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  1. First principles simulation of temperature dependent electronic transition of FM-AFM phase BFO.

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    Bian, Liang; Xu, Jin-bao; Song, Mian-xin; Dong, Fa-qin; Dong, Hai-liang; Shi, Fa-Nian; Zhang, Xiao-Yan; Duan, Tao

    2015-04-01

    Understanding how temperature affects the electronic transitions of BFO is important for design of BiFeO3 (BFO)-based temperature-sensitive device. Hitherto, however, there have been only very limited reports of the quantitative simulation. Here, we used density functional theory (DFT) and two-dimensional correlation analysis (2D-CA) techniques to calculate the systematic variations in electronic transitions of BFO crystal, over a range of temperature (50~1500 K). The results suggest that the heat accumulation accelerates the O-2p(4) orbital splitting, inducing the Fe(3+)-3d(5) → Fe(2+)-3d(5)d(0) charge disproportionation. The origin is observed as the temperature-dependent electron transfer process changes from threefold degeneracy to twofold degeneracy. Additionally, the crystallographic orientation (111) can be used to control the 2p-hole-induced electronic transition as O → unoccupied Fe(3+)-3d(5), in comparison to the O → Bi-6p(3) + Fe(3+)-3d(5)d(0) on the orientations (001) and (101). This study offers new perspective on the improvement of BFO-based temperature-sensitive device.

  2. BOREAS AFM-06 Mean Temperature Profile Data

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    Wilczak, James; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-6 team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration/Environment Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL) operated a 915-MHz wind/Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) profiler system in the Southern Study Area (SSA) near the Old Jack Pine (OJP) tower from 21 May 1994 to 20 Sep 1994. The data set provides temperature profiles at 15 heights, containing the variables of virtual temperature, vertical velocity, the speed of sound, and w-bar. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The mean temperature profile data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  3. Leading Change: Transitioning the AFMS into a High Reliability Organization

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    2016-02-16

    AIR WAR COLLEGE AIR UNIVERSITY LEADING CHANGE: TRANSITIONING THE AFMS INTO A HIGH RELIABILTY ORGANIZATION by Robert K. Bogart...academic research paper are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US government, the Department of Defense, or Air ...University. In accordance with Air Force Instruction 51-303, it is not copyrighted, but is the property of the United States government. iii

  4. Non--Cubic Symmetry of the Electronic Response in AFM Late Transition--Metal Oxides.

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    Posternak, M.; Baldereschi, A.; Massidda, S.; Resta, R.

    1998-03-01

    The late transition--metal monoxides (MnO, FeO, CoO, NiO) have the rocksalt structure in their paramagnetic phase, while below the Neel temperature a weak structural distortion accompanies an AFM ordering of type II. Therefore, it is generally assumed that most nonmagnetic (i.e. spin--integrated) crystalline properties are essentially cubic: we give here convincing evidence of the contrary. We focus on the half--filled d shell oxide MnO as the most suitable case study, on which we perform accurate ab--initio, all--electron calculations, within different one--particle schemes. In order to study the symmetry lowering due to AFM ordering, we assume an ideal cubic geometry throughout. The calculated TO frequencies and Born effective charge tensor do not have cubic symmetry. The standard LSD severely exaggerates the deviations from cubic symmetry, confirming its unreliability for calculating properties of insulating AFM oxides, while a model self--energy correction scheme(S. Massidda et al.), Phys. Rev. B 55, 13494 (1997). reduces considerably the anisotropy. We also explain the origin and the magnitude of this effect in terms of the mixed charge--transfer/Mott--Hubbard character of MnO.

  5. Observation of Spin-flop Transition in Antiferromagnetic Organic Molecular Conductors using AFM Micro-cantilever

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    Tokumoto, Madoka; Otsuka, Takeo; Kobayashi, Akiko

    2005-03-01

    A series of (BETS)2Fe1-xGaxCl1-yBry salts is a good candidate for a systematic study of π-d interaction between the conduction electrons and local magnetic moments in organic conductors. Some of them show antiferromagnetic ground state at low temperatures. A torque magnetometry is useful for precise determination of the easy axis as well as the spin-flop field. In this work we will report on the measurements of spin-flop transitions in antiferromagnetic organic molecular conductors including λ-(BETS)2FeCl4[1], using a commercial self-sensing piezo-resistive microcantilever for Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) developed by Seiko Instruments Inc. We have succeeded in observation of spin-flop transitions of tiny single crystals including λ-(BETS)2FeCl4 as small as less than 1μg[2]. The results are consistent with the capacitive magnetic torque study[3]. [1] M. Tokumoto et al. Synth. Metals 86, 2161 (1997). [2] M. Tokumoto et al., ICMM2004, Polyhedron in press. [3] T. Sasaki et al., Synth. Metals 120, 759 (2001).

  6. Morphology of Vapor-Deposited Ice at Low Temperatures by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

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    Fain, , Jr.; Donev, J. M. K.; Tait, B. R. Long, Jr.; Yu, Q.

    2002-03-01

    The morphology of multilayer films of ice on various substrates is measured by AFM as a function of vapor-deposition and annealing temperatures below 150K. The films are deposited in-situ in UHV from an effusive doser at 67 degrees from the surface normal. For depositions near 100K on clean Au(111), previous measurements by Donev et al. using needle-sensor AFM indicate that 3-D clustering starts near 120K for initially flat thin films of amorphous solid water (ASW). For depositions below 85K on clean Au(111), preliminary measurements using non-contact AFM (nc-AFM) indicate that clustering does not occur during annealing until bulk diffusion becomes operative at T>140K. Deposition at glancing angle at the lower temperatures is known to increase porosity and is also expected to decrease the number of crystalline nuclei in the ASW. For depositions near 100K on mica that had been annealed in UHV, preliminary measurements using ncAFM show clustering near 120K. Supported by U. W. Nanotechnology Fellowship (J.M.K.D.), Mary Gates Fellowship (B. R. L.), and M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

  7. Phase transition behaviors of the supported DPPC bilayer investigated by sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM).

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    Wu, Heng-Liang; Tong, Yujin; Peng, Qiling; Li, Na; Ye, Shen

    2016-01-21

    The phase transition behaviors of a supported bilayer of dipalmitoylphosphatidyl-choline (DPPC) have been systematically evaluated by in situ sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM). By using an asymmetric bilayer composed of per-deuterated and per-protonated monolayers, i.e., DPPC-d75/DPPC and a symmetric bilayer of DPPC/DPPC, we were able to probe the molecular structural changes during the phase transition process of the lipid bilayer by SFG spectroscopy. It was found that the DPPC bilayer is sequentially melted from the top (adjacent to the solution) to bottom leaflet (adjacent to the substrate) over a wide temperature range. The conformational ordering of the supported bilayer does not decrease (even slightly increases) during the phase transition process. The conformational defects in the bilayer can be removed after the complete melting process. The phase transition enthalpy for the bottom leaflet was found to be approximately three times greater than that for the top leaflet, indicating a strong interaction of the lipids with the substrate. The present SFG and AFM observations revealed similar temperature dependent profiles. Based on these results, the temperature-induced structural changes in the supported lipid bilayer during its phase transition process are discussed in comparison with previous studies.

  8. Magnetocaloric effect and negative thermal expansion in hexagonal Fe doped MnNiGe compounds with a magnetoelastic AFM-FM-like transition

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    Xu, Kun; Li, Zhe; Liu, Enke; Zhou, Haichun; Zhang, Yuanlei; Jing, Chao

    2017-01-01

    We report a detailed study of two successive first-order transitions, including a martensitic transition (MT) and an antiferromagnetic (AFM)-ferromagnetic (FM)-like transition, in Mn1-xFexNiGe (x = 0, 0.06, 0.11) alloys by X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, magnetization and linear thermal expansion measurements. Such an AFM-FM-like transition occurring in the martensitic state has seldom been observed in the M(T) curves. The results of Arrott plot and linear relationship of the critical temperature with M2 provide explicit evidence of its first-order magnetoelastic nature. On the other hand, their performances as magnetocaloric and negative thermal expansion materials were characterized. The isothermal entropy change for a field change of 30 kOe reaches an impressive value of ‑25.8 J/kg K at 203 K for x = 0.11 compared to the other two samples. It demonstrates that the magneto-responsive ability has been significantly promoted since an appropriate amount of Fe doping can break the local Ni-6Mn AFM configuration. Moreover, the Fe-doped samples reveal both the giant negative thermal expansion and near-zero thermal expansion for different temperature ranges. For instance, the average thermal expansion coefficient ā of x = 0.06 reaches ‑60.7 × 10‑6/K over T = 231–338 K and 0.6 × 10‑6/K over T = 175–231 K during cooling.

  9. Magnetocaloric effect and negative thermal expansion in hexagonal Fe doped MnNiGe compounds with a magnetoelastic AFM-FM-like transition.

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    Xu, Kun; Li, Zhe; Liu, Enke; Zhou, Haichun; Zhang, Yuanlei; Jing, Chao

    2017-01-30

    We report a detailed study of two successive first-order transitions, including a martensitic transition (MT) and an antiferromagnetic (AFM)-ferromagnetic (FM)-like transition, in Mn1-xFexNiGe (x = 0, 0.06, 0.11) alloys by X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, magnetization and linear thermal expansion measurements. Such an AFM-FM-like transition occurring in the martensitic state has seldom been observed in the M(T) curves. The results of Arrott plot and linear relationship of the critical temperature with M(2) provide explicit evidence of its first-order magnetoelastic nature. On the other hand, their performances as magnetocaloric and negative thermal expansion materials were characterized. The isothermal entropy change for a field change of 30 kOe reaches an impressive value of -25.8 J/kg K at 203 K for x = 0.11 compared to the other two samples. It demonstrates that the magneto-responsive ability has been significantly promoted since an appropriate amount of Fe doping can break the local Ni-6Mn AFM configuration. Moreover, the Fe-doped samples reveal both the giant negative thermal expansion and near-zero thermal expansion for different temperature ranges. For instance, the average thermal expansion coefficient ā of x = 0.06 reaches -60.7 × 10(-6)/K over T = 231-338 K and 0.6 × 10(-6)/K over T = 175-231 K during cooling.

  10. Magnetocaloric effect and negative thermal expansion in hexagonal Fe doped MnNiGe compounds with a magnetoelastic AFM-FM-like transition

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    Xu, Kun; Li, Zhe; Liu, Enke; Zhou, Haichun; Zhang, Yuanlei; Jing, Chao

    2017-01-01

    We report a detailed study of two successive first-order transitions, including a martensitic transition (MT) and an antiferromagnetic (AFM)-ferromagnetic (FM)-like transition, in Mn1-xFexNiGe (x = 0, 0.06, 0.11) alloys by X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, magnetization and linear thermal expansion measurements. Such an AFM-FM-like transition occurring in the martensitic state has seldom been observed in the M(T) curves. The results of Arrott plot and linear relationship of the critical temperature with M2 provide explicit evidence of its first-order magnetoelastic nature. On the other hand, their performances as magnetocaloric and negative thermal expansion materials were characterized. The isothermal entropy change for a field change of 30 kOe reaches an impressive value of −25.8 J/kg K at 203 K for x = 0.11 compared to the other two samples. It demonstrates that the magneto-responsive ability has been significantly promoted since an appropriate amount of Fe doping can break the local Ni-6Mn AFM configuration. Moreover, the Fe-doped samples reveal both the giant negative thermal expansion and near-zero thermal expansion for different temperature ranges. For instance, the average thermal expansion coefficient ā of x = 0.06 reaches −60.7 × 10−6/K over T = 231–338 K and 0.6 × 10−6/K over T = 175–231 K during cooling. PMID:28134355

  11. Magnetic and structural phase transitions in erbium at low temperatures and high pressures

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    Thomas, Sarah A.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Wenger, Lowell E.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2012-02-07

    Electrical resistance and crystal structure measurements have been carried out on polycrystalline erbium (Er) at temperatures down to 10 K and pressures up to 20 GPa. An abrupt change in the slope of the resistance is observed with decreasing temperature below 84 K, which is associated with the c-axis modulated (CAM) antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the Er moments. With increasing pressure the temperature of the resistance slope change and the corresponding AFM ordering temperature decrease until vanishing above 10.6 GPa. The disappearance of the slope change in the resistance occurs at similar pressures where the hcp structural phase of Er is transformed to a nine-layer {alpha}-Sm structural phase, as confirmed by our high-pressure synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies. These results suggest that the disappearance in the AFM ordering of Er moments is strongly correlated to the structural phase transition at high pressures and low temperatures.

  12. The effect of low-temperature plasma on bacteria as observed by repeated AFM imaging

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    Pompl, René; Jamitzky, Ferdinand; Shimizu, Tetsuji; Steffes, Bernd; Bunk, Wolfram; Schmidt, Hans-Ulrich; Georgi, Matthias; Ramrath, Katrin; Stolz, Wilhelm; Stark, Robert W.; Urayama, Takuya; Fujii, Shuitsu; Eugen Morfill, Gregor

    2009-11-01

    Research on low-temperature atmospheric plasma sources (LTAPS) has grown strongly over the last few years, in part driven by possible medical 'in vivo' applications. LTAPS offer new technology for medicine and biomedical engineering. Important application examples include in situ production of reactive molecules and ions, delivery at the molecular level, contact-free and self-sterilizing devices. An important issue is the efficient bactericidal effect of LTAPS, which has already been studied widely in vitro. In spite of the many investigations, details of the plasma effect on bacteria are still largely unknown. To contribute to a better understanding of the sterilization process, we investigated the morphological changes of bacteria using atomic force microscopy before and after plasma treatment at high resolution. We examined both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria at different plasma exposure times. Additionally, the effect of UV radiation as one agent in the plasma was investigated separately. Our results suggest that several sterilizing mechanisms exist and they proceed at different timescales.

  13. The ReactorAFM: Non-contact atomic force microscope operating under high-pressure and high-temperature catalytic conditions

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    Roobol, S. B.; Cañas-Ventura, M. E.; Bergman, M.; Spronsen, M. A. van; Onderwaater, W. G.; Tuijn, P. C. van der; Koehler, R.; Frenken, J. W. M.; Ofitserov, A.; Baarle, G. J. C. van

    2015-03-15

    An Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) has been integrated in a miniature high-pressure flow reactor for in-situ observations of heterogeneous catalytic reactions under conditions similar to those of industrial processes. The AFM can image model catalysts such as those consisting of metal nanoparticles on flat oxide supports in a gas atmosphere up to 6 bar and at a temperature up to 600 K, while the catalytic activity can be measured using mass spectrometry. The high-pressure reactor is placed inside an Ultrahigh Vacuum (UHV) system to supplement it with standard UHV sample preparation and characterization techniques. To demonstrate that this instrument successfully bridges both the pressure gap and the materials gap, images have been recorded of supported palladium nanoparticles catalyzing the oxidation of carbon monoxide under high-pressure, high-temperature conditions.

  14. Structural transition temperature of hemoglobins correlates with species' body temperature.

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    Zerlin, Kay Frank Thorsten; Kasischke, Nicole; Digel, Ilya; Maggakis-Kelemen, Christina; Temiz Artmann, Aysegül; Porst, Dariusz; Kayser, Peter; Linder, Peter; Artmann, Gerhard Michael

    2007-12-01

    Human red blood cells (RBCs) exhibit sudden changes in their biophysical properties at body temperature (T (B)). RBCs were seen to undergo a spontaneous transition from blockage to passage at T (C) = 36.4 +/- 0.3 degrees C, when the temperature dependency of RBC-passages through 1.3 mum narrow micropipettes was observed. Moreover, concentrated hemoglobin solutions (45 g/dl) showed a viscosity breakdown between 36 and 37 degrees C. With human hemoglobin, a structural transition was observed at T (B) as circular dichroism (CD) experiments revealed. This leads to the assumption that a species' body temperature occupies a unique position on the temperature scale and may even be imprinted in the structure of certain proteins. In this study, it was investigated whether hemoglobins of species with a T (B) different from those of human show temperature transitions and whether those were also linked to the species' T (B). The main conclusion was drawn from dynamic light scattering (DLS) and CD experiments. It was observed that such structural temperature transitions did occur in hemoglobins from all studied species and were correlated linearly (slope 0.81, r = 0.95) with the species' body temperature. We presumed that alpha-helices of hemoglobin were able to unfold more readily around T (B). alpha-helical unfolding would initiate molecular aggregation causing RBC passage and viscosity breakdown as mentioned above. Thus, structural molecular changes of hemoglobin could determine biophysical effects visible on a macroscopic scale. It is hypothesized that the species' body temperature was imprinted into the structure of hemoglobins.

  15. Elasticity and Inverse Temperature Transition in Elastin

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    Perticaroli, Stefania; Ehlers, Georg; Jalarvo, Niina; Katsaras, John; Nickels, Jonathan D.

    2015-09-22

    Structurally, elastin is protein and biomaterial that provides elasticity and resilience to a range of tissues. This work provides insights into the elastic properties of elastin and its peculiar inverse temperature transition (ITT). These features are dependent on hydration of elastin and are driven by a similar mechanism of hydrophobic collapse to an entropically favorable state. Moreover, when using neutron scattering, we quantify the changes in the geometry of molecular motions above and below the transition temperature, showing a reduction in the displacement of water-induced motions upon hydrophobic collapse at the ITT. Finally, we measured the collective vibrations of elastin gels as a function of elongation, revealing no changes in the spectral features associated with local rigidity and secondary structure, in agreement with the entropic origin of elasticity.

  16. Elasticity and Inverse Temperature Transition in Elastin

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    Perticaroli, Stefania; Ehlers, Georg; Jalarvo, Niina; ...

    2015-09-22

    Structurally, elastin is protein and biomaterial that provides elasticity and resilience to a range of tissues. This work provides insights into the elastic properties of elastin and its peculiar inverse temperature transition (ITT). These features are dependent on hydration of elastin and are driven by a similar mechanism of hydrophobic collapse to an entropically favorable state. Moreover, when using neutron scattering, we quantify the changes in the geometry of molecular motions above and below the transition temperature, showing a reduction in the displacement of water-induced motions upon hydrophobic collapse at the ITT. Finally, we measured the collective vibrations of elastinmore » gels as a function of elongation, revealing no changes in the spectral features associated with local rigidity and secondary structure, in agreement with the entropic origin of elasticity.« less

  17. Electron anions and the glass transition temperature

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    Sushko, Peter V.; Tomota, Yudai; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-01-01

    Properties of glasses are typically controlled by judicious selection of the glass-forming and glass-modifying constituents. Through an experimental and computational study of the crystalline, molten, and amorphous [Ca12Al14O32]2+ ⋅ (e–)2, we demonstrate that electron anions in this system behave as glass modifiers that strongly affect solidification dynamics, the glass transition temperature, and spectroscopic properties of the resultant amorphous material. The concentration of such electron anions is a consequential control parameter: It invokes materials evolution pathways and properties not available in conventional glasses, which opens a unique avenue in rational materials design. PMID:27559083

  18. Electron anions and the glass transition temperature

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    Johnson, Lewis E.; Sushko, Peter V.; Tomota, Yudai; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-08-24

    Properties of glasses are typically controlled by judicious selection of the glass-forming and glass-modifying constituents. Through an experimental and computational study of the crystalline, molten, and amorphous [Ca12Al14O32]2+ ∙ (e)2, we demonstrate that electron anions in this system behave as glass-modifiers that strongly affect solidification dynamics, the glass transition temperature, and spectroscopic properties of the resultant amorphous material. Concentration of such electron anions is a consequential control parameter: it invokes materials evolution pathways and properties not available in conventional glasses, which opens a new avenue in rational materials design.

  19. Effect of incubation temperature on the self-assembly of regenerated silk fibroin: a study using AFM.

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    Zhong, Jian; Liu, Xunwei; Wei, Daixu; Yan, Juan; Wang, Ping; Sun, Gang; He, Dannong

    2015-05-01

    Understanding effect of temperature on the molecular self-assembly process will be helpful to unravel the structure-function relationship of biomolecule and to provide important information for the bottom-up approach to nanotechnology. In this work, the effect of incubation temperature on the secondary structures and morphological structures of regenerated silk fibroin (RSF) was systematically studied using atomic force microscopy and Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy. The effect of incubation temperature on RSF self-assembly was dependent on RSF concentration. For the RSF solution with relatively low concentrations (15 μg/mL and 60 μg/mL), the increase of the incubation temperature mainly accelerated the formation and aggregation of antiparallel β-sheet protofibrils and decreased the formation of random coil protofilaments/globule-like molecules. For the RSF solution with relatively high concentrations (300 μg/mL and 1.5mg/mL), the increase of the incubation temperature mainly accelerated the formation and aggregation of antiparallel β-sheet RSF features (protofibrils and globule-like features) and decreased the formation of random coil bead-like features. This work implies that the morphology and conformation of biomacromolecules could be tuned by controlling the incubation temperature. Further, it will be beneficial to basic understanding of the nanoscale structure formation in different silk-based biomaterials.

  20. Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) thin films densely grafted onto gold surface: preparation, characterization, and dynamic AFM study of temperature-induced chain conformational changes.

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    Montagne, Franck; Polesel-Maris, Jérome; Pugin, Raphael; Heinzelmann, Harry

    2009-01-20

    Thermally responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) films are attracting considerable attention since they offer the possibility to achieve reversible control over surface wettability and biocompatibility. In this paper, we first report a new and simple method for the grafting under melt of amine-terminated PNIPAM chains onto gold surfaces modified with a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of reactive thiols. The formation of homogeneous tethered PNIPAM films, whose thickness can be tuned by adjusting polymer molecular weight or SAM reactivity, is evidenced by using the combination of ellipsometry, X-ray photon spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS), and atomic force microscopy. The calculation of grafting parameters from experimental measurements indicated the synthesis of densely grafted PNIPAM films and allowed us to predict a "brushlike" regime for the chains in good solvent. In a second part, the temperature-induced responsive properties are studied in situ by conducting dynamic AFM measurements using the amplitude modulation technique. Imaging in water environment first revealed the reversible modification of surface morphology below and above the theoretical lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of PNIPAM. Then, the determination of amplitude and phase approach curves at various temperatures provided direct measurement of the evolution of the damping factor, or similarly the dissipated energy, as a function of the probe indentation into the PNIPAM film. Most interestingly, we clearly showed the subtle and progressive thermally induced chain conformational change occurring at the scale of several nanometers around the expected LCST.

  1. A universal reduced glass transition temperature for liquids

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    Fedors, R. F.

    1979-01-01

    Data on the dependence of the glass transition temperature on the molecular structure for low-molecular-weight liquids are analyzed in order to determine whether Boyer's reduced glass transition temperature (1952) is a universal constant as proposed. It is shown that the Boyer ratio varies widely depending on the chemical nature of the molecule. It is pointed out that a characteristic temperature ratio, defined by the ratio of the sum of the melting temperature and the boiling temperature to the sum of the glass transition temperature and the boiling temperature, is a universal constant independent of the molecular structure of the liquid. The average value of the ratio obtained from data for 65 liquids is 1.15.

  2. An AFM Study of the Effects of Silanization Temperature, Hydration, and Annealing on the Nucleation and Aggregation of Condensed OTS Domains on Mica.

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    Britt, David W; Hlady, Vladimir

    1996-03-25

    Partial monolayers of octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) were formed on mica under different reaction conditions in which the silanization temperature, time, and amount of water adsorbed on the mica substrates were varied. OTS surface coverage increased with silanization time for all samples; however, the amount and distribution of adsorbed OTS varied greatly under these different reaction conditions. AFM analysis showed that OTS formed two phases on mica silanized at 25°C: condensed "island-like" domains and expanded "liquid-like" domains. Partially dehydrated mica silanized at 9°C, however, displayed only condensed domains which were of smaller size compared to those on the 25°C samples. The lateral diffusion and aggregation of small condensed OTS domains to form larger aggregates was evident on all surfaces except the 25°C partially dehydrated mica. A uniform distribution of many small condensed domains surrounded by expanded OTS phases was seen instead. Extended annealing resulted in surface diffusion and aggregation of these domains and nucleation of new condensed domains from the surrounding expanded OTS phases. These observations are consistent with a deposition, diffusion, and aggregation model (DDA) which allows for activated diffusion; however, rigorous modeling is not presented here.

  3. PREFACE: Non-contact AFM Non-contact AFM

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    Giessibl, Franz J.; Morita, Seizo

    2012-02-01

    Kelvin probe force microscopy for Si surfaces by taking account of chemical forces Masaru Tsukada, Akira Masago and Mamoru Shimizu Reversal of atomic contrast in scanning probe microscopy on (111) metal surfaces M Ondrácek, C González and P Jelínek Mechanical properties of H2Pc self-assembled monolayers at the single molecule level by noncontact atomic force microscopy Han-Qing Mao, Na Li, Xi Chen and Qi-Kun Xue High-resolution imaging of C60 molecules using tuning-fork-based non-contact atomic force microscopy R Pawlak, S Kawai, S Fremy, T Glatzel and E Meyer NC-AFM contrast formation on the calcite (101¯4) surface Philipp Rahe, Jens Schütte and Angelika Kühnle Imaging and manipulation of adatoms on an alumina surface by noncontact atomic force microscopy G H Simon, M Heyde and H-J Freund Three-dimensional scanning force/tunneling spectroscopy at room temperature Yoshiaki Sugimoto, Keiichi Ueda, Masayuki Abe and Seizo Morita Imaging and manipulation of the Si(100) surface by small-amplitude NC-AFM at zero and very low applied biasA Sweetman, R Danza, S Gangopadhyay and P Moriarty Manipulation of individual water molecules on CeO2(111) S Torbrügge, O Custance, S Morita and M Reichling FM-AFM imaging of a commercial polyethylene film immersed in n-dodecaneTakumi Hiasa, Tomoki Sugihara, Kenjiro Kimura and Hiroshi Onishi

  4. Importance and Significance of Transition Temperatures.

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    1984-11-01

    Friction Natural leather Gas chromatography Necking GEM disubetitution Nucleation Glass reinforced plastics Oil Golf balls Optical activity Grafting Ozone...peratures and to some degree the toughness of plastics , and the drawing temperature of fibres. In general terns, all physical properties of amorphous...polymers which depend on the segmental relaxation rate undergo a major change on heating through the glass tran- sition temperature (T ) region. A

  5. Transition temperature of martensitic transformations in hafnia and zirconia

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    Luo, Xuhui; Demkov, A. A.

    2008-03-01

    Transition metal oxides find applications in ceramics, catalysis and semiconductor technology. In particular, hafnium dioxide or hafnia will succeed silica as a gate dielectric in advanced transistors. However, thermodynamic properties of thin hafnia films are not well understood, despite their technological importance. We use density functional theory to investigate the tetragonal to monoclinic phase transition in hafnia and zirconia. We find that unlike the case of the cubic to tetragonal transition, this phase transition is not driven by a soft mode. We use transition state theory to identify the minimum energy path (MEP) employing first principle calculations for hafnia and zirconia, sow that both transformations are martensitic, and obtain the transition barriers. Martensitic transformations include both the internal coordinate transformation and deformation of the cell lattice vectors (``strain and shuffle''), therefore the potential energy surface and MEP are function not only of the internal atomic coordinates but also of the unit cell lattice vectors. Considering the simplest case of uniform strain the transition temperatures we then relate the barrier height to the transition temperature. As a self-consistency check, assuming the equality of thermodynamics potentials of the tetragonal and monoclinic phases during the transition, and using the difference in the internal energy calculated from first principles we estimate the entropy change associated with the transition which is found in good agreement with that calculated form the phonon spectra.

  6. High Transition Temperature Quantum Interference Filters

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    2011-11-28

    dev i ce design we have a l so devel oped a numer i cal simulatio n program i n mat lab to simulate volta ge fi e ld charact eri s tics for t hese a...the electric field component. Quality devices have been demonstrated in low temperature superconductors but the cooling requirements to achieve 4K

  7. Chiral phase transition in QED3 at finite temperature

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    Yin, Pei-Lin; Xiao, Hai-Xiao; Wei, Wei; Feng, Hong-Tao; Zong, Hong-Shi

    2016-12-01

    In the framework of Dyson-Schwinger equations, we employ two kinds of criteria (one kind is the chiral condensate, the other kind is thermodynamic quantities, such as the pressure, the entropy, and the specific heat) to investigate the nature of chiral phase transitions in QED3 for different fermion flavors. It is found that the chiral phase transitions in QED3 for different fermion flavors are all typical second-order phase transitions; the critical temperature and order of the chiral phase transition obtained from the chiral condensate and susceptibility are the same with that obtained by the thermodynamic quantities, which means that they are equivalent in describing the chiral phase transition; the critical temperature decreases as the number of fermion flavors increases and there is a boundary that separates the Tc-Nf plane into chiral symmetry breaking and restoration regions.

  8. Modeling Verwey transition temperature of Fe3O4 nanocrystals

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    Jiang, Xiao bao; Xiao, Bei bei; Yang, Hong yu; Gu, Xiao yan; Sheng, Hong chao; Zhang, Xing hua

    2016-11-01

    The Verwey transition in nanoscale is an important physical property for Fe3O4 nanocrystals and has attracted extensive attention in recent years. In this work, an analytic thermodynamic model without any adjusting parameters is developed to estimate the size and shape effects on modulating the Verwey transition temperature of Fe3O4 nanocrystals. The results show that the Verwey transition temperature reduces with increasing shape parameter λ or decreasing size D. A good agreement between the prediction and the experimental data verified our physical insight that the Verwey transition of Fe3O4 can be directly related to the atomic thermal vibration. The results presented in this work will be of benefit to the understanding of the microscopic mechanism of the Verwey transition and the design of future generation switching and memory devices.

  9. Recovery Temperature, Transition, and Heat Transfer Measurements at Mach 5

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    Brinich, Paul F.

    1961-01-01

    Schlieren, recovery temperature, and heat-transfer measurements were made on a hollow cylinder and a cone with axes alined parallel to the stream. Both the cone and cylinder were equipped with various bluntnesses, and the tests covered a Reynolds number range up to 20 x 10(exp 6) at a free-stream Mach number of 4.95 and wall to free-stream temperature ratios from 1.8 to 5.2 (adiabatic). A substantial transition delay due to bluntness was found for both the cylinder and the cone. For the present tests (Mach 4.95), transition was delayed by a factor of 3 on the cylinder and about 2 on the cone, these delays being somewhat larger than those observed in earlier tests at Mach 3.1. Heat-transfer tests on the cylinder showed only slight effects of wall temperature level on transition location; this is to be contrasted to the large transition delays observed on conical-type bodies at low surface temperatures at Mach 3.1. The schlieren and the peak-recovery-temperature methods of detecting transition were compared with the heat-transfer results. The comparison showed that the first two methods identified a transition point which occurred just beyond the end of the laminar run as seen in the heat-transfer data.

  10. Temperature range of the liquid-glass transition

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    Sanditov, D. S.; Darmaev, M. V.; Sanditov, B. D.

    2016-02-01

    It has been shown that the currently used method for calculating the temperature range of δ T g in the glass transition equation qτ g = δ T g as the difference δ T g = ( T 12- T 13) results in overestimated values, which is explained by the assumption of a constant activation energy of glass transition in deriving the calculation equation ( T 12 and T 13 are the temperatures corresponding to the logarithmic viscosity values of logη = 12 and logη = 13). The methods for the evaluation of δ T g using the Williams-Landel-Ferry equation and the model of delocalized atoms are considered, the results of which are in satisfactory agreement with the product qτ g ( q is the cooling rate of the melt and τ g is the structural relaxation time at the glass transition temperature). The calculation of τ g for inorganic glasses and amorphous organic polymers is proposed.

  11. Method to study temperature and stress induced magnetic transitions

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    Chopra, Harsh Deep; Sullivan, Matthew R.

    2005-01-01

    A new method called magnetic transition spectrum (MTS) is described for studying magnetic phase transitions. The MTS method is an electronic method that monitors the dynamics of the micromagnetic structure as a function of temperature, stress, or any other perturbation that can cause a sudden variation in flux inside the magnetic material. It is based on the same principle upon which the well-known and established Barkhausen method is based, namely, Faraday's law. However, instead of applying a magnetic field as in the Barkhausen method, temperature or stress is the external "force." The efficacy of the MTS method is illustrated by studying magnetic transitions in magnetic shape memory alloys. The MTS method is simple to implement and is equally applicable for studying magnetic transitions in other systems, such as, for example, dynamics of exchange anisotropy, using the Co-CoO system, by cooling the sample across the Néel temperature. In general, it can be used to study magnetic phase transitions driven by any external influence that would cause an abrupt change in the micromagnetic state of the sample (for example, change in temperature, pressure, etc.).

  12. Deconfinement transition at high isospin chemical potential and low temperature

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    Cohen, Thomas D.; Sen, Srimoyee

    2015-10-01

    We consider QCD with two degenerate flavors of light quarks (up and down) at asymptotically high isospin (μI) with zero baryon chemical potential (μB) and calculate for the first time a quantitative expression for the critical temperature of the deconfinement transition in this regime. At high isospin chemical potential and sufficiently low temperatures this theory becomes equivalent to a pure Yang-Mills theory and accordingly has a first order deconfinement phase transition. Although this was conjectured in a seminal paper by Son and Stephanov in the year 2001, the critical temperature of this deconfinement phase transition was not computed. This paper computes the energy scale associated with this transition as a function of the chemical potential μI by relating the parameters of the equivalent Yang-Mills theory to those of the underlying theory. We also relate the equation of state in one strongly interacting regime of QCD namely at finite isospin density to that in pure Yang-Mills, with the latter being amenable to straightforward numerical calculation. Our results for the critical temperature of deconfinement transition can be compared with future lattice calculations.

  13. Fluorinated epoxy resins with high glass transition temperatures

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    Griffith, James R.

    1991-01-01

    Easily processed liquid resins of low dielectric constants and high glass transition temperatures are useful for the manufacture of certain composite electronic boards. That combination of properties is difficult to acquire when dielectric constants are below 2.5, glass transition temperatures are above 200 C and processability is of conventional practicality. A recently issued patent (US 4,981,941 of 1 Jan. 1991) teaches practical materials and is the culmination of 23 years of research and effort and 15 patents owned by the Navy in the field of fluorinated resins of several classes. In addition to high fluorine content, practical utility was emphasized.

  14. Low temperature magnetic transitions of single crystal HoBi

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    Fente, A.; Suderow, H.; Vieira, S.; Nemes, N. M.; García-Hernández, M.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.

    2013-10-01

    We present resistivity, specific heat and magnetization measurements in high quality single crystals of HoBi, with a residual resistivity ratio of 126. We find, from the temperature and field dependence of the magnetization, an antiferromagnetic transition at 5.7 K, which evolves, under magnetic fields, into a series of up to five metamagnetic phases.

  15. Connecting Photospheric Magnetic Fields and Transition Temperature Plasma Emission

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    Schmit, Donald

    2016-05-01

    The connectivity of quiet sun magnetic fields is not well understood. One observational obstacle to probe this question has been the sparse spectral observations spanning the transition temperatures (3×104 K< T < 1×105K) between the chromosphere and corona. The Si IV lines observed by IRIS provide a rich dataset to address the structure of the cool quiet sun. We use over 900 deep exposures from IRIS to map the correlation between transition-temperature emission structures and magnetic field concentrations. Ultimately, our aim is to discern the topology and energetic equilibrium of the magnetic structures that span the quiet sun. We use both a potential field model and a snapshot of the Bifrost 3D MHD simulation to interpret our emission data. In a broad sense, we find there is a clear correlation between magnetic fields and strong Si IV emission. However, more pointed statistics suggest that the relationship is quite complex. We do not find evidence for cool loops longer than 3 Mm in length, but we see ubiquitous, smooth emission nearly everywhere in the quiet sun. Emission voids on scales larger than 8 Mm cannot be well explained by their proximity to magnetic fields. This evidence suggests that weak-field transition-temperature loops contribute significantly to quiet sun transition-temperature emission measure, and evolutionary effects likely play a role in structuring the magnetic atmosphere.

  16. Preparation of DNA and nucleoprotein samples for AFM imaging

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    Lyubchenko, Yuri L.

    2010-01-01

    Sample preparation techniques allowing reliable and reproducible imaging of DNA with various structures, topologies and complexes with proteins are reviewed. The major emphasis is given to methods utilizing chemical functionalization of mica, enabling preparation of the surfaces with required characteristics. The methods are illustrated by examples of imaging of different DNA structures. Special attention is given to the possibility of AFM to image the dynamics of DNA at the nanoscale. The capabilities of time-lapse AFM in aqueous solutions are illustrated by imaging of dynamic processes as transitions of local alternative structures (transition of DNA between H and B forms). The application of AFM to studies of protein-DNA complexes is illustrated by a few examples of imaging site-specific complexes, as well as such systems as chromatin. The time-lapse AFM studies of protein-DNA complexes including very recent advances with the use of high-speed AFM are reviewed. PMID:20864349

  17. Combined force spectroscopy, AFM and calorimetric studies to reveal the nanostructural organization of biomimetic membranes.

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    Suárez-Germà, C; Morros, A; Montero, M T; Hernández-Borrell, J; Domènech, Ò

    2014-10-01

    In this work we studied a binary lipid matrix of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (POPE) and 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-(1'-rac-glycerol) (POPG), a composition that mimics the inner membrane of Escherichia coli. More specifically, liposomes with varying fractions of POPG were analysed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and a binary phase diagram of the system was created. Additionally, we performed atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging of supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) of similar compositions at different temperatures, in order to create a pseudo-binary phase diagram specific to this membrane model. AFM study of SLBs is of particular interest, as it is conceived as the most adequate technique not only for studying lipid bilayer systems but also for imaging and even nanomanipulating inserted membrane proteins. The construction of the above-mentioned phase diagram enabled us to grasp better the thermodynamics of the thermal lipid transition from a gel-like POPE:POPG phase system to a more fluid phase system. Finally, AFM force spectroscopy (FS) was used to determine the nanomechanics of these two lipid phases at 27°C and at different POPG fractions. The resulting data correlated with the specific composition of each phase was calculated from the AFM phase diagram obtained. All the experiments were done in the presence of 10 mM of Ca(2+), as this ion is commonly used when performing AFM with negatively charged phospholipids.

  18. Temperature Triggered Structural Transitions in Surfactant organized Self Assemblies

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    Rose, J. Linet; Balamurugan, S.; Sajeevan, Ajin C.; Sreejith, Lisa

    2011-10-01

    Preparation & characterization of tunable fluids is an emerging area with potential application in many fields. Surfactants self assemble in aqueous solution to give a rich variety of phase structures, the size and shape of which can be tuned by additives like salts, alcohols, amines, aromatics etc or external stimuli such as light, temperature etc. The addition of long chain aliphatic alcohol has significant influence on the surfactant aggregation, as it promotes morphological growth of micelles. The cationic surfactant, Cetyl Trimethyl Ammonium Bromide (CTAB) with nonanol in presence of potassium bromide (KBr) shows thermo tunable viscosity behaviour and optical switching behaviour. The solution is visually observed to transform from a turbid and less viscous phase at low temperature to clear and considerably viscous phase at high temperature. Temperature induced changes in turbidity and viscosity are consistent with the transition from vesicle to worm like micelle. It is also worth emphasizing that the transition is thermo reversible, so that vesicles that are disrupted into micelles upon heating can be reformed upon cooling. The thermo tunable transition from turbid to transparent state and the concomitant changes in viscosity are promising for the use in smart windows, monitoring of tumor growth or in other stimuli based application.

  19. Temperature-Induced Lifshitz Transition in WTe2

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    Wu, Yun; Jo, Na Hyun; Ochi, Masayuki; Huang, Lunan; Mou, Daixiang; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, P. C.; Trivedi, Nandini; Arita, Ryotaro; Kaminski, Adam

    2015-10-01

    We use ultrahigh resolution, tunable, vacuum ultraviolet laser-based, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), temperature- and field-dependent resistivity, and thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements to study the electronic properties of WTe2, a compound that manifests exceptionally large, temperature-dependent magnetoresistance. The Fermi surface consists of two pairs of electron and two pairs of hole pockets along the X -Γ -X direction. Using detailed ARPES temperature scans, we find a rare example of a temperature-induced Lifshitz transition at T ≃160 K , associated with the complete disappearance of the hole pockets. Our electronic structure calculations show a clear and substantial shift of the chemical potential μ (T ) due to the semimetal nature of this material driven by modest changes in temperature. This change of Fermi surface topology is also corroborated by the temperature dependence of the TEP that shows a change of slope at T ≈175 K and a breakdown of Kohler's rule in the 70-140 K range. Our results and the mechanisms driving the Lifshitz transition and transport anomalies are relevant to other systems, such as pnictides, 3D Dirac semimetals, and Weyl semimetals.

  20. Temperature-induced Lifshitz transition in WTe2

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    Wu, Yun; Jo, Na Hyun; Ochi, Masayuki; ...

    2015-10-12

    In this study, we use ultrahigh resolution, tunable, vacuum ultraviolet laser-based, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), temperature- and field-dependent resistivity, and thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements to study the electronic properties of WTe2, a compound that manifests exceptionally large, temperature-dependent magnetoresistance. The Fermi surface consists of two pairs of electron and two pairs of hole pockets along the X–Γ–X direction. Using detailed ARPES temperature scans, we find a rare example of a temperature-induced Lifshitz transition at T≃160 K, associated with the complete disappearance of the hole pockets. Our electronic structure calculations show a clear and substantial shift of the chemical potential μ(T)more » due to the semimetal nature of this material driven by modest changes in temperature. This change of Fermi surface topology is also corroborated by the temperature dependence of the TEP that shows a change of slope at T≈175 K and a breakdown of Kohler’s rule in the 70–140 K range. Our results and the mechanisms driving the Lifshitz transition and transport anomalies are relevant to other systems, such as pnictides, 3D Dirac semimetals, and Weyl semimetals.« less

  1. Rheological transitions in high-temperature volcanic fault zones

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    Okumura, Satoshi; Uesugi, Kentaro; Nakamura, Michihiko; Sasaki, Osamu

    2015-05-01

    Silicic magma experiences shear-induced brittle fracturing during its ascent, resulting in the formation of a magmatic fault at the conduit margin. Once the fault is formed, frictional behavior of the fault controls the magma ascent process. We observed torsional deformation of a magmatic fault gouge in situ at temperatures of 800 and 900°C using synchrotron radiation X-ray radiography. The torsional deformation rate was set at 0.1-10 rpm, corresponding to equivalent slip velocities of 2.27 × 10-5-1.74 × 10-3 m s-1 and shear strain rates of 0.014-1.16 s-1. The normal stresses used were 1, 5, and 10 MPa. The magmatic fault showed frictional sliding as well as viscous flow even above the glass transition temperature. The transition between frictional sliding and viscous flow depends on temperature, deformation rate, and normal stress on the fault. At 900°C, the fault showed viscous deformation at a normal stress of 10 MPa, while frictional sliding was predominant at 800°C. We propose the ratio of timescales of fault healing and deformation as a criterion for transition between frictional sliding and viscous flow. The experimentally calibrated criterion infers that frictional sliding is predominant from ~500 m in depth during explosive eruption; this may explain rapid magma ascent without efficient outgassing. Frictional heating would in turn enhance fault healing, resulting in the reverse transition from frictional sliding to viscous flow, followed by deceleration of magma ascent. Therefore, cyclic transitions between frictional sliding and viscous flow are a possible explanation for the cyclic behavior of lava effusion.

  2. Pressure variation of reentrant transition temperature in liquid crystals

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    Srivastava, A.; Sa, D.; Singh, S.

    2007-02-01

    High pressure experimental studies show that in certain mesogenic materials, the nematic-smectic A (N-Sm A) transition temperature TAN exhibits nonlinear pressure dependence. As a consequence, the material shows reentrant phenomena that is a phase sequence nematic — smectic A — reentrant nematic appears. The characteristic features of this phenomenon have been addressed here within the framework of Landau-de-Gennes theory, where the coupling between nematic and smectic A order parameters (γ, λeff) plays an important role. The cubic coupling γ is chosen to be negative in order to form Sm A phase whereas the biquadratic coupling λeff is made large and positive to obtain reentrant behaviour. In the present work, we incorporate the pressure dependence in the theory through γ and λeff which justifies the experimental pressure dependence in the reentrant transition temperature tilde{T}REAN. The pressure dependence of γ and λeff are employed in the calculation of excess specific heat capacity near the reentrant transition. The computed heat capacity shows strong pressure dependence near the reentrant transition which can be confirmed from high pressure measurement.

  3. Hydration states of AFm cement phases

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    Baquerizo, Luis G.; Matschei, Thomas; Scrivener, Karen L.; Saeidpour, Mahsa; Wadsö, Lars

    2015-07-15

    The AFm phase, one of the main products formed during the hydration of Portland and calcium aluminate cement based systems, belongs to the layered double hydrate (LDH) family having positively charged layers and water plus charge-balancing anions in the interlayer. It is known that these phases present different hydration states (i.e. varying water content) depending on the relative humidity (RH), temperature and anion type, which might be linked to volume changes (swelling and shrinkage). Unfortunately the stability conditions of these phases are insufficiently reported. This paper presents novel experimental results on the different hydration states of the most important AFm phases: monocarboaluminate, hemicarboaluminate, strätlingite, hydroxy-AFm and monosulfoaluminate, and the thermodynamic properties associated with changes in their water content during absorption/desorption. This data opens the possibility to model the response of cementitious systems during drying and wetting and to engineer systems more resistant to harsh external conditions.

  4. Magnetic transition temperatures follow crystallographic symmetry in samarium under high-pressures and low-temperatures

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    Johnson, Craig R.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2017-02-01

    Magnetic ordering temperatures in rare earth metal samarium (Sm) have been studied using an ultrasensitive electrical transport measurement technique in a designer diamond anvil cell to high-pressure up to 47 GPa and low-temperature to 10 K. The two magnetic transitions at 106 K and 14 K in the α-Sm phase, attributed to antiferromagnetic ordering on hexagonal and cubic layers respectively, collapse in to one magnetic transition near 10 GPa when Sm assumes a double hexagonal close packed (dhcp) phase. On further increase in pressure above 34 GPa, the magnetic transitions split again as Sm adopts a hexagonal-hP3 structure indicating different magnetic transition temperatures for different crystallographic sites. A model for magnetic ordering for the hexagonal-hP3 phase in samarium has been proposed based on the experimental data. The magnetic transition temperatures closely follow the crystallographic symmetry during α-Sm  →  dhcp  →  fcc/dist.fcc  →  hP3 structure sequence at high-pressures and low-temperatures.

  5. Magnetic transition temperatures follow crystallographic symmetry in Samarium under high-pressures and low-temperatures

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    Vohra, Yogesh K.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Johnson, Craig R.

    2016-12-21

    Magnetic ordering temperatures in rare earth metal samarium (Sm) have been studied using an ultrasensitive electrical transport measurement technique in a designer diamond anvil cell to high-pressure up to 47 GPa and low-temperature to 10 K. The two magnetic transitions at 106 K and 14 K in the α-Sm phase, attributed to antiferromagnetic ordering on hexagonal and cubic layers respectively, collapse in to one magnetic transition near 10 GPa when Sm assumes a double hexagonal close packed (dhcp) phase. On further increase in pressure above 34 GPa, the magnetic transitions split again as Sm adopts a hexagonal-hP3 structure indicating differentmore » magnetic transition temperatures for different crystallographic sites. A model for magnetic ordering for the hexagonal-hP3 phase in samarium has been proposed based on the experimental data. The magnetic transition temperatures closely follow the crystallographic symmetry during α-Sm → dhcp → fcc/dist.fcc → hP3 structure sequence at high-pressures and low-temperatures.« less

  6. Magnetic transition temperatures follow crystallographic symmetry in Samarium under high-pressures and low-temperatures

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    Vohra, Yogesh K.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Johnson, Craig R.

    2016-12-21

    Magnetic ordering temperatures in rare earth metal samarium (Sm) have been studied using an ultrasensitive electrical transport measurement technique in a designer diamond anvil cell to high-pressure up to 47 GPa and low-temperature to 10 K. The two magnetic transitions at 106 K and 14 K in the α-Sm phase, attributed to antiferromagnetic ordering on hexagonal and cubic layers respectively, collapse in to one magnetic transition near 10 GPa when Sm assumes a double hexagonal close packed (dhcp) phase. On further increase in pressure above 34 GPa, the magnetic transitions split again as Sm adopts a hexagonal-hP3 structure indicating different magnetic transition temperatures for different crystallographic sites. A model for magnetic ordering for the hexagonal-hP3 phase in samarium has been proposed based on the experimental data. The magnetic transition temperatures closely follow the crystallographic symmetry during α-Sm → dhcp → fcc/dist.fcc → hP3 structure sequence at high-pressures and low-temperatures.

  7. Fluctuational shift of nematic-isotropic phase transition temperature

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    Kats, E. I.

    2017-02-01

    In this work we discuss a macroscopic counterpart to the microscopic mechanism of the straightening dimer mesogens conformations, proposed recently by S.M. Saliti, M.G.Tamba, S.N. Sprunt, C.Welch, G.H.Mehl, A. Jakli, J.T. Gleeson (Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 217801 (2016)) to explain their experimental observation of the unprecedentedly large shift of the nematic-isotropic transition temperature. Our interpretation is based on singular longitudinal fluctuations of the nematic order parameter. Since these fluctuations are governed by the Goldstone director fluctuations they exist only in the nematic state. External magnetic field suppresses the singular longitudinal fluctuations of the order parameter (similarly as it is the case for the transverse director fluctuations, although with a different scaling over the magnetic field). The reduction of the fluctuations changes the equilibrium value of the modulus of the order parameter in the nematic state. Therefore it leads to additional (with respect to the mean field contribution) fluctuational shift of the nematic-isotropic transition temperature. Our mechanism works for any nematic liquid crystals, however the magnitude of the fluctuational shift increases with decrease of the Frank elastic moduli. Since some of these moduli supposed to be anomalously small for so-called bent-core or dimer nematic liquid crystals, just these liquid crystals are promising candidates for the observation of the predicted fluctuational shift of the phase transition temperature.

  8. CosmoTransitions: Computing cosmological phase transition temperatures and bubble profiles with multiple fields

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    Wainwright, Carroll L.

    2012-09-01

    I present a numerical package (CosmoTransitions) for analyzing finite-temperature cosmological phase transitions driven by single or multiple scalar fields. The package analyzes the different vacua of a theory to determine their critical temperatures (where the vacuum energy levels are degenerate), their supercooling temperatures, and the bubble wall profiles which separate the phases and describe their tunneling dynamics. I introduce a new method of path deformation to find the profiles of both thin- and thick-walled bubbles. CosmoTransitions is freely available for public use.Program summaryProgram Title: CosmoTransitionsCatalogue identifier: AEML_v1_0Program summary URL: http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEML_v1_0.htmlProgram obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. IrelandLicensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.htmlNo. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 8775No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 621096Distribution format: tar.gzProgramming language: Python.Computer: Developed on a 2009 MacBook Pro. No computer-specific optimization was performed.Operating system: Designed and tested on Mac OS X 10.6.8. Compatible with any OS with Python installed.RAM: Approximately 50 MB, mostly for loading plotting packages.Classification: 1.9, 11.1.External routines: SciPy, NumPy, matplotLibNature of problem: I describe a program to analyze early-Universe finite-temperature phase transitions with multiple scalar fields. The goal is to analyze the phase structure of an input theory, determine the amount of supercooling at each phase transition, and find the bubble-wall profiles of the nucleated bubbles that drive the transitions.Solution method: To find the bubble-wall profile, the program assumes that tunneling happens along a fixed path in field space. This reduces the equations of motion to one dimension, which can then be solved using the overshoot

  9. Moisture adsorption isotherms and glass transition temperature of pectin.

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    Basu, Santanu; Shivhare, U S; Muley, S

    2013-06-01

    The moisture adsorption isotherms of low methoxyl pectin were determined at 30-70°C and water activity ranging from 0.11 to 0.94. The moisture adsorption isotherms revealed that the equilibrium moisture content increased with water activity. Increase in temperature, in general, resulted in decreased equilibrium moisture content. However in some cases, equilibrium moisture content values increased with temperature at higher water activities. Selected sorption models (GAB, Halsey, Henderson, Oswin, modified Oswin) were tested for describing the adsorption isotherms. Parameters of each sorption models were determined by nonlinear regression analysis. Oswin model gave the best fit for pectin sorption behaviour. Isosteric heat of sorption decreased with increase in moisture content and varied between 14.607 and 0.552 kJ/mol. Glass transition temperature decreased with increase in moisture content of pectin.

  10. Temperature-Induced Lifshitz Transition in WTe2

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    Jo, Na Hyun; Wu, Yun; Ochi, Masayuki; Huang, Lunan; Mou, Daixiang; Bud'Ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, P. C.; Trivedi, Nandini; Arita, Ryotaro; Kaminski, Adam

    We use thermoeletric power (TEP), temperature- and field-dependent resistivity, and ultrahigh resolution, tunable, vacuum ultraviolet laser-based, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) measurements to study the electronic properties of WTe2, a compound that manifests exceptionally large, temperature-dependent magnetoresistance. The Fermi surface consists of two pairs of electron and two pairs of hole pockets along the X - Γ - X direction. We find a rare example of a temperature-induced Lifshitz transition at T ~ 160 K. Temperature dependent TEP shows a change of slope at T ~ 175 K and Kohler's rule was breakdown in the 70-140 K range. ARPES temperature scans confirm that the hole pockets completely disappear around 160 K. Our electronic structure calculations show a clear and substantial shift of the chemical potential μ (T) due to the semimetal nature of this material driven by modest changes in temperature. [PRL 115, 166602 (2015)] This work is supported by the US DOE, Basic Energy Sciences under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358; Betty Moore Foundation EPiQS Initiative (Grant No. GBMF4411); and CEM, a NSF MRSEC, under Grant No. DMR-1420451.

  11. Measurement of the glass transition temperature of elastomer systems

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    Sircar, A.K.; Chartoff, R.P.

    1994-09-01

    The glass transition temperature of polymers depends on both the experimental procedures and the experimental techniques used for its evaluation. However, the value of the published data is often diminished because these details are omitted. Examples are cited to show how the magnitude of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) T{sub g} depends on the T{sub g} location and different calibration methods. Some comments are also made about thermomechanical analysis (TMA) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) methods, although these are treated only briefly. The factors that are unique to elastomer glass transition temperatures are: (1) the difficulties of calibration of the instruments at subambient temperature, (2) increase of T{sub g} by the extent of vulcanization and filler loading, (3) differences due to microstructure and microphase separation, and (4) the availability of different grades of the same elastomer with different composition or added components, which alter their T{sub g}. Thus, the literature value of T{sub g} should include not only the calibration and procedure for the experiment, but also the exact name and description of the elastomer with the number index, the recipe used, and the cure conditions.

  12. Investigation of low glass transition temperature on COTS PEM's reliability for space applications

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    Sandor, M.; Agarwal, S.; Peters, D.; Cooper, M. S.

    2003-01-01

    Plastic Encapsulated Microelectronics (PEM) reliability is affected by many factors. Glass transition temperature (Tg) is one such factor. In this presentation issues relating to PEM reliability and the effect of low glass transition temperature epoxy mold compounds are presented.

  13. Model of High Temperature Phase Transitions in Metals

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    Filippov, E. S.

    2016-04-01

    On the basis of the assumption of the electron density fluctuation at the band degradation, a calculation parameter (the radius R) of the half-width of the probability distribution over the coordinate R is identified at the level of the maximum electron density fluctuation (at a maximum of the Gaussian function). Based on an analysis of the crystallization process and high polymorphic transformations bcc → fcc, the reasons for the formation of bcc, fcc, hexagonal, and tetragonal structures from the liquid phase, as well as for the high temperature bcc → hcp transition in the solid phase are established using the calculated parameter (the radius R) in the solid and liquid phases.

  14. Glass transition temperatures in nanoscale equilibrated polystyrene droplets

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    Daley, Chad; Forrest, James

    2013-03-01

    Measurements of thin film glass transition temperature (Tg) in thin polymer films are only made possible through the metastability of the film with respect to dewetting. Even in the melt state, such samples are not in thermal equilibrium, and resulting Tg values may not be conclusive. In this talk we discuss recent measurements of Tg for equilibrium polystyrene droplets on silicon substrates as measured through their thermal expansion with true non-contact atomic force microscopy. These measurements show promise to not only definitively address the continuing controversy surrounding thin film Tg measurements, but are also readily applied to study non-polymeric glass formers.

  15. Anisotropy of the superconducting transition temperature under uniaxial pressure

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    Chen, X. J.; Lin, H. Q.; Yin, W. G.; Gong, C. D.; Habermeier, H.-U.

    2001-12-01

    The superconducting transition temperature Tc is calculated as a function of uniaxial pressure along the a, b, c directions for optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ on the basis of a hole dispersion of the anisotropic t-J model. There is a good qualitative agreement with experiments. We show that the uniaxial pressure effect on Tc in the ab plane is due to the anisotropies of the hole dispersion and the in-plane pairing interaction, whereas the reduction of Tc under uniaxial compression along the c axis mainly results from the pressure-induced increase of hole concentration of the CuO2 plane.

  16. Simultaneous Determination of Glass Transition Temperatures of Several Polymers

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    He, Jiang; Liu, Wei; Huang, Yao-Xiong

    2016-01-01

    Aims A simple and easy optical method is proposed for the determination of glass transition temperature (Tg) of polymers. Methods & Results Tg was determined using the technique of microsphere imaging to monitor the variation of the refractive index of polymer microsphere as a function of temperature. It was demonstrated that the method can eliminate most thermal lag and has sensitivity about six fold higher than the conventional method in Tg determination. So the determined Tg is more accurate and varies less with cooling/heating rate than that obtained by conventional methods. The most attractive character of the method is that it can simultaneously determine the Tg of several polymers in a single experiment, so it can greatly save experimental time and heating energy. Conclusion The method is not only applicable for polymer microspheres, but also for the materials with arbitrary shapes. Therefore, it is expected to be broadly applied to different fundamental researches and practical applications of polymers. PMID:26985670

  17. Room temperature homogeneous flow in a bulk metallic glass with low glass transition temperature

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    Zhao, K.; Xia, X. X.; Bai, H. Y.; Zhao, D. Q.; Wang, W. H.

    2011-04-04

    We report a high entropy metallic glass of Zn{sub 20}Ca{sub 20}Sr{sub 20}Yb{sub 20}(Li{sub 0.55}Mg{sub 0.45}){sub 20} via composition design that exhibiting remarkable homogeneous deformation without shear banding under stress at room temperature. The glass also shows properties such as low glass transition temperature (323 K) approaching room temperature, low density and high specific strength, good conductivity, polymerlike thermoplastic manufacturability, and ultralow elastic moduli comparable to that of bones. The alloy is thermally and chemically stable.

  18. Local Glass Transition Temperature Gradients Near Polymer-Polymer Interfaces

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    Baglay, Roman; Roth, Connie

    2015-03-01

    For decades the glass transition in confined systems has been studied with the hopes of uncovering the governing length scales that impact these dynamics. However, understanding length scales of local gradients in glass transition temperature (Tg) near a free surface have been hampered by limitations of how to treat the enhanced mobility at the free surface theoretically. We have previously reported on the local Tg in multilayer structures made from high molecular weight polystyrene (PS) and poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PnBMA), a weakly immiscible system with a ~ 7 nm interfacial width. Using ultrathin (10-15 nm) pyrene-labeled layers inserted into the multilayer structure at different positions (z) from the glassy-rubbery interface, we were able to map the local Tg(z) profile across this glassy-rubbery interface with temperature-dependent fluorescence intensity measurements. Our work revealed an asymmetric local mobility gradient propagating hundreds of nanometers away from the glassy-rubbery PS-PnBMA interface into the glassy PS and rubbery PnBMA sides before bulk Tgs were recovered far from the interface. Here we extend these measurements to investigate how the local Tg(z) profile in PS varies when in contact with a variety of immiscible polymers whose Tgs vary between +90 K to -80 K relative to the Tg of PS, so-called hard vs soft confinement.

  19. Low temperature synthesis of transition metal oxides containing surfactant ions

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    Janauer, Gerald Gilbert

    1998-11-01

    Recently there has been much interest in reacting vanadium oxides hydrothermally with cationic surfactants to form novel layered compounds. A series of new transition metal oxides, however, has also been formed at or near room temperature in open containers. Synthesis, characterization, and proposed mechanisms of formation are the focus of this work. Low temperature reactions of vanadium pentoxide and ammonium transition metallates with long chain amine surfactants, such as dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide yielded interesting new products many of which are layered phases. DTAsb4\\ Hsb2Vsb{10}Osb{28}. 8Hsb2O, a layered highly crystalline phase, is the first such phase for which a single crystal X-ray structure has been determined. The unit cell for this material was found to be triclinic with space group P1-, cell parameters a=9.8945(3)A, b=11.5962(1)A, c=21.9238(2)A, alpha=95.153(2)sp°,\\ beta=93.778(1)sp°, and gamma=101.360(1)sp°. Additionally, a novel tungsten, a molybdenum and a dichromate phase will be discussed. Both the tungsten and the dichromate materials were indexed from their powder diffraction patterns yielding monoclinic unit cells. The tungsten material was found to have a=50.56(4)A, b=54.41(4)A, c=13.12(1)A, and beta=99.21sp°. The dichromate compound was determined to have a=26.757(5)A, b=10.458(2)A, c=14.829(3)A and beta=98.01(1)sp°. Interlayer spacings for the lamellar dichromate and molybdenum phases were d001 = 28.7 A, and d001 = 22.9 A. The synthesis, characterization, composition, and structure of these transition metal oxide-surfactant materials will be discussed.

  20. Resolving the controversy on the glass transition temperature of water?

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    Capaccioli, S; Ngai, K L

    2011-09-14

    We consider experimental data on the dynamics of water (1) in glass-forming aqueous mixtures with glass transition temperature T(g) approaching the putative T(g) = 136 K of water from above and below, (2) in confined spaces of nanometer in size, and (3) in the bulk at temperatures above the homogeneous nucleation temperature. Altogether, the considered relaxation times from the data range nearly over 15 decades from 10(-12) to 10(3) s. Assisted by the various features in the isothermal spectra and theoretical interpretation, these considerations enable us to conclude that relaxation of un-crystallized water is highly non-cooperative. The exponent β(K) of its Kohlrausch stretched exponential correlation function is not far from having the value of one, and hence the deviation from exponential time decay is slight. Albeit the temperature dependence of its α-relaxation time being non-Arrhenius, the corresponding T(g)-scaled temperature dependence has small steepness index m, likely less than 44 at T(g), and hence water is not "'fragile" as a glassformer. The separation in time scale of the α- and the β-relaxations is small at T(g), becomes smaller at higher temperatures, and they merge together shortly above T(g). From all these properties and by inference, water is highly non-cooperative as a glass-former, it has short cooperative length-scale, and possibly smaller configurational entropy and change of heat capacity at T(g) compared with other organic glass-formers. This conclusion is perhaps unsurprising because water is the smallest molecule. Our deductions from the data rule out that the T(g) of water is higher than 160 K, and suggest that it is close to the traditional value of 136 K.

  1. Large magnetovolume effects due to transition from the ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic state in Hf0.825Ta0.175Fe2 intermetallic compound.

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    Diop, L V B; Amara, M; Isnard, O

    2013-10-16

    Intrinsic magnetic properties and magnetovolume effects have been investigated for the Hf0.825Ta0.175Fe2 itinerant-electron system, which exhibits a temperature-induced first-order transition from the ferromagnetic (FM) to the antiferromagnetic (AFM) state. The spontaneous volume magnetostriction contraction due to this transition from the high-volume FM state to the low-volume AFM state is about 0.66%. Applying a magnetic field increases significantly the FM-AFM transition temperature T(FM-AFM), with a rate of 7.2 K T(-1). At temperatures T > T(FM-AFM) a first-order metamagnetic transition between the AFM and FM states has been observed from isothermal magnetization curves, a result attributed to the itinerant-electron character of the Fe magnetism. This AFM-FM transition is accompanied by a huge field-induced volume magnetostriction. The change in ΔV/V due to the AFM-FM transition is about 0.75%.

  2. Microwave response of high transition temperature superconducting thin films

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    Miranda, Felix Antonio

    1991-01-01

    We have studied the microwave response of YBa2Cu3O(7 - delta), Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O, and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O high transition temperature superconducting (HTS) thin films by performing power transmission measurements. These measurements were carried out in the temperature range of 300 K to 20 K and at frequencies within the range of 30 to 40 GHz. Through these measurements we have determined the magnetic penetration depth (lambda), the complex conductivity (sigma(sup *) = sigma(sub 1) - j sigma(sub 2)) and the surface resistance (R(sub s)). An estimate of the intrinsic penetration depth (lambda approx. 121 nm) for the YBa2Cu3O(7 - delta) HTS has been obtained from the film thickness dependence of lambda. This value compares favorably with the best values reported so far (approx. 140 nm) in single crystals and high quality c-axis oriented thin films. Furthermore, it was observed that our technique is sensitive to the intrinsic anisotropy of lambda in this superconductor. Values of lambda are also reported for Bi-based and Tl-based thin films. We observed that for the three types of superconductors, both sigma(sub 1) and sigma(sub 2) increased when cooling the films below their transition temperature. The measured R(sub s) are in good agreement with other R(sub S) values obtained using resonant activity techniques if we assume a quadratic frequency dependence. Our analysis shows that, of the three types of HTS films studied, the YBa2Cu3O(7 - delta) thin film, deposited by laser ablation and off-axis magnetron sputtering are the most promising for microwave applications.

  3. Nanoscale mechanical measurement determination of the glass transition temperature of poly(lactic acid)/everolimus coated stents in air and dissolution media.

