbed molecules are involved in many reactions on solid surface that are of great technological importance. As such, there has been tremendous effort worldwide to learn how to predict reaction rates and equilibrium constants for reactions involving adsorbed molecules. Theoretical calculation of both the rate and equilibrium constants for such reactions requires knowing the entropy and enthalpy of the adsorbed molecule. While much effort has been devoted to measuring and calculating the enthalpies of well-defined adsorbates, few measurements of the entropies of adsorbates have been reported. We present here a new way to determine the standard entropies of adsorbed molecules (S(ad)(0)) on single crystal surfaces from temperature programmed desorption data, prove its accuracy by comparison to entropies measured by equilibrium methods, and apply it to published data to extract new entropies. Most importantly, when combined with reported entropies, we find that at high coverage, they linearly track the entropy of the gas-phase molecule at the same temperature (T), such that S(ad)(0)(T) = 0.70 S(gas)(0)(T) - 3.3R (R = the gas constant), with a standard deviation of only 2R over a range of 50R. These entropies, which are ~2/3 of the gas, are huge compared to most theoretical predictions. This result can be extended to reliably predict prefactors in the Arrhenius rate constant for surface reactions involving such species, as proven here for desorption. PMID:23033909

  9. Determination of the {sup 22}Ne{sub nucl}/{sup 4}He{sub rad} ratio in natural uranium-rich fluorite by mass spectrometry

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    Sole, Jesus; Pi, Teresa

    2006-10-15

    A determination by noble gas mass spectrometry of {sup 22}Ne production through the combined reactions {sup 19}F({alpha},n){sup 22}Na({beta}{sup +}){sup 22}Ne and {sup 19}F({alpha},p){sup 22}Ne on natural calcium fluoride is made for the first time. Six samples of U-rich fluorite from a fluorspar deposit in Mexico were used to determine the {sup 22}Ne{sub nucl}/{sup 4}He{sub rad} ratio generated by the spontaneous decay of U during the last 32 Ma. The obtained ratio (1.33 {+-} 0.11) x10{sup -5} (95% confidence), is compared to other experimental data on natural uranium oxides and theoretical values.

  10. Vortex Shedding from an Object Moving in Superfluid ^4{He} at mK Temperatures and in a Bose-Einstein Condensate

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    Schoepe, W.

    2016-08-01

    Vortex shedding from a microsphere oscillating in superfluid ^4{He} at mK temperatures is compared with that from a laser beam moving in a Bose-Einstein condensate as observed by other authors. In particular, in either case a linear dependence of the shedding frequency f_v on Δ v = v - v_c is observed, where v is the velocity amplitude of the sphere or the constant velocity of the laser beam above a critical velocity v_c for the onset of turbulent flow: f_v = a Δ v , where the coefficient a is proportional to the oscillation frequency ω above some characteristic frequency ω _k and assumes a finite value for steady motion ω → 0.

  11. The halogen (F, Cl, Br, I) and H2O systematics of Samoan lavas: Assimilated-seawater, EM2 and high-3He/4He components

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    Kendrick, Mark A.; Jackson, Matthew G.; Hauri, Erik H.; Phillips, David

    2015-01-01

    The Samoan mantle plume samples two or more mantle components including an extreme EM2 composition with 87Sr/86Sr > 0.720 and a primitive component with high 3He/4He. The high 87Sr/86Sr melts have a unique potential to constrain the composition of the EM2 mantle end-member that is commonly attributed to subduction recycling. However, a previous study of H2O, CO2, S, F and Cl in Samoan glasses was hampered by the presence of unresolved assimilated sea water. The current study builds on the earlier work by extending the volatile database to include the trace halogens Br and I, and reporting new volatile data for additional glasses with 87Sr/86Sr up to 0.7125 and 3He/4He up to 15 Ra (Ra is the atmospheric 3He/4He ratio of 1.39 ×10-6). The selected glasses with MgO of 4.0 to 6.5 wt.% have CO2 concentrations of 4 to 200 ppm that reflect degassing of CO2 on the seafloor. The glasses contain 0.7-1.9 wt.% H2O, 880-1870 ppm F, 490-1790 ppm Cl, 1.9-7.2 ppm Br, 19-130 ppb I and 0.6-1.7 wt.% K. Correlations between the concentrations of these elements suggest the melts retain H2O concentrations close to pre-degassing values and demonstrate the melts have been variably affected by assimilation of seawater-derived brines. The brines are indicated to have had salinities of 55 ± 15 wt.% salt, F/Cl ratios close to seawater (e.g. <0.0001), Br/Cl ratios ∼ 40% higher than seawater, and I/Cl ratios ten times the seawater value. It is calculated the melts assimilated brine fractions of 0 to 0.45 wt.%, which contributed up to ∼30% of the total H2O and up to ∼70% of the total Cl in the melts. After accounting for the effects of brine assimilation, the Samoan melts are suggested to have a fairly constant magmatic Cl/K of 0.05 ± 0.2, which is lower than the median MORB value. Assimilation-corrected H2O/Ce values are not correlated with 87Sr/86Sr, but the sample with the highest 87Sr/86Sr of 0.7125 has an assimilation-corrected H2O/Ce of 83 ± 3, that is significantly lower than

  12. Primordial 4He abundance: a determination based on the largest sample of H II regions with a methodology tested on model H II regions

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    Izotov, Y. I.; Stasińska, G.; Guseva, N. G.

    2013-10-01

    We verified the validity of the empirical method to derive the 4He abundance used in our previous papers by applying it to CLOUDY (v13.01) models. Using newly published He i emissivities for which we present convenient fits as well as the output CLOUDY case B hydrogen and He i line intensities, we found that the empirical method is able to reproduce the input CLOUDY 4He abundance with an accuracy of better than 1%. The CLOUDY output data also allowed us to derive the non-recombination contribution to the intensities of the strongest Balmer hydrogen Hα, Hβ, Hγ, and Hδ emission lines and the ionisation correction factors for He. With these improvements we used our updated empirical method to derive the 4He abundances and to test corrections for several systematic effects in a sample of 1610 spectra of low-metallicity extragalactic H ii regions, the largest sample used so far. From this sample we extracted a subsample of 111 H ii regions with Hβ equivalent width EW(Hβ) ≥ 150 Å, with excitation parameter x = O2+/O ≥ 0.8, and with helium mass fraction Y derived with an accuracy better than 3%. With this subsample we derived the primordial 4He mass fraction Yp = 0.254 ± 0.003 from linear regression Y - O/H. The derived value of Yp is higher at the 68% confidence level (CL) than that predicted by the standard big bang nucleosynthesis (SBBN) model, possibly implying the existence of different types of neutrino species in addition to the three known types of active neutrinos. Using the most recently derived primordial abundances D/H = (2.60 ± 0.12) × 10-5 and Yp = 0.254 ± 0.003 and the χ2 technique, we found that the best agreement between abundances of these light elements is achieved in a cosmological model with baryon mass density Ωbh2 = 0.0234 ± 0.0019 (68% CL) and an effective number of the neutrino species Neff = 3.51 ± 0.35 (68% CL). Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Chile, programs 073.B-0283(A), 081.C-0113(A

  13. The 4He Total Photo-Absorption Cross Section With Two- Plus Three-Nucleon Interactions From Chiral Effective Field Theory

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    Quaglioni, S; Navratil, P

    2007-03-09

    The total photo-absorption cross section of {sup 4}He is evaluated microscopically using two- (NN) and three-nucleon (NNN) interactions based upon chiral effective field theory ({chi}EFT). The calculation is performed using the Lorentz integral transform method along with the ab initio no-core shell model approach. An important feature of the present study is the consistency of the NN and NNN interactions and also, through the Siegert theorem, of the two- and three-body current operators. This is due to the application of the {chi}EFT framework. The inclusion of the NNN interaction produces a suppression of the peak height and enhancement of the tail of the cross section. We compare to calculations obtained using other interactions and to representative experiments. The rather confused experimental situation in the giant resonance region prevents discrimination among different interaction models.

  14. Polarization transfer in the 4He(e→,e'p→)3H reaction at Q2 = 0.8 and 1.3 (GeV/c)2

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    Michael Paolone; Malace, Simona P.

    2010-08-12

    Here, proton recoil polarization was measured in the quasielastic 4He(e→,e'p→)3H reaction at Q2 = 0.8 (GeV/c)2 and 1.3 (GeV/c)2 with unprecedented precision. The polarization-transfer coefficients are found to differ from those of the 1H(e→,e'p→) reaction, contradicting a relativistic distorted-wave approximation, and favoring either the inclusion of medium-modified proton form factors predicted by the quark-meson coupling model or a spin-dependent charge-exchange final-state interaction. For the first time, the polarization-transfer ratio is studied as a function of the virtuality of the proton.

  15. Heavy-ion versus {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He fusion-fission reactions: Angular momentum dependence of dissipation in nuclear fission

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    Ye, W.

    2011-09-15

    The stochastic Langevin model is employed to study dissipation properties in fission in the {sup 16}O + {sup 181}Ta {yields}{sup 197}Tl system by analyzing prescission neutron yields measured in this reaction. It has been found that the {sup 197}Tl nuclei undergo fission that is not in accordance with the standard Bohr-Wheeler statistical theory. A detailed comparison with previously published work in which fission excitation functions measured in {sup 3,4}He + {sup 197}Au {yields}{sup 200,201}Tl are shown to be in excellent agreement with the fission width formula predicted by the traditional models of nuclear fission suggests that nuclear dissipation strength may have an angular momentum dependence in addition to the known deformation and temperature dependence. Implications for the basic understanding of the observed abnormal rise in prescission particles at high energy and the need for further experimental confirmations are discussed.

  16. Spin-polarized /sup 3/He nuclear targets and metastable /sup 4/He atoms by optical pumping with a tunable, Nd:YAP laser

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    Bohler, C.L.; Schearer, L.D.; Leduc, M.; Nacher, P.J.; Zachorowski, L.; Milner, R.G.; McKeown, R.D.; Woodward, C.E.

    1988-04-15

    Several Nd:YAP lasers were constructed which could be broadly tuned in the 1083-nm region which includes the helium 2/sup 3/S-2/sup 3/P transition, using a Lyot filter and thin, uncoated etalons within the laser cavity. 1 W of power could be extracted at 1083 nm through a 1% transmitting output coupler. This laser beam was used to optically pump metastable /sup 4/He and /sup 3/He 2/sup 3/S helium atoms in a weak discharge cell, spin polarizing the metastable ensemble. In a /sup 3/He cell the polarization is transferred to the nuclear spin system. A /sup 3/He target cell at 0.3 Torr was polarized to 52% in a few minutes. We describe the application of this system to the design of polarized targets for experiments in nuclear physics.

  17. Laser-spectroscopy measurement of the fine-structure splitting 2 3P1-2 3P2 of 4He

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    Feng, G.-P.; Zheng, X.; Sun, Y. R.; Hu, S.-M.

    2015-03-01

    Laser spectroscopy has been performed on a beam of neutral 4He atoms. By using transverse laser cooling and focusing, we are able to prepare a bright beam of atoms in the metastable state 2 3S1 deflected from the original effusive atomic beam. The initial state preparation is completed with optical pumping on the 2 3P1←2 3S1 transition at the wavelength of 1083 nm, followed by laser spectroscopy on the 2 3P1 ,2←2 3S1 transitions. The 2 3P1-2 3P2 fine-structure splitting is determined to be 2 291 177.69 ±0.36 kHz . The quantum interference effect is included in data extraction. This is the most precise laser spectroscopy measurement of the interval. Our result is in agreement with both the latest QED-based calculation and the most precise measurement conducted with microwave spectroscopy.

  18. A non-LTE spectral analysis of the 3He and 4He isotopes in the HgMn star κ Cancri

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    Maza, Natalia L.; Nieva, María-Fernanda; Przybilla, Norbert

    2014-12-01

    Aims: We present a pilot study on non-local thermodynamic equilibrium (NLTE) line-formation computations for the isotopes 3He and 4He in the mercury-manganese star κ Cancri. The impact of NLTE effects on the determination of isotopic abundances and the vertical stratification of helium in the atmosphere is investigated. Methods: Modern NLTE line-formation computations were employed to analyse a high-resolution and high signal-to-noise ratio ESO-VLT/UVES spectrum of κ Cnc. The atmospheric parameters were determined from fitting the hydrogen Balmer lines and the spectral energy distribution. Multiple He i lines were investigated, including He i λ4921 Å and λ6678 Å, which show the widest isotopic splits. Results: Half of the observed He i lines in the spectrum of κ Cnc show significant NLTE strengthening, the effects are strongest in the red lines He iλ5875 Å and He iλ6678 Å. NLTE abundances from individual He i lines are up to a factor of ~3 lower than LTE values. Helium is found to be stratified in the atmosphere of κ Cnc. While the LTE analysis indicates a step-like profile of the helium abundance, a gradual decrease with height is indicated by the NLTE analysis. A 3He/4He ratio of ~0.25-0.30 is found. With the available data it cannot be decided whether the two isotopes follow the same stratification profile, or not. Conclusions: This work implies that NLTE effects may be ubiquitous in the atmospheres of HgMn stars and may have a significant impact on abundance determinations and the interpretation of the vertical abundance stratification of elements. Based on data products from observations made with ESO Telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under programme ID 076.B-0055(A).Figures 3 and 4 are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  19. Rotary adsorbers for continuous bulk separations

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    Baker, Frederick S.

    2011-11-08

    A rotary adsorber for continuous bulk separations is disclosed. The rotary adsorber includes an adsorption zone in fluid communication with an influent adsorption fluid stream, and a desorption zone in fluid communication with a desorption fluid stream. The fluid streams may be gas streams or liquid streams. The rotary adsorber includes one or more adsorption blocks including adsorbent structure(s). The adsorbent structure adsorbs the target species that is to be separated from the influent fluid stream. The apparatus includes a rotary wheel for moving each adsorption block through the adsorption zone and the desorption zone. A desorption circuit passes an electrical current through the adsorbent structure in the desorption zone to desorb the species from the adsorbent structure. The adsorbent structure may include porous activated carbon fibers aligned with their longitudinal axis essentially parallel to the flow direction of the desorption fluid stream. The adsorbent structure may be an inherently electrically-conductive honeycomb structure.

  20. Structural and topographical characteristics of adsorbed WPI and monoglyceride mixed monolayers at the air-water interface.

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    Patino, Juan M Rodríguez; Fernández, Marta Cejudo

    2004-05-25

    In this work we have analyzed the structural and topographical characteristics of mixed monolayers formed by an adsorbed whey protein isolate (WPI) and a spread monoglyceride monolayer (monopalmitin or monoolein) on the previously adsorbed protein film. Measurements of the surface pressure (pi)-area (A) isotherm were obtained at 20 degrees C and at pH 7 for protein-adsorbed films from water in a Wilhelmy-type film balance. Since the surface concentration (1/A) is actually unknown for the adsorbed monolayer, the values were derived by assuming that the A values for adsorbed and spread monolayers were equal at the collapse point of the mixed film. The pi-A isotherm deduced for adsorbed WPI monolayer in this work is practically the same as that obtained directly by spreading. For WPI-monoglyceride mixed films, the pi-A isotherms for adsorbed and spread monolayers at pi higher than the equilibrium surface pressure of WPI are practically coincident, a phenomenon which may be attributed to the protein displacement by the monoglyceride from the interface. At lower surface pressures, WPI and monoglyceride coexist at the interface and the adsorbed and spread pi-A isotherms (i.e., the monolayer structure of the mixed films) are different. Monopalmitin has a higher capacity than monoolein for the displacement of protein from the air-water interface. However, some degree of interactions exists between proteins and monoglycerides and these interactions are higher for adsorbed than for spread films. The topography of the monolayer corroborates these conclusions.

  1. Interpretation of groundwater age tracers (CFC-12, 14C, 4He) in a mining-influenced stream-aquifer system with transient recharge dynamics.

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    Bourke, Sarah; Cook, Peter; Kipfer, Rolf; Dogramaci, Shawan

    2014-05-01

    Interpretation of groundwater age tracers often requires consideration of the mixing of groundwater with varying residence times. Quantification of mixing can be approached through measurement of multiple groundwater age indicators with varying ranges of temporal sensitivity, and their interpretation using lumped parameter models. However, in systems altered by mining, where recharge mechanisms are highly transient in space and time, lumped parameter models do not adequately represent the complexity of the system. In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, water abstracted during dewatering of ore-body aquifers is disposed of by discharging it into ephemeral streams and allowing it to recharge the aquifer. Because this water is essentially being recycled, stable isotopes and chloride are not useful tracers of the impact of this dewatering discharge. In contrast, gas tracers that respond rapidly to exposure to the atmosphere are more useful tracers for constraining the influence of dewatering discharge on the aquifer water balance. In this study we measured CFC-12, 14C and noble gases in production wells and transects of piezometers perpendicular to the stream. Even in samples from wells screened over intervals of 1 m, we observe combinations of tracer concentrations that indicate mixing of groundwater with contrasting residence times. For example, all samples contained measureable CFC-12 concentrations, including those with appreciable terrigenic 4He. Interpretation of these data requires consideration of the history of mining activity in the area. Stream 14C activities, which now range from 50 to 75 pMC, are a function of the dewatering discharge, and are no longer in equilibrium with the atmosphere. As a result, groundwater that recharged prior to mining operations can have higher 14C activities than groundwater that recharged through the stream in the last 10 years. The dewatering discharge has caused the stream to transition from a disconnected ephemeral

  2. 7Be (n ,α )4He Reaction and the Cosmological Lithium Problem: Measurement of the Cross Section in a Wide Energy Range at n_TOF at CERN

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    Barbagallo, M.; Musumarra, A.; Cosentino, L.; Maugeri, E.; Heinitz, S.; Mengoni, A.; Dressler, R.; Schumann, D.; Käppeler, F.; Colonna, N.; Finocchiaro, P.; Ayranov, M.; Damone, L.; Kivel, N.; Aberle, O.; Altstadt, S.; Andrzejewski, J.; Audouin, L.; Bacak, M.; Balibrea-Correa, J.; Barros, S.; Bécares, V.; Bečvář, F.; Beinrucker, C.; Berthoumieux, E.; Billowes, J.; Bosnar, D.; Brugger, M.; Caamaño, M.; Calviani, M.; Calviño, F.; Cano-Ott, D.; Cardella, R.; Casanovas, A.; Castelluccio, D. M.; Cerutti, F.; Chen, Y. H.; Chiaveri, E.; Cortés, G.; Cortés-Giraldo, M. A.; Cristallo, S.; Diakaki, M.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Dupont, E.; Duran, I.; Fernandez-Dominguez, B.; Ferrari, A.; Ferreira, P.; Furman, W.; Ganesan, S.; García-Rios, A.; Gawlik, A.; Glodariu, T.; Göbel, K.; Gonçalves, I. F.; González-Romero, E.; Griesmayer, E.; Guerrero, C.; Gunsing, F.; Harada, H.; Heftrich, T.; Heyse, J.; Jenkins, D. G.; Jericha, E.; Katabuchi, T.; Kavrigin, P.; Kimura, A.; Kokkoris, M.; Krtička, M.; Leal-Cidoncha, E.; Lerendegui, J.; Lederer, C.; Leeb, H.; Lo Meo, S.; Lonsdale, S. J.; Losito, R.; Macina, D.; Marganiec, J.; Martínez, T.; Massimi, C.; Mastinu, P.; Mastromarco, M.; Mazzone, A.; Mendoza, E.; Milazzo, P. M.; Mingrone, F.; Mirea, M.; Montesano, S.; Nolte, R.; Oprea, A.; Pappalardo, A.; Patronis, N.; Pavlik, A.; Perkowski, J.; Piscopo, M.; Plompen, A.; Porras, I.; Praena, J.; Quesada, J.; Rajeev, K.; Rauscher, T.; Reifarth, R.; Riego-Perez, A.; Rout, P.; Rubbia, C.; Ryan, J.; Sabate-Gilarte, M.; Saxena, A.; Schillebeeckx, P.; Schmidt, S.; Sedyshev, P.; Smith, A. G.; Stamatopoulos, A.; Tagliente, G.; Tain, J. L.; Tarifeño-Saldivia, A.; Tassan-Got, L.; Tsinganis, A.; Valenta, S.; Vannini, G.; Variale, V.; Vaz, P.; Ventura, A.; Vlachoudis, V.; Vlastou, R.; Vollaire, J.; Wallner, A.; Warren, S.; Weigand, M.; Weiß, C.; Wolf, C.; Woods, P. J.; Wright, T.; Žugec, P.; n TOF Collaboration

    2016-10-01

    The energy-dependent cross section of the 7Be (n ,α )4He reaction, of interest for the so-called cosmological lithium problem in big bang nucleosynthesis, has been measured for the first time from 10 meV to 10 keV neutron energy. The challenges posed by the short half-life of 7Be and by the low reaction cross section have been overcome at n_TOF thanks to an unprecedented combination of the extremely high luminosity and good resolution of the neutron beam in the new experimental area (EAR2) of the n_TOF facility at CERN, the availability of a sufficient amount of chemically pure 7Be, and a specifically designed experimental setup. Coincidences between the two alpha particles have been recorded in two Si -7Be -Si arrays placed directly in the neutron beam. The present results are consistent, at thermal neutron energy, with the only previous measurement performed in the 1960s at a nuclear reactor. The energy dependence reported here clearly indicates the inadequacy of the cross section estimates currently used in BBN calculations. Although new measurements at higher neutron energy may still be needed, the n_TOF results hint at a minor role of this reaction in BBN, leaving the long-standing cosmological lithium problem unsolved.

