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  1. Structural changes accompanying phosphorylation of tarantula muscle myosin filaments

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    1987-01-01

    Electron microscopy has been used to study the structural changes that occur in the myosin filaments of tarantula striated muscle when they are phosphorylated. Myosin filaments in muscle homogenates maintained in relaxing conditions (ATP, EGTA) are found to have nonphosphorylated regulatory light chains as shown by urea/glycerol gel electrophoresis and [32P]phosphate autoradiography. Negative staining reveals an ordered, helical arrangement of crossbridges in these filaments, in which the heads from axially neighboring myosin molecules appear to interact with each other. When the free Ca2+ concentration in a homogenate is raised to 10(-4) M, or when a Ca2+-insensitive myosin light chain kinase is added at low Ca2+ (10(-8) M), the regulatory light chains of myosin become rapidly phosphorylated. Phosphorylation is accompanied by potentiation of the actin activation of the myosin Mg- ATPase activity and by loss of order of the helical crossbridge arrangement characteristic of the relaxed filament. We suggest that in the relaxed state, when the regulatory light chains are not phosphorylated, the myosin heads are held down on the filament backbone by head-head interactions or by interactions of the heads with the filament backbone. Phosphorylation of the light chains may alter these interactions so that the crossbridges become more loosely associated with the filament backbone giving rise to the observed changes and facilitating crossbridge interaction with actin. PMID:2958483

  2. Infrared spectroscopic characterization of dehydration and accompanying phase transition behaviors in NAT-topology zeolites

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    Wang, Hsiu-Wen; Bishop, David

    2012-01-01

    Relative humidity (PH2O, partial pressure of water)-dependent dehydration and accompanying phase transitions in NAT-topology zeolites (natrolite, scolecite, and mesolite) were studied under controlled temperature and known PH2O conditions by in situ diffuse-reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy and parallel X-ray powder diffraction. Dehydration was characterized by the disappearance of internal H2O vibrational modes. The loss of H2O molecules caused a sequence of structural transitions in which the host framework transformation path was coupled primarily via the thermal motion of guest Na?/Ca2? cations and H2O molecules. The observation of different interactions of H2O molecules and Na?/Ca2? cations with host aluminosilicate frameworks under highand low-PH2O conditions indicated the development of different local strain fields, arising from cation H2O interactions in NAT-type channels. These strain fields influence the Si O/Al O bond strength and tilting angles within and between tetrahedra as the dehydration temperature is approached. The newly observed infrared bands (at 2,139 cm-1 in natrolite, 2,276 cm-1 in scolecite, and 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 in mesolite) result from strong cation H2O Al Si framework interactions in NAT-type channels, and these bands can be used to evaluate the energetic evolution of Na?/Ca2? cations before and after phase transitions, especially for scolecite and mesolite. The 2,176 and 2,259 cm-1 absorption bands in mesolite also appear to be related to Na?/Ca2? order disorder that occur when mesolite loses its Ow4 H2O molecules.

  3. Changes in protein structure at the interface accompanying complex formation.

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    Chakravarty, Devlina; Janin, Joël; Robert, Charles H; Chakrabarti, Pinak

    2015-11-01

    Protein interactions are essential in all biological processes. The changes brought about in the structure when a free component forms a complex with another molecule need to be characterized for a proper understanding of molecular recognition as well as for the successful implementation of docking algorithms. Here, unbound (U) and bound (B) forms of protein structures from the Protein-Protein Interaction Affinity Database are compared in order to enumerate the changes that occur at the interface atoms/residues in terms of the solvent-accessible surface area (ASA), secondary structure, temperature factors (B factors) and disorder-to-order transitions. It is found that the interface atoms optimize contacts with the atoms in the partner protein, which leads to an increase in their ASA in the bound interface in the majority (69%) of the proteins when compared with the unbound interface, and this is independent of the root-mean-square deviation between the U and B forms. Changes in secondary structure during the transition indicate a likely extension of helices and strands at the expense of turns and coils. A reduction in flexibility during complex formation is reflected in the decrease in B factors of the interface residues on going from the U form to the B form. There is, however, no distinction in flexibility between the interface and the surface in the monomeric structure, thereby highlighting the potential problem of using B factors for the prediction of binding sites in the unbound form for docking another protein. 16% of the proteins have missing (disordered) residues in the U form which are observed (ordered) in the B form, mostly with an irregular conformation; the data set also shows differences in the composition of interface and non-interface residues in the disordered polypeptide segments as well as differences in their surface burial.

  4. Simulation of phase structures

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    Lawson, J.

    1995-04-20

    This memo outlines a procedure developed by the author to extract information from phase measurements and produce a simulated phase structure for use in modeling optical systems, including characteristic optics for the Beamlet and NIF laser systems. The report includes an IDL program listing.

  5. Urea-temperature phase diagrams capture the thermodynamics of denatured state expansion that accompany protein unfolding.

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    Tischer, Alexander; Auton, Matthew

    2013-09-01

    We have analyzed the thermodynamic properties of the von Willebrand factor (VWF) A3 domain using urea-induced unfolding at variable temperature and thermal unfolding at variable urea concentrations to generate a phase diagram that quantitatively describes the equilibrium between native and denatured states. From this analysis, we were able to determine consistent thermodynamic parameters with various spectroscopic and calorimetric methods that define the urea-temperature parameter plane from cold denaturation to heat denaturation. Urea and thermal denaturation are experimentally reversible and independent of the thermal scan rate indicating that all transitions are at equilibrium and the van't Hoff and calorimetric enthalpies obtained from analysis of individual thermal transitions are equivalent demonstrating two-state character. Global analysis of the urea-temperature phase diagram results in a significantly higher enthalpy of unfolding than obtained from analysis of individual thermal transitions and significant cross correlations describing the urea dependence of ΔH0 and ΔCP0 that define a complex temperature dependence of the m-value. Circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy illustrates a large increase in secondary structure content of the urea-denatured state as temperature increases and a loss of secondary structure in the thermally denatured state upon addition of urea. These structural changes in the denatured ensemble make up ∼40% of the total ellipticity change indicating a highly compact thermally denatured state. The difference between the thermodynamic parameters obtained from phase diagram analysis and those obtained from analysis of individual thermal transitions illustrates that phase diagrams capture both contributions to unfolding and denatured state expansion and by comparison are able to decipher these contributions.

  6. Thermally triggered solid-state single-crystal-to-single-crystal structural transformation accompanies property changes.

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    Li, Quan-Quan; Ren, Chun-Yan; Huang, Yang-Yang; Li, Jian-Li; Liu, Ping; Liu, Bin; Liu, Yang; Wang, Yao-Yu

    2015-03-16

    The 1D complex [(CuL0.5H2O)⋅H2O]n (1) (H4L = 2,2'-bipyridine-3,3',6,6'-tetracarboxylic acid) undergoes an irreversible thermally triggered single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) transformation to produce the 3D anhydrous complex [CuL0.5]n (2). This SCSC structural transformation was confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns, variable-temperature powder X-ray diffraction (VT-PXRD) patterns, and IR spectroscopy. Structural analyses reveal that in complex 2, though the initial 1D chain is still retained as in complex 1, accompanied with the Cu-bound H2O removed and new O(carboxyl)-Cu bond forming, the coordination geometries around the Cu(II) ions vary from a distorted trigonal bipyramid to a distorted square pyramid. With the drastic structural transition, significant property changes are observed. Magnetic analyses show prominent changes from antiferromagnetism to weak ferromagnetism due to the new formed Cu1-O-C-O-Cu4 bridge. The catalytic results demonstrate that, even though both solid-state materials present high catalytic activity for the synthesis of 2-imidazolines derivatives and can be reused, the activation temperature of complex 1 is higher than that of complex 2. In addition, a possible pathway for the SCSC structural transformations is proposed.

  7. Supersolid phase accompanied by a quantum critical point in the intermediate coupling regime of the Holstein model.

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    Murakami, Yuta; Werner, Philipp; Tsuji, Naoto; Aoki, Hideo

    2014-12-31

    We reveal that electron-phonon systems described by the Holstein model on a bipartite lattice exhibit, away from half filling, a supersolid (SS) phase characterized by coexisting charge order (CO) and superconductivity (SC), and an accompanying quantum critical point (QCP). The SS phase, demonstrated by the dynamical mean-field theory with a quantum Monte Carlo impurity solver, emerges in the intermediate-coupling regime, where the peak of the Tc dome is located and the metal-insulator crossover occurs. On the other hand, in the weak- and strong-coupling regimes the CO-SC boundary is of first order with no intervening SS phases. The QCP is associated with the continuous transition from SS to SC and characterized by a reentrant behavior of the SS around it. We further show that the SS-SC transition is hallmarked by diverging charge fluctuations and a kink (peak) in the superfluid density. PMID:25615362

  8. Jahn-Teller solitons, structural phase transitions, and phase separation.

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    Clougherty, Dennis P

    2006-02-01

    It is demonstrated that under common conditions a molecular solid subject to Jahn-Teller interactions supports stable Q-ball-like nontopological solitons. Such solitons represent a localized lump of excess electric charge in periodic motion accompanied by a time-dependent shape distortion of a set of adjacent molecules. The motion of the distortion can correspond to a true rotation or to a pseudorotation about the symmetric shape configuration. These solitons are stable for Jahn-Teller coupling strengths below a critical value; however, as the Jahn-Teller coupling approaches this critical value, the size of the soliton diverges signaling an incipient structural phase transition. The soliton phase mimics features commonly attributed to phase separation in complex solids. PMID:16486846

  9. Jahn-Teller Solitons, Structural Phase Transitions, and Phase Separation

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    Clougherty, Dennis P.

    2006-02-01

    It is demonstrated that under common conditions a molecular solid subject to Jahn-Teller interactions supports stable Q-ball-like nontopological solitons. Such solitons represent a localized lump of excess electric charge in periodic motion accompanied by a time-dependent shape distortion of a set of adjacent molecules. The motion of the distortion can correspond to a true rotation or to a pseudorotation about the symmetric shape configuration. These solitons are stable for Jahn-Teller coupling strengths below a critical value; however, as the Jahn-Teller coupling approaches this critical value, the size of the soliton diverges signaling an incipient structural phase transition. The soliton phase mimics features commonly attributed to phase separation in complex solids.

  10. Site-Specific Structural Variations Accompanying Tubular Assembly of the HIV-1 Capsid Protein

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    Bayro, Marvin J.; Chen, Bo; Yau, Wai-Ming; Tycko, Robert

    2014-01-01

    The 231-residue capsid (CA) protein of HIV-1 spontaneously self-assembles into tubes with a hexagonal lattice that is believed to mimic the surface lattice of conical capsid cores within intact virions. We report the results of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on HIV-1 CA tubes that provide new information regarding changes in molecular structure that accompany CA self-assembly, local dynamics within CA tubes, and possible mechanisms for the generation of lattice curvature. This information is contained in site-specific assignments of signals in two- and three-dimensional solid state NMR spectra, conformation-dependent 15N and 13C NMR chemical shifts, detection of highly dynamic residues under solution NMR conditions, measurements of local variations in transverse spin relaxation rates of amide 1H nuclei, and quantitative measurements of site-specific 15N-15N dipole-dipole couplings. Our data show that most of the CA sequence is conformationally ordered and relatively rigid in tubular assemblies and that the structures of N-terminal and C-terminal domains (NTD and CTD) observed in solution are largely retained. However, specific segments, including the N-terminal β-hairpin, the cyclophilin A binding loop, the inter-domain linker, segments involved in intermolecular NTD-CTD interactions, and the C-terminal tail, have substantial static or dynamical disorder in tubular assemblies. Other segments, including the 310-helical segment in CTD, undergo clear conformational changes. Structural variations associated with curvature of the CA lattice appear to be localized in the inter-domain linker and intermolecular NTD-CTD interface, while structural variations within NTD hexamers, around local three-fold symmetry axes, and in CTD-CTD dimerization interfaces are less significant. PMID:24370930

  11. Grain size dependence of elastic anomalies accompanying the α β phase transition in polycrystalline quartz

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    McKnight, Ruth E. A.; Moxon, T.; Buckley, A.; Taylor, P. A.; Darling, T. W.; Carpenter, M. A.

    2008-02-01

    The effects of grain size on the elastic properties of quartz through the α-β phase transition have been investigated by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. It is found that there are three regimes, dependent on grain size, within which elastic properties show different evolutions with temperature. In the large grain size regime, as represented by a quartzite sample with ~100-300 µm grains, microcracking is believed to occur in the vicinity of the transition point, allowing grains to pull apart. In the intermediate grain size regime, as represented by novaculite (1-5 µm grain size) and Ethiebeaton agate (~120 nm grain size), bulk and shear moduli through the transition follow closely the values expected from averages of single crystal data. The novaculite sample, however, has a transition temperature ~7 °C higher than that of single crystal quartz. This is assumed to be due to the development of internal pressure arising from anisotropic thermal expansion. In the small grain size region, agates from Mexico (~65 nm) and Brazil (~50 nm) show significant reductions in the amount of softening of the bulk modulus as the transition point is approached from below. This is consistent with a tendency for the transition to become more second order in character. The apparent changes towards second order character do not match quantitative predictions for samples with homogeneous strain across elastically clamped nanocrystals, however. Some of the elastic variations are also due to the presence of moganite in these samples. True 'nanobehaviour' for quartz in ceramic samples thus appears to be restricted to grain sizes of less than ~50 nm.

  12. Orientational bonding of phases accompanying directed crystallization of the eutectic of the system Si-TiSi2

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    Derevyagina, L. S.; Butkevich, L. M.

    1987-09-01

    The characteristic features of structure formation in cast and direct crystallized alloys of the system Si-TiSi2 were studied. It is shown that the predominant orientation of the bonding of the phases in directionally crystallized eutectics (DE) of the system Si-TiSi2, observed at the stage of steady-state growth, already appears on the surface of nucleation, which apparently indicates that the nucleation of the phases in the alloys of this system is of an epitaxial character.

  13. Structural alteration of cell wall pectins accompanies pea development in response to cold.

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    Baldwin, Laëtitia; Domon, Jean-Marc; Klimek, John F; Fournet, Françoise; Sellier, Hélène; Gillet, Françoise; Pelloux, Jérôme; Lejeune-Hénaut, Isabelle; Carpita, Nicholas C; Rayon, Catherine

    2014-08-01

    Pea (Pisum sativum) cell wall metabolism in response to chilling was investigated in a frost-sensitive genotype 'Terese' and a frost-tolerant genotype 'Champagne'. Cell walls isolated from stipules of cold acclimated and non-acclimated plants showed that cold temperatures induce changes in polymers containing xylose, arabinose, galactose and galacturonic acid residues. In the tolerant cultivar Champagne, acclimation is accompanied by increases in homogalacturonan, xylogalacturonan and highly branched Rhamnogalacturonan I with branched and unbranched (1→5)-α-arabinans and (1→4)-β-galactans. In contrast, the sensitive cultivar Terese accumulates substantial amounts of (1→4)-β-xylans and glucuronoxylan, but not the pectins. Greater JIM7 labeling was observed in Champagne compared to Terese, indicating that cold acclimation also induces an increase in the degree of methylesterification of pectins. Significant decrease in polygalacturonase activities in both genotypes were observed at the end of cold acclimation. These data indicate a role for esterified pectins in cold tolerance. The possible functions for pectins and their associated arabinans and galactans in cold acclimation are discussed. PMID:24837358

  14. Structural alteration of cell wall pectins accompanies pea development in response to cold.

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    Baldwin, Laëtitia; Domon, Jean-Marc; Klimek, John F; Fournet, Françoise; Sellier, Hélène; Gillet, Françoise; Pelloux, Jérôme; Lejeune-Hénaut, Isabelle; Carpita, Nicholas C; Rayon, Catherine

    2014-08-01

    Pea (Pisum sativum) cell wall metabolism in response to chilling was investigated in a frost-sensitive genotype 'Terese' and a frost-tolerant genotype 'Champagne'. Cell walls isolated from stipules of cold acclimated and non-acclimated plants showed that cold temperatures induce changes in polymers containing xylose, arabinose, galactose and galacturonic acid residues. In the tolerant cultivar Champagne, acclimation is accompanied by increases in homogalacturonan, xylogalacturonan and highly branched Rhamnogalacturonan I with branched and unbranched (1→5)-α-arabinans and (1→4)-β-galactans. In contrast, the sensitive cultivar Terese accumulates substantial amounts of (1→4)-β-xylans and glucuronoxylan, but not the pectins. Greater JIM7 labeling was observed in Champagne compared to Terese, indicating that cold acclimation also induces an increase in the degree of methylesterification of pectins. Significant decrease in polygalacturonase activities in both genotypes were observed at the end of cold acclimation. These data indicate a role for esterified pectins in cold tolerance. The possible functions for pectins and their associated arabinans and galactans in cold acclimation are discussed.

  15. The Accompanying Changes in Brain Structure of a Remitted Depression Patient with the Bupropion Treatment.

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    Hou, Yi-Cheng; Lai, Chien-Han

    2015-12-31

    The impacts from the bupropion on the brain structures have seldom been mentioned in the literature. The bupropion is a kind of antidepressant with dual action in the norepinephrine and dopamine receptors. Here we have a case to share about the bupropion-related effects in the brain structure.

  16. Differences in structural dynamics of muscle and yeast actin accompany differences in functional interactions with myosin.

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    Prochniewicz, E; Thomas, D D

    1999-11-01

    We have used spectroscopic probes ErIA and IAEDANS attached to Cys374 to compare the structural dynamics of yeast actin filaments with that of muscle actin, to understand the structural basis of the less productive interaction of yeast actin with myosin. Time-resolved phosphorescence anisotropy (TPA) of ErIA and steady-state fluorescence of IAEDANS were measured. TPA indicated more rapid rotational motion and more restricted angular amplitude in yeast actin. The fluorescence spectrum was less intense and more red-shifted in yeast actin, suggesting more exposure of the probe to solvent. These results indicate that the two actins differ substantially in the conformational dynamics of the C-terminal region. Binding of myosin S1 induced significantly different spectroscopic changes in TPA and fluorescence of muscle and yeast actin. As a result, the spectroscopic differences between the two actins were decreased by the addition of S1. These results suggest that yeast actin is less effective at activating myosin because of larger changes required in the structure of actin upon strong myosin binding. These results provide insight into the relationship between actomyosin dynamics and function, and they provide a useful framework for structure-function analysis of mutant yeast actin.

  17. Hippocampal Structural Plasticity Accompanies the Resulting Contextual Fear Memory Following Stress and Fear Conditioning

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    Giachero, Marcelo; Calfa, Gaston D.; Molina, Victor A.

    2013-01-01

    The present research investigated the resulting contextual fear memory and structural plasticity changes in the dorsal hippocampus (DH) following stress and fear conditioning. This combination enhanced fear retention and increased the number of total and mature dendritic spines in DH. Intra-basolateral amygdala (BLA) infusion of midazolam prior to…

  18. Alteration of citrine structure by hydrostatic pressure explains the accompanying spectral shift

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    Barstow, Buz; Ando, Nozomi; Kim, Chae Un; Gruner, Sol M.

    2008-01-01

    A protein molecule is an intricate system whose function is highly sensitive to small external perturbations. However, no examples that correlate protein function with progressive subangstrom structural perturbations have thus far been presented. To elucidate this relationship, we have investigated a fluorescent protein, citrine, as a model system under high-pressure perturbation. The protein has been compressed to produce deformations of its chromophore by applying a high-pressure cryocooling technique. A closely spaced series of x-ray crystallographic structures reveals that the chromophore undergoes a progressive deformation of up to 0.8 Å at an applied pressure of 500 MPa. It is experimentally demonstrated that the structural motion is directly correlated with the progressive fluorescence shift of citrine from yellow to green under these conditions. This protein is therefore highly sensitive to subangstrom deformations and its function must be understood at the subangstrom level. These results have significant implications for protein function prediction and biomolecule design and engineering, because they suggest methods to tune protein function by modification of the protein scaffold. PMID:18768811

  19. Microbial community structure accompanied with electricity production in a constructed wetland plant microbial fuel cell.

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    Lu, Lu; Xing, Defeng; Ren, Zhiyong Jason

    2015-11-01

    This study reveals the complex structure of bacterial and archaeal communities associated with a Canna indica plant microbial fuel cell (PMFC) and its electricity production. The PMFC produced a maximum current of 105 mA/m(2) by utilizing rhizodeposits as the sole electron donor without any external nutrient or buffer supplements, which demonstrates the feasibility of PMFCs in practical oligotrophic conditions with low solution conductivity. The microbial diversity was significantly higher in the PMFC than non-plant controls or sediment-only controls, and pyrosequencing and clone library reveal that rhizodeposits conversion to current were carried out by syntrophic interactions between fermentative bacteria (e.g., Anaerolineaceae) and electrochemically active bacteria (e.g., Geobacter). Denitrifying bacteria and acetotrophic methanogens play a minor role in organics degradation, but abundant hydrogenotrophic methanogens and thermophilic archaea are likely main electron donor competitors.

  20. The pyoverdin of Pseudomonas fluorescens G173, a novel structural type accompanied by unexpected natural derivatives of the corresponding ferribactin.

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    Fernández, Diana Uría; Fuchs, Regine; Schäfer, Mathias; Budzikiewicz, Herbert; Meyer, Jean-Marie

    2003-01-01

    The siderophores produced by Pseudomonas fluorescens G173 are unusual in several respects. So far all pyoverdins with a C-terminal cyclopeptidic substructure have in common that the epsilon-amino group of an in-chain Lys is bound amidically to the carboxyl group of a C-terminal Ser or Thr and that N5-formyl-N5-hydroxy Orn (FoOHOrn) is the next amino acid after Lys. FoOHOrn may (cyclotetrapeptidic structures) be or may not (cyclotripeptidic structures) be followed by a further amino acid. In the pyoverdin described here Orn instead of Lys is the amino acid forming the cycle, FoOHOrn is replaced by AcOHOrn which does not follow the branching Orn but is the penultimate amino acid and finally the last amino acid is Asp. The producing strain which had been classified as Pseudomonas fluorescens may well be a new species. Pyoverdins are frequently accompanied by ferribactins which are considered to be their biogenetic precursors. They always have the same amino acid chain as the co-occurring pyoverdins but the pyoverdin chromophore is replaced by a condensation product of L-Dab and D-Tyr with the amino group of Tyr bound to the gamma-carboxyl group of Glu. A ferribactin having these structural characteristics is produced by the investigated strain, but it is accompanied by derivatives where the alpha-amino group of Glu is partially or completely transformed into a hydroxamic acid by substitution with a hydroxyl and/or acetyl group. PMID:12622218

  1. Proteomic analysis of oil body membrane proteins accompanying the onset of desiccation phase during sunflower seed development.

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    Thakur, Anita; Bhatla, Satish C

    2015-01-01

    A noteworthy metabolic signature accompanying oil body (OB) biogenesis during oilseed development is associated with the modulation of the oil body membranes proteins. Present work focuses on 2-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE)-based analysis of the temporal changes in the OB membrane proteins analyzed by LC-MS/MS accompanying the onset of desiccation (20-30 d after anthesis; DAA) in the developing seeds of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Protein spots unique to 20-30 DAA stages were picked up from 2-D gels for identification and the identified proteins were categorized into 7 functional classes. These include proteins involved in energy metabolism, reactive oxygen scavenging, proteolysis and protein turnover, signaling, oleosin and oil body biogenesis-associated proteins, desiccation and cytoskeleton. At 30 DAA stage, exclusive expressions of enzymes belonging to energy metabolism, desiccation and cytoskeleton were evident which indicated an increase in the metabolic and enzymatic activity in the cells at this stage of seed development (seed filling). Increased expression of cruciferina-like protein and dehydrin at 30 DAA stage marks the onset of desiccation. The data has been analyzed and discussed to highlight desiccation stage-associated metabolic events during oilseed development.

  2. Proteomic analysis of oil body membrane proteins accompanying the onset of desiccation phase during sunflower seed development.

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    Thakur, Anita; Bhatla, Satish C

    2015-01-01

    A noteworthy metabolic signature accompanying oil body (OB) biogenesis during oilseed development is associated with the modulation of the oil body membranes proteins. Present work focuses on 2-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE)-based analysis of the temporal changes in the OB membrane proteins analyzed by LC-MS/MS accompanying the onset of desiccation (20-30 d after anthesis; DAA) in the developing seeds of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Protein spots unique to 20-30 DAA stages were picked up from 2-D gels for identification and the identified proteins were categorized into 7 functional classes. These include proteins involved in energy metabolism, reactive oxygen scavenging, proteolysis and protein turnover, signaling, oleosin and oil body biogenesis-associated proteins, desiccation and cytoskeleton. At 30 DAA stage, exclusive expressions of enzymes belonging to energy metabolism, desiccation and cytoskeleton were evident which indicated an increase in the metabolic and enzymatic activity in the cells at this stage of seed development (seed filling). Increased expression of cruciferina-like protein and dehydrin at 30 DAA stage marks the onset of desiccation. The data has been analyzed and discussed to highlight desiccation stage-associated metabolic events during oilseed development. PMID:26786011

  3. Proteomic analysis of oil body membrane proteins accompanying the onset of desiccation phase during sunflower seed development

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    Thakur, Anita; Bhatla, Satish C

    2015-01-01

    A noteworthy metabolic signature accompanying oil body (OB) biogenesis during oilseed development is associated with the modulation of the oil body membranes proteins. Present work focuses on 2-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE)-based analysis of the temporal changes in the OB membrane proteins analyzed by LC-MS/MS accompanying the onset of desiccation (20–30 d after anthesis; DAA) in the developing seeds of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Protein spots unique to 20–30 DAA stages were picked up from 2-D gels for identification and the identified proteins were categorized into 7 functional classes. These include proteins involved in energy metabolism, reactive oxygen scavenging, proteolysis and protein turnover, signaling, oleosin and oil body biogenesis-associated proteins, desiccation and cytoskeleton. At 30 DAA stage, exclusive expressions of enzymes belonging to energy metabolism, desiccation and cytoskeleton were evident which indicated an increase in the metabolic and enzymatic activity in the cells at this stage of seed development (seed filling). Increased expression of cruciferina-like protein and dehydrin at 30 DAA stage marks the onset of desiccation. The data has been analyzed and discussed to highlight desiccation stage-associated metabolic events during oilseed development. PMID:26786011

  4. Regulation of Photochemical Energy Transfer Accompanied by Structural Changes in Thylakoid Membranes of Heat-Stressed Wheat

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    Marutani, Yoko; Yamauchi, Yasuo; Miyoshi, Akihito; Inoue, Kanako; Ikeda, Ken-ichi; Mizutani, Masaharu; Sugimoto, Yukihiro

    2014-01-01

    Photosystems of higher plants alleviate heat-induced damage in the presence of light under moderate stressed conditions; however, in the absence of light (i.e., in the dark), the same plants are damaged more easily. (Yamauchi and Kimura, 2011) We demonstrate that regulating photochemical energy transfer in heat-treated wheat at 40 °C with light contributed to heat tolerance of the photosystem. Chlorophyll fluorescence analysis using heat-stressed wheat seedlings in light showed increased non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) of chlorophyll fluorescence, which was due to thermal dissipation that was increased by state 1 to state 2 transition. Transmission electron microscopy revealed structural changes in thylakoid membranes, including unstacking of grana regions under heat stress in light. It was accompanied by the phosphorylation of thylakoid proteins such as D1 and D2 proteins and the light harvesting complex II proteins Lhcb1 and Lhcb2. These results suggest that heat stress at 40 °C in light induces state 1 to state 2 transition for the preferential excitation of photosystem I (PSI) by phosphorylating thylakoid proteins more strongly. Structural changes of thylakoid membrane also assist the remodeling of photosystems and regulation of energy distribution by transition toward state 2 probably contributes to plastoquione oxidation; thus, light-driven electrons flowing through PSI play a protective role against PSII damage under heat stress. PMID:25514410

  5. Phase structure of soliton molecules

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    Hause, A.; Hartwig, H.; Seifert, B.; Stolz, H.; Böhm, M.; Mitschke, F.

    2007-06-01

    Temporal optical soliton molecules were recently demonstrated; they potentially allow further increase of data rates in optical telecommunication. Their binding mechanism relies on the internal phases, but these have not been experimentally accessible so far. Conventional frequency-resolved optical gating techniques are not suited for measurement of their phase profile: Their algorithms fail to converge due to zeros both in their temporal and their spectral profile. We show that the VAMPIRE (very advanced method of phase and intensity retrieval of E -fields) method performs reliably. With VAMPIRE the phase profile of soliton molecules has been measured, and further insight into the mechanism is obtained.

  6. Phase structure of soliton molecules

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    Hause, A.; Hartwig, H.; Seifert, B.; Stolz, H.; Boehm, M.; Mitschke, F.

    2007-06-15

    Temporal optical soliton molecules were recently demonstrated; they potentially allow further increase of data rates in optical telecommunication. Their binding mechanism relies on the internal phases, but these have not been experimentally accessible so far. Conventional frequency-resolved optical gating techniques are not suited for measurement of their phase profile: Their algorithms fail to converge due to zeros both in their temporal and their spectral profile. We show that the VAMPIRE (very advanced method of phase and intensity retrieval of E-fields) method performs reliably. With VAMPIRE the phase profile of soliton molecules has been measured, and further insight into the mechanism is obtained.

  7. Incommensurate Structure of Phosphorus Phase IV

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    Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Gotoh, Yoshito; Yamawaki, Hiroshi; Sakashita, Mami; Takeya, Satoshi; Honda, Kazumasa; Akahama, Yuichi; Kawamura, Haruki; Ohishi, Yasuo

    2007-04-27

    There are six known phases for phosphorus at room temperature under high pressure. Only the structure of phase IV, which exists from 107 GPa to 137 GPa, remains unsolved. We performed a powder x-ray diffraction experiment and a Rietveld analysis and successfully determined its structure to be an incommensurately modulated structure by only 1 site of atomic position. High-pressure phases of halogens and chalcogens have previously been shown to have a similar modulated structure; however, phosphorus phase IV is different from them and was shown to be the third case.

  8. Structural-phase states and wear resistance of surface formed on steel by surfacing

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    Kapralov, Evgenie V.; Raykov, Sergey V.; Vaschuk, Ekaterina S.; Budovskikh, Evgenie A. Gromov, Victor E.; Ivanov, Yuri F.

    2014-11-14

    Investigations of elementary and phase structure, state of defect structure and tribological characteristics of a surfacing, formed on a low carbon low-alloy steel by a welding method were carried out. It was revealed that a surfacing, formed on a steel surface is accompanied by the multilayer formation, and increases the wear resistance of the layer surfacing as determined.

  9. The crystal structure of methane phase III

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    Neumann, Marcus A.; Press, Werner; Nöldeke, Christian; Asmussen, Bernd; Prager, Michael; Ibberson, Richard M.

    2003-07-01

    Methane is the simplest organic molecule, and like many supposedly simple molecular materials it has a rich phase diagram. While crystal structures could be determined for two of the solid phases, that of the low temperature phase III remained unsolved. Using high-resolution neutron powder diffraction and a direct-space Monte Carlo simulated annealing approach, this fundamental structure has now finally been solved. It is orthorhombic with space group Cmca, and 16 molecules in the unit cell. The structure is closely related to that of phase II, yet is no subgroup of it.

  10. Phase transition and structure of silver azide at high pressure

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    Hou, Dongbin; Zhang, Fuxiang; Ji, Cheng; Hannon, Trevor; Zhu, Hongyang; Wu, Jianzhe; Levitas, Valery I.; Ma, Yanzhang

    2011-07-01

    Silver azide (AgN3) was compressed up to 51.3 GPa. The results reveal a reversible second-order orthorhombic-to-tetragonal phase transformation starting from ambient pressure and completing at 2.7 GPa. The phase transition is accompanied by a proximity of cell parameters a and b, a 3° rotation of azide anions, and a change of coordination number from 4-4 (four short, four long) to eight fold. The crystal structure of the high pressure phase is determined to be in I4/mcm space group, with Ag at 4a, N1 at 4d, and N2 at 8h Wyckoff positions. Both of the two phases have anisotropic compressibility: the orthorhombic phase exhibits an anomalous expansion under compression along a-axis and is more compressive along b-axis than c-axis; the tetragonal phase is more compressive along the interlayer direction than the intralayer directions. The bulk moduli of the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases are determined to be KOT = 39 ± 5 GPa with KOT' = 10 ± 7 and KOT = 57 ± 2 GPa with KOT' = 6.6 ± 0.2, respectively.

  11. Preparation of macroporous zirconia monoliths from ionic precursors via an epoxide-mediated sol-gel process accompanied by phase separation

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    Guo, Xingzhong; Song, Jie; Lvlin, Yixiu; Nakanishi, Kazuki; Kanamori, Kazuyoshi; Yang, Hui

    2015-04-01

    Monolithic macroporous zirconia (ZrO2) derived from ionic precursors has been successfully fabricated via the epoxide-mediated sol-gel route accompanied by phase separation in the presence of propylene oxide (PO) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The addition of PO used as an acid scavenger mediates the gelation, whereas PEO enhances the polymerization-induced phase separation. The appropriate choice of the starting compositions allows the production of a macroporous zirconia monolith with a porosity of 52.9% and a Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area of 171.9 m2 · g-1. The resultant dried gel is amorphous, whereas tetragonal ZrO2 and monoclinic ZrO2 are precipitated at 400 and 600 °C, respectively, without spoiling the macroporous morphology. After solvothermal treatment with an ethanol solution of ammonia, tetragonal ZrO2 monoliths with smooth skeletons and well-defined mesopores can be obtained, and the BET surface area is enhanced to 583.8 m2 · g-1.

  12. Phase analysis of amplitude binary mask structures

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    Puthankovilakam, Krishnaparvathy; Scharf, Toralf; Herzig, Hans Peter; Vogler, Uwe; Bramati, Arianna; Voelkel, Reinhard

    2016-03-01

    Shaping of light behind masks using different techniques is the milestone of the printing industry. The aerial image distribution or the intensity distribution at the printing distances defines the resolution of the structure after printing. Contrast and phase are the two parameters that play a major role in shaping of light to get the desired intensity pattern. Here, in contrast to many other contributions that focus on intensity, we discuss the phase evolution for different structures. The amplitude or intensity characteristics of the structures in a binary mask at different proximity gaps have been analyzed extensively for many industrial applications. But the phase evolution from the binary mask having OPC structures is not considered so far. The mask we consider here is the normal amplitude binary mask but having high resolution Optical Proximity Correction (OPC) structures for corners. The corner structures represent a two dimensional problem which is difficult to handle with simple rules of phase masks design and therefore of particular interest. The evolution of light from small amplitude structures might lead to high contrast by creating sharp phase changes or phase singularities which are points of zero intensity. We show the phase modulation at different proximity gaps and can visualize the shaping of light according to the phase changes. The analysis is done with an instrument called High Resolution Interference Microscopy (HRIM), a Mach-Zehnder interferometer that gives access to three-dimensional phase and amplitude images. The current paper emphasizes on the phase measurement of different optical proximity correction structures, and especially on corners of a binary mask.

  13. A novel phase shifting structured illumination microscopy

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    Singh, Veena; Dubey, Vishesh; Ahmad, Azeem; Singh, Gyanendra; Mehta, D. S.

    2016-03-01

    This paper describes a new and novel phase shifting technique for qualitative as well as quantitative measurement in microscopy. We have developed a phase shifting device which is robust, inexpensive and involves no mechanical movement. In this method, phase shifting is implemented using LED array, beam splitters and defocused projection of Ronchi grating. The light from the LEDs are made incident on the beam splitters at spatially different locations. Due to variation in the geometrical distances of LEDs from the Ronchi grating and by sequentially illuminating the grating by switching on one LED at a time the phase shifted grating patterns are generated. The phase shifted structured patterns are projected onto the sample using microscopic objective lens. The phase shifted deformed patterns are recorded by a CCD camera. The initial alignment of the setup involves a simple procedure for the calibration for equal fringe width and intensity such that the phase shifted fringes are at equal phase difference. Three frame phase shifting algorithm is employed for the reconstruction of the phase map. The method described here is fully automated so that the phase shifted images are recorded just by switching of LEDs and has been used for the shape measurement of microscopic industrial objects. The analysis of the phase shifted images provides qualitative as well as quantitative information about the sample. Thus, the method is simple, robust and low cost compared to PZT devices commonly employed for phase shifting.

  14. Structures of diamond-like phases

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    Greshnyakov, V. A.; Belenkov, E. A.

    2011-07-15

    The diamond-like phases containing carbon atoms with the same degree of hybridization, which is close to sp{sup 3}, are classified. It is found that twenty such phases can exist, and ten of them are described for the first time. Molecular mechanics and semi-empirical quantum-mechanical methods are used to calculate the geometrically optimized structures of diamond-like phase clusters and to determine their structural parameters and properties, such as the density, the bulk modulus, and the sublimation energy. The difference between the properties of the diamond-like phases and those of diamond is found to be determined by the difference between the structures of these phases and diamond.

  15. Direct atomic structure determination by the inspection of structural phase.

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    Nakashima, Philip N H; Moodie, Alexander F; Etheridge, Joanne

    2013-08-27

    A century has passed since Bragg solved the first atomic structure using diffraction. As with this first structure, all atomic structures to date have been deduced from the measurement of many diffracted intensities using iterative and statistical methods. We show that centrosymmetric atomic structures can be determined without the need to measure or even record a diffracted intensity. Instead, atomic structures can be determined directly and quickly from the observation of crystallographic phases in electron diffraction patterns. Furthermore, only a few phases are required to achieve high resolution. This represents a paradigm shift in structure determination methods, which we demonstrate with the moderately complex α-Al2O3. We show that the observation of just nine phases enables the location of all atoms with a resolution of better than 0.1 Å. This level of certainty previously required the measurement of thousands of diffracted intensities.

  16. Structural phase transitions in monolayer molybdenum dichalcogenides

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    Choe, Duk-Hyun; Sung, Ha June; Chang, Kee Joo

    2015-03-01

    The recent discovery of two-dimensional materials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has provided opportunities to develop ultimate thin channel devices. In contrast to graphene, the existence of moderate band gap and strong spin-orbit coupling gives rise to exotic electronic properties which vary with layer thickness, lattice structure, and symmetry. TMDs commonly appear in two structures with distinct symmetries, trigonal prismatic 2H and octahedral 1T phases which are semiconducting and metallic, respectively. In this work, we investigate the structural and electronic properties of monolayer molybdenum dichalcogenides (MoX2, where X = S, Se, Te) through first-principles density functional calculations. We find a tendency that the semiconducting 2H phase is more stable than the metallic 1T phase. We show that a spontaneous symmetry breaking of 1T phase leads to various distorted octahedral (1T') phases, thus inducing a metal-to-semiconductor transition. We discuss the effects of carrier doping on the structural stability and the modification of the electronic structure. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) under Grant No. NRF-2005-0093845 and Samsung Science and Technology Foundation under Grant No. SSTFBA1401-08.

  17. Exploring structural phase transitions of ion crystals

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    Yan, L. L.; Wan, W.; Chen, L.; Zhou, F.; Gong, S. J.; Tong, X.; Feng, M.

    2016-01-01

    Phase transitions have been a research focus in many-body physics over past decades. Cold ions, under strong Coulomb repulsion, provide a repealing paradigm of exploring phase transitions in stable confinement by electromagnetic field. We demonstrate various conformations of up to sixteen laser-cooled 40Ca+ ion crystals in a home-built surface-electrode trap, where besides the usually mentioned structural phase transition from the linear to the zigzag, two additional phase transitions to more complicated two-dimensional configurations are identified. The experimental observation agrees well with the numerical simulation. Heating due to micromotion of the ions is analysed by comparison of the numerical simulation with the experimental observation. Our investigation implies very rich and complicated many-body behaviour in the trapped-ion systems and provides effective mechanism for further exploring quantum phase transitions and quantum information processing with ultracold trapped ions. PMID:26865229

  18. Topological phase structure of entangled qudits

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    Khoury, A. Z.; Oxman, L. E.

    2014-03-01

    We discuss the appearance of fractional topological phases on cyclic evolutions of entangled qudits. The original result reported by Oxman and Khoury [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 240503 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.240503] is detailed and extended to qudits of different dimensions. The topological nature of the phase evolution and its restriction to fractional values are related to both the structure of the projective space of states and entanglement. For maximally entangled states of qudits with the same Hilbert-space dimension, the fractional geometric phases are the only ones attainable under local SU(d) operations, an effect that can be experimentally observed through conditional interference.

  19. Binding site for Xenopus ribosomal protein L5 and accompanying structural changes in 5S rRNA.

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    Scripture, J Benjamin; Huber, Paul W

    2011-05-10

    The structure of the eukaryotic L5-5S rRNA complex was investigated in protection and interference experiments and is compared with the corresponding structure (L18-5S rRNA) in the Haloarcula marismortui 50S subunit. In close correspondence with the archaeal structure, the contact sites for the eukaryotic ribosomal protein are located primarily in helix III and loop C and secondarily in loop A and helix V. While the former is unique to L5, the latter is also a critical contact site for transcription factor IIIA (TFIIIA), accounting for the mutually exclusive binding of these two proteins to 5S RNA. The binding of L5 causes structural changes in loops B and C that expose nucleotides that contact the Xenopus L11 ortholog in H. marismortui. This induced change in the structure of the RNA reveals the origins of the cooperative binding to 5S rRNA that has been observed for the bacterial counterparts of these proteins. The native structure of helix IV and loop D antagonizes binding of L5, indicating that this region of the RNA is dynamic and also influenced by the protein. Examination of the crystal structures of Thermus thermophilus ribosomes in the pre- and post-translocation states identified changes in loop D and in the surrounding region of 23S rRNA that support the proposal that 5S rRNA acts to transmit information between different functional domains of the large subunit.

  20. Shock-Induced Structural Phase Transition, Plasticity, and Brittle Cracks in Aluminum Nitride Ceramic

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    Branicio, Paulo S.; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Vashishta, Priya

    2006-02-17

    Atomistic mechanisms of fracture accompanying structural phase transformation (SPT) in AlN ceramic under hypervelocity impact are investigated using a 209x10{sup 6} atom molecular-dynamics simulation. The shock wave generated by the impact splits into an elastic wave and a slower SPT wave that transforms the wurtzite structure into the rocksalt phase. The interaction between the reflected elastic wave and the SPT wave front generates nanovoids and dislocations into the wurtzite phase. Nanovoids coalesce into mode I cracks while dislocations give rise to kink bands and mode II cracking.

  1. Pressure-induced volume collapse and structural phase transitions in SrRuO{sub 3}

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    Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Fabbris, Gilberto; Chmaissem, Omar; Mitchell, J.F.; Zheng, H.; Haskel, Daniel

    2013-09-15

    We report on the low temperature (6 K) structural properties of SrRuO{sub 3} under quasi-hydrostatic pressure studied by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction in a diamond anvil cell. First principle calculations predict a first-order perovskite (Pv) to post-perovskite (pPv) phase transition at ∼40 GPa accompanied by a 1.9% volume collapse. Our results rule out the occurrence of a pPv phase to 54 GPa. Instead, we find a Pv to monoclinic to triclinic sequence of phase transitions. The monoclinic to triclinic phase transition at ∼38 GPa is accompanied by a 3.5% volume collapse. X-ray absorption spectroscopy indicates that this volume collapse is not accompanied by a change in Ru valence state. Our results should help guide improvements to theoretical treatments of this and other correlated d-electron systems based on density functional theory. - Graphical abstract: Unit cell volume as a function of pressure (T=6 K). Black squares and red circles correspond to Ne and He pressure media, respectively. Blue dashed lines are fit to the data before the volume collapse using a second-order Birch–Murnaghan equation of state excluding (lower curve) and including (upper curve) neutron diffraction data for the low temperature, ambient pressure volume. Dashed lines denote structural phase boundaries. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Crystal structure of SrRuO3 was studied under high pressure up to 54 GPa. • Pv to monoclinic to triclinic sequence of phase transitions was observed. • Transition to triclinic phase at ∼38 GPa is accompanied by a 3.5% volume collapse. • Volume collapse in SrRuO3 is not driven by a change in Ru valence state. • Pv-to-pPv phase transition predicted by DFT at 40 Gpa is not observed up to 54 GPa.

  2. Characterizing the assembly of the Sup35 yeast prion fragment, GNNQQNY: structural changes accompany a fiber-to-crystal switch.

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    Marshall, Karen E; Hicks, Matthew R; Williams, Thomas L; Hoffmann, Søren Vrønning; Rodger, Alison; Dafforn, Timothy R; Serpell, Louise C

    2010-01-20

    Amyloid-like fibrils can be formed by many different proteins and peptides. The structural characteristics of these fibers are very similar to those of amyloid fibrils that are deposited in a number of protein misfolding diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The elucidation of two crystal structures from an amyloid-like fibril-forming fragment of the yeast prion, Sup35, with sequence GNNQQNY, has contributed to knowledge regarding side-chain packing of amyloid-forming peptides. Both structures share a cross-beta steric zipper arrangement but vary in the packing of the peptide, particularly in terms of the tyrosine residue. We investigated the fibrillar and crystalline structure and assembly of the GNNQQNY peptide using x-ray fiber diffraction, electron microscopy, intrinsic and quenched tyrosine fluorescence, and linear dichroism. Electron micrographs reveal that at concentrations between 0.5 and 10 mg/mL, fibers form initially, followed by crystals. Fluorescence studies suggest that the environment of the tyrosine residue changes as crystals form. This is corroborated by linear dichroism experiments that indicate a change in the orientation of the tyrosine residue over time, which suggests that a structural rearrangement occurs as the crystals form. Experimental x-ray diffraction patterns from fibers and crystals also suggest that these species are structurally distinct. A comparison of experimental and calculated diffraction patterns contributes to an understanding of the different arrangements accessed by the peptide.

  3. Determination of anisotropy of spatial correlation structure in a three-dimensional permeability field accompanied by shallow faults

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    Nakaya, Shinji; Yohmei, Taiyoh; Koike, Akihisa; Hirayama, Tetsuhiro; Yoden, Toshiaki; Nishigaki, Makoto

    2002-08-01

    Structural planes, such as fractures, bedding planes, schistosity, and so on, induce heterogeneity of permeability field in geologic bodies. One of the ways to demonstrate the heterogeneity is to geostatistically infer the spatial correlation structure. This paper presents a newly developed geostatistical technique for estimating the three-dimensional heterogeneous permeability field. In the presented method, the plane-directional anisotropy of spatial correlation structure of the three-dimensional permeability field is determined by estimating semivariograms in multiplane directions, using limited in situ measurement data of basement rock permeability. A case study of a dam site shows that the spatial correlation of permeability in the direction parallel to the fault planes is greater than that perpendicular to it. Direction of the largest anisotropy of the spatial correlation of the permeability field is concordant with the strike of the major faults.

  4. Lightweight solar concentrator structures, phase 2

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    Williams, Brian E.; Kaplan, Richard B.

    1993-01-01

    This report summarizes the results of the program conducted by Ultramet under SBIR Phase 2 Contract NAS3-25418. The objective of this program was to develop lightweight materials and processes for advanced high accuracy Space Solar Concentrators using rigidized foam for the substrate structure with an integral optical surface.

  5. Bistable defect structures in blue phase devices.

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    Tiribocchi, A; Gonnella, G; Marenduzzo, D; Orlandini, E; Salvadore, F

    2011-12-01

    Blue phases are liquid crystals made up by networks of defects, or disclination lines. While existing phase diagrams show a striking variety of competing metastable topologies for these networks, very little is known as to how to kinetically reach a target structure, or how to switch from one to the other, which is of paramount importance for devices. We theoretically identify two confined blue phase I systems in which by applying an appropriate series of electric field it is possible to select one of two bistable defect patterns. Our results may be used to realize new generation and fast switching energy-saving bistable devices in ultrathin surface treated blue phase I wafers. PMID:22182126

  6. Structural assembly demonstration experiment, phase 1

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    Akin, David L.; Bowden, Mary L.; Miller, Rene H.

    1983-01-01

    The goal of this phase of the structural assembly and demonstration experiment (SADE) program was to begin to define a shuttle flight experiment that would yield data to compare on-orbit assembly operations of large space structures with neutral buoyancy simulations. In addition, the experiment would be an early demonstration of structural hardware and human capabilities in extravehicular activity (EVA). The objectives of the MIT study, as listed in the statement of work, were: to provide support in establishing a baseline neutral buoyancy testing data base, to develop a correlation technique between neutral buoyancy test results and on-orbit operations, and to prepare the SADE experiment plan (MSFC-PLAN-913).

  7. Structural changes in the trichocyte intermediate filaments accompanying the transition from the reduced to the oxidized form.

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    Fraser, R D Bruce; Parry, David A D

    2007-07-01

    Earlier studies established that substantial changes take place in the three-dimensional structure of the newly assembled trichocyte keratin intermediate filament (IF) during the oxidation process (Wang, H., Parry, D.A.D., Jones, L.N., Idler, W.W., Marekov, L.N., Steinert, P.M. 2000. In vitro assembly and structure of trichocyte keratin intermediate filaments: A novel role for stabilization by disulfide bonding. J. Cell Biol. 151, 1459-1468). The present contribution describes a re-examination of previous data in which more accurate values for the axial dispositions of the molecules have been obtained to yield the most detailed picture yet available of the structural changes that occur in vivo. In particular, it is shown that in the newly assembled (reduced) IF the crosslinking data are consistent with the detailed (8+0) model suggested earlier (Fraser, R.D.B., Parry, D.A.D. 2005. The three-dimensional structure of trichocyte (hard alpha-) keratin intermediate filaments: Features of the molecular packing deduced from the sites of induced crosslinks. J. Struct. Biol. 151, 171-181), in which eight four-chain protofilaments are arranged on an annular ring. For oxidized IF, however, the existing X-ray data require a periodic imperfection in the surface lattice which is substantial in the case of an (8+0) model and hence difficult to explain. In contrast, an alternative (7+1) model (Fraser, R.D.B., MacRae, T.P., Parry, D.A.D., Suzuki, E. 1986. Intermediate filaments in alpha-keratin. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 83, 1179-1183) requires only a minor imperfection, and it is suggested that this is associated with the central protofilament. This suggestion is shown to be compatible with both the crosslinking data and a model for the axial distribution of electron density derived from the meridional X-ray pattern. In addition, evidence from an X-ray diffraction study of the follicle (Er Rafik, M., Briki, F., Burghammer, M., Doucet, J. 2006. In vivo formation of the hard alpha

  8. Synthesis, Structure, and Pressure-Induced Polymerization of Li 3 Fe(CN) 6 Accompanied with Enhanced Conductivity

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    Li, Kuo; Zheng, Haiyan; Hattori, Takanori; Sano-Furukawa, Asami; Tulk, Christopher A.; Molaison, Jamie; Feygenson, Mikhail; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Yang, Wenge; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-11-17

    By providing a new route to synthesize inorganic/organic conductors with tunable composition and properties, pressure-induced polymerization of charged triple-bond monomers like acetylide and cyanide could lead to formation of a conductive metal–carbon network composite. The industry application of this promising synthetic method is mainly limited by the reaction pressure needed, which is often too high to be reached for gram amounts of sample. Here we successfully synthesized highly conductive Li3Fe(CN)6 at maximum pressure around 5 GPa and used in situ diagnostic tools to follow the structural and functional transformations of the sample, including in situ X-ray and neutron diffraction andmore » Raman and impedance spectroscopy, along with the neutron pair distribution function measurement on the recovered sample. The cyanide anions start to react around 1 GPa and bond to each other irreversibly at around 5 GPa, which are the lowest reaction pressures in all known metal cyanides and within the technologically achievable pressure range for industrial production. Moreover, the conductivity of the polymer is above 10–3 S·cm–1, which reaches the range of conductive polymers. Our investigation suggests that the pressure-induced polymerization route is practicable for synthesizing some types of functional conductive materials for industrial use, and further research like doping and heating can hence be motivated to synthesize novel materials under lower pressure and with better performances.« less

  9. Extension of Life Span by Impaired Glucose Metabolism in Caenorhabditis elegans Is Accompanied by Structural Rearrangements of the Transcriptomic Network

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    Priebe, Steffen; Menzel, Uwe; Zarse, Kim; Groth, Marco; Platzer, Matthias; Ristow, Michael; Guthke, Reinhard

    2013-01-01

    Glucose restriction mimicked by feeding the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans with 2-deoxy-D-glucose (DOG) - a glucose molecule that lacks the ability to undergo glycolysis - has been found to increase the life span of the nematodes considerably. To facilitate understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind this life extension, we analyzed transcriptomes of DOG-treated and untreated roundworms obtained by RNA-seq at different ages. We found that, depending on age, DOG changes the magnitude of the expression values of about 2 to 24 percent of the genes significantly, although our results reveal that the gross changes introduced by DOG are small compared to the age-induced changes. We found that 27 genes are constantly either up- or down-regulated by DOG over the whole life span, among them several members of the cytochrome P450 family. The monotonic change with age of the temporal expression patterns of the genes was investigated, leading to the result that 21 genes reverse their monotonic behaviour under impaired glycolysis. Put simply, the DOG-treatment reduces the gross transcriptional activity but increases the interconnectedness of gene expression. However, a detailed analysis of network parameters discloses that the introduced changes differ remarkably between individual signalling pathways. We found a reorganization of the hubs of the mTOR pathway when standard diet is replaced by DOG feeding. By constructing correlation based difference networks, we identified those signalling pathways that are most vigorously changed by impaired glycolysis. Taken together, we have found a number of genes and pathways that are potentially involved in the DOG-driven extension of life span of C. elegans. Furthermore, our results demonstrate how the network structure of ageing-relevant signalling pathways is reorganised under impaired glycolysis. PMID:24204961

  10. Phase structure of higher spin black hole

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    Chen, Bin; Long, Jiang; Wang, Yi-Nan

    2013-03-01

    In this paper, we investigate the phase structure of the black holes with one single higher spin hair, focusing specifically on the spin 3 and spin widetilde{4} black holes. Based on dimensional analysis and the requirement of thermodynamic consistency, we derive a universal formula relating the entropy with the conserved charges for arbitrary AdS 3 higher spin black holes. Then we use it to study the phase structure of the higher spin black holes. We find that there are six branches of solutions in the spin 3 gravity, eight branches of solutions in the spin widetilde{4} gravity and twelve branches of solutions in the G 2 gravity. In each case, all the branches are related by a simple angle shift in the entropy functions. In the spin 3 case, we reproduce all the results found before. In the spin widetilde{4} case, we find that at low temperature it lies in the BTZ branch while at high temperature it undergoes a phase transition to one of the two other branches, depending on the signature of the chemical potential, a reflection of charge conjugate asymmetry found before.

  11. Structural aspects of the relaxation process in spin crossover solids: Phase separation, mapping of lattice strain, and domain wall structure

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    Nicolazzi, W.; Pillet, S.

    2012-03-01

    We present a nonequilibrium study of the relaxation process in spin crossover solids using numerical simulations of a recently introduced two-variable elastic Ising-like model. We analyze the structural lattice distortions accompanying the relaxation from the metastable high-spin to the ground low-spin state as a function of cooperativity. In the highly cooperative case, a sigmoidal relaxation behavior of the high-spin fraction nHS is described, and it occurs jointly with a structural phase separation process. The mean lattice spacing follows a similar sigmoidal trend, owing to the interplay between electronic and lattice variables in the Hamiltonian. Weakly cooperative systems are characterized by single exponential relaxations of the high-spin fraction, the corresponding structural transformation proceeds homogeneously with a progressive relaxation of the mean lattice spacing. Long relaxation tail effects are also observed. We highlight the development of lattice strain accompanying the spin transition, and show that structural phase rebuilding proceeds in the late stage of the relaxation by releasing residual strain. Under specific conditions, a temporal decoupling between the electronic and lattice variables is observed, which may have direct applications for interpreting time-resolved spectroscopic or diffraction experiments and for elucidating unusual structural behaviors, such as the development of superstructures, modulated structures, or transient phases.

  12. Electronic structure engineering of various structural phases of phosphorene.

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    Kaur, Sumandeep; Kumar, Ashok; Srivastava, Sunita; Tankeshwar, K

    2016-07-21

    We report the tailoring of the electronic structures of various structural phases of phosphorene (α-P, β-P, γ-P and δ-P) based homo- and hetero-bilayers through in-plane mechanical strains, vertical pressure and transverse electric field by employing density functional theory. In-plane biaxial strains have considerably modified the electronic bandgap of both homo- and hetero-bilayers while vertical pressure induces metallization in the considered structures. The γ-P homo-bilayer structure showed the highest ultimate tensile strength (UTS ∼ 6.21 GPa) upon in-plane stretching. Upon application of a transverse electric field, the variation in the bandgap of hetero-bilayers was found to be strongly dependent on the polarity of the applied field which is attributed to the counterbalance between the external electric field and the internal field induced by different structural phases and heterogeneity in the arrangements of atoms of each surface of the hetero-bilayer system. Our results demonstrate that the electronic structures of the considered hetero- and homo-bilayers of phosphorene could be modified by biaxial strain, pressure and electric field to achieve the desired properties for future nano-electronic devices.

  13. Symmetry considerations in structural phase transitions

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    Perez-Mato, J. M.; Aroyo, M. I.; Orobengoa, D.

    2012-03-01

    The most important symmetry arguments to be considered in the analysis of structural phase transitions are reviewed. A practical approach is used, with the discussion of many examples. In particular, we stress the straightforward application of computer tools freely available in internet to solve these symmetry-related problems. We focus on programs available on the Bilbao Crystallographic Server (www.cryst.ehu.es), but also the use of some programs from the ISOTROPY site (http://stokes.byu.edu/isotropy.html) is discussed.

  14. Community structure revealed by phase locking.

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    Zhou, Ming-Yang; Zhuo, Zhao; Cai, Shi-min; Fu, Zhongqian

    2014-09-01

    Community structure can naturally emerge in paths to synchronization, and scratching it from the paths is a tough issue that accounts for the diverse dynamics of synchronization. In this paper, with assumption that the synchronization on complex networks is made up of local and collective processes, we proposed a scheme to lock the local synchronization (phase locking) at a stable state, meanwhile, suppress the collective synchronization based on Kuramoto model. Through this scheme, the network dynamics only contains the local synchronization, which suggests that the nodes in the same community synchronize together and these synchronization clusters well reveal the community structure of network. Furthermore, by analyzing the paths to synchronization, the relations or overlaps among different communities are also obtained. Thus, the community detection based on the scheme is performed on five real networks and the observed community structures are much more apparent than modularity-based fast algorithm. Our results not only provide a deep insight to understand the synchronization dynamics on complex network but also enlarge the research scope of community detection.

  15. Macromolecular structure phasing by neutron anomalous diffraction

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    Cuypers, Maxime G.; Mason, Sax A.; Mossou, Estelle; Haertlein, Michael; Forsyth, V. Trevor; Mitchell, Edward P.

    2016-01-01

    In this report we show for the first time that neutron anomalous dispersion can be used in a practical manner to determine experimental phases of a protein crystal structure, providing a new tool for structural biologists. The approach is demonstrated through the use of a state-of-the-art monochromatic neutron diffractometer at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in combination with crystals of perdeuterated protein that minimise the level of hydrogen incoherent scattering and enhance the visibility of the anomalous signal. The protein used was rubredoxin in which cadmium replaced the iron at the iron-sulphur site. While this study was carried out using a steady-state neutron beam source, the results will be of major interest for capabilities at existing and emerging spallation neutron sources where time-of-flight instruments provide inherent energy discrimination. In particular this capability may be expected to offer unique opportunities to a rapidly developing structural biology community where there is increasing interest in the identification of protonation states, protein/water interactions and protein-ligand interactions – all of which are of central importance to a wide range of fundamental and applied areas in the biosciences. PMID:27511806

  16. Phase structure of liposome in lipid mixtures.

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    Zhang, Tianxi; Li, Yuzhuo; Mueller, Anja

    2011-11-01

    Gas microbubbles present in ultrasound imaging contrast agents are stabilized by lipid aggregates that typically contain a mixture of lipids. In this study, the phase structure of the lipid mixtures that contained two or three lipids was investigated using three different methods: dynamic light scattering, (1)H NMR, and microfluidity measurements with fluorescence probes. Three lipids that are commonly present in imaging agents (DPPC, DPPE-PEG, and DPPA) were used. Two types of systems, two-lipid model systems and simulated imaging systems were investigated. The results show that liposomes were the dominant aggregates in all the samples studied. The polar PEG side chains from the PEGylated lipid lead to the formation of micelles and micellar aggregates in small sizes. In the ternary lipid systems, almost all the lipids were present in bilayers with micelles absent and free lipids at very low concentration. These results suggest that liposomes, not micelles, contribute to the stabilization of microbubbles in an ultrasound imaging contrast agent.

  17. Urinary Lipocalin Protein in a Female Rodent with Correlation to Phases in the Estrous Cycle: An Experimental Study Accompanied by In Silico Analysis

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    Saibaba, Ganesan; Alagesan, Alagersamy; Rengarajan, Rengasamy Lakhsminarayanan; Archunan, Govindaraju

    2013-01-01

    Male urinary lipocalin family proteins, practically odorant-binding proteins but also could be pheromones by themselves, in rodents act as a shuttle for chemosignal communication and facilitate delivery of the signals for access to congeners. However, presence of this protein in urine of female rodents has not yet been reported. Therefore, the present investigation was carried out to find if lipocalin family protein is present in the urine of female house rat and, if so, to find whether its expression differs between the phases in the estrous cycle. The rat urinary protein was separated in single dimensional gel electrophoresis. A 14.5 kDa lipocalin protein appeared in the urine prominently during the estrus and metestrus phases compared to proestrus and diestrus phases. The expression of this protein in the urine was very low in ovariectomized rats. MALDI-TOF/MS analysis affirmed the 14.5 kDa protein as a lipocalin family protein. Analysis adopting bio-informatics tools further proved the protein as a lipocalin family member. Thus, this study for the first time demonstrated the presence of a lipocalin family protein in the urine of a female rodent and it was highly expressed during estrus phase. This lipocalin protein in female rat urine may facilitate a chemosignal function independently of a pheromone or in association with a specific pheromone. PMID:23967199

  18. Source parameters of a M4.8 and its accompanying repeating earthquakes off Kamaishi, NE Japan: Implications for the hierarchical structure of asperities and earthquake cycle

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    Uchida, N.; Matsuzawa, T.; Ellsworth, W.L.; Imanishi, K.; Okada, T.; Hasegawa, A.

    2007-01-01

    We determine the source parameters of a M4.9 ?? 0.1 'characteristic earthquake' sequence and its accompanying microearthquakes at ???50 km depth on the subduction plate boundary offshore of Kamaishi, NE Japan. The microearthquakes tend to occur more frequently in the latter half of the recurrence intervals of the M4.9 ?? 0.1 events. Our results show that the microearthquakes are repeating events and they are located not only around but also within the slip area for the 2001 M4.8 event. From the hierarchical structure of slip areas and smaller stress drops for the microearthquakes compared to the M4.8 event, we infer the small repeating earthquakes rupture relatively weak patches in and around the slip area for the M4.8 event and their activity reflects a stress concentration process and/or change in frictional property (healing) at the area. We also infer the patches for the M4.9 ?? 0.1 and other repeating earthquakes undergo aseismic slip during their interseismic period. Copyright 2007 by the American Geophysical Union.

  19. SSME structural dynamic model development, phase 2

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    Foley, M. J.; Wilson, V. L.

    1985-01-01

    A set of test correlated mathematical models of the SSME High Pressure Oxygen Turbopump (HPOTP) housing and rotor assembly was produced. New analysis methods within the EISI/EAL and SPAR systems were investigated and runstreams for future use were developed. The LOX pump models have undergone extensive modification since the first phase of this effort was completed. The rotor assembly from the original model was abandoned and a new, more detailed model constructed. A description of the new rotor math model is presented. Also, the pump housing model was continually modified as additional test data have become available. This model is documented along with measured test results. Many of the more advanced features of the EAL/SPAR finite element analysis system were exercised. These included the cyclic symmetry option, the macro-element procedures, and the fluid analysis capability. In addition, a new tool was developed that allows an automated analysis of a disjoint structure in terms of its component modes. A complete description of the implementation of the Craig-Bampton method is given along with two worked examples.

  20. Coupled magnetic, structural, and electronic phase transitions in FeRh

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    Lewis, L. H.; Marrows, C. H.; Langridge, S.

    2016-08-01

    The B2-ordered intermetallic magnetic compound FeRh exhibits a thermodynamically first-order phase transition in the vicinity of room temperature that makes it a highly intriguing subject for both fundamental and applied study. On heating through the transition the magnetic character changes from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic order with an accompanying large increase in the electrical conductivity and an abrupt expansion in the lattice structure. Accompanying these effects is a very large entropy change comprising both magnetic and lattice contributions. As well as being driven by temperature, these coupled phase transitions may be driven by the application or removal of a magnetic field, or, because of the extremely strong lattice-spin interactions present in this compound, by an applied strain (pressure), and combinations thereof. In addition to these driving factors, the transition temperature can also be tuned by both compositional and finite size effects. Building from historical work on bulk forms of FeRh, the effects of extrinsic and intrinsic parameter variation on the coupled magnetic, structural, and electronic phase transitions are reviewed here, with special attention directed to phenomena that manifest themselves in thin films. Overall, the rich manner in which the physical properties of FeRh change at the phase transition has potential for a wide range of technological applications in areas such as thermally-assisted magnetic recording media, CFC-free magnetic cooling, sensors for energy management, and novel spintronic devices.

  1. Analysis of structure and phase composition of rails subjected to differential hardening at different regimes

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    Gromov, V. E. Morozov, K. V. Konovalov, S. V.; Alsaraeva, K. V.; Semina, O. A.; Ivanov, Yu. F.; Volkov, K. V.

    2014-11-14

    Differential hardening of rails by compressed air in different regimes is accompanied by formation of morphologically different structure, being formed according to the diffusion mechanism of γ↔α transformation and consisting of grains of lamellar pearlite, free ferrite and grains of ferrite-carbide mixture. By methods of transmission electron microscopy the layer by layer analysis of differentially hardened rails has been carried out, the quantitative parameters of the structure, phase composition and dislocation substructure have been established and their comparison has been made for different regimes of hardening. It has been found that the structure-phase states being formed have gradient character, defined by the hardening regime, direction of study from the surface of rolling and by depth of location of layer under study.

  2. Phase transitions and domain structures in multiferroics

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    Vlahos, Eftihia

    2011-12-01

    Thin film ferroelectrics and multiferroics are two important classes of materials interesting both from a scientific and a technological prospective. The volatility of lead and bismuth as well as environmental issues regarding the toxicity of lead are two disadvantages of the most commonly used ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM) materials such as Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 and SrBi2Ta2O9. Therefore lead-free thin film ferroelectrics are promising substitutes as long as (a) they can be grown on technologically important substrates such as silicon, and (b) their T c and Pr become comparable to that of well established ferroelectrics. On the other hand, the development of functional room temperature ferroelectric ferromagnetic multiferroics could lead to very interesting phenomena such as control of magnetism with electric fields and control of electrical polarization with magnetic fields. This thesis focuses on the understanding of material structure-property relations using nonlinear optical spectroscopy. Nonlinear spectroscopy is an excellent tool for probing the onset of ferroelectricity, and domain dynamics in strained ferroelectrics and multiferroics. Second harmonic generation was used to detect ferroelectricity and the antiferrodistortive phase transition in thin film SrTiO3. Incipient ferroelectric CaTiO3 has been shown to become ferroelectric when strained with a combination of SHG and dielectric measurements. The tensorial nature of the induced nonlinear polarization allows for probing of the BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 polarization contributions in nanoscale BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices. In addition, nonlinear optics was used to demonstrate ferroelectricity in multiferroic EuTiO3. Finally, confocal SHG and Raman microscopy were utilized to visualize polar domains in incipient ferroelectric and ferroelastic CaTiO3.

