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  1. Apoptosis of human prostate cancer cells induced by marine actinomycin X2 through the mTOR pathway compounded by MiRNA144.

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    Liu, Jun; Xie, Shuilin; Wu, Yukun; Xu, Meinian; Ao, Chunping; Wang, Wei; Zeng, Qinsong; Hu, Weilie; Li, Ming

    2016-03-01

    The present study aimed to determine whether actinomycin X2 (AX2) intercepted the mTOR/PTEN/PI3K/Akt signaling pathway to inhibit human prostate cancer cells (PC-3) in vitro. The effects of AX2 on mTOR, PTEN, PI3K, and Akt at the protein level and mRNA were determined by western blotting and real-time reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR), respectively. Concurrently, the effects of AX2 on expression levels of MiRNA144 and MiRNA126 in PC-3 were measured by real-time RT-PCR. The association of MiRNA144 with 3'-UTR of mTOR was identified using the Dual-Luciferase Reporter Gene System. The direct effect of MIRNA144 on the mTOR/PTEN/PI3K/Akt pathway was determined by real-time RT-PCR and western blotting. Apoptosis of PC-3 cells induced by AX2 was determined by MTT and flow cytometry. The results indicated that mTOR/PTEN/PI3K/Akt were decreased and PTEN was increased by AX (1, 10 µmol/l) at protein and mRNA levels in a dose-dependent manner. MiRNA144 was decreased, whereas MiRNA126 was increased by AX2. MiRNA144 associated with 3'-UTR of mTOR was corroborated. Overexpression of MiRNA144 decreased mTOR, but did not affect PTEN, PI3K, or Akt. The proliferation rates of AX2 on PC-3 cells were decreased. It suggests that AX2 induces apoptosis of PC-3 cells via meddling in the mTOR/PTEN/PI3K/Akt signaling pathway, but those effects are compounded by MiRNA144. Both AX2 and MiRNA144 intercept the signaling in different ways but cross on mTOR. PMID:26645890

  2. Deoxyribonucleic Acid Degradation in Bacillus subtilis During Exposure to Actinomycin D1

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    Farmer, James L.

    1968-01-01

    At high concentrations (10 μg/ml), actinomycin D inhibited deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) synthesis in Bacillus subtilis. Inhibition occurred quickly (in less than 1 min) and was complete. In strain 23 thy his, inhibition of DNA synthesis by actinomycin D was followed by partial degradation of one of the two daughter strands to acid-soluble products. Degradation began at the replication point and proceeded over a distance equal to about 12% of a chromosome in length. Actinomycin D played some essential part in degradation, since exposure of the cells to other treatments or agents which inhibit growth did not lead to the above result. PMID:4967199

  3. Liposome-encapsulated actinomycin for cancer chemotherapy

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    Rahman, Yueh-Erh; Cerny, Elizabeth A.

    1976-01-01

    An improved method is provided for chemotherapy of malignant tumors by injection of antitumor drugs. The antitumor drug is encapsulated within liposomes and the liposomes containing the encapsulated drug are injected into the body. The encapsulated drug penetrates into the tumor cells where the drug is slowly released and induces degeneration and death of the tumor cells, while any toxicity to the host body is reduced. Liposome encapsulation of actinomycin D has been found to be particularly effective in treating cancerous abdominal tumors, while drastically reducing the toxicity of actinomycin D to the host.

  4. Streptomyces-derived actinomycin D inhibits biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus and its hemolytic activity.

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    Lee, Jin-Hyung; Kim, Yong-Guy; Lee, Kayeon; Kim, Chang-Jin; Park, Dong-Jin; Ju, Yoonjung; Lee, Jae-Chan; Wood, Thomas K; Lee, Jintae

    2016-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is a versatile human pathogen that produces diverse virulence factors, and its biofilm cells are difficult to eradicate due to their inherent ability to tolerate antibiotics. The anti-biofilm activities of the spent media of 252 diverse endophytic microorganisms were investigated using three S. aureus strains. An attempt was made to identify anti-biofilm compounds in active spent media and to assess their anti-hemolytic activities and hydrophobicities in order to investigate action mechanisms. Unlike other antibiotics, actinomycin D (0.5 μg ml(-1)) from Streptomyces parvulus significantly inhibited biofilm formation by all three S. aureus strains. Actinomycin D inhibited slime production in S. aureus and it inhibited hemolysis by S. aureus and caused S. aureus cells to become less hydrophobic, thus supporting its anti-biofilm effect. In addition, surface coatings containing actinomycin D prevented S. aureus biofilm formation on glass surfaces. Given these results, FDA-approved actinomycin D warrants further attention as a potential antivirulence agent against S. aureus infections. PMID:26785934

  5. Sequence specificity of actinomycin D and Netropsin binding to pBR322 DNA analyzed by protection from DNase I.

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    Lane, M J; Dabrowiak, J C; Vournakis, J N

    1983-01-01

    A direct approach to determining the sequence specificities of equilibrium binding drugs by using the DNase protection technique is described. The method utilizes singly end-labeled restriction fragments and partial digestion of the drug fragment complex with DNase I. Microdensitometry of autoradiograms produced after electrophoretic separation of digestion products allows determination of sequences that are affected by drug binding. The feasibility of the technique for locating small ligands bound to DNA and its eventual use as a quantitative thermodynamic approach to studying ligand binding to heterogeneous DNA as a function of sequence is illustrated by using actinomycin D and Netropsin. Images PMID:6304702

  6. Historical perspective of the mineral production of Idaho, with comments on the Hailey 1 degree x 2 degrees quadrangle, Idaho

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    Bawiec, Walter J.; Dee, Lawrence L.

    2001-01-01

    Idaho has a long and diverse history of minerals exploration and production. A comprehensive look at this history, combined with documentation of the distribution and magnitude of past and present mineral production, can lead to a better understanding of the mineral endowment and potential resources. The total mineral production of Idaho (1905?1972), when examined as unit regional values and compared to the rest of the United States, shows that Idaho has produced above the median value of other States for both metals and precious materials, near the median value for nonmetals, and below the median value for construction materials and fuels. An examination of selected commodities within Idaho, by county, for a fifty-year period (1902?1951) shows the dominance of Shoshone County in total production within the State for silver, copper, lead, and zinc.

  7. X-2 in flight

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    1956-01-01

    This inflight photograph of the X-2 (46-674) shows the twin set of shock-diamonds, characteristic of supersonic conditions in the exhaust plume from the two-chamber rocket engine. The Curtiss-Wright XLR-25 rocket engine caused one of several problems that delayed flight of the X-2. At one point, people in the project suggested its replacement. It was the first 'man-rated' (in the terminology of the day) rocket engine that was throttleable, and the technology was not yet mature. Other problems included the X-2's landing gear and the replacement of the planned electronic flight controls with a conventional hydromechanical system like that used in the F-86. The X-2 was a swept-wing, rocket-powered aircraft designed to fly faster than Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound). It was built for the U.S. Air Force by the Bell Aircraft Company, Buffalo, New York. The X-2 was flown to investigate the problems of aerodynamic heating as well as stability and control effectiveness at high altitudes and high speeds (in excess of Mach 3). Bell aircraft built two X-2 aircraft. These were constructed of K-monel (a copper and nickel alloy) for the fuselage and stainless steel for the swept wings and control surfaces. The aircraft had ejectable nose capsules instead of ejection seats because the development of ejection seats had not reached maturity at the time the X-2 was conceived. The X-2 ejection canopy was successfully tested using a German V-2 rocket. The X-2 used a skid-type landing gear to make room for more fuel. The airplane was air launched from a modified Boeing B-50 Superfortress Bomber. X-2 Number 1 made its first unpowered glide flight on Aug. 5, 1954, and made a total of 17 (4 glide and 13 powered) flights before it was lost Sept. 27, 1956. The pilot on Flight 17, Capt. Milburn Apt, had flown the aircraft to a record speed of Mach 3.2 (2,094 mph), thus becoming the first person to exceed Mach 3. During that last flight, inertial coupling occurred and the pilot was

  8. Effects of actinomycin D on the cytopathology induced by poliovirus in HEp-2 cells.

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    Guskey, L E; Wolff, D A

    1974-11-01

    One possible mechanism of virus-induced cell damage is that the redistributed (released) lysosomal enzymes produce the cytopathic effect during cytolytic types of infections such as poliovirus in HEp-2 cells. To determine if the lysosomal enzyme redistribution and cell damage are host-cell directed, we studied sensitivity of these events to the action of actinomycin D. By the use of actinomycin D at concentrations producing the least toxicity but maximal effectiveness in shuting down cell RNA synthesis, it was shown that the cytopathic effect and enzyme redistribution were not inhibited and, therefore, not directly controlled and induced by the cell genome in response to the virus infection. Evaluation of cytopathic effect by a phase contrast microscopy method detected changes earlier than the erythrocin B uptake method. PMID:4372396

  9. Effects of Actinomycin D on the Cytopathology Induced by Poliovirus in HEp-2 Cells

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    Guskey, Louis E.; Wolff, David A.

    1974-01-01

    One possible mechanism of virus-induced cell damage is that the redistributed (released) lysosomal enzymes produce the cytopathic effect during cytolytic types of infections such as poliovirus in HEp-2 cells. To determine if the lysosomal enzyme redistribution and cell damage are host-cell directed, we studied sensitivity of these events to the action of actinomycin D. By the use of actinomycin D at concentrations producing the least toxicity but maximal effectiveness in shuting down cell RNA synthesis, it was shown that the cytopathic effect and enzyme redistribution were not inhibited and, therefore, not directly controlled and induced by the cell genome in response to the virus infection. Evaluation of cytopathic effect by a phase contrast microscopy method detected changes earlier than the erythrocin B uptake method. PMID:4372396

  10. Extracellular ribonuclease formation in Bacillus subtilis and its stimulation by actinomycin D

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    Coleman, G.; Elliott, W. H.

    1965-01-01

    1. Extracellular ribonuclease is produced linearly for at least 3hr. by washed post-logarithmic-phase cells of Bacillus subtilis suspended in a medium containing maltose (1%) and casein hydrolysate (0·5%). 2. Low concentrations of actinomycin D (less than 2μg./ml.) stimulate ribonuclease formation, the maximum effect being observed with a concentration of 1μg./ml. Concentrations greater than 2μg./ml. are inhibitory. There is no parallel stimulation of α-amylase formed under the same conditions, and [14C]uracil incorporation into a perchloric acid-insoluble form is inhibited. 3. The actinomycin D-induced stimulation is not due to the presence of an activator, nor is the inhibition due to the release of an inhibitor by the cells. The effect is on the amount of ribonuclease produced in the medium. 4. Extracellular ribonuclease formation is partially inhibited by anaerobiosis, 2,4-dinitrophenol, sodium azide and by chloramphenicol and puromycin. 5. High concentrations of antibiotic do not completely inhibit ribonuclease formation, but a basal amount of enzyme representing 20min. synthesis in an uninhibited system is always produced. This `antibiotic-insensitive' enzyme could possibly represent preformed enzyme `in the pipe-line' en route to secretion. 6. The stimulated appearance of ribonuclease in the presence of 1μg. of actinomycin D/ml. is shown to be dependent on enzyme synthesis. The mechanism of this effect is discussed. PMID:14342505

  11. Glutathione-related factors are not correlated with sensitivity of human tumour cells to actinomycin D.

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    Zhang, K; Yang, E B; Zhao, Y N; Wong, K P; Mack, P

    2000-02-28

    Glutathione (GSH) contents and activities of glutathione S-transferases (GST), glutathione reductase (GSH-RD), glutathione peroxidase (GSHpx) and glutathione conjugate export pump (GS-X pump) were determined in eight human tumour cell lines with different sensitivities to melphalan, a substrate of glutathione conjugation, and actinomycin D which has not been shown to be detoxified by glutathione-related mechanisms. Chang liver cells with highest GSH content and highest activities of GST, GSH-RD, GSHpx and GS-X pump were found to be most resistant to melphalan. Statistical analysis showed significant correlations between sensitivities of the human tumour cells to melphalan and the glutathione-related factors (r = 0.72-0.79; except for GST, r = 0.65, P = 0.08), while there were no significant correlations observed between sensitivities of the human tumour cells to actinomycin D and all the glutathione-related factors tested (r = -0.25-0.14). Significant correlations of the glutathione-related factors to resistance of human tumour cells to melphalan, a substrate of glutathione conjugation, but not to resistance of the human tumour cells to actinomycin D which has not been shown to be detoxified by glutathione-related mechanisms suggested that glutathione-related mechanisms contribute to drug resistance by increased detoxification of the drugs involved. PMID:10737727

  12. Development of a physiologically based pharmacokinetic model of actinomycin D in children with cancer

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    Walsh, Christopher; Bonner, Jennifer J.; Johnson, Trevor N.; Neuhoff, Sibylle; Ghazaly, Essam A.; Gribben, John G.; Boddy, Alan V.

    2016-01-01

    Aims Use of the anti‐tumour antibiotic actinomycin D is associated with development of hepatotoxicity, particularly in young children. A paucity of actinomycin D pharmacokinetic data make it challenging to develop a sound rationale for defining dosing regimens in younger patients. The study aim was to develop a physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model using a combination of data from the literature and generated from experimental analyses. Methods Assays to determine actinomycin D Log P, blood:plasma partition ratio and ABCB1 kinetics were conducted. These data were combined with physiochemical properties sourced from the literature to generate a compound file for use within the modelling‐simulation software Simcyp (version 14 release 1). For simulation, information was taken from two datasets, one from 117 patients under the age of 21 and one from 20 patients aged 16–48. Results The final model incorporated clinical renal and biliary clearance data and an additional systemic clearance value. The mean AUC0‐26h of simulated subjects was within 1.25‐fold of the observed AUC0‐26h (84 ng h ml−1 simulated vs. 93 ng h ml−1 observed). For the younger age ranges, AUC predictions were within two‐fold of observed values, with simulated data from six of the eight age/dose ranges falling within 15% of observed data. Simulated values for actinomycin D AUC0‐26h and clearance in infants aged 0–12 months ranged from 104 to 115 ng h ml−1 and 3.5–3.8 l h−1, respectively. Conclusions The model has potential utility for prediction of actinomycin D exposure in younger patients and may help guide future dosing. However, additional independent data from neonates and infants is needed for further validation. Physiological differences between paediatric cancer patients and healthy children also need to be further characterized and incorporated into PBPK models. PMID:26727248

  13. Early estrogen-induced metabolic changes and their inhibition by actinomycin D and cycloheximide in human breast cancer cells: sup 31 P and sup 13 C NMR studies

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    Neeman, M.; Degani, H. )

    1989-07-01

    Metabolic changes following estrogen stimulation and the inhibition of these changes in the presence of actinomycin D and cycloheximide were monitored continuously in perfused human breast cancer T47D clone 11 cells with {sup 31}P and {sup 13}C NMR techniques. The experiments were performed by estrogen rescue of tamoxifen-treated cells. Immediately after perfusion with estrogen-containing medium, a continuous enhancement in the rates of glucose consumption, lactate production by glycolysis, and glutamate synthesis by the Krebs cycle occurred with a persistent 2-fold increase at 4 hr. Pretreatment with either actinomycin D or cycloheximide, at concentrations known to inhibit mRNA and protein synthesis, respectively, and simultaneous treatment with estrogen and each inhibitor prevented the estrogen-induced changes in glucose metabolism. This suggested that the observed estrogen stimulation required synthesis of mRNA and protein. These inhibitors also modulated several metabolic activities that were not related to estrogen stimulation. The observed changes in the in vivo kinetics of glucose metabolism may provide a means for the early detection of the response of human breast cancer cells to estrogen versus tamoxifen treatment.

  14. The effects of cortisoland actinomycin D injections on choloride cells and branchial N+---K+-ATPase in rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri)

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    Eib, D.W.; Hossner, K.L.

    1985-01-01

    Injections of cortisol, actinomycin D, or combined administration of the hormone and the antiobiotic did not effect rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri) branchial Na+K+-ATPase activity. Numbers of chloride cells also did not change following cortisol and actinomycin D treatment. These results are discussed in light of a similar report concerning Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar).

  15. Structural aspects of the interaction of anticancer drug Actinomycin-D to the GC rich region of hmgb1 gene.

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    Lohani, Neelam; Singh, Himanshu Narayan; Moganty, R Rajeswari

    2016-06-01

    The high mobility group box 1 protein has been identified as a key player in chromatin homeostasis including transcription regulation, recombination, repair, and chromatin remodeling. Emerging findings indicate HMGB1 protein over expression in nearly all types of human cancers and inflammatory disorders. Thus it is considered as a potential therapeutic target for treating various malignancies. We screened the promoter region of hmgb1 gene and selected a positive regulatory element of 25 base pair duplex (25RY) (-165 to -183) as a potential target for chemotherapeutic intervention. The molecular interaction of actinomycin (ACT) with the regulatory region of hmgb1 gene was characterized by spectroscopic, calorimetric and molecular docking studies. The hypochromic and bathochromic shift in the absorption spectrum, stabilization of 25RY duplex against thermal denaturation, perturbation of CD spectrum of duplex and enhancement of fluorescence intensity of actinomycin indicate strong binding of actinomycin to the hmgb1 promoter region (25RY).The energetics was characterized to be endothermic and entropy driven. All these results are in good agreement with in silico investigation that suggest minor groove binding with effective intercalation at GC bases of actinomycin to 25RY. This study identifies hmgb1 gene promoter region a potential target for the anticancer therapautiucs. PMID:26923673

  16. [Isolation and regeneration of the protoplasts of the streptomycete producers of actinomycins C and X].

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    Orlova, T I; Masha, G G; Kliueva, N A

    1986-09-01

    Protoplasts of S. michiganensis, S. chrysomallus and Streptomyces sp. 26-115, organisms producing actinomycins C and X form in hypertonic salt solution under the action of 3-4,5 mg/ml of lysozyme on the mycelium suspension. For protoplasting, the streptomycetes were grown on the soybean medium in the presence of 0.2-0.8 per cent of glycine. The mycelium of the streptomycete exponential growth phase was more favourable for protoplast formation. Protoplast regeneration was studied on the medium described by Okanishi et al. The quantitative composition of this medium was not optimal for regeneration of protoplasts of the above streptomycetes. The level of their regeneration depended to various extents on concentration of phosphate, magnesium and calcium ions and sucrose in the regeneration medium. PMID:2430519

  17. Looped out and perpendicular: deformation of Watson-Crick base pair associated with actinomycin D binding.

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    Chou, Shan-Ho; Chin, Ko-Hsin; Chen, Fu-Ming

    2002-05-14

    Many anticancer drugs interact directly with DNA to exert their biological functions. To date, all noncovalent, intercalating drugs interact with DNA exclusively by inserting their chromophores into base steps to form elongated and unwound duplex structures without disrupting the flanking base pairs. By using actinomycin D (ActD)-5'-GXC/CYG-5' complexes as examples, we have found a rather unusual interaction mode for the intercalated drug; the central Watson-Crick X/Y base pairs are looped out and displaced by the ActD chromophore. The looped-out bases are not disordered but interact perpendicularly with the base/chromophore and form specific H bonds with DNA. Such a complex structure provides intriguing insights into how ligand interacts with DNA and enlarges the repertoires for sequence-specific DNA recognition. PMID:12011426

  18. Looped out and perpendicular: Deformation of Watson–Crick base pair associated with actinomycin D binding

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    Chou, Shan-Ho; Chin, Ko-Hsin; Chen, Fu-Ming

    2002-01-01

    Many anticancer drugs interact directly with DNA to exert their biological functions. To date, all noncovalent, intercalating drugs interact with DNA exclusively by inserting their chromophores into base steps to form elongated and unwound duplex structures without disrupting the flanking base pairs. By using actinomycin D (ActD)-5′-GXC/CYG-5′ complexes as examples, we have found a rather unusual interaction mode for the intercalated drug; the central Watson–Crick X/Y base pairs are looped out and displaced by the ActD chromophore. The looped-out bases are not disordered but interact perpendicularly with the base/chromophore and form specific H bonds with DNA. Such a complex structure provides intriguing insights into how ligand interacts with DNA and enlarges the repertoires for sequence-specific DNA recognition. PMID:12011426

  19. [Effect of iron, actinomycin D and cycloheximide on the GTP-cyclohydrolase synthesis in flavinogenic yeasts].

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    Logvinenko, E M; Shavlovskiĭ, G M; Zakal'skiĭ, A E; Zakhodylo, I V

    1982-01-01

    The effect of Fe on the GTP-cyclohydrolase activity of the yeasts Pichia guilliermondii ATCC 9058 and Torulopsis candida BKM 13 whose flavinogenesis is controlled by Fe was investigated. The GTP-cyclohydrolase activity of yeast cells grown in an iron-deficient medium was 40-50 times that of the cells grown in an iron-rich medium. In the latter case the incubation of cells with alpha, alpha'-dipyridyl or 8-oxyquinoline also increased the enzyme activity. Cycloheximide prevented the rise in the cyclohydrolase activity in both cases, thus suggesting the participation of Fe in the control of the enzyme synthesis. Actinomycin D inhibited the enzyme derepression induced by alpha, alpha1-dipyridyl or 8-oxyquinoline in the P. guilliermondii MS1-37 mutant possessing a high sensitivity to this antibiotic. It is assumed that Fe is involved in the control of GTP-cyclohydrolase synthesis in flavinogenic yeasts at the transcription level. PMID:7199939

  20. Actinomycin D upregulates proapoptotic protein Puma and downregulates Bcl-2 mRNA in normal peripheral blood lymphocytes.

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    Kalousek, Ivan; Brodska, Barbora; Otevrelova, Petra; Röselova, Pavla

    2007-08-01

    We have examined the ability of actinomycin D to induce apoptosis in human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Run-On assays were performed to specify the primary molecular damage, reverse transcription-PCR, Western blots and flow cytometry studies were performed to ascertain which proteins of the apoptosis machinery were affected to cause actinomycin D-induced cell death. Expression of 23 apoptosis-related genes was investigated. The down-regulation of ribosomal RNA synthesis caused by actinomycin D induced a mitochondria-dependent apoptosis. Although the expression of the majority of examined genes remained indifferent against actinomycin D activity, the cellular level of p53 protein increased, subsequently upregulating both Puma mRNA and protein. Puma-mediated mitochondrial apoptosis was accompanied by nucleolin cleavage and Bcl-2 mRNA destabilization. The stability of the cellular level of Bcl-2 protein independent of a mRNA decrease suggests that protection of Bcl-2 protein against proteasomal degradation can moderate the apoptotic process. In peripheral blood lymphocytes cultured in vitro, the apoptosis induced by a low concentration of actinomycin D (10 nmol/l) is dependent on p53 and Puma activation. This apoptotic pathway is demonstrated in peripheral blood lymphocytes for the first time. A different apoptotic pathway induced in peripheral blood lymphocytes using this drug has, however, been previously revealed by other authors. The combination of cell specificity and dose-dependent effects can likely play a decisive role in apoptosis observed in peripheral blood lymphocytes after genotoxic drug application. PMID:17581298

  1. X-2 on Transportation Dolly

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    1952-01-01

    This 1952 photograph shows the X-2 #2 aircraft mounted on a special transportation dolly at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The dolly was steerable and was used for transporting the X-2 around and for towing it off the lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base after a landing. This was the number 2 airplane (46-675), which was lost on May 12, 1953, on a captive flight over Lake Ontario when the airplane exploded during a liquid-oxygen topoff test, killing the pilot, Jean Ziegler, and EB-50A crewman Frank Wolko. Almost no debris was recovered from Lake Ontario, so no cause for the explosion could be determined. Later, however, investigations of similar explosions in the X-1 #3, X-1A, and X-1D traced the problem to Ulmer leather gaskets, which exuded tricresyl phosphate. This substance caused detonations in the supercold atmosphere of the airplanes' liquid oxygen tanks. As the X-2 #2 also had these gaskets, they were probably the cause of the explosion in that aircraft as well. The X-2 was a swept-wing, rocket-powered aircraft designed to fly faster than Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound). It was built for the U.S. Air Force by the Bell Aircraft Company, Buffalo, New York. The X-2 was flown to investigate the problems of aerodynamic heating as well as stability and control effectiveness at high altitudes and high speeds (in excess of Mach 3). Bell aircraft built two X-2 aircraft. These were constructed of K-monel (a copper and nickel alloy) for the fuselage and stainless steel for the swept wings and control surfaces. The aircraft had ejectable nose capsules instead of ejection seats because the development of ejection seats had not reached maturity at the time the X-2 was conceived. The X-2 ejection canopy was successfully tested using a German V-2 rocket. The X-2 used a skid-type landing gear to make room for more fuel. The airplane was air launched from a modified Boeing B-50 Superfortress Bomber. X-2 Number 1 made its first unpowered glide flight on Aug. 5, 1954

  2. Valentines Day X2 Flare

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    Active region 1158 let loose with an X2.2 flare at 0153 UT or 8:50 pm ET on February 15, 2011, the largest flare since Dec. 2006 and the biggest flare so far in Solar Cycle 24. This video was taken...

  3. Direct zonal liquid chromatographic method for the kinetic study of actinomycin-DNA binding.

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    Vidal-Madjar, Claire; Florentina, Cañada-Cañada; Gherghi, Ioanna; Jaulmes, Alain; Pantazaki, Anastasia; Taverna, Myriam

    2004-07-01

    The binding of an anticancer drug (actinomycin D or ACTD) to double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) was studied by means of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). ACTD is an antitumor antibiotic containing one chromophore group and two pentapeptidic lactone cycles that binds dsDNA. Incubations of ACTD with DNA were performed at physiological pH. The complexed and free ligand concentrations of the mixture were quantified at 440 nm from their separation on a size-exclusion chromatographic (SEC) column using the same buffer for the elution and the sample incubation. The DNA and the ACTD-DNA complexes were eluted at the column exclusion volume while the ligand was retained on the support. An apparent binding curve was obtained by plotting the amount emerging at the exclusion column volume against that eluted at free ACTD retention volume. A dissociating effect was evidenced and the binding parameters were significantly different from those obtained at equilibrium by visible absorbance titration. The equilibrium binding parameters determined by absorption spectroscopy were used as starting data in the numerical simulations of the chromatographic process. The results showed a strong dependency of the apparent binding parameters on the reaction kinetics. Finally the comparison of the apparent binding curve obtained from the HPLC experiments and from the numerical simulations permitted an evaluation of the dissociation rate constant (kd = 0.004 s(-1)). PMID:15296384

  4. Actinomycin D binding mode reveals the basis for its potent HIV-1 and cancer activity

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    Paramanathan, Thayaparan; Vladescu, Ioana D.; McCauley, Micah J.; Rouzina, Ioulia; Williams, Mark C.

    2011-03-01

    Actinomycin D (ActD) is one of the most studied antibiotics, which has been used as an anti-cancer agent and also shown to inhibit HIV reverse transcription. Initial studies with ActD established that it intercalates double stranded DNA (dsDNA). However, recent studies have shown that ActD binds with even higher affinity to single stranded DNA (ssDNA). In our studies we use optical tweezers to stretch and hold single dsDNA molecule at constant force in the presence of varying ActD concentrations until the binding reaches equilibrium. The change in dsDNA length upon ActD binding measured as a function of time yields the rate of binding in addition to the equilibrium lengthening of DNA. The results suggest extremely slow kinetics, on the order of several minutes and 0.52 +/- 0.06 μ M binding affinity. Holding DNA at constant force while stretching and relaxing suggests that ActD binds to two single strands that are close to each other rather than to pure dsDNA or ssDNA. This suggests that biological activity of ActD that contributes towards the inhibition of cellular replication is due to its ability to bind at DNA bubbles during RNA transcription, thereby stalling the transcription process.

  5. Actinomycin D Specifically Reduces Expanded CUG Repeat RNA in Myotonic Dystrophy Models

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    Siboni, Ruth B.; Nakamori, Masayuki; Wagner, Stacey D.; Struck, Adam J.; Coonrod, Leslie A.; Harriott, Shanee A.; Cass, Daniel M.; Tanner, Matthew K.

    2015-01-01

    Summary Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is an inherited disease characterized by the inability to relax contracted muscles. Affected individuals carry large CTG expansions that are toxic when transcribed. One possible treatment approach is to reduce or eliminate transcription of CTG repeats. Actinomycin D (ActD) is a potent transcription inhibitor and FDA-approved chemotherapeutic that binds GC-rich DNA with high affinity. Here, we report that ActD decreased CUG transcript levels in a dose-dependent manner in DM1 cell and mouse models at significantly lower concentrations (nanomolar) compared to its use as a general transcription inhibitor or chemotherapeutic. ActD also significantly reversed DM1-associated splicing defects in a DM1 mouse model, and did so within the currently approved human treatment range. RNA-seq analyses showed that low concentrations of ActD did not globally inhibit transcription in a DM1 mouse model. These results indicate that transcription inhibition of CTG expansions is a promising treatment approach for DM1. PMID:26686629

  6. Tegafur Substitution for 5-Fu in Combination with Actinomycin D to Treat Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasm.

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    Peng, Mei; Ding, Yiling; Yu, Ling; Deng, Yali; Lai, Weisi; Hu, Yun; Zhang, Hongwen; Wu, Xianqing; Fan, Hong; Ding, Hui; Wu, Yilin; Tao, Guangshi

    2015-01-01

    Although 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) combination chemotherapy provides a satisfactory therapeutic response in patients with gestational trophoblastic neoplasms (GTNs), it has severe side effects. The current study analyzed the therapeutic effects and side effects of tegafur plus actinomycin D (Act-D) vs. 5-Fu plus Act-D for the treatment of GTNs based on controlled historical records. A total of 427 GTN cases that received tegafur and Act-D combination chemotherapy at the Second Xiangya Hospital of XiangYa Medical School between August 2003 and July 2013 were analyzed based on historical data. A total of 393 GTN cases that received 5-Fu plus Act-D between August 1993 and July 2003 at the same hospital were also analyzed, which constituted the control group. The therapeutic effects, toxicity and side effects after chemotherapy were compared between the groups. The overall response rate was 90.63% in the tegafur+Act-D group (tegafur group) and 92.37% in the 5-Fu+Act-D group (5-Fu group); these rates were not significantly different (P > 0.05). However, the incidence rates of myelosuppression (white blood cell decline), gastrointestinal reactions (nausea, vomiting, dental ulcer, and diarrhea), skin lesions and phlebitis were lower in the tegafur group than in the 5-Fu group (P < 0.05). The results of this study may provide useful data for the clinical application of tegafur in GTN treatment. PMID:26599757

  7. Tegafur Substitution for 5-Fu in Combination with Actinomycin D to Treat Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasm

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    Peng, Mei; Ding, Yiling; Yu, Ling; Deng, Yali; Lai, Weisi; Hu, Yun; Zhang, Hongwen; Wu, Xianqing; Fan, Hong; Ding, Hui; Wu, Yilin; Tao, Guangshi

    2015-01-01

    Although 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) combination chemotherapy provides a satisfactory therapeutic response in patients with gestational trophoblastic neoplasms (GTNs), it has severe side effects. The current study analyzed the therapeutic effects and side effects of tegafur plus actinomycin D (Act-D) vs. 5-Fu plus Act-D for the treatment of GTNs based on controlled historical records. A total of 427 GTN cases that received tegafur and Act-D combination chemotherapy at the Second Xiangya Hospital of XiangYa Medical School between August 2003 and July 2013 were analyzed based on historical data. A total of 393 GTN cases that received 5-Fu plus Act-D between August 1993 and July 2003 at the same hospital were also analyzed, which constituted the control group. The therapeutic effects, toxicity and side effects after chemotherapy were compared between the groups. The overall response rate was 90.63% in the tegafur+Act-D group (tegafur group) and 92.37% in the 5-Fu+Act-D group (5-Fu group); these rates were not significantly different (P > 0.05). However, the incidence rates of myelosuppression (white blood cell decline), gastrointestinal reactions (nausea, vomiting, dental ulcer, and diarrhea), skin lesions and phlebitis were lower in the tegafur group than in the 5-Fu group (P < 0.05). The results of this study may provide useful data for the clinical application of tegafur in GTN treatment. PMID:26599757

  8. The nature of actinomycin D binding to d(AACCAXYG) sequence motifs

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    Chen, Fu-Ming; Sha, Feng; Chin, Ko-Hsin; Chou, Shan-Ho

    2004-01-01

    Earlier studies by others had indicated that actinomycin D (ACTD) binds well to d(AACCATAG) and the end sequence TAG-3′ is essential for its strong binding. In an effort to verify these assertions and to uncover other possible strong ACTD binding sequences as well as to elucidate the nature of their binding, systematic studies have been carried out with oligomers of d(AACCAXYG) sequence motifs, where X and Y can be any DNA base. The results indicate that in addition to TAG-3′, oligomers ending with XAG-3′ and XCG-3′ all provide binding constants ≥1 × 107 M–1 and even sequences ending with XTG-3′ and XGG-3′ exhibit binding affinities in the range 1–8 × 106 M–1. The nature of the strong ACTD affinity of the sequences d(A1A2C3C4A5X6Y7G8) was delineated via comparative binding studies of d(AACCAAAG), d(AGCCAAAG) and their base substituted derivatives. Two binding modes are proposed to coexist, with the major component consisting of the 3′-terminus G base folding back to base pair with C4 and the ACTD inserting at A2C3C4 by looping out the C3 while both faces of the chromophore are stacked by A and G bases, respectively. The minor mode is for the G to base pair with C3 and to have the same A/chromophore/G stacking but without a looped out base. These assertions are supported by induced circular dichroic and fluorescence spectral measurements. PMID:14715925

  9. [Effect of actinomycin D and cycloheximide on lipoproteins in blood serum and liver cytosol of rats under oxidative stress].

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    Kaliman, P A; Zahaĭko, A L

    2001-01-01

    The influence of protein synthesis inhibitors on rat lipoprotein content and composition under oxidative stress caused by cobalt chloride injection has been investigated in the present work. It has been concluded that apoprotein synthesis is very important process influencing on adaptive reactions under free-radical oxidation activation conditions. Co-administration of cobalt chloride and actinomycin D or cycloheximide (the inhibitors of the protein synthesis) has realy prevented hyperlipoproteinemia in many cases but hasn't influenced on lipoprotein oxidation. Pre-beta- and beta-lipoproteins were discussed to have mRNA pool in hepatocytes. PMID:12035534

  10. [Ni(PPh2NC6H4X2)2]2+ Complexes as Electrocatalysts for H2 Production: Effect of Substituents, Acids, and Water on Catalytic Rates

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    Kilgore, Uriah J.; Roberts, John A.; Pool, Douglas H.; Appel, Aaron M.; Stewart, Michael P.; Rakowski DuBois, Mary; Dougherty, William G.; Kassel, W. S.; Bullock, R. Morris; DuBois, Daniel L.

    2011-04-20

    A series of mononuclear nickel(II) bis(diphosphine) complexes [Ni(PPh2NPhX2)2](BF4)2 (PPh2NPhX2 = 1,5-di(para¬-X-phenyl)-3,7-diphenyl-1,5-diaza-3,7-diphosphacyclooctane; X = OMe, Me, CH2P(O)(OEt)2, Br, and CF3) have been synthesized and characterized. X-ray diffraction studies reveal that [Ni(PPh2NPhMe2)2](BF4)2 and [Ni(PPh2NPhOMe2)2](BF4)2 are tetracoordinate with distorted square planar geometries. The Ni(II/I) and Ni(I/0) redox couples of each complex are electrochemically reversible in acetonitrile (0.2 M tetraethylammonium tetrafluoroborate) with potentials that are increasingly cathodic as the electron-donating character of X is increased. All of these complexes are efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen production, with rates generally increasing as the electron-donating character of X is decreased. Catalytic studies using 2,6-dichloroanilinium triflate (2,6-Cl2AnH+OTf , pKaMeCN = 5.0) 4-cyanoanilinium tetrafluoroborate (4-CNAnH+OTf , pKaMeCN = 7.0) and protonated dimethylformamide ([(DMF)H]+OTf , pKaMeCN = 6.1) reveal that turnover frequencies do not correlate with substrate acid pKa values, but are highly dependent on the acid structure, with this effect being related to substrate size. Addition of water is shown to dramatically increase catalytic rates for all catalysts. With [Ni(PPh2NPhCH2P(O)(OEt)22)2](BF4)2 using [(DMF)H]+OTf as acid and with added water, a turnover frequency of 1850 s-1 was obtained. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences' Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences Division. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy.

  11. Evaluation of an actinomycin-D-containing combination chemotherapy protocol with extended maintenance therapy for canine lymphoma.

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    Siedlecki, Cecile T; Kass, Philip H; Jakubiak, Martin J; Dank, Gillian; Lyons, Jarred; Kent, Michael S

    2006-01-01

    In this retrospective study, a 6-drug (prednisone, L-asparaginase, vincristine, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and actinomycin-D) chemotherapy protocol with extended maintenance for the treatment of lymphoma was evaluated for efficacy and toxicity in 39 dogs. The complete remission rate was 97%, with a median progression-free survival (PFS) of 331 d. The median overall survival (OS) was 461 d. Of the variables evaluated for prognostic significance, only immunophenotype and sex were found to be prognostic. Dogs with T-cell lymphoma had shorter PFS and OS than dogs with B-cell lymphoma. Castrated male dogs had a shorter PFS and OS than spayed female dogs. Although the majority of dogs experienced one or more episodes of chemotherapy associated toxicity, the majority of these episodes were mild and self-limiting. The results of this study warrant further investigation into the value of extended maintenance therapy and inclusion of actinomycin-D in combination chemotherapy protocols for canine lymphoma. PMID:16536229

  12. The effect of the active principle of Solanum malacoxylon on rabbits and the inhibition of its action by actinomycin D.

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    Basudde, C D; Humphreys, D J

    1975-07-25

    The oral administration of an aqueous extract of 2.5 g of the dried leaves of Solanum malacoxylon (DLSM) produced a rapid hyperphosphataemia, which becomes apparent 4 to 8 h after treatment, in the rabbit. This effect was not accompanied by any significant change in plasma calcium, mangesium, total protein, albumin, urea and creatinine concentration. The urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, and inorganic phosphate was markedly increased 24 and 48 h after treatment with the extract and was not accompanied by any significant change in the urinary excretion of hydroxyproline. The hyperphosphataemic effect of the DLSM extract was inhibited by Actinomycin D. It appeared that DLSM does not cause bone resorption in normal rabbits maintained on a diet containing adequate levels of calcium and phosphorus. The increased urinary excretion of calcium magnesium and inorganic phosphate after treatment with DLSM extract appeared to be due to increased intestinal absorption. The absence of any significant change in plasma urea and creatinine concentration after treatment with DLSM extract, and the inhibition of the hyperphosphataemic effect by Actinomycin D, indicated that this was a characteristic response of the rabbit to the active principle, and that it was not due to renal damage. The inhibition of the hyperphosphataemic effect of DLSM by Actinomyein D showed that its action involves the transcription of DNA to RNA and protein synthesis. PMID:1148896

  13. Live fluorescence and transmission-through-dye microscopic study of actinomycin D-induced apoptosis and apoptotic volume decrease.

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    Kasim, Neda R; Kuželová, Kateřina; Holoubek, Aleš; Model, Michael A

    2013-04-01

    The effect of actinomycin D on HeLa cells was studied by live fluorescence and transmission-through-dye microscopy-a recently developed technique that permits volume measurements in live cells. In particular, it is well suited for the observation and quantification of the apoptotic volume decrease (AVD), which is widely viewed as an essential feature of apoptosis. The main results from our study are as follows. (1) Apoptosis caused in HeLa cells by actinomycin D proceeds in two morphologically distinct stages: the early stage is characterized by extensive blebbing, and the late stage by a more compact shape. The loss of mitochondrial membrane potential occurs at about the same time as blebbing, and chromatin condensation follows 30-90 min later. Caspase-3 and 7 become activated during the late stage. (2) Because blebbing occurs before activation of caspase-3, it has to be initiated by a different mechanism. Although blebbing is one of the earliest observable changes, it can be selectively inhibited without affecting other apoptotic reactions. (3) The majority of cells experience a temporary volume increase after the appearance of blebs. Eventually, AVD takes over and the cells shrink by approximately 40 % of their initial volume; the volume loss becomes noticeable at the end of the blebbing phase and continues through the late stage. Sometimes, at the end of long incubations, shrinkage gives way to swelling, possibly indicating secondary necrosis. (4) Both early and late apoptosis are accompanied by intracellular accumulation of Na(+), while low-sodium medium prevents apoptosis. Except for a partial protective effect of quinine, all of the tested blockers of Na(+), K(+) and Cl(-) channels failed to prevent apoptosis or AVD. PMID:23325449

  14. Selective decrease in the rate of cleavage of an intracellular precursor to Rauscher leukemia virus p30 by treatment of infected cells with actinomycin D.

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    Jamjoom, G A; Naso, R B; Arlinghaus, R B

    1976-01-01

    The cleavage of an intracellular 67,000- to 70,000-dalton precursor, termed Pr4 to Rauscher leukemia virus (RLV) p30 protein proceeded at a slower rate when virus-producing cells were treated with actinomycin D (AMD). Treatment with AMD also caused a slight accumulation of Pr4 in purified early virus particles produced by a cell line which usually produces virions that contain little Pr4. The cleavage of other intracellular viral precursor polypeptides was not affected by treatment with AMD. Treatment of infected cells with cycloheximide, on the other hand, allowed the cleavage of Pr4 to proceed at the usual rate for a short period of time before further cleavage was drastically slowed or prevented. The cleavage of several other viral precursor polypeptides was also inhibited by treatment with cycloheximide. Different lines of evidence suggest that the mechanism of action of AMD is not due to a possible indirect effect on protein synthesis. Thus, the rate of cleavage of Pr4 was not affected by the length of pretreatment with AMD between 1 to 8 h. In addition, the combined effect of AMD and cycloheximide, at their maximal inhibitory concentrations, was greater than the effect of either drug alone, indicating the involvement of two at least partially different mechanisms in the action of AMD and cycloheximide. Furthermore, AMD did not affect the pulse labeling of viral precursor polypeptides. These results suggest that the interaction with viral RNA, whose production is inhibited by AMD, accelerates the cleavage of Pr4 to p30 during virus assembly. A hypothetical model is presented to illustrate th possible advantages of having a step in virus assembly in which genomic RNA interacts with a precursor to capsid proteins before the cleavage of that precursor. Images PMID:1085824

  15. LMC X-2: Hunting the Z

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    Smale, A. P.; Kuulkers, E.

    2001-12-01

    We have performed three observations of LMC X-2 with RXTE in 1997 Dec, 2001 Feb, and most recently 2001 Aug-Sep, with further pointings scheduled for late 2001. Based on our results to date (see e.g. Smale & Kuulkers 2000, ApJ, 528, 702) we have developed the working hypothesis that LMC X-2 is a Z-source, spending most of its time in the Flaring Branch with occasional excursions onto the Normal Branch -- behavior reminiscent of the Z-source GX349+2. If confirmed, this would make LMC X-2 the eighth Z-source known and the first outside our Galaxy. We will present a summary of our LMC X-2 campaign, including light curves and color-color diagrams illustrating the two branches and the results of timing and spectral fitting analyses, and discuss our future strategy for resolving the nature of this bright low-mass X-ray binary.

  16. Students Learn About SpaceX-2

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    From NASA's International Space Station Mission Control Center, Dorrie Tomayko, SpaceX-2 lead visiting vehicle officer, participates in a Digital Learning Network (DLN) event with students at Salt ...

  17. Antifungal properties of an actinomycin D-producing strain, Streptomyces sp. IA1, isolated from a Saharan soil.

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    Toumatia, Omrane; Yekkour, Amine; Goudjal, Yacine; Riba, Amar; Coppel, Yannick; Mathieu, Florence; Sabaou, Nasserdine; Zitouni, Abdelghani

    2015-02-01

    An actinomycete strain named IA1, which produced an antimicrobial compound, was isolated from a Saharan soil in In Amenas, Algeria. The study of the 16S rDNA sequence of this strain permitted to relate it to Streptomyces mutabilis NBRC 12800(T) (99.93% of similarity). Strain IA1 exhibited strong activity against a wide range of plant pathogenic fungi. One bioactive compound produced in large amounts (46.7 mg L(-1)  day(-1) ), named YA, was isolated and purified by TLC and reverse phase HPLC. The structure elucidation of the pure substance, using combined data from UV visible, NMR spectra, and mass spectrometry, permitted to identify it as actinomycin D, and was thus found for the first time in S. mutabilis related species. The biocontrol abilities of the strain IA1 and compound YA were evaluated through two diseases, i.e., chocolate spot of field bean and Fusarium wilt of flax. The occurrence of the two fungal diseases was effectively reduced. The reduction of chocolate spot disease symptoms reached 80 and 91.7% with IA1 and YA seedlings pretreatments, respectively. Soil pretreatment with IA1 or YA also allowed to reduce Fusarium wilt disease impact by almost 60%. PMID:25284744

  18. The efficacy and adverse event profile of dexamethasone, melphalan, actinomycin D, and cytosine arabinoside (DMAC) chemotherapy in relapsed canine lymphoma

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    Parsons-Doherty, Melissa; Poirier, Valerie J.; Monteith, Gabrielle

    2014-01-01

    In this retrospective study, a chemotherapy protocol using dexamethasone, melphalan, actinomycin D, and cytosine arabinoside (DMAC) was evaluated for efficacy and adverse event profile as a first line rescue protocol in 86 client-owned dogs previously treated with a CHOP-based protocol. Forty-three dogs (43%) achieved remission (16% complete remission, 27% partial remission), and 57% were non-responders. The median overall progression-free survival (PFS) was 24 days. Adverse events included thrombocytopenia in 41% of dogs, neutropenia in 17% of dogs, and gastrointestinal toxicity in 13% of dogs. Overall, 16% (13/79) dogs experienced grade III to IV thrombocytopenia, 8% (6/74) dogs grade III to IV neutropenia and 1% (1/79) dogs grade III to IV gastrointestinal toxicity. The efficacy of the DMAC protocol is similar to that of other rescue protocols in dogs with relapsed lymphoma but is associated with shorter PFS. The main toxicity is thrombocytopenia, which may limit treatment. PMID:24489398

  19. LMC X-2: Hunting the Z

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    Smale, Alan

    Data from an RXTE observation of LMC X-2 in 1997 Dec revealed that the shapes of the color-color and hardness-intensity diagrams, the presence of VLFN and HFN in the power spectra, and the high intrinsic Lx are more typical of a flaring Z-source than an atoll source (Smale and Kuulkers, 2000, ApJ, 528, 702). This would make LMC X-2 the 8th Z- source known, and the first detected beyond our Galaxy. A followup RXTE observation in 2001 Feb appears to show a combination of Flaring and Normal branches. We propose a Cycle 7 campaign to sample LMC X-2 for 20 weeks at 15 ksec/wk, to attempt to map out the (probable) Z, and further study the timing and spectral variability of the source.

  20. Mobilization of leucocytes and subsequent release of histamine and lysosomal enzymes into the peritoneal and pleural cavities of rats by actinomycin D (dactinomycin).

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    Giro, S N; Joshi, B; Peoples, S A

    1975-01-01

    1. The effects of intraperitoneal injections of actinomycin D on the temporal characteristics of the accumulation of the inflammatory exudate and cells into the peritoneal and pleural cavities were studied in male Sprague Dawley rats. 2. A measurable quantity of the exudate appeared in both cavities within 24 h and reached maxima in the peritoneal and pleural cavities on the fourth and third days, respectively. Thereafter, the accumulated volume of liquid decreased progressively in the peritoneal cavity but stayed more or less at about the same level in the pleural cavity until the sixth day. 3. The pooled peritoneal and pleural exudates contained neutrophils, macrophages, mast cell and eosinophils. The leucocyte infiltration occurred in two phases, the maximum cell numbers being found on the third and fifth days. A precipitous fall in the number of leucocytes occurred on the fourth day. Neutrophils and macrophages accounted for 85-95% of the total number of leucocytes. 4. The supernatant of the inflammatory exudate after centrifugation at 3,000 g contained histamine and the soluble lysosomal enzyme proteins, acid phosphatase and beta-glucuronidase until the sixth day following the initial dose of actinomycin D. 5. It is suggested that the release of lysosomal enzymes in the exudate, subsequent to leucocyte mobilization and the release of histamine from the mast cells, are probably involved in the genesis of inflammatory conditions induced by actinomycin D. PMID:50158

  1. The Actinomycin Biosynthetic Gene Cluster of Streptomyces chrysomallus: a Genetic Hall of Mirrors for Synthesis of a Molecule with Mirror Symmetry ▿

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    Keller, Ullrich; Lang, Manuel; Crnovcic, Ivana; Pfennig, Frank; Schauwecker, Florian

    2010-01-01

    A gene cluster was identified which contains genes involved in the biosynthesis of actinomycin encompassing 50 kb of contiguous DNA on the chromosome of Streptomyces chrysomallus. It contains 28 genes with biosynthetic functions and is bordered on both sides by IS elements. Unprecedentedly, the cluster consists of two large inverted repeats of 11 and 13 genes, respectively, with four nonribosomal peptide synthetase genes in the middle. Nine genes in each repeat have counterparts in the other, in the same arrangement but in the opposite orientation, suggesting an inverse duplication of one of the arms during the evolution of the gene cluster. All of the genes appear to be organized into operons, each corresponding to a functional section of actinomycin biosynthesis, such as peptide assembly, regulation, resistance, and biosynthesis of the precursor of the actinomycin chromophore 4-methyl-3-hydroxyanthranilic acid (4-MHA). For 4-MHA synthesis, functional analysis revealed genes that encode pathway-specific isoforms of tryptophan dioxygenase, kynurenine formamidase, and hydroxykynureninase, which are distinct from the corresponding enzyme activities of cellular tryptophan catabolism in their regulation and in part in their substrate specificity. Phylogenetic analysis indicates that the pathway-specific tryptophan metabolism in Streptomyces most probably evolved divergently from the normal pathway of tryptophan catabolism to provide an extra or independent supply of building blocks for the synthesis of tryptophan-derived secondary metabolites. PMID:20304989

  2. Terahertz Spectroscopy of CaH (X^{2}Σ^{+}), MgH (X^{2}Σ^{+}), and ZnH (X^{2}Σ^{+}) : Extreme Hydride Synthesis

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    Bucchino, Matthew P.; Ziurys, Lucy M.

    2013-06-01

    Sub-millimeter spectra of CaH (X^{2}Σ^{+}), MgH (X^{2}Σ^{+}), and ZnH (X^{2}Σ^{+}) have been measured in the sub-mm{/}THz regime (500{-805} GHz) using direct{-absorption} methods. All species were produced by the reaction of metal vapor with H_{2} under DC discharge in a Broida-type oven. Because of efficient molecule production, spectra of ^{26}MgH, ^{66}ZnH, ^{68}ZnH and ^{70}ZnH could be recorded in their natural abundance as well, with high signal-to-noise. Additionally, the N = 0 {→} 1 and N = 1 {→} 2 transitions of ^{25}MgH and ^{67}ZnH were measured. Fermi contact, dipolar, and quadrupole constants for the ^{25}Mg and ^{67}Zn nuclei have been accurately determined for the first time in the gas phase, and are in good agreement with previous ESR studies. The hyperfine constants suggest a substantial amount of covalent character is present in metal hydrides.

  3. A 3 x 2 Achievement Goal Model

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    Elliot, Andrew J.; Murayama, Kou; Pekrun, Reinhard

    2011-01-01

    In the present research, a 3 x 2 model of achievement goals is proposed and tested. The model is rooted in the definition and valence components of competence, and encompasses 6 goal constructs: task-approach, task-avoidance, self-approach, self-avoidance, other-approach, and other-avoidance. The results from 2 studies provided strong support for…

  4. In vitro and in vivo antitumor effects of novel actinomycin D analogs with amino acid substituted in the cyclic depsipeptides.

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    Zhang, Bang-zhi; Wang, Kai-rong; Yan, Jie-xi; Zhang, Wei; Song, Jing-jing; Ni, Jing-man; Wang, Rui

    2010-04-01

    The actinomycin D (AMD) analogs in which the D-valine residues (the second amino acid residue in the cyclic depsipeptide of AMD) and the N-methyl-L-valine residues (the fifth amino acid residue in the cyclic depsipeptide of AMD) were replaced with D-Phe or l- and D-forms N-methylvalines, N-methylisoleucine, N-methylleucine, N-methylphenylalanine, N-methylalanine, and sarcosine were synthesized. The antimicrobial activity and cytotoxic activities of these compounds in vitro were investigated. The results showed that most D-valine substituted analogs had much lower antimicrobial activity and cytotoxic activities in vitro than AMD itself, but three N-methyl-L-valine substituted analogs had comparable or even more remarkable cytotoxic activities in vitro than AMD. Acute toxicities and antitumor effects of the N-methyl-L-valine substituted analogs in mice were also examined. The result showed that the acute toxicity of compound 4 L-methylleucine(5)-AMD analog is comparable to AMD itself and that of compound 3(L-Methylisoleucine(5)-AMD analog) is slightly more toxic, about 1.25-fold than AMD. However, the acute toxicity of compound 5 D-methylleucine5-AMD analog is about 2-fold lower than AMD. This suggested that the N-methyl-D-amino acid replacement in the cyclic ring might play a vital role in their decreased acute toxicities, and perhaps the N-methyl-D-leucine substituent is more favorable, though there may be a slight loss of antitumor activity. This finding may be helpful for the design and development of more potent antitumor agents together with low acute toxicity, and suggests that the N-methyl-D-leucine substituent has the potential to be used as antitumor drug lead. PMID:20045716

  5. Combination of TRAIL and actinomycin D liposomes enhances antitumor effect in non-small cell lung cancer

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    Guo, Liangran; Fan, Li; Ren, Jinfeng; Pang, Zhiqing; Ren, Yulong; Li, Jingwei; Wen, Ziyi; Qian, Yong; Zhang, Lin; Ma, Hang; Jiang, Xinguo

    2012-01-01

    The intractability of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to multimodality treatments plays a large part in its extremely poor prognosis. Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a promising cytokine for selective induction of apoptosis in cancer cells; however, many NSCLC cell lines are resistant to TRAIL-induced apoptosis. The therapeutic effect can be restored by treatments combining TRAIL with chemotherapeutic agents. Actinomycin D (ActD) can sensitize NSCLC cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis by upregulation of death receptor 4 (DR4) or 5 (DR5). However, the use of ActD has significant drawbacks due to the side effects that result from its nonspecific biodistribution in vivo. In addition, the short half-life of TRAIL in serum also limits the antitumor effect of treatments combining TRAIL and ActD. In this study, we designed a combination treatment of long-circulating TRAIL liposomes and ActD liposomes with the aim of resolving these problems. The combination of TRAIL liposomes and ActD liposomes had a synergistic cytotoxic effect against A-549 cells. The mechanism behind this combination treatment includes both increased expression of DR5 and caspase activation. Moreover, systemic administration of the combination of TRAIL liposomes and ActD liposomes suppressed both tumor formation and growth of established subcutaneous NSCLC xenografts in nude mice, inducing apoptosis without causing significant general toxicity. These results provide preclinical proof-of-principle for a novel therapeutic strategy in which TRAIL liposomes are safely combined with ActD liposomes. PMID:22619505

  6. The violent past of Cygnus X-2

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    Kolb, Ulrich; Davies, Melvyn B.; King, Andrew; Ritter, Hans

    2000-09-01

    Cygnus X-2 appears to be the descendant of an intermediate-mass X-ray binary (IMXB). Using Mazzitelli's stellar code we compute detailed evolutionary sequences for the system and find that its prehistory is sensitive to stellar input parameters, in particular the amount of core overshooting during the main-sequence phase. With standard assumptions for convective overshooting a case B mass transfer starting with a 3.5-Msolar donor star is the most likely evolutionary solution for Cygnus X-2. This makes the currently observed state rather short-lived, of order 3Myr, and requires a formation rate > 10-7-10-6yr-1 of such systems in the Galaxy. Our calculations show that neutron star IMXBs with initially more massive donors (>~4Msolar) encounter a delayed dynamical instability; they are unlikely to survive this rapid mass transfer phase. We determine limits for the age and initial parameters of Cygnus X-2 and calculate possible dynamical orbits of the system in a realistic Galactic potential, given its observed radial velocity. We find trajectories which are consistent with a progenitor binary on a circular orbit in the Galactic plane inside the solar circle that received a kick velocity <=200kms-1 at the birth of the neutron star. The simulations suggest that about 7per cent of IMXBs receiving an arbitrary kick velocity from a standard kick velocity spectrum would end up in an orbit similar to Cygnus X-2, while about 10per cent of them reach yet larger Galactocentric distances.

  7. Actinomycin D and nutlin-3a synergistically promote phosphorylation of p53 on serine 46 in cancer cell lines of different origin.

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    Zajkowicz, Artur; Gdowicz-Kłosok, Agnieszka; Krześniak, Małgorzata; Ścieglińska, Dorota; Rusin, Marek

    2015-09-01

    The p53 tumor suppressor protein is a transcription factor activated by phosphorylation of its N-terminus. MDM2, encoded by a p53-activated gene, acts as a negative-feedback regulator of p53 by promoting p53 degradation. Moreover, MDM2 inhibits p53 by binding to and concealing its N-terminal transcription-activating domain. p53 can be activated by nutlin-3a, a molecule designed to bind MDM2 and prevent its interaction with p53. Actinomycin D promotes phosphorylation and accumulation of p53 via a mechanism that involves high expression of MDM2. We hypothesized that co-treatment of cells with actinomycin D and nutlin-3a would lead to synergistic activation of p53 by stimulating kinases and preventing accumulated MDM2 from binding to p53. Indeed, co-treatment of various cell lines with actinomycin D and nutlin-3a resulted in a synergistic increase of p53 phosphorylation on serine 46. We focused on this residue because it is a marker of the highest level of p53 activation. Co-treatment was associated with conspicuous decrease in a marker of mTOR activity in NCI-H28 cells and very strong activation of p53 targets, including CDKN1A and PML, in A549 cells. Other p53 target genes (SESN1, SESN2, TIGAR, DRAM1) were also efficiently upregulated; however, a marker of apoptosis (active caspase-3) appeared only in some cancer cell lines (e.g., A375 and other cell lines derived from melanoma) indicating that phosphorylation of p53 on serine 46 is not straightforwardly associated with induction of apoptosis. Moreover, our data suggest that melanoma may be a suitable target for drug combination used in this study. PMID:25989210

  8. X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y sex chromosome systems in the Neotropical Gymnotiformes electric fish of the genus Brachyhypopomus.

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    Cardoso, Adauto Lima; Pieczarka, Julio Cesar; Nagamachi, Cleusa Yoshiko

    2015-05-01

    Several types of sex chromosome systems have been recorded among Gymnotiformes, including male and female heterogamety, simple and multiple sex chromosomes, and different mechanisms of origin and evolution. The X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y systems identified in three species of this order are considered homoplasic for the group. In the genus Brachyhypopomus, only B. gauderio presented this type of system. Herein we describe the karyotypes of Brachyhypopomus pinnicaudatus and B. n. sp. FLAV, which have an X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y sex chromosome system that evolved via fusion between an autosome and the Y chromosome. The morphology of the chromosomes and the meiotic pairing suggest that the sex chromosomes of B. gauderio and B. pinnicaudatus have a common origin, whereas in B . n. sp. FLAV the sex chromosome system evolved independently. However, we cannot discard the possibility of common origin followed by distinct processes of differentiation. The identification of two new karyotypes with an X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y sex chromosome system in Gymnotiformes makes it the most common among the karyotyped species of the group. Comparisons of these karyotypes and the evolutionary history of the taxa indicate independent origins for their sex chromosomes systems. The recurrent emergence of the X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y system may represent sex chromosomes turnover events in Gymnotiformes. PMID:26273225

  9. Some considerations in the experimental approach to distinguishing between membrane transport and intracellular disposition of antineoplastic agents, with specific reference to fluorodeoxyuridine, actinomycin D, and methotrexate

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    Goldman, D.; Bowen, D.; Gewirtz, D.A.

    1981-01-01

    Analysis of the interaction between an anticancer agent and the intact cell can provide important clues to cytotoxic determinants and mechanisms of drug selectivity and resistance. This can be very useful in optimally evaluating single and multidrug regimens in test systems, designing new agents, and evaluating drug metabolism and binding to cellular target sites. This cellular pharmacokinetic approach requires very meticulous attention to experimental design, especially the time dimension chosen for study, and an appropriate framework for data analysis. This paper reviews cellular pharmacokinetic principles and experimental approaches that can be applied in uptake studies with cytotoxic agents, focusing, as examples, on studies from this laboratory with fluorodeoxyuridine, actinomycin D, and methotrexate.

  10. Hydroxyl X2Pi pure rotational transitions

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    Goorvitch, D.; Goldman, A.; Dothe, Hoang; Tipping, R. H.; Chackerian, C., Jr.

    1992-01-01

    We present a list of frequencies, term values, Einstein A values, and assignments for the pure rotational transitions of the X2Pi state of the OH molecule. This list includes transitions from 3 to 2015/cm for Delta-v = 0, v-double-prime = 0-4, and J-double-prime = 0.5-49.5. The A values were computed using recent advances in calculating wave functions for a coupled system and an experimentally derived electric dipole moment function (Nelson et al., 1990) which exhibits curvature.

  11. Experimental suppression of tolerance to ozone and of cross-tolerance (NO/sub 2/-O/sub 3/) in rats by actinomycin D and colchicine

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    Nambu, Z.; Yokoyama, E.

    1982-10-01

    Rats were initially exposed to 2 ppm ozone or 16-20 ppm NO/sub 2/ for 3 hr in order to induce a certain tolerance to ozone during 3 days after the initial exposure. After the initial exposure, they were intraperitoneally administered actinomycin D or colchicine at a scheduled interval. Twenty-four hours after the administration, the induction of tolerance was assayed by the response of lung weight to challenge exposure to 5.6 ppm ozone for 3 hr. Either actinomycin D or colchicine administered immediately after the initial exposure suppressed the induction of tolerance (O/sub 3/-O/sub 3/) and of cross-tolerance (NO/sub 2/-O/sub 3/), while the tolerance was not suppressed by the inhibitors administered 12 to 24 hr following the initial exposure. Normal tolerance to ozone was induced 12 to 24 hr after the initial exposure. It was thus shown that the induction of tolerance could not be suppressed by the inhibitors administered after the lungs became fully tolerant; we tentatively interpret these results to suggest that no tolerance is induced without pulmonary cell proliferation stimulated by the initial exposure.

  12. A 2 X 2 achievement goal framework.

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    Elliot, A J; McGregor, H A

    2001-03-01

    A 2 x 2 achievement goal framework comprising mastery-approach, mastery-avoidance, performance-approach, and performance-avoidance goals was proposed and tested in 3 studies. Factor analytic results supported the independence of the 4 achievement goal constructs. The goals were examined with respect to several important antecedents (e.g., motive dispositions, implicit theories, socialization histories) and consequences (e.g., anticipatory test anxiety, exam performance, health center visits), with particular attention allocated to the new mastery-avoidance goal construct. The results revealed distinct empirical profiles for each of the achievement goals; the pattern for mastery-avoidance goals was, as anticipated, more negative than that for mastery-approach goals and more positive than that for performance-avoidance goals. Implications of the present work for future theoretical development in the achievement goal literature are discussed. PMID:11300582

  13. 2,2'-Dihydroxychalcone, a glutathione transferase inhibitor, sensitises human colon adenocarcinoma cells to chlorambucil and melphalan, but not to actinomycin D.

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    Goh, Kenneth; Chen, Yufan; Zheng, Lin; Ong, Laichun; Jin, Yi; Chow, Pierce; Zhang, Kai

    2008-01-01

    2,2'-Dihydroxychalcone (2,2'DHC) is a potent inhibitor of glutathione S-transferases (GSTs). Pre-treatment of human colon cancer cells by a non-toxic concentration of this GST inhibitor significantly sensitised cancer cells to chlorambucil and melphalan, which are substrates of glutathione (GSH) conjugation. However, sensitisation to actinomycin D, which has not been shown to be detoxified by GSH-related mechanisms, was not observed. These results further confirm the contribution of GSH-related mechanisms to drug resistance by increased detoxification of drugs. 2,2'DHC inhibited GST activity and the transport of GSH conjugates by cancer cells. Its combined effects on GST and glutathione conjugate export (GS-X) pump may provide more potent sensitisation of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic drugs. PMID:21479453

  14. Comments on the ring-opening polymerization of morpholine-2,5-dione derivatives by various metal catalysts and characterization of the products formed in the reactions involving R2SnX2, where X = OPr(i) and NMe2 and R = Bu(n), Ph and p-Me2NC6H4.

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    Chisholm, M H; Galucci, J; Krempner, C; Wiggenhorn, C

    2006-02-14

    (3S,6S)-3-Isopropyl-6-methyl-morpholine-2,5-dione (1), and (3S,6S)-3,6-dimethyl-morpholine-2,5-dione (2), do not enter into ring-opening polymerization reactions with metal catalyst precursors commonly employed for lactides, and with Sn(II) octanoate, only low molecular weight oligomers are obtained. Reactions with R2SnX2 compounds, where R = Ph, Bu(n) and p-Me2NC6H4 and X = OPr(i) or NMe2, reveal that ring-opening of the morpholine-2,5-diones does occur, but that polymerization is terminated by the formation of kinetically-inert products such as {Ph2Sn[mu,eta(3)-OCH(Me)CONCH(Pr(i))COOPr(i)]}2 (3), and {[Bu(n))2Sn[mu,eta(3)-OCH(Me)CONCH(Me)CONMe2]}2 (4), with elimination of HX. Ph3SnOPr(i) is seen to react reversibly with morpholine-2,5-diones in toluene-d8 by 1H NMR spectroscopy while (Bu(n))3SnNMe2 reacts by ring opening to give (Bu(n))3SnOCH(Me)C(O)NHCHMeC(O)NMe2. The new organotin compounds have been characterized by 1H, 13C{1H} and 118Sn NMR spectroscopy and compounds 1, 2, 3 and 4 by single crystal X-ray crystallography. PMID:16437180

  15. The structural basis of actinomycin D–binding induces nucleotide flipping out, a sharp bend and a left-handed twist in CGG triplet repeats

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    Lo, Yu-Sheng; Tseng, Wen-Hsuan; Chuang, Chien-Ying; Hou, Ming-Hon

    2013-01-01

    The potent anticancer drug actinomycin D (ActD) functions by intercalating into DNA at GpC sites, thereby interrupting essential biological processes including replication and transcription. Certain neurological diseases are correlated with the expansion of (CGG)n trinucleotide sequences, which contain many contiguous GpC sites separated by a single G:G mispair. To characterize the binding of ActD to CGG triplet repeat sequences, the structural basis for the strong binding of ActD to neighbouring GpC sites flanking a G:G mismatch has been determined based on the crystal structure of ActD bound to ATGCGGCAT, which contains a CGG triplet sequence. The binding of ActD molecules to GCGGC causes many unexpected conformational changes including nucleotide flipping out, a sharp bend and a left-handed twist in the DNA helix via a two site-binding model. Heat denaturation, circular dichroism and surface plasmon resonance analyses showed that adjacent GpC sequences flanking a G:G mismatch are preferred ActD-binding sites. In addition, ActD was shown to bind the hairpin conformation of (CGG)16 in a pairwise combination and with greater stability than that of other DNA intercalators. Our results provide evidence of a possible biological consequence of ActD binding to CGG triplet repeat sequences. PMID:23408860

  16. Resistance of African Green Monkey Kidney Cell Lines to Actinomycin D: Drug Uptake in 37 RC Cells After Persistent Inhibition of Transcription

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    Benedetto, Arrigo; Cassone, Antonio; Delfini, Carlo

    1979-01-01

    37 RC cells, a cultured line derived from African green monkey kidneys, survived long treatments with actinomycin D (AMD; 0.1 to 0.5 μg/ml) under strong inhibition of ribonucleic acid synthesis and blocking of cell division. One aspect of the complex cellular response to this treatment was a progressive lowering of the influx rate of AMD and, consequently, of its endocellular concentration, leading to a late resurgence of transcription. Overall protein synthesis decreased in AMD-treated cells, but more of the residual protein was exported to the cell surface, a fact associated with the development of numerous strands of endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi bodies in the cytoplasm. The lowering of AMD influx during the treatment was not simply due to the decay of protein synthesis, and there was no evidence for a carrier-mediated transport of the drug. It was paralleled by, but seemingly not related to, modifications in cellular microtubules and microfilaments. The rate of AMD influx was restored to levels comparable to those of untreated cells by short exposure to ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid and trypsin. It is concluded that the changes in plasma membrane of 37 RC cells, creating an obstacle to the influx of AMD after long treatment with this drug, probably consist of an accumulation and/or a different distribution of glycoproteins or other surface components on the cell surface. Images PMID:106777

  17. Alterations of (/sup 3/H)actinomycin D binding to axotomized dorsal root ganglion cell nuclei: an autoradiographic method to detect changes in chromatin structure and RNA synthesis

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    Wells, M.R.

    1984-11-01

    An autoradiographic method was developed to quantify on a comparative basis the binding of (/sup 3/H)actinomycin D (Act D) to the cell nuclei of frozen, unfixed sections of spinal sensory ganglia in rats. After a crush lesion of the sciatic nerve, alterations of (/sup 3/H)Act D binding were found in L5 and L6 dorsal root ganglia which corresponded to changes in RNA synthesis observed in other studies. An increase in Act D binding was seen at 1 to 3 days postoperation, followed by a decrease at 5 to 7 days. By 9 to 11 days a second increase in binding occurred, followed by a decrease at 14 days. Contralateral ganglia exhibited an increase in Act D binding only at 5 days compared with unoperated controls. The timing of the response in axotomized ganglia differed with the distance of the lesion from the cell body. The observed patterns of Act D binding confirm that changes of chromatin structure are closely associated with the alterations of RNA and protein synthesis occurring after axon injury. The method may be useful as an indicator for alterations in RNA synthesis related to changes in chromatin structure in complex tissues.

  18. Spermine Attenuates the Action of the DNA Intercalator, Actinomycin D, on DNA Binding and the Inhibition of Transcription and DNA Replication

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    Chen, Jeremy J. W.; Wu, Wen-Lin; Yuann, Jeu-Ming P.; Su, Wang-Lin; Chuang, Show-Mei; Hou, Ming-Hon

    2012-01-01

    The anticancer activity of DNA intercalators is related to their ability to intercalate into the DNA duplex with high affinity, thereby interfering with DNA replication and transcription. Polyamines (spermine in particular) are almost exclusively bound to nucleic acids and are involved in many cellular processes that require nucleic acids. Until now, the effects of polyamines on DNA intercalator activities have remained unclear because intercalation is the most important mechanism employed by DNA-binding drugs. Herein, using actinomycin D (ACTD) as a model, we have attempted to elucidate the effects of spermine on the action of ACTD, including its DNA-binding ability, RNA and DNA polymerase interference, and its role in the transcription and replication inhibition of ACTD within cells. We found that spermine interfered with the binding and stabilization of ACTD to DNA. The presence of increasing concentrations of spermine enhanced the transcriptional and replication activities of RNA and DNA polymerases, respectively, in vitro treated with ActD. Moreover, a decrease in intracellular polyamine concentrations stimulated by methylglyoxal-bis(guanylhydrazone) (MGBG) enhanced the ACTD-induced inhibition of c-myc transcription and DNA replication in several cancer cell lines. The results indicated that spermine attenuates ACTD binding to DNA and its inhibition of transcription and DNA replication both in vitro and within cells. Finally, a synergistic antiproliferative effect of MGBG and ACTD was observed in a cell viability assay. Our findings will be of significant relevance to future developments in combination with cancer therapy by enhancing the anticancer activity of DNA interactors through polyamine depletion. PMID:23144800

  19. Unique actinomycin D binding to self-complementary d(CXYGGCCY′X′G) sequences: duplex disruption and binding to a nominally base-paired hairpin

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    Chen, Fu-Ming; Sha, Feng; Chin, Ko-Hsin; Chou, Shan-Ho

    2003-01-01

    Actinomycin D (ACTD) has been shown to bind weakly to the sequence -GGCC-, despite the presence of a GpC site. It was subsequently found, however, that d(CATGGCCATG) binds relatively well to ACTD but exhibits unusually slow association kinetics, contrary to the strong-binding -XGCY- sites. In an effort to elucidate the nature of such binding and to delineate the origin of its interesting kinetic behavior, studies have now been extended to include oligomers with the general sequence motifs of d(CXYGGCCY′X′G)2. It was found that analogous binding characteristics are observed for these self-duplex decamers and comparative studies with progressively base-truncated oligomers from the 5′-end led to the finding that d(GGCCY′X′G) oligomers bind ACTD considerably stronger than their parent decamers and exhibit 1:1 drug/strand binding stoichiometry. Melting profiles monitored at the drug spectral region indicated additional drug binding prior to the onset of eventual complex disruptions with near identical melting temperatures for all the oligomers studied. These results are consistent with the notion that the related oligomers share a common strong binding mode of a hairpin-type, with the 3′-terminus G folding back to base-pair with the C base of GGC. A binding scheme is proposed in which the oligomers d(CXYGGCCY′X′G) exist predominantly in the duplex form and bind ACTD initially at the central GGCC weak site but subsequently disrupt to accommodate the stronger hairpin binding and thus the slow association kinetics. Such a mechanism is supported by the observation of distinct biphasic fluorescence kinetic traces in the binding of 7-amino-ACTD to these duplexes. PMID:12853642

  20. Low-Dose Actinomycin-D Induces Redistribution of Wild-Type and Mutated Nucleophosmin Followed by Cell Death in Leukemic Cells.

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    Brodská, Barbora; Holoubek, Aleš; Otevřelová, Petra; Kuželová, Kateřina

    2016-06-01

    Specific mutations involving C-terminal part of the nucleolar protein nucleophosmin (NPM) are associated with better outcome of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) therapy, possibly due to aberrant cytoplasmic NPM localization facilitating induction of anti-NPM immune response. Actinomycin D (actD) is known to induce nucleolar stress leading to redistribution of many nucleolar proteins, including NPM. We analyzed the distribution of both wild-type and mutated NPM (NPMmut) in human cell lines, before and after low-dose actD treatment, in living cells expressing exogenous fluorescently labeled proteins as well as using immunofluorescence staining of endogenous proteins in fixed cells. The wild-type NPM form is prevalently nucleolar in intact cells and relocalizes mainly to the nucleoplasm following actD addition. The mutated NPM form is found both in the nucleoli and in the cytoplasm of untreated cells. ActD treatment leads to a marked increase in NPMmut amount in the nucleoplasm while a mild decrease is observed in the cytoplasm. Cell death was induced by low-dose actD in all the studied leukemic cell lines with different p53 and NPM status. In cells expressing the tumor suppresor p53 (CML-T1, OCI-AML3), cell cycle arrest in G1/G0 phase was followed by p53-dependent apoptosis while in p53-null HL60 cells, transient G2/M-phase arrest was followed by cell necrosis. We conclude that although actD does not increase NPM concentration in the cytoplasm, it could improve the effect of standard chemotherapy in leukemias through more general mechanisms. PMID:26505272

  1. The influence of solutes on the enthalpy/entropy change of the actinomycin D binding to DNA: hydration, energy compensation and long-range deformation on DNA.