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    Wu, Ming; Kleiner, Lothar; Tang, Fuh-Wei; Hossainy, Syed; Davies, Martyn C; Roberts, Clive J

    2009-03-02

    Localized atomic force microscopy (AFM) force analysis on poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(lactic acid)/everolimus coated stents has been performed under ambient conditions. Similar Young's modulus were derived from both PLA and PLA/everolimus stent surface, namely 2.25+/-0.46 and 2.04+/-0.39GPa, respectively, indicating that the drug, everolimus does not significantly effect the mechanical properties of PLA up to a 1:1 (w/w) drug loading. Temperature controlled force measurements on PLA only coated stents in air and in a 1% Triton surfactant solution allowed the glass transition temperature (T(g)) of the polymer to be determined. A significant drop of the Young's modulus in solution was observed at 36 degrees C, suggests that in vivo the T(g) of the polymer is below body temperature. The possible consequences on drug release and the mechanisms by which this may occur are considered.

  4. Correlation between average melting temperature and glass transition temperature in metallic glasses

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    Lu, Zhibin; Li, Jiangong

    2009-02-01

    The correlation between average melting temperature (⟨Tm⟩) and glass transition temperature (Tg) in metallic glasses (MGs) is analyzed. A linear relationship, Tg=0.385⟨Tm⟩, is observed. This correlation agrees with Egami's suggestion [Rep. Prog. Phys. 47, 1601 (1984)]. The prediction of Tg from ⟨Tm⟩ through the relationship Tg=0.385⟨Tm⟩ has been tested using experimental data obtained on a large number of MGs. This relationship can be used to predict and design MGs with a desired Tg.

  5. Phase transition in finite density and temperature lattice QCD

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    Wang, Rui; Chen, Ying; Gong, Ming; Liu, Chuan; Liu, Yu-Bin; Liu, Zhao-Feng; Ma, Jian-Ping; Meng, Xiang-Fei; Zhang, Jian-Bo

    2015-06-01

    We investigate the behavior of the chiral condensate in lattice QCD at finite temperature and finite chemical potential. The study was done using two flavors of light quarks and with a series of β and ma at the lattice size 24 × 122 × 6. The calculation was done in the Taylor expansion formalism. We are able to calculate the first and second order derivatives of ≤ft< {\\bar{\\psi} \\psi } \\right> in both isoscalar and isovector channels. With the first derivatives being small, we find that the second derivatives are sizable close to the phase transition and that the magnitude of \\bar{\\psi} \\psi decreases under the influence of finite chemical potential in both channels. Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (11335001, 11105153, 11405178), Projects of International Cooperation and Exchanges NSFC (11261130311)

  6. High Glass Transition Temperature Renewable Polymers via Biginelli Multicomponent Polymerization.

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    Boukis, Andreas C; Llevot, Audrey; Meier, Michael A R

    2016-04-01

    A novel and straightforward one-pot multicomponent polycondensation method was established in this work. The Biginelli reaction is a versatile multicomponent reaction of an aldehyde, a β-ketoester (acetoacetate) and urea, which can all be obtained from renewable resources, yielding diversely substituted 3,4-dihydropyrimidin-2(1H)-ones (DHMPs). In this study, renewable diacetoacetate monomers with different spacer chain lengths (C3, C6, C10, C20) were prepared via simple transesterification of renewable diols and commercial acetoacetates. The diacetoacetate monomers were then reacted with renewable dialdehydes, i.e., terephthalaldehyde and divanillin in a Biginelli type step-growth polymerization. The obtained DHMP polymers (polyDHMPs) displayed high molar masses, high glass transition temperatures (Tg) up to 203 °C and good thermal stability (Td5%) of 280 °C. The Tg of the polyDHMPs could be tuned by variation of the structure of the dialdehyde or the diacetoacetate component.

  7. Towards a better understanding of superconductivity at high transition temperatures

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    Hackl, R.; Hanke, W.

    2010-10-01

    We provide an overview over the following eleven contributions on superconductivity in copper-oxygen and iron-based compounds. The main objective of this volume is an improved general understanding of superconductivity at high transition temperatures. The key questions on the way towards understanding superconducting pairing beyond electron-phonon coupling are spelled out, and the present status of theoretical reasoning is summarized. The crucial experiments, their results and interrelations are discussed. The central result is that fluctuations of spin and charge contribute substantially to superconductivity and also to other ordering phenomena. Methodically, the simultaneous analysis of results obtained from different experimental techniques such as photoelectron spectroscopy and neutron scattering, on one and the same sample, turned out to be of pivotal importance.

  8. Moderate temperature sodium cells. I - Transition metal disulfide cathodes

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    Abraham, K. M.; Pitts, L.; Schiff, R.

    1980-01-01

    TiS2, VS2, and Nb(1.1)S2 transition metal disulfides were evaluated as cathode materials for a moderate temperature rechargeable Na cell operating at 130 C. The 1st discharge of TiS2 results in a capacity of 0.85 eq/mole; approximately half of the Na in the 1st phase spanning the Na range from zero to 0.30 and almost all the Na in the 2nd phase spanning the 0.37 to 0.80 range are rechargeable. VS2 intercalates up to one mole of Na/mole of VS2 in the 1st discharge; the resulting Na(x)VS2 ternary consists of 3 phases in the 3 ranges of Na from zero to 1. Niobium disulfide undergoes a phase change in the 1st discharge; the average rechargeable capacity in extended cycling of this cathode is 0.50 eq/mole.

  9. Temperature-induced variations of magnetization kinetics of FeNi in the FM/SC and FM/AFM heterostructures

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    Uspenskaya, L. S.; Egorov, S. V.

    2009-03-01

    Remagnetization kinetics of the bilayer ferromagnetic/superconductor (FeNi/Nb) and ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic (FeNi/FeMn) ultra-thin films is investigated. Experimental results are obtained by direct observation of domain structure using the magneto-optic visualization technique in a wide temperature range. It is found that proximity of a second layer varies drastically the FeNi magnetic properties, such as domain and domain boundary structures, domain boundary mobility, coercivity. Moreover, the mechanism of magnetization is found to be temperature dependent. The effect of temperature becomes especially pronounced below 50 K.

  10. Gap-modulation infrared spectroscopy of high transition temperature superconductors

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    Little, William A.; Collman, James P.

    1988-01-01

    Conventional methods of determining the coupling factor α2(ω)F(ω) for the newly discovered high transition temperature (Tc) cuprate superconductors by using tunneling and infrared measurements have thus far failed to show the cause of the very high Tc of these compounds. This is due in part to difficulties in sample preparation for tunneling studies and to difficulties in obtaining good data at relatively high tunneling voltages. Also, in IR (infrared) measurements, small differences in absorptivity between the normal and superconducting state can be masked by changes in the phonon occupation at high and low temperatures. Here we propose a technique for determing the coupling constant, which should be less dependent on the surface quality of the sample than with tunneling and should allow measurements at higher energies with greater precision than do tunneling or simple IR observations. This should make possible a definitive determination of any possible exciton contribution to this coupling term, which would appear at energies well above the range where conventional IR or tunneling measurements are effective. PMID:16593950

  11. Determination of the liquid crystals phase transition temperatures using optical rotation effect

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    Niu, Xiao-ling; Liu, Wei-guo; Liu, Peng; Cai, Chang-long

    2011-11-01

    Using optical rotation effect, a sensitive, simple optical analytical system is developed for determining the phase transition temperatures of liquid crystals (LCs). When a monochromatic polarized light passes through LCs sample and analyzer, the light intensity changes with temperature. Especially, during the phase transition process, the intensity varies greatly due to optical rotation effect. The variation of light intensity versus variation of temperature curve shows the phase transition temperatures of LCs clearly. The phase transition temperatures of three cholesteric liquid crystals (ChLCs) and a nematic liquid crystals (NLCs) were detected by this method, and compared with those of the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarized light microscope (PLM) methods.

  12. Cancrinite: Crystal Structure, Phase Transitions, and Dehydration Behavior with Temperature

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    Hassan,I.; Antao, S.; Parise, J.

    2006-01-01

    The structural behavior of a cancrinite, Na{sub 5.96}Ca{sub 1.52}[Al{sub 6}Si{sub 6}O{sub 24}](CO{sub 3}){sub 1.57}{center_dot}1.75H{sub 2}O, was determined by using in situ synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data [{lambda} = 0.91806(5) {angstrom}] at room pressure and from 25 to 982 {sup o}C. The sample was heated at a rate of about 9.5 {sup o}C/min, and X-ray traces were collected at about 15 {sup o}C intervals. The satellite reflections in cancrinite were lost at about 504 {sup o}C, where a phase transition occurs. All the unit-cell parameters for cancrinite also show a discontinuity at 504 {sup o}C. Initially, the [Ca{center_dot}CO{sub 3}] clusters and their vacancies are ordered in the channels, and this ordering is destroyed on heating to give rise to the phase transition. Cancrinite loses water continuously until about 625 {sup o}C; thereafter an anhydrous cancrinite phase exists. From 25 to 952 {sup o}C, a minimal amount of CO{sub 2} is lost from the structure. Over this temperature range, the average bridging angle, which is an indication of the degree of rotation of the tetrahedra, increases from 143.7(4) to 147.7(5){sup o}. Rotations of the tetrahedra are caused by expansion of the Na1-O2 bond lengths.

  13. Determination of glass transition temperature for polymers by methods of thermoactivation spectroscopy

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    Yurov, V. M.; Laurinas, V. C.; Eremin, E. N.; Gyngazova, M. S.

    2016-02-01

    For rapid determination of glass transition temperature for polymers, we propose a method of thermally stimulated luminescence. The experiments were carried for epoxy polymers dyed and undyed with organic dyes. It is shown that glass transition temperature depends on curing temperature and concentration of the dye. The comparison with the thermogravimetric analysis showed coincidence of the results obtained.

  14. Selective and low temperature transition metal intercalation in layered tellurides

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    Yajima, Takeshi; Koshiko, Masaki; Zhang, Yaoqing; Oguchi, Tamio; Yu, Wen; Kato, Daichi; Kobayashi, Yoji; Orikasa, Yuki; Yamamoto, Takafumi; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Green, Mark A.; Kageyama, Hiroshi

    2016-01-01

    Layered materials embrace rich intercalation reactions to accommodate high concentrations of foreign species within their structures, and find many applications spanning from energy storage, ion exchange to secondary batteries. Light alkali metals are generally most easily intercalated due to their light mass, high charge/volume ratio and in many cases strong reducing properties. An evolving area of materials chemistry, however, is to capture metals selectively, which is of technological and environmental significance but rather unexplored. Here we show that the layered telluride T2PTe2 (T=Ti, Zr) displays exclusive insertion of transition metals (for example, Cd, Zn) as opposed to alkali cations, with tetrahedral coordination preference to tellurium. Interestingly, the intercalation reactions proceed in solid state and at surprisingly low temperatures (for example, 80 °C for cadmium in Ti2PTe2). The current method of controlling selectivity provides opportunities in the search for new materials for various applications that used to be possible only in a liquid. PMID:27966540

  15. Selective and low temperature transition metal intercalation in layered tellurides

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    Yajima, Takeshi; Koshiko, Masaki; Zhang, Yaoqing; Oguchi, Tamio; Yu, Wen; Kato, Daichi; Kobayashi, Yoji; Orikasa, Yuki; Yamamoto, Takafumi; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu; Green, Mark A.; Kageyama, Hiroshi

    2016-12-01

    Layered materials embrace rich intercalation reactions to accommodate high concentrations of foreign species within their structures, and find many applications spanning from energy storage, ion exchange to secondary batteries. Light alkali metals are generally most easily intercalated due to their light mass, high charge/volume ratio and in many cases strong reducing properties. An evolving area of materials chemistry, however, is to capture metals selectively, which is of technological and environmental significance but rather unexplored. Here we show that the layered telluride T2PTe2 (T=Ti, Zr) displays exclusive insertion of transition metals (for example, Cd, Zn) as opposed to alkali cations, with tetrahedral coordination preference to tellurium. Interestingly, the intercalation reactions proceed in solid state and at surprisingly low temperatures (for example, 80 °C for cadmium in Ti2PTe2). The current method of controlling selectivity provides opportunities in the search for new materials for various applications that used to be possible only in a liquid.

  16. Finite-temperature twisted-untwisted transition of the kagome lattice

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    Bedi, Deshpreet; Rocklin, D. Zeb; Mao, Xiaoming

    Mechanical instability governs many fascinating phenomena in nature, including jamming, glass transitions, and structural phase transitions. Although mechanical instability in athermal systems is well understood, how thermal fluctuations modify such transitions remains largely unexplored. Recent studies reveal that, due to the large number of floppy modes that emerge at mechanical instability, intriguing new phenomena occur, such as fluctuation-driven first-order transitions and order-by-disorder. In this talk, we present an analytic study of the finite-temperature rigidity transition for the kagome lattice. Our model exhibits a zero-temperature continuous twisted-untwisted transition as the sign of the next-nearest-neighbor spring constant changes. At finite temperature, we show that the divergent contribution of floppy modes to the vibrational entropy renormalizes this spring constant, resulting in a first-order transition. We also propose an experimental manifestation of this transition in the system of self-assembling triblock Janus particles.

  17. Cantilever's behavior in the AC mode of an AFM

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    Nunes, V.B.; Zanette, S.I.; Caride, A.O.; Prioli, R.; Rivas, A.M.F

    2003-03-15

    In this paper, a model with a small number of parameters is used to simulate the motion of a cantilever in the AC mode of an atomic force microscope (AFM). The results elucidate the transition dependence-from noncontact to tapping operating mode-on the height of the contamination layer and on the stiffness of the sample.

  18. Photoswitching of glass transition temperatures of azobenzene-containing polymers induces reversible solid-to-liquid transitions

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    Zhou, Hongwei; Xue, Changguo; Weis, Philipp; Suzuki, Yasuhito; Huang, Shilin; Koynov, Kaloian; Auernhammer, Günter K.; Berger, Rüdiger; Butt, Hans-Jürgen; Wu, Si

    2016-10-01

    The development of polymers with switchable glass transition temperatures (Tg) can address scientific challenges such as the healing of cracks in high-Tg polymers and the processing of hard polymers at room temperature without using plasticizing solvents. Here, we demonstrate that light can switch the Tg of azobenzene-containing polymers (azopolymers) and induce reversible solid-to-liquid transitions of the polymers. The azobenzene groups in the polymers exhibit reversible cis-trans photoisomerization abilities. Trans azopolymers are solids with Tg above room temperature, whereas cis azopolymers are liquids with Tg below room temperature. Because of the photoinduced solid-to-liquid transitions of these polymers, light can reduce the surface roughness of azopolymer films by almost 600%, repeatedly heal cracks in azopolymers, and control the adhesion of azopolymers for transfer printing. The photoswitching of Tg provides a new strategy for designing healable polymers with high Tg and allows for control over the mechanical properties of polymers with high spatiotemporal resolution.

  19. High transition temperatures in molecular intercalates of FeSe

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    Blundell, Stephen

    2015-03-01

    Molecular groups can now be intercalated into iron-based superconductors with dramatic consequences on the superconducting properties. These species act as charge reservoirs, sources of electrical polarization, and also make subtle structural modifications to superconducting layers, all of which can make novel adjustments to the band structure that in turn can control superconducting properties. By synthesizing the compound Lix(NH2)y(NH3)1 -yFe2Se2 (x ~ 0.6; y ~ 0.2), in which lithium ions, lithium amide and ammonia (NH3) act as the spacer layer between FeSe layers, we have turned a 9 K superconductor into a 43 K superconductor. Further chemical modification allow us to produce a range of new superconducting materials which we have studied using a variety of techniques including muon-spin rotation. Recently, we have used hydrothermal reactions to produce layered lithium iron selenide hydroxides with chemical formula Li1-xFex(OH)Fe1-ySe and thereby producing compounds whose transition temperature can be tuned from zero up to about 40 K. Minimizing the concentration of iron vacancies in the iron selenide layer and simultaneously increasing the electron count on iron in the selenide layers enhance the superconducting properties in this family. Future prospects for new superconducting materials using these novel synthetic routes will be discussed, as will also our current understanding of the superconductivity in these materials. (Work performed in collaboration with S. J. Clarke and coworkers at Oxford, RAL and Durham, UK.) Work supported by EPSRC(UK).

  20. High transition-temperature SQUID magnetometers and practical applications

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    Dantsker, Eugene

    1997-05-01

    The design, fabrication and performance of SQUID magnetometers based on thin films of the high-transition temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) are described. Essential to the achieving high magnetic field resolution at low frequencies is the elimination of 1/f flux noise due to thermally activated hopping of flux vortices between pinning sites in the superconducting films. Through improvements in processing, 1/f noise in single layer YBCO thin films and YBCO-SrTiO3-YBCO trilayers was systematically reduced to allow fabrication of sensitive SQUID magnetometers. Both single-layer directly coupled SQUID magnetometers and multilayer magnetometers were fabricated, based on the dc SQUID with bicrystal grain boundary Josephson junctions. Multilayer magnetometers had a lower magnetic field noise for a given physical size due to greater effective sensing areas. A magnetometer consisting of a SQUID inductively coupled to the multiturn input coil of a flux transformer in a flip-chip arrangement had a field noise of 27 fT Hz-1/2 at 1 Hz and 8.5 fT Hz-1/2 at 1 kHz. A multiloop multilayer SQUID magnetometer had a field noise of 37 fT Hz-1/2 at 1 Hz and 18 fT Hz-1/2 at 1 kHz. A three-axis SQUID magnetometer for geophysical applications was constructed and operated in the field in the presence of 60 Hz and radiofrequency noise. Clinical quality magnetocardiograms were measured using multilayer SQUID magnetometers in a magnetically shielded room.

  1. Modeling the nonlinear PMMA behavior near glass transition temperature: application to its thermoforming

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    Gilormini, P.; Chevalier, L.; Régnier, G.

    2011-01-01

    Using suitable constitutive equations, numerical simulation allows predicting the properties of transparencies that are thermoformed near their glass transition temperature. Such equations are presented, which describe the nonlinear viscoelastic behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate) at large deformations near glass transition. The simulation of the thermoforming of a transparency at constant and uniform temperature is performed and compared with experimental results.

  2. QCD chiral transition temperature in a Dyson-Schwinger-equation context

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    Blank, M.; Krassnigg, A.

    2010-08-01

    We analyze the chiral phase transition with the help of the QCD gap equation. Various models for the effective interaction in rainbow truncation are contrasted with regard to the resulting chiral transition temperatures. In particular, we investigate possible systematic relations of the details of the effective interaction and the value of T{sub c}. In addition, we quantify changes to the transition temperature beyond the rainbow truncation.

  3. Molecular Motion in Polymers: Mechanical Behavior of Polymers Near the Glass-Rubber Transition Temperature.

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    Sperling, L. H.

    1982-01-01

    The temperature at which the onset of coordinated segmental motion begins is called the glass-rubber transition temperature (Tg). Natural rubber at room temperature is a good example of a material above its Tg. Describes an experiment examining the response of a typical polymer to temperature variations above and below Tg. (Author/JN)

  4. Glass transition temperatures of liquid prepolymers obtained by thermal penetrometry

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    Potts, J. E., Jr.; Ashcraft, A. C.

    1973-01-01

    Thermal penetrometry is experimental technique for detecting temperature at which frozen prepolymer becomes soft enough to be pierced by weighted penetrometer needle; temperature at which this occurs is called penetration temperature. Apparatus used to obtain penetration temperatures can be set up largely from standard parts.

  5. Process for preparing high-transition-temperature superconductors in the Nb-Al-Ge system

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    Giorgi, A.L.; Szklarz, E.G.

    1973-01-30

    The patent describes a process for preparing superconducting materials in the Nb-Al-Ge system having transition temperatures in excess of 19K. The process comprises premixing powdered constituents, pressing them into a plug, heating the plug to 1,450-1,800C for 30 minutes to an hour under vacuum or an inert atmosphere, and annealing at moderate temperatures for reasonably long times (approximately 50 hours). High transition-temperature superconductors, including those in the Nb3(Al,Ge) system, prepared in accordance with this process exhibit little degradation in the superconducting transition temperature on being ground to -200 mesh powder. (GRA)

  6. Novel mechanism for temperature-independent transitions in flexible molecules: role of thermodynamic fluctuations.

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    Teslenko, V I; Petrov, E G; Verkhratsky, A; Krishtal, O A

    2010-04-30

    A novel physical mechanism is proposed to explain the temperature-independent transition reactions in molecular systems. The mechanism becomes effective in the case of conformation transitions between quasi-isoenergetic molecular states. It is shown that at room temperatures, stochastic broadening of molecular energy levels predominates the energy of low-frequency vibrations accompanying the transition. This leads to a cancellation of temperature dependence in the stochastically averaged rate constants. As an example, a physical interpretation of temperature-independent onset of P2X{3} receptor desensitization in neuronal membranes is provided.

  7. Rheology across the Zero-Temperature Jamming Transition

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    Paredes, José; Michels, Matthias A. J.; Bonn, Daniel

    2013-07-01

    Many soft-matter systems show a transition between fluidlike and mechanically solidlike states when the volume fraction of the material, e.g., particles, drops, or bubbles is increased. Using an emulsion as a model system with a precisely controllable volume fraction, we show that the entire mechanical behavior in the vicinity of the jamming point can be understood if the mechanical transition is assumed to be analogous to a phase transition. We find power-law scalings in the distance to the jamming point, in which the parameters and exponents connect the behavior above and below jamming. We propose a simple two-state model with heterogeneous dynamics to describe the transition between jammed and mobile states. The model reproduces the steady-state and creep rheology and relates the power-law exponents to diverging microscopic time scales.

  8. The order parameter dependence of transition temperature in FeRhPd alloy films

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    Sato, Hideo; Yu, Jian; Mankey, Gary; Mryasov, Oleg; Leclair, Patrick

    2010-03-01

    FeRh alloys and FeRh-TM alloys have recently attracted great interest because well-ordered films exhibit a phase transition with antiferromagnetism observed at lower temperatures and ferromagnetism at higher temperatures. Here, the order parameter dependence of transition temperature in Fe47Rh47Pd6 films is reported. FeRhPd/Co films were fabricated such that different order parameters were obtained. A higher transition temperature was observed for a film with lower order parameter in sharp contrast to prior experiments with FeRh that show that the transition temperature monotonically increasing with order parameter [1]. The shift to lower transition temperature for the ordered film is accompanied by a sharpening of the phase transition. This is surprising, since disordered films are ferromagnetic throughout the temperature range of the measurements. These results, along with a possible explanation for the anomalous behavior including the effect of lattice constant on the transition temperature will be presented. Funded by the US DOE 1. Jiangwei Cao et al., J. Appl. Phys. 103, 07F501 (2008)

  9. Effect of MnAs/GaAs(001) film accommodations on the phase-transition temperature

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    Iikawa, F.; Brasil, M.J.S.P.; Couto, O.D.D.; Adriano, C.; Giles, C.; Daeweritz, L.

    2004-09-20

    The phase-transition temperature of MnAs epitaxial films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on GaAs(001) with different crystalline accommodations was studied by specular and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction. The transition temperature of MnAs films with tilted hexagonal c-axis orientations with respect to the GaAs substrate is higher than the most investigated nontilted films and reaches a value above room temperature, which is more suitable for device applications.

  10. Structure-to-glass transition temperature relationships in high temperature stable condensation polyimides

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    Alston, W. B.; Gratz, R. F.

    1985-01-01

    The presence of a hexafluoroisopropylidene (6F) connecting group in aryl dianhydrides used to prepare aromatic condensation polyimides provides high glass transition temperature (T sub g) polyimides with excellent thermo-oxidative stability. The purpose of this study was to determine if a trifluorophenyl-ethylidene (3F) connecting group would have a similar effect on the T sub g of aromatic condensation polyimides. A new dianhydride containing the 3F connecting group was synthesized. This dianhydride and an aromatic diamine also containing the 3F connecting group were used together and in various combinations with known diamines or known dianhydrides, respectively, to prepare new 3F containing condensation polyimides. Known polyimides, including some with the 6F connecting linkage, were also prepared for comparison purposes. The new 3F containing polymers and the comparison polymers were prepared by condensation polymerization via the traditional amic-acid polymerization method in N,N-dimethylacetamide solvent. The solutions were characterized by determining their inherent viscosities and then were thermally converted into polyimide films under nitrogen atmosphere at 300 to 500 C, usually 350 C. The T sub g's of the films and resin discs were then determined by thermomechanical analysis and were correlated as a function of the final processing temperatures of the films and resin discs. The results showed that similarities existed in the T sub g's depending on the nature of the connecting linkage in the monomers used to prepare the condensation polyimides.

  11. The correlation between shear elastic modulus and glass transition temperature of bulk metallic glasses

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    Lu Zhibin; Li Jiangong; Shao Hang; Ni Xia; Gleiter, H.

    2009-03-02

    Based on Varshni equation, the shear elastic modulus at the glass transition temperature [G(T{sub g})] and the shear elastic modulus at 0 K [G(0)] were calculated from the elastic modulus measured at room temperature for various bulk metallic glasses (BMGs). The G(T{sub g})/G(0) ratios for various BMGs are almost the same and have a value around 0.85. This unique correlation implies that the glass transition occurs when the shear modulus of a BMG decreases to about 85% of G(0). This correlation between shear modulus and glass transition is of significance in understanding the glass transition of BMGs.

  12. Temperature diagnostics for carbon IV ion by using a collision model in the solar transition region

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    Liao, Lamei; He, Jian; Zhang, Qingguo

    2016-09-01

    For spectral diagnostics of temperature in the solar transition region, by using a semi-classical method, we calculate the collision strengths for the dipole transition of carbon IV 2S1/2-2P1/2 and 2S1/2-2P3/2, and we discuss the Maxwellian-averaged collision strengths for a wide temperature region. Then, based on the Maxwellian-averaged collision strengths, we discuss the spectral diagnostic of temperature in the solar transition region and obtain the temperature T = 1.7 × 105 K for the carbon IV ion in that region, which is in good agreement with the predicted temperature range of 1.0 × 105 K to 2.0 × 105 K. This calculation will be significant for spectral diagnostics in the solar transition region.

  13. Glass transition temperatures and fermentative activity of heat-treated commercial active dry yeasts.

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    Schebor, C; Galvagno, M; del Pilar Buera, M; Chirife, J

    2000-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry thermograms of various samples of commercial instant active dry yeasts revealed a clear glass transition typical of amorphous carbohydrates and sugars. The resulting glass transition temperatures were found to decrease with increasing moisture content. The observed glass curve was similar to that of pure trehalose, which is known to accumulate in large amounts in baker's yeast. The effect of heat treatment at various temperatures on the fermentative activity (as measured by the metabolic production of CO(2)) of dry yeast was studied. First-order plots were obtained representing the loss of fermentative activity as a function of heating time at the various temperatures assayed. Significant losses of fermentative activity were observed in vitrified yeast samples. The dependence of rate constants with temperature was found to follow Arrhenius behavior. The relationship between the loss of fermentative activity and glass transition was not verified, and the glass transition was not reflected on the temperature dependence of fermentative activity loss.

  14. Temperature-dependent transitions in isometric contractions of rat muscle.

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    Ranatunga, K W; Wylie, S R

    1983-01-01

    The effect of temperature on tetanic tension development was examined in extensor digitorum longus (fast-twitch) and soleus (slow-twitch) muscles of the rat, in vitro and with direct stimulation. The temperature range was from 35 to 10 degrees C. 2. The maximum tetanic tension decreased slightly on cooling from 35 to 25 degrees C. Cooling below 20 degrees C resulted in a marked depression of tetanic tension. The results were similar in the two muscles. 3. Analysis (in the form of Arrhenius plots) of the rate of tetanic tension development and relaxation clearly showed the occurrence of two phases in their temperature dependence, due to an increased temperature sensitivity below about 25 degrees C. Arrhenius activation energy estimates for temperatures lower than 21 degrees C were around twice as high as those for temperatures higher than 24 degrees C in both muscles. PMID:6887040

  15. Atomistic description for temperature-driven phase transitions in BaTiO3

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    Qi, Y.; Liu, S.; Grinberg, I.; Rappe, A. M.

    2016-10-01

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3) is a prototypical ferroelectric perovskite that undergoes the rhombohedral-orthorhombic-tetragonal-cubic phase transitions as the temperature increases. In this paper, we develop a classical interatomic potential for BaTiO3 within the framework of the bond-valence theory. The force field is parametrized from first-principles results, enabling accurate large-scale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations at finite temperatures. Our model potential for BaTiO3 reproduces the temperature-driven phase transitions in isobaric-isothermal ensemble (N P T ) MD simulations. This potential allows for the analysis of BaTiO3 structures with atomic resolution. By analyzing the local displacements of Ti atoms, we demonstrate that the phase transitions of BaTiO3 exhibit a mix of order-disorder and displacive characters. Besides, from a detailed observation of structural dynamics during phase transition, we discover that the global phase transition is associated with changes in the equilibrium value and fluctuations of each polarization component, including the ones already averaging to zero, Contrary to the conventional understanding that temperature increase generally causes bond-softening transition, the x -polarization component (the one which is polar in both the orthorhombic and the tetragonal phases) exhibits a bond-hardening character during the orthorhombic-to-tetragonal transition. These results provide further insight about the temperature-driven phase transitions in BaTiO3.

  16. Influences of structural mismatch on morphology, phase transition temperature, segmental dynamics and color-transition behaviors of polydiacetylene vesicles.

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    Pattanatornchai, Thanutpon; Charoenthai, Nipaphat; Traiphol, Rakchart

    2014-10-15

    In this contribution, we report a systematic study of polydiacetylene (PDA) vesicles fabricated by mixing two types of monomers, 10,12-tricosadiynoic acid (TCDA) and 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PCDA). These diacetylene (DA) monomers constitute the same head group but different alkyl chain length, which in turn causes structural mismatch within the PDA layers. The PCDA:TCDA ratios are 100, 75, 50, 25 and 0mol%. Morphologies and properties of these PDA vesicles are explored by utilizing laser light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, temperature-dependent nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) measurements. An increase in DA mole ratio to 50mol% leads to significant increase in particle size. The mixed PDA vesicles also exhibit irregular shape with rather rough surface. The mismatch of alkyl side chain causes the drop of phase transition temperature. For the system of mixed poly(PCDA50:TCDA50), its transition temperature is lower than those of the pure PDAs. The NMR line shape analysis detects an abrupt change of proton signal adjacent to the PDA head group during the blue/red color-transition process. The T1 measurements also reveal different local environments of PDA alkyl side chains in the blue and red phases. The mismatch of PDA side chains causes significant drop of the color-transition temperature.

  17. A simplified ductile-brittle transition temperature tester

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    Arias, A.

    1973-01-01

    The construction and operation of a versatile, simplified bend tester is described. The tester is usable at temperatures from - 192 to 650 C in air. Features of the tester include a single test chamber for cryogenic or elevated temperatures, specimen alining support rollers, and either manual or motorized operation.

  18. Distributed Low Temperature Combustion: Fundamental Understanding of Combustion Regime Transitions

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    2016-09-07

    study is to bring fundamental understanding of the impact of the chemical (Tau_c) and flow (Tau_f) timescales on combustion regime transitions in...reaction zone regime. The choice of DME is partly due to the potential practical relevance, but also due to the fundamentally different chemical ... chemical mechanisms for the considered fuels (e.g. DME) to establish their ability to reproduce laminar flame and auto-ignition properties. The

  19. Measuring the Transition Temperature of a Superconductor in a Pre-University Laboratory

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    Ireson, Gren

    2006-01-01

    This article presents the methodology and results for a simple approach to the measurement of the transition temperature of a superconducting material, in a pre-university laboratory session, using readily available apparatus (and some liquid nitrogen).

  20. Glass Transition Temperature of Saccharide Aqueous Solutions Estimated with the Free Volume/Percolation Model.

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    Constantin, Julian Gelman; Schneider, Matthias; Corti, Horacio R

    2016-06-09

    The glass transition temperature of trehalose, sucrose, glucose, and fructose aqueous solutions has been predicted as a function of the water content by using the free volume/percolation model (FVPM). This model only requires the molar volume of water in the liquid and supercooled regimes, the molar volumes of the hypothetical pure liquid sugars at temperatures below their pure glass transition temperatures, and the molar volumes of the mixtures at the glass transition temperature. The model is simplified by assuming that the excess thermal expansion coefficient is negligible for saccharide-water mixtures, and this ideal FVPM becomes identical to the Gordon-Taylor model. It was found that the behavior of the water molar volume in trehalose-water mixtures at low temperatures can be obtained by assuming that the FVPM holds for this mixture. The temperature dependence of the water molar volume in the supercooled region of interest seems to be compatible with the recent hypothesis on the existence of two structure of liquid water, being the high density liquid water the state of water in the sugar solutions. The idealized FVPM describes the measured glass transition temperature of sucrose, glucose, and fructose aqueous solutions, with much better accuracy than both the Gordon-Taylor model based on an empirical kGT constant dependent on the saccharide glass transition temperature and the Couchman-Karasz model using experimental heat capacity changes of the components at the glass transition temperature. Thus, FVPM seems to be an excellent tool to predict the glass transition temperature of other aqueous saccharides and polyols solutions by resorting to volumetric information easily available.

  1. Pressure coefficient of the glass transition temperature in the thermodynamic scaling regime

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    Koperwas, K.; Grzybowski, A.; Grzybowska, K.; Wojnarowska, Z.; Pionteck, J.; Sokolov, A. P.; Paluch, M.

    2012-10-01

    We report that the pressure coefficient of the glass transition temperature, dTg/dp, which is commonly used to determine the pressure sensitivity of the glass transition temperature Tg, can be predicted in the thermodynamic scaling regime. We show that the equation derived from the isochronal condition combined with the well-known scaling, TVγ = const, predicts successfully values of dTg/dp for a variety of glass-forming systems, including van der Waals liquids, polymers, and ionic liquids.

  2. Sex reversal triggers the rapid transition from genetic to temperature-dependent sex.

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    Holleley, Clare E; O'Meally, Denis; Sarre, Stephen D; Marshall Graves, Jennifer A; Ezaz, Tariq; Matsubara, Kazumi; Azad, Bhumika; Zhang, Xiuwen; Georges, Arthur

    2015-07-02

    Sex determination in animals is amazingly plastic. Vertebrates display contrasting strategies ranging from complete genetic control of sex (genotypic sex determination) to environmentally determined sex (for example, temperature-dependent sex determination). Phylogenetic analyses suggest frequent evolutionary transitions between genotypic and temperature-dependent sex determination in environmentally sensitive lineages, including reptiles. These transitions are thought to involve a genotypic system becoming sensitive to temperature, with sex determined by gene-environment interactions. Most mechanistic models of transitions invoke a role for sex reversal. Sex reversal has not yet been demonstrated in nature for any amniote, although it occurs in fish and rarely in amphibians. Here we make the first report of reptile sex reversal in the wild, in the Australian bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps), and use sex-reversed animals to experimentally induce a rapid transition from genotypic to temperature-dependent sex determination. Controlled mating of normal males to sex-reversed females produces viable and fertile offspring whose phenotypic sex is determined solely by temperature (temperature-dependent sex determination). The W sex chromosome is eliminated from this lineage in the first generation. The instantaneous creation of a lineage of ZZ temperature-sensitive animals reveals a novel, climate-induced pathway for the rapid transition between genetic and temperature-dependent sex determination, and adds to concern about adaptation to rapid global climate change.

  3. Determining surface properties with bimodal and multimodal AFM.

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    Forchheimer, D; Borysov, Stanislav S; Platz, D; Haviland, David B

    2014-12-05

    Conventional dynamic atomic force microscopy (AFM) can be extended to bimodal and multimodal AFM in which the cantilever is simultaneously excited at two or more resonance frequencies. Such excitation schemes result in one additional amplitude and phase images for each driven resonance, and potentially convey more information about the surface under investigation. Here we present a theoretical basis for using this information to approximate the parameters of a tip-surface interaction model. The theory is verified by simulations with added noise corresponding to room-temperature measurements.

  4. Hot Bands in Overtone Absorption Transitions: High Temperature Spectra

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    1993-03-17

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  5. Finite-temperature fluid–insulator transition of strongly interacting 1D disordered bosons

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    Michal, Vincent P.; Aleiner, Igor L.; Altshuler, Boris L.; Shlyapnikov, Georgy V.

    2016-01-01

    We consider the many-body localization–delocalization transition for strongly interacting one-dimensional disordered bosons and construct the full picture of finite temperature behavior of this system. This picture shows two insulator–fluid transitions at any finite temperature when varying the interaction strength. At weak interactions, an increase in the interaction strength leads to insulator → fluid transition, and, for large interactions, there is a reentrance to the insulator regime. It is feasible to experimentally verify these predictions by tuning the interaction strength with the use of Feshbach or confinement-induced resonances, for example, in 7Li or 39K. PMID:27436894

  6. High-Temperature Quantum-Classical Transition in Solid Methane

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    Zakharov, A. Yu.; Leont'eva, A. V.; Prokhorov, A. Yu.; Erenburg, A. I.

    2017-04-01

    Some experimental studies have reported that physical properties of solid methane exhibit a number of anomalies in the temperature interval between 0.5 T _tr and T _tr (T _tr is triple point of methane). This paper contains an attempt of systematization and theoretical interpretation of the observed anomalies.

  7. Dynamical transition of water in the grooves of DNA duplex at low temperature.

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    Biswal, Debasmita; Jana, Biman; Pal, Subrata; Bagchi, Biman

    2009-04-02

    At low temperature (below its freezing/melting temperature), liquid water under confinement is known to exhibit anomalous dynamical features. Here we study structure and dynamics of water in the grooves of a long DNA duplex using molecular dynamics simulations with TIP5P potential at low temperature. We find signatures of a dynamical transition in both translational and orientational dynamics of water molecules in both the major and the minor grooves of a DNA duplex. The transition occurs at a slightly higher temperature (T(GL) approximately 255 K) than the temperature at which the bulk water is found to undergo a dynamical transition, which for the TIP5P potential is at 247 K. Groove water, however, exhibits markedly different temperature dependence of its properties from the bulk. Entropy calculations reveal that the minor groove water is ordered even at room temperature, and the transition at T approximately 255 K can be characterized as a strong-to-strong dynamical transition. Confinement of water in the grooves of DNA favors the formation of a low density four-coordinated state (as a consequence of enthalpy-entropy balance) that makes the liquid-liquid transition stronger. The low temperature water is characterized by pronounced tetrahedral order, as manifested in the sharp rise near 109 degrees in the O-O-O angle distribution. We find that the Adams-Gibbs relation between configurational entropy and translational diffusion holds quite well when the two quantities are plotted together in a master plot for different region of aqueous DNA duplex (bulk, major, and minor grooves) at different temperatures. The activation energy for the transfer of water molecules between different regions of DNA is found to be weakly dependent on temperature.

  8. AFM-Based Mechanical Nanomanipulation

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    Landolsi, Fakhreddine

    2011-12-01

    Advances in several research areas increase the need for more sophisticated fabrication techniques and better performing materials. Tackling this problem from a bottom-up perspective is currently an active field of research. The bottom-up fabrication procedure offers sub-nanometer accurate manipulation. At this time, candidates to achieve nanomanipulation include chemical (self-assembly), biotechnology methods (DNA-based), or using controllable physical forces (e.g. electrokinetic forces, mechanical forces). In this thesis, new methods and techniques for mechanical nanomanipulation using probe force interaction are developed. The considered probes are commonly used in Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs) for high resolution imaging. AFM-based mechanical nanomanipulation will enable arranging nanoscale entities such as nanotubes and molecules in a precise and controlled manner to assemble and produce novel devices and systems at the nanoscale. The novelty of this research stems from the development of new modeling of the physics and mechanics of the tip interaction with nanoscale entities, coupled with the development of new smart cantilevers with multiple degrees of freedom. The gained knowledge from the conducted simulations and analysis is expected to enable true precision and repeatability of nanomanipulation tasks which is not feasible with existing methods and technologies.

  9. High temperature phase transitions and critical exponents of Samarium orthoferrite determined by in situ optical ellipsometry

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    Berini, B.; Fouchet, A.; Popova, E.; Scola, J.; Dumont, Y.; Franco, N.; da Silva, R. M. C.; Keller, N.

    2012-03-01

    Determining phase transitions has always been a great challenge in material science due to their important fundamental and technological aspects. Recently, iron-based perovskites (RFeO3), exhibiting phase transitions at high temperatures, have attracted much interest for their functional properties at room temperature, such as multiferroicity (BiFeO3) and ultrafast spin dynamics (TmFeO3). In this family of materials, Samarium orthoferrite (SmFeO3) is a weak ferromagnet, ordering at high temperatures and exhibiting an intrinsic spin reorientation transition above room temperature, which is "hidden" in macroscopic magnetization measurements in polycrystalline samples. In the present article, we show that the related magnetic high temperature phase transitions can be studied through their dielectric functions by spectroscopic ellipsometry in situ and without any need for an applied external magnetic field. The presence of this intrinsic spin reorientation transition is demonstrated for textured SmFeO3 films and we have determined a critical exponent of β = 0.45 ± 0.01 for the magnetic phase transition, coherently from optical, magneto-optical, and structural investigations.

  10. Confinement effects on glass transition temperature, transition breadth, and expansivity: Comparison of ellipsometry and fluorescence measurements on polystyrene films

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    Kim, S.; Hewlett, S. A.; Roth, C. B.; Torkelson, J. M.

    2009-09-01

    Using ellipsometry, we characterized the nanoconfinement effect on the glass transition temperature (T gof supported polystyrene (PS) films employing two methods: the intersection of fits to the temperature (Tdependences of rubbery- and glassy-state thicknesses, and the transition mid-point between rubbery- and glassy-state expansivities. The results demonstrate a strong effect of thickness: ensuremath Tg(bulk)-Tg(23{ nm})= 10 circ C. The T -range needed for accurate measurement increases significantly with decreasing thickness, an effect that arises from the broadening of the transition with confinement and a region below T g where expansivity slowly decreases with decreasing T . As determined from expansivities, the T g breadth triples in going from bulk films to a 21-nm-thick film; this broadening of the transition may be a more dramatic effect of confinement than the T g reduction itself. In contrast, there is little effect of confinement on the rubbery- and glassy-state expansivities. Compared with ellipsometry, T g ’s from fluorescence agree well in bulk films but yield lower values in nanoconfined films: T g(bulk) - T g(23 nm) = 15° C via fluorescence. This small difference in the T g confinement effect reflects differences in how fluorescence and ellipsometry report “average T g ” with confinement. With decreasing nanoscale thickness, fluorescence may slightly overweight the contribution of the free-surface layer while ellipsometry may evenly weight or underweight its contribution. in here

  11. Ab Initio Simulations of Temperature Dependent Phase Stability and Martensitic Transitions in NiTi

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    Haskins, Justin B.; Thompson, Alexander E.; Lawson, John W.

    2016-01-01

    For NiTi based alloys, the shape memory effect is governed by a transition from a low-temperature martensite phase to a high-temperature austenite phase. Despite considerable experimental and computational work, basic questions regarding the stability of the phases and the martensitic phase transition remain unclear even for the simple case of binary, equiatomic NiTi. We perform ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to describe the temperature-dependent behavior of NiTi and resolve several of these outstanding issues. Structural correlation functions and finite temperature phonon spectra are evaluated to determine phase stability. In particular, we show that finite temperature, entropic effects stabilize the experimentally observed martensite (B19') and austenite (B2) phases while destabilizing the theoretically predicted (B33) phase. Free energy computations based on ab initio thermodynamic integration confirm these results and permit estimates of the transition temperature between the phases. In addition to the martensitic phase transition, we predict a new transition between the B33 and B19' phases. The role of defects in suppressing these phase transformations is discussed.

  12. Effect of pressure on fragility and glass transition temperature in fragile glass-former

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    Paluch, M.; Hensel-Bielówka, S.; Zioło, J.

    1999-06-01

    This paper presents the effect of pressure on liquid fragility in poly(bisphenol A-co-epichlorohydrin), glycidyl end capped. On the basis of temperature dependences of dielectric relaxation times measured for several different pressures, the steepness or fragility index mT has been calculated. We proved that liquid fragility is independent of pressure within experimental error. The influence of pressure on glass transition temperature has also been studied. It turned out that pressure dependence of glass transition temperature is well represented by the second-order polynomial.

  13. Shift in membrane miscibility transition temperature upon addition of short-chain alcohols

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    Schick, M.

    2016-12-01

    I consider the effect of a small concentration of a molecule, such as a short-chain alcohol, on the miscibility transition temperature of a giant plasma membrane vesicle. For concentrations sufficiently small such that the system can be treated as a dilute solution, the change in transition temperature is known to depend upon the extent of the molecule's partition into the coexisting liquid-disordered and liquid-ordered phases. Preferential partitioning into the former decreases the miscibility temperature, while preferential partitioning into the latter causes an increase. The analysis, combined with calculated values of the partition coefficient of saturated chains, illuminates the results of recent experiments on the change in miscibility transition temperatures with changing alcohol chain length, and makes several testable predictions.

  14. Correlation between defect transition levels and thermoelectric operational temperature of doped CrSi2

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    Singh, Abhishek; Pandey, Tribhuwan

    2014-03-01

    The performance of a thermoelectric material is quantified by figure of merit ZT. The challenge in achieving high ZT value requires simultaneously high thermopower, high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity at optimal carrier concentration. So far doping is the most versatile approach used for modifying thermoelectric properties. Previous studies have shown that doping can significantly improve the thermoelectric performance, however the tuning the operating temperature of a thermoelectric device is a main issue. Using first principles density functional theory, we report for CrSi2, a linear relationship between thermodynamic charge state transition levels of defects and temperature at which thermopower peaks. We show for doped CrSi2 that the peak of thermopower occurs at the temperature Tm, which corresponds to the position of defect transition level. Therefore, by modifying the defect transition level, a thermoelectric material with a given operational temperature can be designed. The authors thankfully acknowledge support from ADA under NpMASS.

  15. Investigations of Effects of Surface Temperature and Single Roughness Elements on Boundary-Layer Transition

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    Liepmann, Hans W; Fila, Gertrude H

    1947-01-01

    The laminar boundary layer and the position of the transition point were investigated on a heated flat plate. It was found that the Reynolds number of transition decreased as the temperature of the plate is increased. It is shown from simple qualitative analytical considerations that the effect of variable viscosity in the boundary layer due to the temperature difference produces a velocity profile with an inflection point if the wall temperature is higher than the free-stream temperature. This profile is confirmed by measurements. The instability of inflection-point profiles is discussed. Studies of the flow in the wake of large, two-dimensional roughness elements are presented. It is shown that a boundary-layer can separate and reattach itself to the wall without having transition take place.

  16. Microwave properties of high transition temperature superconducting thin films

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    Gordon, W. L.

    1991-01-01

    Extensive studies of the interaction of microwaves with YBa2Cu3O(7-delta), Bi-based, and Tl-based superconducting thin films deposited in several microwave substrates were performed. The data were obtained by measuring the microwave power transmitted through the film in the normal and the superconducting state and by resonant cavity techniques. The main motives were to qualify and understand the physical parameters such as the magnetic penetration depth, the complex conductivity, and the surface impedance, of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials at microwave frequencies. Based on these parameters, the suitability of these HTS thin films is discussed for microwave applications.

  17. Glass transition in thin supported polystyrene films probed by temperature-modulated ellipsometry in vacuum.

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    Efremov, Mikhail Yu; Kiyanova, Anna V; Last, Julie; Soofi, Shauheen S; Thode, Christopher; Nealey, Paul F

    2012-08-01

    Glass transition in thin (1-200 nm thick) spin-cast polystyrene films on silicon surfaces is probed by ellipsometry in a controlled vacuum environment. A temperature-modulated modification of the method is used alongside a traditional linear temperature scan. A clear glass transition is detected in films with thicknesses as low as 1-2 nm. The glass transition temperature (T(g)) shows no substantial dependence on thickness for coatings greater than 20 nm. Thinner films demonstrate moderate T(g) depression achieving 18 K for thicknesses 4-7 nm. Less than 4 nm thick samples are excluded from the T(g) comparison due to significant thickness nonuniformity (surface roughness). The transition in 10-20 nm thick films demonstrates excessive broadening. For some samples, the broadened transition is clearly resolved into two separate transitions. The thickness dependence of the glass transition can be well described by a simple 2-layer model. It is also shown that T(g) depression in 5 nm thick films is not sensitive to a wide range of experimental factors including molecular weight characteristics of the polymer, specifications of solvent used for spin casting, substrate composition, and pretreatment of the substrate surface.

  18. Structural and magnetic phase transitions in gadolinium under high pressures and low temperatures

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    Samudrala, Gopi K.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Weir, Samuel T.; Vohra, Yogesh K.

    2014-11-07

    High pressure structural transition studies have been carried out on rare earth metal gadolinium in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature to 169 GPa. Gadolinium has been compressed to 38% of its initial volume at this pressure. With increasing pressure, a crystal structure sequence of hcp → Smtype→ dhcp → fcc → dfcc → monoclinic has been observed in our studies on gadolinium. The measured equation of state of gadolinium is presented to 169 GPa at ambient temperature. Magnetic ordering temperature of gadolinium has been studied using designer diamond anvils to a pressure of 25 GP and a temperature of 10 K. The magnetic ordering temperature has been determined from the four-point electrical resistivity measurements carried out on gadolinium. Furthermore, our experiments show that the magnetic transition temperature decreases with increasing pressure to 19 GPa and then increases when gadolinium is subjected to higher pressures.

  19. Equation of state and transition temperatures in the quark-hadron hybrid model

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    Miyahara, Akihisa; Torigoe, Yuhei; Kouno, Hiroaki; Yahiro, Masanobu

    2016-07-01

    We analyze the equation of state of 2 +1 flavor lattice QCD at zero baryon density by constructing a simple quark-hadron hybrid model that has both quark and hadron components simultaneously. We calculate the hadron and quark contributions separately and parameterize those to match with lattice QCD data. Lattice data on the equation of state are decomposed into hadron and quark components by using the model. The transition temperature is defined by the temperature at which the hadron component is equal to the quark one in the equation of state. The transition temperature thus obtained is about 215 MeV; this is somewhat higher than the chiral and the deconfinement pseudocritical temperatures defined by the temperature at which the susceptibility or the absolute value of the derivative of the order parameter with respect to temperature becomes maximum.

  20. Determination of the ductile-brittle transition temperature from the microplastic-strain rate

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    Andreev, A. K.; Solntsev, Yu. P.

    2008-04-01

    The possibility of the determination of the tendency of cast and deformed steels to brittle fracture using the temperature dependence of the small-plastic-strain rate is studied. The temperature corresponding to the maximum in this curve is found to indicate an abrupt decrease in the steel plasticity, which makes it possible to interpret it as the ductile-brittle transition temperature depending only on the structure of a material.

  1. Effects of temperature factor of cone nose-tip on a transition to turbulence

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    Bountin, D. A.; Gromyko, Yu. V.; Polivanov, P. A.; Sidorenko, A. A.; Nastobursky, A. S.; Maslov, A. A.

    2016-10-01

    During the flight of a hypersonic vehicle the areas of local heating of the surface can appear due to various reasons: the local separation zone, the incident shock wave, the joints of different materials and so forth. These areas change the temperature factor, i.e. the ratio of the surface temperature to the recovery temperature. Previous studies have shown that a local change of the temperature factor strongly influences the position of the laminar-turbulent transition in hypersonic boundary layer [1]. It was also shown that the degree of this effect depends on the position of the local heating/cooling area of the model surface. The leading edge or nose-tip of the model is an important area where the processes of receptivity occur. Disturbances converted to inner pulsation of the boundary layer is gradually increasing downstream, provoking non-linear processes, resulting in a laminar-turbulent transition. It is well known that the bluntness of model-tip substantially shifts transition position downstream. On the other hand the biggest heat loads occurs in the area of nose of reentry vehicle sufficiently changing temperature of nose-tip. Behavior of disturbances when changing the temperature factor of a blunt nose has not yet been investigated. In this paper the effect of temperature factor of blunt nose-tip change on the development of the perturbation of the boundary layer and the position of the transition was studied.

  2. Shock-induced phase transition of Tin: Experimental study with velocity and temperature measurements

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    Chauvin, Camille; Bouchkour, Zakaria; Sinatti, Frédéric; Petit, Jacques

    2017-01-01

    To investigate polymorphic transition and melting on release of Tin, experiments under shock wave compression have been carried out from 10 GPa to 44 GPa with both velocity and temperature measurements. Interface Sn/LiF velocity has been recorded using Photon Doppler Velocimeter (PDV) measurement technique and interface Sn/LiF temperature has been performed thanks to an optical pyrometer appropriate to detect low and high temperatures (respectively <1000 K and > 1000 K). While PDV measurements are common and accurate, temperature remains often imprecise due to the lack of knowledge on the emissivity of the sample. The use of an emissive layer at the interface Sn/LiF helps to estimate an accurate temperature measurement which can be compared to our numerical simulations. The profiles of both velocity and radiance records are in good agreement and display the polymorphic transition and the melting on release of Tin. Besides, temperature profiles can show complementary singularities particularly during phase transition, not visible on velocity profiles. This paper will discuss the evidence of phase transitions on temperature measurements, the complementarity with velocity measurements and the advantages of an emissive layer.

  3. Temperature dependence of the first-order metal-insulator transition in VO2 and programmable critical temperature sensor

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    Kim, Bong-Jun; Lee, Yong Wook; Chae, Byung-Gyu; Yun, Sun Jin; Oh, Soo-Young; Kim, Hyun-Tak; Lim, Yong-Sik

    2007-01-01

    For VO2-based two-terminal devices, the first-order metal-insulator transition (MIT, jump) is controlled by an applied voltage and temperature, and an intermediate monoclinic metal phase between the MIT and the structural phase transition (SPT) is observed. The conductivity of this phase linearly increases with increasing temperature up to TSPT≈68°C and becomes maximum at TSPT. Optical microscopic observation reveals the absence of a local current path in the metal phase. The current uniformly flows throughout the surface of the VO2 film when the MIT occurs. This device can be used as a programmable critical temperature sensor where the applied voltage is controlled by a program.

  4. Body temperature-related structural transitions of monotremal and human hemoglobin.

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    Digel, I; Maggakis-Kelemen, Ch; Zerlin, K F; Linder, Pt; Kasischke, N; Kayser, P; Porst, D; Temiz Artmann, A; Artmann, G M

    2006-10-15

    In this study, temperature-related structural changes were investigated in human, duck-billed platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus, body temperature T(b) = 31-33 degrees C), and echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus, body temperature T(b) = 32-33 degrees C) hemoglobin using circular dichroism spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering. The average hydrodynamic radius (R(h)) and fractional (normalized) change in the ellipticity (F(obs)) at 222 +/- 2 nm of hemoglobin were measured. The temperature was varied stepwise from 25 degrees C to 45 degrees C. The existence of a structural transition of human hemoglobin at the critical temperature T(c) between 36-37 degrees C was previously shown by micropipette aspiration experiments, viscosimetry, and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Based on light-scattering measurements, this study proves the onset of molecular aggregation at T(c). In two different monotremal hemoglobins (echidna and platypus), the critical transition temperatures were found between 32-33 degrees C, which are close to the species' body temperature T(b). The data suggest that the correlation of the structural transition's critical temperature T(c) and the species' body temperature T(b) is not mere coincidence but, instead, is a more widespread structural phenomenon possibly including many other proteins.

  5. Association between in-transit loss, internal trailer temperature, and distance traveled by Ontario market hogs.

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    Haley, Charles; Dewey, Catherine E; Widowski, Tina; Friendship, Robert

    2008-10-01

    An observational study was conducted from July to October 2004 to determine the association between in-transit losses of swine and internal trailer temperature after controlling for loading density, trip distance, herd size, and random trip effect. A convenience sample of 3 trucking companies was used to collect temperature, relative humidity, and global positioning data for 104 trips that delivered 21,834 pigs from 371 producers to Ontario abattoirs. The association between in-transit loss and trailer temperature was determined using the 90th percentiles of internal temperature for each trip. Average loading density was 0.36 m2/100 kg pig (range 0.28 to 0.50 m2/100 kg pig). Average in-transit loss was 0.12%; however, 94% of producers experienced no losses. As the 90th percentile of internal trailer temperature increased from a range of 8.6 degrees C to 23.3 degrees C to a range of 23.4 degrees C to 26.1degreesC, average in-transit loss ratio increased approximately 3-fold, with an additional 2-fold increase as the range increased from 26.2 degrees C to 28.9 degrees C to 29.0 degrees C to 30.5 degrees C. As the 90th percentile of temperature increased by 1degreesC over the full range of temperatures in this study, in-transit loss was expected to increase 1.26 times. The in-transit loss was expected to decrease 0.81 times for each 50-km increase in distance traveled between the farm and the abattoir.

  6. Phase Transition in all-trans-β-Carotene Crystal: Temperature-Dependent Raman Spectra.

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    da Silva, Kleber J R; Paschoal, Waldomiro; Belo, Ezequiel A; Moreira, Sanclayton G C

    2015-09-24

    In this study, we studied the stability of an all-trans-β-carotene single crystal using Raman spectroscopy with line excitation at 632.8 nm, in the temperature range 20–300 K. The Raman spectra exhibit clear modifications in the spectral range of the lattice and internal vibrational modes. The temperature dependence of the most intense vibrational modes ν1 (1511 cm(–1)) and ν2 (1156 cm(–1)) that are related to the C═C and C—C stretching vibrations of the polyene chain, respectively, shows an upward shift on the Raman modes. This behavior is similar to that stated in the theoretical work of Wei-Long Liu et al. We conclude that the all-trans-β-carotene crystal undergoes a temperature-induced phase transition at approximately 219 K. This transition is interpreted as a rotation experienced by β-ring groups at each end of the all-trans-β-carotene molecule around the dihedral angle. At low temperatures, the new molecular configuration affects the sliding plane of the space group C2h(5)(P2(1)/n), and the phase transition leads to an unchanged monoclinic structure; however, the original space group is possibly lowered to the space group C2. In the temperature range 200–220 K, the spectral ratio (S) of the integrated intensities of the spectral modes around the symmetric and asymmetric stretching wavenumbers of the methyl group (CH3) changes as a function of temperature in agreement with the phase transition. Furthermore, according to phase transition undergone by the all-trans-β-carotene, the thermal results obtained by differential scanning calorimetry show an exothermic process that occurs near the transition temperature assigned by the Raman spectra.

  7. Electronic transition above room temperature in CaMn7O12 films

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    Huon, A.; Lang, A. C.; Saldana-Greco, D.; Lim, J. S.; Moon, E. J.; Rappe, A. M.; Taheri, M. L.; May, S. J.

    2015-10-01

    We report on the electronic phase transition in CaMn7O12 quadruple perovskite films synthesized by oxide molecular beam epitaxy on SrLaAlO4 and La0.3Sr0.7Al0.65Ta0.35O3 substrates. We use x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy to confirm that the CaMn7O12 phase has been realized. Temperature dependent resistivity measurements reveal a signature of a charge ordering phase transition at ≈425 K, consistent with bulk CaMn7O12. The transition temperature is found to be relatively invariant to changes in the cation stoichiometry. Density functional theory calculations reveal the changes in atomic and electronic structure induced by the charge ordering transition.

  8. Electronic transition above room temperature in CaMn{sub 7}O{sub 12} films

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    Huon, A.; Lang, A. C.; Moon, E. J.; Taheri, M. L.; May, S. J.; Saldana-Greco, D.; Lim, J. S.; Rappe, A. M.

    2015-10-05

    We report on the electronic phase transition in CaMn{sub 7}O{sub 12} quadruple perovskite films synthesized by oxide molecular beam epitaxy on SrLaAlO{sub 4} and La{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.65}Ta{sub 0.35}O{sub 3} substrates. We use x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy to confirm that the CaMn{sub 7}O{sub 12} phase has been realized. Temperature dependent resistivity measurements reveal a signature of a charge ordering phase transition at ≈425 K, consistent with bulk CaMn{sub 7}O{sub 12}. The transition temperature is found to be relatively invariant to changes in the cation stoichiometry. Density functional theory calculations reveal the changes in atomic and electronic structure induced by the charge ordering transition.

  9. Synthesis and Characterization of High Transition Temperature Superconductors.

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    Coppa, Nicholas V.

    1990-01-01

    The preparation of polycrystalline YBa _2Cu_3O_ {rm 7-x} (YBCO) by several chemical routes was explored. This work was prompted by the need to prepare finely divided polycrystalline materials of high purity with optimal physical characteristics for the fabrication of superconducting devices. Three methods have been developed with the goal of overcoming some of the limitations of the ceramic method as well as chemical methods involving the use or formation of carbonaceous species. Nitrates, which decompose or react at low temperatures, are used and this allowed for more flexibility of the reaction conditions. Mixing of the reactants was done in solution. The first method involves the preparation of YBCO precursors by the simultaneous thermal decomposition of the nitrates of yttrium, barium and copper in an anhydrous fused eutectic of sodium and potassium hydroxide. The objective of this method was to eliminate the need for any mechanical grinding or the introduction of carbon containing anions. This method produced fine YBCO precursor powders consisting of Y(OH)_3, BaO _2 and CuO. Without any grinding or mixing, calcination of the powders, in air, produced > 95% superconducting YBCO. A second method, involved the fusion of stoichiometric amounts of yttrium and copper nitrates and barium hydroxide, in air. The objective was to produce YBCO directly through the use of a high temperature reaction medium. The starting materials go through a short -lived liquid phase yielding a solid black product which when subsequently heat treated, produce nearly phase pure polycrystalline YBCO. The third method described involves the freeze drying of aqueous solutions and the subsequent heat treatment to form the superconducting product. By this process atomically mixed precursors were obtained as verified by several analytical techniques. The mechanism of product formation involved the intermediate appearance of Ba_2Cu_3O _{rm 5+x} and Y _2O_3 which react to form YBa_2Cu_3 O_{rm 7-x

  10. Isotope shift of the ferromagnetic transition temperature in itinerant ferromagnets

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    Yanagisawa, Takashi; Hase, Izumi; Odagiri, Kosuke

    2017-02-01

    We present a theory of the isotope effect of the Curie temperature Tc in itinerant ferromagnets. The isotope effect in ferromagnets occurs via the electron-phonon vertex correction and the effective attractive interaction mediated by the electron-phonon interaction. The decrease of the Debye frequency increases the relative strength of the Coulomb interaction, which results in a positive isotope shift of Tc when the mass M of an atom increases. Following this picture, we evaluate the isotope effect of Tc by using the Stoner theory and a spin-fluctuation theory. When Tc is large enough as large as or more than 100 K, the isotope effect on Tc can be measurable. Recently, precise measurements on the oxygen isotope effect on Tc have been performed for itinerant ferromagnet SrRuO3 with Tc ∼ 160 K. A clear isotope effect has been observed with the positive shift of Tc ∼ 1 K by isotope substitution (16O →18O). This experimental result is consistent with our theory.

  11. Pressure effect on the low-temperature remanences of multidomain magnetite: Change in the Verwey transition temperature

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    Sato, M.; Yamamoto, Y.; Nishioka, T.; Kodama, K.; Mochizuki, N.; Tsunakawa, H.

    2011-12-01

    The Verwey transition of magnetite is the basic issues for the rock magnetism, since main magnetic mineral of terrestrial rocks is magnetite and its associates. One of the most important issues concerning the Verwey transition is the change in transition temperature (Tv) due to pressure, which is thought to improve our understanding of its electric and magnetic nature in relation to the phase diagram. Recently, the opposite pressure effects of the transition temperature were reported applying the different experimental method. Measuring the electrical resistivity of single crystalline samples, Môri et al. [2002] reported that Tv becomes lower with increasing pressure by 9 GPa. In contrast, Pasternak et al. [2003] reported from Mössbauer experiment that transition temperature becomes higher with increasing pressure by 30 GPa. Thus the change in transition temperature with pressure has been controversial, and nature of the Verwey transition is still unclear. The magnetic property measurements using low temperature cycle are a powerful tool for identifying the state of magnetic minerals. Carporzen and Gilder [2010] conducted the thermal demagnetization experiment of low-temperature remanences of magnetite, and observed an increase in Tv with increasing pretreated pressure. From this result, they suggested that the Verwey transition of magnetite have the potential of a geobarometer. Modern techniques of high-pressure experiments enable us to measure sample magnetizations under pressure [Gilder et al., 2002; Kodama and Nishioka, 2005; Sadykov et al., 2008]. In the present study, systematic experiments of low-temperature remanences have been conducted for powder samples of stoichiometric magnetite under pressure up to 0.7 GPa using the high-pressure cell specially designed for MPMS, which was made of CuBe and ZrO2 [Kodama and Nishioka, 2005]. Natural magnetite of large single crystals were crushed by hand and sieved in an ultrasonic bath to be ~50 μm in size. For

  12. Finite-temperature transition of the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model on a distorted kagome lattice.

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    Masuda, Hiroshi; Okubo, Tsuyoshi; Kawamura, Hikaru

    2012-08-03

    Motivated by the recent experiment on kagome-lattice antiferromagnets, we study the zero-field ordering behavior of the antiferromagnetic classical Heisenberg model on a uniaxially distorted kagome lattice by Monte Carlo simulations. A first-order transition, which has no counterpart in the corresponding undistorted model, takes place at a very low temperature. The origin of the transition is ascribed to a cooperative proliferation of topological excitations inherent to the model.

  13. Structural and magnetic phase transitions in gadolinium under high pressures and low temperatures

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    Samudrala, Gopi K.; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Weir, Samuel T.; ...