  3. A dry 3He-4He dilution refrigerator for a transition edge sensor microcalorimeter spectrometer system mounted on a transmission electron microscope

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    Maehata, K.; Hara, T.; Ito, T.; Yamanaka, Y.; Tanaka, K.; Mitsuda, K.; Yamasaki, N. Y.

    2014-05-01

    A dry 3He-4He dilution refrigerator (DR) was developed for a superconducting transition edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter installed on a transmission electron microscope. This system could be used for energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) with an excellent energy resolution. A Gifford-McMahon (GM)-type mechanical cryocooler was used as a pre-cooler for the DR to ensure liquid helium was not consumed during operation. To reduce sound and vibrations generated by the GM cryocooler, the DR was separated from the GM cryocooler in a split system. The TES microcalorimeter was glued onto the top of a copper rod referred to as the snout, which was attached to the mixing chamber of the DR. The cooling power in the mixing chamber was 30 μW at 105 mK. The lowest temperature in the mixing chamber was 74 mK, and that at top of the snout was 86 mK. An energy resolution of 7.6 eV full width at half maximum for Si Kα X-rays of 1.74 keV was obtained by TES microcalorimeter EDS performed with the transmission electron microscope.

  4. An Improved Reaction Rate Formulation for Charged-Particle Induced Thermonuclear Reaction of {sup 2}H(d,{gamma}){sup 4}He

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    Aziz, Azni Abdul; Yusof, Norhasliza; Idris, Mahirah; Kassim, Hasan Abu

    2011-03-30

    The reaction rate formula utilized in compilations such as the Nuclear Astrophysics Compilation of Reaction Rates (NACRE) uses low energy approximation due to temperatures in stars are in the region of a few keVs. Most nuclear reaction experiments were done in MeV range and the interior temperatures of massive stars are {approx}10{sup 9} K. Hence an improved formulation for calculating the nuclear reaction rate that is applicable to high temperatures is discussed in this work. The exact tunneling probability that is applicable for all energies is obtained by solving the Schroedinger equation. This yields an enhanced expression for the astrophysical S-factor for calculating the thermonuclear reaction rate at high temperature. The thermonuclear reaction rate from this work is applied to the {sup 2}H(d,{gamma}){sup 4}He reaction and is compared with the NACRE compilation. This improved reaction rate can be included in the nuclear reaction network in a Big Bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) code or a stellar nuclear network code.

  5. Mysterious Lattice Rotations in Adsorbed Monolayers

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    Diehl, Renee D.

    1997-03-01

    Lattice rotations due to a mismatch in structure have been observed in film growth for many years, probably beginning in the 1930's with the Nishiyama-Wasserman and Kurdjumov-Sachs orientations observed when fcc(111) films grow on bcc(110) surfaces, or vice versa. Early analysis of this problem was carried out with the aid of Moiré patterns and the observation that the preferred lattice orientations are those which maximize the Moiré fringe spacing. Later energy calculations indicated that the structures which were predicted by the the Moiré technique actually do correspond to energy minima. Epitaxial rotation in adsorbed monolayers is a conceptually simpler problem since in principle it involves only two planes of atoms, and it was first observed in 1977 for Ar on a graphite surface(C. G. Shaw, M. D. Chinn, S. C. Fain, Jr. Phys. Rev. Lett. 41 (1978) 955.). This observation came only a few months after a new theory, based on the expected elastic behavior of an overlayer, was developed by A. D. Novaco and J. P. McTague(A. D. Novaco and J. P. McTague, Phys. Rev. Lett. 38 (1977) 1286.), and the agreement with the experimental results was remarkable. It was later shown that a few symmetry principles similar to those used for the film growth studies sometimes can also predict the observed structures. However, the situation for incommensurate layers physisorbed on metal surfaces currently looks bleak. None of the existing theories or models appears to describe the experimental results. New data for physisorbed gases on metal surfaces will be presented, along with some half-baked (and probably wrong) ideas for what might be happening. This work was supported by NSF.

  6. Interactions of organic contaminants with mineral-adsorbed surfactants

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Zhu, L.; Chen, B.; Tao, S.; Chiou, C.T.

    2003-01-01

    Sorption of organic contaminants (phenol, p-nitrophenol, and naphthalene) to natural solids (soils and bentonite) with and without myristylpyridinium bromide (MPB) cationic surfactant was studied to provide novel insight to interactions of contaminants with the mineral-adsorbed surfactant. Contaminant sorption coefficients with mineral-adsorbed surfactants, Kss, show a strong dependence on surfactant loading in the solid. At low surfactant levels, the Kss values increased with increasing sorbed surfactant mass, reached a maximum, and then decreased with increasing surfactant loading. The Kss values for contaminants were always higher than respective partition coefficients with surfactant micelles (Kmc) and natural organic matter (Koc). At examined MPB concentrations in water the three organic contaminants showed little solubility enhancement by MPB. At low sorbed-surfactant levels, the resulting mineral-adsorbed surfactant via the cation-exchange process appears to form a thin organic film, which effectively "adsorbs" the contaminants, resulting in very high Kss values. At high surfactant levels, the sorbed surfactant on minerals appears to form a bulklike medium that behaves essentially as a partition phase (rather than an adsorptive surface), with the resulting Kss being significantly decreased and less dependent on the MPB loading. The results provide a reference to the use of surfactants for remediation of contaminated soils/sediments or groundwater in engineered surfactant-enhanced washing.

  7. Interactions of organic contaminants with mineral-adsorbed surfactants.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Lizhong; Chen, Baoliang; Tao, Shu; Chiou, Cary T

    2003-09-01

    Sorption of organic contaminants (phenol, p-nitrophenol, and naphthalene) to natural solids (soils and bentonite) with and without myristylpyridinium bromide (MPB) cationic surfactant was studied to provide novel insightto interactions of contaminants with the mineral-adsorbed surfactant. Contaminant sorption coefficients with mineral-adsorbed surfactants, Kss, show a strong dependence on surfactant loading in the solid. At low surfactant levels, the Kss values increased with increasing sorbed surfactant mass, reached a maximum, and then decreased with increasing surfactant loading. The Kss values for contaminants were always higher than respective partition coefficients with surfactant micelles (Kmc) and natural organic matter (Koc). At examined MPB concentrations in water the three organic contaminants showed little solubility enhancement by MPB. At low sorbed-surfactant levels, the resulting mineral-adsorbed surfactant via the cation-exchange process appears to form a thin organic film, which effectively "adsorbs" the contaminants, resulting in very high Kss values. At high surfactant levels, the sorbed surfactant on minerals appears to form a bulklike medium that behaves essentially as a partition phase (rather than an adsorptive surface), with the resulting Kss being significantly decreased and less dependent on the MPB loading. The results provide a reference to the use of surfactants for remediation of contaminated soils/sediments or groundwater in engineered surfactant-enhanced washing.

  8. Major and trace element composition of the high 3He/4He mantle: Implications for the composition of a nonchonditic Earth

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jackson, Matthew G.; Jellinek, A. Mark

    2013-08-01

    The bulk composition of the silicate portion of the Earth (BSE) has long been assumed to be tied to chondrites, in which refractory, lithophile elements like Sm and Nd exist in chondritic relative abundances. However, the 142Nd/144Nd ratios of modern terrestrial samples are 18 ± 5 ppm higher than the ordinary-chondrite reservoir, and this challenges the traditional BSE model. Here we investigate a hypothesis that this terrestrial 142Nd excess is related to a Sm/Nd ratio 6% higher than chondritic. This Sm/Nd ratio yields a superchondritic 143Nd/144Nd (˜0.5130) similar to that identified in the highest 3He/4He mantle reservoir, and we argue that this reservoir represents the BSE composition for lithophile elements. We develop a compositional model for BSE in which the elevated Sm/Nd requires a shift of 143Nd/144Nd from 0.51263 (chondritic) to 0.51300. The new BSE composition is depleted in highly incompatible elements, including K, relative to the chondrite-based BSE, and offers a solution the "missing" 40Ar paradox. This BSE compositional model requires that >83% of the mantle is depleted to form continental crust. It also implies a ˜30% reduction in BSE U, Th and K, and therefore in the current rate of radiogenic heating and, thus, a proportional increase in the heat flow delivered to surface by plate tectonics. We explore thermal history models including effects related to a newly recognized evolution in the style of plate tectonics over Earth history: The lower radiogenic heat production may delay the onset of core convection and dynamo action to as late as 3.5 Gyr.

  9. A transition-edge-sensor-based instrument for the measurement of individual He2* excimers in a superfluid 4He bath at 100 mK

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    Carter, Faustin Wirkus

    This dissertation is an account of the first calorimetric detection of individual He*2 excimers within a bath of superfluid 4He. When superfluid helium is subject to ionizing radiation, diatomic He molecules are created in both the singlet and triplet states. The singlet He molecules decay within nanoseconds, but due to a forbidden spin-flip the triplet molecules have a relatively long lifetime of 13 seconds in superfluid He. When He* 2 molecules decay, they emit a ~15 eV photon. Nearly all matter is opaque to these vacuum-UV photons, although they do propagate through liquid helium. The triplet state excimers propagate ballistically through the superfluid until they quench upon a surface; this process deposits a large amount of energy into the surface. The prospect of detecting both excimer states is the motivation for building a detector immersed directly in the superfluid bath. The detector used in this work is a single superconducting titanium transition edge sensor (TES). The TES is mounted inside a hermetically sealed chamber at the baseplate of a dilution refrigerator. The chamber contains superfluid helium at 100 mK. Excimers are created during the relaxation of high-energy electrons, which are introduced into the superfluid bath either in situ via a sharp tungsten tip held above the field-emission voltage, or by using an external gamma-ray source to ionize He atoms. These excimers either propagate through the LHe bath and quench on a surface, or decay and emit vacuum-ultraviolet photons that can be collected by the detector. This dissertation discusses the design, construction, and calibration of the TES-based excimer detecting instrument. It also presents the first spectra resulting from the direct detection of individual singlet and triplet helium excimers.

  10. Robust Maleimide-Functionalized Gold Surfaces and Nanoparticles Generated Using Custom-Designed Bidentate Adsorbates.

    PubMed

    Park, Chul Soon; Lee, Han Ju; Jamison, Andrew C; Lee, T Randall

    2016-07-26

    A series of custom-designed alkanethioacetate ligands were synthesized to provide a facile method of attaching maleimide-terminated adsorbates to gold nanostructures via thiolate bonds. Monolayers on flat gold substrates derived from both mono- and dithioacetates, with and without oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) moieties in their alkyl spacers, were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, polarization modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy, ellipsometry, and contact angle goniometry. For all adsorbates, the resulting monolayers revealed that a higher packing density and more homogeneous surface were generated when the film was formed in EtOH, but a higher percentage of bound thiolate was obtained in THF. A series of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) capped with each adsorbate were prepared to explore how adsorbate structure influences aqueous colloidal stability under extreme conditions, as examined visually and spectroscopically. The AuNPs coated with adsorbates that include OEG moieties exhibited enhanced stability under high salt concentration, and AuNPs capped with dithioacetate adsorbates exhibited improved stability against ligand exchange in competition with dithiothreitol (DTT). Overall, the best results were obtained with a chelating dithioacetate adsorbate that included OEG moieties in its alkyl spacer, imparting improved stability via enhanced solubility in water and superior adsorbate attachment owing to the chelate effect. PMID:27385466

  11. Supercritical fluid regeneration of adsorbents

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    Defilippi, R. P.; Robey, R. J.

    1983-05-01

    The results of a program to perform studies supercritical (fluid) carbon dioxide (SCF CO2) regeneration of adsorbents, using samples of industrial wastewaters from manufacturing pesticides and synthetic solution, and to estimate the economics of the specific wastewater treatment regenerations, based on test data are given. Processing costs for regenerating granular activated carbon GAC) for treating industrial wastewaters depend on stream properties and regeneration throughput.

  12. Rupture force of adsorbed self-assembled surfactant layers. Effect of the dielectric exchange force

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    Teschke, O.; Ceotto, G.; de Souza, E. F.

    2001-08-01

    The tip applied force necessary to obtain tip/substrate contact, i.e., rupture force between adsorbed layers of self-assembled surfactant films and atomic force microscope (AFM) tips in water has been measured. A substantial contribution of this rupture force is due to the dielectric exchange force (DEF). The DEF model is in agreement with the observation that the surfactant layer rupture forces are smaller in the thickest layers, where the compactness of the adsorbed film results in the smallest values of the dielectric permittivity. Within experimental accuracy a dielectric permittivity value of ˜4 for bilayers and of ˜36 for monolayers is found.

  13. Monte Carlo lattice models for adsorbed polymer conformation

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    Good, B. S.

    1985-01-01

    The adhesion between a polymer film and a metal surface is of great technological interest. However, the prediction of adhesion and wear properties of polymer coated metals is quite difficult because a fundamental understanding of the polymer surface interaction does not yet exist. A computer model for the conformation of a polymer molecule adsorbed on a surface is discussed. The chain conformation is assumed to be described by a partially directed random walk on a three dimensional simple cubic lattice. An attractive surface potential is incorporated into the model through the use of a random walk step probability distribution that is anisotropic in the direction normal to the attractive surface. The effects of variations in potential characteristics are qualitatively included by varying both the degree of anisotropy of the step distribution and the range of the anisotropy. Polymer conformation is characterized by the average end to end distance, average radius of gyration, and average number of chain segments adsorbed on the surface.

  14. Method And Apparatus For Regenerating Nox Adsorbers

    DOEpatents

    Driscoll, J. Joshua; Endicott, Dennis L.; Faulkner, Stephen A.; Verkiel, Maarten

    2006-03-28

    Methods and apparatuses for regenerating a NOx adsorber coupled with an exhaust of an engine. An actuator drives a throttle valve to a first position when regeneration of the NOx adsorber is desired. The first position is a position that causes the regeneration of the NOx adsorber. An actuator drives the throttle valve to a second position while regeneration of the NOx adsorber is still desired. The second position being a position that is more open than the first position and operable to regenerate a NOx adsorber.

  15. Geochemical and 3He/ 4He evidence for mantle and crustal contributions to geothermal fluids in the western Canadian continental margin

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    Clark, I. D.; Phillips, R. J.

    2000-12-01

    Isotopic and geochemical evidence together with helium isotopes are used to identify contributions of deep crustal to upper mantle volatile components in thermal waters at three sites across the western North American plate margin: (1) the low heat-flow forearc of the Cascadia subduction zone; (2) the high heat-flow volcanic arc; and (3) the interior crystalline terrain of the ancestral continental margin. Western continental margin hotsprings issue 50°C, low salinity Na-Cl water and N 2 gas with 0.25% CH 4. Stable isotopes and 14C indicate local meteoric recharge during the early Holocene. Redox is buffered by sulphate reduction, suggesting that the methane originates from a deeper source. The waters have high helium contents (He/He air=30) and a 3He-excess ( R/ Rair=0.27; 3He/ 3Heair=8), representing a mixture of radiogenic 4He production in crystalline rock with >10% He from subducted oceanic crust. Geophysical data indicate fluid-filled discontinuities in the subduction zone that may provide a pathway for He, and possibly for CH 4 and a saline fluid component from depth. In the Garibaldi belt of Quaternary arc-volcanism, 60°C Na-Cl hotsprings and 200°C geothermal well waters discharge from fractures in the basement rocks. δ18O and δ2H show the thermal waters to be a mixture of local recharge with up to 8% "andesitic" water from the upper mantle. He isotopes indicate a mantle origin ( R/ Rair=6.0), with a minor crustal signature, consistent with observations in the Cascadia range to the south and at other circum-Pacific volcanic arc settings. High PCO 2, an enriched δ13C DIC, elevated 3He/CO 2 ratios and elevated Cl - are likely to be derived from subducted Juan de Fuca plate sediments and pore waters. Thermal Na-SO 4 waters (up to 58°C) from the Omineca Crystalline Belt are locally recharged and have an unusually rapid circulation time of less than 40 years. This contrasts with their high radiogenic He content (176×10 -7 cc/g) with minimal mantle input

  16. A novel fiber-based adsorbent technology

    SciTech Connect

    Reynolds, T.A.

    1997-10-01

    In this Phase I Small Business Innovation Research program, Chemica Technologies, Inc. is developing an economical, robust, fiber-based adsorbent technology for removal of heavy metals from contaminated water. The key innovation is the development of regenerable adsorbent fibers and adsorbent fiber cloths that have high capacity and selectivity for heavy metals and are chemically robust. The process has the potential for widespread use at DOE facilities, mining operations, and the chemical process industry.

  17. Quasiparticle excitations of adsorbates on doped graphene

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lischner, Johannes; Wickenburg, Sebastian; Wong, Dillon; Karrasch, Christoph; Wang, Yang; Lu, Jiong; Omrani, Arash A.; Brar, Victor; Tsai, Hsin-Zon; Wu, Qiong; Corsetti, Fabiano; Mostofi, Arash; Kawakami, Roland K.; Moore, Joel; Zettl, Alex; Louie, Steven G.; Crommie, Mike

    Adsorbed atoms and molecules can modify the electronic structure of graphene, but in turn it is also possible to control the properties of adsorbates via the graphene substrate. In my talk, I will discuss the electronic structure of F4-TCNQ molecules on doped graphene and present a first-principles based theory of quasiparticle excitations that captures the interplay of doping-dependent image charge interactions between substrate and adsorbate and electron-electron interaction effects on the molecule. The resulting doping-dependent quasiparticle energies will be compared to experimental scanning tunnelling spectra. Finally, I will also discuss the effects of charged adsorbates on the electronic structure of doped graphene.