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    Galo, André L; Rugiero Neto, João; Brognaro, Dulcinea P; Caetano, Renato C; Souza, Fátima P; Colombo, Márcio F

    2011-07-21

    The effects of the changes in the temperature and in the water chemical potential on the energetic of the actinomycin D (ACTD) interaction with natural DNA are studied. At reduced water chemical potential, induced by the addition of neutral solute (sucrose), the ACTD-to-DNA binding isotherms show that the drug accesses two types of binding sites: strong and weak. The binding constants to the stronger sites are sensitive to changes in the temperature and in the water chemical potential, while the weak sites are practically insensitive to these changes. The van't Hoff analyses of the binding in different water chemical potential shows that the binding process to the more specific sites is endothermic in phosphate buffer (ΔH(vH) ∼ 1 kcal/mol) and becomes exothermic when the water chemical potential decreases (ΔH(vH) = -11 kcal/mol in sucrose 30%). The number of water molecules released on the binding to the stronger sites, obtained from the slopes of linkage plots in different temperatures, increases with the decrease in the temperature. Ring closure reactions in the presence of neutral solutes have shown that the reduction in the water activity induces DNA unwinding. It was observed that both reduced water chemical potential and small ratios of daunomycin bound per base pairs have the same effects on the ACTD binding isotherms and consequently on the binding thermodynamic parameters. The results presented indicate that the ACTD binding to the recognition site is enthalpycally unfavorable, which should be compensated by the deformation in the DNA. This compensation would probably be the origin of the synergism observed for these two drugs. PMID:21650176

  2. X-2 in flight after drop from B-50 mothership

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    1956-01-01

    The Bell Aircraft Company X-2 (46-674) drops away from its Boeing B-50 mothership in this photo. Lt. Col. Frank 'Pete' Everest piloted 674 on its first unpowered flight on 5 August 1954. He made the first rocket-powered flight on 18 November 1955. Everest made the first supersonic X-2 flight in 674 on 25 April 1956, achieving a speed of Mach 1.40. In July, he reached Mach 2.87, just short of the Mach 3 goal. The other X-2, 675, was written off prior to making any powered flights. An explosion during a captive flight resulted in the death of Bell test pilot Jean 'Skip' Ziegler. The X-2 was jettisoned over Lake Ontario, and the launch aircraft was damaged beyond repair. The first X-2, 674, continued flying, making a total of 17 launches. On 7 September 1956, Capt. Iven Kincheloe became the first man to exceed 100,000 feet when he reached an altitude of 126,200 feet in 674. The X-2, initially an Air Force program, was scheduled to be transferred to the civilian National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) for scientific research. The Air Force delayed turning the aircraft over to the NACA in the hope of attaining Mach 3 in the airplane. The service requested and received a two-month extension to qualify another Air Force test pilot, Capt. Miburn 'Mel' Apt, in the X-2 and attempt to exceed Mach 3. After several ground briefings in the simulator, Apt (with no previous rocket plane experience) made his flight on 27 September 1956. Apt raced away from the B-50 under full power, quickly outdistancing the F-100 chase planes. At high altitude, he nosed over, accelerating rapidly. The X-2 reached Mach 3.2 (2,094 mph) at 65,000 feet. Apt became the first man to fly more than three times the speed of sound. Still above Mach 3, he began an abrupt turn back to Edwards. This maneuver proved fatal as the X-2 began a series of diverging rolls and tumbled out of control. Apt tried to regain control of the aircraft. Unable to do so, Apt separated the escape capsule. Too late, he

  3. LMC X-2: the First Extragalactic Z-Source

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    Smale, Alan

    Using data from a 100ks RXTE observation of LMC X-2 in 1997 Dec, we found that the shapes of the color-color and hardness-intensity diagrams, the presence of VLFN and HFN in the power spectra, and the high intrinsic L_x are more typical of a Z-source in its flaring branch than of an atoll source (Smale and Kuulkers, 1999). This would make LMC X-2 the 8th Z-source known, and the first detected beyond our Galaxy. We also detected a strong 8.16-hr modulation which appears to confirm a candidate orbital period from optical photometry, though we cannot rule out a chance alignment of intrinsic flares. We propose a set of follow- up observations to (a) further study the high time variability of LMC X-2 and try to flesh out the branches of the Z, and (b) confirm/reject the 8-hr periodicity.

  4. LMC X-2: the First Extragalactic Z-Source

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    Smale, Alan

    Data from a 100ks RXTE observation of LMC X-2 in 1997 Dec reveal that the shapes of the color-color and hardness-intensity diagrams, the presence of VLFN and HFN in the power spectra, and the high intrinsic L_x are more typical of a flaring Z-source than an atoll source (Smale and Kuulkers, 2000, ApJ, 528, 702). This would make LMC X-2 the 8th Z- source known, and the first detected beyond our Galaxy. We also found a strong 8.16-hr modulation which appears to confirm a candidate P_orb from optical photometry, though we cannot rule out a chance alignment of flares. One follow-up pointing is planned for Cycle 5; we propose further observations in 2001 to study the time variability of LMC X-2, flesh out its probable Z, and confirm/reject the 8-hr periodicity.

  5. X-2 on lakebed after landing on skids

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    1952-01-01

    This 1952 photograph shows the X-2 #2 (46-675) with a collapsed nose landing gear, after landing on the first glide flight at Edwards Air Force Base. The aircraft pitched at landing, slid along its main skid, and contacted the ground with the right wingtip bumper skid, causing it to break off. The nose wheel had collapsed upon contacting the ground. In the photo, Bell test pilot Jean Ziegler is still in the cockpit as ground crewmen stand by the aircraft. The X-2 #2 was subsequently destroyed in an explosion during captive flight on May 12, 1953, killing Ziegler and EB-50A crewmember Frank Wolko. The X-2 was a swept-wing, rocket-powered aircraft designed to fly faster than Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound). It was built for the U.S. Air Force by the Bell Aircraft Company, Buffalo, New York. The X-2 was flown to investigate the problems of aerodynamic heating as well as stability and control effectiveness at high altitudes and high speeds (in excess of Mach 3). Bell aircraft built two X-2 aircraft. These were constructed of K-monel (a copper and nickel alloy) for the fuselage and stainless steel for the swept wings and control surfaces. The aircraft had ejectable nose capsules instead of ejection seats because the development of ejection seats had not reached maturity at the time the X-2 was conceived. The X-2 ejection canopy was successfully tested using a German V-2 rocket. The X-2 used a skid-type landing gear to make room for more fuel. The airplane was air launched from a modified Boeing B-50 Superfortress Bomber. X-2 Number 1 made its first unpowered glide flight on Aug. 5, 1954, and made a total of 17 (4 glide and 13 powered) flights before it was lost Sept. 27, 1956. The pilot on Flight 17, Capt. Milburn Apt, had flown the aircraft to a record speed of Mach 3.2 (2,094 mph), thus becoming the first person to exceed Mach 3. During that last flight, inertial coupling occurred and the pilot was killed. The aircraft suffered little damage in the crash

  6. SpaceX 2: Liftoff of Falcon 9

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    SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launch on time at 10:10 a.m. EST from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The goal of the SpaceX 2 mission is to resuppl...

  7. Credit WCT. Original 2'" x 2%" color negative is housed ...

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    Credit WCT. Original 2-'" x 2-%" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. This view shows the propellant cutter as it was originally installed (JPL negative no. 381-2274A, 29 June 1962) - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Preparation Building, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  8. Credit WCT. Original 2'" x 2'" color negative is housed ...

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    Credit WCT. Original 2-'" x 2-'" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. View shows small autoclave demonstrated by JPL staff member Milton Clay (JPL negative no. JPL-10286AC, 27 January 1989). - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Liner Laboratory, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  9. The Complete Z-diagram of LMC X-2

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    White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor); Smale, A. P.; Homan, J.; Kuulkers, E.

    2003-01-01

    We present results from four Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) observations of the bright low mass X-ray binary LMC X-2. During these observations, which span a year and include over 160 hrs of data, the source exhibits clear evolution through three branches on its hardness-intensity and color-color diagrams, consistent with the flaring, normal, and horizontal branches (FB, NB, HB) of a Z-source, and remarkably similar to Z-tracks derived for GX 17+2, Sco X-1 and GX 349+2. LMC X-2 was observed in the FB, NB, and HB for roughly 30%, 40%, and 30% respectively of the total time covered. The source traces out the full extent of the Z in approximately 1 day, and the Z-track shows evidence for secular shifts on a timescale in excess of a few days. Although the count rate of LMC X-2 is low compared with the other known 2-sources due to its greater distance, the power density spectra selected by branch show very-low-frequency noise characteristics at least consistent with those from other Z-sources. We thus confirm the identification of LMC X-2 as a Z-source, the first identified outside our Galaxy.

  10. LMC X--2: The First Extragalactic Z-Source?

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    Smale, Alan P.; Kuulkers, Erik

    1999-04-01

    We present RXTE observations of LMC X--2 obtained during a five-day interval in 1997 December, during which the source was radiating at a mean intensity ~ 1.2LEdd and strongly variable on timescales of seconds to hours. The shapes of the X-ray color-color and hardness-intensity diagrams during the observations, the presence of VLFN and possible HFN in the power spectra, and the high intrinsic X-ray luminosity of LMC X--2 (which historically spans 0.4--2.0LEdd for reasonable estimates of the neutron star mass) are more characteristic of a Z-source in its flaring branch than of an atoll-source. On this basis, we provisionally reclassify LMC X--2 as a Z-source, the eighth such source known and the first to be detected beyond our Galaxy. Using periodogram and Fourier analysis of the X-ray lightcurve we detect an apparently-significant X-ray modulation with a period of 8.160+/-0.011 hrs and a semi-amplitude increasing from 14% in the 1.8--4.0 keV range to 40% at 8.7--19.7 keV. This X-ray modulation appears to confirm a candidate orbital periodicity determined from optical photometry ten years prior to our campaign, but we cannot rule out a chance alignment of intrinsic X-ray flares. Current RXTE ASM light curves, and archival EXOSAT observations, show no sign of such a pronounced periodicity. The X-ray spectrum of LMC X--2 can be well fit using variations of simple Comptonization models. Fits to intensity( =~ phase)-resolved spectra show strong correlations between the power law slope (in one parameterization) or the depth to optical scattering (in another) and intensity. We discuss the implications for the inclination, geometry, and emitting regions of the LMC X--2 system.

  11. Binding of Actinomycin D to Single-Stranded DNA of Sequence Motifs d(TGTCTnG) and d(TGTnGTCT)

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    Chen, Fu-Ming; Sha, Feng; Chin, Ko-Hsin; Chou, Shan-Ho

    2003-01-01

    Our recent binding studies with oligomers derived from base replacements on d(CGTCGTCG) had led to the finding that actinomycin D (ACTD) binds strongly to d(TGTCATTG) of apparent single-stranded conformation without GpC sequence. A fold-back binding model was speculated in which the planar phenoxazone inserts at the GTC site with a loop-out T base whereas the G base at the 3′-terminus folds back to form a basepair with the internal C and stacks on the opposite face of the chromophore. To provide a more concrete support for such a model, ACTD equilibrium binding studies were carried out and the results are reported herein on oligomers of sequence motifs d(TGTCTnG) and d(TGTnGTC). These oligomers are not expected to form dimeric duplexes and contain no canonical GpC sequences. It was found that ACTD binds strongly to d(TGTCTTTTG), d(TGTTTTGTC), and d(TGTTTTTGTC), all exhibiting 1:1 drug/strand binding stoichiometry. The fold-back binding model with displaced T base is further supported by the finding that appending TC and TCA at the 3′-terminus of d(TGTCTTTTG) results in oligomers that exhibit enhanced ACTD affinities, consequence of the added basepairing to facilitate the hairpin formation of d(TGTCTTTTGTC) and d(TGTCTTTTGTCA) in stabilizing the GTC/GTC binding site for juxtaposing the two G bases for easy stacking on both faces of the phenoxazone chromophore. Further support comes from the observation of considerable reduction in ACTD affinity when GTC is replaced by GTTC in an oligomer, in line with the reasoning that displacing two T bases to form a bulge for ACTD binding is more difficult than displacing a single base. Based on the elucidated binding principle of phenoxazone ring requiring its opposite faces to be stacked by the 3′-sides of two G bases for tight ACTD binding, several oligonucleotide sequences have been designed and found to bind well. PMID:12524296

  12. The X-ray spectrum of CYG X-2

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    Branduardi-Raymont, G.; Ercan, E. N.; Chiappetti, L.

    1984-01-01

    The spectrum of Cyg X-2, determined by Ariel V Experiment C observations, is best fitted by a thermal bremsstrahlung model only at energies higher than ≡2 keV. At lower energies an excess of flux above the theoretical curve is clearly present and on occasions there is evidence for a feature between 2 and 3 keV: the latter may be indication of a break in a two-component spectrum or an absorption feature of the type expected from X-ray transfer in an optically thick environment. The 2 - 10 keV flux of Cyg X-2 is seen to vary by about a factor of 5 between two Ariel V observations 20 months apart. In the present paper the auhors attempt to interpret these observational results in the context of X-ray reprocessing in a neutron star binary system.

  13. Cygnus X-2 in a radio quiet state

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    Rushton, A.; Bach, U.; Spencer, R.; Kadler, M.; Church, M.; Balucinska-Church, M.; Wilms, J.; Hanke, M.; Zola, S.; Schulz, N.

    2009-05-01

    The neutron star X-ray binary Cygnus X-2 was observed using the e- EVN (European VLBI Network) on May 12/13th 2009 between 23:00-13:00 UT at 5 GHz. The radio telescopes participating with the e-EVN at 5 GHz were Effelsberg, Medicina, Onsala 25m, Torun, Sheshan, Yebes, Jodrell Bank MKII, Cambridge and Knockin. A maximum data rate of 1024 Mbps were achieved from four telescopes (Effelsberg, Onsala, Torun and Jodrell Bank MKII).

  14. Signal transmission within the P2X2 trimeric receptor.

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    Keceli, Batu; Kubo, Yoshihiro

    2014-06-01

    P2X2 receptor channel, a homotrimer activated by the binding of extracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to three intersubunit ATP-binding sites (each located ∼50 Å from the ion permeation pore), also shows voltage-dependent activation upon hyperpolarization. Here, we used tandem trimeric constructs (TTCs) harboring critical mutations at the ATP-binding, linker, and pore regions to investigate how the ATP activation signal is transmitted within the trimer and how signals generated by ATP and hyperpolarization converge. Analysis of voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating in these TTCs showed that: (a) Voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating of P2X2 requires binding of at least two ATP molecules. (b) D315A mutation in the β-14 strand of the linker region connecting the ATP-binding domains to the pore-forming helices induces two different gating modes; this requires the presence of the D315A mutation in at least two subunits. (c) The T339S mutation in the pore domains of all three subunits abolishes the voltage dependence of P2X2 gating in saturating [ATP], making P2X2 equally active at all membrane potentials. Increasing the number of T339S mutations in the TTC results in gradual changes in the voltage dependence of gating from that of the wild-type channel, suggesting equal and independent contributions of the subunits at the pore level. (d) Voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating in TTCs differs depending on the location of one D315A relative to one K308A that blocks the ATP binding and downstream signal transmission. (e) Voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating does not depend on where one T339S is located relative to K308A (or D315A). Our results suggest that each intersubunit ATP-binding signal is directly transmitted on the same subunit to the level of D315 via the domain that contributes K308 to the β-14 strand. The signal subsequently spreads equally to all three subunits at the level of the pore, resulting in symmetric and independent contributions of the three

  15. Signal transmission within the P2X2 trimeric receptor

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    Kubo, Yoshihiro

    2014-01-01

    P2X2 receptor channel, a homotrimer activated by the binding of extracellular adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to three intersubunit ATP-binding sites (each located ∼50 Å from the ion permeation pore), also shows voltage-dependent activation upon hyperpolarization. Here, we used tandem trimeric constructs (TTCs) harboring critical mutations at the ATP-binding, linker, and pore regions to investigate how the ATP activation signal is transmitted within the trimer and how signals generated by ATP and hyperpolarization converge. Analysis of voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating in these TTCs showed that: (a) Voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating of P2X2 requires binding of at least two ATP molecules. (b) D315A mutation in the β-14 strand of the linker region connecting the ATP-binding domains to the pore-forming helices induces two different gating modes; this requires the presence of the D315A mutation in at least two subunits. (c) The T339S mutation in the pore domains of all three subunits abolishes the voltage dependence of P2X2 gating in saturating [ATP], making P2X2 equally active at all membrane potentials. Increasing the number of T339S mutations in the TTC results in gradual changes in the voltage dependence of gating from that of the wild-type channel, suggesting equal and independent contributions of the subunits at the pore level. (d) Voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating in TTCs differs depending on the location of one D315A relative to one K308A that blocks the ATP binding and downstream signal transmission. (e) Voltage- and [ATP]-dependent gating does not depend on where one T339S is located relative to K308A (or D315A). Our results suggest that each intersubunit ATP-binding signal is directly transmitted on the same subunit to the level of D315 via the domain that contributes K308 to the β-14 strand. The signal subsequently spreads equally to all three subunits at the level of the pore, resulting in symmetric and independent contributions of the three

  16. 2 x 2 TeV mu(superscript +) mu (superscript) collider

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    Mokhov, N.V.; Noble, R.J.

    1996-10-01

    The scenarios for high-luminosity 2 x 2 TeV and 250 x 250 GeV {mu}{sup +}{mu}{sup -} colliders are presented. Having a high physics potential, such a machine has specific physics and technical advantages and disadvantages when compared with an e{sup +}e{sup -} collider. Parameters for the candidate designs and the basic components - proton source, pion production and decay channel, cooling, acceleration and collider storage ring - are considered. Attention is paid to the areas mostly affecting the collider performance: targetry, energy spread, superconducting magnet survival, detector backgrounds, polarization, environmental issues. 13 refs., 9 figs., 4 tabs.

  17. Fatigue crack propagation in carburized X-2M steel

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    Averbach, B. L.; Lou, Bingzhe; Pearson, P. K.; Fairchild, R. E.; Bamberger, E. N.

    1985-07-01

    The growth rates of fatigue cracks propagating through the case and into the core have been studied for carburized X-2M steel (0.14 C, 4.91 Cr, 1.31 Mo, 1.34 W, 0.42 V). Fatigue cracks were propagated at constant stress intensities, ΔK, and also at a constant cyclic peak load, and the crack growth rates were observed to pass through a minimum value as the crack traversed the carburized case. The reduction in the crack propagation rates is ascribed to the compressive stresses which were developed in the case, and a pinched clothespin model is used to make an approximate calculation of the effects of internal stress on the crack propagation rates. We define an effective stress intensity, Ke = Ka + Ki, where Ka is the applied stress intensity, Ki = σid{i/1/2}, σi is the internal stress, and di is a characteristic distance associated with the depth of the internal stress field. In our work, a value of di = 11 mm (0.43 inch) fits the data quite well. A good combination of resistance to fatigue crack propagation in the case and fracture toughness in the core can be achieved in carburized X-2M steel, suggesting that this material will be useful in heavy duty gears and in aircraft gas turbine mainshaft bearings operating under high hoop stresses.

  18. Spectral analysis of SMC X-2 during its 2015 outburst

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    La Palombara, N.; Sidoli, L.; Pintore, F.; Esposito, P.; Mereghetti, S.; Tiengo, A.

    2016-05-01

    We report on the results of XMM-Newton and Swift observations of SMC X-2 during its last outburst in 2015 October, the first one since 2000. The source reached a very high luminosity (L ˜ 1038 erg s-1), which allowed us to perform a detailed analysis of its timing and spectral properties. We obtained a pulse period Pspin = 2.372267(5) s and a characterization of the pulse profile also at low energies. The main spectral component is a hard (Γ ≃ 0) power-law model with an exponential cut-off, but at low energies we detected also a soft (with kT ≃ 0.15 keV) thermal component. Several emission lines are present in the spectrum. Their identification with the transition lines of highly ionized N, O, Ne, Si, and Fe suggests the presence of photoionized matter around the accreting source.

  19. Discovery of dense absorbing clouds in Cygnus X-2

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    Balucinska-Church, Monika; Schulz, Norbert S.; Church, Michael; Wilms, Joern; Hanke, Manfred

    We report results of several day-long observation of Cygnus X-2 using Chandra and XMM-Newton. The source displayed extensive dipping events in the lightcurve often seen before in the source and causing an additional track in the hardness-intensity Z-track diagram. For the first time we are able to investigate these events using both high efficiency CCD continuum spectra and highly-resolved grating data. In the XMM PN instrument, the dips are 30% deep and resemble those in the low mass X-ray binary dip sources. However, remarkably, in the Chandra HEG and MEG no absorption or edge features can be seen corresponding to expected increases of column density in excess of the interstellar column. Non-dip and dip PN spectra are fitted well with a model containing point-like blackbody emission which we associate with the neutron star plus Comptonized emission of the ADC which must be extended. Dipping can be explained without absorption of the blackbody emission, but by covering 40% of the extended ADC emission by dense absorber. In the covered fraction almost no flux remains and so no significant additional optical depths appear in the neutral K edges in the grating spectra. The dipping appears not to be explicable by absorption in the outer disk, but requires large, dense blobs of absorber that do not overlap the neutron star in the line-of-sight. The nature of these blobs is unknown.

  20. Precision Ephemerides for Gravitational Wave Searches. II. Cyg X-2

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    Premachandra, Sammanani S.; Galloway, Duncan K.; Casares, Jorge; Steeghs, Danny T.; Marsh, Thomas R.

    2016-06-01

    Accreting neutron stars in low-mass X-ray binaries are candidate high-frequency persistent gravitational wave sources. These may be detectable with next-generation interferometers such as Advanced LIGO/VIRGO within this decade. However, the search sensitivity is expected to be limited principally by the uncertainty in the binary system parameters. We combine new optical spectroscopy of Cyg X-2 obtained with the Liverpool Telescope with available historical radial velocity data, which gives us improved orbital parameter uncertainties based on a 44 year baseline. We obtained an improvement of a factor of 2.6 in the orbital period precision and a factor of 2 in the epoch of inferior conjunction T 0. The updated orbital parameters imply a mass function of 0.65 ± 0.01 M ⊙, leading to a primary mass (M 1) of 1.67 ± 0.22 M ⊙ (for i = 62.{}^\\circ 5+/- 4^\\circ ). In addition, we estimate the likely orbital parameter precision through to the expected Advanced LIGO and VIRGO detector observing period and quantify the corresponding improvement in sensitivity via the required number of templates.

  1. Single Channel Properties of P2X2 Purinoceptors

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    Ding, Shinghua; Sachs, Frederick

    1999-01-01

    The single channel properties of cloned P2X2 purinoceptors expressed in human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells and Xenopus oocytes were studied in outside-out patches. The mean single channel current–voltage relationship exhibited inward rectification in symmetric solutions with a chord conductance of ∼30 pS at −100 mV in 145 mM NaCl. The channel open state exhibited fast flickering with significant power beyond 10 kHz. Conformational changes, not ionic blockade, appeared responsible for the flickering. The equilibrium constant of Na+ binding in the pore was ∼150 mM at 0 mV and voltage dependent. The binding site appeared to be ∼0.2 of the electrical distance from the extracellular surface. The mean channel current and the excess noise had the selectivity: K+ > Rb+ > Cs+ > Na+ > Li+. ATP increased the probability of being open (Po) to a maximum of 0.6 with an EC50 of 11.2 μM and a Hill coefficient of 2.3. Lowering extracellular pH enhanced the apparent affinity of the channel for ATP with a pKa of ∼7.9, but did not cause a proton block of the open channel. High pH slowed the rise time to steps of ATP without affecting the fall time. The mean single channel amplitude was independent of pH, but the excess noise increased with decreasing pH. Kinetic analysis showed that ATP shortened the mean closed time but did not affect the mean open time. Maximum likelihood kinetic fitting of idealized single channel currents at different ATP concentrations produced a model with four sequential closed states (three binding steps) branching to two open states that converged on a final closed state. The ATP association rates increased with the sequential binding of ATP showing that the binding sites are not independent, but positively cooperative. Partially liganded channels do not appear to open. The predicted Po vs. ATP concentration closely matches the single channel current dose–response curve. PMID:10228183

  2. The Conterminous United States Mineral Assessment Program; background information to accompany folio of geologic, geophysical, geochemical, mineral-occurrence, mineral-resource potential, and mineral-production maps of the Charlotte 1 degree x 2 degrees Quadrangle, North Carolina and South Carolina

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    Gair, Jacob Eugene; Goldsmith, Richard; Daniels, D.L.; Griffitts, W.R.; DeYoung, J.H.; Lee, M.P.

    1986-01-01

    This Circular and the folio of separately published maps described herein are part of a series of reports compiled under the Conterminous United States Mineral Assessment Program ICUSMAP). The folio on the Charlotte 1 degree ? 2 degree quadrangle, North Carolina and South Carolina, includes (1) a geologic map; (2) four geophysical maps; (3) geochemical maps for metamorphic heavy minerals, copper, lead and artifacts, zinc, gold, tin, beryllium, niobium, tungsten, molybdenum, titanium, cobalt, lithium, barium, antimony-arsenic-bismuth-cadmium, thorium-cerium-monazite, and limonite; (4) mineral-occurrence maps for kyanite-sillimanite-lithium-mica-feldspar-copper-lead-zinc, gold-quartz-barite-fluorite, iron-thorium-tin-niobium, and construction materials-gemstones; (5) mineral-resource potential maps for copper-lead-zinc-combined base metals, gold, tin-tungsten, beryllium-molybdenum-niobium, lithium-kyanite- sillimanitebarite, thorium (monazite)-uranium, and construction materials; and (6) mineral-production maps. The Charlotte quadrangle is mainly within the Piedmont physiographic province and extends from near the Coastal Plain on the southeast into the Blue Ridge province on the northwest for a short distance. Parts of six lithotectonic belts are present--the Blue Ridge, the Inner Piedmont, the Kings Mountain belt, the Charlotte belt, the Carolina slate belt, and the Wadesboro basin. Igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks are present and range in age from Proterozoic to Mesozoic; alluvial sediments of Quaternary age occur along rivers and larger streams. Rocks of the Blue Ridge include Middle Proterozoic granitoid gneiss intruded by Late Proterozoic granite; Late Proterozoic paragneiss, schist, and other metasedimentary and metavolcaniclastic rocks (Ashe and Grandfather Mountain Formations); Late Proterozoic and Early Cambrian metasedimentary rocks (Chilhowee Group); and Early Cambrian sedimentary rocks (Shady Dolomite). Paleozoic granites intrude the

  3. Chromosome studies in the red howler monkey, Alouatta seniculus stramineus (Platyrrhini, Primates): description of an X1X2Y1Y2/X1X1X2X2 sex-chromosome system and karyological comparisons with other subspecies.

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    Lima, M M; Seuánez, H N

    1991-01-01

    In the red howler monkey, Alouatta seniculus stramineus (2n = 47, 48, or 49), variations in diploid chromosome number are due to different numbers of microchromosomes. Males exhibit a Y;autosome translocation involving the short arm of an individual biarmed autosome. Consequently, the sex-chromosome constitution in the male is X1X2Y1Y2, with X1 representing the original X chromosome, X2 the biarmed autosome (No. 7), Y1 the Y;7p translocation product, and Y2 the acrocentric homolog of 7q. In the first meiotic division, a quadrivalent with a chain configuration can be observed in spermatocytes. Females have an X1X1X2X2 sex-chromosome constitution. Chromosome heteromorphisms were observed in pair 13, due to a pericentric inversion, and pair 19, due to the presence of constitutive heterochromatin. Microchromosomes, which varied in number between individuals, were also heterochromatic. NOR-staining was observed at two separate sites on a single chromosome pair (No. 10). A comparison of A.s. stramineus with A.s. macconnelli shows that these two subspecies have identical diploid chromosome numbers (47, 48, or 49), again due to a varying number of microchromosomes, and that they share a similar sex-chromosome constitution. Their karyotypes, however, are not identical, but can be derived from each other by a reciprocal translocation. Further comparisons with other A. seniculus subspecies reported in the literature indicate that this taxon is not karyologically uniform and that substantial chromosome shuffling has occurred between populations that have been considered to be subspecies by taxonomic criteria based on their morphometric attributes. PMID:1914523

  4. Comparisons of modified Vasco X-2 and AISI 9310 gear steels

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    Townsend, D. P.; Zaretsky, E. V.

    1980-01-01

    Endurance tests were conducted with four groups of spur gears manufactured from three heats of consumable electrode vacuum melted (CVM) modified Vasco X-2. Endurance tests were also conducted with gears manufactured from CVM AISI 9310. Bench type rolling element fatigue tests were conducted with both materials. Hardness measurements were made to 811 K. There was no statistically significant life difference between the two materials. Life differences between the different heats of modified Vasco X-2 can be attributed to heat treat variation and resultant hardness. Carburization of gear flanks only can eliminate tooth fracture as a primary failure mode for modified Vasco X-2. However, a tooth surface fatigue spall can act as a nucleus of a tooth fracture failure for the modified Vasco X-2.

  5. Experimental Simulation of Venus Atmospheric Entry in the X2 Super-Orbital Expansion Tube

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    de Crombrugghe, G.; Zander, F.; Morgan, R.; McIntyre, T.

    2014-06-01

    Only a small number of impulse facilities in the world are able to simulate Venus atmospheric entry flows. This presentation describes the design of relevant test conditions in the X2 expansion tube. Trajectory points above 95 km are achievable.

  6. ISS Update: SpaceX 2 Lead Visiting Vehicle Officer Dorrie Tomayko

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    NASA Public Affairs Officer Brandi Dean conducts an interview with SpaceX 2 Lead Visiting Vehicle Officer Dorrie Tomayko about the second commercial resupply mission to the International Space Stat...

  7. X-2 on ramp with B-50 mothership and support crew

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    1956-01-01

    Air Force test pilot Capt. Iven Kincheloe stands in front of the Bell X-2 (46-674) on the ramp at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Behind the X-2 are ground support personnel, the B-50 launch aircraft and crew, chase planes, and support vehicles. Kincheloe had flown nearly 100 combat missions in Korea in an F-86 and was credited with shooting down 10 enemy aircraft. He then graduated from the Empire Test Pilot's School in Great Britain in December 1954, whereupon he was assigned to Edwards Air Force Base. He made four powered flights in the X-2. On September 7, 1956, he reached an altitude of 126,200 feet. After the death of Capt. Mel Apt and the loss of the X-2 #1 on September 27, 1956, in the first Mach 3 flight, Kincheloe was assigned as the Air Force project pilot for the X-15. Before he had a chance to fly that rocket-powered aircraft, Kincheloe himself lost his life on July 26, 1958, in an F-104 accident. The X-2 was a swept-wing, rocket-powered aircraft designed to fly faster than Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound). It was built for the U.S. Air Force by the Bell Aircraft Company, Buffalo, New York. The X-2 was flown to investigate the problems of aerodynamic heating as well as stability and control effectiveness at high altitudes and high speeds (in excess of Mach 3). Bell aircraft built two X-2 aircraft. These were constructed of K-monel (a copper and nickel alloy) for the fuselage and stainless steel for the swept wings and control surfaces. The aircraft had ejectable nose capsules instead of ejection seats because the development of ejection seats had not reached maturity at the time the X-2 was conceived. The X-2 ejection canopy was successfully tested using a German V-2 rocket. The X-2 used a skid-type landing gear to make room for more fuel. The airplane was air launched from a modified Boeing B-50 Superfortress Bomber. X-2 Number 1 made its first unpowered glide flight on Aug. 5, 1954, and made a total of 17 (4 glide and 13 powered) flights

  8. Dynamic aspects of functional regulation of the ATP receptor channel P2X2.

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    Kubo, Yoshihiro; Fujiwara, Yuichiro; Keceli, Batu; Nakajo, Koichi

    2009-11-15

    The P2X(2) channel is a ligand-gated channel activated by ATP. Functional features that reflect the dynamic flexibility of the channel include time-dependent pore dilatation following ATP application and direct inhibitory interaction with activated nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on the membrane. We have been studying the mechanisms by which P2X(2) channel functionality is dynamically regulated. Using a Xenopus oocyte expression system, we observed that the pore properties, including ion selectivity and rectification, depend on the open channel density on the membrane. Pore dilatation was apparent when the open channel density was high and inward rectification was modest. We also observed that P2X(2) channels show voltage dependence, despite the absence of a canonical voltage sensor. At a semi-steady state after ATP application, P2X(2) channels were activated upon membrane hyperpolarization. This voltage-dependent activation was also [ATP] dependent. With increases in [ATP], the speed of hyperpolarization-induced activation was increased and the conductance-voltage relationship was shifted towards depolarized potentials. Based on analyses of experimental data and various simulations, we propose that these phenomena can be explained by assuming a fast ATP binding step and a rate-limiting voltage-dependent gating step. Complete elucidation of these regulatory mechanisms awaits dynamic imaging of functioning P2X(2) channels. PMID:19752115

  9. The Recent Outburst of SMC X-2 as seen by Swift, MAXI and NuSTAR

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    Kennea, Jamie; Coe, Malcolm J.; Laycock, Silas; Bird, Tony; Bartlett, Elizabeth; Townsend, Lee; McBride, Vanessa; Corbet, Robin; Haberl, Frank; Vasilopoulos, Georgios

    2016-04-01

    We present results from the latest outburst of the Be/X-ray binary system SMC X-2, which in late 2015 entered it's first X-ray outburst since 2000. SMC X-2 was first discovered in 1977 by the SAS-3 satellite, and hosts a 2.37s period pulsar. Regular, almost daily, Swift observations of SMC X-2 were performed during the entirety of the latest outburst, from first detection by MAXI to it’s rapid turn off and return back to quiescence. These observations have allowed us to measure with the flux, spectral and temporal properties of SMC X-2. Timing analysis of observation by the Swift X-ray telescope allowed us to track the evolution of the pulsar spin period, and in addition modeling of the orbital parameters of the system by measuring changes in the pulsar spin period due to Doppler effects. In addition we report on an observation of SMC X-2 taken with NuSTAR, which allowed both to better measure the continuum fit above 10 keV, and to perform a sensitive measure of the pulse profile and period of the source.

  10. Study of Synergetic Effect of X2 and X3 EC Wave in KSTAR

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    Bae, Y. S.; Decker, J.; Jeong, J. H.; Lee, K. D.

    2015-03-01

    An experimental study of the X-mode absorption at the second and the third harmonic frequencies has been performed in KSTAR tokamak. The X2 EC frequency is 110 GHz and the X3 EC frequency is 170 GHz at the nominal KSTAR operating toroidal magnetic field. From the 1-D model of the synergetic effect, the X3 cold resonance should lie at low field side with the X2 cold resonance at the high field side to meet the condition which both X2 and X3 EC waves interact with the same resonant electron at the same radial position. However, 170 GHz X3 cold resonance lies at the high field side with distance of 54 mm from the X2 cold resonance position in KSTAR. This paper presents the study of the synergetic effect of X3 absorption by the X2 ECCD with a scheme of two beam target positions at the same flux surface by scanning the poloidal and toroidal beam injection angles to enhance X3 absorption even in the low temperature plasma in KSTAR. For this study, the3D relativistic ray/tracing and Fokker-Planck codes C3PO/LUKE is used for the quantitative prediction of its synergetic effect. The C3PO/LUKE codes are appropriate for X2 and X3 synergy calculations as the distribution function can be calculated with either one or both waves affecting the absorption rate of each other. This paper also introduces the future ECH system upgrade plan.

  11. HETG Observations of the Extragalactic Z-source LMC X-2

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    Canizares, Claude

    2013-09-01

    LMC X-2 is the only Z-source known outside our own Galaxy. We also seek to detect and resolve broad line emission and investigate line flux and shift variability possibly in correlation with its Z-pattern. Its location outside the Galactic Halo also allow to study differences in ISM and local IGM absortions. We also seek to detect and resolve broad line emission. As previously done for Cyg X-2 we also investigate line flux and shift variability possibly in correlation with its Z-pattern.

  12. Lambda-doublet transfer and propensities in collisions of OH (X2Pi/i/, v = 2) with H2O

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    Copeland, R. A.; Crosley, D. R.

    1984-01-01

    The present work is concerned with the changes in electronic parity (e/f states) during rotationally elastic and inelastic collisions. In the OH X2Pi(i) molecule considered in the study, the differences in the e/f state production in the photodissociation of both H2O and HONO1, in the H + O2 reaction, and in the initial-state-unselected H2-OH collisions, have been experimentally examined.

  13. Local Surface Structures of C(2X2) SULFUR/NICKEL(011) and (2X2) SULFUR/GERMANIUM(111) Determined Using Arpefs

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    Robey, Steven Wayne

    Angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure (ARPEFS) measurements were performed on the c(2 x 2) S/Ni(011) and (2 x 2) S/Ge(111) systems. The S/Ni(011) system was studied to assess the extent to which surface structural information can be obtained from ARPEFS and to provide a large data set for comparison to recently developed multiple -scattering calculations. The results of that study indicate that ARPEFS is not only capable of producing reliable information concerning the major features of the adsorption site--sulfur adsorbs in a rectangular hollow site 2.20 (ANGSTROM) above a second layer Ni atom--but can also detect relaxations induced by chemisorption. Thus, an expansion of the first Ni interplanar separation (11%) previously indicated by ion scattering experiments was confirmed, and a further reconstruction consisting of a buckled second Ni layer was suggested. The S/Ge(111) study extended the ARPEFS investigations to a previously unstudied system and also provides the first application of ARPEFS to a semiconductor substrate. The choice of (2 x 2) S/Ge(111) was partially motivated by the results of a SEXFAS measurement performed on the similar (2 x 2) Te/Ge(111) system. That study indicated that Te adsorbs on Ge(111) in a 3-fold surface site directly above a second layer Ge atom. The results of the ARPEFS investigation indicate that sulfur adsorbs on Ge(111) in a 2-fold bridge site, 1.03 (+OR-) 0.05 (ANGSTROM) above the first Ge layer. This is different from the site determined for Te/Ge(111), but agrees with the adsorption sites proposed for Te/Si(111) and Se/Si(111). The data also indicate a contraction (9%) in the first interplanar separation (the separation of the two components of the first bilayer), and an expansion of 7 (+OR-) 3% in the bond lengths between the Ge bilayers (2.60-2.65 (ANGSTROM) versus a bulk value of 2.45 (ANGSTROM)). This last result applies to the bonds which are most nearly below the 2-fold adsorption site.

  14. Cationic distribution assisted tuning of magnetic properties of Li0.5-x/2ZnxFe2.5-x/2O4

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    Panchal, S.; Raghuvanshi, S.; Gehlot, K.; Mazaleyrat, F.; Kane, S. N.

    2016-05-01

    Zn addition induced modification of cationic distribution for tuning magnetic properties of Li0.5-x/2ZnxFe2.5-x/2O4 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.25, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, 1.0) powders is studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and, magnetic measurements. XRD shows the formation of cubic spinel structure, with Scherrer's grain diameter ranging between 26.7 to 37.8 nm. With Zn addition, oxygen anions are displaced in such a way that the A-B interaction weakens, whereas A-A and B-B interaction strengthens; furthermore it also pushes Fe3+ and Li1+ ions to B site, leading to changes in magnetic properties. Highest saturation magnetization (Ms) of 64.6 A m2 / kg was obtained for sample with x = 0.25 and lowest coercivity (Hc) of 4949.9 A/m was obtained for the sample with x = 0.7. Calculated values of experimental magnetic moment `nB' and Neel magnetic moment `nN', display similar trend as that of Ms. Present results very clearly show a strong correlation between Zn-addition induced changes in cation distribution and magnetic properties, which can be utilized effectively for tuning magnetic properties.

  15. Crystal Structure of Pseudorhombohedral InFe 1- xTi xO 3+ x/2 ( x=2/3)

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    Michiue, Yuichi; Onoda, Mitsuko; Watanabe, Akiteru; Watanabe, Mamoru; Brown, Francisco; Kimizuka, Noboru

    2002-02-01

    The structure of pseudorhombohedral-type InFe1-xTixO3-x/2 (x=2/3) was refined by Rietveld profile fitting. The crystal is a commensurate member of a series in a solution range on InFeO3-In2Ti2O7 including incommensurate structures. The structure with the unit cell of a=5.9188(1), b=10.1112(2), and c=6.3896(1) Å, β=108.018(2)°, and a space group P21/a is the alternate stacking of an edge-shared InO6 octahedral layer and an Fe/Ti-O plane along c*. Metal sites on the Fe/Ti-O plane are surrounded by four oxygen atoms on the Fe/Ti-O plane and two axial ones. Electric conductivities of the order 10-4 S/cm were observed for the samples at 1000 K, while the oxide ion transport number is almost zero as no electromotive force was detected by an oxygen concentration cell.

  16. Toxicological Assessment of ISS Air Quality: SpaceX-2 First Ingress

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    Meyers, Valerie

    2013-01-01

    One mini-grab sample container (M-GSC) was collected by crew members onboard ISS during first ingress into SpaceX-2 on March 3, 2013, three days after late cargo loading and a pre-launch clean air purge. Recoveries of the three surrogate standards from the m-GSC were: 13C-acetone, 97%; fluorobenzene, 95%; and chlorobenzene, 68%.

  17. Cohen's Linearly Weighted Kappa Is a Weighted Average of 2 x 2 Kappas

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    Warrens, Matthijs J.

    2011-01-01

    An agreement table with [n as an element of N is greater than or equal to] 3 ordered categories can be collapsed into n - 1 distinct 2 x 2 tables by combining adjacent categories. Vanbelle and Albert ("Stat. Methodol." 6:157-163, 2009c) showed that the components of Cohen's weighted kappa with linear weights can be obtained from these n - 1…

  18. 1. Photocopy of photograph (original 2.5 x 2.5 inch negative ...

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    1. Photocopy of photograph (original 2.5 x 2.5 inch negative located at Southern California Edison Company Corporate Offices, Rosemead, California). Photographer unknown, about 1950. PLANT 5 POWERHOUSE LOOKING UP NORTHEASTERN TAILRACE. VIEW TO SOUTHWEST. - Bishop Creek Hydroelectric System, Plant 5, Bishop Creek, Bishop, Inyo County, CA

  19. The 2 x 2 Model of Perfectionism: A Comparison across Asian Canadians and European Canadians

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    Franche, Veronique; Gaudreau, Patrick; Miranda, Dave

    2012-01-01

    The 2 x 2 model of perfectionism posits that the 4 within-person combinations of self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism (i.e., pure SOP, mixed perfectionism, pure SPP, and nonperfectionism) can be distinctively associated with psychological adjustment. This study examined whether the relationship between the 4 subtypes of…

  20. Window types: (from left to right) Pair of 2x2 multipaned ...

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    Window types: (from left to right) Pair of 2x2 multipaned steel casements; triplet of 1x4 multipaned steel casements (center panel fixed); 1x3 multipaned steel casements. Building 20, facing southwest - Harbor Hills Housing Project, 26607 Western Avenue, Lomita, Los Angeles County, CA

  1. Window type: paired 3x2 multipaned steel window flanked by 1x3 ...

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    Window type: paired 3x2 multipaned steel window flanked by 1x3 multipaned steel casements, breaking building corner. Broad overhanging eave also illustrated. Second story detail. Building 13, facing east - Harbor Hills Housing Project, 26607 Western Avenue, Lomita, Los Angeles County, CA

  2. 7. Photocopy of photographca. 1927 (2 1/4 X 2 1/4' ...

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    7. Photocopy of photograph--ca. 1927 (2 1/4 X 2 1/4' negative) DETAIL SHOWING ADAPTATION THAT ALLOWED USE OF UPPER END OF ORIGINAL FLUME AND LOWER END JUST RECONSTRUCTED - Power Flume No. 1, Tacoma, La Plata County, CO

  3. Extending the 2 x 2 Achievement Goal Framework: Development of a Measure of Scientific Achievement Goals

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    Deemer, Eric D.; Carter, Alice P.; Lobrano, Michael T.

    2010-01-01

    The current research sought to extend the 2 x 2 achievement goal framework by developing and testing the Achievement Goals for Research Scale (AGRS). Participants (N = 317) consisted of graduate students in the life, physical, and behavioral sciences. A principal components analysis (PCA) extracted five components accounting for 72.59% of the…

  4. RXTE/ASM Observations Of SS 433 And Cygnus X-2

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    Hoffman, Lisa; Mason, P. A.

    2010-01-01

    We present a dynamic period search analysis of the X-ray binaries SS 433 and Cygnus X-2 using data from the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer All Sky Monitor (RXTE/ASM) spanning over 13 years. We report the detection of a period in SS 433 near 162 days. This may be the first detection of the disk precession period in X-rays. We detect an 81.8 day period in the object Cygnus X-2. The RXTE/ASM light curve is inconsistent with the 77.7 day X-ray period of Wijnands et al. (1996), which was based on a small subset of the RXTE/ASM data combined with data from VELA 5B, and Ariel 5 All-Sky Monitors. Since Cygnus X-2 displays periodic behavior that seems to come and go, producing different best-fit periods on time scales of a few years; we suggest that Cygnus X-2 exhibits quasi-periodic oscillations of about 80 days. This research is supported by a grant from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.

  5. Understanding Student Goal Orientation Tendencies to Predict Student Performance: A 2x2 Achievement Goal Orientation

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    Miller, Mark Alan

    2013-01-01

    The study tested the 2X2 model of the Achievement Goal Orientation (AGO) theory in a military technical training environment while using the Air Force Officers Qualifying Test's academic aptitude score to control for the differences in the students' academic aptitude. The study method was quantitative and the design was correlational.…

  6. Procrastination and the 2 x 2 Achievement Goal Framework in Malaysian Undergraduate Students

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    Ganesan, Rajalakshmi; Mamat, Norul Hidayah Bt; Mellor, David; Rizzuto, Laura; Kolar, Christina

    2014-01-01

    The present study investigated academic procrastination in the context of the 2 x 2 goal achievement theoretical framework within a population of 450 Malaysian undergraduate students, aged 18 to 25 years. Participants completed the Achievement Goal Questionnaire and the Tuckman Procrastination Test. Approach dimensions of both the mastery and…

  7. SWIFT MONITORING OF CYGNUS X-2: INVESTIGATING THE NEAR-ULTRAVIOLET-X-RAY CONNECTION

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    Rykoff, E. S.; Cackett, E. M.; Miller, J. M.

    2010-08-20

    The neutron star X-ray binary (NSXRB) Cyg X-2 was observed by the Swift satellite 51 times over a 4 month period in 2008 with the X-ray Telescope (XRT), UV/optical telescope, and Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) instruments. During this campaign, we observed Cyg X-2 in all three branches of the Z track (horizontal, normal, and flaring branches). We find that the NUV emission is uncorrelated with the soft X-ray flux detected with the XRT and is anticorrelated with the BAT X-ray flux and the hard X-ray color. The observed anticorrelation is inconsistent with simple models of reprocessing as the source of the NUV emission. The anticorrelation may be a consequence of the high inclination angle of Cyg X-2, where NUV emission is preferentially scattered by a corona that expands as the disk is radiatively heated. Alternatively, if the accretion disk thickens as Cyg X-2 goes down the normal branch toward the flaring branch, this may be able to explain the observed anticorrelation. In these models, the NUV emission may not be a good proxy for m-dot in the system. We also discuss the implications of using Swift/XRT to perform spectral modeling of the continuum emission of NSXRBs.

  8. Measuring Goal Orientation in a Work Domain: Construct Validity Evidence for the 2x2 Framework

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    Baranik, Lisa E.; Barron, Kenneth E.; Finney, Sara J.

    2007-01-01

    The current research extended the three-factor (mastery, performance-approach, and performance-avoidance) measure of achievement goals in a work domain to the four-factor conceptualization (in a 2 x 2 framework) by adding items to represent mastery-avoidance goals. Confirmatory factor analysis was conducted on two independent samples to evaluate…

  9. The CanX-2 nanosatellite: Expanding the science abilities of nanosatellites

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    Rankin, Daniel; Kekez, Daniel D.; Zee, Robert E.; Pranajaya, Freddy M.; Foisy, Daniel G.; Beattie, Alexander M.

    2005-07-01

    The second Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiment (CanX) satellite, CanX-2, aims to support Canadian researchers while expanding the capabilities of nanosatellites. Designed and built at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies' Space Flight Laboratory (UTIAS/SFL), CanX-2 will include experiments in GPS technologies, earth observation, advanced materials, and space communications protocols. In addition to the science payloads, CanX-2 will also fly engineering payloads such as a momentum-bias attitude control system, an experimental S-band communications system, a custom on-board computer, and a miniature propulsion system. With such an ambitious science platform, CanX-2 hopes to demonstrate the use of a nanosatellite as a valuable scientific tool that is cost- and schedule-effective for today's researchers. With a target launch in late 2005 into a highly inclined orbit, the experiments and satellite subsystems described in this paper will help pave the way for future nanosatellite science missions both at UTIAS/SFL and other institutions.

  10. Structures and magnetism of two types of c(2x2)-Mn/Pd(001) surface alloys

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    Tsuboi, N.; Okuyama, H.; Aruga, T.

    2005-05-15

    Mn/Pd(001) surface alloy was investigated by a tensor low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) analysis. After deposition of Mn on Pd(001) at room temperature, the surface was annealed at 570-620 K, which produced two types of c(2x2) surface alloys, according to the Mn coverage. At a low-Mn coverage, we obtained a Pd-capped c(2x2) surface, in which the first layer was composed of a (1x1)-Pd layer, and the second layer was a c(2x2)-MnPd mixed layer [{alpha}-c(2x2)]. The deposition of greater amounts of Mn followed by annealing resulted in another c(2x2) surface, in which Mn atoms existed in the substitutional sites of the first and third layers [{beta}-c(2x2)]. The first layer consisted of a c(2x2)-MnPd mixed layer, the second layer was a (1x1)-Pd layer, and the third layer was another c(2x2)-MnPd mixed layer. The structure of the {beta}-c(2x2) surface qualitatively agreed with the one previously investigated by LEED. These two types of surface alloys, {alpha}-c(2x2) and {beta}-c(2x2), may be considered as being precursors to the formation of the bulk MnPd{sub 3} alloy. We also investigated the magnetic properties of the {alpha}-c(2x2) and {beta}-c(2x2) surfaces by using surface magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) and self-consistent, total-energy calculations. The MOKE measurements for both surface alloys show no hysterisis loop, even at 10 K. The total-energy calculation shows that Mn atoms have a local-spin moment of 3.9-4.1 {mu}{sub B} and that they are antiferromagnetically ordered in the ground state.

  11. Radiation and collisional energy transfer among the A 2Pi(i) and X 2Sigma(+) states of CN

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    Huang, Yuhui; Lu, Richang; Halpern, Joshua B.

    1993-01-01

    Laser-photolysis-laser-induced-fluorescence methods are used to characterize the collisional energy transfer between CN (A 2Pi(i) and (X 2Sigma(+)) states and to measure radiative lifetimes of the (A 2Pi(i)) v-prime = 2-7 vibrational levels. In addition, use of the A 2Pi(i) - X 2Sigma(+) system for the laser-induced-fluorescence determination of (X 2Sig(+)) populations is demonstrated and discussed.

  12. The Trypanosome Rab-Related Proteins RabX1 and RabX2 Play No Role in IntraCellular Trafficking but May Be Involved in Fly Infectivity

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    Natesan, Senthil Kumar A.; Peacock, Lori; Leung, Ka Fai; Matthews, Keith R.; Gibson, Wendy; Field, Mark C.

    2009-01-01

    Background Rab GTPases constitute the largest subgroup of the Ras superfamily and are primarily involved in vesicle targeting. The full extent of Rab family function is unexplored. Several divergent Rab-like proteins are known but few have been characterized. In Trypanosoma brucei there are sixteen Rab genes, but RabX1, RabX2 and RabX3 are divergent within canonical sequence regions. Where known, trypanosome Rab functions are broadly conserved when orthologous relationships may be robustly established, but specific functions for RabX1, X2 and X3 have yet to be determined. RabX1 and RabX2 originated via tandem duplication and subcellular localization places RabX1 at the endoplasmic reticulum, while RabX2 is at the Golgi complex, suggesting distinct functions. We wished to determine whether RabX1 and RabX2 are involved in vesicle transport or other cellular processes. Methodology/Principal Findings Using comparative genomics we find that RabX1 and RabX2 are restricted to trypanosomatids. Gene knockout indicates that RabX1 and RabX2 are non-essential. Simultaneous RNAi knockdown of both RabX1 and RabX2, while partial, was also non-lethal and may suggest non-redundant function, consistent with the distinct locations of the proteins. Analysis of the knockout cell lines unexpectedly failed to uncover a defect in exocytosis, endocytosis or in the morphology or location of multiple markers for the endomembrane system, suggesting that neither RabX1 nor RabX2 has a major role in intracellular transport. However, it was apparent that RabX1 and RabX2 knockout cells displayed somewhat enhanced survival within flies. Conclusions/Significance RabX1 and RabX2, two members of the trypanosome Rab subfamily, were shown to have no major detectable role in intracellular transport, despite the localization of each gene product to highly specific endomembrane compartments. These data extend the functional scope of Rab proteins in trypanosomes to include non-canonical roles in

  13. Prediction of intrinsic motivation and sports performance using 2 x 2 achievement goal framework.

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    Li, Chiung-Huang; Chi, Likang; Yeh, Suh-Ruu; Guo, Kwei-Bin; Ou, Cheng-Tsung; Kao, Chun-Chieh

    2011-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of 2 x 2 achievement goals on intrinsic motivation and performance in handball. Participants were 164 high school athletes. All completed the 2 x 2 Achievement Goals Questionnaire for Sport and the Intrinsic Motivation subscale of the Sport Motivation Scale; the coach for each team rated his athletes' overall sports performance. Using simultaneous-regression analyses, mastery-approach goals positively predicted both intrinsic motivation and performance in sports, whereas performance-avoidance goals negatively predicted sports performance. These results suggest that athletes who pursue task mastery and improvement of their competence perform well and enjoy their participation. In contrast, those who focus on avoiding normative incompetence perform poorly. PMID:21675576

  14. Design and construction of the X-2 two-stage free piston driven expansion tube

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    Doolan, Con

    1995-01-01

    This report outlines the design and construction of the X-2 two-stage free piston driven expansion tube. The project has completed its construction phase and the facility has been installed in the new impulsive research laboratory where commissioning is about to take place. The X-2 uses a unique, two-stage driver design which allows a more compact and lower overall cost free piston compressor. The new facility has been constructed in order to examine the performance envelope of the two-stage driver and how well it couple to sub-orbital and super-orbital expansion tubes. Data obtained from these experiments will be used for the design of a much larger facility, X-3, utilizing the same free piston driver concept.

  15. Strain-enhanced superconductivity of Mo X2(X =S or Se) bilayers with Na intercalation

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    Zhang, Jun-Jie; Gao, Bin; Dong, Shuai

    2016-04-01

    Mo X2(X =S or Se) is a semiconductor family with two-dimensional structure. And a recent calculation predicted the superconductivity in the electron-doped MoS2 monolayer. In this work, the electronic structure and lattice dynamics of Mo X2 bilayers with monolayer Na intercalated have been calculated. According to the electron-phonon interaction, it is predicted that these bilayers can be transformed from indirect-gap semiconductors to superconductors by Na intercalation. More interestingly, the biaxial tensile strain can significantly enhance the superconducting temperature up to ˜10 K in Na-intercalated MoS2. In addition, the phonon mean free path at room temperature is also greatly improved in Na-intercalated MoSe2, which is advantageous for related applications.

  16. Rotationally resolved A 2Π<--X 2Π electronic spectra of cyanodiacetylene and dicyanoacetylene cations

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    Sinclair, Wayne E.; Pfluger, David; Maier, John P.

    1999-12-01

    The 000 bands of the A2Π←X 2Π and A 2Πg←X 2Πu transitions of cyanodiacetylene and dicyanoacetylene cations have been rotationally analyzed at Doppler-limited resolution using frequency modulation absorption spectroscopy. The ions were generated in a liquid-nitrogen cooled hollow cathode modulated discharge incorporated in a White cell. Analysis of the rotational structure yields molecular parameters of the cations in the two electronic states, confirming linear geometries. The inferred spin-orbit and rotational constants are discussed in terms of the electronic structure of the isoelectronic cations. The spectrum of dicyanoacetylene cation reveals Λ-type doubling consistent with the presence of a nearby 2Σg+ state. The second order spin-orbit splitting of the A 2Πg state is analyzed to predict the existence of the 2Σg+ state below the A 2Πg state.

  17. On the Diophantine equation x^2+q^2m=2y^p

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    Tengely, Sz

    In this paper we consider the Diophantine equation $x^2+q^{2m}=2y^p$ where $m,p,q,x,y$ are integer unknowns with $m>0,$ $p$ and $q$ are odd primes and $\\gcd(x,y)=1.$ We prove that there are only finitely many solutions $(m,p,q,x,y)$ for which $y$ is not a sum of two consecutive squares. We also study the above equation with fixed $y$ and with fixed $q.$

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    6. Credit WCT. Original 2-1" x 2-Y" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. JPL staff members Harold Anderson and John Morrow weigh out small amounts of an undetermined substance according to a solid propellant formula (JPL negative no. JPL-10277AC, 27 January 1989). - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Weigh & Control Building, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  19. ATP-activated P2X2 current in mouse spermatozoa

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    Navarro, Betsy; Miki, Kiyoshi; Clapham, David E.

    2011-01-01

    Sperm cells acquire hyperactivated motility as they ascend the female reproductive tract, which enables them to overcome barriers and penetrate the cumulus and zona pellucida surrounding the egg. This enhanced motility requires Ca2+ entry via cation channel of sperm (CatSper) Ca2+-selective ion channels in the sperm tail. Ca2+ entry via CatSper is enhanced by the membrane hyperpolarization mediated by Slo3, a K+ channel also present in the sperm tail. To date, no transmitter-mediated currents have been reported in sperm and no currents have been detected in the head or midpiece of mature spermatozoa. We screened a number of neurotransmitters and biomolecules to examine their ability to induce ion channel currents in the whole spermatozoa. Surprisingly, we find that none of the previously reported neurotransmitter receptors detected by antibodies alone are functional in mouse spermatozoa. Instead, we find that mouse spermatozoa have a cation-nonselective current in the midpiece of spermatozoa that is activated by external ATP, consistent with an ATP-mediated increase in intracellular Ca2+ as previously reported. The ATP-dependent current is not detected in mice lacking the P2X2 receptor gene (P2rx2−/−). Furthermore, the slowly desensitizing and strongly outwardly rectifying ATP-gated current has the biophysical and pharmacological properties that mimic heterologously expressed mouse P2X2. We conclude that the ATP-induced current on mouse spermatozoa is mediated by the P2X2 purinergic receptor/channel. Despite the loss of ATP-gated current, P2rx2−/− spermatozoa have normal progressive motility, hyperactivated motility, and acrosome reactions. However, fertility of P2rx2−/− males declines with frequent mating over days, suggesting that P2X2 receptor adds a selection advantage under these conditions. PMID:21831833

  20. Approximation of functions in L^{p(x)}_{2\\pi} by trigonometric polynomials

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    Sharapudinov, Idris I.

    2013-04-01

    We consider the Lebesgue space L^{p(x)}_{2\\pi} with variable exponent p(x). It consists of measurable functions f(x) for which the integral \\int_0^{2\\pi}\\vert f(x)\\vert^{p(x)}\\,dx exists. We establish an analogue of Jackson's first theorem in the case when the 2\\pi-periodic variable exponent p(x)\\ge1 satisfies the condition \\displaystyle \\vert p(x')-p(x'')\\vert\\ln\\frac{2\\pi}{\\vert x'-x''\\vert}=O(1),\\qquad x',x''\\in \\lbrack -\\pi,\\pi \\rbrack . Under the additional assumption p_- =\\min_x p(x)\\gt1 we also get an analogue of Jackson's second theorem. We establish an L^{p(x)}_{2\\pi}-analogue of Bernstein's estimate for the derivative of a trigonometric polynomial and use it to prove an inverse theorem for the analogues of the Lipschitz classes {Lip}(\\alpha,M)_{p(\\,\\cdot\\,)}\\subset L^{p(x)}_{2\\pi} for 0\\lt \\alpha\\lt 1. Thus we establish direct and inverse theorems of the theory of approximation by trigonometric polynomials in the classes {Lip}(\\alpha,M)_{p(\\,\\cdot\\,)}. In the definition of the modulus of continuity of a function f(x)\\in L^{p(x)}_{2\\pi}, we replace the ordinary shift f^h(x)=f(x+h) by an averaged shift determined by Steklov's function s_h(f)(x)=\\frac{1}{h}\\int_0^hf(x+t)\\,dt.

  1. Entanglement monogamy inequality in a 2 x 2 x 4 system

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    Ren Xijun; Jiang Wei

    2010-02-15

    In this report, we show explicitly that the tangles of an arbitrary pure state in a 2 x 2 x 4 system satisfy the monogamy relation. This relation is also generalized to mixed states. As the tangle is always larger than the square of the concurrence, our result implies that the monogamy relation holds for concurrence too. It also supports the idea that the tangle could qualify as an elementary bipartite entanglement measure.

  2. AZIMUTHAL STRUCTURE OF THE Cyg X-2 X-RAY DUST HALO

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    Seward, F. D.; Smith, R. K.

    2013-05-20

    There is little information concerning the azimuthal distribution of X-rays in dust-scattering halos. This paper describes a Chandra observation of the bright source Cyg X-2 designed specifically for this purpose. After measuring and subtracting Almost-Equal-To 10% instrument effects, we find the scattering halo to be rather uniform with possible fluctuations in the surface brightness of only 2%. Observations and data processing are discussed in detail. Some information about the dust distribution is derived.

  3. Recurrent X-ray behaviour of the Z-source Cygnus X-2.

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    Kuulkers, E.; van der Klis, M.

    1996-02-01

    The authors analyzed the X-ray spectral variations of the low-mass X-ray binary Cyg X-2 on time scales longer than one day using EXOSAT data. They find evidence for the occurrence of three different types of behaviour which as their basic distinction have different X-ray brightness levels. Previously reported data from other X-ray satellites also show this behaviour.

  4. Correlations between X-Ray Spectral and Timing Characteristics in Cygnus X-2

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    Titarchuk, Lev; Kuznetsov, Sergey; Shaposhnikov, Nickolai

    2007-09-01

    Correlations between the quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) and the spectral power-law index have been reported for a number of black hole candidate sources and for four neutron star (NS) sources, 4U 0614+09, 4U 1608-52, 4U 1728-34, and Sco X-1. An examination of QPO frequencies and index relationship in Cyg X-2 is reported herein. The RXTE spectrum of Cyg X-2 can be adequately represented by a simple two-component model of Compton upscattering with a soft photon electron temperature of about 0.7 keV and an iron K line. Inferred spectral power-law index shows correlation with the low QPO frequencies. We find that the Thomson optical depth of the Compton cloud (CC) τ, in framework of spherical geometry, is in the range of ~4-6, which is consistent with the surface of the neutron star (NS) being obscured. The NS high-frequency pulsations are presumably suppressed as a result of photon scattering off CC electrons because of such high values of τ. We also point out a number of similarities in terms of timing (presence of low- and high-frequency QPOs) and spectral (high CC optical depth and low CC plasma temperature) appearances between Cyg X-2 and Sco X-1.

  5. The emission spectroscopy of the B2Σ- -X2 Π system of CD

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    Szajna, W.; Zachwieja, M.; Hakalla, R.

    2016-06-01

    The visible spectrum of CD has been investigated at high resolution between 24,500 and 27,500 cm-1 using a high accuracy dispersive optical spectroscopy technique. The CD molecules were produced and excited in a stainless steel hollow-cathode lamp with two anodes and filled with a mixture of He buffer gas and CD4. The emission from the discharge was observed with a plane grating spectrograph and recorded by a photomultiplier tube. The 0-0, 1-0 and 1-1 bands of the B2Σ- -X2 Π transition have been registered and measured, while 2-0 and 2-1 absorption bands (Herzberg and Johns, 1969) have been reanalyzed. The current data were elaborated with help of recent X2 Π ground state parameters reported by Zachwieja et al. (2012) from investigation of the A2 Δ -X2 Π transition. This way, the improved spectroscopic constants for the B2Σ- state of CD have been provided as follows: νe = 26,050.787 (11) cm-1, ωe = 1653.019 (25) cm-1, ωexe = 123.899 (12) cm-1, Be = 7.08296 (32) cm-1, αe = 0.30741 (84) cm-1, and γe = - 0.10727 (42) cm-1.

  6. Water adsorption on O(2x2)/Ru(0001) from STM experiments andfirst-principles calculations

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    Cabrera-Sanfelix, P.; Sanchez-Portal, D.; Mugarza, A.; Shimizu,T.K.; Salmeron, M.; Arnau, A.

    2007-10-15

    We present a combined theoretical and experimental study of water adsorption on Ru(0001) pre-covered with 0.25 monolayers (ML) of oxygen forming a (2 x 2) structure. Several structures were analyzed by means of Density Functional Theory calculations for which STM simulations were performed and compared with experimental data. Up to 0.25 monolayers the molecules bind to the exposed Ru atoms of the 2 x 2 unit cell via the lone pair orbitals. The molecular plane is almost parallel to the surface with its H atoms pointing towards the chemisorbed O atoms of the 2 x 2 unit cell forming hydrogen bonds. The existence of these additional hydrogen bonds increases the adsorption energy of the water molecule to approximately 616 meV, which is {approx}220 meV more stable than on the clean Ru(0001) surface with a similar configuration. The binding energy shows only a weak dependence on water coverage, with a shallow minimum for a row structure at 0.125 ML. This is consistent with the STM experiments that show a tendency of the molecules to form linear rows at intermediate coverage. Our calculations also suggest the possible formation of water dimers near 0.25 ML.

  7. Prediction of topological phase transition in X2-SiGe monolayers.

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    Juarez-Mosqueda, Rosalba; Ma, Yandong; Heine, Thomas

    2016-02-01

    Quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulators exhibit a bulk insulting gap and metallic edge states characterized by nontrivial topology. Here, we used first-principles calculations to investigate the electronic and topological properties of halogenated silicon germanide (X2-SiGe, with X = F, Cl, and Br) monolayers, which we found to be trivial semiconductors with energy band gaps ranging from 500 meV to 900 meV. Interestingly, we found that under 8% strain, X2-SiGe monolayers behave as QSH insulators with global band gaps between 53 meV and 123 meV. The underlying mechanism of the topological phase transition is the strain-induced s-p band inversion. The nontrivial topological features for the strained X2-SiGe monolayers were further confirmed by the presence of topologically protected edge states that form a single Dirac cone in the middle of the bulk band gaps. Therefore, our results reveal that this new family of QSH insulators is promising for room temperature applications in spintronics and quantum computation devices. PMID:26758453

  8. Long-Term Evolution of Z-track in Cyg X-2

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    Boyd, P. T.; Smale, A. P.; Tripicco, M. J.

    2004-08-01

    The low-mass X-ray binary Z-source Cygnus X-2 displays a high amplitude, non-periodic long-term X-ray modulation with a timescale on the order of five to ten times its 9.8 day orbital period. The long-term modulation is often attributed to a warped, precessing accretion disk, however if this model is correct then the precession period is not stable. There are now (June 2004) just over 200 pointed RXTE observations of the Cyg X-2, spanning more than 3000 days. These observations cover fairly evenly the range of observed RXTE count rates (600-2400 counts/s/PCU). We use this collection of observations to investigate the evolution of the Z-shape in the color-color diagram and search for correlations with the long-term modulation. We also compare the time variability of the X-ray components of a common spectral model for Cyg X-2 with the long-term flux variability and the Z-shape evolution.

  9. The nature of the Cygnus X-2 like Low Mass X-ray Binaries

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    Gibiec, Andrzej; Balucinska-Church, Monika; Church, Michael

    We propose a physical model of the Cygnus X-2 like Z-track sources: GX 340+0, GX 5-1 and Cygnus X-2 based on the results of applying a particular emission model for low mass X-ray binaries to high quality Rossi-XTE data on the sources. In this emission model the Comptonizing Accretion Disk Corona is very extended, and the evidence for this is now very secure. In our physical model, the Normal Branch is dominated by an increasing mass accretion rate between the soft and hard apex leading to a much increased neutron star temperature resulting in high radiation pressure of the neutron star. The radiation pressure continues to increase on the Horizontal Branch becoming several times super-Eddington. We propose that this disrupts the inner accretion disk and that part of the accretion flow is diverted vertically forming jets which are detected by their radio emission on this part of the Z-track. We thus propose that high radiation pressure is the main factor responsible for the launching of jets. On the Flaring Branch there is a large increase in the neutron star blackbody luminosity at constant mass accretion rate showing that there is an additional energy source on the neutron star. We find good agreement between the mass accretion rate per unit emitting area of the neutron star at the onset of flaring and the theoretical critical value at which burning becomes unstable and propose that flaring in the Cygnus X-2 like sources consists of unstable nuclear burning. Correlation of kilohertz QPO frequencies in all three sources with spectral fitting results leads to the proposal that the upper kHz QPO always takes place at the inner accretion disk edge, the radius of which increases due to disruption of the disk by the high radiation pressure.

  10. Magnetic ground state of UCu 2X 2 (X=Si, Ge) from first principles

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    Matar, Samir F.; Siruguri, Vasudeva; Eyert, Volker

    2006-10-01

    The electronic and magnetic structures of UCu 2X 2 germanide and silicide are revisited in view of existing controversy from experimental findings. From self-consistent calculations carried out within the local spin density functional theory using the augmented spherical wave method, the ground state is found to be ferromagnetic within simple and super cell setups. An analysis of the density of states and the chemical bonding shows the dominant role of Cu 2Ge 2-nearly planar like entities within the crystal lattice.

  11. New coplanar waveguide feed network for 2 x 2 linearly tapered slot antenna subarray

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    Simons, Rainee N.; Perl, Thomas D.; Lee, Richard Q.

    1992-01-01

    A novel feed method is presently demonstrated for a 2 x 2 linearly tapered slot antenna (LTSA) on the basis of a coplanar-waveguide (CPW)-to-slotline transition and a coax-to-CPW in-phase, four-way power divider. The LTSA subarray exhibits excellent radiation patterns and return-loss characteristics at 18 GHz, and has symmetric beamwidth; its compactness renders it applicable as either a feed for a reflector antenna or as a building-block for large arrays.

  12. Kinetics of CH(X 2Pi) radical reactions with cyclopropane, cyclopentane, and cyclohexane

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    Zabarnick, S.; Fleming, J. W.; Lin, M. C.

    1988-01-01

    Rate constants have been obtained for CH(X 2Pi) radical reactions with cyclopropane, cyclopentane, and cyclohexane in order to establish the rate of CH insertion into secondary C-H bonds in alkanes. Data indicate that there is no measurable dependence on photolysis laser energy. The reactions all exhibited rate constants that decrease with increasing temperature. It is suggested that a possible set of pathways for the cycloalkane reactions is a ring-opening process where the excited adduct decomposes to a hydrogen atom and a diene.

  13. Credit WCT. Original 21" x 2A" color negative is housed ...

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    Credit WCT. Original 2-1" x 2-A" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The mixing pot of the 150-gallon (Size 16-PVM) Baker-Perkins vertical mixer appears in its lowered position, exposing the mixer paddles. JPL employees Harold "Andy" Anderson and Ron Wright in protective clothing demonstrate how to scrape mixed propellant from mixer blades (JPL negative JPL10284BC, 27 January 1989) - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Mixer, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  14. Credit WCT. Original 2Y4" x 2Y4" color negative is housed ...

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    Credit WCT. Original 2-Y4" x 2-Y4" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. JPL staff members Harold Anderson and John Morrow cast grain from the 1-gallon BakerPerkins model 4-PU mixer. A 1-pint Baker-Perkins model 2-PX mixer stands to the left in this view (JPL negative no. JPL-10295BC, 27 January 1989) - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Mixer & Casting Building, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  15. Resonances in rotationally inelastic scattering of OH(X2Π) with helium and neon.

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    Gubbels, Koos B; Ma, Qianli; Alexander, Millard H; Dagdigian, Paul J; Tanis, Dick; Groenenboom, Gerrit C; van der Avoird, Ad; van de Meerakker, Sebastiaan Y T

    2012-04-14

    We present detailed calculations on resonances in rotationally and spin-orbit inelastic scattering of OH (X(2)Π, j = 3/2, F(1), f) radicals with He and Ne atoms. We calculate new ab initio potential energy surfaces for OH-He, and the cross sections derived from these surfaces compare well with the recent crossed beam scattering experiment of Kirste et al. [Phys. Rev. A 82, 042717 (2010)]. We identify both shape and Feshbach resonances in the integral and differential state-to-state scattering cross sections, and we discuss the prospects for experimentally observing scattering resonances using Stark decelerated beams of OH radicals. PMID:22502519

  16. Vibrational energy transfer in OH X 2Pi(i), v = 2 and 1

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    Raiche, George A.; Jeffries, Jay B.; Rensberger, Karen J.; Crosley, David R.

    1990-01-01

    Using an IR-pump/UV-probe method in a flow discharge cell, vibrational energy transfer in OH X 2Pi(i) has been studied. OH is prepared in v = 2 by overtone excitation, and the time evolution of population in v = 2 and 1 monitored by laser-induced fluorescence. Rate constants for vibrational relaxation by the colliders H2O, NH3, CO2, and CH4 were measured. Ratios of rate constants for removal from the two states, k2/k1, range from two to five.

  17. Clinical evaluation of a 2K x 2K workstation for primary diagnosis in pediatric radiology

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    Razavi, Mahmood; Sayre, James W.; Simons, Margaret A.; Hamedaninia, Azar; Boechat, Maria I.; Hall, Theodore R.; Kangarloo, Hooshang; Taira, Ricky K.; Chuang, Keh-Shih; Kashifian, Payam

    1991-07-01

    Preliminary results of a large-scale ROC study evaluating the diagnostic performance of digital hardcopy film and 2K X 2K softcopy display for pediatric chest radiographs are presented. The pediatric disease categories studied were pneumothorax, linear atelectasis, air bronchograms, and interstitial disease. Digital images were obtained directly from a computed radiography system. Results from the readings of 239 chest radiographs by 4 radiologists show no significant difference between viewing images on film and softcopy display for the disease categories pneumothorax and air bronchograms. A slight performance edge for softcopy was seen for the disease categories of interstitial disease and linear atelectasis.

  18. The rms-flux relations in different branches in Cyg X-2

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    Li, Z. B.; Song, L. M.; Qu, J. L.; Lei, Y. J.; Nie, J. Y.; Zhang, C. M.

    2012-10-01

    In this paper, the rms-flux (root mean square-flux) relation along the Z-track of the bright Z-Source Cyg X-2 is analyzed using the observational data of Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE). Three types of rms-flux relations, i.e. positive, negative, and `arch'-like correlations are found in different branches. The rms is positively correlated with flux in normal branch (NB), but anti-correlated in the vertical horizontal branch (VHB). The rms-flux relation shows an `arch'-like shape in the horizontal branch (HB). We also try to explain this phenomenon using existing models.

  19. Operating manual holographic interferometry system for 2 x 2 foot transonic wind tunnel

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    Craig, J. E.

    1981-01-01

    A holographic interferometer system was installed in a 2X2 foot transonic wind tunnel. The system incorporates a modern, 10 pps, Nd:YAG pulsed laser which provides reliable operation and is easy to align. The spatial filtering requirements of the unstable resonator beam are described as well as the integration of the system into the existing Schieren system. A two plate holographic interferometer is used to reconstruct flow field data. For static wind tunnel models the single exposure holograms are recorded in the usual manner; however, for dynamic models such as oscillating airfoils, synchronous laser hologram recording is used.

  20. Measurements of flow quality in the Ames 2 x 2ft transonic wind tunnel

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    Owen, F. K.

    1981-01-01

    For decades, wind tunnel testing has been conducted in test section environments which have not been adequately documented. However, with the advent of the energy shortage, the need for improved fuel-efficient transports employing supercritical or LFC airfoils has increased the awareness of the possible influence of freestream turbulence on advanced experimental testing. This has already lead to detailed flow quality measurements in NASA transonic wind tunnels. The purpose of this paper is to present results of a study in the Ames 2 x 2 ft transonic wind tunnel.