    2014-11-07

    High pressure structural transition studies have been carried out on rare earth metal gadolinium in a diamond anvil cell at room temperature to 169 GPa. Gadolinium has been compressed to 38% of its initial volume at this pressure. With increasing pressure, a crystal structure sequence of hcp → Smtype→ dhcp → fcc → dfcc → monoclinic has been observed in our studies on gadolinium. The measured equation of state of gadolinium is presented to 169 GPa at ambient temperature. Magnetic ordering temperature of gadolinium has been studied using designer diamond anvils to a pressure of 25 GP and a temperaturemore » of 10 K. The magnetic ordering temperature has been determined from the four-point electrical resistivity measurements carried out on gadolinium. Furthermore, our experiments show that the magnetic transition temperature decreases with increasing pressure to 19 GPa and then increases when gadolinium is subjected to higher pressures.« less

  14. Near-field resonance shifts of ferroelectric barium titanate domains upon low-temperature phase transition

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    Döring, Jonathan; Ribbeck, Hans-Georg von; Kehr, Susanne C.; Eng, Lukas M.; Fehrenbacher, Markus

    2014-08-04

    Scattering scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) has been established as an excellent tool to probe domains in ferroelectric crystals at room temperature. Here, we apply the s-SNOM possibilities to quantify low-temperature phase transitions in barium titanate single crystals by both temperature-dependent resonance spectroscopy and domain distribution imaging. The orthorhombic-to-tetragonal structural phase transition at 263 K manifests in a change of the spatial arrangement of ferroelectric domains as probed with a tunable free-electron laser. More intriguingly, the domain distribution unravels non-favored domain configurations upon sample recovery to room temperature as explainable by increased sample disorder. Ferroelectric domains and topographic influences are clearly deconvolved even at low temperatures, since complementing our s-SNOM nano-spectroscopy with piezoresponse force microscopy and topographic imaging using one and the same atomic force microscope and tip.

  15. Selectivity and temperature dependence of phase and phase transition in diblock copolymer solution.

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    Zhang, Lingyun; Wang, Peng-Ye

    2011-04-01

    In order to study the effects of solvent selectivity and temperature on phase behavior and transition of diblock copolymer solution, self-consistent field theory is modified to incorporate the short-range interaction and non-local effects. Inhomogeneous free-energy density is shown to be dependent on solvent selectivity, temperature and copolymer concentration. Enthalpic quantity and entropic contributions are crucial to phase diagrams of diblock copolymer solution. Three selective strengths of solvent --weak, moderate and strong-- are chosen for comparison. For a weakly selective solvent, theoretical and experimental results illustrate the same variation tendency in the phase boundary of the order-disorder transition for a symmetric diblock of polystyrene and polyisoprene. Self-consistent field equations can be used to calculate the exact FCC-BCC structural phase transition temperatures in moderately and strongly selective solvents. Detailed comparison with the experimental phase diagrams including lamellar, cylindrical and spherical structures is presented.

  16. Transition of temperature coefficient of conductance in weakly coupled gold nanoparticle arrays

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    Wang, Ying; Guan, Changrong; Sun, Jinling; Peng, Lianmao; Liao, Jianhui

    2014-12-01

    A unique positive-to-negative transition of temperature coefficient of conductance (TCC) was observed in self-assembled close-packed Au nanoparticle (AuNP) arrays. The transition of TCC can be interpreted properly with a diffusive hopping model, in which the Coulomb charging energy Ea plays a significant role. Two parameters of AuNP arrays, the nearest neighboring number and the particle core size, have been varied to tune Ea. Our data show that the positive-to-negative transitions of TCC are relevant to both parameters, which confirms the validity of the diffusive hopping model.

  17. Finite-size test for the finite-temperature chiral phase transition in lattice QCD

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    Fukugita, M.; Mino, H.; Okawa, M.; Ukawa, A. Faculty of Engineering, Yamanashi University, Kofu National Laboratory for High Energy Physics , Ibaraki Institute of Physics, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki )

    1990-08-13

    A finite-size test was carried out for the finite-temperature chiral phase transition in QCD for flavor number {ital N}{sub {ital f}}=4 and 2 on a lattice with four time slices using the Kogut-Susskind quark action at quark mass of 0.025 in lattice units. All the evidence supports a first-order transition for {ital N}{sub {ital f}}=4. For {ital N}{sub {ital f}}=2, however, the data on spatial lattice up to 12{sup 3} fail to yield convincing finite-size signatures for a first-order transition at this quark mass.

  18. Variable defect structures cause the magnetic low-temperature transition in natural monoclinic pyrrhotite

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    Koulialias, D.; Kind, J.; Charilaou, M.; Weidler, P. G.; Löffler, J. F.; Gehring, A. U.

    2016-02-01

    Non-stoichiometric monoclinic 4C pyrrhotite (Fe7S8) is a major magnetic remanence carrier in the Earth's crust and in extraterrestrial materials. Because of its low-temperature magnetic transition around 30 K also known as Besnus transition, which is considered to be an intrinsic property, this mineral phase is easily detectable in natural samples. Although the physical properties of pyrrhotite have intensively been studied, the mechanism behind the pronounced change in magnetization at the low-temperature transition is still debated. Here we report magnetization experiments on a pyrrhotite crystal (Fe6.6S8) that consists of a 4C and an incommensurate 5C* superstructure that are different in their defect structure. The occurrence of two superstructures is magnetically confirmed by symmetric inflection points in hysteresis measurements above the transition at about 30 K. The disappearance of the inflection points and the associated change of the hysteresis parameters indicate that the two superstructures become strongly coupled to form a unitary magnetic anisotropy system at the transition. From this it follows that the Besnus transition in monoclinic pyrrhotite is an extrinsic magnetic phenomenon with respect to the 4C superstructure and therefore the physics behind it is in fact different from that of the well-known Verwey transition.

  19. Cryogenic AFM-STM for mesoscopic physics

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    Le Sueur, H.

    Electronic spectroscopy based on electron tunneling gives access to the electronic density of states (DOS) in conductive materials, and thus provides detailed information about their electronic properties. During this thesis work, we have developed a microscope in order to perform spatially resolved (10 nm) tunneling spectroscopy, with an unprecedented energy resolution (10 μeV), on individual nanocircuits. This machine combines an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM mode) together with a Scanning Tunneling Spectroscope (STS mode) and functions at very low temperatures (30 mK). In the AFM mode, the sample topography is recorded using a piezoelectric quartz tuning fork, which allows us to locate and image nanocircuits. Tunneling can then be performed on conductive areas of the circuit. With this microscope, we have measured the local DOS in a hybrid Superconductor-Normal metal-Superconductor (S-N-S) structure. In such circuit, the electronic properties of N and S are modified by the superconducting proximity effect. In particular, for short N wires, we have observed a minigap independent of position in the DOS of the N wire, as was previously predicted. Moreover, when varying the superconducting phase difference between the S electrodes, we have measured the modification of the minigap and its disappearance when the phase difference equals π. Our experimental results for the DOS, and its dependences (on phase, position, N length), are quantitatively accounted for by the quasiclassical theory of superconductivity. Some predictions of this theory are observed for the first time. La spectroscopie électronique basée sur l'effet tunnel donne accès à la densité d'états des électrons (DOS) dans les matériaux conducteurs, et renseigne ainsi en détail sur leurs propriétés électroniques. Au cours de cette thèse, nous avons développé un microscope permettant d'effectuer la spectroscopie tunnel résolue spatialement (10 nm) de nanocircuits individuels, avec une r

  20. Scanning hall probe microscopy (SHPM) using quartz crystal AFM feedback.

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    Dede, M; Urkmen, K; Girişen, O; Atabak, M; Oral, A; Farrer, I; Ritchie, D

    2008-02-01

    Scanning Hall Probe Microscopy (SHPM) is a quantitative and non-invasive technique for imaging localized surface magnetic field fluctuations such as ferromagnetic domains with high spatial and magnetic field resolution of approximately 50 nm and 7 mG/Hz(1/2) at room temperature. In the SHPM technique, scanning tunneling microscope (STM) or atomic force microscope (AFM) feedback is used to keep the Hall sensor in close proximity of the sample surface. However, STM tracking SHPM requires conductive samples; therefore the insulating substrates have to be coated with a thin layer of gold. This constraint can be eliminated with the AFM feedback using sophisticated Hall probes that are integrated with AFM cantilevers. However it is very difficult to micro fabricate these sensors. In this work, we have eliminated the difficulty in the cantilever-Hall probe integration process, just by gluing a Hall Probe chip to a quartz crystal tuning fork force sensor. The Hall sensor chip is simply glued at the end of a 32.768 kHz or 100 kHz Quartz crystal, which is used as force sensor. An LT-SHPM system is used to scan the samples. The sensor assembly is dithered at the resonance frequency using a digital Phase Locked Loop circuit and frequency shifts are used for AFM tracking. SHPM electronics is modified to detect AFM topography and the frequency shift, along with the magnetic field image. Magnetic domains and topography of an Iron Garnet thin film crystal, NdFeB demagnetised magnet and hard disk samples are presented at room temperature. The performance is found to be comparable with the SHPM using STM feedback.

  1. Use of glass transition temperature for stabilization of board's cracks of Eucalyptus grandis.

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    Calonego, Fred W; Severo, Elias T D; Cunha, Antonio R; Gaia, Daiane C

    2010-09-01

    The Eucalyptus grandis logs temperatures were determined and correlated with the board's cracks during steaming. Thermocouples were inserted in the logs center, registering their temperatures during steaming at 90°C. The logs were sawed and the board's cracks measured. It was concluded that: (1) the logistic S-shaped curve explains the logs temperature variation; (2) the logs with diameter of 20 to <25, 25 to <30 and 30 to <35 cm presented, respectively, 84.2°C, 73.1°C and 45.8°C in the steaming; and (3) the cracks lengths significantly decreased in logs that reached the glass transition temperature.

  2. Volume Transitions of Isolated Cell Nuclei Induced by Rapid Temperature Increase.

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    Chan, Chii J; Li, Wenhong; Cojoc, Gheorghe; Guck, Jochen

    2017-03-28

    Understanding the physical mechanisms governing nuclear mechanics is important as it can impact gene expression and development. However, how cell nuclei respond to external cues such as heat is not well understood. Here, we studied the material properties of isolated nuclei in suspension using an optical stretcher. We demonstrate that isolated nuclei regulate their volume in a highly temperature-sensitive manner. At constant temperature, isolated nuclei behaved like passive, elastic and incompressible objects, whose volume depended on the pH and ionic conditions. When the temperature was increased suddenly by even a few degrees Kelvin, nuclei displayed a repeatable and reversible temperature-induced volume transition, whose sign depended on the valency of the solvent. Such phenomenon is not observed for nuclei subjected to slow heating. The transition temperature could be shifted by adiabatic changes of the ambient temperature, and the magnitude of temperature-induced volume transition could be modulated by modifying the chromatin compaction state and remodeling processes. Our findings reveal that the cell nucleus can be viewed as a highly charged polymer gel with intriguing thermoresponsive properties, which might play a role in nuclear volume regulation and thermosensing in living cells.

  3. Equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of a relativistic gas at the transition temperature

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    Chacón-Acosta, Guillermo

    2016-11-01

    The Jüttner distribution function for equilibrium relativistic fluids has two well-known limits, the non-relativistic limit at low temperatures and ultra-relativistic limit for high temperatures. Recently, the description of this transition in velocity space in the system, from a gaussian to a bimodal distribution was made by Mendoza et al. Physically, it is a transition between a regime where the relativistic energy is dominated by kinetic to another where the rest energy dominates. It has been found that the critical temperature at which the relativistic corrections becomes relevant, depends just on the dimension of the system, this allowed a description in terms of the theory of critical points (Montakhab et al.). In this contribution a review of the thermodynamic quantities that are only dependent on the ratio between temperature and critical temperature, and the dimension is made. We will also analyze the effects of critical temperature on dissipative processes in simple special relativistic fluids. Particularly, purely relativistic terms that are usually proportional to the number density gradient are studied. The transport coefficients can be written in terms of the transition temperature, this will allow us to identify the lower order relativistic effects just in terms of the dimension of the system.

  4. Glass transition temperature and conductivity in Li2O and Na2O doped borophosphate glasses

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    Ashwajeet, J. S.; Sankarappa, T.; Ramanna, R.; Sujatha, T.; Awasthi, A. M.

    2015-08-01

    Two alkali doped Borophosphate glasses in the composition, (B2O3)0.2. (P2O5)0.3. (Na2O)(0.5-x). (Li2O)x, where x = 0.05 to 0.50 were prepared by standard melt quenching method at 1200K. Non-crystalline nature was confirmed by XRD studies. Room temperature density was measured by Archimedes principle. DC conductivity in the temperature range from 300K to 575K has been measured. Samples were DSC studied in the temperature range from 423K to 673K and glass transition temperature was determined. Glass transition temperature passed through minima for Li2O con.2centration between 0.25 and 0.30 mole fractions. Activation energy of conduction has been determined by analyzing temperature variation of conductivity determining Arrhenius law. Conductivity passed through minimum and activation passed through maximum for Li2O content from 0.25 to 0.30 mole fractions. Glass transition temperature passed through minimum for the same range of Li2O content. These results revealed mixed alkali effect taking place in these glasses. It is for the first time borophosphate glasses doped with Li2O and Na2O have been studied for density and dc conductivity and, the mixed alkali effect (MAE) has been observed.

  5. Effect of In-situ Cure on Measurement of Glass Transition Temperatures in High-temperature Thermosetting Polymers

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    2015-01-01

    presented at Proceedings of SAMPE, 16 May 2015. PA#15140 14. ABSTRACT Using the dicyanate ester of bisphenol E (also known as Primaset LECy), we have...93524 ABSTRACT Using the dicyanate ester of bisphenol E (also known as Primaset LECy), we have illustrated the difficulties inherent in measurement of...high-temperature thermosetting polymers, utilizing cyanate ester resins as examples throughout. In common practice, the glass transition

  6. Determination of Material Properties Near the Glass Transition Temperature for an Isogrid Boom

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    Blandino, Joseph R.; Woods-Vedeler, Jessica A. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Experiments were performed and results obtained to determine the temperature dependence of the modulus of elasticity for a thermoplastic isogrid tube. The isogrid tube was subjected to axial tensile loads of 0-100 lbf and strain was measured at room and elevated temperatures of 100, 120, 140, 160, 180, 190, and 200 F. These were based on tube manufacturer specifying an incorrect glass transition temperature of 210 F. Two protocols were used. For the first protocol the tube was brought to temperature and a tensile test performed. The tube was allowed to cool between tests. For the second protocol the tube was ramped to the desired test temperature and held. A tensile test was performed and the tube temperature ramped to the next test temperature. The second protocol spanned the entire test range. The strain rate was constant at 0.008 in/min. Room temperature tests resulted in the determination of an average modulus of 2.34 x 106 Psi. The modulus decreased above 100 F. At 140 F the modulus had decreased by 7.26%. The two test protocols showed good agreement below 160 F. At this point the glass transition temperature had been exceeded. The two protocols were not repeated because the tube failed.

  7. High-temperature tolerance in anhydrobiotic tardigrades is limited by glass transition.

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    Hengherr, S; Worland, M R; Reuner, A; Brümmer, F; Schill, R O

    2009-01-01

    Survival in microhabitats that experience extreme fluctuations in water availability and temperature requires special adaptations. To withstand such environmental conditions, tardigrades, as well as some nematodes and rotifers, enter a completely desiccated state known as anhydrobiosis. We examined the effects of high temperatures on fully desiccated (anhydrobiotic) tardigrades. Nine species from the classes Heterotardigrada and Eutardigrada were exposed to temperatures of up to 110 degrees C for 1 h. Exposure to temperatures of up to 80 degrees C resulted in a moderate decrease in survival. Exposure to temperatures above this resulted in a sharp decrease in survival, with no animals of the families Macrobiotidae and Echiniscidae surviving 100 degrees C. However, Milnesium tardigradum (Milnesidae) showed survival of >90% after exposure to 100 degrees C; temperatures above this resulted in a steep decrease in survival. Vitrification is assumed to play a major role in the survival of anhydrobiotic organisms during exposure to extreme temperatures, and consequently, the glass-transition temperature (T(g)) is critical to high-temperature tolerance. In this study, we provide the first evidence of the presence of a glass transition during heating in an anhydrobiotic tardigrade through the use of differential scanning calorimetry.

  8. High-transition-temperature superconductors in the Nb-Al-Ge system

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    Giorgi, A.L.; Szklarz, E.G.

    1972-09-26

    The patent describes superconducting materials of the nominal composition Nb(x)Al(y)Ge(l-y), where x is in the range of 1.9 to 2.8 and y is in the range of 0.5 to 0.9, having transition temperatures in the 19 -20K. range which are readily produced by annealing arc-melted compositions, or cold-pressed, heat-treated compositions at moderate temperatures for reasonably long times (about 50 hours).

  9. EHL Transition Temperature Measurements on a Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Filter Wheel Bearing

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    Jansen, Mark J.; Jones, William R., Jr.; Pepper, Stephen V.; Predmore, Roamer E.; Shogrin, Bradley A.

    2001-01-01

    The elastohydrodynamic lubrication (EHL) transition temperature was measured for a Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) sounder filter wheel bearing in a vacuum tribometer. Conditions included both an 89 N (20 lb.) hard and soft load, 600 rpm, temperatures between 23 C (73 F) and 85 C (185 F), and a vacuum of approximately 1.3 x 10(exp -5) Pa. Elastohydrodynamic to mixed lubrication started to occur at approximately 70 C (158 F).

  10. Effects of confinement on the glass transition temperature of molecular liquids

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    Zhang, J.; Liu, G.; Jonas, J.

    1992-04-16

    Differential scanning calorimetry was used to analyze the effects of confinement on the glass transition of temperature, T{sub g}, of several molecular liquids in porous silica glasses. For all the liquids, confinement lowers the observed T{sub g}. A linear relationship between the inverse of the silica glass pore radius and T{sub g} was also observed. The relative temperature depression due to confinement was less than the freezing point depression. 40 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  11. Identification of a possible superconducting transition above room temperature in natural graphite crystals

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    Precker, Christian E.; Esquinazi, Pablo D.; Champi, Ana; Barzola-Quiquia, José; Zoraghi, Mahsa; Muiños-Landin, Santiago; Setzer, Annette; Böhlmann, Winfried; Spemann, Daniel; Meijer, Jan; Muenster, Tom; Baehre, Oliver; Kloess, Gert; Beth, Henning

    2016-11-01

    Measuring with high precision the electrical resistance of highly ordered natural graphite samples from a Brazil mine, we have identified a transition at ∼350 K with ∼40 K transition width. The step-like change in temperature of the resistance, its magnetic irreversibility and time dependence after a field change, consistent with trapped flux and flux creep, and the partial magnetic flux expulsion obtained by magnetization measurements, suggest the existence of granular superconductivity below 350 K. The zero-field virgin state can only be reached again after zero field cooling the sample from above the transition. Paradoxically, the extraordinarily high transition temperature we found for this and several other graphite samples is the reason why this transition remained undetected so far. The existence of well ordered rhombohedral graphite phase in all measured samples has been proved by x-rays diffraction measurements, suggesting its interfaces with the Bernal phase as a possible origin for the high-temperature superconductivity, as theoretical studies predicted. The localization of the granular superconductivity at these two dimensional interfaces prevents the observation of a zero resistance state or of a full Meissner state.

  12. AFM study of the thermotropic behaviour of supported DPPC bilayers with and without the model peptide WALP23.

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    Yarrow, F; Kuipers, B W M

    2011-01-01

    Temperature-controlled Atomic Force Microscopy (TC-AFM) in Contact Mode is used here to directly image the mechanisms by which melting and crystallization of supported, hydrated DPPC bilayers proceed in the presence and absence of the model peptide WALP23. Melting from the gel L(β)' to the liquid-crystalline L(α) phase starts at pre-existing line-type packing defects (grain boundaries) in absence of the peptide. The exact transition temperature is shown to be influenced by the magnitude of the force exerted by the AFM probe on the bilayer, but is higher than the main transition temperature of non-supported DPPC vesicles in all cases due to bilayer-substrate interactions. Cooling of the fluid L(α) bilayer shows the formation of the line-type defects at the borders between different gel-phase regions that originate from different nuclei. The number of these defects depends directly on the rate of cooling through the transition, as predicted by classical nucleation theory. The presence of the transmembrane, synthetic model peptide WALP23 is known to give rise to heterogeneity in the bilayer as microdomains with a striped appearance are formed in the DPPC bilayer. This striated phase consists of alternating lines of lipids and peptide. It is shown here that melting starts with the peptide-associated lipids in the domains, whose melting temperature is lowered by 0.8-2.0°C compared to the remaining, peptide-free parts of the bilayer. The stabilization of the fluid phase is ascribed to adaptations of the lipids to the shorter peptide. The lipids not associated with the peptide melt at the same temperature as those in the pure DPPC supported bilayer.

  13. Effects of temperature and pressure on the glass transitions of plastic bonded explosives

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    Campbell, M.S.; Garcia, D.; Idar, D.

    1998-12-31

    Various plastic bonded explosives (PBXs) contain about 5-wt% polymer, plasticizer, and stabilizer as binder. The glass-transition temperature (T{sub g}) determines, in part, if the binder will reduce or increase the sensitivity of the PBX to impact. A soft binder reduces the impact sensitivity; however, too soft a binder compromises the mechanical strength below that desirable for dimensional stability. Glass transitions were measured by temperature modulated DSC for PBXs before and after pressing. Pressing temperature was 90 C. The T{sub g} of Estane, a polyester/polyurethane used in some PBX binders, was investigated. Only small changes were observed in the low temperature T{sub g} of the soft segments but larger changes were seen in the higher temperature transitions due to the relaxation of the hard segments. The T{sub g} of Kel F 800, a binder used in insensitive PBX 9502, was observed near ambient temperature. The PBX 9502 had a lower T{sub g} than the neat polymer. Mechanical strength will be measured for the samples.

  14. Experimental evidence of ultrathin polymer film stratification by AFM force spectroscopy.

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    Delorme, Nicolas; Chebil, Mohamed Souheib; Vignaud, Guillaume; Le Houerou, Vincent; Bardeau, Jean-François; Busselez, Rémi; Gibaud, Alain; Grohens, Yves

    2015-06-01

    By performing Atomic Force Microscopy measurements of pull-off force as a function of the temperature, we were able to probe the dynamic of supported thin polystyrene (PS) films. Thermal transitions induce modifications in the surface energy, roughness and surface modulus that are clearly detected by AFM and related to PS chain relaxation mechanisms. We demonstrated the existence of three transition temperatures that can be associated to the relaxation of polymer chains located at different depth regions within the polymer film. Independently of the film thickness, we have confirmed the presence of a region of high mobility for the polymer chains at the free interface. The thickness of this region is estimated to be above 7nm. The detection of a transition only present for film thicker than the gyration radius Rg is linked to the dynamics of polymer chains in a bulk conformation (i.e. not in contact with the free interface). We claim here that our results demonstrate, in agreement with other techniques, the stratification of thin polymer film depth profile in terms of relaxation behavior.

  15. High-temperature heat capacity of Co3O4 spinel: thermally induced spin unpairing transition

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    Mocala, K.; Navrotsky, A.; Sherman, David M.

    1992-01-01

    A strong anomaly was found in the heat capacity of Co3O4 between 1000 K and the decomposition temperature. This anomaly is not related to the decomposition of Co3O4 to CoO. The measured entropy of transition, ??S=46??4 J mol-1 K-1 of Co3O4, supports the interpretation that this anomaly reflects a spin unpairing transition in octahedrally coordinated Co3+ cations. Experimental values of heat capacity, heat content and entropy of Co3O4 in the high temperature region are provided. The enthalpy of the spin unpairing transition is 53??4 kJ mol-1 of Co3O4. ?? 1992 Springer-Verlag.

  16. Finite-temperature phase transitions in lattice QCD for general number of flavors

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    Fukugita, M.; Ohta, S.; Ukawa, A.

    1988-01-18

    Finite-temperature transitions in lattice QCD are studied for various numbers of flavors in the range 1less than or equal toN/sub f/less than or equal to18 on an 8/sup 3/ x 4 lattice by the Langevin simulation technique. It is found that the weakening of the transition at intermediate quark mass is a general feature for N/sub f/greater than or equal to2, but that the smoothing out of the transition observed for N/sub f/ = 2--4 does not occur for large numbers of flavors (N/sub f/greater than or equal to20). For N/sub f/ = 1 the transition weakens toward small quark mass m/sub q/ but remains first order down to m/sub q/a = 0.05.

  17. Influence of grain size on transition temperature of thermochromic VO2

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    Miller, Mark J.; Wang, Junlan

    2015-01-01

    Vanadium(IV) oxide (VO2) is a unique material that undergoes a reversible phase transformation around 68 °C. The material could potentially be used as an energy-efficient coating for windows since its reflectance in the infrared (IR) increases significantly more than in the visible region. Currently, VO2 is limited by a transition temperature ( τ c ) that is too high, luminous transmittance that is too low or both. In this study, a transition temperature of 45 °C is achieved for a reactively sputtered, undoped film by restricting grain size to approximately 30 nm. It is concluded that a higher density of grain boundaries (smaller grain size) provides a greater number of nucleating defects which in turn reduces τ c . Similarly, a higher density of grain boundaries may reduce the hysteresis width (difference between transition temperatures in heating and cooling). Also in this study, a new set of optical performance metrics is proposed in which the solar spectrum is divided into the ultraviolet (UV), visible and near infrared (NIR) regions. This approach is more closely aligned with the goals of limiting UV, allowing luminous and modulating NIR transmission. Using these metrics, the optical properties of the low- τ c sample were: 2% UV transmittance, 47% luminous transmittance, and 23% NIR modulation (decrease from 43 to 33%). This study demonstrates that the grain size of VO2 should be viewed as an important parameter for controlling the transition temperature of the material.

  18. Symmetry of the pairing state and transition temperature in the p-d model

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    Citro, R.; Marinaro, M.

    1999-04-20

    The effective pairing interaction and the superconducting transition temperature {Tc}, mediated by both spin and charge fluctuations, are investigated on the basis of the simplest p-d model by considering a Bethe-Salpeter equation for the vertex functions within a generalized cumulant expansion. The comparison with experimental results of hole-doped cuprates is discussed.

  19. Scenarios of transition to chaos competition in low-temperature plasma

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    Dimitriu, D. G.

    2013-11-13

    Dynamics of a fireball created in front of a positively biased electrode immersed into low-temperature plasma was experimentally investigated. By analyzing the time series of the oscillations of the current collected by the electrode, several successive scenarios of transitions to chaos were identified: by intermittencies, by cascade of sub-harmonic bifurcations and by quasi-periodicity (Ruelle-Takens scenario)

  20. Finite-temperature phase transitions in lattice QCD with Langevin simulation

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    Fukugita, M.; Ukawa, A.

    1988-09-15

    This article presents the result of Langevin simulation studies of finite-temperature behavior of QCD for a various number of flavor species. Most of the simulations employ an 8/sup 3/ x 4 lattice. A full description is made of the data and the identification problem of a first-order phase transition. The systematic bias problem is also investigated.

  1. Local temperature redistribution and structural transition during joule-heating-driven conductance switching in VO2.

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    Kumar, Suhas; Pickett, Matthew D; Strachan, John Paul; Gibson, Gary; Nishi, Yoshio; Williams, R Stanley

    2013-11-13

    Joule-heating induced conductance-switching is studied in VO2 , a Mott insulator. Complementary in situ techniques including optical characterization, blackbody microscopy, scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) and numerical simulations are used. Abrupt redistribution in local temperature is shown to occur upon conductance-switching along with a structural phase transition, at the same current.

  2. CORRELATION OF THE GLASS TRANSITION TEMPERATURE OF PLASTICIZED PVC USING A LATTICE FLUID MODEL

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    A model has been developed to describe the composition dependence of the glass transition temperature (Tg) of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) + plasticizer mixtures. The model is based on Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state and the Gibbs-Di Marzio criterion, which states that th...

  3. A new high-temperature transition of crystalline cholesterol in mixtures with phosphatidylserine.

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    Epand, R M; Bach, D; Epand, R F; Borochov, N; Wachtel, E

    2001-01-01

    Phosphatidylserine and cholesterol are two major components of the cytoplasmic leaflet of the plasma membrane. The arrangement of cholesterol is markedly affected by the presence of phosphatidylserine in model membranes. At relatively low mol fractions of cholesterol in phosphatidylserine, compared with other phospholipids, cholesterol crystallites are formed that exhibit both thermotropic phase transitions as well as diffraction of x-rays. In the present study we have observed and characterized a novel thermotropic transition occurring in mixtures of phosphatidylserine and cholesterol. This new transition is observed at 96 degrees C by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), using a heating scan rate of 2 degrees C/min. Observation of the transition requires that the hydrated lipid mixture be incubated for several days, depending on the temperature of incubation. The rate of formation of the material exhibiting a transition at 96 degrees C is more rapid at higher incubation temperatures. At 37 degrees C the half-time of conversion is approximately 7 days. Concomitant with the appearance of the 96 degrees C peak the previously known transitions of cholesterol, occurring at approximately 38 degrees C and 75 degrees C on heating scans of freshly prepared suspensions, disappear. These two transitions correspond to the polymorphic transition of anhydrous cholesterol and to the dehydration of cholesterol monohydrate, respectively. The loss of the 75 degrees C peak takes a longer time than that of the 38 degrees C peak, indicating that anhydrous cholesterol first gets hydrated to the monohydrate form exhibiting a transition at 75 degrees C and subsequently is converted by additional time of incubation to an altered form of the monohydrate, showing a phase transition at 96 degrees C. After several weeks of incubation at 37 degrees C, only the form with a phase transition at 96 degrees C remains. If such a sample undergoes several successive heating and cooling cycles

  4. Circulatory osmotic desalination driven by a mild temperature gradient based on lower critical solution temperature (LCST) phase transition materials.

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    Mok, Yeongbong; Nakayama, Daichi; Noh, Minwoo; Jang, Sangmok; Kim, Taeho; Lee, Yan

    2013-11-28

    Abrupt changes in effective concentration and osmotic pressure of lower critical solution temperature (LCST) mixtures facilitate the design of a continuous desalination method driven by a mild temperature gradient. We propose a prototype desalination system by circulating LCST mixtures between low and high temperature (low T and high T) units. Water molecules could be drawn from a high-salt solution to the LCST mixture through a semipermeable membrane at a temperature lower than the phase transition temperature, at which the effective osmotic pressure of the LCST mixture is higher than the high-salt solution. After transfer of water to the high T unit where the LCST mixture is phase-separated, the water-rich phase could release the drawn water into a well-diluted solution through the second membrane due to the significant decrease in effective concentration. The solute-rich phase could be recovered in the low T unit via a circulation process. The molar mass, phase transition temperature, and aqueous solubility of the LCST solute could be tuneable for the circulatory osmotic desalination system in which drawing, transfer, release of water, and the separation and recovery of the solutes could proceed simultaneously. Development of a practical desalination system that draws water molecules directly from seawater and produces low-salt water with high purity by mild temperature gradients, possibly induced by sunlight or waste heat, could be attainable by a careful design of the molecular structure and combination of the circulatory desalination systems based on low- and high-molar-mass LCST draw solutes.

  5. Critical temperature for the nuclear liquid-gas phase transition (from multifragmentation and fission)

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    Karnaukhov, V. A.; Oeschler, H.; Budzanowski, A.; Avdeyev, S. P.; Botvina, A. S.; Cherepanov, E. A.; Karcz, W.; Kirakosyan, V. V.; Rukoyatkin, P. A.; Skwirczynska, I.; Norbeck, E.

    2008-12-15

    Critical temperature T{sub c} for the nuclear liquid-gas phase transition is estimated from both the multifragmentation and fission data. In the first case, the critical temperature is obtained by analysis of the intermediate-mass-fragment yields in p(8.1 GeV) + Au collisions within the statistical model of multifragmentation. In the second case, the experimental fission probability for excited {sup 188}Os is compared with the calculated one with T{sub c} as a free parameter. It is concluded for both cases that the critical temperature is higher than 15 MeV.

  6. Effect of water on the temperatures of human immunoglobulin conformation transitions

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    Ur'yash, V. F.; Kokurina, N. Yu.

    2013-10-01

    A differential thermal analysis of native and denaturated human immunoglobulin (G isotype) and mixtures of the native protein with water over the temperature range of 80-570 K is conducted. Temperatures of the protein conformational transitions and the effect of water on them are investigated. The limit of water solubility in the native protein is determined calorimetrically from the enthalpy of excess water phase melting. A physical state diagram of the immunoglobulin-water system over a wide range of temperatures and component concentrations is built and analyzed.

  7. Observing the Temperature Dependent Transition of the GP2 Peptide Using Terahertz Spectroscopy

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    Sun, Yiwen; Zhu, Zexuan; Chen, Siping; Balakrishnan, Jega; Abbott, Derek; Ahuja, Anil T.; Pickwell-MacPherson, Emma

    2012-01-01

    The GP2 peptide is derived from the Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2 (HER2/nue), a marker protein for breast cancer present in saliva. In this paper we study the temperature dependent behavior of hydrated GP2 at terahertz frequencies and find that the peptide undergoes a dynamic transition between 200 and 220 K. By fitting suitable molecular models to the frequency response we determine the molecular processes involved above and below the transition temperature (TD). In particular, we show that below TD the dynamic transition is dominated by a simple harmonic vibration with a slow and temperature dependent relaxation time constant and that above TD, the dynamic behavior is governed by two oscillators, one of which has a fast and temperature independent relaxation time constant and the other of which is a heavily damped oscillator with a slow and temperature dependent time constant. Furthermore a red shifting of the characteristic frequency of the damped oscillator was observed, confirming the presence of a non-harmonic vibration potential. Our measurements and modeling of GP2 highlight the unique capabilities of THz spectroscopy for protein characterization. PMID:23209703

  8. Mechano-chemical manipulation of Sn chains on Si(1 0 0) by NC-AFM.

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    Sweetman, A; Lekkas, I; Moriarty, P

    2017-02-22

    We investigate the atomic structure of Sn dimer chains grown on the Si(1 0 0) surface using non-contact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) at cryogenic temperatures. We find that similar to the native Si(1 0 0) dimer structure, the ground state of the Sn dimer structure is buckled at low temperature. At 5 K we show that the buckling state of the Sn dimers may be controllably, and reversibly, manipulated with atomic precision by close approach of the tip, without modification of the underlying substrate buckling structure. At intermediate cryogenic temperatures we observe changes in the configuration of the dimer chains in the region where the tip-sample interaction is very weak, suggesting that the energy barrier to transit between configurations is sufficiently small to be surmounted at 78 K.

  9. Mechano-chemical manipulation of Sn chains on Si(1 0 0) by NC-AFM

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    Sweetman, A.; Lekkas, I.; Moriarty, P.

    2017-02-01

    We investigate the atomic structure of Sn dimer chains grown on the Si(1 0 0) surface using non-contact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) at cryogenic temperatures. We find that similar to the native Si(1 0 0) dimer structure, the ground state of the Sn dimer structure is buckled at low temperature. At 5 K we show that the buckling state of the Sn dimers may be controllably, and reversibly, manipulated with atomic precision by close approach of the tip, without modification of the underlying substrate buckling structure. At intermediate cryogenic temperatures we observe changes in the configuration of the dimer chains in the region where the tip-sample interaction is very weak, suggesting that the energy barrier to transit between configurations is sufficiently small to be surmounted at 78 K.

  10. Low-temperature magnetic properties of monoclinic pyrrhotite with particular relevance to the Besnus transition

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    Volk, Michael W. R.; Gilder, Stuart A.; Feinberg, Joshua M.

    2016-12-01

    Monoclinic pyrrhotite (Fe7S8) owes its ferrimagnetism to an ordered array of Fe vacancies. Its magnetic properties change markedly around 30 K, in what is known as the Besnus transition. Plausible explanations for the Besnus transition are either due to changes in crystalline anisotropy from a transformation in crystal symmetry or from the establishment of a two-phase system with magnetic interaction between the two phases. To help resolve this discrepancy, we measured hysteresis loops every 5° and backfield curves every 10° in the basal plane of an oriented single crystal of monoclinic pyrrhotite at 300 K and every 2 K from 50 K through the Besnus transition until 20 K. Between 50 and 30 K, hysteresis loops possess double inflections between crystallographic a-axes and only a single inflection parallel to the a-axes. Magnetization energy calculations and relative differences of the loops show a sixfold symmetry in this temperature range. We propose that the inflections stem from magnetic axis switching, which is both field and temperature dependent, in a manner somewhat analogous to an isotropic point where magnetocrystalline constants change their sign. The Besnus transition is best characterized by changes in magnetic remanence and coercivity over a 6° temperature span (28-34 K) with a maximum rate of change at 30 K. A surprising yet puzzling finding is that the coercivity ratio becomes less than unity below the transition when fourfold symmetry arises. Because the changes in magnetic parameters are linked to the crystal structure, we conclude the Besnus transition owes its origin to a distortion of the crystallographic axes below 30 K rather than an apparition of a two-phase system. An isothermal magnetization of natural pyrrhotite cycled from room temperature to successively lower temperatures through the Besnus transition decreases 2-4 times less than equivalent grain sizes of magnetite, with less than a 10 per cent loss in remanence between 300 and 150 K

  11. Controllable release from high-transition temperature magnetoliposomes by low-level magnetic stimulation.

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    Spera, Romina; Apollonio, Francesca; Liberti, Micaela; Paffi, Alessandra; Merla, Caterina; Pinto, Rosanna; Petralito, Stefania

    2015-07-01

    High-transition temperature liposomes with embedded coated magnetite nanoparticles were prepared using the thin lipid film hydration method in order to obtain magnetoliposomes not sensitive to temperature increase (at least up to 50°C). Accordingly, drug can be released from such magnetoliposomes using a low-level electromagnetic field as triggering agent, while no delivery would be obtained with temperature increase within the physiological acceptable range. The hypothesized release mechanism involves mechanical stress of the liposome membrane due to nanoparticles oscillations and it is investigated by means of a numerical model evaluated using multiphysics simulations. The carrier content was repetitively released by switching on and off a 20kHz, 60A/m magnetic field. The results indicated high reproducibility of cycle-to-cycle release induced by the magnetic-impelled motions driving to the destabilization of the bilayer rather than the liposome phase transition or the destruction of the liposome structure.

  12. Superhigh moduli and tension-induced phase transition of monolayer gamma-boron at finite temperatures

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    Zhao, Junhua; Yang, Zhaoyao; Wei, Ning; Kou, Liangzhi

    2016-01-01

    Two dimensional (2D) gamma-boron (γ-B28) thin films have been firstly reported by the experiments of the chemical vapor deposition in the latest study. However, their mechanical properties are still not clear. Here we predict the superhigh moduli (785 ± 42 GPa at 300 K) and the tension-induced phase transition of monolayer γ-B28 along a zigzag direction for large deformations at finite temperatures using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The new phase can be kept stable after unloading process at these temperatures. The predicted mechanical properties are reasonable when compared with our results from density functional theory. This study provides physical insights into the origins of the new phase transition of monolayer γ-B28 at finite temperatures. PMID:26979283

  13. Dielectric spectroscopy for the determination of the glass transition temperature of pharmaceutical solid dispersions.

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    O'Donnell, Kevin P; Woodward, W H Hunter

    2015-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate analytical techniques for the measurement of the glass transition temperature of HPMC and formulated solid dispersions thereof. Unmodified samples of various grades of HPMC and solid dispersions of HPMC and itraconazole produced by hot melt extrusion were analyzed by thermomechanical analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, thermally stimulated depolarization current and dielectric spectroscopy. It was found that dielectric spectroscopy offers the best accuracy and reproducibility for analysis of the base HPMC powders regardless of the substitution type or viscosity grade and that the obtained results were not frequency dependent. The results of dielectric measurements of solid dispersions prepared by hot melt extrusion were compared with predicted values of the Gordon-Taylor equation. It was found that time-temperature superposition effects and small molecule frequency dependence makes broadly applying determination of the glass transition temperature in drug dispersions by dielectric spectroscopy prohibitively difficult.

  14. Low temperature magnetic phase transition and interlayer coupling in double-wall carbon nanotubes

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    Diamantopoulou, A.; Glenis, S.; Likodimos, V.; Guskos, N.

    2014-08-28

    The magnetic properties of double wall carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) were investigated using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. An asymmetric resonance line of low intensity was identified and analyzed by the superimposition of a narrow and a broad metallic lineshape, attributed to the distinct contributions of defect spins located on the inner and outer DWCNTs shells. The spin susceptibilities of both ESR components revealed a ferromagnetic phase transition at low temperatures (T < 10 K) with small variation in the corresponding Curie-Weiss temperatures, approaching closely that of metallic single wall carbon nanotubes. Interlayer coupling between the DWCNT layers is suggested to effectively reduce the difference between the transition temperatures for the inner and outer shells and enhance spin-spin interactions between defect spins via the RKKY-type interaction of localized spins with conduction electrons.

  15. The Temperature Gradient and Transition Timescales as a Function of Topography in Complex Terrain

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    Higgins, C. W.; Hoch, S. W.; Pardyjak, E.

    2013-12-01

    Large portions of the Earth's surface are covered by mountainous areas, and understanding atmospheric flow over these regions is critical for weather prediction, (micro)climatological research, and dispersion modeling. Complex interactions between the topographic features, the synoptic forcing and the buoyant forcing drive flow patterns and flow regime transitions. As a part of the MATTERHORN field experiment, Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) technology was used to measure the vertical temperature gradient on an east facing slope across a 2km transect of granite ridge in the Utah west desert, from the base of the mountain to the middle slope. Thus, the temperature gradient is sampled above a wide range of topographic features, from valley formations to ridges, and over a wide range of slope and aspect angles. The relationship between these landforms and the timescales of morning and evening transitions is explored and presented.

  16. Low temperature magnetic phase transition and interlayer coupling in double-wall carbon nanotubes

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    Diamantopoulou, A.; Glenis, S.; Likodimos, V.; Guskos, N.

    2014-08-01

    The magnetic properties of double wall carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) were investigated using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. An asymmetric resonance line of low intensity was identified and analyzed by the superimposition of a narrow and a broad metallic lineshape, attributed to the distinct contributions of defect spins located on the inner and outer DWCNTs shells. The spin susceptibilities of both ESR components revealed a ferromagnetic phase transition at low temperatures (T < 10 K) with small variation in the corresponding Curie-Weiss temperatures, approaching closely that of metallic single wall carbon nanotubes. Interlayer coupling between the DWCNT layers is suggested to effectively reduce the difference between the transition temperatures for the inner and outer shells and enhance spin-spin interactions between defect spins via the RKKY-type interaction of localized spins with conduction electrons.

  17. The Diurnal Temperature Cycle and Its Relation to Boundary-Layer Structure During the Morning Transition

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    Ketzler, G.

    2014-05-01

    The morning portion of the near-surface diurnal temperature cycle is analyzed in combination with heat-flux and vertical temperature-gradient data. During summer, mean diurnal cycles of temperature rates-of-change show periods that can be related to defined points of the morning transition (MT). The start of the MT is clearly marked with a temperature discontinuity, apparent even on individual days, while the end of the transition is apparent only when using averages over many days. The findings concerning the timing of the MT using temperature cycle analysis correspond well with studies using heat-flux measurements. Mean diurnal cycles of temperature rates-of-change for stations in different urban and valley positions show differences that can partly be explained by apparent effects of the surroundings. For the valley situation, the timing differences and their relation to station position in the valley are generally plausible, while urban effects on the diurnal cycle are apparent but less distinct, which may be due to the small number of stations used. The results indicate that warming already begins before heat-flux crossover, which is the current definition of the beginning of the MT. This definition should be extended to include the phase between the temperature rate-of-change crossover and heat-flux crossover, which represents the early part of the MT before warming reaches instrument level.

  18. Practical Considerations for Determination of Glass Transition Temperature of a Maximally Freeze Concentrated Solution.

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    Pansare, Swapnil K; Patel, Sajal Manubhai

    2016-08-01

    Glass transition temperature is a unique thermal characteristic of amorphous systems and is associated with changes in physical properties such as heat capacity, viscosity, electrical resistance, and molecular mobility. Glass transition temperature for amorphous solids is referred as (T g), whereas for maximally freeze concentrated solution, the notation is (T g'). This article is focused on the factors affecting determination of T g' for application to lyophilization process design and frozen storage stability. Also, this review provides a perspective on use of various types of solutes in protein formulation and their effect on T g'. Although various analytical techniques are used for determination of T g' based on the changes in physical properties associated with glass transition, the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is the most commonly used technique. In this article, an overview of DSC technique is provided along with brief discussion on the alternate analytical techniques for T g' determination. Additionally, challenges associated with T g' determination, using DSC for protein formulations, are discussed. The purpose of this review is to provide a practical industry perspective on determination of T g' for protein formulations as it relates to design and development of lyophilization process and/or for frozen storage; however, a comprehensive review of glass transition temperature (T g, T g'), in general, is outside the scope of this work.

  19. L to H mode transition: Parametric dependencies of the temperature threshold

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    Bourdelle, C.; Chone, L.; Fedorczak, N.; ...

    2015-06-15

    The L to H mode transition occurs at a critical power which depends on various parameters, such as the magnetic field, the density, etc. Experimental evidence on various tokamaks (JET, ASDEX-Upgrade, DIII-D, Alcator C-Mod) points towards the existence of a critical temperature characterizing the transition. This criterion for the L-H transition is local and is therefore easier to be compared to theoretical approaches. In order to shed light on the mechanisms of the transition, simple theoretical ideas are used to derive a temperature threshold (Tth). They are based on the stabilization of the underlying turbulence by a mean radial electricmore » field shear. The nature of the turbulence varies as the collisionality decreases, from resistive ballooning modes to ion temperature gradient and trapped electron modes. The obtained parametric dependencies of the derived Tth are tested versus magnetic field, density, effective charge. Furthermore, various robust experimental observations are reproduced, in particular Tth increases with magnetic field B and increases with density below the density roll-over observed on the power threshold.« less

  20. L to H mode transition: Parametric dependencies of the temperature threshold

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    Bourdelle, C.; Chone, L.; Fedorczak, N.; Garbet, Xavier; Beyer, P.; Citrin, J.; Fuhr, G.; Loarte, A.; Maggi, C. F.; Militello, F.; Sarazin, Y.; Vermare, L.; Delabie, E.; Dif-Pradalier, G.

    2015-06-15

    The L to H mode transition occurs at a critical power which depends on various parameters, such as the magnetic field, the density, etc. Experimental evidence on various tokamaks (JET, ASDEX-Upgrade, DIII-D, Alcator C-Mod) points towards the existence of a critical temperature characterizing the transition. This criterion for the L-H transition is local and is therefore easier to be compared to theoretical approaches. In order to shed light on the mechanisms of the transition, simple theoretical ideas are used to derive a temperature threshold (Tth). They are based on the stabilization of the underlying turbulence by a mean radial electric field shear. The nature of the turbulence varies as the collisionality decreases, from resistive ballooning modes to ion temperature gradient and trapped electron modes. The obtained parametric dependencies of the derived Tth are tested versus magnetic field, density, effective charge. Furthermore, various robust experimental observations are reproduced, in particular Tth increases with magnetic field B and increases with density below the density roll-over observed on the power threshold.

  1. Neutron diffraction and electrical transport studies on the incommensurate magnetic phase transition in holmium at high pressures.

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    Thomas, Sarah A; Uhoya, Walter O; Tsoi, Georgiy M; Wenger, Lowell E; Vohra, Yogesh K; Chesnut, Gary N; Weir, Samuel T; Tulk, Christopher A; dos Santos, Antonio M

    2012-05-30

    Neutron diffraction and electrical transport measurements have been made on the heavy rare earth metal holmium at high pressures and low temperatures in order to elucidate its transition from a paramagnetic (PM) to a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered phase as a function of pressure. The electrical resistance measurements show a change in the resistance slope as the temperature is lowered through the antiferromagnetic Néel temperature. The temperature of this antiferromagnetic transition decreases from approximately 122 K at ambient pressure at a rate of -4.9 K GPa(-1) up to a pressure of 9 GPa, whereupon the PM-to-AFM transition vanishes for higher pressures. Neutron diffraction measurements as a function of pressure at 89 and 110 K confirm the incommensurate nature of the phase transition associated with the antiferromagnetic ordering of the magnetic moments in a helical arrangement and that the ordering occurs at similar pressures as determined from the resistance results for these temperatures.

  2. Neutron diffraction and electrical transport studies on the incommensurate magnetic phase transition in holmium at high pressures

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    Thomas, Sarah; Uhoya, Walter; Tsoi, Georgiy; Wenger, Lowell E; Vohra, Yogesh; Chesnut, Gary Neal; Weir, S. T.; Tulk, Christopher A; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F

    2012-01-01

    Neutron diffraction and electrical transport measurements have been made on the heavy rare earth metal holmium at high pressures and low temperatures in order to elucidate its transition from a paramagnetic (PM) to a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered phase as a function of pressure. The electrical resistance measurements show a change in the resistance slope as the temperature is lowered through the antiferromagnetic Neel temperature. The temperature of this antiferromagnetic transition decreases from approximately 122 K at ambient pressure at a rate of -4.9 K GPa(-1) up to a pressure of 9 GPa, whereupon the PM-to-AFM transition vanishes for higher pressures. Neutron diffraction measurements as a function of pressure at 89 and 110 K confirm the incommensurate nature of the phase transition associated with the antiferromagnetic ordering of the magnetic moments in a helical arrangement and that the ordering occurs at similar pressures as determined from the resistance results for these temperatures.

  3. The transition temperatures and dynamics for the argon--xenon N =7 mixed cluster series

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    Robertson, D.H. Supercomputer Computations Research Institute, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL ); Brown, F.B. Mathematics and Science Division, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL )

    1990-07-01

    Results of molecular-dynamics calculations with quenching for the {ital N}=7 Ar--Xe mixed cluster series are reported. The phase-transition temperatures have been determined and are discussed. The microscopic transitions between catchment regions on the potential-energy surface are examined as well as the total amount of time spent in each of these catchment regions. The mixed cluster results are compared to the homogeneous results. The heterogeneous dynamics are found to more closely reproduce the homogeneous results if the heterogeneous catchment regions are classified according to their associated homogeneous parent minimum.

  4. Modeling the thickness dependence of the magnetic phase transition temperature in thin FeRh films

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    Ostler, Thomas Andrew; Barton, Craig; Thomson, Thomas; Hrkac, Gino

    2017-02-01

    FeRh and its first-order phase transition can open new routes for magnetic hybrid materials and devices under the assumption that it can be exploited in ultra-thin-film structures. Motivated by experimental measurements showing an unexpected increase in the phase transition temperature with decreasing thickness of FeRh on top of MgO, we develop a computational model to investigate strain effects of FeRh in such magnetic structures. Our theoretical results show that the presence of the MgO interface results in a strain that changes the magnetic configuration which drives the anomalous behavior.

  5. High-pressure and high-temperature study of the phase transition in anhydrite

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    Ma, Y. M.; Zhou, Q.; He, Z.; Li, F. F.; Yang, K. F.; Cui, Q. L.; Zou, G. T.

    2007-10-01

    The high-pressure and high-temperature behaviors of anhydrite (CaSO4) are studied up to 53.5 GPa and 1800 K using double-sided laser heating Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction in diamond anvil cells. The evidence of phase transition from an anhydrite structure to the monazite type was observed at about 2 GPa under cold compression. Another phase transition and a change in color of the sample from transparent to black have been also observed at a pressure of 33.2 GPa after laser heating. The new phase after laser heating persists to 53.5 GPa and 1800 K.

  6. High-temperature and high-pressure phase transitions in uranium

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    Bouchet, J.; Bottin, F.

    2017-02-01

    The phase diagram of uranium has been explored up to 100 GPa and 2000 K by means of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations. The lattice dynamics and energetics of the stable phases observed experimentally in this range of pressure and temperature are studied in this work. The phonon spectra of the α and γ phases are shown to evolve strongly as a function of temperature, unveiling the huge anharmonic effects present in this material. If the elastics constants and the bulk and shear moduli of the γ phase do not disclose any temperature effects, the shear modulus of the α phase decreases strongly as a function of temperature. Using the pressure- and temperature-dependent vibrational density of states and the Gibbs free energy of these two structures, we found a line transition between the α and γ phases which slightly underestimates the experimental one. Coherently with experiments, the bct structure is never found stable between 0 and 100 GPa.

  7. Fast-response temperature-sensitive-paint measurements on a hypersonic transition cone

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    Ozawa, H.; Laurence, S. J.; Schramm, J. Martinez; Wagner, A.; Hannemann, K.

    2015-01-01

    Experiments are performed using a fast-response temperature-sensitive-paint (TSP) technique to measure the heat-flux distribution on a slender cone in a hypersonic shock tunnel under both laminar and transitional conditions. The millisecond-order test duration together with the self-luminosity of shock layers place stringent conditions on the choice of TSP luminophore and the TSP-layer thickness that can be employed. The luminosity and dimming from particulates in the free-stream cause additional problems in interpreting the obtained intensity profiles. Nevertheless, favorable agreement with thermocouple-based measurements show that it is possible to derive quantitatively accurate heat-flux distributions with the TSP technique for temperature rises of up to approximately 40 K above room temperature. The technique accuracy is adversely affected at higher temperatures, which is thought to result from non-constant thermal properties of the insulating base layer. At high unit Reynolds number conditions, time-resolved heat-flux distributions show large-scale unsteadiness in the boundary-layer transition location and reveal transient streamwise streaks developing in the transitional region.

  8. Temperature dependent electrical transport in single Ge nanowires near insulator-metal transition

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    Raychaudhuri, Arup Kumar; Seth, Shaili; Das, Kaustuv

    We report low temperature (4K <= T <= 300K) electrical transport in single strands of Germanium Nanowires of radius well below 50 nm. The nanowires, grown from vapour phase with Au catalyst have carrier concentrations ranging from intrinsic to near the insulator-metal transition boundary. The nanowires were characterized extensively by High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope and established their crystalline quality. A single nanowire dispersed on a Si/SiO2 substrate was connected by Cr/Au contacts made by electron beam lithography in 2-probe / 4-probe configurations. The undoped nanowires have a room temperature resistivity (ρ) of 2 ohm.cm or more (estimated carrier concentration ~1015/cm3) and below the 25K (where it shows carrier freeze out) the ρ rises to high value of 35 ohm.cm. For nanowires with ρ <= .01 ohm.cm at 300K , low temperature ρ becomes finite, signaling transition to a metallic state with negative temperature co-efficient of ρ. The critical composition for the insulator-metal transition is more than an order higher than that observed in the bulk. At low T (<25K) resistivity data in this regime can be fitted to weak-localization form ρ =ρ0 - aTp/2 with ρ0 the NW's ~ 0.5-3.5 mohm.cm, with the exponent p ~ 3-4 as expected from theoretical predictions. Acknowldge Financial Support from Department od Science and Technology, Government of India for Sponsored Project.

  9. Predict the glass transition temperature of glycerol-water binary cryoprotectant by molecular dynamic simulation.

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    Li, Dai-Xi; Liu, Bao-Lin; Liu, Yi-shu; Chen, Cheng-lung

    2008-04-01

    Vitrification is proposed to be the best way for the cryopreservation of organs. The glass transition temperature (T(g)) of vitrification solutions is a critical parameter of fundamental importance for cryopreservation by vitrification. The instruments that can detect the thermodynamic, mechanical and dielectric changes of a substance may be used to determine the glass transition temperature. T(g) is usually measured by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In this study, the T(g) of the glycerol-aqueous solution (60%, wt/%) was determined by isothermal-isobaric molecular dynamic simulation (NPT-MD). The software package Discover in Material Studio with the Polymer Consortium Force Field (PCFF) was used for the simulation. The state parameters of heat capacity at constant pressure (C(p)), density (rho), amorphous cell volume (V(cell)) and specific volume (V(specific)) and radial distribution function (rdf) were obtained by NPT-MD in the temperature range of 90-270K. These parameters showed a discontinuity at a specific temperature in the plot of state parameter versus temperature. The temperature at the discontinuity is taken as the simulated T(g) value for glycerol-water binary solution. The T(g) values determined by simulation method were compared with the values in the literatures. The simulation values of T(g) (160.06-167.51K) agree well with the DSC results (163.60-167.10K) and the DMA results (159.00K). We drew the conclusion that molecular dynamic simulation (MDS) is a potential method for investigating the glass transition temperature (T(g)) of glycerol-water binary cryoprotectants and may be used for other vitrification solutions.

  10. Pressure-temperature dependence of growth bottlenecks and phenotypic transitions of Escherichia coli

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    Kumar, Pradeep; Libchaber, Albert J.

    2012-02-01

    A vast majority of bacteria and archaea can grow in diverse environmental conditions. The range of those conditions include high pressures, high temperature, low temperature, high salinity, low and high pH etc. We investigate the growth bottlenecks and phenotypic transitions of Escherichia coli (E. coli), a mesophilic bacterium, as a function of pressure and temperature. We find that E.coli can grow and proliferate in a wide range of pressures (1-400 atm) and temperatures (23-40 deg C). Moreover, we find that the division time of E. coli increases monotonically upon increasing pressure and exhibits a sharp increase in division time at pressures between 250-400 atm for all the temperatures investigated in our experiments. The sharp change in division time is followed by a sharp change in phenotypic transition of E. Coli at high pressures where bacterial cells switch to an elongating cell type. We propose that this phenotypics changes in bacteria at high pressures is an irreversible stochastic process whereas the switching probability to elongating cell type increases with increasing pressure. Furthermore, we propose an irreversible stochastic model of cell phenotype switching. We find that model fits well the experimental data. We discuss our experimental results in the light of structural and so the functional changes in proteins and structural changes in membranes at different pressure and temperature.

  11. Temperature-induced Lifshitz transition in WTe2

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    Wu, Yun; Jo, Na Hyun; Ochi, Masayuki; Huang, Lunan; Mou, Daixiang; Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, P. C.; Trivedi, Nandini; Arita, Ryotaro; Kaminski, Adam

    2015-10-12

    In this study, we use ultrahigh resolution, tunable, vacuum ultraviolet laser-based, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), temperature- and field-dependent resistivity, and thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements to study the electronic properties of WTe2, a compound that manifests exceptionally large, temperature-dependent magnetoresistance. The Fermi surface consists of two pairs of electron and two pairs of hole pockets along the X–Γ–X direction. Using detailed ARPES temperature scans, we find a rare example of a temperature-induced Lifshitz transition at T≃160 K, associated with the complete disappearance of the hole pockets. Our electronic structure calculations show a clear and substantial shift of the chemical potential μ(T) due to the semimetal nature of this material driven by modest changes in temperature. This change of Fermi surface topology is also corroborated by the temperature dependence of the TEP that shows a change of slope at T≈175 K and a breakdown of Kohler’s rule in the 70–140 K range. Our results and the mechanisms driving the Lifshitz transition and transport anomalies are relevant to other systems, such as pnictides, 3D Dirac semimetals, and Weyl semimetals.

  12. In Situ Observation of Gypsum-Anhydrite Transition at High Pressure and High Temperature

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    Liu, Chuan-Jiang; Zheng, Hai-Fei

    2012-04-01

    An in-situ Raman spectroscopic study of gypsum-anhydrite transition under a saturated water condition at high pressure and high temperature is performed using a hydrothermal diamond anvil cell (HDAC). The experimental results show that gypsum dissolvs in water at ambient temperature and above 496 MPa. With increasing temperature, the anhydrite (CaSO4) phase precipitates at 250-320°C in the pressure range of 1.0-1.5GPa, indicating that under a saturated water condition, both stable conditions of pressure and temperature and high levels of Ca and SO4 ion concentrations in aqueous solution are essential for the formation of anhydrite. A linear relationship between the pressure and temperature for the precipitation of anhydrite is established as P(GPa) = 0.0068T-0.7126 (250°C<=T<=320°C). Anhydrite remained stable during rapid cooling of the sample chamber, showing that the gypsum-anhydrite transition involving both dissolution and precipitation processes is irreversible at high pressure and high temperature.

  13. Temperature dependence of collisional rate coefficients for rotational transitions: a-type asymmetric top molecules

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    Sharma, M. K.; Sharma, M.; Chandra, S.

    2017-04-01

    On realizing that the rate coefficients for rotational transitions in the H2CS, H2CO, H2CC, H2CSi, due to collisions with He atom, under the IOS approximation, increase with the increase of kinetic temperature, we have looked analytically for 9 transitions in a-type asymmetric top molecules, because the results of Green et al. (1978) for H2CO do not increase for all the transitions, though they also are calculated under the IOS approximation. We tried to understand the source of discrepancy, but could not succeed, as the details of the work of Green et al. (1978) are not available. Data for other three molecules (H2CS, H2CC, H2CSi) are not available in the literature. Since our investigation is analytical, there is no reason not to believe our results.

  14. Transition process of abrupt climate change based on global sea surface temperature over the past century

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    Yan, Pengcheng; Hou, Wei; Feng, Guolin

    2016-05-01

    A new detection method has been proposed to study the transition process of abrupt climate change. With this method, the climate system transiting from one stable state to another can be verified clearly. By applying this method to the global sea surface temperature over the past century, several climate changes and their processes are detected, including the start state (moment), persist time, and end state (moment). According to the spatial distribution, the locations of climate changes mainly have occurred in the Indian Ocean and western Pacific before the middle twentieth century, in the 1970s in the equatorial middle-eastern Pacific, and in the middle and southern Pacific since the end of the twentieth century. In addition, the quantitative relationship between the transition process parameters is verified in theory and practice: (1) the relationship between the rate and stability parameters is linear, and (2) the relationship between the rate and change amplitude parameters is quadratic.

  15. Response of water to electric fields at temperatures below the glass transition: A molecular dynamics analysis

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    Hu, Xiaohu; Elghobashi-Meinhardt, Nadia; Gembris, Daniel; Smith, Jeremy C

    2011-01-01

    The electric field dependence of the structure and dynamics of water at 77 K, i.e., below the glass transition temperature (136 K), is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. Transitions are found at two critical field strengths, denoted E1 and E2. The transition around E1 3.5 V/nm is characterized by the onset of significant structural disorder, a rapid increase in the orientational polarization, and a maximum in the dynamical fluctuations. At E2 40 V/nm, the system crystallizes in discrete steps into a body-centered-cubic unit cell that minimizes the potential energy by simultaneous superpolarization of the water molecular dipoles and maximization of the intermolecular hydrogen bonds. The stepwise and discontinuous increase of the orientational polarization with the increasing electric field indicates that the dipole relaxation in the electric field is highly cooperative.

  16. High pressure phase transitions in lawsonite at simultaneous high pressure and temperature: A single crystal study

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    O'Bannon, E. F., III; Vennari, C.; Beavers, C. C. G.; Williams, Q. C.

    2015-12-01

    Lawsonite (CaAl2Si2O7(OH)2.H2O) is a hydrous mineral with a high overall water content of ~11.5 wt.%. It is a significant carrier of water in subduction zones to depths greater than ~150 km. The structure of lawsonite has been extensively studied under room temperature, high-pressure conditions. However, simultaneous high-pressure and high-temperature experiments are scarce. We have conducted synchrotron-based simultaneous high-pressure and temperature single crystal experiments on lawsonite up to a maximum pressure of 8.4 GPa at ambient and high temperatures. We used a natural sample of lawsonite from Valley Ford, California (Sonoma County). At room pressure and temperature lawsonite crystallizes in the orthorhombic system with Cmcm symmetry. Room temperature compression indicates that lawsonite remains in the orthorhombic Cmcm space group up to ~9.0 GPa. Our 5.0 GPa crystal structure is similar to the room pressure structure, and shows almost isotropic compression of the crystallographic axes. Unit cell parameters at 5.0 GPa are a- 5.7835(10), b- 8.694(2), and c- 13.009(3). Single-crystal measurements at simultaneous high-pressure and temperature (e.g., >8.0 GPa and ~100 oC) can be indexed to a monoclinic P-centered unit cell. Interestingly, a modest temperature increase of ~100 oC appears to initiate the orthorhombic to monoclinic phase transition at ~0.6-2.4 GPa lower than room temperature compression studies have shown. There is no evidence of dehydration or H atom disorder under these conditions. This suggests that the orthorhombic to monoclinic transition could be kinetically impeded at 298 K, and that monoclinic lawsonite could be the dominant water carrier through much of the depth range of upper mantle subduction processes.

  17. Superconductor-Insulator Transition Induced by Electrostatic Charging in High Temperature Superconductors

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    Leng, Xiang

    Ultrathin YBa2Cu3O7-x films were grown on SrTiO3 substrates in a high pressure oxygen sputtering system to study the superconductor-insulator transition by electrostatic charging. While backside gating using SrTiO3 as a dielectric induces only small TC shifts, a clear transition between superconducting and insulating behavior was realized in a 7 unit cell thick film using an ionic liquid as the dielectric. Employing a finite size scaling analysis, curves of resistance versus temperature, R(T), over the temperature range from 6 K to 22 K were found to collapse onto a single function, which suggests the presence of a quantum critical point. However the scaling failed at the lowest temperatures indicating the possible presence of an additional phase between the superconducting and insulating regimes. In the presence of magnetic field, a cleaner superconductor-insulator transition was realized by electrostatic charging. A scaling analysis showed that this was a quantum phase transition. The magnetic field did not change the universality class. Further depletion of holes caused electrons to be accumulated in the film and the superconductivity to be recovered. This could be an n-type superconductor. The carriers were found to be highly localized. By changing the polarity of the gate voltage, an underdoped 7 unit cell thick film was tuned into the overdoped regime. This process proved to be reversible. Transport measurements showed a series of anomalous features compared to chemically doped bulk samples and an unexpected two-step mechanism for electrostatic doping was revealed. These anomalous behaviors suggest that there is an electronic phase transition in the Fermi surface around the optimal doping level.