  18. The uranium from seawater program at PNNL: Overview of marine testing, adsorbent characterization, adsorbent durability, adsorbent toxicity, and deployment studies

    DOE PAGES

    Gill, Gary A.; Kuo, Li -Jung; Janke, Christopher James; Park, Jiyeon; Jeters, Robert T.; Bonheyo, George T.; Pan, Horng -Bin; Wai, Chien; Khangaonkar, Tarang P.; Bianucci, Laura; et al

    2016-02-07

    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Marine Science Laboratory (MSL) located along the coast of Washington State is evaluating the performance of uranium adsorption materials being developed for seawater extraction under realistic marine conditions with natural seawater. Two types of exposure systems were employed in this program: flow-through columns for testing of fixed beds of individual fibers and pellets and a recirculating water flume for testing of braided adsorbent material. Testing consists of measurements of the adsorption of uranium and other elements from seawater as a function of time, typically 42 to 56 day exposures, to determine the adsorbent capacitymore » and adsorption rate (kinetics). Analysis of uranium and other trace elements collected by the adsorbents was conducted following strong acid digestion of the adsorbent with 50% aqua regia using either Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES) or Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). The ORNL 38H adsorbent had a 56 day adsorption capacity of 3.30 ± 0.68 g U/ kg adsorbent (normalized to a salinity of 35 psu), a saturation adsorption capacity of 4.89 ± 0.83 g U/kg of adsorbent material (normalized to a salinity of 35 psu) and a half-saturation time of 28 10 days. The AF1 adsorbent material had a 56 day adsorption capacity of 3.9 ± 0.2 g U/kg adsorbent material (normalized to a salinity of 35 psu), a saturation capacity of 5.4 ± 0.2 g U/kg adsorbent material (normalized to a salinity of 35 psu) and a half saturation time of 23 2 days. The ORNL amidoxime-based adsorbent materials are not specific for uranium, but also adsorb other elements from seawater. The major doubly charged cations in seawater (Ca and Mg) account for a majority of the cations adsorbed (61% by mass and 74% by molar percent). For the ORNL AF1 adsorbent material, U is the 4th most abundant element adsorbed by mass and 7th most abundant by molar percentage. Marine testing

  19. Complete braided adsorbent for marine testing to demonstrate 3g-U/kg-adsorbent

    SciTech Connect

    Janke, Chris; Yatsandra, Oyola; Mayes, Richard; none,; Gill, Gary; Li-Jung, Kuo; Wood, Jordana; Sadananda, Das

    2014-04-30

    ORNL has manufactured four braided adsorbents that successfully demonstrated uranium adsorption capacities ranging from 3.0-3.6 g-U/kg-adsorbent in marine testing at PNNL. Four new braided and leno woven fabric adsorbents have also been prepared by ORNL and are currently undergoing marine testing at PNNL.

  20. Thermal neutron calibration of a tritium extraction facility using the /sup 6/Li(n,t)/sup 4/He//sup 197/Au(n,. gamma. )/sup 198/Au cross section ratio for standardization

    SciTech Connect

    Bretscher, M.M.; Smith, D.L.

    1980-08-01

    Absolute tritium activities in a neutron-activated metallic lithium samples have been measured by liquid scintillation methods to provide data needed for the determination of capture-to-fission ratios in fast breeder reactor spectra and for recent measurements of the /sup 7/Li(n,n't)/sup 4/He cross section. The tritium extraction facility used for all these experiments has now been calibrated by measuring the /sup 6/Li(n,t)/sup 4/He//sup 197/Au/n,..gamma..)/sup 198/Au activity ratio for thermal neutrons and comparing the result with the well-known cross sections. The calculated-to-measured activity ratio was found to be 1.033 +- 0.018. 2 figures, 20 tables.

  1. Infrared Analysis Of Enzymes Adsorbed Onto Model Surfaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Story, Gloria M.; Rauch, Deborah S.; Brode, Philip F.; Marcott, Curtis A.

    1989-12-01

    The adsorption of the enzymes, subtilisin BPN' and lysozyme, onto model surfaces was examined using attenuated total reflectance (ATR) infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Using a cylindrical internal reflection (CIRcle) cell with a Germanium (Ge) internal reflection element (IRE), model hydrophilic surfaces were made by plasma cleaning the IRE and model hydrophobic surfaces were made by precoating the IRE with a thin film of polystyrene. Gas chromatography (GC)-IR data collection software was used to monitor adsorption kinetics during the first five minutes after injection of the enzyme into the CIRcle cell. It was found that for both lysozyme and BPN', most of the enzyme that was going to adsorb onto the model surface did so within ten seconds after injection. Nearly an order-of-magnitude more BPN' adsorbed on the hydrophobic Ge surface than the hydrophilic one, while lysozyme adsorbed somewhat more strongly to the hydrophilic Ge surface. Overnight, the lysozyme layer continued to increase in thickness, while BPN' maintained its initial coverage. The appearance of carboxylate bands in some of the adsorbed BPN' spectra suggests the occurrence of peptide bond hydrolysis. A Au/Pd coating on the CIRcle cell o-rings had a significant effect on the adsorption of BPN'. (This coating was applied in an attempt to eliminate interfering Teflon absorption bands.) An apparent electrochemical reaction occurred, involving BPN', Ge, Au/Pd, and the salt solution used to stabilize BPN'. The result of this reaction was enhanced adsorption of the enzyme around the coated o-rings, etching of the Ge IRE at the o-ring site, and some autolysis of the enzyme. No such reaction was observed with lysozyme.

  2. Heterogeneous Reactions of Surface-Adsorbed Catechol: A Comparison of Tropospheric Aerosol Surrogates

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hinrichs, R. Z.; Woodill, L. A.

    2009-12-01

    reactivity of surface-adsorbed catechol contrasts prior observations which found thin films of pure catechol unreactive with NO2, indicating that thin films do not always serve as reliable models for surface-adsorbed species.

  3. Diffraction dissociation of {sup 7}Li and {sup 7}Be relativistic nuclei on proton targets through the {sup 3}H({sup 3}He)+{sup 4}He channels

    SciTech Connect

    Fetisov, V. N.

    2015-07-15

    For the fragmentation of {sup 7}Li and {sup 7}Be relativistic nuclei (with momenta of, respectively, P = 3 GeV/c and P = 1.6 GeV/c per nucleon) on proton targets through the {sup 3}H({sup 3}He) + {sup 4}He channels, the differential cross sections with respect to the momentum transfer Q to the fragments were calculated on the basis of the cluster version of Akhiezer–Glauber–Sitenko diffraction theory by employing the twobody cluster model for the {sup 7}Li ({sup 3}H + {sup 4}He) and {sup 7}Be ({sup 3}He + {sup 4}He) nuclei. These calculations, performed in the impulse approximation in the interaction of intranuclear clusters with the target nucleus, explained a strong suppression of the cross sections for reactions on protons at Q lower than 100 MeV/c and higher than 350 MeV/c and the observed irregularities in the behavior off the cross section for {sup 7}Li fragmentation on complex track-emulsion nuclei. Cross-section values close to their experimental counterparts were obtained upon setting the coefficient of two-body clustering in the {sup 7}Li and {sup 7}Be nuclei to k ≃ 0.7.

  4. Database of Novel and Emerging Adsorbent Materials

    National Institute of Standards and Technology Data Gateway

    SRD 205 NIST/ARPA-E Database of Novel and Emerging Adsorbent Materials (Web, free access)   The NIST/ARPA-E Database of Novel and Emerging Adsorbent Materials is a free, web-based catalog of adsorbent materials and measured adsorption properties of numerous materials obtained from article entries from the scientific literature. Search fields for the database include adsorbent material, adsorbate gas, experimental conditions (pressure, temperature), and bibliographic information (author, title, journal), and results from queries are provided as a list of articles matching the search parameters. The database also contains adsorption isotherms digitized from the cataloged articles, which can be compared visually online in the web application or exported for offline analysis.

  5. NOx adsorber and method of regenerating same

    DOEpatents

    Endicott, Dennis L.; Verkiel, Maarten; Driscoll, James J.

    2007-01-30

    New technologies, such as NOx adsorber catalytic converters, are being used to meet increasingly stringent regulations on undesirable emissions, including NOx emissions. NOx adsorbers must be periodically regenerated, which requires an increased fuel consumption. The present disclosure includes a method of regenerating a NOx adsorber within a NOx adsorber catalytic converter. At least one sensor positioned downstream from the NOx adsorber senses, in the downstream exhaust, at least one of NOx, nitrous oxide and ammonia concentrations a plurality of times during a regeneration phase. The sensor is in communication with an electronic control module that includes a regeneration monitoring algorithm operable to end the regeneration phase when a time rate of change of the at least one of NOx, nitrous oxide and ammonia concentrations is after an expected plateau region begins.

  6. Fluorescence dynamics of microsphere-adsorbed sunscreens

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    Krishnan, R.

    2005-03-01

    Sunscreens are generally oily substances which are prepared in organic solvents, emulsions or dispersions with micro- or nanoparticles. These molecules adsorb to and integrate into skin cells. In order to understand the photophysical properties of the sunscreen, we compare steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence in organic solvent of varying dielectric constant ɛ and adsorbed to polystyrene microspheres and dispersed in water. Steady-state fluorescence is highest and average fluorescence lifetime longest in toluene, the solvent of lowest ɛ. However, there is no uniform dependence on ɛ. Sunscreens PABA and padimate-O show complex emission spectra. Microsphere-adsorbed sunscreens exhibit highly non-exponential decay, illustrative of multiple environments of the adsorbed molecule. The heterogeneous fluorescence dynamics likely characterizes sunscreen adsorbed to cells.

  7. The low-temperature loss tangent of adsorbed water in alumina

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    Khasawneh, Mazin; Sarabi, Bahman; Khalil, M. S.; Stoutimore, M. J. A.; Gladchenko, Sergiy; Wellstood, F. C.; Lobb, C. J.; Osborn, Kevin

    2012-02-01

    Superconducting quantum information circuits use various amorphous dielectrics for capacitors, and alumina is the ubiquitous barrier material for Josephson junctions within these devices. The exposure of the devices to air allows water molecules to penetrate the dielectric films along grain boundaries, and become adsorbed onto internal surfaces. In this study we plan to use ALD-grown alumina and titanium oxide to study the penetration of water through films. Using blocking layers to selectively prevent water penetration, we then plan to measure the difference in the low-temperature loss tangent between an alumina film which is exposed to air and one which is not.

  8. Calibrating the Bending of Molecule Adsorbed Nanoscale Si Cantilevers with a Modified Stoney Formula

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    Zang, Ji; Liu, Feng

    2007-03-01

    Fundamental understanding of mechanical bending of molecule adsorbed nanoscale thin films is of both scientific and technological importance. Our current understanding, however, is limited within macroscopic analysis that neglects the atomic details of film structure and surface effects. Here, we report atomistic simulation and theoretical analysis of bending of freestanding nanometer-thick silicon (Si) films induced by adsorption of hydrogen and acetylene molecules. It reveals the dominant role of atomic surface structure and surface stress in governing their bending behavior. We show that the bending curvature of molecule adsorbed Si nanofilm does not follow the classical Stoney formula, and we develop a modified Stoney formula by taking into account of the effects arising from atomic surface reconstruction and surface stress. Our findings suggest that re-calibration has to be made in detecting trace amount of molecules by nanoscale Si mechanochemical sensors.

  9. Low-Friction Adsorbed Layers of a Triblock Copolymer Additive in Oil-Based Lubrication.

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    Yamada, Shinji; Fujihara, Ami; Yusa, Shin-ichi; Tanabe, Tadao; Kurihara, Kazue

    2015-11-10

    The tribological properties of the dilute solution of an ABA triblock copolymer, poly(11-acrylamidoundecanoic acid)-block-poly(stearyl methacrylate)-block-poly(11-acrylamidoundecanoic acid (A5S992A5), in poly(α-olefin) (PAO) confined between mica surfaces were investigated using the surface forces apparatus (SFA). Friction force was measured as a function of applied load and sliding velocity, and the film thickness and contact geometry during sliding were analyzed using the fringes of equal chromatic order (FECO) in the SFA. The results were contrasted with those of confined PAO films; the effects of the addition of A5S992A5 on the tribological properties were discussed. The thickness of the A5S992A5/PAO system varied with time after surface preparation and with repetitive sliding motions. The thickness was within the range from 40 to 70 nm 1 day after preparation (the Day1 film), and was about 20 nm on the following day (the Day2 film). The thickness of the confined PAO film was thinner than 1.4 nm, indicating that the A5S992A5/PAO system formed thick adsorbed layers on mica surfaces. The friction coefficient was about 0.03 to 0.04 for the Day1 film and well below 0.01 for the Day2 film, which were 1 or 2 orders of magnitude lower than the values for the confined PAO films. The time dependent changes of the adsorbed layer thickness and friction properties should be caused by the relatively low solubility of A5S992A5 in PAO. The detailed analysis of the contact geometry and friction behaviors implies that the particularly low friction of the Day2 film originates from the following factors: (i) shrinkage of the A5S992A5 molecules (mainly the poly(stearyl methacrylate) blocks) that leads to a viscoelastic properties of the adsorbed layers; and (ii) the intervening PAO layer between the adsorbed polymer layers that constitutes a high-fluidity sliding interface. Our results suggest that the block copolymer having relatively low solubility in a lubricant base oil is

  10. Mechanical properties of hexadecane-water interfaces with adsorbed hydrophobic bacteria

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    Kang, Zhewen

    Certain strains of hydrophobic bacteria are known to play critical roles in petroleum-related applications. The aim of this study was to investigate how hydrophobic bacteria in their stationary phase could adsorb onto the hexadecane-water interface and alter its mechanical properties. The two strains of bacteria used in forming the interfacial films were Acinetobacter venetianus RAG-1 (a Gram-negative bacterium) and Rhodococcus erythropolis 20S-E1-c (Gram-positive). Experiments at two different length scales (millimetre and micrometre) were conducted and the results were compared. In addition, a simple flow experiment was designed in a constricted channel and the results were related to the intrinsic mechanical properties of bacteria-adsorbed films. On the millimetre scale, using the pendant drop technique, the film interfacial tension was monitored as the surface area was made to undergo changes. Under static conditions, both types of bacteria showed no significant effect on the interfacial tension. When subjected to transient excitations, the two bacterial films exhibited qualitatively similar, yet quantitative distinct rheological properties (including film elasticities and relaxation times). Under continuous reduction of surface area, the RAG-1 system showed a "paper-like" interface, while the interface of the 20S-E1-c system was "soap film-like." These macroscopic observations could be explained by the surface ultrastructures of the two cell strains. On the micrometre scale, using the micropipette technique, colloidal stability of the bacteria-coated oil droplets was examined through direct-contact experiments. Both types of bacteria were seen to function as effective stabilizers. In addition, the adsorbed bacteria also interacted with one another at the interface, giving rise to higher order 2-D rheological properties. A technique of directly probing the mechanical properties of the emulsion drop surfaces revealed that (a) the films behaved as purely elastic

  11. Inorganic chemically active adsorbents (ICAAs)

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    Ally, M.R.; Tavlarides, L.

    1997-10-01

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers are developing a technology that combines metal chelation extraction technology and synthesis chemistry. They begin with a ceramic substrate such as alumina, titanium oxide or silica gel because they provide high surface area, high mechanical strength, and radiolytic stability. One preparation method involves silylation to hydrophobize the surface, followed by chemisorption of a suitable chelation agent using vapor deposition. Another route attaches newly designed chelating agents through covalent bonding by the use of coupling agents. These approaches provide stable and selective, inorganic chemically active adsorbents (ICAAs) tailored for removal of metals. The technology has the following advantages over ion exchange: (1) higher mechanical strength, (2) higher resistance to radiation fields, (3) higher selectivity for the desired metal ion, (4) no cation exchange, (5) reduced or no interference from accompanying anions, (6) faster kinetics, and (7) easy and selective regeneration. Target waste streams include metal-containing groundwater/process wastewater at ORNL`s Y-12 Plant (multiple metals), Savannah River Site (SRS), Rocky Flats (multiple metals), and Hanford; aqueous mixed wastes at Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL); and scrubber water generated at SRS and INEL. Focus Areas that will benefit from this research include Mixed Waste, and Subsurface Contaminants.

  12. Radiogenic 3He/4He Estimates and Their Effect on Calculating Plio-Pleistocene Cosmogenic 3He Ages of Alluvial-Fan Terraces in the Lower Colorado River Basin, USA

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    Fenton, C.; Pelletier, J.

    2005-12-01

    Several alluvial-fan terraces near Topock, AZ were created by successive entrenchment of Pliocene and Pleistocene alluvial-fan gravels shed from the adjacent Black Mountains along the lower Colorado River corridor below Hoover Dam. These fans interfinger with and overlie main-stem Colorado River sands and gravels and grade to terrace levels that correspond with pre-existing elevations of the Colorado River. Absolute dates for the ages of Quaternary deposits on the lower Colorado River are rare and cosmogenic 3He age estimates of these surfaces would help constrain the timing of aggradation and incision in the lower Colorado River corridor. We analyzed individual basalt boulders from several terrace surfaces for total 3He/4He concentrations to calculate cosmogenic 3He ages of each fan terrace; 3He/4He values, expressed as R/Ra where Ra is the 3He/4He of air, range from 0.29 to 590. Black Mountain volcanic rocks have reported K-Ar ages between 15 and 30 Ma and basalt samples from adjacent alluvial fans contain 0.42 to 47× 1012 at/g of 4He, which has likely accumulated due to nuclear processes. The amount of radiogenic 3He/4He can be significant in old rocks with young exposure ages and can complicate determination of cosmogenic 3 He content. Alpha-decay of U, Th, and their daughter isotopes produces large amounts of 4He, whereas significant amounts of radiogenic 3He are only produced through the neutron bombardment of Li and subsequent beta-decay of tritium. We measured Li, U, Th, major and rare-earth element concentrations in whole-rock basalts and mineral separates. These concentrations are used to estimate the ratio of radiogenic helium contributed to the total helium system in our samples. Li concentrations typically range from 6 to 17 ppm, with one outlier of 62 ppm. U contents range from <0.1 to 2.7 ppm and Th contents range from 0.4 to 15.3 ppm. Based on these values, our calculations predict that the average radiogenic helium (R/Ra) contributed to the total

  13. Impact of temperature and electrical potentials on the stability and structure of collagen adsorbed on the gold electrode

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    Meiners, Frank; Ahlers, Michael; Brand, Izabella; Wittstock, Gunther

    2015-01-01

    The morphology and structure of collagen type I adsorbed on gold electrodes were studied as a function of electrode potential and temperature by means of capacitance measurements, polarization modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy and scanning force microscopy at temperatures of 37 °C, 43 °C and 50 °C. The selected temperatures corresponded to the normal body temperature, temperature of denaturation of collagen molecules and denaturation of collagen fibrils, respectively. Independently of the solution temperature, collagen was adsorbed on gold electrodes in the potential range - 0.7 V < E < 0.4 V vs. Ag/AgCl, where the protein film was very stable. Fragments of collagen molecules made a direct contact to the gold surface and water was present in the film. Protein molecules were oriented preferentially with their long axis towards the gold surface. Collagen molecules in the adsorbed state preserved their native triple helical structure even at temperatures corresponding to collagen denaturation in aqueous solutions. Application of E < - 0.75 V vs. Ag/AgCl leads to the swelling of the protein film by water and desorption from the electrode surface. IR spectra provided no evidence of the thermal denaturation of adsorbed collagen molecules. A temperature increase to 50 °C leads to a distortion of the collagen film. The processes of aggregation and fibrilization were preferred over thermal denaturation for collagen adsorbed on the electrode surface and exposed to changing potentials.

  14. Lubrication and load-bearing properties of human salivary pellicles adsorbed ex vivo on molecularly smooth substrata.