  1. Credit WCT. Original 2A" x 2M" color negative is housed ...

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    Credit WCT. Original 2-A" x 2-M" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. Photo shows John Morrow in charge of milling operations on coupons ("dogbones") of propellant on an Index milling machine. Coupons were milled to precise dimensions for tensile tests. Note that two sprinkler heads have been placed in very close proximity to the milling table for fire suppression purposes (JPL negative no. JPL-10283AC, 27 January 1989) - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Preparation Building, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  2. Adsorption of water on O(2x2)/Ru(0001): thermal stability and inhibition of dissociation by H2O-O bonding

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    Mugarza, Aitor; Shimizu, Tomoko; Cabrera-Sanfelix, Pepa; Sanchez-Portal, Daniel; Arnau, Andres; Salmeron, Miquel

    2008-08-01

    The effect of preadsorbed oxygen on the subsequent adsorption and reactions of water on Ru(0001) has been studied using low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and DFT calculations. Experiments were carried out for O coverages close to 0.25 ML. It was found that no dissociation of water takes place up to the desorption temperature of {approx}180-230 K. DFT calculations show that intact water on O(2x2)/Ru(0001) is {approx} 0.49 eV more stable than the dissociation products, H and OH, at their preferred fcc and top adsorption sites.

  3. DYNAMICAL MASS CONSTRAINTS ON THE ULTRALUMINOUS X-RAY SOURCE NGC 1313 X-2

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    Liu Jifeng; Orosz, Jerome; Bregman, Joel N.

    2012-01-20

    Dynamical mass measurements hold the key to answering whether ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs) are intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) or stellar-mass black holes with special radiation mechanisms. NGC 1313 X-2 is so far the only ULX with Hubble Space Telescope light curves, the orbital period, and the black hole's radial velocity amplitude based on the He II {lambda}4686 disk emission line shift of {approx}200 km s{sup -1}. We constrain its black hole mass and other parameters by fitting observations to a binary light curve code with accommodations for X-ray heating of the accretion disk and the secondary. Given the dynamical constraints from the observed light curves and the black hole radial motion and the observed stellar environment age, the only acceptable models are those with 40-50 Myr old intermediate-mass secondaries in their helium core and hydrogen shell burning phase filling 40%-80% of their Roche lobes. The black hole can be a massive black hole of a few tens of M{sub Sun} that can be produced from stellar evolution of low-metallicity stars, or an IMBH of a few hundred to above 1000 M{sub Sun} if its true radial velocity 2K' < 40 km s{sup -1}. Further observations are required to better measure the black hole radial motion and the light curves in order to determine whether NGC 1313 X-2 is a stellar-mass black hole or an IMBH.

  4. Delineating the Biosynthesis of Gentamicin X2, the Common Precursor of the Gentamicin C Antibiotic Complex

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    Huang, Chuan; Huang, Fanglu; Moison, Eileen; Guo, Junhong; Jian, Xinyun; Duan, Xiaobo; Deng, Zixin; Leadlay, Peter F.; Sun, Yuhui

    2015-01-01

    Summary Gentamicin C complex is a mixture of aminoglycoside antibiotics used worldwide to treat severe Gram-negative bacterial infections. Despite its clinical importance, the enzymology of its biosynthetic pathway has remained obscure. We report here insights into the four enzyme-catalyzed steps that lead from the first-formed pseudotrisaccharide gentamicin A2 to gentamicin X2, the last common intermediate for all components of the C complex. We have used both targeted mutations of individual genes and reconstitution of portions of the pathway in vitro to show that the secondary alcohol function at C-3″ of A2 is first converted to an amine, catalyzed by the tandem operation of oxidoreductase GenD2 and transaminase GenS2. The amine is then specifically methylated by the S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM)-dependent N-methyltransferase GenN to form gentamicin A. Finally, C-methylation at C-4″ to form gentamicin X2 is catalyzed by the radical SAM-dependent and cobalamin-dependent enzyme GenD1. PMID:25641167

  5. On the System of Diophantine Equations x2 − 6y2 = −5 and x = az2 − b

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    Zhang, Silan; Chen, Jianhua; Hu, Hao

    2014-01-01

    Mignotte and Pethö used the Siegel-Baker method to find all the integral solutions (x, y, z) of the system of Diophantine equations x2 − 6y2 = −5 and x = 2z2 − 1. In this paper, we extend this result and put forward a generalized method which can completely solve the family of systems of Diophantine equations x2 − 6y2 = −5 and x = az2 − b for each pair of integral parameters a, b. The proof utilizes algebraic number theory and p-adic analysis which successfully avoid discussing the class number and factoring the ideals. PMID:25045739

  6. On the system of Diophantine equations x2 - 6y2 = -5 and x = az2 - b.

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    Zhang, Silan; Chen, Jianhua; Hu, Hao

    2014-01-01

    Mignotte and Pethö used the Siegel-Baker method to find all the integral solutions (x, y, z) of the system of Diophantine equations x (2) - 6y (2) = -5 and x = 2z (2) - 1. In this paper, we extend this result and put forward a generalized method which can completely solve the family of systems of Diophantine equations x (2) - 6y (2) = -5 and x = az (2) - b for each pair of integral parameters a, b. The proof utilizes algebraic number theory and p-adic analysis which successfully avoid discussing the class number and factoring the ideals. PMID:25045739

  7. Discovery of the Red-Skewed K-alpha Iron Line in Cyg X-2 with Suzaku

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    Shaposhnikov, Nikolai; Titarchuk, Lev; Laurent, Philippe

    2008-01-01

    We report on the Suzaku observation of neutron star low-mass X-ray binary Cygnus X-2 which reveals strong iron K-alpha emission line. The line profile shows a prominent red wing extending down to 4 keV. This discovery increases the number of neutron star sources where red-skewed iron lines were observed and strongly suggests that this phenomenon is common not only in black holes but also in other types of compact objects. We examine the line profile by fitting it with the model which attributes its production to the relativistic effects due to disk reflection of X-ray radiation. We also apply an alternative model where the red wing is a result of down-scattering effect of the first order with respect to electron velocity in the wind outflow. Both models describe adequately the observed line profile. However, the X-ray variability in a state similar to that in the Suzaku observation which we establish by analysing RXTE observation favors the wind origin of the line formation.

  8. Endurance and failure characteristics of modified Vasco X-2, CBS 600 and AISI 9310 spur gears. [aircraft construction materials

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    Townsend, D. P.; Zaretsky, E. V.

    1980-01-01

    Gear endurance tests and rolling-element fatigue tests were conducted to compare the performance of spur gears made from AISI 9310, CBS 600 and modified Vasco X-2 and to compare the pitting fatigue lives of these three materials. Gears manufactured from CBS 600 exhibited lives longer than those manufactured from AISI 9310. However, rolling-element fatigue tests resulted in statistically equivalent lives. Modified Vasco X-2 exhibited statistically equivalent lives to AISI 9310. CBS 600 and modified Vasco X-2 gears exhibited the potential of tooth fracture occurring at a tooth surface fatigue pit. Case carburization of all gear surfaces for the modified Vasco X-2 gears results in fracture at the tips of the gears.

  9. Exploring water binding motifs to an excess electron via X2(-)(H2O) [X = O, F].

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    Chiou, Mong-Feng; Sheu, Wen-Shyan

    2012-07-26

    X(2)(-)(H(2)O) [X = O, F] is utilized to explore water binding motifs to an excess electron via ab initio calculations at the MP4(SDQ)/aug-cc-pVDZ + diffs(2s2p,2s2p) level of theory. X(2)(-)(H(2)O) can be regarded as a water molecule that binds to an excess electron, the distribution of which is gauged by X(2). By varying the interatomic distance of X(2), r(X1-X2), the distribution of the excess electron is altered, and the water binding motifs to the excess electron is then examined. Depending on r(X1-X2), both binding motifs of C(s) and C(2v) forms are found with a critical distance of ∼1.37 Å and ∼1.71 Å for O(2)(-)(H(2)O) and F(2)(-)(H(2)O), respectively. The energetic and geometrical features of O(2)(-)(H(2)O) and F(2)(-)(H(2)O) are compared. In addition, various electronic properties of X(2)(-)(H(2)O) are examined. For both O(2)(-)(H(2)O) and F(2)(-)(H(2)O), the C(s) binding motif appears to prevail at a compact distribution of the excess electron. However, when the electron is diffuse, characterized by the radius of gyration in the direction of the X(2) bond axis with a threshold of ∼0.84 Å, the C(2v) binding motif is formed. PMID:22762788

  10. Analysis of the C 2Π-X 2Σ Band System of BaCl

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    Pagès, P.; Pereira, A.; Royen, P.

    1985-04-01

    Transitions in the C 2Π-X 2Σ green band system of gaseous BaCl were excited by different Ar+ and Kr+ laser lines, and the induced fluorescence was photographed in high resolution. The emission spectrum, produced by a hollow cathode lamp, was recorded and the band heads measured with high accuracy. Using the spectral information and recently published values for the ground state rotational constants, vibrational and rotational analyses were performed. The vibrational constants obtained for the ground state of the 138Ba35Cl molecule are (in cm-1) ωe = 279.89, ωexe = 0.802 and ωeye = 3.3 × 10-4. The following main molecular equilibrium constants for the C 2Π state were derived (in cm-1): molecular equilibrium constants

  11. Network Offoaded Hierarchical Collectives Using ConnectX-2's CORE-Direct Capabilities

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    Rabinovitz, Ishai; Shamis, Pavel; Graham, Richard L; Bloch, Noam; Shainer, Gilad

    2010-01-01

    As the scale of High Performance Computing (HPC) systems continues to increase, demanding that we extract even more parallelism from applications, the need to move communication management away from the Central Processing Unit (CPU) becomes even greater. Moving this management to the network, frees up CPU cycles for computation, making it possible to overlap computation and communication. In this paper we continue to investigate how to best use the new CORE-Direct support added in the ConnectX-2 Host Channel Adapter (HCA) for creating high performance, asynchronous collective operations that are managed by the HCA. Specifically we consider the network topology, creating a two-level communication hierarchy, reducing the MPI Barrier completion time by 45%, from 26.59 microseconds, when not considering network topology, to 14.72 microseconds, with the CPU based collective barrier operation completing in 19.04 microseconds. The nonblocking barrier algorithm has similar performance, with about 50% of that time available for computation.

  12. Phase diagram and polarization of stable phases of (Ga1- x In x )2O3

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    Maccioni, Maria Barbara; Fiorentini, Vincenzo

    2016-04-01

    The full phase diagram of (Ga1- x In x )2O3 is obtained theoretically. The phases competing for the ground state are monoclinic β (low x), hexagonal (x ˜ 0.5), and bixbyite (large x). Three disconnected mixing regions interlace with two distinct phase-separation regions, and at x ˜ 0.5, the coexistence of hexagonal and β alloys with phase-separated binary components is expected. We also explore the permanent polarization of the phases, but none of them are polar. On the other hand, we find that ɛ-Ga2O3, which was stabilized in recent experiments, is pyroelectric with a large polarization and piezoelectric coupling, and could be used to produce high-density electron gases at interfaces.

  13. Propeller effect in action in the ultraluminous accreting magnetar M82 X-2

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    Tsygankov, Sergey S.; Mushtukov, Alexander A.; Suleimanov, Valery F.; Poutanen, Juri

    2016-03-01

    We present here the first convincing observational manifestation of a magnetar-like magnetic field in an accreting neutron star in binary system - the first pulsating ultraluminous X-ray source X-2 in the galaxy M82. Using the Chandra X-ray observatory data, we show that the source exhibit the bimodal distribution of the luminosity with two well-defined peaks separated by a factor of 40. This behaviour can be interpreted as the action of the `propeller regime' of accretion. The onset of the propeller in a 1.37 s pulsar at luminosity of ˜1040 erg s-1 implies the dipole component of the neutron star magnetic field of ˜1014 G.

  14. Properties of (Ga1-x In x )2O3 over the whole x range

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    Maccioni, M. B.; Ricci, F.; Fiorentini, V.

    2016-06-01

    Using density-functional ab initio theoretical techniques, we study (Ga1-x In x )2O3 in both its equilibrium structures (monoclinic β and bixbyite) and over the whole range of composition. We establish that the alloy exhibits a large and temperature-independent miscibility gap. On the low-x side, the favored phase is isostructural with β -Ga2O3; on the high-x side, it is isostructural with bixbyite In2O3. The miscibility gap opens between approximately 15% and 55% In content for the bixbyite alloy grown epitaxially on In2O3, and 15% and 85% In content for the free-standing bixbyite alloy. The gap, volume and band offsets to the parent compound also exhibit anomalies as function of x. Specifically, the offsets in epitaxial conditions are predominantly type-B staggered, but have opposite signs in the two end-of-range phases.

  15. Tuning band gap and optical properties of SnX2 nanosheets: Hybrid functional studies

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    Guo, P.; Luo, Y. W.; Jia, Y.

    2016-04-01

    Based on hybrid functional calculations, the electronic structures and optical properties are investigated in the monolayer and bilayer tin dichalcogenides SnX2 (X = S and Se) nanosheets. Numerical results show that quantum size effects are obvious on the electronic structures and optical absorption in the SnS2 and SnSe2 nanosheets. The band gap values increase when the nanosheets layer numbers decrease. Moreover, for SnSe2 nanosheet, the optical absorption coefficients are high and its threshold values lie in the visible light activity range. These results are interesting and indicate that SnS2 and SnSe2 nanosheets may serve as the promising candidates for visible optical applications.

  16. Conical intersections between X2A1 and A2B2 electronic states of NO

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    Sardar, Subhankar; Mukherjee, Saikat; Paul, Amit Kumar; Adhikari, Satrajit

    2013-04-01

    We explore both the general symmetry-allowed accidental (SAA) conical intersections (CIs) and Renner-Teller (RT) interactions prevailed between the ground (X2A1) and first excited (A2B2) electronic states of NO in the configuration space of normal mode coordinates. Global ab initio potential-energy surfaces and Non Adiabatic Coupling Term (NACT) between those states are reported. For each of the three pairs of normal mode (Q1,Q2,Q3), calculated NACT show singularity at different positions, which are used to calculate Adiabatic-to-Diabatic Transformation (ADT) angles and thereby, the diagonal elements of ADT matrix display (i) sign change for odd number of SAA CI (s) and (ii) no sign change for even number of SAA CIs as well as Renner-Teller interactions. Similar to Jahn-Teller CI, the existence of SAA CIs are, further, confirmed by Longuet-Higgins' phase change.

  17. Credit WCT. Original 2¾" x 2Y4" color negative is housed ...

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    Credit WCT. Original 2-¾" x 2-Y4" color negative is housed in the JPL Photography Laboratory, Pasadena, California. View shows JPL staff member John Morrow loading the grinder hopper. The hopper has a 10 mesh screen to filter out particles too large for the mill. Oxidizer is passed steadily to the hammers by a stainless steel feed screw. Oxidizer may be passed through the mill several times depending on the fineness required by a given propellant formula; the maximum charge is 130 pounds (59.0 Kg). The drum below the mill has an electrically conductive plastic liner which receives the ground oxidizer (JPL negative no. JPL10279AC, 27 January 1989) - Jet Propulsion Laboratory Edwards Facility, Oxidizer Grinder Building, Edwards Air Force Base, Boron, Kern County, CA

  18. Theoretical study of the dipole moment function of OH(X 2Pi)

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    Langhoff, Stephen R.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Taylor, Peter R.

    1987-01-01

    A complete theoretical electric dipole moment function mu(r) is computed for OH(X 2Pi) at the full configuration-interaction (FCI) level for DZP + diffuse Gaussian basis set. The energy and dipole moment are also determined with 2d functions on oxygen at seven r values. The following methods are compared to the FCI for both the oxygen 1d and 2d basis sets: single-reference singles-plus-doubles configuration interaction (SDCI), SDCI with Davidson's correction, the coupled pair functional approach (CPF) and a modified form of CPF, CASSCF, and CASSCF-MRSDCI, and the external contracted CI(CCI) method. The dipole moments are evaluated both as an expectation value and by finite-field methods. The results support the superiority of evaluating the dipole moment as an energy derivative rather than as an expectation value.

  19. Discovery of kHz Quasi-periodic Oscillations in the Z Source Cygnus X-2

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    Wijnands, Rudy; Homan, Jeroen; van der Klis, Michiel; Kuulkers, Erik; van Paradijs, Jan; Lewin, Walter H. G.; Lamb, Frederick K.; Psaltis, Dimitrios; Vaughan, Brian

    1998-02-01

    During observations with the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer from 1997 June 31 to July 3 we discovered two simultaneous kHz quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) near 500 and 860 Hz in the low-mass X-ray binary and Z source Cygnus X-2. In the X-ray color-color diagram and hardness-intensity diagram (HID), a clear Z track was traced out, which shifted in the HID within 1 day to higher count rates at the end of the observation. Z track shifts are well known to occur in Cyg X-2 our observation for the first time catches the source in the act. A single kHz QPO peak was detected at the left end of the horizontal branch (HB) of the Z track, with a frequency of 731+/-20 Hz and an amplitude of 4.7+0.8-0.6% rms in the energy band 5.0-60 keV. Further to the right on the HB, at somewhat higher count rates, an additional peak at 532+/-43 Hz was detected with an rms amplitude of 3.0+1.0-0.7%. When the source moved down the HB, thus when the inferred mass accretion rate increased, the frequency of the higher frequency QPO increased to 839+/-13 Hz, and its amplitude decreased to 3.5+0.4-0.3% rms. The higher frequency QPO was also detected on the upper normal branch (NB) with an rms amplitude of 1.8+0.6-0.4% and a frequency of 1007+/-15 Hz; its peak width did not show a clear correlation with inferred mass accretion rate. The lower frequency QPO was most of the time undetectable, with typical upper limits of 2% rms; no conclusion on how this QPO behaved with mass accretion rate can be drawn. If the peak separation between the QPOs is the neutron star spin frequency (as required in some beat-frequency models), then the neutron star spin period is 2.9+/-0.2 ms (346+/-29 Hz). This discovery makes Cyg X-2 the fourth Z source that displays kHz QPOs. The properties of the kHz QPOs in Cyg X-2 are similar to those of other Z sources. Simultaneous with the kHz QPOs, the well-known horizontal-branch QPOs (HBOs) were visible in the power spectra. At the left end of the HB, the second harmonic of

  20. X-Ray Spectral and Timing Observations of Cygnus X-2

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    Piraino, S.; Santangelo, A.; Kaaret, P.

    2002-03-01

    We report on a joint BeppoSAX/RXTE observation of the Z-type low-mass X-ray binary Cyg X-2. The source was in the so-called high overall intensity state and in less than 24 hr went through all three branches of the Z track. The continuum X-ray spectrum could be described by the absorbed sum of a soft thermal component, modeled as either a blackbody or a multicolor disk blackbody, and a Comptonized component. The timing power spectrum showed several components, including quasi-periodic oscillations in the range 28-50 Hz while the source was on the horizontal branch (horizontal branch oscillation; HBO). We found that the HBO frequency was well correlated with the parameters of the soft thermal component in the X-ray spectrum. We discuss implications of this correlation for models of the HBO.

  1. Joint BeppoSAX/RossiXTE Observation of Cygnus X-2

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    Piraino, S.; Santangelo, A.; Kaaret, P.

    2001-09-01

    We report on a joint BeppoSAX/RossiXTe observation of the Z-type low mass X-ray binary Cygnus X-2. The source was in the so-called high overall intensity state and in less than 24 hours went through all three branches of the Z-track. The continuum X-ray spectrum could be described by the absorbed sum of a soft thermal component and a Comptonized component. The timing power spectrum showed several components including QPO in the ranges 28-50 Hz while the source was on the horizontal branch (HBO). We found that the HBO frequency was well correlated with the parameters of soft thermal component in the X-ray spectrum.

  2. Multifrequency observations of CYG X-2: X ray observations with GINGA

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    Hasinger, Guenther; van der Klis, M.; Ebisawa, K.; Dotani, T.; Mitsuda, K.

    1989-10-01

    The observations of the bright low-mass x ray binary and Z-source Cyg X-2, carried out with the Japanese x ray satellite Ginga, are reported. The observations were effectuated for six days in 1988 June and October at x ray, ultraviolet, optical and radio wavelengths. On both occasions all three spectral states, the horizontal, normal and flaring branch, showing up as a Z-shaped correlation curve in an x ray color-color diagram, were observed. Quasi-Periodic Oscillations (QPO) and noise are detected. The sudden disappearance of the radio flares, hand in hand with the decrease of QPO and noise power and the softening of the x ray spectra at the transition from horizontal branch to normal branch can be interpreted in terms of a sudden inflation of the inner disk, which engulfs the entire magnetosphere in the normal branch.

  3. The Fourier Transform Microwave/millimeter Spectrum of ScO (X^2Σ^+)

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    Halfen, D. T.; Min, J.; Ziurys, L. M.

    2013-06-01

    The pure rotational spectra of ScO (X^2Σ^+) have been recorded in the 4 - 90 GHz range using Fourier transform microwave/millimeter (FTM/mmW) techniques. This species was created in a supersonic jet expansion of laser-ablated scandium vapor and N_2O gas, diluted in argon. The N = 1 → 0 and 2 → 1 rotational transitions in both v = 0 and 1 have been measured near 30 and 61 GHz, respectively. The data over 60 GHz were obtained using a new E-band (60 - 90 GHz) FTmmW spectrometer system. The data have been analyzed, and rotational, fine, and hyperfine constants have been determined, which are in good agreement with those from past optical studies. ScO is a potential circumstellar molecule in giant/supergiant stars, where it is produced in oxygen-burning nucleosynthesis.

  4. Properties of (Ga1-x In x )2O3 over the whole x range.

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    Maccioni, M B; Ricci, F; Fiorentini, V

    2016-06-01

    Using density-functional ab initio theoretical techniques, we study (Ga1-x In x )2O3 in both its equilibrium structures (monoclinic [Formula: see text] and bixbyite) and over the whole range of composition. We establish that the alloy exhibits a large and temperature-independent miscibility gap. On the low-x side, the favored phase is isostructural with [Formula: see text]-Ga2O3; on the high-x side, it is isostructural with bixbyite In2O3. The miscibility gap opens between approximately 15% and 55% In content for the bixbyite alloy grown epitaxially on In2O3, and 15% and 85% In content for the free-standing bixbyite alloy. The gap, volume and band offsets to the parent compound also exhibit anomalies as function of x. Specifically, the offsets in epitaxial conditions are predominantly type-B staggered, but have opposite signs in the two end-of-range phases. PMID:26952634

  5. Structure and Stability of Sb/Au(110)-c(2x2) Surface Phase

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    Lyman,P.; Shneerson, V.; Fung, R.; Parihar, S.; Johnson-Steigelman, H.; Lu, E.; Saldin, D.

    2006-01-01

    Adsorption of 0.5 monolayers (ML) of Sb on the Au(1 1 0) surface resulted in the formation of a c(2 x 2) surface reconstruction. Analysis of surface X-ray diffraction data by a direct method revealed the existence of an ordered substitutional surface alloy, with every other hollow site occupied by Au and Sb atoms. Quantitative conventional {chi}{sup 2} refinement showed a contraction of 0.12 {+-} 0.03 Angstroms in the spacing of the first Au layer to the second, an expansion of 0.13 {+-} 0.03 Angstroms in the second-to-third layer distance, and an inward Sb displacement (rumpling) of 0.21 {+-} 0.04 Angstroms. This surface phase proved to be extremely robust, with the long-range order of this arrangement remaining up to substrate temperatures of 900 K.

  6. Accretion mode of the Ultra-Luminous X-ray source M82 X-2

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    Karino, S.; Miller, J. C.

    2016-05-01

    Periodic pulsations have been found in emission from the ultra-luminous X-ray source (ULX) M82 X-2, strongly suggesting that the emitter is a rotating neutron star rather than a black hole. However, the radiation mechanisms and accretion mode involved have not yet been clearly established. In this paper, we examine the applicability to this object of standard accretion modes for high mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs). We find that spherical wind accretion, which drives OB-type HMXBs, cannot apply here but that there is a natural explanation in terms of an extension of the picture for standard Be-type HMXBs. We show that a neutron star with a moderately strong magnetic field, accreting from a disc-shaped wind emitted by a Be-companion, could be compatible with the observed relation between spin and orbital period. A Roche lobe overflow picture is also possible under certain conditions.

  7. Development of a 2K x 2K GaAs QWIP Focal Plane Array

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    Jhabvala, M.; Choi, K.; Jhabvala, C.; Kelly, D.; Hess, L.; Ewin, A.; La, A.; Wacynski, A.; Sun, J.; Adachi, T.; Costen, N.; Ni, Q.; Snodgrass, Stephen; Foltz, Roger

    2013-01-01

    We are developing the next generation of GaAs Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) focal plane arrays (FPAs) in preparation for future NASA space-borne Earth observing missions. It is anticipated that these missions will require both wider ground spatial coverage as well as higher ground imaging resolution. In order to demonstrate our capability in meeting these future goals we have taken a two-tiered approach in the next stage of advanced QWIP focal plane array development. We will describe our progress in the development of a 512 x 3,200 (512 x 3K) array format for this next generation thermal imaging array for the NASA Landsat project. However, there currently is no existing readout integrated circuit (ROIC) for this format array.so to demonstrate the ability to scale-up an existing ROIC we developed a 1,920 x 2,048 (2K x 2K) array and it hybridized to a Raytheon SB419 CTIA readout integrated circuit that was scaled up from their existing 512 x 640 SB339 ROIC. Two versions of the 512 x 3K QWIP array were fabricated to accommodate a future design scale-up of both the Indigo 9803 ROIC based on a 25 micron pixel dimension and a scale up of the Indigo 9705 ROIC based on a 30 micron pixel dimension. Neither readout for the 512 x 3K has yet to be developed but we have fabricated both versions of the array. We describe the design, development and test results of this effort as well as the specific applications these FPAs are intended to address.

  8. SU-E-I-86: Evaluation of the New RaySafe Unfors X2 Dosimetry System

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    Heintz, P; Chambers, G; Sandoval, D

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the new RaySafe Unfors X2 (X2) dosimetry system and compare it to the operation of the RaySafe Unfors Xi (Xi) and Radcal Accugold (RCAG) dosimetry systems. The comparison was done for the radiographic/fluoroscopic detectors, mammography detectors and the CT ionization chambers. Methods: This study used several R/F rooms, GE AMX4 portable x-ray unit, Siemens Biograph 16 slice CT scanner and a Hologic Dimensions mammography unit to evaluate the dosimetry systems. The three X2 detectors were compared to similar detectors of the older Xi and RCAG detectors under clinical conditions used for diagnostic medical physics testing. Measurements of kVp, HVL and exposure were made under identical conditions. Results: For radiography and fluoroscopy the three systems agreed to within +2 kVp in the 60 to 140 kVp range, HVL measurements agreed to within +2 mm Al and the exposures agreed to within +5%. The RCAG 6 cc ionization chamber measured at least 3% higher than the diode systems. The X2 R/F detector appeared to be transparent to the fluoroscopy AEC system. For exposures made using both the CT ACR dose phantoms, the X2 agreed to within +3% of the other two systems. For mammography measurements, the three systems agreed to within +0.4kVp (25-49 kVp range), HVL measurements agreed to within +0.05 mm Al and the exposures agreed to within +1% of the ionization chamber. Conclusion: The X2 system is a new version of the older Xi system. The system is faster, more robust, very easy to use, has a larger dynamic range, produced less errors and stores 1000 exposures. The measurements showed that the system performs well in the clinical environment and the X2 is within + 5% agreement of the other two calibrated systems.

  9. Surface Morphology Changes During Pb Deposition on Cu(100): Evidence for Surface Alloyed Cu(100)-c(2x2) Pb

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    PLASS,RICHARD A.; KELLOGG,GARY LEE

    2000-07-13

    Using Low Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM), the authors have followed Cu(100) surface morphology changes during Pb deposition at different temperatures. Surface steps advance and 2-D islands nucleate and grow as deposited Pb first alloys, and then dealloys, on a 125 C Cu(100)surface. From LEEM images, they determine how much Cu is being displaced at each stage and find that the amount of material added to the top layer for a complete Pb/Cu(100) c(4x4) reconstruction (a surface alloy) is consistent with the expected c(4x4) Cu content of 0.5 monolayer. However, as the surface changes to the Pb/Cu(100) c(2x2) overlayer, they find that the displaced material from surface dealloying, 0.22ML, is more than a factor of two lower than expected based on a pure Pb c(2x2) overlayer. Further, they find that in the 70 to 130 C range the amount of Cu remaining in c(2x2) increases with increasing substrate temperature during the deposition, showing that surface Cu is alloyed with Pb in the c(2x2) structure at these temperatures. When holding the sample at 125 C, the transformation from the c(2x2) structure to the higher coverage c(5{radical}2 x{radical}2)R45{degree} overlayer structure displaces more Cu, confirming the c(2x2) surface alloy model. They also find the c(2x2) surface has characteristically square 2-D islands with step edges parallel to the (100) type crystallographic directions, whereas the c(5{radical}2 x{radical}2)R45{degree} structure has line-like features which run parallel to the dislocation double rows of this surface's atomic structure and which expand into 2-D islands upon coarsening.

  10. X-Ray Timing Properties of Cygnus X-1 and Cygnus X-2

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    Focke, Warren Bosworth

    Cygnus X-1 and Cygnus X-2 are X-ray sources which are believed to be a black hole and a neutron star, respectively. We investigate the variability of Cygnus X-1 in the context of shot noise models, and employ a peak detection algorithm to select individual shots. The detected shots are fit to several model templates. The fit shot parameters are found to be distributed. The cross spectrum of light curves from Cygnus X-1 in different energy bands is studied. Large, frequency dependent time lags are observed, along with high coherence. The high coherence implies that the transfer function between low and high energy variability is uniform. This implies that, if the lags are due to Compton scattering, variations in the seed intensity must originate in a region much smaller than the Comptonizing medium. The frequency dependence of the lags implies that, if they are due to Comptonization, the Comptonizing medium is nonuniform. The uniformity of the transfer function implies that the observed distribution of shot widths cannot have been acquired through Compton scattering. The energy spectrum of the radiation reaching us from Cygnus X-1 is found to fluctuate at the shortest timescales observable. This implies rapid changes in the geometry or temperature of some portions of the system, possibly due to dynamical instabilities of the system. The high counting rates and temporal resolution of the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer allow more detailed investigation of the Horizontal Branch Oscillations (HBO) in Cygnus X-2 than has been possible previously, including observation of a second harmonic. The relations of the frequencies and widths of these peaks are investigated in order to shed light on their origin and thus the conditions in the region of their formation. The observations support the Magnetospheric Beat Frequency Modulated Accretion model for the origin of the HBO. The data indicate that neither rapid variation in the frequency of, nor short lifetime of, a locally

  11. Carrier transport in the V[TCNE]x (TCNE = tetracyanoethylene; x ~ 2) organic-based magnet.

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    Pokhodnya, Konstantin; Bonner, Michael; Prigodin, Vladimir; Epstein, Arthur J; Miller, Joel S

    2013-05-15

    The carrier transport of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) prepared films of the room temperature organic-based magnet V[TCNE]x (TCNE = tetracyanoethylene; x ~ 2) over a broad temperature and magnetic field range is reported. Due to disorder the [TCNE](·-) sites are located in statistically different environments, and their energies vary from site-to-site, which leads to tailing the density of states into the energy gap, creating electronic traps and suppressing the electron mobility. Conversely, these variations have little effect on the valence band derived from the octahedral V(II)3d(t(2g)) levels, and, hence, on the hole mobility. Presuming a Gaussian distribution of the energies of the localized states in the gap, a model that adequately describes the experimental data is proposed. In this model the T(-1) temperature dependent term was added to the Arrhenius activation energy, Ea, which effectively describes its decrease on cooling. The linear increase of positive magnetoresistance with magnetic field, as well as its weak temperature dependence [ is proportional to (1-T/Tc)(-1/2)] is discussed in terms of a small contribution to Ea associated with the change of magnetic energy. PMID:23604366

  12. Shortwave infrared 512 x 2 line sensor for earth resources applications

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    Tower, J. R.; Pellon, L. E.; Mccarthy, B. M.; Elabd, H.; Moldovan, A. G.; Kosonocky, W. F.; Kalshoven, J. E., Jr.; Tom, D.

    1985-01-01

    As part of the NASA remote-sensing Multispectral Linear Array Program, an edge-buttable 512 x 2 IRCCD line image sensor with 30-micron Pd2Si Schottky-barrier detectors is developed for operation with passive cooling at 120 K in the 1.1-2.5 micron short infrared band. On-chip CCD multiplexers provide one video output for each 512 detector band. The monolithic silicon line imager performance at a 4-ms optical integration time includes a signal-to-noise ratio of 241 for irradiance of 7.2 microwatts/sq cm at 1.65 microns wavelength, a 5000 dynamic range, a modulation transfer function, greater than 60 percent at the Nyquist frequency, and an 18-milliwatt imager chip total power dissipation. Blemish-free images with three percent nonuniformity under illumination and nonlinearity of 1.25 percent are obtained. A five SWIR imager hybrid focal plane was constructed, demonstrating the feasibility of arrays with only a two-detector loss at each joint.

  13. Mesa NTMS 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle area. Supplemental data report

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    Koller, G.R.

    1980-01-01

    This data report presents supplemental analytical results for stream sediments and ground water. The samples were collected as part of the SRL-NURE reconnaissance in the National Topographic Map Series (NTMS) Mesa 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle. Results are reported for 24 elements (Ag, As, Ba, Be, Ca, Co, Cr, Cu, K, Li, Mg, Mo, Nb, Ni, P, Pb, Se, Sn, Sr, Th, W, Y, Zn, and extractable U) in sediments and 31 elements (Ag, Al, As, B, Ba, Be, Ca, Ce, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Nb, Ni, P, Sc, Se, Si, Sr, Th, Ti, V, Y, Zn, and Zr) as well as pH, alkalinity, and conductivity in ground water. Field data and NAA data will be open-filed when they are available. Microfiche cards have been placed in a pocket on the last page of this report. These cards contain the following information: Cards marked Pg. 1, Pg. 2, and Pg. 3 contain histograms, cumulative frequency plots, and areal distribution plots for sediment samples. The card marked Plate 1 is a site-code map for sediment samples.

  14. Line strengths of rovibrational and rotational transitions in the X2 Π ground state of OH

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    Brooke, James S. A.; Bernath, Peter F.; Western, Colin M.; Sneden, Christopher; Afşar, Melike; Li, Gang; Gordon, Iouli E.

    2016-01-01

    A new line list including positions and absolute transition strengths (in the form of Einstein A values and oscillator strengths) has been produced for the OH ground X2 Π state rovibrational (Meinel system) and pure rotational transitions. All possible transitions are included with v‧ and v ″ up to 13, and J up to between 9.5 and 59.5, depending on the band. An updated fit to determine molecular constants has been performed, which includes some new rotational data and a simultaneous fitting of all molecular constants. The absolute transition strengths are based on a new dipole moment function, which is a combination of two high level ab initio calculations. The calculations show good agreement with an experimental v = 1 lifetime, experimental μv values, and Δv=2 line intensity ratios from an observed spectrum. To achieve this good agreement, an alteration in the method of converting matrix elements from Hund's case (b) to (a) was made. Partitions sums have been calculated using the new energy levels, for the temperature range 5-6000 K, which extends the previously available (in HITRAN) 70-3000 K range. The resulting absolute transition strengths have been used to calculate O abundances in the Sun, Arcturus, and two red giants in the Galactic open and globular clusters M67 and M71. Literature data based mainly on [O I] lines are available for the Sun and Arcturus, and excellent agreement is found.

  15. Accretion Disk Coronal Heating Along The Z-pattern In Cygnus X-2

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    Schulz, Norbert S.; Huenemoerder, D. P.; Nowak, M.; Ji, L.; Yao, Y.; Canizares, C. R.

    2009-01-01

    Z-sources are low mass X-ray binaries containing accreting neutron stars which emit luminous X-rays near Eddington luminosities (L_Edd). Their X-ray spectra change in a systematic Z-shaped pattern from the horizontal (HB), to the normal (NB), and to the flaring branch (FB). Cyg X-2 is a prototype Z-source which we observed in X-rays twice along the entire X-ray spectral variation pattern at very high spectral resolution. We find a wealth of resolved and broad emission line features which we attribute to a hot accretion disk corona (ADC). The lines have Doppler velocities between 400 and 2700 km/s, which place the origin of emission within 10^10 cm of the accretion disk. We also find evidence for a flux evolution along the Z-pattern. The line emissivities indicate that the source luminosity changes from about 0.7 L_Edd in the HB to 2.6 L_Edd on the FB. The observed line flux evolution provides direct evidence for ongoing heating of the ADC along the spectral branches.

  16. Heating in an Extended Accretion Disk Corona Along the Z-Pattern in Cyg X-2

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    Schulz, N. S.; Huenemoerder, D. P.; Ji, L.; Nowak, M.; Yao, Y.; Canizares, C. R.

    2009-02-01

    We observed at very high spectral resolution the prototype Z-source Cyg X-2 twice along its entire X-ray spectral variation pattern. In this preliminary analysis, we find an extended accretion disk corona (ADC) exhibiting Lyα emissions from various H-like ions, as well as emissions from He-like ions of Fe and Al, and Be-like ions of Fe. The brightest lines show a range of line broadening: H-like lines are very broad with Doppler velocities between 1100 and 2700 km s-1, while some others are narrower with widths of a few hundred km s-1. Line diagnostics allow us for the first time to determine coronal parameters. The line properties are consistent with a stationary, extended up to 1010 cm, dense (1 × 1015 cm-3), and hot (log ξ gsim 3; T gsim 106 K) ADC. We find ongoing heating of the corona along the Z-track and determine that heating luminosities change from about 0.4×L Edd on the horizontal to about 1.4 × L Edd on the flaring branch.

  17. MICROWAVE ZEBRA PATTERN STRUCTURES IN THE X2.2 SOLAR FLARE ON 2011 FEBRUARY 15

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    Tan Baolin; Yan Yihua; Tan Chengming; Sych, Robert; Gao Guannan

    2012-01-10

    A zebra pattern (ZP) structure is the most intriguing fine structure on the dynamic spectrograph of a solar microwave burst. On 2011 February 15, an X2.2 flare event erupted on the solar disk, which is the first X-class flare since the solar Schwabe cycle 24. It is interesting that there are several microwave ZPs observed by the Chinese Solar Broadband Radio Spectrometer (SBRS/Huairou) at a frequency of 6.40-7.00 GHz (ZP1) and at a frequency of 2.60-2.75 GHz (ZP2) and by the Yunnan Solar Broadband Radio Spectrometer (SBRS/Yunnan) at a frequency of 1.04-1.13 GHz (ZP3). The most important phenomenon is the unusual high-frequency ZP structure (ZP1, up to 7.00 GHz) that occurred in the early rising phase of the flare and the two ZP structures (ZP2, ZP3) with relatively low frequencies that occurred in the decay phase of the flare. By scrutinizing the current prevalent theoretical models of ZP structure generations and comparing their estimated magnetic field strengths in the corresponding source regions, we suggest that the double plasma resonance model is the most probable one for explaining the formation of microwave ZPs, which may derive the magnetic field strengths at about 230-345 G, 126-147 G, and 23-26 G in the source regions of ZP1, ZP2, and ZP3, respectively.

  18. Electron-impact excitation of nitric oxide (A 2Σ+-X 2Π)

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    Schappe, R. S.; Edgell, R. J.; Urban, E.

    2002-04-01

    We report absolute optical emission cross sections for 31 vibrational transitions of the A 2Σ+(v')-X 2Π(v'') system of nitric oxide for electron-impact energies from threshold to 740 eV using the optical method and a crossed-beam geometry. Our measurements include emission bands originating in the v'=0, 1, 2, 3 vibrational levels and terminating in the v'' levels from 0 up to 11. We find good agreement between our emission cross sections, our measurements of the emission intensities from an rf discharge, and the intensities predicted by the Franck-Condon principle. We also obtain apparent level cross sections for the v'=0, 1, 2, 3 vibrational levels of the A 2Σ+ state; despite the presence of a cascade, these level cross sections are proportional to the direct excitation rates predicted by the Franck-Condon principle. We determine the total apparent cross section for the A 2Σ+ electronic state to reach its peak value of 40×10-19 cm2 at 30 eV.

  19. Theoretical study of the dipole moment function of OH(X2Pi)

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    Langhoff, Stephen R.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Taylor, Peter R.

    1989-01-01

    A theoretical study of the sensitivity of the dipole moment function (DMF) of the X2Pi ground state of OH to basis-set saturation and to refinements in the correlation treatment is presented. Emphasis is placed on determining the slope of the DMF at r(e) and the r value at which the maximum occurs. Consideration is given to the effect of oxygen polarization functions up through h type, expansion of the active orbital space to include the O 3d-delta orbital, the effect of higher excitations using the averaged coupled-pair functional method, and the effect of evaluating the dipole moment as an energy derivative rather than as an expectation value. The theoretical DMFs obtained here, which should be the most accurate to date, differ markedly from an empirical DMF of Turnbull and Lowe that is based on experimentally derived intensity ratios. The theoretical DMFs agree better with a recently published DMF of Nelson et al., but suggest that this empirical DMF is also inaccurate for r greater than 2.3 a0.

  20. Map showing geologic terranes of the Hailey 1 degree x 2 degrees quadrangle and the western part of the Idaho Falls 1 degree x 2 degrees quadrangle, south-central Idaho

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    Worl, R.G.; Johnson, K.M.

    1995-01-01

    The paper version of Map Showing Geologic Terranes of the Hailey 1x2 Quadrangle and the western part of the Idaho Falls 1x2 Quadrangle, south-central Idaho was compiled by Ron Worl and Kate Johnson in 1995. The plate was compiled on a 1:250,000 scale topographic base map. TechniGraphic System, Inc. of Fort Collins Colorado digitized this map under contract for N.Shock. G.Green edited and prepared the digital version for publication as a geographic information system database. The digital geologic map database can be queried in many ways to produce a variety of geologic maps.

  1. NifB and NifEN protein levels are regulated by ClpX2 under nitrogen fixation conditions in Azotobacter vinelandii.

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    Martínez-Noël, Giselle; Curatti, Leonardo; Hernandez, Jose A; Rubio, Luis M

    2011-03-01

    The major part of biological nitrogen fixation is catalysed by the molybdenum nitrogenase that carries at its active site the iron and molybdenum cofactor (FeMo-co). The nitrogen fixation (nif) genes required for the biosynthesis of FeMo-co are derepressed in the absence of a source of fixed nitrogen. The nifB gene product is remarkable because it assembles NifB-co, a complex cluster proposed to comprise a [6Fe-9S-X] cluster, from simpler [Fe-S] clusters common to other metabolic pathways. NifB-co is a common intermediate of the biosyntheses of the cofactors present in the molybdenum, vanadium and iron nitrogenases. In this work, the expression of the Azotobacter vinelandii nifB gene was uncoupled from its natural nif regulation to show that NifB protein levels are lower in cells growing diazotrophically than in cells growing at the expense of ammonium. A. vinelandii carries a duplicated copy of the ATPase component of the ubiquitous ClpXP protease (ClpX2), which is induced under nitrogen fixing conditions. Inactivation of clpX2 resulted in the accumulation of NifB and NifEN and a defect in diazotrophic growth, especially when iron was in short supply. Mutations in nifE, nifN and nifX or in nifA also affected NifB accumulation, suggesting that NifB susceptibility to degradation might vary during its catalytic cycle. PMID:21231969

  2. Tuning Dirac points by strain in MoX2 nanoribbons (X = S, Se, Te) with a 1T' structure.

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    Sung, Ha-Jun; Choe, Duk-Hyun; Chang, K J

    2016-06-28

    For practical applications of two-dimensional topological insulators, large band gaps and Dirac states within the band gap are desirable because they allow for device operation at room temperature and quantum transport without dissipation. Based on first-principles density functional calculations, we report the tunability of the electronic structure by strain engineering in quasi-one-dimensional nanoribbons of transition metal dichalcogenides with a 1T' structure, MoX2 with X = (S, Se, Te). We find that both the band gaps and Dirac points in 1T'-MoX2 can be engineered by applying an external strain, thereby leading to a single Dirac cone within the bulk band gap. Considering the gap size and the location of the Dirac point, we suggest that, among 1T'-MoX2 nanoribbons, MoSe2 is the most suitable candidate for quantum spin Hall (QSH) devices. PMID:27257641

  3. Structure and stability of small Li2 +(X2Σ+ g )-Xen (n = 1-6) clusters

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    Saidi, Sameh; Ghanmi, Chedli; Berriche, Hamid

    2014-04-01

    We have studied the structure and stability of the Li2 +(X2Σ+ g )Xe n ( n = 1-6) clusters for special symmetry groups. The potential energy surfaces of these clusters, are described using an accurate ab initio approach based on non-empirical pseudopotential, parameterized l-dependent polarization potential and analytic potential forms for the Li+Xe and Xe-Xe interactions. The pseudopotential technique has reduced the number of active electrons of Li2 +(X2Σ+ g )-Xe n ( n = 1-6) clusters to only one electron, the Li valence electron. The core-core interactions for Li+Xe are included using accurate CCSD(T) potential fitted using the analytical form of Tang and Toennies. For the Xe-Xe potential interactions we have used the analytical form of Lennard Jones (LJ6 - 12). The potential energy surfaces of the Li2 +(X2Σ+ g )Xe n ( n = 1-6) clusters are performed for a fixed distance of the Li2 +(X2Σ+ g ) alkali dimer, its equilibrium distance. They are used to extract information on the stability of the Li2 +(X2Σ+ g Xe n ( n = 1-6) clusters. For each n, the stability of the different isomers is examined by comparing their potential energy surfaces. Moreover, we have determined the quantum energies ( D 0), the zero-point-energies (ZPE) and the ZPE%. To our best knowledge, there are neither experimental nor theoretical works realized for the Li2 +(X2Σ+ g Xe n ( n = 1-6) clusters, our results are presented for the first time.

  4. A correlated ab initio study of the A2 pi <-- X2 sigma+ transition in MgCCH

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    Woon, D. E.

    1997-01-01

    The A2 pi <-- X2 sigma+ transition in MgCCH was studied with correlation consistent basis sets and single- and multireference correlation methods. The A2 pi excited state was characterized in detail; the x2 sigma+ ground state has been described elsewhere recently. The estimated complete basis set (CBS) limits for valence correlation, including zero-point energy corrections, are 22668, 23191, and 22795 for the RCCSD(T), MRCI, and MRCI + Q methods, respectively. A core-valence correction of +162 cm-1 shifts the RCCSD(T) value to 22830 cm-1, in good agreement with the experimental result of 22807 cm-1.

  5. Statistical parameters for resource evaluation of geochemical data from the Ajo 1 degree x 2 degrees Quadrangle, Arizona

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    Theobald, P.K.; Barton, Harlan N.

    1983-01-01

    Statistical data are presented from a regional geochemical study of the Ajo 1? X 2? quadrangle exclusive of the Papago Indian Reservation, but including the extension of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument into the Lukeville 1? X 2? quadrangle. Frequency distribution data from the analysis of stream-sediment and heavy-mineral-concentrate samples for 31 elements have broad ranges and for most elements have maxima well above normal. Elemental associations derived from correlation and R-mode factor analysis related to regional lithologic variation and for some associations suggest mineral-resource potential.

  6. Antibiotics production by an actinomycete isolated from the termite gut.

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    Matsui, Toru; Tanaka, Junichi; Namihira, Tomoyuki; Shinzato, Naoya

    2012-12-01

    As well as the search for new antibiotics, a new resource or strains for the known antibiotics is also important. Microbial symbionts in the gut of termites could be regarded as one of the feasible resource for such purpose. In this study, antibiotic-producing actinomycetes were screened from symbionts of the termite gut. 16SrRNA sequence analysis for the 10 isolates revealed that they belong to actinomycetes such as Streptomyces sp., Kitasatospora sp., and Mycobacterium sp. A culture broth from one of the isolate, namely strain CA1, belonging to the genera Streptomyces exhibited antagonistic activity against actinomycetes (Micrococcus spp.), gram-positive bacteria (Bacillus spp.), and yeast (Candida spp.). The structures of 2 compounds isolated from the culture broth of the strain CA1 were identified as those of actinomycin X2 and its analog, D. This study is the first to report that some symbionts of the termite gut are antibiotic-producing actinomycetes, and suggest that the termite gut is a feasible resource for bioprospecting. PMID:22359219

  7. Hydrogen bridging in the compounds X2H (X=Al,Si,P,S)

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    Owens, Zachary T.; Larkin, Joseph D.; Schaefer, Henry F.

    2006-10-01

    X2H hydrides (X =Al, Si, P, and S) have been investigated using coupled cluster theory with single, double, and triple excitations, the latter incorporated as a perturbative correction [CCSD(T)]. These were performed utilizing a series of correlation-consistent basis sets augmented with diffuse functions (aug-cc-pVXZ, X =D, T, and Q). Al2H and Si2H are determined to have H-bridged C2v structures in their ground states: the Al2H ground state is of B12 symmetry with an Al-H-Al angle of 87.6°, and the Si2H ground state is of A12 symmetry with a Si-H-Si angle of 79.8°. However, P2H and S2H have nonbridged, bent Cs structures: the P2H ground state is of A'2 symmetry with a P-P-H angle of 97.0°, and the S2H ground state is of A'2 symmetry with a S-S-H angle of 93.2°. Ground state geometries, vibrational frequencies, and electron affinities have been computed at all levels of theory. Our CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVQZ adiabatic electron affinity of 2.34eV for the Si2H radical is in excellent agreement with the photoelectron spectroscopy experiments of Xu et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 108, 7645 (1998)], where the electron affinity was determined to be 2.31±0.01eV.

  8. Marble Canyon 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS area Arizona: data report

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    Heffner, J.D.

    1980-07-01

    Results of ground water and stream/surface sediment reconnaissance (HSSR) in the National Topographic Map Series (NTMS) Marble Canyon 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle are presented. The target sampling density for all media collected was one site per 12 square kilometers. This resulted in 884 sediment samples being collected; however, dry conditions and sparse population resulted in the collection of only 2 ground water samples. Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and much Indian tribal land in the southern half of the quadrangle were not sampled. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) results are given for uranium and 16 other elements in sediments, and for uranium and 9 other elements in ground water. Mass spectrometry results are given for helium in ground water. Field measurements for sediment samples are presented in tables and maps. Statistical summaries of data and a brief description of results are given. A generalized geologic map and a summary of the geology of the area are included. Data from ground water include: water chemistry measurements (pH, conductivity, and alkalinity); physical measurements (water temperature, and scintillometer readings); and elemental analyses (U, Al, Br, Cl, Dy, F, He, Mg, Mn, Na, and V). Data from sediment sites include: water chemistry measurements (where available) for pH, conductivity, and alkalinity; and elemental analyses(U, Th, Hf, Al, Ce, Dy, Eu, Fe, La, Lu, Mn, Sc, Sm, Na, Ti, V, and Yb). Sample site descriptors (stream characteristics, vegetation, etc.) are also tabulated. Histograms, cumulative frequency, and areal distribution plots for most elements; Log U/Th, Log U/Hf, and Log U/(Th + Hf) ratios; and scintillometer readings are included.

  9. Ritzville 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS area, Washington: data report

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    Bennett, C.B.

    1980-07-01

    This data report presents results of ground water and stream/surface sediment reconnaissance in the National Topographic Map Series (NTMS) Ritzville 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle. Surface samples (sediment) were collected from 1063 sites. The target sampling density was one site per 20 square kilometers (eight square miles). Dry conditions contributed to the relatively small number (109) of surface water samples collected. Ground water samples were collected at 830 sites. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) results are given for uranium and 16 other elements in sediments, and for uranium and 9 other elements in ground water. Mass spectrometry results are given for helium in ground water. Field measurements and observations are reported for each site. Analytical data and field measurements are presented in tables and maps. Statistical summaries of data and a brief description of results are given. A generalized geologic map and a summary of the geology of the area are included. Data from ground water sites include: (1) water chemistry measurements (pH, conductivity, and alkalinity); (2) physical measurements where applicable (water temperature, well description, and scintillometer reading); and (3) elemental analyses (U, Al, Br, Cl, Dy, F, He, Mg, Mn, Na, and V). Data from sediment sites include: (1) stream water chemistry measurements where applicable (pH, conductivity, and alkalinity); and (2) elemental analyses for sediment samples (U, Th, Hf, Al,Ce, Dy, Eu, Fe, La, Lu, Mn, Sc, Sm, Na, Ti, V, and Yb). Sample site descriptors (stream characteristics, vegetation, etc.) are also tabulatd. Areal distribution maps, histograms, and cumulative frequency plots for most elements; U/Th, U/Hf, and Th/La ratios; and scintillometer readings for sediment samples are included on the microfiche.

  10. Elko 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS area: Nevada and Utah. Data report

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    Fay, W.M.

    1980-07-01

    Results of ground water and surface sediment reconnaissance in the National Topographic Map Series (NTMS) Elko 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle are presented. The target sampling density was one site per 12 square kilometers. This resulted in 1713 sediment samples being collected; however, dry conditions and sparce population contributed to the relatively small number of ground water (154) samples collected. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) results are given for uranium and 16 other elements in sediments, and for uranium and 9 other elements in ground water. Mass spectrometry results are given for helium in ground water. Field measurements and observations are reported for each site. Analytical data and field measurements are presented in tables and maps. Statistical summaries of data and a brief description of results are given. A generalized geologic map and a summary of the geology of the area are included. Data from ground water sites include (1) water chemistry measurements (pH, conductivity, and alkalinity), (2) physical measurements where applicable (water temperature, well description, and scintillometer reading), and (3) elemental analyses (U, Al, Br, Cl, Dy, F, He, Mg, Mn, Na, and V). Data from sediment sites include (1) stream water chemistry measurements (where available) for pH, conductivity, and alkalinity, and (2) elemental analyses (U, Th, Hf, Al, Ce, Dy, Eu, Fe, La, Lu, Mn, Sc, Sm, Na, Ti, V, and Yb). Sample site descriptors (coordinates, vegetation, etc.) are also tabulated. Areal distribution maps, histograms, and cumulative frequency plots for most elements, U/Th and U/Hf ratios, and scintillometer readings for sediment samples are included.

  11. Thermoelectric power of Ba(Fe1-x Co x )2As2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.05) and Ba(Fe1-x Rh x )2As2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.171)

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    Hodovanets, Halyna; Thaler, Alex; Mun, Eundeok; Ni, Ni; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2013-02-01

    Temperature-dependent, in-plane, thermoelectric power data are presented for single crystals of Ba(Fe1-x Co x )2As2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.05) and Ba(Fe1-x Rh x )2As2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.171). Given that previous thermoelectric power and angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies of Ba(Fe1-x Co x )2As2 delineated a rather large Co-concentration range for Lifshitz transitions to occur, and the underdoped side of the phase diagram is poorly explored, new measurements of thermoelectric power on tightly spaced concentrations of Co, 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.05, were carried out. The data suggest evidence of a Lifshitz transition, but instead of a discontinuous jump in thermoelectric power in the range 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.05, a more gradual evolution in the S(T) plots as x is increased was observed. The thermoelectric power data of Ba(Fe1-x Rh x )2As2 show very similar behavior to that of Co substituted BaFe2As2. The previously outlined T-x phase diagrams for both systems are further confirmed by these thermoelectric power data.

  12. OH/A 2 Sigma + - X 2 Pi sub i/ yield from H2O photodissociation in 1050-1370 A

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    Lee, L. C.

    1980-01-01

    The cross section and quantum yield for the production of the OH(A 2 Sigma + - X 2 Pi sub i) emission from H2O photodissociation by synchrotron radiation in the region 1050-1370 A are determined. Measurements of the photoemission and photoabsorption cross sections obtained for incident radiation bandwidths of 2 A reveal different vibrational structures in the range 1250-1370 A, and the photoemission is attributed to the 3a1-4a1 valence and 3a1-3sa1 Rydberg transitions. Photoemission quantum yields determined from the ratio of photoemission to photoabsorption cross sections are found to increase sharply at a threshold of 1362-5 A to a peak of 11% at 1300 A, then to decrease slowly with decreasing wavelength. Implications of the results for the dissociation processes of H2O are considered.

  13. Theoretical insight into the interaction between SnX2 (X = H, F, Cl, Br, I) and benzene.

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    Matczak, Piotr

    2016-09-01

    For a series of five model complexes composed of a singlet SnX2 molecule (X = H, F, Cl, Br, I) and a benzene molecule, the first-principles calculations of their energetics and the analysis of their electron density topology have been performed. The CCSD(T)/CBS interaction energy between SnX2 and C6H6 fall into the range between -10.0 and -11.2 kcal/mol, which indicates that the complexes are rather weakly bound. The relevant role of electrostatic and dispersion contributions to the interaction energy between SnX2 and C6H6 is highlighted in the results obtained from the symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT). The electron density topological analysis has been carried out using the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) and the noncovalent interactions (NCI) visualization index. Both QTAIM and NCI prove the closed-shell, noncovalent and attractive character of the interaction. A very small charge transfer from C6H6 to SnX2 has been detected. The formation of the five complexes is accompanied by the electron density deformations that are spatially restricted mostly to the region around the Sn atom and its adjacent C atom. The results presented in this work shed some light on the nature of the interactions associated with crystalline structural motifs involving low-valent tin complexed with neutral aryl rings. PMID:27525639

  14. Optical Stark Spectroscopy of the tilde{A}2Π- tilde{X}2Σ+ Band of BaOH

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    Frey, Sarah E.; Steimle, Timothy C.

    2011-06-01

    Transitions of the tilde{A}2Π- tilde{X}2Σ+ band system of barium monohydroxide, BaOH, were observed and recorded from 11483-11485 Cm-1 and 12041-12044 Cm-1. The features were readily identified using the results of the Doppler-limited measurements. The laser induced fluorescence (LIF) spectrum was analyzed to give optimized field-free excited state parameters. The parameters for the tilde{X}2Σ+ state were constrained to the previously determined values. The permanent electric dipole moments for the tilde{X}2Σ+ and tilde{A}2Π states have been determined from the analysis of the optical Stark spectra for the R21(0.5), Q21(1.5), and R2(0.5) lines. The obtained values were μ(tilde{X}2Σ+)= 1.426(38)D and μ(tilde{A}2Π)= 0.477(7) D. The results are compared with predicted values from semi-empirical models and those for CaOH and SrOH. J. G. Wang, J. D. Tandy and P. F. Bernath J. Mol. Spectrosc. 252, 31 (2008) M. A. Anderson, M. D. Allen, W. L. Barclay, Jr, and L. M. Ziurys Chem. Phys. Lett 205, 415 (1993) T. C. Steimle, D. A. Fletcher, K. Y. Jung and C. T. Scurlock J. Chem. Phys. 96, 2556 (1992).

  15. Regulation of the desensitization and ion selectivity of ATP-gated P2X2 channels by phosphoinositides.

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    Fujiwara, Yuichiro; Kubo, Yoshihiro

    2006-10-01

    Phosphoinositides (PIP(n)s) are known to regulate the activity of some ion channels. Here we determined that ATP-gated P2X(2) channels also are regulated by PIP(n)s, and investigated the structural background and the unique features of this regulation. We initially used two-electrode voltage clamp to analyse the electrophysiological properties of P2X(2) channels expressed in Xenopus oocytes, and observed that preincubation with wortmannin or LY294002, two PI3K inhibitors, accelerated channel desensitization. K365Q or K369Q mutation of the conserved, positively charged, amino acid residues in the proximal region of the cytoplasmic C-terminal domain also accelerated desensitization, whereas a K365R or K369R mutation did not. We observed that the permeability of the channel to N-methyl-d-glucamine (NMDG) transiently increased and then decreased after ATP application, and that the speed of the decrease was accelerated by K365Q or K369Q mutation or PI3K inhibition. Using GST-tagged recombinant proteins spanning the proximal C-terminal region, we then analysed their binding of the P2X(2) cytoplasmic domain to anionic lipids using PIP(n)s-coated nitrocellulose membranes. We found that the recombinant proteins that included the positively charged region bound to PIPs and PIP(2)s, and that this binding was eliminated by the K365Q and K369Q mutations. We also used a fluorescence assay to confirm that fusion proteins comprising the proximal C-terminal region of P2X(2) with EGFP expressed in COS-7 cells closely associated with the membrane. Taken together, these results show that membrane-bound PIP(n)s play a key role in maintaining channel activity and regulating pore dilation through electrostatic interaction with the proximal region of the P2X(2) cytoplasmic C-terminal domain. PMID:16857707

  16. Oxidation-resistant, solution-processed plasmonic Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) selective solar thermal absorbers

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    Yu, Xiaobai; Wang, Xiaoxin; Zhang, Qinglin; Li, Juchuan; Liu, Jifeng

    2014-08-01

    Metal oxidation at high temperatures has long been a challenge in cermet solar thermal absorbers, which impedes the development of atmospherically stable, high-temperature, high-performance concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. In this work, we demonstrate solution-processed Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) and Ni nanochain-SiO2 selective solar thermal absorbers that exhibit a strong anti-oxidation behavior up to 600 °C in air. The thermal stability is far superior to previously reported Ni nanoparticle-Al2O3 selective solar thermal absorbers, which readily oxidize at 450 °C. The SiOx (x < 2) and SiO2 matrices are derived from hydrogen silsesquioxane and tetraethyl orthosilicate precursors, respectively, which comprise Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows that the dissociation of Si-O cage-like structures and Si-O networks at high temperatures have enabled the formation of new bonds at the Ni/SiOx interface to passivate the surface of Ni nanoparticles and prevent oxidation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy demonstrate that the excess Si in the SiOx (x < 2) matrices reacts with Ni nanostructures to form silicides at the interfaces, which further improves the anti-oxidation properties. As a result, Ni-SiOx (x < 2) systems demonstrate better anti-oxidation performance than Ni-SiO2 systems. This oxidation-resistant Ni nanochain-SiOx (x < 2) cermet coating also exhibits excellent high-temperature optical performance, with a high solar absorptance of ˜90% and a low emittance ˜18% measured at 300 °C. These results open the door towards atmospheric stable, high temperature, high-performance solar selective absorber coatings processed by low-cost solution-chemical methods for future generations of CSP systems.

  17. Geologic map of outcrop areas of sedimentary units in the eastern part of the Hailey 1 degree x 2 degrees quadrangle and part of the southern part of the Challis 1 degree x 2 degrees quadrangle, south-central Idaho

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    Link, P.K.; Mahoney, J.B.; Bruner, D.J.; Batatian, L.D.; Wilson, Eric; Williams, F.J.C.

    1995-01-01

    The paper version of the Geologic map of outcrop areas of sedimentary units in the eastern part of the Hailey 1x2 Quadrangle and part of the southern part of the Challis 1x2 Quadrangle, south-central Idaho was compiled by Paul Link and others in 1995. The plate was compiled on a 1:100,000 scale topographic base map. TechniGraphic System, Inc. of Fort Collins Colorado digitized this map under contract for N.Shock. G.Green edited and prepared the digital version for publication as a GIS database. The digital geologic map database can be queried in many ways to produce a variety of geologic maps.

  18. Silicene/germanene on MgX2 (X = Cl, Br, and I) for Li-ion battery applications

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    Zhu, Jiajie; Chroneos, Alexander; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2016-03-01

    Silicene is a promising electrode material for Li-ion batteries due to its high Li capacity and low Li diffusion barrier. Germanene is expected to show a similar performance due to its analogous structural and electronic properties. However, the performance of both the materials will be determined by the substrate, since freestanding configurations are unstable. We propose Si/MgX2 and Ge/MgX2 (X = Cl, Br, and I) as suitable hybrid structures, based on first-principles calculations. We find that Li will not cluster and that the Li capacity is very high (443 and 279 mA h g-1 for silicene and germanene on MgCl2, respectively). Sandwich structures can be used to further enhance the performance. Low diffusion barriers of less than 0.3 eV are predicted for all the hybrid structures.

  19. The rotational spectrum of the NH+ radical in its X 2Pi and a 4Sigma- states.

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    Hübers, Heinz-Wilhelm; Evenson, Kenneth M; Hill, Christian; Brown, John M

    2009-07-21

    Transitions between the spin-rotational levels of the (14)NH(+) radical in the v = 0 levels of its X (2)Pi and a (4)Sigma(-) states have been studied by the technique of laser magnetic resonance at far-infrared wavelengths. The data have been combined with a previous zero-field measurement of the J = 1 1/2 - 1/2 transition frequencies at 1.01 THz to determine a much improved set of molecular parameters for NH(+) in the X (2)Pi state; the major parameters for the a (4)Sigma(-) state have also been determined. A full determination of the hyperfine parameters for both (14)N and (1)H nuclei has been achieved for the first time. Accurate predictions of the transition frequencies between the low-lying levels of the radical in the absence of a magnetic field have also been made, including lambda-doubling frequencies for use by radio astronomers. PMID:19624201

  20. Silicene/germanene on MgX2 (X = Cl, Br, and I) for Li-ion battery applications.

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    Zhu, Jiajie; Chroneos, Alexander; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2016-03-24

    Silicene is a promising electrode material for Li-ion batteries due to its high Li capacity and low Li diffusion barrier. Germanene is expected to show a similar performance due to its analogous structural and electronic properties. However, the performance of both the materials will be determined by the substrate, since freestanding configurations are unstable. We propose Si/MgX2 and Ge/MgX2 (X = Cl, Br, and I) as suitable hybrid structures, based on first-principles calculations. We find that Li will not cluster and that the Li capacity is very high (443 and 279 mA h g(-1) for silicene and germanene on MgCl2, respectively). Sandwich structures can be used to further enhance the performance. Low diffusion barriers of less than 0.3 eV are predicted for all the hybrid structures. PMID:26976115

  1. Fourier Transform Spectroscopy of theA2Σ+-X2ΠiTransition of AgO

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    O'Brien, L. C.; Wall, S. J.; Sieber, M. K.

    1997-05-01

    TheA2Σ+-X2Πinear-infrared electronic transition of AgO was observed for the first time. The spectrum was recorded with the high resolution Fourier transform spectrometer associated with the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope at Kitt Peak. The excited AgO molecules were produced in a low pressure silver hollow cathode sputter source. Constants for theA2Σ+state of107AgO and109AgO and improvedX2Πiconstants for107AgO and109AgO are presented. These two states are not a unique perturber pair and they do not follow the pure precession model.

  2. Stabilization of the O p2x2 phase on Cu(001) sheltered by wrinkled BN over-layer

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    Kim, Yong-Sung; Ma, Chuanxu; Li, An-Ping; Yoon, Mina

    The 2 √3x √3R45°phase of oxygen (O) on the Cu(001) surface has been observed in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements. Although the p2x2 phase of O on the Cu(001) surface has been proposed theoretically to be the most stable in O-lean conditions, it has not been observed in experiments for a long time. Recently, the O p2x2 phase has been found in STM on the Cu(001) surface with an overlying BN monolayer. In this theoretical study, we investigate what the role of BN over-layer is to stabilize the O p2x2 phase on the Cu(001) surface. The BN over-layer is lattice-matched with the Cu(001) surface and the BN mono-layer sheet is periodically wrinkled along the BN arm-chair direction and along the [100] or [010] direction on the Cu(001) surface. The interlayer space between the Cu(001) surface and the bulge of the wrinkled BN sheet is found to play as a preferential shelter for O to be adsorbed, and the boundary of the BN inner wall along the [010] or [100] direction makes the p2x2 phase more favorable against the 45°-tilted 2 √3x √3R45°phase of O on the Cu(001) surface. This was supported by Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility, and the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, maaged by UT-Battelle, LLC, for the U. S. DOE.

  3. AF-353, a novel, potent and orally bioavailable P2X3/P2X2/3 receptor antagonist

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    Gever, Joel R; Soto, Rothschild; Henningsen, Robert A; Martin, Renee S; Hackos, David H; Panicker, Sandip; Rubas, Werner; Oglesby, Ian B; Dillon, Michael P; Milla, Marcos E; Burnstock, Geoffrey; Ford, Anthony PDW

    2010-01-01

    Background and purpose: Purinoceptors containing the P2X3 subunit (P2X3 homotrimeric and P2X2/3 heterotrimeric) are members of the P2X family of ion channels gated by ATP and may participate in primary afferent sensitization in a variety of pain-related diseases. The current work describes the in vitro pharmacological characteristics of AF-353, a novel, orally bioavailable, highly potent and selective P2X3/P2X2/3 receptor antagonist. Experimental approach: The antagonistic potencies (pIC50) of AF-353 for rat and human P2X3 and human P2X2/3 receptors were determined using methods of radioligand binding, intracellular calcium flux and whole cell voltage-clamp electrophysiology. Key results: The pIC50 estimates for these receptors ranged from 7.3 to 8.5, while concentrations 300-fold higher had little or no effect on other P2X channels or on an assortment of receptors, enzymes and transporter proteins. In contrast to A-317491 and TNP-ATP, competition binding and intracellular calcium flux experiments suggested that AF-353 inhibits activation by ATP in a non-competitive fashion. Favourable pharmacokinetic parameters were observed in rat, with good oral bioavailability (%F = 32.9), reasonable half-life (t1/2 = 1.63 h) and plasma-free fraction (98.2% protein bound). Conclusions and implications: The combination of a favourable pharmacokinetic profile with the antagonist potency and selectivity for P2X3 and P2X2/3 receptors suggests that AF-353 is an excellent in vivo tool compound for study of these channels in animal models and demonstrates the feasibility of identifying and optimizing molecules into potential clinical candidates, and, ultimately, into a novel class of therapeutics for the treatment of pain-related disorders. PMID:20590629

  4. Theoretical study of the dipole moment function of the X2Sigma(+) state of CN. [in comets

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    Langhoff, Stephen R.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    The X2Sigma(+) state dipole moment function of CN is determined from accurate ab initio calculations. The calculated Einstein coefficient of 13.0 /s for the fundamental 1-0 vibrational band is in excellent agreement with the value measured by Treffers (1975) using a King furnace. The theoretical vibrational band strengths should be valuable in interpreting the fluorescence spectrum of CN in comets.

  5. Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Aggregated (Bi1- x Sb x )2Te3 Nanoparticles Using 3 ω Method

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    Nishino, Shunsuke; Koyano, Mikio; Ohdaira, Keisuke

    2015-06-01

    Using the 3 ω method based on the two heat flow model, the thermal conductivity of as-dried and thermally treated samples of (Bi1- x Sb x )2Te3 inks in the form of aggregated nanoparticles was measured. For the as-dried sample, κ sample was 0.2 W K-1 m-1 to 0.3 W K-1 m-1. That of the thermally treated sample was 0.4 W K-1 m-1 to 0.7 W K-1 m-1. Organic solvent remained in the as-dried sample, covering the (Bi1- x Sb x )2Te3 nanoparticles. In the region where organic solvent remained between the nanoparticles, heat flow was impeded because the thermal conductivity of the organic solvent is lower than that of the (Bi1- x Sb x )2Te3 nanoparticles. However, in the thermally treated sample, the organic solvent evaporated and the nanoparticles grew due to the effects of the thermal treatment process. In this case, factors impeding heat flow, such as the interfacial thermal resistance between the particles, were limited. Therefore, this difference in κ sample, which is consistent with the grain growth as ascertained from powder x-ray diffraction measurements, can be attributed to the evaporation of the organic solvent.

  6. Probing the electronic structures of low oxidation-state uranium fluoride molecules UFx- (x = 2-4)

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    Li, Wei-Li; Hu, Han-Shi; Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary V.; Su, Jing; Li, Jun; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2013-12-28

    We report the experimental observation of gaseous UFx- (x = 2-4) anions, which are investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and relativistic quantum chemistry. Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra are obtained for all three species and the electron affinities of UFx (x = 2-4) are measured to be 1.16(3), 1.09(3), and 1.58(3) eV, respectively. Significant multi-electron transitions are observed in the photoelectron spectra of U(5f37s2)F2-, as a result of strong electron correlation effects of the two 7s electrons. The U-F symmetric stretching vibrational modes are resolved for the ground states of all UFx (x = 2-4) neutrals. Theoretical calculations are performed to qualitatively understand the photoelectron spectra. The entire UFx- and UFx (x = 1-6) series are considered theoretically to examine the trends of U-F bonding and the electron affinities as a function of fluorine coordination. The increased U-F bond lengths and decreased bond orders from UF2- to UF4- indicate that the U-F bonding becomes weaker as the oxidation state of U increases from I to III.

  7. Probing the electronic structures of low oxidation-state uranium fluoride molecules UFx- (x=2-4)

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    Li, Wei-Li; Hu, Hanshi; Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary V.; Su, Jing; Li, Jun; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2013-12-28

    We report the experimental observation of gaseous UFx- (x = 2-4) anions, which are investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and relativistic quantum chemistry. Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra are obtained for all three species and the electron affinities of UFx (x = 2-4) are measured to be 1.16(3), 1.09(3), and 1.58(3) eV, respectively. Significant multi-electron transitions are observed in the photoelectron spectra of U(5f(3)7s(2)) F-2(-), as a result of strong electron correlation effects of the two 7s electrons. The U-F symmetric stretching vibrational modes are resolved for the ground states of all UFx (x = 2-4) neutrals. Theoretical calculations are performed to qualitatively understand the photoelectron spectra. The entire UFx- and UFx (x = 1-6) series are considered theoretically to examine the trends of U-F bonding and the electron affinities as a function of fluorine coordination. The increased U-F bond lengths and decreased bond orders from UF2- to UF4- indicate that the U-F bonding becomes weaker as the oxidation state of U increases from I to III. (C) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC.

  8. Probing the electronic structures of low oxidation-state uranium fluoride molecules UF(x)- (x = 2-4).

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    Li, Wei-Li; Hu, Han-Shi; Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary V; Su, Jing; Li, Jun; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2013-12-28

    We report the experimental observation of gaseous UF(x)(-) (x = 2-4) anions, which are investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and relativistic quantum chemistry. Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra are obtained for all three species and the electron affinities of UF(x) (x = 2-4) are measured to be 1.16(3), 1.09(3), and 1.58(3) eV, respectively. Significant multi-electron transitions are observed in the photoelectron spectra of U(5f(3)7s(2))F2(-), as a result of strong electron correlation effects of the two 7s electrons. The U-F symmetric stretching vibrational modes are resolved for the ground states of all UF(x) (x = 2-4) neutrals. Theoretical calculations are performed to qualitatively understand the photoelectron spectra. The entire UF(x)(-) and UF(x) (x = 1-6) series are considered theoretically to examine the trends of U-F bonding and the electron affinities as a function of fluorine coordination. The increased U-F bond lengths and decreased bond orders from UF2(-) to UF4(-) indicate that the U-F bonding becomes weaker as the oxidation state of U increases from I to III. PMID:24387366

  9. Antitumour Metallocenes: Effect of DMSO on the Stability of Cp2TiX2 and Implications for Anticancer Activity

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    Mokdsi, George

    1998-01-01

    The rate of hydrolysis of the aromatic rings of Cp2TiX2 [X = CI 1, O2CCCl3 8 and O2CCH2NH3Cl 13], in aqueous solutions, 10%DMSO and 100% DMSO have been studied by 1H NMR spectroscopy. Rapid hydrolysis of both the carboxylate and cyclopentadienyl ligands in Cp2TiX2[X = O2CCCl3,O2CCH2NH3Cl] occurs in DMSO to give biologically inactive species. The rate of these reactions are concentration dependent as dilution of these samples with saline or water to give the therapeutic conditions of 10%DMSO/90%H2O slows the hydrolysis chemistry. In contrast, samples of Cp2TiX2 [X = CI 1, O2CCH2NH3Cl13 ], dissolved in water give solutions containing the presumed antitumour active species in which the halide or glycine ligands have been hydrolysed but the Cp rings remain metal bound. PMID:18475845

  10. Biodegradation of C.I. Acid Red 1 by indigenous bacteria Stenotrophomonas sp. BHUSSp X2 isolated from dye contaminated soil.