  3. On the structure of supercritical phase transition

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    Hirata, Y.S. )

    1990-06-10

    A novel physical picture is presented for the normal-to-supercritical phase transition in QED around a large-Z nucleus. The process is described as the decay of the false vacuum in close analogy to the first-order phase transition in statistical mechanics. The irreversible nature of the transition is pointed out and the physical implications of this picture are discussed.

  4. Large entropy change accompanying two successive magnetic phase transitions in TbMn{sub 2}Si{sub 2} for magnetic refrigeration

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    Li, Guoxing; Cheng, Zhenxiang E-mail: cheng@uow.edu.au; Fang, Chunsheng; Dou, Shixue; Wang, Jianli E-mail: cheng@uow.edu.au; Ren, Qingyong

    2015-05-04

    Structural and magnetic properties in TbMn{sub 2}Si{sub 2} are studied by variable temperature X-ray diffraction, magnetization, electrical resistivity, and heat capacity measurements. TbMn{sub 2}Si{sub 2} undergoes two successive magnetic transitions at around T{sub c1} = 50 K and T{sub c2} = 64 K. T{sub c1} remains almost constant with increasing magnetic field, but T{sub c2} shifts significantly to higher temperature. Thus, there are two partially overlapping peaks in the temperature dependence of magnetic entropy change, i.e., −ΔS{sub M} (T). The different responses of T{sub c1} and T{sub c2} to external magnetic field, and the overlapping of −ΔS{sub M} (T) around T{sub c1} and T{sub c2} induce a large refrigerant capacity (RC) within a large temperature range. The large reversible magnetocaloric effect (−ΔS{sub M}{sup peak} ∼ 16 J/kg K for a field change of 0–5 T) and RC (=396 J/kg) indicate that TbMn{sub 2}Si{sub 2} could be a promising candidate for low temperature magnetic refrigeration.

  5. Colossal magnetoresistance accompanied with magnetorelaxor behavior in phase-separated Ca1-xCexMnO3 thin films and CaMnO3/Ca0.92Ce0.08MnO3 superlattices

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    Xiang, P.-H.; Yamada, H.; Sawa, A.; Akoh, H.

    2010-03-01

    We report on the transport properties of electron-doped manganite Ca1-xCexMnO3 (CCMO, 0≤x≤0.08) films and superlattices composed of insulating layers CaMnO3 (CMO) and Ca0.92Ce0.08MnO3 (CCMO8), deposited on nearly lattice-matched NdAlO3 substrates. The CCMO (x =0.06 and 0.07) films show colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) accompanied with magnetorelaxor behavior, which can be ascribed to the phase separation of canted G-type antiferromagnetic metal and C-type antiferromagnetic insulator. The (CMO)m/(CCMO8)n superlattices with 4≤m, n ≤8 (unit cells) resemble the solid-solution CCMO (x =0.06 and 0.07) films in CMR and magnetorelaxor behavior, suggesting that the phase separation takes place in the superlattices. The CMR and magnetorelaxor behavior of the (CMO)m/(CCMO8)n superlattices strongly depend on the thicknesses of constituent CMO and CCMO8 layers. The origin of the phase separation in the superlattices is discussed in terms of the charge transfer and the phase competition at the interfaces.

  6. Synthesis of alloys with controlled phase structure

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    Guthrie, S.E.; Thomas, G.J.; Bauer, W.; Yang, N.Y.C.

    1999-04-20

    A method is described for preparing controlled phase alloys useful for engineering and hydrogen storage applications. This novel method avoids melting the constituents by employing vapor transport, in a hydrogen atmosphere, of an active metal constituent, having a high vapor pressure at temperatures {approx_equal}300 C and its subsequent condensation on and reaction with the other constituent (substrate) of an alloy thereby forming a controlled phase alloy and preferably a single phase alloy. It is preferred that the substrate material be a metal powder such that diffusion of the active metal constituent, preferably magnesium, and reaction therewith can be completed within a reasonable time and at temperatures {approx_equal}300 C thereby avoiding undesirable effects such as sintering, local compositional inhomogeneities, segregation, and formation of unwanted second phases such as intermetallic compounds. 4 figs.

  7. Synthesis of alloys with controlled phase structure

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    Guthrie, Stephen Everett; Thomas, George John; Bauer, Walter; Yang, Nancy Yuan Chi

    1999-04-20

    A method for preparing controlled phase alloys useful for engineering and hydrogen storage applications. This novel method avoids melting the constituents by employing vapor transport, in a hydrogen atmosphere, of an active metal constituent, having a high vapor pressure at temperatures .apprxeq.300 C. and its subsequent condensation on and reaction with the other constituent (substrate) of an alloy thereby forming a controlled phase alloy and preferably a single phase alloy. It is preferred that the substrate material be a metal powder such that diffusion of the active metal constituent, preferably magnesium, and reaction therewith can be completed within a reasonable time and at temperatures .apprxeq.300 C. thereby avoiding undesirable effects such as sintering, local compositional inhomogeneities, segregation, and formation of unwanted second phases such as intermetallic compounds.

  8. Using a plenoptic sensor to reconstruct vortex phase structures.

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    Wu, Chensheng; Ko, Jonathan; Davis, Christopher C

    2016-07-15

    A branch point problem and its solution commonly involve recognizing and reconstructing a vortex phase structure around a singular point. In laser beam propagation through random media, the destructive phase contributions from various parts of a vortex phase structure will cause a dark area in the center of the beam's intensity profile. This null of intensity can, in turn, prevent the vortex phase structure from being recognized. In this Letter, we show how to use a plenoptic sensor to transform the light field of a vortex beam so that a simple and direct reconstruction algorithm can be applied to reveal the vortex phase structure. As a result, we show that the plenoptic sensor is effective in detecting branch points and can be used to reconstruct phase distortion in a beam in a wide sense. PMID:27420487

  9. Observation of Exchange Anisotropy in Single-Phase Layer-Structured Oxides with Long Periods

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    Huang, Yan; Wang, Guopeng; Sun, Shujie; Wang, Jianlin; Peng, Ranran; Lin, Yue; Zhai, Xiaofang; Fu, Zhengping; Lu, Yalin

    2015-01-01

    A remarkable exchange bias effect arising from the temperature-dependent interaction among the ferromagnetic-like cluster glasses and antiferromagnetic regions was observed in a newly developed single-phase multiferroic compound of Bi10Fe6Ti3O30 which has a nine-layer Aurivillius structure. Inhomogeneous distribution of magnetic Fe ions inside this long-period layered structure was experimentally identified via the atomic level imaging. The results confirmed the presence of the short-range magnetic ordering (the cluster glassy state) and the canted antiferromagnetism, and then the direct interaction among them was further confirmed. Finding of this new single-phase material accompanying this remarkable exchange bias effect would be beneficial to both basic physics understanding and the potential device development. PMID:26487509

  10. Dual-phase Cr-Ta alloys for structural applications

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    Liu, Chain T.; Brady, Michael P.; Zhu, Jiahong; Tortorelli, Peter F.

    2001-01-01

    Dual phase alloys of chromium containing 2 to 11 atomic percent tantalum with minor amounts of Mo, Cr, Ti, Y, La, Cr, Si and Ge are disclosed. These alloys contain two phases including Laves phase and Cr-rich solid solution in either eutectic structures or dispersed Laves phase particles in the Cr-rich solid solution matrix. The alloys have superior mechanical properties at high temperature and good oxidation resistance when heated to above 1000.degree. C. in air.

  11. Local Crystalline Structure in an Amorphous Protein Dense Phase

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    Greene, Daniel G.; Modla, Shannon; Wagner, Norman J.; Sandler, Stanley I.; Lenhoff, Abraham M.

    2015-01-01

    Proteins exhibit a variety of dense phases ranging from gels, aggregates, and precipitates to crystalline phases and dense liquids. Although the structure of the crystalline phase is known in atomistic detail, little attention has been paid to noncrystalline protein dense phases, and in many cases the structures of these phases are assumed to be fully amorphous. In this work, we used small-angle neutron scattering, electron microscopy, and electron tomography to measure the structure of ovalbumin precipitate particles salted out with ammonium sulfate. We found that the ovalbumin phase-separates into core-shell particles with a core radius of ∼2 μm and shell thickness of ∼0.5 μm. Within this shell region, nanostructures comprised of crystallites of ovalbumin self-assemble into a well-defined bicontinuous network with branches ∼12 nm thick. These results demonstrate that the protein gel is comprised in part of nanocrystalline protein. PMID:26488663

  12. Atomic Structure and Phase Transformations in Pu Alloys

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    Schwartz, A J; Cynn, H; Blobaum, K M; Wall, M A; Moore, K T; Evans, W J; Farber, D L; Jeffries, J R; Massalski, T B

    2008-04-28

    Plutonium and plutonium-based alloys containing Al or Ga exhibit numerous phases with crystal structures ranging from simple monoclinic to face-centered cubic. Only recently, however, has there been increased convergence in the actinides community on the details of the equilibrium form of the phase diagrams. Practically speaking, while the phase diagrams that represent the stability of the fcc {delta}-phase field at room temperature are generally applicable, it is also recognized that Pu and its alloys are never truly in thermodynamic equilibrium because of self-irradiation effects, primarily from the alpha decay of Pu isotopes. This article covers past and current research on several properties of Pu and Pu-(Al or Ga) alloys and their connections to the crystal structure and the microstructure. We review the consequences of radioactive decay, the recent advances in understanding the electronic structure, the current research on phase transformations and their relations to phase diagrams and phase stability, the nature of the isothermal martensitic {delta} {yields} {alpha}{prime} transformation, and the pressure-induced transformations in the {delta}-phase alloys. New data are also presented on the structures and phase transformations observed in these materials following the application of pressure, including the formation of transition phases.

  13. 2D ice from first principles: structures and phase transitions

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    Chen, Ji; Schusteritsch, Georg; Pickard, Chris J.; Salzmann, Christoph G.; Michaelides, Angelos

    Despite relevance to disparate areas such as cloud microphysics and tribology, major gaps in the understanding of the structures and phase transitions of low-dimensional water ice remain. Here we report a first principles study of confined 2D ice as a function of pressure. We find that at ambient pressure hexagonal and pentagonal monolayer structures are the two lowest enthalpy phases identified. Upon mild compression the pentagonal structure becomes the most stable and persists up to ca. 2 GPa at which point square and rhombic phases are stable. The square phase agrees with recent experimental observations of square ice confined within graphene sheets. We also find a double layer AA stacked square ice phase, which clarifies the difference between experimental observations and earlier force field simulations. This work provides a fresh perspective on 2D confined ice, highlighting the sensitivity of the structures observed to both the confining pressure and width.

  14. Distillation tray structural parameter study: Phase 1

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    Winter, J. Ronald

    1991-01-01

    The purpose here is to identify the structural parameters (plate thickness, liquid level, beam size, number of beams, tray diameter, etc.) that affect the structural integrity of distillation trays in distillation columns. Once the sensitivity of the trays' dynamic response to these parameters has been established, the designer will be able to use this information to prepare more accurate specifications for the construction of new trays. Information is given on both static and dynamic analysis, modal response, and tray failure details.

  15. Phase structure rewrite systems in information retrieval

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    Klingbiel, P. H.

    1985-01-01

    Operational level automatic indexing requires an efficient means of normalizing natural language phrases. Subject switching requires an efficient means of translating one set of authorized terms to another. A phrase structure rewrite system called a Lexical Dictionary is explained that performs these functions. Background, operational use, other applications and ongoing research are explained.

  16. STAEBL: Structural tailoring of engine blades, phase 2

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    Hirschbein, M. S.; Brown, K. W.

    1984-01-01

    The Structural Tailoring of Engine Blades (STAEBL) program was initiated at NASA Lewis Research Center in 1980 to introduce optimal structural tailoring into the design process for aircraft gas turbine engine blades. The standard procedure for blade design is highly iterative with the engineer directly providing most of the decisions that control the design process. The goal of the STAEBL program has been to develop an automated approach to generate structurally optimal blade designs. The program has evolved as a three-phase effort with the developmental work being performed contractually by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Phase 1 was intended as a proof of concept in which two fan blades were structurally tailored to meet a full set of structural design constraints while minimizing DOC+I (direct operating cost plus interest) for a representative aircraft. This phase was successfully completed and was reported in reference 1 and 2. Phase 2 has recently been completed and is the basis for this discussion. During this phase, three tasks were accomplished: (1) a nonproprietary structural tailoring computer code was developed; (2) a dedicated approximate finite-element analysis was developed; and (3) an approximate large-deflection analysis was developed to assess local foreign object damage. Phase 3 is just beginning and is designed to incorporated aerodynamic analyses directly into the structural tailoring system in order to relax current geometric constraints.

  17. Structural transitions in condensed colloidal virus phases

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    Schmidt, Nathan; Barr, Steve; Udit, Andrew; Gutierrez, Leonardo; Nguyen, Thanh; Finn, M. G.; Luijten, Erik; Wong, Gerard

    2010-03-01

    Analogous to monatomic systems colloidal phase behavior is entirely determined by the interaction potential between particles. This potential can be tuned using solutes such as multivalent salts and polymers with varying affinity for the colloids to create a hierarchy of attractions. Bacteriophage viruses are a naturally occurring type of colloidal particle with characteristics difficult to achieve by laboratory synthesis. They are monodisperse, nanometers in size, and have heterogeneous surface charge distributions. We use the MS2 and Qbeta bacteriophages (diameters 27-28nm) to understand the interplay between different attraction mechanisms on nanometer-sized colloids. Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) is used to characterize the inter-particle interaction between colloidal viruses using several polymer species and different salt types.

  18. Two Dimensional Ice from First Principles: Structures and Phase Transitions.

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    Chen, Ji; Schusteritsch, Georg; Pickard, Chris J; Salzmann, Christoph G; Michaelides, Angelos

    2016-01-15

    Despite relevance to disparate areas such as cloud microphysics and tribology, major gaps in the understanding of the structures and phase transitions of low-dimensional water ice remain. Here, we report a first principles study of confined 2D ice as a function of pressure. We find that at ambient pressure hexagonal and pentagonal monolayer structures are the two lowest enthalpy phases identified. Upon mild compression, the pentagonal structure becomes the most stable and persists up to ∼2  GPa, at which point the square and rhombic phases are stable. The square phase agrees with recent experimental observations of square ice confined within graphene sheets. This work provides a fresh perspective on 2D confined ice, highlighting the sensitivity of the structures observed to both the confining pressure and the width.

  19. Two Dimensional Ice from First Principles: Structures and Phase Transitions

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    Chen, Ji; Schusteritsch, Georg; Pickard, Chris J.; Salzmann, Christoph G.; Michaelides, Angelos

    2016-01-01

    Despite relevance to disparate areas such as cloud microphysics and tribology, major gaps in the understanding of the structures and phase transitions of low-dimensional water ice remain. Here, we report a first principles study of confined 2D ice as a function of pressure. We find that at ambient pressure hexagonal and pentagonal monolayer structures are the two lowest enthalpy phases identified. Upon mild compression, the pentagonal structure becomes the most stable and persists up to ˜2 GPa , at which point the square and rhombic phases are stable. The square phase agrees with recent experimental observations of square ice confined within graphene sheets. This work provides a fresh perspective on 2D confined ice, highlighting the sensitivity of the structures observed to both the confining pressure and the width.

  20. Two Dimensional Ice from First Principles: Structures and Phase Transitions.

    PubMed

    Chen, Ji; Schusteritsch, Georg; Pickard, Chris J; Salzmann, Christoph G; Michaelides, Angelos

    2016-01-15

    Despite relevance to disparate areas such as cloud microphysics and tribology, major gaps in the understanding of the structures and phase transitions of low-dimensional water ice remain. Here, we report a first principles study of confined 2D ice as a function of pressure. We find that at ambient pressure hexagonal and pentagonal monolayer structures are the two lowest enthalpy phases identified. Upon mild compression, the pentagonal structure becomes the most stable and persists up to ∼2  GPa, at which point the square and rhombic phases are stable. The square phase agrees with recent experimental observations of square ice confined within graphene sheets. This work provides a fresh perspective on 2D confined ice, highlighting the sensitivity of the structures observed to both the confining pressure and the width. PMID:26824547

  1. Recent developments in phasing and structure refinement for macromolecular crystallography

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    Adams, Paul D.; Afonine, Pavel V.; Grosse-Kunstleve, Ralf W.; Read, Randy J.; Richardson, Jane S.; Richardson, David C.; Terwilliger, Thomas C.

    2009-01-01

    Summary Central to crystallographic structure solution is obtaining accurate phases in order to build a molecular model, ultimately followed by refinement of that model to optimize its fit to the experimental diffraction data and prior chemical knowledge. Recent advances in phasing and model refinement and validation algorithms make it possible to arrive at better electron density maps and more accurate models. PMID:19700309

  2. High pressure structural phase transitions of PbPo

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    Bencherif, Y.; Boukra, A.; Zaoui, A.; Ferhat, M.

    2012-09-01

    First-principles calculations have been performed to investigate the high pressure phase transitions and dynamical properties of the less known lead polonium compound. The calculated ground state parameters for the NaCl phase show good agreement with the experimental data. The obtained results show that the intermediate phase transition for this compound is the orthorhombic Pnma phase. The PbPo undergoes from the rocksalt to Pnma phase at 4.20 GPa. Further structural phase transition from intermediate to CsCl phase has been found at 8.5 GPa. In addition, phonon dispersion spectra were derived from linear-response to density functional theory. In particular, we show that the dynamical properties of PbPo exhibit some peculiar features compared to other III-V compounds. Finally, thermodynamics properties have been also addressed from quasiharmonic approximation.

  3. Phase Transitions and Domain Structures in Nanoferroelectrics.

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    Levanyuk, Arkadi

    2006-03-01

    A review of the Landau-type theory of size effects in ferroelectric phase transitions will be presented. An aspect of this theory, a question about the ``critical thickness'' of ferroelectric thin films will be the main emphasis. This question can be reduced to that of the size dependence of temperature of ferroelectric phase transition by taking into account two possibilities for such a transition: formation of (i) single- or (ii) multi-domain ferroelectric state. In a defect-free sample, two factors would define which of these possibilities is realized: the depolarizing field and the specific features of the sample surface reflected in the boundary conditions for the Landau-type equations in addition to the conventional electrodynamics boundary conditions. The possibility of the transition into the single domain state strongly depends on a character of electrodes and the additional boundary conditions, while it is much less important for the multi-domain case. In realistic conditions, the transition would proceed into the multi-domain state, especially in near cubic ferroelectrics, e.g. films of cubic perovskites with an elastic mismatch between the film and a substrate. Importantly, the shift of a transition temperature with respect to a bulk is relatively small in this case. The message is that, while studying the question about the ``critical thickness'', multi-domain states rather than single domain ones should be considered first of all, contrary to the approach in some recent papers where only monodomain state was studied.. In particular, there is no definite indication of ultimate ``critical thickness'' for a multi domain ferroelectric state in nearly cubic samples. Along with ultra thin films the ferroelectric nanopowders are also intensively studied now. Here the size effects are more complicated because of long-range interaction between the particles. The problems which the theory faces here are briefly commented upon. It is worth mentioning that

  4. Investigations of pressure induced structural phase transformations in pentaerythritol

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    Garg, Nandini; Sharma, Surinder M.; Sikka, S. K.

    2005-10-01

    We have investigated the pressure induced structural changes in pentaerythritol {2,2-bis-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-propanediol} with the help of X-ray diffraction studies. Our results show that this compound undergoes transformations to a lower symmetry phase between 5.2-5.9 GPa. It further undergoes phase transformations at ˜8.5 and ˜11 GPa; eventually evolving to a disordered phase beyond 14-15 GPa in agreement with our earlier Raman studies. On release of pressure from 18.5 GPa, the compound transforms back to the initial tetragonal phase.

  5. A Phase-Field Method for Simulating Fluid-Structure Interactions in Multi-Phase Flow

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    Zheng, Xiaoning; Karniadakis, George

    2015-11-01

    We investigate two-phase flow instabilities by numerical simulations of fluid structure interactions in two-phase flow. The first case is a flexible pipe conveying two fluids, which exhibits self-sustained oscillations at high Reynolds number and tension related parameter. Well-defined two-phase flow patterns, i.e., slug flow and bubbly flow, are observed. The second case is external two-phase cross flow past a circular cylinder, which induces a Kelvin-Helmholtz instability due to density stratification. We solve the Navier-Stokes equation coupled with the Cahn-Hilliard equation and the structure equation in an arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) framework. For the fluid solver, a spectral/hp element method is employed for spatial discretization and backward differentiation for time discretization. For the structure solver, a Galerkin method is used in Lagrangian coordinates for spatial discretization and the Newmark- β scheme for time discretization.

  6. Possible Structural Phase Transitions in Transition Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Durgun, Engin; Sahin, Hasan; Peeters, Francois

    2014-03-01

    Most of the the transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) have graphene-like hexagonal crystal structure which are composed of metal atom layers (M) sandwiched between layers of chalcogen atoms (X) and these structures have MX2 stoichiometry. Chalcogen layers can be stacked on top of each other in two different forms: H phase made of trigonal prismatic holes for metal atoms and T phase that consists staggered chalcogen layers forming octahedral holes for metals. Among the TMDs that have been reported to be stable, individual layers of MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2 have 1H structure in their ground state while dichalcogens of Ti, V and Ta prefer the 1T phase. In our study we investigate the physical mechanisms underlying for the possible phase transitions in TMDs. Our calculations based on first-principles techniques reveal that in addition to H and T phases various distorted H and T phases can be also stabilized by point defects. These new phases have entirely different electronic properties.

  7. Low temperature phase transition and crystal structure of CsMgPO{sub 4}

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    Orlova, Maria; Khainakov, Sergey; Michailov, Dmitriy; Perfler, Lukas; Langes, Christoph; Kahlenberg, Volker; Orlova, Albina

    2015-01-15

    CsMgPO{sub 4} doped with radioisotopes is a promising compound for usage as a radioactive medical source. However, a low temperature phase transition at temperatures close to ambient conditions (∼−40 °C) was observed. Information about such kind of structural changes is important in order to understand whether it can cause any problem for medical use of this compound. The phase transition has been investigated in detail using synchrotron powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and DFT calculations. The structure undergoes a transformation from an orthorhombic modification, space group Pnma (RT phase) to a monoclinic polymorph, space group P2{sub 1}/n (LT phase). New LT modification adopts similar to RT but slightly distorted unit cell: a=9.58199(2) Å, b=8.95501(1) Å, c=5.50344(2) Å, β=90.68583(1)°, V=472.198(3) Å{sup 3}. CsMgPO{sub 4} belongs to the group of framework compounds and is made up of strictly alternating MgO{sub 4}- and PO{sub 4}-tetrahedra sharing vertices. The cesium counter cations are located in the resulting channel-like cavities. Upon the transformation a combined tilting of the tetrahedra is observed. A comparison with other phase transitions in ABW-type framework compounds is given. - Graphical abstract: Structural behavior of β-tridymite-type phosphate CsMgPO{sub 4}, considered as potential chemical form for radioactive Cs-source has been studied at near ambient temperatures. A phase transition at (∼−40 °C) has been found and investigated. It has been established that the known orthorhombic RT modification, space group Pnma, adopts a monoclinic cell with space group P2{sub 1}/n at low temperatures. In this paper, we present results of structural analysis of changes accompanying this phase transition and discuss its possible impact on the application properties. - Highlights: • β-Tridymite type phosphate CsMgPO{sub 4} undergoes so called translationengleiche phase transition of index 2 at −40 °C. • The structure

  8. Pressure-Induced Phase Transition in Guanidinium Perchlorate: A Supramolecular Structure Directed by Hydrogen Bonding and Electrostatic Interactions

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    Li, Shourui; Li, Qian; Wang, Kai; Tan, Xiao; Zhou, Mi; Li, Bing; Liu, Bingbing; Zou, Guangtian; Zou, Bo

    2012-01-20

    In situ Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments have been performed to investigate the response of guanidinium perchlorate (C(NH{sub 2}){sub 3}{sup +} {center_dot} ClO{sub 4}{sup -}, GP) to high pressures of {approx}11 GPa. GP exhibits a typical supramolecular structure of two-dimensional (2D) hydrogen-bonded ionic networks at ambient conditions. A subtle phase transition, accompanied by the symmetry transformation from R3m to C2, has been confirmed by obvious changes in both Raman and XRD patterns at 4.5 GPa. The phase transition is attributed to the competition between hydrogen bonds and close packing of the supramolecular structure at high pressure. Hydrogen bonds have been demonstrated to evolve into a distorted state through the phase transition, accompanied by the reduction in separation of oppositely charged ions in adjacent sheet motifs. A detailed mechanism of the phase transition, as well as the cooperativity between hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions, is discussed by virtue of the local nature of the structure.

  9. Structural comparison of nickel electrodes and precursor phases

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    Cornilsen, Bahne C.; Shan, Xiaoyin; Loyselle, Patricia

    1989-01-01

    A summary of previous Raman spectroscopic results and a discussion of important structural differences in the various phases of active mass and active mass precurors are presented. Raman spectra provide unique signatures for these phases, and allow one to distinguish each phase, even when the compound is amorphous to X-rays (i.e., does not scatter X-rays because of a lack of order and/or small particle size). The structural changes incurred during formation, charge and discharge, cobalt addition, and aging will be discussed and related to electrode properties. Important structural differences include NiO2 layer stacking, nonstoichiometry (especially cation-deficit nonstoichiometry), disorder, dopant content, and water content. The results indicate that optimal nickel active mass is non-close packed and nonstoichiometric. The formation process transforms precursor phases into this structure. Therefore, the precursor disorder, or lack thereof, influences this final active mass structure and the rate of formation. Aging processes induce structural change which is believed to be detrimental. The role of cobalt addition can be appreciated in terms of structures favored or stabilized by the dopant. In recent work, the in situ Raman technique to characterize the critical structural parameters was developed. An in situ method relates structure, electrochemistry, and preparation. In situ Raman spectra of cells during charge and discharge, either during cyclic voltammetry or under constant current conditions were collected. With the structure-preparation knowledge and the in situ Raman tool, it will be possible to define the structure-property-preparation relations in more detail. This instrumentation has application to a variety of electrode systems.

  10. Electronic structure and phase stability of Pu-Ga alloys

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    Gonis, A., LLNL

    1997-03-01

    Plutonium metal has six different crystallographic allotropes from room temperature until it melts just above 600 C. The room-temperature {alpha} phase is monoclinic with 32 atoms per unit cell, (an {alpha} phase with 16 atoms per cell also exists), which is the lowest-symmetry crystal structure known of any pure element. In fact, only the high-temperature {delta} (fcc) phase of Pu possesses one of the traditional close-packed structures. The low-symmetry and small lattice constants of the lowest-temperature phase of the light actinides can be used as an argument for f-bonding in these materials. The large volume increase in Pu in going from the {alpha} to the {delta} phase has been argued on phenomenological grounds to be the result of decreased f-bonding. In addition, XPS data have been obtained for both the {alpha} and the {delta} phases. Both sets of data show the presence of a peak below the Fermi level (EF). This peak is 2.0 eV wide in the {alpha} phase and 3.0 eV wide in the {delta} phase. The XPS intensity calculations (for the two phases) which treat the f-electrons as bonding states agree with the measurements of the {alpha} phase spectra, but not with those of the {delta} phase. The calculated spectrum shows a narrow f-peak pinned at EF instead of the wide f-peak below E{sub F} seen in the XPS spectra. It can be argued that the wide spectra seen experimentally are due to the multiplet structure of localized f-states that do not participate very actively in the bonding. In spite of the difference in the properties of the {alpha} and {delta} phases of Pu (for example {alpha}-Pu is brittle while {delta}-Pu is ductile), it is not difficult to retain either phase by alloying. Indeed, it is often desirable to retain the ductile {delta} phase for engineering purposes, by alloying for example, Pu with Al, Ga, or Si.

  11. Phase Change Super Resolution near Field Structure ROM

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    Kim, Hyunki; Hwang, Inoh; Kim, Jooho; Park, Changmin; Ro, Myongdo; Lee, Jinkyung; Jung, Moonil; Park, Insik

    2005-05-01

    We confirmed a super resolution phenomenon and a typical super resolution near field structure threshold phenomenon in a read only memory (ROM)-type sample disk. We found that this super resolution phenomenon originates from a phase-change layer and is closely related to the thermal properties of the super resolution layer. We also improved the readout stability using a co-sputtered layer with phase change (GST) and dielectric materials (ZnS-SiO2).

  12. Structural phase transition and electronic properties in samarium chalcogenides

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    Panwar, Y. S.; Aynyas, Mahendra; Pataiya, J.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2016-05-01

    The electronic structure and high pressure properties of samarium monochalcogenides SmS, SmSe and SmTe have been reported by using tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). The total energy as a function of volume is evaluated. It is found that these monochalcogenides are stable in NaCl-type structure under ambient pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-type) structure for these compounds. Phase transition pressures were found to be 1.7, 4.4 and 6.6 GPa, for SmS, SmSe and SmTe respectively. Apart from this, the lattice parameter (a0), bulk modulus (B0), band structure (BS) and density of states (DOS) are calculated. From energy band diagram we observed that these compounds exhibit metallic character. The calculated values of equilibrium lattice parameter and phase transition pressure are in general good agreement with available data.

  13. Macroscopic structures of lyotropic lamellar phase under spatial confinement

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    Iwashita, Yasutaka; Tanaka, Hajime

    2004-03-01

    We study the formation of lamellar structure of lyotropic liquid crystal composed of C_12E_5/H_2O in wedge-shaped cell. The equilibrium lamellar structure in this cell is known to be an edge dislocation array, which is formed if lamellar layers well align homeotropically to cell surface. When we formed the lamellar phase in the cell, however, some lamellar structures far from equilibrium appeared such as random orientation lamella with dense defects and onion phase in particular condition. This means non-equilibrium, which has not been taken into account so far, is important in this problem. In observing their formation processes in detail, we found the origin of these non-equilibrium lamellar structures is a complex coupling between homo- or heterogeneous nucleation of lamella, elasticity of membrane and spatial confinement (or sample thickness). We will show the relation between spatial confinement and the morphology of structure, and discuss their physical origins.

  14. Phase structure in a chiral model of nuclear matter

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    Phat, Tran Huu; Anh, Nguyen Tuan; Tam, Dinh Thanh

    2011-08-15

    The phase structure of symmetric nuclear matter in the extended Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (ENJL) model is studied by means of the effective potential in the one-loop approximation. It is found that chiral symmetry gets restored at high nuclear density and a typical first-order phase transition of the liquid-gas transition occurs at zero temperature, T=0, which weakens as T grows and eventually ends up with a second-order critical point at T=20 MeV. This phase transition scenario is confirmed by investigating the evolution of the effective potential versus the effective nucleon mass and the equation of state.

  15. Structural Phase Transitions by Design in Monolayer Alloys.

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    Duerloo, Karel-Alexander N; Reed, Evan J

    2016-01-26

    Two-dimensional monolayer materials are a highly anomalous class of materials under vigorous exploration. Mo- and W-dichalcogenides are especially unusual two-dimensional materials because they exhibit at least three different monolayer crystal structures with strongly differing electronic properties. This intriguing yet poorly understood feature, which is not present in graphene, may support monolayer phase engineering, phase change memory and other applications. However, knowledge of the relevant phase boundaries and how to engineer them is lacking. Here we show using alloy models and state-of-the-art density functional theory calculations that alloyed MoTe2-WTe2 monolayers support structural phase transitions, with phase transition temperatures tunable over a large range from 0 to 933 K. We map temperature-composition phase diagrams of alloys between pure MoTe2 and pure WTe2, and benchmark our methods to analogous experiments on bulk materials. Our results suggest applications for two-dimensional materials as phase change materials that may provide scale, flexibility, and energy consumption advantages. PMID:26647117

  16. Fast events in protein folding: structural volume changes accompanying the early events in the N-->I transition of apomyoglobin induced by ultrafast pH jump.

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    Abbruzzetti, S; Crema, E; Masino, L; Vecli, A; Viappiani, C; Small, J R; Libertini, L J; Small, E W

    2000-01-01

    Ultrafast, laser-induced pH jump with time-resolved photoacoustic detection has been used to investigate the early protonation steps leading to the formation of the compact acid intermediate (I) of apomyoglobin (ApoMb). When ApoMb is in its native state (N) at pH 7.0, rapid acidification induced by a laser pulse leads to two parallel protonation processes. One reaction can be attributed to the binding of protons to the imidazole rings of His24 and His119. Reaction with imidazole leads to an unusually large contraction of -82 +/- 3 ml/mol, an enthalpy change of 8 +/- 1 kcal/mol, and an apparent bimolecular rate constant of (0.77 +/- 0.03) x 10(10) M(-1) s(-1). Our experiments evidence a rate-limiting step for this process at high ApoMb concentrations, characterized by a value of (0. 60 +/- 0.07) x 10(6) s(-1). The second protonation reaction at pH 7. 0 can be attributed to neutralization of carboxylate groups and is accompanied by an apparent expansion of 3.4 +/- 0.2 ml/mol, occurring with an apparent bimolecular rate constant of (1.25 +/- 0.02) x 10(11) M(-1) s(-1), and a reaction enthalpy of about 2 kcal/mol. The activation energy for the processes associated with the protonation of His24 and His119 is 16.2 +/- 0.9 kcal/mol, whereas that for the neutralization of carboxylates is 9.2 +/- 0.9 kcal/mol. At pH 4.5 ApoMb is in a partially unfolded state (I) and rapid acidification experiments evidence only the process assigned to carboxylate protonation. The unusually large contraction and the high energetic barrier observed at pH 7.0 for the protonation of the His residues suggests that the formation of the compact acid intermediate involves a rate-limiting step after protonation.

  17. Conduction phase change beneath insulated heated or cooled structures

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    Lunardini, V. J.

    1982-08-01

    The problem of thawing beneath heated structures on permafrost (or cooled structures in non-permafrost zones) must be addressed if safe engineering designs are to be conceived. In general, there are no exact solutions to the problem of conduction heat transfer with phase change for practical geometries. The quasi-steady approximation is used here to solve the conductive heat transfer problem with phase change for insulated geometries including infinite strips, rectangular buildings, circular storage tanks, and buried pipes. Analytical solutions are presented and graphed for a range of parameters of practical importance.

  18. Structural phases of adsorption for flexible polymers on nanocylinder surfaces.

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    Gross, Jonathan; Vogel, Thomas; Bachmann, Michael

    2015-11-11

    By means of generalized-ensemble Monte Carlo simulations, we investigate the thermodynamic behavior of a flexible, elastic polymer model in the presence of an attractive nanocylinder. We systematically identify the structural phases that are formed by competing monomer-monomer and monomer-substrate interactions. The influence of the relative surface attraction strength on the structural phases in the hyperphase diagram, parameterized by cylinder radius and temperature, is discussed as well. In the limiting case of the infinitely large cylinder radius, our results coincide with previous outcomes of studies of polymer adsorption on planar substrates.

  19. Hydrogen isotope effects on the structural phase transition of NH₃BH₃

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    Navarra, Maria Assunta; Karkamkar, Abhijeet; Autrey, Tom; Cantelli, Rosario; Rispoli, Pasquale; Paolone, Annalisa; Palumbo, Oriele

    2011-07-01

    A systematic study of the structural phase transition of NH₃BH₃ and of its fully deuterated analogue was performed combining DSC and anelastic spectroscopy measurements. The transition is accompanied by a latent heat, and therefore is of the 1st order. On the deuterated sample the enthalpy variation is reduced of more than 20%, from 1.29 to 1.01 kJ/mol and the transition is shifted by -1.5 K toward higher temperatures. Both NH₃BH₃ and ND₃BD₃ display a temperature hysteresis between cooling and heating, thus denoting that the phase transition is of first-order. In addition, this hysteresis is extremely small (-0.5 K) indicating that the coexistence region between the two phases is very narrow. During isothermal ageing, the transformation of the low-temperature orthorhombic phase into the high-temperature tetragonal one occurs with a time constant of -16 min in NH₃BH₃ and -64 min in ND₃BD₃, evidencing a drastic slowing down of kinetics in the deuterated compound.

  20. Topological defect transformation and structural transition of two-dimensional colloidal crystals across the nematic to smectic-A phase transition.

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    Zuhail, K P; Sathyanarayana, P; Seč, D; Čopar, S; Škarabot, M; Muševič, I; Dhara, S

    2015-03-01

    We observe that topological defects in nematic colloids are strongly influenced by the elasticity and onset of smectic layering across the nematic (N) to smectic-A (SmA) phase transition. When approaching the SmA phase from above, the nematic hyperbolic hedgehog defect that accompanies a spherical colloidal inclusion is transformed into a focal conic line in the SmA phase. This phase transformation has a strong influence on the pairwise colloidal interaction and is responsible for a structural transition of two-dimensional colloidal crystals. The pretransitional behavior of the point defect is supported by Landau-de Gennes Q-tensor modeling accounting for the increasing elastic anisotropy.

  1. Structural phase transition and electronic properties of NdBi

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    Sahu, Ashvini K.; Patiya, Jagdish; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2015-06-24

    The structural and electronic properties of NdBi from an electronic structure calculation have been presented. The calculation is performed using self-consistent tight binding linear muffin tin orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). The calculated equilibrium structural parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental results. It is found that this compound shows metallic behavior under ambient condition and undergoes a structural phase transition from the NaCl structure to the CsCl structure at the pressure 20.1 GPa. The electronic structures of NdBi under pressure are investigated. It is found that NdBi have metallization and the hybridizations of atoms in NdBi under pressure become stronger.

  2. Phase-space structure of cold dark matter halos

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    Sikivie, P.; Ipser, J.R.

    1991-12-31

    A galactic halo of cold dark matter particles has a sheet-like structure in phase-space. The energy and momentum spectra of such particles on earth has a set of peaks whose central values and intensities form a record of the formation of the Galaxy. Scattering of the dark matter particles by stars and globular clusters broadens the peaks but does not erase them entirely. The giant shells around some elliptical galaxies may be a manifestation of this structure.

  3. Thickness-induced structural phase transformation of layered gallium telluride.

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    Zhao, Q; Wang, T; Miao, Y; Ma, F; Xie, Y; Ma, X; Gu, Y; Li, J; He, J; Chen, B; Xi, S; Xu, L; Zhen, H; Yin, Z; Li, J; Ren, J; Jie, W

    2016-07-28

    The thickness-dependent electronic states and physical properties of two-dimensional materials suggest great potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, the enhanced surface effect in ultra-thin materials might significantly influence the structural stability, as well as the device reliability. Here, we report a spontaneous phase transformation of gallium telluride (GaTe) that occurred when the bulk was exfoliated to a few layers. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results indicate a structural variation from a monoclinic to a hexagonal structure. Raman spectra suggest a critical thickness for the structural transformation. First-principle calculations and thermodynamic analysis show that the surface energy and the interlayer interaction compete to dominate structural stability in the thinning process. A two-stage transformation process from monoclinic (m) to tetragonal (T) and then from tetragonal to hexagonal (h) is proposed to understand the phase transformation. The results demonstrate the crucial role of interlayer interactions in the structural stability, which provides a phase engineering strategy for device applications. PMID:27198938

  4. Thickness-induced structural phase transformation of layered gallium telluride.

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    Zhao, Q; Wang, T; Miao, Y; Ma, F; Xie, Y; Ma, X; Gu, Y; Li, J; He, J; Chen, B; Xi, S; Xu, L; Zhen, H; Yin, Z; Li, J; Ren, J; Jie, W

    2016-07-28

    The thickness-dependent electronic states and physical properties of two-dimensional materials suggest great potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, the enhanced surface effect in ultra-thin materials might significantly influence the structural stability, as well as the device reliability. Here, we report a spontaneous phase transformation of gallium telluride (GaTe) that occurred when the bulk was exfoliated to a few layers. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results indicate a structural variation from a monoclinic to a hexagonal structure. Raman spectra suggest a critical thickness for the structural transformation. First-principle calculations and thermodynamic analysis show that the surface energy and the interlayer interaction compete to dominate structural stability in the thinning process. A two-stage transformation process from monoclinic (m) to tetragonal (T) and then from tetragonal to hexagonal (h) is proposed to understand the phase transformation. The results demonstrate the crucial role of interlayer interactions in the structural stability, which provides a phase engineering strategy for device applications.

  5. Self-Structured Conductive Filament Nanoheater for Chalcogenide Phase Transition.

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    You, Byoung Kuk; Byun, Myunghwan; Kim, Seungjun; Lee, Keon Jae

    2015-06-23

    Ge2Sb2Te5-based phase-change memories (PCMs), which undergo fast and reversible switching between amorphous and crystalline structural transformation, are being utilized for nonvolatile data storage. However, a critical obstacle is the high programming current of the PCM cell, resulting from the limited pattern size of the optical lithography-based heater. Here, we suggest a facile and scalable strategy of utilizing self-structured conductive filament (CF) nanoheaters for Joule heating of chalcogenide materials. This CF nanoheater can replace the lithographical-patterned conventional resistor-type heater. The sub-10 nm contact area between the CF and the phase-change material achieves significant reduction of the reset current. In particular, the PCM cell with a single Ni filament nanoheater can be operated at an ultralow writing current of 20 μA. Finally, phase-transition behaviors through filament-type nanoheaters were directly observed by using transmission electron microscopy. PMID:26039415

  6. High pressure structural phase transition in uranium monochalcogenides

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    Srivastava, A. K.; Kumari, Samiksha; Gupta, B. R. K.

    2010-01-01

    The pressure induced phase transition in uranium monochalcogenides, UX (X = S, Se, and Te) is studied by two-body potential approach. It is found that US, USe and UTe undergo a structural phase transition from NaCl (B1) type to CsCl (B2) type at 78.5, 21 and 9.5 GPa, respectively, which is in good agreement with the recent experimental data. In addition, second-order elastic constants (SOECs) (C 11, C 12 and C 14) have been calculated which can be used to establish the nature of the forces in these materials. The present study shows that the considered two-body potential model can be used to predict the phase transition pressure in UX compounds provided the strength and hardness parameters in B1 and B2 phases are different.

  7. Phase Space Structures Explain Hydrogen Atom Roaming in Formaldehyde Decomposition.

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    Mauguière, Frédéric A L; Collins, Peter; Kramer, Zeb C; Carpenter, Barry K; Ezra, Gregory S; Farantos, Stavros C; Wiggins, Stephen

    2015-10-15

    We re-examine the prototypical roaming reaction--hydrogen atom roaming in formaldehyde decomposition--from a phase space perspective. Specifically, we address the question "why do trajectories roam, rather than dissociate through the radical channel?" We describe and compute the phase space structures that define and control all possible reactive events for this reaction, as well as provide a dynamically exact description of the roaming region in phase space. Using these phase space constructs, we show that in the roaming region, there is an unstable periodic orbit whose stable and unstable manifolds define a conduit that both encompasses all roaming trajectories exiting the formaldehyde well and shepherds them toward the H2···CO well.

  8. Berry Phases and Curvatures in Electronic-Structure Theory.

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    Vanderbilt, David

    2006-03-01

    In the last fifteen years, Berry phases have been found to play an increasingly important role in electronic-structure theory. I will briefly review some of the important developments in which Berry phases have been involved, starting with the modern theory of polarization^1 and the closely related theory of Wannier functions and their Wannier centers.^2 Next, I will discuss the theory of insulators in finite electric fields,^3 in which the field is taken to couple linearly to the Berry-phase polarization. I will then conclude by discussing the role of Berry phases and Berry curvatures in systems in which time-reversal symmetry has been broken, and in particular, the theory of orbital magnetization^4 and the anomalous Hall effect in ferromagnets. *[[1

  9. The Effect of Thermal Annealing on Structural-phase Changes in the Ni-Ti Alloy Implanted with Krypton Ions

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    Poltavtseva, V. P.; Kislitsin, S. B.; Ghyngazov, S. A.

    2016-06-01

    The influence of thermal annealing within the temperature range 100-300°C on the structural-phase state of a Ni-Ti alloy with shape memory effect (SME) implanted with 84Kr ions at the energies E = 280 keV and 1.75 MeV/nucl and the fluences within 5·1012-1·1020 ion/m2 is investigated. For the samples modified by 84Kr ions at E = 1.75 MeV/nucl up to the fluences 1·1020 and 5·1012 ion/m2, the formation of a martensitic NiTi phase with the B19 ' structure, responsible for the SME, is revealed at the annealing temperatures 100 and 300°C, respectively, in the near-surface region corresponding to the outrange area. This is accompanied by the formation of nanosized NiTi particles in the R-phase. As the implantation fluence increases, the probability of their formation decreases. It is shown that annealing of the implanted structures can increase the strength of the Ni-Ti alloy. The degree of hardening is determined by the value of annealing temperature, and an increase in strength is primarily due to ordering of the radiation-induced defect structures (phases). A correlation between the onset temperature of a forward martensitic transition and the structural-phase state of the thermally annealed Ni-Ti alloy is established.

  10. The rich phase structure of a mutator model

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    Saakian, David B.; Yakushkina, Tatiana; Hu, Chin-Kun

    2016-01-01

    We propose a modification of the Crow-Kimura and Eigen models of biological molecular evolution to include a mutator gene that causes both an increase in the mutation rate and a change in the fitness landscape. This mutator effect relates to a wide range of biomedical problems. There are three possible phases: mutator phase, mixed phase and non-selective phase. We calculate the phase structure, the mean fitness and the fraction of the mutator allele in the population, which can be applied to describe cancer development and RNA viruses. We find that depending on the genome length, either the normal or the mutator allele dominates in the mixed phase. We analytically solve the model for a general fitness function. We conclude that the random fitness landscape is an appropriate choice for describing the observed mutator phenomenon in the case of a small fraction of mutators. It is shown that the increase in the mutation rates in the regular and the mutator parts of the genome should be set independently; only some combinations of these increases can push the complex biomedical system to the non-selective phase, potentially related to the eradication of tumors. PMID:27721395

  11. Variable region domain exchange in human IgGs promotes antibody complex formation with accompanying structural changes and altered effector functions.

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    Chan, Lisa A; Phillips, Martin L; Wims, Letitia A; Trinh, K Ryan; Denham, Jerrod; Morrison, Sherie L

    2004-07-01

    Variable region domain exchanged IgG, or "inside-out (io)," molecules, were produced to investigate the effects of domain interactions on antibody structure and function. Studies using ultracentrifugation and electron microscopy showed that variable region domain exchange induces non-covalent multimerization through Fab domains. Surprisingly, variable region exchange also affected Fc-associated functions such as serum half-life and binding to protein G and FcgammaRI. These alterations were not merely a consequence of IgG aggregation. Both the extent of multimerization and alterations in Fc-associated properties depended on the IgG isotype.

  12. Nitrogen containing privileged structures and their solid phase combinatorial synthesis.

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    Verma, Amit; Yadav, Mange Ram; Giridhar, Rajani; Prajapati, Navnit; Tripathi, Avinash C; Saraf, Shailendra K

    2013-06-01

    The existence of preferred molecular scaffolds that possess inherent biological activity, called privileged structures, is now well recognized. Such privileged structures not only provide enhanced drug-like properties but also give new hits for developing leads. The synthesis of combinatorial libraries, especially with the insertion of privileged substructures into heterocyclic moieties containing nitrogen, provides for a greater probability of the discovery of novel lead compounds using chemical transformation. The review focuses on the progress in the solid-phase synthetic strategies of nitrogen containing privileged structures over the years.

  13. Mesoscopic cell structure of relaxor ferroelectrics at morphotropic phase boundary

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    Ahn, Sang-Jin; Kim, Jong-Jean

    2003-03-01

    Mesoscopic cell structure of relaxor ferroelectrics at morphotropic phase boundary Sang-Jin Ahn and Jong-Jean Kim Physics Department, KAIST, Taejon 305-701, Korea Relaxor-based ferroelectrics such as PZN-xPT and PMN-xPT have drawn a great attention due to an observation of a huge piezoelectric coefficient and an ultra high strain level. Although the first principle calculations on the basis of a single perovskite unit cell structure could explain much of the experimental observations, recent observations of a complex mesoscopic ordering and a heterogeneous domain structure suggest a composite cell of many perovskite units as a basic building block. Raman scattering spectra and observed stoichiometry of PZN-xPT and PMN-xPT allow for only a random pile-up structure of the composite block cells. Our composite block cell needs 27 perovskite unit cells to satisfy the morphotropic phase boundary conditions of structural and compositional variations. Using this mesoscopic block cell model we calculate for allowed mixing concentrations x at morphotropic phase boundaries of relaxor ferroelectrics, which agree with observed values.

  14. Microwave-Induced Structural and Functional Injury of Hippocampal and PC12 Cells Is Accompanied by Abnormal Changes in the NMDAR-PSD95-CaMKII Pathway.

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    Wang, Li-Feng; Wei, Li; Qiao, Si-Mo; Gao, Xiao-Na; Gao, Ya-Bing; Wang, Shui-Ming; Zhao, Li; Dong, Ji; Xu, Xin-Ping; Zhou, Hong-Mei; Hu, Xiang-Jun; Peng, Rui-Yun

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies have highlighted the important role of the postsynaptic NMDAR-PSD95-CaMKII pathway for synaptic transmission and related neuronal injury. Here, we tested changes in the components of this pathway upon microwave-induced neuronal structure and function impairments. Ultrastructural and functional changes were induced in hippocampal neurons of rats and in PC12 cells exposed to microwave radiation. We detected abnormal protein and mRNA expression, as well as posttranslational modifications in the NMDAR-PSD95-CaMKII pathway and its associated components, such as synapsin I, following microwave radiation exposure of rats and PC12 cells. Thus, microwave radiation may induce neuronal injury via changes in the molecular organization of postsynaptic density and modulation of the biochemical cascade that potentiates synaptic transmission.

  15. Structural phase stability in nanocrystalline titanium to 161 GPa

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    Velisavljevic, Nenad; Jacobsen, Matthew K.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2014-09-16

    Nanocrystalline titanium (nc-Ti) metal was investigated up to 161 GPa at room temperature using a diamond anvil cell. X-ray diffraction and electrical resistance techniques were used to investigate the compressibility and structural phase stability. nc-Ti is observed to undergo three structural phase transitions at high pressures, starting with α → ω at 10GPa and followed by ω → γ at 127GPa and γ → δ at 140GPa. The observed structural phase transitions, as well as compressibility, are consistent with previously reported values for coarse grained Ti (c-Ti). The high pressure experiments on nc-Ti samples do no show any significant variation of the α → ω transition pressure under varying nonhydrostatic conditions. This is in sharp contrast to c-Ti, where a significant decrease in the α → ω transition pressure is observed under increasing nonhydrostatic conditions. As a result, this would indicate that the decrease in grain size in nano grained titanium makes the α → ω phase transition less sensitive to shear stresses as compared to bulk or c-Ti.

  16. Structural phase stability in nanocrystalline titanium to 161 GPa

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    Velisavljevic, Nenad; Jacobsen, Matthew K.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2014-09-16

    Nanocrystalline titanium (nc-Ti) metal was investigated up to 161 GPa at room temperature using a diamond anvil cell. X-ray diffraction and electrical resistance techniques were used to investigate the compressibility and structural phase stability. nc-Ti is observed to undergo three structural phase transitions at high pressures, starting with α → ω at 10GPa and followed by ω → γ at 127GPa and γ → δ at 140GPa. The observed structural phase transitions, as well as compressibility, are consistent with previously reported values for coarse grained Ti (c-Ti). The high pressure experiments on nc-Ti samples do no show any significant variationmore » of the α → ω transition pressure under varying nonhydrostatic conditions. This is in sharp contrast to c-Ti, where a significant decrease in the α → ω transition pressure is observed under increasing nonhydrostatic conditions. As a result, this would indicate that the decrease in grain size in nano grained titanium makes the α → ω phase transition less sensitive to shear stresses as compared to bulk or c-Ti.« less

  17. Intracerebral expression of CXCL13 and BAFF is accompanied by formation of lymphoid follicle-like structures in the meninges of mice with relapsing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

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    Magliozzi, Roberta; Columba-Cabezas, Sandra; Serafini, Barbara; Aloisi, Francesca

    2004-03-01

    Given the abnormalities in B-cell activity occurring in the central nervous system (CNS) of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), we have explored the possibility that CNS inflammation induced in mouse models of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) triggers expression of molecules that control the development and functional organization of lymphoid follicles, the sites where B-cell responses are initiated. By reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), we find that gene expression of CXCL13, a chemokine involved in B-cell recruitment into lymphoid follicles, and BAFF, a key regulator of B-cell survival, is markedly and persistently upregulated in the CNS of mice with relapsing-remitting and chronic-relapsing EAE. Using immunohistochemical techniques, we also show the presence of lymphoid follicle-like structures containing B cells and a reticulum of CXCL13+ and FDC-M1+ follicular dendritic cells within the meninges of several mice undergoing progressive relapsing EAE. These observations indicate that, under chronic inflammatory conditions, the less immunoprivileged meningeal compartment is the site where ectopic lymphoid follicles preferentially develop and where pathogenic B-cell responses could be sustained in autoimmune disorders of the CNS.

  18. Synthesis, Structure, and Pressure-Induced Polymerization of Li 3 Fe(CN) 6 Accompanied with Enhanced Conductivity

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    Li, Kuo; Zheng, Haiyan; Hattori, Takanori; Sano-Furukawa, Asami; Tulk, Christopher A.; Molaison, Jamie; Feygenson, Mikhail; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Yang, Wenge; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-11-17

    By providing a new route to synthesize inorganic/organic conductors with tunable composition and properties, pressure-induced polymerization of charged triple-bond monomers like acetylide and cyanide could lead to formation of a conductive metal–carbon network composite. The industry application of this promising synthetic method is mainly limited by the reaction pressure needed, which is often too high to be reached for gram amounts of sample. Here we successfully synthesized highly conductive Li3Fe(CN)6 at maximum pressure around 5 GPa and used in situ diagnostic tools to follow the structural and functional transformations of the sample, including in situ X-ray and neutron diffraction and Raman and impedance spectroscopy, along with the neutron pair distribution function measurement on the recovered sample. The cyanide anions start to react around 1 GPa and bond to each other irreversibly at around 5 GPa, which are the lowest reaction pressures in all known metal cyanides and within the technologically achievable pressure range for industrial production. Moreover, the conductivity of the polymer is above 10–3 S·cm–1, which reaches the range of conductive polymers. Our investigation suggests that the pressure-induced polymerization route is practicable for synthesizing some types of functional conductive materials for industrial use, and further research like doping and heating can hence be motivated to synthesize novel materials under lower pressure and with better performances.

  19. Dual-phase steel structure visualized by extremely slow electrons.

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    Mikmeková, Šárka; Yamada, Katsumi; Noro, Hisato

    2015-12-01

    Mechanical properties of complex steels are affected by their multi-phase structure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is routinely used for characterizing dual-phase (DP) steels, although the identification of steel constituents is not straightforward. In fact, there are several ways of enabling the ferrite-martensite segmentation by SEM, and a wide range of electron energies can be utilized. This study demonstrates the phase identification of DP steels at high, low and extremely low landing energies of the primary electrons from tens of keV to tens of eV. Visualization of the specimen surface at very low landing energies has been achieved by inserting an earthed detector between the pole piece and the negatively biased specimen. This 'cathode lens mode' enables the use of the full energy range up to the primary electron energies. It has been found that extremely slow electrons (<100 eV) are exceptionally suitable for separation of the martensite from the ferrite matrix due to high surface sensitivity, enabling visualization of very fine features. Moreover, the channelling contrast is significantly suppressed at the landing energy of tens of eV of the primary electrons, which enables separation of the phases clearly even in the images acquired at low magnification. The contrast between the phases at tens of eV can be explained by the different thickness of native oxide covering the martensite and the ferrite phase.

  20. Structure of the ripple phase in lecithin bilayers.

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    Sun, W J; Tristram-Nagle, S; Suter, R M; Nagle, J F

    1996-01-01

    The phases of the x-ray form factors are derived for the ripple (Pbeta') thermodynamic phase in the lecithin bilayer system. By combining these phases with experimental intensity data, the electron density map of the ripple phase of dimyristoyl-phosphatidylcholine is constructed. The phases are derived by fitting the intensity data to two-dimensional electron density models, which are created by convolving an asymmetric triangular ripple profile with a transbilayer electron density profile. The robustness of the model method is indicated by the result that many different models of the transbilayer profile yield essentially the same phases, except for the weaker, purely ripple (0,k) peaks. Even with this residual ambiguity, the ripple profile is well determined, resulting in 19 angstroms for the ripple amplitude and 10 degrees and 26 degrees for the slopes of the major and the minor sides, respectively. Estimates for the bilayer head-head spacings show that the major side of the ripple is consistent with gel-like structure, and the minor side appears to be thinner with lower electron density. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 PMID:8692934

  1. Structural phase transitions in trigonal Selenium induce the formation of a disordered phase

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    Pal, Anirban; Gohil, Smita; Sengupta, Surajit; Poswal, H. K.; Sharma, Surinder M.; Ghosh, Shankar; Ayyub, Pushan

    2015-10-01

    Arguments based on the Mermin-Wagner theorem suggest that the quasi-1D trigonal phase of Se should be unstable against long wavelength perturbations. Consisting of parallel Se-Se chains, this essentially fragile solid undergoes a partial transition to a monoclinic structure (consisting of 8-membered rings) at low temperatures (≈50 K), and to a distorted trigonal phase at moderate pressures (≈3GPa). Experimental investigations on sub-millimeter-sized single crystals provide clear evidence that these transitions occur via a novel and counter-intuitive route. This involves the reversible formation of an intermediate, disordered structure that appears as a minority phase with increasing pressure as well as with decreasing temperature. The formation of the disordered state is indicated by: (a) a ‘Boson-peak’ that appears at low temperatures in the specific heat and resonance Raman data, and (b) a decrease in the intensity of Raman lines over a relatively narrow pressure range. We complement the experimental results with a phenomenological model that illustrates how a first order structural transition may lead to disorder. Interestingly, nanocrystals of trigonal Se do not undergo any structural transition in the parameter space studied; neither do they exhibit signs of disorder, further underlining the role of disorder in this type of structural transition.

  2. New cubic structure compounds as actinide host phases

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    Stefanovsky, S. V.; Yudintsev, S. V.; Livshits, T. S.

    2010-03-01

    Various compounds with fluorite (cubic zirconia) and fluorite-derived (pyrochlore, zirconolite) structures are considered as promising actinide host phases at immobilization of actinide-bearing nuclear wastes. Recently some new cubic compounds — stannate and stannate-zirconate pyrochlores, murataite and related phases, and actinide-bearing garnet structure compounds were proposed as perspective matrices for complex actinide wastes. Zirconate pyrochlore (ideally Gd2Zr2O7) has excellent radiation resistance and high chemical durability but requires high temperatures (at least 1500 °C) to be produced by hot-pressing from sol-gel derived precursor. Partial Sn4+ substitution for Zr4+ reduces production temperature and the compounds REE2ZrSnO7 may be hot-pressed or cold pressed and sintered at ~1400 °C. Pyrochlore, A2B2O7-x (two-fold elementary fluorite unit cell), and murataite, A3B6C2O20-y (three-fold fluorite unit cell), are end-members of the polysomatic series consisting of the phases whose structures are built from alternating pyrochlore and murataite blocks (nano-sized modules) with seven- (2C/3C/2C), five- (2C/3C), eight- (3C/2C/3C) and three-fold (3C — murataite) fluorite unit cells. Actinide content in this series reduces in the row: 2C (pyrochlore) > 7C > 5C > 8C > 3C (murataite). Due to congruent melting murataite-based ceramics may be produced by melting and the firstly segregated phase at melt crystallization is that with the highest fraction of the pyrochlore modules in its structure. The melts containing up to 10 wt. % AnO2 (An = Th, U, Np, Pu) or REE/An fraction of HLW form at crystallization zoned grains composed sequentially of the 5C → 8C → 3C phases with the highest actinide concentration in the core and the lowest — in the rim of the grains. Radiation resistance of the "murataite" is comparable to titanate pyrochlores. One more promising actinide hosts are ferrites with garnet structure. The matrices containing sometime complex fluorite

  3. Molecular-dynamics simulation of tweed structure and the [omega] phase in Ni-Al

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    Becquart, C.S.; Clapp, P.C.; Rifkin, J.A. )

    1993-07-01

    Using computer molecular dynamics (CMD) we have studied the occurrence of tweed structure and of the [omega] phase in Ni[sub 62.5]Al[sub 37.5]. Tweed is a mottled structure that is observed prior to transformations such as martensitic transformations. In some cases, it has been found to accompany [omega]-phase formation. The characteristic features of tweed have been simulated. To achieve the 62.5--37.5 composition we started with a 50%-50% stoichiometry in which some aluminum atoms were replaced by nickel. Two different lattices were used: one where the nickel atoms were distributed at random on the aluminum sublattice (referred to as the disordered [ital B]2 array) and one where they were arranged in an ordered manner (ordered supercell bcc). To describe the forces that interact between the atoms an embedded-atom method was chosen with an interatomic potential derived by Voter and Chen [1] [in [ital Characterization] [ital of] [ital Defects] [ital in] [ital Materials], edited by R. W. Siegal, J. R. Weertman, and R. Sinclair, MRS Symposia Proceedings No. 82 (Materials Research Society, Pittsburgh, 1987)], which has been designed to fit some properties of Ni[sub 3]Al, and some of NiAl, while maintaining good behavior for compositions in between.

  4. Cationic Phospholipids Forming Cubic Phases: Lipoplex Structure and Transfection Efficiency

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    Koynova, Rumiana; Wang, Li; MacDonald, Robert C.

    2008-10-29

    The transfection activity and the phase behavior of two novel cationic O-alkyl-phosphatidylcholines, 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-hexylphosphocholine (C6-DOPC) and 1,2-dierucoyl-sn-glycero-3-ethylphosphocholine (di22:1-EPC), have been examined with the aim of more completely understanding the mechanism of lipid-mediated DNA delivery. Both lipids form cubic phases: C6-DOPC in the entire temperature range from -10 to 90 C, while di22:1-EPC exhibits an irreversible lamellar-cubic transition between 50 and 70 C on heating. The lipoplexes formed by C6-DOPC arrange into hexagonal phase, while the lipoplexes of di22:1-EPC are lamellar. Both lipids exhibit lower transfection activity than the lamellar-forming 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-ethylphosphocholine (EDOPC). Thus, for the studied cationic phospholipid-DNA systems, the lipoplex phase state is a factor that does not seem to correlate with transfection activity. The parameter that exhibits better correlation with the transfection activity within the present data set is the phase state of the lipid dispersion prior to the addition of DNA. Thus, the lamellar lipid dispersion (EDOPC) produces more efficient lipoplexes than the dispersion with coexisting lamellar and cubic aggregates (diC22:1-EPC), which is even more efficient than the purely cubic dispersions (C6-DOPC; diC22:1-EPC after heating). It could be inferred from these data and from previous research that cubic phase lipid aggregates are unlikely to be beneficial to transfection. The lack of correlation between the phase state of lipoplexes and their transfection activity observed within the present data set does not mean that lipid phase state is generally unimportant for lipofection: a viewpoint now emerging from our previous studies is that the critical factor in lipid-mediated transfection is the structural evolution of lipoplexes within the cell, upon interacting and mixing with cellular lipids.

  5. A phase transition in energy-filtered RNA secondary structures.

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    Han, Hillary S W; Reidys, Christian M

    2012-10-01

    In this article we study the effect of energy parameters on minimum free energy (mfe) RNA secondary structures. Employing a simplified combinatorial energy model that is only dependent on the diagram representation and is not sequence-specific, we prove the following dichotomy result. Mfe structures derived via the Turner energy parameters contain only finitely many complex irreducible substructures, and just minor parameter changes produce a class of mfe structures that contain a large number of small irreducibles. We localize the exact point at which the distribution of irreducibles experiences this phase transition from a discrete limit to a central limit distribution and, subsequently, put our result into the context of quantifying the effect of sparsification of the folding of these respective mfe structures. We show that the sparsification of realistic mfe structures leads to a constant time and space reduction, and that the sparsification of the folding of structures with modified parameters leads to a linear time and space reduction. We, furthermore, identify the limit distribution at the phase transition as a Rayleigh distribution.

  6. Crystal structure of the superconducting phase of sulfur hydride

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    Einaga, Mari; Sakata, Masafumi; Ishikawa, Takahiro; Shimizu, Katsuya; Eremets, Mikhail I.; Drozdov, Alexander P.; Troyan, Ivan A.; Hirao, Naohisa; Ohishi, Yasuo

    2016-09-01

    A superconducting critical temperature above 200 K has recently been discovered in H2S (or D2S) under high hydrostatic pressure. These measurements were interpreted in terms of a decomposition of these materials into elemental sulfur and a hydrogen-rich hydride that is responsible for the superconductivity, although direct experimental evidence for this mechanism has so far been lacking. Here we report the crystal structure of the superconducting phase of hydrogen sulfide (and deuterium sulfide) in the normal and superconducting states obtained by means of synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements, combined with electrical resistance measurements at both room and low temperatures. We find that the superconducting phase is mostly in good agreement with the theoretically predicted body-centred cubic (bcc) structure for H3S. The presence of elemental sulfur is also manifest in the X-ray diffraction patterns, thus proving the decomposition mechanism of H2S to H3S + S under pressure.

  7. Irradiation induced structural change in Mo2Zr intermetallic phase

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    Gan, J.; Keiser, Jr., D. D.; Miller, B. D.; Eriksson, N.; Sohn, Y. H.; Kirk, M.

    2016-05-14

    The Mo2Zr phase has been identified as a major interaction product at the interface of U-10Mo and Zr. Transmission electron microscopy in-situ irradiation with Kr ions at 200 °C with doses up to 2.0E+16 ions/cm2 was carried out to investigate the radiation stability of the Mo2Zr. The Mo2Zr undergoes a radiation-induced structural change, from a large cubic (cF24) to a small cubic (cI2), along with an estimated 11.2% volume contraction without changing its composition. The structural change begins at irradiation dose below 1.0E+14 ions/cm2. Furthermore, the transformed Mo2Zr phase demonstrates exceptional radiation tolerance with the development of dislocations without bubblemore » formation.« less

  8. Z(2) gauge neural network and its phase structure

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    Takafuji, Yusuke; Nakano, Yuki; Matsui, Tetsuo

    2012-11-01

    We study general phase structures of neural-network models that have Z(2) local gauge symmetry. The Z(2) spin variable Si=±1 on the i-th site describes a neuron state as in the Hopfield model, and the Z(2) gauge variable J=±1 describes a state of the synaptic connection between j-th and i-th neurons. The gauge symmetry allows for a self-coupling energy among J’s such as JJJ, which describes reverberation of signals. Explicitly, we consider the three models; (I) an annealed model with full and partial connections of J, (II) a quenched model with full connections where J is treated as a slow quenched variable, and (III) a quenched three-dimensional lattice model with the nearest-neighbor connections. By numerical simulations, we examine their phase structures paying attention to the effect of the reverberation term, and compare them with each other and with the annealed 3D lattice model which has been studied beforehand. By noting the dependence of thermodynamic quantities upon the total number of sites and the connectivity among sites, we obtain a coherent interpretation to understand these results. Among other things, we find that the Higgs phase of the annealed model is separated into two stable spin-glass phases in the quenched models (II) and (III).