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    Harvey, Neale M; Yakubov, Gleb E; Stokes, Jason R; Klein, Jacob

    2012-01-01

    In a series of Surface Force Balance experiments, material from human whole saliva was adsorbed to molecularly smooth mica substrata (to form an 'adsorbed salivary film'). Measurements were taken of normal (load bearing, F (n)) and shear (frictional, F (s)*) forces between two interacting surfaces. One investigation involved a salivary film formed by overnight adsorption from undiluted, centrifuged saliva, with the adsorbed film rinsed with pure water before measurement. Measurements were taken under pure water and 70 mM NaNO(3). In a second investigation, a film was formed from and measured under a solution of 7% filtered saliva in 10 mM NaNO(3). F (n) results for both systems showed purely repulsive layers, with an uncompressed thickness of 35-70 nm for the diluted saliva investigation and, prior to the application of shear, 11 nm for the rinsed system. F (s)* was essentially proportional to F (n) for all systems and independent of shear speed (in the range 100-2000 nm s(-1)), with coefficients of friction μ ≈ 0.24 and μ ≈ 0.46 for the unrinsed and rinsed systems, respectively. All properties of the rinsed system remained similar when the pure water measurement environment was changed to 70 mM NaNO(3). For all systems studied, shear gave rise to an approximately threefold increase in the range of normal forces, attributed to the ploughing up of adsorbed material during shear to form debris that stood proud of the adsorbed layer. The results provide a microscopic demonstration of the wear process for a salivary film under shear and may be of particular interest for understanding the implications for in vivo oral lubrication under conditions such as rinsing of the mouth cavity. The work is interpreted in light of earlier studies that showed a structural collapse and increase in friction for an adsorbed salivary film in an environment of low ionic strength.

  15. Heat transfer to the adsorbent in solar adsorption cooling device

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    Pilat, Peter; Patsch, Marek; Papucik, Stefan; Vantuch, Martin

    2014-08-01

    The article deals with design and construction of solar adsorption cooling device and with heat transfer problem in adsorber. The most important part of adsorption cooling system is adsorber/desorber containing adsorbent. Zeolith (adsorbent) type was chosen for its high adsorption capacity, like a coolant was used water. In adsorber/desorber occur, at heating of adsorbent, to heat transfer from heat change medium to the adsorbent. The time required for heating of adsorber filling is very important, because on it depend flexibility of cooling system. Zeolith has a large thermal resistance, therefore it had to be adapted the design and construction of adsorber. As the best shows the tube type of adsorber with double coat construction. By this construction is ensured thin layer of adsorbent and heating is quick in all volume of adsorbent. The process of heat transfer was experimentally measured, but for comparison simulated in ANSYS, too.

  16. Adsorbed natural gas storage with activated carbon

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    Sun, Jian; Brady, T.A.; Rood, M.J.

    1996-12-31

    Despite technical advances to reduce air pollution emissions, motor vehicles still account for 30 to 70% emissions of all urban air pollutants. The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 require 100 cities in the United States to reduce the amount of their smog within 5 to 15 years. Hence, auto emissions, the major cause of smog, must be reduced 30 to 60% by 1998. Natural gas con be combusted with less pollutant emissions. Adsorbed natural gas (ANG) uses adsorbents and operates with a low storage pressure which results in lower capital costs and maintenance. This paper describes the production of an activated carbon adsorbent produced from an Illinois coal for ANG.

  17. States of water adsorbed on perindopril crystals

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    Stepanov, V. A.; Khmelevskaya, V. S.; Bogdanov, N. Yu.; Gorchakov, K. A.

    2011-10-01

    The relationship between the structural state of adsorbed water, the crystal structure of the substances, and the solubility of the perindopril salt C19H32N2O5 · C4H11N in water was studied by IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry. The high-frequency shift of the stretching vibrations of adsorbed water and the solubility depend on the crystal structure of the drug substance. A reversible chemical reaction occurred between the adsorbed water and the perindopril salt.

  18. Volumetric Interpretation of Protein Adsorption: Capacity Scaling with Adsorbate Molecular Weight and Adsorbent Surface Energy

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    Parhi, Purnendu; Golas, Avantika; Barnthip, Naris; Noh, Hyeran; Vogler, Erwin A.

    2009-01-01

    Silanized-glass-particle adsorbent capacities are extracted from adsorption isotherms of human serum albumin (HSA, 66 kDa), immunoglobulin G (IgG, 160 kDa), fibrinogen (Fib, 341 kDa), and immunoglobulin M (IgM, 1000 kDa) for adsorbent surface energies sampling the observable range of water wettability. Adsorbent capacity expressed as either mass-or-moles per-unit-adsorbent-area increases with protein molecular weight (MW) in a manner that is quantitatively inconsistent with the idea that proteins adsorb as a monolayer at the solution-material interface in any physically-realizable configuration or state of denaturation. Capacity decreases monotonically with increasing adsorbent hydrophilicity to the limit-of-detection (LOD) near τo = 30 dyne/cm (θ~65o) for all protein/surface combinations studied (where τo≡γlvocosθ is the water adhesion tension, γlvo is the interfacial tension of pure-buffer solution, and θ is the buffer advancing contact angle). Experimental evidence thus shows that adsorbent capacity depends on both adsorbent surface energy and adsorbate size. Comparison of theory to experiment implies that proteins do not adsorb onto a two-dimensional (2D) interfacial plane as frequently depicted in the literature but rather partition from solution into a three-dimensional (3D) interphase region that separates the physical surface from bulk solution. This interphase has a finite volume related to the dimensions of hydrated protein in the adsorbed state (defining “layer” thickness). The interphase can be comprised of a number of adsorbed-protein layers depending on the solution concentration in which adsorbent is immersed, molecular volume of the adsorbing protein (proportional to MW), and adsorbent hydrophilicity. Multilayer adsorption accounts for adsorbent capacity over-and-above monolayer and is inconsistent with the idea that protein adsorbs to surfaces primarily through protein/surface interactions because proteins within second (or higher

  19. PERVAPORATION USING ADSORBENT-FILLED MEMBRANES

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    Membranes containing selective fillers, such as zeolites and activated carbon, can improve the separation by pervaporation. Applications of adsorbent-filled membranes in pervaporation have been demonstrated by a number of studies. These applications include removal of organic co...

  20. Regenerable activated bauxite adsorbent alkali monitor probe

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    Lee, Sheldon H. D.

    1992-01-01

    A regenerable activated bauxite adsorber alkali monitor probe for field applications to provide reliable measurement of alkali-vapor concentration in combustion gas with special emphasis on pressurized fluidized-bed combustion (PFBC) off-gas. More particularly, the invention relates to the development of a easily regenerable bauxite adsorbent for use in a method to accurately determine the alkali-vapor content of PFBC exhaust gases.

  1. Regenerable activated bauxite adsorbent alkali monitor probe

    DOEpatents

    Lee, S.H.D.

    1992-12-22

    A regenerable activated bauxite adsorber alkali monitor probe for field applications to provide reliable measurement of alkali-vapor concentration in combustion gas with special emphasis on pressurized fluidized-bed combustion (PFBC) off-gas. More particularly, the invention relates to the development of a easily regenerable bauxite adsorbent for use in a method to accurately determine the alkali-vapor content of PFBC exhaust gases. 6 figs.

  2. Mesoporous Silica: A Suitable Adsorbent for Amines

    PubMed Central

    2009-01-01

    Mesoporous silica with KIT-6 structure was investigated as a preconcentrating material in chromatographic systems for ammonia and trimethylamine. Its adsorption capacity was compared to that of existing commercial materials, showing its increased adsorption power. In addition, KIT-6 mesoporous silica efficiently adsorbs both gases, while none of the employed commercial adsorbents did. This means that KIT-6 Mesoporous silica may be a good choice for integrated chromatography/gas sensing micro-devices. PMID:20628459

  3. Hydrophobic Porous Material Adsorbs Small Organic Molecules

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    Sharma, Pramod K.; Hickey, Gregory S.

    1994-01-01

    Composite molecular-sieve material has pore structure designed specifically for preferential adsorption of organic molecules for sizes ranging from 3 to 6 angstrom. Design based on principle that contaminant molecules become strongly bound to surface of adsorbent when size of contaminant molecules is nearly same as that of pores in adsorbent. Material used to remove small organic contaminant molecules from vacuum systems or from enclosed gaseous environments like closed-loop life-support systems.

  4. Bubble-surface interactions with graphite in the presence of adsorbed carboxymethylcellulose.

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    Wu, Jueying; Delcheva, Iliana; Ngothai, Yung; Krasowska, Marta; Beattie, David A

    2015-01-21

    The adsorption of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), and the subsequent effect on bubble-surface interactions, has been studied for a graphite surface. CMC adsorbs on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) in specific patterns: when adsorbed from a solution of low concentration it forms stretched, isolated and sparsely distributed chains, while upon adsorption from a solution of higher concentration, it forms an interconnected network of multilayer features. The amount and topography of the adsorbed CMC affect the electrical properties as well as the wettability of the polymer-modified HOPG surface. Adsorption of CMC onto the HOPG surface causes the zeta potential to be more negative and the modified surface becomes more hydrophilic. This increase in both the absolute value of zeta potential and the surface hydrophilicity originates from the carboxymethyl groups of the CMC polymer. The effect of the adsorbed polymer layer on wetting film drainage and bubble-surface/particle attachment was determined using high speed video microscopy to monitor single bubble-surface collision, and single bubble Hallimond tube flotation experiments. The time of wetting film drainage and the time of three-phase contact line spreading gets significantly longer for polymer-modified HOPG surfaces, indicating that the film rupture and three-phase contact line expansion were inhibited by the presence of polymer. The effect of longer drainage times and slower dewetting correlated with reduced flotation recovery. The molecular kinetic (MK) model was used to quantify the effect of the polymer on dewetting dynamics, and showed an increase in the jump frequency for the polymer adsorbed at the higher concentration.

  5. Insight into the adsorption of PPCPs by porous adsorbents: Effect of the properties of adsorbents and adsorbates.

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    Zhu, Zengyin; Xie, Jiawen; Zhang, Mancheng; Zhou, Qing; Liu, Fuqiang

    2016-07-01

    Adsorption is an efficient method for removal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). Magnetic resins are efficient adsorbents for water treatment and exhibit potential for PPCP removal. In this study, the magnetic hypercrosslinked resin Q100 was used for adsorption of PPCPs. The adsorption behavior of this resin was compared with those of two activated carbons, namely, Norit and F400D. Norit exhibited the fastest adsorption kinetics, followed by Q100. Norit featured a honeycomb shape and long-range ordered pore channels, which facilitated the diffusion of PPCPs. Moreover, the large average pore size of Q100 reduced diffusion resistance. The adsorbed amounts of 11 PPCPs on the three adsorbents increased with increasing adsorbate hydrophobicity. For Q100, a significant linear correlation was observed between the adsorption performance for PPCPs and hydrophobicity (logD value) of adsorbates (R(2) = 0.8951); as such, PPCPs with high logD values (>1.69) could be efficiently removed. Compared with those of Norit and F400D, the adsorption performance of Q100 was less affected by humic acid because of the dominant hydrophobic interaction. Furthermore, Q100 showed improved regeneration performance, which renders it promising for PPCP removal in practical applications. PMID:27131811

  6. High-dynamic-range neutron time-of-flight detector used to infer the D(t,n)4He and D(d,n)3He reaction yield and ion temperature on OMEGA

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    Forrest, C. J.; Glebov, V. Yu.; Goncharov, V. N.; Knauer, J. P.; Radha, P. B.; Regan, S. P.; Romanofsky, M. H.; Sangster, T. C.; Shoup, M. J.; Stoeckl, C.

    2016-11-01

    Upgraded microchannel-plate-based photomultiplier tubes (MCP-PMT's) with increased stability to signal-shape linearity have been implemented on the 13.4-m neutron time-of-flight (nTOF) detector at the Omega Laser Facility. This diagnostic uses oxygenated xylene doped with diphenyloxazole C15H11NO + p-bis-(o-methylstyryl)-benzene (PPO + bis-MSB) wavelength shifting dyes and is coupled through four viewing ports to fast-gating MCP-PMT's, each with a different gain to allow one to measure the light output over a dynamic range of 1 × 106. With these enhancements, the 13.4-m nTOF can measure the D(t,n)4He and D(d,n)3He reaction yields and average ion temperatures in a single line of sight. Once calibrated for absolute neutron sensitivity, the nTOF detectors can be used to measure the neutron yield from 1 × 109 to 1 × 1014 and the ion temperature with an accuracy approaching 5% for both the D(t,n)4He and D(d,n)3He reactions.

  7. Heterogeneous reactions of surface-adsorbed catechol with nitrogen dioxide: substrate effects for tropospheric aerosol surrogates.

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    Woodill, Laurie A; Hinrichs, Ryan Z

    2010-09-28

    Surface-adsorbed organics can alter the chemistry of tropospheric aerosols thereby impacting photochemical cycles and altering aerosol properties. The nature of the surface can also influence the chemistry of the surface-adsorbed organic. We employed diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy (DRIFTS) to monitor the adsorption of gaseous catechol on several tropospheric aerosol surrogates and to investigate the subsequent reactivity of adsorbed catechol with nitrogen dioxide. The dark heterogeneous reaction of NO(2) with NaCl-adsorbed catechol produced 4-nitrocatechol, 1,2-benzoquinone, and the ring-cleaved product muconic acid, with product yields of 88%, 8%, and 4% at relative humidity (RH) < 2%, respectively. The reaction was first-order with respect to both catechol and NO(2). The reactive uptake coefficient for NO(2) + NaCl-adsorbed catechol increased from 3 x 10(-6) at <2% RH to 7 x 10(-6) at 30% RH. These reactions were more than two orders of magnitude more reactive than NaCl without adsorbed catechol. The 4-nitrocatechol product yield was enhanced on NaF, while NaBr-adsorbed catechol produced considerably more 1,2-benzoquinone and muconic acid. This substrate effect is discussed in terms of each substrate's ability to polarize the phenol group and hinder hydrogen atom abstraction from intermediate o-semiquinone radicals. These dark heterogeneous reactions may alter the UV-visible absorbing properties of tropospheric aerosols and may also contribute as a dark source of NO(2)(-)/HONO. These results contrast prior observations which found pure catechol thin films unreactive with NO(2), highlighting the need to specifically consider substrate and matrix effects in laboratory systems.

  8. Effect of colloidal particle size on adsorbed monodisperse and bidisperse monolayers.

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    Rosenberg, Rachel T; Dan, Nily

    2011-07-19

    Coating hydrogel films or microspheres by an adsorbed colloidal shell is one synthesis method for forming colloidosomes. The colloidal shell allows control of the release rate of encapsulated materials, as well as selective transport. Previous studies found that the packing density of self-assembled, adsorbed colloidal monolayers is independent of the colloidal particle size. In this paper we develop an equilibrium model that correlates the packing density of charged colloidal particles in an adsorbed shell to the particle dimensions in monodisperse and bidisperse systems. In systems where the molar concentration in solution is fixed, the increase in adsorption energy with increasing particle size leads to a monotonic increase in the monolayer packing density with particle radius. However, in systems where the mass fraction of the particles in the adsorbing solutions is fixed, increasing particle size also reduces the molar concentration of particles in solution, thereby reducing the probability of adsorption. The result is a nonmonotonic dependence of the packing density in the adsorbed layer on the particle radius. In bidisperse monolayers composed of two particle sizes, the packing density in the layer increases significantly with size asymmetry. These results may be utilized to design the properties of colloidal shells and coatings to achieve specific properties such as transport rate and selectivity.

  9. Size selective hydrophobic adsorbent for organic molecules

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    Sharma, Pramod K. (Inventor); Hickey, Gregory S. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    The present invention relates to an adsorbent formed by the pyrolysis of a hydrophobic silica with a pore size greater than 5 .ANG., such as SILICALITE.TM., with a molecular sieving polymer precursor such as polyfurfuryl alcohol, polyacrylonitrile, polyvinylidene chloride, phenol-formaldehyde resin, polyvinylidene difluoride and mixtures thereof. Polyfurfuryl alcohol is the most preferred. The adsorbent produced by the pyrolysis has a silicon to carbon mole ratio of between about 10:1 and 1:3, and preferably about 2:1 to 1:2, most preferably 1:1. The pyrolysis is performed as a ramped temperature program between about 100.degree. and 800.degree. C., and preferably between about 100.degree. and 600.degree. C. The present invention also relates to a method for selectively adsorbing organic molecules having a molecular size (mean molecular diameter) of between about 3 and 6 .ANG. comprising contacting a vapor containing the small organic molecules to be adsorbed with the adsorbent composition of the present invention.

  10. Black Molecular Adsorber Coatings for Spaceflight Applications

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    Abraham, Nithin Susan; Hasegawa, Mark Makoto; Straka, Sharon A.

    2014-01-01

    The molecular adsorber coating is a new technology that was developed to mitigate the risk of on-orbit molecular contamination on spaceflight missions. The application of this coating would be ideal near highly sensitive, interior surfaces and instruments that are negatively impacted by outgassed molecules from materials, such as plastics, adhesives, lubricants, epoxies, and other similar compounds. This current, sprayable paint technology is comprised of inorganic white materials made from highly porous zeolite. In addition to good adhesion performance, thermal stability, and adsorptive capability, the molecular adsorber coating offers favorable thermal control characteristics. However, low reflectivity properties, which are typically offered by black thermal control coatings, are desired for some spaceflight applications. For example, black coatings are used on interior surfaces, in particular, on instrument baffles for optical stray light control. Similarly, they are also used within light paths between optical systems, such as telescopes, to absorb light. Recent efforts have been made to transform the white molecular adsorber coating into a black coating with similar adsorptive properties. This result is achieved by optimizing the current formulation with black pigments, while still maintaining its adsorption capability for outgassing control. Different binder to pigment ratios, coating thicknesses, and spray application techniques were explored to develop a black version of the molecular adsorber coating. During the development process, coating performance and adsorption characteristics were studied. The preliminary work performed on black molecular adsorber coatings thus far is very promising. Continued development and testing is necessary for its use on future contamination sensitive spaceflight missions.

  11. Black molecular adsorber coatings for spaceflight applications

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    Abraham, Nithin S.; Hasegawa, Mark M.; Straka, Sharon A.

    2014-09-01

    The molecular adsorber coating is a new technology that was developed to mitigate the risk of on-orbit molecular contamination on spaceflight missions. The application of this coating would be ideal near highly sensitive, interior surfaces and instruments that are negatively impacted by outgassed molecules from materials, such as plastics, adhesives, lubricants, epoxies, and other similar compounds. This current, sprayable paint technology is comprised of inorganic white materials made from highly porous zeolite. In addition to good adhesion performance, thermal stability, and adsorptive capability, the molecular adsorber coating offers favorable thermal control characteristics. However, low reflectivity properties, which are typically offered by black thermal control coatings, are desired for some spaceflight applications. For example, black coatings are used on interior surfaces, in particular, on instrument baffles for optical stray light control. Similarly, they are also used within light paths between optical systems, such as telescopes, to absorb light. Recent efforts have been made to transform the white molecular adsorber coating into a black coating with similar adsorptive properties. This result is achieved by optimizing the current formulation with black pigments, while still maintaining its adsorption capability for outgassing control. Different binder to pigment ratios, coating thicknesses, and spray application techniques were explored to develop a black version of the molecular adsorber coating. During the development process, coating performance and adsorption characteristics were studied. The preliminary work performed on black molecular adsorber coatings thus far is very promising. Continued development and testing is necessary for its use on future contamination sensitive spaceflight missions.

  12. Method for modifying trigger level for adsorber regeneration

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    Ruth, Michael J.; Cunningham, Michael J.