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    Kumari, Lata; Tiwary, Dhanesh; Mishra, Pradeep Kumar

    2016-03-01

    A significant proportion of xenobiotic recalcitrant azo dyes are being released in environment during carpet dyeing. The bacterial strain Stenotrophomonas sp. BHUSSp X2 was isolated from dye contaminated soil of carpet industry, Bhadohi, India. The isolated bacterial strain was identified morphologically, biochemically, and on the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence. The isolate decolorized 97 % of C.I. Acid Red 1 (Acid RED G) at the concentration of 200 mg/l within 6 h under optimum static conditions (temperature -35 °C, pH 8, and initial cell concentration 7 × 10(7) cell/ml). Drastic reduction in dye degradation rate was observed beyond initial dye concentration from 500 mg/l (90 %), and it reaches to 25 % at 1000 mg/l under same set of conditions. The analysis related to decolorization and degradation was done using UV-Vis spectrophotometer, HPLC, and FTIR, whereas the GC-MS technique was utilized for the identification of degradation products. Phytotoxicity analysis revealed that degradation products are less toxic as compared to the original dye. PMID:25813637

  11. ConnectX-2 CORE-Direct Enabled Asynchronous Broadcast Collective Communications

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    Gorentla Venkata, Manjunath; Graham, Richard L; Ladd, Joshua S; Shamis, Pavel; Rabinovitz, Ishai; Filipov, Vasily; Shainer, Gilad

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes the design and implementation of InfiniBand (IB) CORE-Direct based blocking and nonblocking broadcast operations within the Cheetah collective operation framework. It describes a novel approach that fully ofFLoads collective operations and employs only user-supplied buffers. For a 64 rank communicator, the latency of CORE-Direct based hierarchical algorithm is better than production-grade Message Passing Interface (MPI) implementations, 150% better than the default Open MPI algorithm and 115% better than the shared memory optimized MVAPICH implementation for a one kilobyte (KB) message, and for eight mega-bytes (MB) it is 48% and 64% better, respectively. Flat-topology broadcast achieves 99.9% overlap in a polling based communication-computation test, and 95.1% overlap for a wait based test, compared with 92.4% and 17.0%, respectively, for a similar Central Processing Unit (CPU) based implementation.

  12. P2X2 Receptor Terminal Field Demarcates a "Transition Zone" for Gustatory and Mechanosensory Processing in the Mouse Nucleus Tractus Solitarius.

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    Breza, Joseph M; Travers, Susan P

    2016-07-01

    Peripheral gustatory neurons express P2X2 purinergic receptors and terminate in the rostral portion of the nucleus tractus solitarius (rNTS), but a relationship between the P2X2 terminal field and taste evoked activity has not been established. Additionally, a portion of somatosensory neurons from the trigeminal nerve, which are devoid of P2X2 expression, also terminate in the lateral rNTS. We hypothesized that P2X2 receptor expression on afferent nerve endings could be used as an anatomical tool for segregating gustatory from mechanosensory responsive regions in the mouse rNTS. C57BL/6 mice were used to record extracellular activity from neurons within the rNTS and the laterally adjacent reticular formation and trigeminal nucleus. Histological reconstruction of electrolytic lesions indicated that gustatory activity coincided with electrode tracks that traversed through P2X2 terminal fields. Gustatory recordings made more rostral in the rNTS had receptive fields located in the anterior oral cavity (AO), whereas gustatory recordings made more caudal in the rNTS had receptive fields located in the posterior oral cavity (PO). Mechanosensory neurons with AO receptive fields were recorded near the lateral border of the P2X2 terminal field and became numerous on electrode tracks made lateral to the P2X2 terminal field. In contrast, mechanosensory responses with PO receptive fields were recorded within the P2X2 terminal field along with gustatory activity and transitioned to mechanosensory only outside the P2X2 terminal field. Collectively, our results indicate that the lateral border of the P2X2 terminal field, demarcates a faithful "transition zone," where AO responses transition from gustatory to mechanosensory. PMID:27131102

  13. Modulation of P2X3 and P2X2/3 Receptors by Monoclonal Antibodies.

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    Shcherbatko, Anatoly; Foletti, Davide; Poulsen, Kris; Strop, Pavel; Zhu, Guoyun; Hasa-Moreno, Adela; Melton Witt, Jody; Loo, Carole; Krimm, Stellanie; Pios, Ariel; Yu, Jessica; Brown, Colleen; Lee, John K; Stroud, Robert; Rajpal, Arvind; Shelton, David

    2016-06-01

    Purinergic homomeric P2X3 and heteromeric P2X2/3 receptors are ligand-gated cation channels activated by ATP. Both receptors are predominantly expressed in nociceptive sensory neurons, and an increase in extracellular ATP concentration under pathological conditions, such as tissue damage or visceral distension, induces channel opening, membrane depolarization, and initiation of pain signaling. Hence, these receptors are considered important therapeutic targets for pain management, and development of selective antagonists is currently progressing. To advance the search for novel analgesics, we have generated a panel of monoclonal antibodies directed against human P2X3 (hP2X3). We have found that these antibodies produce distinct functional effects, depending on the homomeric or heteromeric composition of the target, its kinetic state, and the duration of antibody exposure. The most potent antibody, 12D4, showed an estimated IC50 of 16 nm on hP2X3 after short term exposure (up to 18 min), binding to the inactivated state of the channel to inhibit activity. By contrast, with the same short term application, 12D4 potentiated the slow inactivating current mediated by the heteromeric hP2X2/3 channel. Extending the duration of exposure to ∼20 h resulted in a profound inhibition of both homomeric hP2X3 and heteromeric hP2X2/3 receptors, an effect mediated by efficient antibody-induced internalization of the channel from the plasma membrane. The therapeutic potential of mAb12D4 was assessed in the formalin, complete Freund's adjuvant, and visceral pain models. The efficacy of 12D4 in the visceral hypersensitivity model indicates that antibodies against P2X3 may have therapeutic potential in visceral pain indications. PMID:27129281

  14. Effects of substitution, pressure, and temperature on the phonon mode in layered-rocksalt-type Li(1-x/2)Ga(1-x/2)ZnxO (x = 0.036-0.515) alloys

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    Tan, Lijie; Hu, Qiwei; Lei, Li; Jiang, Xiaodong; Gao, Shangpan; He, Duanwei

    2015-11-01

    ZnO-based semiconductor alloys, Li(1-x/2)Ga(1-x/2)ZnxO (x = 0.036-0.515) with a layered-rocksalt-type structure, have been prepared under high pressure. The composition, pressure, and temperature dependence of phonons have been studied by Raman spectroscopy. We observe two disorder-activated Raman (DAR) modes when the Zn composition x increases: a broad Raman peak at ca. 400 cm-1 and a left-shoulder peak at ca. 530 cm-1 on the low-frequency side of A1g mode at ca. 580 cm-1, which can be explained by reference to the phonon density of states for rocksalt-type ZnO. With the increase of the pressure and temperature, the left-shoulder DAR mode induced by substitution does not change at the same pace with the A1g mode at Brillouin-zone center. We find that ion substitution can be seen as a kind of chemical pressure, and the chemical pressure caused by internal substitution and the physical pressure caused by external compression have equivalent effects on the shortening of correlation length, the distortion of crystal lattice, and the change of atomic occupation.

  15. Evaluation of thermal stability in Li0.2NixMn(1-x)/2Co(1-x)/2O2 (x = 1/3, 0.6, and 0.8) through X-ray absorption fine structure

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    Konishi, Hiroaki; Yoshikawa, Masanori; Hirano, Tatsumi; Hidaka, Kishio

    2014-05-01

    High-Ni-content layer-structured cathode materials for lithium-ion secondary batteries have high capacity but they suffer from poor thermal stability. We studied the mechanism responsible for their thermal stability to make them more stable. We used X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectra to clarify the changes in the oxidation states and the local structures for each transition metal in Li0.2NixMn(1-x)/2Co(1-x)/2O2 (x = 1/3, 0.6, and 0.8) at high temperature. The X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra indicated that the oxidation state of Ni and Co changed due to heating. Although, pre-edge of XANES spectra indicated that the occupation sites of Co ions changed from octahedral to tetrahedral, Mn ions remained in the octahedral sites at high temperature. The extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) results supported the change in the occupation sites of Co and Mn ions due to heating. It can be concluded that Co and Mn affected thermal stability of those Ni-based cathode materials differently. The Co ions migrated from octahedral to tetrahedral sites, and they stably occupy tetrahedral sites. Hence, so the structural change from spinel to rock-salt is suppressed. The oxidation state of Mn is stable and remains unchanged in layer structure at high temperature.

  16. Helium concentrations in soil gas of the Ely and Delta 1 degree x 2 degrees quadrangles. Basin and Range Province

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    Reimer, G.M.; Bowles, C.G.

    1983-01-01

    A reconnaissance soil-gas helium survey was made of the Ely, Nevada and Delta, Utah 1? x 2? quadrangles in the Basin and Range Province. Helium concentrations in 510 samples ranged from -147 to 441 ppb He with respect to ambient air. The median helium value for the study area was 36 ppb. Concentrations of more than 100 ppb He, and less than -20 ppb He, occur more commonly in the Ely Quadrangle and are especially numerous in the western one-half of this quadrangle. The data are presented both in figures and tables, and some of the geologic factors that may affect the helium distribution are discussed.

  17. Lewiston 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS area Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont: supplemental data report

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    Cook, J.R.

    1981-08-01

    This data report presents supplemental analytical results for 1168 stream sediment samples that were collected as part of the SRL-NURE reconnaissance in the National Topographic Map Series (NTMS) Lewiston 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle. Results are reported for 23 elements (extractable, U, Ag, As, Ba, Be, Ca, Co, Cr, Cu, K, Li, Mg, Mo, Nb, Ni, P, Pb, Se, Sn, Sr, W, Y, and Zn). Analyses are tabulated and displayed graphically on microfiche. Field data and neutron activation analysis (NAA) were open-filed in DPST-80-146-18 (GJBX-14(81)).

  18. Photofraction of a 5 cm x 2 cm BGO scintillator. [bismuth germanate crystal for use in cosmic gamma ray detector

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    Dunphy, P. P.; Forrest, D. J.

    1985-01-01

    The photofraction of a 5.1 cm x 2.0 cm bismuth germanate (BGO) scintillator was measured over a gamma-ray energy range of 0.2 to 6.1 MeV. Several methods, used to minimize the effect of room scattering on the measurement, are discussed. These include a gamma-gamma coincidence technique, a beta-gamma coincidence technique, and the use of sources calibrated with a standard 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm sodium iodide scintillator.

  19. Calcium permeability and block at homomeric and heteromeric P2X2 and P2X3 receptors, and P2X receptors in rat nodose neurones

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    Virginio, Caterina; North, R A; Surprenant, Annmarie

    1998-01-01

    Whole-cell recordings were made from HEK 293 (human embryonic kidney) cells stably transfected with cDNAs encoding P2X2, P2X3 or both receptors (P2X2/3) and from cultured rat nodose neurones. Nodose neurones all showed immunoreactivity for both P2X2 and P2X3, but not P2X1, receptors. Reversal potentials were measured in extracellular sodium, N-methyl-D-glucamine (NMDG) and NMDG containing 5 mM Ca2+; the values were used to compute relative permeabilities (PNMDG/PNa and PCa/PNa). PNMDG/PNa was not different for P2X2, P2X2/3 and nodose neurones (0.03) but was significantly higher (0.07) for P2X3 receptors. PCa/PNa was not different among P2X3, P2X2/3 and nodose neurones (1.2-1.5) but was significantly higher (2.5) for P2X2 receptors. External Ca2+ inhibited purinoceptor currents with half-maximal concentrations of 5 mM at the P2X2 receptor, 89 mM at the P2X3 receptor and 15 mM at both the P2X2/3 heteromeric receptor and nodose neurones. In each case, the inhibition was voltage independent and was overcome by increasing concentrations of agonist. These results may indicate that Ca2+ permeability of the heteromeric (P2X2/3) channel is dominated by that of the P2X3 subunit, while Ca2+ block of the receptor involves both P2X2 and P2X3 subunits. The correspondence in properties between P2X2/3 receptors and nodose ganglion neurones further supports the conclusion that the native α,β-methylene ATP-sensitive receptor is a P2X2/3 heteromultimer. PMID:9625864

  20. Identification and characterization of ATP-gated P2X2 receptor gene dominantly expressed in the Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) head kidney macrophages.

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    Li, Shuo; Chen, Xiaoli; Hao, Gaixiang; Geng, Xuyun; Zhan, Wenbin; Sun, Jinsheng

    2016-07-01

    P2X2 receptor (P2X2R) belongs to the family of purinergic receptors that have been shown to play important roles in regulating host innate immune response. Although the immunologic significance of P2X2R has been studied in mammals, the presence and immune relevance of P2X2R in fish remains unclear. In this study we extended our previous observations by identifying and characterizing a P2X2R ortholog (termed PoP2X2R) from Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). Quantitative real-time PCR analysis revealed that PoP2X2R mRNA transcripts are widely distributed in all examined normal tissues and are dominantly expressed in hepatopancreas tissue. In addition, we for the first time showed that multiple P2XR subtypes, including P2X2R, P2X4R and P2X7R are co-expressed in the Japanese flounder head kidney macrophages (HKMs) and peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs), indicating that they may assemble into hetero-receptor complex or interact in the form of homotrimers to trigger diverse purinergic signaling in the Japanese flounder immune cells. Compared with the known Japanese flounder P2X4 and P2X7 receptors, however, PoP2X2R is much more abundantly expressed in the Japanese flounder HKM cells, suggesting that PoP2X2R may play an important role in this type of immune cells. Glycosylation and immunohistochemistry analyses revealed that PoP2X2R is a glycoprotein expressed on the plasma membrane. Immune challenges experiments showed that PoP2X2R was significantly induced by LPS, poly(I:C) and zymosan stimulations in the HKM and PBL cells, and by Edwardsiella tarda infections in spleen and gill tissues as well. Taken together, we have identified and characterized a new P2X2R member that is involved in fish innate immune response. PMID:27103003

  1. Strain-induced giant second-harmonic generation in monolayered 2H-MoX2 (X = S, Se, Te)

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    Rhim, S. H.; Kim, Yong Soo; Freeman, A. J.

    2015-12-01

    Dynamic second-order nonlinear susceptibilities, χ(2)(2 ω,ω,ω)≡χ(2)(ω) , are calculated here within a fully first-principles scheme for monolayered molybdenum dichalcogenides, 2H-MoX2 (X = S, Se, and Te). The absolute values of χ(2)(ω) across the three chalcogens critically depend on the band gap energies upon uniform strain, yielding the highest χ(2)(0 )˜140 pm/V for MoTe2 in the static limit. Under this uniform in-plane stress, 2H-MoX2 can undergo direct-to-indirect transition of band gaps, which in turn substantially affects χ(2)(ω) . The tunability of χ(2)(ω) by either compressive or tensile strain is demonstrated especially for two important experimental wavelengths, 1064 nm and 800 nm, where resonantly enhanced non-linear effects can be exploited: χ(2) of MoSe2 and MoTe2 approach ˜800 pm/V with -2% strain at 1064 nm.

  2. Dirac Nodes and Quantized Thermal Hall Conductance in the Vortex State of d_x^2-y^2 Superconductors

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    Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2001-03-01

    We consider quasiparticles in a d_x^2-y^2 superconductor in the presence of a vortex lattice. Within the linearized approximation, we demonstrate that the Dirac nodes continue to exist at the chemical potential, as long as the vortex lattice is inversion symmetric. The approximate symmetry that protects these Dirac nodes is identified. On going beyond the linearized approximation (by retaining terms that break the particle-hole symmetry of the electron dispersion) the Dirac quasiparticles now acquire a mass term that induces a gap at the Fermi energy. As is well known in the theory of 2D Dirac equations, this leads to a quantized Hall conductance, which in this context implies a quantized spin Hall conductance and a quantized thermal Hall conductance (more precisely the ratio of thermal Hall conductance to temperature is quantized lim_Tarrow 0κ_xy/T = 2fracπ^2 k_B^23 h). Thus, the state is topologically equivalent to a d_x^2-y^2 + id_xy superconductor. In addition to this prediction, our analysis also provides information on the size of the gap (and thus the temperature scale below which quantization is expected) and its parametric dependence on various physical quantities. Experimentally, this quantization of thermal Hall conductance should be seen at sufficiently low temperatures if the induced gap exceeds the Zeeman splitting. Relevant experiments on YBa_2Cu_3O7 will be reviewed and compared against the theory.

  3. First-principle investigation on the thermodynamics of X2N2O (X = C, Si, Ge) compounds

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    Qing-Yun, Xiong; Qi-Xia, Shen; Rui-Zi, Li; Jiang, Shen; Fu-Yang, Tian

    2016-02-01

    The structures under different pressures, elastic properties, electronic structures and lattice vibrations of the X2N2O (X = C, Si, Ge) compounds are investigated by using the first-principle method. Based on the phonon density of state, the thermodynamic properties of the present compounds are studied under different pressures and at different temperatures. The structural parameters including the bond lengths and bond angles are in agreement with available experimental measurements and theoretical calculations. We employ the elastic theory to calculate the nine independent elastic constants (Ci j) and the derived elastic moduli (B, G, E, v). Results indicate that these X2N2O (X = C, Si, Ge) compounds are mechanically stable and show the brittle behaviors. The electronic properties of the present compounds are analyzed by using the band structure and density of states. The phonon dispersion calculations imply that the present compounds are dynamically stable. Based on the quasi-harmonic approximation, the calculations of the specific heat indicate that the temperature in a range of 0 K-1500 K and pressure in a range of 0 GPa-40 GPa have a large effect on the thermal quantities of Ge2N2O, compared with on those of the C2N2O and Si2N2O compounds. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. FRF-TP-14-029Al).

  4. Einstein A-values and oscillator strengths of the A2П-X2Σ+ system of CP

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    Ram, R. S.; Brooke, J. S. A.; Western, C. M.; Bernath, P. F.

    2014-05-01

    Line strengths for bands of the A2П-X2Σ+ transition of CP, including the effect of rotation on the vibrational wavefunctions (the Herman-Wallis effect), have been calculated using Western's PGOPHER program and Le Roy's LEVEL program. The potential energy functions for the A2П and X2Σ+ state were computed using spectroscopic constants obtained from high resolution spectra. The RKR potentials of the two states, and the electronic transition dipole moments of this transition calculated in a recent ab initio study have been used in Le Roy's LEVEL program to produce transition dipole moment matrix elements. The matrix elements have been converted from Hund's case (b) to (a), and then used in PGOPHER to generate a line list containing observed and calculated wavenumbers, Einstein A coefficients and f-values for 75 bands with v=0-8 for both states. The Einstein A coefficients have been used to compute radiative lifetimes for v=0-5 in the A2П state. The line list may be useful for computing the molecular opacities of CP needed to simulate the spectra of stellar and substellar sources.

  5. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of (BixBa1-x)(Znx/2Ti1-x/2)O3 ceramics

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    Wang, Xiaoli; Yang, Aihong

    2009-04-01

    (BixBa1-x)(Znx/2Ti1-x/2)O3 [xBi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3-(1 - x)BaTiO3, x <= 0.30] solid solution ceramics with a pure perovskite structure were synthesized by a conventional solid-state reaction method. A change in symmetry from tetragonal to cubic was observed as the mole fraction of Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 increased. All compositions show a dielectric anomaly over the temperature range 30-120 °C. In the tetragonal phase region, the temperature Tm of the maximum dielectric constant decreases with increasing Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 content. In the cubic phase area, the compositions show general dielectric relaxation of linear dielectrics, and Tm increases with increasing Bi(Zn1/2Ti1/2)O3 content. The phase transition, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of (BixBa1-x)(Znx/2Ti1-x/2)O3 ceramics are sensitive to nano-regional chemistries.

  6. White-light emission from Li2Sr1-3 x/2Dy x SiO4 phosphors

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    Sun, Xin-Yuan; Lin, Liang-Wu; Wang, Wen-Feng; Zhang, Jun-Cheng

    2011-07-01

    Li2Sr1-3 x/2Dy x SiO4 phosphors were synthesized at 900°C in the normal atmosphere by a solid-state method. The synthesized phosphors were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra show excitation peaks ranging from 300 to 400 nm due to the 4 f-4 f transitions of Dy3+. This mercury-free excitation is useful for solid-state lighting and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The predominant emission of Dy3+ ions under 349 nm excitation is observed at 479 nm (blue) due to the 4F9/2→6H15/2 transitions and 572 nm (yellow) due to 4F9/2→6H13/2 transitions, respectively. The PL results reveal that the optimal concentration of the Dy3+ ions in Li2Sr1-3 x/2Dy x SiO4 phosphors is x=0.03 mol. The nature of the resonance energy transfer for the Dy3+ ions is confirmed by Huang's rule. Simulation of the white light excited by 349 nm near-ultraviolet (n-UV) light is also performed for its potential for white LEDs.

  7. Quantum scattering studies of electronically inelastic collisions of N + 2(X 2Sigma + g, A 2Pi u) with He

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    Berning, Andreas; Werner, Hans-Joachim

    1994-02-01

    The potential energy surfaces (PESs) of the three lowest electronic states of the system N+2+He have been computed using accurate multiconfiguration-reference configuration (MRCI) wave functions and a large basis set. The approach of the He atom leads to nonadiabatic mixing of the A 2Πu(A') and X 2Σ+g(A') states of N+2. The three adiabatic interaction potentials have been transformed into a set of four diabatic potentials, one of which describes the collision-induced nonadiabatic coupling between the two A' states. The computed potentials have been fitted to analytical functions and used in quantum scattering calculations for electronically inelastic transitions between individual rovibrational levels of the A 2Πu and the X 2Σ+g states of N+2. Our results are compared to transitions observed experimentally by Katayama and co-workers between the rotational levels of the A,v=3 and 4 and X,v=6, 7, and 8 vibrational manifolds. In general, good agreement is found for transitions between nearly isoenergetic vibrational states. However, for transitions which traverse large energy gaps, we obtained cross sections which are several orders of magnitude smaller than experimentally observed. Inclusion of the vibrational degree of freedom of the N+2 molecule in the scattering calculations was found to have only an insignificant effect on the transition probabilities.

  8. The Pure Rotational Spectra of TiO( X3Δ) and TiN( X2Σ +)

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    Namiki, Kei-ichi; Saito, Shuji; Robinson, J. Scott; Steimle, Timothy C.

    1998-09-01

    The pure rotational transitions in the 220-460 GHz spectral range of TiO (X3Δr) and TiN(X2Σ+) have been observed using a source-modulated submillimeter-wave spectrometer. In addition, the two lowest rotational transitions of TiO at 63 and 94 GHz have been observed using molecular beam pump/probe microwave optical double resonance (PPMODR) technique. An improved set of spectroscopic parameters for TiO(X3Δ) was generated by combining the new PPMODR and submillimeter-wave absorption measurements. Similarly, an improved set of spectroscopic parameters for TiN(X2Σ+) was generated by combining the new submillimeter-wave absorption measurements with the previously recorded PPMODR measurements (D. A. Fletcher, C. T. Scurlock, K. Y. Jung, and T. C. Steimle, 1993,J. Chem. Phys.99, 4288). The determined Λ-type doubling parameter for the TiO(X3Δ) is compared with the theoretical model.

  9. Growth characteristics of corundum-structured α-(AlxGa1-x)2O3/Ga2O3 heterostructures on sapphire substrates

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    Kaneko, Kentaro; Suzuki, Kenta; Ito, Yoshito; Fujita, Shizuo

    2016-02-01

    We report improved growth conditions for corundum-structured α-(AlxGa1-x)2O3, followed by the growth characteristics of α-(AlxGa1-x)2O3/Ga2O3 heterostructures with the use of mist chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology. Higher growth temperatures, 700-800 °C, were effective for better crystalline quality especially for higher Al composition x. Coherent growth of α-(AlxGa1-x)2O3 was achieved for x=0.03 and 0.11 with the film thickness of about 100 nm. The type-I band lineup was expected for the heterostructure.

  10. A crossed molecular beam and ab-initio investigation of the reaction of boron monoxide (BO; X2Σ+) with methylacetylene (CH3CCH; X1A1): competing atomic hydrogen and methyl loss pathways.

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    Maity, Surajit; Parker, Dorian S N; Dangi, Beni B; Kaiser, Ralf I; Fau, Stefan; Perera, Ajith; Bartlett, Rodney J

    2013-11-21

    The gas-phase reaction of boron monoxide ((11)BO; X(2)Σ(+)) with methylacetylene (CH3CCH; X(1)A1) was investigated experimentally using crossed molecular beam technique at a collision energy of 22.7 kJ mol(-1) and theoretically using state of the art electronic structure calculation, for the first time. The scattering dynamics were found to be indirect (complex forming reaction) and the reaction proceeded through the barrier-less formation of a van-der-Waals complex ((11)BOC3H4) followed by isomerization via the addition of (11)BO(X(2)Σ(+)) to the C1 and/or C2 carbon atom of methylacetylene through submerged barriers. The resulting (11)BOC3H4 doublet radical intermediates underwent unimolecular decomposition involving three competing reaction mechanisms via two distinct atomic hydrogen losses and a methyl group elimination. Utilizing partially deuterated methylacetylene reactants (CD3CCH; CH3CCD), we revealed that the initial addition of (11)BO(X(2)Σ(+)) to the C1 carbon atom of methylacetylene was followed by hydrogen loss from the acetylenic carbon atom (C1) and from the methyl group (C3) leading to 1-propynyl boron monoxide (CH3CC(11)BO) and propadienyl boron monoxide (CH2CCH(11)BO), respectively. Addition of (11)BO(X(2)Σ(+)) to the C1 of methylacetylene followed by the migration of the boronyl group to the C2 carbon atom and/or an initial addition of (11)BO(X(2)Σ(+)) to the sterically less accessible C2 carbon atom of methylacetylene was followed by loss of a methyl group leading to the ethynyl boron monoxide product (HCC(11)BO) in an overall exoergic reaction (78 ± 23 kJ mol(-1)). The branching ratios of these channels forming CH2CCH(11)BO, CH3CC(11)BO, and HCC(11)BO were derived to be 4 ± 3%, 40 ± 5%, and 56 ± 15%, respectively; these data are in excellent agreement with the calculated branching ratios using statistical RRKM theory yielding 1%, 38%, and 61%, respectively. PMID:23651442

  11. Tuneable reactivity with PPh3 and SnX2 of four- and five-coordinate Pd(II) and Pt(II) complexes containing polyphosphines.

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    Fernández-Anca, Damián; García-Seijo, M Inés; García-Fernández, M Esther

    2013-07-28

    The reactivity of the unusual d(8) trigonal-bipyramidal systems [MX(PP3)]X (X = Cl: M = Pd(1a), Pt(2a); X = Br: M = Pd(3a), Pt(4a); X = I: M = Pd(5a), Pt(6a); PP3 = tris[2-(diphenylphosphino)ethyl]phosphine) in CHCl3-CH3OH, the square-pyramidal compounds [MCl(NP3)]Cl (M = Pd(7a); Pt(8a); NP3 = tris[2-(diphenylphosphino)ethyl]amine) in CD3OD-DMF and the distorted square-planar mononuclear [MX(PNP)]X (M = Pd: X = Cl(10a); M = Pt: X = I(10b); PNP = bis[2-(diphenylphosphino)ethyl]amine) and the heteronuclear [PdAu2X4(PP3)] [X = I(9a), Cl(14a), Br(15a)] and [MAuX2(PP3)]X [M = Pd: X = Cl(16a); M = Pt: X = Cl(17a), Br(18a)] species in CDCl3 with PPh3 + SnX2 has been explored to establish the factors that influence the nature of the products. With the mononuclear precursors the course of the reaction is strongly dependent on the tripodal or linear arrangement of the polydentate ligand and in the former case on the halogen. Thus, while for chlorides (1a-2a, 7a-8a) and bromides (3a-4a) the reaction led to the trigonal-bipyramidal compounds [M(SnCl3)(AP3)][SnCl3] [A = P: M = Pd(1), Pt(2); A = N: M = Pd(7), Pt(8)], [MBr(PP3)][SnBr3] [M = Pd(4), Pt(6)] containing M-Sn and M-Br bonds, respectively, for iodides (5a-6a) resulted in the unknown neutral square-planar compounds [MI2(PP(PO)2)(SnI2)2] [M = Pd(9) and Pt(10)] bearing two dangling P=O-SnI2 units and P2MI2 environments. However, complexes of the type [PtCl(PP2PO)X]X' [X = SnCl2, X' = [SnCl3](-)(11)] and [M(PP(PO)2)2X4]X'2 [X = SnCl2, X' = [SnCl3](-): M = Pd(12), Pt(13)] showing P=O-SnCl2 arms were obtained by direct reaction of [PtCl(PP2PO)]Cl (11a) and [M(PP(PO)2)2]Cl2 [M = Pd(12a), Pt(13a)] with SnCl2 in CH3OH. Although complex 9 was also prepared by interaction of the heteronuclear iodide 9a with PPh3 + SnI2 in CDCl3, the use of the neutral and ionic heteronuclear chlorides and bromides (14a-18a) as starting materials afforded the distorted square-planar ionic systems [MAuX'(PP3)(PPh3)][SnX3]2 [M = Pd: X = Cl, X' = Sn

  12. Adiabatic quantum dynamics of CH(X2Π) + H(2S) reactions on the CH2(X̃3A″) surface and role of the excited electronic states.

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    Gamallo, P; Defazio, P; Akpinar, S; Petrongolo, C

    2012-08-16

    We present the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) quantum mechanical (QM) dynamics of the CH decay (d) CH(X2Π) + H(2S) → C(3P) + H2(X1Σ(g)(+)) and of the H exchange reaction (e) CH(X2Π) + H′(2S) → CH′(X2Π) + H(2S) on the CH2 X̃3A″ adiabatic potential energy surface (PES) of Harding et al. (J. Phys. Chem. 1993, 97, 5472). A thorough analysis of the correlation diagram of the four lowest CH2 electronic states, as well as Renner-Teller and spin–orbit nonadiabatic test calculations on the X̃3A″, ã1A′, and b̃1A″ coupled PESs, validate the X̃3A″ BO results, confirming that these reactions occur essentially on the uncoupled X̃3A″ ground surface. We consider the CH molecule in the ground vibrational state and in the four lowest rotational states j0. Thus, we obtain initial-state resolved reaction probabilities, cross sections, and rate constants by propagating coupled-channel real wave packets and performing flux analyses. If J is the total angular momentum quantum number and K is its projection along the body-fixed z axis, CH + H gives essentially the C + H2 products via a barrierless K-inhibited insertion, CH2 resonances at low J, and large cross sections near the threshold. These cross sections decrease strongly with collision energy and depend slightly on j0. On the other hand, the small cross sections obtained for the (e) channel are nearly independent of energy. From initial-state resolved rate constants and Boltzmann populations at temperature T, we obtain QM thermal rate constants from 100 to 400 K: at 300 K, k(d) = (9.57 ± 0.96) × 10(-11) and k(e) = (1.41 ± 0.14) × 10(-11) cm(3) s(-1) for (d) and (e) reactions, respectively. The k(d) value is in good agreement with previous quasi-classical trajectory (QCT) results on the same PES, but it is larger than that observed at 297 K by a factor of 7. On the contrary, and in agreement with the small role of CH2 excited electronic states, X̃3A″ QCT and experimental rate constants agree at high

  13. Polymer complex solution synthesis of (Y xGd 1- x) 2O 3:Eu 3+ nanopowders

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    Andrić, Ž.; Dramićanin, M. D.; Mitrić, M.; Jokanović, V.; Bessière, A.; Viana, B.

    2008-03-01

    Yttrium-gadolinium-europium oxide phosphors are regarded promising for many important optical applications, for example in computed tomography medical imaging and plasma displays. In this work, we investigated procedure for (Y xGd 1- x) 2O 3:Eu 3+ ( x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1) nanopowder synthesis using polymer complex solution method (PCS) based on polyethylene glycol fuel (PEG). Structural and emission properties of nanopowders are investigated by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and photoluminescence measurements. We obtained particles of about 40 nm having excellent structural ordering in cubic bixbyte type of structure - space group Ia3 for all mixed oxide compositions. Luminescence emission measurements exposed characteristic transition of the trivalent europium ion incorporated into insulating host. 5D 1 and 5D 0 decay time values are measured to obtain information on different kinetic processes occurring for these two emitting levels.

  14. MBE growth and transport of the topologically tunable (Bi1-x In x)2Se3 system

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    Brahlek, Matthew; Bansal, Namrata; Koirala, Nikesh; Xu, Suyang; Hasan, Zahid; Oh, Seongshik

    2012-02-01

    A current challenge in the field of topological insulators (TI) is identifying a clear transport signal of the surface conduction. The structural similarity between Bi2Se3 and In2Se3 allowed us to combine the two to obtain (Bi1-x In x)2Se3; Bi2Se3 has inverted bands, and thus is a non-trivial insulator. In2Se3 has no inverted bands and is therefore a trivial band insulator with energy gap 1.3-1.9eV. The mixing ratio x can be thought of as a knob to switch the system from a trivial to a non-trivial state. I will briefly discuss our scheme for producing atomically smooth molecular beam epitaxial grown thin films. I will also discuss our work on transport in the TI-to-non TI regime, and the metal to insulator regime, and compare these results with angle resolved photo emission spectroscopy data.

  15. Low-power, 2 x 2 silicon electro-optic switch with 110-nm bandwidth for broadband reconfigurable optical networks.

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    Van Campenhout, Joris; Green, William M J; Assefa, Solomon; Vlasov, Yurii A

    2009-12-21

    We present an ultra-broadband Mach-Zehnder based optical switch in silicon, electrically driven through carrier injection. Crosstalk levels lower than -17 dB are obtained for both the 'on' and 'off' switching states over an optical bandwidth of 110 nm, owing to the implementation of broadband 50% couplers. Full 2 x 2 switching functionality is demonstrated, with low power consumption (approximately 3 mW) and a fast switching time (< 4 ns). The utilization of standard CMOS metallization results in a low drive voltage (approximately 1 V) and a record-low V(pi)L (approximately 0.06 V x mm). The wide optical bandwidth is maintained for temperature variations up to 30 K. PMID:20052114

  16. Rotational Tunnelling in Methyl Metal Compounds X2(CH3)4 with X = As, Sb, Bi

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    Kuhnen, A.; Müller-Warmuth, W.; Prager, M.; Mündt, O.; Reti, M.; Becker, G.

    1997-04-01

    Rotational excitations of methyl groups attached to metal atoms of the fifth main group have been investigated in X2(CH3)4 crystals with X = As, Sb, Bi by 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation measurements and inelastic neutron scattering (INS). CH3 rotation has been found to be rather weakly hindered (activation energies between 1.7 kJ/mol and 5.8 kJ/mol) so that quantum effects are important to describe the results. Tunnel splittings between 0.1 μeV and 23 μeV have been observed. Non-equivalent methyl groups in tetramethyldistibane and tetramethyldibismuthane have been identified by both INS and NMR. A consistent description of the T1 data is possible by Haupt's equation. The rotational potentials could be derived and relations to the crystal structure have been discussed.

  17. High resolution absorption cross sections for the A2Pi-X2Pi system of ClO

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    Wine, P. H.; Ravishankara, A. R.; Philen, D. L.; Davis, D. D.; Watson, R. T.

    1977-01-01

    High-resolution ultraviolet absorption cross-sections for the ClO molecule are obtained, with the aim of facilitating studies of ozone depletion resulting from the injection of chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere. The spectroscopic analysis, which involves a frequency-doubled tunable dye laser with a bandwidth of 0.015 A, is described. Studies of the rotational lines of the ClO A 2Pi 3/2-X2Pi 3/2 9-10 band were conducted. Peak cross-sections for the P and R lines of the 9-0 band are found to be 10.0, 9.6, 8.6, 10.6, 10.3, and 9.2 times ten to the negative seventeenth power cm squared, with estimated accuracy of plus or minus 25%. Problems in distinguishing between Cl-35 and Cl-37 absorption are also considered.

  18. Calculated hydroxyl A2 sigma --> X2 pi (0, 0) band emission rate factors applicable to atmospheric spectroscopy

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    Cageao, R. P.; Ha, Y. L.; Jiang, Y.; Morgan, M. F.; Yung, Y. L.; Sander, S. P.

    1997-01-01

    A calculation of the A2 sigma --> X2 pi (0, 0) band emission rate factors and line center absorption cross sections of OH applicable to its measurement using solar resonant fluorescence in the terrestrial atmosphere is presented in this paper. The most accurate available line parameters have been used. Special consideration has been given to the solar input flux because of its highly structured Fraunhofer spectrum. The calculation for the OH atmospheric emission rate factor in the solar resonant fluorescent case is described in detail with examples and intermediate results. Results of this calculation of OH emission rate factors for individual rotational lines are on average 30% lower than the values obtained in an earlier work.

  19. Theoretical study of the AlO blue-green (B2Sigma + - X2Sigma +) band system

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    Partridge, H.; Langhoff, S. R.; Lengsfield, B. H., III; Liu, B.

    1983-01-01

    Two independent, extensive theoretical calculations are reported for the relative band strengths of the AlO (B2Sigma + - X2Sigma +) blue-green system and for the radiative lifetimes of the lowest few vibrational levels of the B2Sigma(+) state. The theoretical lifetimes, which include a small (less than -.5 percent) contribution from bound-bound transitions into the A2Pi state, are in excellent agreement with laser fluorescence studies. The theoretical lifetimes increase monotonically and very slowly with increasing vibrational quantum number. The relative band strengths for the blue-green system derived from the two theoretical calculations are in excellent agreement, but differ systematically from the relative band strengths of Linton and Nicholls (1969). The present results suggest that their self-absorption corrections are not large enough, resulting in relative intensities that are too large, especially for the weak bands with r centroids less than 1.5 A.

  20. FOUR WAVE MIXING SPECTROSCOPY OF THE NO_3 tilde{B} ^2E' - tilde{X} ^2A_2' transition

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    Fukushima, Masaru; Ishiwata, Takashi

    2014-06-01

    The tilde{B} ^2E' - tilde{X} ^2A_2' electronic transition of NO_3 generated in a supersonic free jet expansion was investigated by four wave mixing ( 4WM ) spectroscopy. The degenerated 4WM and laser induced fluorescence ( LIF ) spectra around the 0_0^0 band region were measured simultaneously. The D4WM spectrum shows broad band features for the 0_0^0 band similar to that of the LIF spectrum. The broad 0_0^0 band does not consist of one sub-band, but of several bands. The intensity distribution of the sub-bands of the D4WM spectrum is similar, but not identical to that of the LIF spectrum.

  1. Integration of multiple data sets for resource evaluation of the Montrose 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ Quadrangle, Colorado

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    Balog, S.H.; Bolivar, S.L.; Weaver, T.A.

    1981-01-01

    At Los Alamos National Laboratory, geoscientists have assembled and integrated 30 geological, geochemical, and geophysical data sets with 4 Landsat bands for the Montrose 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle, Colorado. A graphical presentation, which allows three data sets to be viewed simultaneously, is employed to facilitate the interpretation. Analysis of one of the three-data-set combinations (copper, lead, zinc) defines, spatially and geochemically, all the mining districts in the quadrangle and yields new information relating to base and precious metal mineralization. Analysis of two other three-data-set combinations (dysprosium, hafnium, scandium; and potassium, lithium, titanium) indicates that the granites in the Sawatch Range are of different trace-element composition (and therefore, possibly of different origin) than the granites in the Mosquito Range. This technique permits rapid analysis of tremendous amounts of data and the inference of correlative information that is not inherent in single data sets.

  2. Theoretical study of the X 2Pi and A 2Sigma(+) states of CuO and CuS

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    Langhoff, S. R.; Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical spectroscopic constants and dipole moments are determined for the X 2Pi and A 2Sigma(+) states of CuO and CuS, using extended Gaussian basis sets and incorporating correlation using both configuration interaction (CI) and coupled pair (CPF) methods. Relativistic corrections (Darwin plus mass velocity), included using first-order perturbation theory, are found to be relatively small. At the CPF level, significant configuration mixing with the 3d(9)4s(1) occupation occurs for both states, resulting in some bond shortening and a significant increase in the dissociation energy. The best spectroscopic parameters are in excellent agreement with experiment for both CuO and CuS. In analogy with CuO, CuS is predicted to have a yet unobserved 2Sigma(+) state near 10,000 per cm.

  3. The B 2Σ+→X 2Σ+, 2-v'' progression in the spectrum of 13C16O+

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    Kepa, R.; Malak, Z.; Szajna, W.; Zachwieja, M.

    2002-03-01

    Emission spectra of the 2-v'' progression (1≤v''≤6) in the B 2Σ+→X 2Σ+ system of 13C16O+ have been photographically recorded at a resolution that was high enough to achieve a clear separation of the spin components for most of the observed rovibronic transitions. Least-squares methods were used to reduce the measured line wavenumbers to the molecular constants appearing in the effective Hamiltonian taken from the work of Amiot et al (Amiot C, Maillard J P and Chauville J 1981 J. Mol. Spectrosc. 87 196-218). Merging of the data for the v' = 2 progression with previous measurements in the v' = 0 and 1 progressions resulted in considerably improved equilibrium molecular constants, RKR potential curves, Franck-Condon factors and r centroids for the B→X system of 13C16O+.

  4. Visible-blind and solar-blind ultraviolet photodiodes based on (InxGa1-x)2O3

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    Zhang, Zhipeng; von Wenckstern, Holger; Lenzner, Jörg; Lorenz, Michael; Grundmann, Marius

    2016-03-01

    UV and deep-UV selective photodiodes from visible-blind to solar-blind were realized based on a Si-doped (InxGa1-x)2O3 thin film with a monotonic lateral variation of 0.0035 < x < 0.83. Such layer was deposited by employing a continuous composition spread approach relying on the ablation of a single segmented target in pulsed-laser deposition. The photo response signal is provided from a metal-semiconductor-metal structure upon backside illumination. The absorption onset was tuned from 4.83 to 3.22 eV for increasing x. Higher responsivities were observed for photodiodes fabricated from indium-rich part of the sample, for which an internal gain mechanism could be identified.

  5. Strong Zeeman effects in the Landau level spectrum of (InxBi1-x)2 Se3

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    Walkup, Daniel; Zhou, Wenwen; Zeljkovic, Ilija; Okada, Yoshinori; Ren, Zhensong; Scipioni, Kane; Wilson, Stephen; Madhavan, Vidya

    We investigate the surface states of (InxBi1-x)2 Se3 by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) in the range 0 <= x 3%. We carefully examine the low-lying Landau levels of the topological surface states in attempt to extract the parameters of the surface-state Hamiltonian as a function of doping. Close examination of the data oblige us to index the Landau levels in a manner different to precedent on pristine Bi2Se3, and fits to the Landau level spectra yield large g-factors on the order of 40, which decrease with increasing x. The Landau levels of pristine Bi2Se3 are also reexamined, yielding high g-factors roughly consistent with results obtained from magnetic oscillations, and suggesting a decrease in the surface-state Zeeman coupling with increasing In as the topological phase transition is approached.

  6. 60-GHz optical/wireless MIMO system integrated with optical subcarrier multiplexing and 2x2 wireless communication.

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    Lin, Chi-Hsiang; Lin, Chun-Ting; Huang, Hou-Tzu; Zeng, Wei-Siang; Chiang, Shou-Chih; Chang, Hsi-Yu

    2015-05-01

    This paper proposes a 2x2 MIMO OFDM Radio-over-Fiber scheme based on optical subcarrier multiplexing and 60-GHz MIMO wireless transmission. We also schematically investigated the principle of optical subcarrier multiplexing, which is based on a dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator (DP-MZM). In our simulation result, combining two MIMO OFDM signals to drive DP-MZM gives rise to the PAPR augmentation of less than 0.4 dB, which mitigates nonlinear distortion. Moreover, we applied a Levin-Campello bit-loading algorithm to compensate for the uneven frequency responses in the V-band. The resulting system achieves OFDM signal rates of 61.5-Gbits/s with BER of 10(-3) over 25-km SMF transmission followed by 3-m wireless transmission. PMID:25969299

  7. An Evolutionarily Conserved Domain of roX2 RNA Is Sufficient for Induction of H4-Lys16 Acetylation on the Drosophila X Chromosome

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    Park, Seung-Won; Kang, Yool Ie; Sypula, Joanna G.; Choi, Jiyeon; Oh, Hyangyee; Park, Yongkyu

    2007-01-01

    The male-specific lethal (MSL) complex, which includes two noncoding RNA on X (roX)1 and roX2 RNAs, induces histone H4-Lys16 acetylation for twofold hypertranscription of the male X chromosome in Drosophila melanogaster. To characterize the role of roX RNAs in this process, we have identified evolutionarily conserved functional domains of roX RNAs in several Drosophila species (eight for roX1 and nine for roX2). Despite low homology between them, male-specific expression and X chromosome-specific binding are conserved. Within roX RNAs of all Drosophila species, we found conserved primary sequences, such as GUUNUACG, in the 3′ end of both roX1 (three repeats) and roX2 (two repeats). A predicted stem–loop structure of roX2 RNA contains this sequence in the 3′ stem region. Six tandem repeats of this stem–loop region (72 nt) of roX2 were enough for targeting the MSL complex and inducing H4-Lys16 acetylation on the X chromosome without other parts of roX2 RNA, suggesting that roX RNAs might play important roles in regulating enzymatic activity of the MSL complex. PMID:18039876

  8. Dipping in CygnusX-2 in a multi-wavelength campaign due to absorption of extended ADC emission

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    Bałucińska-Church, M.; Schulz, N. S.; Wilms, J.; Gibiec, A.; Hanke, M.; Spencer, R. E.; Rushton, A.; Church, M. J.

    2011-06-01

    We report results of one-day simultaneous multiwavelength observations of CygnusX-2 using XMM, Chandra, the European VLBI Network and the XMM Optical Monitor. During the observations, the source did not exhibit Z-track movement, but remained in the vicinity of the soft apex. It was in a radio quiescent/quiet state of <150 μJy. Strong dip events were seen as 25% reductions in X-ray intensity. The use of broadband CCD spectra in combination with narrow-band grating spectra has now demonstrated for the first time that these dipping events in CygnusX-2 are caused by absorption in cool material in quite a unique way. In the band 0.2 - 10 keV, dipping appears to be due to progressive covering of the Comptonized emission of an extended accretion disk corona, the covering factor rising to 40% in deep dipping with an associated column density of 3 × 1023 atom cm-2. Remarkably, the blackbody emission of the neutron star is not affected by these dips, in strong contrast with observations of typical low mass X-ray binary dipping sources. The Chandra and XMM gratings directly measure the optical depths in absorption edges such as Ne K, Fe L, and O K and a comparison of the optical depths in the edges of non-dip and dip data reveals no increase of optical depth during dipping even though the continuum emission sharply decreases. Based on these findings, at orbital phase 0.35, we propose that dipping in this observation is caused by absorption in the outer disk by structures located opposite to the impact bulge of the accretion stream. With an inclination angle >60° these structures can still cover large parts of the extended ADC, without absorbing emission from the central neutral star.

  9. Strong anisotropy in the electromagnetic properties of Na2Ti2X2O (X = As, Sb) crystals

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    Shi, Y. G.; Wang, H. P.; Zhang, X.; Wang, W. D.; Huang, Y.; Wang, N. L.

    2013-10-01

    Na2Ti2X2O (X = As, Sb) crystals have been grown from the flux method. X-ray diffraction characterization revealed an anti-K2NiF4-type layered structure (tetragonal, space group I4/mmm) for both compounds. Magnetic susceptibility (χ(T)) and electrical resistivity (ρ(T)) measurements revealed major kinks at ˜115 K (Ts1) and ˜320 K (Ts2) for Na2Ti2Sb2O and Na2Ti2As2O, respectively, signifying possibly the opening of density wave gaps. Both Na2Ti2Sb2O and Na2Ti2As2O showed remarkably strong anisotropy in their electromagnetic transport properties, and values of γρ (ρc/ρab) even reached ˜140 and ˜430, respectively, being much larger than that of iron pnictide BaFe2As2 (γρ ˜ 2-5). The γρ of Na2Ti2Sb2O changed slightly with cooling, though a small drop at Ts1 occurred. In contrast, the γρ of Na2Ti2As2O changed strikingly by exhibiting not only a small change at Ts2 but also a sudden decrease of ˜50 K, reduced nearly 1/3. Specific heat measurement indicated that Na2Ti2Sb2O was only partially gapped with γ1 = 4.1 mJ mol-1 K-2, though a long-range order was established at Ts1, while Na2Ti2As2O was fully gapped. The remarkably strong electromagnetic anisotropy revealed in Na2Ti2X2O suggests the crucial role of the TiO2X4 layer for the transport properties of layered titanium oxypnictides.

  10. Chemical dynamics of the CH(X2Π) + C2H4(X1A1g), CH(X2Π) + C2D4(X1A1g), and CD(X2Π) + C2H4(X1A1g) reactions studied under single collision conditions.

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    Zhang, Fangtong; Maksyutenko, Pavlo; Kaiser, Ralf I

    2012-01-14

    The crossed beam reactions of the methylidyne radical with ethylene (CH(X(2)Π) + C(2)H(4)(X(1)A(1g))), methylidyne with D4-ethylene (CH(X(2)Π) + C(2)D(4)(X(1)A(1g))), and D1-methylidyne with ethylene (CD(X(2)Π) + C(2)H(4)(X(1)A(1g))) were conducted at nominal collision energies of 17-18 kJ mol(-1) to untangle the chemical dynamics involved in the formation of distinct C(3)H(4) isomers methylacetylene (CH(3)CCH), allene (H(2)CCCH(2)), and cyclopropene (c-C(3)H(4)) via C(3)H(5) intermediates. By tracing the atomic hydrogen and deuterium loss pathways, our experimental data suggest indirect scattering dynamics and an initial addition of the (D1)-methylidyne radical to the carbon-carbon double bond of the (D4)-ethylene reactant forming a cyclopropyl radical intermediate (c-C(3)H(5)/c-C(3)D(4)H/c-C(3)H(4)D). The latter was found to ring-open to the allyl radical (H(2)CCHCH(2)/D(2)CCHCD(2)/H(2)CCDCH(2)). This intermediate was found to be long lived with life times of at least five times its rotational period and decomposed via atomic hydrogen/deuterium loss from the central carbon atom (C2) to form allene via a rather loose exit transition state in an overall strongly exoergic reaction. Based on the experiments with partially deuterated reactants, no compelling evidence could be provided to support the formation of the cyclopropene and methylacetylene isomers under single collision conditions. Likewise, hydrogen/deuterium shifts in the allyl radical intermediates or an initial insertion of the (D1)-methylidyne radical into the carbon-hydrogen/deuterium bond of the (D4)-ethylene reactant were found to be-if at all-of minor importance. Our experiments propose that in hydrocarbon-rich atmospheres of planets and their moons such as Saturn's satellite Titan, the reaction of methylidyne radicals should lead predominantly to the hitherto elusive allene molecule in these reducing environments. PMID:22108533

  11. Double P2X2/P2X3 Purinergic Receptor Knockout Mice Do Not Taste NaCl or the Artificial Sweetener SC45647

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    Eddy, Meghan C.; Eschle, Benjamin K.; Barrows, Jennell; Hallock, Robert M.; Finger, Thomas E.

    2009-01-01

    The P2X ionotropic purinergic receptors, P2X2 and P2X3, are essential for transmission of taste information from taste buds to the gustatory nerves. Mice lacking both P2X2 and P2X3 purinergic receptors (P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/−) exhibit no taste-evoked activity in the chorda tympani and glossopharyngeal nerves when stimulated with taste stimuli from any of the 5 classical taste quality groups (salt, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami) nor do the mice show taste preferences for sweet or umami, or avoidance of bitter substances (Finger et al. 2005. ATP signaling is crucial for communication from taste buds to gustatory nerves. Science. 310[5753]:1495–1499). Here, we compare the ability of P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice and P2X2/P2X3Dbl+/+ wild-type (WT) mice to detect NaCl in brief-access tests and conditioned aversion paradigms. Brief-access testing with NaCl revealed that whereas WT mice decrease licking at 300 mM and above, the P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice do not show any change in lick rates. In conditioned aversion tests, P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice did not develop a learned aversion to NaCl or the artificial sweetener SC45647, both of which are easily avoided by conditioned WT mice. The inability of P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice to show avoidance of these taste stimuli was not due to an inability to learn the task because both WT and P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice learned to avoid a combination of SC45647 and amyl acetate (an odor cue). These data suggest that P2X2/P2X3Dbl−/− mice are unable to respond to NaCl or SC45647 as taste stimuli, mirroring the lack of gustatory nerve responses to these substances. PMID:19833661

  12. Mass spectra of the 2,4-pentadiynylidyne (C5H; X2[Pi]) and 2,4-pentadiynyl-1 (n-C5H3; X2B1) radicals

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    Gu, Xibin; Guo, Ying; Kaiser, Ralf I.

    2007-03-01

    We employed the crossed molecular beams method to synthesize the 2,4-pentadiynylidyne, C5H (X2[Pi]), and the 2,4-pentadiynyl-1, n-C5H3(X2B1), radicals in situ under single collision conditions via the reactions of tricarbon molecules with acetylene and ethylene, respectively. Time-of-flight spectra of the radicals were recorded at the center-of-mass angles at various mass-to-charge ratios from m/z = 63 (C5H3+) to m/z = 36 (C3+). Integrating these time-of-flight spectra and normalizing them to the most intense peak, intensity ratios of I(m/z = 61):I(m/z = 60):I(m/z = 49):I(m/z = 48):I(m/z = 37):I(m/z = 36) = 0.49 ± 0.04:0.27 ± 0.03:1:0.15 ± 0.02:0.32 ± 0.03:0.11 ± 0.04 can be extracted for the 2,4-pentadiynylidyne radical. In case of the 2,4-pentadiynyl-1 molecule, we find intensity ratios of I(m/z = 63):I(m/z = 62):I(m/z = 61):I(m/z = 60):I(m/z = 51):I(m/z = 50):I(m/z = 49):I(m/z = 48):I(m/z = 39):I(m/z = 38):I(m/z = 37):I(m/z = 36) = 0.39 ± 0.04:0.50 ± 0.05:0.32 ± 0.03:0.10 ± 0.03:0.03 ± 0.01:1.0:0.24 ± 0.02:0.02 ± 0.01:0.24 ± 0.03:0.65 ± 0.05:0.57 ± 0.05:0.36 ± 0.03 at an electron impact energy of 70 eV. The absolute ionization cross sections of the 2,4-pentadiynylidyne and 2,4-pentadiynyl radicals were estimated to be 8.6 ± 1.7 × 10-16 cm2 and 9.7 ± 1.9 × 10-16 cm2, respectively. Our data can be employed in future space missions to detect the C5H and C5H3 radicals - crucial reaction intermediates in the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecules - in the atmospheres of hydrocarbon rich planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) and their moons (Titan) and also in combustion flames via mass spectrometry coupled with matrix interval arithmetic.

  13. Born-Oppenheimer and Renner-Teller Quantum Dynamics of CH(X(2)Π) + D((2)S) Reactions on Three CHD Potential Surfaces.

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    Gamallo, Pablo; Akpinar, Sinan; Defazio, Paolo; Petrongolo, Carlo

    2015-11-19

    The quantum dynamics of three CH(X(2)Π) + D((2)S) reactions is studied by means of the coupled-channel time-dependent real-wavepacket (WP) and flux methods at collision energy Ecol ≤ 0.6 eV and on three potential energy surfaces (PESs): the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) ground PES X̃(3)A″ and the excited ones ã(1)A' and b̃(1)A″, coupled by nonadiabatic (NA) Renner-Teller (RT) effects. This three-state model is suitable for obtaining initial-state-resolved observables, is based on a complete analysis of the correlation diagram of the lowest electronic states of the CHD intermediate and of their NA interactions, and neglects the smaller coupling effects due to the asymptotic electronic angular momenta that become important in state-to-state dynamics. WPs are propagated on each PES at total angular momentum values J ≤ 70, with CH in the two lowest vibrational states v0 and in the ground rotational state j0 = 1. Reaction probabilities are obtained for three possible final products (f): (dP) CH decay and C((3)P) + HD(X(1)Σ(+)) formation that occurs on the uncoupled ground PES, (dD) CH decay and C((1)D) + HD(X(1)Σ(+)) formation that depends on the RT-coupled singlet species, and (ex) exchange to CD(X(2)Π) + H((2)S) available adiabatically from the X̃(3)A″ PES and nonadiabatically from ã(1)A' and b̃(1)A″. Observable cross sections σf,v0j0 and rate constants kf,v0j0 in the temperature range T = 100-2000 K are obtained for (dP), (dD), and (ex) channels. Comparing BO with RT probabilities, we show that NA effects are important at high J values for the (ex) channel at v0 = 1. Real time mechanisms on the three PESs show that RT couplings are opened after some time and clearly point out the formation of the product channels. Both cross sections and rate constants present the same sequence, for example σex,11 > σdP,01 ∼ σex,01 > σdP,11 ≫ σdD,11 ≫ σdD,01, and the CH vibrational excitation enhances the total removal CH+D reactivity by a factor of ∼1

  14. Anisotropic thermoelectric properties of layered compounds in SnX2 (X = S, Se): a promising thermoelectric material.

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    Sun, Bao-Zhen; Ma, Zuju; He, Chao; Wu, Kechen

    2015-11-28

    Thermoelectrics interconvert heat to electricity and are of great interest in waste heat recovery, solid-state cooling and so on. Here we assessed the potential of SnS2 and SnSe2 as thermoelectric materials at the temperature gradient from 300 to 800 K. Reflecting the crystal structure, the transport coefficients are highly anisotropic between a and c directions, in particular for the electrical conductivity. The preferred direction for both materials is the a direction in TE application. Most strikingly, when 800 K is reached, SnS2 can show a peak power factor (PF) of 15.50 μW cm(-1) K(-2) along the a direction, while a relatively low value (11.72 μW cm(-1) K(-2)) is obtained in the same direction of SnSe2. These values are comparable to those observed in thermoelectrics such as SnSe and SnS. At 300 K, the minimum lattice thermal conductivity (κmin) along the a direction is estimated to be about 0.67 and 0.55 W m(-1) K(-1) for SnS2 and SnSe2, respectively, even lower than the measured lattice thermal conductivity of Bi2Te3 (1.28 W m(-1) K(-1) at 300 K). The reasonable PF and κmin suggest that both SnS2 and SnSe2 are potential thermoelectric materials. Indeed, the estimated peak ZT can approach 0.88 for SnSe2 and a higher value of 0.96 for SnS2 along the a direction at a carrier concentration of 1.94 × 10(19) (SnSe2) vs. 2.87 × 10(19) cm(-3) (SnS2). The best ZT values in SnX2 (X = S, Se) are comparable to that in Bi2Te3 (0.8), a typical thermoelectric material. We hope that this theoretical investigation will provide useful information for further experimental and theoretical studies on optimizing the thermoelectric properties of SnX2 materials. PMID:26486877

  15. Low-Energy Line Emission in Cygnus X--2: a Study with ASCA, BBXRT and the Einstein SSS

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    Smale, A. P.; Angelini, L.; White, N. E.; Mitsuda, K.; Dotani, T.

    1994-12-01

    Cygnus X--2 was observed on 1993 June 18--19 for 29 hours using the ASCA GIS and SIS detectors. The observation covered orbital phases phi =0.99--0.12 of the 9.84-day binary cycle (where phi =0.0 is the inferior conjunction of the neutron star). The deadtime-corrected 2--10 keV luminosity of the source is 9times 10(37) ergs s(-1) , and irregular dipping activity is observed with dip durations of order 1000s and depths of 15--20%, superimposed on a smooth longer-term variation of ~ 8%. The dips are not associated with an increase in absorption, and we see no overall correlation between hardness and intensity. This temporal and spectral behavior implies that the source was observed in a interval of relatively stable accretion, probably on the Horizontal Branch of its Z-diagram. The model that best fits the continuum emission consists of a Comptonized component with kTee=1.7 keV and tau =24, plus a blackbody with kTbb=0.6 keV, with the blackbody contributing 12% of the total flux. We observe a strong, low-energy emission feature in the SIS spectrum, which can be modeled using a Gaussian with energy E=1.02+/-0.2 keV, FWHM 325+/-50 eV, and equivalent width EW=60+/-15 eV, but is more likely due to a complex of unresolved Fe L-shell (XVIII-XXIV) lines. Reanalysis of Cyg X--2 data from BBXRT (December 1990; Smale et al. 1993, 410, 796) and the Einstein SSS (June 1979) show that this line emission varies strongly. The BBXRT data show the source on the lower portion of the Normal Branch, with only marginal evidence for E=1 keV emission (EW ~ 10 eV). The SSS data reveal emission at E=1.0 keV with equivalent width 55 eV, plus an additional feature at E=0.78 keV with EW=20 eV. Collating these findings with other archival (Einstein OGS, EXOSAT) results, we find no clear pattern relating the line emission parameters to source spectrum, phase or intensity.

  16. Maternal genetic heritage of Southeastern Europe reveals a new Croatian isolate and a novel, local sub-branching in the x2 haplogroup.

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    Sarac, Jelena; Sarić, Tena; Auguštin, Dubravka Havaš; Jeran, Nina; Kovačević, Lejla; Cvjetan, Svjetlana; Lewis, Ana Perinić; Metspalu, Ene; Reidla, Maere; Novokmet, Natalija; Vidovič, Maruška; Nevajda, Branimir; Glasnović, Anton; Marjanović, Damir; Missoni, Saša; Villems, Richard; Rudan, Pavao

    2014-05-01

    High mtDNA variation in Southeastern Europe (SEE) is a reflection of the turbulent and complex demographic history of this area, influenced by gene flow from various parts of Eurasia and a long history of intermixing. Our results of 1035 samples (488 from Croatia, 239 from Bosnia and 130 from Herzegovina, reported earlier, and 97 Slovenians and 81 individuals from Žumberak, reported here for the first time) show that the SEE maternal genetic diversity fits within a broader European maternal genetic landscape. The study also shows that the population of Žumberak, located in the continental part of Croatia, developed some unique mtDNA haplotypes and elevated haplogroup frequencies due to distinctive demographic history and can be considered a moderate genetic isolate. We also report seven samples from the Bosnian population and one Herzegovinian sample designated as X2* individuals that could not be assigned to any of its sublineages (X2a'o) according to the existing X2 phylogeny. In an attempt to clarify the phylogeny of our X2 samples, their mitochondrial DNA has been completely sequenced. We suppose that these lineages are signs of local microdifferentiation processes that occurred in the recent demographic past in this area and could possibly be marked as SEE-specific X2 sublineages. PMID:24621318

  17. Resource characterization for uranium mineralization in the Montrose 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle, Colorado

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    Bolivar, S.L.; Balog, S.H.; Weaver, T.A.

    1981-01-01

    A data-classification scheme was developed to detect potential uranium mineralization in the Montrose 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle, Colorado. The methodology developed is a rapid and efficient method of resource evaluation on a reconnaissance scale. The necessary techniques were developed and refined to digitize, integrate, and register various large geological, geochemical, and geophysical data sets for the Montrose quadrangle, Colorado, using a grid resolution of 1 km. All data sets for the Montrose quadrangle were registered to the Universal Transverse Mercator projection. The data sets include hydrogeochemical and stream sediment analyses for 23 elements, uranium-to-thorium ratios, airborne geophysical survey data, the locations of 90 uranium occurrences, and a geologic map (scale 1:250 000). Geochemical samples were collected from 3965 locations in the 19 200 km/sup 2/ quadrangle; aerial data were collected on flight lines flown with 3 to 5 km spacings. These data sets were smoothed by universal kriging and interpolated to a 179 x 119 rectangular grid (each grid block is 1 km/sup 2/). A mylar transparency of the geologic map was prepared and digitized. All possible combinations of three, for all data sets, were examined for general geologic correlations by utilizing a color microfilm output. Subsets of data were further examined for selected test areas. A classification scheme for uranium mineralization, based on selected test areas in the Cochetopa uranium district, is presented. Areas favorable for uranium mineralization, based on this scheme, were identified and are discussed.

  18. Investigation of the Design Boundaries of a 3,072 X 2,048 Image Sensor Pixel Array

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    Eid, El-Sayed I.

    2002-09-01

    The practical boundaries surrounding the design of very high resolution image sensors have been studied. The case study used to analyze these practical boundaries is a CMOS photodiode active pixel sensor (APS) image sensor with pixel array format of 3,072 (H) X 2,048 (V). The frame rate of the image sensor is variable up to 30 frames per second (fps), leading to a maximum image data throughput of 180 M pixels per second. The pixel size is 6.0 im, resulting in a pixel fill factor of approximately 48% (implemented in a 0.25 μm CMOS fabrication process) and a 4/3 inch optical format. The resultant die fill factor is approximately 54%. The column-parallel approach, which works well for both the on-chip analog signal processing and analog-to-digital conversion, is adopted. The 10-bit successive approximation ADC was deemed suitable for on-chip integration. The projected total power consumption of the case study image sensor chip is below 200 mW at 3.3-V power supply and below 100 mW at 1.5-V power supply. These power estimates were made for operation at full resolution (6 M pixels per frame) and at maximum frame rate (30 fps), leading to a maximum digital image data throughput of 1.8 G bits per second.

  19. Temperature dependent EXAFS study on transition metal dichalcogenides MoX2 (X  =  S, Se, Te).

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    Caramazza, S; Marini, C; Simonelli, L; Dore, P; Postorino, P

    2016-08-17

    The local structure of molybdenum dichalcogenide MoX2 (X  =  S, Se, Te) single crystal has been studied by means of multi-edge (Mo, Se, and Te K-edges) extended x-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy as function of temperature. The temperature dependences of the interatomic distances Mo-X, Mo-Mo and X-X (X  =  S, Se, and Te) and of the corresponding Debye-Waller factors have been extracted over the 70-500 K temperature range. Exploiting the correlated Einstein model, we found that the Einstein frequencies of Mo-X and X-X bonds obtained by present data are in close agreement with the frequencies of the optical (Raman and infrared) stretching modes for both MoS2 and MoSe2, whereas a significant deviation has been found for MoTe2. A similar anomaly has been found for the force constants related to the Mo-X bonds in the MoTe2 case. Our findings, accordingly with the results reported in a recent theoretical paper, support the idea that the optical vibrational modes have a dominant role in MoS2 and MoSe2, whereas the effects of acoustic vibrational modes cannot be neglected in the case of MoTe2. PMID:27345937

  20. Chemical abundances of the secondary star in the neutron star X-ray binary Cygnus X-2

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    Suárez-Andrés, L.; González Hernández, J. I.; Israelian, G.; Casares, J.; Rebolo, R.

    2015-03-01

    We present Utrecht Echelle Spectrograph@William Herschel Telescope high-resolution spectra of the low-mass X-ray binary (LMXB) Cygnus X-2. We have derived the stellar parameters of the secondary star using χ2 minimization procedure, and taking into account any possible veiling from the accretion disc. We determine a metallicity higher than solar ([Fe/H] = 0.27 ± 0.19), as seen also in the neutron star X-ray binary Centaurus X-4. The high quality of the secondary's spectrum allow us to determine the chemical abundances of O, Mg, Si, Ca, S, Ti, Fe, and Ni. We found that some α-elements (Mg, Si, S, Ti) are enhanced, consistent with a scenario of contamination of the secondary star during the supernova event. Surprisingly oxygen appears to be underabundant, whereas enhanced abundances of Fe and Ni are measured. Assuming that these abundances come from matter that has been processed in the SN and then captured by the secondary star, we explore different SN explosion scenarios with diverse geometries. A non-spherically symmetric SN explosion, with a low mass cut, seems to reproduce better the observed abundance pattern of the secondary star compared to the spherical case.

  1. Detection of cyclotron resonance scattering feature in high-mass X-ray binary pulsar SMC X-2

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    Jaisawal, Gaurava K.; Naik, Sachindra

    2016-09-01

    We report broad-band spectral properties of the high-mass X-ray binary pulsar SMC X-2 by using three simultaneous Nuclear Spectroscopy Telescope Array and Swift/XRT observations during its 2015 outburst. The pulsar was significantly bright, reaching a luminosity up to as high as ˜5.5 × 1038 erg s-1 in 1-70 keV range. Spin period of the pulsar was estimated to be 2.37 s. Pulse profiles were found to be strongly luminosity dependent. The 1-70 keV energy spectrum of the pulsar was well described with three different continuum models such as (i) negative and positive power law with exponential cutoff, (ii) Fermi-Dirac cutoff power law and (iii) cutoff power-law models. Apart from the presence of an iron line at ˜6.4 keV, a model independent absorption like feature at ˜27 keV was detected in the pulsar spectrum. This feature was identified as a cyclotron absorption line and detected for the first time in this pulsar. Corresponding magnetic field of the neutron star was estimated to be ˜2.3 × 1012 G. The cyclotron line energy showed a marginal negative dependence on the luminosity. The cyclotron line parameters were found to be variable with pulse phase and interpreted as due to the effect of emission geometry or complicated structure of the pulsar magnetic field.

  2. Digital Geologic Map of the Redding 1° x 2° Quadrangle, Shasta, Tehama, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties, California

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    Fraticelli, Luis A.; Albers, John P.; Irwin, William P.; Blake, Milton C., Jr.; Wentworth, Carl M.

    2012-01-01

    The Redding 1° x 2 quadrangle in northwestern California transects the Franciscan Complex and southern Klamath Mountains province as well as parts of the Great Valley Complex, northern Great Valley, and southernmost Cascades volcanic province. The tectonostratigraphic terranes of the Klamath province represent slices of oceanic crust, island arcs, and overlying sediment that range largely from Paleozoic to Jurassic in age. The Eastern Klamath terrane forms the nucleus to which the other terranes were added westward, primarily during Jurassic time, and that package was probably accreted to North America during earliest Cretaceous time. The younger Franciscan Complex consists of a sequence of westward younging tectonostratigraphic terranes of late Jurassic to Miocene age that were accreted to North America from mid-Cretaceous through Miocene time, with the easternmost being the most strongly metamorphosed. The marine Great Valley sequence, of late Jurassic and Cretaceous age, was deposited unconformably across the southernmost Klamath rocks, but in turn was underthrust at its western margin by Eastern belt Franciscan rocks. Pliocene and Quaternary volcanic rocks and sediment of the Cascades province extend into the southeastern part of the quadrangle, abutting the northernmost part of the great central valley of California. This map and database represent a digital rendition of Open-File Report 87-257, 1987, by L.A. Fraticelli, J.P. Albers, W.P. Irwin, and M.C. Blake, Jr., with various improvements and additions.

  3. Infrared Absorption Study of Ca2- xNaxCuO2X2 (X=Cl, Br)

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    Hasegawa, Takumi; Ogita, Norio; Kondo, Toshihisa; Zenitani, Yuji; Kawashima, Hirokazu; Suzuki, Teruhiko; Akimitsu, Jun; Udagawa, Masayuki

    2006-09-01

    IR-active phonon spectra of Ca2- xNaxCuO2X2 (X=Cl, Br) have been measured by a CsI powder method in the energy region between 250 and 4000 cm-1 at room temperature. Two absorption peaks with the Eu symmetry have been clearly observed for the undoped crystals of Ca2CuO2Cl2 and Ca2CuO2Br2. However, the observed two peaks disappear for the Na-doped superconducting samples. From the comparison of the highest-energy Eu phonon, which is the Cu-O stretching vibration, the interaction of the Cu-O bond along the CuO2 plane for the T-structure is stronger by 20 % than that of the T'-structure in the 2-1-4 family. To understand the effect of the apical ions, first-principles calculations of the Eu phonon energy for T- and T'-structure La2CuO4 is performed and the preliminary results agree with the experimental tendency.

  4. Raman spectroscopy of NiSe2 and NiS2-xSex (0<x<2) thin films

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    de las Heras, C.; Agulló-Rueda, F.

    2000-06-01

    The Raman spectra of NiS2-xSex (0<x<2) polycrystalline thin films have been measured for the first time in the whole x range and for NiSe2. The NiSe2 spectrum is qualitatively similar to the spectrum of NiS2, but all frequencies are shifted to lower energies. The shift has been analysed in terms of the increment of the anion mass and the lattice expansion. Peaks in the Raman spectrum of the NiS2-xSex alloy can be assigned to stretching and rotational modes of the S-S, Se-Se and S-Se pairs. The stretching vibration of the S-Se pairs shifts almost linearly from 400 cm-1 for NiS2 to 330 cm-1 for NiSe2. There is an accidental degeneracy between the S-S stretching and Se-Se libration frequencies. The relative Raman intensities fit well with a random occupation of the anion sites by S and Se atoms, and different scattering cross sections.

  5. SUDDEN PHOTOSPHERIC MOTION AND SUNSPOT ROTATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE X2.2 FLARE ON 2011 FEBRUARY 15

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    Wang, Shuo; Liu, Chang; Deng, Na; Wang, Haimin

    2014-02-20

    The Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager provides 45 s cadence intensity images and 720 s cadence vector magnetograms. These unprecedented high-cadence and high-resolution data give us a unique opportunity to study the change of photospheric flows and sunspot rotations associated with flares. By using the differential affine velocity estimator method and the Fourier local correlation tracking method separately, we calculate velocity and vorticity of photospheric flows in the flaring NOAA AR 11158, and investigate their temporal evolution around the X2.2 flare on 2011 February 15. It is found that the shear flow around the flaring magnetic polarity inversion line exhibits a sudden decrease, and both of the two main sunspots undergo a sudden change in rotational motion during the impulsive phase of the flare. These results are discussed in the context of the Lorentz-force change that was proposed by Hudson et al. and Fisher et al. This mechanism can explain the connections between the rapid and irreversible photospheric vector magnetic field change and the observed short-term motions associated with the flare. In particular, the torque provided by the horizontal Lorentz force change agrees with what is required for the measured angular acceleration.

  6. Gas-phase Watson-Crick and Hoogsteen isomers of the nucleobase mimic 9-methyladenine x 2-pyridone.

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    Frey, Jann A; Leist, Roman; Müller, Andreas; Leutwyler, Samuel

    2006-07-17

    2-Pyridone (pyridin-2-one) is a mimic of the uracil and thymine nucleobases, with only one N--H and C==O group. It provides a single H-bonding site, compared to three for the canonical pyrimidine nucleobases. Employing the supersonically cooled 9-methyladenine2-pyridone (9MAd x 2PY) complex, which is the simplest base pair to mimic adenine-uracil or adenine-thymine, we show that its gas-phase UV spectrum consists of contributions from two isomers. Based on the H-bonding sites of 9-methyladenine, these are the Watson-Crick and Hoogsteen forms. Combining two-color two-photon ionisation (2C-R2PI), UV-UV depletion and laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopies allows separation of the two band systems, revealing characteristic intermolecular in-plane vibrations of the two isomers. The calculated S(0) and S(1) intermolecular frequencies are in good agreement with the experimental ones. Ab initio calculations predict the Watson-Crick isomer to be slightly more stable (D(0)=-16.0 kcal mol(-1)) than the Hoogsteen isomer (D(0)=-15.0 kcal mol(-1)). The calculated free energies Delta(f)G(0) of the Watson-Crick and Hoogsteen isomers agree qualitatively with the experimental isomer concentration ratio of 3:1. PMID:16755637

  7. Temperature dependent EXAFS study on transition metal dichalcogenides MoX2 (X  =  S, Se, Te)

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    Caramazza, S.; Marini, C.; Simonelli, L.; Dore, P.; Postorino, P.

    2016-08-01

    The local structure of molybdenum dichalcogenide MoX2 (X  =  S, Se, Te) single crystal has been studied by means of multi-edge (Mo, Se, and Te K-edges) extended x-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy as function of temperature. The temperature dependences of the interatomic distances Mo–X, Mo–Mo and X–X (X  =  S, Se, and Te) and of the corresponding Debye–Waller factors have been extracted over the 70–500 K temperature range. Exploiting the correlated Einstein model, we found that the Einstein frequencies of Mo–X and X–X bonds obtained by present data are in close agreement with the frequencies of the optical (Raman and infrared) stretching modes for both MoS2 and MoSe2, whereas a significant deviation has been found for MoTe2. A similar anomaly has been found for the force constants related to the Mo–X bonds in the MoTe2 case. Our findings, accordingly with the results reported in a recent theoretical paper, support the idea that the optical vibrational modes have a dominant role in MoS2 and MoSe2, whereas the effects of acoustic vibrational modes cannot be neglected in the case of MoTe2.