  9. Phase modifications in polysilicon films with fibrous and dendritic structure

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    Nakhodkin, N. G.; Kulish, N. P.; Rodionova, T. V.; Strutinsky, A. M.

    2000-01-01

    X-ray and electron diffraction have been used to study structure modifications in polysilicon films produced by low-pressure chemical vapour deposition. It was shown that additional diffraction reflections are observed in polysilicon films with fibrous and dendritic structure. These additional reflections may be considered as relative to close-packed hexagonal structure with the following lattice parameters: a=3.808 Å, b=6.186 Å. The orientation relationship between the cubic diamond and hexagonal phases is [1 1 1] cub‖[0 0 1] and ( 1¯ 1 0) ∗cub‖(1 0 0) ∗. The suggested hexagonal structure formation mechanism is based upon the existence of planar faults in {1 1 1} planes.

  10. The solid phase of ginkgolide K: Structure and physicochemical properties

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    Zhang, Yiwen; Zhang, Guoshun; Wang, Zhenzhong; Lv, Yang; Xiao, Wei

    2016-05-01

    Four solvates of ginkgolide K with dimethyl sulfoxide(I), water molecule(II), acetone-isopropyl alcohol(III), methanol-ethanol(IV) and one solvate-free (V) have been described in this work. And the solid-state techniques such as X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used for characterization of the solid phases. The single crystal structures of ginkgolide K solvates (I-IV) have been determined. Ginkgolide K shows strong inflexibility and solvents being incorporated in the crystal structure results in it forming polymorphs via the diverse hydrogen bond interactions.

  11. Structural Phase Transitions and Water Dynamics in Uranyl Fluoride Hydrates.

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    Miskowiec, Andrew; Kirkegaard, Marie C; Huq, Ashfia; Mamontov, Eugene; Herwig, Kenneth W; Trowbridge, Lee; Rondinone, Adam; Anderson, Brian

    2015-12-10

    We report a novel production method for uranium oxyfluoride [(UO2)7F14(H2O)7]·4H2O, referred to as structure D. Structure D is produced as a product of hydrating anhydrous uranyl fluoride, UO2F2, through the gas phase at ambient temperatures followed by desiccation by equilibration with a dry environment. We follow the structure of [(UO2)7F14(H2O)7]·4H2O through an intermediate, liquid-like phase, wherein the coordination number of the uranyl ion is reduced to 5 (from 6 in the anhydrous structure), and a water molecule binds as an equatorial ligand to the uranyl ion. Quasielastic neutron scattering results compare well with previous measurements of mineral hydrates. The two groups of structurally distinct water molecules in D perform restricted motion on a length scale commensurate with the O-H bond (r = 0.92 Å). The more tightly bound equatorial ligand waters rotate slower (Dr = 2.2 ps(-1)) than their hydrogen-bonded partners (Dr = 28.7 ps(-1)). PMID:26575434

  12. Anomalies in the Young modulus at structural phase transitions in rare-earth cobaltites RBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Y, Tm-Lu)

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    Kazei, Z. A. Snegirev, V. V.; Andreenko, A. S.; Kozeeva, L. P.

    2011-08-15

    The elastic properties of rare-earth cobaltites RBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} (R = Y, Tm-Lu) have been experimentally studied in the temperature range of 80-300 K. The strong softening of the Young modulus {Delta}E(T)/E{sub 0} Almost-Equal-To -(0.1-0.2) of cobaltites with Lu and Yb ions has been revealed, which is due to the instability of the crystal structure upon cooling and is accompanied by an inverse jump at the second-order structural phase transition. The softening of the Young modulus and the jump at the phase transition decrease by an order of magnitude and the transition temperature T{sub s} and hysteresis {Delta}T{sub s} increase from a compound with Lu to that with Tm. A large softening of the Young modulus at the structural transition in Lu- and Yb cobaltites indicates that the corresponding elastic constant goes to zero, whereas this constant in Tm cobaltite is not a 'soft' mode of the phase transition. It has been found that the structural phase transition in Lu- and Yb cobaltites is accompanied by a large absorption maximum at the phase transition point and an additional maximum in the low-temperature phase and absorption anomalies in Tm cobaltite is an order of magnitude smaller.

  13. Structural transition from L1{sub 0} phase to A1 phase in FePt films caused by ion irradiation

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    Hasegawa, T.; Li, G.Q.; Pei, W.; Saito, H.; Ishio, S.; Taguchi, K.; Yamakawa, K.; Honda, N.; Ouchi, K.; Aoyama, T.; Sato, I.

    2006-03-01

    The effect of ion irradiation (B{sup +},Cr{sup +},Ga{sup +}, and Nb{sup +}) on the crystalline structure and magnetic properties of L1{sub 0} (face-centered tetragonal structure) FePt films was investigated. Irradiating with Cr{sup +}, Ga{sup +}, and Nb{sup +} ions of less than 1 at. % (1.6x10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2}) dose yielded an almost ideal structural transition from the L1{sub 0} to A1 (face-centered cubic structure) phase withoutdamage to the surface of the film. This structural transition was accompanied by a change in magnetic properties from a hard magnet with a coercivity H{sub c} of {approx}7 kOe to a soft magnet with H{sub c}<1 kOe. A two-dimensional pattern composed of hard magnetic L1{sub 0} and soft magnetic A1 phases was fabricated by using a focused Ga{sup +} ion beam.

  14. Duality, phase structures, and dilemmas in symmetric quantum games

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    Ichikawa, Tsubasa . E-mail: tsubasa@post.kek.jp; Tsutsui, Izumi

    2007-03-15

    Symmetric quantum games for 2-player, 2-qubit strategies are analyzed in detail by using a scheme in which all pure states in the 2-qubit Hilbert space are utilized for strategies. We consider two different types of symmetric games exemplified by the familiar games, the Battle of the Sexes (BoS) and the Prisoners' Dilemma (PD). These two types of symmetric games are shown to be related by a duality map, which ensures that they share common phase structures with respect to the equilibria of the strategies. We find eight distinct phase structures possible for the symmetric games, which are determined by the classical payoff matrices from which the quantum games are defined. We also discuss the possibility of resolving the dilemmas in the classical BoS, PD, and the Stag Hunt (SH) game based on the phase structures obtained in the quantum games. It is observed that quantization cannot resolve the dilemma fully for the BoS, while it generically can for the PD and SH if appropriate correlations for the strategies of the players are provided.

  15. Universality class of the structural phase transition in the normal phase of cuprate superconductors.

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    Najafi, M N; Tavana, A

    2016-08-01

    The tetragonal-orthorhombic structural phase transition of oxygen atoms in the basal plane of YBa_{2}Cu_{3}O_{6+δ} high-T_{C} cuprate superconductors is studied numerically. By mapping the system onto the asymmetric next-nearest-neighbor Ising model, we characterize this phase transition. Results indicate the degrees of critical behavior. We show that this phase transition occurs at the temperature T_{C}≃0.148eV in the thermodynamic limit. By analyzing the critical exponents, it is found that this universality class displays some common features, with the two-dimensional three-state Potts model universality class, although the possibility of other universality classes cannot be ruled out. Conformal invariance at T=T_{c} is investigated using the Schramm-Loewner evolution (SLE) technique, and it is found that the SLE diffusivity parameter for this system is 3.34±0.01. PMID:27627249

  16. Universality class of the structural phase transition in the normal phase of cuprate superconductors

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    Najafi, M. N.; Tavana, A.

    2016-08-01

    The tetragonal-orthorhombic structural phase transition of oxygen atoms in the basal plane of YBa2Cu3O6 +δ high-TC cuprate superconductors is studied numerically. By mapping the system onto the asymmetric next-nearest-neighbor Ising model, we characterize this phase transition. Results indicate the degrees of critical behavior. We show that this phase transition occurs at the temperature TC≃0.148 eV in the thermodynamic limit. By analyzing the critical exponents, it is found that this universality class displays some common features, with the two-dimensional three-state Potts model universality class, although the possibility of other universality classes cannot be ruled out. Conformal invariance at T =Tc is investigated using the Schramm-Loewner evolution (SLE) technique, and it is found that the SLE diffusivity parameter for this system is 3.34 ±0.01 .

  17. Inner Core Structure Behind the PKP Core Phase Triplication

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    Blom, N.; Paulssen, H.; Deuss, A. F.; Waszek, L.

    2015-12-01

    Despite its small size, the Earth's inner core plays an important role in the Earth's dynamics. Because it is slowly growing, its structure - and the variation thereof with depth - may reveal important clues about the history of the core, its convection and the resulting geodynamo. Learning more about this structure has been a prime effort in the past decades, leading to discoveries about anisotropy, hemispheres and heterogeneity in the inner core in general. In terms of detailed structure, mainly seismic body waves have contributed to these advances. However, at depths between ~100-200 km, the seismic structure is relatively poorly known. This is a result of the PKP core phase triplication and the existence of strong precursors to PKP phases, whose simultaneous arrival hinders the measurement of inner core waves PKIKP at epicentral distances between roughly 143-148°. As a consequence, the interpretation of deeper structure also remains difficult. To overcome these issues, we stack seismograms in slowness and time, separating PKP and PKIKP phases which arrive simultaneously, but with different slowness. We apply this method to study the inner core's Western hemisphere between South and Central America using paths travelling in the quasi-polar direction between epicentral distances of 140-150°. This enables us to measure PKiKP-PKIKP differential travel times up to greater epicentral distance than has previously been done. The resulting differential travel time residuals increase with epicentral distance, indicating a marked increase in seismic velocity with depth compared to reference model AK135 for the studied polar paths. Assuming a homogeneous outer core, these findings can be explained by either (i) inner core heterogeneity due to an increase in isotropic velocity, or (ii) increase in anisotropy over the studied depth range. Our current data set cannot distinguish between the two hypotheses, but in light of previous work we prefer the latter interpretation.

  18. An Overview of 2014 SBIR Phase I and Phase II Materials Structures for Extreme Environments

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    Nguyen, Hung D.; Steele, Gynelle C.; Morris, Jessica R.

    2015-01-01

    NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program focuses on technological innovation by investing in development of innovative concepts and technologies to help NASA mission directorates address critical research needs for Agency programs. This report highlights nine of the innovative SBIR 2014 Phase I and Phase II projects that emphasize one of NASA Glenn Research Center's six core competencies-Materials and Structures for Extreme Environments. The technologies cover a wide spectrum of applications such as high temperature environmental barrier coating systems, deployable space structures, solid oxide fuel cells, and self-lubricating hard coatings for extreme temperatures. Each featured technology describes an innovation, technical objective, and highlights NASA commercial and industrial applications. This report provides an opportunity for NASA engineers, researchers, and program managers to learn how NASA SBIR technologies could help their programs and projects, and lead to collaborations and partnerships between the small SBIR companies and NASA that would benefit both.

  19. Structural phase transitions in Si and SiO2 crystals via the random phase approximation

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    Xiao, Bing; Sun, Jianwei; Ruzsinszky, Adrienn; Feng, Jing; Perdew, John P.

    2012-09-01

    We have assessed the performance of the non-self-consistent random phase approximation (RPA) on two pressure-induced structural phase transitions, diamond to β-Sn Si in Si and α-quartz to stishovite in SiO2. The calculated equilibrium lattice properties of the four structures are in better agreement with experimental results than are those from several semilocal functionals. The energy differences between the high- and low-pressure phases are found to be 0.37 eV/Si and 0.39 eV/SiO2, respectively. The transition pressure obtained from our RPA calculations for diamond to β-Sn in Si is 12.2 GPa, in excellent agreement with the experimental value 11.3-12.6 GPa. However, the α-quartz to stishovite phase-transition pressure in SiO2 is found to be 5.6 GPa, lower than the experimental 7.46 GPa; the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) semilocal functional gives the transition pressure closest to experiment in this case. We conclude that the non-self-consistent, nonlocal RPA accurately describes the insulator-to-metal transition in Si, where semilocal density functionals tend to fail. But the RPA error cancellation that is nearly perfect in many solids, including Si, may be less perfect in solid SiO2, as it is in many molecules.

  20. Structure, Hydrodynamics, and Phase Transition of Freely Suspended Liquid Crystals

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    Clark, Noel A.

    2000-01-01

    Smectic liquid crystals are phases of rod shaped molecules organized into one dimensionally (1D) periodic arrays of layers, each layer being between one and two molecular lengths thick. In the least ordered smectic phases, the smectics A and C, each layer is a two dimensional (2D) liquid. Additionally there are a variety of more ordered smectic phases having hexatic short range translational order or 2D crystalline quasi long range translational order within the layers. The inherent fluid-layer structure and low vapor pressure of smectic liquid crystals enable the long term stabilization of freely suspended, single component, layered fluid films as thin as 30A, a single molecular layer. The layering forces the films to be an integral number of smectic layers thick, quantizing their thickness in layer units and forcing a film of a particular number of layers to be physically homogeneous with respect to its layer structure over its entire area. Optical reflectivity enables the precise determination of the number of layers. These ultrathin freely suspended liquid crystal films are structures of fundamental interest in condensed matter and fluid physics. They are the thinnest known stable condensed phase fluid structures and have the largest surface-to-volume ratio of any stable fluid preparation, making them ideal for the study of the effects of reduced dimensionality on phase behavior and on fluctuation and interface phenomena. Their low vapor pressure and quantized thickness enable the effective use of microgravity to extend the study of basic capillary phenomena to ultrathin fluid films. Freely suspended films have been a wellspring of new liquid crystal physics. They have been used to provide unique experimental conditions for the study of condensed phase transitions in two dimensions. They are the only system in which the hexatic has been unambiguously identified as a phase of matter, and the only physical system in which fluctuations of a 2D XY system and

  1. Optimized Structures for Low-Profile Phase Change Thermal Spreaders

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    Sharratt, Stephen Andrew

    Thin, low-profile phase change thermal spreaders can provide cooling solutions for some of today's most pressing heat flux dissipation issues. These thermal issues are only expected to increase as future electronic circuitry requirements lead to denser and potentially 3D chip packaging. Phase change based heat spreaders, such as heat pipes or vapor chambers, can provide a practical solution for effectively dissipating large heat fluxes. This thesis reports a comprehensive study of state-of-the-art capillary pumped wick structures using computational modeling, micro wick fabrication, and experimental analysis. Modeling efforts focus on predicting the shape of the liquid meniscus inside a complicated 3D wick structure. It is shown that this liquid shape can drastically affect the wick's thermal resistance. In addition, knowledge of the liquid meniscus shape allows for the computation of key parameters such as permeability and capillary pressure which are necessary for predicting the maximum heat flux. After the model is validated by comparison to experimental results, the wick structure is optimized so as to decrease overall wick thermal resistance and increase the maximum capillary limited heat flux before dryout. The optimized structures are then fabricated out of both silicon and copper using both traditional and novel micro-fabrication techniques. The wicks are made super-hydrophilic using chemical and thermal oxidation schemes. A sintered monolayer of Cu particles is fabricated and analyzed as well. The fabricated wick structures are experimentally tested for their heat transfer performance inside a well controlled copper vacuum chamber. Heat fluxes as high as 170 W/cm2 are realized for Cu wicks with structure heights of 100 μm. The structures optimized for both minimized thermal resistance and high liquid supply ability perform much better than their non-optimized counterparts. The super-hydrophilic oxidation scheme is found to drastically increase the maximum

  2. Electronic structure and crystal phase stability of palladium hydrides

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    Houari, Abdesalem; Matar, Samir F.; Eyert, Volker

    2014-11-07

    The results of electronic structure calculations for a variety of palladium hydrides are presented. The calculations are based on density functional theory and used different local and semilocal approximations. The thermodynamic stability of all structures as well as the electronic and chemical bonding properties are addressed. For the monohydride, taking into account the zero-point energy is important to identify the octahedral Pd-H arrangement with its larger voids and, hence, softer hydrogen vibrational modes as favorable over the tetrahedral arrangement as found in the zincblende and wurtzite structures. Stabilization of the rocksalt structure is due to strong bonding of the 4d and 1s orbitals, which form a characteristic split-off band separated from the main d-band group. Increased filling of the formerly pure d states of the metal causes strong reduction of the density of states at the Fermi energy, which undermines possible long-range ferromagnetic order otherwise favored by strong magnetovolume effects. For the dihydride, octahedral Pd-H arrangement as realized, e.g., in the pyrite structure turns out to be unstable against tetrahedral arrangement as found in the fluorite structure. Yet, from both heat of formation and chemical bonding considerations, the dihydride turns out to be less favorable than the monohydride. Finally, the vacancy ordered defect phase Pd{sub 3}H{sub 4} follows the general trend of favoring the octahedral arrangement of the rocksalt structure for Pd:H ratios less or equal to one.

  3. Influences of P doping on magnetic phase transition and structure in MnCoSi ribbon

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    Du, Qian-Heng; Chen, Guo-Fu; Yang, Wen-Yun; Hua, Mu-Xin; Du, Hong-Lin; Wang, Chang-Sheng; Liu, Shun-Quan; Hang, Jing-Zhi; Zhou, Dong; Zhang, Yan; Yan, Jin-Bo

    2015-06-01

    The structure and magnetic properties of MnCoSi1- x Px (x = 0.05-0.50) are systematically investigated. With P content increasing, the lattice parameter a increases monotonically while both b and c decrease. At the same time, the temperature of metamagnetic transition from a low-temperature non-collinear ferromagnetic state to a high-temperature ferromagnetic state decreases and a new magnetic transition from a higher-magnetization ferromagnetic state to a lower-magnetization ferromagnetic state is observed in each of these compounds for the first time. This is explained by the changes of crystal structure and distance between Mn and Si atoms with the increase of temperature according to the high-temperature XRD result. The metamagnetic transition is found to be a second-order magnetic transition accompanied by a low inversed magnetocaloric effect (1.0 J·kg-1·K-1 at 5 T) with a large temperature span (190 K at 5 T) compared with the scenario of MnCoSi. The changes in the order of metamagnetic transition and structure make P-doped MoCoSi compounds good candidates for the study of magnetoelastic coupling and the modulation of magnetic phase transition. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11275013), the Fund from the National Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics (Grant No. 2013DB01), and the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2010CB833104).

  4. Structural Phase Transitions and Water Dynamics in Uranyl Fluoride Hydrates

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    Miskowiec, Andrew J.; Kirkegaard, Marie C.; Huq, Ashfia; Mamontov, Eugene; Herwig, Kenneth W.; Trowbridge, Lee D.; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Anderson, Brian B.

    2015-11-17

    We report a novel production method for uranium oxy uoride [(UO2)7F14(H2O)7] 4H2O, referred to as structure D. Structure D is produced as a product of hydrating anhydrous uranyl uoride, UO2F2, through the gas phase at ambient temperatures fol- lowed by desiccation by equilibration with a dry environment. We follow the structure of [(UO2)7F14(H2O)7] 4H2O through an intermediate, liquid-like phase, wherein the coordination number of the uranyl ion is reduced to 5 (from 6 in the anhydrous struc- ture), and a water molecule binds as an equatorial ligand to the uranyl ion. Quasielas- tic neutron scattering results compare well with previous measurements of mineral hydrates. The two groups of structurally distinct water molecules in D perform re- stricted motion on a length scale commensurate with the O{H bond (r = 0.92 A). The more tightly bound equatorial ligand waters rotate slower (Dr = 2.2 ps-1) than their hydrogen-bonded partners (Dr = 28.7 ps-1).

  5. Structural Phase Transitions and Water Dynamics in Uranyl Fluoride Hydrates

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    Miskowiec, Andrew J.; Kirkegaard, Marie C.; Huq, Ashfia; Mamontov, Eugene; Herwig, Kenneth W.; Trowbridge, Lee D.; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Anderson, Brian B.

    2015-11-17

    We report a novel production method for uranium oxy uoride [(UO2)7F14(H2O)7] 4H2O, referred to as structure D. Structure D is produced as a product of hydrating anhydrous uranyl uoride, UO2F2, through the gas phase at ambient temperatures fol- lowed by desiccation by equilibration with a dry environment. We follow the structure of [(UO2)7F14(H2O)7] 4H2O through an intermediate, liquid-like phase, wherein the coordination number of the uranyl ion is reduced to 5 (from 6 in the anhydrous struc- ture), and a water molecule binds as an equatorial ligand to the uranyl ion. Quasielas- tic neutron scattering results compare well with previousmore » measurements of mineral hydrates. The two groups of structurally distinct water molecules in D perform re- stricted motion on a length scale commensurate with the O{H bond (r = 0.92 A). The more tightly bound equatorial ligand waters rotate slower (Dr = 2.2 ps-1) than their hydrogen-bonded partners (Dr = 28.7 ps-1).« less

  6. Surface modification induced phase transformation and structure variation on the rapidly solidified recast layer of titanium

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    Tsai, Ming-Hung; Haung, Chiung-Fang; Shyu, Shih-Shiun; Chou, Yen-Ru; Lin, Ming-Hong; Peng, Pei-Wen; and others

    2015-08-15

    In this study, neodymium-doped yttrium orthovanadate (Nd:YVO{sub 4}) as a laser source with different scanning speeds was used on biomedical Ti surface. The microstructural and biological properties of laser-modified samples were investigated by means of optical microscope, electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, surface roughness instrument, contact angle and cell cytotoxicity assay. After laser modification, the rough volcano-like recast layer with micro-/nanoporous structure and wave-like recast layer with nanoporous structure were generated on the surfaces of laser-modified samples, respectively. It was also found out that, an α → (α + rutile-TiO{sub 2}) phase transition occurred on the recast layers of laser-modified samples. The Ti surface becomes hydrophilic at a high speed laser scanning. Moreover, the cell cytotoxicity assay demonstrated that laser-modified samples did not influence the cell adhesion and proliferation behaviors of osteoblast (MG-63) cell. The laser with 50 mm/s scanning speed induced formation of rough volcano-like recast layer accompanied with micro-/nanoporous structure, which can promote cell adhesion and proliferation of MG-63 cell on Ti surface. The results indicated that the laser treatment was a potential technology to enhance the biocompatibility for titanium. - Highlights: • Laser induced the formation of recast layer with micro-/nanoporous structure on Ti. • An α → (α + rutile-TiO{sub 2}) phase transition was observed within the recast layer. • The Ti surface becomes hydrophilic at a high speed laser scanning. • Laser-modified samples exhibit good biocompatibility to osteoblast (MG-63) cell.

  7. Structures of two intermediate phases between the B1 and B2 phases of PbS under high pressure

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    Li, Yanchun E-mail: liuj@ihep.ac.cn; Lin, Chuanlong; Li, Xiaodong; Liu, Jing E-mail: liuj@ihep.ac.cn; Xu, Jian; Li, Gong

    2014-12-15

    The structural transitions of PbS were investigated at pressures up to 50 GPa using synchrotron powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods in diamond anvil cells. We found two intermediate phases between the B1 phase under atmospheric pressure and the B2 phase at 21.1 GPa, which is different to previous reports. The structures of these two intermediate phases were indexed as B27 and B33, respectively. Their structural parameters were investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our results provide a new insight into understanding the transition pathway between the B1 and B2 phases in PbS.

  8. Structural phase transitions in boron carbide under stress

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    Korotaev, P.; Pokatashkin, P.; Yanilkin, A.

    2016-01-01

    Structural transitions in boron carbide B4C under stress were studied by means of first-principles molecular dynamics in the framework of density functional theory. The behavior depends strongly on degree of non-hydrostatic stress. Under hydrostatic stress continuous bending of the three-atom C-B-C chain was observed up to 70 GPa. The presence of non-hydrostatic stress activates abrupt reversible chain bending, which is displacement of the central boron atom in the chain with the formation of weak bonds between this atom and atoms in the nearby icosahedra. Such structural change can describe a possible reversible phase transition in dynamical loading experiments. High non-hydrostatic stress achieved in uniaxial loading leads to disordering of the initial structure. The formation of carbon chains is observed as one possible transition route.

  9. Suppression of structural phase transition by Sr substitution in the improper ferroelectric BaAl2O4

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    Mori, Shigeo; Ishii, Yui; Tanaka, Eri; Tsukasaki, Hirofumi; Kawaguchi, Shogo

    2015-10-01

    To clarify lattice fluctuations and precursor phenomena accompanied by structural phase transition in stuffed tridymite compounds, changes in diffuse scattering as a function of temperature in Ba0.6Sr0.4Al2O4 have been carefully investigated by powder X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation, electron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) experiments. In situ electron diffraction experiments revealed that Ba0.6Sr0.4Al2O4 exhibits lattice fluctuation manifested as a unique honeycomb-shaped diffuse scattering in the wide temperature range between 298 and 100 K. Unlike in the case of BaAl2O4, Ba0.6Sr0.4Al2O4 shows no structural phase transition to the ferroelectric structure with the hexagonal P63 space group in the temperature range. In contrast, it is revealed that the electron beam irradiation to the Ba0.6Sr0.4Al2O4 sample inside the transmission electron microscope induced structural change from the hexagonal P6322 structure to the modulated structure with double periodicity in the three equivalent <110> directions in the low-temperature region. This implies that the total energy difference between these two structures is small. The hexagonal P6322 structure transforms into the modulated one with short correlation length owing to some small external perturbations.

  10. Macromolecular ab initio phasing enforcing secondary and tertiary structure

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    Millán, Claudia; Sammito, Massimo; Usón, Isabel

    2015-01-01

    Ab initio phasing of macromolecular structures, from the native intensities alone with no experimental phase information or previous particular structural knowledge, has been the object of a long quest, limited by two main barriers: structure size and resolution of the data. Current approaches to extend the scope of ab initio phasing include use of the Patterson function, density modification and data extrapolation. The authors’ approach relies on the combination of locating model fragments such as polyalanine α-helices with the program PHASER and density modification with the program SHELXE. Given the difficulties in discriminating correct small substructures, many putative groups of fragments have to be tested in parallel; thus calculations are performed in a grid or supercomputer. The method has been named after the Italian painter Arcimboldo, who used to compose portraits out of fruit and vegetables. With ARCIMBOLDO, most collections of fragments remain a ‘still-life’, but some are correct enough for density modification and main-chain tracing to reveal the protein’s true portrait. Beyond α-helices, other fragments can be exploited in an analogous way: libraries of helices with modelled side chains, β-strands, predictable fragments such as DNA-binding folds or fragments selected from distant homologues up to libraries of small local folds that are used to enforce nonspecific tertiary structure; thus restoring the ab initio nature of the method. Using these methods, a number of unknown macromolecules with a few thousand atoms and resolutions around 2 Å have been solved. In the 2014 release, use of the program has been simplified. The software mediates the use of massive computing to automate the grid access required in difficult cases but may also run on a single multicore workstation (http://chango.ibmb.csic.es/ARCIMBOLDO_LITE) to solve straightforward cases. PMID:25610631

  11. Macromolecular ab initio phasing enforcing secondary and tertiary structure.

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    Millán, Claudia; Sammito, Massimo; Usón, Isabel

    2015-01-01

    Ab initio phasing of macromolecular structures, from the native intensities alone with no experimental phase information or previous particular structural knowledge, has been the object of a long quest, limited by two main barriers: structure size and resolution of the data. Current approaches to extend the scope of ab initio phasing include use of the Patterson function, density modification and data extrapolation. The authors' approach relies on the combination of locating model fragments such as polyalanine α-helices with the program PHASER and density modification with the program SHELXE. Given the difficulties in discriminating correct small substructures, many putative groups of fragments have to be tested in parallel; thus calculations are performed in a grid or supercomputer. The method has been named after the Italian painter Arcimboldo, who used to compose portraits out of fruit and vegetables. With ARCIMBOLDO, most collections of fragments remain a 'still-life', but some are correct enough for density modification and main-chain tracing to reveal the protein's true portrait. Beyond α-helices, other fragments can be exploited in an analogous way: libraries of helices with modelled side chains, β-strands, predictable fragments such as DNA-binding folds or fragments selected from distant homologues up to libraries of small local folds that are used to enforce nonspecific tertiary structure; thus restoring the ab initio nature of the method. Using these methods, a number of unknown macromolecules with a few thousand atoms and resolutions around 2 Å have been solved. In the 2014 release, use of the program has been simplified. The software mediates the use of massive computing to automate the grid access required in difficult cases but may also run on a single multicore workstation (http://chango.ibmb.csic.es/ARCIMBOLDO_LITE) to solve straightforward cases.

  12. Macromolecular ab initio phasing enforcing secondary and tertiary structure.

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    Millán, Claudia; Sammito, Massimo; Usón, Isabel

    2015-01-01

    Ab initio phasing of macromolecular structures, from the native intensities alone with no experimental phase information or previous particular structural knowledge, has been the object of a long quest, limited by two main barriers: structure size and resolution of the data. Current approaches to extend the scope of ab initio phasing include use of the Patterson function, density modification and data extrapolation. The authors' approach relies on the combination of locating model fragments such as polyalanine α-helices with the program PHASER and density modification with the program SHELXE. Given the difficulties in discriminating correct small substructures, many putative groups of fragments have to be tested in parallel; thus calculations are performed in a grid or supercomputer. The method has been named after the Italian painter Arcimboldo, who used to compose portraits out of fruit and vegetables. With ARCIMBOLDO, most collections of fragments remain a 'still-life', but some are correct enough for density modification and main-chain tracing to reveal the protein's true portrait. Beyond α-helices, other fragments can be exploited in an analogous way: libraries of helices with modelled side chains, β-strands, predictable fragments such as DNA-binding folds or fragments selected from distant homologues up to libraries of small local folds that are used to enforce nonspecific tertiary structure; thus restoring the ab initio nature of the method. Using these methods, a number of unknown macromolecules with a few thousand atoms and resolutions around 2 Å have been solved. In the 2014 release, use of the program has been simplified. The software mediates the use of massive computing to automate the grid access required in difficult cases but may also run on a single multicore workstation (http://chango.ibmb.csic.es/ARCIMBOLDO_LITE) to solve straightforward cases. PMID:25610631

  13. Structural phase transitions in BaV{sub 6}O{sub 11}

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    Friese, Karen . E-mail: karen.friese@ehu.es; Kanke, Yasushi

    2006-11-15

    BaV6O{sub 11} was synthesized under high pressures and crystallizes in a structure closely related to magnetoplumbite. [V(1)O{sub 6}]-octahedra share common edges and form a Kagome lattice normal to the hexagonal [001] direction. The layers are connected in the direction of c via trigonal [V(3)O{sub 5}]-bipyramids and [V(2)O{sub 6}]-octahedra, which share common faces. The Ba-atoms are incorporated into cavities of the vanadium oxide framework and are coordinated by 12 oxygen atoms in the shape of a dodecahedron. Three magnetic anomalies at approximately 250, 115 and 75K were detected in this compound. All of them are accompanied by anomalies in the specific heat measurement. To characterize possible structural transitions and determine the response of the structure to the magnetic anomalies, single crystal X-ray diffraction studies were carried out in the temperature range from 293 to 80K. At 250K the compound undergoes a structural phase transition. The space group above the transition temperature is P6{sub 3}/mmc, at lower temperature the symmetry reduces to P6{sub 3}mc. For the refinements in P6{sub 3}mc an inversion twin model was used, this way accounting for the loss of the center of symmetry. The structural phase transition is characterized by a small displacement of the V(1)-atom (forming the Kagome lattice) out of its central position in the octahedra. As a consequence part of the octahedral edges/angles are increased, while the opposite ones are decreased. One limiting surface of the octahedral sheet is corrugated, while the other one is smoothened with respect to the high-temperature structure. This deformation of the octahedral sheets leads to the corresponding geometrical changes in the other coordination polyhedra. The structural response to the magnetic anomaly at 115K is weak and mainly observable in the geometric parameters concerning the [V(1)O{sub 6}]-octahedra and [V(3)O{sub 5}]-bipyramids. This may serve as a first indication that the

  14. Structural and topological phase transitions on the German Stock Exchange

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    Wiliński, M.; Sienkiewicz, A.; Gubiec, T.; Kutner, R.; Struzik, Z. R.

    2013-12-01

    We find numerical and empirical evidence for dynamical, structural and topological phase transitions on the (German) Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE) in the temporal vicinity of the worldwide financial crash. Using the Minimal Spanning Tree (MST) technique, a particularly useful canonical tool of the graph theory, two transitions of the topology of a complex network representing the FSE were found. The first transition is from a hierarchical scale-free MST representing the stock market before the recent worldwide financial crash, to a superstar-like MST decorated by a scale-free hierarchy of trees representing the market’s state for the period containing the crash. Subsequently, a transition is observed from this transient, (meta)stable state of the crash to a hierarchical scale-free MST decorated by several star-like trees after the worldwide financial crash. The phase transitions observed are analogous to the ones we obtained earlier for the Warsaw Stock Exchange and more pronounced than those found by Onnela-Chakraborti-Kaski-Kertész for the S&P 500 index in the vicinity of Black Monday (October 19, 1987) and also in the vicinity of January 1, 1998. Our results provide an empirical foundation for the future theory of dynamical, structural and topological phase transitions on financial markets.

  15. Analysis of Lipoplex Structure and Lipid Phase Changes

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    Koynova, Rumiana

    2012-07-18

    Efficient delivery of genetic material to cells is needed for tasks of utmost importance in the laboratory and clinic, such as gene transfection and gene silencing. Synthetic cationic lipids can be used as delivery vehicles for nucleic acids and are now considered the most promising nonviral gene carriers. They form complexes (lipoplexes) with the polyanionic nucleic acids. A critical obstacle for clinical application of the lipid-mediated DNA delivery (lipofection) is its unsatisfactory efficiency for many cell types. Understanding the mechanism of lipid-mediated DNA delivery is essential for their successful application, as well as for a rational design and synthesis of novel cationic lipoid compounds for enhanced gene delivery. A viewpoint now emerging is that the critical factor in lipid-mediated transfection is the structural evolution of lipoplexes within the cell, upon interacting and mixing with cellular lipids. In particular, recent studies showed that the phase evolution of lipoplex lipids upon interaction and mixing with membrane lipids appears to be decisive for transfection success: specifically, lamellar lipoplex formulations, which were readily susceptible to undergoing lamellar-nonlamellar phase transition upon mixing with cellular lipids and were found rather consistently associated with superior transfection potency, presumably as a result of facilitated DNA release. Thus, understanding the lipoplex structure and the phase changes upon interacting with membrane lipids is important for the successful application of the cationic lipids as gene carriers.

  16. Crystal structure and phase transition of thermoelectric SnSe.

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    Sist, Mattia; Zhang, Jiawei; Brummerstedt Iversen, Bo

    2016-06-01

    Tin selenide-based functional materials are extensively studied in the field of optoelectronic, photovoltaic and thermoelectric devices. Specifically, SnSe has been reported to have an ultrahigh thermoelectric figure of merit of 2.6 ± 0.3 in the high-temperature phase. Here we report the evolution of lattice constants, fractional coordinates, site occupancy factors and atomic displacement factors with temperature by means of high-resolution synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction measured from 100 to 855 K. The structure is shown to be cation defective with a Sn content of 0.982 (4). The anisotropy of the thermal parameters of Sn becomes more pronounced approaching the high-temperature phase transition (∼ 810 K). Anharmonic Gram-Charlier parameters have been refined, but data from single-crystal diffraction appear to be needed to firmly quantify anharmonic features. Based on modelling of the atomic displacement parameters the Debye temperature is found to be 175 (4) K. Conflicting reports concerning the different coordinate system settings in the low-temperature and high-temperature phases are discussed. It is also shown that the high-temperature Cmcm phase is not pseudo-tetragonal as commonly assumed.

  17. Phase-field-crystal methodology for modeling of structural transformations.

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    Greenwood, Michael; Rottler, Jörg; Provatas, Nikolas

    2011-03-01

    We introduce and characterize free-energy functionals for modeling of solids with different crystallographic symmetries within the phase-field-crystal methodology. The excess free energy responsible for the emergence of periodic phases is inspired by classical density-functional theory, but uses only a minimal description for the modes of the direct correlation function to preserve computational efficiency. We provide a detailed prescription for controlling the crystal structure and introduce parameters for changing temperature and surface energies, so that phase transformations between body-centered-cubic (bcc), face-centered-cubic (fcc), hexagonal-close-packed (hcp), and simple-cubic (sc) lattices can be studied. To illustrate the versatility of our free-energy functional, we compute the phase diagram for fcc-bcc-liquid coexistence in the temperature-density plane. We also demonstrate that our model can be extended to include hcp symmetry by dynamically simulating hcp-liquid coexistence from a seeded crystal nucleus. We further quantify the dependence of the elastic constants on the model control parameters in two and three dimensions, showing how the degree of elastic anisotropy can be tuned from the shape of the direct correlation functions. PMID:21517507

  18. Crystal structure and phase transition of thermoelectric SnSe.

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    Sist, Mattia; Zhang, Jiawei; Brummerstedt Iversen, Bo

    2016-06-01

    Tin selenide-based functional materials are extensively studied in the field of optoelectronic, photovoltaic and thermoelectric devices. Specifically, SnSe has been reported to have an ultrahigh thermoelectric figure of merit of 2.6 ± 0.3 in the high-temperature phase. Here we report the evolution of lattice constants, fractional coordinates, site occupancy factors and atomic displacement factors with temperature by means of high-resolution synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction measured from 100 to 855 K. The structure is shown to be cation defective with a Sn content of 0.982 (4). The anisotropy of the thermal parameters of Sn becomes more pronounced approaching the high-temperature phase transition (∼ 810 K). Anharmonic Gram-Charlier parameters have been refined, but data from single-crystal diffraction appear to be needed to firmly quantify anharmonic features. Based on modelling of the atomic displacement parameters the Debye temperature is found to be 175 (4) K. Conflicting reports concerning the different coordinate system settings in the low-temperature and high-temperature phases are discussed. It is also shown that the high-temperature Cmcm phase is not pseudo-tetragonal as commonly assumed. PMID:27240762

  19. Structural insight into iodide uptake by AFm phases.

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    Aimoz, Laure; Wieland, Erich; Taviot-Guého, Christine; Dähn, Rainer; Vespa, Marika; Churakov, Sergey V

    2012-04-01

    The ability of cement phases carrying positively charged surfaces to retard the mobility of (129)I, present as iodide (I(-)) in groundwater, was investigated in the context of safe disposal of radioactive waste. (125)I sorption experiments on ettringite, hydrotalcite, chloride-, carbonate- and sulfate-containing AFm phases indicated that calcium-monosulfate (AFm-SO(4)) is the only phase that takes up trace levels of iodide. The structures of AFm phases prepared by coprecipitating iodide with other anions were investigated in order to understand this preferential uptake mechanism. X-ray diffraction (XRD) investigations showed a segregation of monoiodide (AFm-I(2)) and Friedel's salt (AFm-Cl(2)) for I-Cl mixtures, whereas interstratifications of AFm-I(2) and hemicarboaluminate (AFm-OH-(CO(3))(0.5)) were observed for the I-CO(3) systems. In contrast, XRD measurements indicated the formation of a solid solution between AFm-I(2) and AFm-SO(4) for the I-SO(4) mixtures. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy showed a modification of the coordination environment of iodine in I-CO(3) and in I-SO(4) samples compared to pure AFm-I(2). This is assumed to be due to the introduction of stacking faults in I-CO(3) samples on one hand and due to the presence of sulfate and associated space-filling water molecules as close neighbors in I-SO(4) samples on the other hand. The formation of a solid solution between AFm-I(2) and AFm-SO(4), with a short-range mixing of iodide and sulfate, implies that AFm-SO(4) bears the potential to retard (129)I. PMID:22376086

  20. Uridine Nucleoside Thiation: Gas-Phase Structures and Energetics

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    Hamlow, Lucas; Lee, Justin; Rodgers, M. T.; Berden, Giel; Oomens, Jos

    2016-06-01

    The naturally occurring thiated uridine nucleosides, 4-thiouridine (s4Urd) and 2-thiouridine (s2Urd), play important roles in the function and analysis of a variety of RNAs. 2-Thiouridine and its C5 modified analogues are commonly found in tRNAs and are believed to play an important role in codon recognition possibly due to their different structure, which has been shown by NMR to be predominantly C3'-endo. 2-Thiouridine may also play an important role in facilitating nonenzymatic RNA replication and transcription. 4-Thiouridine is a commonly used photoactivatable crosslinker that is often used to study RNA-RNA and RNA-protein cross-linking behavior. Differences in the base pairing between uracil and 4-thiouracil with adenine and guanine are an important factor in their role as a cross linker. The photoactivity of s4Urd may also aid in preventing near-UV lethality in cells. An understanding of their intrinsic structure in the gas-phase may help further elucidate the roles these modified nucleosides play in the regulation of RNAs. In this work, infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) action spectra of the protonated forms of s2Urd and s4Urd were collected in the IR fingerprint region. Structural information is determined by comparison with theoretical linear IR spectra generated from density functional theory calculations using molecular modeling to generate low-energy candidate structures. Present results are compared with analogous results for the protonated forms of uridine and 2'-deoxyuridine as well as solution phase NMR data and crystal structures.

  1. Stabilizing the hexagonal close packed structure of hard spheres with polymers: Phase diagram, structure, and dynamics.

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    Edison, John R; Dasgupta, Tonnishtha; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2016-08-01

    We study the phase behaviour of a binary mixture of colloidal hard spheres and freely jointed chains of beads using Monte Carlo simulations. Recently Panagiotopoulos and co-workers predicted [Nat. Commun. 5, 4472 (2014)] that the hexagonal close packed (HCP) structure of hard spheres can be stabilized in such a mixture due to the interplay between polymer and the void structure in the crystal phase. Their predictions were based on estimates of the free-energy penalty for adding a single hard polymer chain in the HCP and the competing face centered cubic (FCC) phase. Here we calculate the phase diagram using free-energy calculations of the full binary mixture and find a broad fluid-solid coexistence region and a metastable gas-liquid coexistence region. For the colloid-monomer size ratio considered in this work, we find that the HCP phase is only stable in a small window at relatively high polymer reservoir packing fractions, where the coexisting HCP phase is nearly close packed. Additionally we investigate the structure and dynamic behaviour of these mixtures. PMID:27497577

  2. Stabilizing the hexagonal close packed structure of hard spheres with polymers: Phase diagram, structure, and dynamics

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    Edison, John R.; Dasgupta, Tonnishtha; Dijkstra, Marjolein

    2016-08-01

    We study the phase behaviour of a binary mixture of colloidal hard spheres and freely jointed chains of beads using Monte Carlo simulations. Recently Panagiotopoulos and co-workers predicted [Nat. Commun. 5, 4472 (2014)] that the hexagonal close packed (HCP) structure of hard spheres can be stabilized in such a mixture due to the interplay between polymer and the void structure in the crystal phase. Their predictions were based on estimates of the free-energy penalty for adding a single hard polymer chain in the HCP and the competing face centered cubic (FCC) phase. Here we calculate the phase diagram using free-energy calculations of the full binary mixture and find a broad fluid-solid coexistence region and a metastable gas-liquid coexistence region. For the colloid-monomer size ratio considered in this work, we find that the HCP phase is only stable in a small window at relatively high polymer reservoir packing fractions, where the coexisting HCP phase is nearly close packed. Additionally we investigate the structure and dynamic behaviour of these mixtures.

  3. Structural phase transitions in low-dimensional ion crystals

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    Fishman, Shmuel; Chiara, Gabriele de; Calarco, Tommaso; Morigi, Giovanna

    2008-02-01

    A chain of singly charged particles, confined by a harmonic potential, exhibits a sudden transition to a zigzag configuration when the radial potential reaches a critical value, depending on the particle number. This structural change is a phase transition of second order, whose order parameter is the crystal displacement from the chain axis. We study analytically the transition using Landau theory and find full agreement with numerical predictions by Schiffer [Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 818 (1993)] and Piacente et al. [Phys. Rev. B 69, 045324 (2004)]. Our theory allows us to determine analytically the system's behavior at the transition point.

  4. Phase chemistry, structure, and radiation effects in lunar samples.

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    Arrhenius, G; Asunmaa, S; Drever, J I; Everson, J; Fitzgerald, R W; Frazer, J Z; Fujita, H; Hanor, J S; Lal, D; Liang, S S; Macdougall, D; Reid, A M; Sinkankas, J; Wilkening, L

    1970-01-30

    Phase chemistry, structure, and radiation effects were studied in rock, breccia, and soil samples. The regolith apparently developed in the final stages of accretion and was modified by later impact processes and radiation weathering. Exposure ages indicate transfer of buried igneous rock fragments to the near surface late in lunar history. With a few exceptions igneous rock fragments, soil, and breccia share the same distinctive chemistry, probably acquired before accretion of the moon. The igneous rocks texturally resemble basaltic achondrites, and the soil and breccias contain glassy spheres analogous to chondrules.

  5. Molecular-dynamics simulation of tweed structure and the ω phase in Ni-Al

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    Becquart, C. S.; Clapp, P. C.; Rifkin, J. A.

    1993-07-01

    Using computer molecular dynamics (CMD) we have studied the occurrence of tweed structure and of the ω phase in Ni62.5Al37.5. Tweed is a mottled structure that is observed prior to transformations such as martensitic transformations. In some cases, it has been found to accompany ω-phase formation. The characteristic features of tweed have been simulated. To achieve the 62.5-37.5 composition we started with a 50%-50% stoichiometry in which some aluminum atoms were replaced by nickel. Two different lattices were used: one where the nickel atoms were distributed at random on the aluminum sublattice (referred to as the disordered B2 array) and one where they were arranged in an ordered manner (ordered supercell bcc). To describe the forces that interact between the atoms an embedded-atom method was chosen with an interatomic potential derived by Voter and Chen [1] [in Characterization of Defects in Materials, edited by R. W. Siegal, J. R. Weertman, and R. Sinclair, MRS Symposia Proceedings No. 82 (Materials Research Society, Pittsburgh, 1987)], which has been designed to fit some properties of Ni3Al, and some of NiAl, while maintaining good behavior for compositions in between. In the case of the disordered B2 array, diffuse streakings were observed in the diffraction patterns of the structures obtained from the CMD simulations, mainly along the <110>* directions but some also along the <112>* direction. The <112>* streaking is usually associated with the formation of the ω phase. However, with the ordered array, virtually no streaking appeared, strongly suggesting that heterogeneous defects (such as compositional disorder) are necessary to induce both tweed structure and the ω phase. The main type of streaking is typically seen on diffraction patterns of materials displaying tweed. By plotting the positions of the atoms and their displacements after the CMD runs we also noticed <110>\\{100\\} shears, again in the disordered lattice. The influence of temperature on

  6. On the Structure of a New Superhard Hexagonal Carbon Phase

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    Zhang, Bin; Liang, Yongcheng; Guo, Zaoyang; Bordas, Stéphane

    2010-05-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations show that graphite will transform into a superhard phase under cold compression. Recent experiments show that there is a sp3-rich hexagonal carbon polymorph (a0 = 2.496 Å, c0 = 4.123 Å) with a bulk modulus of 447 GPa and average density about 3.6 g/cm3, restricted to the space group of P-62c (No. 190), but the detailed atomic structure was not obtained [Wang et al., P. Natl. Acad. Sci. 101(38), 13699]. Here we set carbon atoms occupying P-62c 4f Wyckoff positions of P-62c, and calculate the total energy of the different structures changing the internal parameter z by first-principles calculations using geometry optimisation algorithm in CASTEP code, which shows that the stable structures in energy (at local minimum points) are hexagonal carbon (z = 1/4) and hexagonal diamond (z = 1/16). The calculated mechanical properties and lattice parameters of the structure P-62c 4f (z = 1/4) are in good agreement with those of the new hexagonal carbon proposed by Wang et al., which indicates that the atomic structure is a possible candidate.

  7. Crystal structures, phase transitions, and switchable dielectric behaviors: comparison of a series of N-heterocyclic ammonium perchlorates.

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    Shi, Ping-Ping; Ye, Qiong; Li, Qiang; Wang, Hui-Ting; Fu, Da-Wei; Zhang, Yi; Xiong, Ren-Gen

    2015-05-01

    Three analogue N-heterocyclic complexes, 1-propyl-1-methylpiperidinium perchlorate (, [PMpip][ClO4]), 1-cyanomethyl-1-methylpiperidinium perchlorate (, [CMpip][ClO4]), and 1-cyanomethyl-1-methylmorpholinium perchlorate (, [CMmor][ClO4]) are identified as phase transition materials displaying switchable dielectric behaviors. Despite the common [ClO4](-) anion and the closely related cations, compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group P212121, but compounds and belong to the monoclinic space group P21/n with distinct cell dimensions. Compounds , and undergo reversible phase transitions around 199, 387 and 416 K, respectively, accompanied by notable step-like dielectric anomalies which could be switched by the phase transition and be tuned in distinct dielectric states. The respective dielectric constants in the high dielectric states are 1.2, 2.2 and 3.2 times that in the low dielectric states for compounds , and . Generally, these differences in the phase transitions and dielectric properties are caused by the distinct molecular structures and hydrogen-bonding conformations resulting from the structural variations in the side-chain and the ring structure.

  8. Structural phase transition in ferroelectric glycine silver nitrate

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    Choudhury, Rajul Ranjan; Panicker, Lata; Chitra, R.; Sakuntala, T.

    2008-02-01

    The structural investigation of the ferroelectric phase transition in glycine silver nitrate has revealed that the transition at Tc=218 K is due to the displacement of the Ag + ions from the plane made by the carboxyl oxygens of glycine zwitterions coordinated to it. Since the transition takes place between two ordered structures the thermal anomaly at Tc is very weak, the transition enthalpy and transition entropy were found to be ΔH=6.6 J/mol and the transition entropy ΔS=0.03 J K mol respectively. These crystals are held together by a network of hydrogen bonds. In order to study these interactions the Raman spectrum of GSN was recorded and discussed in the light of ferroelectricity in glycine complexes in general.

  9. Shadows of anyons and the entanglement structure of topological phases

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    Haegeman, J.; Zauner, V.; Schuch, N.; Verstraete, F.

    2015-01-01

    The low-temperature dynamics of quantum systems are dominated by the low-energy eigenstates. For two-dimensional systems in particular, exotic phenomena such as topological order and anyon excitations can emerge. While a complete low-energy description of strongly correlated systems is hard to obtain, essential information about the elementary excitations is encoded in the eigenvalue structure of the quantum transfer matrix. Here we study the transfer matrix of topological quantum systems using the tensor network formalism and demonstrate that topological quantum order requires a particular type of ‘symmetry breaking' for the fixed point subspace. We also relate physical anyon excitations to domain-wall excitations at the level of the transfer matrix. This formalism enables us to determine the structure of the topological sectors in two-dimensional gapped phases very efficiently, therefore opening novel avenues for studying fundamental questions related to anyon condensation and confinement. PMID:26440783

  10. Phase Diagram and Electronic Structure of Praseodymium and Plutonium

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    Lanatà, Nicola; Yao, Yongxin; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2015-01-01

    We develop a new implementation of the Gutzwiller approximation in combination with the local density approximation, which enables us to study complex 4 f and 5 f systems beyond the reach of previous approaches. We calculate from first principles the zero-temperature phase diagram and electronic structure of Pr and Pu, finding good agreement with the experiments. Our study of Pr indicates that its pressure-induced volume-collapse transition would not occur without change of lattice structure—contrarily to Ce. Our study of Pu shows that the most important effect originating the differentiation between the equilibrium densities of its allotropes is the competition between the Peierls effect and the Madelung interaction and not the dependence of the electron correlations on the lattice structure.

  11. Nonlinear instabilities driven by coherent phase-space structures

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    Lesur, Maxime

    2012-10-01

    Coherent phase-space (PS) structures are an important feature of plasma turbulence. They can drive nonlinear instabilities [1], intermittency in drift-wave turbulence [2], and transport [3]. We aim at a comprehensive understanding of turbulence, not just as an ensemble of waves, as quasilinear theory implies, but as a mixture of coupled waves and localized structures. This work, which focuses on isolated PS structures, is a fundamental advance in this direction. We analyze the effects of self-binding negative fluctuations (PS holes) on stability, intermittency and anomalous resistivity, both analytically and numerically. We present a new theory which describes the growth of a hole or clump [4]. We find that PS holes grow nonlinearly, independently of linear stability. Numerical simulations clarify the physics of nonlinear instabilities in both subcritical and supercritical conditions. When many resonances are unstable, several holes can coalesce into one main macro-scale structure, which survives much longer than a quasilinear diffusion time, suggesting that it may be crucial to resolve phase-space turbulence in analytical and numerical studies of transport. These findings are applied to two fundamental paradigms of plasma physics: bump-on-tail instabilities in 1D electronic plasma and current-driven ion-acoustic instabilities electron-ion plasma. Our results expose important limits of routinely-used linear and quasilinear theories.[4pt] [1] T.H. Dupree, Phys. Fluids 15, 334 (1972); R.H. Berman et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 48, 1249 (1982).[0pt] [2] P.W. Terry, P.H. Diamond, and T.S. Hahm, Phys. Fluids B 2, 2048 (1990).[0pt] [3] H. Biglari et al., Phys. Fluids 31, 2644 (1988); Y. Kosuga et al., Phys. Plasmas 18, 122305 (2011).[0pt] [4] M. Lesur, P.H. Diamond, submitted to Phys. Rev. Lett.

  12. Gas-phase diffusivity and tortuosity of structured soils.

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    Kristensen, Andreas H; Thorbjørn, Anne; Jensen, Maria P; Pedersen, Mette; Moldrup, Per

    2010-06-25

    Modeling gas-phase diffusion of volatile contaminants in the unsaturated zone relies on soil-gas diffusivity models often developed for repacked and structureless soil columns. These suffer from the flaw of not reflecting preferential diffusion through voids and fractures in the soil, thus possibly causing an underestimation of vapor migration towards building foundations and vapor intrusion to indoor environments. We measured the ratio of the gas diffusion coefficient in soil and in free air (D(p)/D(0)) for 42 variously structured, intact, and unsaturated soil cores taken from 6 Danish sites. Whilst the results from structureless fine sand were adequately described using previously proposed models, results that were obtained from glacial clay till and limestone exhibited a dual-porosity behavior. Instead, these data were successfully described using a dual-porosity model for gas-phase diffusivity, considering a presence of drained fractures surrounded by a lower diffusivity matrix. Based on individual model fits, the tortuosity of fractures in till and limestone was found to be highest in samples with a total porosity <40%, suggesting soil compaction to affect the geometry of the fractures. In summary, this study highlights a potential order of magnitude underestimation associated in the use of classical models for prediction of subsurface gas-phase diffusion coefficients in heterogeneous and fractured soils.

  13. Polarization-phase tomography of biological fluids polycrystalline structure

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    Dubolazov, A. V.; Vanchuliak, O. Ya.; Garazdiuk, M.; Sidor, M. I.; Motrich, A. V.; Kostiuk, S. V.

    2013-12-01

    Our research is aimed at designing an experimental method of Fourier's laser polarization phasometry of the layers of human effusion for an express diagnostics during surgery and a differentiation of the degree of severity (acute - gangrenous) appendectomy by means of statistical, correlation and fractal analysis of the coherent scattered field. A model of generalized optical anisotropy of polycrystal networks of albumin and globulin of the effusion of appendicitis has been suggested and the method of Fourier's phasometry of linear (a phase shift between the orthogonal components of the laser wave amplitude) and circular (the angle of rotation of the polarization plane) birefringence with a spatial-frequency selection of the coordinate distributions for the differentiation of acute and gangrenous conditions have been analytically substantiated. Comparative studies of the efficacy of the methods of direct mapping of phase distributions and Fourier's phasometry of a laser radiation field transformed by the dendritic and spherolitic networks of albumin and globulin of the layers of effusion of appendicitis on the basis of complex statistical, correlation and fractal analysis of the structure of phase maps.

  14. Design of reconfigurable and structured spiral phase mask for optical security system

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    Lin, Chao; Shen, Xueju

    2016-07-01

    We propose the design and use of structured spiral phase mask as keys in optical security systems. A protocol for the generation of this deterministic and reconfigurable phase mask is demonstrated. Experimental results of the proposed phase masks employed in the double random phase encoding (DRPE) system is presented. To show the advantages of this structured phase mask (SPM) over the random phase mask (RPM), both the encryption and decryption behaviors of the SPM and RPM are compared.

  15. Phase space structure and dynamics for the Hamiltonian isokinetic thermostat.

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    Collins, Peter; Ezra, Gregory S; Wiggins, Stephen

    2010-07-01

    We investigate the phase space structure and dynamics of a Hamiltonian isokinetic thermostat, for which ergodic thermostat trajectories at fixed (zero) energy generate a canonical distribution in configuration space. Model potentials studied consist of a single bistable mode plus transverse harmonic modes. Interpreting the bistable mode as a reaction (isomerization) coordinate, we establish connections with the theory of unimolecular reaction rates, in particular the formulation of isomerization rates in terms of gap times. In the context of molecular reaction rates, the distribution of gap times (or associated lifetimes) for a microcanonical ensemble initiated on the dividing surface is of great dynamical significance; an exponential lifetime distribution is usually taken to be an indicator of "statistical" behavior. Moreover, comparison of the magnitude of the phase space volume swept out by reactive trajectories as they pass through the reactant region with the total phase space volume (classical density of states) for the reactant region provides a necessary condition for ergodic dynamics. We compute gap times, associated lifetime distributions, mean gap times, reactive fluxes, reactive volumes, and total reactant phase space volumes for model thermostat systems with three and four degrees of freedom at three different temperatures. At all three temperatures, the necessary condition for ergodicity is approximately satisfied. At high temperatures a nonexponential lifetime distribution is found, while at low temperatures the lifetime is more nearly exponential. The degree of exponentiality of the lifetime distribution is quantified by computing the information entropy deficit with respect to pure exponential decay. The efficacy of the Hamiltonian isokinetic thermostat is examined by computing coordinate distributions averaged over single long trajectories initiated on the dividing surface.

  16. [Wernicke encephalopathy accompanying linitis plastica].

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    Soós, Zsuzsanna; Salamon, Mónika; Oláh, Roland; Czégeni, Anna; Salamon, Ferenc; Folyovich, András; Winkler, Gábor

    2014-01-01

    Wernicke encephalopathy (or Wernicke-Korsakoff encephalopathy) is a rarely diagnosed neurological disorder, which is caused by vitamin B1 deficiency. In the classical form it is characterized by a typical triad (confusion, oculomotor disturbance and ataxia), however, in the majority of the cases only confusion is present. It can be frequently observed in subjects with chronic alcohol consumption, but it may accompany different pathological states of which end stage malignant diseases are the most importants, where confusion may have different backgrounds. The authors present the case of an old male patient with advanced gastric cancer recognised and treated vitamin B1 deficiency, and they draw attention to difficulties of the diagnosis of Wernicke's disease. PMID:24379094

  17. Can I solve my structure by SAD phasing? Anomalous signal in SAD phasing

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    Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Bunkóczi, Gábor; Hung, Li-Wei; Zwart, Peter H.; Smith, Janet L.; Akey, David L.; Adams, Paul D.

    2016-01-01

    A key challenge in the SAD phasing method is solving a structure when the anomalous signal-to-noise ratio is low. A simple theoretical framework for describing measurements of anomalous differences and the resulting useful anomalous correlation and anomalous signal in a SAD experiment is presented. Here, the useful anomalous correlation is defined as the correlation of anomalous differences with ideal anomalous differences from the anomalous substructure. The useful anomalous correlation reflects the accuracy of the data and the absence of minor sites. The useful anomalous correlation also reflects the information available for estimating crystallographic phases once the substructure has been determined. In contrast, the anomalous signal (the peak height in a model-phased anomalous difference Fourier at the coordinates of atoms in the anomalous substructure) reflects the information available about each site in the substructure and is related to the ability to find the substructure. A theoretical analysis shows that the expected value of the anomalous signal is the product of the useful anomalous correlation, the square root of the ratio of the number of unique reflections in the data set to the number of sites in the substructure, and a function that decreases with increasing values of the atomic displacement factor for the atoms in the substructure. This means that the ability to find the substructure in a SAD experiment is increased by high data quality and by a high ratio of reflections to sites in the substructure, and is decreased by high atomic displacement factors for the substructure. PMID:26960122

  18. High-frequency ultrasonic studies of the structural phase transition in an La0.875Sr0.125MnO3 single crystal

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    Bogdanova, Kh. G.; Bulatov, A. R.; Golenishchev-Kutuzov, V. A.; Mamin, R. F.; Potapov, A. A.

    2007-03-01

    The specific features of a phase transition from a disordered orbital state to an ordered orbital state in an La0.875Sr0.125MnO3 single crystal are investigated using acoustic methods at a frequency f = 500 MHz. The phase transition is accompanied by a distortion of MnO6 octahedra due to the cooperative Jahn-Teller effect and is a first-order phase transition, as judged from the sharp change observed in the damping of acoustic pulses, the acoustic wave velocity, and the temperature hysteresis. It is revealed that the parameters of the acoustic waves change significantly throughout the temperature range of existence of the cooperatively distorted structure. In an external magnetic field, the structural phase transition is shifted toward lower temperatures.

  19. Segmentation of knee MRI using structure enhanced local phase filtering

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    Lim, Mikhiel; Hacihaliloglu, Ilker

    2016-03-01

    The segmentation of bone surfaces from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data has applications in the quanti- tative measurement of knee osteoarthritis, surgery planning for patient specific total knee arthroplasty and its subsequent fabrication of artificial implants. However, due to the problems associated with MRI imaging such as low contrast between bone and surrounding tissues, noise, bias fields, and the partial volume effect, segmentation of bone surfaces continues to be a challenging operation. In this paper, a new framework is presented for the enhancement of knee MRI scans prior to segmentation in order to obtain high contrast bone images. During the first stage, a new contrast enhanced relative total variation (RTV) regularization method is used in order to remove textural noise from the bone structures and surrounding soft tissue interface. This salient bone edge information is further enhanced using a sparse gradient counting method based on L0 gradient minimization, which globally controls how many non-zero gradients are resulted in order to approximate prominent bone structures in a structure-sparsity-management manner. The last stage of the framework involves incorporation of local phase bone boundary information in order to provide an intensity invariant enhancement of contrast between the bone and surrounding soft tissue. The enhanced images are segmented using a fast random walker algorithm. Validation against expert segmentation was performed on 10 clinical knee MRI images, and achieved a mean dice similarity coefficient (DSC) of 0.975.

  20. Phase Diagram and Electronic Structure of Praseodymium and Plutonium systems

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    Yao, Yong-Xin; Nicola, Lanata; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Kotliar, Gabriel; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2015-03-01

    We apply a new implementation of LDA +Gutzwiller to calculate the zero-temperature phase diagram and electronic structure of Pr and Pu. Our study of Pr indicates that its pressure-induced volume-collapse transition would not occur without change of lattice structure -- contrarily to Ce. Our study of Pu shows that the most important effect originating the differentiation between the equilibrium densities of its allotropes is the competition between the Peierls effect and the Madelung interaction. However, the proper treatment of electron correlation effects is crucial to reach good agreement with experiment. A similar interplay between correlation effects and bands structure is also displayed in Pr, and might emerge in even greater generality. N.L. and G.K. supported by U.S. DOE BES under Grant No. DE-FG02- 99ER45761. Research at Ames Lab supported by the U.S. DOE, Office of BES, DMSE, Ames Laboratory is operated for the U.S. DOE by Iowa State University under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  1. Insight into the microscopic structure of an AdS black hole from a thermodynamical phase transition.

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    Wei, Shao-Wen; Liu, Yu-Xiao

    2015-09-11

    Comparing with an ordinary thermodynamic system, we investigate the possible microscopic structure of a charged anti-de Sitter black hole completely from the thermodynamic viewpoint. The number density of the black hole molecules is introduced to measure the microscopic degrees of freedom of the black hole. We found that the number density suffers a sudden change accompanied by a latent heat when the black hole system crosses the small-large black hole coexistence curve, while when the system passes the critical point, it encounters a second-order phase transition with a vanishing latent heat due to the continuous change of the number density. Moreover, the thermodynamic scalar curvature suggests that there is a weak attractive interaction between two black hole molecules. These phenomena might cast new insight into the underlying microscopic structure of a charged anti-de Sitter black hole. PMID:26406818

  2. Insight into the microscopic structure of an AdS black hole from a thermodynamical phase transition.

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    Wei, Shao-Wen; Liu, Yu-Xiao

    2015-09-11

    Comparing with an ordinary thermodynamic system, we investigate the possible microscopic structure of a charged anti-de Sitter black hole completely from the thermodynamic viewpoint. The number density of the black hole molecules is introduced to measure the microscopic degrees of freedom of the black hole. We found that the number density suffers a sudden change accompanied by a latent heat when the black hole system crosses the small-large black hole coexistence curve, while when the system passes the critical point, it encounters a second-order phase transition with a vanishing latent heat due to the continuous change of the number density. Moreover, the thermodynamic scalar curvature suggests that there is a weak attractive interaction between two black hole molecules. These phenomena might cast new insight into the underlying microscopic structure of a charged anti-de Sitter black hole.

  3. Evolution of molecular crystal optical phonons near structural phase transitions

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    Michki, Nigel; Niessen, Katherine; Xu, Mengyang; Markelz, Andrea

    Molecular crystals are increasingly important photonic and electronic materials. For example organic semiconductors are lightweight compared to inorganic semiconductors and have inexpensive scale up processing with roll to roll printing. However their implementation is limited by their environmental sensitivity, in part arising from the weak intermolecular interactions of the crystal. These weak interactions result in optical phonons in the terahertz frequency range. We examine the evolution of intermolecular interactions near structural phase transitions by measuring the optical phonons as a function of temperature and crystal orientation using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The measured orientation dependence of the resonances provides an additional constraint for comparison of the observed spectra with the density functional calculations, enabling us to follow specific phonon modes. We observe crystal reorganization near 350 K for oxalic acid as it transforms from dihydrate to anhydrous form. We also report the first THz spectra for the molecular crystal fructose through its melting point.

  4. Structural-phase state and creep of mixed nitride fuel

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    Konovalov, I. I.; Tarasov, B. A.; Glagovsky, E. M.

    2016-04-01

    By the analysis of thermal creep data in conjunction with structural-phase state the most likely mechanisms of UN creep are considered. An equation relating the thermal and radiation creep of nitride fuel with such important parameters as plutonium content, porosity, grain size, the content of impurities of transition metals and oxygen, the carbon content has been suggested. At stationary operating parameters in reactor the creep of nitride fuel with technical purity is defined by the thermal component at mechanism of intergranular slip and by the radiation component, which plays a significant role at temperatures below 1100°C. Both types of creep in a first approximation have a linear dependence on the stress.

  5. Virus structure using the computer-aided phase microscope Airyscan

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    Tychinsky, Vladimir P.; Kaverin, Nikolai V.; Perevedentseva, Elena V.; Vyshenskaia, Tatiana V.; Kufal, Georgy E.