    2010-05-25

    A method for modifying a NO.sub.x adsorber regeneration triggering variable. Engine operating conditions are monitored until the regeneration triggering variable is met. The adsorber is regenerated and the adsorbtion efficiency of the adsorber is subsequently determined. The regeneration triggering variable is modified to correspond with the decline in adsorber efficiency. The adsorber efficiency may be determined using an empirically predetermined set of values or by using a pair of oxygen sensors to determine the oxygen response delay across the sensors.

  13. M-shell ionization of heavy elements by 0.1-1.0 MeV/amu {sup 1,2}H and {sup 3,4}He ions

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    Pajek, M.; Banas, D.; Braziewicz, J.; Czarnota, M.; Bienkowski, A.; Jaskola, M.; Korman, A.; Trautmann, D.; Lapicki, G.

    2006-01-15

    The M-shell ionization in high-Z atoms by low-energy light {sub 1}{sup 1}H, {sub 1}{sup 2}H, {sub 2}{sup 3}He, and {sub 2}{sup 4}He ions have been studied systematically in the energy range 0.1-1.0 MeV/amu in order to verify the available theoretical approaches describing the M-shell ionization by charged particles in asymmetric collisions. The present low-energy data, combined with our earlier results reported for M-shell ionization by hydrogen and helium ions for higher energies, form a systematic experimental basis to test the theoretical predictions of M-shell ionization based on the plane-wave Born approximation (PWBA), the semiclassical approximation (SCA), and the binary-encounter approximation (BEA). In the PWBA based approaches the energy loss (E), Coulomb deflection (C), perturbed stationary state (PSS), and relativistic (R) effects were considered within the ECPSSR theory and its recent modification, called the ECUSAR theory, in which a description of the PSS effect was corrected to account for the united- and separated-atom (USA) electron binding energy limits. In the SCA calculations with relativistic wave functions the binding effect was included only in the limiting cases of separated-atom and united-atom limits. Possible contribution of the electron capture, multiple ionization, and recoil ionization to the M-shell vacancy production, which is dominated for light ions impact by direct single ionization process, are also discussed. The universal scaling of measured M-shell x-ray production and ionization cross sections was investigated in detail. Using the present data the isotopic effect has been studied by comparing the measured M-shell ionization cross-section ratios for equal-velocity hydrogen {sub 1}{sup 1}H and {sub 1}{sup 2}H as well as helium {sub 2}{sup 3}He and {sub 2}{sup 4}He isotopes. In addition, the ratios of measured ionization cross sections for {sub 1}{sup 2}H and {sub 2}{sup 4}He were used to investigate the role of the binding

  14. Formation ages and thermal histories of fracture-filling hematite and Mn-oxide in Precambrian basement from (U-Th)/He dating and 4He/3He diffusion experiments

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    Reiners, P. W.; Shuster, D. L.; Evenson, N.

    2015-12-01

    Secondary Fe- and Mn-oxides in bedrock form from fluid flow associated with events that may not be preserved in stratigraphic records. (U-Th)/He chronometry is well suited for dating these phases but potential diffusive loss of 4He can complicate interpretations. Here we show that measuring He diffusion kinetics of dated samples can resolve whether ages record formation or cooling. Proterozoic (1.6 Ga) volcanics in Aravaipa Canyon, southern Arizona, contain 1.4-1.6-Ga quartz-vein-hosted hematite, as well as 1.0-1.1-Ga hematite precipitated on fractures and overlain by 20-30-Ma Mn-oxide. Hematite 4He/3He age spectra and multi-domain (MD) diffusion models are consistent with a small proportion (4-10%) of domains between 1-500 nm, larger proportions (5-15%) of 1-10 μm domains, and a majority (60-75%) of domains of 80-150 μm. Although the smallest domains would have extremely low He retentivity, models predict bulk "closure temperatures" of 180-200 °C. The 1.4-1.6-Ga quartz-vein hematite likely formed soon after eruption of its host rock, and has not been hotter than ~250 °C for Ma durations. The 1.0-1.1 Ga age of the fracture-fill hematite likely also records the timing of precipitation, but from fluids associated with nearby diabase of the same age. In contrast, the 4He/3He MD model of the 20-30-Ma Mn-oxide requires ~80% of 1-100 nm domains and 20% between 1-10 μm. Although the Mn-oxide likely formed at the same time as the hematite it coats, its age records transient heating from overlying 28-Ma volcanics. In all cases, approximate crystal sizes observed in SEM images are consistent with the predictions of MD modeling, and support the assumed kinetics of He diffusion (~147-157 kJ/mol and ~2.2×10-4 cm2/s for hematite, and ~134 kJ/mol and ~4×10-3 cm2/s for Mn-oxide).These results suggest that specular hematite can have bulk He closure temperatures at least as high as 200 °C and in some cases record precipitation; this is supported by our results on specularite

  15. Superclimb of Dislocations in Solid 4He

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    Kuklov, Anatoly

    2011-03-01

    Edge dislocation with superfluid core can perform superclimb -- non-conservative motion (climb) assisted by superflow along its core. Such dislocation, with Burgers vector along the C-axis, has been found in ab initio simulations of hcp solid 4. Uniform network of superclimbing dislocations can induce isochoric compressibility which is finite (in contrast to ideal solid where it vanishes) and, practically, independent of the network density. Here N is total number of atoms and is chemical potential. Such giant response has been observed by Ray and Hallock during superfluid flow events through solid He4. Study of superclimbing dislocation within the model of Granato-Lücke string, subjected to Peierls potential and to vanishing bias by , has found that exhibits wide peak in the intermediate range of temperatures (T) - above some determined by Peierls energy and below above which superfluidity of the core essentially vanishes. Non-Luttinger type behavior characterized by K scaling as some power χ of dislocation length is observed in the wide peak region. Biasing superclimbing dislocation by finite μ (due to a contact with liquid through vycor electrodes,) can induce core roughening caused by thermally assisted tunneling of jog-antijog pairs through the barrier produced by combination of Peierls potential and the bias. The threshold for this effect scales as with some power a~ 1.7. The roughening is found to be hysteretic below some temperature Thyst , with TR determining temperature of thermal roughening, He exhibits strong and narrow resonant peak leading to a dip in the core superfluid sound velocity. This mechanism is proposed as an explanation for a strong and narrow dip observed in critical superflow rate. It is found that the dip characteristics are sensitive to the bias by μ and, therefore, this can be used as a test for the proposed mechanism. It is also predicted that the dip depth at given μc ~ 1 /La should be periodic in χ with the period T . This work was supported by NSF, grants PHY1005527 and PHY0653135,and by CUNY, grant 63071-00 41.

  16. Comment on “Motion of a helical vortex filament in superfluid {sup 4}He under the extrinsic form of the local induction approximation” [Phys. Fluids 25, 085101 (2013)

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    Hietala, Niklas Hänninen, Risto

    2014-01-15

    We comment on the paper by Van Gorder [“Motion of a helical vortex filament in superfluid {sup 4}He under the extrinsic form of the local induction approximation,” Phys. Fluids 25, 085101 (2013)]. We point out that the flow of the normal fluid component parallel to the vortex will often lead into the Donnelly–Glaberson instability, which will cause the amplification of the Kelvin wave. We explain why the comparison to local nonlinear equation is unreasonable, and remark that neglecting the motion in the x-direction is not reasonable for a Kelvin wave with an arbitrary wavelength and amplitude. The correct equations in the general case are also derived.

  17. The biogeochemical cycle of the adsorbed template. II - Selective adsorption of mononucleotides on adsorbed polynucleotide templates

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    Lazard, Daniel; Lahav, Noam; Orenberg, James B.

    1988-01-01

    Experimental results are presented for the verification of the specific interaction step of the 'adsorbed template' biogeochemical cycle, a simple model for a primitive prebiotic replication system. The experimental system consisted of gypsum as the mineral to which an oligonucleotide template attaches (Poly-C or Poly-U) and (5-prime)-AMP, (5-prime)-GMP, (5-prime)-CMP and (5-prime)-UMP as the interacting biomonomers. When Poly-C or Poly-U were used as adsorbed templates, (5-prime)-GMP and (5-prime)-AMP, respectively, were observed to be the most strongly adsorbed species.

  18. Radon emanation from radium specific adsorbents.

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    Alabdula'aly, Abdulrahman I; Maghrawy, Hamed B

    2010-01-01

    Pilot studies were undertaken to quantify the total activity of radon that is eluted following no-flow periods from several Ra-226 adsorbents loaded to near exhaustion. The adsorbents studied included two types of barium sulphate impregnated alumina (ABA-8000 and F-1) and Dowex MSC-1 resin treated by either barium hydroxide or barium chloride. In parallel, radium loaded plain activated aluminas and Dowex MSC-1 resin were similarly investigated. The results revealed that radon was quantitatively eluted during the first few bed volumes of column operation after no-flow periods. Although similar radon elution profiles were obtained, the position of the radon peak was found to vary and depended on the adsorbent type. Radon levels up to 24 and 14 kBq dm(-3) were measured after a rest period of 72h from radium exhausted Dowex MSC-1 treated with barium chloride and F-1 impregnated alumina with barium sulphate, respectively. The eluted radon values measured experimentally were compared to those calculated theoretically from accumulated radium quantities for the different media. For plain adsorbents, an agreement better than 10% was obtained. For treated resin-types a consistency within 30% but for impregnated alumina-types high discrepancy between respective values were obtained.

  19. Unoccupied electronic states in adsorbate systems

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    Bertel, E.

    1991-11-01

    Experimental work on unoccupied electronic states in adsorbate systems on metallic substrates is reviewed with emphasis on recent developments. The first part is devoted to molecular adsorbates. Weakly chemisorbed hydrocarbons are briefly discussed. An exhaustive inverse photoemission (IPE) study of the CO bond to the transition metals Ni, Pb, and Pt is presented. Adsorbed NO is taken as an example to demonstrate the persisting discrepancies in the interpretation of IPE spectra. Atomic adsorbates are discussed in the second part. The quantum well state model is applied to interpret the surface states in reconstructing and non-reconstructing adsorption systems of alkali metals and hydrogen. A recent controversy on the unoccupied electronic states of the Cu(110)/O p(2×1) surface is critically reviewed. The quantum well state model is then compared to tight binding and local-density-functional calculations of the unoccupied bands and the deficiencies of the various approaches are pointed out. Finally, the relation between the surface state model and more chemically oriented models of surface bonding is briefly discussed.

  20. Continuum elastic theory of adsorbate vibrational relaxation

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    Lewis, Steven P.; Pykhtin, M. V.; Mele, E. J.; Rappe, Andrew M.

    1998-01-01

    An analytical theory is presented for the damping of low-frequency adsorbate vibrations via resonant coupling to the substrate phonons. The system is treated classically, with the substrate modeled as a semi-infinite elastic continuum and the adsorbate overlayer modeled as an array of point masses connected to the surface by harmonic springs. The theory provides a simple expression for the relaxation rate in terms of fundamental parameters of the system: γ=mω¯02/AcρcT, where m is the adsorbate mass, ω¯0 is the measured frequency, Ac is the overlayer unit-cell area, and ρ and cT are the substrate mass density and transverse speed of sound, respectively. This expression is strongly coverage dependent, and predicts relaxation rates in excellent quantitative agreement with available experiments. For a half-monolayer of carbon monoxide on the copper (100) surface, the predicted damping rate of in-plane frustrated translations is 0.50×1012s-1, as compared to the experimental value of (0.43±0.07)×1012s-1. Furthermore it is shown that, for all coverages presently accessible to experiment, adsorbate motions exhibit collective effects which cannot be treated as stemming from isolated oscillators.

  1. Development and Testing of Molecular Adsorber Coatings

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    Abraham, Nithin; Hasegawa, Mark; Straka, Sharon

    2012-01-01

    The effect of on-orbit molecular contamination has the potential to degrade the performance of spaceflight hardware and diminish the lifetime of the spacecraft. For example, sensitive surfaces, such as optical surfaces, electronics, detectors, and thermal control surfaces, are vulnerable to the damaging effects of contamination from outgassed materials. The current solution to protect these surfaces is through the use of zeolite coated ceramic adsorber pucks. However, these pucks and its additional complex mounting hardware requirements result in several disadvantages, such as size, weight, and cost related concerns, that impact the spacecraft design and the integration and test schedule. As a result, a new innovative molecular adsorber coating was developed as a sprayable alternative to mitigate the risk of on-orbit molecular contamination. In this study, the formulation for molecular adsorber coatings was optimized using various binders, pigment treatment methods, binder to pigment ratios, thicknesses, and spray application techniques. The formulations that passed coating adhesion and vacuum thermal cycling tests were further tested for its adsorptive capacity. Accelerated molecular capacitance tests were performed in an innovatively designed multi-unit system containing idealized contaminant sources. This novel system significantly increased the productivity of the testing phase for the various formulations that were developed. Work performed during the development and testing phases has demonstrated successful application of molecular adsorber coatings onto metallic substrates, as well as, very promising results for the adhesion performance and the molecular capacitance of the coating. Continued testing will assist in the qualification of molecular adsorber coatings for use on future contamination sensitive spaceflight missions.

  2. Design and characterization of complex protein films

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    Bui, Holt P.

    Once a biomaterial is implanted into biological system, a layer of protein is immediately deposited on the surface of that material. The newly formed protein film will dictate how the implanted material will interact with the surrounding biological environment and lead to either the acceptance or rejection of the biomaterial. One method to enhance performance involves the activation the surface of the biomaterial with one or more proteins to direct specific interactions with the host environment. The focus of my dissertation was to develop and characterize model biomaterials surfaces that are activated with one or more proteins to help understand how the protein films may affect biological processes and a biomaterial's performance. One model system consisted of a patterned film of two proteins on a gold surface. Characterization of this protein pattern indicated that patterning protein films with a focused ion beam produced protein patterns with high biological contrast and high spatial control. The second model protein film involved the adsorption of fibronectin on surfaces with different surface energies. The characterization of the adsorbed fibronectin films suggest that fibronectin adsorbed on a hydrophilic surface is in an orientation that projects hydrophilic amino acid residues towards surface of the protein and dehydration causes reorientation to project hydrophobic amino acids towards the surface. In contrast, fibronectin is adsorbed onto a hydrophobic surface in a manner that resulted in dehydration and denaturation during the adsorption process. The last model protein film studied in this work consisted of fibronectin patterned in a manner so that the film consisted of spatially controlled domains of fibronectin adsorbed onto a hydrophilic surface as well as a hydrophobic surface. Lateral characterization of this pattern demonstrated a difference in secondary structure of fibronectin adsorbed on the two domains with varying surface energies.

  3. Natural Transformation of Azotobacter vinelandii by Adsorbed Chromosomal DNA: Role of Adsorbed DNA Conformation

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    Lv, N.; Zilles, J.; Nguyen, H.

    2008-12-01

    Recent increases in antibiotic resistance among pathogenic microorganisms and the accompanying public health concerns result both from the widespread use of antibiotics and from the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes among microorganisms. To understand the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes and identify efficient measures to minimize these transfers, an interdisciplinary approach was used to identify physical and chemical factors that control the fate and biological availability of extracellular DNA. Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) was used to study extracellular DNA adsorption and the conformation of the adsorbed DNA on silica and natural organic matter (NOM) surfaces. Solution chemistry was varied systematically to investigate the role of adsorbed DNA conformation on transformation. Gene transfer was assessed under the same conditions using natural transformation of chromosomal DNA into the soil bacteria Azotobacter vinelandii. DNA adsorbed to both silica and NOM surfaces has a more compact and rigid conformation in the presence of Ca2+ compared to Na+. Extracellular DNA adsorbed on silica and NOM surfaces transformed A. vinelandii. The transformation efficiency of adsorbed DNA was up to 4 orders of magnitude lower than that of dissolved DNA. Preliminary results suggest that the presence of Ca2+ in groundwater (e.g. hardness) reduces the availability of adsorbed DNA for transformation.

  4. Thin films, asphaltenes, and reservoir wettability

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    Kaminsky, R.; Bergeron, V.; Radke, C.J. |

    1993-04-01

    Reservoir wettability impacts the success of oil recovery by waterflooding and other methods. To understand wettability and its alteration, thin-film forces in solid-aqueous-oil systems must be elucidated. Upon rupture of thick aqueous films separating the oil and rock phases, asphaltene components in the crude oil adsorb irreversibly on the solid surface, changing it from water-wet to oil-wet. Conditions of wettability alteration can be found by performing adhesion tests, in which an oil droplet is brought into contact with a solid surface. Exceeding a critical capillary pressure destabilizes the film, causing spontaneous film rupture to a molecularly adsorbed layer and oil adhesion accompanied by pinning at the three-phase contact line. The authors conduct adhesion experiments similar to those of Buckley and Morrow and simultaneously examine the state of the underlying thin film using optical microscopy and microinterferometry. Aqueous thin films between an asphaltic Orcutt crude oil and glass surfaces are studied as a function of aqueous pH and salinity. For the first time, they prove experimentally that strongly water-wet to strongly oil-wet wettability alteration and contact-angle pinning occur when thick aqueous films thin to molecularly adsorbed films and when the oil phase contains asphaltene molecules.

  5. EMERGING TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY: DEMONSTRATION OF AMBERSORB 563 ADSORBENT TECHNOLOGY

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    A field pilot study was conducted to demonstrate the technical feasibility and cost-effectiveness of Ambersorb® 5631 carbonaceous adsorbent for remediating groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The Ambersorb adsorbent technology demonstration consist...

  6. Selective adsorption of modified nucleoside cancer biomarkers by hybrid molecularly imprinted adsorbents.

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    Iwanowska, Agnieszka; Yusa, Shin-Ichi; Nowakowska, Maria; Szczubiałka, Krzysztof

    2016-08-01

    Modified adenosine nucleosides have been proposed to be potential DNA-based biomarkers for early diagnosis of tumor and a promising tool for the development of noninvasive prediction systems. However, the low concentration of modified adenosine nucleosides in physiological fluids makes them challenging for both quantitative and qualitative determination. Therefore, materials, which are potentially useful for selective adsorption of nucleobase-containing compounds, were obtained. To obtain the adsorbents, the silica gel particles were coated layer-by-layer with films of the polymers with different combinations of polymers containing thymine groups. Next, the microspheres were irradiated with UV light in the presence of 2'-deoxyadenosine or 5'-deoxy-5'-(methylthio)adenosine, as template molecules, which resulted in the photodimerization of thymine moieties and molecular imprinting of adsorbed modified adenosine compounds. The selectivity of the adsorption was significantly enhanced by the photoimprinting process. Eventually, the imprinted particles have shown an improved ability to recognize mainly 2'-deoxyadenosine and 5'-deoxy-5'-(methylthio)adenosine molecules. The best performing adsorbent was obtained using modified natural polysaccharides. The studied materials could serve as promising adsorbents of biomarkers for tumor diagnostics. PMID:27296785

  7. Functionalized-MnO2/chitosan nanocomposites: A promising adsorbent for the removal of lead ions.

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    Mallakpour, Shadpour; Madani, Maryam

    2016-08-20

    In the current study, the surface of alpha manganese dioxide nanorod (α-MnO2) functionalized with γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS). The α-MnO2-APTS was used as filler for preparation of chitosan (CS) nanocomposites (NCs). The α-MnO2-APTS/CS NCs were crosslinked with different amount of glutaraldehyde (GA). The effects of the GA content on the morphology, thermal properties and adsorption of NC films were studied. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) results verified the grafting of APTS onto α-MnO2. The amount of APTS grafted onto α-MnO2 was found to be 20wt% by thermo gravimetric analysis. Presented results also show that with increasing crosslinker agent concentration, the thermal stability of CS films were increased. The α-MnO2-APTS/CS NCs were tested and evaluated as a potential adsorbent for the removal of lead ions. The results showed that the adsorbent exhibited a favorable performance for the removal of lead ions. Therefore, α-MnO2-APTS/CS NCs could serve as promising adsorbents. PMID:27178908

  8. Magnesium silicates adsorbents of organic compounds

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    Ciesielczyk, Filip; Krysztafkiewicz, Andrzej; Jesionowski, Teofil

    2007-08-01

    Studies were presented on production of highly dispersed magnesium silicate at a pilote scale. The process of silicate adsorbent production involved precipitation reaction using water glass (sodium metasilicate) solution and appropriate magnesium salt, preceded by an appropriate optimization stage. Samples of best physicochemical parameters were in addition modified (in order to introduce to silica surface of several functional groups) using the dry technique and various amounts of 3-isocyanatepropyltrimethoxysilane, 3-thiocyanatepropyltrimethoxysilane, N-phenyl-3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane. The so prepared samples were subjected to a comprehensive physicochemical analysis. At the terminal stage of studies attempts were made to adsorb phenol from its aqueous solutions on the surface of unmodified and modified magnesium silicates. Particle size distributions were determined using the ZetaSizer Nano ZS apparatus. In order to define adsorptive properties of studied magnesium silicates isotherms of nitrogen adsorption/desorption on their surfaces were established. Efficiency of phenol adsorption was tested employing analysis of post-adsorption solution.