  18. Nano Mechanical Machining Using AFM Probe

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    Mostofa, Md. Golam

    Complex miniaturized components with high form accuracy will play key roles in the future development of many products, as they provide portability, disposability, lower material consumption in production, low power consumption during operation, lower sample requirements for testing, and higher heat transfer due to their very high surface-to-volume ratio. Given the high market demand for such micro and nano featured components, different manufacturing methods have been developed for their fabrication. Some of the common technologies in micro/nano fabrication are photolithography, electron beam lithography, X-ray lithography and other semiconductor processing techniques. Although these methods are capable of fabricating micro/nano structures with a resolution of less than a few nanometers, some of the shortcomings associated with these methods, such as high production costs for customized products, limited material choices, necessitate the development of other fabricating techniques. Micro/nano mechanical machining, such an atomic force microscope (AFM) probe based nano fabrication, has, therefore, been used to overcome some the major restrictions of the traditional processes. This technique removes material from the workpiece by engaging micro/nano size cutting tool (i.e. AFM probe) and is applicable on a wider range of materials compared to the photolithographic process. In spite of the unique benefits of nano mechanical machining, there are also some challenges with this technique, since the scale is reduced, such as size effects, burr formations, chip adhesions, fragility of tools and tool wear. Moreover, AFM based machining does not have any rotational movement, which makes fabrication of 3D features more difficult. Thus, vibration-assisted machining is introduced into AFM probe based nano mechanical machining to overcome the limitations associated with the conventional AFM probe based scratching method. Vibration-assisted machining reduced the cutting forces

  19. Improving the efficiency of Monte Carlo simulations of systems that undergo temperature-driven phase transitions

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    Velazquez, L.; Castro-Palacio, J. C.

    2013-07-01

    Recently, Velazquez and Curilef proposed a methodology to extend Monte Carlo algorithms based on a canonical ensemble which aims to overcome slow sampling problems associated with temperature-driven discontinuous phase transitions. We show in this work that Monte Carlo algorithms extended with this methodology also exhibit a remarkable efficiency near a critical point. Our study is performed for the particular case of a two-dimensional four-state Potts model on a square lattice with periodic boundary conditions. This analysis reveals that the extended version of Metropolis importance sampling is more efficient than the usual Swendsen-Wang and Wolff cluster algorithms. These results demonstrate the effectiveness of this methodology to improve the efficiency of MC simulations of systems that undergo any type of temperature-driven phase transition.

  20. Metal-insulator transition above room temperature in maximum colossal magnetoresistance manganite thin films

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    Chen, X. J.; Habermeier, H.-U.; Zhang, H.; Gu, G.; Varela, M.; Santamaria, J.; Almasan, C. C.

    2005-09-01

    It has been suggested that the maximum magnitude of colossal magnetoresistance occurs in mixed-valent manganites with a tolerance factor t=0.96 [Zhou, Archibald, and Goodenough, Nature (London) 381, 770 (1996)]. However, at t≈0.96 most manganites have relatively low values of the metal-insulator transition temperature TMI(˜60-150K) . Here, we report that a 50 Å La0.9Sr0.1MnO3 thin film with t=0.96 grown on a (100) SrTiO3 substrate has a metal-insulator transition above room temperature, which represents a doubling of TMI compared with its value in the bulk material. We show that this spectacular increase of TMI is a result of the epitaxially compressive strain-induced reduction of the Jahn-Teller distortion.

  1. Effect of the degree of substitution in the transition temperatures and hydrophobicity of hydroxypropyl cellulose esters.

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    López-Velázquez, Delia; Hernández-Sosa, Armando R; Pérez, Ernesto

    2015-07-10

    We have synthesized and characterized five members of a homologous series of side chain polymers of hydroxypropyl cellulose esters obtained by homogeneous esterification with 6-[4'-(ethoxycarbonyl)biphenyl-4-yloxy]hexanoic acid. Two acylation procedures were studied. One procedure involved the acid chloride derivative and the other one was the activation of that acid with N,N'-carbonyldiimidazol. The second method yielded esters with higher degree of substitution, DS¯. The esters, with DS¯ ranging from 26 to about 66%, were characterized by FTIR, NMR, solution viscometry, TGA, DSC, polarized optical microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, in order to study the effect of the degree of substitution on the hydrophobicity, on the transition temperatures and on their potential liquid crystal properties. It has been found that the hydrophobicity and the transition temperatures of the HPC derivatives are very much dependent on the degree of acylation. The esters with high DS¯ values showed liquid crystal properties.

  2. Variation of transition temperatures and residual resistivity ratio in vapor-grown FeSe

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    Böhmer, A. E.; Taufour, V.; Straszheim, W. E.; Wolf, T.; Canfield, P. C.

    2016-07-29

    The study of the iron-based superconductor FeSe has blossomed with the availability of high-quality single crystals, obtained through flux/vapor-transport growth techniques below the structural transformation temperature of its tetragonal phase, T≈450°C. Here, we report on the variation of sample morphology and properties due to small modifications in the growth conditions. A considerable variation of the superconducting transition temperature Tc, from 8.8 K to 3 K, which cannot be correlated with the sample composition, is observed. Instead, we point out a clear correlation between Tc and disorder, as measured by the residual resistivity ratio. Notably, the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural transition is also found to be quite strongly disorder dependent (Ts≈72–90K) and linearly correlated with Tc.

  3. Variation of transition temperatures and residual resistivity ratio in vapor-grown FeSe

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    Böhmer, A. E.; Taufour, V.; Straszheim, W. E.; ...

    2016-07-29

    The study of the iron-based superconductor FeSe has blossomed with the availability of high-quality single crystals, obtained through flux/vapor-transport growth techniques below the structural transformation temperature of its tetragonal phase, T≈450°C. Here, we report on the variation of sample morphology and properties due to small modifications in the growth conditions. A considerable variation of the superconducting transition temperature Tc, from 8.8 K to 3 K, which cannot be correlated with the sample composition, is observed. Instead, we point out a clear correlation between Tc and disorder, as measured by the residual resistivity ratio. Notably, the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural transition is alsomore » found to be quite strongly disorder dependent (Ts≈72–90K) and linearly correlated with Tc.« less

  4. Glass transition temperature of bulk metallic glasses: A linear connection with the mixing enthalpy

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    Li, Xuelian; Bian, Xiufang; Hu, Lina; Wu, Yuqin; Guo, Jing; Zhang, Junyan

    2007-05-01

    A linear relationship is found between the glass transition temperature Tg and the absolute value of the mixing enthalpy, |ΔHchem|, for bulk metallic glass systems. The increasing (or lowering) of Tg with an admixture of metals or other elements manifests itself in the larger (or smaller) of |ΔHchem| in a given system. The results indicate that the composition dependence of Tg results from the change of excess entropy (Sex) during thermal excitation. The |ΔHchem|, which relates to the strength of interaction among different atoms, corresponds to part of the Sex at Tg [Sex(Tg)]. The glass transition temperatures for Cu-Zr (Hf)-, Zr-Cu-, and La-Al-based glassy alloys are correlated with the interaction intensity between their based binary eutectic compositions, respectively.

  5. Improving the efficiency of Monte Carlo simulations of systems that undergo temperature-driven phase transitions.

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    Velazquez, L; Castro-Palacio, J C

    2013-07-01

    Recently, Velazquez and Curilef proposed a methodology to extend Monte Carlo algorithms based on a canonical ensemble which aims to overcome slow sampling problems associated with temperature-driven discontinuous phase transitions. We show in this work that Monte Carlo algorithms extended with this methodology also exhibit a remarkable efficiency near a critical point. Our study is performed for the particular case of a two-dimensional four-state Potts model on a square lattice with periodic boundary conditions. This analysis reveals that the extended version of Metropolis importance sampling is more efficient than the usual Swendsen-Wang and Wolff cluster algorithms. These results demonstrate the effectiveness of this methodology to improve the efficiency of MC simulations of systems that undergo any type of temperature-driven phase transition.

  6. Predicting the glass transition temperature of bioactive glasses from their molecular chemical composition.

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    Hill, Robert G; Brauer, Delia S

    2011-10-01

    A recently published paper (M.D. O'Donnell, Acta Biomaterialia 7 (2011) 2264-2269) suggests that it is possible to correlate the glass transition temperature (T(g)) of bioactive glasses with their molar composition, based on iterative least-squares fitting of published T(g) data. However, we show that the glass structure is an important parameter in determining T(g). Phase separation, local structural effects and components (intermediate oxides) which can switch their structural role in the glass network need to be taken into consideration, as they are likely to influence the glass transition temperature of bioactive glasses. Although the model suggested by O'Donnell works reasonably well for glasses within the composition range presented, it is oversimplified and fails for glasses outside certain compositional boundaries.

  7. Determination of the Ductile to Brittle Transition Temperature of Platinum-Aluminide Gas Turbine Blade Coatings

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    1985-09-01

    to brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of five basic platinum- aluminide gas turbine blade coatings on a nickel-base superalloy (IN738). The results...gas turbine blade coatings on a nickel-base superalloy (IN738). The results of these tests were compared to similarly formed nickel- aluminide coatings ... aluminide coating became more widely used, it -°j.established itself as an excellent life extender for most superalloy blade materials. However, as

  8. Influence of grain size on transition temperature of thermochromic VO{sub 2}

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    Miller, Mark J.; Wang, Junlan

    2015-01-21

    Vanadium(IV) oxide (VO{sub 2}) is a unique material that undergoes a reversible phase transformation around 68 °C. The material could potentially be used as an energy-efficient coating for windows since its reflectance in the infrared (IR) increases significantly more than in the visible region. Currently, VO{sub 2} is limited by a transition temperature (τ{sub c}) that is too high, luminous transmittance that is too low or both. In this study, a transition temperature of 45 °C is achieved for a reactively sputtered, undoped film by restricting grain size to approximately 30 nm. It is concluded that a higher density of grain boundaries (smaller grain size) provides a greater number of nucleating defects which in turn reduces τ{sub c}. Similarly, a higher density of grain boundaries may reduce the hysteresis width (difference between transition temperatures in heating and cooling). Also in this study, a new set of optical performance metrics is proposed in which the solar spectrum is divided into the ultraviolet (UV), visible and near infrared (NIR) regions. This approach is more closely aligned with the goals of limiting UV, allowing luminous and modulating NIR transmission. Using these metrics, the optical properties of the low-τ{sub c} sample were: 2% UV transmittance, 47% luminous transmittance, and 23% NIR modulation (decrease from 43 to 33%). This study demonstrates that the grain size of VO{sub 2} should be viewed as an important parameter for controlling the transition temperature of the material.

  9. Low-temperature and high-pressure phase transitions in ferroelectric dabcoHBF4

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    Szafranski, Marek

    2004-09-01

    NH--N hydrogen bonded ferroelectric dabcoHBF4, [C6H13N2]+·BF4-, has been studied by dielectric spectroscopy, differential thermal analysis and pyroelectric charge measurement investigations in the low-temperature range between 12 and 300 K, and at elevated hydrostatic pressures up to 1 GPa. The p-T phase diagram has been determined and described. In addition to the known first-order phase transitions at 378 and 153 K, two new structural transitions of continuous type have been revealed, i.e., the transition at 37 K and the pressure-induced one occurring above the triple point situated at 80 MPa and 165 K. Both of these transitions have essentially displacive character and a mechanism related to distortions of the hydrogen bonded polycationic chains, preserving polar properties of the crystal. The possible order-disorder contribution to the transition at 153 K between the ferroelectric phases II and III is discussed in relation to the conformational properties of the dabco cation.

  10. Method for preparing high transition temperature Nb/sub 3/Ge superconductors. [Patent application

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    Newkirk, L.R.; Valencia, F.A.

    1975-06-26

    Bulk coatings of Nb/sub 3/Ge superconductors having transition temperatures in excess of 20/sup 0/K are readily formed by a chemical vapor deposition technique involving the coreduction of NbCl/sub 5/ and GeCl/sub 4/ in the presence of hydrogen. The NbCl/sub 5/ vapor may advantageously be formed quantitatively in the temperature range of about 250 to 260/sup 0/C by the chlorination of Nb metal provided the partial pressure of the product NbCl/sub 5/ vapor is maintained at or below about 0.1 atm.

  11. Method for preparing high transition temperature Nb.sub.3 Ge superconductors

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    Newkirk, Lawrence R.; Valencia, Flavio A.

    1977-01-01

    Bulk coatings of Nb.sub.3 Ge superconductors having transition temperatures in excess of 20 K are readily formed by a chemical vapor deposition technique involving the coreduction of NbCl.sub.5 and GeCl.sub.4 in the presence of hydrogen. The NbCl.sub.5 vapor may advantageously be formed quantitatively in the temperature range of about 250.degree. to 260.degree. C by the chlorination of Nb metal provided the partial pressure of the product NbCl.sub.5 vapor is maintained at or below about 0.1 atm.

  12. Spatially resolved quantitative mapping of thermomechanical properties and phase transition temperatures using scanning probe microscopy

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    Jesse, Stephen; Kalinin, Sergei V; Nikiforov, Maxim P

    2013-07-09

    An approach for the thermomechanical characterization of phase transitions in polymeric materials (polyethyleneterephthalate) by band excitation acoustic force microscopy is developed. This methodology allows the independent measurement of resonance frequency, Q factor, and oscillation amplitude of a tip-surface contact area as a function of tip temperature, from which the thermal evolution of tip-surface spring constant and mechanical dissipation can be extracted. A heating protocol maintained a constant tip-surface contact area and constant contact force, thereby allowing for reproducible measurements and quantitative extraction of material properties including temperature dependence of indentation-based elastic and loss moduli.

  13. Quantification of the morphological transition in cadmium selenide nanocrystals as a function of reaction temperature

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    Cameron, Michael Tanner; Rogerson, Jordan A.; Blom, Douglas A.; Dukes, Albert D.

    2016-03-01

    Controlling the morphology of semiconductor nanocrystals has typically relied on controlling the concentration and species of surface ligands utilized in synthesis. Specific shapes, such as branched structures are of particular interest as the light harvesting and charge separating layer in a photovoltaic device. In this work we quantify how changes in the reaction temperature affect the resulting morphology of the nanocrystals. The narrowness of the temperature range over which the morphological transition occurred provides guidance to the tolerances necessary in the synthesis of CdSe utilized in commercial devices on a large scale.

  14. Ellipsometric method for the measurement of temperature and optical constants of incandescent transition metals

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    Hansen, George P.; Krishnan, Shankar; Hauge, Robert H.; Margrave, John L.

    1989-01-01

    The development of a unique noncontact temperature measurement device utilizing rotating analyzer ellipsometry is described. The technique circumvents the necessity of spectral emissivity estimation by direct measurement concomitant with radiance brightness. Simultaneous determinations of dielectric constants and refractive indices allow changes in the physical and chemical state of a heated surface to be monitored. The results of optical property measurements at 633 nm as functions of temperature between 1000 and 2500 K for eight transition metals including Hf, Ir, Mo, Nb, Pd, Pt, Ta, and V are presented together with preliminary results of oxidation studies on iridium.

  15. Temperature Driven Structural Phase Transition in Tetragonal-Like BiFeO3

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    Siemons, Wolter; Biegalski, Michael D; Nam, Joong Hee; Christen, Hans M

    2011-01-01

    Highly strained BiFeO{sub 3} exhibits a 'tetragonal-like, monoclinic' crystal structure found only in epitaxial films (with an out-of-plane lattice parameter exceeding the in-plane value by >20%). Previous work has shown that this phase is properly described as an MC monoclinic structure at room temperature [with a (010)pc symmetry plane, which contains the ferroelectric polarization]. Here, we show detailed temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction data that reveal a structural phase transition at {approx}100 C to a high-temperature M{sub A} phase ['tetragonal-like' but with a ({bar 1}10){sub pc} symmetry plane]. These results indicate that the ferroelectric properties and domain structures of the strained BiFeO{sub 3} are strongly temperature dependent.

  16. Temperature dependence of quasi-three level laser transition for long pulse Nd:YAG laser

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    Bidin, Noriah; Pourmand, Seyed Ebrahim; Sidi Ahmad, Muhamad Fakaruddin; Khrisnan, Ganesan; Mohd Taib, Nur Athirah; Nadia Adnan, Nurul; Bakhtiar, Hazri

    2013-02-01

    The influence of temperature and pumping energy on stimulated emission cross section and the laser output of quasi-three level laser transition are reported. Flashlamp is used to pump Nd:YAG laser rod. Distilled water is mixed with ethylene glycol to vary the temperature of the cooling system between -30 and 60 °C. The capacitor voltage of flashlamp driver is verified to manipulate the input energy within the range of 10-70 J. The line of interest in quasi-three level laser comprised of 938.5 and 946 nm. The stimulated emission cross section of both lines is found to be inversely proportional to the temperature but directly proportional to the input energy. This is attributed from thermal broadening effect. The changes of stimulated emission cross section and the output laser with respect to the temperature and input energy on line 946 nm are realized to be more dominant in comparison to 938.5 nm.

  17. Fluctuation-induced conductivity of superconductors above the transition temperature - Regularization of the Maki diagram.

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    Keller, J.; Korenman, V.

    1972-01-01

    The Maki contribution to the conductivity above the superconducting transition temperature is regularized within the framework of the BCS theory. This is achieved through the renormalization of the impurity-scattering vertex by inclusion of the effects of pair fluctuations. The conductivity is evaluated for a thin film. It depends only on the reduced temperature and the normal resistance per square. Fair agreement is found with Al films over a wide temperature range. Agreement is not found with experiments on Bi, Pb, and Ga films, which apparently contain a strong additional pair-breaking effect. The temperature range in which interactions among fluctuations become important in the Maki conductivity is generally larger than that given by the Ginzburg criterion.

  18. Temperature-dependent phase transition of ferroelectric perovskites: A Wang-Landau-DFT approach

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    Yuk, Simuck; Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus; Cooper, Valentino

    Since the discovery of ferroelectricity in perovskite oxides, considerable efforts have been devoted to understanding their phase transition behaviors in terms of temperature, pressure, and composition. Such materials have regularly been used in transducer and actuator applications. As our first step to make accurate predictions of the crystal phases of more complex oxides such as Pb(ZrxTi1-x) O3, we have used the Wang-Landau (WL) algorithm and density functional theory (DFT) to examine the temperature-dependent phase transition of PbTiO3, BaTiO3, and KNbO3. DFT was employed to evaluate the energetics of important crystal-structure candidates, which were later used as the input for WL algorithm. In addition, we examine how the choice of exchange-correlation functionals affects our predictions of the relevant phase transition temperatures. Research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division and the Office of Science Early Career Research Program (V.R.C.) and used resources at NERSC and OLCF.

  19. Temperature induced structural transitions from native to unfolded aggregated states of tobacco etch virus protease

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    Zhu, Guo-Fei; Ren, Si-Yan; Xi, Lei; Du, Lin-Fang; Zhu, Xiao-Feng

    2015-02-01

    Tobacco etch virus protease (TEVp) is widely used to remove fusion tags from recombinant proteins because of its high and unique specificity. This work describes the conformational and the thermodynamic properties in the unfolding/refolding process of TEVp3M (three-point mutant: L56V/S135G/S219V) induced by temperature. With temperature increasing from 20 to 100 °C, the CD spectra showed a transition trend from α-helix to β-sheet, and the fluorescence emission, synchronous fluorescence, ANS and RLS spectroscopy consistently revealed that the temperature-induced unfolding process behaved in a three-state manner, for there was a relatively stable intermediate state observed around 50 °C. The reversibility of thermal unfolding of TEVp3M further showed that the transition from the native to the intermediate state was reversible (below 50 °C), however the transition from the intermediate to the unfolded state was irreversible (above 60 °C). Moreover, aggregates were observed above 60 °C as revealed by SDS-PAGE, Thioflavin-T fluorescence and Congo red absorbance.

  20. The effects of shock wave compaction on the transition temperatures of A15 structure superconductors

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    Otto, G. H.

    1974-01-01

    Several superconductors with the A15 structure exhibit a positive pressure coefficient, indicating that their transition temperatures increase with applied pressure. Powders of the composition Nb3Al, Nb3Ge, Nb3(Al0.75Ge0.25), and V3Si were compacted by explosive shock waves. The superconducting properties of these materials were measured before and after compaction and it was found that regardless of the sign of the pressure coefficient, the transition temperature is always lowered. The decrease in transition temperature is associated with a decrease in the particle diameter. The shock wave passage through a 3Nb:1Ge powder mixture leads to the formation of at least one compound (probably Nb5Ge3). However, the formation of the A15 compound Nb3Ge is not observed. Elemental niobium powder can be compacted by converging shock waves close to the expected value of the bulk density. Under special circumstances a partial remelting in the center of the sample is observed.

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

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

    2015-01-15

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

  2. The influence of initial temperature on flame acceleration and deflagration-to-detonation transition

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    Ciccarelli, G.; Boccio, J.L.; Ginsberg, T.

    1996-07-01

    The influence of initial mixture temperature on deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) has been investigated experimentally. The experiments were carried out in a 27-cm-inner diameter, 21.3-meter-long heated detonation tube, which was equipped with periodic orifice plates to promote flame acceleration. Hydrogen-air-steam mixtures were tested at a range of temperatures up to 650K and at an initial pressure of 0.1 MPa. In most cases, the limiting hydrogen mole fraction which resulted in transition to detonation corresponded to the mixture whose detonation cell size, {lambda}, was approximately equal to the inner diameter of the orifice plate, d (e.g., d/{lambda}{approximately}1). The only exception was in dry hydrogen-air mixtures at 650K where the DDT limit was observed to be 11 percent hydrogen, corresponding to a value of d/{lambda} equal to 5.5. For a 10.5 percent hydrogen mixture at 650K, the flame accelerated to a maximum velocity of about 120 m/s and then decelerated to below 2 m/s. This observation indicates that the d/{lambda} = 1 DDT limit criterion provides a necessary condition but not a sufficient one for the onset of DDT in obstacle-laden ducts. In this particular case, the mixture initial condition (i.e., temperature) resulted in the inability of the mixture to sustain flame acceleration to the point where DDT could occur. It was also observed that the distance required for the flame to accelerate to the onset of detonation was a function of both the hydrogen mole fraction and the mixture initial temperature. For example, decreasing the hydrogen mole fraction or increasing the initial mixture temperature resulted in longer transition distances.

  3. Direct Shear of Olivine Single Crystals at the Transition from Asthenospheric to Lithospheric Temperatures

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    Tielke, J. A.; Zimmerman, M. E.; Kohlstedt, D. L.

    2014-12-01

    Models of geodynamic processes require constitutive equations that describe the rheological properties of olivine-rich mantle rocks. An extensive database exists for high-temperature deformation of olivine single crystals and aggregates. However, extrapolation of flow laws derived from high-temperature experiments to temperatures typical of the lithospheric mantle results in significant overestimation of olivine strength. Although some studies have explored the low-temperature deformation of olivine, constitutive equations describing the rheological properties of the four dominate dislocation slip systems over a large range of temperature and stress conditions have yet to be established. To investigate the rheological properties of olivine single crystals deforming by dislocation creep at asthenospheric and lithospheric temperatures, a series of direct shear experiments were carried out. The direct shear geometry permits isolation of the four dominate dislocation slip systems, whereas only two slip systems can be independently activated during triaxial compression. The experiments were carried out in a gas-medium deformation apparatus at temperatures of 1000-1300°C, a confining pressure of 300 MPa, and shear stresses of 81 to 334 MPa that result in shear strain rates of 1.0 x 10-5 to 2.6 x 10-3 s-1. At high-temperature and low-stress conditions, strain rate follows a power law relationship with stress. At low-temperature and high-stress conditions, strain rate depends exponentially on stress. These observations are consistent with a transition from strain rate limited by a climb-controlled dislocation mechanism at higher temperatures to strain rate limited by a glide-controlled dislocation mechanism at lower temperatures.

  4. Anomalies in nanostructure size measurements by AFM

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    Mechler, Ádám; Kopniczky, Judit; Kokavecz, János; Hoel, Anders; Granqvist, Claes-Göran; Heszler, Peter

    2005-09-01

    Anomalies in atomic force microscopy (AFM) based size determination of nanoparticles were studied via comparative analysis of experiments and numerical calculations. Single tungsten oxide nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 3nm were deposited on mica and graphite substrates and were characterised by AFM. The size (height) of the nanoparticles, measured by tapping mode AFM, was found to be sensitive to the free amplitude of the oscillating tip, thus indicating that the images were not purely topographical. By comparing the experimental results to model calculations, we demonstrate that the dependence of the nanoparticle size on the oscillation amplitude of the tip is an inherent characteristic of the tapping mode AFM; it is also a function of physical properties such as elasticity and surface energy of the nanoparticle and the sample surface, and it depends on the radius of curvature of the tip. We show that good approximation of the real size can easily be obtained from plots of particle height vs free amplitude of the oscillating tip, although errors might persist for individual experiments. The results are valid for size (height) determination of any nanometer-sized objects imaged by tapping mode AFM.

  5. Boundary conditions, dimensionality, topology and size dependence of the superconducting transition temperature

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    Fink, Herman J.; Haley, Stephen B.; Giuraniuc, Claudiu V.; Kozhevnikov, Vladimir F.; Indekeu, Joseph O.

    2005-11-01

    For various sample geometries (slabs, cylinders, spheres, hypercubes), de Gennes' boundary condition parameter b is used to study its effect upon the transition temperature Tc of a superconductor. For b > 0 the order parameter at the surface is decreased, and as a consequence Tc is reduced, while for b < 0 the order parameter at the surface is increased, thereby enhancing Tc of a specimen in zero magnetic field. Exact solutions, derived by Fink and Haley (Int. J. mod. Phys. B, 17, 2171 (2003)), of the order parameter of a slab of finite thickness as a function of temperature are presented, both for reduced and enhanced transition (nucleation) temperatures. At the nucleation temperature the order parameter approaches zero. This concise review closes with a link established between de Gennes' microscopic boundary condition and the Ginzburg-Landau phenomenological approach, and a discussion of some relevant experiments. For example, applying the boundary condition with b < 0 to tin whiskers elucidates the increase of Tc with strain.

  6. Transition-metal embedded carbon nitride monolayers: high-temperature ferromagnetism and half-metallicity

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    Choudhuri, Indrani; Kumar, Sourabh; Mahata, Arup; Rawat, Kuber Singh; Pathak, Biswarup

    2016-07-01

    High-temperature ferromagnetic materials with planar surfaces are promising candidates for spintronics applications. Using state-of-the-art density functional theory (DFT) calculations, transition metal (TM = Cr, Mn, and Fe) incorporated graphitic carbon nitride (TM@gt-C3N4) systems are investigated as possible spintronics devices. Interestingly, ferromagnetism and half-metallicity were observed in all of the TM@gt-C3N4 systems. We find that Cr@gt-C3N4 is a nearly half-metallic ferromagnetic material with a Curie temperature of ~450 K. The calculated Curie temperature is noticeably higher than other planar 2D materials studied to date. Furthermore, it has a steel-like mechanical stability and also possesses remarkable dynamic and thermal (500 K) stability. The calculated magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) in Cr@gt-C3N4 is as high as 137.26 μeV per Cr. Thereby, such material with a high Curie temperature can be operated at high temperatures for spintronics devices.High-temperature ferromagnetic materials with planar surfaces are promising candidates for spintronics applications. Using state-of-the-art density functional theory (DFT) calculations, transition metal (TM = Cr, Mn, and Fe) incorporated graphitic carbon nitride (TM@gt-C3N4) systems are investigated as possible spintronics devices. Interestingly, ferromagnetism and half-metallicity were observed in all of the TM@gt-C3N4 systems. We find that Cr@gt-C3N4 is a nearly half-metallic ferromagnetic material with a Curie temperature of ~450 K. The calculated Curie temperature is noticeably higher than other planar 2D materials studied to date. Furthermore, it has a steel-like mechanical stability and also possesses remarkable dynamic and thermal (500 K) stability. The calculated magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) in Cr@gt-C3N4 is as high as 137.26 μeV per Cr. Thereby, such material with a high Curie temperature can be operated at high temperatures for spintronics devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI

  7. Dependence of the Brittle Ductile Transition on Strain-Rate-Dependent Critical Homologous Temperature

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    Davis, Paul M.

    2017-02-01

    Earthquakes mainly occur in crust or mantle that is below a critical temperature for the tectonic strain-rate, \\dot{e}_t, such that stress builds up to the breaking point before it can relax due to creep. Then long-range stress correlation gives rise to power law seismicity including large events. The limiting temperature depends on pressure, which is taken into account by finding a critical homologous temperature THc = T/TM above which earthquakes are rarely observed (where T, TM are temperature and average melting temperature of constituent minerals). We find that THc for ocean plates is ∼0.55. For California earthquakes, it is also close to 0.55. The uppermost mantle layer of oceanic plates of thickness ∼50 km is composed of harzburgite and depleted peridotite from which basalt has been removed to form ocean crust. Thus it has a higher melting temperature than the peridotite of the surrounding mantle, or the lower halves of plates. Thicknesses of seismicity in deep subduction zones, determined from 2D polynomial fits to a relocated catalog, are ∼50 km, which suggests that the earthquake channel is confined to this layer. We construct models to find homologous temperatures in slabs, and find that seismicity thicknesses are also, on average, confined to TH ≤ 0.55 ± 0.05. The associated rheology is compared with that obtained from flexure models of ocean lithosphere. The brittle-ductile transition occurs where viscosity drops from high values in the cold cores of slabs to values of 1022 to 1023 Pa s, i.e., where creep strain-rates become comparable to tectonic rates. The cutoff for deep earthquakes is not sharp. However they appear unlikely to occur if homologous temperature is high TH > 0.55. Exceptions to the rule are anomalously deep earthquakes such as those beneath the Iceland and the Hawaiian hotspots, and the Newport Inglewood Fault. These are smaller events with short-range stress correlation, and can be explained if strain-rates are 2 to 3 orders

  8. Temperature-Induced Topological Phase Transitions: Promoted versus Suppressed Nontrivial Topology

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    Antonius, Gabriel; Louie, Steven G.

    2016-12-01

    Contrary to previous two-band model studies which find increasing temperature would induce a topological phase transition, we show here through first-principles calculations that the opposite is also realizable, depending on the material's full band structure and symmetry of the electron-phonon coupling potential. This finding explains recent experimental results by Wojek et al. [Nat. Commun. 6, 8463 (2015), 10.1038/ncomms9463]. We show that the topological phase diagram of BiTl(S1 -δSeδ)2 as a function of doping and temperature contains two distinct regions with nontrivial topology. In BiTlS2 , the phonons promote the topological phase at high temperature, while in BiTlSe2, the system is driven back into the trivial phase.

  9. Evolution of ocean temperature and ice volume through the mid-Pleistocene climate transition.

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    Elderfield, H; Ferretti, P; Greaves, M; Crowhurst, S; McCave, I N; Hodell, D; Piotrowski, A M

    2012-08-10

    Earth's climate underwent a fundamental change between 1250 and 700 thousand years ago, the mid-Pleistocene transition (MPT), when the dominant periodicity of climate cycles changed from 41 thousand to 100 thousand years in the absence of substantial change in orbital forcing. Over this time, an increase occurred in the amplitude of change of deep-ocean foraminiferal oxygen isotopic ratios, traditionally interpreted as defining the main rhythm of ice ages although containing large effects of changes in deep-ocean temperature. We have separated the effects of decreasing temperature and increasing global ice volume on oxygen isotope ratios. Our results suggest that the MPT was initiated by an abrupt increase in Antarctic ice volume 900 thousand years ago. We see no evidence of a pattern of gradual cooling, but near-freezing temperatures occur at every glacial maximum.

  10. Scaling description of the yielding transition in soft amorphous solids at zero temperature

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    Lin, Jie; Lerner, Edan; Rosso, Alberto; Wyart, Matthieu

    2014-01-01

    Yield stress materials flow if a sufficiently large shear stress is applied. Although such materials are ubiquitous and relevant for industry, there is no accepted microscopic description of how they yield, even in the simplest situations in which temperature is negligible and in which flow inhomogeneities such as shear bands or fractures are absent. Here we propose a scaling description of the yielding transition in amorphous solids made of soft particles at zero temperature. Our description makes a connection between the Herschel–Bulkley exponent characterizing the singularity of the flow curve near the yield stress Σc, the extension and duration of the avalanches of plasticity observed at threshold, and the density P(x) of soft spots, or shear transformation zones, as a function of the stress increment x beyond which they yield. We argue that the critical exponents of the yielding transition may be expressed in terms of three independent exponents, θ, df, and z, characterizing, respectively, the density of soft spots, the fractal dimension of the avalanches, and their duration. Our description shares some similarity with the depinning transition that occurs when an elastic manifold is driven through a random potential, but also presents some striking differences. We test our arguments in an elasto-plastic model, an automaton model similar to those used in depinning, but with a different interaction kernel, and find satisfying agreement with our predictions in both two and three dimensions. PMID:25246567

  11. Massive Temperature-Induced Metal—Insulator Transition in Individual Nanowires of a Non-Stoichiometric Vanadium Oxide Bronze

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    Patridge, C.; Wu, T; Jaye, C; Ravel, B; Takeuchi, E; Fischer, D; Sambandamurthy, G; Banerjee, S

    2010-01-01

    Metal-insulator transitions in strongly correlated materials, induced by varying either temperature or dopant concentration, remain a topic of enduring interest in solid-state chemistry and physics owing to their fundamental importance in answering longstanding questions regarding correlation effects. We note here the unprecedented observation of a four-orders-of-magnitude metal-insulator transition in single nanowires of {delta}-K{sub x}V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, when temperature is varied, which thus represents a rare new addition to the pantheon of materials exhibiting pronounced metal-insulator transitions in proximity to room temperature.

  12. Room-temperature monoclinic and low-temperature triclinic phase-transition structures of meso-octamethylcalix[4]pyrrole-dimethyl sulfoxide (1/1).

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    Lynch, V M; Gale, P A; Sessler, J L; Madeiros, D

    2001-12-01

    Crystals of the title complex, C28H36N4*C2H6OS, undergo a phase transition between room temperature and 198 K, as determined by X-ray diffraction techniques. A monoclinic form is observed at room temperature, while a triclinic modification is found at 198 K, with Z' changing from 1 to 2. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) of the calixpyrrole-dimethyl sulfoxide complex revealed a series of phase changes between 273 and 243 K. The transition from the room-temperature monoclinic form to the low-temperature triclinic form is reversible, as determined by changes in the cell dimensions from remeasuring selected reflections at room temperature and at temperatures below 223 K. The uncomplexed calix[4]pyrrole molecule shows no phase changes occurring between room temperature and 233 K, the low-temperature limit of the DSC.

  13. Graphene MEMS: AFM probe performance improvement.

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    Martin-Olmos, Cristina; Rasool, Haider Imad; Weiller, Bruce H; Gimzewski, James K

    2013-05-28

    We explore the feasibility of growing a continuous layer of graphene in prepatterned substrates, like an engineered silicon wafer, and we apply this as a mold for the fabrication of AFM probes. This fabrication method proves the fabrication of SU-8 devices coated with graphene in a full-wafer parallel technology and with high yield. It also demonstrates that graphene coating enhances the functionality of SU-8 probes, turning them conductive and more resistant to wear. Furthermore, it opens new experimental possibilities such as studying graphene-graphene interaction at the nanoscale with the precision of an AFM or the exploration of properties in nonplanar graphene layers.

  14. Transition.

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    Thompson, Sandy, Ed.; And Others

    1990-01-01

    This "feature issue" focuses on transition from school to adult life for persons with disabilities. Included are "success stories," brief program descriptions, and a list of resources. Individual articles include the following titles and authors: "Transition: An Energizing Concept" (Paul Bates); "Transition…

  15. First-principles prediction of new complex transition metal hydrides for high temperature applications.

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    Nicholson, Kelly M; Sholl, David S

    2014-11-17

    Metal hydrides with high thermodynamic stability are desirable for high-temperature applications, such as those that require high hydrogen release temperatures or low hydrogen overpressures. First-principles calculations have been used previously to identify complex transition metal hydrides (CTMHs) for high temperature use by screening materials with experimentally known structures. Here, we extend our previous screening of CTMHs with a library of 149 proposed materials based on known prototype structures and charge balancing rules. These proposed materials are typically related to known materials by cation substitution. Our semiautomated, high-throughput screening uses density functional theory (DFT) and grand canonical linear programming (GCLP) methods to compute thermodynamic properties and phase diagrams: 81 of the 149 materials are found to be thermodynamically stable. We identified seven proposed materials that release hydrogen at higher temperatures than the associated binary hydrides and at high temperature, T > 1000 K, for 1 bar H2 overpressure. Our results indicate that there are many novel CTMH compounds that are thermodynamically stable, and the computed thermodynamic data and phase diagrams should be useful for selecting materials and operating parameters for high temperature metal hydride applications.

  16. Low-Cost, High Glass-Transition Temperature, Thermosetting Polyimide Developed

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    Chuang, Kathy C.

    1999-01-01

    PMR-15 polyimide, developed in the mid-1970's at the NASA Lewis Research Center, is recognized as a state-of-the-art high-temperature resin for composite applications in the temperature range of 500 to 550 F (260 to 288 C). PMR-15 offers easy processing and good property retention at a reasonable cost. For these reasons, it is widely used in both military and commercial aircraft engine components. Traditionally, polyimide composites have been designed for long-term use at 500 to 600 F over thousands of hours. However, new applications in reusable launch vehicles (RLV's) require lightweight materials that can perform for short times (tens of hours) at temperatures between 800 and 1000 F (425 and 538 C). Current efforts at Lewis are focused on raising the use temperature of polyimide composites by increasing the glass-transition temperature of the matrix resins. Achieving this dramatic increase in the upper use temperature without sacrificing polymer and composite processability is a major technical challenge.

  17. Deformation mechanisms of NiAl cyclicly deformed near the brittle-to-ductile transition temperature

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    Cullers, Cheryl L.; Antolovich, Stephen D.

    1993-01-01

    The intermetallic compound NiAl is one of many advanced materials which is being scrutinized for possible use in high temperature, structural applications. Stoichiometric NiAl has a high melting temperature, excellent oxidation resistance, and good thermal conductivity. Past research has concentrated on improving monotonic properties. The encouraging results obtained on binary and micro-alloyed NiAl over the past ten years have led to the broadening of NiAl experimental programs. The purpose of this research project was to determine the low cycle fatigue properties and dislocation mechanisms of stoichiometric NiAl at temperatures near the monotonic brittle-to-ductile transition. The fatigue properties were found to change only slightly in the temperature range of 600 to 700 K; a temperature range over which monotonic ductility and fracture strength increase markedly. The shape of the cyclic hardening curves coincided with the changes observed in the dislocation structures. The evolution of dislocation structures did not appear to change with temperature.

  18. Enhancement of Curie temperature and transition temperature range induced by Al doping in Mn1-xAlxCoGe

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    Si, Xiaodong; Liu, Yongsheng; Lei, Wei; Xu, Juan; Du, Wenlong; Lin, Jia; Zhou, Tao; Lu, Xiaofei

    2016-12-01

    Mn1-xAlxCoGe alloys with a second order transition were produced by arc-melting method. The substitution of Mn by Al increased the Curie temperature (TC) from 260.5 K to 300.8 K, the magnetic entropy change (|ΔSM|) decreased from 3.78 J·Kg-1K-1 to 2.35 J·Kg-1K-1 under a field change of Δμ0H=5 T. In addition, the |ΔSM| well linearly depends on the H2/3 around TC. Furthermore, the relative cooling power (RCP) can reach 242.3 J·Kg-1 with a large full width at half maximum of |ΔSM| (75.5 K) for x=0.02. The decrease of |ΔSM| is explained by the corresponding monotonical decrease of magnetic moment per formula unit.

  19. Bifurcation Theory of the Transition to Collisionless Ion-temperature-gradient-driven Plasma Turbulence

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    Kolesnikov, R.A.; Krommes, J.A.

    2005-09-22

    The collisionless limit of the transition to ion-temperature-gradient-driven plasma turbulence is considered with a dynamical-systems approach. The importance of systematic analysis for understanding the differences in the bifurcations and dynamics of linearly damped and undamped systems is emphasized. A model with ten degrees of freedom is studied as a concrete example. A four-dimensional center manifold (CM) is analyzed, and fixed points of its dynamics are identified and used to predict a ''Dimits shift'' of the threshold for turbulence due to the excitation of zonal flows. The exact value of that shift in terms of physical parameters is established for the model; the effects of higher-order truncations on the dynamics are noted. Multiple-scale analysis of the CM equations is used to discuss possible effects of modulational instability on scenarios for the transition to turbulence in both collisional and collisionless cases.

  20. Pressure-induced structural transitions of a room temperature ionic liquid—1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride

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    Chen, Fengjiao; You, Tingting; Yuan, Ye; Pei, Cuiying; Ren, Xiangting; Huang, Yanwei; Yu, Zhenhai; Li, Xiaodong; Zheng, Haiyan; Pan, Yuexiao; Yang, Ke; Wang, Lin

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, structural evaluations of a room temperature ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([EMIM]Cl), were systematically investigated at high pressures. Our Raman spectra, infrared spectra, and synchrotron X-ray diffraction investigations show that crystalline [EMIM]Cl experienced structural instabilities at high pressures and underwent at least four successive structural transitions at around 5.8, 9.3, 15.8, and 19.1 GPa, respectively. Notably, the abrupt emergence of photoluminescence from the sample at around 19.3 GPa, originated from the pressure-induced polymerization of the [EMIM]+ cations, as confirmed by the mass spectrometry experiments. Our results also indicate that high pressure significantly affected the conformational equilibrium of the [EMIM]+ cations. The structural transitions are influenced by the ion stacking modes determined by the hydrogen bonds and possibly by some chemical reactions in addition to the cation conformational isomers.

  1. Light-Induced Temperature Transitions in Biodegradable Polymer and Nanorod Composites**

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    Hribar, Kolin C.; Metter, Robert B.; Ifkovits, Jamie L.; Troxler, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Shape-memory materials (including polymers, metals, and ceramics) are those that are processed into a temporary shape and respond to some external stimuli (e.g., temperature) to undergo a transition back to a permanent shape.[1, 2] Shape memory polymers are finding use in a range of applications from aerospace to fabrics, to biomedical devices and microsystem components.[3–5] For many applications, it would be beneficial to initiate heating with an external trigger (e.g., transdermal light exposure). In this work, we formulated composites of gold nanorods (<1% by volume) and biodegradable networks, where exposure to infrared light induced heating and consequently, shape transitions. The heating is repeatable and tunable based on nanorod concentration and light intensity and the nanorods did not alter the cytotoxicity or in vivo tissue response to the networks. PMID:19408258

  2. Low temperature synthesis, photoluminescence, magnetic properties of the transition metal doped wurtzite ZnS nanowires

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    Cao, Jian; Han, Donglai; Wang, Bingji; Fan, Lin; Fu, Hao; Wei, Maobin; Feng, Bo; Liu, Xiaoyan; Yang, Jinghai

    2013-04-01

    In this paper, we synthesized the transition metal ions (Mn, Cu, Fe) doped and co-doped ZnS nanowires (NWs) by a one-step hydrothermal method. The results showed that the solid solubility of the Fe2+ ions in the ZnS NWs was about two times larger than that of the Mn2+ or Cu2+ ions in the ZnS NWs. There was no phase transformation from hexagonal to cubic even in a large quantity transition metal ions introduced for all the samples. The Mn2+/Cu2+/Fe2+ related emission peaks can be observed in the Mn2+,Cu2+ and Fe2+ doped ZnS NWs. The ferromagnetic properties of the co-doped samples were investigated at room temperature.

  3. Nanoscale thermal AFM of polymers: transient heat flow effects.

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    Duvigneau, Joost; Schönherr, Holger; Vancso, G Julius

    2010-11-23

    Thermal transport around the nanoscale contact area between the heated atomic force microscopy (AFM) probe tip and the specimen under investigation is a central issue in scanning thermal microscopy (SThM). Polarized light microscopy and AFM imaging of the temperature-induced crystallization of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) films in the region near the tip were used in this study to unveil the lateral heat transport. The radius of the observed lateral surface isotherm at 133 °C ranged from 2.2 ± 0.5 to 18.7 ± 0.5 μm for tip-polymer interface temperatures between 200 and 300 °C with contact times varying from 20 to 120 s, respectively. In addition, the heat transport into polymer films was assessed by measurements of the thermal expansion of poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) films with variable thickness on silicon supports. Our data showed that heat transport in the specimen normal (z) direction occurred to depths exceeding 1000 μm using representative non-steady-state SThM conditions (i.e., heating from 40 to 180 °C at a rate of 10 °C s(-1)). On the basis of the experimental results, a 1D steady-state model for heat transport was developed, which shows the temperature profile close to the tip-polymer contact. The model also indicates that ≤1% of the total power generated in the heater area, which is embedded in the cantilever end, is transported into the polymer through the tip-polymer contact interface. Our results complement recent efforts in the evaluation and improvement of existing theoretical models for thermal AFM, as well as advance further developments of SThM for nanoscale thermal materials characterization and/or manipulation via scanning thermal lithography (SThL).

  4. Equilibrium free-energy differences at different temperatures from a single set of nonequilibrium transitions

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    Patra, Puneet Kumar; Bhattacharya, Baidurya

    2016-10-01

    Crook's fluctuation theorem (CFT) and Jarzynski equality (JE) are effective tools for obtaining free-energy difference Δ F (λA→λB,T0) through a set of finite-time protocol driven nonequilibrium transitions between two equilibrium states A and B [parametrized by the time-varying protocol λ (t ) ] at the same temperature T0. Using the generalized dimensionless work function Δ WG , we extend CFT to transitions between two nonequilibrium steady states (NESSs) created by a thermal gradient. We show that it is possible, provided the period over which the transitions occur is sufficiently long, to obtain Δ F (λA→λB,T0) for different values of T0, using the same set of finite-time transitions between these two NESSs. Our approach thus completely eliminates the need to make new samples for each new T0. The generalized form of JE arises naturally as the average of the exponentiated Δ WG . The results are demonstrated on two test cases: (i) a single particle quartic oscillator having a known closed form Δ F , and (ii) a one-dimensional ϕ4 chain. Each system is sampled from the canonical distribution at an arbitrary T' with λ =λA , then subjected to a temperature gradient between its ends, and after steady state is reached, the protocol change λA→λB is effected in time τ , following which Δ WG is computed. The reverse path likewise initiates in equilibrium at T' with λ =λB and the protocol is time reversed leading to λ =λA and the reverse Δ WG . Our method is found to be more efficient than either JE or CFT when free-energy differences at multiple T0's are required for the same system.

  5. Impact of caramelization on the glass transition temperature of several caramelized sugars. Part I: Chemical analyses.

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    Jiang, Bin; Liu, Yeting; Bhandari, Bhesh; Zhou, Weibiao

    2008-07-09

    This study aims to investigate the relationship between caramelization of several sugars including fructose, glucose, and sucrose and their glass transition temperature (Tg). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used for creating caramelized sugar samples as well as determining their glass transition temperature, which was found to decrease first and then increase as the holding time at the highest temperature increased. The extent of caramelization was quantified by UV-vis absorbance measurement and high-performance liquid chromatography analysis. Results showed that the amount of small molecules from the degradation of sugar increased very fast at the beginning of heating, and this increase slowed down in the later stage of caramelization. On the other hand, there was a lag phase in the formation of large molecules from the degradation of sugar at the beginning of heating, followed by a fast increase in the later stage of caramelization. The obtained results clearly indicate the impact of melting condition on the T g of sugars through formation of intermediates and end products of caramelization. Generally, when the heating condition is relatively mild, small molecules are formed first by decomposition of the sugar, which leads to a decrease of the overall Tg, and as the heating time becomes longer and/or the heating condition becomes more severe, polymerization takes over and more large molecules are formed, which results in an increase of the overall Tg. Mathematical modeling of the relationship will be presented as part II of the study in a separate paper.

  6. Temperature and the seismic/aseismic transition: Observations from the 1992 Landers earthquake

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    Williams, C.F.

    1996-01-01

    An important constraint on the size and destructive potential of earthquakes is the depth extent of rupture. Laboratory studies of the transition from unstable to stable sliding, along with ob served relationships between surface heat flow and the thickness of the seismogenic crust, provide strong evidence for the significance of temperature in determining the maximum nucleation depth of large earthquakes. The June 28, 1992, Mw 7.3 Landers earthquake ruptured fault segments within 20 km of 11 pre-existing heat flow measurements, and shallowing of the base of aftershock seismicity along strike correlates with an increase in heat flow. Crustal geotherms estimated from these measurements place the base of seismicity along the 250??C isotherm. This temperature is consistent with predictions from laboratory studies of the factional stability of Westerly granite, but estimated temperatures for the seismic-aseismic transition along other faults within the San Andreas fault system are in the range of 350 to 400??C. Variations in country rock and fault gouge composition, together with higher slip rates, may account for this difference, although part of the Landers seismogenic crust might remain unruptured. Copyright 1996 by the American Geophysical Union.

  7. Structure and dynamical intra-molecular heterogeneity of star polymer melts above glass transition temperature.

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    Chremos, Alexandros; Glynos, Emmanouil; Green, Peter F

    2015-01-28

    Structural and dynamical properties of star melts have been investigated with molecular dynamics simulations of a bead-spring model. Star polymers are known to be heterogeneous, but a systematic simulation study of their properties in melt conditions near the glass transition temperature was lacking. To probe their properties, we have expanded from linear to star polymers the applicability of Dobkowski's chain-length dependence correlation function [Z. Dobkowski, Eur. Polym. J. 18, 563 (1982)]. The density and the isokinetic temperature, based on the canonical definition of the laboratory glass-transition, can be described well by the correlation function and a subtle behavior manifests as the architecture becomes more complex. For linear polymer chains and low functionality star polymers, we find that an increase of the arm length would result in an increase of the density and the isokinetic temperature, but high functionality star polymers have the opposite behavior. The effect between low and high functionalities is more pronounced for short arm lengths. Complementary results such as the specific volume and number of neighbors in contact provide further insights on the subtle relation between structure and dynamics. The findings would be valuable to polymer, colloidal, and nanocomposites fields for the design of materials in absence of solution with the desired properties.

  8. Techniques for Transition and Surface Temperature Measurements on Projectiles at Hypersonic Velocities- A Status Report

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    Wilder, M. C.; Bogdanoff, D. W.

    2005-01-01

    A research effort to advance techniques for determining transition location and measuring surface temperatures on graphite-tipped projectiles in hypersonic flight in a ballistic range is described. Projectiles were launched at muzzle velocities of approx. 4.7 km/sec into air at pressures of 190-570 Torr. Most launches had maximum pitch and yaw angles of 2.5-5 degrees at pressures of 380 Torr and above and 3-6 degrees at pressures of 190-380 Torr. Arcjet-ablated and machined, bead-blasted projectiles were launched; special cleaning techniques had to be developed for the latter class of projectiles. Improved methods of using helium to remove the radiating gas cap around the projectiles at the locations where ICCD (intensified charge coupled device) camera images were taken are described. Two ICCD cameras with a wavelength sensitivity range of 480-870 nm have been used in this program for several years to obtain images. In the last year, a third camera, with a wavelength sensitivity range of 1.5-5 microns [in the infrared (IR)], has been added. ICCD and IR camera images of hemisphere nose and 70 degree sphere-cone nose projectiles at velocities of 4.0-4.7 km/sec are presented. The ICCD images clearly show a region of steep temperature rise indicative of transition from laminar to turbulent flow. Preliminary temperature data for the graphite projectile noses are presented.

  9. West Florida shelf circulation and temperature budget for the 1999 spring transition

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    He, Ruoying; Weisberg, Robert H.

    2002-01-01

    Mid-latitude continental shelves undergo a spring transition as the net surface heat flux changes from cooling to warming. Using in situ data and a numerical circulation model we investigate the circulation and temperature budget on the West Florida Continental Shelf (WFS) for the spring transition of 1999. The model is a regional adaptation of the primitive equation, Princeton Ocean Model forced by NCEP reanalysis wind and heat flux fields and by river inflows. Based on agreements between the modeled and observed fields we use the model to draw inferences on how the surface momentum and heat fluxes affect the seasonal and synoptic scale variability. We account for a strong southeastward current at mid-shelf by the baroclinic response to combined wind and buoyancy forcing, and we show how this local forcing leads to annually occurring cold and low salinity tongues. Through term-by-term analyses of the temperature budget we describe the WFS temperature evolution in spring. Heat flux largely controls the seasonal transition, whereas ocean circulation largely controls the synoptic scale variability. These two processes, however, are closely linked. Bottom topography and coastline geometry are important in generating regions of convergence and divergence. Rivers contribute to the local hydrography and are important ecologically. Along with upwelling, river inflows facilitate frontal aggregation of nutrients and the spring formation of a high concentration chlorophyll plume near the shelf break (the so-called ‘Green River’) coinciding with the cold, low salinity tongues. These features originate by local, shelf-wide forcing; the Loop Current is not an essential ingredient.

  10. Temperature dependence of the structure of protein hydration water and the liquid-liquid transition.

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    Accordino, S R; Malaspina, D C; Rodriguez Fris, J A; Alarcón, L M; Appignanesi, G A

    2012-03-01

    We study the temperature dependence of the structure and orientation of the first hydration layers of the protein lysozyme and compare it with the situation for a model homogeneous hydrophobic surface, a graphene sheet. We show that in both cases these layers are significantly better structured than bulk water. The geometrical constraint of the interface makes the water molecules adjacent to the surface lose one water-water hydrogen bond and expel the fourth neighbors away from the surface, lowering local density. We show that a decrease in temperature improves the ordering of the hydration water molecules, preserving such a geometrical effect. For the case of graphene, this favors an ice Ih-like local structuring, similar to the water-air interface but in the opposite way along the c axis of the basal plane (while the vicinal water molecules of the air interface orient a hydrogen atom toward the surface, the oxygens of the water molecules close to the graphene plane orient a lone pair in such a direction). In turn, the case of the first hydration layers of the lysozyme molecule is shown to be more complicated, but still displaying signs of both kinds of behavior, together with a tendency of the proximal water molecules to hydrogen bond to the protein both as donors and as acceptors. Additionally, we make evident the existence of signatures of a liquid-liquid transition (Widom line crossing) in different structural parameters at the temperature corresponding to the dynamic transition incorrectly referred to as "the protein glass transition."

  11. Temperature dependence of the electronic transitions in BiFeO{sub 3} thin film studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Kang, T. D.; Jeon, B. C.; Moon, S. J.

    2015-04-07

    The temperature dependence of the electronic response of BiFeO{sub 3} thin film grown on a SrTiO{sub 3} substrate is investigated using spectroscopic ellipsometry. By analyzing the pseudodielectric function, we identify two d-d crystal field transitions of Fe{sup 3+} ions in the energy region between 1 and 2 eV. The d-d transitions show abnormal temperature dependence that cannot be attributed to conventional electron-phonon interactions. The origin of the abnormal temperature dependence is discussed in terms of spin-charge coupling. The temperature dependence of the charge transfer transitions located above 2.5 eV is characterized by standard critical point model analysis of the 2nd derivatives of the dielectric function. This analysis provides detailed information of the critical point parameters for charge transfer transitions.

  12. General approach for studying first-order phase transitions at low temperatures.

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    Fiore, C E; da Luz, M G E

    2011-12-02

    By combining different ideas, a general and efficient protocol to deal with discontinuous phase transitions at low temperatures is proposed. For small T's, it is possible to derive a generic analytic expression for appropriate order parameters, whose coefficients are obtained from simple simulations. Once in such regimes simulations by standard algorithms are not reliable; an enhanced tempering method, the parallel tempering-accurate for small and intermediate system sizes with rather low computational cost-is used. Finally, from finite size analysis, one can obtain the thermodynamic limit. The procedure is illustrated for four distinct models, demonstrating its power, e.g., to locate coexistence lines and the phase density at the coexistence.

  13. Effect of Wall Temperature on Roughness Induced Attachment-Line Transition

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    Dietz, Anthony; Coleman, Colin; Laub, Jim; Poll, D. I. A.; Nixon, David (Technical Monitor)

    1999-01-01

    An experiment on a cooled swept cylinder in a low-disturbance Mach 1.6 wind tunnel is described. The flow attachment line is disturbed by trip wires of varying size and the laminar/turbulent state of the downstream boundary layer is determined with a hot wire. The results demonstrate that although cooling the wall increases the stability of the boundary layer, it promotes roughness induced transition. Analysis of the data suggests that the attachment- line Reynolds number can account for the effect of wall cooling if the viscosity is evaluated at a particular reference temperature.

  14. Modified thiol-ene networks: Tuning the glass transition temperature and energy damping capabilities

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    Sun, Ning; Rafailovich, Miriam; Gersappe, Dilip

    2013-03-01

    Utilizing thiol-ene `click' reactions, it is possible to produce thermoset networks that are highly homogeneous and thus exhibit enhanced energy damping capabilities. This talk will present recent results in the characterization and impact testing of modified thiol-ene networks with tunable physical properties. In particular, we synthesize ternary networks containing (1) bulky side-chain substituents, (2) isocyanate functionality, or (3) dual thiol components to improve control over the glass transition temperature and strain at break. In addition, we present results in the high-impact compression testing to demonstrate the energy damping capabilities of these materials.

  15. Temperature dependent conduction and UV induced metal-to-insulator transition in ZnO nanowires

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    Chang, P.-C.; Lu, Jia Grace

    2008-05-26

    Thin ZnO nanowires with diameters of less than 50 nm are configured as field effect transistors and studied for their transport mechanisms at different temperatures under UV illumination and gate modulation. The conductivity exhibits two regimes: at T>50 K, thermally activated transport dominates with activation energy around 30-60 meV attributed to the shallow donor states and at T<50 K, three dimensional variable range hopping reveals in the conduction. In addition, UV irradiation leads to a metal-to-insulator transition at {approx}210 K. Furthermore, electrostatic gating results in a band bending giving rise to a change in the activation energy.

  16. Stability analysis of IV-V-VI chalcogenide glasses using glass transition and crystallization temperature

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    Sharma, Neha; Sharda, Sunanda; Sharma, Vineet; Sharma, Pankaj

    2013-06-01

    Selenium based chalcogenide glasses are attractive candidates for IR devices due to their low transmission loss. Thermal studies for Ge19Se81-xSbx (x = 0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 17.2, 20) have been carried out using differential thermal analysis. Glass transition temperature has been calculated using Tanaka's relation. Marseglia's and Ozawa's methods have been used for the calculation of activation energy for crystallization. Effect of Sb addition on GeSe base system shows that resistance to devitrification increases up to x = 17.2.

  17. High accuracy heat capacity measurements through the lambda transition of helium with very high temperature resolution

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    Fairbanks, W. M.; Lipa, J. A.

    1984-01-01

    A measurement of the heat capacity singularity of helium at the lambda transition was performed with the aim of improving tests of the Renormalization Group (RG) predictions for the static thermodynamic behavior near the singularity. The goal was to approach as closely as possible to the lambda-point while making heat capacity measurements of high accuracy. To do this, a new temperature sensor capable of unprecedented resolution near the lambda-point, and two thermal control systems were used. A short description of the theoretical background and motivation is given. The initial apparatus and results are also described.

  18. Comparative High Field Magneto-transport Of Rare Earth Oxypnictides With Maximum Transition Temperatures

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    Balakirev, Fedor F; Migliori, A; Riggs, S; Hunte, F; Gurevich, A; Larbalestier, D; Boebinger, G; Jaroszynski, J; Ren, Z; Lu, W; Yang, J; Shen, X; Dong, X; Zhao, Z; Jin, R; Sefat, A; Mcguire, M; Sales, B; Christen, D; Mandrus, D

    2008-01-01

    We compare magnetotransport of the three iron-arsenide-based compounds ReFeAsO (Re=La, Sm, Nd) in very high DC and pulsed magnetic fields up to 45 and 54 T, respectively. Each sample studied exhibits a superconducting transition temperature near the maximum reported to date for that particular compound. While high magnetic fields do not suppress the superconducting state appreciably, the resistivity, Hall coefficient, and critical magnetic fields, taken together, suggest that the phenomenology and superconducting parameters of the oxypnictide superconductors bridges the gap between MgB{sub 2} and YBCO.

  19. Deviations of the glass transition temperature in amorphous conjugated polymer thin films

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    Liu, Dan; Osuna Orozco, Rodrigo; Wang, Tao

    2013-08-01

    The deviations of the glass transition temperature (Tg) in thin films of an amorphous conjugated polymer poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-N-(4-butylphenyl)diphenylamine) (TFB) are reported. Monotonic and nonmonotonic Tg deviations are observed in TFB thin films supported on Si-SiOx and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), respectively. A three-layer model is developed to fit both monotonic and nonmonotonic Tg deviations in these films. A 5-nm PEDOT:PSS capping layer was not found to be effective to remove the free-surface effect in Si-SiOx supported TFB films.

  20. Effect of Indium on the Superconducting Transition Temperature of Tin Telluride

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    Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John; Shi, Xiaoya; Li, Qiang; Tranquada, John; Gu, Genda

    2013-03-01

    Indium-doped tin telluride is one of the most appealing topological superconductors. We have grown a series of Sn1-xInxTe crystals with different indium concentrations (0.1 <=x <=1.0). The results show indium doping improves the superconducting transition temperature significantly and is highly related to the indium concentration. The maximum Tc of indium-doped tin telluride polycrystalline is 4.5K for x =0.4. Single crystals of Sn1-xInxTe were also grown by the floating zone method, and their magnetic properties were characterized.

  1. Quark mass dependence of the QCD temperature transition in magnetic fields

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    Orlovsky, V. D.; Simonov, Yu. A.

    2014-04-01

    The vacuum energy of quarks ɛvac(q)=∑q mq|⟨q ¯q⟩| participates in the pressure balance at the temperature transition Tc and defines the dependence of Tc on mq. We first check this dependence in the absence of magnetic fields eB vs known lattice data and then take into account the known strong dependence of the quark condensate on eB. The resulting function Tc(eB ,mq) is valid for all eB, mq<√σ and explains the corresponding lattice data.

  2. Predicting the glass transition temperature as function of crosslink density and polymer interactions in rubber compounds

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    D'Escamard, Gabriella; De Rosa, Claudio; Auriemma, Finizia

    2016-05-01

    Crosslink sulfur density in rubber compounds and interactions in polymer blends are two of the composition elements that affect the rubber compound properties and glass transition temperature (Tg), which is a marker of polymer properties related to its applications. Natural rubber (NR), butadiene rubber (BR) and styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) compounds were investigated using calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA). The results indicate that the Di Marzio's and Schneider's Models predict with accuracy the dependence of Tg on crosslink density and composition in miscible blends, respectively, and that the two model may represent the base to study the relevant "in service" properties of real rubber compounds.

  3. Induced Interactions and the Superfluid Transition Temperature in a Three-Component Fermi Gas

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    Martikainen, J.-P.; Kinnunen, J. J.; Toermae, P.; Pethick, C. J.

    2009-12-31

    We study many-body contributions to the effective interaction between fermions in a three-component Fermi mixture. We find that effective interactions induced by the third component can lead to a phase diagram different from that predicted if interactions with the third component are neglected. As a result, in a confining potential a superfluid shell structure can arise even for equal populations of the components. We also find a critical temperature for the BCS transition in a {sup 6}Li mixture which can deviate strongly from the one in a weakly interacting two-component system.

  4. Conductance of AFM Deformed Carbon Nanotubes

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    Svizhenko, Alexei; Maiti, Amitesh; Anatram, M. P.; Biegel, Bryan (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation provides information on the electrical conductivity of carbon nanotubes upon deformation by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The density of states and conductance were computed using four orbital tight-binding method with various parameterizations. Different chiralities develop bandgap that varies with chirality.

  5. Contact nanomechanical measurements with the AFM

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    Geisse, Nicholas

    2013-03-01

    The atomic force microscope (AFM) has found broad use in the biological sciences largely due to its ability to make measurements on unfixed and unstained samples under liquid. In addition to imaging at multiple spatial scales ranging from micro- to nanometer, AFMs are commonly used as nanomechanical probes. This is pertinent for cell biology, as it has been demonstrated that the geometrical and mechanical properties of the extracellular microenvironment are important in such processes as cancer, cardiovascular disease, muscular dystrophy, and even the control of cell life and death. Indeed, the ability to control and quantify these external geometrical and mechanical parameters arises as a key issue in the field. Because AFM can quantitatively measure the mechanical properties of various biological samples, novel insights to cell function and to cell-substrate interactions are now possible. As the application of AFM to these types of problems is widened, it is important to understand the performance envelope of the technique and its associated data analyses. This talk will discuss the important issues that must be considered when mechanical models are applied to real-world data. Examples of the effect of different model assumptions on our understanding of the measured material properties will be shown. Furthermore, specific examples of the importance of mechanical stimuli and the micromechanical environment to the structure and function of biological materials will be presented.

  6. Charge transport mechanism and low temperature phase transitions in KIO3

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    Abdel Kader, M. M.; El-Kabbany, F.; Naguib, H. M.; Gamal, W. M.

    2013-04-01

    Our report deals with the measurement of some electrical properties, namely the ac conductivity σ(ω,T) and the complex dielectric permittivity epsilon*(ω, T) in the temperature interval 95K < T < 280K and at some selected frequencies (0.7kHz - 20kHz) for polycrystalline samples of potassium iodate KIO3 using a computerized RLC meter. The improper character of the ferroelectricity over the mentioned temperature range has been achieved by recording the ferroelectric hysteresis loops. The temperature dependence of each electrical parameter reveals that the compound undergoes two phase transitions at T ≈ 258K and at T ≈ 110K. The frequency dependent conductivity seems to be in accordance with the power law σ(ω,T)αωs(T) and the trend of temperature dependence of the frequency exponent s (0 < s < 1) suggests that the quantum mechanical tunneling (QMT) model is the main mechanism of the charge transport. Comparison with the behavior of the NH4IO3 in the same temperature range was outlined.