    1997-04-01

    Investigation of features and functions of some small biological objects (smaller than 500 nm), in particular, viruses, with conventional optical microscopy is practically impossible. Usually their images are obtained with methods of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which precludes work with samples in a native state. We obtained images of different viruses including influenza A virus in native state with computer-aided phase microscope (CPM) Airyscan, in which an He-Ne laser is used as a light source. The main purpose of this work was to show the possibility to obtain adequate structure images of influenza viruses with diameter about 100 nm in conditions quite close to native and to investigate different stages of influenza virus budding. We suppose that these results may be considered as a basis for further studies of cell-virus interaction.

  6. Local Interfacial Structure in Downward Two-Phase Bubbly Flow

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    Hiroshi Goda; Seungjin Kim; Paranjape, Sidharth S.; Finch, Joshua P.; Mamoru Ishii; Uhle, Jennifer

    2002-07-01

    The local interfacial structure for vertical air-water co-current downward two-phase flow was investigated under adiabatic conditions. A multi-sensor conductivity probe was utilized in order to acquire the local two-phase flow parameters. The present experimental loop consisted of 25.4 mm and 50.8 mm ID round tubes as test sections. The measurement was performed at three axial locations: L/D = 13, 68 and 133 for the 25.4 mm ID loop and L/D 7, 34, 67 for the 50.8 mm ID loop, in order to study the axial development of the flow. A total of 7 and 10 local measurement points along the tube radius were chosen for the 25.4 mm ID loop and the 50.8 mm ID loop, respectively. The experimental flow conditions were determined within bubbly flow regime. The acquired local parameters included the void fraction, interfacial area concentration, bubble interface frequency, bubble Sauter mean diameter, and interfacial velocity. (authors)

  7. Structure of ionospheric irregularities from amplitude and phase scintillation observations

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    Bhattacharyya, A.; Rastogi, R.G. )

    1991-04-01

    The mutual coherence function Gamma 2, or the second moment of the complex amplitude of a radio wave which traverses through equatorial F region irregularities, is computed from amplitude and phase scintillation data. Theoretically, the equation satisfied by the coherence function has an analytic solution over the whole range of scintillation strength. This solution is directly related to the structure function for the phase fluctuations produced by the irregularities. Hence, the shape of the correlation function for variations in the total electron content along the signal path can be derived from the computed values of Gamma 2. With a suitable power-law model for the irregularities, an 'intermediate break scale', this scale, as well as the rms density fluctuation are deduced from a comparison of computed values for short-time lags with those expected from theory. During a postsunset scintillation event, this scale is found to increase with local time. In the context of the generalized Rayleigh-Taylor instability, which is the likely source of the irregularities, this increase may be attributed to a decline in the effective electric field prevailing in the region of the irregularities. 26 refs.

  8. The peculiar phase structure of random graph bisection

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    Percus, Allon G; Istrate, Gabriel; Goncalves, Bruno T; Sumi, Robert Z

    2008-01-01

    The mincut graph bisection problem involves partitioning the n vertices of a graph into disjoint subsets, each containing exactly n/2 vertices, while minimizing the number of 'cut' edges with an endpoint in each subset. When considered over sparse random graphs, the phase structure of the graph bisection problem displays certain familiar properties, but also some surprises. It is known that when the mean degree is below the critical value of 2 log 2, the cutsize is zero with high probability. We study how the minimum cutsize increases with mean degree above this critical threshold, finding a new analytical upper bound that improves considerably upon previous bounds. Combined with recent results on expander graphs, our bound suggests the unusual scenario that random graph bisection is replica symmetric up to and beyond the critical threshold, with a replica symmetry breaking transition possibly taking place above the threshold. An intriguing algorithmic consequence is that although the problem is NP-hard, we can find near-optimal cutsizes (whose ratio to the optimal value approaches 1 asymptotically) in polynomial time for typical instances near the phase transition.

  9. Electronic structure and phase equilibria in ternary substitutional alloys

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    Traiber, A.J.S.; Allen, S.M.; Turchi, P.E.A.; Waterstrat, R.M.

    1996-04-26

    A reliable, consistent scheme to study phase equilibria in ternary substitutional alloys based on the tight-binding approximation is presented. With electronic parameters from linear muffin-tin orbital calculations, the computed density of states and band structures compare well with those from more accurate {ital ab}{ital initio} calculations. Disordered alloys are studied within the tight-binding coherent-potential approximation extended to alloys; energetics of ordered systems are obtained through effective pair interactions computed with the general perturbation method; and partially ordered alloys are studied with a novel simplification of the molecular coherent-potential approximation combined with the general perturbation method. The formalism is applied to bcc-based Zr-Ru-Pd alloys which are promising candidates for medical implant devices. Using energetics obtained from the above scheme, we apply the cluster- variation method to study phase equilibria for particular pseudo- binary alloys and show that results are consistent with observed behavior of electronic specific heat coefficient with composition for Zr{sub 0.5}(Ru, Pd){sub 0.5}.

  10. Aligned two-phase structures in Fe-C alloys

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    Shimotomai, Michio; Maruta, Keiichi

    2000-02-14

    One of the goals in the application of magnetic fields to steels has been the alignment of their microstructures along the fields, as this may lead to the control of the textures and mechanical properties. This kind of magnetic alignments has been studied extensively in magneto-rheological fluids and a wealth of experimental data is available. The application of a magnetic field to such fluids induces magnetic dipole and multipole moments on each magnetic particle embedded in a carrier fluid. Anisotropic magnetic forces between pairs of the particles promote the head-to-tail alignment of the moments and draws the particles into proximity. These attractive interparticle forces lead to the formation of chains, columns, or more complicated networks of particles aligned with the direction of the magnetic field. The formation of a similar structure is also known for interacting nonmagnetic polystyrene particles in a magnetized fluid. In this paper, the authors report the first observation of chains or columns of paramagnetic fcc phase nucleated in the ferromagnetic bcc phase of carbon steels during the {alpha}{yields}{gamma} inverse transformation in high magnetic fields.

  11. Structure and phase behavior of aqueous methylcellulose solutions

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    McAllister, John; Schmidt, Peter; Lodge, Timothy; Bates, Frank

    2015-03-01

    Cellulose ethers (CE) constitute a multi-billion dollar industry, and have found end uses in a broad array of applications from construction materials, food products, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals for more than 80 years. Methylcellulose (MC, with the trade name METHOCEL™) is a CE in which there is a partial substitution of -OH groups with -OCH3 groups. This results in a polymer that is water-soluble at low temperatures, and aqueous solutions of MC display gelation and phase separation at higher temperatures. The nature of MC gelation has been debated for many years, and this project has made significant advances in the understanding of the solution properties of CEs. We have characterized a fibrillar structure of MC gels by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) and small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Using light scattering, turbidity measurements, and dynamic mechanical spectroscopy (DMS) we report that MC microphase separates by nucleation and growth of fibril aggregates, and is a different process from LCST phase separation.

  12. Proton transfer from the inactive gas-phase nicotine structure to the bioactive aqueous-phase structure.

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    Gaigeot, Marie-Pierre; Cimas, Alvaro; Seydou, Mahamadou; Kim, Ju-Young; Lee, Sungyul; Schermann, Jean-Pierre

    2010-12-29

    The role of water in the structural change of nicotine from its inactive form in the gas phase to its bioactive form in aqueous solution has been investigated by two complementary theoretical approaches, i.e., geometry optimizations and molecular dynamics. Structures of the lowest-energy nicotineH(+)-(H(2)O)(n) complexes protonated either on the pyridine (inactive form) or pyrrolidine (active form) ring have been calculated, as well as the free-energy barriers for the proton-transfer tautomerization between the two cycles. These structures show chains of 2-4 water molecules bridging the two protonation sites. The room-temperature free-energy barrier to tautomerization along the minimum-energy path from the pyridine to the pyrrolidine cycle drops rapidly when the number of water molecules increases from 0 to 4, but still remains rather high (16 kJ/mol with four water molecules), indicating that the proton transfer is a rather difficult and rare event. We compare results obtained through this explicit water molecule approach to those obtained by means of continuum methods. Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (CPMD) simulations of the proton-transfer process in bulk with explicit water molecules have been conducted at room temperature. No spontaneous proton transfers have been observed during the dynamics, and biased CPMD simulations have therefore been performed in order to measure the free-energy profile of the proton transfer in the aqueous phase and to reveal the proton-transfer mechanism through water bridges. The MD bias involves pulling the proton from the pyridine ring to the surrounding bulk. Dynamics show that this triggers the tautomerization toward the pyrrolidine ring, proceeding without energy barrier. The proton transfer is extremely fast, and protonation of the pyrrolidine ring was achieved within 0.5 ps. CPMD simulations confirmed the pivotal role played by the water molecules that bridge the two protonation sites of nicotine within the bulk of the

  13. Features of phase and structure formation in high-entropy alloys of the AlCrFeCoNiCu x system ( x = 0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0)

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    Krapivka, N. A.; Firstov, S. A.; Karpets, M. V.; Myslivchenko, A. N.; Gorban', V. F.

    2015-05-01

    Alloys of the AlCrFeCoNiCu x system ( x = 0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0) were smelted by argon-arc smelting in pure argon. The phase composition and structure of fabricated alloys are investigated and their mechanical properties are determined. The results showed that an increase in the amount of copper in alloys leads to a change in the phase composition from single phase (bcc) to three phase (bcc + fcc1 + fcc2), which is accompanied by the structural change from coarse-grain polygonal structure to complex dendritic structure (primary dendrites (DR) + secondary dendrites (SDR) + interdendrite phase (ID)). The region of electron concentrations of alloys, in which bcc and fcc phases are present simultaneously, is determined. The limiting electron concentration of stability of the bcc lattice is found experimentally. Microhardness is measured and Young moduli of alloys over the entire range of varying the copper concentration are determined.

  14. Can I solve my structure by SAD phasing? Anomalous signal in SAD phasing

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    Terwilliger, Thomas C.; Bunkóczi, Gábor; Hung, Li-Wei; Zwart, Peter H.; Smith, Janet L.; Akey, David L.; Adams, Paul D.

    2016-03-01

    A key challenge in the SAD phasing method is solving a structure when the anomalous signal-to-noise ratio is low. We present a simple theoretical framework for describing measurements of anomalous differences and the resulting useful anomalous correlation and anomalous signal in a SAD experiment. Here, the useful anomalous correlation is defined as the correlation of anomalous differences with ideal anomalous differences from the anomalous substructure. The useful anomalous correlation reflects the accuracy of the data and the absence of minor sites. The useful anomalous correlation also reflects the information available for estimating crystallographic phases once the substructure has been determined.more » In contrast, the anomalous signal (the peak height in a model-phased anomalous difference Fourier at the coordinates of atoms in the anomalous substructure) reflects the information available about each site in the substructure and is related to the ability to find the substructure. A theoretical analysis shows that the expected value of the anomalous signal is the product of the useful anomalous correlation, the square root of the ratio of the number of unique reflections in the data set to the number of sites in the substructure, and a function that decreases with increasing values of the atomic displacement factor for the atoms in the substructure. In conclusion, this means that the ability to find the substructure in a SAD experiment is increased by high data quality and by a high ratio of reflections to sites in the substructure, and is decreased by high atomic displacement factors for the substructure.« less

  15. Phase Space Dissimilarity Measures for Structural Health Monitoring

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    Bubacz, Jacob A; Chmielewski, Hana T; Pape, Alexander E; Depersio, Andrew J; Hively, Lee M; Abercrombie, Robert K; Boone, Shane

    2011-11-01

    A novel method for structural health monitoring (SHM), known as the Phase Space Dissimilarity Measures (PSDM) approach, is proposed and developed. The patented PSDM approach has already been developed and demonstrated for a variety of equipment and biomedical applications. Here, we investigate SHM of bridges via analysis of time serial accelerometer measurements. This work has four aspects. The first is algorithm scalability, which was found to scale linearly from one processing core to four cores. Second, the same data are analyzed to determine how the use of the PSDM approach affects sensor placement. We found that a relatively low-density placement sufficiently captures the dynamics of the structure. Third, the same data are analyzed by unique combinations of accelerometer axes (vertical, longitudinal, and lateral with respect to the bridge) to determine how the choice of axes affects the analysis. The vertical axis is found to provide satisfactory SHM data. Fourth, statistical methods were investigated to validate the PSDM approach for this application, yielding statistically significant results.

  16. Investigating the Structure of Multicomponent Gel-Phase Lipid Bilayers.

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    Hartkamp, Remco; Moore, Timothy C; Iacovella, Christopher R; Thompson, Michael A; Bulsara, Pallav A; Moore, David J; McCabe, Clare

    2016-08-23

    Single- and multicomponent lipid bilayers of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC), 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DSPC), isostearyl isostearate, and heptadecanoyl heptadecanoate in the gel phase are studied via molecular dynamics simulations. It is shown that the structural properties of multicomponent bilayers can deviate strongly from the structures of their single-component counterparts. Specifically, the lipid mixtures are shown to adopt a compact packing by offsetting the positioning depths at which different lipid species are located in the bilayer. This packing mechanism affects the area per lipid, the bilayer height, and the chain tilt angles and has important consequences for other bilayer properties, such as interfacial hydrogen bonding and bilayer permeability. In particular, the simulations suggest that bilayers containing isostearyl isostearate or heptadecanoyl heptadecanoate are less permeable than pure 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine or DSPC bilayers. Furthermore, hydrogen-bond analysis shows that the residence times of lipid-water hydrogen bonds depend strongly on the bilayer composition, with longer residence times for bilayers that have a higher DSPC content. The findings illustrate and explain the fundamental differences between the properties of single- and multicomponent bilayers. PMID:27558724

  17. Microwave spectrum and gas phase structure of maleimide

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    Pejlovas, Aaron M.; Oncer, Onur; Kang, Lu; Kukolich, Stephen G.

    2016-01-01

    The rotational spectrum of maleimide was measured in the 5-12 GHz range using a Flygare-Balle type, pulsed-beam Fourier transform microwave spectrometer. Rotational transitions were measured for the parent, all unique singly substituted 13C isotopologues, and an sbnd ND, deuterium substituted isotopologue. The parent (or normal isotopologue) rotational constants, centrifugal distortion constants, and quadrupole coupling constants are A = 6815.3251(12) MHz, B = 2361.85011(64) MHz, C = 1754.32750(64) MHz, DJ = 0.232(24) kHz, DJK = 0.546(54) kHz, 1.5χaa = 2.4227(53) MHz, and 0.25(χbb-χcc) = 1.3679(15) MHz. A best fit gas phase structure was determined using the experimental rotational constants of the isotopologues and some parameters from calculations. The inertial defect is Δ = -0.054 amu Å2, indicating a planar structure for maleimide, with no large amplitude motions observed on the sbnd NH hydrogen atom. Calculations using B3LYP/aug-cc-pVTZ provided rotational constants which are much closer (within 1-2%) to the experimental values compared to the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ calculated values.

  18. 19 CFR 148.4 - Accompanying articles.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 2 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Accompanying articles. 148.4 Section 148.4 Customs... (CONTINUED) PERSONAL DECLARATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS General Provisions § 148.4 Accompanying articles. (a) Generally. Articles shall be considered as accompanying a passenger or brought in by him if the...

  19. 19 CFR 148.4 - Accompanying articles.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Accompanying articles. 148.4 Section 148.4 Customs... (CONTINUED) PERSONAL DECLARATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS General Provisions § 148.4 Accompanying articles. (a) Generally. Articles shall be considered as accompanying a passenger or brought in by him if the...

  20. 19 CFR 148.4 - Accompanying articles.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 2 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Accompanying articles. 148.4 Section 148.4 Customs... (CONTINUED) PERSONAL DECLARATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS General Provisions § 148.4 Accompanying articles. (a) Generally. Articles shall be considered as accompanying a passenger or brought in by him if the...

  1. 19 CFR 148.4 - Accompanying articles.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 2 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Accompanying articles. 148.4 Section 148.4 Customs... (CONTINUED) PERSONAL DECLARATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS General Provisions § 148.4 Accompanying articles. (a) Generally. Articles shall be considered as accompanying a passenger or brought in by him if the...

  2. 19 CFR 148.4 - Accompanying articles.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 19 Customs Duties 2 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Accompanying articles. 148.4 Section 148.4 Customs... (CONTINUED) PERSONAL DECLARATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS General Provisions § 148.4 Accompanying articles. (a) Generally. Articles shall be considered as accompanying a passenger or brought in by him if the...

  3. Crustal Viscosity Structure Estimated from Multi-Phase Mixing Theory

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    Shinevar, W. J.; Behn, M. D.; Hirth, G.

    2014-12-01

    Estimates of lower crustal viscosity are typically constrained by analyses of isostatic rebound, post seismic creep, and laboratory-derived flow laws for crustal rocks and minerals. Here we follow a new approach for calculating the viscosity structure of the lower continental crust. We use Perple_X to calculate mineral assemblages for different crustal compositions. Effective viscosity is then calculated using the rheologic mixing model of Huet et al. (2014) incorporating flow laws for each mineral phase. Calculations are performed along geotherms appropriate for the Basin and Range, Tibetan Plateau, Colorado Plateau, and the San Andreas Fault. To assess the role of crustal composition on viscosity, we examined two compositional gradients extending from an upper crust with ~67 wt% SiO2 to a lower crust that is either: (i) basaltic with ~53 wt% SiO2 (Rudnick and Gao, 2003), or (ii) andesitic with ~64% SiO2 (Hacker et al., 2011). In all cases, the middle continental crust has a viscosity that is 2-3 orders of magnitude greater than that inferred for wet quartz, a common proxy for mid-crustal viscosities. An andesitic lower crust results in viscosities of 1020-1021 Pa-s and 1021-1022 Pa-s for hotter and colder crustal geotherms, respectively. A mafic lower crust predicts viscosities that are an order of magnitude higher for the same geotherm. In all cases, the viscosity calculated from the mixing model decreases less with depth compared to single-phase estimates. Lastly, for anhydrous conditions in which alpha quartz is stable, we find that there is a strong correlation between Vp/Vs and bulk viscosity; in contrast, little to no correlation exists for hydrous conditions.

  4. Phase-field modeling of ferroelectric to paraelectric phase boundary structures in single-crystal barium titanate

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    Woldman, Alexandra Y.; Landis, Chad M.

    2016-03-01

    Ferroelectric perovskite materials have been shown to exhibit a large electrocaloric effect near phase transitions. We develop a computational model based on a phase-field approach to characterize the structure of ferroelectric to paraelectric phase boundaries for planar configurations under generalized plane strain with temperatures near the Curie temperature. A nonlinear finite element method is used to solve for the phase boundary structure of a representative unit cell with a 180° ferroelectric laminate for a range of domain widths. The temperature at which the phase boundary can be found increases with domain width, approaching the Curie temperature asymptotically. The excess free energy density per unit area of the boundary increases with domain width. As expected, closure domains form between the ferroelectric and paraelectric phase, and the shape of the closure domains evolves from triangular to needle-shaped as the domain width increases. The entropy jump across the phase boundary is quantified and is shown to increase with domain width as well. A planar configuration with a 90° ferroelectric laminate is investigated, but shown to be physically unlikely due to the high stress levels required to achieve strain compatibility between the phases. Possible three-dimensional structures of the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase boundary are also discussed.

  5. A Phase-tracking Snow Micro-structure Model

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    Slaughter, A. E.; Zabaras, N.

    2012-12-01

    Utilizing a methodology derived from models for phase transitions in alloy solidification [1], a 3D finite element (FE) model for snow metamorphism was developed. Avalanches are known to occur due to the existence of a weak-layer of faceted crystals, which form due to temperature gradients within the snow through a process known as kinetic metamorphism [2]. In general, snow models are limited in their ability to model these microstructural changes, especially in three dimensions, and rely on effective properties. To enhance the tools available to avalanche researchers a finite element model was developed capable of tracking vapor deposition within the snow. This is accomplished using a fixed-domain, stabilized finite element solution for the energy, mass, momentum, and transport equations. Using a level-set parameter the domain is separated into either solid or fluid components and along the phase-change boundary a "mushy-zone" is establish [1, 3]. This zone is modeled as porous media that includes the effects of shrinkage and density changes [1]. The basis of the model is the open-source C++ libMesh FE library, as such the model includes adaptive mesh coarsening and refinement and relies on domain decomposition for optimum parallel performance. This work is the initial phase of an ongoing research project that aims to demonstrate the ability to model snow at the micro-structural level and move away from the common coarse, effective property modeling techniques. It will serve as the deterministic basis for a multi-scale, stochastic model of snow that will account for uncertainties such as poorly understood growth properties and measurement variability. Future applications may include the inclusion of liquid melt and include external forces, yielding a comprehensive thermo-mechanical model that could evolve and fracture. [1] D. Samanta, N. Zabaras (2005), Modelling convection in solidification processes using stabilized finite element techniques, J. Numer. Meth. Eng

  6. Site occupation, phase stability, crystal and electronic structures of the doped S phase (Al2CuMg)

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    Gu, Jianglong; Gu, Huimin; Zhai, Yuchun; Ma, Peihua

    2016-07-01

    The S phase (Al2CuMg) is an important strengthening phase for the Al-Cu-Mg alloys, which are widely used in the aerospace and transportation industries. The commonly added alloying elements (Mn, Ti, Zr) and the impurity elements (Fe and Si) in the Al-Cu-Mg alloys are always found in the S phase. First-principles calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) were used to investigate the influence of doping Mn, Ti, Zr, Fe and Si elements on the S phase. Key findings demonstrated that these elements prefer to occupy different atomic sites in the S phase. Ti and Zr improved the structural stability of the S phase. The bulk modulus of the Fe, Si, Ti and Zr doped S phases becomes larger than that of the pure S phase. Both the crystal and electronic structures of the S phase are affected by the dopants. The results of this study provide a better theoretical understanding of the S phase, providing guidance for improved composition design and performance optimization of Al-Cu-Mg alloys.

  7. Phase space structures in gyrokinetic simulations of fusion plasma turbulence

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    Ghendrih, Philippe; Norscini, Claudia; Cartier-Michaud, Thomas; Dif-Pradalier, Guilhem; Abiteboul, Jérémie; Dong, Yue; Garbet, Xavier; Gürcan, Ozgür; Hennequin, Pascale; Grandgirard, Virginie; Latu, Guillaume; Morel, Pierre; Sarazin, Yanick; Storelli, Alexandre; Vermare, Laure

    2014-10-01

    Gyrokinetic simulations of fusion plasmas give extensive information in 5D on turbulence and transport. This paper highlights a few of these challenging physics in global, flux driven simulations using experimental inputs from Tore Supra shot TS45511. The electrostatic gyrokinetic code GYSELA is used for these simulations. The 3D structure of avalanches indicates that these structures propagate radially at localised toroidal angles and then expand along the field line at sound speed to form the filaments. Analysing the poloidal mode structure of the potential fluctuations (at a given toroidal location), one finds that the low modes m = 0 and m = 1 exhibit a global structure; the magnitude of the m = 0 mode is much larger than that of the m = 1 mode. The shear layers of the corrugation structures are thus found to be dominated by the m = 0 contribution, that are comparable to that of the zonal flows. This global mode seems to localise the m = 2 mode but has little effect on the localisation of the higher mode numbers. However when analysing the pulsation of the latter modes one finds that all modes exhibit a similar phase velocity, comparable to the local zonal flow velocity. The consequent dispersion like relation between the modes pulsation and the mode numbers provides a means to measure the zonal flow. Temperature fluctuations and the turbulent heat flux are localised between the corrugation structures. Temperature fluctuations are found to exhibit two scales, small fluctuations that are localised by the corrugation shear layers, and appear to bounce back and forth radially, and large fluctuations, also readily observed on the flux, which are associated to the disruption of the corrugations. The radial ballistic velocity of both avalanche events if of the order of 0.5ρ∗c0 where ρ∗ = ρ0/a, a being the tokamak minor radius and ρ0 being the characteristic Larmor radius, ρ0 = c0/Ω0. c0 is the reference ion thermal velocity and Ω0 = qiB0/mi the reference

  8. Versatile Solid Phase Syntheses of Structured Nanoparticle Hybrids

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    Koberstein, Jeffrey

    2011-03-01

    While it is widely recognized that nanoparticles can exhibit a wide variety of exciting size-dependent properties and responses, it is equally important to recognize that devices and systems cannot be created from bare nanoparticles alone. The potential of nanoparticles can only be achieved by proper consideration of matrices that not only provide mechanical support and integrity to the nanoparticles, but can also control various aspects of their spatial assembly such as geometry and interparticle spacing. Polymers represent a logical and robust matrix for the creation of nanocomposite assemblies, however, phenomena such as aggregation are often problematic when blending nanoparticles and homopolymers. These problems can be avoided by preparation of nanoparticle hybrids wherein all required polymers are covalently tethered to the nanoparticles prior to assembly so that a polymer matrix is not necessary. We report on a new method for covalent decoration of nanoparticles with polymers of tailored molecular design that is based upon a solid phase synthesis strategy. The modular process, much like molecular Tinker Toys, is capable of decorating nanoparticles with essentially any type of branched or copolymeric structure using only a few elementary heterobifunctional building blocks. Because end group functionality is always retained in the process, functional nanoparticles can be readily crosslinked by simple orthogonal reactions such as azide-alkyne click chemistry. The method can be used to create sophisticated hybrid nanoparticle structures important to drug delivery applications, to form highly functional crosslinkers that gel at conversions as low as a few percent, or to fabricate crosslinked matrix-free nanocomposites. Supported by grants DMR-0704054 from the NSF and W911NF-10-1-0184 from the US Army Research Office.

  9. Nano-structured lead dioxide as a novel stationary phase for solid-phase microextraction.

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    Mehdinia, Ali; Mousavi, Mir Fazllolah; Shamsipur, Mojtaba

    2006-11-17

    The first study on the high efficiency of nano-structured lead dioxide as a new fiber for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) purposes has been reported. The size of the PbO2 particles was in the range of 34-136 nm. Lead dioxide-based fibers were prepared via electrochemical deposition on a platinum wire. The extraction properties of the fiber to benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) were examined using headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) mode coupled to gas chromatography-flame ionization detection (GC-FID). The results obtained proved the suitability of proposed fibers for the sampling of organic compounds from water. The extraction procedure was optimized by selecting the appropriate extraction parameters, including preparation conditions of coating, salt concentration, time and temperature of adsorption and desorption and stirring rate. The calibration graphs were linear in a concentration range of 0.1-100 microg l(-1) (R2 > 0.994) with detection limits below 0.012 microg l(-1) level. Single fiber repeatability and fiber-to-fiber reproducibility were less than 10.0 and 12.5%, respectively. The PbO2 coating was proved to be very stable at relatively high temperatures (up to 300 degrees C) with a high extraction capacity and long lifespan (more than 50 times). Higher chemical resistance and lower cost are among the advantages of PbO2 fibers over commercially available SPME fibers. Good recoveries (81-108%) were obtained when environmental samples were analyzed.

  10. Structure and phase composition of deposited tantalum-carbon films

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    Tuleushev, Yu. Zh.; Volodin, V. N.; Zhakanbaev, E. A.; Alimzhan, B.

    2016-08-01

    Ion plasma sputtering and the subsequent codeposition of ultrafine tantalum and carbon particles were used to prepare coatings with 4.6-71.5 at % C. Structural studies of the coatings showed the existence of carbon solid solutions in β Ta at carbon contents to 4.6 at %, carbon solid solutions in α Ta at carbon contents of 4.6-10.3 at %, and direct synthesis of TaC at carbon contents of 44.7-71.5 at %. During heat treatments to 700°C, the substantial concentration widening of regions of the existence of Ta2C and TaC was found. The lattice parameters of hexagonal Ta2C and fcc TaC carbides were determined for composition ranges of the existence of phases during heating to 700°C. Upon heating above 600°C, the progressive transition of quasiamorphous Ta2C carbide into the crystalline Ta2C carbide was found to take place. The possibility of applying the direct synthesis of TaC carbide in engineering was noted.

  11. Actinic imaging and evaluation of phase structures on EUV lithography masks

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    Mochi, Iacopo; Goldberg, Kenneth; Huh, Sungmin

    2010-09-28

    The authors describe the implementation of a phase-retrieval algorithm to reconstruct phase and complex amplitude of structures on EUV lithography masks. Many native defects commonly found on EUV reticles are difficult to detect and review accurately because they have a strong phase component. Understanding the complex amplitude of mask features is essential for predictive modeling of defect printability and defect repair. Besides printing in a stepper, the most accurate way to characterize such defects is with actinic inspection, performed at the design, EUV wavelength. Phase defect and phase structures show a distinct through-focus behavior that enables qualitative evaluation of the object phase from two or more high-resolution intensity measurements. For the first time, phase of structures and defects on EUV masks were quantitatively reconstructed based on aerial image measurements, using a modified version of a phase-retrieval algorithm developed to test optical phase shifting reticles.

  12. Superconductivity-induced phase-periodic transport in nanoscale structures

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    Leadbeater, M.; Lambert, C.J.

    1997-07-01

    We present numerical results for the phase-periodic conductance of an Andreev interferometer and predict the existence of a voltage-induced crossover from a zero-phase minimum to a zero-phase maximum. This contrasts with a recent analysis of Stoof and Nazarov and Volkov, Allsopp, and Lambert, which predicts a vanishing amplitude of oscillation at zero temperature and voltage, respectively, and demonstrates that such behavior is nonuniversal. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  13. Superconductivity-induced phase-periodic transport in nanoscale structures

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    Leadbeater, M.; Lambert, C. J.

    1997-07-01

    We present numerical results for the phase-periodic conductance of an Andreev interferometer and predict the existence of a voltage-induced crossover from a zero-phase minimum to a zero-phase maximum. This contrasts with a recent analysis of Stoof and Nazarov and Volkov, Allsopp, and Lambert, which predicts a vanishing amplitude of oscillation at zero temperature and voltage, respectively, and demonstrates that such behavior is nonuniversal.

  14. Nonequilibrium Phase Chemistry in High Temperature Structure Alloys

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    Wang, R.

    1991-01-01

    Titanium and nickel aluminides of nonequilibrium microstructures and in thin gauge thickness were identified, characterized and produced for potential high temperature applications. A high rate sputter deposition technique for rapid surveillance of the microstructures and nonequilibrium phase is demonstrated. Alloys with specific compositions were synthesized with extended solid solutions, stable dispersoids, and specific phase boundaries associated with different heat treatments. Phase stability and mechanical behavior of these nonequilibrium alloys were investigated and compared.

  15. The structure and dynamics of amorphous and crystalline phases of ice

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    Klug, D. D.; Tse, J. S.; Tulk, C. A.; Svensson, E. C.; Swainson, I.; Loong, C.-K.

    2000-07-14

    The structures of the high and low-density amorphous phases of ice are studied using several techniques. The diffraction patterns of high and low density amorphous ice are analyzed using reverse Monte Carlo methods and compared with molecular dynamics simulations of these phases. The spectra of crystalline and amorphous phases of ice obtained by Raman and incoherent inelastic neutron scattering are analyzed to yield structural features for comparison with the results of molecular dynamics and Reverse Monte Carlo analysis. The structural details obtained indicate that there are significant differences between the structure of liquid water and the amorphous phases of ice.

  16. Seismic Safety Margins Research Program (Phase I). Project IV. Structural building response; Structural Building Response Review

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    Healey, J.J.; Wu, S.T.; Murga, M.

    1980-02-01

    As part of the Phase I effort of the Seismic Safety Margins Research Program (SSMRP) being performed by the University of California Lawrence Livermore Laboratory for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the basic objective of Subtask IV.1 (Structural Building Response Review) is to review and summarize current methods and data pertaining to seismic response calculations particularly as they relate to the objectives of the SSMRP. This material forms one component in the development of the overall computational methodology involving state of the art computations including explicit consideration of uncertainty and aimed at ultimately deriving estimates of the probability of radioactive releases due to seismic effects on nuclear power plant facilities.

  17. Structural evolution of calcite at high temperatures: Phase V unveiled

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    Ishizawa, Nobuo; Setoguchi, Hayato; Yanagisawa, Kazumichi

    2013-01-01

    The calcite form of calcium carbonate CaCO3 undergoes a reversible phase transition between Rc and Rm at ~1240 K under a CO2 atmosphere of ~0.4 MPa. The joint probability density function obtained from the single-crystal X-ray diffraction data revealed that the oxygen triangles of the CO3 group in the high temperature form (Phase V) do not sit still at specified positions in the space group Rm, but migrate along the undulated circular orbital about carbon. The present study also shows how the room temperature form (Phase I) develops into Phase V through an intermediate form (Phase IV) in the temperature range between ~985 K and ~1240 K. PMID:24084871

  18. Representation of higher-order statistical structures in natural scenes via spatial phase distributions.

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    MaBouDi, HaDi; Shimazaki, Hideaki; Amari, Shun-ichi; Soltanian-Zadeh, Hamid

    2016-03-01

    Natural scenes contain richer perceptual information in their spatial phase structure than their amplitudes. Modeling phase structure of natural scenes may explain higher-order structure inherent to the natural scenes, which is neglected in most classical models of redundancy reduction. Only recently, a few models have represented images using a complex form of receptive fields (RFs) and analyze their complex responses in terms of amplitude and phase. However, these complex representation models often tacitly assume a uniform phase distribution without empirical support. The structure of spatial phase distributions of natural scenes in the form of relative contributions of paired responses of RFs in quadrature has not been explored statistically until now. Here, we investigate the spatial phase structure of natural scenes using complex forms of various Gabor-like RFs. To analyze distributions of the spatial phase responses, we constructed a mixture model that accounts for multi-modal circular distributions, and the EM algorithm for estimation of the model parameters. Based on the likelihood, we report presence of both uniform and structured bimodal phase distributions in natural scenes. The latter bimodal distributions were symmetric with two peaks separated by about 180°. Thus, the redundancy in the natural scenes can be further removed by using the bimodal phase distributions obtained from these RFs in the complex representation models. These results predict that both phase invariant and phase sensitive complex cells are required to represent the regularities of natural scenes in visual systems.

  19. Structure of intermediate phase II of LiNH2 under high pressure.

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    Yamawaki, Hiroshi; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Gotoh, Yoshito; Nakano, Satoshi

    2014-08-21

    A new intermediate phase (phase II) was found between phases I and III in LiNH2 in the pressure range of 10 to 13 GPa through the analysis of infrared and powder X-ray diffraction measurements to 25 GPa at room temperature. This result agreed with the prediction of a stable phase between phases I and III through theoretical calculations. Powder X-ray diffraction measurement and DFT calculation showed that this phase has a monoclinic structure with space group C2/c (Z = 8), which is the same structure as that of a slightly tilted crystal lattice of the Fddd structural model. The enthalpy of the C2/c structure was also found to be almost the same as that of the Fddd structure.

  20. Inherent structures of phase-separating binary mixtures: Nucleation, spinodal decomposition, and pattern formation

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    Sarkar, Sarmistha; Bagchi, Biman

    2011-03-01

    An energy landscape view of phase separation and nonideality in binary mixtures is developed by exploring their potential energy landscape (PEL) as functions of temperature and composition. We employ molecular dynamics simulations to study a model that promotes structure breaking in the solute-solvent parent binary liquid, at low temperatures. The PEL of the system captures the potential energy distribution of the inherent structures (IS) of the system and is obtained by removing the kinetic energy (including that of intermolecular vibrations). The broader distribution of the inherent structure energy for structure breaking liquid than that of the structure making liquid demonstrates the larger role of entropy in stabilizing the parent liquid of the structure breaking type of binary mixtures. At high temperature, although the parent structure of the structure breaking binary mixture is homogenous, the corresponding inherent structure is found to be always phase separated, with a density pattern that exhibits marked correlation with the energy of its inherent structure. Over a broad range of intermediate inherent structure energy, bicontinuous phase separation prevails with interpenetrating stripes as signatures of spinodal decomposition. At low inherent structure energy, the structure is largely phase separated with one interface where as at high inherent structure energy we find nucleation type growth. Interestingly, at low temperature, the average inherent structure energy () exhibits a drop with temperature which signals the onset of crystallization in one of the phases while the other remains in the liquid state. The nonideal composition dependence of viscosity is anticorrelated with average inherent structure energy.

  1. RPF101, a new capsaicin-like analogue, disrupts the microtubule network accompanied by arrest in the G2/M phase, inducing apoptosis and mitotic catastrophe in the MCF-7 breast cancer cells

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    Sá-Júnior, Paulo Luiz de; Pasqualoto, Kerly Fernanda Mesquita; Ferreira, Adilson Kleber; Tavares, Maurício Temotheo; Damião, Mariana Celestina Frojuello Costa Bernstorff; Azevedo, Ricardo Alexandre de; Câmara, Diana Aparecida Dias; Pereira, Alexandre; Madeiro de Souza, Dener; Parise Filho, Roberto

    2013-02-01

    Breast cancer is the world's leading cause of death among women. This situation imposes an urgent development of more selective and less toxic agents. The use of natural molecular fingerprints as sources for new bioactive chemical entities has proven to be a quite promising and efficient method. Capsaicin, which is the primary pungent compound in red peppers, was reported to selectively inhibit the growth of a variety tumor cell lines. Here, we report for the first time a novel synthetic capsaicin-like analogue, RPF101, which presents a high antitumor activity on MCF-7 cell line, inducing arrest of the cell cycle at the G2/M phase through a disruption of the microtubule network. Furthermore, it causes cellular morphologic changes characteristic of apoptosis and a decrease of Δψm. Molecular modeling studies corroborated the biological findings and suggested that RPF101, besides being a more reactive molecule towards its target, may also present a better pharmacokinetic profile than capsaicin. All these findings support the fact that RPF101 is a promising anticancer agent. -- Highlights: ► We report for the first time that RPF101 possesses anticancer properties. ► RPF101 induces apoptosis of human breast cancer cells. ► RPF 101 decreases mitochondrial potential and induces DNA fragmentation.

  2. Studies of structures and phase transitions in pyrrhotite

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    Li, F.

    1997-03-31

    This report contains a general introduction, the experimental section, general conclusions, and two appendices: using projection operators to construct the basis functions and the magnetic transition of bulk pyrrhotite samples in the low-temperature range. Four chapters have been removed for separate processing. They are: From pyrrhotite to troilite: An application of the Landau theory of phase transitions; Phase transition in near stoichiometric iron sulfide; A ordering, incommensuration and phase transitions in pyrrhotite. Part 1: A TEM study of Fe{sub 7}S{sub 8}; and Part 2: A high-temperature X-ray powder diffraction and thermomagnetic study.

  3. [Phase transition in polymer blends and structure of ionomers and copolymers

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    1993-01-01

    The main thrust of the program in the past 3 years are summarized: SAXS instrumentation development; structure and dynamics of macro- and supra-molecules, phase transitions in polymer blends and solutions, structure of ionomers, and fractals and anisotropic systems.

  4. Structural and magnetic phase diagram of CrAs and its relationship with pressure-induced superconductivity

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    Shen, Yao; Wang, Qisi; Hao, Yiqing; Pan, Bingying; Feng, Yu; Huang, Qingzhen; Harriger, L. W.; Leao, J. B.; Zhao, Yang; Chisnell, R. M.; Lynn, J. W.; Cao, Huibo; Hu, Jiangping; Zhao, Jun

    2016-02-01

    We use neutron diffraction to study the structure and magnetic phase diagram of the newly discovered pressure-induced superconductor CrAs. Unlike most magnetic unconventional superconductors where the magnetic moment direction barely changes upon doping, here we show that CrAs exhibits a spin reorientation from the a b plane to the a c plane, along with an abrupt drop of the magnetic propagation vector at a critical pressure (Pc≈0.6 GPa). This magnetic phase transition, accompanied by a lattice anomaly, coincides with the emergence of bulk superconductivity. With further increasing pressure, the magnetic order completely disappears near the optimal Tc regime (P ≈0.94 GPa). Moreover, the Cr magnetic moments tend to be aligned antiparallel between nearest neighbors with increasing pressure toward the optimal superconductivity regime. Our findings suggest that the noncollinear helimagnetic order is strongly coupled to structural and electronic degrees of freedom, and that the antiferromagnetic correlations between nearest neighbors might be essential for superconductivity.

  5. Stress reduction in phase-separated, cross-linked networks: influence of phase structure and kinetics of reaction

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    Szczepanski, Caroline R.; Stansbury, Jeffrey W.

    2014-01-01

    A mechanism for polymerization shrinkage and stress reduction was developed for heterogeneous networks formed via ambient, photo-initiated polymerization-induced phase separation (PIPS). The material system used consists of a bulk homopolymer matrix of triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) modified with one of three non-reactive, linear prepolymers (poly-methyl, ethyl and butyl methacrylate). At higher prepolymer loading levels (10–20 wt%) an enhanced reduction in both shrinkage and polymerization stress is observed. The onset of gelation in these materials is delayed to a higher degree of methacrylate conversion (~15–25%), providing more time for phase structure evolution by thermodynamically driven monomer diffusion between immiscible phases prior to network macro-gelation. The resulting phase structure was probed by introducing a fluorescently tagged prepolymer into the matrix. The phase structure evolves from a dispersion of prepolymer at low loading levels to a fully co-continuous heterogeneous network at higher loadings. The bulk modulus in phase separated networks is equivalent or greater than that of poly(TEGDMA), despite a reduced polymerization rate and cross-link density in the prepolymer-rich domains. PMID:25418999

  6. Pixel-wise absolute phase unwrapping using geometric constraints of structured light system.

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    An, Yatong; Hyun, Jae-Sang; Zhang, Song

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents a method to unwrap phase pixel by pixel by solely using geometric constraints of the structured light system without requiring additional image acquisition or another camera. Specifically, an artificial absolute phase map, Φmin, at a given virtual depth plane z = zmin, is created from geometric constraints of the calibrated structured light system; the wrapped phase is pixel-by-pixel unwrapped by referring to Φmin. Since Φmin is defined in the projector space, the unwrapped phase obtained from this method is absolute for each pixel. Experimental results demonstrate the success of this proposed novel absolute phase unwrapping method. PMID:27505808

  7. The application of ultrasonic phased array technology to offshore platform structures inspection

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    Baohua, Shan; Hua, Wang; Zhongdong, Duan; Jinping, Ou

    2007-04-01

    Aimed at the practical requirement of tubular joints weld inspection of offshore platform structures of Shengli oil field, the ultrasonic phased array inspection arithmetic for offshore platform structures is proposed. The integrated design of ultrasonic phased array inspection imaging system for offshore platform structures is completed, the ultrasonic phased array inspection imaging system for offshore platform structure is integrated on the basis of the each module and the exploitation of subsystem, which is made up of computer, ultrasonic circuit system, scanning device and phased array transducer. The ultrasonic phased array inspection experiment of T shape tubular joint model is performed with the ultrasonic phased array inspection imaging system for offshore platform structures, the flaws characteristic could be exactly estimated and the flaws size could be measured. Experiment results indicate that the ultrasonic phased array inspection arithmetic for offshore platform structures is practical, the ultrasonic phased array inspection imaging system could inspect artificial defects in tubular joint model, such as slag inclusion, crack, gas porosity, etc., the whole development trend of flaws is factually imaging by the ultrasonic phased array inspection technology of offshore platform structures.

  8. Phase structure of a Yukawa-like model in the presence of magnetic background and boundaries

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    Abreu, L. M.; Nery, E. S.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we investigate the thermodynamics of a Yukawa-like model, constituted of a complex scalar field interacting with real scalar and vector fields, in the presence of an external magnetic field and boundaries. By making use of mean-field approximation, we analyze the phase structure of this model at effective chemical equilibrium, under change of values of the relevant parameters of the model, focusing on the influence of the boundaries on the phase structure. The findings reveal a strong dependence of the nature of the phase structure on temperature, magnetic background and size of compactified coordinate, with possibility of a two-step phase transition.

  9. Structure analysis of turbulent liquid phase by POD and LSE techniques

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    Munir, S. Muthuvalu, M. S.; Siddiqui, M. I.; Heikal, M. R. Aziz, A. Rashid A.

    2014-10-24

    In this paper, vortical structures and turbulence characteristics of liquid phase in both single liquid phase and two-phase slug flow in pipes were studied. Two dimensional velocity vector fields of liquid phase were obtained by Particle image velocimetry (PIV). Two cases were considered one single phase liquid flow at 80 l/m and second slug flow by introducing gas at 60 l/m while keeping liquid flow rate same. Proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) and Linear stochastic estimation techniques were used for the extraction of coherent structures and analysis of turbulence in liquid phase for both cases. POD has successfully revealed large energy containing structures. The time dependent POD spatial mode coefficients oscillate with high frequency for high mode numbers. The energy distribution of spatial modes was also achieved. LSE has pointed out the coherent structured for both cases and the reconstructed velocity fields are in well agreement with the instantaneous velocity fields.

  10. A note on the relationship between turbulent coherent structures and phase correlation

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    Kang, Yanfei; Belušić, Danijel; Smith-Miles, Kate

    2014-06-01

    Various definitions of coherent structures exist in turbulence research, but a common assumption is that coherent structures have correlated spectral phases. As a result, randomization of phases is believed, generally, to remove coherent structures from the measured data. Here, we reexamine these assumptions using atmospheric turbulence measurements. Small-scale coherent structures are detected in the usual way using the wavelet transform. A considerable percentage of the detected structures are not phase correlated, although some of them are clearly organized in space and time. At larger scales, structures have even higher degree of spatiotemporal coherence but are also associated with weak phase correlation. A series of specific examples are shown to demonstrate this. These results warn about the vague terminology and assumptions around coherent structures, particularly for complex real-world turbulence.

  11. A note on the relationship between turbulent coherent structures and phase correlation

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    Kang, Yanfei; Belušić, Danijel Smith-Miles, Kate

    2014-06-15

    Various definitions of coherent structures exist in turbulence research, but a common assumption is that coherent structures have correlated spectral phases. As a result, randomization of phases is believed, generally, to remove coherent structures from the measured data. Here, we reexamine these assumptions using atmospheric turbulence measurements. Small-scale coherent structures are detected in the usual way using the wavelet transform. A considerable percentage of the detected structures are not phase correlated, although some of them are clearly organized in space and time. At larger scales, structures have even higher degree of spatiotemporal coherence but are also associated with weak phase correlation. A series of specific examples are shown to demonstrate this. These results warn about the vague terminology and assumptions around coherent structures, particularly for complex real-world turbulence.

  12. Statistical energy analysis of complex structures, phase 2

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    Trudell, R. W.; Yano, L. I.

    1980-01-01

    A method for estimating the structural vibration properties of complex systems in high frequency environments was investigated. The structure analyzed was the Materials Experiment Assembly, (MEA), which is a portion of the OST-2A payload for the space transportation system. Statistical energy analysis (SEA) techniques were used to model the structure and predict the structural element response to acoustic excitation. A comparison of the intial response predictions and measured acoustic test data is presented. The conclusions indicate that: the SEA predicted the response of primary structure to acoustic excitation over a wide range of frequencies; and the contribution of mechanically induced random vibration to the total MEA is not significant.

  13. Phase structure of one-dimensional interacting Floquet systems. II. Symmetry-broken phases

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    von Keyserlingk, C. W.; Sondhi, S. L.

    2016-06-01

    Recent work suggests that a sharp definition of "phase of matter" can be given for periodically driven "Floquet" quantum systems exhibiting many-body localization. In this work, we propose a classification of the phases of interacting Floquet localized systems with (completely) spontaneously broken symmetries; we focus on the one-dimensional case, but our results appear to generalize to higher dimensions. We find that the different Floquet phases correspond to elements of Z (G ) , the center of the symmetry group in question. In a previous paper [C. W. von Keyserlingk and S. L. Sondhi, preceding paper, Phys. Rev. B 93, 245145 (2016)], 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.245145, we offered a companion classification of unbroken, i.e., paramagnetic phases.

  14. Phase structure of one-dimensional interacting Floquet systems. I. Abelian symmetry-protected topological phases

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    von Keyserlingk, C. W.; Sondhi, S. L.

    2016-06-01

    Recent work suggests that a sharp definition of "phase of matter" can be given for some quantum systems out of equilibrium, first for many-body localized systems with time-independent Hamiltonians and more recently for periodically driven or Floquet localized systems. In this work, we propose a classification of the finite Abelian symmetry-protected phases of interacting Floquet localized systems in one dimension. We find that the different Floquet phases correspond to elements of ClG×AG , where ClG is the undriven interacting classification, and AG is a set of (twisted) one-dimensional representations corresponding to symmetry group G . We will address symmetry-broken phases in a subsequent paper C. W. von Keyserlingk and S. L. Sondhi, following paper, Phys. Rev. B 93, 245146 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.245146.

  15. The Molecular Structure of the Liquid Ordered Phase

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    Lyman, Edward

    2014-03-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations reveal substructures within the liquid-ordered phase of lipid bilayers. These substructures, identified in a 10 μsec all-atom trajectory of liquid-ordered/liquid-disordered coexistence (Lo/Ld) , are composed of saturated hydrocarbon chains packed with local hexagonal order, and separated by interstitial regions enriched in cholesterol and unsaturated chains. Lipid hydrocarbon chain order parameters calculated from the Lo phase are in excellent agreement with 2H NMR measurements; the local hexagonal packing is also consistent with 1H-MAS NMR spectra of the Lo phase, NMR diffusion experiments, and small angle X-ray- and neutron scattering. The balance of cholesterol-rich to local hexagonal order is proposed to control the partitioning of membrane components into the Lo regions. The latter have been frequently associated with formation of so-called rafts, platforms in the plasma membranes of cells that facilitate interaction between components of signaling pathways.

  16. Structural phase transitions and topological defects in ion Coulomb crystals

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    Partner, Heather L.; Nigmatullin, Ramil; Burgermeister, Tobias; Keller, Jonas; Pyka, Karsten; Plenio, Martin B.; Retzker, Alex; Zurek, Wojciech Hubert; del Campo, Adolfo; Mehlstaubler, Tanja E.

    2014-11-19

    We use laser-cooled ion Coulomb crystals in the well-controlled environment of a harmonic radiofrequency ion trap to investigate phase transitions and defect formation. Topological defects in ion Coulomb crystals (kinks) have been recently proposed for studies of nonlinear physics with solitons and as carriers of quantum information. Defects form when a symmetry breaking phase transition is crossed non-adiabatically. For a second order phase transition, the Kibble-Zurek mechanism predicts that the formation of these defects follows a power law scaling in the rate of the transition. We demonstrate a scaling of defect density and describe kink dynamics and stability. We further discuss the implementation of mass defects and electric fields as first steps toward controlled kink preparation and manipulation.

  17. Non Abelian structures and the geometric phase of entangled qudits

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    Oxman, L.E. Khoury, A.Z.

    2014-12-15

    In this work, we address some important topological and algebraic aspects of two-qudit states evolving under local unitary operations. The projective invariant subspaces and evolutions are connected with the common elements characterizing the su(d) Lie algebra and their representations. In particular, the roots and weights turn out to be natural quantities to parametrize cyclic evolutions and fractional phases. This framework is then used to recast the coset contribution to the geometric phase in a form that generalizes the usual monopole-like formula for a single qubit.

  18. Structure and composition of phases occurring in austenitic stainless steels in thermal and irradiation environments

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    Lee, E.H.; Maziasz, P.J.; Rowcliffe, A.F.

    1980-01-01

    Transmission electron diffraction techniques coupled with quantitative x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy have been used to characterize the phases which develop in austenitic stainless steels during exposure to thermal and to irradiation environments. In AISI 316 and Ti-modified stainless steels some thirteen phases have been identified and characterized in terms of their crystal structure and chemical composition. Irradiation does not produce any completely new phases. However, as a result of radiation-induced segregation principally of Ni and Si, and of enhanced diffusion rates, several major changes in phase relationships occur during irradiation. Firstly, phases characteristic of remote regions of the phase diagram appear unexpectedly and dissolve during postirradiation annealing (radiation-induced phases). Secondly, some phases develop with their compositions significantly altered by the incorporation of Ni or Si (radiation-modified phases).

  19. Crystal structure, phase, and electrical conductivity of nanocrystalline W₀.₉₅Ti(₀.₀₅)O₃ thin films.

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    Kalidindi, N R; Manciu, F S; Ramana, C V

    2011-03-01

    W(0.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) films were fabricated using sputter-deposition onto Si(100) wafers in by varying the growth temperature from room temperature (RT) to 500 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), and Raman spectroscopy (RS) were performed to investigate the effect of temperature on the growth behavior, crystal structure, texturing, surface morphology, and chemical bonding of W(0.95)Ti(0.5)O(3) films. The results indicate that the effect of temperature is significant on the growth and microstructure of W(0.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) films. XRD results indicate that the effect of Ti is remarkable on the crystallization of WO(3). W(0)(.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) films grown at temperatures <300 °C are amorphous compared to pure WO(3) crystalline films crystallizing at 200 °C. Phase transformation is induced in W(0)(.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) resulting in tetragonal structure at ≥300 °C. The structural changes were also reflected in the intensities of -W-O-W- vibrational modes in RS measurements. The SEM imaging analysis indicates that the phase transformations are accompanied by a characteristic change in surface morphology. Room temperature electrical conductivity of W(0.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) films increases from 0.63 to 27 (Ω m)(-1) with increasing temperature from RT to 400 °C due to improved structural order. Electrical conductivity exhibit a decrease at 500 °C (7.4 (Ω m)(-1)) due to disordering induced by Ti segregation, which is confirmed by XRD and RS measurements. PMID:21323357

  20. Crystal structure, phase, and electrical conductivity of nanocrystalline W₀.₉₅Ti(₀.₀₅)O₃ thin films.

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    Kalidindi, N R; Manciu, F S; Ramana, C V

    2011-03-01

    W(0.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) films were fabricated using sputter-deposition onto Si(100) wafers in by varying the growth temperature from room temperature (RT) to 500 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), and Raman spectroscopy (RS) were performed to investigate the effect of temperature on the growth behavior, crystal structure, texturing, surface morphology, and chemical bonding of W(0.95)Ti(0.5)O(3) films. The results indicate that the effect of temperature is significant on the growth and microstructure of W(0.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) films. XRD results indicate that the effect of Ti is remarkable on the crystallization of WO(3). W(0)(.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) films grown at temperatures <300 °C are amorphous compared to pure WO(3) crystalline films crystallizing at 200 °C. Phase transformation is induced in W(0)(.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) resulting in tetragonal structure at ≥300 °C. The structural changes were also reflected in the intensities of -W-O-W- vibrational modes in RS measurements. The SEM imaging analysis indicates that the phase transformations are accompanied by a characteristic change in surface morphology. Room temperature electrical conductivity of W(0.95)Ti(0.05)O(3) films increases from 0.63 to 27 (Ω m)(-1) with increasing temperature from RT to 400 °C due to improved structural order. Electrical conductivity exhibit a decrease at 500 °C (7.4 (Ω m)(-1)) due to disordering induced by Ti segregation, which is confirmed by XRD and RS measurements.

  1. Design, fabrication, and test of lightweight shell structure, phase 2

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    1974-01-01

    A cylindrical shell skirt structure 4.57 m (180 in.) in diameter and 3.66 m (144 in.) high was subjected to a design and analysis study using a wide variety of structural materials and concepts. The design loading of 1225.8 N/cm (700 lb/in.) axial compression and 245.2 N/cm (140 lb/in.) torsion is representative of that expected on a typical space tug skirt section. Structural concepts evaluated included honeycomb sandwich, truss, isogrid, and skin/stringer/frame. The materials considered included a wide variety of structural metals as well as glass, graphite, and boron-reinforced composites. The most unique characteristic of the candidate designs is that they involve the use of very thin-gage material. Fabrication and structural test of small panels and components representative of many of the candidate designs served to demonstrate proposed fabrication techniques and to verify design and analysis methods.

  2. Tuning phase structures of a symmetrical diblock copolymer with a patterned electric field.

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    Kan, Di; He, Xuehao

    2016-05-11

    Electric fields can induce the orientation of the phase interfaces of block copolymers and provide a potential method to tune polymer phase structures for nanomaterial manufacture. In this work, we applied self-consistent field theory to study the self-assembly of a diblock copolymer confined between two parallel neutral substrates on which a set of electrodes was imposed to form a patterned electric field. The results showed that an alternatively distributed electric field can induce the formation of a parallel lamellar phase structure, which exists stably only in the system with selective substrates. The phase structure was proved to be sensitive to the characteristics of the electric field distribution, such as the strength of the electric field, the size and position of the electrodes, and the corresponding phase diagram was calculated in detail. The transition pathway of the phase structure from the perpendicular layered phase to the parallel layered phase was further analysed using the minimum energy path method. It is shown that the path and the active energy barrier of the phase transition depend on the electric field strength. Compound electric field patterns that can be designed to control the formation of novel and complex microphase structures were also examined. PMID:27102422

  3. Special Aspects of Structural-Phase Transformations in the CuZn Alloy Under Thermal Cycling

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    Chaplygina, A. A.; Potekaev, A. I.; Chaplygin, P. A.; Kulagina, V. V.; Starostenkov, M. D.; Grinkevich, L. S.

    2016-09-01

    Using the Monte Carlo approach, special features of structural and energy characteristics of β-brass are investigated under cycling conditions. As a result of the heating-cooling cycle, a unique hysteresis loop is observed, which suggests irreversibility of the processes and implies differences in the structural-phase states in the heating and cooling stages. An analysis of the atomic and phase structure of the system during heating and cooling, i.e., in the course of order-disorder and disorder-order phase transitions, has demonstrated that the system is found in different structural-phase states. Upon completion of the disorder-order phase transition, two domains of the B2 superstructure are formed.

  4. Structural phase transition of CdTe: an ab initio study.

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    Alptekin, Sebahaddin

    2013-01-01

    A constant pressure ab initio MD technique and density functional theory with a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) was used to study the pressure-induced phase transition in zinc-blende CdTe. We found that CdTe undergoes a structural first-order phase transition to [Formula: see text] (binary β-tin) tetragonal structure in the constant pressure molecular dynamics simulation at 20 GPa. When the pressure was increased to 50 GPa, the phase of tetragonal structure converted to a new Imm2 orthorhombic structure. These phase transformations were also calculated by using the enthalpy calculations. Transition phases, lattice parameters and bulk properties we attained are comparable with experimental and theoretical data.

  5. Structural phase transition in CeCu/sub 6/

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    Vrtis, M.L.; Jorgensen, J.D.; Hinks, D.G.

    1985-08-01

    The structure of CeCu/sub 6/ has been studied at eight temperatures from 10K to 295K by time-of-flight neutron powder diffraction. The high temperature orthorhombic cell transforms to a monoclinic cell at 230K. Rietveld structural refinements at each temperature give details of the structural distortion associated with the transition. The space groups and the temperature dependence of the monoclinic strain are consistent with a second order transition driven by a soft acoustic phonon mode. However, small atom displacements perpendicular to the shear direction suggest that an optic mode may also be involved in the transition.

  6. Upgrading of existing structures. Final report on phase 2

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    Gabrielsen, B.L.; Tansely, R.S.; Cuzner, G.

    1980-06-01

    This report presents the results of an investigation of blast upgrading of existing structures, which consisted of developing failure prediction methodologies for various structure types, both in 'as built' and in upgraded configurations, and verifying these prediction techniques with full-scale load tests. These upgrading schemes were developed for use as shelters in support of Civil Defense crisis relocation planning. Structure types investigated included wood, steel, and concrete floor and roof systems. The results of this study are being used in the development of a shelter manual presenting the various upgrading concepts in an illustrative workbook form for use in the field.

  7. Electron crystallography applied to the structure determination of Nb(Cu,Al,X) Laves phases.

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    Gigla, M; Lelatko, J; Krzelowski, M; Morawiec, H

    2006-09-01

    The presence of primary precipitates of the Laves phases considerably improves the mechanical properties and the resistance to thermal degradation of the high-temperature shape memory Cu-Al-Nb alloys. The structure analysis of the Laves phases was carried out on particles contained in the ternary and quaternary alloys as well on synthesized compounds related to the composition of the Nb(Cu,Al,X)(2) phase, where X = Ni, Co, Cr, Ti and Zr. The precise structure determination of the Laves phases was carried out by the electron crystallography method using the CRISP software.

  8. Reversible phase-structure modification of photostructurable glass ceramic by CO2 laser irradiation

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    Sergeev, Maksim M.; Veiko, Vadim P.; Savochkin, Denis A.; Zakoldaev, Roman A.

    2016-10-01

    Structural changes and phase transformations of the photostructurable glass (PhG) surfaces under the impact of 10.6-μm wavelength laser radiation are examined. The regimes initiating the formation and development of crystalline phase and its reversible (secondary) amorphization are determined. In addition, the kinetic of crystalline phase formation and its melting on the surface of PhG are investigated. The characteristics of multiple reversible phase-structure transformations in the temperature range of 470-800 °C are investigated.

  9. Experimental phasing for structure determination using membrane-protein crystals grown by the lipid cubic phase method

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    Li, Dianfan; Pye, Valerie E.; Caffrey, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Very little information is available in the literature concerning the experimental heavy-atom phasing of membrane-protein structures where the crystals have been grown using the lipid cubic phase (in meso) method. In this paper, pre-labelling, co-crystallization, soaking, site-specific mercury binding to genetically engineered single-cysteine mutants and selenomethionine labelling as applied to an integral membrane kinase crystallized in meso are described. An assay to assess cysteine accessibility for mercury labelling of membrane proteins is introduced. Despite the marked increase in the number of membrane-protein structures solved using crystals grown by the lipid cubic phase or in meso method, only ten have been determined by SAD/MAD. This is likely to be a consequence of the technical difficulties associated with handling proteins and crystals in the sticky and viscous hosting mesophase that is usually incubated in glass sandwich plates for the purposes of crystallization. Here, a four-year campaign aimed at phasing the in meso structure of the integral membrane diacylglycerol kinase (DgkA) from Escherichia coli is reported. Heavy-atom labelling of this small hydrophobic enzyme was attempted by pre-labelling, co-crystallization, soaking, site-specific mercury binding to genetically engineered single-cysteine mutants and selenomethionine incorporation. Strategies and techniques for special handling are reported, as well as the typical results and the lessons learned for each of these approaches. In addition, an assay to assess the accessibility of cysteine residues in membrane proteins for mercury labelling is introduced. The various techniques and strategies described will provide a valuable reference for future experimental phasing of membrane proteins where crystals are grown by the lipid cubic phase method.

  10. Genetic algorithm prediction of crystal structure of metastable Si-IX phase

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    Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Zhao, Xin; Wang, Yangang; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2013-12-14

    We performed genetic algorithm search for the atomic structure of the long Lime unsolved Si-IX phase. We found two new structures with space groups of P4(2)/m and P-4, respectively, which have lattice parameters in excellent agreement with the experimental data. The phonon calculations showed that the P4(2)/m structure exhibits a soft phonon mode, while the P-4 structure is dynamically stable. Our calculation also showed that the P-4 structure is a meta-stable structure in a pressure range from 0 to 40 GPa, The Si-IX phase could be a mixed phase consisting of the P4(2)/m and the P-4 structures. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  11. Mesoscopic simulation of phase behaviors and structures in an amphiphile-solvent system

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    Yamada, Kohtaro; Yasuno, Emiko; Kawabata, Youhei; Okuzono, Tohru; Kato, Tadashi

    2014-06-01

    We have performed a three-dimensional simulation of mesoscopic structures in a mixture of AB amphiphilic molecule and C solvent by employing the density-functional theory under the conditions that (i) the size of the AB is much larger than C and (ii) the affinity between A and B is much larger than the affinity between B and C. First, we have calculated the free energy of five periodic structures, i.e., the lamellar phase, hexagonally packed cylinders, body-centered-cubic spheres, face-centered-cubic spheres, and gyroid phase for different sets of the concentration of AB (ϕ¯AB) and the χ parameter (χAC). By comparing the free energies for these structures, the χAC-ϕ ¯AB phase diagram has been obtained. In addition to these periodic structures, it has been shown that nonperiodic structures such as spherical and rodlike micelles can be obtained although they might be metastable phase.

  12. A composite phase diagram of structure H hydrates using Schreinemakers' geometric approach

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    Mehta, A.P.; Makogon, T.Y.; Burruss, R.C.; Wendlandt, R.F.; Sloan, E.D.

    1996-01-01

    A composite phase diagram is presented for Structure H (sH) clathrate hydrates. In this work, we derived the reactions occurring among the various phases along each four-phase (Ice/Liquid water, liquid hydrocarbon, vapor, and hydrate) equilibrium line. A powerful method (though seldom used in chemical engineering) for multicomponent equilibria developed by Schreinemakers is applied to determine the relative location of all quadruple (four-phase) lines emanating from three quintuple (five-phase) points. Experimental evidence validating the approximate phase diagram is also provided. The use of Schreinemakers' rules for the development of the phase diagram is novel for hydrates, but these rules may be extended to resolve the phase space of other more complex systems commonly encountered in chemical engineering.

  13. Phases and structures of sunset yellow and disodium cromoglycate mixtures in water

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    Yamaguchi, Akihiro; Smith, Gregory P.; Yi, Youngwoo; Xu, Charles; Biffi, Silvia; Serra, Francesca; Bellini, Tommaso; Zhu, Chenhui; Clark, Noel A.

    2016-01-01

    We study phases and structures of mixtures of two representative chromonic liquid crystal materials, sunset yellow FCF (SSY) and disodium cromoglycate (DSCG), in water. A variety of combinations of isotropic, nematic (N ), and columnar (also called M ) phases are observed depending on their concentrations, and a phase diagram is made. We find a tendency for DSCG-rich regions to show higher-order phases while SSY-rich regions show lower-order ones. We observe uniform mesophases only when one of the materials is sparse in the N phases. Their miscibility in M phases is so low that essentially complete phase separation occurs. X-ray scattering and spectroscopy studies confirm that SSY and DSCG molecules do not mix when they form chromonic aggregates and neither do their aggregates when they form M phases.

  14. Comparing two tetraalkylammonium ionic liquids. I. Liquid phase structure.

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    Lima, Thamires A; Paschoal, Vitor H; Faria, Luiz F O; Ribeiro, Mauro C C; Giles, Carlos

    2016-06-14

    X-ray scattering experiments at room temperature were performed for the ionic liquids n-butyl-trimethylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [N1114][NTf2], and methyl-tributylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [N1444][NTf2]. The peak in the diffraction data characteristic of charge ordering in [N1444][NTf2] is shifted to longer distances in comparison to [N1114][NTf2], but the peak characteristic of short-range correlations is shifted in [N1444][NTf2] to shorter distances. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed for these ionic liquids using force fields available from the literature, although with new sets of partial charges for [N1114](+) and [N1444](+) proposed in this work. The shifting of charge and adjacency peaks to opposite directions in these ionic liquids was found in the static structure factor, S(k), calculated by MD simulations. Despite differences in cation sizes, the MD simulations unravel that anions are allowed as close to [N1444](+) as to [N1114](+) because anions are located in between the angle formed by the butyl chains. The more asymmetric molecular structure of the [N1114](+) cation implies differences in partial structure factors calculated for atoms belonging to polar or non-polar parts of [N1114][NTf2], whereas polar and non-polar structure factors are essentially the same in [N1444][NTf2]. Results of this work shed light on controversies in the literature on the liquid structure of tetraalkylammonium based ionic liquids.