  8. Kinetics of thermal reaction HOCl ⇄ H(2 S) + OCl( X 2Π i ) in gas phase

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    Begović, N.; Marković, Z.; Anić, S.

    2011-12-01

    The kinetics of gas reaction HOCl\\underset{{k_r }}{overset{{k_f }}{longleftrightarrow}}H(^2 S) + OCl(X^2 Pi _i ) was analyzed by the MP4 method. In the temperature range of 100-373 K the rate constants k f and k r and equilibrium constant K were changed from 1.10 × 10-220 to 1.17 × 10-52 s-1, from 2.89 × 10-16 to 1.68 × 10-5s-1 and from 3.80 × 10-205 to 6.96 × 10-48 respectively. In the above temperature range, the activation energy of the forward reaction ( E f) is 105.05 kcal/mol. In the same temperature interval there are two kinetic domains for the reverse reaction with activation energies ( E r1 = 5.53 kcal/mol when T is 100-273 K and E r2 = 14.50 kcal/mol when T is 273-373 K, respectively.

  9. Valence fluctuation and magnetic ordering in EuNi2(P1-x Ge x )2 single crystals.

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    Paramanik, U B; Bar, A; Das, Debarchan; Caroca-Canales, N; Prasad, R; Geibel, C; Hossain, Z

    2016-04-27

    Unusual phases and phase transitions are seen at the magnetic-nonmagnetic boundary in Ce-, Eu- and Yb-based compounds. EuNi2P2 is a very unusual valence fluctuating Eu system, because at low temperatures the Eu valence stays close to 2.5 instead of approaching an integer value. The Eu valence, and thus the magnetic property in this system, can be tuned by Ge substitution in the P site as EuNi2Ge2 is known to exhibit the antiferromagnetc (AFM) ordering of divalent Eu moments with [Formula: see text] K. We have grown EuNi2(P1-x Ge x )2 ([Formula: see text]) single crystals and studied their magnetic, thermodynamic and transport properties. Increasing Ge doping to x  >  0.4 results in a well-defined AFM ordered state with [Formula: see text] K for x  =  0.5. Moreover, the reduced value of magnetic entropy for x  =  0.5 at T N suggests the presence of valance fluctuation/the Kondo effect in this compound. Interestingly, the specific heat exhibits an enhanced Sommerfeld coefficient upon Ge doping. Subsequently, electronic structure calculations lead to a non-integral valence in EuNi2P2 but a stable divalent Eu state in EuNi2Ge2, which is in good agreement with the experimental results. PMID:26988385

  10. Photoelectron diffraction k-space volumes of the c(2x2) Mn/Ni(100) structure

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    Banerjee, S.; Denlinger, J.; Chen, X.

    1997-04-01

    Traditionally, x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) studies have either been done by scanning the diffraction angle for fixed kinetic energy (ADPD), or scanning the kinetic energy at fixed exit angle (EDPD). Both of these methods collect subsets of the full diffraction pattern, or volume, which is the intensity of photoemission as a function of momentum direction and magnitude. With the high density available at the Spectromicroscopy Facility (BL 7.0) {open_quotes}ultraESCA{close_quotes} station, the authors are able to completely characterize the photoelectron diffraction patterns of surface structures, up to several hundred electron volts kinetic energy. This large diffraction `volume` can then be analyzed in many ways. The k-space volume contains as a subset the energy dependent photoelectron diffraction spectra along all emission angles. It also contains individual, hemispherical, diffraction patterns at specific kinetic energies. Other `cuts` through the data set are also possible, revealing new ways of viewing photoelectron diffraction data, and potentially new information about the surface structure being studied. In this article the authors report a brief summary of a structural study being done on the c(2x2) Mn/Ni(100) surface alloy. This system is interesting for both structural and magnetic reasons. Magnetically, the Mn/Ni(100) surface alloy exhibits parallel coupling of the Mn and Ni moments, which is opposite to the reported coupling for the bulk, disordered, alloy. Structurally, the Mn atoms are believed to lie well above the surface plane.

  11. Millimeter Detection Of AlO (X2Σ+) In The Oxygen-rich Envelope Of VY Canis Majoris

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    Tenenbaum, Emily D.; Ziurys, L. M.

    2009-05-01

    A new circumstellar molecule, the radical AlO (X 2Σ+), has been detected toward the envelope of the oxygen-rich supergiant star VY Canis Majoris (VY CMa) via three rotational emission lines. The N = 7 → 6 and 6 → 5 features of AlO were observed at 1 mm using the Arizona Radio Observatory Submillimeter Telescope (ARO SMT) and the N = 4 → 3 line was detected at 2 mm using the ARO 12 m dish. All lines exhibit noticeable hyperfine broadening due to the I = 5/2 spin of the aluminum nucleus. Based on simulations of the line profiles, AlO most likely arises from the dust-acceleration zone in the spherical outflow of VY CMa, with a source size of θs 0.5''. Given this source size, the column density of AlO was found to be Ntot 2 × 1015 cm-2 for Trot 230 K, with a fractional abundance, relative to H2, of 10-8. Gas-phase thermodynamic equilibrium chemistry is the likely formation mechanism for AlO in VY CMa, but shocks may disrupt the condensation process into Al2O3, allowing AlO to survive 20 stellar radii. The detection of AlO in VY CMa is additional evidence of an active gas-phase refractory chemistry in oxygen-rich envelopes, and suggests such objects may be fruitful sources for other new oxide identifications.

  12. Detection of the CCP Radical (X2Πr) in IRC +10216: A New Interstellar Phosphorus-containing Species

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    Halfen, D. T.; Clouthier, D. J.; Ziurys, L. M.

    2008-04-01

    The CCP radical (X2Πr) has been detected in the circumstellar gas of IRC +10216, the fifth phosphorus-bearing molecule identified in interstellar space. This identification was made on the basis of new laboratory millimeter/submillimeter direct absorption measurements, conducted in the range 120-413 GHz. Four rotational transitions of this species were observed using the Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO) 12 m telescope on Kitt Peak at 2 and 3 mm in wavelength. Each transition consists of lambda-doublets, which are well-separated in frequency in IRC +10216; five of these eight possible lines of CCP were clearly detected, while the remaining three were contaminated by stronger emission from other species. The column density derived for CCP was Ntot= 1.2 × 1012 cm-2 and Trot = 21 K. Modeling of the line profiles suggests that CCP arises from an extended shell with a maximum radius of ~40''. The abundance of this radical, relative to H2, is f ~ 1 × 10-9—roughly comparable to that of PN and CP in this source. CCP may be produced from radical-radical reactions of CP, or ion-molecule chemistry involving P+ and HCCH. The identification of CCP is additional evidence that phosphorus chemistry is active in carbon-rich circumstellar gas.

  13. Bonding, Backbonding, and Spin-Polarized Molecular Orbitals:Basis for Magnetism and Semiconducting Transport in V[TCNE]x~;;2

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    Kortright, Jeffrey B; Kortright, Jeffrey B; Lincoln, Derek M; Edelstein, Ruth Shima; Epstein, Arthur J

    2008-05-20

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) at the V L2,3 and C and N K edges reveal bonding/backbonding interactions in films of the 400 K magnetic semiconductor V[TCNE]x~;;2. In V spectra, dxy-like orbitals are modeled assuming V2+ in an octahedral ligand field, while dz2 and dx2-y2 orbitals involved in strong covalent bonding cannot be modeled by atomic calculations. C and N MCD, and differences in XAS from neutral TCNE molecules, reveal spin-polarized molecular orbitals in V[TCNE]x~;;2 associated with backbonding interactions that yield its novel properties.

  14. TIME DELAYS IN QUASI-PERIODIC PULSATIONS OBSERVED DURING THE X2.2 SOLAR FLARE ON 2011 FEBRUARY 15

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    Dolla, L.; Marque, C.; Seaton, D. B.; Dominique, M.; Berghmans, D.; Cabanas, C.; De Groof, A.; Verdini, A.; West, M. J.; Zhukov, A. N.; Van Doorsselaere, T.; Schmutz, W.; Zender, J.

    2012-04-10

    We report observations of quasi-periodic pulsations (QPPs) during the X2.2 flare of 2011 February 15, observed simultaneously in several wavebands. We focus on fluctuations on timescale 1-30 s and find different time lags between different wavebands. During the impulsive phase, the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager channels in the range 25-100 keV lead all the other channels. They are followed by the Nobeyama RadioPolarimeters at 9 and 17 GHz and the extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) channels of the Euv SpectroPhotometer (ESP) on board the Solar Dynamic Observatory. The zirconium and aluminum filter channels of the Large Yield Radiometer on board the Project for On-Board Autonomy satellite and the soft X-ray (SXR) channel of ESP follow. The largest lags occur in observations from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, where the channel at 1-8 A leads the 0.5-4 A channel by several seconds. The time lags between the first and last channels is up to Almost-Equal-To 9 s. We identified at least two distinct time intervals during the flare impulsive phase, during which the QPPs were associated with two different sources in the Nobeyama RadioHeliograph at 17 GHz. The radio as well as the hard X-ray channels showed different lags during these two intervals. To our knowledge, this is the first time that time lags are reported between EUV and SXR fluctuations on these timescales. We discuss possible emission mechanisms and interpretations, including flare electron trapping.

  15. 1 Hz Flaring in the Accreting Millisecond Pulsar NGC 6440 X-2: Disk Trapping and Accretion Cycles

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    Patruno, Alessandro; D'Angelo, Caroline

    2013-07-01

    The dynamics of the plasma in the inner regions of an accretion disk around accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars (AMXPs) is controlled by the magnetic field of the neutron star. The interaction between an accretion disk and a strong magnetic field is not well understood, particularly at low accretion rates (the so-called propeller regime). This is due in part to the lack of clear observational diagnostics to constrain the physics of the disk-field interaction. Here, we associate the strong ~1 Hz modulation seen in the AMXP NGC 6440 X-2 with an instability that arises when the inner edge of the accretion disk is close to the corotation radius (where the stellar rotation rate matches the Keplerian speed in the disk). A similar modulation has previously been observed in another AMXP (SAX J1808.4-3658) and we suggest that the two phenomena are related and that this may be a common phenomenon among other magnetized systems. Detailed comparisons with theoretical models suggest that when the instability is observed, the interaction region between the disk and the field is very narrow—of the order of 1 km. Modeling further suggests that there is a transition region (~1-10 km) around the corotation radius where the disk-field torque changes sign from spin-up to spin-down. This is the first time that a direct observational constraint has been placed on the width of the disk-magnetosphere interaction region, in the frame of the trapped-disk instability model.

  16. ConnectX-2 InfiniBand Management Queues: First Investigation of the New Support for Network Offloaded Collective Operations

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    Graham, Richard L; Poole, Stephen W; Shamis, Pavel; Bloch, Gil; Bloch, Noam; Chapman, Hillel; Kagan, Michael; Shahar, Ariel; Rabinovitz, Ishai; Shainer, Gilad

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces the newly developed Infini-Band (IB) Management Queue capability, used by the Host Channel Adapter (HCA) to manage network task data flow dependancies, and progress the communications associated with such flows. These tasks include sends, receives, and the newly supported wait task, and are scheduled by the HCA based on a data dependency description provided by the user. This functionality is supported by the ConnectX-2 HCA, and provides the means for delegating collective communication management and progress to the HCA, also known as collective communication offload. This provides a means for overlapping collective communications managed by the HCA and computation on the Central Processing Unit (CPU), thus making it possible to reduce the impact of system noise on parallel applications using collective operations. This paper further describes how this new capability can be used to implement scalable Message Passing Interface (MPI) collective operations, describing the high level details of how this new capability is used to implement the MPI Barrier collective operation, focusing on the latency sensitive performance aspects of this new capability. This paper concludes with small scale benchmark experiments comparing implementations of the barrier collective operation, using the new network offload capabilities, with established point-to-point based implementations of these same algorithms, which manage the data flow using the central processing unit. These early results demonstrate the promise this new capability provides to improve the scalability of high performance applications using collective communications. The latency of the HCA based implementation of the barrier is similar to that of the best performing point-to-point based implementation managed by the central processing unit, starting to outperform these as the number of processes involved in the collective operation increases.

  17. Simultaneous IRIS and Hinode/EIS Observations and Modelling of the 2014 October 27 X2.0 Class Flare

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    Polito, V.; Reep, J. W.; Reeves, K. K.; Simões, P. J. A.; Dudík, J.; Del Zanna, G.; Mason, H. E.; Golub, L.

    2016-01-01

    We present a study of the X2-class flare which occurred on 2014 October 27 and was observed with the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) and the EUV Imaging Spectrometer (EIS) on board the Hinode satellite. Thanks to the high cadence and spatial resolution of the IRIS and EIS instruments, we are able to compare simultaneous observations of the Fe xxi 1354.08 Å and Fe xxiii 263.77 Å high-temperature emission (≳10 MK) in the flare ribbon during the chromospheric evaporation phase. We find that IRIS observes completely blueshifted Fe xxi line profiles, up to 200 km s-1 during the rise phase of the flare, indicating that the site of the plasma upflows is resolved by IRIS. In contrast, the Fe xxiii line is often asymmetric, which we interpret as being due to the lower spatial resolution of EIS. Temperature estimates from SDO/AIA and Hinode/XRT show that hot emission (log(T[K]) > 7.2) is first concentrated at the footpoints before filling the loops. Density-sensitive lines from IRIS and EIS give estimates of electron number density of ≳1012 cm-3 in the transition region lines and 1010 cm-3 in the coronal lines during the impulsive phase. In order to compare the observational results against theoretical predictions, we have run a simulation of a flare loop undergoing heating using the HYDRAD 1D hydro code. We find that the simulated plasma parameters are close to the observed values that are obtained with IRIS, Hinode, and AIA. These results support an electron beam heating model rather than a purely thermal conduction model as the driving mechanism for this flare.

  18. Valence fluctuation and magnetic ordering in EuNi2(P1-x Ge x )2 single crystals

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    Paramanik, U. B.; Bar, A.; Das, Debarchan; Caroca-Canales, N.; Prasad, R.; Geibel, C.; Hossain, Z.

    2016-04-01

    Unusual phases and phase transitions are seen at the magnetic-nonmagnetic boundary in Ce-, Eu- and Yb-based compounds. EuNi2P2 is a very unusual valence fluctuating Eu system, because at low temperatures the Eu valence stays close to 2.5 instead of approaching an integer value. The Eu valence, and thus the magnetic property in this system, can be tuned by Ge substitution in the P site as EuNi2Ge2 is known to exhibit the antiferromagnetc (AFM) ordering of divalent Eu moments with {{T}\\text{N}}=30 K. We have grown EuNi2(P1-x Ge x )2 (0.0≤slant x≤slant 0.5 ) single crystals and studied their magnetic, thermodynamic and transport properties. Increasing Ge doping to x  >  0.4 results in a well-defined AFM ordered state with {{T}\\text{N}}=12 K for x  =  0.5. Moreover, the reduced value of magnetic entropy for x  =  0.5 at T N suggests the presence of valance fluctuation/the Kondo effect in this compound. Interestingly, the specific heat exhibits an enhanced Sommerfeld coefficient upon Ge doping. Subsequently, electronic structure calculations lead to a non-integral valence in EuNi2P2 but a stable divalent Eu state in EuNi2Ge2, which is in good agreement with the experimental results.

  19. Ectodomain movements of an ATP-gated ion channel (P2X2 receptor) probed by disulfide locking.

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    Stelmashenko, Olga; Compan, Vincent; Browne, Liam E; North, R Alan

    2014-04-01

    The ectodomain of the P2X receptor is formed mainly from two- or three-stranded β-sheets provided symmetrically by each of the three subunits. These enclose a central cavity that is closed off furthest from the plasma membrane (the turret) and that joins with the transmembrane helices to form the ion permeation pathway. Comparison of closed and open crystal structures indicates that ATP binds in a pocket positioned between strands provided by different subunits and that this flexes the β-sheets of the lower body and enlarges the central cavity: this pulls apart the outer ends of the transmembrane helices and thereby opens an aperture, or gate, where they intersect within the membrane bilayer. In the present work, we examined this opening model by introducing pairs of cysteines into the rat P2X2 receptor that might form disulfide bonds within or between subunits. Receptors were expressed in human embryonic kidney cells, and disulfide formation was assessed by observing the effect of dithiothreitol on currents evoked by ATP. Substitutions in the turret (P90C, P89C/S97C), body wall (S65C/S190C, S65C/D315C) and the transmembrane domains (V48C/I328C, V51C/I328C, S54C/I328C) strongly inhibited ATP-evoked currents prior to reduction with dithiothreitol. Western blotting showed that these channels also formed predominately as dimers and/or trimers rather than monomers. The results strongly support the channel opening mechanism proposed on the basis of available crystal structures. PMID:24515105

  20. Optimizing proximity induced anomalous Hall effect in (BixSb1-x)2 Te3/YIG heterostructures

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    Jiang, Zilong; Tang, Chi; Shi, Jing; Chang, Cuizu; Wei, Peng; Moodera, Jagadeesh S.

    2015-03-01

    The spontaneously broken time reversal symmetry leads to an energy gap in the Dirac spectrum of the surface states of a topological insulator (TI) which gives rise to the quantized anomalous Hall effect (QAHE). QAHE has been observed in TI doped with Cr. Here we explore an alternative route by coupling the surface states of TI with yttrium iron garnet (YIG) ferrimagnetic insulator (FI). Just as in Cr-doped TI, a major challenge is to reduce the bulk conduction which overwhelms the surface state contribution. We have successfully grown 5 quintuple layer thick ternary TI (BixSb1-x)2 Te3 on atomically flat YIG films, in which the Fermi level of TI can be controlled by the Bi:Sb ratio. We have observed the anomalous Hall effect (AHE) in TI/YIG heterostructure over a wide range of carrier density and in both electron and hole types induced by varying the Bi:Sb ratio from 0:1 to 1:0. Both Rxx and RAH undergo systematic and dramatic changes as the Bi:Sb ratio is varied. The maximum RAH occurs near the p-n cross-over region at Bi:Sb ratio ~0.2:0.8, which is nearly two orders of magnitude greater than the minimum value at Bi:Sb ratio ~1:0. As the Bi:Sb ratio is varied, we find that RAH scales quadratically with Rxx, indicating the scattering rate independent AHE. The electric field effect study further demonstrates the existence of robust AHE while the Fermi level of TI is tuned. This research was supported by UC Lab fees program and a DOE/BES award at UCR, and by NSF/DMR at MIT.

  1. Numerical Prediction of Radiation Measurements Taken in the X2 Facility for Mars and Titan Gas Mixtures

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    Palmer, Grant; Prabhu, Dinesh; Brandis, Aaron; McIntyre, Timothy J.

    2011-01-01

    Thermochemical relaxation behind a normal shock in Mars and Titan gas mixtures is simulated using a CFD solver, DPLR, for a hemisphere of 1 m radius; the thermochemical relaxation along the stagnation streamline is considered equivalent to the flow behind a normal shock. Flow simulations are performed for a Titan gas mixture (98% N2, 2% CH4 by volume) for shock speeds of 5.7 and 7.6 km/s and pressures ranging from 20 to 1000 Pa, and a Mars gas mixture (96% CO2, and 4% N2 by volume) for a shock speed of 8.6 km/s and freestream pressure of 13 Pa. For each case, the temperatures and number densities of chemical species obtained from the CFD flow predictions are used as an input to a line-by-line radiation code, NEQAIR. The NEQAIR code is then used to compute the spatial distribution of volumetric radiance starting from the shock front to the point where thermochemical equilibrium is nominally established. Computations of volumetric spectral radiance assume Boltzmann distributions over radiatively linked electronic states of atoms and molecules. The results of these simulations are compared against experimental data acquired in the X2 facility at the University of Queensland, Australia. The experimental measurements were taken over a spectral range of 310-450 nm where the dominant contributor to radiation is the CN violet band system. In almost all cases, the present approach of computing the spatial variation of post-shock volumetric radiance by applying NEQAIR along a stagnation line computed using a high-fidelity flow solver with good spatial resolution of the relaxation zone is shown to replicate trends in measured relaxation of radiance for both Mars and Titan gas mixtures.

  2. Magnetohydrodynamic simulation of the x2.2 solar flare on 2011 February 15. I. Comparison with the observations

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    Inoue, S.; Magara, T.; Choe, G. S.; Hayashi, K.; Park, Y. D.

    2014-06-20

    We performed a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation using a nonlinear force-free field (NLFFF) in solar active region 11158 to clarify the dynamics of an X2.2-class solar flare. We found that the NLFFF never shows the dramatic dynamics seen in observations, i.e., it is in a stable state against the perturbations. On the other hand, the MHD simulation shows that when the strongly twisted lines are formed at close to the neutral line, which are produced via tether-cutting reconnection in the twisted lines of the NLFFF, they consequently erupt away from the solar surface via the complicated reconnection. This result supports the argument that the strongly twisted lines formed in NLFFF via tether-cutting reconnection are responsible for breaking the force balance condition of the magnetic fields in the lower solar corona. In addition to this, the dynamical evolution of these field lines reveals that at the initial stage the spatial pattern of the footpoints caused by the reconnection of the twisted lines appropriately maps the distribution of the observed two-ribbon flares. Interestingly, after the flare, the reconnected field lines convert into a structure like the post-flare loops, which is analogous to the extreme ultraviolet image taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Eventually, we found that the twisted lines exceed a critical height at which the flux tube becomes unstable to the torus instability. These results illustrate the reliability of our simulation and also provide an important relationship between flare and coronal mass ejection dynamics.

  3. RESPONSE OF THE PHOTOSPHERIC MAGNETIC FIELD TO THE X2.2 FLARE ON 2011 FEBRUARY 15

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    Wang Shuo; Liu Chang; Liu Rui; Deng Na; Wang Haimin; Liu Yang

    2012-02-15

    It is well known that the long-term evolution of the photospheric magnetic field plays an important role in building up free energy to power solar eruptions. Observations, despite being controversial, have also revealed a rapid and permanent variation of the photospheric magnetic field in response to the coronal magnetic field restructuring during the eruption. The Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager instrument (HMI) on board the newly launched Solar Dynamics Observatory produces seeing-free full-disk vector magnetograms at consistently high resolution and high cadence, which finally makes possible an unambiguous and comprehensive study of this important back-reaction process. In this study, we present a near disk-center, GOES-class X2.2 flare, which occurred in NOAA AR 11158 on 2011 February 15. Using the magnetic field measurements made by HMI, we obtained the first solid evidence of a rapid (in about 30 minutes) and irreversible enhancement in the horizontal magnetic field at the flaring magnetic polarity inversion line (PIL) by a magnitude of {approx}30%. It is also shown that the photospheric field becomes more sheared and more inclined. This field evolution is unequivocally associated with the flare occurrence in this sigmoidal active region, with the enhancement area located in between the two chromospheric flare ribbons and the initial conjugate hard X-ray footpoints. These results strongly corroborate our previous conjecture that the photospheric magnetic field near the PIL must become more horizontal after eruptions, which could be related to the newly formed low-lying fields resulting from the tether-cutting reconnection.

  4. Spectral analysis of LMC X-2 with XMM/Newton: unveiling the emission process in the extragalactic Z-source

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    Lavagetto, G.; Iaria, R.; D'Aı, A.; di Salvo, T.; Robba, N. R.

    2008-01-01

    Aims:We present the results of the analysis of an archival observation of LMC X-2 performed with XMM/Newton. The spectra taken by high-precision instruments have never been analyzed before. Methods: We find an X-ray position for the source that is inconsistent with the one obtained by ROSAT, but in agreement with the Einstein position and that of the optical counterpart. The correlated spectral and timing behaviour of the source suggests that the source is probably in the normal branch of its X-ray color-color diagram. The spectrum of the source can be fitted with a blackbody with a temperature 1.5 keV plus a disc blackbody at 0.8 keV. Photoelectric absorption from neutral matter has an equivalent hydrogen column of 4 × 1020 cm-2. An emission line, which we identify as the O VIII Lyman-α line, is detected, while no feature due to iron is detected in the spectrum. Results: We argue that the emission of this source can be straightforwardly interpreted as the sum of the emission from a boundary layer between the NS and the disc and a blackbody component coming from the disc itself. Other canonical models that are used to fit Z-sources do not give a satisfactory fit to the data. The detection of the O VIII emission line (and the lack of detection of lines in the iron region) can be due to the fact that the source lies in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

  5. Structure and radiation effect of Er-stuffed pyrochlore Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 (x = 0-0.667)

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    Yang, D. Y.; Xu, C. P.; Fu, E. G.; Wen, J.; Liu, C. G.; Zhang, K. Q.; Wang, Y. Q.; Li, Y. H.

    2015-08-01

    Er-stuffed pyrochlore series Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 (x = 0, 0.162, 0.286, 0.424 and 0.667) were synthesized using conventional ceramic processing procedures. The structure of Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 is effectively tailored by the Er stuffing level (x). In order to study the radiation effect of Er-stuffed pyrochlores, irradiation experiments were performed with 400 keV Ne2+ ions to fluences ranging from 5 × 1014 to 3.0 × 1015 ions/cm2 at cryogenic condition. Irradiation induced microstructural evolution was examined using a grazing incidence X-ray diffraction technique. It is found that the irradiated layer of Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 undergoes significant lattice disordering and swelling at fluences of ⩽1.5 × 1015 ions/cm2 and amorphization at fluences of ⩾1.5 × 1015 ions/cm2. The radiation effect depends strongly on the chemical compositions of the samples. Both the lattice swelling percentage and the amorphous fraction decrease with increasing x. The experimental results are discussed in the context of cation antisite defect. The defect formation energy which varies as a function of x is responsible for the difference in the structural behaviors of Er2(Ti2-xErx)O7-x/2 under 400 keV Ne2+ ion irradiation.

  6. Hydration thermodynamics of the proton conducting oxygen-deficient perovskite series BaTi1-xMxO3-x/2 with M = In or Sc.

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    Bjørheim, Tor Svendsen; Rahman, Seikh M H; Eriksson, Sten G; Knee, Christopher S; Haugsrud, Reidar

    2015-03-16

    This article establishes the effect of structure and composition on water uptake and the hydration and proton transport properties of the oxygen-deficient perovskite series BaTi1-x(In,Sc)xO3-x/2, with 0.2 ≤ x ≤ 0.7. The equilibrium water uptake is determined by thermogravimetry, while combining thermogravimetry with differential scanning calorimetry allows for direct determination of the materials' hydration thermodynamics. Proton and oxide ion transport properties are characterized by means of ac impedance measurements up to 1000 °C. In general, the hydration thermodynamics of the scandates are more favorable than that of the indates and are also affected by changes in crystal structure throughout the series. The more favorable hydration thermodynamics of cubic scandates increase their proton conductivity at higher temperatures compared to their indate counterparts. In contrast to the BaTi1-xInxO3-x/2 series, the BaTi1-xScxO3-x/2 (0.5 ≤ x ≤ 0.7) materials retain their cubic structures upon full saturation by protons and show no signs of chemical instability upon exposure to 1 atm H2O(g) down to 100 °C. The BaTi1-xScxO3-x/2 materials with 0.5 ≤ x ≤ 0.7 may therefore find application in, for instance, steam electrolysis or similar processes involving high water vapor pressures. PMID:25731587

  7. In-Rich Reconstructions of the InSb(100) Surface and Chemisorption of Lithium on the c (8x2) Surface - An Ab Initio Study.*

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    Ganapathy, Sridevi L.

    2005-03-01

    The local density approximation to density functional theory (LDA-DFT) has been used to study the different possible relaxations and reconstructions of the In-rich InSb (100) surface. The surfaces are modeled by a three-layer surface with alternating In and Sb atoms and In atoms in the first layer. Hydrogen atoms are used to saturate the dangling bonds of In atoms in the bottom layer to simulate the semi-infinite effect of the surface. Periodic boundary conditions with pseudo-potentials have been used and all simulations have been carried out with the Gaussian 03 suite of programs.^1 We will report on various electronic and geometric structure properties of the possible (1x2), (2x1), (4x2) and c (8x2) reconstructed surfaces. We will also report our studies on adsorption of Li in the most symmetric sites of c (8x2) surface. Details of the chemisorption process, such as the adsorption energies, adatom separation distances, charge distributions, density of states, will be presented and compared with available results in the literature. Possible changes in the InSb surface due to Li adsorption will also be discussed in detail. ^*Work supported, in part, by the Welch Foundation, Houston, Texas (Grant No. Y-1525). ^1 Gaussian03, M. J. Frisch et al., Gaussian Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.

  8. GENOMIC ANALYSIS OF A 1 MB REGION NEAR THE TELOMERE OF HESSIAN FLY CHROMOSOME X2 AND AVIRULENCE GENE VH13

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    Chromosome walking and FISH were utilized to identify a contig of 50 BAC clones near the telomere of the short arm of Hessian fly chromosome X2 and near the avirulence gene vH13. These clones enabled us to correlate physical and genetic distance in this region of the Hessian fly genome. Sequence da...

  9. Thermal Conductivities and Thermal Expansion Coefficients of (Sm0.5Gd0.5)2(Ce1- x Zr x )2O7 Ceramics

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    Hongsong, Zhang; Lei, Shi; Yongde, Zhao; Gang, Li; Zhenjun, Li

    2015-09-01

    The (Sm0.5Gd0.5)2(Ce1- x Zr x )2O7 oxides were prepared by solid-state reaction, and their phase compositions, microstructures, and thermophysical properties were investigated. Results of x-ray diffraction reveal that pure (Sm0.5Gd0.5)2(Ce1- x Zr x )2O7 oxides with fluorite structure are successfully synthesized in the current study. The thermal expansion coefficient decreases with increasing content of ZrO2, which is higher than that of 7 wt.% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The substitution of Zr4+ for Ce4+ reduces the thermal conductivity of Sm2Ce2O7 oxide. The thermal conductivity decreases from 1.69 W/m K ( x = 0) to 1.22 W/m K ( x = 0.3) at 1000 °C. The composition with x = 0.3 exhibits the lowest thermal conductivity at all temperatures, and the thermal conductivity of (Sm0.5Gd0.5)2 (Ce1- x Zr x )2O7 ceramics was obviously lower than those of fully dense 7 wt.% YSZ. These results suggested promising potential applications of the (Sm0.5Gd0.5)2 (Ce1- x Zr x )2O7 ceramics for high-temperature thermal barrier coatings.

  10. Bruker SMART X2S Benchtop System: A Means to Making X-Ray Crystallography More Mainstream in the Undergraduate Laboratory

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    Guzei, Ilia A.; Hill, Nicholas J.; Zakai, Uzma I.

    2010-01-01

    Bruker SMART X2S is a portable benchtop diffractometer that requires only a 110 V outlet to operate. The instrument operation is intuitive and facile with an automation layer governing the workflow from behind the scenes. The user participation is minimal. At the end of an experiment, the instrument attempts to solve the structure automatically;…

  11. Einstein A coefficients and absolute line intensities for the E2Π-X2Σ+ transition of CaH

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    Li, Gang; Harrison, Jeremy J.; Ram, Ram S.; Western, Colin M.; Bernath, Peter F.

    2012-01-01

    Einstein A coefficients and absolute line intensities have been calculated for the E2Π-X2Σ+ transition of CaH. Using wavefunctions derived from the Rydberg-Klein-Rees (RKR) method and electronic transition dipole moment functions obtained from high-level ab initio calculations, rotationless transition dipole moment matrix elements have been calculated for all 10 bands involving v‧=0,1 of the E2Π state and v″=0,1,2,3,4 of the X2Σ state. The rotational line strength factors (Hönl-London factors) are derived for the intermediate coupling case between Hund's case (a) and (b) for the E2Π-X2Σ+ transition. The computed transition dipole moments and the spectroscopic constants from a recent study [Ram et al., Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 2011;266:86-91] have been combined to generate line lists containing Einstein A coefficients and absolute line intensities for 10 bands of the E2Π-X2Σ+ transition of CaH for J-values up to 50.5. The absolute line intensities have been used to determine a rotational temperature of 778±3 °C for the CaH sample in the recent study.

  12. Mass spectrum of the 1-butene-3-yne-2-yl radical (i-C4H3; X2A')

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    Guo, Ying; Gu, Xibin; Kaiser, Ralf I.

    2006-03-01

    The crossed molecular beams method has been applied to produce the 1-butene-3-yne-2-yl radical, i-C4H3(X2A') under single collision conditions via the reaction of dicarbon molecules with ethylene. We recorded time-of-flight spectra of the radical at the center-of-mass angle (28.0°) of the parent ion (m/z = 51; C4H3+) and of the fragments at m/z = 50 (C4H2+), m/z = 49 (C4H+), m/z = 48 (C4+), m/z = 39 (C3H3+), m/z = 38 (C3H2+), m/z = 37 (C3H+), and m/z = 36 (C3+). This yielded relative intensity ratios of I(m/z = 51):I(m/z = 50):I(m/z = 49):I(m/z = 48):I(m/z = 39):I(m/z = 38):I(m/z = 37):I(m/z = 36) = 0.47 +/- 0.01:0.94 +/- 0.01:1.0:0.07 +/- 0.02:0.31 +/- 0.01:0.23 +/- 0.02:0.24 +/- 0.01:0.12 +/- 0.01 at 70 eV electron impact energy. Upper limits at mass-to-charge ratios between 27 and m/z = 24 and m/z = 14-12 were derived to be 0.02 +/- 0.01. Note that the intensity of the 13C isotopic peak of the 1-butene-3-yne-2-yl radical at m/z = 52 (13C12C3H3+) is about 0.04 +/- 0.01 relative to m/z = 51. Employing linear scaling methods, the absolute electron impact ionization cross section of the 1-butene-3-yne-2-yl radical was computed to be 7.8 +/- 1.6 × 10-16 cm2. These data can be employed to monitor the 1-butene-3-yne-2-yl radical in oxygen-poor combustion flames and in the framework of prospective explorations of planetary atmospheres (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) and of their moons (Titan, Triton, Oberon) in situ via matrix interval arithmetic assisted mass spectrometry.

  13. High-resolution core-level photoemission study of Eu-induced (3x2)/(3x4) reconstruction on Ge(111)

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    Kuzmin, M.; Peraelae, R. E.; Laukkanen, P.; Ahola-Tuomi, M.; Vaeyrynen, I. J.

    2006-09-15

    We have investigated Eu-induced Ge(111)-(3x2)/(3x4) reconstruction by high-resolution core-level photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation and low-energy electron diffraction. Recent scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) observations [Phys. Rev. B 73, 125332 (2006)] revealed that the Ge arrangement of this reconstruction can be well described in terms of the honeycomb chain-channel (HCC) geometry proposed earlier for metal/Si(111)-(3x1) and -(3x2) surfaces; the Eu atoms, however, were found to reside at two different adsorption sites in the Eu/Ge(111)-(3x2)/(3x4) reconstruction, in contrast to the equivalent adsorption sites (e.g., T4) occupied in the case of Si. The present photoemission results provide further information about the atomic arrangement of Eu/Ge(111)-(3x2)/(3x4). In particular, we show that the Ge 3d core-level data cannot be interpreted by the HCC structure with the Eu atoms adsorbed only on T4 sites, giving a spectroscopic support for the suggestions based on the earlier STM data. We consider here a modified HCC-based configuration for the Eu/Ge(111)-(3x2)/(3x4) surface where the Eu atoms occupy two different sites in the empty channel between the neighboring Ge honeycomb chains. The atomic models are discussed in the context of the Ge 3d and Eu 4f data as well as the previous results available in the literature. Finally, we propose a structural model that allows us to account for the present photoemission and earlier STM findings.

  14. Calorimetric Study of Phase Stability and Phase Transformation in U- xZr ( x = 2, 5, 10 wt pct) Alloys

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    Rai, Arun Kumar; Subramanian, Raju; Hajra, Raj Narayan; Tripathy, Haraprasanna; Rengachari, Mythili; Saibaba, Saroja

    2015-11-01

    A comprehensive calorimetric study of high-temperature phase equilibria and phase transformation characteristics in U- xZr ( x = 2, 5, 10 wt pct) alloys has been undertaken, as a function of heating and cooling rates. It is found that the following sequence of phase transformation takes place upon slow heating in annealed U-2 wt pct Zr alloy: α + α' + δ-UZr2 → α + γ 2 → β + γ 2 → β + γ 1 → γ. For alloys of 5 and 10 wt pct Zr, the additional presence of a miscibility gap ( γ 1 U-rich bcc + γ 2 Zr-rich bcc) in the high-temperature γ(bcc) phase region resulted in the following transformation sequence: α + α' + δ-UZr2 → α + γ 2 → β + γ 2 → γ 1 + γ 2 → γ. Further, it has been demonstrated that depending on the nature of starting microstructure, namely whether it is α eq + δ-UZr2, or a mix of α' + α eq + δ-UZr2 phases, the relative extents of two possible co-occurring modes of the first on-heating phase transformation step differ. In case of starting microstructure having mixture of three phases α' + α eq + δ-UZr2, it is found that α'-martensite relaxation via α' + α eq + δ-UZr2 → α eq + δ-UZr2 constitutes the first on-heating thermal response. The α'-martensitic relaxation is very closely followed by the dissolution of δ-UZr2. The co-occurrence of these two events gives rise to a composite thermal arrest in a normal dynamic calorimetry profile. However, if the starting microstructure is the one having the equilibrium mix of α eq and δ-UZr2, then only the peritectoidal dissolution of δ-UZr2 is found in the calorimetry profile. Unless, a very slow cooling rate of the order of 0.1 K min-1 is adopted from high-temperature γ(bcc) phase, it is not possible to obtain 100 pct of α eq phase along with equilibrium amount of δ-UZr2. At normal and high cooling rates, it is possible to suppress the diffusional decomposition of γ to varying extents. The direct γ → α'-martensite transformation has been observed at

  15. Measurement of OH(X 2Πi υ = 2, 3, 4) Collisional Removal Rate Constants by Oxygen Atoms

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    Boulter, J. E.; Marschall, J.; Copeland, R. A.

    2002-05-01

    The fluorescence of vibrationally excited, ground electronic state hydroxyl radical (OH) in the airglow originates in the mesosphere-lower thermosphere (MLT) region of Earth's atmosphere. Spectroscopic measurements of this infrared emission are being made by the TIMED satellite to characterize the dynamics, temperature profiles, and HOy chemistry in the region 80-100 km. In the atmosphere, hydroxyl radicals in υ = 6-9 are formed in the reaction of hydrogen atoms with ozone; lower vibrational levels are populated through subsequent collisional deactivation by molecular oxygen. The lifetimes of the lower levels (υ <= 4) are significantly affected by collisions with atomic oxygen, as collisions with molecular oxygen are less efficient at relaxation than at higher levels. Given the importance of O-atom collisions in the atmosphere, we have developed an experimental approach and performed experiments on the collisional removal of OH(υ = 2, 3, 4) by atomic oxygen. In this work, the reaction of OH with atomic oxygen is studied using a two-laser method. Ozone is photolyzed in nitrogen with a pulsed excimer laser to generate O(1D), a portion of which reacts with either hydrogen to form OH(υ <= 4) or with water vapor to form OH(υ <= 3); the remainder is rapidly deactivated by collisions with N2 to produce ground state O(3P). A second, tunable dye laser pulse probes the OH population in a specific rovibrational state as a function of reaction time, using fluorescence from the A 2}Σ {+ - X 2Π { i} system. By adjusting the composition of the reactant gas mixture and by varying the photolysis laser fluence to control the ozone dissociation fraction, the dominant relaxation partner can be varied systematically from ozone and water or hydrogen to atomic oxygen. Experimentally determined rate constants for the removal of OH(υ = 2, 3, 4) by O(3P) are obtained at room temperature, with values of 6 x 10-11, 1.0 x 10-10 and 1.6 x 10-10 for υ = 2, 3 and 4, respectively, and 2-

  16. Reliable Predictions of the Thermochemistry of Boron-Nitrogen Hydrogen Storage Compounds: BxNxHy, x=2,3

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    Matus, Myrna H; Anderson, Kevin; Camaioni, Donald M; Autrey, Thomas; Dixon, David A

    2007-05-24

    Thermochemical data calculated using ab initio molecular orbital theory are reported for 16 BxNxHy compounds with x = 2, 3 and y ≥ 2x. Accurate gas phase heats of formation were obtained using coupled cluster with single and double excitations and perturbative triples (CCSD(T)) valence electron calculations extrapolated to the complete basis set (CBS) limit with additional corrections including core/valence, scalar relativistic, and spin-orbit corrections to predict the atomization energies and scaled harmonic frequencies to correct for zero point and thermal energies and estimate entropies. Computationally cheaper calculations were also performed using the G3MP2 and G3B3 variants of the Gaussian-3 method, as well as density functional theory (DFT) using the B3LYP functional. The G3MP2 heats of formation are too positive by up to ~6 kcal/mol as compared to CCSD(T)/CBS values. The more expensive G3B3 method predicts heats of formation that are too negative as compared to the CCSD(T)/CBS values by up to 3 to 4 kcal/mol. Density functional theory (DFT) using the B3LYP functional and 6-311+G** basis set predict isodesmic reaction energies to within a few kcal/mol compared to the CCSD(T)/CBS method so isodesmic reactions involving BN compounds and the analogous hydrocarbons can be used to estimate heats of formation. Heats of formation of cyclo-B3N3H12 and cyclo-B3N3H6 are, in kcal/mol at 298 K, -95.5 and -115.5, respectively using our best calculated CCSD(T)/CBS approach. The experimental value for cyclo-B3N3H6 appears to be ~7 kcal/mol too negative. Enthalpies, entropies and free energies are calculated for many dehydrocoupling and dehydrogenation reactions that convert BNH6 to alicyclic and cyclic oligomers and H2(g). Generally, the reactions are highly exothermic, and exorgonic as well, due to the release of 1 or more equivalents of H2(g). For cyclo-B3N3H12 and cyclo-B3N3H6, available experimental data for sublimation and vaporization lead to estimates of their

  17. AB initio MRD CI potential curves, dipole moments and zero-field splittings for the X 2Π ground states of the CF and CCl molecules

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    Hess, Bernd A.; Buenker, Robert J.

    1986-01-01

    A series of ab initio MRD CI calculations at various levels of theoretical treatment is carried out for the X 2Π ground states of the CF and CCl molecules. The resulting potential energy curves lead to quite good agreement with known spectroscopic constants for these systems and also allow for the accurate computation of the corresponding vibrational wavefunctions. Particular attention is given to the dependence of the electric dipole moments and spin-orbit splittings on the choice of the one-electron basis in the CI calculations. Best agreement with experimental values for these quantities is obtained by employing the natural orbitals of X 2Π states, in which case errors of only 0.1-0.2 D and 2.0-4.0 cm -1 respectively in the computed dipole moments and zero-field splittings result.

  18. Vatalanib decrease the positive interaction of VEGF receptor-2 and P2X2/3 receptor in chronic constriction injury rats.

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    Liu, Shuangmei; Xu, Changshui; Li, Guilin; Liu, Han; Xie, Jinyan; Tu, Guihua; Peng, Haiying; Qiu, Shuyi; Liang, Shangdong

    2012-05-01

    Neuropathic pain can arise from a lesion affecting the peripheral nervous system. Selective P2X(3) and P2X(2/3) receptors' antagonists effectively reduce neuropathic pain. VEGF inhibitors are effective for pain relief. The present study investigated the effects of Vatalanib (VEGF receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) inhibitor) on the neuropathic pain to address the interaction of VEGFR-2 and P2X(2/3) receptor in dorsal root ganglia of chronic constriction injury (CCI) rats. Neuropathic pain symptoms following CCI are similar to most peripheral lesions as assessed by the Neuropathic Pain Symptom Inventory. Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into sham group, CCI group and CCI rats treated with Vatalanib group. Mechanical withdrawal threshold and thermal withdrawal latency were measured. Co-expression of VEGFR-2 and P2X(2) or P2X(3) in L4-6 dorsal root ganglia (DRG) was detected by double-label immunofluorescence. The modulation effect of VEGF on P2X(2/3) receptor agonist-activated currents in freshly isolated DRG neurons of rats both of sham and CCI rats was recorded by whole-cell patch-clamp technique. The mechanical withdrawal threshold (MWT) and thermal withdrawal latency (TWL) in CCI group were lower than those in sham group (p<0.05). MWT and TWL in CCI rats treated with Vatalanib group were increased compared with those in CCI group (p<0.05). VEGFR-2 and P2X(2) or P2X(3) receptors were co-expressed in the cytoplasm and surface membranes of DRG. The co-expression of VEGFR-2 and P2X(2) or P2X(3) receptor in CCI group exhibited more intense staining than those in sham group and CCI rats treated with Vatalanib group, respectively. VEGF enhanced the amplitude of ATP and α,β-meATP -activated currents of both sham and CCI rats. Increment effects of VEGF on ATP and α,β-meATP -activated currents in CCI rats were higher than those in sham rats. Both ATP (100 μM) and α,β-meATP (10 μM)- activated currents enhanced by VEGF ( 1nM) were significantly blocked by Vatalanib (1

  19. Chandra and Swift X-Ray Observations of the X-Ray Pulsar SMC X-2 During the Outburst of 2015

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    Li, K. L.; Hu, C.-P.; Lin, L. C. C.; Kong, Albert K. H.

    2016-09-01

    We report the Chandra/HRC-S and Swift/XRT observations for the 2015 outburst of the high-mass X-ray binary pulsar in the Small Magellanic Cloud, SMC X-2. While previous studies suggested that either an O star or a Be star in the field is the high-mass companion of SMC X-2, our Chandra/HRC-S image unambiguously confirms the O-type star as the true optical counterpart. Using the Swift/XRT observations, we extracted accurate orbital parameters of the pulsar binary through a time of arrivals analysis. In addition, there were two X-ray dips near the inferior conjunction, which are possibly caused by eclipses or an ionized high-density shadow wind near the companion’s surface. Finally, we propose that an outflow driven by the radiation pressure from day ∼10 played an important role in the X-ray/optical evolution of the outburst.

  20. A (4x2) reconstruction of CuInSe{sub 2} (001) studied by low-energy electron diffraction and soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy

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    Deniozou, Th.; Esser, N.; Schulmeyer, Th.; Hunger, R.

    2006-01-30

    Clean and flat (001) surfaces of CuInSe{sub 2}/GaAs grown by molecular-beam epitaxy could be prepared by the combination of a Se capping and decapping process and subsequent Ar{sup +} ion sputtering and annealing. The formation of a (4x2) reconstruction was observed with low-energy electron diffraction. Soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy was performed on the prepared surfaces and revealed surface core-level binding energy shifts in the Cu 2p{sub 3/2}, Se 3d, and In 4d levels which are associated with surface atoms. The structure model of a combined metal adatom-Se dimer structure is proposed to refer to the (4x2) reconstruction.

  1. Room-temperature electronic template effect of the SmSi(111)-8x2 interface for self-alignment of organic molecules.

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    Makoudi, Younes; Duverger, Eric; Arab, Madjid; Chérioux, Frédéric; Ample, Franscisco; Rapenne, Gwénaël; Bouju, Xavier; Palmino, Frank

    2008-07-14

    This work describes an innovative concept for the development of organized molecular systems based on the template effect of the pre-structured semi-conductive SmSi(111) interface. This substrate is selected because Sm deposition in the submonolayer range leads to a 8x2-reconstruction, which is a well-defined one-dimensional semi-metallic structure. Adsorption of aromatic molecules [1,4-di-(9-ethynyltriptycenyl)-benzene] on SmSi(111)- 8x2 and Si(111)-7x7 interfaces is investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at room temperature. Density functional theory (DFT) and semi-empirical (ASED+) calculations define the nature of the molecular adsorption sites of the target molecule on SmSi as well as their self-alignment on this interface. Experimental data and theoretical results are in good agreement. PMID:18537218

  2. Local environment in Ba 2In 2-xW xO 5+3x/2 oxide ion conductors

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    Daviero-Minaud, Sylvie; Rolle, Aurélie; Kongmark, Chanapa; Vannier, Rose-Noëlle

    2009-02-01

    The actual oxygen environment of the tungsten dopant in the Ba 2In 2-xW xO 5+3x/2 solid solution was revealed by combining X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the tungsten LI and LIII edges and at the indium LI edge. Whatever the substitution ratio, the tungsten atoms exhibit a regular octahedral environment. When the substitution ratio increases, the oxygen vacancies are progressively filled until their total occupancy for x=2/3. For x⩾0.3, the perovskite structure is stabilised; the tungsten atoms are randomly distributed in the structure. Although X-ray diffraction revealed a cubic symmetry for these compositions, a local distortion of the indium environment is observed when a tungsten atom is in its surrounding.

  3. Geology and mineral resources of the Florence, Beaufort, Rocky Mount, and Norfolk 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS quadrangles. National Uranium Resource Evaluation program

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    Harris, W.B.

    1982-08-01

    This document provides geologic and mineral resources data for previously-issued Savannah River Laboratory hydrogeochemical and stream sediment reports of the Beaufort, Florence, Norfolk, and Rocky Mount 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ National Topographic Map Series quadrangles in the southeastern United States. This report is issued in draft form, without detailed technical and copy editing. This was done to make the report available to the public before the end of the National Uranium Resource Evaluation program.

  4. Spectrographic and chemical analyses of rock and soil samples from the Medford 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle, Oregon-California

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    Whittington, C.L.; Grimes, D.J.; Peterson, J.A.

    1983-01-01

    The report presents analytical and location data on 3146 rock and 35 soil samples from the Medford 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle, Oregon-California. These data are compiled from mineral resource and geochemical studies in the quadrangle and from similar studies of wilderness areas lying partly or entirely within the quadrangle: the Wild Rogue Wilderness, the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, and the Sky Lakes Roadless Area and Mountain Lakes Wilderness. 14 refs., 2 tabs.

  5. Probing the electronic structures of low oxidation-state uranium fluoride molecules UF{sub x}{sup −} (x = 2−4)

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    Li, Wei-Li; Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary V.; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Hu, Han-Shi; Li, Jun; Su, Jing

    2013-12-28

    We report the experimental observation of gaseous UF{sub x}{sup −} (x = 2−4) anions, which are investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and relativistic quantum chemistry. Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra are obtained for all three species and the electron affinities of UF{sub x} (x = 2−4) are measured to be 1.16(3), 1.09(3), and 1.58(3) eV, respectively. Significant multi-electron transitions are observed in the photoelectron spectra of U(5f{sup 3}7s{sup 2})F{sub 2}{sup −}, as a result of strong electron correlation effects of the two 7s electrons. The U−F symmetric stretching vibrational modes are resolved for the ground states of all UF{sub x} (x = 2−4) neutrals. Theoretical calculations are performed to qualitatively understand the photoelectron spectra. The entire UF{sub x}{sup −} and UF{sub x} (x = 1−6) series are considered theoretically to examine the trends of U−F bonding and the electron affinities as a function of fluorine coordination. The increased U−F bond lengths and decreased bond orders from UF{sub 2}{sup −} to UF{sub 4}{sup −} indicate that the U−F bonding becomes weaker as the oxidation state of U increases from I to III.

  6. Coordination Chemistry of Diiodine and Implications for the Oxidation Capacity of the Synergistic Ag(+) /X2 (X=Cl, Br, I) System.

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    Malinowski, Przemysław J; Himmel, Daniel; Krossing, Ingo

    2016-08-01

    The synergistic Ag(+) /X2 system (X=Cl, Br, I) is a very strong, but ill-defined oxidant-more powerful than X2 or Ag(+) alone. Intermediates for its action may include [Agm (X2 )n ](m+) complexes. Here, we report on an unexpectedly variable coordination chemistry of diiodine towards this direction: (A)Ag-I2 -Ag(A), [Ag2 (I2 )4 ](2+) (A(-) )2 and [Ag2 (I2 )6 ](2+) (A(-) )2 ⋅(I2 )x≈0.65 form by reaction of Ag(A) (A=Al(OR(F) )4 ; R(F) =C(CF3 )3 ) with diiodine (single crystal/powder XRD, Raman spectra and quantum-mechanical calculations). The molecular (A)Ag-I2 -Ag(A) is ideally set up to act as a 2 e(-) oxidant with stoichiometric formation of 2 AgI and 2 A(-) . Preliminary reactivity tests proved this (A)Ag-I2 -Ag(A) starting material to oxidize n-C5 H12 , C3 H8 , CH2 Cl2 , P4 or S8 at room temperature. A rough estimate of its electron affinity places it amongst very strong oxidizers like MF6 (M=4d metals). This suggests that (A)Ag-I2 -Ag(A) will serve as an easily in bulk accessible, well-defined, and very potent oxidant with multiple applications. PMID:27411163

  7. 2.7 MeV Ar11+ ion irradiation induced structural evolution in Lu2(Ti2-xLux)O7-x/2 pyrochlores

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    Yang, D. Y.; Liu, C. G.; Zhang, K. Q.; Xia, Y.; Chen, L. J.; Liu, H.; Li, Y. H.

    2015-11-01

    This paper aims to study the radiation effects of nonstoichiometric pyrochlore series Lu2(Ti2-xLux)O7-x/2 (x = 0-0.667). Polycrystalline Lu2(Ti2-xLux)O7-x/2 samples were irradiated with 2.7 MeV Ar11+ ions up to a fluence of 8 × 1014 ions/cm2. The irradiated samples were characterized using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction technique. The results reveal that Lu2(Ti2-xLux)O7-x/2 samples undergo significant amorphization and lattice swelling upon irradiation. Specifically, the amorphization process is predominantly driven by ballistic nuclear energy deposition of Ar11+ ions at this energy regime, which can be well described by a direct-impact/defect-stimulated model. Both the amorphization fraction and the relative variation of lattice parameter decrease with increasing x, showing a strong dependence on the chemical composition. The results are then discussed in the framework of the structural disorder and recovery ability from damage, applying an atomic layer model.

  8. Computational study of the adsorption of methanol, formic acid, and formaldehyde on the β-SiC(100)-3x2 surface

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    Adhikari, Lekh; Casey, Sean

    2009-11-01

    The absorption of methanol, formic acid, and formaldehyde on the Si-rich β-SiC(100)-(3x2) surface has been studied using density functional theory (DFT) computational methods and small clusters to model the surface reactivity. A single cluster dimer model is used to calculate energies after the interaction of adsorbates on the surface. The dissociative adsorption of methanol on the SiC(100)-3x2 surface is predicted to take place facilely, giving rise to Si-OCH3 and Si-H surface species and followed a path similar to that predicted for Si(100)-2x1 surface. The reaction is highly exothermic and predicted to occur with essentially no barrier. Formaldehyde is also predicted to adsorb with essentially no barrier on the SiC(100)-3x2 surface with formation of a 4-member ring on the surface. This adsorption is also exothermic and similar to the corresponding Si(100)-2x1 surface. This result shows that the carbonyl group can undergo cycloaddition onto the SiC(100) surface. Formic acid is also predicted to undergo dissociative chemisorption on the SiC(100) surface with the formation of Si-OCOH and Si-H surface species. This process is also highly exothermic (-283.1 kJ/mol) and essentially barrierless.

  9. A correlated ab initio study of the X2A1 and A2E states of MgCH3

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    Woon, D. E.

    1996-01-01

    The X2A1 and A2E states of the MgCH3 radical have been studied with correlation consistent basis sets and the coupled cluster method RCCSD(T) in order to compare with two recent experimental efforts [M. A. Anderson and L. M. Ziurys, Astrophys. J. 452, L157 (1995); R. Rubino, J. M. Williamson, and T. A. Miller, J. Chem. Phys. 103, 5964 (1995)]. The best computed values [RCCSD(T)/cc-pCVTZ] for the X2A1 state are (experimental results in parentheses): Ae = 160.433 GHz, Be = 10.948 GHz (B0 = 11.008 GHz), and Mue = 1.011 D. The Mg-CH3 bond is weak, 26.3 kcal/mol. Values for the A2E state are Ae = 154.648 GHz (A0 = 149.666 GHz), Be = 10.87 GHz (B0 = 10.932 GHz), and Mue = 1.022 D. The excitation energy (Te) for the A2E <-- X2A1 transition is 19 999 cm-1 (T00 = 20 030 cm-1). A brief discussion of bonding trends in Mg-containing radials is included.

  10. The ultraluminous X-ray sources NGC 1313 X-1 and X-2: A broadband study with NuSTAR and XMM-Newton

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    Bachetti, Matteo; Barret, Didier; Webb, Natalie A.; Rana, Vikram; Walton, Dominic J.; Harrison, Fiona A.; Fürst, Felix; Grefenstette, Brian W.; Madsen, Kristin K.; Boggs, Steven E.; Craig, William W.; Christensen, Finn E.; Fabian, Andrew C.; Hailey, Charles J.; Hornschemeier, Ann; Ptak, Andrew F.; Zhang, William W.; Miller, Jon M.; Stern, Daniel

    2013-12-01

    We present the results of NuSTAR and XMM-Newton observations of the two ultraluminous X-ray sources: NGC 1313 X-1 and X-2. The combined spectral bandpass of the two satellites enables us to produce the first spectrum of X-1 between 0.3 and 30 keV, while X-2 is not significantly detected by NuSTAR above 10 keV. The NuSTAR data demonstrate that X-1 has a clear cutoff above 10 keV, whose presence was only marginally detectable with previous X-ray observations. This cutoff rules out the interpretation of X-1 as a black hole in a standard low/hard state, and it is deeper than predicted for the downturn of a broadened iron line in a reflection-dominated regime. The cutoff differs from the prediction of a single-temperature Comptonization model. Further, a cold disk-like blackbody component at ∼0.3 keV is required by the data, confirming previous measurements by XMM-Newton only. We observe a spectral transition in X-2, from a state with high luminosity and strong variability to a lower-luminosity state with no detectable variability, and we link this behavior to a transition from a super-Eddington to a sub-Eddington regime.

  11. Little Rock and El Dorado 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS quadrangles and adjacent areas, Arkansas: data report (abbreviated)

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    Steel, K.F.; Cook, J.R.

    1981-07-01

    This abbreviated data report presents results of ground water and stream sediment reconnaissance in the National Topographic Map Series Little Rock 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle (Cleveland, Dallas, and Howard Counties do not have stream sediment analyses); the El Dorado 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle (only Clark County has stream sediment analyses); the western part (Lonoke and Jefferson Counties) of Helena 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle; the southern part (Franklin, Logan, Yell, Perry, Faulkner, and Lonoke Counties) of Russellville 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle; and the southwestern corner (Ashley County) of the Greenwood 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle. Stream samples were collected at 943 sites in the Little Rock quadrangle, 806 sites in the El Dorado quadrangle, 121 sites in the Helena area, 292 sites in the Russellville area, and 77 in the Greenwood area. Ground water samples were collected at 1211 sites in the Little Rock quadrangle, 1369 sites in the El Dorado quadrangle, 186 sites in the Helena area, 470 sites in the Russellville area, and 138 sites in the Greenwood area. Stream sediment and stream water samples were collected from small streams at nominal density of one site per 21 square kilometers in rural areas. Ground water samples were collected at a nominal density of one site per 13 square kilometers. Neutron activation analysis results are given for uranium and 16 other elements in sediments, and for uranium and 8 other elements in ground water. Field measurements and observations are reported for each site. Uranium concentrations in the sediments ranged from less than 0.1 ppM to 23.5 ppM with a mean of 1.7 ppM. The ground water uranium mean concentration is 0.113 ppB, and the uranium concentrations range from less than 0.002 ppB to 15.875 ppB. High ground water uranium values in the Ouachita Mountain region of the Little Rock quadrangle appear to be associated with Ordovician black shale units.

  12. Electronic and Optical Properties of CoX2O4 (X=Al, Ga, In) Alloys

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    Feng, C.; Yin, W. J.; Nie, J.; Zu, X.; Huda, M. N.; Wei, S. H.; Al-Jassim, M. M.; Turner, J. A.; Yan, Y.

    2012-01-09

    The electronic and optical properties of Co based spinel oxides, CoX{sub 2}O{sub 4} (X = Al, Ga, In) are calculated using first-principle density functional theory. We show that the desirable properties for solar photoconversion can be obtained by controlling the alloy compositions. The ability to manipulate the electronic and optical properties is attributed to the different s-orbital energies and sizes of the cations. Our calculated bandgaps as function of composition provide detailed practical guidance for synthesizing Co based spinel oxides with electronic and optical properties necessary to achieve high efficiency photoelectrochemical decomposition of water for hydrogen production by sunlight.

  13. From stable divalent to valence-fluctuating behaviour in Eu(Rh(1-x)Ir(x))2Si2 single crystals.

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    Seiro, Silvia; Geibel, Christoph

    2011-09-21

    We have succeeded in growing high-quality single crystals of the valence-fluctuating system EuIr(2)Si(2), the divalent Eu system EuRh(2)Si(2) and the substitutional alloy Eu(Rh(1-x)Ir(x))(2)Si(2) across the range 0 < x < 1, which we characterized by means of x-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, specific heat, magnetization and resistivity measurements. On increasing x, the divalent Eu ground state subsists up to x = 0.25 with a slight increase in Néel temperature, while for 0.3≤x < 0.7 a sharp hysteretic change in susceptibility and resistivity marks the first-order valence transition. For x≳0.7 the broad feature observed in the physical properties is characteristic of the continuous valence evolution beyond the critical end point of the valence transition line, and the resistivity is reminiscent of Kondo-like behaviour while the Sommerfeld coefficient indicates a mass renormalization of at least a factor of 8. The resulting phase diagram is similar to those reported for polycrystalline Eu(Pd(1-x)Au(x))(2)Si(2) and EuNi(2)(Si(1-x)Ge(x))(2), confirming its generic character for Eu systems, and markedly different to those of homologue Ce and Yb systems, which present a continuous suppression of the antiferromagnetism accompanied by a very smooth evolution of the valence. We discuss these differences and suggest them to be related to the large polarization energy of the Eu half-filled 4f shell. We further argue that the changes in the rare earth valence between RRh(2)Si(2) and RIr(2)Si(2) (R = Ce, Eu, Yb) are governed by a purely electronic effect and not by a volume effect. PMID:21878716

  14. PL and EL characteristics in Bi- and rare earth-co-doped (La1-XGaX)2O3 phosphor thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Miyata, Toshihiro; Nishi, Yuki; Minami, Tadatsugu

    2011-12-01

    Multicolor photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL) were observed from newly developed Bi- and rare earth (RE)-co-doped (La1-XGaX)2O3 ((La1-XGaX)2O3:Bi,RE) phosphor thin films. (La1-XGaX)2O3:Bi,RE phosphor thin films were prepared by varying the Ga content (Ga/(La+Ga) atomic ratio) or the co-doped RE content (RE/(RE+La+Ga) atomic ratio) under co-doping Bi at a constant content (Bi/(Bi+La+Ga) atomic ratio) of 3 at.% using a combinatorial r.f. magnetron sputtering deposition method. High PL intensity was obtained in postannealed (La0.9Ga0.1)2O3:Bi,RE phosphor thin films prepared with a Ga content around 10 at.%; TFEL devices fabricated using the phosphor thin films exhibited high luminance. The obtained luminance intensities in EL and PL in the phosphor thin films prepared with various contents of co-doped RE, such as Dy, Er, Eu, Tb and Tm changed considerably as the kind and content of RE were varied. Color changes from blue and blue-green to various colors in PL and EL emissions, respectively, were obtained in postannealed (La0.9Ga0.1)2O3:Bi,RE phosphor thin films, i.e., films prepared by co-doping Bi at a constant content with various REs at varying levels of content. All the observed emission peaks in PL and EL from (La0.9Ga0.1)2O3:Bi,RE phosphor thin films were assigned to either the broad emission originating from the transition in Bi3+ or the visible emission peaks originating from the transition in the co-doped trivalent RE ion.

  15. XMM-Newton/Reflection Grating Spectrometer detection of the missing interstellar O VII Kα absorption line in the spectrum of Cyg X-2

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    Cabot, Samuel H. C.; Wang, Q. Daniel; Yao, Yangsen

    2013-05-01

    The hot interstellar medium is an important part of the Galactic ecosystem and can be effectively characterized through X-ray absorption line spectroscopy. However, in a study of the hot medium using the accreting neutron star X-ray binary, Cyg X-2, as a background light source, a mystery came about when the putatively strong O VII Kα line was not detected in Chandra grating observations, while other normally weaker lines such as O VII Kβ as well as O VI and O VIII Kα are clearly present. We have investigated the grating spectra of Cyg X-2 from 10 XMM-Newton observations, in search of the missing line. We detect it consistently in nine of these observations, but the line is absent in the remaining one observation or is inconsistent with the detection in others at a ˜4σ confidence level. This absence of the line resembles that seen in the Chandra observations. Similarly, the O VI Kα line is found to disappear occasionally, but not in concert with the variation of the O VII Kα line. All these variations are most likely due to the presence of changing O VII and O VI Kα emission lines of Cyg X-2, which are blurred together with the absorption ones in the X-ray spectra. A re-examination of the Chandra grating data indeed shows evidence for a narrow emission line slightly off the O VI Kα absorption line. We further show that narrow N V emission lines with varying centroids and fluxes are present in far-ultraviolet spectra from the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. These results provide new constraints on the accretion around the neutron star and on the X-ray-heating of the stellar companion. The understanding of these physical processes is also important to the fidelity of using such local X-ray binaries for interstellar absorption line spectroscopy.

  16. Growth and optoelectronic characteristic of n-Si/p-CuIn(S 1-xSe x) 2 thin-film solar cell by solution growth technique

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    Chavhan, S.; Sharma, R.

    2006-07-01

    The p-CuIn(S 1-xSe x) 2 (CISS) thin films have been grown on n-Si substrate by solution growth technique. The deposition parameters, such as pH (10.5), deposition time (60 min), deposition temperature (50 °C), and concentration of bath solution (0.1 M) were optimized. Elemental analysis of the p-CuIn(S 1-xSe x) 2 thin film was confirmed by energy-dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX). The SEM study of absorber layer shows the uniform morphology of film as well as the continuous smooth deposition onto the n-Si substrates, whose grain size is 130 nm. CuIn(S 1-xSe x) 2 ( x=0.5) reveals (1 1 2) orientation peak and exhibits the chalcopyrite structure with lattice constant a=5.28 Å and c=11.45 Å. The J- V characteristics were measured in dark and light. The device parameters have been calculated for solar cell fabrication, V=411.09 mV, and J=14.55 mA. FF=46.55% and η=4.64% under an illumination of 60 mW/cm 2. The J- V characteristics of the device under dark condition were also studied and the ideality factor was calculated, which is equal to 2.2 for n-Si/p-CuIn(S 0.5Se 0.5) 2 heterojunction thin film.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of Th{sub 1−x}Ln{sub x}O{sub 2−x/2} mixed-oxides

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    Horlait, D.; Clavier, N.

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Th{sub 1−x}Ln{sub x}O{sub 2−x/2} (Ln = Nd, Sm, Gd, Dy, Yb) were produced from oxalates precursors. ► The isomorphic thermal conversion of oxalates to oxides were followed by HT-ESEM. ► The stabilization of the ThO{sub 2} fluorite structure up to x = 0.4 was evidenced by XRD. ► Neodymium incorporation limits in solid solutions were determined by XRD and μ-Raman. ► Lanthanide incorporation mechanism in ThO{sub 2} structure was formally determined by μ-Raman. -- Abstract: Several Th{sub 1−x}Ln{sub x}O{sub 2−x/2} mixed-oxides (Ln = Nd, Sm, Gd, Dy, Er or Yb) were prepared from oxalate precursors. Structural and microstructural investigations of both initial precursors and resulting oxides were undertaken by XRD, μ-Raman spectroscopy and SEM, with a particular attention paid to the Th{sub 1−x}Nd{sub x}O{sub 2−x/2} series. For oxides, XRD and μ-Raman agreed well with the stabilization of the Fm3{sup ¯}m structure up to x{sub Nd} = 0.4, thanks to the concomitant creation of oxygen vacancies, as also confirmed by μ-Raman. Then, a structural transition to the Ia3{sup ¯} superstructure occurred. For x{sub Nd} ≥ 0.49, mixed-oxides with an additional hexagonal Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase were prepared. Besides, the unit cell parameter of the Th{sub 1−x}Ln{sub x}O{sub 2−x/2} series followed a quadratic relation versus the x substitution rate as a result of the combination between modifications of cationic radius and cation coordination, and the decrease of O-O repulsion linked to the presence of oxygen vacancies.

  18. [Game behavior depending on "kind of information" and "degree of risk" in an alternating-sequential 2 x 2 game (author's transl)].

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    Hussy, W

    1979-01-01

    By an alternating-sequential 2 x 2-game behavior is analysed in dependence of eye contact, feedback about the score of the partner and the degree of risk. The dependent variables are 'need of information' and 'readiness for cooperation' score. The data of 48 university students are analysed by means of Analysis of Variance. They yield evidence for the hypotheses that 'need for information' and 'readiness for cooperation' is determined by all experimental variables, especially by 'eye contact'. The results are discussed in relation to models of thinking and problem solving. PMID:543799

  19. Two-dimensional ultra-thin SiOx (0 < x < 2) nanosheets with long-term cycling stability as lithium ion battery anodes.

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    Sun, Lin; Su, Tingting; Xu, Lei; Liu, Meipin; Du, Hong-Bin

    2016-03-10

    Ultra-thin SiOx (0 < x < 2) nanosheets were obtained via a convenient solvothermal route from a Zintl compound CaSi2. After carbon coating, the SiOx@C nanosheet anodes exhibit high capacity, good rate and superior cycling performance for high-capacity lithium ion battery applications. The specific capacity can be maintained as high as 760 mA h g(-1) with almost no capacity decay after 400 cycles at a current density of 0.5 A g(-1). PMID:26924023

  20. Einstein coefficients for rotational lines of the (0,0) band of the NO A2sigma(+)-X2Pi system

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    Reisel, John R.; Carter, Campbell D.; Laurendeau, Normand M.

    1992-01-01

    A summary of the spectroscopic equations necessary for prediction of the molecular transition energies and the Einstein A and B coefficients for rovibronic lines of the gamma(0,0) band of nitric oxide (NO) is presented. The calculated molecular transition energies are all within 0.57/cm of published experimental values; in addition, over 95 percent of the calculated energies give agreement with measured results within 0.25/cm. Einstein coefficients are calculated from the band A00 value and the known Hoenl-London factors and are tabulated for individual rovibronic transitions in the NO A2sigma(+)-X2Pi(0,0) band.

  1. Analytical results of stream-sediment samples from the Medford 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle, Oregon-California

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    Whittington, C.L.; Leinz, R.W.; Speckman, W.S.

    1983-01-01

    The report presents analytical and location data of 1529 stream-sediment samples and their oxide residues (oxalic-acid leachates) from the Medford 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle, Oregon-California. These samples were collected during a geochemical survey of the quadrangle and during mineral resource and geochemical studies of wilderness areas lying partly or entirely within the quadrangle including the Wild Rogue Wilderness, the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, and the Sky Lakes Roadless Area and Mountain Lakes Wilderness. 12 refs., 2 tabs. (ACR)

  2. Photoinduced conversion of carbon dioxide and water molecules to methanol on the surface of molybdenum oxide MoO x ( x < 2)

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    Silaev, I. V.; Khubezhov, S. A.; Ramonova, A. G.; Grigorkina, G. S.; Kaloeva, A. G.; Demeev, Z. S.; Bliev, A. P.; Sekiba, D.; Ogura, S.; Fukutani, K.; Magkoev, T. T.

    2016-03-01

    X-ray and UV photoelectron spectroscopic data are used to demonstrate that, when pulsed laser light with a photon energy of 6.4 eV acts on the surface of nonstoichiometric molybdenum oxide MoO x ( x < 2), methanol is effectively formed from adsorbed molecules of carbon dioxide and water. The processes in which CO2 and H2O molecules are adsorbed on substrate surface defects and their bonds are activated, enhanced under the effect of photons, should be regarded as the key factors.

  3. A 2x2 W-Band Reference Time-Shifted Phase-Locked Transmitter Array in 65nm CMOS Technology

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    Tang, Adrian; Virbila, Gabriel; Hsiao, Frank; Wu, Hao; Murphy, David; Mehdi, Imran; Siegel, P. H.; Chang, M-C. Frank

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a complete 2x2 phased array transmitter system operating at W-band (90-95 GHz) which employs a PLL reference time-shifting approach instead of using traditional mm-wave phase shifters. PLL reference shifting enables a phased array to be distributed over multiple chips without the need for coherent mm-wave signal distribution between chips. The proposed phased array transmitter system consumes 248 mW per array element when implemented in a 65 nm CMOS technology.

  4. Systematic study on the electronic structure and mechanical properties of X2BC (X = Mo, Ti, V, Zr, Nb, Hf, Ta and W)

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    Bolvardi, H.; Emmerlich, J.; Baben, M. to; Music, D.; von Appen, J.; Dronskowski, R.; Schneider, J. M.

    2013-01-01

    In this work the electronic structure and mechanical properties of the phases X2BC with X =Ti, V, Zr, Nb, Mo, Hf, Ta, W (Mo2BC-prototype) were studied using ab initio calculations. As the valence electron concentration (VEC) per atom is increased by substitution of the transition metal X, the six very strong bonds between the transition metal and the carbon shift to lower energies relative to the Fermi level, thereby increasing the bulk modulus to values of up to 350 GPa, which corresponds to 93% of the value reported for c-BN. Systems with higher VEC appear to be ductile as inferred from both the more positive Cauchy pressure and the larger value of the bulk to shear modulus ratio (B/G). The more ductile behavior is a result of the more delocalized interatomic interactions due to larger orbital overlap in smaller unit cells. The calculated phase stabilities show an increasing trend as the VEC is decreased. This rather unusual combination of high stiffness and moderate ductility renders X2BC compounds with X = Ta, Mo and W as promising candidates for protection of cutting and forming tools.

  5. Large spontaneous exchange bias and giant magnetoresistance in Ni50Mn37-xFexIn13(x=2-4) Heusler alloys

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    Jing, Chao; Liu, Yang; Zheng, Dong; Wang, Xiaolong; Sun, Junkun; Zhang, Yuanlei; Liu, Changqin; Deng, Dongmei; Feng, Zhenjie; Xu, Kun; Li, Zhe

    2016-09-01

    In the present work, we have obtained a large zero-field cooled exchange-bias (spontaneous exchange bias, SEB) in Ni50Mn35Fe2In13 Heusler alloy. The experimental results indicate that the sample with x=2 exhibits super-spin glass (SSG), super-paramagnetic (SPM), super-ferromagnetic (SFM) and antiferromagnetic (AFM) behaviors in the martensite state at low temperature. Contributing to the complex magnetic interactions, a large SEB effect with the value of 1567 Oe was obtained at 5 K. At the same time, a non-monotonic behavior of spontaneous exchange bias field (spontaneous HEB) was observed with the variation of temperature, which is resulted from the competition between the volume fraction of SFM clusters and the exchange coupling of the SFM-AFM interface. In addition, during martensitic transformation (MT), extraordinary electrical transport properties of Ni50Mn37-xFexIn13 (x=2-4) alloys have been observed under various external magnetic field. The maximal value of the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) reaches about 57% at 135 K under the external magnetic field change of 50 kOe. The effect of field induced reverse martensitic transformation (FIRMT) on the GMR has been also discussed.