  9. Analysis of Adsorbed Natural Gas Tank Technology

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    Knight, Ernest; Schultz, Conrad; Rash, Tyler; Dohnke, Elmar; Stalla, David; Gillespie, Andrew; Sweany, Mark; Seydel, Florian; Pfeifer, Peter

    With gasoline being an ever decreasing finite resource and with the desire to reduce humanity's carbon footprint, there has been an increasing focus on innovation of alternative fuel sources. Natural gas burns cleaner, is more abundant, and conforms to modern engines. However, storing compressed natural gas (CNG) requires large, heavy gas cylinders, which limits space and fuel efficiency. Adsorbed natural gas (ANG) technology allows for much greater fuel storage capacity and the ability to store the gas at a much lower pressure. Thus, ANG tanks are much more flexible in terms of their size, shape, and weight. Our ANG tank employs monolithic nanoporous activated carbon as its adsorbent material. Several different configurations of this Flat Panel Tank Assembly (FPTA) along with a Fuel Extraction System (FES) were examined to compare with the mass flow rate demands of an engine.

  10. Gas storage using fullerene based adsorbents

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    Loutfy, Raouf O. (Inventor); Lu, Xiao-Chun (Inventor); Li, Weijiong (Inventor); Mikhael, Michael G. (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    This invention is directed to the synthesis of high bulk density high gas absorption capacity adsorbents for gas storage applications. Specifically, this invention is concerned with novel gas absorbents with high gravimetric and volumetric gas adsorption capacities which are made from fullerene-based materials. By pressing fullerene powder into pellet form using a conventional press, then polymerizing it by subjecting the fullerene to high temperature and high inert gas pressure, the resulting fullerene-based materials have high bulk densities and high gas adsorption capacities. By pre-chemical modification or post-polymerization activation processes, the gas adsorption capacities of the fullerene-based adsorbents can be further enhanced. These materials are suitable for low pressure gas storage applications, such as oxygen storage for home oxygen therapy uses or on-board vehicle natural gas storage. They are also suitable for storing gases and vapors such as hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor.

  11. Effective Thermal Conductivity of Adsorbent Packed Beds

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    Mori, Hideo; Hamamoto, Yoshinori; Yoshida, Suguru

    The effective thermal conductivity of adsorbent packed beds of granular zeolite 13X and granular silica gel A in the presence of stagnant steam or air was measured under different conditions of the adsorbent bed temperature, particle size and filler-gas pressure. The measured effective thermal conductivity showed to become smaller with decreasing particle size or decreasing pressure, but it was nearly independent of the bed temperature. When steam was the filler-gas, the rise in the thermal conductivity of the adsorbent particles due to steam adsorption led to the increase in the effective thermal conductivity of the bed, and this effect was not negligible at high steam pressure for the bed of large particle size. It was found that both the predictions of the effective thermal conductivity by the Hayashi et al.'s model and the Bauer-Schlünder model generally agreed well with the measurements, by considering the particle thermal conductivity rise due to steam adsorption. The thermal conductivity of a consolidated bed of granular zeolite 13X was also measured, and it was found to be much larger than that of the packed bed especially at lower pressure. The above prediction models underestimated the effective thermal conductivity of the consolidated bed.

  12. Adsorbed Natural Gas Storage in Optimized High Surface Area Microporous Carbon

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    Romanos, Jimmy; Rash, Tyler; Nordwald, Erik; Shocklee, Joshua Shawn; Wexler, Carlos; Pfeifer, Peter

    2011-03-01

    Adsorbed natural gas (ANG) is an attractive alternative technology to compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the efficient storage of natural gas, in particular for vehicular applications. In adsorbants engineered to have pores of a few molecular diameters, a strong van der Walls force allows reversible physisorption of methane at low pressures and room temperature. Activated carbons were optimized for storage by varying KOH:C ratio and activation temperature. We also consider the effect of mechanical compression of powders to further enhance the volumetric storage capacity. We will present standard porous material characterization (BET surface area and pore-size distribution from subcritical N2 adsorption) and methane isotherms up to 250 bar at 293K. At sufficiently high pressure, specific surface area, methane binding energy and film density can be extracted from supercritical methane adsorption isotherms. Research supported by the California Energy Commission (500-08-022).

  13. Stability of aqueous films between bubbles. Part 2. Effects of trace impurities and evaporation.

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    Yaminsky, Vassili V; Ohnishi, Satomi; Vogler, Erwin A; Horn, Roger G

    2010-06-01

    The stability of water films has been investigated with a Mysels-Scheludko type film balance. Minor trace impurities in water do not affect the lifetime of water films under vapor saturation, but significantly influence the stability in free evaporation. Trace amounts of positively adsorbed contaminants induce Marangoni-driven flow that destabilizes films under evaporation conditions whereas negatively adsorbed electrolytes actually prolong stability by reversing interfacial tension gradients and driving a steady circulation within the film. At high thinning rates, pure-water films develop exotic-appearing flow patterns and break due to a strong coupling between hydrodynamic and interfacial tension-gradient adsorption stresses. The most dominant factor of transient film stabilization in dynamic conditions under evaporation is a surface tension gradient created in the film. We discuss surface tension gradients in transient films created by temperature differences, impurity concentration, and expansion of the films. PMID:20146432

  14. Formation Process of Eosin Y-Adsorbing ZnO Particles by Electroless Deposition and Their Photoelectric Conversion Properties.

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    Nagaya, Satoshi; Nishikiori, Hiromasa; Mizusaki, Hideaki; Wagata, Hajime; Teshima, Katsuya

    2015-06-01

    The thin films consisting of crystalline ZnO particles were prepared on fluorine-doped tin oxide electrodes by electroless deposition. The particles were deposited from an aqueous solution containing zinc nitrate, dimethyamine-borane, and eosin Y at 328 K. As the Pd particles were adsorbed on the substrate, not only the eosin Y monomer but also the dimer and debrominated species were rapidly adsorbed on the spherical ZnO particles, which were aggregated and formed secondary particles. On the other hand, in the absence of the Pd particles, the monomer was adsorbed on the flake-shaped ZnO particles, which vertically grew on the substrate surface and had a high crystallinity. The photoelectric conversion efficiency was higher for the ZnO electrodes containing a higher amount of the monomer during light irradiation. PMID:25978089

  15. Recovery of Technetium Adsorbed on Charcoal

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    Engelmann, Mark D.; Metz, Lori A.; Ballou, Nathan E.

    2006-05-01

    Two methods capable of near complete recovery of technetium adsorbed on charcoal are presented. The first involves liquid extraction of the technetium from the charcoal by hot 4M nitric acid. An average recovery of 98% (n=3) is obtained after three rounds of extraction. The second method involves dry ashing with air in a quartz combustion tube at 400-450 C. This method yields an average recovery of 96% (n=5). Other thermal methods were attempted, but resulted in reduced recovery and incomplete material balance

  16. Conformational properties of an adsorbed charged polymer.

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    Cheng, Chi-Ho; Lai, Pik-Yin

    2005-06-01

    The behavior of a strongly charged polymer adsorbed on an oppositely charged surface of a low-dielectric constant is formulated by the functional integral method. By separating the translational, conformational, and fluctuational degrees of freedom, the scaling behaviors for both the height of the polymer and the thickness of the diffusion layer are determined. Unlike the results predicted by scaling theory, we identified the continuous crossover from the weak compression to the compression regime. All the analytical results are found to be consistent with Monte Carlo simulations. Finally, an alternative (operational) definition of a charged polymer adsorption is proposed. PMID:16089715

  17. Fabrication of Micro-Lens Array using a Chemically Adsorbed Monomolecular Layer

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    Okada, Kazushi; Oohira, Fumikazu; Hosogi, Maho; Hashiguchi, Gen; Mihara, Yutaka; Ogawa, Kazufumi; Shiwaku, Kazuya

    We proposed a new method of patterning a chemically adsorbed monomolecular layer on the substrate and then dropping UV cure material to form a lens shape using oil repellent effect of this film. The curvature radius of the lens was controlled by the amount of the dropped UV cure material. Using this method, a micro-lens array of various radiuses was fabricated. The formed micro-lens array shapes are transferred by the electro-plating and then the micro dies are fabricated, which are used for molding the plastic lens array. The optical characteristic of the molded micro-lens was evaluated.

  18. Intervalence transfer of ferrocene moieties adsorbed on electrode surfaces by a conjugated linkage

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    Chen, Wei; Brown, Lauren E.; Konopelski, Joseph P.; Chen, Shaowei

    2009-03-01

    Effective intervalence transfer occurred between the metal centers of ferrocene moieties that were adsorbed onto a ruthenium thin film surface by ruthenium-carbene π bonds, a direct verification of Hush's four-decade-old prediction. Electrochemical measurements showed two pairs of voltammetric peaks where the separation of the formal potentials suggested a Class II behavior. Additionally, the potential spacing increased with increasing ferrocene surface coverage, most probably as a consequence of the enhanced contribution from through-space electronic interactions between the metal centers. In contrast, the incorporation of a sp 3 carbon spacer into the ferrocene-ruthenium linkage led to the diminishment of interfacial electronic communication.

  19. Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering studies of L-amino acids adsorbed on silver nanoclusters

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    Botta, Raju; Rajanikanth, A.; Bansal, C.

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanocluster films were prepared using plasma inert gas phase condensation technique. These were used as Raman active substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) studies of 19 standard L-amino acids adsorbed on the surface of Ag nanoclusters via Agsbnd N bonds. A detailed study of two essential aromatic amino acids viz. L-Phenylalanine and L-Tryptophan showed a correlation between the Raman intensity of the characteristic lines of phenol and indole side chains and their molar concentrations in the range 1 μM-1 mM. This indicates that Raman studies can be used for quantitative determination of the amino acids in proteins.

  20. Film Reviews.

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    Lance, Larry M.; Atwater, Lynn

    1987-01-01

    Reviews four Human Sexuality films and videos. These are: "Personal Decisions" (Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1985); "The Touch Film" (Sterling Production, 1986); "Rethinking Rape" (Film Distribution Center, 1985); "Not A Love Story" (National Film Board of Canada, 1981). (AEM)

  1. Mimetite Formation from Goethite-Adsorbed Ions.

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    Kleszczewska-Zębala, Anna; Manecki, Maciej; Bajda, Tomasz; Rakovan, John; Borkiewicz, Olaf J

    2016-06-01

    Bioavailability of arsenic in contaminated soils and wastes can be reduced to insignificant levels by precipitation of mimetite Pb5(AsO4)3Cl. The objective of this study is to elucidate mechanisms of the reaction between solution containing lead ions and arsenates adsorbed on synthetic goethite (AsO4-goethite), or arsenate ions in the solution and goethite saturated with adsorbed Pb (Pb-goethite). These reactions, in the presence of Cl, result in rapid crystallization of mimetite. Formation of mimetite is faster than desorption of AsO4 but slower than desorption of Pb from the goethite surface. Slow desorption of arsenates from AsO4-goethite results in heterogeneous precipitation and formation of mimetite incrustation on goethite crystals. Desorption of lead from Pb-goethite is at least as fast as diffusion and advection of AsO4 and Cl in suspension allowing for homogeneous crystallization of mimetite in intergranular solution. Therefore, the mechanism of nucleation is primarily driven by the kinetics of constituent supply to the saturation front, rather than by the thermodynamics of nucleation. The products of the reactions are well documented using microscopy methods such as scanning electron microscopy, electron backscattered diffraction, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

  2. The persistence length of adsorbed dendronized polymers.

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    Grebikova, Lucie; Kozhuharov, Svilen; Maroni, Plinio; Mikhaylov, Andrey; Dietler, Giovanni; Schlüter, A Dieter; Ullner, Magnus; Borkovec, Michal

    2016-07-21

    The persistence length of cationic dendronized polymers adsorbed onto oppositely charged substrates was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and quantitative image analysis. One can find that a decrease in the ionic strength leads to an increase of the persistence length, but the nature of the substrate and of the generation of the side dendrons influence the persistence length substantially. The strongest effects as the ionic strength is being changed are observed for the fourth generation polymer adsorbed on mica, which is a hydrophilic and highly charged substrate. However, the observed dependence on the ionic strength is much weaker than the one predicted by the Odijk, Skolnik, and Fixman (OSF) theory for semi-flexible chains. Low-generation polymers show a variation with the ionic strength that resembles the one observed for simple and flexible polyelectrolytes in solution. For high-generation polymers, this dependence is weaker. Similar dependencies are found for silica and gold substrates. The observed behavior is probably caused by different extents of screening of the charged groups, which is modified by the polymer generation, and to a lesser extent, the nature of the substrate. For highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), which is a hydrophobic and weakly charged substrate, the electrostatic contribution to the persistence length is much smaller. In the latter case, we suspect that specific interactions between the polymer and the substrate also play an important role. PMID:27353115

  3. Nitric oxide releasing material adsorbs more fibrinogen.

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    Lantvit, Sarah M; Barrett, Brittany J; Reynolds, Melissa M

    2013-11-01

    One mechanism of the failure of blood-contacting devices is clotting. Nitric oxide (NO) releasing materials are seen as a viable solution to the mediation of surface clotting by preventing platelet activation; however, NO's involvement in preventing clot formation extends beyond controlling platelet function. In this study, we evaluate NO's effect on factor XII (fibrinogen) adsorption and activation, which causes the initiation of the intrinsic arm of the coagulation cascade. This is done by utilizing a model plasticized poly(vinyl) chloride (PVC), N-diazeniumdiolate system and looking at the adsorption of fibrinogen, an important clotting protein, to these surfaces. The materials have been prepared in such a way to eliminate changes in surface properties between the control (plasticized PVC) and composite (NO-releasing) materials. This allows us to isolate NO release and determine the effect on the adsorption of fibrinogen, to the material surface. Surprisingly, it was found that an NO releasing material with a surface flux of 17.4 ± 0.5 × 10(-10) mol NO cm(-2) min(-1) showed a significant increase in the amount of fibrinogen adsorbed to the material surface compared to one with a flux of 13.0 ± 1.6 × 10(-10) mol NO cm(-2) min(-1) and the control (2334 ± 496, 226 ± 99, and 103 ±31% fibrinogen adsorbed of control, respectively). This study suggests that NO's role in controlling clotting is extended beyond platelet activation. PMID:23554300

  4. Optimizing heterosurface adsorbent synthesis for liquid chromatography

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    Bogoslovskii, S. Yu.; Serdan, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    The structural and geometric parameters of a silica matrix (SM) for the synthesis of heterosurface adsorbents (HAs) are optimized. Modification is performed by shielding the external surfaces of alkyl-modified silica (AS) using human serum albumin and its subsequent crosslinking. The structural and geometric characteristics of the SM, AS, and HA are measured via low-temperature nitrogen adsorption. It is found that the structural characteristics of AS pores with diameters D < 6 nm do not change during HA synthesis, while the volume of pores with diameters of 6 nm < D < 9 nm shrinks slightly due to the adsorption of albumin in the pore orifices. It is established that the volume of pores with diameters D > 9 nm reduces significantly due to adsorption of albumin. It is concluded that silica gel with a maximum pore size distribution close to 5 nm and a minimal proportion of pores with D > 9 nm is optimal for HA synthesis; this allows us to achieve the greatest similarity between the chromatographic retention parameters for HA and AS. The suitability of the synthesized adsorbents for analyzing drugs in biological fluids through direct sample injection is confirmed by chromatography. It was found that the percentage of the protein fraction detected at the outlet of the chromatographic column is 98%.

  5. Equilibrium molecular theory of two-dimensional adsorbate drops on surfaces of heterogeneous adsorbents

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    Tovbin, Yu. K.

    2016-08-01

    A molecular statistical theory for calculating the linear tension of small multicomponent droplets in two-dimensional adsorption systems is developed. The theory describes discrete distributions of molecules in space (on a scale comparable to molecular size) and continuous distributions of molecules (at short distances inside cells) in their translational and vibrational motions. Pair intermolecular interaction potentials (the Mie type potential) in several coordination spheres are considered. For simplicity, it is assumed that distinctions in the sizes of mixture components are slight and comparable to the sizes of adsorbent adsorption centers. Expressions for the pressure tensor components inside small droplets on the heterogeneous surface of an adsorbent are obtained, allowing calculations of the thermodynamic characteristics of a vapor-fluid interface, including linear tension. Problems in refining the molecular theory are discussed: describing the properties of small droplets using a coordination model of their structure, considering the effect an adsorbate has on the state of a near-surface adsorbent region, and the surface heterogeneity factor in the conditions for the formation of droplets.

  6. Extraction of uranium from seawater using magnetic adsorbents

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    Yamashita, H.; Fujita, K.; Nakajima, F.; Ozawa, Y.; Murata, T.

    1981-01-01

    A new process for the extraction of uranium from seawater was developed. In the process, uranium adsorption is effected using powdered magnetic adsorbents; the adsorbents are then separated from seawater using magnetic separation technology. This process is superior to a column method using a granulated hydrous titanium oxide adsorber bed in the following ways: (1) a higher rate of adsorption is realized because smaller particles are used in the uranium adsorption; and (2) blocking, which is inevitable in an adsorber bed, is eliminated. The composite hydrous titanium-iron oxide as a magnetic adsorbent having high uranium adsorption capacity and magnetization can be prepared by adding urea to a mixed solution of titanium sulfate and ferrous sulfate. Adsorption and desoprtion of uranium and the removal of the adsorbent using a small-scale uranium extraction plant (about 15 m/sup 3//d) is reported, and the feasibility of uranium extraction from seawater by this process is demonstrated. 10 figures.