  15. Comparing two tetraalkylammonium ionic liquids. I. Liquid phase structure.

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    Lima, Thamires A; Paschoal, Vitor H; Faria, Luiz F O; Ribeiro, Mauro C C; Giles, Carlos

    2016-06-14

    X-ray scattering experiments at room temperature were performed for the ionic liquids n-butyl-trimethylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [N1114][NTf2], and methyl-tributylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [N1444][NTf2]. The peak in the diffraction data characteristic of charge ordering in [N1444][NTf2] is shifted to longer distances in comparison to [N1114][NTf2], but the peak characteristic of short-range correlations is shifted in [N1444][NTf2] to shorter distances. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed for these ionic liquids using force fields available from the literature, although with new sets of partial charges for [N1114](+) and [N1444](+) proposed in this work. The shifting of charge and adjacency peaks to opposite directions in these ionic liquids was found in the static structure factor, S(k), calculated by MD simulations. Despite differences in cation sizes, the MD simulations unravel that anions are allowed as close to [N1444](+) as to [N1114](+) because anions are located in between the angle formed by the butyl chains. The more asymmetric molecular structure of the [N1114](+) cation implies differences in partial structure factors calculated for atoms belonging to polar or non-polar parts of [N1114][NTf2], whereas polar and non-polar structure factors are essentially the same in [N1444][NTf2]. Results of this work shed light on controversies in the literature on the liquid structure of tetraalkylammonium based ionic liquids. PMID:27306015

  16. Formation of regular structures in the process of phase separation.

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    Krekhov, Alexei

    2009-03-01

    Phase separation under directional quenching has been studied in a Cahn-Hilliard model. In distinct contrast to the disordered patterns which develop under a homogeneous quench, periodic stripe patterns are generated behind the quench front. Their wavelength is uniquely defined by the velocity of the quench interface in a wide range. Numerical simulations match perfectly analytical results obtained in the limit of small and large velocities of the quench interface. Additional periodic modulation of the quench interface may lead to cellular patterns. The quenching protocols analyzed are expected to be an effective tool in technological applications to design nanostructured materials. PMID:19392008

  17. Phase structure of cold magnetized color superconducting quark matter

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    Allen, PG; Grunfeld, AG; Scoccola, NN

    2016-04-01

    The influence of intense magnetic fields on the behavior of color superconducting cold quark matter is investigated using an SU(2) f NJL-type model for which a novel regulation scheme is introduced. In such a scheme the contributions which are explicitly dependent on the magnetic field turn out to be finite and, thus, do not require to be regularized. As a result of this, non-physical oscillations that arise from regularizing magnetic field dependent terms are naturally removed, and oscillations that are actually physical can be better appreciated. The phase diagrams in the ẽB – μ plane are presented for different values of the diquark coupling.

  18. Temperature dependence of the structural order in the {gamma}{prime} phase of nickel base superalloy

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    Royer, A.; Bastie, P.; Veron, M.

    1999-03-19

    Single crystal nickel base superalloys are used for the high-temperature parts of aircraft engines like turbine blades. Their good mechanical properties at high temperature are related to the precipitation of an ordered {gamma}{prime} phase which induces a structural hardening of the material. The {gamma}{prime} phase has an ordered L1{sub 2} structure while the {gamma} matrix is disordered and has a FCC structure. The volume fraction of f{gamma}{prime} of the {gamma}{prime} phase evolves with the temperature and a complete solutionizing occurs above 1,280 C in the AM1 superalloy. The {gamma}{prime} phase of Ni based superalloys is usually analyzed through its prototype Ni{sub 3}Al. As the Ni{sub 3}Al structure remains totally ordered up to temperature very close to the melting point, it is commonly assumed in superalloys that the {gamma}{prime} phase precipitates are fully ordered up to their solutionizing and that the volume fraction of the precipitates is equivalent to the volume fraction of the ordered phase. However, in superalloys, it is difficult to separate experimentally the effects related to the solutionizing of the precipitates from those due to a possible partial disordering of the {gamma}{prime} phase and this assumption has not been verified yet. The aim of this paper is to study the structural order in the {gamma}{prime} phase of a superalloy.

  19. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; Page, K.; Cheng, Y. Q.; Milas, I.; Crawford, M. K.

    2016-01-01

    We have examined the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q ∼ (Tc−T)β, where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent β was close to ¼, as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. However, we also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperature in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells. PMID:27767049

  20. Structures, Phase Transitions and Tricritical Behavior of the Hybrid Perovskite Methyl Ammonium Lead Iodide

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    Whitfield, P. S.; Herron, N.; Guise, W. E.; Page, K.; Cheng, Y. Q.; Milas, I.; Crawford, M. K.

    2016-10-21

    Here, we examine the crystal structures and structural phase transitions of the deuterated, partially deuterated and hydrogenous organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) using time-of-flight neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Near 330 K the high temperature cubic phases transformed to a body-centered tetragonal phase. The variation of the order parameter Q for this transition scaled with temperature T as Q (Tc-T) , where Tc is the critical temperature and the exponent was close to , as predicted for a tricritical phase transition. We also observed coexistence of the cubic and tetragonal phases over a range of temperaturemore » in all cases, demonstrating that the phase transition was in fact first-order, although still very close to tricritical. Upon cooling further, all the tetragonal phases transformed into a low temperature orthorhombic phase around 160 K, again via a first-order phase transition. Finally, based upon these results, we discuss the impact of the structural phase transitions upon photovoltaic performance of MAPbI3 based solar cells.« less

  1. Equilibrium structure of gas phase o-benzyne

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    Groner, Peter; Kukolich, Stephen G.

    2006-01-01

    An equilibrium structure has been derived for o-benzyne from experimental rotational constants of seven isotopomers and vibration-rotation constants calculated from MP2 (full)/6-31G(d) quadratic and cubic force fields. In the case of benzene, this method yields results that are in excellent agreement with those obtained from high quality ab initio force fields. The ab initio-calculated vibrational averaging corrections were applied to the measured A0, B0 and C0 rotational constants and the resulting experimental, near-equilibrium, rotational constants were used in a least squares fit to determine the approximate equilibrium structural parameters. The C-C bond lengths for this equilibrium structure of o-benzyne are, beginning with the formal triple bond (C 1-C 2): 1.255, 1.383, 1.403 and 1.405 Å. The bond angles obtained are in good agreement with most of the recent ab initio predictions.

  2. Probing the glycosidic linkage: secondary structures in the gas phase

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    Simons, John P.; Cristina Stanca-Kaposta, E.; Cocinero, Emilio J.; Liu, B.; Davis, Benjamin G.; Gamblin, David P.; Kroemer, Romano T.

    2008-10-01

    The functional importance of carbohydrates in biological processes, particularly those involving specific molecular recognition, is immense. Characterizing the three-dimensional (3D) structures of carbohydrates and glycoproteins, and their interactions with other molecules, not least the ubiquitous solvent, water, is a key starting point for understanding these processes. The combination of laser-based electronic and vibrational spectroscopy of mass-selected carbohydrate molecules and their hydrated complexes, conducted under molecular beam conditions, with ab initio computation is providing a uniquely powerful means of characterizing 3D carbohydrate conformations; the structures of their hydrated complexes, the hydrogen-bonded networks they support (or which support them); and the factors that determine their conformational and structural preferences.

  3. Gas-phase molecular structure and energetics of anionic silicates

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    Gomes, José R. B.; Cordeiro, M. Natália D. S.; Jorge, Miguel

    2008-09-01

    The gas-phase stabilities of linear, branched and cyclic silicates made of up to five silicon atoms were studied with density functional theory (DFT). The starting geometries for the DFT calculations at the B3LYP/6-311+G(2d,2p) level of theory were obtained from classical molecular dynamics simulations. We have observed that geometric parameters and charges are mainly affected by the degree of deprotonation. Charges on Si atoms are also influenced by their degree of substitution. The enthalpy of deprotonation of the neutral species was found to decrease with the size of the molecule, while the average deprotonation enthalpy of highly charged compounds increased with molecular size. Furthermore, the formation of rings in highly charged silicates is enthalpically preferred to chain growth. These observations result from two competing effects: the easier distribution of negative charge in silicates with low charge density and the strong intramolecular repulsions present in silicates with high charge density. As a consequence, highly charged silicates in the gas phase tend to be as small and as highly condensed as possible, which is in line with experimental observations from solution NMR.

  4. Interatomic force constants and effective Hamiltonians for structural phase transitions

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    Kumar, Anil; Rabe, Karin M.

    2011-03-01

    Expansion of the total energy of a crystal around a high-symmetry reference structure provides information about material properties including the phonon dispersion, responses to applied fields, magnetostructural coupling, and structural transitions. For complex oxides, parameterization of the structural energetics by real-space interatomic force constants (IFCs) provides a computationally convenient and physically transparent way of analyzing these properties. By projection into a subspace containing the relevant degrees of freedom, one can construct an effective Hamiltonian to study properties that are not readily accessible with DFT based calculations, including properties at finite temperature or long length scales. It is well known that first-principles density-functional-theory (DFT) based-calculations can be systematically used to determine real-space IFCs of materials; this is part of several first-principles packages including ABINIT and Quantum Espresso. Here, we discuss a simple and efficient approach for construction of first-principles effective Hamiltonians which uses this computational capability to generate and compute the quadratic inter-cell parameters in a single step. We illustrate the method through the application to systems for which effective Hamiltonians have previously been constructed, and show how this approach facilitates the construction of effective Hamiltonians for new classes of crystal structures.

  5. Using Amorphous Phases in the Design of Structural Alloys

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    Schwarz, R. B.; Nash, P.

    1989-01-01

    The recent discovery that amorphous alloy powders can be prepared by mechanically alloying a mixture of pure crystalline intermetallics is opening new windows to the synthesis of engineering materials. Amorphous powders synthesized by mechanical alloying may find application in the design of structural alloys, high thermal conductivity alloys, and metal-matrix composites.

  6. Pressure induced structural phase transition in actinide mono-bismuthides: Ab initio calculations

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    Pataiya, J.; Makode, C.; Aynyas, M.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2013-06-01

    The structural and electronic properties of mono-bismuthides of Plutonium and Americium have been investigated using tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that PuBi and AmBi are stable in NaCl - type structure under ambient pressure. The structure stability of PuBi and AmBi changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 45 - 4.5 GPa for PuBi and AmBi respectively. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.

  7. Pressure Induced Structural Phase Transition in Actinide Monophospides: Ab Initio Calculations

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    Makode, Chandrabhan; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2011-07-01

    The structural and electronic properties of monophospides of Thorium, Uranium and Neptunium have been investigated using tight binding linear muffin-in-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that ThP, UP and NpP are stable in NaCl- type structure under ambient pressure. The structure stability of ThP, UP and NpP changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 37.0-24.0 GPa (ThP to NpP). The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.

  8. Broadband reflected wavefronts manipulation using structured phase gradient metasurfaces

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    Wang, Xiao-Peng; Wan, Le-Le; Chen, Tian-Ning; Song, Ai-Ling; Du, Xiao-Wen

    2016-06-01

    Acoustic metasurface (AMS) is a good candidate to manipulate acoustic waves due to special acoustic performs that cannot be realized by traditional materials. In this paper, we design the AMS by using circular-holed cubic arrays. The advantages of our AMS are easy assemble, subwavelength thickness, and low energy loss for manipulating acoustic waves. According to the generalized Snell's law, acoustic waves can be manipulated arbitrarily by using AMS with different phase gradients. By selecting suitable hole diameter of circular-holed cube (CHC), some interesting phenomena are demonstrated by our simulations based on finite element method, such as the conversion of incoming waves into surface waves, anomalous reflections (including negative reflection), acoustic focusing lens, and acoustic carpet cloak. Our results can provide a simple approach to design AMSes and use them in wavefront manipulation and manufacturing of acoustic devices.

  9. Optimum receiver structures for phase-multiplexed modulations

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    Simon, M. K.

    1978-01-01

    A MAP (maximum a posteriori) estimation loop is derived for a QPSK signal and, by suitable approximation to the nonlinearity which arises as a consequence of the MAP theory, is reconfigured with practical realizations that are valid for high and low SNRs. In particular, it is shown that by approximating the hyperbolic tangent nonlinearity in the MAP estimation loop by the first two terms in its power series, an interesting practical realization of this loop results which applies at low SNRs. The error signal in this loop is formed by multiplying the error signal and lock detector output signal of a conventional biphase Costas loop. A generalized linear in-phase channel configuration is proposed which allows carrier reconstruction from an unbalanced QPSK signal at all ratios of data rates and powers in the two channels, even in the limit as these ratios simultaneously approach unity, i.e., balanced quadriphase.

  10. Pulse-Width Control in Ladder Structure Four-Phase Rectifier for AC-Electromotive

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    Ivanov, V. V.; Myatez, S. V.; Langeman, E. G.; Schurov, N. I.

    2016-04-01

    Based on these studies the ways of power factor of the single-phase rectifiers operating in a single-phase AC network improving are suggested. The ladder four-phase rectifier is offered as a technical mean using a pulse-width method of controlling the rectified voltage. The pulse-width control efficiency as a way of the power factor rectifier with a ladder structure for AC electromotive improving is evaluated.

  11. Phase composition and structure of aluminum Al-Cu-Si-Sn-Pb alloys

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    Belov, N. A.; Stolyarova, O. O.; Murav'eva, T. I.; Zagorskii, D. L.

    2016-06-01

    The structure and phase composition of cast and heat treated Al-Cu-Si-Sn-Pb alloys containing 6 wt % Sn, 2 wt % Pb, 0-4 wt % Cu, 0-10 wt % Si have been studied using calculations and experimental methods. Polythermal and isothermal sections are reported, which indicate the existence of two liquid phases. It was found that the low-melting phase is inhomogeneous and consists of individual leadand tin-based particles.

  12. Experimental phasing for structure determination using membrane-protein crystals grown by the lipid cubic phase method.

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    Li, Dianfan; Pye, Valerie E; Caffrey, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Despite the marked increase in the number of membrane-protein structures solved using crystals grown by the lipid cubic phase or in meso method, only ten have been determined by SAD/MAD. This is likely to be a consequence of the technical difficulties associated with handling proteins and crystals in the sticky and viscous hosting mesophase that is usually incubated in glass sandwich plates for the purposes of crystallization. Here, a four-year campaign aimed at phasing the in meso structure of the integral membrane diacylglycerol kinase (DgkA) from Escherichia coli is reported. Heavy-atom labelling of this small hydrophobic enzyme was attempted by pre-labelling, co-crystallization, soaking, site-specific mercury binding to genetically engineered single-cysteine mutants and selenomethionine incorporation. Strategies and techniques for special handling are reported, as well as the typical results and the lessons learned for each of these approaches. In addition, an assay to assess the accessibility of cysteine residues in membrane proteins for mercury labelling is introduced. The various techniques and strategies described will provide a valuable reference for future experimental phasing of membrane proteins where crystals are grown by the lipid cubic phase method.

  13. Experimental phasing for structure determination using membrane-protein crystals grown by the lipid cubic phase method

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    Li, Dianfan; Pye, Valerie E.; Caffrey, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Despite the marked increase in the number of membrane-protein structures solved using crystals grown by the lipid cubic phase or in meso method, only ten have been determined by SAD/MAD. This is likely to be a consequence of the technical difficulties associated with handling proteins and crystals in the sticky and viscous hosting mesophase that is usually incubated in glass sandwich plates for the purposes of crystallization. Here, a four-year campaign aimed at phasing the in meso structure of the integral membrane diacylglycerol kinase (DgkA) from Escherichia coli is reported. Heavy-atom labelling of this small hydrophobic enzyme was attempted by pre-labelling, co-crystallization, soaking, site-specific mercury binding to genetically engineered single-cysteine mutants and selenomethionine incorporation. Strategies and techniques for special handling are reported, as well as the typical results and the lessons learned for each of these approaches. In addition, an assay to assess the accessibility of cysteine residues in membrane proteins for mercury labelling is introduced. The various techniques and strategies described will provide a valuable reference for future experimental phasing of membrane proteins where crystals are grown by the lipid cubic phase method. PMID:25615865

  14. Phase structures of 4D stringy charged black holes in canonical ensemble

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    Jia, Qiang; Lu, J. X.; Tan, Xiao-Jun

    2016-08-01

    We study the thermodynamics and phase structures of the asymptotically flat dilatonic black holes in 4 dimensions, placed in a cavity a la York, in string theory for an arbitrary dilaton coupling. We consider these charged black systems in canonical ensemble for which the temperature at the wall of and the charge inside the cavity are fixed. We find that the dilaton coupling plays the key role in the underlying phase structures. The connection of these black holes to higher dimensional brane systems via diagonal (double) and/or direct dimensional reductions indicates that the phase structures of the former may exhaust all possible ones of the latter, which are more difficult to study, under conditions of similar settings. Our study also shows that a diagonal (double) dimensional reduction preserves the underlying phase structure while a direct dimensional reduction has the potential to change it.

  15. Structure, stability, and mechanical properties of intermetallic phases

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    Schneibel, J.H.; Liu, C.T.

    1993-12-31

    The importance of the structural stability of intermetallics with regard to their mechanical properties is illustrated with two case studies. First, the importance of structural and thermal defects for the strength of (weakly ordered) FeAl and (strongly ordered) NiAl is shown. Several inconsistencies and unresolved issues in the present understanding of point defects in FeAl are addressed. Since point defects alone may not explain the mechanical differences between these two materials, the role of dislocations is considered as well. It is shown that the differences in the atomic bonding of FeAl and NiAl, which deter-mine the active slip systems, are likely to influence the compositional dependence of the strength of these two intermetallics. Second, the class of the trialuminides is reviewed with emphasis on Al{sub 3}Ti. In addition to stabilizing a cubic crystal structure, the ratio of K/G, where K is the bulk modulus and G the shear modulus, needs to be increased in order to achieve extensive plastic deformation at room temperature. It is not clear, at the present time, to what extent macroalloying of trialuminides can achieve this goal, although promising results have been reported for Al{sub 3}Ti containing relatively high concentrations (14 at. %) of chromium.

  16. Structural phase transitions in ionic conductor Bi2O3 by temperature dependent XPD and XAS

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    Zhu, Yingcai; An, Pengfei; Yu, Meijuan; Marcelli, Augusto; Liu, Yong; Hu, Tiandou; Xu, Wei

    2016-05-01

    The superionic behavior of cubic δ-phase Bi2O3, a metastable phase at high temperature, is of great interests from both scientific and technological perspectives. With the highest ionic conductivity among all known compounds, the δ-phase Bi2O3 possesses promising applications in solid-oxide fuel cells. Previous investigations pointed out the α to δ- phase transition occurs during the heating process, as supported by the X-ray and Neutron diffraction experiments. Through in situ measurements of the long-range order structure and the local structure by X-ray powder diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, we investigated the evolution of the structures under different temperatures. Both techniques provided ample evidence that the existence of meta-stable β-phase are crucial for forming the defective fluorite cubic δ phase. Our finding suggested that the phase transition from tetragonal β-phase to δ-phase is an influencing factor for the generation of the oxygen-ion pathways.

  17. Magnetic phases and unusual topological electronic structures of Weyl semimetals in strong interaction limit

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    Zhai, Liang-Jun; Chou, Po-Hao; Mou, Chung-Yu

    2016-09-01

    The interplay of electronic band structures and electron-electron interactions is known to develop new phases in condensed matter. In this paper, we investigate the thermodynamic phases and corresponding electronic structures of a Weyl semimetal in a strong on-site Coulomb interaction limit. Based on a minimum model of a Weyl semimetal with two linear Weyl nodes, it is shown that generically the Weyl semimetal becomes magnetic in the presence of interactions. In particular, it is shown that the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya exchange interaction is generally induced so that the A-type antiferromagnetic (A-AFM) phase and the spiral spin density wave (SSDW) states are two generic phases. Furthermore, we find that Weyl nodes proliferate and it is possible to doubly enhance the unusual properties of noninteracting Weyl semimetals through the realization of double-Weyl nodes in a strong correlation limit. Specifically, it is shown that in the SSDW phase, linear Weyl nodes are tuned into double-Weyl nodes with the corresponding charges being ±2 . As the spin-orbit coupling increases, a quantum phase transition occurs with the SSDW phase being turned into an A-AFM phase and, at the same time, double-Weyl nodes are disintegrated into two pairs of linear Weyl nodes. Our results reveal the unusual interplay between the topology of electronic structures and magnetism in strongly correlated phases of Weyl semimetals.

  18. Surface structure of GaAs(001)-(2 × 4) α, β and γ phases

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    Ichimiya, Ayahiko; Xue, Q.-K.; Hashizume, T.; Sakurai, T.

    1995-05-01

    The As-rich GaAs(001)-(2 × 4) α, β and γ phases grown by molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) and migration enhanced epitaxy (MEE) have been investigated by field ion-scanning tunneling microscopy and in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED). The high-resolution STM images show that the α, β and γ phases all have the same unit structure in the outermost surface layer which consists of two As dimers and two As dimer vacancies. The structure models are examined based on the STM observations and dynamical RHEED calculation. We propose a new structure model: The α phase is the two-As-dimer model proposed by Farrell and Palmstrom with relaxation incorporated by Northrup and Froyen. The β phase is the two-As-dimer model proposed by Chadi. The γ phase consists of the local structure same as the β phase and the open areas with a disordered As double-layer structure similar to that of the c(4 × 4) phase.

  19. Determination of ion pairing on capping structures of gold nanoparticles by phase extraction.

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    Cheng, Han-Wen; Schadt, Mark J; Young, Kaylie; Luo, Jin; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2015-09-21

    As nanoparticles with different capping structures in solution phases have found widespread applications of wide interest, understanding how the capping structure change influences their presence in phases or solutions is important for gaining full control over both the intended nanoactivity and the unintended nanotoxicity. This report describes a simple and effective phase extraction method for analyzing the degree of ion pairing in the capping molecular structure of nanoparticles. Gold nanoparticles of a few nanometers diameter with a mixed monolayer capping structure consisting of both hydrophobic and hydrophilic and reactive groups were studied as a model system, and a quantitative model was derived based on chemical equilibria in a two-phase system, and used to assess the experimental data for phase extraction by cationic species. In contrast to the traditional perception of 100% ion pairing, only a small fraction (∼20%) of the negatively-charged groups was found to be responsible for the phase extraction. The viability of using this phase extraction method for analyzing the degree of ion-pairing in the capping molecular structure of different nanoparticles is also discussed, which has implications for the control of the nanoactivity and nanotoxicity of molecularly-capped or bio-conjugated nanoparticles.

  20. Pressure-induced hydrogen bonding: structure of D2S phase I'

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    Loveday; Nelmes; Klotz; Besson; Hamel

    2000-07-31

    The full structure of the high-pressure cubic phase I' of hydrogen sulfide has been solved using neutron diffraction data. The molecules are partially rotationally disordered about the <111> axes, as in phase II at ambient pressure but with markedly greater nonuniformity of the toroidal D distribution. The changes in structure at the II-->I' transition signal the onset of significant pressure-induced hydrogen bonding.

  1. Analysis of the structure of synthetic and natural melanins by solid-phase

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    Duff, G.A.; Roberts, J.E.; Foster, N.

    1988-09-06

    The structures of one synthetic and two natural melanins are examined by solid-state NMR using cross polarization, magic angle sample spinning, and high-power proton decoupling. The structural features of synthetic dopa malanin are compared to those of melanin from malignant melanoma cells grown in culture and sepia melanin from squid ink. Natural abundance /sup 13/C and /sup 15/N spectra show resonances consistent with known pyrrolic and indolic structures within the heterogeneous biopolymer; /sup 13/C spectra indicate the presence of aliphatic residues in all three materials. These solid-phase experiments illustrate the promise of solid-phase NMR for elucidating structural from insoluble biomaterials.

  2. Submicrometer photonic structure fabrication by phase spatial-light-modulator-based interference lithography.

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    Behera, Saraswati; Kumar, Manish; Joseph, Joby

    2016-04-15

    We present a large-area and single-step fabrication approach based on phase spatial light modulator (SLM)-assisted interference lithography for the realization of submicrometer photonic structures on photoresist. A multimirror beam steering unit is used to reflect the SLM-generated phase-engineered beams leading to a large angle between interfering beams while also preserving the large area of the interfering plane beams. Both translational and rotational periodic submicrometer structures are experimentally realized. This approach increases the flexibility of interference lithography to fabricate more complex submicrometer photonic structures and photonic metamaterial structures for future applications. PMID:27082372

  3. Theory of structural phase transition in MgTi{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Talanov, V. M.; Shirokov, V. B.; Ivanov, V. V.; Talanov, M. V.

    2015-01-15

    A theory of phase transition in MgTi{sub 2}O{sub 4} is proposed based on a study of the order-parameter symmetry, thermodynamics, and mechanisms of formation of the atomic and orbital structure of the low-symmetry MgTi{sub 2}O{sub 4} phase. The critical order parameter (which induces a phase transition) is determined. It is shown that the calculated MgTi{sub 2}O{sub 4} tetragonal structure is a result of displacements of magnesium, titanium, and oxygen atoms; ordering of oxygen atoms; and the participation of d{sub xy}, d{sub xz}, and d{sub yz} orbitals. The contribution of noncritical representations to ion displacements is proven to be insignificant. The existence of various metal clusters in the tetragonal phase has been established by calculation in correspondence with experimental data. It is shown (within the Landau theory of phase transitions) that phase states can be changed as a result of both first- and second-order phase transitions: the high-symmetry phase borders two low-symmetry phases by second-order transition lines, while the border between low-symmetry phases is a first-order transition line.

  4. Initial phases for the development of a Structural Geology database

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    Tikoff, Basil; Babaie, Hassan; Clark, Ryan; Newman, Juile; Walker, Doug

    2014-05-01

    We are at the beginning stages of developing a Data System for Structural Geology and Tectonics (SG&T). This activity is prompted by the necessity of reporting our data from government-funded projects and the lack of any existing database. SG&T data is complex for a variety of reasons, including the wide range of temporal and spatial scales (many orders of magnitude each), the complex three-dimensional geometry of some geological structures, inherent spatial nature of the data, and the difficulty of making temporal inferences from spatial observations. To successful implement the step of developing a SG&T data system, we must simultaneously solve three problems: 1) How to digitize SG&T data; 2) How to design a software system that is applicable; and 3) How to construct a very flexible user interface. To address the first problem, we introduce the "Spot" concept, which allows tracking of hierarchical and spatial relations between structures at all scales, and will link map scale, mesoscale, and laboratory scale data. A Spot, in this sense, is analogous to the beam size of analytical equipment used for in situ analysis of rocks; it is the size over which a measurement or quantity is applicable. A Spot can be a single measurement, an aggregation of individual measurements, or even establish relationships between numerous other Spots. We propose to implement both a Spot and a more traditional Mapping mode for data input. The final challenge is to construct a user interface that is intuitive, open source, and spans as many operating systems and devices as possible. For these reasons, we propose to develop a web-application that can run in both a connected (on the internet) and disconnected mode. Our hope is to have extensive and international community input into the data system development process.

  5. Structural Phase Transition in AuZn Alloys

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    Winn,B.L.; Shapiro, S.M.; Lashley, J.C.; Opeil, C.; Ratcliff, W.

    2009-05-03

    AuxZn1-x alloys undergo a shape memory martensitic transformation whose temperature and nature (continuous or discontinuous) is strongly composition dependent. Neutron diffraction experiments were performed on single crystals of x=50 and 52 to explore the structural changes occurring at the transition temperature. A transverse modulation with wavevector q0=(1/3,1/3,0) develops below the transition temperature, with no observable change in lattice parameter. However, the Bragg peak width shows a broadening suggesting an unresolved rhombohedral distortion similar to what has been observed in NiTi-Fe alloys.

  6. Guided Lamb wave based 2-D spiral phased array for structural health monitoring of thin panel structures

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    Yoo, Byungseok

    2011-12-01

    In almost all industries of mechanical, aerospace, and civil engineering fields, structural health monitoring (SHM) technology is essentially required for providing the reliable information of structural integrity of safety-critical structures, which can help reduce the risk of unexpected and sometimes catastrophic failures, and also offer cost-effective inspection and maintenance of the structures. State of the art SHM research on structural damage diagnosis is focused on developing global and real-time technologies to identify the existence, location, extent, and type of damage. In order to detect and monitor the structural damage in plate-like structures, SHM technology based on guided Lamb wave (GLW) interrogation is becoming more attractive due to its potential benefits such as large inspection area coverage in short time, simple inspection mechanism, and sensitivity to small damage. However, the GLW method has a few critical issues such as dispersion nature, mode conversion and separation, and multiple-mode existence. Phased array technique widely used in all aspects of civil, military, science, and medical industry fields may be employed to resolve the drawbacks of the GLW method. The GLW-based phased array approach is able to effectively examine and analyze complicated structural vibration responses in thin plate structures. Because the phased sensor array operates as a spatial filter for the GLW signals, the array signal processing method can enhance a desired signal component at a specific direction while eliminating other signal components from other directions. This dissertation presents the development, the experimental validation, and the damage detection applications of an innovative signal processing algorithm based on two-dimensional (2-D) spiral phased array in conjunction with the GLW interrogation technique. It starts with general backgrounds of SHM and the associated technology including the GLW interrogation method. Then, it is focused on the

  7. High pressure structural, electronic, and optical properties of polymorphic InVO4 phases

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    Mondal, S.; Appalakondaiah, S.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2016-02-01

    In the present work, we report a detailed density functional theory calculation on polymorphic InVO4 phases by means of projector augmented wave method. The computed first-order structural phase transformation from orthorhombic (Cmcm) to monoclinic (P2/c) structure is found to occur around 5.6 GPa along with a large volume collapse of 16.6%, which is consistent with previously reported experimental data. This transformation also leads to an increase in the coordination number of vanadium atom from 4 to 6. The computed equilibrium and high pressure structural properties of both InVO4 phases, including unit cell parameters, equation of state, and bulk moduli, are in good agreement with the available experimental data. In addition, compressibility is found to be highly anisotropic and the b-axis being more compressible than the other for both the structures. Electronic band structures for both the phases were calculated, and the band gaps for orthorhombic and monoclinic InVO4 are found to be 4.02 and 1.67 eV, respectively, within the Tran-Blaha Modified Becke-Johnson potential as implemented in linearized augmented planewave method. We further examined the optical properties such as dielectric function, refractive index, and absorption spectra for both the structures. From the implications of these results, it can be proposed that the high pressure InVO4 phase can be more useful than orthorhombic phase for photo catalytic applications.

  8. Local structure, composition, and crystallization mechanism of a model two-phase "composite nanoglass"

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    Chattopadhyay, Soma; Kelly, S. D.; Shibata, Tomohiro; Balasubramanian, M.; Srinivasan, S. G.; Du, Jincheng; Banerjee, Rajarshi; Ayyub, Pushan

    2016-02-01

    We report a detailed study of the local composition and structure of a model, bi-phasic nanoglass with nominal stoichiometry Cu55Nb45. Three dimensional atom probe data suggest a nanoscale-phase-separated glassy structure having well defined Cu-rich and Nb-rich regions with a characteristic length scale of ≈3 nm. However, extended x-ray absorption fine structure analysis indicates subtle differences in the local environments of Cu and Nb. While the Cu atoms displayed a strong tendency to cluster and negligible structural order beyond the first coordination shell, the Nb atoms had a larger fraction of unlike neighbors (higher chemical order) and a distinctly better-ordered structural environment (higher topological order). This provides the first experimental indication that metallic glass formation may occur due to frustration arising from the competition between chemical ordering and clustering. These observations are complemented by classical as well as ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Our study indicates that these nanoscale phase-separated glasses are quite distinct from the single phase nanoglasses (studied by Gleiter and others) in the following three respects: (i) they contain at least two structurally and compositionally distinct, nanodispersed, glassy phases, (ii) these phases are separated by comparatively sharp inter-phase boundaries, and (iii) thermally induced crystallization occurs via a complex, multi-step mechanism. Such materials, therefore, appear to constitute a new class of disordered systems that may be called a composite nanoglass.

  9. Local structure, composition, and crystallization mechanism of a model two-phase "composite nanoglass".

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    Chattopadhyay, Soma; Kelly, S D; Shibata, Tomohiro; Balasubramanian, M; Srinivasan, S G; Du, Jincheng; Banerjee, Rajarshi; Ayyub, Pushan

    2016-02-14

    We report a detailed study of the local composition and structure of a model, bi-phasic nanoglass with nominal stoichiometry Cu55Nb45. Three dimensional atom probe data suggest a nanoscale-phase-separated glassy structure having well defined Cu-rich and Nb-rich regions with a characteristic length scale of ≈ 3 nm. However, extended x-ray absorption fine structure analysis indicates subtle differences in the local environments of Cu and Nb. While the Cu atoms displayed a strong tendency to cluster and negligible structural order beyond the first coordination shell, the Nb atoms had a larger fraction of unlike neighbors (higher chemical order) and a distinctly better-ordered structural environment (higher topological order). This provides the first experimental indication that metallic glass formation may occur due to frustration arising from the competition between chemical ordering and clustering. These observations are complemented by classical as well as ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. Our study indicates that these nanoscale phase-separated glasses are quite distinct from the single phase nanoglasses (studied by Gleiter and others) in the following three respects: (i) they contain at least two structurally and compositionally distinct, nanodispersed, glassy phases, (ii) these phases are separated by comparatively sharp inter-phase boundaries, and (iii) thermally induced crystallization occurs via a complex, multi-step mechanism. Such materials, therefore, appear to constitute a new class of disordered systems that may be called a composite nanoglass.

  10. Fluorinated microemulsions: A study of the phase behavior and structure

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    LoNostro, P.; Choi, S.M.; Chen, S.H.; Ku, C.Y.

    1999-06-24

    Fluorinated surfactants have been studied for their peculiar property to form micellar aggregates in water and oils (hydrocarbons or fluorocarbons) and to produce stable microemulsions. Because of their capacity to dissolve large amounts of gases (such as oxygen and carbon dioxide) and for their characteristic physicochemical properties, fluorocarbons have been tested for specific medical purposes, and their microemulsions are among the most promising candidates for the production of suitable blood substitutes and other biocompatible fluids. The authors have synthesized a new partially fluorinated nonionic surfactant, namely, F(CF{sub 2}){sub 7}-CO-(OCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}){sub 7.2}OCH{sub 3} (I), that forms stable microemulsions with water and perfluorocarbons such as perfluorooctane (PFO). In this paper the authors describe for the first time the phase behaviors of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in water/PFH and in water/PFO, and that of ester I in water/PFO. Small-angle neutron-scattering (SANS) experiments provide a detailed description of the microstructure of the H{sub 2}O/PFO/PFOA ternary system.

  11. The systems Sr-Zn-{l_brace}Si,Ge{r_brace}: Phase equilibria and crystal structure of ternary phases

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    Romaka, V.V.; Falmbigl, M.; Grytsiv, A.; Rogl, P.

    2012-02-15

    Phase relations have been established by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and X-ray powder diffraction (XPD) for the Sr-poor part of the ternary systems Sr-Zn-Si at 800 Degree-Sign C and Sr-Zn-Ge at 700 Degree-Sign C. In the Sr-Zn-Si system one new ternary compound SrZn{sub 2+x}Si{sub 2-x} (0{<=}x{<=}0.45) with CeAl{sub 2}Ga{sub 2} structure and a statistical mixture of Zn/Si in the 4e site was found. Neither a type-I nor a type-IX clathrate phase was encountered. This system is characterized by formation of two further phases, i.e. SrZn{sub 1-x}Si{sub 1+x} with ZrBeSi-type (0.16{<=}x{<=}0.22) and SrZn{sub 1-x}Si{sub 1+x} with AlB{sub 2}-type (0.35{<=}x{<=}0.65) with a random distribution of Zn/Si atoms in the 2c site. For the Sr-Zn-Ge system, the homogeneity regions of the isotypic phases SrZn{sub 1-x}Ge{sub 1+x} with ZrBeSi-type (0{<=}x{<=}0.17) and AlB{sub 2}-type (0.32{<=}x{<=}0.56), respectively, have been determined. Whereas the germanide SrZn{sub 2+x}Ge{sub 2-x} (CeAl{sub 2}Ga{sub 2}-type) is characterized by a homogeneity region (0{<=}x{<=}0.5), the clathrate type-I phase Sr{sub 8}Zn{sub 8}Ge{sub 38} shows a point composition. - Graphical abstract: Phase equilibria of ternary compounds in the Sr-Zn-Si-system at 800 Degree-Sign C. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase equilibria in the Sr-Zn-Si-system are established at 800 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase equilibria in the Sr-Zn-Ge-system are established at 700 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structures of the ternary compounds were confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All ternary compounds except the clathrate-I in the Ge-system are characterized by a homogeneity region.

  12. Accelerated safety analyses - structural analyses Phase I - structural sensitivity evaluation of single- and double-shell waste storage tanks

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    Becker, D.L.

    1994-11-01

    Accelerated Safety Analyses - Phase I (ASA-Phase I) have been conducted to assess the appropriateness of existing tank farm operational controls and/or limits as now stipulated in the Operational Safety Requirements (OSRs) and Operating Specification Documents, and to establish a technical basis for the waste tank operating safety envelope. Structural sensitivity analyses were performed to assess the response of the different waste tank configurations to variations in loading conditions, uncertainties in loading parameters, and uncertainties in material characteristics. Extensive documentation of the sensitivity analyses conducted and results obtained are provided in the detailed ASA-Phase I report, Structural Sensitivity Evaluation of Single- and Double-Shell Waste Tanks for Accelerated Safety Analysis - Phase I. This document provides a summary of the accelerated safety analyses sensitivity evaluations and the resulting findings.

  13. Phase Behavior of a Single Structured Ionomer Chain in Solution

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    Aryal, Dipak; Etampawala, Thusitha; Perahia, Dvora; Grest, Gary S.

    2014-08-14

    Structured polymers offer a means to tailor transport pathways within mechanically stable manifolds. Here we examine the building block of such a membrane, namely a single large pentablock co-polymer that consist of a center block of a randomly sulfonated polystyrene, designed for transport, tethered to poly-ethylene-r-propylene and end-capped by poly-t-butyl styrene, for mechanical stability,using molecular dynamics simulations. The polymer structure in a cyclohexane-heptane mixture, a technologically viable solvent, and in water, a poor solvent for all segments and a ubiquitous substance is extracted. In all solvents the pentablock collapsed into nearly spherical aggregates where the ionic block is segregated. Inmore » hydrophobic solvents, the ionic block resides in the center, surrounded by swollen intermix of flexible and end blocks. In water all blocks are collapsed with the sulfonated block residing on the surface. Our results demonstrate that solvents drive different local nano-segregation, providing a gateway to assemble membranes with controlled topology.« less

  14. Phase Behavior of a Single Structured Ionomer Chain in Solution

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    Aryal, Dipak; Etampawala, Thusitha; Perahia, Dvora; Grest, Gary S.

    2014-08-14

    Structured polymers offer a means to tailor transport pathways within mechanically stable manifolds. Here we examine the building block of such a membrane, namely a single large pentablock co-polymer that consist of a center block of a randomly sulfonated polystyrene, designed for transport, tethered to poly-ethylene-r-propylene and end-capped by poly-t-butyl styrene, for mechanical stability,using molecular dynamics simulations. The polymer structure in a cyclohexane-heptane mixture, a technologically viable solvent, and in water, a poor solvent for all segments and a ubiquitous substance is extracted. In all solvents the pentablock collapsed into nearly spherical aggregates where the ionic block is segregated. In hydrophobic solvents, the ionic block resides in the center, surrounded by swollen intermix of flexible and end blocks. In water all blocks are collapsed with the sulfonated block residing on the surface. Our results demonstrate that solvents drive different local nano-segregation, providing a gateway to assemble membranes with controlled topology.

  15. Novel structural motifs in low energy phases of LiAlH4.

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    Amsler, Maximilian; Flores-Livas, José A; Huan, Tran Doan; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A L; Goedecker, Stefan

    2012-05-18

    We identify a class of novel low energy phases of the hydrogen storage material LiAlH4 by using the ab initio minima hopping crystal structure prediction method. These phases are, unlike previous predictions and known structures of similar materials, characterized by polymeric networks consisting of Al atoms interlinked with H atoms. The most stable structure is a layered ionic crystal with P21/c symmetry, and it has lower free energy than the previously reported structure over a wide range of temperatures. Furthermore, we carry out x-ray diffraction, phonon, and GW band-structure analysis in order to characterize this phase. Its experimental synthesis would have profound implications for the study of dehydrogenation and rehydrogenation processes and the stability problem of LiAlH4 for hydrogen storage applications. PMID:23003156

  16. Direct phase selection of initial phases from single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) for the improvement of electron density and ab initio structure determination

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    Chen, Chung-De; Huang, Yen-Chieh; Chiang, Hsin-Lin; Hsieh, Yin-Cheng; Guan, Hong-Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Chen, Chun-Jung

    2014-09-01

    A novel direct phase-selection method to select optimized phases from the ambiguous phases of a subset of reflections to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases has been developed. With the improved phases, the completeness of built residues of protein molecules is enhanced for efficient structure determination. Optimization of the initial phasing has been a decisive factor in the success of the subsequent electron-density modification, model building and structure determination of biological macromolecules using the single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) method. Two possible phase solutions (ϕ{sub 1} and ϕ{sub 2}) generated from two symmetric phase triangles in the Harker construction for the SAD method cause the well known phase ambiguity. A novel direct phase-selection method utilizing the θ{sub DS} list as a criterion to select optimized phases ϕ{sub am} from ϕ{sub 1} or ϕ{sub 2} of a subset of reflections with a high percentage of correct phases to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases ϕ{sub SAD} has been developed. Based on this work, reflections with an angle θ{sub DS} in the range 35–145° are selected for an optimized improvement, where θ{sub DS} is the angle between the initial phase ϕ{sub SAD} and a preliminary density-modification (DM) phase ϕ{sub DM}{sup NHL}. The results show that utilizing the additional direct phase-selection step prior to simple solvent flattening without phase combination using existing DM programs, such as RESOLVE or DM from CCP4, significantly improves the final phases in terms of increased correlation coefficients of electron-density maps and diminished mean phase errors. With the improved phases and density maps from the direct phase-selection method, the completeness of residues of protein molecules built with main chains and side chains is enhanced for efficient structure determination.

  17. Phase Transitions in Sampling Algorithms and the Underlying Random Structures

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    Randall, Dana

    Sampling algorithms based on Markov chains arise in many areas of computing, engineering and science. The idea is to perform a random walk among the elements of a large state space so that samples chosen from the stationary distribution are useful for the application. In order to get reliable results, we require the chain to be rapidly mixing, or quickly converging to equilibrium. For example, to sample independent sets in a given graph G, the so-called hard-core lattice gas model, we can start at any independent set and repeatedly add or remove a single vertex (if allowed). By defining the transition probabilities of these moves appropriately, we can ensure that the chain will converge to a use- ful distribution over the state space Ω. For instance, the Gibbs (or Boltzmann) distribution, parameterized by Λ> 0, is defined so that p(Λ) = π(I) = Λ|I| /Z, where Z = sum_{J in Ω} Λ^{|J|} is the normalizing constant known as the partition function. An interesting phenomenon occurs as Λ is varied. For small values of Λ, local Markov chains converge quickly to stationarity, while for large values, they are prohibitively slow. To see why, imagine the underlying graph G is a region of the Cartesian lattice. Large independent sets will dominate the stationary distribution π when Λ is sufficiently large, and yet it will take a very long time to move from an independent set lying mostly on the odd sublattice to one that is mostly even. This phenomenon is well known in the statistical physics community, and characterizes by a phase transition in the underlying model.

  18. Outer Belt Radial Transport Signatures in Drift Phase Structure - Case Studies

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    O'Brien, Paul; Green, Janet; Fennell, Joseph; Claudepierre, Seth; Roeder, James; Kwan, Betty; Mulligan Skov, Tamitha

    2016-07-01

    During geomagnetic storms, the Earth's outer radiation belt experiences enhanced radial transport. Different modes of radial transport have different temporal signatures in the particle phase-space density on timescales shorter than a drift period. We use such drift phase structure in time series particle flux observations to identify transport signatures of impulsive and oscillatory drift resonant transport. We perform multiple case studies of geomagnetic storms using particle flux taken near geostationary orbit. We estimate the radial diffusion coefficients from the drift phase structures. We show how these radial diffusion coefficients derived from particle data compare to transport coefficients deduced from wave observations.

  19. Efficient structures for geosynchronous spacecraft solar arrays, phase 4

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    Adams, L. R.

    1982-01-01

    Efficient structures for geosynchronous spacecraft solar arrays were investigated. The STACBEAM (stacking triangular articulated compact beam) concept was selected. The primary component, the solar array blanket, is stored in a folded configuration and is deployed by controlled linear extension. Blanket stiffness is attained by axially tensioning the blanket and by providing periodic lateral ribs and standoffs which attach the blanket to the beam at several places along its length. The STACBEAM deploys sequentially (one bay at a time) using a deployer of sufficient rigidity so that beam stiffness is not degraded during deployment. The beam does not rotate during deployment, thus making blanket beam attachment possible in the packaged condition. In addition to high bending stiffness, the STACBEAM possesses high torsional rigidity due to nonflexible diagonals. The concept is adaptable to various size and loading requirements by changing member diameter and baylength, thus affecting the ratio of packaged and deployed length.

  20. Structural phase transitions in single crystal C{sub 60}

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    Moret, R.; Cejolin, R.; Agafonov, V.

    1992-12-01

    X-ray diffraction has been employed to study the low temperature structural behavior of a C{sub 60} fcc crystal. The intensity of selected reflections that appear at the fcc to simple cubic transition was measured as a function of temperature down to 25K. This orientational ordering transition is found at T{sub o} = 254K{plus_minus}1K. It displays an hysteresis of about 1K but no discontinuity of the intensity at T{sub o}. Between T{sub o} and 25K, the intensity increases by a factor of 2 or more, and supplementary features are revealed. A clear enhancement of the rate of increase of the intensity is observed below 150-160K. This may reflect a change in the rapid molecular reorientations that persist below T{sub o}. A second change of slope that needs to be confirmed was found around 90K in some of the authors measurements.

  1. Crustal structure variations in northeast India from converted phases

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    Kumar, M. Ravi; Raju, P. Solomon; Devi, E. Uma; Saul, J.; Ramesh, D. S.

    2004-09-01

    Teleseismic receiver functions from a ten station network deployed in northeast India region sampling the Shillong plateau, Mikir Hills, Himalayan foredeep and the Himalayan convergence zone, are analyzed to obtain the crustal structure in this seismically active but less studied region. The Shillong plateau and Mikir hills, away from the convergent margins, reveal remarkably simple crust with thickness (~35 km) and Poisson's ratio (~0.25), akin to the Indian shield values. A surprisingly thin crust for the uplifted Shillong plateau may be explained invoking presence of an uncompensated crust that popped up in response to tectonic forces. In contrast, crustal signatures from Assam valley suggest a thicker crust and higher Poisson's ratio with evidences for a dipping Moho. Predictably, the crust is much thicker and complicated in the eastern Himalaya further north, with values in excess of 50 km.

  2. Three-phase inductive-coupled structures for contactless PHEV charging system

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    Lee, Jia-You; Shen, Hung-Yu; Li, Cheng-Bin

    2016-07-01

    In this article, a new-type three-phase inductive-coupled structure is proposed for the contactless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) charging system regarding with SAE J-1773. Four possible three-phase core structures are presented and subsequently investigated by the finite element analysis. To study the correlation between the core geometric parameter and the coupling coefficient, the magnetic equivalent circuit model of each structure is also established. In accordance with the simulation results, the low reluctance and the sharing of flux path in the core material are achieved by the proposed inductive-coupled structure with an arc-shape and three-phase symmetrical core material. It results in a compensation of the magnetic flux between each phase and a continuous flow of the output power in the inductive-coupled structure. Higher coupling coefficient between inductive-coupled structures is achieved. A comparison of coupling coefficient, mutual inductance, and self-inductance between theoretical and measured results is also performed to verify the proposed model. A 1 kW laboratory scale prototype of the contactless PHEV charging system with the proposed arc-shape three-phase inductive-coupled structure is implemented and tested. An overall system efficiency of 88% is measured when two series lithium iron phosphate battery packs of 25.6 V/8.4 Ah are charged.

  3. A search for the ground state structure and the phase stability of tantalum pentoxide.

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    Pérez-Walton, S; Valencia-Balvín, C; Padilha, A C M; Dalpian, G M; Osorio-Guillén, J M

    2016-01-27

    Tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) is a wide-gap semiconductor that presents good catalytic and dielectric properties, conferring to this compound promising prospective use in a variety of technological applications. However, there is a lack of understanding regarding the relations among its crystalline phases, as some of them are not even completely characterized and there is currently no agreement about which models better explain the crystallographic data. Additionally, its phase diagram is unknown. In this work we performed first-principles density functional theory calculations to study the structural properties of the different phases and models of Ta2O5, the equation of state and the zone-centered vibrational frequencies. From our results, we conclude that the phases that are built up from only distorted octahedra instead of combinations with pentagonal and/or hexagonal bipyramids are energetically more favorable and dynamically stable. More importantly, this study establishes that, given the pressure range considered, the B-phase is the most favorable structure and there is no a crystallographic phase transition to another phase at high-pressure. Additionally, for the equilibrium volume of the B-phase and the λ-model, the description of the electronic structure and optical properties were performed using semi-local and hybrid functionals.

  4. A search for the ground state structure and the phase stability of tantalum pentoxide

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    Pérez-Walton, S.; Valencia-Balvín, C.; Padilha, A. C. M.; Dalpian, G. M.; Osorio-Guillén, J. M.

    2016-01-01

    Tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) is a wide-gap semiconductor that presents good catalytic and dielectric properties, conferring to this compound promising prospective use in a variety of technological applications. However, there is a lack of understanding regarding the relations among its crystalline phases, as some of them are not even completely characterized and there is currently no agreement about which models better explain the crystallographic data. Additionally, its phase diagram is unknown. In this work we performed first-principles density functional theory calculations to study the structural properties of the different phases and models of Ta2O5, the equation of state and the zone-centered vibrational frequencies. From our results, we conclude that the phases that are built up from only distorted octahedra instead of combinations with pentagonal and/or hexagonal bipyramids are energetically more favorable and dynamically stable. More importantly, this study establishes that, given the pressure range considered, the B-phase is the most favorable structure and there is no a crystallographic phase transition to another phase at high-pressure. Additionally, for the equilibrium volume of the B-phase and the λ-model, the description of the electronic structure and optical properties were performed using semi-local and hybrid functionals.

  5. Structural phase transition in CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel

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    Balagurov, A. M. Bobrikov, I. A.; Maschenko, M. S.; Sangaa, D.; Simkin, V. G.

    2013-09-15

    A structural transition with a reduction in symmetry of the high temperature cubic phase (sp. gr. Fd3m) to the tetragonal phase (sp. gr. I4{sub 1}/amd) and the appearance of a ferrimagnetic structure occur in CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} copper ferrite at T Almost-Equal-To 440 Degree-Sign C. It is established by an experiment on a high-resolution neutron diffractometer that the temperature at which long-range magnetic order occurs is higher than that of tetragonal phase formation. When cooling CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel from 500 Degree-Sign C, the equilibrium coexistence of both phases is observed in a fairly wide temperature range ({approx}40 Degree-Sign C). The composition studied is a completely inverse spinel in the cubic phase, and in the tetragonal phase the inversion parameter does not exceed few percent (x = 0.06 {+-} 0.04). At the same time, the phase formed upon cooling has a classical value of tetragonal distortion ({gamma} Almost-Equal-To 1.06). The character of temperature changes in the structural parameters during the transition from cubic to tetragonal phase indicates that this transition is based on the Jahn-Teller distortion of (Cu,Fe)O{sub 6} octahedra rather than the mutual migration of copper and iron atoms.

  6. Phenomenological thermodynamics and the structure formation mechanism of the CuTi₂S₄ rhombohedral phase.

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    Talanov, Michail V; Shirokov, Vladimir B; Talanov, Valery M

    2016-04-21

    The theory of structural phase transition in CuTi2S4 is proposed. The symmetry of order parameters, thermodynamics and the mechanism of the atomic structure formation of the rhombohedral Cu-Ti-thiospinel have been studied. The critical order parameter inducing the phase transition has been found. Within the Landau theory of phase transitions, it is shown that the phase state may change from the high-symmetry cubic disordered Fd3[combining macron]m phase to the low-symmetry ordered rhombohedral R3[combining macron]m phase as a result of phase transition of the first order close to the second order. It is shown that the rhombohedral structure of CuTi2S4 is formed as a result of the displacements of all types of atoms and the ordering of Cu-atoms (1 : 1 order type in tetrahedral spinel sites), Ti-atoms (1 : 1 : 6 order type in octahedral spinel sites), and S-atoms (1 : 1 : 3 : 3 order type). The Cu- and Ti-atoms form metal nanoclusters which are named a "bunch" of dimers. The "bunch" of dimers in CuTi2S4 is a new type of self-organization of atoms in frustrated spinel-like structures. It is shown that Ti-atoms also form other types of metal nanoclusters: trimers and tetrahedra. PMID:27035866

  7. Phenomenological thermodynamics and the structure formation mechanism of the CuTi₂S₄ rhombohedral phase.

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    Talanov, Michail V; Shirokov, Vladimir B; Talanov, Valery M

    2016-04-21

    The theory of structural phase transition in CuTi2S4 is proposed. The symmetry of order parameters, thermodynamics and the mechanism of the atomic structure formation of the rhombohedral Cu-Ti-thiospinel have been studied. The critical order parameter inducing the phase transition has been found. Within the Landau theory of phase transitions, it is shown that the phase state may change from the high-symmetry cubic disordered Fd3[combining macron]m phase to the low-symmetry ordered rhombohedral R3[combining macron]m phase as a result of phase transition of the first order close to the second order. It is shown that the rhombohedral structure of CuTi2S4 is formed as a result of the displacements of all types of atoms and the ordering of Cu-atoms (1 : 1 order type in tetrahedral spinel sites), Ti-atoms (1 : 1 : 6 order type in octahedral spinel sites), and S-atoms (1 : 1 : 3 : 3 order type). The Cu- and Ti-atoms form metal nanoclusters which are named a "bunch" of dimers. The "bunch" of dimers in CuTi2S4 is a new type of self-organization of atoms in frustrated spinel-like structures. It is shown that Ti-atoms also form other types of metal nanoclusters: trimers and tetrahedra.

  8. Titanium-based icosahedral quasicrystals and approximants: Phase formation, cluster structure, and hydrogenation

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    Majzoub, Eric Hish

    Equilibrium phase formation is reported for ternary Ti-Zr-Ni alloys near the icosahedral phase (i-phase) forming composition. The i-phase forms over a small compositional range from a high-temperature equilibrium phase mixture of the Laves and alpha(Ti/Zr) solid solution phases. Additions of small amounts of Pb, 1--2 at. %, are demonstrated to substantially effect the equilibrium phase formation and extend the stability of the i-phase to nearly 700°C. An electrochemical method was used to hydrogenate Ti-based quasicrystals and their crystal approximants. This technique gives a consistently high hydrogen to metal atom ratio of 1.9, without crystal hydride formation in the quasicrystal. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) measurements of the hydrogen dipole-dipole interaction were made using hydrided i-phase samples. Comparisons with simulations based on hydrogen filling of the approximant-phase tetrahedral interstitials reveals that any filling order is consistent with the experimental data. Studies of the atomic structure of hydrided and unhydrided i-TiZrNi quasicrystal and its approximant are reported. We construct constrained icosahedral glass models using Bergman and Mackay clusters to describe the i-phase in Ti-Zr-Ni and Ti-TM-Si-O. A comparison of simulated and experimental diffraction reveals that, the Bergman and Mackay clusters are the fundamental clusters in i-TiZrNi and i-TiMnSiO, respectively.

  9. Pressure induced structural phase transition of OsB 2: First-principles calculations

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    Ren, Fengzhu; Wang, Yuanxu; Lo, V. C.

    2010-04-01

    Orthorhombic OsB 2 was synthesized at 1000 °C and its compressibility was measured by using the high-pressure X-ray diffraction in a Diacell diamond anvil cell from ambient pressure to 32 GPa [R.W. Cumberland, et al. (2005)]. First-principles calculations were performed to study the possibility of the phase transition of OsB 2. An analysis of the calculated enthalpy shows that orthorhombic OsB 2 can transfer to the hexagonal phase at 10.8 GPa. The calculated results with the quasi-harmonic approximation indicate that this phase transition pressure is little affected by the thermal effect. The calculated phonon band structure shows that the hexagonal P 6 3/ mmc structure (high-pressure phase) is stable for OsB 2. We expect the phase transition can be further confirmed by the experimental work.

  10. Systematic comparison of crystalline and amorphous phases: Charting the landscape of water structures and transformations

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    Pietrucci, Fabio; Martoňák, Roman

    2015-03-14

    Systematically resolving different crystalline phases starting from the atomic positions, a mandatory step in algorithms for the prediction of structures or for the simulation of phase transitions, can be a non-trivial task. Extending to amorphous phases and liquids which lack the discrete symmetries, the problem becomes even more difficult, involving subtle topological differences at medium range that, however, are crucial to the physico-chemical and spectroscopic properties of the corresponding materials. Typically, system-tailored order parameters are devised, like global or local symmetry indicators, ring populations, etc. We show that a recently introduced metric provides a simple and general solution to this intricate problem. In particular, we demonstrate that a map can be traced displaying distances among water phases, including crystalline as well as amorphous states and the liquid, consistently with experimental knowledge in terms of phase diagram, structural features, and preparation routes.

  11. Direct structure analysis in protein electron crystallography: crystallographic phases for halorhodopsin to 6-A resolution.

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    Dorset, D L

    1995-01-01

    The crystal structure of halorhodopsin was determined in (centrosymmetric) projection to 6-A resolution by direct methods that use only the amplitudes of the electron diffraction pattern. A multisolution technique was used to generate initial 15-A-resolution basis sets, and after selection of the best phase set (by the closest match of magnitude of Eobs and magnitude of Ecalc), annealing of individual reflections was used to improve its accuracy. The Sayre equation was then used to expand the phase terms to 10 A, followed again by phase annealing. A final expansion with the Sayre equation enlarged this corrected phase set to 6 A. When the condition of density flatness was used to locate the best phase solution after each extension, a final structure could be observed that was quite similar to the one found earlier by analysis of electron micrographs. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 PMID:7479729

  12. Ethical Inquiry: Instruction Manual to Accompany "Lisa."

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    Lipman, Matthew; And Others

    This instructional manual is designed to accompany "Lisa," a philosophy reader for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students (ED 137 215). The aim of the course is to encourage children to consider and reflect upon their moral values. Concerned with ethics, "Lisa" is an attempt to understand moral conduct. Emphasis is on having the students learn to think…

  13. Direct probing of band-structure Berry phase in diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Granada, M.; Lucot, D.; Giraud, R.; Lemaître, A.; Ulysse, C.; Waintal, X.; Faini, G.

    2015-06-01

    We report on experimental evidence of the Berry phase accumulated by the charge-carrier wave function in single-domain nanowires made from a (Ga, Mn)(As, P) diluted ferromagnetic semiconductor layer. Its signature on the mesoscopic transport measurements is revealed as unusual patterns in the magnetoconductance that are clearly distinguished from the universal conductance fluctuations. We show that these patterns appear in a magnetic field region where the magnetization rotates coherently and are related to a change in the band-structure Berry phase as the magnetization direction changes. They should thus be considered a band-structure Berry phase fingerprint of the effective magnetic monopoles in the momentum space. We argue that this is an efficient method to vary the band structure in a controlled way and to probe it directly. Hence, (Ga, Mn)As appears to be a very interesting test bench for new concepts based on this geometrical phase.

  14. Structural evolution of La-Cr-O thin films: Part I. Microstructure and phase development

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    Orlovskaya, N.; Coratolo, A.; Lugovy, M.; Johnson, C.D.; Gemmen, R.S.

    2006-12-05

    The structural evolution of La–Cr–O thin films and the formation mechanisms of the LaCrO3 perovskite phase have been studied. X-ray amorphous La–Cr–O protective coatings were deposited by magnetron sputtering on metallic interconnect materials. During the annealing of the material in air a two-step phase transition from La–Cr–O to a monoclinic LaCrO4 monazite and further to an orthorhombic LaCrO3 perovskite phase was observed. The formation of a fine nanoporous structure is a result of the significant increase in density of the final LaCrO3 perovskite in comparison with monazite LaCrO4 phase. While the porous structure was not sought after for this application, these distinctive nanostructures may have numerous applications in catalysis, separation membranes or for other SOFC components.

  15. Magnetorheological Finishing for Imprinting Continuous Phase Plate Structure onto Optical Surfaces

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    Menapace, J A; Dixit, S N; Genin, F Y; Brocious, W F

    2004-01-05

    Magnetorheological finishing (MRF) techniques have been developed to manufacture continuous phase plates (CPP's) and custom phase corrective structures on polished fused silica surfaces. These phase structures are important for laser applications requiring precise manipulation and control of beam-shape, energy distribution, and wavefront profile. The MRF's unique deterministic-sub-aperture polishing characteristics make it possible to imprint complex topographical information onto optical surfaces at spatial scale-lengths approaching 1 mm. In this study, we present the results of experiments and model calculations that explore imprinting two-dimensional sinusoidal structures. Results show how the MRF removal function impacts and limits imprint fidelity and what must be done to arrive at a high quality surface. We also present several examples of this imprinting technology for fabrication of phase correction plates and CPPs for use at high fluences.

  16. Structural Properties and Phase Behavior of Crosslinked Networks in Polymer Solutions

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    Benmouna, Farida; Zemmour, Samira; Benmouna, Mustapha

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Structural properties and phase behavior of crosslinked networks embedded in polymer solutions are theoretically investigated. The partial structure factor of the network is calculated using a matrix formulation of the random phase approximation and the forward scattering limit is correlated with the phase behavior. Swelling and deswelling processes are analyzed in terms of the polymer concentration, the mismatch of solvent quality with respect to polymer and network, the polymers incompatibility and their characteristic sizes. Most studies reported so far in the literature have focussed on the swelling of crosslinked networks and gels in pure solvents but the correlation of the structural properties with the phase behavior in the presence of high molecular weight polymers in solution has not been given sufficient attention. The present work is intended to fill this gap in view of the current efforts to develop novel drug encapsulating and targeted delivery devices. PMID:27134310

  17. Structure determination of the high-pressure phase of CdSe

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    Li, Yanchun E-mail: liuj@ihep.ac.cn; Lin, Chuanlong; Li, Xiaodong; Liu, Jing E-mail: liuj@ihep.ac.cn; Li, Gong; Xu, Jian

    2014-06-14

    Structural phase transition sequence of CdSe has been investigated at pressures up to 60 GPa under quasi-hydrostatic conditions using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. A phase transition from the wurtzite type (B4) to the NaCl-type (B1) structure has been observed, followed by another phase transition to an orthorhombic structure at 27 GPa, in agreement with previous reports. We show that this high-pressure orthorhombic phase has a Pnma symmetry rather than being a Cmcm-symmetric structure as previously suggested. From our observations, the appearance of the new reflections and reflection splitting with increasing pressure is due to the change of atomic relative positions in crystal lattice and the difference in the compression ratio of lattice parameters for the Pnma structure, and we find no evidence for the third phase transition reported previously. The pressure-induced phase transition of CdSe has been further confirmed by the density-functional theory calculations.

  18. Structural transformation of Sb-based high-speed phase-change material.

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    Matsunaga, Toshiyuki; Kojima, Rie; Yamada, Noboru; Kubota, Yoshiki; Kifune, Kouichi

    2012-12-01

    The crystal structure of a phase-change recording material (the compound Ag(3.4)In(3.7)Sb(76.4)Te(16.5)) enclosed in a vacuum capillary tube was investigated at various temperatures in a heating process using a large Debye-Scherrer camera installed in BL02B2 at SPring-8. The amorphous phase of this material turns into a crystalline phase at around 416 K; this crystalline phase has an A7-type structure with atoms of Ag, In, Sb or Te randomly occupying the 6c site in the space group. This structure was maintained up to around 545 K as a single phase, although thermal expansion of the crystal lattice was observed. However, above this temperature, phase separation into AgInTe(2) and Sb-Te transpired. The first fragment, AgInTe(2), reliably maintained its crystal structure up to the melting temperature. On the other hand, the atomic configuration of the Sb-Te gradually varied with increasing temperature. This gradual structural transformation can be described as a continuous growth of the modulation period γ. PMID:23165592

  19. Structural and magnetic phase transitions in the synthetic clinopyroxene LiCrGe2O6: a neutron diffraction study between 0.5 and 1473 K

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    Redhammer, Günther J.; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Tippelt, Gerold; Prinz, Sebastian; Roth, Georg

    2015-06-01

    The pyroxene-type compound LiCrGe2O6, the Li- and Ge-analogue to the silicate mineral kosmochlor, has been synthesized at 1373 K and investigated by neutron diffraction between 0.5 and 1473 K in order to investigate the variation in magnetic and crystal structure with temperature. A structural phase transition from a low-temperature P21/ c to a high-temperature C2/ c structure was found around 1140 K. The two different structures exhibit different thermal expansion behavior with temperature with a reversal of the largest thermal expansion from the c-axis to the b-axis in the P21/ c and C2/ c phase, respectively. The structural phase transition is accompanied by a large volume increase of 1.9 % and sharp discontinuities in bond lengths, especially for the Li-O and—to a lesser extent—for the Cr-O bonds. At low temperature, some additional nonlinear changes in lattice parameters occur, which are associated with a magnetoelastic couplings of the lattice. Magnetic ordering is observed below 6 K in the neutron diffraction data. Data could be indexed with k = (0 0 0), giving rise to magnetic space group P21'/ c. This model of the magnetic structure has a pure antiferromagnetic arrangement of spins, both within and between the M1 chains. The spins are oriented within the a- c plane with an almost nil component along [0 1 0]. A shift of the Cr atom out of the center in the equatorial plane of the octahedron is observed below 6 K and is associated with the magnetic phase transition.