  6. Special optical fibers doped with nanocrystalline holmium-yttrium titanates (HoxY1-x)2Ti2O7 for fiber-lasers

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    Mrázek, Jan; Kašík, Ivan; Boháček, Jan; Proboštová, Jana; Aubrecht, Jan; Podrazký, Ondřej; Cajzl, Jakub; Honzátko, Pavel

    2015-05-01

    The paper deals with the preparation and characterization of the silica optical fibers doped with nanocrystalline holmium-yttrium titanates (HoxY1-x)2Ti2O7 with optimized luminescence properties. The sol-gel approach was employed to prepare colloidal solution of (HoxY1-x)2Ti2O7 precursors. The concentration of Ho3+ ions in the compounds was varied up to x=0.4. Prepared sols were calcined at 1000 °C forming xerogels which were characterized by X-ray diffraction to confirm their structure. The xerogels were analyzed by the mean of steady-state luminescence technique to optimize the concentration of Ho3+ ions in the compound. The most intensive emission at 2050 nm was observed for the compound (Ho5Y95)2Ti2O7. Sol of the corresponding composition was soaked into the porous silica frit deposed inside the silica substrate tube which was collapsed into preform and drawn into optical fiber. Single mode optical fiber with the core diameter 12 μm and outer diameter 125 μm was prepared. Numerical aperture of prepared fiber was 0.16. The concentration of Ho3+ ions in the fiber core was 0.03 at %. Background attenuation of prepared fiber at 850 nm was smaller than 0.5 dBṡm-1.

  7. Roles of MAS-related G protein coupled receptor-X2 (MRGPRX2) on mast cell-mediated host defense, pseudoallergic drug reactions and chronic inflammatory diseases

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    Subramanian, Hariharan; Gupta, Kshitij; Ali, Hydar

    2016-01-01

    Mast cells (MCs), which are granulated tissue-resident cells of hematopoietic lineage, contribute to vascular homeostasis, innate/adaptive immunity and wound healing. MCs are, however, best known for their roles in allergic and inflammatory diseases such as anaphylaxis, food allergy, rhinitis, itch, urticaria, atopic dermatitis and asthma. In addition to the high affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI), MCs express numerous G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are the largest group of membrane receptor proteins and are the most common targets of drug therapy. Antimicrobial host defense peptides (HDPs), neuropeptides (NPs), major basic protein (MBP), eosinophil peroxidase (EPO) and many FDA approved peptidergic drugs activate human MCs via a novel GPCR known as MAS-related G protein coupled receptor-X2 (MRGPRX2; formerly known as MrgX2). Unique features of MRGPRX2 that distinguish it from other GPCRs include their presence both on plasma membrane and intracellular sites and their selective expression in MCs. In this article, we review the possible roles of MRGPRX2 on host defense, drug-induced anaphylactoid reactions, neurogenic inflammation, pain, itch and chronic inflammatory diseases such as urticaria and asthma. We propose that HDPs that kill microbes directly and activate MCs via MRGPRX2 could serve as novel GPCR targets to modulate host defense against microbial infection. Furthermore, monoclonal antibodies or small molecule inhibitors of MRGPRX2 could be developed for the treatment of MC-dependent allergic and inflammatory disorders. PMID:27448446

  8. Molecular Structure and Regulation of P2X Receptors With a Special Emphasis on the Role of P2X2 in the Auditory System.

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    Mittal, Rahul; Chan, Brandon; Grati, M'hamed; Mittal, Jeenu; Patel, Kunal; Debs, Luca H; Patel, Amit P; Yan, Denise; Chapagain, Prem; Liu, Xue Zhong

    2016-08-01

    The P2X purinergic receptors are cation-selective channels gated by extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP). These purinergic receptors are found in virtually all mammalian cell types and facilitate a number of important physiological processes. Within the past few years, the characterization of crystal structures of the zebrafish P2X4 receptor in its closed and open states has provided critical insights into the mechanisms of ligand binding and channel activation. Understanding of this gating mechanism has facilitated to design and interpret new modeling and structure-function experiments to better elucidate how different agonists and antagonists can affect the receptor with differing levels of potency. This review summarizes the current knowledge on the structure, activation, allosteric modulators, function, and location of the different P2X receptors. Moreover, an emphasis on the P2X2 receptors has been placed in respect to its role in the auditory system. In particular, the discovery of three missense mutations in P2X2 receptors could become important areas of study in the field of gene therapy to treat progressive and noise-induced hearing loss. J. Cell. Physiol. 231: 1656-1670, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26627116

  9. Structural origin of Si-2p core-level shifts from Si(100)-c[4x2] surface: A spectral x-ray photoelectron diffraction study

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    Chen, X.; Tonner, B.P.; Denlinger, J.

    1997-04-01

    The authors have performed angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) from a Si(100)-c(4x2) surface to study the structural origin of Si-2p core-level shifts. In the experiment, the highly resolved surface Si-2p core-level spectra were measured as a fine grid of hemisphere and photon energies, using the SpectroMicroscopy Facility {open_quotes}ultraESCA{close_quotes} instrument. By carefully decomposing the spectra into several surface peaks, the authors are able to obtain surface-atom resolved XPD patterns. Using a multiple scattering analysis, they derived a detailed atomic model for the Si(100)-c(4x2) surface. In this model, the asymmetric dimers were found tilted by 11.5 plus/minus 2.0 degrees with bond length of 2.32 plus/minus 0.05{angstrom}. By matching model XPD patterns to experiment, the authors can identify which atoms in the reconstructed surface are responsible for specific photoemission lines in the 2p spectrum.

  10. Proton conductors based on alkaline-earth substituted La(28-x)W(4+x)O(54+3x/2).

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    Zayas-Rey, M J; dos Santos-Gómez, L; Cabeza, A; Marrero-López, D; Losilla, E R

    2014-05-01

    Lanthanum tungstates, "La6WO12", are mixed ion proton-electronic conductors with very interesting properties for technological applications and better phase stability compared to alkaline earth perovskites. A new series of compounds La(27.04-x)M(x)W(4.96)O(55.44-x/2□8.56+x/2) (M = Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+)) are investigated with the aim of increasing the concentration of oxygen vacancies and studying their effects on the structure and transport properties. The materials have been studied by high-resolution laboratory X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). High temperature X-ray powder diffraction and thermal analysis in wet and dry N2 gas did not show any evidence of phase transition up to 800 °C. The total conductivity was studied by impedance spectroscopy under dry and wet atmospheres and as a function of the oxygen partial pressure. The electronic contribution to the conductivity was determined by the Hebb-Wagner polarization method. The generation of extrinsic vacancies in the lattice with alkaline earth doping leads to a decrease of the ionic conductivity for high doping level, suggesting a proton trapping mechanism. PMID:24622854

  11. Magnetism influenced by structural disorder in melt-spun DyMn6 - x Ge6 - x Fe x Al x (x = 2.5, 3)

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    Idzikowski, B.; Śniadecki, Z.; Grenèche, J.-M.

    2013-04-01

    Different chemical and/or geometrical orders were found in melt-spun DyMn6 - x Ge6 - x Fe x Al x with x = 2.5 and 3 having fully amorphous and mixed (crystalline and amorphous) structure, respectively. Thermal variations in magnetization M from liquid helium up to room temperature for both samples are similar. Magnetization value at zero field cooled curve reaches about 0.1 μB per formula unit at 2 K and then increases. Two maxima are visible, the first at 50 K (a sharp effect) and the second very broad ranging from 150 to 200 K. 57Fe Mössbauer spectrometry investigation revealed a remaining magnetic component in addition to a prevailing quadrupolar feature. Application of a weak external magnetic field causes an increase in the mean hyperfine magnetic field B hyp and the volume fraction of magnetic component. This observation was confirmed by results of M(T), M(H) and AC magnetic susceptibility measurements. In short-range ordered crystallographic zones characteristic of melt-spun DyMn6 - x Ge6 - x Fe x Al x (x = 2.5, 3) alloys, the related magnetic ordering, called the mictomagnetism or the cluster spin glass appears.

  12. On the Dynamics of Ultra Compact X-Ray Binaries: 4U 1850-087, 4U 0513-40, and M15 X-2

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    Prodan, Snezana; Murray, Norman

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we extend our dynamical study of ultra compact X-ray binaries (UCXB) 4U 1820-30 from Prodan & Murray to three more UCXBs in globular clusters: 4U 1850-087, 4U 0513-40, and M15 X-2. These three UCXBs have orbital periods <~ 20 minutes. Two of them, 4U 1850-087 and 4U 0513-40, have suspected luminosity variations of the order of ~1 yr. There is insufficient observational data to make any statements regarding the long periodicity in the light curve of M15 X-2 at this point. The properties of these three systems are quite similar to 4U 1820-30, which prompt us to model their dynamics in the same manner. As in the case of 4U 1820-30, we interpret the suspected long periods as the period of small oscillations around a stable fixed point in the Kozai resonance. We provide a lower limit on the tidal dissipation factor Q, which is in agreement with results obtained for the case of 4U 1820-30.

  13. Analysis of the Rotational Structure of ˜{B}^2A' ← ˜{X}^2A' Transition of Isopropoxy Radical: Isolated State vs. Coupled States Model

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    Melnik, Dmitry G.; Miller, Terry A.; Liu, Jinjun

    2013-06-01

    Isopropoxy radicals are reactive intermediates in atmospheric and combustion chemistry. From the theoretical point of view, they represent an extreme case of ``isotopically'' substituted methoxy radicals with two methyl groups playing the role of heavy hydrogen isotopes. Previously the rotationally resolved spectra of ˜{B}^2A' ← ˜{X}^2A' electronic transition were successfully analyzed using a simple effective rotational Hamiltonian of the isolated ˜{X} and ˜{B} states. However, a number of the experimentally determined parameters appeared dramatically inconsistent with the quantum chemistry calculations and theoretical predictions based on the symmetry arguments. Recently, we analyzed these spectra using a coupled two state model, which explicitly includes interactions between the ground ˜{X}^2A' state and low-lying excited ˜{A}^2A^'' state. In this presentation we will discuss the results of this analysis and compare the parameters of both models and their physical significance. D. G. Melnik, T. A. Miller and J. Liu, TI15, 67^{th Molecular Spectroscopy Symposium}, Columbus, 2012

  14. Compositional dependence of the crystal symmetry of Eu3+-doped (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 phosphors

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    Sletnes, M.; Valmalette, J. C.; Grande, T.; Einarsrud, M.-A.

    2016-01-01

    Two series of A-site and B-site Eu3+ doped (SrxBa1-x)2CaWyMo1-yO6 double perovskite phosphor materials were prepared via a modified Pechini sol-gel route; (SrxBa1-x)1.96Eu0.02K0.02CaWyMo1-yO6 and (SrxBa1-x)2Ca0.96Eu0.02Li0.02WyMo1-yO6 (x and y=0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1). The Sr/Ba ratio was the main determinant for the crystal symmetry of the series, while variation in the W/Mo ratio did influence the crystal symmetry significantly. The crystal structure evolved with Sr/Ba ratio from cubic Fm 3 bar m for x=0, via tetragonal I 4 / m for x=0.25, to monoclinic P 21 / n for x≥0.5, as verified by Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffractograms as well as by Raman spectroscopy. The reported boundaries for the compositionally induced phase transitions are in very good agreement with reported optical properties.

  15. Substitution effects on nonlinear optical activity of (X-methylphenyl)-5-nitro-6-amino-3-pyridinecarboxmide (X=2,3,4,5,6): A DFT approach

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    Premkumar, S.; Asath, R. Mohamed; Rekha, T. N.; Jawahar, A.; Mathavan, T.; Benial, A. Milton Franklin

    2016-05-01

    The substitution effects on the first order hyperpolarizability value of (X-methylphenyl)-5-nitro-6-amino-3-pyridinecarboxmide (X-MPNAPC),{X=2,3,4,5,6}molecule was calculated with the aid of density functional theory calculations. The optimized molecular structure of urea and (X-methylphenyl)-5-nitro-6-amino-3-pyridinecarboxmide (X-MPNAPC), {X=2,3,4,5,6} were predicted by the DFT/B3LYP method with cc-pVTZ basis set. The higher first order hyperpolarizability values were obtained for all molecules compared with the urea, which confirm that the higher nonlinear optical activity of the molecules. The frontier molecular orbitals (FMOs) analysis was carried out and their related molecular properties were calculated. The higher first order hyperpolarizability value was obtained for 4-MPNAPC molecule compared with other molecules, which indicates that the lower energy gap and extended π-conjugated bridge between the donor and acceptor group leads to the higher NLO activity of the molecule. Hence, this present investigation paves the way for designing the new organic NLO materials.

  16. Nodeless superconducting gaps in Ca10(Pt4- δ As8)((Fe1- x Pt x )2As2)5 probed by quasiparticle heat transport

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    Qiu, Xun; He, LanPo; Hong, XiaoChen; Zhang, Zhen; Pan, Jian; Shen, XiaoPing; Feng, DongLai; Li, ShiYan

    2016-05-01

    The in-plane thermal conductivity of the iron-based superconductor Ca10(Pt4- δ As8)((Fe1- x Pt x )2As2)5 single crystal ("10-4-8", T c = 22 K) was measured down to 80 mK. In a zero field, the residual linear term κ 0/ T is negligible, suggesting the nodeless superconducting gaps in this multiband compound. In the magnetic fields, κ 0/ T increases rapidly, which mimics the multiband superconductor NbSe2 and LuNi2B2C with highly anisotropic gap. Such a field dependence of κ 0/ T is an evidence for the multiple superconducting gaps with quite different magnitudes or highly anisotropic gap. Compared with the London penetration depth results of the Ca10(Pt4- δ As8)((Fe1- x Pt x )2As2)5 ("10-3-8") compound, the 10-4-8 and 10-3-8 compounds may have a similar superconducting gap structure.

  17. ON THE DYNAMICS OF ULTRA COMPACT X-RAY BINARIES: 4U 1850-087, 4U 0513-40, AND M15 X-2

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    Prodan, Snezana; Murray, Norman

    2015-01-10

    In this work, we extend our dynamical study of ultra compact X-ray binaries (UCXB) 4U 1820-30 from Prodan and Murray to three more UCXBs in globular clusters: 4U 1850-087, 4U 0513-40, and M15 X-2. These three UCXBs have orbital periods ≲ 20 minutes. Two of them, 4U 1850-087 and 4U 0513-40, have suspected luminosity variations of the order of ∼1 yr. There is insufficient observational data to make any statements regarding the long periodicity in the light curve of M15 X-2 at this point. The properties of these three systems are quite similar to 4U 1820-30, which prompt us to model their dynamics in the same manner. As in the case of 4U 1820-30, we interpret the suspected long periods as the period of small oscillations around a stable fixed point in the Kozai resonance. We provide a lower limit on the tidal dissipation factor Q, which is in agreement with results obtained for the case of 4U 1820-30.

  18. Metal-nonmetal transition in the sphalerite-type solid solution [ZnSnSb{sub 2}]{sub 1-x}[2(InSb)]{sub x}

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    Tenga, Andreas; Javier Garcia-Garcia, F.; Wu, Yang; Newman, N.; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2009-06-15

    Samples of the solid solution [ZnSnSb{sub 2}]{sub 1-x}[2(InSb)]{sub x} have been prepared over the whole range of composition by tin flux synthesis. The lattice parameter of the sphalerite-type average structure varies linearly between that of the end members ZnSnSb{sub 2} and InSb, a=6.2849(2) and 6.4776(15), respectively. Electron diffraction shows different kinds of structured diffuse scattering for Zn and In rich samples, respectively. The former is attributed to compositional short range ordering, the latter to thermally excited phonon modes. A metal-nonmetal transition takes place between the compositions x=0.8 and x=0.9. - Graphical abstract: Alloys of the sphalerite-type solid solution [ZnSnSb{sub 2}]{sub 1-x}[2(InSb)]{sub x} can be prepared over the whole range of composition by Sn flux synthesis. A metal-nonmetal transition takes place between the compositions x=0.8 and x=0.9.

  19. A 2x2 multi-chip reconfigurable MOEMS mask: a stepping stone to large format microshutter arrays for coded aperture applications

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    McNie, Mark E.; Brown, Alan G.; King, David O.; Smith, Gilbert W.; Gordon, Neil T.; Riches, Stephen; Rogers, Stanley

    2010-08-01

    Coded aperture imaging has been used for astronomical applications for several years. Typical implementations used a fixed mask pattern and are designed to operate in the X-Ray or gamma ray bands. Recently applications have emerged in the visible and infra red bands for low cost lens-less imaging systems and system studies have shown that considerable advantages in image resolution may accrue from the use of multiple different images of the same scene - requiring a reconfigurable mask. Previously reported work focused on realising a 2x2cm single chip mask in the mid-IR based on polysilicon micro-optoelectro- mechanical systems (MOEMS) technology and its integration with ASIC drive electronics using conventional wire bonding. It employs interference effects to modulate incident light - achieved by tuning a large array of asymmetric Fabry-Perot optical cavities via an applied voltage and uses a hysteretic row/column scheme for addressing. In this paper we report on the latest results in the mid-IR for the single chip reconfigurable MOEMS mask, trials in scaling up to a mask based on a 2x2 multi-chip array and report on progress towards realising a large format mask comprising 44 MOEMS chips. We also explore the potential of such large, transmissive IR spatial light modulator arrays for other applications and in the current and alternative architectures.

  20. Electronic, Dielectric, and Plasmonic Properties of Two-Dimensional Electride Materials X2N (X=Ca, Sr): A First-Principles Study.

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    Guan, Shan; Yang, Shengyuan A; Zhu, Liyan; Hu, Junping; Yao, Yugui

    2015-01-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, we systematically study the electronic, dielectric, and plasmonic properties of two-dimensional (2D) electride materials X2N (X=Ca, Sr). We show that both Ca2N and Sr2N are stable down to monolayer thickness. For thicknesses larger than 1-monolayer (1-ML), there are 2D anionic electron layers confined in the regions between the [X2N](+) layers. These electron layers are strongly trapped and have weak coupling between each other. As a result, for the thickness dependence of many properties such as the surface energy, work function, and dielectric function, the most dramatic change occurs when going from 1-ML to 2-ML. For both bulk and few-layer Ca2N and Sr2N, the in-plane and out-of-plane real components of their dielectric functions have different signs in an extended frequency range covering the near infrared, indicating their potential applications as indefinite media. We find that bulk Ca2N and Sr2N could support surface plasmon modes in the near infrared range. Moreover, tightly-bounded plasmon modes could exist in their few-layer structures. These modes have significantly shorter wavelengths (few tens of nanometers) compared with that of conventional noble metal materials, suggesting their great potential for plasmonic devices with much smaller dimensions. PMID:26192245

  1. Suppression of phase transitions at low temperature by chromium substitution in vanadium spinel Fe(V1‑x Cr x )2O4

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    Kawaguchi, S.; Ishibashi, H.; Nagami, K.; Kubota, Y.

    2016-07-01

    Synchrotron powder diffraction, magnetization, and specific heat measurements have been used to investigate the structural and magnetic phase transitions in the spinel-type vanadate Fe(V1‑x Cr x )2O4 (0.0  ⩽  x  ⩽  1.0). We observed five different transitions in our polycrystalline samples. The canted-type ferrimagnetic phase transition accompanied by the lattice distortion was suppressed by Cr substitution (x  =  0.2). Additionally, high-resolution synchrotron powder diffraction revealed that the low-temperature orthorhombic phase appears in FeV2O4 below 30 K and disappears by subtle Cr doping. In contrast, for x  ⩾  0.7, we observed a different magnetic transition of possibly conical-type ferrimagnetic ordering that did not induce significant lattice distortion at the transition temperature. We performed structural refinements for low-temperature phases and suggest that the crystal system of Fe(V1‑x Cr x )2O4 at 15K is an orthorhombic lattice for all x values. In the orthorhombic phase, a unique behaviour was observed, with the lattice constants a and b approaching each other as Cr doping increased. This behaviour can be explained by the change of orbitally ordered states of the Fe2+ ions.

  2. Suppression of phase transitions at low temperature by chromium substitution in vanadium spinel Fe(V1-x Cr x )2O4.

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    Kawaguchi, S; Ishibashi, H; Nagami, K; Kubota, Y

    2016-07-27

    Synchrotron powder diffraction, magnetization, and specific heat measurements have been used to investigate the structural and magnetic phase transitions in the spinel-type vanadate Fe(V1-x Cr x )2O4 (0.0  ⩽  x  ⩽  1.0). We observed five different transitions in our polycrystalline samples. The canted-type ferrimagnetic phase transition accompanied by the lattice distortion was suppressed by Cr substitution (x  =  0.2). Additionally, high-resolution synchrotron powder diffraction revealed that the low-temperature orthorhombic phase appears in FeV2O4 below 30 K and disappears by subtle Cr doping. In contrast, for x  ⩾  0.7, we observed a different magnetic transition of possibly conical-type ferrimagnetic ordering that did not induce significant lattice distortion at the transition temperature. We performed structural refinements for low-temperature phases and suggest that the crystal system of Fe(V1-x Cr x )2O4 at 15K is an orthorhombic lattice for all x values. In the orthorhombic phase, a unique behaviour was observed, with the lattice constants a and b approaching each other as Cr doping increased. This behaviour can be explained by the change of orbitally ordered states of the Fe(2+) ions. PMID:27250516

  3. Synthesis and characterization of hydrotalcites: [Zn{sub 1{minus}x}Al{sub x}(OH){sub 2}](CO{sub 3}){sub x/2{center_dot}}mH{sub 2}O; x = 0.25--0.66

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    Valenzuela, M.A.; Lopez-Salinas, E.; Zapata, B.; Montoya, J.A.

    1997-12-31

    In this work a series of [Zn{sub 1{minus}x}Al{sub x}(OH){sub 2}](CO{sub 3}){sub x/2{center_dot}}mH{sub 2}O; x = 0.25--0.66 were prepared at constant pH in order to study the effect of the thermal treatment on their crystalline structure. It was found that it is possible to obtain pure Zn-Al hydrotalcite materials within a x = 0.25--0.50 range in comparison with Mg-Al hydrotalcites which yield pure phases in more restricted x ranges (0.25--0.33). All Zn-Al hydrotalcites lost their layered structure at temperatures above 473 K being less stable than their parental Mg-Al hydrotalcite (623 K). Specific surface areas of these materials depended strongly on the Zn/Al ratio and calcination temperature, ranging from 280 to 20 m{sup 2}/g. ZnO and ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} compounds were detected as the calcination products at temperatures higher than 873 K.

  4. Electrochemical properties of vanadium-substituted lithium silicate materials Li2+xFe0.5-x/2Mn0.5-x/2Si1-xVxO4 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) for lithium-ion battery cathodes

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    Toyama, Tatsuya; Takahashi, Shin

    2015-10-01

    Vanadium-substituted LiFe0.5Mn0.5SiO4 cathode material for Li-ion batteries is synthesized by solid state reaction, and the effect of V-substitution on the material is investigated by X-ray diffraction and charge-discharge tests. X-ray diffraction patterns seem to indicate that V+5 is substituted for Si4+ in Li2+xFe0.5-x/2Mn0.5-x/2Si1-xVxO4 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) by maintaining electroneutrality. The substitution of V for Si in Li2Fe0.5Mn0.5SiO4 increases the charge and discharge capacities as a cathode material of Li-ion batteries; Li2.2Fe0.4Mn0.4Si0.8V0.2O4 delivers an initial discharge capacity of 197 A h/kg, while Li2Fe0.5Mn0.5SiO4 delivers that of 134 A h/kg. The main reason for the high capacity with the V substitution for Si in Li2Fe0.5Mn0.5SiO4 is considered not due to the redox capacity of V but due to the lowering of the charge voltage, while, substituting a higher amount of V, with x over 0.2 in Li2+xFe0.5-x/2Mn0.5-x/2Si1-xVxO4, reduces capacity in accordance with theoretical capacity calculation. In order to confirm the V-substitution site exactly, however, strong evidence by Rietveld refinement is necessary, which is left as our urgent future work.

  5. Aluminum Content Tunability of Structural and Optical Properties in Wide-Gap Semiconducting (AlxGa1- x)2O3

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    Krueger, Benjamin W.

    (AlxGa1- x)2O3 alloys have attracted renewed interest due to their potential for use in deep-ultraviolet optical devices and high-powered transistors, but realization of these technologies depends on the ability to tune the band gap and crystal phase of alloy films for specific applications. In this work, fundamental relationships between structural and optical properties of (AlxGa1-x) 2O3 were explored in a series of experiments on single-phase sintered powders produced by solution combustion synthesis, and continuous-composition-spread (CCS) thin films deposited at room temperature on silicon and sapphire by pulsed-laser deposition and post-annealed to successively higher temperatures in air, to see how crystallinity develops with alloy composition and measure the corresponding change in band gap. As the annealing temperature is raised (to a maximum of 1000°C), amorphous (AlxGa 1-x)2O3 films transition first to the metastable gamma phase, and then to the beta phase, for alloy compositions in the range 0.1 < x < 1 with the specific (am.) → gamma and gamma → beta transition temperatures increasing steadily with Al content. A different phase was identified in the Ga-rich region 0 < x < 0.1 after annealing to 400°C-800°C, tentatively assigned to a kappa/gamma mix; at higher temperatures these films also relax to the beta phase. A maximum solubility limit of x = 0.8 was found for Al in the monoclinic beta - (AlxGa 1-x)2O3 structure after sintering at 1600°C for 12 hours, followed by a transition to corundum alpha - Al2O3 above x > 0.8. Within each phase the band gap increases steadily with Al concentration, with greater bowing in the amorphous films than crystalline films, and linear variation with no bowing in 1600°C sintered powders. No discontinuity in the band gap was observed through the beta → gamma transition, but a 0.1-0.2 eV jump to lower band gap occurs when films become amorphous. (AlxGa1-x) 2O3 films were also grown on silicon and sapphire at

  6. Can the positive aromatic ring be as π-electron donor in π-halogen bond? A MP2 theoretical investigation on the unusual π-halogen bond interaction between three-membered ring (BNN)₃⁺ and X1X2 (X1, X2 = F, Cl, Br).

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    Qi, Hai-Tao; Ren, Fu-de; Zhang, Jing-Lin; Wang, Jing-Yu

    2011-05-01

    The unusual π-halogen bond interactions are investigated between (BNN)₃⁺ and X1X2 (X1, X2 = F, Cl, Br) employing MP2 at 6-311 + G(2d) and aug-cc-pVDZ levels according to the "CP (counterpoise) corrected potential energy surface (PES)" method. The order of the π-halogen bond interactions and stabilities of the complexes are obtained to be (BNN)₃⁺... F₂ < (BNN)₃⁺... ClF < (BNN)₃⁺... Cl₂ < (BNN)₃⁺... BrCl < (BNN)₃⁺... Br₂ < (BNN)₃⁺ ... BrF. at MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ level. The analyses of the Mulliken charge transfer, natural bond orbital (NBO), atoms in molecules (AIM) theory and electron density shifts reveal that the nature of the π-halogen bond interaction in the complexes of ClF, BrF and BrCl might partly be charge transfer from the delocalized π-HOMO orbital of (BNN)₃⁺ to X1X2. This result suggests that the positive aromatic ring (BNN)₃⁺ might act as a π-electron donor to form the π-halogen bond. PMID:20607330

  7. Composition determination of β-(Al x Ga1‑ x )2O3 layers coherently grown on (010) β-Ga2O3 substrates by high-resolution X-ray diffraction

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    Oshima, Yuichi; Ahmadi, Elaheh; Badescu, Stefan C.; Wu, Feng; Speck, James S.

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate X-ray-diffraction-based composition estimation of β-(Al x Ga1‑ x )2O3 coherently grown on (010) β-Ga2O3. The relation between the strain along the [010] direction and the Al composition of the β-(Al x Ga1‑ x )2O3 layer was formulated using the stress–strain relationship in the monoclinic system. This formulation allows us to estimate the Al composition using the out-of-plane lattice spacing determined by conventional X-ray ω–2θ measurements. This method was applied to molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown coherent β-(Al x Ga1‑ x )2O3/Ga2O3 heterostructures, and the Al composition in β-(Al x Ga1‑ x )2O3 agrees closely with the composition determined directly by atom probe tomography.

  8. The Conterminous United States Mineral Assessment Program; background information to accompany folio of geologic, geochemical, remote sensing, and mineral resources maps of the Butte 1 degree x 2 degrees Quadrangle, Montana

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    Elliott, James E.; Trautwein, C.M.; Wallace, C.A.; Lee, G.K.; Rowan, L.C.; Hanna, W.F.

    1993-01-01

    The Butte 1?x2 ? quadrangle in west-central Montana was investigated as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's Conterminous United States Mineral Assessment Program (CUSMAP). These investigations included geologic mapping, geochemical surveys, gravity and aeromagnetic surveys, examinations of mineral deposits, and specialized geochronologic and remote-sensing studies. The data collected during these studies were compiled, combined with available published and unpublished data, analyzed, and used in a mineral-resource assessment of the quadrangle. The results, including data, interpretations, and mineral-resource assessments for nine types of mineral deposits, are published separately as a folio of maps. These maps are accompanied by figures, tables, and explanatory text. This circular provides background information on the Butte quadrangle, summarizes the studies and published maps, and lists a selected bibliography of references pertinent to the geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and mineral resources of the quadrangle. The Butte quadrangle, which includes the world-famous Butte mining district, has a long history of mineral production. Many mining districts within the quadrangle have produced large quantities of many commodities; the most important in dollar value of production were copper, gold, silver, lead, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, and phosphate. At present, mines at several locations produce copper, molybdenum, gold, silver, lead, zinc, and phosphate. Exploration, mainly for gold, has indicated the presence of other mineral deposits that may be exploited in the future. The results of the investigations by the U.S. Geological Survey indicate that many areas of the quadrangle are highly favorable for the occurrence of additional undiscovered resources of gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, tungsten, and other metals in several deposit types.

  9. Impurity-Induced Antiferromagnetic Phase in a Doped Haldane System Pb(Ni_1-xMg_x)_2V_2O_8

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    Masuda, Takatsugu; Uchinokura, Kunimitsu; Hayashi, Takashi; Miura, Noboru

    2003-03-01

    Impurity-induced antiferromagnetic phase in Pb(Ni_1-xMg_x)_2V_2O8 (x = 0.020, 0.010, and 0.0050) is studied by means of the heat-capacity and the magnetization measurements [1]. One S = 1 spin is induced by one nonmagnetic impurity, which contributes to the antiferromagnetic phase. The effective interaction between these impurity-induced spins is weak and the number of the spins is a few percent of all the spins, which results in the disappearance of the antiferromagnetic phase at an anomalously low magnetic field in the H - T phase diagram. [1] T. Masuda, K. Uchinokura, T. Hayashi and N. Miura, Phys. Rev. B 66, 174416 (2002).

  10. Results of the AFRSI rewaterproofing systems screening test in the NASA/Ames Research Center (ARC) 2 x 2-foot transonic wind tunnel

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    Marroquin, J.; Kingsland, R. B.

    1985-01-01

    An experimental investigation was conducted in the NASA/Ames Research Center 2x2-foot Transonic Wind Tunnel to evaluate two AFRSI rewaterproofing systems and to investigate films as a means of reducing blanket joint distortion. The wind tunnel wall slot configuration influenced on the flow field over the test panel was investigated; primarily using oil flow data, and resulted in a closed slot configuration to provide a satisfactory screening environment flow field for the test. Sixteen AFRSI test panels, configured to represent the test system or film, were subjected to this screening environment (a flow field of separated and reattached flow at a freestream Mach numnber of 0.65 and q = 650 or 900 psf). Each condition was held until damage to the test article was observed or 55 minutes if no damage was incurred. All objectives related to AFRSI rewaterproofing and to the use of films to stiffen the blanket fibers were achieved.

  11. Morphotropic phase boundary, weak ferromagnetism, and strong piezoelectric effect in Bi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}FeO{sub 3-x/2} compounds

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    Troyanchuk, I. O. Karpinsky, D. V.; Bushinsky, M. V.; Kovetskaya, M. I.; Efimova, E. A.; Eremenko, V. V.

    2011-12-15

    The crystal structure and magnetic and piezoelectric properties of the Bi{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}FeO{sub 3-x/2} system (x {<=} 0.2) are studied. The crystal-structure transformations occur in the following sequence: rhombohedral (R3c) polar phase (x {<=} 0.06) {yields} modulated polar phase (0.07 {<=} x {<=} 0.1) {yields} modulated antipolar phase (0.11 {<=} x {<=} 0.14). The modulated polar and antipolar phases are weakly ferromagnetic with a spontaneous magnetization of 0.25 G cm{sup 3}/g (x = 0.09). In the polar weak ferromagnet with x = 0.09, a uniform piezoelec- tric response 2.5 times stronger than in the initial BiFeO{sub 3} compound is detected by the piezoelectric force microscopy.

  12. Raman and infrared studies of the structure of the dithionite ion in aqueous solution and force-constants of S 2O x2- type ions

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    Takahashi, Hiroaki; Kaneko, Norio; Miwa, Kohtaro

    The structure of the dithionite ion S 2O 42- in aqueous solution has been studied by Raman and i.r. spectroscopy. The anion which has an eclipsed configuration (C 2ν symmetry) in Na 2S 2O 4 crystals is found to have a staggered configuration (C 2 h symmetry) in aqueous solution. The force constants of S 2O x2- type ions having SS bonds, namely S 2O 32-, S 2O 42-, S 2O 52- and S 2O 62- are determined assuming a modified Urey-Bradley force field. The assignments of the normal vibrations of S 2O 42- and S 2O 52- ions are also made.

  13. Reaction of O2(+)(X 2Pi sub g) with H2, D2, and HD - Guided ion beam studies, MO correlations, and statistical theory calculations

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    Weber, M. E.; Dalleska, N. F.; Tjelta, B. L.; Fisher, E. R.; Armentrout, P. B.

    1993-01-01

    Guided ion-beam mass spectrometry is used to examined the reactions of vibrationally cold ground-state O2(+)(X 2Pi sub g) with H2, D2, and HD. The energy dependence of the absolute integral cross sections from thermal energy to over 4 eV are measured in the center-of-mass frame of reference. Results are also presented for internally excited O2(+) ions reacting with D2 and HD. The results are consistent with the dominant state being the a 4Pi sub u electronic state. The experimental excitation functions are analyzed in detail and interpreted by extending the molecular orbital correlation arguments of Mahan (1971) and by comparison with results of statistical phase space theory and with a theory that predicts a tight transition state.

  14. Untangling the reaction dynamics of the silylidyne radical (SiH; X2Π) with acetylene (C2H2; X1Σg+)

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    Yang, Tao; Dangi, Beni B.; Thomas, Aaron M.; Kaiser, Ralf I.

    2016-06-01

    The chemical reaction dynamics of silylidyne (SiH; X2Π) with acetylene (C2H2; X1Σg+) were studied exploiting the crossed molecular beam approach, and compared with previous studies on D1-silylidyne with acetylene. The reaction is initiated by a barrierless addition of silylidyne to one or both carbons of acetylene leading to 1-sila-1-propene-1,3-diylidene and/or the cyclic 1-silacyclopropenyl with the former isomerizing to the latter. 1-Silacyclopropenyl eventually loses atomic hydrogen yielding silacyclopropenylidene (c-SiC2H2) in an overall exoergic reaction (experiment: -14.7 ± 8.5 kJ mol-1; theory: -13 ± 3 kJ mol-1). The enthalpy of formation for silacyclopropenylidene is determined to be 421.4 ± 9.3 kJ mol-1.

  15. overlineA2Σ + → overlineX2Π i emission spectra of the phosphaethyne cations HCP + and DCP +

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    King, M. A.; Klapstein, D.; Kroto, H. W.; Maier, J. P.; Nixon, J. F.

    1982-03-01

    Electron impact excited overlineA2Σ + → overlineX2Π i emission spectra of HCP + and DCP + have been observed. The spectra consist of short progressions in ν″ 3. The 0 0 00 → 0 0 10 bands have been studied under high resolution and rotational analyses carried out. Some of the more important derived constants are (in cm -1) HCP +; ν ″3 = 1150(10), A ″0 = -146.97(3), B ″0 = 0.6224(16), B '0 = 0.6690(17); DCP +; ν ″3 = 1110(10), A ″0 = -146.71(1), B ″0 = 0.5284(2), B '0 = 0.5682(2).

  16. Interplay between low dimensionality and magnetic frustration in the magnetoelectric pyroxenes LiCrX2O6 (X=Ge,Si)

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    Nénert, Gwilherm; Isobe, Masahiko; Kim, Ingyu; Ritter, Clemens; Colin, Claire V.; Vasiliev, Alexander N.; Kim, Kee Hoon; Ueda, Yutaka

    2010-07-01

    We have investigated the magnetic and magnetoelectric properties of LiCrGe2O6 and reinvestigated the magnetic properties of LiCrSi2O6 . Using superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, electrical polarization, and neutron diffraction, we give evidence for the presence of magnetic frustration in the magnetoelectric pyroxenes LiCrX2O6 (X=Si,Ge) . While pyroxene materials have been widely investigated for their low dimensional properties, we suggest that the magnetic frustration is likely to play a more important role into the nature of the magnetic ground state. The existence and possible interplay of low dimensionality and magnetic frustration resulting in multiferroic and/or magnetoelectric properties in the pyroxenes will probably open new avenues to tune and investigate the richness of the physic in this family.

  17. Rotational and hyperfine analysis of the E2Π1/2-X2Δ3/2 electronic transition of TaO

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    Christopher, Casey R.; Lee, Stephanie Y.; Gwandu, Francis B.; Matsumoto, Andrew J.; Knurr, Benjamin J.; Mahle, Thomas K.; Morrow, Zachary W.; Varberg, Thomas D.

    2014-07-01

    We have recorded the E2Π1/2-X2Δ3/2 (0, 0) and (1, 0) bands of TaO at sub-Doppler resolution by intermodulated fluorescence spectroscopy. The data were fitted using a Hamiltonian expressed in a Hund's case (c) basis set, leading to accurate values for the rotational, lambda-doubling and hyperfine constants of the upper state, which could be definitively assigned as 2Π1/2 for the first time. The E2Π1/2 state has an energy of T0 = 15876.5764(2) cm-1 and a vibrational interval of ΔG1/2 = 925.3164(3) cm-1.

  18. Synthesis, crystal structure, antioxidant activity, and DNA-binding studies of a novel Ni(II) [2x2] grid complex with a rigid bistridentate Schiff base ligand.

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    Jia, Lei; Xu, Jun; Xu, Xi-Ming; Chen, Long-Hai; Jiang, Peng; Cheng, Fei-Xiang; Lu, Guang-Nong; Wang, Qin; Wu, Jin-Cai; Tang, Ning

    2010-08-01

    With a bistridentate Schiff-base ligand, N',N'(3)-bis[(1E)-1-(2-pyridinyl)ethylidene)] isophthalohydrazide (H(2)L), a [2x2]G grid complex, [Ni(4)(HL)(4)](ClO(4))(4).4H(2)O.0.5 CH(3)OH (1) has been synthesized and characterized spectroscopically and crystallographically. Spectrometric titrations, ethidium bromide displacement experiments, circular dichroism spectral analysis and viscosity measurements indicate that the compound 1 strongly binds with calf-thymus DNA, presumably via intercalation mechanism. Furthermore, the antioxidant activity (superoxide and hydroxyl radical) of the ligand and its nickel(II) complex is determined by using spectrophotometer methods in vitro. Complex 1 is found to possess potent antioxidant activity and be better than standard antioxidants like mannitol. PMID:20686262

  19. Isolation of BAC clones spanning the Xq22.3 translocation breakpoint in a lissencephaly patient with a de novo X;2 translocation.

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    Matsumoto, N; Pilz, D T; Fantes, J A; Kittikamron, K; Ledbetter, D H

    1998-01-01

    X linked lissencephaly and subcortical band heterotopia (XLIS/SBH) is a disorder of cortical development, which causes classical lissencephaly with severe mental retardation and epilepsy in hemizygous males and SBH associated with milder mental retardation and epilepsy in heterozygous females. Here we report the fine mapping of a breakpoint involved in a de novo X;autosomal balanced translocation (46,XX,t(X;2) (q22.3;p25.1)) previously described in a female with classical lissencephaly. We constructed a complete 490 kb BAC contig around the Xq22.3 breakpoint with 11 novel STSs and isolated three BAC clones spanning the breakpoint. This mapping information and BAC contig will be useful in the detailed characterisation of the XLIS gene and other contiguous genes which may also be involved in brain development or function. Images PMID:9783706

  20. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of new Fe3Co3 X 2 (X  =  Ti, Nb) intermetallic compounds

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    Zhang, Jie; Nguyen, Manh Cuong; Balasubramanian, Balamurugan; Das, Bhaskar; Sellmyer, David J.; Zeng, Zhi; Ho, Kai-Ming; Wang, Cai-Zhuang

    2016-05-01

    The structure and magnetic properties of new magnetic Fe3Co3 X 2 (X  =  Ti, Nb) compounds are studied by genetic algorithm, first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations, and experiments. The atomic structure of a hexagonal structure with P-6m2 symmetry is determined. The simulated x-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra of the P-6m2 structures agree well with experimental XRD data for both Fe3Co3Ti2 and Fe3Co3Nb2. The magnetic properties of these structures as well as the effect of the disorder of Fe and Co on their magnetic properties are also investigated. The magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy is found to be very sensitive to the occupancy disorder between Fe and Co.

  1. Chemical pressure effects on magnetism in the quantum spin liquid candidates Yb2X2O7 (X =Sn, Ti, Ge)

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    Dun, Z. L.; Lee, M.; Choi, E. S.; Hallas, A. M.; Wiebe, C. R.; Gardner, J. S.; Arrighi, E.; Freitas, R. S.; Arevalo-Lopez, A. M.; Attfield, J. P.; Zhou, H. D.; Cheng, J. G.

    2014-02-01

    The linear and nonlinear ac susceptibility measurements of Yb-pyrochlores, Yb2X2O7 (X =Sn, Ti, and Ge), show transitions with a ferromagnetic nature at 0.13 and 0.25 K for Yb2Sn2O7 and Yb2Ti2O7, respectively, and an antiferromagnetic ordering at 0.62 K for Yb2Ge2O7. These systematical results (i) provided information about the nature of the unconventional magnetic ground state in Yb2Ti2O7; (ii) realized a distinct antiferromagnetic ordering state in Yb2Ge2O7; and (iii) demonstrated that the application of chemical pressure through the series of Yb-pyrochlores can efficiently perturb the fragile quantum spin fluctuations of the Yb3+ ions and lead to very different magnetic ground states.

  2. First-Principles Study of Antimony Doping Effects on the Iron-Based Superconductor CaFe(SbxAs1-x)2

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    Nagai, Yuki; Nakamura, Hiroki; Machida, Masahiko; Kuroki, Kazuhiko

    2015-09-01

    We study antimony doping effects on the iron-based superconductor CaFe(SbxAs1-x)2 by using the first-principles calculation. The calculations reveal that the substitution of a doped antimony atom into As of the chainlike As layers is more stable than that into FeAs layers. This prediction can be checked by experiments. Our results suggest that doping homologous elements into the chainlike As layers, which only exist in the novel 112 system, is responsible for rising up the critical temperature. We discuss antimony doping effects on the electronic structure. It is found that the calculated band structures with and without the antimony doping are similar to each other within our framework.

  3. Production of polypeptide antibiotic from Streptomyces parvulus and its antibacterial activity

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    Shetty, Prakasham Reddy; Buddana, Sudheer Kumar; Tatipamula, Vinay Bharadwaj; Naga, Yaswanth Varanasi Venkata; Ahmad, Jamal

    2014-01-01

    A highly potent secondary metabolite producing actinomycetes strain is isolated from marine soil sediments of Visakhapatnam sea coast, Bay of Bengal. Over all ten strains are isolated from the collected soil sediments. Among the ten actinomycetes strains the broad spectrum strain RSPSN2 was selected for molecular characterization, antibiotic production and its purification. The nucleotide sequence of the 1 rRNA gene (1261 base pairs) of the most potent strain evidenced a 96% similarity with Streptomyces parvulus 1044 strain, Streptomyces parvulus NBRC 13193 and Streptomyces parvulus BY-F. From the taxonomic features, the actinomycetes isolate RSPSN2 matches with Streptomyces parvulus in the morphological, physiological and biochemical characters. Thus, it was given the suggested name Streptomyces parvulus RSPSN2. The active metabolite was extracted using ethyl acetate (1:3, v/v) at pH 7.0. The separation of active ingredient and its purification was performed by using both thin layer chromatography (TLC) and column chromatography (CC) techniques. Spectrometric studies such as UV-visible, FTIR, and NMR and mass were performed. The antibacterial activity of pure compound was performed by cup plate method against some pathogenic bacteria including of streptomycin resistant bacteria like (Pseudomonas mirabilis, Pseudomonas putida and Bacillus cereus). In conclusion, the collected data emphasized the fact that a polypeptide antibiotic (Actinomycin D) was produced by Streptomyces parvulus RSPSN2. PMID:24948949

  4. Vincristine, Actinomycin, and Cyclophosphamide Compared With Vincristine, Actinomycin, and Cyclophosphamide Alternating With Vincristine, Topotecan, and Cyclophosphamide for Intermediate-Risk Rhabdomyosarcoma: Children's Oncology Group Study D9803

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    Arndt, Carola A.S.; Stoner, Julie A.; Hawkins, Douglas S.; Rodeberg, David A.; Hayes-Jordan, Andrea A.; Paidas, Charles N.; Parham, David M.; Teot, Lisa A.; Wharam, Moody D.; Breneman, John C.; Donaldson, Sarah S.; Anderson, James R.; Meyer, William H.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to compare the outcome of patients with intermediate-risk rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) treated with standard VAC (vincristine, dactinomycin, and cyclophosphamide) chemotherapy to that of patients treated with VAC alternating with vincristine, topotecan, and cyclophosphamide (VAC/VTC). Patients and Methods Patients were randomly assigned to 39 weeks of VAC versus VAC/VTC; local therapy began after week 12. Patients with parameningeal RMS with intracranial extension (PME) were treated with VAC and immediate x-ray therapy. The primary study end point was failure-free survival (FFS). The study was designed with 80% power (5% two-sided α level) to detect an increase in 5-year FFS from 64% to 75% with VAC/VTC. Results A total of 617 eligible patients were entered onto the study: 264 were randomly assigned to VAC and 252 to VAC/VTC; 101 PME patients were nonrandomly treated with VAC. Treatment strata were embryonal RMS, stage 2/3, group III (33%); embryonal RMS, group IV, less than age 10 years (7%); alveolar RMS or undifferentiated sarcoma (UDS), stage 1 or group I (17%); alveolar RMS/UDS (27%); and PME (16%). At a median follow-up of 4.3 years, 4-year FFS was 73% with VAC and 68% with VAC/VTC (P = .3). There was no difference in effect of VAC versus VAC/VTC across risk groups. The frequency of second malignancies was similar between the two treatment groups. Conclusion For intermediate-risk RMS, VAC/VTC does not significantly improve FFS compared with VAC. PMID:19770373

  5. Antiferromagnetism in a Family of S = 1 Square Lattice Coordination Polymers NiX2(pyz)2 (X = Cl, Br, I, NCS; pyz = Pyrazine).

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    Liu, Junjie; Goddard, Paul A; Singleton, John; Brambleby, Jamie; Foronda, Francesca; Möller, Johannes S; Kohama, Yoshimitsu; Ghannadzadeh, Saman; Ardavan, Arzhang; Blundell, Stephen J; Lancaster, Tom; Xiao, Fan; Williams, Robert C; Pratt, Francis L; Baker, Peter J; Wierschem, Keola; Lapidus, Saul H; Stone, Kevin H; Stephens, Peter W; Bendix, Jesper; Woods, Toby J; Carreiro, Kimberly E; Tran, Hope E; Villa, Cecelia J; Manson, Jamie L

    2016-04-01

    The crystal structures of NiX2(pyz)2 (X = Cl (1), Br (2), I (3), and NCS (4)) were determined by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. All four compounds consist of two-dimensional (2D) square arrays self-assembled from octahedral NiN4X2 units that are bridged by pyz ligands. The 2D layered motifs displayed by 1-4 are relevant to bifluoride-bridged [Ni(HF2)(pyz)2]EF6 (E = P, Sb), which also possess the same 2D layers. In contrast, terminal X ligands occupy axial positions in 1-4 and cause a staggered packing of adjacent layers. Long-range antiferromagnetic (AFM) order occurs below 1.5 (Cl), 1.9 (Br and NCS), and 2.5 K (I) as determined by heat capacity and muon-spin relaxation. The single-ion anisotropy and g factor of 2, 3, and 4 were measured by electron-spin resonance with no evidence for zero-field splitting (ZFS) being observed. The magnetism of 1-4 spans the spectrum from quasi-two-dimensional (2D) to three-dimensional (3D) antiferromagnetism. Nearly identical results and thermodynamic features were obtained for 2 and 4 as shown by pulsed-field magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, as well as their Néel temperatures. Magnetization curves for 2 and 4 calculated by quantum Monte Carlo simulation also show excellent agreement with the pulsed-field data. Compound 3 is characterized as a 3D AFM with the interlayer interaction (J⊥) being slightly stronger than the intralayer interaction along Ni-pyz-Ni segments (J(pyz)) within the two-dimensional [Ni(pyz)2](2+) square planes. Regardless of X, J(pyz) is similar for the four compounds and is roughly 1 K. PMID:27002487

  6. Synthesis of Na2Mg3X2 (X = Sn, Pb) and Na4Mg4Sn3 and their crystal structures and thermoelectric properties

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    Yamada, Takahiro; Ishiyama, Ryo; Yamane, Hisanori

    2015-07-01

    Novel ternary stannides and a plumbide, Na2Mg3X2 (X = Sn, Pb) and Na4Mg4Sn3, were synthesized by heating the corresponding elements. The crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis, and the electrical conductivities and Seebeck coefficients were measured. The crystal structures of Na2Mg3X2 [orthorhombic, a = 7.3066(9) Å, b = 14.4559(13) Å, c = 6.6433(7) Å for X = Sn, a = 7.4272(11), b = 14.770(3), c = 6.6852(11) Å for X = Pb] are based on the Mg5Ga2-type structure (space group Ibam, Z = 4). Na4Mg4Sn3 crystallizes in an orthorhombic cell [a = 6.879(3) Å, b = 7.154(2) Å, c = 22.285(7) Å, space group Fmmm, Z = 4] with layers of disordered Na atom arrangement with defects. The electrical conductivities measured for the polycrystalline sintered samples of Na2Mg3Sn2, Na4Mg4Sn3, and Na2Mg3Pb2 were 1.9 × 105 S m-1 at 300 K, 1.6 × 105 S m-1 at 307 K and 3.3 × 105 S m-1 at 300 K, respectively. The Seebeck coefficients (S) of Na2Mg3Sn2, Na4Mg4Sn3, and Na2Mg3Pb2 were +47 to +72, +29 to +67, and +10 to +24 µV K-1, respectively, and increased with increasing temperature of 300-600 K.

  7. Electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of (Mg2X)2 / (Mg2Y)2 (X, Y = Si, Ge, Sn) superlattices from first-principle calculations

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    Guo, San-Dong

    2016-05-01

    To identify thermoelectric materials containing abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements, we have studied the electronic structures and thermoelectric properties of (Mg2X)2/ (Mg2Y)2 (X, Y = Si, Ge, Sn) superlattices with state-of-the-art first-principles calculations using a modified Becke and Johnson (mBJ) exchange potential. Our results show that (Mg2Ge)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 and (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 are semi-metals using mBJ plus spin-orbit coupling (mBJ + SOC), while (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Ge)2 is predicted to be a direct-gap semiconductor with a mBJ gap value of 0.46 eV and mBJ + SOC gap value of 0.44 eV. Thermoelectric properties are predicted by through solving the Boltzmann transport equations within the constant scattering time approximation. It is found that (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Ge)2 has a larger Seebeck coefficient and power factor than (Mg2Ge)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 and (Mg2Si)2/ (Mg2Sn)2 for both p-type and n-type doping. The detrimental influence of SOC on the power factor of p-type (Mg2X)2/ (Mg2Y)2 (X, Y = Si, Ge, Sn) is analyzed as a function of the carrier concentration, but there is a negligible SOC effect for n-type. These results can be explained by the influence of SOC on their valence and conduction bands near the Fermi level.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  9. Interleukin-8 production by the human colon epithelial cell line HT-29: modulation by interleukin-13.

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    Kolios, G.; Robertson, D. A.; Jordan, N. J.; Minty, A.; Caput, D.; Ferrara, P.; Westwick, J.

    1996-01-01

    1. We have determined which cytokines induce and modulate the production of the chemokine interleukin-8 (IL-8) by the human colonic epithelial cell line HT-29. 2. Growth arrested cell cultures were stimulated with the human recombinant cytokines interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1 alpha), tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), interleukin-13 (IL-13), interleukin-10 (IL-10) or vehicle added alone or in combination. The production of IL-8 was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and IL-8 messenger RNA expression by Northern blot analysis. 3. The production of IL-8 in unstimulated cells was undetectable by both ELISA and Northern blot analysis. 4. HT-29 cells produced IL-8 following stimulation with IL-1 alpha or TNF-alpha in a time- and a concentration-dependent manner, while IFN-gamma, IL-10 and IL-13 did not induce IL-8 production by HT-29 cells. 5. IL-13 was found to up-regulate significantly (P < 0.01) the IL-1 alpha but not the TNF-alpha-induced IL-8 generation by HT-29 cells. In contrast, IL-10 had no effect on either IL-1 alpha or TNF-alpha-induced IL-8 production. 6. Experiments using cycloheximide demonstrated that this synergistic effect of IL-13 and IL-1 alpha on IL-8 secretion was not through de novo protein synthesis. Using actinomycin-D, we demonstrated that the IL-13 up-regulation was at the level of transcription rather than messenger RNA stability. 7. These findings suggest that colonic epithelial cells have a functional IL-13 receptor, which is coupled to an up-regulation of IL-1 alpha, but not TNF-alpha induced IL-8 generation. Images Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 Figure 9 PMID:8886420

  10. Induction, production, repression, and de-repression of exoglucanase synthesis in Aspergillus niger.

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    Hanif, Atif; Yasmeen, Amber; Rajoka, M I

    2004-09-01

    The influence of carbon and nitrogen sources on the production of cellulases was investigated. The enzyme production was variable according to the carbon source. Levels of beta-cellobiohydrolase (CBH) were minimal in the presence of even low concentrations of glucose. Enzyme production was stimulated by other carbohydrates. The enzyme is subject to carbon source control by easily metabolizable sugars. Wheat bran and cellulose were the most effective promoters of beta-cellobiohydrolase and filter paperase (FPase) activities respectively, followed by rice bran. Exogenously supplied glucose inhibited the synthesis of the enzyme in cultures of A. niger growing on wheat bran. In defined medium with cellobiose, the cellobiohydrolase titres were 2- to 110-fold higher with cells growing on monomeric sugars and 1.5 times higher than cells growing on other disaccharides. It appeared that synthesis of beta-cellobiohydrolase varied under an induction mechanism, and a repression mechanism which changed the rate of synthesis of beta-cellobiohydrolase and FPase in induced over non-induced cultures. In this organism, substantial synthesis of beta-cellobiohydrolase can be induced by cellobiose, cellodextrin, cellulose or cellulose and hemi-cellulose containing substrates which showed low volumetric substrate uptake rate. The organism required limiting concentration of carbon, nitrogen or phosphorous for production of beta-cellobiohydrolase and FPase. During growth of A. niger on wheat bran, maximum volumetric productivities (Qp) of beta-cellobiohydrolase and FPase were 39.6 and 32.5 IU/lh and were significantly higher than the values reported for some other potent fungi and bacteria. The addition of actinomycin D (a repressor of transcription) and cycloheximide, (a repressor of translation) completely repressed CBH/FPase biosynthesis, suggested that the regulation of CBH synthesis in this organism occurs at both transcriptional and translational level. Thermodynamic studies

  11. The Creative Product and Process in Computer-Mediated Groups

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    Kristensson, Per; Norlander, Torsten

    2003-01-01

    The effects of information technology on the creative performance in small groups were examined. An experimental 3 x 2 design was used in order to assess the effects of Group Communication Support System (GCSS) and perceived usefulness on the creative product and the creative process. A chat, a video conference and a face-to-face group were…

  12. Dispersed Fluorescence Spectroscopy of the ˜{B} ^2E' - ˜{X} ^2A_2' Transition of Jet Cooled ^{14}NO_3 and ^{15}NO_3

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    Fukushima, Masaru; Ishiwata, Takashi

    2013-06-01

    We have generated NO_3 in supersonic free jet expansions and observed laser induced fluorescence ( LIF ) of the ˜{B} ^2E' - ˜{X} ^2A_2' transition. We have measured LIF excitation spectra and dispersed fluorescence ( DF ) spectra from the single vibronic levels ( SVL's ) of the ˜{B} ^2E' state of ^{14}NO_3 and ^{15}NO_3. The vibrational structure of the ˜{X} ^2A_2' state has been analyzed by comparing the vibrational structures of the DF spectra of the two isotopomers. The 1,053 cm^{-1} band of ^{14}NO_3 is observed as two bands at 1,039 and 1,053 cm^{-1} with an intensity ratio of 4 : 5, respectively, for ^{15}NO_3, which are observed in the DF spectra with our standard resolution ( ˜ 7 cm^{-1} in FWHM ). Higher resolution measurements ( ˜ 2 cm^{-1} in FWHM ) of the DF spectra show that the 1,053 cm^{-1} band of ^{14}NO_3 is also observed as two bands at 1,051 and 1,056 cm^{-1} with an intensity ratio of 5 : 3, respectively. The 1,051 cm^{-1} band is attributed to be the ν_1 ( a_1' ) fundamental, because of its little isotope shift. There are two possibilities for another band, the band at 1,056 and 1,038 cm^{-1} for ^{14}NO_3 and ^{15}NO_3, respectively; (1) the ν_3 ( e' ) fundamental band, and (2) the ν_2 + ν_4 ( a_2'' and e', respectively ) combination band. If this is the case (1), the ν_3 band should be observed in IR spectrum, but it has yet to be observed. If (2), the intensity must be stolen from the ˜{B} ^2E' - ˜{A} ^2E'' transition through the ν_2 mode, the considerable transition moment of which has been predicted. A simple consideration for the vibronic coupling between the ˜{A} ^2E'' and ˜{X} ^2A_2' states through the ν_2 mode can understand about 20 % of the combination band intensity to that of the ν_1 fundamental. The higher resolution measurements of the DF spectra also show that the 1,499 cm^{-1} band of ^{14}NO_3 is much stronger than the 1,492 cm^{-1} band in the electronic spectrum, while the latter is the strongest band in

  13. Voltage- and ATP-dependent structural rearrangements of the P2X2 receptor associated with the gating of the pore.

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    Keceli, Batu; Kubo, Yoshihiro

    2014-11-01

    P2X2 is an extracellular ATP-gated cation channel which has a voltage-dependent gating property even though it lacks a canonical voltage sensor. It is a trimer in which each subunit has two transmembrane helices and a large extracellular domain. The three inter-subunit ATP binding sites are linked to the pore forming transmembrane (TM) domains by β-strands. We analysed structural rearrangements of the linker strands between the ATP binding site and TM domains upon ligand binding and voltage change, electrophysiologically in Xenopus oocytes, using mutants carrying engineered thiol-modifiable cysteine residues. (1) We demonstrated that the double mutant D315C&I67C (at β-14 and β-1, respectively) shows a 2- to 4-fold increase in current amplitude after treatment with a reducing reagent, dithiothreitol (DTT). Application of the thiol-reactive metal Cd(2+) induced current decline due to bond formation between D315C and I67C. This effect was not observed in wild type (WT) or in single point mutants. (2) Cd(2+)-induced current decline was analysed in hyperpolarized and depolarized conditions with different pulse protocols, and also in the presence and absence of ATP. (3) Current decline induced by Cd(2+) could be clearly observed in the presence of ATP, but was not clear in the absence of ATP, showing a state-dependent modification. (4) In the presence of ATP, Cd(2+) modification was significantly faster in hyperpolarized than in depolarized conditions, showing voltage-dependent structural rearrangements of the linker strands. (5) Experiments using tandem trimeric constructs (TTCs) with controlled number and position of mutations in the trimer showed that the bridging by Cd(2+) between 315 and 67 was not intra- but inter-subunit. (6) Finally, we performed similar analyses of a pore mutant T339S, which makes the channel activation voltage insensitive. Cd(2+) modification rates of T339S were similar in hyperpolarized and depolarized conditions. Taking these results

  14. Voltage- and ATP-dependent structural rearrangements of the P2X2 receptor associated with the gating of the pore

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    Keceli, Batu; Kubo, Yoshihiro

    2014-01-01

    P2X2 is an extracellular ATP-gated cation channel which has a voltage-dependent gating property even though it lacks a canonical voltage sensor. It is a trimer in which each subunit has two transmembrane helices and a large extracellular domain. The three inter-subunit ATP binding sites are linked to the pore forming transmembrane (TM) domains by β-strands. We analysed structural rearrangements of the linker strands between the ATP binding site and TM domains upon ligand binding and voltage change, electrophysiologically in Xenopus oocytes, using mutants carrying engineered thiol-modifiable cysteine residues. (1) We demonstrated that the double mutant D315C&I67C (at β-14 and β-1, respectively) shows a 2- to 4-fold increase in current amplitude after treatment with a reducing reagent, dithiothreitol (DTT). Application of the thiol-reactive metal Cd2+ induced current decline due to bond formation between D315C and I67C. This effect was not observed in wild type (WT) or in single point mutants. (2) Cd2+-induced current decline was analysed in hyperpolarized and depolarized conditions with different pulse protocols, and also in the presence and absence of ATP. (3) Current decline induced by Cd2+ could be clearly observed in the presence of ATP, but was not clear in the absence of ATP, showing a state-dependent modification. (4) In the presence of ATP, Cd2+ modification was significantly faster in hyperpolarized than in depolarized conditions, showing voltage-dependent structural rearrangements of the linker strands. (5) Experiments using tandem trimeric constructs (TTCs) with controlled number and position of mutations in the trimer showed that the bridging by Cd2+ between 315 and 67 was not intra- but inter-subunit. (6) Finally, we performed similar analyses of a pore mutant T339S, which makes the channel activation voltage insensitive. Cd2+ modification rates of T339S were similar in hyperpolarized and depolarized conditions. Taking these results together, we

  15. Maps showing interpretation, using R-mode factor analysis, of trace-element abundances in heavy-mineral concentrate samples, Delta 1° x 2° Quadrangle, Utah

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    Zimbelman, David R.

    1994-01-01

    A set of heavy-mineral concentrate data for the Delta 1° x 2° quadrangle, Utah Conterminous U.S. Mineral Assessment Program (CUSMAP) project was compiled from results of analyses of samples collected during the National Uranium Resource Evaluation Program (SURE), as well as results obtained from samples collected more recently by the USGS. Data results, sampling methods, and analytical methods are provided in Abrogast and others, 1993; 1990; 1988a; 1988b). A similar report, discussing results obtained from stream-sediment samples, is presented in Zimbelman (1993a). The Delta 1° x 2° quadrangle, Utah (figure 1) contains a variety of hydrothermal mineral deposit types, including porphyry-, vein-, replacement-, and Carlin-type deposits. These deposit types have been worked for commodities including gold, silver, beryllium, uranium, lead, zinc, copper, manganese, and cadmium (Lindsey, 1977; Morris and Mogensen, 1978; Zimbelman and others, 1990; Zimbelman and others, 1988). Heavy-mineral concentrate and stream-sediment samples derived from these hydrothermally altered rocks typically contain many geochemical anomalies (for example, see Zimbelman 1993b, c, d). Element associations characterizing lithology and hydrothermal mineral deposits can be distinguished using R-mode factor analysis. This tool often is useful in reconnaissance-scale surveys where sample anomalies are often weak. and single-element distributions may not help to delineate targets. R-mode factors analysis can help identify geologic trends and areas most likely to contain the mineral deposits. R-mode factor analysis was performed on a data set of results of analyses for 19 elements in 643 samples and produced a six-factor model. These six factors represent the geochemical contributions to the data set provided by lithologic and mineralization processes, The distribution of samples that contain high scores for mineralization-related factors is widespread in the Delta quadrangle. These sample sites

  16. Genomic analysis of a 1 Mb region near the telomere of Hessian fly chromosome X2 and avirulence gene vH13

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    Lobo, Neil F; Behura, Susanta K; Aggarwal, Rajat; Chen, Ming-Shun; Collins, Frank H; Stuart, Jeff J

    2006-01-01

    Background To have an insight into the Mayetiola destructor (Hessian fly) genome, we performed an in silico comparative genomic analysis utilizing genetic mapping, genomic sequence and EST sequence data along with data available from public databases. Results Chromosome walking and FISH were utilized to identify a contig of 50 BAC clones near the telomere of the short arm of Hessian fly chromosome X2 and near the avirulence gene vH13. These clones enabled us to correlate physical and genetic distance in this region of the Hessian fly genome. Sequence data from these BAC ends encompassing a 760 kb region, and a fully sequenced and assembled 42.6 kb BAC clone, was utilized to perform a comparative genomic study. In silico gene prediction combined with BLAST analyses was used to determine putative orthology to the sequenced dipteran genomes of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, and the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, and to infer evolutionary relationships. Conclusion This initial effort enables us to advance our understanding of the structure, composition and evolution of the genome of this important agricultural pest and is an invaluable tool for a whole genome sequencing effort. PMID:16412254

  17. Search for the OH (X(2)Pi) Meinel band emission in meteors as a tracer of mineral water in comets: detection of N(2)(+) (A-X)

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    Jenniskens, Peter; Laux, Christophe O.

    2004-01-01

    We report the discovery of the N(2)(+) A-X Meinel band in the 780-840 nm meteor emission from two Leonid meteoroids that were ejected less than 1000 years ago by comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. Our analysis indicates that the N(2)(+) molecule is at least an order of magnitude less abundant than expected, possibly as a result of charge transfer reactions with meteoric metal atoms. This new band was found while searching for rovibrational transitions in the X(2)Pi electronic ground state of OH (the OH Meinel band), a potential tracer of water bound to minerals in cometary matter. The electronic A-X transition of OH has been identified in other Leonid meteors. We did not detect this OH Meinel band, which implies that the excited A state is not populated by thermal excitation but by a mechanism that directly produces OH in low vibrational levels of the excited A(2)Sigma state. Ultraviolet dissociation of atmospheric or meteoric water vapor is such a mechanism, as is the possible combustion of meteoric organics.

  18. Kinetic study of the reaction CH (X 2Pi) + H2 yields CH2 (X 3B1) + H in the temperature range 372 to 675 K

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    Zabarnick, S.; Fleming, J. W.; Lin, M. C.

    1986-01-01

    The kinetics of the reversible reaction CH (X 2Pi) + H2 yields CH2 (X 3B1) + H at 372-675 K and total pressure 100 torr (mainly Ar) is investigated experimentally. The ground-state CH radicals are produced by photolysis of CHBr3 using 10-mJ 266-nm laser pulses (repetition rate 10 Hz) and monitored by measuring the fluorescence induced by a 429.8-nm dye laser, in the apparatus described by Berman et al. (1982) and Berman and Lin (1984). The results are presented in tables and graphs and characterized. The absolute rate constants for the forward and reverse reactions are determined, and their temperature dependence is given by Arrhenius expressions and formulas obtained in transition-state-theory calculations. The heat of formation of CH2 at 0 K is estimated (assuming that the recombination reaction CH2 + H has zero activation energy) as 92.6 + or - 0.5 kcal/mol.

  19. Evaluation of uranium geochemical anomalies in the Greenville 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ Quadrangle (Avalon, Greer, Honea, and Northeast Greenville). National Uranium Resource Evaluation program

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    Sargent, K. A.; Price, V. Jr.

    1982-08-01

    The Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) was involved in the National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE) from 1974 through 1981. The SRL role was to design, conduct, and report the data from a geochemical reconnaissance of almost half the continental United States. The purpose of this work was to provide a basis for evaluating the uranium potential of areas and to identify areas meriting conventional geologic followup. More than 275,000 samples of stream sediment, soil, vegetation, and ground or surface water were collected in the program. As a part of the development program to support interpretation of the geochemical data, SRL conducted a series of field studies to verify anomalies that were identified from reconnaissance data. Subcontractors were selected to conduct field scintillometer surveys, compile geologic maps, collect additional samples, or provide other services needed for a given study. This report summarizes the results of four small studies that were conducted for SRL by V.S. Griffin, Jr., in the Greenville 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle. Normal editing was not done so the report could be released to the public before the termination of the NURE program. Thus, conceptual errors that may be present have not been corrected, and the reader is cautioned to use professional judgment in interpreting the data. These studies include original geologic maps and the results of field radioactivity measurements. 20 figures, 5 tables.

  20. Evaluation of uranium geochemical anomalies in the Spartanburg 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS area near Pacolet Mills, SC

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    Owen, J.

    1981-06-01

    The Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) was involved in the National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE) program from 1974 through 1981. The SRL role was to design, conduct, and report the data from a geochemical reconnaissance of almost half the continental United States. The purpose of this work was to provide a basis for evaluating the uranium potential of areas and to identify areas meriting conventional geological followup. In this program over 275,000 samples of stream sediment, soil vegetation, and ground or surface water were collected. As a part of the development program to support interpretation of the geochemical data, SRL conducted a series of anomaly verification field studies. Each study area was chosen on the basis of a geochemical anomaly in reconnaissance data. Subcontractors were selected to conduct field scintillometer surveys, compile geologic maps, collect additional samples, or provide other services as deemed appropriate for a given study. This report, which summarizes the results of a study in the Spartanburg 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle, was compiled for SRL by Jerry Owen and is published as a facsimile of this report to SRL. Normal editing was not done so that the report could be placed in the public domain prior to the termination of the NURE program. This study is one of a series designed to provide a basis for interpretation of SRL regional geochemical reconnaissance data. It contains a synthesis of published data and results of a four-channel gamma spectrometer survey of an area near Pacolet Mills, South Carolina.

  1. Synthesis, spectral, X-ray single structure, DFT calculations and antimicrobial activities of [Co(II)X2 (dmphen)] (X = Br and SCN-)

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    Al-Noaimi, Mousa; Awwadi, Firas F.; Haddad, Salim F.; Talib, Wamidh H.; Jodeh, Shehdeh; Radi, Smaail; Ben Hadda, Taibi; Abdoh, Muneer; Naveen, S.; Lokanath, N. K.; Warad, Ismail

    2015-04-01

    Two tetrahedral mononuclear complexes with a general formula [CoX2(dmphen)](1-2) (where dmphen is 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline and 1 (X = Br), 2 (X = NCS)) have been synthesized. These complexes are characterized by elemental analysis, IR, UV-visible, TG/DTA and by X-ray diffraction. The calculated electrostatic potential surface of 2 has shown that the electrostatic potential values around sulfur atom is anistropically distributed; the potential values along C-S bond is less negative than the corresponding values in the π-region of S atom. This agrees with the observed geometrical arrangement of C-H⋯S-C hydrogen bonding interactions, the avg. of H⋯S-C angle is 81°. Antimicrobial properties of cobalt(II) complexes was also assessed. Cobalt complexes exhibited significant antibacterial activity against different gram negative and positive human pathogens. The absorption spectrum of these complexes in acetone was modeled by time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT).

  2. Nonmagnetic band gap at the Dirac point of the magnetic topological insulator (Bi(1-x)Mn(x))2Se3.

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    Sánchez-Barriga, J; Varykhalov, A; Springholz, G; Steiner, H; Kirchschlager, R; Bauer, G; Caha, O; Schierle, E; Weschke, E; Ünal, A A; Valencia, S; Dunst, M; Braun, J; Ebert, H; Minár, J; Golias, E; Yashina, L V; Ney, A; Holý, V; Rader, O

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic doping is expected to open a band gap at the Dirac point of topological insulators by breaking time-reversal symmetry and to enable novel topological phases. Epitaxial (Bi(1-x)Mn(x))2Se3 is a prototypical magnetic topological insulator with a pronounced surface band gap of ∼100 meV. We show that this gap is neither due to ferromagnetic order in the bulk or at the surface nor to the local magnetic moment of the Mn, making the system unsuitable for realizing the novel phases. We further show that Mn doping does not affect the inverted bulk band gap and the system remains topologically nontrivial. We suggest that strong resonant scattering processes cause the gap at the Dirac point and support this by the observation of in-gap states using resonant photoemission. Our findings establish a mechanism for gap opening in topological surface states which challenges the currently known conditions for topological protection. PMID:26892831

  3. Effect of Surface Preparation on Mechanical Properties of Ni Contacts on Polycrystalline (Bi1- x Sb x )2(Te1- y Se y )3 Alloys

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    Kashi, S.; Keshavarz, M. K.; Vasilevskiy, D.; Masut, R. A.; Turenne, S.

    2012-06-01

    We present a comparison of different surface preparation techniques for hot-extruded (Bi1- x Sb x )2(Te1- y Se y )3 alloys prior to Ni plating and their consequences on adhesion. The surface preparation is carried out by a relatively fast and well-controlled electrochemical etching procedure that provides morphologies with homogeneous flat surfaces on a scale of tens of micrometers. This procedure is not optimal for Ni metallization since it does not ensure enough roughness on the surface. Applying wet chemical etching with hypochlorite and nitric acid after the electrochemical etching changes the morphology, and the surface roughness increases, as evidenced by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Tensile tests carried out on n-type and p-type 1-mm-thick specimens, covered with a 12- μm Ni layer followed by Sn-Pb soldered joints, confirm a significant improvement in the ultimate adhesion strength, with fracture occurring within the thermoelectric material. Use of this two-step surface treatment, after slicing and prior to metallization, leads to maximum adhesion strength of around 38 MPa for either type of thermoelectric material. These results are consistent with the morphological changes observed by scanning electron microscopy on the surface after chemical etching.

  4. Order-disorder phase transitions in the two-dimensional semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenide alloys Mo1−xWxX2 (X = S, Se, and Te)

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    Gan, Li-Yong; Zhang, Qingyun; Zhao, Yu-Jun; Cheng, Yingchun; Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2014-01-01

    A combination of density functional theory, an empirical model, and Monte Carlo simulations is used to shed light on the evolution of the atomic distribution in the two-dimensional semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenide alloys Mo1−xWxX2 (X = S, Se, and Te) as a function of the W concentration and temperature. Both random and ordered phases are discovered and the origin of the phase transitions is clarified. While the empirical model predicts at x = 1/3 and 2/3 ordered alloys, Monte Carlo simulations suggest that they only exist at low temperature due to a small energetic preference of Mo-X-W over Mo-X-Mo and W-X-W interactions, explaining the experimental observation of random alloy Mo1−xWxS2. Negative formation energies point to a high miscibility. Tunability of the band edges and band gaps by alteration of the W concentration gives rise to a broad range of applications. PMID:25331363

  5. Structural, elastic, electronic and phonon properties of SnX2O4 (X=Mg, Zn, Cd) spinel from density functional theory

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    Uǧur, Gökay; Candan, Abdullah

    2014-10-01

    First-principle calculations of structural, electronic, elastic and phonon properties of SnMg2O4, SnZn2O4 and SnCd2O4 compounds are presented, using the pseudo-potential plane waves approach based on density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The computed ground state structural parameters, i.e. lattice constants, internal free parameter and bulk modulus are in good agreement with the available theoretical results. Our calculated elastic constants are indicative of stability of SnX2O4 (X=Mg, Zn, Cd) compounds in the spinel structure. The partial density of states (PDOS) of these compounds is in good agreement with the earlier ab-initio calculations. The phonon dispersion relations were calculated using the direct method. Phonon dispersion results indicate that SnZn2O4 is dynamically stable, while SnMg2O4 and SnCd2O4 are unstable.

  6. First principles studies on the impact of point defects on the phase stability of (AlxCr1-x)2O3 solid solutions

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    Koller, C. M.; Koutná, N.; Ramm, J.; Kolozsvári, S.; Paulitsch, J.; Holec, D.; Mayrhofer, P. H.