  7. Deformation, Stress Relaxation, and Crystallization of Lithium Silicate Glass Fibers Below the Glass Transition Temperature

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    Ray, Chandra S.; Brow, Richard K.; Kim, Cheol W.; Reis, Signo T.

    2004-01-01

    The deformation and crystallization of Li(sub 2)O (center dot) 2SiO2 and Li(sub 2)O (center dot) 1.6SiO2 glass fibers subjected to a bending stress were measured as a function of time over the temperature range -50 to -150 C below the glass transition temperature (Tg). The glass fibers can be permanently deformed at temperatures about 100 C below T (sub)g, and they crystallize significantly at temperatures close to, but below T,, about 150 C lower than the onset temperature for crystallization for these glasses in the no-stress condition. The crystallization was found to occur only on the surface of the glass fibers with no detectable difference in the extent of crystallization in tensile and compressive stress regions. The relaxation mechanism for fiber deformation can be best described by a stretched exponential (Kohlrausch-Williams-Watt (KWW) approximation), rather than a single exponential model.The activation energy for stress relaxation, Es, for the glass fibers ranges between 175 and 195 kJ/mol, which is considerably smaller than the activation energy for viscous flow, E, (about 400 kJ/mol) near T, for these glasses at normal, stress-free condition. It is suspected that a viscosity relaxation mechanism could be responsible for permanent deformation and crystallization of the glass fibers below T,

  8. Retrogradation of Waxy Rice Starch Gel in the Vicinity of the Glass Transition Temperature

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    Charoenrein, Sanguansri; Udomrati, Sunsanee

    2013-01-01

    The retrogradation rate of waxy rice starch gel was investigated during storage at temperatures in the vicinity of the glass transition temperature of a maximally concentrated system (Tg′), as it was hypothesized that such temperatures might cause different effects on retrogradation. The Tg′ value of fully gelatinized waxy rice starch gel with 50% water content and the enthalpy of melting retrograded amylopectin in the gels were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry. Starch gels were frozen to −30°C and stored at 4, 0, −3, −5, and −8°C for 5 days. The results indicated that the Tg′ value of gelatinized starch gel annealed at −7°C for 15 min was −3.5°C. Waxy rice starch gels retrograded significantly when stored at 4°C with a decrease in the enthalpy of melting retrograded starch in samples stored for 5 days at −3, −5, and −8°C, respectively, perhaps due to the more rigid glass matrix and less molecular mobility facilitating starch chain recrystallization at temperatures below Tg′. This suggests that retardation of retrogradation of waxy rice starch gel can be achieved at temperature below Tg′. PMID:26904602

  9. Computer simulation of trails on a square lattice. II. Finite temperatures and the collapse transition

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    Meirovitch, H.; Lim, H. A.

    1989-04-01

    We study by the scanning simulation method trails on a square lattice at finite temperatures. This method constitutes a very efficient tool since it enables one to obtain results at many temperatures from a single sample generated at any given temperature. The tricritical temperature at which the collapse transition occurs is -ɛ/kBTt=1.086+/-0.002. The tricritical exponents of the trail shape and its free energy are, respectively, νt=0.569+/-0.008 and γt=1.133+/-0.024 (95% confidence limits). They are equal within the error bars to the exact values of self-attracting self-avoiding walks (SAW's). However, the crossover exponent φt=0.807+/-0.005 is significantly larger than the exact value 0.423 of SAW's. We also carry out a detailed scaling analysis near Tt and demonstrate that the various properties scale as predicted by theory. At sufficiently low temperatures (T<=Tt) the persistence length appears to be ~1.

  10. Influence of microwave vacuum drying on glass transition temperature, gelatinization temperature, physical and chemical qualities of lotus seeds.

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    Zhao, Yingting; Jiang, Yajun; Zheng, Baodong; Zhuang, Weijing; Zheng, Yafeng; Tian, Yuting

    2017-08-01

    This study investigated the effects of microwave power density on effective moisture diffusion coefficient (Deff), glass transition temperature (Tg), gelatinization temperature (TP), physical and chemical qualities of lotus seeds during microwave vacuum drying. Deff increased by 42% and 127% at 15W/g and 20W/g, respectively, when compared with 10W/g. TP was negatively correlated with the relaxation times of T21 and T22, while Tg was negatively correlated with the relative areas A22. The rates of change of color were observed to be divided roughly into two periods, consisting of a rapid change caused by enzymatic browning and a slow change caused by non-enzymatic browning. An equation is provided to illustrate the relationship of k1 and k2 of Peleg's model depending on power density during rehydration kinetics. The samples at 20W/g exhibited the higher content of amino acid (540.19mg/100gd.b.) while lower starch (17.53g/100gd.b.).

  11. Inverse isotope effect and the x dependence of the superconducting transition temperature in PdHx and PdDx

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    Klein, B. M.; Economou, E. N.; Papaconstantopoulos, D. A.

    1977-01-01

    First-principles electron-band-structure calculations and measured phonon properties are employed in a calculation of the concentration dependence of the superconducting transition temperatures for PdHx and PdDx, including the inverse isotope effect. Excellent agreement with the experimental results is obtained. Our model also gives a qualitative understanding of the enhanced transition temperatures in the palladium-noble-metal hydrides.

  12. Understanding the physical stability of freeze dried dosage forms from the glass transition temperature of the amorphous components.

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    Fitzpatrick, Shaun; Saklatvala, Robert

    2003-12-01

    Modulated differential scanning calorimetry has been applied to understanding the long-term physical stability of freeze-dried units. It is known that these units are liable to contract on exposure to elevated temperature or humidity. The contraction occurs when the storage temperature is above the glass transition temperature of the amorphous components in the system. The effect of moisture content on the glass transition temperature of the amorphous components in the system has been studied. By combining this information with the moisture sorption isotherm it has been demonstrated that it is possible to predict the temperature and humidity conditions that will induce contraction of the unit. The magnitude of the glass transition temperature is composed of the contribution of each of the amorphous components in the system. It is proposed that it should be possible to develop a more robust system by the rational selection of excipients that increase the glass transition temperature or by modification of the processing conditions to promote crystallization of components that would otherwise depress the glass transition temperature.

  13. Phase transition and metallization of FeO at high pressures and temperatures

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    Fischer, Rebecca A.; Campbell, Andrew J.; Lord, Oliver T.; Shofner, Gregory A.; Dera, Przemyslaw; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2012-05-10

    Wuestite, Fe{sub 1-x}O, is an important component in the mineralogy of Earth's lower mantle and may also be a component of the core. Therefore its high pressure-temperature behavior, including its electronic structure, is essential to understanding the nature and evolution of Earth's deep interior. We performed X-ray diffraction and radiometric measurements on wuestite in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell, finding an insulator-metal transition at high pressures and temperatures. Our data show a negative slope for this apparently isostructural phase boundary, which is characterized by a volume decrease and emissivity increase. The metallic phase of FeO is stable at conditions of the lower mantle and core, which has implications for the high P-T character of Fe-O bonds, magnetic field propagation, and lower mantle conductivity.

  14. Ionic Hamiltonians for transition metal atoms: effective exchange coupling and Kondo temperature

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    Flores, F.; Goldberg, E. C.

    2017-02-01

    An ionic Hamiltonian for describing the interaction between a metal and a d-shell transition metal atom having an orbital singlet state is introduced and its properties analyzed using the Schrieffer-Wolf transformation (exchange coupling) and the poor man’s scaling method (Kondo temperature). We find that the effective exchange coupling between the metal and the atom has an antiferromagnetic or a ferromagnetic interaction depending on the kind of atomic fluctuations, either S\\to S-1/2 or S\\to S+1/2 , associated with the metal-atom coupling. We present a general scheme for all those processes and calculate, for the antiferromagnetic interaction, the corresponding Kondo-temperature.

  15. Theoretical study of pressure dependence of transition temperature of In and Pb

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    Kumar, Priyank; Bhatt, N. K.; Vyas, P. R.; Gohel, V. B.

    2015-08-28

    Recently proposed structured local pseudopotential (PP) by Fiolhais et al. has been successfully used to compute superconducting state parameters (SSP): electron-phonon coupling strength (λ), Coulomb pseudopotential (μ*), critical temperature (T{sub c}), effective interaction strength (N{sub 0}V), isotopic effect parameter (α) and their pressure dependence of non-transition metals In and Pb as a test case. Pressure dependence of the Debye temperature has been computed by Gruneisen model. Present results are in good agreement with experimental and other theoretical results. Present study has been further extended to estimate volume (critical volume) at which λ=μ*, where Tc and N{sub 0}V becomes zero. The presently used model is found to be transferable at the extreme environment without any adjustment of parameters further alongwith its simplicity and predictivity.

  16. Measurements of turbulent boundary layer flow and surface fluxes over roughness and temperature transitions

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    Markfort, Corey; Zhang, Wei; Porte-Agel, Fernando

    2016-11-01

    Often natural and engineered surfaces have spatially heterogeneous properties at a variety of scales that affect the structure of the turbulent boundary layer, which is no longer in equilibrium with the local surface. Predicting the spatial distributions of surface momentum and scalar fluxes over heterogeneous surfaces remains a challenge. We present measurements made in a thermally stratified boundary layer wind tunnel to characterize the turbulent flow and surface fluxes for abrupt transitions in surface temperature and roughness. We compare the development of internal boundary layers for momentum and heat, and associated mean surface flux for two cases. The first is a smooth boundary layer with an abrupt change in surface temperature and the second also involves a change from a fully rough to a smooth wall. The effects of roughness change on surface heat flux and implications for prediction are examined. The data will be compared to typical models that utilize Monin-Obukhov similarity theory.

  17. Percolative switching in transition metal dichalcogenide field-effect transistors at room temperature

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    Paul, Tathagata; Ghatak, Subhamoy; Ghosh, Arindam

    2016-03-01

    We have addressed the microscopic transport mechanism at the switching or ‘on-off’ transition in transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) field-effect transistors (FETs), which has been a controversial topic in TMDC electronics, especially at room temperature. With simultaneous measurement of channel conductivity and its slow time-dependent fluctuation (or noise) in ultrathin WSe2 and MoS2 FETs on insulating SiO2 substrates where noise arises from McWhorter-type carrier number fluctuations, we establish that the switching in conventional backgated TMDC FETs is a classical percolation transition in a medium of inhomogeneous carrier density distribution. From the experimentally observed exponents in the scaling of noise magnitude with conductivity, we observe unambiguous signatures of percolation in a random resistor network, particularly, in WSe2 FETs close to switching, which crosses over to continuum percolation at a higher doping level. We demonstrate a powerful experimental probe to the microscopic nature of near-threshold electrical transport in TMDC FETs, irrespective of the material detail, device geometry, or carrier mobility, which can be extended to other classes of 2D material-based devices as well.

  18. Influence of temperature on transit times and microwave noise performances of SiGe HBT

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    Diaz-Albarran, L. M.; Ramirez-Garcia, E.; Zerounian, N.; Aniel, F.; Rodriguez-Mendez, L. M.; Valdez-Perez, D.; Galaz-Larios, M. C.; Enciso-Aguilar, M. A.

    2016-03-01

    The influence of temperature (300 K and 40 K) on intrinsic transit times and microwave noise performances of silicon germanium (SiGe) heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) is investigated. At 300 K, we compared measured and modelled S-parameters and four noise parameters, and we found a good agreement. At 40 K, we compared measured and modelled S-parameters, and we deduced noise performances from the S-parameter measurements. The electric model includes correlated junction noise sources and a proper extraction of the transit times involved in these sources. Moreover, the microwave noise model considers all the physical phenomena that impact noise performances in SiGe HBTs. We analysed three devices having different Ge content (10%-20%, 10%-25% and 10%-30%). At 40 K, the device with 10%-25% reaches one of the lowest base transit times (τ B), the lowest minimum noise figure (NFmin), and the lowest equivalent noise resistance (R n), for operation frequencies up to the maximum device dynamic performances (f ≈ f T) These results demonstrate the excellent potential to develop cryogenic applications of SiGe HBTs.

  19. Energetic M1 transitions as a probe of nuclear collectivity at high temperatures

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    Baktash, C.

    1987-01-01

    At ORNL, we have recently utilized the Spin Spectrometer setup to investigate the differential effects of increasing spin and excitation energy on nuclear shape and collectivity in /sup 158/Yb. Along the yrast line of this and other N = 88 nuclei, weakly prolate shapes gradually give way to triaxial, and then finally to non-collective oblate shapes as the spin approaches 40 h-bar. However, above the yrast line, large deformation and collectivity once again sets in. This is evidenced by the emergence of a broad quadrupole structure (E/sub ..gamma../ approx. = 1.2 MeV) in the continuum gamma-ray spectra that grows with increasing temperature. The short (sub ps) lifetimes of these transitions attest to the collective nature of these structures. The emergence and growth of the quadrupole structure at high excitation energies is closely correlated with the appearance of energetic (E/sub ..gamma../ approx. = 2.5 MeV), fast M1 transitions which form another broad structure in the continuum spectra. From the centroid of the M1 bump, a quadrupole deformation parameter of 0.35 is inferred. Because of this sensitivity, these energetic M1 transitions provide a unique probe of nuclear shape in the excitation energy range of approx. = 3 to 10 MeV. 6 refs., 2 figs.

  20. Low transition temperature mixtures as innovative and sustainable CO2 capture solvents.

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    Zubeir, Lawien F; Lacroix, Mark H M; Kroon, Maaike C

    2014-12-11

    The potential of three newly discovered low transition temperature mixtures (LTTMs) is explored as sustainable substituents for the traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) absorbents. LTTMs are mixtures of two solid compounds, a hydrogen bond donor (HBD) and a hydrogen bond acceptor (HBA), which form liquids upon mixing with melting points far below those of the individual compounds. In this work the HBD is lactic acid and the HBAs are tetramethylammonium chloride, tetraethylammonium chloride, and tetrabutylammonium chloride. These compounds were found to form LTTMs for the first time at molar ratios of HBD:HBA = 2:1. First, the LTTMs were characterized by determining the thermal operating window (e.g., decomposition temperature and glass transition temperature) and the physical properties (e.g., density and viscosity). Thereafter, the phase behavior of CO2 with the LTTMs has been measured using a gravimetric magnetic suspension balance operating in the static mode at 308 and 318 K and pressures up to 2 MPa. The CO2 solubility increased with increasing chain length, increasing pressure, and decreasing temperature. The Peng-Robinson equation of state was applied to correlate the phase equilibria. From the solubility data, thermodynamic parameters were determined (e.g., Henry's law coefficient and enthalpy of absorption). The heat of absorption was found to be similar to that in conventional physical solvents (-11.21 to -14.87 kJ·mol(-1)). Furthermore, the kinetics in terms of the diffusion coefficient of CO2 in all LTTMs were determined (10(-11)-10(-10) m(2)·s(-1)). Even though the CO2 solubilities in the studied LTTMs were found to be slightly lower than those in thoroughly studied conventional physical solvents, LTTMs are a promising new class of absorbents due to their low cost, their environmentally friendly character, and their easy tunability, allowing further optimization for carbon capture.

  1. Transition from Slow to Fast Slip with Temperature, Forcing Velocity and Normal Stress: Experimental Evidence

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    Mitchell, E. K.; Brown, K. M.; Fialko, Y.

    2009-12-01

    temperatures. Our observations are consistent with the concept that thermally activated flattening and associated increases in asperity contact area dominate over any decrease in shear strength with temperature to produce a net strengthening effect. We plan to model individual asperities as Hertzian contacts to define the temperature dependent rheology that controls the evolution of frictional strength as a function of temperature, slip rate and stress. We will use a finite element Abaqus code to run our numerical simulations. We also plan to compare model predictions with data from laboratory experiments. Interestingly, we observe stick-slip behavior at temperatures as high as 500 °C in our dry tests. This may highlight the importance of water in the stick-slip/creep transition at the bottom of the seismogenic zone as well as the presence of the refractory feldspar phase. We also observe other interesting frictional phenomena, such as the growth or decay of oscillations in friction coefficient, slow slip events, and “double period” slip events. These phenomena may be due to a complex transition between stick-slip and creep frictional behavior and are in many ways similar to observations in natural slow-slip systems.

  2. Phonon spectroscopy near phase transition temperatures in multiferroic BiFeO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Palai, R.; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2010-01-01

    We report a Raman-scattering investigation of multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) epitaxial ( c -axis-oriented) thin films from -192 to 1000°C . Phonon anomalies have been observed in three temperature regions: in the γ phase from 930 to 950°C ; at ˜370°C , Néel temperature (TN) , and at ˜-123°C , due to a phase transition of unknown type (magnetic or structural). An attempt has been made to understand the origin of the weak phonon-magnon coupling and the dynamics of the phase sequence. The disappearance of several Raman modes at ˜820°C (Tc) is compatible with the known structural phase transition and the Pbnm orthoferrite space group assigned by Arnold [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 027602 (2009)]. The spectra also revealed a noncubic β phase from 820-930°C and the same noncubic phase extends through the γ phase between 930-950°C , in agreement with Arnold [Phys. Rev. B (to be published)], and an evidence of a cubic δ phase around 1000°C in thin films that is not stable in powder and bulk. Such a cubic phase has been theoretically predicted by and Gonzalez-Vazquez and Iniguez [Phys. Rev. B 79, 064102 (2009)]. Micro-Raman scattering and x-ray diffraction showed no structural decomposition in thin films during the thermal cycling from 22-1000°C .

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  4. Pressure Dependence of the Glass Transition Temperature in the Fragile Glass Former Cumene

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    Raty, Jean-Yves; Baris Malcioglu, Osman; Bichara, Christophe

    2013-03-01

    The glass transition temperature, Tg, is one of the most important characteristics of glassy systems. While Tg has been measured for many systems at atmospheric pressure, direct measurement of the glass transition is difficult at high pressures due to small sample sizes and long time scales. Tg(P) measurements to date mostly involve extrapolations of high-pressure viscosity or relaxation data to η = 1013 P or t = 100 s, respectively. In this study we present direct measurement of Tg at pressures up to several GPa through a combination of pressure gradient tracking and observation of increases in the thermal expansion coefficient upon heating from the glass to the viscous liquid state. High pressures are attained through the use of a diamond anvil cell and precise temperatures are maintained via custom heating and cryogenic systems. By directly mapping this phase boundary, we can compare models for Tg(P). In addition, high-pressure analysis requiring knowledge of Tg at pressure will be greatly aided.

  5. Increase of Structural Phase Transition Temperature with Cr doping in Cr:VO2 Thin Films

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    Brown, B. L.; Lee, Mark; Clem, P.; Nordquist, C. D.; Jordan, T. S.; Wolfley, S. L.; Leonhardt, D.; Custer, J. A.

    2013-03-01

    Bulk crystal VO2 has a well-known structural phase transition near Tc = 68 °C that separates a low-temperature insulating phase from a high-temperature metallic phase with several orders-of-magnitude resistance contrast between the two phases. We report electrical and optical studies of the effect of Cr doping on the Tc in Cr:VO2 thin films. Resistivity, Hall effect, and infrared reflectivity all show that Cr doping systematically increases Tc from 50 °C up to ~ 75 °C at 11% Cr with similar transition width and hysteresis from DC to infrared, but the effect appears to saturate. At the same time, there is a modest decrease in resistance contrast. We will discuss possible effects of both carrier density and scattering changes across Tc on the resistance. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  6. Deconfining and chiral transitions of finite-temperature quantum chromodynamics in the presence of dynamical quark loops

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    Fukugita, M.; Ukawa, A.

    1986-08-04

    Finite-temperature behavior of quantum chromodynamics is investigated with the Langevin technique including the dynamical quark loops. The deconfining and chiral transitions occur at the same temperature. The strength of transition weakens initially as the quark mass decreases from infinity, but at small quark masses it strengthens again and shows the characteristic of a first-order transition. We estimate the inverse coupling constant at zero quark mass to be beta/sub c/ = 6/g/sub c//sup 2/approx. =4.9--5.0 for four flavors on an 8/sup 3/ x 4 lattice.

  7. BOREAS AFM-04 Twin Otter Aircraft Sounding Data

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    MacPherson, J. Ian; Desjardins, Raymond L.; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Knapp, David E. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-4 team used the National Research Council, Canada (NRC) Twin Otter aircraft to make sounding measurements through the boundary layer. These measurements included concentrations of carbon dioxide and ozone, atmospheric pressure, dry bulb temperature, potential temperature, dewpoint temperature, calculated mixing ratio, and wind speed and direction. Aircraft position, heading, and altitude were also recorded. Data were collected at both the Northern Study Area (NSA) and the Southern Study Area (SSA) in 1994 and 1996. These data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The Twin Otter aircraft sounding data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files also are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  8. Temperature-induced coupled–decoupled transition in perpendicular pseudo spin valves

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    Hamdi, M.; Mohseni, S. M.

    2017-03-01

    The effect of spacer and ferromagnetic layer thickness on temperature-dependent magnetostatic coupling in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy pseudo spin valves (PMA-PSVs) with the structure of [Ni/Co]5/Cu(d Cu)/[Ni/Co] n is explored theoretically. We introduce an effective field that controls the domain replication mechanism and coupling in PSVs. The decoupling temperature (T decoupling) can be determined by considering the temperature dependence of the effective field and the coercivity of the hard layer of the PSVs. This study reveals that by increasing the spacer layer thickness, the effective field decreases and T decoupling has an increasing trend. Furthermore, by increasing the hard ferromagnetic layer thickness, which is accompanied by an increase in the anisotropy of the layer, T decoupling again has an increasing trend. The results are comparable to recently reported experimental ones for PMA-PSVs with various spacer thicknesses, d Cu, and the number of bilayer repeats, n. As a practical result, this work gives a deep understanding of the magnetostatically driven domain replication mechanism and temperature-induced coupled–decoupled transitions in PMA-PSVs.

  9. Transition metal doping of GaSe implemented with low temperature liquid phase growth

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    Lei, Nuo; Sato, Youhei; Tanabe, Tadao; Maeda, Kensaku; Oyama, Yutaka

    2017-02-01

    Our group works on improving the conversion efficiencies of terahertz (THz) wave generation using GaSe crystals. The operating principle is based on difference frequency generation (DFG) which has the advantages such as high output power, a single tunable frequency, and room temperature operation. In this study, GaSe crystals were grown by the temperature difference method under controlled vapor pressure (TDM-CVP). It is a liquid phase growth method with temperature 300 °C lower than that of the Bridgman method. Using this method, the point defects concentration is decreased and the polytype can be controlled. The transition metal Ti was used to dope the GaSe in order to suppress free carrier absorption in the low frequency THz region. As a result, a deep acceptor level of 38 meV was confirmed as being formed in GaSe with 1.4 at% Ti doping. Compared with undoped GaSe, a decrease in carrier concentration ( 1014 cm-3) at room temperature was also confirmed. THz wave transmittance measurements reveal the tendency for the absorption coefficient to increase as the amount of dopant is increased. It is expected that there is an optimum amount of dopant.

  10. Enhanced transition temperature due to tetragonal domains in two-dimensional superconducting strontium titanate

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    Noad, Hilary; Nowack, Katja; Spanton, Eric; Inoue, Hisashi; Kim, Minu; Bell, Chris; Hikita, Yasuyuki; Hwang, Harold Y.; Moler, Kathryn

    2015-03-01

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is a key component in superconducting heterostructures such as LaAlO3/SrTiO3 and monolayer FeSe on SrTiO3, yet superconductivity in bare SrTiO3 is not fully understood. We used a scanning superconducting quantum interference device susceptometer to image the diamagnetic response as a function of temperature in samples of SrTiO3 containing either a 5.5 nm or a 36.9 nm-thick slab of niobium-doped SrTiO3. We find that stripe-like regions remain superconducting at higher temperatures than the rest of the sample. The shape and orientation of the features, as well as their behavior in a subsequent cooldown, are consistent with an origin in the low-temperature tetragonal domain structure of SrTiO3. These results suggest a variety of mechanisms by which the transition temperature could be enhanced and may help constrain theories of superconductivity in SrTiO3.

  11. The relationship between the glass transition temperature and water vapor absorption by poly(vinylpyrrolidone)

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    Oksanen, C A; Zografi, G

    1990-06-01

    Water associated with amorphous solids is known to affect significantly the physical and chemical properties of dosage form ingredients. An analysis of water vapor absorption isotherms of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) measured in this and other laboratories, over the range -40 to 60 degrees C, along with the measurement of the glass transition temperature of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) as a function of water content is reported. It is observed that the amount of water vapor absorbed at a particular relative humidity increases with decreasing temperature, along with a significant change in the shape of the isotherm. It is also shown that at any temperature, along with a significant change in the shape of the isotherm. It is also shown that at any temperature the state of the solid changes from a highly viscous glass to a much less viscous rubber in the region where absorbed water appears to enter into a "solvent-like" state. Further, the apparent "tightly bound" state, observed at low relative humidities, appears to exist when the polymer enters into a very viscous glassy state. It is concluded that the apparent states of water and polymer are interrelated in a dynamic manner and, therefore, that they cannot be uncoupled by simple thermodynamic analyses based only on a water-binding model.

  12. Transition-metal-based magnetic refrigerants for room-temperature applications.

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    Tegus, O; Brück, E; Buschow, K H J; de Boer, F R

    2002-01-10

    Magnetic refrigeration techniques based on the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) have recently been demonstrated as a promising alternative to conventional vapour-cycle refrigeration. In a material displaying the MCE, the alignment of randomly oriented magnetic moments by an external magnetic field results in heating. This heat can then be removed from the MCE material to the ambient atmosphere by heat transfer. If the magnetic field is subsequently turned off, the magnetic moments randomize again, which leads to cooling of the material below the ambient temperature. Here we report the discovery of a large magnetic entropy change in MnFeP0.45As0.55, a material that has a Curie temperature of about 300 K and which allows magnetic refrigeration at room temperature. The magnetic entropy changes reach values of 14.5 J K-1 kg-1 and 18 J K-1 kg-1 for field changes of 2 T and 5 T, respectively. The so-called giant-MCE material Gd5Ge2Si2 (ref. 2) displays similar entropy changes, but can only be used below room temperature. The refrigerant capacity of our material is also significantly greater than that of Gd (ref. 3). The large entropy change is attributed to a field-induced first-order phase transition enhancing the effect of the applied magnetic field.

  13. Low temperature magneto-structural transitions in Mn3Ni20P6

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    Cedervall, Johan; Beran, Premysl; Vennström, Marie; Danielsson, Therese; Ronneteg, Sabina; Höglin, Viktor; Lindell, David; Eriksson, Olle; André, Gilles; Andersson, Yvonne; Nordblad, Per; Sahlberg, Martin

    2016-05-01

    X-ray and neutron powder diffraction has been used to determine the crystal and magnetic structure of Mn3Ni20P6. The crystal structure can be described as cubic with space group Fm 3 barm (225) without any nuclear phase transformation within studied temperature interval from room temperature down to 4 K. The magnetic structure of Mn3Ni20P6 is complex with two independent magnetic positions for the Mn atoms and the compound passes three successive magnetic phase transitions during cooling. At 30 K the spins of the Mn atoms on the Wyckoff 4a site (Mn1) order to form a primitive cubic antiferromagnetic structure with propagation vector k=(0 0 1). Between 29 and 26 K the Mn atoms on the Wyckoff 8c site (Mn2) order independently on already ordered Mn1 magnetic structure forming a commensurate antiferromagnetic structure with propagation vector k=(0 0 ½) and below 26 K, both Mn positions order to form an incommensurate helical structure with propagation vector k=(0 0 ~0.45). Magnetization vs. temperature curve of Mn3Ni20P6 shows a steep increase indicating some magnetic ordering below 230 K and a sharp field dependent anomaly in a narrow temperature range around 30 K.

  14. Effect of free surface roughness on the apparent glass transition temperature in thin polymer films measured by ellipsometry.

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    Efremov, Mikhail Yu

    2014-12-01

    Ellipsometry is one of the standard methods for observation of glass transition in thin polymer films. This work proposes that sensitivity of the method to surface morphology can complicate manifestation of the transition in a few nm thick samples. Two possible mechanisms of free surface roughening in the vicinity of glass transition are discussed: roughening due to lateral heterogeneity and roughening associated with thermal capillary waves. Both mechanisms imply an onset of surface roughness in the glass transition temperature range, which affects the experimental data in a way that shifts apparent glass transition temperature. Effective medium approximation models are used to introduce surface roughness into optical calculations. The results of the optical modeling for a 5 nm thick polystyrene film on silicon are presented.

  15. Temperature Dependence of the Homogeneous Linewidth of the (5)D(0) - (7)F(0) Transition of Eu(3+) in Amorphous Hosts at High Temperatures.

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    1981-11-20

    The temperature dependence of the homogeneous linewidth of the 5D sub 0 - 7F sub 0 transition of Eu(3+) in different amorphous solids is determined...in the 295 K to 800 K temperature range. The nearly quadratic temperature dependence observed is discussed in term sof Raman broadening and mechanisms based on two-level systems known to exist in disordered systems. (Author)

  16. Bismuth vanadate: a high-pressure, high-temperature crystallographic study of the ferroelastic-paraelastic transition.

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    Hazen, R M; Mariathasan, J W

    1982-05-28

    Lattice dimensions of bismuth vanadate have been determined under 37 different high-pressure or high-temperature conditions or a combination of these conditions. New high-pressure, high-temperature, single-crystal x-ray techniques were used to bracket the reversible monoclinic (ferroelastic) to tetragonal (paraelastic) transition.

  17. Bismuth Vanadate: A High-Pressure, High-Temperature Crystallographic Study of the Ferroelastic-Paraelastic Transition

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    Hazen, R. M.; Mariathasan, J. W. E.

    1982-05-01

    Lattice dimensions of bismuth vanadate have been determined under 37 different high-pressure or high-temperature conditions or a combination of these conditions. New high-pressure, high-temperature, single-crystal x-ray techniques were used to bracket the reversible monoclinic (ferroelastic) to tetragonal (paraelastic) transition.

  18. Detection of Pathogens Using AFM and SPR

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    Vaseashta, Ashok

    2005-03-01

    A priori detection of pathogens in food and water has become a subject of paramount importance. Several recent incidents have resulted in the government passing stringent regulations for tolerable amounts of contamination of food products. Identification and/or monitoring of bacterial contamination in food are critical. The conventional methods of pathogen detection require time-consuming steps to arrive disembark at meaningful measurement in a timely manner as the detection time exceeds the time in which perishable food recycles through the food chain distribution. The aim of this presentation is to outline surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) as two methods for fast detect6ion of pathogens. Theoretical basis of SPR and experimental results of SPR and AFM on E. coli O157:H7 and prion are presented.

  19. Absence of low temperature phase transitions and enhancement of ferroelectric transition temperature in highly strained BaTiO{sub 3} epitaxial films grown on MgO Substrates

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    Kumar, Satish; Kumar, Dhirendra; Sathe, V. G.; Kumar, Ravi; Sharma, T. K.

    2015-04-07

    Recently, a large enhancement in the ferroelectric transition temperature of several oxides is reported by growing the respective thin films on appropriate substrates. This phenomenon is correlated with high residual strain in thin films often leading to large increase in the tetragonality of their crystal structure. However, such an enhancement of transition temperature is usually limited to very thin films of ∼10 nm thickness. Here, we report growth of fully strained epitaxial thin films of BaTiO{sub 3} of 400 nm thickness, which are coherently grown on MgO substrates by pulsed laser deposition technique. Conventional high resolution x-ray diffraction and also the reciprocal space map measurements confirm that the film is fully strained with in-plane tensile strain of 5.5% that dramatically increases the tetragonality to 1.05. Raman measurements reveal that the tetragonal to cubic structural phase transition is observed at 583 K, which results in an enhancement of ∼200 K. Furthermore, temperature dependent Raman studies on these films corroborate absence of all the low temperature phase transitions. Numerical calculations based on thermodynamical model predict a value of the transition temperature that is greater than 1500 °C. Our experimental results are therefore in clear deviation from the existing strain dependent phase diagrams.

  20. First-principles screening of complex transition metal hydrides for high temperature applications.

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    Nicholson, Kelly M; Sholl, David S

    2014-11-17

    Metal hydrides with enhanced thermodynamic stability with respect to the associated binary hydrides are useful for high temperature applications in which highly stable materials with low hydrogen overpressures are desired. Though several examples of complex transition metal hydrides (CTMHs) with such enhanced stability are known, little thermodynamic or phase stability information is available for this materials class. In this work, we use semiautomated thermodynamic and phase diagram calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) and grand canonical linear programming (GCLP) methods to screen 102 ternary and quaternary CTMHs and 26 ternary saline hydrides in a library of over 260 metals, intermetallics, binary, and higher hydrides to identify materials that release hydrogen at higher temperatures than the associated binary hydrides and at elevated temperatures, T > 1000 K, for 1 bar H2 overpressure. For computational efficiency, we employ a tiered screening approach based first on solid phase ground state energies with temperature effects controlled via H2 gas alone and second on the inclusion of phonon calculations that correct solid phase free energies for temperature-dependent vibrational contributions. We successfully identified 13 candidate CTMHs including Eu2RuH6, Yb2RuH6, Ca2RuH6, Ca2OsH6, Ba2RuH6, Ba3Ir2H12, Li4RhH4, NaPd3H2, Cs2PtH4, K2PtH4, Cs3PtH5, Cs3PdH3, and Rb2PtH4. The most stable CTMHs tend to crystallize in the Sr2RuH6 cubic prototype structure and decompose to the pure elements and hydrogen rather than to intermetallic phases.

  1. Hydrogen detonation and detonation transition data from the High-Temperature Combustion Facility

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    Ciccarelli, G.; Boccio, J.L.; Ginsberg, T.; Finfrock, C.

    1996-03-01

    The BNL High-Temperature Combustion Facility (HTCF) is an experimental research tool capable of investigating the effects of initial thermodynamic state on the high-speed combustion characteristic of reactive gas mixtures. The overall experimental program has been designed to provide data to help characterize the influence of elevated gas-mixture temperature (and pressure) on the inherent sensitivity of hydrogen-air-steam mixtures to undergo detonation, on the potential for flames accelerating in these mixtures to transition into detonations, on the effects of gas venting on the flame-accelerating process, on the phenomena of initiation of detonations in these mixtures by jets of hot reactant products, and on the capability of detonations within a confined space to transmit into another, larger confined space. This paper presents results obtained from the completion of two of the overall test series that was designed to characterize high-speed combustion phenomena in initially high-temperature gas mixtures. These two test series are the intrinsic detonability test series and the deflagration-to-detonation (DDT) test series. A brief description of the facility is provided below.

  2. Measurement of the ductile to brittle transition temperature for waste tank cooling coils

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    Wiersma, B.J.

    1992-09-01

    Charpy impact tests were conducted on ASTM A106 carbon steel archived from SRS waste tanks to determine the susceptibility of the cooling coils to brittle fracture during a seismic event. The highest ductile to brittle transition temperature measured was {minus}5{degree}F and, with the addition of a 30{degree}F safety factor, the minimum safe operating temperature was determined to be 25{degree}F. Calculations also showed that a pre-existing circumferential flaw that is 2.2in. long would be necessary to initiate brittle fracture of the pipe. These results demonstrate that the pipes will not be susceptible to brittle fracture if the cooling water inlet temperature is lowered to 50{degree}F. Visual observation of the inner and outer walls of the pipe showed no localized attack or significant wall thinning. A 100--200 micron zinc coating is probably the reason for the lack of corrosion. A build-up of zinc slag occurred at pipe fittings where the weld had burned through. Although no attack was observed, the slag created several crevices which have the potential to trap the chromated water and initiate localized attack.

  3. Measurement of the ductile to brittle transition temperature for waste tank cooling coils

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    Wiersma, B.J.

    1992-09-01

    Charpy impact tests were conducted on ASTM A106 carbon steel archived from SRS waste tanks to determine the susceptibility of the cooling coils to brittle fracture during a seismic event. The highest ductile to brittle transition temperature measured was [minus]5[degree]F and, with the addition of a 30[degree]F safety factor, the minimum safe operating temperature was determined to be 25[degree]F. Calculations also showed that a pre-existing circumferential flaw that is 2.2in. long would be necessary to initiate brittle fracture of the pipe. These results demonstrate that the pipes will not be susceptible to brittle fracture if the cooling water inlet temperature is lowered to 50[degree]F. Visual observation of the inner and outer walls of the pipe showed no localized attack or significant wall thinning. A 100--200 micron zinc coating is probably the reason for the lack of corrosion. A build-up of zinc slag occurred at pipe fittings where the weld had burned through. Although no attack was observed, the slag created several crevices which have the potential to trap the chromated water and initiate localized attack.

  4. High antiferromagnetic transition temperature of a honeycomb compound SrRu2O6

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    Tian, Wei; Svoboda, Chris; Ochi, M.; ...

    2015-09-14

    We study the high-temperature magnetic order in a quasi-two-dimensional honeycomb compound SrRu2O6 by measuring magnetization and neutron powder diffraction with both polarized and unpolarized neutrons. SrRu2O6 crystallizes into the hexagonal lead antimonate (PbSb2O6, space group P31m) structure with layers of edge-sharing RuO6 octahedra separated by Sr2+ ions. SrRu2O6 is found to order at TN = 565 K with Ru moments coupled antiferromagnetically both in plane and out of plane. The magnetic moment is 1.30(2) μB/Ru at room temperature and is along the crystallographic c axis in the G-type magnetic structure. We perform density functional calculations with constrained random-phase approximation (RPA)more » to obtain the electronic structure and effective intra- and interorbital interaction parameters. The projected density of states shows strong hybridization between Ru 4d and O 2p. By downfolding to the target t2g bands we extract the effective magnetic Hamiltonian and perform Monte Carlo simulations to determine the transition temperature as a function of interand intraplane couplings. We find a weak interplane coupling, 3% of the strong intraplane coupling, permits three-dimensional magnetic order at the observed TN .« less

  5. Generation and extinction of a crystal nucleus below the glass transition temperature

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    Okamoto, Norimaru; Oguni, Masaharu; Sagawa, Yuko

    1997-10-01

    The generation/extinction phenomenon of a crystal nucleus was studied for 4-dibenzylamino-2-methylbenzaldehyde-1, 1-diphenylhydrazone by using a differential scanning calorimeter at 120 - 450 K. Glass transition and fusing temperatures were found to be 0953-8984/9/43/005/img6 and 0953-8984/9/43/005/img7, respectively, at the heating rate of 0953-8984/9/43/005/img8. Bulk crystallization, observed in the range 390 - 400 K, was used to check whether the crystal nucleation did or did not proceed at low temperatures. The effective nucleus which had a radius larger than the critical value at 290 K was generated through annealing the sample for 1 h in the range 120 - 280 K or for 5 min at 170 - 270 K. The crystal nucleation process was thus found to proceed even at 120 K, lower by 186 K than the 0953-8984/9/43/005/img9. This is interpreted as indicating that the nucleation rate is controlled by the characteristic time of the 0953-8984/9/43/005/img10-molecular rearrangement process which could be much shorter than the annealing period. The crystal nucleus generated during the annealing at 220 K for 1 h was found to be extinguished by rapid heating to temperatures above 300 K. This is qualitatively understood from a classical theory.

  6. Morphology and Mechanical Properties of Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate) Stretched Above the Glass Transition Temperature

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    Todorov, Lyudmil V.; Viana, Júlio C.

    2007-04-01

    This study presents an experimental investigation into the development of the strain-induced morphology of amorphous poly(ethylene terephthalate), PET, stretched above its glass transition temperature. The present work aims at: i) defining the most important processing parameters that govern the structure formation and its significance; ii) characterising the mechanical properties of uniaxial stretched glassy PET, as an approach for industrial stretch-blow moulding techniques; iii) establishing structure-properties relationships. Compression moulded amorphous PET was uniaxial stretched with variations of following stretching parameters: stretching temperature, Tst, stretching velocity, Vst, and stretching ratio, λst, that were varied in two levels according to a L8 Taguchi orthogonal array. The developed morphologies were observed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), birefringence and Wide-Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS). The mechanical behaviour was assessed in tensile testing at 15 mm.min-1 and room temperature. The results were treated by a statistical ANOVA tool. A strong thermal and mechanical coupling is evidenced in the stretching process, significantly influencing the morphology development. The main stretching parameters controlling microstructure formation were defined. The relationships between the microstructure and mechanical properties were established too.

  7. High-Temperature Elasticity, Cation Disorder and Magnetic Transition in Magnesioferrite

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    Antao,S.; Jackson, I.; Li, B.; Kung, J.; Chen, J.; Hassan, I.; Liebermann, R.; Parise, J.

    2007-01-01

    The elastic moduli of magnesioferrite spinel, MgFe2O4, and their temperature dependence have been determined for the first time by ultrasonic measurements on a polycrystalline specimen. The measurements were carried out at 300 MPa and to 700 C in a gas-medium high-pressure apparatus. On heating, both the elastic bulk (K S) and shear (G) moduli decrease linearly to 350 C. By combining with extant thermal-expansion data, the values for the room-temperature K S and G, and their temperature derivatives are as follows: K 0 = 176.3(7) GPa, G 0 = 80.1(2) GPa, ({partial_derivative}K S/{partial_derivative}T) P = -0.032(3) GPa K-1 and ({partial_derivative}G/{partial_derivative}T) P = -0.012(1) GPa K-1. Between 350 and 400 C, there are abrupt increases of 1.4% in both of the elastic moduli; these closely coincide with the magnetic Curie transition that was observed by thermal analyses at about 360 C.

  8. Vestige of T = 0 jamming transition at finite temperature in 3D

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    Caswell, Thomas; Gardel, Margaret; Nagel, Sidney; Zhang, Zexin; Yodh, Arjun

    2012-02-01

    When a random packing of spheres at T = 0 is compressed to the jamming transition, the system becomes rigid and the first peak of the pair-correlation function, g(r), diverges [1]. We study the manifestation of this signature and the associated particle dynamics when the temperature, T, is no longer negligible. To this end, we employ a three-dimensional packing of monodisperse, micron-size, colloids made from n-isopropyl acrylimide (NIPAM). NIPAM particles change size and hence the packing fraction of the system in response to environmental temperature. Thus by changing sample temperature we can probe all packing fractions of interest using a single sample. These particles are compressible so the system can reach packing fractions and configurations inaccessible to hard colloids. We observe a vestige of the T = 0 divergence as a maximum in the first peak of g(r) versus packing fraction coincident with dynamical arrest of the particles. The general features in 3D are in agreement with a previous study in a two-dimensional bi-disperse NIPAM system [2]. We report the dependence of g(r) and particle motion on packing fraction. [1] C. S. O'Hern, et al., Phys. Rev. E 68, 011306 (2003). [2] Z. Zhang, N. Xu, et al., Nature 459, 230 (2009).

  9. Lee-Yang zero distribution of high temperature QCD and the Roberge-Weiss phase transition

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    Nagata, Keitaro; Kashiwa, Kouji; Nakamura, Atsushi; Nishigaki, Shinsuke M.

    2015-05-01

    Canonical partition functions and Lee-Yang zeros of QCD at finite density and high temperature are studied. Recent lattice simulations confirm that the free energy of QCD is a quartic function of quark chemical potential at temperature slightly above pseudocritical temperature Tc, as in the case with a gas of free massless fermions. We present analytic derivation of the canonical partition functions and Lee-Yang zeros for this type of free energy using the saddle point approximation. We also perform lattice QCD simulation in a canonical approach using the fugacity expansion of the fermion determinant and carefully examine its reliability. By comparing the analytic and numerical results, we conclude that the canonical partition functions follow the Gaussian distribution of the baryon number, and the accumulation of Lee-Yang zeros of these canonical partition functions exhibit the first-order Roberge-Weiss phase transition. We discuss the validity and applicable range of the result and its implications both for theoretical and experimental studies.

  10. Hydrogen detonation and detonation transition data from the High-Temperature Combustion Facility

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    Ciccarelli, G.; Boccio, J.L.; Ginsberg, T.; Finfrock, C.; Gerlach, L.; Tagawa, H.; Malliakos, A.

    1995-12-31

    The BNL High-Temperature Combustion Facility (HTCF) is an experimental research tool capable of investigating the effects of initial thermodynamic state on the high-speed combustion characteristic of reactive gas mixtures. The overall experimental program has been designed to provide data to help characterize the influence of elevated gas-mixture temperature (and pressure) on the inherent sensitivity of hydrogen-air-steam mixtures to undergo detonation, on the potential for flames accelerating in these mixtures to transition into detonations, on the effects of gas venting on the flame-accelerating process, on the phenomena of initiation of detonations in these mixtures by jets of hot reactant product,s and on the capability of detonations within a confined space to transmit into another, larger confined space. This paper presents results obtained from the completion of two of the overall test series that was designed to characterize high-speed combustion phenomena in initially high-temperature gas mixtures. These two test series are the intrinsic detonability test series and the deflagration-to-detonation (DDT) test series. A brief description of the facility is provided below.

  11. Characterizing Cell Mechanics with AFM and Microfluidics

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    Walter, N.; Micoulet, A.; Suresh, S.; Spatz, J. P.

    2007-03-01

    Cell mechanical properties and functionality are mainly determined by the cytoskeleton, besides the cell membrane, the nucleus and the cytosol, and depend on various parameters e.g. surface chemistry and rigidity, surface area and time available for cell spreading, nutrients and drugs provided in the culture medium. Human epithelial pancreatic and mammary cancer cells and their keratin intermediate filaments are the main focus of our work. We use Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) to study cells adhering to substrates and Microfluidic Channels to probe cells in suspension, respectively. Local and global properties are extracted by varying AFM probe tip size and the available adhesion area for cells. Depth-sensing, instrumented indentation tests with AFM show a clear difference in contact stiffness for cells that are spread of controlled substrates and those that are loosely attached. Microfluidic Channels are utilized in parallel to evaluate cell deformation and ``flow resistance'', which are dependent on channel cross section, flow rate, cell nucleus size and the mechanical properties of cytoskeleton and membrane. The results from the study are used to provide some broad and quantitative assessments of the connections between cellular/subcellular mechanics and biochemical origins of disease states.

  12. Vibration signature analysis of AFM images

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    Joshi, G.A.; Fu, J.; Pandit, S.M.

    1995-12-31

    Vibration signature analysis has been commonly used for the machine condition monitoring and the control of errors. However, it has been rarely employed for the analysis of the precision instruments such as an atomic force microscope (AFM). In this work, an AFM was used to collect vibration data from a sample positioning stage under different suspension and support conditions. Certain structural characteristics of the sample positioning stage show up as a result of the vibration signature analysis of the surface height images measured using an AFM. It is important to understand these vibration characteristics in order to reduce vibrational uncertainty, improve the damping and structural design, and to eliminate the imaging imperfections. The choice of method applied for vibration analysis may affect the results. Two methods, the data dependent systems (DDS) analysis and the Welch`s periodogram averaging method were investigated for application to this problem. Both techniques provide smooth spectrum plots from the data. Welch`s periodogram provides a coarse resolution as limited by the number of samples and requires a choice of window to be decided subjectively by the user. The DDS analysis provides sharper spectral peaks at a much higher resolution and a much lower noise floor. A decomposition of the signal variance in terms of the frequencies is provided as well. The technique is based on an objective model adequacy criterion.

  13. Nanomechanics of Yeast Surfaces Revealed by AFM

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    Dague, Etienne; Beaussart, Audrey; Alsteens, David

    Despite the large and well-documented characterization of the microbial cell wall in terms of chemical composition, the determination of the mechanical properties of surface molecules in relation to their function remains a key challenge in cell biology.The emergence of powerful tools allowing molecular manipulations has already revolutionized our understanding of the surface properties of fungal cells. At the frontier between nanophysics and molecular biology, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and more specifically single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS), has strongly contributed to our current knowledge of the cell wall organization and nanomechanical properties. However, due to the complexity of the technique, measurements on live cells are still at their infancy.In this chapter, we describe the cell wall composition and recapitulate the principles of AFM as well as the main current methodologies used to perform AFM measurements on live cells, including sample immobilization and tip functionalization.The current status of the progress in probing nanomechanics of the yeast surface is illustrated through three recent breakthrough studies. Determination of the cell wall nanostructure and elasticity is presented through two examples: the mechanical response of mannoproteins from brewing yeasts and elasticity measurements on lacking polysaccharide mutant strains. Additionally, an elegant study on force-induced unfolding and clustering of adhesion proteins located at the cell surface is also presented.

  14. Observation of extreme phase transition temperatures of water confined inside isolated carbon nanotubes.

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    Agrawal, Kumar Varoon; Shimizu, Steven; Drahushuk, Lee W; Kilcoyne, Daniel; Strano, Michael S

    2017-03-01

    Fluid phase transitions inside single, isolated carbon nanotubes are predicted to deviate substantially from classical thermodynamics. This behaviour enables the study of ice nanotubes and the exploration of their potential applications. Here we report measurements of the phase boundaries of water confined within six isolated carbon nanotubes of different diameters (1.05, 1.06, 1.15, 1.24, 1.44 and 1.52 nm) using Raman spectroscopy. The results reveal an exquisite sensitivity to diameter and substantially larger temperature elevations of the freezing transition (by as much as 100 °C) than have been theoretically predicted. Dynamic water filling and reversible freezing transitions were marked by 2-5 cm(-1) shifts in the radial breathing mode frequency, revealing reversible melting bracketed to 105-151 °C and 87-117 °C for 1.05 and 1.06 nm single-walled carbon nanotubes, respectively. Near-ambient phase changes were observed for 1.44 and 1.52 nm nanotubes, bracketed between 15-49 °C and 3-30 °C, respectively, whereas the depression of the freezing point was observed for the 1.15 nm nanotube between -35 and 10 °C. We also find that the interior aqueous phase reversibly decreases the axial thermal conductivity of the nanotube by as much as 500%, allowing digital control of the heat flux.

  15. Temperature-Salinity Oscillations, Sudden Transitions, and Hysteresis in Laboratory Experiments and Layered Models

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    Whitehead, J. A.; Te Raa, L.; Tozuka, T.

    2002-12-01

    Simplified box models of the cooling of a salt-stratified ocean have been constructed in the laboratory. A large isothermal basin of water has two layers with differing salinity. Beside this is a small basin connected to the large basin by horizontal tubes at the top, middle and bottom. Calculations indicate that there is a sudden transition and hysteresis between a shallow and a deep convection state if there is a relaxation temperature boundary condition and also if one tube has large flow resistance. Our laboratory studies to date do not clearly show hysteresis but have relatively sudden changes in properties for some parameters. The shallow state is frequently found as an oscillation, and the deep convection state is steady, although thermals produce small rapid fluctuations. Numerical models of the experiments produce qualitative agreement, but quantitative differences are large. In contrast, experiments with a cavity at the bottom of a fresh water reservoir, subjected to steady heating from below and steady salt-water inflow has two distinct states, and exhibits a hysteresis range. Oscillations and transitions like those seen in these experiments may exist in natural bodies with a layer of fresh water cooled from above such as fjords, polar bays, or larger polar regions. The oscillation periods are much greater than either the fresh water or the thermal time scale, making the oscillation mechanism a candidate for climate oscillations. (Much of this work was done at the GFD summer program).

  16. Calculation of the superconducting transition temperature of a graphene layer doped with titanium and palladium

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    Vazquez, Gerardo; Magana, Fernando; Salas-Torres, Osiris

    We explore the structural interactions between graphene and transition metals such as palladium (Pd) and titanium (Ti) and the possibility of inducing superconductivity in a graphene sheet in two cases, one by doping its surface with palladium atoms sit on the center of the hexagons of the graphene layer and other by covering the graphene layer with two layers of titanium metal atoms. The results here were obtained from first-principles density functional theory in the local density approximation. The Quantum-Espresso package was used with norm conserving pseudopotentials. All of the structures considered were relaxed to their minimum energy configuration. Phonon frequencies were calculated using the linear-response technique on several phonon wave-vector mesh. The electron-phonon coupling parameter was calculated with several electron momentum k-mesh. The superconducting critical temperature was estimated using the Allen-Dynes formula with μ* = 0.1 - 0.15. We note that palladium and titanium are good candidate materials to show a metal-to-superconductor transition. We thank Dirección General de Asuntos del Personal Académico de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, partial financial support by Grant IN-106514 and we also thank Miztli Super-Computing center the technical assistance.

  17. Nanosecond Ultrasonics to Study Phase Transitions in Solid and Liquid Systems at High Pressure and Temperature

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    Bonner, B P; Berge, P A; Carlson, S C; Farber, D L; Akella, J

    2007-03-21

    This report describes the development of a high-frequency ultrasonic measurement capability for application to the study of phase transitions at elevated pressure and temperature. We combined expertise in various aspects of static high-pressure technique with recent advances in wave propagation modeling, ultrasonic transducer development, electronic methods and broadband instrumentation to accomplish the goals of this project. The transduction and electronic systems have a demonstrated bandwidth of 400 MHz, allowing investigations of phenomena with characteristic times as short as 2.5 nS. A compact, pneumatically driven moissanite anvil cell was developed and constructed for this project. This device generates a high-pressure environment for mm dimension samples to pressures of 3 GPa. Ultrasonic measurements were conducted in the moissanite cell, an LLNL multi-anvil device and in a modified piston cylinder device. Measurements for water, and elemental tantalum, tin and cerium demonstrate the success of the methods. The {gamma}-{alpha} phase transition in cerium was clearly detected at {approx}0.7 GPa with 75 MHz longitudinal waves. These results have direct application to important problems in LLNL programs, as well as seismology and planetary science.

  18. Large enhancement of superconducting transition temperature in single-element superconducting rhenium by shear strain.

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    Mito, Masaki; Matsui, Hideaki; Tsuruta, Kazuki; Yamaguchi, Tomiko; Nakamura, Kazuma; Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Shirakawa, Naoki; Adachi, Hiroki; Yamasaki, Tohru; Iwaoka, Hideaki; Ikoma, Yoshifumi; Horita, Zenji

    2016-11-04

    Finding a physical approach for increasing the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) is a challenge in the field of material science. Shear strain effects on the superconductivity of rhenium were investigated using magnetic measurements, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and first-principles calculations. A large shear strain reduces the grain size and simultaneously expands the unit cells, resulting in an increase in Tc. Here we show that this shear strain approach is a new method for enhancing Tc and differs from that using hydrostatic strain. The enhancement of Tc is explained by an increase in net electron-electron coupling rather than a change in the density of states near the Fermi level. The shear strain effect in rhenium could be a successful example of manipulating Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer-type Cooper pairing, in which the unit cell volumes are indeed a key parameter.

  19. Additivity in both thermodynamic stability and thermal transition temperature for rubredoxin chimeras via hybrid native partitioning.

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    LeMaster, David M; Hernández, Griselda

    2005-08-01

    Given any operational definition of pairwise interaction, the set of residues that differ between two structurally homologous proteins can be uniquely partitioned into subsets of clusters for which no such interactions occur between clusters. Although hybrid protein sequences that preserve such clustering are consistent with tertiary structures composed of only parental native-like interactions, the stability of such predicted structures will depend upon the physical robustness of the assumed interaction potential. A simple distance cutoff criterion was applied to the most thermostable protein known to predict such a seven-residue cluster in the metal binding site region of Pyrococcus furiosus rubredoxin and a mesophile homolog. Both conformational stability and thermal transition temperature measurements demonstrate that 39% of the differential stability arises from these seven residues.

  20. High transition temperature superconductor/insulator bilayers for the development of ultra-fast electronics

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    Sirena, M.; Félix, L. Avilés; Haberkorn, N.

    2013-07-29

    High transition temperature superconductor (HTc)/SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) bilayers were fabricated by sputtering deposition on (100) STO substrates. Their transport and morphological properties were characterized using conductive atomic force microscopy. The STO barriers present good insulating properties, with long attenuation lengths (λ ∼ 1 nm) which reduce the junction resistance and increase the operating critical current. The samples present roughness values smaller than 1 nm, with an extremely low density of surface defects (∼5 × 10{sup −5} defects/μm{sup 2}). The high control of the barrier quality over large defect free surfaces is encouraging for the development of microelectronics devices based in HTc Josephson junctions.

  1. Large enhancement of superconducting transition temperature in single-element superconducting rhenium by shear strain

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    Mito, Masaki; Matsui, Hideaki; Tsuruta, Kazuki; Yamaguchi, Tomiko; Nakamura, Kazuma; Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Shirakawa, Naoki; Adachi, Hiroki; Yamasaki, Tohru; Iwaoka, Hideaki; Ikoma, Yoshifumi; Horita, Zenji

    2016-11-01

    Finding a physical approach for increasing the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) is a challenge in the field of material science. Shear strain effects on the superconductivity of rhenium were investigated using magnetic measurements, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and first-principles calculations. A large shear strain reduces the grain size and simultaneously expands the unit cells, resulting in an increase in Tc. Here we show that this shear strain approach is a new method for enhancing Tc and differs from that using hydrostatic strain. The enhancement of Tc is explained by an increase in net electron–electron coupling rather than a change in the density of states near the Fermi level. The shear strain effect in rhenium could be a successful example of manipulating Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer-type Cooper pairing, in which the unit cell volumes are indeed a key parameter.

  2. Holographic s + p insulator/superconductor phase transition at zero temperature

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    Li, Ran; Zi, Tieguang; Zhang, Hongbao

    2017-03-01

    We study the holographic s + p insulator/superconductor phase transition at zero temperature by using the model with a scalar triplet charged under an SU (2) gauge field in anti-de Sitter (AdS) soliton background. In this model, besides the insulator phase, s-wave condensate phase and p-wave condensate phase, the s + p coexisting condensate phase is found numerically when operator dimension Δ is greater than a critical value Δc. We also construct the complete phase diagram in Δ - μ plane, which shows the s + p coexisting region is very narrow. Furthermore, we calculate the corresponding conductivities for different phases. The delta function support for the real part of conductivity of the spontaneous breaking phases is also revealed numerically as expected for the superconducting phases.

  3. Glass transition temperature of PIB, PDMS and PMMA from small-time simulations

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    Duki, Solomon; Tsige, Mesfin; Taylor, Philip

    2009-03-01

    We have applied some new techniques to obtain predictions of the glass transition temperatures Tg of poly(isobutylene), poly(dimethyl-siloxane), and poly(methyl methacrylate) from small-time atomistic molecular dynamics simulations. The different fragilities of these materials are reflected in the results of the simulations. One approach involved measurement of the apparent softening of the ``cage'' in which a monomer is bound, while another involved studying autocorrelation of a convolution of the velocity with a smoothing function in order to detect the frequency of escapes from the ``cage.'' To check the accuracy of the short-time methods, the Tg of the polymers was also found using conventional diffusion simulations in which the rate of increase of the root mean squared displacement of an atom, monomer, or molecule is measured at very long times. The economical short-time simulations yielded results for Tg that were identical to those of the computer-intensive long-time simulations.

  4. Large enhancement of superconducting transition temperature in single-element superconducting rhenium by shear strain

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    Mito, Masaki; Matsui, Hideaki; Tsuruta, Kazuki; Yamaguchi, Tomiko; Nakamura, Kazuma; Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Shirakawa, Naoki; Adachi, Hiroki; Yamasaki, Tohru; Iwaoka, Hideaki; Ikoma, Yoshifumi; Horita, Zenji

    2016-01-01

    Finding a physical approach for increasing the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) is a challenge in the field of material science. Shear strain effects on the superconductivity of rhenium were investigated using magnetic measurements, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and first-principles calculations. A large shear strain reduces the grain size and simultaneously expands the unit cells, resulting in an increase in Tc. Here we show that this shear strain approach is a new method for enhancing Tc and differs from that using hydrostatic strain. The enhancement of Tc is explained by an increase in net electron–electron coupling rather than a change in the density of states near the Fermi level. The shear strain effect in rhenium could be a successful example of manipulating Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer-type Cooper pairing, in which the unit cell volumes are indeed a key parameter. PMID:27811983

  5. Optimizing the superconducting transition temperature and upper critical field of Sn1-xInxTe

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    Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J. A.; Shi, X. Y.; Xu, Z. J.; Zhang, C.; Tranquada, J. M.; Li, Q.; Gu, G. D.

    2013-07-01

    Sn1-xInxTe is a possible candidate for topological superconductivity. Previous work has shown that substitution of In for Sn in the topological crystalline insulator SnTe results in superconductivity, with the transition temperature, Tc, growing with In concentration. We have performed a systematic investigation of Sn1-xInxTe for a broad range of x, synthesizing single crystals (by a modified floating-zone method) as well as polycrystalline samples. The samples have been characterized by x-ray diffraction, resistivity, and magnetization. For the single crystals, the maximum Tc is obtained at x=0.45 with a value of 4.5 K, as determined by the onset of diamagnetism.

  6. The effect of surface and interface on Neel transition temperature of low-dimensional antiferromagnetic materials

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    Zhang, Wen; Zhou, Zhaofeng Zhong, Yuan; Zhang, Ting; Huang, Yongli; Sun, Changqing

    2015-11-15

    Incorporating the bond order-length-strength (BOLS) notion with the Ising premise, we have modeled the size dependence of the Neel transition temperature (T{sub N}) of antiferromagnetic nanomaterials. Reproduction of the size trends reveals that surface atomic undercoordination induces bond contraction, and interfacial hetero-coordination induces bond nature alteration. Both surface and interface of nanomaterials modulate the T{sub N} by adjusting the atomic cohesive energy. The T{sub N} is related to the atomic cohesive/exchange energy that is lowered by the coordination number (CN) imperfection of the undercoordinated atoms near the surface and altered by the changed bond nature of epitaxial interface. A numerical match between predictions and measurements reveals that the T{sub N} of antiferromagnetic nanomaterials declines with reduced size and increases with both the strengthening of heterogeneous bond and the increase of the bond number.

  7. High-temperature nuclear magnetic resonance study of phase transition kinetics in LiNaSO{sub 4}

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    Shakhovoy, R. A. E-mail: r.a.shakhovoy@gmail.com; Sarou-Kanian, V.; Rakhmatullin, A.; Véron, E.; Bessada, C.

    2015-12-28

    A new high-temperature NMR technique for measurements of the phase transition kinetics in solids has been developed. The technique allows measuring the time evolution of the volume of the appearing phase at controlled cooling rates. Developed method was applied to study the phase transition kinetics in the superionic conductor LiNaSO{sub 4}. It was revealed that the phase transition in LiNaSO{sub 4} is governed by the diffusion-controlled growth of nuclei (“germs”). An effect of the crystallite rearrangement in the LiNaSO{sub 4} powder after cooling through the phase transition was also revealed. This effect was studied by means of high-temperature XRD and NMR.

  8. Two Simultaneous Mechanisms Causing Glass Transition Temperature Reductions in High Molecular Weight Freestanding Polymer Films as Measured by Transmission Ellipsometry

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    Pye, Justin E.; Roth, Connie B.

    2011-12-01

    We study the glass transition in confined polymer films and present the first experimental evidence indicating that two separate mechanisms can act simultaneously on the film to propagate enhanced mobility from the free surface into the material. Using transmission ellipsometry, we have measured the thermal expansion of ultrathin, high molecular-weight (MW), freestanding polystyrene films over an extended temperature range. For two different MWs, we observed two distinct reduced glass transition temperatures (Tg’s), separated by up to 60 K, within single films with thicknesses h less than 70 nm. The lower transition follows the expected MW dependent, linear Tg(h) behavior previously seen in high MW freestanding films. We also observe a much stronger upper transition with no MW dependence that exhibits the same Tg(h) dependence as supported and low MW freestanding polymer films.

  9. Caloric characteristics of PbTiO3 in the temperature range of the ferroelectric phase transition

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    Mikhaleva, E. A.; Flerov, I. N.; Gorev, M. V.; Molokeev, M. S.; Cherepakhin, A. V.; Kartashev, A. V.; Mikhashenok, N. V.; Sablina, K. A.

    2012-09-01

    The heat capacity and thermal expansion of the PbTiO3 ceramic sample have been measured in the temperature range 80-970 K. The electrocaloric and barocaloric efficiencies of lead titanate in the ferroelectric phase transition range have been investigated by analyzing the experimental data in terms of the thermodynamic theory of phase transitions, the electrical equation of state P( T, E), the Pippard equation, and the S( T, p) diagram.

  10. Effects of age, ambient temperature, and heat-stable Escherichia coli enterotoxin on intestinal transit in infant mice.

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    Moon, H W; Fung, P Y; Isaacson, R E; Booth, G D

    1979-07-01

    Some interrelationships among age, ambient temperature, intestinal transit, and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli infection were studied in an infant mouse model. The transit of dye in the small intestine was accelerated during the response to heat-stable E. coli enterotoxin. Transit in the small intestine of normal mice accelerated with increased age (from less than 17 h to 8 days old) and accelerated with increased ambient temperature (from 25 to 37 degrees C). Transit was more rapid in the jejunum than in the ileum throughout the range of experimental conditions studied. E. coli strains that do not produce any of the pili known facilitate intestinal colonization were cleared from the small intestine more rapidly at 37 degrees C than at 25 degrees C. This clearance was thought to be due to accelerated transit at the higher temperature. In contrast, a strain of E. coli that produces K99 (pili previously shown to facilitate intestinal colonization in other species) was not cleared from the small intestine and colonized more intensively at 37 degrees C than at 25 degrees C. Intensified colonization by this strain was thought to be due to increased production of K99 at the higher temperature. It was suggested that sluggish intestinal transit may also be characteristic of the neonates of other species and be one of the factors predisposing them to intestinal colonization by enteropathogens. It was speculated that this predisposition may be enhanced if the neonates are chilled. However, the effect of ambient temperature on intestinal transit in homeothermic neonates such as pigs, calves, and humans may be different from that in mice because neonatal mice are poikilothermic.