  20. Phase transformation of Ca{sub 4}[Al{sub 6}O{sub 12}]SO{sub 4} and its disordered crystal structure at 1073 K

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    Kurokawa, Daisuke; Takeda, Seiya; Colas, Maggy; Asaka, Toru; Thomas, Philippe; Fukuda, Koichiro

    2014-07-01

    The phase transformation of Ca{sub 4}[Al{sub 6}O{sub 12}]SO{sub 4} and the crystal structure of its high-temperature phase were investigated by differential thermal analysis, temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopy and high-temperature X-ray powder diffraction (CuKα{sub 1}). We determined the starting temperature of the orthorhombic-to-cubic transformation during heating (=711 K) and that of the reverse transformation during cooling (=742 K). The thermal hysteresis was negative (=−31 K), suggesting the thermoelasticity of the transformation. The space group of the high temperature phase is I4{sup ¯}3m with the unit-cell dimensions of a=0.92426(2) nm and V=0.78955(2) nm{sup 3} (Z=2) at 1073 K. The initial structural model was derived by the direct methods and further refined by the Rietveld method. The final structural model showed the orientational disordering of SO{sub 4} tetrahedra. The maximum-entropy method-based pattern fitting method was used to confirm the validity of the split-atom model, in which conventional structure bias caused by assuming intensity partitioning was minimized. At around the transformation temperature during heating, the vibrational spectra, corresponding to the Raman-active SO{sub 4} internal stretching mode, showed the continuous and gradual change in the slope of full width at half maximum versus temperature curve. This strongly suggests that the orthorhombic-to-cubic phase transformation would be principally accompanied by the statistical disordering in orientation of the SO{sub 4} tetrahedra, without distinct dynamical reorientation. - Graphical abstract: (Left) Three-dimensional electron-density distributions of the SO{sub 4} tetrahedron with the split-atom model, and (right) a bird's eye view of electron densities on the plane parallel to (111). - Highlights: • Crystal structure of Ca{sub 4}[Al{sub 6}O{sub 12}]SO{sub 4} at 1073 K is determined by powder XRD. • The atom arrangements are represented by the split-atom model

  1. Topological phases of a three-dimensional topological insulator with structure inversion asymmetry

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    Guo, Xiaoyong; Wang, Zaijun; Zheng, Qiang; Peng, Jie

    2015-11-01

    We investigate the topological phases of a three-dimensional (3D) topological insulator (TI) without the top-bottom inversion symmetry. We calculate the momentum depended spin Chern number to extract the phase diagram. Various phases are found and we address the dependence of phase boundaries on the strength of inversion asymmetry. Opposite to the quasi-two-dimensional thin film TI, in our 3D system the TI state is stabilized by the structure inversion asymmetry (SIA). With a strong SIA the 3D TI phase can exist even under a large Zeeman field. In a tight-binding form, the surface modes are discussed to confirm with the phase diagram. Particularly we find that the SIA cannot destroy the surface states but open a gap on its spectrum.

  2. Gas Phase Structure of Amino Acids: La-Mb Studies

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    Mata, I. Pena S.; Sanz, M. E.; Vaquero, V.; Cabezas, C.; Perez, C.; Blanco, S.; López, J. C.; Alonso, J. L.

    2009-06-01

    Recent improvements in our laser ablation molecular beam Fourier transform microwave (LA-MB-FTMW) spectrometer such as using Laval-type nozzles and picoseconds Nd:YAG lasers (30 to 150 ps) have allowed a major step forward in the capabilities of this experimental technique as demonstrated by the last results in serine cysteine and threonine^a for which seven, six and seven conformers have been respectively identified. Taking advantage of these improvements we have investigated the natural amino acids metionine, aspartic and glutamic acids and the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) with the aim of identify and characterize their lower energy conformers. Searches in the rotational spectra have lead to the identification of seven conformers of metionine, six and five of aspartic and glutamic acids, respectively, and seven for the γ-aminobutyric. These conformers have been unambiguously identified by their spectroscopic constants. In particular the ^{14}N nuclear quadrupole coupling constants, that depend heavily on the orientation of the amino group with respect to the principal inertial axes of the molecule, prove to be a unique tool to distinguish unambigously between conformations with similar rotational constants. For the γ-aminobutyric acid two of the seven observed structures are stablized by an intramolecular interaction n-π*. Two new conformers of proline have been identified together with the two previously observed. J. L. Alonso, C. Pérez, M. E. Sanz, J. C. López, S. Blanco, Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys., 2009, 11, 617. D. B. Atkinson, M. A. Smith, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1995, 66, 4434 S. Blanco, M. E. Sanz, J. C. López, J. L. Alonso, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA2007, 104, 20183. M. E. Sanz, S. Blanco, J. C. López, J. L. Alonso, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.,2008, 120, 6312. A. Lesarri, S. Mata, E. J. Cocinero, S. Blanco, J.C. López, J. L. Alonso, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. , 2002, 41, 4673

  3. Suppression of superconductivity and structural phase transitions under pressure in tetragonal FeS.

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    Lai, Xiaofang; Liu, Ying; Lü, Xujie; Zhang, Sijia; Bu, Kejun; Jin, Changqing; Zhang, Hui; Lin, Jianhua; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-01-01

    Pressure is a powerful tool to study iron-based superconductors. Here, we report systematic high-pressure transport and structural characterizations of the newly discovered superconductor FeS. It is found that superconductor FeS (tetragonal) partly transforms to a hexagonal structure at 0.4 GPa, and then completely transforms to an orthorhombic phase at 7.4 GPa and finally to a monoclinic phase above 9.0 GPa. The superconducting transition temperature of tetragonal FeS was gradually depressed by pressure, different from the case in tetragonal FeSe. With pressure increasing, the S-Fe-S angles only slightly change but the anion height deviates farther from 1.38 Å. This change of anion height, together with the structural instability under pressure, should be closely related to the suppression of superconductivity. We also observed an anomalous metal-semiconductor transition at 6.0 GPa and an unusual increased resistance with further compression above 9.6 GPa. The former can be ascribed to the tetragonal-orthorhombic structural phase transition, and the latter to the electronic structure changes of the high-pressure monoclinic phase. Finally, a phase diagram of tetragonal FeS as functions of pressure and temperature was mapped out for the first time, which will shed new light on understanding of the structure and physics of the superconducting FeS. PMID:27498699

  4. Suppression of superconductivity and structural phase transitions under pressure in tetragonal FeS

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    Lai, Xiaofang; Liu, Ying; Lü, Xujie; Zhang, Sijia; Bu, Kejun; Jin, Changqing; Zhang, Hui; Lin, Jianhua; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-08-01

    Pressure is a powerful tool to study iron-based superconductors. Here, we report systematic high-pressure transport and structural characterizations of the newly discovered superconductor FeS. It is found that superconductor FeS (tetragonal) partly transforms to a hexagonal structure at 0.4 GPa, and then completely transforms to an orthorhombic phase at 7.4 GPa and finally to a monoclinic phase above 9.0 GPa. The superconducting transition temperature of tetragonal FeS was gradually depressed by pressure, different from the case in tetragonal FeSe. With pressure increasing, the S-Fe-S angles only slightly change but the anion height deviates farther from 1.38 Å. This change of anion height, together with the structural instability under pressure, should be closely related to the suppression of superconductivity. We also observed an anomalous metal-semiconductor transition at 6.0 GPa and an unusual increased resistance with further compression above 9.6 GPa. The former can be ascribed to the tetragonal-orthorhombic structural phase transition, and the latter to the electronic structure changes of the high-pressure monoclinic phase. Finally, a phase diagram of tetragonal FeS as functions of pressure and temperature was mapped out for the first time, which will shed new light on understanding of the structure and physics of the superconducting FeS.

  5. Suppression of superconductivity and structural phase transitions under pressure in tetragonal FeS.

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    Lai, Xiaofang; Liu, Ying; Lü, Xujie; Zhang, Sijia; Bu, Kejun; Jin, Changqing; Zhang, Hui; Lin, Jianhua; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-08-08

    Pressure is a powerful tool to study iron-based superconductors. Here, we report systematic high-pressure transport and structural characterizations of the newly discovered superconductor FeS. It is found that superconductor FeS (tetragonal) partly transforms to a hexagonal structure at 0.4 GPa, and then completely transforms to an orthorhombic phase at 7.4 GPa and finally to a monoclinic phase above 9.0 GPa. The superconducting transition temperature of tetragonal FeS was gradually depressed by pressure, different from the case in tetragonal FeSe. With pressure increasing, the S-Fe-S angles only slightly change but the anion height deviates farther from 1.38 Å. This change of anion height, together with the structural instability under pressure, should be closely related to the suppression of superconductivity. We also observed an anomalous metal-semiconductor transition at 6.0 GPa and an unusual increased resistance with further compression above 9.6 GPa. The former can be ascribed to the tetragonal-orthorhombic structural phase transition, and the latter to the electronic structure changes of the high-pressure monoclinic phase. Finally, a phase diagram of tetragonal FeS as functions of pressure and temperature was mapped out for the first time, which will shed new light on understanding of the structure and physics of the superconducting FeS.

  6. Suppression of superconductivity and structural phase transitions under pressure in tetragonal FeS

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    Lai, Xiaofang; Liu, Ying; Lü, Xujie; Zhang, Sijia; Bu, Kejun; Jin, Changqing; Zhang, Hui; Lin, Jianhua; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-01-01

    Pressure is a powerful tool to study iron-based superconductors. Here, we report systematic high-pressure transport and structural characterizations of the newly discovered superconductor FeS. It is found that superconductor FeS (tetragonal) partly transforms to a hexagonal structure at 0.4 GPa, and then completely transforms to an orthorhombic phase at 7.4 GPa and finally to a monoclinic phase above 9.0 GPa. The superconducting transition temperature of tetragonal FeS was gradually depressed by pressure, different from the case in tetragonal FeSe. With pressure increasing, the S-Fe-S angles only slightly change but the anion height deviates farther from 1.38 Å. This change of anion height, together with the structural instability under pressure, should be closely related to the suppression of superconductivity. We also observed an anomalous metal-semiconductor transition at 6.0 GPa and an unusual increased resistance with further compression above 9.6 GPa. The former can be ascribed to the tetragonal-orthorhombic structural phase transition, and the latter to the electronic structure changes of the high-pressure monoclinic phase. Finally, a phase diagram of tetragonal FeS as functions of pressure and temperature was mapped out for the first time, which will shed new light on understanding of the structure and physics of the superconducting FeS. PMID:27498699

  7. Titanium α -ω phase transformation pathway and a predicted metastable structure

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    Zarkevich, N. A.; Johnson, D. D.

    2016-01-01

    As titanium is a highly utilized metal for structural lightweighting, its phases, transformation pathways (transition states), and structures have scientific and industrial importance. Using a proper solid-state nudged elastic band method employing two climbing images combined with density functional theory DFT + U methods for accurate energetics, we detail the pressure-induced α (ductile) to ω (brittle) transformation at the coexistence pressure. We find two transition states along the minimal-enthalpy path and discover a metastable body-centered orthorhombic structure, with stable phonons, a lower density than the end-point phases, and decreasing stability with increasing pressure.

  8. Thick strings, the liquid crystal blue phase, and cosmological large-scale structure

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    Luo, Xiaochun; Schramm, David N.

    1992-01-01

    A phenomenological model based on the liquid crystal blue phase is proposed as a model for a late-time cosmological phase transition. Topological defects, in particular thick strings and/or domain walls, are presented as seeds for structure formation. It is shown that the observed large-scale structure, including quasi-periodic wall structure, can be well fitted in the model without violating the microwave background isotropy bound or the limits from induced gravitational waves and the millisecond pulsar timing. Furthermore, such late-time transitions can produce objects such as quasars at high redshifts. The model appears to work with either cold or hot dark matter.

  9. Ultrafast electronic disorder in heat-induced structural deformations and phase transitions in metals

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    Guo, Chunlei; Taylor, Antoinette J.

    2000-09-01

    Heat-induced structural deformations and phase transitions of gold and silver are studied using 1.55-eV, 120-fs ultrashort laser pulses. The dynamics of the heating process is monitored by measuring the time evolution of the dielectric constants following optical excitation. Intensity-dependent dielectric constants in silver and gold show similarities with the photon-energy-dependent dielectric constants, which is shown to indirectly map out the degree of heat-induced electronic disorder in these noble metals. This observation strongly suggests that the heat-induced structural deformations and phase transitions in metals are tied to the electronic disorder and band-structure collapse.

  10. Titanium α-ω phase transformation pathway and a predicted metastable structure

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    Zarkevich, Nickolai A.; Johnson, Duane D.

    2016-01-15

    A titanium is a highly utilized metal for structural lightweighting and its phases, transformation pathways (transition states), and structures have scientific and industrial importance. Using a proper solid-state nudged elastic band method employing two climbing images combined with density functional theory DFT + U methods for accurate energetics, we detail the pressure-induced α (ductile) to ω (brittle) transformation at the coexistence pressure. We also find two transition states along the minimal-enthalpy path and discover a metastable body-centered orthorhombic structure, with stable phonons, a lower density than the end-point phases, and decreasing stability with increasing pressure.

  11. Structure, phase transformations, mechanical characteristics, and cold resistance of low-carbon martensitic steels

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    Kozvonin, V. A.; Shatsov, A. A.; Ryaposov, I. V.; Zakirova, M. G.; Generalova, K. N.

    2016-08-01

    Temper-resistant low-carbon Cr-Mn-Ni-Mo-V-Nb steels with concentrations of carbon of 0.15 and 0.27 wt % have been studied. It has been shown that, upon quenching, various morphological types of the α phase can be formed. The structure of the steels is stable in the course of heating below critical temperatures and remains a lath-type structure in the intercritical temperature range. Specific features of structural and phase transformations, as well as the dependence of the mechanical characteristics of the steels, on the tempering temperature have been determined.

  12. First principle calculations of structural phase transition and electronic properties in AmTe

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    Pataiya, Jagdeesh; Aynyas, Mahendra; Makode, C.; Singh, A.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2015-06-01

    The tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital (TB-LMTO) with in the local density approximation is used to calculate total energy, lattice parameters, bulk modulus, density of states and energy band structure of americium telluride at ambient as well as at high pressure. It is found that AmTe is stable in NaCl - type structure under ambient pressure. The phase transition pressure was found to be 15.0 GPa from NaCl-type (B1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B2-phase) structure for this compound. From energy band diagram it is observed that AmTe exhibit metallic behaviour. The calculated ground state properties such as lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in general good agreement with the available results.

  13. Magnetic and structural phase transitions in erbium at low temperatures and high pressures

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    Thomas, Sarah A.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Wenger, Lowell E.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2012-02-07

    Electrical resistance and crystal structure measurements have been carried out on polycrystalline erbium (Er) at temperatures down to 10 K and pressures up to 20 GPa. An abrupt change in the slope of the resistance is observed with decreasing temperature below 84 K, which is associated with the c-axis modulated (CAM) antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the Er moments. With increasing pressure the temperature of the resistance slope change and the corresponding AFM ordering temperature decrease until vanishing above 10.6 GPa. The disappearance of the slope change in the resistance occurs at similar pressures where the hcp structural phase of Er is transformed to a nine-layer {alpha}-Sm structural phase, as confirmed by our high-pressure synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies. These results suggest that the disappearance in the AFM ordering of Er moments is strongly correlated to the structural phase transition at high pressures and low temperatures.

  14. First principle calculations of structural phase transition and electronic properties in AmTe

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    Pataiya, Jagdeesh Makode, C.; Aynyas, Mahendra; Singh, A.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2015-06-24

    The tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital (TB-LMTO) with in the local density approximation is used to calculate total energy, lattice parameters, bulk modulus, density of states and energy band structure of americium telluride at ambient as well as at high pressure. It is found that AmTe is stable in NaCl – type structure under ambient pressure. The phase transition pressure was found to be 15.0 GPa from NaCl-type (B{sub 1}-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B{sub 2}-phase) structure for this compound. From energy band diagram it is observed that AmTe exhibit metallic behaviour. The calculated ground state properties such as lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in general good agreement with the available results.

  15. The crystal structure of phase IV of poly(vinylidene fluoride)

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    Bachmann, M.; Gordon, W. L.; Weinhold, S.; Lando, J. B.

    1980-10-01

    The crystal structure of phase IV (polar α or δ phase) poly(vinylidene fluoride) was studied by x-ray diffraction. Oriented phase IV was obtained by orienting phase II (α phase) and then corona poling at approximately 2 MV/cm. The resulting material is a mixture of phases I, II, and IV. Infrared spectra indicate that phase IV has the same chain conformation (TGTG') as phase II. The reflections of phase IV can be indexed to an orthorhombic unit cell with lattice constants similar to the phase II lattice constants, a=0.496 nm, b=0.964 nm, and c (chain axis)=0.462 nm. There are two chains in this unit cell. The two chains pack with the chain dipole moments parallel. Three different ways of packing the chains were investigated: both chains up, one up and one down, and a statistical up-down packing. It was found that to within a 97% confidence level, the chains pack with a statistical up-down packing.

  16. Application of Ultrasonic Phased Array Technology to the Detection of Defect in Composite Stiffened-structures

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    Zhou, Yuan-Qi; Zhan, Li-Hua

    2016-05-01

    Composite stiffened-structure consists of the skin and stringer has been widely used in aircraft fuselage and wings. The main purpose of the article is to detect the composite material reinforced structure accurately and explore the relationship between defect formation and structural elements or curing process. Based on ultrasonic phased array inspection technology, the regularity of defects in the manufacture of composite materials are obtained, the correlation model between actual defects and nondestructive testing are established. The article find that the forming quality of deltoid area in T-stiffened structure is obviously improved by pre-curing, the defects of hat-stiffened structure are affected by the mandrel. The results show that the ultrasonic phased array inspection technology can be an effectively way for the detection of composite stiffened-structures, which become an important means to control the defects of composite and improve the quality of the product.

  17. Detection properties of phase velocities with SPAC arrays including structural boundary

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    Shiraishi, H.; Asanuma, H.

    2013-12-01

    Microtremor survey method (MSM) is a technique to estimate subsurface velocity structures by inverting phase velocities of the surface waves in the microtremors. All the existing inversion techniques for the MSM have been deduced under an implicit assumption of horizontal velocity structure. Velocity structures in shallow sediment are, however, practically very inhomogeneous, and the assumption may not be suitable in many cases of the MSM applications. Therefore we have examined the behavior of estimated phase velocities with the SPAC technique when arrays intersect a structural boundary, because errors in velocity estimation in the MSM for inhomogeneous velocity cases have not been elucidated. An example of theoretical analysis is shown in Figs, where phase differences of two sensors which placed across a structural boundary have been analytically expressed and then the SPAC technique have been performed using complex coherence functions (Shiraishi et. al., 2006). Fig.1 shows the geometry of a SPAC array along with a velocity boundary. Here, we assumed different horizontal velocity model for right and left sides. Fig.2 shows estimated phase velocities for various locations of structural boundaries. This result shows that the estimated velocities gradually vary according to the location of boundaries and it seems that the phase velocities determined by the occupying rate of each structure along the length of the array. Therefore, in the case of the boundary placed inside the center of the array, the estimated velocities would be adopted intermediate value of the two different structures and the error is maximized. We have also examined these properties with three dimensional simulations and have confirmed similar features. Furthermore, we have examined some classifying measures of discontinuous structures within the array. We believe that these results will contribute to derive a new estimation technique for the MSM of covering discontinuous or gradient structures.

  18. Structural phase transitions in Bi2Se3 under high pressure

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    Yu, Zhenhai; Gu, Genda; Wang, Lin; Hu, Qingyang; Zhao, Jinggeng; Yan, Shuai; Yang, Ke; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Mao, Ho -kwang

    2015-11-02

    Raman spectroscopy and angle dispersive X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments of bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) have been carried out to pressures of 35.6 and 81.2 GPa, respectively, to explore its pressure-induced phase transformation. The experiments indicate that a progressive structural evolution occurs from an ambient rhombohedra phase (Space group (SG): R-3m) to monoclinic phase (SG: C2/m) and eventually to a high pressure body-centered tetragonal phase (SG: I4/mmm). Evidenced by our XRD data up to 81.2 GPa, the Bi2Se3 crystallizes into body-centered tetragonal structures rather than the recently reported disordered body-centered cubic (BCC) phase. Furthermore, first principles theoretical calculations favor the viewpoint thatmore » the I4/mmm phase Bi2Se3 can be stabilized under high pressure (>30 GPa). Remarkably, the Raman spectra of Bi2Se3 from this work (two independent runs) are still Raman active up to ~35 GPa. Furthermore, it is worthy to note that the disordered BCC phase at 27.8 GPa is not observed here. The remarkable difference in atomic radii of Bi and Se in Bi2Se3 may explain why Bi2Se3 shows different structural behavior than isocompounds Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3.« less

  19. Structural phase transitions in Bi2Se3 under high pressure

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    Yu, Zhenhai; Wang, Lin; Hu, Qingyang; Zhao, Jinggeng; Yan, Shuai; Yang, Ke; Sinogeikin, Stanislav; Gu, Genda; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-01-01

    Raman spectroscopy and angle dispersive X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments of bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) have been carried out to pressures of 35.6 and 81.2 GPa, respectively, to explore its pressure-induced phase transformation. The experiments indicate that a progressive structural evolution occurs from an ambient rhombohedra phase (Space group (SG): R-3m) to monoclinic phase (SG: C2/m) and eventually to a high pressure body-centered tetragonal phase (SG: I4/mmm). Evidenced by our XRD data up to 81.2 GPa, the Bi2Se3 crystallizes into body-centered tetragonal structures rather than the recently reported disordered body-centered cubic (BCC) phase. Furthermore, first principles theoretical calculations favor the viewpoint that the I4/mmm phase Bi2Se3 can be stabilized under high pressure (>30 GPa). Remarkably, the Raman spectra of Bi2Se3 from this work (two independent runs) are still Raman active up to ~35 GPa. It is worthy to note that the disordered BCC phase at 27.8 GPa is not observed here. The remarkable difference in atomic radii of Bi and Se in Bi2Se3 may explain why Bi2Se3 shows different structural behavior than isocompounds Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3. PMID:26522818

  20. Amphipols Outperform Dodecylmaltoside Micelles in Stabilizing Membrane Protein Structure in the Gas Phase

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    2014-01-01

    Noncovalent mass spectrometry (MS) is emerging as an invaluable technique to probe the structure, interactions, and dynamics of membrane proteins (MPs). However, maintaining native-like MP conformations in the gas phase using detergent solubilized proteins is often challenging and may limit structural analysis. Amphipols, such as the well characterized A8-35, are alternative reagents able to maintain the solubility of MPs in detergent-free solution. In this work, the ability of A8-35 to retain the structural integrity of MPs for interrogation by electrospray ionization-ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry (ESI-IMS-MS) is compared systematically with the commonly used detergent dodecylmaltoside. MPs from the two major structural classes were selected for analysis, including two β-barrel outer MPs, PagP and OmpT (20.2 and 33.5 kDa, respectively), and two α-helical proteins, Mhp1 and GalP (54.6 and 51.7 kDa, respectively). Evaluation of the rotationally averaged collision cross sections of the observed ions revealed that the native structures of detergent solubilized MPs were not always retained in the gas phase, with both collapsed and unfolded species being detected. In contrast, ESI-IMS-MS analysis of the amphipol solubilized MPs studied resulted in charge state distributions consistent with less gas phase induced unfolding, and the presence of lowly charged ions which exhibit collision cross sections comparable with those calculated from high resolution structural data. The data demonstrate that A8-35 can be more effective than dodecylmaltoside at maintaining native MP structure and interactions in the gas phase, permitting noncovalent ESI-IMS-MS analysis of MPs from the two major structural classes, while gas phase dissociation from dodecylmaltoside micelles leads to significant gas phase unfolding, especially for the α-helical MPs studied. PMID:25495802

  1. Structure imaging and vanadium substitution in cubic TiCr2 Laves phase

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    Ghosh, Chanchal; Sharma, Vinit; Basu, Joysurya; Ramachandran, Divakar; Mohandas, E.

    2015-08-01

    Properties of Laves phase compounds can be tailored by alloying and microstructural engineering. V-substituted cubic TiCr2 Laves phase has been studied to understand the location of V atoms in the lattice, by structural imaging and first-principle computations. Even though Ti, V and Cr appear next to each other in the periodic table, V preferentially replaces the Ti lattice producing anti-site defects. The defect formation energy for V substitution in Ti and in Cr lattice is 0.29 and 0.40 eV, respectively. V replacement in the Ti lattice generates atomic scale strain. Atomic numbers of V, Ti and Cr being very close, this phase is not quite suitable for incoherent imaging for understanding the structure and the chemistry. Instead, difference in channelling behaviour of electron waves along the Ti columns and along the Cr columns could be exploited to preferentially image the individual atom columns. Nature of the exit phase wave, phase and amplitude has been used to understand the contrast qualitatively. The intensity distribution of any particular atom column that is disturbed by the presence of foreign atom has been used to detect the position of V atoms. This method could be extended to study other Laves phases and complex intermetallic structures to understand their structure, defects and interfaces.

  2. Pressure induced structural phase transition of OsB{sub 2}: First-principles calculations

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    Ren Fengzhu; Wang Yuanxu; Lo, V.C.

    2010-04-15

    Orthorhombic OsB{sub 2} was synthesized at 1000 deg. C and its compressibility was measured by using the high-pressure X-ray diffraction in a Diacell diamond anvil cell from ambient pressure to 32 GPa [R.W. Cumberland, et al. (2005)]. First-principles calculations were performed to study the possibility of the phase transition of OsB{sub 2}. An analysis of the calculated enthalpy shows that orthorhombic OsB{sub 2} can transfer to the hexagonal phase at 10.8 GPa. The calculated results with the quasi-harmonic approximation indicate that this phase transition pressure is little affected by the thermal effect. The calculated phonon band structure shows that the hexagonal P 6{sub 3}/mmc structure (high-pressure phase) is stable for OsB{sub 2}. We expect the phase transition can be further confirmed by the experimental work. - Abstract: Graphical Abstract Legend (TOC Figure): Table of Contents Figure Pressure induced structural phase transition from the orthorhombic structure to the hexagonal one for OsB{sub 2} takes place under 10.8 GPa (0 K), 10.35 GPa (300, 1000 K) by the first-principles predictions.

  3. Phase behavior and structure of an ABC triblock copolymer dissolved in selective solvent.

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    Shusharina, N P; Alexandridis, P; Linse, P; Balijepalli, S; Gruenbauer, H J M

    2003-01-01

    A mean-field lattice theory is applied to predict the self-assembly into ordered structures of an ABC triblock copolymer in selective solvent. More specifically, the composition-temperature phase diagram has been constructed for the system (C)14(PO)12(EO)17/water, where C stands for methylene, PO for propylene oxide and EO for ethylene oxide. The model predicts thermotropic phase transitions between the ordered hexagonal, lamellar, reverse hexagonal, and reverse cubic phases, as well as the disordered phase. The thermotropic behavior is a result of the temperature dependence of water interaction with EO- and PO-segments. The lyotropic effect (caused by changing the solvent concentration) on the formation of different structures has been found weak. The structure in the ordered phases is described by analyzing the species volume fraction profiles and the end segment and junction distributions. A "triple-layer" structure has been found for each of the ordered phases, with each layer rich in C-, PO-, and EO-segments, respectively. The blocks forming the layers are not stretched. The dependence of the domain spacing on polymer volume fraction and temperature is also considered.

  4. Structural and electronic phase transitions of ThS2 from first-principles calculations

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    Guo, Yongliang; Wang, Changying; Qiu, Wujie; Ke, Xuezhi; Huai, Ping; Cheng, Cheng; Zhu, Zhiyuan; Chen, Changfeng

    2016-10-01

    Thorium and its compounds have received considerable attention in recent years due to the renewed interest in developing the thorium fuel cycle as an alternative nuclear energy technology. There is pressing current need to explore the physical properties essential to the fundamental understanding and practical application of these materials. Here we report on a computational study of thorium disulfide (ThS2), which plays an important role in the thorium fuel reprocessing cycle. We have employed the density functional theory and evolutionary structure search methods to determine the crystal structures, electronic band structures, phonon dispersions and density of states, and thermodynamic properties of ThS2 under various pressure and temperature conditions. Our calculations identify several crystalline phases of ThS2 and a series of structural phase transitions induced by pressure and temperature. The calculated results also reveal electronic phase transitions from the semiconducting state in the low-pressure phases of ThS2 in the P n m a and F m 3 ¯m symmetry to the metallic state in the high-pressure phases of ThS2 in the P n m a and I 4 /m m m symmetry. These results explain the experimental observation of the thermodynamic stability of the P n m a phase of ThS2 at the ambient conditions and a pressure-induced structural phase transition in ThS2 around 40 GPa. Moreover, the present study reveals considerable additional information on the structural and electronic properties of ThS2 in a wide range of pressure and temperature. Such information provides key insights into the fundamental material behavior and the underlying mechanisms that lay the foundation for further exploration and application of ThS2.

  5. Model of dark conglomerate structure in the B2 phase of bent-shape molecules.

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    Lejček, Lubor; Glogarová, Milada; Novotná, Vladimíra

    2013-04-01

    Texture observations in B2 phase of bent-shape molecules showed a coexistence of so-called dark conglomerate (DC) structure with fan-shaped texture composed of focal conic domains (FCDs). A model of DC structure based on grains of dimensions lower than visible wavelengths is proposed and used to compare the energies of DC and FCD structures. The comparison of energies of both structures enables the estimation of approximate model parameters. Reorientation of smectic layers in grains under an electric field and transformation into the system of FCD structure are discussed.

  6. Changes in protein structure monitored by use of gas‐phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange

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    Beeston, Helen S.; Ault, James R.; Pringle, Steven D.; Brown, Jeffery M.

    2015-01-01

    The study of protein conformation by solution‐phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) coupled to MS is well documented. This involves monitoring the exchange of backbone amide protons with deuterium and provides details concerning the protein's tertiary structure. However, undesired back‐exchange during post‐HDX analyses can be difficult to control. Here, gas‐phase HDX‐MS, during which labile hydrogens on amino acid side chains are exchanged in sub‐millisecond time scales, has been employed to probe changes within protein structures. Addition of the solvent 2,2,2‐trifluoroethanol to a protein in solution can affect the structure of the protein, resulting in an increase in secondary and/or tertiary structure which is detected using circular dichroism. Using a Synapt G2‐S ESI‐mass spectrometer modified to allow deuterated ammonia into the transfer ion guide (situated between the ion mobility cell and the TOF analyser), gas‐phase HDX‐MS is shown to reflect minor structural changes experienced by the proteins β‐lactoglobulin and ubiquitin, as observed by the reduction in the level of deuterium incorporation. Additionally, the use of gas‐phase HDX‐MS to distinguish between co‐populated proteins conformers within a solution is demonstrated with the disordered protein calmodulin; the gas‐phase HDX‐MS results correspond directly with complementary data obtained by use of ion mobility spectrometry‐MS. PMID:25603979

  7. Structural and electronic properties of high pressure phases of lead chalcogenides

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    Petersen, John; Scolfaro, Luisa; Myers, Thomas

    2012-10-01

    Lead chalcogenides, most notably PbTe and PbSe, have become an active area of research due to their thermoelectric properties. The high figure of merit (ZT) of these materials has brought much attention to them, due to their ability to convert waste heat into electricity. Variation in synthesis conditions gives rise to a need for analysis of structural and thermoelectric properties of these materials at different pressures. In addition to the NaCl structure at ambient conditions, lead chalcogenides have a dynamic orthorhombic (Pnma) intermediate phase and a higher pressure yet stable CsCl phase. By altering the lattice constant, we simulate the application of external pressure; this has notable effects on ground state total energy, band gap, and structural phase. Using the General Gradient Approximation (GGA) in Density Functional Theory (DFT), we calculate the phase transition pressures by finding the differences in enthalpy from total energy calculations. For each phase, elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, and hardness are calculated, using two different approaches. In addition to structural properties, we analyze the band structure and density of states at varying pressures, paying special note to thermoelectric implications.

  8. The study of the structural stability of the spiral laser beams propagation through inhomogeneous phase medium

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    Zinchik, Alexander A.; Muzychenko, Yana B.

    2015-06-01

    This paper discusses theoretical and experimental results of the investigation of light beams that retain their intensity structure during propagation and focusing. Spiral laser beams are a family of laser beams that preserve the structural stability up to scale and rotation with the propagation. Properties of spiral beams are of practical interest for laser technology, medicine and biotechnology. Researchers use a spiral beams for movement and manipulation of microparticles. Functionality laser manipulators can be significantly enhanced by using spiral beams whose intensity remains invariable. It is well known, that these beams has non-zero orbital angular momentum. Spiral beams have a complicated phase distribution in cross section. In this paper we investigate the structural stability of the laser beams having a spiral phase structure by passing them through an inhomogeneous phase medium. Laser beam is passed through a medium is characterized by a random distribution of phase in the range 0..2π. The modeling was performed using VirtualLab 5.0 (manufacturer LightTrans GmbH). Compared the intensity distribution of the spiral and ordinary laser beam after the passage of the inhomogeneous medium. It is shown that the spiral beams exhibit a significantly better structural stability during the passage phase heterogeneous environments than conventional laser beams. The results obtained in the simulation are tested experimentally. Experimental results show good agreement with the theoretical results.

  9. Phase Synchronization and Desynchronization of Structural Response Induced by Turbulent and External Sound

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    Maestrello, Lucio

    2002-01-01

    Acoustic and turbulent boundary layer flow loadings over a flexible structure are used to study the spatial-temporal dynamics of the response of the structure. The stability of the spatial synchronization and desynchronization by an active external force is investigated with an array of coupled transducers on the structure. In the synchronous state, the structural phase is locked, which leads to the formation of spatial patterns while the amplitude peaks exhibit chaotic behaviors. Large amplitude, spatially symmetric loading is superimposed on broadband, but in the desynchronized state, the spectrum broadens and the phase space is lost. The resulting pattern bears a striking resemblance to phase turbulence. The transition is achieved by using a low power external actuator to trigger broadband behaviors from the knowledge of the external acoustic load inducing synchronization. The changes are made favorably and efficiently to alter the frequency distribution of power, not the total power level. Before synchronization effects are seen, the panel response to the turbulent boundary layer loading is discontinuously spatio-temporally correlated. The stability develops from different competing wavelengths; the spatial scale is significantly shorter than when forced with the superimposed external sound. When the external sound level decreases and the synchronized phases are lost, changes in the character of the spectra can be linked to the occurrence of spatial phase transition. These changes can develop broadband response. Synchronized responses of fuselage structure panels have been observed in subsonic and supersonic aircraft; results from two flights tests are discussed.

  10. Structural phase transition, electronic and elastic properties of rocksalt structure SnAs and SnSb

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    Shrivastava, Deepika; Dabhi, Shweta D.; Jha, Prafulla K.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2016-10-01

    Pressure induced structural phase transitions in SnAs and SnSb have been studied using ab-initio density functional theory. The phase transition from NaCl to CsCl structure occurs at 29.8 GPa for SnAs, which agrees well with experimental data, while the same for SnSb is found to be 10.6 GPa, reported for the first time. The calculated ground state properties are in good agreement with available experimental and theoretical results. The electronic and bonding properties have also been analyzed. The elastic constants along with other secondary elasticity properties in B1 (NaCl-type) phase are also estimated at ambient as well as high pressure.

  11. Phase Behavior and Aggregate Structure in Aqueous Mixtures of Sodium Cholate and Glycerol Monooleate.

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    Gustafsson; Nylander; Almgren; Ljusberg-Wahren

    1999-03-15

    The phase behavior of the glycerol monooleate (GMO)-sodium cholate-water (or 0.9 wt% NaCl) system has been examined in the solvent-rich part, using small-angle X-ray scattering and conventional methods. Addition of cholate up to 7% of the total amphiphile swells the cubic phase of the binary GMO-water system so that it takes up almost 70% of water in the salt-free case and 55% in salt. With more bile salt the lamellar phase also appears highly swollen (up to 85% in water, 75% in brine). In the salt solution a small isotropic L3-phase region replaces the lamellar phase at a solvent content of about 79%. The lamellar phase can accept only about 0.2 cholate molecule per GMO, in both water and brine, and a phase with globular micelles (L1) follows and dominates the diagram. No threadlike micelles appear in this system. Investigation of the particle structures with cryo-transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in dilute systems (99% solvent) show globular micelles and coexisting vesicles and globular micelles. In the presence of salt, dilution of the L3 phase results in dispersed globular particles with an irregular internal morphology that suggests they are a dispersed L3 phase. These particles coexist with faceted particles having an inner structure giving a hexagonal pattern in projection, suggested to derive from the cubic phase. The cubic phase in the salt-free systems did not give dispersions stable enough for cryo-TEM examination. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  12. Mechanical surface waves accompany action potential propagation.

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    El Hady, Ahmed; Machta, Benjamin B

    2015-01-01

    Many diverse studies have shown that a mechanical displacement of the axonal membrane accompanies the electrical pulse defining the action potential (AP). We present a model for these mechanical displacements as arising from the driving of surface wave modes in which potential energy is stored in elastic properties of the neuronal membrane and cytoskeleton while kinetic energy is carried by the axoplasmic fluid. In our model, these surface waves are driven by the travelling wave of electrical depolarization characterizing the AP, altering compressive electrostatic forces across the membrane. This driving leads to co-propagating mechanical displacements, which we term Action Waves (AWs). Our model allows us to estimate the shape of the AW that accompanies any travelling wave of voltage, making predictions that are in agreement with results from several experimental systems. Our model can serve as a framework for understanding the physical origins and possible functional roles of these AWs. PMID:25819404

  13. Mechanical surface waves accompany action potential propagation

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    El Hady, Ahmed; Machta, Benjamin B.

    2015-03-01

    Many diverse studies have shown that a mechanical displacement of the axonal membrane accompanies the electrical pulse defining the action potential (AP). We present a model for these mechanical displacements as arising from the driving of surface wave modes in which potential energy is stored in elastic properties of the neuronal membrane and cytoskeleton while kinetic energy is carried by the axoplasmic fluid. In our model, these surface waves are driven by the travelling wave of electrical depolarization characterizing the AP, altering compressive electrostatic forces across the membrane. This driving leads to co-propagating mechanical displacements, which we term Action Waves (AWs). Our model allows us to estimate the shape of the AW that accompanies any travelling wave of voltage, making predictions that are in agreement with results from several experimental systems. Our model can serve as a framework for understanding the physical origins and possible functional roles of these AWs.

  14. Phase behavior and self-organized structures of diglycerol monolaurate in different nonpolar organic solvents.

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    Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Sato, Takaaki; Aramaki, Kenji

    2007-06-01

    Nonaqueous phase behavior and reverse micellar structures of diglycerol monolaurate (DGL) in different nonpolar organic solvents, such as n-decane, n-tetradecane, and n-hexadecane, have been studied over a wide range of compositions and temperatures. The equilibrium phases are identified by means of visual observation and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). A solid phase present at lower temperature swells small amount of oils and transforms into a lamellar liquid crystalline structure at higher temperature. The melting temperature of the solid phase is virtually constant at all mixing ratios of the surfactant and oil. With the further increase of temperature, the liquid crystal transforms into an isotropic single-liquid phase near the surfactant axis, whereas there is a coexistence region of two isotropic phases near the solvent axis. The area of the two-liquid (II) phase region depends largely on the hydrocarbon chain length of the oils, the longer chain leading to the wider II area. Accordingly, the DGL surfactant is most miscible with decane, exhibiting a reduced miscibility with increasing solvent hydrocarbon chain length. Increasing temperature enhances the dissolution tendency of the surfactant in oil, where the two-liquid phase transforms into an isotropic single phase. SAXS analysis based on the GIFT technique is used to characterize the structure of the reverse micellar aggregates in the isotropic single-phase liquids. We have demonstrated that instead of changing polarity or a functional group of the solvent molecules, if we optimize the hydrophilic nature of the surfactant head group, the alkyl chain length of the solvent oils can serve as a tunable parameter of the micellar geometry. The hydrophilic surfactant DGL interestingly forms cylindrical micelles in nonpolar oils, decane, and tetradecane in the dilute region above the II phase region. The micellar size shows temperature dependence behavior, and the micellar length goes on increasing with

  15. On structural transitions in a discontinuous micellar cubic phase loaded with sodium diclofenac.

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    Efrat, R; Aserin, A; Garti, N

    2008-05-01

    An intermediate mesophase of lyotropic liquid crystalline structure from the ternary mixtures of glycerol monooleate, water, and ethanol was recently characterized in our lab. This mesophase, termed Q(L), consists of discrete discontinuous micelles arranged in a cubic array. The Q(L) phase can solubilize very significant loads of water-insoluble anti-inflamatory drug sodium diclofenac (Na-DFC). Close examination of the internal structures of the lyotropic liquid structure upon increasing the solubilization loads reveals the existence of three structural transitions controlled by the Na-DFC levels. Up to 0.4 wt% Na-DFC, the Q(L) structure remains intact with some influence on the hydration of the headgroups and on the intermicellar forces. However, at 0.8 to 1.2 wt% Na-DFC, the discontinuous micellar cubic phase is transformed into a more condensed mesophase of a bicontinuous cubic phase. At > or =1.2 wt% Na-DFC, the cubic phase is converted into a lamellar phase (L(alpha)). Within 5.5 to 7.3 wt% Na-DFC the mesophase is progressively transformed into a less ordered lamellar structure. At 12 wt% Na-DFC crystals tend to precipitate out. At low Na-DFC concentrations the drug behaves like a lyotropic or kosmotropic salt and can salt-out the surfactant from its water layer, but at higher levels it behaves like a hydrotropic, chaotropic salt and can salt-in the surfactant. The Na-DFC location and position within the interface as well as its polarization and partial ionization are strongly affected by its solubilization contents and the structure that it is inducing. In the cubic phase the drug is located less close to the hydration layer while once transition occurs it is exposed more to the water layer and the surfactant headgroups.

  16. On the gap structure of UPt 3: phases A and B

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    Taillefer, Louis; Ellman, Brett; Lussier, Benoit; Poirier, Mario

    1997-02-01

    We have used thermal conduction and transverse sound attenuation to probe the anisotropy of the gap structure in two superconducting phases of UPt 3. For the low-temperature phase B, transverse sound has in the past provided strong evidence for a line node in the basal plane. Now, from the anisotropy of the thermal conductivity we further establish the presence of a node along the c-axis and provide information on its k-dependence. For the largely unexplored high-temperature phase A, our study of the attenuation for two directions of the polarization yields directional information on the quasiparticle spectrum, and the first clear indication of a different gap structure in the two phases.

  17. Phase transitions and ordering structures of a model of a chiral helimagnet in three dimensions

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    Nishikawa, Yoshihiko; Hukushima, Koji

    2016-08-01

    Phase transitions in a classical Heisenberg spin model of a chiral helimagnet with the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction in three dimensions are numerically studied. By using the event-chain Monte Carlo algorithm recently developed for particle and continuous spin systems, we perform equilibrium Monte Carlo simulations for large systems up to about 106 spins. Without magnetic fields, the system undergoes a continuous phase transition with critical exponents of the three-dimensional XY model, and a uniaxial periodic helical structure emerges in the low-temperature region. In the presence of a magnetic field perpendicular to the axis of the helical structure, it is found that there exists a critical point on the temperature and magnetic-field phase diagram and that above the critical point the system exhibits a phase transition with strong divergence of the specific heat and the uniform magnetic susceptibility.

  18. Electronic structure and optical properties of Si, Ge and diamond in the lonsdaleite phase.

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    De, Amrit; Pryor, Craig E

    2014-01-29

    Crystalline semiconductors may exist in different polytypic phases with significantly different electronic and optical properties. In this paper, we calculate the electronic structure and optical properties of diamond, Si and Ge in the lonsdaleite (hexagonal diamond) phase using a transferable model empirical pseudopotential method with spin–orbit interactions. We calculate their band structures and extract various relevant parameters. Differences between the cubic and hexagonal phases are highlighted by comparing their densities of states. While diamond and Si remain indirect gap semiconductors in the lonsdaleite phase, Ge transforms into a direct gap semiconductor with a much smaller bandgap. We also calculate complex dielectric functions for different optical polarizations and find strong optical anisotropy. We further provide expansion parameters for the dielectric functions in terms of Lorentz oscillators.

  19. Oxygen Tuned Local Structure and Phase-Change Performance of Germanium Telluride.

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    Zhou, Xilin; Du, Yonghua; Behera, Jitendra K; Wu, Liangcai; Song, Zhitang; Simpson, Robert E

    2016-08-10

    The effect of oxygen on the local structure of Ge atoms in GeTe-O materials has been investigated. Oxygen leads to a significant modification to the vibrational modes of Ge octahedra, which results from a decrease in its coordination. We find that a defective octahedral Ge network is the crucial fingerprint for rapid and reversible structural transitions in GeTe-based phase change materials. The appearance of oxide Raman modes confirms phase separation into GeO and TeO at high level O doping. Counterintuitively, despite the increase in crystallization temperature of oxygen doped GeTe-O phase change materials, when GeTe-O materials are used in electrical phase change memory cells, the electrical switching energy is lower than the pure GeTe material. This switching energy reduction is ascribed to the smaller change in volume, and therefore smaller enthalpy change, for the oxygen doped GeTe materials. PMID:27430363

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

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    Pramod, K. Gangineni, Ramesh Babu

    2014-04-24

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

  1. Phase structure and magnetic properties of Mn{sub 3}Ga{sub 2} alloy

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    Lu, Q. M. Yu, F.; Yue, M.; Zhang, H. G.; Li, Y. Q.; Liu, Y. Q.; Zhang, J. X.; Yan, X. L.

    2014-05-07

    In this paper, Mn{sub 3}Ga{sub 2} alloys with high saturation magnetization and high Curie temperatures were prepared by levitation melting high pure Mn and Ga elements followed by annealing. The effect of annealing temperature on phase structure and magnetic properties was investigated by means of x-ray diffraction and a vibrating sample magnetometer. A single phase alloy Mn{sub 3}Ga{sub 2}, which has tetragonal P4/mmm structure, was obtained with an annealing temperature of 773 K and annealing time of 24 h. The hysteresis curve of its easy axis for this single phase alloy shows that the room temperature coercivity and saturation magnetization are 4.18 kOe and 50.81 emu/g, respectively. The thermomagnetic curves indicate that the Curie temperature is about 650 K and a phase transformation occurs above 823 K.

  2. Comparison of phase and amplitude structures of Pc 5 pulsations in the morning and afternoon sectors

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    Saka, O.; Kim, J. S.; Sugiura, M.

    1983-01-01

    North American IMS magnetometer network data are used in comparisons of the spatial phase and amplitude structures of the morning and afternoon Pc 5 pulsations, using cross spectral analysis of phase and amplitude readings between different stations. The spatial phase structures are found to be very similar in the morning and afternoon sectors for each of the three components. Amplitudes are larger in the magnetic north than in the magnetic east components for both sectors. Latitudinal amplitude and phase difference variations between the magnetic north and east components exhibit dissimilarities in the morning and afternoon sectors. These results suggest that compressional mode magnetic field oscillations are not observable on the ground in this time sector. The pulsations in both time sectors are instead seen as caused by transverse mode magnetospheric field oscillations.

  3. Slab stagnation and buckling in the mantle transition zone: Rheology, phase transition, trench migration, and seismic structure

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    Bina, Craig; Cizkova, Hana

    2014-05-01

    Subducting slabs may exhibit buckling instabilities and consequent folding behavior in the mantle transition zone for various combinations of dynamical parameters, accompanied by temporal variations in dip angle, plate velocity, and trench retreat. Parameters governing such behavior include both viscous forces (slab and mantle rheology) and buoyancy forces (slab thermal structure and mineral phase relations). 2D numerical experiments show that many parameter sets lead to slab deflection at the base of the transition zone, typically accompanied by quasi-periodic oscillations (consistent with previous scaling analyses) in largely anticorrelated plate and rollback velocities, resulting in undulating stagnant slabs as buckle folds accumulate subhorizontally atop the lower mantle. Slab interactions with mantle phase transitions are important components of this process (Bina and Kawakatsu, 2010; Čížková and Bina, 2013). For terrestrial parameter sets, trench retreat is found to be nearly ubiquitous, and trench advance is quite rare - due to both rheological structure and ridge-push effects (Čížková and Bina, 2013). Recent analyses of global plate motions indicate that significant trench advance is also rare on Earth, being largely restricted to the Izu-Bonin arc (Matthews et al., 2013). Consequently, we explore the conditions necessary for terrestrial trench advance through dynamical models involving the unusual geometry associated with the Philippine Sea region. Detailed images of buckled stagnant slabs are difficult to resolve due to smoothing effects inherent in seismic tomography, but velocity structures computed for compositionally layered slabs, using laboratory data on relevant mineral assemblages, can be spatially low-pass filtered for comparison with tomographic images of corresponding resolution. When applied to P-wave velocity anomalies from stagnant slab material beneath northeast China, model slabs which undulate due to compound buckling fit

  4. Ultra-Fast Structural Studies of Shock-Induced Phase Transitions in Bismuth

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    McMahon, Malcolm

    2015-06-01

    The study of structural phase transitions via dynamic compression has a long and illustrious history. But, due to the absence of suitably bright x-ray sources, it is only relatively recently that the structures of some of these high-pressure phases have been determined. Over the last 25 years, static compression studies have revealed the great structural complexity that exists in many high-pressure phases, and DFT calculations predict that such complexity will continue to pressures as yet unattainable experimentally. Are these same complex structures formed on shock timescales, and, if so, can we determine their structures with certainty via x-ray diffraction? The recent advent of x-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) now provides us with x-ray sources that are ideally suited to structural studies of shock-compressed matter on nanosecond timescales. In this talk I will describe results from recent experiments on the MEC beamline at the LCLS on diffraction studies of the phase transitions in bismuth, and look forward to what will be possible in the Euro-XFEL after its start-up in 2017.

  5. Structural control on displacive phase transitions in minerals at high pressures

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    Miletich, Ronald

    2010-05-01

    High-pressure phase transformations resemble discontinuous thermodynamic and structural changes of materials, which can be assigned to configurational instabilities and lattice-related boundary conditions. In particular transformations, which are predominantely displacive in character, reveal structural control across the critical transition pressures through the structures of the polymorphs involved. Three examples of high-pressure phase transitions will be presented, which have been subject to a series of experimental studies at high pressures using diamond-anvil cells. The first example deals with clinopyroxenes, their static elasticities and elastic anomalies associated with occuring first-order transition. The example of spodumene will demonstrate in particular the structural role of the silicate-chain units, and exemplifies the pronounced deviation from conventional equation-of-state behaviour in the proximity of the critical transition pressure. The second example deals with the high-pressure phase transition of behoite and the structural control of hydrogen bridging on first-order transformations in simple (hydr)oxide phases. The third example will present the second-order transition in the silicate mineral benitoite, which has been chosen to demonstrate the need for high-precision single-crystal techniques in order to track down subtle structural changes related to high-pressure transitions.

  6. Pressure Induced Structural Phase Transition of ScC and YC: A FP-LAPW Study

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    Soni, Pooja; Pagare, G.; Chouhan, S. S.; Sanyal, S. P.; Rajagopalan, M.

    2011-07-01

    The full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method has been used to investigate systematically the structural and electronic properties of non-magnetic NaCl-type ScC and YC. We predict a B1 to B2 structural phase transition at 127.8 and 80.4 GPa for ScC and YC, respectively and the structural parameters such as lattice constant, bulk modulus are reported. The band structures and density of states at ambient as well as at high pressure are computed. Our results are in good agreement with available experimental and theoretical data. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of the structural phase transition of ScC and YC, for which no experimental work has been reported so far.

  7. High dense structure boosts stability of antiferroelectric phase of NaNbO3 polycrystalline ceramics

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    Chao, Lumen; Hou, Yudong; Zheng, Mupeng; Zhu, Mankang

    2016-05-01

    For NaNbO3, its intrinsic phase transition sequence is still controversial in literature. In this paper, high-densified NaNbO3 ceramics derived from mechanochemical nanostructures presented a stabilized antiferroelectric characteristic. In addition to the Tc of 360 °C, another diffuse dielectric anomaly appeared around 100 °C, which did not vanish after O2 annealing treatment. The fine structure analysis indicated that this dielectric anomaly belongs to first order phase transition from P phase to Q phase. Moreover, even exerting the strong electric field close to breakdown value, the normal ferroelectric loops cannot be induced, proving the large free energy difference between these two phases.

  8. Relation between size and phase structure of gallium: Differential scanning calorimeter experiments

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    He, Hao; Fei, Guang Tao; Cui, Ping; Zheng, Kang; Liang, Li Min; Li, Yong; de Zhang, Li

    2005-08-01

    The relation between sizes and phase structures of gallium has been studied. Gallium droplets with different sizes dispersed in poly(methyl methacrylate) and silicone oil were studied by differential scanning calorimeter and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that particles with different sizes corresponded to stable or metastable phases of gallium. The stable phase α -gallium is dominantly formed when the average size of particles is no less than 0.8 micron, and the metastable phases β -, γ - and δ -gallium are mainly formed when the average particle size is 0.8-0.6 micron, 0.6-0.3 micron, and below 0.3 micron, respectively. The phase selection in the solidification process under undercooling is used to explain the results.

  9. Enhancement of magnetism by structural phase transition in MoS{sub 2}

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    Yan, Shiming; Qiao, Wen; He, Xueming; Zhong, Wei Du, Youwei; Guo, Xiaobing; Xi, Li

    2015-01-05

    The magnetic properties of 2H phase of MoS{sub 2} (2H-MoS{sub 2}) and 1T phase of MoS{sub 2} (1T-MoS{sub 2}) were investigated both experimentally and theoretically. Lithium (Li) intercalation method was used to prepare single-layer MoS{sub 2} sheets. It was found that pristine MoS{sub 2} (2H-MoS{sub 2}) exhibited weak diamagnetism. After exfoliating by Li intercalation, the crystal structure transformed from 2H to 1T phase, and the magnetism was significantly enhanced from diamagnetism to paramagnetism accordingly. With further annealing in argon atmosphere, the 2H phase recovered gradually from 1T phase, and the magnetism decreased correspondingly. Using crystal field theory and combining the results of first principle calculation, we conclude that the enhanced magnetism can be attributed to the Mo atoms of 1T-MoS{sub 2}.

  10. Using Molecular Replacement Phasing to Study the Structure and Function of RNA.

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    Marcia, Marco

    2016-01-01

    In recent years a wide variety of RNA molecules regulating fundamental cellular processes has been discovered. Therefore, RNA structure determination is experiencing a boost and many more RNA structures are likely to be determined in the years to come. The broader availability of experimentally determined RNA structures implies that molecular replacement (MR) will be used more and more frequently as a method for phasing future crystallographic structures. In this report we describe various aspects relative to RNA structure determination by MR. First, we describe how to select and create MR search models for nucleic acids. Second, we describe how to perform MR searches on RNA using available crystallographic software. Finally, we describe how to refine and interpret the successful MR solutions. These protocols are applicable to determine novel RNA structures as well as to establish structural-functional relationships on existing RNA structures.

  11. Structural and optical properties of solid-phase singlet oxygen photosensitizers based on fullerene aqueous suspensions

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    Belousova, I. M.; Belousov, V. P.; Kiselev, V. M.; Murav'eva, T. D.; Kislyakov, I. M.; Sirotkin, A. K.; Starodubtsev, A. M.; Kris'ko, T. K.; Bagrov, I. V.; Ermakov, A. V.

    2008-11-01

    The relationship between the structural and photosensitizing properties of solid-phase particles of fullerene C60 in aqueous suspensions is studied using the methods of absorption spectroscopy, electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR), X-ray diffraction, and spectrophotometry of solutions of singlet oxygen chemical traps—histidine in combination with p-nitrosodimethylaniline. Two new variants are proposed for obtaining aqueous suspensions of particles of solid-phase fullerene whose structures are disordered and whose degrees of amorphization are 67 and 40%, respectively. It is shown that an increase in the disorder of the structure of particles in suspensions and a decrease in their average size facilitate an increase in the formation efficiency of singlet oxygen by solid-phase fullerene presumably due to an in increase in the concentration of surface localized excitons.

  12. Experimental phase determination of the structure factor from Kossel line profile

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    Faigel, G.; Bortel, G.; Tegze, M.

    2016-01-01

    Kossel lines are formed when radiation from point x-ray sources inside a single crystal are diffracted by the crystal itself. In principle, Kossel line patterns contain full information on the crystalline structure: phase and magnitude of the structure factors. The phase is coded into the profile of the lines. Although this was known for a long time, experimental realization has not been presented. In this work we demonstrate experimentally that phases can be directly determined from the profile of the Kossel lines. These measurements are interesting not only theoretically, but they would facilitate structure solution of samples within extreme conditions, such as high pressure, high and low temperatures, high magnetic fields and extremely short times. The parallel measurement of many diffraction lines on a stationary sample will allow a more efficient use of the new generation of x-ray sources the X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs). PMID:26965321

  13. Average Structure Evolution of δ-phase Pu-Ga Alloys

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    Smith, Alice Iulia; Page, Katharine L.; Gourdon, Olivier; Siewenie, Joan E.; Richmond, Scott; Saleh, Tarik A.; Ramos, Michael; Schwartz, Daniel S.

    2015-03-30

    [Full Text] Plutonium metal is a highly unusual element, exhibiting six allotropes at ambient pressure, from room temperature to its melting point. Many phases of plutonium metal are unstable with temperature, pressure, chemical additions, and time. This strongly affects structure and properties, and becomes of high importance, particularly when considering effects on structural integrity over long time periods. The fcc δ-phase deserves additional attention, not only in the context of understanding the electronic structure of Pu, but also as one of the few high-symmetry actinide phases that can be stabilized down to ambient pressure and room temperature by alloying it with trivalent elements. We will present results on recent work on aging of Pu-2at.%Ga and Pu-7at.%Ga alloys

  14. Atomistic simulation of Shock Induced Structural Phase Transition of Single Crystal Copper

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    Mitra, Nilanjan; Neogi, Anupam

    It is well known that pure Single crystal copper subjected to shock wave loading of different intensities results in development of different types of plasticity mechanisms. Beyond that regime of shock wave intensity it has also been shown in several literature that single crystal Cu shows melting. A regime of shock loading has been identified in this research in which single crystal Cu undergoes a structural phase transition. Identification of this structural phase transition mechanism as well as the resulting phase has not only been done using radial distribution functions and structure factor but also with virtual X-Ray diffraction. Phonon dispersion at these high temperatures and pressures have also been investigated. The effect of crystallographic orientation and initial temperature of the sample has been investigated in this simulation study.

  15. Comparison of the electronic structures of four crystalline phases of FePO4

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    Tang, Ping; Holzwarth, N. A. W.

    2006-03-01

    LiFePO4 in the olivine structure is a promising cathode material for Li-ion batteries. During normal battery operation, an olivine form of FePO4 is formed. Experimental evidence suggests that the olivine phase is meta-stable relative to a quartz-like trigonal phase. In addition, several other meta-stable phases have been reported including a monoclinic and a high pressure CrVO4 structure. We have carried first-principles electronic structure calculations on all of these phases in order to investigate their relative stability and other properties using both LAPW and PWPAW methods. We find that the LSDA approximation systematically underestimates the lattice constants and the calculated stability ordering of the phases is inconsistent with experiment. In contrast the GGA approximation models the phase stability in closer agreement with experiment, although the lattice constants are systematically over-estimated. M. S. Whittingham, Chem. Rev. 104, 4271 (2004) Y. Song and co-workers, Inorg. Chem. 41, 5778 (2002) H. N. Ng and C. Calvo, Can. J. Chem. 53, 2064 (1975) J. P. Attfield and co-workers, J. Solid State Chem. 57, 357 (1985) A. S. Andersson and co-workers, Solid State Ionics 130, 41 (2000) http://www.wien2k.at/; http://pwpaw.wfu.edu/

  16. Phase equilibria, crystal structure and oxygen content of intermediate phases in the Y-Ba-Co-O system

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    Urusova, A. S.; Cherepanov, V. A.; Aksenova, T. V.; Gavrilova, L. Ya.; Kiselev, E. A.

    2013-06-01

    The phase equilibria in the Y-Ba-Co-O system were systematically studied at 1373 K in air. The intermediate phases formed in the Y-Ba-Co-O system at 1373 K in air were: YBaCo2O5+δ, YBaCo4O7 and BaCo1-yYyO3-δ (0.09≤y≤0.42). It was shown that YBaCo2O5+δ possesses tetragonal structure with the 3ap×3ap×2ap superstructure (sp. gr. P4/mmm). High-temperature X-ray diffraction analysis of the YBaCo2O5+δ in the temperature range from 298 K up to 1073 K under Po2=0.21 аtm has not shown any phase transformations. The value of oxygen content for the YBaCo2O5+δ at room temperature was estimated as 5.40 and at 1323 K it was equal to 5.04. Thermal expansion of sample shows a linear characteristics and the average thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) is about 13.8×10-6, K-1 in the temperature range 298-1273 K. The homogeneity range and crystal structure of the BaCo1-yYyO3-δ (0.09≤y≤0.42) solid solutions were determined by X-ray diffraction of quenched samples. All BaCo1-yYyO3-δ solid solutions were found to have cubic structure (sp. gr. Pm3m). The unit cell parameters were refined using Rietveld full-profile analysis. Oxygen nonstoichiometry of BaCo1-yYyO3-δ solid solutions with 0.1≤y≤0.4 was measured by means of thermogravimetric technique within the temperature range 298-1373 K in air. Thermal expansion of BaCo1-yYyO3-δ (у=0.0; 0.1; 0.2; 0.3) samples was studied within the temperature range 298-1200 K in air. The projection of isothermal-isobaric phase diagram for the Y-Ba-Co-O system to the compositional triangle of metallic components was presented.

  17. The conversion of phase structure of singular beams spreading in uniaxial crystal

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    Sokolenko, B.; Poletaev, D.; Rubass, A.; Volyar, A.

    2016-08-01

    The transformation of the intensity and phase of paraxial optical beams passed uniaxial crystal strictly orthogonal to the optical axis is analysed. Imbedded optical vortex in such case imputes structural disturbance to the phase and intensity distribution after anisotropic media. Considering Left and Right circular polarized components of light, we theoretically and numerically shown the dynamics of phase shaping within the rotating birefringent crystal due to anisotropic diffraction effect. Off-axial vortex experienced tangential shift at the beam component and stimulates appearance of topological pairs in vicinity of beam axis.

  18. A portable ultrasonic phased array device for tabular joint weld inspection of offshore platform structures

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    Shan, Baohua; Li, Jingan; Duan, Zhongdong; Ou, Jinping; Shen, Wei

    2012-05-01

    To meet the inspection need for complex tabular joints weld of offshore platform structures, a portable ultrasonic phased array inspection device is developed. The integrated device is small and portable. As designed, the device can implement different algorithm of the ultrasonic phased array inspection technology. With proposed inspection plan, the experiment of Y tubular joint model was performed in lab. Experiment results indicate that the possible ultrasonic phased array inspection device can detect and visualize the flaws on Y tubular joint weld, which are nearly consistent with the actual condition.

  19. Phase structure of the scalar Yukawa model with compactified spatial dimensions

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    Abreu, L. M.; Malbouisson, A. P. C.; Nery, E. S.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we investigate the thermodynamic behavior of the generalized scalar Yukawa model, composed of a complex scalar field interacting with real scalar and vector fields. In particular, boundary effects on the phase structure are discussed using methods of quantum field theory on toroidal topologies. We concentrate on the dependence of the thermodynamics with the number of compactified spatial dimensions. In this sense, the phase transitions are analyzed and compared with the system in the situations of one, two and three compactified spatial dimensions. Our findings suggest that the presence of more boundaries tends to inhibit the broken phase.

  20. Electronic Structure and Phase Transition in Ferroelectic Sn2P2S6 Crystal

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    Glukhov, Konstantin; Fedyo, Kristina; Banys, Juras; Vysochanskii, Yulian

    2012-01-01

    An analysis of the P2S6 cluster electronic structure and its comparison with the crystal valence band in the paraelectric and ferroelectric phases has been done by first-principles calculations for Sn2P2S6 ferroelectrics. The origin of ferroelectricity has been outlined. It was established that the spontaneous polarization follows from the stereochemical activity of the electron lone pair of tin cations, which is determined by hybridization with P2S6 molecular orbitals. The chemical bonds covalence increase and rearrangement are related to the valence band changes at transition from the paraelectric phase to the ferroelectric phase. PMID:23203069

  1. Two-step phase separation of a polymer mixture. II. Time evolution of structure factor

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    Hayashi, Masaki; Jinnai, Hiroshi; Hashimoto, Takeji

    2000-04-01

    Nonlinear time evolution of phase-separating structures in the two-step phase separation process was investigated for a deuterated polybutadiene-polyisoprene mixture by using a time-resolved light scattering technique. The mixture studied has a lower critical solution temperature type phase diagram with a spinodal temperature of 36 °C. The first-step phase separation via spinodal decomposition (SD) was conducted by a temperature jump (T-jump) from 23 °C to 42 °C, and to the late stage of the SD for varying time periods, t0, in order to develop phase-separated domains with varying characteristic size Λm,1. This phase separation was followed by the second-step T-jump to a higher temperature of 70 °C so that each phase-separated domain is again quenched into thermodynamically unstable region. Nonlinear time evolution processes of phase-separating structures after the second-step SD were explored as a function of size of the initial structures Λm,1. We found the following intriguing effects of the initial structures on further evolution of phase-separating structure via the second-step SD: (1) When Λm,1≫Λm,0 (characteristic length of composition fluctuations developed in the early stage SD after quenching the system from a single-phase state to 70 °C), small domains were evolved within the initial domains (defined as large domains) developed during the first-step SD process, while (2) when Λm,1⩽Λm,0, the small domains were not developed, but only the large domains grew at a growth rate larger than that at 42 °C. In the former case (1), we succeeded in separating the scattering due to the small domains and that due to large domains from the observed scattering profile. The separation allows us to investigate a coupling of the time evolution of the large and small domains and nonlinear pathways for the system to achieve a new equilibrium structure after the second-step SD process.

  2. Crystal structures and phase formation thermodynamics of iron-gold nanoclusters

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    Mukherjee, Pinaki

    Alloy nanoparticles are being increasingly used in wide variety of applications (catalysis, contrast enhancement in magnetic resonance imaging, etc.). Knowledge of crystal structure and phase formation of the alloy nanoparticles is critical for these applications. Anomalous thermodynamic behavior and unusual phase formation have been reported for nanoparticles with size below 10 nm. In the present work, inert gas condensation (IGC) has been used to produce Au-Fe nanoclusters of varied compositions with a mean size between 5-10 nm. Here, the nanoclusters below 10 nm display complete solubility between Fe and Au in Fex Au1-x (0.3 < x < 0.8) alloys. The as-deposited clusters are single-crystalline but crystallinity is poor with significant disorder. New structural phases have been obtained for as-deposited clusters that are inconsistent with the equilibrium phase diagram. The as-deposited structures were either bcc for x > 0.65 and fcc for x < 0.65, with lattice parameters expanded relative to elemental and rule-of mixtures values, suggesting the presence of self-interstitials. The as-deposited clusters were ferromagnetic at room temperature. Heat treatment at 600°C for 15 minutes followed by furnace cooling resulted in the size-dependent transformation of the clusters into additional, non-equilibrium structures that depended on cluster composition, while larger clusters followed bulk behavior. At about 65 atom % Fe, clusters transformed to a well-ordered, single fcc phase with a lattice parameter of 0.363 nm, whereas the phase diagram predicted two-phase equilibrium. The stabilization of a single fcc phase was explained by a thermodynamic analysis. This analysis suggests that the single phase stability in the Fe-Au nanoparticles arises from the fact that the introduction of a phase boundary is energetically opposed. Heat treatment of as-deposited particles results in L12 and L1 0ordered structures near 1:3, 3:1 and 1:1 (Fe:Au) stoichiometries respectively

  3. Phase equilibria, crystal structure and oxygen content of intermediate phases in the Y–Ba–Co–O system

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    Urusova, A.S.; Cherepanov, V.A. Aksenova, T.V.; Gavrilova, L.Ya.; Kiselev, E.A.