  7. Adsorbent Alkali Conditioning for Uranium Adsorption from Seawater. Adsorbent Performance and Technology Cost Evaluation

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    Tsouris, Costas; Mayes, Richard T.; Janke, Christopher James; Dai, Sheng; Das, S.; Liao, W. -P.; Kuo, Li-Jung; Wood, Jordana; Gill, Gary; Byers, Maggie Flicker; Schneider, Eric

    2015-09-30

    The Fuel Resources program of the Fuel Cycle Research and Development program of the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is focused on identifying and implementing actions to assure that nuclear fuel resources are available in the United States. An immense source of uranium is seawater, which contains an estimated amount of 4.5 billion tonnes of dissolved uranium. This unconventional resource can provide a price cap and ensure centuries of uranium supply for future nuclear energy production. NE initiated a multidisciplinary program with participants from national laboratories, universities, and research institutes to enable technical breakthroughs related to uranium recovery from seawater. The goal is to develop advanced adsorbents to reduce the seawater uranium recovery technology cost and uncertainties. Under this program, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a new amidoxime-based adsorbent of high surface area, which tripled the uranium capacity of leading Japanese adsorbents. Parallel efforts have been focused on the optimization of the physicochemical and operating parameters used during the preparation of the adsorbent for deployment. A set of parameters that need to be optimized are related to the conditioning of the adsorbent with alkali solution, which is necessary prior to adsorbent deployment. Previous work indicated that alkali-conditioning parameters significantly affect the adsorbent performance. Initiated in 2014, this study had as a goal to determine optimal parameters such as base type and concentration, temperature, and duration of conditioning that maximize the uranium adsorption performance of amidoxime functionalized adsorbent, while keeping the cost of uranium production low. After base-treatment at various conditions, samples of adsorbent developed at ORNL were tested in this study with batch simulated seawater solution of 8-ppm uranium concentration, batch seawater spiked with uranium nitrate at 75-100 ppb uranium, and continuous

  8. Isomerization reactions on single adsorbed molecules.

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    Morgenstern, Karina

    2009-02-17

    Molecular switches occur throughout nature. In one prominent example, light induces the isomerization of retinal from the compact 11-cis form to the elongated all-trans form, a conversion that triggers the transformation of light into a neural impulse in the eye. Applying these natural principles to synthetic systems offers a promising way to construct smaller and faster nanoelectronic devices. In such systems, electronic switches are essential components for storage and logical operations. The development of molecular switches on the single-molecule level would represent a major step toward incorporating molecules as building units into nanoelectronic circuits. Molecular switches must be both reversible and bistable. To meet these requirements, a molecule must have at least two different thermally stable forms and a way to repeatedly interconvert between those forms based on changes in light, heat, pressure, magnetic or electric fields, pH, mechanical forces, or electric currents. The conversion should be connected to a measurable change in electronic, optical, magnetic, or mechanical properties. Because isomers can differ significantly in physical and chemical properties, isomerization could serve as a molecular switching mechanism. Integration of molecular switches into larger circuits will probably require arranging them on surfaces, which will require a better understanding of isomerization reactions in these environments. In this Account, we describe our scanning tunneling microscopy studies of the isomerization of individual molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. Investigating chlorobenzene and azobenzene derivatives on the fcc(111) faces of Ag, Cu, and Au, we explored the influence of substituents and the substrate on the excitation mechanism of the isomerization reaction induced by inelastically tunneling electrons. We achieved an irreversible configurational (cis-trans) isomerization of individual 4-dimethyl-amino-azobenzene-4-sulfonic acid molecules on Au

  9. Carbonaceous adsorbent regeneration and halocarbon displacement by hydrocarbon gases

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    Senum, Gunnar I.; Dietz, Russell N.

    1994-01-01

    This invention describes a process for regeneration of halocarbon bearing carbonaceous adsorbents through which a carbonaceous adsorbent is contacted with hydrocarbon gases, preferably propane, butane and pentane at near room temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. As the hydrocarbon gases come in contact with the adsorbent, the hydrocarbons displace the halocarbons by physical adsorption. As a result of using this process, the halocarbon concentration and the hydrocarbon eluant is increased thereby allowing for an easier recovery of pure halocarbons. By using the process of this invention, carbonaceous adsorbents can be regenerated by an inexpensive process which also allows for subsequent re-use of the recovered halocarbons.

  10. Carbonaceous adsorbent regeneration and halocarbon displacement by hydrocarbon gases

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    Senum, G.I.; Dietz, R.N.

    1994-04-05

    This invention describes a process for regeneration of halocarbon bearing carbonaceous adsorbents through which a carbonaceous adsorbent is contacted with hydrocarbon gases, preferably propane, butane and pentane at near room temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. As the hydrocarbon gases come in contact with the adsorbent, the hydrocarbons displace the halocarbons by physical adsorption. As a result of using this process, the halocarbon concentration and the hydrocarbon eluant is increased thereby allowing for an easier recovery of pure halocarbons. By using the process of this invention, carbonaceous adsorbents can be regenerated by an inexpensive process which also allows for subsequent re-use of the recovered halocarbons. 8 figures.

  11. Removal of aqueous nickel (II) using laterite as a low-cost adsorbent.

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    Mukherjee, Somnath; Kumar, Sunil; Misra, A K; Acharya, P C

    2006-10-01

    The present paper describes the laboratory study of laterite as a low-cost adsorbent for removal of aqueous nickel (II). At pH 7 and a temperature of 30 degrees C, a sorbent dose of 15 mg/L resulted in approximately 90% removal of nickel (II) from its initial concentration of 10 mg/L. A maximum removal of 98% of the adsorbate was observed with an adsorbent particle size of 210 micro with the above conditions. Batch kinetics results were described by fitting in a Langmuir isotherm. Helffrich's half-time equation (Helffrich, 1962) has been applied to evaluate the adsorption process. It appears that film diffusion would be the rate-limiting step. The effect of pH on the sorption process was carried out to a value of 8.0. The removal rate of nickel was found to be the function of pH of the reaction mixture. The rate of nickel uptake by laterite with the decrease in pH value has been explained on the basis of aqueous-complex formation and the subsequent acid-base dissociation at the solid-solution interface. PMID:17120446

  12. Removal of aqueous nickel (II) using laterite as a low-cost adsorbent.

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    Mukherjee, Somnath; Kumar, Sunil; Misra, A K; Acharya, P C

    2006-10-01

    The present paper describes the laboratory study of laterite as a low-cost adsorbent for removal of aqueous nickel (II). At pH 7 and a temperature of 30 degrees C, a sorbent dose of 15 mg/L resulted in approximately 90% removal of nickel (II) from its initial concentration of 10 mg/L. A maximum removal of 98% of the adsorbate was observed with an adsorbent particle size of 210 micro with the above conditions. Batch kinetics results were described by fitting in a Langmuir isotherm. Helffrich's half-time equation (Helffrich, 1962) has been applied to evaluate the adsorption process. It appears that film diffusion would be the rate-limiting step. The effect of pH on the sorption process was carried out to a value of 8.0. The removal rate of nickel was found to be the function of pH of the reaction mixture. The rate of nickel uptake by laterite with the decrease in pH value has been explained on the basis of aqueous-complex formation and the subsequent acid-base dissociation at the solid-solution interface.

  13. Probing interactions between TiO 2 photocatalyst and adsorbing species using quartz crystal microbalance

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    Morand, R.; Noworyta, K.; Augustynski, J.

    2002-10-01

    Photoactivity of nanocrystalline TiO 2 films is shown to be strongly affected by the presence in aqueous solution of salicylic acid, known to form Ti(IV)salicylate surface complexes. In particular, the photooxidation of methanol - an effective hole scavenger - at TiO 2 appears to be in part, or even completely inhibited by the additions of increasing amounts of salicylic acid. The chemisorption of salicylic and also phthalic acid on TiO 2 was followed using quartz crystal microbalance, QCM. The observed resonant frequency changes of the quartz crystal bearing TiO 2 films, accompanying increasing additions of the benzoic acids to the contacting solutions, indicate large displacement of water as a consequence of the adsorbent-imparted hydrophobicity of the interface.

  14. Ultra-Thin Optically Transparent Carbon Electrodes Produced from Layers of Adsorbed Proteins

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    Alharthi, Sarah A.; Benavidez, Tomas E.; Garcia, Carlos D.

    2013-01-01

    This work describes a simple, versatile, and inexpensive procedure to prepare optically transparent carbon electrodes, using proteins as precursors. Upon adsorption, the protein-coated substrates were pyrolyzed under reductive conditions (5% H2) to form ultra-thin, conductive electrodes. Because proteins spontaneously adsorb to interfaces forming uniform layers, the proposed method does not require a precise control of the preparation conditions, specialized instrumentation, or expensive precursors. The resulting electrodes were characterized by a combination of electrochemical, optical, and spectroscopic means. As a proof-of-concept, the optically-transparent electrodes were also used as substrate for the development of an electrochemical glucose biosensor. The proposed films represent a convenient alternative to more sophisticated, and less available, carbon-based nanomaterials. Furthermore, these films could be formed on a variety of substrates, without classical limitations of size or shape. PMID:23421732

  15. Air stripper VOC treatment using specialized adsorbents

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    Craven, C.N.; Blystone, P.G.; Grant, A.

    1994-12-31

    Abatement of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions is required by federal, state and local regulatory agencies. Sources of VOC emissions include air stripping processes at groundwater remediation and industrial wastewater operations. The Purus A2000 system is an innovative emission control system that utilizes specialized adsorbent resins, on-site regeneration and solvent recovery for abatement of VOCs. This paper describes two applications in which air stripper off-gas is treated by the Purus A2000 Adsorption System. The first is a groundwater remediation pump-and-treat operation in which the air stripper off-gas contains chlorinated solvents. At the second site, benzene and styrene emissions from an industrial wastewater air stripper operation were successfully treated. At both sites the recovered solvent was recycled. Capital and operating costs will be compared to other treatment methods.

  16. Trends in adsorbate induced core level shifts

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    Nilsson, Viktor; Van den Bossche, Maxime; Hellman, Anders; Grönbeck, Henrik

    2015-10-01

    Photoelectron core level spectroscopy is commonly used to monitor atomic and molecular adsorption on metal surfaces. As changes in the electron binding energies are convoluted measures with different origins, calculations are often used to facilitate the decoding of experimental signatures. The interpretation could in this sense benefit from knowledge on trends in surface core level shifts for different metals and adsorbates. Here, density functional theory calculations have been used to systematically evaluate core level shifts for (111) and (100) surfaces of 3d, 4d, and 5d transition metals upon CO, H, O and S adsorption. The results reveal trends and several non-intuitive cases. Moreover, the difficulties correlating core level shifts with charging and d-band shifts are underlined.

  17. Linear transport models for adsorbing solutes

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    Roth, K.; Jury, W. A.

    1993-04-01

    A unified linear theory for the transport of adsorbing solutes through soils is presented and applied to analyze movement of napropamide through undisturbed soil columns. The transport characteristics of the soil are expressed in terms of the travel time distribution of the mobile phase which is then used to incorporate local interaction processes. This approach permits the analysis of all linear transport processes, not only the small subset for which a differential description is known. From a practical point of view, it allows the direct use of measured concentrations or fluxes of conservative solutes to characterize the mobile phase without first subjecting them to any model. For complicated flow regimes, this may vastly improve the identification of models and estimation of their parameters for the local adsorption processes.

  18. The persistence length of adsorbed dendronized polymers

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    Grebikova, Lucie; Kozhuharov, Svilen; Maroni, Plinio; Mikhaylov, Andrey; Dietler, Giovanni; Schlüter, A. Dieter; Ullner, Magnus; Borkovec, Michal

    2016-07-01

    The persistence length of cationic dendronized polymers adsorbed onto oppositely charged substrates was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and quantitative image analysis. One can find that a decrease in the ionic strength leads to an increase of the persistence length, but the nature of the substrate and of the generation of the side dendrons influence the persistence length substantially. The strongest effects as the ionic strength is being changed are observed for the fourth generation polymer adsorbed on mica, which is a hydrophilic and highly charged substrate. However, the observed dependence on the ionic strength is much weaker than the one predicted by the Odijk, Skolnik, and Fixman (OSF) theory for semi-flexible chains. Low-generation polymers show a variation with the ionic strength that resembles the one observed for simple and flexible polyelectrolytes in solution. For high-generation polymers, this dependence is weaker. Similar dependencies are found for silica and gold substrates. The observed behavior is probably caused by different extents of screening of the charged groups, which is modified by the polymer generation, and to a lesser extent, the nature of the substrate. For highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), which is a hydrophobic and weakly charged substrate, the electrostatic contribution to the persistence length is much smaller. In the latter case, we suspect that specific interactions between the polymer and the substrate also play an important role.The persistence length of cationic dendronized polymers adsorbed onto oppositely charged substrates was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and quantitative image analysis. One can find that a decrease in the ionic strength leads to an increase of the persistence length, but the nature of the substrate and of the generation of the side dendrons influence the persistence length substantially. The strongest effects as the ionic strength is being changed are observed for the fourth

  19. Adsorption Properties of Thin Films Prepared by RF Sputtering with a Poly(biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride-paraphenylene diamine) Polyimide Target

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    Iwamori, Satoru; Yano, Satoshi; Sugimoto, Ryousuke; Uemura, Akihiro; Matsumoto, Hiroyuki; Noda, Kazutoshi

    2010-04-01

    Thin films were deposited onto a quartz crystal with a poly(biphenyltetracarboxylic dianhydride-paraphenylene diamine) (BPDA-PDA) polyimide target by RF sputtering, and the adsorption properties of these thin films for water, ethanol, acetone, acetaldehyde, toluene, and methyl salicylate were evaluated by the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) method to characterize the surface properties of these thin films. Chemical structures, especially surface free energies of these thin films would affect the gas adsorption properties. In addition, the number of adsorbed gas molecules increased with decreasing molecular weight on each sputtered thin film. Furthermore, these gas molecules would be adsorbed inside the sputtered thin films as well as on the top surface. The number of adsorbed gas molecules increased with decreasing molecular size on each sputtered thin film.

  20. Intricacies of Polymer Dewetting: Nanoscaled Architectures for the Tailored Control of Polystyrene Thin Film Stability

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    Cheung, Justin; Sen, Mani; Chen, Zhizhao; Jiang, Naisheng; Endoh, Maya; Koga, Tadanori; Satija, Sushil

    Recently, structural properties of polymer thin films have garnered attention for their relevance in the fields of organic photovoltaics and biosensors. The dewetting of polymer films poses an obstacle in the face of widespread implementation. For this study, we show that adsorbed polymer chains on a substrate surface play crucial roles in film stability. Polystyrene (PS) thin films (20 nm in thickness) with different molecular weights (Mw) on silicon (Si) substrates were used as a model. The PS films were annealed at high temperatures for several days, and Mw dependence on film stability was evidenced. At the same time, the annealed PS films were leached with a good solvent and the residue films (i.e., irreversibly adsorbed layers) were characterized by x-ray reflectivity (XR). We reveal strong correlation between film stability and two different interfacial structures of the adsorbed polymer chains: their opposing wettability against chemically identical free polymer chains results in a wetting-dewetting transition at the adsorbed polymer-free polymer interface. This is a unique aspect of polymer thin film stability and may be generalizable to other polymer systems regardless of the magnitude of solid-polymer attractive interactions. We acknowledge the financial support of NSF Grant (CMMI-1332499).

  1. Zeta potential, contact angles, and AFM imaging of protein conformation adsorbed on hybrid nanocomposite surfaces.

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    Pinho, Ana C; Piedade, Ana P

    2013-08-28

    The sputtering deposition of gold (Au) and poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) was used to prepare a nanocomposite hybrid thin film suitable for protein adsorption while maintaining the native conformation of the biological material. The monolithic PTFE and the nanocomposite PTFE/Au thin films, with Au content up to 1 at %, were co-deposited by r.f. magnetron sputtering using argon as a discharge gas and deposited onto 316L stainless steel substrates, the most commonly used steel in biomaterials. The deposited thin films, before and after bovine serum albumin (BSA) adsorption, were thoroughly characterized with special emphasis on the surface properties/characteristics by atomic force microscopy (AFM), zeta potential, and static and dynamic contact angle measurements, in order to assess the relationship between structure and conformational changes. The influence of a pre-adsorbed peptide (RGD) was also evaluated. The nanotopographic and chemical changes induced by the presence of gold in the nanocomposite thin films enable RGD bonding, which is critical for the maintenance of the BSA native conformation after adsorption.

  2. Pore water dating by 129I: What do 36Cl/Cl ratio, dissolved 4He concentration, δ37Cl and 129I/127I ratio suggest in the Mobara Gas field, Japan?

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    Mahara, Y.; Ohta, T.; Tokunaga, T.

    2010-12-01

    Total 24-brine samples were collected from hot springs and the Mobara gas wells in the Southern Kanto Gas field, where is not only the major production area for dissolved natural gas in Japan but for iodine in the world. Isotopic ratios of 129I/127I and 36Cl/Cl, and noble gases concentration dissolved into pore water were measured for estimating residence time of brine. Iodine concentration in brines increases from 10 mg/L in the northern Kanto plain to more than 100 mg/L in the south edge of the gas field, and finally reaches 170 mg/L. In contrast, the isotopic ratio of 129I/127I decreases 5×10-13 in north to 1.7×10-13 in south. Both distributions were presumably controlled by the thickness of the Kazusa group as natural gas reservoirs. The average 129I/127I ratio was estimated to be 2.33 ± 0.11×10-13 at the Mobara area. Average ages of brines are estimated to be 42 Ma by using the initial 129I/127I ratio (1.5×10-12), if the origin of 129I were cosmogenic. On the other hand, we deduced 0.2 - 0.9 Ma as the residence time of brine from comparison with the secular equilibrium 36Cl/Cl ratio (6.46 ± 2.24×10-15) for the reservoir formation of Pleistocene. The concentration of 4He dissolved in pore water in the bored rock core suggests that residence time of brines vertically ranges 0.12 - 1.05 Ma and it is also harmonized with the formation age (of 0.45 - 2.5 Ma). Furthermore, δ37Cl (- 0.14±0.13 ~ + 0.45±0.07 ‰) in pore water were measured under the chloride concentration increasing 5000 mg/L to 17000 mg/L at the depth from 642 m to 1902 m below the ground surface. The simulating analyses of δ37Cl was conducted under the boundary conditions of washing out by freshwater at the depth of 600 m below the ground surface, chloride concentration gradient of 17000/500 (mg/L/m) and diffusion alone without advection flow during the past 0.12 Ma. The fractionation factor for 35Cl and 37Cl was 1.0012 (Desauliniers et al., 1986). The analyses indicated that the

  3. Milestone Report - Complete New Adsorbent Materials for Marine Testing to Demonstrate 4.5 g-U/kg Adsorbent

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    Janke, Christopher James; Das, Sadananda; Oyola, Yatsandra; Mayes, Richard T.; Saito, Tomonori; Brown, Suree; Gill, Gary; Kuo, Li-Jung; Wood, Jordana

    2014-08-01

    This report describes work on the successful completion of Milestone M2FT-14OR03100115 (8/20/2014) entitled, “Complete new adsorbent materials for marine testing to demonstrate 4.5 g-U/kg adsorbent”. This effort is part of the Seawater Uranium Recovery Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, and involved the development of new adsorbent materials at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and marine testing at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). ORNL has recently developed two new families of fiber adsorbents that have demonstrated uranium adsorption capacities greater than 4.5 g-U/kg adsorbent after marine testing at PNNL. One adsorbent was synthesized by radiation-induced graft polymerization of itaconic acid and acrylonitrile onto high surface area polyethylene fibers followed by amidoximation and base conditioning. This fiber showed a capacity of 4.6 g-U/kg adsorbent in marine testing at PNNL. The second adsorbent was prepared by atom-transfer radical polymerization of t-butyl acrylate and acrylonitrile onto halide-functionalized round fibers followed by amidoximation and base hydrolysis. This fiber demonstrated uranium adsorption capacity of 5.4 g-U/kg adsorbent in marine testing at PNNL.

  4. NASA Applications of Molecular Adsorber Coatings

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    Abraham, Nithin S.