  11. Size Dependence of a Temperature-Induced Solid-Solid Phase Transition in Copper(I) Sulfide

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    Rivest, Jessy B; Fong, Lam-Kiu; Jain, Prashant K; Toney, Michael F; Alivisatos, A Paul

    2011-07-24

    Determination of the phase diagrams for the nanocrystalline forms of materials is crucial for our understanding of nanostructures and the design of functional materials using nanoscale building blocks. The ability to study such transformations in nanomaterials with controlled shape offers further insight into transition mechanisms and the influence of particular facets. Here we present an investigation of the size-dependent, temperature-induced solid-solid phase transition in copper sulfide nanorods from low- to high-chalcocite. We find the transition temperature to be substantially reduced, with the high chalcocite phase appearing in the smallest nanocrystals at temperatures so low that they are typical of photovoltaic operation. Size dependence in phase trans- formations suggests the possibility of accessing morphologies that are not found in bulk solids at ambient conditions. These other- wise-inaccessible crystal phases could enable higher-performing materials in a range of applications, including sensing, switching, lighting, and photovoltaics.

  12. Zero-temperature transition and correlation-length exponent of the frustrated XY model on a honeycomb lattice

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    Granato, Enzo

    2012-02-01

    Phase coherence and vortex order in the fully frustrated XY model on a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice are studied by extensive Monte Carlo simulations using the parallel tempering method and finite-size scaling. No evidence is found for an equilibrium order-disorder or a spin/vortex-glass transition, suggested in previous simulation works. Instead, the scaling analysis of correlations of phase and vortex variables in the full equilibrated system is consistent with a phase transition where the critical temperature vanishes and the correlation lengths diverge as a power law with decreasing temperatures and corresponding critical exponents νph and νv. This behavior and the near agreement of the critical exponents suggest a zero-temperature transition scenario where phase and vortex variables remain coupled on large length scales.

  13. The impact of room temperature polymorphism in K doped NaTaO3 on structural phase transition behaviour

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    Arulnesan, Shamanthini William; Kayser, Paula; Kennedy, Brendan J.; Knight, Kevin S.

    2016-06-01

    Temperature dependent high resolution neutron diffraction studies demonstrate that the sequence and temperatures of the crystallographic phase transitions in NaTaO3 are not impacted by doping with 1% K to form Na0.99K0.01TaO3. Rietveld analysis of the neutron diffraction data shows the structural transitions to be: Pbnm ↔ 723       K Cmcm ↔ 803   K P 4 / nbm ↔ 893   K Pm 3 bar m . The two orthorhombic polymorphs, Pbnm and Cmcm, differ fundamentally in the distortion and tilting of the octahedra, such that they cannot be obtained from each other via a continuous phase transition resulting in their co-existence between RT and 723 K. Chemical doping, does however, dramatically impact on the amount of the metastable Cmcm phase observed at room temperature.

  14. Transition in the Temperature-Dependence of GFP Fluorescence: From Proton Wires to Proton Exit

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    Leiderman, Pavel; Huppert, Dan; Agmon, Noam

    2006-01-01

    In green fluorescent protein, photo-excitation leads to excited-state proton transfer from its chromophore, leaving behind a strongly fluorescing anion, while the proton is commonly thought to migrate internally to Glu-222. X-ray data show that the protein contains more extended hydrogen-bonded networks that can support proton migration (i.e., proton wires). Here we study the temperature-dependence of the transient fluorescence from both the acid and anionic forms up to 15 ns. At low temperatures, we find that the (lifetime-corrected) fluorescence of the acidic form decays asymptotically as t−1/2, following quantitatively the solution of a one-dimensional diffusion equation for reversible geminate recombination with quenching. This indicates proton migration along the internal proton wires. A small degree of geminate proton quenching is attributed to the formation of the zwitterion by proton migration on a side-branch of the proton wire. Above 230 K, the fluorescence kinetics undergo a transition, exhibiting an asymptotic t−3/2 decay, and the quenching effect disappears. We interpret these findings as evidence for a conformational change enabling the rotation of Thr-203, which eventually allows the proton to escape to the exterior solution. PMID:16284263

  15. Epitaxial growth of higher transition-temperature VO2 films on AlN/Si

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    Slusar, Tetiana; Cho, Jin-Cheol; Kim, Bong-Jun; Yun, Sun Jin; Kim, Hyun-Tak

    2016-02-01

    We report the epitaxial growth and the mechanism of a higher temperature insulator-to-metal-transition (IMT) of vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films synthesized on aluminum nitride (AlN)/Si (111) substrates by a pulsed-laser-deposition method; the IMT temperature is TIMT ≈ 350 K. X-ray diffractometer and high resolution transmission electron microscope data show that the epitaxial relationship of VO2 and AlN is VO2 (010) ‖ AlN (0001) with VO2 [101] ‖ AlN [ 2 1 ¯ 1 ¯ 0 ] zone axes, which results in a substrate-induced tensile strain along the in-plane a and c axes of the insulating monoclinic VO2. This strain stabilizes the insulating phase of VO2 and raises TIMT for 10 K higher than TIMT single crystal ≈ 340 K in a bulk VO2 single crystal. Near TIMT, a resistance change of about four orders is observed in a thick film of ˜130 nm. The VO2/AlN/Si heterostructures are promising for the development of integrated IMT-Si technology, including thermal switchers, transistors, and other applications.

  16. The accuracy of liquid-liquid phase transition temperatures determined from semiautomated light scattering measurements.

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    Dean, Kevin M; Babayco, Christopher B; Sluss, Daniel R B; Williamson, J Charles

    2010-08-21

    The synthetic-method determination of liquid-liquid coexistence curves using semiautomated light scattering instrumentation and stirred samples is based on identifying the coexistence curve transition temperatures (T(cx)) from sudden changes in turbidity associated with droplet formation. Here we use a thorough set of such measurements to evaluate the accuracy of several different analysis methods reported in the literature for assigning T(cx). More than 20 samples each of weakly opalescent isobutyric acid+water and strongly opalescent aniline+hexane were tested with our instrumentation. Transmitted light and scattering intensities at 2 degrees , 24 degrees , and 90 degrees were collected simultaneously as a function of temperature for each stirred sample, and the data were compared with visual observations and light scattering theory. We find that assigning T(cx) to the onset of decreased transmitted light or increased 2 degrees scattering has a potential accuracy of 0.01 K or better for many samples. However, the turbidity due to critical opalescence obscures the identification of T(cx) from the light scattering data of near-critical stirred samples, and no simple rule of interpretation can be applied regardless of collection geometry. At best, when 90 degrees scattering is collected along with transmitted or 2 degrees data, the accuracy of T(cx) is limited to 0.05 K for near-critical samples. Visual determination of T(cx) remains the more accurate approach in this case.

  17. Reduced Glass Transition Temperatures in Thin Polymer Films: Surface Effect or Artifact?

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    Bäumchen, O.; McGraw, J. D.; Forrest, J. A.; Dalnoki-Veress, K.

    2012-08-01

    We have examined the direct effect of manipulating the number of free surfaces on the measured glass transition temperature Tg of thin polystyrene films. Thin films in the range 35nmtemperature dependence of the thickness and refractive index of freestanding films. By noting the change in slope in each of these quantities, a Tg value can be assigned in quantitative agreement with previously reported results. For thin freestanding films this value is reduced from that of the bulk. The exact same films are then transferred to a Si substrate and the Tg of the resulting supported film was determined. The Tg values of the now supported films are the same as the bulk value and the same as previous reports of similar supported films. These experiments unambiguously show that free interfaces are the dominant cause of the Tg reductions for the film thicknesses studied.

  18. Structural transition in sputter-deposited amorphous germanium films by aging at ambient temperature

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    Okugawa, M.; Nakamura, R.; Ishimaru, M.; Watanabe, K.; Yasuda, H.; Numakura, H.

    2016-06-01

    The structure of amorphous Ge (a-Ge) films prepared by sputter-deposition and the effects of aging at ambient temperature and pressure were studied by pair-distribution-function (PDF) analysis from electron scattering and molecular dynamics simulations. The PDFs of the as-deposited and aged samples for 3-13 months showed that the major peaks for Ge-Ge bonds decrease in intensity and broaden with aging for up to 7 months. In the PDFs of a-Ge of molecular dynamics simulation obtained by quenching liquid at different rates, the major peak intensities of a slowly cooled model are higher than those of a rapidly cooled model. Analyses on short- and medium-range configurations show that the slowly cooled model includes a certain amount of medium-range ordered (MRO) clusters, while the rapidly cooled model includes liquid-like configurations rather than MRO clusters. The similarity between experimental and computational PDFs implies that as-deposited films are similar in structure to the slowly cooled model, whereas the fully aged films are similar to the rapidly cooled model. It is assumed that as they undergo room-temperature aging, the MRO clusters disintegrate and transform into liquid-like regions in the same matrix. This transition in local configurations is discussed in terms of instability and the non-equilibrium of nanoclusters produced by a vapor-deposition process.

  19. An unusual isotope effect in a high-transition-temperature superconductor.

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    Gweon, G-H; Sasagawa, T; Zhou, S Y; Graf, J; Takagi, H; Lee, D-H; Lanzara, A

    2004-07-08

    In conventional superconductors, the electron pairing that allows superconductivity is caused by exchange of virtual phonons, which are quanta of lattice vibration. For high-transition-temperature (high-T(c)) superconductors, it is far from clear that phonons are involved in the pairing at all. For example, the negligible change in T(c) of optimally doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta (Bi2212; ref. 1) upon oxygen isotope substitution (16O --> 18O leads to T(c) decreasing from 92 to 91 K) has often been taken to mean that phonons play an insignificant role in this material. Here we provide a detailed comparison of the electron dynamics of Bi2212 samples containing different oxygen isotopes, using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. Our data show definite and strong isotope effects. Surprisingly, the effects mainly appear in broad high-energy humps, commonly referred to as 'incoherent peaks'. As a function of temperature and electron momentum, the magnitude of the isotope effect closely correlates with the superconducting gap--that is, the pair binding energy. We suggest that these results can be explained in a dynamic spin-Peierls picture, where the singlet pairing of electrons and the electron-lattice coupling mutually enhance each other.

  20. Predicting bioactive glass properties from the molecular chemical composition: glass transition temperature.

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    O'Donnell, Matthew D

    2011-05-01

    The glass transition temperature (T(g)) of inorganic glasses is an important parameter than can be used to correlate with other glass properties, such as dissolution rate, which governs in vitro and in vivo bioactivity. Seven bioactive glass compositional series reported in the literature (77 in total) were analysed here with T(g) values obtained by a number of different methods: differential thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and dilatometry. An iterative least-squares fitting method was used to correlate T(g) from thermal analysis of these compositions with the levels of individual oxide and fluoride components in the glasses. When all seven series were fitted a reasonable correlation was found between calculated and experimental values (R(2)=0.89). When the two compositional series that were designed in weight percentages (the remaining five were designed in molar percentage) were removed from the model an improved fit was achieved (R(2)=0.97). This study shows that T(g) for a wide range in compositions (e.g. SiO(2) content of 37.3-68.4 mol.%) can be predicted to reasonable accuracy enabling processing parameters to be predicted such as annealing, fibre-drawing and sintering temperatures.

  1. Temperature and Magnetic Field Dependent Raman Spectroscopy of Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides

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    Simpson, J. R.; Watson, M.; Romero, D. B.; Berger, H.; Hight Walker, A. R.

    2015-03-01

    Atomically-thin, transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) offer potential for an alternative to graphene in advanced devices, owing to their unique electronic and optical properties. Such device applications require knowledge of the photo-thermal properties. Recently, we measured the thermal conductivity for MoS2 using a Raman-based optothermal technique. In the present work, we extend those measurements to related TMDs, including Ta-based compounds TaX2, where X=Se or S, in both 1 T and 2 H crystallographic structures. Mechanical exfoliation from bulk crystals provides few- to single-layer flakes. We measure the Raman spectra of the exfoliated flakes using a novel magneto-Raman instrument, which affords measurement of the low-frequency vibrational modes of micron-sized samples as a function of both temperature (100 to 400) K and magnetic field (0 to 9) T. Dependence of the observed Raman-active phonons on temperature and magnetic field will be discussed and compared with earlier results on MoS2.

  2. AFM/MFM hybrid nanocharacterization of martensitic transformation and degradation for Fe-Pd shape memory alloy

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    Suzuki, Takayuki; Nagatani, Kohei; Hirano, Kazumi; Teramoto, Tokuo; Taya, Minoru

    2003-07-01

    Martensitic transformation and degradation characteristics for Fe-Pd ferromagnetic shape memory alloy were investigated by the developed AFM (Atomic Force Microscope)/MFM (Magnetic Force Microscope) hybrid nano-characterization technique. In AFM martensitic transformation was detected by the changes of surface topography of martensite plates. In MFM martensitic transformation was detected by the changes of magnetic domain structures. This technique has an advantage that martensitic transformation characteristics such as martensitic transformation temperature and reverse transformation temperature can be measured at microscopic and nanoscopic small area. Degradation characteristics of martensitic transformation under cyclic loading were also detected by the changes of AFM and MFM images. In AFM images surface topography of martensite plates became flat and in MFM images the morphology of magnetic domain structures became unfocused under cyclic loading. Then it was found that the hybrid nano-characterization was very high sensitive technique to evaluate degradation for Fe-Pd ferromagnetic shape memory alloy.

  3. Supersonic Free-Flight Measurements of Heat Transfer and Transition on a 10 degree Cone having a Low Temperature Ratio

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    Merlet, Charles F.; Rumsey, Charles B.

    1961-01-01

    Heat-transfer coefficients in the form of Stanton number and boundary-layer transition data were obtained from a free-flight test of a 100-inch-long 10 deg. total-angle cone with a 1/16-inch tip radius which penetrated deep into the region of infinite stability of laminar boundary layer over a range of wall-to-local-stream temperature radius and for local Mach numbers from 1.8 to 3.5. Experimental heat-transfer coefficients, obtained at Reynolds numbers up to 160 x 10(exp 6), were in general somewhat higher than theoretical values. A maximum Reynolds number of transition of only 33 x 10(exp 6) was obtained. Contrary to theoretical and some other experimental investigations, the transition Reynolds number initially increased while the wall temperature ratio increased at relatively constant Mach number. Further increases in wall temperature ratio were accompanied by a decrease in transition Reynolds number. Increasing transition Reynolds number with increasing Mach number was also indicated at a relatively constant wall temperature ratio.

  4. A temperature-induced order-disorder phase transition in a 4-substituted 4,2':6',4''-terpyridine.

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    Granifo, Juan; Westermeyer, Marleen; Riquelme, Maricel; Gaviño, Rubén; Suárez, Sebastián; Halac, Emilia B; Baggio, Ricardo

    2015-12-01

    Crystals of 4'-(isoquinolin-4-yl)-4,2':6',4''-terpyridine (iqtp), C24H16N4, grown from an ethanol solution, undergo a reversible first-order single-crystal to single-crystal phase transition at Tc in the range 273-275 K, from a disordered higher-temperature phase [form (I)] in the space group P21/c, with one single molecule in the asymmetric unit, to an ordered lower-temperature one [form (II)] in the space group P21/n, with two independent molecules in the asymmetric unit. There is a group-subgroup relationship linking (I)-(II), due to cell doubling and the disappearance of a number of symmetry operations. In addition to X-ray diffraction, the transition has been monitored by Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry, the latter disclosing an enthalpy change of 0.72 (6) kJ mol(-1). Variations of the unit-cell parameters with temperature between 170 and 293 K are presented. The evolution of diffraction spots in the vicinity of the transition temperature shows the coexistence of both phases, confirming the first-order character of the transition. Structural details of both phases are analyzed and intermolecular interactions compared in order to investigate the mechanism of the phase transition. A three-dimensional Hirshfeld surface analysis was performed to corroborate the significant changes in the intermolecular features.

  5. Effect of sugar addition on glass transition temperatures of cassava starch with low to intermediate moisture contents.

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    Figueroa, Yetzury; Guevara, Marvilan; Pérez, Adriana; Cova, Aura; Sandoval, Aleida J; Müller, Alejandro J

    2016-08-01

    This work studies how sucrose (S) addition modifies the thermal properties of cassava starch (CS). Neat CS and CS-S blends with 4, 6 and 8% sugar contents (CS-S-4%, CS-S-6% and CS-S-8%) were prepared and analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), in a wide range of moisture levels (2-20%). In equilibrated samples with moisture contents lower than 10%, twoendothermic steps were observed during first DSC heating scans and two corresponding relaxation maxima in tan δ were detected by DMTA. The first transition, detected at around 45-55°C by both DSC and DMTA, is frequently found in starchy foods, while the second observed at higher temperatures is associated to the glass transition temperature of the blends. At higher moisture contents, only one thermal transition was observed. Samples analyzed immediately after cooling from the melt (i.e., after erasing their thermal history), exhibited a single glass transition temperature, regardless of their moisture content. Addition of sugar promotes water plasticization of CS only at high moisture contents. In the low moisture content range, anti-plasticization was observed for both neat and sugar-added CS samples. Addition of sugar decreases the moisture content needed to achieve the maximum value of the glass transition temperature before plasticization starts. The results of this work may be valuable for the study of texture establishment in low moisture content extruded food products.

  6. Garnet-to-perovskite transition in Gd3Sc2Ga3O12 at high pressure and high temperature.

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    Lin, Chuanlong; Liu, Jing; Lin, Jung-Fu; Li, Xiaodong; Li, Yanchun; Zhang, Qingli; Xiong, Lun; Li, Rui

    2013-01-07

    The structural phase transition of gadolinium-scandium-gallium garnet (Gd(3)Sc(2)Ga(3)O(12), GSGG) has been studied at high pressure and high temperature using the synchrotron X-ray diffraction technique in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell. The GSGG garnet transformed to an orthorhombic perovskite structure at approximately 24 GPa after laser heating to 1500-2000 K. The garnet-to-perovskite phase transition is associated with an ∼8% volume reduction and an increase in the coordination number of the Ga(3+) or Sc(3+) ion. The orthorhombic perovskite GSGG has bulk modulus B(0) = 194(15) GPa with B(0)' = 5.3(8), exhibiting slightly less compression than the cubic garnet structure of GSGG with B(0) = 157(15) GPa and B(0)' = 6.5(10). Upon compression at room temperature, the cubic GSGG garnet became amorphous at ∼65 GPa. Coupled with the amorphous-to-perovskite phase transition in Y(3)Fe(5)O(12) and Gd(3)Ga(5)O(12) at high-pressure-temperature conditions, we conclude that amorphization should represent a new thermodynamic state resulting from hindrance of the garnet-to-perovskite phase transition, whereas the garnet-to-amorphous transition in rare-earth garnets should be kinetically hindered at room temperature.

  7. High-temperature phase transitions, spectroscopic properties, and dimensionality reduction in rubidium thorium molybdate family.

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    Xiao, Bin; Gesing, Thorsten M; Kegler, Philip; Modolo, Giuseppe; Bosbach, Dirk; Schlenz, Hartmut; Suleimanov, Evgeny V; Alekseev, Evgeny V

    2014-03-17

    Four new rubidium thorium molybdates have been synthesized by high-temperature solid-state reactions. The crystal structures of Rb8Th(MoO4)6, Rb2Th(MoO4)3, Rb4Th(MoO4)4, and Rb4Th5(MoO4)12 were determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. All these compounds construct from MoO4 tetrahedra and ThO8 square antiprisms. The studied compounds adopt the whole range of possible structure dimensionalities from zero-dimensional (0D) to three-dimensional (3D): finite clusters, chains, sheets, and frameworks. Rb8Th(MoO4)6 crystallizes in 0D containing clusters of [Th(MoO4)6](8-). The crystal structure of Rb2Th(MoO4)3 is based upon one-dimensional chains with configuration units of [Th(MoO4)3](2-). Two-dimensional sheets occur in compound Rb4Th(MoO4)4, and a 3D framework with channels formed by thorium and molybdate polyhedra has been observed in Rb4Th5(MoO4)12. The Raman and IR spectroscopic properties of these compounds are reported. Temperature-depended phase transition effects were observed in Rb2Th(MoO4)3 and Rb4Th(MoO4)4 using thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry analysis and high-temperature powder diffraction methods.

  8. M(5)-silicon (M= titanium, niobium, molybdenum) based transition-metal silicides for high temperature applications

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    Tang, Zhihong

    2007-12-01

    Transition metal silicides are being considered for future engine turbine components at temperatures up to 1600ºC. Although significant improvement in high temperature strength, room temperature fracture toughness has been realized in the past decade, further improvement in oxidation resistance is needed. Oxidation mechanism of Ti5Si3-based alloys was investigated. Oxidation behavior of Ti5Si3-based alloy strongly depends on the atmosphere. Presence of Nitrogen alters the oxidation behavior of Ti5Si3 by nucleation and growth of nitride subscale. Ti5Si3.2 and Ti5Si3C0.5 alloys exhibited an excellent oxidation resistance in nitrogen bearing atmosphere due to limited dissolution of nitrogen and increased Si/Ti activity ratio. MoSi2 coating developed by pack cementation to protect Mo-based Mo-Si-B composites was found to be effective up to 1500ºC. Shifting coating composition to T1+T2+Mo3Si region showed the possibility to extend the coating lifetime above 1500ºC by more than ten times via formation of slow growing Mo3Si or T2 interlayer without sacrificing the oxidation resistance of the coating. The phase equilibria in the Nb-rich portion of Nb-B system has been evaluated experimentally using metallographic analysis and differential thermal analyzer (DTA). It was shown that Nbss (solid solution) and NbB are the only two primary phases in the 0-40 at.% B composition range, and the eutectic reaction L ↔ Nbss + NbB was determined to occur at 2104+/-5°C by DTA.

  9. Dielectric relaxations of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microgels near the volume phase transition temperature: impact of cross-linking density distribution on the volume phase transition.

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    Su, Wenjuan; Zhao, Kongshuang; Wei, Jingjing; Ngai, To

    2014-11-21

    Dielectric relaxation behaviors of three types of thermally sensitive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) microgels with different cross-linking density distributions were investigated in a frequency range from 40 Hz to 110 MHz at temperatures from 15 °C to 55 °C. After eliminating the electrode polarization at low frequency, two remarkable relaxations were observed, one in the kHz frequency range and the other in the MHz range. The low-frequency relaxation is attributed to the counterion polarization in the whole measuring temperature range, while the relaxation at high-frequency is probably dominated by different polarization mechanisms depending on below or above the volume phase transition temperature (VPTT): it is considered as micro-Brownian motion of side groups of PNIPAM when T < VPTT and interfacial polarization when T > VPTT. The temperature dependence of the dielectric parameters for both the relaxations presents an abrupt change around 32.5 °C, indicating the occurrence of phase transition. Based on the analysis and discussion about the micro-Brownian motion of the side groups, a possible microstructure for the microgels before and after the collapse of PNIPAM was suggested. A dielectric model to describe the collapsing microgel suspension was proposed, from which the electrical and structural parameters of the suspension were calculated. The information on the internal structure and hydration dynamic behavior of microgels was obtained by using the thermodynamic parameters which were calculated based on the Eyring equation. Our results reveal that the spatial distribution of the cross-linking density distribution has almost no effect on the volume phase transition temperature, but markedly affects the swelling capacity of PNIPAM microgels at low temperatures.

  10. The effect of initial temperature on flame acceleration and deflagration-to-detonation transition phenomenon

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    Ciccarelli, G.; Boccio, J.L.; Ginsberg, T.; Finfrock, C.; Gerlach, L.; Tagawa, H.; Malliakos, A.

    1998-05-01

    The High-Temperature Combustion Facility at BNL was used to conduct deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) experiments. Periodic orifice plates were installed inside the entire length of the detonation tube in order to promote flame acceleration. The orifice plates are 27.3-cm-outer diameter, which is equivalent to the inner diameter of the tube, and 20.6-cm-inner diameter. The detonation tube length is 21.3-meters long, and the spacing of the orifice plates is one tube diameter. A standard automobile diesel engine glow plug was used to ignite the test mixture at one end of the tube. Hydrogen-air-steam mixtures were tested at a range of temperatures up to 650K and at an initial pressure of 0.1 MPa. In most cases, the limiting hydrogen mole fraction which resulted in DDT corresponded to the mixture whose detonation cell size, {lambda}, was equal to the inner diameter of the orifice plate, d (e.g., d/{lambda}=1). The only exception was in the dry hydrogen-air mixtures at 650K where the DDT limit was observed to be 11 percent hydrogen, corresponding to a value of d/{lambda} equal to 5.5. For a 10.5 percent hydrogen mixture at 650K, the flame accelerated to a maximum velocity of about 120 mIs and then decelerated to below 2 mIs. By maintaining the first 6.1 meters of the vessel at the ignition end at 400K, and the rest of the vessel at 650K, the DDT limit was reduced to 9.5 percent hydrogen (d/{lambda}=4.2). This observation indicates that the d/{lambda}=1 DDT limit criteria provides a necessary condition but not a sufficient one for the onset of DDT in obstacle laden ducts. In this particular case, the mixture initial condition (i.e., temperature) resulted in the inability of the mixture to sustain flame acceleration to the point where DDT could occur. It was also observed that the distance required for the flame to accelerate to the point of detonation initiation, referred to as the run-up distance, was found to be a function of both the hydrogen mole fraction

  11. Kinetics of low-temperature transitions and a reaction rate theory from non-equilibrium distributions.

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    Aquilanti, Vincenzo; Coutinho, Nayara Dantas; Carvalho-Silva, Valter Henrique

    2017-04-28

    This article surveys the empirical information which originated both by laboratory experiments and by computational simulations, and expands previous understanding of the rates of chemical processes in the low-temperature range, where deviations from linearity of Arrhenius plots were revealed. The phenomenological two-parameter Arrhenius equation requires improvement for applications where interpolation or extrapolations are demanded in various areas of modern science. Based on Tolman's theorem, the dependence of the reciprocal of the apparent activation energy as a function of reciprocal absolute temperature permits the introduction of a deviation parameter d covering uniformly a variety of rate processes, from those where quantum mechanical tunnelling is significant and d < 0, to those where d > 0, corresponding to the Pareto-Tsallis statistical weights: these generalize the Boltzmann-Gibbs weight, which is recovered for d = 0. It is shown here how the weights arise, relaxing the thermodynamic equilibrium limit, either for a binomial distribution if d > 0 or for a negative binomial distribution if d < 0, formally corresponding to Fermion-like or Boson-like statistics, respectively. The current status of the phenomenology is illustrated emphasizing case studies; specifically (i) the super-Arrhenius kinetics, where transport phenomena accelerate processes as the temperature increases; (ii) the sub-Arrhenius kinetics, where quantum mechanical tunnelling propitiates low-temperature reactivity; (iii) the anti-Arrhenius kinetics, where processes with no energetic obstacles are rate-limited by molecular reorientation requirements. Particular attention is given for case (i) to the treatment of diffusion and viscosity, for case (ii) to formulation of a transition rate theory for chemical kinetics including quantum mechanical tunnelling, and for case (iii) to the stereodirectional specificity of the dynamics of reactions strongly hindered by the

  12. BOREAS AFM-6 Surface Meteorological Data

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    Wilczak, James; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-6 team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration/Environment Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL) collected surface meteorological data from 21 May to 20 Sep 1994 near the Southern Study Area-Old Jack Pine (SSA-OJP) tower site. The data are in tabular ASCII files. The surface meteorological data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  13. The AFM Observation of Single Polyethylene Molecules in Coiled State on Mica

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    Prokhorov, V. V.; Yaminsky, I. V.

    2003-12-01

    Single polyethylene molecules and their small aggregates have been deposited on mica from diluted solutions at elevated temperatures and visualized by AFM in coiled and crystalline states. Coils have two-dimensional conformations with both highly tangled sites and locally extended segments with a length much exceeding the persistent length in a solution. The length measurements of coils reveal a wide distribution with the length of a maximum much smaller than the length of fully stretched molecules, moreover the long coils have been observed indicating the existence of linear multimolecular aggregates. Two models have been considered for the explanation of the observed deficit in the coils length, correspondingly the model implying the substantial smoothing of a winding chain trajectory due to the lack of the AFM resolution and the model of locally extended surface conformations with the long intramolecular folds. The roots of the apparent negative AFM height contrast of coils have been discussed.

  14. AFM investigations of the morphology features and local mechanical properties of HTS YBCO thin films

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    Soifer, Yakov M.; Verdyan, Armen; Lapsker, Igor; Azoulay, Jacob

    2004-08-01

    In the paper presented here the application of the atomic force microscope (AFM) is considered for evaluation of hardness and Young's modulus of high Tc superconducting YBCO thin films of different thickness (from 0.05 to 1 μm) grown on unbuffered SrTiO 3 (film I) and on sapphire with a buffer layer of CeO 2 (film II). The best film features a transition temperature Tc of 90 K, critical current density Jc ( H=0) of 3 × 10 7 A/cm 2 at 4.2 K and 2 × 10 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K. The relationship between mechanical properties and microstructure of these films was investigated. It was found that all the films comprised well-defined Cu-rich precipitates of different size and with different density on their surface. For both type of films the hardness was measured to be in the range of 12-18 GPa. The Young's modulus of the films was about 180-200 GPa. The nanoindentation and nanoscratching measurements showed that the mechanical strength of the films studied was determined mainly by mechanical failure and surface defects (secondary phases).

  15. Nonempirical Calculation of Superconducting Transition Temperatures in Light-Element Superconductors.

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    Arita, Ryotaro; Koretsune, Takashi; Sakai, Shiro; Akashi, Ryosuke; Nomura, Yusuke; Sano, Wataru

    2017-01-06

    Recent progress in the fully nonempirical calculation of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc ) is reviewed. Especially, this study focuses on three representative light-element high-Tc superconductors, i.e., elemental Li, sulfur hydrides, and alkali-doped fullerides. Here, it is discussed how crucial it is to develop the beyond Migdal-Eliashberg (ME) methods. For Li, a scheme of superconducting density functional theory for the plasmon mechanism is formulated and it is found that Tc is dramatically enhanced by considering the frequency dependence of the screened Coulomb interaction. For sulfur hydrides, it is essential to go beyond not only the static approximation for the screened Coulomb interaction, but also the constant density-of-states approximation for electrons, the harmonic approximation for phonons, and the Migdal approximation for the electron-phonon vertex, all of which have been employed in the standard ME calculation. It is also shown that the feedback effect in the self-consistent calculation of the self-energy and the zero point motion considerably affect the calculation of Tc . For alkali-doped fullerides, the interplay between electron-phonon coupling and electron correlations becomes more nontrivial. It has been demonstrated that the combination of density functional theory and dynamical mean field theory with the ab initio downfolding scheme for electron-phonon coupled systems works successfully. This study not only reproduces the experimental phase diagram but also obtains a unified view of the high-Tc superconductivity and the Mott-Hubbard transition in the fullerides. The results for these high-Tc superconductors will provide a firm ground for future materials design of new superconductors.

  16. Band-edge exciton transitions in (Ga 1- xMn x)N diluted magnetic semiconductor films with above room temperature ferromagnetic transition

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    Jeon, H. C.; Kang, T. W.; Kim, T. W.; Cho, Y. H.

    2006-06-01

    (Ga 1- xMn x)N thin films grown on GaN buffer layers by using molecular beam epitaxy were investigated with the goal of producing diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMSs) with band-edge exciton transitions for applications in optomagnetic devices. The magnetization curve as a function of the magnetic field at 5 K indicated that ferromagnetism existed in the (Ga 1- xMn x)N thin films, and the magnetization curve as a function of the temperature showed that the ferromagnetic transition temperature of the (Ga 1- xMn x)N thin film was above room temperature. Photoluminescence and photoluminescence excitation spectra showed that band-edge exciton transitions in (Ga 1- xMn x)N thin films appeared. These results indicate that the (Ga 1- xMn x)N DMSs with a magnetic single phase hold promise for potential applications in spin optoelectronic devices in the blue region of the spectrum.

  17. Live cell plasma membranes do not exhibit a miscibility phase transition over a wide range of temperatures.

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    Lee, Il-Hyung; Saha, Suvrajit; Polley, Anirban; Huang, Hector; Mayor, Satyajit; Rao, Madan; Groves, Jay T

    2015-03-26

    Lipid/cholesterol mixtures derived from cell membranes as well as their synthetic reconstitutions exhibit well-defined miscibility phase transitions and critical phenomena near physiological temperatures. This suggests that lipid/cholesterol-mediated phase separation plays a role in the organization of live cell membranes. However, macroscopic lipid-phase separation is not generally observed in cell membranes, and the degree to which properties of isolated lipid mixtures are preserved in the cell membrane remain unknown. A fundamental property of phase transitions is that the variation of tagged particle diffusion with temperature exhibits an abrupt change as the system passes through the transition, even when the two phases are distributed in a nanometer-scale emulsion. We support this using a variety of Monte Carlo and atomistic simulations on model lipid membrane systems. However, temperature-dependent fluorescence correlation spectroscopy of labeled lipids and membrane-anchored proteins in live cell membranes shows a consistently smooth increase in the diffusion coefficient as a function of temperature. We find no evidence of a discrete miscibility phase transition throughout a wide range of temperatures: 14-37 °C. This contrasts the behavior of giant plasma membrane vesicles (GPMVs) blebbed from the same cells, which do exhibit phase transitions and macroscopic phase separation. Fluorescence lifetime analysis of a DiI probe in both cases reveals a significant environmental difference between the live cell and the GPMV. Taken together, these data suggest the live cell membrane may avoid the miscibility phase transition inherent to its lipid constituents by actively regulating physical parameters, such as tension, in the membrane.

  18. Correlation between the transition temperature and the superfluid density in BCS superconductor NbB2+x

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    Khasanov, R.; Shengelaya, A.; Maisuradze, A.; di Castro, D.; Escamilla, R.; Keller, H.

    2008-02-01

    The results of the muon-spin rotation experiments on BCS superconductors NbB2+x ( x=0.2 and 0.34) are reported. Both samples, studied in the present work, exhibit rather broad transitions to the superconducting state, suggesting a distribution of the volume fractions with different transition temperatures (Tc's) . By taking these distributions into account, the dependence of the inverse squared zero-temperature magnetic penetration depth (λ0-2) on Tc was reconstructed for temperatures in the range 1.5K≲Tc≲8.0K . λ0-2 was found to obey the power law dependence λ0-2∝Tc3.1(1) which appears to be common for some families of BCS superconductors as, e.g., Al doped MgB2 and high-temperature cuprate superconductors as underdoped YBa2Cu3O7-δ .

  19. Complex magnetic phase diagram with multistep spin-flop transitions in L a0.25P r0.75C o2P2

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Garlea, V. Ovidiu; Kovnir, Kirill; Thompson, Corey M.; Xu, Tongshuai; Cao, Huibo; Chai, Ping; Tener, Zachary P.; Yan, Shishen; Xiong, Peng; Shatruk, Michael

    2017-01-01

    L a0.25P r0.75C o2P2 crystallizes in the tetragonal ThC r2S i2 structure type and shows multiple magnetic phase transitions driven by changes in temperature and magnetic field. The nature of these transitions was investigated by a combination of magnetic and magnetoresistance measurements and both single crystal and powder neutron diffraction. The Co magnetic moments order ferromagnetically (FM) parallel to the c axis at 282 K, followed by antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering at 225 K. In the AFM structure, the Co magnetic moments align along the c axis with FM [C o2P2] layers arranged in an alternating sequence, ↑↑↓↓ , which leads to the doubling of the c axis in the magnetic unit cell. Another AFM transition is observed at 27 K, due to the ordering of a half of Pr moments in the a b plane. The other half of Pr moments undergoes AFM ordering along the c axis at 11 K, causing simultaneous reorientation of the previously ordered Pr moments into an AFM structure with the moments being canted with respect to the c axis. This AFM transition causes an abrupt decrease in electrical resistivity at 11 K. Under applied magnetic field, two metamagnetic transitions are observed in the Pr sublattice at 0.8 and 5.4 T. They correlate with two anomalies in magnetoresistance measurements at the same critical fields. A comparison of the temperature- and field-dependent magnetic properties of L a0.25P r0.75C o2P2 to the magnetic behavior of PrC o2P2 is provided.

  20. AFM Structural Characterization of Drinking Water Biofilm ...

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    Due to the complexity of mixed culture drinking water biofilm, direct visual observation under in situ conditions has been challenging. In this study, atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed the three dimensional morphology and arrangement of drinking water relevant biofilm in air and aqueous solution. Operating parameters were optimized to improve imaging of structural details for a mature biofilm in liquid. By using a soft cantilever (0.03 N/m) and slow scan rate (0.5 Hz), biofilm and individual bacterial cell’s structural topography were resolved and continuously imaged in liquid without loss of spatial resolution or sample damage. The developed methodology will allow future in situ investigations to temporally monitor mixed culture drinking water biofilm structural changes during disinfection treatments. Due to the complexity of mixed culture drinking water biofilm, direct visual observation under in situ conditions has been challenging. In this study, atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed the three dimensional morphology and arrangement of drinking water relevant biofilm in air and aqueous solution. Operating parameters were optimized to improve imaging of structural details for a mature biofilm in liquid. By using a soft cantilever (0.03 N/m) and slow scan rate (0.5 Hz), biofilm and individual bacterial cell’s structural topography were resolved and continuously imaged in liquid without loss of spatial resolution or sample damage. The developed methodo

  1. 1H NMR study of the phase transitions of trissarcosine calcium chloride single crystals at low temperature

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    Lee, Kyuhong; Lee, Moohee; Lee, Kwang Sei; Lim, Ae Ran

    2005-10-01

    The 1H NMR line-width and spin lattice relaxation time T1 of TSCC single crystals were studied. Variations in the temperature dependence of the spin lattice relaxation time were observed near 65 and 130 K, indicating drastic alterations of the spin dynamics at the phase transition temperatures. The changes in the temperature dependence of T1 near 65 and 130 K correspond to phase transitions of the crystal. The anomalous decrease in T1 around 130 K is due to the critical slowing down of the soft mode. The abrupt change in relaxation time at 65 K is associated with a structural phase transition. The proton spin lattice relaxation time of this crystal also has a minimum value in the vicinity of 185 K, which is governed by the reorientation of the CH3 groups of the sarcosine molecules. From this result, we conclude that the two phase transitions at 65 and 130 K can be discerned from abrupt variations in the 1H NMR relaxation behavior, and that 1H nuclei play important roles in the phase transitions of the TSCC single crystal.

  2. Monte Carlo Comparisons to a Cryogenic Dark Matter Search Detector with Low Transition-Edge-Sensor Transition Temperature

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    Leman, S.W.; McCarthy, K.A.; Brink, P.L.; Cabrera, B.; Cherry, M.; Silva, E.Do Couto E; Figueroa-Feliciano, E.; Kim, P.; Mirabolfathi, N.; Pyle, M.; Resch, R.; Sadoulet, B.; Serfass, B.; Sundqvist, K.M.; Tomada, A.; Young, B.A.; /Santa Clara U.

    2012-06-05

    We present results on phonon quasidiffusion and Transition Edge Sensor (TES) studies in a large, 3-inch diameter, 1-inch thick [100] high purity germanium crystal, cooled to 50 mK in the vacuum of a dilution refrigerator, and exposed with 59.5 keV gamma-rays from an Am-241 calibration source. We compare calibration data with results from a Monte Carlo which includes phonon quasidiffusion and the generation of phonons created by charge carriers as they are drifted across the detector by ionization readout channels. The phonon energy is then parsed into TES based phonon readout channels and input into a TES simulator.

  3. Experiments on the transition from the steady to the oscillatory marangoni convection of a floating-zone under various cold wall temperatures and various ambient air temperature effects

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    Selver, Ramazan

    2005-12-01

    The transition from the steady to the oscillatory Marangoni convection of a floating-zone under various cold wall temperatures and various ambient air temperature effects have been investigated experimentally by heating the sample from above (opposite direction of Marangoni convection and buoyant forces). The heat transfer takes place mainly through conduction as well as the natural convection of the air around the cylindrical liquid bridge. The ambient airflow in the present work is varied by varying the cold wall temperature and ambient air temperature. In this study, the transition from the steady to the oscillatory Marangoni convection flow of a high Prandtl number fluid in a floating half-zone is visualized by means of the already proven method of the "light-cut-technique". The test fluid zone is held in ambient air at +4 °C, +10 °C, +16 °C, +23 °C, and +28 °C. The onset of oscillations, the oscillation level, and oscillation pattern are investigated under various conditions. It is found that the critical temperature difference (ΔTCr) varies substantially when the cold wall temperature and the ambient air temperature are varied.

  4. Universality classes of metal-insulator transitions in strongly correlated electron systems and mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity

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    Imada, Masatoshi

    2005-08-01

    We study three regimes of the Mott transitions characterized by classical, marginally quantum, and quantum. In the classical regime, the quantum degeneracy temperature is lower than the critical temperature of the Mott transition Tc , below which the first-order transition occurs. The quantum regime describes the Tc=0 boundary of the continuous transition. The marginal quantum region appears sandwiched by these two regimes. The classical transition is described by the Ising universality class. However, the Ginzburg-Landau-Wilson scheme breaks down when the quantum effects dominate. The marginal quantum critical region is categorized to an unusual universality class, where the order parameter exponent β , the susceptibility exponent γ , and the field exponent δ are given by β=d/2 , γ=2-d/2 , and δ=4/d , respectively, with d being the spatial dimensionality. It is shown that the transition is always at the upper critical dimension irrespective of the spatial dimensions. Therefore the mean-field exponents and the hyperscaling description become both valid at any dimension. The obtained universality classes agree with the recent experimental results on the Mott criticality in organic conductors such as κ-(ET)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl and transition-metal compounds such as V2O3 . The marginal quantum criticality is characterized by the critically enhanced electron-density fluctuations at small wave number. The characteristic energy scale of the density fluctuation extends to the order of the Mott gap in contrast to the spin and orbital fluctuation scales and causes various unusual properties. The mode coupling theory shows that the marginal quantum criticality further generates non-Fermi-liquid properties in the metallic side. The effects of the long-range Coulomb force in the filling-control Mott transition are also discussed. A mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity emerges from the density fluctuations at small wave number inherent in the marginal quantum

  5. Insolation-induced mid-Brunhes transition in Southern Ocean ventilation and deep-ocean temperature.

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    Yin, Qiuzhen

    2013-02-14

    Glacial-interglacial cycles characterized by long cold periods interrupted by short periods of warmth are the dominant feature of Pleistocene climate, with the relative intensity and duration of past and future interglacials being of particular interest for civilization. The interglacials after 430,000 years ago were characterized by warmer climates and higher atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide than the interglacials before, but the cause of this climatic transition (the so-called mid-Brunhes event (MBE)) is unknown. Here I show, on the basis of model simulations, that in response to insolation changes only, feedbacks between sea ice, temperature, evaporation and salinity caused vigorous pre-MBE Antarctic bottom water formation and Southern Ocean ventilation. My results also show that strong westerlies increased the pre-MBE overturning in the Southern Ocean via an increased latitudinal insolation gradient created by changes in eccentricity during austral winter and by changes in obliquity during austral summer. The stronger bottom water formation led to a cooler deep ocean during the older interglacials. These insolation-induced differences in the deep-sea temperature and in the Southern Ocean ventilation between the more recent interglacials and the older ones were not expected, because there is no straightforward systematic difference in the astronomical parameters between the interglacials before and after 430,000 years ago. Rather than being a real 'event', the apparent MBE seems to have resulted from a series of individual interglacial responses--including notable exceptions to the general pattern--to various combinations of insolation conditions. Consequently, assuming no anthropogenic interference, future interglacials may have pre- or post-MBE characteristics without there being a systematic change in forcings. These findings are a first step towards understanding the magnitude change of the interglacial carbon dioxide concentration around 430

  6. Characteristic energies, transition temperatures, and switching effects in clean S|N|S graphene nanostructures

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    Halterman, Klaus; Valls, Oriol T.; Alidoust, Mohammad

    2011-08-01

    We study proximity effects in clean nanoscale superconductor-normal-metal-superconductor (S∣N∣S) graphene heterostructures using a self-consistent numerical solution to the continuum Dirac Bogoliubov-de Gennes (DBdG) equations. We obtain results for the pair amplitude and the local density of states (DOS) as a function of doping and of the geometrical parameters determining the width of the structures. The superconducting correlations are found to penetrate the normal graphene layers even when there is extreme mismatch in the normal and superconducting doping levels, where specular Andreev reflection dominates. The local DOS exhibits peculiar features, which we discuss, arising from the Dirac cone dispersion relation and from the interplay between the superconducting and Thouless energy scales. The corresponding characteristic energies emerge in the form of resonant peaks in the local DOS, which depend strongly on the doping level, as does the energy gap, which declines sharply as the relative difference in doping between the S and N regions is reduced. We also linearize the DBdG equations and develop an essentially analytical method that determines the critical temperature Tc of a S∣N∣S nanostructure self-consistently. We find that for S regions that occupy a fraction of the coherence length, Tc can undergo substantial variations as a function of the relative doping. At finite temperatures and by manipulating the doping levels, the self-consistent pair amplitudes reveal dramatic transitions between a superconducting and resistive normal state of the structure. Such behavior suggests the possibility of using the proposed system as a carbon-based superconducting switch, turning superconductivity on or off by tuning the relative doping levels.

  7. Glass transition dynamics and boiling temperatures of molecular liquids and their isomers.

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    Wang, Li-Min; Richert, Ranko

    2007-03-29

    The relation between a dynamic and a thermodynamic temperature, glass transition Tg and boiling point Tb, is investigated for various glass-forming liquids, with emphasis on monohydroxy alcohols. As is well known, Tb and Tg are positively correlated across a large variety of liquids. However, we found that the same quantities show a negative correlation within an isomeric series, i.e., Tb decreases with increasing Tg for different isomers of the same chemical formula. For the alcohol series, CnH2n+1OH with 3 < or = n < or = 10, a master curve of the negative Tg - Tb correlation is obtained if the temperatures are normalized to the respective values of the n-alkanols. This Tg - Tb dependence of isomeric liquids is linked to entropic effects and responsible for much of the scatter of the correlation observed for a large number of molecular organic glass-formers with 45 < Tg < 250 K. Dielectric relaxation is measured for three groups of isomers: (a) 3-methoxyl-1-butanol and 2-iso-propoxyethanol, (b) 1,4-, 1,2-, and 2,4-pentanediol, and (c) di-n- and di-iso-butyl phthalate. Two key parameters of the dynamics, fragility m and stretching exponent beta, are found to be indistinguishable within isomers of moderately different Tgs. Larger fragility differences are readily expected with pronounced structural change, but no systematic trend is observed within an isomer series. The results provide a useful tool for assessing Tg, m, and beta for marginal glass formers on the basis of their isomers.

  8. [Raman characterization of rutile phase transitions under high-pressure and high-temperature].

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    Xiao, Wan-Sheng; Zhang, Hong; Tan, Da-Yong; Weng, Ke-Nan; Li, Yan-Chun; Luo, Chong-Ju; Liu, Jing; Xie, Hong-Sen

    2007-07-01

    The pressure-induced phase transition of rutile-structured TiO2 was investigated by in-situ Raman spectrum method in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell (DAC). The experiment was conducted at 35 GPa under quasihydrostatic conditions using argon as medium. At room temperature, the rutile-type TiO2 begins to transform to baddeleyite-type phase at 13.4 GPa and completes at 21 GPa, and this new high-pressure structure retains up to 35 GPa, the upmost pressure used in this study. At the pressure of 29.4 GPa the sample of baddeleyite-type TiO2 was heated by an YAG laser to about 1 000-1500 degrees C, and then the baddeleyite phase transformed to a Pbca phase. The Pbca phase was heated again at 35.0 GPa and it was still stable. The sample then began to be decompressed, and the Pbca phase of TiO2 transformed to baddeleyite structure at 26.3 GPa, which stayed stable to 11.4 GPa. The formation of Pbca phase from baddeleyite phase needs the condition of high temperature, it transforms back to badde-leyite structure completely at pressure of a little below that on its formation, which suggests the boundary of the two phases can be determined at about 28 GPa. At 7. 6 GPa, and the Raman spectrum shows the characteristics of the mixture of two phases of baddeleyite-type and alpha-PbO2-type, which indicates that the baddeleyite phase transforms to alpha-PbO2 phase at about 7 GPa. The alpha-PbO2-type TiO2 is metastable under ambient condition.

  9. Robust metastable skyrmions and their triangular-square lattice structural transition in a high-temperature chiral magnet

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    Karube, K.; White, J. S.; Reynolds, N.; Gavilano, J. L.; Oike, H.; Kikkawa, A.; Kagawa, F.; Tokunaga, Y.; Rønnow, H. M.; Tokura, Y.; Taguchi, Y.

    2016-12-01

    Skyrmions, topologically protected nanometric spin vortices, are being investigated extensively in various magnets. Among them, many structurally chiral cubic magnets host the triangular-lattice skyrmion crystal (SkX) as the thermodynamic equilibrium state. However, this state exists only in a narrow temperature and magnetic-field region just below the magnetic transition temperature Tc, while a helical or conical magnetic state prevails at lower temperatures. Here we describe that for a room-temperature skyrmion material, β-Mn-type Co 8Zn 8Mn 4, a field-cooling via the equilibrium SkX state can suppress the transition to the helical or conical state, instead realizing robust metastable SkX states that survive over a very wide temperature and magnetic-field region. Furthermore, the lattice form of the metastable SkX is found to undergo reversible transitions between a conventional triangular lattice and a novel square lattice upon varying the temperature and magnetic field. These findings exemplify the topological robustness of the once-created skyrmions, and establish metastable skyrmion phases as a fertile ground for technological applications.

  10. Carrier induced magnetic coupling transitions in phthalocyanine-based organometallic sheet.

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    Zhou, Jian; Sun, Qiang

    2014-01-07

    A two-dimensional sheet with long range ferromagnetic (FM) order has been hotly pursued currently. The recent success in synthesizing polymerized Fe-phthalocyanine (poly-FePc) porous sheets paves a possible way to achieve this goal. However, the poly-FePc and its analog poly-CrPc structure are intrinsically antiferromagnetic (AFM). Using first principles combined with Monte-Carlo simulations, we study systematically the carrier-induced magnetic coupling transitions in poly-CrPc and poly-FePc sheets. We show that electron doping can induce stable FM states with Curie temperatures of 130-140 K, while hole doping will enhance the stability of the AFM states. Such changes in magnetic couplings depend on the balance of AFM superexchange and FM p-d exchange.

  11. A modified golden gate attenuated total reflection (ATR) cell for monitoring phase transitions in multicomponent fluids at high temperatures.

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    Novitskiy, Alexander A; Ke, Jie; Comak, Gurbuz; Poliakoff, Martyn; George, Michael W

    2011-08-01

    A new continuous flow method using attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy has been developed for monitoring phase transitions in multicomponent fluids at high pressures and temperatures. Our approach uses Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and a modified Golden Gate attenuated total reflection (ATR) cell and exploits the fact that the absorbance of a vapor is much lower than that of the corresponding liquid to monitor the phase transition between vapor and liquid. We demonstrate that this method can provide quantitative measurements on both the dew point and the bubble point. We have validated our approach using three single-component systems (EtOH, MeOH, and H(2)O) and a binary system of EtOH + H(2)O, monitoring phase transitions at temperature up to 300 °C and pressure up to 10 MPa.

  12. Plutonium-based superconductivity with a transition temperature above 18 K.

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    Sarrao, J L; Morales, L A; Thompson, J D; Scott, B L; Stewart, G R; Wastin, F; Rebizant, J; Boulet, P; Colineau, E; Lander, G H

    2002-11-21

    Plutonium is a metal of both technological relevance and fundamental scientific interest. Nevertheless, the electronic structure of plutonium, which directly influences its metallurgical properties, is poorly understood. For example, plutonium's 5f electrons are poised on the border between localized and itinerant, and their theoretical treatment pushes the limits of current electronic structure calculations. Here we extend the range of complexity exhibited by plutonium with the discovery of superconductivity in PuCoGa5. We argue that the observed superconductivity results directly from plutonium's anomalous electronic properties and as such serves as a bridge between two classes of spin-fluctuation-mediated superconductors: the known heavy-fermion superconductors and the high-T(c) copper oxides. We suggest that the mechanism of superconductivity is unconventional; seen in that context, the fact that the transition temperature, T(c) approximately 18.5 K, is an order of magnitude greater than the maximum seen in the U- and Ce-based heavy-fermion systems may be natural. The large critical current displayed by PuCoGa5, which comes from radiation-induced self damage that creates pinning centres, would be of technological importance for applied superconductivity if the hazardous material plutonium were not a constituent.

  13. An observation of electron phase transition in SmB{sub 6} at low temperatures

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    Glushkov, V.V. . E-mail: glushkov@lt.gpi.ru; Demishev, S.V.; Ignatov, M.I.; Paderno, Yu.B.; Shitsevalova, N.Yu.; Kuznetsov, A.V.; Churkin, O.A.; Sluchanko, D.N.; Sluchanko, N.E.

    2006-09-15

    In order to reveal the nature of the ground state of archetypal intermediate-valence compound SmB{sub 6}, a comprehensive study of its transport and magnetic properties was carried out on high-quality single crystals at temperatures of 1.8-300 K in magnetic fields up to 7 T. A drastic enhancement of negative magnetoresistance was observed below 14 K, with the maximum absolute value of {delta}{rho}/{rho}B {sup 2}{approx}2.2x10{sup -3} T{sup -2} at T{approx}5.2 K. This effect seems to be attributable to anomalous magnetic scattering of many-body (exciton-polaronic) complexes induced by fast valence fluctuations on Sm sites. The observed anomalies of magnetotransport, thermoelectric and magnetic characteristics are discussed in terms of electron phase transition to the coherent state of interacting many-body complexes occurring at T *{approx}5 K. - Graphical abstract: Local susceptibility {chi} {sub loc}(T), relaxation time {tau}(T) and Seebeck coefficient S(T) observed in SmB{sub 6} in the vicinity of T *{approx}5 K (solid lines are guides for eye)

  14. Thickness-dependent glass transition temperature and charge mobility in cross-linked polyfluorene thin films

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    Liu, Dan; Qin, Hui; Zhang, Jinghui; Wang, Tao

    2016-11-01

    We report thickness-dependent glass transition temperature (Tg) and charge mobility in cross-linked thin films made of conjugated polymer poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-N -(4-butylphenyl)diphenylamine) (TFB). Monotonic Tg depressions with reducing film thickness in thermally and UV cross-linked TFB thin films supported on Si-SiOx substrates are observed through ellipsometry measurements, suggesting that a surface mobile layer with enhanced chain dynamics still exists in cross-linked TFB thin films, even with a high cross-linking percentage. Data fitting using a three-layer model shows that the Tg in the interface, bulk and surface layer both increases with increasing cross-linking, while the thickness of the interface and surface layer increases and reduces, respectively. Cross-linking of TFB thin film generates traps that hinder charge transport and consequently reduce charge mobility. The charge mobility converges in thick (>140 nm) and thin (<40 nm) TFB films but shows strong thickness dependence in between, reducing from 4.0 ×10-4c m2/V s in a 180-nm film to 0.1 ×10-4c m2/V s in a 20-nm thin film.

  15. Specimen size effects on ductile?brittle transition temperature in Charpy impact testing

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    Kurishita, H.; Yamamoto, T.; Narui, M.; Suwarno, H.; Yoshitake, T.; Yano, Y.; Yamazaki, M.; Matsui, H.

    2004-08-01

    One key issue for small specimen test techniques is to clarify specimen size effects on test results. In consideration of size effects on determining the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) in Charpy impact testing, a method to evaluate the plastic constraint loss for differently sized Charpy V-notch (CVN) specimens is proposed and applied to a ferritic-martensitic steel, 2WFK, developed by JNC. In the method, a constraint factor, α, that is an index of the plastic constraint is defined as α=σ ∗/σ y∗. Here, σ ∗ is the critical cleavage fracture stress which is a material constant and σ y∗ is the uniaxial yield stress at the DBTT at the strain rate generated in the Charpy impact test. The procedures for evaluating each of σ ∗ and σ y∗ are described and a result of σ ∗ and σ y∗, thus the value of α, is presented for different types of miniaturized and full-sized CVN specimens of 2WFK.

  16. Length Scales of Local Glass Transition Temperature Gradients Near Soft and Hard Polymer-Polymer Interfaces

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    Baglay, Roman; Roth, Connie

    Polymer-polymer interfaces are ubiquitous in polymer blends and block copolymers, while opening up another avenue for the study of interfacial perturbations to the local glass transition temperature Tg(z). We have previously reported the full local Tg(z) profile across a glassy-rubbery polymer interface between polystyrene (PS) and poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PnBMA), an 80 K difference in bulk Tg [Baglay & Roth, J Chem Phys 2015, 143, 111101]. By using local fluorescence measurements, we revealed how the Tg(z) profile extends hundreds of nanometers away from the interface showing an asymmetric behavior penetrating deeper into the glassy PS side relative to the composition profile. Here, we extend these measurements to investigate how the local Tg profile in PS varies when in contact with a variety of immiscible polymers whose Tgs vary between +90 K and -80 K relative to the bulk Tg of PS, so-called hard vs. soft confinement. The data reveal that the onset of local Tg deviation from bulk in PS occurs at two distinct length scales, which depend on whether PS is the low Tg component (hard confinement) or the high Tg component (soft confinement). In addition, we explore the influence of finite system size on the range of dynamics by the introduction of periodic boundary conditions, as is commonly encountered in computer simulations or block copolymer systems.

  17. Prediction of yield stress and Charpy transition temperature in highly neutron irradiated ferritic steels

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    Windsor, Colin; Cottrell, Geoff; Kemp, Richard

    2010-07-01

    Recent predictions have been made of metallurgical properties of low-activation ferritic/martensitic steels alloys at the high irradiation levels (displacements per atom or dpa) needed for a fusion power plant as based on measurements at low irradiation levels where more data are available. These predictions have been published for the yield stress and for the Charpy ductile to brittle transition temperature shift. The neural network model predictions use training data up to a certain dpa level to predict metallurgical properties above this level. This 'extrapolation' mode of neural networks is explored in some detail. Our studies revealed an increasing accuracy of predictions as the test dpa level is increased for both yield stress and Charpy shift predictions. This result suggests that a model exists for these metallurgical properties as a function of dpa level which becomes more accurate as the available irradiation range in the training data is increased. The explanation suggested is that the metallurgical annealing, which occurs as the irradiation level is increased, simplifies the microstructure and makes prediction more reliable.

  18. Solid-to-fluid DNA transition inside HSV-1 capsid close to the temperature of infection

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    Sae-Ueng, Udom; Li, Dong; Zuo, Xiaobing; Huffman, Jamie B.; Homa, Fred L.; Rau, Donald; Evilevitch, Alex

    2014-10-01

    DNA in the human Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) capsid is packaged to a tight density. This leads to tens of atmospheres of internal pressure responsible for the delivery of the herpes genome into the cell nucleus. In this study we show that, despite its liquid crystalline state inside the capsid, the DNA is fluid-like, which facilitates its ejection into the cell nucleus during infection. We found that the sliding friction between closely packaged DNA strands, caused by interstrand repulsive interactions, is reduced by the ionic environment of epithelial cells and neurons susceptible to herpes infection. However, variations in the ionic conditions corresponding to neuronal activity can restrict DNA mobility in the capsid, making it more solid-like. This can inhibit intranuclear DNA release and interfere with viral replication. In addition, the temperature of the human host (37 °C) induces a disordering transition of the encapsidated herpes genome, which reduces interstrand interactions and provides genome mobility required for infection.

  19. Terbium-Doped VO2 Thin Films: Reduced Phase Transition Temperature and Largely Enhanced Luminous Transmittance.

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    Wang, Ning; Duchamp, Martial; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E; Liu, Shiyu; Zeng, XianTing; Cao, Xun; Long, Yi

    2016-01-26

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a well-known thermochromic material with large IR modulating ability, promising for energy-saving smart windows. The main drawbacks of VO2 are its high phase transition temperature (τ(c) = 68°C), low luminous transmission (T(lum)), and weak solar modulating ability (ΔT(sol)). In this paper, the terbium cation (Tb(3+)) doping was first reported to reduce τ(c) and increase T(lum) of VO2 thin films. Compared with pristine VO2, 2 at. % doping level gives both enhanced T(lum) and ΔT(sol) from 45.8% to 54.0% and 7.7% to 8.3%, respectively. The T(lum) increases with continuous Tb(3+) doping and reaches 79.4% at 6 at. % doping level, representing ∼73.4% relative increment compared with pure VO2. This has surpassed the best reported doped VO2 thin films. The enhanced thermochromic properties is meaningful for smart window applications of VO2 materials.

  20. Composition and temperature-dependent phase transition in miscible Mo1−xWxTe2 single crystals

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    Lv, Yang-Yang; Cao, Lin; Li, Xiao; Zhang, Bin-Bin; Wang, Kang; Bin Pang, B P; Ma, Ligang; Lin, Dajun; Yao, Shu-Hua; Zhou, Jian; Chen, Y. B.; Dong, Song-Tao; Liu, Wenchao; Lu, Ming-Hui; Chen, Yulin; Chen, Yan-Feng

    2017-01-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) WTe2 and MoTe2 with orthorhombic Td phase, being potential candidates as type-II Weyl semimetals, are attracted much attention recently. Here we synthesized a series of miscible Mo1−xWxTe2 single crystals by bromine vapor transport method. Composition-dependent X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, as well as composition and temperature-dependent resistivity prove that the tunable crystal structure (from hexagonal (2H), monoclinic (β) to orthorhombic (Td) phase) can be realized by increasing W content in Mo1−xWxTe2. Simultaneously the electrical property gradually evolves from semiconductor to semimetal behavior. Temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopy proves that temperature also can induce the structural phase transition from β to Td phase in Mo1−xWxTe2 crystals. Based on aforementioned characterizations, we map out the temperature and composition dependent phase diagram of Mo1−xWxTe2 system. In addition, a series of electrical parameters, such as carrier type, carrier concentration and mobility, have also been presented. This work offers a scheme to accurately control structural phase in Mo1−xWxTe2 system, which can be used to explore type-II Weyl semimetal, as well as temperature/composition controlled topological phase transition therein. PMID:28294191

  1. Magnetic surface domain imaging of uncapped epitaxial FeRh(001) thin films across the temperature-induced metamagnetic transition

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    Zhou, Xianzhong; Matthes, Frank; Bürgler, Daniel E. Schneider, Claus M.

    2016-01-15

    The surface magnetic domain structure of uncapped epitaxial FeRh/MgO(001) thin films was imaged by in-situ scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis (SEMPA) at various temperatures between 122 and 450 K. This temperature range covers the temperature-driven antiferromagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transition in the body of the films that was observed in-situ by means of the more depth-sensitive magneto-optical Kerr effect. The SEMPA images confirm that the interfacial ferromagnetism coexisting with the antiferromagnetic phase inside the film is an intrinsic property of the FeRh(001) surface. Furthermore, the SEMPA data display a reduction of the in-plane magnetization occuring well above the phase transition temperature which, thus, is not related to the volume expansion at the phase transition. This observation is interpreted as a spin reorientation of the surface magnetization for which we propose a possible mechanism based on temperature-dependent tetragonal distortion due to different thermal expansion coefficients of MgO and FeRh.

  2. Composition and temperature-dependent phase transition in miscible Mo1‑xWxTe2 single crystals

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    Lv, Yang-Yang; Cao, Lin; Li, Xiao; Zhang, Bin-Bin; Wang, Kang; Bin Pang; Ma, Ligang; Lin, Dajun; Yao, Shu-Hua; Zhou, Jian; Chen, Y. B.; Dong, Song-Tao; Liu, Wenchao; Lu, Ming-Hui; Chen, Yulin; Chen, Yan-Feng

    2017-03-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) WTe2 and MoTe2 with orthorhombic Td phase, being potential candidates as type-II Weyl semimetals, are attracted much attention recently. Here we synthesized a series of miscible Mo1‑xWxTe2 single crystals by bromine vapor transport method. Composition-dependent X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, as well as composition and temperature-dependent resistivity prove that the tunable crystal structure (from hexagonal (2H), monoclinic (β) to orthorhombic (Td) phase) can be realized by increasing W content in Mo1‑xWxTe2. Simultaneously the electrical property gradually evolves from semiconductor to semimetal behavior. Temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopy proves that temperature also can induce the structural phase transition from β to Td phase in Mo1‑xWxTe2 crystals. Based on aforementioned characterizations, we map out the temperature and composition dependent phase diagram of Mo1‑xWxTe2 system. In addition, a series of electrical parameters, such as carrier type, carrier concentration and mobility, have also been presented. This work offers a scheme to accurately control structural phase in Mo1‑xWxTe2 system, which can be used to explore type-II Weyl semimetal, as well as temperature/composition controlled topological phase transition therein.

  3. Adsorbate migration effects on continuous and discontinuous temperature-dependent transitions in the quality factors of graphene nanoresonators.