    2013-06-01

    The phase equilibria in the Y–Ba–Co–O system were systematically studied at 1373 K in air. The intermediate phases formed in the Y–Ba–Co–O system at 1373 K in air were: YBaCo₂O5+δ, YBaCo₄O₇ and BaCo1–yYyO3–δ (0.09≤y≤0.42). It was shown that YBaCo₂O5+δ possesses tetragonal structure with the 3aₚ×3aₚ×2aₚ superstructure (sp. gr. P4/mmm). High-temperature X-ray diffraction analysis of the YBaCo₂O5+δ in the temperature range from 298 K up to 1073 K under Po₂=0.21 atm has not shown any phase transformations. The value of oxygen content for the YBaCo₂O5+δ at room temperature was estimated as 5.40 and at 1323 K it was equal to 5.04. Thermal expansion of sample shows a linear characteristics and the average thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) is about 13.8×10⁻⁶, K⁻¹ in the temperature range 298–1273 K. The homogeneity range and crystal structure of the BaCo1–yYyO3–δ (0.09≤y≤0.42) solid solutions were determined by X-ray diffraction of quenched samples. All BaCo1–yYyO3–δ solid solutions were found to have cubic structure (sp. gr. Pm3m). The unit cell parameters were refined using Rietveld full-profile analysis. Oxygen nonstoichiometry of BaCo1–yYyO3–δ solid solutions with 0.1≤y≤0.4 was measured by means of thermogravimetric technique within the temperature range 298–1373 K in air. Thermal expansion of BaCo1–yYyO3–δ (y=0.0; 0.1; 0.2; 0.3) samples was studied within the temperature range 298–1200 K in air. The projection of isothermal–isobaric phase diagram for the Y–Ba–Co–O system to the compositional triangle of metallic components was presented. - Graphical abstract: A projection of isobaric isothermal phase diagram of the Y–Ba–Co–O system to the metallic components

  4. Magnetostructural phase transitions and magnetocaloric effect in Tb-Dy-Ho-Co-Al alloys with a Laves phase structure

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    Tereshina, I. S.; Chzhan, V. B.; Tereshina, E. A.; Khmelevskyi, S.; Burkhanov, G. S.; Ilyushin, A. S.; Paukov, M. A.; Havela, L.; Karpenkov, A. Yu.; Cwik, J.; Koshkid'ko, Yu. S.; Miller, M.; Nenkov, K.; Schultz, L.

    2016-07-01

    The influence of simultaneous substitution within the rare earth (R) and Co sublattices on the structural, magnetic, and magnetocaloric properties of the Laves phase RCo2-type compounds is studied. Main attention is devoted to the studies of the magnetostructural phase transitions and the transition types with respect to the alloy composition. Multicomponent alloys Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo2 and Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo1.75Al0.25 were prepared with the use of high purity metals. Majority of the Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo2 alloys exhibit magnetic transitions of the first-order type and a large magnetocaloric effect. The substitution of Al for Co in Tbx(Dy0.5Ho0.5)1-xCo2 increases the Curie temperature (TC) but changes the transition type from first-to the second-order. The discussion of the physical mechanisms behind the observed phenomena is given on the basis of the first principles electronic-structure calculations taking into account both the atomic disorder and the magnetic disorder effects at finite temperatures. The advantage of Al-containing materials is that sufficiently high magnetocaloric effect values are preserved at T > TC.

  5. First-Principles Study of Lattice Dynamics, Structural Phase Transition, and Thermodynamic Properties of Barium Titanate

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    Zhang, Huai-Yong; Zeng, Zhao-Yi; Zhao, Ying-Qin; Lu, Qing; Cheng, Yan

    2016-08-01

    Lattice dynamics, structural phase transition, and the thermodynamic properties of barium titanate (BaTiO3) are investigated by using first-principles calculations within the density functional theory (DFT). It is found that the GGA-WC exchange-correlation functional can produce better results. The imaginary frequencies that indicate structural instability are observed for the cubic, tetragonal, and orthorhombic phases of BaTiO3 and no imaginary frequencies emerge in the rhombohedral phase. By examining the partial phonon density of states (PDOSs), we find that the main contribution to the imaginary frequencies is the distortions of the perovskite cage (Ti-O). On the basis of the site-symmetry consideration and group theory, we give the comparative phonon symmetry analysis in four phases, which is useful to analyze the role of different atomic displacements in the vibrational modes of different symmetry. The calculated optical phonon frequencies at Γ point for the four phases are in good agreement with other theoretical and experimental data. The pressure-induced phase transition of BaTiO3 among four phases and the thermodynamic properties of BaTiO3 in rhombohedral phase have been investigated within the quasi-harmonic approximation (QHA). The sequence of the pressure-induced phase transition is rhombohedral→orthorhombic→tetragonal→cubic, and the corresponding transition pressure is 5.17, 5.92, 6.65 GPa, respectively. At zero pressure, the thermal expansion coefficient αV, heat capacity CV, Grüneisen parameter γ, and bulk modulus B of the rhombohedral phase BaTiO3 are estimated from 0 K to 200 K.

  6. Structure and phase behaviour of diblock copolymer monolayers investigated by means of Monte Carlo simulation

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    Słyk, Edyta; Rżysko, Wojciech; Bryk, Paweł

    2015-10-01

    We use grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation paired with multiple histogram reweighting, hyperparallel tempering and finite size scaling to investigate the structure and phase behaviour of monolayers of diblock copolymers. The chain molecules are arranged on the square lattice and we consider both fully flexible and rod-coil polymer models. In contrast to the majority of previous studies we assume that the interactions between the segments belonging to one of the two subunits are weaker than the remaining segment-segment interactions. We find that when the diblock copolymer is fully flexible, this choice of the interactions leads to a suppression of the ordered phase, and the phase behaviour is analogous to that of the fully flexible homopolymer model. However, when one of the subunits is rigid, we observe the formation of a novel hairpin chessboard ordered structure with fully stretched chains bent in the middle. The topology of the phase diagram depends on the chain length. For shorter chains the global phase diagram features a critical point and a triple point. For longer chains the gas—disordered liquid phase transition is suppressed and only the order-disorder transition remains stable. The resulting phase diagram is of the swan neck type.

  7. Structure and phase behaviour of diblock copolymer monolayers investigated by means of Monte Carlo simulation.

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    Słyk, Edyta; Rżysko, Wojciech; Bryk, Paweł

    2015-10-21

    We use grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation paired with multiple histogram reweighting, hyperparallel tempering and finite size scaling to investigate the structure and phase behaviour of monolayers of diblock copolymers. The chain molecules are arranged on the square lattice and we consider both fully flexible and rod-coil polymer models. In contrast to the majority of previous studies we assume that the interactions between the segments belonging to one of the two subunits are weaker than the remaining segment-segment interactions. We find that when the diblock copolymer is fully flexible, this choice of the interactions leads to a suppression of the ordered phase, and the phase behaviour is analogous to that of the fully flexible homopolymer model. However, when one of the subunits is rigid, we observe the formation of a novel hairpin chessboard ordered structure with fully stretched chains bent in the middle. The topology of the phase diagram depends on the chain length. For shorter chains the global phase diagram features a critical point and a triple point. For longer chains the gas-disordered liquid phase transition is suppressed and only the order-disorder transition remains stable. The resulting phase diagram is of the swan neck type. PMID:26414501

  8. Influence of LC Content on the Phase Structures of Side-Chain Liquid

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    Tenneti, K.; Chen, X; Li, C; Shen, Z; Wan, X; Fan, X; Zhou, Q; Rong, L; Hsiao, B

    2009-01-01

    We report the phase structures of a series of poly(styrene-block-{l_brace}3'-[4-(4-n-dodecyloxybenzoyloxy)benzoyloxy]-4-(12-methacryloyloxydodecyloxy)benzoyloxybiphenyl{r_brace}) (PS-b-PMAC) side-chain liquid crystalline block copolymers (SC LCBCP). The SC liquid crystalline polymer was formed by side attaching a bent-core mesogen to the polymer backbone using a 12-carbon spacer. The phase structure of the high and low fPMAC samples were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry, small-angle and wide-angle X-ray scattering, and transmission electron microscopy techniques. The PS coil block and PMAC LC block phase separate into a lamellar morphology in all of the samples investigated (volume fraction of PMAC fPMAC 0.31-0.65). However, both the LC phase and the orientation of the hierarchical structure under mechanical shear showed strong dependence on the LC content. Samples having a high fPMAC (0.5-0.65) showed a SmC2 LC phase (Smectic C denotes the LC molecules are tilted with respect to the layer normal, and 2 represents a bilayered structure), similar to that observed in PMAC homopolymers. Upon mechanical shear, these smectic layers oriented parallel to the shear plane and the BCP lamellae oriented perpendicular to the shear plane with the layer normal parallel to the vorticity direction. In samples having a lower fPMAC, the BCP lamellae laid parallel to the shear plane and the LC phase structure in these samples was columnar rectangular. A detailed structural and morphological study will be reported.

  9. Cryogenic Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry: Tracking Ion Structure from Solution to the Gas Phase.

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    Servage, Kelly A; Silveira, Joshua A; Fort, Kyle L; Russell, David H

    2016-07-19

    Electrospray ionization (ESI) combined with ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) is adding new dimensions, that is, structure and dynamics, to the field of biological mass spectrometry. There is increasing evidence that gas-phase ions produced by ESI can closely resemble their solution-phase structures, but correlating these structures can be complicated owing to the number of competing effects contributing to structural preferences, including both inter- and intramolecular interactions. Ions encounter unique hydration environments during the transition from solution to the gas phase that will likely affect their structure(s), but many of these structural changes will go undetected because ESI-IM-MS analysis is typically performed on solvent-free ions. Cryogenic ion mobility-mass spectrometry (cryo-IM-MS) takes advantage of the freeze-drying capabilities of ESI and a cryogenically cooled IM drift cell (80 K) to preserve extensively solvated ions of the type [M + xH](x+)(H2O)n, where n can vary from zero to several hundred. This affords an experimental approach for tracking the structural evolution of hydrated biomolecules en route to forming solvent-free gas-phase ions. The studies highlighted in this Account illustrate the varying extent to which dehydration can alter ion structure and the overall impact of cryo-IM-MS on structural studies of hydrated biomolecules. Studies of small ions, including protonated water clusters and alkyl diammonium cations, reveal structural transitions associated with the development of the H-bond network of water molecules surrounding the charge carrier(s). For peptide ions, results show that water networks are highly dependent on the charge-carrying species within the cluster. Specifically, hydrated peptide ions containing lysine display specific hydration behavior around the ammonium ion, that is, magic number clusters with enhanced stability, whereas peptides containing arginine do not display specific hydration around the

  10. Dynamical Structures in Phase-Separated Films Deposited under Ion Bombardment

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    He, J. H.; Carosella, C. A.; Hubler, G. K.; Knies, D. L.; Qadri, S. B.; Grabowski, K. S.

    2009-03-10

    We report our experimental observation of ion bombardment effect on the film structures generated by co-evaporation of Au and silica. Three states are identified depending on the incident ion energy and beam current. Moderate ion bombardment creates nanoscale compositional modulations along the film growth direction. Strong ion bombardment induces disappearance of the compositional modulations. At still higher energy and flux, energetic ions sputter away all deposited atoms. The observed phenomena reflect synergistic effects of ion bombardment on the film growth in phase separated systems. Our observations suggest that ion beams can be employed to control the film structures in the deposition of phase-separated films.

  11. Structural phase transition and elastic properties of hafnium dihydride: A first principles study

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    Santhosh, M. Rajeswarapalanichamy, R. Sudhapriyanga, G.; Murugan, A.; Chinthia, A. Jemmy; Kanagaprabha, S.; Iyakutti, K.

    2014-04-24

    The structural and elastic properties of Hafnium dihydride (HfH{sub 2}) are investigated by first principles calculation based on density functional theory using Vienna ab-initio simulation package (VASP). The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. A pressure induced structural phase transition from CaF{sub 2} to FeS{sub 2} phase is observed in HfH{sub 2} at 10.75 GPa. The calculated elastic constants indicate that this hydride is mechanically stable at ambient condition.

  12. Crystal structures and phase transitions in Ba{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6}

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    Kennedy, Brendan J. Saines, Paul J.; Kubota, Yoshiki; Minakata, Chiharu; Hano, Hiroko; Kato, Kenichi; Takata, Masaki

    2007-11-06

    The structure of the cation-ordered double perovskite Ba{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} was examined using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction at fine temperature intervals over the range of 90-300 K. Ba{sub 2}HoTaO{sub 6} has a cubic structure in space group Fm3-barm at room temperature. A proper ferroelastic phase transition to I4/m tetragonal symmetry occurs near approximately 260 K. Analysis of the spontaneous tetragonal strain versus temperature indicated that the phase transition is second order in nature.

  13. Dynamics of Structural Transformations between Lamellar and Inverse Bicontinuous Cubic Lyotropic Phases

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    Conn, Charlotte E.; Ces, Oscar; Mulet, Xavier; Seddon, John M.; Templer, Richard H.; Finet, Stephanie; Winter, Roland

    2006-03-17

    The liquid crystalline lamellar (L{sub {alpha}}) to double-diamond inverse bicontinuous cubic (Q{sub II}{sup D}) phase transition for the amphiphile monoelaidin in excess water exhibits a remarkable sequence of structural transformations for pressure or temperature jumps. Our data imply that the transition dynamics depends on a coupling between changes in molecular shape and the geometrical and topological constraints of domain size. We propose a qualitative model for this coupling based on theories of membrane fusion via stalks and existing knowledge of the structure and energetics of bicontinuous cubic phases.

  14. Structural and phase changes in carbides of the high-speed steel upon heat treatment

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    Chaus, A. S.

    2016-07-01

    The effect of austenitizing temperature on structural and phase changes in carbides of the tungsten-molybdenum high-speed steel has been studied. The results of metallographic analysis and energy dispersive microanalysis have been discussed. It has been shown that an increase in austenitizing temperature from 1180 to 1260°C causes structural transformations in carbide particles of eutectic origin crushed upon hot plastic deformation, which are related to their dissolution and coalescence, and changes in the phase composition of the carbides themselves.

  15. Effect of lattice anharmonicity in the structural phase transformation of Laves phase HfV2 alloy: A first-principles investigation

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    Krcmar, Maja; Fu, Chong Long

    2013-01-01

    First-principles theory was developed to study the structural phase transformations in the Laves phase HfV2 alloy. We explored the energy landscape and established the role of lattice anharmonicity underlying the structural phase transitions. Our approach is based on a phenomenological Landau theory for the structural phase transition and a mean-field approximation for the free energy. First-principles calculations were utilized to obtain the distortion energy as a function of relevant deformations, and to deduce parameters for constructing the free energy. Our result for the phase transition temperature of HfV2 is in good agreement with experiment. We find that the high-temperature cubic C15 phase is stabilized by the effect of lattice anharmonicity. The theory also predicts an anomalous increase in shear modulus with increasing temperature for systems where the anharmonicity is pronounced.

  16. Structurally Diverse Polyamines: Solid-Phase Synthesis and Interaction with DNA.

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    Umezawa, Naoki; Horai, Yuhei; Imamura, Yuki; Kawakubo, Makoto; Nakahira, Mariko; Kato, Nobuki; Muramatsu, Akira; Yoshikawa, Yuko; Yoshikawa, Kenichi; Higuchi, Tsunehiko

    2015-08-17

    A versatile solid-phase approach based on peptide chemistry was used to construct four classes of structurally diverse polyamines with modified backbones: linear, partially constrained, branched, and cyclic. Their effects on DNA duplex stability and structure were examined. The polyamines showed distinct activities, thus highlighting the importance of polyamine backbone structure. Interestingly, the rank order of polyamine ability for DNA compaction was different to that for their effects on circular dichroism and melting temperature, thus indicating that these polyamines have distinct effects on secondary and higher-order structures of DNA.

  17. Phase Behavior of Ionic Microgels

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    Gottwald, D.; Likos, C. N.; Kahl, G.; Löwen, H.

    2004-02-01

    We employ effective interaction potentials between spherical polyelectrolyte microgels in order to investigate theoretically the structure, thermodynamics, and phase behavior of ionic microgel solutions. Combining a genetic algorithm with accurate free energy calculations we are able to perform an unrestricted search of candidate crystal structures. Hexagonal, body-centered orthogonal, and trigonal crystals are found to be stable at high concentrations and charges of the microgels, accompanied by reentrant melting behavior and fluid-fcc-bcc transitions below the overlap concentration.

  18. Half-Heusler phase related structural perturbations near stoichiometric composition FeZnSb

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    Xiong, Ding-Bang; Zhao, Yufeng

    2011-05-15

    Half-Heusler phases XYZ (Pearson symbol cF12) are chemically versatile and rich in physical properties. The half-Heusler phase in the Fe-Zn-Sb ternary system was reported in the year 2000. In this work, two new ternary phases are identified in the vicinity of the equiatomic composition FeZnSb in the same system: Fe{sub 1-x}ZnSb (tetragonal, space group P4/nmm, Pearson symbol tP6-{delta}, Z=2: a=4.1113(6) A, c=6.0127(12) A for x=0.08 (1), and a=4.1274(6) A, c=6.0068(12) A for x=0.12 (2)); and Fe{sub 7.87}Zn{sub 6.72}Sb{sub 8} (Fe{sub 0.98}Zn{sub 0.84}Sb) (3) (cubic, space group Fm-3m, Pearson symbol cF96-{delta}, Z=4, a=11.690(13) A). 1 and 2 crystallize in the PbFCl-type structure, and 3 adopts a unique 2x2x2 supercell of a normal half-Heusler structure. The structures of both the tetragonal and cubic phases can be described as assemblies of half-Heusler structure related subunits. Electrical resistivity measurement on the pure sample of 2 shows it has metallic-like behavior, and its thermal and magnetic properties are also characterized. -- Graphical Abstract: Three types of half-Heusler structure related subunit are identified in the vicinity of the equiatomic composition FeZnSb in the Fe-Zn-Sb system. Display Omitted Highlights: {yields} Two new related phases around equiatomic composition FeZnSb. {yields} Structural perturbation with the small variation of composition. {yields} Magnetic properties of the structure with defects.

  19. Pressure induced structural phase transition and electronic properties of actinide monophospides: Ab-initio calculations

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    Makode, Chandrabhan; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2011-09-01

    We have investigated the structural and electronic properties of monophospides of thorium, uranium and neptunium. The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of the self-consistent tight binding linear muffin-tin-orbital (TB-LMTO) method within the local density approximation (LDA). From the present study with the help of total energy calculations it is found that ThP, UP and NpP are stable in NaCl-type structure at ambient pressure. The structural stability of ThP, UP and NpP changes under the application of pressure. We predict a structural phase transition from NaCl-type (B 1-phase) structure to CsCl-type (B 2-phase) structure for these phospides in the pressure range of 37.0-24.0 GPa (ThP-NpP). We also calculate lattice parameter ( a0), bulk modulus ( B0), band structure and density of states. From energy band diagram it is observed that ThP, UP and NpP exhibit metallic behavior. The calculated equilibrium lattice parameters and bulk modulus are in good agreement with experimental and theoretical work.

  20. Mesoscopic simulation of phase behaviors and structures in an amphiphile-solvent system.

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    Yamada, Kohtaro; Yasuno, Emiko; Kawabata, Youhei; Okuzono, Tohru; Kato, Tadashi

    2014-06-01

    We have performed a three-dimensional simulation of mesoscopic structures in a mixture of AB amphiphilic molecule and C solvent by employing the density-functional theory under the conditions that (i) the size of the AB is much larger than C and (ii) the affinity between A and B is much larger than the affinity between B and C. First, we have calculated the free energy of five periodic structures, i.e., the lamellar phase, hexagonally packed cylinders, body-centered-cubic spheres, face-centered-cubic spheres, and gyroid phase for different sets of the concentration of AB (ϕ[over ¯]_{AB}) and the χ parameter (χ_{AC}). By comparing the free energies for these structures, the χ_{AC}-ϕ[over ¯]_{AB} phase diagram has been obtained. In addition to these periodic structures, it has been shown that nonperiodic structures such as spherical and rodlike micelles can be obtained although they might be metastable phase. PMID:25019779

  1. An integer programming approach to the phase problem for centrosymmetric structures.

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    Vaia, Anastasia; Sahinidis, Nikolaos V

    2003-09-01

    The problem addressed in this paper is the determination of three-dimensional structures of centrosymmetric crystals from X-ray diffraction measurements. The 'minimal principle' that a certain quantity is minimized only by the crystal structure is employed to solve the phase problem. The mathematical formulation of the minimal principle is a nonconvex nonlinear optimization problem. To date, local optimization techniques and advanced computer architectures have been used to solve this problem, which may have a very large number of local optima. In this paper, the minimal principle model is reformulated for the case of centrosymmetric structures into an integer programming problem in terms of the missing phases. This formulation is solvable by well established combinatorial optimization techniques that are guaranteed to provide the global optimum in a finite number of steps without explicit enumeration of all possible combinations of phases. Computational experience with the proposed method on a number of structures of moderate complexity is provided and demonstrates that the approach yields a fast and reliable method that resolves the crystallographic phase problem for the case of centrosymmetric structures. PMID:12944609

  2. Phononic Structure Relationships in the Subgroup Phases of Ferroelectric Ca3Mn2O7

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    Shoko, Elvis; Al Dawood, Eman; Schwingenschlogl, Udo

    The Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) compound, Ca3Mn2O7, exhibits hybrid improper ferroelectric (FE) behavior in its A21am phase. However, a new phase (space group Acaa), co-existing with the FE phase (200-320 K) and exhibiting negative thermal expansion (NTE) was recently discovered. This discovery highlighted the complexity of the phase relationships in the subgroup structure of Ca3Mn2O7. Successful exploitation of RP compounds for FE applications depends on a clear understanding of the phononic relationships among the different relevant subgroup phases. Accordingly, we have used density functional theory (DFT) to map out the total energy landscape for the principal subgroup phases relative to the tetragonal phase. In order to elucidate the interrelationships of the soft phonon modes among the different subgroup phases, we performed lattice dynamics and quasi-harmonic approximation calculations. In addition, the latter calculations enabled us to extract mode Gruneisen parameters leading to new insights into the NTE behavior of Ca3Mn2O7. The implications of our findings are discussed in the context of the potential of RP compounds as FE materials.

  3. Effective field theory for Sp(N) antiferromagnets and their phase structure

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    Kataoka, Keisuke; Hattori, Shinya; Ichinose, Ikuo

    2011-05-01

    In this paper, we study quantum Sp(N) antiferromagnetic (AF) Heisenberg models by using the Schwinger-boson representation and the path-integral methods. We consider both the two-dimensional (2D) system at vanishing temperature and the 3D system at finite temperature (T). An effective field theory, which is an extension of the CP{sup N-1} model in 3D, is derived and its phase structure is studied with the 1/N expansion. We also introduce a lattice gauge theoretical model of CP{sup N-1} bosons, which is a counterpart of the effective field theory in the continuum, and study its phase structure by means of Monte Carlo simulations. For SU(N) AF magnets on the 2D square lattice, which is a specific case of the Sp(N) model, we introduce a spatial anisotropy in the exchange couplings and show that a phase transition from the ordered Neel state to the paramagnetic phase takes place as the anisotropy is increased. On the other hand for the 3D Sp(N) system at finite T, we clarify the global phase structure. As a parameter that controls explicit breaking of the SU(N) symmetry is increased, a new phase, which is similar to the spiral-spin phase in frustrated SU(2) spin systems, appears. It is shown that at that phase transition point, a local SU(2) gauge symmetry with composite SU(2) gauge field appears in the low-energy sector. This is another example of the symmetry-enhancement phenomenon at low energies. As it is expected that the Sp(4) AF magnets are realized by cold spin-3/2 fermions in an optical lattice, the above results might be verified by experiments in the near future.

  4. Crystal Structures of Endotaxic Phases in Europium Potassium Silicate Having a Pellyite Unit Cell

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    Rastsvetaeva, R. K. Aksenov, S. M.; Taroev, V. K.

    2010-11-15

    The structures of three phases of the synthesized europium potassium silicate were determined by X-ray diffraction. Two of these phases crystallize in a new structural type. The chemical formulas of the phases were determined. The orthorhombic unit-cell parameters of all three phases are equal: a = 14.852(1) A, b = 15.902(1) A, c = 7.243(1) A, sp. gr. P2{sub 1}2{sub 1}2 (phase I) and sp. gr. Pbam (phases II and III). The structures were solved by direct methods and refined from X-ray diffraction data collected from one crystal to R = 0.0271, 0.0479, and 0.0582 based on 4370, 3320, and 2498 reflections, respectively, with |F| > 3{sigma}(F). The crystal- chemical formulas of the phases (Z = 4) are K{sub 3}Eu{sub 3+}[Si{sub 6}O{sub 15}] . 2H{sub 2}O, K{sub 3}Eu{sup 3+}[Si{sub 6}O{sub 13}(OH){sub 4}] . 2H{sub 2}O, and K{sub 3}Eu{sup 3+}[Si{sub 4}O{sub 9.5}(OH)](OH){sub 2}. 5.5H{sub 2}O. The structure of phase I consists of silicon-oxygen sheets [Si{sub 6}O{sub 15}] analogous to those found in the isostructural compound K{sub 3}Nd[Si{sub 6}O{sub 15}] . 2H{sub 2}O. In the structures of phases II and III, the ribbons [Si{sub 6}O{sub 17}] and [Si{sub 8}O{sub 21}] run along the shortest c axis and are linked together by Eu{sup 3+} octahedra and trigonal prisms to form three-dimensional layered and framework structures containing K atoms between the sheets and in the channels. The fragments are also linked through hydrogen bonds with the participation of OH groups and water molecules.

  5. Severe Hypoglycemia Accompanied with Thyroid Crisis

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    Nakatani, Yuki; Monden, Tsuyoshi; Sato, Minoru; Domeki, Nozomi; Matsumura, Mihoko; Banba, Nobuyuki; Nakamoto, Takaaki

    2012-01-01

    We report a 32-year-old Japanese women with severe hypoglycemia accompanied with thyroid crisis. She complained of dyspnea, general fatigue, and leg edema. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism with congestive heart failure and liver dysfunction. Soon after admission, sudden cardiopulmonary arrest occurred. She was then transferred to the intensive care unit. Her serum glucose level was 7 mg/dl. Intravenous glucose, hydrocortisone, diuretics, and continuous hemodiafiltration (CHDF) saved her. We considered that hypoglycemia occurred due to heart failure and liver dysfunction due to thyroid crisis. PMID:23198181

  6. Real-time implementation of an interactive jazz accompaniment system

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    Deshpande, Nikhil

    Modern computational algorithms and digital signal processing (DSP) are able to combine with human performers without forced or predetermined structure in order to create dynamic and real-time accompaniment systems. With modern computing power and intelligent algorithm layout and design, it is possible to achieve more detailed auditory analysis of live music. Using this information, computer code can follow and predict how a human's musical performance evolves, and use this to react in a musical manner. This project builds a real-time accompaniment system to perform together with live musicians, with a focus on live jazz performance and improvisation. The system utilizes a new polyphonic pitch detector and embeds it in an Ableton Live system - combined with Max for Live - to perform elements of audio analysis, generation, and triggering. The system also relies on tension curves and information rate calculations from the Creative Artificially Intuitive and Reasoning Agent (CAIRA) system to help understand and predict human improvisation. These metrics are vital to the core system and allow for extrapolated audio analysis. The system is able to react dynamically to a human performer, and can successfully accompany the human as an entire rhythm section.

  7. Substrate stiffness-modulated registry phase correlations in cardiomyocytes map structural order to coherent beating

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    Dasbiswas, K.; Majkut, S.; Discher, D. E.; Safran, Samuel A.

    2015-01-01

    Recent experiments show that both striation, an indication of the structural registry in muscle fibres, as well as the contractile strains produced by beating cardiac muscle cells can be optimized by substrate stiffness. Here we show theoretically how the substrate rigidity dependence of the registry data can be mapped onto that of the strain measurements. We express the elasticity-mediated structural registry as a phase-order parameter using a statistical physics approach that takes the noise and disorder inherent in biological systems into account. By assuming that structurally registered myofibrils also tend to beat in phase, we explain the observed dependence of both striation and strain measurements of cardiomyocytes on substrate stiffness in a unified manner. The agreement of our ideas with experiment suggests that the correlated beating of heart cells may be limited by the structural order of the myofibrils, which in turn is regulated by their elastic environment.

  8. Substrate stiffness-modulated registry phase correlations in cardiomyocytes map structural order to coherent beating.

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    Dasbiswas, K; Majkut, S; Discher, D E; Safran, Samuel A

    2015-01-19

    Recent experiments show that both striation, an indication of the structural registry in muscle fibres, as well as the contractile strains produced by beating cardiac muscle cells can be optimized by substrate stiffness. Here we show theoretically how the substrate rigidity dependence of the registry data can be mapped onto that of the strain measurements. We express the elasticity-mediated structural registry as a phase-order parameter using a statistical physics approach that takes the noise and disorder inherent in biological systems into account. By assuming that structurally registered myofibrils also tend to beat in phase, we explain the observed dependence of both striation and strain measurements of cardiomyocytes on substrate stiffness in a unified manner. The agreement of our ideas with experiment suggests that the correlated beating of heart cells may be limited by the structural order of the myofibrils, which in turn is regulated by their elastic environment.

  9. Electronic structure and structural phase stability in BaS, BaSe, and BaTe

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    Kalpana, G.; Palanivel, B.; Rajagopalan, M.

    1994-11-01

    The self-consistent scalar-relativistic band structures for BaS, BaSe, and BaTe in NaCl-type and CsCl-type structures were obtained using the tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method. From atomic-sphere approximation (ASA) total-energy calculations the structural phase stability in these compounds has been studied. The equilibrium lattice constant for all three compounds agrees well with the experimental results. The pressures at which these compounds undergo a structural phase transition from NaCl-type to CsCl-type were calculated. The calculated pressures and volumes at transition agree well with the experimental results. The energy band gaps at ambient conditions in the NaCl-type structure and the volume dependence of band gaps in the CsCl-type structure were calculated. In addition the pressures and the volumes at which band overlap metallization occurs were also calculated and compared with experimental and other theoretical results.

  10. Calorimetric, spectroscopic and structural investigations of phase polymorphism in [Ru(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}](BF{sub 4}){sub 3}. Part I

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    Dolega, Diana; Mikuli, Edward; Inaba, Akira; Gorska, Natalia; Holderna-Natkaniec, Krystyna; Nitek, Wojciech

    2013-01-15

    Four crystalline phases of the coordination compound [Ru(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}](BF{sub 4}){sub 3} are identified by adiabatic calorimetry. Three phase transitions, one at T{sub C3}(IV{yields}III)=30.7 K, the second at T{sub C2}(III{yields}II)=91.7 K (both accompanied by comparable entropy changes 3.0 and 3.1 J K{sup -1} mol{sup -1}, respectively) and the third at T{sub C1}(II{yields}I)=241.6 K (accompanied by an entropy change of 8.1 J K{sup -1} mol{sup -1}) were discovered. X-ray single crystal diffraction (at 293 K) demonstrates that phase I is a highly dynamic disordered cubic phase (Fm3{sup Macron }m, No. 225) with two types of BF{sub 4}{sup -} anions differing in a degree of disorder. In phase II (at 170 K) the structure remains cubic (Ia3{sup Macron }, No. 206), with two different types of cations and four different types of anions. Splitting of certain IR bands connected with NH{sub 3} ligands at the observed phase transitions suggests a lowering of the symmetry of the [Ru(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}]{sup 3+} complex cation. Both NH{sub 3} ligands and BF{sub 4}{sup -} anions perform fast reorientations ({tau}{sub R} Almost-Equal-To 10{sup -12} s), which are significantly slowed down below the phase transition at T{sub C3}. {sup 1}H NMR studies led to estimate the values of the activation energy of NH{sub 3} ligands reorientation in the phases II and I as equal to {approx}8 kJ mol{sup -1}. In phase I the whole hexammineruthenium(III) cations reorientation as a tumbling process can be noticed. The activation energy value of this motion is {approx}24 kJ mol{sup -1}. {sup 19}F NMR studies give the values of the activation energy of BF{sub 4}{sup -} anions reorientation as {approx}6 kJ mol{sup -1}. Above the phase transition temperature half of BF{sub 4}{sup -} anions perform a tumbling motion with E{sub a} Almost-Equal-To 8 kJ mol{sup -1}. - Graphical abstract: A series of complementary methods, such as Adiabatic Calorimetry, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Fourier

  11. High-Temperature Superconductors as Electromagnetic Deployment and Support Structures in Spacecraft. [NASA NIAC Phase I

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    Getliffe, Gwendolyn V.; Inamdar, Niraj K.; Masterson, Rebecca; Miller, David W.

    2012-01-01

    This report, concluding a one-year NIAC Phase I study, describes a new structural and mechanical technique aimed at reducing the mass and increasing the deployed-to-stowed length and volume ratios of spacecraft systems. This technique uses the magnetic fields generated by electrical current passing through coils of high-temperature superconductors (HTSs) to support spacecraft structures and deploy them to operational configurations from their stowed positions inside a launch vehicle fairing.

  12. Structure and mechanical properties of Ni-Cu-Ti-Zr composite materials with amorphous phase

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    Churyumov, A. Yu.; Bazlov, A. I.; Solonin, A. N.; Zadorozhnyi, V. Yu.; Xie, G. Q.; Li, S.; Louzguine-Luzgin, D. V.

    2013-09-01

    The structure of specimens of Ni-Cu-Ti-Zr alloys with an amorphous phase has been examined by X-ray diffraction, as well as by transmission and scanning electron microscopy. Mechanical characteristics of the alloys have been determined using universal testing machines. Transformation-induced plasticity has been found to exist. The specimens demonstrate a good combination of strength and plasticity owing to both the composite effect of a heterophase structure and the dynamic martensitic transformation that develops during deformation.

  13. Phase-Field Methods for Structure Evolution in Sheared Multiphase Systems

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    Badalassi, Vittorio; Ceniceros, Hector; Banerjee, Sanjoy

    2002-01-01

    A homogeneous disordered phase separates into ordered structures when quenched into a broken-symmetry phase. The competition of broken-symmetry phases to select an equilibrium state may be studied in terms of coarse-grained order parameters described by a suitable Landau free-energy function. A network of equilibrium-phase domains develops on quenching and coarsens with time with a topology that may be controlled by shear. We use three-dimensional simulations, in which time-dependent models for conserved-order parameters coupled to Navier-Stokes fluid models are solved, to investigate the evolution of such domains, e.g. spinodal decompositions of polymeric materials under shear. The numerical problems are formidable because of the strong nonlinearities inherent in the coupled model, and these are amongst the first 3D calculations undertaken. In linear shear fields we find stable nanostrings, also recently seen in experiments. The affinity of the ordered phases to boundaries plays a role in the form of the structures that develop, with stacked plate-like phase distributions emerging under certain conditions. Such methods appear quite promising for design and analysis of multiphase and complex fluid formulations. The behavior of foams in such conditions is of particular interest in microgravity environments. Additional information can be found in the original extended abstract.

  14. Enhanced power factor via the control of structural phase transition in SnSe

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    Yu, Hulei; Dai, Shuai; Chen, Yue

    2016-05-01

    Tin selenide has attracted much research interest due to its unprecedentedly high thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT). For real applications, it is desirable to increase the ZT value in the lower-temperature range, as the peak ZT value currently exists near the melting point. It is shown in this paper that the structural phase transition plays an important role in boosting the ZT value of SnSe in the lower-temperature range, as the Cmcm phase is found to have a much higher power factor than the Pnma phase. Furthermore, hydrostatic pressure is predicted to be extremely effective in tuning the phase transition temperature based on ab-initio molecular dynamic simulations; a remarkable decrease in the phase transition temperature is found when a hydrostatic pressure is applied. Dynamical stabilities are investigated based on phonon calculations, providing deeper insight into the pressure effects. Accurate band structures are obtained using the modified Becke-Johnson correction, allowing reliable prediction of the electrical transport properties. The effects of hydrostatic pressure on the thermal transport properties are also discussed. Hydrostatic pressure is shown to be efficient in manipulating the transport properties via the control of phase transition temperature in SnSe, paving a new path for enhancing its thermoelectric efficiency.

  15. Enhanced power factor via the control of structural phase transition in SnSe.

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    Yu, Hulei; Dai, Shuai; Chen, Yue

    2016-01-01

    Tin selenide has attracted much research interest due to its unprecedentedly high thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT). For real applications, it is desirable to increase the ZT value in the lower-temperature range, as the peak ZT value currently exists near the melting point. It is shown in this paper that the structural phase transition plays an important role in boosting the ZT value of SnSe in the lower-temperature range, as the Cmcm phase is found to have a much higher power factor than the Pnma phase. Furthermore, hydrostatic pressure is predicted to be extremely effective in tuning the phase transition temperature based on ab-initio molecular dynamic simulations; a remarkable decrease in the phase transition temperature is found when a hydrostatic pressure is applied. Dynamical stabilities are investigated based on phonon calculations, providing deeper insight into the pressure effects. Accurate band structures are obtained using the modified Becke-Johnson correction, allowing reliable prediction of the electrical transport properties. The effects of hydrostatic pressure on the thermal transport properties are also discussed. Hydrostatic pressure is shown to be efficient in manipulating the transport properties via the control of phase transition temperature in SnSe, paving a new path for enhancing its thermoelectric efficiency. PMID:27193260

  16. Enhanced power factor via the control of structural phase transition in SnSe

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    Yu, Hulei; Dai, Shuai; Chen, Yue

    2016-01-01

    Tin selenide has attracted much research interest due to its unprecedentedly high thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT). For real applications, it is desirable to increase the ZT value in the lower-temperature range, as the peak ZT value currently exists near the melting point. It is shown in this paper that the structural phase transition plays an important role in boosting the ZT value of SnSe in the lower-temperature range, as the Cmcm phase is found to have a much higher power factor than the Pnma phase. Furthermore, hydrostatic pressure is predicted to be extremely effective in tuning the phase transition temperature based on ab-initio molecular dynamic simulations; a remarkable decrease in the phase transition temperature is found when a hydrostatic pressure is applied. Dynamical stabilities are investigated based on phonon calculations, providing deeper insight into the pressure effects. Accurate band structures are obtained using the modified Becke-Johnson correction, allowing reliable prediction of the electrical transport properties. The effects of hydrostatic pressure on the thermal transport properties are also discussed. Hydrostatic pressure is shown to be efficient in manipulating the transport properties via the control of phase transition temperature in SnSe, paving a new path for enhancing its thermoelectric efficiency. PMID:27193260

  17. Phase Structure of Strong-Field Tunneling Wave Packets from Molecules

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    Liu, Ming-Ming; Li, Min; Wu, Chengyin; Gong, Qihuang; Staudte, André; Liu, Yunquan

    2016-04-01

    We study the phase structure of the tunneling wave packets from strong-field ionization of molecules and present a molecular quantum-trajectory Monte Carlo model to describe the laser-driven dynamics of photoelectron momentum distributions of molecules. Using our model, we reproduce and explain the alignment-dependent molecular frame photoelectron spectra of strong-field tunneling ionization of N2 reported by M. Meckel et al. [Nat. Phys. 10, 594 (2014)]. In addition to modeling the low-energy photoelectron angular distributions quantitatively, we extract the phase structure of strong-field molecular tunneling wave packets, shedding light on its physical origin. The initial phase of the tunneling wave packets at the tunnel exit depends on both the initial transverse momentum distribution and the molecular internuclear distance. We further show that the ionizing molecular orbital has a critical effect on the initial phase of the tunneling wave packets. The phase structure of the photoelectron wave packet is a key ingredient for modeling strong-field molecular photoelectron holography, high-harmonic generation, and molecular orbital imaging.

  18. Structural phase modification in Cu incorporated nanostructured zinc sulfide thin films

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    Chalana, S. R.; Jolly Bose, R.; Reshmi Krishnan, R.; Kavitha, V. S.; Sreeja Sreedharan, R.; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P.

    2016-08-01

    Cu incorporated zinc sulfide (ZnS) films are prepared by a RF magnetron sputtering technique and the influence of Cu doping concentration on the structural, morphological and optical properties is systematically analyzed using techniques like grazing incidence X-Ray diffraction (GIXRD), micro-Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and UV-vis spectroscopy. XRD examination of the as-prepared films revealed the presence of polycrystalline structure with co-existence of cubic and hexagonal phases in the pure and lower Cu incorporated films. Increase in Cu doping concentration causes a gradual phase transformation from mixed phase to cubic phase. Micro-Raman spectra further confirms the structural phase modifications with the addition of Cu in ZnS. Morphological analysis shows compact distribution of elongated grain geometry with good connectivity and detectable grain boundary in the pure and Cu incorporated films. Increase in Cu incorporation results in the systematic reduction of RMS surface roughness. EDS analysis confirms the incorporation of Cu and surface vacancy defects in the doped films. All the films are transparent in the visible region and band gap calculation by Tauc plot shows that increase in Cu incorporation results in band gap renormalization.

  19. Phase Structure of Strong-Field Tunneling Wave Packets from Molecules.

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    Liu, Ming-Ming; Li, Min; Wu, Chengyin; Gong, Qihuang; Staudte, André; Liu, Yunquan

    2016-04-22

    We study the phase structure of the tunneling wave packets from strong-field ionization of molecules and present a molecular quantum-trajectory Monte Carlo model to describe the laser-driven dynamics of photoelectron momentum distributions of molecules. Using our model, we reproduce and explain the alignment-dependent molecular frame photoelectron spectra of strong-field tunneling ionization of N_{2} reported by M. Meckel et al. [Nat. Phys. 10, 594 (2014)]. In addition to modeling the low-energy photoelectron angular distributions quantitatively, we extract the phase structure of strong-field molecular tunneling wave packets, shedding light on its physical origin. The initial phase of the tunneling wave packets at the tunnel exit depends on both the initial transverse momentum distribution and the molecular internuclear distance. We further show that the ionizing molecular orbital has a critical effect on the initial phase of the tunneling wave packets. The phase structure of the photoelectron wave packet is a key ingredient for modeling strong-field molecular photoelectron holography, high-harmonic generation, and molecular orbital imaging.

  20. Structural evolution of epitaxial SrCoO{sub x} films near topotactic phase transition

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    Jeen, Hyoungjeen; Lee, Ho Nyung

    2015-12-15

    Control of oxygen stoichiometry in complex oxides via topotactic phase transition is an interesting avenue to not only modifying the physical properties, but utilizing in many energy technologies, such as energy storage and catalysts. However, detailed structural evolution in the close proximity of the topotactic phase transition in multivalent oxides has not been much studied. In this work, we used strontium cobaltites (SrCoO{sub x}) epitaxially grown by pulsed laser epitaxy (PLE) as a model system to study the oxidation-driven evolution of the structure, electronic, and magnetic properties. We grew coherently strained SrCoO{sub 2.5} thin films and performed post-annealing at various temperatures for topotactic conversion into the perovskite phase (SrCoO{sub 3-δ}). We clearly observed significant changes in electronic transport, magnetism, and microstructure near the critical temperature for the topotactic transformation from the brownmillerite to the perovskite phase. Nevertheless, the overall crystallinity was well maintained without much structural degradation, indicating that topotactic phase control can be a useful tool to control the physical properties repeatedly via redox reactions.

  1. Mapping strain modulated electronic structure perturbations in mixed phase bismuth ferrite thin films

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    Krishnan, P.S. Sanakara R.; Aguiar, Jeffery A.; Ramasse, Q. M.; Kepaptsoglou, D. M.; Liang, W. I.; Chu, Y. H.; Browning, Nigel D.; Munroe, Paul R.; Nagarajan, Valanoor

    2015-01-01

    Strain engineering of epitaxial ferroelectrics has emerged as a powerful method to tailor the electromechanical response of these materials, although the effect of strain at the atomic scale and the interplay between lattice displacements and electronic structure changes are not yet fully understood. Here, using a combination of scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and density functional theory (DFT), we systematically probe the role of epitaxial strain in mixed phase bismuth ferrite thin films. Electron energy loss O K and Fe L2,3 edge spectra acquired across the rhombohedral (R)-tetragonal (T) phase boundary reveal progressive, and systematic changes, in electronic structure going from one phase to the other. The comparison of the acquired spectra, with theoretical simulations using DFT, suggests a breakage in the structural symmetry across the boundary due to the simultaneous presence of increasing epitaxial strain and off- axial symmetry in the T phase. This implies that the imposed epitaxial strain plays a significant role in not only changing the crystal-field geometry, but also the bonding environment surrounding the central iron cation at the interface thus providing new insights and a possible link to understand how the imposed strain could perturb magnetic ordering in the T phase BFO.

  2. Transient Structures and Possible Limits of Data Recording in Phase-Change Materials.

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    Hu, Jianbo; Vanacore, Giovanni M; Yang, Zhe; Miao, Xiangshui; Zewail, Ahmed H

    2015-07-28

    Phase-change materials (PCMs) represent the leading candidates for universal data storage devices, which exploit the large difference in the physical properties of their transitional lattice structures. On a nanoscale, it is fundamental to determine their performance, which is ultimately controlled by the speed limit of transformation among the different structures involved. Here, we report observation with atomic-scale resolution of transient structures of nanofilms of crystalline germanium telluride, a prototypical PCM, using ultrafast electron crystallography. A nonthermal transformation from the initial rhombohedral phase to the cubic structure was found to occur in 12 ps. On a much longer time scale, hundreds of picoseconds, equilibrium heating of the nanofilm is reached, driving the system toward amorphization, provided that high excitation energy is invoked. These results elucidate the elementary steps defining the structural pathway in the transformation of crystalline-to-amorphous phase transitions and describe the essential atomic motions involved when driven by an ultrafast excitation. The establishment of the time scales of the different transient structures, as reported here, permits determination of the possible limit of performance, which is crucial for high-speed recording applications of PCMs.

  3. Crystal lattice and band structure of the intermediate high-pressure phase of PbSe.

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    Streltsov, S V; Manakov, A Yu; Vokhmyanin, A P; Ovsyannikov, S V; Shchennikov, V V

    2009-09-23

    In the present paper the results of fitting synchrotron diffraction data are obtained for the intermediate high-pressure phase (9.5 GPa) of the lead selenide based compound Pb(1-x)Sn(x)Se (x = 0.125)-an optoelectronic as well as a thermoelectric material-for two types of lattice symmetries Pnma (space group #62) and Cmcm (space group #63). Both lattice parameters and positions of atoms for the above mentioned structures have been used in calculations of the electron structure of high-pressure phases. The main difference between the electronic properties for Cmcm and Pnma structures established in electronic structure calculations is that in the first one the PbSe compound was found to be a metal, while in the second a small semiconductor gap (E(G) = 0.12 eV) was obtained. Moreover, the forces in the Cmcm structure are an order of magnitude larger than those calculated for the Pnma lattice. In the optimized, Pnma structure within a generalized gradient approximation (GGA), the band gap increases up to E(G) = 0.27 eV. The result coincides with the data on thermoelectric power and electrical resistance data pointing to a semiconductor gap of ∼0.2 eV at ∼9.5 GPa. Thus, the Pmna type of lattice seems to be a preferable version for the intermediate phase compared with the Cmcm one. PMID:21832372

  4. Liquid-Gas Relative Permeabilities in Fractures: Effects of Flow Structures, Phase Transformation and Surface Roughness

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    Chih-Ying Chen

    2005-06-30

    Two-phase flow through fractured media is important in petroleum, geothermal, and environmental applications. However, the actual physics and phenomena that occur inside fractures are poorly understood, and oversimplified relative permeability curves are commonly used in fractured reservoir simulations. In this work, an experimental apparatus equipped with a high-speed data acquisition system, real-time visualization, and automated image processing technology was constructed to study three transparent analog fractures with distinct surface roughnesses: smooth, homogeneously rough, and randomly rough. Air-water relative permeability measurements obtained in this study were compared with models suggested by earlier studies and analyzed by examining the flow structures. A method to evaluate the tortuosities induced by the blocking phase, namely the channel tortuosity, was proposed from observations of the flow structure images. The relationship between the coefficients of channel tortuosity and the relative permeabilities was studied with the aid of laboratory experiments and visualizations. Experimental data from these fractures were used to develop a broad approach for modeling two-phase flow behavior based on the flow structures. Finally, a general model deduced from these data was proposed to describe two-phase relative permeabilities in both smooth and rough fractures. For the theoretical analysis of liquid-vapor relative permeabilities, accounting for phase transformations, the inviscid bubble train models coupled with relative permeability concepts were developed. The phase transformation effects were evaluated by accounting for the molecular transport through liquid-vapor interfaces. For the steam water relative permeabilities, we conducted steam-water flow experiments in the same fractures as used for air-water experiments. We compared the flow behavior and relative permeability differences between two-phase flow with and without phase transformation effects

  5. Extinction of Oct-3/4 gene expression in embryonal carcinoma [times] fibroblast somatic cell hybrids is accompanied by changes in the methylation status, chromatin structure, and transcriptional activity of the Oct-3/4 upstream region

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    Ben-Shushan, E.; Pikarsky, E.; Klar, A.; Bergman, Y. )

    1993-02-01

    The OCT-3/4 gene provides an excellent model system with which to study the extinction phenomenon in somatic cell hybrids. The molecular mechanism that underlies the extinction of a tissue-specific transcription factor in somatic cell hybrides is evaluated and compared with its down-regulation in retinoic acid treated embryonal carcinoma cells. This study draws a connection between the shutdown of OCT-3/4 expression in retinoic acid (RA)-differentiated embryonal carcinoma (EC) cells and its extinction in hybrid cells. This repression of OCT-3/4 expression is achieved through changes in the methylation status, chromatin structure, and transcriptional activity of the OCT-3/4 upstream regulatory region. 59 refs.

  6. Merwinite-structured phases as a potential host of alkalis in the upper mantle

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    Bindi, Luca; Safonov, Oleg G.; Zedgenizov, Dmitriy A.

    2015-08-01

    Two previously unknown Na- and K-rich phases were synthesized near the solidus of the model CMAS lherzolite interacted with the CaCO3 + Na2CO3 + KCl melt at 7 GPa. They coexist with forsterite, garnet and chloride-carbonate melt. Stoichiometry and unit-cell parameters measured by means of powder diffraction indicate that one of the phases corresponds to (K,Na)2Ca4Mg2Si4O15 (with about 0.1 a.p.f.u. Al). Although single-crystal X-ray measurements of this phase did not allow the solution of the crystal structure, we suggest that the structure of this phase includes mixed SiO4 and Si2O7 units. Single-crystal diffraction experiments of the other alkali-rich phase with composition (Ca2.06Na0.86K0.08)Σ=3.00(Mg0.53Si0.45Al0.03)Σ=1.01Si2.00O8 showed that it exhibits the merwinite structure, space group P21/ a, with lattice parameters a = 12.987(2), b = 5.101(1), c = 9.130(2) Å, β = 92.36(1)°, V = 604.3(2) Å3, and Z = 4. The structure was refined to R 1 = 0.031 using 2619 independent reflections. In the structure, Na is hosted at the large Ca sites, whereas Si replaces Mg at the octahedral site and occurs in the usual tetrahedral coordination. Ordering-induced distortion provokes a change in coordination of the (Ca, Na) atoms with respect to pure merwinite. Merwinite phases with lower K + Na contents (0.08-0.18 a.p.f.u.) coexist with forsterite, clinopyroxene and immiscible carbonate-chloride and silicate melts at higher temperatures (up to 1510 °C) at 7 and 5.5 GPa. These phases (including alkali-rich ones at solidus) show a general formula [Ca3-2 x (Na,K)2 x ][Mg1- x Si x ]Si2O8 (with x up to 0.45), where the Na + K content negatively correlates with Ca and positively correlates with Si. The present experimental and crystal-chemical data prove that merwinite-structured phases may be efficient hosts for alkalis in the upper mantle. They are mineralogical indicators of either the interaction of mantle peridotites with alkaline carbonatitic liquids or high

  7. Novel phases of lithium-aluminum binaries from first-principles structural search

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    Sarmiento-Pérez, Rafael; Cerqueira, Tiago F. T.; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A. L.; Valencia-Jaime, Irais; Amsler, Maximilian; Goedecker, Stefan; Romero, Aldo H.

    2015-01-14

    Intermetallic Li–Al compounds are on the one hand key materials for light-weight engineering, and on the other hand, they have been proposed for high-capacity electrodes for Li batteries. We determine from first-principles the phase diagram of Li–Al binary crystals using the minima hopping structural prediction method. Beside reproducing the experimentally reported phases (LiAl, Li{sub 3}Al{sub 2}, Li{sub 9}Al{sub 4}, LiAl{sub 3}, and Li{sub 2}Al), we unveil a structural variety larger than expected by discovering six unreported binary phases likely to be thermodynamically stable. Finally, we discuss the behavior of the elastic constants and of the electric potential profile of all Li–Al stable compounds as a function of their stoichiometry.

  8. Escherichia coli MltA: MAD phasing and refinement of a tetartohedrally twinned protein crystal structure.

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    Barends, Thomas R M; de Jong, René M; van Straaten, Karin E; Thunnissen, Andy Mark W H; Dijkstra, Bauke W

    2005-05-01

    Crystals were grown of a mutant form of the bacterial cell-wall maintenance protein MltA that diffracted to 2.15 A resolution. When phasing with molecular replacement using the native structure failed, selenium MAD was used to obtain initial phases. However, after MAD phasing the crystals were found to be tetartohedrally twinned, hampering correct space-group determination and refinement. A refinement protocol was designed to take tetartohedral twinning into account and was successfully applied to refine the structure. The refinement protocol is described and the reasons for the failure of molecular replacement and the success of MAD are discussed in terms of the effects of the tetartohedral twinning. PMID:15858272

  9. Atomic structure of the (Al,Si)CuFe cubic approximant phase.

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    Puyraimond, Frédéric; Quiquandon, Marianne; Gratias, Denis; Tillard, Monique; Belin, Claude; Quivy, Annick; Calvayrac, Yvonne

    2002-07-01

    The structure of the alpha-(Al,Si)CuFe approximant phase is determined by a single-crystal X-ray diffraction study and compared to the ideal structure obtained by the perpendicular shear method of the parent icosahedral phase. It is shown that the local environments (typical atomic clusters) of the two phases are similar and expand significantly farther than the size of the unit cell of the approximant. The orbit Al(2) issuing from the theoretical icosahedral model corresponding to the inner dodecahedron of the Mackay-type cluster is not found in the approximant and is replaced by a partially occupied inner icosahedron with an unusually large Debye-Waller factor.

  10. Ab initio molecular dynamics: Relationship between structural phases and the sound velocity in dense hydrogen

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    Guerrero, Carlo L.; Cuesta-Lopez, Santiago; Perlado, Jose M.

    2014-10-01

    The phase diagram and the possible stable structures of molecular solid hydrogen are intriguing physical phenomena that still remain to be fully unveiled. Particularly, its transition to metallic hydrogen at high pressures is currently a hot topic of discussion. This letter reports a simulation method that links the ab initio, quantum molecular dynamic and mechanical properties calculations to study the relation between the structural phase transitions and sound velocity in solid molecular hydrogen. The pressure range studied is from 0.1 GPa to 180 GPa, at 15 K temperature, thereby our aim is to simulate the conditions of manufacture, handling and early stages of compression of the target fuel used in confinement inertial fusion. Phase I degeneration below 1 GPa is discussed.

  11. Structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in two-dimensional materials induced by electrostatic gating

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    Li, Yao; Duerloo, Karel-Alexander N.; Wauson, Kerry; Reed, Evan J.

    2016-01-01

    Dynamic control of conductivity and optical properties via atomic structure changes is of technological importance in information storage. Energy consumption considerations provide a driving force towards employing thin materials in devices. Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides are nearly atomically thin materials that can exist in multiple crystal structures, each with distinct electrical properties. By developing new density functional-based methods, we discover that electrostatic gating device configurations have the potential to drive structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transitions in some monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides. Here we show that the semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in monolayer MoTe2 can be driven by a gate voltage of several volts with appropriate choice of dielectric. We find that the transition gate voltage can be reduced arbitrarily by alloying, for example, for MoxW1−xTe2 monolayers. Our findings identify a new physical mechanism, not existing in bulk materials, to dynamically control structural phase transitions in two-dimensional materials, enabling potential applications in phase-change electronic devices. PMID:26868916

  12. Structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in two-dimensional materials induced by electrostatic gating.

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    Li, Yao; Duerloo, Karel-Alexander N; Wauson, Kerry; Reed, Evan J

    2016-01-01

    Dynamic control of conductivity and optical properties via atomic structure changes is of technological importance in information storage. Energy consumption considerations provide a driving force towards employing thin materials in devices. Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides are nearly atomically thin materials that can exist in multiple crystal structures, each with distinct electrical properties. By developing new density functional-based methods, we discover that electrostatic gating device configurations have the potential to drive structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transitions in some monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides. Here we show that the semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in monolayer MoTe2 can be driven by a gate voltage of several volts with appropriate choice of dielectric. We find that the transition gate voltage can be reduced arbitrarily by alloying, for example, for Mo(x)W(1-x)Te2 monolayers. Our findings identify a new physical mechanism, not existing in bulk materials, to dynamically control structural phase transitions in two-dimensional materials, enabling potential applications in phase-change electronic devices. PMID:26868916

  13. Structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in two-dimensional materials induced by electrostatic gating

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    Li, Yao; Duerloo, Karel-Alexander N.; Wauson, Kerry; Reed, Evan J.

    2016-02-01

    Dynamic control of conductivity and optical properties via atomic structure changes is of technological importance in information storage. Energy consumption considerations provide a driving force towards employing thin materials in devices. Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides are nearly atomically thin materials that can exist in multiple crystal structures, each with distinct electrical properties. By developing new density functional-based methods, we discover that electrostatic gating device configurations have the potential to drive structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transitions in some monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides. Here we show that the semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in monolayer MoTe2 can be driven by a gate voltage of several volts with appropriate choice of dielectric. We find that the transition gate voltage can be reduced arbitrarily by alloying, for example, for MoxW1-xTe2 monolayers. Our findings identify a new physical mechanism, not existing in bulk materials, to dynamically control structural phase transitions in two-dimensional materials, enabling potential applications in phase-change electronic devices.

  14. Phase transitions as the origin of large scale structure in the universe

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    Turok, Neil

    1989-01-01

    A review of the formation of large scale structure through gravitational growth of primordial perturbations is given. This is followed by a discussion of how symmetry breaking phase transitions in the early universe might have produced the required perturbations, in particular through the formation and evolution of a network of cosmic strings.

  15. Dynamic testing of rotary structures using phase-locked infrared imaging

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    Bales, Maurice J.

    1994-03-01

    This paper will discuss the process and rationale involved with dynamic, phase-locked, IR imaging using the TIP Workstation as a platform. This technique can be applied to most rotating structures including tires, wheels, gears and propellers. Actual IR and visual images of tires will be presented.

  16. Diagnostic efficiency of Mueller-matrix polarization reconstruction system of the phase structure of liver tissue

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    Zabolotna, Natalia I.; Pavlov, Sergii V.; Radchenko, Kostiantyn O.; Stasenko, Vladyslav A.; Wójcik, Waldemar; Kussambayeva, Nazym

    2015-12-01

    The application field of using the Mueller-matrix polarizing reconstruction system of phase structure of biological layer for optical-anisotropic parameters differentiation of histological sections of healthy and rat's liver with hepatitis were investigated. Comparison of system informativity with known systems on indexes of sensitivity, specificity and balanced accuracy were performed.

  17. Temperature dependence of the soft mode for structural phase transitions in highly anisotropic systems

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    Bishop, A.R.; Kerr, W.C.

    1986-01-01

    It is shown that describing the dynamics of structural phase transition in highly anisotropic systems requires the introduction of another characteristic temperature is addition to the transition temperature. This soft-mode temperature is identified with the minimum of the soft-mode frequency and results from the appearance of the 1-d soliton propagation along the chains. 1 ref., 3 figs.

  18. Structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in two-dimensional materials induced by electrostatic gating.

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    Li, Yao; Duerloo, Karel-Alexander N; Wauson, Kerry; Reed, Evan J

    2016-01-01

    Dynamic control of conductivity and optical properties via atomic structure changes is of technological importance in information storage. Energy consumption considerations provide a driving force towards employing thin materials in devices. Monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides are nearly atomically thin materials that can exist in multiple crystal structures, each with distinct electrical properties. By developing new density functional-based methods, we discover that electrostatic gating device configurations have the potential to drive structural semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transitions in some monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides. Here we show that the semiconductor-to-semimetal phase transition in monolayer MoTe2 can be driven by a gate voltage of several volts with appropriate choice of dielectric. We find that the transition gate voltage can be reduced arbitrarily by alloying, for example, for Mo(x)W(1-x)Te2 monolayers. Our findings identify a new physical mechanism, not existing in bulk materials, to dynamically control structural phase transitions in two-dimensional materials, enabling potential applications in phase-change electronic devices.

  19. Structural Properties and Phase Transition of Na Adsorption on Monolayer MoS2.

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    He, Hai; Lu, Pengfei; Wu, Liyuan; Zhang, Chunfang; Song, Yuxin; Guan, Pengfei; Wang, Shumin

    2016-12-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to investigate the structural stability of Na adsorption on 1H and 1T phases of monolayer MoS2. Our results demonstrate that it is likely to make the stability of distorted 1T phase of MoS2 over the 1H phase through adsorption of Na atoms. The type of distortion depends on the concentration of adsorbed Na atoms and changes from zigzag-like to diamond-like with the increasing of adsorbed Na atom concentrations. Our calculations show that the phase transition from 1H-MoS2 to 1T-MoS2 can be obtained by Na adsorption. We also calculate the electrochemical properties of Na adsorption on MoS2 monolayer. These results indicate that MoS2 is one of potential negative electrodes for Na-ion batteries. PMID:27416903

  20. Structural Properties and Phase Transition of Na Adsorption on Monolayer MoS2

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    He, Hai; Lu, Pengfei; Wu, Liyuan; Zhang, Chunfang; Song, Yuxin; Guan, Pengfei; Wang, Shumin

    2016-07-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to investigate the structural stability of Na adsorption on 1H and 1T phases of monolayer MoS2. Our results demonstrate that it is likely to make the stability of distorted 1T phase of MoS2 over the 1H phase through adsorption of Na atoms. The type of distortion depends on the concentration of adsorbed Na atoms and changes from zigzag-like to diamond-like with the increasing of adsorbed Na atom concentrations. Our calculations show that the phase transition from 1H-MoS2 to 1T-MoS2 can be obtained by Na adsorption. We also calculate the electrochemical properties of Na adsorption on MoS2 monolayer. These results indicate that MoS2 is one of potential negative electrodes for Na-ion batteries.

  1. Structural Properties and Phase Transition of Na Adsorption on Monolayer MoS2.

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    He, Hai; Lu, Pengfei; Wu, Liyuan; Zhang, Chunfang; Song, Yuxin; Guan, Pengfei; Wang, Shumin

    2016-12-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to investigate the structural stability of Na adsorption on 1H and 1T phases of monolayer MoS2. Our results demonstrate that it is likely to make the stability of distorted 1T phase of MoS2 over the 1H phase through adsorption of Na atoms. The type of distortion depends on the concentration of adsorbed Na atoms and changes from zigzag-like to diamond-like with the increasing of adsorbed Na atom concentrations. Our calculations show that the phase transition from 1H-MoS2 to 1T-MoS2 can be obtained by Na adsorption. We also calculate the electrochemical properties of Na adsorption on MoS2 monolayer. These results indicate that MoS2 is one of potential negative electrodes for Na-ion batteries.

  2. Structure of the body-centered cubic phase of lipid systems

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    Saludjian, Pedro; Reiss-Husson, Françoise

    1980-01-01

    A new model is proposed for the structure of the body-centered cubic phase of lipid systems. Infinite rods of polar groups (and water) are arranged with axes parallel to the four cubic [unk]1 1 1[unk] directions. The hydrocarbon chains fill the space between the rods to form a continuous matrix. With this unified topology, the model explains satisfactorily the x-ray diffraction patterns of strontium soaps, lecithin, galactolipids, potassium soaps, and hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide and explains the transition between cubic/HII phases. The paradoxical thermal effects on the lipid cubic phase, in particular the decrease of unit cell dimensions with increasing temperature, can be explained with the proposed model by mechanisms similar to those used for the monodimensional and bidimensional (mesomorphic) phases. Images PMID:16592934

  3. Nanoindentation-induced phase transformation and structural deformation of monocrystalline germanium: a molecular dynamics simulation investigation

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    2013-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations were conducted to study the nanoindentation of monocrystalline germanium. The path of phase transformation and distribution of transformed region on different crystallographic orientations were investigated. The results indicate the anisotropic behavior of monocrystalline germanium. The nanoindentation-induced phase transformation from diamond cubic structure to β-tin-Ge was found in the subsurface region beneath the tool when indented on the (010) plane, while direct amorphization was observed in the region right under the indenter when the germanium was loaded along the [101] and [111] directions. The transformed phases extend along the < 110 > slip direction of germanium. The depth and shape of the deformed layers after unloading are quite different according to the crystal orientation of the indentation plane. The study results suggest that phase transformation is the dominant mechanism of deformation of monocrystalline germanium film in nanoindentation. PMID:23947487

  4. Direct phase selection of initial phases from single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) for the improvement of electron density and ab initio structure determination

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    Chen, Chung-De; Huang, Yen-Chieh; Chiang, Hsin-Lin; Hsieh, Yin-Cheng; Guan, Hong-Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Chen, Chun-Jung

    2014-01-01

    Optimization of the initial phasing has been a decisive factor in the success of the subsequent electron-density modification, model building and structure determination of biological macromolecules using the single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) method. Two possible phase solutions (ϕ1 and ϕ2) generated from two symmetric phase triangles in the Harker construction for the SAD method cause the well known phase ambiguity. A novel direct phase-selection method utilizing the θDS list as a criterion to select optimized phases ϕam from ϕ1 or ϕ2 of a subset of reflections with a high percentage of correct phases to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases ϕSAD has been developed. Based on this work, reflections with an angle θDS in the range 35–145° are selected for an optimized improvement, where θDS is the angle between the initial phase ϕSAD and a preliminary density-modification (DM) phase ϕDM NHL. The results show that utilizing the additional direct phase-selection step prior to simple solvent flattening without phase combination using existing DM programs, such as RESOLVE or DM from CCP4, significantly improves the final phases in terms of increased correlation coefficients of electron-density maps and diminished mean phase errors. With the improved phases and density maps from the direct phase-selection method, the completeness of residues of protein molecules built with main chains and side chains is enhanced for efficient structure determination. PMID:25195747

  5. Direct phase selection of initial phases from single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) for the improvement of electron density and ab initio structure determination.

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    Chen, Chung-De; Huang, Yen-Chieh; Chiang, Hsin-Lin; Hsieh, Yin-Cheng; Guan, Hong-Hsiang; Chuankhayan, Phimonphan; Chen, Chun-Jung

    2014-09-01

    Optimization of the initial phasing has been a decisive factor in the success of the subsequent electron-density modification, model building and structure determination of biological macromolecules using the single-wavelength anomalous dispersion (SAD) method. Two possible phase solutions (φ1 and φ2) generated from two symmetric phase triangles in the Harker construction for the SAD method cause the well known phase ambiguity. A novel direct phase-selection method utilizing the θ(DS) list as a criterion to select optimized phases φ(am) from φ1 or φ2 of a subset of reflections with a high percentage of correct phases to replace the corresponding initial SAD phases φ(SAD) has been developed. Based on this work, reflections with an angle θ(DS) in the range 35-145° are selected for an optimized improvement, where θ(DS) is the angle between the initial phase φ(SAD) and a preliminary density-modification (DM) phase φ(DM)(NHL). The results show that utilizing the additional direct phase-selection step prior to simple solvent flattening without phase combination using existing DM programs, such as RESOLVE or DM from CCP4, significantly improves the final phases in terms of increased correlation coefficients of electron-density maps and diminished mean phase errors. With the improved phases and density maps from the direct phase-selection method, the completeness of residues of protein molecules built with main chains and side chains is enhanced for efficient structure determination.