    2015-01-01

    The Molecular Adsorber Coating (MAC) is a new, innovative technology that was developed to reduce the risk of molecular contamination on spaceflight applications. Outgassing from materials, such as plastics, adhesives, lubricants, silicones, epoxies, and potting compounds, pose a significant threat to the spacecraft and the lifetime of missions. As a coating made of highly porous inorganic materials, MAC offers impressive adsorptive capabilities that help capture and trap contaminants. Past research efforts have demonstrated the coating's promising adhesion performance, optical properties, acoustic durability, and thermal stability. These results advocate its use near or on surfaces that are targeted by outgassed materials, such as internal optics, electronics, detectors, baffles, sensitive instruments, thermal control coatings, and vacuum chamber test environments. The MAC technology has significantly progressed in development over the recent years. This presentation summarizes the many NASA spaceflight applications of MAC and how the coatings technology has been integrated as a mitigation tool for outgassed contaminants. For example, this sprayable paint technology has been beneficial for use in various vacuum chambers for contamination control and hardware bake-outs. The coating has also been used in small instrument cavities within spaceflight instrument for NASA missions.

  5. Bowl inversion of surface-adsorbed sumanene.

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    Jaafar, Rached; Pignedoli, Carlo A; Bussi, Giovanni; Aït-Mansour, Kamel; Groening, Oliver; Amaya, Toru; Hirao, Toshikazu; Fasel, Roman; Ruffieux, Pascal

    2014-10-01

    Bowl-shaped π-conjugated compounds offer the possibility to study curvature-dependent host-guest interactions and chemical reactivity in ideal model systems. For surface-adsorbed π bowls, however, only conformations with the bowl opening pointing away from the surface have been observed so far. Here we show for sumanene on Ag(111) that both bowl-up and bowl-down conformations can be stabilized. Analysis of the molecular layer as a function of coverage reveals an unprecedented structural phase transition involving a bowl inversion of one-third of the molecules. On the basis of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and complementary atomistic simulations, we develop a model that describes the observed phase transition in terms of a subtle interplay between inversion-dependent adsorption energies and intermolecular interactions. In addition, we explore the coexisting bowl-up and -down conformations with respect to host-guest binding of methane. STM reveals a clear energetic preference for methane binding to the concave face of sumanene. PMID:25181621

  6. Morphological characterization of furfuraldehyde resins adsorbents

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    Sanchez, R.; Monteiro, S.N.; D`Almeida, J.R.

    1996-12-31

    Sugar cane is one of the most traditional plantation cultivated crops in large areas in Brazil. The State University of the North of Rio de Janeiro, UENF, is currently engaged in a program aimed to exploit the potentialities of sugar cane industry as a self sustained non-polluting enterprise. One of the projects being carried out at the UENF is the transformation of sugar cane bagasse in precursor materials for the industry of furan derivatives such as the furfuraldehyde resins obtained by acid catalysis. The possibility of employing acid catalyzed furfuraldehyde resins as selective adsorbents has arisen during a comprehensive study of physical-chemical adsorption properties of these materials. The morphology of these resins depend on the synthesis method. Scanning Electron Microscopic studies of these materials which were synthesized, in bulk (FH-M) and solution (FH-D), showed differences in surface density and particle size. Using mercury porosimeter techniques and BET adsorption methods, it was found different pore size distributions and a decrement in surface area when solvent was employed in the synthesis process. By thermogravimetric analysis it was found similar weight losses (6%) of water adsorption and a small differences in thermal stabilities.

  7. Separative analyses of a chromatographic column packed with a core-shell adsorbent for lithium isotope separation

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    Sugiyama, T.; Sugura, K.; Enokida, Y.; Yamamoto, I.

    2015-03-15

    Lithium-6 is used as a blanket material for sufficient tritium production in DT fueled fusion reactors. A core-shell type adsorbent was proposed for lithium isotope separation by chromatography. The mass transfer model in a chromatographic column consisted of 4 steps, such as convection and dispersion in the column, transfer through liquid films, intra-particle diffusion and and adsorption or desorption at the local adsorption sites. A model was developed and concentration profiles and time variation in the column were numerically simulated. It became clear that core-shell type adsorbents with thin porous shell were saturated rapidly relatively to fully porous one and established a sharp edge of adsorption band. This is very important feature because lithium isotope separation requires long-distance development of adsorption band. The values of HETP (Height Equivalent of a Theoretical Plate) for core-shell adsorbent packed column were estimated by statistical moments of the step response curve. The value of HETP decreased with the thickness of the porous shell. A core-shell type adsorbent is, then, useful for lithium isotope separation. (authors)

  8. Continuous separation of sugarcane molasses with a simulated moving-bed adsorber. Adsorption equilibria, kinetics, and application

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    Saska, M.; Mei Di Wu; Clarke, S.J.; Iqbal, K. )

    1992-10-01

    Fundamental chromatographic properties are reported that are related to the industrial separation of sugarcane molasses in a simulated moving-bed adsorber. The distribution coefficients of KCL, sucrose, glucose, and fructose on XUS-40166.00 (K[sup +]) cation exchanger were determined by pulse testing to be 0.00, 0.22, 0.45, and 0.50 at infinite dilution at 70 C. The adsorption isotherm of KCl is quadratic; those of the sugars only slightly nonlinear and dependent on KCl concentration. HETP was found to be independent of fluid velocity for KCl in the range of the interstitial velocity of 5 to 35 cm/min, and increasing with v for sucrose. At high fluid velocities the broadening of the sucrose band in a packed bed comes primarily from intraparticle mass transfer, with axial dispersion and film diffusion playing minor roles. The process for separation of sugarcane molasses was demonstrated on a 47 liter, eight-column simulated moving-bed adsorber. A theoretical, staged model of the simulated moving-bed adsorber with one inert totally excluded and three linearly adsorbing components was found to give an excellent representation of the transient and steady-state behavior of the continuous separation of sugarcane molasses.

  9. Carbon dioxide pressure swing adsorption process using modified alumina adsorbents

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    Gaffney, T.R.; Golden, T.C.; Mayorga, S.G.; Brzozowski, J.R.; Taylor, F.W.

    1999-06-29

    A pressure swing adsorption process for absorbing CO[sub 2] from a gaseous mixture containing CO[sub 2] comprises introducing the gaseous mixture at a first pressure into a reactor containing a modified alumina adsorbent maintained at a temperature ranging from 100 C and 500 C to adsorb CO[sub 2] to provide a CO[sub 2] laden alumina adsorbent and a CO[sub 2] depleted gaseous mixture and contacting the CO[sub 2] laden adsorbent with a weakly adsorbing purge fluid at a second pressure which is lower than the first pressure to desorb CO[sub 2] from the CO[sub 2] laden alumina adsorbent. The modified alumina adsorbent which is formed by depositing a solution having a pH of 3.0 or more onto alumina and heating the alumina to a temperature ranging from 100 C and 600 C, is not degraded by high concentrations of water under process operating conditions. 1 fig.

  10. Carbon dioxide pressure swing adsorption process using modified alumina adsorbents

    DOEpatents

    Gaffney, Thomas Richard; Golden, Timothy Christopher; Mayorga, Steven Gerard; Brzozowski, Jeffrey Richard; Taylor, Fred William

    1999-01-01

    A pressure swing adsorption process for absorbing CO.sub.2 from a gaseous mixture containing CO.sub.2 comprising introducing the gaseous mixture at a first pressure into a reactor containing a modified alumina adsorbent maintained at a temperature ranging from 100.degree. C. and 500.degree. C. to adsorb CO.sub.2 to provide a CO.sub.2 laden alumina adsorbent and a CO.sub.2 depleted gaseous mixture and contacting the CO.sub.2 laden adsorbent with a weakly adsorbing purge fluid at a second pressure which is lower than the first pressure to desorb CO.sub.2 from the CO.sub.2 laden alumina adsorbent. The modified alumina adsorbent which is formed by depositing a solution having a pH of 3.0 or more onto alumina and heating the alumina to a temperature ranging from 100.degree. C. and 600.degree. C., is not degraded by high concentrations of water under process operating conditions.

  11. Mercury adsorption properties of sulfur-impregnated adsorbents

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    Hsi, N.-C.; Rood, M.J.; Rostam-Abadi, M.; Chen, S.; Chang, R.

    2002-01-01

    Carbonaceous and noncarbonaceous adsorbents were impregnated with elemental sulfur to evaluate the chemical and physical properties of the adsorbents and their equilibrium mercury adsorption capacities. Simulated coal combustion flue gas conditions were used to determine the equilibrium adsorption capacities for Hg0 and HgCl2 gases to better understand how to remove mercury from gas streams generated by coal-fired utility power plants. Sulfur was deposited onto the adsorbents by monolayer surface deposition or volume pore filling. Sulfur impregnation increased the total sulfur content and decreased the total and micropore surface areas and pore volumes for all of the adsorbents tested. Adsorbents with sufficient amounts of active adsorption sites and sufficient microporous structure had mercury adsorption capacities up to 4,509 ??g Hg/g adsorbent. Elemental sulfur, organic sulfur, and sulfate were formed on the adsorbents during sulfur impregnation. Correlations were established with R2>0.92 between the equilibrium Hg0/HgCl2 adsorption capacities and the mass concentrations of elemental and organic sulfur. This result indicates that elemental and organic sulfur are important active adsorption sites for Hg0 and HgCl2.

  12. Methane Recovery from Gaseous Mixtures Using Carbonaceous Adsorbents

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    Buczek, Bronisław

    2016-06-01

    Methane recovery from gaseous mixtures has both economical and ecological aspect. Methane from different waste gases like mine gases, nitrogenated natural gases and biogases can be treated as local source for production electric and heat energy. Also occurs the problem of atmosphere pollution with methane that shows over 20 times more harmful environmental effect in comparison to carbon dioxide. One of the ways utilisation such gases is enrichment of methane in the PSA technique, which requires appropriate adsorbents. Active carbons and carbon molecular sieve produced by industry and obtained in laboratory scale were examined as adsorbent for methane recuperation. Porous structure of adsorbents was investigated using densimetry measurements and adsorption of argon at 77.5K. On the basis of adsorption data, the Dubinin-Radushkevich equation parameters, micropore volume (Wo) and characteristics of energy adsorption (Eo) as well as area micropores (Smi) and BET area (SBET) were determined. The usability of adsorbents in enrichment of the methane was evaluated in the test, which simulate the basic stages of PSA process: a) adsorbent degassing, b) pressure raise in column by feed gas, c) cocurrent desorption with analysis of out flowing gas. The composition of gas phase was accepted as the criterion of the suitability of adsorbent for methane separation from gaseous mixtures. The relationship between methane recovery from gas mixture and texture parameters of adsorbents was found.

  13. Structure and Reactivity of Alkyl Ethers Adsorbed on CeO(2)(111) Model Catalysts

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    Calaza, Florencia C; Chen, Tsung-Liang; Mullins, David R; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2011-01-01

    The effect of surface hydroxyls on the adsorption of ether on ceria was explored. Adsorption of dimethyl ether (DME) and diethyl ether (DEE) on oxidized and reduced CeO{sub 2}(111) films was studied and compared with Ru(0001) using RAIRS and sXPS within a UHV environment. On Ru(0001) the ethers adsorb weakly with the molecular plane close to parallel to the surface plane. On the ceria films, the adsorption of the ethers was stronger than on the metal surface, presumably due to stronger interaction of the ether oxygen lone pair electrons with a cerium cation. This interaction causes the ethers to tilt away from the surface plane compared to the Ru(0001) surface. No pronounced differences were found between oxidized (CeO{sub 2}) and reduced (CeOx) films. The adsorption of the ethers was found to be perturbed by the presence of OH groups on hydroxylated CeOx. In the case of DEE, the geometry of adsorption resembles that found on Ru, and in the case of dimethyl ether DME is in between that one found on clean CeOx and the metal surface. Decomposition of the DEE was observed on the OH/CeOx surface following high DEE exposure at 300 K and higher temperatures. Ethoxides and acetates were identified as adsorbed species on the surface by means of RAIRS and ethoxides and formates by s-XPS. No decomposition of dimethyl ether was observed on the OH/CeOx at these higher temperatures, implying that the dissociation of the C-O bond from ethers requires the presence of {beta}-hydrogen.

  14. Structure and Reactivity of Alkyl Ethers Adsorbed on CeO2(111) Model Catalysts

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    F Calaza; T Chen; D Mullins; S Overbury

    2011-12-31

    The effect of surface hydroxyls on the adsorption of ether on ceria was explored. Adsorption of dimethyl ether (DME) and diethyl ether (DEE) on oxidized and reduced CeO{sub 2}(111) films was studied and compared with Ru(0001) using RAIRS and sXPS within a UHV environment. On Ru(0001) the ethers adsorb weakly with the molecular plane close to parallel to the surface plane. On the ceria films, the adsorption of the ethers was stronger than on the metal surface, presumably due to stronger interaction of the ether oxygen lone pair electrons with a cerium cation. This interaction causes the ethers to tilt away from the surface plane compared to the Ru(0001) surface. No pronounced differences were found between oxidized (CeO{sub 2}) and reduced (CeOx) films. The adsorption of the ethers was found to be perturbed by the presence of OH groups on hydroxylated CeOx. In the case of DEE, the geometry of adsorption resembles that found on Ru, and in the case of dimethyl ether DME is in between that one found on clean CeOx and the metal surface. Decomposition of the DEE was observed on the OH/CeOx surface following high DEE exposure at 300 K and higher temperatures. Ethoxides and acetates were identified as adsorbed species on the surface by means of RAIRS and ethoxides and formates by s-XPS. No decomposition of dimethyl ether was observed on the OH/CeOx at these higher temperatures, implying that the dissociation of the C-O bond from ethers requires the presence of {beta}-hydrogen.

  15. Surface enhanced Raman scattering of pyrazole adsorbed on silver colloids

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    Muniz-Miranda, Maurizio; Neto, Natale; Sbrana, Giuseppe

    1999-05-01

    SERS spectra of pyrazole adsorbed on silver hydrosol at different pH values and on silver colloidal substrate deposited on filters were obtained and interpreted on the basis of the existence of three forms in equilibrium, cationic, neutral and anionic. SERS data indicate that the neutral molecule is preferentially adsorbed in acidic environment, pyrazolide anion is instead favoured over all the other pH values. Addition of chloride anions induces the formation of reaction products when pyrazole is adsorbed on silver hydrosols, while this effect is missing on dry silver substrate.

  16. Electrochemical Analysis of Conducting Polymer Thin Films

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    Vyas, Ritesh N.; Wang, Bin

    2010-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers built via the layer-by-layer (LbL) method has been one of the most promising systems in the field of materials science. Layered structures can be constructed by the adsorption of various polyelectrolyte species onto the surface of a solid or liquid material by means of electrostatic interaction. The thickness of the adsorbed layers can be tuned precisely in the nanometer range. Stable, semiconducting thin films are interesting research subjects. We use a conducting polymer, poly(p-phenylene vinylene) (PPV), in the preparation of a stable thin film via the LbL method. Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been used to characterize the ionic conductivity of the PPV multilayer films. The ionic conductivity of the films has been found to be dependent on the polymerization temperature. The film conductivity can be fitted to a modified Randle’s circuit. The circuit equivalent calculations are performed to provide the diffusion coefficient values. PMID:20480052

  17. Nanoporous-carbon adsorbers for chemical microsensors.

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    Overmyer, Donald L.; Siegal, Michael P.; Staton, Alan W.; Provencio, Paula Polyak; Yelton, William Graham

    2004-11-01

    Chemical microsensors rely on partitioning of airborne chemicals into films to collect and measure trace quantities of hazardous vapors. Polymer sensor coatings used today are typically slow to respond and difficult to apply reproducibly. The objective of this project was to produce a durable sensor coating material based on graphitic nanoporous-carbon (NPC), a new material first studied at Sandia, for collection and detection of volatile organic compounds (VOC), toxic industrial chemicals (TIC), chemical warfare agents (CWA) and nuclear processing precursors (NPP). Preliminary studies using NPC films on exploratory surface-acoustic-wave (SAW) devices and as a {micro}ChemLab membrane preconcentrator suggested that NPC may outperform existing, irreproducible coatings for SAW sensor and {micro}ChemLab preconcentrator applications. Success of this project will provide a strategic advantage to the development of a robust, manufacturable, highly-sensitive chemical microsensor for public health, industrial, and national security needs. We use pulsed-laser deposition to grow NPC films at room-temperature with negligible residual stress, and hence, can be deposited onto nearly any substrate material to any thickness. Controlled deposition yields reproducible NPC density, morphology, and porosity, without any discernable variation in surface chemistry. NPC coatings > 20 {micro}m thick with density < 5% that of graphite have been demonstrated. NPC can be 'doped' with nearly any metal during growth to provide further enhancements in analyte detection and selectivity. Optimized NPC-coated SAW devices were compared directly to commonly-used polymer coated SAWs for sensitivity to a variety of VOC, TIC, CWA and NPP. In every analyte, NPC outperforms each polymer coating by multiple orders-of-magnitude in detection sensitivity, with improvements ranging from 103 to 108 times greater detection sensitivity! NPC-coated SAW sensors appear capable of detecting most analytes tested to

  18. Radiation grafted adsorbents for newly emerging environmental applications

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    Mahmoud Nasef, Mohamed; Ting, T. M.; Abbasi, Ali; Layeghi-moghaddam, Alireza; Sara Alinezhad, S.; Hashim, Kamaruddin

    2016-01-01

    Radiation induced grafting (RIG) is acquired to prepare a number of adsorbents for newly emerging environmental applications using a single route involving RIG of glycidymethacrylate (GMA) onto polyethylene-polypropylene (PE-PP) non-woven fabric. The grafted fabric was subjected to one of three functionalization reactions to impart desired ionic characters. This included treatment with (1) N-dimethyl-D-glucamine, (2) triethylamine and (3) triethylamine and alkalisation with KOH. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were used to study the changes in chemical and physical structures of the obtained fibrous adsorbents. The potential applications of the three adsorbents for removal of boron from solutions, capturing CO2 from CO2/N2 mixtures and catalysing transesterification of triacetin/methanol to methyl acetate (biodiesel) were explored. The obtained fibrous adsorbents provide potential alternatives to granular resins for the investigated applications and require further development.

  19. Trace contaminant studies of HSC adsorbent. M.S. Thesis

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    Yieh, D. T. N.

    1978-01-01

    The adsorption and desorption of fifteen trace contaminants on HSC (polyethylenimine coated acrylic ester) adsorbent were experimentally investigated with the following two objectives: to test the removal potential and the adsorption reversibility of the selected trace contaminants, and to test the effect a preadsorbed trace contaminant has on the CO2 adsorption capacity. The experimental method for acquiring the adsorption equilibrium data used is based on the volumetric (or displacement) concept of vacuum adsorption. From the experimental results, it was found that the HSC adsorbent has good adsorption potential for contaminants of alcohol compounds, esters, and benzene compounds; whereas, adsorption of ketone compounds, oxidizing and reducing agents are detrimental to the adsorbent. In addition, all liquid contaminants reduce the CO2 capacity of HSC adsorbent.

  20. Adsorption of β-galactosidase on silica and aluminosilicate adsorbents

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    Atyaksheva, L. F.; Dobryakova, I. V.; Pilipenko, O. S.

    2015-03-01

    It is shown that adsorption of β-galactosidase of Aspergillus oryzae fungi on mesoporous and biporous silica and aluminosilicate adsorbents and the rate of the process grow along with the diameter of the pores of the adsorbent. It is found that the shape of the adsorption isotherms changes as well, depending on the texture of the adsorbent: the Michaelis constant rises from 0.3 mM for the enzyme in solution to 0.4-0.5 mM for the enzyme on a surface in the hydrolysis of o-nitrophenyl-β-D-galactopyranoside. It is concluded that β-galactosidase displays its maximum activity on the surface of biporous adsorbents.