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    Jiang, Jin-Wu; Wang, Bing-Shen; Park, Harold S; Rabczuk, Timon

    2014-01-17

    We perform classical molecular dynamics simulation to investigate the mechanisms underpinning the unresolved, experimentally observed temperature-dependent scaling transition in the quality factors of graphene nanomechanical resonators (GNMRs). Our simulations reveal that the mechanism underlying this temperature scaling phenomenon is the out-of-plane migration of adsorbates on GNMRs. Specifically, the migrating adsorbate undergoes frequent collisions with the GNMR, which strongly influences the resulting mechanical oscillation, and thus the quality factors. We also predict a discontinuous transition in the quality factor at a lower critical temperature, which results from the in-plane migration of the adsorbate. Overall, our work clearly demonstrates the strong effect of adsorbate migration on the quality factors of GNMRs.

  4. Striking role of non-bridging oxygen on glass transition temperature of calcium aluminosilicate glass-formers

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    Bouhadja, M.; Jakse, N.; Pasturel, A.

    2014-06-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the structural and dynamic properties of calcium aluminosilicate, (CaO-Al2O3)1-x(SiO2)x, glass formers along three joins, namely, R = 1, 1.57, and 3, in which the silica content x can vary from 0 to 1. For all compositions, we determined the glass-transition temperature, the abundances of the non-bridging oxygen, triclusters, and AlO5 structural units, as well as the fragility from the temperature evolution of the α-relaxation times. We clearly evidence the role played by the non-bridging oxygen linked either to Al atoms or Si atoms in the evolution of the glass-transition temperature as well as of the fragility as a function of silica content along the three joins.

  5. Anomalous temperature dependence of speed of sound of bulk poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels near the phase transition.

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    Walker, Ezekiel; Reyes, Delfino; Krokhin, Arkadii; Neogi, Arup

    2014-07-01

    Bulk Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAm) hydrogels are thermally responsive polymers that undergo a sharp volumetric phase transition around its lower critical solution temperature of 33 °C. The physical characteristics of bulk, micro-, and nano-form PNIPAm hydrogel have been well-studied, and have applications ranging from biomedical devices to mechanical actuators. An important physical characteristics which reveals lack of available information is speed of sound. Prior studies have utilized Brillouin scattering, multi-echo reflection ultrasound spectroscopy, the sing-around method, and others in measuring the speed of sound. We use a planar resonant cavity with bulk PNIPAm hydrogel in aqueous solution to determine the temperature dependent speed of sound around the lower critical solution temperature. The results show sharp nonmonotonic behavior of the sound velocity in vicinity of the phase transition.

  6. From a Single-Band Metal to a High-Temperature Superconductor via Two Thermal Phase Transitions

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    He, R.-H.; Hashimoto, M.; Karapetyan, H.; Koralek, J.D.; Hinton, J.P.; Testaud, J.P.; Nathan, V.; Yoshida, Y.; Yao, H.; Tanaka, K.; Meevasana, W.; Moore, R.G.; Lu, D.H.; Mo, S.-K.; Ishikado, M.; Eisaki, H.; Hussain, Z.; Devereaux, T.P.; Kivelson, S.A.; Orenstein, J.; Kapitulnik, A.

    2011-11-08

    The nature of the pseudogap phase of cuprate high-temperature superconductors is one of the most important unsolved problems in condensed matter physics. We studied the commencement of the pseudogap state at temperature T* using three different techniques (angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, polar Kerr effect, and time-resolved reflectivity) on the same optimally-doped Bi2201 crystals. We observe the coincident onset at T* of a particle-hole asymmetric antinodal gap, a non-zero Kerr rotation, and a change in the relaxational dynamics, consistent with a phase transition. Upon further cooling, spectroscopic signatures of superconductivity begin to grow close to the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}), entangled in an energy-momentum dependent fashion with the pre-existing pseudogap features.

  7. BOREAS AFM-6 Boundary Layer Height Data

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    Wilczak, James; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-6 team from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsitration/Environment Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL) operated a 915-MHz wind/Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) profiler system in the Southern Study Area (SSA) near the Old Jack Pine (OJP) site. This data set provides boundary layer height information over the site. The data were collected from 21 May 1994 to 20 Sep 1994 and are stored in tabular ASCII files. The boundary layer height data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  8. BOREAS AFM-06 Mean Wind Profile Data

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    Wilczak, James; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-6 team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Environment Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL) operated a 915-MHz wind/Radio Acoustic Sounding System (RASS) profiler system in the Southern Study Area (SSA) near the Old Jack Pine (OJP) tower from 21 May 1994 to 20 Sep 1994. The data set provides wind profiles at 38 heights, containing the variables of wind speed; wind direction; and the u-, v-, and w-components of the total wind. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The mean wind profile data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  9. Effect of In-Situ Cure on Measurement of Glass Transition Temperatures in High-Temperature Thermosetting Polymers (Briefing Charts)

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    2015-05-20

    TEMPERATURES IN HIGH-TEMPERATURE THERMOSETTING POLYMERS 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-House 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d...temperature thermosetting polymer via dynamic mechanical analysis alone. These difficulties result from the residual cure of samples heated beyond their... Polymers Andrew J. Guenthner,1 Josiah T. Reams,2 Michael D. Ford2, Kevin R. Lamison,2 Joseph M. Mabry1 2 Outline: The Effects of “Frozen” Chemistry

  10. An observed connection between wintertime temperature anomalies over Northwest China and weather regime transitions in North Atlantic

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    Li, Chao; Zhang, Qingyun

    2015-04-01

    In this study, the association between wintertime temperature anomalies over Northwest China and the weather regime transitions in North Atlantic on synoptic scale is analyzed by using observational surface air temperature (SAT) data and atmospheric reanalysis data. Daily SAT anomaly and duration time are used in order to define SAT anomaly cases. Differences with regard to the circulation anomalies over the Ural Mountains and the upstream North Atlantic area are evident. It is found that the colder than normal SAT is caused by the enhanced Ural high and associated southward flow over Northwest China. Time-lagged composites reveal possible connections between the SAT anomalies and the different development phases of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). The Ural highs tend to be strengthened during the negative phase of NAO (NAO-) to Atlantic ridge transition, which are closely related to the downstream-propagating Rossby wave activity. The opposite circulation patterns are observed in the warm SAT cases. A cyclonic circulation anomaly is distinctly enhanced over the Urals during the positive phase of NAO (NAO+) to Scandinavian blocking transition, which would cause warmer SAT over Northwest China. Further analyses suggest that the intensified zonal wind over North Atlantic would favor the NAO- to Atlantic ridge transition, while the weakened zonal wind may be responsible for the transition between NAO+ and Scandinavian blocking.

  11. Comparison of two adaptive temperature-based replica exchange methods applied to a sharp phase transition of protein unfolding-folding.

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    Lee, Michael S; Olson, Mark A

    2011-06-28

    Temperature-based replica exchange (T-ReX) enhances sampling of molecular dynamics simulations by autonomously heating and cooling simulation clients via a Metropolis exchange criterion. A pathological case for T-ReX can occur when a change in state (e.g., folding to unfolding of a protein) has a large energetic difference over a short temperature interval leading to insufficient exchanges amongst replica clients near the transition temperature. One solution is to allow the temperature set to dynamically adapt in the temperature space, thereby enriching the population of clients near the transition temperature. In this work, we evaluated two approaches for adapting the temperature set: a method that equalizes exchange rates over all neighbor temperature pairs and a method that attempts to induce clients to visit all temperatures (dubbed "current maximization") by positioning many clients at or near the transition temperature. As a test case, we simulated the 57-residue SH3 domain of alpha-spectrin. Exchange rate equalization yielded the same unfolding-folding transition temperature as fixed-temperature ReX with much smoother convergence of this value. Surprisingly, the current maximization method yielded a significantly lower transition temperature, in close agreement with experimental observation, likely due to more extensive sampling of the transition state.

  12. Temperature- and acceptor-specificity of cell-free vesicular transfer from transitional endoplasmic reticulum to the cis Golgi apparatus.

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    Dunkle, S; Reust, T; Nowack, D D; Waits, L; Paulik, M; Morre, D M; Morre, D J

    1992-01-01

    The temperature dependence and specificity of transfer of membrane constituents from donor transitional endoplasmic reticulum to the cis Golgi apparatus were investigated using a cell-free system from rat liver. The radiolabelled transitional endoplasmic reticulum donors were prepared from slices of rat liver prelabelled with [14C]leucine. The acceptor Golgi apparatus elements were unlabelled and immobilized on nitrocellulose. When Golgi apparatus stacks were separated by preparative free-flow electrophoresis into subfractions enriched in cisternae derived from the cis, medial and trans portions of the stack respectively, efficient specific transfer was observed only to cis elements. Trans elements were devoid of specific acceptor capacity. Similarly, when transfer was determined as a function of temperature, a transition was observed in transfer activity between 12 degrees C and 18 degrees C similar to that seen in vivo for formation of the so-called 16 degrees C cis Golgi-located membrane compartment. Transfer at temperatures below 16 degrees C and transfer to trans Golgi apparatus compartments at temperatures either above or below 16 degrees C was similar and unspecific. The unspecific transfer at low temperature was pH independent, whereas specific transfer was greatest at the physiological pH of 7, and was reduced to 10% and 18% of that occurring at pH 8 and pH 5.5 respectively. These findings show that the cell-free system derived from rat liver exhibits a high degree of fidelity to transfer in vivo, an efficiency approaching that observed in vivo, and a nearly absolute acceptor specificity for cis Golgi apparatus. The acceptor-, temperature- and pH-specificity of the cell-free transfer, as well as the saturation kinetics exhibited with respect to acceptor Golgi apparatus, support the concept of transition-vesicle-specific docking sites of finite number associated with cis Golgi apparatus cisternae. Images Fig. 4. PMID:1472010

  13. Low-temperature phase transition in nanostructured MnO embedded within the channels of MCM-41-type matrices

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    Golosovsky, I. V.; Mirebeau, I.; Fauth, F.; Kurdyukov, D. A.; Kumzerov, Yu. A.

    2006-08-01

    High-resolution x-ray-diffraction experiments of antiferromagnetic MnO nanostructured within the channels of mesoporous MCM-41 matrices reveal an unusual transition from a distorted, trigonal phase to a cubic phase at about 40 K, well below the magnetic transition temperature of 120 K. The disappearance of the structural distortion is accompanied by an increase of the unit-cell parameter, amplitude of atomic motion, and the appearance of inner stresses. Such behavior drastically differs from the behavior known for the bulk compound.

  14. Nonlinear properties of multiphase high-temperature superconductors of the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system in the temperature range of the superconducting transition

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    Golev, I. M.; Sergeev, A. V.; Kalyadin, O. V.

    2017-01-01

    The nonlinear characteristics of high-temperature superconductors of the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system have been experimentally investigated in the temperature range of the superconducting transition under the influence of a harmonic alternating magnetic field. The effect of the generation of odd harmonics in the signal of response to a harmonic alternating magnetic field for multiphase high-temperature superconductors containing regions with different values of the critical temperature in their bulk has been observed for the first time. The mechanism of harmonic generation in a superconductor in the resistive state, which is associated with the switch effect, i.e., with the redistribution of eddy current density between the local regions of the superconductor, has been considered.

  15. How melt stretching affect the brittle-ductile transition temperature of polymer glasses

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    Cheng, Shiwang; Wang, Shi-Qing

    2013-03-01

    Upon increasing temperature a brittle polymer glass can turn ductile. PMMA is a good example. For a while this brittle-ductile transition (BDT) was thought to be determined by the emergence of a secondary relaxation....1-3 On the other hand, it has been known for a long time...4-6 that predeformation in the melt state (e.g., melt stretching) can also make brittle glasses behave in a ductile manner. This transformation has recently received a satisfactory explanation based on a picture of structural hybrid for polymer glasses....7 It appears that BDT is dictated by the relative mechanical characteristics of the primary structure (due to the van der Waals bonds) and the chain network. The present work, based on conventional Instron tensile extension tests and DMA tests, shows that melt stretching does not alter the secondary relaxation behavior of PMMA and PC yet can turn them the brittle PMMA ductile and the ductile PC brittle. Moreover, sufficient melt stretching makes the brittle PS ductile although it does not produce any secondary relaxation process..1. Monnerie, L.; Laupretre, F.; Halary, J. L. Adv. Polym. Sci2005, 187, 35-213. 2. Monnerie, L.; Halary, J. L.; Kausch, H. Adv. Polym. Sci2005, 187, 215-364. 3. Wu, S. J. Appl. Polym. Sci.1992, 46, (4), 619-624. 4. Vincent, P. I. Polymer1960, 1, (0), 425-444. 5. Harris, J. S.; Ward, I. M. J. Mater. Sci.1970, 5, (7), 573-579. 6. Ender, D. H.; Andrews, R. D. J. Appl. Phys.1965, 36, (10), 3057-3062. 7. Zartman, G. D.; Cheng, S.; Li, X.; Lin, F.; Becker, M. L.; Wang, S.-Q. Macromolecules2012, 45, (16), 6719-6732.

  16. Graft copolymers that exhibit temperature-induced phase transitions over a wide range of pH

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    Chen, Guohua; Hoffman, Allan S.

    1995-01-01

    THERE are many potential applications of 'intelligent' aqueous polymer systems1-8 in medicine, biotechnology, industry and in environmental problems9-13. Many of these polymer systems undergo reversible phase transitions-for example, abrupt changes in volume-in response to external stimuli such as temperature, pH or the nature of the solvent. Most of the polymers studied previously are responsive to only one kind of stimulus. But for some applications, independent responsiveness to several factors, such as temperature and pH, may be required. Here we describe a polymer that undergoes marked solubility changes in water in response to temperature and/or pH changes. The polymer is prepared by grafting temperature-sensitive side chains onto a pH-sensitive backbone. We also find that block copolymers, in which the temperature- and pH-sensitive units alternate along the chain, show similar behaviour.

  17. Extensive Parallelism between Crystal Parameters and Magnetic Phase Transitions of Unusually Ferromagnetic Praseodymium Manganite Nanoparticles.

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    Sadhu, Anustup; Salunke, Hemant G; Shivaprasad, Sonnada M; Bhattacharyya, Sayan

    2016-08-15

    The alterations in physical property across different space groups of the same material are sometimes conveniently reflected by the crystal structure as a function of temperature. However, mirroring the physical property and crystal parameters over a wide range of temperatures within the same space group is quite unusual. Remarkably, Rietveld analyses of the X-ray diffraction patterns of PrMn0.9O3 (ABO3) nanoparticles (NPs) with a constant Pnma space group from 300 to 10 K could successfully predict the four magnetic phases, viz. paramagnetic, antiferromagnetic (AFM), ferromagnetic (FM), and spin-glass-like ordering. The increase in Mn-O-Mn bond angles and tolerance factor leads to FM ordering below ∼100 K in usually AFM PrMn0.9O3 NPs. The concurrent decrease of lattice cell volume and Mn-O-Mn bond angles near the AFM to FM transition temperature (Tc) suggests that the AFM character increases just above Tc due to atomic deformations and reduced Mn-Mn separation. The predictions from crystal structure refinement were successfully verified from the cooling path of the temperature-dependent field-cooled magnetization measurements. A mechanism involving incoherent spin reversal due to competition between the neighboring spins undergoing antiparallel to parallel spin rotations was suggested. The structure-property parallelism was cross-checked with the A-site vacant Pr0.9MnO3.2 NPs.

  18. BOREAS AFM-2 Wyoming King Air 1994 Aircraft Sounding Data

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    Kelly, Robert D.; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Knapp, David E. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The BOREAS AFM-2 team used the University of Wyoming King Air aircraft during IFCs 1, 2, and 3 in 1994 to collected pass-by-pass fluxes (and many other statistics) for the large number of level (constant altitude), straight-line passes used in a variety of flight patterns over the SSA and NSA and areas along the transect between these study areas. The data described here form a second set, namely soundings that were incorporated into nearly every research flight by the King Air in 1994. These soundings generally went from near the surface to above the inversion layer. Most were flown immediately after takeoff or immediately after finishing the last flux pattern of that particular day's flights. The parameters that were measured include wind direction, wind speed, west wind component (u), south wind component (v), static pressure, air dry bulb temperature, potential temperature, dewpoint, temperature, water vapor mixing ratio, and CO2 concentration. Data on the aircraft's location, attitude, and altitude during data collection are also provided. These data are stored in tabular ASCH files. The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884) or from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).

  19. Studying post-etching silicon crystal defects on 300mm wafer by automatic defect review AFM

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    Zandiatashbar, Ardavan; Taylor, Patrick A.; Kim, Byong; Yoo, Young-kook; Lee, Keibock; Jo, Ahjin; Lee, Ju Suk; Cho, Sang-Joon; Park, Sang-il

    2016-03-01

    Single crystal silicon wafers are the fundamental elements of semiconductor manufacturing industry. The wafers produced by Czochralski (CZ) process are very high quality single crystalline materials with known defects that are formed during the crystal growth or modified by further processing. While defects can be unfavorable for yield for some manufactured electrical devices, a group of defects like oxide precipitates can have both positive and negative impacts on the final device. The spatial distribution of these defects may be found by scattering techniques. However, due to limitations of scattering (i.e. light wavelength), many crystal defects are either poorly classified or not detected. Therefore a high throughput and accurate characterization of their shape and dimension is essential for reviewing the defects and proper classification. While scanning electron microscopy (SEM) can provide high resolution twodimensional images, atomic force microscopy (AFM) is essential for obtaining three-dimensional information of the defects of interest (DOI) as it is known to provide the highest vertical resolution among all techniques [1]. However AFM's low throughput, limited tip life, and laborious efforts for locating the DOI have been the limitations of this technique for defect review for 300 mm wafers. To address these limitations of AFM, automatic defect review AFM has been introduced recently [2], and is utilized in this work for studying DOI on 300 mm silicon wafer. In this work, we carefully etched a 300 mm silicon wafer with a gaseous acid in a reducing atmosphere at a temperature and for a sufficient duration to decorate and grow the crystal defects to a size capable of being detected as light scattering defects [3]. The etched defects form a shallow structure and their distribution and relative size are inspected by laser light scattering (LLS). However, several groups of defects couldn't be properly sized by the LLS due to the very shallow depth and low

  20. An evaluation of the transition temperature range of super-elastic orthodontic NiTi springs using differential scanning calorimetry.

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    Barwart, O; Rollinger, J M; Burger, A

    1999-10-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to determine the transition temperature ranges (TTR) of four types of super-elastic orthodontic nickel-titanium coil springs (Sentalloy). A knowledge of the TTR provides information on the temperature at which a NiTi wire or spring can assume superelastic properties and when this quality disappears. The spring types in this study can be distinguished from each other by their characteristic TTR during cooling and heating. For each tested spring type a characteristic TTR during heating (austenite transformation) and cooling (martensite transformation) was evaluated. The hysteresis of the transition temperature, found between cooling and heating, was 3.4-5.2 K. Depending on the spring type the austenite transformation started (As) at 9.7-17.1 degrees C and finished (Af) at 29.2-37 degrees C. The martensite transformation starting temperature (Ms) was evaluated at 32.6-25.4 degrees C, while Mf (martensite transformation finishing temperature) was 12.7-6.5 degrees C. The results show that the springs become super-elastic when the temperature increases and As is reached. They undergo a loss of super-elastic properties and a rapid decrease in force delivery when they are cooled to Mf. For the tested springs, Mf and As were found to be below room temperature. Thus, at room temperature and some degrees lower, all the tested springs exert super-elastic properties. For orthodontic treatment this means the maintenance of super-elastic behaviour, even when mouth temperature decreases to about room temperature as can occur, for example, during meals.

  1. Bismuth doping strategies in GeTe nanowires to promote high-temperature phase transition from rhombohedral to face-centered cubic structure

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    Zhang, Jie; Huang, Rong; Wei, Fenfen; Cheng, Guosheng; Kong, Tao

    2014-11-17

    The phase transition of Bi-doped (∼3 at. %) GeTe nanowires from a rhombohedral (R) to a face-centered cubic (C) structure was observed in in situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction. The promotion of high-temperature R-C phase transition by a doping approach was revealed. Ab initio energy calculations of doped GeTe at various Bi doping concentrations were performed to interpret the promoted temperature-induced phase transitions. Those results indicated that the total energy differences between R and C structures of doped GeTe decreased as Bi doping concentrations increased, which facilitated R-C phase transitions.

  2. Noncovalent Modulation of the Inverse Temperature Transition and Self-Assembly of Elastin-b-Collagen-like Peptide Bioconjugates.

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    Luo, Tianzhi; Kiick, Kristi L

    2015-12-16

    Stimuli-responsive nanostructures produced with peptide domains from the extracellular matrix offer great opportunities for imaging and drug delivery. Although the individual utility of elastin-like (poly)peptides and collagen-like peptides in such applications has been demonstrated, the synergistic advantages of combining these motifs in short peptide conjugates have surprisingly not been reported. Here, we introduce the conjugation of a thermoresponsive elastin-like peptide (ELP) with a triple-helix-forming collagen-like peptide (CLP) to yield ELP-CLP conjugates that show a remarkable reduction in the inverse transition temperature of the ELP domain upon formation of the CLP triple helix. The lower transition temperature of the conjugate enables the facile formation of well-defined vesicles at physiological temperature and the unexpected resolubilization of the vesicles at elevated temperatures upon unfolding of the CLP domain. Given the demonstrated ability of CLPs to modify collagens, our results not only provide a simple and versatile avenue for controlling the inverse transition behavior of ELPs, but also suggest future opportunities for these thermoresponsive nanostructures in biologically relevant environments.

  3. Increased cubic-tetragonal phase transition temperature and resistivity hysteresis of surface vacuum annealed SrTiO3

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    Nestler, Tina; Potzger, Kay; Stöcker, Hartmut; Abendroth, Barbara; Strohmeyer, Ralph; Zierer, Robert; Meyer, Dirk C.

    2011-10-01

    Electrical properties of SrTiO3 single crystal samples treated by an anisotropic surface annealing technique under reducing conditions have been investigated in the temperature range of 35 K-300 K. Optical and atomic force microscopy show that annealing gives rise to polycrystallization and the formation of colored dendritic structures. Carrier concentrations and mobilities determined by Hall measurements as well as resistivities detected by van der Pauw measurements show the expected metallic behavior due to oxygen vacancy doping. Moreover, the temperature dependent resistivities indicate a cubic-to-tetragonal phase transition, which to our knowledge has not been reported before. Additionally, the transition occurred up to 53 K above the known bulk transition temperature T C at 105 K with a hysteresis up to a temperature of 220 K. Both phenomena possibly arise from dislocations and associated strain fields introduced by surface annealing that are assumed to lower the free energy of the tetragonal phase and simultaneously pin tetragonal domains. Thus, microregions of the tetragonal phase persist above T C causing the hysteresis in resistivity up to ˜12%. This effect possibly provides new chances for future oxide based non-volatile data-storage devices.

  4. Temperature- and pressure-induced structural transitions in rare-earth-deficient ? (R = Y, Sm, Gd, Tb) Laves phases

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    Gratz, E.; Kottar, A.; Lindbaum, A.; Mantler, M.; Latroche, M.; Paul-Boncour, V.; Acet, M.; Barner, Cl; Holzapfel, W. B.; Pacheco, V.; Yvon, K.

    1996-10-01

    Electrical resistivity, thermal expansion, and temperature-dependent x-ray diffraction measurements on 0953-8984/8/43/026/img14 compounds give mutually consistent evidence for structural phase transitions at 740 K, 550 K, 600 K, and 450 K respectively for R = Y, Sm, Gd, Tb; 0 < x < 0.05. Arguments are given as to why most of the rare-earth - nickel compounds with the 1:2 ratio do not crystallize in the simple cubic Laves phase (C15 type) but show a superstructure of the cubic Laves phase at room temperature and at ambient pressure. This superstructure with the space group 0953-8984/8/43/026/img15 and a doubled cell parameter is characterized by ordered vacancies on the R sites. It is shown that the observed structural instabilities result in transitions to the cubic Laves phase (space group 0953-8984/8/43/026/img16), however with disordered vacancies at high temperatures. High-pressure x-ray powder diffraction experiments show that the phase transition in 0953-8984/8/43/026/img17 shifts down to room temperature for a pressure of 27 GPa.

  5. Oxygen Vacancy Induced Room-Temperature Metal-Insulator Transition in Nickelate Films and Its Potential Application in Photovoltaics.

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    Wang, Le; Dash, Sibashisa; Chang, Lei; You, Lu; Feng, Yaqing; He, Xu; Jin, Kui-juan; Zhou, Yang; Ong, Hock Guan; Ren, Peng; Wang, Shiwei; Chen, Lang; Wang, Junling

    2016-04-20

    Oxygen vacancy is intrinsically coupled with magnetic, electronic, and transport properties of transition-metal oxide materials and directly determines their multifunctionality. Here, we demonstrate reversible control of oxygen content by postannealing at temperature lower than 300 °C and realize the reversible metal-insulator transition in epitaxial NdNiO₃ films. Importantly, over 6 orders of magnitude in the resistance modulation and a large change in optical bandgap are demonstrated at room temperature without destroying the parent framework and changing the p-type conductive mechanism. Further study revealed that oxygen vacancies stabilized the insulating phase at room temperature is universal for perovskite nickelate films. Acting as electron donors, oxygen vacancies not only stabilize the insulating phase at room temperature, but also induce a large magnetization of ∼50 emu/cm³ due to the formation of strongly correlated Ni²⁺ t(2g)⁶e(g)² states. The bandgap opening is an order of magnitude larger than that of the thermally driven metal-insulator transition and continuously tunable. Potential application of the newly found insulating phase in photovoltaics has been demonstrated in the nickelate-based heterojunctions. Our discovery opens up new possibilities for strongly correlated perovskite nickelates.

  6. Physical nature of the anomalies in the temperature dependence of the probability of the Mössbauer effect near phase transitions

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    Egorushkin, V. E.; Lotkov, A. I.; Anokhin, S. V.

    1991-11-01

    A mechanism for microstructural changes in the vicinity of phase transitions is proposed, which explains the anomaly in the temperature dependence of the Mössbauer effect in high temperature superconducting ceramics with 1-2-3 composition before the transition to the superconducting state, and in Ti(Ni, Fe) alloys before the martensite transformation into the R-phase.

  7. Direct observation of temperature-/magnetic-field-induced transition between martensite and premartensite and their relaxation in Ni–Mn–In–Al alloy

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    Cheng, H.; Xia, Z. C.; Wang, R. L.; Wei, M.; Jin, Z.; Huang, S.; Shang, C.; Wu, H.; Zhang, X. X.; Xiao, G. L.; Ouyang, Z. W.

    2017-04-01

    The microstructure evolution of the transition between premartensite and martensite in Ni50Mn34In15.5Al0.5 alloy was investigated directly by in situ optical microscope under various temperatures and pulsed magnetic fields. The microscopic observations at different temperatures indicate that the martensitic transition from premartensite to martensite and the reverse transition can be induced through cooling and heating respectively. A time-dependent relaxation phenomenon can be detected in the cooling process, in other words, the martensite continues to grow with holding time at temperatures between the martensite start and finish temperature, and the relaxation time to the equilibrium state at temperatures near the martensitic transition finishing temperature is shorter than that at higher temperatures. Reverse martensitic transition from martensite to premartensite induced by a pulsed magnetic field and the isothermal growth of martensite after removing the pulsed high magnetic field can be observed at a temperature of 230 K, at which the reverse transition induced by the magnetic field is partly reversible. Hence, the result here directly evidences the isothermal nature of the martensitic transition and the athermal nature of the reverse transition.

  8. Mobility of Supercooled liquid Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Benzene near their Glass Transition Temperatures Investigated using Inert Gas Permeation

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    May, Robert A.; Smith, R. Scott; Kay, Bruce D.

    2013-11-21

    We investigate the mobility of supercooled liquid toluene, ethylbenzene, and benzene near their respective glass transition temperatures (Tg). The permeation rate of Ar, Kr, and Xe through the supercooled liquid created when initially amorphous overlayers heated above their glass transition temperature is used to determine the diffusivity. Amorphous benzene crystallizes at temperatures well below its Tg and as a result the inert gas underlayer remains trapped until the onset of benzene desorption. In contrast, for toluene and ethylbenzene the onset of inert gas permeation is observed at temperatues near Tg. The inert gas desorption peak temperature as a function of the heating rate and overlayer thickness is used to quantify the diffusivity of supercooled liquid toluene and ethylbenzene from 115 K to 135 K. In this temperature range, diffusivities are found to vary across five orders of magnitude (~10-14 to 10-9 cm2/s). These data are compared to viscosity measurements and used to determine the low temperature fractional Stokes-Einstein exponent. Efforts to determine the diffusivity of a mixture of benzene and ethylbenzene are detailed, and the effect of mixing these materials on benzene crystallization is explored using infrared spectroscopy.

  9. Development of DMBZ-15 High-Glass-Transition-Temperature Polyimides as PMR-15 Replacements Given R&D 100 Award

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    Chuang, Kathy

    2004-01-01

    PMR-15, a high-temperature polyimide developed in the mid-1970s at the NASA Lewis Research Center,1 offers the combination of low cost, easy processing, and good high-temperature performance and stability. It has been recognized as the leading polymer matrix resin for carbon-fiber-reinforced composites used in aircraft engine components. The state-of-the-art PMR-15 polyimide composite has a glass-transition temperature (Tg) of 348 C (658 F). Since composite materials must be used at temperatures well below their glass-transition temperature, the long-term use temperatures of PMR-15 composites can be no higher than 288 C (550 F). In addition, PMR-15 is made from methylene dianiline (MDA), a known liver toxin. Concerns about the safety of workers exposed to MDA during the fabrication of PMR-15 components and about the environmental impact of PMR-15 waste disposal have led to the industry-wide implementation of special handling procedures to minimize the health risks associated with this material. These procedures have increased manufacturing and maintenance costs significantly and have limited the use of PMR-15 in commercial aircraft engine components.

  10. Mobility of supercooled liquid toluene, ethylbenzene, and benzene near their glass transition temperatures investigated using inert gas permeation.

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    May, R Alan; Smith, R Scott; Kay, Bruce D

    2013-11-21

    We investigate the mobility of supercooled liquid toluene, ethylbenzene, and benzene near their respective glass transition temperatures (Tg). The permeation rate of Ar, Kr, and Xe through the supercooled liquid created when initially amorphous overlayers are heated above their glass transition temperature is used to determine the diffusivity. Amorphous benzene crystallizes at temperatures well below its Tg, and as a result, the inert gas underlayer remains trapped until the onset of benzene desorption. In contrast, for toluene and ethylbenzene the onset of inert gas permeation is observed at temperatues near Tg. The inert gas desorption peak temperature as a function of the heating rate and overlayer thickness is used to quantify the diffusivity of supercooled liquid toluene and ethylbenzene from 115 to 135 K. In this temperature range, diffusivities are found to vary across 5 orders of magnitude (∼10(-14) to 10(-9) cm(2)/s). The diffusivity data are compared to viscosity measurements and reveal a breakdown in the Stokes-Einstein relationship at low temperatures. However, the data are well fit by the fractional Stokes-Einstein equation with an exponent of 0.66. Efforts to determine the diffusivity of a mixture of benzene and ethylbenzene are detailed, and the effect of mixing these materials on benzene crystallization is explored using infrared spectroscopy.

  11. Two-photon microwave transitions and strong-field effects in a room-temperature Rydberg-atom gas

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    Anderson, D. A.; Schwarzkopf, A.; Miller, S. A.; Thaicharoen, N.; Raithel, G.; Gordon, J. A.; Holloway, C. L.

    2014-10-01

    We investigate two-photon Autler-Townes splitting and strong-field effects of 85Rb Rydberg atoms in a room-temperature vapor cell. To observe the level structure we employ electromagnetically induced transparency. We first study the two-photon 62 S1 /2-63 S1 /2 microwave transition using an electric-field reference measurement obtained with the one-photon 62 S1 /2-62 P3 /2 transition. We then study the 61 D5 /2-62 D5 /2 transition where the microwave electric-field range is extended up to ˜40 V /m . A Floquet analysis is used to model field-induced level shifts and state-mixing effects present in the strongly driven quantum systems under consideration. Calculations are found to be in good agreement with experimental observations.

  12. The Gardner Transition: A new approach for understanding low-temperature glasses

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    Charbonneau, Patrick

    Recent theoretical advances in the mean-field theory of glasses predict the existence deep in the glass phase of a novel phase transition, a so-called Gardner transition. This transition signals the emergence of a complex free energy landscape composed of a marginally stable hierarchy of sub-basins within a broad glass metabasin. It is thus the onset of marked changes in thermal and transport properties of glasses, and ultimately leads to the unusual critical behavior at jamming. The Gardner transition itself is immediately related to a diverging (i) characteristic relaxation time, (ii) caging susceptibility and (iii) correlation length of the caging heterogeneity as well as aging, even in well-thermalized glasses. We have detected some of these signatures both in a mean-field model and in standard hard-sphere glass formers. We find the results to quantitatively agree with theory in the former and qualitatively so in the latter, which suggest that the transition should be detectable in a wide array of numerical and experimental systems. Interestingly, although the Gardner transitions is primarily associated with structural glass formers, we also find features of the transition in crystals of polydisperse particles once the landscape becomes rough.

  13. Predicting Snow-To-Rain Transitions Across The Western U.S.: When Is Daily Air Temperature Sufficient?

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    Rajagopal, S.

    2015-12-01

    The phase of precipitation at the land surface is critical for determining the timing and amount of water available for hydrological and ecological systems. Natural variability in precipitation phase due to elevation, micro-climate, and storm characteristics make it a challenge to predict phase. In addition, regional warming is expected to move the snow-rain elevation higher in the future, which has the potential to alter water availability. Despite this, there are few techniques for direct observation of precipitation phase and many predictive techniques apply simple temperature thresholds (i.e. 0 degree Celsius) to determine spatiotemporal patterns. In this paper, we asked two questions: 1) what is the optimum daily temperature for predicting snow-rain transitions in the mountains of the Western U.S.? and 2) what errors in precipitation phase estimation are associated with common temperature thresholds? We use 502 Snow Telemetry (SNOTEL) stations with data from 2004 to 2014 to determine rain versus snow using a combination of precipitation, snow depth, and SWE observations. From the observations, we determined that daily maximum temperature is a better predictor of rain and snow events than average temperature. The optimum temperature varied from -2.0 to 3 C, with an average of 0.3 C across ecoregions. The Northern Basin and Northern Cascades with lower average elevations had higher temperature thresholds and the Southern Rockies with highest elevations had the lowest thresholds. Developing a relationship based on station elevation improved the RMSE by 12%, whereas using an optimum temperature developed for each station improved the RMSE by 34% on average. While using optimum temperature thresholds reduce error in prediction, they do not eliminate misclassification of rain-show transitions. These results highlight a current weakness in our ability to predict the effects of regional warming that could have uneven impacts on water and ecological resource management

  14. Impact of Confinement and Interfaces on Glass Transition Temperature, Fragility and Small Molecule Diffusivity in Polymers

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    Lan, Tian

    Substantial deviations from bulk responses have been observed with different physical properties in nanoconfined polymers, including glass transition temperature (Tg), physical aging rate, modulus, etc. This thesis explores several new aspects of confinement effects, which are important for fundamental understanding of how confinement changes thermophysical properties in both free polymer chains and densely grafted brushes. Some discoveries are also important for technological applications such as photolithography. To optimize resolution, methacrylate polymers used as photoresists are often low molecular weight (MW). Using spectroscopic ellipsometry and fluorescence, I studied how Tg is affected by confinement in silica-supported films of low and high MW poly(1-ethylcyclopentyl methacrylate) (PECPMA). With decreasing nanoscale thickness, Tg is nearly invariant for high MW PECPMA but decreases for low MW PECPMA (M n = ˜ 4 kg/mol). This MW dependence was observed in films of poly(methyl methacrylate) but not polystyrene (PS). Polymer brushes are applied in lithography and in biomedical and microfluidic devices. I prepared dense, nanoscale PS brushes on silica wafers via a "grafting from" technique. By labeling different portions of dense PS brushes with a fluorescent dye, a 50 °C difference was found between local Tg near the free surface and Tg close to the silica substrate; however, the overall average Tg in dense brushes is nearly independent of thickness, substantially different from freely deposited PS films. A novel ellipsometry-based method was introduced to study the effect of nanoscale confinement on polymer fragility, which relates to chain packing efficiency near the glass transition. The fragility of neat PS films decreased substantially with confinement, but this effect was not observed in densely grafted PS brushes. A one-to-one correspondence of the strength of the Tg-confinement effect and the strength of the fragility-confinement effect was

  15. Low-temperature phase transitions in a soluble oligoacene and their effect on device performance and stability

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    Ward, J. W.; Goetz, K. P.; Obaid, A.; Diemer, P. J.; Jurchescu, O. D.; Payne, M. M.; Anthony, J. E.; Day, C. S.

    2014-08-25

    The use of organic semiconductors in high-performance organic field-effect transistors requires a thorough understanding of the effects that processing conditions, thermal, and bias-stress history have on device operation. Here, we evaluate the temperature dependence of the electrical properties of transistors fabricated with 2,8-difluoro-5,11-bis(triethylsilylethynyl)anthradithiophene, a material that has attracted much attention recently due to its exceptional electrical properties. We have discovered a phase transition at T = 205 K and discuss its implications on device performance and stability. We examined the impact of this low-temperature phase transition on the thermodynamic, electrical, and structural properties of both single crystals and thin films of this material. Our results show that while the changes to the crystal structure are reversible, the induced thermal stress yields irreversible degradation of the devices.

  16. Enhancement of superconducting transition temperature by pointlike disorder and anisotropic energy gap in FeSe single crystals

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    Teknowijoyo, S.; Cho, K.; Tanatar, M. A.; ...

    2016-08-29

    A highly anisotropic superconducting gap is found in single crystals of FeSe by studying the London penetration depth Δλ measured down to 50 mK in samples before and after 2.5 MeV electron irradiation. The gap minimum increases with introduced pointlike disorder, indicating the absence of symmetry-imposed nodes. Surprisingly, the superconducting transition temperature Tc increases by 0.4 K from Tc0 ≈ 8.8 K while the structural transition temperature Ts decreases by 0.9 K from Ts0 ≈ 91.2 K after electron irradiation. Finally, we discuss several explanations for the Tc enhancement and propose that local strengthening of the pair interaction by irradiation-inducedmore » Frenkel defects most likely explains the phenomenon.« less

  17. Nonanalytic microscopic phase transitions and temperature oscillations in the microcanonical ensemble: An exactly solvable one-dimensional model for evaporation

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    Hilbert, Stefan; Dunkel, Jörn

    2006-07-01

    We calculate exactly both the microcanonical and canonical thermodynamic functions (TDFs) for a one-dimensional model system with piecewise constant Lennard-Jones type pair interactions. In the case of an isolated N -particle system, the microcanonical TDFs exhibit (N-1) singular (nonanalytic) microscopic phase transitions of the formal order N/2 , separating N energetically different evaporation (dissociation) states. In a suitably designed evaporation experiment, these types of phase transitions should manifest themselves in the form of pressure and temperature oscillations, indicating cooling by evaporation. In the presence of a heat bath (thermostat), such oscillations are absent, but the canonical heat capacity shows a characteristic peak, indicating the temperature-induced dissociation of the one-dimensional chain. The distribution of complex zeros of the canonical partition may be used to identify different degrees of dissociation in the canonical ensemble.

  18. Mg doping of thermochromic VO2 films enhances the optical transmittance and decreases the metal-insulator transition temperature

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    Mlyuka, N. R.; Niklasson, G. A.; Granqvist, C. G.

    2009-10-01

    Thermochromic films of MgxV1-xO2 were made by reactive dc magnetron sputtering onto heated glass. The metal-insulator transition temperature decreased by ˜3 K/at. %Mg, while the optical transmittance increased concomitantly. Specifically, the transmittance of visible light and of solar radiation was enhanced by ˜10% when the Mg content was ˜7 at. %. Our results point at the usefulness of these films for energy efficient fenestration.

  19. Irradiation-induced impurity segregation and ductile-to-brittle transition temperature shift in high chromium ferritic/martensitic steels

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    Lu, Z.; Faulkner, R. G.; Flewitt, P. E. J.

    2007-08-01

    A model is presented to predict irradiation-induced impurity segregation and its contribution to the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) shift in high chromium ferritic steels. The hardening contribution (dislocation loops, voids and precipitates) is also considered in this study. The predicted results are compared with the experimental DBTT shifts data for irradiated 9Cr1MoVNb and 12Cr1MoVW steels with different grain sizes.

  20. Photo-assisted cyanation of transition metal nitrates coupled with room temperature C-C bond cleavage of acetonitrile.

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    Zou, Shihui; Li, Renhong; Kobayashi, Hisayoshi; Liu, Juanjuan; Fan, Jie

    2013-03-07

    It is a challenge to use acetonitrile as a cyanating agent because of the difficulty in cleaving its C-CN bond. Herein, we report a mild photo-assisted route to conduct the cyanation of transition metal nitrates using acetonitrile as the cyanating agent coupled with room-temperature C-C bond cleavage. DFT calculations and experimental observations suggest a radical-involved reaction mechanism, which excludes toxicity from free cyanide ions.

  1. Effects of alcohols on the phase transition temperatures of mixed-chain phosphatidylcholines.

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    Li, S; Lin, H N; Wang, G; Huang, C

    1996-01-01

    The biphasic effect of ethanol on the main phase transition temperature (Tm) of identical-chain phosphatidyl-cholines (PCs) in excess H2O is now well known. This biphasic effect can be attributed to the transformation of the lipid bilayer, induced by high concentrations of ethanol, from the partially interdigitated L beta, phase to the fully interdigitated L beta I phase at T < Tm. The basic packing unit of the L beta I phase has been identified recently as a binary mixture of PC/ethanol at the molar ratio of 1:2. The ethanol effect on mixed-chain PCs, however, is not known. We have thus in this study investigated the alcohol effects on the Tm of mixed-chain PCs with different delta C values, where delta C is the effective acyl chain length difference between the sn-1 and sn-2 acyl chains. Initially, molecular mechanics (MM) simulations are employed to calculate the steric energies associated with a homologous series of mixed-chain PCs packed in the partially and the fully interdigitated L beta I motifs. Based on the energetics, the preference of each mixed-chain PC for packing between these two different motifs can be estimated. Guided by MM results, high-resolution differential scanning calorimetry is subsequently employed to determine the Tm values for aqueous lipid dispersions prepared individually from a series of mixed-chain PCs (delta C = 0.5-6.5 C-C bond lengths) in the presence of various concentrations of ethanol. Results indicate that aqueous dispersions prepared from mixed-chain PCs with a delta C value of less than 4 exhibit a biphasic profile in the plot of Tm versus ethanol concentration. In contrast, highly asymmetric PCs (delta C > 4) do not exhibit such biphasic behavior. In the presence of a longer chain n-alcohol, however, aqueous dispersions of highly asymmetric C(12):C(20)PC (delta C = 6.5) do show such biphasic behavior against ethanol. Our results suggest that the delta C region in a highly asymmetric PC packed in the L beta I phase is most

  2. The peculiar behavior of the glass transition temperature of amorphous drug-polymer films coated on inert sugar spheres.

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    Dereymaker, Aswin; Van Den Mooter, Guy

    2015-05-01

    Fluid bed coating has been proposed in the past as an alternative technology for manufacturing of drug-polymer amorphous solid dispersions, or so-called glass solutions. It has the advantage of being a one-step process, and thus omitting separate drying steps, addition of excipients, or manipulation of the dosage form. In search of an adequate sample preparation method for modulated differential scanning calorimetry analysis of beads coated with glass solutions, glass transition broadening and decrease of the glass transition temperature (Tg ) were observed with increasing particle size of crushed coated beads and crushed isolated films of indomethacin (INDO) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Substituting INDO with naproxen gave comparable results. When ketoconazole was probed or the solvent in INDO-PVP films was switched to dichloromethane (DCM) or a methanol-DCM mixture, two distinct Tg regions were observed. Small particle sizes had a glass transition in the high Tg region, and large particle sizes had a glass transition in the low Tg region. This particle size-dependent glass transition was ascribed to different residual solvent amounts in the bulk and at the surface of the particles. A correlation was observed between the deviation of the Tg from that calculated from the Gordon-Taylor equation and the amount of residual solvent at the Tg of particles with different sizes.

  3. Locating of normal transitions in a Bi2223 high temperature superconducting coil by non-contact voltage measurement method

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    Nanato, N.; Nishiyama, K.

    2015-12-01

    Locating of normal transitions in high temperature superconducting (HTS) coils is important for protection and safety design of HTS apparatus. A general method to locate the normal transitions is to measure resistive voltages along HTS windings by many voltage taps directly soldered to the HTS coils. However, electrical insulation characteristics of the HTS coils are deteriorated because it is necessary to remove electrical insulations of the HTS wires for the soldering. It is a serious problem especially for AC HTS coils to which high voltages are applied. Therefore the authors have presented a non-contact voltage measurement method that can detect the resistive voltages without removing the insulations by voltage dividing capacitors. So far the authors have verified the principle of the non-contact method. In this paper, a method to locate the normal transitions in a Bi2223 HTS coil based on the non-contact method is proposed. The proposed method can not only detect the normal transitions but also locate their positions. It is experimentally confirmed that the proposed method is useful for locating the normal transitions.

  4. Investigation of effective base transit time and current gain modulation of light-emitting transistors under different ambient temperatures

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    Yang, Hao-Hsiang; Tu, Wen-Chung; Wang, Hsiao-Lun; Wu, Chao-Hsin

    2014-11-03

    In this report, the modulation of current gain of InGaP/GaAs light-emitting transistors under different ambient temperatures are measured and analyzed using thermionic emission model of quantum well embedded in the transistor base region. Minority carriers captured by quantum wells gain more energy at high temperatures and escape from quantum wells resulting in an increase of current gain and lower optical output, resulting in different I-V characteristics from conventional heterojunction bipolar transistors. The effect of the smaller thermionic lifetime thus reduces the effective base transit time of transistors at high temperatures. The unique current gain enhancement of 27.61% is achieved when operation temperature increase from 28 to 85 °C.

  5. Exact formulas for radiative heat transfer between planar bodies under arbitrary temperature profiles: Modified asymptotics and sign-flip transitions

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    Messina, Riccardo; Jin, Weiliang; Rodriguez, Alejandro W.

    2016-11-01

    We derive exact analytical formulas for the radiative heat transfer between parallel slabs separated by vacuum and subject to arbitrary temperature profiles. We show that, depending on the derivatives of the temperature at points close to the slab-vacuum interfaces, the flux can exhibit one of several different asymptotic low-distance (d ) behaviors, obeying either 1 /d2 ,1 /d , or logarithmic power laws, or approaching a constant. Tailoring the temperature profile within the slabs could enable unprecedented tunability over heat exchange, leading for instance to sign-flip transitions (where the flux reverses sign) at tunable distances. Our results are relevant to the theoretical description of on-going experiments measuring near-field heat transfer at nanometric distances, where the coupling between radiative and conductive transfer could result in temperature gradients.

  6. Eutectic pattern transition under different temperature gradients: A phase field study coupled with the parallel adaptive-mesh-refinement algorithm

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    Zhang, A.; Guo, Z.; Xiong, S.-M.

    2017-03-01

    Eutectic pattern transition under an externally imposed temperature gradient was studied using the phase field method coupled with a novel parallel adaptive-mesh-refinement (Para-AMR) algorithm. Numerical tests revealed that the Para-AMR algorithm could improve the computational efficiency by two orders of magnitude and thus made it possible to perform large-scale simulations without any compromising accuracy. Results showed that the direction of the temperature gradient played a crucial role in determining the eutectic patterns during solidification, which agreed well with experimental observations. In particular, the presence of the transverse temperature gradient could tilt the eutectic patterns, and in 3D simulations, the eutectic microstructure would alter from lamellar to rod-like and/or from rod-like to dumbbell-shaped. Furthermore, under a radial temperature gradient, the eutectic would evolve from a dumbbell-shaped or clover-shaped pattern to an isolated rod-like pattern.

  7. DEFLAGRATION-TO-DETONATION TRANSITION IN LX-04 AS A FUNCTION OF LOADING DENSITY, TEMPERATURE, AND CONFINEMENT

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    Sandusky, H W; Granholm, R H; Bohl, D G; Vandersall, K S; Hare, D E; Garcia, F

    2006-06-20

    The potential for deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) in LX-04 (85/15 HMX/Viton) is being evaluated as a function of loading density, temperature, and confinement. In the high confinement arrangement, a matrix of tests is nearly completed with the LX-04 loaded at {approx} 51, 70, 90, and {approx} 99% of theoretical maximum density (TMD); and temperatures of ambient, 160 C, and 190 C at each loading density. A more limited set of tests with {approx}99 %TMD loadings at medium confinement were conducted at temperatures of ambient and 186 C. LX-04 does not undergo DDT at near TMD loadings in both medium and high confinement, although the latter still results in significant fragmentation. Most porous beds in high confinement undergo DDT, with the minimum run distance to detonation (l) for a 70 %TMD loading at ambient temperature. LX-04 does not transit to detonation for a pour density (51.3 %TMD) loading at 160 C, but does at 190 C with a longer l than at ambient. The limited ambient temperature measurements for l in high confinement are similar to previous data for 91/9 HMX/wax, which has nearly the same %volume of HMX as LX-04.

  8. DEFLAGRATION-TO-DETONATION TRANSITION IN LX-04 AS A FUNCTION OF LOADING DENSITY, TEMPERATURE, AND CONFINEMENT

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    Sandusky, H W; Granholm, R H; Bohl, D G; Hare, D E; Vandersall, K S; Garcia, F

    2005-06-01

    The potential for deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) in LX-04 (85/15 HMX/Viton) is being evaluated as a function of loading density, temperature, and confinement. In the high confinement arrangement, a matrix of tests will be performed with the LX-04 loaded at {approx}50, 70, 90, and {approx}99 %TMD; and temperatures of ambient, 160 C, and 190 C, at each loading density. A more limited set of tests at medium confinement will be conducted. As expected, LX-04 does not undergo DDT at near TMD loadings in both medium and high confinement, although the later still results in significant fragmentation. In high confinement at pour density (50.3 %TMD), LX-04 does not transit to detonation at 160 C, but does at ambient and 190 C with the shortest run distance to detonation (l) at ambient temperature. With a 70% TMD loading at ambient temperature, l was even less. The limited ambient temperature measurements for l in high confinement are similar to previous data for 91/9 HMX/wax, which has nearly the same %volume of HMX as LX-04.

  9. Half-Metallic Behavior in Doped Sr2CrOsO6 Double Perovskite with High Transition Temperature.

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    Samanta, Kartik; Sanyal, Prabuddha; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2015-10-08

    Half-metallic magnets with metallic behavior in one spin channel and insulating in the other, have attracted considerable attention due to their potential application possibility. The spin-dependent nature of the carrier scattering due to half-metallic nature of these materials, allows for the resistance to be strongly influenced by the low magnetic field. However, the operating temperatures of such known materials are generally low, opening up the need for half-metallic magnets with high transition temperatures. The double perovskites having general formula A2BB'O6 with alternating ordered arrangement of two transition metal sites, B and B' offer an attractive possibility in this respect. Here, we consider the case of Sr2CrOsO6, which is a ferrimagnetic insulator with transition temperature (Tc) of 725 K, highest ever known in the oxide family, and show that moderate amount of La and Na doping at Sr site can drive the compound half-metallic with high Tc.

  10. High temperature phase transition in SOFC anodes based on Sr{sub 2}MgMoO{sub 6-{delta}}

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    Marrero-Lopez, D.; Pena-Martinez, J.; Ruiz-Morales, J.C.; Martin-Sedeno, M.C.; Nunez, P.

    2009-05-15

    The double perovskite Sr{sub 2}MgMoO{sub 6-{delta}} has been recently reported as an efficient anode material for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). In the present work, this material have been investigated by high temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and impedance spectroscopy to further characterise its properties as SOFC anode. DSC and XRD measurements indicate that Sr{sub 2}MgMoO{sub 6-{delta}} exhibits a reversible phase transition around 275 deg. C from triclinic (I1-bar) with an octahedral tilting distortion to cubic (Fm3-barm) without octahedral distortion. This phase transition is continuous with increasing temperature without any sudden cell volume change during the phase transformation. The main effect of the phase transformation is observed in the electrical conductivity with a change in the activation energy at low temperature. La{sup 3+} and Fe-substituted Sr{sub 2}MgMoO{sub 6-{delta}} phases were also investigated, however these materials are unstable under oxidising conditions due to phase segregations above 600 deg. C. - Graphical abstract: The double perovskite Sr{sub 2}MgMoO{sub 6}, recently proposed as an efficient SOFC anode for direct hydrocarbon oxidation, exhibits a reversible structural phase transition from triclinic to cubic at 275 deg. C.

  11. Half-Metallic Behavior in Doped Sr2CrOsO6 Double Perovskite with High Transition Temperature

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    Samanta, Kartik; Sanyal, Prabuddha; Saha-Dasgupta, Tanusri

    2015-01-01

    Half-metallic magnets with metallic behavior in one spin channel and insulating in the other, have attracted considerable attention due to their potential application possibility. The spin-dependent nature of the carrier scattering due to half-metallic nature of these materials, allows for the resistance to be strongly influenced by the low magnetic field. However, the operating temperatures of such known materials are generally low, opening up the need for half-metallic magnets with high transition temperatures. The double perovskites having general formula A2BB′O6 with alternating ordered arrangement of two transition metal sites, B and B′ offer an attractive possibility in this respect. Here, we consider the case of Sr2CrOsO6, which is a ferrimagnetic insulator with transition temperature (Tc) of 725 K, highest ever known in the oxide family, and show that moderate amount of La and Na doping at Sr site can drive the compound half-metallic with high Tc. PMID:26446395

  12. Linear-in-temperature resistivity close to a topological metal insulator transition in ultra-multi valley fcc-ytterbium

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    Enderlein, Carsten; Fontes, Magda; Baggio-Saitovich, Elisa; Continentino, Mucio A.

    2016-01-01

    The semimetal-to-semiconductor transition in fcc-Yb under modest pressure can be considered a picture book example of a metal-insulator transition of the Lifshitz type. We have performed transport measurements at low temperatures in the closest vicinity of the transition and related DFT calculations of the Fermi surface. Our resistivity measurements show a linear temperature dependence with an unusually low dρ / dT at low temperatures approaching the MIT. The calculations suggest fcc-ytterbium being an ultra-multi valley system with 24 electron and 6 hole pockets in the Brillouin zone. Such Fermi surface topology naturally supports the appearance of strongly correlated phases. An estimation of the quasiparticle-enhanced effective mass shows that the scattering rate is by at least two orders of magnitude lower than in other materials which exhibit linear-in-T behavior at a quantum critical point. However, we cannot exclude an excessive effective mass enhancement, when the van Hove singularity touches the Fermi level.

  13. Manufacturing process of nanofluidics using afm probe

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    Karingula, Varun Kumar

    A new process for fabricating a nano fluidic device that can be used in medical application is developed and demonstrated. Nano channels are fabricated using a nano tip in indentation mode on AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy). The nano channels are integrated between the micro channels and act as a filter to separate biomolecules. Nano channels of 4 to7 m in length, 80nm in width, and at varying depths from 100nm to 850 nm allow the resulting device to separate selected groups of lysosomes and other viruses. Sharply developed vertical micro channels are produced from a deep reaction ion etching followed by deposition of different materials, such as gold and polymers, on the top surface, allowing the study of alternative ways of manufacturing a nanofluidic device. PDMS (Polydimethylsiloxane) bonding is performed to close the top surface of the device. An experimental setup is used to test and validate the device by pouring fluid through the channels. A detailed cost evaluation is conducted to compare the economical merits of the proposed process. It is shown that there is a 47:7% manufacturing time savings and a 60:6% manufacturing cost savings.

  14. Microrheology using a custom-made AFM

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    Kosgodagan Acharige, Sebastien; Benzaquen, Michael; Steinberger, Audrey

    In the past few years, a new method was developed to measure local properties of liquids (X. Xiong et al., Phys. Rev. E 80, 2009). This method consists of gluing a micron-sized glass fiber at the tip of an AFM cantilever and probing the liquid with it. In ENS Lyon, this method was perfected (C. Devailly et al., EPL, 106 5, 2014) with the help of an interferometer developped in the same laboratory (L. Bellon et al., Opt. Commun. 207 49, 2002 and P. Paolino et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 84, 2013), which background noise can reach 10-14 m /√{ Hz } . This method allows us to measure a wide range of viscosities (1 mPa . s to 500 mPa . s) of transparent and opaque fluids using a small sample volume ( 5 mL). In this presentation, I will briefly describe the interferometer developped in ENS Lyon, then explain precisely the microrheology measurements and then compare the experimental results to a model developped by M. Benzaquen. This work is supported financially by the ANR project NANOFLUIDYN (Grant Number ANR-13-BS10-0009).

  15. BOREAS AFM-07 SRC Surface Meteorological Data

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    Osborne, Heather; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Young, Kim; Wittrock, Virginia; Shewchuck, Stan; Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) collected surface meteorological and radiation data from December 1993 until December 1996. The data set comprises Suite A (meteorological and energy balance measurements) and Suite B (diffuse solar and longwave measurements) components. Suite A measurements were taken at each of ten sites, and Suite B measurements were made at five of the Suite A sites. The data cover an approximate area of 500 km (North-South) by 1000 km (East-West) (a large portion of northern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan). The measurement network was designed to provide researchers with a sufficient record of near-surface meteorological and radiation measurements. The data are provided in tabular ASCII files, and were collected by Aircraft Flux and Meteorology (AFM)-7. The surface meteorological and radiation data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  16. First-order antiferro-ferromagnetic transition in Fe(49)(Rh(0.93)Pd(0.07))(51) under simultaneous application of magnetic field and external pressure.

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    Kushwaha, Pallavi; Bag, Pallab; Rawat, R; Chaddah, P

    2012-03-07

    A magnetic field-pressure-temperature (H-P-T) phase diagram for first-order antiferromagnetic (AFM) to ferromagnetic (FM) transitions in Fe(49)(Rh(0.93)Pd(0.07))(51) has been constructed using resistivity measurements under simultaneous application of magnetic field (up to 8 T) and pressure (up to 20 kbar). The temperature dependence of resistivity (ρ-T) shows that the width of the transition and the extent of hysteresis decreases with pressure and increases with magnetic field. By exploiting opposing trends of dT(N)/dP and dT(N)/dH (where T(N) is the first-order transition temperature), the relative effects of temperature, magnetic field and pressure on disorder-broadened first-order transitions has been studied. For this, a set of H and P values are chosen for which T(N)(H(1),P(1)) = T(N)(H(2),P(2)). Measurements for such combinations of H and P show that the temperature dependence of resistivity is similar, i.e. the broadening (in temperature) of transition as well as the extent of hysteresis remains independent of H and P. Isothermal magnetoresistance measurements under various constant pressures show that even though the critical field required for AFM-FM transition depends on applied pressure, the extent of hysteresis as well as transition width (in magnetic field) remains constant with varying pressure.

  17. Reorientational dynamics in molecular liquids as revealed by dynamic light scattering: from boiling point to glass transition temperature.

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    Schmidtke, B; Petzold, N; Kahlau, R; Rössler, E A

    2013-08-28

    We determine the reorientational correlation time τ of a series of molecular liquids by performing depolarized light scattering experiments (double monochromator, Fabry-Perot interferometry, and photon correlation spectroscopy). Correlation times in the range 10(-12) s-100 s are compiled, i.e., the full temperature interval between the boiling point and the glass transition temperature T(g) is covered. We focus on low-T(g) liquids for which the high-temperature limit τ ≅ 10(-12) s is easily accessed by standard spectroscopic equipment (up to 440 K). Regarding the temperature dependence three interpolation formulae of τ(T) with three parameters each are tested: (i) Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann equation, (ii) the approach recently discussed by Mauro et al. [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 106, 19780 (2009)], and (iii) our approach decomposing the activation energy E(T) in a constant high temperature value E∞ and a "cooperative part" E(coop)(T) depending exponentially on temperature [Schmidtke et al., Phys. Rev. E 86, 041507 (2012)]. On the basis of the present data, approaches (i) and (ii) are insufficient as they do not provide the correct crossover to the high-temperature Arrhenius law clearly identified in the experimental data while approach (iii) reproduces the salient features of τ(T). It allows to discuss the temperature dependence of the liquid's dynamics in terms of a E(coop)(T)/E∞ vs. T/E∞ plot and suggests that E∞ controls the energy scale of the glass transition phenomenon.

  18. Reorientational dynamics in molecular liquids as revealed by dynamic light scattering: From boiling point to glass transition temperature

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    Schmidtke, B.; Petzold, N.; Kahlau, R.; Rössler, E. A.

    2013-08-01

    We determine the reorientational correlation time τ of a series of molecular liquids by performing depolarized light scattering experiments (double monochromator, Fabry-Perot interferometry, and photon correlation spectroscopy). Correlation times in the range 10-12 s-100 s are compiled, i.e., the full temperature interval between the boiling point and the glass transition temperature Tg is covered. We focus on low-Tg liquids for which the high-temperature limit τ ≅ 10-12 s is easily accessed by standard spectroscopic equipment (up to 440 K). Regarding the temperature dependence three interpolation formulae of τ(T) with three parameters each are tested: (i) Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann equation, (ii) the approach recently discussed by Mauro et al. [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 106, 19780 (2009)], and (iii) our approach decomposing the activation energy E(T) in a constant high temperature value E∞ and a "cooperative part" Ecoop(T) depending exponentially on temperature [Schmidtke et al., Phys. Rev. E 86, 041507 (2012)], 10.1103/PhysRevE.86.041507. On the basis of the present data, approaches (i) and (ii) are insufficient as they do not provide the correct crossover to the high-temperature Arrhenius law clearly identified in the experimental data while approach (iii) reproduces the salient features of τ(T). It allows to discuss the temperature dependence of the liquid's dynamics in terms of a Ecoop(T)/E∞ vs. T/E∞ plot and suggests that E∞ controls the energy scale of the glass transition phenomenon.

  19. A Physically Based Correlation of Irradiation-Induced Transition Temperature Shifts for RPV Steels

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    Eason, Ernest D.; Odette, George Robert; Nanstad, Randy K; Yamamoto, Takuya

    2007-11-01

    The reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) of commercial nuclear power plants are subject to embrittlement due to exposure to high-energy neutrons from the core, which causes changes in material toughness properties that increase with radiation exposure and are affected by many variables. Irradiation embrittlement of RPV beltline materials is currently evaluated using Regulatory Guide 1.99 Revision 2 (RG1.99/2), which presents methods for estimating the shift in Charpy transition temperature at 30 ft-lb (TTS) and the drop in Charpy upper shelf energy (ΔUSE). The purpose of the work reported here is to improve on the TTS correlation model in RG1.99/2 using the broader database now available and current understanding of embrittlement mechanisms. The USE database and models have not been updated since the publication of NUREG/CR-6551 and, therefore, are not discussed in this report. The revised embrittlement shift model is calibrated and validated on a substantially larger, better-balanced database compared to prior models, including over five times the amount of data used to develop RG1.99/2. It also contains about 27% more data than the most recent update to the surveillance shift database, in 2000. The key areas expanded in the current database relative to the database available in 2000 are low-flux, low-copper, and long-time, high-fluence exposures, all areas that were previously relatively sparse. All old and new surveillance data were reviewed for completeness, duplicates, and discrepancies in cooperation with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee E10.02 on Radiation Effects in Structural Materials. In the present modeling effort, a 10% random sample of data was reserved from the fitting process, and most aspects of the model were validated with that sample as well as other data not used in calibration. The model is a hybrid, incorporating both physically motivated features and empirical calibration to the U.S. power reactor surveillance

  20. BOREAS AFM-03-NCAR Electra 1994 Aircraft Sounding Data

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    Lenschow, Donald H.; Oncley, Steven P.; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Knapp, David E. (Editor); Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-3 team used the National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) Electra aircraft to make sounding measurements to study the planetary boundary layer using in situ and remote-sensing measurements. Measurements were made of wind speed and direction, air pressure and temperature, potential temperature, dewpoint, mixing ratio of H, O, CO, concentration, and ozone concentration. Twenty-five research missions were flown over the Northern Study Area (NSA), Southern Study Area (SSA), and the transect during BOREAS Intensive Field Campaigns (IFCs) 1, 2, and 3 during 1994. All missions had from four to ten soundings through the top of the planetary boundary layer. This sounding data set contains all of the in situ vertical profiles through the boundary layer top that were made (with the exception of 'porpoise' maneuvers). Data were recorded in one-second time intervals. These data are stored in tabular ASCII files. The NCAR Electra 1994 aircraft sounding data are available from the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884).

  1. Phase transition in Ba{sub 2}In{sub 2}O{sub 5} studied by in situ high temperature X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation

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    Rey, J. F. Q.; Ferreira, F. F.; Muccillo, E. N. S.

    2009-01-29

    The order-disorder phase transition in Ba{sub 2}In{sub 2}O{sub 5} high-temperature ionic conductor was systematically studied by in situ high-temperature X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation and electrical conductivity. Pure barium indate was prepared by solid state reactions at 1300 deg. C. The room-temperature structural characterization showed a high degree of phase homogeneity in the prepared material. The reduction of the order-disorder phase transition temperature was verified by electrical conductivity and high-temperature X-ray diffraction. The observed features were explained based on Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy results that revealed the presence of hydroxyl species in the crystal lattice. The increase of the intensity of few diffraction peaks near the phase transition temperature suggests the formation of a superstructure before the orthorhombic-to-tetragonal phase transition.

  2. From boiling point to glass transition temperature: transport coefficients in molecular liquids follow three-parameter scaling.