  6. Simplified Aerodynamic and Structural Modeling for Oblique All-Wing Aircraft. Phase 2: Structures

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    Kroo, Ilan (Principal Investigator)

    1994-01-01

    Any aircraft preliminary design study requires a structural model of the proposed configuration. The model must be capable of estimating the structural weight of a given configuration, and of predicting the deflections which will result from foreseen flight and ground loads. The present work develops such a model for the proposed Oblique All Wing airplane. The model is based on preliminary structural work done by Jack Williams and Peter Rudolph at Mdng, and is encoded in a FORTRAN program. As a stand-alone application, the program can calculate the weight CG location, and several types of structural deflections; used in conjunction with an aerodynamics model, the program can be used for mission analysis or sizing studies.

  7. High pressure structural phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials

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    Quan-Jun, Li; Bing-Bing, Liu

    2016-07-01

    Recently, the high pressure study on the TiO2 nanomaterials has attracted considerable attention due to the typical crystal structure and the fascinating properties of TiO2 with nanoscale sizes. In this paper, we briefly review the recent progress in the high pressure phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials. We discuss the size effects and morphology effects on the high pressure phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials with different particle sizes, morphologies, and microstructures. Several typical pressure-induced structural phase transitions in TiO2 nanomaterials are presented, including size-dependent phase transition selectivity in nanoparticles, morphology-tuned phase transition in nanowires, nanosheets, and nanoporous materials, and pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) and polyamorphism in ultrafine nanoparticles and TiO2-B nanoribbons. Various TiO2 nanostructural materials with high pressure structures are prepared successfully by high pressure treatment of the corresponding crystal nanomaterials, such as amorphous TiO2 nanoribbons, α-PbO2-type TiO2 nanowires, nanosheets, and nanoporous materials. These studies suggest that the high pressure phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials depend on the nanosize, morphology, interface energy, and microstructure. The diversity of high pressure behaviors of TiO2 nanomaterials provides a new insight into the properties of nanomaterials, and paves a way for preparing new nanomaterials with novel high pressure structures and properties for various applications. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB808200), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374120, 11004075, 10979001, 51025206, 51032001, and 21073071), and the Cheung Kong Scholars Programme of China.

  8. ALCHEMI of NbCr{sub 2}/V C15-structured Laves phase

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    Kotula, P.G.; Chu, F.; Mitchell, T.E.; Anderson, I.M.; Bentley, J.

    1996-05-01

    Laves-phase intermetallics are of potential interest for use as high temperature structural materials, of which NbCr{sub 2}-based C15- structured Laves phases are particularly attractive. Vanadium-alloyed NbCr{sub 2} Laves phases have been studies. The defect mechanism of a ternary Laves phase is crucial to understanding its physical metallurgy and deformation behavior. It is suggested based on the Nb- Cr-V phase diagram and first-principles total energy and electronic structure calculations for NbCr{sub 2} that V should occupy the B sites in C15-structured AB{sub 2}. In this paper, ALCHEMI is employed to examine this assumption for one composition of a V- alloyed NbCr{sub 2} C15 Laves phase. A Nb-Cr-V alloy of composition Nb{sub 33}Cr{sub 42}V{sub 25} was prepared by arc-melting followed by annealing at 1400{degrees}C for 120 h. Specimens were prepared for microanalysis by cutting 3 mm discs followed by dimpling and ion milling. Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectra were acquired with a Philips CM30 operating at 300 kV and equipped with a Kevex Quantum detector. Fourteen spectra were collected near <014> over a range of [400] excitations between symmetry and beyond [12 0 0]. Owing to the high accelerating voltage (and therefore relatively flat Ewald sphere) used for these experiments, it was difficult to eliminate non- systematic reflections, although attempts were made to minimize this effect. Spectra were also acquired with a Philips CM12 operating at 120 kV and equipped with an EDAX superUTW detector. Nine spectra were collected near <334> over a range of [440] excitations between symmetry and [880]. Site-distributions were extracted from the data by multivariate statistical analysis (MSA) with delocalization correction as described elsewhere.

  9. Structural studies of the phase separation of amorphous FexGe100-x alloys

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    Lorentz, Robert D.; Bienenstock, Arthur; Morrison, Timothy I.

    1994-02-01

    Small-angle x-ray scattering and x-ray-absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES) experiments have been performed on amorphous FexGe100-x alloys over the composition range 0<=x<=72. The observed small-angle x-ray-scattering patterns were compared both with those calculated for a model assuming segregation of the alloys into particular phases and with scattering patterns calculated for voids in a homogeneous matrix. The x-ray-absorption near-edge-structure data were used to test for phase separation. No large-scale phase separation is observed in the semiconductor-metal transition region (15-25 at. % Fe), but fine-scale, kinetically limited phase separation or other types of composition fluctuations cannot be ruled out. The results also indicate that phase separation occurs for alloys with 37<=x<=72, with data consistent with separation into amorphous FeGe2 and Fe3Ge. Thus, ferromagnetic moment formation occurs in the phase-separated region, with the transition composition (40-43 at. % Fe) probably linked to a-Fe3Ge percolation, as hypothesized by Janot for the related FexSn100-x system. This phase separation explains the Mossbauer observation of ``magnetic'' and ``nonmagnetic'' Fe atoms in these alloys.

  10. Formation mechanism of primary phases and eutectic structures within undercooled Pb-Sb-Sn ternary alloys

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    Wang, Weili; Dai, Fuping; Wei, Bingbo

    2007-08-01

    The solidification characteristics of three types of Pb-Sb-Sn ternary alloys with different primary phases were studied under substantial undercooling conditions. The experimental results show that primary (Pb) and SbSn phases grow in the dendritic mode, whereas primary (Sb) phase exhibits faceted growth in the form of polygonal blocks and long strips. (Pb) solid solution phase displays strong affinity with SbSn intermetallic compound so that they produce various morphologies of pseudobinary eutectics, but it can only grow in the divorced eutectic mode together with (Sb) phase. Although (Sb) solid solution phase and SbSn intermetallic compound may grow cooperatively within ternary eutectic microstructures, they seldom form pseudobinary eutectics independently. The (Pb)+(Sb)+SbSn ternary eutectic structure usually shows lamellar morphology, but appears as anomalous eutectic when its volume fraction becomes small. EDS analyses reveal that all of the three primary (Pb), (Sb) and SbSn phases exhibit conspicuous solute trapping effect during rapid solidification, which results in the remarkable extension of solute solubility.

  11. Isopycnic Phases and Structures in H2O/CO2/Ethoxylated Alcohol Surfactant Mixtures

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    Paulaitis, Michael E.; Zielinski, Richard G.; Kaler, Eric W.

    1996-01-01

    Ternary mixtures of H2O and CO2 with ethoxylated alcohol (C(i)E(j)) surfactants can form three coexisting liquid phases at conditions where two of the phases have the same density (isopycnic phases). Isopycnic phase behavior has been observed for mixtures containing the surfactants C8E5, C10E6, and C12E6, but not for those mixtures containing either C4E1 or CgE3. Pressure-temperature (PT) projections for this isopycnic three-phase equilibrium were determined for H2O/CO2/C8E5 and H2O/CO2/C10E6 mixtures at temperatures from approximately 25 to 33 C and pressures between 90 and 350 bar. As a preliminary to measuring the microstructure in isopycnic three component mixtures, phase behavior and small angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments were performed on mixtures of D2O/CO2/ n-hexaethyleneglycol monododecyl ether (C12E6) as a function of temperature (25-31 C), pressure (63.1-90.7 bar), and CO2 composition (0-3.9 wt%). Parameters extracted from model fits of the SANS spectra indicate that, while micellar structure remains essentially unchanged, critical concentration fluctuations increase as the phase boundary and plait point are approached.

  12. Low-temperature structure anomalies in CuNCN. Manifestations of RVB phase transitions?

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    Tchougréeff, A L; Dronskowski, R

    2013-10-30

    We propose a new frustrated Heisenberg antiferromagnetic model with spatially anisotropic exchange parameters Jc, Ja, and Jac, extending along the c, a, and a ± c (c-a-ca model) lattice directions, and apply it to describe the fascinating physics of copper carbodiimide, CuNCN, assuming the resonating valence bond (RVB) type of its phases. This explains within a unified picture the intriguing absence of magnetic order in CuNCN. We further present a parameters-temperature phase diagram of the c-a-ca-RVB model in the high-temperature approximation. Eight different phases including Curie and Pauli paramagnets (respectively, in disordered and 1D- or Q1D-RVB phases) and (pseudo)gapped (quasi-Arrhenius) paramagnets (2D-RVB phases) are possible. By adding magnetostriction and elastic terms to the model, we derive possible structural manifestations of RVB phase transitions. Assuming a sequence of RVB phase transitions to occur in CuNCN with decreasing temperature, several anomalies observed in the temperature course of the lattice constants are explained.

  13. Routine phasing of coiled-coil protein crystal structures with AMPLE

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    Thomas, Jens M. H.; Keegan, Ronan M.; Bibby, Jaclyn; Winn, Martyn D.; Mayans, Olga; Rigden, Daniel J.

    2015-01-01

    Coiled-coil protein folds are among the most abundant in nature. These folds consist of long wound α-helices and are architecturally simple, but paradoxically their crystallographic structures are notoriously difficult to solve with molecular-replacement techniques. The program AMPLE can solve crystal structures by molecular replacement using ab initio search models in the absence of an existent homologous protein structure. AMPLE has been benchmarked on a large and diverse test set of coiled-coil crystal structures and has been found to solve 80% of all cases. Successes included structures with chain lengths of up to 253 residues and resolutions down to 2.9 Å, considerably extending the limits on size and resolution that are typically tractable by ab initio methodologies. The structures of two macromolecular complexes, one including DNA, were also successfully solved using their coiled-coil components. It is demonstrated that both the ab initio modelling and the use of ensemble search models contribute to the success of AMPLE by comparison with phasing attempts using single structures or ideal polyalanine helices. These successes suggest that molecular replacement with AMPLE should be the method of choice for the crystallo­graphic elucidation of a coiled-coil structure. Furthermore, AMPLE may be able to exploit the presence of a coiled coil in a complex to provide a convenient route for phasing. PMID:25866657

  14. VO{sub 2} (A): Reinvestigation of crystal structure, phase transition and crystal growth mechanisms

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    Rao Popuri, Srinivasa; Artemenko, Alla; Labrugere, Christine; Miclau, Marinela; Villesuzanne, Antoine; Pollet, Michaël

    2014-05-01

    Well crystallized VO{sub 2} (A) microrods were grown via a single step hydrothermal reaction in the presence of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and oxalic acid. With the advantage of high crystalline samples, we propose P4/ncc as an appropriate space group at room temperature. From morphological studies, we found that the oriented attachment and layer by layer growth mechanisms are responsible for the formation of VO{sub 2} (A) micro rods. The structural and electronic transitions in VO{sub 2} (A) are strongly first order in nature, and a marked difference between the structural transition temperatures and electronic transitions temperature was evidenced. The reversible intra- (LTP-A to HTP-A) and irreversible inter- (HTP-A to VO{sub 2} (M1)) structural phase transformations were studied by in-situ powder X-ray diffraction. Attempts to increase the size of the VO{sub 2} (A) microrods are presented and the possible formation steps for the flower-like morphologies of VO{sub 2} (M1) are described. - Graphical abstract: Using a single step and template free hydrothermal synthesis, well crystallized VO{sub 2} (A) microrods were prepared and the P4/ncc space group was assigned to the room temperature crystal structure. Reversible and irreversible phase transitions among different VO{sub 2} polymorphs were identified and their progressive nature was highlighted. Attempts to increase the microrods size, involving layer by layer formation mechanisms, are presented. - Highlights: • Highly crystallized VO{sub 2} (A) microrods were grown via a single step hydrothermal process. • The P4/ncc space group was determined for VO{sub 2} (A) at room temperature. • The electronic structure and progressive nature of the structural phase transition were investigated. • A weak coupling between structural and electronic phase transitions was identified. • Different crystallite morphologies were discussed in relation with growth mechanisms.

  15. Prediction of structural and metal-to-semiconductor phase transitions in nanoscale MoS2, WS2, and other transition metal dichalcogenide zigzag ribbons

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    Güller, F.; Llois, A. M.; Goniakowski, J.; Noguera, C.

    2015-02-01

    While MoS2 and WS2 nanostructures gain an increasing importance in a number of recent technological applications, the control of their structure as a function of their size and their environment appears of prominent importance. In the present study which relies on first-principles simulations, we predict the dimerized 1T ' structural phase to be the actual ground state of MoS2, WS2, and MoSe2 zigzag nanoribbons of small width and monolayer thickness. We assign this result to the competition between edge energy—which favors the nonpolar 1T ' edges over the polar 1H edges—and the energy of atoms in the center of the ribbons—which favors the 1H ground state of the infinite monolayers. A metal-to-semiconductor transition accompanies the structural transition. At variance, ZrS2 zigzag ribbons are predicted to display the 1T structure whatever their width. In compounds of major technological importance, such structural and electronic flexibility associated with polarity effects opens the possibility for controlling the ribbon type during synthesis.

  16. Formation of asymmetrical structured silica controlled by a phase separation process and implication for biosilicification.

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    Shi, Jia-Yuan; Yao, Qi-Zhi; Li, Xi-Ming; Zhou, Gen-Tao; Fu, Sheng-Quan

    2013-01-01

    Biogenetic silica displays intricate patterns assembling from nano- to microsize level and interesting non-spherical structures differentiating in specific directions. Several model systems have been proposed to explain the formation of biosilica nanostructures. Of them, phase separation based on the physicochemical properties of organic amines was considered to be responsible for the pattern formation of biosilica. In this paper, using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS, Si(OCH2CH3)4) as silica precursor, phospholipid (PL) and dodecylamine (DA) were introduced to initiate phase separation of organic components and influence silica precipitation. Morphology, structure and composition of the mineralized products were characterized using a range of techniques including field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), infrared spectra (IR), and nitrogen physisorption. The results demonstrate that the phase separation process of the organic components leads to the formation of asymmetrically non-spherical silica structures, and the aspect ratios of the asymmetrical structures can be well controlled by varying the concentration of PL and DA. On the basis of the time-dependent experiments, a tentative mechanism is also proposed to illustrate the asymmetrical morphogenesis. Therefore, our results imply that in addition to explaining the hierarchical porous nanopatterning of biosilica, the phase separation process may also be responsible for the growth differentiation of siliceous structures in specific directions. Because organic amine (e.g., long-chair polyamines), phospholipids (e.g., silicalemma) and the phase separation process are associated with the biosilicification of diatoms, our results may provide a new insight into the mechanism of biosilicification.

  17. Formation of Asymmetrical Structured Silica Controlled by a Phase Separation Process and Implication for Biosilicification

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    Shi, Jia-Yuan; Yao, Qi-Zhi; Li, Xi-Ming; Zhou, Gen-Tao; Fu, Sheng-Quan

    2013-01-01

    Biogenetic silica displays intricate patterns assembling from nano- to microsize level and interesting non-spherical structures differentiating in specific directions. Several model systems have been proposed to explain the formation of biosilica nanostructures. Of them, phase separation based on the physicochemical properties of organic amines was considered to be responsible for the pattern formation of biosilica. In this paper, using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS, Si(OCH2CH3)4) as silica precursor, phospholipid (PL) and dodecylamine (DA) were introduced to initiate phase separation of organic components and influence silica precipitation. Morphology, structure and composition of the mineralized products were characterized using a range of techniques including field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), infrared spectra (IR), and nitrogen physisorption. The results demonstrate that the phase separation process of the organic components leads to the formation of asymmetrically non-spherical silica structures, and the aspect ratios of the asymmetrical structures can be well controlled by varying the concentration of PL and DA. On the basis of the time-dependent experiments, a tentative mechanism is also proposed to illustrate the asymmetrical morphogenesis. Therefore, our results imply that in addition to explaining the hierarchical porous nanopatterning of biosilica, the phase separation process may also be responsible for the growth differentiation of siliceous structures in specific directions. Because organic amine (e.g., long-chair polyamines), phospholipids (e.g., silicalemma) and the phase separation process are associated with the biosilicification of diatoms, our results may provide a new insight into the mechanism of biosilicification. PMID:23585878

  18. Stability of self-interstitial clusters with C15 Laves phase structure in iron

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    Dézerald, L.; Marinica, M.-C.; Ventelon, Lisa; Rodney, D.; Willaime, F.

    2014-06-01

    The energetics and stability of self-interstitial clusters with C15 Laves phase structure in iron are investigated by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. First, the properties of bulk C15 are examined. The C15 structure is shown to be mechanically and dynamically stable. Second, the influence of the calculation scheme on the energy difference between C15, ring and loop configurations of di-, tri-, tetra- and octa-interstitial clusters is studied. These calculations confirm that, according to DFT, the C15 structure has by far the lowest energy of all known configurations of tetra- and octa-interstitial clusters in bcc-Fe.

  19. Atomic force microscopy studies of domain structures in phase-separated monolayers

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    Xiao, Shou-Jun; Wu, Hai-Ming; Yang, Xiao-Min; Wei, Yu; Tai, Zi-Hou; Sun, Xing-Zhong

    1994-10-01

    Domain structures were studied with atomic force microscopy (AFM) in binary phase-separated monolayer films composed of 5, 10, 15-triphenyl-20-(4-dl-α-phenylalanylamindo) phenyl porphyrin (TPPP) and one of a series of fatty acids which are arachidic acid (AA), palmitic acid (PA), and lauric acid (LA). The liquid-condensed (LC) domain structures of AA and PA were observed in their corresponding mixed monolayers. However, instead of the fatty acid domain, a liquid-expanded (LE) domain structure of TPPP appears in the mixed monolayer of LA/TPPP.

  20. Detailed requirements document for the integrated structural analysis system, phase B

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    Rainey, J. A.

    1976-01-01

    The requirements are defined for a software system entitled integrated Structural Analysis System (ISAS) Phase B which is being developed to provide the user with a tool by which a complete and detailed analysis of a complex structural system can be performed. This software system will allow for automated interface with numerous structural analysis batch programs and for user interaction in the creation, selection, and validation of data. This system will include modifications to the 4 functions developed for ISAS, and the development of 25 new functions. The new functions are described.

  1. Structural and Magnetic Phase Transitions in Manganese Arsenide Thin-Films Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Jaeckel, Felix Till

    Phase transitions play an important role in many fields of physics and engineering, and their study in bulk materials has a long tradition. Many of the experimental techniques involve measurements of thermodynamically extensive parameters. With the increasing technological importance of thin-film technology there is a pressing need to find new ways to study phase transitions at smaller length-scales, where the traditional methods are insufficient. In this regard, the phase transitions observed in thin-films of MnAs present interesting challenges. As a ferromagnetic material that can be grown epitaxially on a variety of technologically important substrates, MnAs is an interesting material for spintronics applications. In the bulk, the first order transition from the low temperature ferromagnetic alpha-phase to the beta-phase occurs at 313 K. The magnetic state of the beta-phase has remained controversial. A second order transition to the paramagnetic gamma-phase takes place at 398 K. In thin-films, the anisotropic strain imposed by the substrate leads to the interesting phenomenon of coexistence of alpha- and beta-phases in a regular array of stripes over an extended temperature range. In this dissertation these phase transitions are studied in films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs (001). The films are confirmed to be of high structural quality and almost purely in the A0 orientation. A diverse set of experimental techniques, germane to thin-film technology, is used to probe the properties of the film: Temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction and atomic-force microscopy (AFM), as well as magnetotransport give insights into the structural properties, while the anomalous Hall effect is used as a probe of magnetization during the phase transition. In addition, reflectance difference spectroscopy (RDS) is used as a sensitive probe of electronic structure. Inductively coupled plasma etching with BCl3 is demonstrated to be effective for patterning MnAs. We show

  2. Correlated structural and electronic phase transformations in transition metal chalcogenide under high pressure

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    Li, Chunyu; Ke, Feng; Hu, Qingyang; Yu, Zhenhai; Zhao, Jinggeng; Chen, Zhiqiang; Yan, Hao

    2016-04-01

    Here, we report comprehensive studies on the high-pressure structural and electrical transport properties of the layered transition metal chalcogenide (Cr2S3) up to 36.3 GPa. A structural phase transition was observed in the rhombohedral Cr2S3 near 16.5 GPa by the synchrotron angle dispersive X-ray diffraction measurement using a diamond anvil cell. Through in situ resistance measurement, the electric resistance value was detected to decrease by an order of three over the pressure range of 7-15 GPa coincided with the structural phase transition. Measurements on the temperature dependence of resistivity indicate that it is a semiconductor-to-metal transition in nature. The results were also confirmed by the electronic energy band calculations. Above results may shed a light on optimizing the performance of Cr2S3 based applications under extreme conditions.

  3. Ultrafast Electronic Disorder in Heat-induced Structural Phase Transitions in Metal

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    Taylor, Antoinette; Guo, Chunlei

    2000-03-01

    Heat-induced structural phase transitions of noble metals silver and gold are studied using 1.5 eV, 120 fs ultrashort laser pulses. The dynamics of heating process is monitored by measuring the time evolution of the dielectric constants following optical excitation, which shows behavior consistent with that reported previously. Fluence-dependent dielectric constants in silver and gold show similarities with the photon-energy-dependent dielectric constants, which in fact indirectly map out the degree of the heat-induced electronic disorder in noble metals. The results demonstrate, for the first time, that the heat-induced structural phase transition in metal is in fact tied to the electronic disorder and band structure collapse.

  4. Spiral Spin Structure in the Commensurate Magnetic Phase of Multiferroic RMn2O5

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    Kimura, Hiroyuki; Kobayashi, Satoru; Fukuda, Yoshikazu; Osawa, Toshihiro; Kamada, Youichi; Noda, Yukio; Kagomiya, Isao; Kohn, Kay

    2007-07-01

    Crystal and magnetic structure analyses have been performed for single crystals of multiferroic materials RMn2O5 (R = Y, Ho, Er) using the neutron diffraction technique. For all the compounds, the magnetic structure in the commensurate magnetic phase, where spontaneous electric polarization occurs, was determined to be a transverse spiral spin structure propagating along the c-axis. The results demonstrate that the spin configuration for Mn4+ and Mn3+ ions is essentially the same in all three materials, suggesting that the ferroelectricity of the commensurate magnetic phase originates from the spin configurations of Mn ions. By contrast, the alignment of the induced 4 f-moment of Ho3+ ions is quite different from that of Er3+ ions, which might give a rich variety of magnetic field response for magnetic and dielectric properties in the RMn2O5 system.

  5. Structural and phase transformation of apatite and quartz in the indentation process single crystals

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    Chaikina, Marina

    2014-11-14

    Using the method of scanning and high-resolution electron microscopy, the zones of indentation by scratching for apatite and quartz single crystals were investigated. The textural, structural and phase transformations revealed have been conventionally ascribed to “deformation” and “diffusion” processes of plastic deformation. In zones of indentation by scratching of single crystals there have been two levels of structural transformations revealed, with a sharp boundary between them, at a stress equal to the theoretical ultimate stress limit (σ{sub TSL}). In the top zone of scratches, within the range of stress from the microhardness value H{sub s} up to the σ{sub TSL} value the substance undergoes profound structural and phase transformations. In the bed of scratches at the stress value lower than σ{sub TSL} values, single crystal fragmentation occurs with the formation of blocks and steps.

  6. Structure and interaction in the polymer-dependent reentrant phase behavior of a charged nanoparticle solution

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    Kumar, Sugam; Ray, D.; Aswal, V. K.; Kohlbrecher, J.

    2014-10-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies have been carried out to examine the evolution of interaction and structure in a nanoparticle (silica)-polymer (polyethylene glycol) system. The nanoparticle-polymer solution interestingly shows a reentrant phase behavior where the one-phase charged stabilized nanoparticles go through a two-phase system (nanoparticle aggregation) and back to one-phase as a function of polymer concentration. Such phase behavior arises because of the nonadsorption of polymer on nanoparticles and is governed by the interplay of polymer-induced attractive depletion with repulsive nanoparticle-nanoparticle electrostatic and polymer-polymer interactions in different polymer concentration regimes. At low polymer concentrations, the electrostatic repulsion dominates over the depletion attraction. However, the increase in polymer concentration enhances the depletion attraction to give rise to the nanoparticle aggregation in the two-phase system. Further, the polymer-polymer repulsion at high polymer concentrations is believed to be responsible for the reentrance to one-phase behavior. The SANS data in polymer contrast-matched conditions have been modeled by a two-Yukawa potential accounting for both repulsive and attractive parts of total interaction potential between nanoparticles. Both of these interactions (repulsive and attractive) are found to be long range. The magnitude and the range of the depletion interaction increase with the polymer concentration leading to nanoparticle clustering. At higher polymer concentrations, the increased polymer-polymer repulsion reduces the depletion interaction leading to reentrant phase behavior. The nanoparticle clusters in the two-phase system are characterized by the surface fractal with simple cubic packing of nanoparticles within the clusters. The effect of varying ionic strength and polymer size in tuning the interaction has also been examined.

  7. Structure and interaction in the polymer-dependent reentrant phase behavior of a charged nanoparticle solution.

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    Kumar, Sugam; Ray, D; Aswal, V K; Kohlbrecher, J

    2014-10-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies have been carried out to examine the evolution of interaction and structure in a nanoparticle (silica)-polymer (polyethylene glycol) system. The nanoparticle-polymer solution interestingly shows a reentrant phase behavior where the one-phase charged stabilized nanoparticles go through a two-phase system (nanoparticle aggregation) and back to one-phase as a function of polymer concentration. Such phase behavior arises because of the nonadsorption of polymer on nanoparticles and is governed by the interplay of polymer-induced attractive depletion with repulsive nanoparticle-nanoparticle electrostatic and polymer-polymer interactions in different polymer concentration regimes. At low polymer concentrations, the electrostatic repulsion dominates over the depletion attraction. However, the increase in polymer concentration enhances the depletion attraction to give rise to the nanoparticle aggregation in the two-phase system. Further, the polymer-polymer repulsion at high polymer concentrations is believed to be responsible for the reentrance to one-phase behavior. The SANS data in polymer contrast-matched conditions have been modeled by a two-Yukawa potential accounting for both repulsive and attractive parts of total interaction potential between nanoparticles. Both of these interactions (repulsive and attractive) are found to be long range. The magnitude and the range of the depletion interaction increase with the polymer concentration leading to nanoparticle clustering. At higher polymer concentrations, the increased polymer-polymer repulsion reduces the depletion interaction leading to reentrant phase behavior. The nanoparticle clusters in the two-phase system are characterized by the surface fractal with simple cubic packing of nanoparticles within the clusters. The effect of varying ionic strength and polymer size in tuning the interaction has also been examined.

  8. The Mechanism of Atomization Accompanying Solid Injection

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    Castleman, R A , Jr

    1933-01-01

    A brief historical and descriptive account of solid injection is followed by a detailed review of the available theoretical and experimental data that seem to throw light on the mechanism of this form of atomization. It is concluded that this evidence indicates that (1) the atomization accompanying solid injection occurs at the surface of the liquid after it issues as a solid stream from the orifice; and (2) that such atomization has a mechanism physically identical with the atomization which takes place in an air stream, both being due merely to the formation, at the gas-liquid interface, of fine ligaments under the influence of the relative motion of gas and liquid, and to their collapse, under the influence of surface tension, to form the drops in the spray.

  9. NMR, symmetry elements, structure and phase transitions in the argyrodite family

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    Gaudin, E.; Taulelle, F.; Boucher, F.; Evain, M.

    1998-02-01

    Cu7PSe6 belongs to a family of structures known as the argyrodites. It undergoes two phases transitions. The high temperature phase has been determined by X-ray diffraction. It has a Foverline{4}3m space group. Medium temperature phases have been refined using a non-harmonic technique and the space group proposed is P213. The low temperature phase had an apparent space group of Foverline{4}3m also. Use of X-ray diffraction and NMR together has allowed to determine the space groups of all phases as being respectively Foverline{4}3m, P213 and Pmn21. Positioning of disordered coppers in the structure is therefore possible and the structure can be described by connex polyhedra of PSe3-4 and SeCux-2_x. The phase transitions can be understood by an ordered motion of SeCux-2x polyhedra. If these polyhedra set in motion independently two transitions are to be observed, if they are coupled only one is observed. Cu7PSe6 appartient à une famille de composés connus sous le nom d'argyrodites. Cu7PSe6 possède deux transitions de phase. La structure de haute température a été déterminée par diffraction des rayons X. Elle se décrit par le groupe d'espace Foverline{4}3m. La phase de moyenne température a été raffinée en utilisant une technique non-harmonique et le groupe d'espace proposé est P213. La phase de basse température possède également un groupe d'espace apparent Foverline{4}3m. En utilisant ensemble la diffraction des rayons X et la RMN, il a été possible de déterminer les groupes d'espace de toutes les phases comme étant respectivement Foverline{4}3m, P213 et Pmn21. Placer les atomes de cuivre, désordonnés, dans la structure devient alors possible et la structure peut se décrire comme un ensemble de polyèdres connexes de PSe3-4 et SeCux-2_x. Les transitions de phases se décrivent alors comme des mouvements ordonnés des polyèdres SeCux-2_x. Si ces polyèdres se mettent en mouvement indépendamment, deux transitions de phases sont attendues, si

  10. Effect of structural phase transformation in FeGaO{sub 3} on its magnetic and ferroelectric properties

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    Lone, A. G. Bhowmik, R. N.

    2015-06-24

    We investigate the structural phase transformation from orthorhombic to rhombohedral structure in FeGaO{sub 3} by adopting a combined effect of mechanical alloying/milling and solid state sintering techniques. The structural phase formation of the FeGaO{sub 3} compound has been characterized by X-ray diffraction pattern. Mechanical milling played a significant role on the stabilization of rhombohedral phase in FeGaO{sub 3}, where as high temperature sintering stabilized the system in orthorhombic phase. A considerable difference has been observed in magnetic and ferroelectric properties of the system in two phases. The system in rhombohedral (R-3c) phase exhibited better ferromagnetic and of ferroelectric properties at room temperature in comparison to orthorhombic (Pc2{sub 1}n) phase. The rhombohedral phase appears to be good for developing metal doped hematite system for spintronics applications and in that process mechanical milling played an important role.

  11. Structural determination of a 1/1 rational approximant to the icosahedral phase in Ti-Cr-Si alloys

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    Libbert, J. L.; Kelton, K. F.; Goldman, A. I.; Yelon, W. B.

    1994-05-01

    We report the discovery and structural refinement of a large unit cell bcc crystalline phase in a Ti-Cr-Si alloy that is a 1/1 rational approximant to the icosahedral phase in that system. The crystal structure was determined from a Rietveld analysis of x-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. Our results demonstrate that this phase is closely related to the α(Al-Mn-Si) phase, which in turn, is closely related to the structure of the icosahedral phase in the Al-transition-metal alloys. The neutron data indicate that the structure contains a significant amount of oxygen located in the Mackay clusters. Partial ordering of this oxygen may provide an explanation for the localized diffuse scattering often observed in the i phase and related crystalline phases in Ti-transitional-metal alloys.

  12. Structural determination of a 1/1 rational approximant to the icosahedral phase in Ti-Cr-Si alloys

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    Libbert, J.L.; Kelton, K.F. ); Goldman, A.I. ); Yelon, W.B. )

    1994-05-01

    We report the discovery and structural refinement of a large unit cell bcc crystalline phase in a Ti-Cr-Si alloy that is a 1/1 rational approximant to the icosahedral phase in that system. The crystal structure was determined from a Rietveld analysis of x-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. Our results demonstrate that this phase is closely related to the [alpha](Al-Mn-Si) phase, which in turn, is closely related to the structure of the icosahedral phase in the Al-transition-metal alloys. The neutron data indicate that the structure contains a significant amount of oxygen located in the Mackay clusters. Partial ordering of this oxygen may provide an explanation for the localized diffuse scattering often observed in the [ital i] phase and related crystalline phases in Ti-transitional-metal alloys.

  13. Structural and magnetic phase transitions in CeCu6 -xTx (T =Ag ,Pd )

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    Poudel, L.; de la Cruz, C.; Payzant, E. A.; May, A. F.; Koehler, M.; Garlea, V. O.; Taylor, A. E.; Parker, D. S.; Cao, H. B.; McGuire, M. A.; Tian, W.; Matsuda, M.; Jeen, H.; Lee, H. N.; Hong, T.; Calder, S.; Zhou, H. D.; Lumsden, M. D.; Keppens, V.; Mandrus, D.; Christianson, A. D.

    2015-12-01

    The structural and the magnetic properties of CeCu6 -xAgx (0 ≤x ≤0.85 ) and CeCu6 -xPdx (0 ≤x ≤0.4 ) have been studied using neutron diffraction, resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS), x-ray diffraction measurements, and first principles calculations. The structural and magnetic phase diagrams of CeCu6 -xAgx and CeCu6 -xPdx as a function of Ag/Pd composition are reported. The end member, CeCu6, undergoes a structural phase transition from an orthorhombic (P n m a ) to a monoclinic (P 21/c ) phase at 240 K. In CeCu6 -xAgx , the structural phase transition temperature (Ts) decreases linearly with Ag concentration and extrapolates to zero at xS ≈0.1 . The structural transition in CeCu6 -xPdx remains unperturbed with Pd substitution within the range of our study. The lattice constant b slightly decreases with Ag/Pd doping, whereas a and c increase with an overall increase in the unit cell volume. Both systems, CeCu6 -xAgx and CeCu6 -xPdx , exhibit a magnetic quantum critical point (QCP), at x ≈0.2 and x ≈0.05 , respectively. Near the QCP, long range antiferromagnetic ordering takes place at an incommensurate wave vector (δ10 δ2), where δ1˜0.62 ,δ2˜0.25 ,x =0.125 for CeCu6 -xPdx and δ1˜0.64 ,δ2˜0.3 ,x =0.3 for CeCu6 -xAgx . The magnetic structure consists of an amplitude modulation of the Ce moments which are aligned along the c axis of the orthorhombic unit cell.

  14. Is it biologically relevant to measure the structures of small peptides in the gas-phase?

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    Barran, Perdita E.; Polfer, Nick C.; Campopiano, Dominic J.; Clarke, David J.; Langridge-Smith, Patrick R. R.; Langley, Ross J.; Govan, John R. W.; Maxwell, Alison; Dorin, Julia R.; Millar, Robert P.; Bowers, Michael T.

    2005-02-01

    Recent developments in sample introduction of biologically relevant molecules have heralded a new era for gas-phase methods of structural determination. One of the biggest challenges is to relate gas-phase structures, often measured in the absence of water and counter ions, with in vivo biologically active structures. An advantage of gas-phase based techniques is that a given peptide can be analysed in a variety of different forms, for example, as a function of charge state, or with additional water molecules. Molecular modelling can provide insight into experimental findings and help elucidate the differences between structural forms. Combining experiment and theory provides a thorough interrogation of candidate conformations. Here two important naturally occurring peptide systems have been examined in detail and results are assessed in terms of their biological significance. The first of these is gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), a decapeptide which is the central regulator of the reproductive system in vertebrates. We have examined several naturally occurring variants of this peptide using Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry and Electron Capture Dissociation (ECD) in conjunction with Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Mass Spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS). Candidate conformations are modelled using the AMBER force field. Single amino acid changes, for example Gly6 --> Ala6, or Ala6 --> D-Ala6, have observable effects on the gas phase structure of GnRH. It has been shown that evolutionary primary sequence variations are key to the biological activity of GnRH, and it is thought that this is due to different binding affinities at target receptors. This work provides strong evidence that this activity is structurally based. The second system examined is the relationship between the quaternary structure and activity of two novel [beta]-defensins. FT-ICR mass spectrometry has been employed to characterize di-sulphide bridging and dissociation based experiments utilised to

  15. The Structure and Phase Diagram of Chiral Alkyl-Serine Monolayers on Mercury

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    L Tamam; D Medina; T Menahem; Y Mastai; E Sloutskin; S Yefet; M Deutsch

    2011-12-31

    The structure of liquid-mercury-supported Langmuir films (LFs) of chiral serine-modified fatty acid molecules was studied as a function of length, n = 8-22 carbons, temperature, T = 5-25 C, and surface coverage, A {approx} 40-200 {angstrom}{sup 2} per molecule, for both homochiral and heterochiral compounds. Using surface pressure {pi}-area A isotherms and surface-specific synchrotron X-ray diffraction methods the phase diagram was determined in detail. No lateral order was found for phases comprising surface-parallel molecules, in contrast with unmodified fatty acid LFs on mercury. For phases comprising standing-up molecules, long range lateral order was found for n {>=} 12, but no order for n = 8. The molecules in the ordered phases are extended, and tilt rigidly by {approx}40{sup o} from the surface normal. The homochiral LFs pack in an oblique, single-molecule, unit cell. The heterochiral LFs pack in a body-centered rectangular unit cell, containing two molecules. Unlike unmodified fatty acid LFs, the structure of the standing-up phase does not vary with n, T or A. The interactions underlying these characteristics, and the role of chirality, are discussed.

  16. Low temperature phase transition and crystal structure of CsMgPO4

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    Orlova, Maria; Khainakov, Sergey; Michailov, Dmitriy; Perfler, Lukas; Langes, Christoph; Kahlenberg, Volker; Orlova, Albina

    2015-01-01

    CsMgPO4 doped with radioisotopes is a promising compound for usage as a radioactive medical source. However, a low temperature phase transition at temperatures close to ambient conditions (~-40 °C) was observed. Information about such kind of structural changes is important in order to understand whether it can cause any problem for medical use of this compound. The phase transition has been investigated in detail using synchrotron powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and DFT calculations. The structure undergoes a transformation from an orthorhombic modification, space group Pnma (RT phase) to a monoclinic polymorph, space group P21/n (LT phase). New LT modification adopts similar to RT but slightly distorted unit cell: a=9.58199(2) Å, b=8.95501(1) Å, c=5.50344(2) Å, β=90.68583(1)°, V=472.198(3) Å3. CsMgPO4 belongs to the group of framework compounds and is made up of strictly alternating MgO4- and PO4-tetrahedra sharing vertices. The cesium counter cations are located in the resulting channel-like cavities. Upon the transformation a combined tilting of the tetrahedra is observed. A comparison with other phase transitions in ABW-type framework compounds is given.

  17. A novel actuator phasing method for ultrasonic de-icing of aircraft structures

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    Borigo, Cody J.

    Aircraft icing is a critical concern for commercial and military rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft. In-flight icing can lead to dramatic decreases in lift and increases in drag that have caused more than a thousand deaths and hundreds of accidents over the past three decades alone. Current ice protection technologies have substantial drawbacks due to weight, power consumption, environmental concerns, or incompatibility with certain structures. In this research, an actuator phasing method for ultrasonic de-icing of aircraft structures was developed and tested using a series of finite element models, 3D scanning laser Doppler vibrometer measurements, and experimental de-icing tests on metallic and composite structures including plates and airfoils. An independent actuator analysis method was developed to allow for practical evaluation of many actuator phasing scenarios using a limited number of finite element models by properly calculating the phased stress fields and electromechanical impedance curves using a complex coupled impedance model. A genetic algorithm was utilized in conjunction with a series of finite element models to demonstrate that phase inversion, in which only in-phase and anti-phase signal components are applied to actuators, can be utilized with a small number of phasing combinations to achieve substantial improvements in de-icing system coverage. Finite element models of a 48"-long airfoil predicted that phase inversion with frequency sweeping can provide an improvement in the shear stress coverage levels of up to 90% compared to frequency sweeping alone. Experimental evaluation of the phasing approach on an icing grid showed a 189% improvement in de-icing coverage compared to frequency sweeping alone at comparable power levels. 3D scanning laser Doppler vibrometer measurements confirmed the increased variation in the surface vibration field induced by actuator phasing compared to unphased frequency sweeping. Additional contributions were made

  18. Atomic density functional and diagram of structures in the phase field crystal model

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    Ankudinov, V. E.; Galenko, P. K.; Kropotin, N. V.; Krivilyov, M. D.

    2016-02-01

    The phase field crystal model provides a continual description of the atomic density over the diffusion time of reactions. We consider a homogeneous structure (liquid) and a perfect periodic crystal, which are constructed from the one-mode approximation of the phase field crystal model. A diagram of 2D structures is constructed from the analytic solutions of the model using atomic density functionals. The diagram predicts equilibrium atomic configurations for transitions from the metastable state and includes the domains of existence of homogeneous, triangular, and striped structures corresponding to a liquid, a body-centered cubic crystal, and a longitudinal cross section of cylindrical tubes. The method developed here is employed for constructing the diagram for the homogeneous liquid phase and the body-centered iron lattice. The expression for the free energy is derived analytically from density functional theory. The specific features of approximating the phase field crystal model are compared with the approximations and conclusions of the weak crystallization and 2D melting theories.

  19. Structural organisation and phase behaviour of a stratum corneum lipid analogue: ceramide 3A.

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    Garidel, Patrick

    2006-05-21

    The thermotropic phase behaviour and structural organisation of ceramide N-linoeoyl-phytosphingosine (ceramide 3A) is investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Its polymorphism and structural properties are compared with two ceramides of the type III class with various hydrocarbon chain saturation degrees. After hydration the main phase transition temperature of ceramide 3A is found at 76 degrees C with a phase transition enthalpy of +29 kJ mol(-1). Analysing the frequency of methylene stretching vibrations (by infrared spectroscopy) reveals that the fluidity (amount of trans-gauche isomers) is strongly increased for ceramide 3A compared to its stearoyl ceramide type III analogue. After lipid hydration, the acyl chains of all investigated phytosphingosine ceramides of type III adopt a hexagonal-like chain packing. The amide I and amide II vibrations are quite sensitive to the phase transition of the ceramide. The corresponding band analysis reveals strong inter- and intramolecular hydrogen bonds between the amide and hydroxyl groups in the ceramide head groups. The H-bonding network and conformation of the head group of ceramide 3A is only slightly influenced by hydration. The water penetration capacity of ceramide 3A is, however, considerably larger compared to other phytosphingosine derivatives. The structural and organisational properties of ceramides of type III class are discussed with respect to their physiological relevancies for the stratum corneum lipid barrier property of the skin. PMID:16688309

  20. Stability of ultrafine lamellar structures during aging in two-phase {gamma}-TiAl alloys

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    Maziasz, P.J.; Liu, C.T.; Wright, J.L.

    1997-08-01

    Two-phase {gamma}-tail alloys such as PM Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb or Ti-47Al- 2Cr-1Nb-Ta hot extruded above the {alpha}-transus temperature have unique refined-colony/ultrafine lamellar structures. These lamellar microstructures consist of very fine laths of the {gamma} and {alpha}{sub 2} phases, with average interlamellar spacings of 100 nm and {alpha}{sub 2}-{alpha}{sub 2} spacings of 200 nm, and are dominated by {gamma}/{alpha}{sub 2} interfaces. This ultrafine lamellar structure remains stable during 900 C heat treatment for 2 h, but becomes unstable after 4 h at 982 C. This structure remains stable in both alloys after aging for >5000 h at 800 C but disappears completely at 1000 C. Continuous coarsening begins with dissolution of fine {alpha}{sub 2} lamellea. The aged Ta-modified alloy shows similar lamellar coarsening behavior within the colonies but has more discontinuous coarsening of the intercolony {gamma} with new precipitation of coarse {alpha}{sub 2} and {beta} phase particles. Analytical electron microscopy show that changes in {alpha}{sub 2} phase composition correlate with microstructural instability.

  1. Symmetries of nonrelativistic phase space and the structure of quark-lepton generation

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    Źenczykowski, Piotr

    2009-06-01

    According to the Hamiltonian formalism, nonrelativistic phase space may be considered as an arena of physics, with momentum and position treated as independent variables. Invariance of x2 + p2 constitutes then a natural generalization of ordinary rotational invariance. We consider Dirac-like linearization of this form, with position and momentum satisfying standard commutation relations. This leads to the identification of a quantum-level structure from which some phase space properties might emerge. Genuine rotations and reflections in phase space are tied to the existence of new quantum numbers, unrelated to ordinary 3D space. Their properties allow their identification with the internal quantum numbers characterising the structure of a single quark-lepton generation in the Standard Model. In particular, the algebraic structure of the Harari-Shupe preon model of fundamental particles is reproduced exactly and without invoking any subparticles. Analysis of the Clifford algebra of nonrelativistic phase space singles out an element which might be associated with the concept of lepton mass. This element is transformed into a corresponding element for a single coloured quark, leading to a generalization of the concept of mass and a different starting point for the discussion of quark unobservability.

  2. Structural transformations in amorphous ↔ crystalline phase change of Ga-Sb alloys

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    Edwards, T. G.; Sen, S.; Hung, I.; Gan, Z.; Kalkan, B.; Raoux, S.

    2013-12-21

    Ga-Sb alloys with compositions ranging between ∼12 and 50 at. % Ga are promising materials for phase change random access memory applications. The short-range structures of two such alloys with compositions Ga{sub 14}Sb{sub 86} and Ga{sub 46}Sb{sub 54} are investigated, in their amorphous and crystalline states, using {sup 71}Ga and {sup 121}Sb nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The Ga and Sb atoms are fourfold coordinated in the as-deposited amorphous Ga{sub 46}Sb{sub 54} with nearly 40% of the constituent atoms being involved in Ga-Ga and Sb-Sb homopolar bonding. This necessitates extensive bond switching and elimination of homopolar bonds during crystallization. On the other hand, Ga and Sb atoms are all threefold coordinated in the as-deposited amorphous Ga{sub 14}Sb{sub 86}. Crystallization of this material involves phase separation of GaSb domains in Sb matrix and a concomitant increase in the Ga coordination number from 3 to 4. Results from crystallization kinetics experiments suggest that the melt-quenching results in the elimination of structural “defects” such as the homopolar bonds and threefold coordinated Ga atoms in the amorphous phases of these alloys, thereby rendering them structurally more similar to the corresponding crystalline states compared to the as-deposited amorphous phases.

  3. Direction-sensitive transverse velocity measurement by phase-modulated structured light beams.

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    Rosales-Guzmán, Carmelo; Hermosa, Nathaniel; Belmonte, Aniceto; Torres, Juan P

    2014-09-15

    The use of structured light beams to detect the velocity of targets moving perpendicularly to the beam's propagation axis opens new avenues for remote sensing of moving objects. However, determining the direction of motion is still a challenge because detection is usually done by means of an interferometric setup, which only provides an absolute value of the frequency shift. In this Letter, we present a novel method that addresses this issue. It uses dynamic control of the phase in the transverse plane of the structured light beam so that the direction of the particles' movement can be deduced. This is done by noting the change in the magnitude of the frequency shift as the transverse phase of the structured light is moved appropriately. We demonstrate our method with rotating microparticles that are illuminated by a Laguerre-Gaussian beam with a rotating phase about its propagation axis. Our method, which only requires a dynamically configurable optical beam generator, can easily be used with other types of motion by appropriate engineering and dynamic modulation of the phase of the light beam. PMID:26466286

  4. High-temperature, structural disorder, phase transitions, and piezoelectric properties of GaPO{sub 4}

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    Haines, J.; Cambon, O.; Prudhomme, N.; Fraysse, G.; Keen, D. A.; Chapon, L. C.; Tucker, M. G.

    2006-01-01

    Gallium orthophosphate was studied at high temperature up to 1303 K by total neutron scattering and 1173 K by piezoelectric measurements. Rietveld refinements at 1223 K confirm the stability of the structural distortion in the {alpha}-quartz-type phase with an average tilt angle {delta}=18.8 deg. at this temperature. In contrast, reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) refinements of total neutron scattering data indicate that, whereas the degree of structural disorder initially slowly varies over a very large temperature interval in the {alpha}-quartz-type phase, an increase in disorder is observed beginning above 1023 K. Piezoelectric measurements indicate that the quality factor (Q) of GaPO{sub 4} resonators remains stable up to this temperature above which the piezoelectric properties of the material degrade. This degradation can be correlated to the increase in structural disorder. RMC refinements indicate that the high-temperature {beta}-cristobalite-type phase at 1303 K is characterized by significant thermally induced disorder with oxygen atom density forming a continuous ring around the vector joining neighboring gallium and phosphorous atoms. Gallium phosphate may be expected to retain its piezoelectric properties up to within 200 K of the phase transition temperature and as a consequence be used in applications at temperatures slightly above 1000 K.

  5. High pressure phase transitions in scheelite structured fluoride: ErLiF{sub 4}

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    Garg, Nandini; Mishra, A.K.; Poswal, H.K.; Tyagi, A.K.; Sharma, Surinder M

    2015-09-15

    Our synchrotron based angle dispersive x-ray diffraction studies on scheelite structured ErLiF{sub 4} show that it undergoes two phase transitions, at ~11.5 and ~15.5 GPa to lower symmetry monoclinic phases, before becoming (irreversibly) amorphous at ~28 GPa. The first high pressure phase transformation to the fergusonite structure (space group I2/a) is found to be of thermodynamically second order. The second high pressure phase could be fitted to the P2/c space group, but detailed analysis rules out the wolframite structure (P2/c space group), common to many scheelite compounds under high pressures. We also suggest that despite the ionic character of the LiF{sub 4} tetrahedra, the compressibility of LnLiF{sub 4} (Ln=Eu–Lu) kind of scheelites is more affected by the LnF{sub 8} dodecahedra than the LiF{sub 4} tetrahedra. - Graphical abstract: Volume per formula unit of the scheelite and high pressure phases of ErLiF{sub 4} as a function of pressure. - Highlights: • ErLiF{sub 4} transforms to fergusonite and P2/c phase at high pressure. • Polyhedra of LnF{sub 8} affects compressibility of LnLiF{sub 4} (Ln=Eu–Lu) more than LiF{sub 4}. • Amorphization pressure varies inversely in LnLiF{sub 4} with ionic size of Ln cation. • In ErLiF{sub 4}a/c ratio reduces with pressure in contrast to reported increase in YLiF{sub 4}.

  6. Phase stability of some actinides with brannerite structure at high pressures

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    Zhang, F.X.; Lang, M.; Liu Zhenxian; Ewing, R.C.

    2011-11-15

    Structure behavior of actinide brannerites ThTi{sub 2}O{sub 6}, Y{sub 0.5}U{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 1.5}Nb{sub 0.5}O{sub 6} and their analog oxide CeTi{sub 2}O{sub 6} was studied at high pressure by using in situ x-ray diffraction, Raman scattering and infra-red absorption techniques, respectively. Brannerite structure was found to be not stable and started to become amorphous at pressures above 20 GPa. Some minor crystalline phase(s) due to phase decomposition was observed in all the three samples during pressurization. In addition, the observed bulk modulus indicated that the actinide-bearing brannerites are more compressible than their analog compound CeTi{sub 2}O{sub 6}, which may be related to the asymmetric 5f electron orbits of actinide elements. - Graphical abstract: Actinide-bearing compounds with brannerite structure and their analog CeTi{sub 2}O{sub 6} are not stable at high pressure. They were amorphized after {approx}20 GPa and a minor pressure-induced phase transition or decomposition process was always observed before amorphization. Highlights: > Phase stability of three brannerites CeTi{sub 2}O{sub 6}, ThTi{sub 2}O{sub 6}, and (U,Y)(Ti,Nb){sub 2}O{sub 6} at high pressures. > Brannerite structure was not stable and became amorphous after {approx}20 GPa. > Actinide-bearing brannerites are easier compressed than their analog compound CeTi{sub 2}O{sub 6}.

  7. Vibrational Spectral/structural Investigation of Several Phases Associated with the Yttrium-Barium - System

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    Guo, Yanhua Maria

    1990-01-01

    This Ph.D. thesis study has involved the investigation of both the structural effects of fluoridation of YBa _2Cu_3O_ {7-y} (1:2:3) materials, and the vibrational spectra/structure relations for phases such as Y _2BaCuO_5 (2:1:1) and YBa_4Cu_2O _{y} (1:4:2) in the Y-Ba -Cu-O system. In the first part of this investigation, Raman spectra have been measured and structurally interpreted for YBa_2Cu_3O _{7-y} (1:2:3) treated by different types of fluorine additions, including both initially doping appropriate fluorides into the starting materials to be fired, and NF_3 treatment of the pure superconductor oxide. Analysis of both x-ray diffraction and low-temperature inductance data indicated that phase impurities were generated during the former processes. However, NF_3 treatment of the pure 1:2:3 oxide samples generated no new crystalline phases, but caused substitution or addition of F atoms at O sites in the oxide phase. In the second part of this investigation, FT-IR spectra (both middle - and far-IR) and Raman spectra (both macro- and micro-Raman spectra along with polarization data) have been measured for non-superconducting compounds Y_2BaCuO _5 (2:1:1) and YBa_4 Cu_2O_{y } (1:4:2) in the Y-Ba-Cu-O system. Factor group analysis and normal-coordinate analysis calculations concerning the force constants, Wavenumbers and the nature of the first order vibration modes have been performed for these compounds using a computer. The predicted spectral results are in good agreement with the experimentally observed FT-IR and Raman spectral data. The resulting force constants are compared for the different phases on the basis of structure.

  8. Structure, phase composition, and strengthening of cast Al-Ca-Mg-Sc alloys

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    Belov, N. A.; Naumova, E. A.; Bazlova, T. A.; Alekseeva, E. V.

    2016-02-01

    The structure and phase composition of Al-Ca-Mg-Sc alloys containing 0.3 wt % Sc, up to 10 wt % Ca, and up to 10 wt % Mg have been investigated in the cast state and state after heat treatment. It has been shown that only binary phases Al4Ca, Al3Sc, and Al3Mg2 can be in equilibrium with the aluminum solid solution. It has been found that the maximum strengthening effect caused by the precipitation of Al3Sc nanoparticles for all investigated alloys is attained after annealing at 300-350°C.

  9. Detection of overlay error in double patterning gratings using phase-structured illumination.

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    Peterhänsel, Sandy; Gödecke, Maria Laura; Paz, Valeriano Ferreras; Frenner, Karsten; Osten, Wolfgang

    2015-09-21

    With the help of simulations we study the benefits of using coherent, phase-structured illumination to detect the overlay error in resist gratings fabricated by double patterning. Evaluating the intensity and phase distribution along the focused spot of a high numerical aperture microscope, the capability of detecting magnitude and direction of overlay errors in the range of a few nanometers is investigated for a wide range of gratings. Furthermore, two measurement approaches are presented and tested for their reliability in the presence of white Gaussian noise.

  10. Two-phase flow stability structure in a natural circulation system

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    Zhou, Zhiwei

    1995-09-01

    The present study reports a numerical analysis of two-phase flow stability structures in a natural circulation system with two parallel, heated channels. The numerical model is derived, based on the Galerkin moving nodal method. This analysis is related to some design options applicable to integral heating reactors with a slightly-boiling operation mode, and is also of general interest to similar facilities. The options include: (1) Symmetric heating and throttling; (2) Asymmetric heating and symmetric throttling; (3) Asymmetric heating and throttling. The oscillation modes for these variants are discussed. Comparisons with the data from the INET two-phase flow stability experiment have qualitatively validated the present analysis.

  11. Self-Assembly of Soft Colloids with Multi-scale Phase-Separated Structures

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    Sosa, Chris; Prud'Homme, Robert K.; Priestley, Rodney D.

    2015-03-01

    The ability of polymers and block co-polymers to self-assemble into highly-ordered structures in bulk two-dimensional films under specific environmental conditions has allowed in recent years for the fabrication of nano-porous membranes, nano-structured surfaces, and sacrificial templates for the preparation of inorganic nanomaterials with well-defined geometries. Extending these fairly specific fabrication techniques to the creation of similar three-dimensional colloidal structures in bulk solutions, however, has proven quite challenging despite the significant need for heterogeneously-structured colloidal materials in medicine and industry. Here we present a strategy for controlling the structural heterogeneity of soft polymer particles along multiple length scales by inducing the rapid phase-separation of polymer mixtures through a continuous nanoprecipitation process. Supported by the DOE SCGF Fellowship administered under ORAU.

  12. Self-Assembly of Soft Colloids with Multi-scale Phase-Separated Structures

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    Sosa, Chris; Prud'Homme, Robert K.; Priestley, Rodney D.

    The ability of polymers and block co-polymers to self-assemble into highly-ordered structures in bulk two-dimensional films under specific environmental conditions has allowed in recent years for the fabrication of nano-porous membranes, nano-structured surfaces, and sacrificial templates for the preparation of inorganic nanomaterials with well-defined geometries. Extending these fairly specific fabrication techniques to the creation of similar three-dimensional colloidal structures in bulk solutions, however, has proven quite challenging despite the significant need for heterogeneously-structured colloidal materials in medicine and industry. Here we present a strategy for controlling the structural heterogeneity of soft polymer particles along multiple length scales by inducing the rapid phase-separation of polymer mixtures through a continuous nanoprecipitation process. DOE SCGF Fellowship Program.

  13. Water induced size and structure phase transition of CdS crystals and their photocatalytic property

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    Li, Xiaoyan; Xi, Yi; Hu, Chenguo; Wang, Xue

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Excellent photocatalytic activity in degradation of RhB was found with the hexagonal CdS nanorods growing along [0 0 0 1] direction, which is a result of the exposed (0 0 0 1) facets in the ends. Display Omitted Highlights: ► CdS microwires and nanorods were attained by a modified CHM approach. ► The phase transition (cubic to hexagonal) was achieved by tuning the amount of H{sub 2}O. ► Excellent photocatalytic activity was found with the hexagonal CdS. ► Hexagonal CdS has the better catalytic property due to more (0 0 0 1) facets exposed. -- Abstract: Single-crystalline CdS microwires (mixed cubic and hexagonal phase) and nanorods (pure hexagonal phase) were synthesized by a modified composite-hydroxide-mediated (CHM) approach. Photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B with the CdS nanorods was studied under the simulated sunlight irradiation. Crystalline phase transition from cubic to hexagonal phase was achieved by adding a small amount of water in the melts. The phase structures and morphologies of the prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area of electron diffraction (SAED) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results show that the pure hexagonal phase structure could be obtained with 5 mL or more than 5 mL water added in the composite-hydroxide melts. The band–gap of the hexagonal nanorods was 2.435 eV observed from UV–vis reflection spectrum. Compared with the CdS nanoparticles (mixed cubic and hexagonal phase), we found that the hexagonal phase structure CdS nanorods revealed much better photocatalytic activity owing to the exposure of (0 0 0 1) polar facet on the end. It is expected that the present research may offer useful guidance to the potential application of CdS in the treatment of environmental pollution.

  14. O the Phase Refinement and Extension of Macromolecular Structures Using both Real and Reciprocal Space Approaches

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    Zhang, Kam Yong Jian

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. By examining the solution to the phase problem of X-ray crystallography, it is established that the structure factor magnitudes and phases are linked through constraints on the electron density. There are real and reciprocal space approaches to the phase problem depending on the way the constraints on electron density are exploited. A constraint on the electron density--the correct density histogram--is added to the list of other constraints. A new density modification technique--histogram matching --was developed based on the matching of the density histogram to that of the correct one. Its application to 2Zn pig insulin successfully refined and extended the 1.9A MIR phases to 1.5A resolution. In order to obtain a molecular envelope with a detailed boundary, a molecular envelope refinement technique was designed which proved to be quite effective. A gradient technique of defining molecular boundary was also explored and was found to be better than the conventional convolution technique. The two dimensional histogram of density and gradient was examined. It was found that the matching of density histograms also matches that of the gradient histograms. The combination of Sayre's equation with solvent flattening and histogram matching led to a new phase refinement and extension technique--SQUASH. It proved to be a powerful technique by its successful refinement of 3.0A MIR phases of 2Zn pig insulin and subsequent extension to 2.0A resolution.

  15. Structure and phase stability of a Pu-0.32 wt% Ga alloy

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    Wheeler, D. W.; Ennaceur, S. M.; Matthews, M. B.; Roussel, P.; Bayer, P. D.

    2016-08-01

    In plutonium-gallium (Pu-Ga) alloys that have a Ga content of 0.3-0.4 wt%, their readiness to transform to α‧ renders them of particular interest in efforts to understand the tenuous nature of δ phase stability. The present study is a comprehensive examination of the structure and phase stability of a cast Pu-0.32 wt% Ga alloy, the Ga content being close to the minimum amount needed to retain the δ phase to ambient temperature. The alloy was characterised in both the as-cast condition as well as following a homogenising heat treatment. The 250-h heat treatment at 450 °C was shown to achieve an apparently stable δ-Pu phase. However, the stability of the δ-Pu phase was shown to be marginal: partial transformation to α‧-Pu was observed when the alloy was subjected to hydrostatic compression. Similar transformation was also apparent during metallographic preparation as well as during hardness indentation. The results provide new understanding of the nature of δ phase stability.

  16. Preparation and structural characterization of two new phases of aluminum trifluoride

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    Herron, N.; Thorn, D.L.; Harlow, R.L.

    1995-01-01

    When certain salts, R{sup +}AlF{sub 4}{sup -} are heated in flowing nitrogen, the equivalent of R{sub +}F{sup -} is lost at temperatures <500 {degrees}C, leaving microcrystalline AlF{sub 3}. This transformation proceeds via an intermediate material of formula HAlF{sub 4} when R{sup +} = pyridineH{sup +} or occurs in a single step when, e.g., R{sup +} = an organic cation such as N(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}{sup +}. In each case a different, metastable phase of AlF{sub 3} is produced and their structures, both based on corner-shared octahedra of [AlF{sub 6}], are delineated using powder diffraction (X-ray and neutron) techniques. When HAlF{sub 4} is an intermediate, the ultimate {eta}-AlF{sub 3} phase has a structure identical to pyrochlore materials of formulae FeF{sub 3} and AlF{sub x}(OH){sub 3-x}. When there is no discrete intermediate, the ultimate {theta}-AlF{sub 3} phase has a structure which has now also been reported by Bentrup et al. During attempts to crystallize HAlF{sub 4} from formamide, a new {beta}-phase of NH{sub 4}AlF{sub 4} was isolated and characterized by powder diffraction as a layered material having NH{sub 4}{sup +} ions between fluoroaluminate sheets and with connectivity within the sheets identical to the {beta}-phase of RbAlF{sub 4}. The sheet structure loses NH{sub 4}F when pyrolyzed, producing yet another new phase, k-AlF{sub 3}, which retains the connectivity of the layers from the precursor and simply fuses these layers together in a pseudotopotactic transformation. The resultant structure is closely related to that of the hypothetical end member of the tetragonal tungsten bronzes such as K{sub x}WO{sub 3} when x = 0. All three new phases contain [Al-F-Al] rings which dictate a limited nanoporosity and all convert irreversibly to the thermodynamically stable {alpha}-AlF{sub 3} form at temperatures between {approximately}450 and {approximately}650 {degrees}C. 16 refs., 7 figs., 4 tabs.

  17. [Phase transition in polymer blends and structure of ionomers and copolymers]. [Annual report, April 1, 1989--June 30, 1993

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    Not Available

    1993-07-01

    The main thrust of the program in the past 3 years are summarized: SAXS instrumentation development; structure and dynamics of macro- and supra-molecules, phase transitions in polymer blends and solutions, structure of ionomers, and fractals and anisotropic systems.

  18. DYNAMO Convective System Structure During Active and Suppressed Phases of the MJO

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    Jorgensen, D. P.; Guy, N.; Chen, S. S.; Wang, Q.

    2012-12-01

    One of the primary goals of the DYNAMO project (Dynamics of the Madden-Julian Oscillation -MJO) are to better understand the structure of convective cloud systems and their large-scale environment in the MJO region to improve MJO forecasts within the climate-system models. During the MJO field campaign of 2011-12 (CINDY2011-DYNAMO-AMIE-LASP) one of the NOAA P-3 instrumented aircraft was deployed to Diego Garcia, a small island in the British Indian Ocean Territories, to gather data on cloud systems within the DYNAMO domain. In particular, the vertically scanning tail-mounted X-band radar and GPS dropwindsones, are used to document the structures of various mesoscale convective systems (MCS) observed during phases of the MJO. An overview of the convective structures seen during the project will be given and a few selected case studies will be presented to illustrate typical MCS structures seen in the airborne Doppler and dropsonde data sets. Bulk characteristics of MCSs in various MJO phases will be shown such as reflectivity and airflow relative to convective features, the depth and strength of near-surface cold pools from dropsonde data, and typical environmental proximity soundings of the MCSs. From a statistical viewpoint, various contoured frequency by altitude diagrams of reflectivity and vertical velocity derived from the 3-D Doppler winds will be shown that will characterize the convective systems in suppressed and active phases of the MJO.

  19. Development of thermographic inspection routine exploiting phase transition of water for moisture detection in aircraft structures

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    Saarimäki, Eetta; Ylinen, Peter

    2009-05-01

    Penetrated water in the composite sandwich structures has caused problems in aircraft structures. Flight surfaces have been lost during the flights, because moisture corrodes the honeycomb and further reduces the strength of the adhesive. Water can also cause additional defects during the composite repairs, which have resulted because of the expansion of the moisture (in closed cavity), hence causing skin blow core phenomena during the curing cycle (heating) of the repair. Thermographic investigation is done to find a suitable procedure to find penetrated water from the composite aircraft structures by cooling the whole structure, or separated parts of the aircraft, under freezing conditions. Thermographic inspection based on the phase transition of water exploits the phase transition energy that is needed for the water defrosting (melting). Advantage of this method is that no additional excitation source is needed for the tests. Method based on phase transition can be especially exploited during the long period of arctic weather conditions in Finland and other cold areas. Aircraft can be either inspected right after a flight, or it can be left outside in freezing conditions overnight and inspected when it has been brought in to the maintenance hall to warm conditions.

  20. An Exhaustive Symmetry Approach to Structure Determination: Phase Transitions in Bi2Sn2O7.

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    Lewis, James W; Payne, Julia L; Evans, Ivana Radosavljevic; Stokes, Harold T; Campbell, Branton J; Evans, John S O

    2016-06-29

    The exploitable properties of many materials are intimately linked to symmetry-lowering structural phase transitions. We present an automated and exhaustive symmetry-mode method for systematically exploring and solving such structures which will be widely applicable to a range of functional materials. We exemplify the method with an investigation of the Bi2Sn2O7 pyrochlore, which has been shown to undergo transitions from a parent γ cubic phase to β and α structures on cooling. The results include the first reliable structural model for β-Bi2Sn2O7 (orthorhombic Aba2, a = 7.571833(8), b = 21.41262(2), and c = 15.132459(14) Å) and a much simpler description of α-Bi2Sn2O7 (monoclinic Cc, a = 13.15493(6), b = 7.54118(4), and c = 15.07672(7) Å, β = 125.0120(3)°) than has been presented previously. We use the symmetry-mode basis to describe the phase transition in terms of coupled rotations of the Bi2O' anti-cristobalite framework, which allow Bi atoms to adopt low-symmetry coordination environments favored by lone-pair cations.