    2016-02-01

    Density Functional Theory applying the generalised gradient approximation is used to study the phase stability of (AlxCr1-x)2O3 solid solutions in the context of physical vapour deposition (PVD). Our results show that the energy of formation for the hexagonal α phase is lower than for the metastable cubic γ and B1-like phases-independent of the Al content x. Even though this suggests higher stability of the α phase, its synthesis by physical vapour deposition is difficult for temperatures below 800 °C. Aluminium oxide and Al-rich oxides typically exhibit a multi-phased, cubic-dominated structure. Using a model system of (Al0.69Cr0.31)2O3 which experimentally yields larger fractions of the desired hexagonal α phase, we show that point defects strongly influence the energetic relationships. Since defects and in particular point defects, are unavoidably present in PVD coatings, they are important factors and can strongly influence the stability regions. We explicitly show that defects with low formation energies (e.g. metal Frenkel pairs) are strongly preferred in the cubic phases, hence a reasonable factor contributing to the observed thermodynamically anomalous phase composition.

  7. Adsorption site and structure determination of c(2x2) N{sub 2}/Ni(100) using angle-resolved photoemission extended fine structure

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    Moler, E.J.; Kellar, S.A.; Huff, W.R.A.

    1997-04-01

    The authors have determined the atomic spatial structure of c(2x2) N2Ni(100) with Angle-Resolved Photoemission Extended Fine Structure (ARPEFS) from the nitrogen 1s core level using monochromatized x-rays from beamline 6.1 at SSRL and beamline 9.3.2 at the ALS. The chemically shifted N 1s peak intensities were summed together to obtain ARPEFS curves for both nitrogen atoms in the molecule. They used a new, highly-optimized program based on the Rehr-Albers scattering matrix formalism to find the adsorption site and to quantitatively determine the bond-lengths. The nitrogen molecule stands upright at an atop site, with a N-Ni bond length of 2.25(1) {angstrom}, a N-N bond length of 1.10(7) {angstrom}, and a first layer Ni-Ni spacing of 1.76(4) {angstrom}. The shake-up peak shows an identical ARPEFS diffraction pattern, confirming its intrinsic nature and supporting a previous use of this feature to decompose the peak into contributions from the chemically inequivalent nitrogen atoms. Comparison to a previously published theoretical treatment of N-N-Ni and experimental structures of analogous adsorbate systems demonstrates the importance of adsorbate-adsorbate interactions in weakly chemisorbed systems.

  8. New Line Lists for Rovibrational and Rotational Transitions Within the NH X^3Σ{^-} and OH X^2Π Ground States

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    Brooke, James S. A.; Bernath, Peter F.; Western, Colin; Li, Gang; Groenenboom, Gerrit

    2014-06-01

    A new line list for rovibrational and rotational transitions within the NH X^3Σ{^-} ground state has been created, including line intensities in the form of Einstein A and f-values, for all possible bands up to v^'=6. The intensities are based on a new dipole moment function (DMF), which has been calculated using the internally contracted MRCI method with an aug-cc-pV6Z basis set. The programs RKR1, LEVEL and PGOPHER were used to calculate line positions and intensities using the most recent spectroscopic observations and the new DMF, and including the rotational dependence on the matrix elements. The Hund's case (b) matrix elements from the LEVEL output have been transformed to the case (a) form required by PGOPHER. Equivalent calculations have been performed for the OH X^2Π ground state. This includes a new DMF calculation using the internally contracted MR-ACPF method with an aug-cc-pV6Z basis set. A similar line list has been produced for rovibrational and rotational transitions for all possible transitions up to v^'=13.

  9. The nicotinic α6 subunit gene determines variability in chronic pain sensitivity via cross-inhibition of P2X2/3 receptors.

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    Wieskopf, Jeffrey S; Mathur, Jayanti; Limapichat, Walrati; Post, Michael R; Al-Qazzaz, Mona; Sorge, Robert E; Martin, Loren J; Zaykin, Dmitri V; Smith, Shad B; Freitas, Kelen; Austin, Jean-Sebastien; Dai, Feng; Zhang, Jie; Marcovitz, Jaclyn; Tuttle, Alexander H; Slepian, Peter M; Clarke, Sarah; Drenan, Ryan M; Janes, Jeff; Al Sharari, Shakir; Segall, Samantha K; Aasvang, Eske K; Lai, Weike; Bittner, Reinhard; Richards, Christopher I; Slade, Gary D; Kehlet, Henrik; Walker, John; Maskos, Uwe; Changeux, Jean-Pierre; Devor, Marshall; Maixner, William; Diatchenko, Luda; Belfer, Inna; Dougherty, Dennis A; Su, Andrew I; Lummis, Sarah C R; Imad Damaj, M; Lester, Henry A; Patapoutian, Ardem; Mogil, Jeffrey S

    2015-05-13

    Chronic pain is a highly prevalent and poorly managed human health problem. We used microarray-based expression genomics in 25 inbred mouse strains to identify dorsal root ganglion (DRG)-expressed genetic contributors to mechanical allodynia, a prominent symptom of chronic pain. We identified expression levels of Chrna6, which encodes the α6 subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), as highly associated with allodynia. We confirmed the importance of α6* (α6-containing) nAChRs by analyzing both gain- and loss-of-function mutants. We find that mechanical allodynia associated with neuropathic and inflammatory injuries is significantly altered in α6* mutants, and that α6* but not α4* nicotinic receptors are absolutely required for peripheral and/or spinal nicotine analgesia. Furthermore, we show that Chrna6's role in analgesia is at least partially due to direct interaction and cross-inhibition of α6* nAChRs with P2X2/3 receptors in DRG nociceptors. Finally, we establish the relevance of our results to humans by the observation of genetic association in patients suffering from chronic postsurgical and temporomandibular pain. PMID:25972004

  10. Helical Majorana fermions in d(x2-y2) + id(xy)-wave topological superconductivity of doped correlated quantum spin Hall insulators.

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    Sun, Shih-Jye; Chung, Chung-Hou; Chang, Yung-Yeh; Tsai, Wei-Feng; Zhang, Fu-Chun

    2016-01-01

    There has been growing interest in searching for exotic self-conjugate, charge-neutral low-energy fermionic quasi-particles, known as Majorana fermions (MFs) in solid state systems. Their signatures have been proposed and potentially observed at edges of topological superconcuctors with non-trivial topological invariant in the bulk electronic band structure. Much effort have been focused on realizing MFs in odd-parity superconductors made of strong spin-orbit coupled materials in proximity to conventional superconductors. In this paper, we propose a novel mechanism for realizing MFs in 2D spin-singlet topological superconducting state induced by doping a correlated quantum spin Hall (Kane-Mele) insulator. Via a renormalized mean-field approach, the system is found to exhibits time-reversal symmetry (TRS) breaking d(x2-y2) + id(xy)-wave (chiral d-wave) superconductivity near half-filling in the limit of large on-site repulsion. Surprisingly, however, at large spin-orbit coupling, the system undergoes a topological phase transition and enter into a new topological phase protected by a pseudo-spin Chern number, which can be viewed as a persistent extension of the quantum spin Hall phase upon doping. From bulk-edge correspondence, this phase is featured by the presence of two pairs of counter-propagating helical Majorana modes per edge, instead of two chiral propagating edge modes in the d + id' superconductors. PMID:27064108

  11. Electronic and magnetic properties of X2YZ and XYZ Heusler compounds: a comparative study of density functional theory with different exchange-correlation potentials

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    Rai, D. P.; Sandeep; Shankar, A.; Pradhan Sakhya, Anup; Sinha, T. P.; Khenata, R.; Ghimire, M. P.; Thapa, R. K.

    2016-07-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of Heusler compounds X2YZ and XYZ (X = Co, Ni, Pt, Fe; Y = Mn, Cr, Vi; Z = Al, Sb, Ga) are investigated by using the density functional theory with generalized gradient approximation (GGA), GGA plus U (LSDA+U), and modified Becke‑Johnson (mBJ) exchange potential. It is found that the half-metallic gaps are generally widened reasonably by LSDA+U and mBJ as compared to the conventional GGA. For the Co-based Heusler compounds the inclusion of U in GGA leads to a larger minority band gap while it is destroyed for Fe2VAl and NiMnSb. The magnetic properties of Co2VSi and Co2VSn are well defined within LSDA+U and mBJ with an exact integer value of magnetic moment. The band gaps of Fe2VAl and CoMnSb given by mBJ are in good agreement with the available experimental data of x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Except for the reasonably larger band gap, the mBJ band structure is almost same as that of GGA but is remarkably different from that of LSDA+U.

  12. First principles studies of structural, electronic, optical, elastic and thermal properties of Ag-chalcopyrites (AgInX2: X=S, Se)

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    Sharma, Sheetal; Verma, A. S.; Jindal, V. K.

    2014-04-01

    First principles calculations for the structural, electronic, optical, elastic and thermal properties of the silver indium dichalcogenides (AgInX2: X=S and Se) have been reported using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. In this approach, the recently developed density functional theory of Tran and Blaha is used along with the Wu-Cohen generalized gradient approximation (WC-GGA) for the exchange-correlation potential. Results were given for lattice constants, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative, band structures, dielectric constants and refractive indices. We have also computed the full elastic tensors (C11, C12, C13, C33, C44 and C66). The thermodynamical properties such as thermal expansion, heat capacity, Debye temperature, entropy, Grüneisen parameter, bulk modulus and hardness were calculated employing the quasi-harmonic Debye model at different temperatures (0-800 K) and pressures (0-8 GPa). Most of the investigated parameters are reported for the first time.

  13. Effects of Sb Content (x) on (Bi(1-x)Sb(x))2Te3 Thermoelectric Thin Film Deposited by Effusion Cell Evaporator.

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    Yong, Ho; Na, Sekwon; Gang, Jun-Gu; Jeon, Seong-Jae; Hyun, Seungmin; Lee, Hoo-Jeong

    2015-10-01

    This paper investigates the effects of the Sb content (x) on (Bi(1-x)Sb(x))2Te3 thermoelectric films with x changing widely from 0 (Sb2Te3) to 1 (Bi2Te3). First, the XRD analysis discloses that with the Sb content (x) increasing, the phase changed gradually from Bi2Te3 to Sb2Te3 as Sb atoms replaced substitutionally Bi atoms. Further microstructure analysis reveals that an extensive grain growth occurred during post-annealing for the samples with high Sb contents. According to the measurement of electrical and thermoelectric properties, the polarity of the charge carrier and Seebeck coefficient switched n-type to p-type in the range of x = 0.45~0.63. For the n-type samples, the power factor is highest when x = 0.18 around 46.01 μW/K(2) whereas Sb2Te3, for the p-type samples, shows the highest value, 62.48 μW/K(2)cm. PMID:26726497

  14. A discharge flow-photoionization mass spectrometric study of the FO(X 2 Pi i) radical. Photoionization efficiency spectrum and ionization energy

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    Zhang, Zhengyu; Kuo, Szu-Cherng; Klemm, R. Bruce; Monks, Paul S.; Stief, Louis J.

    1994-01-01

    Photoionization efficiency spectra of FO were measured over the wavelength range 80.0-100.0 nm and in the ionization threshold region, 94.0-100.0 nm, using a discharge flow-photoionization mass spectrometer apparatus coupled to a synchrotron radiation source. FO was generated by the reaction of F2P atoms with NO3 and via a F2O2 discharge. A value of 12.78 +/- 0.03 eV was obtained for the adiabatic ionization energy of FO from photoion thresholds which corresponds to FO(+)(X 3 Sigma -) from FO(X 2 Pi i). These results, which are the first to be obtained by direct Photo-ionization mass spectrometry (PIMS) measurements, corroborate those of a photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) study; however, the ionization energy determined here is free from interferences due to other species which complicated the PES measurement. A value of 109.5 +/- 8.0 kJ/mol for Delta f H 0 298(FO) is computed from the present value of IE(FO) and a previous appearance energy measurement, and a value for the proton affinity of FO is calculated to be 511.5 +/- 10.0 kJ/mol.

  15. Amplitude modulation drive to rectangular-plate linear ultrasonic motors with vibrators dimensions 8 mm x 2.16 mm X 1 mm.

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    Ming, Yang; Hanson, Ben; Levesley, Martin C; Walker, Peter G; Watterson, Kevin G

    2006-12-01

    In this paper, to exploit the contribution from not only the stators but also from other parts of miniature ultrasonic motors, an amplitude modulation drive is proposed to drive a miniature linear ultrasonic motor consisting of two rectangular piezoelectric ceramic plates. Using finite-element software, the first longitudinal and second lateral-bending frequencies of the vibrator are shown to be very close when its dimensions are 8 mm x 2.16 mm x 1 mm. So one single frequency power should be able to drive the motor. However, in practice the motor is found to be hard to move with a single frequency power because of its small vibration amplitudes and big frequency difference between its longitudinal and bending resonance, which is induced by the boundary condition variation. To drive the motor effectively, an amplitude modulation drive is used by superimposing two signals with nearly the same frequencies, around the resonant frequency of the vibrators of the linear motor. When the amplitude modulation frequency is close to the resonant frequency of the vibrator's surroundings, experimental results show that the linear motor can move back and forward with a maximum thrust force (over 0.016 N) and a maximum velocity (over 50 mm/s). PMID:17186925

  16. Assessment of theoretical prediction of the NMR shielding tensor of 195PtClxBr(6-x)(2-) complexes by DFT calculations: experimental and computational results.

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    Fowe, Emmanuel Penka; Belser, Peter; Daul, Claude; Chermette, Henry

    2005-04-21

    In the present work, the ZORA spin-orbit Hamiltonian, in conjunction with the gauge including orbital (GIAO) method based on DFT theory has been used to calculate 195Pt chemical shift of 195PtClxBr(6-x)(2-) complexes. Excellent agreement with experiments has been obtained for calculations bearing on optimized geometries and all electrons triple zeta + polarization (TZP) STO basis sets: the relative error with respect to experiment amounts to <1.5%. It is found that the Pt chemical shift is dominated by the paramagnetic and the spin orbit contribution, whereas the diamagnetic term remains negligible. The influence of the quality of the basis sets has been studied and found to be small, provided a basis set like TZP is used. Several calculations have been performed in order to establish the sensitivity of the chemical shift to a variation in the bond lengths. A strong dependence has been found, with an increase of the chemical shift amounting to 150 ppm pm(-1) for a distance decrease. Large sensitivity to the solvation, leading to changes in the structure, is then expected. Different tests using conductor-like screening models have been performed in order to establish the sensitivity of the chemical shift to solvation. It has been observed that the changes in the geometry are more important than charge transfers. Finally, the sensitivity of the system to the exchange-correlation functional is found rather weak, at least among the GGA functionals. PMID:19787932

  17. First principles study on d0 half-metallic properties of full-Heusler compounds RbCaX2 (X = C, N, and O)

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    Gao, Yong-Chun; Wang, Xiao-Tian; Habib, Rozale

    2015-06-01

    A first-principles approach is employed to study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of RbCaX2 (X = C, N, and O) full-Heusler compounds. It is observed that RbCaN2 and RbCaO2 are new d0 half-metals with an integer magnetic moment of 3 μB and 1 μB in their ferrimagnetic ground states, respectively, while RbCaC2 is a common metallic compound. Analysis of the density of states of these compounds indicates that the magnetic moment and furthermore, the half-metallicity primarily originate from the spin-polarization of the p-like states of N and O atoms. The half-metallic (HM) gaps of RbCaN2 and RbCaO2 are notably large; thus, the half-metallicity is robust against lattice distortion. Such materials are suitable to be grown on various semiconductor substrates. In addition, for RbCaN2 and RbCaO2, four possible terminations of the surface are also calculated. Project supported by the Science Director Foundation Project of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11347179).

  18. The Nicotinic α6 Subunit Gene Determines Variability in Chronic Pain Sensitivity via Cross-inhibition of P2X2/3 Receptors

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    Wieskopf, Jeffrey S.; Mathur, Jayanti; Limapichat, Walrati; Post, Michael R.; Al-Qazzaz, Mona; Sorge, Robert E.; Martin, Loren J.; Zaykin, Dmitri V.; Smith, Shad B.; Freitas, Kelen; Austin, Jean-Sebastien; Dai, Feng; Zhang, Jie; Marcovitz, Jaclyn; Tuttle, Alexander H.; Slepian, Peter M.; Clarke, Sarah; Drenan, Ryan M.; Janes, Jeff; Sharari, Shakir Al; Segall, Samantha K.; Aasvang, Eske K.; Lai, Weike; Bittner, Reinhard; Richards, Christopher I.; Slade, Gary D.; Kehlet, Henrik; Walker, John; Maskos, Uwe; Changeux, Jean-Pierre; Devor, Marshall; Maixner, William; Diatchenko, Luda; Belfer, Inna; Dougherty, Dennis A.; Su, Andrew I.; Lummis, Sarah C.R.; Damaj, M. Imad; Lester, Henry A.; Patapoutian, Ardem; Mogil, Jeffrey S.

    2016-01-01

    Chronic pain is a highly prevalent and poorly managed human health problem. We used microarray-based expression genomics in 25 inbred mouse strains to identify dorsal root ganglion (DRG)-expressed genetic contributors to mechanical allodynia, a prominent symptom of chronic pain. We identified expression levels of Chrna6, which encodes the α6 subunit of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR), as highly associated with allodynia. We confirmed the importance of α6* (i.e., α6-containing) nAChRs by analyzing both gain- and loss-of-function mutants. We find that mechanical allodynia associated with neuropathic and inflammatory injuries is significantly altered in α6* mutants, and that α6* but not α4* nicotinic receptors are absolutely required for peripheral and/or spinal nicotine analgesia. Furthermore, we show that Chrna6’s role in analgesia is at least partially due to direct interaction and cross-inhibition of α6* nAChRs with P2X2/3 receptors in DRG nociceptors. Finally, we establish relevance of our results to humans by the observation of genetic association in patients suffering from chronic postsurgical pain and temporomandibular pain. PMID:25972004

  19. Evolution of magnetic layers stacking sequence within the magnetic structure of Ho(CoxNi1-x)2B2C

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    ElMassalami, M.; Takeya, H.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Gomes, A. M.; Paiva, T.; dos Santos, R. R.

    2014-12-01

    We evaluated the influence of Co substitution on the magnetic structure of Ho(CoxNi1-x)2B2C (x=0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8) using neutron diffraction, magnetization and specific heat studies. Different modes are stabilized: an AFM k=(0,0,1) mode for x=0.2, a spiral k=(0,0,0.49) mode for x=0.4, a spiral k=(0,0,0.26) mode for x=0.6, and a FM k=(0,0,0) mode for x=0.8. Recalling that for x=0.0, k=(0,0,1) while for x=1.0, k=(0,0,0), then all these magnetic structures can be visualized as a variation in the stacking sequence, along the z-axis, of the intra-planar FM-coupled Ho sheets as such Co substitution controls the z-component of the k=(0,0,ux) vector where ux=0,0.26,0.49, or 1. We discuss this inference and the observation that in spite of such a diversity of magnetic structures, the critical temperatures and the saturated moments are only weakly influenced by substitution.

  20. Evaluation of uranium geochemical anomalies in the Greenville, SC, area, Greenville 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ Quadrangle (Greenville and Greer). National Uranium Resource Evaluation Program

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    Sargent, K. A.

    1982-08-01

    The Savannah River Laboratory (SRL) was involved in the National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE) from 1974 through 1981. The SRL role was to design and conduct and report the data from a geochemical reconnaissance of almost half the continental United States. The purpose of the work was to provide a basis for evaluation of the uranium potential of areas and to identify areas meriting some conventional geologic followup. More than 275,000 samples of stream sediment, soil, vegetation, and ground or surface water were collected in the program. As part of the development program to support interpretation of the geochemical data, SRL conducted a series of field studies to verify anomalies identified in the reconnaissance data. Subcontractors were selected to conduct field scintillometer surveys, compile geologic maps, collect additional samples, or provide other services as needed for a given study. This report presents the results of a small study in the Greenville 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle. The study was conducted for SRL by Kenneth A. Sargent. This study is one of a series designed to provide a basis for interpretation of SRL regional geochemical reconnaissance data. It contains the results of a four-channel gamma spectrometer survey of an area around Greenville, South Carolina. The report is issued in draft form, without detailed technical and copy editing. This was done to make the report available to the public before the end of the NURE program.

  1. Ab initio surface reaction energetics of SiH4 and Si2H6 on Si(001)-(2 x 2).

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    Smardon, R D; Srivastava, G P

    2005-11-01

    First-principles pseudopotential calculations, within a simple dynamically constrained scheme, have been performed to investigate the reaction of 0.25 ML coverage of SiH4 and Si2H6 with the Si(001)-(2 x 2) surface. The silane molecule (SiH4) is adsorbed on to the surface at a number of different sites (on dimer, interrow, or intrarow) with varying barrier heights. Two distinct structures, which are similar in energy, arise from the initial dissociative reaction SiH4-->SiH3(silyl) + H, where the dissociated species are adsorbed either on the same dimer components or on adjacent dimer components. Several further decays of silyl from SiH4 are presented in two separate regimes of high and low ambient hydrogen coverages. The decomposition of silyl can form two different bridging structures: an on top or an intrarow bridging structure in both of the two hydrogen coverage regimes. The disilane molecule (Si2H6) is also adsorbed upon this surface with varying energy barriers, resulting in a dissociation reaction where two SiH3 species are adsorbed on one dimer or in an adjacent dimer configuration. Plausible energy reaction paths for the above models are presented. The stability of the SiH2 species is also discussed. PMID:16375553

  2. The synthesis and structural characterisation of Ru-Sn based derivatives bearing asymmetric X 2ClSn - (X=Br and F) anions

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    de Moura, E. M.; Siebald, H. G. L.; de Lima, G. M.; Porto, A. O.; Rodarte de Moura, C. V.; Horner, M.

    2003-09-01

    Four remarkable ruthenium-tin based derivatives [Ru(η 5-Cp)(PPh 3) 2SnF 2Cl] (1), [Ru(η 5-Cp)(PPh 3) 2SnBr 2Cl] (2), [Ru(η 5-Cp)(dppe)SnF 2Cl] (3) and [Ru(η 5-Cp)(dppe)SnBr 2Cl] (4), Cp=C 5H 5, were obtained by reacting [Ru(η 5-Cp)(PPh 3) 2Cl] or [Ru(η 5-Cp)(dppe)Cl] with SnX 2 {X=F or Br}, respectively. They were studied by i.r. NMR ( 1H, 13C, 31P and 119Sn) and 119Sn-Mössbauer spectroscopies. Additionally, (1) and (4) were structurally authenticated by X-ray crystallography and the results were as follows: (1) orthorhombic, Pbca, V=15181.7(12) Å 3 and Z=8; (4) monoclinic, P2 1/ n, V=3503.74(8) Å 3 and Z=4. All compounds exist as formulated only in the solid sate, in solution they re-distribute in a mixture of species such as [Ru(η 5-Cp)(PPh 3) 2SnF nCl 3- n] and [Ru(η 5-Cp)(dppe)SnBr nCl 3- n] {n=0,1,2, and 3}, as revealed by variable temperature 119Sn NMR experiments.

  3. Theoretical estimates of the anapole magnetizabilities of C4H4X2 cyclic molecules for X=O, S, Se, and Te

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    Pagola, G. I.; Ferraro, M. B.; Provasi, P. F.; Pelloni, S.; Lazzeretti, P.

    2014-09-01

    Calculations have been carried out for C4H4X2 cyclic molecules, with X=O, S, Se, and Te, characterized by the presence of magnetic-field induced toroidal electron currents and associated orbital anapole moments. The orbital anapole induced by a static nonuniform magnetic field B, with uniform curl {{C}}=nabla × {{B}}, is rationalized via a second-rank anapole magnetizability tensor aαβ, defined as minus the second derivative of the second-order interaction energy with respect to the components Cα and Bβ. The average anapole magnetizability overline{a} equals -overline{χ }, the pseudoscalar obtained by spatial averaging of the dipole-quadrupole magnetizability χα,βγ. It has different sign for D and L enantiomeric systems and can therefore be used for chiral discrimination. Therefore, in an isotropic chiral medium, a homogeneous magnetic field induces an electronic anapole A_{α }, having the same magnitude, but opposite sign, for two enantiomorphs.

  4. Molecular docking studies of (X-methylphenyl)-5-nitro-6-amino-3-pyridinecarboxmide (X=2,3,4,5,6) as potential inhibitors for Alzheimer's disease

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    Premkumar, S.; Asath, R. Mohamed; Rekha, T. N.; Jawahar, A.; Mathavan, T.; Benial, A. Milton Franklin

    2016-05-01

    An insilico and density functional theory (DFT) calculations were carried out for (X-methylphenyl)-5-nitro-6-amino-3-pyridinecarboxmide (X-MPNAPC),{X=2,3,4,5,6} to evaluate the potential inhibitors for Alzheimer's disease. The molecular structure of 2-MPNAPC, 3-MPNAPC, 4-MPNAPC, 5-MPNAPC and 6-MPNAPC molecules was optimized by the DFT/B3LYP method with cc-pVTZ basis set using the Gaussian 09 program. The inhibitory nature of the molecules against enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) catalyzes was evaluated by molecular docking studies. The molecular docking parameters such as binding energy, inhibition constant and intermolecular energy were calculated by the AutoDock 4.0 software. The higher binding energy, intermolecular energy and lower inhibition constant values suggested that the 2-MPNAPC molecule has higher inhibitory nature against the AChE catalyzes, which confirm that the 2-MPNAPC molecule is a potential inhibitor for the Alzheimer's disease. The molecular reactivity was also studied by the frontier molecular orbitals analysis.

  5. Effects of substitution, pressure, and temperature on the phonon mode in layered-rocksalt-type Li{sub (1−x)/2}Ga{sub (1−x)/2}Zn{sub x}O (x = 0.036–0.515) alloys

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    Tan, Lijie; Hu, Qiwei; Lei, Li Jiang, Xiaodong; Gao, Shangpan; He, Duanwei

    2015-11-14

    ZnO-based semiconductor alloys, Li{sub (1−x)/2}Ga{sub (1−x)/2}Zn{sub x}O (x = 0.036–0.515) with a layered-rocksalt-type structure, have been prepared under high pressure. The composition, pressure, and temperature dependence of phonons have been studied by Raman spectroscopy. We observe two disorder-activated Raman (DAR) modes when the Zn composition x increases: a broad Raman peak at ca. 400 cm{sup −1} and a left-shoulder peak at ca. 530 cm{sup −1} on the low-frequency side of A{sub 1g} mode at ca. 580 cm{sup −1}, which can be explained by reference to the phonon density of states for rocksalt-type ZnO. With the increase of the pressure and temperature, the left-shoulder DAR mode induced by substitution does not change at the same pace with the A{sub 1g} mode at Brillouin-zone center. We find that ion substitution can be seen as a kind of chemical pressure, and the chemical pressure caused by internal substitution and the physical pressure caused by external compression have equivalent effects on the shortening of correlation length, the distortion of crystal lattice, and the change of atomic occupation.

  6. Endocrine regulation of testosterone production by Leydig cells in the catfish, Clarias batrachus: probable mediators of growth hormone.

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    Nee Pathak, N Dubey; Kumar, Pankaj; Lal, Bechan

    2015-03-01

    Growth hormone (GH), in the recent past, has been recognized as a potent steroid stimulating hormone independent of gonadotropin (GtH). However, the mode and mechanism of its steroidogenic action in the testis is not yet elucidated, particularly in fish. The present study was designed to understand the mode and mechanism of steroidogenic action of growth hormone in testis of the catfish, Clarias batrachus through in vivo and in vitro Leydig cell culture studies using the signaling molecule inhibitors. Exogenous administration of GtH, GH and insulin to the male catfish increased testicular and circulating testosterone level. In vitro treatment of Leydig cells with these hormones also increased testosterone production. The steroidogenic action of GH appeared to be indirect and mediated through Leydig cell produced insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), as the treatments with actinomycin D, cycloheximide and anti-IGF-I abolished the GH-induced testosterone production by Leydig cells. The GH-induced stimulation in IGF-I production by the isolated Leydig cells further substantiates this notion. GH appears to employ cAMP/PKA and tyrosine kinase signaling pathways to induce IGF-I production, as the adenylyl cyclase inhibitor (SQ 22,536), cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) blocker (H-89) and tyrosine kinase inhibitor (lavendustin A) abolished the GH-induced IGF-I production and in turn testosterone by the Leydig cells. This study suggests that GH exerts independent androgenic effect in the catfish testis indirectly through augmenting the Leydig cell production of IGF-I. PMID:25650168

  7. Hydrogen production by photosynthetic microorganisms

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    Akano, T.; Fukatsu, K.; Miyasaka, H. |

    1996-12-31

    Hydrogen is a clean energy alternative to the fossil fuels, the main source of greenhouse gas emissions. We developed a stable system for the conversion of solar energy into hydrogen using photosynthetic microorganisms. Our system consists of the following three stages: (1) Photosynthetic starch accumulation in green microalgae (400 L x2); (2) Dark anaerobic fermentation of the algal starch biomass to produce hydrogen and organic compounds (155 L x2); and (3) Further conversion of the organic compounds to produce hydrogen using photosynthetic bacteria (three types of reactors, parallel plate, raceway, and tubular). We constructed a test plant of this process at Nankoh power plant of Kansai Electric Power Company in Osaka, Japan, and carried out a series of tests using CO{sub 2} obtained from a chemical absorption pilot-plant. The photobiological hydrogen production process used a combination of a marine alga, Chlamydomonas sp. MGA 161 and marine photosynthetic bacterium, Rhodopseudomonas sp. W-1S. The dark anaerobic fermentation of algal starch biomass was also investigated. Sustained and stable starch accumulation, starch degradation in the algal cell, and hydrogen production from algal fermentation and photosynthetic bacteria in the light were demonstrated during several experiments. 3 refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  8. The Conterminous United States Mineral Appraisal Program; background information to accompany folio of geologic, geochemical, geophysical, and mineral resource maps of the Choteau 1 degree x 2 degrees Quadrangle, Montana

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Earhart, Robert L.; Grimes, David J.; Leinz, Reinhard W.; Kleinkopf, M. Dean

    1981-01-01

    The Choteau l? x 2? quadrangle in northwest Montana was studied by an interdisciplinary research team in order to appraise its mineral resource and hydrocarbon potential The appraisal is based on field and laboratory investigations of the geology, geochemistry, and geophysics. The results of the investigations are published as a folio of maps, figures, tables, and accompanying discussions. This circular provides background information on the investigations and integrates the published components of the resource appraisal. A comprehensive bibliography cites both specific and general references to the geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and mineral deposits of the Choteau l? x 2? quadrangle.

  9. Bacon Production: Evaluating Potential Processing and Management Practices to Improve Product Quality of Industrial Sliced Bacon

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    Scramlin, Stacy Maurine

    2009-01-01

    The objective of this research was to determine areas of improvement to bacon production. The first trial was conducted to determine differences in belly and bacon quality traits in pigs fed ractopamine (RAC) for various durations during finishing. A 2x3x2 factorial arrangement was used with barrows and gilts, fed RAC levels of 0.0, 5.0, or 7.4…

  10. Inelastic Scattering of He Atoms and NO(X2Π) Molecules: The Role of Parity on the Differential Cross Section

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Aoiz, F. J.; Verdasco, J. E.; Brouard, M.; Kłos, J.; Marinakis, S.; Stolte, S.

    2009-08-01

    Quasiclassical trajectory (QCT) and quantum mechanical (QM) close-coupling calculations have been used to study the state-resolved rotationally inelastic scattering of NO(X2Π1/2,v = 0,j = 1/2,e/f) by He on the most recent ab initio potential energy surface of J. Kłos et al. [ J. Chem. Phys. 2000, 112, 2195. ]. Opacity functions, and integral and differential cross sections are reported at collision energies of 63 and 147 meV and compared with previous theoretical calculations and experimental measurements on this and other systems. The existence of double peaks in the QCT and QM differential cross sections is examined in detail. While at a collision energy of 147 meV two rotational peaks appear in both the QCT and open-shell QM results, only a single peak is found in the QM calculations at the lower collision energy. The double peaks in the quantum-state-resolved differential cross sections (DCS) are found to be closely related to structure found in the corresponding state-resolved opacity functions. The structure in the QCT and QM DCSs is attributed to a flattening of the potential energy surface for sideways approach of He to the near-symmetric NO(X) molecule, and in both sets of calculations, it is shown to arise from a specific odd term in the expansion of the intermolecular potential. Although significant differences are found between the QCT and QM data in the forward scattered direction, and for higher final rotational levels, reflecting differences in the nature of the rotational rainbows observed in these two methods, in general, the QCT calculations are shown to give similar results to quantum theory. Furthermore, they provide valuable clues as to the mechanism of rotational energy transfer in this system.

  11. Impact of Stoichiometry of Yb2+xTi2 - xO7 - x / 2 on its Structure and Physical Properties

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    Arpino, Kathryn; Trump, Benjamin; McQueen, Tyrel; Broholm, Collin; Koohpayeh, Seyed

    The rare-earth pyrochlores (R2M2 O7) are topic of intense study in the field of magnetism as an ideal host for geometric frustration including spin-liquid and spin-ice behaviour. Specifically, R2Ti2O7 has proved a rich playground: compounds R = Ho and Dy are classical spin ices, R = Tb has been shown to be a spin liquid at low temperatures, and R = Yb is a candidate quantum spin ice. This system is attractive for the large anisotropic magnetic properties of rare earth ions, Ti4+'s lack of magnetic moment which isolates the magnetic ordering of R3+, and the comparative ease of making single crystals via the floating zone technique. This talk will present the structure and physical properties of a Yb2+ x Ti2- x O7-x/ 2 series including both the pure and stuffed samples. The series shows a dramatic change in the low-temperature (50-200 mK) specific heat signature upon doping away from the pure compound. Understanding the magnetic and physical properties of the off-stoichiometric series sheds light both on the magnetic ordering of the ideal spin ice candidate compound as well as aids in evaluating the quality and stoichiometry of a measured sample. In this vein, proper single-crystal growth conditions in order to ensure single crystals of appropriate stoichiometry will also be discussed. The Institute of Quantum Matter is supported by Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Award DE-FG02-08ER46544.

  12. Global triplet potential energy surfaces for the N2(X(1)Σ) + O((3)P) → NO(X(2)Π) + N((4)S) reaction.

    PubMed

    Lin, Wei; Varga, Zoltan; Song, Guoliang; Paukku, Yuliya; Truhlar, Donald G

    2016-01-14

    This work presents two global triplet potential energy surfaces (PESs) for the high-energy reaction N2(X(1)Σ) + O((3)P) → NO(X(2)Π) + N((4)S)-in particular, for the lowest energy (3)A' and (3)A″ PESs. In order to obtain the energies needed for fitting analytic surfaces, we carried out multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) calculations based on wave functions obtained from state-averaged complete active space self-consistent field calculations for 2280 geometries for the three lowest (3)A″ states and for 2298 geometries for the three lowest (3)A' states. The lowest-energy (3)A' and (3)A″ states at each of these geometries were then improved by applying the dynamically scaled external correlation (DSEC) method to all MRCI points, and the resulting DSEC energies were used for construction of the ground-state PES for each symmetry. The many-body component of the DSEC energies for the three-dimensional (3)A' and (3)A″ PESs was then least-squares fitted in terms of permutationally invariant polynomials in mixed exponential-Gaussian bond order variables. The global and local minima as well as the transition structures of both the (3)A' and the (3)A″ analytic PES were explored. In agreement with previous work, we find that the reverse reaction is barrierless on the (3)A″ surface along the minimum energy pathway. However, we have explored several new local minima and transition structures on the (3)A' PES. Furthermore, based on the newly found minima and transition structures, two independent reaction mechanisms have been illustrated for the reaction path on the (3)A' PES. The analytic surfaces may be used for dynamics calculations of electronically adiabatic reactive scattering and energy transfer. PMID:26772573

  13. Jet-Cooled Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy of the ~a ^2E^"-~X ^2A_2^' Vibronic Transition of NO_3

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    Chen, Ming-Wei; Just, Gabriel M. P.; Codd, Terrance; Miller, Terry A.

    2010-06-01

    The three energetically lowest electronic states (~X 2A2^', ~A 2E^", and ~B 2E^') of NO_3 are strongly coupled by vibronic interactions and have been treated in considerable detail theoretically. Corresponding experimental characterization of the interaction is much less detailed. Previous experimental results primarily consist of IR measurements of vibrational transitions in the ground state. In addition, the electronically forbidden ~A-~X transition has been observed in ambient temperature CRDS studies. A slit-jet nozzle with a high voltage pulsed discharge has been applied to produce the NO_3 radical by dissociating the N-O bond of N_2O_5, and the jet-cooled NO_3 CRDS absorption spectrum has been successfully observed with a high-resolution laser source (Δν≈250MHz, intrinsic resolution considering the instrumental linewidth and the residual Doppler broadening in the jet). The 4^1_0 band (parallel band) shows complex rotational structure which is presently being analyzed. The 2^1_0 band has also been measured as an example of a perpendicular band. Besides the ν_2 and ν_4 vibronic bands, the vibronically forbidden origin band (0^0_0 band) has been recorded under the same experimental conditions. The weakly observed ~A-~X origin band is likely either a magnetic dipole or an electric quardrupole transition. J. F. Stanton, J. Chem. Phys., 126, 134309 (2007) K. Kawaguchi, E. Hirota, T. Ishiwata, and I. Tanaka, J. Chem. Phys., 93, 951 (1990) K. Kawaguchi, T. Ishiwata, E. Hirota, and I. Tanaka, Chem. Phys., 231, 193 (1998) A. Deev, J. Sommar, and M. Okumura, J. Chem. Phys., 122, 224305 (2005) E. Hirota, T. Ishiwata, K. Kawaguchi, M. Fujitake, N. Ohashi, I. Tanaka, J. Chem. Phys., 107, 2829 (1997)

  14. Structural defects as a factor controlling the magnetic properties of pure and Ti-doped Bi1-x Ca x FeO3-x/2 multiferroics

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    Khomchenko, V. A.; Paixão, J. A.

    2015-11-01

    Recognition of the factors that may significantly affect the multiferroic properties of BiFeO3-based perovskites remains one of the most challenging tasks in condensed matter physics. To reveal the reasons behind the doping-driven instability of the cycloidal antiferromagnetic order in the polar phase of Bi1-x Ca x FeO3-x/2, synthesis and investigation of the crystal structure, microstructure, local ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the ceramic samples of Bi0.9Ca0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ (x  =  0.05, 0.1, 0.15) have been carried out. The compounds possess a rhombohedral structure (space group R3c). The compositional dependence of unit cell volume in this series can be interpreted as suggesting the doping-induced elimination of anion vacancies at x  ⩽  0.1 and the formation of cation vacancies at x  >  0.1. The filling of oxygen vacancies suppresses a weak ferromagnetic contribution characteristic of the parent Bi0.9Ca0.1FeO2.95. The appearance of cation vacancies restores the weak ferromagnetic phase. The key role of lattice defects in the magnetic behavior of Ca-doped BiFeO3 has been confirmed by the observation of a correlation between the magnetic properties and the morphology/ferroelectric domain structure of the Bi0.9Ca0.1Fe1-x Ti x O3-δ ceramics.

  15. Structural defects as a factor controlling the magnetic properties of pure and Ti-doped Bi(1-x)Ca(x)FeO(3-x/2) multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Khomchenko, V A; Paixão, J A

    2015-11-01

    Recognition of the factors that may significantly affect the multiferroic properties of BiFeO3-based perovskites remains one of the most challenging tasks in condensed matter physics. To reveal the reasons behind the doping-driven instability of the cycloidal antiferromagnetic order in the polar phase of Bi(1-x)Ca(x)FeO(3-x/2), synthesis and investigation of the crystal structure, microstructure, local ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the ceramic samples of Bi0.9Ca0.1Fe(1-x)Ti(x)O(3-δ) (x  =  0.05, 0.1, 0.15) have been carried out. The compounds possess a rhombohedral structure (space group R3c). The compositional dependence of unit cell volume in this series can be interpreted as suggesting the doping-induced elimination of anion vacancies at x  ⩽  0.1 and the formation of cation vacancies at x  >  0.1. The filling of oxygen vacancies suppresses a weak ferromagnetic contribution characteristic of the parent Bi0.9Ca0.1FeO2.95. The appearance of cation vacancies restores the weak ferromagnetic phase. The key role of lattice defects in the magnetic behavior of Ca-doped BiFeO3 has been confirmed by the observation of a correlation between the magnetic properties and the morphology/ferroelectric domain structure of the Bi0.9Ca0.1Fe(1-x)Ti(x)O(3-δ) ceramics. PMID:26447603

  16. Nuclear magnetic resonance study of the magnetic line phases in SrCoO x (2.5 ≤ × ≤ 3)

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    Hines, W. A.; Perry, D. M.; Xie, C. K.; Budnick, J. I.; Wells, B. O.; Dabrowski, B.

    2016-07-01

    A 59Co spin-echo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study, along with complimentary magnetization and x-ray diffraction characterization, is reported for three of the four magnetic line phases which occur in the hole-doped perovskite system SrCoO x , 2.5 ≤ x ≤ 3. The magnetic line phases are the single-valence state end-member compounds SrCoO2.5 and SrCoO3, as well as the mixed-valence state compound SrCoO2.88. In this work, the Co valence was varied by changing the oxygen stoichiometry through electrochemical oxidation/reduction. Antiferromagnetic SrCoO2.5, with trivalent Co3+ (3d6), is characterized by a single strong, relatively narrow, 59Co NMR peak centered at 314 MHz. The 314 MHz peak frequency can be explained using a typical 3d hyperfine coupling constant and the Co moment value ≈3 μ B obtained from neutron diffraction measurements. Ferromagnetic SrCoO3 with tetravalent Co4+ (3d5), is characterized by a single strong, relatively narrow, 59Co NMR peak centered at 93 MHz. However, the 93 MHz peak frequency is considerably smaller than expected from the 2.1 μ B Co moment values obtained from the saturation magnetization indicating a significant orbital contribution. Ferromagnetic and mixed-valent (Co3+/Co4+) SrCoO2.88 is characterized by three broad 59Co peaks, centered at 47, 134, and 280 MHz, consistent with previous reports. Based on the NMR results from the end-member compounds, the 280 MHz peak is most likely due to Co3+ and not Co4+ as previously reported.

  17. Effect of chemical ordering on the crystallization behavior of Se90Te10-xSnx (x=2, 4, 6, and 8) chalcogenide glasses

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    Lafi, Omar A.; Imran, Mousa M. A.; Abu-Shaweesh, Nazem I.; Al-Kurdi, Fares M.; Khatatbeh, Ibtehaj K.

    2014-06-01

    Ternary Se90Te10-xSnx (x=2, 4, 6, and 8) chalcogenide glassy alloys have been prepared by melt quenching technique. Various crystallization parameters, such as onset (Tc) and peak (Tp) crystallization temperatures, activation energy of crystallization (Ec) and Avrami exponent (n) have been determined for these alloys. Tc and Tp have been determined directly from the non-isothermal differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) thermograms. The value of Ec has been calculated from the variation of both Tc and Tp with the heating rate (β) according to Kissinger, Takhor, Augis-Bennett and Ozawa models while Augis-Bennett method has been used to deduce the value of n for the studied samples. The obtained values of the crystallization parameters have been correlated with the character and the energy of the chemical bonds through the calculation of the heteronuclear bond energies of the constituent atoms using Pauling principle. In addition to that, Tichy-Ticha model was used to estimate the mean bond energy of the average cross-linking per atom , the average bond energy per atom of the remaining matrix , and the overall mean bond energy of the studied glasses. Results reveal that both of Tc and Tp decreases with increases Sn content. This is may be attributed to the decreasing in the overall mean bond energy . Besides, the plot of Ec (and also Tg) against was found to be non linear, which contradicts the well known linear correlation between Ec and Tg with as suggested by Tichy-Ticha model. This discrepancy may be due to the fact that the Tichy-Ticha linear correlation model was based on the assumption of covalent glassy network, while in the present glassy alloys, Se-Te binary doped with heavy elements such as Sn exhibit iono-covalent bonding. The calculated values of the ionicity are in support of this argument.

  18. OSIRIS observations of OH A(2)Sigma+-X-2 Pi 308 nm solar resonance fluorescence at sunrise in the upper mesosphere

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    Gattinger, R. L.; Boone, C. D.; Walker, K. A.; Degenstein, D. A.; Lloyd, N. D.; Bernath, P. F.; Llewellyn, E. J.

    2007-02-01

    Since the OH molecule plays a critical role as a catalyst in atmospheric photochemistry, an accurate measurement of the OH density profile covering a broad range of latitudes and solar local times is required to quantify the major reactions involved. The optical spectrograph and infra-red imager system (OSIRIS) instrument on the Odin satellite observes scattered solar radiation at the terrestrial limb from the upper troposphere, the stratosphere, and the mesosphere. The wavelength range, 275 nm to 810 nm includes the OH A(2)Sigma(+)-X-2 Pi 0-0 band at 308 nm, which is seen in solar resonance emission superimposed upon the underlying atmospheric Rayleigh-scattering background. OSIRIS routinely detects the OH 308 nm emission in the mesosphere from sunrise through to sunset. One feature of the OH diurnal variation is a nocturnal layer in the 80-85 km region that is frequently, but not always, detectable in solar resonance for a short period following sunrise - the feature we label here as the "sunrise flash". This paper describes the observational analysis procedures involved in the quantitative measurement of the OSIRIS OH profiles together with a broad overview of the variability of the feature at sunrise. Also included is a photochemical model simulation of the OH sunrise layer using background atmospheric parameters, especially the water vapour mixing ratio, provided by the ACE/FTS instrument on the Canadian SCISAT satellite. For a number of nearly coincident measurements between OSIRIS OH and ACE/FTS water vapour, the model simulations show general agreement between the two. Agreement is improved by modifying the eddy mixing rates in the 80-85 km region, commensurate with the expected range of mixing rates.

  19. Percolating hierarchical defect structures drive phase transformation in Ce1−xGdxO2−x/2: a total scattering study

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    Scavini, Marco; Coduri, Mauro; Allieta, Mattia; Masala, Paolo; Cappelli, Serena; Oliva, Cesare; Brunelli, Michela; Orsini, Francesco; Ferrero, Claudio

    2015-01-01

    A new hierarchical approach is presented for elucidating the structural disorder in Ce1−xGdxO2−x/2 solid solutions on different scale lengths. The primary goal of this investigation is to shed light on the relations between the short-range and the average structure of these materials via an analysis of disorder on the mesocopic scale. Real-space (pair distribution function) and reciprocal-space (Rietveld refinement and microstructure probing) analysis of X-ray powder diffraction data and electron spin resonance (ESR) investigations were carried out following this approach. On the local scale, Gd- and Ce-rich droplets (i.e. small regions a few ångströms wide) form, exhibiting either a distorted fluorite (CeO2) or a C-type (Gd2O3) structure in the whole compositional range. These droplets can then form C-type nanodomains which, for Gd concentrations x Gd ≤ 0.25, are embedded in the fluorite matrix. At the site percolation threshold p C for a cubic lattice (x Gd = p C ≃ 0.311), C-type nanodomains percolate inside each crystallite and a structural phase transformation is observed. When this occurs, the peak-to-peak ESR line width ΔH pp shows a step-like behaviour, which can be associated with the increase in Gd–Gd dipolar interactions. A general crystallographic rationale is presented to explain the fluorite-to-C-type phase transformation. The approach shown here could be adopted more generally in the analysis of disorder in other highly doped materials. PMID:26306193

  20. Death Valley 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS area, California and Nevada. Data report: National Uranium Resource Evaluation program, hydrogeochemical and stream sediment reconnaissance

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    Cook, J.R.

    1980-04-01

    Results of ground water and stream sediment reconnaissance in the National Topographic Map Series (NTMS) Death Valley 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle are presented. Stream sediment samples were collected from small streams at 649 sites or at a nominal density of one site per 20 square kilometers. Ground water samples were collected at 62 sites or at a nominal density of one site per 220 square kilometers. Neutron activation analysis results are given for uranium and 16 other elements in sediments, and for uranium and 8 other elements in ground water and surface water. Mass spectrometry results are given for helium in ground water. Field measurements and observations are reported for each site. Analytical data and field measurements are presented in tables and maps. Statistical summaries of data and a brief description of results are given. A generalized geologic map and a summary of the geology of the area are included. Key data from ground water sites include (1) water chemistry measurements (pH, conductivity, and alkalinity), (2) scintillometer readings, and (3) elemental analyses (U, Br, Cl, F, He, Mn, Na, and V). Supplementary data include site descriptors, tabulated analytical data for Al, Dy, and Mg, and histograms and cumulative frequency plots for all elements. Key data from stream sediment sites include (1) water quality measurements (2) important elemental analyses, (U, Th, Hf, Ce, Fe, Mn, Sc, Na, Ti, and V), and (3) scintillometer readings. Supplementary data from stream sediment sites include sample site descriptors (stream characteristics, vegetation, etc.), additional elemental analyses (Dy, Eu, La, Lu, Sm, and Yb), and histograms and cumulative frequency plots for all elements.

  1. LiFePO4 Nanostructures Fabricated from Iron(III) Phosphate (FePO4 x 2H2O) by Hydrothermal Method.

    PubMed

    Saji, Viswanathan S; Song, Hyun-Kon

    2015-01-01

    Electrode materials having nanometer scale dimensions are expected to have property enhancements due to enhanced surface area and mass/charge transport kinetics. This is particularly relevant to intrinsically low electronically conductive materials such as lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4), which is of recent research interest as a high performance intercalation electrode material for Li-ion batteries. Many of the reported works on LiFePO4 synthesis are unattractive either due to the high cost of raw materials or due to the complex synthesis technique. In this direction, synthesis of LiFePO4 directly from inexpensive FePO4 shows promise.The present study reports LiFePO4 nanostructures prepared from iron (III) phosphate (FePO4 x 2H2O) by precipitation-hydrothermal method. The sintered powder was characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Inductive coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and Electron microscopy (SEM and TEM). Two synthesis methods, viz. bulk synthesis and anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) template-assisted synthesis are reported. By bulk synthesis, micro-sized particles having peculiar surface nanostructuring were formed at precipitation pH of 6.0 to 7.5 whereas typical nanosized LiFePO4 resulted at pH ≥ 8.0. An in-situ precipitation strategy inside the pores of AAO utilizing the spin coating was utilized for the AAO-template-assisted synthesis. The template with pores filled with the precipitate was subsequently subjected to hydrothermal process and high temperature sintering to fabricate compact rod-like structures. PMID:26328435

  2. Global triplet potential energy surfaces for the N2(X1Σ) + O(3P) → NO(X2Π) + N(4S) reaction

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    Lin, Wei; Varga, Zoltan; Song, Guoliang; Paukku, Yuliya; Truhlar, Donald G.

    2016-01-01

    This work presents two global triplet potential energy surfaces (PESs) for the high-energy reaction N2(X1Σ) + O(3P) → NO(X2Π) + N(4S)—in particular, for the lowest energy 3A' and 3A″ PESs. In order to obtain the energies needed for fitting analytic surfaces, we carried out multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) calculations based on wave functions obtained from state-averaged complete active space self-consistent field calculations for 2280 geometries for the three lowest 3A″ states and for 2298 geometries for the three lowest 3A' states. The lowest-energy 3A' and 3A″ states at each of these geometries were then improved by applying the dynamically scaled external correlation (DSEC) method to all MRCI points, and the resulting DSEC energies were used for construction of the ground-state PES for each symmetry. The many-body component of the DSEC energies for the three-dimensional 3A' and 3A″ PESs was then least-squares fitted in terms of permutationally invariant polynomials in mixed exponential-Gaussian bond order variables. The global and local minima as well as the transition structures of both the 3A' and the 3A″ analytic PES were explored. In agreement with previous work, we find that the reverse reaction is barrierless on the 3A″ surface along the minimum energy pathway. However, we have explored several new local minima and transition structures on the 3A' PES. Furthermore, based on the newly found minima and transition structures, two independent reaction mechanisms have been illustrated for the reaction path on the 3A' PES. The analytic surfaces may be used for dynamics calculations of electronically adiabatic reactive scattering and energy transfer.

  3. Pocatello 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS area Idaho. Data report: National Uranium Resource Evaluation program, hydrogeochemical and stream sediment reconnaissance

    SciTech Connect

    Cook, J.R.

    1980-07-01

    This data report presents results of groundwater and stream/surface sediment reconnaissance in the National Topographic Map Series (NTMS) Pocatello 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ quadrangle. Surface samples (sediment) were collected from 1701 sites. The target sampling density was one site per 16 square kilometers (six square miles). Ground water samples were collected at 381 sites. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) results are given for uranium and 16 other elements in sediments, and for uranium and 9 other elements in ground water. Mass spectrometry results are given for helium in ground water. Field measurements and observations are reported for each site. Analytical data and field measurements are presented in tables and maps. Statistical summaries of data and a brief description of results are given. A generalized geologic map and a summary of the geology of the area are included. Data from sediment sites include: (1) stream water chemistry measurements where applicable (pH, conductivity, and alkalinity); and (2) elemental analyses for sediment samples (U, Th, Hf, Al, Ce, Dy, Eu, Fe, La, Lu, Mn, Sc, Sm, Na, Ti, V, and Yb). Sample site descriptors (stream characteristics, vegetation, etc.) are also tabulated. Areal distribution maps, histograms, and cumulative frequency plots for most elements; U/Th, U/Hf, and U/La ratios; and scintillometer readings for sediment sample sites are included on the microfiche. Data from groundwater sites include: (1) water chemistry measurements (pH, conductivity, and alkalinity); (2) physical measurements where applicable (water temperature, well description, and scintillometer reading); and (3) elemental analyses (U, Al, Br, Cl, Dy, F, He, Mg, Mn, Na, and V). Data from stream water sites include: (1) water chemistry measurements (pH, conductivity, and alkalinity); and (2) elemental analyses (U, Al, Br, Cl, F, Mg, Mn, Na, and V).

  4. Inelastic scattering of He atoms and NO(X2Pi) molecules: the role of parity on the differential cross section.

    PubMed

    Aoiz, F J; Verdasco, J E; Brouard, M; Kłos, J; Marinakis, S; Stolte, S

    2009-12-31

    Quasiclassical trajectory (QCT) and quantum mechanical (QM) close-coupling calculations have been used to study the state-resolved rotationally inelastic scattering of NO(X(2)Pi(1/2),v = 0,j = 1/2,e/f) by He on the most recent ab initio potential energy surface of J. Kłos et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 2000, 112, 2195.]. Opacity functions, and integral and differential cross sections are reported at collision energies of 63 and 147 meV and compared with previous theoretical calculations and experimental measurements on this and other systems. The existence of double peaks in the QCT and QM differential cross sections is examined in detail. While at a collision energy of 147 meV two rotational peaks appear in both the QCT and open-shell QM results, only a single peak is found in the QM calculations at the lower collision energy. The double peaks in the quantum-state-resolved differential cross sections (DCS) are found to be closely related to structure found in the corresponding state-resolved opacity functions. The structure in the QCT and QM DCSs is attributed to a flattening of the potential energy surface for sideways approach of He to the near-symmetric NO(X) molecule, and in both sets of calculations, it is shown to arise from a specific odd term in the expansion of the intermolecular potential. Although significant differences are found between the QCT and QM data in the forward scattered direction, and for higher final rotational levels, reflecting differences in the nature of the rotational rainbows observed in these two methods, in general, the QCT calculations are shown to give similar results to quantum theory. Furthermore, they provide valuable clues as to the mechanism of rotational energy transfer in this system. PMID:19673507

  5. Direct observation of the fundamental vibration-rotation transitions within the NiD X2Δ ground state by CO-Faraday-L.M.R. spectroscopy and zero field transitions in NiH

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    Lipus, K.; Simon, U.; Bachem, E.; Nelis, Th.; Urban, W.

    We report the first direct observation of the vibration-rotation spectrum of nickel-deuteride in its X2Δ ground state by CO-Faraday-L.M.R. spectroscopy. A set of effective molecular parameters is given. We present first results on the vibration-rotation spectroscopy of NiH, employing a tunable diode laser spectrometer.

  6. Magnetic and structural relationship of RFe2Si2 and R(Fe(1-x)M(x))2Si2(x = 0-1) systems (R = La, Y and Lu, M = Ni, Mn and Cu).

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    Felner, I; Lv, Bing; Chu, C W

    2014-11-26

    Due to the similarity between AFe(2)As(2) (A = Ba, Sr) and RFe(2)Si(2) (R = La, Y and Lu), the RFe(2)Si(2) system has been proposed as a potential candidate for a new high TC superconducting family containing Fe-Si (instead of Fe-As) layers as a structural unit. Various R (Fe(1-x)M(x))2 Si(2) (M = Ni and Cu) materials were synthesized and measured for their magnetic properties. None of these materials is superconducting down to 1.8 K. A pronounced peak at 232 K was observed in the magnetization curve of YFe(2)Si(2). (57)Fe Mössbauer studies confirm the absence of any long-range magnetic ordering below 232 K. Similar peaks at various temperatures also appear in R (Fe(1-x)M(x))2 Si2 samples. For Y (Fe(1-x)Mn(x))2 Si(2) the peak position is dramatically affected by the magnetic Mn dopants. Four independent factors affect the peak position and shift it to lower temperatures: (i) the lattice parameters, (ii) the concentration of x (iii) the applied magnetic field and (iv) the magnetic nature of M. It is proposed that the magnetic peaks observed in RFe(2)Si(2) and in R (Fe(1-x)M(x))2 Si(2) represent a new nearly ferromagnetic Fermi liquid system, its nature is yet to be determined. PMID:25345499

  7. H + O3 Fourier-transform infrared emission and laser absorption studies of OH(X2Pi) radical - An experimental dipole moment function and state-to-state Einstein A coefficients

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    Nelson, David D., Jr.; Schiffman, Aram; Nesbitt, David J.; Orlando, John J.; Burkholder, James B.

    1990-01-01

    FTIR emission/absorption spectroscopy is used to measure the relative intensities of 88 pairs of rovibrational transitions of OH(X2Pi) distributed over 16 vibrational bands. The experimental technique used to obtain the Einstein A ratios is discussed. The dipole moment function which follows from the intensity ratios along with Einstein A coefficients calculated from mu(r) is presented.

  8. A TEM investigation of the (Bi{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x})Fe{sup 3+}O{sub 3-x/2}, 0.2<=x<=0.67, solid solution and a suggested superspace structural description thereof

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    Withers, R.L.; Bourgeois, L.; Balamurugan, K.; Harish Kumar, N.; Santhosh, P.N.; Woodward, P.M.

    2009-08-15

    A careful transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation of an incommensurately modulated member of the (Bi{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x})Fe{sup 3+}O{sub 3-x/2}square{sub x/2}, 0.2<=x<=0.67, solid solution has been carried out. High resolution (HR) TEM imaging is used to show the presence of at least 6-fold twinning on a rather fine (approx5 nm) scale. The (3+1)-d superspace group symmetry is suggested to be Pmmm(0,1/2 ,gamma) or one of the non-centrosymmetric sub-groups thereof, namely P2mm(0,1/2 ,gamma), Pm2m(0,1/2 ,gamma), Pmm2(0,1/2 ,gamma) and P222(0,1/2 ,gamma). A superspace construction is then used to propose the nature of the local compositional ordering and, hence, of the oxygen-deficient slab that intergrows with the perovskite slab to produce the observed solid solution phase. The proposed compositional superspace atomic surfaces can be used to produce model structures at any composition within the solid solution range. - Graphical abstract: Typical <100>{sub p} zone axis EDP typical of the (Bi{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x})Fe{sup 3+}{sub 1}O{sub 3-x/2}square{sub x/2}, xapprox0.55, sample.

  9. Stimulation of IFN-γ production by garlic lectin in mouse spleen cells: involvement of IL-12 via activation of p38 MAPK and ERK in macrophages.

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    Dong, Qing; Sugiura, Tsutomu; Toyohira, Yumiko; Yoshida, Yasuhiro; Yanagihara, Nobuyuki; Karasaki, Yuji

    2011-02-15

    Several lectins, present in beans and edible plant products, have immuno-potentiating and anti-tumor activities. We here report the effects of garlic lectin purified from garlic bulbs on the production of cytokines such as interleukin-12 (IL-12) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) in the mouse. Garlic lectin induced IFN-γ production in spleen cells in a bell-shaped time (24-60 h)- and concentration (0.25-2.0 mg/ml)-dependent manner. The maximal enhancement was observed at 36 h with 0.5 mg/ml of garlic lectin. The stimulatory effect of garlic lectin on IFN-γ production was completely inhibited by both actinomycin D and cycloheximide, an inhibitor of ribosomal protein synthesis and DNA-dependent RNA polymerase, respectively, and was associated with an increase in IFN-γ mRNA level. Garlic lectin also induced IL-12 production in mouse peritoneal macrophages in a concentration (0.25-1.0 mg/ml)- and bell-shaped time (3-24 h)-dependent manner. The lectin increased the phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) in macrophages. Furthermore, specific pharmacological inhibitors of ERK kinase (U0126) and p38 MAPK (SB203580) also suppressed the production of IL-12 induced by garlic lectin. The present findings suggest that garlic lectin induces IL-12 production via activation of p38 MAPK and ERK in mouse macrophages, which, in turn, stimulates IFN-γ production through an increase in IFN-γ mRNA in the spleen cells. PMID:20724126

  10. Burden of Disease predicts response to isolated limb infusion with melphalan and actinomycin D in melanoma

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    Muilenburg, Diego J.; Beasley, Georgia M.; Thompson, Zachary J.; Lee, Ji-Hyun; Tyler, Douglas S.; Zager, Jonathan S.

    2015-01-01

    Background Isolated limb infusion (ILI) with melphalan is a minimally invasive, effective treatment for in transit melanoma. We hypothesized that burden of disease (BOD) would correlate to treatment response. Methods We retrospectively analyzed a prospectively collected database from two academic centers. BOD was stratified as high or low (less than 10 lesions, none > 2cm). Response rates were measured 3 months post-ILI. Multivariable analysis (MV) was used to evaluate the association between the response rate and BOD. Kaplan-Meier methods with log-rank tests and multivariable Cox proportional hazard models were used to analyze overall survival (OS) and progression free survival (PFS) Results Sixty (38%) patients had low and 100 (62%) high BOD. Patients with low BOD had an overall response rate (ORR) of 73%, and 50% CR; compared to an ORR of 47% and 24% CR in patients with high BOD (p= 0.002). MV analysis of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative parameters showed no significant impact on 3-month response. Patients with a CR at 3 months demonstrated improved PFS over the remainder of the cohort, but OS was equal. Low BOD patients had an increased median PFS of 6.9 vs 3.8 months (p= 0.047), and a non-statistically significantly increased median OS, 38.4 vs. 30.9 months (p=0.146). Conclusions Lower BOD is associated with an increased ORR and CR rate with statistically significantly improved PFS in patients undergoing ILI for in transit extremity melanoma. BOD provides useful prognostic information for patient counseling and serves as a marker to stratify patient risk groups. PMID:25192683

  11. Preparation and characterization of clean, single-crystalline YH{sub x} films (0{<=}x{<=}2.9) on W(110)

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    Hayoz, J.; Pillo, Th.; Bovet, M.; Zuettel, A.; Guthrie, St.; Pastore, G.; Schlapbach, L.; Aebi, P.

    2000-09-01

    Yttrium can be loaded with hydrogen up to high concentrations causing dramatic structural and electronic changes of the host lattice. We report on the preparation of clean, single-crystalline YH{sub x} films (0{<=}x{<=}2.9). The films have been characterized in situ combining angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) and low energy electron diffraction. Direct Y dihydride growth, i.e., Y evaporation under a H{sub 2} partial pressures of {approx_equal}5x10{sup -6} mbar at 500 K on W(110), is the most convenient starting point for the preparation of clean single-crystalline Y hydride films covering H concentrations from the ''clean metal'' (x{approx_equal}0) up to the lower boundary of the pure trihydride phase (x{approx_equal}2.9). Upon annealing Y dihydride films the desired H concentration can be adjusted within the {alpha}-phase or the ({alpha}+{beta}) two-phase regime. On the other hand, the extension of our photoelectron spectrometer with an homemade ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) compatible hydrogenation system allows to induce the transition from Y dihydride to Y trihydride within a few minutes. The hydrogenation system combines a high-pressure reaction cell with hydrogen permeation through a Pd-24%Ag tube. The overall design is such that the sample never gets in contact with non-UHV compartments. For direct Y dihydride growth on W(110) two equally populated face-centered- cubic(111) domains rotated by 180 degree sign with respect to each other are observed. In the {alpha}- and {gamma}-phase the Y atoms form a hexagonal-close-packed(0001) oriented lattice. Furthermore, the previously established model for in situ H concentration estimation in Y [J. Hayoz et al., Phys. Rev. B 58, R4270 (1998)] is extended successfully from the {alpha} to {beta} to the {beta} to {gamma}-phase transition. Ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy data unequivocally reveal the opening of a gap extending as far as 1 eV below E{sub F} for normal electron emission upon the phase

  12. RE(AuAl2)nAl2(AuxSi1-x)2: a new homologous series of quaternary intermetallics grown from aluminum flux.

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    Latturner, Susan E; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G

    2008-03-17

    The combination of early rare earth metals (La- to Gd and Yb), gold, and silicon in molten aluminum results in the formation of intermetallic compounds with four related structures, forming a new homologous series: RE[AuAl2]nAl2(AuxSi(1-x))2, with x approximately 0.5 for most of the compound and n = 0, 1, 2, and 3. Because of the highly reducing nature of the Al flux, rare earth oxides instead of metals can also be used in these reactions. These compounds grow as large plate-like crystals and have tetragonal structure types that can be viewed as intergrowths of the BaAl4 structure and antifluorite-type AuAl2 layers. REAuAl2Si materials form with the BaAl4 structure type in space group I4/mmm (cell parameters for the La analogue are a = 4.322(2) A, c = 10.750(4) A, and Z = 2). REAu2Al4Si forms in a new ordered superstructure of the KCu4S3 structure type, with space group P4/nmm and cell parameters of the La analogue of a = 6.0973(6) A, c = 8.206(1) A, and Z = 2. REAu3Al6Si forms in a new I4/mmm symmetry structure type with cell parameters of a = 4.2733(7) A, c = 22.582(5) A, and Z = 2 for RE = Eu. The end member of the series, REAu4Al8Si, forms in space group P4/mmm with cell parameters for the Yb analogue of a = 4.2294(4) A, c = 14.422(2) A, and Z = 1. New intergrowth structures containing two different kinds of AuAl2 layers were also observed. The magnetic behavior of all these compounds is derived from the RE ions. Comparison of the susceptibility data for the europium compounds indicates a switch from 3-D magnetic interactions to 2-D interactions as the size of the AuAl2 layer increases. The Yb ions in YbAu(2.91)Al(6)Si(1.09) and YbAu(3.86)Al(8)Si(1.14) are divalent at high temperatures. PMID:18198865

  13. Crystal structures, charge and oxygen-vacancy ordering in oxygen deficient perovskites SrMnO {sub x} (x<2.7)

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    Suescun, Leopoldo Chmaissem, Omar; Mais, James; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Jorgensen, James D.

    2007-05-15

    Bulk SrMnO {sub x} samples with oxygen contents 2.5{<=}x<2.7 have been studied using a combination of neutron time-of-flight and high-energy high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements along with thermogravimetric analysis. We report the identification and characterization of two new oxygen-vacancy ordered phases, Sr{sub 5}Mn{sub 5}O{sub 13} (SrMnO{sub 2.6}-tetragonal P4/m a=8.6127(3) A, c=3.8102(2) A) and Sr{sub 7}Mn{sub 7}O{sub 19} (SrMnO{sub 2.714}-monoclinic P2/m a=8.6076(4) A, b=12.1284(4) A, c=3.8076(2) A, {gamma}=98.203(2){sup o}). The nuclear and magnetic structures of Sr{sub 2}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 5} are also reported (SrMnO{sub 2.5} nuclear: orthorhombic Pbam, magnetic: Orthorhombic Ay type P{sub c}bam with c {sub M}=2c). In the three phases, oxygen-vacancies are ordered in lines running along one of the (100) directions of the parent cubic perovskite system. Oxygen-vacancy ordering allows the charge and orbital ordering of the Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} cations in the new phases. - Graphical abstract: The structures of Sr{sub 5}Mn{sub 5}O{sub 13} and Sr{sub 7}Mn{sub 7}O{sub 19} (shown) were determined using synchrotron X-rays and neutron time-of-flight powder diffraction and the Rietveld method on multiphase bulk samples. Charge, orbital and oxygen vacancy-ordering has been observed in the novel compounds where Mn{sup 4+} octahedra and Mn{sup 3+} pyramids are linked through the corners leaving lines of vacant oxygen sites lying along the c-axis.

  14. A moments' analysis of quasi-exactly solvable systems: a new perspective on the sextic potential gx^6+bx^4+mx^2 +{\\beta \\over {x^2}}

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    Handy, Carlos R.; Vrinceanu, Daniel; Gupta, Rahul

    2014-07-01

    symmetry as the QES states: their lower order ν-moments must be zero. We demonstrate our results in the context of the two sextic potentials: Vsa(x) = x6 + mx2 + bx4 and Vss(x) = x6 + mx2 + b/x2.

  15. The crystal chemistry of Ca(10-y)(SiO4)3(SO4)3Cl(2-x-2y)F(x) ellestadite.

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    Fang, Yanan; Ritter, Clemens; White, Tim

    2011-12-19

    Fluor-chlorellestadite solid solutions Ca(10)(SiO(4))(3)(SO(4))(3)Cl(2-x)F(x), serving as prototype crystalline matrices for the fixation of hazardous fly ash, were synthesized and characterized by powder X-ray and neutron diffraction (PXRD and PND), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The lattice parameters of the ellestadites vary linearly with composition and show the expected shrinkage of unit cell volume as fluorine (IR = 1.33 Å) displaces chlorine (IR = 1.81 Å). FTIR spectra indicate little or no OH(-) in the solid solutions. All compositions conform to P6(3)/m symmetry where F(-) is located at the 2a (0, 0, (1)/(4)) position, while Cl(-) is displaced out of the 6h Ca(2) triangle plane and occupies 4e (0, 0, z) split positions with z ranging from 0.336(3) to 0.4315(3). Si/S randomly occupy the 6h tetrahedral site. Ellestadites rich in Cl (x ≤ 1.2) show an overall deficiency in halogens (<2 atom per formula unit), particularly Cl as a result of CaCl(2) volatilization, with charge balance achieved by the creation of Ca vacancies (Ca(2+) + 2Cl(-) →□(Ca) + 2□(Cl)) leading to the formula Ca(10-y)(SiO(4))(3)(SO(4))(3)Cl(2-x-2y)F(x). For F-rich compositions the vacancies are found at Ca(2), while for Cl-rich ellestadites, vacancies are at Ca(1). It is likely the loss of CaCl(2) which leads tunnel anion vacancies promotes intertunnel positional disorder, preventing the formation of a P2(1)/b monoclinic dimorph, analogous to that reported for Ca(10)(PO(4))(6)Cl(2). Trends in structure with composition were analyzed using crystal-chemical parameters, whose systematic variations served to validate the quality of the Rietveld refinements. PMID:22111559

  16. Nickel Ions Selectively Inhibit Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Interleukin-6 Production by Decreasing Its mRNA Stability

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    Asakawa, Sanki; Kishimoto, Yu; Takano, Takayuki; Okita, Kiyuki; Takakuwa, Shiho; Sato, Taiki; Hiratsuka, Masahiro; Takeuchi, Osamu; Hirasawa, Noriyasu

    2015-01-01

    Nickel (Ni) ions easily elute from many alloys and elicit inflammation and allergies. Previous studies have shown that infections due to the implantation of medical devices cause inflammation and enhance the elution of Ni ions (Ni2+). However, cross-talk between infection- and Ni2+-induced signaling pathways has not yet been elucidated in detail. In the present study, we investigated the effects of Ni2+ on the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced production of cytokines in a LPS-induced air pouch-type inflammation model in BALB/c mice and the murine macrophage cell line RAW264. We demonstrated that Ni2+ inhibited the LPS-induced production of interleukin (IL)-6, but not that of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α both in vivo and in vitro. This inhibitory effect was also observed with cobalt ion (Co2+), but not with chloride ion (Cl-), zinc ion (Zn2+), or palladium ion (Pd2+), and was highly selective to the production of IL-6. Ni2+ did not inhibit the activation of ERK1/2, p38 MAPK, or JNK. Although Ni2+ decreased IL-6 mRNA levels, it failed to inhibit the LPS-induced activation of the IL-6 promoter. An experiment using actinomycin D, a transcription inhibitor, revealed that Ni2+ decreased the stability of IL-6 mRNA. Moreover, Ni2+ inhibited the LPS-induced expression of Arid5a, but not regnase-1. These results demonstrated that Ni2+ may have selectively inhibited the LPS-induced production of IL-6 by decreasing the Arid5a-dependent stabilization of IL-6 mRNA. PMID:25742007

  17. Nickel ions selectively inhibit lipopolysaccharide-induced interleukin-6 production by decreasing its mRNA stability.

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    Asakawa, Sanki; Kishimoto, Yu; Takano, Takayuki; Okita, Kiyuki; Takakuwa, Shiho; Sato, Taiki; Hiratsuka, Masahiro; Takeuchi, Osamu; Hirasawa, Noriyasu

    2015-01-01

    Nickel (Ni) ions easily elute from many alloys and elicit inflammation and allergies. Previous studies have shown that infections due to the implantation of medical devices cause inflammation and enhance the elution of Ni ions (Ni²⁺). However, cross-talk between infection- and Ni²⁺-induced signaling pathways has not yet been elucidated in detail. In the present study, we investigated the effects of Ni2+ on the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced production of cytokines in a LPS-induced air pouch-type inflammation model in BALB/c mice and the murine macrophage cell line RAW264. We demonstrated that Ni²⁺ inhibited the LPS-induced production of interleukin (IL)-6, but not that of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α both in vivo and in vitro. This inhibitory effect was also observed with cobalt ion (Co²⁺), but not with chloride ion (Cl⁻), zinc ion (Zn²⁺), or palladium ion (Pd²⁺), and was highly selective to the production of IL-6. Ni²⁺ did not inhibit the activation of ERK1/2, p38 MAPK, or JNK. Although Ni²⁺ decreased IL-6 mRNA levels, it failed to inhibit the LPS-induced activation of the IL-6 promoter. An experiment using actinomycin D, a transcription inhibitor, revealed that Ni²⁺ decreased the stability of IL-6 mRNA. Moreover, Ni²⁺ inhibited the LPS-induced expression of Arid5a, but not regnase-1. These results demonstrated that Ni²⁺ may have selectively inhibited the LPS-induced production of IL-6 by decreasing the Arid5a-dependent stabilization of IL-6 mRNA. PMID:25742007

  18. Dissipation equals production in the log layer of wall-induced turbulence

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    Brouwers, J. J. H.

    2007-10-01

    Asymptotic analysis is presented of the energy balance equations derived from statistically averaged Navier-Stokes equations pertinent to wall-induced turbulence. Attention is focused on the inertial sublayer, the region outside the viscous sublayer, and the buffer layer where the log-law for mean flow holds. Production and dissipation of turbulence are shown to be equal with a relative error of O(x2/L ), where x2 is the distance from the wall and L is the external length (pipe radius, channel half-height, boundary layer thickness). Diffusion of pressure and kinetic energy together are only of relative magnitude O(x2/L ). Pressure gradient terms are shown to redistribute longitudinal turbulence production in equal portions dissipated in the three orthogonal directions.

  19. Hydrogen production

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    England, C.; Chirivella, J. E.; Fujita, T.; Jeffe, R. E.; Lawson, D.; Manvi, R.

    1975-01-01

    The state of hydrogen production technology is evaluated. Specific areas discussed include: hydrogen production fossil fuels; coal gasification processes; electrolysis of water; thermochemical production of hydrogen; production of hydrogen by solar energy; and biological production of hydrogen. Supply options are considered along with costs of hydrogen production.