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    Schmidtke, B; Petzold, N; Kahlau, R; Hofmann, M; Rössler, E A

    2012-10-01

    The phenomenon of the glass transition is an unresolved problem in condensed matter physics. Its prominent feature, the super-Arrhenius temperature dependence of the transport coefficients, remains a challenge to be described over the full temperature range. For a series of molecular glass formers, we combined τ(T) collected from dielectric spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering covering a range 10(-12) s < τ(T) < 10(2) s. Describing the dynamics in terms of an activation energy E(T), we distinguish a high-temperature regime characterized by an Arrhenius law with a constant activation energy E(∞) and a low-temperature regime for which E(coop)(T) ≡ E(T)-E(∞) increases exponentially while cooling. A scaling is introduced, specifically E(coop)(T)/E(∞) [proportionality] exp[-λ(T/T(A)-1)], where λ is a fragility parameter and T(A) a reference temperature proportional to E(∞). In order to describe τ(T) still the attempt time τ(∞) has to be specified. Thus, a single interaction parameter E(∞) describing the high-temperature regime together with λ controls the temperature dependence of low-temperature cooperative dynamics.

  3. Analysis of local conductance switching by AFM-writing at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Boselli, Margherita; Li, Danfeng; Liu, Wei; Fête, Alexandre; Gariglio, Stefano; Triscone, Jean-Marc

    2015-03-01

    A two dimensional electron liquid is present at the interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3; this system exhibits several interesting physical properties, including tunable superconductivity. In heterostructures with 3 unit cells of LaAlO3, an insulator to metal transition can be induced by the electric field effect. We report here on the use of the atomic force microscopy writing technique developed in the group of J. Levy to locally switch on and off conductivity at the interface. Our results show that a quarz resonator AFM sensor is particularly suitable for this purpose. In this configuration, the measurements can be performed in the dark, strongly reducing photo-doping. Electronic nanostructures are found to be particularly sensitive to the writing procedure and to the ambient humidity. We discuss how these parameters can be optimized to confine electrons in regions down to tens of nanometers. Simulations of the conductance changes upon AFM writing are compared to experiments. The temperature evolution of the conductance shows that nanowires are metallic.

  4. BOREAS AFM-12 1-km AVHRR Seasonal Land Cover Classification

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    Steyaert, Lou; Hall, Forrest G.; Newcomer, Jeffrey A. (Editor); Knapp, David E. (Editor); Loveland, Thomas R.; Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) Airborne Fluxes and Meteorology (AFM)-12 team's efforts focused on regional scale Surface Vegetation and Atmosphere (SVAT) modeling to improve parameterization of the heterogeneous BOREAS landscape for use in larger scale Global Circulation Models (GCMs). This regional land cover data set was developed as part of a multitemporal one-kilometer Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) land cover analysis approach that was used as the basis for regional land cover mapping, fire disturbance-regeneration, and multiresolution land cover scaling studies in the boreal forest ecosystem of central Canada. This land cover classification was derived by using regional field observations from ground and low-level aircraft transits to analyze spectral-temporal clusters that were derived from an unsupervised cluster analysis of monthly Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) image composites (April-September 1992). This regional data set was developed for use by BOREAS investigators, especially those involved in simulation modeling, remote sensing algorithm development, and aircraft flux studies. Based on regional field data verification, this multitemporal one-kilometer AVHRR land cover mapping approach was effective in characterizing the biome-level land cover structure, embedded spatially heterogeneous landscape patterns, and other types of key land cover information of interest to BOREAS modelers.The land cover mosaics in this classification include: (1) wet conifer mosaic (low, medium, and high tree stand density), (2) mixed coniferous-deciduous forest (80% coniferous, codominant, and 80% deciduous), (3) recent visible bum, vegetation regeneration, or rock outcrops-bare ground-sparsely vegetated slow regeneration bum (four classes), (4) open water and grassland marshes, and (5) general agricultural land use/ grasslands (three classes). This land cover mapping approach did not detect small subpixel-scale landscape

  5. Study of relaxation and transport processes by means of AFM based dielectric spectroscopy

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    Miccio, Luis A.

    2014-05-15

    Since its birth a few years ago, dielectric spectroscopy studies based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) have gained a growing interest. Not only the frequency and temperature ranges have become broader since then but also the kind of processes that can be studied by means of this approach. In this work we analyze the most adequate experimental setup for the study of several dielectric processes with a spatial resolution of a few nanometers by using force mode AFM based dielectric spectroscopy. Proof of concept experiments were performed on PS/PVAc blends and PMMA homopolymer films, for temperatures ranging from 300 to 400 K. Charge transport processes were also studied by this approach. The obtained results were analyzed in terms of cantilever stray contribution, film thickness and relaxation strength. We found that the method sensitivity is strongly coupled with the film thickness and the relaxation strength, and that it is possible to control it by using an adequate experimental setup.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  7. Molecular Dynamic Simulations of Interaction of an AFM Probe with the Surface of an SCN Sample

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    Bune, Adris; Kaukler, William; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Molecular dynamic (MD) simulations is conducted in order to estimate forces of probe-substrate interaction in the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). First a review of available molecular dynamic techniques is given. Implementation of MD simulation is based on an object-oriented code developed at the University of Delft. Modeling of the sample material - succinonitrile (SCN) - is based on the Lennard-Jones potentials. For the polystyrene probe an atomic interaction potential is used. Due to object-oriented structure of the code modification of an atomic interaction potential is straight forward. Calculation of melting temperature is used for validation of the code and of the interaction potentials. Various fitting parameters of the probe-substrate interaction potentials are considered, as potentials fitted to certain properties and temperature ranges may not be reliable for the others. This research provides theoretical foundation for an interpretation of actual measurements of an interaction forces using AFM.

  8. The influence of hydrogen on the transition from power-law creep to low-temperature plasticity of olivine at lithospheric temperatures

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    Tielke, Jacob; Zimmerman, Mark; Kohlstedt, David

    2015-04-01

    At high-temperature (asthenospheric) conditions, strain rate of olivine-rich mantle rocks follows a power-law dependence on stress. At lower-temperature (lithospheric) conditions, strain rate exhibits an exponential dependence on stress. However, the influence of water (hydrogen) on the transition from high-temperature to low-temperature behavior is poorly constrained. To investigate the influence of water on the transition in flow regimes at lithospheric conditions, deformation experiments on single crystals of San Carlos olivine under both wet (hydrogen-rich) and dry (hydrogen-poor) conditions were carried out. Crystals were oriented relative to the applied load to exert the maximum shear stress on the (100)[001] and (001)[100] dislocation slip systems, which are the dominate (weakest) slip systems at both low temperatures and under wet conditions. Experiments were carried out using a gas-medium apparatus with high resolution in stress (±2 MPa) and temperature (±2°C). For the wet experiments, hydrogen was supplied to the crystals using talc sealed in nickel jackets. Deformation experiments were carried out in either triaxial compression or direct shear geometries at 1000-1300°C, differential stresses of 120 to 670 MPa, and resultant strain rates of 6 x 10-6 to 4 x 10-4 s-1. At high-temperature, under dry conditions, strain rate is a power-law function of stress with a stress exponent of 3.5 and an Arrhenius function of temperature with an activation energy of 520 kJ/mol. At low-temperature and high-stress conditions, under dry conditions, strain rate increases exponentially with increasing stress with an activation energy of 360 kJ/mol. These observations are consistent with a transition from a climb-controlled dislocation mechanism at higher temperatures to a glide-controlled dislocation mechanism at lower temperatures for hydrogen-poor olivine crystals. Under wet conditions, the strain rate dependence on stress follows a power-law relationship with a stress

  9. Magnetocaloric effect and critical behavior in Pr0.5Sr0.5MnO3: an analysis of the validity of the Maxwell relation and the nature of the phase transitions.

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    Caballero-Flores, R; Bingham, N S; Phan, M H; Torija, M A; Leighton, C; Franco, V; Conde, A; Phan, T L; Yu, S C; Srikanth, H

    2014-07-16

    The Maxwell relation, the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, and a non-iterative method to obtain the critical exponents have been used to characterize the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) and the nature of the phase transitions in Pr0.5Sr0.5MnO3, which undergoes a second-order paramagnetic to ferromagnetic (PM-FM) transition at TC ~ 247 K, and a first-order ferromagnetic to antiferromagnetic (FM-AFM) transition at TN ~ 165 K. We find that around the second-order PM-FM transition, the MCE (as represented by the magnetic entropy change, ΔSM) can be precisely determined from magnetization measurements using the Maxwell relation. However, around the first-order FM-AFM transition, values of ΔSM calculated with the Maxwell relation deviate significantly from those calculated by the Clausius-Clapeyron equation at the magnetic field and temperature ranges where a conversion between the AFM and FM phases occurs. A detailed analysis of the critical exponents of the second-order PM-FM transition allows us to correlate the short-range type magnetic interactions with the MCE. Using the Arrott-Noakes equation of state with the appropriate values of the critical exponents, the field- and temperature-dependent magnetization [Formula: see text] curves, and hence the [Formula: see text] curves, have been simulated and compared with experimental data. A good agreement between the experimental and simulated data has been found in the vicinity of the Curie temperature TC, but a noticeable discrepancy is present for [Formula: see text]. This discrepancy arises mainly from the coexistence of AFM and FM phases and the presence of ferromagnetic clusters in the AFM matrix.

  10. A Bayesian approach to infer the radial distribution of temperature and anisotropy in the transition zone from seismic data

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    Drilleau, M.; Beucler, E.; Mocquet, A.; Verhoeven, O.; Moebs, G.; Burgos, G.; Montagner, J.

    2013-12-01

    Mineralogical transformations and matter transfers within the Earth's mantle make the 350-1000 km depth range (considered here as the mantle transition zone) highly heterogeneous and anisotropic. Most of the 3-D global tomographic models are anchored on small perturbations from 1-D models such as PREM, and are secondly interpreted in terms of temperature and composition distributions. However, the degree of heterogeneity in the transition zone can be strong enough so that the concept of a 1-D reference seismic model may be addressed. To avoid the use of any seismic reference model, we developed a Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm to directly interpret surface wave dispersion curves in terms of temperature and radial anisotropy distributions, considering a given composition of the mantle. These interpretations are based on laboratory measurements of elastic moduli and Birch-Murnaghan equation of state. An originality of the algorithm is its ability to explore both smoothly varying models and first-order discontinuities, using C1-Bézier curves, which interpolate the randomly chosen values for depth, temperature and radial anisotropy. This parameterization is able to generate a self-adapting parameter space exploration while reducing the computing time. Using a Bayesian exploration, the probability distributions on temperature and anisotropy are governed by uncertainties on the data set. The method was successfully applied to both synthetic data and real dispersion curves. Surface wave measurements along the Vanuatu- California path suggest a strong anisotropy above 400 km depth which decreases below, and a monotonous temperature distribution between 350 and 1000 km depth. On the contrary, a negative shear wave anisotropy of about 2 % is found at the top of the transition zone below Eurasia. Considering compositions ranging from piclogite to pyrolite, the overall temperature profile and temperature gradient are higher for the continental path than for the oceanic

  11. Winter to Spring Transition in Europe 48-45 degrees N: From Temperature Control by Advection to Control by Insolation

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    Otterman, J.; Ardizzone, J.; Atlas, R.; Hu, H.; Jusem, J. C.; Starr, D.

    1999-01-01

    As established in previous studies, and analyzed further herein for the years 1988-1998, warm advection from the North Atlantic is the predominant control of the surface-air temperature in northern-latitude Europe in late winter. This thesis is supported by the substantial correlation Cti between the speed of the southwesterly surface winds over the eastern North Atlantic, as quantified by a specific Index Ina, and the 2-meter level temperature Ts over central Europe (48-54 deg N; 5-25 deg E), for January, February and early March. In mid-March and subsequently, the correlation Cti drops drastically (quite often it is negative). The change in the relationship between Ts and Ina marks a transition in the control of the surface-air temperature. As (a) the sun rises higher in the sky, (b) the snows melt (the surface absorptivity can increase by a factor of 3.0), (c) the ocean-surface winds weaken, and (d) the temperature difference between land and ocean (which we analyze) becomes small, absorption of insolation replaces the warm advection as the dominant control of the continental temperature. We define the onset of spring by this transition, which evaluated for the period of our study occurs at pentad 16 (Julian Date 76, that is, March 16). The control by insolation means that the surface is cooler under cloudy conditions than under clear skies. This control produces a much smaller interannual variability of the surface temperature and of the lapse rate than prevailing in winter, when the control is by advection. Regional climatic data would be of greatest value for agriculture and forestry if compiled for well-defined seasons. For continental northern latitudes, analysis presented here of factors controlling the surface temperature appears an appropriate tool for this task.

  12. Correlation of dielectric, electrical and magnetic properties near the magnetic phase transition temperature of cobalt zinc ferrite.

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    Pradhan, Dhiren K; Kumari, Shalini; Puli, Venkata S; Das, Proloy T; Pradhan, Dillip K; Kumar, Ashok; Scott, J F; Katiyar, Ram S

    2016-12-21

    Multiferroic composite structures, i.e., composites of magnetostrictive and piezoelectric materials, can be envisioned to achieve the goal of strong room-temperature ME coupling for real practical device applications. Magnetic materials with high magnetostriction, high Néel temperature (TN), high resistivity and large magnetization are required to observe high ME coupling in composite structures. In continuation of our investigations on suitable magnetic candidates for multiferroic composite structures, we have studied the crystal structure, dielectric, transport, and magnetic properties of Co0.65Zn0.35Fe2O4 (CZFO). Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction patterns confirms the phase purity with a cubic crystal structure with the (Fd3[combining macron]m) space group; however, we have found a surprisingly large magneto-dielectric anomaly at the Néel temperature, unexpected for a cubic structure. The presence of mixed valences of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+) cations is probed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), which supports the catonic ordering-mediated large dielectric response. Large dielectric permittivity dispersion with a broad anomaly is observed in the vicinity of the magnetic phase transition temperature (TN) of CZFO suggesting a strong correlation between dielectric and magnetic properties. The evidence of strong spin-polaron coupling has been established from temperature dependent dielectric, ac conductivity and magnetization studies. The ferrimagnetic-paramagnetic phase transition of CZFO has been found at ∼640 K, which is well above room temperature. CZFO exhibits low loss tangent, a high dielectric constant, large magnetization with soft magnetic behavior and magnetodielectric coupling above room temperature, elucidating the possible potential candidates for multiferroic composite structures as well as for multifunctional and spintronics device applications.

  13. Gate-tuned superconductor-insulator transition in (Li,Fe)OHFeSe

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    Lei, B.; Xiang, Z. J.; Lu, X. F.; Wang, N. Z.; Chang, J. R.; Shang, C.; Zhang, A. M.; Zhang, Q. M.; Luo, X. G.; Wu, T.; Sun, Z.; Chen, X. H.

    2016-02-01

    The antiferromagnetic (AFM) insulator-superconductor transition has always been a center of interest in the underlying physics of unconventional superconductors. However, in the family of iron-based high-Tc superconductors, no intrinsic superconductor-insulator transition has been confirmed so far. Here, we report a first-order transition from superconductor to AFM insulator with a strong charge doping induced by ionic gating in the thin flakes of single crystal (Li,Fe)OHFeSe. The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) is continuously enhanced with electron doping by ionic gating up to a maximum Tc of 43 K, and a striking superconductor-insulator transition occurs just at the verge of optimal doping with highest Tc. A phase diagram of temperature-gating voltage with the superconductor-insulator transition is mapped out, indicating that the superconductor-insulator transition is a common feature for unconventional superconductivity. These results help to uncover the underlying physics of iron-based superconductivity as well as the universal mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity. Our finding also suggests that the gate-controlled strong charge doping makes it possible to explore novel states of matter in a way beyond traditional methods.

  14. AFM imaging of fenestrated liver sinusoidal endothelial cells.

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    Braet, F; Wisse, E

    2012-12-01

    Each microscope with its dedicated sample preparation technique provides the investigator with a specific set of data giving an instrument-determined (or restricted) insight into the structure and function of a tissue, a cell or parts thereof. Stepwise improvements in existing techniques, both instrumental and preparative, can sometimes cross barriers in resolution and image quality. Of course, investigators get really excited when completely new principles of microscopy and imaging are offered in promising new instruments, such as the AFM. The present paper summarizes a first phase of studies on the thin endothelial cells of the liver. It describes the preparation-dependent differences in AFM imaging of these cells after isolation. Special point of interest concerned the dynamics of the fenestrae, thought to filter lipid-carrying particles during their transport from the blood to the liver cells. It also describes the attempts to image the details of these cells when alive in cell cultures. It explains what physical conditions, mainly contributed to the scanning stylus, are thought to play a part in the limitations in imaging these cells. The AFM also offers promising specifications to those interested in cell surface details, such as membrane-associated structures, receptors, coated pits, cellular junctions and molecular aggregations or domains. The AFM also offers nano-manipulation possibilities, strengths and elasticity measurements, force interactions, affinity measurements, stiffness and other physical aspects of membranes and cytoskeleton. The potential for molecular approaches is there. New developments in cantilever construction and computer software promise to bring real time video imaging to the AFM. Home made accessories for the first generation of AFM are now commodities in commercial instruments and make the life of the AFM microscopist easier. Also, the combination of different microscopies, such as AFM and TEM, or AFM and SEM find their way to the

  15. [Application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) in ophthalmology].

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    Milka, Michał; Mróz, Iwona; Jastrzebska, Maria; Wrzalik, Roman; Dobrowolski, Dariusz; Roszkowska, Anna M; Moćko, Lucyna; Wylegała, Edward

    2012-01-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) allows to examine surface of different biological objects in the nearly physiological conditions at the nanoscale. The purpose of this work is to present the history of introduction and the potential applications of the AFM in ophthalmology research and clinical practice. In 1986 Binnig built the AFM as a next generation of the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). The functional principle of AFM is based on the measurement of the forces between atoms on the sample surface and the probe. As a result, the three-dimensional image of the surface with the resolution on the order of nanometres can be obtained. Yamamoto used as the first the AFM on a wide scale in ophthalmology. The first investigations used the AFM method to study structure of collagen fibres of the cornea and of the sclera. Our research involves the analysis of artificial intraocular lenses (IOLs). According to earlier investigations, e.g. Lombardo et al., the AFM was used to study only native IOLs. Contrary to the earlier investigations, we focused our measurements on lenses explanted from human eyes. The surface of such lenses is exposed to the influence of the intraocular aqueous environment, and to the related impacts of biochemical processes. We hereby present the preliminary results of our work in the form of AFM images depicting IOL surface at the nanoscale. The images allowed us to observe early stages of the dye deposit formation as well as local calcinosis. We believe that AFM is a very promising tool for studying the structure of IOL surface and that further observations will make it possible to explain the pathomechanism of artificial intraocular lens opacity formation.

  16. Thermodynamic analysis of chain-melting transition temperatures for monounsaturated phospholipid membranes: dependence on cis-monoenoic double bond position.

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    Marsh, D

    1999-01-01

    Unsaturated phospholipid is the membrane component that is essential to the dynamic environment needed for biomembrane function. The dependence of the chain-melting transition temperature, T(t), of phospholipid bilayer membranes on the position, n(u), of the cis double bond in the glycerophospholipid sn-2 chain can be described by an expression of the form T(t) = T(t)(c)(1 + h'(c)|n(u) - n(c)|)/(1 + s'(c)|n(u) - n(c)|), where n(c) is the chain position of the double bond corresponding to the minimum transition temperature, T(t)(c), for constant diacyl lipid chain lengths. This implies that the incremental transition enthalpy (and entropy) contributed by the sn-2 chain is greater for whichever of the chain segments, above or below the double-bond position, is the longer. The critical position, n(c), of the double bond is offset from the center of the sn-2 chain by an approximately constant amount, deltan(c) approximately 1. 5 C-atom units. The dependence of the parameters T(t)(c), h'(c), and s'(c) on sn-1 and sn-2 chain lengths can be interpreted consistently when allowance is made for the chain packing mismatch between the sn-1 and sn-2 chains. The length of the sn-2 chain is reduced by approximately 0.8 C-atom units by the cis double bond, in addition to a shortening by approximately 1.3 C-atom units by the bent configuration at the C-2 position. Based on this analysis, a general thermodynamic expression is proposed for the dependence of the chain-melting transition temperature on the position of the cis double bond and on the sn-1 and sn-2 chain lengths. The above treatment is restricted mostly to double-bond positions close to the center of the sn-2 chain. For double bonds positioned closer to the carboxyl or terminal methyl ends of the sn-2 chain, the effects on transition enthalpy can be considerably larger. They may be interpreted by the same formalism, but with different characteristic parameters, h'(c) and s'(c), such that the shorter of the chain segments

  17. High-speed AFM of human chromosomes in liquid

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    Picco, L. M.; Dunton, P. G.; Ulcinas, A.; Engledew, D. J.; Hoshi, O.; Ushiki, T.; Miles, M. J.

    2008-09-01

    Further developments of the previously reported high-speed contact-mode AFM are described. The technique is applied to the imaging of human chromosomes at video rate both in air and in water. These are the largest structures to have been imaged with high-speed AFM and the first imaging in liquid to be reported. A possible mechanism that allows such high-speed contact-mode imaging without significant damage to the sample is discussed in the context of the velocity dependence of the measured lateral force on the AFM tip.

  18. Raman and AFM study of gamma irradiated plastic bottle sheets

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    Ali, Yasir; Kumar, Vijay; Sonkawade, R. G.; Dhaliwal, A. S.

    2013-02-01

    In this investigation, the effects of gamma irradiation on the structural properties of plastic bottle sheet are studied. The Plastic sheets were exposed with 1.25MeV 60Co gamma rays source at various dose levels within the range from 0-670 kGy. The induced modifications were followed by micro-Raman and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The Raman spectrum shows the decrease in Raman intensity and formation of unsaturated bonds with an increase in the gamma dose. AFM image displays rough surface morphology after irradiation. The detailed Raman analysis of plastic bottle sheets is presented here, and the results are correlated with the AFM observations.

  19. Preparation and Characterization of a Novel Epoxy Molding Compound with Low Storage Modulus at High Temperature and Low Glass-Transition Temperature

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    Cui, Hui-wang; Li, Dong-sheng; Fan, Qiong

    2012-09-01

    Epoxy molding compound (EMC) has been widely used as a main material for encapsulation and protection of semiconductor packages because of its low cost, high moisture resistance, high heat resistance, and good mechanical performance. Due to the extensive application of lead-free solder in place of Sn-Pb, soldering temperature is higher than before; this demands that EMC, which is usually used for lead-free solder, should have extremely low thermal stress and excellent stability at elevated temperatures. In this work, 1,3-propanediol bis(4-aminobenzoate) (PBA) was added to an EMC product to form a novel epoxy molding compound (FEMC). PBA had very limited effect on the process feasibility of EMC, and caused reduction of the storage modulus by 40% to 50% at high temperatures and reduction of the glass-transition temperature by more than 10°C, which are very helpful to reduce thermal stress buildup during high-temperature soldering processes. The increases of the tab pull force of copper- and silver-plated lead frames within EMC due to PBA were up to 58% and 117%, respectively. With increasing PBA content in the EMC, water absorption increased in a linear fashion, so the amount of PBA added to the EMC should be limited, preferably to not more than 1%.

  20. Hydrogen-doping induced reduction in the phase transition temperature of VO2: a first-principles study.

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    Cui, Yuanyuan; Shi, Siqi; Chen, Lanli; Luo, Hongjie; Gao, Yanfeng

    2015-08-28

    VO2 is a promising thermochromic material that can intelligently control the transmittance of sunlight in the near-infrared region in response to temperature change, although the high phase transition temperature (Tc) of 340 K restricts its wide application. Our first-principles calculations show that hydrogen is an efficient dopant which can stabilize the metallic VO2 phase at ambient temperature through reducing Tc by 38 K/at% H. The reduction in Tc is coupled with the changes in atomic and electronic structures, i.e., the V-V chains feature the dimerization characteristics in H-doped VO2(R) and the V-O bonds become less ionic due to the formation of a typical H-O covalent bond. In addition, hydrogen-doped VO2 is more sensitive to external strain as compared with pure VO2, implying that Tc can be further regulated through a combination of H-doping and strain.

  1. Tension-induced phase transition of single-layer molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) at low temperatures.

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    Zhao, Junhua; Kou, Liangzhi; Jiang, Jin-Wu; Rabczuk, Timon

    2014-07-25

    We show that the hexagonal structure of single-layer molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), under uniaxial tension along a zigzag direction for large deformations, can transfer to a new quadrilateral structure by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations when the temperature is below 40 K. The new phase remains stable after unloading, even at room temperature. The Young's modulus of the new phase along the zigzag direction is about 2.5 times higher than that of normal MoS2. Checking against density functional theory calculations shows that the new phase is preserved and displays excellent electrical conductivity. Our results provide physical insights into the origins of the new phase transition of MoS2 at low temperatures.

  2. Temperature-Dependent Energy Gap Shift and Thermally Activated Transition in Multilayer CdTe/ZnTe Quantum Dots.

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    Man, Minh Tan; Lee, Hong Seok

    2015-10-01

    We investigated the influence of growth conditions on carrier dynamics in multilayer CdTe/ZnTe quantum dots (QDs) by monitoring the temperature dependence of the photoluminescence emission energy. The results were analyzed using the empirical Varshni and O'Donnell relations for temperature variation of the energy gap shift. Best fit values showed that the thermally activated transition between two different states occurs due to band low-temperature quenching with values separated by 5.0-6.5 meV. The addition of stack periods in multilayer CdTe/ZnTe QDs plays an important role in the energy gap shift, where the exciton binding energy is enhanced, and, conversely, the exciton-phonon coupling strength is suppressed with an average energy of 19.3-19.8 meV.

  3. Shear-induced phase transition of nanocrystalline hexagonal boron nitride to wurtzitic structure at room temperature and lower pressure.

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    Ji, Cheng; Levitas, Valery I; Zhu, Hongyang; Chaudhuri, Jharna; Marathe, Archis; Ma, Yanzhang

    2012-11-20

    Disordered structures of boron nitride (BN), graphite, boron carbide (BC), and boron carbon nitride (BCN) systems are considered important precursor materials for synthesis of superhard phases in these systems. However, phase transformation of such materials can be achieved only at extreme pressure-temperature conditions, which is irrelevant to industrial applications. Here, the phase transition from disordered nanocrystalline hexagonal (h)BN to superhard wurtzitic (w)BN was found at room temperature under a pressure of 6.7 GPa after applying large plastic shear in a rotational diamond anvil cell (RDAC) monitored by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. However, under hydrostatic compression to 52.8 GPa, the same hBN sample did not transform to wBN but probably underwent a reversible transformation to a high-pressure disordered phase with closed-packed buckled layers. The current phase-transition pressure is the lowest among all reported direct-phase transitions from hBN to wBN at room temperature. Usually, large plastic straining leads to disordering and amorphization; here, in contrast, highly disordered hBN transformed to crystalline wBN. The mechanisms of strain-induced phase transformation and the reasons for such a low transformation pressure are discussed. Our results demonstrate a potential of low pressure-room temperature synthesis of superhard materials under plastic shear from disordered or amorphous precursors. They also open a pathway of phase transformation of nanocrystalline materials and materials with disordered and amorphous structures under extensive shear.

  4. Shear-induced phase transition of nanocrystalline hexagonal boron nitride to wurtzitic structure at room temperature and lower pressure

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    Ji, Cheng; Levitas, Valery I.; Zhu, Hongyang; Chaudhuri, Jharna; Marathe, Archis; Ma, Yanzhang

    2012-01-01

    Disordered structures of boron nitride (BN), graphite, boron carbide (BC), and boron carbon nitride (BCN) systems are considered important precursor materials for synthesis of superhard phases in these systems. However, phase transformation of such materials can be achieved only at extreme pressure–temperature conditions, which is irrelevant to industrial applications. Here, the phase transition from disordered nanocrystalline hexagonal (h)BN to superhard wurtzitic (w)BN was found at room temperature under a pressure of 6.7 GPa after applying large plastic shear in a rotational diamond anvil cell (RDAC) monitored by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. However, under hydrostatic compression to 52.8 GPa, the same hBN sample did not transform to wBN but probably underwent a reversible transformation to a high-pressure disordered phase with closed-packed buckled layers. The current phase-transition pressure is the lowest among all reported direct-phase transitions from hBN to wBN at room temperature. Usually, large plastic straining leads to disordering and amorphization; here, in contrast, highly disordered hBN transformed to crystalline wBN. The mechanisms of strain-induced phase transformation and the reasons for such a low transformation pressure are discussed. Our results demonstrate a potential of low pressure–room temperature synthesis of superhard materials under plastic shear from disordered or amorphous precursors. They also open a pathway of phase transformation of nanocrystalline materials and materials with disordered and amorphous structures under extensive shear. PMID:23129624

  5. Phase coexistence and pressure-temperature phase evolution of VO2(A ) nanorods near the semiconductor-semiconductor transition

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    Samanta, Sudeshna; Li, Quanjun; Cheng, Benyuan; Huang, Yanwei; Pei, Cuiying; Wang, Qinglin; Ma, Yanzhang; Wang, Lin

    2017-01-01

    A comprehensive understanding of the physical origins of the phase transition behaviors of transition metal oxides is still complex due to the interplay among competing interactions of comparable strengths tuning their nature. Widespread interest in such phase transitions has motivated explorations of nanocrystalline vanadium dioxide (VO2) in various forms and a long-running debate persists over the roles played by electron-electron correlation with lattice distortion. External stimuli like pressure and temperature have strong effects on the appearance, stability, and spacial distribution of the high-resistive (HR) and low-resistive (LR) phases accompanying their structural modification. Our comprehensive experiments establish the pressure-induced and thermally driven evolution of phase coexistence in VO2(A ) nanorods. Our experimental evidence supports coexisting HR and LR phases, where compression suppressed coexistence at ˜7 GPa, followed by a semiconductor-semiconductor transition at around ˜10 GPa with the absence of pressure-induced metallization. X-ray diffraction revealed lattice distortion with local microscopic strain inhomogeneity in the nanorods, without any discontinuity in the pressure-volume data. We further investigated the vibrational modes and relaxations of the samples related to their thermal expansions. We also found that the pressure-dependent hierarchy of microstructural densification contributed significantly to the resulting transport properties.

  6. Use of shear-stress-sensitive, temperature-insensitive liquid crystals for hypersonic boundary-layer transition detection

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    Aeschliman, D.P.; Croll, R.H.; Kuntz, D.W.

    1997-04-01

    The use of shear-stress-sensitive, temperature-insensitive (SSS/TI) liquid crystals (LCs) has been evaluated as a boundary-layer transition detection technique for hypersonic flows. Experiments were conducted at Mach 8 in the Sandia National Laboratories Hypersonic Wind Tunnel using a flat plate model at near zero-degree angle of attack over the freestream unit Reynolds number range 1.2-5.8x10{sup 6}/ft. Standard 35mm color photography and Super VHS color video were used to record LC color changes due to varying surface shear stress during the transition process for a range of commercial SSS liquid crystals. Visual transition data were compared to an established method using calorimetric surface heat-transfer measurements to evaluate the LC technique. It is concluded that the use of SSS/TI LCs can be an inexpensive, safe, and easy to use boundary-layer transition detection method for hypersonic flows. However, a valid interpretation of the visual records requires careful attention to illumination intensity levels and uniformity, lighting and viewing angles, some prior understanding of the general character of the flow, and the selection of the appropriate liquid crystal for the particular flow conditions.

  7. Predict the glass transition temperature and plasticization of β-cyclodextrin/water binary system by molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Zhou, Guohui; Zhao, Tianhai; Wan, Jie; Liu, Chengmei; Liu, Wei; Wang, Risi

    2015-01-12

    The glass transition temperature, diffusion behavior and plasticization of β-cyclodextrin (β-CD), and three amorphous β-CD/water mixtures (3%, 5% and 10% [w/w] water, respectively) were investigated by molecular dynamics simulation, which were performed using Condensed-phase Optimized Molecular Potentials for Atomistic Simulation Studies (COMPASS) force field and isothermal-isobaric ensembles. The specific volumes of four amorphous cells were obtained as a function of temperature. The glass transition temperatures (T(g)) were estimated to be 334.25 K, 325.12 K, 317.32 K, and 305.41 K for amorphous β-CD containing 0%, 3%, 5% and 10% w/w water, respectively, which compares well with the values observed in published literature. The radial distribution function was computed to elucidate the intermolecular interactions between amorphous β-CD and water, which acts as a plasticizer. These results indicate that the hydrogen bond interactions of oxygen in hydroxyl ions was higher than oxygen in acetal groups in β-CD amorphous mixtures with that in water, due to less accessibility of ring oxygens to the surrounding water molecules. The mobility of water molecules was investigated over various temperature ranges, including the rubbery and glassy phases of the β-CD/water mixtures, by calculating the diffusion coefficients and the fractional free volume. In β-CD amorphous models, the higher mobility of water molecules was observed at temperatures above Tg, and almost no change was observed at temperatures below T(g).

  8. [In situ experimental study of phase transition of calcite by Raman spectroscopy at high temperature and high pressure].

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    Liu, Chuan-jiang; Zheng, Hai-fei

    2012-02-01

    The phase transitions of calcite at high temperature and high pressure were investigated by using hydrothermal diamond anvil cell combined with Raman spectroscopy. The result showed that the Raman peak of 155 cm(-1) disappeared, the peak of 1 087 cm(-1) splited into 1083 and 1 090 cm(-1) peaks and the peak of 282 cm(-1) abruptly reduced to 231 cm(-1) at ambient temperature when the system pressure increased to 1 666 and 2 127 MPa respectively, which proved that calcite transformed to calcite-II and calcite-III. In the heating process at the initial pressure of 2 761 MPa and below 171 degrees C, there was no change in Raman characteristic peaks of calcite-III. As the temperature increased to 171 degrees C, the color of calcite crystal became opaque completely and the symmetric stretching vibration peak of 1 087 cm(-1), in-plane bending vibration peak of 713 cm(-1) and lattice vibration peaks of 155 and 282 cm(-1) began to mutate, showing that the calcite-III transformed to a new phase of calcium carbonate at the moment. When the temperature dropped to room temperature, this new phase remained stable all along. It also indicated that the process of phase transformation from calcite to the new phase of calcium carbonate was irreversible. The equation of phase transition between calcite-III and new phase of calcium carbonate can be determined by P(MPa) = 9.09T x (degrees C) +1 880. The slopes of the Raman peak (v1 087) of symmetrical stretching vibration depending on pressure and temperature are dv/dP = 5.1 (cm(-1) x GPa(-1)) and dv/dT = -0.055 3(cm(-1) x degrees C(-1)), respectively.

  9. Behavior of sulfur at high pressures and low temperatures. [transition to high electroconductivity state

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    Golopentia, D. A.; Ruoff, A. L.

    1981-01-01

    A new type of high-pressure apparatus for low-temperature experiments was built, which allows loading and measuring the load in situ at low temperature (1.5 K). It uses the diamond anvil in the flat-indentor configuration. It was used to investigate the high-conductivity state of sulfur at low temperatures. For pressures in the 50-GPa range, sulfur is still a semiconductor or at best a two phase semiconductor-metal system. As the temperature is lowered at 50 GPa, the resistance drops slightly, reaches a minimum around 230 deg K, and then increases dramatically.

  10. Temperature and composition dependence of the Soret coefficient in Lennard-Jones mixtures presenting evaporation/condensation phase transition.

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    Leonardi, Erminia; D'Aguanno, Bruno; Angeli, Celestino

    2011-03-21

    The thermodiffusive behavior of a Lennard-Jones binary mixture has been studied by using nonequilibrium molecular dynamics. In particular, the dependence of the Soret coefficient, S(T), on the temperature and composition has been investigated, exploring a wide range of temperatures from 1000 K to the condensation temperature of the mixture. In a previous paper the dependence of S(T) on the temperature and the composition was studied for Lennard-Jones binary mixtures presenting mixing/demixing (consolute) phase transition, and the results allowed the formulation of a very simple expression with the computed values of S(T) in the one phase region outside the critical region closely fitted by the function [T - T(c)(x(1))](-1), with T(c)(x(1)) the demixing temperature of the mixture under study. The results of the present work show that the same expression of S(T) can be found for the one phase region outside the evaporation/condensation region but now with T(c) representing the condensation temperature of the mixture under study.

  11. Temperature-induced reversible self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide and the structural transition from organogel to crystalline nanowires.

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    Huang, Renliang; Wang, Yuefei; Qi, Wei; Su, Rongxin; He, Zhimin

    2014-01-01

    Controlling the self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide (FF) into various nanoarchitectures has received great amounts of attention in recent years. Here, we report the temperature-induced reversible self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide to microtubes, nanowires, or organogel in different solvents. We also find that the organogel in isopropanol transforms into crystalline flakes or nanowires when the temperature increases. The reversible self-assembly in polar solvents may be mainly controlled by electronic and aromatic interactions between the FF molecules themselves, which is associated with the dissociation equilibrium and significantly influenced by temperature. We found that the organogel in the isopropanol solvent made a unique transition to crystalline structures, a process that is driven by temperature and may be kinetically controlled. During the heating-cooling process, FF preferentially self-assembles to metastable nanofibers and organogel. They further transform to thermodynamically stable crystal structures via molecular rearrangement after introducing an external energy, such as the increasing temperature used in this study. The strategy demonstrated in this study provides an efficient way to controllably fabricate smart, temperature-responsive peptide nanomaterials and enriches the understanding of the growth mechanism of diphenylalanine peptide nanostructures.

  12. Temperature-induced reversible self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide and the structural transition from organogel to crystalline nanowires

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    2014-01-01

    Controlling the self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide (FF) into various nanoarchitectures has received great amounts of attention in recent years. Here, we report the temperature-induced reversible self-assembly of diphenylalanine peptide to microtubes, nanowires, or organogel in different solvents. We also find that the organogel in isopropanol transforms into crystalline flakes or nanowires when the temperature increases. The reversible self-assembly in polar solvents may be mainly controlled by electronic and aromatic interactions between the FF molecules themselves, which is associated with the dissociation equilibrium and significantly influenced by temperature. We found that the organogel in the isopropanol solvent made a unique transition to crystalline structures, a process that is driven by temperature and may be kinetically controlled. During the heating-cooling process, FF preferentially self-assembles to metastable nanofibers and organogel. They further transform to thermodynamically stable crystal structures via molecular rearrangement after introducing an external energy, such as the increasing temperature used in this study. The strategy demonstrated in this study provides an efficient way to controllably fabricate smart, temperature-responsive peptide nanomaterials and enriches the understanding of the growth mechanism of diphenylalanine peptide nanostructures. PMID:25520600

  13. Transition from Arrhenius to non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of structural relaxation time in glass-forming liquids: continuous versus discontinuous scenario.

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    Popova, V A; Surovtsev, N V

    2014-09-01

    The temperature dependences of α relaxation time τ(α)(T) of three glass-forming liquids (salol, o-terphenyl, and α-picoline) were investigated by a depolarized light scattering technique. A detailed description of τ(α)(T) near T(A), the temperature of the transition from the Arrhenius law at high temperatures to a non-Arrhenius behavior of τ(α)(T) at lower temperatures, was done. It was found that this transition is quite sharp. If the transition is described as switching from the Arrhenius law to the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann law, it occurs within the temperature range of about 15 K or less. Most of the known expressions for τ(α)(T) cannot describe this sharp transition. Our analysis revealed that this transition can be described either as a discontinuous transition in the spirit of the frustration-limited domain theory [D. Kivelson, G. Tarjus, X. Zhao, and S. A. Kivelson, Phys. Rev. E 53, 751 (1996)], implying a phase transition, or by a phenomenological expression recently suggested [B. Schmidtke, N. Petzold, R. Kahlau, M. Hofmann, and E. A. Rössler, Phys. Rev. E 86, 041507 (2012)], where the activation energy includes the term depending exponentially on temperature.

  14. Anomalous pressure dependence of the superconducting transition temperature of beta-pyrochlore AOs2O6 oxides.

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    Muramatsu, T; Takeshita, N; Terakura, C; Takagi, H; Tokura, Y; Yonezawa, S; Muraoka, Y; Hiroi, Z

    2005-10-14

    High-pressure effects on the superconducting transitions of beta-pyrochlore oxide superconductors AOs(2)O(6) (A = Cs,Rb,K) are studied by measuring resistivity under high pressures up to 10 GPa. The superconducting transition temperature T(c) first increases with increasing pressure in every compound and then exhibits a broad maximum at 7.6 K (6 GPa), 8.2 K (2 GPa), and 10 K (0.6 GPa) for A = Cs, Rb, and K, respectively. Finally, the superconductivity is suppressed completely at a critical pressure near 7 GPa and 6 GPa for A = Rb and K and probably above 10 GPa for A = Cs. Characteristic changes in the coefficient A of the T(2) term in resistivity and residual resistivity are observed, both of which are synchronized with the corresponding change in T(c).

  15. Mapping of the resistance of a superconducting transition edge sensor as a function of temperature, current, and applied magnetic field

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    Zhang, Shuo; Eckart, Megan E.; Jaeckel, Felix T.; Kripps, Kari L.; McCammon, Dan; Morgan, Kelsey M.; Zhou, Yu

    2017-02-01

    We have measured the resistance R ( T , I , B ext ) of a superconducting transition edge sensor over the entire transition region on a fine scale, producing a four-dimensional map of the resistance surface. The dimensionless temperature and current sensitivities ( α ≡ ∂ log R / ∂ log T | I and β ≡ ∂ log R / ∂ log I | T ) of the TES resistance have been determined at each point. α and β are closely related to the sensor performance, but show a great deal of complex, large amplitude fine structure over large portions of the surface that is sensitive to the applied magnetic field. We discuss the relation of this structure to the presence of Josephson "weak link" fringes.

  16. Transition duct system with metal liners for delivering hot-temperature gases in a combustion turbine engine

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    Wiebe, David J.

    2017-04-11

    A transition duct system (10) for delivering hot-temperature gases from a plurality of combustors in a combustion turbine engine is provided. The system includes an exit piece (16) for each combustor. The exit piece may include a straight path segment (26) and an arcuate connecting segment (36). A respective straight metal liner (92) and an arcuate metal liner (94) may be each inwardly disposed onto a metal outer shell (38) along the straight path segment and the arcuate connecting segment (36) of the exit piece. Structural arrangements are provided to securely attach the respective liners in the presence of substantial flow path pressurization. Cost-effective serviceability of the transition duct systems is realizable since the liners can be readily removed and replaced as needed.

  17. Measurements of Thermal Conductivity of Superfluid Helium Near its Transition Temperature T(sub lambda) in a 2D Confinement

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    Jerebets, Sergei

    2004-01-01

    We report our recent experiments on thermal conductivity measurements of superfluid He-4 near its phase transition in a two-dimensional (2D) confinement under saturated vapor pressure. A 2D confinement is created by 2-mm- and 1-mm-thick glass capillary plates, consisting of densely populated parallel microchannels with cross-sections of 5 x 50 and 1 x 10 microns, correspondingly. A heat current (2 < Q < 400 nW/sq cm) was applied along the channels long direction. High-resolution measurements were provided by DC SQUID-based high-resolution paramagnetic salt thermometers (HRTs) with a nanokelvin resolution. We might find that thermal conductivity of confined helium is finite at the bulk superfluid transition temperature. Our 2D results will be compared with those in a bulk and 1D confinement.

  18. Preparation of superconductor/polymer composite with resistive transition temperature (T/sub c/) above 77 K

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    Sarkar, A.K.; Salyer, I.O.; Kumar, B. . Research Inst.)

    1989-07-01

    A technique for preparing Y/sub 1/Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-chi//polymer composites showing superconducting resistive transition above liquid-nitrogen temperature is discussed. A sintered Y/sub 1/Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-chi/ disk was impregnated with a low-viscosity 2-ethylhexyl acrylate monomer containing benzoyl peroxide and dicumyl peroxide as polymerization catalysts. The impregnation of sintered disks was carried out under moderate vacuum for 30 min followed by an overnight soaking. The polymerization treatment consisted of a heat treatment at 60{sup 0}C for 24 h followed by a second heat treatment at 80{sup 0}C for 8 to 10 h. The superconductor/polymer specimens exhibited superconducting resistive transition at {approx equal}80 {Kappa}. The scanning electron micrograph reveals excellent wetting, infiltration, and polymerization of the monomer into the superconducting material.

  19. Low-temperature magnetic phase transitions in the multiferroic Nd0.9Dy0.1Fe3(BO3)4. Part 1. Transitions induced by magnetic fields directed along the trigonal symmetry axis. Spontaneous transitions with temperature changes

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    Zvyagina, G. A.; Zhekov, K. R.; Bilych, I. V.; Kolodyazhnaya, M. P.; Zvyagin, A. A.; Bludov, A. N.; Pashchenko, V. A.; Gudim, I. A.

    2016-04-01

    The elastic and magnetic characteristics of single-crystal Nd0.9Dy0.1Fe3(BO3)4 are studied at low temperatures in zero magnetic field and in external fields H||C3. The temperature dependences of the acoustic mode velocities and the magnetic susceptibility manifest a transition of the magnetic subsystem into a magnetically ordered state and two successive, spontaneous spin-reorientation phase transitions. The possibility of a spontaneous transition into an incommensurate (spiral) magnetic phase in the crystal is discussed. It is shown that an external magnetic field directed along the trigonal axis of the crystal induces a sequence of spin-reorientation phase transitions. An H-T phase diagram (H||C3) is constructed for this compound.

  20. Temperature effects on failure thickness and deflagration-to-detonation transition in PBX 9502 and TATB

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    Asay, B.W.; McAfee, J.B.

    1993-04-01

    The deflagration-to-detonation (DDT) behavior of TATB has been investigated at high temperatures and severe confinement. comparison is made to other common explosives under similar confinement. TATB did not DDT under these conditions. The failure thickness of PBX 9502 at 250{degrees}C has also been determined. Two mm appears to be the limiting value at this temperature.

  1. Temperature effects on failure thickness and deflagration-to-detonation transition in PBX 9502 and TATB

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    Asay, B.W.; McAfee, J.B.

    1993-01-01

    The deflagration-to-detonation (DDT) behavior of TATB has been investigated at high temperatures and severe confinement. comparison is made to other common explosives under similar confinement. TATB did not DDT under these conditions. The failure thickness of PBX 9502 at 250[degrees]C has also been determined. Two mm appears to be the limiting value at this temperature.

  2. AFM-based quantification of conformational changes in DNA caused by reactive oxygen species.

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    Berg, Florian; Wilken, Janine; Helm, Christiane A; Block, Stephan

    2015-01-08

    Radical induced modification of DNA plays an important role in many pathological pathways like cancer development, aging, etc. In this work, we quantify radical-induced DNA damage that causes transitions from double to single stranded DNA using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The plasmid pBR322 is attacked by free hydroxyl radicals that are produced by Fenton's reaction; the strength of the radical attack is controlled via the ratio of hydroxyl radical molecules to DNA base pairs. The extent of DNA modification is assessed by AFM tapping mode (TM) imaging of the plasmids (after adsorption onto PAH-functionalized mica) in air. As single stranded DNA chains (height ∼2 Å) are much smaller than intact DNA strands (∼5 Å), their fraction can be quantified based on the height distribution, which allows a simplified data analysis in comparison to similar AFM-based approaches. It is found that the amount of damaged DNA strands increases with increasing strength of radical attack, and decreases if ROS scavengers like sodium acetate are added. Competition curves are calculated for the interaction of hydroxyl radicals with DNA and sodium acetate, which finally allows calculation of relative rate constants for the respective reactions.

  3. Introduction to atomic force microscopy (AFM) in biology.

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    Goldsbury, Claire S; Scheuring, Simon; Kreplak, Laurent

    2009-11-01

    The atomic force microscope (AFM) has the unique capability of imaging biological samples with molecular resolution in buffer solution. In addition to providing topographical images of surfaces with nanometer- to angstrom-scale resolution, forces between single molecules and mechanical properties of biological samples can be investigated from the nanoscale to the microscale. Importantly, the measurements are made in buffer solutions, allowing biological samples to "stay alive" within a physiological-like environment while temporal changes in structure are measured-e.g., before and after addition of chemical reagents. These qualities distinguish AFM from conventional imaging techniques of comparable resolution, e.g., electron microscopy (EM). This unit provides an introduction to AFM on biological systems and describes specific examples of AFM on proteins, cells, and tissues. The physical principles of the technique and methodological aspects of its practical use and applications are also described.

  4. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and temperature-dependent reorientation transition of the magnetization in CeH2/Fe multilayers

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    Schulte, O.; Klose, F.; Felsch, W.

    1995-09-01

    Magnetic anisotropies were investigated in a series of CeH2/Fe multilayers with a pronounced (111) texture by measurements of the magnetization between 4.2 and 300 K. The results reveal, together with 57Fe Mössbauer spectra measured previously, that in the ground state at low temperatures the magnetization is oriented perpendicular to the layer planes in a multidomain configuration, up to remarkably large Fe layer thicknesses. It is demonstrated in a phenomenological model that this appears as the result of a strong interface anisotropy in combination with a magnetostatic interaction between the domains in the Fe layers across the CeH2 layers, which overcome the shape anisotropy of the Fe layers. At a critical temperature TR, which decreases with both the Fe or CeH2 layer thicknesses tFe and tCeH, a transition from the out-of-plane to an in-plane orientation of the magnetization is observed. The present system is outstanding among other rare-earth/iron multilayers, because the reorientation transition occurs rather abruptly in a narrow temperature range.

  5. EFFECTS OF TRITIUM GAS EXPOSURE ON THE GLASS TRANSITION TEMPERATURE OF EPDM ELASTOMER AND ON THE CONDUCTIVITY OF POLYANILINE

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    Clark, E; Marie Kane, M

    2008-12-12

    Four formulations of EPDM (ethylene-propylene diene monomer) elastomer were exposed to tritium gas initially at one atmosphere and ambient temperature for between three and four months in closed containers. Material properties that were characterized include density, volume, mass, appearance, flexibility, and dynamic mechanical properties. The glass transition temperature was determined by analysis of the dynamic mechanical property data per ASTM standards. EPDM samples released significant amounts of gas when exposed to tritium, and the glass transition temperature increased by about 3 C. during the exposure. Effects of ultraviolet and gamma irradiation on the surface electrical conductivity of two types of polyaniline films are also documented as complementary results to planned tritium exposures. Future work will determine the effects of tritium gas exposure on the electrical conductivity of polyaniline films, to demonstrate whether such films can be used as a sensor to detect tritium. Surface conductivity was significantly reduced by irradiation with both gamma rays and ultraviolet light. The results of the gamma and UV experiments will be correlated with the tritium exposure results.

  6. Definition of the rheological glass transition temperature in association with the concept of iso-free-volume.

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    Kasapis, S; Mitchell, J R

    2001-12-10

    Small deformation dynamic oscillation was used to develop an index of physical significance for the rationalisation of the mechanical properties of high co-solute/biopolymer systems during vitrification. The index is based on the combined framework of Williams-Landel-Ferry equation with the free volume theory and is called the 'rheological glass transition temperature, T(g)' thus differentiating it from the empirical calorimetric T(g) used in thermal analysis. The rheological T(g) is located at the conjunction of two distinct molecular processes, namely: free-volume effects in the glass transition region and the predictions of the reaction-rate theory in the glassy state. The method of reduced variables was used to shift the mechanical spectra of shear moduli to composite curves. The temperature dependence of shift factors for all materials was identical provided that they were normalised at suitably different reference temperatures, which reflect iso-free-volume states. The treatment makes free volume the overriding parameter governing the mechanical relaxation times during vitrification of high co-solute/biopolymer systems regardless of physicochemical characteristics. We believe that potential applications resulting from this fundamental work are numerous for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

  7. Nanoscale structural features determined by AFM for single virus particles

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    Chen, Shu-Wen W.; Odorico, Michael; Meillan, Matthieu; Vellutini, Luc; Teulon, Jean-Marie; Parot, Pierre; Bennetau, Bernard; Pellequer, Jean-Luc

    2013-10-01

    In this work, we propose ``single-image analysis'', as opposed to multi-image averaging, for extracting valuable information from AFM images of single bio-particles. This approach allows us to study molecular systems imaged by AFM under general circumstances without restrictions on their structural forms. As feature exhibition is a resolution correlation, we have performed AFM imaging on surfaces of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) to demonstrate variations of structural patterns with probing resolution. Two AFM images were acquired with the same tip at different probing resolutions in terms of pixel width, i.e., 1.95 and 0.49 nm per pixel. For assessment, we have constructed an in silico topograph based on the three-dimensional crystal structure of TMV as a reference. The prominent artifacts observed in the AFM-determined shape of TMV were attributed to tip convolutions. The width of TMV rod was systematically overestimated by ~10 nm at both probing resolutions of AFM. Nevertheless, the effects of tip convolution were less severe in vertical orientation so that the estimated height of TMV by AFM imaging was in close agreement with the in silico X-ray topograph. Using dedicated image processing algorithms, we found that at low resolution (i.e., 1.95 nm per pixel), the extracted surface features of TMV can be interpreted as a partial or full helical repeat (three complete turns with ~7.0 nm in length), while individual protein subunits (~2.5 nm) were perceivable only at high resolution. The present study shows that the scales of revealed structural features in AFM images are subject to both probing resolution and processing algorithms for image analysis.

  8. Determination of glass transition temperature of reduced graphene oxide-poly(vinyl alcohol) composites using temperature dependent Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

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    Mahendia, Suman; Heena; Kandhol, Geeta; Deshpande, Uday P.; Kumar, Shyam

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, structural properties of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) synthesized using modified Hummer's method and its composites with Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) fabricated using solution-cast method have been studied. The structural properties of prepared samples have been systematically studied through UV-Visible absorption, Raman, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) spectroscopy. Infrared spectroscopy indicates the grafting of PVA chains with graphene layer through the formation of H-bonding linkage in the composites. Temperature-dependent FTIR spectra of PVA-RGO composite films were recorded to obtain the glass transition temperature (Tg) and to study its molecular origin. From these spectra the values of Tg were obtained using two-dimensional (2D) mapping of the first derivative of the absorbance intensity with respect to temperature (dA/dT), over the space of wavenumber and temperature. The value of Tg obtained for pure PVA increases from 78 °C to 92 °C after loading 0.5 wt.% of RGO in PVA and can be attributed to the strong H-bonding interaction between polymer chains and grafted solid surface of RGO. These results are in good agreement with those obtained from DSC analysis. This clearly indicates that the thermal behavior of PVA gets modified with loading of RGO.

  9. Nanofiber-nanorod composites exhibiting light-induced reversible lower critical solution temperature transitions

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    Ramanan, Vyas V.; Hribar, Kolin C.; Katz, Joshua S.; Burdick, Jason A.

    2011-12-01

    Stimuli-responsive materials are promising as smart materials for a range of applications. In this work, a photo-crosslinkable, thermoresponsive macromer was electrospun into fibrous scaffolds containing gold nanorods (AuNRs). The resulting fibrous nanocomposites composed of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-polyethylene glycol acrylate) (PNPA) and PEGylated AuNRs were crosslinked and swollen in water. AuNRs strongly absorb in the near-infrared (NIR) region to generate heat, which triggered the fiber thermal transition upon NIR light exposure. During the thermal transition, scaffolds collapsed both macroscopically and microscopically, with individual fibers deswelling and pulling together. Exposure to a 1.1 W NIR laser decreased the diameter of swollen fibers by 34.7% from 1332 ± 193.3 to 868.9 ± 168.3 nm, and increased fiber density 116% from 209.5 ± 26.34 to 451.9 ± 23.68 fibers mm - 1. This transition was dependent on the incorporation of the AuNRs, and was utilized to trigger the release of encapsulated proteins from the nanocomposite fiber mats. The expulsion of water from fibers upon NIR exposure caused the release rate of incorporated protein to increase greater than tenfold, from 0.038 ± 0.052 without external stimulus to 0.462 ± 0.227 µg protein/mg polymer/min with NIR exposure. These results suggest that light-responsive fibrous nanocomposites can be utilized in applications such as drug delivery.

  10. The influence of temperature induced phase transition on the energy storage density of anti-ferroelectric ceramics

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    Yi, Jinqiao; Zhang, Ling; Xie, Bing; Jiang, Shenglin

    2015-09-28

    Anti-ferroelectric (AFE) composite ceramics of (Pb{sub 0.858}Ba{sub 0.1}La{sub 0.02}Y{sub 0.008})(Zr{sub 0.65}Sn{sub 0.3}Ti{sub 0.05})O{sub 3}-(Pb{sub 0.97}La{sub 0.02})(Zr{sub 0.9}Sn{sub 0.05} Ti{sub 0.05})O{sub 3} (PBLYZST-PLZST) were fabricated by the conventional solid-state sintering process (CS), the glass-aided sintering (GAS), and the spark plasma sintering (SPS), respectively. The influence of the temperature induced phase transition on the phase structure, hysteresis loops, and energy storage properties of the composite ceramics were investigated in detail. The measured results of X-ray diffraction demonstrate that the composite ceramics exhibit the perovskite phases and small amounts of non-functional pyrochlore phases. Compared with the CS process, the GAS and SPS processes are proven more helpful to suppress the diffusion behaviors between the PBLYZST and PLZST phases according to the field emission scanning electron microscopy, thereby being able to improve the contribution of PBLYZST phase to the temperature stability of the orthogonal AFE phase. When the ambient temperature rises from 25 °C to 125 °C, CS and GAS samples have undergone a phase transition from orthorhombic AFE phase to tetragonal AFE phase, which results in a sharp decline in the energy storage density. However, the phase transition temperature of SPS samples is higher than 125 °C, and the energy storage density only slightly decreases due to the disorder of material microstructure caused by the high temperature. As a result, the SPS composite ceramics obtain a recoverable high energy storage density of 6.46 J/cm{sup 3} and the excellent temperature stability of the energy storage density of 1.16 × 10{sup −2} J/°C·cm{sup 3}, which is 1.29 × 10{sup −2} J/°C·cm{sup 3} lower than that of CS samples and about 0.43 times as that of GAS samples.

  11. Atom probe, AFM, and STM studies on vacuum-fired stainless steels.

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    Stupnik, A; Frank, P; Leisch, M

    2009-04-01

    The surface morphology of grades 304L and 316LN stainless steels, after low-temperature bake-out process and vacuum annealing, has been studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). The local elemental composition on the surface before and after thermal treatment has been investigated by atom probe (AP) depth profiling measurements. After vacuum annealing, AFM and STM show significant changes in the surface structure and topology. Recrystallization and surface reconstruction is less pronounced on the 316LN stainless steel. AP depth profiling analyses result in noticeable nickel enrichment on the surface of grade 304L samples. Since hydrogen recombination is almost controlled by surface structure and composition, a strong influence on the outgassing behaviour by the particular surface microstructure can be deduced.

  12. Long-range order in a high-density electron-hole system at room temperature during superradiant phase transition

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    Vasil'ev, Peter P.; Olle, Vojtech; Penty, Richard V.; White, Ian H.

    2013-11-01

    We have experimentally investigated the formation of off-diagonal long-range order and non-equilibrium BEC-like condensation in GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructures during superradiant (SR) emission at room temperature. The conclusive evidence of the establishment of phase coherence over a macroscopic range during the superradiant quantum phase transition is reported. The first-order spatial correlation function of the e-h system is determined by evaluating interference patterns of SR emission using Young's double slit.

  13. Magnetic field and temperature dependencies shed light on the recombination kinetics of a transition metal donor/acceptor system.

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    von Feilitzsch, T; Härter, P; Schiemann, O; Michel-Beyerle, M E; Steiner, U E; Gilch, P

    2005-11-02

    The radical pair recombination of an intramolecular electron-transfer system containing a transition metal moiety has been addressed by femtosecond spectroscopy. The radical pair is formed by ultrafast electron transfer (90 fs) from a ferrocene residue to a photoexcited Nile blue moiety. Its recombination proceeds on the picosecond time scale in a multiexponential fashion. The kinetic pattern is a manifestation of spin processes competing with electron transfer. Magnetic field effects on these kinetics allow one to disentangle the two contributions. Their temperature dependencies yield the activation parameters of the two processes. The discussion focuses on the mechanism of electron spin relaxation. Strong evidence for the Orbach/Kivelson mechanism will be given.

  14. Variation in superconducting transition temperature due to tetragonal domains in two-dimensionally doped SrTiO3

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    Noad, Hilary; Spanton, Eric M.; Nowack, Katja C.; Inoue, Hisashi; Kim, Minu; Merz, Tyler A.; Bell, Christopher; Hikita, Yasuyuki; Xu, Ruqing; Liu, Wenjun; Vailionis, Arturas; Hwang, Harold Y.; Moler, Kathryn A.

    2016-11-01

    Strontium titanate is a low-temperature, non-Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconductor that superconducts to carrier concentrations lower than in any other system and exhibits avoided ferroelectricity at low temperatures. Neither the mechanism of superconductivity in strontium titanate nor the importance of the structure and dielectric properties for the superconductivity are well understood. We studied the effects of twin structure on superconductivity in a 5.5-nm-thick layer of niobium-doped SrTiO3 embedded in undoped SrTiO3. We used a scanning superconducting quantum interference device susceptometer to image the local diamagnetic response of the sample as a function of temperature. We observed regions that exhibited a superconducting transition temperature Tc≳ 10 % higher than the temperature at which the sample was fully superconducting. The pattern of these regions varied spatially in a manner characteristic of structural twin domains. Some regions are too wide to originate on twin boundaries; therefore, we propose that the orientation of the tetragonal unit cell with respect to the doped plane affects Tc. Our results suggest that the anisotropic dielectric properties of SrTiO3 are important for its superconductivity and need to be considered in any theory of the mechanism of the superconductivity.

  15. Large arctic temperature change at the Wisconsin-Holocene glacial transition

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    Cuffey, Kurt M.; Clow, G.D.; Alley, R.B.; Stuiver, M.; Waddington, E.D.; Saltus, R.W.

    1995-01-01

    Analysis of borehole temperature and Greenland Ice Sheet Project II ice-core isotopic composition reveals that the warming from average glacial conditions to the Holocene in central Greenland was large, approximately 15??C. This is at least three times the coincident temperature change in the tropics and mid-latitudes. The coldest periods of the last glacial were probably 21??C colder than at present over the Greenland ice sheet.

  16. Large arctic temperature change at the Wisconsin-Holocene glacial transition

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    Cuffey, K.M.; Clow, G.D.; Alley, R.B.

    1995-10-20

    Analysis of borehole temperature and Greenland Ice Sheet Project II ice-core isotopic composition reveals that the warming from average glacial conditions to the Holocene in central Greenland was large, approximately 15{degrees}C. This is at least three times the coincident temperature change in the tropics and mid-latitudes. The coldest periods of the last glacial were probably 21{degrees}C colder than at present over the Greenland ice sheet. 47 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Glass Transition Temperature Measurement for Undercured Cyanate Ester Networks: Challenges, Tips, and Tricks (Briefing Charts)

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    2014-01-29

    temperature of a thermoplastic such as PVC exhibits a nearly fixed value regardless of processing-induces changes to the system • In contrast, the...Temp. (°C) A. R. Berens and I. M. Hodges, Macromolecules 1982, 15, 756 (digitized data from Fig. 2) Free-cooled PVC Bisphenol A dicyanate ester...Wet TMA Plasticization and degradation drop TG to near / below cure temperature Carbamate formation dilutes remaining –OCN groups, slows down in-situ

  18. Kinetic arrest of field-temperature induced first order phase transition in quasi-one dimensional spin system Ca3Co2O6

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    De, Santanu; Kumar, Kranti; Banerjee, A.; Chaddah, P.

    2016-05-01

    We have found that the geometrically frustrated spin chain compound Ca3Co2O6 belonging to Ising like universality class with uniaxial anisotropy shows kinetic arrest of first order intermediate phase (IP) to ferrimagnetic (FIM) transition. In this system, dc magnetization measurements followed by different protocols suggest the coexistence of high temperature IP with equilibrium FIM phase in low temperature. Formation of metastable state due to hindered first order transition has also been probed through cooling and heating in unequal field (CHUF) protocol. Kinetically arrested high temperature IP appears to persist down to almost the spin freezing temperature in this system.

  19. Temperature stability of transit time delay for a single-mode fibre in a loose tube cable

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    Bergman, L. A.; Eng, S. T.; Johnston, A. R.

    1983-01-01

    The effect of temperature on the transit-time delay of a loose-tube-type single-mode optical-fiber cable is investigated experimentally. A 1058-m length of cable was placed loosely coiled in an oven and used to connect a 820-nm single-mode laser diode to a high-speed avalanche-photodiode detector feeding a vector voltmeter; the signal was provided by a high-stability frequency-synthesized generator. Measurements were made every 2 C from -50 to 60 C and compared to those obtained with a 200-m lacquered bare fiber. The phase change of both fibers varied with temperature at a positive slope of 6-7 ppm/C. This value is significantly better than those reported for other cable types, suggesting the application of loose-fiber cables to long-haul gigabit digital transmissions or precision time-base distribution for VLBI.

  20. Electric-field-induced modification of the magnon energy, exchange interaction, and curie temperature of transition-metal thin films.

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    Oba, M; Nakamura, K; Akiyama, T; Ito, T; Weinert, M; Freeman, A J

    2015-03-13

    The electric-field-induced modification in the Curie temperature of prototypical transition-metal thin films with the perpendicular magnetic easy axis, a freestanding Fe(001) monolayer and a Co monolayer on Pt(111), is investigated by first-principles calculations of spin-spiral structures in an external electric field (E field). An applied E field is found to modify the magnon (spin-spiral formation) energy; the change arises from the E-field-induced screening charge density in the spin-spiral states due to p-d hybridizations. The Heisenberg exchange parameters obtained from the magnon energy suggest an E-field-induced modification of the Curie temperature, which is demonstrated via Monte Carlo simulations that take the magnetocrystalline anisotropy into account.