  20. Note: Cold spectra of the electronic transition A(2)Σ(+)-X(2)Π of N2O(+) radical: High resolution analysis of the bands 000-100, 100-100, and 001-101.

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    Lessa, L L; Martins, A S; Fellows, C E

    2015-10-28

    In this note, three vibrational bands of the electronic transition A(2)Σ(+)-X(2)Π of the N2O(+) radical (000-100, 100-100, and 001-101) were theoretically analysed. Starting from Hamiltonian models proposed for this kind of molecule, their parameters were calculated using a Levenberg-Marquardt fit procedure in order to reduce the root mean square deviation from the experimental transitions below to 0.01 cm(-1). The main objective of this work is to obtain new and reliable values for rotational constant B″ and the spin-orbit interaction parameter A of the analysed vibrational levels of the X(2)Π electronic state of this molecule. PMID:26520556

  1. Conformational Isomerism of trans-[Pt(NH2C6H11)2I2] and the Classical Wernerian Chemistry of [Pt(NH2C6H11)4]X2 (X = Cl, Br, I)1

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    Johnstone, Timothy C.; Lippard, Stephen J.

    2012-01-01

    X-ray crystallographic analysis of the compound trans-[Pt(NH2C6H11)2I2] revealed the presence of two distinct conformers within one crystal lattice. This compound was studied by variable temperature NMR spectroscopy to investigate the dynamic interconversion between these isomers. The results of this investigation were interpreted using physical (CPK) and computational (molecular mechanics and density functional theory) models. The conversion of the salts [Pt(NH2C6H11)4]X2 into trans-[Pt(NH2C6H11)2X2] (X = Cl, Br, I) was also studied and is discussed here with an emphasis on parallels to the work of Alfred Werner. PMID:23554544

  2. Magnetic and microwave absorption properties of BaFe 12-x (Mn 0.5Cu 0.5Zr) x/2O 19 synthesized by sol-gel processing

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    Ghasemi, Ali; Liu, Xiaoxi; Morisako, Akimitsu

    2007-09-01

    BaFe 12-x (Mn 0.5Cu 0.5Zr) x/2O 19 hexaferrites with x=1, 2 and 3 were prepared by sol-gel process. The ferrite powders possess hexagonal shape and are well separated from one another. The powders of these ferrites were mixed with polyvinylchloride (PVC) plasticizer to be converted into a microwave absorbing composite ferrite with a thickness of 1.8 mm. X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), ac susceptometer, vibrating sample magnetometer and vector network analyzer were used to analyze its structure, electromagnetic and microwave absorption properties. The results showed that magnetoplumbite structures for all samples were formed. The sample with higher magnetic susceptibility and coercivity exhibits a larger microwave absorbing ability. Also the present investigation demonstrates that a microwave absorber using BaFe 12-x(Mn 0.5Cu 0.5Zr) x/2O 19 ( x=2 and 3)/PVC with a matching thickness of 1.8 mm can be fabricated for applications over 15 GHz, with reflection loss more than -25 dB for specific frequencies, by controlling the molar ratio of the substituted ions.

  3. Complete state-resolved non-adiabatic dynamics of the O((3)P) + D2 → OD(X(2)Π) + D reaction.

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    Lahankar, Sridhar A; Zhang, Jianming; Minton, Timothy K; McKendrick, Kenneth G

    2014-09-01

    The first quantum-state-resolved distributions over the full range of available product levels are reported for any isotopic variant of the elementary reaction of O((3)P) with molecular hydrogen. A laser-detonation source was used to produce a hyperthermal oxygen-atom beam, which allowed for sufficient collision energy to surmount the reaction barrier. This beam was crossed by a supersonic beam of D2. The nascent OD products were detected by laser-induced fluorescence. OD rotational distributions in vibrational states v' = 0, 1, and 2 at a collision energy of 25 kcal mol(-1) are reported, together with distributions for the dominant product vibrational level, v'= 0, at lower collision energies of 20 and 15 kcal mol(-1). The OD product is highly rotationally excited, to a degree that declines as expected for the higher vibrational levels or for reductions in the collision energy. The measured rovibrational distributions at the highest collision energy are in excellent agreement with previous theoretical predictions based on quantum scattering calculations on the triplet potential energy surfaces developed by Rogers et al. (J. Phys. Chem. A 2000, 104, 2308-2325). However, no significant OD spin-orbit preference was observed, in contrast to the predictions of most existing theoretical models of the non-adiabatic dynamics based on the widely used reduced-dimensional four-state model of Hoffmann and Schatz (J. Chem. Phys. 2000, 113, 9456-9465). Furthermore, a clear observed preference for OD Π(A') Λ-doublet levels is not consistent with a simple extrapolation of the calculated relative reaction cross sections on intermediate surfaces of (3)A' and (3)A″ symmetry. PMID:25084139

  4. Dexamethasone inhibits inducible nitric-oxide synthase expression and nitric oxide production by destabilizing mRNA in lipopolysaccharide-treated macrophages.

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    Korhonen, Riku; Lahti, Aleksi; Hämäläinen, Mari; Kankaanranta, Hannu; Moilanen, Eeva

    2002-09-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) production through the inducible nitric-oxide synthase (iNOS) pathway is increased in inflammatory diseases and leads to cellular injury. Anti-inflammatory steroids inhibit the expression of various inflammatory genes, including iNOS. In the present study, we investigated the mechanism how dexamethasone decreased NO production in murine J774 macrophages. Dexamethasone (0.1-10 microM) inhibited the production of NO and iNOS protein in a dose-dependent manner in cells stimulated with lipopolysaccharides (LPS). In contrast, in cells treated with a combination of LPS and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), dexamethasone did not reduce iNOS expression and NO formation. Dissociated glucocorticoid RU24858 inhibited iNOS expression and NO production to levels comparable with that of dexamethasone, suggesting that the reduced iNOS expression by dexamethasone is not a GRE-mediated event. In further studies, the effect of dexamethasone on iNOS mRNA levels was tested by actinomycin assay. The half-life of iNOS mRNA after LPS treatment was 5 h 40 min, and dexamethasone reduced it to 3 h. The increased degradation of iNOS mRNA was reversed by a protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide. iNOS mRNA was more stabile in cells treated with a combination of LPS plus IFN-gamma (half-life = 8 h 20 min), and dexamethasone had a minor effect in these conditions. In conclusion, dexamethasone decreases iNOS-dependent NO production by destabilizing iNOS mRNA in LPS-treated cells by a mechanism that requires de novo protein synthesis. Also, decreased iNOS mRNA and protein expression and NO formation by dexamethasone was not found in cells treated with a combination of LPS plus IFN-gamma, suggesting that the effect of dexamethasone is stimulus-dependent. PMID:12181447

  5. Intestinal microbial affects of yeast products on weaned and transport stressed pigs

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    Study objectives were to determine effects of a commercially available yeast product (XPC, Diamond-V Mills) and stress of transportation on total Enterobacteriaceae, Escherichia coli, coliforms, and Lactobacilli populations in the intestine of weaning pigs. In a RCB design with a 2 x 2 factorial ar...

  6. Production characteristics of channel catfish and channel x blue catfish in earthen ponds

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    The channel (female) x blue (male) hybrid catfish increasingly is being selected by catfish farmers in the United States as their culture fish. This completely randomized design study in 2 x 2 factorial arrangement was conducted to compare production traits in earthen ponds of the channel x blue hyb...

  7. NUMERICAL APPROXIMATION OF SEMI-INTEGRALS AND SEMIDERIVATIVES BY PRODUCT QUADRATURE RULES

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    This paper is concerned with the numerical calculation of the semi-integral and semiderivative of a function f, whose values f (xj) are known on a discrete set of abscissas 0 = x(1) < x(2) < ... < x(n). A family of product quadrature rules is developed to approximate the semi-int...

  8. Regulation of human lung fibroblast glycosaminoglycan production by recombinant interferons, tumor necrosis factor, and lymphotoxin.

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    Elias, J A; Krol, R C; Freundlich, B; Sampson, P M

    1988-01-01

    Mononuclear cells may be important regulators of fibroblast glycosaminoglycan (GAG) biosynthesis. However, the soluble factors mediating these effects, the importance of intercytokine interactions in this regulation and the mechanisms of these alterations remain poorly understood. We analyzed the effect of recombinant (r) tumor necrosis factor (TNF), lymphotoxin (LT), and gamma, alpha, and beta 1 interferons (INF-gamma, -alpha and -beta 1), alone and in combination, on GAG production by normal human lung fibroblasts. rTNF, rLT, and rINF-gamma each stimulated fibroblast GAG production. In addition, rIFN-gamma synergized with rTNF and rLT to further augment GAG biosynthesis. In contrast, IFN-alpha A, -alpha D, and -beta 1 neither stimulated fibroblast GAG production nor interacted with rTNF or rLT to regulate GAG biosynthesis. The effects of the stimulatory cytokines and cytokine combinations were dose dependent and were abrogated by the respective monoclonal antibodies. In addition, these cytokines did not cause an alteration in the distribution of GAG between the fibroblast cell layer and supernatant. However, the stimulation was at least partially specific for particular GAG moieties with hyaluronic acid biosynthesis being markedly augmented without a comparable increase in the production of sulfated GAGs. Fibroblast prostaglandin production did not mediate these alterations since indomethacin did not decrease the stimulatory effects of the cytokines. In contrast, protein and mRNA synthesis appeared to play a role since the stimulatory effects of the cytokines were abrogated by cyclohexamide and actinomycin D, respectively. In addition, the cytokines and cytokine combinations increased cellular hyaluronate synthetase activity in proportion to their effects on hyaluronic acid suggesting that induction of this enzyme(s) is important in this stimulatory process. These studies demonstrate that IFN-gamma, TNF, and LT are important stimulators of fibroblast GAG

  9. Co-cultivation of Streptomyces californicus and Stachybotrys chartarum stimulates the production of cytostatic compound(s) with immunotoxic properties

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    Penttinen, Piia . E-mail: Piia.Penttinen@ktl.fi; Pelkonen, Jukka; Huttunen, Kati; Hirvonen, Maija-Riitta

    2006-12-15

    We have recently shown that the actinobacterium Streptomyces californicus and the fungus Stachybotrys chartarum originating from moisture damaged buildings possess both immunotoxic and immunostimulatory characteristics, which are synergistically potentiated by microbial interaction. In the search for the causative agent(s) behind the immunotoxicity, the cytostatic effects of the co-cultivated spores of S. californicus and S. chartarum were compared to those caused by widely used cytostatic agents produced by streptomycetes. The RAW264.7 macrophages were exposed to four doses of doxorubicin (DOX), actinomycin D (AMD), mitomycin C (MMC) or phleomycin (PHLEO) for 24 h. Kinetics of the spores of the co-cultivated and the separately cultivated microbes (1 x 10{sup 6} spores/ml) was compared to DOX (0.15 {mu}M). Apoptotic responses were analyzed by measuring DNA content and mitochondria membrane depolarization with flow cytometer, and by the fluorometric caspase-3 assay. The present data indicate that interactions during co-cultivation of S. californicus and S. chartarum stimulate the production of an unidentified cytostatic compound(s) capable of inducing mitochondria mediated apoptosis and cell cycle arrest at S-G{sub 2}/M. The spores of co-cultivated microbes caused a 4-fold collapse of mitochondrial membrane potential and an almost 6-fold caspase-3 activation and DNA fragmentation when compared to control. Similar responses were induced by DNA cleaving compounds, especially DOX and AMD, at the relatively low concentrations, but not the spores of the same microbes when they were grown separately. These data suggest that when growing in the same habitat, interactions between S. californicus and S. chartarum stimulates the production of an unknown cytostatic compound(s) which evoke immunotoxic effects similar to those by chemotherapeutic drugs.

  10. Formation of apatite oxynitrides by the reaction between apatite-type oxide ion conductors, La{sub 8+x}Sr{sub 2-x}(Si/Ge){sub 6}O{sub 26+x/2}, and ammonia

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    Orera, A.; Headspith, D.; Apperley, D.C.; Francesconi, M.G.; Slater, P.R.

    2009-12-15

    Following growing interest in the use of ammonia as a fuel in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), we have investigated the possible reaction between the apatite silicate/germanate electrolytes, La{sub 8+x}Sr{sub 2-x}(Si/Ge){sub 6}O{sub 26+x/2,} and NH{sub 3} gas. We examine how the composition of the apatite phase affects the reaction with ammonia. For the silicate series, the results showed a small degree of N incorporation at 600 deg. C, while at higher temperatures (800 deg. C), substantial N incorporation was observed. For the germanate series, partial decomposition was observed after heating in ammonia at 800 deg. C, while at the lower temperature (600 deg. C), significant N incorporation was observed. For both series, the N content in the resulting apatite oxynitride was shown to increase with increasing interstitial oxide ion content (x/2) in the starting oxide. The results suggest that the driving force for the nitridation process is to remove the interstitial anion content, such that for the silicates the total anion (O+N) content in the oxynitrides approximates to 26.0, the value for an anion stoichiometric apatite. For the germanates, lower total anion contents are observed in some cases, consistent with the ability of the germanates to accommodate anion vacancies. The removal of the mobile interstitial oxide ions on nitridation suggests problems with the use of apatite-type electrolytes in SOFCs utilising NH{sub 3} at elevated temperatures. - Graphical abstract: In this paper we show that heating the apatite-type electrolytes La{sub 8+x}Sr{sub 2-x}(Si/Ge){sub 6}O{sub 26+x/2} in NH{sub 3} at high temperatures leads to nitridation of the electrolyte, with the level of nitridation increasing with increasing x.

  11. The translational, rotational, and vibrational energy effects on the chemical reactivity of water cation H2O+(X 2B1) in the collision with deuterium molecule D2

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    Xu, Yuntao; Xiong, Bo; Chang, Yih Chung; Ng, C. Y.

    2013-07-01

    By employing the newly established vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser pulsed field ionization-photoion (PFI-PI) double quadrupole-double octopole ion guide apparatus, we have examined the translational, rotational, and vibrational energy effects on the chemical reactivity of water cation H2O+(X2B1) in the collision with deuterium molecule D2. The application of a novel electric-field pulsing scheme to the VUV laser PFI-PI ion source has enabled the preparation of a rovibrationally selected H2O+(X2B1; v_1^ + v_2^ + v_3^ +; N+Ka+Kc+) ion beam with not only high internal-state selectivity and high intensity but also high translational energy resolution. Despite the unfavorable Franck-Condon factors, we are able to prepare the excited vibrational states (v_1^ + v_2^ + v_3^ +) = (100) and (020) along with the (000) ground vibrational state, for collisional studies, where v_1^ +, v_2^ +, and v_3^ + represent the symmetric stretching, bending, and asymmetric stretching modes of H2O+(X2B1). We show that a range of rotational levels from N+Ka+Kc+ = 000 to 322, covering a rotational energy range of 0-200 cm-1 of these vibrational states, can also be generated for absolute integral cross section (σ) measurements at center-of-mass collision energies (Ecms) from thermal energies to 10.00 eV. The Ecm dependences of the σ values are consistent with the prediction of the orbiting model, indicating that translational energy significantly hinders the chemical reactivity of H2O+(X2B1). Rotational enhancements are observed at Ecm < 0.30 eV for all the three vibrational states, (000), (100), and (020). While the σ values for (100) are found to be only slightly below those for (000), the σ values for (020) are lower than those for (000) and (100) by up to 20% at Ecm ≤ 0.20 eV, indicative of vibrational inhibition at low Ecm by excitation of the (020) mode. Rationalizations are proposed for the observed rotational enhancements and the bending vibrational inhibition. Rigorous

  12. Theory and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy for Aluminum Coordination Complexes – Al K-Edge Studies of Charge and Bonding in (BDI)Al, (BDI)AlR2, and (BDI)AlX2 Complexes.

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    Altman, Alison B; Pemmaraju, C D; Camp, Clément; Arnold, John; Minasian, Stefan G; Prendergast, David; Shuh, David K; Tyliszczak, Tolek

    2015-08-19

    Polarized aluminum K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy and first-principles calculations were used to probe electronic structure in a series of (BDI)Al, (BDI)AlX2, and (BDI)AlR2 coordination compounds (X = F, Cl, I; R = H, Me; BDI = 2,6-diisopropylphenyl-β-diketiminate). Spectral interpretations were guided by examination of the calculated transition energies and polarization-dependent oscillator strengths, which agreed well with the XANES spectroscopy measurements. Pre-edge features were assigned to transitions associated with the Al 3p orbitals involved in metal-ligand bonding. Qualitative trends in Al 1s core energy and valence orbital occupation were established through a systematic comparison of excited states derived from Al 3p orbitals with similar symmetries in a molecular orbital framework. These trends suggested that the higher transition energies observed for (BDI)AlX2 systems with more electronegative X(1-) ligands could be ascribed to a decrease in electron density around the aluminum atom, which causes an increase in the attractive potential of the Al nucleus and concomitant increase in the binding energy of the Al 1s core orbitals. For (BDI)Al and (BDI)AlH2 the experimental Al K-edge XANES spectra and spectra calculated using the eXcited electron and Core-Hole (XCH) approach had nearly identical energies for transitions to final state orbitals of similar composition and symmetry. These results implied that the charge distributions about the aluminum atoms in (BDI)Al and (BDI)AlH2 are similar relative to the (BDI)AlX2 and (BDI)AlMe2 compounds, despite having different formal oxidation states of +1 and +3, respectively. However, (BDI)Al was unique in that it exhibited a low-energy feature that was attributed to transitions into a low-lying p-orbital of b1 symmetry that is localized on Al and orthogonal to the (BDI)Al plane. The presence of this low-energy unoccupied molecular orbital on electron-rich (BDI)Al distinguishes

  13. The design, implementation and testing of the thermal control system of the CanX-2 nanosatellite, and, The preliminary design of the attitude determination and control system for the generic nanosatellite bus

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    Sarda, Karan

    The University of Toronto's Space Flight Laboratory operates the Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiment program in order to develop low-cost nanosatellites for education and research. Building of the laboratory's expertise in microsatellite system design, this unique program trains highly skilled space system engineers for the Canadian public and private sectors while producing low-cost, quick-to-launch satellite platforms for the scientific and engineering communities. Major projects completed through this program include the CanX-2 nanosatellite, which stands to be one of the most advanced in its class through sophistication and capability. Master's students at the Space Flight Laboratory channel their various backgrounds into highly qualified areas of expertise by developing key subsystems for CanX missions. This thesis will describe the development of the passive thermal control subsystem for CanX-2, and the preliminary design of the attitude determination and control subsystem for the CanX-3 astronomy mission and the CanX-4 & CanX-5 formation flight mission.

  14. A Localized Molecular Orbital Study of the Halogen Substitution Effect on (103)Rh NMR Shielding in [Cp*RhX2]2, Where X = Cl, Br, or I.

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    Mirzaeva, Irina V; Mainichev, Dmitry A; Kozlova, Svetlana G

    2016-03-24

    (103)Rh NMR parameters and the bonding structure of three complexes of [Cp*RhX2]2, where X = Cl, Br, or I, have been studied with the help of natural bond orbitals (NBOs) and natural localized molecular orbitals (NLMOs). The complexes of [Cp*RhX2]2, where X = Cl, Br, or I, have similar bonding structures, with the major difference being in the degree of covalency of the Rh-X bonds. The decomposition of (103)Rh NMR shielding into diamagnetic, paramagnetic, and spin-orbit terms shows that normal halogen dependence (NHD) of the (103)Rh NMR shift is defined mostly by the paramagnetic term, with the spin-orbit term being significantly smaller. The decomposition of (103)Rh shielding into spin-free NBO and NLMO contributions shows that (103)Rh shielding is dominated by Rh d-orbital deshielding contributions. We explain the NHD of the (103)Rh NMR shift with the increase in the energies of the virtual antibonding Rh-X orbitals along the X = Cl, Br, and I series. PMID:26927955

  15. Communication: Rovibrationally selected absolute total cross sections for the reaction H2O+(X2B1; v1+v2+v3+ = 000; N+Ka+Kc+) + D2: Observation of the rotational enhancement effect

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    Xu, Yuntao; Xiong, Bo; Chang, Yih Chung; Ng, C. Y.

    2012-12-01

    By employing the newly established vacuum ultraviolet laser pulsed field ionization-photoion (PFI-PI) double quadrupole-double octopole ion guide apparatus, we have measured the rovibrationally selected absolute total cross sections of the ion-molecule reaction H2O+(X2B1; v1+v2+v3+ = 000; N+Ka+Kc+) + D2 → H2DO+ + D in the center-of-mass collision energy (Ecm) range of 0.05-10.00 eV. The pulsing scheme used for the generation of PFI-PIs has made possible the preparation of reactant H2O+(X2B1; v1+v2+v3+ = 000) ions in single N+Ka+Kc+ rotational levels with high kinetic energy resolutions. The absolute total cross sections observed in different N+Ka+Kc+ levels with rotational energies in the range of 0-200 cm-1 were found to exhibit a significant rotational enhancement on the reactivity for the titled reaction. In contrast, the measured cross sections reveal a decreasing trend with increasing Ecm, indicating that the rotational enhancement observed is not a total energy effect, but a dynamical effect. Furthermore, the rotational enhancement is found to be more pronounced as Ecm is decreased. This experiment provided evidence that the coupling of the core rotational angular momentum with the orbital angular momentum could play a role in chemical reactivity, particularly at low Ecm.

  16. Engineering oxygen vacancies towards self-activated BaLuAl(x)Zn(4-x)O(7-(1-x)/2) photoluminescent materials: an experimental and theoretical analysis.

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    Ma, Lan; Xia, Zhiguo; Atuchin, Victor; Molokeev, Maxim; Auluck, S; Reshak, A H; Liu, Quanlin

    2015-12-14

    Novel self-activated yellow-emitting BaLuAlxZn4-xO7-(1-x)/2 photoluminescent materials were investigated by a combined experimental and theoretical analysis. The effects of Al/Zn composition modulation, calcination atmosphere and temperature on the crystal structure and photoluminescence properties have been studied via engineering oxygen vacancies. Accordingly, BaLuAl0.91Zn3.09O7 prepared in an air atmosphere was found to be the stable crystalline phase with optimal oxygen content and gave a broad yellow emission band with a maximum at 528 nm. The self-activated luminescence mechanism is ascribed to the O-vacancies based on the density functional theory (DFT) calculation. A theoretical model originating from the designed oxygen vacancies has been proposed in order to determine the influence of O-vacancies on the band structure and self-activated luminescence. Therefore, the appearance of a new local energy level in the band gap will cause the wide-band optical transitions in the studied BaLuAlxZn4-xO7-(1-x)/2 materials. PMID:26542229

  17. Docosahexanoic acid antagonizes TNF-α-induced necroptosis by attenuating oxidative stress, ceramide production, lysosomal dysfunction, and autophagic features

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    Pacheco, Fabio J.; Almaguel, Frankis G.; Evans, Whitney; Rios-Colon, Leslimar; Filippov, Valery; Leoh, Lai S.; Rook-Arena, Elizabeth; Mediavilla-Varela, Melanie; De Leon, Marino

    2014-01-01

    Objective It was previously reported that docosahexanoic acid (DHA) reduces TNF-α-induced necrosis in L929 cells. However, the mechanisms underlying this reduction have not been investigated. The present study was designed to investigate cellular and biochemical mechanisms underlying the attenuation of TNF-α-induced necroptosis by DHA in L929 cells. Methods L929 cells were pre-treated with DHA prior to exposure to TNF-α, zVAD, or Necrostatin-1 (Nec-1). Cell death and survival were assessed by MTT and caspase activity assays, and microscopic visualization. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) were measured by flow cytometry. C16- and C18-ceramide were measured by mass spectrometry. Lysosomal membrane permeabilization (LMP) was evaluated by fluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry using Acridine Orange. Cathepsin L activation was evaluated by immunoblotting and fluorescence microscopy. Autophagy was assessed by immunoblotting of LC3-II and Beclin. Results Exposure of L929 cells to TNF-α alone for 24 h induced necroptosis, as evidenced by inhibition of cell death by Nec-1, absence of caspase-3 activity and lamin B cleavage, and morphological analysis. DHA attenuated multiple biochemical events associated with TNF-α-induced necroptosis, including ROS generation, ceramide production, lysosomal dysfunction, cathepsin L activation, and autophagic features. DHA also attenuated zVAD-induced necroptosis but did not attenuate the enhanced apoptosis and necrosis induced by combination of TNF-α with Actinomycin D or zVAD, respectively, suggesting that its protective effects might be limited by the strength of the cell death insult induced by TNF-α. Conclusions DHA effectively attenuates TNF-α-induced necroptosis and autophagy, most likely via its ability to inhibit TNF-α-induced sphingolipid metabolism and oxidative stress. These results highlight the role of this Omega-3 fatty acid in antagonizing inflammatory cell death. PMID:25095742

  18. Mild hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure, spectroscopic and magnetic properties of the [M{sub x}{sup II}M{sub 2.5-x}{sup III}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(HP{sup III}O{sub 3}){sub y}(P{sup V}O{sub 4}){sub 2-y}F; M=Fe, x=2.08, y=1.58; M=Co, Ni, x=2.5, y=2] compounds

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    Orive, Joseba

    2009-08-15

    The [M{sub x}{sup II}M{sub 2.5-x}{sup III}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(HP{sup III}O{sub 3}){sub y}(P{sup V}O{sub 4}){sub 2-y}F; M=Fe (1), x=2.08, y=1.58; M=Co (2), x=2.5, y=2; Ni (3), x=2.5, y=2] compounds have been synthesized using mild hydrothermal conditions at 170 deg. C during five days. Single-crystals of (1) and (2), and polycrystalline sample of (3) were obtained. These isostructural compounds crystallize in the orthorhombic system, space group Aba2, with a=9.9598(2), b=18.8149(4) and c=8.5751(2) A for (1), a=9.9142(7), b=18.570(1) and c=8.4920(5) A for (2) and a=9.8038(2), b=18.2453(2) and c=8.4106(1) A for (3), with Z=8 in the three phases. An X-ray diffraction study reveals that the crystal structure is composed of a three-dimensional skeleton formed by [MO{sub 5}F] and [MO{sub 4}F{sub 2}] (M=Fe, Co and Ni) octahedra and [HPO{sub 3}] tetrahedra, partially substituted by [PO{sub 4}] tetrahedra in phase (1). The IR spectra show the vibrational modes of the water molecules and those of the (HPO{sub 3}){sup 2-} tetrahedral oxoanions. The thermal study indicates that the limit of thermal stability of these phases is 195 deg. C for (1) and 315 deg. C for (2) and (3). The electronic absorption spectroscopy shows the characteristic bands of the Fe(II), Co(II) and Ni(II) high-spin cations in slightly distorted octahedral geometry. Magnetic measurements indicate the existence of global antiferromagnetic interactions between the metallic centers with a ferromagnetic transition in the three compounds at 28, 14 and 21 K for (1), (2) and (3), respectively. Compound (1) exhibits a hysteresis loop with remnant magnetization and coercive field values of 0.72 emu/mol and 880 Oe, respectively. - Abstract: Polyhedral view of the crystal structure of the [M{sub x}{sup II}M{sub 2.5-x}{sup III}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(HP{sup III}O{sub 3}){sub y}(P{sup IV}O{sub 4}){sub 2-y}F; M=Fe, x=2.08, y=1.58; M=Co, Ni, x=2.5, y=2] compounds showing the sheets along the [001] direction.

  19. Controlling the energy transfer via multi luminescent centers to achieve white light/tunable emissions in a single-phased X2-type Y2SiO5:Eu(3+),Bi(3+) phosphor for ultraviolet converted LEDs.

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    Kang, Fengwen; Zhang, Yi; Peng, Mingying

    2015-02-16

    So far, more than 1000 UV converted phosphors have been reported for potential application in white light-emitting diodes (WLEDs), but most of them (e.g., Y2O2S:Eu, YAG:Ce or CaAlSiN3:Eu) suffer from intrinsic problems such as thermal instability, color aging or re-absorption by commixed phosphors in the coating of the devices. In this case, it becomes significant to search a single-phased phosphor, which can efficiently convert UV light to white lights. Herein, we report a promising candidate of a white light emitting X2-type Y2SiO5:Eu(3+),Bi(3+) phosphor, which can be excitable by UV light and address the problems mentioned above. Single Bi(3+)-doped X2-type Y2SiO5 exhibits three discernible emission peaks at ∼355, ∼408, and ∼504 nm, respectively, upon UV excitation due to three types of bismuth emission centers, and their relative intensity depends tightly on the incident excitation wavelength. In this regard, proper selection of excitation wavelength can lead to tunable emissions of Y2SiO5:Bi(3+) between blue and green, which is partially due to the energy transfer among the Bi centers. As a red emission center Eu(3+) is codoped into Y2SiO5:Bi(3+), energy transfer has been confirmed happening from Bi(3+) to Eu(3+) via an electric dipole-dipole (d-d) interaction. Our experiments reveal that it is easily realizable to create the white or tunable emissions by adjusting the Eu(3+) content and the excitation schemes. Moreover, a single-phased white light emission phosphor, X2-type Y1.998SiO5:0.01Eu(3+),0.01 Bi(3+), has been achieved with excellent resistance against thermal quenching and a QE of 78%. At 200 °C, it preserves >90% emission intensity of that at 25 °C. Consequent three time yoyo experiments of heating-cooling prove no occurrence of thermal degradation. A WLED lamp has been successfully fabricated with a CIE chromaticity coordinate (0.3702, 0.2933), color temperature 4756 K, and color rendering index of 65 by applying the phosphor onto a UV LED

  20. Production facilities

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    1989-01-01

    This book presents a cross section of different solutions to the many unique production problems operators face. Sections address benefit vs. cost options for production facility designs, oil and gas separation processes and equipment, oil treating and desalting systems, and water treating methods and equipment. Papers were selected to give an overall view of factors involved in optimizing the design of cost-effective production facilities.

  1. Coexistence of superconductivity and a charge density wave in LaPt2(Si1-x Ge x )2 (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.5).

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    Gupta, Ritu; Paramanik, U B; Ramakrishnan, S; Rajeev, K P; Hossain, Z

    2016-05-18

    Interplay between a charge density wave (CDW) and superconductivity in LaPt2(Si1-x Ge x )2 has been studied by electrical transport and magnetic measurements. LaPt2Si2 crystallizes in CaBe2Ge2 type structure which shows a first order structural phase transition from tetragonal to orthorhombic accompanied by a CDW transition at 112 K and superconducting transition at around 1.22 K as confirmed by temperature dependence of resistivity and magnetic measurements. For 2[Formula: see text] doping of germanium, while the CDW temperature T CDW decreases, the superconducting transition temperature T C shows an increase. T CDW increases for 5[Formula: see text] doping of germanium and the superconducting transition decreases. These findings demonstrate the competing nature of a CDW and superconductivity. PMID:27094445

  2. Effect of Post-Weld Heat Treatment on Mechanical and Electrochemical Properties of Gas Metal Arc-Welded 316L (X2CrNiMo 17-13-2) Stainless Steel

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    Muhammad, F.; Ahmad, A.; Farooq, A.; Haider, W.

    2016-08-01

    In the present research work, corrosion behavior of post-weld heat-treated (PWHT) AISI 316L (X2CrNiMo 17-13-2) specimens joined by gas metal arc welding is compared with as-welded samples by using potentiodynamic polarization technique. Welded samples were PWHT at 1323 K for 480 s and quenched. Mechanical properties, corrosion behavior and microstructures of as-welded and PWHT specimens were investigated. Microstructural studies have shown grain size refinement after PWHT. Ultimate tensile strength and yield strength were found maximum for PWHT samples. Bend test have shown that PWHT imparted ductility in welded sample. Fractographic analysis has evidenced ductile behavior for samples. Potentiodynamic polarization test was carried out in a solution composed of 1 M H2SO4 and 1 N NaCl. Corrosion rate of weld region was 127.6 mpy, but after PWHT, it was decreased to 13.12 mpy.

  3. Rotational level-dependent collisional broadening and line shift of the A2Sigma(+)-X2Pi (1,0) band of OH in hydrogen-air combustion gases

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    Kessler, W. J.; Allen, M. G.; Davis, S. J.

    1993-01-01

    Measurements of the collisional broadening and line shift of the (1,0) band of the A2Sigma(+)-X2Pi system of OH are reported in atmospheric pressure hydrogen-air combustion gases. The measurements were made using a single-mode, narrow linewidth, frequency-doubled ring dye laser operating near 283 nm. The OH was generated in the combustion gases of a flat flame H2-air burner. Collisional broadening parameters for equilibrium mixtures of H2, O2, H2O, and N2 were obtained spanning a range of fuel/air equivalence ratios from 0.6 to 1.6 and temperatures from 1500 to 2050 K. Measurements were obtained spanning rotational quantum numbers from 4.5 to 16.5. The collision induced frequency shift was determined to be 0.1 that of the collisional broadening.

  4. Cumberland and Pittsburgh 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS areas Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia: data report (abbreviated). National uranium resource evaluation program, hydrogeochemical and stream sediment reconnaissance

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    Fay, W.M.

    1981-07-01

    This report summarizes results of ground water, surface water, and stream sediment reconnaissance in the National Topographic Map Series (NTMS) Cumberland and Pittsburgh 1/sup 0/ x 2/sup 0/ NTMS quadrangles. Surface sediment samples were collected at 1042 sites in the Cumberland quadrangle and 342 sites in the Pittsburgh quadrangle. Ground water samples were collected at 1240 sites in the Cumberland quadrangle and 467 sites in the Pittsburgh quadrangle. Neutron activation analysis results are given for uranium and 16 other elements in sediments, for uranium and 8 other elements in ground water, and for uranium and 9 other elements in surface water. Field measurements and observations are reported for each site. Analytical data and field measurements are presented in tables and maps.

  5. Coexistence of superconductivity and a charge density wave in LaPt2(Si1‑x Ge x )2 (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.5)

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    Gupta, Ritu; Paramanik, U. B.; Ramakrishnan, S.; Rajeev, K. P.; Hossain, Z.

    2016-05-01

    Interplay between a charge density wave (CDW) and superconductivity in LaPt2(Si1‑x Ge x )2 has been studied by electrical transport and magnetic measurements. LaPt2Si2 crystallizes in CaBe2Ge2 type structure which shows a first order structural phase transition from tetragonal to orthorhombic accompanied by a CDW transition at 112 K and superconducting transition at around 1.22 K as confirmed by temperature dependence of resistivity and magnetic measurements. For 2% doping of germanium, while the CDW temperature T CDW decreases, the superconducting transition temperature T C shows an increase. T CDW increases for 5% doping of germanium and the superconducting transition decreases. These findings demonstrate the competing nature of a CDW and superconductivity.

  6. A crossed molecular beam and ab initio investigation of the exclusive methyl loss pathway in the gas phase reaction of boron monoxide (BO; X2Σ+) with dimethylacetylene (CH3CCCH3; X1A(1g)).

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    Kaiser, Ralf I; Maity, Surajit; Dangi, Beni B; Su, Yuan-Siang; Sun, B J; Chang, Agnes H H

    2014-01-21

    The crossed molecular beam reaction of boron monoxide ((11)BO; X(2)Σ(+)) with dimethylacetylene (CH3CCCH3; X(1)A(1g)) was investigated at a collision energy of 23.9 ± 1.5 kJ mol(-1). The scattering dynamics were suggested to be indirect (complex forming reaction) and were initiated by the addition of (11)BO(X(2)Σ(+)) with the radical center located at the boron atom to the π electron density at the acetylenic carbon-carbon triple bond without entrance barrier leading to cis-trans(11)BOC4H6 doublet radical intermediates. cis-(11)BOC4H6 underwent cis-trans isomerization followed by unimolecular decomposition via a methyl group (CH3) loss forming 1-propynyl boron monoxide (CH3CC(11)BO) in an overall exoergic reaction (experimental: -91 ± 22 kJ mol(-1); theoretical: -105 ± 9 kJ mol(-1); NIST: -104 ± 12 kJ mol(-1)) via a tight exit transition state; trans-(11)BOC4H6 was found to lose a methyl group instantaneously. Neither atomic nor molecular hydrogen loss pathways were detectable. The experimental finding of an exclusive methyl loss pathway gains full support from our computational study predicting a methyl group versus atomic hydrogen loss branching ratio of 99.99% to 0.01% forming 1-propynyl boron monoxide (CH3CC(11)BO) and 1-methyl-propadienyl boron monoxide (CH3((11)BO)CCCH2), respectively. PMID:24281672

  7. Influences of the substituents on the M-M bonding in Cp4Al4 and Cp2M2X2 (M = B, Al, Ga; Cp = C5H5, X = halogen).

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    Lu, Feifei; Li, Xiaoyan; Sun, Zheng; Zeng, Yanli; Meng, Lingpeng

    2015-08-21

    Although the geometries of CpAl4 (Cp* = C5Me5) and Cp4Al4 (Cp = C5H5) are similar, CpAl4 is more stable than Cp4Al4. CpAl2I2 is the first complex involving an Al(ii)-Al(ii) bond to be supported by Cp-type ligands. In this work, the stability of CpAl4 and Cp4Al4 (Cp = C5H5), the nature of M-M bonding in Cp2M2X2 (M = B, Al, and Ga), and the influences of the X atom on the M-M bonds have been analyzed and compared within the framework of the atoms in molecules (AIM) theory, electron localization function (ELF), energy decomposition analysis (EDA), and natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis. The calculated results show that CpAl4 is more stable than Cp4Al4 because of HH interactions between the methyl groups on the same and different Cp rings and not because of the Al-Al bonds. In Cp2M2X2, the B-B bond is stronger than the Al-Al and Ga-Ga bonds. The B-B bond is most consistent with covalent bonding, whereas the Al-Al and Ga-Ga bonds are more consistent with metallic bonding. The strengths of the B-B bond increase in the sequence X = F, Cl, Br, and I, whereas the Al-Al and Ga-Ga bonds decrease in the sequence X = F, Cl, Br, and I. The different change tendencies arise from the different M-M bonds and the orbital interactions between atoms X and M. PMID:26171664

  8. Spin-orbit coupling splitting in the X(2)Π, A(2)Δ, B(2)Σ(-), C(2)Σ(+), D(2)Σ(+), F(2)Π and a(4)Σ(-) Λ-S states of SiH radical.

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    Shi, Deheng; Li, Peiling; Zhu, Zunlue; Sun, Jinfeng

    2013-11-01

    The potential energy curves (PECs) of eleven Ω states generated from the seven Λ-S bound states of SiH radical are studied in detail using an ab initio quantum chemical method. The PECs are calculated for internuclear separations from about 0.10 to 1.00nm by the CASSCF method, which is followed by the internally contracted MRCI approach with the Davidson modification. The spin-orbit coupling is accounted for with the Breit-Pauli Hamiltonian. Core-valence correlation corrections are included with an aug-cc-pCVTZ basis set. Scalar relativistic correction calculations are made by the third-order Douglas-Kroll Hamiltonian approximation at the level of a cc-pV5Z basis set. To discuss the effect of core-electron correlations on the spectroscopic parameters, in particular on the Te, the all-electron basis set, aug-cc-pCVTZ with and without core-electron correlations, is employed to calculate the spin-orbit coupling splitting in the X(2)Π Λ-S state. The all-electron aug-cc-pCVTZ basis set with core-electron correlations is chosen for the present spin-orbit coupling studies. The convergent behavior of present calculations is discussed with respect to the basis set and level of theory. All the PECs are extrapolated to the complete basis set limit. The spectroscopic parameters of seven Λ-S and eleven Ω bound states are evaluated. The splitting energy of X(2)Π Λ-S state is determined as 141.12cm(-1), which agrees well with the recent measurements of 142.896cm(-1). Moreover, other spectroscopic parameters are also in excellent agreement with available measurements. It demonstrates that the spectroscopic parameters of eleven Ω bound states reported here can be expected to be reliable predicted ones. PMID:23838053

  9. Ternary lanthanum sulfide selenides {alpha}-LaS{sub 2-x}Se{sub x} (0<x<2) with mixed dichalcogenide anions X{sub 2}{sup 2-} (X=S, Se)

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    Bartsch, Christian; Doert, Thomas

    2012-01-15

    Mixed lanthanum sulfide selenides LaS{sub 2-x}Se{sub x} (0<x<2) were obtained by metathesis reactions starting from anhydrous lanthanum chloride and alkali metal polychalcogenides. The LaS{sub 2-x}Se{sub x} compounds crystallize in space group P2{sub 1}/a, no. 14, and adopt the {alpha}-LnS{sub 2} (Ln=Y, La-Lu) structure type with a pronounced site preference for the chalcogen atoms. The mixed chalcogenides form a complete miscible series with lattice parameters a=820-849 pm, b=413-425 pm and c=822-857 pm ({beta} Almost-Equal-To 90 Degree-Sign) following Vegard's rule. Raman signals indicate the presence of mixed X{sub 2}{sup 2-} dianions, a species rarely evidenced in literature, besides the well known anions S{sub 2}{sup 2-} and Se{sub 2}{sup 2-}. The band gaps of the LaS{sub 2-x}Se{sub x} compounds, determined by optical spectroscopy, decrease nearly linearly with increasing amount of selenium. - Graphical abstract: Raman spectra and site occupancies in the structures of selected lanthanum sulfide selenides. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Vegard series of mixed lanthanum sulfide selenides LaS{sub 2-x}Se{sub x} (0<x<2). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pronounced site ordering of chalcogen positions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical band gaps decrease with Se content. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Raman measurements evidence mixed X{sub 2}{sup 2-} dimeric anions.

  10. Household Production.

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    Scholl, Kathleen K.; And Others

    1982-01-01

    Compiled to give readers information on current research in household production, this special issue focuses on the family as a provider of goods and services. It includes five feature articles, a summary of a survey of American farm women, and a brief analysis of sources of time-use data for estimating the value of household production. Covered…

  11. Solvent Production

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    This article describes production of butanol [acetone-butanol-ethanol, (also called AB or ABE or solvent)] by fermentation using both traditional and current technologies. AB production from agricultural commodities such as corn and molasses was an important historical fermentation. Unfortunately,...

  12. Hydrogen Production

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    2014-09-01

    This 2-page fact sheet provides a brief introduction to hydrogen production technologies. Intended for a non-technical audience, it explains how different resources and processes can be used to produce hydrogen. It includes an overview of research goals as well as “quick facts” about hydrogen energy resources and production technologies.

  13. Agricultural Production.

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    Lehigh County Area Vocational-Technical School, Schnecksville, PA.

    This brochure describes the philosophy and scope of a secondary-level course in agricultural production. Addressed in the individual units of the course are the following topics: careers in agriculture and agribusiness, animal science and livestock production, agronomy, agricultural mechanics, supervised occupational experience programs, and the…

  14. Ethanol Production

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    This book chapter reviews the current process technologies for fuel ethanol production. In the US, almost all commercial fuel ethanol is produced from corn whereas cane sugar is used almost exclusively in Brazil. In Europe, two major types of feedstock considered for fuel ethanol production are be...

  15. Productive Failure

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    Kapur, Manu

    2008-01-01

    This study demonstrates an existence proof for "productive failure": engaging students in solving complex, ill-structured problems without the provision of support structures can be a productive exercise in failure. In a computer-supported collaborative learning setting, eleventh-grade science students were randomly assigned to one of two…

  16. Future Avionics for X2K

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    Karmon, D.; Chau, S.

    1999-01-01

    The JPL X2000 program is for the delivery of advanced avionics systems, cutting edge technologies, and avionics components to spacecraft/orbiter, micro/nano-spacecraft, and in-situ missions. The objective is to develop and deliver avionics systems that will serve a multitude of future missions over the next 12 to 15 years.

  17. Agreement among 2 x 2 Agreement Indices.

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    Conger, Anthony J.; Ward, David G.

    1984-01-01

    Sixteen measures of reliability for two-category nominal scales are compared. Upon correcting for chance agreement, there are only five distinct indices: Fleiss's modification of A-sub-1, the phi coefficient, Cohen's kappa, and two intraclass coefficients. Recommendations for choosing an agreement index are made based on definitions, magnitude,…

  18. Household Products

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    The products you use for cleaning, carpentry, auto repair, gardening, and many other household uses can contain ingredients that can harm you, your family, and the environment. These include Oven and ...

  19. Household Products

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    The products you use for cleaning, carpentry, auto repair, gardening, and many other household uses can contain ingredients that can harm you, your family, and the environment. These include Oven and drain cleaners Laundry ...

  20. Production of Reactive Oxygen Species, Alteration of Cytosolic Ascorbate Peroxidase, and Impairment of Mitochondrial Metabolism Are Early Events in Heat Shock-Induced Programmed Cell Death in Tobacco Bright-Yellow 2 Cells1

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    Vacca, Rosa Anna; de Pinto, Maria Concetta; Valenti, Daniela; Passarella, Salvatore; Marra, Ersilia; De Gara, Laura

    2004-01-01

    To gain some insight into the mechanisms by which plant cells die as a result of abiotic stress, we exposed tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) Bright-Yellow 2 cells to heat shock and investigated cell survival as a function of time after heat shock induction. Heat treatment at 55°C triggered processes leading to programmed cell death (PCD) that was complete after 72 h. In the early phase, cells undergoing PCD showed an immediate burst in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and superoxide (O2·-) anion production. Consistently, death was prevented by the antioxidants ascorbate (ASC) and superoxide dismutase (SOD). Actinomycin D and cycloheximide, inhibitors of transcription and translation, respectively, also prevented cell death, but with a lower efficiency. Induction of PCD resulted in gradual oxidation of endogenous ASC; this was accompanied by a decrease in both the amount and the specific activity of the cytosolic ASC peroxidase (cAPX). A reduction in cAPX gene expression was also found in the late PCD phase. Moreover, changes of cAPX kinetic properties were found in PCD cells. Production of ROS in PCD cells was accompanied by early inhibition of glucose (Glc) oxidation, with a strong impairment of mitochondrial function as shown by an increase in cellular NAD(P)H fluorescence, and by failure of mitochondria isolated from cells undergoing PCD to generate membrane potential and to oxidize succinate in a manner controlled by ADP. Thus, we propose that in the early phase of tobacco Bright-Yellow 2 cell PCD, ROS production occurs, perhaps because of damage of the cell antioxidant system, with impairment of the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. PMID:15020761

  1. Changes in plasma steroid levels during oocyte development in Indian shad, Tenualosa ilisha (Hamilton, 1822): role of gonadotropins on in vitro steroid production and development of oocyte maturational competence.

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    Pramanick, Kousik; Kundu, Sourav; Paul, Sudipta; Mallick, Buddhadev; Moulik, Sujata Roy; Pal, Puja; Mukherjee, Dilip

    2013-10-01

    Circanual variations in plasma testosterone (T), 17-estradiol (E2), and 17,20-dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one (17,20-P) levels and ovarian steroid synthetic potential of Tenualosa ilisha of river Hooghly, West Bengal, India were examined. This fish exhibited bi-annual spawning; one during April-May and another during August-September. Coinciding with the GSI values, present study recorded a decline in plasma T and E2 levels from October, reaching their lowest values in January followed by a rapid rise in March when the ovary contained mostly vitellogenic follicles and remained high up to April (postvitellogenic stage). Plasma 17,20β-P level was detected in March and reached peak value in April during oocyte maturation. After spawning, all the steroid levels declined to reach lowest values in June. From June onwards, T and E2 levels again increased for the next cycle and peaked at the end of vitellogenesis. Plasma 17,20β-P was reappeared in August and reached maximum in September during oocyte maturation and spawning. Of the two gonadotropins tested, in vitro production of both T and E2 by the vitellogenic and postvitellogenic follicles was regulated by FSH and LH respectively. Production of 17,20-P by the post-vitellogenic follicles was regulated by LH only. Acquisition of in vitro oocyte maturational competence (OMC) was developed by the addition of HCG in culture medium. Treatment of a 3β-HSD inhibitor blocked LH-induced steroid production, but not development of OMC. Both Cycloheximide and actinomycin D inhibited LH-induced development of OMC, indicating the requirement of de novo protein synthesis for this process. PMID:24012178

  2. CCL20/macrophage inflammatory protein 3alpha and tumor necrosis factor alpha production by primary uterine epithelial cells in response to treatment with lipopolysaccharide or Pam3Cys.

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    Crane-Godreau, Mardi A; Wira, Charles R

    2005-01-01

    Having previously shown that CCL20/macrophage inflammatory protein 3alpha and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) are released by polarized primary rat uterine epithelial cells (UEC) in response to Escherichia coli but not to Lactobacillus rhamnosus, we sought to determine if epithelial cells are responsive to pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMP), including lipopolysaccharide (LPS), lipoteichoic acid (LTA), and Pam(3)Cys, a bacterial lipoprotein analog. Epithelial cells were grown to confluence on Nunc cell culture inserts prior to apical treatment with PAMPs. In response to LPS, LTA, and Pam(3)Cys (EMC Microcollection GmbH, Tubingen, Germany), CCL20 levels increased (4- to 10-fold) while PAMPs caused increased TNF-alpha (1- to 4-fold) in the medium collected after 24 h of incubation. Both apical and basolateral secretion of CCL20 and TNF-alpha increased in response to PAMPs, but treatments had no effect on cell viability and integrity, as measured by transepithelial resistance. Time course studies of CCL20 and TNF-alpha release in response to Pam(3)Cys and LPS indicated that CCL20 release peaked between 2 and 4 h after treatment, whereas TNF-alpha release was gradual over the length of the incubation. Freeze-thaw and cell lysis experiments, along with actinomycin D studies, suggested that CCL20 and TNF-alpha are synthesized in response to PAMP stimulation. Taken together, these studies demonstrate that E. coli and selected PAMPs have direct effects on the production of CCL20 and TNF-alpha without affecting cell integrity. Since CCL20 is known to be both chemotactic and antimicrobial, the increase in apical and basolateral release by UEC in response to PAMPs suggests a new mechanism of innate immune protection in the female reproductive tract. PMID:15618187

  3. The A2Πi˜X2Σ+ interaction in CO +: Deperturbation analyses of B- A and A- X bands of 12C 16O +, 13C 16O + and 14C 16O +

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    Coxon, John A.; Kępa, Ryszard; Piotrowska, Izabela

    2010-08-01

    The 1-0, 6-0 and 6-1 bands of the A2Πi→X2Σ+ system of 13C 16O + and the 2-0 and 2-1 bands of the A2Πi→X2Σ+ system of 14C 16O + have been recorded at high resolution for the first time. The 0-2 and 5-0 bands of the A → X system of 12C 16O + have also been recorded at higher resolution than in previous work. The spectra were excited in an air-cooled hollow cathode discharge and photographed using a 2-m plane grating spectrograph. The spectral resolution and the Doppler-broadened line widths are both ˜0.12 cm -1, and the experimental measurement precision of resolved lines is ˜0.02 cm -1. The measured line positions, sometimes in combination with literature data on the B2Σ+→A2Πi transition, have been employed in deperturbation analyses of level crossings in the near-degenerate A(0)˜ X(10) and A(5)˜ X(14) interactions in 12C 16O +, the A(1)˜ X(11) and A(6)˜ X(15) interactions in 13C 16O +, and the A(2)˜ X(12) interaction in 14C 16O +. No radial dependence of the electronic perturbation matrix elements HSO( r) and HRE( r) could be detected over the narrow range of r-centroids (1.477-1.501 Å), and the mean values of these parameters are HSO = -49.06(15) cm -1 and HRE = 0.211(2). Using iteratively improved RKR potentials and FC-overlap integrals, the mean HSO and HRE were employed in least-squares analyses of A → X literature data involving A( υ) levels of the three isotopologues that are affected by interactions with one or two distant X( υ∗) levels. The fitted parameters of the A2Πi state ( B υ, A υ, A Dυ, p υ, q υ) exhibit υ-dependences that are much smoother than those employing perturbed parameters determined in previous investigations. In addition, a significant electronic isotope effect has been characterized. The separations Te( A)- Te( X) of the minima of the A and X states of 13C 16O + and 14C 16O + are less than that of 12C 16O + by 0.39 and 0.73 cm -1, respectively. Although Born-Oppenheimer breakdown of this magnitude is

  4. Ab initio studies of the interaction potential for the Xe-NO(X2Π) van der Waals complex: bound states and fully quantum and quasi-classical scattering.

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    Kłos, J; Aoiz, F J; Menéndez, M; Brouard, M; Chadwick, H; Eyles, C J

    2012-07-01

    Adiabatic potential energy surfaces for the ground electronic state of the Xe⋅⋅⋅NO(X(2)Π) van der Waals complex have been calculated using the spin-restricted coupled cluster method with single, double, and non-iterative triple excitations (RCCSD(T)). The scalar relativistic effects present in the Xe atom were included by an effective core potential and we extended the basis with bond functions to improve the description of the dispersion interaction. It has been found that the global minimum on the A(') adiabatic surface occurs at a T-shaped geometry with γ(e) = 94° and R(e) = 7.46 a(0), and with well depth of D(e) = 148.68 cm(-1). There is also an additional local minimum for the collinear geometry Xe-NO with a well depth of 104.5 cm(-1). The adiabat of A('') symmetry exhibits a single minimum at a distance R(e) = 7.68 a(0) and has a skewed geometry with γ(e) = 64° and a well depth of 148.23 cm(-1). Several C(nl) van der Waals dispersion coefficients are also estimated, of which C(6, 0) and C(6, 2) are in a reasonable agreement with previous theoretical results obtained by Nielson et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 64, 2055 (1976)]. The new potential energy surfaces were used to calculate bound states of the complex for total angular momentum quantum numbers up to J = 7/2. The ground state energy of Xe⋅⋅⋅NO(X(2)Π) is D(0) = 117 cm(-1), which matches the experimental value very accurately (within 3.3%). Scattering calculations of integral and differential cross sections have also been performed using fully quantum close coupling calculations and quasi-classical trajectory method at a collision energy of 63 meV. These calculations reveal the important role played by L-type rainbows in the scattering dynamics of the heavier Rg-NO(X) systems. PMID:22779653

  5. Absolute Integral Cross Sections for the State-selected Ion–Molecule Reaction N2+(X2Σg+ v+ = 0–2) + C2H2 in the Collision Energy Range of 0.03–10.00 eV

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    Xu, Yuntao; Xiong, Bo; Chung Chang, Yih; Ng, C. Y.

    2016-08-01

    Using the vacuum ultraviolet laser pulsed field ionization-photoion source, together with the double-quadrupole–double-octopole mass spectrometer developed in our laboratory, we have investigated the state-selected ion–molecule reaction {{{{N}}}2}+({X}2{{{{Σ }}}{{g}}}+; v + = 0–2, N+ = 0–9) + C2H2, achieving high internal-state selectivity and high kinetic energy resolution for reactant {{{{N}}}2}+ ions. The charge transfer (CT) and hydrogen-atom transfer (HT) channels, which lead to the respective formation of product {{{C}}}2{{{{H}}}2}+ and N2H+ ions, are observed. The vibrationally selected absolute integral cross sections for the CT [σ CT(v +)] and HT [[σ HT(v +)] channels obtained in the center-of-mass collision energy (E cm) range of 0.03–10.00 eV reveal opposite E cm dependences. The σ CT(v +) is found to increase as E cm is decreased, and is consistent with the long-range exothermic CT mechanism, whereas the E cm enhancement observed for the σ HT(v +) suggests effective coupling of kinetic energy to internal energy, enhancing the formation of N2H+. The σ HT(v +) curve exhibits a step at E cm = 0.70–1.00 eV, suggesting the involvement of the excited {{{C}}}2{{{{H}}}2}+({A}2{{{{Σ }}}{{g}}}+) state in the HT reaction. Contrary to the strong E cm dependences for σ CT(v +) and σ HT(v +), the effect of vibrational excitation of {{{{N}}}2}+ on both the CT and HT channels is marginal. The branching ratios and cross sections for the CT and HT channels determined in the present study are useful for modeling the atmospheric compositions of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. These cross sections and branching ratios are also valuable for benchmarking theoretical calculations on chemical dynamics of the titled reaction.

  6. Cordless Products

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2001-01-01

    Apollo-era technology spurred the development of cordless products that we take for granted everyday. In the 1960s, NASA asked Black Decker to develop a special drill that would be powerful enough to cut through hard layers of the lunar surface and be lightweight, compact, and operate under its own power source, allowing Apollo astronauts to collect lunar samples further away from the Lunar Experiment Module. In response, Black Decker developed a computer program that analyzed and optimized drill motor operations. From their analysis, engineers were able to design a motor that was powerful yet required minimal battery power to operate. Since those first days of cordless products, Black Decker has continued to refine this technology and they now sell their rechargeable products worldwide (i.e. the Dustbuster, cordless tools for home and industrial use, and medical tools.)

  7. Bottom production

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    Baines, J.; Baranov, S.P.; Bartalini, P.; Bay, A.; Bouhova, E.; Cacciari, M.; Caner, A.; Coadou, Y.; Corti, G.; Damet, J.; Dell-Orso, R.; De Mello Neto, J.R.T.; Domenech, J.L.; Drollinger, V.; Eerola, P.; Ellis, N.; Epp, B.; Frixione, S.; Gadomski, S.; Gavrilenko, I.; Gennai, S.; George, S.; Ghete, V.M.; Guy, L.; Hasegawa, Y.; Iengo, P.; Jacholkowska, A.; Jones, R.; Kharchilava, A.; Kneringer, E.; Koppenburg, P.; Korsmo, H.; Kramer, M.; Labanca, N.; Lehto, M.; Maltoni, F.; Mangano, M.L.; Mele, S.; Nairz, A.M.; Nakada, T.; Nikitin, N.; Nisati, A.; Norrbin, E.; Palla, F.; Rizatdinova, F.; Robins, S.; Rousseau, D.; Sanchis-Lozano, M.A.; Shapiro, M.; Sherwood, P.; Smirnova, L.; Smizanska, M.; Starodumov, A.; Stepanov, N.; Vogt, R.

    2000-03-15

    In the context of the LHC experiments, the physics of bottom flavoured hadrons enters in different contexts. It can be used for QCD tests, it affects the possibilities of B decays studies, and it is an important source of background for several processes of interest. The physics of b production at hadron colliders has a rather long story, dating back to its first observation in the UA1 experiment. Subsequently, b production has been studied at the Tevatron. Besides the transverse momentum spectrum of a single b, it has also become possible, in recent time, to study correlations in the production characteristics of the b and the b. At the LHC new opportunities will be offered by the high statistics and the high energy reach. One expects to be able to study the transverse momentum spectrum at higher transverse momenta, and also to exploit the large statistics to perform more accurate studies of correlations.

  8. Synthesis, structural characterization, and electrical properties of new oxygen-deficient tetragonal tungsten bronzes Ba2NdTi(2+x)Nb(3-x)O(15-x/2).

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    Prades, Marta; Masó, Nahum; Beltrán, Héctor; Cordoncillo, Eloisa; West, Anthony R

    2013-02-18

    Oxygen-deficient tetragonal tungsten bronzes ceramics with general formula Ba(2)NdTi(2+x)Nb(3-x)O(15-x/2) (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) have been prepared by low temperature solvothermal synthesis with final firing of ceramics at 1100-1300 °C in air. Rietveld refinement of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and neutron powder diffraction (ND) data at room temperature of Ba(2)NdTi(3)Nb(2)O(14.5) shows that Ba and Nd are ordered on the 15-coordinate and 12-coordinate sites, respectively, Ti and Nb are disordered nonrandomly over the two octahedral sites, and oxygen vacancies locate preferentially in the coordination sphere of Nd and Ti/Nb(2) atoms. Variable frequency impedance measurements show that samples are poor electronic conductors with activation energies ∼0.8-1.7 eV, conductivities ∼1 × 10(-5) S cm(-1) at ∼725 °C and with some evidence of oxide ion conduction at high x values. Composition dependence of the dielectric properties shows a transition from classic ferroelectric behavior with Ba(2)NdTi(2)Nb(3)O(15) to a relaxor-like behavior with Ba(2)NdTi(3)Nb(2)O(14.5). At intermediate compositions, both a first-order phase transition and relaxor-like behavior are observed. PMID:23360368

  9. COSMO-RS analysis on mixing properties obtained for the systems 1-butyl-X-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate [X = 2,3,4] and 1,ω-dibromoalkanes [ω = 1-6].

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    Navas, Ana; Ortega, Juan; Palomar, José; Díaz, Carlos; Vreekamp, Remko

    2011-05-01

    A theoretical-experimental study for a set of 18 binary systems comprised of [bXmpy][BF(4)] (X=2-4) + 1,ω-Br(CH(2))(v)Br (v =ω=1-6) at a temperature of 298.15 K is presented. The solubility curves are determined for each binary system, establishing the intervals of measurement for the excess properties, H(E)(m) and V(E)(m). These properties are then determined for those systems that present a miscibility zone. Binary systems containing 1,ω-dibromoalkanes with ω=5,6 present reduced solubility intervals at the temperature of 298.15 K. However, the mixtures with 1,1-dibromomethane were totally miscible with the three isomers of 1-butyl-X-methylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate. Mixtures with dibromomethane present H(E)(m) <0, whereas H(E)(m) >0 for the other binary systems. Sigmoidal curves were observed for the V(E)(m) describing expansion and contraction processes for all the systems, except for the mixtures of [b2mpy][BF(4)] with the smaller dibromoalkanes, which present contraction effects. The COSMO-RS methodology was used to estimate the solubilities and the intermolecular interaction energies, giving an acceptable explanation of the behavioral structure of pure compounds and solutions. PMID:21437322

  10. The crystal structure of the superconducting copper oxide carbonate (Ba 1- xSr x) 2Cu 1+ yO 2+2 y+ z(CO 3) 1- y. Defects in charge reservoirs and superconductivity

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    Izumi, Fujio; Kinoshita, Kyoichi; Matsui, Yoshio; Yanagisawa, Kasumi; Ishigaki, Tōru; Kamiyama, Takashi; Yamada, Tomoaki; Asano, Hajime

    1992-06-01

    The crystal structure of a new superconductor in the Ba-Sr-Cu-C-O system has been determined by neutron powder diffraction with the auxiliary use of electron diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. This compound is a member of a solid solution with the general formula (Ba 1- xSr x) 2Cu 1+ yO 2+2 y+ zCO 3) 1- y, where x=4/9 , y=1/9, and z=0.10. It is tetragonal with a space group P42 12 or P overline42 1m and lattice parameters of a=5.56405 (18) Å and c=7.8570(4) Å. It is closely related in structure to Sr 2CuO 2CO 3, which is an end member of the solid solution: x=1, y=0, and x=0. Two-dimensional CuO 2 sheets and carbonate slabs, (Ba 1- xSr s) 2Cu yO 2 y+ z(CO 3) 1- y, alternate with each other along the [001] directions. As the formula of the slab shows, about 11% of C atoms are substituted by excess Cu atoms coordinated to O atoms which amount to 2 y+ z in the formula unit. These substitutional and interstitial defects enable hole carriers to move from the carbonate slab to the CuO 2 conduction sheet.

  11. Three tetracoordinate Co(II) complexes [Co(biq)X2] (X = Cl, Br, I) with easy-plane magnetic anisotropy as field-induced single-molecule magnets.

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    Smolko, L; Černák, J; Dušek, M; Miklovič, J; Titiš, J; Boča, R

    2015-10-28

    Three mononuclear complexes [Co(biq)X2] (biq = 2,2'-biquinoline; X = Cl, Br, I) were prepared by a solvothermal method and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In all three complexes the Co(ii) atom is tetrahedrally coordinated by one biq ligand bonded in a chelate manner and two halogenido ligands. Hydrogen bonding interactions (C-HX) along with the π-π interactions contribute to the stability of the formed packing. Magnetic measurements as well as ab initio calculations revealed that the complexes possess a sizable easy-plane magnetic anisotropy (D > 0). They display a superparamagnetic behaviour in an applied external field that culminates between BDC = 0.2-0.3 T. Two relaxation processes are observed; the faster can be analysed in terms of the direct and Orbach processes yielding U/kB = 42.6 K and τ0 = 1.9 × 10(-10) s for X = Cl, U/kB = 39.6 K and τ0 = 1.2 × 10(-10) s for X = Br and U/kB = 57.0 K and τ0 = 3.2 × 10(-13) s for X = I at BDC = 0.2 T. PMID:26391615

  12. Sign reversal of field-angle resolved heat capacity oscillations in a heavy Fermion superconductor CeCoIn5 and d{x{2}-y{2}} pairing symmetry.

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    An, K; Sakakibara, T; Settai, R; Onuki, Y; Hiragi, M; Ichioka, M; Machida, K

    2010-01-22

    To identify the superconducting gap symmetry in CeCoIn5 (T{c}=2.3 K), we measured the angle-resolved specific heat (C{phi}) in a field rotated around the c axis down to a very low temperature, 0.05T{c}, and made detailed theoretical calculations. In a field of 1 T, a sign reversal of the fourfold angular oscillation in C{phi} was observed at T approximately 0.1T{c} upon entering a quasiclassical regime where the maximum of C{phi} corresponds to the antinodal direction, coinciding with the angle-resolved density of states (ADOS) calculation. The C{phi} behavior, which exhibits minima along the [110] directions, unambiguously allows us to conclude d{x{2}-y{2}} symmetry of this system. The ADOS-quasiclassical region is confined to a narrow T and H domain within T/T{c} approximately 0.1 and 1.5 T (0.13H{c2}). PMID:20366675

  13. Pseudo Jahn-Teller origin of instability of planar configurations of hexa-heterocycles. Application to compounds with 1,2- and 1,4-C4X2 skeletons (X = O, S, Se, Te)

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    Ilkhani, Ali R.; Hermoso, Willian; Bersuker, Isaac B.

    2015-10-01

    The driving force of symmetry breaking in planar molecular-ring systems in nondegenerate states is the pseudo Jahn-Teller effect (PJTE), and the knowledge of the mechanism of the latter allows one to manipulate the molecular properties, in particular, by restoring the planar configuration. We explore the PJTE induced structural nonplanarity in a series of 12 hexa-heterocycles with a C4X2 skeleton, 1,2- and 1,4-dichalcogenins with X = O, S, Se, Te, and a variety of ligands (H, F, Cl, Br). All the structures are optimized in both distorted equilibrium and unstable planar configurations, and the vibrational frequencies of the latter are evaluated. Then the energy profiles of the ground and several excited states in the planar configuration along the coordinate of instability are calculated, the excited states producing the instability of the ground state via the PJTE are revealed, and the vibronic coupling constants are estimated by means of fitting the solutions of the secular equations to the corresponding energy profiles.

  14. Tuning static and high frequency magnetic properties of SrFe12-x(Mn0.5Co0.5Ti)x/2O19 nanoparticles and thin films via chemical control

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    Ghasemi, Ali

    2015-03-01

    This study is intended to evaluate the structural, magnetic, and reflection loss of Mn-Co-Ti susbtituted strontium hexaferrite SrFe12-x(Mn0.5Co0.5Ti)x/2O19 nanoparticles with x=0-2.5 synthesized by a sol-gel combustion method. The thin films of ferrite with the same composition were also prepared. These particles were evaluated to characterize the structural, magnetic, and reflection loss properties of prepared samples by use of X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, vibrating-sample magnetometer, and vector network analyzer. The XRD and SEM results confirmed the presence of strontium ferrite phase with magnetoplumbite structure and narrow size distribution in all synthesized samples. The substituted cations were located in 4f1 and 2b sites. According to hysteresis loops, magnetization increased and coercivity decreased. The reflection loss characteristics of this ferrite were investigated in the12-18 GHz range. SEM and AFM micrographs showed that with an increase in substitution content, the grain size increases. Magnetic susceptibility of thin films was characterized and it was found that the real parts of susceptibility were decreased by an increase in substitution content, while imaginary parts enhanced.

  15. Magnetic ordering and physical stability of X2Mn1+xSn1-x (X=Ru, Os, Co, Rh, Ni, Pd, Cu, and Ag) Heusler alloys from a first-principles study

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    Li, Chun-Mei; Hu, Qing-Miao; Yang, Rui; Johansson, Börje; Vitos, Levente

    2013-07-01

    The magnetic ordering and its effect on the physical stability of X2Mn1+xSn1-x (0≤x≤0.5, and X=Ru, Os, Co, Rh, Ni, Pd, Cu, and Ag) Heusler alloys are investigated systematically by the use of first-principles method. It is found that the ferromagnetic (FM) coupling between Mn on Mn sublattice (Mn1) and Mn on Sn sublattice (Mn2) is favorable over the antiferromagnetic (AFM) coupling for X with the number of valence electrons [Nv(X)] of 8 and 9, and vice versa for X with Nv(X)=10 and 11, originated from the competition of the exchange interactions between X-Mn2 and Mn1-Mn2. In comparison with the FM Mn1-Mn2 coupling, the AFM coupling decreases significantly the shear elastic constant C' but increases slightly C44, which results in increasing elastic anisotropy (A=C44/C') and consequently may facilitate the tetragonal shear lattice deformation. The hybridization of the minority electronic states between X d and Sn p plays a dominant role on the orientation of the magnetic coupling. The smaller change of the density of states in the Fermi level, induced by the lattice distortion for C', corresponds to the softer C' as well as the larger A in the AFM state than the FM one.

  16. New insights into the comprehension of the magnetic properties of dinuclear Mn(III) compounds with the general formula [{MnL(NN)}2(μ-O)(μ-n-RC6H4COO)2]X2.

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    Escriche-Tur, Luis; Font-Bardia, Mercè; Albela, Belén; Corbella, Montserrat

    2016-07-19

    Five new dinuclear Mn(iii) compounds with benzoato derivative bridges [{Mn(bpy)L}2(μ-O)(μ-n-RC6H4COO)2]X2 (n-R = 3-MeO, 4-MeO and 4-tBu, X = NO3(-) and ClO4(-)) were synthesised and characterised. According to X-ray diffraction, the X anions tend to be coordinated to the Mn ions and may occupy the place of the monodentate ligand L. Two structural isomers that only differ in one of their monodentate ligands have been obtained with the 3-MeOC6H4COO(-) bridges. For all compounds, the Mn(iii) ions display elongated octahedra with a pronounced rhombic distortion. To quantify these distortions separately, the elongation and rhombicity parameters Δ and ρ have been defined. The magnetic study shows a good relationship between the distortion of the coordination polyhedra and the zero field splitting parameters (DMn and EMn). From the magnetic data of a powder sample, it is possible to determine the sign and magnitude of DMn for ferromagnetic systems or weak antiferromagnetic systems with DMn < 0. For this kind of dinuclear compound, the R group at the meta position, the rhombic distortion of the octahedra, and large torsion angles between the Jahn-Teller axes lead to ferromagnetic interactions. PMID:27295557

  17. Nd2±xZr2∓xO7±x/2 (-0.2≤x≤0.4) complex oxides: Effect of anion disorder on ionic conductivity

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    Anithakumari, P.; Grover, V.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, a series of Nd2±xZr2∓xO7±x/2 (-0.2≤x≤0.4) was prepared by self assisted gel-combution method followed by high temperature sintering at 1673 K. Thorough structural characterizations were done by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic techniques. The nominal compositions Nd1.6Zr2.4O7.2 and Nd1.8Zr2.2O7.1 were found to possess single-phasic pyrochlore structure whereas Nd2.0Zr2.0O7 and Nd2.2Zr1.8O6.9 consisted of a pyrochlore phase and a small amount of hexagonal Nd2O3 as an impurity phase. Electrical behavior of the samples was examined by AC impedance analysis. Even though the activation energies of all the samples are not very different, a high pre-exponential factor for the Nd1.6Zr2.4O7.2 composition resulted in high ionic conductivity (3.37 × 10-3 Scm-1 at 773 K). This high ionic conductivity value makes it a superior candidate as an electrolyte material for SOFC applications.

  18. Study on the A2Π3/2u, B2Δ3/2u, and X2Π3/2g states of including its isotopologues

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    Wu, Ling; You, Su-Ping; Shao, Xu-Ping; Chen, Gang-Jin; Ding, Ning; Wang, You-Mei; Yang, Xiao-Hua

    2015-08-01

    Adopting the experimentally available vibrational constants in a recent analysis of the strong perturbation between the A2Π3/2u and B2Δ3/2u states of in the A-X band system [Gharaibeh et al. 2012 J. Chem. Phys. 137 194317], an unambiguous vibrational assignment of the bands reported previously is carried out. The equilibrium rotational constants Be and αe of the X2Π3/2g and A2Π3/2u states for and 35Cl37Cl+ and those of the B2Δ3/2u state for are obtained by fitting the experimental values of Bυ. In addition, the values of Be and αe of these three states for the minor isotopologues 35Cl37Cl+ and are predicted by employing the isotopic effect. The values of equilibrium internuclear distance Re of the three states for the three isotopologues are calculated as well. Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province, China (Grant Nos. Y6110524 and Y1111085), the Scientific Research Foundation of the Department of Education of Zhejiang Province, China (Grant No. Y201430970), the National Nature Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11247007), and the QingLan Project of Jiangsu Province, China.

  19. Acid-sensing ion channel 3 or P2X2/3 is involved in the pain-like behavior under a high bone turnover state in ovariectomized mice.

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    Kanaya, Kumiko; Iba, Kousuke; Abe, Yasuhisa; Dohke, Takayuki; Okazaki, Shunichiro; Matsumura, Tadaki; Yamashita, Toshihiko

    2016-04-01

    We have recently demonstrated that pathological changes leading to increased bone resorption by osteoclast activation are related to the induction of pain-like behavior in ovariectomized (OVX) mice. In addition, bisphosphonate and the antagonist of transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1), an acid-sensing nociceptor, improved the threshold value of pain-like behaviors accompanying an improvement in the acidic environment in the bone tissue based on osteoclast inactivation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of (i) an inhibitor of vacuolar H(+) -ATPase, known as an proton pump, (ii) an antagonist of acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) 3, as another acid-sensing nociceptor, and (iii) the P2X2/3 receptor, as an ATP-ligand nociceptor, on pain-like behavior in OVX mice. This inhibitor and antagonists were found to improve the threshold value of pain-like behavior in OVX mice. These results indicated that the skeletal pain accompanying osteoporosis is possibly associated with the acidic microenvironment and increased ATP level caused by osteoclast activation under a high bone turnover state. © 2015 Orthopaedic Research Society. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Orthop Res 34:566-573, 2016. PMID:26340235

  20. Toxicity of aluminum to coffee in ultisols and oxisols amended with CaCo/sub 3/, MgCO/sub 3/, and CaSO/sub 4/ x 2H/sub 2/O

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    Pavan, M.A.; Bingham, F.T.; Pratt, P.F.

    1982-01-01

    A greenhouse experiment was conducted with six acid soils from southern Brazil to investigate the effect of available Al on growth and mineral nutrition of coffee (Coffea arabica L.) seedlings. Coffee seedlings were grown for 7 months in pots containing soil treated with varying amounts of CaCO/sub 3/ up to twice the lime equivalent, and amounts of MgCO/sub 3/ and CaSO/sub 4/ x 2H/sub 2/O equal to the lime equivalent. Leaf samples were collected immediately before harvesting the seedlings and analyzed for Ca and Al. At this time, soil was collected from each pot and analyzed for exchangeable cations and soluble ions. The chemical composition of the soil solution was used as input data for a computer program (GEOCHEM) to chemically speciate Al in the soil solutions. Shoot and root weights were correlated with KCl-exchangeable Al of soil, percent Al saturation of soil, the concentrations of total Al (Al/sub t/) and Al/sup 3 +/ (calculated), and the activity of Al/sup 3 +/ (calculated) in the soil solution. Growth reductions of the seedlings correlated best with the Al/sup 3 +/ activity value. The toxicity threshold for the Al/sup 3 +/ activity was approximately 4.0 x 10/sup -6/. Leaf Al concentrations likewise correlated best with Al/sup 3 +/ activity. Threshold leaf Al concentrations of approximately 62 and 100 ..mu..g/g, respectively, were observed for reduction in root and shoot growth.